Saturday, September 29, 2012

The Lady is a Vamp by Lynsay Sands


My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Description:

One late night leads to...

Kidnapped When Jeanne Louise Argeneau left work, she never thought she'd end up tied down by a good-looking mortal. More attracted than annoyed, she quickly realizes there is more to her abductor than meets the eye.

One desperate act leads to...

Love? Paul Jones has need of a vampire, and only Jeanne Louise will do. He just has to convince this beauty of a Vamp to help him...never imagining that he would fall in love. But with the immortal world's answer to law enforcement hunting them, their time together is running out...and Paul and Jeanne Louise will need to risk everything to spend an eternity together.


My Review:


Finally, Jeanne Louise gets her life mate!  After getting to know her little by little through her brothers and cousins, her dad & stepmom, it was about time that we got to read her story, and what a great story it was.

I had thought from the other books that Jeanne Louise was a quiet and sad character, but in reality she is a fun, geeky, and strong woman.  She knows what she wants, and when she figures it out, she will do everything in her power to make it happen. 

I liked our introduction to Paul Jones.  He is such a great guy.  He desperately wants to save his daughter, but he can’t help but be attracted to Jeanne Louise.  Stuck between being selfish and being selfless in regards to Livy and Jeanne Louise, you want everything to work out.

I love how most of the family gets involved in this book.  And I LOVE how Margaurite was still involved with Jeanne Louise and Paul’s life mate set up.  Makes me smile about her match making!

Bricker is involved in this book more towards the end, but I do like him a lot.  I think he is a great character, and I hope one of the next book will be about him.  I can only imagine the finny things that could occur for him and his life mate. 

Overall, this is a good book. I recommend reading the other books in the series before reading this one, but I do recommend it. 


Happy Reading!

Cana

Friday, September 28, 2012

Bewitching Book Tour: Goddess On The Run by Marne Ann Kirk




Goddess On The Run By Marne Ann Kirk    

Book Description:

All Fomorian Hells are about to break loose on earth, making human souls the daily special, if the Tuatha de Danaan can’t stop it.

Teagan, a Celtic demi-goddess hiding from her destiny in small-town Colorado, wants nothing to do with her mother’s forgotten realm or the drama of a battle of the gods. And Merric is forbidden fruit she’s too smart to taste.

Merric, leader of the Tuatha de Danaan warriors, has other plans. Teagan holds the key to salvation, for both him and their worlds, whether she wants to or not. He’ll do whatever it takes to convince her of her duty.

But can he find the key to her heart?


Author Bio:
Marne Ann Kirk grew up wild, exploring the vast high deserts and mountains of the West with her family as a child. Marne Ann loved making up stories and, well, lied about just about everything. Thankfully, she grew out of the lying stage...now she calls it story-telling.

Her debut novel, “Love Chosen: Book One of The Fae Dragon Chronicles,” is available now. “Love Dared: Book Two of The Fae Dragon Chronicles,” is coming soon. “Goddess on the Run,” a paranormal romance, will be available September 17, 2012. You can find out more about Marne Ann through her publisher, Crescent Moon Press, or visit her at: www.marneannkirk.com  or www.cowboysndragonscafe.blogspot.com



Excerpt:



Great. Just fan-friggen-tabulous. Not even halfway through her shift and Teagan had an ass-grabber.
Another one.
Of course, this moron's lack of respect for personal boundaries was why she'd gotten this table of five. The girls had named her The Enforcer for a reason.
She'd let him play for a moment. He wasn't hurting her, after all. But soon he'd pay, and she'd make certain it did hurt him.
Yep, a little public humiliation, and he’d never touch another lady without her permission again.
But first, money. A girl had to have her priorities.
"Can I get you boys anything else?" she asked, setting a Corona in front of each of them.
The Friday night band sang their standard classic, "Friends in Low Places," and several patrons whooped or sang along. Lively crowd tonight--at least a couple hundred cowboys, college kids, tourists, and locals were bound to mean good tips. Everyone was lookin' for love.
Blondie, the man sitting across the table from where she stood, smiled and tossed down a hundred dollar bill. "Tequila shots?"
Mr. Hands, on her left, inched his grope further up the back of her inner thigh. If he went any higher, he'd be fondling parts of her only seen by her doctor and her vibrator.
She snapped her teeth into a grin, ignoring Mr. Hands, as she pulled the Jose Gold from one holster on her costume’s gun-slinger's belt and six shot glasses from the cartridge loops on the other hip. Between the rowdy saloon atmosphere and the waitressing costumes--leather vest, gunfighter's belt over short-shorts, Stetson cowboy hat and boots--it was no surprise Tommie's Knockers drew the largest crowd in the Canyon.
Someone cursed a stream of words his mama would’ve washed his mouth out for, on the other side of the main stage. Chaos exploded in the far section of the bar as a chair shattered and a beer bottle exploded--probably on some poor fool’s head.  A girl screamed and Teagan straightened up, glancing over. The bouncers didn’t need her help, though. Six were already hustling over and stepping in, pulling two men apart and bringing things back to order. It was under control.
So why did she feel on edge tonight? Like all hells were about to break loose.
"If you're buying one for me too, sugar," she said, shaking it off and bringing her attention back to Blondie.
When he nodded, she twisted the cap off the bottle, pouring tequila into each glass before sliding them around. The shot glass she slid to Mr. Hands barely stayed on the table. Damn. She'd hoped to distract him from his blind-man's examination of her butt--no such luck.
Nope. Yesteryear’s Quarterback just kept on going with one hand, like her backside was his winning season’s playbook.
She lifted her shot, saluted the men, and tossed it back. Oh, it burned good. Too bad her kind couldn't get drunk on human alcohol. She could use a little something right now. Something to dull the sudden itch along her spine, urging her to run without motive. She wasn't fooled. Whenever she had that itch, there was a reason.
She forced herself to smile at Blondie as she set her shooter back on the table, then tipped her head so she could surreptitiously study the bar through the shield of her bangs.
Several men milled about the dance floor, looking uncomfortable and awkward, while couples danced the two-step around them. Nothing out of place about that in a bar.
Blondie slid the Franklin across the table and tapped her hand. "Keep the change."
"Why thanks, baby. If you need anything at all, raise your hand. See the brunette, Kelly, over by the bar? She'll see to your every need." Teagan slipped the bill into a pocket inside her vest.
Time to play enforcer, and just in time. She needed to clean this mess up and go on break, if for no other reason than to unwind and figure out why she felt this strung out. If she were human, she’d worry she’d been slipped something, she was so twitchy.
Was it a full moon tonight?
She turned to face Mr. Hands, leaning down slow and low, until his eyes were level with her cleavage.
He grabbed the sides of his chair, leaning closer to her.
Right where she wanted his hands--off her body.
She let her hair fall over one shoulder. "Sweetie, sometimes a little naughty is nice, but every so often, naughty goes, well, too far. Then it’s time for a little lesson in manners. Are you up for a--” She licked her upper lip, sliding her hand up his thigh until she almost brushed the bulge in his jeans. “Lesson?”
He flushed, throwing a victorious grin at his friends. "With a body as hot as you? Hell, you can teach me manners any time."
She brought her mouth to his ear as the band finished their song. Perfect timing.
"Then here's lesson one, hon," she said in a stage whisper all his buddies would hear. She wrapped his package in her palm and squeezed her hand into a fist around it--hard.
"Touch me or one of the other girls again--," she tightened her grip even more.
His eyes bulged in pain, but he sat frozen in place. Men tended to do that when you had them by the baby brains.
"One more time, and I’ll tear your nut sack from your body and feed it to an alley cat."
Such language, but some jerks were also stupid and only understood crass.
Keeping him firmly in hand, she looked at his friends and tilted her head. "I'd feed it to the dog, but she'd barely notice the swallow."


My Review:

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Welcome to one of the best books I’ve read to date this year.  It is still in the top twenty out of all the books I’ve read. Actually, I loved this book so much, that I am planning on stealing a time-turner, a TARDIS, or any other form of time travel to move forward in time to get the other books... Yes, I know, so sad, but it is true!

Can I just say that I LOVE Teagan.  I knew I loved her personality from the first chapter.  Her snarkiness, her innocence mixed with her wordly knowledge, her knowledge (or lack of knowledge) about her people as well as the Formorians and humans.  I love all of it!  I think she is just a great character, both strong and vulnerable, perfectly blended to make her a realistic character. 

Hmmm…. Merric is one yummy warrior Fairy.  I personally wouldn’t mind if he was my amoredella.  Nothing like a strong, stubborn, morally-up tight fairy warrior with washboard abs and magical powers to make you want to forget your sparkly vampires, angsty werewolves, steampunk zombies, and any other supernatural creature you thought was worth your drool. :)

OMGoodness, the Formorians gave me nightmares!  I think that if there was a scarier creature in a novel, I haven’t read about them recently.  The descriptions of what they looked like, what they smell like, and what they could do to people were scarier than anything that I could come up with in my imagination. 

I think personally, I want to visit this wonderful little Colorado town, and really wish that Tommie Knockers was a real place.  

I love this take on Celtic mythology.  As a good old ¾ Irish girl (and a very proud ¼ Polish girl), I thought this version of Danu and the Tuathe de Danaan to be marvelously well devised.  If you have any background with Celtic mythology, you can definitely see how this could be possible. 

I think that Ms. Kirk does a wonderful job of setting up a story.  This story in particular was just great, because she was able to have you thinking one thing, and then surprises you by proving that there was an alternative to your assumption (just remember, even in a book, assuming makes an ass out of you and me :P).  It is definitely a great way to lead a story in my opinion.  It definitely keeps you guessing what is going on, and what is going to happen. 

Overall, I think this is a must read for everyone.  Absolutely amazing!  Highly recommend. 


And now for a giveaway!  
5 signed copies of Goddess on The Run (US Shipping)  
$20 Gift to Amazon or Barnes & Noble (winner's choice)

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Happy Reading!

Cana

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday: Velveteen by Daniel Marks


Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.
This week's pre-publication "can't-wait-to-read" selection is: 




Description:

Velveteen Monroe is dead. At 16, she was kidnapped and murdered by a madman named Bonesaw. But that's not the problem.

The problem is she landed in purgatory. And while it's not a fiery inferno, it's certainly no heaven. It's gray, ashen, and crumbling more and more by the day, and everyone has a job to do. Which doesn't leave Velveteen much time to do anything about what's really on her mind.

Bonesaw.

Velveteen aches to deliver the bloody punishment her killer deserves. And she's figured out just how to do it. She'll haunt him for the rest of his days. 
It'll be brutal . . . and awesome.

But crossing the divide between the living and the dead has devastating consequences. Velveteen's obsessive haunting cracks the foundations of purgatory and jeopardizes her very soul. A risk she's willing to take—except fate has just given her reason to stick around: an unreasonably hot and completely off-limits coworker.

Velveteen can't help herself when it comes to breaking rules . . . or getting revenge. And she just might be angry enough to take everyone down with her.  

Coming out on October 9, 2012

Why?

  1. Well, this sounds interesting.  I haven't read any purgatory novels, so I think it wouldn't be a bad thing to give it a try.
  2. Will Velveteen resolve the issues that are keeping her in purgatory, or will she spend forever in misery?  This story sounds dark and very gothic.  
  3. Well, the cover looks interesting.  Does anyone else think the female on the cover looks like Kiera Knightly? 

What are you waiting for?

Happy Reading!

Cana

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Dearly, Beloved by Lia Habel


My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Description:

Can the living coexist with the living dead? 

That’s the question that has New Victorian society fiercely divided ever since the mysterious plague known as “The Laz” hit the city of New London and turned thousands into walking corpses. But while some of these zombies are mindless monsters, hungry for human flesh, others can still think, speak, reason, and control their ravenous new appetites.

Just ask Nora Dearly, the young lady of means who was nearly kidnapped by a band of sinister zombies but valiantly rescued by a dashing young man . . . of the dead variety.

Nora and her savior, the young zombie soldier Bram Griswold, fell hopelessly in love. But others feel only fear and loathing for the reanimated dead. Now, as tensions grow between pro- and anti-zombie factions, battle lines are being drawn in the streets. And though Bram is no longer in the New Victorian army, he and his ex-commando zombie comrades are determined to help keep the peace. That means taking a dangerous stand between The Changed, a radical group of sentient zombies fighting for survival, and The Murder, a masked squad of urban guerrillas hellbent on destroying the living dead. But zombies aren’t the only ones in danger: Their living allies are also in The Murder’s crosshairs, and for one vengeful zealot, Nora Dearly is the number one target.

As paranoia, prejudice, and terrorist attacks threaten to plunge the city into full-scale war, Nora’s scientist father and his team continue their desperate race to unlock the secrets of “The Laz” and find a cure. But their efforts may be doomed when a mysterious zombie appears bearing an entirely new strain of the virus—and the nation of New Victoria braces for a new wave of the apocalypse.


My Review:



So I read the first book in this series, and loved it.  So I couldn’t wait to start reading this book.  Unfortunately, I cannot say that I love this book.  I just could not get into this book, to the point where I did not even finish it. 
Easiest synopsis of this book:  Trouble starts immediately with the Laz mutating.  The living are acting out against the Zombies (both good and bad), and the world seems like it falling apart (again).  So in steps Nora & Bram to save the day…. Yep, Does this sound almost like the first book? 
My reasons why I didn’t like this book?
·         Flow is slow to the point where it is almost non-existent.  The only time it picked up was during an attack, and it was such a jumbled mess that I had a hard time following it.

·         I miss the “we like each other, but don’t” relationship that Nora and Bram had in the first book compared to the “forbidden by society” romance in this book.  It is automatically doomed, which gives a darker color to the whole book.

·         The time frame difference from book 1 to book 2 is just months longer… but it feels like years almost.  This is disorienting, as things have changed to quickly to be understandable or believable. 
Overall, I don’t think I’ll be trying to read this book anytime soon.  
Happy Reading!

Cana

Monday, September 24, 2012

Bewitching Book Tours: Fairyproof By Constance Phillips




Fairyproof By Constance Phillips


Description:

When Monique finds out her brother, Kieran, is planning her future with the one fairy she wants nothing to do with, she seeks refuge in the human world. Now Kieran fears she will be the next victim in a string of murdered fairies and is determined to bring her home.

Hiding should be a breeze. She can control any human with a flirtatious smile and an attraction spell. Until she meets Daniel Elliot, the only human who's immune to both.

A year ago, Daniel's fiancée disappeared with the engagement ring, an Elliot family heirloom. He's ready to move forward with his life, but his mother's obsession with retrieving the ring makes that impossible. Then Monique walks into his office to apply for a job.

Daniel and Monique can't deny their attraction, but will the reason he's Fairyproof be too much to overcome?

Author Bio:

Constance Phillips lives in Ohio with her husband, two ready-to-leave-the-nest children, and four canine kids. Her perfect fantasy vacation would involve hunting Dracula across Europe with her daughter, who also digs that kind of stuff. When she's not writing about fairies, shifters, vamps, and guardian angels, she's working side-by-side with her husband in their hardwood flooring business.
Constance is actively involved in her local Romance Writers of America chapter (MVRWA) and the Southeast Michigan chapter of the United States Pony Club. When not writing or enjoying the outdoors, she loves reality television or can be found at a Rick Springfield concert (just look for the pink Converse high tops).
Constance blogs regularly at www.constancephillips.com. You can also follow her on Twitter or friend her on Facebook.

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Excerpt:


Two large windows overlooked the park across the street, a tell-tale sign of his success in the business world. The park looming ten stories below, a bit of nature captured between the high-rise office buildings, reminded Moni que of the world she ran from. It was a slice of serenity amidst a chaotic city, and a dynamic illustration of the two worlds she was caught between.
A large, cherry desk with no clutter sat near one window. Other than a tray full of files in the left corner, only a computer monitor sat on the polished surface. In front of it were three reddish-brown leather chairs with cherry end tables separating them.
Both her father and brother used to say “focus on your strengths and downplay your weaknesses,” and that’s what needed to be done. Her best assets were physical: long legs, a small waist, and breasts that would always turn a man’s head, especially when she unbuttoned the top two buttons and wore a push up bra. Five-nine before slipping on the three-inch black heels, she towered over most women. The shoes matched a very short skirt and sleek-fitting jacket.
She shifted her weight, started across the room and focused on Daniel. Sitting behind the desk, his head was buried in a file. All she could see was his jet-black hair. Bone straight, it framed his face and brushed his shoulders with just enough gray at the temples to raise her pulse.
Then he looked up.
Gray eyes met hers from behind black-rimmed glasses. Her heart lurched in her chest. Charming him would be a pleasure.
Holding his gaze, she set her shoulders back enough that his eyes would drop lower, and closed the distance between them. She offered her hand across the desk and tipped her head, letting her hair fall across her right shoulder. When his large hand enveloped hers, she smiled and cast an enchantment spell. “Mr. Elliot, I’m Naomi Sanders.”
She waited for the familiar haze to cloud his eyes, a sure sign he was under her control.
He accepted her hand, cradled it in his for a brief moment before turning his attention to his assistant who handed him her paperwork.
No haze. He didn’t move toward her with an infatuated grin, just went about his business. A sharp pain seized her heart, radiating through her chest. What could have gone wrong? Casting an enchantment spell was second nature. She’d been using them to get what she wanted since seeking refuge among the humans.
As she lowered herself into one of the chairs, her mind grappled with what had gone wrong, and her body slipped into the familiar: teasing the man in front of her. She crossed her long legs, and let her skirt slide up her thigh.
Unaffected, Daniel read her file as he walked around his desk and leaned back against it. After a moment, he looked up and asked, “Why did you leave your last job?”
She shifted her weight in the chair, uncrossing her long legs and crossing them again in the opposite direction. He didn’t appear moved at all by her physical appearance, but even with her worries Monique couldn’t ignore him or the way his dark, tailored suit accented his long, lean body.
A smile crossed his thin lips, but not for the reason she wanted. He hadn’t even noticed her legs. Contact hadn’t been broken by his crisp, clear eyes. The grin turned to a light chuckle. “If that question is too hard, Miss Sanders, maybe we’re both wasting our time.”
Her cheeks flushed and she knew they were reddening with embarrassment. Worried they clashed with her hair, she tried to swallow the blush. If winning this job the old-fashioned way wasn’t going to work, then she wasn’t going to get it. Still, she had to say something. Fear knotted her stomach as she stammered, “It’s not too hard, Mr. Elliot. I needed a new start, so I moved.”
“From the locations of your last three jobs — Los Angeles, Pittsburgh, and Boston — it seems like you’ve needed a few new starts. Now, it’s Elgin, Illinois. Some would say moving across country when you don’t have a job lined up is a very stupid thing to do.”
A glint in his eyes that told her he didn’t agree with that statement. She followed that instinct and moved forward, hoping to salvage things. “I’m not worried. If I don’t get this job, I’ll find another.”
If he was immune to her spells, was she also transparent to him? Did he know she was lying? Could he see just how desperate she was? Her fears raced through her head, breaking her concentration.
“I would say you’re brave and a go-getter.”
Wait. Those were positive attributes. Right?
He tapped the pen on the edge of his desk, studying her file. “On the other hand, I’m worried wanderlust might strike again. The reason there is an opening at all is because Renee’s new husband’s job is taking them both out of state. I don’t want to have to go through a search like this again in six months when you decide you need another change.”
She’d be lucky if she was still here in six weeks, but she couldn’t tell Daniel that. The fact she had to tell him anything at all annoyed her. Her prowess and powers should have had this job cinched by now. He should be sending the other girls home and inviting her to lunch.
But she couldn’t let her frustration derail her. This job was too important to her survival to let it slip away. She dug deep, reached out and touched his knee so she could cast the spell again. Smiling in his direction, she said, “If you give me the chance, I won’t disappoint you.”
He shifted to his right and let her hand slip away as his eyes returned to the file. His lower lip curled between his teeth as he studied her application, not dissuaded from the task at hand. He didn’t even seem to recognize the subtle inflection in her voice.
Instead, he was going on and on with legitimate questions about her employment history and her knowledge of the business world. Could she work weekends if asked? Was she familiar with the software their computers used? Did she have experience with multi-line phones? Did she consider herself a people person?
Some she answered honestly. Others she flubbed her way through, making up the best answers she could. Unfortunately, thinking on her feet was not what she considered a strong suit and she was having a hard time deciphering how Daniel was reacting to her. It just wasn’t happening the way she’d hoped.
Her toe tapped against the floor, but deep inside her heart quivered. His cool, detached attitude challenged her, but if she didn’t impress with this interview, she’d never get the chance to know if she’d overcome his immunity to her.
 “Well, thank you for coming in, Naomi. I have a few other women to interview, but I need to make a decision soon. You’ll be hearing from me either way.”
It was over. For the first time since leaving her own world and stepping into the humans’, she’d failed. She hadn’t charmed Daniel and she wouldn’t be getting this desperately-needed job.
 Stepping into the small elevator, she watched the metal doors close and asked her mirrored reflection what’d gone wrong. Humans weren’t immune to her power — their power — it just didn’t happen.  Did it?
Keiran considered all humans the enemy and he knew his enemy well. He would know what was going on here, but, since they weren’t even on speaking terms, she couldn’t ask. He’d be more concerned with getting her far away from them and back home than teaching her more about their ways. She wasn’t willing to surrender to him. And she wasn’t going home.
Not yet.
Of all times for her powers to fail! And it wasn’t just about how much she needed the job. As important as it was, her desire to see Daniel again burned inside her and it went so much deeper than his grey eyes and lean frame. Deeper than his delightful smile.
For some reason, his immunity to her spells and wiles intrigued her. She hungered for what lingered just out for reach like some forbidden fruit.
Without the job, she’d never see him again and the fact he appeared to be spell-proof would no longer be significant.
But what if it was a failing with her instead of a resistance in him?
In some ways, the thought made sense. It also terrified her. She’d always survived here by keeping humans, especially the men, on puppet strings that she controlled. If she had to deal with them on a level playing field, she was doomed.
Without this job, she was more vulnerable to her brother and Eero. Would Daniel Elliot, with his charm and good looks, be the one to end her earthly romp and cause her to go home?
Damn it! Didn’t he know he was supposed to find her irresistible? After all, she was a fairy.


My Review:
My rating: 4 of 5 stars


Fairies are the new sparkly vampires in the literature world, but let me tell you, there is nothing sparkly about this book.  Rather it shines a great book that will lead you on a trip that will have you guessing what exactly is going on.

I loved Monique.  She was a great character.  Her development as a scared, unsure fairy woman trying to find her way to the strong confident fairy woman who knows what she wants was very believable.  Also, I would like to give kudos to Ms. Phillips for pulling off a believable innocent yet worldly character in Monique. 

I think Daniel was a good character.  I mean, he was so straight laced I originally though there was absolutely no way for a romance to develop.  Thankfully, he was a wild man under that straight laced, reserved exterior. Though, I will admit that I enjoyed the differences between Daniel’s no-nonsense personality compared to Monique’s fairy, ligher-than-air personality. 
There were a few more characters that were interesting.  I think that Keiran is a giant ass.  Yes, he is an ass with a purpose, but he was still an ass.  Billy was the perfect duel character, you didn’t know if he was good or bad, and I loved that.

I loved it even though it was in multiple POVs (I generally don’t like multiple POVs for the sole fact that you can easily get distracted by who is talking than what is actually going on).  Ms. Phillips kept it pretty clear on which character’s POV you were reading, which made it definitely a more enjoyable book. I like that I got to see the thoughts of all the main characters, as it made the story easier to follow. 

I also loved that there were twists thrown in that I never would have seen coming.  Between Daniel being “fairy proof”, to Veronica and her past, to the truth about Monique, you can’t help but be surprised when it is all revealed. 
I did like how the novel ended.  Most everything was tied up and resolved, but there was enough left unresolved for there to be another book or two (In that case, I’m hoping that Veronica is next as she needs her own happy ending, and Kieran should also be next, because he needs a good woman to occasionally kick his ass).

Overall, I think this was a great book, and I highly recommend this to be added to your TBR list. 

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Happy Reading!

Cana

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Rogue's Pawn by Jeffe Kennedy


My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Description:

This is no fairy tale…

Haunted by nightmares of a black dog, sick to death of my mind-numbing career and heart-numbing fiancé, I impulsively walked out of my life—and fell into Faerie. Terrified, fascinated, I discover I possess a power I can't control: my wishes come true. After an all-too-real attack by the animal from my dreams, I wake to find myself the captive of the seductive and ruthless fae lord Rogue. In return for my rescue, he demands an extravagant price—my firstborn child, which he intends to sire himself…

With no hope of escaping this world, I must learn to harness my magic and build a new life despite the perils—including my own inexplicable and debilitating desire for Rogue. I swear I will never submit to his demands, no matter what erotic torment he subjects me to…


My Review:


When I read the synopsis, I was thinking, “hmm, sounds good…. Maybe a fairy land Beauty & the Beast. Why not?”  Now, I’m not so sure that this was a good book for me.  It wasn’t that it was bad, but it did not fulfill the book itch I needed to scratch.
Character-wise, I individually like a lot of them, though some were better as pairs rather than individuals.  Jennifer was a character I did not like alone.  I found her irritating and a whiney creature.  But when paired with Darling or Rogue, she became a vivacious creature that was strong and willing to fight for what she felt was right. 
I felt that Rogue’s story wasn’t told, and I feel that I missed out of it because of that.  Maybe if I had had more background on him, I might have liked the story better.
The story did not have a good flow to it, and at times I found the story hard to follow.  I also feel that there were a lot of gaps in the story, which left too many questions to make it an enjoyable read.
This dark fairytale is not only creepy at times, it is dark.  Sometimes it is a bit sexy, but overall, it is dark and depressing.  There are some scary and disturbing moments, many having to do with bondage and slaves. Overall, it wasn’t what I was expecting.  It was an okay read, but I don’t think I’ll ever read it again.


Happy Reading!

Cana

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Bewitching Book Tour: Death Is A Bitch by Cate Masters

Description:




Death Is A Bitch

Cate Masters


Eternity can suck when it’s all work, work, work. Death harvests souls even when they stack up faster than pancakes in an all-you-can-eat-buffet. No wonder she can’t shed the Grim Reaper rep.

As the patron angel of death and dying, Azrael works closely with Death but is dying for true intimacy. She’s the only immortal who’s ever aroused such powerful emotions in him. One taste of her leaves him needing her like humans need air and food, but will a demon’s lies leave a bad taste?

No one escapes Death – except King Sisyphus. Twice. With the help of Damien the demon, Sisyphus tries again, and she’s determined to have justice. Some say Death’s a bitch, but only when she has to be. But will the price of justice be a broken heart?


Excerpt:


Death stepped from the shadowy curtain of night along a deserted stretch of road toward the mangled hunk of cherry-red metal that used to be a sweet Z240 sports car. Stardust glinted in the black hair that dipped to her waist.
She kept a safe distance from the wreck. Inside, a thirtyish man slumped behind the wheel, the air bag deflating away from his near-lifeless body. Blood oozed from a nasty gash to his head. Should have worn his seat belt. Too late for life lessons, though. Those weren’t her expertise anyway. Just the opposite.
Leaves crackled in the underbrush beyond the nearby trees. Death gripped the silver charm bracelet on her wrist, her senses on high alert. Her finger poised near the hidden latch, ready to release a stream of lightning.
A deer. It stilled, its wide eyes fixed on her.
Seeing nothing else, she continued with a modicum of caution. Taking souls didn’t exactly make her popular, and after so many millennia, she should’ve been used to it. The bad jokes. The Halloween parodies. A scythe? Please. She’d never used cheap props. Only the finest weaponry. No mortal ever suspected the intricately designed baubles adorning her bracelet were anything more than ornamental.
Moonlight gleamed off the curves of the sports car, and she ran a gilded nail along its hood. She wouldn’t mind taking one of these babies for a spin. In its former condition, of course, before this guy took the curve too fast and wrapped it around a tree. Humans always rushed everywhere, sometimes straight into her arms.
The man’s moan signaled she had no need for weapons. This one would give her no trouble. She fingered his blond hair, matted with blood. What a shame. So young, and so handsome. He’d leave at least one lover grieving, no doubt.
His eyes fluttered open. When he looked up, recognition intensified the flicker of life in his eyes.
She needed no introduction. They always knew her, unmistakable in the glimmering black filament gown, its folds revealing a glimpse into infinity.
The stilettos usually earned a second glance, the four-inch heels glistening like fool’s gold. The butterfly tattoo spanning her upper arm likewise drew curious looks, which inevitably changed to horror when the souls recognized the face imprinted within that colorful ink: their own.


About the Author:


Cate Masters loves romance with a dash of magic and mayhem! Multipublished in contemporary to historical, sweet to erotic, fantasy/dark fantasy to speculative, she sometimes mashes genres. Reviewers have described her stories as “so compelling, I did not want to put it down,” and “such romantic tales that really touch your soul.”

When not spending time with her family, she can be found in her lair, concocting a magical brew of contemporary, historical, and fantasy/paranormal stories with her cat Chairman Maiow and dog Lily as company. Look for her at http://catemasters.blogspot.com and in strange nooks and far-flung corners of the web.

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Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday: A Trace of Moonlight by Allison Pang


Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.
This week's pre-publication "can't-wait-to-read" selection is: 


Description:

Abby's pact with a demon--whether or not she remembers making it--is binding, so she'd better count herself lucky that (in the words of a daemon who knows better) there's nearly always a loophole. But her friends' reckless attempts to free her, well intentioned though they may be, set off a disastrous chain of events. In no time at all, Abby turns her incubus lover mortal and gets herself killed, cursed, and married to an elven prince whose mother wants her dead. She "might" have even been able to recover from all that had she not lost the Key to the CrossRoads to her mortal enemy, who promptly uses his restored power to wreak havoc on the OtherWorld and put its very existence in jeopardy.

Only one person can make things right again, but to find her Abby must place her trust in allies of mixed loyalties, and conquer her nightmares once and for all.


Coming out on October 30, 2012

Why?
  1. Well, I have read the first 2 books in this series, and I've been DYING for this one to come out.  
  2. I love my Urban fantasy, and this one is in a great series.  
  3. I know I'm going to love what happens... though I'm sure I'll be made to wait for the next book (again :P, but it will be worth it).  You want Abby to regain her memory, to return to her incubus lover, and to save OtherWorld and everyone else.  You hope it happens, but you just aren't sure. 
  4. Look at this cover.  It is mysterious, but you can tell the main character is a hard-ass!  Absolutely AMAZING!  

So what are you waiting for?


Happy Reading!

Cana

Monday, September 17, 2012

Lara by Bertrice Small


My rating: 1 of 5 stars

Description:

For Lara, a half faerie, half human, her beauty is a blessing and a curse. Sold into a Pleasure House by her father, she commits herself to a lifetime of servitude. But even in a place where pleasure is not censured but encouraged, her otherworldly beauty proves too much for her suitors.
When Lara escapes, she is introduced to a new way of life, and an incredible man who opens her eyes to the growing unrest among their people…and the extraordinary destiny that awaits her. Lara will journey the depths of desire and despair to find a love that will last an eternity—a love that will change Hetar forever.

My Review:


This is the longest, most boring book ever, and I’ve had 7 years of college and graduate work to have it go against!   It was overly descriptive to the point where I was skipping pages of traveling, working, and conversations, and I didn’t even miss anything. 
Now, other than it being overly descriptive and boring, there were a few more reasons I did not enjoy this book.
·         Lara was not a very believable character to me.  The attempt to make her both innocent and a temptress was an epic failure.  I think if she had started off completely innocent and became more worldly/ knowledgeable as the book progressed, it would have made her at least a bit more believable. 
·         The term “manroot” is ridiculous!  What the heck?  I’ve read enough bodice rippers to have read a number of weird, unique and just plain out there references to the penis, but that one was horrible.  The only thing I kept imagining was a ginger root freshly dug up (so dirty, hairy, and completely unappealing).  I think this author needed a thesaurus to come up with some new terminology or slang for the penis.
Overall, I did not like this book.  I cannot recommend it, and I will not be reading any other books by this author any time soon.


Happy Reading!

Cana