Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Free- Wolf Signs

Wolf Signs is FREE!

This shifter romance is currently free at all major retailers.

It has a Goodreads average rating of 3.64 and I really enjoyed the handling of the dead heroine.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Advance Review- Night's Deep Hush

Night's Deep Hush
by Erin Kellison

I received an ARC of this book from the Publisher, via Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review.
This is book 4 in the Revelers series.

Here are my reviews for previous entries:

Darkness Falls (In Dark & Deadly) available free as a standalone.

Lay Me Down


I am almost literally about to tear my hair out over these stories. I simply adore them, they feel so fresh and interesting, so much so that I just want to settle down and dig in, but she...just...keeps...dropping...snippets. In addition, while the first story is free, the rest are all 2.99 so this is starting to feel like some awfully expensive snippets.

This installment returns primarily to Jordan and Rook. When Rook is kidnapped, Jordan will do anything to rescue him, even teaming up with Vince, the man who once tried to betray her.

Kellison has expanded the Reve world once again with this installment. And damn it, I'm still fascinated, still enthralled with what she's building here. While I was expecting this to be Vince's story, it's really more of an expositional piece that furthers the plot arc, world building, and introduces us to what Vince's story will be, and who his heroine is-and heads up she's a terribly interesting anti-heroine (we so rarely see those). The 5th story will be out August 11, and I don't know whether to hope it's the last, or hope for more. In a way, I'll be disappointed if the next is the last story, but honestly, I think I'll be more disappointed if it isn't.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Freebie- Vivian Arend Rocky Mountain Heat

The first book in Arend's Six Pack Ranch series is free. Here's what I had to say about it when I read it:

This is the first entry to this series and this family. So we meet probably all the characters and get quite a bit of background and plot involving them. This story seems to be less about Blake and Jaxi and more about setting up for the rest of the series. And that’s ok, because I don’t think Blake and Jaxi were interesting enough, or compelling enough to be the main attraction. I didn’t dislike the story, but those two didn’t draw me in. More of the focus and interest, in my opinion, was on Travis, Matt, and Gabe. This is a light, mildly entertaining read with no real punch, but read it anyway to get the background you will need for the rest of the series.

Overall I tenjoyed the series, so if a family saga with romance sounds like your cup of tea, pick this up not for Blake & Jaxi's story, but to see if you want to find out more about the rest of the cast.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Sorry for the posting irregularities.

I am currently a lagging a bit behind my blogging schedule. I am planning for a bit of a family emergency. I should be back on schedule once August hits, until then I'll likely continue to be somewhat sporadic.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Lex Talionis on Sale!

Lex Talionis, a sci-fi book by a new author, that I really enjoyed, is on sale on kindle for $2.99.

See my review here. Get it here.

Link to Giveaway

Here's a link to a giveaway for Courtney Milan's new enhanced ebooks. One grand prize winner will get an iPad mini and a complete set of the enhanced Milan ebooks. Five runners up will receive the complete set of enhanced ebooks. Ready to enter?

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Advance Review- Fast Track

Fast Track
by Julie Garwood

I received an ARC of this book from the Publisher, via Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review.

Fast Track is book 12 in the Buchanan-Reynard series. I fell in love with this series from the start, and I have been waiting for this particular couple since 2004 when I read Murder List, and when I read Fire & Ice (which I didn't exactly love) it only whet my appetite further. Man that makes me feel old. Anyway, after about book 6, the series (in my not so humble opinion) got a little spotty in terms of quality and enjoyment, but I had been hanging on and holding out for this one.

So, while this book should work well enough as a stand-alone (there's no encompassing story arc through this series), I definitely don't think you should read it without reading at least 1-7, because they encompass either the best of the bunch and/or characters that will be involved in this particular story.

So, Cordelia has been in love with Aiden (he's the brother of one of her two best friends) since she was a very little girl, but he of course has refused to admit he sees her as anything more than his little sister's friend. When Cordie's father dies from a heart attack and life-changing secrets are revealed, it forces her to accept that she just cannot keep living her life waiting for something that may never happen. Naturally, because this is romancelandia, that's when trouble starts and sparks fly.

I am going to have to admit, I am giving this book some serious nostalgia points and points for simply not completely disappointing me after a decade long wait, that being said, it didn't blow me completely out of the water. Don't get me wrong, I really enjoyed this one, quite a bit more than Fire & Ice as a matter of fact. Julie Garwood has a way of writing that makes you see the characters, and for the most part even like them, and that is certainly the case here. There's no TSL moments and they aren't Mary Sue's either. I also like how the plot is kind of twisty. Both main characters have a lot going on in their lives, and both plot lines are plausible for the strange occurrences (discounting the fact that both characters are of course fabulously wealthy). But, when it comes down to the end, I feel like the resolutions are given short shrift after all the character growth and action. Some of that is because one particular point offended my sense of justice and vengeance, but I think even if it didn't I would still feel like things were wrapped up too neatly and quickly. In the end, I am giving this 4 stars (with the aforementioned bonus points) and would definitely recommend this book to anyone who has loved the series, including the ones who have given up on it since way back after Shadow Dance. I don't particularly recommend it for new readers though; unless you have an interest in the beginning of the series-in which case, I say start at the beginning because if you are a fan of romantic suspense, I doubt you will be disappointed.

Monday, July 7, 2014

Advance Review- Taken

by Lora Leigh

I received an ARC of this book from the Publisher, via Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review.

This book comes out 07/22/2014. It appears to be a collection of previously released short stories and novellas. I don't think it's any secret to say that when you are talking about Lora Leigh, you're talking about alpha heroes, kinky potentially BDSM sex, and likely some element of non-con.

Reno's Chance (Tempting SEALs #1)
Reno and Raven have been in love with and dancing around each other for years, she's been avoiding him because of his kink and his career as a SEAL and he's just finally pursuing her because in his alpha-ness he's finally decided she's "grown-up" enough.

For Maggie's Sake (Tempting SEALs #3)
Maggie and Joe were once a couple and he basically dumped her by showing up with another woman on his arm. Later she ends up a widow with a price on her head and the authorities breathing down her neck due to get dead husband's misdeeds, and Joe ends up guarding her and trying to get information from her. Joe's a little more emotionally open than the average alpha hero.

Atlanta Heat (Tempting SEALs #6)
Macey is a real dog but he's been avoiding Emerson for two years because she's the one woman he wants most. Emerson is his admiral's goddaughter and despite the fact that the admiral knows how Macey feels toward her, when she's kidnapped he sends Macey to get her back and hide her.

Night Hawk (Elite Ops #1.5)
Lillian Belle AKA Night Hawk and Black Jack have both signed their lives away for 12 years to Elite Ops for a second chance to live. This is an incredibly short story that's merely a teaser for the series. It really had nothing of plot and very little of characterization. It teases about what might be a very interesting worlds and concept, but I find myself irritated because this is already available for free.

Cooper's Fall (Wounded Warriors #1)
Ex-Army Ranger Ethan Cooper is the town bad boy and bar owner. Timid Sarah Fox is as naughty on the inside as she is prim on the outside, and man does she have some secrets. It's a very sweet, sexy, naughty romance.

Sheila's Passion (Wounded Warriors #2)
Sheila and Casey have a major problem with communication. It doesn't help that both their jobs and their lives have exacerbated the issue. So it takes some extreme danger to force these two hard headed individuals to the sticking point.

Overall, I really enjoyed this collection and i am rating it 4 stars. I don't think I had read many of them previously, or if I had it was quite some time ago so I didn't really remember them. However, 2-4 were mid series novellas that seemed to feel like you should know a bit more about the characters and backgrounds. Additionally, they were just all so similar in content and tone (they were all alpha male military types with long-standing connections to the heroines that they are just addressing romantically) that without the content background they tended to run together in my mind as I read them all in one sitting. Admittedly, I do tend to prefer novellas where the main characters already have a history together, so that wasn't the problem. Overall, I say either read these novellas one at a time with some space between them (either for individual enjoyment or to get a taste to see if you want to pursue the series), or read them as part of their respective series and in their proper orders. I actually enjoyed the Wounded Warriors ones the best, however, the second one was published in 2012 and I am not finding anything to suggest that new stories are on the horizon so this may be a defunct series. And' I'll admit that while Tempting SEALs and Elite Ops had been on my radar since their inception, this was finally what prompted me to start those series, so I suppose that this collection has done its job on that count.

Friday, July 4, 2014

Fourth of July Freebie

Cynthia Edens The Wolf Within is currently free! It currently has a GR rating of 3.97.

I don't know what's up with B&N.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Goodreads "Ask the Author"

So about a week ago I received a messae from Goodreads:

"Hi Erin,
You're receiving this message because you've rated a book by Lynsay Sands. We have some exciting news for you!

In celebration of her new book, To Marry a Scottish Laird, Lynsay is currently taking questions from Goodreads members as part of a new program we launched called "Ask the Author."

Lynsay is taking questions from Goodreads members until Wednesday, July 9th. Click here to ask her a question! If Lynsay answers your question, you will be notified via email message and notification on Goodreads.

"Ask the Author" launched in late May with more than 50 authors answering questions. Click here to see who participated. More authors will be participating soon, so stay tuned!

The Goodreads team "

And I was super excited, but honestly I am really bad at thinking of questions for anyone, not just authors, so this is what I came up with:

"I was immediately intrigued by Saidh and as I was reading To Marry a Scottish Laird I was hoping she'd be next, since she is, will you tell us one new thing we don't already know about her?"

I never actually expected she'd pick my question to answer, but, she did!

"I like Saidh too...Let me see...hmmm, something you don't know...Well she's got something like seven brothers who presently have my attention and I was thinking of writing a couple of stories for some of them after I finish with Saidh and the other girls."