Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Cade by V.A. Dold

Title:  Cade
Series:  The LeBeau Brothers #1
Author:  V.A. Dold
Published:  March 17th 2014 by Vickie Dold
Length:  248pgs
Format:  ecopy
Genre:  paranormal romance
Shelf:  review
Rating:  ★★★★





Blurb:

Anna James is single again, finally. In her opinion, men are self-centered and will never love her for who she is, a beautiful, plus sized woman. All except the fantasy man that she’s been meeting in her dreams for five years.

She just never expected her fantasy to be a real live alpha shifter... 

Cade Le Beau isn't what he seems. He’s a billionaire wolf. A Shifter. He laments his missed chance six months ago to meet his fantasy woman in the flesh. Just as his second chance presents itself, his fantasy woman, his mate, is threatened by the local mob boss and her ex-husband. Now, he has forty eight hours to deal with this threat once and for all or chance losing her again. 

Is it Anna who’s in danger, or the humans who unwittingly threaten her? 

The heat is on the moment they lay eyes on each other. Neither, age, children, horrid ex-husbands, nor mob bosses will stop this love affair.

Adult-content rating: This book contains content considered unsuitable for young readers 17 and under, and which may be offensive to some readers of all ages.

My Review:

Dold jumps right into the story, catching her readers’ attention from the beginning and letting them get to know her cast and world gradually. She takes the shifter world by storm, writing a story that neither talks down to the audience, nor making the entire story about sex (and don’t get me wrong, that’s there to, and it’s hot). It’s about the people and their relationships. She also takes the standard ‘shifter’ and ‘mate’ paradigm and gives it a bit of a tweak without completely rewriting everything. It is a brilliant change from the norm without having her audience completely turned around.

It was nice to see a shifter novel where the characters get to know each other, even after they know they’re true mates. Magic brings them together but reality keeps them there. Character development in this work relies heavily on this, and to great success. You know the characters the way that they know each other. This extends from the main characters to their families. I also loved the fact that the female lead wasn’t centrefold perfect. She was real & genuine & ate!

This was a remarkable work from this new author. It was hot & captivating while remaining so real and down to earth. I definitely can’t wait to see what she comes up with next (although, based on the ending here, I can guess! SQUEE!!!).

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About the author:

V.A.Dold is the author of the Le Beau Brothers series, New Orleans wolf shifter novels. A graduate of Saint Cloud University, she majored in marketing. Prior to becoming a full time writer, she was a publicist to the authors, owning Innovative Online Book Tours and ARC Author & Reader Con's (ARC NOLA) (ARC Phoenix). Still is. The companies mesh so well together, much like PB&J.
Her idea of absolute heaven is a day in the French Quarter filled with nothing but her computer, her coffee mug and the Brothers, of course.
A Minnesota native with her heart lost to Louisiana, she has a penchant for titillating tales featuring sexy men and strong women. When she's not writing, she's probably taking in a movie, reading or traveling.
Her earliest reading memories are from grade school. She had a major fixation with horses, and the Black Stallion was a favorite. Then junior high came along and teenage hormones kicked in. It became all about the Harlequin Romances. She has been hooked on romances ever since.

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Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Frozen Desires by Jessie Donovan

Title:  Frozen Desires
Series:  Asylums for Magical Threats #2
Author:  Jessie Donovan
Published:  February 24th 2014
Length:  281pgs
Format:  ebook
Genre:  Paranormal romance
Shelf:  review
Rating:  ★★★★★


Synopsis from Goodreads:

Camilla Melini is a high-ranking soldier with an organization fighting to free elemental magic users. Her latest assignment is to find one of the legendary elemental Four Talents, and she’s determined to get in and out of Mexico as quickly as possible to avoid running into the man who nearly destroyed her life. But when the dangerous man from her past finds her, Cam must work with Marco Alvarez, a man she’d dismissed as a playboy, to prevent the the powerful magic of the Talents from falling into the wrong hands. She never expected the charming playboy to be a cunning warrior worthy of her heart...

Marco Alvarez is sent to Mexico with two goals—to watch Cam’s back and to investigate a series of arson fires targeting former AMT prison employees. But when a shadow-shifter shows up looking for Cam, Marco decides he needs to stick close to her to help her mission succeed. As he gets to know the strong-willed woman, he’s torn between telling her the truth of his elemental magic and keeping the others who share his secret safe. But when Cam sacrifices herself to save her colleagues, Marco must expose the secret of his elemental magic or risk losing the only woman who can match both his passion and his strength.

My Review:

Donovan’s done it again with this one! She had me captivated from the first page and didn’t let me go.

Donovan tells an extremely unique and captivating tale in this instalment of her series. She had me completely enthralled throughout. Her one of a kind storytelling and fluid writing allow the reader to easily immerse themselves in the story. I found myself on the edge of my seat throughout, dying to know what would happen next. Her unique take on the paranormal combined with a top notch storyline made this novel impossible to put down. Her in-depth and visual descriptions brought the world to life, creating a well-rounded experience for the reader.

I absolutely loved getting to know the main character in this novel on a more personal basis in this novel. It was quite intriguing to see her as more than just a soldier. Her male counterpart was intriguing as well. I loved the Alpha male who was willing to accept and nurture the strength and alpha-ness in his female counterpart. Getting to know more about the main character in the secondary storyline was brilliant as well. She is a one of a kind character that I can only hope we get to see more of in the future. The supporting cast was brilliant as well. Each of these individuals could stand as a main character in their own story, but didn’t overshadow anything or anyone in this tale.

Donovan’s clear, concise writing combined with her vividly visual descriptions and fantastic storytelling combine to create a tale that you won’t soon forget. I was left with only one question at the end of the book. When can I have the next one?

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Promo Blitz ~*~ Darkness Before Dawn by Kellie Wallace




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By Kellie Wallace

Historical Fiction
Date Published: 7/17/2013

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In June 1940, Germany bombed the Island of Guernsey, bringing World War II to the Channel Islands. With her home in the midst of war, jazz singer Catherine La Mar must adapt to change. Within days, the island is overun. Resistance cells start to emerge, hindering the German forces. Catherine’s life is inevitably changed when childhood friend Thomas Potter is linked as the ringleader to one of the Island’s biggest cells.

The people she once knew are no longer who they seem to be. But nothing could prepare her for when she meets Nazi officer Captain Max Engel. Her view on the war forever changes when she is given a chance for love and new beginnings. For once in her mundane life she unveils her true self, as Max teaches her how to truly live. Their love puts a strain on Catherine’s family, risking the lives her sisters and friends. As the war intensifies and divides the people on Guernsey, Max and Catherine must decide if their love is really worth risking it all?

Excerpt:

Plush greenery cushioned Catherine’s as she trudged through the knee-length grass towards the cliff face. A violent wind came up from the sea whipping at her dress and hair. Brightly coloured daisies and narcissi flowers dotted the swaying plain.

A sense of ease and sovereignty came over her as she stood in the wind, moving gently against its brunt. German tankers tarnished the vast ocean in front of her. Seagulls and kestrels sang in the air, catching the passing wind like dancers.

She always loved coming here to revel in nature’s beauty, believing nothing will ever change it. With the occupation taking force, it seems inevitable the world she knew will never be the same again.

Visiting the cliff tops on her own was risk, but as headstrong as she might be, Catherine wanted a release, to see a part of Guernsey not yet touched by the Reich. She slunk past

German patrols on her way, blending into the environment like a chameleon.

As she stared out into blue azure of the ocean, movement in the corner of her eye caught her attention. A young man teetered on the edge of the cliff, peering over the brink. Without a second thought, she ran towards him, slowing her pace when he saw her approach. His eyes wide with fear.

“I’ll do it,” he warned, his body stiff as though he was still deciding to jump. The wind grew stronger and the man appeared to be using all of his strength to stay upright.

“Are you alright, sir?” she asked calmly.

His hair was blown high on top of his head and the wind already made its mark upon his skin. “No . . .”

“Did you lose something?” Catherine said carefully. “Has someone fallen off the cliff?”

“I don’t want . . . I don’t want this,” he cried.

“Don’t want what?”

The man stole a quick glance towards the tankers dotting the ocean horizon and turned back to Catherine. “I don’t want them,” he yelled, pointing towards the sea. “I don’t want to be ruled by those murderers!”

Catherine now understood the catalyst to the man’s distress. No one on Guernsey wanted an occupation by the Germans. Half the population had fled in terror.

Catherine took another step closer, wary of the fear in his brown eyes as she did so. She reached out her hand until they were inches apart. “What’s your name?”

“Ben.”

“Ben, what about you with come with me and grab a nice piece of cake at the cake shop? How does that sound?”

The young man shook his head furiously. “No, they will be there! They have taken over everything!”

“No, they won’t be,” Catherine said slowly. “It will only be you and me.”

Ben looked behind him to the crashing waves below, his body limp in defeat. He let out a sigh and turned towards her. “Okay,

I will come with you.” He reached for her hand, when another voice broke through the defiant wind.

“What’s going on here?”

Catherine glanced over her should to see a young German officer standing behind them, bracing against the wind.

Ben’s eyes widened at the sight and he started to back up towards the edge of the cliff. “No, no, no,” he mumbled, slipping on the lip of the cliff.

Heart pounding, Catherine stretched out her hand to the distressed youth. “Ben! Please, come with me,” she ordered, ignoring the figure behind her.

Ben shook his head, his hands outstretched as though seeking redemption from above. “I’m sorry. I cannot do it,” he said. “Not with him around.” Ben’s swollen eyes glanced at Catherine once more, before turning into the wind, and jumping off the cliff.

“Nooo!” Her body flashed hot then cold as she fell to her knees in the damp grass, her hand stretched outright, grasping nothing but thin air. She felt the officer brush past her as he poked his head over the cliff.

The man’s body lay crucified on the rocks, blood speckling the blue ocean water.

Catherine ignored the tugging on her arm as the German officer hauled her to her feet. Violently, she pushed him away.

“Get off me!” she screamed, regaining her footing. He was close now, close enough she could see the lines of youth etched in his face.

“What is your name?” he asked calmly.

“Catherine La Mar.” She almost spat her name at him.

The officer dipped his head in a polite greeting as if what happened meant nothing to him. “May I see your papers?” he asked, bringing out his hand.

Catherine sucked in a breath of indignation and pulled her papers, which consisted of an identity card and birth certificate from a pocket in her dress. She watched him as he scanned them over. It was the first time she managed to have a good look at him.

It was his eyes that caught her breath, standing out in contrast to his dull uniform. They were the same shade of the sea, crashing and spitting below them. His straw-coloured hair was slicked under his visor cap. He was the perfect example of Hitler’s Aryan race.

The officer handed her papers back to her. She wanted a fight; wanted anything to contest him. “Why didn’t you stop him?” she asked.

Author Kellie Wallace photo Kellie20Wallace20author20pic_zps71441c21.jpgAbout the Author Kellie Wallace

Born in Sydney, Australia Kellie Wallace developed a love for the written word early in life, recalling her earliest memory when she was three years old. Her father used to read to her when she was a child, establishing a deep love and respect for books. Kellie wrote a bit in high school, most memorably her first fantasy book called Giblin the Conquer, an X Files fan fiction and a military fiction.

After finishing high school, Kellie moved to the sunny Northern Beaches from the Central Coast and carved a successful career in the media/advertising industry writing for numerous Sydney based publications.

An aspiring novelist, Kellie fulfilled a dream in 2008 having her first book All She Ever Wanted published by Zeus Publications at the age of 22 years old.

In 2013, Kellie released her newest catalogue of books, Darkness before Dawn and Skylark. In her spare time she loves to write, game and draw. Her first crime fiction novel To lean of falling men will be out in April 2014, along with EarthWalker (out now!) and dystopian Edge of Tomorrow (August 2014).

She currently resides in Sydney with her husband.


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Promo Blitz ~*~ Protostar by Braxton A. Cosby




PROTOSTAR - Week Blitz
By Braxton A. Cosby

Young Adult
Date Published: April 16, 2014

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What Would You Choose, love or duty?

On the brink of civil war, the Torrian Alliance continues with its mission to obliterate Star-children across the universe in order to suppress an intergalactic evil. Following the recommendations of his council, King Gregorio Derry reluctantly agrees to send his only son William on a mission to restore honor to his family name. William seeks to complete his assignment, the elimination of a Star-child named Sydney on planet Earth, but when the assassination is delayed he begins to realize an emotional connection with his target. With conspiracy threatening his home planet, and a hidden menace on Earth seeking to secure a vested interest, William finds himself torn between irrevocable duty and sacrificing everything he stands for to defend Sydney. As William and Sydney struggle to overcome their impossible circumstances, they start to wonder if the connection of two Star-Crossed lovers will be enough to save them from certain doom.

Excerpt:

He leaned in close to her ear. “Please Sydney, give me one more chance. The dreams, they are of you. If only I could have understood sooner, I may have been able to change our fate. But now, I know you have the power to change this. You are more than any normal person. You are the one thing I have traveled across distance and time for.”

A ray of sunlight broke through the clouds, slipping past the overlying trees. They kissed Sydney’s face. She gasped, and her lifeless body rose from the dead. Sydney swallowed a deep breath and grabbed William’s shoulders. His many tears drained from his face. The infectious warmth returned.

“I knew you’d return to me. Somehow, I knew it,” he whispered.

“I was lost for a moment in nothing but deep dark space. But I heard a voice calling out to me. It was very familiar to me. Someone I had met before. It was a woman’s voice. She told me it was time to go back. She told me I had a calling to do something great and the time of my awakening was at hand.” Sydney wiped the tears from his eyes. “Then I heard you, speaking to me from the darkness. Your voice guided me as I ran forward, until finally I saw a ray of light and I stepped into it.”

He squeezed her and planted his lips on hers. His solar cells erupted, and Sydney became surrounded in a bright aura that lifted them off the ground. He opened his eyes, amazed by what he saw. He planted another kiss, this time on Sydney’s forehead.

“There’s my signature,” he whispered.

They floated back to the ground and Sydney pulled him close.

“Sydney, is there any way you could forgive me for what I’ve done?”

Sydney caressed his face. “What’s done is done. Even through all the pain, something inside me knew that you would save me. Love brought you to me and somehow, I knew love would give you the strength to protect me.”

The present situation invaded his thoughts. “And protect you I will. I must explain everything to you, Sydney. Come with me.”

 photo Cosby_zpsa994f8ab.jpgAbout the author:

Braxton A. Cosby is a dreamer with a passion for inspiring others to love, in spite of circumstance and convenience. His calling to pen a young-adult series that is smart, witty, and thought provoking, has challenged readers to answer the question: What would you choose, love or irrevocable duty? Braxton lives in Atlanta, GA, where he co-hosts a local radio show on WAOK which is a mash-up of current events and health and wellness. He also has a blog where he discusses everything from health and entertainment to spirituality and relationships.


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Monday, 21 April 2014

Blame It On Texas by Tori Scott

Title:  Blame It On Texas
Series:  Lone Star Cowboys #1
Author:  Tori Scott
Published:  November 24th 2011
Length:  160pgs
Format:  ebook
Genre:  contemporary romance
Shelf:  bought
Rating:  ★★★★★


Synopsis from Goodreads:

Logan Tanner shook the red dust of West Texas off his boots at the age of eighteen and hasn't looked back. When his father has a stroke, Logan is temporarily forced to return home and take over the family ranch. He still feels responsible for his mother's death when he was twelve, and has never gotten over the guilt. Now he's faced with having to protect his twelve year old daughter Katie and his sister and her friend Megan Flynn. It's nearly more than one man can handle. He can't wait to get back to Dallas.

Megan Flynn immediately falls in love with Morris Springs, Texas, population 976, when she delivers Logan's runaway daughter to his doorstep. Raised as a city girl, Megan has a dream of a few acres, a few champion Blue Heelers, and a small-town veterinary practice. The only thing standing between her and her dream is one stubborn, reluctant cowboy with an overprotective streak as wide as the West Texas prairie. But her stubborn streak is a match for his any day. And she's determined to prove it.

Blame it on Texas is a story of the power of love to overcome any adversity, the strength of family and friendship, and the joy that comes with being part of something bigger than yourself.

My Review: 

Oh my goodness! I couldn’t put this one down for a second. Scott mixes action and suspense alongside heartache and love to create a wonderfully complex experience for her audience. She captures the essence of a working ranch perfectly and wraps it up in a will-they-won’t they tale like you’ve never seen before. Scott’s descriptions are so vivid that she paints the ranch before you, allowing you to walk alongside the characters. Each and every moment is extremely real and poignant.

The conflicts between family duty and what an individual wants stand out starkly in this tale. It was a very unique and touching contrast. It is not just part of the story, but also part of who these characters are intrinsically. The main characters were such vivid and strong individuals, even if they were slightly misguided at times. It was both heartbreaking and heart-warming seeing them come to terms with who they were versus who they want to be. Their individual histories and combined present are so completely developed without sacrificing the storyline that you really get to know them. I also thoroughly enjoyed the minor characters in the novel. You really get a feel for this entire community. I really can’t wait to get to know them better throughout the series.

Scott had me in tears and squealing for joy throughout. This was the perfect mix of everything. It may have been my introduction to Scott’s work, but it definitely won’t be my last foray into the wonderful world that she has created.

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Now and Forever by Brenda Rothert

Title:  Now and Forever
Series:  Now #3
Author:  Brenda Rothert
Published:  March 9th 2014
Length:  203pgs
Format:  ebook
Genre:  contemporary romance
Shelf:  review
Rating:  ★★★


Synopsis from Goodreads:

Now that Emma and Layla Carson have landed the men of their dreams, it’s time for happily ever after. Or is it?

Emma’s with childhood crush Cole Marlowe, and Layla finally found Mr. Right in alpha cop Ben Montrose. But both couples face unexpected obstacles that will test their relationships. Layla and Emma find solace in each other as battle lines are drawn, and they rediscover the close friendship they lost over Cole.

It’s all on the line as the sisters struggle to find the answer to the most difficult question they’ve ever faced: is the love they have now meant to last forever?

Adult-content rating: This book contains content considered unsuitable for young readers 17 and under, and which may be offensive to some readers of all ages.

My Review:

Rothert does a great deal of jumping back and forth between the two storylines. Both of the stories stay straight and separate without detracting from each other, but there’s a whole lot going on. This is one of those cases where the book really could have been split into 2 stories giving the reader a much more in-depth taste of each couple’s trials. That said, the story is presented in a well written, approachable style that is easy to immerse yourself in. Rothert tells the story of a pair of real life, real world romances in a way that allows you to feel for and connect with the characters

I’ve got to say, however. I wanted to beat Em with a pillow a few times in this one. She acts like a spoiled baby too often. She may be the youngest character in the book, but seriously… And all 4 of the main characters had the same basic outlook. It was a case of ‘I’m right, I’m right, I’m right. Fine, I’m wrong.’

Overall, this was a quick, enjoyable read. I’d definitely suggest reading the first two novels in the series first so that you know what’s going on.

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Sunday, 20 April 2014

Starstruck & Starcrossed by Brenda Hiatt

Title:  Starstruck
Series:  Starstruck #1
Author:  Brenda Hiatt
Published:  August 2013 by Createspace
Length:  328pgs
Format:  ecopy
Genre:  YA SciFi
Shelf:  review
Rating:  ★★★★


Synopsis from Goodreads:

Nerdy astronomy geek Marsha, M to her few friends, has never been anybody special. Orphaned as an infant and reluctantly raised by an overly-strict “aunt,” she’s not even sure who she is. M’s dream of someday escaping tiny Jewel, Indiana and making her mark in the world seems impossibly distant until hot new quarterback Rigel inexplicably befriends her. As Rigel turns his back on fawning cheerleaders to spend time with M, strange things start to happen: her acne clears up, her eyesight improves to the point she can ditch her thick glasses, and when they touch, sparks fly—literally! When M digs for a reason, she discovers deep secrets that will change her formerly humdrum life forever . . . and expose her to perils she never dreamed of. Yes, the middle of nowhere just got a lot more interesting!

My Review:

Hiatt develops the world surrounding this novel so naturally that even the most implausible situation seems not only plausible but completely and utterly possible. I was so wrapped up in this story that I could think of nothing else. At the same time, I had to take a step back, thinking ‘could you just imagine.’ And was my imagination ever running wild. This novel is written in such a manner that it is approachable to a teen audience but also won’t turn off older readers. Hiatt kept me guessing and kept me entertained throughout.

You really get to know the main characters in this novel inside and out. It’s quite a revealing experience and makes the novel much more personal for the reader. I also appreciated the fact that the characters were high school students written like high school students. There wasn’t some large discrepancy between what their lives should be and what they are, well, except for the Martian bit. The supporting cast was also quite intriguing. They were all such unique individuals that it made the cast seem like a real community.

As a whole, this was a brilliant introduction to the series. I can’t wait to get my hands on the next instalment.

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Title:  Starcrossed
Series:  Starstruck #2
Author:  Brenda Hiatt
Published:  January 24th 2014 by Brenda Hiatt
Length:  330pgs
Format:  ecopy
Genre:  YA SciFi
Shelf:  Review
Rating:  ★★★★

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Marsha Truitt’s life has changed dramatically over the past few months. Instead of a nerdy nobody, she’s the newly discovered princess of a secret civilization. Even better, she’s dating the hottest guy in school, who just happens to be her literal soulmate. But when a new boy arrives at Jewel High, everything M thought she knew about herself and her future is turned on its head. Will the very destiny that lifted her from obscurity now tear her away from Rigel and their happy ever after?

My Review:

Wow. What a trip. Hiatt picks up right where she left off in the first novel in the series and takes her readers on an even more unbelievable journey. That said, she continues with the same vividly brilliant writing style that we’ve come to know and love her for. The story is ground in reality, making it easy for the audience to immerse themselves in. at the same time suspense and intrigue are abundant, drawing you forward into this brilliant world.

I quite enjoyed getting to know the new characters in this instalment. They were very well developed and added quite a bit of intrigue and mystery to the novel. Not only that, but we got more of the characters that made us fall in love with this series. The main characters become even more loveable as they grow into their roles and fight for what they believe in. At the same time, the reality of being a teen in high school shines through clearly and realistically. Overall, everyone, old and new, melded together to create a brilliantly unique cast that will take you out of this world.

As a whole, this was an extremely enjoyable novel. I really appreciated the realism behind it and how Hiatt shows her readers the possibilities in our world today without losing the forward pace of the story. I, for one, can’t wait for the next instalment in this series.

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The Ocean by Cecilia Araneda

Title:  The Ocean
Author:  Cecilia Araneda
Published:  December 11th 2012 by FriesenPress
Length:  248pgs
Format:  paperback
Genre:  Literary Fiction
Shelf:  giveaways
Rating:  ★★★


Synopsis from Goodreads:

The Ocean follows the lives of three women through the growing modernization and political turmoil of Chile during the latter half of the 20th century, to their exile on the other side of the world in wintery, land-locked Winnipeg. These three women - Maria Soledad, Consuelo and Pilar - each live in different eras, yet are all confronted with changed personal and public histories that have a profound effect on their lives. Maria Soledad struggles with the restrictions placed on her because she is a woman; Consuelo fails to understand the dire and dangerous political climate she is immersed within; and Pilar is trapped in a body that she cannot fully control. The only one constant in their lives is the enduring presence of the ocean.

My Review:

This novel definitely puts things in perspective for the reader. Araneda tells an emotionally gripping tale of three women while also maintaining an accurate social and historical context. Everything weaves together so seamlessly that you find yourself drawn to Chile and Winnipeg. I could easily picture the locale that I’ve never actually seen. Even though the writing style itself becomes a bit dry at times I found myself intrigued and coming back due to the vividly realistic images that this author creates. This author does pack a great deal into this novel, but the timeline itself remains fairly easy to follow.

The characters in this novel are developed well enough to carry the story forward. That said, I don’t feel that I got to know any of them very well. They are developed only in the ways that directly relate to the story which means at times the characters seem slightly flat. This wasn’t to the extent that it detracted from the story, however further development would have added to it a great deal.


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Saturday, 19 April 2014

Dash of Peril by Lori Foster

Title:  Dash of Peril
Series:  Love Undercover #4
Author:  Lori Foster
Narrator:   Jim Frangione
Published:  March 25th 2014 by HQN
Length:  480pgs/14hrs
Format:  paperback
Genre:  romantic suspense
Shelf:  review
Rating:  ★★★★★


Synopsis from Goodreads:

A no-nonsense female cop reluctantly teams up with the one man who makes her lose control in a deliciously sensual new novel from New York Times bestselling author Lori Foster...

To bring down a sleazy abduction ring, Lieutenant Margaret "Margo" Peterson has set herself up as bait. But recruiting Dashiel Riske as her unofficial partner is a whole other kind of danger. Dash is 6'4" of laid-back masculine charm, a man who loves life—and women—to the limit. Until Margo is threatened, and he reveals a dark side that may just match her own.

Beneath Margo's tough facade is a slow-burning sexiness that drives Dash crazy. The only way to finish this case is to work together side by side…skin to skin. And as their mission takes a lethal turn, he'll have to prove he's all the man she needs—in all the ways that matter.

Adult-content rating: This book contains content considered unsuitable for young readers 17 and under, and which may be offensive to some readers of all ages.

My Review:

This is an immensely charged novel on so many levels. Foster mixes sexy and hot with an incredible plotline to create a story you won’t forget. It’s intimate and charming while remaining fast paced and suspenseful. I thoroughly enjoyed the contrasts within the stories and the characters as well. I didn’t just read this novel I devoured it!

Roles are reversed from the stereotypical creating a stand out pair of main characters while maintaining a natural and approachable balance. Each of them fights against their nature to be who they are expected to be. It was excruciatingly touching to watch them become their selves with each other. It was also very touching. Foster also proves that her male lead doesn`t need to be in law enforcement or the military to be an Alpha with a capital A. Dash is a little bit of everything. And Margo is brilliant in her own right as well. There are so many facets to these two characters that you can`t help but love them. their complexity is what makes each of them real. I also loved seeing the characters we’ve met in the previous novels in the series. Foster definitely proves the adage that `loyalty makes you family` with this one.

Being the author that we’ve come to know and love we expect certain things from Foster’s work. She definitely doesn’t disappoint with Dash of Peril. To be honest, she exceeded my expectations. This novel was brilliant on multiple levels. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it to anyone at all, regardless of their preferred genre and I definitely can’t wait for her next release.

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C, D,& E from the ABCs of Erotica by Lexi Maxxwell

Title:  Cheated
Series:  ABCs of Erotica #3
Author:  Lexi Maxxwell
Published:  January 20th 2014 by Lexi Maxxwell
Length:  178pgs
Format:  ecopy
Genre:  erotica
Shelf:  review
Rating:  ★★★

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Cheated Revenge is a Dish Best Served Sticky

Delilah had it all: tried and true friends who she'd been through everything with, and a gorgeous man who was absolute dynamite in the sack. Then one day everything changed, and Delilah lost everything. But moping after a lost love can only last so long, and soon Delilah became obsessed with revenge. Sweet, sexy revenge.

Adult-content rating: This book contains content considered unsuitable for young readers 17 and under, and which may be offensive to some readers of all ages.


My Review:

This is definitely another hot and racy novel for Maxxwell. She’s off and running from the first page. Her usual in-your-face writing style, that we’ve come to know and love, brings this story to your mind’s eye in vivid clarity, making it next to impossible to put down. Maxxwell’s latest main lady takes us on a uniquely thought provoking yet immensely hot journey of self-discovery and plotting. The intricate story line balances well with the off centre couplings that we find throughout. My biggest issue with this novel was the fact that for the first ¼ of the book I felt like I was missing a key piece of information. Everything was revealed in the end, but up until them I was left wondering what in the world started this. It is definitely a brilliant read for someone looking for racy revenge and a quick, hot read.

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Title:  Divorced
Series:  ABCs of Erotica #4
Author:  Lexi Maxxwell
Published:  January 20th 2014 by Lexi Maxxwell
Length:  230pgs
Format:  ecopy
Genre:  erotica
Shelf:  review
Rating:  ★★★

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Zach and Sam have a good marriage, or rather, they had. Love, respect, honesty, and hot, sweaty, headboard-banging sex. But change is never easy, and nothing lasts forever. With more emotional ups and downs than any of her previous titles, Divorced is a bittersweet, touching journey of one couple on the way out.

Adult-content rating: This book contains content considered unsuitable for young readers 17 and under, and which may be offensive to some readers of all ages.

My Review:

This one took me a little bit to get into, but then I was hooked. This is a very touching novel, while still remaining hot and racy. Emotions are the center point of this novel. It is charged on many different levels, leading to a real experience. Maxxwell really conveys the characters’ emotions to her audience, drawing you in close for one heck of a ride. I quite enjoyed getting to know the characters over a period of time. You not only saw where they came from but how they got where they are now. The characters themselves are a little hard to connect with at times, but they are quite well suited to the story itself. Based on their characteristics it’s easy to see why things happen the way that they do. My biggest peeve was actually the ending. I almost felt like the author was trying to give the reader some sort of a HEA, which really didn’t fit with the rest of the story for me. Sure, it was later in life for both the characters, but bringing them back together like that was just awkward for the characters.

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Title:  Engaged
Series:  ABCs of Erotica #5
Author:  Lexi Maxxwell
Published:  January 20th 2014 by Lexi Maxxwell
Length:  159pgs
Format:  ecopy
Genre:  erotica
Shelf:  review
Rating:  ★★★


Synopsis from Goodreads:

Liza Elway wants to be with Richard forever, but on the morning after he asks for her hand, Liza’s man makes a second request: To revisit her old lovers so she has no doubt in her mind that he’s the one. From her first boy to her very last girl, Liza must safeguard her best possible future by reliving the sexiest parts of her past.

Adult-content rating: This book contains content considered unsuitable for young readers 17 and under, and which may be offensive to some readers of all ages.

My Review:

This novel is well and eloquently written while still portraying Maxxwell’s usual in-your-face writing style. She definitely had me saying WTF and wondering where the story was going, while at the same time keeping ploughing forward to find out what’s going to happen next.

This novel is definitely firmly placed in the erotica category. That said, even in that genre I need to get to know the characters. Those presented in this novel are extremely superficial. Yes they have attitudes and beliefs but there’s nothing more to them than the storyline itself. You do get to know them a bit better throughout the story, but there’s never any real connection with the characters.

Overall, this was a captivating and very hot story. It was an enjoyable read.

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Friday, 18 April 2014

Ash to Steele by Karen-Anne Stewart



Title:  Ash to Steele
Author:  Karen-Anne Stewart
Published:  February 13th 2014
Length:  342pgs
Format:  ecopy
Genre:  NA Romance
Shelf:  review
Rating:  ★★★★


Blurb:

Emma
Who I am and all I believe is marred with just one glance into angry, steel blue eyes. He seems to control my air, my ability to breathe. He makes me crave everything I know is a sin. Pure becomes tainted and lines are blurred. It's my fault; I'm the one who isn't strong enough. I've been damaged...broken. Breck's words haunt me...'There's a consequence for every choice you make.'

Breck
I've had so many women I can't even remember over half of their names, but none of them are mine; I make damn sure of that. I take what I desire and never look back. I don't need or want anyone, ever...not until I met Emma. Those eyes bore into what's left of my soul and her touch sears me, weakens me. I want to hate her for that. She is my ruin...my sweetest hell.

Disclaimer: Intended for readers 18+ due to strong language, mature scenes, and some violence.


My Review:

The vivid realism of this novel combined with the extremely accurate yet personal descriptions make everything pop for the reader. Stewart is definitely a visual author. I could picture both the cornfields and the cities. It was breathtaking. Although the descriptions are phenomenal they overpower the story at times. The plot gets a little lost. This seems to get sorted out by about a third of the way through the book, then I was hooked. Stewart mixes heart wrenching moments with real life situations and some very real and steamy scenes to create a whole that will blow you away.

The crash of two worlds and moral codes that Stewart depicts in this novel create an extremely unique cast of characters. Everyone and everything meshes perfectly together. This author takes her characters to the extreme while keeping them real. It was definitely a trip getting to know them. I`ve got to say, however, that I never managed to figure out why Jess was so convinced that Breck could never be happy.

This is one of those stories that took me a bit to warm up to but once I did I couldn`t put it down. This novel is shockingly emotional and will leave you reeling yet with a warm fuzzy feeling. It was definitely a worthwhile read.
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About the author:

Karen-Anne Stewart has always adored reading and has now fallen in love with writing. Her written works are The Rain Trilogy: Saving Rain, Healing Rain, and After the Rain, and the newly released stand alone novel, Ash to Steele. Her debut novel, Saving Rain: The First Novel in The Rain Trilogy, was a nominee for the Book Junkie’s Choice Awards and is a nominee for the RONE Awards to be held July 2014.

When Karen-Anne isn’t writing, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, hiking, and visiting new places. She fuels her addiction of creating new stories by her only other addiction, caffeine, and listening to a myriad of musical genres. Tucked away near the Blue Ridge Mountains, Karen-Anne lives with her husband, daughter, two dogs, and their cat. She plans on writing new adult romance as long as her fingers maintain dexterity.

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