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Thursday, October 27, 2011

REVIEW-DE SANG (EMBRACE YOUR BLOOD LUST) BY C.D. HUSSEY

My rating: 5 out of 5 stars

"I can't wait to taste you."

~Slade

**Please note, this book was gifted to me by the author**

The only thing better than getting a book gifted to you is getting an AMAZING book gifted to you. When Ms. Hussey asked if I would like a copy to read and review, I thought, surely this is a trick question. I absolutely loved book 1, you can read my review here.

 This is the second installment of the Human Vampire series. We met Slade (AKA- Scott Corelli) in book 1. He's Armand's friend, number 2 guy and bartender at La Luxure. He's also a tall, gorgeous Italian, the size of two average men.  With Armand away on his honeymoon, Slade is in charge. Aside from that responsibility, Slade is having to deal with his Cravings. His need to "feed" is increasing, the symptoms stronger. He's growing increasingly less comfortable having to call on his "donor" Nikki. Within that warrior physique, lies a huge heart. A heart that longs for what Armand and Julia have found in one another.

Meet Kate Miller. A Texas girl now living in New Orleans in hopes of furthering her career, works at a prestigious art gallery. Intriguing artist and self proclaimed "Vampire King", Lohr Varius, is just her type....right? Moreso than some bartending, steroid meathead...even if he does claim to be the "real deal". As the reader learned in book 1, in the world Ms. Hussey has created, things just aren't always exactly as they seem. Book 2 is no exception.

This book takes on a different twist than the previous, which in my opinion, just added to the series as a whole. One can't help but to fall in love with Slade almost immediately. Such an intimidating site but with his slick, cocky charm and crimson eyes, I was ready to head to New Orleans to track him down myself! He just oozes confidence but is so vulnerable all at the same time. Makes for a fascinating leading man.

I especially loved the banter between Slade and Kate. Both are a little rough around the edges but they both own it. She's no damsel and not exactly impressed with his tough guy attitude. This of course only draws him to her that much more. They both have a past, family issues, acceptance issues, making them a great fit. If they can only see that for themselves. What is also a great fit is the sexual chemistry. The sex scenes in this book are off the charts hot. Ms. Hussey really outdid herself. I will never look at a barstool or a motorcycle the same way again. Not the mention, the term "little spoon" simply makes me smile.

While I would label this book "romance", it's not just about the dance between Slade and Kate. There is mystery, danger and intrigue that I wasn't expecting but couldn't get enough of. Violent twists and turns making for fascinating read. Detective McCoy...while only introduced briefly...I want to know more.

My poor kindle, when I wasn't gripping it for dear life, reading as fast as I could to see what was behind door number 1...I was fanning myself with it after getting through a sizzling sex scene.

Great, fantastic read. Is it Summer 2012 yet?

Monday, October 24, 2011

REVIEW-SERPENT'S KISS (ELDER RACES #3) BY THEA HARRISON

My rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars 

"Maybe I'll find someone who bites."

~Rune


The first word that comes to mind is disappointing. This book had so much potential. The set up, at the end of book 2, had me on pins and needles waiting for this release. I love Thea Harrison's writing style and the world she has created for the Elder Races. That being said, this third installment doesn't even begin to hold a candle to the previous two. A Goodreads friend noted it was "wordy". She was dead on. At times, I found myself skimming over the never ending yammering on about either the surroundings or the inner monologue that was often exhausting at best. Because so much just had to be said, I often got lost in the plot, past? Present? In between? What? The supporting cast was nonexistent which really caused the book to suffer. Ms. Harrison has created such a great group of characters, they had practically no role at all.
The sex scenes saved this book. Even that was very slow to come about. No pun intended. :) They were scortching hot, true to Ms. Harrison's talent. I wasn't so turned off that I refuse to continue the series. I will say though, with book 4, I will wait to read more reviews before starting it myself.






Sunday, October 2, 2011

REVIEW-LOVE POTIONS BY MICHELLE McCLEOD

My rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

"Sleep and dream sweet."

~Aidan

*Please note, this ebook was gifted to me from the author*

I was given the opportunity to do some beta reading for Ms. McCloud while "Love Potions" was still a work in progress. I was thrilled to recieve it as a gift on it's official release date. Thank you Ms. McCleod.


Marion is a human witch who is struggling to pass her Potions class. No matter how hard she tries, the only thing that comes of it is a big mess. Much like her love life, both past and present. Marion must pass the Potions class in order to take the class she needs most, Magical Defense. Until then, she lives in fear, and for good reason. Eric, Marion's violent ex, has been released from prison, with revenge in mind.

Marion has never healed from the violent relationship, and does all she can to avoid drawing attention to herself from the opposite sex. Roommate Raven, the social butterfly, tries to get Marion to open up and live a little, not knowing her dark past. With magic being only as strong as the experience of she who weilds it, Marion must open herself up to the possibility of love or find a new line of study.

Meet Aidan, gorgeous, yet cursed,  Elf with piercing sapphire blue eyes. Aidan's mouth tends to get him into trouble despite his good intentions. Most recently, he found himself both booted and cursed by the Queen, of whom he is a member of her Court. Before the curse can be lifted and he be permitted to return home, Aidan must please a woman who is less than perfect.  Spying Marion on the dance floor in over 2 sizes too big outfit and hair purposely loose to hide her face, should equal "Jackpot" for Aidan. Only it's not her appearance that draws him, there's more. A pull. A pull he wasn't expecting and one that will take he and Marion on a journey of healing, trust, love and survival.

While I realize this is a novella, it still was a bit too short for me. It ended at 74% on my Kindle. I think it could have went further. I liked how the author made magic and all that it entails, mainstream. I think some of the pop culture references were a bit iffy for me, such as "Witchmart". Aidan is delish, pointy ears and all. His multiple "Aye." responses just added to his "mmm" factor. I would have preferred a more modern, striking  name for the heroine. Something that matched the characters growth and eventual strength. Domestic violence is such an issue in our society so I applaud the author for bringing the topic front and center in her fantasy world.

I would have liked to have learned a bit more about the Queen. What little I got of her, I was fascinated. The relationship with her Court, Aidan especially. Without spoiling, scenes between she and Aidan were some of the more touching scenes in the entire novella. I wanted to know what the real driving force is behind that connection.

Last but not least...the sex scenes. WOW. Adian is a master in seduction, literally. Ms. McCleod paints a pretty picture indeed. Scorching hot scenes, graphic, and I do mean GRAPHIC but managing to touch your heart while making it race at the same time. That's not always easy to do, so kudos for that!

I gave this novella 3.5 stars due to length and the fact that I wanted a little more character development. This novella, this author has so much promise and potential, I can't wait to read what she does next!