Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Seven Reasons to Read Reaper's Stand (Reapers MC #4) by Joanna Wylde




Reaper's Stand (Reapers MC, #4)

Series: Reapers MC #4
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Berkley Trade
Publication Date: 9/2/14
Format: ARC
Pages: 336
Source: Publisher
Rating: 5 stars

 
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As Reapers Motorcycle Club president, Reese “Picnic” Hayes has given his entire life to the club. After losing his wife, he knew he’d never love another woman. And with two daughters to raise and a club to manage, that was just fine with him. These days, Reese keeps his relationships free and easy—he definitely doesn’t want to waste his time on a glorified cleaning lady like London Armstrong.

Too bad he’s completely obsessed with her. 
Besides running her own business, London’s got her junkie cousin’s daughter to look after—a more reckless than average eighteen-year-old. Sure she’s attracted to the Reapers’ president, but she’s not stupid. Reese Hayes is a criminal and a thug. But when her young cousin gets caught up with a ruthless drug cartel, Reese might be the only man who can help her. Now London has to make the hardest decision of her life—how far will she go to save her family?



First Line  Should I look him in the eye when I killed him or just shoot him in the back?

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Special Event: All Things Pretty by M. Leighton




Please join us in celebrating the release of All Things Pretty, the third book in the Pretty Series, by New York Times and USA Today bestselling author M. Leighton!

What we have for you today is an excerpt. It's not just any excerpt, we want you to find the pretty in the excerpt. Your guess at what the pretty is, will be your entry for the giveaway!


Ex: My mile high Louboutin's were killing my feet.

Guess: shoes

Title: All Things Pretty (Pretty #3)
Author: M. Leighton
Age group: New Adult
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published: 9/30/14

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Pretending to be something they’re not, afraid to trust anyone completely, destined to tear each other apart– this is the story of unlikely love and unbearable consequences.

Sig Locke is a cop. He was raised by a cop and all his brothers are cops. He bleeds blue, believes in right and wrong, and sees in black and white, never in shades of gray.

But that was before he met Tommi.

Tommi, with her long legs and bright green eyes, she captured Sig’s interest from the moment he saw her. Even after he discovered who she was–the girlfriend of a drug dealer, the beauty behind a criminal–he still found her utterly irresistible. What Sig doesn’t know, however, is that she has a secret even a cop can’t uncover.

Tommi Lawrence hasn’t had an easy life, and it only got more complicated the day she met Sig. She learned long ago that she can’t trust anyone. Her gut tells her that Sig is no exception, her heart tells her that he is. But that was before she found out his real identity.

Can love be forged in a fire of lies? Or will the truth destroy them both?





 

My body aches.  Just at the thought of him.

I close my eyes, effortlessly conjuring Sig’s liquid brown eyes, his perfectly sculpted mouth, his big, slightly rough hands.  God! 

Almost of their own accord, my palms drift over my breasts, pausing to tease the throbbing nipples, just like Sig would do.  Like he did.  I recall the feel of his mouth there, hot and open.  Riling my body into a flurry of want and need.  My core responds to my thoughts, sending a gush of heat southward. I move my hands down.  Farther and farther.  Closer to the place where the ache is strongest, where the emptiness is deepest.

I cup my center as my mind elicits Sig’s fingers, his lips, his tongue, delving inside me.  Filling yet not totally, satisfying yet not completely.  Teasing.  Toying.  Making me crazy. He knew I needed more, craved more. He was just enjoying the rise, the climb, until he could drive his body into mine and quench this excruciating thirst.

But my touch isn’t Sig’s. No matter how tightly I close my eyes, no matter how much I concentrate, no matter how much I wish it were his, it’s not.  It isn’t his hands or his mouth.  His kiss or his scent.  His laugh or his growl.  I’m in my bathroom.  In my home.  Alone, for all intents and purposes.  Exactly what I don’t want to be right now.

Frustrated, I pull the plug to drain the tub before stepping out and toweling off.  Standing in the steamy room, I rub scented lotion over every inch of my hyper sensitive skin, groaning with my want of something more. 

 I wipe the moisture from the mirror and meet the wide eyes and flushed cheeks of my reflection.  I’m startled by what’s written all over my face.  Desire.  Withering resistance.  Increasing need.

I won’t be able to stop myself from giving in to him.  I know it as sure as I’m standing here.  He’s like an addiction that has crept up on me unawares and taken over.  I’m smart enough to realize when I’m fighting a losing battle. I’m also smart enough to realize that if I go about this wisely, we can both put an end to the torture and move on.  Just once.  One and done.  It’s the way it has to be.

Enjoy tonight.  Move on tomorrow.
But we can have tonight.
Tonight will be for us.
Sig.
And me.
And all that’s between us.
Just one night.

I stare at the same face, reflected now with subtle changes.  Eyes bright with resolution, lips trembling with anticipation. 

Once my mind is made up, I’m nearly frantic.  I throw on shorts and a tee shirt–nothing spectacular since I don’t plan to be wearing it long–stopping only long enough to scribble Travis a note for when he gets home, telling him not to wait up and to call if he needs me.  He’ll assume that I’m with Lance.
I don’t even bother pulling my hair out of its loose topknot.  I simply grab my purse, lock the door and run to the car.  I can’t get to his house quickly enough.

I’m out of breath when I make it to his door, knocking with all the urgency that I suddenly feel.  When Sig finally appears in front of me, only a few short seconds (that felt like lifetimes) later, his expression is wild, like he was expecting something else.  Trouble maybe?

His eyes meet mine, and we stand perfectly still and silent.  He frowns for a second and then scans my face.  His gaze travels over my flushed cheeks, my parted lips, down to my heaving chest.  And then, as though he can somehow read my body and its intent, they flick suddenly back up to mine and stop. 

For thirty second or so, a million unspoken things pass between us. There is doubt, indecision, a touch of fear.  All on my part.  In this moment, it’s driven home what a huge mistake I could be making. 

On his face, one thing.  A question.  A single query.  Can I walk away?
 
Can I? 

With my heart beating an ancient rhythm against my ribs, marking me with a tattoo that I will forever be left with, I bask in the richness of his eyes, the beauty of his face and the acceptance of my choice, whatever it is. It’s all here, right in front of me.  Someone who wants only me, to please me, to be with me.  Nothing else. 

That is what I can’t walk away from.  Not just yet.



 
 
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All the Pretty Lies
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All the Pretty Poses
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All Things Pretty



 

New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author, M. Leighton, is a native of Ohio. She relocated to the warmer climates of the South, where she can be near the water all summer and miss the snow all winter. Possessed of an overactive imagination from early in her childhood, Michelle finally found an acceptable outlet for her fantastical visions: literary fiction. Having written over a dozen novels, these days Michelle enjoys letting her mind wander to more romantic settings with sexy Southern guys, much like the one she married and the ones you'll find in her latest books. When her thoughts aren't roaming in that direction, she'll be riding wild horses, skiing the slopes of Aspen or scuba diving with a hot rock star, all without leaving the cozy comfort of her office.

About Michelle: I love coffee and chocolate, even more so when they are combined. I'm convinced that one day they could be the basis for world peace. I also love the color red and am seriously considering dying my hair.

Michelle loves to hear from readers! You can find her (and she will chat your ear off) here


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Books That Need More Attention Giveaway Hop



Welcome to my stop on the Books that Need More Attention hop. This hop is hosted by Val at Stuck in Books. I'm always happy to recommend books, especially those gems that haven't hit the mainstream. Here are my recommendations.
 
 
 
If you're looking for dark, romantic, mysterious and sexy
 
 
Remembering Joy (Joy, #1)   Finding Joy (Joy, #2)
 
 
 
If you want creepy, romantic, and intriguing paranormal tale - perfect for Fall
 
The Deepest Cut (MacKinnon Curse, #1)   The Haunted (MacKinnon Curse, #2)   The Departed (MacKinnon Curse, #3)
 
 
 
 
I'm giving one winner two ebooks of their choice from those listed above. Open Intl.




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Monday, September 29, 2014

Review and Giveaway: Bound by Night and Chained by Night by Larissa Ione

Bound by Night (MoonBound Clan Vampire, #1)Series: MoonBound Clan Vampire #1
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Pocket Books
Publication Date: 9/24/13
Format: Paperback
Pages: 400
Source: Publisher
Rating: 3.5 stars


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Larissa Ione's bestselling Demonica series has captivated fans with its sensual blend of dark passion and demonic fury. Now she takes you to another intoxicating world—where a dangerous clan of wild vampires rules the night...

A WOMAN OUT FOR BLOOD

Nicole Martin was only eight years old when the vampire slaves rose up in rebellion and killed her family. Now she devotes her life to finding a vaccine against vampirism, hoping to wipe out her memories—along with every bloodsucker on the planet. But there’s one thing she cannot destroy: her searing, undeniable attraction for the one man she should hate and fear the most . . .

A VAMPIRE OUT FOR REVENGE

A member of the renegade vampire MoonBound Clan, Riker is haunted by demons of his own. When he recognizes Nicole and remembers how her family enslaved his loved ones, his heart burns for vengeance. But when he kidnaps Nicole and holds her in a secret lair, his mortal enemy becomes his soul obsession, his greatest temptation, and, perhaps, his only salvation—a hot-blooded lover who could heal him with her touch . . . or bury him forever.



My Thoughts


First Line  The vampires were behaving weird today. (big understatement!)

And so begins my journey with Larissa Ione's Bound by Night, the first book in her MoonBound Clan Vampire series.  I've been itching to try a new paranormal series, and found Bound by Night to be sexy, unique, and slightly scary.


Larissa Ione's mythology/world-building was very creative and read unique to me. Like a lot of readers, I devoured tons of vampire-related books for a few years, and finally tired out when they began to all feel the same. Here, we have a vampire race based on a Native American legend, which I've personally not found before.


- In addition to the history of the vampire race in general, we also have a heavy history between humans and vampires. Apparently, the vampires "came out" around eighty years prior, with the humans nearly taking them over twenty years after. When I say the humans took over, I mean the humans were horrific to the vampires. In the forty years since, the vampires have made some strides in gaining rights, but are still severely threatened in the present day. We readers learn this history along with heroine Nicole Martin, who only knew what her family presented to her.


- What if you fell in love with your worst nightmare? This is the question facing Riker and Nicole. This leading couple have a strained and complicated relationship that most book couples could only hope for. This isn't a case of having your feelings easily hurt, or simply looking for trouble. The issues between Riker and Nicole are huge. Such as: the fact she believes he killed his pregnant mate - her childhood nanny, her family's corporation has made a business and fortune off researching, terrorizing, brutalizing, and even enslaving vampires for decades. A practice Riker blames for killing his mate and unborn child. See? These are huge issues, ones that are virtually impossible to overcome right? Well, no, because....


- Ione gives us a couple that can believably overcome all the obstacles between them. I had no idea how Riker and Nicole could ever be together, given all that's between them. My gosh, I couldn't even see them being attracted to one another or even acting on it, but she sold it and she sold it completely. I loved them as a couple and if they can not be murdered by crazy rival vampires, or family, then I believe they can make a go of it.


- The world of the MoonBound Clan Vampire series is not for kids, guys. I've found that when I read Paranormal and Urban Fantasy, I want the world to be dark and dangerous. Ione doesn't play around. Her vampires aren't sweet and they aren't vegetarians. They are can be brutal and go half-crazed with blood lust and sexual lust. And speaking of lust, I loved how sensual these creatures were. I loved how the moon cycles got them all ramped up, and how sexy feeding could be. Good, good stuff.


- With a good  start cast and a big cast of secondary characters, this series has so much potential with future installments. Clan leader Hunter's book is up next. He's knowledgeable in the oldest legends and customs of the world, and his story has been set up to be crazy intense. Myne, another vampire and close friend to Riker is another character whom I hope will receive a story.


So yeah. Bound by Night was excellent. It was sexy and intense and exactly what I was looking for.


Favorite Quotes


  "Go fuck yourself."
  Hunter, MoonBound clan's leader, leaned back in his chair and gave Riker an expectant look. "Go fuck yourself...?" He made a come on gesture with his fingers. "Finish the sentence." Riker rolled his eyes. "Go fuck yourself...sir."
  Nodding his dark head in satisfaction, Hunter kicked his boots up onto the scarred oak conference table. "Better."


  "It's true. You Os are lame. Too metallic-tasting. My favorite is B-positive. There's a spicy aftertaste I love." She frowned. " It's so rare, though."
  "You need to be eating Asian people." Nicole checked on Grant's whereabouts-far across room, thank God. "Asians have the highest percentage of b-positive blood."
  "Really?"[....] 
  "Um...you pretend I didn't say that?"
  "Nope. I'm so taking a trip to Chinatown tomorrow."





Chained by Night (MoonBound Clan Vampire, #2)

Series: MoonBound Clan Vampire #2
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Pocket Books
Publication Date: 9/30/13
Format: Paperback
Pages: 400
Source: Publisher
Rating: 3 stars
 
 
THE FUTURE OF HIS TRIBE


Leader of the vampire clan MoonBound, Hunter will do what he must to save his people from extinction—or worse, a torturous eternity as vampire slaves and subjects of human experimentation.To keep his enemies at bay, he has agreed to mate a rival clan leader’s daughter in return for peace between the clans and an ally in the looming war with the humans.

THE LOVER OF HIS SOUL

 
But survival comes at a price. First, Hunter must break an ancient curse by successfully negotiating three deadly tests. Then he must resist the searing passions of the gorgeous vampire warrior he despises but is bound to mate. Will Hunter stay true to his word? Or will he risk everything for the woman he really loves: the vampire seductress’s identical twin sister?


First Line  In a secret club blaring rock music and laughter, raised shot glasses brimming with whiskey clinked together like death knells.



As I mentioned in my review of Bound by Night, I was anxious to read clan leader Hunter's story. Given that he is burdened by life as a ruler, and that he's set to mate with a woman he despises, I expected a lot of angst on his part, and there was. I liked Chained by Night, but I've found that by the time I finished it, I was ready to be. I left the story feeling that I was okay with the story, really liked some moments, and in the end, it was a good enough read.


What I liked about Chained by Night was the forbidden relationship between Hunter and Aylin. It doesn't get much more complicated than falling for your intended mate's twin, right? Right. It doesn't matter that Hunter needs the mating to go off to keep peace among the vampire clans. And it doesn't matter that Aylin has been promised to another clan leader, no matter how brutal he's rumored to be. The two have fantastic chemistry, with a lot of passion and understanding between them. The heart wants what it wants, and no matter how much they fight it, Hunter's and Aylin's choose each other.


I also like the quest that truly brings Hunter and Aylin together, and the premise behind it. In an effort to save Hunter's future firstborn child, he and Aylin must complete several tasks set in place by the demon who created the vampires. Oh, and there's the pesky detail that the two have to be naked and feeding off one another to get in and out of that realm. Not at all convenient to putting these two together, huh?


That convenience leads me to the couple of issues I had with the book. The many conveniences that come their way. Maybe I'm being nitpicky, but the fact that whatever it is these two need just happens to be handy, or that they suddenly develop the ability, annoyed me. They need a way out? Oh! Aylin can create portals! Like I said, I'm nitpicky. There was also the fact that the bad guys - Aylin's father, her twin, and another leader, were all so "bad" that they came across as caricatures. I like my baddies to by sly and slick, truly chilling. But these are personal preferences.


So overall, this seems to have had a lukewarm tone, which, yeah, I guess that is exactly how I felt about Chained by Night. I liked the two main characters, still enjoy the world Ione has created, and I liked the passionate chemistry. I didn't love the obstacles, and how easily some were overcome, and the action sequences sometimes felt overwhelming. I am curious to see if clan member Myne gets a story. I have a feeling his will be very interesting.



Favorite Quote


  He gazed up at the endlessly gray clouds and wondered if they'd fill the sky on the other side of the portal. "We do this."
  "And what, exactly, is this?"
  "Mutual feeding." Just the thought of Aylin's fangs in his throat again made him, instantly, painfully, hard.
  Aylin blinked. "Why?"
  "Because demons are assholes," he muttered.

 

 
 

Larissa Ione

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Larissa Ione penned her first novel at the age of 13 and hasn't stopped writing since. She has been a U.S. Air Force meteorologist, an EMT, and a professional dog trainer, and you never know when one of those interests will pop into her novels.

She lives a nomadic existence with her U.S. Coast Guard husband and son, so her writing career has been a blessing -- a job that moves easily.

She writes dark paranormal romance for Grand Central Publishing (formerly Warner Books,) and contemporary romance for Red Sage and Samhain. Under the pen name Sydney Croft, she writes erotic action adventure romance with partner Stephanie Tyler.
 
 
 
 


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Clearing My Shelves

It's time to clear more space! I have 3 sets of books up for grabs, just fill out the rafflecopter to be entered. Good luck!
 
 
Set #1
 
Dogwood Hill (Chesapeake Shores, #12)Make Me Lose Control (Cabin Fever, #2)
 
 
 
Set #2
 
VanishedLovely Wild
 
 
 
Set #3
 
 
Touch of Evil (Thrall, #1)Blank-133x176 -
Normal by Graeme Campbell (releases 2015)
 
 
 
Can enter more than once. Open to US only.


 



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Sunday, September 28, 2014

Review: Hope Burns (Hope #3) by Jaci Burton


Hope Burns (Hope #3)
Series: Hope #3

Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Jove
Publication Date: 9/30/14
Format: eARC
Pages: 304
Source: Publisher


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Molly Burnett and Carter Richards share a painful past, one that sent Molly running out of town, vowing never to return. The only thing bringing her back is her sister’s wedding, and she doesn’t intend to stay long. But circumstances force her to remain in town, and within close distance of the one man who hurt her more than she’d ever been hurt before. Can the two of them face down the past and work together toward the possibility of love and happiness in Hope?


First Line This wedding was going to be a disaster.


Thursday, September 25, 2014

The Friday Five - 9/26/14


 
 
Hey. It's Friday again! And I have trivial bits to share with you.
 
 
 
 
1"Sex Things Men Don't Care About"  I saw this Cosmo article over the weekend and have been dying to share it since. I disregard approximately 99.3% of whatever I see in that magazine, but this totally cracked me up. And according to my husband, it's pretty much accurate.
 
Here's my favorite line:  "Even starfish have buttholes and they don't have anything."
 
 
 
2 - I meant to include this in last week's post. Last week's Apple update brought some cool new stuff (that's the technical term, right?) to users. I haven't played with everything yet, but am in love with the Kindle update. Here's an article with details and instructions. My two favorite aspects are
 
Today widget, which keeps your latest reads in the forefront
 
 
 
And the newest love of my life, the ability to copy and paste! Cos y'all know I love to share book quotes.
 
 
(Sorry the pics turned out so shitty. )
 
 
 
3 - I am in love, love, love with The ZigZag Stripe. I found this online clothing store on Facebook, and I feel like it's changed my life. I rarely even look at clothes anywhere else, which makes my husband happy when we hit the mall. On the other hand, I think he's started cringing when he checks the mail. And the credit card bill. The clothes are reasonably priced, fit well, look great, and are super stylish. They also have free shipping.
 
Here's an outfit I love. And of course, bought.

Black Long Leggings
 
 
 
And here's an outfit I have my eye on. It WILL be mine.
 
Teal WorkPlace Palazzos
 
 
 
4 - I'm officially calling bullshit on all the romance books and shows that make us believe all firefighters are hot. My daughter's Daisy Troop visited our local fire station yesterday, and there wasn't one damn studly firefighter to be found. I won't lie, I was dismayed.
 
 
5 - I'm not even going to get into the fact tomorrow is the mid-season finale of Outlander. I'll save my whining for next week. But I've started craving good television again, and need some recommendations. I'm a fan of shows like Outlander (duh), The Leftovers, True Detective, Girls. I guess, gritty or different. I'm thinking of trying Black Sails, even though friends say it's not all that. Do you have any recs?
 
 
 
I hope you have a happy weekend! It's supposed to be in the low-80s here. The girl and I are going to put up some Fall decorations.
 

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