Let me tell you about how a book might have literally saved my life. When I agreed to review this book, I was in a really, REALLY low place. Not to go...moreLet me tell you about how a book might have literally saved my life. When I agreed to review this book, I was in a really, REALLY low place. Not to go into personal issues, but I was absolutely at my lowest point ever. I do not exaggerate in the least, when I say that I was ready to call it quits. Then I started Purest of the Breed. I had read The Bloodline War and loved it, one of my favorite books this year as a matter of fact, and felt an obligation to finish this commitment that I had made Tracy Tappan. Long, depressing story short.... Marissa and Dev made me laugh. I don't mean a giggle or a snort. I laughed til tears rolled and my stomach muscles cramped and begged for mercy. That shot of endorphins and joy brought me back to a sane place, so you will understand why I am now an acolyte of this series. Entire review published at http://ragesexandteddybears.blogspot....(less)
This book was OMG -awesome!! From the first page I could tell Cynthia was not going to play with Marked By the Vampire.
So let's see what I can tell y...moreThis book was OMG -awesome!! From the first page I could tell Cynthia was not going to play with Marked By the Vampire.
So let's see what I can tell you without giving anything away. First off is the female lead, Dr. Olivia Maddox. She is a professor and she specializes in serial killers. We know she suffered a childhood event that has her determined to study killers of the paranormal ilk and find out why they snap and kill innocents. What better place to do this than Purgatory, an uber secure prison for paras. Olivia is in denial or mostly unaware of a great many things about her past, her self and those she believes she can trust. So, knowledge is power, and what you don't know can totally ruin your day.
*sigh* Once again, a beautiful thing is coming to an end. One of my favorite series, Chronicles of Yavn, is ending. I am sad, but also satisfied becau...more*sigh* Once again, a beautiful thing is coming to an end. One of my favorite series, Chronicles of Yavn, is ending. I am sad, but also satisfied because. Elizabeth Staab concluded the series with the best book yet! Lee gave me some problems at first and I thought I might have to get out my cast iron attitude adjuster. Entire review posted at http://ragesexandteddybears.blogspot....(less)
This is one of those series that is at the core of my PNR addiction and yet I don't devote nearly the time to it that it so richly deserves. I remembe...moreThis is one of those series that is at the core of my PNR addiction and yet I don't devote nearly the time to it that it so richly deserves. I remember years ago when I first discovered the GoE series and I would haunt the bookstores looking for back titles and more information on future titles. I still love this series, but as the blog grew and life in general happened. I slacked off and I am completely repentant. I should be caned, flogged and made to lose my fan card.
Outstanding!! I am soooo freaking over the moon about this new series! Let me tell you about it. There were two angels sent to battle demons and preve...moreOutstanding!! I am soooo freaking over the moon about this new series! Let me tell you about it. There were two angels sent to battle demons and prevent them from taking over heaven and earth. They were given 77 souls each to help in the battle. Entire review posted at http://ragesexandteddybears.blogspot....(less)
Since the first of the year, I have read well over 100 books. They ranged from short stories to over 800 pages. They covered the entire spectrum of th...moreSince the first of the year, I have read well over 100 books. They ranged from short stories to over 800 pages. They covered the entire spectrum of the romance genre. They were written by debut indie authors and best selling authors like J. R. Ward and Nora Roberts. Some were exceptional and will grace my library for decades. Some I have already forgotten. I can say with no hesitation and no qualms whatsoever that The Bloodline War is the BEST book I have read this year to date. It was soooo hard to keep this review under wraps until the post date because I wanted to grab people, and tweet people and say READ this book!! Read it now, now, NOW!! I was literally doing a happy dance through most of the story.
One would think that Mary Cavendish was a saint in training with her volunteer work at the parish hospital, the Cockington Beautification Committee,...more One would think that Mary Cavendish was a saint in training with her volunteer work at the parish hospital, the Cockington Beautification Committee, and anywhere else that she can fit in her schedule. While she is indeed a lady filled with charity and compassion, she is also a woman with an urgent need to curtail her appetite for sumptuous holiday treats that attack her ever expanding waistline. With a corset designed to rob her of her ability to breathe and her quest to find a "knight on a white horse" to wed, it is imperative that she look her best.
Acclaimed Shakespearean actor, Sir Wesley Darcy is not having a good start to his holiday. Enduring a robbery attempt, an overturned carriage, and a painful shoulder injury, Wesley now finds himself in a hospital on Christmas Eve being treated by a woman who makes it more than clear that she finds him to be quite the cad. Sensing the passion underneath her innocent exterior, Wesley is beyond pleased to find that his enticing nurse will also be spending the holidays at Rougemont. Despite their innocuous beginnings, he intends to win Mary's heart and show her the adventures that have been sorely lacking in her life.
Moriah Densley has fast become one of my favorite new authors. Her stories are very reminiscent of the great Johanna Lindsay's Mallory series and Catherine Coulter's Brides series. Her characters are fun and immeasurably likable. Historically factual, Moriah's books fly by so quickly, I am always shocked and sad when they end for too quickly. I love the fact that characters from her precious stories are revisited, and in this short but wonderfully fulfilling book that the entire Cavendish clan makes an appearance. Mary is a wonderful heroine. She has her share of insecurities, but puts on a brave front that sometimes comes across as being a bit staid to her family. The dashing Wesley sees past this and is instantly captivated by her curves and sharp wit. They were absolutely perfect together. This is a sweet, lighthearted, romantic and beautifully written tale that is sure to bring a smile to even the most sour of Scrooges this holiday season. (less)
I have to admit that I was a bit hesitant to start this book. A rabid fan since Slave to Sensation, book #1 in the Psy-Changeling series, the last cou...moreI have to admit that I was a bit hesitant to start this book. A rabid fan since Slave to Sensation, book #1 in the Psy-Changeling series, the last couple of books had left me slightly disappointed. Heart of Obsidian had been touted as the book to answer all questions and the best addition to date. I had enormous expectations, so of course I wanted to preserve my hope for greatness. Expectations met and exceeded!!! Wow, just freaking wow! Loved it! Want to marry it!
Kaleb was such a paradox of good and utter evil that I was hard pressed to declare him as prime hero material. Nalini Singh, as a master storyteller, slowly extinguished all my doubts and made me a Kaleb groupie for life. The blending of cause and effect was truly brilliant and in my opinion a feat of magic worthy of Penn and Teller. In order to salvage Kaleb for the readers, he must have the perfect heroine to pull him out of the cold darkness he has inhabited for so very long. Sahara absolutely fit the bill, damaged but not broken, strong yet compassionate, and above all a piece of Kaleb's heart that will keep him sane.
To incorporate this monumental love story into the complete upheaval of the Psy world and not slight either aspect should be a near impossible task, but Nalini handled it with panache. This book completely resurrected my dwindling love of this series and I applaud Nalini Singh's wonderful talent and her ability to capture the hearts and minds of millions. (less)
I just don't know where to begin with this review. I waited a couple of days hoping something eloquent or at least deserving of this EPIC masterpiece,...moreI just don't know where to begin with this review. I waited a couple of days hoping something eloquent or at least deserving of this EPIC masterpiece, but I came to realize that nothing I could possibly think of would adequately convey how much I worship this book. This is beyond a 5 star book. It is a 5 star squared. I didn't think anything could top Acheron, a book that literally changed my life. (Yes, it really impacted me that much)
For those of us who have followed the DH series from it's inception we're starting to wonder if maybe Sherrilyn was spreading herself too thin. She definitely has many, many balls in the air. This book literally smacked me in the face for ever doubting her genius and for this I sincerely apologize. For those who are new to the series, you can read this book as a stand alone but you truly would negate the complex relationships that have evolved over the years.
Even though I often wondered if there was more to the Styxx storyline, I really didn't expect it to alter my view of Acheron (my all time favorite hero). Styxx may have knocked him to second place or at the very least it is a tie. The torture and tragedy that Styxx endured would give the readers nightmares if they are even remotely invested in the DH saga. I don't believe I have ever cried as much for any book, much less a romance that guarantees a HEA. This was truly an emotional roller coaster of a story. For all it's length, I still read Styxx in one sitting, forgoing sleep and pretty much anything that would cause me to put down the book. Do I sound a tad fanatical? Well, that's because I am, and I make no bones about the fact that I revere this series in all it's hills and valleys. If you have not read this book yet, you are missing out on one of the jewels of romance.(less)
Bobby Ray Smith, a member of the powerful and infamous Smith wolf pack, has moved away from his Southern roots to start his own pack and distance hims...moreBobby Ray Smith, a member of the powerful and infamous Smith wolf pack, has moved away from his Southern roots to start his own pack and distance himself from the craziness that is the Smith's. All is going according to plan until he runs into the one person that he regretted leaving behind. Determined to renew their acquaintance, Bobby Ray is about to show Jessie Ann how a wolf never gives up his prey.
Jessica Ward has come along way from the orphaned wild dog that Bobby Ray left with a broken heart. Now a CEO/owner of a hugely successful computer security firm and the alpha female of her own pack, Jessica has no desire to revisit anything or anyone of her painful past. She has become a top line predator in her own right and no sexy wolf from the sticks will ever bring her to heel.
Shelly Laurenston is one of my mainstay authors. She is always consistent and always enjoyable. The Beast in Him is no exception. With her trademark offbeat humor and her ice melting sexual content, Shelly has once again treated her fans to wonderful characters that I personally would love to hang out with. These shifters have few boundaries and respect even less. Extremely loyal and equally fierce, the Smith's are just a flat out hoot. Bobby Ray is probably the most deceptive of the group, in that his calm facade hides an alpha in all his fierce glory. The interaction between all the characters and species is just hilarious and presented so matter of factly that I totally expect to meet these people in real life. I am so envious of Shelly's shifters and their ability to be totally free and open. They are the epitome of living the dream. I can't imagine a time when I grow tired of this diverse world of characters and their stories and I hope there will never come a time when I have to.(less)
Wow!! Great story. This book starts on a unique premise of an age old race hidden amongst humans known as Calydons. This race is policed by the Order,...moreWow!! Great story. This book starts on a unique premise of an age old race hidden amongst humans known as Calydons. This race is policed by the Order, a small group of basically immortal warriors who enforce the very strict list of no-nos that Calydons must live by. The biggie is that if a Calydon male finds his Sheva (his soul mate)and bonds with her, then he or his Sheva (sometimes both) will be killed because legend states the the male will turn into a murderous, insane rogue once the bond is complete. Rough, huh?
Quinn is an Order enforcer, he killed his uncle and many friends along with their shevas as his duty dictated. His loyalty to the Order is unbreakable. He is cold, unemotional and will not be deterred in carrying out his duty. Or so he believes.
Grace is determined to enlist Quinn’s aid in finding her sister, Ana. She has no need of any emotional entanglements. She just wants her sister back. Fate has other ideas. A loner by nature, Grace is harboring a deadly secret that ensures she will always be alone.
Stephanie Rowe has definitely come into her own with this series. Darkness Awakened was a real page turner. The characters were wonderfully developed and interesting. The story was fast paced and held my complete interest from first sentence to last. The romantic thread was intense, hot and enhanced the overall story exponentially. I fell in love with all the Calydons of the Order and can not wait to dig in to their books. I recommend this book without reservations. (less)
Kresley Cole, Go on with your bad self. Is there no end to your talent? You must be under the influence of writer's steroids. You should share those....moreKresley Cole, Go on with your bad self. Is there no end to your talent? You must be under the influence of writer's steroids. You should share those. Once again you have robbed me of a night's sleep because I can not put down one of your books, but enough of the fangirl fawning, let's get on with the review.
Uilleam (Will) MacRieve was a broken Lykae on the verge of ending his miserable, immortal life. Molested as a child, with the incident also linked to the death of his beloved parents and his unborn sister, MacRieve has lost control of his beast. On the day when he has given up all hope he and his twin, Munro, discover Will's mate, being sold at auction. She is highly prized among the factions of the Lore because she is the daughter of the leader of The Order. A group responsible for the imprisonment, torture and death of many of the beings from the Lore. Stealing her away, MacRieve is hoping she will now give his life meaning and save him from the pit of despair.
Chloe Todd was on par to be an Olympic soccer player. Known as baby T-Rex, Chloe is one of the fiercest players in the league despite her diminutive size. Her father, her biggest supporter and fan, has disappeared. But before he left, he gives her a book, the book of the Lore. The book details various creatures of myth and fantasy. Chloe has no idea why she is left with the book. That is until she is kidnapped and about to be sold to these creatures. Now being held by a werewolf spouting things about immortality and destined mates, Chloe is going to need every bit of her famed fierceness to cope with this new world she has just become a part of.
Known in the Lore as Hot and Hotter, the MacRieve twins have been on my book radar for years. Knowing just the very bare bones of their back story, I was utterly taken aback by Will's heartbreaking childhood and subsequent adulthood. He was totally a sympathetic hero for the first half of the book. While I absolutely understood where he was coming from, I still wanted to bash his head in with a cast iron frying pan at times. Luckily Chloe was a bad ass bitch who had a zero tolerance policy for butt munches. This leads for some absolutely hilarious exchanges between MacRieve and Chloe. One of the things that saves MacRieve, IMHO, is the fact that he is an EXPERT at the dirty talk. Lord have mercy, he made me sweat. Chloe is such a great heroine. I'm pretty sure she will go down as one of my all time favorites, and that is a very, very select list. I couldn't find a single objectionable quality. I know, I was shocked as well. Even though there are quite a few scenes with some old fan favorites, I think this book lends itself to being a stand alone much better than some of the past books. Maybe because instead of wondering what was going on with the rest of the Lore, I was so totally immersed in Will and Chloe's story. I just can't recommend this book and the entire series enough. This is one of my favored few that I preorder as soon as it's available. Now, I'm ready for Munro's book.(less)
This is an anthology of erotic romantic suspense. I will give a brief review of all the stories and then a final overall review.
First Exposure by Elis...moreThis is an anthology of erotic romantic suspense. I will give a brief review of all the stories and then a final overall review.
First Exposure by Elisabeth Naughton
This is the story of Avery Scott, an all American actress, in search of her missing friend/assistant. The PI firm she hires assigns Cade Blackwell to her case. Avery and Cade have a history, a case of first love gone very, very wrong. The trail leads them to a swingers resort in Jamaica. It doesn't take a genius to see where this one goes.
First Exposure set the tone for the rest of the anthology. Hot, hot, hot! Most of the story is set at an adults only resort where ANYTHING goes. I enjoyed this portion of the book. Avery and Cade were believable characters, although I would definitely have made Cade grovel.... A LOT. His overall demeanor in the beginning had me looking for my cast iron skillet. I would have liked to have seen Avery rub her success in Cade's face just a little. My vengeful wishes aside, this was a good example of a sweet story peppered with some very steamy sex.
First Rapture by Alexandra Ivy
Madison Phillips had a teenage crush on Luc Angeli that she made no secret about. On the night Luc finally gives in to Madison's crush, he leaves before the sweat had dried on their satisfied skin. Crushed and heartbroken, Madison has spent the following years dreaming of getting her pound of flesh and now she is ready to collect.
I love a good revenge story and if that story has great sex well all the better. Once again however, The heroine, Madison is not quite as vicious as I would have liked. I mean, if a guy takes your virginity and then says basically "Have a nice life", well, I would have been out for blood, or even better, his prized body parts. Luc is repentant, to a degree. He decides he wants Madison back in his life and then goes about ensuing his desire. Hmmm, too easy. There is also the meddlesome best friend ( I am not a fan of these), who decides Madison doesn't know what's best for herself. Despite these minor glitches, Alexandra Ivy still spins a good tale and provided the reader with a good tale.
First Taste of Darkness by Cynthia Eden
Jess Delaney has recently found out her fiancé was not the faithful soul he should have been. Heartbroken she decides to have a wild night in Vegas. She catches the eye of Blake Landon, a big fish in the Vegas scene. Always fearful of gold diggers, Blake is captivated by Jess's innocence. Jess gets caught in Blake's world of high finance and those who would try to take what Blake has built.
This was an action packed story with great suspense and intrigue. Still managing to be an extremely sexy story, this section of the anthology had a truly enjoyable thread of mystery and as the title states, darkness. Jess was truly a fish out of water in this book. The world in which she finds herself is completely foreign and catches her flat footed. I completely believed the characters and there reactions to their circumstances. I would definitely have bought this book as a stand alone.
First Ink by Laura Wright
Rush Merrick was one of the most sought after tattoo artist in the country. He has a waiting list a mile long and numbers many celebrities among his clients. Addison is the one that broke his young heart in a very public and humiliating way. After years of regretting her actions, Addison shows up at Rush's shop for a tat and maybe forgiveness.
When I first started this book I discovered it was written in first person, and I was all like "No, Laura, No!". Then I discovered it was written from both POV's. This was an awesome surprise. One of the reasons I'm not a fan of first person perspective is not knowing why the other characters react the way they do. Laura dealt with this issue spectacularly. With her signature hotness, Laura spins the story of heartbreak, reunion and redemption with a master's touch. Rush was a totally sympathetic, but droolworthy hero. Addison not so much. Can you tell I'm a heroaphile? Addison does redeem herself in a most public way, which saved her IMHO. Once again, Laura Wright hits it out of the park.
First Surrender by Katie Reus
At 22 years of age, Sierra is head chef at one of the top chefs in Vegas, an amazing achievement for one so young. She has had a major crush on the new head of security , Hayden, almost from the moment they met. Now best friends, neither realizes that they both want to move from he friend zone to the bedroom.
I really liked all the books in this anthology and adore all the writers and their talent, but this was hands down my favorite story. I love a friends to lovers theme. I was totally into Hayden and Sierra's story and was sorry the book was so short, and shock of all shocks, I had not one single complaint about Sierra. First Surrender moves quickly without leaving important details behind. There were great secondary characters and a compelling tale in which the sex was an extra spice and not the entire dish. If I wasn't already a fan of Katie's, this book would have tipped the scales.
First Temptation by Joan Swan
Zoe Brooks is a much respected Border Patrol Supervisor, but she is looking for a change. With a chance to work undercover on the capture of one of the biggest drug and weapons smugglers, she sees her chance. From the moment he laid eyes on the butch female, Taft Walker made no bones about the fact that he didn't believe Zoe had the chops to work this case. He made no effort at diplomacy and told her point blank that she wasn't woman enough to play the femme fatale. Boy, did he have that one wrong.
It has to be obvious by now that I am all about the heroes. That being said..... I would have clocked Taft soon after opening his mouth. He did wind up eating his words, and then decided he wanted to get Zoe in the sack, no strings attached. Zoe handles the situation professionally, and with great aplomb. She is just as blunt with Taft about her " not with her co-workers" policy. Their journey together was sexy, danger filled, and with a great underlying humor. There is a very sexy pole dancing scene that proved beyond a shadow of a doubt that Zoe was most assuredly all woman. All in all this was a truly enjoyable ending to this anthology.
This is a set of stories that I really, really regret was not in print. I would have paid the extra money in a heartbeat. To have all these amazing authors in one place is beyond the measly amount one would pay. While I did like some tales better than others, it's like comparing diamonds and sapphires, I wouldn't sneeze at either one. These are stories I will read and reread over and over and is a "must have" for lovers of erotic romance. Brava, ladies, brava.