Series Saturday: The Marriage Diaries by Erika Wilde

Erika Wilde turns up the heat in THE MARRIAGE DIARIES, a brand new sexy series about a married couple who take intimacy and passion to the extreme….

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After nearly twenty years of marriage, Jillian Noble is ready to put some spice back into her sex life with her gorgeous husband, Dean. After seducing him at his office, Jillian reveals what she wants, and her husband is more than happy to oblige. Erotic fantasies are fulfilled, and forbidden passions surface as they open themselves up to a provocative world where boundaries are pushed to the limit and pleasure is the ultimate goal.  But Dean has a dark past, and even darker desires that he’s kept a tight rein on all these years. When he gives his wife a taste of his more illicit appetite, will she embrace his carnal needs, or beg for mercy?

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THE INVITATION . . .
After months of indulging in some of the hottest sex of his married life, Dean Noble intends to give Jillian a very special gift for their twentieth anniversary . . . an invitation that will take them beyond their wildest, most erotic fantasies.

THE PLAYERS CLUB . . .
Jillian is more than willing to accept her husband’s invitation, and together they enter a provocative world where boundaries are pushed to the limit, pleasure is the ultimate goal, and Dean is able to embrace those darker desires he’s kept a tight rein on all these years. But when Dean’s alpha tendencies extend outside of the bedroom, a battle of wills ensues, and it’s up to Jillian to show her husband that she’s all for submission games in the playroom, but when it comes to her needs outside the bedroom he’ll have to learn to compromise.

 

 

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Wolfsgate by Cat Porter

WolfsgateTitle: Wolfsgate

Series: N/A

Author: Cat Porter

Genre: Young Adult

Blurb:

My resurrection, they call it.

They have no bloody idea.

Shipwrecked and lost, left for dead,
Abandoned by my own family.
Drugged and addicted.

My wife saved me, brought me home.
I didn’t even know I had a wife—can I trust her?
I know I want her.
Desperately.
We are two of a kind—the manipulated, the tossed off, the rejected.

Bitter disappointments, painful secrets, age-old jealousies are my new shipwreck,
and my wife my new opium.

Is satisfaction to be found in revenge or revenge in satisfaction?
One thing I do know, without each other we’re both doomed.

Wolfsgate

A sensual 18th century tale of deception and revenge, and the healing of two souls hungering for love and absolution.

Thoughts: I’m still a new reader to the YA genre and this was the first book I’ve read by Cat Porter but not my last. Wolfsgate had me from page one and held me until I turned the last page. The book was all consuming. It dragged you in and left you wanting more.

We all struggle with being lost at one point in our lives and this story brings to home those who feel forever lost and broken but find themselves being healed by the love of another.

Cat Porter wrote with such a style that it left me realizing that life is like a puzzle and once all the pieces are put together life will be complete but without it’s trials and tribulations we wouldn’t appreciate the happiness that we eventually find with that one “perfect” piece that completes us.

This was a well written book and one that I’ll remember. I will be reading the rest of Cat Porter’s books most definitely.

Grade: A+

Hard to Come By by Laura Kaye

hard to come byTitle: Hard to Come By

Series: Hard Ink bk 3

Author: Laura Kaye

Genre: Contemporary, Romantic Suspense

Caught between desire and loyalty…

Derek DiMarzio would do anything for the members of his disgraced Special Forces team—sacrifice his body, help a former teammate with a covert operation to restore their honor, and even go behind enemy lines. He just never expected to want the beautiful woman he found there.

When a sexy stranger asks questions about her brother, Emilie Garza is torn between loyalty to the brother she once idolized and fear of the war-changed man he’s become. Derek’s easy smile and quiet strength tempt Emilie to open up, igniting the desire between them and leading Derek to crave a woman he shouldn’t trust.

As the team’s investigation reveals how powerful their enemies are, Derek and Emilie must prove where their loyalties lie before hearts are broken and lives are lost. Because love is too hard to come by to let slip away.

Thoughts: With each book in this series I fall more in love with these guys than I was in the last book. Honestly after reading Hard to Hold On To I wasn’t sure how Kaye could top what she did there, but she managed to.

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An Angel All His Own (The Gifted Realm Book 5) by Jillian Neal

An Angel Of His OwnTitle: An Angel All His Own (The Gifted Realm Book 5)

Series: The Gifted Realm

Author: Jillian Neal

Genre: Fantasy, Contemporary, New Adult

Blurb: She’s everything Dan Vindico has ever wanted. Fionna Styler embodies every single thing he told himself could never exist inside of one woman. She’s beautiful, smart, funny, powerful, and she’s his… almost.

No one can know they’re together. The Interfeci would never let her live. It was an inevitability, but Dan simply cannot resist her.

After a vow to somehow keep her safe, Dan learns what that really entails. Betrayal, scandal, millions of dollars, and watching her in the arms of other men are only the beginning, when danger intrudes into every sanctuary he secures.

Dan can’t determine if the demons in his soul or the monsters outside are more vicious, but Fionna’s life depends solely on him. That blasted tomb is ever-present in his mind. Can he save the Angel who managed to pull him from the depths of hell, the one he longs to make his own?

Thoughts: This is the first book I’ve read by Jillian Neal and it won’t be my last. The one difficulty that I had with the book was it not really being a stand alone read. If you haven’t read book 1-4 you may be a little lost in the beginning as I was. Secondly, if you believe you will be entertained with a holiday story by the title you’ll be disappointed but you won’t be disappointed if you love a man who isn’t only handsome but kick ass as well then this book is for you.

The story is told in not only our hero Dan Vindico’s strong point of view but several others. I believe by doing this the author was able to pull us in to each character individually and allow us to see what they see.

Dan Vindico appears to have been through a lot and is still struggling with all of it in his personal life as well as his work life. Can things get anymore complicated? Enter our heroine Fiona Styler. He has vowed to keep her safe but can his heart survive seeing Fiona with other men? The betrayal? Can he save the Angel who brought him back from the depths of hell and make her his own?

The way Jillian Neal writes this story with a twist of paranormal aspects with the gifts that Fiona has and the non-gifted is very entertaining. Reading about this world is fascinating and has you wondering how much of it is really fantasy.

I definitely will be reading Books 1 – 4 and then re-reading this one.

Grade: A-/B+

 

No Promises Required by Cari Quinn

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Series: Love Required book 4

Author: Cari Quinn

 

A sexy category romance from Entangled’s Brazen imprint… 

No strings. And no restraints… 

Professional football player Bryan Townsend is sidelined for the next two weeks while he recovers from a knee injury. The upside? He’ll get to attend his sister’s wedding. The downside? He’s not sure he’ll have a spot on his team when he returns. So when he’s confronted by a sexy blast from his past the night of the bachelor party, he sees an opportunity to seduce the very stunning maid of honor. 

But Bryan had no clue Jill St. John was still a virgin. Or that she was merely looking to expand her sexual repertoire without having to trust anyone with her heart. But with every encounter, Jill can’t help but fall for the man Bryan’s become. The clock is running down. If he’s to win it all, Bryan must make the biggest play of his career—choosing between his team…or the woman he’s always wanted.
 

Thoughts:

I thoroughly enjoyed this HOT and quick read that put a spin on the traditional romance story! Cari Quinn made our hero hottie, Bryan, the insecure one, not about his mojo in the sack but about his ability to offer forever – even though he really wants forever with Jill. Our leading lady is a coming-into-her-own-badass who goes after what she wants! Well until the very end when she reverts to the coward for just a bit… but she finds the badass again – I promise!!

This story is the 4th in a series and you get a quick glimpse of the stars from the first couple of books… just enough of a peek for me to think I will have to look up Ms Quinn and the rest of her Love Required series!

Grade B

‘Tis The Season…For Holiday Books!

This week I have definitely been feeling the winter chill…and not in a good way!  While wintertime is the time for Merry Christmas carols, tidings of good cheer, hot cocoa, snowmen (which my youngest daughter seems particularly enamored with this year!), and and holiday candy and cookies, etc….it also brings along with it those colds you just can’t seem to get rid of…:(  I know I am probably not the only one out there with a cough and a bad case of the sniffles, so let’s hope that those of us suffering from the misery of a winter cold will at least have it pass us by  fairly quickly….maybe some of these steamy reads will help?  ;)

cover46183-mediumTitle:  Ring In The Holidays

Author:  Katie Lane

Blurb:  THE BEST NEW YEAR’S EVE . . . EVER
Psychologist Ellie Simpson is about to get a healthy dose of sex therapy. Leaving her cheating boyfriend behind, she has everything she needs for a quick rebound: Vegas, plenty of champagne, and a proposition from the sexiest man she’s ever seen. As her handsome stranger helps her ring in the New Year-over and over again-Ellie finds herself blissfully losing all of her inhibitions.
Attorney Matthew McPherson is good at making women lose things, like their minds and underwear. With his athletic build and soulful eyes, he doesn’t need to use his powers of persuasion or famous last name to get a woman into bed. But when morning comes, Matthew finds Ellie is the only woman he can’t bear to leave-ever. It’s enough to make him wonder if what happens in Vegas really has to stay there.

Link:  Goodreads    Amazon   B&N

91PkRqXx5qL._SL1500_And who can get enough of recapturing that love that was thought to be lost forever?  Especially when it found again during the magic of the holiday season?  On of the best themes this time of year!

Title:  A Little Bit Of Christmas

Author:  Christy Newton

Blurb:  After a tragic accident that brought the small town of Wynter Haven to their knees, Claire Belmont and Nick Lewis went in opposite directions coping in very different ways. Three years later, Claire gets a call urging her to come back to help her friend move past his grief.
It will take more than a little hot cider, gingerbread and mistletoe to bring back Nick’s holiday spirit. He hasn’t celebrated Christmas since his twin sister died. In fact, he’s mastered locking up his feelings so he will never be hurt again.
Claire has a secret and hopes that somehow she and Nick can both get a Christmas miracle this year. After all, Nichole would want them to be happy and cherish the holiday that had been their favorite. Maybe a little bit of Christmas is just what they both need.

Link:  Goodreads    Amazon   

810viOlmOxL._SL1500_Looking for something a little different?  This one is sure to fit the bill perfectly!

Title: Snow Angels, Secrets, and Christmas Cake

Author:  Sue Watson

Blurb:  Snow Angels, Secrets and Christmas Cake is a truly heart-warming and hilarious read about sisters, love and finding the courage to be yourself – one snowflake at a time.
For Tamsin Angel, Christmas is always the biggest and best… chic parties and a little showbiz sparkle are a must. This year though, things aren’t going quite as planned…
With bailiffs suddenly at the door and her husband nowhere to be found, it looks like Christmas just got downsized. Moving into her sister’s one-bedroom flat, she wonders whether things will ever be the same again.
After losing her husband on Christmas Eve, Sam Angel has rebuilt her life around her son Jacob and her new business – The White Angel Bakery. She’s also found herself a very handsome, loving boyfriend, but is struggling to let go of the past.
Thrown together with a sprinkle of Christmas magic, Sam and Tamsin might just learn a little more about each other – and themselves. But when disaster strikes at the bakery, will they be able to save the day in time for Christmas?

Link:  Goodreads    Amazon    

91ArjQaRBgL._SL1500_And the next in line an anthology that I received an early review copy of for the blog, and you can check out my thoughts on here:  My Review

Title:  Hot Christmas Nights

Author:  Anthology

Blurb:  Baby it’s cold outside, so stay warm with three sexy and sizzling-hot holiday stories… 

Tuscan Nights by Farrah Rochon 

It’s not the breathtaking scenery that brings Aiden Williams to Italy for Christmas—it’s gorgeous pastry chef Nyla Thompson. Five years ago Aiden’s older brother was fool enough to let Nyla go. Now a mature and sexy Aiden is determined to turn their Italian fling into everlasting amore…. 

Vegas Affair by Terra Little 

Professional dancer Wendy Kincaid thinks she knows her best friend, Frazier Abernathy, inside out. But he’s got a season of surprises in store for the woman he’s always desired, leading to a Las Vegas rendezvous, where he’ll raise the stakes in an all-out merry seduction…. 

Tied Up In Tinsel by Velvet Carter 

Entertainment agent Landis Keates is stunned to learn that his old college classmate is now an international singing sensation! Back then, he was too clueless to notice Brooke Lynn Samuels. Now a friend’s winter wedding in picturesque Bridgehampton is the perfect backdrop to a very intimate Yuletide reunion….

Link:  Goodreads    Amazon    B&N

 

 

Night Shift Anthology

night shiftTitle: Night Shift Anthology

  • Secrets at Midnight by Nalini Singh
  • Magic Steals by Ilona Andrews
  • The Beast of Blackmoor by Milla Vane
  • Lucky Charms by Lisa Shearin

Genre: Paranormal/Urban Fantasy/Fantasy

New York Times bestselling author Nalini Singh delivers a smoldering story with Secrets at Midnight , as the scent of Bastien Smith’s elusive lover ignites a possessiveness in him that’s as feral as it is ecstatic. And now that he’s found his mate, he’ll do anything to keep her.

In #1 New York Times bestselling author Ilona Andrews’ novella,Magic Steals , when people start going missing, shapeshifting tigress Dali Harimau and jaguar shifter Jim Shrapshire must uncover the truth about the mysterious creatures responsible.

From Milla Vane—a warrior princess must tame The Beast of Blackmoor to earn a place among her people. But she quickly discovers that the beast isn’t a monster, but a barbarian warrior who intends to do some taming himself.

It’s seer Makenna Frazier’s first day on the job at Supernatural Protection and Investigations, and her first assignment is more than she bargained for when bodyguard duty for a leprechaun prince’s bachelor party goes every which way but right in national bestselling author Lisa Shearin’s Lucky Charms .

Thoughts: I have no clue where to start on this book. I was excited for this only because of the Nalini Singh story as she’s one of my go to authors. I’d heard of Ilona Andrews but never read her. The others were completely new to me. I blew through the Singh book in an hour, and then proceeded to read the other books in this anthology. All three of them left me wanting to read the other books in their series.

Years ago I discovered that anthologies were a great way to discover new authors and I’m excited to say that it worked on me. After reading the books by Andrews and Shearin I want to go and get there complete backlists for these series (they both have large ones in the series in this anthologies). As for Vane well after an exhaustive internet search I discovered that this is the first book by Vane under this name. She has a huge backlist under her other pen name Meljean Brook and I already have all of them.

Here’s the thing about the Vane book, if you love Lord of the Rings and any story that has Gods in it you will love this story. I finished it and immediately wanted more. The word she created is so rich in characters I want to know what happens next.

Fans of Singh’s Psy/Changeling series, especially the cats will enjoy Basiten’s story. No we don’t find out about Mercy and Riley’s pupcubs as this story takes place right after Heart of Obsidian, but we do get to see a side of Bastien and the cats we’ve never seen and is super cute.

This is one of those anthologies that has four excellent stories.

Grade A

The King by Tiffany Reisz

the kingTitle: The King

Series: The Original Sinners bk 6

Author: Tiffany Reisz

Genre: Erotic Romance

Cunning. Sex. Pure nerve. Only this unholy threesome can raise him to his rightful place as a rule of Manhattan’s king kingdom.

Bouncing from bed to bed on the Upper East Side, Kingsley Edge is brilliant, beautiful and utterly debauched. No carnal act of chemical compound can relieve his self-destructive heartache—only Søren, the one person he loves without limit or regret. A man he can never have, but in whose hands Kingsley is reborn to attain even greater heights of sin.

Kingsley’s plan to open the ultimate BDSM club—a dungeon playground for New York’s A-list—becomes his obsession. His expertise in domination can’t subdue the one man who wants to stop him. The enigmatic Reverend Fuller won’t rest until King’s dream is destroyed, and so the battle lines are set; it’s one man’s sacred mission against another’s.

Thoughts: I’m so completely in love with this series I can’t even express it. I can’t believe I resisted reading it for as long as I did. Søren is one of the absolute best heroes being written today. I honestly didn’t think I could love Kingsley as much as I did Søren, but I was wrong.

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Body by Audrey Carlan + GIVEAWAY

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Title:   Body (Trinity Trilogy, Book 1)
Author:   Audrey Carlan
Genre:   Erotic Romance
Release Date:   November 17, 2014
Hosted By:   DRC Promotions
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SYNOPSIS
Men ruin women.
Especially men like Chase Davis. Good looking, intelligent, rich and powerful. I never stood a chance.
I didn’t want to want him.
I didn’t want to need him.
I didn’t want to fall for him.
He wouldn’t take no for an answer, and I let him consume me. Arrogant, confident, controlling, demanding … intense.
When he entered my life, I was finally healing after having barely survived the men of my past. My soul sisters told me to take a chance. To let someone in. I let him in, and he surrounded me with a light so bright I was blinded by the truth…
Men don’t ruin women.
They devour them in every way that counts.
Warning: This book is designed for audiences 18+ due to language, graphic sexual content, and themes that some may find disturbing. BODY is book 1 of a three-part trilogy. Book 1 has a “Happy for Now” type ending.

 



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REVIEW

It was an honor to once again beta this book for Ms Carlan! As the ARC became available I did another read through and I caught myself getting lost in the story again! Being drawn into a world that an author creates and being able to feel the characters emotions and passions and anxieties… it’s a sign of a great story to me! This is the genre that I love – contemporary, romance, erotic, and a first for Audrey Carlan, a touch of suspense! The perfect combo in my opinion!

 

I love love love Gillian (Gigi) and her strength and her self-made family!! She had a hard road getting where she is today but I think suffering abuse from the hands of someone that she thought she loved and surviving it has made her into the person she is. I relate to her choosing the ones that she made her family even though they may not be blood.  Surround yourself with the ones that will take care of you and let you take care of them!  Her past made her want to resist Chase and their mutual instant attraction but lucky for her (and for us, the readers) Chase was relentless in his pursuit!

 

The words that Ms Carlan uses to create Chase have made him so vivid in my mind. The descriptives used for how he smells, sandalwood and citrus, to her nickname of Superman because of his control and take-charge ways, he lives in my Kindle and I have many bookmarked scenes that I can go back and visit anytime I need to. There is also a sweetness, almost a reverence, in the way he loves and protects Gillian that make my heart melt! But lets not forget that this is an erotic read, the heat is off the charts and when I read the erotic scenes between the 2… YOWZA!! Had me clenching and squirming in my seat!! There is no doubt that this is one HOT erotic novel but the story is stellar too with a touch of suspense that you can see will ramp up as book 2 and 3 of the Trinity Trilogy become available. And we will not have long to wait! Book 2, Mind, will be available in December.

 

Grade A+

 

Ten Fun Facts About Body(Trinity Trilogy – Book 1)
 by Audrey Carlan
1. Gillian (Gigi) is the name that my husband and I would have named a child had we ever had a little girl. Alas, I am surrounded by men but loving it!
2. The three soul sisters are loosely based on my very own three best friends. They enjoy seeing what I put their character through. For example, Maria’s character is very different from my best friend Dyani, but they do have core similarities. My girl is fiercely protective, was an incredible contemporary dancer, is Italian and does speak Spanish, even though it’s not her heritage. She however, does not have a potty mouth and was not a victim of domestic violence like her character.
3. The three men aside from main character Chase Davis are loosely based on my soul sisters husbands.
4. My mother was a victim of domestic violence and writing this novel was something very cathartic for me, and I hope it gave the issue a bit more light. Young women, just out of high school can easily fall victim to domestic violence and being so young and impressionable are, in my opinion, often easier to manipulate into believing it’s there fault or they deserved the treatment they received.
5. San Francisco is very near and dear to me as it is less than a two hour drive from my home. Plus, I’ve personally not read a trilogy set in San Francisco.
6. The trinity symbol is extremely prevalent in my life and always has been. My soul sisters and I plan to get a tattoo with it, however, one sister is dragging her feet. The compromise is, if this trilogy makes it onto the New York Times bestselling list one day, she’ll get the tattoo. <crossing fingers> Not sure what I want more, the tattoo or the list! Both would be incredible.
7. Fun fact about this novel is it’s actually the first book I ever wrote but the fourth being published. This novel in particular holds more of my life and heart than anything I’ve written to date. During the developmental edit process I just had a really hard time separating myself from the book and couldn’t be objective. I took the advice of my mentor author Jess Dee and set it aside…for a YEAR! Then after I wrote the Falling Series (3 full length novels) I then was capable of going back to it. I think it’s a better book because of it.
8. I’m a pantser. The extent of my plotting is a one liner for each chapter but not usually until I’m halfway through writing it. Body was entirely written with very little plotting. I just let the muse go crazy and this is what happened!
9. The main character Chase has family members that names all start with a “C.” Chase, Carson, Cooper, Craig, Colleen, Chloe, Charles.
10. Heat level in this book runs at about an 8 out of 10. I like to write erotic sex scenes that make you feel something. I think you’ll find them so hot you’ll need your mate at the ready. <wink>

 



ABOUT THE AUTHOR
clip_image008Audrey Carlan is a professional fundraiser for an international healthcare related charity by day, and a sensual and erotic contemporary romance writer by night. She lives in the sunny California Valley two hours away from the city, the beach, the mountains and the precious…the vineyards. She has been married to the love of her life for 10 years and has two young children that live up to their title of “Monster Madness” on daily basis. When she’s not raising money, sipping wine with her “soul sisters”, three incredibly different and unique voices in her life, she can be found with her nose stuck in book or her Kindle. A hot, smutty, romantic book to be exact!
In life she believes that all things have their purpose even if we are unable to determine the purpose immediately.

 

 
CONNECT WITH AUDREY
Amazon Author Page: http://amzn.com/e/B00JAVVG8U
Email address: carlan.audrey@gmail.com

 

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Sunday Snippet: The Day it Rained Books by Katharine Ashe

If you’ve never had the opportunity to read one of Katharine Ashe’s books you need to fix that today. She’s one of the absolute best historical romance authors. I simply adore her books. So I’m super excited to share a snippet from her new book with everyone. 

“The Day It Rained Books” by Katharine Ashe

In the contemporary romance anthology AT THE BILLIONAIRE’S WEDDING

Piers didn’t approach her. But he didn’t stop watching her. Cali chatted with other guests and tried to relax. She failed. Eventually she ended up in a group of Duke’s friends who were talking about the huge success of his new start-up. Nearby, Roxanna caught her eye, then looked meaningfully to Cali’s side.

Cali turned her head. Piers stood beside her.

“Hey.” His voice was warm and low. Then he lifted his drink to his mouth and said something to the others about the TSE versus NASDAQ. He wore a gold signet ring and his hands had the prominent veins of a man in excellent physical condition. She knew this already. She’d seen him in a swimsuit. In the library, she’d had her face pressed against his chest. Still, seeing his hand at such close range after it’d been on the back of her neck to hold her mouth to his, she got shaky inside.

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Series Saturday: October Daye Series by Seanan McGuire

October Daye knows how cruel Faerie can be to its changeling children. Born in San Francisco and carried to the Summerlands by her pureblood mother when she was just a child, she was raised in a world that never seemed capable of understanding her. She ran away the moment the opportunity presented itself, only to find that the human world wasn’t any better.  Things have been going downhill ever since.  One of my absolute favorite series – can’t get enough of it and definitely recommended!

Rosemary_and_Rue_thumbBook #1 – Rosemary and Rue

The world of Faerie never disappeared; it merely went into hiding, continuing to exist parallel to our own. Secrecy is the key to Faerie’s survival—but no secret can be kept forever, and when the fae and mortal worlds collide, changelings are born. Outsiders from birth, these half-human, half-fae children spend their lives fighting for the respect of their immortal relations. Or, in the case of October “Toby” Daye, rejecting it completely. After getting burned by both sides of her heritage, Toby has denied the fae world, retreating into a “normal” life. Unfortunately for her, Faerie has other ideas…The murder of Countess Evening Winterrose, one of the secret regents of the San Francisco Bay Area, pulls Toby back into the fae world. Unable to resist Evening’s dying curse, Toby must resume her former position as knight errant to the Duke of Shadowed Hills and begin renewing old alliances that may prove her only hope of solving the mystery…before the curse catches up with her. Rosemary and Rue is the first installment of the highly praised Toby Daye series.

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October “Toby” Daye is a changeling, the daughter of Amandine of the fae and a mortal man. Like her mother, she is gifted in blood magic, able to read what has happened to a person through a mere taste of blood. Toby is the only changeling who has earned knighthood, and she re-earns that position every day, undertaking assignments for her liege, Sylvester, the Duke of the Shadowed Hills.  Now Sylvester has asked her to go to the County of Tamed Lightning—otherwise known as Fremont, CA—to make sure that all is well with his niece, Countess January O’Leary, whom he has not been able to contact. It seems like a simple enough assignment—but when dealing with the realm of Faerie nothing is ever as simple as it seems. Toby soon discovers that someone has begun murdering people close to January, whose domain is a buffer between Sylvester’s realm and a scheming rival duchy. If Toby can’t find the killer soon, she may well become the next victim.

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Changeling knight in the court of the Duke of Shadowed Hills, October “Toby” Daye has survived numerous challenges that would destroy fae and mortal alike. Now Toby must take on a nightmarish new assignment. Someone is stealing both fae and mortal children—and all signs point to Blind Michael. When the young son of Toby’s closest friends is snatched from their Northern California home, Toby has no choice but to track the villains down, even when there are only three magical roads by which to reach Blind Michael’s realm—home of the legendary Wild Hunt—and no road may be taken more than once. If she cannot escape with all the children before the candle that guides and protects her burns away, Toby herself will fall prey to Blind Michael’s inescapable power.  And it doesn’t bode well for the success of her mission that her own personal Fetch, May Daye—the harbinger of Toby’s own death—has suddenly turned up on her doorstep…

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October “Toby” Daye, changeling knight in the service of Duke Sylvester Torquill, finds the delicate balance of her life shattered when she learns that an old friend is in dire trouble. Lily, Lady of the Tea Gardens, has been struck down by a mysterious, seemingly impossible illness, leaving her fiefdom undefended. Struggling to find a way to save Lily and her subjects, Toby must confront her own past as an enemy she thought was gone forever raises her head once more: Oleander de Merelands, one of the two people responsible for her fourteen-year exile.
Time is growing short and the stakes are getting higher, for the Queen of the Mists has her own agenda. With everything on the line, Toby will have to take the ultimate risk to save herself and the people she loves most—because if she can’t find the missing pieces of the puzzle in time, Toby will be forced to make the one choice she never thought she’d have to face again…

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October “Toby” Daye is finally doing all right—and that inevitably means it’s time for things to take a turn for the worse. Someone has kidnapped the sons of the Duchess Dianda Lorden, regent of the Undersea Duchy of Saltmist. To prevent a war between land and sea, Toby must not only find the missing boys, but also prove that the Queen of the Mists was not behind their abduction. She’ll need all her tricks and the help of her allies if she wants to make it through this in one piece.  Toby’s search will take her from the streets of San Francisco to the lands beneath the waves. But someone is determined to stop her—and whoever it is isn’t playing by Oberon’s Laws. As the battle grows more and more personal, one thing is chillingly clear. When Faerie goes to war, not everyone will walk away. One Salt Sea is the fifth installment of the highly praised Toby Daye series.

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It’s been almost a year since October “Toby” Daye averted a war, gave up a county, and suffered personal losses that have left her wishing for a good day’s sleep. She’s tried to focus on her responsibilities, but she can’t help feeling like her world is crumbling around her, and her increasingly reckless behavior is beginning to worry even her staunchest supporters.  To make matters worse, Toby’s just been asked to find another missing child…only this time it’s the changeling daughter of her fellow knight, Etienne. Chelsea, a teleporter like her father, is the kind of changeling the old stories warn about: the ones with all the strength and none of the control. She’s opening doors that were never meant to be opened, releasing dangers that were sealed away centuries before—and there’s a good chance she could destroy Faerie if she isn’t stopped. Now Toby must find Chelsea before time runs out, racing against an unknown deadline and through unknown worlds as she and her allies try to avert disaster. Toby thought the last year was bad. She has no idea.

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Things are starting to look up for October “Toby” Daye. She’s training her squire, doing her job, and has finally allowed herself to grow closer to the local King of Cats. It seems like her life may finally be settling down…at least until dead changelings start appearing in the alleys of San Francisco, killed by an overdose of goblin fruit.  Toby’s efforts to take the problem to the Queen of the Mists are met with harsh reprisals, leaving her under sentence of exile from her home and everyone she loves. Now Toby must find a way to reverse the Queens decree, get the goblin fruit off the streets–and, oh, yes, save her own life. And then there’s the question of the Queen herself, who seems increasingly unlikely to have a valid claim to the throne….To find the answers, October and her friends will have to travel from the legendary Library of Stars into the hidden depths of the Kingdom of the Mists–and they’ll have to do it fast, because time is running out.

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Toby thought she understood her own past; she thought she knew the score.  She was wrong.  It’s time to learn the truth.

 

COVER REVEAL: Miles From Home by Ava Bell

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Title:  Miles From Home

Author:  Ava Bell

Release Date:  January 2015

10807092_1482344182047672_465692260_nBlurb:  Six months after the death of her mother, Twenty-one-year-old Maggie Taylor is just trying to get through each day when she’s offered a coveted spot at a prestigious dance school in New York City. Knowing her father will not approve, she packs her car and sets out on a road trip that will leave her forever changed.

Twenty-one-year-old Sam Austin is tired of being stuck in a small town. Forced to deal with his father’s alcoholism since his mother left eleven years ago, Sam has only ever found solace in music and frequent one-night-stands. When Sam is presented with the opportunity to move to Chicago, he leaps at the chance, and leaves town with only his backpack and guitar.

When Sam and Maggie arrive in the small Midwestern town of Hermann, Missouri, they are forced to share the only room available . What starts as a simple inconvenience soon turns into a weekend of passion. A passion that will burn until they are reunited years later by a terrible tragedy.

Link:  Goodreads

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Unleased by Rachel Lacey

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Series: Love to the Rescue #1

Author: Rachel Lacey

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Blurb: What happens when you find the right one at the wrong time?

Cara Medlen has a serious case of animal attraction. And it’s not because of all the foster dogs she’s rescued. She’s got it bad for her incredibly sexy neighbor. Her one rule: Don’t get attached. It’s served her well with the dogs she’s given to good homes and the children she’s nannied. Yet the temptation of Matt’s sexy smile might just convince her that some rules are made to be broken.

Matt Dumont doesn’t need his skills as a private investigator to detect disaster on the horizon. Cara is everything he thought he’d never find-gorgeous, funny, and caring. But there’s no way he can start a relationship just as he’s about to move to another state. Talk about bad timing. As their attraction sizzles too hot to deny, they’ll have to make a decision: forget the consequences and let loose, or forget each other and let go…

Thoughts: I am a huge fan of paranormal romance and erotica (generally separately), but every once in a while you need a sweet romance that just lets your heart sigh.  This is a good one for that.  Cara is passionate about her rescue dogs, but avoids having any attachments.  She has been in remission for 8 years and her doctor told her that at 10 years the chances of the cancer coming back was 5%.  She’s basically been waiting for the 10 year mark to start living.  She fosters rescue dogs, but she won’t keep them.  On the rare occasion that she dates, she’ll only go out with men that she has no chemistry with.  She doesn’t post pictures of herself at her house and she won’t even go after the career she really wants.  She even avoids being friendly with the her neighbors (especially the hot guy next door)to save herself from being attached.  At the beginning of the book, a girl that she beat cancer with as a teenage has died.  Her friend was in remission, got married and had a child only to have her cancer come back.  This only cemented Cara’s feelings about avoiding commitments.

Matt is Cara’s next door neighbor and he notices that she avoids him.  His mother has become ill and he’s moving back to Boston to take care of her and open a business with his brother.  When he sees Cara in her back yard and it looks like she’s getting her dogs to fight, he has to step in.  His gorgeous and innocent looking neighbor doesn’t seem like the type to do that, but he’s seen it all in his line of work as a PI.  When he introduces himself to Cara, she combats her attraction by being angry and defensive, but she doesn’t tell Matt what she’s really doing.  That just makes Matt all the more interested.  When he finally figures out what she’s actually up to, he can’t seem to get her out of him mind.  He tries to avoid Cara and tries to be just friendly, but he’s drawn to her like he’s never been before.

When the Homeowner’s Association tells Cara she can’t keep foster dogs anymore due to complaints they’ve received and she loses her job as a nanny, Cara has trouble coping with it.  She tried to fight the HOA, but she’s never been too friendly with the neighbors.  Cara focuses her efforts on rescuing 2 dogs that are being mistreated and saving another dog with cancer from being euthanized.  Matt has to step in and help her with both situations and one of them leads to being stuck in the snow overnight then staying the weekend in the mountains.  Matt and Cara have tried hard to fight their attraction and they’re both open about the fact that this can’t go anywhere, but the pull is just too strong.

What will happen when Matt has to leave North Carolina to go home to Boston?

Matt was pretty darn perfect.  His only “flaw” was his overwhelming sense of responsibility and very rigid sense of right and wrong.  Matt really struggled when Cara made a decision that he felt was wrong.  These are pretty minor things compared to this former marine, athletic, mom and dog-loving, neat and successful alpha male’s positive attributes.

Cara was an interesting character.  I wouldn’t expect to be able to relate to a character so different that I am, but I did.  I could understand the fear holding her back and how she tried to protect people from getting too close to her just in case she died on them.  It was frustrating at times to hear her thoughts, because she saw it as more of a life plan than avoiding life.  She couldn’t control herself or her heart with Matt, though, and he was able to break through some of her misconceptions.

While I totally respect the author’s stance on saving dogs, animal shelters, etc., I did feel at times that some of Cara and Merry’s thoughts and actions seemed like those of a PETA member.  I’m not bashing PETA or condoning animal cruelty, but I felt like there was a just as much (if not more) emphasis on the animal part as the romance.  Personally, I felt like it distracted some from the enjoyment of the romance and went on a bit too long because of it.  That’s just my opinion and you may love it all the more for the animal rights angle.

I had to say that I was extremely happy with the ending.  I really didn’t know how the story was going to play out and I really wanted to check the end of the book a few times to see if they ended up together.  I didn’t though and I won’t tell you what happens either.  Read it.  You won’t be disappointed.

Grade: A-

 

 

Protecting His Witch by Zoe Forward

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Series:  Keeper of the Veil Book #1

Author:  Zoe Forward

Genre:  Paranormal

Blurb:  The last thing he wanted was to fall for a witch… 

Veterinarian Kat Ramsey hasn’t a clue that she’s a witch. Sure, she can read minds, and there’s the whole “dimension-hopping” issue that she can’t quite control, but Kat is determined to keep things normal. That is, until she accidentally hops into the Otherworld, and runs smack into Matthew Ryan―the seriously hot one-night stand from years ago who shoved her out of his dorm. Naked.

 And there’s the tiny matter of the curse she gave him.

 May you never find satisfaction with another woman. Billionaire and former druid Matthew Ryan hasn’t forgotten the curse, or the witch who gave it to him. Kat’s unexpected return means the curse will finally be broken. Unfortunately, his libido has other ideas―like how to get her back into his bed one last time. But far more worrying is his suspicion that Kat is the seventh Pleiades witch. Because while he’s turned his back on his druidic ways, he’s still bound to protect the woman who made his life hell…

Thoughts:  The paranormal genre is really my go-to genre of choice, and this one seemed like an interesting selection.  For the most part, it was….and I loved the idea behind it, however there were a few problems with it and they just became too much to overlook in the overall scheme of things.  I liked the characters themselves and their story, and – while they were not perfect by any means – they were interesting and entertaining to read about.  They had their ups, their downs, their highs, their lows, their emotional moments, and their sexy ones.  For me, the problem lies in the background and world development.  I like the idea of Pleiades witches, druids, and gods and goddesses – and I get that Kat is the “lost” witch – meaning she has no idea who she is, what her powers are, or even what she is capable of, but the way it is written and portrayed to the reader comes across as really confusing.  Particularly the dimension hopping – for example, “She wondered if she had an identity in this world and Googled herself.  She typed in the webpage of her clinic in North Carolina and discovered her staff was completely different.  At least she wouldn’t have to worry about running into herself.”  Uhm, say what?

Granted this is the first book in the series, so I can hope that these issues kind of iron themselves out as the series progresses.  Some of the most popular and well-known paranormal series often had a rocky first book – it’s not easy fleshing out those first characters and building a whole new world in general.

When it comes to the title, I didn’t see that Matthew did that much ‘protecting’ in my opinion – but that’s just me.

Overall, not quite what I was expecting.

Rate:  C+/B-

 

Dare To Love by Carly Phillips

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Series: Dare To Love Series

Author: Carly Phillips

Genre: Romance

Blurb: When it comes to family, Ian Dare gives his all but in relationships he offers the bare minimum. Until one glimpse of sensual Riley Taylor arouses his dominant and protective instincts. He will do anything to possess her … and does. But any future with Riley must include him dealing his half-brother who is a constant reminder of the pain he’d rather forget.

Riley Taylor believes herself immune to domineering men – until charismatic Ian Dare turns a simple kiss into an all out assault on her senses and she discovers she likes his brand of control in the bedroom. As their affair heats up, they soon realize they complete each other in ways neither imagined. But Riley’s past is closer than she cares to remember, and her struggles with Ian’s dominance might just cost her everything. (love story, contemporary romance, alpha heroes, beach reads, sports heroes, bad boys, billionaire)

Thoughts: This is the first book of Carly Phillips that I’ve read and I don’t believe it will be my last. This is the story of Riley Taylor and Ian Dare. We’ve all heard of animal magnetism, right? The meeting of these two puts that to the test. Can two people who have instant passion for each other find true love with each other? Can they do it when one half of the couple has a best friend who has their doubts? These are all questions that are raised while you read Dare To Love.

Obstacle #1: Ian Dare a womanizer and is the only way that Riley’s best friend Alex has known him as and Ian must win Alex over in order to win Riley’s heart.

Obstacle #2: Ian has a need for control.

Obstacle #3: Riley will not have a man who feels the need to dominate her.

The only common ground they have is they are both tough and strong but is it enough for them to make it as a couple? Can they build a relationship by letting go of their past and the need for barriers in order to allow love in their hearts?

You’ll find the answers you are looking for in the pages of Dare To Love.

Grade: A