Review: Resisting the Musician by Ally Blake

Title: Resisting the Musician (Head Over Heels)
Author: Ally Blake
Source: Entangled Indulgence
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Length: Novel
Release Date: July 28, 2014
Reviewed by: Jasmyn

Rating - 3
Sexual - 3

Bridal shoe company owner Lori Hanover is in way over her head. First, her designer sister
has fallen head over heels for the rock star fiancé of a client - talk about bad PR! Now her business is falling apart. Lori's only hope in saving her company is making the world believe it was true love, even if she's not so sure herself. Her best bet? A song. For this she turns to the most frustrating musical recluse in America, Dash Mills, a man who could pass for Thor’s sexier brother. And even though this former rock superstar agrees to help, it comes at a price…

When Lori agrees to Dash’s terms, he thinks she's the one in for a challenge. But the more time he spends with this spitfire bombshell, the more tempted he is to play her—in more ways than one. But Dash left behind the rock and roll life for a reason. And seductive as Lori may be, if she drags him back into that world, this time he won't forgive himself...or her.
This was a difficult one to review.  I loved the characters - they were fantastic.  I loved to overall story line.  It has some elements that worked nicely together.  It just moved a little slow for me.

Lori is a hard working woman that runs a shoe company.  I would LOVE to have her job and get to wear all the new shoes - for publicity purposes of course.  They sound amazing - there was just enough description to keep them a small part of the story and make me want a pair as well.  She's the exact opposite of Dash.  She follows her schedule like the Bible, he doesn't know what day it is half the time.  He's so laid back and seemingly carefree that it almost starts to get on your nerves.  It sure gets on Lori's nerves and she's not sure how she's ever going to be able to work with him on this song idea.

The whole song idea was brilliant.  It was a great way to get the two of them together and continue to throw them at each other until they realized they were actually perfect together.  There was just a tad too much of the throwing together and running away again for me.

In the background we have Lori's sister and Dash's ex-bandmate engaged and planning their wedding in the midst of a huge scandal.  It was a great backdrop and made sure there was always something going on, even when the main characters weren't the center of the all the action.  This is a great book - while it moved a little slow for me it may be just right for others.

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

Review: Doe Eyes (Good Gods #3) by Staci Hart

Title: Doe Eyes (Good Gods #3)
Author: Staci Hart
Source: Author Request
Genre: Contemporary Romance some minor paranormal elements
Length: Novel
Release Date: July 24, 2014
Reviewed by: Jasmyn

Rating - 5
Sexual - 2

Aphrodite knows better than anyone how the heart works. Just don’t ask her to figure out
her own.

She’s been away from Olympus for weeks, which wasn’t near long enough for her to move on from everything that happened, to get past the betrayal and loss. She has no idea what she’s walking into when she gets back other than a new competition, this time against Artemis. The goddesses have never been friends, but now they have more in common than ever, though they’d rather face eat ambrosia straight than admit it.

Artemis can’t help but be smug. Her player, Josie, is a private investigator who’s lost more than she’s won. Every waking moment is consumed by her fire to catch the man who killed her partner, and when Jon comes back into town after leaving her without a word, it’s more than she can handle. She’ll never let him in. Not again.

But Jon only did what he thought was right, and he’ll do anything he can, give her everything he has to give to prove that he can be trusted with her heart again.

With Adonis gone and the threat of Ares around every corner, Aphrodite’s past presses on her, leaving her more alone than she’s ever been. She can’t help wondering if she’ll ever escape, and how much pain she’ll endure before the whole ordeal is behind her.
Deer in Headlights (Good Gods #1): Review 
Snake in the Grass (Good Gods #2): Review
What the Heart Wants (Good Gods #2.5): Review

Book three in the Good Gods series picks up the story of Aphrodite and her contests right where it left off in book two. Her competitor this time as Artemis - one of my favorites from mythology so I was excited to see her. Artemis was an amazing character. I loved watching her interact with her oceanids and seeing her struggle with her feelings for Orion. Her contestant, Josie, was like her in so many ways. They developed together throughout the story and it was great to see them tied together so nicely.

After the events in book two, Aphrodite is emotionally destroyed. Her solution is to bond with her best friend Perry and come up with some incredibly clever nick names for Ares to avoid dealing with her feelings. Aphrodite really grew and developed a lot - watching her with her husband Heff made me want to cry - he's such an amazing guy! Aphrodite's contestant, Jon, is just perfect. He's not literally pefect, but that is what made him so great - he was a real guy.

There is quite a bit of excitement in this story with Josie and Jon on the trail of a murderer. If Artemis and Aphrodite don't pay close attention something horrible could happen. There is a ton of build up around this part of the story and it was spread out very nicely to keep me NEEDING to know what happened without taking off and leaving me in the dust.

The other gods we have met play small parts and it's great to see the remain part of the ongoing storyline.

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

Monday, July 28, 2014
Posted by Jasmyn

Cover Reveal: My Viking Vampire by Krystal Shannon

Title: My Viking Vampire
Author: Krystal Shannon
Release Date: August 25, 2014

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?

About 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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New Releases in Romance - Week of July 27, 2014

Great selection of new releases this week.  Eve Langlais and Staci Hart (two of my favorites) both have new books out this week!  Was super excited to see that.  Take a look and let us know what catches your eye this week.






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