Loved It, loved it, loved it! Then again I don't think there is anything I've read by Bella Andre that I have not loved, or at least liked immensely....moreLoved It, loved it, loved it! Then again I don't think there is anything I've read by Bella Andre that I have not loved, or at least liked immensely. Can't wait for Naughty's book, Let Me Be The One. Fall 2012 seem so far away! Full Review to come.(less)
Love, love, love Robyn Carr! Love her emotional writing and her character's heart! This book was fantastic and I never wanted it to end.
Katie and her...moreLove, love, love Robyn Carr! Love her emotional writing and her character's heart! This book was fantastic and I never wanted it to end.
Katie and her 5 year old twin boys move cross country from Vermont to Virgin River, California to spend more time with Katie's brother, Conner. You might remember him from Hidden Summit (VR #17). Well, things go as well as any romance novel enthusiast can expect. A flat tire and rescue from a hot, Hollywood bad boy. Thanks have a nice life and everyone moves on. Or do they? Of course not!
Dylan Childress has changed his life dramatically from his bad boy Hollywood days. He owns an air charter business almost in the toilet and is out on a motorcycle ride with his pals. He happens on a mom and her kids and his life changes forever.
Of course a Happily Ever After is in the works, but with sweet five-year old boys and even a bear attack. Who can ask for more? A definite must read of 2012!
Loved this! All of the stories were wonderful and engaging. I always enjoy reading Stacey and Burton and was pleasantly surprised by Dimon and Kent. C...moreLoved this! All of the stories were wonderful and engaging. I always enjoy reading Stacey and Burton and was pleasantly surprised by Dimon and Kent. Can't wait to read Burton's All She wants for Christmas! Laughs and tears, this is an amazing collections of entertaining stories!
This book was wonderful! Sweet, sexy, engaging, entertaining, terrifying, and heartwarming! I was whisked awa...moreI am so in love with steampunk right now!
This book was wonderful! Sweet, sexy, engaging, entertaining, terrifying, and heartwarming! I was whisked away to a world of immortality, flying boats, and a love story 20 years in the making. As I have expressed in previous reviews, I am forever in love with a book if I feel a part of the story, if the author can pull me into the world they are creating. Under Her Brass Corset and Brenda Williamson have done that, in spades!
Abigail Thatch is a "familyless" woman who embarks on a journey with Jasper Blackthorn, a very handsome stranger with lots of secrets. Abigail needs to find her great grandfathers treasure so she can save her house from foreclosure. Jasper suggests they go together on his boat to find the treasure knowing all along the treasure is not what Abigail is expecting. The things they see and the feelings revealed will change them forever!
The heat between Abigail and Jasper is instant and the love scenes are passionate and provocative, a perfect mix! Oh, Jasper . . . *sigh* . . . he is so lust provoking and sweet and sexy. The immortal pirate with a heart and tears, I could just eat him up!! I enjoyed the feelings he expresses over his infatuation with Abigail and when they finally come together I was so happy for both of them. Jasper needed Abigail in his life as a lover and life mate. Abigail needed someone to love her and someone to give her all to! I was not happy with the trust issues she had but I can understand the refusal to believe in youth fountains and immortality. Ponce deLeon's quest was one of my favorites in school and Brenda Williamson did a terrific job spinning off of that. The benefits and positives to eternal life were so wonderfully expressed as well. Jasper's lost love is a perfect example and Abigail's feelings of giving her mother eternal life is even more on point.
Adam is a wonderful supporting character. What a great friend and handsome, to boot! It would have been AMAZING if there was a menage with Jasper and Abigail, but then again, maybe not because then she'd have both, the bitch! j/k I really hope he gets a story! Merlin and Quito were fun character too.
Oh, TATTOOS!! Abigail is inked, how awesome and a historical novel first for me!!
Wonderful! Action, adventure, love and a little girl. I love books where players fall hard for kids and obviously their mom! This book was such an imp...moreWonderful! Action, adventure, love and a little girl. I love books where players fall hard for kids and obviously their mom! This book was such an improvement from Marcus's book. So glad because I just love the Sullivan Clan. Bella Andre is back on track and this is a must read.(less)
What a magical read!! I loved it from start to finish. 5+ Floozies for this one!!
For some reason I missed the whole steampunk aspect of this book, so...moreWhat a magical read!! I loved it from start to finish. 5+ Floozies for this one!!
For some reason I missed the whole steampunk aspect of this book, so it took me a minute to get the idea that The Iron Duke did not take place in historical England. Once I got that, I realized the world Meljean Brook had created was so amazing and fantastic. The different classes and the prejudice associated was just one level of this skyscraper of a book.
(view spoiler)[Rhys (how many names did he have anyway, jeez, I had to reread a few parts to make sure it was him), oh boy, talk about take no prisoner hot boy. He takes what he wants and dosen't even bother with a thank you. His aura and presence were so enthralling. When he was on the page I paid extra attention because his character did not say or do anything that was not of great importance.
Mina's physical appearance is the embodiment of the "horde" to the public and a major catalyst to how she lives her life. I compared the Horde to the Nazis. Controlling, oppressive, unremorseful . . . you get the idea. Mina's mother was raped by one of the Horde and upon seeing her daughter she gouges her eyes out, not because Mina was grotesque, but for the injustice forced upon Mina's mother. Love, support, and understanding take the place of grief and Mina is raised in a house that any child would be proud to call home. However, when she steps on the street she is bombarded with ridicule, name calling, and even physical harassment because people see her outside appearance not taking the time to see what kind of person she is on the inside. That layer of the story really got to me because I can not stand by to racism, prejudice, and injustice. I like to think I fight, in my own way, for those who are effected and try hard not to judge before getting to know someone.
Anywho . . .
Mina is resigned to her lot in life and takes it on the chin like a champ. Rhys vows to purge the nasty thoughts of the "jade whore" from the minds of the public, when in reality Mina is the one that ends up setting the public straight just by being herself, a remarkable public servant, and a women in love.
Mina outwardly wants a quick tryst with Rhys, not wanting to reach too far above her station. However, Rhys will not stop until Mina is in his bed permentatly. Hello, feminist . . . Yeah, I cringed a little but thankful Rhys realized the value of Mina as a person, as a partner, and as a potential mother to his children. (hide spoiler)]
Saw blades for teeth, glass orbs for eyes that detect truths and lies, metal sharks, and cracken!! Action, adventure, love, personal development, and sequels!! I was transported into this world and loved every minute I spent with Mina and Rhys. Even the supporting characters were exciting to get to know. I am a happy book lover right about now. Just so much to chew on without being overwhelming. The core of the story is crystal clear and so entertaining I could not put it down.
The development of Mina and Rhys' love for each was so sweet and just . . . perfect . . . for this book! I can not wait to read Heart of Steel and, really, any other steampunk romance I can get my hands on!!["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
This is a MUST READ in ORDER series as the conclusion will not be achieved until Lord of the Abyss.
Ok, goldiel...moreBears and Bears and Bears . . . . Oh My!
This is a MUST READ in ORDER series as the conclusion will not be achieved until Lord of the Abyss.
Ok, goldielocks and the three bears have never been hotter. The correlation to the fairytale was fun to see evolve. And let me tell you the Fairytale Floozy loves a good fairytale romance, obviously!
Breena (btw: very similar to my sister's name. It's even spoken the same on my kindle's text-to-speech, kinda weird when they got busy) is the only sister of the surviving children of the massacred queen and king of Elden. The kids are squandered away to other realms by their mother's magic and then given the desire for revenge of the Blood Sorcerer, said queen and king murderer, by their father's magic.
Blondie Breena is dumped, lost in a forest of Ursa Berserker (that's bear for you newbs), luckily they are extinct, or are they? Anywho, she ends up in a cabin in the middle of the forest, hungry, thirsty, and tired. On the stove is . . . oatmeal. Luckily there is something to drink too . . . lemonade. Being so tired, she finds the bedroom with . . . three beds. She does not try them all but falls to her exhausted slumber on the biggest.
Sensing a theme? Yup, me too! (hint: relevant items in bold)
And who's bed is that? Osborn, the lone surviving bear or course. Well, he has two brothers, a total of three if you're not sensing the theme, but the brothers have not completed the berserker ritual so they are not furry yet. As far as I can tell the relations end there, but it was super fun while it lasted. Makes me wonder if this was an anomaly or was Lord of the Vampires (Royal House of Shadows, #1) supposed to loosely represent a fairy tale as well? Realm traveling vampires? Can't think of anything off the top . .
Well, I digress . . . Breena is gungho to have Osborn help avenge her parents and reclaim her island, but not so fast, sister. Osborn is not a big fan of the Eldenites, and sense she selectively forgets to tell him exactly where she came from, he's none to happy with her as well. His participation is limited to helping her hone her warrior skills.
I get all gooey inside when someone chanlleges the long held archaic beliefs of others, so the interactions between Breena and the brothers is so exciting. Brother Bear has not told them the best when it comes to women so they are very 1950's-human-realm in there beliefs. Oh, it's not because he does not like women, it because he likes them too much and does not want his brother to fall victim to the charms of a woman. Well, what do you know, he's the hero in a romance novel so I'm sure you can guess.
The progress from tough and unrelenting crazy bear to a soft and sweet teddy is fantastic. As well as, can't-even-cook-oatmeal princess to warrior ready to slay five head dragon thingies and murdering foes.
HEAs abound and I could not be more excited to read Lord of the Wolfyn. If the fairytale theme continues I can only image I'll be seeing a red cape and mentioning a grandmother.(less)
I love, love, love, Larissa Ione and her cast of characters! She has an amazing way of bring heat, passion, fierceness, and funny into everything she...moreI love, love, love, Larissa Ione and her cast of characters! She has an amazing way of bring heat, passion, fierceness, and funny into everything she writes or collaborates on (Hello, Sydney Croft!!). She is current and sassy without sounding fake or contrived. I noticed more gore (yay!) in Immortal Rider and I was happy to see some of the Demonica Series cameos.
(view spoiler)[Limos is a kick-ass kick in the pants. She is devious, demonic, and lonely. Arik treats her like no one has, like a woman. She has long since changed her devilish ways but is paying for them now. Arik is by her side through it all and she soon realizes that she has missed out on that and craves more.
Arik, oh hunky military man!! I could see all yummy in camos and a machine gun (a la Rambo). He has demons of his own and, in fact, has a "gift" he inadvertently ended up with when he survived a demon bit in the Demonica Series. The part where he is trapped in Sheoul is so engaging and gruesome. His endurance in the most extreme circumstance was motiving! With a little help from his "friends" (aka Tavin) he escapes and is on his path to finding Limos. The nicknames he come up with to refer to Limos are funny! The ones I can remember off the top of my head are My Little Pony and Flicka!
Oh, and the side story of Than and Regan, wow! Go Regan, who wouldn't want a piece of that. Oh, but he said NO! I really got weirded out by that scene. I'm not sure if that was necessary to the story. Maybe in his lust filled haze he screams NO in his head only he thinks it's out loud. Besides that part, I can not wait for Lethal Rider!! A horseman baby, how cool! (hide spoiler)]
Overall a fantastic read. Ione never fails to draw me in and make me crave more. Larissa Ione is the best paranormal romance author I have ever read. She has the best all around book with a perfect mix of gore, grit, romance, sex, and fantasy. She has the uncanny ability to draw you in and make you apart of the world she has created and if you’ve read any of my reviews, that is my most treasured part of read. I crave her books and devour them in one sitting. I will get in line for all of her book without fail! Thank you, Larissa Ione!! Keep it up because we're reading what your writing!
Amazing!! Such a wonderful historical romance from a relatively new author. Sarah MacLean is on my watch list and I will promptly read the remaining b...moreAmazing!! Such a wonderful historical romance from a relatively new author. Sarah MacLean is on my watch list and I will promptly read the remaining books of the Love by Numbers series! I loved the characters, the plot, and the fabulous set-up to the subsequent books. Can not wait to read more!!
I will not venture a complete review because this book is a must read. I will however confirm the countless praises of Nine Rules. Calpurnia is the heroine all romance writers aspire to create! A "shelved", plump, spinster with an amazing heart and a feminism I would hope to have if I were part of historical London society. Fed up with the double standards and pedestals she sets forth on a mission to have the adventures men experience everyday, changing her live and reforming a rake in the process! Hang 'em all!
My love for a book is bone deep when I wish I could be friends with the characters and I know Callie and I could have a blast!
Lovable heroine Sincere, heartfelt, and cheeky dialogue Hunk of a hero transformed from rake to life time partner Fabulous supporting cast and A spectacular series set-up
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. My first read by Ms. DePaul and I REALLY REALLY hope she writes a book for Max and Melina's friends.
The attraction bet...moreI thoroughly enjoyed this book. My first read by Ms. DePaul and I REALLY REALLY hope she writes a book for Max and Melina's friends.
The attraction between Rhys and Melina is intreging from the jump and I could not wait to see how their relationship progressed from childhood friends to HEA. And who knew magicians could be smokin' hot and not Chris Angel wierd or gay? And twins . . . SOLD! I was never disappointed by clichés even though this general friends-to-lovers plot has been explored many times. This Magic Moment was such a breath of fresh air, I bought A Vampire's Salvation (A Vampire Romance) and will read ASAP.
Thank you Larissa Ione for featuring Virna de Paul on your blog, she's on my radar!
And Virna, please don't forget about Max, I want more!!(less)