Monday, September 30, 2013

Book Review: The Officer and the Secret (Semper Fi #3) by Jeanette Murray

The Officer and the Secret 
(Semper Fi Series, Bk #3)
By Jeanette Murray

Blurb: 
After a rougher than expected deployment, Captain Dwayne Robertson craves the sense of normalcy that his friends can bring him. But when he returns home, there's an unexpected, but pleasant, twist in the mix—Veronica Gibson. As he struggles to adjust to daily life again, Dwayne craves Veronica and the peace she brings him. But Veronica isn't without faults. Dwayne hates lies, and Veronica's entire past is a well-guarded mystery. When the completely unexpected happens, they both realize it's time to lay their cards on the table and hope they're ready for love.







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Viviana's Review:
"Office and the Secret" is the third book in the Semper Fi Series and one that I had been looking forward to reading since the very beginning. I always liked Dwayne! He was a great friend to both the heroes from the previous books and it was his turn to get his HEA.

Book Review: Edge of Dawn (Midnight Breed #11) by Lara Adrian

Edge of Dawn 
(Midnight Breed #11) 
By Lara Adrian 

Narrator: Hillary Huber

Blurb: 
Twenty years after the terror of First Dawn—when mankind learned that vampires lived secretly among them—the threat of violence reigns as the two species struggle to coexist. The only group preserving the fragile harmony is the Order, an elite cadre of Breed warriors dedicated to protecting humans and vampires alike. And in this precarious world of torn loyalties and shattered trust, Mira, a fiery squad captain, finds that every fight bears an intensely personal cost.

Raised among the Order, Mira has always believed in the warrior’s code of swift—and even lethal—justice. But the one thing she desires more than the Order’s hard-won acceptance is Kellan Archer, a sexy but troubled Breed fighter. In love with him since childhood, Mira once broke through his tough exterior during an unexpected night of rapture, but the next day he mysteriously disappeared, never to return.

Kellan didn't think he would ever see Mira again—or have to confront the truth of why he left. After abandoning the Order years ago, he now leads a band of human rebels intent on carrying out their own vigilante rule of law. Yet a high-profile kidnapping assignment brings him face-to-face with the past he sought to avoid, and the striking woman he has tried desperately to forget. And as tensions mount and the risk of bloodshed grows, Kellan and Mira must take sides—between the competing missions that dominate their lives, and the electrifying passion that claims their hearts.


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Viviana's Review: 
I'd been itching to get my hands on this book since it was first announced. "Edge of Dawn" jumps 20 years into the future from the events of Darker After Midnight (Midnight Breed, #10), now known as "First Dawn". The world knows vampires exists and humans and the Breed have been fighting many wars during those 20 years. Due to this jump of 20 years, "Edge of Dawn" can be read as a stand alone or even as the start of a new series, technically. However, why would you want to. The Midnight Breed series is truly a great series. 

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Book Review: Lakeside Family by Lisa Jordan

Lakeside Family
By Lisa Jordan

Blurb: 
In the space of a minute, Nick Brennan learns he has a nine-year-old daughter--and that she desperately needs his help. All this time, his high school sweetheart, single mother Josie Peretti, thought he knew about their child. And that he just didn't care. About the ill little girl--or Josie, the woman he's never forgotten. But Nick made a long-ago promise never to forsake his family the way his father did. A promise he vows to make good on now...if only Josie will bless him with a second chance.











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Viviana's Review:
This was a sweet and heartfelt story. Josie and Nick were high school sweethearts but their relationship ended after Nick left for college and she was a junior in high school. Flash forward 9 years, Josie own her own bakery and is trying to save her daughter Hannah's life, who has cancer.

Book Review: Savor You (Savor Us #1) by Emily Snow

Savor You
(Savor Us, bk #1)
By Emily Snow


Blurb: 
Kylie Wolfe and guitarist Wyatt McCrae have been bad for each other for the last several years, but it’s impossible for them to end their toxic push and pull. Not when their attraction is constantly fueled by lust and proximity—she’s her older brother’s Lucas’s assistant and Wyatt is his best friend and band mate.

So when Your Toxic Sequel makes a move to record a new album in Nashville, Kylie decides to make the latest break with Wyatt official by getting the hell out of town. She’ll spend a week in New Orleans. A week to immerse herself in the Mardi Gras scene. One week to not think about the last time she was in New Orleans, seven years ago with Wyatt. Seven days where she won’t have to see Wyatt every day just to fall ridiculously in love with him all over again—where, if she wants to, she can have a normal, no-strings attached fling that won’t end in heartbreak.

Too bad Wyatt ruins everything by showing up, as gorgeous and demanding and goddamn awful for her as ever.

Wyatt refuses to let Kylie give up on him. Not without reminding her why they both fell so far and hard in the first place. Not without making her savor the good memories and what could be their last chance with each other.

Note: This is a spinoff from the Devoured series.


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Viviana's Review: 
We met both Wyatt and Kylie in the "Devoured" series. Kylie caught my attention from the very beginning and I KNEW there was more to the story and I was hoping Emily, the author would share it with us.

Book Review: Run the Risk (Love Undercover #1) by Lori Foster

Run the Risk
(Love Undercover #1)

By Lori Foster

Narrator: Jim Frangione

Blurb: 

When Detective Logan Riske goes undercover to find Pepper Yates, a potential link to his best friend’s unsolved murder, he vows to gain her cooperation by any means necessary. But the elusive beauty is more suspicious—and in far more danger—than he expected. And the last thing Logan needs is to start caring for her…

Pepper has spent years dodging the corrupt club owner who will stop at nothing to keep her silenced. She can trust no one, not even the handsome new “construction worker” who’s moved in next door. The heat between them is undeniable. But will surrendering to passion bring her the safety she so desires—or will her feelings for Logan draw them both into a killer’s crosshairs?



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Viviana's Review:
This is the first full length novel I read by Lori Foster! I've seen the cover everywhere and I'm sure you all can see why (YUM!). As this book was everywhere and I've heard how awesome Lori Foster is as an author, I of course HAD to add "Run the Risk" to my TBR MOUNTAIN!

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Book Review: The Midnight Breed Series Companion (Midnight Breed) by Lara Adrian

The Midnight Breed Series Companion
(Midnight Breed Series)
By Lara Adrian


Blurb: 
Part human, part otherworldly, the Breed has lived among humankind in secret for thousands of years . . . and now fans of the popular, best-selling Midnight Breed Series can delve deeper than ever before into this hidden, seductive race of vampires and the dark, thrilling universe they inhabit.

A book that's been years in the making, the Midnight Breed Series Companion includes insider info on all of the novels, author notes on the creation of the story world and how the eleven-book (and counting!) series has evolved since its beginning as a contracted trilogy, a complete character guide, series trivia, questions from readers and more.

This special series companion also includes "A Touch of Midnight"--an all-new, never-before-published, original novella featuring Gideon and Savannah, which finally reveals the story of how this reader favorite couple met and fell in love, and answers many questions that fans have been curious about since the series began!


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Viviana's Review:
I was so excited when I first found out Lara Adrian was release a companion book for her Midnight Breed series. I LOVE the series and devoured all 11 book. Yes, there are eleven books in the series, so you can imagine that's a lot of information and characters to keep straight and remember all the details.

Book Review: A Touch of Midnight (Midnight Breed 0.5) by Lara Adrian

A Touch of Midnight
(The Midnight Breed Series, #0.5)
By Lara Adrian

Blurb: 
Savannah Dupree is halfway across the country from her Louisiana bayou hometown, a freshman studying at Boston University on a full scholarship. But academic excellence is only one of Savannah’s gifts. She possesses something even more remarkable than her quick mind and insatiable curiosity for learning. With a simple touch, Savannah can see an object’s past—a skill that puts her life in danger, when her studies bring her into contact with a centuries-old English sword and the secret hidden within the blade’s history: the vicious murders of twin boys by a group of fanged creatures borne of the worst kind of nightmare.

In all his three hundred years of living as one of the Breed, vampire warrior Gideon never dreamed he’d see the blade again that spilled his young brothers’ lives ages ago on that blood-soaked night in London. Ever since the boys’ deaths, Gideon’s been on a personal quest to rid the world of Rogue vampires, but now he can’t help wondering if the brutal slayings of his only kin was something more sinister—an act perpetrated by an unknown enemy. An enemy who is apparently living in hiding somewhere in Boston. There’s one certain way to prove Gideon’s suspicion, but it will mean using innocent, gifted Savannah to help uncover the full truth—a truth that will shatter everything she knows about herself and the world around her. And with danger closing in from all sides, the passion that ignites between Gideon and Savannah will tempt them to risk their hearts and lives for a love that might just last an eternity…

This novella, a prequel to the Midnight Breed series, was previously published in its entirety in The Midnight Breed Series Companion (May 2013)



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Viviana's Review:
Loved, loved, loved it! Gideon has been one of my favorites (okay, they are all my favorites, but each has a unique reason for them being my favorite!) and I've always LOVED that he is quick witted and tech savvy! Add the sarcasm and man, swoon! He's been in every book in the series and yet, there were many aspect of his life/story we knew nothing about. We do know how much in love he is with his Breed Mate Savannah and how Savannah is the heart of the Order's home. They truly are the cutest couple. However, because they have been together since the beginning of the series, we never have had the opportunity to learn their story. As any fan of any series, when something like this occurs, we tend to ask the author "so uhm.... will we ever get the chance to see how they got together?" I came to this series later in the game when most of the books had already been released, oh, that's right, book ten "Darker After Midnight" was yet to be released. I was desperately trying to catch up on finishing the series until that book. I'm happy to say, my timing was AWESOME!! Anyways, I had noticed that fans were asking about Gideon's and Savannah's story and I was curious as well. They are just again so cute and happy, but I wanted to see how they got there.
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