A Recommended Read! Taken from my review at RomanceJunkies.com;
Two years ago, Candace Woodrow and her two friends, Maria Pagliano and Rebecca, started...moreA Recommended Read! Taken from my review at RomanceJunkies.com;
Two years ago, Candace Woodrow and her two friends, Maria Pagliano and Rebecca, started a business called Gift Baskets to Die For. They started the business in her home, but the business has taken off and now they are working out of a storefront and making enough to pay the rent and give each of them a decent salary. With her wedding only three weeks away, everything should be perfect for her, but lately anything pertaining to the wedding seems to be doomed. Her DJ had a heart attack and the priest ran off with the church secretary, who turned out to be a male, instead of the female everyone thought he was. To top matters off, the dress shop burned down with her dress inside. Ever since she agreed to marry Barry, everything has been going wrong. Her madcap grandmother contends that all of these problems are a sign. If she believed in such things, she would have called the wedding off long ago. A very detail oriented person, she researches and analyzes every move she makes and has a very pragmatic attitude toward marriage that does not include love and romance. With her parents off on their own, living their own lives, the only family nearby is her Grandma Woodrow, a spry seventy-six-year-old retiree who lives on the other side of the duplex from Candace.
With only three weeks until the wedding and needing a dress, Maria and Rebecca suggest that they make it a girl’s night. After their failure to find the right dress that evening, they went out for dinner and drinks. That was the last thing Candace remembered until she woke up the next morning in a strange apartment in only her bra and panties. Through the doorway leading to the bathroom, she saw a gorgeous stranger in the process of shaving.
Michael Vogler, owner of Vogler Advertising, has not been able to get Candace off his mind since she stormed out of his apartment the day before. But he did not get her phone number and is not even sure of her name. Recently, one of their clients sent them a basket from a company called Gifts to Die For and everyone had loved the concept. In fact, one of his clients, a baby food manufacturer, is interested in sending out fifteen thousand of the baskets to expectant mothers in the area, advertising their product and a few other clients also wanted to add to these baskets. So the previous Friday, he had set up an appointment to meet with the owners of the business this afternoon. Michael is surprised, but pleased, when he sees that Candace is one of the owners. As he sees her more often in the following days, he knows he is falling for her. But he has always steered away from commitment. After all, he has never seen a happy marriage and doesn’t believe that they actually exist. But one taste of this woman he has dubbed ‘Candy’ just may change his mind, if he can only convince her to give them a chance.
Deliciously funny and sexy, THE BRIDE WHO WORE CHOCOLATE, the first novel in award winning author Shirley Jump’s SWEET AND SAVORY series, is a hilarious and passionate contemporary romance that I found impossible to put down. The imagery created by Ms. Jump’s descriptive phrases will leave you with a smile, if not outright laughter. I totally loved this story and cannot wait to read the rest of the stories in this delightful series. This is one of the most entertaining stories I have read in some time and I rated it at five blue ribbons only because there was no higher rating. In addition to the scrumptious story, there are many delicious chocolate recipes, to which Ms. Jump adds an additional ingredient; humor. I have never had such fun reading a recipe and look forward to trying them out. With engaging characters, passion, clever repartee, gift baskets, a creative plot, lots of chocolate, romance and love, this is a story you will want to read more than once. If you love romantic comedy with a bit of spice, this is the book for you! But beware; this story will leave you with a longing for chocolate! THE BRIDE WORE CHOCOLATE is a definite keeper and a recommended read. Do not miss it!
Witch Garnet Lacey had been late getting to her coven meeting. So when she arrived, expecting teasing, she f...moreTaken from my review at RomanceJunkies.com
Witch Garnet Lacey had been late getting to her coven meeting. So when she arrived, expecting teasing, she found, instead, that her whole coven was dead and the Vatican hunters were walking among the bodies. Too late, they saw her. Calling upon the goddess Lilith, Garnet sought and won revenge against them, leaving a swath of destruction behind. With the help of her ex-boyfriend, vampire Daniel Parrish, she buried the bodies. Now eight months later, she has relocated to Madison, Wisconsin. Trying to keep her inner goddess, Lilith, from taking over and to keep the Vatican hunters, known as the Order of Eustace, from finding her, she has vowed not to use her magic. Besides, her familiar, a cat named Barney, is allergic to magic. Deciding to hide in plain sight, she gets a job as manager at Mercury’s Crossing, an occult bookstore and herb emporium. Having found a job she enjoys and friends that she cares for, the last thing she wants to do is go on the run again. But she is prepared to run at a moment’s notice.
Sebastian von Traum, a vampire through alchemy, lost his wife. He had tried to save her, but his efforts failed, leaving her in a state of limbo. Although he buried her, she is not technically dead. The Vatican vampire hunters want Sebastian dead, but they also want his reanimation formula. His son, Matyas, a dhampir, keeps digging his mother up and hopes to get a Vatican exorcism for his mother, who lingers somewhere between death and vampirism. So he is helping them against his father.
One night, just as Garnet is preparing to close the shop, Sebastian walks in, hoping to purchase mandrake root for his reanimation spell. Right away, she notices that he does not have an aura, meaning he is dead. Still, due to an instant attraction between them, she goes for coffee with him after closing the shop. Later, when a Vatican vampire hunter overhears her talking about Sebastian, she begins to ask Garnet some questions about him. Realizing just who the woman is, Garnet sets out to protect him and goes to his home to warn him. She ends up staying the night, but she notices that he spends his days outside in the sun, making her wonder if he is a vampire after all, or is he some other powerful being? With vampire hunters after them, Garnet’s ex back in town, hoping to reunite with her, and Sebastian’s deceased wife somewhere between life and death, should Garnet run again, or should she do what she longs to do and take a stand?
A fresh, sexy tale, TALL, DARK AND DEAD, the first book in talented author Tate Hallaway’s GARNET LACEY series, is a witty, sensual paranormal romance that draws you in right from the beginning. This story addresses the battle between good and evil. But where normally, the Vatican would be the good and witches would be the evil, Ms. Tate has switched the roles, making the Vatican the villains. A vegetarian, Garnet strives for peace and constantly struggles to keep the evil Lilith under wraps. Paranormal romance lovers will get a kick out of this story and are sure to go in search of the sequels. Imbued with surprising plot twists, quirky characters, humor, vampires, witchcraft, goddesses and a love triangle, this fast-paced story is delightful. Although it is somewhat dark, the humor helps to lighten it. The characters are flawed and complicated, but this adds depth to this originally creative and delightfully entertaining story. Once you read this story, I am sure you will be seeking the other books in this series; DEAD SEXY, ROMANCING THE DEAD, DEAD IF I DO and HONEYMOON OF THE DEAD.
This book, bubbling with secrets, passion, intrigue, danger, humor and romance, is one of the reasons that gifted author Jennifer Ashley is a constant...moreThis book, bubbling with secrets, passion, intrigue, danger, humor and romance, is one of the reasons that gifted author Jennifer Ashley is a constant on my list of authors whose books I must read. Actually, I rated this book at 4.5.(less)
A dark, graphic tale! Taken from my review at RomanceJunkies.com:
Bianca Sin, a forensic witch, had so far been unable to bond with a familiar so her p...moreA dark, graphic tale! Taken from my review at RomanceJunkies.com:
Bianca Sin, a forensic witch, had so far been unable to bond with a familiar so her powers were not fully developed. But after being called out to the site of a dead homeless girl whose body had been cleaved in half by dark magic and her baby removed from her body, things began to rapidly change. She knew that this was particularly bad, especially when she saw the sign that had been drawn in blood by the body…the seal of the Black Brethren, and the blood did not belong to the homeless victim. That night, the pendant that had been handed down to her and which she always wore seemed to set off her cat. Earlier in the day, she had noticed some movement and change of temperature with the pendant. When the cat practically attacked her, she took off the pendant and laid it on the table. Later, waking up, she discovered that the cat had claimed it and refused to give it up. Returning home from work the next day, she found her pendant had been broken in half and to her surprise her cat now had a friend…a blue dragon. Finding herself bonded to the dragon named Kedrax, she found her powers coming in fully. She also made some other discoveries. The dragon could talk to her and the reason she had been unable to bond with a familiar was that she had already mentally bonded with Kedrax when she was a child.
On the job, Bianca teams up with longtime friend, NYPD homicide detective Lancelot McManus and an elite task force, which is run by Oberon DuPrie, a shape-shifter, to investigate the case which has been labeled Womb Raider. Although McManus, who has a drinking and a Neon Tears drug addiction, desires Bianca, he tries not to show it after the one disastrous night they spent together. But these two must work closely together, trusting each other, even after McManus is suspended from his job for striking another officer. With one body after another showing up, each bearing the seal of the Dark Brethren, both the human and paranormal worlds have been thrown into disorder. In many cases, a fully formed fetus is removed from the body of the victims, even some victims who had not been pregnant that very morning. The pure, dark evil of the Dark Brethren has arrived and it is left up to McManus and Bianca, with the help of Kedrax, to stop it. But when the evil hits too close to home and Bianca’s loved ones, the powerful witch has had enough. With danger all around them, will they be able to defeat the dark forces before it is too late?
A dark tale, SIN’S DARK CARESS, the third book in author Tracey O’Hara’s DARK BRETHREN series, is an intense, suspense-filled paranormal urban fantasy. It is set in an alternate earth where humans and paranormal beings exist in a tentatively peaceful state. Although it takes off slow, it quickly picks up speed. Brimming with action, magic, witches, faeries, evil, suspense, mystery and an originally creative plot, this story is an exciting read. Romance is not a big component in Ms. O’Hara’s story, but I recommend it to lovers of urban fantasy. I loved Bianca’s spunky, heart-filled character as well as McManus’ sarcastic, bad boy persona. At times graphic, I don’t believe this story is for the faint of heart. Still it is an enjoyable read. Do not miss it!