Book Review: BURIED THREADS (Threads #2) by Kaylin MacFarren (@4Kaylin)

February 3, 2014 Book Review, Romantic Suspense 0

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Title: Buried Threads (Threads #2)

Author: Kaylin McFarren

Publisher: Creative Edge Publishing

Publication Date: October 1, 2013

Rachel Lyons and her partner Chase Cohen accept a contract to recover a lost priceless treasure in the Sea of Japan. However, upon arriving in Tokyo, they soon discover their mission is more complicated and dangerous than they originally believed. In order to prevent a natural disaster from striking Japan and killing millions, they must form an alliance with yakuza members, dive into shark-infested waters and recover three ancient cursed swords…before time runs out.

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My Rating: 4.5 Stars

“In this world, all lust is grief.”

In this exciting story of romance and adventure, two professional treasure hunters are thrown in to an unfamiliar world, filled with ancient religions and modern gangsters. East meets west when the Rachel and Chase must navigate dangerous waters, booby-trapped tombs, human traffickers, and Japan’s mysterious culture, religion, and dangerous Yakuza assassins. The fish out of water aspect is multi-layered and wonderfully detailed and is a fantastic backdrop to this exciting, sexy, and dangerous book.

My head was spinning as I eagerly turned the pages, following a vast cast of characters as the story unraveled with surprise after surprise. From the beginning, I felt like I had the characters pegged, but they constantly challenged any pre-conceived notions I may have had as their stories developed. I became invested in all of the characters, even the villains. But, Rachel and Chase had my greatest loyalty and I enjoyed their romance and the way they overcame adversity, not just in their relationship, but in the face of grave danger.

The action and adventure of an Indiana Jones movie, the murderous intrigue of the yakuza, and the mystique of geishas and monks all swirl around a pair of sexy and brave treasure hunters. This is a huge and exciting story, beautifully realized as emotion blends with suspense. A nail-biting climax is followed up by a satisfying conclusion and the promise of much more to come from these great characters and their engaging world.

“…’Sometimes you just need to have a little faith before you dive in.’

 ‘And what is the pool’s deep and you can’t swim?’, she asked.

 ‘Then you learn how to tread water.’ ” 

*I received a complimentary copy of the book in exchange for a fair and honest review.

 

About the Author

Kaylin McFarren is a rare bird indeed. Not a migratory sort, she prefers to hug the West Coast and keep family within visiting range. Although she has virtually been around the world, she was born in California, relocated with her family to Washington, and nested with her husband in Oregon. In addition to playing an active role in his business endeavors, she has been involved in all aspects of their three daughters’ lives – taxi duties, cheerleading coaching, script rehearsals, and relationship counseling, to name but a few. Now she enjoys spending undisciplined time with her two young grandsons and hopes to have many more.

Although Kaylin wasn’t born with a pen in hand like so many of her talented fellow authors, she has been actively involved in both business and personal writing projects for many years. As the director of a fine art gallery, she assisted in furthering the careers of numerous visual artists who under her guidance gained recognition through promotional opportunities and in national publications. Eager to spread her own creative wings, she has since steered her energy toward writing novels. As a result, she has earned more than a dozen literary awards and was a 2008 finalist in the prestigious RWA® Golden Heart contest.

Kaylin is a member of RWA, Rose City Romance Writers, and Willamette Writers. She received her AA in Literature at Highline Community College, which originally sparked her passion for writing. In her free time, she also enjoys giving back to the community through participation and support of various charitable and educational organizations in the Pacific Northwest.

Website: KaylinMcFarren.com

 

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Book Review: LUKE (Forbidden Lust #1) by Diana Bocco

January 25, 2014 Adult, Book Review, Erotic Romance, Novella/Short Story 0

Luke is a sexy new forbidden romance from Diana Bocco! I hope you enjoy the review 🙂

 

About the Book

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Title: Luke (Forbidden Lust #1)

Author: Diana Bocco

Publication Date: January 5, 2014

 

Of all the men in the world, Cailin Walker fell in love with the one she cannot have. The one her sister married.

Billionaire Luke Blackwell made the biggest mistake of his life when he married the wrong Walker sister, but that’s one mistake he intends to rectify.

Cailin’s stayed away for the past three years to fight what she feels.

But all it takes is one drunken mistake for passion to ignite.

Now that they’ve tasted the forbidden, there’s no turning back. They’ll either have to fight the passion threatening to consume them or take a chance and risk losing everything.

Losing it all might just be worthy.

The FORBIDDEN LUST novellas are erotic romances intended for mature audiences. Each book is a complete story; no cliffhangers and a guaranteed happy ending.

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My Review

My Rating: 4.5 Stars

“And now he wanted more. More of her body, but more of her too. Her mind, her soul. He wanted to see how far he could push, how far she would go.”

Ok, admit it. You have at some time in your life looked at a man (or woman, or both!) that belonged to another. Maybe it was someone close to you, maybe not. Maybe you had a real chemistry or maybe you were attracted just because it’s forbidden. Either way, that attraction is hot!

Now, imagine it’s your sister’s super hot husband and she doesn’t want him anymore, never deserved him to begin with. When you kiss him, something clicks and you both know it and the sex promised by this kiss promises to be mind-blowing. What would you do? (Ummm yeah, I’d give in!)

Diana Bocco tells this story WAY better than I do. The chemistry between Luke and Cailin is electric and the sex is oh-my-god amazing. In just the span of a novella, we get a complete story: the delicious build of tension, the sizzling sex, the drama of a forbidden relationship, and the emotion that comes when a relationship is more than just the sex. This is a perfect one-sitting read with a satisfying conclusion. I look forward to more hot, forbidden romances from this series.

” ‘You can do whatever you want with me, Luke.’ His eyes narrowed. ‘Anything? Because I like ex to be dirty, rough, and dark, If you’re looking for soft, I can’t give you that.’ “

*I received a complimentary copy of the book in exchange for a fair and honest review.

 

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5 Star Book Review: CHANCE OF RAIN by Amber Lin (@authoramberlin)

January 24, 2014 Adult, Book Review, Contemporary Romance, Favorite Books 0

You all know that I’m a fan of Amber Lin’s Lost Girls and now I’m a fan of her lighter side as well! Enjoy my review <3

 

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Title: Chance of Rain

Author: Amber Lin

Publication Date: November 4, 2013

Publisher: Carina Press

 

The only things Natalie Bouchard wants to change are the weekly specials in her Gram’s diner. So when her high school sweetheart strolls back into Dearling, Texas, she allows herself to indulge in a little flirtation, but that’s as far as it goes.

Navy SEAL Sawyer Nolan has returned to sell his father’s land and get the hell out, no matter how enticing he still finds Natalie. Until a storm rolls over the Texas hills, stranding them together at the farm…and the memories of their steamy past lead to a reunion filled with hot days and long nights.

Soon Natalie’s so far under Sawyer’s skin he can’t imagine being without her. But he has a lot of history in Dearling he’d like to leave behind, and Natalie is practically married to this town. If Sawyer wants to be more than just another person who leaves Natalie, he’ll have to give his hometown—and himself—one more chance.

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My Review

My Rating: 5 Stars

” ‘You make me a lot of things Miss Natalie Bouchard, but crazy isn’t one of them. I got there without your help.’ “

So here’s the thing: I like my romances all dark and twisty and kinky edgy. BUT, apparently I also love second chance romances that are lighter, heartwarming, charming, sexy, (and maybe just a teeny bit kinky), as long as they are written just like this book. That’s not to say that Chance of Rain is all sugary sweetness and light. It’s not over sweet: there’s real life drama and palpable emotion emotion, sizzling chemistry, and HOT and slightly edgy sex. The author strikes the exact perfect balance between romance and sex and hope, only tinged with a bit of relatable darkness.

The small town setting is perfect for the lovable characters that inhabit Natlie’s world and were once a part of Sawyer’s, though he left directly after high-school to become a Navy SEAL. He left behind an innocent and heart-broken young girl that grew up to be a beautiful women that had reserved a place in her heart for him. Sawyer, a surly, sexy alpha male, can’t help his attraction to the loyal and independent Natalie. The tension and chemistry as they reconnect is fantastic and the sparks fly as they move from flirtation to steamy sex.

Their story is beautifully written, I was completely taken by the emotion and the characters of this wonderful, hopeful book. I swooned at the romance, and laughed and cried as the pages flew by, all the way to the happily-ever-after. As far as I’m concerned, this perfect combination of sex and sweet and drama and emotion is exactly how romance is done.

“Yes. I can’t admit it yet, but I want every kinky, dirty, passionate thing in the night, a counterpoint to the whole, heartwarming days.”

*I received a complimentary copy of the book in exchange for a fair and honest review.

 

About the Author

Amber Lin writes edgy romance with damaged hearts, redemptive love, and a steamy ever after. RT Book Reviews called her debut novel, Giving It Up, “truly extraordinary.” Amber married her high school sweetheart, gave birth to a kid who’s smarter than she is, and spends her nights writing down her dirty thoughts. In other words, life is good.

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Book Review and #Giveaway: KNOWING JACK by Rachel Curtis (@RachelCurtis0)

January 21, 2014 Book Review, Book Tour, Contemporary Romance, New Adult, Past Giveaways 4

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Welcome to the Knowing Jack by Rachel Curtis Book Tour! Read my review and enter to win a $50 gift card and a copy of the book!

 

New Adult Contemporary Romance

By Rachel Curtis

 Released January 17, 2014

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I am not a slut, although I’ve been called one often enough. Yeah, I spent three months screwing one of my college professors, but I was crazy about the guy. Then he broke up with me.

I am not a bitch, although people like to say I am. I kept our relationship secret. I’m not responsible for telling the university administrators about it, but a lot of students still blame me for getting their favorite professor fired.

I am not a drama queen, although everyone thinks I am now. When I got a few nasty messages, I just deleted them. When I got the threat, I assumed it was someone being stupid. I still think that’s all it was. My parents worry, though, so they hired me a bodyguard. Now Jack follows me around, intimidating everyone who approaches me and looking obnoxiously hot.

This is what I am. I’m Chloe. I’m a twenty-year-old art history major. Kind of shy, although I pretend not to be. Stubborn enough to stay here for my senior year, even though everyone hates me.

And I’m stuck with Jack.

He calls me “Princess,” but I’m not a princess either.

 

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My Rating: 4 Stars

 

“No matter how much I want her, I’m not going to let go. I’m not going to fall. If I fell with her- for her- then I’d never be able to stop.”

I truly enjoyed this story: the story of two people who are dealing with the buried guilt and aftermath of their perceived mistakes. No matter how many walls these two put up, and how hard they push each other away, it’s clear that their efforts are in vain.

The story is written from the perspectives of both of the main characters, and the alternating POV is executed smoothly, never interfering with the flow of the book. I particularly enjoyed Chloe’s voice. Both voices feel very real, genuine, and honest, but the humor in her tone, mixed with sadness and strength, really struck a chord with me. Jack’s voice is a bit more intense, but has the same very natural and relatable feel. Nothing about the interaction between Chloe and Jack feels forced: the chemistry is unmistakable, the banter charming, the sex hot, and the emotional roller coaster they experience as they come to terms with their attraction has the right balance of angsty emotion.

Chloe’s character shows both vulnerability and strength in the ways she deals with her situation. Though she feels very innocent, she is unapologetic about her sexuality and I like that. In contrast to the tiny and somewhat naive Chloe, Jack is all raw strength and protective alpha male, with just a touch of brokenness: and it’s hot.

“It’s Jack. Only Jack. In all of his strength and passion and possessive fire and absolute devotion. And it’s all centered on me. For whatever reason. He’s giving it all to me.”

This is simple story, told with just enough emotion and angst, and punctuated by a sexy romance. An an enjoyable read, with very genuine characters, some striking moments, and a satisfying ending that promises more to come.

“When you strip everything else away, you’re left only with the raw, vulnerable core of another person. And, if you can’t trust the other to take care of it, to protect it like they protect themselves, then the shell closes down around it again, keeping the other away from anything that matters.”

*I received a complimentary copy of the book in exchange for a fair and honest review.

 

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About the Author

Rachel is a writer, a teacher, a romance reader, and a dog-mom. She loves animals and art and hot men with soft hearts under a tough exterior. She tries to write love stories that feel real, even in unlikely circumstances.

Connect with Rachel

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5 Star Book Review: KING CAVE by Scarlett Dawn (@ScarlettDawnUSA)

January 12, 2014 Book Review, Fantasy Romance, Favorite Books, New Adult 0

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Title: King Cave (Forever Evermore #2)

Author: Scarlett Dawn

Publication Date: January 1, 2014

 

My Rating: 5 Stars

 

About the Book

The long-awaited sequel to the bestselling, award-winning King Hall:the revolution is here, but the most dangerous attack may come from within…

The safe, comfortable world of Lily Ruckler and her fellow Mystical Kings and Queens is rocked to the core by the attacks at King Hall. Not only does Lily have to kill the Commoners attacking her people, she also has to assume the mantle of leadership, and bring the surviving Mysticals to King Cave.

It should have been too much, but she is not alone. Ezra becomes her rock, her best friend, the one person who understands. As Pearl and Jack struggle with inconsolable loss, Ezra and Lily work to keep the Mys community safe in their new home, and plan a deadly retaliation.

Their friendship saves them both…but it also draws attention. Whispers. Judgment. It’s not normal for Shifters and Vampires to be friends, and when a horrifying truth is revealed, their relationship morphs from unusual to unspeakable. Lily is good at keeping secrets that could get her killed. Is she willing to risk Ezra’s life as well?

 

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My Rating: 5 Stars

” ‘Open your eyes sweetheart. I want you to see who’s fucking you senseless.’ “

I’m heartbroken, and angry, and emotional, and in love with this book. Truth.

Why am I all of those things, you ask? Because once again, Scarlett Dawn has pulled me completely in to this world she has created, made me fall even more in love with these characters (if that is even possible), and then thrown this world and my emotions in to a tailspin.

Just as intense, if not more, than the first in the series, King Cave gives the reader a fully realized magical world, a brilliant cast of characters, heart-pounding action, danger, laugh out loud humor, heartbreak, friendship, love, and hot sex. Though I missed Jack and Pearl not being a huge part of the story, it was necessary in order to fully experience the chemistry and passion of Ezra and Lily. They are intense: one minute fighting, one minute laughing, and the next minute having amazing sex. I just couldn’t get enough of them. There are so many layers to their relationship: friends, lovers, and loyal comrades.

Every minute of this book kept my head and heart reeling, and the pages flying by. The unexpected just kept coming, and I’m once again impressed with the author’s bravery in the way she handles her characters and their story: she pulls no punches. The final pages of the book left me heartbroken, and just a tiny bit hopeful. It’s clear that even though we are well in to this amazing series, there is so much more story to come. I’ll let that glimmer of hope keep me going until the next installment.

“Straight to the crux of the matter. Duty, What we lived and breathed. I despised it most days… but hating it didn’t change the fact that it needed to be done.”

*I received a complimentary copy of the book in exchange for a fair and honest review.

 

About the Author

Scarlett Dawn is drawn to all things quirky and off-beat. She believes there are no boundaries for an imaginative soul. Her love of the written word started from at an early age, when her grandmother would take her to bookstores every weekend. Dreams came alive within the books she found there, and now, she is thrilled to share her stories with others who have fallen under the spell of taking fantastical journeys. Scarlett resides in the Midwest with her husband, three children, and two dogs.

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5+ Star Book Review and #Giveaway: ROME (Marked Men #3) by Jay Crownover (@JayCrownover) @LiteratiAuthors

January 10, 2014 Book Review, Book Tour, Contemporary Romance, New Adult, Past Giveaways 0

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Title: Rome (Marked Men #3)
Author: Jay Crownover
Genre: New Adult
Publication Date: January 7, 2014
Publisher: William Morrow an imprint of HarperCollins Publishing
Event organized by: Literati Author Services, Inc.

Synopsis

Cora Lewis is a whole lot of fun, and she knows how to keep her tattooed bad boy friends in line. But all that flash and sass hide the fact that she’s never gotten over the way her first love broke her heart. Now she has a plan to make sure that never happens again: She’s only going to fall in love with someone perfect.

Rome Archer is as far from perfect as a man can be. He’s stubborn and rigid, he’s bossy and has come back from his final tour of duty fundamentally broken. Rome’s used to filling a role: big brother, doting son, super soldier; and now none of these fit anymore. Now he’s just a man trying to figure out what to do with the rest of his life while keeping the demons of war and loss at bay. He would have been glad to suffer it alone, until Cora comes sweeping into his life and becomes the only color on his bleak horizon.

Perfect isn’t in the cards for these two, but imperfect might just last forever . . .

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My Rating: 5+ Stars

“Don’t be scared, Captain No-Fun, we got this.”

I loved this book! It gave me some fantastic reading moments, moments of intense emotion: happiness, heartbreak, fear, and love. It also provided me with one of my favorite reading experiences… the ugly cry punctuated with laughing out loud. For that reason alone, I suggest you grab this book, give yourselves a few hours of privacy, and enjoy!

Cora is a female lead you can’t help but adore. Sassy, spunky, tiny, tattooed, pierced, and strong as hell, she takes care of those around her. She’s a force to be reckoned with: a woman that has faced devastating heartbreak head-on and is charging in to a now uncertain future with such courage. Despite her strength, she shows just enough vulnerability and weakness, she’s emotional and real.

“She tasted sweet. She tasted like redemption. She tasted like the future I didn’t need to figure out anymore.”

Rome, our male lead, absolutely did it for me. The author’s descriptions created a drop-dead gorgeous adonis, with some sexy battle wounds, visible and invisible. A soldier, brother, and fantastic lover. I want him to protect me, and to take him in my arms and help him heal, but I can’t help but feel that Cora is absolutely the only one to do that for him. His story feels important, and I enjoyed the unique way the author tells this story, and the unconventional (but perfectly imperfect) path to healing.

“It was so easy just to get lost in him. The more I did it, the less I wanted to be found.”

This is an amazing story of healing and redemption, heartbreak and hope. I loved the angst balanced with humor, and all of the very real, funny, and rough around the edges characters. I was taken in by the intense emotion and mind-blowing sex. The writing is clean, witty, clever, and even poignant and there’s more than a few oh-my-god surprises to keep the pages flying.

Rome is the first of the Marked Men books I have read (I know, I know! I suck!) but I’m hooked. I loved the main characters in this story, Rome and Cora, but I’m desperate know to read the rest of the stories. The author has created such a cohesive group of vibrant, unique, and relatable characters; even with all of their difficulties and turmoil, I want to be their friend!

“I realized now love didn’t do any good if you held on to it in a death grip. It only had purpose, had power, when you had the courage to hand it over to someone else for safekeeping.” 

*I received a complimentary copy of the book in exchange for a fair and honest review.

 

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About the Author

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I’m supposed to share interesting details about myself so that my readers get to know me so here we go in no particular order: I’m an natural redhead even though I haven’t seen my real hair color in years, I’m a big fan of tattoos and have a half sleeve on either arm and various other pieces all over the place, I’ve been in the bar industry since I was in college and it has always offered interesting insight into how men and women interact with each other, I have 3 dogs that are all crazy, I live in Colorado and love the snow, I love music and in all reality wish I could be a rock star not a writer or a bartender but I have zero talent so there is that. I love to write, love to read and all I’m interested in is a good story with interesting characters that make the reader feel something.

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Book Review and #Giveaway: WUNDER VOL. 1 by A.R. Von (@ARVonDreamz)

January 8, 2014 Adult, Book Review, Book Tour, Erotic Romance, Favorite Books, Paranormal Romance, Past Giveaways 11

I <3 zombies, especially sexy stories about almost sort-of zombies… Intrigued? Welcome to my stop on the Wunder Vol. 1 by A.R. Von book tour! Volume #1 is the compilation of the first two novellas in the Wunder series, as well as the prequel. AND, I’m giving away a signed copy of the book, a Wunder swag pack (both US Only), and a kindle copy (Int’l)!

 

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SPECIAL EXTENDED EDITION *Includes Bonus Material*

Wunder isn’t your average girl in fact—she isn’t even an average human. In a world ravaged by Zombies, she was born amidst the chaos. She may have a normal life now…well as normal as a freak of nature could have. Part zombie while her job is to hunt bloodthirsty creatures to protect the innocent. It’s the dreams that haunt her and they aren’t nightmares. Wunder dreams of a man, a man made just for her. Is he real, can he be the one she‘s yearned for?
Wunder’s life has been far from perfect so far, secretly being part Zombie in a world devastated by the plague of the walking dead. Still, she knew there was something special awaiting her, someone out there who could change everything and she did find him. Pete is everything she dreamed of and more as she discovers passion and fulfillment for the first time in her life.
Pete has his own secrets to tell. His world is a lonely one as he wrestles with the reality of being part zombie. His hatred for the creatures that killed his parents drives him to patrol the streets and wipe them all out. His life would be stark, but for the dreams he’s been having; of a woman, so sensuous, so sexy. These alluring visions have become erotic and consuming. He feels as if he made her up to keep from going crazy. Is this life of hunting the walking dead, all there is? Or is she out there waiting—just for him?
Now—with the reunion; Wunder’s life turns into a journey of discoveries. Secrets from the past come full circle and her world is changed forever. In the coming chaos, can she keep her new found happiness and the man of her dreams?

(18+ only this edition contains the Wunder Prequel though book 2)

 

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My Rating: 5 Stars

Wunder Vol. 1 is one of my favorite post-apocalyptic reads! It has so many elements that I love: a kick-ass heroine, a sexy leading man, hot sex, sweet romance, tons of action, and of course, ZOMBIES!

I read and completely enjoyed each book in the Wunder series, and I love that it’s now a compilation. The bonus material was great and added to the flow of the story, making it smooth and cohesive.

Wunder and Pete are couple that have a lot to live for, each other, friends, and loved ones, but just surviving in their world is a fight. Zombie hordes and past secrets threaten their love and very existence, but this is a couple to root for. What’s worth fighting for, hoping for, but love and the possibility of a future?

Dream sequences flow with hot sex scenes and heart-pounding, action-packed fights. Emotion and humor also find their way in to this zombie novel that has both heat and heart; a great twist on the post-apocalyptic romance.

*I received a complimentary copy of the book in exchange for a fair and honest review.

 

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A.R. was born and raised in Bronx, NY and is the oldest daughter of two girls. She holds an Associate’s Degree in Computer Science and Information Technology, which was only briefly used. She’s a mother of two entertaining teen boys (as well as a lovely fawn Chihuahua, whom she considers her furry daughter.) She’s also a wife to a delightfully handsome and amazingly funny man-beast. She loves anything dragon and fantasy related. In her free time she enjoys exercising, writing, listening to music, hiking, cooking, dancing and reading. She also loves a great adventure in and out of a book!
She writes to free her mind of its constant wondering and clutter. She thrives on the fact she can share some of it with readers that have the same passion for a great story.

She also loves to hear from her reader’s and chat away, so feel free to reach out to her any time.
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Book Review: THE BIG BOOK OF ORGASMS: 69 SEXY STORIES edited by Rachel Kramer Bussell

January 7, 2014 Adult, Book Review, Erotica 0

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Title: The Big Book of Orgasms: 69 Sexy Stories

Edited by: Rachel Kramer Bussell (multiple author anthology)

Publisher: Cleis Press

Publication Date: October 15, 2013

 

About the Book

What happens when you bring together 69 authors sharing their hottest orgasm stories? If you have a top notch erotica editor like Rachel Kramer Bussel, you get The Big Book of Orgasms!This climactic collection captures top erotica writers serving up steamy scenarios all focused on The Big O. Whether getting off from exhibitionism, voyeurism, or a very special pair of blue jeans, the characters in The Big Book of Orgasmsexplore all sorts of ways they can come, with lovers who range from sweet to sweetly sadistic. Go “Under The Table” with Elizabeth Coldwell and cheer for “The Pink Team” by Kelly Rand. Discover the thrill of hot wax and even hotter sex; the 69 short stories collected here bring the heat on every page! From Orgasmic editor Rachel Kramer Bussel, with a foreword by Ecstasy is Necessary author Barbara Carrellas, these are climaxes you’ll want to relive again and again.

Dr. Ruth once said about Rachel Kramer Bussel, “she is only satisfied if you come and come again.” Let The Big Book of Orgasms count the ways, all 69 of them focussed on all the wonderful ways women get off. This arousing read is inspirational as well as aspirational, a celebration of women’s sexuality that reaches new heights of excellence. Each of the 69 nine stories about “the big O” is a peak experience in and of itself.

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My Rating: 5 Stars

Orgasms for everyone! Quickies galore! This naughty anthology is full of “one-handed reading”: sexy stories that cover a broad range of fantasies, fetishes, kinks, and experiences, each story suitable for a single sitting.

The Big Book of Orgasms is a must own collection for any erotica fan. The stories are well written and vary in taste and tone. There’s heat, humor, and mind-blowing, creative sex. For me, this book has found its place in the “bedtime story” pile, and I know I’ll enjoy reading randomly picking a story and reading out loud to my partner.

*I received a complimentary copy of the book in exchange for a fair and honest review.

 


5 Star Book Review and #Giveaway: GIRL OF LIES (Rachel’s Peril #1) by Charles Sheehan-Miles (@CSheehanMiles)

December 26, 2013 Adult, Book Review, Book Tour, Favorite Books, Mystery/Suspense, Past Giveaways 0

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I’m so excited to share my review of Girl of Lies, the newest chapter in the Thompson Sisters and first book in the Rachel’s Peril series! I LOVE the Thompson Sisters and couldn’t wait for more of their story! Also, enter to win a signed copy of Remember to Breathe, an earlier Thompson Sisters book 🙂

 

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Andrea Thompson is smart, assertive and beautiful. She’s also desperately lonely. Raised in Europe by her grandmother, she struggles knowing neither of her parents wanted her, and she has no idea why.

When Andrea receives an urgent call from her older sister Carrie, she agrees to fly to the United States to help. Carrie’s newborn daughter Rachel needs a bone marrow transplant.

What Andrea doesn’t know is that her return to the United States will launch a chain of events that will uncover secrets hidden for decades. Secrets which will rock the Thompson family and ignite a political firestorm.

Secrets that some will kill to protect.

 

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My Rating: 5 Stars

“Adelina Thompson and her daughters were likely in a great deal of danger.”

I’m still trying to catch my breath! I was so excited to read more of the lives of the Thompson Sisters. Julia’s story has always been my favorite but the others touched me deeply as well. BUT, I had no idea of the larger picture. There’s an entire story behind the girls: a web of lies, violence, conspiracy, and deceit at the highest levels of international government and intelligence. Through no fault of their own, the Thompson women and those they hold dearest are in very grave danger.

Sheehan-Miles writes mystery and suspense beyond anything I could have hoped for. (I know, where’s the romance?) Even without the stories of the sisters’ romances, there’s such intense and palpable emotion woven through every thread of the story. These women have endured such heartbreaking losses, difficult lives, complete family dysfunction, and yet remain as strong as they can. It’s clear they will need every ounce of that strength for what is to come.

I loved this book. The action is intense and heart-pounding, their are mysteries and surprises around each corner, it is expertly written, and there are the sisters: characters that I adore and feel close to. My heart has loved with them, hoped with them, broken with them, and felt loss with them. I’m so excited to share in the next chapter of their exciting journey. I’m already completely invested in this next chapter of their lives, and it seems this newest story, grander in scale than I could have imagined, is only just beginning.

*I received a complimentary copy of the book in exchange for a fair and honest review.

 

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About the Author

 

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Charles Sheehan-Miles has been a soldier, computer programmer, short-order cook and non-profit executive, and is the author of several fiction and non-fiction books, including the indie bestsellers Just Remember to Breathe and Republic: A Novel of America’s Future.

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Book Review and #Giveaway: DUST (Of Dust and Darkness #1) by Devon Ashley

December 20, 2013 Book Review, Book Tour, Fantasy Romance, Past Giveaways, Young Adult 1

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Welcome to the Dust (Of Dust and Darkness #1) by Devon Ashley Book Tour! Read my review and enter to win a *signed* print copy of the book!

 

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About the Book

 

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Title: Dust (Of Dust and Darkness #1)

Author: Devon Ashley

 Release date: Nov. 18, 2012

 Age Group: Young Adult

 Genre: Fae Fantasy

Tour organized by: AToMR Tours

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Book Description:

 

 

4. The number of times my delicate wings have been broken and clamped behind my back.

68. The number inked upon my skin, marking me the sixty-eighth pixie to be stolen.

87. The number of days I’ve been wrongfully imprisoned.

88. The first day the faeries will regret stealing me.
Healthy. Cheery. Vivacious. All traits Rosalie has before becoming enslaved by the faeries to make an endless supply of pixie dust. Now that Rosalie has been traumatized by slave labor, extreme desolate conditions and multiple deaths, this hardened pixie is anything but. When this rebellious teenager attempts an escape, she’s isolated in cramped quarters until she learns her place. Just as she begins to let go of all that hope, she finds an unlikely friend in Jack, the faerie assigned to guard her. Interspecies dating is forbidden in the fae world, so their growing attraction is unacceptable. And even if Jack can find a way to free her, they know the prison is the only place they can truly be together.
Clean YA Fantasy.

 

My Review

 

My Rating: 4 Stars

“I realize with each passing second how difficult it’ll be to escape this nightmare.”

Are you looking for a story that’s unique and original, that transports the reader to another place, an escape from your own reality? This book is it. That’s not to say that this book is a light and easy read. Some of it is even quite difficult and harrowing: even though the characters are of the fae, the author makes the pain and torture of their slavery feel quite real.

The world building is beautifully detailed, but not overly so, never interfering with the flow of the plot. It’s just enough to draw the reader in; I feel like I now know what it looks and feels like to be a pixie, albeit a tortured and enslaved but very strong and brave pixie. Rosalie, our heroine, is a survivor and a leader. She endures the extreme pain of having her wings broken, slave labor, starvation, and torture. But, she still holds on to the hope that there is an escape, and she is determined to save all of the other pixies, those that are not as strong as herself. Any reader can’t help but feel for and cheer for this sassy, spunky, and incredibly courageous character.

I enjoyed the chaste, though forbidden romance between Rosalie and Jack. There’s something about relationships formed in extreme circumstances an in the face of extreme characters: a connection and understanding based on a shared experience and such a strong bond. Even in the darkness of their circumstances, there was lightness and even moments of humor in their romance.

This book is appropriate for YA readers but is certainly a book for adults as well. I loved the entire journey, the immersive storytelling, and the fae characters that feel human in their own way. This first book in the series left me eagerly anticipating the next installment.

*I received a complimentary copy of the book in exchange for a fair and honest review.

 

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About the Author

 

Devon Ashley (2)

I’m a mom, wife, a lover and a fighter, coffee addict, wicked knitster, Microbiologist, baker of fine yummy treats, and someone who will fight you to death for that last twinkie bag of M&Ms during the zombie-apocalypse. Seriously, my addiction is that important to me. Oh yeah, and writing is cool too!

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