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Friday, February 28, 2014

Review: Heat Stroke

Title: Heat Stroke
Author: Rachel Caine
Series: Weather Warden #2
Release Date: August 3rd 2004
Format: Ebook
Source: Purchased
Buy: Amazon, B&N
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Joanne Baldwin returns in book two of the Weather Warden series, this time around she's a Djinn. David, the Djinn in book one that joined Joanne on her journey helped her become a Djinn, but at what cost? With everyone against her, Joanne must learn to harness her new powers and it's another race against the clock. The duo notice some odd power is lingering only to realize there is a huge problem at hand that is growing rapidly. David is sadly, absent for most of the book, so Joanne is told to learn to master her powers under the tutelage of the only other human that successfully became a Djinn. 

This time the book focuses mainly on Djinn, after reading book one I was curious about them. All I really knew was that Wardens were able to use their energy and that they were servants to whatever Warden had their bottle. While this held true in Heat Stroke, I got to learn more and it rounded out the story quite nicely. I can't wait to see what issue arises for Joanne in book three. So far I'm enjoying the series, and recommend it if you haven't read it yet.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

WoW [93] - Night Broken

Night Broken - Patricia Briggs
Release Date: March 11th, 2013

An unexpected phone call heralds a new challenge for Mercy. Her mate Adam’s ex-wife is in trouble, on the run from her new boyfriend. Adam isn’t the kind of man to turn away a person in need—and Mercy knows it. But with Christy holed up in Adam’s house, Mercy can’t shake the feeling that something about the situation isn’t right.

Soon, her suspicions are confirmed when she learns that Christy has the farthest thing from good intentions. She wants Adam back and she’s willing to do whatever it takes to make it happen, including turning Adam’s pack against Mercy.

Mercy isn’t about to step down without a fight, but there’s a more dangerous threat circling. Christy’s ex is more than a bad man—in fact, he may not be human at all. As the bodies start piling up, Mercy must put her personal troubles aside to face a creature with the power to tear her whole world apart.

Why I am waiting:
I have a few books in this series to catch up on, but I loved what I have read in it so far!

Are you a fan of the series?
What book are you waiting for this week?

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

New Releases 2/25/14

The Undead Pool - Kim Harrison
Witch and day-walking demon Rachel Morgan has managed to save the demonic ever after from shrinking, but at a high cost. Now strange magic is attacking Cincinnati and the Hollows, causing spells to backfire or go horribly wrong, and the truce between the races, between Inderlander and human, is shattering.

Rachel must stop the occurrences before the undead vampire masters who keep the rest of the undead under control are lost and it becomes all-out supernatural war. However, the only way to do so is through the ancient elven wild magic, which carries its own perils.

Hard As You Can - Laura Kaye
Five dishonored soldiers.
Former Special Forces.
One last mission.
These are the men of Hard Ink.

Ever since hard-bodied, drop-dead-charming Shane McCallan strolled into the dance club where Crystal Dean works, he’s shown a knack for getting beneath her defenses. For her little sister’s sake, Crystal can’t get too close. Until her job and Shane’s mission intersect, and he reveals talents that go deeper than she could have guessed.

Shane would never turn his back on a friend in need, especially a former Special Forces teammate running a dangerous, off-the-books operation. Nor can he walk away from Crystal. The gorgeous waitress is hiding secrets she doesn't want him to uncover. Too bad. He’s exactly the man she needs to protect her sister, her life, and her heart. All he has to do is convince her that when something feels this good, you hold on as hard as you can—and never let go.

Drive Me Crazy - Tracy Wolff
His rival’s in his bed, and this rocker is ready to play.

Former rivals Quinn Bradford and Elise McKinney are not friends, at least not anymore. As teens, all they cared about was psyching each other out before concerts. But when Quinn—now the keyboardist for Shaken Dirty, the hottest rock band on the scene—returns to his hometown and hears about the car accident that shattered Elise’s career, he’s determined to make things right.

Elise wants nothing to do with an arrogant rock star, despite how bad she so clearly wants him, so Quinn kidnaps the stubborn little piano player and whisks her back to his mansion. A little seduction might be just the thing to keep Elise under his care…and in his bed. But amid pranks both childish and very adult, their past comes rearing back to haunt them. And it might be more than either of them can forget.

Night Owls - Lauren M. Roy
Night Owls book store is the one spot on campus open late enough to help out even the most practiced slacker. The employees’ penchant for fighting the evil creatures of the night is just a perk…

Valerie McTeague’s business model is simple: provide the students of Edgewood College with a late-night study haven and stay as far away from the underworld conflicts of her vampire brethren as possible. She’s lived that life, and the price she paid was far too high to ever want to return.

Elly Garrett hasn’t known any life except that of fighting the supernatural werewolf-like beings known as Creeps or Jackals. But she always had her mentor and foster father by her side—until he gave his life protecting a book that the Creeps desperately want to get their hands on.

When the book gets stashed at Night Owls for safe keeping, those Val holds nearest and dearest are put in mortal peril. Now Val and Elly will have to team up, along with a mismatched crew of humans, vampires, and lesbian succubi, to stop the Jackals from getting their claws on the book and unleashing unnamed horrors….

Labyrinth of Stars - Marjorie M. Liu
Tattoos with hearts, minds, and dreams. Created to be the armor that protects my body, these obsidian shadows come alive at night—demons made flesh.

After the Aetar nearly kill Maxine’s unborn child, and a betrayal within her own ranks leaves Maxine’s husband, Grant, poisoned and dying, Maxine is forced to attack a race of beings that possesses almost unlimited power. Doing so will require she make a deal with the devil—the devil that lives inside her—risking both her sanity and her soul as she slowly transforms into something more than human.

But even that might not be enough to save Grant, because the very thing that Maxine is becoming is destined to destroy the world.

Monday, February 24, 2014

Currently Reading [67]

Fairies in My Fireplace - R.L. Naquin
A migration of mythical creatures has begun, and more and more of them are landing on Zoey Donovan's doorstep. As the only Aegis left in the country, it falls to her to protect the Hidden and keep them safe—and her house has become a sanctuary for water sprites, goblins, harpies, djinn and more.

Keeping track of her boarders is a full-time job, and Zoey's already got her hands full trying to run her wedding planning business. Good thing she has a resident closet monster to keep her organized, and a hot Reaper boyfriend to help her relax every once in a while.

But she can't keep up monster-triage indefinitely, and as more Hidden arrive, it becomes clear that someone—or something—is hunting them. In the midst of planning an event for a notoriously difficult client, Zoey's got to figure out who's behind the hunt…and she's got to stop them before there are no Hidden left.

Friday, February 21, 2014

Giveaway + Review: The Volatile Amazon

Title: The Volatile Amazon
Author: Sandy James
Series: Alliance of the Amazons #4
Release Date:  September 30th, 2013
Format: NetGalley
Source: Author
Buy: Amazon, BN
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Sarita Neeraj is the Water Amazon. She's viewed as the weakest of the bunch since she's more of a lover than a fighter. Don't get me wrong though, she can kick some serious booty if necessary. Her main power that I've seen in the previous books in the series was her ability to heal her "sisters", the other Amazons. This time around, Sarita is feeling left out of her group, due to the fact that the other Amazons have found their mates and are all married.

After Sarita completes a mission, she is abducted and whisked off to a castle. Her captor is a sexy Scottish man named Ian. I could tell from the first second Ian was introduced that he and Sarita would have a complicated relationship. There were quite a few things they had to work through before anything could really happen. Even though there was a lot going on in the book, the story flowed quite nicely. A few of the things that happened were Ian's kidnapping Sarita, a case of mistaken identity, a secret past and even an epic battle.

The Volatile Amazon is the last book in the Alliance of the Amazons series. I didn't think it was possible, but I think this is my favorite book in this series. I loved each book, but this one wrapped up the story quite nicely without feeling rushed. I'm really sad that the series is over, I've enjoyed reading the Amazon's stories and will be checking out Sandy's other books in the very near future. I spoke with Sandy, and she mentioned that a spin off book is in the works, she is thinking of self publishing it *happy dance* If you're a fan of Urban Fantasy with a bit of romance, I strongly recommend you read this series.

Sandy will be giving away (3) ebook copies, winner can choose which Alliance of the Amazons book they would like. I'll also be giving away (1) $10 Amazon gift card. So there will be 4 winners!  

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Thursday, February 20, 2014

Thrifty Thursday [48]

Tempted by the Pack - Anne Marsh

Ruined - Jus Accardo

Blackbirds - Chuck Wendig

If You Deceive - Kresley Cole
Warlord Wants Forever - Kresley Cole
A Perfect Blood - Kim Harrison
Pale Demon - Kim Harrison

Hot Ticket - Olivia Cunning

Cloak & Silence - Sherrilyn Kenyon

At Grave's End - Jeaniene Frost

Sinners at the Altar - Olivia Cunning
First Drop of Crimson - Jeaniene Frost
Eternal Kiss of Darkness - Jeaniene Frost
Dead Witch Walking - Kim Harrison
Ever After - Kim Harrison

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

WoW [92] - The Undead Pool

The Undead Pool - Kim Harrison
Release Date: February 25th, 2014

Witch and day-walking demon Rachel Morgan has managed to save the demonic ever after from shrinking, but at a high cost. Now strange magic is attacking Cincinnati and the Hollows, causing spells to backfire or go horribly wrong, and the truce between the races, between Inderlander and human, is shattering.

Rachel must stop the occurrences before the undead vampire masters who keep the rest of the undead under control are lost and it becomes all-out supernatural war. However, the only way to do so is through the ancient elven wild magic, which carries its own perils.

Why I am waiting:
AHHHH!!! Is it here yet? I'm dying to get my hands on this one. Elfboy and Rachel *happy dance*

What book are you waiting on this week?

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

New Releases 02/18/14

Vampire Most Wanted - Lynsay Sands
For Basha Argeneau, anything is better than facing her estranged family. Even hiding out in sweltering southern California. But when a sexy immortal in black shows up determined to bring her back to the clan, she'll do anything to keep far, far away from the past she can't outrun.

Marcus Notte isn't here to play games—especially not with someone as crazy as the infamous blonde. Asked by Lucian Argeneau to bring her back for questioning, Marcus is determined to carry out Lucian's request—no matter how the seductive little mind-reading vamp feels about it.

Basha doesn't mind fighting fire with fire, especially with a hot immortal involved. But if he wants to take her away, he'll have to catch her first...

Game of Love - Melissa Foster
Ellie Parker is a master at building walls around her heart. In the twenty-five years she’s been alive, Dex Remington has been the only person who has always believed in her and been there for her. But four years earlier, she came to Dex seeking comfort and then disappeared like a thief in the night, leaving him a broken man.

Dex Remington is one of the top PC game developers in the United States. He’s handsome, smart, and numb. So damn numb that he’s not sure he’ll ever find a reason to feel again.

A chance encounter sparks intense desires in Ellie and Dex. Desires that make her want to run—and make him want to feel. A combination of lust and fear leads these young lovers down a dangerous path. Is it possible to cross a burned bridge, or are they destined to be apart forever?

Perfect Lies - Kiersten White
Annie and Fia are ready to fight back.

The sisters have been manipulated and controlled by the Keane Foundation for years, trapped in a never ending battle for survival. Now they have found allies who can help them truly escape. After faking her own death, Annie has joined a group that is plotting to destroy the Foundation. And Fia is working with James Keane to bring his father down from the inside.

But Annie's visions of the future can't show her who to trust in the present. And though James is Fia's first love, Fia knows he's hiding something. The sisters can rely only on each other - but that may not be enough to save them.

Resists Me - Megan Hart
The dance has begun. Simone’s ready to follow all her desires, but reluctant Elliott isn’t ready to take the lead.

After teasing Elliott into going dancing with her, Simone seduces him. She knows what she wants and isn’t afraid of asking for it, and Elliott appears to be as eager as she is to see where their passion takes them. The sex is electric, but Elliott is taken aback by his response to her, and when Simone reveals her kink for pain to him, he’s unable to accept it and tells her he doesn’t want to see her again.

And then they’re both invited to the same party.

Monday, February 17, 2014

Currently Reading [66]

Heat Stroke - Rachel Caine
Mistaken for a murderer, Weather Warden Joanne Baldwin is hunted down and killed by her colleagues. Reborn as a Djinn, she senses something sinister entering earth's atmosphere-something that makes tomorrow's forecast look deadly.

Friday, February 14, 2014

Review: Faking It

Title: Faking It
Author: Cora Carmack
Release Date:  June 4th 2013
Format: Ebook
Source: Purchased
Buy: Amazon, BN
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Mackenzie “Max” Miller is a college girl that wants her freedom. She works as a dancer and server at a bar that college kids frequent. She knows her parents won't approve of her choices, so she puts on a show every time they are around. She covers up her tattoos, and hides her deadbeat boyfriend, Mace. Max even fakes a relationship with a stranger in a coffee shop when her parents spring a surprise visit on her.

Cade is a "golden boy" that seems picture perfect. He pretends to be Max's boyfriend, helps her confront her fears, and manages to help her realize what she wants in her life at the same time. Their fake relationship builds a friendship, but I could feel the tension between the two from the start. It builds slowly, but oh boy, I couldn't wait to see what would happen when they got together. Besides the fact that he doesn't like fighting for what he wants, Cade truly is a golden boy. The characters have their flaws just like everyday people which made this story real. Faking It was a great book, and I will be purchasing the others in the series very soon.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Cover Reveal: All Lined Up by Cora Carmack

We're extremely excited to bring you the cover for ALL LINED UP, the first book in Cora Carmack's highly anticipated Rusk University Series! ALL LINED UP is a New Adult Contemporary Romance novel published by William Morrow (an imprint of HarperCollins). It is due to be released on May 13, 2014!!

In Texas, two things are cherished above all else—football and gossip. My life has always been ruled by both.
Dallas Cole loathes football. That's what happens when you spend your whole childhood coming in second to a sport. College is her time to step out of the bleachers, and put the playing field (and the players) in her past.

But life doesn't always go as planned. As if going to the same college as her football star ex wasn’t bad enough, her father, a Texas high school coaching phenom, has decided to make the jump to college ball… as the new head coach at Rusk University. Dallas finds herself in the shadows of her father and football all over again.

Carson McClain is determined to go from second-string quarterback to the starting line-up. He needs the scholarship and the future that football provides. But when a beautiful redhead literally falls into his life, his focus is more than tested. It's obliterated.

Dallas doesn't know Carson is on the team. Carson doesn't know that Dallas is his new coach's daughter.

And neither of them knows how to walk away from the attraction they feel.

“Laughter + heartache + hot sexual tension = the perfect Cora Carmack book.”
—Monica Murphy

Pre-Order Links: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iTunes

HeadshotAbout Cora Carmack: Cora Carmack is a twenty-something writer who likes to write about twenty-something characters. She's done a multitude of things in her life-- boring jobs (like working retail), Fun jobs (like working in a theatre), stressful jobs (like teaching), and dream jobs (like writing). She enjoys placing her characters in the most awkward situations possible, and then trying to help them get a boyfriend out of it. Awkward people need love, too. Her first book, LOSING IT, was a New York Times and USA Today bestseller.  

Links: Website, Twitter, Facebook, Author Goodreads
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Wednesday, February 12, 2014

WoW [91] - Game of Love

Game of Love - Melissa Foster
Release Date: February 17th, 2014

Ellie Parker is a master at building walls around her heart. In the twenty-five years she’s been alive, Dex Remington has been the only person who has always believed in her and been there for her. But four years earlier she came to Dex seeking comfort, and then disappeared like a thief in the night, leaving him a broken man.

Dex Remington is one of the top PC game developers in the U.S. He’s handsome, smart, and numb. So damn numb that he’s not sure he’ll ever find a reason to feel again.

A chance encounter sparks intense desires in Ellie and Dex. Desires that make her want to run—and make him want to feel. A combination of lust and fear leads these young lovers down a dangerous path. Is it possible to cross a burned bridge or are they destined to be apart forever?

Why I am waiting:
I've been in the mood for a nerdy type of guy, so this looks like it might fit the bill. Sounds like there is going to be drama too, I'm intrigued.

What book are you waiting on this week?

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Review: Melt My Heart

Reviewer: Drea
Title: Melt My Heart
Author: Rachel Cross, Nicole Flockton, Debra Kayn, Holley Trent
Format: e-book
Source: Author
Release Date: February, 10th 2014
Publisher: Crimson Romance
Length: Anthology
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Buy: AmazonBarnes & Noble
Rating: 5-stars
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Drea's Review:
If snarky author Holley Trent had a street team, I’d be on it. So when she advertised she was looking for reviewers for a Valentine’s anthology, I waved my freak flag until she sent me an ARC.

This anthology features the following short stories:

•    “Bloom” by Rachel Cross
•    “Laying Down His Colors” by Debra Kayn
•    “Trapped by Cupid” by Nicole Flockton
•    “A Demoness Matched” by Holley Trent

“Bloom” featured a charity event planner falling for a troubled former musician trying to live a simpler life. These two both needed a little something…or someone to balance out their lives.

“Laying Down His Colors” was about forbidden love between a motorcycle club member’s daughter and another member. And he’s finally ready to give it all up for her if he has to.

A hardworking nurse gets “Trapped by Cupid” in an elevator with the hot E.R. doctor all the women want. Sparks fly but there may be more to this arrogant doctor than meets the eye.

And in the last story, Calvin quit his pro baseball career while he was ahead…but it wasn’t to capitalize on the demand for his signed baseball cards. He’s avoiding the inevitable…until she lands on his front porch. The daughter of a sister wife hiding from her demon father and her succubus powers finds Mr. Perfect-for-her in “A Demoness Matched”.

This anthology was a great taste of four different authors, each with a different take on romance. The stories pack a sweet Happy For Now in succinct packages. It’s a quick, but fulfilling read just in time for Valentine’s Day.

Since the authors are new to me apart from Ms. Trent, I can’t make any comparisons between this work and their longer stories. But I will say snarky Calvin may be my favorite of Holley Trent’s heroes (so far).

Grab this if you’re looking to dip your toes in some new voices!

Monday, February 10, 2014

Currently Reading [65]

The Volatile Amazon - Sandy James
Sarita Neeraj has never felt like a real Amazon. Compared to the obvious strengths of her sisters, her Water powers seem small as her stature. She’s determined to prove herself—unfortunately, all that gets her is captured by an enemy.

Ian serves a twisted goddess, preferring this to an empty afterlife. He’s taken Sarita hostage to coax the other Amazons from their safe haven. But in his ancient Scottish castle, the passion and love Ian finds for Sarita resurrect his honor, until he chafes at the dark will of his mistress.

Sarita has finally found happiness—but before she can enjoy it, she’s “rescued” by her furious sisters. To save Ian from destruction at the hands of the Amazons, Sarita must risk wielding magick that could change her very nature. Only then can she prove the Water Amazon is the strongest of the four—and save them all from destruction.

Meet Earth, Fire, and Air in The Reluctant Amazon, The Impetuous Amazon, and The Brazen Amazon.

Friday, February 7, 2014

Giveaway: Love is in the Air Giveaway Hop

Thank you for stopping by my giveaway! I will be giving away a $10 Amazon/B&N gift card (winner's choice). If an INT person wins, they may select a book from The Book Depository (if they ship free to your location) for up to a $10 value.

Starts: February 7th, 12:01AM CST
Ends: February 14th, 11:59PM CST

I will email the winner and ask what prize they would like. The winner will have 48 hours from my email to reply back or another winner will be picked.

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Thursday, February 6, 2014

Review: The Fine Line

Title: The Fine Line
Author: Alicia Kobishop
Release Date: December 6th 2013
Format: Ebook
Source: Author
Buy: Amazon, B&N

High school senior Liv Evans has one rule: No attachments. She’s lost enough in her life and has vowed to do whatever it takes to make sure she never again feels the emptiness of losing someone she loves. Boys are a fun distraction, but a serious relationship is something she’d rather live without. Her determination for a future free of pain and heartbreak is put to the test when she meets–and quickly forms an unexpected bond–with Logan Tanner.

Logan has always been a free spirit, but ever since a life-changing event took place, which left him doubting the integrity of those who are closest to him, he’s taken that term to a whole new dangerous level. Learning the hard way that life is too short for worries or work–and that women can’t be trusted–Logan has exchanged steady work for street racing. When Liv walks into his world, everything he thought he knew about life and women is challenged.

In The Fine Line, Liv and Logan will discover if it’s possible for true love to have a future, or if history is destined to repeat itself.
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Liv Evans is an everyday teen, she has a part time job and is a senior in high school. The only difference is that she isn't a very trusting young adult. She has difficulty forming relationships due to her experiences with men never sticking around throughout her childhood. She meets Logan Tanner and I was instantly intrigued because I could tell they were kindred souls. Logan is the type of guy that doesn't want to settle down, he parties and street races. They become friends, yes, just friends. I could see that there would be issues later in the book between the two, since neither really want more.

The Fine Line is a New Adult book that manages to break out of the norm and takes you on an adventure. The struggle of wanting something, but it being against what you've grown to believe you want, makes this book what it is. Liv pretty much battles with herself and has to start making adult decisions. She can choose if she wants to risk being in a relationship and possibly not staying together later down the line, or stay in her comfort zone, alone. There is quite a bit of drama strewn through the book, which makes it quite realistic, you remember high school days, right? All in all, I really enjoyed reading The Fine Line. If you're a fan of the New Adult genre, I highly suggest this book.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Thrifty Thursday [47]

Staking His Claim - Tessa Bailey
Night's Cold Kiss - Tracey O'Hara
The Lost - Vicki Pettersson
Layers Deep - Lacey Silks

Dead Man's Deal - Jocelynn Drake

WoW [90] - Carnal Secrets

Carnal Secrets - Suzanne Wright
Release Date: February 11th 2014

A pack Alpha and his estranged, true mate wrestle with painful secrets, ruthless enemies, and their own irresistible attraction, in the sexy third book of the Phoenix Pack series.

Half-shifter Shaya Critchley may hold a submissive role in her pack, but she’s done taking orders. After her Alpha wolf mate refused to claim her—but committed to interfering in her life—she took off. Now she hides from him, posing as a human in a town full of anti-shifter extremist groups. She thinks he’ll never find her again, and that suits her just fine. But she’s wrong.

Nick Axton can barely control his feelings for Shaya, but he could never claim her—not if he truly cares for her. The degenerative brain condition he keeps secret would ultimately leave her with a burden rather than a mate. But when Shaya runs away, Nick can’t bear the thought of never seeing her again. After tracking her down, he discovers Shaya’s feisty and passionate side in the process…a side he’d never seen before.

Under the menacing gazes of territorial local packs and violent human extremists, Nick vows to finally claim the spirited Shaya…and despite her initial resistance, Shaya just might find his fiery determination to be the ultimate aphrodisiac.

Why I am waiting:
It's been awhile since I've read a shifter book, and this one looks pretty good. Mmmm Alpha male ;)

What book are you waiting on this week?

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Cover Reveal: Troll Or Park by Red Tash

EEEEK!!! I'm so excited to get this cover in my inbox to share with you guys! It's gorgeous. I loved the first book, so this one is going to be a must read for me. I'm really glad the cover has Harlow and Roller Deb on it.

Title: Troll Or Park
Author: Red Tash
Series: Trollogy #2

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New Releases 02/04/14

Rule Breaker - Lora Leigh
Lion Breed, Rule Breaker had just a few rules he didn't break. Not for anything. Not for anyone.

#1. Never have sex with a woman outside his own subspecies, especially a human woman.

#2. Never, at any time, accept a mission concerning a female when Jonas Wyatt stinks of a lie.

#3. Run don't walk, skip or stumble. Run, hell for leather away from any female, human or breed, when his desire for her appears, in any way, to have so much as a single sign of Mating Heat.

Now, the woman believes he's mated, is too helpless, to fun loving and too full of life to ever be able to protect herself, let alone aide him in protecting her.

If the damned animal inside him insisted on a mate, then why pick the woman it did? One that could be struck out at, at any time?

But, what he suspected was a mating, may not be. No swollen glands? No heat? Just his animal instincts rioting, pacing, irritated whenever he's away from her.

Okay, he could handle that.

What ensues is a fiery affair that breaks all the rules of mating heat and will eventually endanger his mate with the very rules designed to protect the breeds when Jonas learns she's possibly been working against them.

Melting the Ice - Jaci Burton
Carolina Preston has only one goal in mind—launching her new fashion line. She needs only one last thing to make it perfect—hockey phenom Drew Hogan. But Carolina and Drew have a history that goes back to their college days, and Carolina doesn’t want the embarrassment of her past to cloud the brightness of her future.

Drew is eager for the chance to show Carolina he isn’t the boy who hurt her back then, but a man now, with the skills necessary to melt the icy exterior of her cold heart.

Letting Go - Maya Banks
Josslyn found perfection once, and she knows she’ll never find it again. Now widowed, she seeks the one thing her beloved husband couldn't give her. Dominance. Lonely and searching for an outlet for her grief and wanting only a brief taste of the perfection she once enjoyed, she seeks what she’s looking for at an exclusive club that caters to people indulging in their most hedonistic fantasies. She never imagined that what she’d find is the one man who’s long been a source of comfort—and secret longing. Her husband’s best friend.

Dash has lived in an untenable position for years. In love with his best friend’s wife and unwilling to act on that attraction. He’d never betray his best friend. And so he’s waited in the wings, offering Joss unconditional support and comfort as she works past her grief, hoping for the day when he can offer her more.

When he finds her in a club devoted to the darker edges of desire, he’s furious because he thinks she has no idea what she’s getting herself into. Until she explains in detail what it is she wants. What she needs. As realization sets in, he is gripped by fierce, unwavering determination. If she wants dominance, he is the only man who will introduce her to that world. He is the only man who will touch her, cherish her…love her. And the only man she’ll ever submit to.

Avenger's Heat - Katie Reus
To truly have her, he must free her from her dark secret…

Enforcer Erin Flynn has dedicated her life to protecting her kind. But keeping her heart safe from Noah Campbell, the smoking-hot shifter who saved her life last year, is more difficult. The deadly beauty would love to sink into his arms and become his mate, but she knows she can’t—he must never know about her dark past.

When Erin is sent to investigate the disappearances of pregnant shifters in New Orleans, Erin and Noah find themselves involved in a mystery more sinister than anyone expected. And as Erin delves further into the crimes, chilling information about her own past is revealed. The people who wanted her dead in the first place are trying to finish the job, and Noah wants nothing more than to shield her from harm. But can Erin truly trust Noah and let him see the wounded beast she’s hidden for so long?

Prince of Shadows - Rachel Caine
In the Houses of Montague and Capulet, there is only one goal: power. The boys are born to fight and die for honor and—if they survive—marry for influence and money, not love. The girls are assets, to be spent wisely. Their wishes are of no import. Their fates are written on the day they are born.

Benvolio Montague, cousin to Romeo, knows all this. He expects to die for his cousin, for his house, but a spark of rebellion still lives inside him. At night, he is the Prince of Shadows, the greatest thief in Verona—and he risks all as he steals from House Capulet. In doing so, he sets eyes on convent-bound Rosaline, and a terrible curse begins that will claim the lives of many in Verona…

…And will rewrite all their fates, forever.

Falling Light - Thea Harrison
Having finally reunited, and fought off The Deceiver for now, Mary and Michael race up the Michigan peninsula to meet Astra before police forces catch up with them. But the closer they get, the less Mary is willing to trust a woman who by her own admission will do anything to finish The Deceiver – even if it means killing Michael and Mary to try again in another life. As they face their final battle unsure if they can trust either side, Michael’s loyalties are tested, making him vulnerable just when Mary needs him most.

Monday, February 3, 2014

January Reading Challenge Update

I signed up to read 2 series this year and have made a little bit of headway. I better step up my game though since I've only read one book from it so far!

Weather Warden Series by Rachel Caine
1. Ill Wind
2. Heat Stroke
3. Chill Factor
4. Windfall
5. Firestorm
6. Thin Air
7. Gale Force
8. Cape Storm
9. Total Eclipse

Are you participating in any 2014 challenges? If so, which?