Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Return to You by Samantha Chase (The Montgomery Brothers #4)

Return to You
by Samantha Chase

My rating: 5 stars

Publisher: SOURCEBOOKS Casablanca
ISBN: 9781492615774
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Print Length: 352 pages
Available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Synopsis:


She will never forget their past...

He can't stop thinking about their future...

James Montgomery has achieved everything he'd hoped for in life...except marrying the girl of his dreams. After a terrible accident, Selena Ainsley left ten years ago. She took his heart with her and she's never coming back. But it's becoming harder and harder for him to forget their precious time together, and James can't help but wonder what he would do if they could ever meet again.
Samantha Chase leaves her readers begging for more:
"Wow! Yet another stellar Montgomery Brothers story. Samantha Chase, thank you."
"Refreshing...Samantha Chase really knows how to tell a story."
"The Montgomery Brothers are perfect romance! Love it, love it, love it! Looking forward to reading more books by Samantha Chase."

"An adventure in reading. Can't wait to see what is in store for the other Montgomerys."

Return to You (The Montgomery Brothers, #4)My Review
Return to You by Samantha Chase

How often can you pick up a contemporary romance and discover that someone is playing matchmaker and it isn’t the grandmother or the aunt or the best friend? Get ready to watch Uncle William as he goes into action once again as the family matchmaker, because being rich and part of a huge corporation must not be nearly as much fun! Welcome to the warm and fuzzy world created by Samantha Chase! Return to You is one of those romance tales that make your knees like jelly, makes your heart skip a beat and leaves you smiling at least half the time!

Selena Ainsley and James Montgomery were head over heels in love, but that was ten long and painful years and one nightmarish night ago. Now they are face to face, once again when it’s high school reunion time and Selena has been given cart blanche by a mysterious benefactor to do the event up right. Having to face the memories of a love lost is not on her bucket list, but James still gets to her an she still brings him to his knees with love. An accident and an over-protective father end their relationship in one swoop with his deceit and ruthless behavior. Neither James nor Selena knew the truth of that night and moved on, damaged, lost and broken-hearted. Selena was from money and James had none, did it really matter to them? When the chance to finally clear the air comes, there is too much pain and too many secrets still between them to fully trust each other, but the love never died. Perhaps the meddling of the Montgomery family “fairy godmother” is needed to set things right, but will he get the chance after plan A failed? Who knows, maybe he has a plan B and C in the wings!

Looking for a sweet romantic tale that feels as warm as melted chocolate with a hint of spice? Love to watch the spark of love re-ignite? Love that feeling of watching two people fumble through the twisted maze of their own making? How about great dialogue or eye-opening epiphanies? Samantha Chase gives it all to us here in Return to You and she does it with words that will make you laugh, cry and roll your eyes, one page at a time. Of course we have to wonder who the next “victim” of Uncle William’s own cupid’s arrow will be! Take this to the beach, let people wonder why you are smirking!

I received an ARC edition from SOURCEBOOKS Casablanca in exchange for my honest review.

Series: The Montgomery Brothers - Book 4




Bring on the Dusk by M. L. Buchanan

Bring on the Dusk
by M.L. Buchman

My rating: 4 stars


Series: The Night Stalkers - Book 11
Publication Date: March 3, 2015
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
ISBN-13: 978-1402287008
Genre: Military | Romance
Print Length: 416 pages
Available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Synopsis:

As a five-nation war simmers in the Caspian Sea, Captain Claudia Jean "Cee-Cee' Casperson of the Night Stalkers and Colonel Michael Gibson of Delta Force are called in to subdue the conflict. They'll need all their combined ingenuity to stop a clash that could have catastrophic global repercussions. And they'll need to do it while remaining under the radar. It'll take all the strength they have—but it will take even more for the pair to breach the walls they've built around their hearts.

Bring on the Dusk (The Night Stalkers, #6)My Review
Bring on the Dusk by M. L. Buchanan

They are trained soldiers, the best of the best, the ones called on to stab at the heart of the enemy without getting caught. They are also a man and a woman and their chemistry in and out of the target zone make them allies with a tentative connection neither quite know how to handle. Their bravery on the frontline seems to come more naturally than the bravery they must show to take a chance on love. Bring on the Dusk by M. L. Buchman doesn’t fit precisely in one genre. A well-written and easy to understand military fiction isn’t enough, nor is calling it a romance, as M. L. Buchman has skillfully blended the two into one fast-paced tale of life and death missions without forgetting the human element.

Captain Claudia Casperson, a Nightstalker pilot and Colonel Michael Gibson, a Delta Force special ops soldier find their relationship as a team to be a near perfect fit in a world just getting used to women in hot situations. Claudia thinks and examines, her mind always going, absorbing what is going on around her and she finds something completely unforgettable about Michael, a man who has seen danger and death on a regular basis. Missing from Michael’s façade is the hardened killer attitude, instead she finds a man with a soft side who is willing to make the tough decisions under pressure. Michael sees a strong female, beautiful, yet seemingly unaware of that fact, relying on her training, brains and internal fortitude to do her job and do it right. With the pressure of preventing impending world disaster on their shoulders, can they keep from crossing the lines of being part of a team and keep their focus on the job that lay ahead?

M. L. Buchman takes us into the lives of the elite soldiers, where the feeling of family runs high, and obeying orders comes first. Without overdoing any brutal detail, the atmosphere is still charged with danger and excitement. From page one, we always know that inside the uniform is a human being, not another paper cutout of a war machine. I enjoyed the read, the characters and the author’s style, nothing over the top, with a few moments of humor and some great dialogue to bring his characters to life.

I received an ARC edition from Sourcebooks Casablanca in exchange for my honest review.

Ask the Dark by Henry Turner

Ask the Dark
by Henry Turner

My rating: 5 stars

Publication Date: April 7, 2015
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
ISBN: 9780544308275
Genre: YA Mystery
Print Length: 256 pages
Available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Synopsis:

Billy Zeets has a story to tell.

About being a vandal and petty thief.

About missing boys and an elusive killer.

And about what happens if a boy who breaks all the rules is the only person who can piece together the truth.

Gripping and powerful, this masterful debut novel comes to vivid life through the unique voice of a hero as unlikely as he is unforgettable.


Ask the DarkMy Review
Ask the Dark by Henry Turner

Told in the innocent voice of a young teen, a tale of loss, poverty, accidental heroics, and the truth of his feelings, the voice and heart of Billy Zeets come to life in through the eyes and heart of the main character. Ask the Ark by Henry Turner is as heartwarming as it is heartbreaking as Billy recounts his life and events since the day he made a deathbed promise to his dying mother. Once a troublemaker, Billy has always been looked down upon by his peers as well as many adults who know of his family’s poverty, his father’s issues and the boy Billy used to be. What these people all failed to see was the loyalty and love held within this teen’s soul. Billy tends to forgive most transgressions, finding an excuse for what has happened. But the pivotal day in his life came the day he found the body of a young boy who had gone missing and never told anyone what he saw. Between the threat of losing their home and his father’s deep depression, Billy takes on the responsibility to save both their home and his family from complete emotional destruction. Does this mean he must go back to his wilder days and break the vow he took for his mother?

More boys go missing and Billy may have hit on a lead that he follows up on, himself, because he has no faith that the adults in his small town would even listen to him, not even those in authority, the ones he should be able to go to. Will Billy’s personal investigations land him in more trouble than he can handle? Will he go above and beyond to bring the monster behind these crimes down or are his attempts going to prove once again, that Billy will never amount to anything?

Henry Turner has captured the heart and soul of a humble young teen through his words. The dialogue is down home quaint, as Billy comes across as a boy who has never really been given the chance to try to soar with the eagles of youth. This trip through Billy’s life and the town he lives in will feel real, will capture your imagination and your protective side as you root for Billy to finally find acceptance and acknowledgement of the fine young man is his becoming. His blushing humility and sense of honor often get him in trouble, all because he is trying to do the right thing, something he now finds to be second nature. A fascinating and sweet read, perfect for YA on up, I think Henry Turner could squeeze tears from a rock, with Ask the Dark. No matter what genre you read, this is one to step outside of your box with.

I received an ARC edition from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt




Vampire (Alpha Claim 3): by Tamara Rose Blodgett & Marata Eros (Brief-Bites Novelette)

Vampire (Alpha Claim 3)
by Tamara Rose Blodgett | Marata Eros

My rating: 5 stars


Serial Series: Alpha Claim - Book 3
Publication Date: February 21, 2015
Publisher: Tamara Rose Blodgett
Genre: Dark Fantasy
Print Length: 55 pages
Available from: Amazon

Synopsis:

Two author styles come together for Dark Paranormal Romance + Urban Fantasy = a yummy Brief Bites novelette.

From NEW YORK TIMES & USA TODAY bestselling author(s) Tamara Rose Blodgett & Marata Eros

Narah Adrienne is a scant twenty hours from her sentence of three lashes. But first she must meet Marc, her liaison with the illegal underground. He might have the fix for her mysterious medical condition.

But Marc's solutions come with questions attached—and at a cost too high to pay. Now that Narah understands her bounty target is really a Hunter assigned to commit a part of her to death, she must make the best choice among terrible options.

Narah narrowly escapes capture as Hunter and Turner collide in their pursuit of her. Does she allow Aeslin to turn her into the vampire she is on the verge of becoming, and submit to an uncertain future? Or does she choose to live with the knowledge that she'll never be anything but human by the hand of the Hunter.

Worse of all, if Narah does not make her hearing the sentence will worsen. Either way, she could die.

Only one man can save her and technically, he's not human. 


Vampire (Alpha Claim 3): (Brief-Bites Novelette)My Review
Vampire (Alpha Claim 3): by Tamara Rose Blodgett & Marata Eros

…And the writing team of Tamara Rose Blodgett and Marata Eros have come together with the sense of coordination of a single author. (*wink*) Tamara has tamed Marata, while Marata has pushed Tamara a little closer to the dark side. Together we have the third episode of the Alpha Claim serial, Vampire.

Narah’s sentence is about to be carried out, she is sicker than a dog, and no one is talking about what is going on. Caught between a Hunter and a Turner, three barbed lashes in her future, she refuses to run, even with the help of the human underground. Is there no way out for Narah that won’t cause pain and grief?

Seriously intense, dark and completely magnetic, these pages will fly by as Narah’s saga continues, one brutal step at a time. A strong female character in a dark and dangerous world, where one misstep could be lethal, crisp writing, no holds barred scenes, great dialogue, than goodness it ended when it did, I couldn’t hold my breath any longer.

I received this copy from Tamara Rose Blodgett and Marata Eros in exchange for my honest review.

Deviate by Tracy Clark (Light Key Trilogy #2)

Deviate

Written by: Tracy Clark
Series: Light Key Trilogy
Sequence in Series: Book 2
Paperback: 356 pages
Publisher: Entangled: Teen
Publication Date: March 3, 2015
Rating: 5 Stars
ISBN-10: 1622665236
ISBN-13: 978-1622665235
Genre: Young Adult | Urban Fantasy
Find this book on: Amazon | Barnes & Noble

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Tormented after a daring escape, Cora Sandoval must find a way to stop the Arrazi from murdering innocent people and from violating, using, and killing the Scintilla for their powers. She must also accept one bitter betrayal: Finn Doyle—the Irish boy who has both a piece of Cora's heart and soul—is Arrazi...

On the verge of extinction and sought by those who would either consume or destroy them, Cora and the remaining Scintilla survivors must solve the mystery of The Light Key. If they fail, the truth will stay buried forever and mankind will pay the ultimate price.

No longer will she hide.

No longer will her loved ones be hunted.

And she will have her vengeance...even if she shatters her heart in the process.

Deviate (The Light Key Trilogy, #2)My Review:
Deviate by Tracy Clark

Today is RELEASE DAY MAY 3, 2015

Deviate got it's hooks in me and reeled me right in.

Cora and the other Scintilla are running for their lives. Their rare spirits, auras, is what the Arrazi crave most, but there is another sinister threat looming; an organization called the Society.

Every where the Scintilla turn death, mayhem, heartache and terrible loss follow. When nothing and nowhere is safe, where do you turn? For Cora, the course is simple; knowledge is the key to saving everyone she loves. Can she uncover the secrets before all is lost? You'll have to read The Light Key Trilogy and find out.

Clark’s writing is incredibly imaginative with mystery upon mystery to unravel. She takes historical events and people and expertly twists them into this captivating, riveting, amazing story; twists that rival the Di Vinci Code.

There are romantic entanglements that rivalry even goes deeper than the feud between the Capulet’s and Montague’s.

The conflict is escalating, the very world is on the brink of devastation and Clark makes you feel like you are a part of it all.

I highly recommend this gripping Young Adult Urban Fantasy.

I received this copy of Deviate from Tracy Clark in exchange for a honest review.


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Icabod T.

Chronicles of the Nocturnal Forest

Written by: Vanessa Kings
Series: Stories of the Fairy of my Dreams
Sequence in Series: 1
Paperback: 230 pages
Publication Date: December 24, 2014
ISBN-10: 1497356954
ISBN-13: 978-1497356955
Genre: Teen | Fantasy

Synopsis:
Melanie is living an ordinary, boring life when one night she is transported in her dreams to the Kingdom of Astebeth. Night after night, the fairy of her dreams will tell her the stories of the inhabitants of the Kingdom, its town, and the magical Nocturnal Forest nearby. A forest full of magical creatures where the impossible can happen. Soon, she comes to suspect that her dreams may not only be dreams after all. Follow her on her incredible journeys that will take her to magical places and beyond Earth itself to discover the magical secret of the Nocturnal Forest in the first part of The Fairy of my Dreams trilogy.


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Vision in Silver by Anne Bishop (A Novel of the Others #3)

Vision in Silver

Written by: Anne Bishop
Series: A Novel of the Others
Sequence in Series: Book 3
Hardcover: 416 pages
Publisher: Roc
Publication Date: March 3, 2015
Rating: 5 Stars FAVORITE
ISBN-10: 045146527X
ISBN-13: 978-0451465276
Genre: Dark Urban Fantasy
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FAVORITE READ!
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Synopsis:
The Others freed the cassandra sangue to protect the blood prophets from exploitation, not realizing their actions would have dire consequences. Now the fragile seers are in greater danger than ever before—both from their own weaknesses and from those who seek to control their divinations for wicked purposes. In desperate need of answers, Simon Wolfgard, a shape-shifter leader among the Others, has no choice but to enlist blood prophet Meg Corbyn’s help, regardless of the risks she faces by aiding him.

Meg is still deep in the throes of her addiction to the euphoria she feels when she cuts and speaks prophecy. She knows each slice of her blade tempts death. But Others and humans alike need answers, and her visions may be Simon’s only hope of ending the conflict.

For the shadows of war are deepening across the Atlantik, and the prejudice of a fanatic faction is threatening to bring the battle right to Meg and Simon’s doorstep…

Vision in Silver (The Others #3)My Review:
Vision in Silver by Anne Bishop
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Vision in Silver is an utterly brilliant addition to The Other Series by Anne Bishop.

Simon Wolfgard, leader of the Courtyard, is dealing with the aftermath of cassandra sangue's freedom. The once exploited seers are not handling their new freedom very well. There are those who wish to use the difficulties to regaining use of cassandra sangue while causing political turmoil against the Others.

Someone is trying to insight war between the inhabitants of Atlantik. The treachery is growing in the human government, hopefully they realize they live by the Others' leave before its too late.

In the Courtyard, the bond between humans, cassandra sanque and the Others is evolving. It is truly amazing. Meg is also struggling with her urges. With the help of the Courtyard residents, she is discovering ways to help herself and her fellow cassandra sanque.

Anne Bishop pulls you into this world she created and happily holds you riveted to every single word she’s written. Not only does Bishop bring the conflict between the Others and humans to the forefront but also captures the turmoil its causes within the individual groups; the divides it creates in families, work place and society’s core.

Bishop captures the essence of humanity at its worst and best and infuses it into her characters.

This series might be the most unique, captivating and utterly brilliant Dark Urban Fantasy I’ve ever read. Truly hitting the top of all my favorites! I flat out loved this book and this entire series.

Vision in Silver has completely rocked me, jarred my emotions and kept me clinging to the pages.

Vision in Silver is dark at times and can be quite distressing so it is not for those who prefer meeker reads.

I would highly recommend this book and series; especially those who enjoy complex urban fantasy reads. Today, March 3, 2015 is release day GO BUY IT TODAY!

I received this ARC copy of Vision in Silver from Roc in exchange for a honest review. This book is set for publication March 3, 2015.


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When life gives you lemons, it’s time for shots of tequila or 
to re-write destiny
Rewriting Destiny:
Prequel to the Forsaken Sinners MC Series
by Shelly Morgan

Series - Forsaken Sinners MC Series - Prequel
Publication Date: February 19, 2015
Publisher: Shelly Morgan
Genre: Romantic Erotica | Contemporary
Print Length: 200 pages
Available from: Amazon
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 Synopsis:

When life gives you lemons, it’s time for shots of tequila. That’s my new saying in life, and trust me, life handed me lots of lemons.

For eighteen years I took those lemons that life and “destiny” threw at me and made lemonade, but I’m no longer a naive girl. I was forced to grow up too fast and the one person I depended on turned his back on me. So now I say screw the lemonade and just give me a bottle of tequila, because I don’t believe in destiny anymore.

There is no pre-designed path set out for each of us. Sometimes bad things happen, it’s just a part of life. It sucks, but you have to pick yourself up and get on with your life. I’m done just sitting around and waiting for my life to change or something good to just fall in my lap. It took me awhile to understand, but once I was done being the doormat to destiny, it was time for me to take control. I would decide where I would go in life and what would happen. It wouldn't always be pretty, it would sometimes hurt like hell, but I would make sure I lived my life to the fullest.

It's time to rewrite destiny.

Vampires Never Cry Wolf by Sara Humphreys Spotlight & Giveaway


Vampires Never Cry Wolf
Sara Humphreys
Release Date: March 3, 2015
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Genre: Paranormal Romance
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Summary
 
Vampires are nothing but trouble…
As far as beautiful vampire Sadie Pemberton is concerned, werewolves shouldn’t be sticking their noses into New York’s supernatural politics. They don’t know jack about running a city—not even that hot-as-sin new vampire-werewolf liaison who’s just arrived in town.

Werewolves are too sexy for their own good…
The last thing Killian Bane wanted was to end up in New York City playing nice with vampires. Unfortunately, he’s on a mission, and when he encounters the sexiest, most stubborn female vamp he’s ever met, he’s going to have to turn on a little of that wolfish charm…and Sadie’s going to learn a thing or two about what it means to have a wild side…
 
Excerpt
 
Sadie forced herself to look Killian in the face, and the instant she did, she knew it was a colossal mistake. His eyes looked like pools of liquid gold, and she could swear he saw straight through to her very soul. A growl rumbled in his chest and Sadie gasped. His eyes flickered and shifted into the glowing amber eyes of his wolf. The sudden and instinctive change was a glaring reminder of who he was…who they both were.
 
In a remarkably steady voice, Sadie whispered, “Last night should never have happened.”
 
“The only thing about last night that shouldn’t have happened was the way it ended,” Killian rasped.
 
Sadie stilled when his large hand cradled her cheek. Despite her best efforts to resist him, her body quivered uncontrollably as he surrounded her in every way a person could be surrounded. When the heat of his palm seared against her skin, a needy moan escaped her lips. Desire curled inside her like smoke, and regardless of the litany of warnings that ran through her head, Sadie’s hands found their way to the front of Killian’s shirt. She grasped the fabric, still warm from the heat of his body, and pulled him closer. Sweet Jesus, the man had a body that looked like it had been hand carved by the gods themselves.
 
“Is that so?” Sadie pulled his shirt loose from his jeans and slipped her fingers underneath before trailing them along the hard planes of his stomach. Arching one eyebrow, she held his heavy-lidded gaze. “How do you suppose it should have ended?”
 
“The same way it should end every night from now on,” he growled. Killian slid both hands into her long hair. Sadie shivered when his fingertips grazed her scalp. He pressed his hips against her before slipping his thigh between her legs. Sadie gasped with pleasure as he put pressure on just the right spot, and when a moan escaped her parted lips, a cocky grin emerged on his. Killian tightened his grip on her hair and leaned in so his mouth was just a breath away. “Every single night should end with me buried deep inside you.”
 

Author Biography
 
Sara Humphreys has been attracted to the fantasies of science fiction, paranormal, and romance since her adolescence when she had a mad crush on Captain Kirk. An actress and public speaker, Sara lives in Bronxville, New York with her husband, who is very considerate of her double life, and four amazing boys.
 
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Monday, March 2, 2015

Beyond Reach by Siobhan Davis ( True Calling, #2)

Beyond Reach
by Siobhan Davis

My rating: 5 stars

Series: True Calling - Book 2
Publication Date: April 30, 2015
Publisher: Siobhan Davis
Genre: YA Fantasy/Scifi
Print Length: 339 pages
Available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Synopsis:

Back on Earth, Ariana is caught in a dangerous crossfire between clandestine rebel organization Clementia and the power-hungry government. Refusing to divulge the location of the secret information entrusted to her by her late father, she desperately tries to bargain for her Mom, Lily, and Cal’s rescue. She’s fighting a losing battle, and the clock is ticking.

Presented with evidence of her fiancé Cal’s apparent betrayal, she loyally defends him despite her concerns. With her emotions in turmoil, matters become even more complicated as she grows closer to her ex-boyfriend Zane.

When the stakes are raised, a succession of shocking revelations rocks her world, setting her on a path that will not only change her destiny but the fate of humanity.

Confronted by a memory so abhorrent comes a truth she would do anything to forget.

But some things just can’t be undone.

Beyond Reach (True Calling #2)My Review
Beyond Reach by Siobhan Davis

You know those little party favors that, when opened, a huge blast of confetti and streamers come bursting out and you wonder how all of that could fit in that little container? That’s how I felt after I read Siobhan Davis’ latest, Beyond Reach. Page one and the action, characters, twists and tension just kept bursting out, going on and on without taking a break! I don’t think I would have had time to breathe if it hadn’t been for punctuation marks.

Ariana is back on Earth, playing a potentially deadly game of keep away with the corrupt government and the Clementia rebels. She is determined not to hand over secret information given to her by her late father that could be the deciding factor in victory or defeat. She is more than willing to hand over the information after the release and safe return of her mother, Lily and her fiancé, Cal. Stalemate. No one is willing to force her, and no one is willing to comply with her demands without something in return.

Her life with Zane is part of the memories that have been stolen from her, but with his kindhearted ways, protectiveness and his heart on sleeve, Ariana finds herself falling for him all over again, but what of Cal? Has Ariana made herself a target for a girl who longs for Zane? A classic case of she loves him, he loves her, she loves another and he is missing, the big question mark in the equation, is he a traitor, a victim, or a hero who sacrificed to save others?

With the fate of humanity on her shoulders, Ariana is rocked with a bombshell revelation that should be a blessing, but it could also be a nightmare of epic proportions that she cannot undo. The clock is ticking, her options are running low, angst and emotions are burning up the pages and there are no guarantees that anyone will have a future together.

Talk about a story coming to life under the skill of a brilliant author! Siobhan Davis ‘world goes beyond gripping, nail-biting and gut clenching into a realm of action and atmosphere on steroids. The pace is blisteringly fast, and the characters? Well, I loved some, hated some, felt pity for some, changed my mind about some and when they sweat, I sweat, they were angry or confused, I was angry or confused. I wanted to get their attention and scream “NO” or “YES” or “Way to go, dufuss!” Yeah, I got that involved. When an author makes me forget this is “make believe,” and hours have passed since my last visit to reality, then they are an author to follow. Siobhan Davis writes like the Pied Piper plays his flute, it’s magical.

I received this ARC edition from Siobhan Davis in exchange for my honest review.



The Unleashing by Shelly Laurenston (Call of the Crows #1)

The Unleashing

Written by: Shelly Laurenston
Series: Call Of Crows
Sequence in Series: 1
Paperback: 400 pages
Publisher: Kensington
Publication Date: March 31, 2015
Rating: 4 Stars
ISBN-10: 1617735051
ISBN-13: 978-161773505
Genre: Paranormal Romance | Contemporary Urban Fantasy
Find this book on: Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Synopsis:
WINGING IT

Kera Watson never expected to face death behind a Los Angeles coffee shop. Not after surviving two tours lugging an M16 around the Middle East. If it wasn’t for her hot Viking customer showing up too late to help, nobody would even see her die.

In uncountable years of service to the Allfather Odin, Ludvig “Vig” Rundstrom has never seen anyone kick ass with quite as much style as Kera. He knows one way to save her life—but she might not like it. Signing up with the Crows will get Kera a new set of battle buddies: cackling, gossiping, squabbling, party-hearty women. With wings. So not the Marines.

But Vig can’t give up on someone as special as Kera. With a storm of oh-crap magic speeding straight for L.A., survival will depend on combining their strengths: Kera’s discipline, Vig’s loyalty… and the Crows’ sheer love of battle. Boy, are they in trouble.

The Unleashing (Call of Crows, #1)My Review:
The Unleashing by Shelly Laurenston

It just has to be said, I'm a Shelly Laurenston fangirl. She brings quirky humor, highly imaginative twists and blood and gore action all while managing to weave it into a brilliant storytelling.

Kera Watson lies dying in an ally when Ludvig “Vig” Rundstrom comes along. He's been obsessed with the human and has visited her place of employment daily, trying to work up the nerve to ask her out. Vig can't bear to see her die so he cries out to the goddess, requesting she become a Crow. His wish is granted...and so the adventure begins.

Kera has a hard time adjusting to life as a Crow and ends up turning to Vig to help her. Kera has an aversion to murder and slaughter and that's what the Crows are all about. Of course, this puts Vig and Kera in lots of contact were their chemistry can thrive. The big problem is the Crows are not considered worthy of Odin's warriors, which is exactly what Vig happens to be.

There is also a big bad trying to break into this realm of existence putting the Crows and all the pantheons in the line of fire.

You won't get a chance to come up for air, this story flies from the pages and right into your imagination.

Lots of characters, pantheons, goddess and gods to keep straight, but its so worth the investment. Laurenston has the most interesting and amazing way to twist the mythology of old into a contemporary urban fantasy.

Sassy, sizzling and steel blades, The Unleashing is a sure win for the paranormal romance, urban fantasy reader.

Can't wait for more on the Call of the Crows series.

I received this ARC copy of The Unleashing from Kensington Publishing Corp. in exchange for a honest review. This book is set for publication March 31, 2015.






Holding Strong by Lori Foster (Ultimate #2)

Holding Strong

Written by: Lori Foster
Series: Ultimate
Sequence in Series: 2
Page Count: 480 pages
Publisher: HQN Books
Publication Date: March 31, 2015
Rating: 3.5 Stars
ISBN-10: 0373779615
ISBN-13: 978-0373779611
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An up-and-coming MMA fighter wants more than just one night from a woman fleeing her past in New York Times bestselling author Lori Foster's irresistible new novel

Heavyweight fighter Denver Lewis plays real nice, but he doesn't share. That's why he's been avoiding top-notch flirt Cherry Peyton. But a man can only resist those lush curves for so long. Their encounter surpasses all his fantasies, bringing out protective urges that Cherry's about to need more than she knows…

Denver's combination of pure muscle and unexpected tenderness has been driving Cherry wild. Yet no sooner does she get what she's been craving than old troubles show up on her doorstep. And this time, Cherry can't hide behind a carefree facade. Because the man by her side is one who'll fight like hell to keep her safe…if only she'll trust him enough to let him…

Holding Strong (Ultimate, #2)My Review:
Holding Strong by Lori Foster

An uber alpha male, with a tender side, finds the woman of his dream in Holding Strong.

Denver Lewis has been avoiding Cherry Peyton since they met. He sees her as a man eater and he’s a one woman type guy that doesn’t share, when it comes to Cherry.

Cherry Peyton has been pining away for Denver but he always seems to be avoiding her. One night Cherry and Denver give into their broiling chemistry, which brings Denver’s protective instinct front and center. Quickly, trouble comes knocking for Cherry; Denver takes control even if he has to throw Cherry over his shoulder kicking and screaming.

I found Denver and Cherry storyline long winded and drawn out so I had less connection with their characters. Don’t get me wrong, Denver and Cherry have a good story but I actually found myself drawn more to the secondary characters like Armie and Merissa – Stack and Vanity. (Can't wait to see them fall).

Holding Strong and much of Foster writing comes with marvelous claim her, own her, and protect her at all costs men with an inherit tenderness that makes you want to swoon. Even though, I felt there story was a little slow going I still found the character by-play extremely humorous and very entertaining. 3.5 Stars

I received this ARC copy of Holding Strong from HQN BOoks in exchange for a honest review. This book is set for publication March 31, 2015.



Kaleidoscope of Hopes by Devika Fernando

Kaleidoscope of Hopes
by Devika Fernando

My rating: 4 stars

Publication Date: October 29, 2014
Publisher: Devika Fernando
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Print Length: 249 pages
Available From: Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Synopsis:

High hopes mean big disappointments. Nadia has learned that lesson the hard way. Single, struggling to make ends meet, and hurt by the past, the last thing she needs is another complication. When her new boss – a handsome, secretive widower with a child – moves in next door, their worlds collide. Sweet hopes bloom again, but both of them are burdened by tragic secrets. Should she give love a second chance?

Kaleidoscope of HopesMy Review
Kaleidoscope of Hopes by Devika Fernando

A tale of conflicted emotions, a collision of two worlds, hope, heartbreaking disappointment, ifs a fairytale ending impossible in a concrete world? I’m not sure Devika Fernando could have created a better title than Kaleidoscope of Hopes for this wonderful and tension-rocked romantic tale. Naida has had her shares of hurt, and disappointment in her life, as she struggles to rebuild, regroup and move forward. Her life is one big pressure cooker, as she extends her financial limits to hold on to the one thing in her past that holds special memories. When her new boss comes to town, a man noted for his secret private life and his ruthless business sense, she is now under the threat of losing her job. Imagine her shock she when discovers that the cold, yet handsome man who moves in next door is none other than her new boss, Lucas, a man just as formidable as a neighbor. Only his sweet young daughter is proof that the man even is human.

When he proposes a business arrangement, where Nadia becomes a companion to his daughter, she is desperate for the money and agrees. What she didn’t expect was to find a man out of his depth in being a parent, unable to let go of his hard exterior, yet wanting to do exactly that. She also didn’t expect to fall in love with someone so afraid to show their emotional side. Is there magic in love, in hoping for a fairytale ending and a second chance at life and love or will Nadia and Lucas find that business and pleasure should never mix?

Welcome to the world created by Devika Fernando, where hoping for love can be exhilarating, heartbreaking and totally worth the journey!

There is a lyrical and calming quality to her words that instantly had me floating along with her tale. Did I find the main characters captivating from the start? No. Lucas is a glacier fighting any emotional meltdown. Did I wonder what Nadia really saw in him? Yes, except she is a character full of enough hope and love that I figured she was part saint! A beautiful tale where the love triangle all started with a young girl, a mysterious man who hides the best of himself, and a woman who managed to dig deep enough to uncover it.


I received this copy from Devika Fernando in exchange for my honest review.


The winner of Eve Connell's WHERE WE BELONG is....

 

The winner of an eCopy of 

WHERE WE BELONG 

is

Donna G  


 A Second Chance for Love
Where We Belong
By Eve Connell

Publication Date: February 19, 2015
Publisher: Eve Connell
Genre: Women's Fiction | Contemporary Romance
Print Length: 266 pages

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One man diving into the past.

One woman emerging from the depths.

At the age of seventeen, Amelia Baide won silver at the Olympic Games and was the second-fastest woman in the pool. Then one tragic night she crashed into a lake and was dragged out without a pulse. Now twenty-four, she is still haunted by it and hasn’t swum again. Until this year’s anniversary of the accident. It is a day unlike any other and a strange turn of events finds Amelia back at a swimming pool.

Harry Jamieson had eyes for one girl while women and the media had eyes for him. As a trainer of Olympic athletes, he was an in-demand man. Until one boozy morning after … But from bad luck to pure chance he runs into his old flame, Amelia, at a swimming pool no less. She doesn’t remember a thing from the night of the crash.

And Harry knows every single secret.

The pair joins forces—a comeback for Amelia and Harry’s ultimate coaching opportunity. But dodging waves is hard to do, and even the strongest swimmer may sink.

Where We Belong is a second-chance love story for young and old, for swimming enthusiasts and romantics at heart.


James and Harper: Come and Come Back by J. A. Huss




James and Harper: 
Come and Come Back 
by J.A. Huss

(and Deadly, Dark, Dirty)
Publication date: October 30th 2014
Genres: Erotica, Thriller

Synopsis:
99 CENTS SALE
**A TWO-BOOK BUNDLE from New York Times Bestselling 


Author JA Huss**
COME - Dirty, Dark, and Deadly Book One
This is a novella.
You will get more questions than answers in this book.
If you hate that - skip this whole series completely.


(It's twisty, complicated, dark, dirty, and ALL the main characters are killers.)

My name is James Fenici and you will never see me coming. I walk the shadows like darkness itself. I hide in the corners where nobody looks. I live by no rules, I have no boundaries, I take no prisoners, and I never, ever blink. I am not your knight in shining armor; I'm your worst nightmare.

My name is James Fenici and you are my target. Only one of us is getting out alive, and that's not gonna be you. Once your name is on my list, your life is over. It's a deal I make with death, it's a contract I sign in blood, it's forgone conclusion--get used to it.

My name is James Fenici and I'm as dirty as they come. But then one day I saw her. And every monster I thought I was. Every fact I thought I knew. Every dirty promise I ever turned down came back to slap me in the face.

My name is James Fenici and I think I am in love.

COME BACK - Dirty, Dark, and Deadly Book Two
This is a full-length novel
The final book (Coming For You) is now available.


"Secrets keep the darkness alive," Harper tells me. But that's not how I see it at all. Secrets keep me alive, the truth is overrated, honesty is never the best policy, and when your job title is Assassin Number Six--lies are your lifeblood.

"Death is a business deal," I tell her back. And I shake his hand with secrets every chance I get. They're currency in my world. I pay my debts with them, I feed on them, they ground me in the present and they promise me a future.

But Harper Tate is everything I've ever wanted. She's my promise, she's my obsession, she's a delicious fuckable transgression. She can be mine. She will be mine. All I have to do is complete the mission.

There's just one teeny, tiny problem with the mission.

It's a secret.

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AUTHOR BIO
JA Huss is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of more than twenty romances. She likes stories about family, loyalty, and extraordinary characters who struggle with basic human emotions while dealing with bigger than life problems. JA loves writing heroes who make you swoon, heroines who makes you jealous, and the perfect Happily Ever After ending.

You can chat with her on Facebook (www.facebook.com/AuthorJAHuss), Twitter (@jahuss), and her kick-ass romance blog, New Adult Addiction (www.newadultaddiction.com).

If you're interested in getting your hands on an advanced release copy of her upcoming books, sneak peek teasers, or information on her upcoming personal appearances, you can join her newsletter list (http://eepurl.com/JVhAr) and get those details delivered right to your inbox.

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From Grace Burrowes KISS ME HELLO Spotlight & Giveaway

 Kiss Me Hello
By Grace Burrowes
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Release Date: March 3, 2015
Genre: Contemporary Romance
 
He loves her, she loves him not...?

In the third novel of The Sweetest Kisses series, single mom Sidonie Lindstrom has her hands full with a troubled foster son, an abrupt adjustment to country living, and an unforeseen lack of funds. When her taciturn neighbor, MacKenzie Knightley, repeatedly offers practical help, Sid reminds herself she's not interested in the neighbor-despite his kindness, pragmatism and quiet charm. MacKenzie sees the vulnerability beneath her pride, and he's determined to change her mind...
Excerpt
“This is a nice spot,” Mac said. “The horses will loaf here in the hotter months because the trees make for good shade, but the canopy isn’t quite done leafing out yet, so we’ll be able to see the moon come over the ridge.” He spread the blanket on a patch of grass up the slope from the pond.
Sid settled on the blanket, running her hand over what felt like soft flannel, while Mac lowered himself beside her.
“Give me your foot.” Mac didn’t wait for her to comply. He took Sid by the foot, and drew her running shoe off. “Other one.”
He peeled her socks down and tucked them into her shoes, then unlaced his boots and set them beside the blanket, stuffing a sock in each one. “Moonrise is always best appreciated barefoot.”
The sentiment was poetical; the words were not. “Is that a rule?”
“Suppose it is.” He took off his jacket, balled it up, and lay back to rest his head on it. “Come here and let me hold you, Sidonie. I haven’t watched the moon come up with a lovely woman in my arms for years.”
She settled against him, resting her head on the slope of his shoulder. “We’re going to talk about rules like this?” He thought she was lovely.
“We’ll come to some understandings.” His arm came around her shoulders, and his hand stroked over her hair. “I’ll undo this braid while we’re at it.”
“Don’t lose my elastic.”
His fingers were soon winnowing through her hair, drawing the length of it over her shoulder.
“How am I supposed to think about rules when you’re touching me like this, MacKenzie?”
“You don’t need to think. You just tell me what’s true for you.”
“True about what?”
He went quiet again, while Sid repositioned herself against him. She could hear his heart beat, feel the slow, steady thud of his life’s blood beneath her cheek.
“What do you want from me, Sidonie Lindstrom? What do you need?”
“Nobody has asked me that before.” She considered her answer, while Mac’s hand drifted through her hair, across her back, down her arm. “I want a friend, I guess. You’ve been a friend to me, and I wasn’t expecting to find that here.”
“Is that all you want? I can be a good friend. My brothers would vouch for me in that regard.”
She could not tell from his voice if he was disappointed with her answer, or pleased. “No, that isn’t all I want, but I’ll settle for it, and be grateful if that’s where you want to draw the line. A friend, a real friend, is nothing to scoff at.”
Another silence, while Mac got his hand on her nape and started massaging the tension there. His idea of friendship would soon leave Sid witless and boneless.
“I can’t expect you to put yourself out there without showing I’m willing to do likewise: I want you.” Mac’s voice was quiet in the gathering darkness. “I want you at least for a friend, an intimate friend, Sidonie, but I don’t share something that precious. If you allow me the privileges of a lover, then I will expect that for whatever time I enjoy that status, those privileges are exclusively mine. You will agree to this, or our friendship keeps its clothes on.”
Sid shivered, though the night wasn’t uncomfortably cool, and Mac gave off heat like a woodstove. He was so serious about this, when they could have shared a casual romp in the moonlight.
She would have settled for that—and settling would have been a mistake.
She traced his facial features. Beyond serious, he was solemn, as if these understandings he sought could be the foundation for something even greater than friendship.
“If you agree to my terms,” he said, his hand slowing in her hair, “you agree because it’s what you want too, not because I need to hear the words and you have a private agenda that’s different from what you’ll say to me.”
He was asking for honesty, the most basic tenet of a real friendship. Friends were kind to each other, considerate, patient, reliable, but above all, a friend was somebody who told the truth.
“I don’t have much practice with relationships, MacKenzie.”
He rolled slowly, like the earth heaving up, until Sid was on her back with Mac blanketing her. “There’s more to say.” He rested his forehead against hers. “A lot more, but right now, Sidonie, I have to kiss you. Have to.”
Author Biography
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Grace Burrowes' bestsellers include The Heir, The Soldier, Lady Maggie's Secret Scandal, Lady Sophie's Christmas Wish and Lady Eve's Indiscretion. The Heir was a Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2010, The Soldier was a PW Best Spring Romance of 2011, Lady Sophie's Christmas Wish won Best Historical Romance of the Year in 2011 from RT Reviewers' Choice Awards, Lady Louisa's Christmas Knight was a Library Journal Best Book of 2012, and The Bridegroom Wore Plaid was a PW Best Book of 2012. Her Regency romances have received extensive praise, including starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and Booklist. Grace is branching out into short stories and Scotland-set Victorian romance with Sourcebooks. She is a practicing family law attorney and lives in rural Maryland.
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Chele Cooke's Teeth Review Tour & Giveaway

Teeth (Teeth #1)

By Chele Cooke

Genre: Paranormal Horror
Publisher: Self-Published
Format: Paperback
Pages: 208
Published: 8th January 2015


Medical intern Thomas awakes in a blood-drenched basement and the realisation that his life must change forever. After all, how can he practise medicine when the smell of blood turns him into a vicious killer? 

Spencer thinks being a vampire is better than any teen movie made it out to be. Now he must train Thomas and make his mentor proud. 

One mistake risks more than either are willing to lose, and a single broken law could turn them from predators to prey.
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Part time author and full time fantacist, Chele Cooke is a sci-fi, fantasy, and paranormal author living in London, UK.
While some know they want to write stories since childhood, Chele first started writing as a teenager writing fanfiction and roleplaying. Before long playing in other people's worlds wasn't enough and she started creating her own. Living in San Francisco at the time, she found a lot of inspiration in her favourite city, some of which can be found in her books.
With a degree in Creative Writing, Chele's first novel was published in 2013. She currently has three books published: two books in a sci-fi series, Out of Orbit, and the first book of a vampire serial, Teeth.

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Three sets of all Chele Cooke's books as eBooks
Seven ebooks of Teeth