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.




Monday, September 8, 2014

Review: S.E.C.R.E.T. (Secret #1) by L. Marie Adeline

Title: S.E.C.R.E.T (Secret #1)
Author: L. Marie Adeline
Source: Self-Purchased
Genre: Erotica
Length: Novel
Release Date: February 5, 2013
Reviewed by: Jasmyn

Rating - 2
Sexual - 4

Cassie Robichaud’s life is filled with regret and loneliness after the sudden death of her
husband. She waits tables at the rundown Café Rose in New Orleans, and every night she heads home to her solitary one-bedroom apartment. But when she discovers a notebook left behind by a mysterious woman at the café, Cassie’s world is forever changed.

The notebook’s stunningly explicit confessions shock and fascinate Cassie, and eventually lead her to S∙E∙C∙R∙E∙T, an underground society dedicated to helping women realize their wildest, most intimate sexual fantasies. Cassie soon immerses herself in an electrifying journey through a series of ten rapturous fantasies with gorgeous men who awaken and satisfy her like never before. As she is set free from her inhibitions, she discovers a new confidence that transforms her, giving her the courage to live passionately. Equal parts enticing, liberating and emotionally powerful, S∙E∙C∙R∙E∙T is a world where fantasy becomes reality.
I was really hoping for a little more from this one.  The overall concept of the story was great.  Cassie has fallen into a horrible rut.  After her alcoholic husband died, she kind of sank into herself and hasn't come up for air (or sex).  Five years later and she's still stuck.  She stumbles upon an organization that helps women in her sort of position open themselves back up again.  The regain their confidence, their passion, and awaken their sexual desires.  Cassie has doubts at several stages along the way - who wouldn't - but chugs along through the 10 step program.  This reminded me a bit of what AA is describes as.

The downfall is that it didn't seem like enough really happened.  A whole year goes by in the story, but I felt like her SECRET encounters were the only thing she had in her life - and the whole point of the group is for the opposite to happen.  The encounters were fun and quite exciting - and they did teach her valuable lessons about opening herself up to new possibilities.  I just wish more "real" life had happened in between them for her to explore as well.

I will admit that I was hoping for just a smidge of romance to pop out of the story somewhere - even if it wasn't a prevalent topic.  But I was sorely disappointed.  There really isn't a happy ending for Cassie and her personal life.  She does complete the program, but I'm not sure how much better her life really is now. There is a sequel and since it's already on my shelf I'll give it a go to see if the series turns into anything better.

Cover Reveal: Worth the Fall by Caitie Quinn

Worth the Fall by Caitie Quinn
(Brew Ha Ha #2)
Publication date: Fall 2014
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance

Designed by Okay Creations


Kasey Lane is having a bad week.

Understatement.

Her idea of success never involved losing her job, man, and apartment in 24-hours. Now, with nowhere to go and no way to pay for it anyway, Kasey decides it’s time for a fresh start, which means a new apartment, a new career, and…no men.

But as a magnet for ridiculousness and absurd brushes with the law, her start goes from fresh to stale in record time. It doesn’t help that Mr. Wrong keeps showing up during her adventures gone awry and taking over. Now, as Kasey plans her way to independence she has to decide if the only path to success is going it alone…or if maybe a partner in crime can make the journey sweeter.


AUTHOR BIO
Caitie Quinn is the Rom Com Writin' name of YA Golden Heart writer, Bria Quinlan.

Caitie writes stuff. Stuff that's funny -- hopefully.

She's a lover of the Romantic Comedy and manages to always bring light-hearted romance and shenanigans to her stories. They may be set in a city that looks remarkably like Boston. But don't quote her on that.

If it's not funny, you can totally blame the weather, or her lack of chocolate, or the formatting, or her cat. Wait, she doesn't have a cat. Scratch that last one.

Check her out on twitter @CaitieQuinn or at www.caitiequinn.com.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

New Releases in Romance - Week of September 7, 2014

Ok getting back on track right before heading out to the Indie Romance Convention (woohooo!!!!).  Here's a handful of new releases to keep you occupied if you're not attending this year.  In fact, the two under the paranormal heading down there will be at the convention with me.  Take a peak and maybe you'll find something you want to sink your teeth into.

Paranormal


Historical


Contemporary


Erotic



Saturday, September 6, 2014

Review: Waking up in Bedlam By:Mia Bishop

Title: Waking up in Bedlam 
Author: Mia Bishop
Source: Review Request 
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Reviewer: Emi 

Overall Rating:5

Sexual Rating: 2




Ryder is a fake- and he knows it. He spends his days pretending to be a paranormal investigator and his nights entertaining groups of believers with his claims of communicating with the dead. Life is good and business is booming until the night a beautiful woman storms out of his seminar and a mysterious man drops an unexplainable case in his lap. Ryder finds out the world he thought was fake is actually real and even worse, he has become the paranormal world's most wanted.

Jessa wants answers and the human, Ryder, is the only one who can give them to her. She has one goal, keep him alive long enough to figure our why he has been haunting her dreams. The only problem is the more time she spends with him the more she realizes the answers she seeks are ones she isn't ready to face.

Can either one of them accept what fate has laid out for them? Or will they fight their destiny at the cost of everyone they hold dear?



**I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review**

I thought this was a great read, fun and exciting and a little different than the average paranormal. While Ryder pretends to be a paranormal investigator, he unknowingly upsets the supernatural world, making him their number one target. Jessa needs some answers for her dilemma but Ryder thinks she's a little crazy and has a hard time believing what's going on. I guess it would be a bit weird to have someone knock on your door and shatter your perception of reality as you know it, but then again it would be totally awesome to go on an adventure, lol. Which as it turns out, Jessa and Ryder go on quite the investigative journey and find out truths long buried and what has been really going on in both worlds.   
If you're looking for a good fun read, or just something a little different, I definitely recommend this book. I am looking forward to reading the next one. 

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Friday, September 5, 2014

Review: Big Sky River (Parable, Montana #3) by Linda Lael Miller

Title: Big Sky River (Parable, Montana #3)
Author: Linda Lael Miller
Source: Self-Purchased
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Length: Novel
Release Date: December 18, 2012
Reviewed by: Jasmyn

Rating - 4
Sexual - 3

The "First Lady of the West," #1 New York Times bestselling author Linda Lael Miller,
brings you to Parable, Montana-where love awaits.

Sheriff Boone Taylor has his job, friends, a run-down but decent ranch, two faithful dogs and a good horse. He doesn't want romance-the widowed Montanan has loved and lost enough for a lifetime. But when a city woman buys the spread next door, Boone's peace and quiet are in serious jeopardy.

With a marriage and a career painfully behind her, Tara Kendall is determined to start over in Parable. Reinventing herself and living a girlhood dream is worth the hard work. Sure, she might need help from her handsome, wary neighbor. But life along Big Sky River is full of surprises...like falling for a cowboy-lawman who just might start to believe in second chances.
This was the most touching and heart-wrenching of the series so far.  Sheriff Boone Taylor is such a sympathetic character that you want everything good to come his way and just make everything better.  Miller works hard to make this happen for him in this book.  Boone has a lot he's been dealing with - and not in the best way.  When his wife died, he sent his young children to stay with family until he got his stuff together - but a few years later and they haven't come home yet.  He misses them, but doesn't think he's good enough to take care of them.  Fate takes that decision out of his hands, and places them firmly back in his life to stay and watching them get to know each other again was amazing.  Boone is a great dad, he just needed to be reminded of that by his sons.

Tara is Boone's neighbor and chicken farmer - sort of.  She's wanting to live life less hectic after coming out of a messy marriage and living large in the big city.  Tara has some of her own baggage to deal with as well, but since she hasn't told anyone yet before this book - I don't want to give it away.  It's a little surprising.  Tara and Boone take an instant dislike to each other and this becomes a classic case of opposites attract.

Tara is convinced Boone is a lazy good-for-nothing man, but she doesn't realize he just needs a little help to deal with what life has thrown his way.  Boone thinks it's hilarious that this "city girl" thinks she can hack it out in a farm on Montana and just tries to avoid her.  But avoiding people isn't really possible in a small town - and when the locals gang up on them to try and get them together, they never stand a chance.

There is a small bit of action in this one, a little tragedy, and a lot of hope.  Miller did a much better job with the intro of this one, and I didn't start with a feeling of being lost.  There are tons of ups and downs and the set up for book four is great.  This is a really fun series, but remember this is Parable, and their lives are lived just a little slower and more laid back than in the city.  Lots of things happen, you just don't always realize it until the book is done.


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Thursday, September 4, 2014

Cover Reveal: Midnight Kiss - Four New Adult Paranormal Romances

Midnight Kiss: Four New Adult Paranormal Romances
Alyssa Rose Ivy, Jennifer Snyder, Juliana Haygert, Sarra Cannon
Publication date: October 1st 2014
Genres: New Adult, Paranormal Romance


This Halloween, prepare to be haunted by a kiss…

Midnight Kiss is a limited edition collection of four BRAND NEW, NEVER RELEASED novellas, all set in New Orleans on Halloween night.

AFTER MIDNIGHT by Sarra Cannon

From the outside, Becca Goldberg looks like any normal freshman girl at Tulane, but she’s been keeping a terrible secret. She’s really Allison Moore—a young witch from Peachville hiding out from an evil coven of witches known as the Order of Shadows. She thinks she is safe until an unexpected accident occurs. Now, she only has until midnight on Halloween until her identity is discovered.

She must turn to the hottest, most elusive guy on campus for help. Will he help save her? Or will her life come crashing down around her after midnight?

THE MIDNIGHT TEST by Juliana Haygert

Being the weakest witch of her generation, nineteen-year-old Hazel is convinced she's supposed to live a normal, human life—except for the occasional ghost hunting. When Hazel moves to New Orleans, the most powerful witch coven in the world grants her a chance to join them, but only if she passes a dangerous test on Halloween night. Everything is going fine until mysterious Sean steps in Hazel’s way, putting her entire test at risk.

Will she be able to ace the test and keep them both alive at the same time?

SEDUCTION'S KISS by Alyssa Rose Ivy

Never agree to a road trip to New Orleans with your roommate. At least not when your roommate is dragging you along while she reconnects with an ex boyfriend. Possible consequences of failing to take my advice:

1) Unknowingly going out with a vampire stripper.
2) Getting kidnapped by said vampire’s nest mates.
3) Falling head over heels for your winged hero.

Believe it or not number 3 is the worst one, especially when no one believes you that he exists.

KISS OF AWAKENING by Jennifer Snyder

With one kiss, everything will change...

When a mysterious letter arrives from her estranged mother, twenty-one year old Kenna Blake and her best friend, Bree, make a trip to New Orleans hoping for a little Halloween fun and to get away. The mystifying Crescent City has something else in store for her though.

Cryptic messages, a hot tour guide, and a new sense Kenna can't seem to explain are just the beginning of this eye opening trip. Will Kenna accept what awakens with in her or will she crumble under its reality?

Cover Reveal and Giveaway: Everly After by Rebecca Paula

Everly After by Rebecca Paula
Publication date: October 21st 2014
Genres: New Adult, Romance


All truths burn bright and clear. I’m still waiting in the dark.

Everly Monteith has traded her life of glitter, parties, and self-destruction for waiting tables in busy a Parisian café after college graduation. She’s put the tragedy that sent her across the Atlantic behind her—until her toxic ex shows up and sends her reeling once more. Her delicate grip on a future begins slipping away, before a smug British war correspondent crashes her party and refuses to let her live hiding behind oversized sunglasses. But falling for Beckett means letting down her guard, something that might pull them both into the dark.

There are beautiful lies in this world, and it takes me being chased through a hallway at a rave to decide this girl is one of them. But even the most beautiful lies aren’t worth chasing.

Twenty-five year-old Beckett Reid is forced into sabbatical after he’s kidnapped while on assignment in Afghanistan. Back in Paris and struggling with PTSD, he locks himself away to work on a novel while recovering and save his budding journalism career. But when he meets an enigmatic American heiress, his plans of laying low are quickly forgotten. He craves the energy and danger of war zones and realizes Everly is the perfect replacement, even if she does leave glitter on everything he owns. Reckless and wild, she runs through life making more mistakes than anyone he’s met, but Beckett is determined to fight for her, even if he must face the messy truth that to do so means fighting for himself first.

*This New Adult romance is recommended for readers 18+ due to mature content.*


AUTHOR BIO
It began with a boy who survived a plane crash in the wilderness.

I discovered my love of writing during a fifth grade writing assignment for Hatchet. After that, I knew I wanted to be a writer.

Always the hopeless romantic, I write late Victorian and Edwardian historical romances as well as contemporary New Adult romances.

I am a member of Romance Writers of America (RWA), as well as the New Hampshire chapter (NHRWA) and the New England chapter (NECRWA). I contribute regularly to the Modern Belles of History blog, a site dedicated to writing, reading, and researching 20th century women’s historical fiction.

When I’m not writing, I’m most likely reading or daydreaming about my next travel adventure. I live in New Hampshire with my husband and our cat, Bella.


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Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Review: Big Sky Mountain (Parable, Montana #2) by Linda Lael Miller

Title: Big Sky Mountain (Parable, Montana #2)
Author: Linda Lael Miller
Source: Self Purchased
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Length: Novel
Release Date: July 31, 2012
Reviewed by: Jasmyn

Rating - 4
Sexual - 3

With his rugged good looks, vast wealth and family name, hell-raiser Hutch Carmody is still
the golden boy of Parable, Montana. But he’s done some growing up; making peace with his illegitimate half brother and inheriting half of Whisper Creek Ranch, which should have been all his. These days, Hutch knows there are some things money can’t buy: like the heart of loving, ladylike divorcee Kendra Shepherd.

Kendra’s quiet mansion reminds her of what she wants most; a devoted husband and the pitter-patter of little feet. She can’t get Hutch Carmody out of her mind. But a rough-and-tumble cowboy like Hutch, coming home for family dinner? Seems crazy! Then again, crazier dreams have become reality under the vast Montana sky.
Parable, Montana Series Review:
Book One: Big Sky Country 

I'm really loving the characters and stories from Parable, Montana.  Book two is just as laid back and casual as book one, but throwing in a four year old girl adds a bit of craziness in a good way.  I loved Madison - the daughter Kendra adopted sometime between the two books.  There's a short story all on its own there that is revealed as you read through the book, so I'll let you read the details yourself.  I always love the antics of young children in these fun light-hearted romances, and Madison definitely fit the bill to liven things up a bit.

The opening of this story was not handled well though.  I understand that Miller was probably looking for some shock factor, but starting with your leading man (Hutch) at his wedding to someone other than Kendra was very confusing.  There was also a lot of things that happened in between books and I felt like I had missed an entire story.  Too much happened "off pages" to have it flow well right off the bat.

Now once I figured out all the things that were going on, I really enjoyed the story.  Kendra and Hutch have been crushing on each other for years, but never really acted on it.  Kendra doesn't think Hutch is mature enough to be a father to her new little girl, and Hutch just seems to hold a grudge against Kendra for their last break up.  Everyone around them begins to conspire against them though, and eventually they cave and decide to give it a go.

There is still a lot of doubt on both their parts though, and this continues Miller's theme of over-coming your past to move on with your future so you can be happy.

Review of Hunger ( Vampire Realm #8) by Felicity Heaton

Title: Hunger ( Vampire Realm #8)
Author:Felicity Heaton
Published: May 10, 2014
Source: Author request
Pages: Kindle 223 pages
Reviewer: Cerridwen


Rating- 3
Sexual - 3 Flames


Betrayed by one of her own and turned into a vampire, hunter Eve is consumed by her hunger for vengeance and has spent five years surviving hell, driven to take the life of the man she once loved. But just as she is about to close in on the hunter-turned-vampire, an event is set in motion that threatens to see him slip beyond her grasp forever—the leader of her bloodline has sent an escort to bring her to the family’s mansion. To a nest of the very creatures she once hunted and loathes.

A vampire assassin hardened by centuries of service, Tor is a man of discipline and loyalty, never straying from his mission or the rules set out for him, and has purged all his weaknesses, including his emotions.

But the moment he meets the broken, fiery female he is to escort to Oslo, something dangerous awakens in him, something possessive and powerful, and when he is pulled into a deadly game of cat and mouse with the man who betrayed her, Tor discovers he will do anything to protect the woman slowly claiming his heart and give her the vengeance she desires—even break all the rules.

Can Eve embrace her new vampire nature in order to have her revenge and find a reason to live again in Tor? Can Tor and Eve stop the man who betrayed her and the deaths of thousands of innocents? Or will he succeed in creating a new army of hybrid vampires who will rise up against the purebloods?

. This was actually a quick read. I mean that in ta good way.The story line moved fast and was able to keep me turning the pages. 

 Although this is book 8 in the series, I have not read the other 7 and was able to follow along just fine. I didn't feel lost and was given enough background to follow along. It did, however, whet my appetite and make me curious about the previous.

 Eve is being chased by the man she was loved and thought loved her. He did her wrong and in a big way. With this Eve is being transported against her will and escorted by Tor, who immediately has a connection with her and becomes all alpha  while trying to fight his feelings for her. They embark on a an action adventure journey to allow Eve her revenge.

 I definitely recommend if you want some one the edge of your seat thrills.


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