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Jun 012012
 

Eternally Chained by Candace Sams
Series: Night Watchers (# 1)
Release Date: September 9, 2011
Publisher:  The Wild Rose Press; Black Rose Edition
Pages: 326
Source:  ebook provided by the publisher


 

Sean Reilly never asked to be a vampire. But when he’s mortally wounded and turned during World War II, he uses his new abilities to fight evil as part of the Night Watch organization. He’s also called in when someone needs to be turned. Sean’s oath to never mix business with pleasure takes a hit after he changes a dying but extremely sexy Morgan Grady. Against his will he’s drawn to her, but her penchant for disobeying orders makes him want to file his fangs.

Morgan, a Los Angeles undercover police officer, never considered vampires might actually be real until she’s shot and left for dead…and awakens an immortal. But just because the hot and sexy Sean changed her doesn’t mean he gets to call the shots. She’s her own woman and plans to do what she always does and on her own terms-fight evil.

When confronted with an entity bent on destroying them, Sean and Morgan must fight together, facing not only their enemy but also the terrifying possibility that they were meant to be together forever.

 

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May 172012
 

The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa
Series: The Blood of Eden (# 1)
Release Date: April 24, 2012
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Pages: 512
Source: NetGalley

In a future world, vampires reign. Humans are blood cattle. And one girl will search for the key to save humanity.
Allison Sekemoto survives in the Fringe, the outermost circle of a vampire city. By day, she and her crew scavenge for food. By night, any one of them could be eaten.

Some days, all that drives Allie is her hatred of them. The vampires who keep humans as blood cattle. Until the night Allie herself is attacked—and given the ultimate choice. Die…or become one of the monsters.

Faced with her own mortality, Allie becomes what she despises most. To survive, she must learn the rules of being immortal, including the most important: go long enough without human blood, and you will go mad.

Then Allie is forced to flee into the unknown, outside her city walls. There she joins a ragged band of humans who are seeking a legend—a possible cure to the disease that killed off most of humankind and created the rabids, the mindless creatures who threaten humans and vampires alike.

But it isn’t easy to pass for human. Especially not around Zeke, who might see past the monster inside her. And Allie soon must decide what—and who—is worth dying for.

 

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Apr 272012
 

freeforall_FINALFree For All by Jayne Rylon
Series: Red Light (# 4)
Release Date: January 18, 2012
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave
Pages: 71
Source: ebook provided by the publisher

Red Light Series, Book Four.  After a courtship filled with nights steamy enough to thaw the lingering winter chill, Sarah is finally beginning to believe she might have found the one man who can support her career as a sex worker in Amsterdam’s Red Light district. But when she asks around, it’s clear Rick isn’t taking advantage of the freedom their open relationship offers. None of the sexiest girls in the district have serviced him for months.Afraid of losing the star of her extra-naughty dreams, Sarah confronts her boyfriend about his change of heart. Rick confesses he’s no longer interested in wild times without her. Instead, he’d like to try experimenting with multiple partners, show off his sexy woman and revel in the company of like-minded hedonists. Fortunately, he knows just the place for a debauched experience wicked enough to make even an experienced hooker blush.A sexual free-for-all is on the menu at one of Amsterdam’s infamous swingers’ clubs, and by the end of the night, Sarah is going to get the surprise of her life.

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Apr 132012
 


Tall, Dark and Cowboy by Joanne Kennedy
Release Date: November 1, 2011
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Page Count: 378
Source: Purchased

She’s looking for an old friend. . .

In the wake of a nasty divorce, Lacey Bradford heads for Wyoming where she’s sure her old friend will take her in. Bit her high school pal Chase Caldwell is no longer the gangly boy who would follow her anywhere. For one thing, he’s now incredibly buff and handsome, but that’s not all that’s changed. . .

What she finds is one hot cowboy. . .

Chase has been through tough times and is less than thrilled to see the firl who once broke his heart. But try as he might to resist her, while Lacey’s putting her life back together, he’s finding new ways to be part of it.


Review: What is better than coming home and re-finding the true love of your life … NOTHING, especially if that love is one seriously hot cowboy. But what happens when that one special love is no longer the type to follow you around or hang on every word you say. Not to mention he is no longer the non-hot kind; in fact he is super yummy (in that stunning way that just Joanne Kennedy can write them).  Lacey is on the run from her crooked ex and his murderous business partners.

All she has going for her is the hope that her former love and friend Chase will help her get through it.  So begins the action and passion-packed story of riveting romance and a second chance love like no other.

Joanne Kennedy has a way with words and cowboys.  She intertwines the lives of Chase and Lacey so strongly that it felt as if I was emotionally connected to the book and actually living the life of Lacey.

This was the third Joanne Kennedy book for me and again I was not disappointed. There was not one dull moment, not one moment that it got uninteresting or too overwritten. I especially loved how the author brought the past of Lacey and Chase into focus with the criminal background.

I look forward to the next one Joanne!

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Mar 182012
 

A Sliver of Shadow by Allison Pang
Series:  Abby Sinclair (# 2)
Release Date:  February 28, 2012
Publisher:  Pocket Books
Page Count:  400 pages
Source: ebook provided by Bewitching Book Tours

WAR IS HELL. AND WAR WITH HELL IS NO FUN EITHER.

Just when her new life as a TouchStone—a mortal bound to help OtherFolk cross between Faery and human worlds—seems to be settling down, Abby Sinclair is left in charge when the Protectorate, Moira, leaves for the Faery Court. And when the Protectorate’s away . . . let’s just say things spiral out of control when a spell on Abby backfires and the Faery Queen declares the Doors between their worlds officially closed. The results are disastrous for both sides: OtherFolk trapped in the mortal world are beginning to fade, while Faery is on the brink of war with the daemons of Hell. Along with her brooding elven prince Talivar and sexy incubus Brystion, Abby ventures to the CrossRoads in an attempt to override the Queen’s magic. But nothing in this beautiful, dangerous realm will compare to the discoveries she’s making about her past, her destiny, and what she will sacrifice for those she loves.


Review:  Amazing, extraordinary, out of this world!  Sliver of Shadow is an amazing follow-up to A Brush of Darkness, the first in the Abby Sinclair series!

I first fell in love with Abby and her friends in the A Brush of Darkness.  I loved the spunkiness, uniqueness and sassiness of her, as well as the sexiness of her incubus lover, Brystion.  When we begin this latest installment, Brystion has some competition of the very unexpected and elvish kind.  This, however, is not the most dire of issues – the fact that the CrossRoads and the Doors which allow the OtherFolk to travel easily between different worlds, has been shut down by the Faery Queen who, as it happens, has gone completely mad.

It comes down to Abby, who has the power to save the OtherFolk, hopefully without losing her own life.  Full of surprises and endless twists and turns, this story hooked me and never let me go from beginning to end.  A Sliver of Shadow tosses Abby and the reader into the thick of the immortal world in which Faeres, Daemons and all things from Fairy Tales are alive and on the brink of war – a war that will destroy all of life as it is known – for everyone.  Readers will be shocked at revelations that occur (I know I was!), discoveries made and a love triangle that will leave the heart pounding.  Not only is this installment action packed and full of excellent paranormal writing, but the heat and chemistry between Abby and her two suitors is heady and hot.

I love Allison Pang’s style of writing.  Not only has she become one of my favorite paranormal writers, but she has an amazing way of weaving a story that includes humor, suspense, romance and surprising twists – not to mention her writing is simply beautiful at times.  It is not many who can turn a panty-loving, rear-end poking, perverted “pet” unicorn into a character easily endeared by a reader.  I do have to admit that the ending had me ready to scream and sob – it did not turn out like I had planned or hoped, lol.  However, it does make for the perfect segue into the next book in the series (ok, I also read the expert for the next book that appears at the end of A Sliver of Shadow and I still wanted to cry, lol).  Yes, this is a book and a series that I become emotionally involved within.

Needless to say, I cannot wait for the next installment in this series to release and I HIGHLY recommend both A Sliver of Shadow and A Brush of Darkness to anyone looking for an amazing paranormal read.  I do want to mention that though A Sliver of Shadow is the second book in the series, it can easily be read as a stand-alone, as it has it’s own storyline and there are mentions of bits and pieces from the first book that will cover any questions that may arise.

To end things, A Sliver of Shadow is paranormal perfection!

Favorite Quote (though there are many!):  Something hot blurred my vision, scorching down the side of my face. Her gaze become curious as she captured it, turning her fingers to peer at the crystalline softness of my tears.

 
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Feb 262012
 


Dillon’s Claim by Callie Croix
Series: Cowboy Kink (# 3)
Release Date: December 16, 2011
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Page Count: 113
Source: Publisher

Charissa Myers attends a bachelorette weekend at a Texas guest ranch, knowing she’ll have to confront Dillon Dumen. The sexy cowboy is everything she’s ever wanted in a man but, gun-shy after a previous BDSM encounter gone bad, she denied her need to submit to the irresistible Dom. She expects his anger, but what she doesn’t expect is Dillon’s determination to finish what they started all those months ago.

Dillon doesn’t understand what spooked Charissa in the first place, but now that she’s on his turf, he wants a hell of a lot more from her than answers. He’s got two days to weaken her resistance and stake his claim once and for all. And this time, he’s not letting her go without a fight.


Review:  I absolutely loved the first in the series by Callie Croix called Deacon’s Touch so I was excited to read the 3rd installment by the same author. The story doesn’t leave off where the second one ended rather it is happening at the same time. Basically you get to hear the story happen from the point of view of two other characters. I love the idea of this series where its not the same author writing each installment but you hear about a different Dumen brother in each book.

Dillon’s Claim is about Dillon Dumen and Charissa Myers. You know they have a relationship that either ended wrong or never got off the ground. Dillon still has feelings for Charissa. Charissa is scared to show her feelings towards Dillon. A bad breakup has left her afraid to let herself go mentally and sexually. She knows that sex with Dillon will change her forever and feel things she hasn’t felt before.

The novella is quite short but you get a clear image of the characters. Dillon is rough around the edges but adores Charissa. Charissa needs to trust herself and her instincts. The chemistry between these two pops right off the page it is so palpable. I would love for a cowboy to love me and dominate me in bed the way Dillon does to Charissa. I loved this book just as much as I loved Deacon’s Touch and I will continue to follow this author. This is a must read for those who love erotica that are more than just sex all the time. It has a great background story that lends well to the erotic sexual scenes.

 
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Dec 242011
 


All Hallows Evie by Cindy Spencer Pape
Series:  Holiday Hearts (# 5)
Published: Oct 21, 2011
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave
Page Count:  80

Source: ebook provided by the publisher

Holiday Hearts, Book Five. When Sam Holiday moves into his Victorian home the week before his thirty-fifth birthday, the last thing he expects is to find a ghost in residence. Especially a horny one.Evie Bonnell has been hanging around since her death in 1916 because she has unfinished business. She died before experiencing sex. She’s learned a lot over the years and has decided single, handsome Sam is the right man to do the job.Every year she manifests for several days before Halloween, and when she asks, Sam agrees to help. Each night, he teaches her a little more about sensual pleasure. Sam’s delighted that his demure ghost has turned into an eager hedonist, but not so happy that she’ll be gone after Halloween. Not only is she the hottest woman he’s ever had, but he’s afraid he’s fallen in love.Now it’s up to fate and the Holiday family magic to find a way for the lovers to stay together.


Review:  What a totally refreshing story. I didn’t know whether to laugh, cry or simply just enjoy the love story that had you wanting to know more.

From the beginning I fell in love with Sam and Evie, wanting them to have it all.

Sam Holiday, sexy hot and someone that dreams are made of buys a Victorian home in Charleston; complete with his very own ghost. Not just any ghost but a downright sexy one that just so happens to be a virgin. Evie wants to experience that sexual experience that she missed out on while she was alive.

Evie Bonnell lived in the house over one hundred years ago, where she died, being pushed over the bannister by her jealous sister-in-law.

Having died a virgin she was a ghost on a mission. The week of Halloween each year she is able to come back an become real on Halloween. Evie was always searching for the right guy, to help her loose her virginity, never finding him until Sam.

Sam comes from an old Celtic family where each child was born on a holiday and all were connected with the spiritual world in some way. So seeing and being able to communicate with Evie was no surprise to him.

Not wanting to ruin what happens next you will just have to read this enchanting story for yourself and fall in love with the unexpected.

Ms. Pape takes us on a paranormal experience that is so real.

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Dec 132011
 

The Fall of Rain by Renee Vincent
Series: The Emerald Isle Trilogy (# 3)
Release Date: November 23, 2011
Publisher: Turquoise Morning Press
Page Count: 250
Source: ebook provided by the author

Leif Dæganssen, an archeologist from Norway, is determined to trace back his Scandinavian roots as far as the Dark Ages and find proof of their existence on the Emerald Isle. After several years of living off the west coast of Ireland, he finally uncovers an ancient artifact—an intricately decorated chest with pagan carvings—buried beneath the very porch of his coastal cottage. Knowing it only confirms the presence of a glorified Norse-influenced settlement on Inis Mór, he’s determined to establish a link between himself and those who once inhabited the rugged isle. For as long as she can remember, Lorraine O’Connor has had dreams of a Norse warrior kissing her. And even though she’s never fully understood the reason for her vivid subconscious imagination, she welcomes the meaningless and wanton pleasure of being in a Viking’s protective embrace—until the day she meets that brazen Northman on an impulsive vacation trip to Ireland. Though blindsided by the relevance of her dreams and the strange familiarity of the man within them, Lorraine can’t help but feel a deep-seated intimacy toward Leif. And the more she gets to know him, the more she’s convinced they’ve shared a life together in a time long forgotten. Are the clues to their ancestral past hidden within the contents of the chest or buried deep within their hearts?


Review: I know for myself I enjoyed the first two books very much. So much so, that I was excited for the third book to come out. Little did I know what book three really had in store for me. OMG doesn’t even cover it. This is my absolute most favorite book of this series. Where the first two take place deep in the past, book three finds us in the present time. How does that work, you may be asking . . . well, I would have never thought it possible until I read it for myself. Taking present time activities and adding in flashbacks from centuries past, this book offers the reader everything; drama, romance, comedy and even mystery. People and things aren’t always what they seem. In fact, you may walk away from this book never looking at that moment of déjà vu the same again. Maybe, just maybe when something feels right . . .we should remember, just who are we to question it? If you enjoy historical romances and love a story with men you would love to sink your teeth into, this is your series to get lost in. Not an ounce of disappointment to found in the pages of these books.

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Nov 242011
 

Cover page for Time Slip
Time Slip by Caroline McCall
Release Date: September 8, 2011
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave

Source: ebook provided by the publisher

Shocked by the brutal murder of her colleague, curator Ingrid runs for her life through the dark exhibit halls of the museum where she works—straight into the arms of Temporal Agent Strom. He’s been sent back in time to stop a twenty-sixth-century criminal who is stealing artifacts from the past.

Falling in love with Ingrid wasn’t part of the mission. Strom knows they can have no future together. Five hundred years separate them, but the attraction that flares between the couple is impossible to resist. Their brief, passionate affair has consequences. When Strom returns to his own century, Ingrid must find a way to send him a message across time.


Review:  I read this book in one sitting and recommended it highly. Don’t let the tag “sweet” fool you. There is plenty of heat and erotica in this tale of a time-traveling Viking and his lady fair.

A villain from the future is returning to the past and stealing historical artifacts to finance his criminal enterprises. Strom leads a group of super-soldiers into the past to capture their enemy. He must also solve the paradox of Ingrid, the beautiful historian shown in an ancient photograph wearing his ancestral family ring. His future and his past are changed by one phrase, “we think she is your wife.”

The character of Ingrid is wonderful. Although lovely and talented, she is not a Mary Sue. The best scene is where she attempts to seduce the savagely handsome and sexy Strom and fails miserably. That leads to a nightclub where the ferocious Strom finds her draped over one of his men, too drunk to stand. His jealousy is epic. Strom’s reluctance has nothing to do with rejecting Ingrid. He has fallen in love with her, heart and soul, but knows he must soon return to the future. By trying mightily to spare her heart and his – Strom ends up hurting them both. However, when he finally succumbs, the writer generates a wave of passion without a graphic anatomy lesson. It is erotic and sensual without being overly explicit.

Not going to give any spoilers. Just suffice it to say that the paradox at the heart of all time travel stories plays well here with a delightful twist and reveal and a serene happily-ever-after.

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Sep 292011
 

In Total Surrender by Anne Mallory
Release Date:  September 27, 2011
Publisher  Avon
Pages: 284
Source:  NetGalley

Andreas Merrick is the king of London’s dark underworld, having amassed unimaginable wealth and power… and a fierce reputation that leaves even the bravest men quaking in their boots. Yet one person is maddeningly unintimidated by his fearsome presence: the persistent Miss Phoebe Pace.

And one kiss always leads to another . . .

Equal parts honey and steel, Phoebe will stop at nothing to find her missing brother and save her family. Though associating with Andreas means peril and scandal, she never expects to experience a passion so intense that it threatens to consume her. But enigmatic Andreas is no ordinary man to love. He brings dangers from all sides— without and within—while tempting her beyond her wildest dreams . . .


Review: I love historical romances and have read some of Ms Mallory’s past books, so when I came across this one on NetGalley, I had to give it a try. However I have mixed feelings about the book and it’s making this review hard to write. So, here I go with some of my thoughts…

In so many historicals, the lead characters are in society… or at least one of them is. In this one, neither Andreas or Phoebe is really part of the ton, which made for a different sort of read. Because of this, the characters weren’t held to quite the same rules they would face if they were navigating ballrooms and house parties. In fact, Andreas is part of the London underworld. Andreas is a pretty dark character and it was hard for me to really like him. You’d have thought with his violent actions and temper that Phoebe would be running the other direction, but she seems to find herself drawn to him and eventually falling in love (come on, I’m not giving anything away, it’s a romance after all).

The plot was interesting enough, two people from completely different backgrounds and brought together because Phoebe needs Andreas’s help in finding her missing brother. But Andreas has a little secret where her brother and father are concerned, which throws another twist into the plot. And Phoebe isn’t without her own secrets which make things even more interesting. But even with all these surprises, I often times found it hard to really get into the story. In fact, writing this review a month after reading, nothing about the book really stood out in my mind except the fact that I didn’t particularly like Andreas. Don’t get me wrong, I finished the book and was satisfied in the end, but I was also left underwhelmed. I had higher hopes for the story.

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