Monday, June 30, 2014

Better Homes and Hauntings by Molly Harper

Better Homes and Hauntings by Molly Harper
 
This is an New Adult paranormal romance (Rated NC-17)
 
 ♥♥♥♥
 (Four Deacon Hearts)
 
 
Book Summary
 
Author of the beloved Half Moon Hollow series of vampire romances (Nice Girls Don’t Have Fangs), Molly Harper has created a standalone paranormal romance in which a dilapidated haunted house could bring star-crossed lovers together—if it doesn’t kill them first!

When Nina Linden is hired to landscape a private island off the New England coast, she sees it as her chance to rebuild her failing business after being cheated by her unscrupulous ex. She never expects that her new client, software mogul Deacon Whitney, would see more in her than just a talented gardener. Deacon has paid top dollar to the crews he’s hired to renovate the desolate Whitney estate—he had to, because the bumps, thumps, and unexplained sightings of ghostly figures in nineteenth-century dress are driving workers away faster than he can say “Boo.”

But Nina shows no signs of being scared away, even as she experiences some unnerving apparitions herself. And as the two of them work closely together to restore the mansion’s faded glory, Deacon realizes that he’s found someone who doesn’t seem to like his fortune more than himself—while Nina may have finally found the one man she can trust with her bruised and battered heart.

But something on the island doesn’t believe in true love…and if Nina and Deacon can’t figure out how to put these angry spirits to rest, their own love doesn’t stand a ghost of a chance.
 
 
My Review 

So, I usually pick up Molly Harpers stories without really reading the blurb. She’s good for a read and I’m always entertained. While this is classic Molly, it didn’t have a lot of laughs but there are definitively witty moments.

There were times in this story where the plot could have gone down predictable paths to create conflict. I’m happy to say that Deacon was the kind of guy I liked from first meet and didn’t react the way many writers would have had him do. For that I’m grateful.



The down side was this was written in third person and I noticed. By that I mean I usually don’t have a preference in whether I read first or third as long as it’s written well. However in this story there were times when Nina didn’t feel like the main character like the blurb suggested. And I was unsure about the focus of the story at times. Anyway, I still liked it.

Audio Review

What can you say about Amanda Ronconi? She’s stellar and does an excellent job at narration.

My book boyfriend Deacon. (I don’t remember exactly what he looked like.)


 

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Friday, June 27, 2014

Insurmountable by T.E. White ~ Beautful Cover

 
Blurb....
 
This isn’t some happy love story. If you want that, try something else. No, I own this nightmare and would have never guessed it could have happened to me.

My life is painstakingly puzzled out. And if I have to admit it, I fall for Red the first time I see her. In fact, she is the first of many things for me and maybe my last. She is the reflection of my happiness and the beginning to my end. She is the stain that covers my heart in the color of her blood-red hair.

Thoughts of her consume me and continue to bombard my mind like ricochet gunfire. So what can possibly go wrong, you wonder? A humorous chuckle escapes me, in case you didn’t hear it. Yeah, I can tell you, but you will judge me unfairly. This you need to hear from the beginning, so you know all the facts and feel what I felt. Maybe even sympathize and not give me your scorn. Then maybe you can possibly… possibly comprehend the enormity of my crossroads.

You have to know I never planned or meant for any of this. It isn’t my fault. It’s someone else’s sins that have efficiently destroyed my life in one fell swoop. My name?

My name is Tade Astor and happiness for me is insurmountable.

*Warning – this book contains explicit sexual situations and may not be suited for everyone.
 
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EXCERPT


Gavin asked, “Who’s the redhead you’ve been staring at all night?


My eyes shifted from the captivating creature back to my best mate who sported a smirk having caught me watching her. She was stunning with hair almost the same color as her strawberry colored lips, which contrasting sharply with her porcelain skin. Stupefied with lust, I was mesmerized by her barely revealed yet Venus Flytrap cleavage, intoxicating to look at but deadly to the heart.


“I don’t know her,” I said simply.


In the nearly four years I’d spent at St. Mary’s College of Maryland, a small private honors college on a stretch of remote eastern shore, I’d never seen her before. And I didn’t get the vibe she was local. According to Gavin, some high schools were larger in student population than our school. So it was odd our paths hadn’t crossed and I knew I would remember a face like hers.


“Why don’t you go talk to her before she thinks you’re some creepy stalker or you can take on Cruella for the night?” He laughed to himself at his joke about the girl who just passed us.


I tipped the beer I’d been nursing all night to my lips and took a long swallow. “Mind your business Gav.”


He chuckled. “No way some chick has you caught all up and you haven’t even said one word to her. This is priceless. In three and a half years, no one had you this wound up.”


I might have been coiled tight because my pants were uncomfortably tight. Any more pressure and I might just jizz. It had been too long since I’d gotten laid and I didn’t have difficulty getting any. That wasn’t the problem at all. I was just particular and choosy. It was important to maintain a low profile, as a Senator’s son. Tonight, the redhead in question was the reason I was all worked up. The trouble was she didn’t appear the type for a one night shag. And that was all I had to offer. Yet, I found myself walking in her direction.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR
 

T.E. White resides in New Jersey and is avid reader who spends stolen moments in time writing stories that will possible shock you, but hopefully in a good way. Writing isn’t a new dream and something T.E. White has been compelled to do. The ultimate goal is to entertain you and create provocative thoughts in your head. The fantasy is to create stories you love. Hopefully all will be achieved. When not writing, T.E. White can be found daydreaming about new stories, watching fantastic TV shows/movies, or spending time with family. If you would like to connect, please use these links below.

Website http://www.tewhite.net
Twitter: @TEWhiteAuthor
 
 

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Broken Souls (Broken Hearts) by Beth Ashworth

Broken Souls (Broken Hearts) by Beth Ashworth
 
This is an adult contemporary romance novel (Rated NC-17)
 
 ♥♥♥♥
(Four Broken Hearts)
 
 
Book Summary
 
Pain, desperation and grief.

For Ashley Akerman, they are things that she has grown accustomed to feeling over the twenty-five years of her life.

She always found it difficult to integrate into society, realising that her imperfections were always going to be the cause of her own insecurities.

Stumbling upon the sassy Gabriela one day changed Ashley’s life for the better. She was introduced into a new circle of people that accepted her for her personality and didn’t judge her on her looks. But the good luck had been running for far too long... and time was up.

When that devastating moment arises and Ashley loses the support system she has grown to rely on, how will she be able to continue?

Will she revert to her previous life of merely existing as an empty shell in the world, or will the unplanned arrival of a certain Italian playboy throw everything into absolute and utter turmoil?

Finding the strength to fight on through the destruction will be key for Ashley. Will she be able to overcome the overwhelming fear of her past catching up with her once again? Can her broken soul be repaired, or has she finally reached the point of irrevocable damage?

(18+) Although it isn't essential to have read the first book in this series before reading Broken Souls, you may encounter some spoilers along the way if you decide to read this book first.
 
 
My Review


A lot of times in contemporary romance novels there is an element of fantasy because the “perfect” looking guy meets a “perfect” looking girl. And even though they may be messed up emotionally, they are still beautiful.
I love that this author took the time to write a story were the female lead is truly flawed. And I don’t mean overweight, I mean she has a significant birthmark that in her mind mars her beauty. And everything else that happens in the story, it’s a wonder that she remains sane.
When two broken souls meet, it will take each other to mend the wounds and accept love. Not your typical romance story, this one heartbreaking events that being two people together in the worst possible circumstances.
Although this is the second book by this author and there are some cross over with characters, each book can be read as standalone.
My book boyfriend Marco.

 
 
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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Secrets Unveiled by Jill Patten ~ Blog Tour ~ GIVEAWAY

Secrets Unveiled (Secrets #2) by Jill Patten
 
This is a New Adult contemporary romance novel (Rated NC-17)
 
 
Book Summary

In this second and final installment, Jaxon and Courtney are forced into a world of more secrets. Some have been harbored from within, some are unknown, and some or just forming. When the truth finally does come out, will their fragile love for one another be strong enough to hold, or will the weight of deceit break the string that tethers them together?

 
Excerpt
 
Tears pierced the back of my eyes like tiny needles and I quickly turned away. The gravity that had been holding me prisoner finally released its grasp, and I quickly made my way to the exit. The door latched behind me with a loud clicking sound, but I didn’t care. I had to get out of there.

With full-force, I ran down the beach, and didn’t stop until my legs could no longer move. There was no more energy left in me, and it caused me to fall onto the cool, gritty sand. There was no point in stopping the tears; I let them flow freely, I needed to get it all out. I needed to get him out, remove him from my system like he had apparently done me. To know how quickly he had moved on was gut-wrenching.

Curled up into a ball, I laid there in the sand and sobbed until my cries turned into hiccups. He had told me I helped him to remember what it felt like to fall in love again, but how did you feel that way then screw some other girl so soon after?

A little over a month. That was all it took for him to go back to his man-whore days. Was it really fair of me to judge him? Who was I to be mad? I was after all the one who pushed him away.
“I don’t know what you’re doing here, but you need to turn your ass back around and go back to where you came from. Nobody wants you around here. You’ve caused enough trouble.”


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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
 
 

Jill Patten was born a Yankee, but raised a southerner. She lives in the small town of Mayberry, North Carolina which was made famous by a popular TV show back in the sixties. (Maybe there will one day be a statue of her at the end of Main Street. Ha! A girl can dream, right?)

Jill has always loved to read, even during reading labs in middle school for reading comprehension. Judy Blume was her first author she hero-worshipped, maturing to revere the works of Stephen King. With all the fantastic authors today, she simply cannot choose a favorite. Her taste is very eclectic and she loves almost all genres. When she's not captivated by her fictional characters, she spends time with her sweet husband and two beautiful children.

Music is her muse. Jill also loves elephants, sarcasm, and anything made with sugar, especially sweet tea. She enjoys all things rude and crude and laughs at stuff she probably shouldn't. She has been accused of being bossy a time or two, but doesn't really see it herself.

All in all, Jill is just a small town girl in this great big world trying to enable your book addiction.

You can find out more about her here...



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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Skin Game (The Dresden Files #15) by Jim Butcher

Skin Game (The Dresden Files #15) by Jim Butcher
 
This is an adult urban fantasy novel (Rated R)
 
 ♥♥♥♥
 (Four Harry Hearts)
 
 
Book Summary
 
Harry Dresden, Chicago’s only professional wizard, is about to have a very bad day….

Because as Winter Knight to the Queen of Air and Darkness, Harry never knows what the scheming Mab might want him to do. Usually, it’s something awful.

He doesn’t know the half of it….

Mab has just traded Harry’s skills to pay off one of her debts. And now he must help a group of supernatural villains—led by one of Harry’s most dreaded and despised enemies, Nicodemus Archleone—to break into the highest-security vault in town so that they can then access the highest-security vault in the Nevernever.

It’s a smash-and-grab job to recover the literal Holy Grail from the vaults of the greatest treasure hoard in the supernatural world—which belongs to the one and only Hades, Lord of the freaking Underworld and generally unpleasant character. Worse, Dresden suspects that there is another game afoot that no one is talking about. And he’s dead certain that Nicodemus has no intention of allowing any of his crew to survive the experience. Especially Harry.

Dresden’s always been tricky, but he’s going to have to up his backstabbing game to survive this mess—assuming his own allies don’t end up killing him before his enemies get the chance….
 
 
 
My Review
 

So in this book, Harry is the Harry of old. And I like that. I liked that the cast of characters were brought together again except I really missed Thomas. He is one of my favs. And the story had action and mystery in balance. It was a solid read.
SPOILERS
I loved that there was resolution with Harry and Maggie. I’m so happy that he’s finally become a dad in more ways than one. Two little girls, lol.
I hated that Butters got what Karen deserved. I think Karen could have made a good knight.
I’m tired of Harry not sleeping with women, lol. But at least he made his side of things clear. And this thing with Karen at the end only feels like something to pacify the readers. I remember all too well before he “died” he and Karen were about to get together. I have a bad feeling the next book will start out… Although Karen and I were going to talk, we hadn’t had a chance. Months have passed and I’m not sure if she still feels the same. Blah, blah, blah. And they won’t get together, ugh. He should have gotten it on with Asher or Ana, lol. Or maybe he and Michael’s daughter, Molly…
I really liked Goodman Grey. I predicted what would happen in the vault with him. I wasn’t surprised.
I wonder how Harry will get out of being the Winter Knight and survive.
END OF SPOILERS
Overall, there was a solid story in this book. We learned a lot especially a different side to Mab. There are new questions about Molly and Harry’s future love interest. And we have a new player, new skull, *wink/nod*
If you love urban fantasy, this is one of the great series. Pick it up.
My book boyfriend Michael.

 
 
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Thursday, June 19, 2014

Undeniable by Serena Grey

Undeniable by Serena Grey
 
This is a new adult contemporary romance novel (Rated NC-17)
 
 ♥♥♥♥1/2
(Four and a half Undeniable Hearts)
 
 
Book Summary
 
“Protest all you want,” he says, “It won’t change the fact that this thing we have between us, it’s undeniable.”

Olivia Wilder fell in love with Jackson Lockewood the first time she laid her eyes on him. She gave him her heart and her love, and ended up alone, heartbroken and with scars that were almost too much for her to bear.

Seven years later, they cross paths again. Jackson is everything she remembers, only more irresistible. Underneath his disdain, his desire to possess her lights a response within her, but she has no desire to rekindle their past, or face the pain of all those years ago.

However, Jackson has no intention of making it easy for her, this time he’s determined to make her pay for the past, and for the future they should have had, even if it means destroying her in the process.
 
 
My Review 

Sometimes there is an attraction that is undeniable. This is one of those times. As much as I wanted to dislike Jackson, much like Olivia, I was compelled to read further and chant for a man I wanted to hate.
This story has drama which I love and some misunderstanding which I hate. However, it wasn’t so bad that I didn’t enjoy the story.
Almost every conceivable romance story has been told. But sometimes an author crafts a tale that sucks you in no matter. This was one of the times and I find myself repeating myself. Okay, that sounded weird. Anyway, I really enjoyed this one. It was a clever read and I recommend it.
So don’t wait, pick this one up. It’s a good read that will keep you turning the pages late into the night.
My book boyfriend is Jackson.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

City of Heavenly Fire (The Mortal Instruments #6) by Cassandra Clare

City of Heavenly Fire (The Mortal Instruments #6) by Cassandra Clare
 
This is a young adult paranormal fantasy novel (Rated R)
 
 ♥♥♥♥
(Four Hell Fire Hearts)
 
 
Book Summary
 
In this dazzling and long-awaited conclusion to the acclaimed Mortal Instruments series, Clary and her friends fight the greatest evil they have ever faced: Clary's own brother.

Sebastian Morgenstern is on the move, systematically turning Shadowhunter against Shadowhunter. Bearing the Infernal Cup, he transforms Shadowhunters into creatures out of nightmare, tearing apart families and lovers as the ranks of his Endarkened army swell.

The embattled Shadowhunters withdraw to Idris - but not even the famed demon towers of Alicante can keep Sebastian at bay. And with the Nephilim trapped in Idris, who will guard the world against demons?

When one of the greatest betrayals the Nephilim have ever known is revealed, Clary, Jace, Isabelle, Simon, and Alec must flee - even if their journey takes them deep into the demon realms, where no Shadowhunter has set foot before, and from which no human being has ever returned...

Love will be sacrificed and lives lost in the terrible battle for the fate of the word in the thrilling final installment of the classic urban fantasy series The Mortal Instruments!
 
 
My Review
 
This story begins sluggishly. I think the first 30% of the book was rather boring. Also, it felt like CC was setting us up for a spinoff series and spent a lot of time in the book building a prequel about Emma and Jules instead of focusing on Jace and Clary.
So I’m thinking Emma and Jules become paraboti (<- not sure of spelling since I listened). I’m thinking she loves him and she talks about how good looking he’ll be in the future with girls chasing him. So she’ll love him much like Simon loved Clary in the beginning. But Jules will take the role of Clary and loving her like a friend. In the end they’ll try to get together but the paraboti thing will be the thing that holds them apart. Then of course, Emma’s side story will be finding her parents’ killers. Where Jules side story will be keeping his siblings together, finding Mark and getting Helena back. The overall arc of the series will be the war with the fairies. Oh and Helena and her girlfriend will replace Magnes and Alec as the token couple.
Now back to the original cast of the series, CC doesn’t have a problem killing off people in this book. One of which I was really sad about. The other problem with this book as without a love triangle people hate so much, there really wasn’t anything hanging in the balance. We knew that CC wouldn’t have the epic fail like Veronica Roth. So the main couple was safe in having a HEA. Thus, there was nothing to really keep you on the edge.
I saw the thing with Simon, I mean she couldn’t leave things as they stood. The thing with Sebastian also didn’t feel epic. And lastly, how is Emma a Carstairs? When did Jem (James) have a kid? Am I missing something?
Audio Review
Sophie Turner co-narrated this book with Jason Dohring.  Sophie did an outstanding job for the most part. Jason not so much. When not reading the dialogue, he sounded kind of bored. However the dialogue was really good, accents and all. I think he nailed it.
Overall, it was okay. But the book was too easily put down. It wasn’t until like the last 20% or so did I become invested in the story. The saving grace was that Jace was the Jace of old, not whiny and broody.
My Book Boyfriend is Jace.

 
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Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Demon from the Dark (Immortals After Dark #10) Kresley Cole

Demon from the Dark (Immortals After Dark #10) Kresley Cole
 
This is an adult paranormal romance novel (Rated NC-17)
 
 ♥♥♥♥1/2
(Four and a half Demon Hearts)
 
 
Book Summary
 
From New York Times bestselling author Kresley Cole comes this scorching tale of a demon outcast poisoned with vampire blood and the vulnerable young witch he vows to protect, even from himself.

A DANGEROUS DEMON SHE CAN'T RESIST . . .

Malkom Slaine: tormented by his sordid past and racked by vampiric hungers, he's pushed to the brink by the green-eyed beauty under his guard.

A MADDENING WITCH HE ACHES TO CLAIM . . .

Carrow Graie: hiding her own sorrows, she lives only for the next party or prank. Until she meets a tortured warrior worth saving.

TRAPPED TOGETHER IN A SAVAGE PRISON . . .

In order for Malkom and Carrow to survive, he must unleash both the demon and vampire inside him. When Malkom becomes the nightmare his own people feared, will he lose the woman he craves body and soul?
 
 
My Review

This story reminds me why I read Kresley Cole books. This story had everything I’d been waiting for. For me it’s about a tortured soul. That’s why Vishous from the Black Dagger Brotherhood is my absolute favorite. I haven’t forgotten about Zdadist. But all the misunderstanding for conflict in that story made it hard to enjoy.

I digress. Let’s get back to the Immortals After Dark.

Betrayal usually pisses me off but let’s just say, I would have done the same given the circumstances. This story was so heartfelt and even though I was assured of a HEA, I couldn’t help but wonder how it would all play out.

Having read the rest of the books that are out in this series, I know this book sets up so much more to come in future books.

All I will say is that this is my favorite book in the series after Bowen. Malkom one of the top guys.

Audio Review
Robert Petkoff is the man and I could listen to him talk day and night reading a restaurant menu.

My Book Boyfriend is Malkom

 
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Monday, June 16, 2014

Pleasure of a Dark Prince (Immortals After Dark #9) by Kresley Cole

Pleasure of a Dark Prince (Immortals After Dark #9) by Kresley Cole
 
This is an adult paranormal romance novel (Rated NC-17)
 
 ♥♥♥♥
 (Four Dark Hearts)
 
 
Book Summary
 
Kresley Cole enraptures again with this seductive tale of a fierce werewolf prince who will stop at nothing to protect the lovely archer he covets from afar.

A Dangerous Beauty

Lucia the Huntress: as mysterious as she is exquisite, she harbors secrets that threaten to destroy her—and those she loves.

An Uncontrolled Need

Garreth MacRieve, Prince of the Lykae: the brutal Highland warrior who burns to finally claim this maddeningly sensual creature as his own.

That lead to a pleasure so wicked...

From the shadows, Garreth has long watched over Lucia. Now, the only way to keep the proud huntress safe from harm is to convince her to accept him as her guardian. To do this, Garreth will ruthlessly exploit Lucia's greatest weakness—her wanton desire for him.
 
 
My Review
 
This story had the whole adventure tied with some serious sexual angst. Had it not felt like Dani’s story, I may have loved it instead of liking it a whole lot.
Two, the  whole “They” can't have sex thing is beginning to wear on my nerves because it’s happening in every story.
Lucia annoyed me MINOR SPOILER thinking it was more important to have the archer ability than to give into love. And I'm glad Garreth called her on it. Got to love the Scottish pack. Sexy as all get out. END OF SPOILER.
Still at the end of the day it was an interesting story with different twist. And more importantly, Kresley Cole has a way of telling a story combined with awesome narration that it had to put down.
 Audio Review
Robert Petkoff continues to do a bang up job. I love his narration.
My book boyfriend is Garreth.

 
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Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Centaur Redemption (Touched #4) by Nancy Straight ~ Blog Tour + GIVEAWAY

 
 
Centaur Redemption (Touched #4) by Nancy Straight
 
This is a new adult paranormal romance novel (Rated R)
 
 ♥♥♥♥
 (Four Touched Hearts)
 
Book Summary
 
Cami and Drake’s honeymoon is cut short as they escape attacks by the Council Enforcers and head to South Africa for the meeting of the Centaur Council, which has ordered a death sentence on Cami and all members of the Lost Herd. The Council Chairman is her grandmother, her most dangerous foe. Surrounded by family and friends, Drake and Cami face the Council, Cami’s power-hungry uncles, an ambitious twin, taking the battle all the way to Zeus to attempt to win the freedom of the Tak herd.
 
  
My Review
 
I’m not one for goodbyes. And series enders usually leave me in a book funk these days because some authors want to go out with a bang. Not so here. I was left oddly satisfied. I say oddly because it was still goodbye.
One excellent thing about this series is that all our questions surrounding Cami and Drake are answered. *you see me holding my hands up to the heavens*, lol. The choir sings in the background. Yeah, you get the picture.
Okay, so I wanted to slap Zandra, Cameron and Athena. Their personality switches had my head spinning. But not all characters are sane, lol. Thank goodness for Drake, Daniel and Ben who stole the show for me.  Although, Cami’s stepmom kind of rocked too.
I loved that Cami was a girl/woman others of us can look up to. She was that perfect mix of strong yet knowing when she needed help. And I just swoon for Drake. He’ll be on my personal list of book boyfriends to be brought to life for a long time coming.
If you like paranormal romance, check out this series. It isn’t werewolves or vampires although I love them too. This is different. And I like different. Plus this author kind of rocks. Check her out. All the info is below.
My book boyfriend Drake.
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Title: Touched Series:  Blood Debt, Centaur Legacy, Centaur Rivalry, Centaur Redemption
Author: Nancy Straight
Publisher: Self-published
Age Group: Young Adult
Genre: Paranormal Romance / Greek Mythology




Blood Debt, Book 1 Synopsis:
Her whole life, it had just been the two of them. Before her mother’s last breath, she gave Camille the information she had craved her entire life: the identity of her father. Daring to contact him, Camille was welcomed by an entire family she never knew existed. But nothing comes without a price, as she discovers when her family claims a legendary heritage tracing back to a Centaur touched by Zeus.

As she learns the secrets of her Centaur bloodline, she is drawn into a forbidden love with Drake. Her family acknowledges her life may be the blood debt required to pay for her mother’s transgressions. The same person who once held her mother captive, and forced her into decades of hiding, now controls Camille. Her only chance is to seek a piece of her mother’s past that will win her freedom and the life she desperately desires.

Centaur Legacy, Book 2 Synopsis:
Camille and Drake are on the run from the head of the Centaur Council, seeking the mythical pasture of Thessaly and a family heirloom that may keep them safe. As their journey progresses from the rolling hills of Ireland to the snow covered forests of South Dakota, Cami learns more about her mother’s secrets, including a twin brother and a Centaur legacy that puts a death warrant on her entire family.

Camille and Drake don't know who to trust or where to hide. Camille’s family is quick to come to her aid, but who among them can be trusted?

A supernatural benefactor forces Drake to choose between being the man he wants to be and the Centaur warrior Camille needs him to be.

Centaur Rivalry, Book 3 Synopsis:
The Centaur world is rocked as news spreads of the Lost Herd, Camille's existence, and her Centaur protector. A death order against Camille's father and family sends all into hiding.

Camille and Drake leave the country pursued by the Lost Herd as well as by Centaur Council enforcers. Camille's twin brother Cameron is manipulated by the Council Head and is quickly becoming her newest enemy.

Amid unexpected new protectors, enemies, and romances, Camille and Drake make their plans to travel to Africa to confront the Centaur Council. They hope acceptance of Camille as Chiron's heir, yet knowing that her link to the Lost Herd could require them to kill or to be killed.

Centaur Redemption, Book 4 Synopsis:
Cami and Drake’s honeymoon is cut short as they escape attacks by the Council Enforcers and head to South Africa for the meeting of the Centaur Council, which has ordered a death sentence on Cami and all members of the Lost Herd. The Council Chairman is her grandmother, her most dangerous foe. Surrounded by family and friends, Drake and Cami face the Council, Cami’s power-hungry uncles, an ambitious twin, taking the battle all the way to Zeus to attempt to win the freedom of the Tak herd.

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I LOVE Starbucks’ White Mocha Latte and Mountain Dew, (but not together). I have a lead foot so I set cruise control when I drive, even in 25 MPH zones. I almost never win when I play Angry Birds, but have my 9 year old close, so he can clear the hard levels for me. I grew up on a farm and am opposed to eating fresh chicken (not opposed to meat - just opposed to any meat that was alive a few hours before lunch). I am a huge fan of the show, Big Bang Theory, on CBS. I share my life with two fantastic sons, three rotten dogs and a husband that I adore.

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Monday, June 9, 2014

Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green & David Levithan

Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green & David Levithan
 
This is a young adult contemporary novel (Rated PG-13)
 
 ♥♥♥♥♥
(Five Tiny Hearts)
 
 
Book Summary
 
One cold night, in a most unlikely corner of Chicago, two teens—both named Will Grayson—are about to cross paths. As their worlds collide and intertwine, the Will Graysons find their lives going in new and unexpected directions, building toward romantic turns-of-heart and the epic production of history’s most fabulous high school musical.

Hilarious, poignant, and deeply insightful, John Green and David Levithan’s collaborative novel is brimming with a double helping of the heart and humor that have won both of them legions of faithful fans.
 
 
My Review
 
First let me say I’m not a huge John Green fan anymore based on comments he made about Veronica Roth’s book (allegiant) and how readers can’t have an opinion about the ending. And if you read my review of the book, you know my opinion and you’ll have read my alternative ending.
However, audible had a sale, and what can I say. I picked this up. In fact, I picked up his book Paper Towns in a similar sale but I haven’t read it yet.
Anyway, this book was filled with all kinds of awesome. Easily the best book I've read all year. It had a great message and the characters were flushed out with all their flaws. This was believable and not in a fairy tale way. Things weren't easy and not made out to be. Really good. Laughed out loud several times and nearly cried others.
Awesome book.  Excellent narration by both narrators. Tiny Dancer's musical songs stole the show. Summer of Gay was easily the best of the lot. Love love love this book.
I enjoyed every second. God I might have to give up my self-imposed ban of John Green books. UGH.
I highly recommend. If you don’t like M/M romance, this book isn’t for you. But this book isn’t about the two Will’s getting together. They each have their own struggles and one is straight and the other isn’t. And that’s all the spoilers you’ll get from me.
Audio Review
MacLeond Andrews and Nick Podehl nailed the narration of the book. The singing was also good. Thoroughly enjoyed.
My book boyfriend Will. (ha/ha) I gave a couple of pics so scroll down to see all.

 
 

 
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Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Untouchable (Immortals After Dark #8) by Kresley Cole

Untouchable (Immortals After Dark #8) by Kresley Cole
 
This is an adult paranormal romance novel (Rated NC-17)
 
 ♥♥♥♥
(Four Icy Hearts)
 
 
Book Summary
 
#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR KRESLEY COLE delivers a breathtaking tale of a brutal vampire soldier about to know love for the first time... and a Valkyrie aching for his touch.

Murdoch Wroth will stop at nothing to claim Daniela - the delicate Valkyrie who makes his heart beat for the first time in three hundred years. Yet the exquisite Danii is part ice fey, and her freezing skin can't be touched by anyone but her own kind without inflicting pain beyond measure. Can they conquer an agony of frustration and slake the overwhelming desire burning between them?

 
My Review
 
First I only read (listened) to the book that Kresley Cole wrote. Don’t let the cover deceive you. I think in paperback there were two books together. In audio, it’s separate reads.
I’m growing tired of this series and the formula that is in every book. Early on they felt more unique. Now it feels like the same. Immortal untouchable female virgin meets sexy bad boy immortal guy whose never been faithful to one female until now. She struggles with her alpha nature to submit to his will. He realizes she’s the only female that can tame him. They get close to having sex in the first few chapters but wait until sometime after the first half of the book for the deed to be done. And in the meantime they have a quest to fulfill that will bring them together as a couple. Sound about right?
Yeah, well, this book had an interesting twist. I liked the ice queen aspect of why they couldn’t touch. And had I not read this formulaic story several times in a row, I might have enjoyed it more. But repeats start to wane on me.
Thank goodness for Robert’s narration. I think he saved this one for me. He brings the story to life and draws me in more than the story itself.
<u> Audio Review </u>
Robert Petkoff knocks it out the park again with his spot on narration.
Still what can I say. I’m a glutton for punishment. I continue to read the rest of the series. That says something about her writing. It may get formulaic, but it’s far more enjoyable that other books.
My book boyfriend Murdoch.
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