Saturday, May 21, 2011

We're on a roll! Let's get some more done...

The Viscount's Addiction by Scottie Barrett

England's prisons can make a man bitter. Betrayal can make him merciless.

Falsely accused of murder and left to rot in England's infamous prison system, Ryder Braddock, Viscount Blackwood, is finally proven innocent. He returns to his estate a changed, embittered man with a craving for opium and an unwanted wife. Determined to see this complete stranger pay for her trickery--no matter how beautiful she is--he threatens her with arrest... after he enjoys his conjugal rights.

Jessie's husband has come home. Brutalized by her stepfather into marrying the dangerous convict and opium-eater, she soon discovers he is far from the criminal she'd imagined as she helps him through opium withdrawal. And she quickly discovers the only thing truly in danger is her heart.

With Jessie's help, Ryder frees himself from the drug, only to find it replaced with a new compulsion--an insatiable need for his wife.

The book has been previously published but expanded for Samhain.

Warning, this title contains the following: graphic language, explicit sex, light spanking, anal play.

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This description is very good - pretty much tells you the entire story. This was quite an unusual one - you don't usually have an opium eater/drug addict as the hero of the story, but it worked here. Both are tortured souls seeking a happier life. This is by no means a cheerful book, but love triumphs at the end.

My Rating: ****

Breath of Heaven by Cindy Holby

A knight who has known honor but never love; a mysterious huntress with a closely guarded secret; a long-standing feud between rival lords; an arranged marriage with a surprisingly sensual consummation-Cindy Holby puts a fantasy spin on some of the most beloved elements of historical romance.

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I bought this book because the cover caught my eye - it was beautiful, and cover dude is hot. And I do love medieval romances. And this was a good story, was great chemistry between the leads. However, though I love historical romances with paranormal elements, I think the addition of some of those elements near the end of the book just ended up making it silly. But I enjoyed it until then.

My Rating: ****

When Beauty Tamed the Beast by Eloisa James

Miss Linnet Berry Thrynne is a Beauty . . . Naturally, she's betrothed to a Beast.

Piers Yelverton, Earl of Marchant, lives in a castle in Wales where, it is rumored, his bad temper flays everyone he crosses. And rumor also has it that a wound has left the earl immune to the charms of any woman.

Linnet is not just any woman.

She is more than merely lovely: her wit and charm brought a prince to his knees. She estimates the earl will fall madly in love—in just two weeks.

Yet Linnet has no idea of the danger posed to her own heart by a man who may never love her in return.

If she decides to be very wicked indeed . . . what price will she pay for taming his wild heart?

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After getting into this book a bit, the story started to sound familiar. And no, I didn't get a "Beauty and the Beast" feeling. It was "Dr. Gregory House, Historical Edition". Yes, the hero reminded me a lot of the T.V. show "House". And after reading the author's comments at the end of the book, that was what she intended. Fortunately, I am a big House fan. Otherwise, I may have been turned off. I did enjoy the book - the chemistry and dialogue between the leads were charming.

My Rating: ****

Archangel's Kiss (Guild Hunter, Book 2) by Nalini Singh

Vampire hunter Elena Deveraux wakes from a year-long coma to find that she has become an angel-and that her lover, the stunningly dangerous archangel Raphael, likes having her under his control. But almost immediately, Raphael must ready Elena for a flight to Beijing, to attend a ball thrown by the archangel Lijuan. Ancient and without conscience, Lijuan's power lies with the dead. And she has organized the most perfect and most vicious of welcomes for Elena...

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Looking for a light-hearted urban fantasy/paranormal romance? This ain't it. However, if you like your stories very dark and sensual, you've come to the right place. First off, I don't recommend reading this 2nd book in the series until you've read the first, but I wouldn't consider this stand alone. And you'd miss so much of the awesome world-building that was in the first one. Elena is now an angel, and she is being trained by Raphael and some of his Seven. There's a mystery going on while Elena is adjusting to her change, together with having to deal with Lijuan, an Ancient who controls the dead. Action packed with some very sensual scenes, this is a series that should not be missed.

My Rating: *****

When Seducing a Duke (Victorian Soap Opera, Book 1) by Kathryn Smith

Enchant. Tempt. Entice. Beguile. Just a few things a woman must do when seducing a duke . . .

Rose Danvers charms her way into the glittering masked ball with only one man on her mind. She would risk certain scandal for a kiss from Greyden Kane, Duke of Ryeton—though she lusts for much, much more . . .

The ravishing woman in burgundy takes Grey's breath away. She reminds him of the sheltered beauty entrusted to his care, the only one who has ever touched his icy heart. But Rose would never allow herself to be so indiscreet, so ruled by passion . . .

Believing their forbidden embrace a terrible mistake, Grey knows he must do the honorable thing and find Rose a husband. But Rose will not be pawned off for propriety's sake. She will not rest until her seduction is complete and she has the duke bedded, wedded, and deeply satisfied. All he has to do is say yes . . .

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I absolutely love the historical paranormal romance series by Ms. Smith, and I enjoy her regular historical romances just as much. Something about this book just grabbed me; I was seduced by Grey, he of the wickedly scarred face and equally wicked past. Rose is quite an unusual heroine. She knows what she wants, and she doesn't hesitate to go after it. That includes reading dirty magazines. I won't go into the storyline. Suffice it to say it was filled with wonderful characters, an intriguing storyline, sensual love scenes, and emotions that grab you by the throat and don't let you go until long after the story is over.

My Rating: *****

Hunger Untamed (Feral Warriors, Book 5) by Pamela Palmer

They are called Feral Warriors—an elite band of immortals who can change shape at will. Sworn to rid the world of evil, consumed by sorcery and seduction, their wild natures are primed for release . . .

For a thousand years she has haunted him—Ariana, Queen of the linas, a beauty of mist and light. His love, his life mate . . . Kougar believed her lost to him forever, until the truth of her stunning betrayal left him bitter and hungry for revenge. Now she alone holds the power to save two trapped and desperate Feral Warriors.

Ariana, caught in a deadly battle of her own, is neither the soulless creature Kougar believes her to be nor the savior he seeks.

And when darkness threatens to annihilate both races, the greatest danger of all becomes the glorious love Kougar and Ariana once shared. A love that must never rise again. A love that has never died.

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First off, let's discuss the cover. When this series started, I actually hesitated to buy the books because the covers were kinda....well, tacky. Things have definitely changed for the better with the last 2 installments. I think this has got to be my favorite so far. Anyhooooo...

I think Ms. Palmer has now really hit her stride with these stories, also starting with the last book. Though the first were entertaining, I think we're now seeing a higher emotional level between our alpha males and their woman, and the stories flow much more smoothly. I thoroughly enjoyed this outing. I've liked Kougar since the beginning, and was looking forward to finding out about his broken mating bond. And what an emotional rollercoaster Kougar and Ariana's story ending up being! I'm really looking foward to the next book...and I'm keeping my fingers crossed that it will be Wulfe's!

My Rating: ****

His Captive Lady (Devil Riders, Book 2) by Anne Gracie

No one can resist the Devil Riders: four war heroes in search of one good woman.

Harry Morant's tough exterior hides a badly scarred heart. The natural son of an earl, high-born ladies have only one use for him—in the bedchamber. Now, after eight years at war, Harry is breeding racehorses and planning a practical, unemotional marriage. But when he buys a new estate, his careful plans are threatened by an unexpected passion for— of all things—an earl's daughter.

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The first book I read of Anne Gracie's was the 4th book in the Devil Riders series (yeah, it figures - number 4), and I absolutely adored it. It stood alone, and I hoped this one did, too. It did, and I'm SO glad I read it! This was a heart-breaking yet ultimately triumphant romance. Something about this story just touched me, and I don't think I could have asked for beter leads than Harry and Nell. I've got to get the other books than I'm missing!

My Rating: *****

To Seduce a Sinner (Legend of the Four Soldiers, Book 2) by Elizabeth Hoyt


For years, Melisande Fleming has loved Lord Vale from afar ... watching him seduce a succession of lovers, and once catching a glimpse of heartbreaking depths beneath his roguish veneer. When he's jilted on his wedding day, she boldly offers to be his.


Vale gladly weds Melisande, if only to produce an heir. But he's pleasantly surprised: A shy and proper Lady by day, she's a wanton at night, giving him her body --- though not her heart.


Determined to learn her secrets, this sinner starts to woo his seductive new wife --- while hiding the nightmares from his soldiering days in the Colonies that still haunt him. Yet when a deadly betrayal from the past threatens to tear them apart, Lord Vale must bare his soul to the woman he married ... or risk losing her forever.

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After reading the first book in this series, I went out and bought all other available Elizabeth Hoyt novels. It was that good. And thank goodness, after reading the second book, I found that it was no fluke! This was a continuation of the first story, and our hero and heroine appeared in that book. I wasn't sure how I would enjoy Vale's story, as he rather sounded like a nut, and was described as rather comical looking, except for his turquoise eyes. Apparently looks aren't everything, because I just loved him! The chemistry between Vale and Melisande was scorching. The elements dealing with PTSD added great depth to the story. Now to find book number 3 in my TBR files!

My Rating: *****

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

I'm trying to catch up....slowly but surely!

Never Resist Temptation by Miranda Neville

A woman on the run

Beautiful, spirited Jacobin de Chastelux would have been the perfect prize for any man . . . but she never imagined one would win her at a game of cards! When she learns that her dissolute, dastardly uncle and guardian had wagered her virtue—and lost­—she flees. A cunning disguise and her culinary talents land her in the royal kitchen as a chef. All is well until her uncle is poisoned by one of her desserts. Jacobin must escape again . . . to the home of the very man who won her in that infamous game!

Lord Storrington knows nothing of Jacobin's true identity. All he knows is that things are heating up­—and the sparks aren't coming from the stove. A delicious ecstasy tempts the scoundrel and the chef . . . one that can only end with sweet, sweet surrender.

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Once you suspend belief that this beautiful woman was able to disguise herself as a man as she worked among many men as a chef, it's quite a fun book. Pretty darn good for a debut novel. Sprinkled throughout with some recipes (Jacobin was a pastry chef), this was a lighthearted romance with a bit of mystery. And I admit Anthony's love of "little puffy things" made me smile.

My Rating: ****

Bound by Darkness (Soul Gatherer, Book 2) by Annette McCleave

Death's warriors guard against demon soul thieves for one chance at redemption...Desire be damned.

Bound together by burning desire and a similar darkness in their hearts, Soul Gatherers Brian Webster and Lena Sharpe race against time to take back from a demon ancient coins that could destroy civilization. But as the truth behind a deadly bargain Lena made surfaces, Brian is faced with a desperate choice-save the one, or save the many.

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With the Soul Gatherer series, Ms. McCleave has become one of my favorite authors. Though not quite as captivating as the first book, this one starts off with a bang and keeps the action going throughout most of the book. The characters from the first book are still featured quite a bit here, which just added to my enjoyment. My only issue was that I didn't find Brian and Lena to be that scorching as a couple - though troubled by the past, Brian was just such a nice guy, and the sparks didn't leap off the page when he was with Lena. But the story was great, and there's so much potential for great future installments in this series.

My Rating: ****

A Night of Secrets (Night, Book 1) by Lori Brighton

Grayson Bellamont has spent years on the Continent, fighting a war he cares nothing for. It is only while in the chaos of battle that he can hide what he truly is, a vampire. Returning to England, he finds his sister murdered and his seven-year-old niece missing. All over the country vampires are mysteriously dying. Grayson sets out to uncover the truth and locate his niece before it’s too late. All leads point to Meg James, a vicar’s daughter. Instinct tells him Meg is innocent, but the clues he uncovers warn she’s guilty. One thing is clear, Meg awakens a warmth inside of him he thought long dead and Grayson is torn between a sense of duty and his desires.

Vowing to honor a promise, Meg concocts a lie to keep a stranger’s child safe. She had no idea that protecting the child would mean putting her own life in danger. When Grayson arrives asking questions, Meg’s unease flares. Who is this mysterious man who seems to appear and disappear as quickly as a spirit? A man with strength like no other? As he pushes ever closer, taking over her senses with his touch, his kiss and his unexpected honor, she realizes she has even more to lose. Meg is falling in love with Grayson, but will he believe her when the truth will condemn the one person he trusts the most?

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Having really enjoyed Ms. Brighton's "Wild Heart", I snatched this one up when I saw it. Not only did the author's name catch my eye, but so did the beautiful cover. And the fact that it was a historical paranormal romance was just icing on the cake. I thought this was a great story, and I'm eagerly awaiting another one in this series. I fell in love with Grayson along with Meg. I thought the idea that Grayson was a soldier in a war to hide that he was a vampire was a unique one. I very quickly got caught up in this story and couldn't put it down. Great chemistry, together with a compelling mystery, kept me highly entertained.

My Rating: **** 1/2

The Darkest Hour (KGI, Book 1) by Maya Banks

Intelligence: high. Body: hard. Mission: what no one else can do.

It's been a year since ex-Navy SEAL Ethan Kelly saw his wife Rachel alive. Now he's received an anonymous phone call claiming Rachel is alive. To find her, Ethan will have to dodge bullets, cross a jungle, and risk falling captive to a deadly drug cartel that threatens his own demise.

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I usually read paranormal and historical romances, but I read good reviews of this series, so I figured I'd give it a try when I found this book in my used bookstore. The result? I immediately bought the other books available so far in this series for my Kindle. First of all, I love my alpha heroes...and what could be better than a series based on a whole family of alpha heroes? Ethan was a depressed mess at the beginning of the story, feeling horrible and guilty over the death of his wife - and it turns out she was still alive. Withdrawing from drugs she was forced to take during captivity, she can't remember a lot from her prior life. Ethan struggles with guilt over their prior life. With action, suspense, deep emotions and family drama, this is a phenomenal start to this series.

My Rating: **** 1/2

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Let's see if I can get my ass back in gear!

Moon Craving (Children of the Moon, Book 2) by Lucy Monroe

When Talorc-laird of the Sinclair clan and leader of his werewolf pack- must wed an Englishwoman, he's shocked to find that she is his mate. Deaf since childhood, Abigail hopes to keep her affliction from Talorc as long as possible, just as he has no intention of telling her that he's a werewolf. But when Abigail learns that the husband she's begun to love has deceived her, it will take all his warrior's strength-and his wolf's cunning-to win his wife back.

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Though I've only read 2 of the 3 books of this series, it's one of my favorites. Hot Highlanders AND shifters? Can't beat it! Though not absolutely necessary, I would read the first book before this one, as we were introduced to these characters briefly there. The story centered around their deceptions (she was deaf, he was a werewolf) which they attempted to keep the other from learning. Though the ending was a little abrupt and tidy for me, I still enjoyed it throroughly.

My Rating: *****

Her Every Pleasure (Spice Trilogy, Book 3) by Gaelen Foley

From the glittering ballrooms of Regency England to the sapphire waters of the Mediterranean, the dazzling finale of Gaelen Foley’s Spice trilogy unfurls the passionate tale of a rebel princess and the powerful warrior destined to become her champion.

Princess Sophia was only a child when Napoleon conquered the island paradise ruled by her father. Raised in England and now twenty-one, she means to claim the throne that is rightfully hers and bring peace to her war-torn land. But an ambush by enemies forces Sophia into hiding outside London. Disguising herself as a peasant girl until she can safely return, she meets Major Gabriel Knight, a wounded warrior whose brush with death has utterly changed him.

Heir to a great fortune, and a master swordsman, Gabriel has given up his worldly possessions and laid down his arms. Sophia is fascinated by his brooding magnetism, and Gabriel, lured by her fiery beauty and healed by her touch, is drawn back inexorably toward the world of the living.

But when Sophia’s royal destiny is revealed, Gabriel knows he must take up his sword again, whatever the cost, to protect his princess from those who would destroy her. And as longing blossoms into passion, Gabriel discovers the one cause that is truly worth fighting for. . .

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Though I'm a big fan of Ms. Foley's, I found this book to be a bit of a disappointment. Perhaps it's because I didn't read the first two books in the story. But this one was just missing "something"; not sure what. I did like Gabriel, though I did find find him a wee bit dim. (Seriously, he finds a girl in his barn and thinks she's a gift from his brother?! Christmas at the Knights' house must have been interesting!) I did find Sophia to be a bit irritating; I found it a little hard to see what Gabriel found so captivating about her. But it was entertaining enough to keep me occupied.

My Rating: ***

After Dark With A Scoundrel (Lords of Vice, Book 3) by Alexandra Hawkins

Notorious, handsome, and decadent, the Lords of Vice break rules and hearts with equal aplomb. But what if one woman is on to their game—and the player becomes the played?


Young, tender, and highly impressionable, Lady Regan can’t help but be intrigued by her brother’s wayward friends—the wickedly charming Lords of Vice. One man in particular, the dashing Lord Hugh Mordare (known simply as “Dare” among the ton), utterly captivates her—in spite of his reputation as a notorious womanizer. But when she steals an innocent kiss from Dare, Regan is swiftly packed off to boarding school, safely away from danger…and desire.


Five years later, Regan returns—a proper lady and ravishing beauty. Miss Swann’s Academy for Young Ladies has taught her how to behave in polite society. But all the training in the world cannot extinguish her love for Dare. Now, she hopes to beat the master of seduction at his own game—by daring Dare to love her in return. This time, both of their hearts are on the line…and winner takes all.

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This series is a hell of a lot of fun! I just adore bad boys in my books, and there are some awfully good ones here. This has been my favorite of the 3 books so far, and I hope there are many more to come. It starts out charmingly, with Regan as a young girl, being just one of the guys...until she has a kiss with Dare, and is packed off. Years later she returns, and she is reunited with Dare, who realizes she is now all woman. Regan is an engaging character, full of spunk and daring. Dare is a perfect hero for her. I'm certainly looking forward to the next one!

My Rating: **** 1/2

Vow of Deception (Knights of the Crusade, Book 2) by Angela Johnson

As a knight, Sir Rand Montague's allegiance is to King Edward I. But when the king orders Rand to escort Rosalyn Harcourt to court in order to wed her off to Sir Golan - a crass knight Rand abhors - he's torn between duty and desire. For Rand has never forgotten the woman he spent one incredible night of passion with...After suffering abuse at the hands of her deceased husband, Rose wishes to never wed again. But when Rand rescues her after Sir Golan attempts to compromise her, she agrees to marry Rand in name only. However, sharing such close quarters with Rand brings back memories of their torrid rendezvous - and tempts Rose to give in to an all-consuming desire...

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I enjoyed my second foray into the Knights of the Crusade series just as much as I did the first. Rand and Rose were secondary characters in the first, and I was quite looking forward to their story. Rose was an interesting heroine....abused by her first husband, she was wary of getting close to another man. And then there was the mystery surrounding the death of her abuser husband. I really liked Rand in the first book, and he was even better here. I hope Ms. Johnson continues with this series.

My Rating: ****

Touching Darkness (Offspring, Book 3) by Jaime Rush

They live ordinary lives, but they are extraordinary. They are the Offspring, children of a mysterious experiment gone awry—and they are in terrible danger.

Nicholas Braden has an uncanny psychic talent for finding things—which is why he's been recruited for a covert government program designed to hunt down terrorists. While his work for a shady controller named Darkwell is leading him down some very questionable alleyways, it's also bringing him closer to Olivia, Darkwell's stunning young assistant. A "good girl" with a wild, secret side, Olivia tempts Nicholas in ways he never believed possible—and in his business, a loss of control could prove fatal.

But there is something not right about the operation. And as Nicholas and Olivia's passion reaches a white-hot intensity, chilling reversals of good and evil, of right and wrong, suddenly threaten their very survival.

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Though not my favorite paranormal series, with the Offspring I'm always guaranteed a good, entertaining read. I enjoyed this one more than the last. Though I wondered how Nicholas would turn out as a hero, I was pleasantly surprised. I particularly liked Olivia - though working for the "bad guys", she was led to believe that the work they were doing was for the good of the country. She definitely finds out otherwise! Nicholas and Olivia had great chemistry. Hope the next story is just as good.

My Rating: ****

The Notorious Bridegroom by Kit Donner

Ever since the horrible day her brother was accused of treason, Patience Mandeley hasn't recognized her own behavior. Under normal circumstances she would never be disguised as a maid, skulking around a earl's estate for secrets she isn't meant to find. But now the situation is desperate, and Patience will do whatever it takes to spare her beloved brother the noose, even if it means finding the true spy herself.

To do that, she'll have to gain access to the estate of Lord Londringham, the most desired bachelor in all of England—without him knowing who she really is. But even in her maid's uniform, she can't miss the looks of unsuppressed desire she receives from her employer, and she finds to her dismay that the attraction is quite mutual. Though she knows she must ignore her feelings for this dark-haired rogue to save her family and escape ruin, his close proximity is making all reason impossible. . .and Patience may find that the real traitor is her own body. . .

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I guess this was okay for a first book. Frankly, it didn't do that much for me. But it did keep my occupied for a few hours, so it served its purpose. I didn't think that much of Patience; I found her to be quite irritating. I wasn't that impressed with the hero, either. I got the impression that the author wasn't sure if she wanted this to be a comedy or a serious story. Hopefully she'll improve with time. Especially since I have her follow-up book!

My Rating: ***

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Well, crap!

Notice no reviews? Well, I had a wee problem with the Kindle: The wi-fi stopped working!!!!!!

I tried it at home. I tried it at work. I could not connect anywhere. So I had to call Amazon customer service. Had to reset to factory settings, which wiped out all my books. That didn't work, so I had to mail it back.

I've got to give props to Amazon customer service. They were AWESOME! The guy I had on the phone was so patient with me....even when my phone went dead! I called customer service but got someone else. My original guy called me on my cell until he got a hold of me. That's dedication. I was told a replacement would be shipped.

It was shipped - it was waiting for me when I got home THE NEXT DAY.

My only complaint? They replace the defective one with a refurbished model. And I had only had mine since January. However, it was factory sealed and gone over with a fine tooth comb. It was absolutely immaculate - not a fingerprint or smudge to be found on it. And it worked! Plus, the warranty would cover me until January 2012, just like the original was covered. So I honestly can't complain.

Once again, Amazon, YOU ROCK!

Ahhhhhh, then I had the joy of loading 1500 items back on that sucker! The Kindle books I bought were easy enough - they were in my archives and were easy to reload. The fun ones were the tons I got from other sites; and there were a lot, I tell you! What was worse? Organizing all those bad boys back into my categories! Didn't remember what most of them were, so I had to look most of them up. BUT I'M DONE!!!!

No excuse now....must get to reviewing!