Thursday, October 31, 2013

Review: Halfway to the Grave by Jeaniene Frost

Happy Halloween!  


Description from Goodreads: Half-vampire Catherine Crawfield is going after the undead with a vengeance, aiming for the father who ruined her mother. Bones, a vampire bounty hunter, captures Cat, and agrees to train her until her battle reflexes are as sharp as his fangs. But a group of killers pursue them. Bones is as tempting as any man with a heartbeat.
This one was a reread for me. I forgot how much I love Bones! He is such a fun character with his snarkiness. Cat is also really awesome. Her fierceness and humor makes me laugh out loud.  I love the chemistry and banter between the two and the build up towards their relationship. This is such a fun series, full of action and romance. It's definitely one of my favorite vampire series.

One of my favorite scary movies!
And one of my favorite Halloween movies


Review: Transforming Love (Koning Clan #1) by Debra Smith


Description from Goodreads: Jenny never expected her thirst for freedom to lead to her capture. Family secrets prevent her from running from the only man tempting enough to make her submit to her body's desires.

Gryph is dark, sexy, and determined to win Jenny in the Slag, a contest revered by his kind. As the leader of his Clan he's used to getting his way, until her. Can he give Jenny her freedom while winning her heart?

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 I had a lot of trouble connecting with the characters in this one. It was a very short story so no real time to bond. The first chapter really drew me in but it seemed like everything had to move to fast. It would have been much better suited as a longer novel. I really did like the plot and the sex steams were very steamy but I just didn't really feel that connection. So it was a good idea but I would have just liked more of a build up on it. I will definitely try the next in the series though since its a longer story and hopefully it will be better for me.


Monday, October 28, 2013

Ever After Release Day Blast + Giveaways!

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October is the official release month for the all new Ever After. Ever After features paranormal, sci-fi, and horror novellas, all with the romance you've come to love from Entangled--just in a shorter format.

 Ever After is celebrating in style with four new releases and great giveaways, including a Kindle Fire. Make sure to like their new Facebook Page and follow them on Twitter

Vampire Games by Tiffany Allee
Otherworlder Enforcement Agency #4

She’s seen the past…

OWEA Agent Beatrice Davis is haunted by the death visions that help her solve crimes. When Detective Claude Desmairis, her vampire ex-lover, asks for her assistance on a case, she’d rather help him than take the mandated leave to stave off her burn-out.

The truth won’t stay buried…

Pressed to solve a series of crimes before the perpetrator blows the vampire world apart, Claude turns to a woman he thought he’d been able to leave behind. But he was wrong, and his feelings for her will only bring trouble in an investigation this dangerous. As their passions reignite, they see a possible future together. Until her visions show her the face of the murderer—a man Claude can never betray.

Ghosts of Kingston Cottage by Libby Bishop

She believes in ghosts.

Medium and paranormal investigator Arabella Pierce is sent with her crew to Kingston Cottage, a haunted Maine seafarer’s cottage on an isolated island, but for this investigation, her boss has stuck them with skeptical reporter Lucas Brown. Though he’s hot as they come, Arabella can’t trust a man whose sole job is to discredit her and the work she does. Not after what happened with the last few skeptics...

He believes in evidence.

But Lucas isn’t as skeptical as he seems—he wants the truth, no matter what that is. When the ghosts appear, he and Arabella must work together—in tight quarters—to convince the resident ghosts to move on before a storm strands the entire crew on the island. If Arabella can put aside her prejudices, she and Lucas just might have a shot at a lifetime.

Ghost of the Falls by Sarah Gilman

Determined to prove she’s fit for the family business, exorcist Jade Clarence knows the assignment waiting in Maine is her last chance. Born into a family of exorcists, Jade’s unorthodox ideas have gotten her into trouble in the past...and cost the life of a client.

After haunting a Maine state park for more than a century, Dutch Hutchinson will do whatever it takes to bring an end to his unfulfilling existence. When an act of arson brings a beautiful exorcist to town, Dutch takes corporeal form in order to spend his last hours in her company.

Jade quickly uncovers Dutch’s true identity and finds herself falling for the man behind the spirit. But when Jade’s legacy threatens their future, they will have to overcome the greatest of odds—life and death.

Less Than Perfect by Kelly Jensen

Mikayla’s read every book in her collection of post-apocalyptic novels at least twice. She thinks she’s prepared for aliens taking over Earth. She’s not.

Nor is she prepared for the attention of a good-looking refugee named Reg.

All Mikayla and Reg want is a safe place to see out the end of the world, hidden away from the aliens that call themselves The People, but cities of the depopulated United States not infested with The People are rife with gangs, the detritus of civilization and disease.

On a mission to restock their supplies, Mikayla and Reg are captured by The People and prepared for the procedure that will make them perfect, but no longer quite human. In order to escape, they need to rely on each other…if Mikayla can trust a man who seems too good to be true.

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Sunday, October 27, 2013

Review: Nightfall by Ellen Connor


Description from Goodreads: Growing up with an unstable, often absent father who preached about the end of the world, Jenna never thought in her wildest nightmares that his predictions would come true. Or that he would have a plan in place to save her-one that includes the strong, stoic man who kidnaps and takes her to a remote cabin in the Pacific Northwest.

The mysterious ex-Marine named Mason owes a life-debt to Jenna's father. Skilled and steadfast, he's ready for the prophesied Change, but Jenna proves tough to convince. Until the power grid collapses and mutant dogs attack-vicious things that reek of nature gone wrong.

When five strangers appear, desperate to escape the bloodthirsty packs, Jenna defies her protector and rescues them. As technology fails and the old world falls away, Jenna changes too, forever altered by supernatural forces. To fight for their future, she and Mason must learn to trust their instinctive passion-a flame that will see them through the bitter winter, the endless nights, and the violence of a new Dark Age.

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  This was an interesting and unique take on the whole end of the world. The changes started slowly and took a few years to fully happen. While I'm still confused about a lot of that it was an overall good book.
  I really liked Jenna. She is a very strong minded person and cares about others while Mason is more driven to follow his promise that he made to her father years before about protecting her. She heard others being attacked and let them into their safe haven. You come to find out later that they all have a place in this prophecy that Jenna's father was talking about.
  Mason was harder to like at first, he is just so closed off finding emotions as weakness where Jenna wanted him to want her to be as essential to him as he is to her. There was a lot of sexual tension between them but it wasn't a fast emotional connection.
  There was an interesting twist with the "demon" dogs and talks of different prophecies and magic. So overall an interesting read. I will definitely have to read the next to see more about the changes in this world.


Review: To Love and Serve by Caridad Pineiro


Description from Goodreads:
Born to Love…
Five years ago, vampire Ryder Latimer stepped into the path of a bullet meant for FBI Agent Diana Reyes, at once saving her life and condemning her to death when his blood contaminates her open wounds. Now only an experimental treatment, transfusions, and allowing Ryder to sink his teeth into her when they make love keep her alive.

Born to Survive…

Ryder has always known that no matter what they try, Diana can’t possibly survive what contact with his blood did to her. The reality for him is that no matter how much he loves her, he will lose her if he doesn’t turn her—a choice Diana may have put off for too long.

Born to Serve…

Even as her health continues to deteriorate and they battle with that difficult decision, Diana tracks a serial killer targeting their vampire friends. It’s a dangerous job, but she was born to it and, with Ryder’s help, she’ll serve and protect until the day she dies—or until a miracle turns their world upside down.
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  I had a little bit of trouble getting into this one at first. This is book 2 and I haven't read book 1 so I was a little lost on some of it. They do refer back some but it still feels a little like you missed part of a movie. But that being said once I got into the swing of it I really enjoyed it.
  You can really feel the chemistry and love between Diana and Ryder. They are struggling quite a bit with Diana not wanting to be a vampire because she's afraid that she couldn't control her demon and Ryder not wanting to lose her. So there's definitely a big struggle between loving Ryder and her fear of what she would become. 
  There was a lot of suspense and build up in this. There's a serial killer hunting vampires and Ryder while trying to help stop him also doesn't want Diana involved. Diana's in the process of trying to get her job back with the FBI and helping her friend and would be boss on the sides with another serial killer case.  The 2 worlds do eventually collide and Diana has to help stop the killer before he hurts more vampires.
  I definitely can't wait to read more in this series. I love the blending of the human world and the vampires. I will go back and read the 1st and look forward to getting the 3rd when it comes out.


Thursday, October 24, 2013

Review: The Coward's Way out by Kallysten


Description from Goodreads: When she was first trapped in the Ward mention, an unwanted guest to millionaire and vampire Morgan Ward, Angelina could think of nothing else but how to break the compulsion that kept her prisoner. Her reluctant warden was certainly sexy and intriguing, but his standoffish behavior was outputting to say the least.

After a couple of weeks, however, after several ‘mind-trips’ into a fantasy reality in which Morgan is a perfect gentleman – and perfect lover – Angelina finds herself falling for him and struggling to understand why he tries so hard to push her away. How can a man be charming and attentive one minute… and yet deliberately infuriating the next?

A visit from Irene, this time more interested in a stroll down memory lane than in murder, starts to explain Morgan’s fears. But can Angelina break down his barriers before it’s finally time to leave, or will his past prove to be too deep of a wound to heal?
I received this from the author in exchange for a review.
This one was a lot more emotional than the other installments. I love that we definitely get more insight into Morgan and why he is so cut off from feeling for Angelina or at least trying not to. He had a very painful past. It just draws you to his character more wanting to comfort him. There is definitely a huge build up in this series where they just keeps getting better and better. I only wish they would stop ending on cliffhangers! I need the next one now!


Saturday, October 19, 2013

Review: Vampire Games by Tiffany Allee



Description from Goodreads:  
     She’s seen the past…

OWEA Agent Beatrice Davis is haunted by the death visions that help her solve crimes. When Detective Claude Desmairis, her vampire ex-lover, asks for her assistance on a case, she’d rather help him than take the mandated leave to stave off her burn-out.

The truth won’t stay buried…

Pressed to solve a series of crimes before the perpetrator blows the vampire world apart, Claude turns to a woman he thought he’d been able to leave behind. But he was wrong, and his feelings for her will only bring trouble in an investigation this dangerous.

As their passions reignite, they see a possible future together. Until her visions show her the face of the murderer—a man Claude can never betray.

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This was provided by the author for me to review. It will be released on Oct. 28

  This is the first in the series that I've read and I can say that I'm definitely not disappointed. I've always enjoyed books with Law enforcement agencies for the paranormal. So this was really neat. I really liked both of the main characters in this, Claude and Beatrice. You could definitely feel the chemistry between them. But Claude also really hurt Bea so you feel for her. The story was intriguing without being to dark. Bea can get visions from objects to help solve crimes. Claude comes to her off the books wanting her to see if she could see the person behind a series of murders. When Bea gets the vision the face she sees is someone that haunted her past. They both want to stop these crimes but Claude feels that her vision isn't right and Bea needs to find the truth. There's a lot of unresolved issues between them but still a friendliness and heat. It was an overall good book. I love all the different paranormal creatures that pop up. I will definitely grab the rest in this series.



Review: Through Glass by Rebecca Ethington


Description from Goodreads: Everyone remembered the day the sky went black. The day the sun was wiped from the sky. They remember the wind as it brought in the darkness; the way the earth shook and everything changed.

Everyone remembered the screams as the darkness ate those who were out in the open, those who had surrounded themselves by light, and those who made noise.

Everyone remembered the voice from the sky and the way food disappeared.

At least, that’s what I hoped. I hoped that there was an ‘everyone’ that would remember because I am not sure how many are left, how many survived. Or if anyone did.

I hoped that I wasn’t alone.

I remembered that day.

I remembered because it was the day I became alone.

It was the day that everything was perfect until the monsters took it away. Then the house went silent and the birds stopped singing. It was the day when everyone disappeared, everyone except the boy, the only person I have seen in two years.
The boy I talk to through the glass.

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  The Description on this one had me intrigued right away. I was interested to see what this "darkness" was. I can say that I wasn't disappointed. It's definitely an original concept, it's hard to write a review for this without giving too much away. Everyone always jokes about oh when zombies attack or the end of the world but you never actually really give it too much thought. This is told entirely from Alexis "Lex"'s point of view. The emotion in this one and just that feeling of being alone is so profound. The rules to live by are, Never go outside, Don't make any noise, and Don't turn on any lights. So shes stuck in the dark by herself. Her best friend Cohen who lives next door survived but he's 10 feet away through a window. They can only communicate through there.
  It's such a gripping read. Once I started I couldn't stop. Trying to find that will to survive and believing that your alone in this world, she has to find that inner strength and believe that she will actually get to be with Cohen again. And not just through the glass. I don't want to reveal to much. The first half of the book is Lex just surviving in her house. The 2nd she's trying to fight back. There's definitely some interesting twists in this. I can't wait to read the next in this series.



Monday, October 14, 2013

Cover Reveal: Only You by Stephanie Feagan (a.k.a Trinity Feagan) & Giveaway!

Only You by Stephanie Feagan
Formally known as The Mephisto Mark by Trinity Feagan
Orphaned at six and sent to live with abusive relatives in Bucharest, Mariah learned early in life to box up violent, agonizing memories and put them in permanent mental storage. Now almost nineteen, she has a paying job, a tiny apartment, and a plan to attend university. She loves her independence and is steadily overcoming her past, but when an enigmatic stranger walks into the pub where she works and the trajectory of her life changes yet again, she begins to wonder if she’ll run out of mental shelf space.

The only females unafraid of the Mephisto brothers are the extremely rare Anabo, born without Original Sin. Over one hundred years ago, Phoenix was first to find one, but he made a fatal mistake and she was murdered by his oldest brother and enemy, Eryx. Phoenix soldiered through the next century wrapped up in grief and guilt, his only outlet planning takedowns of those who pledged their souls to Eryx. When one of his brothers brings Mariah to Mephisto Mountain, he’s torn between his instinctive, powerful need to pursue her, and his certainty that he can never have her.

Drawn into the world of the Mephisto, Mariah sees the pain and misery Eryx unleashes on humanity, and the boxes in her mind begin to fly open, one by one. All that keeps her from slipping off the edge is her unlikely, sexually charged friendship with Phoenix. He’s incredibly screwed up; she’s completely broken. It would take a miracle for them to find happiness. Then Eryx brings the war for Hell to a whole new level, forcing Mariah and Phoenix to make a choice that will bind them together for all eternity, or rip them apart forever.

I knew if I moved at all, my body would go to hers of its own volition. I wanted her with crushing desperation. And I could never have her.

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What Kind of Moron Changes Cover, Title and Author 3 Weeks After Release Day?

Me. I’m the moron. But maybe not as idiotic as it seems. When I decided to self-publish the third Mephisto book and make it New Adult with sexy times and more grown-up-y angst, I gave serious consideration to doing this to start with, but couldn’t decide, and so I asked author friends for their advice and they unequivocally said I should keep Trinity Faegen as the author, use the same font for the title, and the same general theme of the cover. Continue the package and branding.

So I did. And it’s beautiful – I love the cover of The Mephisto Mark. But most people have never heard of the Mephisto Covenant series, so they don’t know – or care – that this book is all matchy-matchy with the previous books. So no new readers are jumping on board. And readers of the first two assume this will be like those, but it’s not. Even the writing is different. Book 1 & 2 are in third person, alternating POV and this one is in first person alternating POV. This one has more language and adult themes and is not anything close to a YA. It’s New Adult – except not about somebody in college. Just college age. It’s a romance novel, pure and simple. It’s a sad story, a hopeful tale, a love story with a happy ending – like all romance novels.

The first two Mephistos were romances. Young Adult romance, but romances just the same. This book, the third Mephisto, with a new title and cover, written as Real Me, the romance writer, will hopefully find its place on the right bookshelf, and people who love romance novels will find it and enjoy it. Should I have done this to begin with? Well, yeah, but who knew? That’s the beauty of self-publishing! You can climb down off the horse in the middle of the stream and get on another horse. Or swim to shore and take a bus. Y’all come with me – read Only You and tell me what you think.

Friday, October 11, 2013

Review: Running Wild by Sarah McCarty

Running Wild (Wild,  #1-3)
Description from Goodreads: Three stories of sensual erotic romance. Three werewolves who feed a wild hunger… Donovan must bring the Pack Alpha home and nothing more. But when he catches the sexy scent of Lisa Delaney, he's hers, body and soul and ready to risk both on an erotic desire that will shatter all boundaries.

Kelon intends to return to his pack after helping Donovan, but he never counted on the voluptuous distraction of Robin Delaney. She's the one woman who can make him contemplate a choice no werewolf should have to make.

Wyatt can't afford to be attracted to the practical, completely human Heather Delaney. But she isn't a woman a man ignores no matter what the cost.

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  These are three very hot reads!  All three of the stories connect, there about three sisters who find their mates in super hot, sexy, alpha male werewolves.  I really liked all the characters in this. All the woman were very strong and weren't afraid to stand up for themselves. And the men were just very sexy over-protective males who you can't help but swoon over.  I liked how each of the stories were stand-alones but then flowed seamlessly into the next. The only problem was it made the relationships very rushed. I also didn't think there needed to be a "bad" guy for each of the story lines. They could have just used one overall problem. But all in all I really did enjoy it. I read it very fast. It was a fun hot werewolf read. I wouldn't mind finding one of these wolves for myself.

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Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Review: Storm Force by Susannah Sandlin

Storm Force (Omega Force, #1)
Description from Goodreads:  As leader of the elite counter-terrorism team Omega Force, former army ranger Jack “Kell” Kellison is always focused on getting the job done. So when a Houston high-rise is bombed and the governor killed or missing, Kell’s mission is clear: infiltrate the group suspected of the bombing and neutralize the threat by any means necessary. But once Kell meets beautiful chief suspect Mori Chastaine, he realizes there’s more to this case than meets the eye. And more to Mori than any man—any human man—could imagine.

Mori Chastaine is running out of options. Suspected for a crime she didn’t commit, forced into a marriage she doesn’t want, she sees no escape—until Kell walks through her door. A lifetime hiding her true nature warns her Kell might not be who he seems. But he could be the only one able to help save more innocent humans from becoming pawns in an ancient paranormal power play. If Mori reveals her secret, will Kell join her fight? Or will she become his next target?

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  So where to begin with this one. It hooked me at the beginning. It was like a very fast paced action movie with a paranormal twist. I really liked all the characters in it. Kell a ranger who leads the team. He's still trying to get used to the fact of shifters and working with them and has a semi complex about them. And Mori, shes a strong woman but still beat down from all life's thrown her way. She's very mysterious and has you guessing about her.  Even the secondary characters are great, Robin who is so sarcastic and fun and Nik who is sort of the tortured soul. There are a lot of twists and turns in this. Its a very fun ride. Even the bad guy is a great villain. It was all very well done. This very much reads like your watching a TV show. You have to constantly know what happens next. I can see this being a great series packed with lots of action and suspense. I'll definitely be keeping an eye out for more.

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Tuesday, October 1, 2013

My September Reading list


So September was a busy month. Alot of things were going on so I didnt get to read as much as I would have liked. Im hoping to get more done in October. I've entered a few reading challenges, so hopefully those can motivate me.

                            3rd Annual Spooktacular Paranormal Reading Challenge
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So in September I read:
Was given this by the author for review.  I gave it 3/5
Coyote Home (Coyote Hunger, #1)  Add to Goodreads
Reviewed for The Smutty Kitty  under the Kinky Kitten  (review has not been posted yet) I gave it 3.5/5

Rosemary and Rue (October Daye, #1) Add to Goodreads
Own this one.  You can read my review here  4/5

 A Kiss of Blood  Add to Goodreads
I'm part of her review crew. Was given to me by the author.  4/5

511 Add to Goodreads
Own. Read for the Sports Romance reading challenge. 3/5

Blurred Nights Add to Goodreads
Part of her review crew. Given to by the author. 4/5

Creatures of Appetite Add to Goodreads
Own. Was recommended to my mom, who then told me I had to read it. 4/5

5830579 Add to Goodreads
Own. Read for the Sports Romance Reading Challenge. 4/5

Cursed to Kill (Inherited Damnation, #1) Add to Goodreads
I won this from the author a really long time ago and rediscovered them recently. 3/5

Royal Street (Sentinels of New Orleans, #1) Add to Goodreads
Won from the author. You can read my review here 4/5

Raphael/Parish (Bayou Heat, #1-2) Add to Goodreads
Own. 4/5

Serial Uncut: Extended Edition Add to Goodreads
Own. 4/5

So 12 books, which really isn't that bad. How was your Sept. reading?