Tuesday, September 27, 2016

HAPPY BIRTHDAY VINCENT!





My baby boy turns 1 year old today.  Time flies, holy crap!  He's been such a happy baby; he's all smiles.  His default volume setting is screech and he's a big ham even as a baby.  He adores his sister, even though she's 50/50 on him lol.  He has grown so fast: 6 month clothes at 2 months old, 9 month clothes at 5 months old, 12 month clothes (for two weeks) at about 9 months, and is currently in 18 month clothes.  He seems to have slowed down a little thankfully.  He LOVES food.  This kid is a little man on a mission when he sees food.  He's looking to be a climber and a little imp.

He took his first steps today on his first birthday.  I just can't get over him.  Happy birthday to my little monster, my sweet V <3


Wednesday, September 21, 2016

REVIEW: Dragon Fever by Donna Grant

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

A yearning that won’t be denied Rachel Marek is a journalist with a plan. She intends to expose the truth about dragons to the world – and her target is within sight. Nothing matters but getting the truth, especially not the ruggedly handsome, roguishly thrilling Highlander who oozes danger and charm. And when she finds the truth that shatters her faith, she’ll have to trust her heart to the very man who can crush it… A legend in the flesh Suave, dashing Asher is more than just a man. He’s a Dragon King – a being who has roamed this planet since the beginning of time. With everything on the line, Asher must choose to trust an enemy in the form of an all too alluring woman whose tenacity and passion captivate him. Together, Asher and Rachel must fight for their lives – and their love – before an old enemy destroys them both…

Thoughts:

As a paranormal romance fan, I have a soft spot for dragon shifters. So naturally, I was interested in this series and jumped at the chance to review this story. It was a good read, but I really wish I had started from the beginning. While full of intriguing characters and containing a suspenseful plot, I sort of felt dumped in the deep end regarding a long term story arc over the series.

Rachel and Asher were both good characters that I rooted for, and they made a cute couple. It was really the secondary characters that I liked the most though. The other women at Asher’s home (from the previous books in the series) and especially Asher’s assistant at the convention. They entertain me enough to make me want to read previous and future books.

The world itself was interesting, if a little confusing. I love the dragon shifters though and the backstory is fascinating. I definitely want more of that much. I feel like there’s just so much potential in this book – in this series – but this book alone is just a taste of that potential and comes off almost like a tease. It was a good book on its own, but I think it could be a great book if read in order with the rest of the series.

Full of suspense that keeps you waiting for the ax to fall throughout, Dragon Fever was an exciting peek into the Dark Kings series that ignites a drive to check it out from the very beginning.


Wednesday, September 7, 2016

BLOG TOUR: Lord of a Thousand Steps by Tara Lain







Summary:

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.

Title:  Lord of a Thousand Steps
Series:  Love in Laguna
Book #: 4
Author:  Tara Lain
Approximate Book Length:  246 Pages
Recommended Reader Age:  18+
Sexual Content:  Explicit

Thoughts:

The sweetness in the book – the whole series really – is so addictive. I am not only totally in love with Ian and Braden, I absolutely and completely adore Braden’s kids. Ian had his moments of “wth do you think you’re doing?”, but he eventually started getting with the program. I love seeing more of our previous couples, particularly from books 1 and 2. It’s hard to say, but this might just be my favorite of the series yet!

Bottom Line:

Lord of a Thousand Steps is a story that will steal your heart and refuse to return it. The characters alone are somewhat unpredictable, but mostly so endearing it sometimes hurts. It’s truly an awesome read!

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Excerpt

“Daddy! Daddy! Look at the kitty.”

The high-pitched squeal cut through Ian’s foggy brain.

Anderson shifted on his belly, then started to vibrate.

Ian opened an eye and met two gigantic blue ones only a couple of feet away. The little girl squatted down beside him on the sand in her Frozen bathing suit, gently petting Anderson’s head and getting the motorcycle response. Ian grinned. “Hi.”

She eyed him with a grain of suspicion, but the allure of the purr proved too great and she kept petting. “Hello. What’s his name?”

“Anderson.”

“That’s a most unusual name for a cat.”

He snorted, and one of her little brows rose in an expression so far beyond her years—which appeared to be somewhere around five or six—that Ian almost snorted again. Almost. One didn’t face such disdain lightly. “Yes. I suppose it is. Have you ever heard of Anderson Cooper?”

“Uh, I believe so.” She raised her head, looking behind Ian, and said, “Have I heard of Anderson Cooper, Daddy?”

Daddy? Okay, he hadn’t moved so as not to disturb the petting frenzy. Now he scrambled to sitting, getting a yowl from Anderson, and looked behind him. Well, holy shit.

Braden Lord leaned against the rocks, one hip cocked slightly, and Ian knew that because he wore very little on those hips. Just a pair of slim-fitting board shorts that cupped an ass on its way to legend and thighs Ian could only imagine in X-rated postures.

“Hi. I mean, I didn’t see you there. Sorry.” Ian brushed sand from his legs and tried to find some moderately respectable posture that wouldn’t show his half-masted cock.

“Providing a resting place for fifty-pound felines does tend to keep you in one place.” Lord laughed. “Don’t see mountain lions much on the beach.”

“Never know when you might need protection from small angels in Frozen bathing suits.”

The little girl had flopped on her butt and now proceeded to pile sand on top of Anderson, who cooperated by stretching to his full, massive length. She gave Ian that eyebrow again. “Are you referring to me?”

Best sidestep that one. Ian extended a hand. “How do you do. I’m Ian Carney. I work for your—” He glanced up at Braden. “—daddy.”

She took his hand and shook it seriously. “I’m Mireille Lord. And I really like your cat.”

“What a pretty name.” It sounded like Mir-ray. “I’m sure Anderson likes it too.”

“Thank you. My daddy picked it out.” She glanced up at Braden as she piled more sand on the cat. “Have I heard of Anderson Cooper, Daddy?”

Braden replied very seriously, “He’s a news reporter, Mireille. You might remember him because his hair is the same color as the kitty.”

“I see.” She gave Ian an approving grin. “How very clever of you.”


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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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