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Improper Relations – Juliana Ross

June 17, 2012 Uncategorized 0

Improper Relations – Juliana Ross – 4 Stars

I enjoyed this really quick read.  I only wish it were longer so you got to see more of the main pair but for such a short read it was HOT!

Hannah is a woman of her times- i.e. believing that sex is just something that is her duty to her husband and that no pleasure is to be gained from it on her part.  She witnesses Leo, her late husband’s cousin, and a maid in the library enjoying a quick afternoon delight and is extremely interested in what transpired.

Leo…  now what to say about Leo…  he’s deliciously wicked and debauched for his time.  He isn’t what you and others believe him to be and is well worth the time needed to read this novella.

I wish when I was just learning how to enjoy sex that he had been my teacher…  YUM.  Sex to him is fun and meant to be enjoyed by both parties which for the times is a scandalous thought especially for the upper class.

My thanks to and Carina Press for the opportunity to read this in exchange for my honest review.


The Harder They Fall – Trish Jensen – 4 Stars

June 16, 2012 Uncategorized 2

I really enjoyed reading this book.  There were quite a few sections where I had to stop for a minute and just laugh because of something silly one side or the other did.

Darcy is a smart woman but has always had a penchant for being in the middle of odd circumstances that has gotten her labeled as a jinx.  Due to this she has been lonely most of her life.  People either want to protect her from being hurt (physically and mentally) or run away screaming when something that happens around her hurts them.  She means well but when she gets nervous…  run away….

Michael is extremely driven to prove his worth and is obsessive with lists and order so the chaos around Darcy is a bit jarring let alone physically painful for him when nervous Darcy inflicts “unintentional” pain on him (most of the time anyway…  LOL).

Overall this was a good, quick, cute read that I would recommend if you just want something that will make you giggle occasionally and has a few wonderful moments of heat but nothing that would scare away those who don’t like a ton of detail or boundaries pushed.

4 healthy stars just for the LOL factor and the cute storyline.

Special thanks to and Bell Bridge Books for the opportunity to read this in exchange for my honest review.

To pick up your Kindle copy – The Harder They Fall – Trish Jensen


Goddess in the Middle – Stephanie Julian – 3.5 Stars

June 16, 2012 Uncategorized 0

Goddess in the Middle – Stephanie Julian

I must say I did not realize this was a part of a series and now I know I need to go grab the rest.

Amity is the Etruscan Goddess of Healing but thru the years she has been steadily losing power but still loves and needs to help those who need it.  She is now working as a medical aesthetician.  She meets 2 men – Remy and Rom – at a bar and takes them home for a bit of fun…  She doesn’t realize it but they are both lucani (wolf-shifters) and are also able to command magic that has been prophesied to play a major part in protecting a young-in-her-powers goddess.

Remy and Rom are both incredible men, hot…  smexy….  loving…  etc etc etc

The scenes with the 3 of them were smoking hot but you can sense very early in the book that there is a true connection between the 3 of them.  I really enjoyed the by-play between the cousins and watching Rom finally admit what he wants was a nice treat.

You should check this out and don’t worry if you haven’t read the others in this series as I never felt like I was missing out on anything.  As a matter of fact I didn’t know this was part of a series when I requested it from Net Galley and didn’t realize it until I looked at the cover and blurb on GR.

Take a chance and enjoy watching the story unfold..  I’m very interested in seeing Kari again and waiting for the side story of her patient and the God in this story.

Special thanks to net and Sourcebooks Casablanca for letting me read this novel in exchange for an honest review.


Cosmic Hearts – Kara Griffin

June 13, 2012 Uncategorized 0

I received a copy of this thru Net Galley and greatly appreciate the chance to read and review the book.

This book has all the signs of being a good idea but… a little poorly executed. I realize that this was meant to be tongue in cheek humor plus campy romance but some of the verbiage used got a little tiresome and (for lack of a better term) infantile. At times I was using one of the terms in the book when thinking, “you’ve got to be druking me!”

Now mind you I liked the main characters, Chance and Valeen, and his brother Jack but the writing itself did start to grate a little on my nerves.

Would I recommend it – ehhh if you have a little time to waste and can tune out some of the prose it wasn’t a bad, dear-god please kill me now so I don’t have to read it again book.

If you like campy humor, silly romance, and just want to get away for a bit – go for it!

If you on the other hand have a pile of other items to get to and don’t want to get jarred out of a scene because of silly prose then give it a pass and come back when you are in the mood for lower B grade sci-fi romance humor.

🙂 i would rate this at about a 2.5 stars read.


About Last Night – Ruthie Knox

May 24, 2012 Uncategorized 0

Thank you to Ruthie Knox for letting me read this prior to the release date!


This in some ways is a classic 2 opposites attract romance but… They aren’t really opposites but two very messed up people who by virtue of coming together manage to make each other whole and the best of themselves!

Mary Catherine (Cath) has a lot of issues to work thru due to her not so perfect childhood, first marriage, rebellious phase and in general screwed up life up until the point she finally meets City.

Neville.. huge sigh … As City he was wonderful but when he truly comes in to his own and out from under what he has allowed himself to become to appease his family… just sigh.. and drool… 

Like most romances you have moments when you really want to hurt both main characters but the journey they take is soooooooo worth it.

My hope is Ruthie will take a moment later to give us an epilogue or short story showing more about them as I would adore seeing them a few years down the road… 🙂

To buy this…  and really you must get this one….

About Last Night – Ruthie Knox


Shiloh Walker – New Urban Fiction Giveaway!!!

May 21, 2012 Uncategorized 0

From an earlier post you know I loved her Grimm’s Circle series… Now she is running over to UF and is doing a giveaway!!!! 🙂 Much love to her!!! Oh and luck!!!

Check out Shiloh’s latest project…Blade Song. Enter to win a galley to review…and she’s giving away 50!
You can enter via her blog. You can tweet about it. And if you post about it to your blog, you get a couple of extra entries…
Kit Colbana—half breed, assassin, thief, jack of all trades—has a new job: track down the missing ward of one of the local alpha shapeshifters. It should be a piece of cake.
So why is she so nervous? It probably has something to do with the insanity that happens when you deal with shifters—especially sexy ones who come bearing promises of easy jobs and easier money.
Or maybe it’s all the other missing kids that Kit discovers while working the case, or the way her gut keeps screaming she’s gotten in over her head. Or maybe it’s because if she fails—she’s dead.
If she can stay just one step ahead, she should be okay. Maybe she’ll even live long to collect her fee…


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!!!


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..  


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….


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