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Apr
12

Review & Giveaway: Rock Hard

Review & Giveaway: Rock Hard Rock Hard Author: Olivia Cunning Release Date: April 1, 2011 Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca Sinners on Tour Book 2 ISBN: #978-1402245770 Genre: Erotic Romance Format(s): Paperback (448 pgs), ebook I received a copy of this book from the PUBLISHER for the purposes of an honest review. From the author’s website: Sinners’ lead singer, Sed, had his heart shredded when Jessica left him to pursue her dreams,so when she dances her way back into his life, he’s not sure he’s ready for her brand of pain, or pleasure, again. When she convinces Sed to engage in a benefits with benefits relationship, things seem to be going his way, until one of his fans catches their explicit public display of affection on film and posts it all over the internet. Will Jessica ever trust Sed again? And has Sed become the man of Jessica’s dreams or is he just posing to get what he wants? What B is talking about: Jessica Chase has the brains to become a first-rate lawyer, but the body of the perfect pinup. Her heart still aches for the ex-fiancé she left behind when she had to choose between him and her career, and a chance meeting is about set her world on fire all over again.  Sed Lionheart has never gotten over Jessica leaving him like she did, and meaningless sex on the road with groupies can never fill the emptiness that remains. Once Jessica reenters his life, though, he is complete again, and he’ll risk everything for the chance to hold on to her forever.  Jumping right to the heart of the matter, break out the ice cubes. Or a high-powered fan. This novel solidly lives up to its genre. There’s sex. Lots and lots of sex. Sex indoors, out of doors, and even far above the city of Las Vegas. Never mind what happens literally under the table, and in the band’s tour bus. Sed and Jessica have a penchant for sex in public, and they indulge it as often as they can. Cunning has a great imagination, though, so each encounter stays erotic and edgy. I did have a few issues with the story itself, mostly the length of time Jessica is subjected to the distrust and hatred for her breakup with Sed. While it’s true the rest of the band only had Sed’s version of their breakup to base their opinions on in her absence, I was ready for her to set the story straight...
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Apr
11

Review: The Darkest Secret

Review: The Darkest Secret The Darkest Secret Author: Gena Showalter Release Date: March 29, 2011 Publisher: HQN Books Lords of the Underworld #7 ISBN: #978-0373335491 Genre: paranormal romance Format(s): paperback (416 pgs), e-book I purchased a copy of this book for my own reading pleasure.   From the author’s website:       Keeper of the demon of Secrets, Amun can manipulate the darkest thoughts of anyone nearby. But when new demons possess him, the immortal warrior must be chained and isolated to protect those he loves. Death is his only hope of release—until he meets Haidee, a fellow prisoner whose beauty and hidden vulnerability draw him into a reckless test of his loyalty….        Haidee is an infamous demon assassin, raised to despise Amun’s kind. Yet how can she hate the man whose touch sets her aflame? But to save him, she must give herself body and soul…and face the wrath of a powerful adversary sworn to destroy her. What I’m talking about:       Well, I have been living in a hole for the past several months AND I have been avoiding snippets and reviews of The Darkest Secret, so I was FLOORED when I found out that Amun’s mate is Haidee – I thought for sure she was Strider’s girl after the conclusion of the sixth LotU book, The Darkest Lie. Okay… so if you haven’t read the series, that means nothing to you, but I had to get that out there! (For a brief tutorial on this series, please see THIS POST I wrote last year.)       The Darkest Secret opens shortly after (a few weeks?) the conclusion of The Darkest Lie, with the Keeper of Defeat, Strider, bringing home his “prize,” Hunter Haidee – the same woman that decapitated the Lords’ friend and fellow demon, Baden. When Strider returns to the stronghold, he is shocked to find his home overrun with Angels and that his friend, Amun, Keeper of Secrets, has been possessed by numerous minion demons while on a recent trip to hell (again, see the previous book). Amun is so far gone, that he  is hurting himself and contaminates the space around him with an evil presence.       While Amun is trapped by the demons in his own mind, he senses a sweetness that calms him – Haidee. He knows all about her (his demon, Secrets, uncovers the truth) and mentally calls out to her. Once they are together, the...
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Apr
7

Review: Shady Lady

Review: Shady Lady Shady Lady Author: Ann Aguirre  Release Date: April 5, 2011 Publisher: Roc Corine Solomon Novels, Book #3  ISBN: #978-0451463258 Genre: Urban Fantasy Format(s): Paperback (336 pgs), e-book We received a copy of this book from the PUBLISHER for the purposes of an honest review. From the author’s website: I’d spent my whole life settling, trying not to attract attention, and generally doing whatever it took to keep other people happy. I didn’t want to do that again. Not when I was finally comfortable in my own skin. Sure, there were certain challenges, like a drug lord who wanted me dead, and the fact that I owed a demon a debt that he could call due at any moment. But everybody’s got problems, right? Whenever Corine Solomon touches an object, she immediately knows its history. But her own future concerns her more and more. Now back in Mexico, she’s running her pawnshop and trying to get a handle on her strange new powers, for she might need them. And soon. Then former ally Kel Ferguson walks through her door. Heavily muscled and tattooed, Kel looks like a convict but calls himself a holy warrior. This time, he carries a warning for Corine: the Montoya cartel is coming for her—but they don’t just pack automatic weapons. The Montoyas use warlocks, shamans, voodoo priests—anything to terminate trouble. And Corine has become enemy number one… What Gikany & Una are talking about: First, we are back as a team on this book.  Yay!   Secondly, I, Una, read this book as a standalone, because Twimom asked me to review it.  However, because Gikany is just as obsessive/compulsive as me (and had the time and money) read the first two books in the Corine Solomon Novels before reading Shady Lady.  It made a huge difference!  We both strongly recommend that you read this book after reading the first two.  It seems, as poor Una found out, much from (especially the first book) previous books are referenced, implied, alluded to, etc.  Goodness, poor Una got very confused and frustrated during the first half of this book because of carried over plot lines and romantic entanglements. As Gikany filled in Una, there is quite a lot that takes place in Corine’s (for those, like Una, who didn’t the first book, her name rhymes with Doreen) life prior to the third book.  However to know any of it, you have to read the first two books.  So...
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Apr
6

Review: Lover Unleashed

Review: Lover Unleashed Lover Unleashed Author: JR Ward  Release Date: March 29, 2011 Publisher: NAL Hardcover Black Dagger Brotherhood series Book #9 ISBN: # 978-0451233165 Genre: Paranormal Romance Format(s): Hardcover (512 pgs), e-book   G & U purchased a copy of this book for the purposes of their own enjoyment. Twimom borrowed the book from her local library. From the author’s website:      Payne, twin sister of Vishous, is cut from the same dark, warrior cloth as her brother:  A fighter by nature, and a maverick when it comes to the traditional role of Chosen females, there is no place for her on the Far Side… and no role for her on the front lines of the war, either.        When she suffers a paralyzing injury, human surgeon Dr. Manuel Manello is called in to treat her as only he can- and he soon gets sucked into her dangerous, secret world.  Although he never before believed in things that go bump in the night- like vampires- he finds himself more than willing to be seduced by the powerful female who marks both his body and his soul.      As the two find so much more than an erotic connection, the human and vampire worlds collide … just as a centuries old score catches up with Payne and puts both her love and her life in deadly jeopardy. What Gikany & Una are talking about:      Gikany and Una were waiting with baited breath for this latest installment in the Black Dagger Brotherhood series.  The “WARDen” did not disappoint in Payne’s book, Lover Unleashed.      Gikany loved the introduction of Xcor (pronounced in her head as “Score”).  Unlike the introduction of Lash, the Omega, Mr. X, etc, as the antagonist, he appears, for lack of better term, human.  He is complicated and not just evil, being capable of change.  Xcor’s interactions with Payne highlighted his honor and his ability to hold to a set of moral beliefs.  However, Una still can’t believe his name is Xcor (pronounced in her head as “Core”) after it seems the WARDen received so much grief about her overuse of the word core in her previous novels.  Just like the controversy over the pronunciation of Xhex (as the WARDen says, “Hex” and the rest of us that thought “Sex” until an interview with her on the web cleared this up).      Una enjoyed the pace of the novel.  Unlike in John Matthew’s book...
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Apr
4

Review: Demons Are a Girl’s Best Friend

Review: Demons Are a Girl’s Best Friend Demons Are a Girl’s Best Friend Author: Linda Wisdom  Release Date: April 1, 2011 Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca ISBN: #978-1402254390 Genre: Paranormal Romance Format(s): Paperback (384 pgs), ebook I received a copy of this book from the PUBLISHER for the purposes of an honest review. From the author’s website: A bewitching woman on a mission… Feisty witch Maggie enjoys her work as a paranormal law enforcement officer-that is, until she’s assigned to protect a teenager with major attitude and plenty of Mayan enemies. Maggie’s never going to survive this assignment without the help of a half-fire demon who makes her smolder…  A hotter-than-sin hero with an agenda… Declan is proprietor of an underground club and busy demon portal. No way he’ll allow his demon race to be blamed for the malicious acts of some crazy evil Mayans. But he’s already got his hands full when the sexy witch offers him a challenge he can’t refuse… What B is talking about: Maggie O’Malley is a witch who’s used to being in charge. She’s over 700-years-old. She leads a Special Ops team for the Hellion Guard. She’s battle tested and as tough as they come. Got a nasty creature in need of dispatching? Maggie’s your witch. She’s seen it all. Been there, done that, and bring it on. Until she’s ordered to be the guardian of a teenaged girl and meets a sexy half-demon who’s more than he seems. Declan has worked hard to become boss at Damnation Alley. As a half-breed, he is unlike the rest of his kind in more ways than one. Still, he thinks he’s got everything under control until a witch with attitude to spare turns everything upside down. And of course, she would be the one he is destined for. This was a fun book to read. Maggie is tough, stubborn, powerful, and quite prickly. She doesn’t back down and rarely apologizes. Although she’s closer to 1,000 years old, she often acts like a young woman in her twenties. And she has no room in her life for a long-term relationship. Nor does she have the temperament to tolerate one. It all makes for an interesting character.  Once Declan enters her life, that all changes. Wisdom doesn’t waste a lot of time making Maggie fight her feelings for him. Rather, Maggie recognizes what she could have with him and makes the choice to wrap herself up in it, without a grand epiphany or lot of self-doubt....
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Mar
25

Review: Edge of Moonlight

Review: Edge of Moonlight Edge of Moonlight Author: Stephanie Julian Release Date: May, 2010 Publisher: Ellora’s Cave Publishing Lucani Lovers Series Book 3 ISBN: #978-1419927911 Genre: Paranormal Romance, Erotica Format(s): Ebook I received a copy of this book from the PUBLISHER for the purposes of an honest review. From the author’s website:      Etruscan wolf shifter Kaine Giliati has longed for John Simmons since he willingly agreed to wipe all memory of her from his mind. The pain in her heart is only magnified by terror—the ability to call her wolf appears to have deserted her, as well.      For months after he and his sister escaped a crazed kidnapper, John has been dreaming about a beautiful woman he’s never met but who seems so familiar. A woman he’s shocked to find in a dark bar one night. A woman who agrees to come back to his apartment for raw, passionate sex.      One erotic, stolen night reopens old wounds, uncovers buried memories and sets Kaine and John on a path filled with danger, magic and potential heartbreak. What B is talking about:      Kaine Gillati is supposed to be one of the strongest of her kind. She is “Sicari”—an elite assassin for the king of the Lucani himself. Now she’s faced with a new discovery about her family that could cost her the only home she’s ever known. John Simmons is determined to protect and shelter his sister and avenge her kidnapping. But when the woman of his dreams becomes real, he learns that nothing is as it seems, and the fight to hold on to her may be his toughest yet.      Edge of Moonlight is another enjoyable installment in the Lucani Lovers series. The stories continue to build on one another as the plot becomes more engaging. Julian stays with what has worked in the other books in the series and uses the conflict, and eventual resolution, Kaine and John face as part of the larger story, while keeping the other characters she’s introduced relevant in the process.      Kaine and John have several very sexy encounters during the course of Edge of Moonlight. Rather than making their sexual discovery one of delicate appreciation turned to passion, or the acceptance of multiple partners, as in the first two novels in the series, these two practically collide with one another in near frenzies, both unable and unwilling to miss any opportunity they find to connect...
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Mar
15

Review: Falling Under

Review: Falling Under Falling Under Author: Gwen Hayes  Release Date: March 1, 2011 Publisher: New American Library (NAL) ISBN: #978-0451232687 Genre: Young Adult, paranormal Format(s): Paperback (336 pgs), ebook I received a copy of this book from the PUBLISHER for the purposes of an honest review. From the author’s website: In her dreams he’s irresistible—seductive, charming, and undoubtedly dangerous. But when he appears to her when she’s awake—and captivates her just the same—she’s not sure which way is up and which is down.Theia Alderson has always led a sheltered life, not allowed the same freedoms as the rest of the teenagers in the small California town of Serendipity Falls. But when a devastatingly handsome boy appears in the halls of her school, she feels every urge she’s ever denied burning through her at the slightest glance from Haden Black. Theia knows she’s seen Haden before—not around town, but in her dreams. Theia doesn’t understand how she dreamed of Haden before they ever met, but every night has them joined in a haunting world of eerie fantasy. And as the Haden of both the night and the day beckons her forward one moment and pushes her away the next, the only thing Theia knows for sure is that the incredible pull she feels towards him is stronger than her fear. And as she slowly discovers what Haden truly is, Theia’s not sure if she wants to resist him, even if the cost is her soul. What B is talking about: Theia Alderson is an anomaly. She’s shy, overprotected, has a British accent, is a brilliant violinist, and is the object of affection of an irresistible half-demon. Haden Black is the handsome new boy in school but carries a dark secret, one that will change Theia’s life forever.  Although I’m fairly new to YA novels, Falling Under seems wonderfully dark for the genre. It also addresses some very grown-up themes. Hayes doesn’t try to pretend that high school is a bastion of innocence, nor does she insinuate that her characters, and teenagers in general, I believe, will not be able to navigate the unraveling of their own naivety.  There is a strong undercurrent of awakening sexuality running throughout the novel. Thanks to Haden’s restraint, however, Theia is able to experience, and is sometimes hurt by, various stages of desire, from curiosity to longing to desolation. Hayes also addresses the reality of high school promiscuity through one of Theia’s best friends who is a sexually...
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Mar
11

Review: Dead Waters

Review: Dead Waters Dead Waters Author: Anton Strout  Release Date: February 22, 2011 Publisher: Ace Simon Canderous Series Book 4 ISBN: #978-0441020119 Genre: Urban Fantasy Format(s): Paperback (352 pgs), ebook I received a copy of this book from the PUBLISHER for the purposes of an honest review. From the author’s website: With Manhattan’s Department of Extraordinary Affairs in disarray (forget vampires and zombies- it’s the budget cuts that can kill you), Simon Canderous is still expected to stamp out any crime that adds the “para” to “normal.”  And his newest case is no exception… A university professor has been found murdered in his apartment.  His lungs show signs of death by drowning.  But his skin and clothes? Bone dry. Now Simon has to rely on his own powers- plus a little help from his ghost-whispering partner and technomancer girlfriend- to solve a mystery that has the NYPD stumped and the D.E.A. shaken and stirred. What B is talking about: Simon Canderous has it rough. He’s a psychometrist (someone who can “read” the history of an object by touching it) with the Department of Extraordinary Affairs – Other Division, and he’s trying to solve a murder, all while dealing with bureaucrats and budget cuts. Never mind the resurrected victim, a vengeful Naiad, and his girlfriend’s need for extra drawer space. It’ll take everything Simon and his colleagues can do to save themselves…and New York City while they’re at it!  I wasn’t sure what to think about Dead Waters at first. I felt a little disoriented trying to follow all the scene changes in the beginning, which shouldn’t be surprising when starting an established series with a book other than the first one. The previous books in the series, Dead to Me, Deader Still, and Dead Matter, would definitely have been a more solid beginning.  Aside from the learning curve, I really enjoyed this book. I laughed out loud at Strout’s comic skewering of governmental procedure, oblivious restructuring, and fiscal mishandling. Despite these challenges, the D.E.A. (loved the acronym) functions as a secondary character. In fact, Simon and his fellow employees are more like a moderately dysfunctional family than a team.  Simon isn’t cuddly. He’s immature, vain, and obstinate, but he’s got a lot to contend with to be a young member of the Other Division, especially when his psychometry leaves him with some serious emotional baggage to carry around. Simon is also caring, determined, and heroic, though, and Strout makes it all work somehow.  I...
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Feb
24

Review: Moonlight Menage

Review: Moonlight Menage Moonlight Ménage Author: Stephanie Julian Release Date: March 2010 Publisher: Ellora’s Cave Lucani Lovers, Book 2 ISBN: #978-1419927485 Genre: Paranormal Romance, Erotica Format(s): E-book I received a copy of this book from the PUBLISHER for the purposes of an honest review. From the author’s website:      For eight years, Etruscan witch Tira Belludi has longed for the two shifter men who hold her heart. But visions of death and fears for her sanity have forced her to keep her distance.      Nic Rocca and Duke Ducati are brothers in everything but blood and partners who have each other’s backs. They share a home, a job and had planned to share their life with Tira between them…until she saw their future and built a wall around her heart.      Now danger and death stalk Nic and Duke. And Tira must make a choice—grab love while she has the chance or watch Nic die from afar and lose Duke forever. What B is talking about:      Tira Belludi has inherited the gift of “Praenuntio” (foresight) from her mother, but views it as more of a curse. Nic Rocca and Duke Ducati have loved Tira for years, knew instantly she was their mate, but have all but given up on ever finding happiness together since Tira pulled away from them after she foresaw the death of one of their trio, and the destruction of all that remained of it.      Moonlight Ménage is the second book in Julian’s Lucani Lovers series, and while the sex was hotter, Tira’s evolution left me hoping for a little more. Unlike, Tamra, in Kiss of Moonlight, Tira is overwhelmed and cowed by her circumstances throughout most of the novel. By comparison, Nic and Duke are rich, vibrant characters that bear the weight of the story’s conflict well. I did feel sympathetic to Tira’s situation, but wish she’d fought more resolutely for her heart’s desire earlier on.      As to the sex…while I’ve certainly read naughtier depictions (*blush*), Moonlight Ménage definitely ramps it up a notch. Or two, to be more specific. This is a strictly heterosexual ménage a trios, as Nic and Duke never interact sexually with each other, but share Tira as their mate. They are two straight men sharing a sexual relationship with one woman at the same time. Once they all decide to take what they want despite the fate they’d previously accepted, they have a string...
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Feb
16

Review: Kiss of Moonlight

Review: Kiss of Moonlight Kiss of Moonlight Author: Stephanie Julian  Release Date: October 2009 Publisher: Ellora’s Cave Lucani Lovers Series, Book 1 ISBN: #978-1419925399 Genre: Paranormal Romance, Erotica Format(s): E-book I received a copy of this book from the PUBLISHER for the purposes of an honest review. From the author’s website: Plagued by nightmares. Stalked by kidnappers. Tamra McMillan needs a safe haven. When tattooed bad-ass Kyle Rossini steps into her life, she didn’t expect to find a sanctuary from her demons or hot sex. But appearances can be deceiving. His tender touch and the hunger in his eyes brands her his for life. But otherworldly forces are afoot and death hovers… Etruscan werewolf Kyle Rossini is a loner. The king’s assassin with a killer’s instincts. The last thing he needs is a mate.  Until he meets the one woman who needs him more than he needs his solitude. When Tamra stumbles into his world and his bed, she captures his heart. And nothing will keep him from her. What B is talking about: Like any proper Alpha Male, Kyle Rossini keeps mostly to himself, is content to do his job as his king’s assassin, and likes to work on his muscle car in his spare time. An early (and refreshing) deviation from the stereotype comes in the form of Kyle’s fifteen year old daughter, Catene, who decides their new neighbor might be in trouble, and needs checking on. Tamra McMillan is running from her memories of a horrific attack and has isolated herself in her family’s old, run-down cabin in an attempt to come to terms with it and eventually reenter her former life. She’s looking for a decent night’s sleep and some inner peace, not earth-shattering sex, and certainly not a Lucani (an Etruscan skin-shifter) mate. Of course, things hardly ever go as planned, and Tamra gets more than she could have ever anticipated. Readers should know that there are vague flashbacks of the attack on Tamra. They aren’t overly explicit, but are mentioned through her memories and as details from the police report, as well as in a general overview of her case Kyle discovers while looking for particulars on Tamra online. I didn’t feel they overwhelmed the story in any way, however, but instead illustrate Tamra’s inner strength in overcoming what happened to her. Kiss of Moonlight definitely has some predictable moments and repetitions, but they don’t do the book any real harm. Julian injects a lot of originality...
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