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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Top Off Tuesday: Tempted by a Rogue Prince by Felicity Heaton

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 delicious 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 for Tempted by a Rogue Prince. Tempted by a Rogue Prince is the third book in the Eternal Mates series by Felicity Heaton. Felicity is one author I always wanted to read but for some reason I haven’t done it. I checked previous books in this series and they all sounds really good. Another great thing is that until today this series has only three books published, so it’s easier to catch up compared to her other series.
Have you read any of her books before?

An elf prince on the verge of losing himself to the darkness, Vail is maddened by the forty-two centuries he was under the control of a witch and forced to war with his brother. Now, he roams Hell seeking an escape from his terrible past and the heads of all who bear magic. When demons of the Fifth Realm capture him, he sees a chance to end his existence, but when he wakes in a cell to a beautiful female, he finds not death but his only shot at salvation—his true fated mate.

Captured by the enemy of the Third Realm when the war ended, Rosalind has spent months in the cells of the Fifth Realm with her magic bound, forced to heal the new king’s demon warriors, and haunted by the lives she has taken. When she’s brought to heal an unconscious man, she discovers her only hope of escape has come in the form of her worst nightmare and the first part of a prediction that might spell her doom—a devastatingly handsome and dangerous dark elf prince.

Unwilling to fall under the control of anyone ever again, Vail must escape before the Fifth King can use him as a pawn in a deadly game of revenge, but he cannot leave without Rosalind, the woman who looks at him with dark desire in her stunning eyes and awakens a fierce hunger in his heart. A witch who drives him mad with need even as the darkness within whispers she will enslave him too.

Can Rosalind escape her fate as they embark on a journey fraught with danger and resist the temptation of her rogue elf prince? And can Vail overcome the memories that madden him in order to seize his chance for salvation and the heart of his fated female forever?
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Monday, September 29, 2014

Review: An American Duchess by Sharon Page

Title: An American Duchess
Author: Sharon Page
Genre: Historical Romance, 1920s
Publisher: Harlequin (September 30th)

Source: Review copy from publisher
Format: E-book
Set on a crumbling English manor estate during the height of the Roaring Twenties, an American duchess must decide how much she's willing to risk for the life she truly desires…

It's 1922, and New York heiress Zoe Gifford longs for the freedoms promised by the Jazz Age. Headstrong and brazen, but bound by her father's will to marry before she can access his fortune, Zoe arranges for a brief marriage to Sebastian Hazelton, whose aristocratic British family sorely needs a benefactor.

Once in England, her foolproof plan to wed, inherit and divorce proves more complicated than Zoe had anticipated. Nigel Hazelton, Duke of Langford and Sebastian's older brother, is as austere and imposing as the family's ancestral estate. Still reeling from the Great War, Nigel is now staging a one-man battle against a rapidly changing world—and the outspoken Zoe represents everything he's fighting against.

When circumstances compel Zoe to marry Nigel rather than Sebastian, their heated quarrelling begets passion of another sort. But with Nigel unwilling to change with the times, will Zoe be forced to choose between her husband and her dreams?
American heiress Zoe Gifford needs access to her fortune to save her mother from scandal and possible jail, but a clause in her father’s will stipulates she needs to marry first.
Sebastian Hazelton needs a wife to quiet down rumors and needs money to help his impoverish aristocratic English family. Zoe and Sebastian come to an agreement, they will marry and soon after they will divorce. Zoe will get access to her trust fund and Sebastian will get a settlement with enough money to help his family.
They start their ruse with Zoe traveling to England to meet Sebastian’s family who is ignorant of their plan; they only person that knows their plan is Sebastian’s brother, Nigel Hazelton, Duke of Langford and he strongly disagrees with their plan.
Three years back, Nigel came back from the war a changed man. A war that left him scarred on the inside and on the outside. He came back to find everything changed and moving forward while he was left behind. He has tried his best to keep to his old ways as means to protect himself and his family, but now Zoe has come to their lives bringing modernization and scandals.
There is something in Nigel that calls to Zoe, she can see underneath Nigel’s façade and knows he’s hurting and she can’t help but feel attracted to him, attraction that is reciprocate by Nigel.
Sebastian understands this, and after some consideration from all the parties involved Zoe and Nigel marry, a real marriage this time, but a marriage with so many differences and obstacles that its future look very bleak.

An American Duchess by Sharon Page is a different book from your usual historical romance. I really like the historical setting, the Roaring Twenties where so many changes were taking place in the world. A modern woman (Zoe) fighting for her rights and a man (Nigel) holding to the old ways as a lifesaver.

Most of the time I liked Zoe, I like her energy and her strength, but there were some instances that she was a bit too much and did stupid things just to prove she was a modern woman. I understand some of them were her coping mechanism against all the pain she had inside, but there were immature and selfish and at times it was almost as if she was playing with Nigel.

My heart broke for Nigel. I can’t imagine what he must have seen during his ten years serving during the war and after all of that to come back home and see that life continued on without him. If that wasn’t enough his fiancé could stand the new man he became, scars and all and left him for another man. I understand why he tried to hold to his old ways with the fervor he did, it was the only way he knew of how to keep sane. Despite all his issues he is a good man and very caring at that. He wasn’t stubborn, when he realized he needed some changes in his life he allowed those changes to take place. The only problem was that he didn’t realize that by trying to protect the people he loved he was actually pushing them away.

Since the very beginning there is a clear chemistry between Zoe and Nigel. They fought and bantered about everything, but it was easy to see that beneath their actions was a strong attraction. When they came together is clear they have feelings for each other, the problem is that they both were expecting different things from the other and instead of talking they did things that didn’t help with their relationship.
My only complaint and about the resolution to their problems is that I felt Nigel had to go the extra mile for Zoe while she didn’t try that hard. He became somebody he wasn’t to be with her and to be honest I really don’t know if that will work on the long term.

The secondary characters they all contribute with something to the story. Sebastian and his secrets. Nigel’s sisters and their different desires in life. Nigel’s grandmother and her view of what things are supposed to be. Nigel’s mother and her sadness after everything she has lost and Zoe’s mother and her selfish and irritating personality. In a way they all made the story richer.

Despite its first half being stronger than the second half An American Duchess was still a pleasant, interesting and enjoyable read. An American Duchess was my first book by Sharon Page, but I’m sure it won’t be my last.

I recommend you to read An American Duchess if you liked books set in the Roaring Twenties or if you like books about how people deal with the aftermaths of war.

My Verdict: 3 ½ Paws

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Saturday, September 27, 2014

Movie Trailer: Jupiter Ascending

Jupiter Jones (Mila Kunis) was born under a night sky, with signs predicting that she was destined for great things. Now grown, Jupiter dreams of the stars but wakes up to the cold reality of a job cleaning other people’s houses and an endless run of bad breaks. Only when Caine (Channing Tatum), a genetically engineered ex-military hunter, arrives on Earth to track her down does Jupiter begin to glimpse the fate that has been waiting for her all along—her genetic signature marks her as next in line for an extraordinary inheritance that could alter the balance of the cosmos.


Friday, September 26, 2014

Early Review: Riding Dirty by Jill Sorenson

Title: Riding Dirty
Author: Jill Sorenson
Series: Dirty Eleven, book 1
Genre: Contemporary Romance, MC
Publisher: Harlequin (October 1st)
Source: Review copy from publisher
Format: E-book
He's her weapon of choice...

Psychologist Mia Richards wants revenge. Her new client, tattooed Cole "Shank" Shepherd, provides the perfect means. She just has to manipulate the felon-turned-informant into eliminating her husband's killers—members of Cole's rival motorcycle club. The first step, seducing Cole, is simple. As for walking away before she falls hard—it's already too late.

Dirty Eleven practically raised Cole, and he plans to double-cross the cops rather than sell them out. But smart, sexy Mia is an irresistible distraction. While she's evaluating his mind, all he can think about is her body until he discovers her true intentions. Walking a fine line between desire and betrayal, they'll have to outrun her past, his enemies and the law for a love that's dangerously real.
Riding Dirty is the first book in the Dirty Eleven series by Jill Sorenson.

Three years ago, forensic psychologist Mia Richards survived a home invasion robbery, but her husband wasn’t so lucky. Since that day, Mia has dedicated her life to find the culprits. The only thing she knows is that one of them belongs to the While Lightening MC.
When she’s offered to be the counselor of Cole "Shank" Shepherd, a just released felon-turned informant, she accepts, especially when she learns he belongs to the Dirty Eleven MC, the rival club of the White Lightening MC.
Cole "Shank" Shepherd used to love his life in the MC, but after two stints in prison he has realized that is not the life he wants, that feeling is further cemented after learning of some dirty deals his club has been doing while he was in prison. Spending time with Mia is also making him wish for a better life, something that could offer a future with her.
Mia’s intentions were not altruistic, she wanted to get close to Cole to get information about her husband’s murderers and wanted to use him to eliminate them, but after spending some time with Cole she realizes she won’t be able to keep going with her plan; she is seriously attracted to him and wants to protect him at all cost. Even if that means putting her career on the line.

The first thing I can say about Riding Dirty is that it couldn’t have a better title. This book is dirty, sexy, and intense, but the best thing about this book are the main characters, Mia and Cole.

After the death of her husband, Mia has just been living a mute life, a life without color, sound or light. But all that changes when she meets Cole. He makes her feel again and makes her want to live and experience new things in life.
I really liked Mia, I like her because she’s a smart heroine, she knew what she was risking, but also knew what she wanted and the priorities in her life.

Cole is one of those sex-on-a-stick heroes. He’s rough, passionate, caring and protective. He’s in a tough place, the MC is his family and he’s supposed to betray them. He also knows the detective in charge is hiding something and any little misstep could cost him his life. Not a place where I would like to be, that’s for sure.

Since their first encounter, Mia and Cole are attracted to each other; because of the positions they cannot act immediately upon the attraction, the delay, until they finally decide to take matters into their own hands only help to build up the sexual tension between them… and when they finally come together… WOW!!! Fireworks!! Hot! Hot! Hot! Freaking hot! And Dirty! And rough! And OMG! I need a cold shower kind of good.

One thing I have to say is that for the last couple of months I haven’t enjoyed much (or not at all) smexy on my books, I was actually skimming sex scenes in books and I was keeping away altogether from erotica. I was planning to skim over the sex scenes in this book, but they were so good I just couldn’t skim one single word. I don’t know if my erotica slump is over or if it was just this book, but as you can see, that says a lot about Jill Sorenson’s writing.

There are not only super hot sexy times in this book, there is also a nice story to go along. There is suspense, there is tension, and some unexpected surprises. 

If you like your stories with sexy bikers, dirty sex, and a touch of suspense, Riding Dirty is a book you need to read.

Riding Dirty was my first book by Jill Sorenson, but I can guarantee you it won’t be my last. I’m looking forward to next installments in this series.

My Verdict: 4 Paws

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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Top Off Tuesday: One Sweet Ride by Jaci Burton

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 delicious 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 a swoon worthy cover. It’s the cover for One Sweet Ride by Jaci Burton. I don’t know how Mrs. Burton does it, but she has the hottest covers in the market. OMG! Her books covers are all delicious and the one for One Sweet Ride is not an exception.
I haven’t read this book, but just by looking at this cover I feel the need to read it.  

Gray Preston was born into money, but he’s built his racing empire on hard work and muscle. And now that Gray has millions of fans, his senator father sends one of his aides, Evelyn Hill, to elicit Gray’s help in garnering votes for the upcoming national election. Gray wants nothing to do with his estranged father’s campaign, but Evelyn can be pretty persuasive. She’s willing to learn about racing, and maybe even get a little dirty.

Evelyn’s number-one goal is politics, which makes working with Gray difficult, because his only passion is fast cars. As she and Gray spend time together, he teaches her about the sport he loves, and she learns a lot about the man behind the wheel. The more she learns, the more she wants him. But any desire that threatens to derail the carefully laid plans for her future is a dangerous one.

With the passion Gray and Evelyn share running hotter than either imagined, one of them is going to have to compromise, or else run the risk of losing more than their hearts.
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Monday, September 22, 2014

Early Review: He’s So Fine by Jill Shalvis

Title: He’s So Fine
Author: Jill Shalvis
Series: Lucky Harbor, book 11
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing (September 30th)
Source: Review copy from publisher
Format: E-book
For Olivia Bentley, Lucky Harbor is more than the town where she runs her new vintage shop. It's the place where folks are friendly to strangers-and nobody knows her real name. Olivia does a good job of keeping her past buried, not getting too cozy with anyone . . . until she sees a man drowning. Suddenly she's rushing into the surf, getting up close and personal with the hottest guy she's ever laid hands on.

Charter boat captain Cole Donovan has no problem with a gorgeous woman throwing her arms around his neck in an effort to "save" him. In fact, he'd like to spend a lot more time skin-to-skin with Olivia. He's just not expecting that real trouble is about to come her way. Will it bring her deeper into Cole's heart, or will it be the end of Olivia's days in little Lucky Harbor?
He's So Fine is the eleventh book in the Lucky Harbor series by Jill Shalvis.

I love Jill Shalvis and I love this series. Every time I pick one of these books I know I will be transported to Lucky Harbor to visit some of my favorite characters ever. Characters that after eleven books feel almost like family. That was the case with previous books and that was the case (I was hoping to experience) with this book. The only problem was He's So Fine didn’t make me feel as good as previous books.
After reading the opening scene of this book I knew this book was going to be different, why? Because the scene was so farfetched that it was impossible to be believable. The second scene didn’t help with that because Olivia and Cole did very “unnecessary” things that didn’t make sense. I can’t say much without giving spoilers away. Let’s just say that by then I have already rolled my eyes more than once. To add to that Olivia is not an easy to like heroine, she’s frustrating. This girl has secrets, secrets she knew that sooner or later were going to come to light. Still, she preferred to live in Denial Island and cry later in her regrets when her secrets came back to bite her in the ass.
While hiding her secrets she betrayed everybody’s trust, her friends’, Cole’s, Cole’s family’s… everybody. I hate liars and she lied by omission, over and over again.  

I liked Cole; I liked how he was with his Olivia and with his family. I didn’t like him much with his friends and how he handled things when Olivia’s secrets came to light. Why? Because he became a drama queen.
There was a misunderstanding between him and his friends and I didn’t like the way it was “explained and solved”. I think there was something more needed there for them to be ok.

In this installment we are introduced to Callie, she’s going to be Tanner’s love interest in next book, One in a Million. There is a connection between Callie and one of the most important characters from Lucky Harbor and I can’t wait to see how that is going to affect their relationship.

He's So Fine wasn’t my favorite book in the series, but still it was a fun and entertaining read. I will read next book in the series because IT’S THE LAST BOOK in the series. I’m a bit sad to know there is only one more visit to Lucky Harbor left, but at the same time I think it’s time to say goodbye to this characters and to this little town.

My Verdict: 3 ½ Paws

Other books in the series
Simply Irresistible
The Sweetest Thing
Head Over Heels
Lucky in Love
At Last
Forever and a Day
Always On My Mind
He’s So Fine (September 30th)
One in a Million (October 28th)

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