Posts By: Steph

Empty Wallet Syndrome and Rough Ride!

May 17, 2012 Uncategorized 0

I’m going to start this post by saying I loved my first exposure to Keri Ford!!

Rough Ride, The Roughnecks #1 – 5 stars!

This was a quick read for me but I really enjoyed the main pairing along with the supporting characters.

Lane is a troubled soul that is carrying the weight of the world on his shoulders (Yummy as they are).  He is harboring a secret that he feels will drive a permanent wedge between him and his brothers.  This secret is revealed in the book but it also is brought out that this is not the only thing that has kept him from having the life he yearns for.  He also needs to be able to see that he is worthy of love and happiness. Thankfully he meets Gretchen…  She sees something in him other than the gruff exterior and of course yummy hotness that everyone else seems to notice.  She also has to let go of her past in order to move forward and become what she deserves.  This is a heartwarming story as both leads have things to work on in order to make this relationship work.  Gretchen figures herself out much faster than Lane but I did like that she pushed and pushed to get him to wake up but was willing to let him go rather than accept a 1/2 life with him.  She wanted it all or would live with nothing….

This was a hot steamy ready and like many others now I want pie!!

Empty wallet syndrome-

Thanks for the recommendation by Nikki Brandyberry – Ramblings From a Chaotic Mind

As much as I love recommendations from the folks I meet on twitter or GoodReads there are times when I curse them…  namely when I look at the statement from Amazon on how much I am spending to get these recommended reads…  This is commonly referred to as Empty Wallet Syndrome.  I tend to suffer from this a lot as I am a known book junkie and always up to picking up yet another book even though I may have a huge backlist still to read.  These innocent book pushers like to spread the misery (happiness) by pointing out how irresistible the next reads are so you must must go out and get them now. In the case above for Keri Ford I now have to go out and pick up the backlist and pre-order the next books just so I can see the other brothers’ stories and HEA.  Geez…  what do people think – I’m just made of money.

Kidding only kidding!!  🙂

Keri Ford also has a great blog/website and can be found at Keri Ford’s Official Website

Have fun and Happy Reading!!!

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Musings and Recommendation – Double Down: Vegas Top Guns

May 7, 2012 Uncategorized 0

At times I wonder where does time go and how does one make it go the way you want.

I had plans this weekend to be good and write up a post on a few of the odds and ends books I meant to read/review this weekend but…  somehow it is Monday and none of that got accomplished this weekend.  Is there some mysterious time suck that makes it go much much faster on the weekend and then drag during normal working hours during the week?  Or is it due to the fact that I have cats who have the normal feline way of getting you to sleep when they are nice and comfy on you in your chair/recliner/couch?

No answers here but I promise to have more reviews and commentary up tomorrow…

In the meantime – Read a really good ARC this past week which you should pre-order:

Double Down: Vegas Top Guns, Book 1 – 


Awesome first book to a series and I already have the other 2 on pre-order.

You will love the main pair and what they ultimately bring to both the relationship that develops and each other. Both have obstacles to overcome and watching them overcome their respective issues was heartwarming.

I will write a better bigger review when the release date gets closer but this is such a heartwarming book so go just buy it!!

I can’t wait until the next 2 come out so hurry up…  and if someone happens to inadvertently put the next 2 in the series out in my mailbox a little early I won’t complain at all…  🙂

Remember…  Read what you want…  don’t let anyone make you feel like what you read is unworthy or sick or otherwise bad for you.  Reading is meant to make you think….  relax…  and get away from the real world..  

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Grimm’s Circle – Shiloh Walker

May 1, 2012 Uncategorized 0

I know I know…  She’s going to tell you here is another series you have to go out and try.  Yeah..  Yeah…

The Grimm’s Circle series by Shiloh Walker is one of those series that just works for me…  You have an interesting take on the whole guardian angels phenomenon but you have a great take on why fairy tales and legends were created in these books.

Book 1 – Candy Houses – 4 stars

   In this book you are introduced to the Grimm and their purpose.  The main pair are Greta (Gretel) and Rip (van Winkle) with a quick view of Will.  Will’s story has not been written yet but he makes an appearance in all the books in the series.  This story was a quick read and the moments between Greta and Rip were awesome to watch.  Learning more behind why the story of Hansel and Gretel came about was a bit heartbreaking but I loved the spin on the classic fairy tales and legends as presented in this book.You also get to see the beginning of Mandy’s story and seeing her thru the books so far has been wonderful.

Book 2 – No Prince Charming – 4 stars

  The main pairing in this book are Elle (Cinderella) and Michael (Prince Charming).  This was a hard one as you also get to be introduced to Ren (Renfield from Dracula) who just makes you feel his pain in this HEA for the main pair.  You really need to read the next one though to get the whole picture of the pain.  The twist around the main pair’s history was hard to read but I loved getting to see how two people needed to let the past go to truly become alive.

Book 2.5 – I Thought It Was You – 3 stars

  A quick hot read between book 2 and 3 that ties up some loose ends for Ren, Michael and Elle.  Not an easy read unless you have read book 2 but needed to finish healing the main pair from book 2 and get Ren ready for his HEA in book 3.  This one isn’t for those who can’t stomach the idea of a couple allowing a 3rd in to the picture even for a moment.

Book 3 – Crazed Hearts – 4 stars

  I am not going to give this one away but Ren truly broke my heart in this one and I am very happy he got his HEA.  You also get Will and Mandy in this book and what Mandy does will make your heartbreak even though it was needed.  You also get glimpses of the other main pairs from the prior books which is a pleasant surprise.

Book 4 – Tarnished Knight – 5 stars – Pack Kleenex

  This one broke my heart many times as the main pair especially the female lead have a lot of angst and issues to work thru.  You also get glimpses of how Shiloh is setting up the future pairs and more views of Will and Mandy.   The main pair in this one are Perci (Rapunzel) and Jack.  You also get a view of her ex-husband, Luc, who was blinded and then became a Grimm.  Luc and Perci have been together for over 300 years but not out of anything other than guilt from both sides.  While once they were married they have been divorced for many many years but neither one has been able to sever the chains.  Perci stays out of guilt and misplaced love.  While I did like she was extremely loyal to Luc, I was happy to see Will force the situation to get her to see what she was doing to both of them was not fair.  This would have to be my favorite one of the series so far as I know it moved me with the whole letting go theme.  The HEA was very well deserved for the main pair.

Book 5 – Locked in Silence – 4 stars

  In some respects this is the most intriguing version of an old tale so far in her series.  The main pair is Vanya and Silence (Man in the Iron Mask).  I found this very interesting in how much pain he had to go thru but how willing he was to embrace her once he made his way out of his head.  This is another couple that I cannot do justice to in a review but would probably list as my second favorite pair thus far in the series.  What both of them had to face in order to make their HEA possible was hard yet wonderful to read.

Book 6 – Grimm Tidings – Copy provided to me by Shiloh Walker did not influence my review – 5 stars


  This is probably the book where the closest story to real person match occurs.  The main pair is Jacob (Jacob Marley from Dickens) and Celine who are thrust together by, matchmaker to the Grimm, Will.  Jacob is forced to take Celine under his wing as a trainee since she has burned thru others during her 4 years as a Grimm.  Her story is understandable as guilt is holding her to a life that might have been rather than letting her face her true future.  That being said her change to a Grimm was not a normal path and as such you can understand why she fights so hard.  I liked watching the pair come to realize how much they truly needed each other but I also liked that Jacob was patient to a point with her.

Overall I would highly recommend this series and hope you will give it a try.

Now if Shiloh would just hurry up and get me more of them I’d be a happy person!!

Future pairings???  Not gonna go there but if you read them there are a couple that are already out there that I am looking forward to seeing come to fruition….

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de La Vega Cats – Lauren Dane

April 24, 2012 Uncategorized 0

I will just say now that I love this series!!!!  I have not yet read the Cascadia Wolves series and while that would have been nice it wasn’t needed to get in to these books.

Book 1 (Trinity) starts with Galen (Jaguar shifter) and Renee (witch) who have been a couple for a while and according to jaguar custom are married/imprinted,  Renee is feeling a little out of sorts like something is around the corner waiting for her when she runs in to Jack (wolf shifter).  It turns out she is also the mate for Jack.  I wasn’t sure how to feel about this as I don’t normally feel comfortable with a committed relationship suddenly adding a third partner this one worked.  I loved the give and take between the two obviously Alpha males and the way they banded together to protect and cherish their witch.  Renee has a lot of issues to work thru caused by her upbringing and to see her come in to her own was fun to see.

Book 2  (Revelation) focuses on Max (Galen’s brother and Alpha in waiting) and Kendra (Renee’s sister and witch).  Kendra has moved to town as a result of situations that happened in book 1 and is starting to form great ties with her long-lost sister.  She is also taking lessons from another witch in defense and expanding her natural gifts.  She and Max build a great relationship out of mutual love and respect with a healthy dose of lust.  I liked seeing Max open up and really step in and start to lead the jamboree.  I also liked seeing the support that both of them received from his parents and most of the jamboree.  The story line with Carlos was heartbreaking as you love Max and his dad Cesar.  What they had to do to protect the rest of the jamboree as well as the witches was horrible but necessary.  Scenes with Kendra and Max were hot, loving and just plain yummy.

Book 3 (Beneath the Skin) focuses on Gibson (the Bringer, Max/Galen’s brother) and Mia (Jaguar shifter).  This has to be my favorite of the 3 books as you really get to see the level of respect and love the main pair have for one another and their families.  Mia’s family has been treated unfairly due to something done to her grandmother by a member of the de La Vega clan years ago and it hasn’t really healed.  In this book both sides come together to support the main pair plus heal the damage caused by one man’s selfish actions.  Mia is a strong character in her own right and to see her and Gibson work thru issues caused by his need to protect and her need to act were fun to watch.  Plus…  the sex scenes were just plain yummy.

Overall I would highly recommend this series to anyone who likes sexy shifters and strong female leads.

Amazon Kindle links:

Trinity – de La Vega book 1
Revelation – de La Vega book 2
Beneath the Skin – de La Vega book 3

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The Importance of Humor

April 22, 2012 Uncategorized 0

  As I tried to come up with something to post this week I looked back at some of my recent favorite reads. It seems that my sense of humor still plays a major factor in the books I like and the books I love.
  I recently read the latest book from Shelly Laurenston, Bear Meets Girl, and absolutely adored the fact that she does not make her characters too serious unlike most authors of paranormal romance.  They are weird and wonderful.  I mean take Bo…  he’s an OCD bear-lion hybrid who is engaged to one of the flightiest women on the planet.  One of the things that hooked me on the series is that the shifters all have weaknesses just like the animals who share their bodies.  Mitch and the lion males all have a thing about their manes and figure everything on the planet has been put there to serve them.  The wild dogs are easily distracted with shiny or sparkly things…. I just love the series and the humor.
   In other series the humor comes from other means…  Shannon Stacey has a character – Sean (Yours to Keep, Kowalski family #3) – that tells Emma he has a magic penis…  Thankfully I was not drinking anything when I read that otherwise it would have ended up all over my Kindle.  She has a wonderful sense of humor thru the series so far and I cannot wait until the next one comes out.  (Hint Hint)
   From a non-romance standpoint other authors to take a look at:

                      Terry Pratchett – Discworld Series – I mean come on who is going to have a Death of Rats who just says “SQUEAK!!”

                      Douglas Adams – Hitchhikers Guide – Don’t Panic and do you know where your towel is?

                      George Carlin – I loved to listen to him and reading Brain Droppings was just like getting to see him. – side note – I got to see him the last time he was here in Omaha.  I feel so lucky to have had that opportunity.

My brain hurts but if you don’t want to read (shocking I know) these guys are all still worth a look …  Try them…

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Welcome

April 19, 2012 Uncategorized 1

Welcome!!  My name is Stephanie and I’m a Book-A-Holic….  LOL…  Anyway…  Yes I am an avid book reader but I do also know that I have a problem.  Although I don’t necessarily consider it an issue as I still hold a regular job and have a life outside of reading.  I post some reviews on Goodreads.com and also comment occasionally on Twitter about my latest book reads.

This blog was created to allow me and potentially others to comment on, recommend, review and discuss any and all books that happened across your world.  I read a lot of genres but recently have been reading more and more romance novels.  If you had told me even a year and a half ago I would be reading mainly romance novels/novellas I would have looked at you like you were insane.

My attitude towards the genre has drastically changed and I have found that within that heading there are a lot of great stories available to a reader.  Not that I read exclusively romance but it does tend to be a big portion of my current stack of material.

Please feel free to comment or if you would like to write a full post I would be happy to put it out here for you.

Thanks and Happy Reading!!

Steph

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