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Sunday, September 29, 2013

Lusting for Cover - Sexy Sunday Fun #6


Lusting for Covers is a weekly meme, held on Sunday, that allows bloggers to share their

current cover obsession with fellow book lovers.This meme is hosted by TBQ @ TBQ's 





Goodreads Description

In the epic battle of vampire against vampire, one warrior's fate is bound to a mortal woman who controls him, commands him, and craves him like no other…

Chained For Life

Two years ago, the rogue vampires invaded Lily Haven's home and kidnapped her son. Now, if she hopes to see her child again, she must do the unthinkable—bind herself, body and soul, to a vampire warrior. She must choose one of the rogue army's prisoners of war and force him to do her bidding. But when she sees the warrior, Adrien, naked, beaten, and straining against his chains, it is she who is held captive…

Hungry For More

Adrien has been waiting for her. A beautiful woman who appears to him in visions. Who soothes his tortured body, feeds his erotic cravings—and quenches his thirst for blood. But Lily is more than he ever hoped for. She is the master of his destiny, and he is her willing slave. Even when she asks him to find the ultimate weapon for his enemies, he must obey her. Even if the task destroys them both, he will fight for her love, forever…

I picked this cover because...


Adrien and I are spending Sunday together in bed. Jealous? Bed being the place I do my reading. I am excited to read Adrien's story. The author, Caris Roane, was gracious enough to add me to her ARC list. Authors really are the best. YOU can have a piece of Adrien when the book releases on October 1, 2013. Review to follow this week. 

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Louder Than Love by Jessica Topper


The Run Down

  • Hero/Heroine = 4
  • Supporting Characters = 4
  • Plot = 4
  • Setting = 4
  • Originality = 3
  • Romance = 5
  • Sex = 4

Total Score 


The Gist of the Thing



Technical Details


  • Published by Berkley/InterMix (Penguin) on September 17, 2013
  • I received a ARC from NetGalley in exchange for a honest review.
  • 343 pages
  • Contemporary romance

Back Blurb 


In this powerful debut novel, a young librarian grieves the loss of her husband...and discovers a love that defies classification. It's been over three years since a train accident made a widow of Katrina Lewis, sending her and her young daughter Abbey back to the suburban town of her youth...the only place that still makes sense. Lauder Lake is the perfect place to hide and heal.

Recluse rocker Adrian "Digger" Graves survived the implosion of his music career, but his muse has long lain dormant. Until Kat hires him to play at her library—not on the basis of his hard rock credentials but rather, because of the obscure kids' TV jingle he wrote years ago. In a case of mistaken identity, Adrian stumbles into the lives of Kat and her comically lovable daughter. Using tattoos as a timeline, Adrian unfurls his life for Kat. But as the courtship intensifies, it's unclear whose past looms larger: the widow's or the rocker's. Will their demons ever rest, or will they break these soul mates apart?

What I LIKED about this book.

Adrian and Abbey's relationship. A daughter with no father and father who missed out on his daughter's childhood. They get a second chance.

What I DISLIKED about this book.


Adrian has truly learned from his mistakes in the past. I got frustrated with his reactions over Kat's late husband a few times. 

Full Review


The past and the future are major themes. Both Adrian and Kat have a past that has greatly impacted their life and who they are. At this point in their journey they have to decide how much the past will color their futures. What do you let go of so you can move on and what do you keep? Abbey is Kat's daughter. Her innocence is precious. The grown ups are dealing with heavy stuff and this little girl is right in the middle of the storm. She is refreshing and in a lot of way she gives both Adrian and Kat a reason to want more out of life. 

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Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Head First Falling by Melissa Guinn



The Run Down

  • Hero/Heroine = 4
  • Supporting Characters = 4
  • Plot = 4
  • Setting = 4
  • Originality = 3
  • Romance = 5
  • Sex = 4

Total Score 


The Gist of the Thing


Jackson and Charlie have been friends all their lives. They have fought their mutual attraction but the death of Charlie's brother might be the final wedge between them. 

Technical Details


  • Published by Carina Press on September 123, 2013
  • I received a ARC from NetGalley in exchange for a honest review.
  • 262 pages
  • Contemporary romance

Back Blurb 


Falling in love. It doesn't seem to fit, like falling shouldn't be used in conjunction with love. We don't fall gracefully. In fact, there's nothing graceful about it. We crash into things—hit them hard, bounce around, give ourselves cuts, bruises or break bones… And it's never planned. It takes you by surprise. You lose control. Charlie Day fell in love with Jackson Stiles a long time ago. But that was before he and her brother enlisted and went to Iraq. Before Jackson came back different. Before they told Charlie her brother would never come back at all. A lot of things have changed since then. But when Jackson takes a job at the company where Charlie works, she discovers that one thing hasn't changed—the spark between them. She's not sure she can love this new Jackson, or forgive him for the part he played in her brother's death. It's too bad for Charlie that, with love, you don't always have a choice.

What I LIKED about this book.

Jackson was aware if his faults. When he messed up, he went about fixing the damage quickly. He was a gentleman to Charlie, which I loved.

What I DISLIKED about this book.


Charlie is in a serious relationship with Jackson and no one calls him in an emergency? By the time Charlie was able to tell anyone yea or nay, I would have figured her friends had already contacted him. Seemed odd to me. 

Full Review


If you think about it, we have no shortage of military men in the dating world. The traumas of war are real. Melissa Guinn captures a real life problem in the pages of her book. How do you act like a civilian again? Can you build a lasting relationship with the ghosts of whatever you endured while serving? Sure, not every person who serves is going to see things like Jackson did. Enough of them do, though. I like how Jackson comments on the awareness a soldier must learn to use in their surroundings. Deployed to hostile locations, everyone is a potential threat. You watch your back 24/7.

In Head First Falling, Jackson was enlisted with Charlie's brother. He was there when her brother died. That adds a painful dynamic to the already tense situation. They have never given themselves a chance at being together. With the death of Charlie's brother, they wonder if they have waited too long to try. A realistic, romance that deals with grief, trust, and moving on with life. I hope we visit some of the characters again in the future. 

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Saturday, September 21, 2013

Heavy Metal Heat by Nico Rosso



The Run Down

  • Hero/Heroine = 4
  • Supporting Characters = 3
  • Plot = 2
  • Setting = 3
  • Originality = 4
  • Romance = 0
  • Sex = 5

Total Score 

The Gist of the Thing


He needs her or he dies. 

Technical Details


  • Published by Carina Press on September 30, 2013
  • I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. 
  • 132 pages
  • Paranormal romance, erotica. 

Back Blurb 


Rock Star. Front man. Demon. A descendant of satyrs and the lead singer in a band that feeds on the energy of its audience, Trevor Sand is growing weary of the constant need to perform. He needs the legend of the Muse—a woman destined to be a demon’s eternal companion and only source of sustenance—to be true.

Misty Grant has never been bold, but when Trevor singles her out among hundreds at a concert, she takes him up on his explicit offer. During an erotic night in his hotel room, she learns that his touch is as electric as his lyrics. But when Trevor’s demon is aroused, her desire turns to horror and she runs.
Knowing that he’ll die if he loses her, Trevor must find Misty before his enemies do. But even if he can save her, he knows that regaining the trust of his fated Muse will be his greatest challenge.


What I LIKED about this book.


The cover is hot. Sex is hot.

What I DISLIKED about this book.


 I was so lost. 42 pages in and I had no clue what was going one. 

Full Review


As I was reading, I kept going backwards to check if I had missed important information. I never found anything I missed, so why did I feel like I was left out of the loop of important plot points? They didn't know each other, right? No, wait, they DO know each other. Nope, they do not. OMG, I QUIT.



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Friday, September 20, 2013

Words of Lust by Lise Horton

The Run Down

  • Hero/Heroine = 5
  • Supporting Characters = 5
  • Plot = 4
  • Setting = 4
  • Originality = 4
  • Romance = 4
  • Sex = 5

Total Score 


The Gist of the Thing


Serafina gets a chance to experience real passion in the arms of Nick. 

Technical Details


  • Published by Carina Press on September 09, 2013. 
  • I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. 
  • 237 pages
  • Contemporary romance, erotica. 

Back Blurb 


Serafina Luca, straitlaced Manhattan professor of erotic literature, isn't one to blush at a few raunchy words, but her experience in the bedroom is hardly bestseller material. She's not sure the passion in the books she teaches is possible in real life, let alone for her. But then she meets Nick Stellato.

The construction foreman may look like a guy's guy, but he knows how to treat a woman. One look at Serafina's luscious figure, and he wants to prove it to her. One dinner date and their sizzling chemistry is undeniable. Soon, it's the professor getting a lesson or two...and Nick is a willing teacher. What surprises him is how much he enjoys the time he spends with Serafina outside the bedroom--and how easily he can imagine a future together.

Before long, Serafina is falling hard for Nick, too. But how can a timid academic with virtually no past fulfill his dreams of an adventurous future?

What I LIKED about this book.

The closeness of family. Nick was patient in his pursuit of Serafina but also assertive in what he wanted from her. A thoughtful alpha male.

What I DISLIKED about this book.


Lack of communication. Serafina makes a big relationship decision on behalf of both parties without consulting Nick. Makes for good tension but irritates me. Wanted to shake her. 

Full Review


Serafina Luca is a professor teaching the most popular class at the college. It is all about literature and the erotic word. Students call her Luscious Luca, because she is hot. Teaching such a class, you might expect Serafina to know more about passion than what is written in books. You would be wrong. For the past few months she has to pass a large area of construction on her way to work. Every morning the men whistle and shout at her. She hates it. Things get worse when one man decides to grab her. Nick, the construction foreman, comes to her rescue.

Nick cannot get the beautiful Serafina out of his mind. One date with her and Nick is sure she is the woman he wants to know better. Serafina's passionless existence becomes a distant memory. Everything is roses until someone starts vandalizing Nick's truck and following Serafina. Minor nuisances escalate into life threatening attacks.

I enjoyed getting to know Nick and Serafina. Nick's family is fantastic. I adore his sister, Gia. His father does not have as many scenes, but the moment he came to Serafina's "rescue" from his younger son's embarrassing questions he cemented a place in my heart. My favorite is Nick's mom. I love this woman. She is my favorite character in the book. 

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Feature Follow Friday # 3




 The Feature & Follow Friday is hosted by TWO hosts, Parajunkee’s View and Alison Can Read.

I included the Goodreads description with each book. 

What were some of your favorite picture books as a kid? 

Heckedy Peg by Audrey Wood
In this story, seven sweet children are transformed by an evil witch into specific types of food. 

Richard Scarry's Best First Book Ever by Richard Scarry
Illustrated in full color. Favorite Scarry animal characters introduce simple learning concepts and over 700 words

Rikki-Tikki-Tavi - by Rudyard Kipling
Here is the thrilling story of Rikki, a fearless young mongoose who finds himself locked in a life-and-death struggle to protect a boy and his parents from Nag and Nagaina, the two enormous cobras who stalk the gardens outside the family's home in India.

Falling Up by Shel Silverstein
Shel Silverstein's magical tradition continues with this long-awaited companion to A Light in the Attic and Where the Sidewalk Ends. Here are more than 100 new poems and drawings by the master of wit and wisdom, featuring a wealth of wonderfully amusing and lovable characters, including Allison Beals and Her 25 Eels, Reachin' Richard, the clothes-dryin' Moose, and Danny O'Dare, the Dancin' Bear. 160 black & white line drawings.

Outside Over There by Maurice Sendak
With Papa off to sea and Mama despondent, Ida must go outside over there to rescue her baby sister from goblins who steal her to be a goblin's bride.

If you have kids, what are your favorites to read to them? 


If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Joffe Numeroff
If a hungry little traveler shows up at your house, you might want to give him a cookie. If you give him a cookie, he's going to ask for a glass of milk. He'll want to look in a mirror to make sure he doesn't have a milk mustache, and then he'll ask for a pair of scissors to give himself a trim....

The consequences of giving a cookie to this energetic mouse run the young host ragged, but young readers will come away smiling at the antics that tumble like dominoes through the pages of this delightful picture book.

Skippy Jon Jones by Judy Schachner
Siamese kittenboy who can't resign himself to being an ordinary cat. Having a time-out in his room, he resorts to his imagination. Taking on the superhero persona of the great Spanish sword fighter Skippito, he has the adventure of his life, and readers are invited along. Zany, wild, and over-the-top, this utterly original book truly begs to be read aloud.

Bad Kitty by Nick Bruel
Kitty is not happy when she's told that her favorite foods are all gone and all that's left are Asparagus, Beets, Cauliflower, Dill...and 22 other equally unappealing vegetables. So she: Ate my homework, Bit grandma, Clawed the curtains, Damaged the dishes, and so on, through Z. Only when tastier things arrive (An Assortment of Anchovies, Buffalo Burritos, Chicken Cheesecake...) does she Apologize to Grandma.

The Sneetches by Dr. Seuss
"Now, the Star-Belly Sneetches / Had bellies with stars. / The Plain-Belly Sneetches / Had none upon thars." This collection of four of Dr. Seuss's most winning stories begins with that unforgettable tale of the unfortunate Sneetches, bamboozled by one Sylvester McMonkey McBean ("the Fix-it-up Chappie"), who teaches them that pointless prejudice can be costly.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

That's What HE Said Thursdays #6

That's what he said..


A weekly meme hosted by Chapter Break. Get the details here


Since I just reviewed the books yesterday I won't rehash it too much, but you can read the review HERE if you missed it. On to the quote!



"You'll always be my angel. If I have to, I'll build you new wings." - Arion

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

No One's Angel by Kelly Walker


The Run Down

  • Hero/Heroine = 5
  • Supporting Characters = 4
  • Plot = 4
  • Setting = 4
  • Originality = 5
  • Romance = 5
  • Sex = 5

Total Score 


The Gist of the Thing


Angel and Arion had a connection over the internet before Angel had to disappear. Now she is back, in the flesh. Can Arion forgive her for vanishing?

Technical Details


  • Published by Kelly Walker by September 6, 2013
  • I recieved an ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review. 
  • 390 pages
  • Contemporary romance, New Adult

Back Blurb 



CONTENT WARNING: Due to adult sexual situations and language, this novel may not be appropriate for readers under 18.
If you are looking for an intense, passionate love so wrong it is right, a story about losing your way but clawing desperately at any chance to find your way back, about hanging on to your last shred of sanity and trusting someone enough to let go of your fears, look no further. No One's Angel's angel is a New Adult (NA) Contemporary Romance about a girl learning to fight back and a boy learning to let go. 
Tess used to spend more hours than she'd care to admit playing her favorite computer game, using the nickname Angel. She could pretend her life was different, and she could pretend Arion was just a friend. But a girl needs more to keep her warm at night than pixels, and she traded her virtual heaven for a real-life hell. Now she's on the run from a past she won't talk about, and the only place she has to go is the doorstep of the friend she's never actually met.

When Angel disappeared from their nightly games, it nearly destroyed Arion. He threw himself into work and women, but he can't help knowing the one-night stands will never compare to the angel who haunts his dreams. At first, when she shows up soaking wet and scared-shitless on his doorstep, he thinks his prayers have been answered. But the more Arion tries to keep Angel close, the more her fear drives her away. If they are ever going to have a chance for a future, they'll first have to deal with the past that hasn't forgotten her any more than she's forgotten it--and Arion will have to learn how to let her go.

What I LIKED about this book.

I enjoyed the inclusion of the online gaming community. Hades' brother is a big online gamer so I am familiar with that world.

Also, there is a line in the book when Arion says something along the lines of "Pretty sure they were not FBI agents." I laughed ridiculously hard. This line struck me as hilarious. Pure Arion smart mouth in all its' glory.

What I DISLIKED about this book.


I wanted Angel to be more honest with her mother. She is protect her mother, I understand. The daughter in me get it. The mother in me wants to protect my child. Mama Grizzly wins. I would have wiped that jerk out of existence. 



Full Review


The book opens and we are already knee deep in the story. <----Love this. Kelly does a great job filling in the back story as we go. I do not feel like I missed any part of the story. Angel is very brave. She removed herself form a horrid situation. That takes courage. Arion has questions he wants answers to, Angel has the answers. As much as he wants to demand she talk to him immediately, he handles her with care. Arion is intuitive. He can tell something is wrong. Arion was a gentle giant through the whole book. Angel had some work to do. She had to find the woman she was, the woman she lost. Arion was instrumental in her road to recovery, but ultimately Angel had to heal herself.

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Zoey Rogue by Lizzy Ford


The Run Down

  • Hero/Heroine = 5
  • Supporting Characters = 5
  • Plot = 4
  • Setting = 4
  • Originality = 5
  • Romance = 4
  • Sex = 5

Total Score 



The Gist of the Thing


Predestined mates fight each other and civil unrest in this paranormal romance.

Technical Details


  • Published by Evatopia Press on May 10, 2013 
  • I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
  • 400 pages
  • Paranormal romance, erotica
  • Incubatti #1

Back Blurb 



** Recommended for ages 17+ due to sexual situations, language and mature subject matter **

He only needs three nights to make her his …
With more heart than sense, fearless, beautiful Zoey has saved countless college-aged women from horrifying deaths at the hands of supernatural sadists. She may be a mere half-succubus in a society that views half-breeds with derision, but she still retains the highest rescue rate of any Hunter in the Sucubatti society.

As the calm, disciplined leader of the Incubatti Enforcers, Declan is the polar opposite of Zoey – and the sworn enemy of her society. Forced to rescue her one night, Declan realizes two things: he doesn’t need someone as wild and independent as Zoey in his life – and he can’t live without her. In this world, there’s only one incubus for every sucubatti and Zoey and Declan are stuck with each other. They’re just as likely to kill each other as they are to yield to each other’s sex magic.

She has authority issues and drinks too much. He is the irresistibly sexy incubus pre-ordained to tame her. Neither can fight their intense attraction, and yet trusting each other is out of the question. What happens when their worlds crash down around them? Strike three. You’re mine.

What I LIKED about this book.

Zoey kicks so much butt. She is awesome. Declan is a powerhouse but Zoey is half human so I think she is more awesome. 



What I DISLIKED about this book.


I did not know this book was going to end with a minor cliffhanger. Better than a major cliffhanger, but I wanted my immediate gratification HEA. 


Full Review


Things are changing within the ranks of the Incubatti and the Sucubatti. No one knows for sure what is happening, but you can feel the rumblings of unrest. Zoey's job is to protect innocent women from the Cambions, the offspring of Incubus fathers and mortal mothers. They feed off the sex energy and kill women. Zoey is great at her job. Her team is known for being particularly lethal. When the killing is done for the day, all Zoey wants to do is be normal. She has succeeded in playing the part for over a year now. It is starting to take its toll on her physically and mentally.

Declan has tried to avoid Zoey. She is his soul mate. He does not want a soul mate forced on him by fate. The thing about fate is, she does not like to be ignored. Do her bidding or prepare to be slapped down. Declan can fight it all he wants, but Zoey is meant to be his. He is going to have to fit the new relationship status into his hectic schedule because things get crazy fast.

I have not enjoyed a paranormal read as much as I enjoyed this one in a while. There was intrigue, action, romance, sex, a kick butt heroine, and a sexy hero. I laughed a lot. The dialogue is great. I am anti cliffhanger but I will most definitely return for more Zoey.

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Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Cover Reveal! Damaged and the Cobra by Bijou Hunter

Releasing October 1, 2013!!!


Aaron Barnes has found his muse in Lark Foster. However, his inspiration is saddled with a domineering stepfamily and the lingering guilt from a childhood loss. Once Aaron claims his muse, Lark embraces the fighter inside her gentle heart. When fate stands in the way of love, the only choices are giving up or taking what your heart demands.


Oh yes, I will be dancing with my very own copy of Damaged and the Cobra as soon as it drops. 

Two Times as Hot by Cat Johnson


The Run Down

  • Hero/Heroine = 5
  • Supporting Characters = 4
  • Plot = 4
  • Setting = 4
  • Originality = 4
  • Romance = 4
  • Sex = 5

Total Score 


The Gist of the Thing


At her sister's wedding, a women meets the man she wants to call her own.

Technical Details


  • Published by Kensington on September 24, 2013 
  • I recieved an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. 
  •  320 pages
  • Contemporary romance, cowboys, military
  • Oklahoma Nights #2

Back Blurb 


One Good Girl...
After her sister snags a hot Oklahoma cowboy, Emma Hart figures it’s her turn to saddle up. And with two country boys pursuing her at once, she’s in for a wild ride...

Two Sexy Guys...
Lieutenant Colonel Logan Hunt can’t deny the heat between him and Emma is fierce. But Logan isn’t looking for anything serious...just a chance to blow off some steam. So why is he crazy jealous when he sees pro bull rider Jace Mills trying to charm Emma into bed?

Winner Takes All...
Logan knows he and Emma could have something special—and not just because she’s smokin’ hot. Now he has to find a way to prove that even a no-strings-attached guy like him can stick around for the long haul…

What I LIKED about this book.

Logan is a total sweetheart. Hard to find anything to complain about with him. Is it just me, or does the guy on the cover (Logan) look like Jason Statham? Points in his favor.


What I DISLIKED about this book.


I would like to kick Jace, but he is a book character so I cannot. I dislike this. 

Full Review

In the beginning we get a look back at events leading up to the wedding of Emma's sister. This is great if you did not read book one. I did not read book one. You meet most of the key characters and the set up for all the shenanigans that occur later in the book. I was worried I was going to have to endure a love triangle tug of war for most of the book. Not a bad thing at times but when the guys are so unevenly matched, it seems a waste of pages. Have no fear, no innocent pages are wasted. Smart characters, witty dialogue, steamy love scenes, and sweet romance make a great story on an Oklahoma Night. 

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