Friday, December 31, 2010


Just one freaking review!! What's wrong with me? Didn't make much of a dent. Guess I've been too busy reading and buying new books. I'm going to work on the reviews this weekend, though. Afraid this huge pile is going to fall over and kill me!

I was so naughty today. Went to the post office and picked up 9 books which were part of my last BAM shipment. Then I went to BAM at the mall and bought 10 books - 6 on sale and 4 were clearance. Good books, too! Then what did I do when I got home? Placed an order for 17 more books. So many books, so little time. I can't help myself - it's not my fault all these great new series are coming out, and that my favorite authors have new releases. It's all their fault!

Monday, December 27, 2010

I've got to get my fat ass in gear!

Yep, I did it again, after swearing I wouldn't....I let the books I need to review pile up again! They're like a tall wall, sitting on my desk next to my chair. Can't see over it! I felt overwhelmed, so I just put it off longer. Let's see if I can make a dent before the new year is here! I read so many books, and I wait so long to do reviews, that it's difficult to remember what I've read. But I'll give it my best shot.

Wicked Highlander (Dark Sword, Book 3) by Donna Grant

The Dark Sword series unleashes the magic, passion, and fury of three legendary brothers—cursed by fate but bound by desire for the women they love…


The most reckless and fierce of the MacLeod brothers, Quinn is a prisoner of the god inside him, tormented by his inability to save his family from slaughter. His fury governs him, and day by day he loses himself to the darkenss in his soul. But Quinn has a profound yearning for a woman’s love….


Raised by Druids, the achingly beautiful Marcail is as spellbinding as the ancient magic that surges through her body. To Quinn, she is most desirable woman he has ever known. But to his enemy Deirdre, she is the perfect bait to lure Quinn into her trap. Once the two lovers are in her wicked grasp, their passion will be put to the ultimate test…

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This has quickly become a favorite series of mine. Historical paranormal romance - LOVE the genre! I must admit that I did enjoy the first two books a little more than this one. I think it was because I was so looking forward to Quinn's story that I was expecting a little too much. There was great chemistry between the leads, and I was glad to see the first two brothers also make an appearance. I'm thrilled to know that Donna Grant will be continuing this series with the other warriors who have met up with the brothers.

My Rating: ****

Friday, December 10, 2010


It's been a long, long week! So glad that today is Friday. The week didn't start out well - Bent down just a tiny bit Monday, and I guess my sciatic nerve got pinched. OWWWWWWWWWWW! I had to use a cane for a couple of days. Luckily there's just a little pain now. Got some Christmas decorating done, just a little left to do. Haven't done any wrapping or shipping yet. I am the worst procrastinator!!

I did get some books today, so that always cheers me up. At the used bookstore I got Forbidden by Elizabeth Lowell, Deceived by Nicola Cornick, The Bargain Bride by Barbara Metzger, Love Bites by Lynsay Sands, and Compromised Hearts by Hannah Howell.

I ordered just a few things from Amazon. I love the artwork of Jessica Galbreth, so I ordered her Night Magick calendar. I've gone with Victoria Frances for the last 2 years, so I figured I needed a change. Haven't gotten it yet. But I did get the 4 books I ordered: Broken Wing by Judith James, The Scot and I by Elizabeth Thornton, Never Romance a Rake by Liz Carlyle, and Countess of Scandal by Laurel McKee. I'm reading Broken Wing right now, and it's totally awesome. I've cried or wanted to cry through most of the book - it's just so touching!

You know how I swore I wouldn't let the books needing reviewing pile up? I, uh, have 16 waiting to be done. (Procrastinator - see above)

Friday, December 3, 2010

December's Purchases

Bought a few things today. It wouldn't be so bad if I wouldn't buy any books besides these I just ordered from Books-A-Million!

Alien Tango by Gini Koch
Ascension by Caris Roane
Tempest's Legacy by Nicole Peeler
Dark Waters by Alex Prentiss
Impulse by Candace Camp
Stranger by Zoe Archer
Hellforged by Nancy Holzner
Defiant by Jessica Trapp
Earl of Darkness by Alix Rickloff
Improper Seduction by Mary Wine
My Fair Succubi by Jill Myles
Captive Soul by Anna Windsor
The Ranger by Monica McCarty
Outrageously Yours by Allison Chase
His Woman by Diana Cosby
Right Hand Magic by Nancy Collins
Killing Rocks by D. D. Barant
The Heir by Grace Burrowes
Sin and Surrender by Julia Latham
Crimson Wind by Diana P. Francis

I've GOT to put the books down long enough to decorate and get ready for Christmas!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Purchases for second half of November

Yep, hope the hubby NEVER finds this blog! I went nuts yesterday with an order from BAM Online:

Vampires Not Included (Night Tracker) - Cheyenne McCray
Highland Protector - Hannah Howell
Christmas With a Vampire (Anthology) - Merline Lovelace, et al
Beneath the Thirteen Moons - Kathryne Kennedy
Night of the Vampires - Heather Graham
Black Wings - Christina Henry
Mistress by Midnight - Nicola Cornick
Dukes to the Left of Me, Princes to the Right (Impossible Bachelor) - Kieran Kramer
Pleasures of a Notorious Gentleman (London's Greatest Lovers)- Lorraine Heath
One Night in Scotland (Hurst Amulet) - Karen Hawkins
Duchess of Sin (Daughters of Erin) - Laurel Mckee
Taken by Desire - Lavinia Kent
Enemy Within - Marcella Burnard
A Midnight Clear - Kristi Astor
A Most Scandalous Engagement - Gayle Callen
Silver Zombie (Delilah Street) - Carole Nelson Douglas
Bone Gods (Black London) - Caitlin Kittredge
Devoured by Darkness (Guardians of Eternity) - Alexandra Ivy
Captive Spirit (Dark Crescent Sisterhood) - Anna Windsor

If that wasn't enough, I was lonely and depressed today (hubby out of town for 11 days), so I went book shopping at lunch. Apparently I was in SMUT buying mode!

Lord of the Deep (Elementals, Book 1) by Dawn Thompson
Forbidden by Christina Phillips
Nicholas, The Lords of Satyr by Elizabeth Amber

Most of the ones I ordered won't be released until the 23rd or 30th, but 2 are on their way. Plus I have the smut in hand!

Monday, November 8, 2010

The books are piling up again!

There's no hope for me. Too busy reading and buying books to keep up with my reviews. But at least the pile is smaller than usual! I got 18 books from BAM online last week, and was in heaven. There are so many freaking good books coming out. Wish it would slow down just a bit - gets expensive!

Let's get started....

Always a Scoundrel (Notorious Gentlemen, Book 3) by Suzanne Enoch

Lord Bramwell Johns is a wastrel, a rake, a scoundrel...and proud of it. The second son of the Duke of Levonzy, Bram is bored enough and reckless enough to break into the homes of his peers just for the excitement. But then he overhears a couple arranging the marriage of their daughter to an even more notorious rake than Bram...Lady Rosamund likes to think of herself as practical. If she has to marry, a titled rake is better than a penniless gentleman. But what about an untitled rake? For suddenly Brams appears everywhere she is, and doing his best to sweep her off her feet. If Rose isn't careful, she may believe that reformed rakes really do make the best husbands...

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I enjoyed the first 2 books in this series, and I was looking forward to this one because I found Bram to be the most intriguing of the 3 notorious gentlemen. And it was good....but a bit anticlimatic, I believe. He was bad for the sake of being bad because he was bored. And really, he didn't seem all that bad to me. But the chemistry between Rose and Bram was great, and the story was entertaining enough.

My Rating: ****

The Hawk (Highland Guard, Book 2) by Monica McCarty

Erik MacSorley is unrivaled on the seas, a brilliant seafarer who has never encountered a wind he could not harness nor a woman he could not win—until he drags a wet, half-naked “nursemaid” out of the waters off the Irish coast. Ellie’s ordinary appearance belies the truth: she is in fact Lady Elyne de Burgh, the spirited daughter of the most powerful noble in Ireland, and a close ally of the English king. Worse, this confounding, fascinating, irresistible woman is determined to prove herself immune to his charms—a challenge he cannot resist.

Her captor may look every inch a powerful, rugged warrior, but Ellie vows it will take more than a twinkle in his blue eyes and a wickedly suggestive caress to impress her. Erik is as wild and untamed as the wind, sweeping away her resistance with a desire that resonates deep within her heart. Still, he is a man driven by loyalty, and she is a woman with secrets that could threaten his mission and jeopardize Bruce’s chance to reclaim his throne. As the battle for king and country sounds across the shores, will Ellie’s love be enough to finally tame the legend known as the Hawk?

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I thought the first book in this series, The Chief, was great, so I couldn't wait to get my hands on this sucker. And it was sooooooooo good! Erik was one of the hottest, irresistible alpha males in historical Highlander fiction that I've read so far. Hot and charming - what more could you ask for? Ellie was a great heroine. Liked that she wasn't the usual great beauty, but she was strong and feisty. This is an awesome series so far. Don't miss it!

My Rating: *****

Silver Nights by Jane Feather

Beguiling beauty Princess Sophia Golitskova is issued a royal summons to appear in Moscow, only to discover she is to marry a cruel and evil general. But when she succumbs to her passion for Count Adam Danilevski, who cherishes her proud spirit, she has no idea how much her forbidden love will cost.

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This is NOT the cover of my edition of the book. I couldn't find my cover anywhere! It had a gorgeous blonde woman on the cover - who was nothing like the author described Sophia. This book was interesting in that it took place in Russia during Catherine's reign. (I read this shortly after I got back from my vacation in Russia, so it was cool that I knew the places that were described!) It was a captivating story, and Sophia and Adam had beautiful chemistry. I had one major complaint, and I know this is going to make me sound bad...but I prefer the sex in my romance books to be a bit more explicit. When reading this, I kept thinking "did they actually have sex or not?" Don't leave me in doubt! But it was still a great love story.

My Rating: ****

Passions of a Wicked Earl (London's Greatest Lovers, Book 1) by Lorraine Heath

Known throughout London for his prowess in the bedroom, Morgan Lyons, the 8th Earl of Westcliffe, cannot forgive an unpardonable affront to his honor. Discovering his young bride in the arms of his brother was a staggering blow–so he banished the beautiful deceiver to the country and devoted himself to the pursuit of carnal pleasure.

Claire Lyons was an innocent, frightened girl on her wedding day, seeking chaste comfort from a childhood friend. Now, years later, she has blossomed magnificently and has returned to London with one goal in mind: the seduction of her notorious husband. Unskilled in the sensual arts, she burns nonetheless for the kisses too long denied her. And she has but one Season to win back the heart of the rogue she betrayed.

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This is the first book I've read by Lorraine Heath. Figured this was a good one to start with, since it was the first in a new series. I'll definitely be reading the next one. There was nothing spectacular about this story; it was just a lot of fun, and sexy. I wanted to smack Morgan for being stupid, though I found myself rooting for him. When you want some light, fast reading, check this out.

My Rating: ****

Ecstasy in Darkness (Alien Huntress Series) by Gena Showalter

New York Times bestselling sensation Gena Showalter enthralls with a dark, tantalizing world of humans, otherworlders, powers beyond imagining, and a seductive vampire undone by his insatiable hunger for one woman. . . .Growing up poor on New Chicago’s meanest streets, Ava Sans had two options: be the predator or be the prey. No contest. Now, working for Alien Investigation and Removal, she’s been ordered to capture the biggest, baddest warrior of all—a vampire too beautiful to be real, with the abilityto manipulate time. Once the leader of the entire vampire army, McKell has been deemed savage and unstable, spurned even by his own kind.To McKell, humans should be nothing more than sustenance. Yet the petite, golden-skinned Ava is a fascinating contradiction—vicious yet witty, strong yet vulnerable, lethal but fiercely loyal. Against his better judgment, McKell craves that loyalty, and much more. When the chase leads to seduction, McKell and Ava will race to discover the truth about his past. But the answers will come at a price, even for a woman who thought she had nothing left to lose. . . .

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I put off reading this series for a while after I started reading paranormal romance. Sounded too "science fiction-y" to me. So glad I changed my mind and decided to give it a try. This is an awesome series! First off, this is one fantastic cover. I could stare at it all day. We were introduced to McKell in a previous book, and he sounded intriguing. And he definitely was here! So very, very hot! Ava was a great kick-ass heroine. One of the things I adored about this book was the humor. I'd be reading any all of a sudden would notice I had a big smile on my face. Showalter does a perfect blend here of sensuous romance, action, story and humor. I simply adore her.

My Rating: *****

Entice Me At Twilight (Doomsday Brethren, Book 4) by Shayla Black

Simon Northam, the Duke of Hurstgrove, straddles two worlds. Born into the British peerage and a life of luxury, he believed he knew who and what he was—until he found out he was a wizard. As a new member of the Doomsday Brethren, Duke must conceal his new identity from his family…and from his brother’s betrothed, Elisabeth, the woman he wants as his mate. But there’s more to Elisabeth than Duke knows—she’s an Untouchable, a human completely immune to magic. And evil wizard Mathias needs her to help him resurrect an ancient witch. Now, Duke must find a way to stop Mathias, protect Elisabeth, and make her his mate before it’s too late.

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This book had a gorgeous cover. Seriously, that really adds to the enjoyment of the entire reading experience for me. Need a reading break? Stare at the cover for a bit! Anyhoo.....This is another one of my favorite series. Black has quite the talent for writing sensual scenes. (Just pick up one of her erotica books and see for yourself!) Though not quite as graphic, they are very well written and sexy. This was another thoroughly enjoyable addition to the series. I simply loved Duke. Elisabeth, I must admit, got on my last nerve. Yes, I can totally understand being afraid after being deeply hurt. But damn! Duke was hot, rich, and loved her. Get over it already, Elisabeth!

My Rating: **** 1/2

Lady Isabella's Scandalous Marriage (Highland Pleasures, Book 2) by Jennifer Ashley

Six years ago, eighteen-year-old Lady Isabella Scranton scandalized all of London by eloping the night of her come-out ball with the notorious rake, Lord Mac Mackenzie. After three turbulent years of marriage, she scandalized London once again--this time by leaving him.

Now the reformed Mac has returned, and he wants one thing: Isabella back in his life, his house, his bed. He'll do anything he has to, play any game, as long as he gets her back. Isabella resists, but when she agrees to pose for erotic paintings he's been working on, she realizes her body has never stopped craving her husband’s very skilled touch. Mac is determined to show Isabella that he's a changed man, but three years without her has only increased his hunger for her.

When an ingenious forger with designs on Mac's paintings, and Isabella herself, comes dangerously near, Mac sets himself up as Isabella’s protector and vows to never leave her side, whether his independent and proud lady likes it or not.

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This book is a follow-up to "The Madness of Lord Ian MacKenzie". That was one of my favorite books - Ashley certainly knows how to write a tortured, sympathetic hero. I was thrilled to find out this was a continuation of the series, this time centering around Ian's brother Mac. Oh, how I loved Mac! Yes, he certainly had a lot he needed to make up for, and did a remarkable job of it. He absolutely made me melt! You SO want these two to get back together; they're perfect for each other. By turns sad, funny, sweet and hot, this is one fantastic historical romance. Can't wait to read Cam's story!

My Rating: *****

Seducing the Duchess by Ashley March

Gambling. Carousing. Flirting. Charlotte, Duchess of Rutherford, will do anything to escape her painful marriage and force her husband to divorce her. But when Phillip, Duke of Rutherford, promises a divorce if Charlotte will help him become a better husband for another woman, she wonders if she really wants to lose him...

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This is the debut novel of Ashley March, and I think she got off to a very good start. I admit it did take a while to get into the story. In the beginning, these were NOT very likeable people! You could understand why they were no longer together. However, as the story went along and more things came to light, they began to grow on me. Especially Phillip! Yum. Definitely looking forward to March's next novel.

My Rating: ****

Demonkeepers (A Novel of The Final Prophecy, Book 4) by Jessica Andersen

Lucius is an Indiana Jones wannabe who never quite measures up until a twist of magic brings him powers beyond belief … and reunites him with Jade, the one-night stand he never forgot. Despite the sizzling chemistry between them—and the added power that comes with a love match—Jade is determined to prove that she can be a Nightkeeper warrior in her own right. But as the two race to rescue the sun god himself from the underworld, they learn that kicking ass isn’t enough. They’ll need all their brains and skill—and the love, long denied, that burns between them—to foil the dark lords’ plot.

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I wasn't too sure about reading this installment of the series - I didn't care for Lucius in the previous books. However, he did redeem himself in this one. Jade was a great heroine, trying to overcome her destiny and become a warrior. Some of the world building in this series is a bit confusing, but it's still fun. I gave up trying to keep it all straight; it just gave me a headache. Now I'm just enjoying the romance and rooting for the good guys.

My Rating: ****

Thursday, October 28, 2010


It was like freaking Christmas today, going to the post office and picking up packages from Books-A-Million online! I have them delivered to my office so my hubby doesn't realize how much I buy. Though if he takes a minute to look in my home office, I'm pretty sure he notices the towers of books getting higher and higher. I'll have to update my pictures of my to-be-read piles.

Anyhoooooo....this is what I got today:

One Wicked Sin by Nicola Cornick, Shotgun Sorceress by Lucy Snyder, When Wicked Craves by J. K. Beck, His Darkest Embrace by Juliana Stone, Crown of Crystal Flame by C. L. Wilson, Passions of a Wicked Early by Lorraine Heath, Highborn by Yvonne Navarro, Harvest Hunting by Yasmine Galenorn, Entice Me at Twilight by Shayla Black, Ecstasy in Darkness by Gena Showalter, The Reckless Bride by Stephanie Laurens, Ten Ways to be Adored When Landing a Lord by Sarah MacLean, Drink of Me by Jacquelyn Frank, and Haunted by Your Touch by Jeaniene Frost, Sharie Kohler and Shayla Black.

I'm most excited by Gena Showalter and Shayla Black. I've been waiting a looooooooooooong time for those!

Some of my purchases show a great deal of my problem when I buy books. The Crown of Crystal Flame is the 5th books in the series. I have the first 4 - but haven't read them yet. Same with the series by Galenorn and Laurens - I buy the last one, even though I haven't read the previous ones which I already own. I swear it's the damn OCD! I used to be like this with Bath & Body Works, then Partylite candles. I seem to have even less control with the books. But at least the books won't be wasted. I know I'll eventually read them.

I have my November purchases picked out already - 31. Dammit! It's not my fault they keep releasing so many good ones at one time!

I'm pitiful.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

It's Sunday....

...which means back to work tomorrow. Ugh. But definitely thankful I have a job!

I caught up with all my reviews yesterday, so let's see how long I'll keep that up, shall we?

Last Dragon Standing (Dragon Kin, Book 4) by G. A. Aiken

I know what they see when they look at me. The charming, soft-spoken dragoness bred from the most powerful of royal bloodlines. A disguise stronger than any battle shield that allows me to keep all suitors at tail's length. A technique that's worked until him. Until Ragnar the Cunning, handsome barbarian warlord and warrior mage from the desolate Northlands. Unlike those who've come before him, he does not simply submit to my astounding charm and devastating smile. Instead, he dismisses me as vapid, useless and, to my great annoyance, rather stupid!

Yet I'll allow no male to dismiss me. Soon he'll learn my worth, my many skills, and the strength of my will. For this one challenges me enough to make me want to ruthlessly taunt him, tease him and, finally, when the trap is set, bring him to his knees.

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I really love this series, especially the 2nd and 3rd outings, so I was very excited to get my hands on the new one. And it was very good; however, I did have some problems with it. First of all, I would have actually liked to have more of the relationship between Keita and Ragnar, yet the focus of the story didn't center on them. There was too much going on with all the different characters. There was just too much going on storywise, too. Of course, there was plenty of that Aiken humor that made this a fun book to read. And when we FINALLY got around to the sex scenes, they were worth the wait. All in all, a fun book.

My Rating: ****

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Guess I better get my butt in gear....

...since I'm so freaking behind again! And some of these books I read before my Russian vacation, so I don't remember much about them. But at least I can tell you if they're worth reading or not!

Atlantis Betrayed (Warriors of Poseidon) by Alyssa Day

What could Christophe, powerful Warrior of Poseidon, have in common with Fiona Campbell, the notorious jewel thief known as the Scarlet Ninja? Answer: The Siren, a legendary Crown Jewel that Fiona has targeted for her next heist. It's said to be worth millions, but to Christophe it's invaluable. For the Siren also happens to be one of the missing jewels from Poseidon's trident. But breaking into the Tower of London is a two-person job, and Christophe and Fiona must team up to commit the crime of the century.

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I absolutely love this series! Christophe has not been one of my favorite characters in the other books; but he certainly redeems himself here. Great chemistry between Christophe and Fiona, hot and sensuous scenes, and plenty of action make this a great addition to the series.

My Rating: **** 1/2

Worth Any Price (Bow Street Runners, Book 3) by Lisa Kleypas

What is the price of love?

Nick Gentry is reputed to be the most skillful lover in all England. Known for solving delicate situations, he is hired to seek out Miss Charlotte Howard. He believes his mission will be easily accomplished -- but that was before he met the lady in question.

For instead of a willful female, he discovers one in desperate circumstances, hiding from a man who would destroy her very soul. So Nick shockingly offers her a very different kind of proposition -- one he has never offered before.

He asks her to be his bride.

And he knows that this will be much more than a union in name only. For he senses what Charlotte does not yet know -- that her appetite for sensuality matches his own. But what Nick learns surprises him. For while London's most notorious lover might claim Charlotte's body, he quickly discovers it will take much more than passion to win her love.

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What a fantastic ending to the Bow Runners trilogy! Though it wasn't as wonderful as Lady Sophia's Lover, this book was nothing to sneeze at. Nick was introduced in the first Bow Street Runners book as a criminal, and now he's working for the Runners. But he is in no way cured of his bad boy ways! However, there is a lot more depth to him now. And when he and Charlotte get together, sparks fly. Entertaining story and series - I hated to see it end.

My Rating: *****

Because You're Mine (Capital Theatre, Book 2) by Lisa Kleypas

Because the Dream. . .

Young, high-spirited Lady Madeline Matthews is expected to wed an aging, lecherous lord. But she would rather shame herself in the eyes of society than sacrifice her freedom, and resolves to render herself unmarriageable by indulging in a torrid affair with Britain's most acclaimed actor and notorious womanizer, Logan Scott.

Because the Heart. . .

He is a legend in the footlights and in the bedchamber. But when the curtain falls, Logan is an intensely private, guarded man still tormented by past betrayals that cut deep into his pride and his heart. Now a forward little minx who seems completely out of place in the bright, sophisticated world of the London stage is disrupting his orderly existence with her constant presence, her unspoiled beauty and vibrant charm. And what begins with an onstage kiss threatens to blossom into something more rapturous and real. But first Logan and Madeline both must be brave enough to drop the masks they hide behind. . . and reveal their true selves in the golden glorious light of love.

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I didn't realize there was a first "Capital Theatre" book until after I read this one, so I know you definitely don't need to read the first in order to understand this one. I held off on reading any Kleypas books because the front covers and description on the back made them sound rather bland. Damn, was I wrong! She is now one of my favorite authors. At first Maddy was very naive, and Logan was a total ass. He actually remained an ass through most of the book! But once again, love prevails. A nice twist was the theatre setting, not a popular venue in the historical romance from what I've seen. Enjoyed it thoroughly.

My Rating: *****

Her One Desire by Kimberly Killion

Astride a stolen horse, encircled by the shackled arms of Broderick Maxwell, a Scottish spy escaping certain death in the Tower of London, Lizbeth Ives rides to the north, hidden by the darkness. By stealth and cunning, the daughter of the Lord High Executioner has undone her father's cruel work, compelled to save the innocent man with her. There is no turning back-for they are bound as one in his iron chains. Consumed by mortal fear, driven by passion, they disappear into the night.

A single raven follows them. Is it an omen? Or only the first of those who would capture them? They must ride on. If captured, they will face death together. But if they reach the Highlands, he will claim her for his own...forever.

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LOVE LOVE LOVE this book! What a fantastic first book for Killion! Not sure who I loved more, Broc or Lizbeth. Broc is one hell of an alpha hero - strong, protective, honorable...and OMG, he is hot! And Lizbeth? Though she's the daughter of the Lord High Executioner, she cares for the prisoners who her father kills and tortures. She is reviled by many simply because of who her father is. Though frightened, she is compelled to save innocent Broc from sure death. Her strength, despite her fear, is what makes her a fantastic heroine. I thought it was interesting to have a main character with OCD (counting). And we learn why, which I won't ruin here. Their escape keeps you riveted, and their romance keeps you reaching for the ice water!

My Rating: *****

Assassin's Heart (Order of the Sicari, Book 2) by Monica Burns

The truth of the soul.

Lysander Condellarie never understood why he had telepathic and telekinetic powers until the night his Praetorian father tortured him and left him for dead. Now, the half-angelic, half-demonic face he sees in the mirror is a reminder of the monster he must keep hidden or face expulsion from the order of assassins know as the Sicari. But his dreams of Ancient Rome hint at a destiny he finds hard to accept, especially when it involves the woman he loves, but can never have.

The consequences of desire.

A gifted healer in the Order, Phaedra DeLuca witnessed her mother’s murder when she was just a little girl. The haunting memory makes her loathe everything Praetorian. When she travels to Rome in search of an ancient artifact, she must work alongside a man who once cruelly rejected her love and healing touch. But her dreams of Ancient Rome tell of an irreversible and possibly dangerous future. For the distant past and present are about to collide--with the one man she is destined to love.

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I really enjoyed the first book in this series, Assassin's Honor. I was very intrigued by Lysander in that story, so was very happy to discover he would be the star of his own book. Lysander is of mixed heritage, and his own father tortured him and left him for dead. He desperately tries to keep his secret from Phaedra, since she despises everything Praetorian. This story mixes with dreams of the past, and how the two mesh together is startling. I hope there is more to this story!

My Rating: ****

Cruel Enchantment (Dark Magick, Book 2) by Anya Bast

Even the most powerful hands need a delicate touch…

Emmaline Gallagher is a master of wielding personal glamour. As a free fae who lives among humans, she must hide her true self at all times as she works undercover within the powerful Phaendir—for if certain factions within the Phaendir gain control, the fae will be wiped from existence. Now, an object of fae power lies within a locked ancient box. And there is only one fae who can forge the key.

Known as “the Blacksmith” Aeric O’Malley can create or destroy almost anything with his forging skills. Emmaline has come to him in need, but he and Emmaline have a past—and he has spent centuries wanting to take revenge on her for her transgressions. But now that he has her within his grasp, something about her keeps him from exacting his vengeance—or is it merely her glamour blinding him?

Trapped by fate, Emmaline must hope that she can reach Aeric’s furious heart before it’s too late…

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This is the second book in the Dark Magick series,and it's as entertaining as the first. Aeric is a blacksmith and also a member of The Wild Hunt. He's been waiting years to meet up with Emmaline again to get revenge on her. Emmaline, who was once an Assassin for the Summer Queen, is now a double agent attempting to help the Fae. In order to do so, she needs Aeric's help, and seeks him while in glamour. They meet again, he knows who she is.....and it gets hot from there! Bast writes wonderfully steamy scenes mixed together with lots of action and a compelling story. Put this series on your to-read list.

My Rating: ****

Wicked Surrender by Jade Lee

Jade Lee invites readers into her new Regency-set, sensual romance.

The daughter of an actress, Scher Martin feels she'll never fulfill her dreams of acquiring a good home and having a respectable family, so she agrees to be the mistress of Brandon Cates, Viscount Blackthorn.

But when Brandon's cousin proposes marriage, Scher finds herself torn between the propriety she craves and the love of a dark and troubled man.

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OMG, this one grabbed me by the throat and would NOT let go! Brandon is the ultimate tortured alpha male, extra stress placed on "tortured". We're talking about wanting to end his pain! He desire Schers to be his mistress, but Scher dreams of having a respectable family and home. She's the daughter of an actress and owns, runs and lives in a theatre, and she wishes for the stability she never had. When Brandon's cousin Kit proposes, well...let's just say that doesn't help Brandon's pain any. The longing between Scher and Brandon is tangible, and Brandon's situation breaks your heart. There's a cliffhanger at the end, so I'm definitely waiting for the next book!

My Rating: *****

All Night With a Rogue (Lords of Vice, Book 1) by Alexandra Hawkins

Notorious, handsome, and decadent, the Lords of Vice prowl the glittering ballrooms of Regency London— breaking rules and hearts with equal aplomb. But even the wildest rogue must eventually meet his match…

Seduce Lady Juliana Ivers and then cast her aside: Those are his sister’s instructions. Alexius Braverton, Marquess of Sinclair—known as Sin to the ton—is happy enough to oblige, especially when he catches a glimpse of his target. Juliana is completely unlike the empty-headed chits who barely hold his attention for a week. A true gentleman would leave her to find a worthy suitor. But then, a Lord of Vice would never claim to be a gentleman.

Juliana is expected to marry well to improve her family’s finances, even if she secretly longs to make a living through her musical compositions. A dalliance can only complicate matters, though not even practical Juliana can help succumbing to the aptly named Sin. But one unforgettable night will draw her into a scandalous affair—and a seduction begun as sport will soon become deliciously, dangerously real…

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I do love my rogues, and this series promises to give me lots of them to love! We are introduced to many in this book, but Sin is the focus. Their first meeting is one of the most unforgettable I've read. Let's just say that Juliana is hiding in a tree, and Sin is being...uh...entertained by a woman when he notices Juliana! And thus starts the story and the steam. This sinful rogue will definitely catch your attention! (And the cover is quite beautiful, too.)

My Rating: ****

To Tempt a Saint (Sons of Sin, Book 1) by Kate Moore

It’s a perfect plan—to marry for money. Xander Jones needs it to fund a project deep in the darkest streets of London where his young brother went missing three years ago. Cleo Spencer needs it to escape her wicked uncle’s control of her life. When Cleo, an orphaned heiress, overhears Xander’s bungled marriage proposal to another woman, she steps in and offers herself as a bride. If she marries, she gains access to her own fortune. They agree to marry, but Xander knows a way out for both. But can a man like Xander Jones leave a bride like Cleo Spencer untouched—when she’s a woman “To Tempt a Saint”?

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Xander Jones is living with the guilt of his brother being abducted while in his care. He is determined to light the streets of London to make them safer. He needs money to do this. Cleo Spencer has money, but is unable to touch it because of her uncle; she needs to be married in order to get her inheritance. I found their meeting to be quite humorous. Of course, once they're married, things become difficult. And things become quite eventful! If you don't like a lot of steamy sex in a romance novel, this one is for you. It's more about the story than the sex. Though I admit I would have enjoyed more of the sex! But I certainly enjoyed the story.

My Rating: ****

In Your Arms Again (Ryland Brothers, Book 3) by Kathryn Smith

Since North Ryland and Octavia March were wrenched apart and their childhood friendship destroyed, much has changed. North has had a successful career as a Bow Street runner, and has made quite a name and fortune for himself. So much so that when Octavia's fiancé (for she is now engaged to one of the most desirable men of the town) needs to hire a man to investigate threats on Octavia's safety, he is the only man that will do.

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This is part of a series, which I didn't realize when I bought it. But it is most certainly a stand-alone book. It wasn't that memorable a story, but it was a very enjoyable read. Love apparently lasts for all time.

My Rating: ****

After the Kiss (Notorious Gentlemen, Book 1) by Suzanne Enoch

A Notorious Gentleman...

Sullivan Waring wants only two things: his rightful inheritance, and revenge against the man who stole it from him. By day, Sullivan is the most respected horse breeder in England; by night, he plunders the ton's most opulent homes to reclaim his late mother's beautiful paintings. His quest is going swimmingly...until the night he's discovered by Lady Isabel Chalsey. Clad only in a revealing nightdress, she's an entrancingly different kind of plunder, and how can a thief resist stealing a kiss?

A Curious Lady...

Surprised by a masked man in her own home, Isabel should be quaking with fear. Instead the sight of the sinfully handsome Sullivan makes her tremble with excitement. Who is this man, and why is he so set on this reckless pursuit? Lady Isabel loves a challenge, and she'll dare anything to uncover Sullivan's secret——but she may instead convince him that she is the greatest prize of all.

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This was one hell of a fun story! Sullivan has returned from the war. He is a respected horse breeder with a secret...he is attempting to regain his inheritance that was stolen for him while he was at war. Isabel encounters him when he is stealing from their home, and she is totally intrigued. When she discovers who he is, she basically blackmails him to find out more about him. Isabel was a fun heroine, and the chemistry with Sullivan was fantastic. Totally enjoyable.

My Rating: ****

The Accidental Wedding (Devil Riders, Book 4) by Anne Gracie

When Nash Renfrew wakes in the bed of lovely Maddy Woodford, he has no memory. In the days following his accident, he is charmed by her bright outlook on life, but he lives for the nights, when she joins him chastely-more or less-in her bed. When his memory returns, Nash asks for just one more night before he leaves. But it's one night too many and it creates a scandal that leaves him no choice but to offer her marriage.

With five orphaned half-siblings in her charge, Maddy needs the security Nash offers and can't resist the promise of passion she's experienced in his embrace. Well born, but poverty-stricken, Maddy knows she's not the wife he planned on, but he's everything she's ever dreamed of.

But will passion be enough? He's a diplomat who knows Czars and Princes and Grand-dukes and she's just a country girl who's never even been to a ball.

Can their new-found love survive, or will this accidental marriage destroy her dreams and his career?

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This is my first novel by Anne Gracie, and I look forward to reading more. Once again, this was part of a series and once again, it was stand alone. I thought this was a fun book. I totally enjoyed Nash's interaction with Maddy's orphaned half-siblings, to whom she has devoted her life. Even after Nash recovers his memory, he doesn't tell Maddy he has because he doesn't want to leave her yet. There was wonderful chemistry, and the story was quite sensual at times even when Nash and Maddy's interactions were chaste. There was romance and suspense - who was trying to scare Maddy off? - and it was a great combination.

My Rating: ****

Till Dawn With the Devil (Lords of Vice, Book 2) by Alexandra Hawkins

Few women can resist a man like Gabriel “Reign” Housely, the Earl of Rainecourt. With divine good looks, delectable charms, and delicious wealth, he would seem to be every marriage-minded mother’s dream match for their daughters. But not so, given the mysterious death of his first wife. Fortunately for Gabriel, he has no plans to seriously court any of the London ladies ever again. That is, until he shares one unforgettable dance with a mysterious stranger…

Exquisitely beautiful though decidedly modest, Lady Sophia usually shuns the festive ballrooms of London society. But when a man who calls himself “Reign” enters her life—seemingly from out of nowhere—and shows her true kindness, her wary young heart begins to melt. Of course, Sophia would be shocked to learn the truth about Reign’s past. But when scandal strikes, this devilish stranger may be her only salvation…

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I enjoyed this story even more than I enjoyed the first in the series! Reign is plagued by people believing he may have been responsible for his first wife's mysterious death. He is living his life as a Lord of Vice - and then he meets Sophia. Sophia is almost blind, due to a tragic event in her childhood. She is living with her brothers, one of whom sees her as a source of funds to pay off his gambling debts. She and Reign meet and their lives change. They find they are bound by a horrible event in the past. A scandal strikes. There's much mystery, action and romance. Can't wait to read Dare's story next!

My Rating: ****

Before the Scandal (Notorious Gentlemen, Book 2) by Suzanne Enoch

Colonel Phineas Bromley is a legend—on the battlefield and in the bedroom. Though he's won many wars, and even more hearts, nothing could prepare him for his new life. When Phin discovers that someone has been pushing his family toward ruin, he assumes the role of a legendary highwayman. Riding out in the middle of the night, hidden behind a mask, Phin heads straight into trouble... and into the arms of the ravishing girl next door.

Coming face-to-face with a masked man did not frighten Alyse Donnelly as it should have. Instead, she finds him rather dashing. But her foolish heart has led her into trouble before, and helping a fugitive may mean jeopardizing her own plans, no matter how enticing his kisses. Now, as the danger grows, Alyse must make a choice between freedom...and the chance for true love.

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This second book in the Notorious Gentlemen series was as entertaining as the first. Alyse and Phin were childhood friends, until Phin, driven by guilt, left to join the army and go to war. Phin receives notice from his sister that their wheelchair-bound brother was deathly ill, so he comes home. And he discover his brother in good health; his sister wanted him home because mysterious accidents were befalling the estate. Phin is bound and determined to find out what was going on. He meets Alyse again - who is definitely not a child anymore. Phin attempts to solve the estate's bad luck under the guise of a highwayman. Alyse and Phin find themselves still drawn together after all these years. Good chemistry between the leads and a mystery make this a fun book to read. I've got the third in the series waiting to be read - think I'll read that next!

My Rating: ****

Untouched by Anna Campbell

Beautiful Grace Paget has no reason not to believe these words. After all, she was kidnapped, spirited away to a remote country manor, and told she is to grant this man his every desire . . . or lose her life. But Grace is no common trollop. So she risks everything to save her virtue by planning a daring escape, even though she finds herself tempted by this handsome man. There is something in his eyes that makes her wonder if he is as dangerous as he would have her believe.

Sheene knew nothing of the plan to bring him this woman. Locked up as a prisoner, called "mad" by all of the world, he will do anything to reclaim his life, and Grace's sensuous beauty has distracted him from his goals. And although he finds her irresistible, he is horrified to hold her against her will. Now, together, they must both revolt against the strange set of circumstances that have forced them together—for only then will Grace truly surrender to him . . . forever.

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The one word that best describes this story is "intense". It held me spellbound the entire length of the book. Matthew was an unusual hero - treated and kept confined by a family member as mad, he was still a virgin. And Grace was basically sent to him as a sacrifice to keep him occupied as a sexual companion. Matthew's finally overcomes his distrust of Grace and starts believing her story. The passion between these two is just astounding. He wants to help Grace escape, then have his captivity ended. There is so much hearbreak in this book, but also strength of spirit and the power of love. This is definitely worth the tears you'll spill reading it.

My Rating: *****

Blood on Silk (Awakened by Blood, Book 1) by Marie Treanor

Scottish academic Elizabeth Silk is spending the summer in Romania researching historical superstitions for her PhD. While she is tracing local foktales, one subject in particular sparks her imagination. His name is Saloman, legend's most powerful vampire, a seductive prince staked centuries ago. Now, in the ruins of a castle crypt, Elizabeth discovers the legends are real. Her blood has awakened him. Her innocence has aroused him. But Elizabeth unleashes more than Saloman's hunger.

An army of vampire hunters has amassed to send Saloman back to hell. Sworn to help - yet fearing Saloman's deadly blood lust - Elizabeth seeks to entrap him, offering her body as bait. But something stronger than dread, more powerful than revenge, is uniting Elizabeth to her prey. Caught between desire and rage, Elizabeth must decide where her loyalties lie...and what the limits are to a yearning she can no longer control.

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For some reason I had trouble getting into this book. Maybe it's because I didn't feel any burning chemistry between Elizabeth and Saloman. There was sex and a connection between the two, but I didn't really FEEL it. It was different because unlike a lot of paranormal romances, Saloman actually did some bad vampire things and he seems to want to take over the world. But he doesn't appear really committed to being evil to me. I think the weakness was the character of Elizabeth. It was interesting enough that I'm planning to give the next book in the series another shot.

My Rating: ***

Burning Up (Anthology) by Angela Knight, Nalini Singh, Virginia Kantra & Meljean Brook

Passion runs as hot as a fever dream in these all-new stories by four New York Times bestselling provocateurs of the paranormal...

In Angela Knight's Blood and Roses, a vampire warrior and his seductive captor join forces to stop a traitor from unleashing an army of demonic predators on their kingdom.

New in Nalini Singh's Psy-Changeling series is Whisper of Sin, in which a woman in lethal danger finds an unlikely protector—and lover—in a volatile member of the DarkRiver pack.

Virginia Kantra continues the haunting tales of the Children of the Sea in Shifting Sea, the story of a wounded soldier rescued by a strange and enigmatic young woman.

Meljean Brook launches a bold new steampunk series with Here There Be Monsters, as a desperate woman strikes a provocative—and terrifying—bargain to gain overseas passage.

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Knight: It was a fun story, but nothing exciting. Love just doesn't happen that fast! Though I admit you're kind of limited with time in a short story.

Singh: Good story, but again nothing exciting. The romance between the leads was sweet, and the heroine's family was quite interesting.

Kantra: Aha! NOW we're cooking! I adore Kantra's Children of the Seas series, so I was thrilled to read this new story. This time we had a historical paranormal story. I just found this to be a beautiful story, and it made me tear up. Very touching.

Brook: Definitely the best of the bunch! This story is a prequel to Brook's new series, The Iron Seas. I can't wait to read the new book, The Iron Duke. This story was a great introduction to steampunk. Brook's world building is just phenomenal. I found myself enraptured by this new world. Nanoagents, Victorian romance, mechanical skin, machines, pirates....absolutely fascinating. Highly recommended.

My Rating: ****

Too Scandalous to Wed by Alexandra Benedict

Henrietta Ashby has loved Viscount Ravenswood for eight long years. But the dratted man thinks her a whimsical chit and nothing more. Wont to getting her own way, Henrietta sets out to seduce the stubborn viscount–and she needs the help of London's renowned courtesan to do it.

Viscount Ravenswood will never wed Henrietta. A wicked rakehell with a dark secret, he will not taint the innocent Miss Ashby by making her his bride. But when Henrietta transforms from whimsical to wanton, will the viscount be able to resist her bewitching charm . . . and her midnight kisses? Or will his sinister secret threaten to destroy them both?

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We'll make this short and sweet: Fast read, fun fluff. Though I admit Ravenswood's dark secret was most unusual!

My Rating: ***

To Save the Devil (Sons of Sin, Book 2) by Kate Moore

Ex-spy and former Bow Street Runner Will Jones rescues a beautiful, unsullied virgin from a London brothel, but she is no swooning maiden. Instead, he faces a woman of wit who resists his aid, escapes his protection...and captures his imagination.

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I enjoyed this second outing in the Sons of Sin series. I highly recommend reading the first one, To Tempt a Saint, first. There are references to characters and incidents that will just confuse you if you're not familiar with the first story. I found Will to be a compelling characters, darker than his brother Xander. Will saves a drugged Helen from a brothel, who escapes from him. He is determined to find his brother and to keep Helen safe; Helen is determined to retrieve something important that will save her family. The story is very sensual without having a lot of sex scenes. A solid continuation of the Sons of Sin story.

My Rating: ****

Mine Till Midnight (The Hathaways, Book 1) by Lisa Kleypas

When an unexpected inheritance elevates her family to the ranks of the aristocracy, Amelia Hathaway discovers that tending to her younger sisters and wayward brother was easy compared to navigating the intricacies of the ton. Even more challenging: the attraction she feels for the tall, dark, and dangerously handsome Cam Rohan.

Wealthy beyond most men’s dreams, Cam has tired of society’s petty restrictions and longs to return to his “uncivilized” Gypsy roots. When the delectable Amelia appeals to him for help, he intends to offer only friendship—but intentions are no match for the desire that blindsides them both. But can a man who spurns tradition be tempted into that most time-honored arrangement: marriage? Life in London society is about to get a whole lot hotter…

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Oh, my, who knew Gypsies could be so hot?! And there are two very hot ones in this book, though Cam is the hero of this story. The Hathaways put the "fun" in dysfunctional. Amelia is basically the glue that holds the family together. She wants to be able to control everything, but that's just not possible. She certainly can't control her feelings for Cam! I actually found all the Hathaways to be interesting or entertaining, and eagerly look forward to their stories. I did find brother Leo to be the most compelling, and I don't want to give away my reasons - you must read the book to find out! The prejudice against Roms in the 18th century is handled deftly by Kleypas. By turns heartbreaking and funny, this is a great start to the series.

My Rating: **** 1/2

Immortal Sea (Children of the Sea, Book 4) by Virginia Kantra

From a chance encounter…

Morgan of the finfolk does not normally waste his attention on humankind, but while in Copenhagen, he meets a young woman who captures his interest-if only for a night. On sojourn in Europe before starting medical school, Elizabeth is intelligent, attractive…and eager for a little adventure...

A memory kept…

Sixteen years later, Dr. Elizabeth Rodriguez is called to the island of World's End to become its only doctor. There, she hopes to reconnect with her troubled son Zack, who has become withdrawn since her husband's death. She has no idea that World's End will also reconnect her with Morgan…

And a future about to be born…

From the moment Morgan lays his eyes on young Zack, he suspects the boy is finfolk-and his own son. As he and Liz clash over Zack's fate, they discover their desire is as strong as ever. But proud Morgan's loyalty has always been the sea, while Liz's responsibilities lie on land. Will their reignited passion be enough to bring them together? Or will their secrets force them apart?

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Kantra's Children of the Sea series is easily one of my favorites. I'm just fascinated with her characters who are of the sea. They don't understand humans, and emotions are a waste of time. By a twist of fate, Morgan is reunited with Elizabeth after a night of passion years before, and he believes her son Zack is his child. Zack is tormented by his secrets, and is floundering when he meets his biological father. The passion between Elizabeth and Morgan is sizzling, and I adore the interaction between Morgan and her young daughter. The series has mainly focused on the Selkies, so it was interesting to learn about the finfolk. Besides family drama, some demons are thrown into the mix, making this a wonderful read.

My Rating: *****

Seduce Me at Sunrise (The Hathaways, Book 2) by Lisa Kleypas

Kev Merripen has longed for the beautiful, well-bred Winnifred Hathaway ever since her family rescued him from the brink of death when he was just a boy. But this handsome Gypsy is a man of mysterious origins—and he fears that the darkness of his past could crush delicate, luminous Win. So Kev refuses to submit to temptation…and before long Win is torn from him by a devastating twist of fate.

Then, Win returns to England…only to find that Kev has hardened into a man who will deny love at all costs. Meantime, an attractive, seductive suitor has set his sights on Win. It’s now or never for Kev to make his move. But first, he must confront a dangerous secret about his destiny—or risk losing the only woman he has lived for…

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Ahhh, even better than the first one, Mine Till Midnight. Kev was fascinating in that story, so I was glad he starred in his own. Love Kleypas's Gypsies! And once again we get to spend time with the entire Hathaway clan, which is definitely a pleasure. It's quite obvious of the love that Win and Kev have for each other, but Kev doesn't think he's good enough for Win due to his dark past. We learn more about the secrets of the pasts of Cam and Kev. This is one of those books that you just have to read - I don't want to give away all the twists and turns and happenings here. Treat yourself.

My Rating: *****

Friday, October 15, 2010

Today's Purchases

Have I caught up on my reviews? NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO, of course not! I've just been reading up a storm and buying books!

Once again I spent WAY too much money on books. I was excited when I found Blood Trinity from Sherrilyn Kenyon and Love, and The Year of Living Scandalously by Julia London, at my local Books-A-Million. Also got The Border Lord's Bride by Bertrice Small. I got into the car with my purchases, looked in my "to buy" notebook, and see I already ordered Blood Trinity and TYOLS from BAM! GAH!!! I'll send my extra copies to a dear friend.

I went to the used bookstore after work. Bought The Heir and the Spare by Maya Rodale, Lara by Bertrice Small, Theft of Shadows by Naomi Bells, Secret Desires of a Gentleman by Laura Lee Guhrke, Never Dare a Duke by Gayle Callen, and Tempting the Wolf by Lois Greiman.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Haven't made much of a dent in my reviews!

You may notice some short, not very detailed reviews. But it's been so long since I've read these suckers, it's hard to remember what I've read! Plus I've read SO many books. But I'm giving it my best shot.

Wait for Dusk (The Fifth Dark Days Novel) by Jocelynn Drake

There is no sanctuary in the night…

Feared even by her own kind for her mastery of fire, the Nightwalker Mira is summoned by the Coven to take her rightful place as Elder. But with this honor comes grave responsibility—a commitment to the annihilation of the unleashed naturi. For now the foul creatures walk the earth—and neither vampire nor human will survive their horrific onslaught.

A tide of blood is sweeping relentlessly across the European continent, as Mira is dispatched to Budapest for the most devastating test yet of her astonishing powers—and falls into a well-laid trap. With the dark secrets that haunt her growing darker by the hour, she must confront the terrible truth of her past and protect her fragile sanity in the face of unanticipated treachery—a betrayal by her ally, her enemy, her lover…the vampire slayer, Danaus.

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First of all, let's address the cover of this book...WTF? Just what is Mira attempting to do here? Trying to get Danaus's entire face into her mouth? This doesn't look like passion - it looks like cannibalism! But on to the story...I just adore this series, but for some reason I had the hardest time getting into this one. I would read a little bit, but then put it down and read something else. And I did this repeatedly. But then I made myself sit and read it. Really, it was a great story. I know this series is considered Urban Fantasy, but I was happy to FINALLY get some lovin' between Mira and Danaus! I've been waiting forever for that. The politics and infighting of Mira taking her position as Elder was interesting, as was her father - definitely not dear old dad! It will be interesting to see if Drake can still keep this series fresh with her next installment.

My Rating: ****

Demon From The Dark (Immortals After Dark) by Kresley Cole

A dangerous demon she can't resist...

Malkom Slaine: tormented by his sordid past and racked by vampiric hungers, he's pushed to the brink by the green-eyed beauty under his guard.

A maddening witch he aches to claim...

Carrow Graie: hiding her own sorrows, she lives only for the next party or prank. Until she meets a tortured warrior worth saving.

Trapped together in a savage prison...

For them to survive, Malkom must unleash both the demon and vampire inside him. When he becomes the nightmare his own people feared, will he lose the woman he craves body and soul?

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Now THIS is a cover I can get into! YUM! And Malkom? A tortured alpha male to sigh over. I loved the demon/vampire (vemon?) combo. Carrow herself has a bit of sad history, but covers it with being a smartass. One thing I love about this series is that Cole can have hot tortured heroes and heroines, but she also provides humor. Oh, and sex. Very hot sex. Wonderful addition to this series. And we are introduced to the hero in her next book - I can't wait!

My Rating: *****

The Devil Wears Plaid by Teresa Medeiros


Emmaline Marlow is about to wed the ancient patriarch of the Hepburn clan to save her father from debtor's prison when the Hepburn's sworn enemy Jamie Sinclair bursts into the abbey on a magnificent black horse and whisks her away. Jamie is everything her bridegroom is not--young, handsome, virile...and a perilous temptation for her yearning heart.


Jamie expects Emma to be some milksop English miss, not a spirited beauty who will defy him at every turn. All of his plans to use her as a pawn in the centuries old Highland feud begin to go awry when irresistible passion flares between the two of them. A man can kidnap a bride, but is it possible for him to steal her innocence without losing his own heart?

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I do love my Scottish historical romances! I've enjoyed the few Medeiros books I've read, so I wanted to try this. Glad I have more by her. I really enjoyed Emma's character - she's definitely not a wilting English rose! And Jamie? Well, if a hot guy on a horse is going to interrupt your wedding, hope he's like Jamie. This was a lovely romance with some humor thrown in.

My Rating: ****

Sin Undone (Demonica, Book 5)


As the only female Seminus demon ever born, master assassin Sinead Donnelly is used to being treated like an outcast. She spent decades enslaved, and now vows she’ll die before she’ll relinquish her freedom again. Then Sin’s innate ability to kill her enemies goes awry: She creates a lethal new werewolf virus that sparks a firestorm of panic and violence.


Half-werewolf, half-vampire Conall Dearghul is charged with bringing in Sin to face punishment for the plague. And she’s no stranger: He’s bound to her by blood, and the one sexual encounter they shared has left him hungering for her raw sensuality. Worse, Sin is the underworld’s most wanted and Con soon learns he’s the only one who can help her . . . and that saving her life might mean sacrificing his own.

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To me, the release of a new Larissa Ione book is a cause for celebration! She's one of my absolutely favorite authors, up there with J. R. Ward, Kresley Cole and Sherrilyn Kenyon. This is the 5th book of the series, and it was as fresh, hot and entertaining as the first. Ione really knows how to write sympathetic, strong characters, and both Sin and Con fit the bill. This one had everything I look for in a paranormal romance. And it's HOT. Ione is starting a new series, and I can't wait!

My Rating: *****

Knight in My Bed by Sue-Ellen Welfonder

As chieftain of the Clan MacInnes, Lady Isolde will do anything to protect her people -- including sacrifice herself to the enemy. Donall the Bold, laird of the hated MacLeans, lies locked in her dungeon awaiting execution. But rather than slay him, Isolde comes up with a daring plan to forge a lasting peace between their clans.

Though Donall curses his beautiful captor, only a madman would refuse to savor the pleasures beneath that tantalizing aura of dignity and grace. But Isolde offers a mere covenant ... and Donall craves nothing less than total conquest. Vowing to steal her heart and take his freedom, the renowned warrior instead will find himself in a different kind of prison -- one made of sweet, decadent passion, and one he may never wish to escape.

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I have trouble finding books by this author in my local Books-A-Million store and used book store. And it's a shame, because I've enjoyed the books I have been able to find by her. She knows how to write a good medieval Scottish romance. This is an entertaining story of revenge, surrender, and the desire for peace. Donall and Isolde keep the pages steamy.

My Rating: ****

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Don't know if it's even possible to get further behind!!

I've got to be one of the worst procrastinators EVER! Well, except for reading - I never put that off. Got a huge stack here for me to do reviews. Guess I best get started!

Lady Sophia's Lover (Bow Street Runners, Book 2) by Lisa Kleypas

Why is Lady Sophia looking for a lover? And could she seduce the most marriageable man in London? Lady Sophia Sydney would do anything to ensnare the unattainable Sir Ross Cannon. Her goal -- to ruin his reputation and cause a scandal that would be the talk of all London. So she insinuates herself into his life by gaining his trust and living in his house ..Every morning, her lush presence tempts him beyond all reason...the way she bends over the table to serve him the meals she has prepared...the way her hands oh, so gently -- yet sensuously -- brush against him. Every night, she promises with her eyes -- and her body -- that the hours before dawn could be spent in unbridled passion instead of restless sleep -- if only he'd let her share his bed. She knows he is falling more in love with her each day. But she never counted on falling in love with him. And she never dreamed he might very respectably ask for her hand in marriage...

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I absolutely loved the first Bow Street Runners book, but this one was even better! You should definitely read the first book, though - you'll get more out of them reading them in order, though they could stand alone. The characters from the first book are in this one. I thought Ross Cannon was the perfect romantic hero. Sophia was a great heroine, torn between revenge and her growing feelings for Ross. Definitely planning on reading a lot more from Ms. Kleypas.

My Rating: *****

If You Dare (MacCarrick Brothers Trilogy, Book 1) by Kresley Cole

With If You Dare, Cole introduces a thrilling new romance trilogy featuring fierce Scottish brothers with dangerous lives, dark desires, and a deadly curse. Can he exact revenge?

High in the Pyrenees, a band of mercenaries led by Courtland MacCarrick wages war for General Reynaldo Pascal. When Court turns on the evil general, Pascal orders him killed but Court narrowly escapes and exacts revenge by kidnapping Pascal's exquisite Castilian fiancée.

Can she deny her passions?

Lady Annalía Tristán Llorente despises her towering, barbaric captor almost as much as she does Pascal. Her inexplicable attraction to the Highlander only fuels her fury. But nothing will stop her from returning to Pascal -- for if she doesn't wed him, she signs her brother's death warrant, as well as her own.

Can there be love between them?

From the moment Court discovers that Anna's prim façade masks a fiery, brave lass, his heart's ensnared, and he dares to defy the curse that has shadowed his life -- to walk with death or walk alone. But Pascal vows that he'll hunt the two, never stopping until he's destroyed them both.

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I am a huge, HUGE fan of Kresley Cole's Immortals After Dark series. I also read her other historical romances, so I wanted to give these books a shot. GREAT start to this series! Even though the hero is Scottish, the setting for the book is the Pyrenees, which made this one unique. Great action and romance, with some humor thrown in. (Love the Scots taking over poor Anna's house - and wine!) Great historical romance.

My Rating: *****

If You Desire (MacCarrick Brothers, Book 2) by Kresley Cole

He tried to run....

In his youth, Hugh MacCarrick foolishly fell in love with a beautiful English lass who delighted in teasing him with her flirtatious ways. Yet he knew he could never marry her because he was shadowed by an accursed family legacy. To avoid temptation, Hugh left home, ultimately becoming an assassin.

She tried to forget him....

Jane Weyland was devastated when the Highlander she believed would marry her abandoned her instead. Years later, when Hugh MacCarrick is summoned to protect her from her father's enemies, her heartache has turned to fury -- but her desire for him has not waned.

Will passion overwhelm them?

In hiding, Jane torments Hugh with seductive play. He struggles to resist her because of deadly secrets that could endanger her further. But Hugh is no longer a gentle young man -- and toying with the fever-pitched desires of a hardened warrior will either get Jane burned...or enflame a love that never died.

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Ahhhh, another hot MacCarrick brother! Yes, Hugh was just as hot as Court. This book was just as action-packed and smouldering as the first. Great characters and story.

My Rating: *****

If you Deceive (MacCarrick Brothers, Book 3) by Kresley Cole

Burning vengeance...

Ethan MacCarrick was a heartbreakingly handsome rake until a powerful nobleman ordered him brutally beaten and his face scarred for a crime he didn't commit. Ethan's reprisal -- bankrupting the nobleman and forcing his exile -- does little to appease his wrath. Ten years later, a haughty, mysterious beauty enchants Ethan -- the daughter of his enemy. At last, Ethan will have the revenge he's craved; he'll promise her marriage, seduce her, then cast her aside.

Bitter hardships...

When Madeleine van Rowen's family was suddenly plunged into destitution and dishonor, she steeled herself against further heartache. She never weakened, never trusted, until a towering, scarred Highlander relentlessly pursues her, breaking down her defenses.

At what price forgiveness?

The passion between them burns hotter than Ethan's fury, and soon he finds he can't let her go. But when Madeleine uncovers the truth about him, can Ethan convince her to accept all he now offers -- when he once destroyed everything she had?

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Though I loved all the MacCarrick brothers, I must admit that Ethan was my favorite! He was a great tortured alpha hero. Though seriously, I'd take any one of them. Madeleine was a great match for him. I hated to see this series end - Cole does just as great a job with historical romance as she does with the Immortals After Dark series.

My Rating: *****

Friday, September 24, 2010

I'm baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaack!

Wednesday night I returned home after 1 1/2 weeks in Russia. I'll post something about the trip when I get some rest! Have a pile of books to review once I get caught up with laundry, etc. Enjoyed the visit, but SO glad to be back in the US!

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Happy Sunday!

Of course, that means tomorrow is Monday...Oh, well. I shall enjoy the day anyway. Trying to catch up on my reviews. I must be more efficient!

Captured by Desire by Kira Morgan

In 16th century Scotland, young Miss Florie Gilder runs away from her drunken foster father to find her real father and her noble heritage. Along the ...more In 16th century Scotland, young Miss Florie Gilder runs away from her drunken foster father to find her real father and her noble heritage. Along the way, she is accused of theft, becomes a fugitive hiding in a forest, and is accidentally wounded by a handsome local huntsman. The huntsman--a Robin-Hood figure who poaches wild game from the landowner's estate to feed the starving poor--carries the beautiful maiden to a church where she is guaranteed 40 days of sanctuary from the law. During that time, he learns her true story, falls in love with her, and helps her in her quest, at the risk of his own life. Smitten with him, she worries more for his survival. But enemies of the state are seeking to overturn the Catholic royals, while a vicious noblewoman is out to destroy Florie.

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If I'm not mistaken, this is Kira Morgan's first book. And hopefully there will be many, many more to come. I absolutely adored this book! There wasn't anything groundbreaking here, but Morgan penned a fast moving, interesting story with sympathetic characters. I just loved Rane, our hero. He was like the perfect romance hero - the kind of man we'd all like to have. (Except for you, hubby. MWAH.) I'm eagerly looking forward to Morgan's next book, Seduced by Destiny. Here's hoping her first book wasn't a lucky fluke. Here's a romance author to watch.

My Rating: *****

Ravished by a Highlander (Children of the Mist, Book 1) by Paula Quinn


Davina Montgomery is no ordinary English lady. For her own protection, she's been locked away from society, her true identity the Crown's most closely guarded secret. Until a shocking betrayal--and a bold rescue--land her in the arms of a fierce Highlander, a powerful warrior whose searing gaze and tantalizing touch awaken her body and soul.


As the firstborn son of a powerful Scottish laird, Robert MacGregor has no loyalty to the English throne, but he's not the kind of man to leave a woman in distress, even if she is English. He vows to deliver Davina to safety, unharmed and untouched. Yet one stolen kiss leaves them both smoldering with desire...and desperate for more. With Davina's secret threatening to destroy his clan, Rob must choose between everything he holds dear and the one woman he can't live without.


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Paula Quinn is my of my favorite historical romance authors. Anything she comes out with is automatically on my "buy immediately" list. This book is an example of the perfect historical romance to me. Hot Highlanders? Check! Alpha male hero? Check! Fascinating characters and fast-paced story? Check! (I think you get the message by now.) The history was very interesting, but not too much that it gets confusing. I thought the chemistry between Rob and Davina was phenomenal, and the romance very hot. I'm eagerly looking forward to reading more about the MacGregor clan. I've pre-ordered Seduced by a Highlander!

My Rating: *****

Seven Secrets of Seduction by Anne Mallory

Scandalous and provocative, The Seven Secrets of Seduction is an intoxicating insight into the mind of men and the desires of women – and the book has all the ton talking.

Secret #1: Every good seduction begins with a baited hook…

Well-educated, but not part of society, Miranda Chase is just as captivated by the erotic pages as everyone else in London. Intrigued by the layers she sees beneath the book’s surface, she writes an editorial about it, never realizing that her passionate words will draw an actual viscount to her uncle’s bookshop.

Maximilian, Viscount Downing, has very particular ideas about passion and sees truth only in desire. He freely flaunts his sensual power and seeks nothing more than another conquest – the one that could justify his entire debauched existence. But Miranda’s blend of innocence, trust, and love cause a strange thing to happen on the way to this seduction. Something that just might threaten the very fabric of his jaded heart.

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Though this book had compelling characters and witty repartee, it was a little slow for my taste. The story was fun and interesting; however, it was a bit too "talky" for me. I like my historical romances with a bit more action. Also, I do prefer my romance to be a bit more, um ... graphic. However, I have quite a number of Ms. Mallory's novels in my to-be-read pile, and I liked this one enough to look forward to them.

My Rating: ***

Taken by the Night (Brotherhood of Blood, Book 3) by Kathryn Smith

I enjoy carnal pleasures like any mortal man, but six hundred years of existence have taught me loss. Best to stay away from people and save myself the heartache. Then I arrive at the notorious London brothel Maison Rouge, and my life, such as it is, will never be the same again.

Ivy Dearing, daughter of the infamous Madam, has requested my assistance. Two of her friends have been murdered, and she is determined to find their killer. I know better than to agree to help, yet Ivy is impossible to resist. No stranger to vampires, she has awakened desires within me that are as potent as my thirst for blood—desires that can only be satisfied by Ivy herself. But when there is another murder, it is all I can do to protect the woman I love from an evil more powerful than the undead . . .

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I am seriously enjoying this historical paranormal romance series by Ms. Smith. Vamps are my favorite paranormal heroes, and the ones in this series are some great alpha males. Saint and Ivy are a great couple, fiery and passionate. The leads are by no means perfect, making them both more human. The story arc that began in the first book is continued here, and still continues to be interesting. Lots of fun.

My Rating: ****

Let the Night Begin (Brotherhood of Blood, Book 4) by Kathryn Smith

A Vampire Will Not Rest Until He Satisfies His Hunger . . .

And what I, Reign, hungered for most of all was Olivia Gavin. I have never met a woman more beautiful, more tantalizing, and so I made her my bride. She promised me her heart and soul . . . in return, I plundered her flesh, and bound her to me for all eternity. Then, terrified of what I'd made her, she fled.

Now she has returned, desperate for my help in saving her beloved nephew. But my assistance comes at a price: She must share my bed once more, for the feel of her soft skin, the heat of her kiss, excite me still. And I know she desires me, even as she resists her own heart.

Yet, as we rediscover the passion that brought us together, an enemy waits to destroy us both . . .

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This was another solid story in the Brotherhood of Blood series. However, this was the first time that I REALLY disliked one of the characters. But I could NOT warm up to Olivia, no matter how much I wanted to. I just found her to be a self-centered bitch, more concerned with how badly Reign treated her, and her bratty nephew. I really liked Reign, but could not understand how he was pining for this woman. I thought that he deserved better than the likes of her. The romance was still hot, though, and the story entertaining.

My Rating: ****

Night After Night (Brotherhood of Blood, Book 5) by Kathryn Smith

Centuries ago, this magnificent chalice sealed my fate as a vampire, and now I am its protector. Many have hunted me for it, but only Vivian has accomplished the task. Strong, lovely, haunted . . . I am more attracted to her than I should be, yet her loyalty lies with a man determined to bring about my destruction. But I am not so easily locked in a cage, and now the captive has become the captor.

Though her stormy eyes tempt me, there is too much at stake—not merely my life, but the lives of my vampire Brotherhood. And I am not above using Vivian to achieve my goals, even if it means denying my own heart. The battle to end all battles is just beginning, and I must fight . . . if I could only let my desire be damned.

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This 5th book is the conclusion to the Brotherhood of Blood series. As in the entire series, Temple was a great alpha male hero. In fact, he is the leader of the Brotherhood of Blood. Vivian was an interesting heroine, torn between her love for Temple and the man who raised her. I did find the ending to be a little silly; however, all loose ends were brought together, and the romance was very, very hot. All in all, a satisfying series.

My Rating: ****

Someone to Watch Over Me (Bow Street Runners, Book 1) by Lisa Kleypas

A temptingly beautiful woman is rescued from the icy waters of the Thames, her memory gone. Told that she is Vivien Rose Duvall, one of London's most scandalous beauties, she finds herself under the protection of the enigmatic and charming Grant Morgan, one of London's most eligible, and unattainable, catches. As his love for this mysterious beauty grows, he's determined to discover the truth--no matter what.

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This is my first novel by Lisa Kleypas, and I picked the perfect one! I will definitely be reading more from this author. Though the story centered around the often used plot device of amnesia, the story was still fresh and fun. And extremely hot. I totally fell in love with Grant. Though he is by no means a flawless man, one can't help but forgive him. Learning a bit of the Bow Street Runners was quite interesting. I started reading the next Bow Street Runner novel immediately after finishing this one. Couldn't wait to get started on Sir Ross's story. Great romance.

My Rating: *****

Ya know, I just realized how boring my little "*" are for rating! I must find something a lot more interesting and eye catching!