Wednesday, May 24, 2017

REVIEW: Dark Lover by JR Ward


The only purebred vampire left on the planet and the leader of the Black Dagger Brotherhood, Wrath has a score to settle with the slayers who killed his parents centuries ago. But when his most trusted fighter is killed—orphaning a half-breed daughter unaware of her heritage or her fate—Wrath must put down his dagger and usher the beautiful female into another world.

Racked by a restlessness in her body that wasn’t there before, Beth Randall is helpless against the dangerously sexy man who comes to her at night with shadows in his eyes. His tales of the Brotherhood and blood frighten her. Yet his touch ignites a dawning new hunger—one that threatens to consume them both...

Title:  Dark Lover
Series:  Black Dagger Brotherhood
Book #: 1
Author:  JR Ward
Approximate Book Length:  416 Pages
Recommended Reader Age:  18+
Sexual Content:  Moderate


I bought this book on the recommendation of a cashier when she saw me buying the Twilight Saga. Beyond knowing it was about vampires, I didn't really know what to expect. For the record, it's really nothing like the sparkly guys, so don't let that sway you in any way. My first impression was that it was a little hardcore, but as I kept reading, I fell in love with the brotherhood and the vampire race.

I may not like all their customs and rituals, but I love their devotion - to their mates, their brothers, and their beliefs (whatever they may be for each individual). I thought the world building was really solid and the story was a wonderfully complex web that leaves so much room for more.

The romance itself was both sweet and very sexy. They certainly had some obstacles and their ups and downs, but they got through it and they just work so well together. Wrath is a little hot headed, but also very realistic and practical. I love the way he thinks, for the most part anyway. Beth is level headed and has an incredible inner strength. They balance each other really well.

The drama at the end had me riveted and seemed to bring everyone together. There are some changes in store for everyone and I like the direction those changes are going. I also adore the last line.

I don't like the various perspectives, especially not the "villain's", but I understand it was part of the world building. It just made reading a little slow at times.

Ultimately, regardless of how much I do or don't like anything from this book - or series even - or how much I love things I've read since, Dark Lover will always hold a very special place in my heart. It was my very first adult romance book - my gateway so to speak. I've been hooked ever since.

Bottom Line:

Dark Lover is a tantalizing introduction to the Black Dagger Brotherhood that left me wanting more in all the right ways.



Wednesday, May 17, 2017

REVIEW: Up from the Grave by Jeaniene Frost


The Grave Ends Here.

Lately, life has been unnaturally calm for vampires Cat Crawfield and her husband Bones. They should have known better than to relax their guard, because a shocking revelation sends them back into action to stop an all-out war...

A rogue CIA agent is involved in horrifying secret activities that threaten to raise tensions between humans and the undead to dangerous heights. Now Cat and Bones are in a race against time to save their friends from a fate worse than death...because the more secrets they unravel, the deadlier the consequences. And if they fail, their lives--and those of everyone they hold dear-- will be hovering on the edge of the grave.

Final novel in the Night Huntress series.

Title:  Up from the Grave
Series:  Night Huntress
Book #: 7
Author:  Jeaniene Frost
Approximate Book Length:  389 Pages
Recommended Reader Age:  18+
Sexual Content:  Explicit


The stakes have never been higher. Everyone Cat loves is at risk and the war they narrowly avoided before could break out anyway if Cat can’t deal with Madigan’s nefarious activities.

What Madigan did in his secret facility is horrifying and makes my heart hurt. The one creature of his that escapes must be found at all costs and not just for the obvious reasons.

I’ve been emotionally invested in every book throughout this series, but none more this book. Many intricate plans had to come together to save as many lives as possible.

Everybody we’ve come to love shows up in this book except Vlad, but he’s got his own series by this point, so that’s ok. It’s a nice wrap to everything while still leaving potential for spinoffs.

Bottom Line:

Up from the Grave is a satisfying finale to Cat and Bones, but I still want more. Good thing Vlad has a few books with cameos from his good friend Cat.



Thursday, May 11, 2017

BOOK PROPO: Cursed by Jennifer Chance

Thanks to Barclay Publicity for hosting this blitz. Take a look at Jennifer Chances's Cursed. Happy reading!


When the prince she was supposed to marry falls for someone else, Edeena Saleri is done with Garronia's courts, crowns, and family curses. She grabs her sisters and escapes to the nobility-free coast of South Carolina, USA.

Refuge isn't anything like it's supposed to be, however. The family's island vacation home now borders a singles' retreat, which Edeena's sisters embrace all too eagerly. Worse, the private protection firm Edeena hires is run by the most infuriating man she's ever met--a rough-hewn, dark-eyed, charismatic charmer named, of course, Prince. He's not a royal and he's nowhere near noble, so there's no way he can break the family curse. And yet...

Vincent "Prince" Rallis has spent his whole life justifying his name. The son of hardworking immigrant parents, he's hustled for every dime, finally building a personal security firm with the muscle and grit to live up to its promises. He's used to keeping his cool, but when the high-strung, high-class Edeena shuts him down despite her obvious interest, pride demands he fight for her--even if he has to track her back to her glittering court to prove his point. Only once Prince arrives in the seaside kingdom of Garronia, he finds his troubles are just beginning.

Sometimes love in Garronia can be magic. And sometimes you're just Cursed.

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About the Author

Jennifer Chance is the award-winning author of the new adult Rule Breakers series as well as the contemporary romance modern royals Gowns & Crowns series. A lover of books, romance, and happily-ever-afters, she lives and writes in Ohio. In addition to her work in romance, she is also Jenn Stark, urban fantasy author of the Immortal Vegas series, and Jennifer McGowan, YA author of the Elizabethan spy series The Maids of Honor. She is truly NOT trying to become 27 Jennifers, but it's getting a little dicey. 

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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

REVIEW: One Grave at a Time by Jeaniene Frost


Having narrowly averted an (under)world war, Cat Crawfield wants nothing more than a little downtime with her vampire husband, Bones. Unfortunately, her gift from New Orleans' voodoo queen just keeps on giving-leading to a personal favor that sends them into battle once again, this time against a villainous spirit.

Title:  One Grave at a Time
Series:  Night Huntress
Book #: 6
Author:  Jeaniene Frost
Approximate Book Length:  389 Pages
Recommended Reader Age:  18+
Sexual Content:  Explicit


This is another one that wasn’t among my favorites in the series, but they can’t all be amazing. There is yet again a lot going on, but some of it is background noise for the most part in the set up for the next book. The big conflict here is a ghost named Kramer. He’s a special brand of evil and hatred for him drives everything. Fabian gets a girlfriend (cute and weird) and she’s the one that brings him to Cat’s attention. All the ensuing trouble is a little crazy. A hotel gets wrecked, there’s a dragon, and Cat ends up on fire.

Bottom Line:

One Grave at a Time is a ghostly adventure with a sexy flight and a few naked fights.



Monday, May 8, 2017

BLOG TOUR: Beach Balls by Tara Lain

You Had Sex Where?
by Tara Lain

Hi! I’m so happy to be here to celebrate the re-release of my new book, Beach Balls. You may know that this is the third book in my Balls to the Wall series – although all the books stand-alone and this one really does since it’s about two new heroes – Adam and Sky. For all who have asked, the entire series will be re-released this year with some new additions. Plus, there will be 2 NEW books in the series – High Balls coming in October and Bleu Balls which releases in January of 2018

If you’ve joined in on any of my workshops, you know I sometimes write about how to create sizzling sex scenes. Sex scenes are individual to the book and character. They must reveal character and/or forward the plot. If they don’t do that they can be gratuitous and readers may skim them or skip over them entirely. Okay, with that said, it’s fun to add a little spice to a sex scene by placing it in a different setting than the standard bedroom. And, maybe that setting will likewise reveal character or forward the plot.

For example, in The Pack or the Panther, the first book in my werewolf series, Tales of the Harker Pack, one of my heroes is a panther shifter – and a pole dancer. Of course, he’s very limber. It was just too tempting to set a sex scene in the forest with a lot of flipping around on tree branches. It showed the wily feline nature of my hero – and made for a memorable sex scene.

In Volley Balls, I wanted a light playful, sexy scene that would balance some of the darker and more ominous input. So, my hero, David, is in his art gallery on a slow, foggy day with few visitors. His lover, Gareth, is looking at some of the artifacts including a book of Japanese Shunga paintings. The big penised men in delightfully erotic positions are turning him on so he kneels behind the counter and gives David oral sex while tourists are passing the window and one friend sticks her head in. It’s a break to laugh even though we soon discover that both of them are being watched ominously.

Which brings us to Beach Balls. Just as its name implies, much of the story takes place in and around the water. My hero, Adam, knows that his lover, Sky, will be doing underwater research and he goes to the site in his tanks and manages to give Sky oral sex while holding his breath. This is probably harder in real life than it is in the book, but it’s a wonderful reconciliation scene in which my hero completely shows his willingness to go to his lover’s environment. They follow this little interlude, with sex in a small boat which helps suggest the urgency of their need to reconnect! The funny part was me writing this scene. I’d sit at my desk and hold my breath while making all kinds of obscene motions trying to determine what was possible.

Setting can reveal a lot about the inner workings of plot and character -- and especially for a sizzling love scene.

Beach Balls
(Balls to the Wall Series, #3)
By Tara Lain

Adam James is so far in the closet he could find Narnia. As an attorney for the homophobic WMA Development, he can’t come out without risking the million-dollar paycheck waiting for him once they push their big land development deal through the city council—money that will finally allow Adam to live according to his own terms. Then, on an early morning scuba dive, Adam meets a tall, lean rebreather diver named Sky who makes him want to hug a tree.

Sky Sea Mickeljohn stands for the environment, world peace, and being openly gay. He won’t compromise his principles for anyone—even the damned lying developer lawyer he can’t help lusting after. True, the WMA land development deal could put thousands of people at risk, but Sky still wants to risk his heart. In the fight between freedom and integrity, is there a place for love?

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Readers are 

“Ms Lain pens a thoughtful and sensual tale and I look forward to reading more in the series.”
~ Night Owl Reviews — 4 1/2 Stars! Reviewer Top Pick!

“The character growth they undergo during the story is phenomenal and adds a lot of zing, along with the ‘off the chart’ hotness of their sexual encounters.” ~ Rainbow Book Reviews

The Balls to the Wall Series

Volley Balls
Bk #1

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Fire Balls 
Bk #2

Available to purchase


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”!

You can find Tara at Lain


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