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Sunday, October 27, 2013

ARC REVIEW-A BLAZE OF SUN (A SHADE OF VAMPIRE #5) BY BELLA FORREST

My rating:3.5 out of 5 stars

"For the first time, in a long time, I found myself desperate for someone to save me."

~Derek Novak

***Please note book was gifted by the author in exchange for an honest review***

A Blaze of Sun is the 5th installment of author Bella Forrest's A Shade of Vampire series. First up, the cover. Yes. I love the cover theme for this series and they only seem to get better as we go. As for the story itself, I feel a little torn with this one. I've mentioned in previous reviews that I find it hard to categorize this series. It's YA yet...not. There isn't an over abundance of sex or language but the violence level has always stayed true and believable when it comes to my idea of paranormal. These aren't dainty, gentle vamps. Throughout this entire series, this has been a plus, a HUGE plus, but in A Blaze of Sun, the balance felt a bit off for me. The use of the term heck verses hell and terms like pain in the neck verses pain in the ass didn't work for me. Not to mention, and I have to be careful not to spoil here, there is a making love reference during a scene that was ANYTHING BUT. Sure they're teens (18 and forever 18) but still.

The world itself is fascinating and I love that the reader is getting a better glimpse at the supporting cast. A side love triangle and a curious new character who sets up the next book all but stole the spotlight away from our lead couple. That would have been okay with me had I not felt like Derek and  Sophia lost their "spark". That special something about the pairing wasn't as strong this time around and the timing stunted the flow for me. This book was life altering for Derek and Sofia both as a couple and as individuals but I couldn't quite connect with them as much as the story called for and some of their biggest moments felt a little anticlimactic. With that being said, there were a couple of twists and turns that I did NOT see coming and loved every minute of it. Derek is tested greatly in A Blaze of Sun and has some things done to him that could have, should have, opened a whole new aspect of the storyline yet, it appears to have been glossed over, forgotten, with Sophia none the wiser. I could be wrong, there may be more on that later (I hope so).

While I can't say that this installment grabbed me as tightly as the previous ones throughout this series, I still anticipate what is to come, who will rise and who will fall and who my next favorite love to hate character will be!

Thursday, October 24, 2013

HALLOWEEN GIVEAWAY!!!

The Big Bad Wolf Romance Compilation by Heather Killough-Walden is sure to be filled with plenty of tricks...as well as treats! Winner will receive the bundle in MOBI (KINDLE FORMAT) via amazon.com. The bundle includes...

The Heat-Lily St. Claire is a simple Southern girl who has no idea what she is in for when she decides to move back to her home town in Louisiana after a decade of being away. But between the two very different alpha werewolves who instantly begin fighting to claim her as their mate and the serial killer who has her in his sites, she's about to find out.
The Strip, Book Two-Green-eyed Malcolm Cole is a cursed werewolf, an alpha in the most powerful sense who has given up hope for any kind of happiness or peace in his life.
Until he catches wind of Claire.

Claire St.James, Charlie among friends, is an amazing young woman with an incredibly special gift. Cole recognizes this at once and swears on the spot to claim Charlie as his mate.
Of course, he isn't the only one with such plans. Charlie is too precious to let go without a fight, and one of the most powerful alphas in the world has already staked a claim, whether Charlie - or Cole - like it or not.

The Spell, Book Three-Dannai, aka the Healer, has begun dreaming of werewolves. She'd always been able to hide the fact that she was a dormant, using her magic to shield her promising scent from the alphas she's been forced to work with. But now that they've invaded her dreams, her world has been turned upside down. For, though every dormant dreams of her intended mate - Dannai is dreaming of two wolves, not one. And neither one of them is good news. One is a notorious killer. The other is Lucas Caige.

Lucas Caige is a man with a haunting past. A warlock took his brother from him fifty years ago and he's spent his life outrunning that dark magic. But fate has a way of throwing sand in your gears, and just when Caige thought he could forever leave behind the magic that brought pain to his life, his path crosses that of the Healer. Dannai unwittingly casts her spell over him the moment he lays eyes on her. She's stunning, she's kind, and everything about her wreaks havoc on his senses. She's also magic incarnate.

But if Dannai thinks that's going to stop him from doing everything in his power to make her his mate, the little witch has another thing coming.

The Hunt, Book Four-Byron Caige has been a prisoner for the last fifty years of his supernaturally long life. Just when he gives up hope of ever knowing freedom again, he is unwittingly rescued by the very same woman who only wants to see him dead. Katherine Dare – Kat – is smart, fast, strong and beautiful – but unfortunately she’s a Hunter, and she’s convinced that Byron murdered her father twenty years ago.

She’s also Byron’s dormant.

As war breaks out amongst the otherworldly of Earth and threatens the existence of entire races, Kat is faced with a terrible decision. Should she give up her cause and believe Caige when he professes his innocence? Or should she fight him and possibly avenge her father’s taken life – even while she forfeits her own?

GOOD LUCK EVERYONE!!!
 
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Wednesday, October 23, 2013

GUEST REVIEW BY BECCA-WAKING UP DEAD BY MARGO BOND COLLINS

**This book was gifted to me in exchange for an honest review**

4 out of 5 stars

This was a wonderful great read! I wouldn't call this a short read, nor a long one. I read it in one sitting, cuddled up next to the boyfriend as he watched football, in about 6 hours. I laughed, and gasped at the twist and turns throughout this book. The one liners! I was a giggle monster, the bf and his buddy were looking at me like I was crazy!

"Let me tell you something. The living don't know jack about the dead."

Callie Taylor, she was tortured and murdered and she has no idea why she's stuck in Abramsville, Alabama instead of her hometown of Dallas, Texas. She can't talk anyone, no one can see her and she's stuck in this small town. Literally, if she tries to cross over the county line she POPS right to the town center. She finds herself almost "befriending" the towns folk. She "haunts" one house on one day and another another day. Mostly watching TV.

Something terrible happens to one of the families she enjoys being around the most, and she is now on a mission to find someone to help her prove the innocence of an innocent man. Enter Ashara who initially wants nothing to do with Callie or her mission. Ashara's "Maw Maw" or Mrs Adelaid, on the other hand has other things in mind. Later we welcome Stephen with open arms. And this begins their journey.

Between Ashara and Maw Maw's one liners....Maw Maw was definitely a favorite. She held nothing back and just said what was on her mind and her mind worked a lot quicker than her looks would lead you to believe. And believe me, Maw Maw let Ahsara know how much she approved of Ashara's "white boy" haha!

This was a great read, fun and something I'd never really read before and would definitely recommend to friends.

Callie to Maw Maw "Nope, I'm stuck to you, so I'm just sitting here waiting for you to die so you can drag my bony white ass up to heaven."

Monday, October 21, 2013

ARC REVIEW VILLERE HOUSE (BLOOD OF MY BLOOD) BY LESLIE FEAR AND C.D. HUSSEY

My rating: 3 out of 5 stars

"The world is rarely what we expect. There are many things beyond...explanation."

~Armand

***Please note, book was gifted by the author(s) in exchange for an honest review***

When Ms. Hussey contacted me in regards to reading and reviewing her latest book, it was indeed a no brainer. If that name sounds familiar it is because she is the author of the La Luxure series, you can check out my 5 star review HERE.

Lets talk cover. I'm not in love with it. It isn't bad but I think it fails to do the book justice. New Orleans and all things voodoo sets the stage for this haunting read but Villere House also possesses a tale of romance both old and new that is laced in tragedy and uncertain. The romance lover in me would have much preferred a cover that represented that aspect of the book a bit more.

Our heroine, Lottie (aka Charlotte) is in town with a couple of friends from college. I use that term loosely because Amanda is a mediocre friend at best and borderline useless. Sam, well she is completely useless. Nothing more than a walking, breathing after school special-YOU WON'T FIND THESE CRABS ON SPECIAL AT JOE'S CRAB SHACK BOYS AND GIRLS...

In the land of paranormal, you gotta love the pull. That nudge that you can't quite place that leads you here, maybe there...Villere House takes that up and notch and poor Lottie is damn near driven out of her mind trying to understand what is happening to her and why. She is hearing and doing things that are out of her control, no longer just dreams. So...is there a boy? Of course there's a boy! Xavier is delish, with an equally delish slightly older brother and a Grandmere and mother that are basically bat shit crazy so obviously, I dug those two.

In some scenes, the attempt to "haunt" the reader struggled, yet at other times, I was pleasantly shocked by some of the characters knee jerk actions. As mentioned, there is romance, both new and old. That's where my attention held, especially the old romance. I wish there had been more. It was so enchanting and beautifully written, not to mention taboo for that time in history. The new romance didn't hold quite the same charm. It felt a bit choppy to me. I'm not sure how one goes from "oh my does he like me?" to a full on blow job cause ya know...life is short.

****SPOILERISH****
 
 
Cameos. YES!!! I won't say the who, when or why but I loved that some of my more familiar characters made an appearance. What was even more impressive was how they were woven into the story. We have one scene where, well....let's just say that otherwise, NO...she wouldn't have gotten discharged that easily. I'm not always a fan of books that are co-authored. In some cases you can actual feel that shift of the pen. That isn't the case with Villere House which is always a huge plus. My interest is peaked so I'll be on the lookout for the follow up, Bayou Grise' in 2014!

Sunday, October 20, 2013

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HER FIRST BILLIONAIRE by Julia Kent

Caught between two men- literally- who turned out to be roommates and secret billionaires, Laura makes a startling discovery about her own capacity for passion.

THE WOMAN OF THE BILLIONAIRE’S DREAMS by Krista Lakes

Tracy has been stepped on all her life, but when a car accident leaves her with the ability to enter other people's dreams, an opportunity arises. Will Tracy be able to break out of her shell in order to seduce billionaire Paul Hayes?

SHATTERED by Adriana Hunter

Curvy Katherine is tired of the daily grind. She craves something new... something exciting. There is one thing that she does look forward to every day- the meetings with her ruggedly handsome billionaire boss, Matt Donaldson. Known for his impossibly good looks and unbelievable wealth, he's loved by many and hated by many more. Katherine never thought Matt noticed her until he comes to her rescue. That sets the pace for a dangerous game of complete submission.

ME, CINDERELLA? by Aubrey Rose

One kind deed can change your life forever...

Brynn has spent her life trying to forget her desires, and Eliot's deep wounds have taken nearly a decade to heal. After so much hurt, will either of them be able to open their hearts again?

THE PRETEND BOYFRIEND by Artemis Hunt

Samantha is clumsy and totally in need of a new boyfriend by this weekend. Her younger sister is getting engaged. Enter Brian Morton. He is gorgeous, rich, snarky, and utterly promiscuous. He was also the bully who made Sam's middle school life a living hell. A series of bizarre events results in Brian losing a bet. His punishment? To be Sam's slave for the weekend... and do anything she wants.

NO REGRETS by Liliana Rhodes

Life hasn't been perfect for plus sized Deborah. Working as a tailor in a department store isn't great, but it has its perks and she meets one in the form of a man she calls "Mr. Sexy". William King isn't just any man though, he's an ultra-private billionaire heir. When Will's mysterious past puts the two lovers in danger, will the truth bring them closer together or finally tear them apart?

I MARRIED A BILLIONAIRE by Melanie Marchande

Maddy has given up on marriage- and men. But when her insanely rich (and sexy) boss Daniel Thorne proposes an arrangement of convenience that would allow him to stay in the country, and Maddy to never work another day in her life, she might get more than she bargained for. By the end of their sham relationship, Maddy finds herself wondering if the money will be enough to repair the cost of a broken heart. But Mr. Thorne may have a secret in store...

THE EXHIBITIONIST by Starla Cole

Erik, a BDSM master Syria met at a bondage exhibition, offers her an opportunity to join his life of beauty, wealth and power as his personal escort and exhibitionist. But on Christmas Eve, Syria will have to choose between a life of luxury without love, and the Santa stripper who just may hold her heart.

THE BILLIONAIRE'S ULTIMATUM by Cerys du Lys

Falling in love wasn't part of Jessika's temporary job description. Nor, initially, was being asked by billionaire CEO Asher Landseer to become an egg donor and surrogate for his infertile wife. All Jessika wants to do is help, but is she setting herself up for heartbreak in the process?

 
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Saturday, October 19, 2013

ARC REVIEW-SOUL RESURRECTED (SONS OF WRATH #2) BY KERI LAKE

My rating: 3.75 out of 5 stars


"Don't leave. Please don't leave. You could kill me right here, right now. Death by your hands, Calla. Your touch I wouldn't fight it. Just, please, don't leave."

~Logan

***Please note, book was gifted by the author in exchange for an honest review***

Soul Resurrected is the second installment of the Sons of Wrath series by Keri Lake and picks up right where book 1, Soul Avenged, left off. If you have yet to get a taste of this series, I suggest you get on that, like...yesterday. You can read my 5 star review HERE.

Logan, my dear sweet, stubborn, brooding, kind of an ass, Logan...

 
 
and you will too. I really enjoyed the growth of this character. I can tolerate the mega alpha male who's a bitter ass and makes the girls cry as long as I get a glimpse of his heart and soul that explains some things but doesn't just give him an "out". Logan is significantly damaged, he truly is but thankfully, our heroine, Calla, isn't a weak woman, nor does she take his shit simply because he's "hot". We need more of that, especially in this genre.
 
As mentioned above, I gave the first book 5 stars so you may be wondering, what went wrong? Well, nothing went "wrong". Soul Resurrected is very fast paced, action packed and will have your inner fan-girl hyperventilating. Logan, sold. Calla, sold. Anna, the resident gossip, sold. I tend to enjoy a great, even mix of urban fantasy and paranormal romance. In this case, it's heavier on the urban fantasy and while not necessarily a bad thing, it can interrupt the flow for me.This is just based on my own personal reading preferences mind you therefore it didn't weigh in on my rating.
 
Once the romantic aspect of the book started to reveal itself, I couldn't read fast enough. Logan, just...yeah. I only wish it hadn't taken so long to get there. Come to think of it, that may not be completely accurate either. Maybe it just seemed that way because I felt a bit, for the lack of a better term, overwhelmed with the first few chapters. It was a lot of information, characters, twists and turns coming at me all at once. I struggled to get a full handle on everything that was happening. Once I felt "settled", it was a fantastic ride. Ms. Lake has a quick wit and there is an underlining bitchy, snarky tone to her writing that I'm most drawn too. Logan came to life, his strengths, weaknesses and flaws, nothing was spared or sugar coated. Another fascinating aspect of this series is that the there are multiple relationships that pull you in, not just the highlighted romantic one, the bonds between the brothers especially. 
 
I'm not sure which brother is next but I'll gladly take any one of them! Zeke, my poor Zeke. Gavin, what have you done?! I could go on and on... I only hope Ms. Lake writes quickly!


Friday, October 18, 2013

SPOTLIGHT-WAKING UP DEAD BY MARGO BOND COLLINS






When Dallas resident Callie Taylor died young, she expected to go to Heaven, or maybe Hell. Instead, she met her fate early thanks to a creep with a knife and a mommy complex. Now she's witnessed another murder, and she's not about to let this one go. She's determined to help solve it before an innocent man goes to prison. And to answer the biggest question of all: why the hell did she wake up dead in Alabama?







 
~*EXCERPT*~
 
 
As Molly straightened up, the man slipped the wire over her head and twisted it around her neck. She struggled, but he pulled the garrote tighter and tighter.
I was screaming at the top of my ghostly voice, for all the good it did me. I moved up behind the man and beat at his back with closed fists--fists that slipped in and out of his back without ever making real contact. He shuddered a little--clearly he was one of the very slightly sensitive ones--but he didn’t loosen his hands.
I reached up and tried to grab the wire, tried to pull against the pressure he was exerting on the wire and it did loosen for an instant. But only for an instant. The living have more control over solid objects than the dead do. I never resented that fact more than at that moment.
But I kept trying. I kept trying as Molly’s face turned purple, then blue, then black, kept trying even as she drooped in the man’s grip.
Then he loosened the wire and it was too late. I watched that wispy, light-on-fog life force slip out of Molly and move on to wherever it is that other people go when they die. I was glad she didn’t show up next to me as a full-blown ghost. At that moment, I wouldn’t have wished my impotent half-existence on anyone.
I couldn’t help thinking that if I’d been alive, I might have been able to save her.
If I could have cried real tears, I would have. As it was, I was sobbing hoarsely and calling the man every dirty name I could think of.
I was still cursing as I followed him around the kitchen. First he opened the pantry and pulled out a box of Hefty garbage bags. Then he grabbed a knife out of the block on the counter. And finally, he picked up Molly’s body and carried it to the bathroom.
 
 
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About the Author
 
Margo Bond Collins lives in Texas with her husband, their daughter, several spoiled cats, and a ridiculous turtle. She teaches college-level English courses online, though writing fiction is her first love. She enjoys reading urban fantasy and paranormal fiction of any genre and spends most of her free time daydreaming about vampires, ghosts, zombies, werewolves, and other monsters. Waking Up Dead is her first published novel. Her second novel, Legally Undead, is an urban fantasy, forthcoming in 2014 from World Weaver Press.
 
 
 
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Twitter: https://twitter.com/MargoBondCollin  @MargoBondCollin
Goodreads Author Page: http://www.goodreads.com/vampirarchy
 
 
Be sure to add Waking Up Dead to your Goodreads bookshelves: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18428064-waking-up-dead
 
 
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Thursday, October 3, 2013

ARC REVIEW-THE ALPHA'S MATE BY MICHELLE FOX

My rating: 3 out of 5 stars

***Please note, book was gifted to me by the author in exchange for an honest review***

The Alpha's Mate by Michelle Fox is told from Chloe, our heroine's point of view. I often struggle with first person because of the I this and I that's. This particular book handled it a bit better than some I've read in the past but at the same time, it stunted my investment in the story and the characters, mainly Jackson, the alpha himself.

Jackson came off as very mechanical to me and I think a lot of it had to do with the fact that I, the reader, never got a chance to step inside his head. He was horny. That's about all I got from him making for a very slow start. It wasn't until about half way through that the storyline picked up and his character showcased some actual personality. There is a kitchen scene between the two that added some much needed romance. The banter was light yet intimate and playful. I only wish there had been a bit more of that. I needed to be sold on the pairing and I never quite got there.

I liked the plot of the book, the mystery of the who and why, and how it all came together. There were a couple of clever plot points that helped balance out the obvious ones and some interesting supporting characters. Chloe isn't a weak heroine, and while I didn't quite connect with her either, she kicked ass when she needed to.

GUEST REVIEW-ALONG CAME A SPIDER BY KATE SERINE

***GUEST REVIEW BY LAURA FROM LAURA AT BUSY MOMS BOOK REVIEWS***
 
 
4 stars
 
*Kensignton Books through NetGalley provided me with a copy of this book for my honest review *
 
Along Came a Spider is a refreshing look at everyone's favorite fairy tales. A unique paranormal world where everyone has their secrets and no one is truly safe.
This was such an original story. My first one I’ve read in this series, I didn’t feel lost, so it can be read as a stand alone.
Trish Muffet and Nicky “Little Boy” Blue were nothing like the stories you read as a child. I loved how their stories were twisted into a great paranormal story for adults. The little details that were spread throughout really brought these characters to life, and kept their tales in your head at the same time. As the investigation what is going on with the seemingly new species of vampires, and the hunt for Vlad Dracula, you meet the tales from the previous books as well as new ones and I love the twists that Kate SeRine put on all of them. This is a series I'll be reading more of in the future.