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Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Hot Off the Press: January 19th Releases

January 19th

TITLEAUTHORSERIESGENRE
The Pagan NightTim AkersThe Long Winter #1Fantasy
Funeral GamesJay AllanFar Stars Trilogy #3Sci-Fi
To Have and the MasterSparrow BeckettMasters Unleashed #3Romance/Bdsm
The Readers of Broken Wheel Katarina Bivald Women's Fiction
Wickedly Ever AfterDeborah BlakeBaba Yaga #2.5Urban Fantasy
Zero-GRob BoffardOuter Earth #2Sci-Fi
On the Meldon PlainPam BrondosThe Fourline Trilogy #2Young Adult
The Deep Sea Diver's SyndromeSerge BrussoloSci-Fi
EnrapturedCandace CampSecrets of the Loch #3Historical Romance
Who Killed Shelly Sinclair?Carla Cassidy Scene of the Crime #12Romantic Suspense
The Radiant RoadKatherine CatmullYoung Adult
AppealedEmma Chase The Legal Briefs #3Contemporary Romance
Sutherland's SecretSharon Cullen Highland Pride #1Historical Romance
My Reckless ValentineOlivia Dade Lovestruck Librarians #2Contemporary Romance
The Infection War: The Infection and The Killing FloorCraig DiLouieThe Infection War #1 & 2Sci-Fi
KnownKendra ElliotBone Secrets #5Romantic Suspense
Untamed LoveLindsay EvansContemporary Romance
Dr. Forget-Me-NotMarie FerrarellaMatchmaking Mamas #16Romance
Ahriman: UnchangedJohn FrenchAhriman Trilogy #3Sci-Fi
Darker CravingsCandice GilmerThe Mythical Knights #2Paranormal Romance
A Painted GoddessVictor GischlerA Fire Beneath the Skin #3Fantasy
Nick of TimeAllison B. HansonBlue Ridge Romance #2Contemporary Romance
Hot ProtectorLynn Raye Harris Hostile Operations Team #10Romantic Suspense
The Things We KeepSally HepworthFiction
BodyJoey W. Hill Naughty Wishes #1Romance/Erotica
We Are the AntsShaun David Hutchinson Young Adult/Glbt
The Doctor's Valentine DareCindy KirkRx for Love #13Romance
The Rogue RetrievalDan KoboldtFantasy
Forgotten PromisesJessica LemmonLost Boys #2New Adult
Brooklyn on FireLawrence H. LevyA Mary Handley Mystery #2Mystery/Historical
Confucius JaneKatie LynchFiction
A Raging DawnC.J. Lyons Fatal Insomnia #2Thriller
Sword and VerseKathy MacMillanSword and Verse #1Young Adult
FeverbornKaren Marie MoningFever #8Urban Fantasy
Earning A RingKristina Mathews More Than A Game #4Romance/Sports
The Isle of MinimusMKL MurphyThriller
Earth Zero: A Post-Apocalyptic ThrillerScott NicholsonNext #2Thriller/Post Apocalyptic
Falcone StrikeChristopher Nuttall Angel in the Whirlwind #2Sci-Fi
Dirty Sexy SaintCarly Phillips, Erika WildeDirty Sexy #1Contemporary Romance
Medusa's WebTim PowersFantasy
Dwarf WarfareChris PramasFantasy
Even Dogs in the WildIan RankinInspector Rebus #20Mystery
Home to Cedar BranchBrenda Bevan RemmesQuaker Café #2Women's Fiction
CunningAleatha RomigInfidelity #2Romance/Dark
Fixer-UpperInés Saint Spinning Hills #3Contemporary Romance
Unwanted GirlM.K. SchillerContemporary Romance
A Song for the BrokenheartedWilliam Shaw Breen and Tozer #3Mystery
Grave VengeanceLori SjobergGrave #3Paranormal Romance
BlueDanielle SteelWomen's Fiction
PatchwerkDavid TallermanSci-Fi
The Sons of SoraPaul TassiThe Earthborn Trilogy #3Sci-Fi
A Soldier's PromiseKaren TempletonWed in the West #7Romance
Small WarsMatt WallaceSin du Jour #1.5Urban Fantasy
Will to SurviveEric WaltersThe Rule of Three #3Young Adult/Sci-Fi
Tempted, Twisted, Tamed: The Dark Protectors NovellasRebecca ZanettiDark ProtectorsParanormal Romance

Contemporary Romance
Fantasy
Fiction
Historical Romance
Mystery
New Adult
Paranormal Romance
Romance
Romantic Suspense
Science Fiction
Thriller
Women's Fiction
Urban Fantasy
Young Adult

Monday, January 18, 2016

Review: A Little Sugar, A Lot of Love by Linn B. Halton


Title: A Little Sugar, A Lot of Love
Author: Linn B. Halton
Genre: Women’s Fiction
Publisher: Choc Lit
Source: Review copy from publisher
Format: E-book
Life isn’t all love and cupcakes …

Katie has had her fair share of bad luck, but when she finally realises her dream of opening a bakery it seems things can only get better.

But the reality of running a business hits Katie hard and whilst her partner, Steve, tries to help she begins to sense that the situation is driving them further apart. Could Katie be set to lose her relationship and her dream job?

Then, one winter’s day, a man walks into her shop – and, in the space of that moment, the course of Katie’s life is changed.

But nobody finds happiness in the blink of an eye. Sometimes it takes two Christmases, three birthdays and a whole lot of cake to get there …
Katie’s dream of owning a bakery has become a reality, but unfortunately is not everything she thought it would be. She’s happy baking and decorating her cakes, she also enjoys the contact with her customers, but the administrative part of her business is something she doesn’t like much. She also could do without the pressure that her boyfriend, Steve is putting on her. She knows starting businesses is what he knows best, but she wishes Steve will understand that her vision is not to become rich, but to do something she loves doing. Steve thinks helping Katie improve her business is what she wants, that only shows how little he knows her after more than 10 years together.
Katie has been question herself and her life goals, but is not until a stranger in need of help enters her bakery that she realizes she is not happy with her life and the way she is living it. Since the moment Adam crossed her threshold Katie hasn’t been able to stop thinking about him. He also made her realized that she is not in love with Steve anymore. The problem is every day that passes Steve is more and more involved in her business and doing a clean break will be impossible. Also seeing Adam only occasionally doesn’t help Katie in making a decision, but sometimes you can rush destiny, you just need to be patient until is the right time.

Katie and Adam’s points of view mainly tell the story; but we also get some chapters from Adam’s grandmother, Grace and Steve’s points of view. Being in their heads helps to get the bigger picture of what they are feeling and what they are expecting from life.

Although Katie is a sweet person with a good heart she got on my nerves quite a bit. Seeing her make bad decisions after bad decisions was a bit frustrating. Despite this, I really wanted her to find her HEA.

Adam is a good person, a good father and a good family man, but I thought he behaved sometimes a little bit like a doormat. I wanted to see more the man than the father. I wanted to know his likes and dislikes, but almost everything we saw about him was about his daughter or his grandmother.

Although Halton tried to portrait Steve as a not great boyfriend or person, I couldn’t help but see the positive attributes he had. I think his pairing with Katie was more like being with the wrong person, for the wrong reasons than being a bad man.

One character I really liked was Adam’s grandmother, Grace. Her love for her family was easily felt and I loved her insights about love, family and what was important in life. I really felt bad for her, I can’t imagine being in her position and seeing the person you love make mistakes over and over and not being able to do anything about it.

A Little Sugar, A Lot of Love by Linn B. Halton is a sweet story that develops over time. It’s a story about finding what you really want and being true to yourself. I liked A Little Sugar, A Lot of Love, but unfortunately I didn’t love it. I don’t know if it was the slow pace or the way it was written, but for me it was missing something.

My Verdict: 3 ½ Paws
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Saturday, January 16, 2016

Movie Trailer: The Boss


Academy Award®-nominated star Melissa McCarthy (Bridesmaids, The Heat, Tammy) headlines The Boss as a titan of industry who is sent to prison after she’s caught for insider trading. When she emerges ready to rebrand herself as America’s latest sweetheart, not everyone she screwed over is so quick to forgive and forget.

McCarthy is joined in The Boss by an all-star cast led by Kristen Bell, Peter Dinklage and Kathy Bates. Directed by Ben Falcone (Tammy), the comedy is based on an original character created by McCarthy and written by McCarthy and Falcone alongside their Groundlings collaborator, Steve Mallory. The film is produced by McCarthy and Falcone through their On the Day productions and Will Ferrell, Adam McKay and Chris Henchy through their Gary Sanchez Productions.

Trailer 



Friday, January 15, 2016

Review: Of Flame and Promise by Cecy Robson


Title: Of Flame and Promise
Author: Cecy Robson
Series: Weird Girls, book 6
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Publisher: Loveswept
Source: Review copy from publisher
Format: E-book
Cursed by a spell meant to destroy them, Taran Wird and her sisters instead developed unique magical talents. With the power of fire and lightning literally at her fingertips, Taran doesn’t fear much. Demons, vamps, whatever—bring ’em on! Only one thing terrifies her: commitment.

Taran is crazy about her boyfriend, Gemini, a sexy were with the incredible ability to split into two separate wolves. But after watching her sister go through heartbreak with the pack’s Alpha, Taran knows not to count on happily ever after—despite Gemini’s desire to claim her as his mate. Reluctantly, she agrees to meet his very traditional and conservative parents. Taran’s a badass with a mouth to match, and Gemini loves her for it. She’s just not positive these attributes will please Mom and Dad.

Unsurprisingly, every attempt by Taran to bond with Gemini’s folks proves disastrous. But in the end, Taran finds that winning them over means unleashing her powers . . . and proving that this foul-mouthed fire-starter is a force to be reckoned with.
Of Flame and Promise is the sixth book in the Weird Girls series by Cecy Robson.
The Weird Girls is one of my favorite series. One that I look forward to read, and as usual with Mrs. Cecy Robson, this is a book to read when you have the time, because you are going to lie to yourself, by believing that it will be one more chapter and you will go to bed.  It will not happen, so either make sure you have the time or you’ll be happy you didn’t sleep, because you will keep on thinking about the book during the day.
Of Flame and Promise is a different point of view of previous events.  We get to see life from Taran’s point of view instead of Celia’s. Personally I love all of the Weird sisters, but seeing the contrast between Celia and Taran is rather refreshing.
Taran is a let all out kind of gal, she is one of those that jumps and see what happens.  I love that about her, she is this woman that is willing to do whatever it takes to save everyone, but in this book we get to experience her inner demons in a deeper way, we see her as her, the real person that hides behind all that bravado.
I also loved seeing Gemini as a main character, I love the chemistry between those two; so be sure that you are not reading this book around people that can look into it, or your kids, because it has several really HOT moments.
All the events in this book are things you kind of know, but as I said is really refreshing to read them from Taran’s point of view.
In this book Taran goes into a rollercoaster of events and emotions.  Gemini is ready to get official as mates, but that means she has to risk getting hurt as her sister did, and getting hurt is something that really, really scares her.
You get to experience first hand the moments of doubt and the resolution to not give up on love. We see Taran fighting against her fears, against the inner demons that she carries within, and attempting to live in denial.  
It’s the time to take a leap of faith and accept to be committed to Gemini, off course in Weird sister’s style. Fight for your love while you are being attacked by Demons, the freakish baby demons, vampires, weres and everything in between.

What I liked the most is that all the fighting and action in the book is shadowed by her personal struggles, trying to gain Gamini’s parents respect, or at least to be accepted by them, while trying to accept that she is indeed his mate.
There are things that I guess all girls that have met their in-laws can relate (hopefully none of you encountered baby demons, vampires or weres… But if you did, I would love to hear about it), we all have tried to impress them, but many of us ended up failing, only to realize that at the end what is meant to be, will be. Even if not everyone approves.
In this book you really get to see Taran’s talents, how she is learning to use her powers and her good heart, like all the Weird Sisters series is a non-stop action, emotional ups and downs, moments of disbelief, and moments of joy

I am a sucker for love stories, and Of Flame and Promise is one that I really enjoyed.  Thanks to this book I now have a hard time keeping Aric as my top guy. Gemini in this book is just awesome.
I will be looking forward to read more adventures about Taran - Gemini team, as well as the stories from the rest of the Weird sisters (Emme and Shayna).

My Verdict: 4 Paws
 

Other books in the series
A Curse Awakened (Prequel)
The Weird Girls (prequel) 
A Cursed Moon (Novella)
Of Flame and Promise

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