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Monday, August 31, 2015

Drea's Review: Melting Point

 
Title: Melting Point
Author: Kate Meader
Series: Hot in Chicago, #1.5
Release Date: August 31, 2015
Length: Novella (121 pages)
Genre: M/M
Source: Purchased
Buy: AmazonBarnes & Noble
Rating: 5-stars 

New Releases 09/01/2015

The Drafter - Kim Harrison
Detroit 2030. Double-crossed by the person she loved and betrayed by the covert government organization that trained her to use her body as a weapon, Peri Reed is a renegade on the run.

Don’t forgive and never forget has always been Peri’s creed. But her day job makes it difficult: she is a drafter, possessed of a rare, invaluable skill for altering time, yet destined to forget both the history she changed and the history she rewrote.

When Peri discovers her name on a list of corrupt operatives, she realizes that her own life has been manipulated by the agency. She joins forces with a mysterious rogue soldier in a deadly race to piece together the truth about her final task, unable to trust even herself.



Dark Ghost - Christine Feehan
In the new novel by the #1 New York Times bestselling “queen of paranormal romance,” (J.R. Ward) a wounded warrior and a woman on the run find salvation, passion and unimaginable danger in the ghostly darkness of the Carpathian Mountains…

He wasn’t civilized or tame. He had his own code and he lived by it.

Monk. Bounty hunter. Vampire slayer. Andre Boroi has spent centuries battling the undead, holding out against the dark with honor. But now, gravely wounded by master vampire Costin Popescu, Andre will be easy to track—his spilled blood marking the killing trail for Popescu and his hungry band of underlings. Andre’s only chance is to disappear into the gray mist of the Carpathians. To wait. To hope.

She had a healing touch and a scent that was his lifeblood.

In the mountains in search of a precious crystal, geologist Teagan Joanes suddenly finds herself hunted by those she once trusted. Then she comes across the warrior—wounded, wanting and irresistible. Andre has been craving her for an eternity: his lifemate. Her warmth envelops him. Her scent pulsates. And with every beat of her heart, Teagan surrenders to a passion she can’t possibly comprehend.

Now they are bound by destiny, but is it enough to keep them safe from a stalking, relentless darkness that threatens to swallow them alive?



Archangel's Enigma - Nalini Singh
Naasir is the most feral of the powerful group of vampires and angels known as the Seven, his loyalty pledged to the Archangel Raphael. When rumors surface of a plot to murder the former Archangel of Persia, now lost in the Sleep of the Ancients, Naasir is dispatched to find him. For only he possesses the tracking skills required—those more common to predatory animals than to man.

Enlisted to accompany Naasir, Andromeda, a young angelic scholar with dangerous secrets, is fascinated by his nature—at once playful and brilliant, sensual and brutal. As they race to find the Sleeping archangel before it’s too late, Naasir will force her to question all she knows...and tempt her to walk into the magnificent, feral darkness of his world. But first they must survive an enemy vicious enough to shatter the greatest taboo of the angelic race and plunge the world into a screaming nightmare…



Queen of Shadows - Sarah J. Maas
Everyone Celaena Sardothien loves has been taken from her. But she's at last returned to the empire—for vengeance, to rescue her once-glorious kingdom, and to confront the shadows of her past . . .

She will fight for her cousin, a warrior prepared to die just to see her again. She will fight for her friend, a young man trapped in an unspeakable prison. And she will fight for her people, enslaved to a brutal king and awaiting their lost queen's triumphant return.

Celaena’s epic journey has captured the hearts and imaginations of millions across the globe. This fourth volume will hold readers rapt as Celaena’s story builds to a passionate, agonizing crescendo that might just shatter her world.



Wicked Lies - Lora Leigh
Jazz has never been known as a good boy.

A good drinker. A good partier. A damned good builder, and a hell of a good liar. Those are all descriptions that come to mind when the citizens of Loudon, Tennessee think of the tall, muscular, laughter-filled charmer they know as Jazz. And Jazz will admit to all of them: he likes to play; he likes to tease. And a little white lie surely never hurt anyone.

Until the sexy, too-shy kindergarten teacher, Annie. Annie sets fire to his lusts as well as to his heart. But Annie has a past he wasn’t aware of. A past that will draw Jazz into the heart of a conflict he had never expected to face. His little Annie is under the protection of the United States Marshal Service for her testimony that has a high profile, very wealthy businessman facing death by lethal injection. A man that will stop at nothing to see her dead.

Now, Jazz has to pull in some serious favors, just as he finds himself fighting not just an overprotective Marshal that he believed was the new school principal, but also a woman determined to save the charming liar that has never been serious. One that has never faced reality. A man that has always sworn himself a bachelor. A man that now is telling the most wicked lies of his life to steal the heart of the woman that has stolen his soul.



A Red-Rose Chain - Seanan McGuire
Things are looking up.

For the first time in what feels like years, October “Toby” Daye has been able to pause long enough to take a breath and look at her life—and she likes what she sees. She has friends. She has allies. She has a squire to train and a King of Cats to love, and maybe, just maybe, she can let her guard down for a change.

Or not. When Queen Windermere’s seneschal is elf-shot and thrown into an enchanted sleep by agents from the neighboring Kingdom of Silences, Toby finds herself in a role she never expected to play: that of a diplomat. She must travel to Portland, Oregon, to convince King Rhys of Silences not to go to war against the Mists. But nothing is that simple, and what October finds in Silences is worse than she would ever have imagined.

How far will Toby go when lives are on the line, and when allies both old and new are threatened by a force she had never expected to face again? How much is October willing to give up, and how much is she willing to change? In Faerie, what’s past is never really gone.

It’s just waiting for an opportunity to pounce.



Crucible Zero - Devon Monk
Matilda Case never thought of herself as a hero. But because she is galvanized—and nearly immortal in her stitched, endlessly healing body—she doesn’t have much of a choice. Even if she doesn’t want to save the world, she’s the only one capable of traveling in time to do so.

But her rescue attempt hasn’t gone as planned. She’s stuck in an alternate universe, and her world is in danger of disappearing. Worst of all, an unfathomably powerful man who can also travel through history doesn’t want her to put things to rights. He’s willing to wage bloody war to stop Matilda, unless she surrenders control of time to him.

Now, with the minutes ticking, Matilda must make impossible decisions, knowing that one wrong choice will destroy her—and any chance of saving everything she loves...



A Curious Beginning - Deanna Raybourn
In her thrilling new series, the New York Times bestselling author of the Lady Julia Grey mysteries, returns once more to Victorian England…and introduces intrepid adventuress Veronica Speedwell.

London, 1887. As the city prepares to celebrate Queen Victoria’s golden jubilee, Veronica Speedwell is marking a milestone of her own. After burying her spinster aunt, the orphaned Veronica is free to resume her world travels in pursuit of scientific inquiry—and the occasional romantic dalliance. As familiar with hunting butterflies as she is fending off admirers, Veronica wields her butterfly net and a sharpened hatpin with equal aplomb, and with her last connection to England now gone, she intends to embark upon the journey of a lifetime.

But fate has other plans, as Veronica discovers when she thwarts her own abduction with the help of an enigmatic German baron with ties to her mysterious past. Promising to reveal in time what he knows of the plot against her, the baron offers her temporary sanctuary in the care of his friend Stoker—a reclusive natural historian as intriguing as he is bad-tempered. But before the baron can deliver on his tantalizing vow to reveal the secrets he has concealed for decades, he is found murdered. Suddenly Veronica and Stoker are forced to go on the run from an elusive assailant, wary partners in search of the villainous truth.

Friday, August 28, 2015

Review: Persephone

Title: Persephone
Author: Kaitlin Bevis
Series: Daughters of Zeus #1
Format: ebook
Release Date: April 24th 2015
Length: Novel (194 pages)
Genre: Young Adult/New Adult
Source: Publisher
Buy: Amazon, Barnes & Noble
Rating: 4.0-stars 

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

WoW [171] - The Drafter

Title: The Drafter
Author: Kim Harrison
Series: The Peri Reed Chronicles #1
Release Date: September 1st 2015

Detroit 2030. Double-crossed by the person she loved and betrayed by the covert government organization that trained her to use her body as a weapon, Peri Reed is a renegade on the run.

Don’t forgive and never forget has always been Peri’s creed. But her day job makes it difficult: she is a drafter, possessed of a rare, invaluable skill for altering time, yet destined to forget both the history she changed and the history she rewrote.

When Peri discovers her name on a list of corrupt operatives, she realizes that her own life has been manipulated by the agency. She joins forces with a mysterious rogue soldier in a deadly race to piece together the truth about her final task, unable to trust even herself.
Why I am waiting:
*happy dance* I'm super excited this one is coming out in a few days! I loved KHarrison's other series that ended last year and was hoping she's release something else rather quickly. I already know I'll be staying up late on Sept 1st ;)

What book are you waiting on this week?

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Review: Cherry Stem

Title: Cherry Stem
Author: Sotia Lazu
Series: Vampire Cherry #1
Format: Audiobook
Narrator: Wendy Tremont King
Release Date: March 10, 2015
Length: Novel (268 pages/8.2 hours)
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Source: Audiobook Jukebox
Buy: Audible, Amazon, Barnes & Noble
Rating: 4.0-stars 

Monday, August 24, 2015

New Releases 08/25/2015

When a Scot Ties the Knot - Tessa Dare
On the cusp of her first London season, Miss Madeline Gracechurch was shyly pretty and talented with a drawing pencil, but hopelessly awkward with gentlemen. She was certain to be a dismal failure on the London marriage mart. So Maddie did what generations of shy, awkward young ladies have done: she invented a sweetheart.

A Scottish sweetheart. One who was handsome and honorable and devoted to her, but conveniently never around. Maddie poured her heart into writing the imaginary Captain MacKenzie letter after letter … and by pretending to be devastated when he was (not really) killed in battle, she managed to avoid the pressures of London society entirely.

Until years later, when this kilted Highland lover of her imaginings shows up in the flesh. The real Captain Logan MacKenzie arrives on her doorstep—handsome as anything, but not entirely honorable. He’s wounded, jaded, in possession of her letters… and ready to make good on every promise Maddie never expected to keep.

Friday, August 21, 2015

Review: Insider

Title: Insider
Author: Olivia Cunning
Series: Exodus End #1
Format: ebook
Release Date: June 30th 2015
Length: Novel (487 pages)
Genre: Erotica
Source: Publisher
Buy: Amazon, Barnes & Noble
Rating: 4.0-stars 

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

WoW [170] - Archangel's Enigma

Title: Archangel's Enigma
Author: Nalini Singh
Series: Guild Hunter #8
Release Date: September 1st 2015

Naasir is the most feral of the powerful group of vampires and angels known as the Seven, his loyalty pledged to the Archangel Raphael. When rumors surface of a plot to murder the former Archangel of Persia, now lost in the Sleep of the Ancients, Naasir is dispatched to find him. For only he possesses the tracking skills required—those more common to predatory animals than to man.

Enlisted to accompany Naasir, Andromeda, a young angelic scholar with dangerous secrets, is fascinated by his nature—at once playful and brilliant, sensual and brutal. As they race to find the Sleeping archangel before it’s too late, Naasir will force her to question all she knows...and tempt her to walk into the magnificent, feral darkness of his world. But first they must survive an enemy vicious enough to shatter the greatest taboo of the angelic race and plunge the world into a screaming nightmare…
Why I am waiting:
I'm a few books behind in this series, but have enjoyed the ones I've read so far. It looks like I need to marathon read before this comes out.

PS: Did you notice the guy in the claw marks on the cover right away? I sure didn't, and freaked out when I looked back up lol!

What book are you waiting on this week?

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Review: Iced

Title: Iced
Author: Karen Marie Moning
Series: Fever #6
Format: Audiobook
Narrator: Phil Gigante, Natalie Ross
Release Date: October 30th 2012
Length: Novel (495 pages/15 hours)
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Source: Purchased
Buy: Audible, Amazon, Barnes & Noble
Rating: 4.0-stars 

Monday, August 17, 2015

New Releases 08/18/2015

Secret Pleasure - Lora Leigh
Once a member of the Sinclair men’s club as their honorary female member, Alyssa Hampstead broke one of the most important rules of the club and gracefully accepted Ian Sinclair’s request to leave.

For a reason.

Now, caught between two men she’s terrified of, and a father determined to destroy her, she turns to the only safety she’s ever known, that of the men’s club she forced herself to walk away from.

Only to learn that the very men she’s running from are awaiting for her there. And the man determined to destroy her, has just been waiting for her to return

Friday, August 14, 2015

Review: Dragon's Melody

Title: Dragon's Melody
Author: Ophelia Bell
Format: ebook
Release Date: June 18th 2015
Length: Novel (321 pages)
Genre: Paranormal Erotica
Source: Publisher
Buy: Amazon, Barnes & Noble
Rating: 2.5-stars 

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

WoW [169] - Even Vampires Get the Blues

Title: Even Vampires Get the Blues
Author: Sandra Hill
Series: Deadly Angels #6
Release Date: August 25th 2015

New York Times bestselling author Sandra Hill delivers a sizzling new entry in her Deadly Angels series, as a Viking vangel's otherworldly mission teams him with a Navy SEAL who's more than his match— she's his predestined mate . . .

The fact that vampire angel Harek Sigurdsson was a Norseman in his mortal life doesn't make thawing out after exile in Siberia any easier. But things heat up when his search for evil Lucipires connects him with Camille Dumaine, a human who thrums with sensual energy that can mean only one thing: she's the mate Harek's been seeking for centuries . . .

The SEALs call her "Camo" for her ability to blend into a crowd—yet Harek's intense blue gaze singles Camille out like a white-hot spotlight. The security wiz was hired to help bring down a ruthless band of international kidnappers, but Camille senses an unspoken agenda—besides Harek's bold declaration that she's his "destiny." Just Camille's luck that the sexiest man she's ever met may also be . . . a vampire! 
Why I am waiting:
I'll be honest, the blurb sounds interesting, but the main thing that caught my eye is the main guy. He's a Viking vampire angel? I wonder how that's going to work out. Let me know if you've read any of SHill's books!

What book are you waiting on this week?

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Drea's Reading So You Don't Have To - Sex w/Machines


 
Title: Taken By The Toaster: An Inanimate Love Story
Author: Dick Thumper
Length: Short Story (12 pages)
Genre: Erotica?
Buy: Amazon
Rating: 1.5-star

Official Blurb

You'll never look at your toaster the same way again...
John unwraps his present on Christmas day to see that his parents have bought him a toaster. But this isn't just any toaster...this toaster accepts WIDE slices.
John's insatiable lust for his kitchen appliance comes to a bread head when he finally satisfies his desires of being Taken By The Toaster and the two engage in a steamy bout of "Setting 1" love-making.
The Reviews Are Already In!
"Honey, this is the strangest thing you've ever written." Mother.
"When are you moving out again?" Father
Critics are calling it "Shit," but who ever listened to a critic? Look Inside and gird your loins. You're in for a wild ride.
Drea's Review:
This is a tongue-in-cheek short story about a nerd whacking off with his brand new Christmas present--a wide lipped toaster. That's basically the whole of it. Except, well, the nerd is an asshole living in his parent's basement (seriously, he's completely rude). There's no love story in this and the "erotic" part is clearly written by a guy...since there's more effort spent on providing us with metaphors for the MCs dick size (candy-bar-sized?) than anything else. That said, the writing mechanics aren't horrible. So if you see this for free (I did) and need something ridiculous to pass a few minutes, grab it. Otherwise stay awaaaayyyyy.



 
Title: In Bed with the Transforming Alien Robot
Author: Crystal Lattis
Length: Short Story (58 pages)
Genre: Erotic romance
Buy: Amazon
Rating: 3-star

Official Blurb

Famous actress Lana Caine is tired of being objectified by men. Only Blaze, her undercover transforming alien robot housemate, seems to see her as more than just a sex symbol. She has finally realized just how much she wants him--in her life and in her body. But though they've been living together for a year as part of a top-secret government operation, Lana isn't sure of Blaze's feelings for her. If she opens herself up, will it mean rejection from the one alien she truly cares for? Or will Blaze return her love and take her on a journey that will leave them both breathless? (If alien robots actually breathed, that is.)
In Bed with the Transforming Alien Robot is a 15,000-word erotic transforming alien robot romance. 

Drea's Review:
If you're looking for another tongue-in-cheek erotic story about sex with a machine like the last one, this is not it. Nor is the story handled in a humorous way. This is an erotic romance featuring...in essence a Transformer like Bumblebee. And somehow it kind of works. The author explains that these aren't machines, they're aliens who look like our machines. They don't feel like metal, but rather something a little softer and much warmer. The robot, Blaze, has feelings of his own and seems like a person, so you can sometimes forget you're reading about a chick going to town with a robot. The first part of the story is spent covering how they hurt each other's feelings. That humanized the alien and made it easier for me to believe the romance. And then of course is the make-up sex. With a car. And then with his robot version. *hangs head* Yeah, I read it all. And I'd read the next one if it were free, too.

Challenge updates:  

These both count toward the New to You! challenge. I'm only counting the Transforming Robot story as an erotic romance because the toaster short story was just about masturbation.

Here are the counts:
New To Me - 13
Erotic romance - 8

New to You Reading Challenge  

Monday, August 10, 2015

New Releases 08/11/2015

Fearless - Elliott James
When your last name is Charming, rescuing virgins comes with the territory -- even when the virgin in question is a nineteen-year-old college boy.

Someone, somewhere, has declared war on Kevin Kichida, and that someone has a long list of magical predators on their rolodex. The good news is that Kevin lives in a town where Ted Cahill is the new sheriff and old ally of John Charming.

The attacks on Kevin seem to be a pattern, and the more John and his new team follow that thread, the deeper they find themselves in a maze of supernatural threats, family secrets, and age-old betrayals. The more John learns, the more convinced he becomes that Kevin Kichida isn't just a victim, he's a sacrifice waiting to happen. And that thread John's following? It's really a fuse...



Tracker's End - Chantal Fernando
The third in a sexy romance series from the bestselling author of Saxon and Toxic Girl about the bad boys of the Wind Dragons Motorcycle Club and the women who fall in love with them.

Tracker is everything I’ve ever wanted.

I see him. I’ve watched time change him.

I’ve been patient, but he still hasn’t noticed me. Not the way I want him to. The more time I spend with the MC, the more I understand.

When you want something, you have to take it. You have to fight for it.

And Tracker is more than worth fighting for…



Jubilee Manor - Bethany Hagen
The thrilling conclusion to Landry Park is full of love, betrayal, and murder--perfect for fans of Divergent, The Selection, and Pride and Prejudice

In Landry Park, Madeline turned her back on her elite family, friends, and estate to help the Rootless. Now, in Jubilee Manor, she struggles to bring the Gentry and the Rootless together. But when Gentry heirs—Madeline’s old friends—are murdered, even she begins to think a Rootless is behind it, putting her at odds with the boy she loves and the very people she is trying to lead. If she can’t figure out who is killing her friends and bring them to justice, a violent war will erupt and even more will die—and Madeline’s name, her estate, and all the bonds she’s forged won’t make any difference.



Reawakened - Colleen Houck
When seventeen-year-old Lilliana Young enters the Metropolitan Museum of Art one morning during spring break, the last thing she expects to find is a live Egyptian prince with godlike powers, who has been reawakened after a thousand years of mummification.

And she really can't imagine being chosen to aid him in an epic quest that will lead them across the globe to find his brothers and complete a grand ceremony that will save mankind.

But fate has taken hold of Lily, and she, along with her sun prince, Amon, must travel to the Valley of the Kings, raise his brothers, and stop an evil, shape-shifting god named Seth from taking over the world.

From New York Times bestselling author Colleen Houck comes an epic adventure about two star-crossed teens who must battle mythical forces and ancient curses on a journey with more twists and turns than the Nile itself.



Better When He's Brave - Jay Crownover
In New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Jay Crownover’s third novel in her sexy, thrilling Welcome to the Point series, a woman’s search for repentance leads her to the one man from her past she can’t forget as they join forces to save their city—and the explosive love neither can live without.

Titus King has always seen his world in black and white. There is a firm right and wrong in his mind, which is why as a teenager he left behind the only family he’d ever known to make a better life for himself. Now a police detective in one of the worst cities in the country, he can’t deny his life has turned into a million different shades of gray.

The new criminal element in The Point has brought vengeance and destruction right to Titus’s front door, and walking the straight and narrow seems far less important now. The difference between right and wrong is nothing compared to keeping those he loves alive. To add to his already strained moral compass, the beautiful and mysterious Reeve Black has made her way back to town. This girl might be as dangerous to Titus as the guy trying to destroy the Point but he can’t walk away because he needs her—in more ways than one.

Reeve knows all about the threat trying to destroy The Point. She knows how ruthless, how vicious, and how cruel this new danger can be… and instead of running away, she wants to help. Reeve knows that she has a lot to repent for and saving the city, plus the hot cop that she hasn’t been able to forget might just be the only way she can finally find some inner peace.

With an entire city poised on the brink of war, Titus and Reeve stand in the crossfire—and it will take two brave souls to fight for the ultimate love.

Friday, August 7, 2015

Review: Skater Boy

Title: Skater Boy
Author: Kay Manis
Series: X-Treme Boys #1
Format: ebook
Release Date: September 8th 2013
Length: Novel (342 pages)
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Source: Purchased
Buy: Amazon, Barnes & Noble
Rating: 3.0-stars