If you are looking for a break from the normal rather too serious historical romances you have found the perfect book, filled with the silly humorous...moreIf you are looking for a break from the normal rather too serious historical romances you have found the perfect book, filled with the silly humorous mishaps that seem to follow Gillian no matter where she goes you will fall as deeply in love with her as the "Black Earl" Lord Noble Wessex long before the tale is told! Either that or you may feel it to be too much of a fluffy piece and give up, either way you will not be unaffected.
Book Info Paperback, 352 pages Expected publication: February 25th 2014 by Dell (first published June 5th 2002) original title Circle of Death (Damask C...moreBook Info Paperback, 352 pages Expected publication: February 25th 2014 by Dell (first published June 5th 2002) original title Circle of Death (Damask Circle, #2) ISBN 0440246563 (ISBN13: 9780440246565) series Damask Circle #2 other editions (6) Source:Netgalley EARC
In one vicious night, Kirby Brown’s world is torn apart. Her best friend is dead, killed by a madman who is now after Kirby, and she has no idea why. When the police prove incapable of protecting Kirby, she has no choice but to trust a mysterious stranger. And while she finds herself inexplicably drawn to him, she fears the strange abilities he wields.
An investigator for the Damask Circle, Doyle Fitzgerald, has come to Melbourne, Australia, to hunt down a killer. What he doesn’t expect to find is a cadre of witches capable of controlling the elements, a sorceress determined to take that power for herself, and a broken woman who is more than she seems. Doyle is certain that the reason behind the bloodshed lies in Kirby’s past—a past she has no wish to remember. Because Doyle isn’t the only one with magic in his soul: Kirby’s special gifts have the strength to destroy the world.
Like Circle of Fire book 2 Circle Of Death focuses on one couple who are brought together during a murder investigation by Damask Circle members.
However this time found myself totally delighted with both main characters as they clicked for me immediately upon being introduced to them, this in turn made the story much more enjoyable as it unfolded.
The writing also seemed to be smoother as the plot pacing and the way in which different story threads were connected flowed better as did the development of both Kirby and Doyle as their story lines were exposed, the two manage to uncover clues to the killer they are seeking as well as a relationship that is more believable since they do not instantly act upon their attraction to each other but let it develop a little more naturally as they spend time together.
Just like lots of other romantic suspense this one takes place in a short period of time but manages to impart a lot of action, tense moments as well as some surprises that keep you wanting to find out what comes next which all ties together to create a reading experience that is very easy to follow.
While there is a lot going on in this book that gives us glimpses into both Doyle and Kirby’s past it adds to the reality of the story and as things build every new reveal brings us closer to why Kirby is one of the women targeted by the killer.
Like first book in the series this book can be read as a stand alone since it concludes without a cliffhanger ending of any kind, a fact that I am particularly fond of as so many series lead from one book to the next.
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Filled with the kind of fun craziness that only teens could get themselves into this was a joy to read and especially loved the ending which allowed D...moreFilled with the kind of fun craziness that only teens could get themselves into this was a joy to read and especially loved the ending which allowed Drew to finally follow one of his lifelong dreams. Angelo and friends are a great group of characters to whittle away the time with.(less)
Book Info Kindle Edition, 3rd Edition, 230 pages Published November 5th 2013 by Tracy Cooper-Posey (first published April 1st 2004) original title Heart...moreBook Info Kindle Edition, 3rd Edition, 230 pages Published November 5th 2013 by Tracy Cooper-Posey (first published April 1st 2004) original title Heart of Vengeance ASIN B00GH1BUZ0 edition language English URL series other editions (6) Source: Digital edition from Author in exchange for honest review
In order to find her father's killer, Helena of York is forced to play the most dangerous game of her life. The Saxon noblewoman, now an outlaw, must adopt a false identity and pose as a Norman in the courts and great halls of Richard I's England. Should she be unmasked, her life will be forfeit. But Helena is willing to pay any price for her revenge. Stephen, Count of Dinan, once Richard's greatest friend and most able knight, finds himself an outcast from the court for reasons shrouded in mystery. Now known as the 'Black Baron', he finds himself a friendless outcast in a glittering world he has come to despise. Two dangerous destinies.The only goal in Stephen's life is to restore his honor and once again serve his king. The only desire in Helena's life is to kill the man who destroyed her father and her future. Then the 'Black Baron's' suspicions draw him into Helena's web of deceit and, together, they find themselves entangled in a greater conspiracy that threatens the throne of England itself and two embattled hearts that have allowed themselves to be touched by love.
Having been approached by the author with this book series gladly accepted a chance to read both the first and second in exchange for an honest review because quite frankly am enamored of the Arthurian legends and the infamous Robin of Loxley or as he is better known “Robin Hood”. Not disappointed when finished book one Diana By The Moon but when finished book two Heart Of Vengeance was even more impressed with the attention to even small details and the many references to historical events that added depth to the story created for the characters.
The action was interspersed with suspenseful moments that kept one anticipating what was coming next and the serious tones of the book were also offset with humorous byplay between Helena and Stephen as well as the pairs deepening of affections towards one another, which was allowed to develop at a pace that was believable as well as charged with heat.
Captivating tale, hated to put book down when real life chores interfered with reading. Helena and Stephen are matched well and the quest the pair end up undertaking together is full of suspenseful twists and dangerous turns. This was not only a fulfilling romantic suspense tale but one that showed the characters at their worst and their best as they sought to untangle the mysterious identity of the person who was behind the events that cost Helena her father.
This tale was filled with instances which easily allowed the reader to grasp the political maneuverings of the time, the drawbacks to being female and provided just enough contrast between serious events as well as those of a lighter note to truly create an intriguing tale for those of us who love history mixed with romantic elements.
I look forward to reading more from Tracy Cooper Posey in the future as she has written in several different genres that I enjoy.
[Digital edition from Author in exchange for honest review]
Book Info ebook, 0 pages Published April 8th 2010 by Cerridwen Press (first published August 1st 2000) ISBN 141992379X (ISBN13: 9781419923791) URL other...moreBook Info ebook, 0 pages Published April 8th 2010 by Cerridwen Press (first published August 1st 2000) ISBN 141992379X (ISBN13: 9781419923791) URL other editions (3) Source:Ecopy from author
He is Arthur's man. His duty is his life. She fears and mistrusts him. The only way they will survive is to work together.
Britain, 469 A.D.: Shortly after the Roman legions returned to Rome, leaving Britain open to Saxon attacks, Diana's abusive parents die during a Saxon raid on their villa farm, the same day her brother takes most of the male slaves and servants to join the rebel Celt, Arthur.
Diana, who no longer trusts anyone, must find a way for the women in her household to survive after the enemy has stolen everything. They struggle to eke out a living from the meager provisions remaining.
Alaric, proud Celtic warrior and trusted lieutenant to the upstart British leader, Arthur, has been sent by him to establish and maintain a line of signal beacons -- one of which must be built on a strategic hill on Diana's property.
His mission is critical to the security of Britain. Alaric must overcome his hatred of Romans if he is to fulfill Arthur's ambitions in the north. He forces Diana to agree in return for the protection of Alaric and his men. Diana is pulled into a deadly political net, when Roman British enemies, including the Bishop of Eboracum, take exception to her new Celtic allies.
A haunting tale of two lives touched by the coming of King Arthur, and two hearts and souls struggling to come together against odds as great as those against Britain itself. Only together will they survive, or else be sundered...forever.
Diana by the Moon is part of the Jewels of Tomorrow series
Reader Advisory: This book contains references to rape in war. Publisher’s Note: This book was previously published elsewhere.
In the times after the Roman legions withdrew from Britain the invasions of Saxon hordes caused the loss of life of many. Diana and the inhabitants of her families villa are some of the casualties of war. Even though she and other womenfolk survived the consequences of losing the menfolk whose labour provided for their families means privation and hardships heretofore unknown.
Diana herself lost her parents, older sister and brother-in-law during a Saxon raid and this thrusts a once shy retiring young woman into the role of head of house and responsible for the welfare of all those who were left alive by the raiders. Having taken on the task of providing for those in her care Diana has finally found the purpose for her life that she thought had passed her by, however by Roman law an unmarried female cannot possess nor manage property and this becomes a dilemma in her future.
Alaric is first and foremost a soldier, so when he finds himself having to negotiate a way which is acceptable to both Diana and himself that allows him to carry out his mission he is at first angered. However as time goes on and he becomes aware of the dire straits that Diana and her people face from lack of provisions to carry them through the winter his attitude changes and he enlists his men to add their labors to helping ease the burden as well as fortify the villas defenses.
Over time the daily interactions of Alaric and Diana draw them closer, their alliance becomes even more pressing when a mutual enemy tries to force Diana into an unlikely marriage. Their story is one of sacrifice, courage, loyalty and ultimately a love that erases boundaries of culture and upbringing providing hope for a better future for themselves and those who followed in their footsteps.
Like other well researched historical romances this one relies heavily on events that are common to the time period and add flavor as well as realism to the story constructed around it’s characters. My favorite legends are those of King Arthur so this was a great addition to showcase the man’s ability to inspire loyalty as well as his grand vision to unite the peoples of Britain.
A sweeping saga that combines bits of the legend of King Arthur and a love affair that heralds a new regime for the people of opposing cultures. Filled with suspense as well as darker subject matters this tale rings true and was a pleasure to read from start to finish!
Book Info ebook, 0 pages Expected publication: March 1st 2014 by MIRA(first published February 25th 2014) original title Atonement ISBN 139781488707667 se...moreBook Info ebook, 0 pages Expected publication: March 1st 2014 by MIRA(first published February 25th 2014) original title Atonement ISBN 139781488707667 series Beartooth, Montana #4 other editions (1) Source:Netgalley EARC Book Buy Links Amazon B&N
Just how far are people willing to go to keep their secrets?
Protecting the citizens of Beartooth, Montana, is never an easy job. It's been one year, and Sheriff Dillon Lawson still feels guilty that he couldn't save his twin brother, Ethan. But the biggest test of his bravery comes when Tessa Winters arrives, claiming to be pregnant with Ethan's baby. At first, Dillon can't decide if this beautiful woman is a con artist or a victim. If Ethan didn't die in that car crash, then where is he—and why is he hiding?
Now, Dillon is prepared to do anything to uncover the truth—anything except admit his growing feelings for Tessa. But with violence threatening, Tessa and Dillon must trust in each other to save not only themselves but also Tessa's unborn child.
Being this is the fourth book in a series there is a lot that I missed, however the author did a good job of tying up the loose threads from the previous book with this one she also put in a lot of effort to make this story work as a stand alone.
There is no way to really get across how all the bits and pieces that are revealed in this book tie together without revealing too much. Suffice to say that since Dillon Lawson was a young man he had tried to help look out for and make things easier for his twin brother Ethan. The two were identical and growing up Dillon took great pride in that but for Ethan is was always a burden as he never felt comfortable as a twin, ultimately they grew apart with Dillon upholding the law and Ethan forever breaking it.
Tessa Winters comes along right as Dillon is distraught over the anniversary of his brother’s death a year earlier, outraged and pregnant she at first believes Dillon to be Ethan but after being presented with proof that Dillon was indeed the twin she never knew about Tessa has no choice but to accept that Ethan is long gone from her and her child’s life.
The truth of Ethan being missing rather than dead sets off a chain of events that take Dillon and Tessa on a search to find he and several of Ethan’s partners in crime which in turn sets off a chain of events that leads to even more startling secrets being revealed.
Weaving the prior mystery of what happened to Sheriff Frank Curry’s ex-wife and the current mystery of where Ethan is and why he faked his own death leads the reader through a labyrinth that will keep you guessing and on the edge of your seat more than once. As each thread of the story is unraveled and each mystery is solved Dillon finds himself caring more and more for Tessa and her unborn child, the question is will she return his feelings or will she once again turn to Ethan once they are reunited?
Like the other cowboy western romances read by author B J Daniels this was a great mixture of suspense, romance and family drama.
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Book Info Kindle Edition, 368 pages Expected publication: February 4th 2014 by Atria/Emily Bestler Books (first published January 1st 2013) ASIN B00AYID...moreBook Info Kindle Edition, 368 pages Expected publication: February 4th 2014 by Atria/Emily Bestler Books (first published January 1st 2013) ASIN B00AYIDRAS series HP Pettersson #3 other editions (10) Source:Netgalley EARC
The stunning conclusion to the groundbreaking Scandinavian crime trilogy featuring a deadly game that blurs reality and fiction in a world obsessed with social media. It’s the middle of summer and Stockholm is preparing for the wedding of a beloved Swedish princess. Trying to move on with his life after the end of The Game, HP is still struggling to find his way when he receives an anonymous text message asking if he’d like back in. HP knows his participation has already put himself and his sister in danger and he’d like to ignore the text, but he also realizes he doesn’t know who to trust. HP tried to stay hidden and on the run, but he can’t escape the Game Master. Hoping to uncover the truth behind The Game and free himself from the Game Master’s control forever, HP decides to accept one more assignment.
Rebecca’s life has changed dramatically as a result of her brother’s involvement in The Game and she, too, is trying to move on and find the truth. And now she’s determined to uncover the connection between her late father’s past and her brother’s current predicament. But will Rebecca’s investigation into the past cost her the future? Taking action, HP hunts down a man he believes might be the Game Master himself. With a band of fellow former Game players, they infiltrate the Fortress in order to collect information that could be the Game’s undoing. But is he strong enough to take down The Game? And can he trust his fellow gamers?
A fast-paced, technological thriller that concludes the story that began in Game and Buzz, Bubble will have readers gasping for breath during the final showdown between HP and the Game Master.
In this final book of the trilogy Bubble: A Thrillerfocuses our attention once more on HP, the slacker whose inability to perform as a productive member of society has led him to his participation in the game that he now wishes he had never heard of!
As a main character HP is not one that inspires the reader to wholeheartedly cheer for the success of, he is a product of a culture in society whose lack of initiative and personal discipline leads one to actually be somewhat inclined to say that he has earned whatever punishment comes his way. However the fact is that the alternating story lines that are told from first his point of view and than that of his sister Rebecca do make for interesting contrasts in how two siblings could be so unlike each other in both their actions and reactions to events in the past that molded them into the person they have become.
This is a tale that outlines how easy it would be to formulate and execute conspiracies using the technology of todays world in a way that is both brilliant and corrupting.
The mastermind is finally revealed, the past and present have united and all is now explained, the game is over or is it really?
My advice would be to read the entire trilogy because none of the books are stand alone stories but rather they build upon one another from book to book.
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Book Info Paperback, 304 pages Expected publication: January 7th 2014 by Harlequin ISBN 0373885873 (ISBN13: 9780373885879) other editions None found Sourc...moreBook Info Paperback, 304 pages Expected publication: January 7th 2014 by Harlequin ISBN 0373885873 (ISBN13: 9780373885879) other editions None found Source:Netgalley EARC
A vampire hunter finds himself powerless to resist a bewitching stranger's dangerous magic in Michele Hauf's latest romance.
In all his years of battling the undead, Kaz has never seen bloodlust like this. And as a Knight of the Stake, it's up to him to find out who's responsible for the mayhem sweeping the streets of Paris and put a stop to it. Kaz's task becomes infinitely more complicated when a very attractive witch wants to help.
With her quirky charm and irresistibly kissable lips, Zo just feels right to Kaz, the way no mortal woman ever has before. But as a sworn enemy of the supernatural, can he really trust a witch? Especially one with dangerous secrets of her own?
My first thoughts on starting this was how easily and quickly the story drew me in. The beginning starts with 16 year-old Kaz fighting off his first vampire and soon segues into an action packed alley brawl with 4 more years later.
As action packed as the story began once Kaz connected with Zoe things seem to lose their momentum, which was funny because a lot happens between the two together and seperately throughout the book.
After giving it much thought the main reason for the pacing seeming to feel off was the fact that the clues to what was going on did not gel for either Kaz or Zoe until way late in the game, it just took too long for the dots to connect that the particular case Kaz was working on and Zoe’s magical secret project had something in common.
Have you ever watched a game show, maybe Wheel Of Fortune, and gotten the clues while the contestants just shook their heads. It is so frustrating because no matter what you cannot reach them with the answers, it felt the same way throughout the investigation into who, what, when, where and the why of the addictive substance which was wreaking havoc on the Vampire community of Paris and which caused the death of two of Kaz’s friends.
I felt like the story kept circling around revealing the puzzle pieces to Kaz and Zoe until everything came together about three quarters of the way and fell into place like dominoes. It made room for the pairs romance to grow but it also felt like there could have been less going on and things would have gotten solved sooner.
The book still was enjoyable, the relationship between Kaz and Zoe grew naturally, the secrets in their pasts were resolved allowing each of them to finally feel free of the conflicting emotions each had dealt with alone for years and the villain was brought to justice in an ironic twist of fate allowing the investigation to close.
Not a bad way to escape reality just not something that felt totally cohesive from start to finish as would read in fits and starts because for some reason just could not find the rhythm needed to keep me from putting book down.
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Book Info ebook, 250 pages Expected publication: October 7th 2013 by Entangled: Brazen ISBN 1622663497 (ISBN13: 9781622663491) series Shaken Dirty other e...moreBook Info ebook, 250 pages Expected publication: October 7th 2013 by Entangled: Brazen ISBN 1622663497 (ISBN13: 9781622663491) series Shaken Dirty other editions None found Source:Publisher
Jamison Matthews has lusted after Ryder Montgomery since she was a preteen. But now that Ryder and her brother's band, Shaken Dirty, has made it huge, she's just one of many pining for the brooding lead singer. Too bad Ryder still sees her as a little sister. Not that it matters. Her brother would never allow it, and the last thing Jamison wants is to be another notch on a rock star's bed post. Even if it's Ryder's.
Ryder doesn't deserve happiness. After his fame destroyed his last girlfriend, he swore he'd never fall in love again. So when Jamison, the girl he's been in danger of loving for years, joins the band on the road, he'll do anything to deny the sparks between them--even after one hot night together. But Jamison is determined to show Ryder that he's worthy of love--her love--and that she's all grown up and ready to play.
[On a personal note growing up in the time of MTV and VH1 watching rock music videos it was so easy to "feed" my fantasies with the long haired, tattooed, pierced and physically ripped male specimens who filled my television screen daily and my dreams nightly.
My own personal real life crush however was on the young man who lived down the street from us. His long brown hair/tight jeans/tighter tees, sexy guitar playing, rock music singing self was only a few years older than me but in our small South Texas town his (in my naive eyes) "worldly experience" was very appealing to a girl who lived a very sheltered life thanks to a very overprotective father.
Despite misgivings that same "Rock God" and I have been married close to 32 years, he still wears tight jeans and plays and sings rock and roll music and I still have a "crush" on him for it all these years later! Good thing he does not mind my "crush" on book characters like Ryder, right?]
Rock bands and their "bad boy members" have long been some of my favorite lead male characters in a contemporary romance. Ryder Montgomery personifies such a character, right down to the tight jeans and tees that hug every delicious inch of the "rock god" front man for the mythical band "Shaken Dirty"!
Jamison Matthews for all intents and purposes is pretty much treated like the kid sister of the bands members, Ryder in particular seems to want to never remove her from that status and after 10 long years of being in love with her big brothers best friend she is determined to at long last prove she is a grown woman who knows her own heart's desire!
My favorite scenes between Jamison and Ryder brought me to tears as the emotions portrayed were so raw and so real that you just want so badly for the two to work out as they totally belong together.
With what happened in his past Ryder feels like he can never take a chance on hurting Jamison and he constantly pushes her away time and time again. Here is his explanation: The chemistry between him and Jamison might suddenly be off the charts, but that didn’t mean there could be something between them. Because there couldn’t be. He wouldn’t allow there to be.
Later on in the story there are a couple of scenes where Jamison feels lacking and unsure that what Ryder feels for her is more than just base lust, you will melt like I did:
She felt beautiful when he looked at her like that, when he touched her and held her and stroked her like she was the only woman in the world. She knew it was a lie, knew he’d probably be with another woman before the week ended, but she couldn’t bring herself to care. Not when he was looking at her like she was his whole world.
He stopped kissing her abruptly, tilted his head up until those gorgeous onyx eyes of his blazed into her own. “Jamison?” he asked, his voice still husky with desire. “Are you okay?” And just that easily, she relaxed. Hearing him say her name, knowing she was more to him than some nameless, faceless body soothed her as nothing else could have.
He smiled then and her heart stuttered a little in her chest. Because it wasn’t the smile he gave the hoards of screaming fans, wasn’t the smile he gave the other guys or his friends or even the women he slept with. She’d seen all those smiles a hundred—a thousand—times through the years. No, this was his Jamison smile. The one he kept just for her, and the fact that he was giving it to her now helped settle her like nothing else could.
Time on the road together brings Jamison closer to the entire band, each member having at some point in her life helping her through a few milestones of girlhood thus cementing their place as friends she could count on when needed. Jamison had missed that since the band's career started to take off and their touring took them on the road for long stretches of time.
Taken out of context of the intimate moments between Jamison and Ryder these snippets of scenes in no way completely convey the intensity that comes through as you read the story but they do give a glimpse of just how passionately sincere the characters emotions are, particularly this heartfelt confession Ryder makes to Jamison when he realizes just how much she has come to mean to him despite his best intentions:
"I never knew I could feel about anyone the way I feel about you. It’s so huge, so monumental, that it terrifies me. Because you see me. You see all the way inside of me to places nobody else even knows exist. And I can’t understand, can’t imagine, what someone like you could possibly see in someone like me.”
The author touched upon the band members relationships briefly, more so their individual backgrounds with Jamison which explained why they were all so protective of her, and I look forward to the further exploration of each character in future works about the group as they release. As a longtime fan of rock'n'roll and the "bad boys and girls" behind the music this contemporary friends to lovers romance hit every emotion and it has the potential for a series to rival that of one that I have loved since the beginning of Sinners On Tour written by author Olivia Cunning, without being quite as raunchy but still holding it's own and looking forward to the rest of the band members tales in future!
[E-Copy from Publisher in exchange for honest review]
The 1980’s: it’s the time of Dungeons & Dragons, banana clips, and Atari. Jonathan Schwartz is growing up in a family like no other. His sisters, Nadia, the dark genius, and Olivia, the gorgeous tease and temptress, manipulate Jon and his friends for their own entertainment. And his Holocaust survivor grandparents? Their coping techniques are beyond embarrassing. A disastrous visit to Jon’s class by his grandmother unhinges his famous father, setting off a chain of events that threatens to send the dysfunctional Schwartz clan up in flames once and for all. Fun & Games is a heartbreaking and hilarious story of faith, family secrets, betrayal, and loss—but it’s also a tale of friendship, love, and side-splitting shenanigans.
Never let it be said that a title does not capture the essence of a book, there is quite a bit of "fun" in this story and a whole lot of "games" but in both cases the meaning of the words are different than their actual use by the author.
We start out with Jon and his 9th grade friends, Cory, Jake and Milo at the Schwartz home having a normal get together for their group. Dungeons and Dragons may be the game of choice but the boys real motivation this particular night seems to be centered upon a chart that they have created called "The Purity Test", a list of 100 questions that determined ones "Purity Rating".
The further we get into the story however it's simple beginnings start to delve into darker areas that provide a tone far different than simple "Fun & Games".
The day to day accounting of the characters lives takes us through harrowing familial drama, devastating personal loss of loved ones, the teens hijinks during their 4 years of High School followed by the pitfalls the boys are faced with when they go away to college all the while allowing the reader ample time to adjust to the changes occurring as Jon and his friends learn that growing up is not exactly what they imagined it would be.
The trauma at the end is offset by a final revelation that finally allows Jon to start to come to terms with the past and look forward to a brighter future. This story will make you sad in places, make you smile and laugh in others and probably at inappropriate places too, it will tug at your heartstrings as you empathize with the characters when remembering similar times in your own life and most of all it will remind us that no matter what you think there is always someone whose family is just a little wackier than your own!
Growing up in the 80's never played D&D but do remember some of my peers doing so, luckily also did not have quite such a kooky family nor were my eclectic friends as zany as Jon's but this book did bring back goofy memories just like some of the ones portrayed in the story.
[EARC copy from author in exchange for honest review]
Book Info ebook, 46 pages Published July 15th 2013 by Book Rix GmbH & Co. KG ISBN 139783730937365 edition language English Source: DRC from Author in...moreBook Info ebook, 46 pages Published July 15th 2013 by Book Rix GmbH & Co. KG ISBN 139783730937365 edition language English Source: DRC from Author in exchange for honest review
Daniel Zurenski feels like a total loser, but he's about to encounter a crazy array of characters who are going to change his life forever. It starts with Fred Zimmerman (and his unique pet) who scrubs pots at The Spaghetti Barn restaurant and accidentally sets off a disastrous chain of events. There's the volatile restaurant manager Paolo and his greasy head chef nephew Tony. Then there's a fanatical sports reporter named Bruce Jagerski who dreams of winning a marathon if only he didn't have such a bizarre running style. All come together during marathon race weekend in this hilarious tale which will keep you guessing right to the finish line.
Daniel Zurenski's tale about how he met his wife is a convulated comedy of errors that are so cleverly concocted and so seamlessly blended together when you finish this very short story you will feel compelled to read it again to double check for yourself how certain scenes played out.
I thoroughly enjoyed the way the author took random events and then wove them into the story in a way that they ended up creating a thread that changed Daniel's whole life in a very short period of time. Short though it is this story will warm your heart as well as give you a few shocks when least expected.
For sure you will cheer Daniel on in his efforts to grant his mothers last wish, you will also laugh yourself silly before you finish the story and smile along with Daniel after he tells how he met his daughters mother!
I will say that my favorite part was the mayhem caused by Fred and poor Rambo, you have to read it for yourself to find out why.
Human/vampire relations are in turmoil in a stunning new series by New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Susan Krinard
Tensions between human and vampire factions are escalating. Peace hangs in the balance. And like two ill-fated stars, Alexia Fox and Damon are destined to collide. She's a seductive human operative on a mission to infiltrate an illegal vampire colony. He's a vampire and represents everything she loathes-and all that she desires. Their attraction is scorching, immediate...and could explode like the fragile truce they've both been fighting independently to preserve. Now the world's last hope hinges on their ability to work together. As enemies they are doomed, but as allies they just might save the world.
What I did not like or what gave me the most pause as I read the book were a couple or things:
1. The two main characters internalize more than they show by word or deed, even their actions are not consistent with how they seem to feel at times and it can be a bit confusing if not downright misleading.
2. The at times overwhelming amount of information that could have been minimalized by the characters just taking action rather than "thinking" things to death.
3. The fact that the main characters are involved almost from the beginning while at the same time they fight their mutual feelings for each other, even though they become physically intimate, and they show no real trust in one another until almost the end of the book which makes it hard to see them as a couple.
What I did like and what kept me enjoying reading the story:
1. The world building done by the author was concise and well developed.
2. The different factions of Vampires are explained in just enough detail to set them apart from each other and keep track of who is who easier.
3. Alexia Fox, the dhampire Aegis agent, is a strong leading female character whose mission puts her at war with herself emotionally even though she tries not to let it hamper her ability to complete her job.
4. Damon is very believable as a Vampire who has the ability to walk in daylight with full immunity to the sun, his race the Darketans are not quite unique to vampire lore but rarely explored and my favorite type of vampire hybrid.
While I felt a bit of confusion trying to keep up with the different characters and their allegiances at times on the whole this was a nice easy read that the author has detailed very believably and her characters are developed in a manner that allows the reader more time to focus on the the action in the scenes rather than spending a lot of time worrying about who is doing what or why they are behaving the way they are.
There is a lot of political maneuvering that takes place in the story, at times it overshadows the main plot point and at times it also dictates the characters actions but in the end it all boils down to whether or not enmity can be set aside for the good of both human and vampire alike. By the time you finish this book you will have a new appreciation for just how hard such a resolution is to achieve. Kudos for the way in which the author dealt with the many problems as they arise throughout the story.
A John Pritkin short. This story is set prior to the beginning of the Cassie Palmer series. It nonetheless contains spoilers for all fiv...moreBook Synopsis
A John Pritkin short. This story is set prior to the beginning of the Cassie Palmer series. It nonetheless contains spoilers for all five books. This is a little story about a house. It was written in answer to a question that came in for the Facebook Q&A asking: "How old is Pritkin's house in Stratford? In the book he stated that he had owned it for over 100 years, but I wondered when the house was actually built and if someone had owned it before him." I started to answer it in the Q&A, but thought it deserved better. So here it is, and hope you enjoy.
What an utterly delightful tale to clue fans of John Pritkin in on how he came about acquiring his home, a place that could have been tailor made for the man if one believes in fate coming true!
Short and sweet this is as others say a side of Pritkin that we do not engage with often, so happy that the author included this little tale in with the series as a prequel free read.(less)
A John Pritkin short, available for free on Karen Chance’s website and Smashwords.com.
"Shadowland" is a novella set between Curse the Daw...moreBook Synopsis
A John Pritkin short, available for free on Karen Chance’s website and Smashwords.com.
"Shadowland" is a novella set between Curse the Dawn (Cassie Palmer #4) and Hunt the Moon (Cassie Palmer #5). It should be read after "A Family Affair".
* Contains spoilers for the first four Cassandra Palmer books.
As usual Cassie is in need of being rescued, John Pritkin is his brooding self and the entire action packed chain of events goes by at lightning speed with bits of background here and there to bring readers up to speed and at the same time leave them open to what is still to come.
My thanks to the author for incorporating the reference to "Die Hard" when Cassie emulates John McClain's famous "Yippee Kiyah MF" as she narrowly saves her own bacon at the end of the story! One giant sugar laden treat coming up as a thank you from a very grateful John puts the proverbial "icing" on the tale.(less)
Expected publication: September 2013 (first published August 6th 2013) edition language English original title Wicked Beat URL series Sinner...moreBook Info
Expected publication: September 2013 (first published August 6th 2013) edition language English original title Wicked Beat URL series Sinners on Tour #5 characters Eric Sticks, Rebekah Blake Source:Netgalley EARC for honest review
From the moment he lays eyes on Sinners’ new front of house soundboard operator, drummer Eric Sticks knows he has to make Rebekah his. Unfortunately, she’s too busy trying to seduce guitarist Trey Mills to pay him much attention. Rebekah never planned to fall for the tall, goofy drummer with the weird sense of humor and a heart the size of the galaxy. But Eric makes her laugh and his constant attention makes her feel sexy and irresistible–exactly what she needs after the things her last lover said to her. A woman who gives as much as she takes, Rebekah makes Eric feel like a total stud–exactly what he needs after surviving a decade of watching the incredibly talented members of Sinners from the wings.
Rebekah Blake has an ear for metal music and her eye on sexy rock guitarist Trey Mills so when she has the opportunity to fill in for her older brother Dave, Sinner's longtime front of house soundboard operator who is recovering from a wreck which left him in a wheelchair, she of course jumps at the chance to work with the group and most of all the chance to possibly make all her fantasies involving her and Trey come true.
You know what they say about the best laid plans, Rebekah never stood a chance from the minute she laughs at the crazy oddball jokes drummer Eric Sticks their fate is set for the pair. Eric is the one Sinner's member whom we have really not gotten to know yet, he has been there on the sidelines from the beginning starting in book 1 Backstage Pass where he was introduced with the rest of the band members. From then till now he has kept a fairly low profile, other than tidbits here and there about his phenomenal talent musically, his perverted sense of humor and his voyareuristic tendencies in the bedroom.
This is another over the top sex, sex and more sex Sinner's fanfest read and even though by the end I was on board with Eric and "Reb" for a while her total fixation on Trey just kept me from being totally comfortable with her as Eric's "lady". There is a lot of time spent in this book where your heart will melt as each one of the guys shows their softer side when it comes to their support, respect and joy in Eric finally finding someone who makes him happy. I think that even though this series has now ended and even though all of the guys are "taken" the fictional band and it's respective members still have a lot of fans waiting out there in the wings just needing to meet them and enjoy all their craziness like the rest of us who have devoured the series have done.
Not a fan of the way the books were released but did try to read the timeline in order to keep it as straight in my own mind as possible, even if you do not you are still going to wish the "tour" never ended!
[EArc from Netgalley in exchange for honest review]
Paperback, 432 pages Published July 2nd 2013 by Forever (first published November 13th 2012) original title The Edge of Never ISBN 1455548987 (I...more Book Info
Paperback, 432 pages Published July 2nd 2013 by Forever (first published November 13th 2012) original title The Edge of Never ISBN 1455548987 (ISBN13: 9781455548989) edition language English series The Edge of Never #1 characters Camryn Bennett, Andrew Parrish Source:Netgalley EARC
--The New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling blockbuster--
Sometimes life takes you off course . . .
THE EDGE OF NEVER
Twenty-year-old Camryn Bennett thought she knew exactly where her life was going. But after a wild night at the hottest club in downtown Raleigh, North Carolina, she shocks everyone-including herself-when she decides to leave the only life she's ever known and set out on her own. Grabbing her purse and her cell phone, Camryn boards a Greyhound bus ready to find herself. Instead, she finds Andrew Parrish.
Sexy and exciting, Andrew lives life like there is no tomorrow. He persuades Camryn to do things she never thought she would and shows her how to give in to her deepest, most forbidden desires. Soon he becomes the center of her daring new life, pulling love and lust and emotion out of her in ways she never imagined possible. But there is more to Andrew than Camryn realizes. Will his secret push them inseparably together-or destroy them forever?
Due to sexual content and language, this book is recommended for 17+ – Adult Contemporary Women’s – New Adult Fiction
When we start out Camryn Bennett is at a pivotal point in her life, having lost her first love in a devastating car accident, having her father walk out on his wife and daughter and in general feeling very disconnected to the rest of the world Camryn has come to the realization that the life she thought was to be hers no longer applies so she packs a bag and hits Greyhound and the open road looking for something to fill the void inside. Camryn's soon realizes that her impulsive decision may not have been such a bad idea as her trip to the end of nowhere soon turns into the trip of a lifetime when she and fellow traveler Andrew Parrish start to open up to each other as the miles and days blend.
Seen through both Camryn and Andrew's eyes as the author trades out chapters with each others POV this is a road trip that is agonizingly honest, beautifully detailed without being overwhelming and the most unique way of setting up a romantic relationship that has been my pleasure to read in quite a long while. If you are looking for something that will knock you out of reading doldrums look no further you have found the book that will do that and more!
Poignantly funny, dark and tensely emotional read that will have you on the edge of your seat at times before the suspenseful ending that had me bawling like a baby in agony and then with relief.
This was an impulse read that turned out to be a refreshing change of pace in the New Adult genre in several ways that set it apart while allowing the book to remain true to the targeted age group and I look forward to more from the characters continuing story and more from the author as well.
[EArc from Netgalley in exchange for honest review]
Perennial New York Times bestselling crime novelist Linda Fairstein explores the rich—and little-known—history of New York’s City’s Central Park in her latest Alexandra Cooper novel, Death Angel.
In her fourteen bestsellers, Linda Fairstein has enthralled millions of fans with her trademark style that infuses fascinating New York City history with breathtaking suspense. She continually creates some of the most authentic and compelling crime thrillers of our time thanks in part to her extensive experience as a New York City prosecutor.
With Death Angel, Fairstein takes readers into the storied history of New York’s Central Park as Assistant DA Alex Cooper and Detective Mike Chapman race to track down a serial killer before yet another young woman is found dead. Is the body found in the Ramble the first victim of a deranged psychopath, or are other missing women in years past whose remains have never been found connected to this savage attack? Is this enormous urban park a sanctuary in the middle of the city—as it seems to the thousands of New Yorkers and tourists who fill it every day—or is it a hunting ground for a killer with a twisted mind?
Once again, Linda Fairstein will thrill both longtime fans and new readers with an explosive page-turner filled with a shocking realism that only she can deliver.
Death Angel is the 15th book in author Linda Fairstein'sAlexandra Cooper series and it's main focus is the mystery surrounding a murdered girl found deep inside Central Park. We learn quite a bit of the history of the park, we get to once again see how intense a crime investigation can become when Detectives Mercer and Chapman are involved and once again Alex manages to find herself entangled right in the middle of the mystery which becomes tied to a past crime in ways that will shock even the jaded Assistant DA!
Filled with facts and details that lend an air of realism to the story this book does more than just chronicle events that occur after discovering a crime, it also takes the reader on a complicated look into the effects of mental illness that touches everyone the person who is ill comes in contact with.
I admit to hopping and skipping with this series as have only read some of the books but also am pleasantly surprised when do revisit with "Coop", Mercer and Chapman.
The storyline kind of hopped around at times and was hard to follow but by the end it tied together neatly except in a couple of areas dealing with the status of Mike Chapman and Alex Coopers chances of finally hooking up. Once again the author danced around with these two during their investigations and left the pair no closer to making up their minds which was a downer.
[EArc from Netgalley in exchange for honest review]
Chloe hasn't had the best life. With a mother who is gone more often than not, she has had to raise herself. After graduating high sch...more
Chloe hasn't had the best life. With a mother who is gone more often than not, she has had to raise herself. After graduating high school, she leaves to start a new life away at West Virginia University with her best friends Amber and Logan, determined to leave her demons in the past.
On her first day, she meets a stranger who takes her breath away at first sight. Until she met Drake, no one had ever sparked her interest. Now this tattooed and pierced bad boy is all she can think about, no matter how hard she fights it.
Falling for Drake was never part of her plans, but when it happens, things seem to do anything but fall into place.
Dealing with a tragic past, Drake has never cared about anyone else but himself and his band. But when Chloe takes the empty seat next to him in class, things start to change. Instantly drawn to her, he begins to wonder if one girl can take a cold hearted womanizer and change every part of him?
Long hidden feelings are revealed and friendships tested to the brink.
He laughed at my pitiful attempts. “Is that all you’ve got? What a wimp.” At his words, I started pushing him harder, but my hands slipped from his hip and I tumbled down onto him. My breath was sucked out of me as I landed on top of him and I felt those tingles everywhere my body pressed against his. I tried to shove away from him, but he grabbed my arms and pulled me up so I was fully on top of him, chest to chest, stomach to stomach, hips to hips. He was hard everywhere I touched and I felt my cheeks turning red as I looked at him.
His eyes had darkened until they were black with hunger as he stared at me, and a smirk appeared on his lips. “You know baby, if you wanted to get on top of me all you had to do was ask.”
Torn is exactly how to describe what one feels when mulling over how reading this story makes one feel. While on the one hand you want Chloe to be happy on the other hand it just seems like her actions demand some kind of further punishment or at the very least a longer period of making amends to those whose lives she very nearly devastated beyond repair.
From the beginning it was very apparent that Chloe's needs, wants and desires took precedence over those around her, she did not come across as a selfish person rather more of a self-centered one which made perfect sense once the author reveals her trials at the hands of her mother when she was a young child.
There is a naive side of Chloe that keeps her from seeing what is obvious to everyone else around her, this is something that again and again causes not only misunderstandings but seemingly unending drama.
has crafted a story that allows her audience to easily identify with what the average college student struggles with as they learn about life away from the safe confines of the family unit. There are friendships made and lost, crushes that deepen into lasting relationships and in Chloe's case surprises in store from a source she never expected as she learns that love has many different facets that do not always appear until they are exposed.
This is truly a story about relationships from friendships that we all would like to be part of to romantic entanglements that at times cause heartache even when they still cause both parties to feel bereft when they are apart, the slices of college life are realistic including the very "party hardy" moments where things get out of hand and even cause Chloe to be put into dangerous situations teaching the reader that even a moments carelessness can cause long lasting damage if one is not on guard, the characters are all likable for the most part even when they do lame brain things that make you want to hit them upside the head and most of all the love that Amber and Logan shower upon Chloe with their words and deeds will make us all wish for such a great support system in our lives.
I truly enjoyed watching how the "tattooed and pierced bad boy" and the "rocker chick" found themselves reaching out to each other, becoming friends and confidants long before they allowed their mutual chemistry to take the reins. The real kicker for me were the scenes with Drake and his band, the love songs he "penned" just made me tear up and actually want to take Chloe aside and spank her for being such an indecisive brat for so much of the book.
All in all this one worked for me, despite several instances where things just seemed about ready to crater when all the lies that Chloe told Logan and Drake were exposed, in the end everyone is where they should be and looking forward to book 2 Twisted because at the end of Torn when Chloe's worst nightmare came true when her Mom showed up you know that the second book is going to have some major emotional scenes that are not to be missed. Now if only the folks at Atria would not have denied my request from Netgalley it would already have been read!
[EArc from Netgalley in exchange for honest review]
Heart-pounding action meets smoldering desire in USA TODAY bestselling author Cynthia Eden's Shadow Agents miniseries! Two years ago Gunner Ortez saved Sydney Sloan's life on a mission gone wrong. And ever since then, he's been watching her back. Now a hostage-rescue mission is about to blow the Elite Ops agents' lives apart once again.
Working side by side back in the jungles of Peru, the heat between Sydney and Gunner is hotter than ever-and so are the threats to their lives. With the danger escalating, Sydney knows Gunner is her only hope at successfully completing their assignment. But the ex-SEAL who arouses passion she'd only dreamed about also poses the greatest risk to the secret she carries in her heart...and in her belly
The Shadow Agents series, which started with Alpha One introducing fans to the team members with Logan Quinn and Juliana James story and closely followed by second book; Guardian Ranger which have yet to read, Sharpshooter is the third romantic suspense and for me Gunner and Sydney lit up the pages like fireworks in the night sky and I hope they will for you too!
When Gunner Ortez saved Sydney Sloan during the rescue mission in Peru, that was set up to save her fiancé and Gunner's brother Slade, the pair of EOD agents had to leave the bullet ridden body of Slade behind. In the hail of bullets Sydney and Gunner were both wounded, his decision to either escape to safety with Sydney was the only recourse Gunner had as their backup was decimated by the attack on the EOD team. Two years have passed and in that time Gunner has bided his time while making sure Sydney is kept safe as his number one priority, just when it seems the pair are finally both ready to commit to a relationship their newest assignment has the ability to not only separate them physically but devastate them both emotionally as well.
As part of the romantic suspense series that author Cynthia Eden this third book has all the excitement, thrills, action,romance, mystery and intrigue of the first as well as a leading couple that you just cannot get enough page time with!
From the very beginning to the middle all the way to the end of this book there is a lot going on, as the tension builds to a very climactic ending the answer to the question on everyone's mind as to just what secret Sydney holds is finally answered and it will be a secret that has Gunner terrified and overjoyed all at the same time.
[EArc from Netgalley in exchange for honest review]
A tempestuous tale of romance with 2 likable main characters and quite a few editing problems on words placed incorrectly, spelled incorrectly and jus...moreA tempestuous tale of romance with 2 likable main characters and quite a few editing problems on words placed incorrectly, spelled incorrectly and just plain left out in places. Story is typical in some ways of historical romance genre and in others may just surprise you. Fast easy sexy read! (less)
When Sir Humphrey Miles Pinkerton Strange, huntin' shootin' and fishin' Squire of Batch Magna, goes to his reward (doubtless to find God as true-blue British as his more recent but equally worthy ancestors), his rambling but rotting estate passes to distant relative Humph, a hapless dollar doodler in New York.With $$ in his eyes, Humph decides to make a killing by transforming the sleepy backwater of Batch Magna into a theme park image of rural England - a vacation paradise for free-spending US millionaires.But while the village's threadbare businessmen see the plan as a windfall, the tenants of the estate's dilapidated houseboats are above any consideration of filthy lucre and stand their ground for tradition's sake . and because they consider eviction notices not to be cricket.Each disgruntled faction sees the other as the unwelcome cuckoo chick in the family nest! So, lead by randy pulp-crime writer Phineas Cook and Lt-Commander James Cunningham DSO, DSC and Bar, RN (ret) - a man with a glass eye to suit every occasion (and all painted with naval battle scenes where the Union Jack flies triumphant) - the motley crew takes on Wall Street . broadside to broadside
When approached by the author the quaint village and inhabitants of Batch Magna sounded like a refreshing change from Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy and Mystery Thrillers so accepted his kind offer to send me the book's Mobi file to read and share my thoughts upon when finished.
Having delighted for many years in watching BBC television shows as well as reading books that were both creatively penned by British authors there was no doubt in my mind that despite the utter serious nature of the passing on of Sir Strange, which left his estate tenants in the perilous position of losing the roof over their heads after years of enjoying life on the River Cluny, that the story would be filled with the kind of droll offbeat humor that I have come to expect which sets it apart from just being a story about inheriting a rundown property with the intent of turning it into a lucrative venture.
The cast of characters in this tale is huge, after all one cannot expect a village to be inhabited by just 4 or 5 people, and range from retired estate employees to families living on the houseboats to shop keepers whose sights are set firmly on expanding their businesses if the proposed vacation paradise venture gets off the ground.
The main characters are of course the ones that we spend the most time with, The Commander and his wife Priny; Phineas, his dog Bill Sikes and for a bit his son Daniel; Owain Owen, his wife Annie and 2nd youngest daughter Ffion; Jasmine Roberts and her brood of children, Clem Wroxley, Miss Harriet Wyndham and on occasion a bit of time is spent with the local shop owner Howell Pugh. This cast of characters are each in their own way endearing, or highly repugnant as in the case of Mr. Pugh, and they capture the spirit of a small town population quite realistically as we read through and learn more about them both individually and as a whole.
This is the type of storytelling that soothes ones need for the simpler flow of scenes that build at a slow pace and so easily followed, it is almost like one feels at home at a gathering listening to yarns spun by the elder family members who love to relive memories of times gone by.
By the time you finish not only will you feel satisfaction at how everything was wrapped up but you will also find yourself chuckling in approval at how young Sir Humphrey Strange finally found himself embracing his heritage instead of willy nilly with the best of intentions destroying it! I would be happy to return to Batch Magna and it's "cuckoos", both the feathered ones and the myriad cast of human ones, if the author ever decided to take us there again in future.
Take a step back in time and immerse yourself in this heartwarming tale of a young man whose dreams come true, just not quite the way he planned them to.
[EARC Copy from author in exchange for honest review]
On the eve of Jake Sinclair’s bachelor party, his best man surprises him with a fantasy maid named Amy. Clad in a bikini, she cleans his...more
On the eve of Jake Sinclair’s bachelor party, his best man surprises him with a fantasy maid named Amy. Clad in a bikini, she cleans his house and jump starts his heart. She's beautiful, smart, and compassionate. Why is a woman like this working as a fantasy maid? A few days later, his thoughts still distracted by the enigmatic Amy, Jake crashes his car and wakes in the hospital emergency room where his fantasy maid is now wearing scrubs and wielding a stethoscope. Is she a hallucination, or is his fantasy maid a doctor?
His Fantasy Maid is a short sassy, sexy little number that was a lot of fun to read. Amy Maitland is a no nonsense female with her head firmly set on her shoulders whose part-time job working as a "Fantasy Maid" is paying off her student loans while she interns at the local emergency room fulfilling her dream of becoming a doctor.
One night she goes to the address for a job and ends up finding her "fantasy man" instead. Too bad Jake Sinclair is engaged already because the minute Amy sets eyes on the gorgeous towel clad lawyer her hormones go into overdrive.
Soon after meeting Jake Amy finds herself on a shift at the ER where patients are brought after a multi-car collision on the interstate causes a pile up or two. Jake is one of the car accident victims brought to the ER and Amy happens to be his attending physician. This is the turning point of the story because she is recognized by Jake's friend and soon to be brother-in-law Sam who in turn points her out as the sexy maid for hire to his sister Claudia who is Jake's fiance.
Things go from bad to worse for Amy when Claudia vindictively phones hospital administration and lets them know about her job moonlighting as a scantily clad maid. This in turn starts a chain of events that lets Jake know for once and all that he and Claudia are not suited so he breaks off the engagement and upcoming wedding.
Question is now whether Amy and Jake become a couple and to do so and to see what else happens to them buy a copy of His Fantasy Maid today and see for yourself, it is well worth your time!
A fast fun romp of a read that is perfect to enjoy on a sultry day.
[copy won in a giveaway from author and given an honest review]