Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Book Review: Caged Magic by Jennifer Lyon


Caged Magic 
(Wing Slayer Hunters Series, Bk  #5)
by Jennifer Lyon

Blurb: 
Risa Faden is a witch whose ultra-powerful shield magic is slowly breaking her mind. But when her beloved goddaughter is snatched by a demon, she’ll risk anything to rescue the baby—including lying to the handsome, intriguing stranger who has the power to help her keep her sanity, save the child…and steal her heart.

Linc Dillinger is a Wing Slayer Hunter whose sexy, rich, bad-boy charm hides a treacherous betrayal that left him emotionally scarred. As a result he risks his life to protect innocents, but is incapable of love—until he meets a beautiful witch who can save his cursed soul. Risa’s fierce courage and loyalty reaches past his barriers and he begins to believe she has the magic to free his caged heart.

But Risa’s lie explodes into dark danger that forces Linc into a hellish high-stakes gamble: He must either win the witch he loves and her godchild…or endure a loss that will destroy them all.


            

Viviana's Review: 
Oh how long I have been waiting for the next Wing Slayer Hunter book for what seemed like forever. I was totally thrilled to hear the news “Caged Magic” was going to be released.  As the release date neared the excitement grew.

“Caged Magic” did not disappoint.  Jennifer did a great job catching readers up on the series.  With that said,  this is definitely not a standalone.  There is a lot of back history and it’s a great series so I’d recommend you read it from the beginning if you haven’t as of yet.

Action packed from the start.  While the entire book is full of action, the pace ebbs and flows and the pace works perfectly for the story.

Linc is a great hero!  We got to learn about his past and it’s heartbreaking.  Because of his past he works hard to do good. He struggles with trusting others but knows it's something he must learn to overcome if he wants a future of any kind. 

Risa is one tough woman and witch!  She has had a tough life.  She has survived and continues to fight to survive. One of the many reasons I LOVE this series is that all the heroines are strong, independent and smart women. They may need help but they are not helpless. They overcome their fears and become strong woman. In part because of their partners, this is due though because their partners believe in them.  

Loved getting to know Linc and Risa together.  They build a friendship and trust is a big factor.  They are a great couple. I'm glad Linc got his HEA! 

I was also extremely happy to read more about Ram and Eli.  As well as to learn that their stories are coming up next! WOOHOO!!!

I loved this story!  It’s a great continuation of the series!!


Rating: 4 Stars - LOVED IT



Disclaimer:
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author, Jennifer Lyon via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This review is my own opinion and not a paid review.

Tempt Me Tuesday with Mad Hatter Reads 7/28/2015

Tempt Me Tuesday


Happy Release Day or as we like to call it Temp Me Tuesday!!!
Mad Hatter Read has some awesome temptation for you this week!!! 


Dragon Fall (Black Dragons, #1) by Katie MacAlister

Dragon Fall (Black Dragons, #1)YOU FLIRT WITH FIRE...
For Aoife Dakar, seeing is believing-and she's seen some extraordinary things. It's too bad no one else believes that she witnessed a supernatural murder at an outdoor fair. Returning to the scene for proof, Aoife encounters a wise-cracking demon dog-and a gloriously naked man who can shift into a dragon and kiss like a god. Now thrust into a fantastical world that's both exhilarating and terrifying, Aoife is about to learn just how hot a dragon's fire burns.
WHEN YOU DATE A DRAGON
Kostya has no time for a human woman with endless questions, no matter how gorgeous or tempting she is. He must break the curse that has splintered the dragon clans before more of his kind die. But his powerful attraction to Aoife runs much deeper than the physical-and there may be more to her than even his sharp dragon eyes can see. To survive the coming battle for the fate of his race, he needs a mate of true heart and soul .
 

Every Last Breath (The Dark Elements, #3) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Every Last Breath (The Dark Elements, #3)Some loves will last ’til your dying breath
Every choice has consequences—but seventeen-year-old Layla faces tougher choices than most. Light or darkness. Wickedly sexy demon prince Roth, or Zayne, the gorgeous, protective Warden she never thought could be hers. Hardest of all, Layla has to decide which side of herself to trust.
Layla has a new problem, too. A Lilin—the deadliest of demons—has been unleashed, wreaking havoc on those around her…including her best friend. To keep Sam from a fate much, much worse than death, Layla must strike a deal with the enemy while saving her city—and her race—from destruction.
Torn between two worlds and two different boys, Layla has no certainties, least of all survival, especially when an old bargain comes back to haunt them all. But sometimes, when secrets are everywhere and the truth seems unknowable, you have to listen to your heart, pick a side—and then fight like hell.
 

Siren's Call (Rainshadow, #4) by Jayne Castle

Siren's Call (Rainshadow, #4; Harmony, #12)In the mysterious world of Harmony, there are places filled with unexplored marvels. But Rainshadow Island isn’t about to give up its secrets…
In the alien catacombs of Rainshadow, there are creatures whose compelling songs lure the unwary to their death. That’s why Rafe Coppersmith, hired to clear out the catacombs for exploration, needs a music talent. He’s knows the perfect one, but she probably doesn’t want anything do with him...
Ella Morgan had once fallen hard and fast for Rafe, but then he disappeared for months…and he’s not about to tell her why. Ella, too, has secrets that only her dust bunny knows. She’s not just a music talent, she’s a Siren: a paranormal singer capable of singing men to sleep—or to their deaths.
But once on Rainshadow, Rafe and Ella will learn that surrendering to passion doesn’t come without risks—and fighting fire with fire only adds to the flame.
 

Soul of Smoke (Dragonsworn, #1) by Caitlyn McFarland

Soul of Smoke (Dragonsworn, #1)On a hike deep in the Rocky Mountains, Kai Monahan watches as a dozen dragons—actual freaking dragons—battle beneath a fat white moon. When one crashes nearly dead at her feet and transforms into a man, Kai does the only thing a decent person could: she grabs the nearest sword and saves his life.
As the dragon/man, Rhys, recovers from the attack, a chance brush of skin against skin binds him inextricably to Kai. Becoming heartsworn to a human—especially such a compelling one—is the last thing Rhys wants. But with an ancient enemy gathering to pit dragons against humanity and his strength nearly depleted, Kai has just become the one thing Rhys needs. A complete bond will give him the strength to fight; a denied bond means certain death.
Kai is terrified at the thought of allowing any dragon into her mind…or her heart. Accepting the heartswearing and staying with the dragons means sacrificing everything, and Kai must decide if her freedom is worth risking Rhys's life—a life more crucial to the fate of humanity than she could possibly know.
 

Spider's Trap (Elemental Assassin, #13) by Jennifer Estep

Spider's Trap (Elemental Assassin, #13)The next thrilling book in Jennifer Estep’s New York Times and USA Today bestselling Elemental Assassin series—“an extraordinary series… One of the most intriguing heroines in the genre” (Romantic Times Book Reviews).
Keep your friends close but your enemies within stabbing distance.
One important lesson I’ve learned in the assassination business is that to be the best you have to roll with the punches. Now that I’m queen of Ashland’s underworld—by default, not by choice—a lot more punches are being thrown my way. But I suppose that’s the price of victory for taking down some of the underworld’s top dogs. Good thing I have my Ice and Stone magic to help me survive my volatile new position. Just when I think things are finally settling down, someone tries to murder me during a hush-hush underworld meeting. But the real surprise is how strangely familiar my shadowy assailant seems to be.
My job is to maintain order among killers, crooks, and thieves, and soon I’m embroiled in a bloody game where the ability to keep secrets could be the greatest superpower of all. My enemies have all sharpened their knives and laid their traps, waiting for me to fall. But this Spider weaves her own webs of death.
 

The Bourbon Kings (The Bourbon Kings, #1) by J.R. Ward

The Bourbon Kings (The Bourbon Kings, #1)The #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Black Dagger Brotherhood delivers the first novel in an enthralling new series set amid the shifting dynamics of a Southern family defined by wealth and privilege—and compromised by secrets, deceit, and scandal....
For generations, the Bradford family has worn the mantle of kings of the bourbon capital of the world. Their sustained wealth has afforded them prestige and privilege—as well as a hard-won division of class on their sprawling estate, Easterly. Upstairs, a dynasty that by all appearances plays by the rules of good fortune and good taste. Downstairs, the staff who work tirelessly to maintain the impeccable Bradford facade. And never the twain shall meet.
For Lizzie King, Easterly’s head gardener, crossing that divide nearly ruined her life. Falling in love with Tulane, the prodigal son of the bourbon dynasty, was nothing that she intended or wanted—and their bitter breakup only served to prove her instincts were right. Now, after two years of staying away, Tulane is finally coming home again, and he is bringing the past with him. No one will be left unmarked: not Tulane’s beautiful and ruthless wife; not his older brother, whose bitterness and bad blood know no bounds; and especially not the ironfisted Bradford patriarch, a man with few morals, fewer scruples, and many, many terrible secrets.
As family tensions—professional and intimately private—ignite, Easterly and all its inhabitants are thrown into the grips of an irrevocable transformation, and only the cunning will survive.
 

The Forgotten (Krewe of Hunters, #16) by Heather Graham

The Forgotten (Krewe of Hunters, #16)Murdered by a dead man?
A woman named Maria Gomez is murdered in Miami, apparently by her husband—who'd been presumed dead, slain by a crime boss. FBI agent Brett Cody can't believe it; dead or alive, the man had loved his wife. He also can't help feeling guilty, since he was responsible for protecting Miguel and Maria Gomez.
A few miles away, Lara Mayhew has just begun working at a dolphin research facility. She loves her new job—until a dolphin brings her something unexpected from the deep. A human hand. More body parts show up, and when Brett looks into the situation, he discovers that the dismembered corpse is Miguel's.
Soon, rumors of crazed zombies abound in the Miami media, and the Krewe of Hunters, an elite FBI unit of paranormal investigators, is called in. Brett and Lara find themselves working with the Krewe—and working closely together. An elderly crime boss who's losing his memory seems to be key to solving this case, but…there's no motive. Unless Brett and Lara can uncover one in the Miami underworld. And that means they have to protect themselves. And each other.


  Traci

Monday, July 27, 2015

Audio Book Review: Three Hours by Dannika Dark

Three Hours 
(Seven Series, Bk #5)
by Dannika Dark
Narrated by Nicole Poole

Blurb:
Naya James is a confident woman who also happens to be an exotic dancer. She doesn’t care if people judge her, just so long as they don’t disrespect her. Life has been good, but when two dancers from her club are kidnapped, Naya risks everything to uncover the truth.

Wheeler is the black sheep of the family, evident from his extensive tattoo collection to his dark personality. Nothing like his twin brother, Ben, who can do no wrong. Wheeler’s pack loyalty is put to the test when Austin orders him to act as a bodyguard for a woman he’s despised for years—one who presses his buttons every chance she gets.

A dark secret unravels, uniting two enemies and threatening to fracture the brotherhood of the pack. A tortured soul, a violent past, a fiery romance, and a shocking twist that will leave you breathless.

Destiny will find you


Available for purchase at 

               



Viviana's Review: 

Ah, Ms. Dannika Dark does it once again.  Gut-wrenching, heartbreaking… In taking of breath… Characters we love, story we want more of…  Twists that make you want to knock on her door and tell her that you’re moving in to take care of the day-to-day stuff so she can write faster and more.

As the series continues we are made aware that we are getting closer to the end and wonder how our favorite characters will fare.  Additionally we've come to notice a theme with the title of the book and that it’s significant to either the couple themselves or the story line…  "Three Hours"?  What can happen in three hours… well apparently a lot.  This, my friends is another reason why I love Dannika’s books.  You start out asking that question and as you’re reading the answer(s) (and yes plural) just appear or rather reveal themselves in front of you as you immerse yourself in the world she created.

"Three Hours" is the story of two separate individuals who have internal demons to fight together; they help each other realize not only their own self worth but that others do not define you, that allowing and enabling others’ behaviors and actions is not helping but hurting them.  As with all books in this series we get to revisit with the Weston Pack which is awesome.  It’s like visiting with old friends.

"Three Hours" moves the series forward perfectly and provides us with more in-depth information to two characters many misjudge due to outward appearances and even the behavior they have had to use as a shield for protection.

Can’t wait to read the next installment.

Narrator's Review: Nicole continues to rock! She brings each character to life with unique voices and tones! I know exactly who is speaking when and never get lost! Truly an excellent narrator. I could listen to for hours! I love READING the books, and I will always listen to them as well because she narrates them! :) 



Rating: 5 Stars - PERFECTION

Disclaimer:
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author, Dannika Dark in exchange for an honest review. This review is my own opinion and not a paid review.

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Book Review: The Duke and The Domina : Warrick The Ruination of Grayson Danforth by Jenn LeBlanc

The Duke and The Domina : Warrick The Ruination of Grayson Danforth 
(Lords of Time Series, Bk #2)
by Jenn LeBlanc

Blurb: 
Grayson Locke Danforth, in his wildest of dreams, would never have expected two things.

The first was to be recalled from India by Queen Victoria where he worked for the quiet purposes of the crown. He must now become the Duke of Warrick after the tragic deaths of his father and brothers. However, tragedy is entirely in the eyes of the beholder and Grayson never wanted the title, or to return to what remains of his family. Grayson wanted to remain invisible, an outcast, a man in exile for the way his body and mind behaved and the secrets he needed to keep.

The second thing he never would have expected was to be forced into marriage with a woman from the 21st century.

Lulu is no mere woman, however, she's a switch who works as professional Dominatrix—at least, she did. When she wakes up in a strange house, a strange world, a strange body, she isn't quite sure what to think and is certain she's dreaming. She has less than a day to gain her bearings a make a decision that will dictate the rest of her life in this world—whether or not to marry this handsome stranger.

As Lulu and Grayson attempt to begin a life together she discovers the true reason why this man is a stranger to his family. She can only hope she can convince Grayson to accept who she is, and who he was born to be, before he forces her out of his life in order to maintain his well-kept secrets.

Trust doesn't come easily to either of them, but it's the only thing they have.

Grayson will have to give in to his need to submit in order to get his wife to open up and allow him to posses her fully in return.

It's a cautious dance between two people who have never known how to trust, or love.



Available for purchase at 

      


Viviana's Review:

This was the first book by Ms. LeBlanc that I've read.  While I liked it, I didn't love it.  Then, while I said I liked it, there were also parts that I skimmed over.  I've been thinking as to the “why”... maybe because this is part of a series, and this is the first book I've read from it?  (Then again many have said this could be read while reading the previous books…)  Perhaps it was all the hype…  Or maybe the time traveling…

No to all.  I've read several books that have been part of a series that have said that they could also be read as standalone, and it wasn't an issue.  So long as the author does a good job in telling the reader who everyone is and where the story is at without boring those that have read the series.  As for the time traveling… not an issue either. I've read books in that genre before and loved a few and liked many! 

What I figured out was that while this book is supposed to be about time travel, that isn't really the case or premises for the book. Usually, with time travel stories, the character has to face and deal with issues involving the time traveling (having to deal with the new time and environment, being discovered or mistaken for crazy, etc.) and how the individual copes with all this. In this case, everyone was more concerned with him being found out. She acclimates rather well, rather, a bit too well. Things fit too perfectly.

The main issue tends to be more about his secret desire than her time traveling. Granted, it seems they are a perfect match because she's from the future and is better adjusted and has the knowledge to provide him with what he needs and desires, however, this would have been a MUCH BETTER story if the time traveling would have been a bigger factor or an more equal factor.

Oh and for an "erotica" the sex scenes were not all that erotic. I mean, on a positive note, the sex scenes were not "fillers" but I did feel that the heroine was way too sex driven at first and she was getting to be quiet annoying. All she wanted to do was get in his pants. Then all of a sudden, she craved conversation or to be next to him... uhm.. it was just a weird turn of events. It felt like at first the author was trying to drive the "OH LOOK this IS an erotica because the heroine WANTS the sex and oh yeah, this is empowering her as well!" and it just didn't work out that way.

The author is also a photographer that does beautiful work! The heroine in this story also happens to be a photographer. There was a LOT of talk about the photography session for the illustrated book for this story and the images were gorgeous. They truly were... just wish it translated more to the story.

With all this said... It was an okay story. Made me curious about the rest of the books but not enough to grab them and devour them or bump them up to the top of my TBR Mountain. In fact, one of the other books just became FREE and I 'One-Click' it. When I'll read it... not sure, but I'll get to it.



Rating: 2 Stars - It was Okay



Disclaimer:
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author, Jenn LeBlanc via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This review is my own opinion and not a paid review.

Friday, July 24, 2015

Spotlight: Where is my Kennedy Layne mug Wrap Up




Hi Everyone!! Happy Friday!!! We hope you have enjoyed the "Where is my Kennedy Layne mug" series! We also hope you have had fun trying to figure out where our cups are!


 Here is the recap of my mugs and your chance to get another entry into our giveaway.

Where Am I?


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This week is also release week for Kennedy’s new Surviving Ashes series. "Essential Beginnings", book one released on Tuesday July 21st.  You can stop by Tuesday's post to read a snippet!!  Just in case you're stopping by for the first time, below is the information for the book and Kennedy! :)



Essential Beginnings 
(Surviving Ashes Series, Bk #1)
by Kennedy Layne

Blurb: 
Change is coming… 
Maverick Beckett took his much needed annual vacation up to Washington State to relax with his old friends from his years in the Corps. He also had every intention of extinguishing the fires that arose between him and a certain local woman he couldn’t get out of his mind until the unthinkable happened.

Nothing is as it seems… 
Henley Varano loved the simple anonymous life that her remote hometown provided. She’d had the wealthy existence of a fashion model and the fame that came with it only to find it lonelier than she could have ever imagined. Unfortunately, men only saw the fictitious person she appeared to be in the magazines and not the real woman she was—even the one man she’s wanted for years.

Surviving is just the beginning… 
An apocalyptic event changes the course of their lives when the massive Yellowstone Caldera erupts. Panic ensues among the small town, causing Mav and Henley to witness the best and worst of humanity. They must work as a team to create a new existence before the fallout of harsh and fiery elements overtakes their safe haven. Along the way, they might just find that they need each other more than ever.


Available for purchase at 

            



 About the Author


First and foremost, I love life. I love that I'm a wife, mother, daughter, sister...and a writer.

I am one of the lucky women in this world who gets to do what makes them happy. As long as I have a cup of coffee (maybe two or three) and my laptop, the stories evolve themselves and I try to do them justice. I draw my inspiration from a retired Marine Master Sergeant that swept me off of my feet and has drawn me into a world that fulfills all of my deepest and darkest desires. Smoldering romance, military men, intrigue, with a little bit of kinky chili pepper (his recipe), fill my head and there is nothing more satisfying than making the hero and heroine fulfill their destinies.

Thank you for having joined me on their journeys…

You can find Kennedy at 

         


Fabulous! Now that you've caught up with Kennedy's latest release and gotten to know Kennedy a bit better... Let’s see your mugs!!!  Post your mugs on either Kelly's Book-n-Kisses, Kennedy's or my, Viviana, Enchantress Of Books Facebook Pages, or your Twitter, Instagram, or Pinterest and make sure to use #MyKennedyLayneCup hash tag.

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Here is the schedule for all the posts this week:

Monday, July 20, 2015
Books-n-Kisses

Tuesday, July 21, 2015
Viviana, Enchantress of Books

Wednesday, July 22, 2015
 Books-n-Kisses

Thursday, July 23, 2015
Viviana, Enchantress of Books

Friday, July 24, 2015
Series Wrap Up
 Books-n-Kisses & Viviana, Enchantress of Books


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Audio Book Review: Midnight's Kiss by Thea Harrison

Midnight's Kiss 
(Elder Races Series, Bk #8)
by Thea Harrison
Narrated By: Sophie Eastlake

Blurb: 
In the latest Novel of the Elder Races, two souls who have long buried their passions are about to be consumed…

Ever since their scorching affair ended years ago, Julian, the Nightkind King, and Melisande, daughter of the Light Fae Queen, have tried to put the past behind them—and distance between them. But when a war breaks out between Julian and Justine, a powerful Vampyre of the Nightkind council, they find themselves thrown together under treacherous circumstances…

Kidnapped as leverage against Julian, Melly is convinced that her former lover won’t be rushing to her rescue. But when Julian gives himself up to save her, they both end up Justine’s captives. Armed only with their wits and their anger, Melly and Julian must work together to escape. But will they be able to ignore their complicated history, or will the fiery passion that once burned them blaze again?




Available for purchase at 

            


Viviana's Review: 

This has become a comfort series for me.  My “go to” series when I want to read a good story. “Midnight Kiss” is just that, a good story that came along right when I just wanted a fun read for me.  
We were introduced to the hero and heroine in the previous book "Night's Honor" and the animosity they had for one another was evident.  You just knew something BIG had occurred and that BOTH, yes both still had feelings for each other regardless of what they said.

The heroine is spunky and completely independent.  She does not falter or play the damsel in distress. The hero, while a complete Alpha Male, is not a total ass.  The reader is given glimpses of their past love and even the obvious current connection and we get the idea of what happened or rather what the hero believes to have happened.  Throughout the majority of the book the heroine does not really know why he broke things off except he believes she was unfaithful and of course she argues to the contrary, and he does not believe her.

When they finally do actually talk about the “why” the relationship ended with details, a plot is discovered, and they realize they have been played.  Okay - here is where I knew from the very beginning what was going on, and I so hoped the author was not going to play the obvious card but she did.  Sigh.  I was disappointed.  Perhaps it was so obvious to me and the “How didn't anyone ever question that at the very beginning?” because I happen to be one (sorry, not saying due to spoilers… read and you’ll know) or what, but yeah it was just so obvious. It's also been done before! Another romance trope! Arg... so very disappointed. 

The story line or ARC from the previous book does continue into this one, you might be able to read it as a stand alone, but I think this would dilute some of the emotion, and you may find yourself a tad bit lost with some of the information and perhaps even players.  I loved the previous book, so I would recommend you read it.

Narrator's Review: Ahh Sophie Eastlake, how do I love thee as a narrator, let me count the ways.... YOU FREAKING ROCK! Sophie continues to bring this series to life! Throughout the book, I forget she's a female narrating male voices. She's THAT GOOD!

Overall, a comfort read that provides the reader with the HEA we want and a good read.



 Rating: 3.5 Stars - I REALLY Liked It



Disclaimer:
I received a complimentary copy of this book from PENGUIN GROUP Berkley Sensation in exchange for an honest review. This review is my own opinion and not a paid review.

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