Tuesday, July 18, 2017

REVIEW: LURE OF OBSESSION by LISA KESSLER
















Title: Lure of Obsession
Author: Lisa Kessler
Series: The Muse Chronicles #1
Genres: Paranormal, Romantic Suspense
Publisher: Indie
Published: August 1, 2016
Pages: 266
Format: ebook 
Source: Purchased
Reading Challenges: COYER
Buy:  Amazon 

The Prophecy - “Every generation the nine daughters of Zeus are reborn, and with their rebirth are also nine Guardians. They will be marked by the gods, and given gifts to protect his treasure. Their abilities will only be unlocked when they find their muse.”

Melanie Jacoby teaches English at Crystal City High School. She’s also the reborn Muse of Tragic Poetry, but she isn’t prepared for the tragedy of finding her roommate dead at the bottom of the stairs.

Nate Malone is the detective assigned to the case, but as the evidence points to an accidental fall, the visions begin. He sees a killer in a gold Kronos mask.

Mel is the next target.

The Order of the Titans are eager to bring about the return of the Golden Age of Man, and they’re prepared to kill the Muses to complete their mission. But Nate’s desire to protect Mel is almost as strong as his hunger for her.

And tragedy isn’t part of his plan.


Monday, July 17, 2017

REVIEW: UNTIL IT FADES by K.A TUCKER














Title: Until it Fades 
Author:  K. A. Tucker 
Publisher: Atria Books 
Published: 27 June 2017 
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance 
Pages: 368
Format: Paperback
Source: Borrowed
Reading Challenges: 2017 New ReleaseCOYER
Buy :  Amazon

Twenty-four-year-old truck stop waitress and single mother, Catherine Wright has simple goals: to give her five-year-old daughter a happy life and to never again be the talk of the town in Balsam, Pennsylvania: population two thousand outside of tourist season.

And then one foggy night, on a lonely road back from another failed attempt at a relationship, Catherine saves a man’s life. It isn’t until after the police have arrived that Catherine realizes exactly who it is she has saved: Brett Madden, hockey icon and media darling.

Catherine has already had her fifteen minutes of fame and the last thing she wants is to have her past dragged back into the spotlight, only this time on a national stage. So she hides her identity. It works.

For a time.

But when she finds the man she saved standing on her doorstep, desperate to thank her, all that changes. What begins as an immediate friendship quickly turns into something neither of them expected. Something that Catherine isn’t sure she can handle; something that Catherine is afraid to trust.

Because how long can an extraordinary man like Brett be interested in an ordinary woman like Catherine… before the spark fades?



This is my first K. A Tucker novel and it will not be my last. I heard about her before, but never considered reading her work before, but when Until It Fades came on my radar, and I read the blurb I was intrigued.

What the story is about.
Until It Fades tells the story of Catherine Wright, a 24-year-old single mom to a spunky 5-year-old girl. She works as a waitress at truck stop in a small town. Her past was not pretty, and she wished for it to remain hidden.  However, her selfless decision to rescue a stranger from a burning car, would lead to the events from her past becoming a fodder for the media. 

The man she saved was none other than Brett Madden, famous hockey player and son of a movie star. So it was no surprise that the accident became the talk of every media house. Her attempts to keep her identity hidden proved futile, which became worse when Brett Madden turned upon her doorstep.  What followed was an intense and immediate attraction, a friendship and a slow burn romance.



The Story

What I enjoyed about this story is glimpses I got into Catherine’s past, which allowed me to understand what happened to her and why she felt she had to keep it all hidden. This aspect of the story was detailed making it easy for me to relate to her struggles. 

The story moved at a pace, which I believed was fitting for the events that were taking place. The shifts between the past and the present were flawless.

I enjoyed the romance, which I considered a slow burning one. Their instant, which I do not consider abnormal, given the circumstances.  She saved his life so he will feel something for her, but is it love or just a sense of gratitude?  I loved how the author explored this aspect of their relationship.  I was glad to see they did not immediately act on their attraction for each other. They took getting to know each other to ensure that their feelings were genuine. In Brett’s case, he needed to ensure that his feelings were not borne out of sheer gratitude and for Catherine she needed assurance that her feelings did not stem from the fact that he was famous.

He grins sheepishly. “When I went home that night, I told my parents that I was madly in love with this brave and beautiful woman who saved my life.”
Oh my God. My heart’s beating in my throat.
“Of course they convinced me that I was completely overwhelmed and that I needed to get some rest.”
“I’m sure they were right,” I mumble.
 “I thought so too, honestly.” He swallows hard. “But then you had to go and be not just brave and beautiful but also humble, and funny, and honest. And I couldn’t stop thinking about what it’d be like to be with you… So I need you to tell me what I need to do for you to give me that chance.” His jaw tenses as he locks eyes with me. “Please.”

The emotions were heartfelt and intense.

The story was not unique by far, but it was still an enjoyable one. It was not hard figuring how it would end, but what intrigued me was watching it all unfold.

The Characters

I thought the character development was well done. They were believable and relatable. There was some that had me scratching my head, and then those who placed a smile on my face. 

I enjoyed Brett’s interaction with both Catherine and her daughter. He always includes her whenever he invited Catherine to go anywhere. He knew they were a package deal and he was willing to accept it all.

Catherine struggled with being in the spotlight. She prefers to be in the background, to which I can totally relate. She is different from the women that move in Brett’s circles.  She is independent and not looking for handouts.  When he looked at her, he saw her for who she was, a woman of strength, a caring mother and a woman who conquered her past.

Conclusion/Recommendation 

My biggest issue with the story was my inability to connect with Brett the way I did with Catherine. It would have helped if I got the story through his eyes as well.  

Until it Fades is a beautifully written story, which touches on thought provoking issues. It demonstrated how quickly persons are to judge another for their mistakes and how victims are harshly treated.

Overall, this was a wonderful, swoon worthy romance. I am not going to lie, there were moments I pictured myself in Catherine’s shoes minus the humiliating past of course. If you enjoy romances that have a Cinderella feel then you will enjoy this story.  




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Sunday, July 16, 2017

CURRENT BOOK DEALS

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Friday, July 14, 2017

BOOK REVIEW and SPOTLIGHT TOUR: LOST and FOUND SISTERS by JILL SHALVIS















Title: Lost and Found Sisters 
Author: Jill Shalvis 
Series: Wildstone #1 
Publisher by William Morrow Paperbacks 

Published: 20 June 2017 
Genres: Women's Fiction
Pages: 400 
Format: eARC 
Source: Publisher via Edelweiss 

Purchase: Amazon
Reading Challenges: 2017 New Release Challenge
Netgalley and EdelweissCOYER

From New York Times bestselling author Jill Shalvis comes her first women's fiction novel—an unforgettable story of friendship, love, family, and sisterhood—perfect for fans of Colleen Hoover, Susan Mallery, and Kristan Higgins.

They say life can change in an instant…

After losing her sister in a devastating car accident, chef Quinn Weller is finally getting her life back on track. She appears to have it all: a loving family, a dream job in one of L.A.'s hottest eateries, and a gorgeous boyfriend dying to slip an engagement ring on her finger. So why does she feel so empty, like she's looking for a missing piece she can't find?

The answer comes when a lawyer tracks down Quinn and reveals a bombshell secret and a mysterious inheritance that only she can claim. This shocking revelation washes over Quinn like a tidal wave. Her whole life has been a lie.

On impulse, Quinn gives up her job, home, and boyfriend. She heads up the coast to the small hometown of Wildstone, California, which is just a few hours north, but feels worlds apart from Los Angeles. Though she doesn't quite fit in right away, she can't help but be drawn to the town’s simple pleasuresand the handsome, dark-haired stranger who offers friendship with no questions asked.

As Quinn settles into Wildstone, she discovers there's another surprise in store for her. The inheritance isn't a house or money, but rather something earthshattering, something that will make her question everything she thought she knew about herself, about her family. Now with a world of possibilities opening up to Quinn, she must decide if this new life is the one she was always meant to have—and the one that could finally give her the fulfillment she's searched so long for.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Review: Turned by a Tiger by Felicity Heaton















Title :Turned by a Tiger 
Autor: Felicity Heaton 
Series: Eternal Mates #12 
Publisher: Indie 
Published : July 1, 2017 
Genre: Paranormal Romance 
Pages: 188 
Format: eARC 
Source: Author
Reading Challenges: Coyer2017 New Release

On the verge of bleeding out and hunted by his merciless torturers, Talon has no choice but to seek sanctuary at Underworld, a nightclub run by a jaguar shifter liable to kill him on sight for being a tiger shifter male. What he finds in the old warehouse isn’t the grim shadow of Death though but an angel of mercy, one who offers him salvation and revenge—one who happens to be his fated mate.

Tending bar at Underworld is never dull when you’re a mortal surrounded by immortals, but when a gorgeous tiger shifter covered in blood stumbles into the club, and set’s fire to her boss’s temper, Sherry’s entire world is in danger of being turned on its head. Something about the mysterious warrior has her stepping in to save him, something that ignites her heart and stirs her soul, and no matter how fiercely she fights it, she can’t hold herself back.

When Talon reveals the name of his captors, and his plan to head back in to save his friends, will Sherry be brave enough to embrace the feelings he stirs in her and step deeper into the world of immortals? And will Talon be strong enough to resist the lure of Sherry to protect his family’s secret or will he risk everything to claim his eternal mate?

I can’t believe we are at the 12th book in the Eternal Mates series.  From the release of the first book in the series, I have been an avid follower. When I discovered that book, #12 would be released, I was eager to get my hands on a copy so when the opportunity arose for me to receive an ARC,  I eagerly accepted. When I take up a book by written by Felicity Heaton, my only concern is her ability to match up or surpass the earlier books.  She has never failed to meet my expectations, and this instalment was no different.

What the story is about

The story follows Talon a 300-year-old tiger shifter and second in command to the alpha of his pride. Captured by a group who hunted immortal beings, he escaped his captors and was on the run for his life. Faced with certain death, he had no choice but to seek sanctuary at Underworld, a nightclub for immortals owned by a jaguar shifter. However, the possibility exists that he is likely to kill him rather than offer him protection.  Upon entering the club, he was confronted by the Jaguar shifter he needed to avoid. However, luck was on his side as a human female bartender stepped in and offered to protect him from the wrath of her boss.

Sherry is no stranger to danger as she is surrounded by immortals daily. From the moment the handsome tiger shifter entered Underworld, she knew he needed help.  Drawn to the enigmatic shifter, she went out on a limb to protect him.

The Characters  

The heroines featured in this series, regardless of their species are strong-willed, brave, kick-ass, have a sense of humour and loyal to their mates. Sherry was no different. She is not a woman who will sit back and let a man fight for her; she preferred to fight alongside him.  I admired how she stood up to her boss and willingly entered enemy territory to help Talon.  

Sherry’s actions made Talon view humans in a different light.Talon is your typical alpha male. He is confident, dominant, and protective.  He feared that Sherry would not fit in his world; as a result, he was scared to get close to her. However, his desire for was stronger than his fear.

I enjoyed their interaction, which was both funny and passionate. The story started out with a bang, but then the pace slowed, however it regained its momentum. Even though the pace slowed in between, it did not make the story any less interesting. Once again, Ms Heaton pulled me into her fascinating world where faes, humans, demons and shifters Co-exist.  

This instalment took a different angle that threw me off, but not in a bad way. There was insta-love, which is not a typical occurrence in this series. What I have come to expect from the series is an immediate recognition of one's mate, but a gradual development of their love for each other. In this instance, everything took place instantly. 

The things that remained constant, however, were the fight/action scenes, the author’s impeccable writing style, a riveting storyline and well-developed characters. The story was funny and entertaining. Characters from the earlier books added to the fun and action.

Talon had a secret for which I waited with bated breath for its revelation.  My feelings in regards to the big reveal were mixed. I was disappointed as I was expecting something with a high shock factor, but at the same time, I was intrigued as to the impact it would have on Sherry.

Conclusion/Recommendation

I was pleased with how this instalment ended. Turned by a Tiger was enjoyable from start to finish and I cannot wait to read the next book in this awesome series.If you enjoy paranormal romance packed with action and passion, then Turned by a Tiger and the rest of the Eternal Mates series are a must.



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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

What Are You Reading Wednesdays #18

WWW which is hosted by Taking on the World of Words

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Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Review: Dirty Like Brody by Jaine Diamond














Title: Dirty Like Brody
Series: Dirty #2
Author: Jaine Diamond
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Publisher: Dream Warp Books
Published: June 13, 2017
Format: eArc

Source: Author
Reading Challenges: Coyer2017 New Release

He was all she ever wanted. Then she broke his heart…

As longtime manager of Dirty, the hottest rock band on the planet, gorgeous and brooding Brody Mason has had his share of beautiful women. Yet the only one he’s ever wanted is the one he never had—the one who tore his heart out.

Beautiful and elusive Jessa Mayes appears to have it all. Talent, money, and a glamorous life. But she also has a secret. Six years ago, she ran away—from her dream career as a songwriter with Dirty, and the only man she’s ever loved—without telling anyone why.

Now Jessa’s doing the one thing she swore she’d never do. She’s coming home—to be a bridesmaid in her brother’s rock star wedding… and face the mistakes of her past.

It won’t be easy. Love this intense never is.


Monday, July 10, 2017

Review: Dirty Like Us by Jaine Diamond















Title: Dirty Like Me
Series: Dirty #0.5
Author: Jaine Diamond

Publisher: Dream Warp Books
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Format: Free ebook

Source: Author
Reading Challenges: Coyer
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What happens in Vegas… better stay in Vegas.

Maggie Omura has never been a gambling woman. As assistant manager of Dirty, the hottest rock band on the planet, she brings order to the lives of four crazy-ass rock stars. But when the band lands in Vegas, a streak of bad luck lands Maggie in a bind--and in the penthouse suite, with the last man she'd ever want for a roommate.

Zane Traynor, lead singer of Dirty. Rock god. Sex god. Total nightmare for women. And the only man who'd make Maggie a proposal so insane it just might work. A night of chance. An irresistible gamble... It's time for Zane and Maggie to go all in.


I had my first experience with Jaine Diamond’s work when I read Dirty Like Me, book one in the Dirty series.  This was when I met Maggie and Zane.  I had many questions about their relationship. It was evident there was something going on between them, but the author did not elaborate. Therefore, when I discovered there was a prequel to the Dirty series which would provide me with the answers I sought, I jumped at the chance to claim a free copy of this novella.

What the story is about.

Maggie is the assistant manager for Dirty, the hottest rock band in the country. Zane is the lead singer.  Maggie and Zane were attracted to each other, from the moment she started working with the group six years ago.  Maggie, however, has rules, which she established for her life, one of which is not to sleep with her co-workers. A rule she has managed not to break in spite of her growing attraction to Zane.
Zane would do anything to protect Maggie, especially from her father’s constant degrading comments and his attempts to use her connections to the group to help re-establish his career. His desire to protect her led to him making a proposal that will forever change their lives.

The Characters

Maggie and Zane would be good together if only she believed he genuinely cared for her.  I understood her doubts where that was concerned because he goes through women as often as he changes his clothing. However, what she did not know was, his love for her went deeper than the friendship they shared. She brought out the best in him.
Maggie is a strong, smart and funny heroine. She is fiercely protective of the members of the band whom she considers her family. She takes crap from no one. I loved how she did not allow her father’s terrible treatment to define her. It hurt, but she did not allow it to keep her down.  Zane is a fun, caring and lovable character. He too had his own issues, but he rose above them, which is a daily struggle for him. I admired his strength in dealing with these issues, which given the temptations he faces each day would not have been easy.

The Story

I enjoyed the banter, which was funny and sexy. I laughed throughout most of the story. I should warn you though the dialogue was loaded with enough dirty talk to make one blush. There were a lot of swear words, which I found distracting.  In spite of this, I thought the story was well written. Told from alternate first person POV the story gave insight into the emotional turmoil both characters faced.  

Conclusion

This being a novella, I only got a brief look into the lives of Zane and Maggie, but now I have a full understanding of the reasons for the tension that exists between them.

Recommendation

Overall, this was an enjoyable read, and I can’t wait to find out how things will end up for these two.  If you are interested in getting a copy this novella visit http://ebook.jainediamond.com/getdirty/


Sunday, July 09, 2017

CURRENT BOOK DEALS

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 Prices and availability may differ from one region to another.  These titles were chosen because I read and enjoyed them, or due to their positive reviews on Amazon and Goodreads.

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Thursday, July 06, 2017

Mid-Year Wrap Up 2017























Today, I want to share with you the joys and challenges of my reading adventure since the start of 2017.

Wednesday, July 05, 2017

What Are You Reading Wednesdays #17

WWW which is hosted by Taking on the World of Words

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Tuesday, July 04, 2017

BOOK REVIEW : BITTERSWEET DARKNESS by NINA CROFT














                                             

Title: Bittersweet Darkness
Author: Nina Croft
Series: The Order #3 
Genres: Paranormal Romance, Suspense
Publisher: Entangled Publishing
Published: February 24, 2014
Pages: 281
Format: eARC 
Source: Publisher via Netgalley
Reading Challenges:  Netgalley and EdelweissCOYER, Blogger Shame, Reading Assignment
Buy :  Amazon 

There are no monsters, only good guys and bad guys. That’s the creed by which Detective Inspector Faith Connolly has always lived.

When Faith discovers that she has a time bomb counting down in her head, she has one goal; to solve the murder case she’s working on—a young girl who was found drained of blood—and in doing so gain closure for a long ago murder never solved. Her investigation brings her in contact with Ash Delacourt. Ash is all black leather, big guns and sexy bad attitude—definitely not one of the good guys.

As payment for a debt, Asmodai AKA Ash Delacourt, finds himself working with the Order of the Shadow Accords. He’s the demon representative on the newly formed Committee for the Integration of Mankind and welleverything else. It’s a chance to be near his daughter, make a new start, and—once he’s met the delectable detective—maybe have a little fun.

There are no monsters. But as Faith’s investigation deepens, her beliefs are eroded and for the first time, she is falling in love—with one of the bad guys. But how can she ever let Ash close when her time is running out…?


Monday, July 03, 2017

BOOK REVIEW and GIVEAWAY: FUEL FOR FIRE by JULIE ANN WALKER
















Title: Fuel for Fire
Author: Julie Ann Walker
Series: Black Knights Inc #1
Genres: Romantic Suspense 
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca 
Published: 4 July 2017
Pages: 384
Format: eARC 
Source: Publisher via Netgalley
Reading Challenges: 2017 New ReleaseNetgalley and EdelweissCOYER


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New York Times and USA Today bestseller Julie Ann Walker delivers red-hot romantic suspense in Fuel for Fire!

Dagan Zoelner has always had his eye on spunky CIA agent Chelsea Duvall. When a mission throws them together, this could be his only chance to win her heart for good.

Dagan Zoelner has made three huge mistakes. The first two left blood on his hands. The third left him wonderingwhat if?

What if he had told the woman of his dreams how he felt before his world fell apart?

Spitfire CIA agent Chelsea Duvall has always had a thing for bossy, brooding Dagan. It’s just as well that he’s never given her a second look, since she carries a combustible secret about his past that threatens to torch their lives...