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- Victoria Gardella: Vampire Slayer
on Oct. 20, 2010
Nice introduction to a series have long wanted to read! While at times found myself smiling a little in inappropriate places overall would have to say that Victoria Gardella is a thoroughly fun character to follow and now am going to work harder on getting the 5 full length books to read very soon!
- Zane's Tale
on Dec. 06, 2010
read on my Nook App on my computer in short order and totally loved this very poignant look into what happens in between "Succubi Like It Hot-Succubus Diaries #2" and "My Fair Succubi-Succubus Diaries #3" releasing end of December....
Zane has left Jackie and returned to serve his Vampire Queen Nitocris, and he is not thrilled to be home!
This novella details a period in time where for her safety Zane has abandoned Jackie and she has no recourse but to return to her other Master Noah... This story is short but very compelling and has put me firmly in the corner of Zane once again!
I love this series and cannot wait for my copy of the third book in the series to get to my mailbox to read!
- Married To Murder
on Feb. 01, 2011
Angela Landsbury meets Ms. Marple... This was a fun short read of less than 30 pages... Ella Westin combines a dry wit with a keen mind and is a character that was interesting to share an adventure with... I think that in the short amount of words and pages that the author used this was a tale that fleshed out nicely and had a pretty cool twist at the end... I have to admit I deduced the "villian of the plot" near the end but not fast enough to spoil the entire experience....
I also would like to see what other adventures there is in store for us, if any, starring Ella Westin!
- The Vampire Across the Hall-2. The Murmuring Lift
on Feb. 18, 2011
Easily read in a few minutes... Has some cliched humor but as a short story it was interesting enough and if there will be more I would like to learn what happens to Daisi next....
- The Vampire Across the Hall
on Feb. 18, 2011
Short, sweet and to the point! An okay intro to the adventures of Daisi which is worth spending the short of amount of time it takes to read... I liked it well enough to say that will read the second half to see what happens next...
- Of Witches and Warlocks: The Trouble with Spells
on March 12, 2011
A copy of this book was provided to me for an honest review prior to a blog tour celebrating re-release of the series by the author..
As a long time fan of the television show "Charmed" this book had me hooked with the words Witch and Warlock!
While I did find a few errors in spelling and grammar they did not detract from the powerfully written story that had me from the very first page....
I found the entire book to be refreshingly fun, truly enjoyable as the main characters of both Vance and Portia are not only very strong and very well fleshed out by the author but their love story is romantic and emotionally realistic...
I am very glad to finally have gotten a chance to read "The Trouble With Spells" as have read many reviews singing it's praises and they were all justified as it is a nice fast easy read that ends on a note that leads right into the next book which I hope is as good as the first one...
Fans of YA are going to really enjoy this and fall in love with Vance and Portia's story just like I did!
- Save My Soul (Paranormal Romance/Urban Fantasy: Preternaturals Book 2)
on May 24, 2011
Save My Soul is my first read from author Zoe Winters but it will not be my last.
From the first I was intrigued with Anna's story if a bit confused... When the light dawned that there was more than just a story about an old house being possessed by a restless and sometimes destructive spirit I was totally hooked and kept reading until every page was devoured!
Not only is there plenty of snarky humor when Anna tries to "exorcise" the spirit but there is also a very well built up romantic relationship between Anna and Luc... While there is a lot of tension between Anna and Luc sexually there is not a lot of actual sex , which for me was great because while tension adds to the plot some of the time too much sexual interaction being the main focus really detracts from it... There is a lot going on in the story that will keep any reader glued to the pages, the best part is that you never see the twist in the ending coming at you until it happens...
For me that makes a great plot, one that keeps you so busy turning pages that while everything is happening it just flows smoothly and you enjoy the action so much there is no stopping until the story finishes...
Like everyone else who has read this book I heartily recommend it to anyone who enjoys a hot succubus , humor, paranormal suspense, romance and the consequences of witches curses as well as a little fantasy in their reading diet!
I must disclose that this was a review copy received as part of the author's June 7th through July 1st blog tour hosted by The Bookish Snob Promotions with my e-copy provided by the author in exchange for an honest review. There was no other compensation for reading this book from the author, the tour host or publisher other than my pleasure of reading the book .
- Illicit Magic (Book 1, Stella Mayweather Series)
on June 22, 2011
Stella Mayweather has been sent from pillar to post most of her life after losing her parents at the tender age of five... Never staying in one place for long due to strange occurrences which cause her foster families to quickly pack her up and ship her back to social service workers. After finally turning eighteen Stella moves out on her own and makes her way as best she can... Now at twenty-four Stella has settled into a routine of living in one place, going to work each day and coming home each night without much variance from day to day... Suddenly attacked one night she is thrust into a nightmare from which she barely escapes when a strange young woman appears at her flat and whisks her away before she loses her life in a fire set by her previous attackers when they find her at home...
Throughout Stella's story as we work our way through all the mysteries that surround her past and all the day to day drama that encompass her present circumstances one thing becomes clear, she is a special young woman who despite her harsh beginnings has strength and admirable amounts of courage.
The unraveling of the answers as to who, what, why, when and where take place at a good pace and by the end of the book when the final showdown occurs the reader has learned quite a bit about each of the young witches and the instructors that Stella is placed among to learn how to utilize her craft...
The eye opening reveal of the person responsible for the attacks against Stella and her new friends was one that I had figured out a bit before the final showdown but I still had a few surprises to come when other secrets were revealed as well, all in all this was a well thought out original story that had just enough romance thrown in to appeal to a wider audience than just those looking for a good paranormal read!
The burning questions in my mind is what will Stella do next? What happened to Evan? What happened to Marc and Kitty? To find out one must continue the series with book 2 Unruly Magic which I intend to do as the story was just getting to the good part when it ended!
I strongly recommend this book to those YA readers looking for characters who are young adults in their 20's that can be sympathized with by older people like myself as they have more relatable circumstances going on in their life than someone who is only in their teens. The book is geared more towards adults over the age of 17 as there are sexual scenes that while not explicit are not meant for young readers...
Reading Order for series
Book 1 Illicit Magic out now and book 2Unruly Magic in July and in December book 3 Devious Magic as per author's information in an interview with The Dark Phantom .
I have to disclose that this book was an e-arc copy submitted to me by the author via The Bookish Snob Promotions for an honest review and that there is no other compensation from her, the tour host or the publisher except my reading pleasure and enjoyment of the characters depicted in the story.
- Hole in the Wall: A Jude Magdalyn Exclusive
on July 30, 2011
As a barista Jude is a failure personality wise, she does not lend a sympathetic ear to her fellow man. As a smart ass, very intriguing lead character she wins hands down... I loved the few pages of this prequel, it sets up the lead in to the full length book "Shades of Gray" perfectly, even though if you only read the book you will be fine.
- The Gauntlet
on July 31, 2011
I loved watching Kit in action in this short novella about The Circle and The Coven witches and mages. It was great to meet Gillian and looking forward to what happens next in the short also featuring her and her second adventure with Kit, "The Queen's Witch".
- The Queen's Witch
on July 31, 2011
Action packed and another fine adventure featuring Kit Marlowe and his newest ally Gillian a witch he helped rescue from the clutches of "The Circle". In this one once again Kit and Gillian escape by a hair and in the end she is convinced to become employed by Queen Elizabeth as her personal witch.. Would love more novellas by Karen and am looking forward to reading "The Day Of The Dead" next.
- The Day of the Dead
on Aug. 01, 2011
Tomas was first introduced to us as a minor character in 2006's [book:Touch the Dark|67513], in [book:The Day of the Dead|7623711] he is now on the run intent on putting an end to his evil maker Alejandro. While in a local tavern on his way to confront the Master Vampire he encounters a mysterious young woman who is trying to find her missing brother. The story while short is tense and action packed, one of the finer examples that a book does not have to be 300-400 pages long to give you immense satisfaction and a great look into Tomas's background and current circumstances. The ending leaves the reader cheering Tomas and wishing he had a bigger part to play somewhere in the full length books in the series. (free e-read from Smashwords and also on the author's web site.)
on Aug. 01, 2011
A killer vamp story in more ways than one. Sistienn was a free read from Smashwords in July that is easily read in less than 20 minutes.. It follows a female vampire as she wreaks havoc on humans and finds one male in particular that she decides to turn immortal so as to have a companion, slave and lover. Deceit and treachery gain Sistienn her wish and finding out how is what the plot is all about. This is not the best or the worst novella I have read, it is not a bad idea but just not a tale I will read again..
If you are looking for a quick read about a vampire who has no qualms about killing her "food" or using lies to get what she wants than you will find this exactly what you are looking for.
- A Family Affair
on Aug. 22, 2011
Finally had the chance to read this little short adventure showcased from John Pritkin's POV. Cassie Palmer is once again in danger and John puts his own life on the line. Casanova is involved and chaos ensues. I am so looking forward to reading Hunt the Moon which is sitting on my To Be Read shelf as it should pick up right where this ended. I want to know what happens to Cassie next
- Diamonds and Toads: A Modern Fairy Tale
on Nov. 20, 2011
Once upon a time, there were two sisters, one blessed,and one cursed by fairy magic....
So each sister's story begins.
Delilah Perrault is blessed with riches beyond her wildest dreams and the man she's had her eye on for ages--even though he secretly has designs on her newfound wealth instead. Delilah's half-sister, Isadora, is cursed with having her every utterance come out as an obscene and humiliating quip, just when the gorgeous hunk she dumped years before under pressure from mama swaggers back into her life.
If you like Bewitched, Sex and the City and Gossip Girl, try out this modern girl's fairy tale.
Most everyone I know has either had a fairy tale read to them as a child or read them on their own. I am going to warn you now this is not Goldilocks and the three bears! Author K.E. Saxon took what sounded like a fairly straightforward story of two stepsisters and their wretchedly mean mother and turned it on it's ear by creating a very sexy and very entertaining erotic romance that is made up of two parts.
Delilah's story is first and when you find out her "dirty little secret" hidden beneath a prim and proper exterior you will do the same thing the rest of us did, laugh long and loud and keep reading in sheer delight!
The lovely and oh so tied-to-Mommy's apron strings stepsister, Isadora, is another kettle of fish altogether. Thoroughly jaded and self-centered to a fault she nonetheless tugs at ones heart when she is cursed by the same eccentrically nutty fairy godmotherwho made her sister's every dream come true!
Two young women, two different romantic entanglements and a whole lot of dizzying twists and turns later you will be one satisfied reader when they each get their own particular HEA. Nice remake of an "innocent" bedtime story that you will want to reread more than once.
[This enchantingly sexy read was won by me in a blog giveaway and sent to me by the author. My thoughts and opinions on the story are honestly my own and in no way influenced by the author or anyone else.]
Books by the author include the following erotic romance reads:
Diamonds and Toads: A Modern Fairy Tale
Love Is The Drug
- Mortal Obligation
on Nov. 27, 2011
Ree will face the darkest form of betrayal before the year is out.
Seventeen year old Ree McKenna has three goals: get through high school, convince her crush she is more than his best friend’s little sister, and save money for college. Fate, though, has other plans for her. After the untimely death of her older brother, Ree is haunted by dreadful nightmares and terrifying visions. To make matters worse, Ree has started to suspect that something dangerous is stalking her from the shadows.
A night full of frightening surprises leaves Ree with unsettling news. Gifted by the gods with unusual powers, she must devote herself to a battle that could very well lead to not only her death, but the demise of everyone she knows and loves. After all, Ree is the only mortal standing between the Earth and utter darkness.
Set in Savannah, Ga, Mortal Obligation is the first book of The Dark Betrayal Trilogy.
This was a book that I won from Judi "Sidhe Viscious" blog in a giveaway and when received it from the author immediately dove in and started reading this YA UF paranormal. For a first book in a trilogy this one of course sets up the world and the characters for the storyline, unlike some though there is never an area where the reader feels overwhelmed with information or lost trying to keep track of the multiple characters. Ree is a normal "geeky" high school student whose main goal is just to get through and graduate while attempting to enjoy life along the way with her friends. There have been times throughout her life when she feels like something is out there watching her in the shadows, sadly when she is proven right it is a much more terrifying presence than what she could have ever imagined. Power comes to Ree to help save her life and that of her friends changing their futures forever.
This is a roller coaster ride of a read one that takes one that takes different elements, including modern day happenings, and interweaves them together to create quite an enjoyable addition to the paranormal reading genre that I have loved to immerse myself in for many years now. The way that the author shapes the characters is unique and interesting. The dynamics between Ree and her friends very carefully thought out and also in keeping with real teenagers actions including all their angst, drama, silliness and even unthinking selflessness when faced with protecting the ones they care about. I am really looking forward to the next book "Mortal Defiance" because when this first part of the story ended it just barely skimmed the surface of revealing what was going to happen next!
- Love Is The Drug
on Dec. 05, 2011
What's a guy to do when he meets the woman of his dreams, but she turns out to be the sister of his most despised enemy?
Fall in love, of course!
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This is the story of Jason Jörgensen, an excitement-loving bad boy and Julie Del Mar, the quiet, romantic dreamer who breaches his devil-may-care façade and helps heal the frightened boy inside.
Conceived during a violent rape, Jason knows deep down that he’s no good. So, as far as he’s concerned, his plan never to have children is not only sound, but also the right thing to do.
Julie, orphaned at twelve, has now lost her surrogate parent—her older sister—to suicide. Returning to the only real home she ever had and someday making her own family is her most profound wish.
A drugged-drink Vegas wedding brings them together, but a pregnancy test tears them apart.
Have you ever seriously felt total anguish when reading about a character's past? Have you ever wished you could reach into the pages of a book to soothe that pain and help make it better? Oh boy did that happen with this one. Jason is carrying around the weight of the world on his love-em and leave-em shoulders all due to one secret from his past that turned his world upside down and almost tore it to pieces 5 years ago.
Julie is the sister of the woman who was the catalyst for Jason's current state of mind. She is also probably the only woman in the world who has a hope in Hell of making him see exactly what he wants even when he will not admit it to himself.
This one was a mixture of fun reading, heavy emotional scenes that will make the reader cringe in horror at some of what is brought to life and at the same time wish for a happy ending for all the parties involved.
The author took a chance and wrote a romance that will make you laugh, make you cringe, make you sweat, make you stay seated turning the pages as the characters lives unfold before you and in the end have you crying with relief and joy just like I did because when all is said and done! For a born romantic like myself this was the perfect way to spend a chilly day indoors kept warm by the bedroom scenes and kept entertained by the interaction between Jason, Gabe, Julie and Luke. The kitten Pookie even added a few lighter moments in what was at times a fairly intense read.
[Ecopy via Smashwords coupon from author in exchange for an honest review.]
- The Sixteen Year Itch
on Jan. 31, 2012
There is nothing worse to Morgan than Valentine's Day. Well, drooling over her long time best friend, Alan, comes a close second, but this Valetine's things are going to be different. And maybe she just might get her sixteen year itch scratched.
Friends with benefits story and if I were the best bud of Alan would have waited 16 years too. Very hot, nice relationship between the two and watching it change from brother/sister interaction to scorching the sheets was a fun way to spend some time on the weekend!
- 101 Degrees Fahrenheit
on Jan. 31, 2012
On the hottest day of the summer Kathy Robert's airconditoner breaks at her barber shop, Great Headz, and she still has one more customer. It's hot and sticky, but he's not going anywhere. And he wants more than a trim.
Kathy and her last customer of the day burn up the pages in this very short tale. It has a twist to the story that lovers of second chance at romance will enjoy as well as some very sexy scenes between Kathy and her "customer"!
I enjoyed this free read and think that as a way to get warm on a cool windy winter weekend it did it's job pretty well.
- Forget Me Not
on May 16, 2012
Forget Me Not picks up with the cliff hanger that ended book 1, Without Mercy.
The arrival of the mysterious Amber, the self proclaimed "Real future mate" for Mason puts Darcy's world into a tailspin. Lies, deceptions and cruelly harmful intentions are soon revealed when it becomes apparent to Darcy, Mason and Daniel that there is nothing Amber will not do to claim what she feels is hers by right!
The passion that Darcy and Mason feel for each other, the love they share, the very future of they and their pack is once again threatened by outside forces. It is a testament to the authors skill in portraying each character in this series that once again the reader is drawn in deep and fast to the story, not putting the book down until all is revealed, the treacherous villain is dealt with, the final showdown is at hand and the last page is turned!
If ever there were two characters who were truly "fated" to be together it is Mason and Darcy. Once again though we are left with an ending that leaves the future of these two lovers hanging in the balance. Will they ever catch a break and have their HEA? Waiting to find out what happens next in book 3, "Tempting Fate", is going to be so excruciating but I have the feeling it will be worth it!
For anyone who loves sweet romance mixed with wicked heat, anyone who enjoys dramatic beginnings and endings to a story, anyone who enjoys reading about a vampire who is trying to find his own identity by dressing up in the most outlandish ways he can find and brings a bit of lightness with humorous snark than you will enjoy this second foray into the world of The Mystic Wolves and their friends.
[An ecopy was provided by author in exchange for an honest review. ]
- The Brotherhood Of Piaxia
on June 25, 2012
Years have passed since the overthrow of the monarchy by the Brotherhood of Warlocks and they rule Piaxia in peaceful accord. But now forces are at work to disrupt this rule from outside the Brotherhood as well as within! Follow Tarlok, Savan and Tessia as their paths intertwine, with the Brotherhood in pursuit and the powerful merchant’s guild manipulating the populace for their own end.
Filled with action, intrigue, adversity, warlocks, magic and a multitude of characters this is an adventure that will be enjoyed by lovers of fantasy mixed with romance for years to come. Granted there are times when you feel overwhelmed by the sheer size of the cast of characters but once you start immersing yourself within this tale that ceases to be a concern, rather you will race through each chapter rooting for good to withstand and ultimately overcome evil!
This is a classic tale that is given new life by the author with his imaginative twists and plot turns, a tale that introduces the reader to memorable characters, fantastic feats of magic and victorious battles where planning and execution of audacious strategies overcome superior forces. In all the years that I have been reading it still thrills me to find another story that would make a great epic movie, this is possibly one of them if in the hands of the right director and casting agent!
The book is easily read, the language is at times a bit over the top but suits the time and places that are used for settings for the characters, there is a sense of wonder in certain places and in others you know exactly what is coming before the scene plays out. All in all an excellent way to escape real life for a time while following the journey that ends quite satisfactorily.
[Ecopy received from author in exchange for an honest review.]