Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Cover Reveal: Hollywood Holiday by Sasha Summers



All she wants for Christmas is for Hollywood to love her again. But once she meets him, her Christmas list changes.
Jen’s only Christmas wish: Hollywood falling back in love with her. Meeting ex-Marine Gunner was a bonus. She likes that he isn’t impressed by celebrities or the movie biz. She likes that he’s funny and sweet … and drop-dead gorgeous. And she loves that he has no idea who her alter-ego is: Jen Fleming, Hollywood bad-girl and paparazzi target number one. Why ruin an amazing affair when he’s leaving after the new year?

But the closer they get, the harder she falls, and the more she wants to tell Gunner everything. Especially once he shares his secret with her.

Her new Christmas wish: Gunner accepts and loves her for who she really is.

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Thursday, September 20, 2012

Book Review: Somebody to Love by Kristan Higgins


Somebody to Love
By Kristan Higgins

Synopsis:
After her father loses the family fortune in an insider-trading scheme, single mom Parker Welles is faced with some hard decisions. First order of business: go to Gideon's Cove, Maine, to sell the only thing she now owns -- a decrepit house in need of some serious flipping. When her father's wingman, James Cahill, asks to go with her, she's not thrilled -- …even if he is fairly gorgeous and knows his way around a toolbox.

Having to fend for herself financially for the first time in her life, Parker signs on as a florist's assistant and starts to find out who she really is. Maybe James isn't the glib lawyer she always thought he was. And maybe the house isn't the only thing that needs a little TLC.

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Viviana's Review:

Funny, witty, and sweet!! I was either laughing or giggling from the very beginning! Our heroine, Parker, is an author and let say that like many authors, she ‘hears’ and ‘sees’ them. The interaction between them is a hoot!  Also to hear what Parker actually thinks about her characters, just makes you wonder if there are other authors out there who have a similar distaste to their creations. Heheheehe

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Book Review: The Claimed by Caridad Piñeiro


The Claimed
(Hunter Sins, #2)
By Caridad Piñeiro

Synopsis: 
Victoria Johnson loves her life. She's her own boss in a quaint beachside town, and has great friends who keep her grounded. If only they knew who she really is: an heiress to an ancient race who possesses astonishing superhuman powers. It's Victoria's duty to restore her clan of Light Hunters to their former glory by choosing the perfect mate. In Christopher Sombrosa, she just may have found him. Strong, smart, and successful, Christopher exudes a powerful energy. Their connection is sensual, irresistible-and forbidden. 

A member of the Shadow Hunter clan, Christopher has defied his own father to lead his people away from affliction and violence. Yet he cannot ignore his duty to carry on his ancient bloodline. Stunningly beautiful and brimming with an erotic life force, Victoria is everything Christopher ever hoped for in a mate . . . but as a Light Hunter, she's his mortal enemy. Together, they could unite their warring tribes. But murderous factions on both sides don't want peace-and they'll stop at nothing to keep light and darkness apart forever . . . .

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Viviana's Review: 
The second installment from the Sin Hunter series by Caridad Pineiro, “The Claimed” is sizzling and action packed! The story continues where we left off in “The Lost” and we get to know more of the Shadow and Light Hunters. I really enjoyed how the author didn’t retell the first book within the second, as it occurs in some series. However, enough information is shared that in the event that the reader hadn’t read the first installment, they wouldn’t be lost. This can be read as a standalone book, however, why would you want to! The series is fantastic and a breath of fresh air within the PNR genre.

Book Review: The Lost by Caridad Piñeiro


The Lost
(Sin Hunters #1)
By Caridad Piñeiro

Synopsis: 

Adam Bruno is no ordinary millionaire. The heir to an ancient race possessing a dark, powerful magic, he can shapeshift and create energy. His gifts make him a living weapon and have forced him to live in seclusion. But now an inhuman force hunts down Adam-just when he finds someone who makes him feel more human than he ever imagined possible . . . 

Home from combat in Iraq, Bobbie Carerra wants only peace, yet soon joins Adam in a terrifying battle against paranormal enemies who hide in plain sight. She's drawn to his strength of mind and body; he's attracted to her courage and intoxicating energy. Their scorching passion can either transport them to the heights of ecstasy or-if Adam's powers rage out of control-destroy them. But when an invisible brotherhood tightens its nets and someone Adam trusts betrays him, only a heartrending decision can save them.

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Viviana's Review: 

As it’s the first book in the series, the ‘world setup’ had to occur with plenty of information to try to soak up. However, you’re not bombarded with all the information at once as the author has strategically calculated the release of information throughout the book and has made it part of the story as both the Hero and Heroine learn who they truly are and how they fit into this new world.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Book Review: Enraptured by Elisabeth Naughton


Enraptured
(Eternal Guardian Series #4)
By Elisabeth Naughton

Synopsis:

Orpheus--To most he's an enigma, a devil-may-care rogue who does whatever he pleases whenever he wants. Now this loose cannon is part of the Eternal Guardians--elite warriors assigned to protect the human realm--whether he likes it or not.

Orpheus has just one goal: to rescue his brother from the Underworld. He's not expecting a woman to get in the way. Especially not a Siren as gorgeous as Skyla. He has no idea she's an assassin sent by Zeus to seduce, entrap, and ultimately destroy him.

Yet Skyla herself might have the most to lose. There's a reason Orpheus feels so familiar to her, a reason her body seems to crave him. Perhaps he's not the man everyone thinks... The truth could reveal a deadly secret as old as the Eternal Guardians themselves.

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Viviana's Review: 

LOVED IT!! I have been eagerly waiting to read Orpheus’s story! We’ve gotten to know him throughout the series but we KNEW there was more to him than what he led on. Deemed the “bad boy” throughout the series, Orpheus has tried to live up to that perception, with some success. However, the Queen already knows his secret and not the one that Orpheus tries to hide the most, but the one that everyone believes to be true, that he is evil. She knows better! He’s helped her out too many times and knows they have a friendship, even if he denies it. Now, another woman, Skyla, a Siren sent to kill him, sees he isn’t just the smart ass, sarcastic, selfish being the Argonauts believes him to be. He struggles with his inner demons and the actual demon that is part of him.  For Skyla, there is also something oddly familiar about him. As they fight not only with each other, but to save Gryphon from the Underworld, they must both learn that there is more than meets the eye. Strings are being pulled in this ever growing game of dominance over the human realm and they must learn from the past and see what the future may hold for them.

Book Review: Secret of the Wolf by Cynthia Garner



Secret of the Wolf
(Warrior of the Rift #2)
By Cynthia Garner

Synopsis: 

Once a generation, the rift between the paranormal world and the human world opens, allowing supernatural entities to cross. Vampire, demon, or shapeshifter, they can save the world-or send it spiraling into chaos.

As a werewolf liaison to the Council of Preternaturals, Tori Joseph is used to straddling the world between humans and immortals. She plays by the rules and always delivers justice, no matter the cost. But after a string of increasingly brutal attacks results in humans turning into werewolves, Tori doesn't reveal her horrifying suspicion: Someone very close to her might be responsible.

Investigating the paranormal violence, no-nonsense detective Dante MacMillan believes Tori is hiding something. His search for the truth draws him into greater danger as he gets closer to the dark realm of the immortals-and to the sexy werewolf who stirs his primal lust. Now with evil closing in around them, Dante must convince Tori to trust him . . . before her deadly secret destroys them both.

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Viviana's Review: 

Let me begin by saying this is the second book in the series (the first is “Kiss of the Vampire”) and I did not read the first book.  I do not believe this works as a “stand alone” book. However, the author does a great job in providing the reader with a recap of the story at the beginning and even throughout the book to further provide details, so I never felt “lost” about the main story plot. Talk about a unique, new twist to the origins of vampires, werewolves and other paranormal creatures! Beings from a different world, cast out, sent to Earth where in order to survive they must possess a human’s body. Some of the traditional aspects of these paranormal creatures still remain: both Vamps and Wares can “transform” humans into their species as legends already state (bites).


Book Review: Ready & Willing by Selena Blake



Ready & Willing
By Selena Blake

Synopsis:

Ava Garnier wants her father’s spot when he retires as Pack Alpha. She may be the middle child but she has what it takes to lead. The only thing standing in her way is Kaden Black, Pack Beta and her long time crush.

Only, she’s not crushing on him anymore. Not since he made it known that he isn’t going let her take over the pack. Neither werewolf will budge, tensions are running high, and they’re both trying to outdo each other.

But the Pack Alpha has already chosen the future path of the pack. And neither Ava or Kaden has a clue to how far they will have go to see their dream come true.

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Viviana's Review: 

A friend of mine who is just as much of a “Book-a-holic” as I am, if not more (gasp, can that even be?) posted a comment on the author’s fanpage which caught my attention. It included the following “He does GROWWWWWL when he…. you know”. If that doesn’t get your attention, than I don’t know what will. So a few posts back and forth, I got the name of the book and began to look up the author, Selena Blake. It turns out that “Ready & Willing” is a free book for members of her site! Originally, she was posting each chapter on her blog, but now you can purchase the entire book online!


Book Review: Improper Relations by Juliana Ross



Improper Relations
By Juliana Ross

Synopsis:


When Hannah's caught watching her late husband's cousin debauch the maid in the library, she's mortified--but also intrigued. An unpaid companion to his aunt, she's used to being ignored.

The black sheep of the family, Leo has nothing but his good looks and noble birth to recommend him. Hannah ought to be appalled at what she's witnessed, but there's something about Leo that draws her to him.

When Leo claims he can prove that women can feel desire as passionately as men, Hannah is incredulous. Her own experiences have been uninspiring. Yet she can't bring herself to refuse his audacious proposal when he offers to tutor her in the art of lovemaking. As the tantalizing, wicked lessons continue, she begins to fear she's losing not just her inhibitions, but her heart as well. The poorest of relations, she has nothing to offer Leo but herself. Will it be enough when their erotic education ends?

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Viviana's Review: 

Okay, so the saying, “Don’t judge a book by its cover” doesn’t apply here! In this case, Hot Cover = Hot Book! A historical erotica novella that doesn’t leave you wanting for anything! The characters grow/develop as the story progresses. The author does a fantastic job of taking you back in time but doesn’t saturate the story with language or behavior that makes you lose sight of what is important, the characters and the story itself.


Saturday, September 15, 2012

Book Review: Leaping Hearts by J.R. Ward


Leaping Hearts
By J.R. Ward (writing as Jessica Bird)

Synopsis: 

A beautiful young woman with a defiant spirit, A. J. Sutherland spends a small fortune on a horse with a wild reputation, and is forced to sacrifice her position at her family’s stables to keep him. She plans to ride the magnificent stallion in the biggest event of the show jumping season—and she knows she can win. But without the backing of Sutherland Stables, A. J. must rely on a stranger to help her: a man who makes her heart pound, her head spin . . . and who just happens to be a legend in equestrian circles. 

When Devlin McCloud’s career was cut short by a tragic accident, he never expected to get back in the ring. But when A. J. asks him to be her trainer, he finds he cannot resist the chance—or his stunning new employer. And what begins as a business arrangement soon becomes something deeper, as Devlin and A. J. learn that even in a sport full of hazards, sometimes the most dangerous thing to risk is one’s heart. . . .

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Viviana's Review: 

This was J.R. Ward’s first published book which has been re-released with a new cover.  Leaping Hearts is a traditional contemporary romance with a cowboy, horses and a heroine in need of help in order to win a competition. Who doesn’t love a hunky cowboy? And the new cover, well, yummy!

Book Review: First Grave on the Right by Darynda Jones


First Grave on the Right
By Darynda Jones

Synopsis: 

A smashing, award-winning debut novel that introduces Charley Davidson: part-time private investigator and full-time Grim Reaper.

Charley sees dead people. That’s right, she sees dead people. And it’s her job to convince them to “go into the light.” But when these very dead people have died under less than ideal circumstances (i.e. murder), sometimes they want Charley to bring the bad guys to justice. Complicating matters are the intensely hot dreams she’s been having about an Entity who has been following her all her life...and it turns out he might not be dead after all. In fact, he might be something else entirely. This is a thrilling debut novel from an exciting newcomer to the world of paranormal romantic suspense.

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Viviana's Review: 

How did I go so long without reading this book (and series as a whole)? Shame on me!! Absolutely loved it! Where to start…..

This is a quick read that is easy to follow with a few subplots, but again, easy to follow. The characters are, well great! They would so be the people I would want in my life and have them as friends! They each are quirky, smart, sarcastic, and witty in their own way! The dynamic between each of the individual relationships and the larger group one is written perfectly!

Friday, September 14, 2012

Book Review: Knight by Kristen Ashley


Knight
(Unfinished Heroes Series #1)
By Kristen Ashley

Synopsis: 

Anya Gage has learned that to get anything good in life, you have to work for it. She has no expectations, no dreams.

Then she finds herself at a party where she doesn’t want to be and she meets Knight.

Knight Sebring knows who he is, what he wants and what he likes. And he gets it. But he never expected something as sweet as Anya Gage to wander into his bedroom during a party he did not expect to be having to borrow his phone.

Knight tries to leave Anya to the life she deserves of white picket fences and a man who watches football on Sundays – good, normal and clean. But when Anya comes to his nightclub and finds herself in a situation, he knows someone has to look after her, he can’t fight it anymore and he decides that man will be him.

Knight teaches Anya that, just as with the bad, in life you should also expect the good. And he teaches her this by giving it to her.

But Knight has a dark past and just as he desires Anya for exactly who she is, he fears when she finds out exactly the man he has become and always intends to be, she’ll leave him for good, normal and clean.

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Viviana's Review

A few of my friends kept mentioning “Knight” as well as some of Kristen’s other books. One of my friends enjoyed it so much she gifted me “Knight” with a note that I “had to read it asap”. Wow, a gift and instructions!


Book Review: Deadlocked by Charlaine Harris



Deadlocked
(A Sookie Stackhouse Novel)
by Charlaine Harris

Synopsis 

Its vampire politics as usual around the town of Bon Temps, but never before have they hit so close to Sookie’s heart…

Growing up with telepathic abilities, Sookie Stackhouse realized early on there were things she’d rather not know. And now that she’s an adult, she also realizes that some things she knows about, she’d rather not see—like Eric Northman feeding off another woman. A younger one.

There’s a thing or two she’d like to say about that, but she has to keep quiet—Felipe de Castro, the Vampire King of Louisiana (and Arkansas and Nevada), is in town. It’s the worst possible time for a human body to show up in Eric’s front yard—especially the body of the woman whose blood he just drank.

Now, it’s up to Sookie and Bill, the official Area Five investigator, to solve the murder. Sookie thinks that, at least this time, the dead girl’s fate has nothing to do with her. But she is wrong. She has an enemy, one far more devious than she would ever suspect, who’s set out to make Sookie’s world come crashing down.

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Viviana's Review

Though I was looking forward to this book, I didn’t put too high of an expectation behind it. Why? Well, the most recent books haven’t been as remarkable as some of the earlier ones. With this in mind, I began the journey to see what the inhabitants of Bon Temps, Louisiana have been up to since last we “hung out”.    

Book Review: Eternal Beast by Laura Wright

Eternal Beast 
(Mark of the Vampire Series #4)
by Laura Wright

Synopsis:

A Taste of Blood

Ever since his abduction by the Eternal Order of Vampires, Gray Donohue has finally found his true calling: vengeance. He will stop at nothing to bring his fellow Impure vampires the freedom they deserve. Now if he could just release his primal need for the beautiful vampire who saved his life—and rules his thoughts and desires…

After nearly killing the senator she was assigned to protect, Dillon is now in mortal danger. The jaguar within her has been unleashed, and she can no longer control it. Sex is the only thing that can tame her shift. And Gray is the only man who can make her surrender to a passion strong enough to overpower her inner beast. But she doesn’t want to surrender—she wants her life back. Because she is determined never to belong to anyone, especially not Gray—the male whom destiny claims is her mate…

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Viviana's Review

Allow me to begin by saying that Laura Wright is one of my favorite authors! I LOVE the “Mark of the Vampire” series and have been eagerly awaiting Gray’s story from the very beginning! Though “Eternal Beast”, the fourth book in the series, can be read as a standalone book, I would definitely suggest you read the entire series from start to finish! It truly is a fantastic series! This includes the e-novella “Eternal Blood”, which I recommend you read before “Eternal Beast”. Again, just a suggestion as it will provide you with some background information.



Book Review: Click: An Online Love Story by Lisa Becker

Click: An Online Love Story
by Lisa Becker

Synopsis:
Fast approaching her 30th birthday and finding herself not married, not dating, and not even a prospect or a house full of cats, Renee Greene, the heroine of Click: An Online Love Story, reluctantly joins her guy best pal on a journey to find love online in Los Angeles. The story unfolds through a series of emails between Renee and her best friends (anal-compulsive Mark, the overly -judgmental Ashley and the over-sexed Shelley) as well as the gentlemen suitors she meets online. From the guy who starts every story with "My buddies and I were out drinking one night," to the egotistical "B" celebrity looking for someone to stroke his ego, Renee endures her share of hilarious and heinous cyber dates. Fraught with BCC's, FWD's and inadvertent Reply to All's readers will root for Renee to "click" with the right man.

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Viviana's Review

Literally, it’s a series of emails. It looks like this:

From: Character’s name here – date here – time here
To: Character’s name here
Subject: insert topic here

And of course the body of the email would be here. This is the first time I’ve seen such a format for a book. Interesting! The emails are not extremely long and get straight to the point in most cases (there are a few where you just want to know about the date or something and you first have to read through the “How was your day?” reply, but those are few). They are easy to follow the conversation and what is being discussed. Actually, there was one or two times that I wanted to go back to reread a section to get the gist of something better and it was easy to remember where the conversation was.


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