Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Title: Spider's Trap 
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Author: Jennifer Estep 
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The next thrilling book in Jennifer Estep’s New York Times andUSA Today bestselling Elemental Assassin series—“an extraordinary series… One of the most intriguing heroines in the genre” (Romantic Times Book Reviews).

Keep your friends close but your enemies within stabbing distance.

One important lesson I’ve learned in the assassination business is that to be the best you have to roll with the punches. Now that I’m queen of Ashland’s underworld—by default, not by choice—a lot more punches are being thrown my way. But I suppose that’s the price of victory for taking down some of the underworld’s top dogs. Good thing I have my Ice and Stone magic to help me survive my volatile new position. Just when I think things are finally settling down, someone tries to murder me during a hush-hush underworld meeting. But the real surprise is how strangely familiar my shadowy assailant seems to be.

My job is to maintain order among killers, crooks, and thieves, and soon I’m embroiled in a bloody game where the ability to keep secrets could be the greatest superpower of all. My enemies have all sharpened their knives and laid their traps, waiting for me to fall. But this Spider weaves her own webs of death…

 

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Spider's Trap begins when Gin is having some issues being the leader of the Underworld. Things aren't going according to her plan, and when it seems like someone is out to kill her again, but willing to take out her friends, she must figure it out before it is too late. However, Gin will need more help then normal, and she may end up losing someone she loves if she doesn't get things together quickly. especially if she isn't actually the target. 

This book was good. It seemed kind of typical someone from Gin's past paying her a visit, and trying to kill her. But this one had a little bit of a twist. And towards the end I was in tears. I couldn't believe what happened. It about drove me nuts. Then the actually ending was a major surprise, and set up the next book really well. I'm really looking forward to the next one now. 

The only thing I wish would happen is some growth between Gin and Owen. I wish their relationship would change to something more some how. Other then that this one was awesome! Now, I'm super excited for the next one. 
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Monday, July 27, 2015

Title: Curse of the Seven 70s
Author: Sharon E. Anderson
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Sometimes love proves sweeter than revenge… even for a 15th century vampire.

Heartbroken, hungry, and a little bit drunk, Cassandra soon realizes that just when you think things can’t get any worse, sometimes they can get very strange…like finding a skeleton in the basement of your newly inherited cottage. But when that skeleton suddenly becomes a hot, romantic, and business savvy vampire named Varo…sometimes things can get better. That is…until his infamous older brother shows up, and their centuries old sibling rivalry threatens her chance at true love. 

Can their love survive her conniving ex-fiancé, his vengeful brother, and the Curse of the Seven 70s?


Curse of the Seven 70s begins when Cassandra loses her boyfriend, and moves to a house she just inherited by an aunt she didn't know existed. She decides to spend the next few days drunk, and wallow in self pity. But when she goes down to her basement she never expected to find a man. Especially one who isn't really a man at all, but a centuries old vampire. As she grows attracted to this man and learns more about it, her life is starting to take a strange turn for the worse. 

This book was not for me. I just didn't like it at all. At first, I thought I could get past the cheesy goofiness of it, and it would get better with the more I read the story. But that wasn't the case at all. I didn't enjoy the plot line. And the characters didn't make much sense to me either. So, overall this one was not for me.
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Sunday, July 26, 2015


Title: Assassin Queen
Series: Forsaken Kingdom #1
Author: Chandra Ryan 
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At sixteen Lilavati was banished from her mother’s kingdom by her stepfather. She was the rightful heir, but with the queen carrying a new child she had to choose between exile or death. Instead of facing the executioner, she fled in the middle of the night like a common thief—leaving behind everyone and everything she ever loved, including the dashing knight who’d stolen her young heart, Naresh.


Now, ten years later, Lilavati isn’t the naive, helpless princess she’d once been. Life on the run has hardened her. It’s also given her time to formulate a plan to take back the kingdom that should be hers and access to criminals, assassins, and a ruthless spell-caster named Kirin who can make that plan a reality. If she can keep the sorcerer focused on the goal and not the ill-advised attraction between them, that is. When she hears of her mother’s death, she knows it’s time to act. She will have everything that is rightfully hers. But she’s not the only one that’s changed since her departure. Her once strong kingdom is dying. It needs a savor not a conqueror.



Kirin agreed to work with Lilavati because he enjoys being near the aloof princess. He’s drawn to her confidence and determination. But when she starts using that determination to keep him at a distance, he’s not nearly so fond of the attribute. A promise she made to another ten years ago is keeping her out of his bed. When he discovers her knight in shining armor is married and has kids, though, all bets are off. But no matter how many times he shares her bed, it’s not enough. He’ll have to figure out a way to make the princess surrender her heart. It’s not going to be easy with his reputation. But if he can save her kingdom, he might have a shot.

  



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Assassin Queen begins with Lily and her band of assassin's getting attacked. This is normal in her line of work, but this time it was a lot more people than she was expecting. When she finds out about her mother's death, and her step-father sending people after her. She knows she needs to return to reclaim her kingdom. And the mage, and the man who has been in her heart for a while, but she's been trying to deny it because she's been promised to another, isn't so sure going back is a good idea. But he will stand by Lily no matter what happens. And when they head back to her home, and find things are a lot different than expected, Lily and Kirin, must work together while figuring out their feelings for each other along the way. 


This book was a pretty quick read with lots of action, sexy times, and major drama. I thoroughly enjoyed the hero and heroine in the story as well. Lily was extremely fierce, and an awesome assassin. And Kirin, was this kick butt mage who was figuring out how to get through to Lily. I truly liked the whole book. It was fast, and action packed! 

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Title: Calamity Jena
Series: Invertary #4
Author: Janet Elizabeth Henderson
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Jena Morgan, Atlantic City’s favorite go-go dancer, may have overreacted when she found her boyfriend balls deep in a stripper called Candy. Instead of washing her eyeballs with bleach, she drank a bottle of tequila and bought a house off the internet. A house far away from her cheating, criminal of an ex-boyfriend. A house in Scotland. As soon as she turns up to claim her new home, Jena finds out exactly why you shouldn't 'one-click' houses while falling-down drunk. It was a dump. With no money, and no skills outside of shaking her booty, Jena does the only thing she can do—she throws herself into the biggest DIY project the Highlands have ever seen. 


Since Jena’s arrival in town, Officer Matt Donaldson’s workload has tripled. The woman is a menace, gorgeous yes, but definitely a few sandwiches short of a picnic. Her only discernible skill seems to be causing chaos wherever she goes. She attracts trouble like honey attracts bears. Which is why Matt isn't surprised when her ex-boyfriend turns out to be a member of the New Jersey mob. Although Jena’s ex has come to Scotland to win her back, she wants nothing to do with him—a reaction the mobster does not take well. Overnight, Matt’s job morphs from hunting missing cats and breaking up fights at the old folk’s home, to chasing down the mob and keeping Jena alive. And he's trying to do it all while remaining professional enough to keep his hands off his sexy, but crazy, American charge. 

This is book 4 in the Invertary series, but can be read as a standalone novel.


Calamity Jena begins when Jena's ex-boyfriend shows up in her new town in Scotland. Jena left him months ago because he cheated on her, and she was done with it. Now, she believes he has connections with the mob, and is after more than she's willing to give. With the help of Matt, the local town cop, and the rest of the town Jena now lives in she's being kept safe for the moment. But "Calamity Jena" isn't ever safe for very long, especially after her strange clumsiness, and with her feelings for Matt growing things are getting complicated. 


Calamity Jena is a hilarious, heart warming story that pulls you in and leaves you feeling warm and squishy on the inside. 
It has a clumsy heroine, and more than one macho alpha male, with the "mine" syndrome. The story is wonderful with adventure, drama, some spicy romance, and of course lots of laughs. But it never went over the top, it was just the right blend all mixed together in this Calamity! 
This is a must read for those of you who like romance and lots of laughs! 

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Friday, July 24, 2015

Alpha
by Regan Ure
Publication Date: August 8, 2015
Cover Design: Mayhem Cover Creations

Synopsis

Seventeen-year-old Scarlett Hayes is living her life by her own rules.  Losing her parents at a young age has made her strong and fiercely independent.  She knows exactly who she is and nothing is going to change that. 

Everything starts to change for her when she moves to a new town.  She meets Cade Presley.   He is domineering and arrogant which makes her detest him at first sight.


She learns a secret that will unravel her perfect life and lead her into a world she never knew existed. 


Embracing her new life is difficult when it pulls her closer to Cade. Finding out you are destined to be with someone forever is hard to handle especially when you want to throttle them every time you see them.

The attraction she feels for him is undeniable and there is no fighting destiny.

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“Listen here, buddy, I don’t know you or what I’m supposed to know but I can guarantee you that I have no idea what you’re talking about,” I said to him angrily as I continued to poke my finger into his chest. “Understand this: if you don’t back off, I’ll make you sorry you tried to mess with me. Keep to the vacant bimbos and leave me alone.”
His eyebrows shot up in surprise and then his eyes pierced mine. Then, unexpectedly, he cocked his head to the side and studied me for a moment before the one side of his mouth tilted upward in a half smirk. 


Regan discovered the joy of writing at the tender age of twelve. Her first two novels were teen fiction romance. She then got sidetracked into the world of computer programming and travelled extensively visiting twenty-seven countries.

A few years ago after her son’s birth she stayed home and took another trip into the world of writing. After writing nine stories on Wattpad, winning an award and becoming a featured writer the next step was to publish her stories.


Born in South Africa she lives in Johannesburg with her two children and husband, who is currently doing his masters.


If she isn’t writing her next novel you will find her reading soppy romance novels, shopping like an adrenaline junkie or watching too much television. 
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Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Title: Flawed Love
Series: House of Obsidian #2
Author: Bella Jewel 
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**FLAWED LOVE is a standalone second chance romance with a HEA** 

Rainer Torrence is everything I could have wanted in my life and more. 
He became my best friend when I was Thirteen years old. 
From then on, we were inseparable. He was my first love and my first heartbreak. 
But I always thought it was forever. 
Until his Father died and things went bad. 
Then suddenly, he disappeared. 
Ten years and I didn’t see or hear from him. 
Then came the call I’d be praying for– he was back in town. 
Only the man I remembered is not him. 
This man is quiet, deadly, and so incredibly beautiful. 
He also doesn’t remember me. 
He looks into my eyes, and he sees nothing. 
Nothing. 
So, I let him believe I’m just a girl that walked into his bar. 
I let him believe I’m just a friend. 
I let him use me on the cold, dark nights. 
I let him believe that I am as emotionless about our relationship as he is. 
I just let the secret go on and on. 
But all secrets have an end, don’t they?

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Flawed Love begins when Mali finds Rainer working at a bar. She hasn't seen him in years, and they use to be best friends and at one time more. But now he doesn't even remember who she is. And to top it all of he seems to be in love with another woman who has someone else. Mali does the only thing she thinks she can do at the time, and that is get as much time with him as she can before it all falls apart. But trouble seems to find them sooner than she thought, and all the lies come out. 

I liked this one better than the first book of this series. But this one was extremely sad. And I really hated Rainer in it. I hated how he treated Mali. And I was extremely frustrated with how quickly his opinion of things changed in the end. It didn't really feel believable to me. And I was very annoyed with Pippa through out this whole book as well. Because I felt like they did get close again in Pippa's story, but I never felt like it was is close as it was portrayed in this one. So, that was frustrating as well. Other than that I liked the story line. And I adored Mali! I think she was an extremely brave, and heartfelt woman. I give major kudos to her for all of the heartache and pain she went through in this story. 
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Saturday, July 18, 2015

Title: Fearless
Series: Scarlet Suffragette #1
Author: Nicola Claire
Rating: 

Nicola Claire's captivating new Gothic romance series introduces a dark and sinister early settler New Zealand at the end of the nineteenth century - brightened by a fearless and talented heroine and a loyal and secretive police inspector... 

Free spirit. Brilliant. A Liability?

Doctor Anna Cassidy has been trained by the best; the former Chief Surgeon for the Auckland Police Force. She knows how to dissect a body. She knows how to treat any ailment. And she knows how to find a cause of death. 

But society is not ready for a female surgeon.

Fighting for what she believes in has been ingrained in Anna since she was a young child. But the battles she faces now are not all based on equality. A murderer stalks her fellow Suffragettes and the police inspector in charge of the case could be Anna's downfall.

Experienced. Dedicated. Something to hide?

Inspector Andrew Kelly holds duty and honour in the highest regard. His role as a detective proves just that; he never stops until justice is served. Love is something he has forsaken, for reasons he'd rather you didn't know.

But Anna is not a woman a man can ignore.

Fighting his instincts with cold determination is something Kelly has become accustomed to. But a murderer is loose in his adopted city, bringing memories to the fore of a killer who walked in the shadows of Whitechapel, and shining light on a dark past the Inspector is trying hard to forget.

A gritty, twisted, and authentic Victorian romantic suspense, sure to rip you apart... just like old Jack.

  

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Fearless begins in a time when woman didn’t have the right to vote yet. That’s where our heroine, Anna, comes in. She’s a fearless woman who will stop at nothing to get her degree and become a surgeon just like her father was before he died. She’s seen things no woman should have to see in life, and still gets pushed around because she is a woman. Even the man she’s in love with, Inspector Kelly, doesn’t really seem to want her. But when woman start being murdered Kelly’s going to need Anna’s help to figure out who is killing them before she’s next.

This book has a really good story line. I loved the time it was in, and what hardships Anna had to face. That was truly amazing to read about. I loved that. And I really loved Anna just as a character as well. She was truly “Fearless.”

What I didn’t love was Inspector Kelly. I tried my hardest to like him, but I hated the way he treated Anna throughout the book. And I truly didn’t like the information we learn about him in the end. That just made me very frustrated with what will happen in the next book between them. Because I can only see two choices that will happen, and one of them will make me think less of Anna if she takes it. I will just have to cross my fingers and just hope she doesn’t do that.

But other than that this was a truly unique historical romance, with a huge mystery in it. It sort of made me feel like I was reading a female Sherlock Holmes type of story, and I truly adored it!  
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