Tuesday, 30 June 2009

Monthly Reading List Update - June

This month was a really good reading month for me, not only did I pass my monthly target of 40 books but I found some gems among the lot. SURVIVING WITH LOVE and ZERAAC’S MIRACLES are two books that stood out for me this month.

I found a new Vampi series DALAKIS PASSION from N.J.Walters – I have done the first review – HARKER’S JOURNEY, the other three are set for posting in the coming week.

I tried my very first F/F book this month and I must say – Thank you Jenna Byrnes for holding my hands and guiding me through – I loved it. (FOOL’S GOLD)

I also tried a hot shifter series , that knocked my sock off with some hot smut – I eagerly await Kate Steele’s next visit with her wolf’s. (TO TEMPT A WOLF, TO TRUST A WOLF)

I read a lot more than i reviewed this month, but I will get to them – I promise I will.

 

207- RX Love - Sherry Derr-Wille - Review

206 – Two Little Miracles – Caroline Anderson

205 - Anthology: Pleasure Bound – Jenna Byrnes -  Review 

204 - Dalakis Passion Bk1 – Harker’s Journey – Review

203 – Fallon Mates Bk2 – Zeraac’s Miracle – Jory Strong - Review

202 – Fallon Mates Bk 1 – Binding Krista – Jory Strong - Review

201  – Caged Slave - Yukio Takamura (Yaoi Novel) - Review

200  – Hunter’s Dawn: Laying The Ghost – Meg Leigh - Review

199  – Fool’s Gold – Jenna Byrnes - Review

198  - Blood Brothers 4: Dante's Wrath - Eve Vaughn - Review

197 – Sex, Lies and Wedding Bells – EM Lynley - Review

196  – To Tempt A Wolf – Kate Steele- Review

195 - – To Trust A Wolf – Kate Steele - Review

194   - Unspoken Secrets – Destiny Blaine- Review

179 – 193 - Weekly Geeks - Catching Up On Reviews

178 – Never Say Goodbye – Jenna Byrnes - Review

177 - Unspoken Truths – Destiny Blaine - Review

176 – Protect and Defend – Francesca Hawley - Review

175– Shades Of Grey - Bev Haynes - Review

174 – Night Games – Jude Mason - Review

173 – Ice Maiden – Jewel Adams - Review

172 – Hell Hath No Fury – Brenda Williamson - Review

171 – Diamond in The Rough – Diana Palmer - Review

170  – Surviving With Love – Rebecca J. Vickery – Review 

169 – Like Coffee and Doughnuts – Elle Parker - Review

168 – The Last Bouquet – Carol Lynne - Review

167 – Going Down Hard – Tawny Weber - Review

166 – Lilly Blossom – N.J. Walters - Review

165  – My Only Home – Pepper Espinoza - Review

164  - (Just Like) Starting Over – Pepper Espinoza - Review 

163 – Uniforms – AKM Miles - Review

162 - Dreams Delivered – Jaxx Steele – Review

How did your month fair out. What book surprised you and did you get through what you wanted to get through this month.

 

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Winners – Leontine’s Book Realm Contest

 

OK ladies Leontine has let the randomizer pick the winners and the slot machines are there to show what a good time she had picking them.

Congratulations ladies, we had a blast.  Winner Please email Leontine with your email and snail mail address as soon as possible leontinesbookrealm@gmail.com.

 

    Winner 1

Eve S -> Megan Hart – TEMPTED

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Winner 2

VampFanGirl -> M.L. Rhodes – UNDER MY SKIN

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I had a blast yesterday and we will talk loads of book talk on your blog! Have a great evening.

Hugs,

Leontine

 

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Review - RX Love - Sherry Derr-Wille

 

 

 

 

 

Back Of The Book

Dave Lowrey needs a miracle so that his son can walk again. When he finds it at a San Francisco hospital, he realizes he must contend with a woman he dated in college and dumped, to get it. All come to fruition when he accepts a job at the hospital. Being on staff will give him an in for getting Colin on the list for the surgery, even if he has to take Ellyn Morrison to bed to do it

Ellyn Morrison only allowed one man to get close to her and when Dave Lowrey transfers to a top position at her hospital, she's not certain how to handle the situation. Things only get worse when he becomes her doctor. It isn't until she learns that his son is a paraplegic that she softens.

Can the lover and needs of a child bring the two of them together? Colin certainly hopes so.

 

“I’ve been avoiding you because I know why you want to see me. You’re concerned because I look tired. Well I am tired. I spent all last week in one of the dorm rooms because I was on call. It looks like I should have done the same thing this week. I’ve been called in more on Frank’s week of rotation than on my own. Believe me, I’m looking forward to the weekend when I can sleep late and not have to answer the phone.”

“Well,” Karl said, “rest is something I can guarantee. I’ve made arrangements for you to check into the hospital tomorrow for a complete physical. There’s more behind this than exhaustion. You’ve lost weight and your color is bad. I checked your file. Somehow you’ve managed to cancel your last two physicals.”

Ellyn wanted to protest, but since they entered the Bay Room she held her tongue. Venting her frustration and anger in front of her colleagues would do her more harm than good.

“Ellyn,” Gordon Kapling, the retiring head of ER said, taking her hand. “I’d started to think you were going to duck out on this reception, the way you have in the past.”

“To be honest, Gordon, I got tied up with a complicated procedure and almost forgot. Luckily, Karl caught me before I went down to the recovery room to check on my patient.”

“Well, whatever powers got you here have my undying gratitude. Ellyn Morrison, this is my replacement, David Lowry.”

Ellyn could feel her eyes widen, her jaw drop. For the first time, she looked past Gordon to see the man this reception was meant to honor. If anyone had mentioned Dave’s name earlier she certainly would have set up and taken notice. For some reason, either it hadn’t been given or she hadn’t heard it.

“Dave,” she gasped, as he reached for her hand.

“You look lovely, Ellyn,” Dave said, holding her hand a bit longer than was necessary.

Ten years of old hurts erupted to the surface and Ellyn began to steam.

RX Love © Sherry Derr-Wille

 

Review

Widower Dave Lowrey finds himself in need of a miracle for his son. When all else looks to have failed – he comes across an article that just might mean the difference between a life and a normal life for his son.

The only sting in his elation is the fact that an old acquaintance was the person he has to go through to get a foot hold onto the programme. Having not had any sort of happy experience with Ellyn Morrison in the past – David knows he has to step lightly and be as creative with the truth to get what he wants.

From the first moment Ellyn saw David again – David knew he had a hard battle again of him. But he was prepared to do anything for his son – that is until he learn the truth about Ellyn.

I decided to try this book because of the blurb – I am such a hussy for a good blurb. Sherry Derr-Wille is a new to me author and I am liking her voice.

We are introduced to David who wants to make sure his son has what ever option and opportunity is there for him to have an attempt at a normal life. Then there is Ellyn Morrison a workaholic with a chip on her shoulder that has made her what she is.

The main protags and the support cast were not hard to like, I could not however feel that emotional connection between David and Ellyn through out the book and this  was my main source of concern. With as much as this was a good story line with little side stories and enough tension to actually make a bit of it a page turner, just something wasn’t doing it for me.

The pace of the book moves like a camera shutter, little bits and pieces of scenes but nothing to connect them that doesn’t require you to think about what if’s and why?

If you like a punchy read, this is for you -  there was a back story, character development, hilarity and more importantly a strong and feisty support cast that does magic for this book. 

I could feel that this was just a fluke in this author repertoire – just something felt like there is more to this author than I am getting from this book. So I am moving onto another novel by her to see if my judgement is off – so keep tune.

 

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Review – Anthology: Pleasure Bound – Jenna Byrnes

 

 

 

 

 

Back Of The Book

Aloha Kaua by Jenna Byrnes
On her first trip to Hawaii, Michaela Donovan discovers lust and love in the most unusual place.
Aloha Kaua. May there be love between us. Michaela Donovan isn't sure about love, but she's looking for something on her first trip to the Hawaiian island of Oahu. Her week-long stay with a group of sales contest winners, real estate agents like herself, starts out as boring as the man from Sheboygan who has eyes for her. Desperate to squeeze some fun from the rest of her vacation, Michaela sets her sights on the handsome surfer she sees every time she turns around.
Kale Mahai hangs out on the beach, surfs, then hangs out on the beach some more. Michaela can't help noticing his silky, shoulder-length black hair and smooth, muscular chest. She can only imagine what's under his colourful board shorts, and spends a lot of time doing exactly that. Kale's blue eyes are enticing, his manner seductive. His style is totally different from anyone Michaela ever met in Chicago.
What happens in Oahu stays in Oahu, right? Michaela might as well enjoy herself. It's not every day she has a vacation from ordinary, and the Hawaiian-speaking hunk who turns her world upside down isn't the type to stick around forever. When Kale predictably disappears, Michaela's reaction, and response, surprise even her.

 

Michaela blinked then laughed. “Um, yeah. Whatever you said.”
The handsome hunk smiled, replying in a more serious, sophisticated voice. “I said, ‘That’s right. But you’re pretty enough, you make yourself right at home, okay?’”
Michaela thought once again about unleashing his ponytail and letting that thick, gorgeous hair flow. She batted her lashes. “You’re a smooth talker. I’m in the mood for a little smooth talk, tonight.”
“Oh, yeah?” He took step closer, his eyes still sparkling. “That’s interesting, because you’ve been avoiding me for the last two days.”
She pretended to be shocked. “I haven’t been avoiding you! I must not have seen you.”
He grinned, moving closer yet. “Really. Not sure I buy that. But you’re here now, that’s the important thing. So, would you like to get a drink or something?”
ALOHA KAUA Jenna Byrnes 52
Warm breath wafted over her face, immobilising her. Michaela could only gaze into his dark eyes. “Or something…sounds good.”
She inhaled and held her breath.
Michaela opened her mouth as his lips pressed against hers. She didn’t remember exhaling, but it quickly felt as if he were breathing for both of them. Their soul-wrenching kiss was better than anything she’d experienced in a long time, and more seductive than she could have imagined.
When it ended, she bit her lip nervously. She needed to ground herself and remain alert, but he made it difficult.
He smiled again, pressing his hands against the small of her back and drawing her near. “Let me chew on that for a while.” He nibbled her lower lip before resuming their warm, wet kiss.

Aloha Kaua © Jenna Byrnes

 

 

Reviewette.

Michaela is in beautiful Hawaii with a group of her colleagues as part of a sales contest win. She however might as well be alone as nothing so far has perked her interest.

Nothing so far except the man that she has been seeing on and off since arriving and he was definately giving her the eye. Michaela, to herself feels she is a good girl, does what she needs to do, has a job and get through her day as best as she can, however she is in Hawaii, what could it hurt to indulge and enjoy a fling for once – after all what happens in Hawaii stays in Hawaii.

Kale Mahai is here and now, hangs out on the beach and seems not to be able to take his eyes off her. When Michaela makes up her mind to do something just for her – he was her first choice and for a whole lot of reasons, however first choices are sometimes never the best choice. 

First let me say i am not a fan of anthology for a whole lot of reasons. However two of my favourite authors or in this so you know I have to give it a shot.

Ms. Byrnes introduces us to Michaela and Kale in ALOHA KAUA. Michaela is on an unexpected vacation of sorts , as her stay in Hawaii was due to a contest win – she isn’t having a good time, but tries to make the best of it. The only noteworthy event so far of her stay, is being hit on by one of the guys who was a part of her group and of course the all muscled man with the hair to die for who she keeps seeing everywhere - Kale.

Soon – she hooks up with him the two are getting it on hot and heavy, however doubts are attached to everything that happens between the two and something has to give – sooner rather than later.

This book starts off really weird and move at a pace of a one night stand speed  when it comes to the smut. I could not get a handle of either of the protags and I was not enjoying the first half of this book. Ms. Byrnes then did what she does best and brought out the angst and the second half is  a whole new ball game.

The emotions came out, the certainty, the uncertainty – the anticipation and I was loving it. Then the inevitable happens – the story is more or less cut short with a rush end and a feeling that  I was not seeing Ms. Byrnes at her best.

I would love for Ms. Byrnes to revisit Michaela and Kale at some point in a book of their own as  I was left with the feeling that this story is only just beginning and a lot more is left to be said between these two.

Bottom Line

A sweet contemporary romance that somehow does not capture Ms.Byrnes  at her best. The characters did not come into their own until midway and by them it was over. Little bits of what Ms. Byrne's is all about is there and as soon as it hit you you will know that there is more to this author. For fans of Ms. Byrnes work this is a must read, for new readers try reading another of Ms. Byrnes short stories to get the best of this author before going onto this one.

New Website – Jenna Byrnes

 

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Monday, 29 June 2009

Leontine – Leontine’s Book Realm

This week – no introductions are needed…. all I will say is,  Leontine-  – Welcome to the Erotic Horizon….

 

A few weeks back I received a questionnaire from E.H. in preparation for this Guest Blogpost, but before I answer those questions I am afraid my upbringing is kicking in. I can hear my mother in the back of my mind saying it is polite to introduce myself first before starting to ramble about books, blogs and so on. I’m afraid she does know me best because when I start to talk books there is no end in sight and I lose focus on what I was meant to do.

So ok, for those who do not know me and want to risk it…and perhaps for those who already know me and are accustomed to my ramblings, here is my introduction:

Hi everyone,

My name is Leontine and for the remainder of a two full months I’m still thirty-two years old. I’m an avid reader of romance and its sub-genres (duh), a dear friend tells me I’m a bit of a scatterbrain and I hate to break it to myself but sometimes I am *gg* I like to be creative and it is food for my soul…really it is *wink* I try to enjoy life with all its crazy ups and downs and sometimes blissful uneventful periods. I’m married to a DH who lets me express my passion for books anyway I can. I swear he took a vow on our wedding day to accept the fact I’m a book-addict to the core and that he had to take any and all responsibility for making the choice in marrying me. So here we are…married for seven years, together for thirteen, and he still looks at me like I’m a rabid bunny when books come through the mail. We are so in Mars/Venus mode when I have to do my last blog round before heading off to bed. Or late at night when I still need to finish up on an interview with an author for Realms On Our Bookshelves – henceforth known as ROOB. Also when gals give a good recommendation then yes, I immediately have to stroll to my favorite online stores and yes, I need to have that book while hundreds already grace my shelf. Perhaps you can give me tips on how to indoctrinate my DH in dealing with a book-addict…anyone? *looks around blog* You think it will work after thirteen years? *frowns eyebrows in wonder*

But back to me and the introduction. I have studied to become a nurse but ended up with a job in a children’s Daycare Center and loved every minute of working there. In the mean time we also accumulated five shih-tzu dogs. `Five!!’ Some might be thinking…yes five. No, they were not accidents, they were all deliberate choices on our part and a few years ago we had to say goodbye to one of them. I truly believe that all dogs go to heaven and Jasmijn earned her spot with wings and all. They also once in a while gave me a litter of puppies to nurture and I loved these periods. I have treasured memories in abundance of tiny, squirmy bodies, first puppy steps and puppy play. In my late twenties I decided to take some time off, quit my job to work on our baby project and became a housewife.

That is when trouble with the capital T began, to keep boredom far, far away from my doorstep I discovered the pleasures internet can afford. Household needs to be done, dogs need their daily walks and cuddles but I had to keep myself occupied or else I’d go nuts. Before internet I just read books and stuff them on my bookshelves but I found out there was a whole world to discover, peeps to meet and I found out they shared the same passion. I thought with this bright grin on my face…”Eureka!”

And this is where I will let E.H.’s questions take over *wink*

 

 

-1- Firstly you have promoted your blog as "Leontine’s Book Realm”. What's behind the name and is there a story there.

Well, I have to take you back to the year 2006. It is an important year for me since that’s the time where my book reading addiction spiralled out of control as I discovered the English book market. It was the year when ROOB was founded and the philosophy behind that name very much influenced my blog title.

Because when pondering for a website name my train of thought with my sister was the following; I feel that if the author does a great job and I love the world, care about the characters in it and go along with all the ups and downs in every story told, it feels very much like stepping into another world.

So when I created my blog I looked at my bookcases and I thought, well my blog is my personal realm where I tell to the world what rocks me as a person and as a reader. Still, the series, the books, the realms shelved in my bookcases very much define my blog so I came up with Leontine’s Book Realm where the word Realm reflects both my personal realm and the realms authors create.

-2- Can you let us know what's your specialty reading area and how/why you got into it.

While talking books with me there is one thing anyone should know… You will very much perceive my “Dutch period” and the discovery of what I now call, my “English period” which is also still ongoing. The shock was…profound I can tell ya. I lost my newbie status with authors like Karen Marie Moning – Sherrilyn Kenyon and JR Ward. Hello, good morning and goodnight, I was a changed woman after that *wink*

I can still remember my first novel by Karen Moning; The Immortal Highlander. I never heard of series chronology at the time and I got a hardcover copy cheap on Ebay. It initiated an incredible affair with hardcover BCE edition novels for one thing. But the most important was that the envelop with the book arrived on a Friday, I opened the book that very evening and that Sunday I was shopping for the entire series. Adam Black, Amadan Dubh…he was unlike any hero I ever met. I suddenly realized that my sister was right. Since she was a teenager she always said that reading in English would make me perceive it all better and I always said: “What does the English language have that Dutch language doesn’t, it is still the same story!” Well, the impact of the sensuality, the characterization and world building is perceived different, more intense and it all got me hot and bothered big time. But then again, we’re talking Adam Black here, who doesn’t at least get a jolt of pleasure out of reading his story? I knew I was sold right there and then. To have this book discovery and not talk about it was sacrilege in my opinion, so I went to a forum board I was active at the time and wrote my very first review out of the blue. This was I think in the early months of 2006.

But to answer the main question, there’s no doubt about it, though my first love as a teenager was historical romance I have found my second first love when I started reading English in the paranormal/fantasy genre. Paranormal/Fantasy is my main course and my side dishes are historicals – suspense – erotica and a bit contemporary. In these “side dish genres” Ashleagh, Dream-Mistress and Pearl have often been my advisers with their recommendations and I have enjoyed many of them.

-3- With work and life in general how much time do you spend on the net and your blog/Site in a day and weekly.

This is really confronting you know, how much time do I spend on the internet? Crap do I want to know this…NO, I wanna stay in blissful denial!! ROFL I think I spent an average three hours a day and about 15-20 hours a week on ROOB and my Blog. Weekends excluded since that is DH and social time and then I just do a bit of blog lurking and checking e-mail.

DutchCover_LordOfTheWolves-4- What are some of your daily net habits.

I have a rule with myself to do all the things on my to-do list IRL before I fire up the pc and walk into my cyber world because morning rounds can easily take up to two hours. With a cup of latte coffee I first check with the gals at the ROOB’s forum boards and reply where needed. Then I hop over to my blog and see if there was any activity going on, write a blogpost or post a review and then I go to my lifeline called; my blog roll – I just absolutely love this feature- it saves so much time and with one click I am visiting with peeps of the same species, namely; avid readers! Of course Twitter these days is included on my daily rounds and I’m enjoying myself there with these 140 character messages. A whole new lingo is developing there and does anyone else have a problem with stuffing your thoughts in one, itsy bitsy, tiny message of 140 characters? That is why forum board & blog commenting is still my preference of talking the book talk.

So when I have left my messages on the boards, blogs and twitter I usually do some pr stuff for ROOB, looking up on book info and it is lunch time before I know it. After that it is pretty much trying to keep up with the book talk and another firm moment on the net is either between four and five or between seven and eight in the evening.

-5- Which came first your blog or your website and what's the difference.

ROOB came first and is an endeavor to tell readers and publishers what we think would be wonderful if it got translated. If there is one thing we feel is that there is so little translated in the Netherlands. We are missing out on the whole paranormal genre which is still thriving after a few years. Historical novels like Rona Sharon, Lisa Valdez, Sherry Thomas, Anna Campbell and author’s alike still haven’t been translated while they very much shape the face of the genre at the moment. Ditto with other sub-genres, many of the Dutch readers who are passionate about a certain genre will sooner or later go English since that is where you can immediately read up on a series, or read the next novel release of favorite authors. The topic still gets me frustrated, can you tell? Still, there are many in our small country who only read in our native language, and though sometimes the essence isn’t always quite grabbed in translation, I feel that the Dutch readers are missing out on a lot.

So Ashleagh and I founded Realms On Our Bookshelves to express there is so much more out there for publishers to discover and there are no two better partners in crime than Dream-Mistress and Pearl to do some discovering and reviewing!

The difference between the ROOB website and my blog is that my blog is just me, my creativity, my thoughts, my own corner of the World Wide Web. Blogging has a different vibe than a website or forum board and it is where I discovered other features, peeps and another form to express my love for books and reading. While my reviews stay the same as on ROOB I have a complete sidebar that gives information on releases, polls, my Bar-Cynster challenge and where my ultimate heroes have been given a permanent home. ROOB is a team effort while with my blog it is just me and I think there lays the difference.

-6- Best thing about having a blog... or a really pleasant event that happened to you, because of your blog.

I have met some incredible new gals to talk the book talk with. Shall we name a few…? I don’t mind sharing the spotlight LOL VampFanGirl, Barbara, Amy, Randi, Dottie, Katiebabs, not to forget Erotic Horizon!, Jill D, Anna, Mandi, SarahT and many more. It still amazes me how one common passion can lead to wonderful online contact. It is the way I met Pearl and Dream-Mistress as well so I will never underestimate the power of chatting online about books and whatever spirals from that point.

Another thing is that I have been given the opportunity, twice now, to ARC review a novel because of my blog. Alyssa Day gave me a drool worthy package full of Warriors Of Poseidon and via a pr publicist I received an ARC of a new author for me: Judith James – Highland Rebel.

Each of the two times it happened it was like Christmas morning and though my own TRP is humongous I was incredibly happy to been given the opportunity to do this.

-7- What widget/promotional site or other must have would you say made a difference to your blog. (you can mention social networking, joining group, meme etc.)

First of all, meme, what would that be? This makes me feel like a newbie again to the world of blogging! I haven’t come across a site where I added my url of my blog that really has rewarded me with more word of mouth or traffic other then twitter. I was more like going out here, showing my face everywhere and saying: “Here I am, love to meet you all, and come visit me sometimes on my blog.” So I can’t pinpoint an exact website, other than twitter, that is a must for all bloggers to join.

-8- How much input did you have in actually formatting your blog and how smooth a progress was it or were there hair tearing moment.

Don’t get me started on the subject of formatting a blog with html codes. Hair tearing moments??…I had moments of utter hating my blog, of wanting to throw my pc out the window in frustration of it not doing what I wanted it to do, how I wanted it to work out and do it in one take. My instructions were perfectly clear..the pc/blog just didn’t understand me!

I can still go on a chocolate binge in frustration thinking about it. The creativity process of pimping my blog was very much a trial of perseverance, patience (which is so not my forte) and being happy with every small step forward. A small step for my blog, a giant step for Leontine *gg* So in one of my moments of utter frustration the cyber gods decided to lend me a hand to give me the link to the blog that ruled my world in conquering the HTML codes: http://gayabo.blogspot.com/

This was my Blogging HTML for dummies and made it so much easier for me to do what was already so clear in my head. All was peaceful again after that, flowers started to bloom, birds started to sing again and the sun came out to shine.

It does get a bit easier in the long run and for my own blog I know my way around it now. And DH and dogs are very much thanking whatever cyber gods decided to lend me a hand!

 

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-9-Where else do you use this background and have you gotten any feedback on it

I use my background just about everywhere, from twitter, to MySpace and wherever I may go next. Going on a sidetrack here for a moment: On a lazy Sunday afternoon I was once more contemplating my blog and its look. I wanted something no one else had and I wanted something written. Now text from the blogposts on text background is not the brightest ideas but what was in my mind, was in my mind. So I opened photoshop and opened a new layer, now this is like a blank canvas…what colors to use, what to put there, it contains tons of possibilities. I suddenly got myself an epiphany, author names, why wouldn’t I extend my header banner in a background full of author names. Well, the idea was there within a second...the creation of it took between 5 to 6 hours though. Each name was a separate layer in the image and I dabbled a bit with colors, added a rose image and so on. Since it took me about forever I wanted to make it something signature for me and the places I was active. So this background is used wherever it is possible.

Did I get comments about it? An author once said she loved my blog but if this was a comment about the look of my blog was something I never asked. And the other day when Randi gave me an award she said, and I’m paraphrasing here, “You have a cool blog.” It is always a surprise and always nice to hear someone enjoys themselves on my blog but once again, if it was also a comment on the look of my blog? Randi…are you out there girl…can you answer this? ROFL

-10- .Where do you see your blog in a year from now.

There are three ideas in my head I’d like to see to completion and the first one is already coming along very nicely. I’m sorry about being a tease but that is all I can say *eek, don’t throw tomatoes now* I hope it will turn Leontine’s Book Realm in to a fun place to be where new visitors will enjoy strolling around and where regulars will enjoy coming for some book talk, ranting and raving about all sorts of topics and so on.

-11-While blogging gives away a piece of our identity - do you feel you have changed since blogging.

The cheeky side in me demands to answer with: Okay, now I’m about to out myself, but I trust you gals to keep it a secret *grin* There is a me-myself and I who can manifest themselves as three different persona’s; Leontine, that’s me you’re talking to right now, I swear! Goddessa who regularly pops up in me, she just wants to talk hunks, eye-candy, man-titty covers, picture perfect, finely tuned hot buns aka a hot ass and lickable ripped abs. And then there’s Monetea, she is a bit of...well, a bit of a temperamental fury actually. She is sometimes inspired by a flash of creativity, at those times she doesn’t want to be disturbed because hell hath no fury like an artist in a creativity process *mwahahaha*

A more serious answer: While I personally didn’t change, or my passion for reading the romance genre in general, I did become more aware in how many ways there are to convey that passion. How many people daily give their free time to promote the genre and have a blast doing it. It makes me become more adventurous in contributing to that fact. Both with ROOB and my personal blog.

-10- What are some of the no no's for you in relation to reading and reviewing.

I’m pondering here for a moment…big no no’s regarding reading? I always say that if an author makes it believable for me than they can get away with pretty much everything. I don’t think I have big no no’s in reading. Ok (a full day later)…as I check my final answers I suddenly remember this, something that truly gets a rise out of me. It is that when I am committed and invested in reading a series the author suddenly changes the rules on me, or changes in genre orientation. It is something I do not digest well as a reader…

In regarding to reviewing, I just talked about that in a topic regarding Lisa Valdez’s pending release of PATIENCE. However I feel about a book I will give reasons in the why of it and will never take it out on an author personally, it is just not my thing.

-11- Your blog has a very classical look to it - is this a format that works for you and why.

Uh, never thought about that either until now! When Pearl gave me basic blogging 101 I thought the Sand Dollar template was accommodating my needs the best. So I took it and pimped it…a - lot, with many extra features and options. I love the width of the blogpost in Sand Dollar as my blogposts and reviews tend to be…long, so for a visitor not to get an overworked scroll finger I chose my current template.

-12- Are you the sole operator of your blog and are your reviews posted anywhere else.

Yes, it is me, myself and I who run my blog, begs me to ask; “Do my multiple personalities count as one or count separate because then I have three running my blog?”*gg* And my reviews are posted @ ROOB, my blog and at times on amazon.co.uk. *screaming in my head: “Yes!!! Finally a short, almost to the point answer!”* All I can say is, I tried *sigh*

 

-14- Now to get to the books. Tell me all - the ones that started you off onto the genre, some favourites through the years and looking forward to books.

E.H., you’re the one who asked…I just wanted to say this up front *wink*

How the memories are sweet of my first historical *sigh* I was fourteen I believe and I practically had burned cheeks while reading: Bertrice Small – This Heart Of Mine. Still, it got me hooked on to a genre that dominated my teens and twenties or perhaps better said that because of Bertrice Small that I got hooked onto the genre. She is one of those golden oldies on my shelves and will never leave! Also Heather Graham with Lord Of The Wolves was among my very first novels and I’ve still got my read-to-pieces additions in the Dutch language. It was the hunk-a-liscious Viking on the cover that was equally responsible for the fact I picked up a copy. Even then I was a total cover hussy LOL

During the years I read in many genres, from historical romance, to horror, to suspense and have a few all time favorites acquired along the way. In my early twenties Nora Roberts was discovered and ruled my shelves as the author queen she was for me at the time. One summer I went to the library and noticed a thousand page epos named The Witching Hour from Anne Rice, it was the first of three books and that trilogy is an all time classic I tell ya, read the first book in 4 days flat. Julia Garwood with Saving Grace was also a book I read to pieces. Katherine Neville rocked my world with The Eight, the way she used a present and past storyline with myths and quests was superb and I have read that book more than once. Elizabeth Lowell with her medieval trilogy grabbed me from the first book: Untamed. Dean Koontz with Phantom also sits among my all time favorites. I remember starting that book on a Sunday and read it in one sitting, the nail biting suspense held me in its grip with this mysterious being and a group of characters stranded in a deserted town. Just thinking about this novel makes me want to read it again to get the shivers.

Some of my more recent favorite books come from authors such as Nalini Singh, Kresley Cole, Anne Bishop, Shannon McKenna, Kathryne Kennedy, S.J. Day, C.L. Wilson, Elizabeth Vaughan, Lisa Valdez, Anne Bishop, Sherry Thomas, Jennifer Donnelly, Paullina Simons, Chris Owen, Lora Leigh, Pamela Clare, Sherrilyn Kenyon and J.R. Ward…just to name a few. *wink*

There are many releases I look forward to but here are a few with the “I-want-it-now” vibe: C.L. Wilson - Queen Of Song and Soul / Sherrilyn Kenyon – Bad Moon Rising / Anna Campbell – Captive Sin / Nalini Singh – Blaze Of Memory / Karen Moning – Dream Fever / J.R. Ward – Covet.

And this is just a tip of the iceberg, many might recognize the symptom of buying more than one can actually read in a month. Well I really do have quite some time to read but I just can’t seem to get that TRP manageable *grin*

-15- What are some of the current features happening on your blog at the moment...

I still have a day you can enter for a free copy of Nalini Singh’s BRANDED BY FIRE. You can find the post here: http://leontine1976.blogspot.com/2009/06/column-birthdays-wishlist-help-wanted.html

I am working on new features and in this I am just a grasshopper with a few ideas. I have a monthly round up of what has been going on that month. I feel like I have found my basic niche just for a month or two, three and I’m still forming this part of my blog.

-16- With technology now walking hand in hand with our beloved print book - do you own an e-reader –

Not an official e-reader…

I have a possibility to read digitally but the Nintendo DS is not officially an e-reader and to be honest I do not e-read all that much. Call me old fashioned, stone-aged or old school but I love the smell of paper, to pet my books when they arrive, put them on my shelves and so on. I can see the advantages of e-reading, and at the times when I E-ARC review for ROOB I unfortunately need to do this in front of the pc if an author put restriction on their pdf files. If the file can be placed on the DS I suddenly remember why an e-reader can be so easy. When I need to read in front of the pc it is a time I fiercely mumble in myself why I don’t have one. But a; it still costs a lot of money and b; I already have a book pile that reaches towards the sky. I need to be sensible whether the cost/benefit ratio is worth it. And now I look at my bookcases and honestly say no.

B. Advantage or disadvantages to having one

I absolutely can see the advantages to owning an e-reader. It is easy to use, you have tons of books on one small e-reader and it saves bookcases in wall space. What is there not to like?


C. Since the inception of eBooks - any noticeable difference in the print book industry.

I do not notice that much difference. Some fall in love with their e-readers, others stick to print versions of the books, often readers still do both. The books I want are still available in print version so I do not worry. What I did notice is when I heard about e-books for the first time one of the advantages was the price. Since there were fewer expenses in publishing e-books this would be reflected in the price, one of the perks for e-readers. A few months ago I won a price and bought some e-books with the gift certificate but some prices where even as high as 12 dollars, just like the Trade editions of the book. It took me by surprise…

D. Last book read that you thought - it can't get any better than this (Print).

Unexpectedly it tackled me from the side is the new series by S.J. Day titled; Marked, with Eve Of Darkness – Eve of Destruction and upcoming release is Eve Of Chaos. The Marked series is one of the very few UF series that had me at hello.


-17- Any tips for new and future blogger.

I don’t think there is one more important than enjoy what you do with your blog!

Think about the template you have to choose when setting up your blog. Some are easier to use with HTML changes then others. I think the minima template is the most easiest to adapt in personal preferences.

Do research. These days you have websites that offer free templates which are beautiful and fun. It saves tons of time while you still have an incredible look of your blog.

Anyone who is new to blogging will learn along the way but know what you basically want with your blog and expand from there.

-18- Sneak peek at any future plans for the site or any upcoming events for you, and let us know where else we can find you on the web.

In July I have an announcement about a Grand Opening which is a feature set for the first week of August. Because it is still a work in progress I cannot reveal too much. All I can say is keep an eye out mid July for more information.

In the week of 18th to 23rd of August I have an “Ode to Karen Moning week.” Every day of the week I have a review added to my blog of the Highlander series and I will end it hopefully with a review of Dream Fever, my birthday and I will giveaway a copy of Dream Fever.

The “Ode to...” will also be a recurring feature but again, it is all a work in progress and upon confirmation I will give a shout out.

You can find me @

My blog of course http://www.leontine1976.blogspot.com/

Realms On Our Bookshelves forum boards http://www.realmsonourbookshelves.com

Twitter http://www.twitter.com/leontine1976

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Bookblogs http://bookblogs.ning.com/profile/Leontine

I have reached the end of Erotic Horizon’s questionnaire and I hope you’ve enjoyed my first time venture into guest blogging. I hope you’ll join me in Erotic Horizon’s blogroom for some tea, moccacino coffee, ├ęclairs, scones and Belgium chocolate. Or do you gals go straight for cocktails? Better that I’ll just keep my cocktail bar-tender hunk on call then. I can tell ya he has some serious hip action as he shakes up the cocktails, he has a devilish grin, an innate wicked nature and yes, he can go all coyote ugly for us on the bar!

Hope to talk to you all today!

 

 Contest…

Isn’t Leontine great – now it's time for two smoking hot give away.

There are two books up for grabs and you have until the end of the day my time to enter.

 

And the rules are

  • Leave a comment on the actual Interview on Monday 29th - HERE – so mark that date in your calendar

  • For any one who follow her blog, effective from today –Thursday 25 – Monday 29th you will automatically get a second entry into the pot. For existing follower, please leave on your comment to say you are a follower for your second dip into the pot.

  • This contest is an International Event

 

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Sunday, 28 June 2009

Review – Dalakis Passion Bk1 – Harker’s Journey – N.J. Walters

 

 

 

 

 

Back Of the Book

Johanna Harker's life changed drastically on her eighteenth birthday—she received a copy of Bram Stoker's Dracula, discovered her fascination with vampires, and experienced her first of many hot, erotic dreams featuring a tall, dark and mysterious man. For the next thirteen years, on the full moon, Johanna's dream lover appeared. Sometimes his lovemaking was playful and tender, other times passionate and raw.
When no flesh-and-blood man can compete with her dream lover, Johanna puts all her energy into her job and studying vampires. Then she is sent to the fabled Carpathian Mountains of Transylvania to meet her company's largest client, the mysterious and demanding Cristofor Dalakis.
Cristofor, the enigmatic and formidable patriarch of the Dalakis family, plans to use his every skill to seduce and possess Johanna. But Cristofor is harboring a dark family secret that will challenge all that Johanna has known and believed.

 

Tucked upstairs in the far corner of her parent’s home in an older suburb of Chicago, her childhood bedroom was shrouded in darkness, lit only by the glow of the full moon that poured through the open window. The sheer white curtains fluttered in the breeze as she rolled over in bed and gazed out at the night. One moment she was alone, and the next, he was there, standing in the shadows at the end of the bed. She was not afraid of his presence, but rather, she had been waiting for him.

He advanced towards her, his movements fluid and graceful. She gasped as a beam of moonlight illuminated his features. Striking and dangerous were the two words that popped into her head. Dressed entirely in black, his great height and massive shoulders almost immediately blocked out all the light. As if sensing her need to see him better, he turned slightly so she could make out his features.

Long dark hair was swept back from his face, falling in a curtain of silk around his shoulders. His forehead was prominent, and his cheekbones were high. Quirked in a half smile, his lips were thin, yet surprisingly sensual. For a moment, his eyes seemed to glow an eerie red before fading to dark once again. As much as she strained, she could not make out their color.

“Green.” His deep, slightly accented voice answered her unasked question.

She felt his voice for it seemed to vibrate deep inside her, causing her to yearn for something. What that craving was, she wasn’t sure, but she longed to hear him speak again.

“Sit, please.” Scooting over to the center of the bed, she patted the white duvet next to her.

A satisfied smile crossed his face as he sank to the mattress. He said nothing and sat as still as a stone. Predator. The word flashed in her head and a deep fear rose within her as her heart began to pound in her chest.

His dark laughter filled the air, and one of his large hands covered her fluttering heart. The heat from his palm seared her chest. She wanted to move, but she was paralyzed by fear. His green-eyed gaze captured hers and she could not tear away from their terrible beauty. For a moment, she thought she was dead and lamented the fact that there were so many things left in life that she wanted to do.

As the thought flashed through her mind, his face took on such a look of pain and sorrow that she would have done anything he’d asked of her if it would alleviate his torment. She’d never seen such a look of anguish, and for a brief moment, she experienced the deep suffering of his very soul.

“You are the one.” His voice was laced with surprise and what sounded like hope. He sat back and pulled his hand away, holding it fisted in his lap. Johanna felt the loss keenly. It was almost as if he had taken her heart with him.

“The one what?” she whispered.

Harker’s Journey © N.J. Walters

Review

Johanna Harker is in Bram Stokers part of the world for a job, but she was not letting that tamper her excitement for the place that she has wished of coming to every since was eighteen.

The task was easy enough – meet with her companies biggest client and get him to sign some papers and that should be that.  With how Johanna’s life has played out for the past decade she shouldn’t has expected things to go smoothly. From the day she met the man of her dreams – literally in her dream she has lived for the moments they are and can be together. Meeting him in the flesh in the Carpathian Mountains was definately a turn for the worst in Johanna’s books.

Cristofor Dalakis is the head of his family, he’s the biggest client for Johanna’s firm and he is a demanding man in all things – excepts when it comes to Johanna. He’s waited a long time for her, and now she was on his turf, they both have to make some decisions, some however are harder than most.

I decided to try a new vampi series, but nothing that makes me want to cart it around in my bag for a day or two. I just wanted a straight forward, one sitting read and I was not disappointed with HARKER’S JOURNEY.

The first in the Dalakis Passion series HARKER’S JOURNEY is the opening tale into the world of the Dalakis brothers that will eventually make up the other books. The main thrust of this book however deals with Johanna and Cristofor real life meeting after meeting in her dreams for the past decade.

I have always been a fan of Ms. Walters and her series never fails to impress me. I was a little tentative about starting this as there is such a predictable feel to the blurb, I could see where it was going, I could see it before I opened the book. This was my one assumption about this book and one I won’t make again – it was brilliant.

A fairly short read – but the pace, the excitement, the sense that something has happened, something is about to happen sucked me right in and I am so going with it.

Johanna wasn’t so bad, she had a spine and she had some moves when it comes to getting her groove on. Cristofor was all alpha male and bloody sexy with it. The little bits of angst in the book was  just to the point and gelled the story together nicely. I really like this minimalistic opening book – nothing was wasted and  I am already opening the second book in the series.

The setting of the book in the Carpathian Mountains was a nice touch i thought, as it reflected the natural nature of these changeling that I am getting the feeling they are a force to be reckoned with and am so along for the ride.

 

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Saturday, 27 June 2009

Review – Fallon Mates Bk2 – Zeraac’s Miracle – Jory Strong

 

 

 

 

 

Back Of The Book

Ariel Ripa needs a miracle for her daughter on Earth.

On Belizair, only a miracle will provide Zeraac d’Amato and Komet d’Vesti with a shared bond-mate.

Neither Zeraac, Komet, nor Ariel expect to get what their hearts most desire. But when Zeraac travels to Earth at the request of his brother’s human bond-mate, he rescues Ariel and finds the answer to his own and Komet’s prayers-just as they’re the answer to hers.

By Council law Ariel must agree to a binding ceremony of her own free will and can only know the truth about Zeraac and Komet once they’re in the transport chamber. To follow the rules would mean the death of Ariel’s daughter. While to break the law could mean the setting aside of the mate-bond and the possibility of exile for the two men. For Zeraac and Komet, there is no choice other than to risk their honor and their hearts for Ariel and her young daughter.

Through love and hope born from the depths of darkness and despair, the three find something more rare than the precious Ylan stones they wear on their wrists-a miracle that will change their lives.

 

Pleasure ripped through Ariel. Longing. Desire. The need to be held, touched, loved by a man. Not just by any man. By him. He’d taken her emotions by storm. Awakened a part of her that slept deeply.

“Zeraac,” she whispered. Wanting him to take charge. To take responsibility. To make her forget—at least for a little while. And yet even as she thought it, a part of her pulled back, knowing she wasn’t ready to go any further with him.

“Easy,” he whispered, as though sensing the beginnings of her panic and uncertainty. “Only this, Ariel. Just this.”

She closed her eyes, unable to stop a soft whimper from escaping as he settled more heavily on her, the feel of his erection making her vulva swell, her clit ache for more than a clothing-shrouded rub, one body against another.

His hand speared into her hair, holding her in place as his tongue dueled with hers, pressing and retreating, coaxing and commanding, making her feverish with desire.

Tears of need escaped and she widened her legs, encircling his hips and pressing into him, rocking against him, her clit so engorged that she wanted to push her jeans down and beg him to suck it, to lave it with his tongue, to give her release.

But the words remained trapped in her throat and she let them stay there, accepting something less and grinding against him, arching into him until his hand moved from her hair, joining the other one under her shirt, both going to her nipples and as if sensing her desire for just a little pain with her pleasure, tightening on them, the extra stimulation enough to make her climax underneath him.

With a husky laugh Zeraac finally had to lift his head so that they both could breathe, and almost immediately the spell was broken. Heat rushed to Ariel’s face. Guilt. And he knew her thoughts were on Kaylee.

“I…can’t,” Ariel started, but Zeraac leaned in and stopped her with a kiss, exploring her mouth in a leisurely fashion this time, gentling her, calming her as though the fury of what had just happened between them had not left him hard and aching.

When he lifted his lips from hers, his gaze was tender, soft. “I ask nothing more than just to be able to kiss and touch you.”

Her face filled with uncertainty and embarrassment and something much more precious to Zeraac—trust and caring. “I’ve left you…hurting.”

He laughed, unable to resist brushing his mouth against hers again and saying, “I’ll survive. A little pain beforehand only heightens the anticipation and deepens the satisfaction.”

Zeraac Miracle © Jory Strong

 

Review

Ariel is at the end of the line where her daughters health is concern, Ariel is also at the end of just about everything with life. With a big part of her life not what it was if it was to be honest – she is afraid of hoping, of wanting any more than the immediate.

Her one small pleasure is the each and every breath that her daughter takes and she treasures it all until it gets dark and she find too much time to think, to hurt and to loose a little bit of herself.

Ariel daughter is special and she can see angels – however her angels come in the guise of two Belizar residents, Zeraac d’Amato and Komet d’Vesti and they have come to earth to find their bond-mate and she is Ariel.

Zeraac and Komet are in a race against time and they must make some rash and hasty decisions in order to protect Ariel's daughter and in turn give Ariel a little peace of mind she so desperately needs.

Things goes well, but things also goes seriously wrong as the three barely gets the chance to start forming a bond before the two men's honour and  credibility is called into question. Ariel is the key to ensuring that they have any chance of being together as she is ultimately the one that hold their hearts.

ZERAAC’S MIRACLE is the second book in the Fallon Mates series and I am seriously loving this series. Once again I can’t say enough about how strong Ms. Strong voice is in this series.

There is a pace and drive to this book that will have you not  being able to put it down. Her first book KRISTA’S BINDING was set on earth but this one was on the planet Belizair. The world building was genius – it was well described, in my minds eyes I could see it – I could feel it and I really wanted to be shooting off there as well.

Komet and Zeraac are not two likely candidate for a pairing, but with a stroke of luck and natural disaster they end up being the unit sent to claim Ariel. From the moment they meet, you could feel the magic that these three had going on, toss in a cheeky child with hope and able to see beauty in even the smallest thing and this book had me floored.

A few angsty and tension filled moment along with some smoking hot smut make me sit up and had a good long pant!!!!!! – yeah the smut was hawt and that good. you've brighten my horizen badge

Bottom Line.

A wonderful follow up to a series that will hold you and barely let you get a breath in edge wise. I am liking a lot of the  similarities and difference that Ms. Strong incorporates into her world of Belizair. With a well coordinated plot a streamline flow to the language, this is a better book than the first, and I am looking to see what Ms Strong does with her third outing with her Fallon Mates series.

 

 

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Friday, 26 June 2009

Review – Fallon Mates Bk 1 – Binding Krista – Jory Strong

 

 

 

 

Back Of The Book

For Adan d’Amato and Lyan d’Vesti, only a shared bond-mate will insure the continuance of their race. The Council scientists have found a match in Krista Thomas-a genetically compatible human. By Council rules Krista must be willing and the binding must be done immediately before she is brought back to their world, because once she accepts the bond, she will know that Adan and Lyan aren’t natives of Earth. For the warriors, it’s a simple quest-go to Earth, bind their mate to them, then return home.

There’s only one catch-Krista is on the run and she’s afraid to involve anyone else in her life.

 

 

Adan took a sharp intake of breath, his eyes zeroing in on the woman. The deep gold Ylan crystals on his wrists swirled as his emotions surged in recognition of their mate’s presence. “By the Council, she is exquisite,” Adan murmured as he placed a hand on Lyan’s shoulder.

Lyan’s nostrils flared as every predatory instinct within him focused on their mate. She was small, even among her own people, and dressed in black-the color of a warrior’s clothing. And yet her body was made for pleasure, not fighting.

Against the black material, her hair was a golden torch. Lyan could imagine the silky heat of it burning its way across his skin and inflaming him further as it flowed over their writhing bodies. The mating fever of the Vesti race shimmered just below the surface of his control. He was rock hard, ready. Instinct urged him to pounce now, to take her, join with her, make her completely his. A low growl vibrated along his throat.

Like a cool wind, Adan’s voice whispered, warned, And to take her that way is to guarantee there will be no offspring, for either of us. It is not one or the other, it is both or there is no conception at all.

The growl in Lyan’s throat deepened. He snarled, Curse the Hotalings and their get. Let our people hunt them down one-by-one and rid the universe of them for their use of the bio-gene weapons.

And we will. But for now let us be glad that our scientists have found a way for us to avoid extinction. Our mate awaits. Do we stand here and argue what cannot be changed, or do we go and secure her so that through her womb our lines may both survive?

Adan didn’t wait for an answer, but stepped forward. As he did so, the woman sensed his movement and looked at him. He was too skilled a hunter not to see her tense, ready herself to escape. Her reaction flooded his being with the desire to protect her even as blood pounded through him in anticipation of a chase. Let her run. The victory and mating would only be that much more intense. On his wristbands, the gold crystals swirled in tune to his anticipation of a mate, an heir, the survival of his race.

Lyan’s voice growled in his mind, Now whose lust threatens to leave us without a mate? She must accept us willingly or there is no bond.

Adan laughed softly. Do you really doubt our ability to secure our bond-mate? Before this night is over, she will belong to us in all ways.

Binding Krista © Jory Strong

Review

Krista Thomas is on the run and she has every intention to keep on running – however there is nothing that says she can’t take one night for herself with the two men that looks like a walking fantasy just who was giving her the eyes.

Knowing the risk to herself and anyone who comes into contact with her, she makes the most of her night and hightails it out of dodge before anyone can get a handle on her.

Her two bed mate are two men not from around here, and around here meaning – not of this earth. Adan d’Amato and Lyan d’Vesti are from a dying race and if they cannot find their bond-mate that will ensure the continuity of their people, the repercussions are not worth thinking about. Krista has been earmarked as their perfect match and they have come to collect her.

Krista is proving a little slipperier than they would have imagined and she come with baggage and lots of muscle chasing her. Adan are Lyan are determined to help Krista in order to help themselves – they must however get past Krista first in order to get their way.

This was an impulse buy for me after seeing the cover and the review on BOOK JUNKIES – and I am so not regretting. This was an offworld theme based story and from the first few pages in, I was hooked and totally caught up.

Krista is going through the roughest point of her life and barely surviving. While playing a came of literally clock and dagger she meets two delectable men – from the moment she meets them they feel different, they made an impact and she found it hard to make the decision to leave even after only one taste of them.

Definitely alpha males -  Adan and Lyan was not not having it, and they gave chase. The must first however convince Krista that they have only her best interest at heart.

I love this book – it was difference, and Ms. Strong vibrant is really strong in this book. The character were a pleasure to know and the world description was fantastically well done in my opinion. I could easily give myself over for some voluntary experiment on their world.

The dynamic of the men made for alot of angst and hilarity in the book and coupled with Krista determination to sort out her own problem, I was treated to a story that left me absolutely satisfied.

 

Another quick read, but I couldn't stop turning the pages as I just feel in love/lust with Lyan d’Vesti and Adan d’Amato two sexy and dominant aliens out to claim their shared bond-mate.

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Review – Caged Slave - Yukio Takamura (Yaoi Novel

 

 

 

 

 

 Back Of The Book

When Tsukasa meets a mysterious man in a hotel lobby, and ends up spending a maddening night of pleasure with him. Afterwards, he accepts to meet him again in the same room the following week, despite the fact he doesn't even know his name. As their secret encounters continue, he finds himself falling in love and is worried that it may not last. Simultaneously, he's scouted by a business-talent head-hunter and receives an interesting work offer. But when he goes to meet them... his new boss is none other than his secret lover!

 

 

Review

Cool Beauty Tsukasa is heartbroken and feeling desolate. With little to inspire him, he resorts to a night of drowning his sorrow in a bottle, if for no other reason than to forget what a fool he was, to have been so taken in by his boss and them dumped when something more lucrative came onto the horizon.

Never in his wildest dream would he believe that he would be picked up at the bar by a man who looks like he could have have anyone he wants, and apparently he wanted Tsukasa and Tsukasa was just in the mood to take him up on his offer.

One thing leads to almost four months of one nighters with the same unnamed man and he was getting antsy. Things came to a head – when he gets a promotion at work to be secretary to the new Sales Director of his company.

He is nervous on his first day and sets out to make a good first impression – He’s floored when his new boos turns out to be his unnamed lover and he is not sure how is life is about to change.

There is so much I love about yaoi novels that makes reading them a treat. Firstly there is the stereotypical younger man and older man scenario that never fails to be predictable, but I am unable to resist and it is no different with CAGED SLAVE.

Tsukasa meets a man at a bar and after a few months of seeing each other without any names being exchanged, he finds out his reluctant name giving lover is non other than his new boss.

With a bad experience under his belt from a past lover – Tsukasa is gun shy about what to do as they have obviously made a transition pass the anonymous sex to a superior and inferior working relationship.

With culture, work propriety and Tsukasa low esteem – the relationship goes better and worst than he could have imagined and hearing some unexpected news only has him making rash decisions that just might cost him the man who has come to mean so much to him.

There is just something about these books, you either love them or you hate them – I don’t think I could explain the voice of the author or the language without – saying that alot of yaoi writing is to some extent feel very emotionless – as the language is such.

How, the premise behind the story is solid and the fact that their is HEA is definitely assured – a yaoi is an experience, and one I am enjoying very much.

 

 

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Thursday, 25 June 2009

Review – Hunter’s Dawn: Laying The Ghost – Meg Leigh

 

 

 

 

Back Of The Book

Jack Stephens is a skeptic who lectures in Parapsychology at a community college. In his spare time, he works hard to prove that things going bump in the night can be rationally explained. When Jack meets psychic, Casey Lambeth, he sees just another chance to debunk paranormal phenomena. But there is something about Casey that defies explanation. From their first meeting, Casey decides Jack is an arrogant know it all.


When the two are thrown together to investigate a haunting at the home of Edith Andrews, the sparks really begin to fly. As they work their way through the case, both Jack and Casey will be forced to face some issues from their respective pasts, and work their way towards a mutual understanding, respect, and could it be possible–something more?

 

Review

Characters

Jack Stephens  -  The doubting son, the steadfast partner and the man who has more issues and chips on his shoulder than any one man should. Determined to get  to the bottom of anything spooky – he’s gotten away with it, so far – but he had never met Casey, before now.

Casey Lambeth – The dutiful son, the very old - boy – who has made a life for himself, dispute it being hard going for him. Never having been steered wrong, by his guide – he meets Jack and a woman who is determined to make him her own.

 

The Plot

Jack Stephens is a de-bunker through and through and so far, nothing in his personal experience has lead him to believe any differently. So it is with this frame of mind he take a job, that should all things considered be a weekend of finding out who or what was spooking the little old lady.

Jack has not even had a seat to get the details of the hunt when it seems as if someone is muscling in on his job. Casey Lambeth has not only turned up without an invite – but he soon makes Jack start doubting himself and all this within the space of a few hours

Casey is being driven by a force that is not easily accepted by Jack, however when proof is laid out before him he starts doubting the very meaning of life and the the only stability that is left is what he has been running from all his life and Casey. 

 

The heavy bass line thrummed through the leather upholstered bucket seat and vibrated in Jack Stevens' chest as he rolled the Shelby Mustang out of the garage and onto the street. The deep throaty purr of the engine made a dark counterpoint to the opening bars of Genesis' "I Can't Dance."
Jack grinned and waved to an obviously disapproving neighbor as he cruised to the end of the street and took a left, headed for the interstate. It was a warm summer day, the early morning sunshine hinting at a hotter day to come.
"I can't dance..." Jack sang as he drove, glancing into the rearview mirror as he pulled to a stop at an intersection. He was headed for Elk Ridge, Wisconsin on an investigation. A little old lady was having problems with what she thought was a ghost haunting her home.
He was looking forward to the chance to let the Shelby out on the highway. Okay, the GT350 might not have been the fastest Mustang ever built, but she suited him. He'd spent a lot of time and money restoring her to her former glory, after finding her rusting and falling apart in a junkyard where he'd spent a week trying to prove to the owner that the things going bump in the yard had more to do with junkyard rats than spirits. In the end, he'd advised the guy to buy a couple of terriers to keep the resident Rottweiler company, then waived his usual fee and asked if he could take the old Mustang instead.
Jack drummed on the steering wheel in time to the music as he took off from the intersection. Over a couple of years, he'd lovingly worked on the car during weekends, buying parts as finances permitted. Jack had restored the rusting hulk to sleek, gleaming black with racing stripes over the hood and the classic GT350 decal along the sides of the car below the doors. He'd even managed to locate and buy an original blue dot spare wheel, which was proudly mounted in the trunk. The car was his pride and joy, even if it cost a small fortune in gas to run.
"I like a girl with expensive tastes, anyway," Jack said. He patted the wheel lovingly as he took the turnpike onto the interstate, letting the Mustang out with a roar of the engine and smoking tires. God, but he loved that car!

Hunter’s Dawn: Laying The Ghost © Meg Leigh

 

Surprise Element

Another new to me author and I was pleasantly surprise by how much I enjoyed this book. It was not a tie you up in circle sort of book. It was straight forward, to the point, with characters that were solid and from a wide cross section of opinion.

I will be following this author for a while to come.

 

Predictability

Yes –there is no two ways about it, there is predictability. However, Ms. Leigh quickly steered us away from the heavily trodden path with a solid plot. The edge of mystery along with the multiply relationship issues makes LAYING THE GHOST, one of those gems I was pleased to have read.

 

Smut/Ick Element

I love these sort of sweet “coming into their own” sort of smut. Casey was not only the sweet innocent lad about to get tousled by the more experienced troubled guy, he was so shy and uncomfortable in his skin that I wanted to protect him at every turn.

Jack made the difference to the relationship – while he had issues of his own, one thing he was sure of – he wanted Casey and after they got a working relationship together, there was no stopping him getting together with him..

I love their scenes together, the hesitation and the doubt, but more over the make up and the setting the record straight.   

 

Positive

Right off from the blurb I knew it was an opposite attraction book and I was loving that already.

I liked the characters very much as well. Casey was so loveable with naivety pouring out of him – he is a unique person in that he has a wealth of experience in the supernatural that gave him an insight that the average person and even people in the business does not get. Casey also comes with a handle with care sign, as never having done, but wanting to do, he is a show piece of someone who will get hurt and hurt badly if not handled with extreme care.

Jack Stephen – When I meet him, he comes across as “The Man”, the job, the car, the stead lifestyle – however scratch just a little below the surface and  there is a mystery and a deep longing that he has avoided dealing with up to now. Meeting Casey has stirred him up and have him on the defence, but not enough to leave Casey’s side.

Ms. Leigh kept the spook real, I loved how the mystery started – the unfolding and even the conclusion.

There was a good balance between the sceptic and the believers in this book – so at the end, I was left with my own opinion to make of what happened in this book.

I am glad Ms. Leigh, did not fluff about with the smut aspect of this book, as this story was so much more than Casey and Jack finding each other.

The support cast- MADE THIS STORY – They were strong, their personality was dynamic and I was caught up in what they offered to the book

Very, very good character development – we knew their story, each and every one of these people we meet in LAYING THE GHOSTS.

The emotional aspect of this book cannot be underplayed, I laugh, I sighed and my heart broke during this read. I really loved this aspect of Ms. Leigh’s writing, and I will be watching for more of the same from her in future books.

Bottom Line

A spook book with a sweet romance that ticked all my boxes. LAYING THE GHOSTS is definately a book for people who enjoy hunting ghost and paranormal stories, it is fill with characters and little side stories that highlight the strength of Ms. Leigh writing. She kept up a story line that should have gone flat somewhere about mid way but with sarcastic comebacks, a solid mystery and a finish worthy of a steeple chase, she made me love this book.

 

Negative

My two little niggle with this book was probably the pace. Don’t get me wrong i like the book alot – however the pace was off in certain scenes and for no reason that could be identified.

In my readings I have found that some things I really love about a book, might turn out to be the thing that niggle me as well in a book. As is the case with LAYING THE GHOSTS – the support cast were so strong and in their own way carved their place in this story – I was left wondering what happened to them.

I do hope Ms. Leigh revisit Jack and Casey and close this open door.

 

Cover

Very much i like – Probably because I am a huge Tarot fan. The fact that the author uses the reference in the actual book is also a big plus.

 

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It’s A Guest Blogger’s Contest – Leontine Is Having A Giveaway

 

 

 

 

On Monday 29th of June, My Guest Blogger will be “LEONTINE”, from the Blog – Leontine’s Book Realm and the website Realms On Our Bookshelves. As the day belongs to Leontine, she is taking over my blog with a contest.

From her stash of books she has two books up for grab.. and all you have to do to be entered is

      • Leave a comment on the actual Interview on Monday 29th - HERE – so mark that date in your calendar
      • For any one who follow her blog, effective from today –Thursday 25 – Monday 29th you will automatically get a second entry into the pot. For existing follower, please leave on your comment to say you are a follower for your second dip into the pot.
      • This contest is an International Event

 

 

Tempted – Megan Hart

 

 

 

I had everything a woman could want.


My husband, James. The house on the lake.


My life. Our perfect life.


And then Alex came to visit.


The first time I saw my husband's best friend, I didn't like him. Didn't like how James changed when he was around, didn't like how his penetrating eyes followed me everywhere.


But that didn't stop me from wanting him. And, surprisingly, James didn't seem to mind.


It was meant to be fun. Something the three of us shared for those hot summer weeks Alex stayed with us. Nobody was supposed to fall in or out of love. I didn't need another man, not even one who oozed sex like honey and knew all the secrets I didn't know, the secrets my husband hadn't shared. After all, we had a perfect life.


And I loved my husband.


But I wasn't the only one.

 

 

 

 

Under My Skin – M.L. Rhodes

 

 

 

“The smart guy”—Sebastian Keller’s lived with that label most of his life. Though he hasn’t always appreciated it, and it hasn’t exactly made him a man magnet, he’s put his intelligence to work building his store, Great Escapes Travel Book Shop, to the point it’s now the favorite recommendation of travel agents in the St. Louis area. His customers—especially the jet-setting senior citizens—love him for his amiable personality.


He doesn’t feel very amiable, however, when Rad Tattoos moves in next door to Great Escapes. Its owner, Dylan Radamacher, rubs Sebastian the wrong way from the get-go. The man’s insufferable, stubborn, and, worse, a bad boy. Everything Sebastian loathes. To add insult to injury, Sebastian’s certain the loud music, the congested parking lot, and the constant colorful parade of the counterculture in and out of the tattoo studio are scaring away his loyal, conservative customers.


And yet, much to his annoyance, the teasing sparkle in Dylan’s eyes, his hot, inked body, and come-hither voice set Sebastian’s libido on fire. Sebastian’s “been there, done that” with the bad-boy type before, though, and almost lost everything because of it. There’s no way he’s going down that road again.
But when Dylan sets his sights on Sebastian and is determined to take him for a walk on the wild side, Sebastian knows he’s in big trouble. It’s going to take all his smarts and a whole lot of willpower to resist the sexy tattoo artist before the man finds a way to burrow deeper under his skin...

 

 

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