Thursday, December 27, 2012

All For You (The Nephilim, #1) by Dana Marie Bell

He will keep her safe, no matter what it takes.

Someone—or something—is stalking Abby Marcheson. Luckily, she as her brother’s hunky friend Seth to keep her safe. Abby falls easily into her protected life, with Seth constantly by her side, and when he asks her out on a date, she’s eager to accept.

But Seth is much more than he seems. A Nephilim, a son of Angels with wings of his own, Seth is bound to spend his life hunting the Shemyaza, evil descendants of Angels. He’s kept his wings hidden from Abby in order not to frighten her, but as her stalker becomes bolder, Seth begins to suspect that a Shem has Abby in its sights…

As their flirtation escalates into full-blown passion, Seth is torn. Should he reveal his true nature to the beautiful, trusting Abby? Will she accept him, wings and all, or will Abby flee her guardian angel and fall prey to the sinister force that wishes her harm?

Warning: This book contains explicit sex and graphic language.

3.5 stars 

I liked this book just not as much as I wanted to.  The blurb sounded like something that I would love to read, I mean hot angels protecting us mere mortals from evil demons.....yeah, sign me up.  What I got was confused.  There were something like 23 characters introduced within the first 3 chapters or close to it and not all of them even showed up in the book as anything other then a name and an explanation of who they were.  There was also an information dump in those same first 3 chapters.  A lot of explanation in a short amount of time that I had to reread once or twice.  There was also some weird dialogue between the characters that seemed to come out of nowhere.  One small detail that had me going back to check was that Abby's friend Kaley was introduced as an actress then at the end of the book became the country -hopping archaeologist.  All that being said, I will be reading the next book because I'm interested in seeing where this series goes and I'm a fan of Ms. Bell's other books.  It's definitely an interesting world that has been introduced and the few Nephilim that we met are begging to have their stories told.  All I can say is read it and make your own decision on what appears to be the start of a pretty good series.

Monday, December 24, 2012

My Lord Immortality (Immortal Rogues #3) by Alexandra Ivy

In this mesmerizing tale from the author of the "Guardians of Eternity" series, a traitorous vampire is determined to destroy the Veil that has long separated vampires from human blood--and the passions it ignites. Only the Immortal Rogues, three vampires charged to protect their kind, can hope to stop his deadly rampage. . . Amelia Hadwell has no time for London's nightlife. Not when her beloved brother's odd ways have their family threatening to institutionalize him. And not when she is questioning her own sanity after being confronted by a murderous shadow creature--then being saved by a captivating stranger, a man who belongs to a world she cannot imagine.

Reserved and scholarly, Sebastian St. Ives has been content without human desires--until they are reawakened by the delicate, brave Amelia, whom he is meant to protect. For the young woman has no idea she possesses the key to a ravenous vampire's dark victory. Now Sebastian must shield her from both a killer and his own growing attraction--or bond with her completely, and forever. . .

3/5 stars

I just finished this series. I thought it best to read them all together so that I could give a better review. While I love Ms. Ivy's series, Guardians of Eternity, I wasn't too fond of this one. It is kind of a prequel to the GoE series since it features Nefri and the medallions that are important to keeping the Veil safe. I guess my review is really of all three of the books since really there wasn't much difference between them. The first two even had the villains using the same ploy to introduce them to a woman, the villain's helpers "attacking" a) the main character and b) the maid of the main character. And don't even get me started on the number of times the word "maiden" was used, ugh! At one point the word was used in reference to prostitutes. I must admit that this was the best book of the three, but it was still just an okay book. Another thing that was odd was there was no sex in any of the books just kissing and in one book just a reference to it (they were laying in bed after the act). While not every book needs sex I just kind of think that with vampires I automatically think sex. It also might have made the books a little more interesting. I guess I would recommend this series if you are a fan of Ms. Ivy's or would like a fast and light read.

Friday, December 21, 2012

Dark Wolf Rising (Bloodrunners #4) by Rhyannon Byrd

Eric Drake, a powerful Dark Wolf, has never trusted himself around human females-preferring to mate only within his pack. That is, until he encounters Chelsea Smart snooping around Silvercrest pack land in search of her missing sister. Secretly, Chelsea thinks Eric is the sexiest man she's ever seen, though she is wary of his potent Alpha energy. Then it's discovered that Chelsea's sister is being held by a pack of vicious Lycans, and Eric heroically leaps into action. Now, Chelsea will risk everything-her body and soul-to surrender to the passion that will mark her as Eric's woman for all eternity...if they survive.

4/5 stars

I have the worst habit of reading a book only to then realise that it's a part of a series which is exactly what I did with this one. This is the fourth book in the Bloodrunner series and while there are some plot points from earlier books I in no way felt like I was lost. I really liked this book, enough in fact that I went back and downloaded the first three books and am looking forward to learning a little more of this world and what happened to make Eric feel the way he does toward his father and way the town feels divided about him and his sister. Thankfully Chelsea came along and brought a little happiness into his life, because he really needed the love of a strong woman. Looking forward to reading more of this series and author. 

Monday, December 17, 2012

Forever a Lord (Rumor #3) by Delilah Marvelle

He's a fighter, not a lover.
But that's about to change...

Lady Imogene Norwood lives a sheltered life of quiet respectability and routine...until she debuts at her first Season. There among London's elite she meets the wild and broken Lord Atwood. And the very shy English rose suddenly realizes that a little chaos might just be what her heart desires.

Lord Nathaniel James Atwood doesn't believe true love exists. Since scandal tore him away from his family at an early age, he has spent his life fighting for what he wants. That attitude has made him a rising star in bare-knuckle boxing, and now leads him back to London to reclaim the life that was stolen from him. But upon meeting the innocent Imogene, his beliefs are guarding his heart against her proves to be the fight of his life.

 5/5 stars

I am so not ready to see this series end yet, but I guess all good things must come to an end. I was so happy that Nathaniel got his HEA, I mean each man in this series deserved one, but poor Nathaniel went through so much for a secret that shouldn't have been his to keep for 30 years. Of course everything he went through only strengthened his character and made him a man worth loving with every fiber of your being. And thankfully he found someone to do exactly that in Imogene. Even though Imogene was a very young naive girl, I think that was the perfect match for Nathaniel's world-wiry view of life. I really liked the fact that even though this was set in the 1830's in London we got to experience life outside of the ballrooms and instead was immersed in the world of bare-knuckle boxing. I can't recommend this whole series enough. Delilah Marvelle certainly breathed new life into a genre that was getting a little stale.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Forever a Lady (The Rumor #2) by Delilah Marvelle

TWO DIFFERENT CLASSES, ONE COMMON DESIRE... Lady Bernadette Marie Burton  may be the richest widow in England, but like her dreams of finding true passion, her reputation is deteriorating. Cruel gossip, loneliness and hoards of opportunistic suitors have her believing Society couldn't be more vile...or dangerous. So when an attacker threatens her life, she finds safety in the most unseemly of places: the arms of a mysterious, Irish-American gang leader. His fortune stolen, young  Matthew Milton is done playing the respectable gentleman. In the slums of New York, only ruffians thrive. But from the moment he arrives in London and encounters the voluptuous Lady Bernadette, he can't help but wonder about the finer pleasures he's missing. Or just how much he's willing to risk-not only to bed her, but to prove his worth....

5/5 stars

I don't hand out five star ratings very often, but this book definitely deserved it. This is the second in a series set in the 1830's and revolve around an interesting group of people. There are dukes, thieves, boxers and even a missing heir. Here we had Matthew's story, who we met in the last book and was the stepson of Georgia. Matthew is the leader of a gang known as the Forty Thieves that keep a portion of the Five Points safe for the residents living there. While on a trip to London he meets the lovely Bernadette and becomes instantly smitten after helping her ward off an old lover who is attacking her. Due to a very bad decision and a stay in jail, Matthew and Bernadette split up and go their separate ways until Bernadette is thrust back into his life. They decide to give it another try, but Matthew can only commit if he can come to her as his own man. Matthew not only makes his way back, but exceeds his goal. The transformation he makes is amazing and he becomes everything we knew he was capable of becoming. I love the settings that this book and series has taken us to. It's a whole new side that we don't normally get to read about in historical romance. I would love to see this series stretch out to more then three books, because I would love to see what kind of man that Ronan grows into being under Matthew's care. Please read this series, I really don't think you'll be disappointed.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Forever and a Day (The Rumor #1) by Delilah Marvelle

1830 London and New York City

Roderick Gideon Tremayne, the recently appointed Duke of Wentworth, never expected to find himself in New York City, tracking down a mysterious map important to his late mother. And he certainly never expected to be injured, only to wake up with no memory of who he is. But when he sees the fiery-haired beauty who's taken it upon herself to rescue him, suddenly his memory is the last thing on his mind.

Georgia Milton, the young head of New York's notorious Forty Thieves, feels responsible for the man who was trying to save her reticule from a thief. But she's not prepared for the fierce passion he ignites within her. When his memory begins to return, her whole world is threatened, and Roderick must choose between the life he forgot and the life he never knew existed....

4/5 stars

What a great start this book was to a new series set in the 1830's New York. What really set this book apart from the genre is that it doesn't take place in the beautiful drawing rooms and glittering ballrooms of the day instead it takes place in the slums of the Five Points area of New York. Of course there is still a duke thrown in there, but it's really about a regular girl trying to survive in a hostile environment. Georgia mets an incredibly attractive man on the street then watches in horror as he is run down by a carriage while trying to catch the boy who stole her purse. After a lengthy stay in the hospital he is released into Georgia's care where she finds out the accident caused a bit of memory loss. What follows is a love story full of heat and caring that goes beyond the slums into the realm of the aristocracy of London. I highly recommend this book and look forward to the next book in the series which is Matthew's.

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Deliver Me From Temptation (Paladin Warriors #2) by Tes Hilaire

Logan Calhoun is the last full-blooded Paladin, the future leader of a race of immortal warrior angels. The heavy responsibility of continuing the Paladin line falls to him, and the last thing he should do is get involved with a human. Then fate throws Jessica Waters, a homicide detective who doesn't believe in fate or divine intervention, into his path. Her devotion lies in her Glock and a good set of handcuffs. Like Logan, she's a warrior for her people, and she awakens within him something he'd never thought he'd feel. But she's also as human as they come...

5/5 stars

This is the second book in a series about a group of Paladin Warriors, a group of angels who volunteered to police the vampires and demons who live in our world. Logan is the last full-blooded Paladin and is expected to be the next leader of the Warriors, following in the footsteps of his very strict father. A father who doesn't approve of much including his own daughter who is now a half-vampire and bonded to Logan's best friend. Logan meets Jessica, a detective working on a case that involves several rapes and a murder, and the sparks of attraction soon start a full blown fire between the two. And what a fire it was!

I love this series. I really liked the first book, but this one was so much better. There was action and romance and everything I like about this genre. There was also a good set-up for at least two more books. Hopefully this is just the beginning of a series that, in my opinion, can only get better. 

Sunday, December 2, 2012

The Bridegroom Wore Plaid (MacGregor Trilogy, #1) by Grace Burrowes

In an effort to preserve the family estate, Ian MacGregor, the Earl of Balfour, must marry for money. When a promising match emerges in the form of Genie Daniels, a rich English heiress, Ian begins devising a strategy to woo her. When he meets Genie's poor cousin Augusta, he discovers a new avenue to Genie's heart. But after spending time with Augusta and falling for her charms, Ian begins to question whether or not he's willing to forfeit his heart to save the family name...

3.5/5 stars

A pretty good start to a new series featuring a clan of Highlander brothers and their lady loves. Ian, as head of the Clan MacGregor, feels as if he must marry a wealthy English lady to keep his family from going completely broke. Enter Genie Daniels, a rich English lady who's father is looking to buy a title in exchange for a rather large dowry. It seems to be the perfect solution to both their problems, of course if that were so we wouldn't have this little gem of a book. Instead we have a bride-to-be who doesn't want to marry Ian, a groom who falls in love with the wrong woman, two brothers who are also falling for the wrong women, a sister who doesn't care for the guest she should be playing hostess to, a small child who likes to get into everything, an uncle who is a nasty piece of work and a missing brother. Yeah, this is definitely worth a read. It was a fast and fun read that reminded me why I love this genre.

This was the first book of Ms. Burrowes that I have read and I can't wait to read more. I've actually had a couple of her books in my TBR pile for awhile now and now that I've read this I think I'll dig them out and start reading them this week. 

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Cowboy with a Cause by Carla Cassidy

"I'd apologize for kissing you, but I'm not all that sorry."Dancer Melanie Brooks had escaped small-town Oklahoma, giving up the country for Broadway's bright lights. Yet after her mother's funeral called her back, her own health issues forced her to stay. Now her tenant, too-hot-for-his-own-good Adam Benson, is giving her a reason to dance again. But has a killer set his sights on her, too?

Adam knows a little something about fresh starts. As for his beautiful neighbor, he doesn't see a wheelchair—he sees a woman who understands. But as the heat grows between them, he can't avoid the feeling that more than her big-city past haunts her—and that danger has been lurking, waiting to strike….

3.5/5 stars

Being a woman in a wheelchair there were times I completely understood how Melanie felt regarding how she thought people saw her and even how she saw herself. Her views on the future with or without romance also struck a chord. But there were other times I really wanted to shake her and yell "snap out of it!". Adam tried his best to get her out of her funk and thankfully it did happen, it just happened to late for me. Add in the fact that the plot also involves two murders that have been dragged along through two previous books and still didn't get solved and a whole new crazy person in this one all add up to me wanting to stay far away from the small town of Grady Gulch, Oklahoma.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Ethan, Who Loved Carter by Ryan Loveless

By twenty-four, Carter Stevenson has stuttered and ticced his way to debilitating shyness. Although his friends accuse him of letting his Tourette's dictate his life, Carter moves from Los Angeles to a quiet California town. He'll keep his head down and avoid people. He doesn't anticipate his new neighbor, Ethan Hart, crashing into his solitude and forcing him to get out and live.

From the beginning, Ethan makes his love for Carter clear. But he fears Carter won't see past Ethan's damaged brain, even though it makes Ethan more attuned to his emotions than most people. For Carter, there's a bigger issue: he's been burned by so-called "perfect" matches, and he won't risk his heart again.

One way or another, Ethan's determined to show Carter they belong together. Then Ethan receives tragic news. Suddenly he must turn to Carter for strength and support. Will Carter come through when Ethan needs him most?

5/5 stars

This is one of the sweetest books I've ever read. I laughed, I cried and I even learned about two different conditions that I really had nothing but the basic information on beforehand. Ethan was such a breath of fresh air, just breezing in to make life so much better. Carter was such a great match for him. The way they both looked out for and took care of each other is exactly what I like to read in my romance books.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Gracyn Sophia

Gracyn Sophia
Me, my sister & new great-niece

My new great-niece, Gracyn Sophia, was born last Friday!  I had the honor of being in the delivery room as she was being born.  Such an amazing experience!  She's 7lbs 1oz and perfect.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012


So, here's my one spiel about the election.....I don't care who you vote for because the most important thing is to actually vote. If you don't vote your essentially telling every American who lost their life for our country that their life and sacrifice was for nothing. Have the decency to please go vote. Especially women and minorities considering we had to fight twice as hard for the right to vote. I'm now stepping off my soapbox. Thanks.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

All He Ever Desired (Kowalski Family #5) by Shannon Stacey

A second shot at first love

After college, Ryan Kowalski decided to leave Whitford, Maine, rather than watch Lauren Carpenter marry another man. Now his siblings need his help to refurbish the family-owned Northern Star Lodge and he's forced to face the past sooner rather than later when he collars a vandal—and learns the boy is Lauren's son…

The last person Lauren needs back in her life is Ryan Kowalski. With a bitter ex-husband and a moody teenage son, she has enough man trouble already. But her son needs to learn a few lessons about right and wrong, even if Lauren has to escort him to Ryan's door every day to work off his crime.

With all this close contact, Ryan and Lauren can't deny the chemistry between them is as powerful as ever. But can a few searing kisses erase their past and pave the way for a second chance at true love?

5/5 stars 

I love the Kowalski series. The first three were about the New Hampshire branch and the last two have been about their cousins in Maine. The Maine branch are a little less boisterous, but are just as family oriented, enough so you wish you were part of the clan. This book was about Ryan and Lauren, two people that really need to be together considering the second chance they're getting. When I first met Ryan in Mitch's book I thought he seemed kinda like a jerk, but after getting to know him it isn't that he's a jerk, it's just he puts a lot on himself. The running of his company, the rebuilding of his family's home and the guilt he carries from asking Lauren to run away with him years earlier. Meeting Lauren and her son, Nick, again after sixteen years makes him want her all over again. And after Lauren sees Ryan again all her "what-if " moments come crashing back. The two together made a great couple and what's more is they were a believable couple. And of course Lauren made a perfect addition to the Kowalski clan. I can't wait to read the next book, not just to read Josh's story, but because we always get to see little peeks into the lives of the rest of the family and see how they're doing.

Highly recommend this book even if you haven't read the rest of the series. But to get the maximum impact of the Kowalski men, you should definitely read the series in order.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

All He Ever Needed (Kowalski Family #4) by Shannon Stacey

He won’t stay put for a woman, and she won’t chase after any man…

Mitch Kowalski lives out of a suitcase—and he likes it that way. Traveling for work has the added bonus of scaring off women who would otherwise try to tie him down. But when he’s called home to help with the family lodge, he’s intrigued by the new girl in town and her insistence that she doesn’t need a man. If there’s one thing Mitch can’t resist, it’s a challenge.

After a nomadic childhood, Paige Sullivan is finally putting down roots. Determined to stand on her own two feet, she lives by the motto “Men are a luxury, not a necessity.” But when Mr. Tall, Dark and Hot pulls up a stool in her diner and offers her six weeks of naughty fun with a built-in expiration date, she’s tempted to indulge.

They’re the perfect match for a no-strings fling. Until they realize their sexy affair has become anything but casual…

4/5 stars

 I wonder if there are any Kowalski relations that live near me, because I would love to have one or two. These guys are definitely hot and sexy and I just love reading about the women who can come in and tame them. Though this book started off a lot slower then the rest it was still a great romance. I think Paige was the perfect fit for Mitch and can't wait to get little sneak peeks of their life in the future books. And speaking of future books, I think I'll get started on Ryan's book right now.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Men of Smithfield: Adam and Holden by L. B. Gregg

They were star-crossed lovers from the start.

Former television sensation and renowned world explorer, Holden Worthington, is held prisoner by crippling agoraphobia. When a sexy young laborer arrives to set his property to rights, a ray of light begins to glimmer in Holden's dark and narrow world. A grisly discovery throws the two men together, and Holden finds his world turned inside out-- by his inappropriate longing for his awkward, young employee, Adam Morgan, and by a threat growing around them both. All of Smithfield believes Holden has something to hide, and Adam is determined to bring everything--including Holden Worthington--into the open.

5/5 stars

Who knew agoraphobia could be so funny?  I certainty didn't, but it was hard trying to keep a straight face while reading this installment of the Smithfield series.  It was full of great characters and funny as hell inner monologues.  I love the wit and humor that Gregg uses for each character.   I really hope that there will be future books in this series because I can't remember the last time I laughed out loud while reading as much as I did while reading this series. 

Holden has a crippling illness that makes it Damn near impossible to go outside, so instead he stays inside his big house and watches the world safely from his porch or balcony.   It's from his porch he starts watching his new gardener and imagining all the dirty things they could do together.   Adam is his young hot new employee who finds a dead body in Holden's yard.  What follows is a often times funny murder mystery that brings the two men together as they try to figure out what happened while trying to figure out their new relationship.   I loved these two guys and really didn't want the book to end.  Their understanding of each other was a wonderful thing to read. 

I recommend this book, along with the rest of the series, to anyone who likes a little humor with their romance.

Friday, October 19, 2012

Savage Hunger (Heart of the Jaguar #1) by Terry Spear

Kathleen McKnight is on a dangerous mission to help her army team take down a drug lord.  She’s a tough as nails recruit, but when she’s caught in the crossfire, she has to rely on a mysterious man to save her. She has no idea that he has big plans for her…
   Connor Anderson is a jaguar shifter who is looking for his mate. When he rescues Kathleen in the jungle—twice—he can’t help but be intrigued.  Will a bite or a scratch turn Kathleen into the perfect jaguar mate? 

4/5 stars

I love Terry Spear's Werewolf series so when I saw this new series I just knew I had to read it.  I really liked that they were Jaguar shifters and that the story took place in the rainforest.  The change of scenery from urban America to the jungle of Colombia was a welcome change in the shifter genre.  Spear's writing was so descriptive that I could actually see the cats prowling around protecting their territory.  I loved Connor and his sister, Maya.  They're both looking for mates, but don't know if there are any other jaguar shifters.  During an annual vacation, Connor finds the perfect woman for himself, but she is just a regular human unless Maya can do something about that.  While trying to figure out mating urges they must also contend with natives and drug cartels.  I read the book in two sittings and can't wait for the next book.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Men of Smithfield: Seth and David by L.B. Gregg

All Seth really wanted was a simple massage—was that too much to ask? When his usual therapist is replaced by a sexy young masseur, Seth finds himself obsessed with the unpredictable - and wholly inappropriate - David Cooke. Pushed to the breaking point by forces both mysterious and not so mysterious, Seth must lose his rigid control to find the happy ending both he and David deserve.

5/5 stars

I really have no idea way I've waited so long to read this series. I laughed through certain parts and sighed while wearing a goofy grin through the rest. I loved that David got to shake up Seth and helped him heal in a way. I didn't think I was going to like Seth very much considering the way he acted during the first and second meetings with David, but he definitely made up for it. Adding not just one but two little girls into the mix was a really good bonding experience for the guys too. Not to mention their smokin' hot sex was quite the turn on. I can't wait to read more about the men from Smithfield, in fact I think I'll head on over and download the next one in the series.

Sunday, October 7, 2012

White Wolf (White Wolf #1) by Jianne Carlo

“I’m counting to ten and then I’ll start shooting,” Sheriff Gray White balanced a rifle on one shoulder and held a spotlight at eye level effectively blinding the perp.
“My name’s Sorcha McFadden, officer, and as you can see I’ve been skinny dipping,” his very naked, very sexy perp announced.
Stunned, White Wolf Gray can’t reconcile the nude, auburn-haired nymph, Sorcha, with his little sister’s childhood best friend. Especially when fate and his own body decree her his mate.
At thirteen, Sorcha watched Gray screwing Tonya Hazzard, the captain of the cheerleading team, from her perch in the hayloft. The image of his pumping hips invaded Sorcha's every fantasy, propelled her every climax from that day forward.
They're destined for each other, except... Sorcha doesn't believe in the supernatural, but her life—as well as the answers to the mystery surrounding her parents' murder-suicide fifteen years—earlier depend on it. Gray's the only thing standing between her and certain death, but her grandmother's last message was "Trust no one." Does that include Gray?

3/5 stars

I'm not sure about this book. I was a little confused at times and at other times I was rolling my eyes. If I had to read the phrases "honey" and "three lines on his forehead" anymore I'd probably go crazy. The story or maybe it was the wording didn't flow at times and I had to go back and reread certain parts thinking I had missed something. At least the two MCs had known each other before so it gave them a little more believable instant romance. I'm going to read the next book in the series and hopefully I'll like it better cause there is a lot to like about this book. For instance, the wolf spirit in the person, but not being able to actually shift into one. The MC being in law enforcement was something I liked along with the involvement of the RCMP. The sex was pretty hot too.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Rev It Up (Black Knights Inc. #3) by Julie Ann Walker

He Never Misses a Target

Jake "the Snake" Sommers earned his SEAL codename by striking quickly and quietly - and with lethal force. That's how he broke Michelle Carter's heart. It was the only way to keep her safe - from himself. Four long years later, Jake is determined to get a second chance. But to steal back into Michelle's loving arms, Jake is going to have to prove he can take things slow. Real slow...

She Aims to Make Him Beg

Michelle Carter has never forgiven Jake for being so cliché as to "love her and leave her." But when her brother, head of the Black Knights elite ops agency, ticks off the wrong mobster, she must do the unimaginable: place her life in Jake's hands. No matter what they call him, this man is far from cold-blooded. And once he's wrapped around her heart, he'll never let her go...

5/5 stars 

I really want my own Black Knight! This series just keeps getting better and better. In this book we meet Jake, who broke the heart of Shell. Four years later he rides in on his motorcycle intent on winning back Shell no matter what. Shell is having a hard time being around Jake and while she still loves him she's scared that he'll break her heart all over again. She's also trying to keep her son safe from a mobster that has sworn vengeance against the Black Knights and their families. And of course the best person to protect Shell and little Franklin is Jake, but can she handle being around Jake 24/7? The tension between the two was hot enough to set my ereader on fire! I was cheering Jake on from the start and found myself wanting to smack Shell a few times because you could see how hard he was trying and how hard she was denying what she felt. I loved these two together and after everything they went through they definitely deserved a happy ending.

This book was full of second chance romance, lots of action and one cute little boy who steals everybody's heart. I really hope there will be more books in this series because each character we meet keep getting more interesting. The secondary storyline was with Rock and Vanessa and I'm really hoping we won't have long to wait to read their story.

Monday, October 1, 2012

Miss Lavigne's Little White Lie (Beau Monde #3) by Samantha Grace

A Scoundrel Drives a Hard Bargain...

Spirited and determined to protect her young brother at any cost, Lisette Lavigne is desperate to flee New Orleans. There’s only one ship sailing to England, though, and the rakish Captain Daniel Hillary will only allow Lisette’s family aboard for a very steep price...

But a Lady Always Gets the Upper Hand...

Daniel prides himself on running a tight ship, and he knows a lady will be nothing but trouble on a long voyage. Yet he can’t help but break his own ironclad rules when Lisette persuades him that being gentlemanly just this once is his wisest course of action.

4/5 stars 

I was so excited to read Daniel's story and I wasn't disappointed.  He was such an ass in the last book so I just knew it was going to be an exciting book when he was the MC.  I thought it would've taken a really strong confident woman to tame Daniel and was surprised that someone so young and innocent was what it took.  Lisette was like a breath of fresh air for Daniel and it was fun to read him falling under not just her spell, but her brother, Rafe's as well.  I also liked that most of the book took place aboard Daniel's ship instead of ballrooms and Town.  It actually made you understand Daniel a bit more and the reason behind his stand-offish behavior.  I really hope this series carries on through a few more books, because I really love to read Samantha Grace.  I can't recommend this series enough and while they can be read as stand alone, they are much more enjoyable read in order.

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Seven Nights in a Rogue's Bed (Sons of Sin #1) by Anna Campbell

Will a week of seduction...

Desperate to save her sister's life, Sidonie Forsythe has agreed to submit herself to a terrible fate: Beyond the foreboding walls of Castle Craven, a notorious, hideously scarred scoundrel will take her virtue over the course of seven sinful nights. Yet instead of a monster, she encounters a man like no other. And during this week, she comes to care for Jonas Merrick in ways that defy all logic—even as a dark secret she carries threatens them both.

...Spark a lifetime of passionate surrender?

Ruthless loner Jonas knows exactly who he is. Should he forget, even for a moment, the curse he bears, a mere glance in the mirror serves as an agonizing reminder. So when the lovely Sidonie turns up on his doorstep, her seduction is an even more delicious prospect than he originally planned. But the hardened outcast is soon moved by her innocent beauty, sharp wit, and surprising courage. Now as dangerous enemies gather at the gate to destroy them, can their new, fragile love survive?

4.5/5 stars

 This isn't the typical historical romance, that's for sure which is a good thing. First off we have Jonas Merrick, who is described as not a very good looking man with scars on his face making him even uglier to the members of the ton. But they don't accept him anyway considering he was born a bastard. Then there's Sidonie, a lovely girl who gets caught up in her sister's gambling debt to Jonas. That's some sisterly love for you because I don't think I could've stepped in for a week of who-knows-what to cover debts with a man who is so feared.

I really liked the story and loved that it was a different take on the genre. There weren't that many characters, but the ones that were in the book were really great. We met two friends of Merrick's that were considered bastards also and I can't wait to see how their stories will play out. This was a great start to a new series that I definitely will be looking forward to reading.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Run the Risk (Love Undercover #1) by Lori Foster

When Detective Logan Riske goes undercover to find Pepper Yates, a potential link to his best friend's unsolved murder, he vows to gain her cooperation by any means necessary. But the elusive beauty is more suspicious—and in far more danger—than he expected. And the last thing Logan needs is to start caring for her….Pepper has spent years dodging the corrupt club owner who will stop at nothing to keep her silenced. She can trust no one, not even the handsome new "construction worker" who's moved in next door. The heat between them is undeniable. But will surrendering to passion bring her the safety she so desires—or will her feelings for Logan draw them both into a killer's crosshairs?

3/5 stars

So, I'm not sure what I really thought about this book. On one hand, I really liked the story. It revolves around Logan Riske going undercover to flush out a witness to the murder of his best friend. Of course he falls for the woman he's suppose to be watching. Now on the other hand, I still don't know if I liked the other MC, Pepper Yates. She starts off as a shy and meek woman because she's in hiding then she does a complete turn around when her identity becomes known. She becomes this hard-ass in-your-face kinda woman which just didn't work for me. I liked her a lot more as the shy girl. The secondary characters were well written and I look forward to their books. 

Monday, September 24, 2012

The Mephisto Kiss (The Mephisto Covenant #2) by Trinity Faegen

The eyes never lie. No one’s eyes are darker than Eryx. Not even the Devil’s.

When Jax and Sasha first see Jordan Ellis, they know she is no ordinary teenager. She’s the daughter of the President after all, but she’s also Anabo – a descendant of Eve.

What they don’t know is that Eryx plans to kidnap Jordan and force President Ellis to pledge his soul. If Eryx’s plot succeeds, the consequences would be catastrophic.

But the Mephisto brothers do know about Jordan’s secret identity. And for one of them, she could be the match that leads to their soul’s salvation.

Now it’s a desperate race against time to save Jordan and prevent Eryx’s haunting eyes from discovering her true identity.

A thrilling story of romance, danger, and intrigue, THE MEPHISTO KISS continues the marvelous mythology that began in THE MEPHISTO COVENANT.

3.5/5 stars

I was looking forward to reading this book since I enjoyed the first book in the series. While I don't generally read the YA genre I must admit to being intrigued with the premise of this series. Five sons of Hell, who have been 18 years old for the past thousand years, are fighting against the take-over of hell by their oldest brother all while keeping their eye open for their one true love. Sounds simple right? Yeah, not so much. Their Anabo, or true love, can turn them down or succumb to their oldest brothers ploy to keep them apart and they have to take out lost souls and transport them to Hell on Earth and protect the innocent. You get the idea. I love all the brothers; I mean who wouldn't like to be surrounded by a bunch of insanely hot, buff alpha guys?

But see here is where I tell you what I didn't like about the kinda weirds me out that these guys who are so old in years and experience are looking at these 16-18 year old girls in such a way as to secret them off to their mountain. I understand that the guys themselves are suppose to be 18, but they don't keep a mentality of a teenager for over a thousand years, do they? I guess that's why I don't read a lot of YA books, I just can't imagine being a teenager for eternity. 

Friday, September 21, 2012

Low Pressure by Sandra Brown

Bellamy Lyston was only 12 years old when her older sister Susan was killed on a stormy Memorial Day. Bellamy's fear of storms is a legacy of the tornado that destroyed the crime scene along with her memory of what really happened during the day's most devastating moments.

Now, 18 years later, Bellamy has written a sensational, bestselling novel based on Susan's murder. Because the book was inspired by the tragic event that still pains her family, she published it under a pseudonym to protect them from unwanted publicity. But when an opportunistic reporter for a tabloid newspaper discovers that the book is based on fact, Bellamy's identity is exposed along with the family scandal.

Moreover, Bellamy becomes the target of an unnamed assailant who either wants the truth about Susan's murder to remain unknown or, even more threatening, is determined to get vengeance for a man wrongfully accused and punished.

In order to identify her stalker, Bellamy must confront the ghosts of her past, including Dent Carter, Susan's wayward and reckless boyfriend -- and an original suspect in the murder case. Dent, with this and other stains on his past, is intent on clearing his name, and he needs Bellamy's sealed memory to do it. But her safeguarded recollections -once unlocked-pose dangers that neither could foresee and puts both their lives in peril.

As Bellamy delves deeper into the mystery surrounding Susan's slaying, she discovers disturbing elements of the crime which call into question the people she holds most dear. Haunted by partial memories, conflicted over her feelings for Dent, but determined to learn the truth, she won't stop until she reveals Susan's killer.

That is, unless Susan's killer strikes her first...

5/5 stars

 This was a typical Sandra Brown novel. And I do not mean that in a bad way, in fact I mean that in typical Ms. Brown fashion she wrote a really great book. The characters were well written and you could actually relate to them. The story was a great mystery that literally kept me guess to the very end and everytime I thought I knew the murderer something popped up that had me second guessing myself. It took me awhile to really get into the story, but by about the fifth chapter I was sucked in and couldn't put the book down.

Dent and Bellamy did a heck of a job uncovering the facts of Susan's death. Their pasts of being the sister and ex-boyfriend gave them enough reason for wanting to find out what really happened that day eighteen years before, but it also gave them the perfect amount of tension towards each other. When they finally succumbed to that tension it was both sweet and sexy and not to mention perfectly timed. I liked that Ms Brown waited so long for them to get together, if they would've been sleeping together the whole time I think it would've lost a lot of punch since the storyline was pretty sexual to begin with.

I completely recommend this book and think you won't be disappointed. I mean really any book by Sandra Brown is definitely worth the time to read, but I'm a little biased because she's one of my favorite authors.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Bear Meets Girl (Pride #7) by Shelly Laurenston

He's big, burly, and way smarter than your average shapeshifting bear. He's also about to get trapped by own his game. . .
Lou Crushek is a reasonable, mellow, easygoing kind of guy. But once someone starts killing the scumbags he works so hard to bust, that really gets under his fur. Especially when that someone is a curvy she-tiger with a skill set that's turning Crush's lone-bear world upside down--and bringing his passion out of hibernation. . .
As a member of an elite feline protection unit, Marcella Malone has no problem body-dropping anyone who hunts her kind. But Crush is proving one major pain in her gorgeous tail. The only reason she's joined forces with him is to track down the wealthy human who's got her entire species in his ruthless sights. It sure isn't because Crush's stubborn and contrary attitude is rubbing Cella in all the right ways. .

3/5 stars

 I loved Crush. He was such a great character and at times so geeky it was just too adorable. Cella was at times hilarious, but was just annoying most times. I just got tired of reading about all the fighting. If there are more books in this series after this one I'm not sure if I'll read them or not cause I'm just tired of reading about psycho women.

Friday, September 14, 2012

Stygian's Honor (Breeds #27) by Lora Leigh

Window Rock, Arizona, is the last known location of Honor Roberts, who vanished when she was just thirteen. It was her only sanctuary from the Breed research that would surely have ended in her death—one such insidious experiment should, indeed, have killed her. That she lived is both a miracle—and a great mystery.

Stygian’s mission is to find Honor Roberts, no matter the cost. Now, with the help of Liza Johnson, assistant to the chief of the Navajo Nation, he is closer than ever to his goal. But will the discovery of Honor Roberts mean the destruction of the mating heat that has developed between Stygian and Liza?

3.5/5 stars

I started reading this book and felt like I had missed a big part of the plot and was very confused for awhile. I started thinking that maybe I had missed an entire book somewhere and realized that I did indeed miss a novella about Malachi & Isabelle that was in an anthology (and I really hate buying an anthology, because I usually only care about one story and think the rest is a waste, but that's my opinion) . Once I got past the confusion I really started liking Stygian and loved that he didn't deny the mating, but instead opened himself to it. Liza, on the other hand, ran hot and cold with me. She didn't like it but gave into it then embraced it then fought it then loved it. But of course after saying all that I must admit I finished the book in one day because ....well, it's a Breeds book. I can't not read one of these incredibly sexy books in one setting.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Seduced by Blood (Sweetblood #4) by Laurie London

Deep within the forests of the Pacific Northwest, the battle for supremacy rages on between two vampire coalitions:

Guardian enforcers sworn to protect humanity, and Darkbloods, rogues who kill like their ancient ancestors...

Hot-blooded and hard-edged, Tristan Santiago has an uncanny ability to see beneath the surface-a skill that serves him well as the Guardians' region commander. But when a deadly plot against his fellow vampires is uncovered, he must turn to the one woman he can't read: the beautiful yet mysterious Roxanne Reynolds, whose sensual presence soothes his tormented memories.

Roxy had put love before duty once before, with devastating results. But to root out a dangerous traitor in their midst, she must put her faith in Santiago, the one man skilled enough to break through her defenses. Posing as lovers, Santiago and Roxy work side by side-and discover a powerful craving that threatens to consume them both....

5/5 stars

Oh my! I loved this installment of the Sweetblood series. Santiago has always had me wondering what kind of woman would it take to tame him and now I finally know. It took a woman who wouldn't take any crap from him and actually stand up to him. Roxy was perfect for him from the very beginning and reading their story was like taking a very sexy and sensational trip that I didn't want to end. Santiago always caught my attention because of that dark brooding alpha thing he's got going on. I happy he finally got a HEA. Now I can't wait to see what we have in store for Mitch

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Dark Craving (Dark Kings #1) by Donna Grant

Fueled by ancient magic—and enflamed by human desire—the Dragon King known as Hal can transform himself at will into one of the legendary winged creatures he is sworn to protect. But one thing he can never do is fall in love…with a mortal woman.

Searching for her brother in Scotland—and succumbing to the freezing cold—Cassie Hunter awakens to find herself in the arms of a magnificent Highland warrior. Across his chest is the tattoo of a fiery dragon. And in his heart is a burning passion that, once unleashed, will consume them both…body and soul.

This is a story of destiny and desire, magic and mystery, warriors and lovers.

These are the forbidden cravings of the Dark Kings.

4.5/5 stars

I love dragon shifters and really think there aren't enough books written about them so when I found this series and realized not only are they dragons, but also Scottish ...oh yeah! I liked this book and really liked the world it takes place in. I was kinda worried it was a spin-off series and I would be lost, but thankfully though Ms. Grant's other series were briefly mentioned, I was so into the story it just made me want to check out her other books. Loved Hal and Cassie and can't wait to see which dragon gets the next book.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

In Rides Trouble (Black Knights Inc. #2) by Julie Ann Walker

Rebel with a Cause

Becky "Rebel" Reichert never actually goes looking for trouble. It just has a tendency to find her. Like the day Frank Knight showed up at her door, wanting to use her motorcycle shop as a cover for his elite special ops team. But Becky prides herself on being able to hang with the big boys-she can weld, drive, and shoot just as well as any of them.

Man with a Mission

Munitions, missiles, and mayhem are Frank's way of life. The last thing the ex-SEAL wants is for one brash blonde to come within fifty feet of anything that goes boom. Yet it's just his rotten luck when she ends up in a hostage situation at sea. Come hell or high water, he will get her back-whether she says she needs him or not.

4.5/5 stars

This series just keeps getting better and better. I mean who doesn't want to read about sexy alpha men saving and protecting the women they love? In this installment to the series we get Frank and Becky's story and it was awesome! I love the tension between the two of them not only in this book, but also in the first book, Hell on Wheels. With the amount of banter back and forth and the hot looks you just knew their relationship was going to be combustible and burn the pages up...and that they did. I really liked the way Frank kept trying to be all noble and stay away from her, but they were like two sexy magnets that just kept getting pulled together. These two definitely deserved each other and the set-up for the next book was great.

I am so excited to read this series and tell people what I think about it because I haven't been this excited about a new series in a long time. Not only is there smokin' hot romance, but there is also a lot of on-the-edge-of-your-seat action. I highly recommend this series.

Monday, September 3, 2012

Fear the Darkness (Guardians of Eternity #9) by Alexandra Ivy

he Guardians of Eternity are embroiled in an epic battle for survival. They are as dangerous as they are sensual—and their lustful appetites are legendary...

Her Visions Lead Her To Danger

Beautiful Cassandra is a Were, a prophet both vulnerable and defiant, blessed with visions that portend the fate of the world. A rare and delicate creature, Cassie must be protected at all costs. Enter Caine, a powerful cur turned pureblooded Were whose recent tangles with a demon lord have left him in serious need of redemption. Caine is duty-bound to keep Cassie out of danger—and that means resisting his potent urge to seduce her.

And Only He Can Save Her

As Cassie's mysterious visions lead them in and out of danger, Caine believes he has found his true mate, the woman with whom he is bound for all eternity. Cassie is both charmed and frightened by Caine's magnetism, and unsure if he—or her feelings for him—can be trusted. But Cassie can't afford to doubt Cain now. A deadly enemy bent on destruction is closer than they realize—and only they can keep chaos from ruling the world.

4/5 stars

Okay, so I wasn't as excited by this book as I was about the books at the beginning of the series. I was starting to get bored with the Dark Lord storyline. Hopefully, this has been wrapped up and we can get back to more interesting plots. Though this was suppose to be Caine and Cassie's story there was more going on. It seemed that most of the characters from previous books all made an appearance which is how the prophecy said they would defeat the Dark Lord, by all standing together as one. There were few scenes that really stood out, but one was Levit finally getting a little action. There wasn't as much romance in this book as the previous, but considering we knew ahead of time that these two would get together I guess we didn't really need the romance to be the main storyline. It seems as if we can get possibly two more books out of this series. One on the Clan Chief of Las Vegas, Roke, who Cassie had a vision about and the second seems to be Santiago and Nefri.

Monday, August 27, 2012

When You Give a Duke a Diamond (Jewels of the Ton , #1) by Shana Galen

William, the sixth Duke of Pelham, enjoys his punctual. securely structured life. Orderly and predictable—that's the way he likes it. But he's in the public eye, and the scandal sheets will make up anything to sell papers. When the gossips link him to Juliette, one of the most beautiful and celebrated courtesans in London, chaos doesn't begin to describe what happens next...

Juliette is nicknamed the Duchess of Dalliance, and has the cream of the nobility at her beck and call. It's seriously disruptive to have the duke who's the biggest catch on the Marriage Mart scaring her other suitors away. Then she discovers William's darkest secret and decides what he needs in his life is the kind of excitement only she can provide...

5/5 stars

So the reason for the 5 star rating is because this was a completely different approach to the historical romance genre. Instead of the young girl making her entrance into the ton and being seduced/bartered off/caught with the rake of the ton this book changed it up by having the lead female being a well-known courtesan of the ton and the male lead was a man with little experience with that type of woman. Of course the two get thrown together by a series of small misfortunes by which without we'd have no book.

I really liked both MCs and thought they made a really good match. Juliette is exactly what Will needed to shake-up his very structured life. With her he found a partner to stand up to him, brighten up his day and love him unconditionally. She found the stability she needed and the promise of a family she craved. I also liked the secondary characters and can't wait to read their stories.

Anyone who loves historical romance knows Ms. Galen and knows she can write one hell of a book and this new series is no exception. Give it a'll be glad you did.

Saturday, August 25, 2012

The Demoness of Waking Dreams by Stephanie Chong

Even ANGELS can be tough... Ex-cop Brendan Clarkson is an angel with an edge. His tough exterior is the perfect camouflage for his job-hunting down the most dangerous criminals on earth. Brendan's a self-reliant and demanding lone wolf, constantly on the brink of clashing with his superiors at the Company of Angels. Brendan is the perfect angel to track and capture demoness Luciana Rossetti. Luciana's cool, green-eyed beauty masks her true nature: inside, she's a dangerous and malevolent killer. Yet, she sees what most people don't-that beneath the layers of Brendan's rugged shell beats the heart of a passionate lover. They are perfectly matched. Yin and yang. Angel and demon. Man and woman. But only one of them can win the battle of wills, of strength and of desire.

4/5 stars

I started reading this book and quickly realized that this was book 2 of a series (if you've ever read any of my reviews you know I do this quite often). So, to get the full effect of the story I put this one down and downloaded the first book, Where Demons Fear to Tread, and read it and I'm very happy I did. I got more of a sense of how deliciously wicked Luciana Rossetti really is. And in the first book she is an evil bitch, there's really no other way to say it. I wasn't sure I was going to like this book but then in walks Brendan Clarkson, an angel who is definitely a little rougher then the rest with his bad-boy attitude and all those yummy tattoos. The two MCs certainly made a great match both being able to see something in each other that no one else could. I also liked the location of this book, Venice, and felt the descriptions of that city were pretty good. I've never been to Venice, but I could actually see what she was writing about.

The one thing I didn't like about this book was the way it ended. I understand it was done that way to set-up the next book in the series, but I felt as if I was just left hanging for the next 6-12 months (or however long it takes for the book to be published). I can't think of a way to write about the ending without giving spoilers so I'll just say that I like for one story to be finished before I read the next, because I read so many books that unless the book is outstanding I tend to forget details between one book and the next. That being said I would still recommend this book to anyone wanting a change in the normal paranormal romance genre.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

A Season for Sin by Vicky Dreiling

Introducing the Sinful Scoundrels...

The Earl of Bellingham is nothing is not a creature of habit: money, meals, and mistresses must be strictly managed if a man is to have a moment's peace. It's a system that works splendidly for him--until now. With his oldest and dearest friends succumbing, one by one, to wedded bliss, Bell is now restless and a trifle lonely. Enter the Sinful Scoundrels--Colin Brockhurst, Earl of Ravenshire, and Harry Norcliffe, Viscount Evermore--who drag him back into society and draw his rakish eye to the ton's new beautiful young widow. Bell isn't after a wife, but a challenge. And Laura Davenport should fit the bill quite nicely...

3/5 stars

When I started reading this I thought it was the first in a new spin-off series, but I was wrong. It's actually just a tease for the first book. The novella introduces you to the two MCs from the upcoming book, What A Wicked Earl Wants, but in this you get a little more of a back story of the Earl of Bellingham (Bell to his friends) and how he meets his two new friends and how he comes to know of the new widow in town. You also meet said widow, Laura Davenport, who is raising her 17 year old stepson. The two don't even meet til the last 2/3 of the novella, but it does promise to be quite the story when you can already see the sparks fly between them. Hopefully I won't have to wait to long for the series to start because this novella did it's job and whetted my appetite for the first book.

Friday, August 17, 2012

The Uninvited (Krewe of Hunters #8) by Heather Graham

1777: In the throes of the Revolutionary War, Landon Mansion is commandeered by British Lord "Butcher" Bedford. He stabs Lucy Tarleton—who spurned his king and his love—leaving her to die in her father's arms.NOW: After the day's final tour, docent Allison Leigh makes her rounds while locking up…and finds a colleague slumped over Bedford's desk, impaled on his own replica bayonet.

Resident ghosts may be the stock-in-trade of stately Philadelphia homes, but Allison—a noted historian—is indignant at the prospect of "ghost hunters" investigating this apparent murder.

Agent Tyler Montague knows his hauntings and his history. But while Allison is skeptical of the newcomer, a second mysterious murder occurs. Has "Butcher" Bedford resurfaced? Or is there another malevolent force at work in Landon Mansion? Wary, yet deeply attracted, Allison has to trust in Tyler and work with him to discover just what uninvited guest—dead or alive—has taken over the house.

Or their lives could become history!

3.5/5 stars

I love history especially history pertaining to America and how we came to be. So, while this book was fiction it did have a lot of history about the occupation of Philadelphia by the British during the Revolution. I found it intriguing how Ms. Graham mixed the story of a young patriot woman, Lucy Tarleton, with the murders of several people that occurred in present time in her house. The storyline was interesting enough to keep you guessing while also watching the two MCs growing attraction towards each other. Though I didn't really think the ending was all that great. It just seemed the person responsible and the reason didn't make much sense to me considering there was nothing to be gained one way or the other. It also didn't explain how he knew the things he knew and everything was wrapped up way to quick, it was like "here is what happened and here is the clean-up". This was actually the first book of the series I've read and it did make me put the rest of the series in my TBR pile since a couple of the characters have already had their stories told. I didn't feel as if I was missing any kind of recurring storyline so it can be read as a stand-alone novel. All in all I found it a very enjoyable book and think fans of romantic suspense would find it enjoyable as well.

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Men of Smithfield: Mark and Tony by L.B. Gregg

Coming home from work to find my boyfriend banging our hairy, married landlord--in our bed--was bad enough. Discovering Jamie had also cleaned out my bank accounts made it officially the worst day of my life. I think I can be forgiven for wanting revenge, even if a few little laws (and possibly Jamie's nose) got bent in the process.

Fortunately, the law is on my side in the form of my oldest friend, Tony Gervase. I've tried to deny my attraction to the sexy trooper for years. After all, he made it clear long ago that he wasn't interested in me that way. But if the hot encounter in his kitchen is any indication, he is now. At least the day is ending a whole lot better than it began...

But the morning after, the Jamie situation goes from bad to seriously messed up. The jerk's in more trouble than I could have imagined. And as it turns out, I don't know Tony as well as I thought I did either...

4.5/5 stars

I had this book sitting in my TBR pile for quite awhile now and just kept putting off reading it for some reason or another. Well, having gotten the chance to read it from Netgalley I decided the time was at hand and I'm so glad I did. From the opening paragraph I just knew this book was going to be a book to keep and reread many times. Mark comes home early and finds his boyfriend cheating and instead of confronting them then he holds it in until he can come to grips with it. Unfortunately when he does decide to confront the boyfriend its in front of God and everybody, literally. He then turns to Tony, his friend of many years, though they have been estranged for a few months. Tony tries his best to help Mark out of all the trouble he seems to have gotten himself involved in. This was a great story with humor, love and coming to terms with secrets. I look forward to reading the rest of the series and hope they all live up to the standard of this one.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Moonglow (Darkest London #2) by Kristen Callihan

Once the seeds of desire are sown . . .

Finally free of her suffocating marriage, widow Daisy Ellis Craigmore is ready to embrace the pleasures of life that have long been denied her. Yet her new-found freedom is short lived. A string of unexplained murders has brought danger to Daisy's door, forcing her to turn to the most unlikely of saviors . . .

Their growing passion knows no bounds . . .

Ian Ranulf, the Marquis of Northrup, has spent lifetimes hiding his primal nature from London society. But now a vicious killer threatens to expose his secrets. Ian must step out of the shadows and protect the beautiful, fearless Daisy, who awakens in him desires he thought long dead. As their quest to unmask the villain draws them closer together, Daisy has no choice but to reveal her own startling secret, and Ian must face the undeniable truth: Losing his heart to Daisy may be the only way to save his soul.

5/5 stars

This was the second book in a series set in London in the 1880's about a group of unusual sisters. I read the first book and was instantly taken in by the world that was created so when I saw Netgalley had the second one up I was so excited to read it.

This book was about Daisy, the middle sister, who has recently finished her period of mourning for her much older husband. She was looking for a bit of excitement at a friend's party and ends up in a mess she wasn't ready for and a man she wasn't expecting. Ian helps her after her attack and decides that keeping her safe has become the most important thing to him. Too bad she doesn't make it easy on him.

I loved this book and all the characters in it. We were introduced to a new type of supernatural, Ghost-in-the-Machine, and of course revisited a few from the last book. I loved the romance between Daisy and Ian and all the action (in and out of the carriage) was top-notch. I also liked the little peek into the relationship of Winston and Poppy and am eagerly waiting on their book.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Hell on Wheels (Black Knights, Inc #1) by Julie Ann Walker

He’s the bad boy she’s always wanted...

Nate “Ghost” Weller has loved Ali Morgan nearly half his life. But he’s done something so heinous he’s convinced she’ll never forgive him if she discovers the truth, so he keeps his feelings and his secrets to himself. Then she blows into town with a mother lode of bad guys on her tail and Nate can’t deny she’s in serious trouble. Unfortunately, he’s the only one who can help her.

She’s the good girl he’s kept at arm’s length...

Ali knows Nate as the most solemn, aloof man on the planet. Sadly, he’s also the sexiest. For years she’s avoided him, unable to stomach his dark scowls and brooding silences… especially when she secretly yearns for his touch. Now she must rely on him to save her from the malevolent shadows ghosting her every move. When the bullets explode, so does their passion. But can love really conquer all? Or are some things just too terrible to forgive?

4.5/5 stars

This book had just about everything I like in my romance books. There was the tortured (literally) hero, shady characters, covert organization, a heroine who comes into her own along the way and hot sexual tension. This was a great start to a new series and I can't wait to read the next book. Man, I felt so sad for Nate and what he had to do and all those feelings he kept bottled up inside himself. Thank goodness for Ali and the relief she brought him even if he did fight himself and believe he didn't deserve her. That is what kept me reading into the wee hours of the morning that push/pull between Nate and Ali and the dynamic relationship of Becky And Frank (can't wait for their book, In Rides Trouble). Even the secondary characters were well developed and interesting enough to want to read more about them. Though there was a part towards the end that I totally wasn't expecting and had me tearing up. I highly recommend this book to anyone who likes their romance books suspenseful and sexy.

Saturday, August 4, 2012

The Darkest Day (Immortal Heat #1) by Britt Bury


Izel Campbell was raised to believe she is an immortal Fionn with the magical skills of persuasion. But when she travels to Scotland to visit her ancestral home, Izel discovers that she is actually the world's last living human. Forced to run for her life, Izel crosses paths with Kelvin Kerr, the Campbells' greatest foe-and the most magnificent warrior she has ever seen.

A thousand-year-old battle chief of the Kerr clan, Kelvin lives only to avenge his father, who died at the hands of the bloody Campbells. Honor demands he kill the Campbell heir, but when he learns that the lovely Izel is both Campbell "and" human, Kelvin is torn between duty and desire . . .


3.5/5 stars
3.5 stars

This book really confused me because I have no idea what the characters are. There is a glossary in the back, but it really doesn't explain the terms. For example for the terms Fionn and Pookah it only list the three caste for each not what an actual Fionn (magic user?) or Pookah (shifter that doesn't shift?) are suppose to be. There were other creatures such as the Dryads, alps and Strigois that aren't really explained either. Maybe it will explain in the next book.

The book is about two clans of immortal warriors that have been at war with each other for over a thousand years. Kelvin Kerr has sworn to kill the Campbell heir and sets out to do that very thing which is how he meets Izel. He quickly learns that though she is his enemy she is apparently also his mate. Instead of killing her he needs to get her to his family's stronghold to protect her and to figure out a few things, like where her grandfather is so he can finish his revenge.

Izel Campbell comes to Scotland after being summoned by here grandfather only to find herself facing a gorgeous man wanting her dead and changing in ways she never saw coming. While trekking across Scotland with said gorgeous man looking for her grandfather and other answers she finds herself falling in love for the first time.

The story was interesting enough to keep me reading even though I had trouble getting into it at first. But after getting use to the terms I found myself reading a little faster so I could figure out what was going to happen when they finally made it to the castle. The relationship between the two was filled with sexual tension and I loved every minute of it. I will definitely be watching for the next book in the series because this one had a lot of loose ends that I look forward to reading about.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Secret of the Wolf (Warriors of the Rift #2) by Cynthia Garner

Once a generation, the rift between the paranormal world and the human world opens, allowing supernatural entities to cross. Vampire, demon, or shapeshifter, they can save the world-or send it spiraling into chaos.

As a werewolf liaison to the Council of Preternaturals, Tori Joseph is used to straddling the world between humans and immortals. She plays by the rules and always delivers justice, no matter the cost. But after a string of increasingly brutal attacks results in humans turning into werewolves, Tori doesn't reveal her horrifying suspicion: Someone very close to her might be responsible.

Investigating the paranormal violence, no-nonsense detective Dante MacMillan believes Tori is hiding something. His search for the truth draws him into greater danger as he gets closer to the dark realm of the immortals-and to the sexy werewolf who stirs his primal lust. Now with evil closing in around them, Dante must convince Tori to trust him . . . before her deadly secret destroys them both.

4/5 stars
I was a little apprehensive about this book when I stared it because while I liked the first book in the series, Kiss of the Vampire, I was confused about the rift plot. I was hoping this book would explain the concept a little more, it did....and didn't. I like the characters that are in the series and find myself really wanting to know more about them. I'm still not sure how the soul picks it's form (werewolf, vampire, demon, elf ect. ect.).

Dante and Tori are a great couple. There was a real feel of sexual tension between the two that at times was kinda sweet. I mean who doesn't want a man that sacrifices his own feelings for yours? Thinking he doesn't have the time to give his complete attention to Tori because he's helping his sister he keeps her at arm's length only to realise that love doesn't go by a time table. Along with their budding romance they work together on the rift device and a case involving a rouge werewolf who might be closer then they expect.

I liked this book more then I thought I would and am looking forward to the next in the series which focuses on Finn, the demon. I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a different take on the paranormal romance genre.

Friday, July 27, 2012

A Scandalous Affair (The Merry Widows #3) by Karen Erickson

From the moment Daphne, Lady Pomeroy, meets the mysterious Marquess of Hartwell at a masquerade ball, she’s determined to seduce him. The handsome, charming man cannot possibly be the cold, calculating lord who Society calls “Black Hart.” Risking everything, the lonely widow invites the elusive Hartwell to her dinner party . . . for two.

Hartwell’s arrogant reputation is built on a lie. For he has a shameful secret that keeps him in the shadows: a stutter—his downfall since childhood. He’d rather keep his mouth shut than look the fool. But he’s shocked to discover that in Daphne’s company—and in her bed—his stutter vanishes.

After one wanton evening together, Daphne is hurt when the lord lives up to his Black Hart name. Yet his reasons for leaving surprise even him. Now he must confess everything or risk losing Daphne forever…

4.5/5 stars

My one biggest complaint with this book is it was way to short! I really wanted to read more about the two MCs. It isn't very often you get to read a romance where one of the MCs have some sort of affliction or disability, most times they're perfect. This book had a character with a stuttering problem which he thinks makes him look like a fool in social settings. That changes when he meets the beautiful Daphne. Around her he is different and is amazed his stutter vanishes. The two start a dance of seduction that leads to much more. Julia and Garrett make a very small appearance in this book too, which is always great to see past couples. If you'd like to read a fast historical romances this is a definite must. Actually the whole series is pretty good. Looking forward to more books in this series, hopefully.

Monday, July 23, 2012

Dark Companion by Marta Acosta

When foster teen Jane Williams is invited to attend elite Birch Grove Academy for Girls and escape her violent urban neighborhood, she thinks the offer is too good to be true. She's even offered her own living quarters, the groundskeeper's cottage in the center of the birch grove.

Something's not quite right about the school -- or is it Jane? She thinks she sees things in the birch grove at night. She's also beginning to suspect that the elegant headmistress and her sons are hiding secrets. Lucky is the gorgeous, golden son who is especially attentive to Jane, and Jack is the sardonic puzzling brother.

The school with its talented teachers and bright students is a dream for a science and math geek like Jane. She also loves her new friends, including hilarious poetry-spouting rich girl, Mary Violet. But the longer Jane stays at Birch Grove, the more questions she has about the disappearance of another scholarship girl and a missing faculty member.

Jane discovers one secret about Birch Grove, which only leads to more mysteries. What is she willing to sacrifice in order to stay at this school...and be bound to Birch Grove forever?

4/5 stars

When I first started reading this I thought it was going to be just another run-of-the-mill paranormal YA book, but I was so wrong. It kinda started out slow then picked up then got a little creepy and finally turned into a heck of a book. Jane was a street smart girl trying her best to better herself through education, but I don't think she was quite ready for the real education she got at Birch Grove. Add in the love triangle and the story just got more interesting. I thought at first Mary Violet was annoying, but as I read more of the story she sort of became a little endearing. I really liked the world this was set in. It had a very gothic feel towards it. I enjoyed this book tremendously and look forward to reading more from Ms. Acosta.