Wednesday, August 31, 2016

REVIEW: Hunting Down Dragons by Tricia Owens

Summary:

Death is coming for you, Anne Moody...

The Oddsmakers have been overseeing the use of magick in Las Vegas since the city's inception. For a dragon sorceress like Anne Moody, who tries to stay beneath the radar while running her cursed pawn shop, the Oddsmakers are the boogeymen she never wants to meet. They have the power to strip of her of her magick or worse if they deem her a danger to the city.

Unfortunately, the Oddsmakers want her for a mission and Anne can't refuse. However, she has her own agenda: investigating a sorcerer who possesses the power to not only create life, but to raise the dead. With the gargoyle Vale by her side and with the help of her magickal friends, Anne tracks strange creatures beneath the streets of Las Vegas. But when tragedy strikes close to home, Anne realizes she may have to risk the wrath of the Oddsmakers and call upon her dragon for help. Because in the isolated desert, far from the eyes of ordinary humans, she is about to confront her parents' killer. Nothing is going to stop her from finding vengeance.

Title:  Hunting Down Dragons
Series:  Moonlight Dragon
Book #: 2
Author:  Tricia Owens
Approximate Book Length:  234 Pages
Recommended Reader Age:  18+
Sexual Content:  Mild

Thoughts:

As with the first, the characters were great fun. The story was interesting and I enjoyed the continuity from the first book as well as learning more about the people. However, it was a little on the slow side. I had trouble getting into it at first and it dragged in places. I’d also say that this is a book that’s definitely about the journey rather than the destination. There’s excitement, but the ending left a little something to be desired. I’m interested to see what’s to come.

Bottom Line:

Hunting Down Dragons was a fascinating chapter in the story of Anne and her friends. Don’t miss out!

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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

REVIEW: Bride Undone by Kate Deveaux

Summary:

Chloe Dobson is supposed to be getting married in a week, yet she can't help spying on the weddings of total strangers. Desperate to catch a glimpse of what true love really looks like, she is having serious second thoughts about tying the knot. Until she meets the long-lost father of her intended groom. The hunk from Texas confirms her worst fears. She is marrying the wrong man.

Sexy older man Wes Michaels can't believe it. Of all the women in the world to fall in love with, it has to be with his long-estranged son's bride-to-be? Despite an immediate attraction, Wes tries to crush his desire for Chloe. But when she confesses her feelings, he is overcome by his need to have her.

Chloe and Wes don't want to hurt Conner, Chloe's fiancé. But wouldn't a marriage based on a lie be worse than the consequences of their passion?

Title:  Bride Undone
Series:  N/A
Book #: N/A
Author:  Kate Deveaux
Approximate Book Length:  166 Pages
Recommended Reader Age:  18+
Sexual Content:  Explicit

Thoughts:

There are some good and some bad things to this book. I like that Chloe did the right thing and broke things off with Conner, but overall think she handled things badly and was pretty juvenile more often than not. I believe that love triumphs over all, so I liked that love bloomed despite the awkwardness of the situation. The romance part was a whirlwind, but otherwise the book wasn’t very fast paced. Their bond develops largely off screen though so the strong feelings felt very sudden and happen only over a couple days which felt pretty unrealistic. There honestly felt like there was almost more sex than story and the love scenes felt more like a cheesy porno than loving or hot.

My biggest problem with this book is that there are so many unanswered questions! There’s no facing the fallout from the drama and no follow up with Conner and his issues. But hey, Wes and Chloe ride off into the sunset together.

Bottom Line:

Bride Undone is the kind of book that a hopeless romantic will enjoy. Check it out!

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Wednesday, August 17, 2016

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TARA!



Today my first born child turns 3 years old.  THREE!  How did that happen?  Where does the time go?  She was a very serious baby who was ALL about Mommy.  Then she finally crawled at 10 months old and walked at 16 months.  She didn't speak until she was nearly two and a half.  She's a giant Daddy's girl these days.

She likes to help with her baby brother, she likes to snuggle with Mommy or Daddy at every opportunity, and she loves to play outside, usually with a ball and lately she's taken a strange sudden interest in hockey, then tell us all about her adventures.  She has shot up in the last 6 months and everybody mentions how tall she is now.  She still looks a lot like her dad, but there's definitely a little of me that shines through.

Here are a couple pics of her from the last couple days.  As far as her dress goes, she hates to have the string tied around her, so she wears a dress that's a size (or two) too big and it just floats on her.  It's adorable lol.  She also likes to wear socks on her hands, particularly at night.  Don't ask me why, I have yet to figure that out.

I can't say enough about my girl. She's a challenge sometimes, but she's adorable, smart, energetic, sweet, and quirky. She often likes to play with Vincent, though it's more like in the same vicinity. She likes be a part of everything. I can't wait to see what her bright future holds.

She is a light in my life that keeps me going and my life wouldn't be the same without her.  I love her more than my own life.  Happy birthday to my little girl, my Tara-Bear <3


Wednesday, August 10, 2016

REVIEW: The Unforgettable Ex by Miranda P Charles

Summary:

He breaks the heart of the woman he loves to keep her safe.

Private detective Gavin Redford has a very dangerous enemy intent on revenge. When that criminal threatens the life of any woman he falls in love with, he has no choice but to break up with Natasha Garrett—his best friend’s sister and the woman who means the world to him. No question about it, he’d rather lose her than put her in danger. But he hopes with all his heart that the thug is caught soon, because it’s killing him to watch Natasha move on.

She’s determined to forget the man who rejected her.

Natasha Garrett has only ever been in love once—with her brother’s best friend. Unfortunately, Gavin Redford has decided he doesn’t want her after all. So she will move on and forget about him. Even if her heart and body still yearns for him. Even if her mind cannot stop thinking about him. Because what choice does she have? She cannot make Gavin give his heart to her… or can she?

Title:  The Unforgettable Ex
Series:  Captured by Love
Book #: 5
Author:  Miranda P Charles
Approximate Book Length:  254 Pages
Recommended Reader Age:  18+
Sexual Content:  Explicit

Thoughts:

The thing I appreciated most about this book is that there was a chance to go over the top with the suspense and drama, but that didn’t happen. I liked that there was danger, but it never got to that “someone almost died” stage. That being said, the suspense was on occasion a little on the slow side. The plot as a whole was somewhat predictable, but not obnoxiously so, and I LOVED the ending.

As for our couple, I loved them. I enjoyed their journey, and adored their friends and family. If I didn’t like anything else, I would investigate more from this author, especially in this series, just for the characters alone.

Bottom Line:

The Unforgettable Ex is a story with a couple that has such a connection that it just jumps off the page. It was totally sweet and left me wanting more in the best way.

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Wednesday, August 3, 2016

REVIEW: Roll Against Regret by Allyson Lindt

Summary:

Zoe’s broadened her horizons in bed and everywhere else, since she hooked up with Jackson, and their latest shared fantasy beats all others when it comes to turning her on. He wants to watch her with another guy—a mutual friend from the online game they play. After all, the three are in sync when it comes to slaying dragons, and their flirting heats up the circuits.

When Zoe realizes who the new guy is, her anticipation and arousal spike. Carter's the only man she’s ever loved, other than Jackson. Despite a complicated history, Jackson and Carter hit it off in person as well as they did on line, and Zoe gets one last, incredible night with Carter, while Jackson watches.

But one night isn’t enough. She doesn’t want to lose Jackson, but they’re both hung up on Carter for their own reasons, and he’s nudging their relationship from every angle. She needs to decide if she and Jackson can keep Carter in their lives without destroying what they have. If not, she'll have to relive the only regret she's ever had—sending Carter packing—and add a new one to the list, by losing Jackson.

Title:  Roll Against Regret
Series:  3d20
Book #: 2
Author:  Allyson Lindt
Approximate Book Length:  100 Pages
Recommended Reader Age:  18+
Sexual Content:  Explicit

Thoughts:

I didn’t read the cover blurb before reading this book and expected a similar scenario (nerdy threesome of some kind), but did not expect any continuity or even tie to the first book. I was wrong and I actually greatly appreciated follow-up. I love that we see someone get what was coming to them, there were no extraneous scenes or excessive drama, and the characters were so great.

I wanted a little more from the three of them as a unit, but I’m still happy with where we leave them. I wanted more from the guys, but it was all still very good (and really hot!). My favorite part of it all was the guys and how different they were. They were a really great counterbalance to each other and the tension they inspired with Zoe was sizzling. Can’t wait to see what else the series has in store!

Bottom Line:

Roll Against Regret is sexy and satisfying with just the right dose of angst and drama. It’s an awesome read in what’s shaping up to be a fun, geeky series!

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Monday, August 1, 2016

COVER REVEAL: Lord of a Thousand Steps by Tara Lain


Lord of a Thousand Steps
(Love in Laguna #4)
by Tara Lain

Blurb:
To architecture student Ian Carney, family means everything. Taken in by his brother, Jim, when his father threw him out at eighteen for being gay, Ian yearns to create his own family with his boyfriend, Rico. But Rico’s in Mexico caring for a sick father, Ian hasn’t had sex in a month and a half, and his gorgeous boss, Braden Lord, CEO of the architectural firm Ian interns for, is looking better and better.

Braden’s life is chaos. Just out of the closet and going through an ugly divorce from his wife of fifteen years who’s trying to take custody of his two children, he desperately resolves not to succumb to a completely inappropriate attraction to Ian—even though his kids adore both the man and his crazy cat.

When Rico proves to be a snake in the grass and Ian exercises his powers of seduction, what starts as a “friends with benefits” fling turns into real life real fast. Can Ian give up his romantic dreams for an “old guy” who didn’t come out until he carried a mountain of baggage? It’ll only take a thousand steps. 



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August 31st 2016


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Excerpt

Max slapped his shoulder. “Everything okay, Carney?”

“Uh, yes. Thanks.” He steadied his glass to keep from spilling, looked up as Braden Lord stepped next to him, and proceeded to slosh champagne all over Lord’s elegant, European leather shoes. “Oh God, I’m so sorry.”

Max slapped him again. Maybe a couple too many drinky poos there. “My fault. Totally my fault. Braden has more shoes, right, Bray?”

“Yes, not a problem.” Braden smiled at Ian. Up close, that face looked a little less pretty but even more interesting, with crinkles around his eyes like from laughter—and pain. “Need more champagne?”

“Oh, I guess I better not. It seems like I can’t handle it.”

“Something else, then?” Lord looked in his eyes.

Whoa, what an offer. Get your mind out of your boxer briefs, idiot. “No thanks. I guess I should go soon.”

Max leaned toward him. “How’s your boyfriend’s father?”

“Uh, I don’t know.” Did he sound as pathetic as he felt? “I mean, the cell service isn’t great.”

“Oh, I heard it had gotten so much better the last couple years.”

“I guess not.”

Lord put a hand on his shoulder. “No, I’ve had cell problems in Mexico. It can be spotty. Probably worse if you’re in a hospital.”

As the heat from Braden’s hand seeped through his cheap sports coat, Ian half wanted to cry and half to kiss Braden Lord. Right, Rico was in a hospital. He couldn’t use the phone. Shit, why hadn’t he thought of that? “Thank you.”

“For what?” Lord smiled softly. He knows what.

“Reminding me that I should leave him a message he can read when he goes home. Thanks again. I better go. I have school tomorrow.” He shook the hands of the two clients he’d been chatting with. “I hope to see you again. You’re in great hands with Lord and Kendrick.” He turned. “Max, I’ll see you Monday.” He turned back to Braden but looked at his feet. “Sorry again. I hope I didn’t stain your shoes.”

“Nothing to worry about.”

Look up, dummy. He plastered on a smile and met Braden’s deep sea-blue eyes. “Thanks again for inviting me. Honored.” You can drown in the sea.

“Glad you could come.” Lord’s face looked friendly, sympathetic, and—what? Disappointed?

Shit. Give me one chance to impress, and I’ll spill something every time. Holy fuckhole, how does a guy get that gorgeous? “Night.”

Max said, “Don’t you need a ride?”

“Nah, thanks. The office is close and my car’s there.” He waved and practically ran to the door of Antonio’s. Outside, the nightly drop in temperature slapped his face. Had he been flirting with the boss? Hell, the boss’s boss? Nah. Just shitting on his shoes.



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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 32. Her best-selling novels have garnered awards for Best Series, Best Contemporary Romance, Best Paranormal 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 soul-mate husband and her soul-mate dog near the sea in California 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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