Saturday, December 29, 2012

Pamela Palmer--Ecstacy Untamed (Feral Warriors #6)

Paranormal Romance

They are called Feral Warriors--an elite band of immortals who can change shape at will. Sworn to rid the world of evil, consumed by sorcery and seduction, their wild natures are primed for release . . .

Shattered by recent nightmarish events, Hawke feels his bond with his animal spirit weakening--and once it breaks, he's finished. The arrival of Faith sends his life spinning even further out of control, for although she delights him and enflames his deepest primal passions, she's promised to Maxim, the newest Feral Warrior.

Faith is drawn to Hawke from the start, but Maxim holds her in his thrall and has secretly bent her to his malevolent will. Though gravely damaged, Hawke is the only one who can end Faith's slavery and protect the Feral Warriors from Maxim's evil designs. But first they both must embrace the wild . . . and surrender body and soul to a forbidden, all-consuming ecstasy.

{2 stars}
As much as I hate to post a review with only a 2 star rating. I have read and reviewed the previous 5, so I feel the need to continue on with it. This series has, up until now, kept my attention with fascination. The storyline is very different then anything else out there. They are tied to animal spirits that help them shift into their animal for battle. They are fighting a war against a rogue Mage army set on releasing all the Daemons trapped in hell. Each Feral Warrior in turn has met his true mate and we have furthered the series along. And Hawk and Faith follow the same storyline, but with a lot less passion in my opinion. What I had trouble with this time was the overwhelming corniness of it. Draden? Radiance? Cheesy ceremonies, rituals, and "one liners". This book is 372 pages, and I read probably 250 of them, I skimmed most of it. And even though this book lost it's "sparkle" for me, I am in no way giving up on the series. One bad story will not ruin the whole thing for me, so I will push on to the next one and hope it changes.....

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Maya Banks--Echoes at Dawn (KGI #5)

Romantic Suspense

Grace Peterson is desperate, in hiding, and on the run after escaping a shadowy group determined to exploit her extraordinary ability to heal others. Her only lifeline--an unerring telepathic ability she shares with her sister--has been severed, leaving her alone and vulnerable. And time is running out...

Enlisted to bring Grace home is Rio, relentless member of the KGI. He's unprepared for his reaction to this wounded, damaged woman, and he's fiercely determined to protect her from those who nearly destroyed her. In Rio, she finds a safe haven, and for the first time...hope. But the mission is far from over. The danger Grace has eluded is fast closing in. And now it's pitching two lovers toward an unfamiliar horizon, with no place left to hide.

(3.5 stars)
This is one of my "go to" series when I need to just sit and read. It doesn't take a lot of concentration, and the series is really easy to follow. The thing I like most about it is that each couple changes the series in some small way. I really like Rio and Grace, didn't think I would, because the whole "psychic" storyline was stretching kinda thin from the previous one. But Grace is a gutsy woman who knows how to show some backbone and call "bullshit" on people. Charming book, shows a definite softer side to Rio. Great addition to the series.

Saturday, December 15, 2012

J. A. Redmerski--The Edge of Never

Adult Contemporary Romance

Twenty-year-old Camryn Bennett had always been one to think out-of-the-box, who knew she wanted something more in life than following the same repetitive patterns and growing old with the same repetitive life story. And she thought that her life was going in the right direction until everything fell apart.

Determined not to dwell on the negative and push forward, Camryn is set to move in with her best friend and plans to start a new job. But after an unexpected night at the hottest club in downtown North Carolina, she makes the ultimate decision to leave the only life she’s ever known, far behind.

With a purse, a cell phone and a small bag with a few necessities, Camryn, with absolutely no direction or purpose boards a Greyhound bus alone and sets out to find herself. What she finds is a guy named Andrew Parrish, someone not so very different from her and who harbors his own dark secrets. But Camryn swore never to let down her walls again. And she vowed never to fall in love.

But with Andrew, Camryn finds herself doing a lot of things she never thought she’d do. He shows her what it’s really like to live out-of-the-box and to give in to her deepest, darkest desires. On their sporadic road-trip he becomes the center of her exciting and daring new life, pulling love and lust and emotion out of her in ways she never imagined possible. But will Andrew’s dark secret push them inseparably together, or tear them completely apart?

{5 stars}
I don't know if I can put the impact this book had  on me into words. It is about two people trying to find something, anything really, that will make their life mean something. Happiness, freedom, love? Learning how to live outside the box and follow a dream, no matter how small or weird. Looking forward and not back, no regrets. You read between the lines a lot, and compare it to your own life in many aspects. I probably wouldn't have picked this book up based on the synopsis, but couldn't resist it based on others reviews. One of my best friends read it first and called me crying, and scolding me for doing this to her. But she loved it all the same. So as I went into it I was leery of when the tears would fall and for what reason (I forbid my friend from telling me the end--no spoilers!) So I spent the first half of the book just being an observer to the road trip Camryn and Andrew were taking. They "jumped off the bridge" so to speak and headed off with no plan at all, learning about each other, their pasts, their dreams, taking leaps of faith and trying new things and loving every stop in the road. I would have loved to do that also, to just leave everything behind and follow happiness, wherever that might lead. But no matter how far you go, you always end up back at home. Hopefully looking forward to the next adventure with no regrets, happy memories, and new friends.

This book, if anything will make you think about your life. Are you happy? Do you have regrets? If you knew the end of the road would lead to heartache would you still go just so you had a little piece of happiness for awhile. You might just meet your "other" half. Very emotional, thought provoking story.  I won't give away any of the secrets.....but have a big box of Kleenex handy.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

J.D. Tyler--Black Moon (Alpa Pack Novel #3)

[Paranormal Romance]

A group of former Navy SEALS, the Alpha Pack is a top-secret team of wolf shifters with Psy powers combating the greatest dangers in the world. But sometimes those dangers are more intimate than they bargained for…
Ever since he saved Dr. Mackenzie Grant’s life, panther shifter and sorcerer Kalen Black has had trouble keeping the beautiful doctor out of his thoughts, and his heart. The brush with death awakened an intense passion between them—one that for the first time had the notorious loner letting down his guard.

With the Alpha Pack battling an evil Fae who is slowly gaining control over Kalen’s mind, Kalen can no longer trust his own actions, and he breaks off his affair with Mackenzie in order to keep her safe. But when Mackenzie learns that she is carrying Kalen’s child, no amount of danger will keep her away from the man she loves. To protect his mate and unborn child, Kalen will have to battle a terrible evil, unleash the full fury of his power, and risk destroying them all…

{3 stars}
I struggled with this one. Kalen has never been one of my favorite characters, but I guess everyone's story needs to be told. I found his need to run to the evil Malik everytime he got his feelings hurt a bit juvenile. But judging by his past, it somewhat makes sense. Kalen and Mac don't have what I would consider a "love story", so I will just chalk this one up as a story that needed to be told to move the series along and look forward to the next one.

Friday, December 7, 2012

Sophie Oak--Siren Unleashed (Texas Sirens #7)

Twin detectives Ben and Chase Dawson have been sent to investigate an unusual murder at a resort owned by Julian Lodge. Julian wants them to protect the prime suspect, a young submissive who was the last person to see the victim alive. The job seems simple until Ben and Chase discover that the beautiful submissive they both desire has a dark past.

Natalie Buchanan came to the Willow Fork Tranquility Spa seeking sanctuary after escaping the clutches of a twisted sadist. Working as a massage therapist at the resort has given her a chance to heal as well as access to the spa’s secret dungeon. But when one of her regular clients ends up dead on her table, Natalie fears that the monster she once escaped has come back to claim her.

As Natalie rediscovers the beauty of BDSM with her twin Masters, all three will be forced to confront her past.

{5 stars}
Sophie Oak can do no wrong in my library! And as much as I love the Bliss series, I am a true Texas Sirens girl (Texas girl, born & raised) Ben and Chase have been tweaking everyone's interest for several books, and now we get the whole package. Chase has always been the picky, broody one and Ben the easy going lovable one. Well, they have met their match in Nat. She has seen the worse life can throw at a person and still survive. Trying to just find a way to live again by putting one foot in front of the other for years after her abduction, but her past isn't as easily escaped. Ben and Chase are sent to investigate a murder she is suspected of committing, but they instantly know it wasn't her. And just as instantly find she is the one to complete the two halves of themselves. Along the way we get to revisit some of our old friends: Jack/Sam/Abby, Kitten, and Julian/Finn/Danielle. I have missed my Texas bunch. Along with them we get to meet Georgia, Ben and Chase's little sister, who catches the eye of our favorite (if not a little broken) Bliss boy, Logan. Mixed with all the passion with our main trio, is Sophie Oak's trademark humor. If you don't get swept away by the Dawson brothers and Nat, you may find the antics of Georgia and Logan (with Kitten's help) quite hilarious! Always a page turner, never a disappointment! Looking forward to reading Logan and Georgia's tale....

**this is not a series you should jump in to the middle of, start at the beginning with first Texas Sirens book and follow in order, you will switch between the Bliss series and this one. The characters are sexy, funny, and very addictive.

Monday, December 3, 2012

Olivia Cunning--Double Time (Sinners on Tour #5)

Trey Mills, the notoriously sexy Sinners rhythm guitarist, gives up his bisexual lifestyle and is swept into a hot, heady romance with Reagan Elliot, a female rock star sensation. But when Trey encounters Reagan's sexy bisexual roommate, Ethan Conner, he can no longer deny who he is or what he wants. Reagan heartily agrees to a solution that opens up a hot new world of sexual experience--and love--with the two men she wants the most.

{3.5 stars}
Ugh!! I said I wasn't going to read this until the others came out but I couldn't help myself, I have been in love with Trey since book 1. And I was completely dumbfounded to find out that the books were released out of order. Jace's (book #3) and Eric's (book #4) don't come out until Feb and Sept of 2013. Poor decision on someones part. Because truthfully, I would have waited impatiently for Trey's book to come out. Now I'm not sure if I will ever get around to the other guys, except maybe Jace cause he is sooooo cute. So, If you don't want to know how the series ends, DO NOT READ Trey's story until you have waited all year to read the other 2.

Ok, now that my rant is over....
I was a little disappointed in Trey's story. It was cute, don't get me wrong. But it seemed to lack something I needed because the rest of the band wasn't around the whole time. Reagan and Ethan are great additions to Trey's life, but somehow it all fell in place a little to easily. I can't quite put my finger on what put me off, maybe it just lacked that "passion" I always felt when reading about Trey. The band as a whole, performing, getting into trouble, and touring was what drew me to the story the strongest. When you seperate someone from the main storyline, it losses something (for me at least). Strong M/M interaction in this one, not for the "lite" reader, but overall, the trio were great together.

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Rhyannon Byrd--Dark Wolf Rising (Bloodrunners #4)

Eric Drake, a powerful Dark Wolf, has never trusted himself around human females-preferring to mate only within his pack. That is, until he encounters Chelsea Smart snooping around Silvercrest pack land in search of her missing sister. Secretly, Chelsea thinks Eric is the sexiest man she's ever seen, though she is wary of his potent Alpha energy. Then it's discovered that Chelsea's sister is being held by a pack of vicious Lycans, and Eric heroically leaps into action. Now, Chelsea will risk everything-her body and soul-to surrender to the passion that will mark her as Eric's woman for all eternity...if they survive.

{4 stars}
Finally, we get to continue the Bloodrunners storyline. It has been several years since we have had another installment in this series. And truthfully, I thought I probably wouldn't have remembered where we left off. But even though I can't remember the finer details of the previous 3 books, it was easy to slide back into the series. Chelsea is a stubborn, hard headed woman, who doesn't  relax enough to actually "live" life. And when her sister disappears, she is hell bent on finding her and bringing her home, whether she likes it or not. Eric has been dealt a hard blow by his father and the remaining "elite" members of the pack, so he now resides with the Bloodrunners. But once he gets one whiff of Chelsea, she becomes his sole focus. Nothing worth anything comes easy right? They don't have a "fairytale" courtship, but it is a passionate ride all the same. Eric has to rescue Chelsea in more ways than one, and in turn she rescues him. Great addition to the series, can't wait to read the next one.

***ARC provided by netgalley

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Larissa Ione--Rogue Rider (Lords of Deliverence #4)

They're here.

They ride.

The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.

Born of a match between good and evil, four siblings stand between hell's minions and everything they want to destroy. They are the Lords of Deliverance, and they have the power to ward off Doomsday . . . or let it ride . . .


Jillian Cardiff came to this remote mountain town to forget the demon attack that almost killed her. Instead, she rescues-and falls for-a gorgeous stranger who has no memory of anything other than his name. Handsome, charming, and protective, Reseph seems like the kind of man whom Jillian can trust. But with hints of a troubling history of his own, he's also the kind of man who can be very dangerous . . .

Reseph may not know why he mysteriously appeared in Jillian's life, but he knows he wants to stay. Yet when Jillian's neighbors are killed, and demon hunters arrive on the scene, Reseph fears that he's putting Jillian in danger. And once it's revealed that Reseph is also Pestilence, the Horseman responsible for ravaging the world, he and Jillian must face the greatest challenge of all: Can they forget the horrors of a chilling past to save the future they both desire.

{4 stars}
This has been a great 4 part series. I love the way Ione takes us from one series stream to another, and now looks like we are going back to the Demonica series. After reading all 4 of the Horsemen books, I like Reseph the best. He seemed the most human to me. And Jillian is the perfect compliment to his more "human" side. The Horsemen have had a long lonely existence, centuries long, and now they finally have answers to some major questions. Everything you thought you knew about the Horsemen will be turned upside down with this series. They may be supernatural creatures, half demon, half angel, but they still crave what we all and acceptance. My only (half hearted) complaint is that we had such a great buildup to, what we think, is the final battle, but it seemed like we went thru it in "fast forward". I suppose that is so we can get all those still remaining unanswered questions in the next book. But I felt like it was very anticlimactic. {shrug} Oh well, on to the next book, I'm happy that Ione isn't going to leave us with this one, we get to "patiently" wait for Reaver's story next.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Olivia Cunning--(One Nigth with Sole Regret #1-#3)

Try Me #1

For the five sexy rock gods of Sole Regret, finding love is easy, keeping it is hard.

Melanie has no desire to meet the members of the rock band, Sole Regret, but her groupie of a best friend gets them both backstage and then rushes off with the band’s lead singer. Left alone at an after party with a bunch of scary tattooed and pierced metal-heads, sheltered Melanie is relieved when the only normal-looking guy in the room insists on keeping her company.

By the time Melanie discovers that Gabe is the band’s drummer and not as normal as she assumed, she has already made a complete fool of herself. She can’t help but be interested in him, not as a rock star, but as the sexiest man she’s ever encountered. Strangely attracted to his hidden tattoos and body piercing, she wonders what it would be like to spend a night with a bad boy.

Gabe is more than willing to show sweet Melanie there’s more to him than meets the eye. All she has to do is try him. Will they only share a single night of passion? Or will their hearts entangle as quickly as their bodies?

Tempt Me #2

For almost a year, Madison has been Adam’s hook-up every time his band, Sole Regret, tours through Dallas. But in spite of the way he sets her body ablaze with passion, the occasional night of rock-her-world sex isn’t enough anymore. She needs a commitment and knows that won’t fit into Adam’s rock-star lifestyle. Madison will take one more hot-and-heavy night with the sexy musician before she cuts all ties with him for good. Even if she must break her own heart to do it.

To tempt him…

Life isn’t all bright lights and fan adulation for the lead guitarist for Sole Regret. Madison has seen Adam at his worst and still managed to bring out the best in him. Her cleverly concealed naughty side also brings out the beast in him. He’s never met a more tempting woman in his life.

Madison has no problem tempting Adam into her bed, but can she tempt his heart into taking a chance on love?

Take Me #3

She is one woman he should never touch…

Sole Regret’s enigmatic vocalist, Jacob “Shade” Silverton, is a consummate womanizer, but even he knows better than to get involved with one special woman from his past. Mixing friendship and pleasure can only lead to a broken heart, and he’s suffered enough heartache to swear off relationships for a lifetime.

He is one man she has always desired…

Amanda Lange knows all about Shade’s naughty reputation, but that doesn’t stop her from wanting to dive into the gorgeous rock star’s arms and into his bed. She convinces herself that one night of passion won’t complicate their friendship, but can she convince him of that?

They’re both playing with fire.

Neither of them realized how far one kiss would take them. As the flames of their passion ignite with the intensity of an inferno, will either of them escape the experience without being burned or will both be branded fool enough to take a chance on a relationship that was marked for ruin before it even began?

{5 stars}
Usually I don't post reviews on short stories unless they are AMAZING! I started reading Olivia Cunning and the Sinners on Tour Series. And since I'm waiting on book 3 of that series I decided to give this short story series a try, the reviews were great. And they really are great, the guys in the band are funny, charming, sexy, and super HOT. My only complaint is that they are SHORT stories, I want so much more from them, the quick endings leave me craving more.....

Monday, November 19, 2012

Olivia Cunning--Rock Hard (Sinners on Tour #2)

Erotic romance is one of the bestselling subgenres in the romance category. Olivia Cunning delivers the perfect blend of steamy sex, heartwarming romance, and a wicked sense of humor.

This second in the Sinners on Tour series features lead singer Sedric Lionheart who became a playboy after his fiancee, Jessica, broke his heart. Forced on a summer tour together for two entire months, but stubbornly desperate to stay apart, they find a million steamy reasons why they had that lovin' feeling in the first place.

{3 stars}
I know I'm in the minority on this one, but Sed and Jessica are my least favorite duo. I skimmed most of the story so I could get to the parts that included the whole band.....and Trey. The guys in the band are what make this series great. They are so funny, cute, and HOT. And Trey is quickly becoming my favorite. As much as I want to skip to Trey's book, I'm going to wait and read them in order and wait for Jace....

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Olivia Cunning--Backstage Pass (Sinners on Tour #1)

Five stunning guys, one hot woman, and a feverish romance...

For him, life is all music and no play...

When Brian Sinclair, lead songwriter and guitarist of the hottest metal band on the scene, loses his creative spark, it will take nights of downright sinful passion to release his pent-up genius...

She's the one to call the tune...

When sexy psychologist Myrna Evans goes on tour with the Sinners, every boy in the band tries to seduce her. But Brian is the only one she wants to get her hands on...

Then the two lovers' wildly shocking behavior sparks the whole band to new heights of glory... and sin......

{4 stars}
I finally succumbed to all the chatter and reviews that said I just had to give this series a try. I was "on the fence" for most of the book, because Myrna's emotional barrier was trying my patience. But the band members of Sinners, well, they are just to charming, cute, funny and HOT to resist. They really made the book for me. You just want to take them all home with you. Brian is a romantic at heart and wants more than anything to find true love, but it takes him a long time to convince Myrna to break away from her damaged past. Their sex life isn't anything we haven't read a thousand times, but the emotional factor between them (mostly Brian) really made the story great. Looking forward to reading the rest of the bands stories.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Maya Banks--Hidden Away (KGI #3)

The Kelly Group International (KGI): A super elite, top secret, family-run business.
Qualifications: High intelligence, rock hard body, military background.
Mission: Hostage/kidnap victim recovery. Intelligence gathering. Handling jobs the US government can’t…

A man who shoots first and asks questions later…

Most people would take an all-expenses-paid trip to the beach in a heartbeat. Garrett Kelly only accepts to keep tabs on Sarah Daniels, who’s in hiding after witnessing a murder by Marcus Lattimer, her half-brother—and a personal enemy of KGI. This gig may be beneath a disciplined soldier like Garrett, but if he gets a shot at Lattimer, it will all be worth it…

…and the ultimate moving target.

But Garrett hadn’t counted on falling for Sarah. He’d considered seduction as a tactical maneuver, but when he glimpses Sarah’s dark past, he feels an urgent desire to keep her safe—even after she disappears on him. Garrett doesn’t know exactly who, or what, Sarah’s running from, but whatever it is, she’s running for her life...

{4 stars}
This is one of those series every woman should have in their TBR pile. It's not (for me) one of those "rush right out and get the new one" kind of series, but one I appreciate reading all the same. The Kelly brothers are all unique in attitude and attributes. But they all have a firm sense of family and honor, And you never know when the right woman is going to knock them on their Hot Alpha asses. Garrett has been the quiet protector in the first 2 books, even taking a bullet for his sister-in-law. But now he is on his own, and on uncharted ground. I really enjoyed reading his story, we should all be so lucky to find the perfect beach with the perfect companion. The books are simple, the characters are great, and the action keeps it from getting boring.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Maya Banks--No Place To Run (KGI #2)

The last person Sam Kelly expected to save was Sophie Lundgren. Once they shared a brief, intense affair while Sam was undercover and then she vanished. She's spent the last few months on the run, knowing that any mistake would cost her both her life and that of their unborn child. Now she's resurfaced with a warning for Sam: this time, he's the one in danger.

{3.5 stars}
Second in the series, and not as great as the first in my opionion. It started out great, lots of action. And some really great scenes with Sophie and Sam. But it lost some of its momentum towards the end. Still a great series.

Monday, November 5, 2012

D.B. Reynolds--Lucs (Vampires in America #6)

THE BADLANDS of SOUTH DAKOTA … haunting landscapes, legendary outlaws, and … vampires?

LUCAS DONLON is a Vampire Lord, one of the most powerful vampires in North America and beyond. Charming and irreverent to his friends and lovers, he enjoys everything about his life as a vampire. But when a neighboring vampire lord declares war, he soon discovers that Lucas is as every bit as lethal as he is charming.

KATHRYN HUNTER doesn’t care about powerful vampires or their wars. Her baby brother is missing and she will do anything to find him, even if it means going against both her FBI bosses and the local vampire lord. But Lucas Donlon has other plans for the lovely FBI agent who’s landed on his doorstep.

Waging war against their enemies and each other, Lucas and Kathryn will risk everything to keep the most deadly vampire war in hundreds of years from engulfing every vampire, and human, in North America.

{4.5 stars}
Terrific story. Lucas and Kathryn remind me of Raphael and Cyn. Kathryn is gusty and has an iron will of her own, she doesn't fall easily to the "will" of Lucas. Lucas is a super HOT Vampire Lord......and I mean super HOT. They ignite together and could practically set the sheets on fire. Fast paced story, which brings the series around into a different direction. A new war is beginning, and it looks like it's going to have plenty of action and scorching HOT couples.

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Tiffany Reisz--The Prince (The Original Sinners #3)

Keep your friends close and your enemies closer...preferably in bed. That's always been Kingsley Edge's strategy with his associate, the notorious New York dominatrix Nora Sutherlin. But with Nora away in Kentucky, now it's Kingsley's chance to take her place at the feet of the only man he's ever wanted -- Søren, Nora's on-again, off-again lover -- until a new threat from an old enemy forces him to confront his past.

Wes Railey is still the object of Nora's tamest yet most maddening fantasies, and the one man she can't forget. He's young. He's wonderful. He's also thoroughbred royalty and she's in "his" world now. But Nora is no simpering Southern belle, and her dream of fitting into Wesley's world is perpetually at odds with her dear Søren's relentlessly seductive pull.

Two worlds of wealth and passion call to her and whichever one Nora chooses, it will be the hardest decision she will ever have to make... unless someone makes it for her....

{5 stars}

I worship at the feet of Tiffany Reisz....

I actually want to give this more than 5 stars. I rarely find a book that get's me to stay up all night to finish and evokes such emotion for her characters. "They will bend to his will alone" poignant and so true. Soren is an enigma to many, no one truly knows him but 2 people, Kingsley and Nora. This time we get to learn the history of Soren and Kingsley. While Nora is away with her Wesley, we flash back to the beginning. The beginning of everything, and the beginning may just be the end of everything.

You must start at the beginning with The Siren to truly understand this journey. I have fallen in love with these characters, even Soren (you will understand once you read them). They all play an important part in the journey. And maybe, for some of us, we see a little glimpse of our secret desires in parts of them. Do we want the safety of normal? Or the all encompassing passion with something forbidden? Hard to choose. I don't want to give any spoilers away, so I will say this was a very emotional trip learning what lengths Soren needs to feel anything for another. The pain is a part of him, as much as the soul is a part of him. What draws Kingsley and Nora to him is astonishing. The level of devotion. It's as though they are at the feet of God. Their God at least in their eyes. But nothing is the same when their past comes back to haunt them. I love this series, and can't wait to read the next one. This has one hair pulling cliff hanger in it!

***ARC provided by Netgalley

***For mature readers only, dark subject matter.

Friday, November 2, 2012

Darynda Jones--Fourth Grave Beneath My Feet (Charley Davidson #4)

Sometimes being the grim reaper really is that. Grim. And since Charley’s last case went so awry, she has taken a couple months off to wallow in the wonders of self-pity. But when a woman shows up on her doorstep convinced someone is trying to kill her, Charley has to force herself to rise above. Or at least get dressed. She quickly realizes something is amiss when everyone the woman knows swears she’s insane. The more they refute the woman’s story, the more Charley believes it.

In the meantime, the sexy, sultry son of Satan, Reyes Farrow, has been cleared of all charges. He is out of prison and out of Charley’s life, as per her wishes and several perfectly timed death threats. But his absence has put a serious crimp in her sex life. While there are other things to consider, like the fact that the city of Albuquerque has been taken hostage by an arsonist.

{5 stars}
Darynda Jones can't seem to go wrong in my opinion! 18 pages in and I am laughing out loud at the antics and banter of Charley and Cookie. Charley hasn't left her house in 2 months since her attack by Earl Walker, and her family and friends are starting to worry. But then she gets a new case that brings her back to life, and back to Reyes Farrow. No matter what Charley says, Reyes will never be far away. The Bandits make an appearance, and Charley has issues, fights, and compromises with her family. Another wonderful addition to the Charley Davidson storyline.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Maya Banks--The Darkest Hour (KGI #1)

Genre: Contemporary Romance-action

It's been one year since ex-Navy Seal Ethan Kelly last saw his wife, Rachel, alive. Overwhelmed by grief and guilt over his failures as a husband. Ethan shuts himself off from everything and everyone.

His brothers have tried to bring Ethan into the KGI fold, tried to break through the barriers he's built around himself, but Ethan refuses to respond.....until he receives an anonymous note claiming Rachel is alive.

To save her, Ethan will have to dodge bullets, cross a jungle, and risk falling captive to a deadly drug cartel that threatens his own demise. And even if he succeeds, he'll have to force Rachel to recover memories she doesn't want to relive-the minute-by-minute terror of her darkest hour--for their love, and their lives, may depend on it.

{4 stars}
Truthfully, this book sat in my TBR pile for some time. I just thought it would be one of those books to kill time between my favorite reads. But suprise, it was a great book. It is full of action, and a journey of 2 people trying to make ammends for the mistakes they made and thank the universe for the second chance they have. Love isn't always enough, but it gives you enough to know what is worth fighting for. They are surrounded with a great family, and with lots of brothers who will have upcoming stories. So much better than I had thought, can't wait to read the next ones.

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Sylvia Day--Relected in You (Crossfire #2)

Genre: Contemporary Romance-erotic

Gideon Cross. As beautiful and flawless on the outside as he was damaged and tormented on the inside. He was a bright, scorching flame that singed me with the darkest of pleasures. I couldn't stay away. I didn't want to. He was my every desire....mine..

My past was as violent as his, and I was just as broke. We'd never work. It was too hard, too painful...except when it was perfect. Those moments when the driving hunger and desperate love were the most exquisite insanity.

We were bound by our need. And our passion would take us beyond our limits to the sweetest, sharpest, edge of obsession....

{4 stars}

I was so looking forward to this book after the red-hot first one. Eva and Gideon are an electric couple. You can't help but be mesmerized by their passion. But the first two-thirds of the book they were either fighting or having sex. Lot's and lot's and lot's of sex. Confusing to say the least. Where was this story going? I didn't understand where the plot was, what was happening to them, and watching them fall apart. But, leave it to Sylvia Day to put a spin on it that I didn't quite figure out till the end. I did guess some major clues. But I didn't really see the whole picture until the last few pages. Gideon loves Eva beyond anything sane, she is his whole reason for living at this point, and he will do ANYTHING to protect her. Even when protecting her means hurting her, even if it is just for a short while....

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Kristen Ashley--creed (Unfinished Hero #2)

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Way too young, eleven year old Tucker Creed and his six year old neighbor, Sylvie Bissenette, find they have something awful in common. Creed then decides he’s going to do everything in his limited power to shield his Sylvie from her ordeal. So he does and Creed and Sylvie form a bond that grows and blossoms with their ages.

They plot to leave their lives behind, the town they live in that will hold them down and the histories they share that, unless they break free, will bury them. Sylvie goes to their special place, Creed never shows and she doesn’t see him again until it’s too late.

With Creed gone, Sylvie is forced to endure a nightmare and do the unspeakable to end it. To deal, she develops a hard shell with sharp edges that very few can break through. So when Creed again finds his Sylvie, he discovers the girl he loved is locked away and he has to find his way back into her heart without getting shredded in the process.

{3.75 stars}

I have to say that I didn't enjoy this one as much as Knight and Anya's story. I really didn't like Sylvie at first, she was hard, damaged, and jaded. The story was a little confusing starting out, but once I caught on to who Creed was it started to flow a little better. The flashbacks to their lives together prior to her eighteenth birthday are sweet and emotional. And it is how we discover why there is a Creed and Sylvie. I loved the emotional journey we took learning about their past and them coming back to each other. But at times I skimmed thru pages of internal dialogue that bogged the book down for me, I kept waiting for some action to happen and we just seemed to be spinning in place. Liked the story, didn't love it, but will keep reading the series. And we did get to see a small, really small, glimpse at Knight and Anya.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Kristen Ashley--Knight (Unfinished Hero #1)

Genre: Contemporary Romance-erotic

Anya Gage has learned that to get anything good in life, you have to work for it. She has no expectations, no dreams.

Then she finds herself at a party where she doesn’t want to be and she meets Knight.

Knight Sebring knows who he is, what he wants and what he likes. And he gets it. But he never expected something as sweet as Anya Gage to wander into his bedroom during a party he did not expect to be having to borrow his phone.

Knight tries to leave Anya to the life she deserves of white picket fences and a man who watches football on Sundays – good, normal and clean. But when Anya comes to his nightclub and finds herself in a situation, he knows someone has to look after her, he can’t fight it anymore and he decides that man will be him.

Knight teaches Anya that, just as with the bad, in life you should also expect the good. And he teaches her this by giving it to her.

But Knight has a dark past and just as he desires Anya for exactly who she is, he fears when she finds out exactly the man he has become and always intends to be, she’ll leave him for good, normal and clean.

{5 stars} **spoiler alert**
Yes, I am on a Kristen Ashley marathon read. Lot's to catch up on. I had really put off reading this one because I had read some earlier reviews and didn't think I would really like this. Boy was I wrong! Knight is a very dominant alpha male, and after he meets Anya (who is trying to escape a party at his house) he can't stop thinking about her. He slowly starts to take over her life one small thing at a time. First getting her a new phone, getting her building more secure, etc. He slowly but surely takes over her life. But Anya is an independent women, used to taking care of herself, doesn't go into it without a fight. She is not willing to be a "burden" or "mooch" to Knight. She wants to earn her own way, and achieve her own goals in life. But Knight just can't be anything but the dominant controlled man that he is. They slowly become a couple, and Anya gets her way as much as Knight does. She is just more subtle about it. Alot of the earlier reviews said they didn't like Knight's need for Anya to call him "Daddy" while in bed. I admit, it's not my thing, but it doesn't take anything away from the story, I just ignored it. The erotic component is not the strongest I have ever read, Knight is controlling and very much into spanking, but he doesn't go overboard into any other "kink". Lot's of drama surround the couple, which keeps it interesting. But I have to say I am glad I read it. This is not a series where we will continue to read about Anya and Knight, so there story is done, but it's a great love story all the same.....

Kristen Ashley--Rock Chick Regret (Rock Chick #7)

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Sadie Townsend is known by all as The Ice Princess and she’s worked hard to earn her reputation. Her father, a now-incarcerated Drug Lord, has kept her under his thumb her whole life and she’s learned enough from living in his world to give everyone the cold shoulder. But one inebriated night, she shows the Real Sadie to the undercover agent she knows is investigating her father, the handsome Hector Chavez, and he knows he’ll stop at nothing to have her.

Hector makes one (huge) mistake; he waits for Sadie to come to him. Tragedy strikes and Sadie’s got a choice, she can retreat behind her Ice Fortress or she can embrace the Rock Chick/Hot Bunch World. Guided by Hector, the Rock Chicks, the Hot Bunch and her new gay roommates, Buddy and Ralphie, Sadie negotiates a life out from under her father’s thumb, a life that includes poison, arson and learning how to make s’mores.

{5 stars}
This series just keeps getting better and better. It looked like it was wrapping up in the last book with Stella and Mace, and if you don't want any spoilers, don't read the epilogue in that one. I did, but I still really enjoyed Sadie and Hector. Hector is that all encompassing Latin Alpha Male. He knows what he wants and (usually) doesn't stop until he has it. But this time Hector waited for Sadie to come to him, big mistake. He didn't realize how much danger she was in until she showed up brutalized at Nightingale Investigations. After that, he made it his mission to win her over and keep her by his side forever. Sadie didn't trust anyone, she grew up as a rich, sheltered girl with no friends. So being encompassed in the Rock Chick bunch was a little scary and she fought it (at first). But when she starts to loosen up and have fun, all bets are off. Hector and Sadie's love affair is fun, hilarious, passionate, and a fantasy come true....

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Kristen Ashley--Rock Chick Revenge (Rock Chick #6)

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Stella’s the lead singer and lead guitarist of the Blue Moon Gypsies and Stella used to be Mace’s girl. Mace broke up with her though and the loss of him rocked her world. But Stella gets a call, late at night (again) from one of the members of her crazy band. She has to go play clean up (again) and runs into Mace (and a shed load of police) and ends up getting shot.

Mace finds he doesn’t like it much that his ex-girlfriend got shot, right in front of him but it’s worse. A very bad man has thrown down the gauntlet and ALL the Rock Chicks are in the firing line. Stella doesn’t want Mace to be the one to keep her alive but she has no choice… mainly because Mace isn’t giving her one.

{4 stars} **spoiler alert**
I have mixed feelings about this one. Stella and Mace are an amazing couple, and their path to each other was a long time coming. But it wasn't easy. What bothered me about this book was that we didn't really get to focus solely on Stella and Mace, we snapped back and forth to all the Rock Chick/Hot Bunch. I really would have loved to have a more lengthy scene when Mace was reunited with his mom. And the epilogue gives away spoilers to the next 2 books,  and makes you feel like this is the end of the series and she is rapping up and telling us how they turn out. So don't read it if you don't want to know, because Hector's story is up next.  But that is my only real issue, I love the Rock Chick series. It is funny, sexy, and a fantasy I really really wish was a reality sometimes. There really just aren't men around like that (and I've looked), but they don't live in my neighborhood. 

Stella conveys her feelings with music, what she can't say, she can sing. And at one point she sang Pearl Jam's "Black" to Mace. I'm including some of the lyrics so you get the point of the emotional intensity of these two. They saved each other from the black and it was incredible.......

All the love gone bad turned my world to black
Tattooed all I see, all that I am, all I'll be... yeah...

Uh huh... uh huh... ooh...

I know someday you'll have a beautiful life,
I know you'll be a star in somebody else's sky,
But why, why, why can't it be, can't it be mine

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Kristen Ashley--Rock Chick Revenge (Rock Chick #5)

Genre: Contemporary Romance--Super HOT Alpha

Ava hates men, she has reason and she’s vowed not only never to get involved with another one again but also to exact vengeance on her best friend’s, lying, cheating husband. Since Luke, Ava’s childhood crush, is now a private investigator, she thinks to enlist him but changes her mind at the last second.

Too late, Luke knows she’s up to something and he’s already seen many a Rock Chick try to fight her own battles without the Hot Bunch stepping in. He’s having none of it. She’s having none of him. The clash of the Rock Chick and Hot Guy begins but Luke’s got the advantage. He has handcuffs and he’s not afraid to use them.

{5 stars}
What was I thinking when I took a break from reading this series? Crazy obviously. The Rock Chick series is every women's fantasy. HOT Alpha Men, sweep you off your feet romance, and lots and lots of action. The Rock Chick bunch can't stay out of trouble, exasperating their men and making me absolutely LAUGH OUT LOUD with their antics. The men are every woman's fantasy man, they are strong, HOT, and don't take no for an answer. When they see a woman they want, there is no ends to what they will do to get her, protect her, and make her the focus of their world. The "Hot Bunch" men at Nightingale Investigations have their hands full chasing after the Rock Chick's when they have their minds set on something. They start out just wanting to have fun, but somehow seem to attract drama. Drama in the way of kidnappings, car chases, assaults, and explosions. But all's well that ends well right? I think Ava and Luke are my favorite couple, I can kinda identify with Ava a little. They fight, make up, and are amazing together. Their banter is great, their passion is even greater. Luke is the absolute alpha male with a soft side for just one woman......sigh.......dream worthy. The whole gang are along for this ride and it was great!!!! If you haven't read this series, YOU MUST start at the beginning, it's important that you meet each couple in the order that they fall in love. I recommend this series to ALL women who need a little happy fantasy to get thru their week.....

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Jennifer Ashley--Wild Cat (Shifters Unbound #3)

Genre: Paranormal Romance

When Feline Shifter Cassidy Warden saves detective Diego Escobar from plunging to his death, the naked Shifter woman takes his breath away. But she'd been breaking all kinds of human laws, and Diego, to save her from termination, has to promise his department he'll watch over her.

Diego finds the task harder than he thinks--Cassidy is trying to find out what kind of mysterious hunter killed her mate two years ago, a hunter that could bring danger to all Shifters. Plus Cassidy has scent-marked Diego--essentially telling all other Shifter females, "Hands off."

Diego risks his personal and professional life getting involved with Cassidy, but he realizes he'll do anything, even confront the deadliest of assassins and his own inner demons, to keep her safe.

{3.5 stars}
This was quite a different story than the first ones, we move away from the Austin Shiftertown to Las Vegas. And at first, I really didn't like this bunch that much. They weren't as funny or charming as the Austin bunch. But I really liked Diego, and he really made the difference for me. He is a great alpha male, and the constant action keeps your attention. Diego and Cassidy go through a lot in this one, and even though I miss my Austin bunch, I am looking forward to reading more about them.

Sunday, September 30, 2012

Felicity E. Heaton--Her Dark Angel (Her Angel #1)

Genre: Paranormal Romance - Angel

An angel without a mission, Apollyon lives trapped in Hell guarding the bottomless pit. Surrounded by endless darkness, he longs to fly free on Earth once more but his master hasn’t called him in centuries. When the call finally comes, it’s to serve a new master, a beautiful woman he has often watched over, a woman who has always captivated him.

Serenity is shocked when a gorgeous black-winged angel shows up in her city of Paris claiming that she called him when she was only casting a simple vengeance spell. He’s no other than the angel of death! When Apollyon offers to obey her and help her have revenge on her cheating ex-boyfriend, she can’t resist the temptation, but can she resist him? Can an angel as dark as Apollyon ever fall for a mortal woman like her?

Their charade as lovers quickly becomes reality when one dance leads to another and Apollyon proves that he’s as sinful as he looks. His sensual and hungry touch brings Serenity back to life, freeing her from the hurt of being betrayed and reigniting her passion, but she can’t ignore her growing fear. Lost in their moment together, Apollyon realises that there is a reason he heard her call—he’s in love with her.

But will Serenity see past the wings and believe that Apollyon returns her feelings and won’t hurt her? When her ex-boyfriend asks her to forgive him and be with him again, will she take the easy route or will she find the courage to fly away with her dark angel?

Dark, passionate and erotic, Her Dark Angel is a tale of intense desire and deepest forbidden love guaranteed to get your heart racing.

{3.5 stars}
This is a charming love story. I enjoyed it for what it was, and I got it free on amazon for kindle. There was no true character or storyline development, so I see this series being just short romances. Not to say that's a bad thing, I really did enjoy this story. I just don't see this as much more than a rainy afternoon delight......

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Nalini Singh--Archangel's Storm (Guild Hunter Series #5)

Genre: Paranormal Romance

With wings of midnight and an affinity for shadows, Jason courts darkness. But now, with the Archangel Neha’s consort lying murdered in the jewel-studded palace that was his prison and her rage threatening cataclysmic devastation, Jason steps into the light, knowing he must unearth the murderer before it is too late.

Earning Neha’s trust comes at a price—Jason must tie himself to her bloodline through the Princess Mahiya, a woman with secrets so dangerous, she trusts no one. Least of all an enemy spymaster.

With only their relentless hunt for a violent, intelligent killer to unite them, Jason and Mahiya embark on a quest that leads to a centuries-old nightmare… and to the dark storm of an unexpected passion that threatens to drench them both in blood.

{4 stars}
I love this series, it has a very original and ever changing storyline on angels and vampires. It took me a couple of tries to get hooked into this particular one. But once it got going, the story just flowed. You can't help but be attracted to the quiet, damaged Jason. And Mahiya has had just as damaged a past as Jason, but somehow still manages to smile and brighten his world. I think that's what draws Jason to her, she can still find some small hope of happiness in her world. She is not a weak or clingy character, and makes Jason smile despite his brooding nature. He doesn't know how to love, but yet, he finds himself needing her, missing her. She knows she can not truly tame this wild creature, but somehow manages to find a crack in his stone facade and charm him. All of this is happening while Jason is trying to find the murdered of Eris, Neha's consort. The true murderer, for me, was easy to guess. But that part of the story was a secondary aspect,  just the stage that brought Mahiya and Jason together. I look forward to reading more about them.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Tracy Cooper-Posey--Blood Knot

Genre: Erotic suspense-vampires

Winter, a professional thief who can manipulate others' biologies by touch, accidentally "healed" her former partner--and former vampire--Sebastian, whom she secretly loves. Her healing created a symbiot pairing between them that neither of them wants.

Nathanial, a sexy thousand-year-old vampire and Sebastian's ex-lover, talks Sebastian and Winter into stealing evidence that will expose all vampires to the world. But Nathanial is a puppet-master who doesn't believe in falling in love with humans, leaving Winter unsure of his real feelings for her once he seduces her, or how he feels about Sebastian, the former vampire-now-human whose life he has turned upside down once more.

But the evidence they steal is hot property. The future of all vampires is on the line and others will stop at nothing to get it, leaving Sebastian, Winter and Nathanial with no allies but each other. They must trust each other to survive. Only...can they?

{5 stars}
What a surprise! It is a really well layered suspense with erotic romance woven into the storyline and the 3 main characters. It's a little confusing at first, but it answers all your questions, blends the story together, and gives us a lot of surprises and action. It is not your standard "rehashed" vampire story. Nathanial (Nial) is a powerful vampire, Sebastian his former lover, and now new partner to Winter. Sebastian and Winter are a highly sought after pair of thieves. They have a skill set that no other has, because Winter has a secret. She can control someones biology and them for a short time, kind of like hypnosis. Something goes wrong on a job, and Winter and Sebastian are torn apart by their own secrets. In walks Nial looking for Sebastian, and he needs Winter's help to find him. But Nial is hiding the real reason he needs them both. Woven into this suspense is the love affair the 3 have. The eroticism is written beautifully to fit the dynamic of the 3 characters, and it was a lot of fun watching them all fall in love with each other.

I picked this up from the free kindle romance list. And thought, why not, sounds interesting. And its, free so no loss if it was bad and wanted something to pass the time. But I found myself really enjoying the story. It was new and interesting and I'm looking forward to reading the next one.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Sophie Oak--Chasing Bliss (Nights in Bliss #7)

Genre: Erotic Romance

Gemma Wells came to Bliss, Colorado, after a scandal cost her everything. Utterly lost, she’s built walls so high, she thinks no one can get through them. She’s done with love and friendship and all matters of the heart.

Jesse McCann and Cade Sinclair have floated through life, enjoying the world around them, but not becoming a part of it. One look at the pretty attorney and Jesse realizes he’s found a reason to stay put. Cade is crazy about her, but his dark past keeps him at arm’s length. He wants her, but he’s sure he doesn’t deserve her.

But a secret from Gemma’s past threatens to wreck their futures. Her fiancé is back and brings danger with him. Time is running out. Jesse and Cade have to melt this Ice Queen’s heart or she might not leave Bliss alive.

{4 stars}
Ah....Bliss. I really wish this was a real town, I'd move there in a minute. Another trio is trying to find their "bliss" in life and when Gemma walks in to the garage Jess and Cade work at, they think they have found it. Jess just has to convince her, and Cade, that they are all meant to be together. Throw in the life or death drama that unfortunately happens all to regularly in Bliss and you have another wonderful story that makes me want to move to a town that only exists in our fantasies....but what a fantasy it is!!

Friday, September 14, 2012

Jacquelyn Frank--Forbidden (World of Nightwalkers #1)

Genre: Paranormal Romance

From New York Times bestselling author Jacquelyn Frank comes this first book in The World of the Nightwalkers—an exciting and sensual new spin-off series in which the Bodywalkers, an ancient race of the night, battles the evil forces who prey on them.

The unexpected happens in an instant. On her way to work, secretary Docia Waverley hurtles into a crashing crossroads, and she quickly begins to suspect that things will never be the same. Then, when a tall, blond, muscular stranger intervenes on her behalf, telling her it is his duty to protect her at all cost, what is just a feeling turns to proof positive. That is, as long as Docia’s savior doesn’t turn out to be a crazed kidnapper.

When Ram finds Docia, he has no doubt that she is his queen. But as this golden warrior sweeps in to protect her, he feels something more than body heat every time they touch. He is overwhelmed by a searing connection that goes deep into the twin souls inside him. A desire rises in him that is forbidden—this woman is his queen, the mate of his king, his leader, his best friend. And yet Docia is so vulnerable and attractive that she awakens a hunger in Ram that is undeniable, a carnal craving he cannot yield to . . . not without risking the very survival of the Bodywalkers.

{3.5 stars}

ARC provided by netgalley

This book felt like one big prologue. Now, I realize there has to be a lot of world building in a new series, but the storyline never did "click" for me. I kept waiting for the story to start, and then it was over. What I love about Frank's series, is that they take place in other worlds, and other dimensions. But this one took place in present day earth....boring. The Egyptian history woven into the characters adds a new aspect I haven't seen any other authors do, and I really enjoyed that part (even though I still can't pronounce their names) Docia is adorable, Ram is a stoic, gorgeous god. And their compability is amazing. All in all the result just felt "unfinished" to me. BUT, I am looking forward to the second one to see how this all plays out.

Monday, September 3, 2012

Robin Waldrop--Shadow of the Blood Moon (Blood Moon series)

The second book in the Blood Moon series--Shadow of the Moon
Young Adult- Paranormal Romance
Genevieve Labreck is back with a score to settle. Her mom has been kidnapped by Zane, hybrid and all-around monster.  Rumors fly that Gen’s mom is holed away in Prague, a city recognized by humans for its serene beauty and intense culture, but Gen and Will know something humans don’t. Prague is haunted by dark, evil forces.
Can Gen and Will save her mom, or will they be too late?
Some will live, others will fall. At what price do you walk away from those you love?

{4 stars}

Cover art provided by author.
ARC provided by author for review via smashwords.

This story deserves 4 stars for the fast paced, action packed storyline alone. It moves quickly with a pace that keeps your attention. The plot is well written, and keeps you on your toes. I kept thinking, where do they get all this energy to keep running back and forth across the globe? They are teenagers, duh?!? Gen's band of warriors fill in the banter with humor, tears, and equal amounts of teen drama. They jump first, then think afterward, much like real teenagers. Gen, unfortunately, has become the annoying teenager in this one, waffling with her teen angst over William and Joseph. But William and Joseph are not innocent in this trio, both are trying to win the heart of Gen. Saving Gen's mom, trying to kill Zane, so many things on the to-do list. Where to start? Many battles, and tears, later we come to another cliff hanger ending. What will happen to Gen now?


Sunday, September 2, 2012

Tess Gerritsen--Last to Die (Rizzoli & Isles series)

Genre: Murder, Mystery, Suspense

For the second time in his short life, Teddy Clock has survived a massacre. Two years ago, he barely escaped when his entire family was slaughtered. Now, at fourteen, in a hideous echo of the past, Teddy is the lone survivor of his foster family’s mass murder. Orphaned once more, the traumatized teenager has nowhere to turn—until the Boston PD puts detective Jane Rizzoli on the case. Determined to protect this young man, Jane discovers that what seemed like a coincidence is instead just one horrifying part of a relentless killer’s merciless mission.

Jane spirits Teddy to the exclusive Evensong boarding school, a sanctuary where young victims of violent crime learn the secrets and skills of survival in a dangerous world. But even behind locked gates, and surrounded by acres of sheltering Maine wilderness, Jane fears that Evensong’s mysterious benefactors aren’t the only ones watching. When strange blood-splattered dolls are found dangling from a tree, Jane knows that her instincts are dead on. And when she meets Will Yablonski and Claire Ward, students whose tragic pasts bear a shocking resemblance to Teddy’s, it becomes chillingly clear that a circling predator has more than one victim in mind.

Joining forces with her trusted partner, medical examiner Maura Isles, Jane is determined to keep these orphans safe from harm. But an unspeakable secret dooms the children’s fate—unless Jane and Maura can finally put an end to an obsessed killer’s twisted quest.

{3.5 stars}
Not quite the page turner I was hoping for, but still a classic Gerritsen mystery. The plot line seemed a little predictable to me and I could really do without Rizzoli's parent drama, (it didn't seem pertinent to the storyline). The Evensong school is as unusual as it is special as Maura discovers when she comes to Evensong to spend some time with Julian. Maura and Julian play a much more active role in solving this mystery this time around. And Julian has blossomed at this school. (Julian has really become a character to watch), I look forward to more mysteries with him. But all in all, the plot was intriguing and just when you think you know all the answers, Gerritsen flips it upside down. In this one, nothing is at is appears, and as predictable as you think the ending will's not.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Tiffany Reisz--The Angel (Original Sinners #2)

Genre: Contemporary Romance-erotic

No safe word can protect the heart

Infamous erotica author and accomplished dominatrix Nora Sutherlin is doing something utterly out of character: hiding. While her longtime lover, Søren—whose fetishes, if exposed, would be his ruin—is under scrutiny pending a major promotion, Nora's lying low and away from temptation in the lap of luxury.

Her host, the wealthy and uninhibited Griffin Fiske, is thrilled to have Nora stay at his country estate, especially once he meets her traveling companion. Young, inexperienced and angelically beautiful, Michael has become Nora's protégé, and this summer with Griffin is going to be his training, where the hazing never ends.

But while her flesh is willing, Nora's mind is wandering. To thoughts of Søren, her master, under investigation by a journalist with an ax to grind. And to another man from Nora's past, whose hold on her is less bruising, but whose secrets are no less painful. It's a summer that will prove the old adage: love hurts.

{5 stars}

ARC provided by netgalley

***spoiler alert***

What a surprising series. When I read the first one, I was blown away at the intense characters. Dark, handsome, controlling Soren. Light, fun loving Wesley, and Michael, the wounded angel. They all play very important roles in Nora's life, and you immediately become attached to each one. At the end of the first book when Nora makes Wesley leave, I actually cried for him. To love someone that much to lose out in the end? But Nora doesn't know how to choose between her dark king and her light prince. But this summer we get to follow along behind Nora and Michael as they hide out at Griffins, and we get to watch two people fall hopelessly in love thru very unconventional means. This series, for me anyway, is not about the sex. It's about love found in the most unusual of circumstances. What is normal anyway? The "stage" they all play on is just that, a stage. It brings them all together, but then the real fun begins, the emotions that drive each of them to the absolute loyalty and love they have for each other. And the safety they feel while not being judged for their "kinks".

I didn't like Soren very much in the first book, but we learn a lot about him in this one and he really has grown on me. The lengths he will go to make Nora happy is beyond what anyone else would do. Would you let the love of your life go so she can resolve an unfinished dream? But when that unfinished dream is Wesley, you can't really hate the guy anymore. I'm torn as to who I really want her to be with, can she have both?

This series is not for the "light" erotic reader, they all have very dark tastes and are very open about sex in all kinds of kinky ways. So don't go into it lightly. But if you can give it a chance, the raw emotional component will make you a fan....

And lastly, thank you, thank you, netgalley. I would have pulled my hair out waiting for this one!!! And even though I got ARC copies, I will certainly buy the printed ones for my keeper shelf and recommend to everyone!

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Sherrilyn Kenyon--Time Untime (Dark Hunter series)

Genre: Paranormal Romance-dark hunter

The Mayans aren’t the only ones with a 2012 prophecy…

Long before recorded history, there was a Keetoowah warrior so feared that everyone trembled before his wrath. Only a brutal betrayal by the one closest to him could defeat him. But not even death was the end of a man so strong.

The Time Untime approaches…

Kateri Avani has been plagued her entire life with dreams she doesn’t understand. Images of places she’s never been and of a man she’s never seen. Her quest for answers has driven her to Las Vegas where she hopes to finally silence the demons in her mind.

What she never anticipates is coming face to face with the warrior who has haunted her her entire life. One who belongs to a world the scientist in her refuses to believe is real.

Ren Waya came back from the dead to keep the prophecy he began from coming true and ending the world. For thousands of years, he has fought the same evil that once possessed him. But now that evil has found the one person he can’t fight. The one person who, against his will, holds the most sacred part of him.

His heart.

But if he doesn’t kill Kateri, the deadliest of evils will reemerge and destroy everyone else on the planet. It was a sacrifice he made once.

Will he be able to make it again?

{5 stars}
At first, I wasn't really sure about this one. I was very confused with the last book, I am not as knowledgeable about the Native American Pantheon to truly understand the legends. And now, with Ren's story we get some Mayan prophecies added to the mix. I spent the first quarter of the book confused and almost ready to give up. But Dark Hunter fans never quit. So I trudged on, and not that I understand the Native American or Mayan legacy anymore than before, but I understand the path Kenyon is taking us on. She is spreading her wings outside what we have all become comfortable with and introducing us to a whole new world of Dark Hunters. Ren is heartbreaking to watch as his past is relived thru visions in Kateri's eyes. They are destined for a path neither was prepared for, but isn't that what love does to us? It catches you off guard. Their path is wonderful, dangerous, and full of classic Kenyon humor. Some of our favorite Dark Hunters make appearances to help reset time to keep the apocalypse from happening. Now everything is coming together. Little did we know there were so many Pantheons out there and that Artemis had been so busy. If you get bogged down with the start of this book, don't give up, it really is a true Kenyon Dark Hunter book, just in a different time zone. And if you aren't a Dark Hunter junkie yet, start immediately with Fantasy Lover. You'll become one of us before you finish the first book.

Friday, August 24, 2012

Tiffany Reisz--The Siren (The Original Sinners #1)

Genre: Comtemporary romance-adult/erotic

The Siren is a modern-day retelling of My Fair Lady with uptight English literary fiction editor Zachary Easton as an unwilling Professor Higgins and well-known wild child Nora Sutherlin as his erotica-writing Eliza Doolittle. Zach only has six weeks left at Royal House New York before he heads to Los Angeles to take over as Chief Managing Editor at Royal West. When his boss orders him to help Nora Sutherlin rewrite her latest novel, Zach agrees to work with her only if he is given complete control over the fate of her book. If Nora doesn’t rewrite it to his satisfaction in six weeks, Royal won’t publish it.

{5 stars}

ARC provided by netgalley

This book was not what I expected at all. It is NOT in any way a lite funny erotic story.  It IS a dark emotional trip I didn't know I wanted to take. There is some very dark subject matter, it is truly not for the closed minded unadventurous reader. The synopsis leads you to believe this is a retelling of My Fair Lady, and in a small way, it is. But I don't feel like Nora was Eliza anymore than I feel Zach was the professor. In many ways Eliza was the professor, teaching Zach more things about himself than he ever realized. Nora's world is dark, but she surrounds herself with things she wishes for. The light in Wesley, and the gray in Zach. Which way will she go? She left her dark lord years ago, for reasons only she can understand, no matter what you read. Her connection to Soren is complicated and eternal. But when she leaves him, she finds herself in the postion to take control when she never had any previously. And she becomes the true Queen of darkness. And she shows Zach a glimpse into her kingdom. It's darker than I had ever imagined. The book Nora is writing is always the question in the back of your mind. Is it about her and Soren? Or her and Wesley? This journey brought out some emotions I don't generally get when reading, but nevertheless, I enjoyed the journey all the same. If you are looking for a standard HEA, look elsewhere, this will not be the HEA you are expecting. But that doesn't mean it isn't a HEA afterall......

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Elisabeth Naughton-Enslaved (Eternal Guardians #5)

Genre: Paranormal Romance-greek mythology

After being rescued from the Underworld, Gryphon is plagued by strange voices and an evil foreboding. He believes that his only hope for salvation is to track down the goddess who cursed him...until he meets Maelea.
A prisoner with no bars, Maelea encounters Gryphon on her quest to find Olympus. He's about to test her loyalty to the gods, and she's ready to find out if he still has a heart worth saving...

{5 stars}   

ARC provided by netgalley

Comfortable, this is just one of those series I just enjoy reading. I picked it up because I have a fondness for Greek Mythology, and had never read anything about the Argonauts. This series does not disappoint. The characters (and couples) are well developed and balanced for each other, they just seem to "fit" when they find each other. And this series is not the same old "history" that has been written to death. Daemons, Gods, the Underworld, it has it all without repeating themes. It is a refreshing change and keeps my interest each time I read the next installment.

Gryphon and Maelea have had it worst of all in the luck department. Gryphon's soul was stolen and sent to the Underworld to be tortured and enslaved by Atalanta And Maelea has been alive for thousands of years because of her parents, two greedy, angry, selfish GODS. This book just seems to flow perfectly. Gryphon and Maelea are planning to escape from the colony (for different reasons) and wind up teaming up just to survive. They really are a balanced couple, both needing to balance the dark in him, and the light in her. Their story brings this series forward in a big way. It may not seem as climactic as previous ones, but I think that's what made it work. It was just their story, and two people finding the "balance" they needed. But, the ending did leave us with the series moving in a whole new direction, with new enemies to battle. Can't wait for the next one....

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Jennifer Ashley-Bodyguard (Shifters Unbound #2.5)

Genre: Paranormal Romance-shifter

Elizabeth Chapman is saved from an armed robber by a giant Kodiak bear who shifts into a large, well-muscled, and fully bare human. But when it's revealed that the robber is the brother of a dangerous criminal, Elizabeth finds herself the target of a vendetta.

Ronan, the Bear Shifter, takes her to Shiftertown, where she finds that mateless Ronan takes care of Shifters who have no families or clans of their own. Having grown up in foster care herself, Elizabeth can only admire how protective Ronan is, even while she chafes at the confinement.

But Ronan will only let her leave the safety of Shiftertown if he becomes her 24/7 bodyguard. Elizabeth finally agrees. The trouble is, the sassy human Elizabeth is triggering Ronan's long-buried need to find himself a mate.

{4 stars}
I'm really starting to have a fondness for Bear Shifters. Ronan is a great character, charming, funny, and fiercely protective of those he loves. Elizabeth kind of stumbles into his life when he saves her from a robber, and the sparks fly from there. It's a great little novella, would have loved it to be a full book, but was still enough to be a great story.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Chelsea Cain-Kill You Twice (Book #5)

Mystery Thriller

Nothing makes Portland detective Archie Sheridan happier than knowing that Gretchen Lowell—the serial killer whose stunning beauty is belied by the gruesome murders she’s committed—is locked away in a psych ward. Archie can finally heal from the near-fatal physical and emotional wounds she’s inflicted on him and start moving on with his life.

To this end, Archie throws himself into the latest case to come across his desk: A cyclist has discovered a corpse in Mount Tabor Park on the eastern side of Portland. The man was gagged, skinned, and found hanging by his wrists from a tree. It’s the work of a killer bold and clever enough to torture his victim for hours on a sunny summer morning in a big public park and yet leave no trace.

And then Archie gets a message he can’t ignore—Gretchen claims to have inside knowledge about this grisly murder. Archie finally agrees to visit Gretchen, because he can’t risk losing his only lead in the case. At least, that’s what he tells himself . . . but the ties between Archie and Gretchen have always been stronger, deeper, and more complex than he’s willing to admit, even to himself. What game is she playing this time? And even more frightening, what long-hidden secrets from Gretchen’s past have been dredged up that someone would kill to protect?

{5 stars}
Another page turning hit. Chelsea Cain has one of the darkest imaginations I have ever read, and I love every word of it. Archie and Gretchen go way back, back to when she kidnapped him and tortured him nearly to death. Now they have this bizarre connection that neither one can break or are willing to break. Gretchen is locked away in a mental hospital, but someone is killing people that leads Archie closer to solving some old murders that are blamed on Gretchen.

This book has all the plot twists and turns that keep you trying to figure out who the killer is, how is the murderer tied to Gretchen, and where the hell did Gretchen come from. Archie gets closer than he has ever gotten to discovering all her secrets. And wow, are there some jaw dropping surprises! Cain's character development has reached an amazing level. Archie, Henry, and Susan are all back for another round of murder, thrills, scares, and near-death moments. Add in Claire, Leo and Bliss and you have the perfect balance. The plot with Archie, Susan, and Gretchen has reached a comfortable level where you can almost guess what they are thinking, or what they are going to do. And as we peel back the layers of Gretchen's life, we only get more questions. Leaving us with another cliff hangar ending.


Sunday, August 12, 2012

Sophie Oak-Beauty (A Faery Story #3)

Paranormal Romance-erotic-faery

In one horrifying night, Bronwyn Finn lost her family, her kingdom, and the princes who had haunted her dreams for years. Left alone, years pass as she fights for survival and craves revenge against the uncle who took everything from her. But she’s never forgotten her Dark Ones.

A tragedy marred Lach and Shim McIver’s future. The future kings of the Unseelie Fae are obsessed with finding their promised wife—Bronwyn. Lach and Shim have never stopped believing that Bronwyn is their mate. She is the bond that connects the halves of their shared soul.

With the blessing of the renegade kings, Beck and Cian Finn, Lach and Shim begin a dangerous quest to find their bride before Torin and his hags take her life.

Across two planes, a war will rage. Lives will be lost. Love will be found. And the Seelie Fae will welcome their true kings home

{2 stars}
This is the first Sophie Oak book I had to force myself to finish. I, for whatever reason, couldn't attach to these characters. I loved the first book with Beck and Cian, didn't really care for the second book with Dante and Kaja, but my drive to see how the series would end kept me going. But I skimmed, and fast forwarded (kindle) to the end. I can't put my finger on a precise thing that I didn't like. I just didn't like the dragging of the story and Lach and Shim were not characters I was attracted to. Dissapointed to say the least, but not enough to give up my Sophie Oak addiction.

The best part of this book was the names and places that were, let's just say, the alternate plane of existence for our beloved Bliss characters.

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Chloe Neill--Biting Cold (Chicagoland Vampires Novel)

Paranormal Romance-vampires, shifters, magic

Turned into a vampire against her will, twenty-eight-year-old Merit found her way into the dark circle of Chicago’s vampire underground, where she learned there was more to supernaturals than met the eye—and more supernaturals than the public ever imagined.And not all the secrets she learned were for sharing—among humans or inhumans. Now Merit is on the hunt, charging across the stark American Midwest, tailing a rogue supernatural intent on stealing an ancient artifact that could unleash catastrophic evil on the world. But Merit is also the prey. An enemy of Chicagoland is hunting her, and he’ll stop at nothing to get the book for himself. No mercy allowed.

No rules apply. No lives spared. The race is on...

{5 stars}

***spoiler alert***

All good thing come to those who are forgiven Ms. Neill

It is always a risky move to kill off a main character, and an even riskier move to bring him back from ashes. Ethan is back, but somewhat changed, I guess dying can do that to you. And after we had come so far with his and Merit's relationship, it seemed we were back to square one. Ethan was pushing Merit away out of fear, and it took Merit knocking him (literally) on his ass for him to get over it.  Mallory has been caught again after getting to the Maleficium and unleashing a whole new evil into Chicago. And you'll just have to read the book, because it is too complicated to even closely explain. Let's just say there are angels, good and bad, major magic in play, new allies added to the team, and a Faerie Queen willing to help the motley crew of Cadogan House. All the parts of this story fall into place and we once again get the comfort of Ethan and Merit being together again. The future of Cadogan House is uncertain, but with Ethan and Merit running the show, it can only be an adventure.

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Shelly Laurenston--Magnus Pack bks. !-3

Paranormal Romance-shifters

Pack Challenge (Magnus Pack #1)
What's an Alpha Male to do when he meets the Alpha Female of his dreams? Step one, hide all sharp objects. All Zach Sheridan ever wanted was to become Alpha Male of his Pack and be left alone. What he definitely didn't need in his life was some needy female demanding his attention. What he never saw coming was the vicious, scarred female who not only demanded his attention but knew exactly how to get it. Sara Morrighan knew this was the best she could expect from her life. Good friends. A nice place to live. And a safe job. But when Zach rode into her small Texas town with his motorcycle club, Sara knew she wanted more. She knew she wanted him. But after one sexy encounter with her dream biker, everything is starting to change. Her body. Her strength. That new thing she's doing with the snarling. Even her best friends are starting to wonder what's going on with her. But this is only the beginning. Sara's about to find out her life was meant for so much more. And Zach's about to find true love with the one woman who makes him absolutely insane. Warning, this title contains the following: explicit sex, graphic language, and strong violence.

Go Fetch (Magnus Pack #1)
How much trouble can one small female be to a modern-day shapeshifting Viking? Well, it really depends on local gun laws. Conall Vga-Feilan, direct descendant of Viking shifters, never thought he'd meet a female strong enough to be his mate. He especially didn't think a short, viper-tongued human would ever fit the bill. But Miki Kendrick isn't some average human. With an IQ off the charts and a special skill with weapons of all kinds, Miki brings the big blond pooch to his knees - and keeps him there.

Miki's way too smart to ever believe in love and she knows a guy like Conall could only want one thing from her. But with the Pack's enemies on her tail and a few days stuck alone with the one man who makes her absolutely wild, Miki is about to discover how persistent one Viking wolf can be.

Here Kitty, Kitty (Magnus Pack #3)
What do you do when you’ve got a hillbilly tiger by the tail? Or maybe the question should be: what wouldn’t you do…

Nikolai Vorislav likes his single life just as it is. Simple, relaxing and quiet. What he doesn’t need is some foul-mouthed Texan hellcat living in his house, eating his food, flirting with his idiot brothers and shooting holes in his home with his granddaddy’s gun. But those long legs, dark eyes and lethal tongue are making Nik insane and he fears he may be caught in the sexiest animal trap ever.

Angelina Santiago doesn’t know how she got from Texas to North Carolina in a night or how she ended up in some hillbilly tiger’s house wearing only a sheet. What she does know is that she doesn’t like good ol’ boys with slow, sexy drawls who can’t seem to stop rubbing up against her. Yet in order to protect her friends, Angie has to stay with a cat who seems hellbent on finding all sorts of delicious ways to make her purr.

Warning, this series contains the following: explicit sex, graphic language, and strong violence.

{4 stars}
Don't let the cover art or titles keep you from reading this series. It is hilariously funny and charming, I actually laughed out loud at the antics of the 3 best friends. Sara, Miki, and Angie are a trio to be feared and loved. They are handful for the men that fall for them (and the packs that follow them). Lots of action, in bed and out, and a perfect read for a lazy weekend. I don't know if this series will go much further, but it would be a lot of fun to read. There are so many more great shifters to get to know. Which will definitely have me reading the Pride series.....

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Keri Arthur--Darkness Devours (Dark Angels #3)

Paranormal Romance

Half-werewolf, half-Aedh Risa Jones can enter the realm between life and death, and she can see the Reapers who collect the souls of the dead. Now, she is using her gifts—and the investigative know-how of a man who broke her heart—to find a cabal searching for the power to control time, reality, and fate. And this is besides her work for the Vampire Council, half of whom want her dead.

But for now the Council needs her alive. Someone is killing blood-whore addicted vampires, and Risa must find the guilty party. If she succeeds, she may finally convince the council to lift the execution order on her life. But before she succeeds, she must first survive…

{3.5 stars}
I'm not sure what to think about this one. On one hand I love that Risa and Azriel are blending in to an amazing partnership. (I really don't like her lover Lucien) But the plot line didn't really hook me. The whole blood addicted vampire storyline was a little to much, it bogged things for me. And the battle with the Rakshasa towards the end, was just too much. It pushed the book into to long a length and if I wasn't so close to the end, I would have put it down. Thankfully I kept going because I really wanted to know what happened in the end. And in true Keri Arthur fashion, the end leaves you knowing that Risa will never catch a break. She will forever be heading off into the next battle, to become kidnapped, tortured, scarred, and rescued, either by Azriel or by her own ingenuity. It's still a series I am going to continue reading. Just didn't love this one that much.

Friday, July 27, 2012

Dana Marie Bell--Cynful (Halle Shifters #2)

Paranormal Romance-shifter

Julian DuCharme, a rare Spirit Bear with legendary healing powers, is finally free from the threat of death, finally free to claim his mate—but she’s not having it. While his Bear screams it’s time to mate, the love of his life wants to date.

Holding his Bear in check while convincing her he’s not out to control her won’t be easy. She’s stubborn and a closeted geek—in other words, perfect for him.

Cynthia “Cyn” Reyes, owner of Living Art Tattoos, thinks Julian is the hottest thing on two legs. That doesn’t mean she’s going to roll over for his masculine charm. She watched her mother flounder when her father passed away, and she’s determined to never lose herself to someone else. Not even a man who would jump the moon for her, if she asked that of him.

When the women of Living Art are targeted by a killer, Julian doesn’t think twice about pouring out his last drop of power
to keep Cyn safe. But it’s Cyn who’ll give up everything—her independence, even her humanity—to keep a terrifying vision
from coming true.

One of his death.

Warning: This novel contains explicit sex, graphic language, a tattooed heroine and the Bear who loves her. Maybe he’ll finally convince her to tattoo him with “Property of Cyn”.

{3.5 stars}
I was a little disappointed in this one. Julian, though intriguing in the first book, was not the Hot Alpha I had hoped for. Cyn was more Alpha than him. They were cute together, but not the smoking hot passion of Alex and Tabby. It still had a lot of humor, and the life and death action that keeps it from becoming boring, but it just missed the mark for me.(But the cover is certainly dream worthy)  But that being said, I am in no way giving up on this series. I'm sure they are many more Hot Alphas in my future.....we still have to get Glory and Ryan's story.

Dana Marie Bell--Bear Necessities (Halle Shifters #2)

Paranormal Romance-shifter  (adult content)

To hold onto his love, he must release his beast. Halle Shifters, Book 1 Once a Bear sets his mind on a mission, it's best to stay out of his way. Alexander "Bunny" Bunsun is that Bear. Something's not right with his cousin Chloe, and he's come to Halle, PA, to sort it out, turn his Harley around and head home to Oregon. Until an enticing scent lures him into the local tattoo shop. There she is. An inked, Southern-drawled she-Wolf with lime-green hair. His perfect mate. Tabitha Garwood's rotten day just got worse. Her Outcast status makes her a target for harassment with alarming regularity. And now, in the middle of a root touch-up, looking like a half-melted Skittle, she's met her destined mate. The only upside? She finally has a protector in the form of a huge, tattooed, shaved-head Bear who vibrates with carefully restrained power. When Chloe is left for dead and Tabby is threatened, only Alex can keep his growing family safe. Giving Tabby the loving home she needs, though, could come at a price-Alex must give up the control he's worked a lifetime to attain. Which means someone could die at the hands-and claws-of his beast. Warning: This novel contains explicit sex, graphic language, a hunky Bear named Bunny and . . . Yes. I said a Bear named Bunny. I don't know about you but I'm not brave enough to make fun of it.

{5 stars}
I just loved this book!! I fell in love with the shifters of Halle while reading the Halle Puma short stories, and the shifters series does not disappoint. And they are full length books! Funny, adorable characters, that you just can't help become attached to. We get to see all the previous couples, and meet some upcoming characters along with learning how this series is going to develop. Lets face it, a paranormal romance can't suceed without a life and death crisis to pull everyone together. Can't wait to start Cynful.

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Dana Marie Bell (Halle Pumas #3- #5)

Paranormal Romance--shifters

Cat of a Different Color #3
Hell do whatever it takes to protect his mate. Halle Pumas, Book 3 Dr. Adrian Giordano is quite happy with the way his life is going. His two best friends are happily mated, and hes still sanely single. He has friends, a thriving business, and the occasional Saturday night date. Then Sheridan Montgomery comes to town. His inner Puma responds to the husky-voiced snow princess in a way that tells him his life is about to be turned upside down. Sheri cant believe her luck could be this bad. Instinct tells her Adrian is her mate, but the last thing she wants to do is drag him into her messy life. Shes on the run from a big bad wolfan ex who wont take no for an answer. Worse, if he catches her, hes got the teeth (and the Pack ) to take what he wants. She doesnt stand a chance alone, but with her friendsand the persistent Adrianby her side, she might just survive. If her ex doesnt eat the yummy Dr. Giordano for lunch, that is] Warning: This title contains explicit sex, graphic language, a handsome, dark-eyed shifter and a couple of bites to remember..

Steel Beauty #4
Coping with a devastating injury is hard enough for Belinda--Belle--Campbell. Forced separation from her destined mate while she heals is almost more than she can endure. Until she is strong enough to take up her duties as Luna of the Poconos Wolf Pack, however, the safest place for her is Halle. Now, after months of being alone, she is more than ready to be claimed. But is the pack ready for a Puma Luna?

Rick Lowell has waited long enough to bring Belle home where she belongs. He's aware of the danger, as well--and it isn't long before a bitch with an eye on Belle's position issues a challenge. The only way to put down the threat is for Belle to defeat the usurper in combat.

There's only one problem. Thanks to the pins in her broken hip, Belle can't shift. Without that tactical advantage, it won't be a fair fight. With his new mate's life on the line, Rick is forced to make a decision that will change everything.

That is, if Belle gives him the chance to make it.

Only in My Dreams #5
Delayed gratification has its place. This wouldn't be it

Gabriel Anderson has accepted a unique position in the shifter world. He's about to become a Hunter, one of the few trained and sanctioned to hunt down the rare rogue shifter dangerous to humans and shifters alike. There's one catch: until his training is complete, he must hold off on marking his mate. No problem...after all, she probably couldn't handle the sexual demands he dreams of making on her.

Her mate's apparent desertion devastates Sarah. And his friendship with another woman threatens the bond they should be sharing and building. Maybe flirting with another man will make him sit up and take notice-and finally win Gabe's heart. It works. Almost too well. One touch of another man's hand on Sarah's tempting body brings every ounce of Gabe's possessiveness roaring to the surface. He wastes no time making his erotic dreams of dominating her a reality-whether she's ready for it or not. If she's not, the only place he'll ever have her is in his dreams...

Warning: These titles contains graphic language, explicit sex. The author is not responsible for any tall, dark and handsome men who slip into your dreams

{4.5 stars}
I read the first 2 in this series quite some time ago, and was completely charmed by them. My only complaint is that they are short reads. I read these last 2 in one afternoon. If you read them back to back its like one normal length book. And the single price for each is worth it.

The Halle Pumas, and their band of friends are a very funny bunch. They have wonderful senses of humor which really makes this series fun. Quick witted banter, and off the charts passion makes a nice way to spend the afternoon.

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Maya Banks--Sweet Addiction (Sweet #6)


He awakened a need within her…

Cole is successful beyond his dreams. He can have any woman he wants, but there’s only one he can’t stop thinking about. His childhood sweetheart, Renita. He’s never forgotten his first taste of innocent love and the desire that consumed them—or the pain he brought upon her…

But now she belongs to another…

Her long ago brush with submission awakened a longing in Ren that drove her to walk the darker edge of desire. She’s become a beautiful woman at ease with her sexuality and unapologetic about her need for a dominant man. When Cole finds her again, he’s gutted that she belongs to another. Ren’s current master agrees to give her to Cole for a short time, but then she must return to his keeping. And though Cole agrees to this bargain, he knows he will never be able to let Ren go again…

{2 stars}
Cole was an intriguing character in the first books, so I thought I would love his story. But truthfully, I was bored and skimmed the majority of the book. Nothing about this one pulled me in emotionally. It bordered on porn without plot because I couldn't get involved with the characters. After reading the epilogue, it hit me. I am only emotionally invested into the Malone and Sons group. Gray/Faith, Nathan/Julie, Micah/Angelina, and even Connor/Lyric (because the "girls" made Lyric's story fun in parts). They are what makes this series fun and entertaining, for me at least. Don't know if this is the last in the series, so I can't say for sure if I would read any future ones. But I doubt it.