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Friday, July 31, 2015

Review: Unfinished Muse

Title: Unfinished Muse
Author: R.L. Naquin
Series: Mt. Olympus Employment Agency #1
Format: ebook
Release Date: July 20th 2015
Length: Novel (241 pages)
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Source: Author
Buy: Amazon
Rating: 4.5-stars 

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

WoW [167] - Magic Shifts

Title: Magic Shifts
Author: Ilona Andrews
Series: Kate Daniels #8
Release Date: August 4th 2015

In the latest Kate Daniels novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author Ilona Andrews, magic is coming and going in waves in post-Shift Atlanta—and each crest leaves danger in its wake…

After breaking from life with the Pack, mercenary Kate Daniels and her mate—former Beast Lord Curran Lennart—are adjusting to a very different pace. While they’re thrilled to escape all the infighting, Curran misses the constant challenges of leading the shapeshifters.

So when the Pack offers him its stake in the Mercenary Guild, Curran seizes the opportunity—too bad the Guild wants nothing to do with him and Kate. Luckily, as a veteran merc, Kate can take over any of the Guild’s unfinished jobs in order to bring in money and build their reputation. But what Kate and Curran don’t realize is that the odd jobs they’ve been working are all connected.

An ancient enemy has arisen, and Kate and Curran are the only ones who can stop it—before it takes their city apart piece by piece…
Why I am waiting:
Ahh this series is seriously amazing. I cannot wait to get my hands on this book!

What book are you waiting on this week?

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Review: Crazy Over You

Title: Crazy Over You
Author: Wendy Sparrow
Series: Taming the Pack #3
Format: ebook
Release Date: July 28th 2015
Length: Novel (254 pages)
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Source: Publisher
Buy: Amazon, Barnes & Noble
Rating: 3.5-stars 

Monday, July 27, 2015

New Releases 07/28/2015

The Bourbon Kings - J. R. Ward
The #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Black Dagger Brotherhood delivers the first novel in an enthralling new series set amid the shifting dynamics of a Southern family defined by wealth and privilege—and compromised by secrets, deceit, and scandal....

For generations, the Bradford family has worn the mantle of kings of the bourbon capital of the world. Their sustained wealth has afforded them prestige and privilege—as well as a hard-won division of class on their sprawling estate, Easterly. Upstairs, a dynasty that by all appearances plays by the rules of good fortune and good taste. Downstairs, the staff who work tirelessly to maintain the impeccable Bradford facade. And never the twain shall meet.

For Lizzie King, Easterly’s head gardener, crossing that divide nearly ruined her life. Falling in love with Tulane, the prodigal son of the bourbon dynasty, was nothing that she intended or wanted—and their bitter breakup only served to prove her instincts were right. Now, after two years of staying away, Tulane is finally coming home again, and he is bringing the past with him. No one will be left unmarked: not Tulane’s beautiful and ruthless wife; not his older brother, whose bitterness and bad blood know no bounds; and especially not the ironfisted Bradford patriarch, a man with few morals, fewer scruples, and many, many terrible secrets.

As family tensions—professional and intimately private—ignite, Easterly and all its inhabitants are thrown into the grips of an irrevocable transformation, and only the cunning will survive.

Friday, July 24, 2015

Review: Spider's Trap

Title: Spider's Trap
Author: Jennifer Estep
Series: Elemental Assassin #13
Format: ebook
Release Date: July 28th 2015
Length: Novel (400 pages)
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Source: Publisher
Buy: Amazon, Barnes & Noble
Rating: 4.0-stars 

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

WoW [166] - Racing the Sun

Title: Racing the Sun
Author: Karina Halle
Release Date: July 28th 2015

From the USA TODAY bestselling author of Where Sea Meets Sky comes a new adult novel about a young woman who becomes a nanny in Capri and falls for her charges’ bad-boy brother.

It’s time for twenty-four-year-old Amber MacLean to face the music. After a frivolous six months of backpacking through New Zealand, Australia, and Southeast Asia, she finds herself broke on the Mediterranean without enough money for a plane ticket home to California. There are worse places to be stuck than the gorgeous coastline of southern Italy, but the only job she manages to secure involves teaching English to two of the brattiest children she’s ever met.

It doesn’t help that the children are under the care of their brooding older brother, Italian ex-motorcycle racer Desiderio Larosa. Darkly handsome and oh-so-mysterious, Derio tests Amber’s patience and will at every turn—not to mention her hormones.

But when her position as teacher turns into one as full-time nanny at the crumbling old villa, Amber finds herself growing closer to the enigmatic recluse and soon has to choose between the safety of her life back in the States and the uncertainty of Derio’s closely guarded heart.
Why I am waiting:
KHalle books always look so good. I've seen a few reviews for her previous books and they all seem positive.

What book are you waiting on this week?

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Review: Clean Sweep

Title: Clean Sweep
Author: Ilona Andrews
Series: Innkeeper Chronicles #1
Format: Audiobook
Narrator: Renee Raudman
Release Date: December 2nd 2013
Length: Novel (200 pages/8 hours)
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Source: Purchased
Buy: Audible, Amazon, Barnes & Noble
Rating: 4.5-stars 

Monday, July 20, 2015

Cover Lover [1]

I'm always intrigued by different cover versions of the same book. I wound up buying the UK version of this one online since I thought the cover was pretty.

Left: USA, Right: UK

So my question to you, is which version do you like better? Do you think other countries' book covers are better?

Friday, July 17, 2015

Review: Wallbanger

Title: Wallbanger
Author: Alice Clayton
Series: Cocktail #1
Format: Audiobook
Narrator: Heather Smith
Release Date: November 27th 2012
Length: Novel (384 pages/14 hours)
Genre: Erotic Romance
Source: Purchased
Buy: Audible, Amazon, B&N
Rating: 4.5-stars 

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

WoW [165] - Falling Under

Title: Falling Under
Author: Lauren Dane
Series: Ink and Chrome #2
Release Date: August 4th 2015

Duke Bradshaw, co-owner of the custom motorcycle shop Twisted Steel, is great with his hands and sure not afraid to get dirty... especially in his fantasies about his redheaded neighbor, Carmella Rossi.

Carmella has been secretly lusting after her hot, tattooed neighbor for the last three years. His rumbly voice combined with the throaty purr of his custom bike never fail to send thrills down her spine. When Duke asks her to join him at the shop, she can't say no.

Soon their days together spill over into nights that bring her pleasure beyond anything she imagined. But Carmella grew up with bikers, and knows how bad a bad-boy can be. Can she put herself at risk for someone who has heartbreaker written all over him?
Why I am waiting:
Book one of this series just came out this past June, so I was surprised to see book two coming out so quickly! I'm digging the cover and the blurb yet again.

What book are you waiting on this week?

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Review: Raisonne Curse

Title: Raisonne Curse
Author: Rinda Elliott
Series: The Brothers Bernaux #1
Format: ebook
Release Date: July 14th 2015
Length: Novel (186 pages)
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Source: Publisher
Buy: Amazon, Barnes & Noble
Rating: 4.0-stars 

Monday, July 13, 2015

New Releases 07/14/2015

Queen of Tomorrow - Sherry Ficklin
Sophie—now Catherine, Grand Duchess of Russia—had a tough first year at Imperial Court. Married at sixteen to Grand Duke Peter, heir to the throne, and settled in their own palace, things are finally looking up. As a new day dawns, she thinks only of securing her future, and the future of their country, during one of the greatest political upheavals of her time. Fighting desperately against forces trying to depose the Empress Elizabeth and put the young Prince Ivan on her throne, Sophie soon finds herself in the middle of a war brewing between her beloved Prussia, and her new empire. But even as she navigates the fragile political landscape, she quickly realizes that she has only begun to discover the tangled web of deceit and infidelity woven over the lavish court of Oranienbaum Palace.

When a strange and delicate alliance forms between the young couple, she glimpses a future of happiness, only to see it lost in a moment at the hands of those who still seek to end her life—and prevent her reign. Out of favor with the empress and running out of options, Sophie will have to sacrifice her own innocence on the altar of Russia if she is to save the nation, and herself. To survive, she will have to do the unthinkable, betray those closest to her and become something greater and more dangerous than she ever imagined she could be… a queen.

Friday, July 10, 2015

Review: Cipher

Title: Cipher
Author: Aileen Erin
Series: The Shadow Ravens #1
Format: ebook
Release Date: October 31st 2014
Length: Novel (330 pages)
Genre: Science Fiction
Source: Author
Buy: Amazon, B&N
Rating: 4.0-stars 

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

WoW [164] - Dragonbane

Title: Dragonbane
Author: Sherrilyn Kenyon
Series: Were-Hunter #9
Release Date: August 4th 2015

Out of all the mysterious boarders who call Sanctuary home, no one is more antisocial or withdrawn than Maxis Drago. But then, it’s hard to blend in with the modern world when you have a fifty foot wingspan.

Centuries ago, he was cursed by an enemy who swore to see him fall. An enemy who took everything from him and left him forever secluded.

But Fate is a bitch, with a wicked sense of humor. And when she throws old enemies together and threatens the wife he thought had died centuries ago, he comes back with a vengeance. Modern day New Orleans has become a battleground for the oldest of evils. And two dragons will hold the line, or go down in flames.
Why I am waiting:
It's been awhile since I've read a SKenyon book. If any of yall have kept up with the series, let me know how it is please!

What book are you waiting on this week?

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Drea's Review Roundup

Lately it's been a Herculean effort to make myself sit down and write a review for a book, particularly for audiobooks, books Melissa has already posted about, and books I didn't love.

I find it so hard to put into words how a book makes me feel. Especially if it's been a few weeks since I read/listened to it. So though I've just finished reading/listening to my forty-fourth book of 2015, my review posts have been, well, not as numerous.

I'm going to try to knock out a few of them today in a briefer, roundup version of a review. So in order of when I finished them (newest first), here they are:

Monday, July 6, 2015

New Releases 07/07/2015

Flight from Death - Yasmine Galenorn
I’m Shimmer, a blue dragon shifter. Thanks to a mistake, I was exiled from the Dragon Reaches and sentenced to work for Alex Radcliffe, a vampire who owns the Fly by Night Magical Investigations Agency. Now, not only do I have to adapt to Earthside culture, but every time I turn around, somebody’s trying to kill us. And worse, Alex is as gorgeous as he is exasperating. But you know what they say: All’s fair in love and bounty hunting…

When an old friend of Alex contacts him about a haunting at the High Tide Bed & Breakfast in Port Townsend, Washington, we think we’re on a simple ghost hunt. But our investigation quickly transforms into a deadly fight as we uncover an eighty-year-old murder, a cursed house, and a dark force trapping the spirits within. To stop impending disaster we must break the curse and lay the angry spirits to rest.

Friday, July 3, 2015

Review: ​​Dirty Rowdy Thing

Title: Dirty Rowdy Thing
Author: Christina Lauren
Series: Wild Seasons #2
Format: Paperback
Release Date: November 4th 2014
Length: Novel (352 pages)
Genre: Erotic Romance
Source: Purchased
Buy: AmazonBarnes & Noble
Rating: 5.0-stars