Friday, October 24, 2014

Primal (Overwatch #1) by Sasha White



Blurb:
BDSM club owner Adam Kessler is no one’s hero. He joined the army to get away from the gang-life that had taken his brother, only to come home to heartache. He doesn’t hide his dominant side, and he doesn’t hesitate in his need to protect or enforce his particular brand of retribution on those who’ve earned it. There’s no way in hell he could walk past a man hassling a woman in an empty parking lot and do nothing. Only when the confrontation is over and the voluptuous blonde turns eyes filled with desire to him, does Adam realize he’s in trouble.

Psychologist Olivia Lang grew up with the proverbial silver spoon, and has never regretted spending more time on her career than on romance, until she meets Adam Kessler. He’s dark, he’s dangerous, and he’s deliciously dominant… and she wants him.

Passion burns quick and hot between them and soon they’re caught up in an intensely carnal relationship that neither can deny. But when Olivia’s life is threatened and Adam shows her just how dangerous he can be, will it be too much for the civilized psychologist to handle, or will she truly accept the man and win her hero’s heart?

My review:
Holy Hotness Batman!  First look at the cover.  Now wipe off the drool. Break out the fan and the ice water because this book is smokin’.   I fell head over heels with Adam & Olivia.  Their story develops really fast and I would have liked a better/longer explanation about Barbara.  That being said I loved this super sexy quick read and am anxiously awaiting the next installment in what looks to be a terrific series.
Complimentary copy provided by author/publisher for an honest review.

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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Imperfect Mate (Harmony Springs Series #1) by Lia Davis



Blurb:
For tiger-shifter, Samira Anderson, leaving home for the first time to attend Harmony University should unnerve her. She’s never submitted to the fear of a challenge and doesn’t plan to start now. Meeting her dorm mates and touring the campus excites her and her cat. Although when she meets Gavin Stone, she’s not only nervous around him but fears she might lose the tight control she has over her tiger.

After a bad break up with his high school sweetheart, Gavin has no intentions of repeating past mistakes. Or so he thought until he sees the beautiful, smart, Samira at the dorm welcome party. Drawn to her like no other, he can’t stay away or shake the feeling Sam isn’t telling him everything.

When he discovers her secrets, a whole new world opens to him, filled with danger, unknown possibilities, and a passion so intense it could last many lifetimes.

My review:
Like the others in the R.O.A.R. series this is a short but powerful story of a young woman who has left all she knows for the first time in her life to go away to University.  She is smart and gifted and a tiger shifter.  When she falls fast for a human she deals but when another human is preying on young women on campus the protector she is trained to be comes out but will it cost her the human that is meant to be her mate?   This story sucks you in and grabs you from the first page to the last.  I look forward to future visits to Harmony Springs.

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Otherworld Nights (Otherworld Stories #3) by Kelley Armstrong



Blurb:
This short story collection will include many brand-new tales and others only previously available on Kelley Armstrong's website. Most of the stories will feature the werewolves of the Otherworld, Elena and Clay, Jeremy, Karl and other members of the American Pack. These are some of Kelley Armstrong's best-loved and most enduring characters, from bestselling books such as Bitten, Stolen and Frostbitten.

1) 
Demonology - Adam's mother discovers what he is
2) Stalked - Clay/Elena honeymoon story from "
My Big Fat Supernatural Honeymoon"
3) 
Hidden - SubPress 2012 Elena/Clay novella
4) Twilight - a Cass story from "
Many Bloody Returns"
5) Chivalrous - Reese's backstory from SubPress's long sold-out "
Tales of Dark Fantasy 2" (the Dec'14 SubPress graphic novella picks up this storyline)
6) Lucifer's Daughter - Hope/Karl story from "
Blood Lite II: Overbite"
7) From Russia with Love - Elena bonus story included with hardcover of "
Thirteen"
8) Vanishing Act - brand-new Savannah/Adam novella set after "
Thirteen"

My review:

Fans of Kelley Armstrong's Women Of The Otherworld series will love the opportunity to have all these short stories in one place.  I know I do.  I really enjoyed the opportunity to revisit some of my favorite characters from the series.  I don’t recommend this for those who haven’t read the series.  But for those who have it is a great way to get either some back story Demonology,  Twilight , Chivalrous or in the case of From Russia with Love & Vanishing Act  follow up.  All in all a lot of fun and a great incentive for me to go back and re-read the series.  It is just that good.
I was lucky enough to receive a complimentary e-copy from Penguin First to Read but will be buying a hard copy for my library. 

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Being Naughty Can Be Fun: A Collection of Romantic Comedies by Rita Sawyer



Blurb:
Sarah is sick and tired of being the good girl everyone expects her to be. She's made a resolution to let the fun loving woman inside her free. She just needs a man, and when Eddie, a hunky real estate developer, finds her half dressed in a closet, he's more than willing to oblige...in Red Hot New Year.
Anthology including:
Falling Hard And Fast,
A Damsel Without A Dress,
8 Ways Onto The Naughty List,
and Red Hot New Year

Suzie has been fighting her attraction to Tim for months. When she literally runs into him in the grocery store, she races away. But Tim can't mistake the way he reacted to her, even if they were on the grocery store floor. He knows they both are Falling Hard And Fast.

Stacey agreed to be her sister's Maid of Honor, even though the best man, Alex, pushes all her buttons. A chance encounter with a spider leaves her nearly naked and in need of rescue, and Alex is more than happy to be the gentleman. And maybe, with a little help, he can convince the damsel, that he's her night...in A Damsel Without A Dress.

Unable to hide her growing desire for her boss, Patsy decides to quit. But her boss can't imagine his life without her and has feelings of his own. He has to convince her to stay, just as she decides that her only way out is to be fired...in 8 Ways Onto The Naughty List.



My review:
I met author Rita Sawyer at a couple of author reader get togethers and finally got around to purchasing one of her books.  I am so sorry it took me this long to “discover” her work. Now I am off to delve through her backlist as soon as I can stop laughing. 
Being Naughty Can Be Fun: A Collection of Romantic Comedies is exactly what the title says.  This is four tales of sexy fun. 
Red Hot New Year – The New Year is the perfect time to start over and if that includes a hunky new man in her life well who is Sarah to say no.
Falling Hard And Fast – This story is an “I Love Lucy” type of story.  Starting with a slapstick start and ending in bed.  I flew through this story laughing all the way.
A Damsel Without A Dress - I kept thinking of Jill Shalvis while reading this.  Jill is well known for her mishaps and fear of spiders.  Apparently she isn’t the only one.  Poor Stacey has not one but two run in’s with a spider that leave her dressless and in Alex’s arms.
8 Ways Onto The Naughty List – One of the funniest things to watch is two people destined to be together if they would only talk to each other.  Miscommunication has never been so fun or sexy as it is between Patsy & Dexter.

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Monday, October 20, 2014

Seductive Supernaturals: 12 Tales of Shapeshifters, Vampires & Sexy Spirits




Seductive Supernaturals: 12 Tales of Shapeshifters, Vampires & Sexy Spirits
by Erin Quinn , Caridad Piñeiro, Erin Kellison , Lisa Kessler , Chris Marie Green , Mary Leo, Maureen Child , Cassi Carver , Janet Wellington , Theresa Meyers , Sheri Whitefeather , Elisabeth Staab 

Blurb:
Bad boys, tortured alpha heroes, and kick-ass heroines all come together in 12 steamy full-length paranormal romance novels and novellas from NY Times, USA Today, and national bestselling authors! 

Whether you’re looking for tantalizing dark tales or the humorous side of the supernatural, you’ll get werewolves, vampires, fallen angels, monster hunters, and ghosts—every one of them a hot temptation you won’t be able to resist…

DIABLO SPRINGS by Erin Quinn

Gracie Beck vowed that she would never to return to Diablo Springs, but the haunted town lures her back—along with the man who betrayed her years ago. Reilly broke her heart with his lies. Now, he wants a second chance to win her, but can they survive the ghosts of Diablo Springs?

VAMPIRE REBORN by Caridad Pineiro

Would you be reborn for love? Ryder Latimer, sexy Southern vampire, will have to make one of the most difficult choices in his undead life: Become human again or protect his new wife and child.

SHADOW FALL by Erin Kellison

Just discovering her magic, ballerina Annabella Ames didn’t mean to summon a dark wolf from Twilight, nor the tempting fallen angel Custo Santovari, who has no place in Heaven. The cunning wolf stalks them relentlessly, and danger seduces as they fight for redemption and love.

NIGHT ANGEL by Lisa Kessler

When Colin Flynn returns home to Ireland, the immortal Night Walker's flesh has healed, but the scars hide a broken spirit. Juliana Duffy plays piano in spite of her deafness, challenging him to redefine himself and find the strength to battle an ancient enemy.

SHADOWS TILL SUNRISE by Chris Marie Green

Two monster hunters fighting a star-crossed attraction and one bloodthirsty phantom leaving a trail of death… Can love survive till the sun rises?

A SHADOW AT TWILIGHT by Mary Leo

They say Hotel Colorado is haunted, but when Dillon Spencer appears in his hotel room to find Hilly Thompson, his assistant, soaking in the tub, he begins to question whether or not he’s alive, dead, or caught in another dimension.

MORE THAN FIENDS by Maureen Child

At 32, Cassidy Burke discovers she’s a legendary Demon Duster. But she’s got bigger problems than some pesky demons. Like, Logan Miller--first love, baby daddy to her genius daughter is back. Then there’s Devlin Cole, a walking orgasm with too many secrets. Cassidy’s life is out of control and about to get way too interesting.

IMMORTAL POSSESSION by Cassi Carver

When Dr. Evelyn Vale is paired with Immortal Bounty’s sexy commander to go undercover and infiltrate a supernatural body-trafficking ring, she’s eager to get to work. Until she learns the catch… To crack this case, he’ll need to possess her body.

FOREVER ROSE by Janet Wellington

Tarot cards predict a dangerous journey for Taylor Rose, but she doesn’t expect to travel back to 1888 San Diego. What the cards didn’t predict was falling for a man bent on revenge, a helpful ghost, and spooky séances. Is she there to prevent a murder or to find love?

WELCOME HOME, VAMPIRE by Theresa Meyers

Corporal Cole Wagner lost his humanity in war – literally. Turned into a vampire by the military’s Vector Force, he’s the ultimate weapon, but when he returns home to set the past right, will the enemy stop at nothing to get him, including threatening the life of the woman he loved, and lost, before?

VAMPIRE MAGIC (Blood Genie, books 1 and 2) by Sheri Whitefeather

Two tenderly romantic, wildly erotic stories featuring supernatural hybrids (vampires/genies) who grant wishes for the exchange of blood.

WILD NIGHTS WITH A LONE WOLF by Elisabeth Staab

A mandatory vacation lands Agent Sherri Walker in bed with a local werewolf. Asher Hughes walked away from his outlaw pack but couldn't ditch the bad blood. Together they’ll have to pull off one hell of an act to get out of treacherous territory alive.


My Review:

I’ll admit I haven’t read all of the stories in this fantastic box set yet but here are my thoughts on the ones I have read:

DIABLO SPRINGS by Erin Quinn
Two stories in one.  Will a curse from the past give Gracie and Reilly a future?  If it doesn’t kill them first. 
VAMPIRE REBORN by Caridad Pineiro
This is a short action packed story that I thoroughly enjoyed but if you haven't read Die For Love you may not get as much out of it. Ryder and Diana are dealing with a lot of changes.  But what doesn't change is their love for each other.
SHADOWS TILL SUNRISE by Chris Marie Green
Lilly has a problem. She wakes every morning with no memory of who she is. This is actually a good thing for the reader as we find out together why this is and what mysteries lie in her past. There is action, adventure, danger, magic, mystery, and a bit of romance. And while this is a spin-off of the fantastic Vampire Babylon series this novel stands well on its own. I look forward to following Lilly as she learns and grows. If this series is anything like Vampire Babylon we are in for a heck of a ride.
MORE THAN FIENDS by Maureen Child
Funny, funny story about a woman coming into her Demon slaying powers.
IMMORTAL POSSESSION by Cassi Carver
This is a terrific start to a new series by “new to me” author Cassi Carver.  You can bet I will be checking out future installments.  The world building is fantastic and the characters make me want to revisit.
WILD NIGHTS WITH A LONE WOLF by Elisabeth Staab
I love werewolf stories and this is a super hot one with a surprising twist.

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Sunday, October 19, 2014

Nedobeck's Alphabet Book by Don Nedobeck and a bit about my favorite artist.

Nedobeck's Alphabet Book


Each letter of the alphabet is represented by a sentence using words beginning with that letter, which is illustrated by a fanciful drawing.
This is a super fun book for both kids and their parents or grandparents.  The artwork is fantastic and the author/artist gets silly with each letter - Terri the tall thin tan tiger, talks with three tiny toads by their toy truck.



Don also has a Numbers book:


And his own whimsical vision of the 12 Days of Christmas:






All that aside Don is one of my all-time favorite artists.  He is multi-talented; painting and playing Dixieland Jazz.  He has paintings hanging in a children’s hospital, in the collections of well known personages and I even have 1 or 2 prints signed by him.  




I met Don at a local crafts fair many years ago.  I was drawn to the sound of his clarinet and stayed for his artwork.  I couldn't afford his paintings or even his prints at that time but I could afford his calendar.  
I have collected them ever since and just got my hands on next years.  




You can find Don at:



But Don is looking at 80 and not too web savvy so if you aren't able to get in touch with him get in touch with me and I'll hook you up.


Saturday, October 18, 2014

Night Sky (Night Sky #1) by Suzanne Brockmann, Melanie Brockmann



Blurb:
SHE’S THE ULTIMATE WEAPON IN FIGHTING DESTINY.
Skylar Reid is shaken when Sasha, the little girl she babysits, is kidnapped. Scared that the weird dreams she’s been having about Sasha are real—and even more afraid that Sasha is already dead. When a mysterious girl with extreme butt-kicking abilities roars into town on a motorcycle and, well, stalks Skylar things get even weirder. Supergirl Dana tells Sky that she also has abilities – that a hormone in their blood makes them stronger, faster, smarter. A hormone that the makers of a new drug called Destiny will murder to get their hands on.
Dana and Milo, her dangerously hot yet oh-so-forbidden partner in crime, want Sky to join them in their mission – to mold Sky into the ultimate weapon. She can sense there’s something about her abilities they’re not telling her. But the only way to save Sasha and stop other girls from being taken is to embrace the weird…and fight Destiny.
My review:
I recommend that you read the prequel Dangerous Destiny (Night Sky 0.5) to introduce you to the world and leading characters because this book jumps in full steam ahead.  This is a YA paranormal tale with romantic elements.  If you liked Kathy & Brendan Reichs Virals or James Pattersons Maximum Ride series you should enjoy this.  This is an exciting story with well written characters discovering themselves in unreal situations. 

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