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Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Short Review: What A Lady Needs For Christmas by Grace Burrowes

Title: What A Lady Needs For Christmas
Author: Grace Burrowes
Series: MacGregors, book 4
Genre: Historical Romance
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Source: Review copy from publisher
Format: E-book
The Best Gifts are the Unexpected Ones...

To escape a scandal, Lady Joan Flynn flees to her family's estate in the Scottish Highlands. She needs a husband by Christmas, or the holidays will ring in nothing but ruin.

Practical, ambitious mill owner Dante Hartwell offers to marry Joan, because a wellborn wife is his best chance of gaining access to aristocratic investors.

As Christmas—and trouble—draw nearer, Dante and Joan's marriage of convenience blossoms into unexpected intimacy, for true love often hides beneath the most unassuming holiday wrapping...
What A Lady Needs For Christmas is the fourth book in the MacGregors series by Grace Burrowes.

There were things I liked and other things I can’t say I disliked, but wish would have been stronger in What A Lady Needs For Christmas.

I liked Dante, I liked him as a man, as a husband, as a father, and as a brother.

On the beginning I liked Joan, but my “like” for her diminish when she started to lie to her husband. Of course, she came around at the end, but by them she had already lost points in my eyes.

Another problem I had with What A Lady Needs For Christmas was the chemistry or actually the lack of chemistry between Joan and Dante. Their relationship felt more like a good friendship than a romantic one.

One thing I really enjoyed was the banter between the secondary characters. There was a clear indication of past stories between them that made me want to know more about them. I think I’ll go back and read previous books, just to know their stories.

What A Lady Needs For Christmas is a nice read especially during these days. What A Lady Needs For Christmas was my first book by Grace Burrows but I’m sure it won’t be my last.

My Verdict: 3 Paws

Other books in the series
The Bridegroom Wore Plaid
Mary Fran and Matthew (Novella)
Once Upon a Tartan
The MacGregors Lady
What A Lady Needs For Christmas

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Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Top Off Tuesday: Quarterback Draw 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.

Today I have a 2015 cover for you, the cover of Quarterback Draw. Quarterback Draw is the ninth book in the Play by Play series by Jaci Burton. Jaci Burton is one lucky writer, all of her covers are hot as hell and Quarterback Draw is not an exception.

Playing For Keeps

Grant Cassidy knows how to be a football star—flash that dazzling smile, throw the winning pass, get the girl. But while the hot quarterback loves the game and the lifestyle, no woman has come close to catching his heart. Then he matches wits with a smart, gorgeous model, and Grant finds himself wanting more than a fling.

Supermodel Katrina Koslova might live in a world of glitz and camera flashes, but she works hard to provide for the family that relies on her. She doesn’t have time for fun—much less a boyfriend—but Grant seems determined to be the exception to Katrina’s rule.

Their explosive chemistry is undeniable, but Katrina’s afraid to let go and rely on anyone but herself. Grant intends to ease her fears and prove he’s a man of style and substance.
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Monday, December 29, 2014

Early Review: Say Yes to the Marquess by Tessa Dare

Title: Say Yes to the Marquess
Author: Tessa Dare
Series: Castles Ever After, book 2
Genre: Historical Romance
Publisher: Avon (December 30th)

Source: Review copy from publisher
Format: E-book
Your presence is requested at romantic Twill Castle for the wedding of Miss Clio Whitmore and . . . and . . . ?

After eight years of waiting for Piers Brandon, the wandering Marquess of Granville, to set a wedding date, Clio Whitmore has had enough. She's inherited a castle, scraped together some pride, and made plans to break her engagement.

Not if Rafe Brandon can help it. A ruthless prizefighter and notorious rake, Rafe is determined that Clio will marry his brother—even if he has to plan the dratted wedding himself.

So how does a hardened fighter cure a reluctant bride's cold feet?

He starts with flowers. A wedding can't have too many flowers. Or harps. Or cakes.

He lets her know she'll make a beautiful, desirable bride—and tries not to picture her as his.

He doesn't kiss her.

If he kisses her, he definitely doesn't kiss her again.

When all else fails, he puts her in a stunning gown. And vows not to be nearby when the gown comes off.

And no matter what—he doesn't fall in disastrous, hopeless love with the one woman he can never call his own.
Say Yes to the Marquess is the second book in the Castles Ever After series by Tessa Dare.

Clio Whitmore is tired of waiting for her non-show fiancĂ©, Piers Brandon, the Marquess of Granville. She is also tired of being called Clio Wait-More by the ton.  Eight years of waiting is enough and now that she has inherited a castle she doesn’t need a marriage she doesn’t want, she can be an independent woman all on her own. With that in mind she goes to Piers’ brother, Rafe, for help. Since Piers’ absence Rafe has been in charge of Piers affairs. Clio asks him to sign the annulment papers for her engagement, but he refuses to sign them.
Clio moves to her castle where she receives her sisters and the surprising visit of Rafe. Piers is coming back soon and Rafe is determined to have everything wedding relating ready for his return, including a happy and willing bride. With that in mind he starts to shower Clio with flowers, cakes, dresses, and everything he can think of, just to show her how beautiful her wedding could be. The only problem is he’s making her want a wedding, but not with Piers, but with him.
Rafe has be in love of Clio since he was a child; trying to convince her to marry his brother has brought back of the feelings he had kept suppressed for many years, but Clio is not only his brother’s fiancĂ©, he also doesn’t have anything good to offer to her. He’s a second son, with no money, a bad reputation and a career as a pugilist, he’s no worthy of a woman like Clio or at least that is what he thinks.

I loved Clio and her inner strength. She’s also smart, funny, caring and all around an easy to cheer for heroine.

Rafe, Oh my! He’s a swoon worthy hero. He doesn’t believe in himself, he was rejected by his father and by society. He has made a name as a prizefighter, but even though he’s proud of what he has achieved he knows is not a good profession for a man of the ton, for that reason he doesn’t believe he’s good enough for Clio. Did I say swoon worthy hero? OMG! He’s just delicious; he is sweet, fun, and all around a wonderful man.

Clio and Rafe’s romance is one of those I love, the ones that develop slowly and make you fall in love with them at the same time they are falling in love with each other. Their chemistry is off the charts and the smexy times are not only hot as hell but also candy sweet.

The secondary characters made of Say Yes to the Marquess an even more enjoyable book. From them the ones I liked the most are Clio’s little sister, Phoebe and (starting this book I didn’t thought I would say this) Rafe’s brother, Piers. I really hope they both get their own books.

Do you know those feel-good-leave-you-with-a-smile-on-your-face-books, this is one of those books. I loved everything about this book, the characters, the story, the romance, the humor, everything! So much, that now while writing this review I feel I need to read it again. Yes, it was that good.

Say Yes to the Marquess proves once again why Tessa Dare is considered one of the best history romance writers. Even though Say Yes to the Marquess is the second book in the series it can be read as a stand alone without a problem. I recommend Say Yes to the Marquess to historical romance fans or to anyone who wants to read a fun, sweet, cute and romantic story.

I’m looking forward to next book in the series, When a Scot Ties the Knot, to be released on August 15th, 2015.

My Verdict: 4 ½ Paws

Other books in the series
Romancing the Duke
Say Yes to the Marquess (December 30th)
When a Scot Ties the Knot (August 15th, 2015)

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Monday, December 22, 2014

Taking Some Days Off

I will be taking this week off. As you can guess from my picture I will be celebrating Christmas this year in Paris with DH. *happy dances* 

I also want to take this opportunity to wish a Merry Christmas to those of you who celebrate it. 

I will be back on Monday December 29th with the review of Say Yes to the Marquess by Tessa Dare. See you then! 

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Saturday, December 20, 2014

Movie Trailer: Get Hard

When millionaire hedge fund manager James (Will Ferrell) is nailed for fraud and bound for a stretch in San Quentin, the judge gives him 30 days to get his affairs in order. Desperate, he turns to Darnell (Kevin Hart) to prep him for a life behind bars. But despite James’ one-percenter assumptions, Darnell is a hard-working small business owner who has never received a parking ticket, let alone been to prison.

Together, the two men do whatever it takes for James to “get hard” and, in the process, discover how wrong they were about a lot of things – including each other.


Friday, December 19, 2014

Review: Revenant by Larissa Ione

Title: Revenant
Author: Larissa Ione
Series: Lords of Deliverance, book 6
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Source: Review copy from publisher
Format: E-book

For five thousand years, Revenant believed he was alone in the world, a fallen angel beyond any redemption. Now he finds he has a twin brother who had all the light and love Revenant was denied. Caught in a tug of war between Heaven and Hell, he must weigh his thirst for revenge against his desire for a mysterious female named Blaspheme—a female whose very origins could deliver him into salvation… or destruction.


Blaspheme has a deadly secret: she's the forbidden offspring of an angel and a fallen angel. Hunted by both heavenly and satanic forces, she has survived only by laying low and trusting no one. When Revenant claims he can save them both, how can she possibly believe him? But the powerful angel is persistence incarnate and for Blaspheme, there's no place she can hide in Heaven or Hell where he won't find her…
Revenant is the sixth and final book in the Lords of Deliverance series by Larissa Ione.

I was very excited when I received my ARC of Revenant and I started reading it right away, sadly that was the moment I realized I was in a PNR reading slump. After just few chapters I had to put Revenant aside, a tragedy! For the last couple of days I’ve been at home sick, so yesterday I decided to give Revenant another chance. I guess I only needed to be sick and in bed to need Revenant to warm me up and make me feel better because that’s exactly what happened. Since the moment I started it I couldn’t put it down and the best part is that I enjoyed reading it. Take that reading slump!

Revenant starts days after the events in Reaver (fifth book in the series). Revenant just learned he’s not a fallen angel, but an angel. He also learned he has a twin brother and that they were separated at birth. While Revenant was raised in Hell by Satan, his twin brother was raised in Heaven. Revenant doesn’t understand why he got the short end of the stick and why he had to live 5000 years of tortures and abuse while a loving and caring angelical family raised his brother.
Now that Revenant knows he’s an angel and not a fallen, Satan doesn’t trust him; for that reason he gives him some tasks to prove his commitment to Hell and to him. One of those tasks is to take care of Gethel who is pregnant with Lucifer and the other is to kill an angel.
Revenant is teetering on the edge between Good and Evil. He needs to decide which side to follow soon. The only problem is he is so confused with all he has learned these last couple of weeks he doesn’t know what to do or what to believe. To complicate matters he can’t stop thinking about Blaspheme.
Blaspheme knows the last thing she should do is feel attracted to Revenant, she knows she shouldn’t trust him, especially with her secret, but there is something about him that she just can’t resist.

I really liked Revenant; I liked how even though he has done evil things for thousands of years he still has a conscience. He even saved some kitties and in my dictionary if you save kitties you are a swoon worthy hero.
Revenant is the epitome of a tortured hero; my heart really ached for him. I can’t imagine how it must be to know he had to live and experience all the atrocities he did while his brother had a loving upbringing. That must be really perplexing, infuriating and very difficult to assimilate.

I liked Blaspheme, but wasn’t crazy about her. I think my problem was her secret. I know that everything she ever knew was to keep quiet, but I wish she had done a leap of faith and trust Revenant.

Revenant and Blaspheme worked really well together because they both didn’t know who they were; they were trying to decide whom to be and together they were able to find that. The chemistry between them was off the charts. When they are together the pages sizzle and in the best Larissa Ione’s style the sex scenes are original and hot as hell.

As this is the last installment in the Lords of Deliverance series we get to see characters from previous books and from the Demonica series. It was nice to see them all come together for the same cause. We are left with hope of a happy future where all can coexist. We are also left wanting to know more about the new additions to their families. Luckily for us Larissa Ione is planning to write a spin-off series based on the descendants of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse and of the Sem brothers.

In Revenant Ione ties all the lose ends and finishes the ARC flawlessly. One thing I really liked was that there was not unnecessary drama or complications. Things were straightforward but they worked perfectly. The end wasn’t all pink and roses, but it suited Revenant thoroughly.
Revenant has the perfect amount of intrigues, subterfuges, action, and romance to keep you glued to the pages. With Revenant Larissa Ione shows us once again why she is considered one of the best PNR authors in the market.

Revenant is a great conclusion to a great series and one I recommend, but I don’t recommend reading it as a standalone. You need to read these books in order to understand all the underlying currents that made of the Lords of Deliverance series a favorite for paranormal romance fans.

My Verdict: 4 Paws

Other books in the series
Eternal Rider

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