Received on 6th and finished before lunch on 7th of December 2013.
So now we are at the turning point for the Psy race, curious to see how this affects...moreReceived on 6th and finished before lunch on 7th of December 2013.
So now we are at the turning point for the Psy race, curious to see how this affects their future with the Changelings and Humans as the series continues. After all the Ghost has been revealed but that does not mean there are no secrets left to reveal. (less)
Book Info Kindle Edition Expected publication: December 9th 2013 by Carina Press ASIN B00F942TI8 edition language English series Rowan Summerwaite #2 other...moreBook Info Kindle Edition Expected publication: December 9th 2013 by Carina Press ASIN B00F942TI8 edition language English series Rowan Summerwaite #2 other editions None found Source:Netgalley EARC
Rowan Summerwaite is no ordinary woman. She’s smart and strong and with the power of an ancient goddess in her belly, she’s the perfect candidate to re-negotiate the fragile Treaty keeping the peace between the Vampire Nation and the last line of defense for humanity, The Hunter Corporation. A meeting of the Joint Tribunal, and Rowan’s new status as Liaison sends her straight to the last place on earth she wants to be—The Keep.
Raised at the knee of The First, honed into a weapon by the Hunter Corporation, wielding ancient knowledge from the Goddess within, Rowan must navigate around bloodthirsty opposition among Vampires and Hunters alike to avoid an all out war that puts humanity in the crosshairs.
And she’s got to do it as she attempts to manage a politically awkward romantic relationship with Scion Clive Stewart during a trip back to a place she escaped nearly fifteen years before. No pressure.
Walking the path between her two lives has already made Rowan a pariah. If she leaves it to become something even more Other, she may lose even the shreds of home she has left.
Book 1, Goddess with a Blade introduced the world, the characters and the mythology behind Rowan’s power source that allows her to be an unstoppable force when hunting vampires. That being said she was raised and trained amidst the vampires that she is bound by her duty to protect humans from. Now several months later we pick up the story as she is preparing for her first Joint Tribunal session as the newly appointed Liaison between the Hunter Corporation members and the somewhat divided in their loyalties members of The Vampire Nation.
There is unrest between factions in both groups and keeping her cool has never been harder for Rowan then it is while trying to negotiate with those who consider her to be inferior. Her newly formed relationship with Vampire Scion Clive Stewart is just another stumbling block that she must overcome before convincing all parties concerned that peace is much preferable to a war!
As events unfold the politics become brutal as do the measures taken by those opposed to the negotiations that Rowan and the Hunter Corp have proposed to amend the Treaty. As the tensions escalate and nerves fray Rowan is made aware that there is apparently magic being used that is keeping everyone on edge from lack of sleep, finding proof of the source seems to be a dead end but negating the effects with counter magic provided by a member of the Keeps household puts everyone back on an even keel allowing the meetings to progress as planned.
Further interruptions occur which provide Rowan no end of frustration but at long last over the course of several days all is ironed out to the leading members of the Joint Tribunal satisfaction.
After all the lengthy tension filled meetings Rowan sorts out the politics and mistakenly lets her guard down resulting in a vicious attack that leaves her body battered, broken and at deaths door. This was another wonderful foray into the series but not really happy about the abrupt ending because now have quite a wait till book 3 picks up the tale."
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Two years have passed and book 2 now being available as a digital galley on Netgalley that am happy Carina Press approved me to read so dug this first...moreTwo years have passed and book 2 now being available as a digital galley on Netgalley that am happy Carina Press approved me to read so dug this first book out of my backlist of to be reads on my Kindle. Why do I wait when know have a wonderful UF on my to be read book shelf? I am happy to say this was a cracking good intro, really excited to continue experiencing adventure through Rowans eyes in next book ASAP!(less)
Book Info ebook, 255 pages Published September 21st 2013 ASIN B00FD6RBJ4 edition language English other editions None found Source:Kindle copy from author...moreBook Info ebook, 255 pages Published September 21st 2013 ASIN B00FD6RBJ4 edition language English other editions None found Source:Kindle copy from author for honest review
Bad Guys Get Caught (Book Three in the Janet Maple Series)
Janet Maple and Dennis Walker are aces at catching the bad guys, but an assignment involving an international gangster and a sleazy politician just might have them in over their heads.
With the man of her dreams on her arm and a dream job at one of NYC’s top private agencies, Janet’s life is nearly perfect. It all changes when a high profile case falls into her lap, and Janet finds her competitive streak kicking in, taking risks she shouldn't be taking.
Dennis Walker loves catching the bad guys as much as he loves being in the limelight. Will he be able to share the laurels with his girlfriend who also happens to be his work partner? And will the bad guys get caught?
*Bad Guys Get Caught is book three of the Janet Maple Series, but it can easily be read on its own.*
From the beginning of the series we are rooting for Janet and Dennis to become a couple, in book one they meet and sparks fly but as coworkers they leave it at that for the most part. However in the second book the two realize that their attraction to each other should not be denied as it is more than just physical but also a mental connection as the two just “click”.
In each book the pair find themselves in investigations where it seems like the “bad guy” may get off scot free until at the last with just one final piece of evidence they are served overdue justice!
Now that Dennis and Janet have taken their relationship to a higher level of intimacy their competitive personalities cause them friction. When their latest case leads the pair to take measures that neither approve of very much to find the necessary evidence to prove that the squeaky clean politician they are investigating is in fact not as he portrays himself and the link between he and the gangster whose establishments he frequents is a bit more than just that of a loyal customer.
Both Dennis and Janet get a little too caught up and do a bit of damage before each of them realize their work is not more important than their deepening relationship, what could have turned into a complete disaster instead turns into triumph and watching it unfold was a lot of fun. Baxter is as usual his adorable self and even Peter Laskin has a shining moment or two! You have to read this last one, the bad guys never knew exactly what upset their nefarious operations!
Roz has been indebted to the demon Asmodai for five hundred years, and her freedom is just around the corner. All she has to do is complete one last task for him—obtain a key that had been hidden in a church centuries ago.
Piers, the Head of the Order and an ancient vampire, is intrigued by the woman who comes to him for help. She’s beautiful and seemingly kind, but she’s hiding something. And he’ll find out who she is and what she really wants once he uses his power to get inside her head. But Piers has no idea that Roz is immune to his mind-control...or that he is simply a pawn in her dangerous mission for freedom.
After 500 years Roz is one step from ending her servitude to the Demon Asmodai, but of course with Roz nothing is ever simple and her last task proves that in spades!
This second book was so much easier for me to get into than the first, Roz finds herself donning a nun’s habit when she locates the whereabouts of the key that Asmodai has given her the task to find. This is not her first time in disguise but she loathes the fact that not only does she have to wear a hideous getup, complete with headpiece, she also has to appear to be meek which is so not in character!
While pursuing her retrieval of the key from the convent Roz unluckily waits a day too late and is beaten to her prize by what appear to be some really nasty demons and their master who slaughters the entire group of sisters save one Sister Maria who is left defiled but alive with strict instructions to go to London and give a message to Piers Lamont.
Piers turns out to be the head of the Order of The Shadow Accord, an organization that Roz has been warned by Asmodai to stay away from or suffer being put to death simply because she is not fully human.
This is a book of revelations for the reader as well as Roz as all unfolds we learn more of not only her background than she has ever been privy to in all her centuries but also that most of the facts she has been using as guidelines to live her life by are lies.
Roz finds herself caught up in a supernatural war that will wipe out humanity unless she and her new allies find a way to stop it from happening. A pulse pounding, suspenseful page turner that all who enjoy vampires, fae, witches and demons will get lost in easily until the very last page!,
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Book Info Kindle Edition, 1st Edition Expected publication: December 10th 2013 edition language English series Eagle Elite #2 other editions (1) Source:Net...moreBook Info Kindle Edition, 1st Edition Expected publication: December 10th 2013 edition language English series Eagle Elite #2 other editions (1) Source:Netgalley EARC
Would you die for the one you love? Nixon Abandonato made his choice. And now he has to pay the price. Tracey is the love of his life, but being with him has made her a target of his family's enemies. The only way to keep Trace alive is convince the world she means nothing to him.
Trace Rooks has fallen irrevocably in love with the son of her family's sworn rival, and she knows in her bones nothing can tear them apart. Until Nix suddenly pushes her away and into the arms of his best friend... But Trace isn't ready to give up on a future with Nix--and if he won't fight for them, she will.
In the end, a sacrifice must be made. A life for a life. For what better way to cover a multitude of sins than with the blood of a sinner . .
After book 1 Elite (Eagle Elite, #1)Elect (Eagle Elite #2 totally changed the way Nixon was viewed. Gone was most of the arrogance that epitomized him when interacting with Tracey and in it’s place was an overwhelming desire on his part to keep her safe and happy, even if that meant sacrificing any chance of his being the one that brought her happiness. At any age selfless love is romantic and totally what we all yearn for and very rarely ever find, in this case the make believe character of 21 year old Nixon Abandonato embodies someone whose love is pure and as selfless as it can possibly get!
Like the first book this second one is full of so much great interaction between Nixon and his friends that you feel quite engaged throughout every scene, the revealing of past secrets is dealt with as the drama of the story unfolds as well so you are riveted by the sordid details and the heartbreaking decisions made by both Chase and Nixon in regards to Trace will have you torn up through most of the book.
Uncovering just exactly what is going on that causes Nixon to purposely push Trace into choosing Chase will leave readers totally confused as to whom she really belongs with, however by the end for me it was a no brainer as to my pick and for once am totally glad the author made the same choice.
There was only a few instances where did not like what was going on, most of those revolved around Nixon’s former friend Phoenix but after the story was over and his part was played out it all made perfect sense. The drama and tension and complete meltdowns caused by Nixon’s actions at times also gave me a few bad moments as did some of the things Chase thought/said and did but as before it all resolved to my satisfaction.
I was so happy to get a chance to read this second book in the series after having been slightly torn with how much the first one impacted me so dramatically it was nice to come back to the world and characters and this time leave without feeling conflicted over how things worked out, as a matter of fact the great cliffhanger ending did not even make me disgruntled it instead just whetted my appetite for the next book!
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Long drawn out and still cannot believe some of the events but man would it be nice to have the next book right this second, the suspense is too much...moreLong drawn out and still cannot believe some of the events but man would it be nice to have the next book right this second, the suspense is too much to wait years again darn it!(less)
Book Info Paperback, 224 pages Expected publication: December 17th 2013 by Harlequin ISBN 0373797842 (ISBN13: 9780373797844) other editions None found Sou...moreBook Info Paperback, 224 pages Expected publication: December 17th 2013 by Harlequin ISBN 0373797842 (ISBN13: 9780373797844) other editions None found Source:Netgalley EARC
Ever since his father's famous bank robbery years ago, rodeo cowboy Jesse James Chisholm has been the bad boy of Lost Gun, Texas. A rule breaker. A heartbreaker. But he's still haunted by his history, and the only girl who could match his wildness with her own—until she ditched her own bad-girl ways in favour of respectability….
But mayor-elect Gracie Jones isn't quite the upstanding role model she projects. Underneath those conservative skirts and blouses? Very naughty underthings. Jesse's return has stirred not only her long-slumbering wild side, but an insatiable hunger for this rugged, sexy cowboy. And this Texas town is going to see a side of the Wild West they never expected.
Jesse James Chisholm embodies the charismatic cowboy whose rugged sexy devil-may-care exterior houses a heart that yearns for acceptance in a town filled with narrow minded people that have long labeled him as not worth their notice, unless it is to make a disparaging comment about his family! Now his dreams of having his own business in Austin are close to reality yet Jesse finds himself strangely reluctant to leave Lost Gun for good thanks to unfinished business between he and Gracie.
Gracie Jones along with her younger sister was orphaned and then raised by their Aunt and Uncle. Gracie spent her formative years rebelling against convention and dreaming of the day she finally left Lost Gun in her dust. She and Jesse had a hot and heavy time together until the day she got the news her older brother had been killed in the line of duty, from that moment on the bad-girl became the model of decorum.
Living as a model citizen of Lost Gun may not be the exact life that Gracie had once envisioned but she is determined for her sisters sake to provide a stable home so if that means her own wants, needs and desires are put on indefinite hold so be it.
Now here it is 12 years later and Jesse is a top-notch record setting Bull Rider on the rodeo circuit and Gracie has become the newly elected Mayor of Lost Gun, will their past fiery fling rekindle or is it too late for them to finally realize that they have already spent too much time apart?
Read this humorous, fast paced, laugh out loud deliciously steamy tale and find out for yourself if Gracie finds the inner courage to grab the “bull by the horns” and hang onto Jesse ASAP!
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Book Info ebook, 200 pages Expected publication: November 25th 2013 by Entangled: Covet ISBN 1622663446 (ISBN13: 9781622663446) other editions (1) Source:...moreBook Info ebook, 200 pages Expected publication: November 25th 2013 by Entangled: Covet ISBN 1622663446 (ISBN13: 9781622663446) other editions (1) Source:Netgalley EARC
At eighteen, Melissa seduced her best friend Julia's brother only to run away shortly after. While Daniel was her fairytale prince, Lissa didn’t believe in happy ever afters.
Ten years and a near death experience later, Lissa is ready for a husband and family. But a cry for help from Julia puts that dream on hold. Daniel is acting weird and he’s about to marry his long term girlfriend—AKA The Evil One. Someone needs to save him.
Daniel has never stopped loving Lissa. Ten years ago when he gave her a little freedom, he always intended that one day they would be together. Right up until the moment he was bitten by a werewolf. Now, Daniel has to hide what he is. He won’t risk anyone else, especially the woman he loves.
But Lissa is back. Their attraction is stronger than ever and Lissa is nothing if not tenacious.
The 2nd chance romance scenario is once again front and center and it made me jump at the chance to read this short story that turned out to be lighter in unexpected places and at the same time deeper in meaning in others.
Daniel is the middle sibling of 5, 4 of whom are girls, and most of his life has been spent in the pursuit of scientific knowledge. Imagine his shock when that became the reason for a werewolf targeting him to join it’s pack and provide a way for their species to become immune to injury or death from silver.
Lissa was too young ten years ago at 18 to understand what she was walking away from was a once in a lifetime love, now all those years later older and wiser she is ready to put her earlier infatuation for Daniel behind her and find the man who will provide her with the family life she finally yearns for.
This is a paranormal romance that has characteristics of Beauty and The Beast but on a more believable note. Daniel and Lissa’s relationship is one that has been on the back burner for more than 16 years, as both of them were attracted in their earlier teens without acting upon the feelings until he was 20 and she was 18.
I found upon them reuniting with each other to be sweet and long overdue, also wanted to take Sophia out of the picture long before she was removed from Daniel’s life!
It always comes down to a final battle between good and evil, in this case it also came down to a battle between Daniel’s conscience as he was so afraid of becoming the very thing that he was fighting against.
There is a lot going on that was mentioned almost in passing that can be used in furthering this as a series, especially how things turn out for Daniels sister Julia in the future and Lissas brother Jason as well. Plus it would be really nice to revisit with Daniel and Melissa to see if their dreams for the future had come to pass too!
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Because there is an entire history in the prior stories in this series this short novella is not really a stand alone and I have taken a strong dislik...moreBecause there is an entire history in the prior stories in this series this short novella is not really a stand alone and I have taken a strong dislike to all the characters who were introduced, especially Jack so not interested in starting from beginning of the series. That is not a failing due to the story premise, world building or vision author has for this series it is just a personal quirk on my part because there are too many books that I own digitally as well as real from brick and mortar stores to waste time on books I really do not want to read.(less)
Book Info Kindle Edition, 367 pages Published August 31st 2013 by John A. Heldt ASIN B00EWTMO7W edition language English characters Kevin Johnson, Sarah T...moreBook Info Kindle Edition, 367 pages Published August 31st 2013 by John A. Heldt ASIN B00EWTMO7W edition language English characters Kevin Johnson, Sarah Thompson setting Wallace, Idaho, 1910 (United States) other editions None found Source:Authorin exchange for honest review
When Kevin Johnson, 22, goes to Wallace, Idaho, days after his college graduation, he expects to find rest and relaxation as his family prepares his deceased grandfather's house for sale. Then he discovers a hidden diary and a time portal that can take him to 1910, the year of Halley's comet and the largest wildfire in U.S. history. Within hours, Kevin finds himself in the era of horse-drawn wagons, straw hats, and ankle-length dresses. Returning to the same time and place, he decides to travel again and again and make the portal his gateway to summer fun. The adventure takes a more serious turn, however, when the luckless-in-love science major falls for pretty English teacher Sarah Thompson and integrates himself in a community headed for tragedy. Filled with humor, romance, and heartbreak, THE FIRE, the sequel to THE JOURNEY, follows a conflicted soul through a life-changing journey as he makes his mark on a world he was never meant to see.
In The Mine Joel Smith goes back in time to 1941, in The Journey Michelle Preston goes to 1979, in The Show we find Grace Vandenberg taking her destiny in her own hands by following Joel Smith into the year 2000. Now Kevin Johnson takes his own journey into the past by heading to 1910 in The Fire where he meets and falls in love with not just one but two young women. Having to choose between Sadie Hawkins and Sarah Thompson was an eye opener for Kevin, both ladies fulfilled Kevin in different ways but only one of them captured his soul completely.
As has been said before Kevin Johnson was not an “accidental traveler”, his passage through time was thought out after his initial trip was successful. Kevin very cleverly availed himself of a rented period costume, packed a suitcase with modern toothpaste/deoderant/razor/underwear and enough currency that could be used in 1910 to allow him to live comfortably while he was there.
This era of horse and buggy was indeed a simpler time where Kevin found himself fully embracing the opportunities presented to him and in the end also finds himself finally at ease with what he wants and who he is becoming!
While the romance aspects of the book were engaging the entire story was filled with delightful insights into Kevin’s maturing into a more rounded person as he learns that his choices impact those around him just as much as they do his own self, and in some cases in ways that resonate through time for many years!
This 4th book in the Northwest Passage series, like the 3 before it, was greatly enjoyed from start to finish. Kevin Johnson is a superbly fleshed out character and as others have said getting to catch up with previous characters a bit was much appreciated as was the introduction of such a wonderful supporting group of characters met in this latest book.
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Book Info Kindle Edition, 496 pages Expected publication: November 26th 2013 by Harlequin Teen original title Crash Into You ASIN B00DPAN5H2 series Pushin...moreBook Info Kindle Edition, 496 pages Expected publication: November 26th 2013 by Harlequin Teen original title Crash Into You ASIN B00DPAN5H2 series Pushing the Limits #3 Source:Netgalley EARC
From acclaimed author Katie McGarry comes an explosive new tale of a good girl with a reckless streak, a street-smart guy with nothing to lose, and a romance forged in the fast lane
The girl with straight As, designer clothes and the perfect life-that's who people expect Rachel Young to be. So the private-school junior keeps secrets from her wealthy parents and overbearing brothers...and she's just added two more to the list. One involves racing strangers down dark country roads in her Mustang GT. The other? Seventeen-year-old Isaiah Walker-a guy she has no business even talking to. But when the foster kid with the tattoos and intense gray eyes comes to her rescue, she can't get him out of her mind.
Isaiah has secrets, too. About where he lives, and how he really feels about Rachel. The last thing he needs is to get tangled up with a rich girl who wants to slum it on the south side for kicks-no matter how angelic she might look.
But when their shared love of street racing puts both their lives in jeopardy, they have six weeks to come up with a way out. Six weeks to discover just how far they'll go to save each other.
Isaiah Walker’s story is one that fans have salivated over the idea of probably since first meeting him in first book of series Pushing The Limits and for sure after his epic flame out with Beth in book 2 Dare You To. After seeing his heart ripped out when Beth chose someone else we have all wanted so badly to see Isaiah find a way to get past the loss of one of his former best friends and move on in his life with someone he actually connected to on every level possible, his need to protect and Beth’s need to forget were not a solid foundation for a real relationship even thought they both tried it just was not the kind of love they both deserved to find with that special someone.
Rachel Young is the last person on the planet that would probably ever appear to be just the girl for Isaiah, after all he has been a foster care child since the age of six and she comes from a life of privilege and wealth. Appearances can be deceiving however as the tattooed, pierced and totally badass Isaiah finds that at heart Rachel is just as lost as he is and even though she has a family who love her they do not “see her” for who she truly is or who she wants to be. These two are both 17 but after living in totally different worlds all these years their life experience is vastly different, the one thing they both have in common however is a love of fast cars and the adrenaline rush that only comes when speeding down a deserted stretch of road feeling the engine revving like a live being and becoming one with the car for those precious moments in time!
Although do not totally approve of the choices made by the characters in this story it was still entertaining as it still proved that the tried and true plot of the “tattooed/pierced/from the wrong side of town bad boy” falling for the “clean-cut/All-American/private school attending/geeky rich girl” works well for Young Adult genre fans over and over. Especially when the “bad boy” turns out to be more of a gentlemen than his wealthier counterparts and the “rich girl” turns out to be someone whose view of life is not clouded by appearances or dollar signs.
Will be anxiously awaiting the next installment in this series as it has become better with each new book because now feel comfortable with the characters and their struggles to make a better life for themselves as best they can while resolving issues from each of their pasts.
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Picked up on a whim one day when it was an Amazon freebie for Kindle. Not a bad story idea and not bad execution overall either. However this is a one...morePicked up on a whim one day when it was an Amazon freebie for Kindle. Not a bad story idea and not bad execution overall either. However this is a one time read and not really something would continue if there happens to be more written about the town of Strangeville, John Campbell and the rest of it's inhabitants as this one book told enough of a tale for me.(less)