Monday, January 26, 2015

ARC Review: Perfect Chaos (Unyielding 1) by Nashoda Rose

Received a copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

5 Stars

Like: The heroine, Georgie, is a badass. This seemed like a really important pivot book between the guys of Tear Asunder and Unyielding Riot. Hoping Tristan gets his HEA too.

Recommendation: Good start to a new series. Can't wait for book 2 & 3. 


Friday, January 23, 2015

Spotlight: Sweeter than Honey by Mina Carter and J. William Mitchell






Blurb:
The Revenants. One of the best mercenary teams in the business and an asset Tessa Honeywell can't afford to lose. The fact that their leader, Jensen Haye, is possibly the hottest guy this side of the Keltairan expanse is something Tessa tries very hard not to let affect her plans. Very hard. Well, not that hard. But in her defence, the guy is sex on legs. Just one...err, two problems. He's not human and he's pissed at her after her Intel sent a mission bad...So why do his growls turn her on like nothing else?

Jensen Haye thinks Tessa is the hottest thing alive. A femme fatale. She's mysterious, alluring and ...human, so she's way too delicate for a brute like him, and that's before factoring in the beastly side of his nature. But anger loosens the bonds he holds on his inhuman side and when she offers...he takes.

Two operatives, one abandoned warehouse in the backend of beyond... an afternoon neither will ever forget.


Author Bio Mina Carter:
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Mina was born and raised in the East Farthing of Middle Earth (otherwise known as the Midlands, England) and spend her childhood learning all the sorts of things generally required of a professional adventurer. Able to ride, box, shoot, make and read maps, make chainmail and use a broadsword (with varying degrees of efficiency) she was disgusted to find that adventuring is not considered a suitable occupation these days.

So, instead of slaying dragons and hunting vampires and the like, Mina spends her days writing about hot shifters, government conspiracies and vampire lords with more than their fair share of RAWR. Turns out wanna-be adventurers have quite the turn of imagination after all...

(But she keeps that sword sharp, just in case the writing career is just a dream and she really *is* an adventurer.)

The boring part: A full time author and cover artist, Mina can usually be found hunched over a keyboard or graphics tablet, frantically trying to get the images and words in her head out and onto the screen before they drive her mad. She's addicted to coffee and would like to be addicted to chocolate, but unfortunately chocolate dislikes her.

Author links:
http://www.mina-carter.com
Twitter - @minacarter
Facebook - http://www.facebook.com/minacarterauthor



Author Bio J. William MItchell
A resident of a tropical paradise in the South Pacific, Will spent his formative years surrounded by sun, sand and the sea. However, as he grew older, the sand and sea got left behind in the coast, leaving him with way too much sun and an extra helping of smog that left him a little crispy.

First hooked on writing since he was nine, his first machine had been an old clunky typewriter, but he quickly graduated to a computer when the metal antique reminded him way too much of his typing instructor…and the sound her wooden ruler made smacking him on the hands.

When he’s not working as a business consultant, Will spends his time arguing politics with his pet rock, but when the inspiration strikes, he leaps to his keyboard with the dexterity of a leopard…or an amped up gerbil, depending if he’s had way too much coffee again. Of course, as a diehard fanatic of the good stuff, he would never say there’s such a thing as “too much coffee.”

Author Link:
http://jwmitchell.blogspot.com/

Thursday, January 22, 2015

ARC Review: Just in Time, Valentine by Natalie-Nicole Bates

Received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

3 Stars

Like: I liked Bronwyn's comeuppance.

Dislike: Romance felt shallow. Little prosy for me. Heroine was judgemental.

Recommendation: I expected something different based on the blurb.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Spotlight & ARC Review: Strathstow Sharks by Mina Carter



Celebrate New Covers for the Strathstow Sharks series by Mina Carter!

Sharks by name, brutal by nature, these rugby warriors take no prisoners...on the pitch or in the bedroom. The Strathstow Sharks series has gotten a new look. Fans of Jaci Burton’s Play by Play series and Kate Angell’s Richmond Rogue series will love this sexy, erotic Rugby romance series by USA Today Bestselling Author Mina Carter!


To celebrate these smokin hot new covers, Mina Carter is offering a special giveaway of a Matt Hampson foundation Calendar. The calendar features the players Owen Williams, Tom Croft, Graham Kitchener, Adam Thompstone, Anthony Allen, Logovi'i Mulipola, Julian Salvi, Tom Youngs, Ben Youngs, Richard Cockerill, Blaine Scully, Louis Deacon & Matthew Tait, all photographed by current UK Fujifilm Photographer of the Year, Brendan Hall of Colour White Photography in Market Harborough.

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Let’s talk about Hookers…

Yeah, yeah…I know where your mind just went but no, today we’re talking about the position of Hooker in a rugby team. The hero of the first in my Strathstow Sharks series, Tom Sexton, is the hooker for the team and like most of us, he has a few insecurities about his appearance (Hookers tend to be a fairly distinct body-type, they tend to be smaller in height, very powerfully built and a with a strong neck/shoulders. Plus they’re very often at the bottom of every bit of trouble there is on the pitch).
So, let’s talk about what a hooker does. They’re a specialist front row position who play a vital role in scrums and lineouts. In a scrum (when half of each team get together and basically shove into each other. The players pack together, heads down and try and win possession of the ball when it’s put into the middle. See b/w image below for an idea.) the hooker is right there at the front, between the two props. His job is to gain possession of the ball with his feet, to ‘hook’ it back through the scrum to emerge at the back.
For the rest of the game, the hookers throw-in in lineouts and carry the ball toward the opposing goal-line, often under relentless and fierce tackling from the other team, to make ground and tire out the opposition (as in wear the other guys out by continually getting up to run again).
Pop over to Amazon for FREE preview of HITTING ON THE HOOKER and be sure to follow the next stop on the tour for an in-depth look at the SWEET TALKING THE SCRUM-HALF. 



Hitting on the Hooker
Purchase: Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Synopsis: One sexy rugby player. One chance encounter. One explosive night neither will ever forget.

Fern Morgan is done with men. For tonight anyway. Stood up and annoyed, she doesn’t fancy hanging around when the bar is crashed by local rugby team, the Strathstow Sharks. But her escape plans are halted by a cute blond player with a killer smile and a muscled body to die for…

Tom Sexton is the team’s Mr.Sensible. The guy who keeps an eye out for the rest and makes sure everyone gets home at the end of the night. But one look at the curvy little brunette trying to make a break for it and all his predatory instincts go into overdrive. Tom’s done being Mr.Sensible…

The problem is, once he has her in his bed, will he ever want to let her go?

My Review: 
Received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review
5 out of 5 Stars
I love the team description: "herding ferrets - ones with ADHD and Tourette's"
The hero is such a softhearted gentleman
Recommendation: Sweet, short read
Posted: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/891582196



Seduced by the Scrum-Half
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Synopsis: Mistaken identity, toe-curling kisses and a passion that sets them both on fire... Fetching her neighbours mail has never been so exciting.

Run off her feet after a few days working away, the last thing Daisy needs is to find the house next to hers sold. Quite apart from the fact she had new neighbours to contend with, she'd forgotten to pick up the mail for the previous resident. What's a girl to do in circumstances like that but hope her key still worked and she could pick up the mail while the house was still empty...

Will Peters can't believe someone is trying to break into his new house, less than five hours after he moved in. Tackling the intruder he finds himself with an armful of curvy, sexy woman who sets his body on fire. Stealing a kiss is just the first of his mistakes...

My Review:
Received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review
5 out of 5 Stars
Adorable yet wicked hero. 
Recommendation:  Hot, short read
Posted: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/891581047



Playing with the Prop
Purchase: Amazon
Synopsis: Never mix business with pleasure...

A physical therapist for successful Rugby team, the Strathstow Sharks, Ashley's golden rule is never to mix business and pleasure. She loves her job and the guys she looks after, and doesn't want to jeopardise her place with the team. As nicely put together as her charges are, she's never found herself remotely tempted.
Until now.

Harry James, the team's newest prop gives her butterflies in her stomach every time she has to treat him, and her fantasies involving his hard, muscled body and sinful lips keep her hot and bothered at night. Luckily, he shows no sign of having noticed her attraction, and hasn't shown any interest in her...
She's been his from the moment he saw her...

Harry James marked the pretty little physio the first day they met. For the last year he's been biding his time, and trying to get her attention. So much so, it's gained him a few nicknames in the squad. Not that anyone would dare tell her.

When the Sharks win big on Harry's birthday, can he stop at claiming a birthday kiss, or will he want everything she has to give?

My Review:
Received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review
5 out of 5 Stars
The hero seems lighthearted but is a dirty talking tease. He's the perfect mix of alpha and sweetheart. It's really hard to remember that these guys are young and in their prime. Sometimes they do something immature and it makes you step back and think. 
Recommendation: A perfect mix of white knight and brutal bad boy.
Posted: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1162912812



About Mina Carter

Mina was born and raised in the East Farthing of Middle Earth (otherwise known as the Midlands, England) and spent her childhood learning all the sorts of things generally required of a professional adventurer. Able to ride, box, shoot, make and read maps, make chainmail and use a broadsword (with varying degrees of efficiency) she was disgusted to find that adventuring is not considered a suitable occupation these days.

So, instead of slaying dragons and hunting vampires and the like, Mina spends her days writing about hot shifters, government conspiracies and vampire lords with more than their fair share of RAWR. Turns out wanna-be adventurers have quite the turn of imagination after all…

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Thursday, January 15, 2015

Rise of the Royal Elven by Jessica Anderson

Received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
3 out of 5 Stars 

What did I like? 
It went through five generations of marriages. 

What did I not like? 
I felt there was too much narration and not enough action. It felt like a cliffhanger ending. 

Recommendation: I would have liked it better as individual books. Still a good read.

Spotlight & ARC Review: Call Sign Karma by Jamie Rae




Blurb:
Love in the no-fly zone…

Distraught over the loss of her brother in a fighter jet accident, Tinklee Pinkerton decides to follow in his footsteps and prove the tragedy wasn’t his fault. But when she’s chosen as the first woman to fly the Air Force’s F-35, her plan for a life that revolves around work is thrown off course by a handsome, mysterious stranger…

Thanks to Locke’s seductive British accent, sweet nature, and one too many beers, Tink is soon inspired to throw caution to the wind and herself into his arms. She thinks maybe love can heal after all—until she discovers Locke is her superior officer. Tink has no problem risking her life in the air, but with everything on the line, is she brave enough to risk her heart on the ground?


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AUTHOR INFORMATION: 
JAMIE RAE is a New Adult and Young Adult author. She writes with one goal in mind--create stories with a positive message that will stay with the reader long after they've finished reading.

Jamie is an avid reader and loves discovering stories with a great hook, though she will not eat, sleep, or speak until she reaches the end. The Harry Potter years weren't pretty!! Convinced that her Hogwarts letter was lost in the mail, she keeps a watchful eye for owls hoping her children will have better luck!

In her other life, Jamie Rae is an orthodontist, and literary agent. She keeps her heart overflowing with love as a mother of three and has perfected the art of nomadic living as a military spouse and Air Force veteran. Jamie has a passion for critters of all shapes and sizes and you can often find her sneaking them into her own home or volunteering for rescues.

Website: https://www.jamieraewrites.com/
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My Review:

Received a copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

5 out of 5 Stars

This was an emotional read, so many ups and downs. I was torn between laughing and crying. I love that she finds a way to work through her demons. Losing someone is painful and each of us cope our different ways. Slowly but surely she was lead through the knowledge she needed in order to come to grips with the trauma. There were many funny parts, such as how goofy the pilots are and the immunization shots. I love what they named her. The drama about their involvement and differing stations impacted the story but it was mostly about her and her journey towards acceptance and moving past her grief. I love her relationship with Ash. It was a bit hard to figure out in the beginning, would Ash take her from Duke or what did he have to teach her? I'm hoping for Lyric to get a book too.

Recommendation: A Must Read! If you love military romance or even just emotional reads, definitely pick this one up.

Poasted: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1124305610

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

ARC Review: Alphas Prefer Curves: A Curvy Girl Romance BBW Anthology (Volume One) by Michelle Fox, Erika Masten, Milly Taiden, Harper Ashe, Aubrey Rose, Catherine Vale, Marian Tee, Danielle Duncan, Eliza Gayle, Jordan Bell, Liliana Rhodes, Malia Mallory, Olivia Rigal, Alexx Andria

Received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

5 out of 5 Stars

Dangerous Protector by Milly Taiden
4 out of 5 Stars

  • so many twists and turns
  • hope the sheriff gets thrown in prison
  • such a sad and twisted personal history
  • if the husband left because of the half-sister what was she doing in town with the half-brother?

A Prowl on the Wild Side by Erika Masten
4 out of 5 Stars

  • score one for the sexy, confident heroine
  • interested in more from this series
  • the shifter restrictions and story line are intriguing
  • sad they might not get a full HEA

Bear Biker Love by Harper Ashe
4 out of 5 Stars

  • feisty heroine, sweet hero
  • sad his clan was annihilated
  • glad the Hunters came under scrutiny
  • hoping for a sequel about their lives in Colorado

Bear the Heat by Catherine Vale
4 out of 5 Stars

  • like the group/clan
  • can't wait for Damien and his rogues to be brought to justice
  • I would feel a little more bad for Damien if he hadn't abused his people
  • the father was evil and deserved his fate, glad her mom is moving on

Heartbitten by Aubrey Rose
4 out of 5 Stars

  • poor Robb
  • like the description: "dark curiosity"
  • wonder if she's related to Eliza?
  • glad he found love and hope they find a cure
  • eventually, I expect her to turn

Distracting the Billionaire's Son by Jordan Bell
5 out of 5 Stars

  • feel bad for Jonah
  • Silvers' are trying so hard to make the celebration nice for her
  • Jonah's dad needs to quit trying to control everyone

The Billionaire's Curvy Guide by Danielle Duncan
4 out of 5 Stars

  • The hero is full of himself
  • good for the heroine, sticking up for herself
  • hero's persistence pays off but he's ruthless when it comes to getting his way
  • he's trying to be a good guy and nice but doesn't quite hit the mark, comes off as a clueless jerk

Soldier by Liliana Rhodes
5 out of 5 Stars

  • glad someone was looking out for Gia
  • love the hero's attitude, protective and soft towards her
  • good thing Gia is open-minded

Something True by Malia Mallory
5 out of 5 Stars

  • strong, compassionate heroine
  • bad boy hero changes his ways although he's really a sweetheart under the bad boy persona
  • he needs to stop running from his past
  • able to keep up with her daily life while still incorporating romantic gestures

Heart Racer by Marian Tee
5 out of 5 Stars

  • Greek playboy meets his match in a spitfire/shrew
  • Love Elvira's snark
  • heroine has some amazing inner strength
  • he really messed up with this deception
  • winning her back isn't going to be easy or pretty
  • glad Sab got his second chance
  • emotional read

Jade by Olivia Rigal
5 out of 5 Stars

  • interesting first meeting
  • love that her brains and lack of social skills don't intimidate him
  • feel bad for them when they have their miscommunication
  • wonder at the age gap between Oliver and Jade
  • so many issues to resolve, glad most of them are settled
  • looking forward to more, hopefully stories about his mom and daughter

Kings of Asphalt by Alexx Andria
4 out of 5 Stars

  • bad boys with hearts of gold
  • stubborn heroine
  • not really sympathetic to the villain, prison is not for the weak and you knew it was a possibility when you were part of an illegal operation

Kane by Eliza Gayle
4 out of 5 Stars

  • definitely read Lucas first
  • Malcolm is going to be a problem
  • She should be able to get vengeance against the council member who had her mom murdered
  • overall story line is unresolved

Recommendation: Fun reads, some I've read before and some new ones for me.

Posted: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1158435900

Friday, January 2, 2015

3013: Mended (3013 Series 6) by Kali Argent

Received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

5 out of 5 Stars 

What did I like? 
Her father had the best of intentions, even though grief makes people do dumb things. Her brother was kind enough to get her out but his plan to do so was not a good one. I love the heroine's attitude. Glad she got the HEA without the traditional triad mating (I think that would have caused too many bad memories to surface). I love the hero's protectiveness and sensitivity. 

What did I not like? 
The brother's plan to get her out brought up bad memories and could have re-traumatized her. Her father shouldn't have hidden her away/declared her dead, even as a way to keep her safe.

Recommendation: Loving this series. Can't wait for more.