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A Little Harmless Fantasy – Melissa Schroeder – 5 Stars

January 27, 2013 Read in 2013, Sent 0

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The blurb:

What starts out as simple fantasy among friends, becomes an overwhelming need that none of them can deny.

Maura Dillon has always been someone who lived life on her own terms. From the time she in college she knew she had different needs than most of her friends. But she never thought she would find herself torn between two very sexy men, or that they would want to add her to their relationship.

Zeke and Rory have known each other for years. Their casual relationship has spanned a decade, but now that they are living together things are on a whole other level. Add in their mutual attraction for Maura and things are just getting out of hand.

Rory understands their desires and suggests a week in Hawaii. No rules, no limits, no regrets. But as their nights are filled with unimaginable erotic pleasure, there is someone lurking in the shadows. Someone who wants revenge, and will stop at nothing to succeed.

Warning the book contains the following: Two sexy men who are hot for each other and the heroine, more Hawaiian scenery, a Dom who thinks he can control everything, two lovers who know he can’t, and scenes that push even Harmless Addicts over the edge

My thoughts:

Ok, I have to start this off with a wow is it hot!  You have two people hopelessly in love with one man who end up finding that maybe three is better than two.

Mel gives us a strong heroine with a lot of issues to work through but at her core she is deeply in love with her ex-Zeke.  They love each other but Maura knows she needs to have a Dom to be completely happy and Zeke is just not that person.  Love for one another makes them split up as they both know the fundamental need she has would not be fulfilled and neither would be happy as they kept hurting each other.

Zeke has one of the loves of his life back in Rory but he knows something is missing.  You can see the love the two men have for one another and watching Rory with Zeke was beautiful.  Even though there is a lot of pain and angst in their past there is a huge amount of love between these two that shines through the hurt.  Rory proposes a way to get Maura out of Zeke’s system by having them spend the week in Hawaii together as a triad but ends up finding what it was that Zeke fell in love with.  I loved seeing the three of them work through their issues and especially seeing Rory deal with realizing what he is capable of.

This is a very hot read but a huge amount of heart, pain and love behind all the main players actions.  This is a ménage a trois that will work long-term and fulfill each partners basic dreams and needs to an extent most people never find.

I have to thank Melissa Schroeder and Brandy Walker for giving me the chance to read this in exchange for my honest review.  You want this one…  you truly do.  All three partners have their private moments together and as a part of the triad which is a rare thing to see.

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Haunted Sanctuary – Moira Rogers – 4 Stars

January 23, 2013 Read in 2013, Sent 0

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Ok I have to admit this – I’M A MOIRA ROGERS/KIT ROCHA ADDICT AND I’M PROUD!!!

 

For any that know me this is not a surprise but for others it may be a bit of a shock.  I adore Bree and Donna no matter what hat they are wearing and am looking forward to more from this series.

 

Jay is the local sheriff and an all-around good guy with a bit of a secret.  He’s a werewolf who happens to be an Alpha but without a pack to call his own.  He’s always had a crush on Eden but can’t spill his secret nor does he think it would be possible to walk away from her if he takes a taste so he just keeps his distance while still spending time around her.  I mean this is a small town so being friendly is part and parcel of being sheriff.  After investigating a disturbance at her family property he finds out not only does she know about weres but due to an attack is surprisingly becoming one faster than anyone expected.  These two strong people become an amazing pair not only from a relationship perspective but also become the Alpha pair for a new Sanctuary town that they decide to declare.  If you have read any of their Red Rock series you will understand the concept and appreciate what the pair with helpers is trying to do in the violent world of werewolves.

 

I really enjoyed the length of time between them realizing they both wanted each other and when we finally get to see them consummate the relationship as it made for some fun tension.  Not to mention I laughed out loud so many times at the ways they were interrupted just because you felt so badly for them.  I mean poor Jay had to have immensely blue balls for the sheer amount of near misses..  😉

 

This is not a flowery love story as the world werewolves reside in is bloody, power crazy and demented outside of Sanctuary towns but seeing Jay and Eden work to rescue her cousin from his descent to madness plus how much the others rally around each other was heartwarming to read and feel.  You will get a feeling about a couple of pairs that might be coming down the pipeline and really want all this small motley crew to succeed in their new pack structure.  All of them deserve it considering the hell they have been through.

 

This is a great read and I cannot recommend the authors enough for it and others they have entertained me with over the past year.

 

In the spirt of honesty I received my copy directly from the author as a result of a charity item I won last year.  This in no way colors my review nor was one expected in return.

 

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Lead and Follow – Katie Porter – 4 Stars

January 5, 2013 Read in 2012, Sent 0

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This was another case of me getting lucky and having an author send me a hot read.  I knew going in that it would be hot as the writing team of Katie Porter never disappoints…  They know how to write very strong characters that go after what they want and need.

 

This is a hot friends to lovers story where you just want two very stubborn people to let down their walls and admit that what they need is standing right in front of them.  Dima and Lizzie have been competitive ballroom dance partners for years.  They know each other better than anyone else will probably ever be able to but even with all of this intimacy they have never been able to open up to one another about their true feelings.  I mean they are friends who live, train, and travel together but neither wants to ruin the friendship they have to find out if they could be more.  Lizzie gets hurt and is unable to compete which leaves Dima at loose ends.  He decides to try out working/dancing at a local club to keep himself in the game.  He learns that while he enjoyed ballroom this new style of dancing and performing fulfills something deep inside him.  He gets the rush of performing but also gets to express his creativity outside of the rigid rules ballroom entails.

 

Lizzie is very shocked to see her partner wasting his talents on this new style of perfuming and isn’t shy about telling him that she doesn’t feel it is the right thing.  She reacts strongly but it is more driven by fear of losing him to this new life than being truly offended about the dance.  She wants him for more than a friend but is so frightened of losing her other half she can’t take the risk.  She tries to push him by making moves on the bartender but Dima knows it is fear talking and not what she really wants.  Even while with the bartender he knows she is thinking of him and imagining him there.  I loved how he pushed her almost to the breaking point but was willing to take that risk to have the woman who holds his heart and soul.  The scenes with Paul were incredibly hot but at the core of this story is a wonderful friendship that morphs in to the thing everyone I think wants….  A partner in everything….

 

Again..  thanks to Katie Porter for giving me the chance to read this with no expectation of a review let alone a glowing one…  Ya’ll can send me anything… (Hint Hint)

 

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Mystic Cowboy – Sarah M Anderson – 4 Stars

January 5, 2013 Read in 2013, Sent 0

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I have to start this review by taking a moment to appreciate the cover of this book.  I mean “YUM!!”   Who wouldn’t want a Rebel for their very own?

Madeline has decided to make a major change in her life by agreeing to be the resident doctor at a Lakota reservation.  She’s unaware of the issues unique to work on a reservation and the fact that money or cooperation are non-existent between the white and Indian worlds.   Reality hits her in the face very quickly as she sees the condition the clinic is in, the lack of supplies, the sheer volume of patients, and the utter lack of funding.  Luckily she has some money of her own and starts to bring much needed supplies and help to the area.  Maddie runs in to Rebel when she is treating a gunshot victim and while immediately drawn to this fine specimen of manhood she is also a bit wary of the mystery he keeps around himself.  I liked watching her figure out how to balance her need for Western medicine and Rebel’s need to preserve the Lakota way of life.  She finds out very quickly that he is more than what he seems but that no matter how different their life-styles are they are meant to be together.

Rebel is just an amazing person.  He helps everyone on the reservation with groceries, life, money, and everything in his heart.  My heart broke as you find out what has made him withdraw in to himself and lose a bit of his way.  His grandfather, Albert, has been an amazing influence on the man he has become and plays a vital role in making him understand the man he needs to be.  He feels conflicted during most of this book by what society seems to think of him as an Indian and what he wants as a real man.  His need to immerse himself fully in the Lakota way of life doesn’t completely fulfill him and watching as he reconciles his need for Maddie with his shame of what his culture has sunk to was interesting to see.  Sarah does a great job making the conflicts realistic as most of these prejudices between the white and Indian worlds do exist if you have ever lived near a reservation.  Rebel is sexy as hell though and his need for Maddie just shines through all the conflict.  She heals his soul and gives him the partner he never thought he would have.  Let me tell you the skinny dipping scene alone is worth the time and money for this book.  I had to fan myself a few times as I read it.

 

Please take a chance on this novel as I don’t think you will regret it.  I am hoping that Sarah will give us Nobody’s story and more about others on the reservation.  I mean I can’t pass up more chances to read about Rebel and Maddie plus the ending with Nobody made me sniffle a bit…  Not truly a bad thing but he’s just something else.  I want to know more about him and why he is the way he is….

Special thanks to Sarah for giving me a copy of this book to read.  I truly enjoyed it and this gift did not influence my rating in any way.  I just loved the characters and the world she brought to life.

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Horngate Witches – Diana Pharaoh Francis – Must Read Series!

December 31, 2012 Read in 2012, Sent 0

I haven’t done a lot of series reviews but I am going to in this case…  I have to say I loved this series and really hope that we get to see more stories set in this world as I am addicted.

 

A few months ago I saw a tweet from an author asking if anyone wanted to try her series out and if so to let her know as she would put us in touch with her publicist.  I proceeded to wander out to the web and find out more about the series before I responded and found the premise to be intriguing although not completely a style I have read a lot recently.  I went ahead and said sure I’d love to try the series out and waited patiently to hear back.  I was luck enough to get a response and waited eagerly to hear from them.  Well it took a bit but I finally got the books this month and I must say … I adored them.  Mind you these are not easy, flowery reads…  there is blood, death, torture of both a mental and physical kind… but under all that there is heart… heat…  love… respect… and a true sense of family bonds during a time of immense change and sorrow.   You do need to read these in order as they build off one another and while you may not get grabbed early in the first book please keep reading as the story grabs you along with the characters.  You want these people to find happiness and security even during the times you want to strangle them.

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Bitter Night – Book 1

We start the series off with a bang, Max has received a call from her witch, Giselle, telling her to go check something out in a nearby city.  You see Max is a Shadowblade, a creation of magic and humanity that makes her unable to handle any light from the sun even the moon.  She’s strong, able to stand immense amounts of pain, and due to the magic also able to heal from wounds that would kill mortals.  Max is driven by a sense of revenge in the early parts of the story and even though she is sworn to Giselle she would love nothing more than to kill the woman she once loved like a sister.  She feels immensely betrayed by Giselle’s turning her in to a Shadowblade even though it is truly the core of her being.  Max is strong… loyal… bitter… compassionate and above all else reckless.  She doesn’t always think before she acts which makes her incredibly dangerous as you never quite know what is coming next from her.  I liked seeing her strength but what I most enjoyed was her weaknesses…

This book moves at a fairly quick pace but it doesn’t seem to suffer from the normal dump tons of data on you without having a story.  You get drawn in to the chess-match between Giselle and Max, Alexander and his witch, Max and Alexander…  well heck between Max and the rest of the world.  Change is coming to the world and it brings horrible consequences to everyone not just the magical world.

Great start to a series and trust me you want to keep reading…  there is quite a bit of tension between Max and Alex but the story is mainly about the world and the hell that is about to be unleashed.

 

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Crimson Wind – Book 2

When we left the last book Giselle and Max have come to an uneasy truce as the destruction the Guardians are unleashing causes more destruction to what Max realizes is her home and family than revenge will ever be worth.  Does she trust Giselle… No…  but at the same time she starts to understand why Giselle did what she did.  She still feels betrayed but the need to protect her home and family means more to her than her need for revenge.  I respected her for this but she still has a ways to go before she really becomes whole again.

Max has been granted a boon by the being she calls Scooter to go bring her family back to Horngate for protection.  She’s determined to do this on her own but is forced in to taking Alexander who isn’t completely comfortable with his desires for her or his place in this new reality.  He’s a Prime and finding himself sort of serving under someone other than just a witch does grate on him but mainly not knowing what his place is in this coven is taking a toll.  He’s also wanting Max to admit she has feelings for him or at least be willing to open the door up to him to try to see what they have between them.  He’s a good man but at a bit of a loss right now.

Max and Alexander learn a lot about each other on this trip and seeing him be there for her when the worst sort of betrayal hit her was wonderful to see.  She needs someone to truly back her up and accept her for her…  he does give this to her even though at times it doesn’t seem that way.  She fights for her family and really realizes what it means to be a family in this book.  It isn’t always about blood but more about heart and compassion.  She grew up quite a bit in this one but still makes rash decisions that can come back to haunt her.  I found myself being more and more drawn in to the world and for this I thank the author.

 

Shadow City

 

Shadow City – Book 3

We start this book with Max and Alex still in limbo but this book pulls everyone apart…  Max is now having to help Scooter get back parts of himself in another realm while Alex is trying to keep it together and save Horngate from a birthing Fury.

This book has it all.. death… destruction…  love… angst… action… I swear your head will be turning repeatedly as you try to keep up with all the moving parts but at the core we are still watching Max figure out who she is and what she can do  She’s also brought to her knees by realizing what exactly drives her and it isn’t what she always thought.  She does things without thought but at the core she is driven by a need to protect those who cannot protect themselves either due to being weaker or due to being slaves as she once was.  I like her core of strength and in this book she needs it more than before.  She is driven to the edge of her own limits and in one case almost permanently removed from the equation.  I loved watching her fight to be free and to free Scooter from his chains.  She is someone that I would probably want to kill 90% of the time but would want at my back and as my friend due to her loyalty.

 

Alex… sigh…  poor tortured Alex.  He gets put through the wringer many times in this series and this book was hard on him from a personal perspective but also from the standpoint of finding his place.  He does step up and protect Horngate from a sense of obligation to Max but you also start to sense that this is now his home in more ways than just a place to stay.  He’s putting down roots and it scares him to his core as he isn’t sure exactly what he means to Max or to the others.  This is an incredibly strong man who has been through hell but even when he almost goes feral manages to come to peace with his Prime and step in to lead what is now his…  I liked watching him get control back and felt that he deserved so much more from Max than he ended up getting.  I wanted to just hurt both of them while understanding why we are getting tortured by the author.  This one will break your heart quite a few times but man is it worth the ride.

 

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Blood Winter – Book 4

This one will be the hardest to review as I don’t want to give anything away to followers of the series.  We get a ton of questions answered along with seeing some major changes in the characters we know and love.

 

Max is back and is still reeling from things that happened in Shadow City.  She and Alex are spending time together in the bedroom but things just don’t seem to be moving forward from anything other than a sexual standpoint.  Max still has a ton of issues and she just hasn’t let him in yet.  It pushed a lot of buttons for me watching them both hurting but stick with it as what you truly have to work for at times is exactly what you need.  If something is easy to have and hold it might not be worth it.

Horngate is now being threatened by extremists who believe that witchcraft is causing the hell on earth that the Guardians are unleashing.  The foe they meet is hiding as a religious leader but in reality is a witch with help from a source that had me shaking my head.  This is a painful story to get through from both an emotional standpoint and a mental one as there are a lot of innocents being killed/tortured in the name of “God” and watching everyone see/deal with this was just hard.  Of course Max does what she does best and that is go in with both guns blazing no matter what the cost is to her or to the people around her.  I love this about her but hate it as much as I love it…  She really does begin to piss you off but the ending is what I wanted to see although I really hope we get more.

 

Ok..  go read this series…  I know I tend to review more romance novels on this site than anything else but this UF series is so worth a try as it will give you a romance, action, love, family and a sense of home that a lot of other series just can’t seem to match.  I loved Max and Alex plus all the supporting cast that you cheer for and cry for when the time comes.  I just have to say I truly hate that it took me so long to find this series and I really hope we get to see more from this world.

 

Thanks again to Diana Pharaoh Francis and to the publicity team at Simon Schuster/Pocket Books for giving me the chance to read these wonderful stories.

 

 

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Wild Burn – Edie Harris – 4 Stars

December 29, 2012 Read in 2012, Sent 0

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I have to say thank you to all my Twitter friends who had read this and made me really really want it.  I was lucky enough to be one of the winners that Edie picked out and got my greedy little hands on this early.  I must say how can you go wrong with an ex-nun who gets shot by the hero the first time she meets him…  Ok..  It was a mistake but…

Moira is enjoying her morning ritual of walking in a clearing near her house when a strange man rises out of nowhere with a gun cocked and pointed at her head.  She isn’t a fainting type of woman so stands up to him and puts him in his place.  After this momentary distraction he melts back in to the forest and she continues her walk until she hears a noise and feels something sting her ear.  In a bit of shock she realizes she’s been shot and instead of fainting, gets pissed.  Yeah this mystery man shot her but then finding out he also shot her friend just pisses her off even more.  She’s got her own problems as the reason she renounced her vows and moved to the wild west becomes clear as the book continues.  I really liked her and loved watching how strong she was in the face of horrible things but also how even with their less than perfect first meeting she never felt like she wasn’t safe with our hero.  She is a very strong woman and doesn’t like anyone to tell her what to do no matter why they are doing so.  It was refreshing to see such a strong woman emerge from the hell she was put through in Boston.

When we first meet Del he’s a bit of a rough soul.  I mean his job is to hunt and kill Indians who are terrorizing and killing settlers.  He’s a tortured soul and as you get to see more of his history your heart will bleed for him.  He carries the weight of the world on his shoulders even though he doesn’t deserve all the rep he has.  He’s labeled as a deserter/turncoat by those who don’t know the real story and by others who just know his current profession a cold killer.  He is torn up by shooting Moira and as he quickly learns the shooting of an innocent Indian.  As he gets to know the town better and all the people in it he’s torn by need to move on (he’s not the family kind) before he hurts Moira or staying to put down roots with a woman he is finding it harder to resist every moment he spends with her.  What he does when he finds out her past was heartwarming and watching the true man come out and shine was wonderful.

The two of them share a great sense of humor and banter with one another which was refreshing but I would have loved to have this be a bit longer cause I wanted more of them together.  Yeah so I’m greedy…  *heh*

Thanks again to Edie Harris for giving me my copy and I can’t recommend grabbing this enough.  Pre-order it today….

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Anne Calhoun – Breath on Embers – Guest Post and Giveaway!

December 19, 2012 Carina Press, Contest, Guest Post, Read in 2012, Sent 1

Please help me welcome Anne Calhoun to the blog… This short story was by far one of the best I have read this Christmas season and I cannot tell you loud enough to go read this… Anne has been nice enough to answer some questions so join me in learning more about her…

 

Q&A With Anne Calhoun

 

Q: Describe yourself in 140 characters or less.

A: Writer who holds citizenship in 3 countries on 2 continents yet lives in a flyover state for love. Wife. Mother. Loves Frye boots, wool, and character more than wit.

 

Q: Your current release is BREATH ON EMBERS. Deets!

A: It’s the story of a FDNY lieutenant whose relationship with a widow goes from hot to white-hot and intensely emotional over the holidays.
Q: What three words best describe Thea?

A: Trapped. Fighting. Passionate.

 

Q: What three activities would Ronan never engage in?

A: Coercion. Quitting. Smarmy superiority.

 

Q: What is the one accessory Thea won’t leave the house without?

A: Her scarf. It’s practically illegal to leave the house without one in NYC. 😉 Ronan wears them, too.

 

Q: What are your greatest creative influences?

A: Music, although what I’m listening to may not play a role in the current WIP. I read a ton of nonfiction, sometimes for research, sometimes for curiosity. Travel.

 

Q: What three things do you need in order to write?

A: MacBook Air. Quiet (or the steady background noise of a coffee shop). An idea of what I need to write that day.
Q: What is the last book that you read that knocked your socks off?

A: Dennis Lehane’s Shutter Island. I’ve read Rainbow Rowell’s two 2013 releases – Eleanor and Park, and Fangirl – and they are wildly different and both incredible.
Q: If you had to pick one book that turned you on to reading, which would it be?

A: To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

 

Q: What do you like to do when you aren’t writing?

A: Read. Knit. Take yoga class. Walk the dog. I’ve got an eight-year-old boy so much of my non-writing time is occupied with homework, having friends over, activities he’s in. I also like to talk to (or at) my husband. 😉

Q: How can readers connect with you?

A: Annecalhoun.com has an email form. I’m on Twitter as @annecalhoun, and Facebook. I also have a fan group on Goodreads.

 

Now for more about the story that has quite a few of us in awe of her talent….

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Christmas is the perfect time for Firefighter Ronan O’Rourke to take things to the next level with his sexually adventurous girlfriend. He knows she has feelings for him—and he’s sure of his feelings for her—but when Thea refuses his invitation to sample Christmas in New York City because what they share is nothing more than sheet-burning sex, Ronan sets out to change her mind.

Deep down Thea Moretti knows she cares for Ronan, but she can’t move past her grief over her late husband. Loud music and sex with Ronan are the only things she’s got that her feel alive, so she takes as much of both as she can get. She knows Ronan wants more, but during the darkest time of the year finding her way won’t be easy.

Ronan gambles everything and challenges Thea: one night of passion with him and another man. Can he prove to her that what they share isn’t just great sex but an emotional connection strong enough to last forever?

 

For more information about Anne–

 

And finally…. the good stuff… Anne is being generous enough to allow one lucky commentor to win a download of this wonderfully touching story… Just answer this question for me below to have a chance to win… What was your favorite Christmas present you ever received?

Contest will close on 12/26/12 at 11:59 pm CST.

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Came Upon a Midnight Clear – Katie Porter – 4 stars – Contest

December 5, 2012 Contest, Read in 2012, Sent 3

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When Katie asked me if I wanted to check out some upcoming reads my answer was “YES YES YES”.  Now mind you I didn’t know exactly what she was sending me but man oh man this one was so yummy.  I believe when I was reading this I kept tweeting “OMFG This is war war war too freaking HAWT!!!” If you don’t like M/M then please turn away from this review because this is one steamy man-love story complete with angst and past heartbreak…

 

Kyle was born to money and prestige.  His current career as a hot Hollywood producer has just continued this tread of power and privilege.  Only one issue haunts him…  He’s gay.  Now I know …  who really cares..  well his family for one and in reality the industry he is still proving himself to.  So he’s deeply in the closet and satisfies his urges with well hidden affairs.  His production company hires a stunt company that uses ex-felons and other outsiders as performers.  One of the owners/performers of this company is his one major teenage regret – Nathan.  You see he and Nathan had an incredible connection that blew apart due to one major mistake.  He’s never really come to terms with what happened and as we soon find out they both still want each other with an incredibly combustable result…  *fans self* dear God the pool table…. WOWZA.

 

Nathan has never forgotten Kyle.  He never felt like he was enough for Kyle but cannot deny how much chemistry they had and still have.  He’s got his own issues to work thru and is unwilling to keep his true feelings hidden.  He doesn’t like life in the closet so doesn’t understand Kyle’s inability to live his life openly and without fear.  He’s tough on the outside but inside he truly is a lost little boy who just wants to be with the man he loves openly and without reservations.  He pushes Kyle when needed but isn’t willing to be hidden away in the closet so pushes away from what he so desperately wants…

 

This was a very angst ridden… dear god scorch the sheets and whatever other surfaces the men end up on… incredible love story.  The men both are so much better when they are together than when they are apart and getting glimpses of what they were to each other as teenagers just pumps the volume up on what they ultimately become.  I was so proud of both men as they grew up and into the couple they become.

 

Again..  dear gawd HAWT …  Thanks to Katie Porter for giving me this with no real expectation of a review but man oh man..  just read this one.

 

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Because I loved this so much…  I’m going to give away a Kindle copy of this to one lucky commenter…  The drawing will close on Sunday, 12/9/12 at noon Central.  Please just leave a comment to have a chance to win.

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A Galactic Holiday – Stacy Gail/Sasha Summers/Anna Hackett – 4 stars

December 5, 2012 Carina Press, Read in 2012, Sent 0

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Once again another fun holiday anthology from Carina Press edited by the wonderful Angela James.  In this case she’s also very generous as she was nice enough to send me a copy of this after I tweeted for ideas of what to read next.  🙂  This is an excellent read for any sci-fi/fantasy fans who also like a bit of heat and romance.

Again Angela – Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

 

How the Glitch Saved Christmas, by Stacy Gail

Reina is an oddity in the current Chicago police force…  She actually wants to stay completely human and not take advantage of all the body mods that are available.  Unfortunately for her this results in her being demoted and harassed by other cops.  She still wants to do her job but due to items that happened in her past cannot envision ever being turned in to a “walking toaster”.  She’s called in on a case and while there runs in to a man who just drives her a bit insane both from a professional standpoint and a personal one.  She’s teamed up with him to solve this case and while they work it they finally give in to the feelings that have been simmering below the surface since the day they met.

Edison is the departments poster boy.  He has been willing to get every enhancement they have on the market but only because he felt it would help him serve the public better.  He’s smart but also believes in taking any advantage you can when it comes to hunting down bad guys.  He’s had his eye on Reina for a while but just can’t seem to penetrate the wall she has around herself until now.

The case itself was interesting and I won’t give it away but what I liked best was the fact that both main characters acknowledged their weaknesses and were willing to see the others side even if it wasn’t what they would have chosen for themselves.  There seemed to be a good balance between them and that at times is missing in romances…  Also let’s just say the ending made me do a bit of an Awwww ….  I will definitely keep my eye out for more by Ms. Gail.

Galileo’s Holiday, by Sasha Summers

Riley has almost always been alone and that’s what she believes she will always be.  She hasn’t had a lot of human contact as an ice miner but when a raider ship destroys her spacecraft she ends up finding something that she never realized she was missing…  a partner and a home.  She’s incredibly intelligent and watching this woman soak up human contact and love was sweet to see.  She just jumps in and immediately starts to try to help the people who have taken her in and given her more kindness in an hour than she really has had her entire life.  Actually I don’t want to say her mom didn’t love her but the lifestyle of an ice miner doesn’t really seem to lend itself to any traditional human interactions…

Leo ends up rescuing Riley when her ship is destroyed but he is also hiding something.  You see the raiders are looking for cargo he is moving and will stop at nothing to acquire it.  He’s on Galileo to not only bring supplies to the people who live there but also to wait for a chance to run the life-saving supplies out to another planet.  When he meets Riley he is drawn to her and they start a passionate affair.  I don’t think either of them ever expected to find the one for them so it was fun to see them dance around it briefly before finally giving in and taking what they wanted.

I think the reason I liked this one so much was you could feel the deep loneliness both of them felt and seeing them both open up and fall was sweet to watch.

Winter Fusion, by Anna Hackett

Savan is one of the best planetary negotiators in the galaxy but when he is forced to negotiate with a rival on Perma that’s when all hell breaks loose.  He’s got his life mapped out for him…  I mean he’s next in line for the top negotiator slot on his planet…  he can have his pick of women to have a child of his if he wants with no pesky commitments…  all the wonderful tech gadgets he wants and the ability to travel to whatever strikes his fancy…  Are we sensing he is about to have his feet knocked out from under him?  Good…  cause he does…

Brinn hates Savan…  I mean seriously hates the man.  I mean his planet kept Perma from getting in to the trade union which could have allowed them to get the technology they desperately needed to save lives including her father’s.  She doesn’t want to have to deal with him but they did win the first right to bid and negotiate for power crystals that her planet has.  When he insists on visiting on Yuletide Eve she doesn’t realize that she is about to be embroiled in a fight for her life and find the love she never expected.

They both learn a lot as they try to keep alive and their times together were laden with tension and the right amount of heat.  When they both learn more about each other and let the walls down the results were hot but also emotional.  I enjoyed watching the changes they both ended up making in order to make things work and would love to see more.  I’ll have to keep an eye out for more by Ms Hackett.

 

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Thanks again to Angela James for being such a generous soul and giving me the chance to read this with no expectations..  Just cause she loves to share…  🙂

 

 

 

 

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A Political Affair – Mary Whitney – 4 stars

December 2, 2012 Read in 2012, Sent 0

A Political Affair

 

The Blurb:

Stephen McEvoy never expected to fill his father’s U.S. Senate seat at such a young age—or to fight to keep it. When clever Anne Norwood interns in his office, Stephen dismisses her as another pretty face—until her independent streak catches his attention. They’re both too smart to fall for one another, yet they do. During a tough election, their relationship is an impossible political gamble. Campaigns—like love—are either won or lost.

 

My thoughts:

I received an email from a publicist for The Writer’s Coffee Shop asking if I would be interested in reading this novel about two people finding each other during an election season.  Now mind you I was approached just as our own election season was reaching the end and I wasn’t sure if I really wanted to deal with more about politics..  I’m glad I said “Yes” and even happier that I got the chance to read this plus support it.

 

Stephen McEvoy is the only member of an extremely close political family that can be a bit overbearing.  He’s the designated heir to the throne that is his family’s political machine and while he loves working for the people he really wants to have something for himself.  He took over his dad’s Senate seat when his father passed away but other than that sense of duty you get the feeling he isn’t in a good place.  He plays a bit fast and loose with women but all affairs are kept very discrete except for those times when he has a regular face to take out in front of the press.  He’s shocked when he meets a new intern in his office (10 years younger intern) that catches his interest.  She shares a lot of the same interests he does and he finds himself wishing that he was anybody else so he could pursue her.

 

Anne Norwood is the lone Democrat in her family and while she knows her father isn’t 100% happy with her politics he believes in her enough to not push to stop her from becoming an intern in Democrat Senator McEvoy’s office.  He doesn’t speak up for her to get the slot but doesn’t stand in the way.  She is also instantly attracted to Stephen but realizes it would not be a wise thing to even consider that he might be interested in her.  I mean he’s a Senator that dates movie stars and other gorgeous women of power so what would he want with a college student.  She’s smart and has a great head on her shoulders for someone that is only 22.  I liked that while she was interested in him she wasn’t a pushover when it came to deciding her own future and path in life.  She knows her mind and always tried to do what was right even if it sucked.

 

While there were a few parts that lagged a bit for me this was a great story overall.  We have political back-stabbing, ex-flings, smarmy politicos and a great family for both leads which make for a fun story with a bit of truth behind it.  I could definitely see this happening and appreciated that while their relationship did start under what could be considered illicit circumstances nothing was truly done without the consent of both parties and calmer, clearer heads prevailed.  The relationship builds nicely as both had to decide that what they felt was worth the potential consequences and of course that love is worth any hurdles it requires to cross.

 

Go grab this one as it is a great read with a lot of heart and wit.

 

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The Author:

Mary Whitney

 

Even before she graduated from law school, Mary Whitney knew she wasn’t cut out to be a real lawyer. Drawn to politics, she’s spent her career as an organizer, lobbyist, and nonprofit executive. Nothing piques her interest more than a good political scandal or romance, and when she stumbled upon writing, she put the two together. A born Midwesterner, naturalized Texan, and transient resident of Washington, D.C., Mary now lives in Northern California with her two daughters and real lawyer husband.

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