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6

Review: What A Goddess Wants

Review: What A Goddess Wants What A Goddess Wants Author: Stephanie Julian  Release Date: July 1, 2011 Publisher: Sourcebooks Forgotten Goddesses #1 ISBN: #978-1402251474 Genre: Paranormal Romance, Erotic Format(s): Paperback, e-book I received a copy of this book from the PUBLISHER for the purposes of an honest review. From the author’s website:      IN HIS ARMS, HER MAGIC POWERS ARE ON THE RISE…      Tessa, Etruscan Goddess of the Dawn, is losing her powers and now there’s an Underworld god determined to run her down. She needs a hero and fast, because only sexual energy can give her power. So she seeks out Caligo, whose sexual prowess is legendary…      AND SHE’S THE ONLY ONE WHO CAN BRING HIM INTO THE LIGHT…      Caligo is a fabled Cimmerian warrior determined to stay away from spoiled goddesses who trample hearts after they’ve had their fun. But there’s something irresistibly hot and inviting about Tessa and he knows he’s her only change to escape the encroaching darkness… What I’m talking about:      What a Goddess Wants opens with minor goddess, Tessa, in a dream state, running from her life from a powerful god, Charun, who is trapped in the underworld and wants to consume Tessa for her powers. Tessa cannot get help from the parent gods because they have closed themselves off in their own “home plane” of existence and have been unreachable for centuries. This leaves Tessa to seek out her own protector.  When a trusted friend suggests Cal (Caligo), Tessa finds herself at his doorstep, exhausted and close to being captured.      The chemistry between Cal and Tessa heats up the pages of this book to the point I thought the pages would burn up in my hands! Their attraction is immediate, each finding something in the other that has been lacking in their lives. Cal, like all Cimmerian warriors cannot feel any pain and is impervious to heat and cold. When he touches Tessa, her body heat seeps into Cal’s body and soul, leaving him craving for more. Tessa on the other hand has spent several lifetimes playing and having fun with many beautiful men. With Cal, she not only finds pleasure, but a man who genuinely cares for her well-being. And, as the two grow closer, they discover that their mutual desire is regenerating Tessa’s once-faded powers.      What a Goddess Wants kicks off a new series about Forgotten Goddesses. I enjoyed the new (to...
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Jun
29

Review: Cover Me

Review: Cover Me Cover Me Author: Catherine Mann  Release Date: July 5, 2011 Publisher: Sourcebooks Elite Forces Book #1 ISBN: #978-1402244957 Genre: Military/Suspense Romance Format(s): Paperback (344 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: It should have been a simple mission… Pararescueman Wade Rocha parachutes from the back of a helicopter into a blizzard to save a climber stranded on an Aleutian Island, but Sunny Foster insists she can take care of herself just fine… But when it comes to passion, nothing is ever simple… With the snowstorm kicking into overdrive, Sunny and Wade hunker down in a cave and barely resist the urge to keep each other warm… until they discover the frozen remains of a horrific crime… Unable to trust the shady local police, Sunny and Wade investigate, while their irresistible passion for each other gets them more and more dangerously entangled… What Gikany & Una are talking about: Cover Me is the debut novel in the new Elite Forces series.  For a first novel in a series, it was pretty good.  The world-building, what little there is in a military/suspense romance, was easily crafted into the story.  The novel begins with our hero, Wade, who is a somewhat stereotypical military persona; dedicated to saving others, tough, stubborn, independent….you get the picture.  Even though he does have a soft heart, it is what drives his need to save others, even against their will.  Enter our heroine, the fiercely private and independent (did I mention stubborn) Sunny.  Now, Gikany and Una both thought, how on earth would the author have these two come together without sacrificing the initial characterization.  She didn’t.  That is what makes Cover Me a fun and adventurous read. First, Una must state, that this may have been her first military/suspense romance novel.  As we have said before, Gikany and Una do not tend to read much contemporary romance (which we consider military/suspense to be a part of).  Most of the military/suspense we read have a paranormal or fantasy twist to them.  So, at least Una was surprised at how much she enjoyed this novel, more so than she expected.  We really enjoyed the fact that Sunny is a capable and independent female who doesn’t need her military man to constantly save her.  She does just fine on her own, thank you.   Gikany and I feel that Sunny was a wonderful...
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Jun
23

Review: Medium Dead

Review: Medium Dead Medium Dead Author: Chris Dolley  Release Date: May 28, 2011 Publisher: Book View Cafe Genre: Urban Fantasy Format(s): E-book We received a copy of this book from the author for the purposes of an honest review. From the author’s website: Brenda Steele is smart, funny and out of her depth. A Vigilante Demon called Brian wants her to find murdered spirits and help him track down their killers. But Brian doesn’t just catch criminals, he likes to play with them first, and make the punishment fit the crime. As he tells Brenda, “if all you did was turn up, capture the bad guy then leave – century after century – you’d die of boredom.”  He’s also reckless – his last partner died during one of his takedowns.  Along the way, Brenda discovers that Brian isn’t as old, or as powerful, as he led her to believe. He might even be human. Whereas the murderer they’re hunting, and the child he’s holding prisoner, might not.  What Gikany & Una are talking about: Medium Dead is a lighthearted, urban fantasy romp.  The story begins with Brenda, the reluctant medium, as she starts her summer vacation.  However Brenda’s vacation does not go as planned when Brian, the Vigilante Demon, shows up and convinces her to join him as he fights crime.  Thus Brenda goes from being the reluctant medium to being the reluctant medium private investigator. The banter between Brenda and Brian is quite funny and entertaining.  However, there are moments in the storytelling where Brenda seems so whiny and annoying. The plot moves fairly fast, however, it can be jerky and has the occasional speed bump.  What we mean is that the story doesn’t always flow smoothly–at times the story leaps ahead and the reader feels as if they missed something, while other times a scene or moment drags (like having to slow over a speed bump).  These were the times when Una, admittedly, started skimming to get to more action.   Without giving anything away, the ending seemed to have some loose ends.  We were uncertain if Medium Dead is the first novel of a series, but all evidence points to it being a standalone novel. If so, we feel that a few issues should have been resolved prior to the end of the book.  If you are looking for a light read, something as a break between beloved and serious series, this is a good book to curl up...
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Jun
8

Review: Vampire In Atlantis

Review: Vampire In Atlantis Vampire In Atlantis Author: Alyssa Day  Release Date: June 7, 2011 Publisher: Berkley Sensation Warriors of Poseidon #7  ISBN: #978-0425241790 Genre: Paranormal Romance Format(s): paperback (336 pgs), e-book I received a copy of this book from the PUBLISHER for the purposes of an honest review. From the author’s website: The most unexpected of all allies to Poseidon’s warriors has proven to be the fiercest—Daniel, a vampire and Night Guild mage. But even the strongest alliance can be destroyed when an 11,000 year-old desire is reborn… A vampire’s oath, a maiden’s quest… Daniel, vampire and ally of the Warriors of Poseidon, has fought on the side of humanity—even against his fellow creatures of the night—for more than 11,000 years.  But the crushing weight of futility and the reality of always being starkly, utterly alone has forced him to finally give into despair. He took the first step into the sunlight that would destroy him—and instead walked into Atlantis. And the blackest of magic that could consume them both… Eleven thousand years ago, Serai was one of a group who agreed to be placed into magical stasis to ensure the future of the Atlantean race. When a dark sorceress steals the gemstone that protects her sleeping sisters, she awakens to a vastly changed world—and the one man she could never, ever forget. And with an ancient evil tracking their every step, the long-lost lovers must battle both the darkest of magic and the treacheries of their own hearts. What I’m talking about: After leaving the country and main story-arc for the previous book, Atlantis Betrayed, we find our way back to Atlantis and the US. Last we saw the vampire known as Daniel, he had taken over as Primator, Ruler of the Primus, the third house of the US Congress.  In Ms. Day’s world, vampires and shifters revealed themselves to humans roughly ten years ago and are slowing taking over life as we know it. A small band of human rebels have aligned themselves with “good” shifters, vamps and the Atlanteans to protect humans from the evil.  At the beginning of Vampire in Atlantis, Daniel decides to give it all up and end his life with the true death, being burned by the sun. As he awaits the first rays to hit his skin, he is pulled into a magic portal, arriving in Atlantis at the feet of his thought-to-be-long dead true love (we are talking 11,000 years “dead”). The two...
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Jun
7

Review: Demons Prefer Blondes

Review: Demons Prefer Blondes Demons Prefer Blondes Author: Sidney Ayers  Release Date: June 7, 2011 Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca Demons Unleashed Series #1 ISBN #: 978-1402251740 Genre: Paranormal Romance Format(s): Paperback (416 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 BAD DAY FOR A DEMON… Rafe Deleon is a senior demon and he resents like hell his assignment to Earth to retrieve the Chest of the Damned before it ends up in the wrong hands. But then he meets beautiful, intriguing succubus, Lucy Gregory, and she’s just unleashed a whole load of trouble… REALLY SUCKS FOR A SUCCUBUS… Lucy’s chic suburban salon has suddenly become the Underworld’s center of mass chaos and destruction. The only good in a day going rapidly down the tubes is the arrival of a gorgeous demon who’s adamant he can help her… But Lucy has quite a few deeply unpleasant–not to mention deadly and hateful–surprises ahead of her. Surely there’s never been a worse time to tryout a new boyfriend…  What B is talking about: Lucia Gregory is doing just fine, thank you. She’s got a steady clientele at her salon, a quirky, but devoted, assortment of friends, and has been successfully boyfriend-free for five years and counting. While she’s not complaining about the latter, her mother certainly is.  Rafael Deleon is a centuries-old member of the Paladin, a select group of demons allied with and blessed by angels. His sister has been captured by the Infernati (bad demons), the chest she was sworn to guard has been sent to Earth, and he’s been tasked with guarding a succubus who’s just come into her powers. Could things get any worse? Of course they can! Ayers’ website boasts “Sinfully Snarky Paranormal Romance” and she’s not kidding. Demons Prefer Blondes firmly embraces the idea that while things might seem to be as bad as they could possibly be, they are likely to become much worse before all is said and done. Good thing her characters have a sense of humor—or, most of them do. Ayers keeps the funny stuff going throughout the novel, two of the best jokes being an amusing bit of alliteration concerning the toes of one of Lucy’s customers and the regrettable exposure of some gravitationally-challenged Santas. Lucy doesn’t have a lot of moments of self-doubt, which should be a great thing for a heroine. Occasionally, however, it seems that a little...
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Jun
2

Review: Queen of the Summer Stars

Review: Queen of the Summer Stars Queen of the Summer Stars Author: Persia Woolley Release Date: 1 June 2011 Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark Guinevere Trilogy book # 2 ISBN: #978-1402246401 Genre: Historical Fiction Format(s): Paperback (512 pages), e-book We received a copy of this book from the PUBLISHER for the purposes of an honest review. From the author’s website: In a country still reeling from the collapse of the Roman Empire, the young King Arthur and his wife Guinevere struggle to keep the barbarians at bay even as they establish the Fellowship of the Round Table. The spirited and outspoken Guinevere skillfully combats an accusation of planning to poison Arthur in a country simmering with unrest and scandal. But Guinevere’s greatest battles are dangers Arthur cannot see-ones she’ll have to fight on her own. And all the while, she must reconcile her thirst for freedom with her duties as queen, and her growing love for Lancelot with her loyalty to her husband. Vibrantly human and touchingly real, Guinevere reigns as a woman poised to discover the true peril and promise of the human heart. What Gikany & Una are talking about: Queen of the Summer Stars is the second novel in the Guinevere Trilogy. The book opens with Guinevere being summoned to Arthur’s dying mother’s side. The novel follows Arthur’s and Guinevere’s lives from shortly after their wedding until Mordred comes to live with them. Included within this story, are the stories of Tristen and Insolde as well as the story of Arthur’s parents told from Guinevere’s point of view. Una mistakenly volunteered to read this book for Twimom (volunteering Gikany along with her) thinking that it was a historical romance. Let us be very clear, it is not. This is definitely historical fiction. When we looked at Amazon to verify the genre, it is strangely not listed. We discovered the genre by looking up the author on the Wikipedia. Sadly, Una felt it read like a textbook, one with really interesting antidotes, but a history textbook nonetheless. Was the story interesting? Yes, however, this is not our type of escapism reading. We thought it was going to be something it is not and were disappointed. The blame is solely ours. We felt that the book started out a bit slow but livened up in the second half. True historical fiction lovers and true Arthurian legend fans would really enjoy Queen of the Summer Stars. There are a couple of character points that were a little...
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Jun
1

Review: Heart of the Highland Wolf

Review: Heart of the Highland Wolf Heart of the Highland Wolf Author: Terry Spear  Release Date: June 1, 2011 Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca Werewolf series, Book 7 ISBN: #978-1402245527 Genre: Paranormal Romance Format(s): paperback (416 pgs) ebook         I received a copy of this book from the PUBLISHER for the purposes of an honest review. From the author’s website:       Ian McNeill, laird of Argent Castle finds his capital squandered through unwise investments and the wolf clan’s home that has been theirs for centuries is in danger of being forfeit for nonpayment of taxes. When a movie producer contacts him with the notion of using his castle to produce a movie, Ian abhors the idea, but it’s his only salvation. Even worse, his people become extras in this epic Highland movie. But when one American werewolf romance author, Julia Wildthorn, slips into the castle under the guise of being with the movie company, except she is trying to jumpstart her muse with writing a book set in old-world Scotland–specifically about his castle and his people as the characters in her newest book venture–she and Ian tangle. What B is talking about:       Despite her Scottish roots, Julia MacPherson has been building a successful career in America as a writer of werewolf romance novels under the penname “Julia Wildthorn,” and with little wonder. She herself is a lupus garou: a werewolf. Unfortunately, she’s got a novel due but is having a nasty case of writer’s block. So, when her friend Maria heads to a genuine Scottish castle as part of a movie production crew, Julia tags along for inspiration. It should be easy, except that the very same castle holds a family secret: one she’s been ordered by her grandfather to steal and return.       Ian McNeill has given up on finding a mate after the disastrous first attempt he made long ago. Instead, he now devotes himself fully to his responsibilities as laird of his clan, a task that’s become increasingly difficult since an investment scheme left the clan nearly bankrupt. When an American film crew negotiates to use his estate as the location for their movie, he knows he has no choice for the sake of his people but to accept their offer. But he doesn’t have to like it. He intends to fight them all the way, until a beautiful redheaded American changes his mind.       Having read a lot of novels with Weres/shifters of varying sorts, I was prepared for a fairly predictable...
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May
30

Quickie Reviews: Island Heat & Wicked Games

Quickie Reviews: Island Heat & Wicked Games Today I am doing quickie reviews for 2 of Jill Myles self-published titles. The books are available at Amazon, Smashwords and All Romance for next to nothing… so what are you waiting for? I received an e-copy of these books from Jill for the purposes of an honest review. Island Heat  Release Date: February 28, 2011 Publisher: self-published Genre: Paranormal Romance Format(s): e-book From the author’s website: On a business trip to Bermuda, realtor Diana Holcomb’s small plane goes down over the ocean, a victim of the infamous Bermuda Triangle. Diana wakes up to find herself on a deserted island…that really isn’t all that deserted. First, a gigantic dinosaur tries to eat her. Then she’s captured by cavemen, and just when things are looking their worst, she’s rescued by none other than a gorgeous man with the body of an Adonis and the jungle skills of Tarzan. Salvador’s been stranded on the island for a very, very long time without a woman. A very, very long time. And now that he has Diana, he intends to claim her for his own… What I’m talking about: Poor Diana… always looking for the next commission, this realtor has her hands full with her latest client. When he invites Diana on a business trip to the Bermuda Triangle, she didn’t realize it would be for funny business.  But once the plane crashes, Diana has to forget all she knows and embrace island life. This story is Jurassic Park meets LOST.  There are dinosaurs, cavemen, and remnants of past (??) survivors that date back centuries. Salvador is generous, adorable and alpha… just how I like my men! Diana is a bit whiny, needs help managing her anger, and slaps and swats Salvador entirely too often.  But I suppose I could cut her a break since she’s just been dropped onto this crazy island.  There are some great moments of humor in the book. Island Heat is a cute story with a fairly substantial plot line and character development.  There are some enjoyable twists and turns, and the ending, while predicable, was satisfying. My Rating:  Liked it, but I had some issues – recommend (B) Wicked Games   Release Date: March 2011 Publisher: self-published Genre: Contemporary Romance Format(s): e-book From the author’s website: Abby Lewis never pictured herself on the survival game show, Endurance Island. She’s just not the ‘survival’ type. But when her boss offers her a spot on the show and the opportunity of...
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May
27

Review: Flying Blind

Review: Flying Blind Flying Blind Author: Deborah Cooke Release Date: June 7, 2011 Publisher: NAL Trade The Dragon Diaries #1 ISBN: 978-0451233882 Genre: Young Adult Format(s): Paperback (336 pages), e-book We received a copy of this book from the PUBLISHER for the purposes of an honest review. From the author’s website: Zoë is the Wyvern of the Pyr – the one female dragon shape shifter with special powers. But Zoë is at the bottom of the class when it comes to being Pyr, and her powers are AWOL. Worse, there’s no reference book to consult, and the last Wyvern is dead…. Everything changes when Zoë’s best friend is bullied and Zoë reacts. Before she can blink twice, her inner dragon is loose, and she’s suspended from school and headed to a shape shifter boot camp with guys she’s known all her life. But soon she’s doubting her powers – and even some of her friendships. Zoë quickly realizes she has to master her powers yesterday – there’s danger ahead and boot camp is a trap. A secretive group, the Mages, want to eliminate all shifters and the Pyr are next in line – unless Zoë and her friends can solve the riddle and work together to save their own kind… What Gikany & Una are talking about: Flying Blind is the debut novel in the Dragon Diaries. This series seems to be a spin-off her adult Dragonfire series. Although neither of us have read this series (however it is on our TBR list), you do not need to have read it to enjoy this book. The premise is intriguing with the mythology of the existence of dragon shape-shifters. Within this group known as Pyr they are all male, except for a single female Pyr called the Wyvern. She has similar abilities to the men; superior senses, shape shifting, and longevity, but she also has additional powers. We found the world-building to be pretty good. Like most first books in a series, there are always, what Una likes to refer to as, growing pains. This book felt a bit jumpy, the continuity was not smooth between the chapters. Occasionally it felt as if it skipped or glanced over matters. The main character, at first, was quite annoying. However, if you are junior high school age, maybe you can identify better with her than an adult can. We felt she was a bit whiny, although this lessened through the course of the book. Flying...
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May
19

Review: Wickedly Charming

Review: Wickedly Charming Wickedly Charming Author: Kristine Grayson Release Date: May 2011 Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca ISBN: #978-1402248481 Genre: Paranormal Romance Format(s): Paperback (384 pages) I received a copy of this book from the PUBLISHER for the purposes of an honest review. From the author’s website: He’s given up on happily-ever-after… Cinderella’s Prince Charming is divorced and at a dead end. The new owner of a bookstore, Charming has given up on women, royalty, and anything that smacks of a future.That is, until he meets up with Mellie… But she may be the key to happily-right-now… Mellie is sick and tired of stepmothers being misunderstood. Vampires have redeemed their reputation, why shouldn’t stepmothers do the same? Then she runs into the handsomest, most charming man she’s ever met and discovers she’s going about her mission all wrong… It’s only natural that sparks fly and magic ensues when these two fairy tale refugees put their heads-and vulnerable hearts-together… What B is talking about: This novel has one of the more interesting premises I’ve seen in a long time: how fairy tales got it all wrong. Grayson does a wonderful job of ripping up fairy tale stereotypes and stomping on them a few times for good measure. The evil stepmother? Beautiful and misunderstood. Prince Charming? Slightly paunchy…but still charming. Snow White? Malicious and vindictive. Cinderella? Borderline psychotic. Which I really liked! Both of the main characters in Wickedly Charming are “middle aged,” even though they’re both stunners of the highest order. Prince Charming and Mellie have both had their share of shattered dreams and have given up on ever finding happiness with another person. Until they meet each other at a book fair, of course (he’s there to grab as many books as he can for his bookstore, and she’s there protesting the unfairness of fairy tales). I had a difficult time getting into this story at first. It was hard for me to accept these characters as flawed, while so much is made about their beauty. The beginning seems to go in circles a fair bit of the time as well. Then, almost mid-way through the book, the main characters become involved in a three person barb-tossing contest in a coffee shop, complete with funny commentary from the other patrons, and suddenly the novel came alive. By then, the blending of the two worlds in the story was comfortable and the characters were quickly earning my support. Grayson has a lot of unconventional things...
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