Thursday, May 28, 2015

Stealing Mercury by Charlee Allden (Arena Dogs #1)

Stealing Mercury
by Charlee Allden

My rating: 4 stars

Series: Arena Dogs - Book 1
Publication Date: May 11, 2015
Publisher: Charlee Allden
ISBN-13: 9780996179812
Genre: Romantic Sci-fi| slightly erotic
Print Length: 302 pages
Available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble

 
Born a slave, Mercury is an Arena Dog, genetically engineered to fight and die in the Arena for the entertainment of others. In their violent world, where men must form alliances and share what little bounty they have to survive, his only goal has been to keep his men alive. But he’s already lost two of them and the rest are slated for death. Worse, their demise will leave a woman Mercury has sworn to protect alone and vulnerable. And then there’s Samantha—a courageous human he has no right to claim. But she is his. He feels it deep in his soul and with an ache in his body that he can’t deny.

Samantha Devlin has lost everything, her ship, her crew, and her father. When an old friend hires her as an emergency replacement to pilot a cargo carrier for the Roma Company, she is shocked to discover her cargo is three, living, breathing, and dangerously sexy Arena Dogs and that she’s taking the men to their deaths. Is she willing to risk everything for a man whose customs require that he share her with one of his men and that he return to Roma to protect another woman? Her heart tells her Mercury is worth any cost, but her head sees nothing ahead but disaster.

Caution: features two scorching hot heroes and one impossibly impulsive woman. Their story may just make you want to steal an Arena Dog or two of your own.


 
Stealing Mercury by Charlee Allden 

Stealing Mercury (Arena Dogs #1)Arena Dogs, genetically engineered to be the ultimate fighting machines, for the entertainment of others. In kill or be killed battles, these warriors know very little about kindness or being treated with compassion, yet they have formed their own bond and their leader, Mercury has vowed to keep them alive and safe, but now they are being sent to their certain death until a replacement pilot with little left in her life discovers what she is transporting and decides this is NOT going to happen on her ship.

Stealing Mercury by Charlee Allden is an out of this world experience, part science fiction and space travel, part survival, part romantic heat and erotic adventure, I believe we have crossed more genres than stars in the galaxy!

Charlee Allden can tell a tale filled with tension, evil, deceit and raw and brutal scenes of barbaric proportions then flip it on the reader with that “special connection” between two people who trust no one and are determined to survive no matter what is obstacles are in their way. Imagine being billions of miles in space, onboard a ship and being locked into cages for the journey. Your “captors” are often sadistic and one tiny woman has the guts to stand up to them and fight for you. Charlee Allden has pulled all the right strings; hit all of the right buttons to hook my heart completely. Then she kicks in some fast-paced action, an unlikely alliance, and risks my Kindle over-heating with the new found passion and romance found between Mercury and Sam. Think that may be just a little hot? I guess just a little hot isn’t spicy enough for Ms. Allden, because she has more to share in the arena of love! The best part of her crisp and creative writing style? There is an intense story going on, non-stop and she managed to make all of heat feel like a natural progression in the lives of the Arena Dogs, who have so little and share what they have. Yep, her writing is that fleshed out, that real that these characters become real, their lives become real and one forgets one is reading fantasy. Beam me up!

I received this copy from Charlee Allden in exchange for my honest review.



Shards of Hope by Nalini Singh (Psy/Changeling #14)

Shards of Hope
Written by: Nalini Singh
Series: Psy/Changeling
Publication Date: Book 14
Hardcover: 496 pages
Publisher: Berkley
Publication Date: June 2, 2015
Rating: 5 Stars
ISBN-10: 0425264033
ISBN-13: 978-0425264034
Genre: Paranormal Romance
The “smoldering heat, epic romance, and awesome action” of Nalini Singh’s New York Times bestselling series continues as two Arrows find themselves caught in a chilling conspiracy that spans all three races…

Awakening wounded in a darkened cell, their psychic abilities blocked, Aden and Zaira know they must escape. But when the lethal soldiers break free from their mysterious prison, they find themselves in a harsh, inhospitable landscape far from civilization. Their only hope for survival is to make it to the hidden home of a predatory changeling pack that doesn’t welcome outsiders.

And they must survive. A shadowy enemy has put a target on the back of the Arrow squad, an enemy that cannot be permitted to succeed in its deadly campaign. Aden will cross any line to keep his people safe for this new future, where even an assassin might have hope of a life beyond blood and death and pain. Zaira has no such hope. She knows she’s too damaged to return from the abyss. Her driving goal is to protect Aden, protect the only person who has ever come back for her no matter what.

This time, even Aden’s passionate determination may not be enough—because the emotionless chill of Silence existed for a reason. For the violent, and the insane, and the irreparably broken…like Zaira.
Shards of Hope (Psy-Changeling, #14)Shards of Hope by Nalini Singh

Nalini Singh does it again with another amazing adventure in Shards of Hope.

This story is based around Aden and Zaira, two Psy Arrows. A new enemy has emerged and it has its sights on the leader of the Arrows, Aden.

Zaira and Aden are fighting for their lives but they are also fighting for the survival of every Arrow solider, young and old. The interrogation into the new Psy system is extremely difficult for those who have done everything to break all emotion. Meaning, the Arrows are having the toughest time of it.

Aden has amazingly become their leader but has still managed to retained some emotions. His desire is to have Zaira as his own and to lead at his side...but Zaira believes herself to damaged to ever feel or it will release the monster inside. Which brings me to my only complaint about this entire book, the amount of time discussing Zaira's brokenness, minimal in the scheme of things but mentioned enough to be noted.

We've watched each individual group slowly start to interact and see the benefit of that interaction. The tenuous bonds that have been developed will be stretch to the breaking point but their survival will count on those bonds holding.

Expect some great cameos from characters we've come to love as well as a huge insight to the WATER CHANGELING, you heard me right, there be water changelings here!!!

I really loved this story. Shards of Hope seems to be a bridge for the next major shift in the Psy-Changeling series and I love the direction the plot is taking. AMAZING THINGS ARE COMING, I can feel it.

Ultimately, I flat out love Shards of Hope. Its provides a sexy, intense adventure that takes you right along for the ride.

Fourteen book in and still going strong!

I received this ARC copy of Shards of Hope from PENGUIN GROUP Berkley, NAL / Signet Romance, DAW - Berkley in exchange for a honest review. This book is set for publication June 2, 2015.







Sachael Dreams by Melody Winter (The Mine #1)

Sachael Dreams
by Melody Winter

My rating: 4 stars

Series: Mine - Book 1
Publication Date: February 23, 2015
Publisher: REUTS Publications, LLC.
Genre: Paranormal|Fantasy
Print Length: 532 pages
Available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble

 

 Twenty-two-year-old Estelle Bailey has had enough of busy city-life and her hot-tempered ex. She escapes to the seclusion and peace of her family’s clifftop home in Ravenscar, where the soothing solitude whispers to her soul as strongly as the sea itself does. But her newfound contentment is interrupted when a mysterious man—a Sachael, master of seduction—joins her midnight swim unexpectedly.

Estelle struggles against his charm and the overpowering attraction she feels for him. He offers her a life she never could have imagined, a life beneath the waves . . . but at what cost? Before she can decide, she’s captured, ensnared by the Sect, a secret enemy of the Sachaels, becoming a pawn in a war she knew nothing about.

Now, she’s left with a new choice—escape the clutches of the Sect and flee into the ocean, or side with her alluring, intimidating captor and destroy the Sachaels forever. Can she turn her back on the man she might love, or will the secret of her heritage change everything?

Set against a picturesque backdrop, Sachael Dreams is the first in a new series, exploring themes of romance, love, and identity, and the struggle that happens when all three collide.

 
 Sachael Dreams by Melody Winter

Sachael Dreams (Mine, #1)Opening with a brief and enthralling tale of love and the brutal heartbreak of loss and betrayal, we meet young Lilith, who fades into our memories like something from long ago.

Enter the contemporary Estelle, seeking peace in her life and freedom from a crazed ex-boyfriend by escaping to the seaside, to a family home that brings her closer to the memory of her father and a life that feels soothing and calming. There is more to the water than the gentle ebbing and flowing of the waves, more than the marine life that plays offshore. A breed of underwater man-like creatures reside beneath the waves and one mysterious, warm and seemingly caring Sachael has found her and he promises her his love, if she will just trust in him and return to his world below the sea. What she discovers is that she will become a pawn in a brutal game of war and rebellion when another cold and calculating bred from the sea take her prisoner as they attempt to discover who and what she really is and fill her head with tales of the true nature of the Sachael. Who can Estelle trust? What madness are they talking about? Is it possible she is more than a mere human?

Sachael Dreams by Melody Winter is a trip into a dark fantasy world where human women and their hearts and bodies are manipulated to keep an ancient civilization alive as the children they bear are stolen at birth, never to be seen again. Some move forward, some cannot, but Estelle is in love and unique, will she be the next victim of a man’s charm and lies?

Melody Winter sets a beautiful stage with care, filled it with background, and scenes that will send the smell of the salt air through one’s mind. Savor the build up to the mystery and intrigue, the evil plot twists and the confusion that grows in Estelle’s mind and heart will be plenty of action for you, as will the speed at which these men from the sea move. Will she get her happily ever after or will the pain of the past, present and unknown future be too much to take?

Part dark, yet gentle romance, part dark fantasy that will claw its way through your mind, Melody Winter has made a niche for herself in a world filled with the supernatural, the unbelievable as she travels that fine line between good and evil, blurring the edges often as she colors outside of the lines.

I received a copy of Sachael Dreams from Melody Winter in exchange for my honest review.




Black Horse Release Blitz & Giveaway


Title : BLACK HORSE
Author : Addison Kline
Genre : Romantic Suspense
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22064966-black-horse






“What would you do if the only man you ever loved was the son of the man that murdered your parents?”
In Addison Kline’s fiery romantic suspense novel, Averi Ford’s future
collides with her past with ferocious intensity. Averi Ford and Colt
McClain have loved each other since they were children. They both come
from a broken past. Colt’s mother died when he was young, and Averi’s
parents were taken from her at the tender age of five. The same man is
responsible for both of their broken childhoods: Tom “Black Horse”
McClain. He also happens to be Colt’s father. Now twenty years after the
crimes that fractured both of their hearts, Black Horse is getting out
of jail and he’s coming after the girl who testified against him: Averi,
herself. Colt wants to hide her, but Averi refuses to run.
“Our past does not own us, and we owe it to our hearts to show the world
that love can arise from the darkest of places. We just have to survive
Black Horse to tell the tale.”














Addison Kline is an award winning, best selling novelist who writes mystery,
psychological thrillers and romantic suspense novels. She lives in
Pennsylvania with her husband, their sons and two rambunctious dogs.
Addison has had a love affair with the written word since before she
entered school. Her grandmother taught her the glory of taking an
adventure in the pages of a book. When Addison isn’t writing, you can
find her reading, going for an adventure with her sons, or traveling
with her family.
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Check it out! Sharon Kay's Cover Reveal for TAINTED KISS!

TAINTED KISS

By Sharon Kay
Book One in the WATCHERS KISS Series

Expected Publication Date: July 21, 2015

Tactical, lethal, resolute.
Haunted by a centuries-old tragedy, there’s no room in Arawn’s life for softness. Every action he takes is for the betterment of his race and the good of the realm. He leads his elite band of warriors the same way he lives his life: full on, without compromise, determined. Except for one sexy female who happens to be his subordinate.

Tenacious, passionate, tough-as-steel.
Ria relishes the duties Arawn assigns her as much as she respects the deadly combatants on her team. And she has a secret: her formidable boss is also her deepest fantasy. Years of working under his authority haven’t dulled the spark she feels, yet her passion is tempered by the hints of loss she gathers about him. His dark and sexy moodiness draws her, but he’s a hard man to approach as he keeps the world at emotional arm’s length.

Secrets laced in blood burn his battle-hardened soul.
When Ria is gravely injured in the line of duty, Arawn can no longer fight his own long-simmering feelings. But a secret, more heinous and ugly than anyone could imagine, prevents him from surrendering his heart. Despite his intentions, he and Ria forge a connection both fiery and unexpectedly tender. Yet every day brings them closer to shocking facts. Evil stirs in his blood, and hiding the truth from her will be the ultimate betrayal.

Sky Knight by Sandra Harvey Blitz and Giveaway



Sky Knight

by Sandra Harvey
Taliah Storme is a sky knight, a protector of the Skylands. 

Armed with an airship and a full crew, her newest task should

be a simple one: bring in the sky pirate captain, Erikson 

Roarke. Yet the mission proves to be more challenging than

anticipated when Taliah finds herself stranded in the 

perilous Lowerlands with the criminal she was supposed to

arrest.




While dealing with the dangers of the surface world, Taliah 



also has to find a way to work with Erikson in order to return 


to the skies. Her conviction towards capturing the pirate 


begins to fade, however, when she uncovers strange 


incidents related to the Skylands. Now doubting her very 


purpose, Taliah plunges towards the truth, disregarding all 


warnings to stop searching for answers.












1 Ebook Copy of
SKY KNIGHT
by Sandra Harvey
May 28 - June 17, 2015



R.J. Loom's FRACTURED PALACE Cover Reveal


Fractured Palace
By R.J. Loom
Genre: New Adult Romance
(Stand alone recommended for readers 18+)
Release Date: TBD
Cover Design: Ariel View Graphic Designs
They say home is where the heart is.

Ashton Roberts never understood that saying. Heart couldn't be found anywhere in the rundown bungalow she grew up in. It also couldn't be found in the luxury estate she moved into when her mother married her stepfather.

All Ashton wants is to get her degree, meet Mr. Right and find the happy stable life she never had. But when life constantly throws her curve balls, she begins to wonder if it really is just a pipe dream.

Until she runs into her former neighbor, Reed Collins. 

As a child, Reed had always been Ashton's silent protector. As an adult, he is everything she has ever dreamed of in a man. If only he didn't keep her at arms length. But as things heat up, guards drop and secrets are revealed which toss Ash back into the turmoil surrounding a tragic event from her youth.

Will Ashton let her past fracture the perfect picture of her future? Or will the meaning of loyalty, family and love be redefined?


R.J. Loom is a genre-crossing author who writes New Adult, Paranormal and Contemporary Romance, Psychological Thrillers and some Historical Fiction. She was born and raised along the shores of Lake Erie in Ohio, where she still resides with her husband, two teenage children and two spoiled dogs. R.J. loves books, music, traveling and anyone with a great sense of humor. When she's not writing, she can be found with her nose in a book, looking for more books to add to her TBR pile or spending time with her family. 

Connect with R.J. Loom here

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

The Bone Spirit by Chris Snider

The Bone Spirit
by Chris Snider

My rating: 4 stars

Publication Date: October 22, 2014
Publisher: The Author's Mentor, a Division of Little Roni Publishers, LLC
Genre: Horror
Print Length: 131 pages
Available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble
 
James Conrad is a best-selling writer of three novels, but during the writing of the third, his life took a downward spiral. He began drinking and his wife, Casey, left him. Now, in trying to write his fourth novel, he has total writer’s block. Lately, he’s been seeing a man who is all bones... a skeleton man.


One night, the whispering voice almost convinces him to kill himself. After he calls Casey in a terrified state, she joins him on a terrifying journey to discover two things: who or what is this skeleton man and, more importantly, can they stop him.  

 
The Bone Spirit by Chris Snider

The Bone SpiritYou think the worst thing an author can face is Writer’s Block? Ever wondered why your favorite author is suddenly putting out less than stellar work? Maybe they are terrified to write or have figured out how to stay alive…they say The Pen is Mightier than the Sword.

When best-selling author James Conrad’s life hits some devastating bumps in the road, his creative well runs dry, but not before he is visited by an unearthly creature, a skeleton man who can overtake his thoughts and bring him to the brink of suicide. Is he losing his mind or is something really out to kill him? Are other writers having the same problem? How can they find out? Is it an ancient curse or some evil entity who thrives on the power of the creative word? Join James and Casey on their cross country race for answers from another author who has stopped turning out best sellers and now turns out trash. Authors are committing suicide in droves for decades, but why? Will the skeleton man be able to stop the truth from coming out or will the answer lie in strength in numbers and stories yet to be told?

The Bone Spirit by Chris Snider makes writer’s block look like the least of a good author’s problems when evil goes after the best of the best for its own nefarious purposes. A little quirky, a little spooky, definitely unique, I have to say Chris Snider has done a great job of entertaining with his storytelling abilities. Using a down and out author, who never was a starving artist, a past love he never got over and a wild imagination, from start to finish, this is a quick escape from reality, but has this author put himself in the cross-hairs of the skeleton man, too?

I received this copy from Chris Snider in exchange for my honest review.



The Girl Who Ignored Ghosts by K.C. Tansley (The Unbelievables Book #1)

The Girl Who Ignored Ghosts
by K.C. Tansley

My rating: 4 stars

Series: The Unbelievables - Book 1
Publication Date: July 31, 2015
Publisher: Beckett Publishing Group
Genre: YA Fantasy/Sci-fi
Print Length: 256 pages
Available from: Amazon
 
Kat Preston doesn’t believe in ghosts. Not because she’s never seen one, but because she saw one too many. Refusing to believe is the only way to protect herself from the ghost that tried to steal her life. Kat’s disbelief keeps her safe until her junior year at McTernan Academy, when a research project for an eccentric teacher takes her to a tiny, private island off the coast of Connecticut.

The site of a grisly mystery, the Isle of Acacia is no place for a girl who ignores ghosts, but the ghosts leave Kat little choice. Accompanied by her research partner, Evan Kingsley, she investigates the disappearance of Cassie Mallory and Sebastian Radcliffe on their wedding night in 1886. Evan’s scientific approach to everything leaves Kat on her own to confront a host of unbelievables: ancestral curses, powerful spells, and her strange connection to the ghosts that haunt Castle Creighton.

But that’s all before Kat’s yanked through a magic portal and Evan follows her. When the two of them awaken 129 years in the past with their souls trapped inside the bodies of two wedding guests, everything changes. Together, Kat and Evan race to stop the wedding-night murders and find a way back to their own time—and their own bodies—before their souls slip away forever.

 
The Girl Who Ignored Ghosts by K.C. Tansley
The Girl Who Ignored Ghosts (The Unbelievables Book #1)Do you believe in ghosts? Do you like ghost stories with haunting legends, poorly formed curses, old castles, mysterious murders and disappearances? How about if it were all in the name of love and the clock is ticking for another death one hundred and twenty-nine years later? Only one girl can unlock the mystery and break the curse, but it means revealing a secret she has kept hidden for years, or does someone know her secret already? Will the ghosts Kat has been ignoring finally break through her shields and drag her into their realm of darkness?

The Girl Who Ignored Ghosts by K.C. Tansley takes us on a journey through time and dimensions to reveal the truth of a curse crafted long ago that seems never-ending. Tragic, haunting and filled with witchcraft, one unlikely group of students find more than great firsthand information for a paper they are working on. Mixing like oil and water, Kat and Evan are forced to work on this project together along with others hand selected by their professor, but when their very lives and souls are on the line as they are tumbled back in time and into the bodies of a newly married couple, only their eye-witness account of what happened that fateful night and a “friendly ghost”can help to unravel the truth and end the curse.

K.C. Tanlsey has brought all the atmosphere of ghost stories to life in a riveting read that promises to entertain from start to finish. There is a steady flow, lots of mystery and, of course ghosts, the only things missing are the campfire and the marshmallows!

I received this ARC edition from K.C. Tansley in exchange for my honest review.