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Renegades by Sara Mason – Review

Blurb:

Elora Pertin spent her life trying to please her father, an esteemed General for the Empire.

When he convinced her to leave her quiet life as a scientist to advance a secret project for the Emperor, she had no idea what she was getting into. The seemingly innocent projects she engineered were actually being used to develop a genocidal weapon. After uncovering the Emperor’s plot, Elora had no choice but to act.

Elora finds herself fighting for her life against the Empire she once served, abandoning everything with only a handful of friends and an unlikely ally—the Emperor’s deadliest assassin. Will he prove himself true as her protector, a loyal servant of the Empire, or a romantic distraction? With the law and assassins searching the star system for them, Elora and her team are determined to accomplish their mission . . . or die trying.

My Review:

Renegades surprised me; I went into the book thinking that I would have a hard time of this story, it being a sci-fi. The blurb gives enough away to make it seem like a space-political-thriller, but the book did not come off like that at all. Mordecai was not the soulless assassin that he was portrayed, but neither is he all hearts and fuzzies on the inside. It’s a pure coincidence that Elora is not shipped off to the afterlife on meeting him, and a string of other consequences as well.

But you do have to feel sorry for Nigel. No matter what the poor boy does, he just isn’t getting the girl.  That would be the job of Mr Tall-Dark-and-Hansom. Bylis and Zor are fun, but know when to be serious. Though, admittedly, I think their story would have been a much better kicker.

Spelling and Grammar aside, this is a delightful romp of a book, spanning all the known galaxies – and even a couple of unknown planets as well.

4/5

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April 23, 2014 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , | 2 Comments

Mind Games/Cassie Scot – Review

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Beware your heart and soul…

Evan broke Cassie’s heart two months ago, and she still doesn’t know why. She throws herself into family, friends and her new job at the sheriff’s department, but nothing helps. The only thing that finally allows her heal and move on is the love of a new man, mind mage Matthew Blair. Cassie finds him…irresistible.

Matthew may also be the only one who can help keep the non-magical residents of Eagle Rock from going crazy over the murder of a beloved pastor’s wife. It looks like a sorcerer is to blame, but while Cassie tries to figure out who, others take matters into their own hands. With tensions running so hot, a single spark might set Eagle Rock ablaze.

My review(s):

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(Apologies in advance – I stayed up until 130am on a work night to finish this book.)

There is just something about this book that leads you into the next page, and the next. Don’t get me wrong, there are definitely parts of the book that could have been a bit snappier, but overall, the revelations and the plot that just kept snapping kept me awake at night until I finished the story. The revelation about the true connection between Cassie and Evan, the expansion of Cassie’s siblings as more than stock characters (LOVED Elena, btw), brought its own conflicts and actions that spurred on the story.

I didn’t like the introduction of Alexander DuPris, though I understand his motivations. I just don’t feel that he added anything to the story that other characters couldn’t already provide. Also, I’m getting a bit tired of it being ‘one romance per book’ – Evan and Cassie need to get together, properly, and all these men need to go away.

The series so far:

Final verdict: I’m loving it. I read all three over again in less than a week, and it kept me up at night, needing to know what was going to happen. The characters are evolving beautifully, the plots are interconnected in ways I wouldn’t have imagined going in, and it has really stuck a chord with me, especially Cassie’s estrangement and return to the family. Having recently entered into the ‘estrangement’ part with my own mother, I can feel exactly what Cassie was – and still is – going through.

Bring on #4!

A little aside: It is starting to feel like every female sorcerer around Cassie, with the maybe-exception of Laura Blackwood, appears to be either the victim or attempted-victim of the drain/slavery trade going on. Is that just me, with my feminism gene acting up, or what?

4.5/5

 

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April 22, 2014 Posted by | Book Reviews, Uncategorized | , , | 1 Comment

£6.19 per Witching Hour by Joanna Mazurkiewicz – Review

£6.19 per Witching Hour (Paranormal Personnel Saga #1)Blurb:

Julia Taylor works as a recruitment consultant for Paranormal Personnel in London. Her normal day at the office consists of seeing clients, searching for new vacancies, updating CVs and visiting employers.

It seems as though she has an ordinary life but in reality Julia is half elf and she works for a recruitment agency for paranormals.

She is normally calm, confident and is not afraid to stand up for herself, but when the meeting with La Caz Corporation doesn’t go as well as she hoped, she wants to bury herself under the ground and die.

Nathaniel La Caz is a player and he wants to seduce Julia. The incredible sexual chemistry that builds up between them complicates her life to the point where she can’t control her magic. La Caz not only wants her but he also has a craving for her blood. Then her ex-boyfriend Jasper comes back on the scene and nearly exposes the whole paranormal world to humans when trying to protect her.

It doesn’t end well when vampires and elves mix. The problems start escalating when Julia witnesses the kidnapping of her cousin Claudia on the busy street. From then on things only go from bad to worst. More elves and fairies begin to vanish in London without trace and the police suspect vampires. Julia is determined to find Claudia even if it means she will get herself into more trouble.

My Review:

It’s hard to know where to begin with this book. The characters are okay, the situations seem real enough (for a fantasy), but there’s something missing from the book. I don’t know if it was just my glutton or Para/Rom lately, but there just didn’t seem to be the real spark between Julia and Nathaniel.

Personally, I think that relationship took backseat to the kidnappings. That had me stumped, i really didn’t expect the twist at the end, but there you go. Never trust anyone. you get a real sense of fear and suspense from the characters, what with all the kidnappings across London. That was very well done.

All in all, a good romp (just ignore the romance, and you’ll be fine).

3/5

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April 13, 2014 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , | Leave a comment

Office Perks by SL Siwik – Review

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Blurb:
All I wanted from him was the truth. I was given everything but. ~Victoria
All I wanted was to know where we stood. But, Victoria is an expert at evasiveness. ~Blaze
Have you read in the papers lately about all of those politicians being caught with high class hookers? I’ve slept with most of those men. You can also believe that if I was still in the business, they would have never been caught with me. No matter what you do in life, professionalism is key.
Working as a high class hooker, then a bartender at the best strip club in NYC, I had been making good money for years.
That was until the night I got the call…
The call that flipped my life upside down…
My best friend and her husband died in a car accident, leaving me the caretaker of their eight-year-old daughter. My life needed to change fast. I managed to secure a position at Townsend Realty Company. My attraction to Mr. Townsend, one of the wealthiest men in America and step-brother to the infamous Hurley family, was instantaneous and overwhelming. But, after five years of nothing but professionalism, I’m convinced he wants nothing to do with me romantically.
I have worked for this man for five years, managing every facet of his life. I’ve been in love with him for five years. When money tightens, I find myself in a tight spot. Then Mr. Townsend makes me an offer that I can’t refuse. Be with him and only him for two grand a week in cash. It’s an offer I can’t and don’t want to refuse.
But what happens when the money is no longer enough? What happens when I want the man as more than a client? What line won’t you cross?
Even ex-hookers draw the line somewhere.

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My Review:
Despite it all, I love this book. I hate the ending, but I love the book. The story is very well thought-out, the characters are believable (more so when Kendall reveals she knows more about the world than Victoria wants her to), and the sex is just hot. I just really wish the ending was different. It was set up like the author just needed a way to destroy the relationship (is there such a thing as author jealousy?)
All-round delightful tale of sex, intrigue and lust. Not bad for such a short book.
4.5/5

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April 12, 2014 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , | Leave a comment

Bride Undone Cover Reveal

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A Romantica® erotic romance from Ellora’s Cave

Publisher: Ellora’s Cave

General Release: April 11, 2014

ISBN: 9781419903540

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Synopsis

This bride takes ‘I do’ to a whole new level — just not with the groom.

In one week Chloe will walk down the aisle. Yet she’s a bride who can’t stop spying on the weddings of total strangers. Desperate to catch a glimpse of what true love really looks like, she is having serious second thoughts about tying the knot.

Until she meets Wes — the sexy long lost father of her groom. The hunk from Texas confirms her worst fears. She is marrying the wrong man.

Battling her intense attraction for Wes, the flame between them burns too hot to resist. Chloe and Wes give into their scorching passion and struggle with the consequences of their love.

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Author Bio

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KATE DEVEAUX is a contemporary, erotic romance writer and die-hard romantic. It was after reading Jane Eyre in high school, that she became hooked on the idea of writing about romance, excitement and drama. Kate has been penning stories, from the sensual to the sinfully sexy, ever since!

A former wedding planner, Kate has always been “in love” with love! She was inspired to transition from writing racy short stories to full length manuscripts after meeting other authors in the romance world at industry workshops, conferences and events. Now a multi published contemporary romance novelist, Kate is a member of Savvy Author, Romance Writers of America (RWA) as well as their erotic romance chapter, Passionate Ink. Born in London, England, Kate has lived in both the U.K. and the U.S. When she’s not busy writing or reading, Kate can be found on the tennis court—yes, there’s even “love” in that game too!

What’s Kate up to next?

Kate is busy completing several books for release 2014, each filled with sexy romance, heroines who are no shrinking violets, and heroes who make your heart skip a beat…

Coming soon in 2014….Platinum Pleasures and A Vixen in Venice

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April 12, 2014 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Thrill by Wendy Potocki – Review

Blurb:

SOME RIDES SHOULD NEVER BE TAKEN …

Kyle Evans is a teenager who wants to be somebody. To achieve his goal, Kyle joins a gang called Hell’s Bells. While he thinks he’s arrived, he only finds danger.

The club is obsessed with finding thrills and taking chances, but Kyle’s unaware that there’s a price to pay. Up for a dare, he accepts a challenge that lands him on the wrong side of the supernatural. 

My Review:
This book started out as a typical coming of age story, with the protagonist joining a gang in search of a new life, and a new Kyle. Typical teenage hijinks ensue, but one night, something happens to change them all.
I didn’t like the ending. I thought the epilogue could have been left off, and the story would have been better for it. Sissy’s justice, Kyle’s repentance, the falling of his world, because of one wild night of teenage stupidity… Really, every teen should read this book.
All in all, this is a wonderful book with a dazzling cast of characters. A great story for any age.
4.5/5

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Witch Emerging by Mona Hanna – Promo

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Title: Witch Emerging (High Witch #2)

Author: Mona Hanna

Genre: Paranormal Romance

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After surviving being hunted by Julius, Brayden and Ariel settle into their married life. Ariel is determined to find the other High Witches to make sure they’re alright. But there’s something going on with her pregnancy, something unusual, and she needs to find out what.

In the meantime, Hallie, an eighteen-year-old witch, is being pursued by Nicholas, a strange young man who knows about her past. What does Nicholas want with Hallie, and how are they both connected to Ariel? And what about Sean, the man Hallie loves? Will they end up together, or will Nicholas’ plan hurt all of them? The two witches will need to work hard to save those they love, and each other.

This book is approximately 44,000 words, or 150 pages in print.

Excerpt

Hallie looked down as Sean steered her out of the crowd until they were standing in a large patch of grass well past the marketplace. Hallie sat down and leaned against a tree, pulling her knees up to her chest, and sighed.

Sean sat beside her. “You alright?” he asked.

She nodded, not saying anything. Sean didn’t speak either, his arm against hers as they sat together. He was the only person Hallie felt comfortable with, her friend since they were very young. He was two years older than her, but they were extremely close. He stood by her always—when her parents mistreated her, when she was taunted for being a little overweight, even through the incident. He was always there for her. Hallie knew he only saw her as a friend—she was nothing like the couple of girls he’d been with romantically—but she was so glad he was in her life. She longed for more from him, but at least he was with her. At least she had someone.

Sean reached out and took her hand. “Why don’t you fight back, Hallie?” he asked her, a pleading tone in his voice.

She looked up at him, wiping a tear from her eyes. “Not you, too,” she said. “That’s what the boy said.”

“I don’t mean it like him,” Sean said, running a hand through his short hair. “He was just an idiot. But I’m not always going to be there. I don’t mean to fight back with magic, but you don’t have to let people speak to you that way. Why don’t you see how strong you are on the inside? Why don’t you see how brave you are?”

Hallie felt a few more tears fall from her eyes and moved her hand away from Sean’s. “This is who I am,” she said, sniffing. “I can’t be more than me.”

“But it’s not who you are!” Sean said. He sighed, then turned slightly so he was facing her. “All you see is what your parents have said you are, what all the idiots out there say you are. But I know you. You’re kind, and sweet, and caring, and strong— Hallie, you’re so strong! If you saw for a moment what you’re really like, you’d be able to stand up to all the people that hurt you—no one would ever be able to hurt you again! And you’d use your magic. You know how I feel about you hiding it.”

Hallie gritted her teeth, all Sean’s kinds words wiped out by his last comment. “You know I have to hide it!” she exclaimed. She rubbed her face with her hand, hating that he didn’t understand. She huffed, wishing she could explain it to him. “I have to hide it after what happened. You don’t know what it’s like, being afraid of letting go. Being afraid of getting too emotional. You make it sound as if I just suddenly became more confident and believed in myself, all my problems would be solved, but they wouldn’t be! I still have all this power, power I can’t control, and it could hurt people! I just wish you’d accept me as I am.” Hallie crossed her arms over her chest, immediately regretting all she’d just said. She hated it when they fought like this. She expected Sean to get upset with her and argue back, like they sometimes did, but he only sighed.

“How long are you going to make me wait, Hallie?” he whispered.

She looked at him in confusion, seeing a pleading look in his beautiful green eyes. She frowned. “Wait for what?”

He smiled crookedly. “Never mind. It doesn’t matter.”

She sat up straight. “Wait for what?”

He only shook his head, looking down. Hallie felt her heart beat faster. What was he talking about? Did he mean…? She found it hard to breathe. She wanted to touch him, to reach out and take his hand, but she was suddenly too nervous. Don’t get too emotional. She tried to breathe deeply, tried to clear her head, but her heart was beating too fast and her breath was shallow and her hands were starting to shake.

Sean suddenly looked at her. “What’s wrong?”

She only shook her head. I’m in love with you, you big, stupid idiot, she thought, and shut her eyes, trying to ignore him.

Then his arms were around her and he leaned her against his chest. He gently kissed her hair, holding her to him. She melted into him, letting out a little sigh. He laughed. “I feel it too, you know,” he whispered, and she looked at him in surprise. He gave the same crooked smile. “I’ve been waiting for you to become more confident, for you to believe in yourself, because I want this to be right. I don’t want to be with you until you’re strong—if we’re together now, all your strength will come from me, and I want you to be strong from you. From inside. Oh, Hallie, I’ve wanted to kiss you since you were twelve, but I can’t. Not yet. Do you understand?”

She just frowned. “No. If you want to be with me, you’ll accept me as me. Not wait until I’m different. Why do you always want me to be different?”

“Not different—you. The real you. Hallie, I’ll always be there for you—I’ll always be your friend. But I can’t be more until you don’t need me. Don’t you see what I mean?”

Hallie felt tears prick her eyes. She didn’t understand what he was saying. He… wanted her? Really? But… only if she was different. Only if she was stronger, braver, confident… and she would never be any of those things. She felt the tears start to come and desperately held them back, not wanting to weep in front of him.

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Brayden dreams for thirty nights, tortured by the vision of a beautiful woman. When Ariel Williams walks into his inn, he sees that she’s the one he’s been obsessed with in his night time journeys. But Ariel is fleeing an arranged marriage and keeps shyly to herself, until the worst happens and by mistake she casts a spell on a guest. Brayden works with Ariel to help her control her magic but discovers she’s a High Witch — one of only three witches in the world with a rare kind of power.

Immediately the two must flee; evil warlock Julius wants to enslave Ariel — mind, heart and body. Julius and his lover the High Witch Nadia will stop at nothing to capture Ariel, and the danger threatens to tear Ariel apart from Brayden. Ariel’s only hope is that her love for Brayden and her newly-discovered powers are strong enough to save them.

This is a NOVELLA of approximately 25,000 words.

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Author Bio

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Mona Hanna is an author of fantasy/romance books. She enjoys writing about love, magic, conflict, trials and the joy of overcoming them. Mona enjoys reading, movies, chocolate, and adores cats. She hopes to release many more fantasy books in the years to come.

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April 6, 2014 Posted by | Book Reviews, Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Frostbite by Casey Lea – Review

Blurb:

When the ice takes your friends and then comes for you, what do you do?
Amber Grace has spent countless lives preparing for battle, but her time has finally run out. She’s mortal now and can only hope that her enemy is close. That when the monster comes to devour them all, she’ll still be alive and able to offer herself instead. All Amber has to do is keep herself safe, but one thing the Universe never guarantees is safety. Forced from hiding and trapped on the Rim with the criminal scum of every interstellar species, Amber finds herself truly living in a way she hasn’t for millennia. Suddenly her choices are more than equations and the potential of billions killed must be balanced against protecting her friends. Amber finally dares to embrace her last life, but a single mistake costs everything she has won. An ancient evil reaches through the chill of space, to freeze everything it touches. Now the ice is coming… and it’s not alone.

My Review:

It’s a rare series that can make sense when dropped into the middle of it. I haven’t read IceFlight yet (Though I’m adding it to my ”TBR” pile), but Casey Lea crafts an imaginative and easy-to-follow universe that allows easy integration no matter where in the series you stop in.

I found this story incredibly engaging and wonderfully delicious in its complexity – and yet, incredibly simple to follow. A young man, escaping his over-protective mother. Another young man seeking family. A woman who wants the best for her family, and another seeking to save the universe. Simple, elegant characters that make the world of the kres, t’ssra and Harvesters one that speaks any language.

I have to say, my favourite scene was the final one, in the Court room, while searching for a new ruler of the kres race. I just thought it was so funny for Zak to be acting like a goofy teen during such a time of crisis and argument – popcorn and all.

5/5

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April 3, 2014 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , | 1 Comment

Blackness Awaits by Norma Jeanne Karlsson – Cover reveal

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The Man Who Became Frankenstein’s Monster by Robert Daicy – Review

Blurb:

New York, 1926 – Anyone can make a good life for themselves if they are just willing to work hard for it. William Barker is such a man. He has a good job, a nice house, a son named James, and a marriage he is trying desperately to hold together. A tragic accident takes this life away and William finds himself alone in his house with terrible mental and physical scars that are a constant reminder of what happened.

With no one willing to employ a man with such visible and disturbing scars, William is lost and has no answers for how to live his life. That is when he meets the man who will change that life forever, Roland Skelton, the owner of Skelton’s Spectacular Traveling Carnival. Where others saw a man to be shunned, Roland sees a man he may be able to help. Roland convinces William to join the Carnival as the headliner of the ten-in-one.

With the name Frankenstein’s Monster, William is a hit with the paying audience and finds that being onstage is a release from his pain and guilt. In time, William realizes that those he works with understand him better than he could have hoped. While working at the carnival, William finds a new happiness, an enemy, purpose, and even love. The Man Who Became Frankenstein’s Monster is a moving novel about a man who rises above adversity set against the backdrop of the golden age of the carnival.

My Review:

A book heavily steeped in the time-period of its setting – even in the style. Nothing happens for the first sixty-odd pages, and when it does, the reactions are either do over-dramatic to be annoying, or so rough as to be alien.If you love period pieces, this one’s for you.

 

3.5/5

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April 2, 2014 Posted by | Uncategorized | 1 Comment

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