Wednesday, July 31, 2013

July 31 WWW



To play along just answer the following 3 questions:

1) What are you currently reading?
2) What did you recently finish reading?
3) What do you think you'll read next?

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1) I am starting a new book today. It is called Moonlight Bleu. I hope I enjoy it.


2) I recently finished Larry Rodness' Perverse. I had an 
extremely hard time finishing this book. The 
review will come in a few days.

3) I think I will be reading Dragon Boy next. 
Hopefully I will like it...I do like dragons so hopefully.


Let me know if you have read any of these books and if you think I will enjoy them.

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

A Touch of Greek Teaser


Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
• Grab your current read

• Open to a random page

• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page

• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)

• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Title: A Touch of Greek

Author: Tina Folsom

Teaser: "At least in Hades, he could screw some desperate souls, and the 
year would pass in delicious debauchery. He could deal with the heat and 
the stench, and surely, Father's other brother, Hades, wouldn't 
make the stay too uncomfortable for him.

Let me know what you think of A Touch of Greek.

Monday, July 29, 2013

Musing Mondays #1

Musing Mondays asks you to muse about one of the following each week...
  • Describe one of your reading habits.
  • Tell us what book(s) you recently bought for yourself or someone else, and why you choose that/those book(s).
  • What book are you currently desperate to get your hands on? Tell us about it!
  • Tell us what you're reading right now – what you think of it, so far; why you chose it; what you are (or, aren't) enjoying.
  • Do you have a bookish rant? Something about books or reading (or the industry) that gets your ire up? Share it with us!
  • Instead of the above questions, maybe you just want to ramble on about something else pertaining to books – let's hear it, then!

For my first Musing Monday I have decided to talk about one of my reading habits. It's a little strange but here goes. Whenever I read a book I like to put myself in there like I'm one of the characters. I have no idea why but I think it helps me concentrate on the action more if I think of it happening to me. Action/mystery/suspense novels can get a bit scary. Romance novels are fun [I've kissed a lot of vampires and werewolves in paranormal books ;) ] because I can imagine myself falling in love with all of those gorgeous men that I will never actually meet. I guess that is why I love this picture so much...



Musing Mondays is a weekly event hosted by Should Be Reading

Tell me what you think of my weird habit and if you have any of your own.

Thank You So Much

Hi there. I just wanted to say a massive thank you to all the people 
who have congratulated me and followed since Feature & Follow Friday. 
I am so grateful. I also wanted to say hi and welcome 
you to my blog.  I hope you like it...also this was my face every time I got an email that said I had a new follower. 


and


Friday, July 26, 2013

Vigilante Nights Review & Giveaway

Title: Vigilante Nights

Author: Erin Richards

Genre: YA

Published: July 18, 2013

Publisher: Merit Press

Length: 306 pages

Format: hardcover, ebook (Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Sony Reader Store)

Brief Summary: Lucas will do anything to avenge his sister's death due to a gang initiation and teenage stupidity. He organizes a group of fellow loners to seek out those responsible and make them pay.

Blurb: A "good boy" will do anything for vengence when a gang rite kills his twin sister. Will Lucas win, or follow his sister Silver into the blackness? After a hideous car wreck, Lucas wakes from a coma to find that his world is gutted. Not only is his beloved twin sister, Silver, gone forever, but Lucas is broken in body and spirit. He will never be a college athlete, and is robbed of what he know realizes was the most important bond of his life. Although they weren't identical twins, Lucas and Silver shared a bond so fierce it defied reason, and was nearly supernatural. After her death, that bond seems to endure when Lucas sees Silver everywhere he turns. Either he's crazy, or Silver is trying to tell him something about the California gang initiation they stumbled into that cost Silver her life. Lucas is bent on revenge, turning on Raymond, Silver's former boyfriend; the one Lucas never wanted her to date. He forms a posse of vigilantes to take out the gangsters responsible for Silver's death, but he risks not only his own life, but the love of the new girl on the block, who knows more about Lucas and Silver than can be accounted for by mere chance.

Review: Vigilante Nights is filled with characters who are so well fleshed out and engaging that I began to care about each of them. The opening scenes with Lucas and Silver are so special that I really felt the bond and friendship between them. I also felt Lucas' pain when he woke up to find that Silver was gone. I was empathetic because I felt a similar feeling of "what if" and guilt when my sister was killed. Lucas' friends are great and so supportive of him. They are there for him after Silver dies and despite the initial awkwardness, they behave like normal joking, pranking teenage boys. I have not read many books with a male narrator and this one is fantastic. I like the insight into the male mind.
     Tara as a love interest for Lucas irritated me at some points only because she continues to hang around with Raymond even after Lucas warns her away. Although the reasons for her behavior are revealed later it still bothered me because I became attached to Lucas and did not want anything to hurt him. Silver's presence is up lifting. She is a breath of fresh air in stressful situations. Silver also comes to the rescue several times. I loved the concept of the gang of loners seeking vengeance. They prove that you can fight back against seemingly impossible odds.

Favorite Quotes
"Open your peepers. You're still kicking it."Air stirred my bangs against my forehead. "You didn't think I'd let you upstage my death, did you?"

~and~

"Silver Ghost needs girl power." "And a brain."

Overall: I loved Vigilante Nights. It is a really great novel about vengeance. The characters, plot, narrator, and setting are all perfect and I definitely think Erin Richards did an amazing job. I give Vigilante Nights 5 stakes and I will be reading this again soon.

About the Author: Erin writes SF&F romance and young adult fiction. Her YA debut novel, Vigilante Nights, releases from Merit Press (F+W Media) on July 18, 2013. Erin has also published two adult romance novels, Casting Shadows, a romantic suspense (Eppie award finalist), now available in print for the first time (July 2012); and Wicked Paradise, a fantasy romance, was released by Crimson Romance (F+W Media) in August 2012, available in ebook and print format. Erin Richards lives in Northern California. In her spare time she enjoys reading, photography, and American muscle cars. Visit her online at www.erinrichards.com



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Thursday, July 25, 2013

Feature & Follow 7/26 (I am a Feature!)

Feature & Follow Friday is hosted by: Alison Can Read and Parajunkee

This weeks question: What do you do with your books after you are done reading them?

Usually after I finish my books I organize them by author if I already have books by that author or how soon I know I will read it again (it's a little weird). On my Kindle I usually try to keep a really good book on the first few pages.

Also this week I am one of the Features along with Paradays

The Mating Call Review

Title: The Mating Call

Author: Marie H. Stephens

Series: Paranormal Alliance Series (Volume 1)

Genre: paranormal, urban fantasy, romance

Published: April 15, 2013

Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform

Length: 188 pages

Format: paperback, ebook (Amazon, B&N, Kobo, and Sony ebooks)
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Brief Summary: Samantha escapes the city to the mountains of North Carolina. There she meets the alpha of the McClure pack, Lucian. Together they must figure out who is stalking Samantha and why.

Review: To be perfectly honest, I did not like The Mating Call all that much. Suspending the belief that there are werewolves, this novel isn't all that believable. It seems unrealistic to me that anyone could go from the disbelief and hysteria of being told they are a werewolf to jumping into bed with a man she just met in less than 10 pages, but this is exactly what Samantha does. I have absolutely no problem with erotic romances but this novel had no romance. There is no build up to the sex and the hero and heroine barely know each other. Also the writing style of The Mating Call is a little strange. It is in a weird present tense narration. For example, "She has become a new writer for a publishing company in Seattle."

Overall: The Mating Call is a quick read and not the worst I have read. I think the characters could have been developed a lot more and the plot more fleshed out. This novel is only 188 pages but about another 100 could be added to make this a much more enjoyable read. I am giving The Mating Call 2 stakes.

About the Author (from Goodreads.com): Marie Stephens writes urban fantasy books. She is a Registered Respiratory Therapist by day and a writer by night. She has found her passion for writing and it takes the forefront in her life. She has created characters that anyone can relate with. She wants people to see what she sees in each of her characters. She just hopes that they bring you as much joy as they have brought her.

To Get Mating CallOn Amazon   On Barnes & Noble    On Kobo   On Sony ebooks

I received this novel through Lovers of Paranormal on Goodreads.com

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

A Missing Peace Cover Reveal & Giveaway

A Missing Peace...the cover

Released: September 1, 2013

Description: A turbulent, emotionally charged YA novel that breaks down barriers and challenges the status quo...

Angry, seventeen-year-old Iraqi war refugee Mirriam Yohanna hates her new life in Killeen, Texas, where the  main attraction is an army base populated with spoiled army brats like Caleb Miller. 

Caleb has much to be angry about too, including Mirriam who turns him down flat in front of everyone. Eager for retribution, Caleb agrees to a dare that will see him take Mirriam to the prom and regain his pride. 

But their relationship soon moves beyond high school antics. Mirriam and Caleb are bound together by more than location, and as they are forced to work together on a school assignment, they start to uncover an explosive story that has potential to ruin lives – and both of their futures. One single truth changes everything and strengthens their bond.

When Mirriam's family discovers their relationship, they decide it's time to arrange her marriage to a proper Iraqi man. Caleb must convince Mirriam that he is in it for forever – or risk losing her for good.

About the Author: Meet Beth Fred! A full time ELF keeper and part time writer/blogger/writing instructor. Beth likes her tea hot, her romance sweet, and her guys chivalrous. Real men hold open doors, refer to you as ma'am, make promises they keep, and aren't afraid to profess their undying love. It's not breakfast if there aren't carbs (at least, not in the South). Fajitas, carnitas, and churros are just a few of Beth's favorite  things. Bet you can't guess where she's from.

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Let me know what you think of the cover.

July 24 WWW


To play along just answer the following 3 questions:

1) What are you currently reading?
2) What did you recently finish reading?
3) What do you think you'll read next?

_________________________________________________________________________________


1) I am currently reading Larry Rodness' Perverse. 
I am not sure how I feel yet.


2) I just finished Nola Sarina's Jaded Touch yesterday. 
It was really interesting. I loved it.



3) I think I will be reading Moonlight Bleu next.


Let me know if you have read any of these books and share your WWW.

Hers to Command Review

Title: Hers to Command

Author: Patricia A. Knight

Series: Verdantia Series #1

Genre: scifi, fantasy, romance, erotica

Published: June 2, 2013

Publisher: Troll River Publications

Length: 346 pages

Format: paperback, ebook (Amazon, Kobo)

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Brief Summary: Ari deTano has always known that he was expected to marry Princess Fleur Constante, but since the marriage contract he has stayed away from her. While inexperienced, Fleur is willing to risk everything to take part in the Great Rite, sexual practices that generate energy to benefit the planet, in order to save their planet, Verdantia. The Great Rite has always only needed two people but Ari and Fleur discover that they are part of a very rare occurrence, in order to perform the Great Rite they require a third person. That person is Visconte Doral deLorion, Ari's aide de camp, and the man that he has been lusting after for years. \
*This is an erotic novel that contains MF, MM, MMF, and MFM scenes.* 

Review: I read this series out of order, reading the second before the first. However, coming back to this one, I loved it as much as the second one. The characters are engaging and lovable. Fleur is so head strong and independent that she is comfortable going up against the domineering, protective Ari. I love her as the heroine in this novel. And not only can she take on Ari but she is more than capable of handling Doral as well as Ari. Doral is a fabulous addition to Ari and Fleur's relationship. He is a quiet protector/assassin whose main concern is the pleasure of the ones he loves. Doral is also badly damaged from his time spent in slavery. Fleur and Ari show their own protective and vengeful sides when they decide to see to the person who caused their loved one pain.
       Hers to Command and the Verdantia series has quickly become additions to my top ten of this year. I love romance and those usually fall into erotic romances. However, unfortunately they usually are all sex and no actual plot. Hers to Command balances the amazingly hot sex with a great plot. The mystery of the invading, off-world species and the person who is betraying the citizens are well developed. This novel is amazing, fleshed out with ridiculously sexy guys, a powerful aphrodisiac, mysterious and strong plot, and a trio that you cannot help but fall in love with.

Overall: This novel is one of the best I have read this year. Ari, Fleur, and Doral have a bond and type of chemistry that is unmatched. I recommend this one to anyone who doesn't mind taking a walk on the wild side with their romance novels. I excitedly give Hers to Command 5 stakes and cannot wait until the third one in this series.

About the Author: Patricia A. Knight is the pen name for an eternal romantic who lives in Dallas, Texas, surrounded by her horses, dogs, and the best man on the face of the earth – oh yeah, and the most enormous bullfrogs you will ever see. Word to the wise: don't swim in the pool after dark.

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My review of the sequel Hers to Choose

Let me know what you think of Hers to Command and Hers to Choose.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

The Looking Glass Wars Teaser


Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
• Grab your current read

• Open to a random page

• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page

• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)

• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!


For all the Alice in Wonderland fans...

Title: The Looking Glass Wars

Author: Frank Beddor

Teaser: "But there are too many. Even with the chessman, we're outnumbered."

Let me know what you think of The Looking Glass Wars. 

Monday, July 22, 2013

Hellhound Born Cover Reveal

Book 3 of the Kasayda Series is finally here – or at least the cover is:


                             



Book Info -
Title: Kasadya Hellhound Born
Author: Karen Swart
Genre:  Urban Fantasy
Audience: Young Adult 14 years and up
Formats: E-book
Publisher: Self Published
Cover by: Melody Simmons
Edited by: MaryAnn Inabinet
Expected Publishing Date: 15 August 2013

Kasadya: Hellhound Born (Book #3 of the Kasadya Series)

In a world filled with evil, the Fallen prepare for the ultimate battle against the demon world!

Kasadya is ordered to unleash her crazed born transformation to complete her divinity. But there is a chance that her born will be uncontrollable, and she will be destroyed. There is just one person that can save her; her charm, her destined mate.  Left without a choice, she must surrender, and place her life in his hands.

In a race against time, the Fallen must stand together and fight the evil threatening to invade earth. If her divinity was in reach, victory would be theirs. That is until she starts having visions of the final battle, and her true destiny is revealed. She just found her love and place in the Fallen world; will she be able, and willing, to sacrifice it all?

Book Links-

About the author –


Bio -
Karen lives in a small town in the Northern Cape Province, South Africa. She shares her live with her husband, two sons and daughter. If she isn't reading she is writing.
Her preferred genres are Paranormal and Urban fantasy. Karen specializes in payroll and HRIS systems analysis and development. At the age of 21 Karen's professional success reached its highest platform, an outstanding achievement at such a young age.

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Change of Heart Part 2 Cover Reveal

Scarlett Edwards' Change of Heart Part 2...


Change of Heart, Part 2 concludes Rich and Penny's story. 
Will they get the happily-ever-after they deserve? 
There's only one way to find out...


Release Date: July 25, 2013

Book Description: If you told me two weeks ago I would fall in love with my would-be kidnapper, I would have laughed in your face.

Yet here I am today. Madly, deeply, and hopelessly in love. With Richard Blackthorne. With the man who drugged me and left me for myself...but with the same man who came back for me later. Nobody in my life has ever given a shit. I've always been on my own – until Rich.

Now things are different. Feelings I'd never thought possible are rushing through me. With Rich, I feel... alive. Alive, and treasured. Yet doubts still poison my thoughts. Can a relationship that began with a lie lead to true happiness? How will Rich and I escape our pursuers? Will Min ever be free?

As I open my heart to the man I love, our devotion to each other will be tested. In this tumulutious world, friends become enemies and enemies friends. Every choice I make leads to consequences for those around me. The secrets Rich holds spread far deeper than he ever let on. When cracks begin to show in our relationship, I'm faced with the most important question of all: Can Rich and I ever find the peace I so dearly crave?

About the Author: Scarlett is a full-time student and a part-time writer. She hopes to switch those around soon! She describes herself as kind of old fashioned. Scarlett writes all her stories using paper and ink. At the end of the day, she transcribes them onto her laptop. It takes a bit longer, but writing in a notebook really focuses her thoughts. Scarlett loves vintage photography. She has an old school film camera that was her mom's before she was born. Scarlett used it to take pictures almost every day. Scarlett takes inspiration from all the indie romance authors. Addison Moore, Samantha Young, Colleen Hoover, Jessica Sorenson, and everyone else...to her, those girls rock!


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Friday, July 19, 2013

Feature & Follow 7/19


Feature & Follow Friday is hosted by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read.

This week's question is... Book Vacay: Where is the best destination reading spot for you? (Where do you like to go to read other than your home?)

Answer: I like to read in bookstores and cafes like Starbucks. Actually I can read anywhere but in bookstores I can get more books and in Starbucks I can get coffee and lemon cake :) 


Let me know your favorite place to read below.


Review and GIVEAWAY!!! of Ocean's Gift

Title: Ocean's Gift

Author: Demelza Carlton

Series: Ocean's Gift #1

Genre: Fantasy, paranormal, romance

Publish Date: November 28, 2012

Publisher: Lost Plot Press

Length: 56,890 words, Approx. 253 pages 

Version/Format: ebook (Kindle, iBookstore, Barnes and Noble, and Sony) and paperback

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Brief Summary: Mermaids Sirena, known as Vanessa on land, and her adult daughters travel ashore to gather information on what we humans know about the changing of the oceans. Vanessa captures the attention of a deckhand named Joe who is similarly affected. Vanessa must figure out a way to continue on with the purpose of her mission while battling her attraction to Joe...and keep it from her daughters, Maria and Belinda.

Review: When I began Ocean's Gift I didn't know what to expect. I haven't really read anything about mermaids before, but I was blown away by Vanessa, Maria, and Belinda. Majority of the novel is narrated in alternating first person POV of Belinda and Joe. As a love interest for Vanessa I think that Joe is great. He listens to her and respects her enough to keep his naughty thoughts to himself, although he does use his electrician knowledge to his advantage. And I loved the way Vanessa reciprocates as an independent and head-strong woman. I became fascinated with the mermaids and their culture. Belinda and Maria do not understand why Vanessa would willingly give her body to Joe when mermaids only consider it their duty to mate with humans.
       The daughters wish to go back home quickly although they do enjoy some of the human food and alcohol. Joe is amusing and his altercations with the mermaids are great. I think the purpose of the mermaids mission to land is a great one. They come to see about the harm and changes that are happening to the oceans that will one day affect us all tremendously. This is a very real message for today's world. The story of Ocean's Gift is amazing and the romantic scenes are sweet while being steamy at the same time. I wanted to cry at the end and am so happy that there is a continuation because I would have been devastated if it ended there. I loved Ocean's Gift and I think a lot of other people will too.  

Overall: Ocean's Gift is a great novel because of its characters, plot, and message. The necessity of preserving oceans is an important message that needs to be heard so that there is a brighter future for everyone – humans and mermaids. Ocean's Gift is getting a well deserved 5 stakes from me and I can't wait to read Ocean's Infiltrator. 

About Author (from Amazon): Demelza Carlton has always loved the ocean, but on her first snorkeling trip she found that she was afraid of fish. She has since sum with sea lions, sharks, and sea cucumbers and stood on spray-drenched cliffs over a seething sea as a seven meter cyclonic swell surged in, shattering a shipwreck below. Sensationalist spin?-No Demelza tends to take a camera with her so she can capture and share the moment later; shipwrecks, sharks, and all. Demelza now lives in Perth, Western Australia, the shark attack capital of the world. The Ocean's Gift Series is her first foray into fiction. She'll follow this up with the first book of her suspense thriller Nightmares series, Nightmares of Caitlin Lockyer, to be released in July 2013. Author's website

                     Also get the continuation: Ocean's Infiltrator

And to celebrate Demelza Carlton's novels and the the release of her novel Water and Fire on Aug. 1, alongside with this being my 50th blog post, I am giving away three (3) free copies of Ocean's Gift on Smashwords. The winners will be emailed a code to receive their copy for free.

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Wednesday, July 17, 2013

July 17 WWW


To play along, just answer the following three questions...
  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you'll read next?
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What are you currently reading? I am readingVigilante Nights 
and right now I find it intense.


What did you recently finish reading? I recently finished The Mating Call. 
It wasn't the greatest book I've read.


What do you think you'll read next? I think the next book I will be reading is Jaded Touch.
It is a sequel to Gilded Destiny which I loved so hopefully this will be just as good.


Leave a comment with your WWW Wednesday or if you have ever read any of these books. :) Happy Wednesday.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Venom Teaser


Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
• Grab your current read

• Open to a random page

• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page

• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)

• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!


Title: Venom

Author: Fiona Paul

Length: 445 pages

Series: Secrets of the Eternal Rose #1

Genre: YA, romance

Published: October 30, 2012

Publisher: Penguin Publishing

Format: paperback, hardcover, ebook (Amazon, Barnes & Noble,

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Teaser: The room seemed to be getting smaller by the minute, the walls subtly closing in on her. Living here would be like living inside her armoire.


Get Venom Now on:
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Monday, July 15, 2013

Cover Reveal for Nola Sarina's Jaded Touch

The cover of Nola Sarina's Jaded Touch, the stand alone sequel of the Vesper novel Gilded Destiny is finally here. I absolutely love this cover and I am so excited for the book to be released on Aug. 6


 

Three is tormented by the branding scars on her back, broken memories of her fallen creator, and the looming consequences of her secret friendship with Sychar - a male of her kind - a high crime in her world of serpentine guardians.

Then along comes Jack - the human train engineer she saves in an explosion. His touch weakens both her knees and her sense of duty. Now Three must choose between her immortal duties, her forbidden friendship, and her human lover.

With every choice comes a cost, but not every cost is hers to pay...

JADED TOUCH - the second Vesper Novella - comes out August 6th in Kindle and Paperback! It is the standalone sequel to GILDED DESTINY and features new characters, steamy romance, and the dark atmosphere of the Vesper series.   If you haven't checked out Gilded Destiny yet, it's available on Amazon here:


Add JADED TOUCH to your to-read shelf on Goodreads and stay up-to-date with what everyone is saying about Jack and Three!

Also, please stalk the author on Twitter @NolaSarina and follow her on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/AuthorNolaSarina to hear all about the launch week Giveaway basket with some cool autographed prizes for all Vesper readers!


Also please check out my review of the first novella, Gilded Destiny here


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Review of Patricia Knight's Hers to Choose

Title: Hers to Choose

Author: Patricia Knight

Series: Verdantia #2

Genre: romance, scifi, fantasy, erotica

Publish Date: July 15, 2013

Publisher: Troll River Publications

Length: unknown

Format: paperback, ebook (Amazon, Kobo) 
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Brief Summary: Flight Leader/Lady Sophillia DeLorion is asked by her brother, Doral to join with Commander Eric DeStroia in special, sexual rites called Greater and Lesser Rites that benefit their planet. However an off-world group called the Haarbs plot to recapture Sophi and inflict unimaginable torture all for a powerful aphrodisiac. 

Review: I am so incredibly excited and grateful that I received this novel as an ARC because it is one of my favorites this year. Sophi is perhaps one of my favorite heroines of all time. She is so strong and independent and I admire her for making it through the nightmare that she faced with the Haarbs. Eric is a perfect mate for Sophi in that he is powerful. He is able to guide his rides and Sophi and her flights while allowing her the independence she requires to feel safe and like herself. The cameo from Doral, Ari, and Fleur is so sweet and sexy that I cannot wait to read Hers to Command. They also appear in the final battle scene.
     Unfortunately I did not read Hers to Command before this novel so I was amazed with how the even the lesser rites can energize the planet and help its people. I was also horrified with the ruthlessness of the Haarbs and seriously creeped out with their methods of torture. I wanted to cry along with Sophi so many times throughout this novel, from her friends being taken to remembering her capture to waiting on the sidelines of battle for Doral and Eric's return. I absolutely loved Hers to Choose. I would and will recommend it to anyone and I will soon be going back to read Hers to Command.

Overall: This novel is one of my favorites this year. The chemistry between Sophi and Eric is so great my Kindle almost caught fire! Patricia Knight has become one of my favorite authors and I look forward to any more books that she will write. I excitedly give Hers to Choose a 5 out of 5 stars

About the Author (from Amazon): Patricia A. Knight is a pen name for an eternal romantic who lives in Dallas, Texas surrounded by her horses, dogs, and the best man on the face of the earth - oh yeah, and the most enormous bullfrogs you will ever see. Word to the wise: don't swim in the pool after dark.

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Also get the first book in the Verdantia series: Hers to Command
also available in paperback

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Sunday, July 14, 2013

Review of Anne Marsh's Reburn

Title: Reburn
Author: Anne Marsh
Series: The Hotshots
Genre: action, romance,
Publish Date: July 18, 2013
Publisher: eKensington (Kensington Books)
Length: 29,000 words, approx. 87 pages
Format: ebook (Amazon, Barnes and Noble)

Brief Summary: Ex-lovers Sam Clayton and Olivia Albert never expected to see each other again, especially not in the middle of a forest in the midst of a dangerous forest fire. A fire that also hides a terrorist being tracked by the FBI.

Review: Reburn surprised me because I did not know what to expect. I knew that Olivia and Sam would run into each other but I could not understand how they would reconnect while simultaneously tracking a terrorist and battling a forest fire. However, Anne Marsh has it all figured out. I loved Reburn and Sam and Olivia. The characterization of Sam seems so appropriate as he is physical outstanding, but also smart and protective of Olivia. Probably my favorite line from him is, "Fishing this agent out of the woods was going to be even more challenging than he'd anticipated." Similarly, Olivia is strong and completely competent in doing her job on her own. I think their reunion and reconnection is great with a realism and believability that not all romance books have. Reburn is definitely a book that everyone who loves romance, action, and fire fighting/rangers/FBI.

Overall: I really enjoyed Reburn. I have read a book about forest fires and I love the setting. I think it has something to do with the mental image of fire fighters and forest rangers put together ;) Anyway...the relationship between the hero and heroine is phenomenal. Sam is protective of Olivia while still allowing her to be the strong, independent FBI agent that she is. I give Reburn an impressed 4.5 out of 5 stars.

About the Author (from Amazon): After ten years of graduate school and too many degrees, Anne Marsh escaped to become a technical writer. When not planted firmly in front of the laptop translating Engineer into English, Anne enjoys gardening, running (even if it's just to the 7-11 for slurpees), and reading books curled up with her kids. The best part of writing romance, however, is finally being able answer the question: "So what do you do with a PhD in Slavic Languages and Literature?" She lives in North Carolina with her husband, two kids, and four cats. Visit her website

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Friday, July 12, 2013

Review of Claire Riley's Limerence

Title: Limerence

Author: Claire Riley

Published: March 18, 2013

Publisher: Breakwater Harbor Book

Genre: paranormal, romance, horror

Length: 288 pages

Description (from Amazon): One man's obsession is so deadly it could destroy them all. Despite her love for her fiancé, Mia Lawrence finds herself inexplicably drawn to Mr. Breckt - mysterious new owner of the Island. Her thoughts are constantly consumed with the handsome and powerful stranger. However, there is much more to him than she realizes, something dangerous and supernatural. Mr. Breckt is used to getting what he wants, and now he wants Mia, at any cost. With his obsession spiraling out of control, he knows that time is running out. A war is coming. Blood will be shed, and lives will be lost, but he will have to rid himself of his obsession of Mia before it's too late. Mia and Oliver must now fight the very evil that threatens to come between them. If either of them fails, it will be more than their love for each other that will be lost. Ultimately, all three will have to make a sacrifice that will change each other's destiny forever. But will it be the right one?

Brief Summary: Mia loves her fiancĂ© Oliver however she becomes inexplicably attracted to Mr. Breckt. As Mr. Breckt becomes more and more obsessed with Mia, similarly she cannot keep her thoughts off of him. Mia and Oliver must fight for their love because something bigger than either of them realizes is on the horizon.

Review: I started reading the first chapter of Limerence on the author's website and fell in love. Once the chapter ended I was desperate to read the rest because I needed to know how Mia and Oliver's story ends. I love Mia and Oliver's relationship for the simple fact that despite being placed in a paranormal romance novel, it is one of the most realistic relationships I have read about. They have their ups and downs like real people. Oliver's jealousy and possessiveness is endearing. Mr. Breckt is the perfect villain in my opinion. He is dark, creepy, and oh so twisted. He constantly made me think that something might not be quite right with him. Also his Pawns, or minions, are seriously creepy. I enjoyed this novel because of the vampire aspects and the romance. Mr. Breckt's growing obsession drives the novel and I think Mia is a character that it is easy to imagine yourself in.

Overall: Reading Limerence I wanted Mia to just run away and never return. I think this book is great and I cannot wait for Odium. I give Limerence a 4 out of 5 stars.

Get to Know the Author (from Amazon): Claire C Riley, is a mother first, a wife second, but a writer at heart. Claire likes to break boundaries with her writing, incorporating an old school style of horror and romance. Sexy and dark. (Think Bram Stoker's Dracula, but for the 21st century!) Claire is a mother to three amazing little girls who hold her heart. She hopes to make them proud, and show them that if you work hard and believe in yourself...then, as Cinderella once said...dreams really do come true. She is an avid book collector and has a great zombie apocalypse plan in place thanks to a questionnaire she asked her readers to fill in for a post on her blog! Claire is currently working on the sequel to Limerence and also a post-apocalyptic dystopian zombie novel called - Odium. She actively encouragers reader participation on her blog, author Facebook page, and website. So get in touch! On Her Website and on Facebook

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Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Review & Giveaway of Jennifer Echols' Dirty Little Secret

Title: Dirty Little Secret
Author: Jennifer Echols
Release Date: July 16, 2013
Publisher: MTV Books
Synopsis via Goodreads:
From the author of the "real page-turner" (Seventeen) Such a Rush comes an unforgettable new drama that follows friends-turned-lovers as they navigate the passions, heartbreaks, and intrigue of country music fame.

Bailey wasn’t always a wild child and the black sheep of her family. She used to play fiddle and tour the music circuit with her sister, Julie, who sang and played guitar. That ended when country music execs swooped in and signed Julie to a solo deal. Never mind that Julie and Bailey were a duet, or that Bailey was their songwriter. The music scouts wanted only Julie, and their parents were content to sit by and let her fulfill her dreams while Bailey’s were hushed away.

Bailey has tried to numb the pain and disappointment over what could have been. And as Julie’s debut album is set to hit the charts, her parents get fed up with Bailey’s antics and ship her off to granddad’s house in Nashville. Playing fiddle in washed-up tribute groups at the mall, Bailey meets Sam, a handsome and oh-so-persuasive guitarist with his own band. He knows Bailey’s fiddle playing is just the thing his band needs to break into the industry. But this life has broken Bailey’s heart once before. She isn’t sure she’s ready to let Sam take her there again…


Excerpt: "At first he didn't seem to notice I was looking at him. He didn't seem to concentrate on his music, either. His fingers moved automatically over the guitar strings, playing an old tune brought to the Appalachians from Scotland and written before the system of chords in Western music had been regularized, so it was full progressions that sounded strange to the modern ear. The chords were minor, as if the song were meant to be sad, but the lyrics were ironically upbeat. Sam wasn't singing them, but I knew the words. He stared into space, in my vicinity but beyond me, through me, like he was thinking hard about something else."

Brief Summary: Dirty Little Secret is all about Bailey's struggle to come to terms with the fact that the sister she once performed with now has a career of her own. Bailey's family has left her behind in order to support her sister, Julia's, solo career. Her parents and the record company are so paranoid that they decide to micromanage and smother Bailey so that she will not stand in the way or otherwise threaten Julia's success.

My ReviewThe words that come to mind after reading Dirty Little Secret are: Country. Music. Drama. All in the best way possible. I felt terribly for Bailey that her parents were so focused on Julia and her career that they want to control Bailey and keep her from the music that she loves. I spent about 80% of the novel despising her parents and being annoyed at Julia for seeming like a spoiled and insensitive brat. With Sam I was alternatively pleased with his loving and supportiveness of Bailey and infuriated with him for using Bailey in different ways. Charlotte tries to warn Bailey (kind of) about Sam's manipulative nature but Bailey is either unwilling or too stubborn to stay away. Despite all of the drama I actually really liked this book. The characters are real without seeming overused or cliche. The resolution of the novel seemed a bit too sudden for me. I would have liked for it to be established or filled out more. I don't think that Bailey's "dirty secret" was as dirty or secret as I was expecting and Sam overreacted to it. However this book was a great read and I like the movie-like flow and plot. Fans of country music or music in general will appreciate the mentions of Willie Nelson, Alan Jackson, and other singers. I give Dirty Little Secret 4 out of 5 stars and will definitely read this again. 

About the Author
Jennifer Echols
Jennifer Echols was born in Atlanta and grew up in a small town on a beautiful lake in Alabama-a setting that has inspired many of her books. She has written nine romantic novels for young adults, including the comedy MAJOR CRUSH, which won the National Readers' Choice Award, and the drama GOING TOO FAR, which was a finalist in the RITA, the National Readers' Choice Award, and the Book Buyer's Best, and was nominated by the American Library Association as a Best Book for Young Adults. Simon & Schuster will debut her adult romance novels in 2013, with many more teen novels scheduled for the next few years. She lives in Birmingham with her husband and her son.

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