Friday, November 30, 2012

Feature and Follow, #7



"Feature and Follow Friday" is a weekly meme hosted by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read where they each feature a fellow blogger, and ask a question, to be answered by anyone who wants to participate. We then hop around to other blogs, checking out their answers. It is a great way to get to know other bloggers. See additional info below


This week's question is:
Activity! 
Who is your to-die-for book crush? 
What do you think they look like? 

Monday, November 26, 2012

Book Review: 50 Ways to Play BDSM for Nice People by Debra & Don Macleod

50 Ways to Play BDSM for Nice People
By Debra & Don Macleod

Synopsis:

This simple and highly accessible non-fiction guide to BDSM (Bondage, Dominance, Sadism, and Masochism) features 50 edgy and erotic adventures to sample and is the perefct companion for the millions of fans of the Fifty Shades trilogy (Fifty Shades of Grey, Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed), the Anne Rice/A.N. Roquelaure Sleeping Beauty trilogy (The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty, Beauty's Punishment, Beauty's Release) and Sylvia Day's Crossfire novels (Bared to You and Reflected in You). This instruction book for couples contains one warning: you should try this at home!

From turning your ho hum bedroom into a “Red Room of Desire,” to exploring the fine art of Japanese rope bondage—and a few other ideas perhaps better not mentioned in polite company—50 Ways to Play invites couples who might otherwise think of themselves as “average” or “nice” to walk on the wild side. According to husband-and-wife writers Debra and Don Macleod, sex should pack a punch—it’s meant to catch you off guard. The fifty sexy and surprising “ways to play” offered up in this book are guaranteed to turn up the heat in your sex life.


Goodreads
Available for purchase at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Viviana's Review: 
Judging a book by its cover (yeah, don’t give me that look, we all do it!) it didn’t look like much and to be honest, the “for Nice People” didn’t make me want to take this book serious and it actually bothered me.  Are people who practice BDSM not nice? Of course not!! Jeez! A better title would have been “Intro to BDSM” or “BDSM for Newbies” (okay, so that’s not really a good title, but it brings truth to the book!) or even “Curious about BDSM”. Well, you get the idea.

Moving on………..

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Book Review: City of Ashes (The Mortal Instruments, bk 2) by Cassandra Clare

City of Ashes
(The Mortal Instruments, Bk 2)
By Cassandra Clare

Synopsis:

Clary Fray just wishes that her life would go back to normal. But what's normal when you're a demon-slaying Shadowhunter, your mother is in a magically induced coma, and you can suddenly see Downworlders like werewolves, vampires, and faeries? If Clary left the world of the Shadowhunters behind, it would mean more time with her best friend, Simon, who's becoming more than a friend. But the Shadowhunting world isn't ready to let her go — especially her handsome, infuriating, newfound brother, Jace. And Clary's only chance to help her mother is to track down rogue Shadowhunter Valentine, who is probably insane, certainly evil — and also her father.

To complicate matters, someone in New York City is murdering Downworlder children. Is Valentine behind the killings — and if he is, what is he trying to do? When the second of the Mortal Instruments, the Soul-Sword, is stolen, the terrifying Inquisitor arrives to investigate and zooms right in on Jace. How can Clary stop Valentine if Jace is willing to betray everything he believes in to help their father?

Available for purchase at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

Viviana's Review: 
The second book in the “Immortal Instruments” series continues the story of Clary, Jace, Simon, Alec and Isabel, the Shadow Hunters and the villains are still trying to conquer the world.

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Book Review: Scrumptious by Amanda Usen

Scrumptious 
By Amanda Usen

Synopsis:
Joe Rafferty is just as mouthwatering as the food he cooks. 
But if he thinks he's going to waltz in and take over her kitchen, he's denser than a thick slice of chocolate ripple cheesecake. 

Marly has invested too much of her life in Chameleon to hand off the restaurant to someone else—especially a cocky–as–all–get–out superstar chef. But there's no denying the man knows how to light her fire. Question is: Can she have the sizzle without feeling the burn?





Goodreads
Available for purchase at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

Viviana's Review: 
Yes, the cover (original, shown here) grabbed my attention. The synopsis held it.


Friday, November 23, 2012

Feature and Follow, #6



"Feature and Follow Friday" is a weekly meme hosted by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read where they each feature a fellow blogger, and ask a question, to be answered by anyone who wants to participate. We then hop around to other blogs, checking out their answers. It is a great way to get to know other bloggers. See additional info below


This week's question is:
 Are you thankful for a fellow blogger? 
Tell us about him or her.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Guest Post & Giveaway: Dannika Dark



Writing a Great Sex Scene

This post was suggested by a friend who hadn't had her morning coffee. I may be able to tell you this from an author and a reader perspective. But mostly, it’s a matter of personal opinion.

And I hope that my mother never sees this post.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Book Review: ICED:A Dani O'Malley Novel by Karen Marie Moning

ICED: A Dani O'Malley Novel
(Fever Series, book #6)
By Karen Marie Moning

Narrators: Phil Gigante & Natalie Ross

Synopsis: 
The year is 1 AWC—After the Wall Crash. The Fae are free and hunting us. It’s a war zone out there, and no two days are alike. I’m Dani O’Malley, the chaos-filled streets of Dublin are my home, and there’s no place I’d rather be. 

Dani “Mega” O’Malley plays by her own set of rules—and in a world overrun by Dark Fae, her biggest rule is: Do what it takes to survive. Possessing rare talents and the all-powerful Sword of Light, Dani is more than equipped for the task. In fact, she’s one of the rare humans who can defend themselves against the Unseelie. But now, amid the pandemonium, her greatest gifts have turned into serious liabilities.

Dani’s ex–best friend, MacKayla Lane, wants her dead, the terrifying Unseelie princes have put a price on her head, and Inspector Jayne, the head of the police force, is after her sword and will stop at nothing to get it. What’s more, people are being mysteriously frozen to death all over the city, encased on the spot in sub-zero, icy tableaux.

When Dublin’s most seductive nightclub gets blanketed in hoarfrost, Dani finds herself at the mercy of Ryodan, the club’s ruthless, immortal owner. He needs her quick wit and exceptional skill to figure out what’s freezing Fae and humans dead in their tracks—and Ryodan will do anything to ensure her compliance.

Dodging bullets, fangs, and fists, Dani must strike treacherous bargains and make desperate alliances to save her beloved Dublin—before everything and everyone in it gets iced.


Available for purchase at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

Viviana's Review:
ICED begins where we left off with “Shadowfever”, book 5 of the Fever Series. This highly anticipated book has caused a lot of controversy, specifically with regards to Dani’s age even before it was released.  However, Karen does a fantastic job with this book and handles that concern brilliantly. 

Monday, November 19, 2012

Book Review: Sterling by Dannika Dark

Sterling
(Mageri Series, Book #1)
By Dannika Dark

Synopsis: 
Zoë Merrick lived a less than ordinary life, until late one night, she was brutally attacked and left for dead. 

A man named Adam spotted her running down the road covered in blood, and took her under his wing. Zoë didn't just survive that night - she underwent a physical transformation and acquired strange new abilities. Severed from her old life, her frustration grows as she tries to comprehend what's happening to her.

Serendipity leads her to Justus. He's handsome, arrogant, and not entirely human. Zoë learns the truth about what she is, and just how dangerous their world is for a young Mage. The only way she will understand her power is by putting her trust in this man, and accepting the protection he offers.

When her immortal freedom is threatened by the one man who has a right to claim her, Zoë learns the price of freedom...and the value of loyalty.


Goodreads
Available for purchase at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

Viviana's Review: 
This book kept popping up on Amazon on my “suggestion” list. It also came up a lot in the book club that I’m a part of and they all raved about it. So I bought it and began to read it the day of purchase. OMG!! I devoured the book and immediately purchased the second book "Twist" (review to come soon)!

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Promo Spotlight: "Alpha's Path" by Carrie Ann Ryan


An Alpha’s Path Blurb

Melanie is a twenty-five year old chemist who has spent all of her adult life slaving at school. With her PhD in hand, she's to start her dream job, but before she does, her friend persuades her to relax and try to live again. A blind date set up through her friends seems like the perfect solution. Melanie can take one night away from the lab and let her inner vixen out on a fixed blind date - a chance to get crazy with a perfect stranger. The gorgeous hunk she's to meet exceeds her wildest dreams – but he is more than what he appears and Melanie's analytical mind goes into overdrive.

Kade, a slightly older werewolf (at over one hundred years), needs a night way from the Pack. Too many responsibilities and one near miss with a potential mate made Kade hide in his work, the only peace he can find. His brother convinces him to meet the sexy woman for a one night of fun. What could it hurt? But when he finds this woman could be his mate, can he convince her to leave her orderly, sane world and be with him and his wolf-half, for life?


Available for purchase at 

Print version is found in Redwood Pack Vol. 1




Carrie Ann Ryan is a bestselling paranormal and contemporary romance author. After spending too much time behind a lab bench, she decided to dive into the romance world and find her werewolf mate - even if it’s just in her books. Happy endings are always near - even if you have to get over the challenges of falling in love first.

Carrie Ann’s Redwood Pack series is an bestselling series that has made the shifter world even more real to her and has allowed the Dante’s Circle and Holiday, Montana series to be born. She's also an avid reader and lover of romance and fiction novels. She loves meeting new authors and new worlds. Any recommendations you have are appreciated. Carrie Ann lives in New England with her husband and two kittens.

Carrie Ann loves hearing from readers. You can find her at:

Website | Facebook  | Goodreads | Twitter: @CarrieAnnRyan |





Friday, November 16, 2012

Feature and Follow, #5



"Feature and Follow Friday" is a weekly meme hosted by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read where they each feature a fellow blogger, and ask a question, to be answered by anyone who wants to participate. We then hop around to other blogs, checking out their answers. It is a great way to get to know other bloggers. See additional info below


This week's question is:
Books are turned into movies all the time! Turn it around. 
What movie would make a great book?

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Blog Tour - Author Interview & Giveaway: "Enslaved" by Elisabeth Naughton




Viviana
Welcome Elisabeth, to Enchantress of Books. I’d like to start by saying Thank You for visiting with me today!

Elisabeth 
Thanks for inviting me to stop by! I’m thrilled to be here.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Book Review: "Enslaved" by Elisabeth Naughton


Enslaved
(The Eternal Guardian Series, Bk # 5)
By Elisabeth Naughton

Synopsis: 

GRYPHON—Honorable, loyal, dependable…tainted. He was the ultimate warrior before imprisonment in the Underworld changed him in ways he can’t ignore.


She calls to him. Come to me. You can’t resist. But Gryphon will not allow himself to be ruled by the insidious whispers in his head. And there’s only one way to stop them: kill Atalanta, the goddess who enslaved him. But with so much darkness inside, he can’t be sure what’s real anymore. Even the Eternal Guardians, those who protect the human realm from threats of the Underworld, want to exile him. They’re not sure he can be trusted.

Finding Malea is like a miracle. Somehow he doesn't feel the pull of the dark when she’s near. And he’s determined to keep her as near as possible, whether she wants him close or not. But proximity spurs temptation. A temptation that will test every last bit of control he has left. One that may ultimately have the power to send him back to the Underworld or free him from his chains for good.

Available for purchase at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

Viviana's Review: 
Elisabeth Naughton has done it again!! “Enslaved” is filled with action from the very beginning. The story picks up about two months after “Enraptured” and we quickly learn that Gryphon is still struggling with his inner demons. 

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

ARC Book Review: Morningside by Ahsley Madua

Morningside
By Ashley Madua

Synopsis:

It’s easy to get caught up with bad-ass vampires, a killer love triangle, broken engagements, assumed clones, and enough sexual tension to drive anyone crazy.

Does society really know what it means to be a vampire? What it feels like? Tastes like? The struggles of going through life in a state of unacceptance, and using every fiber of your being to change?

MORNINGSIDE shows vampires in a new light. Humanity believes them to be one thing, without any deviation-- the perfection of a human hunter. One woman is able to prove them wrong. Trapped between both the mortal and immortal realms, she becomes the line between humans and vampires, and both the differences and similarities they share. When her life is put at stake, the worlds begin to collide.

Goodreads
Available for purchase at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Viviana's Review:
I received an ARC ebook of this book from the author to review.  This is the author's debut novel.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Book Review: City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

City of Bones
(The Mortal Instruments, Bk #1)
By Cassandra Clare

Narrator: Ari Graynor

Synopsis: 

When fifteen-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder -- much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. It's hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing -- not even a smear of blood -- to show that a boy has died. Or was he a boy?

This is Clary's first meeting with the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons. It's also her first encounter with Jace, a Shadowhunter who looks a little like an angel and acts a lot like a jerk. Within twenty-four hours Clary is pulled into Jace's world with a vengeance, when her mother disappears and Clary herself is attacked by a demon. But why would demons be interested in ordinary mundanes like Clary and her mother? And how did Clary suddenly get the Sight? The Shadowhunters would like to know. . . . 

Available for purchase at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

Viviana's Review: 
A few of my fellow bookaholic friends read YA and this series’ name has come up more than a handful of times. Most recently it came up due to the fact that is being made into a movie expected to be released next summer (2013). The hype surrounding the movie continues to escalate as the cast has been selected and now fans await a movie trailer to be showed. 

Friday, November 9, 2012

Feature and Follow, #4



"Feature and Follow Friday" is a weekly meme hosted by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read where they each feature a fellow blogger, and ask a question, to be answered by anyone who wants to participate. We then hop around to other blogs, checking out their answers. It is a great way to get to know other bloggers. See additional info below


This week's question is:
Do you mind books with similar ideas to other books? Similar concepts, backgrounds, retellings or pulled-to-publish fanfic?

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Book Review, Giveaway & Excerpt: Hollywood Ever After by Sasha Summers


Hollywood Ever After
(Red Carpet #1)
By Sasha Summers

Synopsis:
Happy Endings are for fairy tales. Or the movies. Not for real life. At least, not in Claire’s life. Even though she’s starting over, she knows better than to want too much this time. But when she falls, literally, into the strong arms of Hollywood’s ‘it’ boy Josh Wiley, Claire’s in for some surprises. Her plans for rest and relaxation are forgotten as one incredible night with Josh becomes two… And her heart begins to want him as much as her body. Will two kids, one bastard ex-husband, and Josh’s juggernaut career mean the end of their affair? Or can Claire find her happy ending after all?




Goodreads
Available for purchase at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

Viviana's Review:
This was my first "Sasha Summers" read and I loved it!! "Hollywood Ever After" was an entertaining and an easy read! It has a great mix of heartfelt and smart characters who had depth.

Monday, November 5, 2012

Book Review: Lord of the Wolfyn by Jessica Andersen


Lord of the Wolfyn
(Royal House of Shadows, Bk #3)
By Jessica Andersen

Synopsis: 
Once upon a time… the Blood Sorcerer vanquished the kingdom of Elden.


To save their children, the queen scattered them to safety and the king filled them with vengeance.

Only a magical timepiece connects the four royal heirs…and time is running out.…

For practical Reda Weston, nothing could explain how reading a sexy version of "Little Red Riding Hood" catapulted her into another realm—face-to-fang with the legendary wolf-creature who seduced women. A wolf who transformed into a dark, virile man….

Dayn cursed the Sorcerer that turned him wolfyn and damned him to a lonely fate. As a beast, he mated with women to gain strength.

Strength he needed to rescue his royal parents. But as a man, he craved Reda's heated, sizzling touch. With little time left, Dayn had to either embrace his wolf to save his kingdom…or fight it to save his woman.

Goodreads
Available for purchase at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

Viviana's Review:

Jessica Andersen was the reason why I picked up this series. I had heard great thing regarding her books and she is the Critique Partner for J.R. Ward. This was the first time reading something from her. I was not disappointed at all! This is the 3rd installment of the series and my favorite!!!!

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Book Review: Lord of Rage by Jill Monroe


Lord of Rage
(Royal House of Shadows, #2)
By Jill Monroe

Synopsis:
Princess Breena had been dreaming of her warrior lover when she was ripped from her Elden castle and thrown into a strange, dangerous realm. Lost and alone, she prayed for survival and vengeance for her stolen kingdom. She found both in a woodland cottage…in a dark bear of a man.

The golden-haired beauty had eaten his food and slept in his bed when Osborn found her. Though he wanted to awaken his virgin princess to carnal pleasures, Breena wanted more—including his warrior skills. Skills the once-legendary mercenary had long buried. Now Osborn had a choice— risk his life or deny his princess her fairy-tale ending.

Goodreads
Available for purchase at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

Viviana's Review:

"Lord of Rage" is the second book in the Royal House of Shadows series. This is the first time I've read anything by Jill Monroe and I will say that it will not be the last. I enjoyed her writing style significantly and the story flowed nicely!

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Falling in Love with Books Hop

I'm a bookaholic, but you knew this already!! So when this blog hop came along I "hopped" on it!! A very special thanks to our two hotestes Readers Confession and Toni Aleo!! 
Hehehehe (sorry, couldn't help it!). I attended the RT Convention (Chicago) in April 2012 and had the opportunity to meet numerous authors and fellow book lovers. Needless to say, I've fallen in love with many books/stories since then. 
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