Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Mistletowed by Tara Lain

I won this book in a giveaway.
Looks can be Deceiving

4 out of 5 stars

There are three couples that while they look good on paper are all messed up. The yuppie couple doesn't belong together, the woo-woo couple doesn't fulfill each other's needs and the gay man out doesn't need to be set up. This Christmas season one of the friends brings a magical mistletoe to the party to show everyone their soul mate. Although, there was a bit of magic involved, a lot of the build up showed the couples who they belonged with, even the new ones introduced to the group of friends. I will say there was cheating involved, both physical and mental, that didn't make me happy to read but it did contribute to the story. Overall, the story is a lesson in both open communication and growing with (or in this case without) your significant other.

Posted: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/801893761

Monday, December 30, 2013

Release Day Review: Dominated by Two Leopards (Alpha Legends 3) by Tara Rose

A Good Read

5 out of 5 Stars
 
This series ended with everything neatly tied up. The relationship between the main characters didn't have a lot of drama just a few plot twists to keep it interesting. This book was more about the relationship; less sex, more romantic connection. This was a nice change as normally shifter romances are all about the repeated claiming and sexual connection between mates. I'm a fan of shifter romances and this series is good reading.

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Kathryn Turns 5!

Happy birthday, sweetheart. It's been 5 years since you made me a Mommy. Love you!


Friday, December 27, 2013

First Day of Snow

This is a small glimpse into the life of Felicia and on the Island, Etlantis. If you have not yet read my first book, that's ok. You should be able to follow along without knowing all of the story. There is still yet another book that deals with Felicia's back story and sort of hints at it here. With it being that time of year (snow and ice), I choose something a little festive to share. Furthermore, I hope you enjoy and I hope I peek your interest.


Thursday, December 26, 2013

Cole in Her Stocking (Collision Force) by CA Szarek

I won this book in a giveaway.

The Mom Experience

5 out of 5 Stars

In this story, we check back in with the couple from Collision Force after she has had their baby. She's exhausted and moody and overall suffering as only a post-baby mom can; though Cole's trying to help and doing all that he can to support her. It's nice to check back in with couples and get glimpses into their lives after the HEA ending. Definitely a fun read if you have read Collision Force.

Posted: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/801863771

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

For the Love of Mutt by Doris O'Connor

I won this book in a giveaway.

Laugh out loud funny

5 out of 5 Stars

Cynical hero matched with a big hearted heroine. I love the scene where she takes him home and he covers his eyes with his paws (he's in shifted form) while she's undressing. I also think it's hilarious the way her mouth runs away with her when they get together. Mary is a great secondary character: ball busting mama wolf (well, wolf mate).
 
Would you recommend this book? It was a cute Christmas story. Definitely a good one for reading while enjoying a cup of hot cocoa.

Posted: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/771812181

Merry Christmas

Monday, December 23, 2013

Cold Day in Hell (Lost and Found Inc. 2) by Jerrie Alexander

I won this book in a giveaway.

Love the Title

5 out of 5 Stars
 
The heroine is strong, but blinded by her promise to her parents. The hero is arrogant and blinded by his focus on the mission. The hero continually underestimates her and she continually proves him wrong. It's a great contrast. I was happy when the teammate saved the dog, even though I was sad by what they had made the animal do previously. This story made me very sad a number of times. The traitor got exactly what he deserved, especially after so many people got hurt because of him. An entire village massacred.

Would you recommend this book? I'm loving this series. I went back to get book one before reading them, but they can be read as standalones.

Posted: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/771814639

Friday, December 20, 2013

Release Day Review: Peanut Butter and Jelly for Two (Paranormal Dentistry for the Fanged and Friendly) by Jackie Nacht

Shifters Need Dentists, Too!

5 out of 5 Stars

I thought it was hilarious that this series debunked many of the acceptable myths about shifters. I would love to hear more about crossover traits, both physical and social (hoarding). I find it cute that neither of them can cook, although the reason they can't is very acceptable. I do like the idea of an all shifter town, so they can be themselves. I'm definitely looking forward to more in this series.

Thursday, December 19, 2013

The Tarnished Jewel of Jazaar (Beasts of the Desert) by Susanna Carr

I won this book from a Goodreads contest.

Compromise is Essential!

3 out of 5 Stars

This story is full of angst. The hero is torn between his tradition country and the international community. The heroine is trapped and abused by her family. The hero's brother just makes everything worse. The heroine being offered to the hero as an insult is just the tip of the iceberg for insults she has to deal with. The heroine is a great help to show the international community that their country isn't too mired in tradition and inflexible. Despite the ways that she helps him accomplish his goals, the hero reverts to being an idiot when his brother arrives and tries to cause problems. I'm glad that after she got out of that bad situation, he was able to come to his senses and support his better half.

Posted: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/754491490

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Collision Force (Crossing Forces 1) by C.A. Szarek

I won this book in a giveaway.

Heartwarming Story

5 out of 5 Stars

The bad guys got what they deserved and I'm glad that the girl they kidnapped was able to recover from being traumatized. The heroine's and hero's jobs make the story complicated and hard to maintain a relationship, but in the end they were able to become a blended family.

Posted: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/801851874

Monday, December 16, 2013

Under the Alpha's Protection by Doris O'Connor

Vampires, Werewolves, Hybrids, oh my!

4 out of 5 Stars
 
The heroine was a hard headed, stubborn girl. I find it interesting that the traits which frustrate her mate are the same ones that help save her. I found it a little hard to believe that he didn't have some kind of guard on her to protect her. The villain was a big surprise and I thought it was fitting that the heroine was the one to save them all. The news of the baby and how it helped save her was cool. I'm happy they figured it out and got their HEA. I just think that she let Raoul off pretty lightly after all the information he kept from her.

Would you recommend this book? Yes, it was a great read.

Friday, December 13, 2013

Early Release Day Review: Pack Council (Were Chronicles 9) by Crissy Smith

Interracial Relations

5 out of 5 Stars

I'm glad the shifters are finally sharing information as a community against their common enemy. I love the names of groups of animals (A group of bears are called sloths - priceless). This story definitely moved the plot along. The hero and heroine are a cute couple. Their best friends are mated to each other and set the couple up. I love the quips from their friends.
 

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Release Day Review: True (New Species) by Laurann Dohner

Unexpected

5 out of 5 Stars

I'm sad to hear about the mating issues between the human males and female species. I'm hoping it works out. I'm also sad for Darkness and can't wait for his book to come out. The issues in Fuller are just a mess. I'm frustrated that the Species are still having issues with the (former) director and people are still not letting them self-govern. The task force needs to chill out and respect Species right to autonomy.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

A Werewolf Queen

A werewolf queen comes but once every thousand years. This human woman you are hiding is her. Packs are always stronger led by a queen. Others will try to kill her when they find out. Others will try to steal her and force her to mate. The stronger rules those who are weaker. She is the most powerful, not be cause she is strong, but because any can breed her. Usually when she is born, she becomes mated to the king. The king then allows the unmated alphas to visit and sire their heirs with the queen.

The alpha growled at the king " no way are you taking her," he narrows his eyes, "especially s a breeder". The alpha's eyes flash yellow, "you speak as if she should be your whore, not a mate."

"She is not my mate, yet. I simply state what has been done in the past. It has helped to keep the bloodlines, strong and pure."

"If that is the way you think, I will not allow you to take her. You deny her proper matehood, therefore, she will never be yours."

"And when she needs more than what you can give her," questions the king.

"I will meet with the other alphas wearing her scent. Their reactions will determine friend or foe. Those who are accepted by her will become allies. None, but ourselves know what she is."

"She has chosen those who are not alpha," the king points at the beta and pack doctor.

"After the alphas return to their territories, we will visit and watch for other candidates."

"You would be okay with sharing her with so many," the king queried. "Who would be her mate?"

"I did not say it would be easy," snarled the alpha, "all decisions are in her hands."

Monday, December 9, 2013

Release Day Review: Mate of Her Heart (Wilde Creek 1) by RE Butler

Interesting Twist

5 out of 5 Stars

You don't normally hear about human male, shifter female pairings. There were parts that were difficult, such as the brother's obtuseness and the consequences that spawned but overall, a great book. I can't wait for the sequel. I really love happy endings, especially those that beat the odds.

Friday, December 6, 2013

Release Day Review: Kevin's Alpha (A Wizard's Touch 2) by Amber Kell

Hilarious

5 out of 5 Stars

I wanted to rip the headmaster's arrogant, power-hungry head off. The council needs to get off their butts and fix that or Jay is going to end up doing it for them. I love that the gnomes revolted and that's what brings down the council members. Poor Lisa and Dean. Edward was a pain in the neck and I'm glad he got the crap scared out of him by Thomas after he kept spouting off at the mouth about Jay. Kevin's dad needs a swift kick somewhere uncomfortable too. While Kevin might not be the strongest wizard out there, his abilities match perfectly with James's needs as an alpha mate. His loyalty, compassion and healing nature is a perfect balance for his alpha's aggression and protectiveness. I love James view of his mates abilities: "Healers...didn't have killer avatars that might eat him at any moment". Hilarious. I also think Jay's inventions are the best, I would love to have some of those. *snickers* 
 
Would you recommend this book? Absolutely. I love Amber Kell's books. She is one of my favorite authors, especially her shifter books. I would suggest first reading Jaynell's Wolf to understand some of the situations in Kevin's Alpha.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Immortal Flames Promotion

Awakening from slumber, Noelle stretches, leaving her comfortable bed. Summoning her retainer, Ninnian, she checks on her items selling at the Ul’dah Markets. After ascertaining her inventory is indeed selling, she dismisses Ninnian, with praise, back to the markets to continue her work.

Leaving her room, she heads down to the Steps of Nald. Waving to Momodi, Quicksand Proprietress, on her way out, she sets out to meet Garion Strife, a Hyur male guild mate. She reaches out, touching the aethernet shard, and blinks out. Feeling herself pulled through the aether, she reappears at the Ul’dah Aetheryte Plaza. Looking around, she does not see him. Now where did you run off to, she wonders. Contacting him through their link shell, “Garion, where are you?” Rather than answer her, she sees a group invite pop up. Accepting, she sees he is once again at the Sapphire Avenue Exchange, in the Steps of Thal. Heading over, she watches him craft. “Are you going to spend all day at your anvil?” 

Ignoring her as he continues to craft, she starts to get bored. Thinking about what to do, she sets off to check in with the Immortal Flames, looking to see if there is any way she can help. Accepting the list of needed provisions, she heads back to the Sapphire Avenue Exchange to start crafting. First up, food. Gathering the materials from her retainers, she grabs her pan and knife and starts to cook. A little taste here, a little season there...and complete! Next, some gear. Stitch some clothes together for the casters. Hammer out some heavy armor for the tanks. Lastly, some weapons to arm the damage dealers. Wands and lances made of wood from the local trees. Back at the Personnel Officer, Noelle hands over the items.

"By the power vested in me, I hereby appoint to you the rank of Flame Private First Class. May you fight to the last for coin and country!"

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Release Day Review: Super Nova (Hot Rods) by Jayne Rylon

Perfect addition

5 out of 5 stars

I love the heroine's spunk and bravery as well as her perceptiveness. I spent most of the book  wanting to hug the hero and smack Cobra upside his head for his obtuseness. *smh* I love the way the heroine revised his nickname into something more positive. There was a nice lead-in to the next book. I can't wait for the next book, one of my favorite series.

Posted: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/771806605

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Release Day Review: Christmas Goose (Shifting Crossroads) by Zenina Masters

The Story of the Golden Goose

5 out of 5 Stars

I've always felt bad for the Golden Goose, her family needs the crap smacked out of them. It's nice that she was able to find a mate who loved her for her and was willing to take in and love her niece too. The present for her new family was impressive. It was nice to see the people in Crossroads and peek into their lives again, nice continuity. I can't wait for more pairings, I'm hoping to one day see Teebie's story.