Monday, April 27, 2015

A to Z - Werewolves

A to Z Challenge - W

Werewolves!

*happy sigh* Werewolves are some of my favorite types of shifters. It brings me back to one of the first books that hooked me on the paranormal romance / urban fantasy genres.

Check out our previous A-to-Z posts: T, U, V

I feel like most of the books I've been reading lately have werewolves as a secondary character rather than the focus. So here are a few books that I've enjoyed in the last few years where at least one of the main characters is a werewolf.


I've only read the first two books in this series so far, but have enjoyed both!

Full Blooded - Amanda Carlson (Jessica McClain)
Born the only female in an all male race, Jessica McClain isn’t just different—she’s feared.

After living under the radar for the last twenty-six years, Jessica is thrust unexpectedly into her first change, a full ten years late. She wakes up and finds she’s in the middle of a storm. Now that she’s become the only female full-blooded werewolf in town, the supernatural world is already clamoring to take a bite out of her and her new Pack must rise up and protect her.

But not everyone is on board. The werewolf Rights of Laws is missing text and the superstitious werewolves think that Jessica means an end to their race. It doesn’t help when Jessica begins to realize she’s more. She can change partway and hold her form, and speak directly to her wolf. But the biggest complication by far is that her alpha father can't control her like he can the rest of his wolves.

When a mercenary who’s been hired by the vampires shows up to extract information about the newly turned werewolf only days after her change, they find themselves smack in the middle of a war and there's no choice but to run together. When it’s up to Jessica to negotiate her release against her father’s direct orders, she chooses to take an offer for help instead. In exchange, Jessica must now swear an oath she may end up repaying with her life. 

I've read the entire Naked Werewolf series and adore Molly Harper's writing style. If you haven't read these yet, I highly suggest them!

How to Flirt with a Naked Werewolf - Molly Harper (Naked Werewolf)
Northern Exposure

Even in Grundy, Alaska, it’s unusual to find a naked guy with a bear trap clamped to his ankle on your porch. But when said guy turns into a wolf, recent southern transplant Mo Wenstein has no difficulty identifying the problem. Her surly neighbor Cooper Graham—who has been openly critical of Mo’s ability to adapt to life in Alaska—has trouble of his own. Werewolf trouble. 

For Cooper, an Alpha in self-imposed exile from his dysfunctional pack, it’s love at first sniff when it comes to Mo. But Cooper has an even more pressing concern on his mind. Several people around Grundy have been the victims of wolf attacks, and since Cooper has no memory of what he gets up to while in werewolf form, he’s worried that he might be the violent canine in question. 

If a wolf cries wolf, it makes sense to listen, yet Mo is convinced that Cooper is not the culprit. Except if he’s not responsible, then who is? And when a werewolf falls head over haunches in love with you, what are you supposed to do anyway? The rules of dating just got a whole lot more complicated. . . 

This is the book that got me hooked on the paranormal books! 

Bitten - Kelley Armstrong (Women of the Otherworld)
Elena Michaels is the world’s only female werewolf. And she’s tired of it. Tired of a life spent hiding and protecting, a life where her most important job is hunting down rogue werewolves. Tired of a world that not only accepts the worst in her–her temper, her violence–but requires it. Worst of all, she realizes she’s growing content with that life, with being that person.

So she left the Pack and returned to Toronto where she’s trying to live as a human. When the Pack leader calls asking for her help fighting a sudden uprising, she only agrees because she owes him. Once this is over, she’ll be squared with the Pack and free to live life as a human. Which is what she wants. Really.

If you have any werewolf book suggestions let me know in the comments! 

New Releases 04/28/2015

Overruled - Emma Chase
As a DC defense attorney, Stanton Shaw keeps his head cool, his questions sharp, and his arguments irrefutable. They don’t call him the Jury Charmer for nothing – with his southern drawl, disarming smile and captivating green eyes – he’s a hard man to say no to. Men want to be him and women want to be thoroughly cross examined by him.

Stanton’s a man with a plan. And for a while, life was going according to that plan.

Until the day he receives an invitation to the wedding of his high school sweetheart and mother of his beloved ten-year old daughter. Jenny is getting married — to someone who isn’t him.

That's definitely not part of the plan.
***

Sofia Santos is a city raised, no-nonsense litigator who plans to become the most revered criminal defense attorney in the country. She doesn’t have time for relationships or distractions.

But when Stanton, her "friend with mind-blowing benefits" begs for help, she finds herself out of her element, out of her depth, and obviously out of her mind. Because she agrees to go with him – to The-Middle-Of-Nowhere, Mississippi – to do all she can to help Stanton win back the woman he loves.

Her head tells her she's crazy...and her heart says something else entirely.
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What happens when you mix a one stop-light town, two professional arguers, a homecoming queen, four big brothers, some Jimmy Dean sausage and a gun-toting Nana?

The Bourbon flows, passions rise and even the best laid plans get overruled by the desires of the heart.



A Good Rogue Is Hard to Find - Kelly Bowen
HE THOUGHT HE'D SEEN IT ALL . . .

The rogue's life has been good to William Somerhall: He has his fortune, his racehorses, and his freedom. Then he moves in with his mother. It seems the eccentric Dowager Duchess of Worth has been barely skirting social disaster-assisted by one Miss Jenna Hughes, who is far too bright and beautiful to be wasting her youth as a paid companion. Now home to keep his mother from ruin, William intends to learn what's afoot by keeping his friends close-and the tempting Miss Hughes closer still.

. . . UNTIL HE MEETS HER

He's tall, dark, and damnably intelligent-unfortunately for Jenna. She and the duchess are in the "redistribution business," taking from the rich and giving to the poor, and it's going great - until he shows up. But even as William plots to make an honest woman out of her, Jenna will use all her wiles to reveal just how bad a rogue he can be . . .



The Scoundrel and the Debutante - Julia London
When a man on a mission takes on a beautiful but unlikely ally, seduction and adventure are inevitable…

The dust of the Cabot sisters' shocking plans to rescue their family from certain ruin may have settled, but Prudence Cabot is left standing in the rubble of scandal. Now regarded as an unsuitable bride, she's tainted among the ton. Yet this unwilling wallflower is ripe for her own adventure. And when an irresistibly sexy American stranger on a desperate mission enlists her help, she simply can't deny the temptation.

The fate of Roan Matheson's family depends on how quickly he can find his runaway sister and persuade her to return to her betrothed. Scouring the rustic English countryside with the sensually wicked Prudence at his side—and in his bed—he's out of his element. But once Roan has a taste of the sizzling passion that can lead to forever, he must choose between his heart's obligations and its forbidden desires.



Hold Me - Susan Mallery
Destiny Mills believes passion has its place—like in the lyrics of the country songs that made her parents famous. After a childhood full of drama and heartache, she wants a life that's calm. Safe. Everything that Kipling Gilmore isn't. Her temporary assignment with the Fool's Gold search and rescue team puts her in delicious proximity to the former world-class skier every day. Part of her aches to let go for once…the rest is terrified what'll happen if she does.

Though an accident ended his career, Kipling still lives for thrills—and a hot fling with a gorgeous redhead like Destiny would be a welcome diversion. Yet beneath his new coworker's cool facade is a woman who needs more than he's ever given. With her, he's ready to take the risk. But love, like skiing, is all about trust—and before you soar, you have to be willing to fall.



Ever After at Sweetheart Ranch - Emma Cane
The only thing hotter than a cowboy...

Math teacher Lyndsay De Luca never surprised anyone—least of all herself—until this summer. First, she secretly published her debut romance novel. Then, she started dating Will Sweet, the cowboy of her dreams. And now, Lyndsay's scrambling to hide the juiciest tidbit of all: that the hazel-eyed hero of her steamy fiction is the same guy whose kisses have become her mind-blowing reality.

...Is a cowboy in love.

Ever since Will's high-school sweetheart died in a tragic accident, he hasn't been able to commit to a long-term relationship. Lyndsay is the first woman in years who's been able to catch—and keep—his attention. When they team up to teach Valentine's teens about ranch life, Will discovers it's not just her sexy-as-hell smile that has him hooked. Will she be the one to finally break down the walls around his guarded heart?



The Duke and the Lady in Red - Lorraine Heath
When Rosalind Sharpe gains the attention of the deliciously wicked Duke of Avendale, she’s torn between her distracting attraction to the notorious rogue and the knowledge that he—rich as Croesus—is the perfect target for a deception that will put her swindling days behind her.

However, Avendale is no fool. After he discovers the tantalizing lady packing up to leave London with his coins in tow, he confronts her with a scandalous proposition: she can have all the money she requires…for a week in his bed.

Desperate for the funds, Rose agrees, but on one condition: he must never question her motives. Avendale quickly sees beneath her mask and discovers she is more than passion and pleasure—she is everything he has ever desired. But claiming her requires he unveil her secrets and lose her forever. Unless he can put his own dark past aside and risk everything for a chance at love.



A Scoundrel by Moonlight - Anna Campbell
Anything can happen in the moonlight . . .

Justice. That's all Nell Trim wants-for her sister and for the countless other young women the Marquess of Leath has ruined with his wildly seductive ways. Now she has a bold plan to take him down . . . as long as she can resist the scoundrel's temptations herself.

From the moment Nell meets James Fairbrother, the air positively sizzles. Yet for all his size and power, there's something amazingly tender in his touch. Could he really be such a depraved rogue? The only way to find out is to beat the devil at his own game . . . one tempting kiss at a time.

Saturday, April 25, 2015

A to Z - Virgins

A to Z Challenge - V

Virgins

Every now and then I read a book where the female lead is a virgin. I'm always intrigued by other reader's POV on that trope.

Check out our previous A-to-Z posts: S, T, U

I read a book recently where the mid to late 20 something heroine was a virgin. I know that there are women out there like that, but I'm intrigued on what yall (other readers than me) prefer.

I'm going to keep this question where the person is in their 20's or older.
Are you okay with reading a book where the hero/heroine is a virgin? Are you against it? What are your thoughts on it?

My stance is that it doesn't bother me for the most part. Unless the person that is a virgin happens to be all of a sudden a sexual god/goddess with no experience. That just casts the disbelief in my mind.

Friday, April 24, 2015

A to Z & Review - Unless You Can Be A Unicorn

A to Z Challenge - U

Unicorn

Unicorn shifters! Can't say I've read many books with those in the past. I had to read this one when Anya sent me a link to it though!

Check out our previous A-to-Z posts: R, S, T

Title: Unless You Can Be A Unicorn
Author: Delphina Henley
Series: B3 #1
Format: ebook
Release Date: October 13th 2014
Length: Novel (267 pages)
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Source: Borrowed via Kindle
Buy: AmazonBarnes & Noble
Rating: 4.0-stars 

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Giveaway + Review: Fringe Benefits

Title: Fringe Benefits
Author: Sandy James
Series: The Ladies Who Lunch #4
Format: ebook
Release Date: April 21st 2015
Length: Novel (352 pages)
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Source: Publisher
Buy: AmazonBarnes & Noble
Rating: 5.0-stars 

A to Z - Thrifty Thursday [109]

A to Z Challenge - T

Thrifty Thursday

I've been featuring Thrifty Thursday on my blog for *double checks header* 109 weeks now. It's unbelievable that it's been that long. The post is all about affordable ebook deals. Check below for this week's deals I spotted.

Check out our previous A-to-Z posts: Q, R, S

Free
Seeing Red - Holley Trent

$0.99
Dirty Secret - Emma Hart
The Bottom Line - Sandy James

$2.00
The Hangman's Daughter - Oliver P√∂tzsch

$2.99
Atoning - Kelley Armstrong
Sealing the Deal - Sandy James
Fringe Benefits - Sandy James
Naked - Raine Miller

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

A to Z + Giveaway - Superheros

A to Z Challenge - S

Superheros

A few years back, I never thought I'd say one of my favorite types of books would be superhero romances. Lola Dodge knocks each story out of the park and made me a believer.

Check out our previous A-to-Z posts: P, Q, R

I'm seriously addicted to Lola Dodge's Manhattan Ten series. She sent me a signed copy of the book below to giveaway to one lucky reader so enter below via the rafflecopter!

PS: The awesome thing about this book is it's the first THREE books in the series combined into one awesome paperback ;)

M10: Unlikely Beginnings - Lola Dodge
Do you believe in love at first fight?

Ivory

When Panther’s trans-Atlantic catnap is interrupted by Ivory’s ice spear through a crazed attacker’s gut, he doesn’t hesitate to claim her as one of the Manhattan Ten, America’s elite superhero team. It’s the only way to shield her from prosecution. It doesn’t hurt that the Nordic beauty puts his inner cat on the prowl.

Temptress

With one kiss, any supe’s powers belong to Temptress. Except this time she smooches the M-Ten’s leader, Thinktank, who’s not happy with how his Vegas vacation is turning out—Temptress can’t figure out how to give his powers back. He’s also helpless against the desire that rises in him every time he kisses her.

Belle Fury

Renowned ballerina Belle Fabian is finally starring in Giselle, the performance of her life—until she manifests super powers mid-dance. Luckily, Red Ruin of the M-Ten is there to help Belle control her newfound abilities. When they’re together, though, Ruin’s lightning isn’t the only thing giving off sparks…

Product Warnings
This superhero team includes a smoldering ice vixen, a sexy beast man, a leader who thinks too much, a bombshell who can steal powers, a lightning-hot second-in-command and a not-so-blushing ballerina. With a roster like that, you’re sure to expect complications—and chemistry.

Giveaway:
1 - Signed paperback copy of M10 by Lola Dodge. USA only
Giveaway will start on 04/22/15 and end on 5/8/15 at 11:59PM. I'll email the winner to get their shipping address.

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