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Friday, October 31, 2014

Review: He's No Prince Charming by Elle Daniels

Title: He's No Prince Charming
Author: Elle Daniels
Series: Ever After, book 1
Genre: Historical Romance, Fairy Tales
Publisher: Forever
Source: Review copy from publisher
Format: E-book
A wounded beast . . .

It took Marcus Bradley forever to find a suitable bride. And then he lost her—all because some meddling matchmaker with a crazy notion about "true love" helped her elope with another man. Now, to save his sister from a terrible marriage alliance, he needs a replacement—an heiress, to be exact . . . and he knows just the woman to help him find one.

A spirited beauty . . .

Danielle Strafford believes everyone deserves a fairytale ending—even the monstrously scarred and notoriously brooding Marquis of Fleetwood. Not that he's left her a choice. If she doesn't help him secure a wife—by any means necessary—he'll reveal her scandalous secrets.

A passion that will consume them both

The more time Marcus spends with Danielle, the less interested he is in any other woman. But the Beast must do the impossible: keep from losing his heart to a Beauty he is destined to lose.
He's No Prince Charming is the first book in the Ever After series by Elle Daniels.

I love takes on fairy tales and He's No Prince Charming is one of the best takes I have read on The Beauty and The Beast. On one side, we have Marcus Bradley, the scarred man known by the Ton as “The Beast” and the epitome of a tortured hero. On the other side, we have Danielle Strafford, an heiress with a secret identity who helps people be with their true love.

Marcus is one of those characters you need to know to understand and after seeing him for what he truly is, you can help but fall in love with him. Saying he had a trouble past is an understatement. For years he was brutally abused by his father, abuse that left him scarred inside and out. As a result he suffers from a serious case of PTSD, a condition that keeps him away from people and finding solace in alcohol. Despite his limitations he does whatever needed to protect his those he loves, especially his sister.

Danielle grew up surrounded by love. Her parents loved her and loved each other deeply; but after the death of her mother her father got lost in bereavement and kind of forgot about her. Instead of wallowing in despair, Danielle decided to dedicate her life to help Ladies of the ton to elope with their forbidden lovers. This led her to meet Marcus, an encounter followed by unfortunate situations that brought them together.

Danielle and Marcus romance is the kind of romance I love to read about. Even though on the beginning there is a small dose of attraction, there is not insta-love. They need to spend time together to know each other to then fall in love. The road they follow to get there is packed with adventures, misfortunes and many laugh out loud moments. Seeing them come to the realization that they have fallen in love was a delicious and an emotional treat, especially in regards to Marcus, a man who doesn’t believe is worthy of love. Luckily for him he found the perfect woman for him, Danielle. *swoon*

He's No Prince Charming is a romantic, cute, fun emotional and all around an amazing debut novel. Elle Daniels’ writing is fluid and engaging. The characters are likeable and well developed and the story has enough drama, action, and funny moments to make of He's No Prince Charming an impossible to put down book. Be ready to have a smile on your face while reading it.

The end is more like a little tasting of what we can expect in next book, Once Upon a Duke. There is no release date yet, but I’m sure will be stalking following Elle Daniels for updates.

I recommend He's No Prince Charming to historical romance fans and to those who like takes on fairy tales.

My Verdict: 4 ½ Paws

Other books in the series
He's No Prince Charming
Once Upon a Duke

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Cover Revealed & Giveaway: Angel Bait by Tricia Skinner

Today is the big day! The prequel installment in Tricia Skinner's ANGEL ASSASSINS series is being re-released into the wild, and will be available on Kindle at the discounted price of $0.99 for a limited time (exclusive to Amazon for 90 days). Please note that if you own the old ebook, you can upgrade for free!
And now, without further ado, feast your eyes on ANGEL BAIT:

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He's not that kind of angel.

Jarrid is a "Bound One": half angel, half human, trained from childhood to enforce Heaven's laws on earth. An assassin with no remorse. And no choice. When he discovers an ancient ritual called Ascension, which might give him a shot at freedom, he can't resist his lifelong dream. He only needs to find one last Renegade angel and take him down... using a certain woman to flush the angel out of hiding.

She's not what he's expecting.

News reporter Ionie Gifford has no clue an outlaw angel wants her dead, much less why, but she does know one thing: the enigmatic Jarrid, with his penetrating silver eyes and his worship-worthy body, is her ticket to the city's supernatural underworld, where she might finally be able to locate her mother's killer. For that kind of information, she's willing to risk everything...

They can't be together -- but can't keep apart...

Blindsided by Ionie's beauty and tenacity, Jarrid finds the millennia-old glacier around his heart melting. But when he's faced with a choice, will he sacrifice Ionie for freedom from his brutal servitude-or agree to be bound for eternity, to protect the life of the woman he's falling in love with?

From novelist Tricia Skinner comes a story that will have fans of action-packed love stories applauding. Seamlessly combining elements of paranormal romance and gritty urban fantasy, the Angel Assassins series is a heart-pounding spin on angel mythology.

Angel Assassins Series
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Tricia Skinner
I'm Tricia Skinner and I write Romantic Urban Fantasy. I'm a former journalist who discovered my inspiration to write fiction as an escape from "real life". My reading tastes are all over the place, but I'm mainly drawn to fantasy (and its subgenres), paranormal, sci-fi, and history.

When I'm not writing, I'm a newbie "green" practitioner, strength training fan, and a technology geek. I'm a mother and a wife. My family includes two Great Danes. I'm also a gamer. I enjoy interacting with my fellow geeks and helping other writers. I'm represented by Laurie McLean of Fuse Literary. *Photo by Kauwuane Burton. | Facebook | Twitter | GoodReads | Amazon | Google+ | Pinterest | Blog

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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Teaser Blog Tour & Giveaway: Romancing the Billionaire by Jessica Clare

Today I'm participating in the Teaser Blog Tour and Giveaway for Romancing the Billionaire by Jessica Clare. Romancing the Billionaire is the fifth book in the Billionaire Boys Club series and it’ll be release next Tuesday, November 4th. I have greatly enjoyed previous books, as I'm sure I'll enjoy this one too.

Jessica Clare is offering a very generous giveaway to celebrate the release of Romancing the Billionaire. Participants will have the opportunity to win one Kindle Voyage and four $25 gift cards of the eRetailer of their choice. To participate you just need to fill up the Rafflecopter form below. Good luck to you all!

The New Billionaire Boys Club novel by the New York Times bestselling author.

The Billionaire Boys Club is a secret society. Six men of astonishing wealth. But there’s one thing money can’t buy. When it comes to love, success doesn’t come so easily…

Jonathan Lyons. Playboy, billionaire, and adventurer, he lives life on the edge. When he hears that his mentor, Dr. Phineas DeWitt, had a secret journal that leads to a legendary artifact, Jonathan takes action. It stirs his blood, but it comes with a heady challenge: DeWitt’s daughter Violet. She has what Jonathan needs. And she’s not giving it up it to the man who broke her heart.

Violet is Jonathan’s weakness—he’s still in love despite their volatile breakup a decade ago. But Violet’s memories have a sharper edge. She’s never forgiven him for abandoning her. Or so she thought. When Jonathan’s attentions turn seductive, she’s in danger of falling for him all over again. And she can’t help but wonder…does he really want her, or just what she’s hiding?

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About Jessica

Jessica Clare is a New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author who writes under three different names. As Jill Myles, she writes a little bit of everything, from sexy, comedic urban fantasy to zombie fairy tales. As Jessica Clare, she writes erotic contemporary romance.

She also has a third pen name (because why stop at two?). As Jessica Sims, she writes fun, sexy shifter paranormals. She lives in Texas with her husband, cats, and too many dust-bunnies. Jill spends her time writing, reading, writing, playing video games, and doing even more writing.

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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Release Date Review: Burn for Me by Ilona Andrews

Title: Burn for Me
Author: Ilona Andrews
Series: Hidden Legacy, book 1
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Publisher: Avon
Source: Review copy from publisher
Format: E-book
Nevada Baylor is faced with the most challenging case of her detective career—a suicide mission to bring in a suspect in a volatile case. Nevada isn’t sure she has the chops. Her quarry is a Prime, the highest rank of magic user, who can set anyone and anything on fire.

Then she’s kidnapped by Connor “Mad” Rogan—a darkly tempting billionaire with equally devastating powers. Torn between wanting to run or surrender to their overwhelming attraction, Nevada must join forces with Rogan to stay alive.

Rogan’s after the same target, so he needs Nevada. But she’s getting under his skin, making him care about someone other than himself for a change. And, as Rogan has learned, love can be as perilous as death, especially in the magic world.
Burn for Me is the first book in the Hidden Legacy series by Ilona Andrews.

It’s not a secret that I love the Ilona Andrews duo. I have read every one of their books and have loved them all. To say I was excited about Burn for Me is an understatement, but with that excitement there was also apprehension. Why? Because I couldn’t help but be a bit afraid about not liking it as much as I have liked their other books. I’m happy to say, my doubts were completely unfounded. Burn For Me is made of awesome and it’s another proof of the amazing team the Andrews make.

In the 1800s, scientists discovered a serum that brought out magic talents in some people; those talents varied from pyrokinetic, telekinetic, the ability to control water/air/animals and some others. After seeing the changes in the magic users the serum was destroyed and never use again; but the people that gained magic powers didn’t lose them with time, the new talents became hereditary. To keep the magic between certain groups the magic users married between them, keeping the power between a number of families, creating a caste like system where the Houses (families of magic users) rule.

Private investigator Nevada Baylor loves her job. Her family’s company has a great success rate, all because they only accept cases they know they can be successful at. Since the death of her father, Nevada has been the sole provider for her family. Her father’s death not only broke their hearts, but also their bank account. Without any other option they mortgaged their company and everything the owned to the Montgomery House. They have been paying their debt on time, but the Houses don’t play by the rules and when the Montgomery House needed a scapegoat they called a clause in their mortgage, forcing Nevada to accept a case she knows most probably will cost her her life. She’s supposed to bring in, Adam Pierce, a rogue pyromaniac Prime (strongest magic user) who has been terrorizing the city.
Her investigation attracts the unwanted attention of Connor “Mad” Rogan, a telekinetic Prime known for his unparalleled power and infamous past.
Mad Rogan is also after Adam, but for different reasons than Nevada.
Even though she doesn’t want to work with Mad Rogan, Nevada knows he’s her best bet to survive this case, thus forming a partnership of sorts with him, not without many complications, one of them is the inexplicable attraction they feel for each other, but Nevada is not stupid, she knows he is the last man she should be attracted to, he’s not only “MAD” Rogan, he’s also a Prime. Primes and “regular” people don’t mix, at least not for a long lasting relationship and Nevada is not interested in being his plaything.

Nevada has all the traits I like and admire in a heroine. She’s smart, strong, funny, caring, loving and responsible. She loves her family deeply and seeing her interact with them was a treat. I also loved how she didn’t allow Rogan to push her and always spoke her mind. She’s one of those heroines you root for from beginning to end.

Couple of days ago, after a conversation with my sister, I realized how I like my heroes. I realized I don’t like them perfect, I don’t like them when they are too good. I like them flawed, a little bit bad, a bit misunderstood and I liked them dark and that is exactly what Mad Rogan is. OMG! *fans herself*. He’s sexy, smart, dark, arrogant and all around my perfect kind of hero.

The attraction between Nevada and Rogan is off the charts, but they don’t act upon it, not because Rogan doesn’t want to, but because Nevada is smart. Still, seeing them playing around it was highly entertaining and hot as hell.

The secondary characters made this book even better. Nevada’s family is a riot of hilarity. All of them, her siblings, cousins, mother are great, but Nevada’s grandmother is something else completely, she’s simple awesome!

The world building is very detailed and realistic. The story behind the new society is clear and believable. The plot has many twist and turns that will sure keep you on the edge of your seat. Some things I saw coming, some others were completely unexpected. Burn for Me is perfectly paced and possesses the Andrews’ trademark of smart humor and great one-liners. Burn for Me doesn’t end in a cliffhanger but for sure it will leave you dying to get your hands on the next installment, but for that one we need to wait until next year.

I recommend Burn for Me to urban fantasy and paranormal romance fans.

My Verdict: 4 ½ Paws

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Saturday, October 25, 2014

Movie Trailer: Into the Woods

"Into the Woods" is a modern twist on the beloved Brothers Grimm fairy tales, intertwining the plots of a few choice stories and exploring the consequences of the characters' wishes and quests. This humorous and heartfelt musical follows the classic tales of Cinderella (Anna Kendrick), Little Red Riding Hood (Lilla Crawford), Jack and the Beanstalk (Daniel Huttlestone), and Rapunzel (MacKenzie Mauzy) - all tied together by an original story involving a baker and his wife (James Corden & Emily Blunt), their wish to begin a family and their interaction with the witch (Meryl Streep) who has put a curse on them. Rob Marshall, the talented filmmaker behind the Academy Award®-winning musical "Chicago" and Disney's "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides," helms the film, which is based on the Tony®-winning original musical by James Lapine, who also penned the screenplay, and legendary composer Stephen Sondheim, who provides the music and lyrics. Produced by Marshall, John DeLuca, "Wicked" producer Marc Platt and Callum McDougall, "Into the Woods" hits theaters December 25, 2014.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Early Review: A Bollywood Affair by Sonali Dev

Title: A Bollywood Affair
Author: Sonali Dev
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Kensington Books (October 28th)
Source: Review copy from publisher
Format: E-book
Mili Rathod hasn’t seen her husband in twenty years—not since she was promised to him at the age of four. Yet marriage has allowed Mili a freedom rarely given to girls in her village. Her grandmother has even allowed her to leave India and study in America for eight months, all to make her the perfect modern wife. Which is exactly what Mili longs to be—if her husband would just come and claim her.

Bollywood’s favorite director, Samir Rathod, has come to Michigan to secure a divorce for his older brother. Persuading a naïve village girl to sign the papers should be easy for someone with Samir’s tabloid-famous charm. But Mili is neither a fool nor a gold-digger. Open-hearted yet complex, she’s trying to reconcile her independence with cherished traditions. And before he can stop himself, Samir is immersed in Mili’s life—cooking her dal and rotis, escorting her to her roommate’s elaborate Indian wedding, and wondering where his loyalties and happiness lie.
A Bollywood Affair by Sonali Dev is such a perfect book that you NEED to read it, the end. Not enough to convince you? Greedy people!

Milli Rathod was married to a boy (Virat Rathod) from her little village, when she was only four years old. Couple of days after the wedding, Virat and his family moved to a city, leaving Milli behind with her grandmother. For twenty years, Milli has been patiently waiting for her husband to come claim her. She has used her time wisely, getting an education and working on improving herself, all to be the perfect modern wife “her husband needs”.
Milli gets the chance to go to Michigan on a scholarship; a trip she hopes will change her life. Maybe, if Virat learns about it he will come sooner to make her his wife.
Virat thought his marriage to Milli was annulled many years back and has never thought of Milli. He is married to a woman he loves and they are expecting their first child together; but after he suffers an accident he learns the marriage with Milli was never annulled and his current marriage would not be valid unless he convinces Milli to sign the annulment documents. Due to his accident, Virat can’t travel. He asks his younger brother, Samir to travel to Michigan in his stead and to convince Milli to sign the documents.
Samir will do anything for his brother; even tricking the woman he believes is extorting his brother, but when he arrives to Michigan the woman he finds is not what he was imagining her to be.
Coincidences will bring Milli and Samir together, to an arrangement of mutual benefit. What starts as a simply friendship soon develops into much more; but they are both keeping secrets that could destroy their new bond.

Milli is a great heroine. She’s a woman that despite her limitations (thanks to her very traditional upbringing) has done the best she could with her life. She has worked hard to get educated and to be better, not only for her, but with the idea of helping other women in the future. Milli is selfless, noble, generous, smart and funny. She’s simply a delightful heroine.

Samir is a conflicted character, it’s almost as if he is two different persons, the public man and the family man. The public man is modern and doesn’t want any entanglements. The family man is caring, loving and bighearted. He loves to take care of those he loves and he shows it over and over again during the course of the story.

Samir and Milli’s relationship starts slowly. First, it’s a companionship, then, it turns into a friendship and from there, feelings start to bloom. Their relationship is packed with small gestures and little details, making their romance feel beautiful and sweet, but there is a problem, both of them are keeping secrets and when they come to light their love get tested.

The secondary characters bring color to the story, especially Milli’s best friend, Ridhi and her over the top Punjabi family. The Indian culture also plays an important role with its contrasting traditions and family values.

Sonali Dev’s writing is emotional, fluid, and vivid. Her words are easily visualized and experienced. A Bollywood Affair is so masterfully written is difficult to believe it is her debut novel.

One thing I have to talk about is the food. OMG! The Food!! As I said before, Sonali’s words are very vivid and food plays an important role in the story. This book made me Hungry! Yes, with capital H. As an Indian food lover, page after page this book kept me salivating and dreaming of samosas, rotis, curries, and so many more delicacies. Nom nom.

If there is a book contemporary romance fans need to read this year that is A Bollywood Affair by Sonali Dev. Trust me, order this book and read it. I can guarantee you you won’t regret it.

My Verdict: 5 Paws

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