Wednesday, 30 September 2009

Review – Shared by Wolves © Rena Marks

Title: Shared By Wolves

Author: Rena Marks

Publisher: Jasmine Jade ( Elloras Cave)

Main Characters: Ellis Rae Morgan & Duggan Bandeaux

Ellis Rae Morgan is being married to the highest bidder. Life shouldn’t be too bad with the one she’s chosen. She’ll be the pampered show-princess of a wealthy man who doesn’t have a preference for females. Unfortunately, her new husband doesn’t simply ignore women, he has a hidden perversion strong enough to harm them.

Ellie is unexplainably attracted to their powerfully built, gorgeous neighbor. Alpha wolf Duggan Bandeaux knows his neighbor’s new bride is destined to be his pack mate. Duggan takes what he wants, no holds barred. And he wants Ellie.

Duggan struggles to control the violence within. Ellie is used to the pampered life, not constant sex and aggression. How can she possibly feel desire for the monster responsible for kidnapping her from her husband? Perhaps she needs to be initiated into his world slowly. His brother is a patient, more gentle teacher.

An apt pupil, Ellie will be shared by wolves.

 

Duggan chuckled. “It’s a little late for modesty. Do you want another nightgown?”

“Yes, please.”

“Very good, Ellie mine. You can have it, if I can have something from you.”

She watched him warily. “What do you want?”

He chuckled again. “A kiss. Just one little kiss. Like before.”

She glanced at him. His cheeks and chin were dark with unshaven stubble, his lips curved sensually. Those green eyes, solike her own, sparkled in the morning light. He was beautiful in this form. Absolutely as beautiful as she remembered from their previous encounter. Could she forget for just a moment that he was also a monster?

Ellie closed her eyes and pressed a quick peck to his lips. She yanked back and watched him expectantly.

“You got away with that one, certainly. But should we bargain again, you make it a real kiss. Slip me some tongue. Or it’s no deal. You’ll walk the house naked.”

Duggan slipped out of bed and picked up another nightgown draped over the side of a chair. It was different, a pale silky green. He was unconcerned with his own nakedness but then he had nothing to be concerned about.

His muscles were all well-defined, his chest tapered into the V of his waist. A crisp spiral of dark hair twisted erotically down his abdomen and, farther below, joined the nest of dark curls at his groin. His erection jutted proudly, thick and wide. The bulbous head of his cock was deeply colored. Veins ran along the thick length and Ellie wondered what it would be like to trace the maze of veins.

It was so unlike the image she carried of Brian. She carefully schooled her features as Duggan approached with the gown. She snapped her gaze up to his face, refusing to look down when he approached. She slid her gown over her head and he chuckled some more at her shyness. “I’m showering. Do you want to join me?”

“No.”

“Suit yourself.”

He left the room and entered the adjoining bathroom. Ellie jumped out of bed and went to the bedroom door. She hadn’t imagined it, it was still locked. How had he entered?

She was sitting in a chair by the window when he finished with his shower. He approached her stealthily, reaching out for a lock of hair. He twisted the waves around his finger and brought it to his mouth, inhaling her scent.

Dammit, Ellie thought. I should shower. Less for him to sniff.

“Are you leaving the bedroom today?” he asked.

“Yes.”

“Do you want me to send Jonathan?”

She resisted the urge to turn and look at him. “Yes.”

“Yes what, Ellie?” he snarled, his demeanor changed in an instant.

She inhaled deeply and then whispered. “Yes, please, Duggan.”

Her submissiveness calmed him instantly. He dropped her lock of hair and left.

Shared by Wolves © Rena Marks

 

Review

Married only a few hours and having the hots for an unforgettable guy at her wedding reception was not what Ellie Rae Morgan imagined would happened when she agreed to the wedding her father put together.

Used to the pampered life, all her life  Ellie imagined life would go on just as much as it had all her life. Meeting Duggan Bandeaux at her wedding reception send her thinking to a whole new level.  With the instant attraction between them Ellie is the saner of the two and not willing to rock the boat but yet unwilling to let this person out of her life just when she had found him – she agrees to meet him.

Duggan Bandeaux rarely does the social thing and being alpha of his pack he knows he must rub shoulders every now and then with the locals, meeting Ellie is the highlight of what has so far been a rather boring evening. Not known for his genteel mannerism he goes after Ellie and is prepared to stake his claim as soon as he can, however his mate is strong and she needs time to adjust to the ways of Duggan Bandeaux.

With a list of coincidence and bad luck on their side Ellie soon find herself under the protection and care of Duggan, but Duggan had more in store for Ellie and he was so ready for her, but one thing he knows – with Ellie he had to go slowly and allow her to accept and become part of his way of life.

Duggan had just the person in mind to help Ellie fit in and enjoy her time in his little world. Ellie is not the lamb lead to the slaughter sort of person and soon the furs start flying, because one thing about Ellie is that she wants what she wants.

This was another of my impulse read and I must admit this is probably the book that challenged me most this year. SHARED BY WOLVES comes right up to all my no no’s in reading and push hard against them and I must admit the author never crosses the line but she definately gave me food for thought.

The book start on a glide really and it had the usual pheromone issues that are associated with wolfy books, right from the outset I was liking the characters, despite Duggan’s alpha male, insufferable attitude and his lord of the manor ways that he had about him – I liked him. Ellie was like a pampered pet taken out of her comfort zone and had a harder time than most dealing with this new life that she was dumped into.

There is a third person involved in this rip roaring plot and he is as much caught up in the drama that was happening in the pack and in his household as much as everyone else.

Ms. Marks brings a new spin on the whole wolf pack living and gathering. There were basic codes of ethic as well as do’s and don’t that didn’t really sit well with me – but it gave the book that edge that made this a terrific read for me.

The pace of the book is fast, the cast very well developed and the dynamics between the main and secondary players was well defined and in some respect quite comical if it was not leaden with sexual tension and a high level of tension.

I will be looking out for more of this authors work, I like the fact that she challenged my reading and even now I have no regrets about this book.

 

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WOW – Waiting On Wednesday

Taking Chances

Shiloh Walker

Death, love and redemption await. Talking with the Dead: Michael O'Rourke's days are filled with ghosts and guilt. A psychic who can connect lost souls, his life is about finding justice for the dead. Enter Sheriff Daisy Crandall-she sees him, she wants him, but he's in the middle of a crime scene and she can't trust him. Vicious Vixen: Graeme lived a hard life. His afterlife isn't any easier. Betrayed, murdered, he has one chance at redemption-redemption for the woman he loved, the woman who killed him. How can he keep Vixen safe when she only wants her own death?

 

 

 

Where the Heart Is

Ally Blue

While visiting friends in Carrboro, North Carolina, paranormal investigator Dean Delapore comes across a case he cant turn down a haunted inn. The Blue Skye Inns melancholy apparition intrigues him. The inns owner, Sommer Skye, intrigues him more. Sommer is hot, intelligent, and Deans aggressive dream man between the sheets. Dean expects a few weeks of hot sex with Sommer. What he doesnt expect is to fall in love, or to face an impossible choice the life he knows, or the love he’s just found.

 

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Tuesday, 29 September 2009

Review – Nightfall Wolf Clans - Run, Wolf © Keith Melton

 

Title: Run, Wolf

Author: Keith Melton

Publisher: Samhain Publishing

Main Characters:   Leah Kendrick  & Tom

One choice means heartbreak. The other, death.

Nightfall Wolf Clans, Book 1

Leah Kendrick is guilty of only one crime: loving her human mate, Tom, enough to give him the gift of The Bite. The Pack council is merciless, and the punishment swift. In an instant everything she’s ever known is ripped away, and they’re turned out into the long winter with nothing. No money, no car, and no protection from a variety of creatures who’d like nothing more than to take down a lone wolf.

Friendless and broke, they form a daring plan to take back what’s theirs and chase safety north. But the Pack has other ideas. And with time running out it’s about to call their bluff…

 

A person said something like love in front of everybody, and it was open season for mocking, for derision, and maybe it did sound completely trite to them. So what? It didn’t feel trite to me.

Tom gave me that striking smile, and we shared a moment of unspoken words. It was all I could do not to just grab his hand and pull him out of the circle to go running with me under the dark clouds, and to hell with everything else.

“The clan is in danger,” Carolyn said. “The God-cursed vampires are warring over Boston and they’ve caught the attention of the Order of the Thorn.”

Absolute silence followed her words. I’d been warned to fear the Order of the Thorn since my Bonding with the clan. I’d never seen them, much less been hunted by Thorn knights, but fear of them ran deep through the pack. Their “wolfers” were loathed among lupine shapeshifters even more than loners without any clan allegiance.

Carolyn allowed the silence to draw out for a long, painful moment before she spoke again. “A new wolf unbound to any clan is a threat. Its appetites, uncontrolled, might bring our enemies down upon us. We will not risk it.”

I could feel the urge to Change gathering inside me, but I fought it back until I had it leashed again. I took a deep breath. Let it out slowly. “Then bring him into our clan. Let me vouch for him.”

Their outrage was predictable. I didn’t even flinch against the snarling and anger that poured across my Bond.

“He hasn’t been vetted,” Martin said. “And you don’t hold sufficient rank to give the gift of the Bite. Bringing him in would erode the foundations of the Blackstone, and all we stand for.”

Carolyn watched me closely, as if she could sense my inner struggle not to shift, my fight not to shout back that this was complete crap. When she spoke, her voice was calm and impersonal. “You’ve betrayed the clan. Broken the law. Disgraced every single one of us. We’ve heard your answers, and now I will render judgment.”

She paused. The entire amphitheater was still, everyone awaiting the verdict. The bitch drew it out, and I struggled not to writhe beneath the weight of all those cold eyes. My heartbeat thudded dully, and there was a ringing in my ears, almost a high-pitched whine. The stink of contempt, aggression and outrage hung cloying and foul in the air all around me like a black cloud. For the first time I hated how sharp my senses had become after the Change.

Carolyn finally continued. “The new werewolf you created should die by our law, but we cannot destroy him without destroying you as well, and I can smell your determination to fight alongside him. Since clan law decrees no wolf blood may be shed here in the sacred sands, both of your lives will be spared for tonight.”

I opened my mouth to say something but she pressed on relentlessly, stabbing her words at me.

“You are cast from the pack. The Peace of the Council will extend for a full twenty-four hours. After that, you will no longer be entitled to our protection.” She waved a dismissive hand toward me. “All that you own is forfeit to the Blackstone Wolf Clan. Go forth into the long winter alone.”

My voice broke. “This isn’t justice. You’re taking everything and leaving us to die?”

“If you want justice, then go slink off to human courts, dog,” Gris thought to me. “Here you’ll get the judgment of the clan and you’ll like it.”

Martin slammed his staff down on the floor with a loud crack. The raven feathers swung back and forth. His face made it clear I was less than dog crap to him now. “You are outcast,” he said. “You are Cain. Wander the earth alone, and may the snow never melt from your fur. Go into the darkness knowing you are dead to your family forever.”

Run, Wolf © Keith Melton

 

Review

This was a short read and I certainly enjoyed this book. RUN,WOLF starts off  with a tension filled setting with Leah Kendrick's being brought up to the task by the wolf council for doing the unthinkable.

Not really seeing a big issue with what she has done, because one, both parties were in agreement and secondly it was a ‘of free will” sort of event, but not so for the council and for this Lea and her mate Tom must face the consequences.

These consequences are at the least immediate and at the most 24hrs before a certain style of retribution is levelled against them. Leah is a rebel to the core and is not willing to take this sort of treatment lying down. After all they have left her with nothing and she was not going out like that.

With Tom, faithful to her and only her they make a plan and executed it, their only flaw is the unknown and this might just be the thing that gets them killed.

Sweet read, loads of kick ass action and nothing of fair play and I loved it. Not a lot of character development or even any build up of the setting, the book was all about Leah and Tom getting their own back and the after effect of it all.

A few support cast were introduced and straight off it was love or hate and believe me I had a healthy dose of hate going for the support cast. Don’t expect romance or cute words or phrases – this was down and dirty and totally rocking.

This is the first book in the NIGHTFALL WOLF CLAN series and I am excited about this series, there are things I hope the author build up on and things I hope he never change – but all in all I am so looking forward to the next book in the series.

 

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Monday, 28 September 2009

Review – The Protector © NL Gassert

Title: the Protector

Author: NL Gassert

Publisher Seventh Window

Main Character: Soren Buchanan & Mason Ward

Soren Buchanan no longer wishes to work for his father, crime boss James Buchanan, nor does he want to continue his relationship with the dangerous and sexy Jolina Miciano. But Jolina has connections that would make James Buchanan more powerful than he already is. Unwilling to be a pawn in his father's game, Soren decides to stop seeing Jolina even if it means having to suffer through one of his father's vicious beatings. Bruised for his defiance, Soren flees to the FBI for help.

Mason Ward, former US Army Ranger and security specialist, lives a quiet life on a house boat docked off the island of Guam. Despite his lack of companionship, Mason believes he is living the life he's always wanted. Then a job comes Mason's way, one that will turn his life upside down: hide Soren Buchanan.

Hiding Soren Buchanan should be easy money, but not for Mason. Soren is young, seductive and lacking the type of discipline that doesn't leave bruises. It doesn't help that Soren's physical presence brings up desires Mason would rather not feel about a mobster

 

“Let me show you something.” Mason maneuvered his guest into the pilothouse. He pointed to
a navigational chart unrolled on the table. “We’ll be here.” He tapped the vastness of the Pacific
Ocean with a manicured finger. “This is us right now.” He swept his finger to the eastern edge of the
chart where Guam’s coastline was visible, making his point. He let that sink in.
“Now,” he fixed the redhead with a measuring look, “let’s get some things straight. There is no
alcohol on board. None. And I’m a very thorough guy.”
Soren shoved his hands back into the pockets of his jeans and tore his attention off the chart.
“What does that mean?”
“That means,” Mason explained, “I even threw out the mouthwash and the rubbing alcohol
under the sink. You get into any scrapes, we’ve got peroxide.”
“Screw you.”
Mason grunted. On an island populated with tawnyskinned, dark-haired beauties, Soren was an
exotic exception that drew the eyes of men and women alike. Mason’s weakness for redheads
aside, he wondered just how Soren would react to a come-on. Did Soren follow through or was he
just a tease?
Mason grabbed him by the sleeve of his T-shirt, determined not to fall into the kid’s trap. He
led the redhead down two sets of stairs and a narrow passageway, into a large stateroom where
Soren shook off his hand and turned to face him with narrowed green eyes that radiated disdain.
Mason straightened and crossed muscular arms in front of his chest. “Take your clothes off.”
“What?”
Mason enjoyed the moment. Ruffling the kid’s feathers wasn’t easy, but it was certainly
satisfying. “Your clothes,” he repeated. “Take them off. I want to look at”—he gestured, not sure
what to call the result of abuse—“you.”
Soren ignored him, turning his back. He chose to inspect the spacious stateroom instead. His
curious glance swept over gleaming teak and the dark sheets and blankets on the large, neatly made
bed that dominated the room. He looked at books organized on shelves. Touched fingers to framed
photographs grouped together between two open ports that let in the humid night air. Eyed the
alphabetized CD collection. “This is nice.”
“Yes, it is. Thank you. Don’t get used to it. It’s my bedroom. Yours is down there. Less nice.”

The Protector © NL Gassert

 

Review

When Mason Ward is asked to look after Soren Buchanan – a baby sitting job was all it was meant to be. Knowing from the outset what was Soren main grip – alcohol and junk food and coffee – was good to know, as Mason was a bit of a health nut.

Being in the middle of nowhere and your days doesn't change much from hour to hour is not a big stretch for Mason, he has worked hard to maintain this low maintenance sort of lifestyle, however add Soren and his less than covert attempt to expose every inch of his body and as often as he can to the mix and Mason is definately not in the right frame of mind for what was yet to come.

Things doesn’t stay honky dory for long – as a bag of trouble lays in Soren’s wake and despite him keeping a low profile, life goes on and there are people concerned about his where about and who he might be talking to. Mason seems to be the only person in the dark and this leads to a lot of headache and despite his reluctance a bit of heartache as well.

I love the cover on this book and it was my immediate lure for reading it. Add in the fact that two of my favourite bloggers raved about it and the fact that I had a dickens of a time getting my hands on it only added to the draw to make me want to read this book.

Set in Guam, which in itself is a first for me. Straight off you can feel the confidence in the voice of this author. The plot is nothing magic, but it feels like a book that was just itching to be writing, the language is easy, the suspense – while didn’t work for me, has that gang land feel to it where everyone was distrusted until proven innocent.

I remember thinking what is it about his book that was just average for me and it was more the characters I think. The bad guys and the good guys were thugs plain and simply – they acting with this veneer of polite respectability and made no apology for the fact that they can live in both world without really expecting some sort of consequence for their actions – they were laws unto themselves.

THE PROTECTOR was all mostly plot, and this was one of the more positive aspect of the book – the plot move through a  whole shopping list of events and very fast as well. The attraction between Soren and Ward was instant and had some moment where I just had to grin at Soren’s antics.

While this book didn’t work for me and more for personal reason. Please see Val Kovalin review from ObsidianBookshelf.com

What's fun about The Protector is that Soren and Mason are immediately aware of their strong mutual attraction – and they play off this shared knowledge as each tries to get the upper hand on the other. They are each too smart, too realistic, and too good-natured to waste time pretending to dislike each other. Their sexual chemistry is intense.

Val Kovalin © Obsidian Bookshelf.com

Another blogger that loved this book as well is Lily from I Love Books

This story is more an action-suspense with romantic overtones than the usual M/M romance/erotica book I'm used to reading and I really liked it.

Lily © I Love Books 

 

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The Weekend That Was – A Magical One

This weekend I took the entire weekend off from my books and spend it at a two day craft fair with my niece. Firstly I was very surprised I went two days without reading a book and it’s a funny feeling, but good.

I made the decision late summer to start scrapping book for the autumn, winter season and this was the first major craft fair I have been to, to stock up on paper, glue and all the other things that are involved in the paper craft hobby…

I had a wonderful time – I am now absolutely tired but so pleased with the two day event… Paper craft in the UK is definitely geared towards a certain demography and it was about 10-15 years older than I am. On the first day my niece was the only child there and the second day there was about a dozen or so kids at the fair.

I took a few photos – so see my weekend in lights as it was….

P230909_11.080002I was a beautiful day so we got the train and the bus to the event and I had to take a photo of the big read bus and the current movie coming out in the cinema this week..

 

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Crowd control anyone – This was the queue we had to face for the two day – and there was two entrance.  believe it or not I was somewhere at the front, all these people are before me.

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We walked and got shoved and had a loads of laughter

P260909_14.080002I couldn’t resist the black cab photo – and as you can see a spectacularly sunny day.. 

P260909_14.080003And this is my little princess – She had a marvellous day as you can see from her smile..

 

I hope your weekend was as good as mine – and now I am going back to my books…

 

 

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Friday, 25 September 2009

Review – Lex Valentine & Shawn Lane

 

 

 

 

Title: Mating

Author: Lex Valentine

Publisher: Freya’s Bower Presents

Main Character:  Roul Verlaine & Morgan Kale

As the pack Alpha, Roul Verlaine always looked out for his twin brother Ranulf. Now, Ran's mated and run off to New York City. Deciding to check up on his twin, Roul hires the Watcher Agency to follow Ran and his new mate. But when Roul arrives at Watcher, the owner is not what he expected. Morgan Kale is a rare white werewolf, a lone wolf. She's not looking for a mate so when Roul walks into her office, and her senses start pinging, she's not exactly happy about it. With Roul only in New York for three days, Morgan has to decide whether to tell him they are mates...or let him walk out of her life forever.

“The danger of staring too long at a sigil is that it can leech away your control.”

The woman’s voice tore Roul’s gaze from the magical diamond-shaped mark that famous wizard artist Nick Diamond used to sign his paintings. A woman with long, blonde hair stood in the doorway. Her eyes met his easily, and he realized she must be at least six feet tall. Then her scent slammed into him like a Mac truck: rosemary . . . and lemon. Sweet, spicy, tangy . . . his mind and his cock reacted in the same millisecond to her scent.

Mine!

The woman’s elegant brows flicked up, and with a fierce growl, his wolf roused. Possessiveness filled every atom of his body, and he wondered briefly if the magic of the painting had gotten to him. Gods, he wanted her! All rational thought fled his brain, leaving behind only primal urges. Driven by his base needs, he promised himself that before dawn lit the sky, he would have her beneath him, moaning in supplication.

A sardonic expression settled on her elegant features, almost as if she’d heard his arrogant thoughts. “I can see I’m way too late with my warning about control,” she murmured, her lips curling in amusement.

Roul knew his hard cock blatantly strained the front of his jeans, but he didn’t care. His wolf wanted her to see how she aroused him. “I’m Roul Verlaine,” he said in a voice husky with lust.

The woman stepped toward him. “I know. I’m Morgan Kale. Welcome to New York.” She held out one elegant hand.

Shock rippled through him. He’d thought the head of the Watcher Agency was a man. Her eyebrows arched up, and she gazed at him. Again, her expression gave him the sense that she’d heard his thoughts. “Are you an empath? A telepath?” he asked abruptly, setting his suitcase down, and extending his hand toward hers.

Her polite smile became a wide grin. “I wish. It would make my work much easier.” Her palm met his and she shook his hand firmly, but briefly. Her fingers dropped away, and she gestured toward the office door. “Please come in.”

Her touch unnerved him even more than the persistent notion that she could read his thoughts. Despite her assertion that she was neither empath nor telepath, Roul’s instincts told him to shield his thoughts like he often did with his twin brother. A woman like this one—professional, capable—wouldn’t give him the time of day if she had heard his arrogant thoughts about having her beneath him before dawn.

Mating © Lex Valentine

Review

Roul Vetaine is in New York to check up on his baby brother who just happen to be his twin and also happens to be in a flash mating scenario. Just wanting to know that his brother is not being lead around by the nose – he hire Morgan Kale of Watcher Agency to find out if the relationship is as solid as it should be.

Needless to say Roul comes up on surprise after surprise during his stay and the main one of note is the fact that Morgan is not who he expects and the instant attraction he feels for her is something he aim to follow through on.

I can’t go any further with the details without giving it all away, because this is a short read.  I was attracted to the book by the cover and I was not disappointed in the neither plot nor the main protags themselves.

Ms. Valentines give just the right amount of detail to tease and hold my interest.  Roul and Morgan are wolves and both are at different places in their lives with a whole lot of baggage on both side to content so – so the idea of a mating is pushed under the carpet by one and not even thought of by the other and this is the crust of the problem. Being an alpha Roul is definately not one to back down from what he wants and he knows he wants Morgan, however Morgan has always considered different and has the experience to go with it – someone has to give because finding middle ground with those kind off odds are not looking good.

I am liking this captivation voice and have already picked a few other books by Ms. Valentine. a new to me author but definately one I will be looking out for in the future.

 

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Title: Sweet Reunion

Author: Shawn Lane

Publisher: Amber Quill

Main Characters:  Jason Sweet & Danny Yarrow

Retired from the police force after a tragic shooting, Jason Sweet hasn’t been back to his hometown, Sutter’s Bay, for fifteen years. With his mother’s final days approaching, Jason returns to make peace with his mother and his past. Part of that past includes former best friend and lover, Danny Yarrow.

Danny’s satisfied with his life as a drama teacher at the local high school, but the one thing missing is the love of a good man. He’s only too happy to be reunited with Jason. They’ve both grown and changed since their broken teenaged relationship. Jason hasn’t had an easy time of it since leaving Sutter’s Bay, but Danny intends to convince his friend and former lover that when it comes to taking chances, their love is worth it.

 

 

He forced a smile. “Hey, Ma.”
She smiled back. “Hi, honey. Did you have a nice visit with
Danny?”
“Yeah. Actually, Ma, I invited him over to have dinner with us
tonight. Is that okay? I can tell him not to come if it’s too much.”
His mother shook her head. “Don’t be silly. I like Danny. It’s
nice that you’re trying to get reacquainted.”
Jason nodded. “You want to sit out on the back porch for a
little bit? I can bring you a cup of tea and we can just sit there and
enjoy the breeze.”
“Oh, yes, that would be wonderful, Jason.”
He scooped her up in his arms, making sure to take the blanket
with her. Her arms wrapped around his neck. She didn’t weigh
much more than a puppy. His heart twisted.
It should have been a breeze to carry her outside, but with his
messed up leg, carrying her to the sliding glass door and out to the
covered porch made him break out in a sweat. He winced and set
her down on a cushy lounger they’d set up for her earlier.
She studied his face when he pulled back. “I’m sorry. You
should have made me walk out here.”
“I’m all right.”
“You are not. That hurt.”
He sighed. “Yeah, it did. But watching you try to make it out
here yourself hurts more.” He sat on the edge of the lounger,
straightening his leg out before him. Jason closed his hands over
hers. “Do you hate me for the years we’ve missed?”
“No, never.” She turned her palm up and squeezed his hand
with as much strength as she could manage. “Your father—”

Sweet Reunion © Shawn Lane

 

Review

Looking at the school where Daniel Yarrow now teaches drama, retired police officer Jason Sweet knows he has unfinished business with him and there is no time like the present to make the first move.

Jason is back in his home town to spend time with his dying mother and after fifteen years away he is doing the decent thing and closing another chapter of his life that he literally ran out on years ago.

The meeting with Daniel goes smoother than Jason anticipated and before long he is unburdening a whole lot of baggage on Daniels shoulders, but Daniel is man enough to take it, having been around the block a time or two himself. Daniel has never really gotten over Jason and with Jason now in arms reach he just hopes he is on the same page as he is.

Although Jason is home to make peace with his mom hooking up with Daniel is rather a special event for him, but now fifteen years older and a whole lot wiser grabbing the quick pleasure is not his style anymore. 

I consider this book a Shawn Lane filler, short, to the point and not really enough page time to jump up and get crazy about. The plot is rather heavy and I thought Ms. Lane dealt with Jason’s relationship with his mother and his childhood with a sort of quite grace and this feels like a more subtle voice that I have not experienced with her before, not that I am not used to Ms. Lane writing very thought provoking matter – but with SWEET REUNION she just goes a bit slower, letting everything, every moment, every memory  sink in and I quite liked it.

Daniel’s and Jason’s relationship was tied up in alot of respect with what was happening in the Sweet’s household and separating the two was nicely down by Ms. Lane so I could see the relationship between the boys now men and yet still I was able to maintain a cloud of righteous indignation because of what was happening in the Sweet’s household over the years.

Fan of Shawn Lane without a doubt a must – new reader I would probably look through this authors repertoire of books and go with something lighter and then build up, because she is like fine wine, she grows on you.

 

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Thursday, 24 September 2009

It’s Thursday – But WOW

Waiting on Wednesday

 

 

Iron Man: Femmes Fatales

Robert Greenberger

"Iron Man", starring Robert Downey Jr., Jeff Bridges, and Gwyneth Paltrow, was one of the biggest films of 2008. "Iron Man" is one of Marvel's most popular comic book characters ever, and the long-awaited blockbuster film version was a huge hit with fans! When billionaire industrialist and genius inventor Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) uncovers a nefarious plot with global implications, he dons his hi-tech suit of armor to become...Iron Man! This brand new, original novel goes beyond the movie story to continue the adventures of Tony Stark!

 

 

 

Night Shift

Jenna Byrnes

Tracking a murderer on the streets of Chicago, two strong-willed detectives must work together on the case - as well as they get along in the bedroom.
Homicide Detective Cullen Ryder is worried. Someone is brazenly killing drug pushers on the grimy backstreets of Chicago. When the monthly murders jump to weekly and draw the focus of the chief of police, the Chicago P.D. starts jumping, too. The chief assigns a special task force to the case, much to Ryder's chagrin.
Handsome, dark-skinned Trevor Stone has testosterone and attitude to spare. As the head of the task force, he marches in giving orders right and left. Ryder doesn't like being bossed around, but he does like Stone. Maybe a little too much. When he discovers the feelings are mutual and the men fall into bed, neither is sure where the relationship is headed. Both know one thing - there's a murderer on the loose whom they need to catch, before he catches up with them.

 

 

 

On the Edge

Ilona Andrews

The Broken is a place where people shop at Wal-Mart and magic is nothing more than a fairy tale.
The Weird is a realm where blueblood aristocrats rule and the strength of your magic can change your destiny.
Rose Drayton lives on the Edge, the place between both worlds. A perilous existence indeed, made even more so by a flood of magic-hungry creatures bent on absolute destruction.

 

 

 

Maison Domine
Skylar Kade

Taking bonding and exothermic reactions outside the laboratory…

A Binding Ties story.

Organic chemist Lara Brunner is at loose ends. Since childhood, her life has been focused on work and achieving success in her field. Only now, weeks away from her tenure review, she realizes she’s pushed herself too far. Casting about for a way to release her stress-crazed body from career tension, she visits a BDSM retreat, hoping a weekend of sexual submission will do the trick.

Inducting her into the lifestyle is her at-work nemesis—Jaxon Greene. But the sinful intent she encounters in Jaxon’s sexy eyes makes her heart race with desire…and fear. Gorgeous men like him don’t go for zaftig academics like her. Once the fantasy weekend is over and real life returns, he’ll forget all about her.

Jaxon is blindsided by his intense attraction to Lara. The more time he spends with her, the stronger their invisible bonds become. Bonds that are stronger and more permanent than any knot he can tie. He’s not normally into converting vanilla women to his lifestyle, but something makes him want to cast his inhibitions aside and claim her for his own.

First, though, he has to free her from preconceived notions of proper sex…and love.

 

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Google Are At It Again – But Do We Really Need It…

 

Google to reincarnate digital books as paperbacks

 

 

A little bit of news for those readers looking for those books out of print or just hard to find. From an article in Independent UK

Google is giving 2 million books in its digital library a chance to be reincarnated as paperbacks.

As part of a deal announced Thursday, Google is opening up part of its index to the maker of a high-speed publishing machine that can manufacture a paperback-bound book of about 300 pages in under five minutes. The new service is an acknowledgment by the Internet search leader that not everyone wants their books served up on a computer or an electronic reader like those made by Amazon.com Inc. and Sony Inc.

Independent. Co.Uk

 

I have had the opportunity to use this machine in Blackwell – Charring Cross here in the UK earlier this year and It really does enhance the idea that we have reached the “Want Now’ era – there is no need to wait or even delay your day to go bookshop haunting or web trawling.

If the book is not in the shop or the shop cannot get the book in stock by a certain time – then a print can be done and all at the same price for books in print or out of print books a little higher premium is charged, but it’s really worth it for a book you would never find again unless your odds are very good of finding it at a car boot sale.

The article does not say which books are earmarked for reprinting, but I am sure this makes a whole generation of readers rub their hands in glee.

"It's like things are coming full circle," Google spokeswoman Jennie Johnson said. "This will allow people to pick up the physical copy of a book even if there may be just one or two other copies in some library in this country, or maybe it's not even available in this country at all."

Independent.Co.UK

 

 

If you get the chance to check out this machine, Please do – it is really something else and I loved my experience with it.

 

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Wednesday, 23 September 2009

Review - Jesses Brother © Wendy Ely

Title: Jesse’s Brother

Publisher: Lyrical Press

Main Character: Samantha & Jesse & Noah

One woman, two men: a single summer to choose between them.

Sacrificing a summer to fix her relationship with her mother and find out what’s troubling her father isn’t so bad...right? Wrong. Or so Samantha learns upon her return to Portland.

As if family drama wasn’t bad enough, first comes Noah. Then comes Jesse. Samantha is torn between the way her heart skips a beat each time Noah looks at her, and the way Jesse’s touch make her yearn for more.

Content Warning: This title contains sex, family drama and a tough choice

 

Noah stabbed the pitchfork into the hay, trying to get a head start on tomorrow's chores and Samantha out of his thoughts.

He always returned to his trailer once the sun went down. He'd had the same routine every night for the last year: work until dark, then home for dinner and a shower. Blue and a good book made great company as far as he was concerned.

Martin didn't care when Noah ended work for the day as long as he met the day's goals and took care of the animals. Any night of the week, he could have hung around town meeting new people and scored a date or two. There was even talk about a few of the local women being interested in him. He, for sure, noticed the attention, sometimes even heard the whispers amongst the women as he walked by. Most men liked having their egos stroked, but it actually did the opposite for him. As a result, he stayed away from town as much as possible. It gave him an incentive to follow the same routine he'd stuck to for the past three hundred sixty-five nights.

Not tonight, however. Tonight he had met Samantha Johns, and needed to work off the impact she had made on him.

When he'd just finished feeding the animals earlier, he'd spotted her sitting up against the fence. Her tears had done him in when she raised her pretty blonde head to reveal the sadness in her beautiful blue eyes. She'd tried to push the tears away before he spotted them but it had been too late. Her tear-streaked face had been a spear to his heart. He wasn't sure why, but he had to help rid her of the pain she'd carried around.

After walking out of his family's life, he'd avoided relationships of any kind. He'd loosened up a bit, working on the ranch. Martin had become a role model to him, but Noah didn't want to care about anyone else. Not even Samantha. Now he knew her story and wanted to be in her life. It was terrible to be totally alone and Samantha didn't deserve to be.

"Damn it!" He threw a bale of hay onto the barn floor. "Why did she have to come here?"

Frances, Samantha's mother, had shown up in the barn a few days before to give him a subtle warning to stay away from her daughter. He didn't pay any mind to the idea of Samantha being around the farm and hadn't even asked any questions about her. He'd shrugged and turned back to his work. He was surprised she hadn't been more like queen bee Frances, ready to sting anyone within arm's length. Even though he'd heard stories about her childhood from Martin, he'd never once fathomed the idea that Samantha Johns would indeed be beautiful with those freckled cheeks and dimples. And the added bonus? She was equally sweet.

Samantha's presence could become a complication in his well maintained life. He didn't need any extra hurdles. Lord knew he'd had enough of those along the way. Getting involved with someone was complicated enough, but with the boss's daughter? Probably not a good idea. The fact that Frances hated the very air he breathed made the situation worse.

"I never take the easy road," he grumbled as he wiped the sweat trickling down his cheek. What was Samantha doing now? His eyes switched over to the door. It would be nice if she'd come down to the barn.

Jesse’s Brother © Wendy Ely

 

Review

Returning home wasn’t a mater of choice for Samantha when she decided to take her summer break – it was more a matter of necessity, she had matters that needed airing and matters that needed some resolution and it was high time she sorted them out.

Coming home for Sam is a bag of mixed blessings, she was dying to see her father who was literally the only bright spark left in her life from her home town of Portland. Her mother on the other hand is another mess of fish that she knows she has to face head on and it was not looking pretty.

With yet another argument under her belt with her mother after only a few hours home - she is surprised to find a young man on her family ranch willing to listen to her and make her feel like the special person that she is. Noah however can’t solve that battle royale with her mother but what Noah does for Sam is make her rethink her life as she sees it and the town that she swore she has left behind.

Noah has his own dilemma, he is a simple man with simple values and he had no plan other than the obvious – work, eat, sleep – it might seem monotonous, but it worked for him. Now, not only is Samantha a surprise, one he was sooo not prepared for but he has also been given an opportunity that without Samantha is not worth his time of day – but does he have Samantha or does he even want her.

Samantha has other fences she needs to mend in small town Portland, and as reluctant as she is, she knows she can’t miss this chance to make things right – then she meets Jesse and he is everything that would fit into her planned life outside of Portland, and Jesse is very much attracted to her as well.

They say never look a gift horse in the mouth – but once Samantha look at both these men and what they have to offer her , she makes a startling discovery that she is not sure she can live with.

Another new to me author and I am loving this JESSE’S BROTHER. Once again another age old plot line – but Ms Ely concentrates on the least talked about issues of small town living and this makes this books a winner for me.

Samantha is a good kid, she grew up with the everyday things we all did, friends, overprotective parents and a plan to make it better for herself, and there in lays the problem – her plan did not fall in line with the plan her parent had for her and the unspoken words only made the situation worse from there on in.

I thought Ms. Ely described the parent child expectation very well, it was in-depth and touch on some areas that is not only indicative of small town living. Another angle that I liked but wasn’t delved into very much was the lost of friendship and how things taken for granted in a much bigger more built up area is blown out of proportion and becomes a sore thumb for years.

Those two story line really made this books in my opinion and while the book was about the growth of Samantha and her zeal for finding the right man, who at first should have the right imagine, but when the chips fall where they may she known it not all about what you see it’s also about the heart…

Not enough was known about Noah to really connect with him as I should have as one of the main protags and despite the cover imagine Рthis is not a m̩nage, has no reference or even the slightest possibility of going that way.

Jesse was rather a comical character in my opinion and I thought he was a lunatic at the end – he assumes too much, took too much on himself and was just plain angry at the world, but he made up the other half of this love triangle – and I was very pleased Ms. Ely gave very limited page time to him so the book could deal with more than the obvious.

I like this book alot and I am looking forward to this authors next book as she has a style with her flow and a very abrupt way with the scenes that worked very well for me. They felt like little photo clips that revealed more that they actually showed…

Well worth my time reading this one – I am very pleased to have been introduced to this author.

 

Wendy Ely – see her story here

 

  

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Tuesday, 22 September 2009

Rooting For Asus - It’s a Double Spread

I picked this article up from Book Chase a blog I have been following – and also as a fan of Asus myself with first net book from them, they are now getting into the ereader market…

There have been word on this for some time – but with ereaders you never know until the product hits the street – as every thing in this highly competitive market is secrets, lies and innuendos.

From The Gadget Lab

Asus’ e-reader will likely have color touchscreens, a speaker, a webcam and a microphone, along with the capability to make inexpensive Skype calls. Despite all those features, Britain’s Sunday Times reports, somewhat unbelievably, that it may be priced lower than its competitors from Sony and Kindle.

The company is obviously in the market to make a difference, not only in term of style but also price and I am hoping they achieve this.. It’s about time these things start going down in terms of price

From The Gadget Lab

But all e-readers, available and planned, are black and white. Asus’ product will likely be the first to offer a color screen. The move, coupled with unexpected features such as speakers and mic, is the only way the company can stand out in a crowded market.

With dual screens, the new Eee e-reader could give readers a user experience similar to paper books. The device could also offer readers the option of using the second screen to browse a web page.  The best part about the device, though, would be the price tag, says the Times report. The cheapest version of the Asus Eee reader could lost about £100, equivalent to $165.

 

I also agree with Book Chase – competition is the only thing that will drive the price of these thing down, and as much as I love my Fitzroy to death – and never leave home without it – I can see Asus making a definite difference in the market, think school, hospital, the financial sector…

 

 

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Review – Saving Noah © Carol Lynne

Title – Saving Noah

Publisher – Resplendence Publisher

Main Character - Dexter Krispin & Noah Stoffel

Dexter Krispin arrived in the small Kansas town of Schicksal with one thing on his mind: finishing his doctorial thesis. He hoped getting away from his hectic life in Pittsburgh would allow him to concentrate on the long overdue paper and to forget about his last lover.
Life-long Schicksal resident, Noah Stoffel, has managed to keep his sexuality a secret. Yet, after one look at the dark-haired newcomer, he knows his life in the sleepy town will never be the same.
But more than Noah's desire for privacy stands between him and Dexter. For years, the residents of Schicksal have been hiding a horrific secret, one that takes Dexter mere days to uncover and expose...a secret that could destroy-or heal-them all.

 

“Apology accepted.” He knew, however, that more was coming.

“I’m just concerned, you understand?” Her voice held a pleading tone.

“I know, and you’ve a right to be concerned, but at the same time…”

“I know!” She held up her hands, sloshing her drink.

Dex thought a moment, took a last swig of beer, and slid from the raft into the pool. He dove under and then resurfaced. “Aunt Cora, I love you. There’s nothing wrong with wanting to help someone. No—you aren’t some evil bitch for interfering, and no, you weren’t wrong to invite me—I needed the break, needed to get out of the city, needed to be somewhere I couldn’t be found. I’m glad I’m here.”

She seemed satisfied, but she tightened her lips momentarily. “I just wish there was more I could do to help.”

Dex shrugged. “Cora, these things take time. People get well when they’re ready.”

“Not if they don’t even know they’ve got a problem.”

“Sure,” he agreed. “But we’re not doctors and we’re not mirrors. The little creep who has been stalking me will eventually get tired and move on to someone else. Will you trust me on this?” He knew she was impatient.

“Don’t have much of a choice, do I?” She walked closer to the pool and knelt. “You say you went to City Hall? Was David there?”

Dex thought back to Cora’s nemesis. “He was.”

“What did he want?” she demanded.

“He wondered where you were and what you were doing. I told him you had a hair appointment in Liberal.”

“Good. Nosy bastard. And who did you meet at the diner?”

“I met Ruby, Cookie, some farmer named Joe, and a young man named Noah Stoffel. Satisfied?”

Cora nodded slowly. “Okay. Not bad for your first day on the job. Look, I don’t care what you do to David, but if you have romantic designs on Noah, I’m here to tell you—leave that kid alone.” Deep lines creased her face when she frowned. “Shit, I forgot how young he is, only a few years your junior.”

“He’s hardly a boy, Aunt Cora.” Dex chuckled.

“No, but he’s a lot like you, and I like him. You’re only going to be here a couple of weeks, and Noah is a fixture in this community, like family to everyone here. He’s a vital part of this town, and I don’t want you to go breaking his heart. Hurt him and I’ll cut off your nuts and mail them back to your father COD. If you want to get laid—and I suspect you will—go into Dodge or Liberal.”

“Cora!” Dex didn’t know whether to take her words as funny or hurtful. He swam toward the side of the pool and propped himself on his arms.

She rose and snapped her fingers. “I just thought of something you can do for me while you’re here. Check out Old Man Weathers. He’s the asshole who owns all that land up north and won’t let anyone else’s cattle graze on it. Several have offered to pay the old fart, but he keeps turning them away. I want to know why.” She stared down the length of her bony nose at him. “I’ll pay you.”

“I don’t think so.”

“It’s my money.”

“You sure you’re not trying to keep me here longer?” he teased.

Cora cracked a smile. “Maybe. Shame when an old lady feels she has to offer incentives to her family to get visits from them, isn’t it?”

Dex was about to argue with her, reminding her that the highway into western Kansas went both ways, but she waved and left.

A chill breeze swept over the pool, hardening his nipples. He slipped back into the water, rubbing his chest and allowing his hands to travel further south to comfort his balls and cock with an image of Noah in mind. Cora had been right, Noah was exactly his type, and from the covert looks the guy had been giving him, Dex suspected he was Noah’s type as well.

Saving Noah © Carol Lynne & Cash Cole

 

Review

Dexter Krispin is in small town Schicksal to finish is doctorate not to catch the eye of the local farm boy Noah, no matter how rugged or how just his type he was. Despite the warnings from his aunt to look elsewhere for his fun, add in his last lovers determination to be with him and he should know better than to pursue Noah, but  – Dexter‘s eyes has already seen what they want and they want Noah.

Noah is the good boy, still good,  living on a farm going nowhere with his mother and his dog as sole company, he makes ends meet by doing odd chores daily for the local community. His sexuality has never been a problem for him but knowing he lives in a small town and his mothers less than forgiving ways – he has never come out and only a handful of people knows his leaning. When Dexter makes a rather forceful come on how could Noah resist, after all small town Schicksal is not known for it’s abundance of young svelte men to choose from.

One night is all Dexter asks for and one night is all Noah agreed to , but that one night not only open Noah’s eyes to a reality that he has closed himself off from for many years – but it sets Dexter on a path of self discovery that he would never imagine himself capable of.

This is my first book by Ms. Lynne where she collaborate with a co-author and it was a little less sexual tense as I am used to from her – but the emotional high was just right if not more with the very creative and surprising plot line.

Ms. Cole is a new to me author, but after this I will be looking out for more of her work.

That said the storyline started off slow and easy, probably too easy if I was honest and I remember thinking is this it and then came the twist and I was caught but good. The characters were not overly developed and in some respect I think it worked better that way – I didn’t need to know more about them than was given – the plot was such that it was all about the future and what would happen after Dex and Noah meet .

I am a huge fan of Carol Lynne work – so there is little that she can do wrong in terms of content, however this is a softer Lynne voice – it was nice to see and I enjoyed it as it was a marked differences from her usual harried paced love match between her men. There is an edge to this book than borders on creepy – but I probably justify it by small town involvement and the fact that the unexpected always happens in these sort of environment – the community either close ranks or the guilty party becomes table fodder for weeks if not generation, luckily for Noah, Schicksal is a community that closed ranks and will protect their own at all cost.

The biggest niggle in SAVING NOAH for me was probably the cover art – not liking it at all and some issues were dealt with a little too quickly to be realistic, that however took nothing away from my enjoyment of this book.

Fans of Ms. Lynne's work – must read, Cash Cole – if her partnership gives us this side of Lynne, I am very eager to try more of her work…

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Monday, 21 September 2009

Review – The Summoner © Alisha Steele

Title: The Summoner

Publisher: Lyrical Press

Main Character: Fallen angel Kasdeya & Alex

The enemy may be his only hope...

Fallen angel Kasdeya hates all mortals. They’re little more than playthings, as far as he’s concerned. But when he finds himself facing a thousand-year prison sentence, he has no choice but to call on the one woman who might set him free: the Summoner.

His plan is simple...seduce her for his own purposes, then throw her away. If only she weren’t so argumentative, so intelligent. If only she weren’t so damned sexy!

 

Alex had been having this dream since she was a child. Not every year. Not even every second or third year. Not often at all. She could count on one hand the number of times she’d been subjected to this hell, but the infrequency didn’t make the experience any less terrifying. The difference now, though, was that she wasn’t a child anymore.

“Alexandra…”

“What?” she shrieked. Mud squelched between her fingers as her hands clenched. “What? What the hell do you want?”

“Summoner…”

The whispering was driving her mad, but the voices weren’t answering. Again she was touched, on her head this time. Alex refused to acknowledge the phantom hand and, in a moment, it retreated. “Summoner,” they’d called her. Over and over.

Well, all right then.

“Come on, already!” she said. “Show yourselves. I… I summon you!”

* * * *

“And it’s about bloody time too.”

The fingers were back, smoothing over her hair, and this time they didn’t disappear.

Crap! That had definitely not been a well thought-out plan.

The tendons in Alex’s neck creaked as she turned her head to look up at the speaker. Her breath left her in a gasp. She scrambled out from underneath his palm, any dignity she still possessed quickly lost in her slipping, sliding retreat. “Jesus Christ!”

He smirked and crossed his magnificently muscled arms across his chest. “No, I’m afraid not, pet. I’ve never even met the man, though he and my brother have a passing acquaintance.”

When she finally regained her feet, Alex took stock of the creature standing at ease in front of her. The huge black wings were so distracting that it actually took her a moment to notice he was unclothed. Her gaze followed the sweep of feathers down to the earth in fascination, and it was only on the return journey that Alex realized the alabaster white of his skin was a naked expanse in front of those wings.

Her cheeks flamed and she rushed to bring her gaze to his face. At least, she tried to look up; her stare kept getting snared along the way. She’d never seen a man with elegant feet before! From there, her gaze naturally wandered up his strong, smooth legs. A thatch of black decorated their apex, surrounding his…

Umm…Wow!

The Summoner © Alisha Steele

 

Review

Alex needs her sleep, with a full time job, a new house that she is not only fixing up as she unpack – but she now have a person calling to her through her dreams.

Ever since a child she has always had a period of her life where her dreams are more like nightmares and her only salvation is that they only came about only a handful of time for her to get on with her life as she wanted to. This time however there is an urgency to the call and once she falls asleep someone is trying their hardest to summoner her or be summoned – so she does the next best thing – she says the word “I summon you’ and then her  whole life is tossed up side down.

Kayseda is the fallen angel from the Alex’s dreams and trying to break free from a thousand years prison sentence – he find a summoner (Alex) and through a little conniving and a little lure he gets to meet the lovely Alex. His plan does not work as he hoped it would, because Alex would not do as he wish and he has no choice but to follow her every command.

Alex is immediately caught up in the joy and fulfilment that she gets from her “Dark man”, but some things are too good to be true and as kas has not been entirely truthful about his sentence and his freedom – it’s  left up to Alex to pay the piper whether she agrees or not.

 

Let me first get the fact that I am a cover whore out of the way as the reason why I was attracted to this book, I am very impressed with Renee Rocco’s the cover artist work here. That said one big plus of Ms. Steele style is that she actually gives a reason why there are tattooed “like” wings on the back of the cover model and that explanation makes a refreshing  change to the book as when every hero, heroine and their dog have a tattoo but no reason why – it does makes a difference.

Now for the story, the meat of the story actually starts once Alex literally does a jail break by summoning Kas from is thousand years jail sentence, Kas is a fallen angel with a reputation that proceeds  him and in the right circle he is revered - Alex is however clearly not up on her demons and fallen angel because she has no idea who kas is and only knows that he has all the right equipment to make her sing a different tune and not only does she have total control over him, but she is enjoying her time with him and she is falling fast and hard for this fallen angel.

Kas has his own dilemma, he had a plan, it was so easy – get The Summoner to break him out and once he gets his freedom he planned to be long gone. As a fallen angel he has only limited time before the powers that be nabs him and send him back so he should know better that plans can change at the drop of a hat add meeting Alex in the flesh to the mix and he was all about their flesh joining and then his heart got involve and it was game over from there.

kas hasn’t been exactly truthful to Alex and before long she has an unexpected visitor and has to make the hardest of choices – but nothing  is worse than knowing the man she loves think she is dead.

I have mixed feeling about this book, the story line was ok and the cast had their own little nuances to ensure that I fell in love with them and had a laugh at their expense as well.. My major grouse with this book is the fine line between good and evil and whilst I know it’s all fantasy and subjective I had so much issues with the fallen angels, and the other good/evil inference made in the book.

This is my first book by this author and while this book was definately not my cup of tea  -her voice flowed through the character well. I was very impressed with her ability to describe the people, the outfit, the angst and some of the tension filled issues that tied the book together. The smut was not bad as well, but it was little too much after a while (can you believe – me, complaining about too much smut). 

If you are in the mood for a change please have a go –  the things that worked in this book worked well and the niggles for me were sprinkled right through the book so it made it not the anticipated book that I had hoped it would be.

 

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What Am I Reading On Monday

 

Books I completed this week are:

SHARED BY WOLVES  -Rena Marks

THE SUMMONER – Alisha Steele

SAVING NOAH – Carol Lynne &  Cash Cole

THE RELUCTANT COWGIRL – Christine Lynxwiler

DOG NANNY – Ann Whitaker

JESSE’S BROTHER – Wendy Ely

CASADIA WOLVES – FATED -  Lauren Dane

SAVING TREVOR – Steve Sampson

 NICE – Drew Zachary

CALL ME SIR – Stormy Glenn

COMING HOME – L. Picaro

MATING – Lex Valentine

BEYOND THE NORM – Shawn Lane

 

Last week I had only earmarked a few books to definately read because  I considered that week as the first week of school when all things go wrong and nothing fits and it doesn’t match their friends and all the evils that come with first week of school happens…

It went better than expected, they complained but I guest with age and experience I learned when to stop the moaning off at the pass and nip most of their issues right in the bud…

I surprised even myself with the amount I read this week and it was all down to mood reading, I saw a book or read the blurb and like a moth drawn to a flame I was off. I wasn’t any good at reviewing this week though.. but I am hoping to do some catch up this week.

Books on the list this week:

 

TO THE VICTOR THE SPOILS  - Nia Foxx

SWEET REUNION – Shawn Lane

ONCE A WITCH – Carolyn MacCollough

PLAYING WITH FIRE – Gena Showalter

WANDERLUST – Ann Aguirre

 

 

I hope you all had a great reading week, no matter how many books you to through.

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Saturday, 19 September 2009

Cover Art – Rose & Thorn Society- Never Say Never © Jenna Byrnes

 

New Cover up – for a book I have been eagerly awaiting…

See my review of the first book in the Rose  & Thorn Society…  SWITCHING SETH

Coming in November from Total E-Bound

 

Rose & Thorn Society:  Never Say Never

Adam Reeves can't keep his eyes, or his hands, off the sexy new stud working out at Full Throttle Fitness. Adam's policy is not to jeopardise his job by having flings with clients, but tall and gorgeous Nick is too hard to resist. Plus, it’s been a serious dry spell since Adam's long-time love, Mitch Silver, callously walked out on him.

Nicolas Fontana is instantly captivated by the handsome personal trainer, sweet talking his way into Adam’s bed and his heart. He doesn’t tell his new love about his desire to dominate. Instead, he takes things slow, leading the less experienced man down the D/s path Nick craves.

Mitch returns with thoughts of reclaiming Adam. He’s amazed and surprised by the changes in his old lover's life. Sure, Nick is handsome and definitely hot. But Miguel would never let anyone dominate him. Never.  (m/m/m)

 

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Friday, 18 September 2009

Review - Cascadia Wolves: Fated © Lauren Dane

 

Title: Cascadia Wolves - Fated

Author: Lauren Dane

Publisher: Samhain Publishing

Just because Fate brings you your perfect mate doesn’t mean it’ll be easy.

Could there be any worse fate than a road trip from Seattle to L.A.—with one’s mother—to attend a wedding? Why yes, when one isn’t married yet, like Megan Warden. Toss in a grandmother and a carload of already married sisters and it’s a recipe for sneaking sips of “special” coffee while someone else drives.

Shane Rosario has better things to do than attend a wedding where his father’s relatives will be at him nonstop about getting married and having children. If it weren’t for seeing his anchor bond, Layla, he’d have taken a pass on the entire weekend. It would be easy, since he’s become adept at hiding who and what he is.

When the two weren’t even looking, Fate steps in and before they know it, their bond is sealed. Bonded pair, married in the eyes of their people. Two people tied together in every way. Trouble is, Shane’s not sure he wants all that comes with Megan. And Megan’s certain she’s not willing to live outside her pack, pretending to be human.

The distance between them is more than geographical. It’s a widening gulf rapidly filling with resentment…an emotional divide only acceptance could bridge. Can Shane can accept himself to cross it? Only if they let love take control.

 

Their noisy group took over pretty much the entire small town Oregon restaurant. Megan wanted to laugh at the picture they all made. Boisterous, happy, all of them emanating that vibrant otherness Weres seemed to.

“Why are you bogarting the catsup?” Tegan demanded.

“Just to annoy you apparently.” Megan shoved the bottle at her sister with a smirk. She looked back over to her mother, pasting sincere-looking concern on her face. “You know, you might be more comfortable in the other car with Dave. You can feel the road more in our car I think. You and Grandma both.”

Dave kicked her but it was every werewolf for herself.

Nina laughed from down at the other end of the table but didn’t offer her opinion on the matter. Better for her anyway as Megan was her bodyguard as well as the pack Enforcer. One suggestion from Megan to Lex about Nina’s safety and suddenly her sister-in-law would have to go everywhere with three bodyguards.

“Well, aren’t you sweet? But we’re fine. We’ll be stopping for the night soon enough and I don’t get enough chance to visit with Grace and Tegan now that they’re on the other side of the country.” Her mother smiled, patting Megan’s hand.

She’d go in the other car herself but with Grace and Nina along, that was two Alphas, including the Supreme Alpha, so as the Enforcer, Megan needed to be there. Gah.

“Here, Beth, have I shown you the pictures of little miss I’ve-got-my-daddy-wrapped-around-my-finger? Last month we took her for her first haircut and I think Cade might have cried.” Grace, her sister-in-law and current savior, grinned at her before turning her attention back to Beth. “I know he baked two dozen cookies when we got home.”

The pictures began to circulate from several directions and Beth eased back, happily engrossed in her grandbabies. For the moment, Megan let herself relax and enjoy the people who vexed and charmed her most in the universe.

Fated © Lauren Dane

Review

On the way to a family wedding Meghan Warden is loving and hating the car journey. Loving of course her family as she does she tries to remember that they are her family and each and every looney one of them play a big part in her life, then the hate kicks in, due mainly to the fact that she is one of the last unmated Warden left and with no offspring to keep the watchful eyes of her parent off her – she unhappily grins and bears it.

With the obvious plan as enforcer of the Casadia Wolves upmost in her mind -  protect Nina, because she has to keep even the eyes in the back of her head on that one, she also needs some down time and the first chance she gets she was going to just enjoy the pool.

Some things are best left as wishful thinking because soon she is drafted into the wedding plans and she has her set of chores to be done – one of which is to collect the best man from the airport.

From the moment Shane Rosario and Meghan sets on each other they knew they were mate and there was little they could do to stop themselves from finding the first flat surface with a locked door behind them to seal the deal.

This mating is not as easy as Meghan would have like because Shane has never embraced his wolf and to make matters worse he lives and work in Las Vegas, a town she knew she was not going to leave home for.

Both seem to be fighting a losing battle and with as much love as they have between them and family support not helping – they know they will either have to put up or shut up because maybe something's are just not worth fighting for.

FATED is the sixth book in the Casadia Wolves series of book and this was the easiest read of the lot so far.  Meghan is at the top of her game and right where she wants to be – Pack Enforcer, meeting Shane has not only put a spanner in the works but it has given her that inner strength that she knew she had but didn’t think she would be needing to draw on it under these kind of circumstances. Shane is not having an easier time – reared to deny all that he is and should be, he has lived with the cloud of parental disapproval about his most basic nature all his life.

With some smoking hot smut scenes burning up the pages, it wasn't a stretch liking both Meghan and Shane for their weaknesses and their strengths. While I personally found this the least angtsy of all the books so far – I liked it. All the important players made an appearance and the story line followed well.

I am now looking forward to the next book in this series.

 

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