Wednesday, 31 July 2013

The Tycoon and the Texan - Phyliss Miranda

The Book
Release Date: 5 September 2013

Seven Days to Texas

With a name like Nick Dartmouth, and the fortune it comes with, it's hard not to have a reputation for getting everything you want. So when his former secretary steps onto his foundation's charity auction block, Nick has the perfect opportunity to woo the stunning beauty from Texas. But aggressive counterbids force him to make an extreme proposition. Except money itself doesn't guarantee a blissful ride off into the sunset, especially when being won goes against the willful nature of McCall Johnson. Intent on showing Nick they come from two very different--and incompatible--worlds, she's surprised by how well he can handle a horse. For a girl from Texas, that speaks volumes about a man's value. Maybe there's more to this playboy than she expected. . .

My Opinion  3 STARS
**Provided by Netgalley and Kensington Books for an honest review**

Nick Dartmouth is a rich man who works hard at his construction company and his mothers foundation, but he has a bit of an attitude and is always fighting with his mother.  He  doesn't do commitment and the only time he proposed to someone his mother ran her off.

McCall Johnson is a shy girl who is working to pay for her mothers tombstone and has paid for all the medical bills.  Both her father and mother are dead leaving her with just her grandma.

McCall is forced into helping the charity foundation by being one of the girls that they auctioneer off.  When Nick bids an obscene amount for her she is angry at him for embarrassing her as she does not feel that she deserves such a price.

Nick has paid three thousand pounds for a week of her time and makes sure that he gets his week with her trying to prove that they are not all that different from each other.

Forced into close proximity with each other sparks fly and they find that they do like each other and get on very well indeed.  He shows her what he likes and she shows him what she likes, and together they find things that work.

You can tell right from the beginning that his mother and Josie another employee have plotted to put these two together and the sparks do indeed say that they plan was a good idea.

My favourite part?  When she accidentally hooks Nick in the butt with a fishing hook!! :)

A light-hearted romance, perfect for a sunny day reading on the beach and a fairly quick read.

Tuesday, 30 July 2013

Crossing Lines (Heat Wave 3) - Alannah Lynne

The Book
Release Date: 28 January 2013

The world’s best-stocked toy drawer can only take a gal so far. Bored with her current assortment of vibrating, plastic pieces, Sam Wallace decides to add a new sex toy to her collection: Kevin Mazze. The sexy Italian is more than happy to help her live out her long-held sexual fantasies, and trusting him with her body is easy. Trusting him with her heart, however, is not… especially when he commits an unforgiveable sin.

Kevin Mazze is one of the good guys. He’s spent his life always doing the right things and making those around him happy. When he meets the woman of his dreams, at the worst possible time, he finds himself making bad choices in the name of good and crossing lines he never thought he would… while praying she never finds out.

My Opinion  4 STARS
I may have loved this book but book two in the series still trumps.

Kevin we met in book one and works for the family firm with his sister Marianne. His father has gone on holiday leaving him with a problem at work that he cant afford to sit around and wait to deal with.

Samantha (Sam) is currently an inspector and used to work for her fathers construction company before he died and her family sold the business from under her.

She also walked in on her husband banging his secretary and is now raising her daughter alone.

Sparks fly between them from the moment they meet, especially as Sam cannot give them the certificate they need to continue. Having worked in the business she knows how hard it is and that night works on some options to help them.

A chance meeting at the beach and a twisted ankle later Kevin and Sam spend the weekend together even though Kevin hasn't officially broken up with his girlfriend.

After a good few bumps, tears and giggling children this couple learn what they can't live without, and what they can forgive.

A spicy read a times that will leave you believing that love conquers all.

Last Call (Heat Wave 2) - Alannah Lynne

The Book
Release Date: 1 October 2012

Gavin McLeod is a man who has it all. His corporate climb has positioned him as the next CEO at Holden Enterprises. He’s financially stable, allowing him to provide for the grandfather who raised him, and his successful seduction of the sexy bartender last night proves his private life is also on fire. Until the alluring woman in his arms turns out to be a serious road-block to his future. One that could bring everything he's worked for crashing down around him.

Sunny Black has spent her entire life tending to the needs of others, caring for her younger brother since she was ten, and serving bar patrons night after night. For the first time in years, she thinks of herself and gives in to her body’s demands, taking a trip to the wild side with a customer whose raw sexuality is too strong to deny. The next morning, however, she learns that in addition to rocking her world, the stranger might cause it to crumble.

A game of sexual seduction and corporate chess ensues, with neither Gavin nor Sunny realizing the ending could come in the form of a permanent check-mate.

My Opinion  5 STARS
**Provided by Netgalley and Alannah Lynne for an honest review** 

*fans herself madly*. WOW. I'm having a heat wave. Gavin and Sunny's relationship was HAWT!! I'm surprised the kindle didn't go up in flames.

Gavin, the second in command for Holden Enterprises has been sent on a recon mission to the Blackout Grill to see if he can get the owner to sell. But he thinks he's been sent there to see about replicating the pub. But he's had to take along his bosses spoilt daughter who has a crush on him and her two friends.

Sunny Black is the owner and Bartender of the Blackout Grill and will never sell her hard worked for pub that she built with her little brother. After taking care of him since he was 14, this is their home and safe haven.

Both attracted to each other from the start the sparks really fly. When Gavin sees what his boss wants him to do he struggles and the area has fond memories. 

Gavin does everything in his power to help Sunny and her brother Robby as he doesn't want to see them hurt and knows he has to do the right thing.

This book will leave you hot with all the sexual tension and happy at the outcome. A brilliant book.

Sunday, 28 July 2013

Savin' Me (Heat Wave 1) - Alannah Lynne

The Book
Release Date: 6 August 2012

One step away from the coveted Vice Presidency of her firm, the last thing Kat Owens needs is the distraction of a man. Her client, Erik Monteague, disagrees. He’s charming, sexy, seductive, and impossible to ignore or refuse. After succumbing to his advances, Kat’s forced to choose between her career and the man she’s fallen for... while knowing even her love might not be enough to save him from self-destructing.

While Erik’s perfectly executed seduction gets Kat into his bed, the end result is more than he bargained for. Having spent the past ten years wallowing in guilt and self-loathing over his fiancée’s tragic death, falling in love is unacceptable. However, Kat’s passionate, loving nature dissolves the carefully constructed walls guarding his heart, forcing him to face his tragic past and make a decision... spend the rest of his life running, or risk being devastated by love again?

My Opinion  4 STARS
This was a very good novella that had me constantly saying 'just one more page' even noticing the late hour.

The relationship between the two felt honest and true and didn't fall flat. However the ending was a little rushed for my liking. However the story had a wonderful flow to it.

Kat had an inner strength and a joy for life that leaked into Erik's life and they both obsessed over each other from a chance meeting 13 months earlier.

It was nice to see both points of view as it would not have been the same from one point of view.

A lovely story.

Mistletoe in Maine (Holiday Brides 3) - Ginny Baird

The Book
Release Date:  20 November 2012

Single mom Carol Baker has the goal of providing an old-fashioned, white Christmas for her two kids. She's been divorced and the kids' dad, sadly, hasn't been the most attentive father. So, Carol takes her crew to New England, hoping for a happy holiday and a chance to make her small nuclear family feel whole. Little does she know that a series of mishaps and adventures will land her in the handsome innkeeper's arms, and cause her to rethink the meaning of faith.

With his only child headed to college, innkeeper Paul Love plans to sell his establishment and take an early retirement in Montreal, where he can live out the solitary life of a bachelor. Though his son and mom have other plans, including a surprise visit from Paul's old high school sweetheart, Beth. But it's hard to focus on Beth, when an offbeat brunette from Virginia captures his imagination. After so much time alone, can Paul open himself up to a little Christmas magic? What's more, can he convince Carol to believe, as well?

My Opinion  2 STARS
Another quick holiday novella, but this one was even worse than the last one and just didn't feel believable.

It all felt far to rushed even if the description was great.

Not a series i will continue with.

The Holiday Bride (Holiday Brides 2) - Ginny Baird

The Book
Release Date: 1 November 2012

A sweet traditional romance and classic amnesia story, with a holiday twist! 

Book #2 in Ginny's Holiday Brides novella series.

Waitress Lucy West is down on her luck at the diner. A fan of late-night television reruns, she’s always dreamed of a nineteen-fifties style happily ever after. But, in reality, she’s opted to settle. Barely scraping by on her meager salary and tired of going it alone, she figures marrying affable, yet distractible, Mitch as making the right move. Little does she know that Christmastime—and Santa—have other plans in store...

Bachelor dad William Kinkaid has his hands full with a young teenage son and a five-year-old daughter. Since losing his wife to cancer three years before, William’s worked hard to keep things as upbeat and normal for the family as possible. After his child makes a special Christmas wish, William’s stunned to awaken Christmas morning to find a beautiful blonde on the sofa. The woman can’t remember a thing, and his kid thinks Santa brought her. Can William solve the mystery about who she really is, without giving away his heart?

My Opinion  2.5 STARS

This book started out ok, but fell very flat, especially the ending.

Although it would make an ok christmas read i have read a lot better and would choose something else. 

Certainly not a book to remember.

The Christmas Catch (Holiday Brides 1) - Ginny Baird

The Book
Release Date: 16 August 2012

A new Christmas novella by bestselling author Ginny Baird...
Book #1 in Ginny's Holiday Brides novella series.

Since the death of her military husband two years ago, single mom Christine White has struggled to get by. By throwing herself into her work as a Chicago copywriter, she's managed to keep food on the table but has gradually lost sight of what really matters, like building a bond with her four-year-old son. When Christine's best friend insists she spend Christmas in Vermont so she can get her life in order, Christine initially resists. Little does she know she's in for a memorable holiday that will reignite her faith and reawaken her heart. 

Bachelor professor John Steadman has given up on finding the right one. Spending time with his friends while keeping up with his job seems satisfying enough. Then one day close to Christmas, a beautiful woman from Chicago nearly runs him off the road during a snowstorm. What's more, she's got a kid in her car. It's only natural that John and his trusty golden retriever want to help drag them out of a ditch and steer them toward their destination. What John doesn't expect is that soon he'll be hoping Christine and her son will be staying in Vermont - for more than just a little while.

My Opinion  3 STARS
A sweet holiday read good for the beach.

The novella does not take long to read and at the end feels a little unbelievable, and almost a bit rushed.

On the whole a feel good book.

Return to Sender - Annabeth Albert

The Book
Release Date: 3 October 2012

Jack Donovan and Bree Hendricks have been in hot competition since their school days, whether it's tussling over the best apartment or bickering over local leash laws. Bree never turns down a challenge, so when her new toy in its brown paper packaging is delivered to Jack's doorstep by mistake, he seizes this perfect opportunity to make her act on the long-simmering attraction between them. Bree is determined to set a good example for her teenage daughter, and that means no flirting, no flings and definitely no one-night stands. But a bout of saucy cybersex demonstrating her new dildo? There's no danger in that. Unless Bree allows her heart to become involved...

My Opinion  3 STARS
A quick a fast paced romance that i finished in just a few hours.

Perhaps a little to fast paced, and a whole lot of why couldn't it have lasted longer. ;)

Definitely a naughty little read.

Friday, 26 July 2013

Italian Affair: An Affair Series Book - Annie Seaton

The Book
Release Date: 23 July 2013

Free-spirited sex therapist Brianna Ballantine has four days to find a fiancé so she can inherit her birth mother’s Italian villa. Commitment is not on the agenda. Writing her sex therapy book and signing legal papers are. And once all is said and done, she’ll return home to Scotland.

For finance guru Tomas Richards, relationships have been a bad investment—give him stocks and shares any day. When Tomas offers a marriage of convenience to help Brianna secure her inheritance, the sizzle between the sheets promises an affair to remember, despite family complications at every turn.

But Tom must convince Brianna to stay, and make this Italian affair a lifelong commitment.

My Opinion  4 STARS
**Provided by Netgalley and Entangled Publishing, LLC for an honest review**

Although this book moves at a fairly fast pace, I do struggle with how the relationship goes.  I mean it didn't sit exactly right, but I still very much enjoyed the story and finished it very quickly.

We are introduced to Brianna, a somewhat forgetful sex therapist, however her career really doesn't come into the novel.  We are also introduced to Tomas (Tom) who was a Bursar and was more list orientated and a little stiff.

Both get to know each other better on the long flight from Sydney where they find out that they are both headed for the same little Italian island.

He helps her out with a little problem and as you can guess they end up falling in love.

Not a bad little holiday read.

A Scandal, a Secret, a Baby by Sharon Kendrick

The Book
Release Date: February 2013

One sinful night... 

Dante D'Arezzo is the last person famous songwriter Justina Perry wants to see at her best friend's wedding. The wickedly sexy Italian is ruthless to the core. He broke her heart once; she won't surrender to his insatiable desire again. But what Dante wants... 

One very big scandal! 

Justina's pregnancy hits the front page and Dante knows he's the father. He'll make her pay for trying to keep his child from him. His Miss Independent is about to become completely dependent...on him! 

This Italian will claim his heir and-if he wants her-a wife!

My Opinion  2.5 STARS
To be honest this is just a good book to fill in some spare time. Its nothing special, but then its not that long a story.

Only took me an evening to star and finish it.

Play Me (Take a Chance 3) - Diane Alberts

The Book
Release Date: 29 July 2013

Even the best-laid plans can go awry.

Single-mom Kiersten Worth knows a bottle of champagne and night of hot, no-strings-attached sex is the perfect solution to her jilted bride blues…and Garrett Kelly, long-time friend and her teenaged son’s sexy basketball coach, is just the stud for the job.

Garrett wants more from the elusive temptress than a casual affair, but he never expects it to come in the form of an unexpected pregnancy. When he proposes an unorthodox solution—move in and raise their baby together—Kiersten has to decide whether to let down her guard and open her heart to the man who secretly loved her for years, or risk losing his tender embrace for good.

My Opinion  3 STARS
**Provided by Netgalley and Entangled Publishing, LLC for an honest review**

This was a short but fun read.

Garrett and Kiersten had known each other since high school and Garrett had always fancied her.

Kiersten took over the raising of her nephew when his parents died when he was young and has recently got our of a romance where her fiancé cheated on her.

Garrett is given the go-ahead to act on his passion for her when she seduces him on the night that would have been her wedding day. Unfortunately this one liaison results in her becoming pregnant.

Garrett moves in and Kiersten constantly pushes him away hurting his feelings time and time again even as he proves that has always and will always be there for her.

Eventually her brother helps her see the error of her ways and the couple get their happy ending.

Tuesday, 23 July 2013

Taken by Storm (Raised by Wolves 3) - Jennifer Lynn Barnes

The Book
Release Date: 22 May 2012
Bryn knows first-hand that being the alpha of a werewolf pack means making hard decisions, and that being human makes things a thousand times worse. She's prepared to give up her humanity, but the wolf who promised to Change her is waiting - though for what, Bryn doesn't know. Still human, she must take her place in the werewolf Senate, the precarious democracy that rules the North American packs. Standing side by side with werewolves who were ancient long before she was ever born is enough of a challenge, but Bryn soon learns that the Senate has been called to deal with a problem: the kind of problem that involves human bodies, a Rabid werewolf, and memories that Bryn, Chase, and the rest of their pack would rather forget. With bodies stacking up and political pressure closing in from all sides, Bryn and her pack are going to have to turn to old enemies and even older friends for help - especially when it starts to look like this time, the monster might be one of their own.

My Opinion  2.5 STARS

I don't know if its because I have left it a long time between reading the other two books and this one, but this one was really disappointing.

For one, Bryn as a character did not grow at all and just seemed to whine about what she had, what she had lost etc.. It got far too repetitive and boring.

We got to see a little more about Callum, but Chase and Devon and all the other characters really were just periphery characters.

Yes, there was lots of action in the book, and yes at times i was crying the writing was still good in that respect.  I just didn't get it.

And the ending?  Don't even get me started on that.  If this truly is the ending of the series then it leaves the whole series feeling unfinished in so many ways.  To many questions floating about.

I would still recommend this book if you have been reading the series, but it left me wanting to read another book to fill the space it left.  I certainly will not remember this book.

Monday, 22 July 2013

EXCERPT - The Deepest Craving by Gena Showalter

Release Date: 30 July 2013

His skin prickled, and maybe he moved. Maybe he spoke. Her gaze lifted to meet his. Her lips parted on a startled exhalation. Could she see the rawness of his need? 
“Kane.” A breathy entreaty. 
           In that moment, the cry of the demon ceased to matter. The past faded, leaving only the present…the future, and the unstoppable tide of the pleasure to come. Every bone vibrated. He needed to get inside her. Here. Now. 
           It would be agony. 
           It would be ecstasy. 
           Tension coiled low in his gut, only to spring apart and jolt him into a stand. “Leave us,” he said, his voice a broken rasp. 
           No questions. No protests. The two seamstresses flittered from the room, shutting the door behind them. 
           The teapot shattered on the tray, dark liquid spilling everywhere, glass flying. Disaster’s newest attempt to deter him.
           Tinker Bell didn’t seem to notice, was too busy watching him. “I-is something wrong?”
           Silent, he stalked toward her. A predator with a purpose. He was done resisting. Done thinking about all the reasons why not. Today, he was taking something. 
           Perhaps sensing the dark, greedy urges driving him, she straightened with a snap. Her breathing quickened. “Kane,” she said. 
           “Tell me to stop.” He stood a mere heartbeat away, their gazes locked together, trapped. Nothing else would halt the madness. 
           “I…I can’t.”

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For those who missed the text exchange between Strider and William, I'm posting here.  This isn't in The Darkest Craving, but happened behind the scenes somewhere in the first 100 pages!  
Strider: DUDE
William: I know. Disaster has finally flipped his lid
Strider: Try 2 talk him in2 stayin w/us
William: Did. Epic fail
Strider: When you say “did” do U mean “didn’t”
William: U know me so well
Strider: F-U.
William: Why don’t U try 2 talk 2 him?? by U I mean U
Strider: I like my balls where they R, thanks tho
William: If he leaves fortress 2 find this chick, he’s gonna get shanked—NOT in good way
Strider: There’s a good way?
William: Hells yeah. There was this one time, at band camp…
Strider: Blow me.
William: Told U be4 UR not hot ‘nuff 4 me.
Strider: Please. U want a piece of me SO bad
William: I’ve seen better
Strider: LIES! No one’s seen better. So what R we gonna do about Kane?
William: I’m sick & tired of looking this good AND saving the day. But fine. Whateves. I’ll go w/him & make sure chick’s not cray-cray. But U’ll owe me SO BIG
Strider: UR all heart—such a giver. I’d go but the old ball & chain has
William: UR wonderful glorious consort just stole UR phone, didn’t she?
Strider: Hello, Willy
William: Hello, Kaia. Tell the Stride-Man not 2 worry—I’m on the case
Strider: Poor Kane. Poor world
William: Well, look @ that. U know me as well as the Stride-Man. Save a kiss 4 me. I like a lot of tongue.
Strider: What U’ll get is a lot of fang—across UR carotid
William: Don’t you dare save a kiss 4 me. How does Strider live w/U?
Strider: Easy. He’d die w/out me
William: That kinda sick obsession is NEVER happening 2 me! Willy signing off. 

Sunday, 21 July 2013

The Darkest Surrender (Lords of the Underworld 8) - Gena Showalter

The Book
Release Date: 27 September 2011

Possessed by the demon of Defeat, Strider cannot lose a challenge without suffering unimaginable pain. For him, nothing stands in the way of victory. Until Kaia, an enchanting Harpy, tempts him to the razor's edge of surrender.Known among her people as The Disappointment, Kaia must bring home the gold in the Harpy Games or die. Strider is a distraction she can't afford because he has an agenda of his own-steal first prize, an ancient godly artifact, before the winner can be named. But as the competition heats up, only one prize will matter-the love neither had thought possible...

My Opinion  5 STARS
So this book is all about Strider and Kaia.

Strider is the keepers of Defeat and because of his demon must win every challenge his is given or he suffers immense pain. Strider has been trying to keep away from Kaia due to the feelings he has for her. He also does not like to bed women that his friends have slept with and he knows that she has slept with Paris. He also knows that she challenges his demon at every opportunity.

Kaia knows that Strider is her consort and only he will calm her Harpy nature. She throws challenges knowing that he cannot lose, giving his the endorphin rush from his demon at winning. However seeing Striders reluctance at every turn, she leaves him behind to compete at the Harpy games. A Place where she has not been welcome in a long long time and where she earned her nick-name Kaia the Disappointment.

However Strider turns up at the games after being talked to by Gwen, and they find the winner gets the pairing rod. The fourth item needed to find pandora's box.

Strider struggles with his feelings and both grow closer together until the inevitable happens. Strider looks out for Kaia and Kaia battles with her past earning her a new nick-name.

We also see more in this book of William and Kane and of Paris.

Another brilliant book in the series.

Thursday, 18 July 2013

The Darkest Secret (Lords of the Underworld 7) - Gena Showalter

The Book
Release Date: 9 March 2011

n this sexy new installment of Showalter's bestselling Lords of the Underworld series, the haunted Amun meets a woman who tempts him like no other...

Keeper of the demon of Secrets, Amun can manipulate the darkest thoughts of anyone nearby. But when the immortal warrior is chained and isolated to protect those he loves, death is his only hope of release—until he meets Haidee, a fellow prisoner whose beauty and hidden vulnerability draw him into a reckless test of his loyalty.

Haidee is a demon-assassin, raised to despise Amun's kind. Yet how can she hate the man whose touch sets her aflame? But to save him, she must give herself body and soul...and face the wrath of a powerful adversary sworn to destroy her.

My Opinion  5 STARS
Ok so this is the story of Amun and Haidee.

We have Haidee (who has changed her name from Hadiee) and has been mentioned in previous books as the woman who was the bait that led the hunter in killing Baden, the keeper for the demon Distrust.

Haidee we learn lost her family and her husband the demons. She herself was targeted by a demon and died. However each time she dies she is reanimated and finds herself in a cave with hate as her main feeling for the first few years. She has actively hunted demons since her second life. Each reanimation hurts her much more than dying.

Amun is the keeper of Secrets and has to communicate with his friends via sign language as if he tries to speak the secrets he has taken spill out. When he finds Haidee next to him when he comes lucid from being in hell, he is shocked to find that she can here his thoughts if he puts them in words. Something know one has been able to do before. 

However the attraction between them is strong even when his demon rifles through her memories and find out her secrets, and her true past (killer of Baden).

With a quest into hell for Amun to get rid of the demons he has consumed, and Haidee having agreed to go, they find love and acceptance.

A wonderful book.

Monday, 15 July 2013

The Darkest Lie (Lords of the Underworld 6) - Gena Showalter

The Book
Release Date: 2 July 2010

In this riveting new installment of New York Times bestselling author Gena Showalter’s Lords of the Underworld series, Gideon, keeper of the Demon of Lies, fights to uncover the truth….

Forced to his knees in agony whenever he speaks the truth, Gideon can recognize any lie—until he captures Scarlet, a demon-possessed immortal who claims to be his long-lost wife. He doesn’t remember the beautiful female, much less wedding — or bedding — her. But he wants to . . . almost as much as he wants her.

But Scarlet is keeper of Nightmares, too dangerous to roam free, and a future with her could mean ultimate ruin. Especially as Gideon’s enemies draw closer . . . and the truth threatens to destroy all he’s come to love . . 

My Opinion  5 STARS
Gideon really is a blessedly funny, cute and well... eatable!!

In the latest instalment of the LOTU we had Gideon and Scarlett getting together with more information thrown into the pot from Strider and Amun as characters.

A lot of the other characters only got small mentions in this story and were much more cameo roles. Which was a good thing, as sometimes there are too many characters to keep up with.

We had been introduced to Scarlett in the previous book A Darkest Passion where Scarlett had told Gideon that she was his wife. BUT his demon lies could not tell him if she was telling the truth, or if she lied.

This book gripped you by the (insert what ever most appeals to you personally) and took you along with the ride. It certainly wasn't an awwww cute kinda book. It hard blood violence, misbehaving families along with vengeance and of course our main love story.

So we know from previous novels that Gideon cannot tell a truth without out feeling serious pain from his demon lies. We also find out how bloody funny he is too and how loyal he is to those he loves.

Scarlett is a goddess who has been shunned from her family almost from the time of her birth. Rhea has not been the best mother, Cronus as her step-father hates her and her aunt sides with her mother. Scarlett had a crush on Gideon from the beginning when she was growing up in captivity as a life-long prisoner.

Through this novel we find out the true falsities and truths that have been woven into Scarlets life and how Gideon helps her with the process. We also see Aeron, William and Amun travel through Hell to find and bring back Legion.

Another gripping book, that twists and turns the whole way through.

Sunday, 14 July 2013

The Darkest Passion (Lords of the Underworld 5) - Gena Showalter

The Book
Release Date: 21 May 2010

For weeks, the immortal warrior Aeron has sensed an invisible female presence. An angel-demon-assassin has been sent to kill him. Or has she? Olivia claims she fell from the heavens, giving up immortality because she couldn't bear to harm him. But trusting - and falling for - Olivia will endanger them all. So how has this mortal with the huge blue eyes already unleashed Aeron's darkest passion?

With an enemy hot on his trail and his faithful demon companion determined to remove Olivia from his life, Aeron is trapped between duty and consuming desire. Worse still, a new executioner has been sent to do the job Olivia wouldn't...

My Opinion  5 STARS
OMG... This is by far the best book of the series so far. It had me crying at points that even my husband asked if i was ok it was that good.

Ok first I should probably mention that you need to read The Darkest Angel (4.5 novella) before reading this book for a better understanding of both Olivia and Lysander.

This novel gives you a wonderful insight as to the being that it Aeron. A wonderfully complex character that does anything for his friends - his family, never really thinking of himself. Showing how soft hearted he really is.

Olivia is an Angel that has fallen as she had been watching over Aeron in fascination, but was unable to carry out her task in taking his life due to her conflicting feeling for him, even knowing that someone else would be given the job she could not do.

Having liked Legion in previous books, I admit to having not liking her after her total bitch came out showing her utter jealous side, even though it had come out somewhat before.

But the ending??? OMG. I am still reeling from that. I totally didn't see that happening. But hell, I LOVED it. I now have a little (ok big) Gena crush for giving me that ending.

I so cannot wait to start the next book in the series. Especially as she has already given us a taster of Gideon and Scarlett, and I totally loved that blue haired hunk of man.

Saturday, 13 July 2013

Dark Beginnings (Lords of the Underworld 0.5, 3.5 & 4.5) - Gena Showalter

The Book
Release date: 16 April 2010

This title includes three new stories, Lords of the Underworld, from "New York Times" bestselling author Gena Showalter. 

"The Darkest Fire" - He is the guardian of Hell, more monster than man. She is the goddess of oppression, more angel than woman. Together they will enter the flames to battle a horde of demon lords - and discover a passion unlike any other...Discover the origins of Pandora's box and the demon spirits trapped within. 

"The Darkest Prison" - passion and danger collide in this brand-new Lords of the Underworld adventure! Once, Atlas, the Titan god of Strength, was the Greek goddess Nike's slave. Now, he is her master. And soon these sworn enemies destined to destroy one another will be forced to risk everything for a chance at love.

"The Darkest Angel" - An iron-willed demon assassin, the angel Lysander has never known lust - until he meets Bianka. Spawned from the bloodline of Lucifer, the beautiful but deadly Harpy is determined to lead the purehearted Lysander into temptation.

My Opinion  4 STARS
Doh... Should have bought this before I bought the other two novella's in ebook format.

Loved Bianka's story of how she meets her Angel.  It was a brilliant story and it had me smiling, it was also nice to meet the Angel Olivia who has been spying on Aeron.

I also LOVED all the extras in the book and found Williams Q&A with the boys really funny as well as the interview of Gena by Kresley Cole.

Thursday, 11 July 2013

The Darkest Whisper (Lords of the Underworld 4) - Gena Showalter

The Book
Release Date: 1 September 2009

New York Times bestselling sensation Gena Showalter returns with her long-awaited next installment of the Lords of the Underworld series…

He is the keeper of Doubt and his entire world’s about to be rocked.

Bound by the demon of doubt, Sabin unintentionally destroys even the most confident of lovers. So the immortal warrior spends his time on the battlefield instead of the bedroom, victory his only concern…until he meets Gwendolyn the Timid. One taste of the beautiful redhead, and he craves more.

Gwen, an immortal herself, always thought she’d fall for a kind human who wouldn’t rouse her darker side. But when Sabin frees her from prison, battling their enemies for the claim to Pandora’s box turns out to be nothing compared to the battle Sabin and Gwen will wage against love…

My Opinion  5 STARS
Dammit. These books just keep on getting better and better and sucking me in further to their world. Seriously, I just can't put these books down.

Sabin, the Lord of Doubt goes to Egypt to try and find another of the relics needed to find Pandora's box and finds a room full of women in cells. All have been raped and are pregnant except for the one who catches his eye, Gwen.

Gwen is a harpy that has bern in her cell for over a year. She's hardly slept and not eaten. She has watched the hunters rape the women in front of her.

She finds herself pulled to Sabin and even finds that her harpy can be brought back by Sabin.

Back in Buda, the pair find themselves jealous of other past relationships and he even teaches her how to fight.

I love how the other characters have input into the story and how others may be paired up. 

But do I have a favourite yet? I'm not telling?

Wednesday, 10 July 2013

COVER REVEAL - Kiss of Venom (Elemental Assassin 8.5) by Jennifer Estep

Release Date:  22 July 2013

The Book
The New York Times bestselling Elemental Assassin series continues with a new e-novella—from the hero’s point of view! Owen Grayson is bound and determined to get Gin back...if her enemies don’t get her first.When you have a history of dating an assassin, a night out on the town can turn deadly—fast. Owen Grayson is still wracked with guilt over the end of his love affair with Gin Blanco, and there aren’t enough gin and tonics in all of Ashland to ease his heartache. But when Gin happens to show up at the same nightclub, he isn’t the only one hoping to get her alone. Some shadowy figures will do anything to take down the Spider, Gin’s assassin alter ego, and Owen will do anything to protect her. This could be the way to win her back, or at least give her a night off from fighting for her life—ifOwen can survive...

COVER REVEAL - Taste of Darkness (Healer 3) by Maria V. Snyder (US and Canada only)

Release Date: 31 December 2013

The Book
She's fought death and won. But how can she fight her fears?

Avry knows hardship and trouble. She fought the plague and survived. She took on King Tohon and defeated him. But now her heart-mate, Kerrick, is missing, and Avry fears he's gone forever.

But there's a more immediate threat. The Skeleton King plots to claim the Fifteen Realms for his own. With armies in disarray and the dead not staying down, Avry's healing powers are needed now more than ever.Torn between love and loyalty, Avry must choose her path carefully. For the future of her world depends on her decision.

Tuesday, 9 July 2013

The Darkest Prison (Lords of the Underworld 3.5) - Gena Showalter

The Book
Release Date: 14 July 2009

Passion and danger collide in this brand-new, eBook exclusive Lords of the Underworld adventure!
Once, Atlas, the Titan god of Strength, was the Greek goddess Nike's slave. Now, he is her master. And soon these sworn enemies destined to destroy one another will be forced to risk everything for a chance at love...
"One of the premier authors of paranormal romance." -- New York Times bestselling author Kresley Cole
My Opinion  5 STARS
A sweet short read from Atlas the god of strength and Nike the goddess of strength and how the fell in love and escaped to earth to be together.

Its sweet to see how when both the captor and captive on other sides what they were like and how they branded each other.

A must read.