Hunk for the Holidays – Katie Lane – 2.5 stars

September 25, 2012 NetGalley, Uncategorized 0

Hunk for the Holidays

Please suspend belief for the amount of time it takes you to read this and if you do so it isn’t a bad read.  

Cassie is a work-a-holic who is stuck working as an accountant for her family’s construction business when she would rather be getting her hands dirty.  She uses escorts at various social functions rather than letting a man in to her life.  All this changes due to mistaken identity..  and man is he some sexy man meat in a tux…  She lets her hair down at the party and ends up having some amazing sex with the man she thinks is an escort.  In the course of a few short days she ends up with a lot more than she ever bargained for and finally gets out of her shell with both her family and her work.

Josh is just stopping by for a meeting when he is mistaken for Cassie’s escort for the evening.  He is instantly drawn to her and goes along with the charade never giving her his last name.  You see he is the competitor that keeps stealing contracts out from under her family’s construction business.  He’s a good guy and immediately wants more from this wildcat hidden under ice…  I liked what he was willing to do to prove he wanted to be with her and even though it was quick I enjoyed where it went.

I liked the view of her family but to be honest I wish that the author had used a bit more time and made this book a little longer to make the ending believable. 

Special thanks to and Grand Central Publishing for letting me read this in exchange for my honest review. 


Meet the Kowalskis – Shannon Stacey – Contest

September 24, 2012 Carina Press, Purchased, Read in 2012 5

In honor of my 100th post I have decided to talk about the wonderful series of books by Shannon Stacey that immerse you in the Kowalski family.  I happened upon this series due to a wonderful Goodreads reviewer who nicely put some quotes in her reviews.  I will have to say this quote from Exclusively Yours is what got me started thinking I needed to read them:

Joe reached into the back pocket of his jeans and pulled out a folded sheet of spiral notebook paper. “Here’s a list of things you’ll need. I jotted it down in the parking lot.”

Keri unfolded the paper and read the list twice, trying to get a sense of what she was in for.

BRING: Bug spray; jeans; T-shirts; several sweatshirts, at least one with a hood; one flannel shirt (mandatory); pajamas (optional); underwear (also optional); bathing suit (preferably skimpy); more bug spray; sneakers; waterproof boots; good socks; sunscreen; two rolls of quarters.

DO NOT BRING: cell phone; Blackberry; laptop; camera, either still or video; alarm clock; voice recorder; any other kind of electronic anything.

She had no clue what it meant, other than Joe wanting her half-naked and unable to text for help.

And this quote from Undeniably Yours made me run out and get the ones that were out there at the time:

It was a little overwhelming, even though they were a very likable bunch of people. Like agreeing to learn the doggy paddle and being shoved off the high-dive board. And to keep things interesting, somebody told Bobby, Kevin’s youngest nephew, the baby could hear stuff and he was determined to make his new cousin his BFF in utero. It was a bit disconcerting having a kid randomly tell bad jokes to her stomach. Like now.

“Why did the weasel cross the road?” he yelled at her belly button. “To prove it wasn’t a chicken!”

Then he laughed so hard he almost fell over. He was a cute kid, she thought, and then it hit her—a little over seven years from now, she might have one just like him. Some faceless, nameless boy with too much energy and the knees almost worn out of his jeans, telling jokes to crack himself up. Maybe, if they were lucky, he’d look like his daddy, dimples and all.

I fell in love with the family and the series after reading the first one and haven’t turned back.  I love the quirks and emotions that Shannon brings out of the characters and hope you fall in love as well.

The series consists of 4 books that are out right now and 2 more due this year that I am counting the days on.

Series in order and all were rated 4 stars:

Exclusively Yours – Joe and Keri’s story – What happens when you have to go back to your old hometown and try to get a story out of the man who’s heart you broke?  You’ll love this one for the great intro to the family but also how much the main pair truly are to one another.  I loved this second chances story.

Undeniably Yours – Kevin and Beth’s story – What happens when a one-night stand results in a pregnancy noone expected due to a condom failure?  You’ll love how much Kevin steps up to the plate and how much both of them go thru to get to the ending that is incredibly *sigh* worthy of.  He’s such a great man and she’s one heck of a lucky woman.

Yours to Keep – Sean and Emma’s story –  What happens when telling someone you are engaged to a man who doesn’t know he’s yours comes back to haunt you?  In the case of Emma she gets incredibly lucky to land Sean.  Of course this is the book where our beloved “magic penis” makes an appearance and if you read the series for nothing else that one quote will be worth it.  I loved watching a crush become more than either of them ever expected.

All He Ever Needed – Mitch and Paige’s story – What happens when you meet the one you were meant to be with when you aren’t ready to?  I loved watching this story play out as a man who loves life as a nomad meets a woman who finally has decided to plant roots somewhere.  These two were fun to watch as neither was looking for love but were willing to scratch each others itch for a short no-strings affair.  They are both wonderful people and this sets up the next story in the series…  which I cannot wait for!!!  

Coming Soon:

All He Ever Desired – Ryan and Lauren’s story – I’m looking forward to learning more about their history and watching another Kowalski find true love.

All He Ever Dreamed – Josh and Katie’s story – After seeing Josh and Katie in All He Ever Needed, I am really looking forward to this one.  There is some serious denial on his part and serious attraction on her part that when it comes out will be incredibly powerful to read.

Now on to the fun stuff…  I’m giving one lucky person their choice of either a $15 Amazon Gift Card or the Kindle editions of the first 4 books in this wonderful series.  Please use the Rafflecopter form below to enter and good luck!!

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The Angel – Tiffany Reisz – 5 stars

September 24, 2012 NetGalley, Uncategorized 0

So I went in to this thinking…  “Can she really get me bawling a second time?”…

Answer –
                              HELL YES!!

The Angel takes up not too long after The Siren.  Nora is now back with her Søren and is playing sub to his Master again.

Nora –  In this book she is where she thinks she belongs but her heart still aches for her Wesley.  I will tell you she is still as manipulative as ever but I got the sense she is fundamentally broken at this point.  Søren doesn’t seem to make her 100% happy but she also doesn’t feel that she should speak with Wesley again for his sake.  She’s still kick ass but I sensed a deep sadness from her in that maybe what she thinks is her heart and soul might not be all that after all.  Do I think she and Søren are a match…  Yes…  but at the same time I can’t seem to believe that maybe it isn’t the best of matches for her.  She’s not completely happy but still manages to have some great moments with both Søren and Griffin in this book.  Her moments with Michael were wonderful as in her heart she knows who she is getting him ready for. 

Griffin – He’s a wonderfully wicked man in this book and I enjoyed every minute of his unrepentant ways.  He’s a wonderful person in both heart and action so watching his play with Nora was fun.  He falls deeply for our beautiful boy and to watch him try to stay away but need so badly was painfully beautiful.  I loved seeing why he hated Søren but am glad that the reason played out the way it did.  He is a great protector and the HEA he receives is so deserved that it made me tear up.  They are so made for one another and to know that Søren knew this before anyone else did was amazing.

Michael – Your heart will break then cheer for him in this book.  He’s such a broken soul but under the care of Søren, Nora and Griffin he shines.  He is sent with Nora to train while staying away from press following Søren’s inclusion on a short list to become Bishop.  Nora works with him to not only become the sub he desperately wants to be but also on how to let others in while he shows his true self.  Tiffany made me cry for him as to be treated the way he was by both his mom and dad in this is just horrible but I know this happens all the time in the real world.  I loved seeing him open his heart and mind to others knowing that it was not judged by them but accepted.

Suzanne – The reporter that causes Nora to have to go hide was an interesting side story.  Søren is drawn to her in a way but as always he belongs to Nora and doesn’t let Suzanne completely in.  She’s at a point in her life where nothing is quite there for her in her professional or personal life but at the end of this her interactions with our priest bring her to a point where I feel she is ready to not only make strides in her professional life but..  is also going to open her heart up to her ex who I think will be her HEA ultimately.

Kingsley – I liked seeing more of him in this one and love him.  I also loved seeing that there is a bit of tension between he and Nora which stems from jealousy and maybe will lead to some nasty times in the next book.  He loves Søren and will do anything to protect him even at the sacrifice of his own needs.  I think this will be interesting to watch play out as Juliette might have something to say about his devotion to our Master.  His history with Nora is heartbreaking and I gasped when more of their story came out.

Søren – I will admit I was scared to death of him in the last book but after this one I see where he gets his personality from.  Man oh man is that one fucked up family.  I love him after this book and to be honest my heart broke for him with the way this one ends.  I understand his need for inflicting pain much better after this one and truly see how much he loves Nora.  I wasn’t sure if I wanted her to be with him after The Siren but at the end of this one I just want him to be happy.  I think he loves her more than life itself and understands her more than she truly knows.  He loves with all his being and that is breathtaking to watch.

All in all I loved this book and though in some respects it wasn’t as draining mentally as The Siren it was just as draining emotionally.  I am seriously looking forward to The Prince and wondering what path down the rabbit hole Tiffany is going to take us on in it.

Go grab this one as again it will make you cry, laugh and think about what it truly means to love someone else.

Special thanks to and Harlequin for giving me the chance to read this in exchange for my honest review.

The Angel – Tiffany Reisz – 5 stars


Finally Home – Helen Scott Taylor – 4 stars

September 24, 2012 NetGalley, Uncategorized 0

This is a nice sweet read where you have a true sense that the main pair really are in it for the long haul at the end.

Jack is in trouble…  He’s due to be married in the next couple of days and realizes he doesn’t want to go thru with it.  Put on the spot by his new ex he says that he is in love with the first female name he can come up with…  Melanie.  She’s his manager for his hotel and once he says her name he starts to wonder… hmmmm what if…  He starts to spend more and more time around her and her son which was a lot of fun to see.

Melanie is trying to rebuild her life after a huge tragedy in her past.  She blames herself for what happened and wonders if she could have prevented it.  She’s a wonderful mom but keeps to herself as her secret could cause more pain and destruction for her son.  She’s lonely though and hurting but under Jack’s care comes out of her shell more and more until the past comes back to haunt her.  I was a little frustrated with her but I can understand why she felt the way she did.  I loved how she finally let go and even with the tension you could see what she really wanted even if she fought it.

Nice sweet read and happy that and Carina Press allowed me to read this in exchange for my honest review.


Fault Lines – Rebecca Rogers Maher – 4 Stars

September 24, 2012 NetGalley, Uncategorized 1

I’m not going to give away the main part of the issues with the heroine but I will say the treatment the author gives the subject was refreshing as it felt incredibly real.  It hit close to home for me although I didn’t have everything happen to me that she did I personally did feel most of what she did and still occasionally deal with the same issues of trust and nightmares.
Sarah has issues with control and uses sex as a way to keep men at an emotional distance.  She doesn’t do relationships or any real connections other than to her best friend.  I liked her and as you get to know her secrets you will feel for her and hope she gets some true happiness.  She’s driven and really just wants to be honest but is convinced that what happened to her was her fault…  trust me it isn’t but there are times when I felt that way as well.  I’m proud of the journey she took in this book and even happier the author didn’t completely whitewash the subject.
Joe…what an incredible man he is.  He’s a recovering alcoholic and brilliant photographer that sees beyond the masks we all present to the world.  He has his own demons that are faced in this book and seeing him make steps in his own way was heartwarming.  He’s a great great sexy man and even though we don’t see much of the two of them together what we do see is beautiful.  I’m so happy that he was such a patient person with her and I beleive what they build will be an incredible life.
Thanks to and Carina Press for bringing this to my attention and allowing me to read this in exchange for my honest review.
One note…  Please do not go in to this without understanding it deals with some difficult topics but..  I cannot say this enough…  These topics deserve to be talked about with honesty no matter how uncomfortable they can make some people. 


Blue Nebula – Diane Dooley – 3 stars

September 24, 2012 NetGalley, Uncategorized 0

This was a decent read but I think I need to go back and read the first one.  

Sola has had a ton of enhancements done to her by her dictator father.  She’s married to Javan and it turns out she’s pregnant.  She doesn’t quite know how to handle this news as she plans on going to Earth to kill her father even though it will be extremely dangerous mission.  Her husband desperately wants to keep her and the baby safe but Sola is determined to do what is best for Earth even if that means losing Javan.  

Javan seemed to be a good man stuck in a relationship where he wasn’t kept in the loop about everything.  He doesn’t like her lies but that is all she has known since she was a child.  I liked what I saw of Javan but in this read he wasn’t there much.

I think the pair was a good fit for one another once the truths all came out but Sola is not a sympathetic or warm heroine.  Understandable with her upbringing but made it a bit difficult to get completely warmed up to the relationship.

I’m planning on reading the first story to see if it helps with my thoughts of her but it wasn’t a bad read as is.

Thanks to and Carina Press for the chance to read this in exchange for my honest review. 


Desire By Blood – Melissa Schroeder – 4 Stars

September 20, 2012 Uncategorized 0

Desire by Blood (By Blood, #1)
Ahh,,,  Sexy vampires and strong women…  such a wonderful combination.
Cordelia is a bluestocking that is making a living by being a reporter.  She’s the bastard daughter who always felt like an outsider and fears becoming like her mother.  She’s strong and unwilling to conform to society’s expectations of what a woman should be.  I liked her practicality and willingness to stand up for what she believed in but felt sorry for her own self-doubt and denial of her sensual nature.  She has no idea what she is going to get when she meets Nico.  She doesn’t know her total worth both from a mental perspective or as a woman in general for a man like Nico.
Nico…  sigh…  Nico…  such a wonderful Alpha male that still understands that a strong woman is something to treasure and not fear.  Of course he has his wonderful mother to thank for that mentality as she is a prime example of what good a strong woman can do for the family.  He’s not looking for his match but boy oh boy do the sparks fly when he and Cordelia meet.  This vampire that has all sorts of self-control can’t seem to muster it when near his beloved.  They end up in a situation that compromises Cordelia and to keep her safe/make it right he marries her.  This is not expected to be a love match and Cordelia initially fights it but relents as it is the only choice she can really make.  Once the two are married…  *fans self*…  all bets are off as they realize that not only do they have chemistry but there is a real love and respect there that should be cherished and nurtured.  
The story uses the concepts of Born and Made vampires in a new way but boils down to discrimination and the older more established ignoring the issues at the expense of innocents.  I liked the tension but am really looking forward to Malik’s story and seeing how he and Cordelia’s sister make things work between them while the fight against the old guard continues.  Oh and of course you know there is going to be some really sexy times cause man oh man does their chemistry shine in this book.
Thanks to Melissa for giving me a copy as I really enjoyed the start to this world..  You can send em to me any time you wish…  😉


Beyond Shame – Kit Rocha – 5 Stars – Contest

September 18, 2012 NetGalley, Uncategorized 3

I must bow down to the Mistresses…  😉

Ok the people on Twitter (you know who you are) that said this book was deliciously dirty didn’t even come close to how truly naughty this book is.  I mean decadence can’t cover it..  you feel like a bit of a voyeur but man oh man can it give you some ideas.

I felt for poor Noelle when she ends up kicked out of Eden to make her way in the Sectors.  She is quickly seen as prey and ends up getting juiced by someone that wanted to take advantage.  Luckily for her she lands in the arms of a very sexy, dangerous man.  She’s innocent, naive and believes that the thoughts and feelings she’s been having are shameful.  You may think this makes her weak but as you get to know her and watch her grow …  she’s strong and such a lovely character.  Sure she likes to submit…  sure she likes to play with both men and women but…  she’s no weak plaything…

Jasper.. *fans self*…  man oh man can he get your motor running.  He’s growly…  possessive…  sweet…  lost….  and man oh man can he come up with some interesting things to say and try out.  I loved watching him in both his dealings with Noelle and the rest of the world we were immersed in.  I loved his ability to both want to keep her but knows that what he needs to do is let her come out of her shell by not completely stifling her.  He does some typical male bs but hey I can forgive a lot.

Now…  my comments would not be complete without mentioning the next pair that we will hopefully see…  and man oh man this will be an amazing book when the Mistresses give it to us..

Dallas and Lex…  dude these two are scorching in this book but man oh man…  Their book should be absolutely positively scorching..  They burn up the pages in this one and dear GAWD will they be hot …

I’m looking incredibly forward to more from this dystopian world and have to say they can send them to me any time they wish…  I mean I’ll buy them anyway but….

Thanks to and Kit Rocha for letting me get my greedy hands on it in exchange for my honest review.

Please leave a comment below to win an eBook copy (Kindle, Nook, or iBooks) of this deliciously dirty read.  Contest ends on 9/28/12 at 11:59 pm CT.  If you are having issues with comments please either tweet me to enter or send me an email.


Forever Werewolf/Moon Kissed – Michele Hauf – 4 stars

September 18, 2012 NetGalley, Uncategorized 0

Forever Werewolf: Forever Werewolf\Moon Kissed

I liked the 2 books that came as a part of this title.

Forever Werewolf

Lexi is cold..  or at least appears to be cold to those that surround her.  She’s built up huge defenses after a life of being the oddity in a werewolf pack.  She can’t shift and if she can’t shift she can’t find a werewolf mate that would ever want her.  She’s determined to do what she can for her pack even though they don’t completely accept her.  She wants someone to call her own and when Trystan shows up she finds herself drawn to a man who drops everything to help save her pack even though he just arrived.

Trystan was one sexy male.  I loved how he dropped everything when the avalanche hit the compound to help find the missing even though it isn’t his pack.  He’s an outcast from normal werewolf society in that he is a vampire/werewolf hybrid.  He’s always been interested in pack life but knows he won’t be accepted once people know what he is.  He meets Lexi and is immediately attracted to this outwardly appearing cold woman.  He pushes her buttons and opens his heart and soul to help her warm up.

The bad guy in this was a duh but the chemistry between Lexi and Tryst made it for me…  cause when they act on their passions it was steamy.  

Moon Kissed

 I had read another book or two with the main characters of this one so knew about them already but I liked getting to see them coming together.

Bella is a human dancer that loves her life in most respects but you sense that she wants to find her one.  She runs afoul of some vampires while out jogging and then gets rescued (molested) by a man who seems to make her want him while she is still scared out of her wits by him and the vampires.  She tries to put it out of her mind but…  he keeps showing up and pushing limits with her.

Severo is an older werewolf that has met his match.  Bella calls to him in a way that no other female has ever called to him.  He’s frightened of what will happen when his were form comes out to play but wants her more than life itself.  He’s ALPHA from the word go but sexy as hell cause he goes for what he wants.  Man oh man would it not be nice to have his attention.  

There is more to this book than just wolf meets mate but I won’t give it away.  I need to go back in my library and find the next book in the series to refresh all my memories of this characters but it was a nice read. 

Both books are nice reads so go grab this book. 

Forever Werewolf/Moon Kissed – Michele Hauf – 4 stars


Yesterday’s Heroes – Heather Long – 3 stars

September 17, 2012 NetGalley, Uncategorized 1

Fast read ..  really really fast read but Rory and Michael were hot.

The premise is a set of people were sent back in time to try to stop certain major events from happening in order to change the bleak reality they live in.  They have been back for 40 years so far and in one moment everything changes.

Michael has been following his target Rory for a few weeks and got close to her at a bar the night before he decides to complete his job.  You see he is supposed to kill her in order to bring out the man they know as  The Immortal.  For someone who never misses he is shocked when he doesn’t complete the mission but is also shocked by how intensely his mind/body is yelling MINE.  He’s sexy, Alpha and dear gawd is he yummy.

Rory is a kick ass heroine who is incredibly drawn to Michael even though he is keeping her captive.  She is definitely interested but at the same time worried for her missing partners.  I enjoyed their interplay and loved watching how she manages to control him even without meaning to.  I think another item that kept me interested is getting to the bottom of what exactly they need to do to get the future to be brighter.

My hope is that there will be more to the world introduced in this quick read and I will have to keep my eye out for it.

Thanks to and Carina Press for the chance to read this in exchange for my honest review. 

Yesterday’s Heroes – Heather Long – 3 stars