Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Review: The Shadows of Stormclyffe (Dark Seductions #1) by Lauren Smith

Title: The Shadows of Stormclyffe (Dark Seductions #1)
Author: Lauren Smith
Source: Entangled Select
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Length: Novella
Release Date: September 29, 2014
Reviewed by: Jasmyn

Rating - 2
Sexual - 3

A thrilling gothic romance from Entangled’s Otherworld imprint…

To defeat a dark evil, they must face his family’s past…

Bastian Carlisle, the Earl of Weymouth, doesn’t believe in ghosts. Even though tragedy and mysterious hauntings have driven his family away from his ancestral home, Stormclyffe Hall, he is determined to restore the castle to its former glory. His plans are disrupted when a stubborn American shows up on his doorstep hoping to pry into his family’s tragic history.

Jane Seyton, an American graduate student, is convinced there’s more to the tragedy of Stormclyffe Hall than history claims. Ever the scholar, she is determined to discover the truth, even if it means putting up with the arrogant, yet sexy, Bastian.

Although Bastian wants nothing to do with the pushy American, it soon becomes clear that something evil is in the house—and that something is targeting both Jane and Bastian. The two must join forces to purge the ghosts of Stormclyffe Hall once and for all—even as they try to fight a physical attraction between them that grows more and more impossible to deny.
I am a lover of gothic romances - but this one just didn't do much for me.  I really wanted it to.  The story line was a great idea and the characters showed a lot of promise at the beginning.  The very first scene between the two of them just put me off though.  It bothered me for the rest of the book how they avoided speaking much of some total craziness that they experienced together - it wasn't very natural.

The ghost story was really the highlight of the whole thing.  A jilted witch, a curse, and lots of death over the years makes for it very hard for goodness to return to the castle.  They detective skills could use a little work, but watching the two of them muddle through it was fun most of the time.

I just really really wish I had related to the characters more.  They both seemed a bit fake to me, and I had a hard time rooting for them.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

New Releases in Romance - Week of September 28, 2014

Here are a few new releases to check out his week.  If you pick any up, let us know what you think!

Paranormal


Historical


Contemporary


Friday, September 26, 2014

Review: Blue Twilight (Wings in the Night #11) by Maggie Shayne

Title: Blue Twilight (Wings in the Night #11)
Author: Maggie Shayne
Source: Self- Purchased
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Length: Novel
Release Date: March 1, 2005
Reviewed by: Jasmyn

Rating - 4
Sexual - 2

The idyllic town of Endover, New Hampshire, looks innocent. But below its surface a
thirst and a desire both powerful and ancient boil fiercely. When two girls go missing, only one person can delve deep enough to find them - Maxine Stuart, a private investigator who has finally started to believe.

"Mad Maxie" understands why she was asked to help - no living mortal knows as much about the undead as she. But the dark force controlling Endover can see all, and will use Maxine's knowledge against her to strengthen his hold on the town. Not even the influence of Lou Malone, the man Maxie most desires, can convince her to abandon the crusade against a madman's yearning for power...and resurrected love.

This is the first book in the Wings in the Night series where the main couple isn't a type of vampire or vampire-like person.  Instead we have a friend of the vampires "Mad Maxie" and a police detective, Lou Malone, taking the center stage for the romance.  There is still plenty of paranormal types to go around though so don't worry about missing her wonderful vampires.

The town of Endover is just plain weird.  It's residents seem to be under a constant mind fog and even Max and her friends feel some strange dulling effect on their brains.  When the vampire in question targets one of Max's close friends as "interesting" things start to get exciting.  You're in for a good old fashioned vampire hunt - at least at first.

This vampire isn't like anything I was expecting though.  Maggie Shayne gave me glimpses into his life and mind that make him an incredibly sympathetic character that plays looks to play a major role in a future book.  He is devious and cunning and just a little crazy.  He is an amazing addition to the vampires of the Wings in the Night series.

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Cover Reveal and Giveaway: Fix Up and Change Up by Stephanie Witter

We have a double cover reveal for you this morning!

Fix Up & Change Up (Patch Up #2 & 3)
Stephanie Witter
Publication date: Fall, 2014
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance

Designed by Cover It! Designs




Saying “I love you'' doesn’t erase the old scars and fears. 

"I love you to insanity. I'm not even sure if it's a good thing.'' — Duke

Skye is trying to overcome what happened with Sean. Now that she’s slowly healing, both physically and mentally, she’s determined to do something she should have done sooner. 

She’s meeting twice a week with a new, very young therapist, Dr. Marshall. 

There, she’s able to talk freely, unwind, and question things. Most of the sessions she talks about herself and her hangups, along with her relationship with Duke, which is still on rocky ground. 

"I want to taste his sweat. I want to hear his groans. I want to feel him inside of me.'' — Skye

But while Skye is slowly getting back on her feet, Duke feels like he's drowning. He’s afraid of pushing her too much, of initiating intimacy, and it’s weighing between them. Moreover, knowing that he's not the one she’s talking to anymore is making him feel things he never thought possible. 

"It’s a matter of when I’ll stop fighting." — Duke

As days pass, Duke is showing over and over how vulnerable he truly is and how Skye has more power over him than she ever imagined.

When Skye sees how they keep hurting each other, she’s determined to do everything in her power to make things right, no matter what the cost. But one thing is still sure; she can count on Duke whenever she needs him, even if they disagree and fight. When Duke loves, he loves with everything he’s made of, the good and the bad. 

"Loving her is confusing, making me afraid of myself and what I can do ... because I can break us both." — Duke






In Patch Up and Fix Up you had Skye and Duke’s story. Now, it’s time for Derek and Kate to find their path.

He fights for the people he loves.

She fights against love. 

Kate Andrews is starting her second year of college in Seattle. She is happy to leave Chicago and her dysfunctional family behind to be with her friends again. Growing up she thought that her parents' loveless marriage was all her father’s fault, but that summer she discovered that things are so much more complicated in life and love. 

Her mother is bipolar. That doesn’t mean her father isn’t unfaithful, nor does he support her and her choices. Additionally, he isn't a great father or husband, but it brings a new perspective in her life; the way she envisions love. 

Derek Williams graduated college a few months ago, and while he moved back in again with his single mother and teenage brother, he never thought that he would be struggling with two crappy jobs. He is not succeeding in either of his jobs or in his countless plans for the future. 

Instead, he’s trying to bring back his brother and set him on a straight path, while trying to avoid the wrong crowd hounding him, thanks to his brother. Together with fighting his mother on her lack of support in their family, this all has caused chaos.

“Yes, my life is a fucking mess. I have nothing for that girl who deserves everything, and yet I still can’t just sit on my ass and wait for the next asshole to pursue her.‘' — DEREK

Both of them are very different. Their upbringing is opposite; their vision of love and life contrast, and yet …

“I want to open up to it, open up to the possibility of heartbreak even if I’m scared to death. I’m ready to change up.'' — KATE

They’re both still hung up on each other. 

They can’t forget that one night they shared months ago, can’t ignore their attraction and quickly maturing love. They match in every way that matters, but time and time again their respective families are getting in the way. 

"He’s the commitment kind while I’m anti-commitment." — KATE

Are they willing to fight for each other? Is Kate ready to risk her comfort and everything else for love? Is Derek prepared to chose which battles are worth fighting for?


 “It’s never been friendship, and it’ll never be.’’ — DEREK


AUTHOR BIO:
Stephanie Witter is a French dreamer. She started learning English at three, and fell in love with the language. Always with a book, or two close by, she started reading in English when she couldn't wait any longer for Harry Potter to be translated in French. After a while, reading wasn't enough. She started writing Young Adult and New Adult Contemporary novels and PATCH UP is her first New Adult Contemporary novel.

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Thursday, September 25, 2014

Are you a book hoarder?

A Book Hoarder
by Laurie Garrison




Are you a book hoarder? Do you keep buying or grabbing free books and downloading them in your device? Do you have more than 300, 500 or 1k+ books in your device now that you haven’t even considered touching? If so, you might be viewed as a book hoarder and here is why.

With today’s technology and all of the free and huge box sets that sell at cheap rates, it’s easy to gather over 300+ in a small device in no time. Will you ever read all of those books or do you just keep downloading and hoarding more?

What is a hoarder? They are people that offend times have some sort of difficulties or disorder during their lifetime and they start collecting everything. Heck some even goes out of their way to gather more stuff to keep filling their houses with. Often times their house is so overrun that they can’t even walk through their house and most of these houses are condemned for health reasons.

 I believe since e-readers, free downloads and box-sets have come in to play readers are becoming book hoarders. Sure we have always has a couple of bookshelves full of books in our house but when we run out of room and money, we’d say enough, it’s time to quit buying and start reading what we have now.

With the introduction of the new e-readers, free, very cheap and box-sets readers have been downloading more and more daily and it’s causing readers to become book hoarders because they just keep downloading and downloading without reading the books they downloaded. E-readers takes up zero space in their house so they can have as many books as they want and let’s not forget to count the fact that you can now days get books at least half, if not for free from the cost of normal book prices just a couple of years ago, so this has caused a downloading frenzy for some people. People has to see how many free books they can download.  They figure what the hey, it’s free why not download and heck I might get around to reading it one day but if not who cares, I did have to pay anything or heck it was only .99 cents for 10 books in one set and this is where the hoarding begins. They just keep adding and adding without thought that they will ever read any of those books the author wrote.

Why is it so important to read what you download? Because someone took time to write and pay to publish that book you’re downloading and they hope you will read it and love it, so you will come back for more or at least tell others and they can sale more books that way. They have bills too regardless of what you might think.  The thing is the readers never gets around to reading them, why? Because we have too freaking many!

 Look at it this way in one year I downloaded over 400 free books without going out each day and looking for freebies. I know tons of readers spend their days looking for that next free book they can download and never read. It’s like a drug and they have to have that free book and little do they know they are also becoming hoarders by doing this. You might think I am joking about this but I am not. I stopped offering giveaways on my blog for a reason, it’s because it’s like a drugs to some people and all they wanted to do was to see if they can win a free book and they would sit for days and go to each blog and enter to win free books. I have seen this done first hand and said no more on my blog. I also had an author to tell me that she asked the reader to please give her a review after she reads the free book and that winner told her “I don’t read books I just like to enter to win contest.” In other words she was a sweepstakes junkie and how do you think that author felt hearing this as she was sending this person a book of hers to read? Not, good I will tell you that. We can become book download junkies too, just think about that for a minute while I run some numbers here.

An average reader will read at least one novel a week so that means an average reader will read fifty-two novels a year.

So, let’s go back to my free downloads in one year. I downloaded a little over 400. (I am sticking with even numbers here:-)

400 books-52 weeks =348. It would take me a total of seven years just to read the free books I downloaded. Just think about that, it would take me seven years to get through the 400 I downloaded. Heck by the time I get to some books the author would have stopped writing. Even if you bump it up to 2 books a week it’s only going to cut it down to about three years. Then you have some that don’t even get time to read one book a month because of jobs and other reasons. So, it could take even longer for someone to go through 400 downloads.

So, this bring me back to book hoarding. Look and see how many books you have downloaded in your device and make sure you count each book in that box-set too. They usually have over ten books in each set so, let’s say if a person downloads twenty box sets at $0.99 or whatever price the box set was at the time then they have 1k books right there. Wow, and that is not counting all of their freebies and paid books they also downloaded. They will never get to read them.  Face it if you are kind of person that already has over 1k and you keep downloading and not reading them, then you’re a book hoarder, if you like to hearing that or not. This sounds like it’s a good thing but if you not reading the books it’s not again someone took their time and spent their money to write and publish that book just so someone can get some enjoyment from it.

I still say if people had to pay a good decent price for a book you’ll find they would only buy what they really want try to read. PERIOD.



Review: Encounter at Shalana (Adventures of Kristy Ryan #1) by Angelia Almos

Title: Encounter at Shalana (Adventures of Kisty Ryan#1)
Author: Angelia Almos
Source: Contest Win
Genre: Science Fiction Romance
Length: Novella
Release Date: December 12, 2011
Reviewed by: Jasmyn

Rating - 3
Sexual - 2

Space pirate Captain Kristy Ryan grew up the only daughter of a notorious privateer
in the Border Planet Region. She learned her trade the hard way - there were no free rides on her father’s ship. Now, she has her own ship, the Unicorn, and successfully works in the shadows, the fringes of legitimate trade. Her life is just how she wants it even on those days when her pilot and lover, Andrew Bennet, drives her crazy. But an unexpected visit from the Military Space Alliance changes everything. Her father disappeared while working a dangerous mission for the MSA. Now, she’s being blackmailed into finishing his mission.




Encounter at Shalana got off to an amazing start.  We have exciting characters, cool technology and spaceships, a mystery, and smugglers (gotta have smugglers).  However, about a third of the way through it got very repetitive.  Kristy breaks into several planets headquarters, and while each planet was very different (kudos to the imagination of the author), the way of piecing the scenes together was too much alike.

Kristy and Andrew seem to have quite the on again off again type of relationship, but they still obviously love each other - while also annoying the crap out of each other.  At times I wanted to bash their heads together and tell them to kiss and make up, and others I wanted to gag because they were way to love dovey.  This is how the book went for me.  It was very I love it - I hate it - I love it.

This book was heavier on the science fiction than the romance, but there was still some love to be found between the pages.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Review: Delicate Freakn' Flower (Freakn' Shifters #1) by Eve Langlais

Title: Delicate Freakn' Flower (Freakn' Shifters #1)
Author: Eve Langlais
Source: Self-Purchased
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Length: Novel
Release Date: July 1, 2011
Reviewed by: Jasmyn

Rating - 4
Sexual - 4

Dammit, just how many toes was she going to have to stomp on before people
realized she was a Delicate Freakn’ Flower?

Naomi doesn't want to follow tradition and settle down with a violence-loving, chest thumping shapeshifter. She grew up in a household with five, testosterone laden brothers where none of the dishes ever matched, the ugly-as-sin furniture could withstand any catastrophe, and where crazy glue was bought by the case.

When fate - with a snicker - makes her meet not one, but two mates, Naomi digs her heels in and refuses to do what her wolf - and her body - demands. No way is she voluntarily allowing herself to get hitched to a pair of dumbass - totally hot and muscled-lacrosse players.

Can Ethan, the towering Kodiak bear, and Javier, the sexy, tanned jaguar convince this she-wolf that life with them won’t be all chaos? And can this delicate freakn’ flower unbend her prejudices enough to recognize she needs a pair of men who can handle her thorns - and her passion?

Warning: this is a hot threesome story where all the focus is on her with pleasurable consequences.
This was a good start to Eve Langlais' Freakn' Shifters series.  The story had a great mix of comedic dialog, fun characters, romance, and just a tiny bit of suspense to help pull everything together.  Naomi is so set against marrying, dating, just about anything with another shifter and she is very vocal about it.  So when she finds out that she's found her mate in not one, but two, aggressive shifters she is set to change her fate.  They, or course, have something much different (and far more fun) in mind and go about trying to woo her (yes, woo her - in their own words).

Naomi was a fun character.  I lover her tough exterior hiding a woman looking for tender loving underneath.  Unfortunately, she was also a bit annoying after awhile and I sort of wanted to slap her.  Her constant complaining about violence (while dishing out some good shots of her own) was cut at first, but by the time I had heard about it over and over again it got a bit old.  I know you don't like violence and you think you're super tough - I want to see something new now.  She did change a lot throughout the story and a dynamic character is always loved though.  You could say I had a love-hate relationship with her.  That in and and of itself is hard to write.

Ethan and Javier handled her brilliantly though.  Their scheme of giving her everything she says she wants (unless mamma wolf said otherwise) was the perfect way to handle this rough and tumble wolf of theirs.  They were also incredibly different from each other.  While both had a tender side and rough side, the way they showed these sides was great.  Each showing a caring and protective nature, while still staying very unique themselves.

The story throws in a bit of excitement with a small mystery that helped to draw all the small bits and pieces together and show Naomi that she could love and trust her two mates to take care of her the way she wanted.


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Monday, September 22, 2014

Review: All Bets Are On by Cynthia Cooke

Title: All Bets Are On
Author: Cynthia Cooke
Source: Entangled Covet
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Length: Novel
Release Date: September 22, 2013
Reviewed by: Jasmyn

Rating - 4
Sexual - 3

The Prince of Hell needs to get laid. Well, according to his minions, anyway. Now
Derek Wescott, ruler of the Eighth Level of Hell, has been set up on an online date. And worse still, his minions are placing bets that Derek won't be able to entice the sweet yet plain Jaclyn Reynolds into bed before midnight. But Derek has no intention of losing the bet. Not now. Not ever.

Jaclyn, on the other hand, is in danger of losing everything. The charity she runs is in trouble, and she is desperate for cash. The moment she sees her absolutely gorgeous—and insanely wealthy—date, she knows she's in way over her head. She also knows his type all too well, and it will be a cold day in Hell before she ever gets into his bed. Yet Derek offers her a friendly wager: he'll give $10,000 to her charity if she can resist him.

The wagers have been set. The game has begun. And Derek will do just about anything to ensure that Jaclyn is completely—and infernally—his...
Derek has been in a bad mood for about 100 years (or so his minions think).  So they have the brilliant idea of setting him up on a blind date through an online dating site.  Now, as a prince of hell, Derek doesn't like the idea too much but follows through when they bet him he can't get her to sleep with him.  Now I know, I know, we're all thinking "what a jerk".  But Derek is really such a sweetheart.  His job is to punish people in the corporate world that do bad deeds.

Jaclyn is another reluctant online dater.  But she has sworn off dating - especially good looking guys - she just knows they're all players and will lover her and leave her behind.  When this reluctant couple finally meet, sparks fly in some very snappy dialogue.  I absolutely loved it!  Jaclyn is a snarky (if a bit obnoxious at times) strong woman that just doesn't realize how strong she is yet.

There is some family drama on Derek's side that drags Jaclyn in as some possible collateral damage, and some crime solving that really freaks her out and hits close to home.  I love how Derek was willing to do anything to try and get to know her better.  He sees something special in her and wants to find out what it is and make her his.

This was a good mix of romance with just a touch of humorous dialogue, some really hot characters, and some nasty bad guys.  I would have liked to see more of the motivation behind Derek's family drama a bit, but at the end of the book a lot is revealed.  It was just quite a surprise.

*This book was received in exchange for an honest review*

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Cover Reveal: Coming Home to You by Claire Raye

Coming Home to You by Claire Raye
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: October 2014
Hosted by: BookEnthusiast Promotions



It’s Beck O’Loughlin’s job to keep people safe, but what he never bargained for was having to keep his former high school sweetheart and love of his life, Kelsey Walters, safe after walking away from her ten years ago.

Beck, now a hardened Boston detective and Kelsey, an inn owner in their small touristy town of Rockport, Massachusetts, find themselves struggling with the harsh reality that Kelsey’s life may be in serious danger.

Stalked and tormented by an ex-boyfriend, she begins to realize his threats are very much real. All she wants is to feel normal again and that’s when Beck shows up, bound and determined to save her.

But protecting Kelsey isn’t the only thing on Beck’s mind when their sexual tension steams hotter than a New England summer. Being this close begins to test both of their resolve, as emotions run high and all the feelings from the past begin to resurface.


Will they be able to grab onto this second chance at love, or will outside dangers threaten their chance at happiness?



Friday, September 19, 2014

Cover Reveal: Mending Heartstrings by Aria Glazki

Mending Heartstrings by Aria Glazki
Published by: Swoon Romance
Publication date: December 2nd 2014
Genres: Adult, Romance



Kane’s a country singer who’s tangled with too many deceitful women. He’s learned his lesson: girls are for flirting and fun; emotions are for his music. But after spending a night with an earnest woman unlike any he’s known, he can’t force her out of his mind. So he goes in search of the woman he knows only as “Elle.”

On her last night in Nashville, the staunchly pragmatic Sabella found herself in a situation more suited to a romance novel than reality. Swept away, she ignored her rigidly self-imposed rules, succumbing to the fantasy just this once. But she knows real-world relationships have nothing in common with their fictionalized portrayals. When Kane unexpectedly shows up at her Portland apartment, she must choose between the practical truths she has learned and the desire for a passionate love she has struggled to suppress.

Despite the distance, Kane’s tour schedule, and their meddling friends, both are drawn to the chance for a romance neither quite believes is possible.


AUTHOR BIO:
Aria’s writing story started when her seventh-grade English teacher encouraged her to submit a class assignment for publication.  That piece was printed, and let’s just say, she was hooked! 

Since then, Aria has run a literary magazine, earned her degree in Creative Writing (as well as in French and Russian literatures), and been published in a few collections.  Though her first kiss technically came from a bear cub, and no fairytale transformation followed, Aria still believes magic can happen when the right people come together – if they don’t get in their own way, that is.

Other than all things literary, Aria loves spending time with her family, including her two unbearably adorable nieces. She also dabbles in painting, dancing, playing violin, and, given the opportunity, Epicureanism.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Review: Big Sky Summer (Parable, Montana #4) by Linda Lael Miller

Title: Big Sky Summer (Parable Montana #4)
Author: Linda Lael Miller
Source: FirstReads
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Length: Novel
Release Date: May 28, 2013
Reviewed by: Jasmyn

Rating - 3
Sexual - 2

With his father's rodeo legacy to continue and a prosperous spread to run, Walker teenage consequences!
Parrish has no time to dwell on wrecked relationships. But country-western sweetheart Casey Elder is out of the spotlight and back in Parable, Montana. And Walker can't ignore that his "act now, think later" passion for Casey has had consequences. Two

Keeping her children's paternity under wraps has always been part of Casey's plan to give them normal, uncomplicated lives. Now the best way to hold her family together seems to be to let Walker be a part of it-as her husband of convenience. Or will some secrets-like Casey's desire to be the rancher's wife in every way-unravel, with unforeseen results?

This part of the Parable, Montana series didn't feel quite as flowing as the previous ones.  I still very much enjoyed Casey and Walker's story, but parts were a bit too much or just not quite enough.  Casey is a famous singer and she has settled down in Parable to enjoy life and take it easy after many, many years on tour.  The thing is, she has just happened to settle down in the same small town that the father of her two teenage children lives in (and she knows it).  To make it more complicated, Walker knows he's the father, has tried to be the loving "uncle" to them as they grew up, but the kids have no idea that he is their father.  This is were the story started to get a little questionable.  Walker really isn't the type to let someone convince him his kids were better off not knowing he was their father.

On the other hand, the reaction of both kids was perfect.  It was an incredibly well written scene and the ones that followed as they came to grips with the fact they had been lied to, were just as good.  Both kids were great and I loved them.

Have you noticed anything I've said concerning a romance yet?  No?  Well, this was the big downfall.  The romance didn't quite seem to be the primary focus in this one.  It was more about the kids - and I loved their story, but I wish I had seen more of Casey and Walker falling in love with each other all over again.

*This book was received in exchange for an honest review*


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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Review: Melt for Him (Fighting Fire #2) by Lauren Blakely

Title: Melt for Him (Fighting Fire #2)
Author: Lauren Blakely
Source: Entangled Brazen
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Length: Novella
Release Date: September 8, 2014
Reviewed by: Jasmyn

Rating - 3
Sexual - 3

He knows exactly how to make her burn…

Fire captain and bar owner Becker Thomas usually spends his nights alone, trying to escape painful memories from his past. When he meets a sexy, free-spirited brunette outside his bar, he knows he’s found the perfect way to forget for one night. But when he later discovers the woman he’s itching for another night with is his best friend’s sister, everything comes to a halt.

Just out of a toxic relationship, Megan Jansen is only in Hidden Oaks to visit her brother, photograph the firemen’s calendar, and then slip off to another adventure. The brooding man who gave her the best sex ever is an unexpected surprise. The problem is, he’s her brother’s friend and a fellow fireman, and Megan’s rule is no firemen. She knows she’s going to get burned …but keeping their hands off each other is easier said than done.
Megan was definitely the life of the part in this one.   She is currently a wandering artist - having just left what sounds like an awful relationship - she is on her way to finally realize her dream.  Her dream is an odd one - I'll let you find out what it is.  On the way she makes a pit stop in her home town to take a quick job as the photographer for a fireman's calendar.  Yes - the infamous calendar with half dressed firemen that sells as a fund raiser for the fire house.  Every woman in town wants one, and all the fire fighters are anxious to see who will get the best photo.

Now, Megan has a history with fire fighters that she doesn't want to see repeated.  They are strictly off the dating list (her fire fighter brother agrees), until she finds out that super hot guy she was flirting with is - of course - a fire fighter.  They do the whole we can't do this, oh but we can, oh but we can't, oh but we can thing for a little bit, but it actually wasn't too much for me.  This is usually a quick way for me to lose interest, but Lauren Blakely did it the right way!  With a different reason to stay or go constantly coming up, it kept things interesting instead of getting repetitive.

I just wish Becker had been a bit more interesting as well.  He seems to be constantly playing off of Megan instead of having his own very set personality that shone through.  She was just such a bigger personality that he got dwarfed a bit.  Becker was also on the broody side.  And while a little of that is mysterious and alluring, too much can turn me off.  He was just a bit on the too much side.

Overall, this was a really fun story though!  Lots of fresh scenes, including some very interesting places to get down and dirty.

*This book was received in exchange for an honest review*

Review: S.E.C.R.E.T Shared (Secret#2)

Title: S.E.C.R.E.T. Shared (Secret #2)
Author: L. Marie Adeline
Source: Amazon Vine
Genre: Erotica
Length: Novel
Release Date: October 15, 2013
Reviewed by: Jasmyn

Rating - 2
Sexual - 4

"I, Cassie Robichaud, solemnly swear to serve S.E.C.R.E.T. to the best of my abilities. I
will do what is necessary, what is right and what is within my power to assist in the execution of sexual fantasies for our participant(s)..."

And so begins S.E.C.R.E.T. II, which opens with Cassie's initiation into this mysterious organization, one that helps women experience their most potent sexual fantasies. Cassie spends the next year as a "S.E.C.R.E.T. member-at-large," not quite a guide, she'll assist Committee members (including two new ones, Kit DeMarco and Angela Rejean) in recruiting men and helping to execute a new inductee's fantasies.

After a false start with the first potential inductee, Cassie makes the acquaintance of Dauphine Gray, a 31-year old who works at the Funky Monkey vintage clothing store on Magazine Street in New Orleans. Geeky, gawky and easily distracted, Dauphine has no idea how attractive she really is because her face is forever in a book. Reading is her passion, music is her pleasure, and Dauphine's all but given up on sex, especially after a painful rejection that still haunts her. Then Cassie and the women from S.E.C.R.E.T. show her it's possible to reignite that flame.

Meanwhile, Cassie must work through her resentment over losing Will to Tracina and their future baby. But when paternity questions surface, Tracina threatens to expose Cassie's S.E.C.R.E.T. membership to the one man both women love. Will Tracina expose Cassie to Will, and if she does, what will he make of his secret love's S.E.C.R.E.T. life?
I think this will be the last one in this series for me.  I just can't get into the storyline.  This one begins with the mysterious Dauphine experiencing a Secret fantasy.  Then it jumps back in time to the beginning to show how she got into Secret.  It was very disjointed and hard to follow the time line.  It seemed much more like individual little episodes than a cohesive story.

Dauphine's story was unique though.  Her journey through Secret was quite different from Cassie's and ended much differently as well.  We have a return "bad guy" and Cassie once again loses her happy ending at the last second.  Dauphine has quite the fairy tale happy ending and it was just far to easy to be true and it wasn't satisfying at all.

It was very interesting to see more of the inner workings of this secret club.  I got to see a training session with a new guy as well as see how the organization is financed.  It's too bad that was the most interesting part - I had really hoped for more out of this one.

*This book was received in exchange for an honest review*


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Thursday, September 11, 2014

Cover Reveal: Starry Love by Nicole Zoltack

Starry Love by Nicole Zoltack
(Masked Love #2)
Published by: Swoon Romance
Publication date: November 4th 2014
Genres: Adult, Historical, Romance



Lady Elizabeth is more than happy for her brother Lionel, who found love with the beautiful Lady Theodosia. Now it is her turn with the Season rapidly approaching. But then her father is stricken deathly ill, and love of any sort except familial is all Elizabeth can think of.

Her mother is desperate and hails for doctors, surgeons, even apothecaries. The upkeep of the house falls on Elizabeth and she spend long hours beside her father, watching as he betters one day and fares worse on others. Long walks with the stable hand Callum on starry nights save Elizabeth’s sanity.

When the inevitable happens, Lady Elizabeth is forced to go to London. The gentlemen there, however, hold no candle to the kind and caring Scottish Callum. Shortly before her father’s death, Callum had returned to his homeland to try and find a cure for her father. As time passes with no word, no letters, and Elizabeth must choose whether the love that blossomed between them is worth denying the man her mother wishes for her.



AUTHOR BIO:
Amazon Regency category bestselling author of MASKED LOVE

Nicole Zoltack loves to write in many genres, especially romance, whether fantasy, paranormal, or regency. When she’s not writing about knights, superheroes, or zombies, she loves to spend time with her loving husband and three energetic young boys. She enjoys riding horses (pretending they’re unicorns, of course!) and going to the PA Renaissance Faire, dressed in garb. She’ll also read anything she can get her hands on.

To learn more about Nicole and her writing, visit http://www.NicoleZoltack.com or http://NicoleZoltack.blogspot.com.


Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Author Interview: Krystal Shannan - My Viking Vampire Release Tour



We would like to welcome author Krystal Shannan to the blog today as she celebrates the new release of her book, My Viking Vampire. We had a chance to ask Krystal a few questions about herself and her new book. We hope you enjoy!

When writing supernatural characters how do you decide what traditional lore to incorporate into your story and how much do you make up as you go?

Krystal: "I usually start with some type of researched historical lore and then decide what I can do to put a personal twist on it. I tend to make up or change where they originated, how they feed, mate, how long they live, strengths, weaknesses. There has to be enough that readers know what they are easily, but enough interesting details that make them stand out from other authors' creations."

Your new novel, My Viking Vampire, has a character named Erick Thorson. Is he a real raiding and pillaging type viking or did you give him more of a modern twist? 

Krystal: "Erick was a raiding pillaging Viking from the first century AD, but since the book is set in 2096, he is not a barbarian in that sense at all anymore. But he still retains that sexy warrior mentality, with the added suaveness a thousand years might give someone."

Many romance novels use the theme of soul mates. Do you believe in real life soul mates or are they something made up by the romance genre?  

Krystal: "I'm one of the authors that adores the soul mate theme and uses it. I think that soul mates are made when two people reach out to each other and communicate and grow together as a couple. In the real world, we have to work hard to achieve such a deep connection and trust. Do I think that two people can have instant chemistry with each other, ABSOLUTELY. Do I think they are soul mates right then and there. No. But, I do think the romance genre has latched onto the idea that chemistry can jumpstart that bond, and as authors we capitalize on the emotions needed to form such a secure and loving bond and move the timeline along much faster than it would likely happen in the real world. It's nice to escape into a fantasy. That's what make the romance genre so enticing to me."

Quickfire Questions:
Favorite ice cream? Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough
Cats or dogs? Dogs
PC or Mac? MAC
Favorite childhood TV show? Buffy the Vampire Slayer


Bailey Ross’ world is crumbling around her. Her abusive ex, a human, is closing in on her again, and to make matters worse, a new enemy, a djinn, is stalking her. This supernatural being takes great pleasure in human pain, something Bailey has in excess thanks to her ex. If she’s caught by either, she’s as good as dead.

Backed into a corner and desperate to escape, she does something she swore wouldn’t ever be possible again –trusting a man. And he’s a vampire.

Protection via the sexy vampire Erick Thorson may prove to be a little more than she bargained for. Sparks fly between them and she finds herself agreeing to more than just protection. Though he has promised not to let anyone harm her, the small west Texas town is more than it seems and he may not be able to make good on his vow no matter how hard he tries.

Will Sanctuary be the home Bailey longs for or will she have to die to find out?

Out Now!


Coming to Barnes and Noble August 25th!

Meet the Author:
 Krystal Shannan goes to sleep every night dreaming of mythical realms with werewolves, vampires, fae, and dragons. Occasional a fabulous, completely human story slips into the mix, but powers and abilities usually crop up without fail, twisting reality into whatever her mind can conceive.

As a child, her parents encouraged her interests in Ancient Greek and Roman mythology and all things historical and magickal. As an adult the interests only grew. She is a child of Neverland and refuses to ever stop believing in fairies.

She is guilty of indulging and being a Buffy the Vampire Slayer groupie as well as an Angel fan. For those of you unfamiliar with the world of Joss Whedon, you are missing out! She also makes sure to watch as many action and adventure movies as possible. The more exciting the better. Yippee-Ki-Yay..... If you don't know the end of that phrase, then you probably don't like the same movies.

She writes stories full of action, snark, magick, and heart-felt emotion. If you are looking for leisurely paced sweet romance, her books are probably not for you. But, for those looking for a magical ride, filled with adventure, passion, and just a hint of humor. Welcome home.

Krystal Shannan
Putting Magick in Romance one Soul Mate at a Time.
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Cover Reveal: Play of Light by Debra Doxer

Play of Light by Debra Doxer
Publication date: December 8th 2014
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance

Designed by Okay Creations


I lived in paradise, and I loved Spencer Pierce.

At fourteen, my life was perfect. The beach was my playground, and the boy who stole my heart lived just around the corner. But perfect never lasts. In one horrifying moment, I lost it all. My family was destroyed, and the boy I believed in turned his back on me. Paradise became a nightmare.

That was five years ago. Everything changed when we moved from our home by the sea. I’ve changed, and I don’t like who I’ve become. I miss the smiling, carefree beach girl who disappeared that terrible night. I want to find her again. I want to face the people we ran from so long ago. Most of all, I have to face Spencer. So I can prove that when he broke my heart, he didn’t break me.

But when I see him again, Spencer Pierce is no longer the boy from my memories. He’s now a man who could devastate me if I let him. He watches me when he thinks I’m not looking. There’s regret written on his face when he’s near. Each time I see him, my heart aches for what might have been, and I think his does too. How can I convince myself I’m over him when I suspect he never got over me?

~ This is a standalone story. ~


AUTHOR BIO:
Debra Doxer was born in Boston, and other than a few lost years in the California sunshine, she has always resided in the Boston area. She writes fiction, technical software documents, illegible scribbles on sticky notes, and texts that get mangled by AutoCorrect. She writes for a living, and she writes for fun. When her daughter asks when she'll run out of words, her response always is, "When I run out of time."

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Cover Reveal: Just Desserts by Tricia Quinnies

Just Desserts by Tricia Quinnies
Published by: Swoon Romance
Publication date: October 7th 2014
Genres: Adult, Romance




Sadie Maxon’s almost done baking desserts and waitressing at her father’s trendy diner in Lake Geneva. She’s anxious to get back to Chicago and finish grad school. When Quinn Laughton, a contractor renovating the Wrigley mansion on the lake, offers to buy the crumbling diner, she can’t resist his deal or his sexy down-to-earth sweetness. But Sadie discovers Quinn is a member of the prestigious Wrigley family and is unsure if it was her or her family’s legendary diner that attracted Quinn. To convince Sadie of his intentions, Quinn mixes up a batch of passion and romance for her. But will Sadie’s small town sensibilities be swayed by Quinn’s big city charm?



AUTHOR BIO:

Tricia Quinnies knew, when she finished reading PERFECT by Judith McNaught, she wanted to write a romance. But, her three young sons kept her happily busy. In 2009, she carved out time for herself, usually at four in morning, and set about writing her first romance. It was a love story inspired by her college time in London, England. At last check it's under the bed waiting for a rewrite. A few stories later she found writing contemporary romances and setting them closer to home on the shores of Lake Michigan much easier. While not writing Tricia tries to keep up with her very social teenagers, two Doxies and one husband. JUST DESSERTS is her debut novel.

Review: The Cat, the Mill and the Murder by Leann Sweeney

Title: The Cat, the Mill and the Murder (A Cats in Trouble Mystery #5)
Author: Leann Sweeney
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Reviewed by Laurie
Rating 5
Sexual Rating: 0




When cat lover and quilter Jillian Hart volunteers to help a local animal shelter relocate a colony of feral cats living in an abandoned textile mill, she never expects to find a woman living there, too. Jeannie went missing from Mercy, South Carolina, a decade ago, after her own daughter’s disappearance.

Jeannie refuses to leave the mill or abandon Boots, her cat who died years ago. After all, she and Boots feel the need to protect the premises from “creepers” who come in the night. After Jeannie is hurt in an accident and is taken away, those who've come to town to help repurpose the mill uncover a terrible discovery.. As the wheels start turning in Jillian’s mind, a mysterious new feline friend aids in her quest to unearth a long-kept and dark secret. 







Review


By far, this is the best book out of this series for me. I love the detail the author took in writing about the mill and the town. I live in a town that had a mill almost like this and it too had a small village along with it. This is a great way to introduce our mill history that is now long gone since so much outsourcing and people buying so many products from other seas other than American textiles. I myself can remember a time when theses mills were still producing America jobs. Sad. Anyhow, this rundown mill created an excellent mystery and leave it to Jillian to be right in the middle of the whole process.

I loved the ghost cat in this story it added some excellent paranormal elements into the story but what really draws me to reading theses cozy mysteries is the detail the authors puts into these books, it’s like you are right there in the middle finding the bones, murder and helping the cats.


If you love cats, a murder mystery, and love this is a series for you.