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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Review: The Space Between Us by Megan Hart

Title: The Space Between Us
Author: Megan Hart
Genre: Erotic Romance
Publisher: MIRA
Source: Review copy from publisher
Format: E-book
“Tesla Martin is drifting pleasantly through life, slinging lattes at Morningstar Mocha, enjoying the ebb and flow of caffeine-starved customers, devoted to her cadre of regulars. But none of the bottomless-cup crowd compares with Meredith, a charismatic force of nature who can coax intimate tales from even the shyest of Morningstar's clientele. Caught in Meredith's sensual, irresistible orbit, inexpressibly flattered by the siren's attention, Tesla shares long-buried chapters of her life, holding nothing back. Nothing Meredith proposes seems impossible—not even Tesla sleeping with Meredith's husband, Charlie, while she looks on. After all, it's all in fun, isn't it? 
In a heartbeat, vulnerable Tesla is swept into a spectacular love triangle. Together, gentle, grounded Charlie and sparkling, maddening Meredith are everything Tesla has ever needed, wanted, or dreamed of, even if no one else on earth understands. They're three against the world. 
But soon one of the vertices begins pulling away until only two points remain—and the space between them gapes with confusion, with grief and with possibility.” 
The Space Between Us is not your typical love story, it’s more a story about Tesla Martin’s journey of finding a place for herself in the world. Not an easy journey, where bad decisions leads her to learn the lessons of life.
Tesla’s childhood was as unconventional as it could possibly be; the child of a free-spirited couple, with summers spent in a hippie compound where there were no rules and everything was allowed and even encouraged. For Tesla sex is no taboo, but the most normal of things, she doesn’t consider herself heterosexual or bisexual but sexually fluid.
While trying to find her place in the world Tesla meets Meredith, one of her customers at the coffee shop where she works as a barista. Meredith is a force to reckon with and soon Tesla finds herself with a crush on her. Meredith tries to befriend Tesla and gets her to tell her stories about her “wild” past, wild in Meredith’s eyes, but not in Tesla’s. Taking advantage of her attraction on her, Meredith asks Tesla to sleep with her husband. Thinking that would be the only way to be close to Meredith and liking Charley after meeting him couple of times, Tesla accepts Meredith proposition. A sporadic arrangement soon becomes and more permanent one. But living in an ménage is not as easy as they could have hoped; when family events and their own expectations get in the way a fragile arrangement cannot survive, especially when its foundation was based in lies and deceptions.

The Space Between Us is a heart-wrenching read with flawed characters that come together for the wrong reasons. The prologue is the end of the book and from there is goes to tell us how everything started. Knowing there is not a possible outcome you keep reading hoping for a miracle along the way.

Tesla is a character that broke my heart, she hasn’t find a place in the world and looking in the wrong places for the wrong reason is pretty obvious she won’t find it. Still it’s impossible no too root for her and wish her a deserving happy ending.
Thanks to flashbacks we also learn a lot about Tesla’s past; that helped me a lot to understand her and connect with her.

Meredith was a character I couldn’t like; from the beginning the reasons behind her behavior were pretty obvious, she was a manipulator and a deceptive woman who hid behind smiles and nice words.

There was not much about Charley for me to say I liked him or not, he was a very bland character. Sometimes I wish he had a backbone, instead of letting Meredith rule his world.

Charley and Meredith have been married for eight years, but their relationship was one where love wasn’t a protagonist, it was more a relationship where being married was more comfortable than accept things weren’t really working between them. And adding another person to something that wasn’t already working was a recipe for disaster.

There is not a certain HEA in The Space Between Us, but a possibility of one. An end that didn’t feel realistic or fair for Tesla, one that left me with a bittersweet taste in my mouth.

There is secondary story going along, one about family issues and the importance of honesty in any kind of relationship, I kind of like this story better than Tesla-Meredith-Chaley’s story. 

If you like your stories with flawed characters, very emotional relationships, sexy and hot scenes and fluid writing, The Space Between Us is for you.

My Verdict: 3 ½ Paws

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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Monday, October 29, 2012

Cover Reveal: Mystically Bound by Stacey Kennedy

Today I have the pleasure of participating in the Cover Reveal of Mystically Bound. Mystically Bound is the third book in the Frostbite series by Stacey Kennedy. 

Mystically Bound
Frostbite Book Three
Urban Fantasy Romance
Length: Novel
Heat Level: Sensual
Release date: COMING SOON

Tess Jennings’ life is in chaos. Not only has her ghost lover, Kipp McGowen, crossed into the Netherworld, but she’s the newest member of a secret society. And they want her to start work immediately. Upon arriving in White Castle, Louisiana, she is presented with an offer she cannot refuse.

The Grand Master has been murdered and Tess must solve the crime by locating his ghost. The reward—a magical spell to save Kipp. But as Tess dives deeper into the case, the more danger surrounds her. Not everyone wants the murder solved, and she is caught in the crossfire.

Soon, Tess finds herself knee-deep in a hunt for a spell, a race to locate a killer, and a journey to the beyond. Will Kipp finally take a living breath, or will Tess take her last?

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Movie Trailer: Iron Man 3

"Marvel Studios' Iron Man 3 pits brash-but-brilliant industrialist Tony Stark/Iron Man against an enemy whose reach knows no bounds. When Stark finds his personal world destroyed at his enemy's hands, he embarks on a harrowing quest to find those responsible. This journey, at every turn, will test his mettle. 
With his back against the wall, Stark is left to survive by his own devices, relying on his ingenuity and instincts to protect those closest to him. As he fights his way back, Stark discovers the answer to the question that has secretly haunted him: does the man make the suit or does the suit make the man?"


Friday, October 26, 2012

Favorite Series First Book Love Giveaway

As a book lover there is nothing better than to share the love for books with others. I want you to love the books I love or at least to give them an opportunity and read them; some of them you may not know about, some others you may know but haven't read them yet. For that reason I'm doing this giveaway, I want to give the opportunity to one of you to read the first book of one of my favorite series, I know if you get a taste of it you will love it as much as I did and will continue reading the series.
What do you need to do? Just choose one book from the collage and fill up the Rafflecopter form, that's all. 

This giveaway is open internationally to anywhere The Book Depository ships (for the list of countries included please click on the link). 
*This giveaway ends on November 2nd, 2012 at 11:59 pm EST. After the winner is notified it has 72 hours to respond. After 72 hours if winner fails to respond and new winner will be chosen.*

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Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Covers of the World: Vintage Pulp Covers Edition

Searching for covers I found these gems and thought they were perfect to share with you. I hope you enjoy them.

Which is your favorite cover? Mine is the Tormented Virgin, she does really look tormented. LOL
Have you read any of these titles? 

Monday, October 22, 2012

Review: Beyond Shame by Kit Rocha

Title: Beyond Shame
Author: Kit Rocha
Series: Beyond, book 1
Genre: Dystopian, Erotica
Publisher: Moira Rogers
Source: Review copy from publisher
Format: E-book
“All Noelle Cunningham has ever wanted is a life beyond–beyond the walls of Eden, where only the righteous are allowed to remain, and beyond her stiflingly restrictive existence as a councilman’s daughter. But only ruins lie outside the City, remnants of a society destroyed by solar storms decades earlier. 
The sectors surrounding Eden house the corrupt, the criminal–men like Jasper McCray, bootlegger and cage fighter. Jas clawed his way up from nothing to stand at the right hand of Sector Four’s ruthless leader, and he’ll defend the O’Kane gang with his life. But no fight ever prepared him for the exiled City girl who falls at his feet. 
Her innocence is undeniable, but so is their intense sexual attraction, and soon they’re crossing every boundary Noelle barely knew she had. But if she wants to belong to Jas, first she’ll have to open herself to the gang, to a dangerous world of sex, lust and violence. A world where passion is power, and freedom is found in submission.” 
Beyond Shame is the first book in the new series Beyond by Kit Rocha aka Moira Rogers.

All her life Noelle knew she wasn’t like the other people in Eden, she wanted more than what the society restrictions permitted and for trying to get it she was banished from the city; it didn’t matter that her father was one of the most important councilmen rulers of Eden, no even he protected her for breaking the rules; with nothing but what she was wearing she was thrown outside the protective walls of Eden into Sector Four, where the merciless O’Kane Gang rules the streets of a sector famous for its sinful ways.
Merely hours later she finds herself drugged and trying to escape the man who drugged her, luckily she is rescued by Jasper McCray, second in command to the O’Kane gang. He takes her to the O’Kane compound where she is introduced to another gang member, Lex. Lex takes an immediate liking to Noelle and offers to help her. Jasper and Lex talk to Dallas, the gang leader, about Noelle and request his permission to offer her the gang’s protection. Dallas knows Jasper and Lex are very interested in Noelle and despite having some apprehension about offering sanctuary to a councilman’s daughter he can’t say no to Lex, the woman that turns his world around.
Noelle finds herself in a new world where everything she thought taboo is allowed and encouraged. She is not alone anymore, in the O’Kane gang she has a new family, one that should come first before anything else.
In Japer’s arms she finds the contentment she always longed for; but first she needs to find whom she really is and what she really likes, before being able to give herself completely to him. 

Even though Noelle is a likeable character I had some problems with her. I think her first reaction to a world of sex, alcohol and excesses was too good to be true. She grew up in a world where all that was illicit and frown upon. I know she wanted to try new things all her life but I would have liked if she would have had some problems at the beginning, but no, she was like, ok, an orgy! Here I come…. Literally. Also her shameful feelings were somehow not believable. She got better towards the end and I liked her better when she found her backbone.

Jasper is a super alpha, with a hard exterior and a soft core; he is a protector at heart and a very caring man. He does what he does to survived and to protect those he cares about. He wants Noelle but does the right thing giving her space and time to decide for herself what she really wants.

The secondary characters are what made this book a very special read, they are all strong and multidimensional. It’s impossible not to like them and want to learn more about them. From Dallas the gang leader and Lex the woman that steals his peace of mind to Ace the man-whore who loves secretly the nicest girl in the gang, Rachel. Bran can be left behind, a man who finds pleasure in pain but possess a protective side and a caring heart. And finally Maddox the mysterious man they all like.

Beyond Shame is a very character driven book about self-discovery in a dystopian world. And here is where I have one of my complains: I would have liked to see more about the world. It was just barely laid and in general it didn’t feel too dystopian to me. I would have liked to know how the sectors came to be and more about the way of life in them. 
The storyline is well done and kept me glue to the pages; naïve girl meets bad boy in a new and different world, comes to terms with it and makes a happy life in her new found independence.
There was a conflict relating Noelle’s father that I thought it was too easily resolved. On the beginning it was picture like something with no feasible solution and suddenly after a short encounter everything was resolved.

The hot scenes were “many” and steamy hot. There was one involving a tattoo, a tattoo chair, restrains and… that one left me wanting to get a tattoo so much I’m looking at ideas. The other scenes were great too but I felt there were too many, I know this is an erotic book, but there were some sex scenes I ended up skimming over.

The next book of the series is Beyond Control; I’m hoping it’ll be Lex and Dallas’ book. I’m really looking forward to read it.
If you like your books with very alpha males, kickass women and very hot-steamy sex Beyond Shame is for you.

My Verdict: 4 Paws

Other books in the series
Beyond Shame
Beyond Control (2013)
Beyond Pain (2013)
Beyond Jealousy (2014)

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Saturday, October 20, 2012

Movie Trailer: Gambit

"Colin Firth and Cameron Diaz headline this remake of the 1966 crime caper directed by Michael Hoffman (The Last Station) and written by Joel and Ethan Coen. A British thief (Firth) discovers that no plan is infallible when he recruits a beautiful woman (Diaz) to help him steal a priceless statue from an impossibly wealthy widower (Alan Rickman). Despite the fact that his pretty accomplice bears an uncanny resemblance to his affluent target's late wife, things quickly spin out of control once the job gets under way."


Friday, October 19, 2012

Review: Death and the Girl Next Door by Darynda Jones

Title: Death and the Girl Next Door
Author: Darynda Jones
Series: Darklight, book 1
Genre: YA Paranormal
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Source: Review copy from publisher
Format: E-book
“Ten years ago, Lorelei's parents disappeared without a trace. Raised by her grandparents and leaning on the support of her best friends, Lorelei is finally beginning to accept the fact that her parents are never coming home. For Lorelei, life goes on. 
High school is not quite as painful as she thinks it will be, and things are as normal as they can be. Until the day the school's designated loner, Cameron Lusk, begins to stalk her, turning up where she least expects it, standing outside her house in the dark, night after night. Things get even more complicated when a new guy—terrifying, tough, sexy Jared Kovach—comes to school. Cameron and Jared instantly despise each other and Lorelei seems to be the reason for their animosity. What does Jared know about her parents? Why does Cameron tell Jared he can't have Lorelei? And what will any of them do when Death comes knocking for real? Thrilling, sassy, sexy, and inventive, Darynda Jones's first foray into the world of teens will leave readers eager for the next instalment.”
Death and the Girl Next Door is the first book in the new Darklight Series by Darynda Jones.

As a fan of the Charley Davidson series when I heard that Darynda Jones was coming with a new YA Series I just knew I have to read it; but sadly Death and the Girl Next Door didn’t meet my (high) expectations.
I’m going to try to tell you why without giving too much away but it’s going to be hard without some spoilers. You have been warned.

My biggest complain is that Death and the Girl Next Door is too similar to her Charley Davidson series; I wanted something new, no a YA version Charley Davidson.
The main character Lorelei is easily a younger version of Charley, her best friend Brooklyn could easily be a teenager version Cookie and Glitch could be the younger version of Garret. They even have a caffeine addiction. Also Lorelei love interest Jared is a younger version of Reyes; he is dark, mysterious and older than sin. If I don’t think about the similarities I may say I kind of liked them.
Lorelei has had a hard life, her parents disappeared when she was only six and has been raised by her grandparents. She is not bad at all for a teenager girl; she is smart and witty. She loves her grandparents and respects them. I liked that they were involved in her life. I didn’t like that they kept secrets from her but I understand it was their way to protected her and they thought they were doing what it was best for her.
Brooklyn and Glitch are a nice pair, they are real friends who have been together in good and bad times.
Their dialogue was fun and smart but still it felt like the dialogue in Charley Davidson only passed through a YA filter. There is another character with an important role in the story, Cameron; he is a boy with many secrets and a serious grudge with Jared. I suspected the why of his feelings towards Jared. I was hoping for a change of his attitude when it was brought to the light, but it didn’t happen. On the beginning their animosity was kind of entertaining, there was even a nice fight scene between them but when they kept fighting and fighting it became tiresome to watch. I just wanted them to take a chill pill and relax a bit.
Another thing I had a problem with *spoilers ahead*
Is that the big L word was mention. When Lorelei said she was in love with Jared I may have said “no, no, no, no the L word this early in the story”. I could have believed she was infatuated with him or had a big crush on him, that was natural and very obvious but no the L word, especially when she didn’t know much about him. I would have preferred if Mrs. Jones would have kept that magic word for the second or third book or… I don’t know, at least no that early.
The pace is a little bit slow on the beginning but it picks up towards the middle and it the perfect style of Mrs. Jones there are many twists and turns in the story. Those twists and turns were what saved the book for me because I wasn’t expecting them. I liked when an author surprised me and Mrs. Jones did it in Death and the Girl Next Door.
Many questions were answer, some left unanswered, one of those is about something that happened to Cameron and Glitch when they were in third grade, something that ended their friendship and made Glitch afraid of Cameron. I think after mentioning that “event” many times I was expecting to learn what was what happened, but sadly it was never explained.

I’m pretty sure if I hadn’t read Charley Davidson series I would have loved this book, I’m also sure many would love it, so please give this book an opportunity, don’t let this review discourage you about reading it.
I may no stalk the bookstores for the second book of the series, Death, Doom, and Detention, but I’m sure going to read it when it’s released.

My Verdict: 3 ½ Stars

Other books in the series
Death and the Girl Next Door
Death, Doom, and Detention (March 5th, 2013)
Death and the Girl He Loves (2013)

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