Sunday, April 29, 2012

The Wolf Who Loved Me by Lydia Dare

The Wolf Who Loved Me (Westfield Wolves #5)The Wolf Who Loved Me by Lydia Dare
My rating: 3 of 5 flames

I have read Lydia Dare’s first 4 Westfield Wolves and I liked them. They have this interesting premise we don’t see too often in paranormal romance. Usually we see these dominant, very wolf-like men whose wolf gets as much page time as the man. In this series, the wolves (and their wolf-side) are more on the periphery of the novel.

This series deals more with the men behaving in polite society.

In this particular book, the hero Wes, his twin brother Grey, and his elder brother Archer are barely tolerated by Society, so their brother Dashiel (from The Taming of the Wolf ) hires a governess. Yeah, you read that right, a governess. I get that this book is lighter in tone and pararnormal than most, but I found that unbelievable. In a paranormal romance, where I suspend belief, I just couldn’t suspend that belief. It was stupid and lame. However, in the next scene, after the governess is frightened away a la the Von Trapp children, Mary Poppins Lady Sophia accepts the position. Archer won her entire fortune from her gambler father, and she wants one thing back-a small cottage. I found this much more believable- hiring her to help them adapt into Society so the Ton would accept them, over the governess. It was supposed to be funny, I guess. It felt over the top to me. On the other hand, I am very intrigued with Archer and Sophia’s story.

I did not like the immature hero. He behaved as a 15 year old boy would. Right off the bat he is taking his toddler niece and nephew out while he and his twin race their phaetons. Of course, there’s an accident and his turns over at breakneck pace. And of course, he takes the fall, saving his screaming niece. But the fact that he did that at all kind of irritated me. But, hey, shrug it off, right? It was still the beginning of the book. Unfortunately, I really never felt like I had a “grown up” for a hero.

Our heroine acted like a spoiled princess, but that’s because she kind of was a spoiled princess. Or at least a spoiled daughter of a duke. I think that bugged me at first, but not so much because of how she behaved, but because of how Wes treated her-he had her up on a pedestal so high she must have seen clouds.

The short version is that her father has a ton of men at their country house so that Maddie can choose her husband from them. Wes is their neighbor, so he’s there too. She sees him change in the full moon, he kidnaps her and heads to Gretna. It’s along the road to Gretna Green that she falls for him, and I liked that. In fact that was the best part of this book-the whole chase, rush to Scotland, marriage and romance was sweet and I enjoyed it immensely.

The ending bothered me a bit because Archer was being an ass (yet again) and no one took him to task. I thought Maddie would at one point, but she also let it go. I hope Sophia makes Archer wok for her affection whenever they get their book. I also thought we’d finally see Wes grow up a bit, but he never really changed. I wanted him to rip into a certain acquaintance of his, but he never did. I did like the ending, but I just felt that the middle picked up the pace so well from the beginning, that the ending was just a teeny bit of a let-down. ***ARC Courtesy of Netgalley.com

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Friday, April 27, 2012

Nice Girl's Don't Have Fangs by Molly Harper

Nice Girls Don't Have Fangs (Jane Jameson, #1)Nice Girls Don't Have Fangs by Molly Harper
My rating: 4 of 5 flames





This is a fun and light read, which is perfect since it's Definitely what I was in the mood for!

Jane is a librarian in her small town of Half Moon Hollow, but she is fired by her awful boss. Her severance package? A gift certificate to Shenanigan’s.

That fateful night at Shenanigan’s, Jane enjoys several Mudslides and gets chatty with an attractive man who she’s never seen before. They flirt and they chat, then Jane leaves. Gabriel walks her to her car, and next thing Jane knows she’s a vampire.

“I wish I could remember that first conversation with Gabriel, but Mighty Lord Kahlua prevents it.”

Dealing with becoming a vampire is surprisingly easy when Missy (a vampire/realtor) stops by with Jane’s welcome basket and (no joke) handbook.

And while I just love Jane--she's someone I would totally hang out with—she can get a bit irritating with the way she deals with her family. Especially the way it ended, I kind of wanted to shake her and smack her sister. Meanwhile, she’s being framed for some vampire murders, and that only gets worse for her.

So she’s got to come out of the coffin to her parents, her best friend Zeb (whose first words to her were “The Power of Christ compels you!” *snort*), and eventually the whole prejudiced town. Trying to find a job that lets her work nights made for some..uh..interesting job opportunities. Shopping at Wal-Mart in the middle of the night lets her meet more “normal” vampires. And trying to figure out if Gabriel really is boyfriend material, or just a brooding hunk that you gaze at from afar all makes for some fun hijinks and mysterious scenes. Jane learns that her supernatural world has more than just vampires in it, and that she can now see her dead Aunt Jettie’s ghost all the time. (Aunt Jettie, btw is an awesome character!)

I didn’t care for the ending. I can’t tell you guys why without spoiling anything, but there were a couple really big issues for me. One was especially hard to forgive. But it’s definitely not enough to make me want to put the series down.

On the whole, this was a fast, fun and hilarious book, and I can’t wait to dive back into the Jane Jameson series.

***Thank you to Pocket books for the review copy

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Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Wicked Road to Hell + Giveaway




This is a re-post of a fantastic and sexy snippet Juliana Stone wrote for us last summer. With her newest book releasing today, I thought this might be fun. Also, I'll be giving away 2 signed cover flats to 2 random commenters. Please leave your email in your comment :)




I got the chance to review His Darkest Salvation recently read my review here and I loved the lush world she created, the dark tortured hero, the story, so much that I bought the first two books. I have not been able to get her jaguar shifters out of my head to the point where she has ruined me for all other shifters  I fell in lust with Declan, whose book Wicked Road to Hell released today.  Read my review here
I teased her that her guest post should be about me and bad-boy Declan...and she granted my wish!









All right!  I’d like to thank Laura for the invite and the chance to have some fun here at Demonlovers this week!  Because Laura has been such a sweetie and I THINK she’s kind of sweet on my sorcerer, Declan O’Hara, I thought I’d give her a little treat!



Declan is a sexy Irishman who’s been in all of my Jaguar Warrior Books.  In His Darkest Salvation, his role is amped up considerably and his book, Wicked Road to Hell begins a new series for me, The League of Guardians.



The following is an excerpt from his book.  No one has read this before….it’s a little snippet and I’ve changed the name of one particular character to protect the innocent!  I don think my hostess will mind!





"Declan burned inside and leaned down until his lips were beneath the soft lobes of her ears.  He felt her shiver as his breath swept across her flesh.  That they had an audience was forgotten.  At that moment there was only Laura.  He grinned wickedly.  Oh the things he could do to her.

“Promise?  Cause babe you lost me after the word suck and I don’t give a shit where you leave me.” 

Laura pushed him away.  “I’m being serious.”  She was pissed, her colour high and Declan wanted to run his fingers through the thick auburn waves that fell down to her ass.

“I am too.”   He moved toward her, taking the last few steps until he’d crowded her against the rickety table.  His eyes were flat and for the first time in what seemed like forever, he was relaxed.  He had a plan.  Declan O’Hara was going to take what he wanted and damn the consequence.

“What exactly do you want O’Hara?”  Laura asked when they were alone.  Her eyes were huge, hung like jewels in her pale face and her hair caressed her body, where his hands should be.         

She looked like an angel but he knew the truth.  She was a heartless witch who’d been yanking his chain for years. He smiled wickedly.  He would never have an opportunity like this again.   Declan O’Hara was gonna have his cake and enjoy eating every last fucking crumb. 

His hand slipped along her jaw as he bent toward her.

“What I’ve always wanted.”  He said simply.  “You.”





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Saturday, April 21, 2012

My Lord Vampire by Alexandra Ivy

My Lord Vampire (Immortal Rogues, #1)My Lord Vampire by Alexandra Ivy

My rating: 3 of 5 flames


I really enjoy Alexandra Ivy’s Guardians of Eternity  vampire series, so when I was offered this book for review I jumped on it! It’s not the same series, in fact it’s an older book she re-vamped (pardon my vampire pun), but it’s set in the same world, and we see cross-over characters. 

I did like the book, but I don’t feel it really hooked me the same way her other series did.  My biggest complaint is that the hero is sent from behind the veil (where the vampires have gone to devote their lives to becoming more enlightened) to the human realm.  One of their own is slaughtering humans like the days of old, and Gideon was chosen to stop him. This was my main complaint. Gideon feels he can reason with his serial killer. He’ll just explain how hunting humans is wrong and his buddy will go peacefully back behind the veil.  Ummm.  No. It’s not logical. Maybe at first, but then once he faced off with Tristan for the first time and realized what a monster he really was?  I don’t know, for such an enlightened vampire, it didn’t make sense. I didn't like how Gideon kept wanting to avoid harming other vampires when the enemy is a psycho who's leaving him "gifts" in the form of mutilated women.

Now what I did like was the heroine.  I really liked her. A lot. Her spirit, her secret, her personality, I feel she really made the book. Her gowns and the reason she made them herself was a nice touch. I also never guessed her past, so the mystery is really good.

This book was enjoyable and easy, you don’t have to be current in her other series to read and like this one. The Immortal Rogues series has something else going for it; it’s Historical Paranormal.  My favorite thing about this book is that it’s Regency, it’s vampires, it’s a great mix!

A quick regency vampire romance. Enjoyable and easy.

***Thank you to Kensington for providing the Review Copy




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Friday, April 20, 2012

Let's Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson

Let's Pretend This Never Happened: (A Mostly True Memoir)Let's Pretend This Never Happened: by Jenny Lawson
My rating: 4.5 of 5 flames

Review Posted at Got Fiction


Ever since I saw Beyonce the Giant Metal Chicken pop up in my twitter feed, I have been hooked on the Bloggess’ special brand of humor. I don’t think I’ve ever laughed so hard in my life as I did when reading about Beyonce. So you can imagine my joy when I received Let's Pretend This Never Happened: in the mail.

I know that I pretty much only review romance, but this book is so much more than just “A Mostly True Memoir.” This book actually touches on some pretty heavy issues, from anorexia to depression. But through it all, Jenny the Bloggess keeps us entertained and upbeat. In fact, I’d say this is a romance. She and her husband Victor obviously love each other very much, even though he doesn’t quite get her love of humanely killed taxidermied animals in people clothes.
I laughed so hard at how she and Victor argue, and at the same time, how accepting of each other they are of each other. This was my favorite part of the book:

On organ donation and zombies:

Victor: If you want to throw away all your organs I won’t stop you. Just don’t come complaining to me when I see you in the afterlife and you’re all ”Oh my God, I just peed all over myself because someone has my bladder.”

Jenny: Fine, And if you die first I’m totally donating your organs too.

Victor: Like hell you are. I may need them.

Jenny: Why would you need them? YOU’RE DEAD.

Victor: What if I become a zombie? huh smart-ass? I’d be a pretty shitty zombie if they took my eyes out. I’d be biting poles and cats and shit.

Jenny: So you’re making a decision to not save someone’s life on the off chance that it might be inconvenient if you turn into a less efficient zombie?

Victor: It sounds stupid when you say it.

Jenny: Fine. I’ll just donate the parts that a zombie doesn’t need. Like your skin. Or brain tissue.

Victor: Zombies need brains.

Jenny: No, zombies eat brains. And then those victims become other zombies, even though their brains have been eaten by other zombies, so obviously you could donate your brain and still be a functional zombie.

Victor: yeah, and then I’ve got to spend eternity wandering the world as a mindless idiot.

Jenny: [snort]

Victor: shut up.

Jenny: I didn’t say anything.

Victor: If zombie-me finds out I’ve got parts missing you will be the very first person I eat.

Jenny the Bloggess keeps us laughing in Let's Pretend This Never Happened:, while reminding us that life isn’t easy, but you make do. Unless your dad’s turkeys follow you to school a la Mary and her little lamb. Then you hide and pretend you don’t notice the turkeys pooping all over your school and your poo-covered dad trying to corral the turkeys while your whole school looks on.


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Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Guest Spot with April Fifer & Danielle Hylton-Outland



Azaleigh's life is simple until, by chance, she meets Kale. Charming and handsome Az is immediately drawn to him. But long kept secrets lurk in the hearts of those Az holds most dear, and dangerous plans are unfolding around her. As her life begins to crumble and Kale disappears, Gage, charismatic and striking, arrives, providing a calm port in an increasingly violent storm. But with every narrow escape from a far from human bounty hunter after her life, Az begins to unravel a secret with the power to change her forever. In an increasingly hostile world of Angel and Fallen, Azaleigh must navigate her own path, chose her own side, and ultimately protect her heart. Faced with two gorgeous men, an enemy she doesn’t know, and a future she cannot understand, Az must make the choice: the man she loves, or the man she cannot live without.

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Authors April Fifer and Danielle Hylton-Outland have stopped by today to talk about their genre. Let's give them a lovely Demon Lover's Welcome!




Thank you for letting us be a part of your blog today. We decided to write Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romance genres because for us they are the most heart compelling. We love to read them so why not write them too? There is always a love interest that is unobtainable, an underdog, a warrior and a girl who has the words love me written all over her face. The conflicts in Urban Fantasy stories make them fun to write about. There become no rules only boundaries to limit the writer. The story can unfold any way we want it to and conventionally in our stories; the reader is guessing until the end. The love in Urban Fantasy is the greatest because it is different than any typical person has experienced. We have never had to stake our loved one in the heart to escape his or her thirst for our blood or pile on the silver jewelry to keep our boyfriend from shredding us because he is a wolf. This is why these stories and genres become our food for thought. When it comes to reading or writing, we honestly couldn’t live without Urban Fantasy.


Author Bios
Danielle Hylton-Outland was raised in Virginia. She grew up having a huge appetite for daydreaming; always wanting to live in the spectacular worlds she created in her mind. She now lives with her husband and dog where she is pursuing a degree in literature. Danielle is a strong animal activist. She is currently co-writing the second book in the Flesh Series, "Flesh and Flames".

April Fifer grew up in a small town in Virginia, where it was common practice believing that dreams could only be found in stories. At the age of seven she was diagnosed with dyslexia. She was told that she would struggle through life and would never pick up a book to read for pleasure. Although school was hard, she was able to find her way with the help of two teachers who taught her self-discovery. Ignoring what she was taught growing up, she turned it around and found that your dreams could become stories.
Find them at:

http://www.fiferhylton.com/

http://fiferhylton.blogspot.com/

https://twitter.com/#!/FiferHylton

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Flesh-and-Feathers/149542115115597

And check out their book trailer!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Os6HvdUibrc

Monday, April 16, 2012

The Saint by Monica McCarty

The Saint (Highland Guard, #5)The Saint by Monica McCarty

My rating: 4.5 of 5 flames




Once again, Monica McCarty blends a vivid world rich in history with a lovely romance.

Helen and Magnus were sweet on each other for years during their teens. I thought the flashbacks were wonderful-I love the childhood sweethearts story. But when your clans hate each other with a passion, what are two young lovers to do? For magnus, it’s simple-run away together. He’s pretty sure his family will be supportive, even though Helen’s family is the enemy.

But Helen, once put on the spot by her family (who’s telling her that she’s young and silly) and Magnus (who has just asked her to marry him), decides to stay with her family. Magnus is beyond hurt. His pride has taken a blow, and his heart is broken. Helen’s family betroths her to someone they deem acceptable as soon as they possibly can, and unfortunately for Magnus, that man is his best friend Gordon.

The first time Magnus and Helen set eyes on each other after that awful encounter where she chose her family over her love, just happens to be at her wedding to Gordon. Magnus doesn’t want to ruin the day, and he thinks he’ll be able to handle seeing her; after all, it’s been several years. Seeing Helen is a like a blow to the stomach, but he remains steadfast that Gordon will never know how much he loves Helen. Helen, for her part, never realized how badly she hurt Magnus and expected him to come for her years ago. She can’t let go of her feelings, so right before she walks down the aisle, she finds Magnus and tries to get him to admit his feelings. But he tells that he absolutely doesn’t want her and to go marry Gordon.

So she does. She actually married Gordon. I won’t spoil anything, but Magnus and Helen’s road to love is not easy and it’s going to take a lot for Magnus to admit his feelings for his friend’s wife.

There is a lot of history woven throughout the plot, and I really think that it enriches the imagery and the intensity of the story. However, that being said, the book has a few slow parts. I felt at times that the book dragged in places. But the reader is rewarded when the action scenes come. Ms. McCarty has a talent for detail and for amping up the pace once fighting breaks out.

I can’t tell you how much I loved the ending. I also think that it's testament to Ms. McCarty's writing skill that she made me care for a character who I wasn't sure I liked. I loved the side romance between Will and Muriel, I absolutely loved it. I think Helen grew into an amazing heroine, especially considering I wasn't sure she’d grow up. This was a wonderful addition to the Highland Guard series and while there were some major shocks and upsets within the Guard, I can’t wait for the next book!




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Saturday, April 14, 2012

Wicked Road to Hell by Juliana Stone

Wicked Road to Hell (League of Guardians, #1)Wicked Road to Hell by Juliana Stone

My rating: 4 of 5 flames





Last year I got sucked into Juliana Stone’s Jaguar Warriors series and I loved it. I also met a character whose story begged to be told, but it wasn’t in the Jaguar Warriors. His story is the first book in a new series called The League of Guardians.

Sorcerer Declan O’Hara was dragged into hell in the previous series. He spent 6 months (of our time, who knows how long he was really down there) as a prisoner of an evil nasty woman named Lilith. She used him as her boy toy and slowly stripped pieces of his soul away. But Bill (the seraphim) rescued him from Lilith’s realm (and restored his soul) on the condition that Declan would join his League of Guardians. They keep the balance between good and evil. In fact some of their people are evil.

I’m not sure what I was expecting, but Julian (from His Darkest Salvation (Jaguar Warriors, #3) and Declan’s friend who was dragged into hell with him) was such an ass after he was rescued, that I figured Declan would be just as much a jerk. But he wasn’t. he was a pretty good guy, actually. In continuing to fight the darkness inside him, and in fighting his own genetics (his father was the villain in the Jaguar Warriors series), I found Declan to be one of the best heroes I’ve read lately.

Vampire Ana DeLacrux was staked at the end of His Darkest Salvation (Jaguar Warriors, #3), but Bill meddled again and brought her back to life. Now she is guarding a teenage boy who is incredibly powerful, but untrained. Demons want him. The Seraphim want him. And Bill is keeping him in hiding. Until he sends Declan out on a mission that leads him to the boy. And the vampire guarding him.

Declan has been painfully in love with Ana deLacrux since the day he met her, so seeing her back from the dead is both wonderful and confusing. At first he doesn’t believe she’s real. Then he’s right pissed that she hasn’t told him she was alive. The two of them have some pretty hot moments, but Ana keeps pushing him away. She’s so drawn to him, and his blood, that she’s afraid she won’t be able to stop if she stays near him. But they’re thrust together in trying to figure out what this teenager has to do with the shifts in power they’ve been noticing. This book has a local werewolf pack introduced too, and I’m really intrigued as to where that plot is going. Ana and Declan face Lilith in hell, and they save the world…for now anyway.

There’s so much going on in this book, that at times it’s a bit overwhelming. I’d definitely recommend reading the Jaguar Warriors series first, or at least His Darkest Salvation (Jaguar Warriors, #3). There is also a prequel called Wrong Side of Hell (League of Guardians, #0.5) that I quite enjoyed, you can read my review here.


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Friday, April 13, 2012

The Restorer by Amanda Stevens

The Restorer (Graveyard Queen #1)The Restorer by Amanda Stevens

My rating: 4 of 5 flames




I started this with just the intention of flipping through and seeing what it was about. Next thing I know I'm so into the writing, that I put this one on hold, found and read the prequel The Abandoned (Graveyard Queen #0.5) and then dove back into this one. review for The Abandoned

While the prequel is a paranormal romance, this one is definitely more of an Urban Fantasy. The writing is spooky, and vivid, and dark. But I liked it. It's hard not to get drawn into this tale.

Amelia is an archaeologist and a cemetery restorer. She is very good at what she does, and gets called in to work on a cemetery near the university in Charleston. She begins by taking photographs of the cemetery and creating a site map. But unfortunately someone dumps a body there and Amelia's photographs may have caught something.

Oh, and did I mention that Amelia sees dead people? No? Well, she does.

When she was 9, she saw her first ghost, and her father (who is her adopted father) sees them too. He taught her how to get by without giving away that you see them. See, what they want is attention. They are drawn to the living and want our energy and our heat. Most go away if they can't get that attention, but if one attaches itself to you? It's like an energy vampire-it will drain you dry until you're a walking husk of your former self.

Amelia's father gave her rules to live by. But the detective in this investigation has her breaking rules left and right. Devlin is haunted. Literally. The ghosts of his dead wife and daughter never leave him. And he's looking worse for the wear.

Meanwhile, Amelia is trying to just get by without the ghosts noticing that she can see them, when something...different...finds her. Not a ghost, this is much more sinister, and this scares the crap out of Amelia. Her father calls it "Other" but why hasn't he ever told her any of this before? He knows a lot more than he's letting on.

The murders begin to pile up, some new, some old. Amelia's blog Grave Digging seems to be how the murderer is communicating his intentions, and it's scaring Amelia more than the ghosts! btw I was wrong on the actual killer. It's a good mystery. Very good.

I don't think we've seen the last of Devlin, nor of his ghosts. And I think Amelia will be drawn again and again to that cemetery. But not in the next book, because I'm already reading that one, and it's in a different place.

A very well-written (if slow at times) book that I am so intrigued by that I'll be finishing the series as fast as I can.

Dark and spooky, seductive and ghostly, The Restorer has hooked me and I can't stop reading.






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Thursday, April 12, 2012

The Abandoned by Amanda Stevens

The Abandoned (Graveyard Queen #0.5)The Abandoned by Amanda Stevens

My rating: 4 of 5 flamess




I started reading The Restorer and got immediately hooked by the writing. About 40 pages in I realized that there was a prequel, and whaddayaknow, it was on my nook! hooray!



So I put The Restorer on hold and zipped through The Abandoned...or, I thought I would zip through it. It's so well-written and enticing. I read it as quickly as I could. For a prequel, I like how it stands alone. It's written in third person, but the rest of the series is in first person pov, so it's a nice change.



Ree is volunteering in a psych hospital when her favorite patient dies, a lovely old woman named Miss Violet. But with her death, many strange things occur. Ree overhears her professor being blackmailed. She sleepwalks to a cemetery and acts out the a scene from a ghostly dream. She meets an amateur ghost hunter. And someone tries to kill her.



It's much more of a suspense story than I thought I would get in just 66 pages. I'm so excited to dive back into The Restorer right now, that I can't wait! I highly recommend this novella either as a stand-alone or as part of the Graveyard Queen series.







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Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Wolf Signs by Vivian Arend

Wolf Signs (Granite Lake Wolves, #1)Wolf Signs by Vivian Arend

My rating: 3 of 5 flames




A deaf heroine who doesn't know that the reason she's always felt like she doesn't fit in isn't because she's deaf. it's because she's a werewolf, and an alpha to boot.



A hero who is alpha as can be and completely blind-sided by the naked woman who stumbles out of the sauna. But it's not because she's naked. It's because she's his mate.



And the only way to trigger her first transformation? It's sex with her mate ;)



I enjoyed the story and definitely want to read more of the Granite Lake Wolves. Ms. Arend has a fun sense of humor that shows through in her writing and her characters.



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Monday, April 9, 2012

How To Ravish a Rake by Vicky Dreiling

How to Ravish a Rake (How To Series #3)How to Ravish a Rake by Vicky Dreiling

My rating: 3.5 of 5 flames






Witty banter and a fun cast of characters lead this romantic comedy.



It’s a light and fun story. I really enjoyed Amy and her designs. Amy is a wallflower, she tends to be docile and sweet, kind and her shy exterior hides a brilliant mind for design. After feeling that none of the fashionable gowns ever made her look fashionable, Amy decides to figure out why. Studying fashion plates, and working with a modiste, Amy realizes she has quite the eye for fashion. She also realizes that not every girl will look fabulous in the same gown. So Amy begins to design her own.



This is Amy’s last Season, and she vows that while she may not be the most beautiful woman at the ball, she will be the most beautifully dressed woman there. And she is. Elegant, well-dressed, and still as tongue-tied as ever. Only one man seems to frustrate her so much, she is able to get around her shyness. Will Darcett.



Will wants nothing more than to leave his meddlesome family and go back to the Continent. His family, however, has called a family meeting and told him that he can’t go. They pressure Hawk (his elder brother) to cut off his funds. Will decides to win his freedom by winning at cards. Unfortunately for all his winning, he ends up in debt for 20,000 pounds! He knows Amy has a fortune, and if he compromises her, he can pay off his debt. Luckily, Will has a conscience, and after a botched shot at getting Amy alone, he feels that it is beneath him to marry her for money.



But they are found locked in a wine cellar (overnight) and they wind up marrying anyway. I feel like the first 100 pages were more about Amy and Will separately, than about Amy and Will together. It was a very slow romance, but a very fast marriage. This is where Amy tells Will she needs more than just lust, she needs to get to know him. They make a wager, and give each other 3 weeks to court, unless Will can seduce her first. I enjoyed the fun antics, the witty banter -I love Vicky Dreiling’s sense of humor, and how it shows in her writing.



This was a fun and light-hearted romance. I enjoyed it, although I felt that for a cast of characters who seems to be able to sit down and have very rational conversations, the two big giant secrets could have been talked about in one of the many family meetings and been done and over with.



***Thank you to the author and Grand Central for the review copy





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Saturday, April 7, 2012

Winner Winner Chicken Dinner!

Congratulations to Sheree who won a copy of Jennifer Ashley's The Duke's Perfect Wife!

I'll email you right away, and thank you all for commenting!


Friday, April 6, 2012

A Taste of Midnight by Lara Adrian

A Taste of Midnight (Midnight Breed, #9.5)A Taste of Midnight by Lara Adrian


My rating: 4 of 5 flames




I have always wanted to see more about Danika, the widowed Breedmate from very early on in the series. This novella absolutely satisfied that need.



Danika is feeling smothered at a Darkhaven soiree and wants nothing more than to return to her infant son at the cottage they are staying in. She's made a trip to the Highlands to visit Conlan's family, but she just wants to return home to Denmark.



But as she's walking to the terrace for a breath of fresh air, she over hears something menacing. Danika's breedmate talent is that she can hear other people's thoughts. It's sporadic since her mate died, but it's still there. But she also hears a seductive Scottish voice telling her that she shouldn't be eavesdropping.



Malcolm has one goal, and that goal is revenge. Not your run of the mill revenge, oh no, he wants this man to suffer. He's had 7 months to kill him, but is waiting to make it worse, so much worse. So when this Breed male named Riever sets his sights on Danika, Mal has to figure out how to stay under cover and still protect Dani.



Mal and Dani have a history together-several hundred years ago, Danika the Nordic Princess came to Scotland and met both Con and Mal (although Mal saw her first-lol). But she recognized right away that Mal would break her heart. Con and she were married for several centuries, and I like that Ms. Adrian never made us feel like Con was just a convenient mate. Danika and Conlan loved each other, and Mal understood that.



I only wish that Mal had decided to take the Order up on their offer. Instead he wanted to stay with his new mate (totally understandable, but I'd hoped we would see more of him). On the whole, it was a great novella, and I loved the action and fast pace. An easy read and a smokin' hot romance.



I will say that I truly hope we see more of Thane-it'd be a shame to let his character go to waste.



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Monday, April 2, 2012

Reflected Desire by Kendra Leigh Castle

Reflected DesireReflected Desire by Kendra Leigh Castle

My rating: 4 of 5 flames





In this short paranormal read, Kendra Leigh Castle adds a twist on the Snow White fairy tale.



Neve is still dealing with the trauma of having her stalker almost kill her. He's in jail, but that doesn't make the fear go away.



A mysterious shopkeeper gives her a mirror that Neve "needs." Neve isn't convinced, and once it's in her room, the man in the mirror freaks her out.



Adrian was cursed into a mirror, but also cursed to obey his mistress' commands. He's surprised and incredulous that not only is Neve not a cruel and malicious woman, she doesn't want the charms he has to offer.



Once he realizes that she may be the only woman who has never wanted anything from him, he also realizes that she's the only woman he's ever wanted to please.



Will he be able to win her over? Will she ever trust again? And will both of their pasts come back to haunt them?



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