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Friday, May 30, 2014

Audio Review: Web of Lies

Title: Web of Lies
Author: Jennifer Estep
Series: Elemental Assassin #2
Release Date: May 5th 2010
Format: Audiobook
Source: Purchased
Buy: Amazon, BN

I'll start this review by saying that I am not an audiobook lover. I purchased book one (Spider's Bite) in this series as an audiobook and somehow fell in love. I'm almost certain it's how well the narrator channels the characters, I'm enjoying everything about it. I'll be purchasing the rest of the series in audiobook format as long as Lauren Fortgang is the narrator.

Gin Blanco returns in book two of the Elemental Assassin series, Web of Lies. Retired, she no longer is killing people for money, and is instead running the Pork Pit, a BBQ restaurant that her former handler owned. I wasn't sure what to expect this time around since book one left off where she went on vacation and was giving up her life of being an assassin. Though I should have known not to worry since trouble seems to follow Gin.

Two would be robbers attempt to steal the cash from her register one night and foolishly take one of her customers hostage. After that matter is resolved Gin is approached by a college girl that has someone attempting to kill her. Toss in some prostitutes, a new sexy love interest, and some crazy people with strong powers and you have a story that kept me wondering what the heck would happen next. I highly recommend this series if you're a fan of Urban Fantasy with a strong female main character.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Thrifty Thursday [62]

Heart of the Hunter - Lara Adrian
White Lion's Lady - Lara Adrian

Bound to Me - Jocelynn Drake
Spider's Bite - Jennifer Estep

Of Poseidon - Anna Banks
Nightwalker - Allyson James
Wild About You - Kerrelyn Sparks
Forbidden - Zoe Winters

Less Than a Gentleman - Kerrelyn Sparks

Secret Life of a Vampire - Kerrelyn Sparks
The Undead Next Door - Kerrelyn Sparks

Moon Called - Patricia Briggs

Burn for Me - Ilona Andrews [Preorder]

Eat Prey Love - Kerrelyn Sparks

I normally don't mention books over $5, but I had to mention this great deal. There are 23 books in this set, which means each book is roughly $0.87!
The Dark-Hunters (The Collection Thus Far) - Sherrilyn Kenyon
Fantasy Lover
Night Pleasures
Night Embrace
Dance with the Devil
Kiss of the Night
Night Play
Seize the Night
Sins of the Night
Unleash the Night
Dark Side of the Moon
The Dream-Hunter
Devil May Cry
Upon the Midnight Clear
Dream Chaser
One Silent Night
Dream Warrior
Bad Moon Rising
No Mercy
The Guardian
Time Untime
The Dark-Hunter Companion

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

WoW [106] - On Her Watch

On Her Watch - Rie Warren
Release Date: June 3rd 2014
War is raging in the InterNations Territories and within Lieutenant Liz Grant’s heart.

AWOL from her post for several months, Liz is on a mission to infiltrate the Beta Corps military, desperate to find out who murdered her father and turn the revolution in the insurgents’ favor. Commander Linc Cutler stands in her way. Coldly handsome and in control, his desire for her causes a crack in her deep cover.

She’s certain he holds the key to her past as well as her future, but Linc has pledged his allegiance to the oppressive Company regime headed by his father. Through escalating intrigue, espionage, and runaway passion, Liz is thrust into an impossible situation.

Lives, the Revolution, love at stake, it all comes down to the one man Liz shouldn’t trust.
Pre-Order on: AmazonBarnes and Noble
Why Drea is waiting:
I've read the first book in this series. It was my first M/M and it was amazing! The main character's voice was gritty and aggressive, and the sex scenes were scorching. This one is M/F, so I'm interested to see how it compares.
The author even sent us an excerpt, check it out:

My head swimming with conspiracies and factions and who-the-fuck-knew what else, I skipped my room once I returned to Corps Command. In no mood to clash bitch swords with Sabine, I headed straight for the showers, hoping a hot one would thaw my frozen toes and help me think.
With my head bent under the blasting spray, water sluiced over my tense shoulders and down my back. Right then Commander Linc barged in. I shouldn’t say barged—not this time. He was silent as a stealth weapon. Deadly as a drone Predator too.
He drew up quick with a rough curse. “Fuck, Liz.”
My head whipped beyond him to the bank of mirrors, where I saw myself as he did: a long, sleek body taut with lean muscle. Finding his eyes, I drowned in his devouring gaze and turned around under the shower’s spray. He locked sights on my sex. My thighs pressed together, slick lips swelling under his hungry regard.
“Do you always conduct Beta business in the locker room, or is it just me you’re stalking, sir?”
Jaw ticking, he strafed closer. “I came for a report.”
“Here’s a report.” I flicked water down my navel. “The water’s hot.”
Breath ragged, he caged both arms on the shower’s open sides. “Woman, I am so close to coming right now.”
“Care to join me?” Under my touch, my nipples drew even more erect. I liked breaking Linc down, testing him, tempting him. I needed the man in a state of mindless desire. Since seeing his key card laid out in his room earlier, I’d been forming a plan. Now was as good a time as any to implement it.
“Maybe you should get out.”
“Maybe you should sit down before you fall over, sir.”
He shrugged off his holsters and reached into the shower. Calloused palms slipped over the suds pouring down my body until he scraped across my nipples. The aroused buds in his hands felt so good.
“Yes,” I whispered, writhing beneath his firm touch. Too good.
“I want to suck on you until you scream, sweetheart.”
There was none of the softness in his words that had started our sensual kiss at the sex club, and there certainly wasn’t any of the empathetic connection from our breakfast of truths. This was filthy-hot, on-fire, totally unstoppable wanting.
“I thought we were forgetting about what happened at the Club.”
His possessive kiss stormed my defenses, his tongue cruising past my lips, thrusting in time to his groin against me. “This has nothing to do with the Club or those people. You keep tempting me beyond my control, Liz, and I won’t be able to stop myself.”
Compelling attraction snared us together in a moist embrace until I withdrew from his mouth, flipping off the shower. Brushing past him, I slung a towel around myself.
Linc fingered the edge where it knotted between my breasts. “What did you find out today?”
Besides the fact we can’t keep our hands off each other? “Sector Four was all clear.” Technically a small lie because the Posse factory and barracks were situated in S-5.
“Anything else?” Fingers tugged open the towel’s drapes, finding my waist. His thumb rubbed my hip.
I gasped, “No, sir.”
“I like the way you say sir.” His meandering thumb rolled up to my nipple, stroking back and forth.
I leaned in to his caress. “I like the way you touch me.”
My eyes skated down his chest to his pelvis, and I moaned. He filled out the uniform pants, a solid cock straining against the blue fabric. A small part of me was weirded out—it was almost like eye-fucking Cannon’s man, with Linc and Nate being twins. But whereas Nate was a soft touch, Linc was hard. So, so hard.
The halos, constantly fizzing with the unsteady electrical grid, blinkered off. I stumbled forward in the sudden darkness, catching myself on…Oh my God.
Linc grunted, shifted. That wasn’t his weapon in my hand, but it was hot as freshly fired metal, rigid as a gun barrel. The weight and heat of him in my palm made me want to push my hand into his pants and feel that naked cock. Fingers snapped around my wrist. Linc pulled my hand slowly down his length, my fingers fully engaged with his flesh. And he was big. If Nate was packing the same, no wonder Cannon walked so…stiffly.
The halos came back to life. I snatched my arm away, my eyes wide. Linc’s cheeks were flushed, his lip narrowly curled off his teeth. My palm was on fire from the feel of him. I waved it around in front of me, an added distraction to the dark-out move I’d pulled while I’d cupped him.
“Was touching me that bad?” He sneered.
“Next time I want a gun in my hand, I’ll go for my Eagle.”
“Good idea.” Spinning around, Linc banged out of the locker room. I had no idea how the man managed to march with that cannon between his thighs.

What book are you waiting on this week?

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Tuesday Jams [01]

Want to share that song you been loving like crazy lately? Just grab the image above or make your own...and whether you have a blog or not, you can either leave your link in the linky below OR in the comment section. 

You can show a video, a music player..whateva suites your fancy. Just remember to have some fun!

I thought I'd join in on the action and share a song that's been stuck in my head lately. 

Rude by MAGIC!

Monday, May 26, 2014

New Releases 05/27/2014

City of Heavenly Fire - Cassandra Clare

I am coming.

Darkness returns to the Shadowhunter world. As their society falls apart around them, Clary, Jace, Simon and their friends must band together to fight the greatest evil the Nephilim have ever faced: Clary’s own brother. Nothing in the world can defeat him — must they journey to another world to find the chance? Lives will be lost, love sacrificed, and the whole world changed in the sixth and last installment of the Mortal Instruments series!

Skin Game - Jim Butcher
Harry Dresden, Chicago’s only professional wizard, is about to have a very bad day….

Because as Winter Knight to the Queen of Air and Darkness, Harry never knows what the scheming Mab might want him to do. Usually, it’s something awful.

He doesn’t know the half of it….

Mab has just traded Harry’s skills to pay off one of her debts. And now he must help a group of supernatural villains—led by one of Harry’s most dreaded and despised enemies, Nicodemus Archleone—to break into the highest-security vault in town so that they can then access the highest-security vault in the Nevernever.

It’s a smash-and-grab job to recover the literal Holy Grail from the vaults of the greatest treasure hoard in the supernatural world—which belongs to the one and only Hades, Lord of the freaking Underworld and generally unpleasant character. Worse, Dresden suspects that there is another game afoot that no one is talking about. And he’s dead certain that Nicodemus has no intention of allowing any of his crew to survive the experience. Especially Harry.

Dresden’s always been tricky, but he’s going to have to up his backstabbing game to survive this mess—assuming his own allies don’t end up killing him before his enemies get the chance...

The Immortal Crown - Richelle Mead
Gameboard of the Gods introduced religious investigator Justin March and Mae Koskinen, the beautiful supersoldier assigned to protect him. Together they have been charged with investigating reports of the supernatural and the return of the gods, both inside the Republic of United North America and out. With this highly classified knowledge comes a shocking revelation: Not only are the gods vying for human control, but the elect—special humans marked by the divine—are turning against one another in bloody fashion.

Their mission takes a new twist when they are assigned to a diplomatic delegation headed by Lucian Darling, Justin’s old friend and rival, going into Arcadia, the RUNA’s dangerous neighboring country. Here, in a society where women are commodities and religion is intertwined with government, Justin discovers powerful forces at work, even as he struggles to come to terms with his own reluctantly acquired deity.

Meanwhile, Mae—grudgingly posing as Justin’s concubine—has a secret mission of her own: finding the illegitimate niece her family smuggled away years ago. But with Justin and Mae resisting the resurgence of the gods in Arcadia, a reporter’s connection with someone close to Justin back home threatens to expose their mission—and with it the divine forces the government is determined to keep secret.

Kiss of Wrath - Sandra Hill
No wicked wenches or wild rampages…it's been centuries since Mordr the Berserker was turned into a Vangel-a Viking Vampire Angel-as punishment for his sin of wrath, and he's been frustrated ever since. It's not so bad being stuck in modern-day Las Vegas. What better place to slay Lucipires, or demon vampires, than the original Sin City. But then Mordr Sigurdsson's mission is expanded to a new assignment: protect lust-worthy Miranda Hart.

Miranda's well-ordered life turned into chaos when she unexpectedly inherited her late cousin's five children. Now, her cousin's dangerous husband is about to be paroled, and she needs a miracle to keep them all safe.That miracle arrives on her doorstep in the form of a very buff, handsome man with a very strange name. Mordr wants nothing to do with a red-haired wench or children. Miranda wants nothing to do with gorgeous hunk who claims to be a Viking.

As Miranda and Mordr give in to temptation, they must decide if they fit in each other's worlds-before their enemies close in on them.

The Given - Vicki Pettersson
After learning his wife survived the attack that killed him fifty years earlier, angel/PI Griffin Shaw is determined to find Evelyn Shaw, no matter the cost. Yet his obsession comes at a price. Grif has had to give up his burgeoning love for reporter Katherine "Kit" Craig, the woman who made life worth living again, and dedicate himself to finding one he no longer knows.

Yet when Grif is attacked again, it becomes clear that there are forces in both the mortal and heavenly realm who'd rather see him dead than unearth the well-buried secrets of his past. If he's to survive his second go-round on the Surface, Grif will have to convince Kit to reunite with him professionally, and help uncover decades of police corruption, risking both their lives... and testing the limits to what one angel is really willing to give for love.

Banishing the Dark - Jenn Bennett
Complicated does not begin to describe Arcadia Bell's life right now: unnatural magical power, another brush with death, and a murderous mother who's not only overbearing but determined to take permanent possession of Cady's body. Forced to delve deep into the mystery surrounding her own birth, Cady must uncover which evil spell her parents cast during her conception…and how to reverse it. Fast. As she and her lover Lon embark on a dangerous journey through her magical past, Lon's teenage son Jupe sneaks off for his own investigation. Each family secret they uncover is darker than the last, and Cady, who has worn many identities—Moonchild, mage, fugitive—is about to add one more to the list.

Friday, May 23, 2014

Review: The Lumberfox

Title: The Lumberfox
Author: Ava Lovelace
Release Date: March 9th 2014
Format: Ebook
Source: Purchased
Buy: Amazon $0.99

Tara is driving home one snowy day when her car gets rear ended. She meets Ryon, a cooking and brewing connoisseur. After exchanging information and him turning off her vibrator that fell off her passenger seat, they head back to his place so they don't freeze to death. That's when things start to heat up.

Tara and Ryon were well suited for one another. They are both geeks and manage to throw out several different references/phrases throughout The Lumberfox. If you're not a geek, don't worry, you'll still be able to read this and understand what is going on. You might not giggle as much as I did, but you'll enjoy it.

The story was fairly short and full of sexy times. The Lumberfox is a spicy read that left me entertained and wanting the next book. From the looks of it, you can read these in any order since each one has its own set of main characters. If you're a fan of Delilah Dawson, you're in luck, this is her "alter ego" writing geeky sexy stories!

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Thrifty Thursday [61]



City of Bones - Cassandra Clare

Up From the Grave - Jeaniene Frost

Dead Beat - Jim Butcher
At Grave's End - Jeaniene Frost
Destined for an Early Grave - Jeaniene Frost
Eternal Kiss of Darkness - Jeaniene Frost
First Drop of Crimson - Jeaniene Frost
Black Magic Sanction - Kim Harrison
Dead Witch Walking - Kim Harrison
Hounded - Kevin Hearne

The Fault in Our Stars - John Green

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

WoW [105] - Love with a Perfect Cowboy

Love with a Perfect Cowboy - Lori Wilde
Release Date: May 27th 2014

Melody Spencer had long-ago wiped the dust of Cupid, Texas, off her cute shoes . . . and done her best to forget the chiseled jaw and strong arms of cowboy Luke Spencer. Their families might be part of a long-time feud, but he was her very first love, even if it turned out they never wanted the same things.

But now Luke's come striding back into her life, tempting her with the memories of long, lazy evenings and hot, passionate kisses. And he has an ulterior motive—as Mayor of Cupid, he knows Melody's business savvy can help save their beloved hometown. His smooth talking might get her to Texas, but that doesn't mean he'll get her in his bed. Still, people do say love can be more perfect the second time around...
Why I am waiting:
I have a weakness for books set in Texas with cowboys in it. I live in Texas, and though I know where I live there aren't ranches I still enjoy these books. This one sounds like a second chance book that I would enjoy.

What book are you waiting on this week?

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Drea's Review: The Leopard Prince

Title: The Leopard Prince
Author: Elizabeth Hoyt
Series: Princes #2
Format: paperback
Release Date: April 1st 2007
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Length: Novel (384 pages)
Genre: Historical Romance
Buy: AmazonBarnes & Noble
Rating: 4-stars

Drea's Review:

Lady Georgina shouldn’t be lusting after her steward Harry Pye. He’s her servant. It’s simply not done. But she’s already a spinster with estates in her own name thanks to an aunt’s will. She doesn’t need to marry. And she doesn’t want to. Ever. So what’s wrong with having an affair with the man she’s attracted to?
Harry isn’t about to become an aristocrat’s plaything. Not after an Earl beat his father and sent them both to the poor house. He’s after his revenge. And taking a job for the lady who owns the estate next to that horrid Earl is the first step toward getting it. But sheep are dying and the locals think he’s to blame. Georgina champions him, and he soon can’t ignore his attraction to her.

Things I loved in this story: characters who behave unconventionally for their day, an Alpha male who isn’t about to be lead around by his member, a strong female who can hold her own, and the bad guy getting his. The writing is decent. The love scenes extra steamy (see below).

Things I wasn’t into in this story: a secret baby, the heroine fleeing to London twice, and the sister’s side plot where she’s being blackmailed into marriage. There’s also some jumping into the bad guy and the sister's points of view (POV). I get bored when the POV shifts away from the heroine or hero and put book down.

What you need to know before grabbing this: the sex scenes are explicit. There’s crass wording in Harry’s POV not usually found outside of erotic romance/erotica. Do not pick this up if you are easily offended.

Do pick this up if you want to fan yourself over a hot, working-class Alpha male in a historical romance.

Challenge Update: This is book three toward the 2014 Historical Romance reading challenge I signed up for ages ago. I have nine more to go!

Monday, May 19, 2014

New Releases 5/20/14

Sixth Grave on the Edge - Darynda Jones
Few things in life can come between a grim reaper and her coffee, but the sexy, sultry son of Satan is one of them. Now that Reyes Farrow has asked for her hand, Charley Davidson feels it's time to learn more about his past, but Reyes is reluctant to open up. When the official FBI file of his childhood abduction lands in her lap, Charley decides to go behind her mysterious beau’s back and conduct her own investigation. Because what could go wrong?

Unfortunately, another case has fallen into her lap—one with dangerous implications. Some very insistent men want Charley to hunt down a witness who is scheduled to testify against their boss, a major player in the local crime syndicate. If Charley doesn't come up with an address in 48 hours, the people closest to her will start to disappear.

Add to that a desperate man in search of the soul he lost in a card game, a dogged mother determined to find the ghost of her son, and a beautiful, young Deaf boy haunted by his new ability to see the departed as clearly as he sees the living, and Charley has her hands full. The fact that Reyes has caught on to her latest venture only adds fuel to the inferno that he is. Good thing for Charley she's used to multi-tasking and always up for a challenge…especially when that challenge comes in the form of Reyes Farrow.

Shattered - Tracy Wolff
Ash Lewis has poured every last ounce of his blood, sweat, and tears into reaching the very top of the professional snowboarding world—until the unthinkable happens. After the biggest competition win of his career, Ash’s mother and father are killed in a tragic accident. Unable to handle the idea of going back out on the snow to pursue the dream his parents shared with him, Ash feels that he has no choice but to walk away from snowboarding forever. Then he meets Tansy Hampton.

Wild, fun, and impulsive, Tansy has a different look and a new passion every week. As a cancer survivor who spent the past several years waiting to die, Tansy has a fresh perspective on life—even if she doesn’t have a clue about what she actually wants to do with it. But she’s determined to find out, and that means making the most of her time while she still can.

From the very beginning, their chemistry is intense. But while Ash can’t stop chasing the ghosts of what can never be, Tansy stays firmly focused on the possibilities the world holds for her—and for them. She’s already picked up the pieces of one shattered life. Now she’s determined to help Ash do the same.

Bad Girls Don't Marry Marines - Codi Gary
The bad girl who stole his heart …

Valerie Willis has done it all: tattoos, one-night stands, even strip poker. And now she can add getting a messy public divorce to that list. Back in her hometown of Rock Canyon, Val just wants to bury her head and wait for the scandal to pass. But when she suddenly finds herself at a singles' weekend face-to-face with former flame Justin Silverton, hiding from her heart—and the sexy Marine—won't be that simple.

Is just too good to let go …

It's been ten years since Justin kissed Val, but he still remembers the way they just seemed to … fit. Since then he's served his country and helped his father keep their ranch intact, but he's never forgotten Val or her wild ways. So when a twist of fate brings him the chance to chase her across state lines and spend a weekend winning her heart, Justin's all in. Because when he sees something he wants, he fights for it. And he's ready to fight for the right to call this bad girl his one and only.

Thrown - Cat Johnson
This ain’t their first rodeo…but there are a lot of other firsts they can experience together

Studs in Spurs, Book 6

Skeeter Anderson was born to ride bulls. He bypassed college to shoot straight to the top of the elite pro tour, but lately all he can seem to do is hit the dirt.

Unwilling to admit his career might be over at twenty-one, Skeeter brainstorms a bull-riding boot camp with his buddies, which will put him closer to a girl who’s caught his eye—a stock contractor’s daughter called Riley.

Riley Davis lives and breathes bulls. Since her mother’s death, she’s been her father’s business partner as well as the apple of his eye—until a coronary rips him out of her life. Now, at nineteen, she must find a way to hang onto the family business.

When Skeeter hears about Riley’s dad, he drives straight to Mississippi to lend her a hand, his buddies hot on his heels. Suddenly Riley has more help than she can shake a stick at, and an attraction to Skeeter that’s heating up by the minute…

Warning: Contains cowboy yoga, cowboys in love, and a romance that hits so hard and fast, it makes being thrown from a bull look like a friendly game of hopscotch.

Double Hexed - Allyson James/Jennifer Ashley
Trapped in her hotel by powerful magic, half-Navajo Stormwalker Janet Begay must find a way out in this novella from the author of Wild Wolf...

Running a little hotel in the southwestern town of Magellan, Janet is used to the occasional problem that requires a plumber or an electrician. But what begins with a leaky faucet in room number 6 leads to a terrifying warning: You are doomed.

Soon a powerful hex traps Janet in the hotel with her friends and her lover, Mick, a biker with the power to shift into a dragon—and the power to calm the raging storm magic inside her. While the close quarters stir a passion between them, they must focus their energy on the impending dangers from outside the hotel—and the ones within...

School Spirits - Rachel Hawkins
Fifteen-year-old Izzy Brannick was trained to fight monsters. For centuries, her family has hunted magical creatures. But when Izzy’s older sister vanishes without a trace while on a job, Izzy's mom decides they need to take a break.

Izzy and her mom move to a new town, but they soon discover it’s not as normal as it appears. A series of hauntings has been plaguing the local high school, and Izzy is determined to prove her worth and investigate. But assuming the guise of an average teenager is easier said than done. For a tough girl who's always been on her own, it’s strange to suddenly make friends and maybe even have a crush.

Can Izzy trust her new friends to help find the secret behind the hauntings before more people get hurt?

His Billion Dollar Baby - Lea Nolan
Burned by love and grieving over his brother’s death, sexy billionaire CEO Carter Anderson wants nothing more than to protect his family. So when beautiful and unassuming physical therapist Gwen Radley shows up at the funeral, pregnant with his brother’s baby, Carter’s certain she wants an interest in the Anderson empire—and both his suspicion and attraction grow when circumstances force Gwen to move into his family’s mansion.

An orphan, Gwen’s never wanted anything more than a family, and she finds in the Andersons a place she and her baby might belong. When Gwen’s therapy expertise leads to long hours of intense, late-night collaboration on a lucrative project, the attraction between her and Carter leads to a night of white-hot passion. But Carter’s distrust remains, leading them both to wonder if he will ever embrace his brother’s baby—or the love that’s blooming between them.

Friday, May 16, 2014

Audio Review: Spider's Bite by Jennifer Estep

Title: Spider's Bite
Author: Jennifer Estep
Release Date: January 26th 2010
Format: Audiobook
Source: Purchased
Buy: Amazon, BN

Gin Blanco, aka the Spider is an assassin that has elemental magic. Having control over stone and ice, Gin is not a woman I'd like to be up against. She earns her title as the Spider by killing her marks without them even knowing something is amiss. When someone double crosses her, instead of running, Gin investigates and vows revenge.

Gin is joined by her handler's son and a sexy police officer in her search for the Air elemental that is out to get her. Talk about awkward situations though, the sexy police officer, Donovan Caine is pissed because Gin killed his partner. Add in all the sexual tension between the two and it just got that much more interesting. Gin is a strong female lead character that does not give up. The plot was enjoyable and the narrator on the audiobook was spot on. I can't believe it took me this long to start this series, but I really enjoyed it and will be reading the second book soon. I highly suggest Spider's Bite if you enjoy Urban Fantasy.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Thrifty Thursday [60]

The Grace Seekers - D. Martin
Speed Mating - Jessica Sims

Talk This Way - Dakota Cassidy
Kiss of Venom - Jennifer Estep
Thread of Death - Jennifer Estep
Reaver - Larissa Ione

Bear Naked - Jessica Sims
Single Wolf Female - Jessica Sims

Hot Mama - Jennifer Estep
Jinx - Jennifer Estep
Karma Girl - Jennifer Estep
Nightingale - Jennifer Estep
Dead Witch Walking - Kim Harrison
Black Magic Sanction - Kim Harrison
Ever After - Kim Harrison

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

WoW [104] - Sixth Grave on the Edge

Sixth Grave on the Edge - Darynda Jones
Release Date: May 20th, 2014

Few things in life can come between a grim reaper and her coffee, but the sexy, sultry son of Satan is one of them. Now that Reyes Farrow has asked for her hand, Charley Davidson feels it's time to learn more about his past, but Reyes is reluctant to open up. When the official FBI file of his childhood abduction lands in her lap, Charley decides to go behind her mysterious beau’s back and conduct her own investigation. Because what could go wrong?

Unfortunately, another case has fallen into her lap—one with dangerous implications. Some very insistent men want Charley to hunt down a witness who is scheduled to testify against their boss, a major player in the local crime syndicate. If Charley doesn't come up with an address in 48 hours, the people closest to her will start to disappear.

Add to that a desperate man in search of the soul he lost in a card game, a dogged mother determined to find the ghost of her son, and a beautiful, young Deaf boy haunted by his new ability to see the departed as clearly as he sees the living, and Charley has her hands full. The fact that Reyes has caught on to her latest venture only adds fuel to the inferno that he is. Good thing for Charley she's used to multi-tasking and always up for a challenge…especially when that challenge comes in the form of Reyes Farrow.

Why I am waiting:
I read one of the books in this series and fell in love. I need to play catch up since this series rocks.

What book are you waiting on this week?

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Drea's Review: The Duke Is Mine

Title: The Duke Is Mine
Author:  Eloisa James
Series: Fairy Tales #3
Format: paperback
Release Date: December 27th, 2011
Publisher: Avon
Length: Novel (367 pages)
Genre: Historical Romance
Buy: Amazon, Barnes & Noble
Rating: 4-stars

Drea's Review:
Thanks to a pact their father made in school, twins Olivia and Georgiana have been training to be duchesses all their lives. Olivia is betrothed to Rupert—a duke who is a little different… His father says Rupert was dropped on his head as a child and was never the same. Her intended insisted upon making a name for himself in combat and has gotten himself sent to the war effort. Olivia thinks he’s dear in his way, but knows she’ll never truly love him. She also hasn’t taken her duchificiation studies seriously. But her sister sure has. Georgiana would make the perfect duchess for the Duke of Sconce—the neighbor of Olivia’s intended. So why can’t Sconce and Olivia keep their hands off each other?

The first ¼ of this book is full of wit and snark that had me laughing several times. And the story continues at a nice pace when Sconce (Quin) and Olivia meet. The chemistry between them is scorching. And these two each have their issues to get over. Quin is a widower whose wife cuckolded him from the start. And Olivia doesn’t want to stand in the way of her sister’s perfect match.

The book feels like it goes on a bit too long. Especially with how easily the rival sister conflict is resolved and how Quin’s mom doesn’t really fight the match, even with the less “duchified” of the sisters.

Still, I enjoyed the author’s voice. I’ll be picking up more of her work (if I haven’t already).

Challenge Update: This is book two toward the 2014 Historical Romance reading challenge I signed up for ages ago. I have ten more to go!

Monday, May 12, 2014

New Releases 05/13/2014

Here are a few of the new releases this week. What are you looking forward to?

Inked Armor - Helena Hunting
In this follow-up to Clipped Wings, the emotional love story continues between Hayden and Tenley; two young people who desperately want to love and be loved but are afraid to completely let go of their pasts.

In the wake of losing Tenley Page, tattooist Hayden Stryker's tumultuous past is haunting him. Plagued by nightmares about the murder of his parents, Hayden reaches out again to Tenley. Having run from the man she doesn't believe she deserves, Tenley finally lays her guilt to rest. Despite their intense physical attraction, Hayden and Tenley struggle to repair their fragile emotional connection. As Hayden gets closer to the truth, he must find a way to reconcile his guilt over his parents' death in order to keep the woman who finally cracked his armor, and found her way into his heart.

Of Neptune - Anna Banks
Emma and Galen’s kingdom and their love is threatened by long-lost Syrena in the brilliant conclusion to Anna Banks bestselling trilogy.

Emma, half human and half Syrena, and her Syrena love, Galen, need time together alone. Away from the kingdoms of Poseidon and Triton. Emma’s grandfather, the Poseidon king, suggests the two visit a small town called Neptune.

Neptune is home to both Syrena and Half-Breeds alike. But Emma and Galen didn’t sign up to be peacemakers between the ocean and the land-dwelling, freshwater Syrena. They didn’t bargain for meeting a charming Half-Breed named Reed, who can barely disguise his feelings for Emma. And they especially didn’t expect to find themselves in the middle of a power struggle that threatens not only their love but their ocean kingdoms.

In this stunning conclusion to her bestselling Syrena Legacy, Anna Banks thrills fans with more action and romance than ever.

Dare to Resist - Laura Kaye
Trapped and tempted, this battle of wills rages all night long...

Kady Dresco and Colton Brooks click on a level that defies logic. There are only two problems. One, he’s her older brother’s irritating best friend, and two, they're bidding on the same military security services contract.

When the competition heats up, Colton is torn between wanting to strangle Kady (and her annoying brilliance) and kissing her into submission. Which is a bad idea for a million reasons, because Kady’s submission is exactly what he craves. Being trapped in a tiny motel room with the object of his darkest fantasies will require every ounce of his restraint.

Kady doesn’t want his restraint, but Colton knows better. She deserves love, marriage, and a white picket fence—three things Colton can’t give her. But her proximity and the memory of their steamy near-miss three years ago slowly destroys his resolve. And he’s not sure how much longer he can keep his hands off…or his heart closed.

Tamed - Rebecca Zanetti
Caleb Donovan was never meant to be a prophet. At heart he's a conqueror, his appetites far more carnal than spiritual. He's not inclined to repress his passions and surrender to fate. After all, that's what cost him Lily—three centuries ago. She married another, because it was ordained. Now that he's in the same benighted calling—and forced into proximity with her—all the old desires are roaring back to life...

After widowhood and centuries of celibacy, Lily is eager to explore the wild side of life, except now she's vulnerable to another forced relationship, with an enemy. But this time she's determined to choose her own path. And if hot, furious Caleb comes charging to the rescue, it might just change both their destinies...

Love is about to start conquering...

All Lined Up - Cora Carmack
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 know how to walk away from the attraction they feel.

The Bad Boy Billionaire: What a Girl Wants - Maya Rodale
Jane Sparks had it all... almost.

Everyone knew that Jane Sparks had been dumped by her high school sweetheart and fired from her job, which is why she was really looking forward to attending her high school reunion as a successful romance novelist—with her hot billionaire boyfriend as a date. But a violent encounter with her ex-boyfriend changed everything.

Duke Austen was the luckiest guy in town … almost.

Duke Austen is a blue-eyed charmer with a bad-boy reputation and ambitious plans for his future—after two failed startups, this tech entrepreneur is about to celebrate the 20-billion-dollar IPO of his company—but it no longer matters when the woman he loves has been hurt. Stranded in his apartment during a hurricane, without power, they must rebuild their trust... and fall in love all over again.

Just when they have it all figured out, Jane and Duke are forced to decide what matters more: facing her past or celebrating his successful future.

Savage Possession - Belinda Boring
Growing up, Darcy knew that life would be filled with challenges and tough decisions, but none so difficult as the one that would alter her future forever. Given the choice between losing Mason or becoming a vampire, Darcy risks the overwhelming threat of insanity, and places her destiny, her hopes and dreams, in the hands of Devlin. When she survives the conversion and shows how truly strong she is, everyone thinks that the worst is behind them. It’s time to get back to normal - or their new normal - and live happily ever after.

But danger still lurks within the shadows - both in Woodside Hollow, the supernatural community, and within Darcy. Even though she looks fine, she seems “altered” to those closest to her, something beyond the expected consequences of her dual nature. With reports of dark rituals and blood sacrifices being performed, the Council has their hands filled trying to solve that mystery, leaving Mason scrambling to find out what’s wrong with his mate.

Will the imbalance warring within Darcy eventually settle, or will her decision to become part vampire-part werewolf lead to a SAVAGE POSSESSION?

Wild Ways - Tina Wainscott
The Justiss Alliance returns in Tina Wainscott’s novel of outlaws and daredevils, as the search for a missing woman forces two brave souls to tap into their wild side.

When her sister, Diana, rides off into the sunset with a member of the Kings of Chaos motorcycle gang, Mollie Reagan is beyond worried. Two weeks later, a desperate call from Di is abruptly cut off, launching Mollie on a dangerous search.

Before Julian Cuevas receives his first assignment for the Justiss Alliance, he finds one of his own: a beautiful, courageous woman looking for her sister in the dark world of violent criminals. Soon Mollie’s mission is Julian’s mission—one he’d give his life for.

Mollie is used to going it alone. Trusting one stranger is hard enough, but Julian brings a whole team from the private “security” firm he works for. The sexy SEAL is living proof that some people can be counted on, even if her savior is a well-armed world-class sniper riding in on his Harley. From head to toe, Julian is a lethal weapon—and now he’s taking aim at fulfilling Mollie’s every desire.