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Tuesday, August 31, 2010

September 2010 Contest, WIN :: Before I Fall

PRIZE :: "Before I Fall" by Lauren Oliver

Format: Hardcover | Pages: 470 | Release Date: March 2010 | Publisher: HarperCollins

Author's Book Description:
    What if you only had one day to live? What would you do? Who would you kiss? And how far would you go to save your own life?

    Samantha Kingston has it all: the world’s most crush-worthy boyfriend, three amazing best friends, and first pick of everything at Thomas Jefferson High—from the best table in the cafeteria to the choicest parking spot. Friday, February 12, should be just another day in her charmed life.

    Instead, it turns out to be her last. Then she gets a second chance. Seven chances, in fact. Reliving her last day during one miraculous week, she will untangle the mystery surrounding her death—and discover the true value of everything she is in danger of losing.

RULES ::
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  2. This contest ends on September 30th and the winners will be selected using Random.org.
  3. You must be at least 13 years-old and a follower of my blog to enter.
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Feasted On: The Billionaire's Pregnant Mistress by Lucy Monroe

Format: Kindle Edition | File Size: 215 KB | Release Date: June 2010 | Publisher: Harlequin Presents

"The Billionaire's Pregnant Mistress" by Lucy Monroe

My Book Summary : Alexandra (Xandra or Allie) just found out a week ago that she is pregnant, and now she is nervous as hell to tell her lover Dimitri about it and about coming clean about her past. They've been together for a year now but they both have things about themselves that they just have yet to tell each other. But she is going to do so now and hope that everything will work out for the best...

However, when Dimitri comes home he has some news of his own that he isn't happy about but he must do ... he must brake up with her, as his grandfather made him promise that he would finally take up his responsibilities and marry the girl that he's known for years, even if he doesn't want to. Once they see each other though talking is the last thing on their minds, but after their "fun" Dimitri drops the bomb that they have to brake up because he has to marry someone else, before Alexandra is able to even form the words for her news. She is devastated and runs to the bathroom, but once she walks back into the bedroom, she realizes he left her. After crying for who knows how long she calls Dimitri to tell him that they still have things that they need to discuss, so he reluctantly agrees to meet her at a restaurant. Once there she tells him that she loves him and that she's pregnant, but emotions are running high for both of them, making it so he gets angry with her believing first that she was lying until she shows him proof then he believes that she cheated on him and then all hell brakes loose...

Even after the argument between them Alexandra knows she still loves him, but decides that he must not care for her, so she heads back to her family's place to try to move on with her life .... even though it's harder then it seems.

When Dimitri finally comes to his senses and searches for Alexandra, coming up missing, he desperately searches for her, promising to himself that he will make her his wife once he finds her .... if is not too late.

My Book Review : 4 out of 5 stars!! Charming and enjoyable from beginning to end!!! The relationship between the main characters is palpable, they have such duty to their families that when all these things hit them at once they don't know how to behave so they do anything to find the control they both loose instantly. I enjoyed reading about such passionate and prideful people ... as soon as I started the story I didn't want to put it down!

Book Teaser(s) :
"But you did not wish to marry well?"
"I wanted to marry a man I loved, not a bank account."
"Then it should please you to marry me. If the words you spoke at Chez Renée were true, I can give you both."
"They were true then," so much so that parts of her heart were still cracked and bleeding after the abrupt was they'd broken up, "but I don't love you anymore."
"I refuse to believe a woman of such strong character could fall out of love at the first sign of adversity."
She was beginning to have a horrible suspicion he was right, but she wasn't about to feed his smug pride admitting it. ~ within Chapter 5
For more information on this book and/or any other books by Lucy, then please check out her website.

Monday, August 30, 2010

Feasted On: Night Huntress World Series, Book 1

Format: Paperback | Pages: 371 | Release Date: February 2010 | Publisher: Avon Books

"First Drop Of Crimson" [Night Huntress World Series, Book 1] by Jeaniene Frost

My Book Summary : A little over a year ago Denise and her husband, Randy, went to a New Year's Eve party, at her best friend Cat's place, that turned into one of the most terrible nights of Denise's life, as that is the night of her husband's death. Since then, Denise has made a point of avoiding anything to do with the supernatural world, even if that means cutting out Cat from her life. But when her relatives start dieing around her, it does seem unusual right until it's almost to late for her, she finds out that someone is killing her family, and she just happens to be his next target. So, once she gets home she puts a call into Cat & Cat's husband, Bones, but since they haven't talked in a couple of months she finds that both of their cell phones have been disconnected within that time. Hoping to find someone to help her, Denise decides on calling the only other vampire she knows who might help her named Spade, who is also a friend of Cat & Bones.

Over the phone Spade doesn't completely believe that Denise and her family are being targeted by anyone based on description of the perpetrator she saw, but as a favor he tells her that he'll be at her place by the following afternoon to check it out. However, even before he gets into her house he knows she wasn't lying and that he killer was/is a demon he just hopes that he isn't too late. Once he gets inside her house and finds her passed out on the floor, he looks her over to make sure she's okay. But when she comes, too she tells and shows him that she has been branded by the demon and was told that the only way to get the brands off and to save the remaining members of her family is to find her relative that started it all named Nathanial.

Soon she finds that because of the brands she has powers and a growing appetite that she has to get used to, Spade and her find themselves being drawn to each other that neither can ignore and neither are always sure that they want to ignore either, and more ...

Will Denise find Nathanial before she gets in too deep in the supernatural world? Or maybe she’ll find that once she’s there, there is no other place she’d rather be ... as long as Spade is never to far away ...

My Book Review : 4 out of 5 stars, sooo much better then I expected and hoped for!! I liked Denise and Spade (especially Spade) as secondary characters in the Night Huntress series but I loved them as the main characters in this book!! I can't wait to read what will happen to them and their friends now that things have certainly changed for all of them. =0) This novel was action packed, addictive, and touching ... along with some very night romance scenes. So, if you enjoyed the stories of Cat & Bones in the Night Huntress series then I recommend you checking out this book too!

My Previous Review(s) for this Author : Halfway To The Grave | One Foot In The Grave | At Graves End | Destined for an Early Grave

Author Book Trailer :

Book Teaser(s) :
"When we find Nathanial, I want you to leave," Denise said softly. "Raum will know you set the salt bombs. He'll want revenge, and if he can track me, he'll know the second we find Nathanial. Then he'll probably try to kill you. He won't need you anymore."
Raum wouldn't need Denise anymore, either, and she knew that as well as he did. Even if the demon didn't have a grudge against her---and Spade doubted that, after today---Raum could kill her just for amusement.
"I have a plan for that as well," he said.
Her hazel eyes narrowed. "What?" ~ within Chapter 14
Black Jack's eyes flicked with interest to Denise. Spade saw it and stopped himself before he bared his fangs in instinctive possessiveness. Instead he tossed in a few chips and ran his hand along Denise's side one more time, meeting the vampire's gaze in challenge. Mine.
Black Jack's lips curled and he tilted his head in acknowledgment. One of the strongest vampire urges was territorialism. No vampire would tolerate someone ogling his property---unless that property was being offered. Denise, Spade had clearly indicated, was not. ~ within Chapter 16
For more information on this book, series, and/or any other books by Jeaniene, then please check out her website.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Feasted On: Baby Bonanza by Maureen Child

Format: Kindle Edition | File Size: 471 KB | Release Date: September 2008 | Publisher: Silhouette Desire

"Baby Bonanza" by Maureen Child

My Book Summary : A little over a year ago Jenna had a fling with her boss, Nick, while she was working on one of his cruise ships. However, when he found out that she was his employee instead of a guest, like he originally thought, he broke up their relationship and fired her. Since then Jenna's life has change and now she's back on one of Nick's cruise ships again, as a guest, on a mission to inform him that he is the father of her twin boys!! Over the year apart she has tried to contact him to let him know but he never returned/responded to any of her emails or phone calls, so a face-to-face is the way it's gotta be.

Yet, now that she is here she's as nervous as hell, but as soon as she confronts Nick she thinks that it'll all be over and okay ... he'll believe her, will be fine to just pay child support, and then they both can get back to their lives. However, it doesn't seem to work that way. For one, Nick doesn't believe her at all so they need to take a DNA test to be sure, which is fine since she expected as much but now she has to wait a couple of days before the results come in and Nick doesn't want her out of his sight. Then to top it off he already admits to himself (before the results come) that if they are his sons then he is going to want more then just to pay child support, he'll want time with them too and if he thinks Jenna won't allow that then he'll take them away from her.

While the waiting is on for the results both Jenna and Nick realizes things about each other that they didn't know last year, and get closer together. Could this mean a happily-ever-after for them or will they each feel like being together is a big mistake so they'll just do what's right for the kids?

My Book Review : 4.5 out of 5 stars! =0) In truth I am surprised I enjoy this book as much as I did, and for a quick read, it was a great book!! The connection between Nick and Jenna is great to read, and seeing how they grow as characters in such a short time is fun too. This is one romance novel I who recommend to everyone! Especially right now that it's FREE through Amazon.com!

Book Teaser(s) :
"You were dancing, alone in the dark," he said as if she hadn't spoken at all. As if he were prompting her memory. "You didn't notice me, so I watched you as you swayed to the music, tipping your head back, your hair sliding across your shoulders."
"Nick..."
"You has a smile on your face," he said, his voice lower now, deeper, and she wouldn't have thought that was possible. "As if you were looking up into the eyes of your lover."
Jenna swallowed hard and shifted uneasily as her body blossomed with heat. With need. "Don't do this, Nick..."
"And I wanted to be the lover you smiled at. The lover you danced with in the dark." ~ within Chapter 6
For more information on this book and/or any other books by Maureen, then please check out her website.

Friday, August 27, 2010

Disappointmentville: Playing with Fire Series, Book 3

Format: Kindle Edition | File Size: 499 KB | Release Date: August 2010 | Publisher: Samhain Publishing

"Scandalous" [Playing with Fire Series, Book 3] by Karen Erickson

My Book Summary : Ever since she was a teenager, Alexa (Lex or Lexi), has had a crush on Eric (her older brother's boyfriend). Now years later at her brother's wedding she greets Eric again planning on catching up. However, what she didn't expect was to find her attraction to him to still be strong or to find that even though he has another boyfriend now, he is finding her more attractive by the second. When they end up kissing each other, a little later at the reception, the sparks ignite between them, but once they separate Eric says they've made a mistake and walks away from her.

A few days later Alexa finds a voicemail message from Eric on her cell asking if she would like to meet up for drinks with his boyfriend (Brandon) and himself. She accepts and meets them at a restaurant, only to find that they have ulterior motives. Which are that Brandon was intrigued about Eric's kiss with her and was wondering if she would like to have some fun with them for a night?

If she says yes she might find the thing that will ease the restlessness she's been feeling lately ... they all might fall in love ... or they could ruin a good relationship between the guys and a growing friendship between each other .... would it all be worth it? Maybe so ...

My Book Review : 2.5 out of 5 stars. My favorite character was Eric ... he sounded like a great guy. The plot was good but didn't end up the way I wanted it to which is the reason for the low rating. I think if it ended the way I wanted then I would have given it a 4 out of 5 stars. *shrug* But if you don't mind reading a bit of m/m or m/f/m action then I think you'll be interested in this book.

Book Teaser(s) :
The number was unfamiliar, and she frowned, punching a button so she could read the text message.
I want to see you
Frowning, she immediately texted back.
Who is this?
Her answer came back quick.
Correction. We both want to see you. Tonight.
Her skin sizzled, and she glanced about the room, thankful no one was lurking about.
Eric is that you? ~ within Chapter 6
For more information on this book, series, and/or any other books by Karen, then please check out her website.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Feasted On: You Wish by Mandy Hubbard

Format: Kindle Edition | File Size: 695 KB | Release Date: August 2010 | Publisher: Razorbill/Penguin

"You Wish" by Mandy Hubbard

My Book Summary : Kayla is what she likes to call herself, a glass-half-empty kind of girl. To her nothing seems to work out the way she plans it, and just to prove her point, she ends up with the worst birthday (and birthday party) imaginable. But she finds out the next day that when she blew out her candles the night before and wished, "I wish my birthday wishes actually came true. Because they never freakin’ do." she'll be in for a big surprise (and quite a few more) since her wish came true!!

Now she has to deal with a life-size My Little Pink pony, a "best friend" she hasn't spoken to in ages, a guy who resembles a Ken doll that's stalking her, and more ... but will she be able to stop all of these wishes before one of them could ruin her life? Like say, stop them before the one where she wished for Ben Mackenzie to kiss her is granted, since even though she has had a major crush on him from afar for about three years now, he also happens to be her best friend's boyfriend. =0/

My Book Review : 4 out of 5 stars! Kayla is hilarious, you just can't help but route for her. It definitely made me think about my previous wishes that I've made over the years ... and in truth I am a little scared now if they actually came true. =0) This story is cute, funny, and drama filled!! If your a YA lover then I definitely recommend this one for you!

My Previous Review(s) for this Author : Prada & Prejudice

Book Teaser(s) :
I stare at her for a second, realizing my life is about to get tossed in the toilet if I don't figure this out. "Okay. So, I have you . . . a pony . . . gumballs . . ."
I sigh and sink onto the floor. There's a fourth wish waiting for me. Today. Somewhere. I don't even want to guess what kind of havoc I'm going to encounter. They're getting worse every day. ~ within Chapter 15
For more information on this book and/or any other books by Mandy, then please check out her website.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Feasted On: Legacy Series, Book 1

Format: Kindle Edition | File Size: 852 KB | Release Date: October 2009 | Publisher: Samhain Publishing

"Alexandra's Legacy" [Legacy Series, Book 1] by N. J. Walters

My Book Summary : Alexandra (Alex) thought that today would be just an ordinary day for her, until a man named Joshua rushes into her father's garage saying he's come to take her to a place called Wolf Creek, and she finds that there are some things about her heritage that her father has been keeping quite about. Now Alex's father explains to her that he is actually a werewolf, making her a half-breed and what she's been feeling lately is her going into "heat" soon. Then to top it off because of her going into heat all of the single male wolves within a 100 radius (or more) start tracking her fighting for the right to be her mate, and then there are some people/wolves who are coming after her just because she's a half-breed and don't think she should exist.

Of course after this was all explained to her, they (her father, Joshua, and her) get ambushed in her dad's home by those very people/wolves that are either out to kidnap or kill her. So, they split up in hopes of out running the killers, her father going one way while Joshua and her are going another but both planning on heading to the Wolf Creek pack in North Carolina. While on the run Joshua and Alex have a growing attraction between them, but Joshua plans on trying to keep that attraction at bay until he reaches his pack so he'll be able to publicly claim her as his mate.

Will all three of them make it safely to Wolf Creek before their enemies get them? Will Alex be accepted into the Wolf Creek pack warmly and will she want to embrace her wolf?

My Book Review : 4 out of 5 stars!! I saw this book recommended to me on Amazon.com for a while, and I'm soo happy that I finally decided to read it!! It was an entertaining & sweet book! I loved the relationships between Alex & her father, as well as the growing relationship between Alex & Joshua! Plus, I really liked the since of community that James (Alex's dad) found he had when everything/everyone started coming at them ... it was truly heartwarming. Then add in a little heat between Alex & Joshua to read about and you got one happy reader on your hands. =0)

Book Teaser(s) :
Joshua grinned even as he growled into the receiver. "Your day couldn't have been as bad as mine so shut up and listen."
The man on the other end snorted. "I saw just how hard your day was, little brother. I saw you talking with the woman in an alleyway this morning. If you're smart, you'll claim that woman you've been running all over town with. Fuck her so long and hard, she'll never want any other wolf but you." He paused. "It's what I'd do if I were in your position."
"You're not in my position." The thought of his brother fucking Alex brought a red haze to his eyes. "It wouldn't be fair to Alex."
"And you're all about honor, are you not, my brother?" ~ within Chapter 9
For more information on this book, series, and/or any other books by N. J., then please check out her website.

"Waiting On" Wednesday: Misguided Angel

  • Today's "Waiting On" Wednesday by Jill - click here

  • "Misguided Angel" [Blue Bloods Series, Book 5] by Melissa de la Cruz
    Publication Released Date: October 26, 2010

    Author's Book Description:
      After inheriting the dark Van Alen Legacy, Schuyler fled to Florence with her forbidden love, Jack. Now the two of them must embark on the mission Schuyler was destined to complete: to find and protect the five remaining gates that guard the earth from Lucifer, lord of the Silver Bloods.

      Back in New York, Mimi has been elected Regent of a crumbling coven. Struggling with her heartache over the loss of Kingsley and with her overwhelming desire to destroy Jack, she must focus all of her energy on a perilous new threat. Vampires are being abducted and their captors are planning to burn them alive online...for all the world to see. Help arrives in the form of Deming Chen, a Venator from Shanghai, who must untangle the web of deceptions before the killers strike again.

      As the young vampires struggle for the survival of the coven, they uncover a deadly secret, a truth first discovered by Schuyler’s mother during the Renaissance but kept buried for centuries. And as the Blue Blood enclave weakens yet further, fate leads Schuyler to a terrible choice that will ultimately map the destiny of her heart.

    When I started reading this series last year I wasn't sure if I'd like it, but with this new take on vampires that the author has, would draw any YA lover to read her series. So ... I am addicted to this series and I cannot wait for this book to come out!! I hope Mimi will get her man back ... and I hope Schuyler will be able to keep her man. =0)

    My Previous Review(s) for this Author : The Van Alen Legacy

    Monday, August 23, 2010

    Disappointmentville: The Breeds Series, Book 21

    Format: Paperback | Pages: 342 | Release Date: April 2010 | Publisher: Berkley® Sensation

    "Lion's Heat" [The Breeds Series, Book 21] by Lora Leigh

    My Book Summary : Jonas just got a new personal assistant, named Rachel. She a hardworking, determined, redhead, and at first glance he knows that she is pregnant with another man's baby. Also, just by looking at her, Jonas knows she's his mate. However, with him being "created" instead of being "born" there are reasons involved with that where he will never claim her as his mate.

    But how much can he hold off on claiming her as his mate? Especially when her and her daughter become targets because of just being associated with him. So, he brings them back to Sanctuary so he can protect them better, while dealing the mating heat that starts to burn within him to have him claim her. How much longer will he last?

    My Book Review : 2.5 out of 5 stars, it was okay. I mean it's not the typical shifter books that I have read, so yes it was interesting but it didn't completely hold my interest. However, I think what I didn't like most about the book was Rachel. I mean I liked her and Jonas together. BUT -- for all of Rachel's knowledge of the shifter breeds and knowing that she was working for them before she even knew that she was Jonas' mate .... she kept denying the "claim" between herself and Jonas for sooo long that I really was getting sick of it after a while. =0/

    Side Note :: Just so you know this is the first novel in this series that I've read SO -- if you've liked the other books in this series ... this one might not be your favorite ... but I think you'll like it better then I did.

    Book Teaser(s) :
    "Jonas..." She licked her suddenly dry lips as he moved closer.
    "Do you know what I am?" he growled, his tone so rough, so primal, it sent shivers racing down her spine. "You don't even know the beast that draws you, do you, Rachel?"
    "Running me off, are you? What about all this 'me Breed, you mate' crap you're always spouting?" ~ within Chapter 10
    For more information on this book, series, and/or any other books by Lora, then please check out her website.

    Friday, August 20, 2010

    Feasted On: A Goblin Wars Book, Book 1

    Format: Paperback | Pages: 304 | Release Date: November 2010 | Publisher: Clarion Books

    "Tyger Tyger" [A Goblin Wars Book, Book 1] by Kersten Hamilton ( I read this as a part of We Love YA! A young adult arc tour site)

    My Book Summary : Teagan has her summer (and her future) all mapped out, but when her "cousin" Finn moves into her house those plans suddenly change. The day before Finn shows up Teagan's best friend Abby tells her that she needs to be careful because she had a dream where a bunch of goblins (like the ones in Teagan's mothers story books .. and worse) are going to be coming after Teagan soon. When she is told this she laughs it off, but when Finn shows up and explains he's the Mac Camhaill (the last in his family line that's a goblin hunter), Teagan starts to rethink about what her friend told her. Then, not long after Finn stays, there she starts to see some goblins/sidhe of her own that hurt some small animals she works with at the zoo to her own mother.

    Finn blames himself and leaves. However, when summer is over Finn returns because of a request from his grandmother. But once he shows up, he realizes he can't complete his request and has to take Teagan and her little brother Aiden back to his grandmother's place to get help. And in doing so, they set out on an adventure/rescue mission that will change Teagan's life for forever ....

    My Book Review : 4 out of 5 stars!! After waiting for this book for a while ... and reading the book's description again and again ... I wasn't sure I was going to like this book ... however, as soon as I started reading it I was pleasantly surprised and got addicted to the storyline, the characters, and everything right away. Teagan learns about herself in this book and grows as a character more so then I would have thought. Aiden is adorable ... I would love to hear him sing! And Finn is the bad boy with the kind soul you would just love to have him all to yourself. *sigh*

    So ... if you’re a fan of myth, magic, and YA romance then this is the book for you!! It was a great new take on fairies/goblins, angels, and all of the mythical beings that have been written about lately! I cannot wait to see where the author will take this series! =0)

    Book Teaser(s) :
    "'Rain or shine'?"
    "That's the way it sounds." Raynor nodded. "But not the way it's spelled." He showed Aiden his badge.
    Aiden studied the letters, and then the man's face. "I can't read. What did you eat for dinner last night?"
    "Me?" Raynor said. "Pizza."
    "Did you find it in a Dumpster?"
    Teagan pinched him, and he whirled to look at her.
    Don't talk about that, she signed. All they needed was for Aiden to tell this guy they'd slept in a ditch and eaten from a Dumpster. He'd have cops waiting for them in Gary. ~ within Chapter 12
    For more information on this book and/or any other books by Kersten, then please check out her website.

    Wednesday, August 18, 2010

    Made the Grade: Low Red Moon by Ivy Devlin

    Format: Paperback | Pages: 196 | Release Date: September 2010 | Publisher: Bloomsbury Children's Books

    "Low Red Moon" by Ivy Devlin ( I read this as a part of Smitten With Books ARC Tours)

    My Book Summary : Avery has spent most of her life living in the woods. Her parents have a piece of land with a house that was built one room at a time, everything is just so quaint and peaceful that she never had any regrets about the way she grew up. But now her life has suddenly changed because of her parent’s murder. She was there during the murder but all she can remember was seeing silver and blood. Lots and lots of blood.

    She moves into her grandmother's house, a woman who she doesn't know that well anymore, and tries to understand what had happened in her life and to her parents. Not long after her parents died a new boy, named Ben, starts at her high school. He is gorgeous, but he would never be interested in her. Then on different occasions, she watches his eyes changing from brown to silver, and she doesn't know how to explain it. And even though they might not realize it from the first time he sets his eyes on her a connection between them occurs.

    With that connection, they get closer, and when they do, she finds out what he really is. Will she be scared of him now, and keep away from him? Especially when more murders occur and he might be connected ...

    My Book Review : 3 out of 5 stars! This is an unusual take on the "Little Red Riding Hood" story we all grew up with, where the bad guy definitely isn't who you think. Creative, dark, and romantic are some of the words I'd use to describe this book. In truth, I didn't like the book during the first few chapters because of how dark it was and I'm not one to like all that goriness ... but that's just me. So ... if you like a good mystery novel then I'd recommend this book for you!

    Author Book Trailer :

    Book Teaser(s) :
    Teaser 1
    "I heard a wolf, and I---"
    "You heard a wolf? How could you hear that? You live in town."
    "I'm used to hearing them, so I guess I know what to listen for," I said. "I live---lived---near your great-uncle, remember? The woods are deeper there, without so much---" I gestured toward town, toward Renee's house off in the distance.
    "Right," Ben said, standing up. "I need to go."
    "Oh, okay," I said, and sank back against the tree, ready to watch him go.
    But he didn't leave. He just stood there. ~ within Chapter 8
    For more information on this book and/or any other books by Ivy, then please check out her website.

    Tuesday, August 17, 2010

    Teaser Tuesdays: Low Red Moon


  • Today's Teaser Tuesdays by MizB - click here


  • "Low Red Moon" by Ivy Devlin

    Book Teaser:
    I was jealous. The idea of Ben and someone like him? I didn't like that. The idea of Ben and anyone else . . . I didn't like that at all either. ~ within Chapter 19

    Monday, August 16, 2010

    Made the Grade: Elphame’s Choice [Young Adult Parthalon Book] by P. C. Cast

    Format: Kindle Edition | File Size: 468 KB | Release Date: October 2009 | Publisher: Harlequin Teen

    "Elphame’s Choice" [Young Adult Parthalon Book] by P. C. Cast

    My Book Summary : This book takes up after the Divine Series (if you don't want to read the whole series, then just read "Divine By Blood" and you should be able to get caught up in the background info -- but you don't need to), set in Parthalon. Ever since Elphame (El) was born, she has been set apart from her society. Not by her own doing but because she is the first child --- in their world whom to have parents that are a human mother and a centaur father, which isn't uncommon in their world --- to be a unique mix of both her parents. Because of her physical appearance, she is said to have been blessed by their Goddess, but even so, Elphame cannot seem to ever feel like herself with anyone outside of her family, since everyone it seems to want to put her on a pedestal but never find out whom she truly is. Years pass and things don't really change until she decides to move to a run-down castle, called the MacCallan Castle, and fix it up with the help of her younger brother and others who would like to make a name for themselves. And once there she will start what fate has planned for her...

    My Book Review : 3.5 out of 5 stars! I really enjoyed this story!!! I loved the new characters, the mixed races, and the love interests!! *hehee* Plus, the secondary story about her brother wasn't bad either. However, I'm not that big of fan about the ending. For one thing, I would have liked to have read an epilogue since it kind of leaves everything that is happening between them up to your imagination. And for another thing, I really wish the people who died didn't since I liked them, however I think I have an inkling of what will happen in "Brighid’s Quest" because of the events that happened in this book and because I wanted them to get together more so then the two that did in this book. *sigh* Sorry to be confusing but I can't really explain it any better without giving the story away ... so you'll just have to read it! =0)

    My Previous Review(s) for the authors books that take place in 'Parthalon' : Divine By Blood

    My Previous Review(s) for this Author : Tempted | The Avenger | Burned

    Book Teaser(s) :
    "They're beautiful," she whispered.
    Lochlan jerked his head back as if she had slapped him. "Do not say such a thing in jest."
    "Why would I be jesting?" Hating the hurt she saw in his eyes, she unlaced a hand from around his neck. "May I touch them?"
    He could not speak; he could only nod his head slowly, as if he were moving through deep water.
    Without hesitation, Elphame's hand lifted to touch the part of one wing that was apread over his left shoulder. ~ within Chapter 16
    For more information on this book and/or any other books by P. C., then please check out her website.

    Saturday, August 14, 2010

    Feasted On: Best Intentions [A Ghost Cats Story] by Mandy M. Roth

    Format: Kindle Edition | File Size: 342 KB | Release Date: July 2010 | Publisher: Samhain Publishing

    "Best Intentions" [A Ghost Cats Story] by Mandy M. Roth

    My Book Summary : All Lillian (Lily) is looking for is a one night stand. She plans on renting a cabin at this establishment she heard her friend mention before, get a room, and hook up with a man for the weekend ... with no strings attached. However, she never expected to find a man like Brayen (Bray), a man who she was attracted to like no other and someone who she might just want to spend more then one night with.

    Humans aren't usually able to see his bar and motel from the road, so when Bray sees this sexy human come into his office asking for a cabin to rent for the night he is thrown for a loop. Especially when he starts feeling drawn to her like never before, and even though he knows that he shouldn't let himself get involved with her there is no way he able to keep himself away from her for long.

    But by the time the night is over, will Lily still plan that this is only a weekend fling or can Bray convince her that she is the love of his life before it's too late?

    My Book Review : 4 out of 5 stars! The storyline was great! For having it be such a short novel it definitely plays out well, and has surprises you would have first thought in there too. Plus it doesn't hurt that the characters are great to read about, I loved them all ... well except Lewis as he was a jackass. But anyway I hope you'll like this book as much as I did if not more!!

    Book Teaser(s) :
    "So you're alone?"
    Her gaze darted away and her scent changed. She was hiding something or someone. Brayen leaned forward, his hand skating up her arm, making her shiver. "There isn't anyone else, is there?
    Her dark eyes widened and her pulse quickened. "W-what?"
    "Do you," he stressed, "have someone else at home? A boyfriend maybe?"
    She used her free hand to rub her ear as she took a deep breath. "No." ~ within Chapter 2
    For more information on this book, series and/or any other books by Mandy, then please check out her website.

    Friday, August 13, 2010

    Made the Grade: Forces of Nature Series, Book 2

    Format: Kindle Edition | File Size: 523 KB | Release Date: August 2010 | Publisher: Samhain Publishing

    "Whirlpool" [Forces of Nature Series, Book 2] by Vivian Arend

    My Book Summary : Chelsea has wanted to be with Braden for as long as she can remember, but other than the occasional flirt, he has kept her at arms length, more so now than ever before. However, over the past year he has been keeping the other guys from Jaffrey’s Cove (and their pod) away from her too, since he doesn't want anyone else to have her either, even though the people in their community (the merfolk) are known to share their females with one other man besides themselves. Yet every time Braden thinks of sharing Chelsea with any other guy, jealousy sweeps through him.

    Chelsea has a plan though ... when Jamie comes into their life to help sort/catalog the items in Alexis' (the pod's ruler) house she plans to have some fun with him to make Braden get jealous enough to want to have more with her. However, soon a friendship blooms between Jamie and Chelsea, and now she's thinking about starting something up with him. Yet she's scared about losing out on Braden too.

    But when they find that everyone has an instant connection to each other ... the heat turns up another notch!

    My Book Review : 3 out of 5 stars, in truth if I didn't enjoy the sex scenes then I probably would have given this a 2 out of 5 stars. The plot was kinda dumb, but I did enjoy finding out more about the merfolk from Jaffrey’s Cove and their society. The characters were okay, but I enjoyed reading from Jamie's view point the best, mostly because I like that he was finding out all about their world.

    For the most part the only way you won't enjoy reading the book on some level is if you don't like reading about gay love/lovemaking. Since yes they have a threesome (more than once), but since the guys aren't related (like they were in the first novel) they get into some kissing and more with each other. Therefore, if you aren't okay with reading that type of thing then I don't recommend this book for you.

    I hope that once this series grows up a bit more the author will decide on writing a book about Thomas. Since he made an appearance in the first book and this one, so I can't wait to read his story. =0)

    My Previous Review(s) for this Series : Book 1

    My Previous Review(s) for this Author : Wolf Games

    Book Teaser(s) :
    "Who the hell made you my moral adviser? Is it your job to go around seeing that all the merfolk are screwing only approved partners? I've heard about every one of your exploits, and you have the balls to say sex with me would be wrong? Don't be suck a fucking hypocrite. Face it, Braden either you want me or you don't."
    She held out her arms and pivoted on the spot, letting her arms rise about her head until she was back facing him, breast thrust forward, legs parted. He stared at her, still expressionless and she gave up. Her heart was breaking inside as she lowered her arms. ~ within Chapter 4
    For more information on this book, series and/or any other books by Vivian, then please check out her website.

    Guest Post :: Literary Tearjerkers: The 15 Most Emotional Books You Will Ever Read

    Literary Tearjerkers: The 15 Most Emotional Books You Will Ever Read

    This guest post was contributed by ‘Love Reading’. Looking for a moving read? Give these titles a try:
    1. "The Perks of Being a Wallflower" by Stephen Chbosky

      • Young, intelligent, and too sensitive for his own good, protagonist Charlie gets his first glimpses of life as he fumbles his way through freshman year of high school.

    2. "The Book Thief" by Markus Zusak

      • A brilliantly-crafted tale of Jews in the midst of World War II. Zusak is a master of words, and he uses them to their full potential in this moving, chilling tale narrated by Death.
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    Thursday, August 12, 2010

    Made the Grade: Perfect Chemistry Novel, Book 1

    Format: Paperback | Pages: 357 | Release Date: 2009 | Publisher: Walker & Company

    "Perfect Chemistry" [Perfect Chemistry Novel, Book 1] by Simone Elkeles

    My Book Summary : To those who don't know her Brittany is her high school's golden girl. She has blond hair, high class clothes, rich parents, a hot ride, she's dating the football star, and she seems just about perfect. However, her home life is completely different. Yes, her parents are still rich, but with an older sister with a disability her parents (especially her mother) put more pressure on her to make sure she acts/looks perfect so that nobody has the ability to start talking bad about them. Because of this facade she has been putting on for others outside her house, it has made it so she doesn't let many people (if any) get close to her.

    Alejandro (Alex) lives for the day since he is never sure if he'll live to see the next. When he was six-years-old his father died in front of him, and he swore he wasn't going to be anything like his father, but now 12 years later he's in the same gang (Latino Blood) as his father was. He doesn't want to be a part of Latino Blood, but to make sure he protects his family he is and he know that the only way out would to be beaten to death by the members or killed by someone outside of his gang, and neither look like interesting options. Plus, nothing is more important to him then his family.

    Now it's their senior year in high school and they get paired up together as Chemistry partners, despite their objections to their teacher. Working together at first is hard since they both have their own opinions of each other. However, as time passes they find that despite their lifestyles they have more in common then they originally thought.

    Soon they start to find being together comes with a price of friends, family, and the loyalty to those they originally believed were there for them. Thankfully their best friend still have their backs up until the end, but how will they be able to deal with a town that is set out against them? And when Alex finds out more about his father murder all those years ago, will he be able to avenge his father or will his fate be the same as his father's?

    My Book Review : 3.5 out of 5 stars! This story is kinda like "West Side Story" since you have the gangs (even though Brittany or her family isn't involved in one themselves) and the romance where everything is set up against them. I like that the book is written from both view points of the main characters! I wasn't sure I was going to like this book, mostly because I saw the author video for it (which is below) and the Brittany character was portrayed as a really flighty person, however once I started reading the book I feel in love with the main characters! They had more depth then I expected (because of the video) and I started routing for them immediately! =0)

    Author Book Trailer :
    *View the 'Making Of' Video for the video above, click here.

    Book Teaser(s) :
    "So you understand why I'd freak out if my parents find out we're . . . friends."
    "You'd get in trouble? Shit, you're eighteen. Don't you think you can be friends with who you want to by now? The umbilical cord's been cut, you know."
    "You don't understand."
    "Try me."
    "Why do you want to know so much?"
    "Aren't chem partners supposed to know a lot about each other?"
    She gives a short laugh. "I hope not."
    Truth is, this girl isn't what I thought she'd be. From the moment I told her about my dad, it was as if her entire body sighed in relief. As if someone else's misery comforted her, made her feel as if she wasn't alone. I still can't understand why she cares so much, why she chooses the I-am-flawless facade to show the world. ~ within Chapter 24
    For more information on this book, series and/or any other books by Simone, then please check out her website. Also, check out PerfectChemistryTheBook.com.

    Wednesday, August 11, 2010

    "Waiting On" Wednesday: Mini Shopaholic

  • Today's "Waiting On" Wednesday by Jill - click here

  • "Mini Shopaholic" [Shopaholic Series, Book 6] by Sophie Kinsella (aka Madeleine Wickham)
    Publication Released Date: September 21, 2010

    Author's Book Description:
      The world's favourite economically challenged heroine is back... with a small friend in tow...

      Becky Brandon (née Bloomwood) thought motherhood would be a breeze and that having a daughter was a dream come true a shopping friend for life! But it s trickier than she thought two-year-old Minnie has a quite different approach to shopping.

      She can create havoc everywhere from Harrods to Harvey Nicks to her own christening. She hires taxis at random, her favourite word is "Mine", and she s even started bidding for designer bags on ebay.

      On top of everything else, there s a big financial crisis. People are having to Cut Back including all of Becky s personal shopping clients and she and Luke are still living with Becky's Mum and Dad. To cheer everyone up, Becky decides to throw a surprise birthday party on a budget but then things become really complicated.

      Who will end up on the naughty step, who will get a gold star and will Becky's secret wishes come true?

    This series is sooo cute!! I cannot believe some of the things that Becky has gotten herself into and out of! And I can't WAIT to find out about her daughter!! =0) Check out teasers from this book here!!

    My Previous Review(s) for this Author : The Wedding Girl | The Gatecrasher

    Book Extract Videos for the Shopaholic Series, Book 6 [aka Mini Shopaholic]

    Have you read any of the books from the Shopaholic Series by Sophie Kinsella (aka Madeleine Wickham) yet? If not I really think you should ... especially when "Mini Shopaholic" [Shopaholic Series, Book 6] comes out on September 21, 2010!!! YAY!

    Check out these "teasers" (extracts) from "Mini Shopaholic":


    Tuesday, August 10, 2010

    Feasted On: The Midnight Trilogy, Book 1

    Format: Kindle Edition | File Size: 337 KB | Release Date: April 2008 | Publisher: Kensington Brava Books

    "Hotter After Midnight" [The Midnight Trilogy, Book 1] by Cynthia Eden

    My Book Summary : Colin is a detective, but also shifter who grew up in foster care making it so he doesn't know much about the Other world, and even less about his kind. Emily isn't your 'typical therapist' she is what other people like to call the "Monster Doctor," meaning her clients are mostly (if not all) part of the Other world (shifters, vampires, etc), but she screens them first so she only takes those she believes are "nice." In addition, even though Emily is a human, she is also an empath, making her able to read the minds of all of those in the Other world and pinpoint what they are before they tell her.

    Recently, Colin has gotten a case that deals with a series of killings happening in the area, and the main suspect happens to be a shifter. Colin's chief brings on Emily help the case, since her ability would really help them find the killer faster, hopefully.

    However, Colin has always kept those around him in the blind about what he is, he gets very edgy about having the good doc get to close to him. Emily has a few secrets of her own she would like to keep hidden. But when some of the killings hit closer to home some things from her past just won't stay buried, and she turns to Colin bringing them closer then they could have dreamed. But can to people fall in love, overcome their differences, and hunt the bad guy before the bad guy has a chance to rip them apart forever?

    My Book Review : 4 out of 5 stars!! I think this one might just be my favorite Cynthia Eden book that I've read of hers thus far!! The characters were fresh, the book was inviting --drawing me in so much so that I didn't want to put it down-- and it keeps you guessing about who the killer might me the whole way through!! It's a sexy and thrilling read that will instantly make you addicted to this series!

    My Previous Review(s) for this Author : Eternal Hunter | Immortal Danger

    Author Book Trailer :

    Book Teaser(s) :
    "Brooks is the one who handles the reporters." He jerked his thumb toward his partner who was just now leaving the staging area. "He's got the pretty-boy face that always looks good on camera."
    Well, she thought Colin would look pretty good on camera too. Emily tensed. Damn. They really needed to talk, to clear the air.
    But now was hardly the time and---
    "Dr. Drake!"
    Emily turned at Darla's call. Found the woman making a beeline straight for her. Jake tagged along in her wake.
    Darla paused two feet away from her. A smug smile curved her lips. "I've got a few questions for you."
    Colin stepped forward. "She's done talking about the case."
    "Umm, well, it's not about the case. Not really."
    At her Cheshire cat look, Emily got a very, very bad feeling in her gut. "What do you want to know?" ~ within Chapter 9
    For more information on this book, series, and/or any other books by Cynthia, then please check out her website.

    Sunday, August 8, 2010

    Feasted On: The Iron Fey Series, Book 2

    Format: Kindle Edition | File Size: 369 KB | Release Date: July 2010 | Publisher: Harlequin Teen

    "The Iron Daughter" [The Iron Fey Series, Book 2] by Julie Kagawa

    My Book Summary : Meghan is at it again ... now after traveling from her home to the Winter Court (in "Winter's Passage") with Prince Ash, he seems to be no where in site leaving her to fend for herself amongst a court where everyone hates her (it seems). Including Ash himself, as she finds out while she is fending off an attack from his older brother, Rowan, Ash states that he wants nothing to do with her. With despair around her heart, she awaits for the exchange of the Scepter of the Seasons from the Seelie Court to the Unseelie Court. Once the exchange comes she finds herself in a whole lot of trouble, with the Iron fey sneaking into the Winter Court to steal in Scepter right from under their noses. However, since she was there when the thievery took place Queen Mab believes she had something to do with it and plans to go to war with the Summer Court because of it.

    After this announcement from Queen Mab, Ash seems to do a 180° and tries to help Meghan escape from the Winter Court, which consequently makes him a traitor to his people. So, now they're both on the run in search of the Scepter of Seasons to get it back from the Iron fey and to return it to Queen Mab.

    However, whom will help them? Will they get it in time before the war starts and the Iron fey can do more harm to Nevernever? Will Ash's feelings for Meghan return?

    My Book Review : 4 out of 5 stars! ♥ Okay ... it had a slow start but I really enjoyed it in the end. All-in-all Ash threw me for a loop with everything he did in this book. And with all the new things happening to Meghan I cannot wait to see what will happen in book 3!!! Poor Puck -- that guy seems to always get the short end of the stick. =0( BTW -- I love Ethan he's soo sweet!

    My Previous Review(s) for this Series : Book 1 | Novella 1

    Book Teaser(s) :
    "We can't worry about that now." I shook off his hand. "The scepter is more important. Besides, that's what I have you for." I smiled at him, and turned to Ironhorse. "All right, Ironhorse. We have a deal. Take us to the scepter."
    "Finally." Grimalkin stood and stretched, bottlebrush tail curling over his back. "You make decisions as slowly as you answer Summonings, human. I do hope this will not become a habit."
    "Wait. You're coming, too? Why?"
    "I am bored." Grimalkin waved his tail languidly. "And you are always entertaining...except when I am waiting for you to arrive, of course. Besides, the lieutenant and I have business, as well." ~ within Chapter 10
    For more information on this book, series and/or any other books by Julie, then please check out her website. Also, check out EnterTheFaeryWorld.com.

    Friday, August 6, 2010

    Idolizing In: The Vanguards Series, Book 2

    Format: Kindle Edition | File Size: 238 KB | Release Date: June 2010 | Publisher: Lyrical Press, Inc.

    "The Alpha" [The Vanguards Series, Book 2] by Annie Nicholas

    My Book Summary : Two years ago Spice took off on her own and headed into Las Vegas, leaving her sister behind in Chicago. Now she's back with only the clothes on her back, and finding that the people she thought she knew have changed, but mostly in good ways.

    Eric is excited to have Spice back, especially now that his has grown out of his nerdy-boy-next-door phase and sees the heat in her eyes when she looks at him. He has loved and wanted her for so long. But things have changed for Eric, since Spice left he has been turned into a werewolf and is now he is his pack's Alpha. Also, his pack really wants him to have a mate and the ladies are challenging each other for that honor whether he likes it or not. So, unless he finds a way that he can have Spice for a mate, even though she's human, then his pack my force him to have a mate who he doesn't want.

    Will they find a way to be together forever? Or will they have to agree with just having an affair on the side?

    My Book Review : 5 out of 5 stars!!! I didn't read the first book in this series but you really don't need to. Spice and Eric make such a cute couple!! I feel in love with this book just because of them, and I recommend this book for anyone who wants to read a quick love story! ♥

    Author Book Trailer :

    Book Teaser(s) :
    He never told her his secret. Guilt threaded itself around his heart. First thing tomorrow, he'd confess. She did say nothing would drive her away from him. God, he hoped she really meant those words.
    He pulled her closer and buried his nose in her hair.
    The scent soothed him and his beast. She smelled like his. No other way to describe it. So much for keeping his beast under wraps, it liked Spice as much as he did. For once, they agreed on something. ~ within Chapter 5
    For more information on this book, series, and/or any other books by Annie, then please check out her website.

    Guest Post :: Visual Arts: 15 of the most spectacular contemporary artists

    Visual Arts: 15 of the most spectacular contemporary artists

    This guest post was contributed by contemporary art supplier You Are Art

    Sculpture
    Anish Kapoor is an exceedingly esteemed contemporary sculptor. His is most renowned for Cloud Gate, a steel, elliptical sculpture located in Millennium Park, Chicago, Ill. He is currently working on a public sculpture Temenos with Cecil Balmond which is expected to be completed by 2011.

    (Image Credit: Jeremy)


    Performance Art
    Cai Guo-Qiang is known for his “artistically choreographed shows incorporating fireworks and other pyrotechnics.” He represented China in the 1999 Venice biennial and is one of his homeland’s most respected artists. Until January 2011, his work ‘Cai Guo-Qiang: Travels in the Mediterranean’ will be showcased in the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Nice, France.

    (Image Credit: Bernard)

    Thursday, August 5, 2010

    What was I thinking?: Perfectly Dateless: A Universally Misunderstood Novel by Kristin Billerbeck

    Format: Paperback | Pages: 257 | Release Date: July 2010 | Publisher: Revell

    "Perfectly Dateless: A Universally Misunderstood Novel" by Kristin Billerbeck ( I read this as a part of Smitten With Books ARC Tours)

    What was I thinking? : Well, the cover was cute and the product description that Smitten With Books ARC Tours gave was cute too. I truthfully thought it was going to be a sweet/cute YA novel that I would breeze right through. Instead it was like I was beating my head up against a wall, just trying to finish the book at my normal reading pace, when all I wanted to do was stop. =0P

    My Book Summary : Daisy's life is based around her family and her beliefs, with that being said she has a lot of rules that her parents want her to live by. For the most part, she understands their fears, but after seventeen years being the "perfect daughter", she wants to spread her wings a bit more. So, her goal for her last year of high school is to get a date and go to Prom!! It's more so she will be able to say that she went more then anything, but to help her find the right guy she has a 'Prom Journal' to help her out. Her biggest problem is that her parents won't allow her to date, so she not only has to find a guy, but she has to convince her parents that this will be for the best.

    Before her senior year, she chooses five guys who she has set her sights on being her prom date. And once the school year beings some of them start getting crossed off her list quickly. But her main person that she wants to go to prom with is Chase. She has been in love with him since kindergarten and he has always been sweet to her. However, she doesn't really know how he feels about her and soon the most popular (and meanest to Daisy) is falling all over Chase looking like Daisy might not have a chance. To top it off a new guy (in her grade) Max has set his sights on her.

    In addition, Daisy and her best friend make plans on becoming more noticeable, but in doing so some of the decisions that are made have some consequences that they didn't expect. Will Daisy finally get to have more control over her life, and be able to attend prom with a date? Or will her parents succeed in keeping choosing her life and future for her?

    My Book Review : 1 out of 5 stars. I must be a part of the group of people who have misunderstood this book since I just didn't like it at all. I dunno, I mean the message of the book was good. And don't get me wrong I have read some Christian fiction books before and there were a few that I did like. But this one rubbed me the wrong way I guess. I really can't stand "preachy" books and Daisy's parents were very "preachy". However, I will admit that I liked how Daisy dealt with her parents, and she was a good main character. I'm not to sure about her best friend Claire. I really think Daisy should have found a new best friend, since while I thought Daisy's parents were "preachy", Claire pushed her views onto Daisy too and I have never liked that about people.

    Side note -- I just have to say ... where can I order myself a Max?! ALSO -- she has a great "fairy godmother" of a boss, which after you read the explanation of him is kind of surprising. =0)

    On the other hand, when going to Amazon.com there were quite a few positive reviews on the book -- so those of you who are fans of Christian books might like and appreciate this book more so then I did.

    Book Teaser(s) :
    Things are not looking from a male perspective. Gil had a girlfriend in high school, which makes me think I need a boyfriend, otherwise how is a guy going to know he has to ask me to the prom? I mean, without a boyfriend, I'm throwing caution to the wind, leaving it all to chance. And that is just not me. I don't take chances.
    All I know is the closer prom gets, the more pathetic my life becomes and the tighter my parents' grip seems to be. I am desperately close to losing all sense of sanity. Maybe that's too dramatic for four days of effort, but the results? Ugh, the results!
    ~ within Chapter 6
    For more information on this book and/or any other books by Kristin, then please check out her website.

    Wednesday, August 4, 2010

    Feasted On: All I Ever Wanted by Kristan Higgins

    Format: Paperback | Pages: 409 | Release Date: July 2010 | Publisher: HQN Books

    "All I Ever Wanted" by Kristan Higgins

    My Book Summary : Calliope (Callie) has loved Mark from afar ever since she had her first kiss with him when she was 14-years-old. Since then she has tried to gain Mark’s attention with little success. But as she got older, she became successful employee at Mark’s advertising agency, she has dated him (even though now he’s calling it a fling), he has broken up with her, and yet ... she still cannot get over him. So, being the people-pleaser she is, Callie tries to win him back over by being patient and doing little things. However, on her thirtieth birthday Mark makes her knees weak with his hotness, gives her a cute gift, and tells her ... his girlfriend (Muriel) is going to be an employee at his agency.

    Callie is devastated! She leaves the office as quickly as she can to renew her driver’s license at the DMV and to just get away fast before she breaks down in front of him, only to have to deal with an rude customer at the DMV, and to talk to an unsympathetic sister on the phone.

    Her best friend tells her it’s time to find someone new and gets her involved with online dating. She also, finds out that there is a new veterinarian in town, so she takes her dog into see him (planning to flirt and hopefully win him over) only to find that he just happens to be the rude customer from the DMV! She also finds out that his name is Ian and he has some personal issues of his own to deal with. Plus, it just so happens to feel like he is now everywhere she turns, and he always seems to catch her in some precarious situations. However, after one meeting with her niece’s Brownie troop visiting his clinic, they talk about her doing a little PR work for him to improve his image with the community -- much to Callie’s delight, as she loves her job!

    As they work together, things start heating up between them, but Ian is adamant that he isn’t looking for a relationship -- so for a while they are just friends. Meanwhile, things at work are getting worse. Muriel is taking over -- so it seems -- and making Callie do twice the amount of work, by working on campaigns that was originally fine and having her start over with them.

    Then just when things are looking up for Callie, Mark throws another wrench into the situation -- what will she do? Will she ever be able to move into a stable relationship with someone other than Mark (maybe with Ian) or will she forever want someone she cannot have?

    My Book Review : 4.5 out of 5 stars!!! Okay this is about a girl who just wants to find that special someone and fall happily-ever-after. And even though she has been through some hard times, she has never lost her hope. Especially not with her happily-ever-after chair that she got when she was 8-years-old, but she saves that chair for special occasions only. Callie has an eclectic family, good friends (most of them anyway), and has a great dog. Ian has had some hard times growing up, a tough childhood, and even more issues currently. He keeps to himself but Callie is determined to open him up a bit.

    What can I say I LOVED the dogs, Ian's and Callie's, the author always has some type of pet for her main characters and she hit the nail-on-the-head with these two. Plus .. Callie's grandfather, Noah, was adorable! I loved the banter between Callie and him! And last but not least ... I just have to say that Muriel and Fleur are both bitches -- I am SOOOO HAPPY with what happens to them!!

    My Previous Review(s) for this Author : Just One of the Guys | The Next Best Thing

    Author Book Trailer :

    Book Teaser(s) :
    Around ten, there was a ruckus in the hallway. "Give me ten minutes, Damien!" Mark snapped. Uh-oh. He rarely lost his cool in the office. Trouble in paradise? Betty Boop perked up.
    Mark strode right into my office, which seemed to shrink instantly.
    "Hey, Mark," I said, giving him a big smile.
    He didn't smile back. Instead, he closed the door and put his hands on his hips. "What's this I hear about you doing some freelance work for some vet?" ~ within Chapter 11
    For more information on this book and/or any other books by Kristan, then please check out her website.

    Tuesday, August 3, 2010

    Follow Jess -- August 2010 Contest/Giveaway!

    Okay ... I have had this blog for over 2 years now, and because I can't make up my mind on what I want to do (i.e. my blog name being so long -- which I don't think I'll ever change), I don't really have that much of a following. SO .... here is my first contest to see if that will change!! I'm hoping to give something away, maybe, once a month or every other month ... but of course that all depends on my money situation at the time. But here we go ....

    PRIZE :: "Beat The Reaper" by Josh Bazell

    Author's Book Description:
      Dr. Peter Brown is an intern at Manhattan’s worst hospital. He has a talent for medicine, a shift from hell, and a past he’d prefer to keep hidden. Whether it’s a blocked circumflex artery or a plan to land a massive malpractice suit, he knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men.

      Pietro “Bearclaw” Brnwna is a hit man for the mob, with a genius for violence, a well-earned fear of sharks, and an overly close relationship with the Federal Witness Protection Program. More likely to leave a trail of dead gangsters than a molecule of evidence, he’s the last person you want to see in your hospital room.

      Nicholas LoBrutto, aka Eddy Squillante, is Dr. Brown’s new patient, with three months to live and a very strange idea: that Peter Brown and Pietro Brnwa might — just might — be the same person . . .

      Now with the mob, the government, and death itself descending on the hospital, Peter has to buy time and do whatever it takes to keep his patients, himself, and his last shot at redemption alive. To get through the next eight hours — and somehow beat the Reaper.

      Spattered in adrenaline-fueled action and bone-saw-sharp dialogue, Beat the Reaper is a debut thriller so utterly original you won’t be able to guess what happens next, and so shockingly entertaining you won’t be able to put it down.

    RULES ::
    1. This contest will run until August 31st, and whoever earns the most points by that date WINS!!
    2. The whole point of this contest if you follow me, and fill out the form below then you are entered!
    3. Original Followers (the 11 of you), will start off with one point for yourselves. To earn more points ask your friends or your own followers to sign up too! -- But you need to fill out the form below to get entered into this contest! --
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    Monday, August 2, 2010

    Disappointmentville: The Ex Games by Jennifer Echols

    Format: Kindle Edition | File Size: 486 KB | Release Date: September 2009 | Publisher: Simon Pulse

    "The Ex Games" by Jennifer Echols

    My Book Summary : Four years ago, Hayden and her family moved from Tennessee to Colorado. During that time, she was in seventh grade, just recovered from a broken leg, and was swept up in being Nick's girl -- who was the hottest & richest boy at her new school -- even though they've only been on a few dates. But while on a date at the local movie theatre she found out that the only reason Nick was dating her was because of a bet with his friends, and once she found out instead of crying she bitched him out in front of everyone at the theatre (including a lot of kids from their grade).

    Now they’re exes and over the years they have gotten into a habit of flirting, Nick playing tricks on her, and arguing/fighting with each other. However, during the day before their high school’s winter break they both find themselves in the hallway talking to each other and sitting mighty close together. Something’s in the air but Hayden isn’t quite sure what. She has wanted to be with Nick again ever since they had their fight four years ago but things always got in the way. Plus, it doesn’t help that she’s not sure she can trust him. Also, even though they both happen to be single right now, ever since they broke up, Nick’s longest relationship lasts only about two to three dates, and Hayden doesn’t want to just end up like all of his other girls.

    During winter break Hayden wins a snowboarding competition, afterwards she celebrates with her friends, their boyfriends, and Nick. While they are all talking about her competition Nick says that she only won because she was against girls, but if she went up against a boy of her age bracket she would loose. This, of course, starts an argument between the girls and the guys, and ending with Nick and Hayden going against each other that following Saturday (Valentine’s Day) in a comp to see who’s the better boarder.

    While the pressure for who will win the comp builds and it seems that the whole town is taking a side, Hayden and Nick go back and forth on getting together again or just arguing with each other and staying sort-of friends. On top of that, Nick is having family issues and Hayden is trying to conquer her fear of heights ... will they be able to fight the odds and realize what is happening between them? Or will they not make up and keep playing the game they’ve been playing since they broke up in seventh grade?

    My Book Review : 2 out of 5 stars, because I liked the concept but Nick and Hayden bickered way to much for me to enjoy it. It was like the first time someone said something wrong the other person would chop off the other's head by any means necessary. However, I did like the relationship between Hayden and her younger brother ... their back-and-forth was very entertaining. =0)

    My Previous Review(s) for this Author : Forget You

    Book Teaser(s) :
    Hayden, she's a red-haired lass
    Doing nose-grabs by the score
    Gonna kick some Krieger ass
    Maybe she needs one day more
    Wants to snowboard off the jump
    Not today, she's filled with sorrow
    Scared she'll lose her steeze and biff
    Gonna kick some ass tomorrow. ~ within the Chapter titled 'lemon grab'
    "Dish, Hayden," exclaimed a gossip-seeking girl who skied directly into my path. "It would be soooo cute if you and Nick got together after he sealed your backpack inside that plaster of Paris volcano last year."
    Liz giggled and elbowed me. "I'd forgotten all about that one!"
    "But my friends say no way," the girl went on. "Nick hates you. Which is it?"
    I shrugged. "I guess you'll have to ask Nick." And if she found out, I hoped she'd pass that info along to me. ~ within the Chapter titled 'jib'
    For more information on this book and/or any other books by Jennifer, then please check out her website.

    Sunday, August 1, 2010

    Made the Grade: Immortal Danger by Cynthia Eden

    Format: Kindle Edition | File Size: 262 KB | Release Date: March 2009 | Publisher: Kensington Brava Books

    "Immortal Danger" by Cynthia Eden

    My Book Summary : Five years ago Maya was just a good cop doing her job in keeping the streets clean, but then she got turned into a vampire and her murderers that she protected the city from have now changed from human to demon - were's - and even her own kinda ... vampires. However, even though she protects L.A. mostly on her own, she rarely takes jobs helping to save others. So, when Adam tracks her down and tells her he needs her help to save his niece, at first, she tries her damnedest no to take the job, saying she's not a helper. But when he doesn't take that answer all bets are off ... she stuck into helping him whether she likes it or not.

    Though after Maya taking his blood as part of her payment during that first night together they both realize that they are attracted to each other more so then they could have predicted, even with Adam great dislike of all vampires. Plus, with Adam keeping secrets about himself from her who knows where things will lead .... But as a new day approaches and it brings them that much closer to where the child is being kept, they'll find fate as more in store for them then they ever would have believed.

    My Book Review : 3.5 out of 5 stars! The chemistry between Maya and Adam burns the pages .... I couldn't put the book down! Especially since you are never quite sure what he has up his sleeve, but Adam was able to charm me just from the pages! And since he's secret isn't one you usually read about, I really liked how the author portrayed it! In truth I think the author could have made a trilogy or small series just out of these two characters. The only reason that this book didn't get a hire score from me was because the ending was good ... but not great ... with all the build up I wish it could have been better.

    My Previous Review(s) for this Author : Eternal Hunter

    Author Book Trailer :

    Book Teaser(s) :
    "Maya..."
    She didn't glance back at him as she said, "You were pretty out of it when we left Blood Rock, so you probably don't remember our little friend taking a drive with us."
    "You knocked me out! Dragged me here---"
    Her hand shoved against his chest, sending him slamming back against the tiled wall. Water soaked her arm and fingers. "Do you remember what happened the last time you pissed me off? 'Cause you wouldn't shut the hell up?" ~ within Chapter 9
    For more information on this book, series, and/or any other books by Cynthia, then please check out her website.
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