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Saturday, December 31, 2016

December Recap

And there goes December! I hope you all had a wonderful month and got to spend time with your family and friends around the holidays. Reading-wise I had a decent month, it was a nice mixture of pleasure reads as well as books from publishers. I put an offer on a house, but still waiting to see how that will go. Cross your fingers I'll be moving early next year!

December Reviews:

Drink Deep by Chloe Neill
Shadow's Claim by Kresley Cole
The Earl by Katharine Ashe
Mark of the Demon by Diana Rowland
Bunny and the Bear by Eve Langlais
One Fell Sweep by Ilona Andrews
Bedmates by Nichole Chase
The Merciless by Danielle Vega


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Friday, December 30, 2016

Review: One Night with a Billionaire by Jessica Clare

Title: One Night with a Billionaire
Author: Jessica Clare
Series: Billionaire Boys Club #6
Format: Paperback
Release Date: June 2nd, 2015
Length: Novel (304 pages)
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Source: Purchased
Buy: Amazon, Barnes & Noble
Rating: 3.5-stars

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Thrifty Thursday [197]

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Wednesday, December 28, 2016

WoW [241] - Thirst by Jacquelyn Frank

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

This week's pre-publication "can't-wait-to-read" selection is:

Title: Thirst
Author: Jacquelyn Frank
Series: The Energy Vampires #1
Release Date: January 17th, 2017

A hidden society of vampires—and the humans they love—are at the heart of this opening novel in a biting, all-original series from the New York Times bestselling author of the Nightwalkers saga.

Rafe DaSilva is an energy vampire, soaking up nourishment from the sun—and, only when necessary, drawing sweet sustenance from humans who are pure in body and spirit. As the right-hand man to his queen, Rafe is a key player at a historic peace summit in New York City, which will unite the vampire nations against a common threat: the sycophants, who feed on humanity and kill indiscriminately. But Rafe’s fascination with a beautiful blond police detective may put everything at risk.

Detective Renee Holden has never worked a homicide quite like this. The victim has twin puncture wounds on his neck, and the only eyewitness swears she saw a vampire. Now’s definitely not the time to get distracted by a seductive stranger. But the suave, darkly austere, exotically handsome Rafe DaSilva is a hard man to deny, and as Renee falls under his spell, she also falls prey to his enemies. Desperate to protect her, Rafe lifts the veil on a shadow realm she can only visit—a world of intoxicating power, terrifying dangers, and forbidden pleasures.

Why I am waiting:
Ooooh well hello there! Energy vampires sound intriguing, don't they? I do believe this will be a must read too! I'm too curious on how the vampires will turn out.

What book are you waiting on this week?

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Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Review: The Merciless by Danielle Vega

Title: The Merciless
Author: Danielle Vega
Series: The Merciless #1
Format: Paperback
Release Date: June 12th, 2014
Length: Novel (279 pages)
Genre: YA Horror
Source: Purchased
Buy: Amazon, Barnes & Noble
Rating: 2.0-stars

Monday, December 26, 2016

New Releases 12/27/2016

The Fixer - HelenKay Dimon
He’s known only as Wren. A wealthy, dangerously secretive man, he specializes in making problems disappear. A professional fixer, Wren hides a dark past, but his privacy is shattered when Emery Finn seeks him out—and what she wants from him is very personal.

Some people disappear against their will. Emery’s job is to find them and bring closure. Wren is the only person who can help solve Emery’s own personal mystery: the long-ago disappearance of her cousin. Just tracking down the sexy, brooding Wren is difficult enough. Resisting her body’s response to him will prove completely impossible.

Anonymity is essential to Wren’s success, yet drawn by Emery’s loyalty and sensuality, he’s pulled out of the shadows. But her digging is getting noticed by the wrong people. And as the clues start to point to someone terrifyingly close, Wren will have to put his haunted past aside to protect the woman he loves.

Friday, December 23, 2016

Review: Bedmates by Nichole Chase

Title: Bedmates
Author: Nichole Chase
Series: American Royalty #1
Format: Paperback
Release Date: October 4th, 2016
Length: Novel (384 pages)
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Source: Free via Publisher
Buy: Amazon, Barnes & Noble
Rating: 3.5-stars

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Thrifty Thursday [196]

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Wednesday, December 21, 2016

WoW [240] - Dusk or Dark or Dawn or Day by Seanan McGuire

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

This week's pre-publication "can't-wait-to-read" selection is:

Title: Dusk or Dark or Dawn or Day
Author: Seanan McGuire
Release Date: January 10th, 2017

When her sister Patty died, Jenna blamed herself. When Jenna died, she blamed herself for that, too. Unfortunately Jenna died too soon. Living or dead, every soul is promised a certain amount of time, and when Jenna passed she found a heavy debt of time in her record. Unwilling to simply steal that time from the living, Jenna earns every day she leeches with volunteer work at a suicide prevention hotline.

But something has come for the ghosts of New York, something beyond reason, beyond death, beyond hope; something that can bind ghosts to mirrors and make them do its bidding. Only Jenna stands in its way. 

Why I am waiting:
The blurb on this one really caught my attention. It's been forever since I've read a book with ghosts in it, and it sounds like this one will be pretty unique. I can't wait to read it!

What book are you waiting on this week?

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Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Review: The Trouble with Mistletoe by Jill Shalvis

Title: The Trouble with Mistletoe
Author: Jill Shalvis
Series: Heartbreaker Bay #2
Format: Paperback
Release Date: September 27th, 2016
Length: Novel (384 pages)
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Source: Free via Publisher
Buy: Amazon, Barnes & Noble
Rating: 4.0-stars

Monday, December 19, 2016

Review: One Fell Sweep by Ilona Andrews

Title: One Fell Sweep
Author: Ilona Andrews
Series: Innkeeper Chronicles #3
Format: ebook
Release Date: December 20th, 2016
Length: Novel (257 pages)
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Source: Free via Author
Buy: Amazon, Barnes & Noble
Rating: 4.0-stars

New Releases 12/20/2016

The Trouble with Dukes - Grace Burrowes
THEY CALL HIM THE DUKE OF MURDER...

The gossips whisper that the new Duke of Murdoch is a brute, a murderer, and even worse—a Scot. They say he should never be trusted alone with a woman. But Megan Windham sees in Hamish something different, someone different.

No one was fiercer at war than Hamish MacHugh, though now the soldier faces a whole new battlefield: a London Season. To make his sisters happy, he'll take on any challenge—even letting their friend Miss Windham teach him to waltz. Megan isn't the least bit intimidated by his dark reputation, but Hamish senses that she's fighting battles of her own. For her, he'll become the warrior once more, and for her, he might just lose his heart.

Saturday, December 17, 2016

2016 Audiobook Challenge



I signed up for the 2016 Audiobook Challenge at the beginning of the year and decided to try for 30+. I wound up doing better than I thought I would and so far have hit 42! I should finish a few more by the end of the year too so yay! *happy dance*


1. Some Girls Bite - Chloe Neill
2. Sweep in Peace - Ilona Andrews
3. Friday Night Bites - Chloe Neill
4. Written in Red - Anne Bishop
5. Murder of Crows - Anne Bishop
6. A Court of Thorns and Roses - Sarah J. Maas
7. Vision in Silver - Anne Bishop
8. Outtakes from the Grave - Jeaniene Frost
9. Pack - Jeaniene Frost
10. Dark Skye - Kresley Cole
11. Moon Called - Patricia Briggs
12. Blood Bound - Patricia Briggs
13. Lick - Kylie Scott
14. Marked in Flesh - Anne Bishop
15. Dark Wild Night - Christina Lauren
16. Twice Bitten - Chloe Neill
17. Cinder - Marissa Meyer
18. Iron Kissed - Patricia Briggs
19. Scarlet - Marissa Meyer
20. Any Duchess Will Do - Tessa Dare
21. Viking Warrior Rising - Asa Maria Bradley
22. Autumn Thorns - Yasmine Galenorn
23. Dragon Bound by Thea Harrison
24. Shadow Rider by Christine Feehan
25. Bone Crossed by Patricia Briggs
26. Jaxson by Alisa Woods
27. Pleasure Unbound by Larissa Ione
28. King by T. M. Frazier
29. Hard Bitten by Chloe Neill
30. The Veil by Chloe Neill
31. A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas
32. Roman Crazy by Alice Clayton and Nina Bocci
33. Dead Man by Domino Finn
34. Magic Binds by Ilona Andrews
35. Silver Borne by Patricia Briggs
36. River Marked by Patricia Briggs
37. Drink Deep by Chloe Neill
38. Shadow's Claim by Kresley Cole
39. Mark of the Demon by Diana Rowland
40. A Kiss at Midnight by Eloisa James
41. Jed Had to Die by Tara Sivec
42. Frost Burned by Patricia Briggs

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Friday, December 16, 2016

Review: Bunny and the Bear by Eve Langlais

Title: Bunny and the Bear
Author: Eve Langlais
Series: Furry United Coalition #1
Format: Ebook
Release Date: August 10th, 2011
Length: Novel (165 pages)
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Source: Purchased
Buy: Amazon, Barnes & Noble
Rating: 4.0-stars

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Thrifty Thursday [195]

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Wednesday, December 14, 2016

WoW [239] - Shadow's Seduction by Kresley Cole

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

This week's pre-publication "can't-wait-to-read" selection is:

Title: Shadow's Seduction
Author: Kresley Cole
Series: The Dacians #2
Release Date: January 30th, 2017

A night of debauchery
Prince Mirceo Daciano and his new friend Caspion the Tracker comb the streets of Dacia, drunkenly seeking out pleasures of the flesh. In what should have been a typical night, they coax a bevy of nymphs to bed. To impress their females, the demon and the vampire kiss on a dare.

Changes them forever
Once they finally break away from their soul-searing kiss, they find themselves alone—and shaken. Had they imagined their explosive chemistry? Obstacles—ranging from a death sentence, to exile on a war-torn dimension—threaten to destroy their lives, much less the vulnerable promise in that one kiss.

How long can they resist the fire that blazes between them?
Even if Mirceo can accept Caspion as his fated mate, the sensual vampire still must convince the stubborn demon that their bond is forever. And any royal Dacian union must receive the blessing of King Lothaire, an unpredictable and savage killer...

Why I am waiting:
I adore KCole's books so this will be an instabuy for me! She just has such a way in writing that hooks me from the start.

What book are you waiting on this week?

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Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Review: Mark of the Demon by Diana Rowland

Title: Mark of the Demon
Author: Diana Rowland
Series: Kara Gillian #1
Format: Audiobook
Narrator: Liv Anderson
Release Date: June 7th, 2013
Length: Novel (386 pages/12.5 hours)
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Source: Purchased
Buy: Audible, Amazon, Barnes & Noble
Rating: 3.0-stars

Monday, December 12, 2016

New Releases 12/13/2016

Acca - Christina Bauer
In just one week, supernatural warrior Myla Lewis must discover enough evidence to send the evil House of Acca to prison… or she’ll end up in jail herself, along with her fiancĂ©, Prince Lincoln. No pressure.

To gather proof, Myla and Lincoln go undercover at an all-girl’s high school on Earth. Lincoln acts as the new gym teacher; Myla becomes the school’s least popular transfer student ever. To stop them from getting the goods, Acca releases Hell on Earth. Literally. Good thing Myla and Lincoln aren’t afraid of a tough fight. This one promises to be the hardest yet. After all, who ever said high school wasn’t hell?



Moonshadow - Thea Harrison
Her past is a blank, her future uncertain….

Recovering from a shooting, LAPD witch consultant Sophie Ross leaves her job and travels to the U.K. to search for answers about her childhood. When she encounters a Daoine Sidhe knight of the Dark Court, she becomes entangled in an ancient hatred between two arcane forces.

He has given his body and soul to fight for his people….

Barred from his homeland along with his surviving brother knights, Nikolas Sevigny is embroiled in a conflict that threatens everything he holds dear. Only by uniting his people’s resources can they hope to prevail against Isabeau, the deadly Queen of the Light Court. He will do anything and use anyone to return home to Lyonesse.

When Nikolas encounters Sophie, he sees a tool to be used. The insouciant witch might be the key to unlocking every passageway that has been barred to the knights of the Dark Court, even as a fascination for her takes root in what’s left of his soul.

Sophie has no intention of becoming anyone’s pawn, yet the fierce Nikolas is so compelling, she can’t deny the temptation that endangers her guarded heart.

As magic threatens Lyonesse, Queen Isabeau unleashes her merciless Hounds, and Nikolas and Sophie become embroiled in a race for survival. Meanwhile, the passion that ignites between them burns too hot to be denied and quickly turns into obsession.

Thank goodness they both know better than to fall in love…



Ostrich and the 'Roo - Eve Langlais
Ranger and crypto containment specialist Jaxon Jones has seen some interesting things, but a purported giant ostrich terrorizing suburbia is new, even for him. Especially when he finds the so-called menace, and she’s fast asleep, head buried in a bush. But since Jax was hired to bring the beautiful Mari home, he’ll endure her sass. Especially since it’s what draws him to her.

Newly rescued from a mad scientist’s lab, Mari isn’t the same. Sure she still suffers the embarrassment of dropping an egg every time she’s taken by surprise, but what really scares her is when her darkness takes over and she blacks out. Now, the gorgeous and frustrating Jax keeps stuffing her in cages and insists that he was hired by her dead father to bring her back to a place she’s never been. And he refuses to feed her meat. Mari doesn’t know what to do with the sexy kangaroo. Though she knows what she’d like to do with him…

Someone wants the darkness that prowls inside Mari. Badly. But Mari’s more worried about what she could do to Jax and their allies if she can’t control herself. Will this unlikely pair have their g’day, or will their foes and Mari’s inner demons prove too much?



Bearly in Control - Milly Taiden
For vet and animal whisperer Charli Avers, talking to bears is all in a day’s work. But when she finds a man—a very sexy, very alpha man—where a bear ought to be, the wild comes close to home. Charli is drawn to this mysterious stranger. She wants to help him piece together the past he can’t remember—even if that means shedding her human misgivings and embracing her more carnal desires.

After shifting from bear to man, Barry believes he’s finally found his mate. Now he just needs to find himself. He doesn’t know much about the animal within him, but his human heart aches for Charli. She ignites his instincts to protect her from all danger—including their electric attraction.

The stakes climb as Charli investigates the mystery behind Barry’s memory loss and how it may relate to strange sightings and thefts in this little corner of Oregon. Without answers, she may lose Barry—and herself—to the wild side forever.

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Friday, December 9, 2016

Review: The Earl by Katharine Ashe

Title: The Earl
Author: Katharine Ashe
Series: Devil's Duke #2
Format: Paperback
Release Date: October 25th, 2016
Length: Novel (384 pages)
Genre: Historical Romance
Source: Free via Publisher
Buy: Amazon, Barnes & Noble
Rating: 3.5-stars

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Thrifty Thursday [194]

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Wednesday, December 7, 2016

WoW [238] - Moonshadow by Thea Harrison

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

This week's pre-publication "can't-wait-to-read" selection is:

Title: Moonshadow
Author: Thea Harrison
Series: Moonshadow #1
Release Date: December 13th 2016

Her past is a blank, her future uncertain….

Recovering from a shooting, LAPD witch consultant Sophie Ross leaves her job and travels to the U.K. to search for answers about her childhood. When she encounters a Daoine Sidhe knight of the Dark Court, she becomes entangled in an ancient hatred between two arcane forces.

He has given his body and soul to fight for his people….

Barred from his homeland along with his surviving brother knights, Nikolas Sevigny is embroiled in a conflict that threatens everything he holds dear. Only by uniting his people’s resources can they hope to prevail against Isabeau, the deadly Queen of the Light Court. He will do anything and use anyone to return home to Lyonesse.

When Nikolas encounters Sophie, he sees a tool to be used. The insouciant witch might be the key to unlocking every passageway that has been barred to the knights of the Dark Court, even as a fascination for her takes root in what’s left of his soul.

Sophie has no intention of becoming anyone’s pawn, yet the fierce Nikolas is so compelling, she can’t deny the temptation that endangers her guarded heart.

As magic threatens Lyonesse, Queen Isabeau unleashes her merciless Hounds, and Nikolas and Sophie become embroiled in a race for survival. Meanwhile, the passion that ignites between them burns too hot to be denied and quickly turns into obsession.

Thank goodness they both know better than to fall in love…

Why I am waiting:
This sounds right up my alley and I cannot wait to get my hands on it! The abs on the cover don't hurt either, though they are hiding them a bit ;)

What book are you waiting on this week?

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Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Review: Shadow's Claim by Kresley Cole

Title: Shadow's Claim
Author: Kresley Cole
Series: Immortals After Dark #13
Format: Audiobook
Narrator: Robert Petkoff
Release Date: November 27th, 2012
Length: Novel (496 pages/15.3 hours)
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Source: Purchased
Buy: Audible, Amazon, Barnes & Noble
Rating: 4.0-stars

Monday, December 5, 2016

Spotlight: In the Ring

In the Ring - Rie Warren
Release Date: December 5th 2016
The biggest fight of his life isn’t . . . In the Ring.

The bright lights. The roaring crowd. The chance at a championship belt. The not-so-little secret Liam Shaughnessy—the Bonny Bruiser—is fighting to keep tucked far away. 

Liam got the pussy pounded out of him on the mean streets of Cin-city—the other Sin City. The oldest in a Catholic clan where his da never pulled any punches, he went from geek boy to the golden boy of the boxing world care of his fists. Liam’s on the fast track to having it all . . . all except the one man he wants. 

Michael Fairweather makes pretending to be hetero goddamn difficult for Liam. The man is blond and beautiful and just so happens to be Liam’s trainer. With a penchant for doing shirtless yoga, giving midnight massages to loosen Liam’s muscles, and sometimes even taking it out in the ring with him. To say Liam has porn-style fantasies about Michael is an understatement. 

Michael’s out and proud. Liam’s only proud of what he can do in the ring. He can’t risk his career, least of all for someone unavailable. Michael has a lover. Liam has the lies he lives every day. And when his money-grubbing manager gets involved as the title win approaches, Liam doesn’t know what hit him. 


Fight to win. Fight with honor. It won’t be easy, but that’s okay. Nothing worth fighting for ever is. 
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The author even sent us an excerpt, check it out:

“You boys ’bout done?” the ref called over.
I breathed long and deep, peering through damp hair at Michael.
He shook his head. “Nah.”
The total body torment went on and on. Neither of us cried mercy. If he was pissed off, so was I. I just wasn’t sure what I’d done to make him go all pow-pow-pow on me. I didn’t really much care. The scent of his clean perspiration was as much of an aphrodisiac as the visual of his sweating body.
I blocked a vicious jab to my face. “You’re being a dick.”
He spun away before my fist connected with his stomach. “Back atcha.”
If he wanted me, he sure had a funny way of showing it. Killing someone via sheer bodily torture didn’t usually lead to love scenes or make-out sessions. Anya was way the fuck off the mark there.
“What’s your beef, bro?” I gasped after a particularly stinging punch.
“I think you should be more discreet.” He whipped his head out of the way just as my left hook whistled past.
Huh?”
“With Anya. And the other women. Or all the women, if you really like Anya.”
“Kidding me?”
He jogged in front of me on his feet. Left, right, left, right. “Nope.”
“This is about Anya?”
“Yep.”
“Bull and shit.” I kicked his legs out from under him and followed him down to the mat.
I didn’t cock my fist to beat his face, but only because it was too pretty to injure.
I restrained his massive thighs with my knees. “You’re beginning to sound like Dev.”
“Call! That move is not allowed,” the ringside ref shouted.
“’S’okay. We’re not playing by the rules here, are we, Michael?”
“Nope.” His hips bucked up, and his crotch hit my growing hardness.
Holy shit.
I aligned my torso with his. Lowering myself another inch over him, I imagined Mikey bare and begging beneath me, our cocks thrusting together.
“Dev’s a slick Mick.” His chest pumped up and he tried to push me off him.
“He’s not even a true Mick and PS. that’s an insult to my Irish upbringing, preppy motherfucker.” I pushed down on his shoulders.
“Get up, you big bastard.” With no warning at all Michael spanked my ass hard.
A resounding smack rang through the air.
His eyes widened.
Mine almost rolled back in my head.
That was so hot. I’d never imagined him slapping my ass before.
I pumped against him once then reared back in horror.
Finally the pinched-sphincter expression he’d worn all day relaxed. He licked his lips in a slow motion move I wanted to repeat with my tongue on his mouth.
“Come on, man. Let’s hit the showers.” He bucked against me one more time, and I swear to fuck there was an extra, slow-grinding motion to his hips.
“What?” I croaked.
“You stink, you fucker. Get off me so we can get showered up.”

Oh yay. Because both of us getting naked with water and suds is a great idea. You’ll drop the bar of soap between my legs and stoop down to scoop it up . . .


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