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Saturday, July 30, 2011

Book Trailer: One Grave at a Time by Jeaniene Frost

One Grave at a Time is book six in the Night Huntress series
by Jeaniene Frost.
This book will be release next August 30th. 


Book Cover




Friday, July 29, 2011

Friday's Short Review: Heartless by Gail Carriger


Title: Heartless
Author: Gail Carriger
Series: The Parasol Protectorate, book 4
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Steampunk
Publisher: Orbit
Format: E-book
“Lady Alexia Maccon, soulless, is at it again, only this time the trouble is not her fault. When a mad ghost threatens the queen, Alexia is on the case, following a trail that leads her deep into her husband's past. Top that off with a sister who has joined the suffragette movement (shocking!), Madame Lefoux's latest mechanical invention, and a plague of zombie porcupines and Alexia barely has time to remember she happens to be eight months pregnant.Will Alexia manage to determine who is trying to kill Queen Victoria before it is too late? Is it the vampires again or is there a traitor lurking about in wolf's clothing? And what, exactly, has taken up residence in Lord Akeldama's second best closet?”
Heartless is book four in The Parasol Protectorate series by Gail Carriger. 

I have forgotten how good and hilariously smart these books were, ok with the exception of the previous book Blameless… nobody is perfect.

In this installment, eight months pregnant Alexia is running around London solving problems left and right, avoiding assassination attempts and trying to find out the truth about a tip received from an unknown ghost about a plot to kill the Queen. The infant-inconvenience makes things more difficult for her and funnier for us. It’s not just her humongous size that makes her slow down and be tired. But more important is her appetite; everything reminds her of food and when Alexia is hungry, Alexia needs to eat.

She seemed to spend all her time either eating or dozing-sometimes dozing while eating and, once or twice, eating while dozing. Pregnancy had given her a new window into the human capacity for consumption.

It has got to the point that all member of The Pack are carrying food with them in case Alexia gets hungry. And don’t even put a Treacle Tart in front of her, everything will pass to a second place after the tart.

I love Alexia and Lord Maccon relationship. Alexia is all proper and ladylike while Maccon doesn’t care a bit for society rules. I love how much they enjoy their discussions, as much as their more private activities.

Lord Maccon barked at his wife authoritatively. Lord Maccon was always barking at his wife, the form of his body mattering not one jot.
Alexia dismissed the commanding tone…

All the characters we love from previous books Lord Akeldama, Professor Lyall, Ivy Tunstall, Madam Lefoux, Biffy, Floote and even stupid Felicity are present in this book and a new and tiny one made his/her debut.
Some secrets from the past are shared and some others have been left to be discover. I really would like to know everything Floote knows and hope Mrs. Carriger would share his knowledge with us in the next and last installment of this series, Timeless.

One of my favorite scenes is when the Parasol Protectorate is officially created and its first member does her pledge to the secret organization. That scene was just perfect.

My final thought: After a little bit of a disappointment with Blameless, Mrs. Carriger restored my faith in her with Heartless. This is one of those books you cannot judge by its cover, because (in my opinion) the cover is hideous but the book is great. (I don’t know why they change the format of the cover; the previous covers were thousand times better.)
Heartless is a funny, entangling book with a good plot, some twist and turns and very interesting and different characters.
The steampunk factor is perfectly balance with the story, it doesn’t feel overwhelming or steals the spot from the characters.
In my opinion Heartless is the best book in the series and I can’t wait for March of next year to read Timeless.
This book is not a stand-alone and it should be read as part of the series and the series should be read in order.
I recommend this book and this series to all Steampunk lovers, or paranormal historical fans or anyone who would like to read a nice, different and fun book.

My Verdict: 4 ½ Paws


Other books in the series
Soulless
Changeless
Blameless
Heartless
Timeless (03/01/2011)

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Thursday, July 28, 2011

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Review: By His Majesty’s Grace by Jennifer Blake



Title: By His Majesty’s Grace
Author: Jennifer Blake
Series: The Three Graces, book 1
Genre: Historical Romance
Publisher: MIRA
Source: Review copy from publisher
Format: E-book
“The Three Graces of Graydon are well–born sisters bearing an ominous curse: any man betrothed to them without love is doomed to die.Much to her chagrin, Lady Isabel Milton has been given to Earl Rand Braesford—a reward from the Tudor king for his loyalty to the throne. The lusty nobleman quickly claims his husbandly rights, an experience Isabel scarcely hoped to enjoy so much. But youth and strength may not save Braesford from his bride's infamous curse…Accused of a heinous crime with implications that reach all the way to King Henry himself, Braesford is imprisoned in the Tower, and Isabel is offered her salvation—but for a price. She has the power to seal his fate, have him sent to the executioner and be freed from her marriage bonds. Yet the more Isabel learns of Rand, the less convinced she is of his guilt, and she commits to discover the truth about the enigmatic husband she never expected to love.”
Lady Isabel Milton has been betrothed four times and her four betrotheds have died from various causes before their wedding day. Lady Isabel has used these events to create a cursing tale widely known as The Curse of the Three Graces. This curse says Lady Isabel and her sisters are cursed and any man who would want to join them in a loveless marriage will die victim of the curse.
The last thing Isabel wants is to marry. She saw how her mother’s spirit was decimated thanks to the abused received by her stepfather, culminating in her mother’s dead. Fortunately her stepfather died just months after her mother’s demised, leaving them under the (hard) care of their stepbrother Lord Graydon.
After Henry VII ascent to the throne Isabel and her sister are place under the King’s guardianship.
Rand Braesford is the bastard son of an earl with no title but under the favor of the king for services rendered to him during his exile and in the fight for the ascension to the throne. For his help and loyalty to Henry VII he has been given the lands that used to belong to his father and the hand in marriage of Lady Isabel Milton.
Lady Isabel is appalled she is to marry a man beneath her station but she doesn’t see any way out, what the king decrees is law and Rand doesn’t seem to care or believe about the curse.
Just before the wedding is to be performed emissaries of the King interrupted the dinner banquet. Rand has been accused of murdering a child and his and his bride’s presence is required before the king.
At their arrival to the palace Lady Isabel thinks she is going to be free from this engagement too, just to realized the king has plans for them to wed next day and to reside in the palace while investigating the allegations against Rand. 
What Lady Isabel has seen of men has made her afraid of marriage and especially of the wedding night. But Rand despite his warrior body is sweet, tender and caring with her, disconcerting her and maybe changing a little bit her impressions, at least in regards to her new husband.
Days later things change suddenly when Rand is apprehended and taken to The Tower to await for his conviction.
Lady Isabel has two options, to do nothing and wait for his husband execution or to help find out the truth about the accusations against him.

I really enjoy By His Majesty’s Grace. I think Mrs. Blake did a great job intertwining real historical events with those of fiction.

It took me some time to warm up to Lady Isabel, but after learning more of her background and where she was coming from is easier to understand her abhorrence towards marriage and men in general.
I cannot imagine living in a time where women were almost a commodity, given in exchange of favors or where young girls were married to very decrepit old men just because it was a beneficial marriage.
At the end I liked Isabel very much, she is smart and strong willed. She cares deeply for her love ones and is willing to recognize when she has been wrong.  

I love Rand since the first moment I met him. He is a teddy bear in a polar bear package. This means he can be caring and loving or a killer and protector is the need arises.

Rand and Isabel’s relationship was a believable one. Even though there was an attraction their affection towards each other was not an instant one, but one that grew through the pages thanks to their interactions.

From the secondary characters I really like Rand’s squire, David. I think (hope) there is a story behind him and I really would like to learn more about him.

This is my first historical set during the reign of Henry VII. And as I said before I love the historical setting thanks to the accuracy of events in Mrs. Blake writing. By His Majesty’s Grace is one of those books that after you finish it you will have the need to do some research about this era and the characters depicted in it.

By His Majesty’s Grace was my first book by Jennifer Blake and I can guarantee you I won’t be my last. By His Majesty’s Grace is the first book in The Three Graces series; the following two books would be about Isabel’s sisters, Cate and Marguerite. I’m planning to read them when they become available.

My Verdict: 4 Paws


Other books in the series
By His Majesty’s Grace
By Grace Possessed (08/23/2011)
Seduced by Grace (09/20/2011)

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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Tuesday's Hot-Hot Hottie: Bradley Cooper

Today Hot-Hot Hottie is the American Actor Bradley Cooper.
He is lately known for his role in the films 
The Hangover Part 1 and Part 2.








Monday, July 25, 2011

Review: Tell Me More by Janet Mullany


Title
: Tell Me More
Author: Janet Mullany
Genre: Contemporary Erotic Romance
Publisher: Spice
Source: Review copy from publisher
Format: E-book
*Warning: This review contains spoilers, LOTS of spoilers… Let’s say it’s more a summary/review than a review, so proceed at your own risk.*
“Tell me every dirty detail…
Jo Hutchinson is obsessed with a man she's never seen—only heard. Her late–night calls from the office to the mysterious "Mr. D." grow increasingly intimate, until they finally become full–blown phone sex. Still, Jo doesn't dare meet him. Instead, she embarks on a series of sizzling sexual escapades with other guys, sharing every sweaty moment with Mr. D. afterward, a passion–by–proxy arrangement they both get off on. But even as she's charting brave new naughty worlds, Jo knows that it's all really for Mr. D. Every pleasure she experiences—eagerly, athletically, vocally—is to please him.
Immersed in fantasy, reality just slips away—even the chance at that elusive combination of love and lust. Her new tenant, Patrick, an Irish hunk in geek's clothing, is totally into her. And in her lucid moments, Jo knows she feels the same. Can she tear herself away from her kinky dreamworld long enough to appreciate what's right in front of her? Or has Mr. D. ruined her for real life?”
Ok, I don’t know where to start with this *headdesk*… Jo is a radio DJ with a program late at night, sometimes she receives calls from listeners and in one of those calls she meets “Mr. D”. Jo went through a difficult breakup, her boyfriend cheated on her. Mr. D helped her a lot during those days and after some calls they became phone buddies. One day Jo’s ex comes to her house to pickup something he has forgotten in the house, Jo sees him and gets horny and it doesn’t matter that he is a lying cheating bastard, her hormones are stronger than her so she decides to have a farewell fuck with him. While they are at it, recently divorced Patrick comes to see the efficiency Jo is renting; the door is open, so obviously Patrick enters (without knocking or making noise) and catches Jo and Hugh in the act. When they are done they notice him watching them, he excuses himself and later via email reschedules the appointment to see the apartment the next day. That night Jo tells every little detail about her encounter with the ex to Mr. D and soon after that conversation they move to a next level and start to have phone sex, while Jo is at her job, nice! One night in one of those sex-versations with Mr. D Jo is masturbating almost naked in her office (classy) she thought she was alone in the building, but one young intern hasn’t left and caught her “in the act” (again), so what does Jo do? She takes this 21 year old to her house and has a sex-rathon with him. While having cougar sex she is thinking about Mr. D and how much he is going to enjoy when she tells him all about this new encounter. And she was right, Mr. D is “very happy” with the recount of the night.
That same day Patrick moves to the efficiency and the young intern with his “satisfied” face helps him move in.
Before all this started Jo wanted to meet Mr. D but he said it was better to keep a strictly phone relationship between them, but now Mr. D has changed his mind and wants to meet with Jo, but she is afraid things may change between them and now she is the one who doesn’t want to meet him.
Jo wants to have an exciting and a very sexual life just to have stories to tell Mr. D. She is changing from a nice woman to a very sluty slut. Her best friend Kimberly is noticing something different with Jo but thinks the hard breakup is to blame. Kimberly thinks Jo needs to meet new people and introduces her to Willis Scott. Jo doesn’t like Willis a bit, but accepts his invitation for lunch. They go to a picnic together and Jo is the dessert, another story to tell Mr. D.
Willis seeing Jo is so “liberated” invites her to a foursome with some of his friends and what does Jo do? She accepts… another story to tell Mr. D.
Willis’ friend Jack seeing how “approachable” Jo is invites her to join a sex club, and what does our delectable heroine do? She agrees of course, more stories to tell Mr. D!
Days later Jo is screwing around in the sex club when she hears the voice of Mr. D, she tries to approach him but he evades her. Jo starts to suspect Mr. D has been all the time behind her enrollment in this private club. This news leaves her feeling sad, betrayed and a little bit lost.  She is also feeling attracted to her tenant Patrick. The attraction is mutual but Patrick knows there is something weird about Jo. He has these feelings not just because he caught Jo with two different men in just couple of days, but more because one night Jo arrived home early in the morning looking like a poor and badly used porn star. As I said before, our heroine is a delectable and classy lady.
Jo decides to leave the club behind and gives a chance to Patrick. Patrick wants to take things slow, to make it special, there is a lot of fooling around but they are waiting a while for the perfect moment to have their first time.
The super secret sex club doesn’t want Jo to retire and invite her to a dinner and sleep over as a proof of their good faith. The director of the club tells Jo to bring Patrick as her guest, she won’t have to have sex with anybody else and they are going to get a room all for themselves. So our smart heroine invites Patrick to the dinner/sleep over thinking it will be especial for the first night.
The night of the event they arrive to the club, Patrick thinks is weird they have to use masks but doesn’t think anything else about it. Many men know Jo and it is very obvious they know her “really” well, but Patrick is kind of ok with that too. After dinner they go to the room they were assigned. It is the first time Patrick and Jo are going to do “the deed” smart Jo tells Patrick not to use a condom and even smarter Patrick accepts, it’s not as if Jo was screwing around or being a participant in a sex club or drinking more body fluids than coffee in the morning… I guess being safe is not important for them. And Patrick doesn’t care that he saw her arriving the other night in the state she arrived, he thinks is safe to have unprotected sex with her? Ok, what can I say… STUPID!
Soon after they are done, the room is filled with people cheering them and congratulating them for their great performance. Patrick is appalled, he thinks it was Jo’s plan all alone and storms out of the room leaving her there. Jo doesn’t know what to do and finds herself in front of Mr. D, this was another of his evil plans. Jo is infuriated because he has been playing with her all alone, so she does the “smart” thing and asks him to meet her a couple of days later at a hotel to talk about his motives.
After some pleading, crying and begging from Jo Patrick forgives her and believes she didn’t know what was gonna happen, even though she brought him into a sex club without letting him know what they were getting into. Such a nice man!
Patrick and Jo are great, they are in love and enjoying to the max their time together… so sweet!
Patrick’s dad is visiting from Ireland, they have a tough relationship, so Patrick asks his dear girlfriend Jo to come with them to dinner to meet his father and be their buffer is the need arise. Jo accepts, is going to be a tight schedule, she is supposed to meet with Mr. D and go to the studio before dinner. Patrick doesn’t know Jo is meeting Mr. D, he thinks she is going to the studio and after will meet with him.
Jo arrives to the hotel, Mr. D is waiting for her in the lobby, they go to the hotel restaurant to have tea and talk (they are very civilized people), during their talk Mr. D shows Jo the card key to one of the rooms of the hotel and what does our sweet and in love heroine do? She goes and fucks Mr. D while nice Patrick is waiting for her with his pain in the ass father at a restaurant. Patrick is trying to reach her, but her phone is off, he is worried sick that something has happened, he calls the station and learns she haven’t been there the whole day. Of course he adds 2 plus 2 and realizes he has won the title of cuckold of the year.  While many times during the book I “had to” hit my head with a desk I continue reading, but at this point I really wanted to throw the book through a window, but couldn’t do it because I was reading an ebook and I love my reader. If there had been many pages left I would not have finish this book, but there were just few left so I continue with Jo and her pussy’s adventures…
 To end this summary/review let’s just say that Patrick needs to buy a set of cojones and a kilogram of self-esteem and Jo needs to go daily to the psychoanalyst and hopefully he/she will be a very unattractive doctor so Jo doesn’t end up screwing with him/her.
I also think somebody needs to give Jo a detailed explanation about STDs and how they are transmitted.

Even though I love the cover and really wanted to like it, Tell Me More was not for me, not just because I didn’t like any of the characters, or because the author’s writing style gave me headache with her point of view change from Jo’s first person point of view to Patrick’s third person point of view, or because I have to read some paragraphs more than once to understand what and who was saying it. Or because there is NOT a scene when Jo goes down and dirty with Mr. D even though there was a build up during the whole book between these two characters.
I was planning to give it 2 Paws but gave it an extra ½ Paw because some of the sex scenes were pretty hot.
If you like porn in paper and don’t care much about the plot or the characters this book is for you. If you want a well-developed plot and interesting characters look somewhere else.

My Verdict: 2 ½ Paws


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Saturday, July 23, 2011

Movie Trailer: Conan the Barbarian

In honor to this week Hot-Hot Hottie Jason Momoa today's Movie Trailer is Conan the Barbarian
Conan the Barbarian is based on the mythological character of Conan, this film is completely new and won't have any connection to the previous Conan movies.  

Trailer


Movie Poster




Friday, July 22, 2011

Friday's Short Review: Black Heart Loa by Adrian Phoenix



Title
: Black Heart Loa
Author: Adrian Phoenix
Series: Hoodoo, book 2
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Publisher: Pocket
Format: E-book
An eye for an eye is never enough.
Kallie Rivière, a Cajun hoodoo apprentice with a bent for trouble, learned the meaning of those ominous words when hoodoo bogeyman Doctor Heron targeted her family for revenge. Now, while searching for her still-missing bayou pirate cousin, Kallie finds out the hard way that someone is undoing powerful gris gris, which means that working magic has become as unpredictable as rolling a handful of dice. The wards woven to protect the Gulf coast are unraveling, leaving New Orleans and the surrounding bayous vulnerable just as an unnatural storm—the deadliest in a century—is born. As the hurricane powers toward the heart of all she loves, Kallie desperately searches for the cause of the disturbing randomness, only to learn a deeply unsettling truth: the culprit may be herself. To protect her family and friends, including the sexy nomad Layne Vallin, Kallie steps into the jaws of danger . . . and finds a loup garou designed to steal her heart—literally.”
Black Heart Loa starts immediately after the events in Black Dust Mambo (book 1). Jackson is missing, Kallie, Belladona, Divinity and Gabrielle are deciding what to do next, when two men wearing ski masks and carrying guns break into their house, they are demanding the goods Jackson stole from them. But they underestimated this group of women. Minutes after their break in these men (Cash and Kerry) find themselves gun-less and cowering. After some interrogating they disclosed information regarding Jackson whereabouts. They were not the men that took him, but they saw when he was taken and they didn’t do anything to stop it. To infuriate Kallie and the others even more they acknowledge to have followed Jackson’s car and seeing how this group of people had buried Jackson alive. Kallie and Belladona take Kerry with them and go in search of the place where Jackson is buried hoping they won’t arrive to late to rescuing him.
Other things are happening at the same time, magic is backfiring, spell casts are going a skew and to complete this madness the wards designed to protect the golf coast from hurricanes are acting contrary as they should, calling a big hurricane to the land.

The characters in this series are different and non-ordinary. The world Mrs. Phoenix has created is unique and interesting, with the hoodoo, voodoo, Loas and its magic.

The characters have strong interrelationships. They know and care for each other. Their love is real and tangible, even though sometimes the “methods” they use on each other seem a little bit unorthodox.
I love the relationship between Kallie and Belladona; they felt almost as sisters. Their banter and witty remarks made this a still more enjoyable read.

We see again the sexy nomad Layne Valin… I usually don’t like dreads but I think they should look mighty sexy on Layne, so he is forgiven for having them. We learn a lot more about Jackson, Mrs. Phoenix really surprised me with his story, in a good way, as always. A new character is introduced his name is Devlin Daniels and let’s say he intrigues me very, very, very much. I can’t wait to see what Mrs. Phoenix has in stock for him.

My final thought: Black Heart Loa is a great addition to this series. It has everything a good Urban Fantasy book should have, action, intrigues, smexiness, great plot and interesting characters. Mrs. Phoenix entangled me with her magic writing in this wonderful book, demonstrating me once more why she is one of my favorite Urban Fantasy authors.
This book should not be read as a stand-alone, it should be read after Black Dust Mambo.
I cannot recommend you enough this book, this series and this author. If you haven’t read anything from Mrs. Phoenix you are missing one of the best masterminds of this genre.

My Verdict: 4 ½ Paws

Other books in the series
Black Dust Mambo
Black Heart Loa

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Thursday, July 21, 2011

CATS-ilicious Thursday

Today I'll be like this cat. I'll be traveling back to Istanbul... 
I just hope I will be more comfortable than her. 


Some old and new... 


Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Let's Share A Few Laughs

A friend shared this video with me. I thought it was hilarious especially the "nail" salon part. I hope you would like it too and please tell me if Anjelah Johnson doesn't do a great job imitating the Vietnamese manicurist.  


Next time I go for a manicure I won't be able to look at "Tammy" to her face without laughing. 

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Tuesday's Hot-Hot Hottie: Jason Momoa

Today's Hot-Hot Hottie is the "moobilicious" American actor and model Jason Momoa.
Lately known for his role as Khal Drogo in the HBO series Game of Thrones. He is also the protagonist in the new remake of
Conan the Barbarian.




I see this picture and what comes to my mind is
Moooooobs!


And what can I say about his assets... 



Monday, July 18, 2011

Review: Original Sin by Beth McMullen


Title
: Original Sin

Author: Beth McMullen
Series: Sally Sin, book 1
Genre: Fiction, Mystery
Publisher: Hyperion
Source: Review copy from publisher
Format: E-book
“On the surface, Lucy Hamilton looks just like all the other stay-at-home San Francisco moms. She takes her three-year-old son, Theo, to the beach, to the playground and to the zoo. She feeds him organic applesauce and free-range chicken. She folds laundry and plays on the floor with Matchbox cars until her knees ache. What no one knows about Lucy, not even her adoring husband, is that for nine years Lucy was Sally Sin, a spy for the United States Agency for Weapons of Mass Destruction. And that's just the way she wants to keep it - a secret. But when Lucy's nemesis Ian Blackford, a notorious illegal arms dealer, hits the USAWMD's radar, the Agency calls Sally Sin back to action to lure Blackford out into the open. Racing against time, Lucy must fight to save herself, her loving family - and, oh right - the world. Hilarious and resonant, ORIGINAL SIN is the story of one woman’s quest to find that most elusive work-life balance in the face of danger, intrigue, and proper recycling habits.”
Original Sin is book one of Sally Sin series by Beth McMullen. 

When Lucy met her husband four years ago she knew he was the man for her and started reevaluating her life and decided she wanted more than just traveling the world and being Sally Sin the spy, nine years was enough of that life. Now four years later, she is a happy housewife (as much as one can be) and a mother of a three-year-old called Theo. Lucy wants to have a “normal” life, but the past doesn’t forget and comes again to knock at her door.
As any good spy she has her nemesis, his name is Ian Blackford and now he literally has come back from the dead. When Lucy retired she was told certain rules to follow (we don’t exist, you never exist and so on) and that if the need arise she would be call back again to serve. Now with Blackford’s return, Lucy’s old handler Simon Still asks her to come out of retirement and help them capture him. The last thing Lucy wants is to be back to her old life, a life secret to all her friends, secret even to her husband, but when Lucy realizes her family might be at risk if she doesn’t do something, she decides (is forced) to do this job.

I liked Lucy since the first pages. She is a very easy character to connect with and to like; she was hilarious, always trying to juggle her mom duties and her spy paranoia. We see many flashbacks from her childhood and her life as a spy, this makes us understand her and know her better. As well as the secondary characters which are part of some those flashbacks.

Lucy nemesis Ian Blackford is dark and sexy; he is good spy turned bad, he was one of the best agents in USAWMD who crossed to the “dark side” and now he is a notorious illegal arms dealer.

Ian and Lucy relationship was a weird and complicate one, they are supposed to be enemies but there are some undercurrents and certain attraction that make it very interesting. Ian has kidnapped Lucy countless times, but had never hurt her. Lucy has had opportunities to kill Ian but has never done it. During Lucy’s recalls of her memories (flashback) I was hoping to read about some smexy time between these two, but it looks their “relationship” was on a more platonic level.
Sadly their relationship was a lot more interesting than Lucy and her husband Will. Will is an eco-friendly man, who cares a little bit too much for the environment and is always doing his best to protect it. Will doesn’t have much scene time, and his relationship with Lucy felt superficial, with not much in common between them, just physical intimacy. Also it was hard for me to understand a man who marries a woman knowing she is keeping many secrets, it felt as if he really didn’t care to know the person he was married with. Also I don’t see how a relationship based in lies can work, because sooner or later the truth is going to come out and then what is going to happen? Is he going to be ok with the kind of woman she was and in certain cases still has to be? Also it felt as if he is more than what he shows. I may be wrong and it was just that Lucy’s paranoia was contagious, I will have to wait and see in future books.

All the other secondary characters complemented really nice the story, they all provided something different and interesting to it. From Lucy handler Simon Still to Lucy friends Avery and Sam, and of course I cannot forget Lucy’s son Theo and the evil Black Monk… weird that I put those two almost in the same category…

Original Sin is a very entertaining book with great and funny characters. In this, her debut novel Mrs. McMullen created a very fast pace, entertaining and captivating story that would have you glue to its pages. Original Sin has a well-developed and complex plot that would have you guessing and wondering about what it is to come page after page. Some secrets are unveiled and other are just brought to the light. The end was not a cliffhanger but anyway it left me running to search when it is the next book in this series going to be available, sadly there is not information yet of a date or a title for next book. I will be stalking, pardon, following Beth McMullen from now on hopping to hear news about book 2 of Sally Sin series.

Original Sin is a funny chick-lit novel with a touch of mystery. It’s perfect for a summer read or whenever you just want to disconnect and read a funny, well-written and entertaining book.

My Verdict: 4 ½ Paws


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Saturday, July 16, 2011

Book Trailer: Royal House of Shadows by Gena Showalter, Jill Monroe, Jessica Anderson and Nalini Singh

What happen when you learn that four of your favorite authors have come together to write a series? You squeal like twelve year old girl at a Justin Bieber's concert. That was exactly what happened to me, no the Bieber's concert  but the squeal when I learn that Gena Showalter, Jill Monroe, Jessica Anderson and Nalini Singh were writing a series together. This new series is called Royal House of Shadows, it will consist in four books, each book is written by one of these wonderful authors.

Trailer for the series


Covers

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October 2011          November 2011



Friday, July 15, 2011

Friday's Short Review: One Night, Two Heirs by Maureen Child


Title
: One Night, Two Heirs

Author: Maureen Child
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Harlequin
Source: Review copy from publisher
Format: E-book

“Duty is his world. And upon seeing Sadie Price with twin girls, marine Rick Pruitt realizes he has some proposing to do. He never would have left Royal, Texas, if he'd known Sadie was carrying his babies.

Yet the feisty single mom has no intention of agreeing to a loveless marriage. True, she and Rick share a bond, as well as undeniable passion. But Sadie believes vows should last a lifetime, not be declared out of obligation. Making it Rick's new mission to change her mind….”


After his tour in Iraq marine Rick Pruitt has returned home for his 30 days leave. He loves his life as a marine but now he is beginning to feel its toll. He is not sure if he should enlist again or retired and take the rains of his family ranch.
During his second day back in Royal, Texas he runs into Sadie Price, the woman that has attracted him all his life, the same one he had a one night stand before leaving for his tour of service 3 years ago, the last time he was in Royal. One night he hasn’t been able to forget, the memories of that night made him company and help him through difficult times.
Sadie asks him to take her to her house, she needs to tell him something and she needs to do it in her house. At Sadie’s place a big surprise is awaiting for him or I should say two little surprises… after their night together Sadie got pregnant with twins, she never told him anything because she was afraid of breaking the news while he was in the combat zone. Saying that Rick is upset is an understatement, Sadie hided the knowledge of his daughters for three years. Now he wants to do what is “right” and wants Sadie to marry him, to give their daughters a family, but Sadie declines his proposition, she doesn’t want to marry him because she “has or should” marry him, she already marry one man because it was the right thing to do for her family and it end really bad, the guy was a cheating bastard. Next time she gets married she wants to marry for love and doesn’t want a husband who would leave her for months. Rick now needs to decide what he really wants, his marine career or to have a family and if he decides for a family he needs to convince Sadie to marry him.

The characters and the plot were a little bit too stereotypical and to be honest in this kind of books the same plots are use and recycle countless times, being almost impossible not to be stereotypical. The good thing One Night, Two Heirs has on its favor it’s that it is well written.

I liked the relationships in the book, especially the one between Rick and his daughters and the one between Sadie and her best friend Abby. There was a secondary story between Sadie’s brother Brad and Abby, but this story didn’t have any conclusion, I guess it was a set up for the next book.

My final though: One Night, Two Heirs was a fun, sexy, quick read. A contemporary romance with a touch of cowboys and men in uniform, and who doesn’t like those.
One Night, Two Heirs was my first book by Maureen Child but it won’t be my last.

My Verdict: 3 Paws


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