The Tudor Vendetta contains plenty of surprises. I of course requested this with out noticing that it is the third in the series and I must say, if this is what the other two are like I will have to go back and read them. Fabulously written with all the court intrigue you could want. I am a Huge fan of Queen Elizabeth I’s. And I will say that if this series does continue that I will follow it. The ending seems to infer that Brendan is done as the queen’s spy.
Both his and one of Elizabeth’s secrets are revealed. It takes trust from both sides to see the conclusion through to the end and Brendan has every one of his dreams come through to fruition. He safe guards Elizabeth’s secret and also wins back the heart of his true love and they retreat to the country side far from the courts intrigues. Or do they? We will see if there is more to follow. I creeped his site and didn’t see mention of another Spymaster Chronicle to be released anytime soon. (less)
Five years to the day of Rory’s sister. Anya’s murder, she is at a benefit ball for the TOV (The Other Victim) foundation that Rory started in honor of her sister. Junior’s younger brother Danny turns up at the ball. Determined to clear his brothers name before he dies, he grabs Rory when she is on stage and tries to force her at gun point to take the blame for him. She hits her head and sustains a pretty bad coma.
While in the coma Rory and Junior form an intense psychic connection. She is able to see the things he is seeing in the sub acute wing of the hospital that he is housed in and he keeps sending her images of the night the murder happened. She becomes so entangled with Junior that she starts behaving bizarrely to her current fiance and family they start wondering if the head injury hasn’t changed her for the worst. Still trying to maintain her identity and not lose herself she decides to work with Junior and gives herself over to him to solve the mystery of what happened that night and allow Junior pass on with a clear continuous.
The Night Visitor is a pretty dark and intense read. Rory’s family dynamics are perverse and engulfing. Her step-brother and step-father are trying to confiscate her company out from under her. Her mother is narcissistic, only looking out for her own needs. The only bright spot in her life is her fiance, Tom. Dianne Emley has created an engrossing plot. One that is hard to put down, you feel you just have to find out who it was that pulled the trigger. If you like a dark mystery, this is definitely up your alley!
One Funeral is the second installment to Kat and Stone’s series No Weddings. I must say I really am enjoying the series so far. No twitchy peen in this book. I was kinda looking forward to it, LOL! Where things were from Cade’s point of view in No Weddings, Hannah’s is in One Funeral. Where Cade had a twitchy peen Hannah seems to have a problem with her melting panties/thong. Not that one would blame her with being faced with Cade five days a week!
In One Funeral Hannah and Cade decide to “non-date”. That way they could spend time together and not have the burden of dating jitters. Hannah also takes Cade’s advice to see someone for therapy. She however one ups him and makes an appointment for him the day after her session, love it! There is several parties and Hannah branches out her business a little more to surrounding eateries and a club in the area. She learns to make friends due to her therapy and things are getting more intimate between her and Cade. And they finally seal the deal!!!! Thank god! I don’t know how much more I could have handled! I won’t tell you how or when however. I want my own personal Cade though. What a romantic!
I can not wait for book three, Two Bar Mitzvahs. It comes out three days after my birthday! A bunch of horror flicks, American Horror Story’s new season, my favorite holiday, good things happen in October!(less)
Cade has the most twitchy peen I have ever read of! LOL
Now that I have that off my chest I can get on with it. Ok, I can’t get past it…. It’s mentioned at least once a chapter! I have never been so aware of a wenis’s movement as I was in this book. I’m all for talk of mans fabulous extra appendage, but wow. That thing is ALIVE! ALIVE I TELL YOU! Sorry for that, you got the quirky me writing today. I’m trying to clear my mind. Maybe I’m running a fever. I’m fighting off some sort of creeping crud right now. Headache, sinuses, sore throat, and sneezing with itchy watery eyes. I’ve never had allergies before so it can’t be that. Ok, I’m good now.
Both Cade and Hanna have had their hearts broken and are dealing with it in their own ways. Cade’s drowning it in physical pleasure, he has a list of eight girls and Hanna is freezing people out. But in each other they find a kindred soul and become friends. Friends that are extremely attracted to each other like to put innuendo and much of their conversation. With Cade’s manhood making constant twitches along the way when ever he gets around Hanna. Hell, he just has to think of her and Mr. Happy is responding.
Cade has made a promise to his sisters not to screw the help, but Hanna is not the help and in his mind is one woman that comes along once in a life time. And he is determined not to miss out on it. She makes him want to be a better man than he has been of late and he starts changing little by little. Being someone that would deserve to be with Hanna, because Hanna is more then just a release for him. She represents something more that he thought he had and lost. Never to be found again. But he has been proved wrong and has gotten a go ahead from one of his sisters, that Hanna just may be good for him.
I was pleased with this book. Even though we don’t get any dirty monkey lovin’ in it, we get a good story about the journey Cade and Hanna’s lives take together. And although it is a constant back and forth it didn’t drag for me and there wasn’t a part where I was like “Get on with it already!” Amazing right? Usually I want to slap someone when they can’t make up their mind or even contemplate chucking the kindle. But not this time. There is just something about these two that kept me interested, even when they were backing off a little from each other. That being said I would really suggest this to anybody.(less)
I read Firelight #1 & Moonglow #2 of this series and thoroughly enjoyed them and this one does not disappoint. I think this one may be my fave out...moreI read Firelight #1 & Moonglow #2 of this series and thoroughly enjoyed them and this one does not disappoint. I think this one may be my fave out of the bunch yet. And is making sure I go back and read the others that came before Evernight. Sometimes readers can get caught up with other books and need to be redirected to a series that they had enjoyed. I sincerely thank Julie Paulauski at Grand Central Publishing for reminding me of Kirsten Callihan’s Dark London series. I’m going to try and sneak these in between my other books I have scheduled. And for reminding me of how much I absolutely adore Steampunk!
I love Will! He’s naughty and a dirty, dirty talker. A man after my own heart. William Thorne is a Sanguis Demon, kinda like a vampire, but not. Holly Evernight is a scientist/inventor for the SOS (The Society for the Suppression of Supernaturals). Holly and Will have a past. They were both held captive by Amaros, a fallen angel. Amaros took Williams heart and replaced it with a platinum clockwork heart created by Holly. The heart is foreign to his body and is trying to reorganize itself, letting the metal take over his skin. The only time he feels relief is when Holly is able to call the metal from his body. That is her elemental power. The power over metal. They decide to work together. William will keep Holly safe, as she has been attacked several times. He will find out who wants her dead. In turn, Holly will find a cure for what ails him and keep him pain free in the interim. There is just no stopping Kristen Callihan! She just gets better and better! I can definitely say that this is a series that should not be missed. One to put at the top of your TBR list. If you haven’t, do so now. You will not be disappointed, this series is something not to be missed out on!(less)
Rebecca’s Lost Journals contains: The Seduction #1.1, The Contract #1.2, His Submissive #1.3, My Master #1.4, and The Master Undone #2.5. So just brie...moreRebecca’s Lost Journals contains: The Seduction #1.1, The Contract #1.2, His Submissive #1.3, My Master #1.4, and The Master Undone #2.5. So just brief little snippet reviews.
The Seduction #1.1 The story of how Rebecca comes to be working at the gallery. Her meeting with Rico, Chris, Ava, and Mark. Her first couple of trysts with her Master.
The Contract #1.2 Rebecca receives the Master/sub contract and has worries and questions about it.
His Submissive #1.3 Rebecca’s Master is giving her lessons on what the contract details. A trial of sorts to see if she is ready.
My Master #1.4 It’s been almost a year since the first contract was signed. They are renewed every four months with changes being made where needed. Rebecca isn’t sure she wants to sign another contract. And her Master crosses a line, trying to keep her. Only it has an opposite effect on her than he intended. All of Rebecca’s journals contain hot, steamy monkey lovin’. But there is a bit of sorrow to all of it. Rebecca is needing more from her Master emotionally then what she is getting. She wants a normal relationship. Not just the Master/sub relationship they have. She wants love and she is coming to the realization that that is not something she may not get with the man she has fallen in love with.
I’m going to review The Master Undone after I read Being Me. So, look for that one on it’s own. I purchased this without realizing it contained this and purchased it separately as well. What the hell, it was only 99 cents.
Brinley and her best friend Mason go to a party being hosted by Noah, a guy she has a class with and is trying to get her to go on a date of get in to her pants. When she is there she finally bumps into Ryder. She is aware that they are attending the same college, but has been hoping to keep avoiding him since their mishap of spin the bottle in high school. Ryder is sorry for the way he acted in high school and is hoping to keep Brinley out of the clutches of Noah…and his own. He never forgot their first kiss.
As much as the two try to avoid each other, they can’t stay away. They have mad chemistry and just may have more in common then they are really aware of. They finally do end up an item, but are both terrified as to what that may entail. Not wanting to be hurt of drag the other into their own family dysfunctions.
They sex scenes are superb and hot. Ryder definitely is book boyfriend material. I also really liked Brinley’s character. She is weak, but also strong in her weakness. The book doesn’t get boring at any point and the ending is fabulous and satisfyingly happy. I would recommend this to any New Adult reader out there with a soft spot like me for real life people. People with messes and that are messes. (less)
Even better then the first! Not sure if this is it or not. I’m hoping not. I scoured H.P.’s website and checked out Goodreads but didn’t see a #3 mentioned anywhere. And the way the book ends it could swing either way. Although I’m hoping for more. I don’t want to be finished with Peyton, Drake, and Ryan! I have a serious book crush on Drake. If only he lived in my house…*sigh*
Book #2 picks up right where #1 left off. Peyton is recuperating from her possession and Drake wants to get out of the house and check everything out. While out with Ryan for lunch Peyton hears that there has been an uprising of paranormal activity in New Orleans. Thinking that it has something to do with the Axeman she enlists the help of Lovie and Christopher once again. We get to meet two new characters. Guarda, a voodoo priestess who’s also schooled in witchcraft and a relative of Marie Laveau. And Baron Samedi, the Loa of the dead. We also get to find out how Drake meets his end. I kinda had it figured out, but it was still sad.
After reading this I went back to my Goodreads and made sure that I had all of her other series marked as to read. Definitely going to be in my top fave authors! The Peyton Clark series has a fond place in my book lovin’ heart. Definitely a top of the need to be read pile pick! (less)
I liked that this takes place, for a large part, takes place on the set of baking show. I love watching those shows on Food Network! Something different and exciting. The different themes were fun and the rivalry between teams. Of course the antagonist everyone loved to hate was Piper. Which rhymes with viper. Which she totally was during the show.
What I just couldn’t handle was all of the angst in the book. It damn near gave me an anxiety attack. Good grief! The two main characters Kat and Lucas were balls of it. There was anxiety over the show. Both were so into each other and they both doubted themselves and one other that they were distressed about that. Then Kat was second guessing everything Lucas said and did. Lucas had no clue what Kat was thinking. For two people that were supposed to have been best friends, they were totally clueless. Seriously, I wanted to three stooges their asses. Smack their heads together, poke them in the eyes, that sort of things. By the end I had had enough of their shenanigans! Five pages from the end Kat finally got it! That is about 300 pages of angst people! It was just too much for me.(less)
The Chocolate Garden is the second book in The Dare River Series. The first is Country Heaven if you want to read about Rye and Tory before picking this up. I didn’t and I had no problem reading this. It did however make sure that I put it on my TBR list. This book is my first by Ava Miles and has definitely made me a fan of hers.
Tammy has finally left her husband after enduring years of abuse from her husband, both physical and verbal. Her brother Rye has taken her and her two precious children under his wing ( I wish mine were so well behaved!). Her husband is such a douche bag, Rye pays him a million dollars and he agrees to a divorce without a hitch, not even wanting custody of his kids. Which is a good thing, because like I said, he’s a douche bag. Being at Rye’s is opening up a whole new way of life for her. She’s finding her feet as a single woman and single mom. Doing things for herself and not relying on a man to take care of her like she was raised to do. It’s also allowing her to open up to who she is and not the suppress her feelings. She has an impressive talent in gardening and is opening her own business to support herself and her children. Her main goal in life is to stand on her own two feet, take care of her children on her own, and be the mother they can look up to.
John Parker is one of Rye’s closest friends. He’s a song writer for Rye and many other country singers. From the moment he met Tammy, he’s been hers. Deciding to take it slow and give Tammy time to heal from her horrible marriage he has just stood by and been a shoulder to lean of for her for the past year. He was raised by a single mother who has become a preacher with three sisters. He’s grown up in a house of women and seems to have a decent understanding of women. He’s a gentle soul, has a way with words, is gorgeous, is a listener, just all around perfect. His main goal is to make Tammy and her children his and he falls completely head over heels with all three. Now it’s just gonna take some planning and patience to get her and the kids where he needs them to be.
Do men like these in this book really exist? Being from the North I have never come across men like this, a bit unbelievable to me. I want one! This book is magical. It leaves you with the feeling that anything is possible. That there is a happy ending out there for everyone. A real feel good novel. Definitely going to be reading more of Ava Miles’s books! (less)
First things first. I don’t think I will look at yogurt and fruit for breakfast the same again… ever.
Sam is pretty sassy. When she first sees Cooper walking ahead of her towards the dive shack she wolf whistles at him. She also likes to keep Cooper on his toes. Never quite reacting how is expected. She also likes to tease him. When they first meet up she has no idea who he is, except that he is built like a god and hotter then hell. Everything he does has her turned on, even eating.
Cooper is confident and easy going, with a sexy smile boasting three dimples. He is intrigued by Sam. She’s not like the girls/groupies that are usually around him. She is an enjoyable dive buddy and she’s able to keep up with him in and out of bed. In fact she pushes his limits often. Both him and Sam are competitive by nature and they seem to thrive off of that, even when it is all in fun.
After a dive and dinner Cooper asks Sam to become more then dive buddies, he wants to take it to bed buddies. And from there they are off. They are insatiable for each other. Sam spends nights with Cooper which she usually doesn’t do in her other flings. As their ten days together progresses so does their relationship, becoming more then the fling it started out as. It’s moving into a permanent territory. Something new for both of them. They have mad monkey lovin’ all over the island. Always trying new positions, never the same way twice. So if you are looking for a read full of hot steamy sex this is definitely it. These two screw as much as they play! And being that they are both on holiday, that is pretty much how they spend their days. (less)
Another couple of wrecked people find each other. I really am a sucker for that story line right now. Maybe I just like the reassurance that I’m not the only mess out there =)
Evelyn and Mateo belong together. When one is having a hard time the other is there to support them. At first Evelyn is leery of Mateo. She knows that he has been in prison, but when she finds out why she is less afraid of him. And the closer she gets to him she finds out just how really gentle he is. He is a protector of those he loves and soon she becomes one of the loved. However Mateo has a hard time letting Evelyn in all of the way. There are things he doesn’t tell her until forced to, believing that he is protecting her. Also afraid that once she learns certain things about his family life she will take off. Where Evelyn was once easily lead, she has toughened up having to take care of herself once disowned from her family. She is finishing her nursing courses, which comes in quite handy several times. Evelyn has a big heart and loves Mateo fiercely. She stands by him and he stands by her when the reason and truth to her dreams comes out.
I was very happy with the ending too. It was sweet and proves that no matter what you think you can better yourself with the support of your friends and loved ones. That no matter how dark things in your life seem if you persevere you will find that light at the end of the tunnel.(less)
The Poet’s Wife covers three generations of women in a family through the rule of Franco in Spain. Through the hunger, execution and torture of friends and family, and the fear of staunch Franco supporters. Also through the births, making friends, and individual triumphs.
It starts out with the courting of Luisa and Eduardo in the early nineteen hundreds and the birth of their first child daughter, Isabel. Once Isabel is born Luisa takes her on hikes and ends up becoming friends with a family of gypsies. Gypsies are treated as inferiors in their society and Luisa has to keep her friendship with them secret. Eduardo is a lawyer with the heart of a poet. After having his first and only book of poetry printed he henceforth refers to himself a poet. He loves his wife and children fiercely, a devoted husband and father. Luisa is outgoing and pretty much wears the pants in the family.
Isabel is the first born and takes after her mother and father. She has the best of both. She can take charge, but she does so in the quiet way of her father. When she reaches her sixteenth birthday she leaves with her best friend to become a nurse in the Republican army field hospitals. There she meets Henry. He is a recuperating soldier from England. In time they fall in love. They part when the army is disbanded and after two years apart Henry makes his way back to her. They then start a family and their first born is her daughter, Paloma.
Paloma is growing up when Franco’s dictatorship is slowly coming to an end. She grows up in the 60’s and 70’s. She goes to University in Barcelona and when she graduates she travels to Morocco. She has never been in love before and when she is in Morocco she meets Alberto. The first Spaniard she has come across in her travels in Morocco. They get to know one another and she finds out that he grew up in a village not far from where she grew up. The travel some together and part ways with the promise that when Alberto is finished with his travel he will find her at her home.
I really liked this. I fell in love a little with Eduardo. He was different from all of the men in his family and time. Where they were all macho, Eduardo wasn’t afraid to cry with happiness or sadness when the time called for it. He was a gentle soul and very much in love with his family. He also held to his beliefs, even when those beliefs are what gets him killed in the end. I think Rebecca Stonehill spins an exceptional story to be able to make you see the beauty in these women’s trials and tragedies. Definitely something that needs to be savored like one of the fine wines of that country.(less)
I’m really not sure how I feel about Control. It wasn’t the writing, I think it was all the characters. I got them, but I didn’t like them. This is really hard for me to write. I hate not connecting with the characters. The story line was good and everything but I just…. I don’t know, something was missing for me. And the only thing I can think of is, no character love, which is weird. I love F’ed up characters! But with these two there was only fizzle. I wanted to give everybody a big throat punch in this. I don’t know, maybe if I read Possess I would like it better. The ending was a total kick in the crotch. HUGE cliffhanger! Which I had a feeling it was leading up too as the book got closer and closer to the end I wasn’t seeing any resolution to the situation.
Liam and Ella fight and run, fight and run. They are both so busy trying to get what they want but not appearing the “weaker” one. Both need to feel in control of the situation, and Liam has a hard time with compromise. Ella is wrecked from her marriage and trying to find her own two feet. Liam is also wrecked and his way of dealing with it is acting like the big man and throwing money at it. The perfect couple and together the perfect volatile mess. All these two seem to do to one another is hurt the other. Neither know the other well enough to understand the other person’s pain and insecurities and the whys. Until they do they are going to need and want each other, but still tear each other down. And with that cliffhanger I’m guessing shit is gonna explode. And I’m not sure in a good way. I think there is going to be a lot more heartache in store for those two. And maybe if I read the second one I would come to like them or at least get the closure I need in their story.
So I’m going with a three instead of a two. I liked the plot, but the characters for me were just ok. I’m still having mixed feelings.(less)
When Maggie and Tyler first meet he is a total douche bag. She comes bearing cookies and he growls at her, is rude, and shuts the door in her face. So much for being a friendly neighbor! That sets the tone for their dealings with each other. They rip on each other when ever they can, it's funnier then hell. Tyler is always coming back with something that makes Maggie laugh in spite of herself. She just doesn't want to give him that satisfaction. So of course you know I'm gonna love this book for the verbal sparring alone. After a while they come to a sort of truce and form a friendship, but they still knock each other.
Maggie has been burned before by her one time fiance. He didn't hurt her alone, he really messed up her relationship with her parents too. So with that, she of course doesn't want anything to do with guys relationship wise outside of friends. Maggie's best friend Ava, talks her into a year long dating game. They have to have at least one date a month. There has to be a kiss...with tongue...just once. Then from there if they have more then one date with the same person the stakes are raised. So when Tyler is at a bar and he sees Maggie walk in to meet a date he knows what's up. He deflects a bar fly from her and is there when she gets the call that her date has been canceled. He gallantly offers to fill in so that Maggie doesn't lose that month and has to pay for a spa stay for Ava.
And from there they just kinda keep getting closer and closer, both knowing that there is hella mad chemistry between them. Once these two have at each other they can barely keep their hands to them selves and that is where the mad monkey lovin' comes in. The only problem is is that Tyler can't offer Maggie more then friends or friends with benefits. He's made a promise to himself and he's gonna follow through with it. Even if it means he loses Maggie in the end. (less)
Chloe is returning home to Dublin as the general manager of Hope Street Hotel. She left her life behind in Dublin a few years back when her fiance called off the wedding mere hours prior to the ceremony, she hopes to return with her head held high with her advance in her career. She is a good listener, and truly likes to help those that need it. All of the guests adore and appreciate all she does for them. Her boss is pretty impressed by her as well.
First couple introduced is Dawn Madden and Kirk Lennox-Coyningham. Dawn married her friend and lover, much to the chagrin of her close friends and family. Kirk’s dad gave them a huge bag….of weed a.k.a pot. Dawn has been recently made manager of Earth’s Garden health food store and Kirk is a yoga instructor. She leaves him due to infidelity. However that isn’t the worst of it in her mind.
Second couple is Jo and Dave. Complete opposites. Jo is a tough no nonsense marketing director. Dave is an out of work actor looking for a job. Jo is a little off because of her taking lots of meds for In Vitro Fertilization. They trade vicious texts with one another prior to checking in to Hope Street Hotel. That isn’t what is really tearing their marriage apart.
Third and last couple is Lucy and Andrew. Lucy is a super model that is a couple of years older then Andrew’s twins Josh and Alannah. She thought she was marrying her One. Andrew started dating Lucy right after he got separated from his children’s mother. Then as soon as he was divorced Lucy and Andrew got married right away. Which didn’t sit well with his kids. They went our of their way to sabotage their dad and Lucy’s marriage. Later we find out it was a little more then that.
The book takes you through the ins and outs of the three couples marriage. You learn more as you go along what other things are contributing to the dissonance of these marriages. Over the weekend and with Chloe’s help will they stay together, make another go of it? Or will they say “feck” it and go their separate ways?
Not really sure what I expected when I started Love Me or Leave Me. All I knew was the narrative sounded different and intrigued me. The book starts off S L O W. The plot revolves around the main character Chloe, and three of twelve couples staying at the divorce hotel. I was having a hard time getting into it, but once I got about half way into it it started to get interesting. Pretty much once the hotel was up and running. Until midway through I was thinking I was going to have to give the book a two or three. But the last half redeemed the book for me. So I was glad I stuck it out in the end.(less)
Lou as a character is fabulous. So is her best friend Mel. When things look really down they both try to find something to laugh about the situation. Theirs is a true friendship. Both willing to so things for the other that only real friends do. If their was a body they would be willing to help the other bury it. Lou is a good, kind hearted person, but some of the things she does to her archenemy Hunter, are a bit evil. Although the out come is uproariously funny. I was sitting with the spawn outside on supervisor duty and came to Lou’s first lunch run for Hunter and I was laughing so hard I almost had tears running down my eyes. Which of course brought my tiny herd running to me wondering what was so hilarious. When I told them why they laughed a little too. Everyone finds excessive gas hilarious. I think that was the part that completely won over my heart. Anyone that enjoys potty humor as much as me has me won over immediately.
This is truly a good read. I wasn’t sure at first. Everything was going along so nicely and then Lou has to go and royally mess everything up with that damn spell. But what follows is so damn hilarious. The measures she goes through to try and get Aiden back and the out comes can at times be down right comical. You will know what I’m talking about when you get to the run training part. I was laughing so hard and my husband was asking me what was so funny. He just smiled at me, he’s not a reader. There are bitter sweet moments, but it is so well tempered with the humor it isn’t the heart breaking kind that you need a Kleenex for. The ending will leave you with a smile on your face. This really is a light hearted, feel good kind of read. A good little pick me up for between those intense reads. Definitely something worth picking up!(less)
The Winter People had everything I am a sucker for. Fairytales and the Fae are some of them. Let us not forget my penchant for YA and NA too. So to say I’m feeling much love for this book would be an understatement. Not to mention Rebekah L. Purdy writes one boss ass fairytale!
I liked the fact that the book doesn’t come right out right away and say that this is a book dealing with the Fae. Clues a plenty, but kinda lets you come to the conclusion on your own. Not that it was hard for those of us that love those hot Fae men. Salome is lucky enough to have 3 vying for her attentions. However only one of them doesn’t have a personal agenda. I think you like me will figure out who is tormenting Salome before the end like me, but I always love being proved right. There are a couple of surprises though, so it’s always interesting and doesn’t become too predictable.
I enjoyed this so much I didn’t even mind the love quad. Not that I’m apposed to them all that much anyway. As long as they don’t seem to go on forever and get predictable I’m totally fine with them. However I do know that some people can’t stand them so this is a spoiler for those of you haters. Stay away if you don’t enjoy them. I would hate for you to not appreciate this as much as I did just for those reasons alone. If you don’t mind them I would definitely say this is a must read! Well worth your hard earned dollars, euros, yen, pesos, bucks, dough, whatever you got. Spend it on this, totally worth it!(less)
When Kristine weds Erik she knows nothing about him. Just that he has saved her the night before she was to be beheaded. She’s heard all the rumors, but doesn’t know what to believe or what not too. Erik picks Kristine out hoping that he will have no feeling for her and be able to just impregnate her and fulfill his father’s last dying wish before his curse has fully changed him. But Kristine cleans up well and he finds himself attracted to her despite himself. Kristine just wants to be loved and to love another. She knows that Erik has married her just for child bearing purposes, but hopes that she may get him to feel something for her. Despite Erik’s determination, he is soon falling for his wife and Kristine has fallen for him. When he finds out she is with child he is elated but at the same time sorrowful. Soon he will have to leave her, he feels his animalistic side rising and doesn't want to harm her or for her to see him as his curse progresses day by day.
When Erik leaves, Kristine is determined to face the witch that has cursed him and demand she change him back. The plan back fires on her and Erik must ride to her rescue. The witch wants their child and Kristine’s fate hangs in the balance. Erik just hopes he can save her in time to see her and their child safe. I will admit I shed a tear a couple of times. It was just so heart breaking to watch these two struggle to stay together through everything. Each wanting to keep the other safe, their love for the other so great. But through it all their love never falters, and you just know that there has to be a happy ending. An exceptional adult retelling of the old tale. Anyone that has a soft spot for the fairy tale really should give this a read. Thoroughly enjoyable to read, even with the few shed tears!
Right when I read shit ton it’s like be still my beating heart! Lauren Layne, you speak my language! Any time there is a snarky or smart ass character, I’m in. And it started right away in Broken. I had many LOL moments while reading this. With Paul’s comments about Olivia’s love for the color pink and Olivia saying she has a lady boner for Paul it made this a most enjoyable read for me.
Don’t get me wrong, this isn’t sunshine and rainbows shit here. Paul is a hurting unit and knows just how to be a down right bastard. He has the worst verbal diarrhea, I should know, I’ve been told I have it… but in a good way. I pretty much say what I think and what I want as long as it doesn’t hurt anyone. Paul, has spent so long keeping everybody away his is just down right, knock down dirty. Not a good dirty either. And some of the shit he pulls on Olivia is down right evil. At times you just want Olivia to smack the snot out of the guy! Lord knows many would throw in the towel and just walk away. Which is just what he wants. He wants to stay in his dark hole. Which Olivia will have none of, you go girl!
Right from the beginning Olivia, doesn’t pussy foot around Paul. She treats him like any other person. Not really giving him the sympathy or poo-pooing he’s so used to by everybody for the past couple of years. She challenges him. She sees something more in him then anybody has since he’s been home. She gives him hope that he could live a normal life and it scares the shit out of him. She puts up with some nasty shit from him and handles it a whole lot differently then I would. Paul would have had me in tears before very long. But she keeps taking it, which at times really pisses me off. But it’s just what Paul needs. Some one to be accepting of who he is, was, and could very well be.
So I say unto thee, go forth and purchase! Enjoy!(less)
Woooo! Quite the ending! Didn’t see some of that coming at all! And I must give Ms. Sandro kudos on wrapping everything up altogether admirably. I don’t think she left anything hanging. I wasn’t left with one question as to what happened to who or with what. Be prepared to roll with the punches on this one, because they just keep coming and coming. This one is filled with flesh and soul eating butterflies, loas, a serial killer and betrayal.
It starts out with Mala as guardian of the Acker boys while Dena is in the hospital considered brain dead. The social worker is visiting and in the meantime, Landry is passed out in the chicken coop naked, covered in blood, and snuggling a headless hen. And that is just the beginning! Magnolia is back and worse then before. She’s got an agenda and Mala and Landry are trying to figure it out so as not to fall in her trap, whatever it may be. George lets the cat out of the bag about Mala’s new abilities to the town Sheriff and Bessie. And Mala comes face to face with her father at her Aunt March’s birthday party. And I’m not even telling you about the crème filling in this little twinkie!
Definitely would recommend this series to anybody and everybody. I fell in love with the first book. Two and three just got better and better. If there is one series that you need to read before the year is out this would be it. So put Dark Paradise, Dark Sacrifice, and Dark Redemption on that to be read list. Trust me, this is a must read series!(less)
Over the years the gods’ powers have waned from the lack of belief in them. The book starts off about six gods in particular. Nike, what the Greeks knew her as, and she is the goddess of victory. Which just happens to be a particular favorite of mine since my name is derived from her name. The name Nicole is the French feminine version of the boy’s name Nicholas. Nicholas, in turn, is the anglicized spelling of the Greek name “Nikolaos” which is derived from “nikē” (victory) and “laos” (people). So Nicole basically translates to ‘people of victory’. Like you cared, I know. LOL
Back to the Gods! They aren’t given the historical names in the book that we would readily know them by so I went on a hunt to match them up, for my own nerdiness. So here is what I came up with. I may be a little off on my interpretations. Dean, Dionysus as the Greeks referred to him, is the god of wine and merry making. Weston, the Celts would have known him as Oghma. The Norse would have had him as a giant god called Mimir, is the god of communication, writing, and poets. I would go with the Mimir since there is mention that Odin is his grandfather. However there is mention of winged sandals too, which would make him the Greek Hermes. Weston was/is hard for me to pigeon hole. Mark, could be the Roman god Mars or the Greeks Ares, is the god of war. I’m going with the Roman Mars, there is mention of a spear in the book. Lola, Romans would have worshipped her as Venus and the Greeks would have called her Aphrodite, is the goddess of love. And last but not least Peitha, known by the Greeks as Peitho, Goddess of Persuasion. And I probably put waaaay to much thought into all of that.
I really don’t know what I expected when I requested Eternal Night from NetGalley, but it has been far exceeded. This was such an exceptional read. Any mention of myths or gods and goddesses it is going to make me take notice. And I’m glad I did with this. The blending of the myths into todays culture makes this an interesting read to say the least. Romances of the gods? Even better. Then there is the battle to save the world. All culminating into one engrossing read. I would definitely recommend this one for anyone with the hankering for a little twist to their mythology. (less)
Love, love, loving this series! Loved Dark Paradise, loved Dark Sacrifice and eagerly awaiting Dark Redemption! Whe...more*As Posted On Skeleton Key Reviews*
Love, love, loving this series! Loved Dark Paradise, loved Dark Sacrifice and eagerly awaiting Dark Redemption! When I requested and was approved for this on NetGalley I did a little butt jig in my chair, hands and arms raised in my one man wave and a loud WOO was heard ringing through our house that day. Of course the spawn came running to the call, but were not as excited as I was when I told them mommy got to read a sah-weet book. Maybe if I had likened it to a new upgrade on Mine Craft they would have gotten it. But, I digress!
We start off with Mala in the fruity bin and Landry in the county jail. Mala and Georgie are a sort of couple and every night Mala visits Landry a la astral projection. Ever since her mother was murdered she has gained more power and abilities. And as soon as she gets sprung from the fruity bin she plans on using Landry to find the men who did it and get her revenge. One night while visiting Landry she witnesses his bunk mate shank him and watches him die. She sees a black mass appear and sucks up Landry’s soul.
While Landry is on the side he feels something crawl inside him and see his sister. She helps him return to the land of the living, but he has brought back a hitchhiking demon. Once him and Mala are out and about together again he discovers he is now capable of seeing spirits too. With his Mother insane, his father on the run, and no one else willing to take him in he goes to live with Mala vowing to protect her. Some one is out there trying to get rid of anybody that was around and witness to Mala’s mother’s death.
The sexual tension between Mala and Landry is as abundant and electric in the first book if not more so. Four words. Chocolate syrup. Candle. Condom. Make that five, WOO!!! I’m tellin’ ya. Get out there and get these books! They are a good time and don’t disappoint. Now I just have to wait until September for Dark Redemption. This is going to be one hell of a long ass month of anticipation. *sigh*
In the eight years since Henrietta and Alexander have seen each other much has happened to both. The one thing that...more*As posted on Skeleton Key Reviews*
In the eight years since Henrietta and Alexander have seen each other much has happened to both. The one thing that hasn’t changed however is how much in love with one another they still are. Henrietta never married after Alexander left for India and married another. She has taken to becoming none other then Alexander’s Aunt’s paid companion. Never in a million years did she think she would encounter him again at his Aunt’s estate. She does just that, only now he’s widowed with two darling girls and some unsavory characters have followed him from India.
Alexander is returning to India hopefully to replenish his family’s depleted inheritance. Sadly the ship that was carrying the cargo of riches smashes to smithereens, leaving his fortune ruined or on the ocean’s floor. Luckily, it was near his Aunt’s lands and his daughters were on another ship that has already docked and they are safe. Once he is up and about he isn’t expecting to see the one woman he has always loved. He is hoping to make amends for jilting her and gaining back his true love.
However, in the time they have been apart she has also become a stronger individual then the one he left behind. And she will not marry him just to make him feel better for throwing her over or as a mother figure for his girls, even if she is rather fond of them. He is gonna have to tell and show her that she is the one he wants and has always loved. You go, girl!
I think the most hilarious character is his curmudgeon of an aunt. She tries to do a little match making between the two and she thoroughly enjoys pushing peoples buttons and is delighted when they push back. Henrietta is nobody’s fool and is the type of heroine you back up and cheer when she holds her own. Poor Alexander, at times you just want to smack him up along side the back of the head with a “dumb ass” for good measure. Guys can be so clueless sometimes! But all in all someone you would love to have cavorting between your sheets.
And have you seen those hot buns on the cover? Who could say no to those? Let me tell you, I got distracted trying to set this review up more then once by those. They would catch my eye and I swear it was a “Squirrel!” moment, several times. All coherent, some what intelligent thought would just totally evaporate and I would just zone out on them. I just did it again! Then I had to go and look at the buns on the cover of the second book in the series What a Lady Demands. I’m hoping the third and final book is even a little more cheeky if you know what I’m sayin’… Anyway, enough of the buns! Read the book! Stare at the cover! Oh, and “Squirrel!!” (less)
I do love to nerd out on my historical novels and this one was no exception. As I was reading I had to hit up wiki and check things out and get a bit of a visual as to what everyone looked like. I love the clothes and everything from far back in the day. So I’m going make you endure my nerdy-ness.
This book is based on the historical queen Catherine the Great. I didn’t know much about her. Except that she was great for Russia like Elizabeth was great for England. Don’t get me wrong. Both were different, but both lead their countries through “Golden” ages while they ruled. Strong women, that were truly great for the time periods they were from. Ruling where it was mostly men and doing it better :) Girl Power!! This is about the intrigues of court life. Not knowing who to trust, and just generally court life really did kill any innocence one had when arriving. I love it on one hand for the excitement, but on the other hand I feel bad for the women that had to live during this time and how it makes them conniving just to not get chewed up and spit out. Women were meant to be pretty much seen and not heard. And used as bartering tools. I’m too mouthy, I wouldn’t last a day!
So here is a picture of Sophie (Queen Catherine) when she first arrived at court.
She of course arrives at court hoping for the best not realizing she is going to have to play games just to become engaged. Peter, heir to the throne is like a big child. He enjoys playing head games with people. And in order for Sophie to catch his attention she must beat him at his game. When she arrives at court and is introduced to Peter, she also is introduced to his friends. Alexander is the one she is most attracted to. She has more in common with him then she does Peter and Alexander tries to help her figure out Peter and his games. Helping her to succeed in winning him over instead of another princess. They soon fall in love and want to run away together only to be caught by the Queen. Leaving Sophie to play a whole other game to protect those she loves. You will have to pick this up and find out what happens then. I’m not giving any more away.
Photo of Peter
I read this in a day, easy. It really was hard to put down. Just wanting to find out what would happen next if their would be happiness of if Sophie would be squashed under the thumbs of those looking to take her down. But she was strong. She would be down one minute and then she would pick herself up, dust her self off and fight her way to the top again. She didn’t stay down long. I can’t wait to read the next book in this series. The ending is just awesome. Let’s just say she one ups Peter, Bam! No keeping her down! Quick thinking on her feet.
There is a lot of action in Frozen: Heart of Dread. It is a non stop thrill ride and plenty of action goes on just to get to the blue. Natasha, Wes, and his crew come up against border patrols more then once, a break out from a treatment center for the marked, caravan hunters, and much more. Along the way Natasha and Wes become closer and closer, eventually falling in love. Natasha's secret comes to light, putting some distrust between the crew. There is so much going on you start to wonder if they will make it to the blue before the book comes to an end. They do, but there is still much to come it would appear. There appears to be a "sickness" that needs to be found. Leaving you waiting for the next book. Also, what is going to happen to Natasha and Wes? Will they stay apart or return to one another? I loved the non stop action and the story in my estimation was excellent. (less)