Saturday, December 31, 2011

Do You Trust Me? by Desiree Holt

Desiree Holt does sexy, HOT stories.  This is one of the best that I’ve read by her.  Great mystery, drama, and flaming hot sex.  If you like your stories steamy Desiree Holt is always a great read.

Double Dare by Rhonda Nelson

Another contemporary romance.  Runaway bride realizes that she wants to marry for love not a corporate merger leaves the groom standing at the altar.  Wanting some time to figure out what she wants and needs also to avoid having to deal with her loving but controlling father, the bride Lou runs into Double Dare a company that provides adventures.  Double Dare’s slogan "Are you ready for the time of your life?” speaks to Lou and Sam the owner is hot!  Despite his better judgment Sam takes Lou on the adventure of her life. 
True brain candy.

Friday, December 30, 2011

Raven Cursed: A Jane Yellowrock Novel (Jane Yellowrock #4) by Faith Hunter

Faith Hunter does it again!  This is the best Jane yet.  I don’t know what else to say without spoilers so I’ll just say that Jane Yellowrock ROCKS!  You might be able to read this stand-alone but it will be so much better if you read the first three.  

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Any Man of Mine (Chinooks Hockey Team #6) by Rachel Gibson

I got this book in with a bunch of other Avon romances.  I wasn’t aware that it was part of a series when I picked it up and truthfully it read like a stand-alone. 

This is a contemporary romance about second chances and growing up.  I don’t think I’ve read a more realistic male lead in a long time.  He is hot and knows it.  He is an ass sometimes and knows that too.  He doesn’t always know when or why he’s been an ass but in the end he figures most of it out.  I like that neither are perfect.  

A truly enjoyable read.

Dead Head (Dirty Business Mystery #3) by Rosemary Harris

This series just keeps getting better.  I read this in one sitting.  I couldn’t put it down.  Paula and cohorts are finally coming into their own skin.

Everybody has secrets and Caroline Sturgis’s are a little more interesting than most.  The suburban hockey mom is an escaped convict.  Whoda thunk?  Paula, Lucy, Babe and Mike O’Malley are out to figure out who leaked her new identity and why.

 A fun, mystery and I am running out to get Slugfest (Dirty Business Mystery #4)

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Magic Gifts (Kate Daniels #5.4) by Ilona Andrews

A short free read to give us a bit of Kate & Curran to tide us over till Gunmetal Magic comes out.  I love this world.  Kate and Curran are a great couple.  The way they play off each other is terrific.  I can’t get enough of this series.

Spirit Bound (Sisters of the Heart #2) by Christine Feehan

I love Christine Feehan.  She writes action and romance and mixes in some psychic or paranormal and a good story.  

I was a little leery about this spin-off of the Drake sisters series when the heroine of Water Bound (Sisters of the Heart #1) turned out to be a high functioning autistic.  But Ms. Feehan handled it with grace and I looked forward to the next.  Spirit Bound  is Judith’s story.  When she and Stefan Prakenskii get together it is smoking.

  If you like Christine Feehan’s work as I do you will enjoy this book as well.

Monday, December 26, 2011

Christmas Redemption by Paty Jager

A short holiday time story that has nothing to do with Christmas except the time of year and the possibility for miracles. 
Van Donovan as an angry 15 year old is conned into playing lookout for a couple of bank robbers during which an innocent bystander is killed.  He is already in custody when that happens.  The judge sentences him to 10 years which is a little extreme even for those times.  Fast forward twelve years later.  Jail has taught Van the errors of his ways and how to make boots which he is very good at.  He returns to his home town to show his family that he is changed.  He intends to make a new start there.  He buys a building to set up his boot shop from the judge that sentenced him.  He finds the daughter of the man that was shot has fallen on hard times and is squatting in the building he just bought. 
I really enjoyed this story but was bothered by one thing.  We find out all the perceived grievances the Judge had against Van but we never find out just what his problem was with Tessa and her family.

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Santa Baby by Alesia Holliday

I picked this up because I read The Warriors of Poseidon series that Alesia Holliday writes using her alter ego Alyssa Day. 
Santa Baby is a contemporary holiday romance complete with a scrooge type boss, a guardian angel in the form of a bestselling author and a sweet, handsome guy.  It was a cute quick feel good read.  The only problem I had with it was the title. 

Tyler (The Secret Life of Cowboys #1) by C.H. Admirand

The first in the series and I have pre-ordered the second.  Not an especially well written story but a fun cowboy romance none the less.
Tyler and his two brothers are trying to save the family ranch.  Towards that end he applies for a job in town at the Lucky Star bar.  He thinks the job is hauling kegs or something.  Turns out they want him to strip.  The money is too good to turn down.  Fun and romance follow.

Friday, December 23, 2011

Don’t underestimate the value of a good editor!

I took a break from reading the Dirty Business Mysteries by Rosemary Harris to catch up on some brain candy.  Short light hearted romances.  OMG! I won’t mention names but these books were from reputable big name publishing houses.  Part of the blame goes to the authors as they wrote it in the first place but isn’t the editor supposed to catch things like totally disjointed sentences and skipped sentences or even skipped paragraphs?  I couldn’t believe it.  I am tooling right along and out of nowhere the thought stops or shifts to a whole different conversation.  And this wasn’t just one book this happened in.  I guess if publishers are cutting back editors aren’t where they should be doing it.  

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

The Big Dirt Nap (Dirty Business Mystery #2) by Rosemary Harris

In this the second Dirty Business Mystery by Rosemary Harris we find our heroine Paula Holliday headed to the Catskills with her friend Lucy.  Lucy is working on a story and the Titans resort where they will be staying has a corpse flower getting ready to bloom.

A guy hits on Paula in the resort bar and shows up not much later dead.  Lucy goes missing. Paula and Babe along with a few helping hands are on the case.  What is it with Paula and cops? 

I really enjoyed this story and am starting the next book Dead Head as soon as I finish typing this.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Pushing Up Daisies by Rosemary Harris

Pushing Up Daisies by Rosemary Harris is the first “Dirty Business” mystery.  Paula Holliday is a former media executive who is starting her own gardening business in Springfield, CT.  When digging for a ph sample at an estate while doing a job for the historical society Paula finds the buried mummified remains of a baby. 

Paula is like a younger Jessica Fletcher.  Surrounded by an amusing cast of supporting characters I have great hopes for this series.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Valentine's Surrender by Ashley Blade

I don’t like to pan books as a rule.  I usually will put it aside and re-read at a later date just to make sure it wasn’t me or my circumstances. But there are so many things wrong with this one I don’t know where to begin.  The prolog sets up a character and a situation that creates certain expectations.  There are a lot of little things that just don’t sit right through the first couple of chapters and then it all just falls apart.  The writing is really choppy.  I don’t know if it was the novella length of the book that didn’t give the author enough time to develop the situations and characters or the lack of a good editor.  All I know is I was really disappointed with this story.  

Friday, December 16, 2011

Darkness Dawns (Immortal Guardians #1) & Night Reigns (Immortal Guardians #2) by Dianne Duvall

I first picked up Darkness Dawns  in August 2011 so it had been a bit between it and the second Immortal Guardians book so I decided to re-read before reading Night Reigns . 

Darkness Dawns (Immortal Guardians #1) was a fun first book.   One of the hardest things when starting a new series is world building.  But Ms. Duvall pulls it off pretty smoothly.  There is lots of action, adventure, mystery and of course a love interest.  There is a whole cast of hot (lonely?) men to be matched up in future books. 
Night Reigns (Immortal Guardians #2) continues the adventure and there are new mysteries to solve.   I like that we don’t lose touch with the couple from the first book.  We are introduced to new twists in the worldview we got from the first book.  I like that the characters interact like family.   I am looking forward to see where this series goes. 

If you like Lara Adrian’s Midnight Breed series you should enjoy this.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Easy Pickings by C.E. Murphy and Faith Hunter

What do you call it when two authors go all fan girl on each other’s work and write a story together starring characters that don’t exist in each other’s world?  I call it the best kind of fan-fic. 
Take C.E. Murphy’s Joanne Walker and Faith Hunter’s Jane Yellowrock pull them through a dimensional portal and have them work together to fight the bad guys.  The best of both worlds.  I loved it.  

Beyond the Darkness (Offspring #5) by Jaime Rush

 When reading a series like this you sometimes get attached to certain characters and anxiously await their chance at a HEA.  For me, for this series, those characters have been Petra and Cheveyo so I was thrilled when this book finally came out.  The author still didn’t make it easy on them.  Petra had to grow some and Cheveyo needed to become less self-sacrificing.  There are some nice twists and turns and I look forward to the next book.  Hey, Ms. Rush when does Pope get his HEA?

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Move Me by Emma Holly

Another absolutely delightful, sexy and sweet story set in her Hidden Series. 
Belle returns to Kingaken because her Uncle has left her his house.  She hasn’t been back since her brother Danny disappeared.  While there she meets an incredibly sexy handyman and reunites with some old friends. 
This story has fabulous fairy sex, fairy luck and a holiday HEA.  I absolutely loved this. 

Friday, December 9, 2011

Cat Tales (Jane Yellowrock #4.5) by Faith Hunter

Four behind the scenes stories from the Jane Yellowrock series.  NOT to be read if you haven’t read the series to date.  It would be like trying to understand a movie by watching the deleted scenes clips.  Fun insights for those of us who follow the series.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

The Perfect Wife by Lynsay Sands

I came across this re-issue and I couldn’t resist.  After all it was Lynsay Sands.  Before the Argeneaus Ms. Sands wrote historicals.  I think they are still her first love but because the Argeneaus are so successful that’s what she has been writing. 
The Perfect Wife is exactly why I feel this way.  It is well written and you can almost feel the love Ms. Sands has for these characters.  The bride and groom have been contracted since childhood.  He has been away fighting in the crusades and she has been learning how to be a good wife.  Avelyn is not willow thin and Paen likes her that way however he neglects to inform her.  Avelyn has been mercilessly teased about her weight and looks by her cousins and her self-esteem suffers for it.  
This is a sweet humorous romance with a bit of mystery thrown in for good measure and a prime example of why Lynsay Sands is on my auto-buy list.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Buckhorn Beginnings: Sawyer\Morgan (Buckhorn Brothers 1 & 2) by Lori Foster

I like being able to get books from an author’s backlist.  I came late to Lori Foster and hadn’t had a chance to read the Buckhorn Brothers books.  Now that I have I am looking forward to the next installments for Jordan, Gabe and Casey. 
This book contains the stories of the two oldest brothers Sawyer (a doctor) and Morgan (the sheriff) and their future brides the Malone sisters Honey and Misty.  Strong, moral men, damsels in distress add in Ms. Foster’s sense of humor and you have wonderful brain candy.  

Monday, December 5, 2011

What I read today

This Time Next Year by Alison Kent 
This is a sweet holiday romance.  It centers around two good souls (one troubled) that find each other and fall in love. 

A Taste of Midnight (Midnight Breed #9.5) by Lara Adrian 
As a fan of this series I had to grab this short novella to tide me over till the next installment.  It was way too short.  It was not bad but I wanted more.  

It's All Greek to Me by Katie MacAlister

I‘ve said it before and I’ll say it again Katie MacAlister makes me laugh.  This is a check your brain at the door fun romp.  It isn’t Ms. MacAlister’s best but it is a giggle worth reading.  I cannot get over some of her crazy dialog.  Too funny.

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Fate's Edge (The Edge #3) by Ilona Andrews

In this the third installment of the Edge series by Ilona Andrews we are once again treated to the incredible world building this amazing author team put together.  Reality depends on where you are and how much magic you have.  If you don’t have any magic you live in “The Broken” and you are basically a Muggle.  If you have a lot of magic you live in “The Weird”.  Between “The Broken” and “The Weird” is “The Edge”.  This is where misfits from both sides exist.  Most folks from The Weird can’t cross into The Broken and vice-verse but then there are some who can.    In Fate's Edge we meet Audrey who lives in The Edge and works in The Broken.   One of her “gifts” is locks.  She has yet to meet one she can’t open.  Audrey comes from a family of grifters and is dragged into doing one last score for her father.  Kaldar used to live in The Edge and now lives and works in The Weird.  He has many talents but he is paid to use those talents for his government.  They have sent him to retrieve the item the Audrey has helped her father steal.

We meet up with characters from the previous two books but you could probably read as a stand-alone.  I don’t know why you would want to though as this is a terrific series and well worth the read.

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Future Perfect by Suzanne Brockmann

Suzanne Brockmann is an author fairly new to my auto-buy list.  So when they re-released Future Perfect I picked it up.  Though not as good as some of the Troubleshooters Inc. or her other Navy Seal books, Future Perfect is still a delightful romance.  I love the irony of a severe dyslexic falling for an author.  

Friday, December 2, 2011

Explosive Eighteen (A Stephanie Plum novel) by Janet Evanovich

You either like the Stephanie Plum novels or you don’t.  I am among the former.  They are fun with terrific dialog.  In this book Stephanie returns from a trip to Hawaii paid for by her serial killer stalker from Smokin’ Seventeen. She is unknowingly passed a photograph on the return plane and now folks are coming out of the woodwork to get the photograph from her.  Stephanie is still torn between lovers Ranger and Morelli and surrounded by her usual compliment of lunatics.   Another fun adventure.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Within The Flames (Dirk & Steele 11) by Marjorie M. Liu

This is Eddie’s story.  We met Eddie in book one and he has been a supporting player in most of the others.  He is a polite and troubled young man.  He is pyrokenetic.  He has been a help to most of the supers in this series at one time or another and deserves a love of his own.  In this book he finds her.  Lyssa is a dragon shifter/witch hybrid with issues of her own.  When they get together it is combustible.   

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Dirk & Steele

In anticipation of the release book 11 of the Dirk & Steele novels Within the Flames by Marjorie M. Liu I am re-reading the series to date. 

Dirk & Steele
Book 1 - Tiger Eye
Book 2 - Shadow Touch
Book 3 - The Red Heart of Jade
Book 4 - Dark Dreamers
Book 5 - Eye of Heaven
Book 6 - Soul Song
Book 7 - The Last Twilight
Book 8 - The Wild Road
Book 9 - The Fire King
Book 10—In the Dark of Dreams

Monday, November 21, 2011

Yellow Ribbons by Caitlyn Willows

Romantic suspense.  This is a love story and murder mystery all rolled up into one.  Captain Lani Hollister is having an illegal affair with subordinate Master Gunnery Sergeant Greg Landess.  In the bedroom the power dynamic shifts.  Meanwhile someone is killing folks with yellow ribbons in their yards and Lani and Greg in their roles in the Provost Marshalls Office are dragged into the investigation.  This is a well crafted mystery with the occasional erotic scene thrown in.  I’ve read and enjoyed several books by Ms. Willows but I think this may be my new favorite.  

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Beauty Dates the Beast (Midnight Liaisons #1) by Jessica Sims

This book was an impulse buy for me.  From reading the back cover I expected something along the lines of Dakota Cassidy’s snarky, sexy, laugh out loud Accidental series. NOT.  This is a light paranormal romance.  It has the potential to become more and I will read the next offering.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Christmas in Lucky Harbor and Head Over Heels by Jill Shalvis

Christmas in Lucky Harbor is an omnibus containing the first two “Lucky Harbor” stories Simply Irresistible and The Sweetest Thing.  These books tell the story of three estranged half-sisters that are brought together after their mothers’ death to figure out what to do with the inn that she left to the three of them.

Simply Irresistible is the story of the middle sister Maddie aka the Mouse.  Maddie comes to Lucky Harbor after being fired for spilling hot coffee in the lap of her abusive ex.   She hopes to make a new start in Lucky Harbor and with her sisters Tara aka the Steel Magnolia and Chloe aka the Wild Child.  She meets and falls for Jax the town mayor and master renovation contractor.

The Sweetest Thing is Tara aka the Steel Magnolia and oldest sisters story.  Once upon a time about seventeen years earlier Tara had visited her mother at the Lucky Harbor Inn.  She met and fell in lust with a bad boy named Ford.  She lost her virginity and got pregnant.  She had the child but gave it up for adoption.  Coming back to Lucky Harbor she is a very different person and so is Ford.  Tara is now divorced from a NASCAR driver and Ford has made a name for himself in the boat racing world.  Tara and Ford get to meet the daughter they created together and have to come to terms with what they feel for each other now.

Head Over Heels is Chloe aka the Wild Child’s story.  As the youngest and with the Wild Child nickname Chloe has a lot to overcome if she wants be accepted as an adult by her sisters and the oh so sexy sheriff. 

I liked these stories.  They were funny and poignant and sweet.  I think my favorite has to be Head Over Heels.  Jax in Simply Irresistible is too perfect.  Smart, sexy, sweet, patient, kind, and oh comfortably well off.  I loved how Ford and Tara grew in The Sweetest Thing and that Ford could be as big an ass as the next guy (testosterone wise) but he too is smart, sexy, sweet, patient, kind, and oh comfortably well off.  In Head Over Heels Sawyer is smart, sexy, sweet, very patient, and kind, but a regular working stiff. I think I could relate to him more.

Fans of Susan Mallery will love these books too.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Infatuation: A Little Military Harmless Romance by Melissa Schroeder

This is a spin-off of Melissa Schroeder’s A Little Harmless series.  I went into this thinking it was going to be just like the A Little Harmless series only with soldiers and sailors etc.  I was both right and wrong.  This story was sweet and spicy.  It has all the heat of the A Little Harmless series but with a bit more romance and the understanding of what it is like to be involved with a military man that can only come from experience. 

A definite must read for Melissa Schroeder fans.

The Psy/Changeling series

 I haven’t been blogging because I got a wild hair up my butt to re-read Nalini Singh’s entire (to date) Psy/Changeling series.  I couldn’t put them down and managed to give myself a bad case of eye strain which meant I couldn’t read anything else for a bit. 
You can read these stand alone but it really makes more sense and has a greater impact if you read them in order.  I LOVE this series.

The Psy/Changeling series

1. Slave to Sensation
1.5 "The Cannibal Princess" - 
free short story
2. Visions of Heat
3. Caressed By Ice 
4. Mine to Possess
5. Hostage to Pleasure
5.5 "A Gift for Kit" ~
 free short story
6. Branded By Fire
7. Blaze of Memory
8. Bonds of Justice 
9. Play of Passion
10. Kiss of Snow

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Noble Intentions by Katie MacAlister

Katie Mac makes historical hysterical.  This is a rib rocking, milk snorting, laugh out loud funny romance.   

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Tied with a Bow by Virginia Kantra, Kimberly Frost, Eileen Wilks, Lora Leigh

Upon A Midnight Clear by Virginia Kantra – Unfortunately I was unable to get through this offering.  I guess I just wasn’t in the mood for a historical.

First Light by Kimberly Frost – I was impressed by this offering by Kimberly Frost.  It was much darker than her Southern Witch series.  I really enjoyed it and look forward to seeing where she goes with this.

Human Error by Eileen Wilks – I love Ms. Wilks World of the Lupi and Benedict has long been one of my favorite characters.  It was good to revisit him.  Also I could totally relate to the situation of being introduced to family traditions so different than mine. 

An Inconvenient Mate by Lora Leigh – This is a Breeds world short that has nothing to do with the holidays.  Not a bad story just wondering what it was doing in this anthology.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Toys-4-Us seven stand-alone book series.

Toys-4-Us is a seven stand-alone book series.  It felt, to me, like seven of todays hottest erotic authors got together and said let’s do an exercise.  Imagine we are at a sex toy party.  Each of us take a character and go…  These are the smokin’ hot short stories they came up with. 

A Long Time Comin’ by Cerise Deland - Long-time pal and Delta Force hunk comes home and is seduced with a little help from Toys-4-Us.
Bound and Determined by Desiree Holt – Uptight lawyer, hunky next door neighbor Toys-4-Us.
Good Vibrations by Nicole Austin – Asshat ex, Friends turn lovers with a little help from Toys-4-Us.
Private Showing by Brenna Zinn – Woman with a dream, sexy Scottish computer geek fireworks with a little help from Toys-4-Us.
Slippery When Wet by Allie Standifer – Another asshat ex, Friends turn lovers with a little help from Toys-4-Us.
Wet Ride by Samantha Cayto - Uptight business exec, hunky contractor Toys-4-Us.
Whiz Bang by Regina Carlysle – Bored woman, sexy bar owner friend, exotic local and Toys-4-Us.

I enjoyed each of these stories for different reasons.  I found however that in some the Toys-4-Us device was a detriment rather than a help.  Needing to fit it in disrupted the flow.  Conversely sometimes it made for a wonderful moment in the story.  

Thursday, November 3, 2011

The Guardian (Dream-Hunter #5) by Sherrilyn Kenyon

The Guardian (Dream-Hunter #5) by Sherrilyn Kenyon

Nobody writes emotionally and physically scarred alpha males redeemed by love like Sherrilyn Kenyon.  In this latest installment of the Dream-Hunter series we meet demi-god Seth who has been tortured by Noir and Azura for 4500 years before he is saved by dream-hunter katagaria mix Lydia. 

If you like Sherrilyn Kenyon you will love this.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Death Magic (World of the Lupi #8) by Eileen Wilks

There are authors and series that you consider auto-buy.  This is one of them for me.  I always look forward with great anticipation to the next World of the Lupi book.  Eileen Wilks has created a fantastic world of fantasy and drama.

In this latest installment Lily Yu and Rule Turner are in Washington D.C. to testify in front of a couple of subcommittees.  As per normal for them nothing is ever quite that easy or straight forward.  The “Humans First” senator that was on each of the subcommittees that Lily and Rule were to appear in front of is killed and Ruben Brooks (Lily’s boss) is accused of the murder.  With the help of Lupi sorcerer Cullen and various friends and allies Lily and Rule run through a gauntlet of trials to help establish Rubens innocence.

Death Magic is filled with incredibly exciting twists and turns.  I am eagerly awaiting the next adventure.

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Primal Call by Susan Sizemore

Primal Call by Susan Sizemore

A Primes novel.  I tripped over this by accident.  I like Ms. Sizemore’s Primes series but I had no idea this was coming out.  I think this might be the best one yet.  I love that the Primes universe is a matriarchal society.  The Prime, James Strahan aka Wild Jimmy Wilde, isn’t in the traditional alpha male business like cop, soldier, or corporate mogul.  This Prime is a hot, sexy, leading man type actor.  Athena Blaise is the author of the book the movie he is acting in is based on.   She lives on a farm in Missouri and he works in LA.  Her people figure a photo op with the folks doing the movie would help sales of her books.  She thinks Jimmy is too young for her and he has the problems of distance and celebrity to deal with before they can get together and even address the vampire issues.  This is grand fun.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Secret Santa by Kristine Cheney

This was a short story I picked up because of the authors self-promotion.  I don’t think I would have bought it otherwise.  Secret Santa is the story of Holly Gordon who loves Christmas and playing Secret Santa for some of the folks around town.  It is in this capacity that Holly meets Marcus Jenner.  Who makes Scrooge look like a softy.  The reason I don’t usually get books like this is because they have an unfortunate tendency to be either too saccharine or too maudlin.  I must commend Ms. Cheney as this story while being sweet and sentimental never crossed the line.  

The Real Werewives of Vampire County by Alexandra Ivy, Angie Fox , Tawny Taylor, and Jess Haines

The Real Werewives of Vampire County by Alexandra Ivy, Angie Fox , Tawny Taylor, and Jess Haines 

Come on with a title like that you know I just had to get it. 

Where Darkness Lives by Alexandra Ivy takes place in the world of her Guardians of Eternity series which I admit I’ve not read. I enjoyed the story but would probably have gotten more out of it if I had read the series. 

Murder on Mysteria Lane by Angie Fox was the other reason for me buying this book. I LOVE Ms. Fox’s Demon Slayer books. As far as I’m concerned this story was worth the price of the book. Not that the others were bad just that this one had me laughing my butt off. I could totally relate to Heather McPhee. 

Werewolves in Chic Clothing by Tami Dane was an enjoyable mystery. 

What’s Yours is Mine by Jess Haines was my least favorite of all the offerings. I couldn’t relate to any of the characters and thus didn’t get as involved in the story. 

All in all I enjoyed this book. 

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Darkness Rising by Keri Arthur

This is the second book in Keri Arthur’s Dark Angels series.  Once again Risa is ass deep in alligators.  She makes a deal with the very scary head of the vampire council Madeline Hunter to find those responsible for her mothers death.  Plus she has to find the gate keys and there are forces that want her to succeed and those that want her to fail and those that just seem to want her dead.
This book is a fun, sexy, roller coaster ride.  Now I have to wait almost a year for the next installment.  

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

The Bite Before Christmas by Lynsay Sands & Jeaniene Frost

One book.  Two of my favorite authors.  Two very different types of vampires. I’m delighted. 

The Gift by Lynsay Sands is Teddy Brunswick’s story.  Teddy is the sheriff of Port Henry.  The woman he has loved all his life is now an immortal and has found her life mate.  It seems everybody has somebody but him.  Holidays suck when you are single.  This is something that Teddy and Katricia Argeneau have in common.  Katricia is an immortal in the same situation as Teddy.  She too is avoiding spending the holidays as a charity case by friends & relatives.  Thus they end up as neighbors when the power goes out from a snow storm.  She has food.  He has a fireplace and wood.  Getting together makes sense.

Home For The Holidays by Jeaniene Frost.  Shortly before Thanksgiving Cat throws Bones a 245th birthday party.  What could go wrong?  Just about everything.  

Darkness Unbound by Keri Arthur

This is the first book in the spin off from Ms. Arthur’s Riley Jensen Guardian novels.  The worst thing about the first book in a series is the world building.  You have to be introduced to the characters and their environment.  Because this is a spin off that work has been pretty much done.  This series takes place 20 or so years in the future from the Riley Jensen series.  This series stars Risa (the little girl who saved Riley) all grown up and dealing with some of the same issues Riley had to and then adding on a whole bunch of her own.  If you liked the Riley Jensen series you should enjoy this as well.  If you haven’t read the Riley Jensen series I would recommend it but it isn’t necessary.  Now off to buy Darkness Rising the next in this series.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Model Marine by Candace Havens

I don’t usually read Harlequin’s “mini” novels but this was Candace Havens.  She writes quirky, funny chick lit.  Model Marine was a short, fun vacation for the mind.  If you need a quick escape do read this.  

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Much Ado About Vampires (Dark Ones, #9) by Katie MacAlister

Katie MacAlister makes me laugh.  I have yet to read one of her books that hasn't made me laugh out loud.  Total auto-buy.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Seizure (Virals #2) by Kathy Reichs

I LOVE this series!  It’s like Nancy Drew meets Maximum Ride.  Seizure is the second book in the YA Virals series by Kathy Reichs author of the Temperance Brennan (Bones) novels.  This series is inventive, intelligent and fun. 

In Virals Tory and her friends are infected with a genetically altered parvo virus  that affects their DNA and gives them special powers.

In Seizure the gang is still trying to get the hang of what is happening to their bodies as well as searching for Anne Bonny’s pirate treasure.

I truly cannot wait for the next installment.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

A Vampire for Christmas by Laurie London, Michele Hauf, Caridad Pineiro, and Alexis Morgan

Four holiday stories featuring vampires:

Enchanted by Blood by Laurie London seems to be a short from her Sweetblood series which I must admit I’ve not read.  The story was sweet but not my favorite of the four.  Maybe if I was familiar with the series I would have enjoyed it more.

Monsters Don’t do Christmas by Michele Hauf was a fun story taking on the definition of the word monster. 

When Herald Angels Sing by Caridad Pineiro was the reason I purchased this book.  Ms. Pineiro is on my auto-buy list.  This story is a unique play on Scrooge.  Well done and enjoyable.

All I Want for Christmas by Alexis Morgan was the biggest surprise and my favorite in this anthology.  Great characters. 

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

A Little Harmless Submission by Melissa Schroeder

I am so glad that Melissa Schroeder has decided to continue this series.
A Little Harmless Submission is the 6th book in this series  (but can be read as a stand alone) and I really got a kick out of it.  Rome Carino is a cop and a Dom working a serial murder investigation.  Subs are being raped and killed.  Maria Callahan is a FBI agent with a need to prove herself.  She plans to use herself as bait to catch the killer.  Rome and Maria are combustible.  I love how Maria shakes the ice cold Dom.  This is a wonderful mystery and love story.  
Keep them coming Ms. Schroeder

Monday, October 17, 2011

Cut & Run series by Madeleine Urban, Abigail Roux

I am not sure when I picked up Cut & Run (Cut & Run #1) by Madeleine Urban, Abigail Roux but after reading it I immediately had to go and get Sticks & Stones (Cut & Run, #2) and Fish & Chips (Cut & Run, #3).  I recently re-read them as Divide & Conquer (Cut & Run, #4) just came out and I had to bring myself back up to speed before reading it. 

This is a fantastically well written series starring two FBI agents Ty Grady and Zane Garrett who not only bust crime and each others chops.  They become lovers as well.  The characters are believable and the stories intriguing.  Each book is better than the last.   I heartily recommend this series even if you don’t normally read m/m.   I am really looking forward to the next installment.

Friday, October 14, 2011

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

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

In this latest installment of the Lords of the Underworld series we have the story of Strider, keeper of the demon Defeat, who cannot lose a challenge without incurring a boatload of pain and Harpy Kaia twin of Bianka (Heart of Darkness (Lords of the Underworld, #4.5)). 
I was not looking forward to this one mainly due to Striders ego.  But Gena Showalter used it to inject a load of fun into what could have been either irritating or depressing but was in the end quirky, funny and sweet.

Previous books in this series are:
The Darkest Fire (Lords of the Underworld, #0.5 Prequel)
The Darkest Night (Lords of the Underworld, #1) Maddox/Violence & Ashlyn
The Darkest Kiss (Lords of the Underworld, #2) Lucien/Death & Anya, goddess of anarchy
The Darkest Pleasure (Lords of the Underworld, #3) Reyes/Pain & Danika
The Darkest Prison (Lords of the Underworld, #3.5)
The Darkest Whisper (Lords of the Underworld, #4) Sabin/Doubt & Gwen the Harpy
Heart of Darkness (Lords of the Underworld, #4.5) Angel Lysander & Bianka the Harpy
The Darkest Passion (Lords of the Underworld, #5) Aeron/Wrath & Angel Olivia
The Darkest Lie (Lords of the Underworld, #6) Gideon/Lies & Scarlet /Nightmares
The Darkest Secret (Lords of the Underworld, #7) Amun/Secrets & Haidee

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Date Night, Hardcore Cowboys, and Corralling the City Girl

Date Night by Emma Holly is a fun follow up to Hidden Depths.

I re-read Hardcore Cowboys by Stacey Espino in preparation for the release of Corralling the City Girl.  Cowboy ménage.  I think I enjoyed Hardcore Cowboys more than Corralling the City Girl despite the squick factor of the brothers in Hardcore Cowboys not that they did anything with each other its just that family shouldn’t play that closely.  In Corralling the City Girl the guys are not related but they are assholes at the beginning.  I don’t care how horny I was I don’t think I would have put up with Dawson or Chase for very long.  Brad was all over the place.  A total switch.  Submissive and domineering.  They manage to redeem themselves at the end but of the two Hardcore Cowboys was better.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Slow Ride by Erin McCarthy

Slow Ride is the 5th book in Erin McCarthy’s Fast Track series.  I’ve enjoyed each and every one.  I am not a racing fan and know next to nothing about the sport despite living in the south where NASCAR is a religion.  This series takes place in and around the sport but can be appreciated by those of us who are just there for the fun of watching two people get together.  These are fast paced, sexy, and a whole lot of fun.    

Friday, October 7, 2011

Changes: Book 3 of The Collegium Chronicles (Valdemar) by Mercedes Lackey

Changes: Book 3 of The Collegium Chronicles (Valdemar) by Mercedes Lackey

My ALL time favorite fantasy series is the Valdemar series by Mercedes Lackey.  I continue to re-read each book and snap up each new offering.  Changes is as well written and enjoyable as the 35 or so books before it.
This series could almost be classified as YA even though it deals with adult topics.  Sex is inferred never described. 
Mercedes Lackey usually writes in 3 book arcs and you can read these books stand-alone but they are so much better if you read them in order.  

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Men Out of Uniform by Maya Banks, Karin Tabke, and Sylvia Day

Men Out of Uniform by Maya Banks, Karin Tabke, and Sylvia Day

Soul Possession by Maya Banks - I was a little disappointed by this story.  It had lots of hot sex but the story just left me luke warm.  Don’t know if it was the story or my frame of mind when I read it.  I will re-read at a later date and re-evaluate because I usually like Maya Banks work.

Two cops want the same bartender.  The night she gets fired she decides to take them up on their offer of a threesome.  The same night her boss gets killed and she is the number 1 suspect.  I did like the twist at the end.

Wanted by Karin Tabke – I did enjoy this story.  It had some rather humorous moments mixed in with smoking sex and a sweet romance.  Undercover cop and former seal Colin Daniels has to keep the only woman he has ever really loved from being killed by the mob on her way to testify against her estranged mob boss husband.

Taking the Heat by Sylvia Day
I think this was the best of the lot.  Sylvia Day tells a fast paced sweet and sexy story about a U.S. Marshall, Brian Simmons, who has to get his ex, whom he has never gotten over, safely across the country to testify against a crime cartel.  

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Angels of Darkness by Nalini Singh, Ilona Andrews, Meljean Brook, and Sharon Shinn

Four stories with angels or angel like creatures.

                Angel’s Wolf by Nalini Singh – This story takes place in Nalini Singh’s Guild Hunter world.  If you love her Guild Hunter novels you will enjoy Angel’s Wolf.  This story doesn’t involve any of the major characters except peripherally.   Nimra is an angel holding territory in Louisiana for Raphael.  She has a problem and is sent Noel, a damaged vampire, to assist her.  A good short story.

                Alphas: Origins by Ilona Andrews – This is unlike anything I’ve read from Ilona Andrews.  This is by far the most unique of the stories in this anthology.  I usually have a time with the first novel in any series because it is taken up with world building so when you can read a short story like this and get through the world building too.  It just goes to show how talented the Ilona Andrews team is.  I’d encourage them to continue with this but I don’t want to them take time away from their Kate Daniels series.

                Nocturne by Sharon Shinn – This story takes place in Sharon Shinn’s Samaria series world.  I’ll have to admit I haven’t read anything in that series but I may now.  A thoroughly delightful tale of a serving girl and a blind angel.

                Ascension by Meljean Brook - This story takes place in Meljean Brook’s Guardian series world.  I’ll have to admit I haven’t read anything in that series either.  It too sounds like it might be worth checking out.  I like that the angel like Guardians are flawed and can have a crisis of faith.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

It’s been a busy week.

Life, it’s what happens when you are trying to read. 

I read Werewolf in the Northwoods by Vicki Lewis Thompson or what I subtitled never say never. Roarke Wallace, brother to Aidan from Werewolf in Manhattan, gave his brother pure hell for hooking up with a human mate.  He meets Abby Winchell while on assignment to disprove a bigfoot sighting in Portland, Oregon. She is human and fight it though he may she is meant to be his mate. 

I went to the theater to see Wicked and loved it.  Must read book.

I re-read Blood Trinity by Sherrilyn Kenyon and Dianna Love and the free short story Fire Bound so that I would be up to date when I read Alterant.  I enjoyed Alterant it was fast paced and at times read like a video game.  I like this world they’ve built and the characters are relatable. I look forward to further adventures with Evalle and the gang.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Hidden Depths by Emma Holly

The fae have created a pocket between our world and theirs where magic can exist.  We were introduced to part of that pocket in Hidden Talents where we met the hunky werewolves of the Resurrection Police Dept. (Whom I hope we shall revisit sometime soon please).  In Hidden Depths we meet the were-seals of Oceana. 
The king is dead long live the king.  The new King  Anso of Oceana is hit hard with the mating heat and takes his lover Ty and two guards to search for his mate.  Much to his dismay he finds her making love to her husband on the beach.  The mating heat is on him and he can’t not take her so he takes her husband too to make her kidnapping easier on her.  There is a chain reaction of chemical and physical attraction between the new king, his lover Ty, James and Olivia Forster.  It seems the mating heat affects them all. Trying to deal with it and its ramifications while trying to shore up his political standing among those who seek to use or remove the new king makes for a great read. 
I don’t know how Emma Holly does it but I hope she keeps on doing it.  This is a smoking HOT read and a great story.  Warning: scorching mm, mf, & mmmf sex under the seas.  

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

MUST LOVE VAMPIRES & One Last Bite by Heidi Betts

I was introduced to Heidi Betts through .  I started reading her blog on a regular basis before I picked up one of her books.  I try to stop by daily to get a chuckle, Sexy Fail Saturdays don’t count.  Since then I’ve read Curse of the Dragon’s Tears (her story in the Hotter Than Hell anthology), The Bite Before ChristmasBedded Then Wed and Her Little Secret, His Hidden Heir.  I have enjoyed them all.  I just finished reading Love at First Bite and its epilog One Last Bite.  I thoroughly enjoyed them.  I laughed so hard I had to put the book up at one point.  I think my favorite quote is “I don’t think you have to worry.  I’m like a sexual camel.  I can live on that one orgasm for another ten years easy.”  This is the story of twin vampires in Vegas who find happiness with twin sisters.  The story is told in two parts.  Sebastian and Charlotte (aka Chuck) in Vampnapped and Aidan and Chloe in Married…With Fangs.  I will admit I liked Vampnapped a little better.  One Last Bite was hardly necessary but a nice follow up.  Over all a fun read and recommended.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

A Werewolf In Manhattan & A Werewolf In Greenwich Village by Vicki Lewis Thompson

In preparation for the release of A Werewolf in the North Woods by Vicki Lewis Thompson I re-read A Werewolf In Manhattan and A Werewolf In Greenwich Village.
A Werewolf In Manhattan is the first book in the Wild About You series.  Emma Gavin is a bestselling author of novels about werewolves.  She gets it.  She is correct on most accounts about werewolves.  Enter Aidan Wallace, pack leaders son and security specialist.  He is tasked with finding Emma’s source.  But the kicker is she doesn’t have one.  Her imagination is just that good.  By the time Aidan discovers this he has become attracted to Emma.  Not good.  She is human and he is sort of promised to the daughter of the Chicago packs alpha.  Hi-jinks ensue. 
A Werewolf In Greenwich Village is the e-book sequel to A Werewolf In Manhattan.  It lets us know what happens with Nadia the she-wolf daughter of the alpha of the Chicago pack and her deranged brother. 
I enjoyed these.  This series is light fun brain candy.  I fully expect to enjoy A Werewolf in the North Woods which tells us the story of Roarke, Aidans brother.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

J.D. Robb’s In Death series

I just finished New York to Dallas by J.D. Robb.  I am just going to say it flat out.  Roarke is my ideal man.  I’ve informed my husband that should Roarke ever get off the page he had best get used to me gone.  Roarke is smart, sexy, good looking, fit, has a great sense of humor and more money than god.  But what I like best is that he loves deeply, devotedly, and unconditionally.  As broken as Eve Dallas is he is there for her.  Roarke has a temper but that’s what make up sex is for right?  Who is your favorite fictional partner?

Monday, September 19, 2011

The Lear Sisters Trilogy by Julia London

Material Girl, Beauty Queen, and Miss Fortune.
Material Girl – Oldest sister Robin is a high powered V.P. at daddy’s company a job she is ill prepared for and frankly sucks at.  Meet Jake a guy from the wrong side of the tracks trying to make it as a contractor while studying architecture. 
Beauty Queen – Middle sister former Miss Texas, Rebecca, is newly divorced from her childhood sweetheart with a small child who cries for his nanny.  Meet man whore Matt the lawyer with a heart. 
Miss Fortune – Sweet, quirky, baby sister Rachel professional student and self-saboteur. Meet Flynn investigator for Lloyds of London.
I really liked the fact that I could relate to all three sisters.  I wasn’t sure I would because I mean “poor little rich girl” times three.  But even rich girls have daddy issues.  All three girls could be someone you’ve met.  Pushy over achiever Rachel, underestimated good looker Rebecca, and Rachel with a heart of gold who lets everyone walk over her because she never feels good enough. 
Warning somehow Jake’s nephew Cole from Material Girl turns into his son in the next two books.  

Thursday, September 15, 2011

The Worldwalker Duology

Truthseeker and Wayfinder by C.E. Murphy.  I am a fan of C.E. Murphy’s Walker Papers series.  Not so much The Inheritors’ Cycle or Old Races so it was with some trepidation that I started and devoured these two books.  I loved it!  Take a tailor from Boston who can hear every time you lie and stick her in the middle of her own fairy tale.  It either works or it doesn’t.  Ms. Murphy made it work.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Unseen Outcast Season: Book 3 by Rachel Caine

Unseen Outcast Season: Book 3 is the third offering in this spin-off of Rachel Caine’s Weather Warden books.  This series is just as intense and quick paced as the others but I think the characters in these books are more relatable.  This is not a sit down and relax as you read series.  It is more like an action movie.  Our poor heroes go from one dire situation to another with hardly a moment to breathe.  These are so well written and Unseen is again another outstanding offering.  If you are a fan of Ms. Caine’s Weather Wardens you will love this series if you are a fan of Ms. Caine’s Morganville Vampires I think you should give this a try.

Monday, September 12, 2011

What I’ve been reading.

"What really knocks me out is a book that, when you're all done reading it, you wish the author that wrote it was a terrific friend of yours and you could call him up on the phone whenever you felt like it. That doesn't happen much, though."  - J.D. Salinger (The Catcher in the Rye)

I have been tackling my TBR shelf but felt I needed a break so I reread Lynsay Sands Argeneau vampire series: 
A Quick Bite – Lissianna’s story
Love Bites – Etienne’s story
Single White Vampire – Lucern’s story
Tall, Dark & Hungry – Bastien’s story
A Bite To Remember – Vincent’s story
Bite Me If You Can – Lucian’s story
The Accidental Vampire – Victor’s story
Vampires Are Forever – Thomas’s story
Vampire, Interrupted – Marguerite’s story
The Rogue Hunter – Garrett and Sam’s story
The Immortal Hunter – Decker Argeneau’s story
The Renegade Hunter – Nicholas and Jo’s story
Born To Bite – Armand and Eshe’s story
Bitten By Cupid – Tiny McGraw’s story
Hungry For You – Alex Willan’s story
The Reluctant Vampire – Harper Stoyan’s story
I’ve enjoyed them all but I still think Single White Vampire is my favorite if only because it has the scene at the RT convention with the cod piece.  A classic.  I think I am half in love with Tiny McGraw and hope to see more of him in the future. Ms. Sands has three more Argeneau vampire stories coming out the end of this year and beginning of next but none of them are the story I want to read.  What I want to know is when is Anders book coming?

I LOVE Nalini Singh’s work.  I await each book with great anticipation.  This weekend I read Archangels Blade by Nalini Singh.  I am going to withhold my opinion on this one until I reread it. 

I am currently reading Unseen Outcast Season: Book 3 by Rachel Caine

Monday, September 5, 2011

Weekend reading

So I’ve been reading a lot this weekend.  Nothing too outstanding but I did have a spew my coffee moment in Lexi George’s story in the So I Married A Demon Slayer anthology, The Bride Wore Demon Dust.  I bought it because I am a fan of Angie Fox’s biker witches.  I’ve never read anything by Lexi George but I’ll keep an eye out now.
I’ve also read Canyon’s of Night by Jayne Castle aka Jayne Ann Krentz and Dark Taste of Rapture and Lord of The Vampires by Gena Showalter. I was not disappointed by Canyon’s of Night or Dark Taste of Rapture but Lord of The Vampires left a lot to be desired.  I will probably continue the series though as the next stories are by different authors. I will continue to follow Ms. Showalter as I’ve enjoyed most everything else she has put out.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

For the dogs

According to Pedigree, over 4 million animals arrive in shelters every year due to abandonment, breed rescue, or other circumstances. To help shelters provide the care these animals need, they have an insanely successful campaign called: Write a Post, Help a Dog. Designed for the individual blogger, Pedigree promised to donate 20 pounds of food (one bag) for each blogger that blogs about this campaign. In 2010, 391 bloggers participated resulting in over 7,000 pounds of food donated to various shelters. YEA!!
This year, Pedigree wants to increase their goal to 10,000 pounds of food to be donated to a designated shelter. How can you help? It’s all very simple. Do what you do best—BLOG!
How you can help in 2011
Simply spread the word about Write a Post, Help a Dog 2011 and once again Pedigree will donate 20 pounds of food for each blogger’s post. Here’s all you need to include in your post:
  • The Write a Post, Help a Dog program is aimed at raising awareness and food for the more than four million dogs that wind up in shelters and breed rescues each year.
  • For each blog post mentioning the Pedigree Foundation from now until midnight ET on September 3, Pedigree will donate 20 pounds of its new dry Pedigree recipe food for dogs — its best recipe ever — to a shelter, because every dog deserves leading nutrition.
  • The Pedigree Foundation — a 501 (C)(3) nonprofit organization is committed to helping dogs by providing grants to shelters and rescues and encouraging dog adoption. This year the Foundation has already raised more than $376,570 against its goal of $1.5 million to carry out its work to fund grants that not only help shelters operate, but to further shelter innovations.
The Pedigree Foundation depends on charitable contributions from individuals to carry out its mission to help dogs find loving homes. In addition to writing a blog post, here’s how you can help:
Then, link up to our Blog Hop below, hosted by the Pedigree BlogPaws bloggers to help spread the word about Write a Post, Help a Dog. This is a Blog Hop125 entries so far… you’re next!