Friday, December 30, 2011

A Christmas Promise by Mary Balogh

A love that cannot be bought or sold proves to be the greatest gift of all, in this heartwarming classic that demonstrates once again why New York Times bestselling author Mary Balogh is among the most celebrated authors of historical romance.

Weddings are supposed to be joyous occasions—especially when a couple seems as well matched as Randolph Pierce, Earl of Falloden, and his bride-to-be, Eleanor Transome. Ellie brings to the marriage a vast dowry, while Falloden, though distant, is handsome, tremendously desirable, and possessed of a title most young ladies can only dream of sharing.

Yet Ellie is not most young ladies. She knows that she must honor her dear father’s dying wish for her to wed the proud earl, but she dreads a lifetime in a union without love—and how can Falloden claim to love her when he married her only for her fortune? As Christmas descends upon the Falloden manor, the warmth of the season may yet melt away the trappings of duty and wealth, leaving behind only a man and a woman destined for each other’s arms
 This book would have been perfect if not for a couple of things that bothered me very much. I didn't like that Ellie was so cold every time Randolph was around it didn't make a whole lot of sense to me. When her father dies which is a very emotional scene but Ellie was just a cold statue no emotion at all. It was no wonder that Randolph didn't like her for awhile she showed no hint that she had feelings and wasn't a robot. I had to warm up to Ellie as did Randolph had to. I liked Randolph but he did one thing I didn't like at all and he never apologized for his actions on their wedding night he took Ellie very rough with no thought that she was a virgin. He didn't try to make sure she was prepared or give her time to adjust nor did he try to please her and all because she wasn't showing emotion. I really don't think that was the way to get her to open up to you all it did was make her not trust him even more. This isn't the first book I would recommend of Mary Balogh but it is a good read and gets better once Ellie drops the ice princess act.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

An O'Brien Family Christmas (Chesapeake Shores #8) by Sherryl Woods

Dating Matthew O’Brien-a playboy and a younger man-cost Laila Riley her career and her parents’ respect. A high price, even for love-and when Laila decides it was just a fling, she breaks it off, despite Matthew’s objections.

It’s a great time to get away from it all, but Laila has reservations about joining the O’Briens for a Dublin holiday. Matthew’s bound to be there, and she’s far from immune. What if she can’t resist temptation?

Meanwhile, the O’Briens are in an uproar over matriarch Nell’s unexpected romance with an old flame. Will she follow her heart despite the risks? And will Laila discover that some risks are actually once-in-a-lifetime opportunities?
 I guess I should start by saying I have never read a book in this series or by this author. I will go back and read the others because I very much enjoyed this one. I think because I didn't read the others that's why I was confused about some details in the story. First it's mentioned on the back of the book there is a age gap but they never tell you how old each person is so it's hard for me to think of Laila as being older when I have no clue as to her age or his, second I felt kind of throw in the middle of their love story. I think it would have helped if I had read the others in the series this is one book that I would recommend you need to read the others. I really enjoyed reading this book and also loved the other story of Nell and want to know how that will end. I would say read the others than pick this one up very good story.

Monday, December 26, 2011

The Perfect Christmasby Debbie Macomber

For Cassie Beaumont, it’s meeting her perfect match. Cassie, at thirty-three, wants a husband and kids, and so far, nothing’s worked. Not blind dates, not the Internet and certainly not leaving love to chance.

What’s left? A professional matchmaker. He’s Simon Dodson, and he’s very choosy about the clients he takes on. Cassie finds Simon a difficult, acerbic know-it-all, and she’s astonished when he accepts her as a client.

Claiming he has her perfect mate in mind, Simon assigns her three tasks to complete before she meets him. Three tasks that are all about Christmas: being a charity bell ringer, dressing up as Santa’s elf at a children’s party and preparing a traditional turkey dinner for her neighbors (whom she happens to dislike). Despite a number of comical mishaps, Cassie does it all—and she’s finally ready to meet her match.
But just like the perfect Christmas gift, he turns out to be a wonderful surprise!

What would the holidays be without a Christmas story from Debbie Macomber?

 Debbie Macomber is good to read when you want to read what I call light romance. Perfect Christmas was a good book not a great one but it was worth reading. What I really liked about this book was reading about the three task she was given to do. I think it was the best part of the book it's where Cassie's personality came out the most. I would have liked to read more about Cassie and Simon falling for each other and there was a sub story involving Cassie's best friend and brother I would have liked to read a whole book about. There was just something missing from this book to make it great but I'm not sure what. I enjoyed it and liked Simon and Cassie both very much. It was a good little Christmas story. This is not the first book I would recommend but I would recommend it.

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Checkmate (Mates #2) by Annmarie McKenna

What's an alpha shape-shifting wolf to do when the woman pre-destined to be his mate no longer trusts men? After returning home from an eight-month security job, Eli Graham is ready to claim his best friend's little sister as his mate. He'd put it off for years, thinking he was doing the right thing by waiting. Instead of the stubborn, independent, carefree girl he left behind, Eli finds a shell of the woman he once knew. Having lived through a near fatal attack, Nikki Taylor has hidden herself away from the world. Now the time has come to face head-on the one man who could devastate her completely, Eli Graham. She's loved him forever, craves him, body, heart and soul, but he's never treated her as anything but a little sister. When Nikki witnesses a murder, she has no choice but to rely on Eli's expertise. While guarding her from the man bent on wiping out a witness, Eli shows Nikki that he'll not only protect her body, but he'll show her just what it means to be a wolf's mate. Warning, this title contains the following: hot, explicit sex, graphic violence and language, and is not for the faint of heart!

I had never heard of this author until I saw this book in a used book store and picked it up. I'm glad I got this book BUT some things are a little misleading from what the back cover says. Nikki is scared of the world but she is never scared of Eli not even for a second and he's a security expert but all he does is hide her at his ranch there's not a moment when Eli is doing anything to find out who is after Nikki. Nikki trust Eli from the moment she sees him when she wakes up in the hospital so he never has to worry about earning her trust. I liked the book but looking back I didn't feel like I got to know any of the characters in the book. You never get to meet the rest of the pack which was kind of disappointing. I found the ending very predictable you have the cops saying they got the killer and Eli went along with it when his gut was saying it was wrong. Then she leaves and puts herself in the killers hands because of some very stupid ideas to catch the killer and Eli once again goes along with it. He was supposed to be a security expert and goes along with a plan that really wasn't a plan at all. If you don't take this book to serious and don't mind alpha males and their female mate just being stupid at times you will be ok with this book. The up side is the book has smoking hot sex scenes.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

A Texas Christmas by Jodi Thomas, Linda L. Broday, Phyllis Miranda, Dewanna Pace

In the Texas Panhandle, the winters are long, the storms fierce--and the Yuletide nights are sizzling. New York Times bestselling author Jodi Thomas along with Linda Broday, Phyliss Miranda and DeWanna Pace, bring you one tempting holiday delight. . .

On the eve before Christmas a blizzard arrived, transforming a small Texas town into a night to remember. Four ladies desperately in need of saving, four hard-ridin' cowboys who aim to please. . . When a lone farmer strides to a pretty store owner's rescue, their deepest wishes just might come true. . . A brave heiress can't believe a rugged angel is riding out of the night to save her and her fellow train passengers--until she gets him under the mistletoe. . . A quiet loner wants to help a stranded widow have a holiday to remember. . . And a female saloon owner tired of being scorned by respectable folk gets some very naughty help from a handsome greenhorn. . .

First time reading these authors and I have to say I simply loved this book. All the stories take place in one Texas town during a few days time. I think the message for this book was not to judge someone based on what others say. All the characters were more than what others said about them or what they appeared to be. I wish these stories were longer because I didn't want the story to end. My favorite story was the first one by Jodi Thomas. This is a short review because I loved it and think everyone should read it. If you like cowboys and strong Texas women you should get this book.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Wanted by Her Lost Love (Pregnancy & Passion #2) by Maya Banks

Despite his fiancée's chilling betrayal, developer Ryan Beardsley provided for Kelly Christian when he sent her packing. So he's livid to find her working in a dingy Houston diner, desperate and pregnant. Regardless of whether the baby is his—or his brother's—Ryan demands that Kelly return to New York with him. Now. For the baby's sake. Or maybe because the woman's as irresistible as ever…

Wanted by her Lost Love is a short book but definitely worth getting it. Kelly is very mad and has every right to be she was betrayed by the man that was supposed to love her and be on her side. Ryan also thinks he was betrayed and is angry when he sees Kelly. I could totally understand why Ryan was mad and he thought he had a really good reason to be. I enjoyed reading the journey Ryan and Kelly were on trying to work out their past so they could have a future! This was a truly touching story and I'll be looking for the first in the series to read !! Also very steamy scenes Maya Banks is known for it's a must have !!

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Bring Me Home for Christmas (Virgin River #16) by Robyn Carr

This year, Becca Timm knows the number one item on her Christmas wish list—getting over Denny Cutler. Three years ago, Denny broke her heart before heading off to war. It's time she got over her silly high-school relationship and moved on.

So she takes matters into her own hands and heads up to Virgin River, the rugged little mountain town that Denny calls home, as an uninvited guest on her brother's men-only hunting weekend. But when an accident turns her impromptu visit into an extended stay, Becca finds herself stranded in Virgin River. With Denny. In very close quarters.

As the power of Christmas envelops the little town, Becca discovers that the boy she once loved has become a strong and confident man. And the most delicious Christmas present she can imagine.
I just love this cover if it was a poster I would buy it I want it so much !! It's just beautiful and love the colors ! This is the first time reading this author and her books. I really enjoyed this book and the little town. I thought Denny was great and loved him and Becca together. I got annoyed with Becca a couple of times she would refer to her and Denny has being kids when they were together. They were not kids for goodness sake they were teenagers yes but it's not like they were twelve or something other than that I have nothing negative to say. Living in this town would be hard but it would be worth it to feel so needed and accepted. I liked how they worked out their past to forge a future together. This was a great book and really like it but I don't see myself reading the others in the series. I would still recommend this book and to anyone it has a great story that felt new not something I've read several times by different authors.

Friday, December 16, 2011

A Wallflower Christmas (Wallflowers #5) by Lisa Kleypas (Goodreads Author)

The Wallflowers are four young ladies in London who banded together in their wild and wickedly wonderful searches for true love. Now happily married, they join together once again to help one of the world’s most notorious rogues realize that happiness might be right under the mistletoe.…

 It’s Christmastime in London and Rafe Bowman has arrived from America for his arranged meeting with Natalie Blandford, the very proper and beautiful daughter of Lady and Lord Blandford. His chiseled good looks and imposing physique are sure to impress the lady in waiting and, if it weren’t for his shocking American ways and wild reputation, her hand would already be guaranteed. Before the courtship can begin, Rafe realizes he must learn the rules of London society. But when four former Wallflowers try their hand at matchmaking, no one knows what will happen. And winning a bride turns out to be more complicated than Rafe Bowman anticipated, especially for a man accustomed to getting anything he wants. However, Christmas works in the most unexpected ways, changing a cynic to a romantic and inspiring passion in the most timid of hearts. 
I have to start by saying that I love this book cover ! My first time reading any book in this series. This is a book that if you have not read the others in the Wallflower series you can still read and enjoy as the book goes on it explains the others stories so I understand everything. I loved Rafe Bowman and just love reading about a rake that changes for the love of a woman. Rafe is everything a rake should be which makes Hannah not like him instantly. Hannah was a joy to read and loved her interaction with Rafe. Natalie the woman Rafe's father wants him to marry I found I didn't like her all that much. Natalie is described as beautiful and perfect but I thought she was spoiled and very mean when she didn't get her way. I really enjoyed this book and the characters in it. I will definitely be getting the first four books in the series. I love reading books in the victorian era ! If you like reading about rakes and the woman the can't help but falling in love with them then you have to pick up this book.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Dead Reckoning (Sookie Stackhouse #11) by Charlaine Harris

With her knack for being in trouble's way, Sookie witnesses the firebombing of Merlotte's, the bar where she works. Since Sam Merlotte is now known to be two-natured, suspicion falls immediately on the anti-shifters in the area. Sookie suspects otherwise, but her attention is divided when she realizes that her lover Eric Northman and his "child" Pam are plotting to kill the vampire who is now their master. Gradually, Sookie is drawn into the plot-which is much more complicated than she knows...

Eric and Sookie are dealing with the fallout of the new master that's trying to do everything he can to destroy all Eric holds dear. There are some very touching scenes with Pam and someone very special to her. Sookie is also trying to figure out who firebombed Merlotte's and a old emeny comes back for the last time. Eric is keeping a secret from Sookie which causes him and Pam to fight both in the kitchen and with words. Eric's maker does his best to make the last thing he said to Sookie come true. Amelia and Claude made some choices that have a negative reaction with Sookie. Claude has something planned for Sookie dealing with her fairy heritage and is being very secretive. Sookie also finds a letter and a gift from her grandmother in a hidden desk. Sookie makes a hasty decicion that might or might not be the right choice. Eric and Sookie get closer as there pulled apart. I think this was the most emotionally book of the series so far. There are only two more books left in the series and I can't wait to find out how it will end. Will Sookie get her hea with Eric ? I think is the biggest question there is.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Dead in the Family (Sookie Stackhouse #10) by Charlaine Harris

After enduring torture and the loss of loved ones during the brief but deadly Faery War, Sookie Stackhouse is hurt and she's angry. Just about the only bright spot in her life is the love she thinks she feels for vampire Eric Northman. But he's under scrutiny by the new Vampire King because of their relationship. And as the political implications of the Shifters coming out are beginning to be felt, Sookie's connection to the Shreveport pack draws her into the debate. Worst of all, though the door to Faery has been closed, there are still some Fae on the human side-and one of them is angry at Sookie. Very, very angry...

The end of Dead and Gone we still had questions left unanswered the first being where was Eric while Sookie was being tortured and why didn't he come to her rescue. Also I was left wondering how Sookie would go on and how would this change her future and her personality. The first couple of questions were answered quickly and it was a very touching moment that left me in tears. Sookie is once agian pulled into the shifters problems and got a dead body buried on her land for the help. Bill has a very touching moment with Caroline Bellefleur. Then there's answers to some questions about Dermont Brigant Sookies great uncle. Eric's maker comes back in this book and brings a piece of Russian history with him. Sookie takes a bit to recover and by the end of the book she's closer to being her old self but I don't think she'll really ever be the same. Sookie is finding out she's capable of things that in book one she wouldn't have done or gone along with. I love this series and thought this book was another great addition.

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Dead and Gone (Sookie Stackhouse #9) by Charlaine Harris

Except for Sookie Stackhouse, folks in Bon Temps, Louisiana, know little about vamps-and nothing about weres.

Until now. The weres and shifters have finally decided to reveal their existence to the ordinary world. At first all goes well. Then the mutilated body of a were-panther is found near the bar where Sookie works-and she feels compelled to discover who, human or otherwise, did it.

But there's a far greater danger threatening Bon Temps. A race of unhuman beings-older, more powerful, and more secretive than vampires or werewolves-is preparing for war. And Sookie finds herself an all-too human pawn in their battle.
 Sookie having already faced so much in the past books has even more dangerous events happen in Dead and Gone. The weres and shifters come out to the world and then there's a murder of someone Sookie knows. There's also the revelation of a powerful relative and the discover that Sookies family is far different then she could have guessed. The murder and other events bring Jason and Sookie a bit closer where she is actually talking to her bother. Not such a surprise Sookie is in the middle of another war. Sookie has grown from the first book to this one and calls in a couple of favors when she realizes she's in way over her head. There's also the ever developing relationship of Eric and Sookie which takes a steamy turn. A friend on the outs takes action to commit a deadly betrayal. This book has Sookie more emotionally drained then ever before. We see the deaths of a couple of truly great characters that had me misty eyed. Bill takes steps that had me remembering why I liked him several books back. I think this was definitely one of the more sad books of the series. There's a surprise marriage of sorts. Dead and Gone was packed with action, supense, emotion, a marriage, and deaths of great characters. This is a life changing book for our girl cause at the end of this book Sookie won't ever be who she was before agian.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

From Dead to Worse (Sookie Stackhouse #8) by Charlaine Harris

After the natural disaster of Hurricane Katrina, and the manmade horror of the explosion at the vampire summit, Sookie Stackhouse is safe but dazed, yearning for things to get back to normal. But her boyfriend Quinn is among the missing. And things are changing, whether the weres and vamps in her corner of Louisiana like it or not. In the ensuing battles, Sookie faces danger, death…and once more, betrayal by someone she loves. And when the fur has finished flying and the cold blood ceases flowing, her world will be forever altered.

 Poor Sookie has to deal with another missing boyfriend in this book but this time she just waits for him. Sookie by the end of the book ends the relationship with Quinn partly because of his actions or lack their of action. Some may feel Sookie was being selfish but I don't so she was never gonna be first with him...hell she wasn't second or even third in his life. I think Quinn is a good guy but needs to work somethings out in his life. Sookie is once again has to help with the were-wolves problems and Alicde finally is the packmaster of the weres. I lost a lot respect for Jason in this book. I liked Niall and interested to see where that goes. Pam is very funny in part of this book and just love her. Theirs also trouble for Eric and a take over to survive. Eric finally remembers his time with Sookie. I thought Hunter was just to cute for words and hope he's in more of the future books. I thought this was another great book in the series and really enjoyed it.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

All Together Dead (Sookie Stackhouse #7) by Charlaine Harris

In All Together Dead, Sookie is trying to put past failed relationships behind her and has a new man in her life: the handsome and mysterious shapeshifter Quinn. But in the wake of the devastation from Hurricane Katrina, and with the entire Louisiana supernatural community still reeling, Sookie is summoned by Sophie-Anne Leclerq (the Queen of Louisiana) to accompany her to a historic regional vampire summit. However, the conference -- where entire power bases could be gained or lost -- is filled with friction and ill will; and when delegates are found brutally murdered, Sookie finds herself in the middle of a conspiracy-ridden power play where the unlikeliest of suspects could be a cold-blooded killer.

This was another book full of action and drama. Sookie is now very deep into vampire politics at this point in the series. Queen Sophie-Ann Leclerq has to go on trail for the epic failure that was her marriage in the last book. Eric and Sookie's relationship takes a very serious turn in this book. Sookie is with Quinn and while I like him I think she is moving to fast with him but only time will tell. Bill is around but to much has happened and I'm so over him. Sookie is trying to uncover a deadly plot and at times part of the plot was so easy to guess it was hard to understand how Sookie didn't see it sooner. Jason gets married and time will tell if that was a mistake or not. Only time will tell how the events of this book change the vampire world. All and all another great book in the series !!

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Definitely Dead (Sookie Stackhouse #6) by Charlaine Harris

Spiked with a frothy fusion of romance, mystery, and fantasy, this bestselling series sends the supernaturally gifted cocktail waitress Sookie Stackhouse to New Orleans, where she has to deal with the legacy of one of her own family and a host of potentially dangerous characters.

 This book is full of secrets revealed ! Quinn is in this book but he's more of a sub plot which was kind of disappointing. I didn't think I could be more upset with Bill....I was so wrong! It's another book filled out action and danger (as always). I like the potential of Quinn and he's very hot guess will have to see where it goes. I like Sophie Ann the Queen of Louisiana and Amelia a witch, Mr. Cataliades is intresting, and Diantha. Another good book in the series and so many question still to be answered.

Friday, December 2, 2011

Dead as a Doornail (Sookie Stackhouse #5) by Charlaine Harris

When she is not waitressing or preoccupied with her own amorous adventures, telepath Sookie Stackhouse is tracking down a serial killer of shapeshifters. Her sleuthing is partly altruistic, but she's also trying to save her were-panther brother, Jason, who has become the chief suspect in the crime. A three-ring circus of sexy supernaturalism.

 The question of Jason being a were-panther or not is answered right away.....yes he is and Eric doesn't have a clue what happened with Sookie when he lost his memory. Eric is shocked when Sookie has to tell him in return for a favor. This book was filled with action. Alcide lost all my interest and respect in this book by the end of the book I was so over him. Alcide tricks Sookie when he could of just asked her and then does it again. When she helps him and it goes bad anyway he's a jerk when she did as he asked and tried to help. We meet Patrick Furnan (were-wolf) who I can't hep but wonder what kind of problems he will cause in the future. Sookie has a couple of different men interested in her ( Eric & Quinn) and I wonder how that will work out. Dead as a Doornail was action packed (which I like) but there was something kind of lacking in this book that the others had. Several questions answered from the last book and even more rise in this one. I'm serioulsy addicted to this series !!!!!!!

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Dead to the World (Sookie Stackhouse #4) by Charlaine Harris

When cocktail waitress Sookie Stackhouse sees a naked man on the side of the road, she doesn't just drive on by. Turns out the poor thing hasn't a clue who he is, but Sookie does. It's Eric the vampire--but now he's a kinder, gentler Eric. And a scared Eric, because whoever took his memory now wants his life.

This in sports talk would be called a game changer book for Eric and Sookie. I'll be honest I have mixed feeling about this book. I loved seeing a different side to the viking hunk but Eric being scared and unsure of himself was just weird and at times hard to understand. I guess if I remembered nothing of my past of who I was I would feel the same way but it's still strange. There is some smoking hot scenes with Eric and Sookie. While Sookie is taking care of Eric and hiding him there's also the fact that her brother has gone missing. Jason didn't show up to work and he may be many things but he always shows up for work. This is where we meant the people of the Hotshot community and more were-wolves, and were-panthers, also more Pam (happy dance). There's a scene on page 213 that was sweet and almost heartbreaking at the same time. There is the short but deadly witch wars and just when Sookie thinks danger has past it ends up in her kitchen. Will Jason be changed from the time he was missing ? What's the fallout from Eric and Sookie's time together ? It was another good book in the series and the hottest book so far (at least to me).

Monday, November 28, 2011

Club Dead (Sookie Stackhouse #3) by Charlaine Harris

Sookie's boyfriend has been very distant-in another state, distant. Now she's off to Mississippi to mingle with the underworld at Club Dead-a little haunt where the vampire elite go to chill out. But when she finally finds Bill-caught in an act of betrayal-she's not sure whether to save him...or sharpen some stakes.

Sookie faces her first betrayal and heart break by her first lover Bill in this book. Bill goes missing and betrayed or not Sookie is determined to find and save him. There's more Eric in this book as he helps Sookie and things heat up with them. We get to see more about were-wolves as we meet the very hunky Alcide Herveaux he's sent by Eric to help Sookie in her goal of finding Bill. I loved reading how Sookie and Alcide are together as there was heat between them. Then again close to the end of the book Alcide makes a couple of stupid choices (in my opinion). I liked Bill and this book REALLY changed that for me. I'm not such a fan of his now. Besides Bill's betrayal of Sookie after he's rescued by her he does something I'm really not ok with. I was left with a few questions such as....... What will happen with Eric and Sookie ? Will there be more Alcide and his crazy ex (or not so ex) Debbie Pelt ? Does Bill stand of chance of being forgiven ? Will I see more Pam (love her).Club Dead was another great book in the series leaving me wanting to read more about Sookie's crazy life.

Friday, November 25, 2011

Living Dead in Dallas (Sookie Stackhouse #2) by Charlaine Harris

Cocktail waitress Sookie Stackhouse is on a streak of real bad luck. First, her co-worker gets murdered and no one seems to care. Then Sookie is attacked - and poisoned - late one night by some weird and apparently mythical beast. She only survives because the local vampires roll up and graciously suck the poison from her veins (like they didn't enjoy it). But in return the blood-suckers need a favor.
Which is why Sookie ends up in Dallas, using her telepathic skills to search for a missing vampire, on the condition that her undead friends don't do anything, well, vampiric while she's there. Easier said than done. All it takes is one delicious blonde and one small mistake for things to turn deadly...

This is the book that in my opinion starts Sookie's life being full of action and danger because of the vampires and people she is exposed to. There are many sub-plots to this story as well as major ones. A murder in the beginning, Sookie attacked and left bloody, Dallas vampire missing, introduction of Bill's maker, more delicious Eric, and more of Sookie attacked and bloody. Sookie is saved from rape and death by Godfrey a truly evil vampire that killed and feed from children. He can't take the guilt of his actions and wants to meet the dawn. When Sookie goes to watch it is a oddly touching scene in the book. I loved the scenes when Eric is flirty with Sookie and there might be a kiss...or two. Eric is in this book more and I loved that. I like Bill which in confusing because I also like Eric for Sookie. Bill's dislike of the Bellfleur's is explained and a surprise comes out as well. This was just as good and the last book and I love this series. I can't wait to see what life has in store for Sookie next.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Dead Until Dark (Sookie Stackhouse #1) by Charlaine Harris

Sookie Stackhouse is a small-time cocktail waitress in small-town Louisiana. She's quiet, keeps to herself, and doesn't get out much. Not because she's not pretty. She is. It's just that, well, Sookie has this sort of "disability." She can read minds. And that doesn't make her too dateable. And then along comes Bill. He's tall, dark, handsome - and Sookie can't 'hear' a word he's thinking. He's exactly the kind of guy she's been waiting for all her life.

But Bill has a disability of his own: He's a vampire. Worse than that, hangs with a seriously creepy crowd, with a reputation for trouble - of the murderous kind.

And when one of Sookie's colleagues is killed, she begins to fear she'll be next.

 This is a book series I've had for a couple of years. I got them when True Blood came on HBO and just never got around to reading them. I finally picked them up and oh boy am I glad I did. I found Sookie a very interesting person from the start and admired how she dealt the her gift/curse (depending on how you look at it). I could totally get why she found Bill so appealing and wanted to be around him to have silence when you've had years of almost non stop chatter would be paradise. I liked Bill and thought it was very sweet the way he was with her. Also you have murders going on after Bill Compton arrives in town. Sookie gets more than she bargained for when she goes to Fangtasia with Bill. Once there she attracts the attention of Eric Northman (drooling as I type) the sheriff of area five he is very intrigued by Sookie. There is the intrduction of great characters like Pam Eric's "child", and Bubba a famous king. Sookie deals with new experiences, mystery, and personnel tragedy. I love this series and not sure why it took me so long to pick up and read. Sookies life was kind of boring but not anymore....... P.S. Love this book cover !!!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

The Rebel (The Moorehouse Legacy #1) by Jessica Bird, J.R. Ward

NOTE: This is a re-issue of BEAUTY AND THE BLACK SHEEP Book 1 from the Moorehouse Legacy series.

Nate Walker has never shied away from the hard road. Even when it meant leaving behind his family, wealth, and the fiance who only wanted a rich man. Nothing was going to stop him from opening his own five-star restaurant.

And he was on his way until his car broke down on a dark road in the Adirondacks, leading him right to White Caps Inn and Frankie Moorehouse.

Suddenly Nate has a job he doesn't really need and an affair that has to end when summer does. Except Frankie has a way about her. She gets under his skin. She even makes him want to do what he never thought he could stay forever.

It was page 35 that Frankie had me talking to the book asking "are you crazy" and it didn't get better for a few more pages. Frankie's chief quits at the beginning of the book and when Nate volunteers to stay and be her chief she jumps for joy cause she could burn water. Sorry I lied to you she tells him she doesn't need him but she does cause the other part of that sentence was the truth. Frankie can't cook she save her life or the bed & breakfast she owns. I was totally annoyed because at the first of the book Frankie is wishing someone would come and help her so she didn't have to be the one to have all the answers all the time. Nate shows up willing to help and take some of the burden from her and she rejects his help and is rude to the man. Several times to just to the wrong conclusion without waiting to get the whole story first. Finally Nate gets Frankie to let him stay and his cooking starts to save the failing restaurant. Nate I did like from the start not like Frankie that had to grow on me. Nate has some issues with kids that this cute little boy helps solve with his chatter and that was so sweet to read and one of my favorite scences. I really enjoyed this book and can't wait for the others to be re-issued in the end Nate and Frankie had a sweet story. The Rebel sets up the stories for the other books so if you are thinking about reading the others you need to pick this one up first.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Never Too Hot (Hot Shots: Men of Fire #3) by Bella Andre


Deep in the cool green mountains of the Adirondacks, wounded firefighter Connor MacKenzie has come to rebuild the 100-year-old MacKenzie family cabin—and to be alone. A horrific blaze has left him scarred inside and out and certain of two things: He’ll get back on his Hot Shot crew no matter what it takes, and any woman who ventures too close will not stay long.
Ginger Sinclair has been burned by a different kind of fire. Having just escaped from a bad marriage, she’s retreated to the safety of the lakeside vacation town in upstate New York to start a new life. She’s done with men, with relationships, with the danger of desires that can rage out of control—until she unexpectedly encounters Connor MacKenzie. As a hot summer on the lake grows ever hotter, they find themselves sharing a cabin and a romance that will swiftly engulf them both.
 This was the first time I ever read a book by this author and didn't realize it was the final book in the series. Connor and Ginger are both battling back from being burned one from fire the other from a bad marriage. This was a classic example of trying to stay away from each other but not being able to. The book was full of typical plots. Connor and Ginger not getting along at first, Connor scarred and emotionally destined, Ginger wanting to heal and fix him, don't forget a fire, and a unexpected pregnancy. Almost forget about the father that wasn't around much for a little something different you have the father Andrew and his first love Isabel as subplot. It all came together nicely I thought but not a very original story. I will be getting the other two books to check them out. I'm glad I read it but not totally memorable.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Surrender to Me (Wicked Lovers #4) by Shayla Black

A ménage a trois becomes a dangerous obsession.

A Navy SEAL accepts a hot proposition: share a buddy's girlfriend and fulfill her dream of a ménage. But after meeting Kata he needs more than one night. And he wants her all to himself-a guilty secret that becomes a dangerous fantasy

This is one steaming hot book! Hunter and Kata burn up the pages! Hunter is a gorgeous, and strong Dom that that sees the need Kata tries to hide. Kata has a deep need to submit to Hunter but that is also what she's afraid of. Kata's mother gave her a poor example of how to deal with a dominant man now she's afraid she will be just like her mother. There were times I wanted her to just get over it and let Hunter get to know her but a lifetime of issues is hard to change quickly. There is also the fact that someone is out to kill Kata and Hunter is trying to keep her safe. I was very surprised when the person putting the plot into motion was revealed. I love the Wicked Lovers series and this book is just another great addition. If you want to read a book about a hot man that knows what you want without you having to ask him then pick up this book out.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Siren Enslaved (Texas Sirens #3) by Sophie Oak

                                                             Siren Menage Everlasting: Erotic Cowboy Menage a Trois Romance, M/M/F, BDSM, sex toys] Julian Lodge has everything a man could want. He's rich, successful and owns the most exclusive BDSM club in Dallas. But something is missing. Finn Taylor has worked his way up in the world from humble beginnings in Willow Fork, Texas. The only thing he still loves in his hometown is Danielle Bay. He never told her he was actually bisexual, and he never confessed his love for her. Now she's getting married, and Finn is sure he's lost his chance with the only person he'll ever love. Julian's vacation to the Barnes-Fleetwood ranch brings them all together. After Dani jumps into Julian's car while fleeing her wedding, Julian knows he has to have her. But nothing is easy in Willow Fork. A danger from Julian's past threatens them all. Julian will have to convince both Dani and Finn that being his will be the best decision they ever made.

Warning this book has M/M/F scenes. Julian Lodge is first introduced in Siren in the City when Jack goes to visit his old mentor in Dallas. After that I couldn't wait to read more about Julian Lodge. Julian has started to lose interest in his life in Dallas and his club so he goes to visit Jack in the country and that's wear we meet Danielle Bay. Julian takes to a liking to Danielle right away and starts to feel things he hasn't felt in months. Finn Taylor finds Danielle at the Barnes-Fleetwood ranch and meets Julian where he can tell they have had sex. One of the things I liked about this book was that Finn didn't like Julian at first. He thought Julian was gorgeous but was more worried about Danielle. Julian quickly realizes that if he wants Danielle he'll have to take Finn too. Julian and Danielle wanted each other at first glance but with Julian and Finn it took a second look before they really started to see the other. Julian is the perfect Dom for them, he's strong and firm which is what they both need. The connection between all three of them is amazing and beautiful to watch grow and get stronger. There is a stalker after Julian and that was easy to guess who but very well written. I love this series and there is incredible hot sex scenes. I definitely recommend this book and the series to anyone ! I love Sophie Oak's books and this is just another example of her fabulous writing !!!!

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Delicious (Wicked Lovers #3) by Shayla Black

Luc's entire future is planned out-but there is one very sexy obstacle in his path: Alyssa, a strip club owner with whom Luc recently shared one night of wild abandon. It left Luc terrified by his loss of self­control-and Alyssa desperate for more. But Luc is not the only man desperate to have Alyssa...and that's just one of her secrets-secrets as dark and mysterious and delicious as her fantasies.
After reading this book I had conflicting feelings about Luc. Luc is first introduced in Decadent and Alyssa is introduced in Wicked Ties. Luc is often rude, mean, and judgemental when it comes to Alyssa. I was very surprised because this was not how he was in the last book. Alyssa wants to get to know Luc and show him there is more to her then he knows. Luc does everything in his power to see Alyssa as nothing more than a owner of a strip club. Alyssa doesn't fit into Luc's idea of what his future should be. After much thought I think that is why Luc comes across as such a jerk. He's afraid of the way Alyssa makes him feel. I can understand why she keeps giving him chances even though her head tells her to run. I came to understand why he was acting this way but it still annoyed the hell out of me. Luc keeps thinking the worst of her even as she tries to show him the best. The chemistry between them is so scorching hot and not to be ignored as much as Luc tries. I liked Alyssa she was so different than I thought she might be. She survived many things that would have crushed anyone else. She had faith in them even when he was still thinking the worst of her. I've never seen anyone have so many people after them. The poor woman had three different crazy people after her. I'll admit at times I wanted her to be with Tyler it was so obvious how he felt about her. This was so sweet and sad because you know his feelings were never going to be returned. After Luc stopped fighting how he felt about Alyssa he was able to be the nice, caring, and great guy I remembered from the last book. This was another great book in the wicked series. I would highly recommend this book and the whole series if you like hot man that can give you what you want without having to ask for it.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Dangerous Boys and Their Toy by Shayla Black

Trading orgasms for information isn't their usual way of doing business, but when a missing criminal-turned-star-witness and fifty grand are on the line, bounty hunter R. A. Thorn and Detective Cameron Martinez are prepared to put their bodies to the task and give gorgeous Brenna Sheridan everything she needs.

Soon, their "deal" is no longer about information -- or sex. Emotions bind Brenna, Cam and Thorn together more tightly than they ever imagined as the men protect -- and serve -- the beloved woman neither can live without.

Reader advisory: Book contains some scenes of same-gender sex.
Wow, not sure where to start with this book it was so incredibly hot. This is a fast paced book where Cam and Thorn meet and fall for Brenna quickly. Thorn had a rough up bringing so he was wary to own up to how he felt about Brenna and Cam. Cam is a caring, and open minded guy that knows he wants Brenna & Thorn then pursues them both. Brenna has this sweet innocence about her that pulls Cam and Thorn in from the start. The chemistry between this trio is amazing and total melt worthy. There is m/m touching and sex in this book so if that bothers you don't get this book. I thought Shayla Black dealt with this in a very respectful and sexy way. Thorn was a bit weirded out by his feelings for Cam whom he had been friends with for years and had never looked at in that way. I liked that about this book in some books I've read the straight guy jumps into a m/m relationship with no problems and that's just not believable. This is a short book less than two hundred pages but so worth reading it has action and I'm not just talking about the scorching sex, and danger. My only complaint is that it was a short read I wanted the book to keep going. Although this was a short book I still felt like I got to know Cam, Thorn, and Brenna very well. This is definitely erotica and not romance so if you don't like erotica don't get this but if you like scorching hot men putting it all on the line for the women they love then run don't walk and get this book !!!!

Monday, October 17, 2011

Cross Your Heart (Broken Heart Vampires #7) by Michele Bardsley

After the death of her husband-and her dreams of motherhood-Elizabeth Bretton returned to the family estate in Broken Heart, Oklahoma. Little did she know she would also give up her life as the Silverstone heiress.

But escaping the past isn't that easy-especially with a vengeful ghost trying to kill her, a 150-year-old mystery to solve, and an outrageously hot were-jaguar named "Tez" trying to get into her boudoir...
This book captured my interest from the beginning I couldn't wait to read more. I liked Elizabeth Bretton from the start and Tez was the perfect alpha male. Elizabeth, Tez, and the ghost made for the perfect trio of intrigue. Every time I thought I had it figured out where the book was going the story would take a turn I never saw coming. Tez new what he wanted and went after it with single minded determination. What did he want you ask well.......Elizabeth Bretton on course! There was also the question of why the were-cats wanted Tez. The heat between Tez and Elizabeth is scorching. I loved his attitude and well really everything about him. I loved this book and never wanted it to end. I could have read this book for couple more hundred pages. My only complaint is that this series is just from the females point of view. I would have loved to read what Tez was thinking and his point of view. I love this series and even with me reading these books out of order they still make sense and I'm not left confused or feeling behind. I would highly recommend this series if you like vampires, were-creatures, and things that go bump in the night.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Playing with Fire (Tales of an Extraordinary Girl #1) by Gena Showalter

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Used to be my greatest achievement was holding a job more than three days. Now suddenly I can shoot fireballs, chill your drink, or blow-dry your hair at fifty paces with a blink of my eye!

It all started when this crazy scientist dropped something in my Grande Mocha Latte. Of course I got wicked sick. Next morning I'm waking up with this total hottie bending over me. He tells me 1)his name's Rome Masters, 2)he's a government agent and 3)I can control the four elements with a thought.

He seems even less pleased by my (apparently irreversible) transformation than I am . . . Because now he'll have to kill me.

I have to admit that for the first few chapters I was totally annoyed with Belle Jamison . Belle had to support her father so you would think that she would be the perfect employee, but no. Belle would be late by hours, would smart off to customers and in general not care. I did love Rome Masters from the start he was hot and very mysterious. Rome was sent to to kill Belle but I think you can guess that didn't go as planned. Belle never guessed Rome's secret which was so very obvious that she had to be blind or just not very smart ( I think it was a combination of both). I know you may be thinking that I didn't like this book but you would be wrong after a few chapters and after Belle found her brain it was a very good book. I was a bit disappointed that that the book was only from Belle's point of view. One of the things I loved about this book was the other great people you meet along the way. There was action, suspense, and of course romance. Once you got passed Belle's annoying behavior there was just Gena Showalter writing at what she does best paranormal romance. The storyline was incredible and keeped you guessing. The chemistry between Rome and Belle was of the charts. I really enjoyed this book and am very glad I picked it up.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

The Darkest Surrender (Lords of the Underworld #8) by Gena Showalter

Possessed by the demon of Defeat, Strider cannot lose a challenge without suffering unimaginable pain. For him, nothing stands in the way of victory. Until Kaia, an enchanting Harpy, tempts him to the razor's edge of surrender.Known among her people as The Disappointment, Kaia must bring home the gold in the Harpy Games or die. Strider is a distraction she can't afford because he has an agenda of his own-steal first prize, an ancient godly artifact, before the winner can be named. But as the competition heats up, only one prize will matter-the love neither had thought possible...matter-the love neither had thought possible...

I didn't read this book I devoured it in a day and a half I couldn't put it down. I loved the chance to get to know Kaia and Strider better. These were two characters that had been mentioned in the other books but we really didn't know that much about. Strider and Kaia's chemistry jumped off the pages to sizzle and burn you. Strider is the ultimate aphla male all insicts and a highly developed sense of possession. Kaia is a beaitful red head that likes to steal for fun and will do what ever it takes to win her man. I loved reading as Strider tried to deny what was sparking between them. The Harpy Games was a great way to learn more about the harpies as a race and see how different Kaia and her sisters are from the rest of thier race. There is was also some hints for Paris's book and a very big hint about who will come after Paris which is due out next year. Darkest Surrender was fully of surprise twist and turns that I didn't see coming. This is truly Gena Showalter at her very best !!! I love this series !!! If you love paranormal books then you have to check out this series. I also love how humor is mixed into all of these books. My only complaint is that I have to wait a year before I can read more!

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Hailey's Secret (Passion Victoria #7) by Becky Wilde

Hailey Wood arrives in the town of Passion, Victoria, Australia after two years on the run. She's running from the monster who has destroyed her life.
She inadvertently meets the three sexy, handsome Bartram brothers, she awakens with her screams through the thin walls of her motel room. They burst through her door ready to do battle for the tortured woman.
Dillon, Chance and Roman, want Hailey as soon as they see her, but every time they get near her she flinches away from them. They know Hailey has been hurt by someone in her past, but won't give up until they have her in their arms.
Hailey's monster kidnaps her, the men of Passion come together to try and get to her before her monster can hurt her again.
Will her men get to her time? Will they be able to hold her in their arms again? Or will she be too damaged mentally as well as physically and push them away once more?

Hailey Wood is a sweet, innocent and emotionally damaged young woman. Dillon, Chance and Roman meet her and know that she is the one for them. I know some people will have a issue with the fast pace that they meet and fall in love but this is a short e-book so it has to move quickly. I love how the Bartram brothers felt such a instance connection w/Hailey. All the men in Passion, Victoria take care of the woman of the town and I love that about this series. Dillon, Chance and Roman help Hailey over come the monster after her and find strength she didn't know she had. This is a fast paced story but I still felt like I got to know everyone. The Bartram men are the kind of men a woman would be lucky to find once no less three of these men...... such a lucky girl !!!! I would definitely recommend this series to anyone how loves strong men and hot, hot sex !!!

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Into the Dark (Lords of the Underworld 0.5 & 3.5) by Gena Showalter

                                                                                                     Three otherworldly tales from the master of paranormal romance…and a brand-new Lords of the Underworld bonus guide!
                                                                                               The Darkest Fire—a Lords of the Underworld prequel

Geryon is the guardian of hell, more monster than man. Kadence is the goddess of Oppression, more angel than woman. Together they will enter the flames to battle a dangerous horde of demon lords—and discover a passion unlike any other.                                                                     The Amazon's Curse—a tale of Atlantis                                                                                                        Zane, a fierce vampire warrior, has been enslaved by the Amazons. Nola, a lovely Amazon soldier, has been cursed with invisibility. Now, these two stubborn enemies must overcome the pasts that haunt them and embrace a love that can set them free….

The Darkest Prison—a Lords of the Underworld tale

Once, Atlas, the Titan god of Strength, was the Greek goddess Nike's slave. Now, he is her master. And soon these sworn rivals destined to destroy each other will be forced to risk everything for a chance at love….

This is a must have book for any fan of the Lord of the Underworld series. I loved this book it had three great short novels. The Darkest Fire was a great prequel that explains how the box that contained the demons came about. While it also tells the love story of Kandence goddess of Oppression and Geryon the Guardian of Hell. Geryon isn't your typical looking aphla but he is a aphla male all the same. I fell for Geryon with his fierce loyalty, and his determination to protect Kandence at all cost. Kadence is surprisingly sweet and more caring then you might think the goddess of Oppression would be. The Amazon's Curse is the story of Zane and Nola that we first meet in Vampire's Bride. I enjoyed reading about them and had to know how there story ended. Before you read this story you really need to read Vampire's Bride to understand thier history and how the curse came about. Zane and Nola are perfect for each other. They both have the kind of past only the other can truly understand and help heal from. Zane is a strong but very broken man when we meet him in Vampire's Bride. He feels a instead connection w/Nola. Atlas the Titan god of Strength is irresistible in The Darkest Fire. Atlas and Nike sizzle in this story where the prison guard turns into the prisioner. These three stories are all less than one hundered pages but well worth your time. Into The Dark also feature's an interview with the Lords given by William and an interview with the Lady's of the fortess given by Gilly. Also an interview with Gena Showalter given by Kresley Cole. All three of the interviews made me laugh and were so fun to read. This is simply a must have book and loaded with so many extras you'll be glad you got it.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Virtual Reality by Joey W. Hill

Mark is a reclusive Dominant who confines his sexual interests strictly to the online world. On his routine afternoon ferry ride, he meets a woman who rouses the Master in him, and the line snaps between the virtual and real worlds. She begs for him to take her over, and bring them both fulfillment and healing. He wants to refuse her but he finds himself agreeing to spend one day with her. It is a mistake, because the anger he holds inside is fully capable of destroying a soul as rare and beautiful as Nicole's. But no Master, not even one as strong and disciplined as Mark, can resist the offer of a submissive who wants only one thing-to be his forever.
I feel very conflicted about this book. I really liked Mark and Nicole they had a amazing connection and very good chemistry. Mark is a dominant that meets his on-line sub on a ferry when Nicole seeks him out to meet in person after eighteen months of on-line interaction. I loved Mark he's the kind of man any girl would want as there own. Nicole is the kind of sub any Dom would be lucky to have. Mark uses dressing and vegetables in ways that amaze me and make me blush three kinds of red. I will never see a carrot in the same light again (blushing as I type). Mark is a broken man that Nicole helped to heal when they meet on-line. Once you learn about his past you understand why he never wanted to meet her in real life. The characters were well developed just felt there was more poetic internal monologue than was necessary and not enough plot development. Nicole close to the end was begging for more than one day after Mark said no time after time. Then it takes him about thirty seconds to change his mind after she's almost on the ferry ready to leave. Also for this being a book about a Dom/sub there was only one scence in the end where they had actual intercourse. I got this book in the erotic section in store when other than dirty language, and creative use of vegetables it should be in romance. I have read erotic books and this isn't one. The emotional side of this story was amazing but the book left me wanting more of what not sure. First time to read Joey W. Hill not sure I'll read anymore either.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Dark Taste of Rapture (Alien Huntress #6) by Gena Showalter

                                                                                                        With one caress, he can give unforgettable pleasure . . . or unending pain. . . .

Hector Dean is shaved, tattooed, and totally ripped—and he has a deadly secret. He is a walking weapon, capable of killing with a single brush of his fingertips. Little wonder he’s determined to remain on his own. But Noelle Tremain is a temptation like no other. She is beautiful and rich, with a party girl smile that hides a shocking vulnerability, and from the beginning his sizzling attraction to her is undeniable. For the first time, his stone-cold resistance is tested. But to be with her, he risks destroying her.

When a wealthy businessman is murdered in New Chicago’s seediest district, the two are partnered, and there’s no escaping what they both want: each other. Yet neither Hector nor Noelle knows what to fear more—the killer case, or their own lethal desires. . . .

From the first time I read about Hector Dean I wanted to read more about him. I just love the strong silent type and Hector fit the bill. I couldn't wait to learn more about his past and why he was so closed off to everyone. Hector like most everyone in this series has a dark and tragic past. Hector is a human that can harm or kill with a touch of his hand. We first meet Noelle Tremain in Ecstasy in Darkness Ava's best friend at first look you may think Noelle a spoiled party girl with a pention for violence. Noelle in the first half of the book was rather annoying. Noelle acts like a brainless,flighty spoiled rich girl then is bothered when everyone believes the act. The more you read the more you learn that's not right at all. Noelle may be rich but she's never had someone to love her for who she is until she meets Ava. Noelle may come from money but she definitely knows about pain. Noelle is determined to have Hector and he is determined to stay far away. When they are patnered together that becomes impossible. I was shocked to learn how vulnerable Noelle really is once you see past the image she shows. Hector and Noelle have chemistry that sizzles off the pages. I would only complain that the book starts in the present then you flash to a year before for almost two hundered pages then your back to the present with no mention that your jumping around in time. I found that was really confusing and would have liked for it to state present or year ago. Something to mark your jump in time. I loved reading about Hector and Noelle's story and would recommened this book and series to anyone that loves paranormal romance.