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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Cover Revealed: Return of the Highland Laird by Amy Jarecki

The cover I have for you today just came out fresh from the oven, it’s the cover of Return of the Highland Laird. Return of the Highland Laird is the new novella in the Highland Force series by by Amy Jarecki. 

The Highland Force series is one of my favorite (highlander) historical romance series. One of the things I like the most about this series is that Mrs. Jarecki incorporates real historical events and characters into her stories, making her books even more interesting. 

If you like highlander romances, this is a series I recommend you to read. These books can be read as stand alones, but I recommend you to read them in order.

Return of the Highland Laird
Highland Force #4
Historical Romance
August 16th, 2014

Untimely tempests transport two miserable and lost souls to England’s Abbey Wood where they stumble across each other’s paths. Lady Jane, a battered woman and accused murderess—Laird Alexander, fleeing his keep after blaming himself for the accidental death of his wife.

Both souls must heal their wounds. Both souls have reason to keep their identities hidden. This misshapen pair discovers each needs the other—though neither is willing to admit dependence.

Alexander must return to his kin and resume his laird’s mantle. Lady Jane must clear her name and find forgiveness. But before healing can begin, it is essential they learn to trust…and love.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Top Off Tuesday: Fever by Joan Swan

Today is Tuesday! You know what that means? Yes, today is that special day in the week when we can treat our eye to some eye candy. It’s Top Off Tuesday! Top Off Tuesday is a feature hosted by Felicia from The Geeky Book Blogger's Book Blog, Amanda from On a Book Bender, and Christi from Smitten with Reading.

The cover I have for you today is the cover of Fever by Joan Swan. I haven’t read this book, but have heard good things about it… and the cover… it’s making me feel feverish.

When Dr. Alyssa Foster is taken hostage by a prison inmate, she knows she's in deep trouble. Not just because Teague Creek is desperate for freedom, but because the moment his fingers brush against her skin, Alyssa feels a razor-sharp pang of need...

A man with a life sentence has nothing to lose. At least Teague doesn't, until his escape plan develops a fatal flaw: Alyssa. On the run from both the law and deadly undercover operatives, he can only give her lies, but every heated kiss tells him the fire between them could be just as devastating as the flames that changed him forever...
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Monday, July 28, 2014

Review: The Winter King by C.L. Wilson

Title: The Winter King
Author: C.L. Wilson
Series: Weathermages of Mystral, book 1
Genre: Romantic Fantasy
Publisher: Avon (July 29th )
Source: Review copy from publisher
Format: E-book
Wynter Atrialan, the Winter King, once lived in peace with his southern, Summerlander neighbors, but when the prince of Summerlea steals Wynter’s bride and murders his young brother, Wynter calls upon a dangerous Wintercraig magic called the Ice Heart and marches against Summerlea.

After three bitter years of battle, a victorious Wynter arrives at Summerlea’s royal palace to issue his terms of surrender. The prince of Summerlea stole Wynter’s bride and slew Wynter’s Heir. He wants the loss replaced. The Ice Heart is consuming him. Wynter hopes holding his own child in his arms will rekindle the warmth in his heart before he becomes the monster of Wintercraig legend, the Ice King.

The Summer King has three very precious daughters whom he loves dearly. Wynter will take one of them to wife. She will have one year to provide him with an Heir. If she fails, he will send her to face the mercy of the mountains and claim another princess for his wife. And so it will continue until Wynter has his Heir or the Summer King is out of daughters.

The plan is perfect—except for one small detail. The Summer King has a fourth daughter. One of whom he is not so fond. And she is a fiercely passionate creature, with a temper as volatile as the forces of her weathergift, the power of storms.
The Winter King is the first book in the Weathermages of Mystral series by C.L. Wilson.

I’ve been a fan of C.L. Wilson since the moment I discovered The Tairen Soul series. I love that series so much that I have not only read the books twice, I have also listened to the audiobooks. Saying I was excited about reading The Winter King is the understatement of the year and I’m happy to inform you, C.L. Wilson didn’t disappointed me.

The blurb explains pretty well what this book is about, saying more will be giving everything away, so I won’t add more to it.

C.L. Wilson always delivers multilayered and well-developed characters. That’s the case for main and secondary characters alike in The Winter King.

The heroine, Khamsin Coruscate, grew up being hated by her father (the Summer King) who blames her for her mother’s death. He kept her away from her family and from court; but that didn’t deter Khamsin to find happiness in little things and to the best with her circumstances. Those close to her know her for her sweetness, inner strength, courage and noble heart.
Kham was a bit naïve at times, but it was easily understood because of her upbringing and lack of socialization. Despite her shortcomings she was easy to connect with and to cheer for.

The hero, Wynter Atrialan, was a sweet and caring man, but the actions of the Prince of Summerlea changed his heart and made him live for revenge. As a leader he’s stupendous, but as romantic interest he had his inadequacies. Wynter was betrayed once, a betrayal that left him damage for life. Years has passed since that event, still he finds it very difficult to trust others, especially Khamsin, his enemies’ daughter and sister.

Khamsin and Wynter were attracted to each other since before they knew who was who, but years of hatred between their kingdoms have left its scars making their relationship complicated to say the least.
Kham and Wyn are perfect for each other; the only problem is the lack of trust and problems with miscommunication. Their attraction sizzle the pages and leads to very smexy scenes.
It was impossible not to like them together and wish them their HEA.

The secondary characters are many and all great. One thing I really like was that Khamsin’s sisters (the Seasons) were good, they love Kham despite their father’s orders and tried to protect her.
Another secondary character I really liked was Merimydion, he was smart, fun and all around just awesome. I’m really hoping he will be the hero in next book, The Sea King.

The world building is good; there are different kingdoms with different characteristics, different kind of people, different magic and different dangers. Mrs. Wilson gives us enough to have a clear image of the world, without bombarding us with unnecessary information. She also gives us glimpses of other places that I really hope she will delve more in books to come.

If you like romantic fantasy The Winter King is a book you need to read; just be ready to have many hours free because this book is long and after starting it you won’t be able to put it down.

The Winter King is romantic fantasy at its best. C.L. Wilson has done it again; she gave us a book (and a series) that I’m sure will forever have a special place in our shelves and in our hearts.

I’m eagerly looking forward to read next book in this series, The Sea King.

My Verdict: 4 ½ Paws

Other books in the series
The Winter King (July 29th)
The Sea King (TBA)

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Saturday, July 26, 2014

Movie Trailer: Fifty Shades of Grey

FIFTY SHADES OF GREY is the hotly anticipated film adaptation of the bestselling book that has become a global phenomenon. Since its release, the “Fifty Shades” trilogy has been translated in 52 languages worldwide and sold more than 90 million copies in e-book and print—making it one of the biggest and fastest-selling book series ever.

Stepping into the roles of Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele, who have become iconic to millions of readers, are Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson. Joining them in the cast are Luke Grimes as Christian’s brother, Elliot; Victor Rasuk as Anastasia’s close friend, José; and Jennifer Ehle as Anastasia’s mother, Carla. FIFTY SHADES OF GREY is being directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson and produced by Michael De Luca and Dana Brunetti alongside E L James, the creator of the series. The screenplay is by Kelly Marcel, with revisions by Patrick Marber and Mark Bomback.


Friday, July 25, 2014

Review: The Game and the Governess by Kate Noble

Title: The Game and the Governess
Author: Kate Noble
Genre: Historical Romance
Publisher: Pocket Books
Source: Review copy from publisher
Format: E-book
Three friends. One Wager. Winner takes all.

The Earl—‘Lucky Ned’ Ashby. Pompous, preening, certain that he is beloved by everyone.

The Miller—John Turner. Proud, forced to work as the Earl’s secretary, their relationship growing ever more strained.

The Doctor—Rhys Gray. Practical, peace-loving, but caught in the middle of two warring friends.

Their wager is simple: By trading places with John Turner and convincing someone to fall in love with him, Ned plans to prove it’s him the world adores, not his money. Turner plans to prove him wrong.

But no one planned on Phoebe Baker, the unassuming governess who would fall into their trap, and turn everything on its head...
The Earl of Ashby also known as Lucky Ned, believes his luck with the ladies has everything to do with his charm and not his title. One of his best friend and secretary (John Turner), wants to prove him wrong and challenges him to a wager, in which they will change places for two weeks, two weeks for Ned to pretend to be Mr. Turner and make a gentle woman fall in love with him.
The stakes are high, but Ned is sure that will be an easy win and accepts gladly.
What they never consider was that they both could lose greatly with this bet.

It took me a long time to get into the story, almost 60%. After that the story picks up and it was more enjoyable. I think this has a lot to do with Ned. On the beginning he’s not a very likeable character; he’s pompous, shallow and selfish. He gets better towards the middle of the book, but still, at times it wasn’t enough to like him.
Turner wasn’t bad at all. He was better than Ned, that’s for sure. I wish I could have seen a resolution in his story.

The heroine, Phoebe Baker was my favorite character. I really liked her; I liked that despite her circumstances she continues to find things to smile.

The story is entertaining, but as I said before, the beginning is very slow and it drags at times. The writing is good, but if I’m honest this book didn’t impress me.

The Game and the Governess was my first book by Kate Noble and most probably it will be my last.

To rate this book I have to use math. The first part of the book deserves a 2 ½ Paws and the second part 3 Paws. That will give the book 2 Paws, but I feel generous today and I’m rounding it to 3 Paws.

My Verdict: 3 Paws

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Thursday, July 24, 2014

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Review: Into the Shadows by Carolyn Crane

Title: Into the Shadows
Author: Carolyn Crane
Series: The Associates, book 3
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Publisher: Carolyn Crane
Source: Review copy from author
Format: E-book

Thorne McKelvey knows exactly how Nadia sees him—as a brute and a killer just kinky enough to play her sexy games. And that’s how it has to stay. Leaving her was the hardest thing he ever did, but his undercover mission could blow up at any second. No way will he drag Nadia down with him.

Maybe it was foolish to fall in love with her late father’s deadliest henchman, but Nadia Volkov’s not sorry; without Thorne she wouldn’t have their beautiful little boy. There’s nothing she won’t do to protect Benny, which means she must hide his identity—especially from his father.

Now Thorne has burst back into her home, searching for clues to a gangland mystery…and stirring a hunger Nadia hasn’t felt in two years. But Benny’s identity isn’t the only secret she’s keeping, and things are turning deadly. Can Thorne and Nadia trust each other long enough to stay alive and have a chance at happiness?
Into the Shadows is the third book in The Associates series by Carolyn Crane.

This is one of those reviews in which I just want to tell you “buy it, read it, and thank me later”, but I know that doesn’t work with you greedy people. So let me tell you why you should follow my advice… Because this books will rock your socks off!

The blurb explains pretty well what this book is about, I don’t want to give much away because this is a story you need to discover slowly by yourself to feel the “punch” Carolyn Crane packed in it.

Carolyn Crane has a gift with words, she knows how to bring you into the story and make you feel strong emotions, so much, that a certain point in the story I had to take a break because I was really worried for a character. When an author can make you feel strong emotions like this, you know you are in for a treat.

Throne has had a very difficult life; his mother abandoned him when he was just a child, she left him with his junkie father and younger sister.  He didn’t have a normal upbringing to say the least, and couldn’t protect his sister when she needed him the most. He has lived his whole life blaming himself for her death and looking for revenge.
Throne is the epitome of a tortured hero. He doesn’t believe he is worthy of anything good or deserving of love. He is the kind of hero that will break your heart and will make you feel deeply for him.

Growing up as the daughter of a mob boss wasn’t easy, but Nadia, also known as The Party Princess, learned how to handle the situation best. She knew how to make people comfortable and how to entertain. The only problem was everybody only saw her surface and not what she was hiding deep inside, until one day when her barriers fell and Thorne was there to witness it.
After the death of her father, Nadia’s life changed drastically. His businesses were divided between four gangs and Throne left her to join one of them. After that, she realized she was pregnant with his child, and months later she learned her mother was still alive (not dead as her father has told her) and working in one of the sweatshops owned by her deceased father.
The Party Princess became a mother and with the help of her ex bodyguard started the search for her mother, a search that brought Throne back into her life.

Nadia and Throne romance is wild, sexy, rough, and hot as hell. They are both broken, one more than the other, but they can make themselves whole when they are together if they only learn to trust each other again.

Carolyn Crane’s villains are always creepy as hell and the one in Into The Shadows was not an exception. Jerrod is smart, cunning and a sociopath. We can easily see he’s dangerous and even though I knew everything was going to be well at the end, I couldn’t help, but be worried along the way.

Into The Shadows is one of the best romantic suspense books I have read in a while. This book keep me glued to its pages, suffering for its characters, and wondering how everything was going to pan out at the end. You know you have a winner when a book make you feel strong emotions and that’s exactly what Into The Shadows is, a winner, and a great addition to a great series.

Into The Shadows can be read as a standalone, but I recommend you to read previous books in this series too. Why? Because they are really good too.

I recommend Into The Shadows to romantic suspense fans or to anyone who wants to read a well-written gripping story, with unforgettable characters, sizzling romance and biting-nails suspense.

My Verdict: 4 ½ Paws

Other books in the series
Against the Dark
Into the Shadows

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Top Off Tuesday: Gargoyle by Shelley Martin

Today is Tuesday! You know what that means? Yes, today is that special day in the week when we can treat our eyes to some "horny man"... It’s Top Off Tuesday! Top Off Tuesday is a feature hosted by Felicia from The Geeky Book Blogger's Book Blog, Amanda from On a Book Bender, and Christi from Smitten with Reading.

The Cover I have for you today is a bit “different”… it’s the cover of Gargoyle by Shelley Martin. I haven’t read this book or any books by this author. What about you? Have you read this book or any other book by this author?

Elizabeta's secrets will kill her, but the devotion of a gargoyle can save her.

In 1891, seventeen year old Elizabeta Riemma pulls the clothes from her dead twin's body and assumes his identity. To avoid her murderous uncle, she attends her brother’s school on Marettimo island, which is forbidden to women. Elizabeta takes solace in sculpting and one night, she awakens her gargoyle.

Gorgeous and fiercely loyal, Aelius uses his abilities to aid Elizabeta in keeping her secret. He only asks one thing in return- a kiss. As Elizabeta learns confidence from her creation, suspicions rise and the island’s bloody history threaten to bury them.

Elizabeta must hide her gender. Aelius must hide his existence. But both of them dream of the impossible- to be together.
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Monday, July 21, 2014

Review: Poison Promise by Jennifer Estep

Title: Poison Promise
Author: Jennifer Estep
Series: Elemental Assassin, book 11
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Publisher: Pocket Books (July 22th)
Source: Review copy from publisher
Format: E-book
“Gin Blanco is hard-nosed, sexy, and lethal. Nicknamed “The Spider,” she’s a stone elemental assassin who brings her unique mix of magic and tact to every assignment, no matter the target.

There’s a new drug on the streets of Ashland, and its name “Burn” sums up the potent effect it has on its users. When one of her restaurant employees is threatened by dealers of the drug, Gin steps in to set things straight…”
Poison Promise is the eleventh book in the Elemental Assassin series by Jennifer Estep.

Gin Blanco is tired of people trying to kill her, but that’s her life. Being the famous assassin “The Spider” has its drawbacks and that is one of them. Gin’s sister, detective Bria has her sights on Beauregard “Beau” Benson, drug lord and king of Southland who is pushing a new drug called Burn. But Bria’s obsession with Beau is putting not only her life in danger but that of those around her.
Gin has retired from her “profession”, but when the people she cares about are threatened she has to stepped up and do what she does best, take her Silverstone knives out to play. The only problem is that Beau is not her usual enemy; he’s a sadistic vampire with a special magic that lets him feed from other people’s emotions.
The good thing is that Gin is not alone, she has a group of friends willing to help her every step of the way.

I have to be honest, I’ve been going through a kind of reading slump and I’m not enjoying much the books I’ve been reading. Even though I knew and felt this book was better than previous couple of books in the series, I just couldn’t get into it as much as I wanted. I’m blaming it on me, not on the book. I think it was one of those “it’s me, not you” cases.

Saying that, I can say I liked Gin in this book, I liked that we see her tough side and her insecure side. That’s what makes her a remarkable heroine. She is not perfect, she’s not omnipotent, she has insecurities, and knows she has limitations. Still, she does what needs to be done to protect those she cares about.
In this installment she’s tired of hiding and comes out in the open. She knows that now that she has publicly proclaimed to be The Spider things will be more interesting for her and consequently for those around her.

One good thing about Poison Promise was that I felt love for Owen again. What he did in previous books is now in the past and he’s back to be the perfect man for Gin.

Finn is the perfect sidekick. He can kick ass when necessary and at the same time he brings the comedy relief to balance the story. He loves Gin and has always been there for her. I really couldn’t like him more.

Now we have come to Bria, OMFG! Bria! I wanted to slap her more than once. What happened to her? She used to be a pain in the neck for Gin then she accepted her for what she was (an assassin and her sister) and now, in this installment she is back being a prick! She said many hurtful things and was very judgmental about Gin’s life. She not only hurt Gin deeply, she also put her life in danger.
Later on she regretted her actions, but I can’t helped but think that deep down Bria still feels and thinks that way about Gin, if not, she wouldn’t have said those hurtful things.

In Poison Promise we see everything we expect from the books in this series, non-stop action, violent confrontations, creepy villains, Gin getting her ass kicked and kicking ass.
In this installment we finally meet M.M. Monroe and even though I guessed who she was, I can’t help but feel that what is to come for Gin are things we have seen before (first books). I really hope I’m mistaken and the new villains won’t be new versions of Mab Monroe and her cronies, because that would be very disappointing.

Poison Promise is a great addition to a great series. I recommend reading these books in order to get the full effect of the Elemental Assassin series.

I’m looking forward to next book in the series, Black Widow, to be released on November 25th.

My Verdict: 4 Paws

Other books in the series
Spider’s Bite
Web of Lies
Tangled Threads
By A Thread
Poison Promise
Black Widow (November 25th)

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