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Wednesday, June 26, 2013

It's not you, it's me.


A book series is like a relationship. Some relationships can manage to be happy to the end. Others stagnate and die. I love a good series. My book shelf is adorned with them. My e-reader overflows with them. There comes a time when you have to evaluate what you are getting out of the relationship. Sadly, I have downgraded from seriously attached to barely friends. I have been forced to say goodbye when the flame sputters out. 


That was extremely melodramatic. My five year old would be so proud. Without further whining I present a few of the series I no longer camp out for on release day. 

Black Dagger Brotherhood by JR Ward

I know when I began to loose the spark. Book five, Lover Unbound. It was the story of Vishous and Jane. I was so unhappy with the way the book ended, I couldn't get back into the series. I tried to stick with it. Then a book was dedicated to two characters that I just could not read. The boys Qhuinn and Blaylock. Yes, I mean boys. They spent their much time acting like juvenile idjits in the background for many books. I was okay with that because I could skip over them. An entire book dedicated to them is just too much headache for me. It has been announced that the next book will be about Wrath and Beth. You might remember them from the first book. Why are we dedicating a second book to people who already got a full length happily ever after. I just can't do it any more.

Darkhunters by Sherrilyn Kenyon

This series I do still read, just not with the same fire as before. I am busier than I was when I first discovered the Darkhunters. I don't have as much time to read so I have to be a little more choosy. Regrettably, the Darkhunters are not as high on my TBR list presently. I read Acheron, amazing. I am stoked about Styxx. There have been a few books in between these that I completely skipped. Rumor mill is that Kenyon has a Darkhunter television series int he works and a movie deal for her Chronicles of Nick. I will absolutely be watching the moment they are available. I will also read any books that Kenyon writes that feature beloved characters from the series we have all been waiting for like Nick, Simi, or Kyrian's daughter.

Both the Anita Blake and The Merry Gentry series by Laurell K Hamilton

I read more Anita than I did Merry. I quit Anita around book nine, I think. Merry was book four. Why did I stop? Because I kept experiencing deja vu. Plot points were recycled and nothing was ever being resolved. Irritated and bored, I quit. 


What series' have you lost interest in? Who are you still faithful to?

Saturday, June 22, 2013

3 titles by C.L. Scholey

New World #3
New World #4

Unearthly World #1

Publisher Description

Impenetrable (New World #3)
Kidnapped from dying Earth by the heinous Tonan race, Piper is locked in a small cell, deprived of light and human companionship and tormented on a daily basis. When the door to her hell opens unexpectedly Piper is blinded by the light and walks headlong into a massively built creature. She is tossed over a shoulder, taken on the wildest ride of her life then placed into a healing pool. Jago is a four-hundred-year-old immortal who has never seen a living breathing female before, but he knows of their existence. Their ship was headed to the planet Earth to see if they could find these rare human gifts when they accidently stumbled onto the Tonan vessel. Desperate to find a mate Jago was thrilled when the little female walked right into his arms as though she was waiting for him. Unfortunately Jago’s leader, Cobra, has asked to impregnate Piper, thinking Jago too young. Ultimately, the choice is Piper’s. Who will she choose

Apparition (New World #4)
Half Castian and half Tonan, Doss is considered nothing more than a Tonian hybrid. A being to be feared with the power to kill by penetrating what is supposed to be impenetrable. Loathed by many feared by more, Doss has spent the last seven hundred years alone, shunned by the Tonans on his planet. He preferred it that way until a nude female rider on a huge black stallion fleeing for her life catches his eye. If left alone both beast and human would be killed by their pursuant, an enraged Tonan warrior. When the scent of the female invades his nostrils Doss is captivated. He must have the female human and will go to great lengths to secure her safety. Zoe hates both Castians and Tonans. The promise of salvation from dying Earth, on planet Ulsy, had been nothing more than a lie. Human males were slaughtered and human women were captured to lure secrets of the Castian planets, Bagron and co-planet Dargon, from enslaved warriors with the promise of sex. When met with the six foot six hybrid warrior who moved like an apparition in battle to save her and her beloved stallion, Caveat, Zoe is unsure what to do. She has no idea of his intentions, but from the shiver that runs down her spine she is certain she’s about to find out

Bay's Mercenary (Unearthly World #1)
Bay went from tortured human captive to exotic alien pet in a heartbeat. Zargonnii warrior mercenaries are like nothing she has ever seen before. What do they want from her? The unearthly world Bay is taken to is fascinating, frightening and a lot different from Earth. Zargonnii males have never seen a small, vulnerable female. Their females are huge, aggressive, dominant; and the two sexes live apart for safety reasons. Zane finds himself saddled with a bald, unusual pet Earth female. Females are anything but vulnerable in his world. This female is an oddity, and for some reason, his new pet brings on his mating cycle. Zane is mortified, until he discovers this intelligent pet of his has a secret—she’s no pet at all. It takes everything in Zane’s power to control the temptation of his kind’s breeding habits—until he can control it no more.

What I liked 


One of the best things about reading a book featuring alien/human H/h is the culture clash. The characters have to learn each other. They do not have the benefit of knowing the ins and outs of the culture. Even an alpha character has to try and understand their love interest because if they do not, the story stops before it begins. Scholey is a good world builder. The stories are not long so there is not much time to get the essentials out and still have a good plot. Scholey manages to avoid those pitfalls.

What I did not like


With alien beings you have different physical features. An author can play it safe and make the aliens look just like us, or they can take a risk. I can get behind either method. Scholey's Castian and Tonan males are similar to human men. The Zargonni, well they aren't. I was not as happy with the physical description of the Zargonni. In the grand scheme of things, that one is easily overcome.

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Nightfall by Ellen Connor

Publisher Description

First in a stunning new post-apocalyptic paranormal romance trilogy. 

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.

What I liked 


When I first heard about this book. I wasn't sure if I would read it. Why was I unsure? Couldn't tell you. Maybe because it was so different from what I usually read. This factor is also what eventually led me to read it. Yes, it was very different. The horror aspect of the book is what I don't read as often, but Connor did it well. I really enjoyed it. People who like post apocalyptic, dystopian, and horror in their romance will be at the top of the list for recommended readers.

What I did not like


Hmm. Well, I know I read some reviews where there were complaints about the characters stopping to get a little loving on at times that seemed unrealistic. That made me chuckle. As I, or anyone I know for that matter, have never been stuck in world gone to hell revelations style, I cannot say what is realistic or not. The muse told the authors what to write, how the characters would or would not act. The reader has to decide if they like that or not. I was fine with it. If you can't make time for a little snuggle with your significant other, what are you living for? 

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Ellen Connor is the collaborative writing team comprised of Ann Aguirre and Carrie Lofty. Pen name comes from two bad-ass female SF characters: Ellen Ripley (from Alien) and Sarah Connor (from The Terminator). When you put them together, you get Ellen Connor.

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Thursday, June 20, 2013

Stark series by J. Kenner.

The Stark trilogy is an erotic romance intended for mature audiences.

Publisher Description

For fans of Fifty Shades of Grey and Bared to You comes the third novel in the erotic, fast-paced trilogy including Release Me and Claim Me. This sexy, emotionally charged romance continues the story of Damien Stark, the powerful multimillionaire who’s never had to take “no” for an answer, and Nikki Fairchild, the Southern belle who only says “yes” on her own terms.


Release Me (Book 1)

He was the one man I couldn’t avoid. And the one man I couldn’t resist. Damien Stark could have his way with any woman. He was sexy, confident, and commanding: Anything he wanted, he got. And what he wanted was me. Our attraction was unmistakable, almost beyond control, but as much as I ached to be his, I feared the pressures of his demands. Submitting to Damien meant I had to bare the darkest truth about my past-and risk breaking us apart. But Damien was haunted, too. And as our passion came to obsess us both, his secrets threatened to destroy him-and us-forever.

Claim Me (Book 2)

For Damien, our obsession is a game. For me, it is fiercely, blindingly, real. Damien Stark’s need is palpable—his need for pleasure, his need for control, his need for me. Beautiful and brilliant yet tortured at his core, he is in every way my match. I have agreed to be his alone, and now I want him to be fully mine. I want us to possess each other beyond the sweetest edge of our ecstasy, into the deepest desires of our souls. To let the fire that burns between us consume us both. But there are dark places within Damien that not even our wildest passion can touch. I yearn to know his secrets, yearn for him to surrender to me as I have surrendered to him. But our troubled pasts will either bind us close . . . or shatter us completely.
Complete Me (Book 3) 
Our desire runs deep. But our secrets cut close. Beautiful, strong, and commanding, Damien Stark fills a void in me that no other man can touch. His fierce cravings push me beyond the brink of bliss—and unleash a wild passion that utterly consumes us both. Yet beneath his need for dominance, he carries the wounds of a painful past. Haunted by a legacy of dark secrets and broken trust, he seeks release in our shared ecstasy, the  heat between us burning stronger each day. Our attraction is undeniable, our obsession inevitable. Yet not even Damien can run from his ghosts, or shield us from the dangers yet to come.

What I liked 


If you are looking for some kinky erotica with an actual plot, Kenner's Stark series is for you. Wow. So much sex. Made Fifty Shades seem like a nursery rhyme in comparison. Is a lot of sex bad? Nah. Not in my opinion. It was not used as page filler. Sex is what grounds Damien and Nikki, it binds them together in a unique way. I doubt that these two will ever have a lull in their sex life. Definitely a hot read. My friend Carrie said she seems to only be finding the books where the couple barely kisses recently when looking for erotica. I think I found a recommendation for her!


What I did not like

********Sort of spoilers below, no details*****











Plot includes a rabbit hole about murder, child abuse, and self mutilation. The way they were introduced caught me off guard. Reading along and then...wait, WHAT?!


Smut club friend did not seem as shocked as I was. You might not be either.

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Sunday, June 16, 2013

Happy Father's Day

*Ben Cohen, former England rugby player and father of twin girls. 
Muscles, tight abs, rock star good looks are all well and good but the sexiest thing a man can do is be a good father to his children. Happy Father's Day!

Since this is a book blog, we have to have books. Who is your favorite book dad? Tell me in the comments!


*Side note*
Ben Cohen is the face of A Problem Shared Campaign which focuses on the struggles of first time fathers and seeks to offer them support. 

Friday, June 14, 2013

Souls of the Stones Blog Tour - Character Interview with Riya!


Persephone: First of all, a caution to readers about spoilers. Some contents of this interview will reveal information from the Souls of the Stones series. I do not think there are any major reveals, but I can never be 100% sure and always want to warn readers so they can make their own choice. Now that we covered that, hello Riya! I am so excited to have you on the blog. This is my first blog tour. I am so glad it could be with you. Your story is such an amazing tale. The journey you have been on is fascinating and I hope that others take the chance to share it with you.

Riya: Don't fret, it's my first interview too. We can conquer this first together

P: As you have conquered so much, I feel I am in capable hands. What do you consider your greatest achievement? 

R: I've achieved so much, but I couldn't have done it alone. I can't really consider any greater than any other.  I faced my mother's killer. I ventured to my mother's land, under hostile conditions. I fulfilled the hope that my ancestors had for me, though I don't think I did it exactly as they intended. I really can't pick just one. Now that things have settled down for me a bit, every time I see a new child born into the world we've changed and molded, that feels like quite an accomplishment too.

P: Tell me your idea of perfect happiness. 

R: Well, this will probably sound frivolous, but sometimes I wish I could go back to the way things were. Before I knew of the choices those I care about have made, before I knew I was a Stone. I used to lay in the meadow with Drea for hours, and it was so peaceful. I can't go back to that time, and I suppose I wouldn't want to undo the good I've done anyway. Life is definitely busier now. Sometimes Torian and I get quiet time at Castle Ahlen. Some of those times could definitely qualify as "perfect."

P:  If there was a fire and you could only save your treasured possession, what would it be? 

R: My locket. It's been in my family for so many generations. It gives me strength and reminds me of who I am, and of all the strong women who have worn it before me.

P: You have endured a long journey. What was your favorite part of it? Least favorite part?

R: My favorite part was when Torian showed me Witch's Falls. I still didn't know all the awful things I had ahead of me, and I finally felt a bit at peace about what Torian and I were going through. I saw that there was some beauty in Thalmas, and I'd been worried there wouldn't be.

My least favorite part was at The Cradle of The Three. It was just awful. I still haven't forgiven them.

P: Can you remember when and where were you the happiest? 

R: My happiest moment was also when I was my angriest. Isn't that odd? By The Three, it's true though. I had a very special moment at The Cradle of The Three, and it was an unexpected gift in the form of a second chance. I don't think I've ever been happier. Or more furious. I've had other great moments over the years, and hope to have many more. I guess it was several years ago now, Chariste gave me a painting of all the women in our family together for The Day of The Three. Obviously that can never actually happen, but I cherish it a lot. She's a much better artist than I ever was. It's actually been several generations since there's been a painter in our family, I'm glad to see the talent hasn't been lost. 

P: Of all the things in the world, what is it that you most dislike? 

R: The Three.

P: Amen to that! What is your greatest fear? 

R: Not being worthy of the trust all three of our lands put in me. 

P: What is your greatest extravagance? 

R: The festival we hold in the capitol each year is very dear to my heart, and is quite extravagant. I will not tolerate any expense being spared. It is a celebration of what we've accomplished, and how far our world has come. Of friendship, family, and the new traditions we are building.

P: What is your greatest regret? 

R: You are determined to make me cry, aren't you? Queens aren't supposed to cry, not proper ones anyway. My greatest regret is that I didn't know where my father was sooner. If I had, everything would have been different. I've replayed my conversation with Eshan, the injured man at Neela's so many times, and I realize now that he was trying to tell me the truth, but all I heard was what I expected to hear. If I'd understood him better, our world may have found peace much sooner.

P: It is okay for a queen to cry in front of another queen. If any one chooses to say differently, Hades will see to it they have a change of heart. No one messes with the Queen of the Underworld or her dear friends. Which person, living or dead, do you most admire? 

R: My father. I admire him so much, and I understand more about what he went through now. I'm sorry, I can't really say more because it's so emotional for me. But without a doubt, the person I admire most is my father.

P: I understand. Sorry to touch upon so many raw emotions. If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? 

R: I would stop taking things to heart. I feel responsible for each life that has been given for me, and for each citizen who now is counting on me to keep us on a path of prosperity. Sometimes, I make decisions that make people angry, and I feel like they are angry at me. Really I think they are just angry at circumstances, but in the moment, I take it personally.

P: Do you recall your most humbling experience? 

R: When the men of Eltar first pledged themselves to me, in my father's name. There were a lot of emotions that day, but humble was definitely part of it. Those men had never followed a woman a day in their life, but they followed me. They trusted me. 

P: Will you share your plans for the future? 

R: If Torian has his way, rest is in my near future. We're expecting, and he's hoping for a son.

P: I agree with Torian. Rest! Any chance we will see you again? 

R: Only Tomorrow knows for sure, but I would expect so. 


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Wednesday, June 12, 2013

The Officer and the Secret by Jeanette Murray




Publisher Description


After a rougher than expected deployment, Captain Dwayne Robertson craves the sense of normalcy that his friends can bring him. But when he returns home, there's an unexpected, but pleasant, twist in the mix—Veronica Gibson. As he struggles to adjust to daily life again, Dwayne craves Veronica and the peace she brings him. But Veronica isn't without faults. Dwayne hates lies, and Veronica's entire past is a well-guarded mystery. When the completely unexpected happens, they both realize it's time to lay their cards on the table and hope they're ready for love.


What I liked 


Dwayne hates lies. Veronica has a few things she would like to keep to herself. Can't say I blame her. Is it a lie if you keep embarrassing information to yourself? I say no. Jeanette totally got one over on me. I just knew I had a plot piece figured out. Then she threw me a curve ball and I thought, "Hmm, guess I was wrong." I wasn't! Crafty Jeanette, very crafty. I mentioned this to her at a recent play date between her tot and my 2 older spawn. This was her reaction:


What I did not like


Freaking misunderstandings getting in the way of my HEA!



Yes there is a HEA. I just wanted to seriously strangle a certain man towards the end. Jeanette, Dwayne can be a real dumb head. <-------------- I told her this. She shrugged and said, "He's a boy." *Huffs. He is lucky his issues were not long lasting. I might have had to throw the book at Jeanette. Benefit of knowing the author. 

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The Outcast Prince by Shona Husk

Publisher Description

Caspian Mort can feel the history in anything he touches, a gift he inherited from his father, the Crown Prince of Annwyn. Devastated over his ex-wife's infidelity, Caspian has withdrawn from human contact except when working as an antiques dealer. While assessing the contents of the historic Callaway House he encounters the beautiful Lydia Callaway and senses that her home is haunted by a banished fairy. But what does the dangerous exile want? Unbeknownst to Lydia, she's the owner of the last remaining portal to Annwyn—a mirror hidden somewhere in the house. To keep Lydia safe, Caspian will have to divulge the secrets of his heritage, and risk losing his heart again.

What I liked


Lydia and Caspian got the short end of the family stick. She is a famous (and slightly notorious) Callaway, and he is the changeling son of the Prince of Annwyn. Both situations come with a whole slew of trouble. Caspian is psychometric, meaning he gets impressions of an objects history when he touches them. Taking a job as a antiques appraiser is a good use of this skill. Not a skill I envy him for, that is for sure. Can you imagine everything you touch bombarding you with images and feelings that are not your own? Caspian and Lydia become each others safe harbor, a place to heal. I like what they represent to one another. It is more than just lust and passion. There is a sweetness to their love. 

What I did not like


I get frustrated with fairies. They do what they want and no one make them pay the piper for the crap storm they inflict on others. The fairies in Outcast Prince were better behaved than most I have read, that is a consolation. 

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I really wanted to read more about the Hunter of Annwyn and the Prince. I looked Shona Husk up on goodreads and she has two more Court of Annwyn books listed as works in progress. The titles sounds like I am going to get my wish. Yippee! 

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Sunday, June 9, 2013

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Outlaw by Nicole James

Publisher Description

When outlaw biker, Cole Austin sees a young woman handcuffed and being 
dragged across the yard of the Dead Souls Motorcycle Club's remote clubhouse, he's stunned by the realization of just how dark his world has become. This scene is even more than his twisted soul can stomach. Compelled to intercede and save her, he has no idea his whole world is about to change. He believes he's doing the right thing until a secret she's hiding makes him question if saving her may be the biggest mistake of his life. The two strike a deal, a deal they may both come to regret. Can his soul be saved? Is there anything he won't do for her? Are there some things he just can't? And are there some things she can never forgive?

What I liked


*Squeal! Bikers. Mmmm-mmm. Cole Austin is one hot biker. He is an anti-hero, like so many of his biker brethren. Cole is hard core with a heart of gold. Angel is very strong. Given the circumstances, I would have not been surprised if she had totally lost her composure. Dang if she didn't keep getting up every time she got knocked down. I admire that. 

What I did not like


Feeling so helpless. I wanted them to be happy and not have to deal with any more crap. You knew things were going to explode, they had to. There was nothing that could be done to prevent it. If they had not exploded, would things have ended up with a HEA? Don't we need to see the bottom of the barrel from time to time to remind us what is precious?

To lighten the mood. 

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This is my first Nicole James title. I liked it. I had fun reading it. Definitely more emotional than some reads. The subject matter is heavy. Cole and Angel are put through the ringer. I got attached to them quickly. Nicole James played my heart strings like a fiddle. I do hope the writes more Dead Souls MC books. 

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Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Sworn to Raise by Terah Edun


Publisher Description

Book One of the Courtlight Series 

Seventeen-year-old Ciardis has grown up in poverty, a cleaner in a small vale on the outskirts of the kingdom. But beneath her kingdom’s seemingly idyllic surface lies a hidden secret. Whispers of an inept crown Prince are growing ever louder. Amidst scandalous whispers, Ciardis finds herself chosen to train for the Companion’s Guild. She leaves her home and sets off on personal journey to become a Court Companion. A position she’d never thought possible for a lowly servant to obtain, she must prove that she has the skills to attract a Patron. But she must master those skills quickly. If the legends are true, only Ciardis can harness the power to raise a Prince in an Imperial Court sworn to bring him down. 

Review

Sworn to Raise is fascinating. Ciardis goes from rags to riches. She grew up with nothing, working as a cleaner when she is noticed by a Court Companion. She becomes a initiate of the Court Companion's Guild. Court Companions are trained in many things, they have power and social standing, but they are not wives. Wives are property, Court Companion's are business partners with benefits. The Courtlight series takes place in a world different from our own. Our culture does not look upon women in the Court Companion's situation with envy. I can hear the literary snobs going on about how Terah Edun's book is a social commentary on the exploitation and power of women and sex. Maybe they are right, I don't know. I do know that this book was interesting and I enjoyed learning about Ciardis, Court Companions, and the world of the Courtlight series.

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Take it like a Vamp by Candace Havens

Publisher Description

Vampire Nick Christos might’ve been born in the Middle Ages, but the good old days seem tame compared to the last eight years he’s spent ruling the Supernatural Council. His only respite is with his cute neighbor Casey Meyers, a woman he wants more than any undead man should. Sure, he’s forced to take a cold shower after every encounter, but there’s no way he’ll test his own strength by getting too close to a human, and he’s not willing to risk her life–not with bloodthirsty family on the prowl out to ruin Nick’s life. When said Nick’s kin shows up, the innocent Casey is caught in the middle of a centuries old fight, and Nick’s biggest fear is realized. Now, instead of keeping his hands off his neighbor, he’ll risk everything to save the human he’s come to love.

Review

We have best friends realizing they have more than just platonic feelings for each other except that he is not exactly human. He runs is circles that will get you killed. Hard. Nick keeps his immortality condition quiet for as long as he can. He wants to have time to win Casey over. Casey is pretty but not gorgeous  She mentions this more than once. Judging by the number of men who want her, I would beg to differ with her. Obviously she is a bit more than just pretty. She has a millionaire, a rock star, and a famous designer who all think she is  one hot tamale. Casey needs to take those dark glasses off and look in the full length mirror closer. 

My favorite line from the book was "Some people run for health, I run for food." I want that on a t-shirt. 

Not my favorite Candace Havens title, but still a fun read. I would like to see her write Linc's story. 

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