Saturday, March 28, 2015

REVIEW: Seven Day Fiancé by Rachel Harris

***This book was originally reviewed for GraveTells.***
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Summary:

One bad boy. One good girl. One unforgettable week.

Angelle Prejean is in a pickle. Her family is expecting her to come home with a fiancé--a fiancé who doesn't exist. Well, he exists, but he definitely has no idea Angelle told her mama they were engaged. Tattooed, muscled, and hotter than sin, Cane can reduce Angelle to a hot mess with one look--and leave her heart a mess if she falls for him. But when she ends up winning him at a charity bachelor auction, she knows just how to solve her fiancé problem.

Cane Robicheaux is no one's prince. He doesn't do relationships and he doesn't fall in love. When sweet, sultry-voiced Angelle propositions him, he hopes their little fiancé game can finally get her out of his head. He doesn't expect her to break through all his barriers. But even as Angelle burrows deeper into his heart, he knows once their seven days are up, so is their ruse.

Thoughts:

Seven Day Fiancé is quite predictable, but that’s ok. It’s a great read and I really enjoyed it none the less. The whole tone of the book is light hearted and fun with characters I loved, all leaving me wanting more. The ending alone is nauseatingly adorable and stayed with me even after I finished the book and moved onto another.

There is a book that comes before this one, but you don’t notice at all. The couple from book one is present at the beginning of this story, but there’s nothing that makes you feel like you missed something plot wise at all, so this is a fine example of a standalone story. I am however intrigued with the author’s fun style and talent of bringing characters to vivid life enough to go check out the first book and look for more!


Saturday, March 21, 2015

REVIEW: Dragon Actually by G. A. Aiken

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Summary:

It’s not always easy being a female warrior with a nickname like Annwyl the Bloody. Men tend to either cower in fear-a lot-or else salute. It’s true that Annwyl has a knack for decapitating legions of her ruthless brother’s soldiers without pausing for breath. But just once it would be nice to be able to really talk to a man, the way she can talk to Fearghus the Destroyer.

Too bad that Fearghus is a dragon, of the large, scaly, and deadly type. With him, Annwyl feels safe-a far cry from the feelings aroused by the hard-bodied, arrogant knight Fearghus has arranged to help train her for battle. With her days spent fighting a man who fills her with fierce, heady desire, and her nights spent in the company of a magical creature who could smite a village just by exhaling, Annwyl is sure life couldn’t get any stranger.

She’s wrong…

And just wait until you meet the rest of the family…

Thoughts:

Shelly Laurenston tends to write humorously with a lot of heat and wit, and writing as G. A. Aiken does not appear to have changed that at all. The characters are vivid and feisty and I can’t get enough of them. The story is compelling as well, especially since the romance is so unexpected under the circumstances of war and difference of species. The family dynamics between Fearghus and his siblings are hilarious, while Annwyl’s are tragic, easily demonstrating depth in both the characters and the plot. I love the balance between human and dragon in Fearghus and between woman and warrior in Annwyl.

The ending is cute with a short and sweet battle and fun family showdown. Fearghus’s siblings are so obnoxious I laughed out loud. His parents are a fierce mystery, which we thankfully get to see more of in the two following novellas that are included in the book itself. The first is the story of Fearghus’s parents, and the second is about Fearghus’s uncle whom we meet in the first novella.

There’s a little kink with some light spanking and brief rope play, but nothing that would necessarily label this as BDSM. However, once you get into the novellas, that changes. Chains and Flames in particular involves, you guessed it, chains! It certainly grabs your attention right from the start. The story is such a tug of war and is such fun, though I still liked the primary tale in the book better. It was really nice to have the “rumors” mentioned in Fearghus’s story explained during his parent’s story. And I absolutely LOVE the ending – so funny!

Tale of Two Dragons starts off as a prequel to Chains and Flames, but ends after it. This novella was a ton of fun, complete with someone getting tied to a bed, and I enjoyed it more than the previous one. Addolgar is so laid back and Braith is endearing. They have a very funny story and sweet ending. The political machinations were a little murky for me, but still followable enough. The ending is all that counts anyway.

The book in its entirety leaves SO much room for sequels, prequels, and everything in between with all the siblings among the various characters.

Dragon Actually is an easy read that brings the world of dragon shifters to vibrant life. The writing is so fun, sexy, and addictive with such vivid characters that you’ll only be left wanting more. I’m officially a fan of the series after only the first installment!


Saturday, March 14, 2015

REVIEW: Heart of Rock by Karyn Gerrard

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Summary:

Irishman Brogan Byrne is at the pinnacle of 1974 rock-music success. Handsome, charismatic, with a three-octave voice, you’d think he had it all. But Byrne sinks to new depths of depravity with women, liquor, and drugs.

Carly Montgomery is an ambitious record executive offered an opportunity to be manager for the last leg of Byrne's tour. Though she’s detached and tough as nails, Carly’s cool facade comes under attack. Somehow Byrne manages to slip by her frosty defenses.

Brogan, for his part, is broken inside. A past memory weighs on his soul, affecting his actions. Is Carly the one woman to help him forget his guilt and heal his heart of rock?

Thoughts:

I have mixed feelings about this book in all honesty. I like the broken man needing healing angle, sure, but he really hits rock bottom at the beginning and it’s hard to like Brogan at all. However, as he’s forced to clean up and he realizes just how bad he’d gotten, he kind of grew on me. I like Carly, especially for how she manhandles Brogan, but she gets reckless with him. I appreciate his transformation and her role in making it happen, but I don’t know how much I liked exactly how it played out. Their love scenes weren't bad, but I think I liked their general chemistry better.

I loved a few of the secondary characters and I’m disappointed we don’t get more of them, such as Brogan’s brothers and Carly’s right hand man, Gio (he was definitely my favorite). Overall, I just didn’t fully connect with our hero and heroine, maybe due to how little we really know about them beyond one character defining experience, and I felt their relationship developed too quickly and easily, though the ending was realistic and heartwarming.


Wednesday, March 11, 2015

BLOG TOUR: The Mate Challenge by Milly Taiden

Thanks to Wickedly Innocent Promotions for hosting this blog tour. I'm sharing a little about Milly Taiden's The Mate Challenge today. Happy reading!

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Emma Ferro wants nothing more than to accept Mason Wolfe’s offer to be his mate. He’s wild, sexy and can do things with his tongue that should be illegal. But Mason is also overwhelming her with his need to protect and keep her out of trouble. He needs to live and let live. It’s not like she’s killed anyone...yet. Until he learns she’s an independent woman, he’s going to stay waiting.

Mason Wolfe has a problem of the short, sassy and curvy kind. Every time he leaves Emma alone, he knows she’s going to get into trouble. It’s getting to the point he’s ready to slap a tracker on her butt just to keep his sanity. He’s busy holding down the pack, helping with fighting new rogues and a secondary threat that’s come to town.

When Emma goes searching for a missing girl, she finds a lot more going on in Blue Creek than even the biggest shifters are aware of. With the help of the least likely person, she’ll put herself on the line in order to save the ones she loves. Mason will have to find a way to help Emma or face losing her forever.


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~EXCERPT~

The first time she’d met him, she’d been visiting Ellie’s house to work on a project together and bam! Mason opened the front door, took one look at her and hauled her inside. What came next was something she’d never forget. She’d gotten a single look at Mason with his spiky short hair and crazy number of arm tattoos, nipple piercings and forgot how to talk. Then there was the immediate first kiss. Any other guy to try that and she’d have decked him, but Mason caught her off guard. He told her she was his and proceeded to kiss her like she was the love of his life. Stupid shifter and his sexy tongue. He’d destroyed her thinking ability way back when. Still, Emma wasn’t going to let some shifter tell her what to do. She didn’t care how sexy he was. She ignored his advances and proceeded to tell him she had a boyfriend, which she did at the time. Did he care? Not at all. He went on to tell her he’d wait because he knew in time she’d be his. Cocky asshole. Though Mason was an amazing man, he was a protector, which was sweet, but that led to him trying to tell her what to do. Her father had done that for too many years of her life and she was not going there again. Not with mutt.

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Milly lives in New York City with her hubby, the boy child and their little dog "Needy Speedy". Don't ask. She's aware she's bossy, is addicted to shoe shopping, chocolate (but who isn't, right?) and Dunkin' Donuts coffee.

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Tuesday, March 10, 2015

NEW RELEASE: An Alpha's Fate by Lia Davis

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An Alpha's Fate is the first in a series of short stories from the world of the bestselling Ashwood Falls Series.

Greenridge Pack princess, Reagan Summers, will protect her wolves at all cost. After finding out about his illegal activities that harmed so many innocents, she kills the Alpha Wolf her father arranged for her to marry. Afraid and on the run, she turns to the only person she trusts, her true mate, Logan.

Birchwood Pack Alpha, Logan Webb, watched Reagan walk out of his life over ten years ago. When she contacts him needing help, something in her voice puts his wolf in full protection mode. But seeing her in the flesh wakes a raw, primal desire long buried.


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~EXCERPT~

The truck pulling to a stop drew Reagan out from her dark thoughts. Her side still ached from where the Marshal had plowed into her. Her cheek hurt from the faceplant on the desk thanks to Mason. The longing for a hot shower made her itch. If Logan smelled the blood on her, he didn’t say. He was most likely waiting to her get alone at his cabin.

Her chest tightened and a different type of ache formed. His cabin had been their place to escape from both of their Packs. Her eyes stung, then her vision blurred. Why hadn’t she gone to him?

“Reagan?”

She blinked and followed the sound of his voice. He stood at the open passenger door. Damn, she hadn’t heard him leave the truck, much less circle round and open her door. When she moved to slide out, she hissed in a breath, which hurt more than the movement.

With a low growl, he scooped her up in his arms and carried her inside the cabin. Once inside, he set her on the sofa and draped a thick fleece throw over her. It smelled of him, earthy and pure male. Damn, she wanted to cry. Just curl up and cry.

The rush of adrenaline left her as she reached the café. Too weak and tired, she only had enough energy to shift back to human and change into her clothes before clasping outside the backdoor. Besides, she’d ached all over from the fight and the run to Blue Ridge.

Logan sat in the armed chair across from her, studying her without a flicker of expression. After a few long moments of silence, Reagan had enough. “I killed him.”

About the Author
Lia Davis is a mother to two young adults and three equally special kitties, a wife to her soul mate, and a lover of romance. She and her family live in Northeast Florida battling hurricanes and very humid summers. But it’s her home and she loves it!

An accounting major, Lia has always been a dreamer with a very active imagination. The wheels in her head never stop. She ventured into the world of writing and publishing in 2008 and loves it more than she imagined. Writing is stress reliever that allows her to go off in her corner of the house and enter into another world that she created, leaving real life where it belongs.

Her favorite things are spending time with family, traveling, reading, writing, chocolate, coffee, nature and hanging out with her kitties.

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Saturday, March 7, 2015

REVIEW: Kissing the Maid of Honor by Robin Bielman

***This book was originally reviewed for GraveTells.***
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Summary:

Kissing her best friend's brother never felt so right…

Sela Sullivan is resolved to be the best maid of honor ever, even if it means tolerating the best man. Insufferable, too-handsome Luke Watters is not only the guy who humiliated her at a kissing booth in high school, but he also happens to be her best friend’s older brother. Positive he’s the same arrogant jock, Sela vows to focus on her duties and steer clear of the frustrating—and frustratingly tempting—Luke.

As a world-renowned extreme-sports photographer, Luke is used to undertaking life-risking adventures. But risking his heart for the beautiful Sela Sullivan, who clearly still hates him for his rejection all those years ago? He didn’t see that coming. Sela inspires a passion he’s never known, and the more time they spend together, the more he craves her. But can he prove to the maid of honor he’s become a man of honor?

Thoughts:

This was a really cute story full of family devotion that I fell in love with. With Sela being Luke’s little sister’s best friend and his best friend’s little sister, she’s all kinds of off limits to him. That doesn’t stop his body from wanting or his mind from wandering. He doesn’t handle it outwardly very well though and there lies the drama. Watching the two of them iron out their history and dance around the present is cute and fun, though occasionally frustrating as they’re continually being told to stay away from each other and not talking about the important things.

The love scenes are closed door unfortunately, but the chemistry is so strong and tangible that you don’t mind it. The only particular complaint I have is Sela’s name. People call her “See” as a nickname on occasion, and I never picked up on it until the last third of the book because of how I’d been pronouncing her name in my head. It was pretty off-putting as I just thought the characters talked a little funny now and then. Other than that, it’s truly an endearing and sweet read!


Friday, March 6, 2015

BLOG TOUR: Winter's Wolf by Tara Lain


Thanks to Enchantress of Books Blog Tours for hosting this blog tour. I'm sharing my review of Tara Lain's Winter's Wolf. Happy reading!

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Summary:

Winter Thane was raised on the two cardinal rules of werewolf existence: don’t reveal yourself to humans under penalty of death, and there’s no such thing as a gay werewolf. It’s no surprise when his father drags him from his wild life in remote Canada back to Connecticut to meet his old pack in hopes it will persuade Winter to abandon his love of sex with human males. Of course Dad’s hopes are dashed when they come face-to-face with the gay werewolves in the Harker pack.

Winter takes one look at FBI agent Matt Partridge and decides bird is his favorite food. Partridge is embroiled in an investigation into drug dealing and the death of a fellow agent. He can’t let himself get distracted by the young, platinum-haired beast, but then Winter proves invaluable in the search for clues, a move that winds them both up in chains and facing imminent death. Winter quickly learns his father’s motives are questionable, the pack alphas are a bunch of pussies, humans aren’t quite what they seem, and nothing in the forests of Connecticut is pure except love.

Title:  Winter's Wolf
Series:  Tales of the Harker Pack
Book #: 3
Author:  Tara Lain
Approximate Book Length:  227 Pages
Recommended Reader Age:  18+
Sexual Content:  Explicit

Thoughts:

Another great sequel from the awesome Tara Lain! Both men were smart, loyal, and just good people all around. They were adorable together with some very hot love scenes. The supporting characters were all kinds of great. The story was exciting, well-paced, and included both couples from the previous books. As with the last one, this book could stand alone, but it’s much better if you’ve read the first two. Overall just a fantastic read!

Bottom Line:

Winter's Wolf is a sweet, sexy story with a phenomenal cast of characters. Pick up this awesome read for a romantic, high stakes, edge of your seat ride!

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About the Author
Tara Lain writes the Beautiful Boys of Romance in LGBT erotic romance novels that star her unique, charismatic heroes. Her first novel was published in January of 2011 and she’s now somewhere around book 23. Her best­selling novels have garnered awards for Best Series, Best Contemporary Romance, Best Ménage, Best LGBT Romance, Best Gay Characters, and Tara has been named Best Writer of the Year in the LRC Awards. In her other job, Tara owns an advertising and public relations firm. She often does workshops on both author promotion and writing craft. She lives with her soul­mate husband and her soul­mate dog in Laguna Beach, California, a pretty seaside town where she sets a lot of her books.

Passionate about diversity, justice, and new experiences, Tara says on her tombstone it will say “Yes”!

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