Friday, February 28, 2014

Yuletide Passion by Trinity Blacio

Wolves, and Vampires and Cults, oh my!

4 out of 5 Stars

What did you like?
I was glad that her mom was found and they were reunited, if only for a short while. It made sense after we find out what her dad is, why she's mated to the four strongest wolves around. The gifts she gave them for their mating ceremony were beautiful and sentimental. It was the perfect touch that she got pregnant during their mating night.

What did you not like?
There were a few spelling and grammar mistakes, but they didn't detract enough to mess up the story. The cult her father had and what they did were depressing.

Would you recommend this book?
While parts of the book were sad and there were a few mistakes, overall I really enjoyed the book. It was a good read and I would like to hear more about the mother's mating in the future.


Wednesday, February 26, 2014

The Virgin Witch and the Vampire King by Trinity Blacio

Quick Intro

5 out of 5 Stars

This book is a short story that introduces us to most of the main characters and the prophecy which shapes their world. We meet the main couple, Beth and Edward during a traumatic event; where Beth believes her best friend, Nora, has been murdered and she is enraged enough to face off against those responsible. While Edward takes her away from the scene to heal, her father chimes in with a warning. They mate and start the prophecy.

Definitely, expect more of the story to follow. This was a free read, more to get one interested in the world than a full story. The full story can be found in The Virgin Witch and the Vampire King: Book One: Wedding Bells Times Four.


Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Walk on the Striped Side Release Day Blitz + Giveaway
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Title: Walk On The Striped Side
Series: Big Bad Bite #2
Author: Jessie Lane
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Expected publication: February 25th 2014 by Jessie Lane

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Does he have his claws in her good? Or is she just yanking his tail? Elena Demo's life has been turned upside down. Her mother passed away, leaving Elena and her two half-sisters to deal with her mother's will and the crazy stipulations it contains. For the three sisters to inherit the substantial amount of money left behind, they have to go work with two aunts they've never met, in the family business they've known nothing about, Amazons Inc. If that isn't bad enough, she runs into the man who once broke her heart, and it's only their first day on the job.

Gage Ivanov is a stupid beast. He let the woman who should be his mate go because she couldn't be told of his Other identity. Now, Elena's back, but she refuses to give in to his demands for her to be his mate. The timing for all of this couldn't be worse, either, because Gage and his circle of friends are trying to subdue a rogue pack of wolf shifters in Germany who threaten to out the Others to the world of humans. Will he be able to juggle the oncoming conflict and win back his mate? Claws, love bites and handcuffs - OH MY!

Gage Ivanov was in no mood to be fucked with by the woman looking blankly back at him from the other side of the desk that separated them. One would think he’d be in a better mood. He’d finally caught up on some desperately needed sleep after being awake forty-eight hours for a mission. This was not the case. If anything, he felt as if he was approximately three point two seconds from flipping his shit, which would involve tearing the door off the Fort Bragg Military Police’s inner sanctum, stalking past the annoying female with a tantalizing scent that was starting to drive him insane and then collecting his Heckler & Koch MK 23 his damn self from the evidence room. Screw the harpy for saying he couldn’t have his issued side arm back.

Taking a deep breath to try to battle his building anger, he blew it out slowly and decided to give the feeble human another chance before he did something drastic, like pin her to a wall and kiss the ever living shit out of her.


Gage rubbed his forehead and wondered where the hell that crazy thought had come from. That idea was flat out ridiculous. He must be loopy still from lack of sleep. He’d probably meant that he’d pin her to the wall and scare the shit out of her, not kiss her. Yeah, that sounded better.


About the Authors:
Crystal and Melissa often live half their lives with their heads in the clouds dreaming of alpha military hunks, werewolves and kick ass heroines crazy enough to chase after creatures that they unquestionably should know better than to chase.
Their first YA novel, The Burning Star, was released in May 2012. Big Bad Bite is their second novel, but their first adult paranormal romance. They are now working on their next two novels, Walk On The Striped Side and Secret Maneuvers. With these projects underway, they are looking forward to showing the rest of the world their crazy stories, heroes and heroines that often plague their minds until written, and hope you will join them on their journey!

Giveaway Info:
1 Signed Paperback of Big Bad Bite by Jessie Lane
1 Signed Paperback of Walk on The Striped Side by Jessie Lane
1 Walk on the Striped Side Swag Pack (bookmark, keychain, magnet & small notebook)
1 Signed Paperback of Up From The Grave by Jeaniene Frost
1 Signed Paperback of Wulfe by Pamela Palmer
$25 Gift Card to Amazon OR Barnes & Noble

Saturday, February 22, 2014

ARC Review: Laid Bear 2 (The Kodiak Clan) by Marina Maddix

I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Go Mama Bear

5 out of 5 Stars

What did I like?
I love when the MC are an unlikely couple. Human males and Shifter females in a relationship tend to upset the apple cart in most shifter societies. A big no-no, which is something I don't get when there are so many Shifter Male/Human Female pairings. In this story we learn a little more about bear culture and open up the possibility of figuring out some of the questions left over from Laid Bear. Despite the way he was leading his life, it was sad to see Yoren die, and I hope they catch that murdering, crazy scientist. I'm glad that Chet got to see a HEA bear-human birthing. Such a tragedy what happened to him and his mate. I'm also glad that Charlotte got her head out of her behind and made up with Bethany. The dead mate's voice in her head made my heart sigh. It's difficult to move on when you've lost someone you love and to have that kind of encouragement is uplifting and comforting.

What I didn't like?
Really couldn't think of a thing.

Would I recommend this book?
Absolutely, if you have read Laid Bear, this is a must buy. I would encourage you to read Laid Bear before you read Laid Bear 2, though the main couple is different there are a lot of return characters and events are continuing from the previous book.


Friday, February 21, 2014

Difficult Choices (Montana Cowboys 4) by Sandy Sullivan

I won this book in a giveaway.

Small Town Love Triangle

5 out of 5 Stars

What would you do if your first love, the one who broke your heart, came back? This is Delaney's dilemma. She has finally moved on, or so she believes, when Jack comes back to town while her boyfriend Colby is off at the rodeo. The path to love isn't easy. They fight over her like dogs over a bones, flinging insults and innuendo. While the words fly, we make a startling discovery; one that paves the way to this trio's HEA.

The characters' fears and emotions were realistic and expected as there is a lot of history between the main characters. The book was well paced and a nice length. Although, this book is part of a series, I read it as a standalone with no difficulties. Looking forward to reading more in the series and getting to know other town members.


Wednesday, February 19, 2014

ARC Review: First Moon by Michelle Fox

I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Beauty from Tragedy

4 out of 5 Stars

What did I like?
There are some interesting characters and the story line was reasonable. The timeline for Tao and Audrey's relationship was short but intense. Although, I didn't like some of the way the story played out, it is understandable why it did and those events helped to move the story along as well as set the stage for the rest of the series.

What did I not like?
Despite the fact that Tao's "special power" is strength, he is really weak. He let his emotions over rule his judgement, even though he was a pack enforcer. His weakness allowed many to suffer and brought events to a aggressive head - his alpha shouldn't have had to come deal with the issue. Also when he knew he couldn't kill his brother, he should have allowed the alpha to call his brothers in as reinforcements or called them himself.

Would I recommend this book?
I think that this was a good set up for a series. I can't wait to read more about his brothers and the new pack. It is a little more human (with the prejudice about purity of blood) than many werewolf stories.


Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Trained for Seduction (Spy Games 1) by Mia Downing

I won this book in a giveaway.

Resourceful Heroine

5 out of 5 Stars

I love the heroine and her ability to stay one step ahead of the hero, even in her reduced circumstances. I also like that she has rules in place for their ménage to try to keep everyone in the right mindset. The love triangle is going to complicate things later. Everyone is too close and the situation just screams "drama". I was a little sad that the heroine was forced to go to such lengths to find out about her past, when the hero could have told her. There was a lot of trauma in the past that was causing issue in the present relationship. Also the General needs to have his behind kicked. Overall, great start to a series and I have the next books on my TBR list.


Saturday, February 15, 2014

Wedding Announcement: Congratulations, Melody & Michael

Michael and Melody (Mattingly) Kimball were married February 15, 2014, at Victoria's Family Chapel, Las Vegas. Melody's sisters Marie Mattingly-Woods, Angie Sims, and Katerina Witt, were bridesmaids, and her best friend Junalyn Albano was Melody's maid of honor. Michael was attended by Melody's brothers, Luckie Mattingly and Roberto Witt, and his brother, Donavon Zengler was his best man.
The couple honeymooned in Las Vegas before returning to Oxnard, where they plan to reside.

Friday, February 14, 2014

ARC Review: Revenge (Revenge 1) by JJ Knight

I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Intern to Eye Candy in 3 Days

5 out of 5 Stars

We're introduced to the main couple, Jess and Dylan. Jess is a naïve farm girl trying to break into the music industry in LA as an intern. The day before she starts her new job, she is mugged while watching a guy, Dylan, play guitar. Unfortunately, this seemingly random mugging is in fact a setup by Dylan as part of his way to break into the music industry via YouTube. We leave off with Jess out to win Dylan's trust for her job while questions of his murky past swirl in her consciousness.

Recommend to a friend?
I personally dislike cliffhangers, just because I'm impatient, I want a HEA before I finish the last page of a story. However, if cliffhangers or reading a story in parts isn't an issue of yours, this is a good intro, part 1 of 5. It gives enough to set up the relationship and ends with keeping the reader guessing. I'm interested in where this is leading.


Thursday, February 13, 2014

NBC Flash Fiction Jan. 2014

Written Prompt (Phyllis Williams - FB): I love roses especially on a lady. I love the way they smell. He bends over and slowly breathes in her scent. He whispers in her ear...You are intoxicating. The plans I have for you...
Write a short story (200 to 400 words) based on the picture.

He brushed the petals down her torso, watching her face as she absorbed the soft, gentle caress. "I've finally got you covered in rose petals. Isn't that what you wanted, my dear?" She shivered at the anger in his voice, so at odds with his gentle stroking. She felt the bed dip as he brushed his mouth to her ear, "You want to be mine, don't you, pet?" Confusion swamped her. She didn't understand why he sounded so angry. He asked her if she trusted him. She did, physically, but she was staring to have doubts about the safety of her heart. Tears slipped free, dampening the blindfold. She waited so long and she loved him so much, why was he tormenting her like this. Seeing the anguish on her face and the rapidly dampening cloth, his expression softened. "Oh, darling girl" he crooned as he gathered her in his arms. massaging away the marks the restraints had left on her wrists. "What am I going to do with you, foolish girl." [word count 172]

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Game Misconduct (Dartmouth Cobras 1) by Bianca Sommerland

I won this book in a giveaway.

5 out of 5 Stars

It's Complicated...

This book is a good start to a new series. There are a lot of people being introduced, including a lot of villains. I felt bad for the guy paid to throw the game, since he was only doing it to pay for his daughter's specialist. I was sad that the other daughter got the team. That was a crappy move on her father's part, even if it does set up the next book. There were so many relationships and connections that it was easy to be confused on who was in the relationship. There was a good balance to the ménage though and I like who she ends up with, hoping the other guys get their HEA too. This was a great read, while complicated it definitely captured my attention.


Saturday, February 8, 2014

ARC Review: Bear King's Curves by A.T. Mitchell

I was given this book in exchange for an honest review.

Different Take on Bear Shifters

3 out of 5 Stars

What do you like?
I liked that the heroine was a strong character and that there was a HEA with a baby on the way.

What do you not like?
Both the heroine and the hero were too easily manipulated, even at the end. He should have taken the scrolls to his mate rather than burn them. It would have been nice to have been able to find out if there was a way in the old laws to make the H/H more compatible. Also the heroine rec'd nothing but scorn for being a human and stealing but much wasn't said to condemn the bears who massacred the humans.

Recommend to a friend?
It was a good read with interesting concepts. I like reading about bear shifters and it was an interesting take on how leaders are picked to lead, different than what I've read before.


Friday, February 7, 2014

ARC Review: Howl For Me (The Alpha's Kiss 3) by Lynn Red

I was given an ARC in return for an honest review.

A Fitting End

4 out of 5 Stars

I bought Change for Me a while ago, but had yet to read it. I was given an ARC of Howl for Me (Book 3) and it seemed, now it was time. I read both Change for Me and then Shift into Me this morning. Finally, this afternoon it was time to read the end. In Howl for Me, we learn a lot about the past: who the boys' parents were, why they were separated and given to the different clans, even why Lily is able to do things "normal" humans can't.

What I liked:
Though this is the end, there is hope for the future. Cat finally gets her man (Hunter as expected from Shift into Me). I was glad that Devin was able to "redeem" himself, although I felt he got the short end of the stick. Even though it was expected, it was still hard to say goodbye to Poko. Despite the fact that Damon can talk to spirits, it's just not the same as being there, especially in light of their newly revealed relationship.

What I didn't like:
Although, there really wasn't any other choice but to end it that way, I felt bad that Devin died. Perhaps he will have a better life with his real parents in the spirit world. I also felt that the battle was a little anti-climactic. There was a big build-up and yet such a little thing defeated the "wolf god".

Would I recommend this book?
Each book picks up where the previous one left off so I would suggest that you read the first two books to learn why everyone feels the way they do and fill in some background on why things unfolded the way they do. Each book fulfilled its purpose within that book so there wasn't really any cliffhangers. It was definitely an enjoyable read and if you have read the previous books, this is a must buy.


Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Sam's Review by Jan Irving

I won this book in a giveaway.

5 out of 5 Stars

Animosity turned Attraction

There was a fair amount of intensity between the main characters. The owner of the building was a jerk, coming onto the architect, even though he was with Sam. The villain was a surprise and I'm glad that they came up with a plan to rejuvenate the neighborhood.


Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Unexpected Find (Royal Pride 1) by Nancy Corrigan

I won this book in a giveaway.

Interesting Take on Shifter Biology

4 out of 5 Stars

I'm surprised that it took them so long to find the bad guy, especially after all the bad things he had done. I felt bad for the boy's biological mom and hope they can recover the nieces later on in the series. I think Meagan should get to stay with Josh. I'm definitely looking forward to more in this series and learning more about this world.