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Monday, October 31, 2011

Feasted On: That Old Black Magic Series, Book 1

Format: E-Copy | File Size: 828 KB | Release Date: October 2010 | Publisher: Samhain Publishing | Obtained: Jodi Redford

"That Voodoo You Do" [That Old Black Magic Series, Book 1] by Jodi Redford

My Book Summary : Jemma has always known that she was adopted. However, she is about to realize that her life will be forever changed once her past comes to haunt and hunt her ..... literally!

It starts out that she decides to finally seduce her best friend, Griff, which turns into one hot night of passion, but by the next morning her life and heart will be forever changed. Since the sex they have unlocks her witchy powers and turns into a beacon for an angry dead Voodoo Queen that seeks nothing but Jemma's death and world domination.

To top all that off, along with learning how to defeat a very powerful and dead Voodoo Queen, the guild of witches want to separate Jemma and Griff as they say their relationship is "illegal." Will Jemma be able to deal with all of these new changes while being able to keep herself and those she loves alive?? And if so, can Griff and her be able to prove to everyone that they are meant to stay together??

My Book Review : 4.5 out of 5 stars!! This is an addicting story about a woman who comes into her destiny in a way she would never have expected. Jemma and Griff make a great pair from their friendly banter to their steamy sex scenes!! Plus I really liked the aspect of reading about witches and their "familiars," since I'm not used to reading about that sort of thing it was interesting doing so.

So, I recommend this book for all of those who like reading about witches learning their craft, voodoo queens trying to take over the world, and/or best friends taking their relationship to the next level!!

FYI -- There are some HOT m/f & m/f/m scenes!!!

Book Teaser(s) :
Talk about a truly awe-inspiring spectacle. Particularly since Logan just so happened to be buck naked.
A female would have to be blind not to be left gaping at the outrageous display of man candy. Fortunately she’d been gifted with 20/20 vision.
Clarissa joined them, her cheeks wearing an identical shade of red as the rhododendron blooms in the distance. “For goddess’s sake, Logan, how many times do I have to ask you not to shift like that out in the open?” Clearing her throat, she averted her gaze. “You know how it embarrasses Peach.”
Jemma glanced sideways and spied the older woman vigorously cleaning her spectacles. Stuffing her hankie back in her pocket, Ms. Peach returned to ogling Logan’s dangly man bits. Oh yeah, clearly the woman was mortified. ~ within Chapter 7
For more information on this book, series, and/or any other books by Jodi, then please check out her website.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Made the Grade: Baby Times Three Series, Book 2

Format: Paperback | Pages: 250 | Release Date: January 2003 | Publisher: Silhouette Books | Obtained: Friends of the Pasquotank-Camden Library - Fall Book Sale

"Maybe My Baby" [Baby Times Three Series, Book 2] by Victoria Pade

My Book Summary : Emmy has recently been promoted to becoming the director of a grant foundation (that she's been working at for years) and is now dealing with part of the job that her predecessor kept complaining about, checking out the locations who are requesting the grants. Her first location to check out for possible grant funding is in the middle of Alaska, where she will be for a week and meets the main doctor, Aiden. Aiden who is her age (instead of in his 70's or so like the men at her job), dangerously handsome, and charming .... it would be easy for her to fall for him. Except that she needs to keep her head in the game (aka her job), that means no fraternizing with the the sexy doctor or with the mysterious cute baby that recently arrived on Aiden's doorstep. However, as the days go by, it's hard to stay away and detached from this charming man and cute baby boy for long, so what will she do when it's time for her to leave??

My Book Review : 3 out of 5 stars ... this is a cute story about a guy and a girl, each hurt from their past relationships by similar situations, who try to do their jobs but when they are in such proximity to each other 24/7 for a week straight anything can happen ... and it does!!

The ending of the book --- wasn't my favorite --- it was going so good then it completely dropped ... then it was like Emmy suddenly had a "AH HA" moment I guess. So, I dunno ... the ending just could have been better.

All in all, though, the book was good. I'd recommend it to those that like the "soft" type of romance books!

Book Teaser(s) :
Aiden was nowhere in sight, but from what sounded like his bedroom, he added, "I'll be right out. Mickey just anointed my shirt. I have to change into a clean one."
So, only a few feet away, Aiden was bare-chested....
Emmy's mouth went dry as she imagined how wonderful he must look without a shirt on. Broad, naked shoulders. Hard pectorals. A flat, washboard stomach.
Did he have hair on his chest? she wondered. A little? A lot?
"No rush," she answered, somewhat belatedly and in a voice that cracked slightly. But she chanted silently, Professionalism and self-restraint. Professionalism and self-restraint. ~ within Chapter 5
For more information on this book, series, and/or any other books by Victoria, then please check out her on the Goodreads' website.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

When & Where Are You? Thursdays: Maybe My Baby

When & Where Are You? Thursdays is a weekly meme, hosted by Jess from From Me to You ... Video, Photography, & Book Reviews. This is open for anyone & everyone!! To participate here's what you need to do:
  • Based on the book your currently reading -- tell us when and where you are in your book, and possibly what your doing or who you are with.
  • It doesn't have to be long, just two sentences or so.
  • Try not to include spoilers!!!
  • Be sure to share the book information [title, author and/or book cover] so if someone likes what you write they can add that book to their TBR list.

Here is 'When & Where...' I am this week :
Right now ...

Emmy and I are following the handsome doctor, Aiden, of Boonesbury, Alaska, around to his out-of-town patients to see if what Boonesbury qualifies for the grant that Emmy has access to. As well as watching the sparks that are between Emmy and Aiden.

In: "Maybe My Baby" [Baby Times Three Series, Book 2] by Victoria Pade


Now ....

When & Where are YOU??

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Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Feasted On: The Magic Knot Series, Book 3

- This is an ARC book - Available Formats through Amazon.com: Paperback - Pages: 291; | Expected Release Date: November 1, 2011 | Publisher: Dorchester Publishing | Obtained: NetGalley

"The Ruby Kiss" [The Magic Knot Series, Book 3] by Helen Scott Taylor

My Book Summary : Nightshade is a Nightstalker fairy, a type of vampiric fairy, whose major goal in life is to free his little brother from ever having to become a pawn their father can use.

Ruby is half-human and half-(some kind of) fairy. Growing up her mother was obsessed with using Ruby to find Ruby's father again to be with him and now, years after her mother has passed away, she would like nothing more than to forget what her mother taught her about her father and his world, as she just wants to be normal.

One night they meet in unexpected circumstances. However, Ruby is very cautious about anything to do with the fairy/mystical realms and doesn't want to get close. Nightshade takes it personally and decides to leave her to continue with his personal quest against his father. Nevertheless, a few days later, when Nightshade realizes that Ruby is getting pushed into being used for her power by her father he vows to protect her. Especially when both of them seem to be drawn to each other, this seems to be a good thing. But when more than one-person wants Ruby for their personal gain, will Nightshade be able to keep his vow or will others keep them apart?

My Book Review : 4 out of 5 stars! For being the first in this series for me to read, I'll admit to now being hooked!! This novel has so many twists that you can never be sure of just where the story will take you. Then on top of that there are multiple back stories all mixed into this one, too make you keep guessing about what will happen in the next book. (Talking about the next book---I wonder who it'll be about as this one lines you up for at least three more possible books. I think at least.)

About the Characters:
• Nightshade is so sweet (in his own domineering way) and sensitive you can't but hope for everything to work out for him, especially when it seems everything is against him.

• Ruby is one hell of a woman! I have never, until now, read of a girl fitting her description playing the heroine before ... and I have to say I'm impressed with the author's decision since it really worked. Plus you gotta love the strong independent woman with the heart of gold routine! *wink*

• I do feel bad for Aila and Devin. I hope they'll have a book of their own where everything will work out for them. *crossing fingers*

• I agree with Ruby when she says that Troy is a psycho!! Even if he gets nicer at the end, or even if he gets his own book at some point to make me think better of him, I think I'll stick by that statement.

• Poor Twister. I really liked him as a character and I hope he'll find someone soon!!

All in all it's a wonderful novel and I think you (and me if I read more of them) will really enjoy this series! I recommend it to anyone who likes adult fantasy romance novels!!

Book Teaser(s) :
Teaser #1
"I thought Twister wanted to see you privately to discuss his plans. I hoped we could still talk him out of this madness."
"Now we can't?"
"In that bar he'll have buddies egging him on."
Ruby pulled up. Devin halted at her side with a lift of his eyebrows as she said, "Time for straight talking. I can't get out of the Bunker, right? Even if I could escape, Twister would come after me."
"That's about the size of it," Devin agreed.
"So we either get him to back down or I'm dog food." ~ within Chapter 10
For more information on this book, series, and/or any other books by Helen, then please check out her website.

"Waiting On" Wednesday: Taking A Shot

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

  • "Taking A Shot" [Play-by-Play Series, Book 3] by Jaci Burton
    Expected Publication Released Date: March 6, 2012

    Author's Book Description:
      If you want to score, you have to get in the game...

      The last thing Jenna Riley needs is more sports in her life. While her brothers are off being athletic superstars, she's stuck running the family's sports bar, whether she likes it or not. Then in walks pro hockey stud Tyler Anderson. As much as Jenna would like to go to the boards with him, she's vowed to never fall for a jock—even one as hot as Ty.

      Ty, intrigued by the beautiful bar owner, becomes a regular. He senses that Jenna wants to do something more with her life. And as he gains her trust, the passion between them grows, as does Ty's insistence that Jenna should start living for herself. With his encouragement, Jenna starts to believe it, too...

      But first, Jenna has to figure out what she wants, what she needs, who she loves, and if she has the passion and pride to take a shot at having it all—including Ty...

    Tuesday, October 25, 2011

    Teaser Tuesdays: The Ruby Kiss


  • Today's Teaser Tuesdays by MizB - click here


  • "The Ruby Kiss" [The Magic Knot Series, Book 3] by Helen Scott Taylor

    Book Teaser:
    "Two misunderstandings there: I'm not your woman, and I definitely do not want a baby right now. Surely you've had other lovers who didn't want babies?"
    He stared at her blankly for a moment, managing to look intimidating even in the nude. "The situation has never arisen. I usually prefer men."
    Ruby's mouth dropped open. For long seconds she couldn't think of anything to say. Then blood rushed to her head. ~ within Chapter 1

    Monday, October 24, 2011

    Feasted On: Bossman’s Baby Scandal by Catherine Mann

    Format: Paperback | Pages: 181 | Release Date: January 2010 | Publisher: Silhouette Desire | Obtained: Friends of the Pasquotank-Camden Library - Fall Book Sale

    "Bossman’s Baby Scandal" by Catherine Mann

    My Book Summary : Jason & Lauren had been collages and good acquaintances for over a year when saying goodbye to each other [as Jason was moving across the country into a new job] turned into a quick, HOT, passionate encounter that left them both wanting more. However, Lauren got scared by the passion they suddenly expressed to each other, and with them soon to be living in completely different locations, that Lauren convinces Jason that they shouldn't pursue anything between them.

    Now 4 months later ... Jason & Lauren hasn't heard from each other at all. So, when Jason gets a picture texted to him, by a mutual friend of theirs, of a pregnant Lauren he immediately knows it's his baby and flies back to NYC to talk to her about it and also see if she'll help him out by being his fake fiancee. When he gets there he finds that Lauren's business is having some hard times. So, he thinks she would go along with his plans with no problem, even if its just for the baby's sake, right?

    My Book Review : 4 out of 5 stars, this story is HOT and intriguing with two main characters that make you wish this story was longer!! Both Jason & Lauren are determined to never be a "trust-fund kid" but sometimes they are too determined in a way that they stay at arms length with anyone they could possibly get close to too. I really liked the banter between the main characters it definitely keeps the story flowing.

    I recommend this to anyone who enjoys a good steamy romance.

    Book Teaser(s) :
    Pure want pounded through his veins. "You made it clear our plans for the future didn't jibe."
    "That hasn't changed."
    "Everything has changed." He shifted in his seat, the leather creaking as he leaned closer to her.
    Her pupils dilated. She swayed nearer. Still he waited, taking his time to breathe in the fresh scent of her, the flowers and the greenery she worked with.
    He slid an arm along the back of her seat, just cupping her shoulder, absorbing the feel of her, remembering. Her curves fit into the curve of his arm, softer, fuller with the swell of pregnancy between them.
    He forced himself to move away. "This baby puts a whole new spin on priorities, and the sooner you accept that, the sooner we can move on to the good stuff."
    She flopped back with a frustrated sigh. "You have a one-track mind." ~ within Chapter 3
    For more information on this book and/or any other books by Catherine, then please check out her website.

    Saturday, October 22, 2011

    Made the Grade: Wish Upon A Star by Sarah Morgan

    - This is an ARC book - Available Formats through Amazon.co.uk: Paperback - Pages: 384; Kindle Edition - File Size: 591 KB; | Expected Release Date: October 7, 2011 | Publisher: Harlequin UK / Mills & Boon | Obtained: NetGalley

    "Wish Upon A Star" by Sarah Morgan



    "Christy" [Previously published as "The Christmas Marriage Rescue"]

    My Story Summary : Feeling that she was being left behind in her marriage, Christy thought the only way she could bring things around (and be noticed) is by leaving. Secretly hoping that her husband, Alessandro, would come for her, and their kids, and drag her home. However, that never happened. So now with the kids' Christmas break coming up and the number one thing on their Christmas lists are to have their family together for the holidays. Which give Christy the perfect excuse to go home, see her husband again, and possibly pick up the pieces of their marriage for the better.

    Unless, Alessandro didn't come after her because he really wants to get a divorce, but he can't want that .... right?

    My Story Review : 3 out of 5 stars. This was a cute and steamy story of a pair of stubborn and prideful people who are learning how to possibly save their marriage. It also helps that they have two nosy kids of their own that are willing to do anything to bring them back together too. All of the characters were great, plus the setting and hospital details I couldn't get enough of.

    Story Teaser :
    Alessandro eyed the dangerous glint in her eye and felt the hot burn of lust spread through his body. He'd always loved her passion and strength. The fact that she was afraid of nothing. 'You're a strong woman, that's true, querida,' he drawled, 'but---'
    'But nothing! Believe it or not, I still have a brain, Alessandro, and giving birth to your children hasn't changed that fact.' Passion and fire burned in her eyes and he was suddenly relieved that she'd put the knife down. ~ within Chapter 2


    "Miranda" [Previously published as "The Midwife's Christmas Miracle"]

    My Story Summary : Miranda just moved to the Lake District and is trying to make a new, and better, life for herself and her unborn baby. She thinks nothing of taking a walk to clear her head and think about what has happened in her life recently. That is until she comes out of her daydreams she was having on a rock to find that it's snowing and the snow is so high that she isn't sure how to make it back to the parking lot where she left her bike. This is how Jake finds and meets Miranda, then gets her to go back to his place to spend the rest of Christmas with him. As the day progresses he admits to himself that he likes Miranda and he wants to get to know her better.

    However, by the next day she has taken off without leaving her number for him, yet without meaning to he finds her later that day in his department at the hospital working there. Over the next couple of days, which turn into months, Jake takes it upon himself to take care of Miranda and find out the secrets she seems to be hiding and the reasons behind them. But will he be able to change Miranda's mind about never wanting to be in a romantic relationship again or will her secrets hold her back??

    My Story Review : 2.5 out of 5 stars. This was a sweet story of a fiercely independent woman and a very determined man who need each other more then either first realizes. However, even though Miranda is very reluctant to start anything, Jake plans to win her over at all costs made this story interesting.

    What I didn't like was how slow this story was in comparison to the first one. Blah .... it could have been a bit better. =0/

    Story Teaser :
    'Has anyone ever told you that you're controlling?'
    He smiled and strolled towards the door. 'Frequently. Blame it on the job. Occasionally I'm required to make instant, unilateral decisions. Sometimes that spills into my personal life.'
    She watched him leave, a small, regretful smile on her face. ~ within Chapter 6
    For more information on this book and/or any other books by Sarah, then please check out her website.

    Thursday, October 20, 2011

    When & Where Are You? Thursdays: Wish Upon A Star

    When & Where Are You? Thursdays is a weekly meme, hosted by Jess from From Me to You ... Video, Photography, & Book Reviews. This is open for anyone & everyone!! To participate here's what you need to do:
    • Based on the book your currently reading -- tell us when and where you are in your book, and possibly what your doing or who you are with.
    • It doesn't have to be long, just two sentences or so.
    • Try not to include spoilers!!!
    • Be sure to share the book information [title, author and/or book cover] so if someone likes what you write they can add that book to their TBR list.

    Here is 'When & Where...' I am this week :
    Right now ...

    I'm with Ben & Katy, Christy and Alessandro's kids, who are plotting ways to get their parents back together, or at least Katy is plotting and Ben is going along with her. Recently Katy just decided to have Ben spill a really sticky drink onto their couch so her parents will be force to share a bedroom together again.

    In: "Wish Upon A Star" by Sarah Morgan


    Now ....

    When & Where are YOU??

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    Wednesday, October 19, 2011

    Feasted On: The Wilder Books, Book 1

    - This is an ARC book - Available Formats through Amazon.com: Kindle Edition - File Size: 519 KB; | Expected Release Date: June 1, 2010 | Publisher: Griffyn Ink | Obtained: NetGalley

    "Kelsey's Song" [The Wilder Books, Book 1] by Lanie Kincaid

    My Book Summary : JD has been living in Nashville for a while now trying his hand at his dream of being in a famous band. As of right now ... he's in a really good band but they are still nowhere close to famous. However, he just recently got a major shock of his life ... he is also a father of a 5-year-old little girl, Andie, who he's never met before but since her mother recently past away he is now the legal guardian of. To make matters worse ... for him ... she is a terror and wants nothing to do with him.

    That is how Kelsey and her children, Daniel & Allie, meet JD & Andie with her throwing a huge tantrum at him while at Target. Kelsey decides to help out the situation, and actually does seem to help the situation a bit. Then they go their separate ways.

    However, not long after arriving home JD realizes that Kelsey lives in the house behind his condo, and they start to grow a friendship between them and they try to help each other in the challenges that arise between them about their kids. Months pass, and their friendship only gets that much stronger.

    Nevertheless, when both of their hearts gets thrown into the mix, making them each wish that there was more then friendship between them, but neither knowing how to take that next step without ruining what they have already .... causes more then one thing to go wrong. Will JD & Andie be able to prove that the only thing they need more then anything is Kelsey and her kids in their lives, before the miscommunication between them makes, them change their minds on what they want.

    My Book Review : 4.5 out of 5 stars! I've seen "Kelsey's Song" on my Amazon.com 'recommendations list' for a while now, and I am very happy I finally decided to read it!! This is a wonderful story about two people, JD & Kelsey, who are dealing with circumstances in their lives that they never planned and when they aren't sure how things could get any better they meet and teach each other just how to make their lives better for themselves!! JD & Kelsey were great main characters! I loved their relationship and easy friendship. Also, I really enjoyed reading about JD's band and everything that they go through to try to make it big.

    However, Kelsey's personal back story is a little confusing, I mean I understand the major things but I think I'd rather have it laid out a bit more. Otherwise ... I really could not get enough of this story! Especially during the times when you just wanted to smack both of the main characters for their behavior, it never turned into a time where I got annoyed with them, since the story really flows, touches the issues/problems the characters are having and then moves on to the next thing.

    I definitely recommend it to anyone who likes friendship turned romance stories!!

    Book Teaser(s) :
    Teaser #1
    Cowboy hat? She didn’t think she’d ever seen any of them in a cowboy hat. She was on the verge of laughing until he was right beside her.
    “Nice hat.”
    He looked sideways at where she still leaned against the pole. “Our big debut, and all you can say is ‘nice hat’?”
    “Yup.”
    She rolled her head to the side to see him under the brim. “You guys were awesome. That doesn’t surprise me. The crowd loved you. Expected. Brenda came by, seems to think you’re the next big thing. Of course. But the hat --- the hat is a shock.” ~ within Chapter 9
    For more information on this book, series, and/or any other books by Lanie, then please check out her on the Goodreads' website.

    "Waiting On" Wednesday: Unleashed

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

  • "Unleashed" [Wolf Springs Chronicles Series, Book 1] by Nancy Holder & Debbie Viguié
    Expected Publication Released Date: November 22, 2011

    Author's Book Description:
      Katelyn McBride’s life changed in an instant when her mother died. Uprooted from her California home, Katelyn was shipped to the middle of nowhere, Arkansas, to her only living relative, her grandfather. And now she has to start over in Wolf Springs, a tiny village in the Ozark Mountains. Like any small town, Wolf Springs has secrets. But the secrets hidden here are more sinister than Katelyn could ever imagine. It’s a town with a history that reaches back centuries, spans continents, and conceals terrifying truths. And Katelyn McBride is about to change everything.

      Broken families, ageless grudges, forced alliances, and love that blooms in the darkest night—welcome to Wolf Springs.

    Tuesday, October 18, 2011

    Teaser Tuesdays: Kelsey's Song


  • Today's Teaser Tuesdays by MizB - click here


  • "Kelsey's Song" [The Wilder Books, Book 1] by Lanie Kincaid

    Book Teaser:
    Kelsey had juggled what she was holding and got the door unlocked and was marching the kids inside when she heard her name.
    She looked up to see . . . nothing. But she heard it again. “Kelsey?”
    This time she saw JD from Target round the corner, wearing a true grin for the first time. “Kelsey? I thought you looked familiar.”
    She shooed the kids inside, and set down the groceries before stepping to the front porch and easing the door closed behind her. “You live there?” She pointed to the condos just behind her house.
    “Yeah, we just moved in.” ~ within Chapter 1

    Sunday, October 16, 2011

    Feasted On: Raised by Wolves Series, Book 2

    Format: Hardcover | Pages: 357 | Release Date: June 2011 | Publisher: Egmont USA | Obtained: Pasquotank-Camden Library

    "Trail By Fire" [Raised by Wolves Series, Book 2] by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

    My Book Summary : Bryn has been the Alpha of her Cedar Ridge Pack for a while now. Things are going great in day-to-day life, even with still having to go to school. That is until Thanksgiving Day (and during their school break) a weak and broken teenage werewolf gets dropped onto her front porch asking her for help, and bring with him a truck-load full of trouble.

    Will she be able to come out of this without a scratch? Or will she finally meet her match one way or another??

    My Book Review : 4 out of 5 stars! This sequel, of "Raised by Wolves,", has so many twists and turns that I was shocked by some of the events that occurred! This novel is suspenseful, sad, and endearing. It builds you up for the next installment of this series, expected to be released in June 2012. Which I can NOT wait for it to come out!!

    • I'm still very happy about the relationship between Chase & Byrn! However, I was scared, sad, and mad a few times in this novel because of the choices that were made between them .... but I'm happy with how everything turned out.

    • I'm very intrigued with who Byrn meets but 'can't quite touch' in her dreams, and how Callum's promise to her will change who she is for the better.

    Again ... I recommend this to everyone who loves paranormal YA stories!! Those who are fans of Jennifer Lynn Barnes, Gena Showalter, Stephenie Meyer, and who likes werewolf novels should enjoy this novel as much as I did!

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

    Book Teaser(s) :
    Apparently, keeping Archer out of my head was no protection against more mundane mind games. Even though I knew he was trying to get to me, I couldn't help staring at the image on the wall and wondering if he was right.
    "Admit it, little Byrn---they've done a real number on you. Not a werewolf, barely human. They took you and they raised you and they used you. You're just a kid, and you never even had a chance."
    I wasn't entirely sure how to reply. Blow me and screw you both seemed like strong contenders, but the peanut gallery in my head appeared to be favoring castration. ~ within Chapter 19
    For more information on this book, series, and/or any other books by Jennifer, then please check out her website.

    Friday, October 14, 2011

    Idolizing In: Raised by Wolves Series, Book 1

    Format: Hardcover | Pages: 418 | Release Date: June 2010 | Publisher: Egmont USA | Obtained: Pasquotank-Camden Library

    "Raised By Wolves" [Raised by Wolves Series, Book 1] by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

    My Book Summary : Bronwyn's (Bryn) life changed when she was 4-years-old and a Rabid werewolf slaughtered her family. Thankfully a local pack alpha, Callum, step in during the slaughter and stopped the Rabid from attacking Bryn at that time, and brought her into his clan to live (keeping her human).

    Now she's 15-years-old, a part of Callum's pack --- but not, since not everyone accepts having a human living among them after all this time. Recently Bryn finds out that there is a threat in Callum's territory but no one is willing to inform her of what the threat is, yet they are more protective of her then ever.

    After a while of being left in the dark Bryn decides to take matters into her own hands so, she can find out what's going on. However, what she ends up finding will change her world forever ....

    My Book Review : 5 out of 5 stars!! I have to agree, completely, with Melissa Marr when she said, "Quite simply, the most compelling YA werewolf book out there." And Ms. Marr is soo right! This novel/series takes on a new meaning in and of itself. Even though I've only read the first novel, thus far, but it was so heart-warming, intriguing, and mysterious that I didn't want to put it down even when I had too!

    • Bryn is mysterious from what happened to her in her past to who she is to who she becomes ... you really can never be sure what she'll do next, other then knowing she will do whatever she can to make things right.

    • Her relationship with her friends, Devon & Lake, had moments of hilarity to a seriousness that comes from years of friendship, and makes you wish you could join in the fun.

    • Chase! What can I say .... I loved him!! I hope they are okay and still together in the next book since I really really liked their relationship together!!

    • And okay I know that she had a VERY small role in this book but I could not get enough of Lily!! She sounded soooo cute! =0)

    I can't wait to read the next novel, "Trial by Fire," and I'm so excited to hear (off of Ms. Barnes website) that there will be a third book in the series that'll be released in June 2012!!

    I recommend this to everyone who loves paranormal YA stories!! Those who are fans of Jennifer Lynn Barnes, Gena Showalter, Stephenie Meyer, and who likes werewolf novels should enjoy this novel as much as I did!

    Author Book Trailer :

    Author Book Interview :

    Book Teaser(s) :
    Well, at least I wasn't completely on my own. Though after a moment's reflection, I wasn't sure if that was a comfort or not. My allies in this circle consisted of a fashion-conscious teenage boy who believed in the holy power of the movie musical and two infants wearing shirts with little yellow and blue duckies on them.
    An army, we were not. ~ within Chapter 8
    "This doesn't mean we're mates," I told him.
    He opened his mouth very wide in a mischievous, wolfy yawn.
    "Women's liberation and all that," I continued, catching his yawn and trying to push it down. "No Mark. No lifetime commitment. No 'property of' signs. We just have a bond, that's all."
    His tail beat quietly against the dirt beneath us, and a smile worked its way onto my lips. ~ within Chapter 16
    For more information on this book, series, and/or any other books by Jennifer, then please check out her website.

    Thursday, October 13, 2011

    When & Where Are You? Thursdays: Raised by Wolves

    When & Where Are You? Thursdays is a weekly meme, hosted by Jess from From Me to You ... Video, Photography, & Book Reviews. This is open for anyone & everyone!! To participate here's what you need to do:
    • Based on the book your currently reading -- tell us when and where you are in your book, and possibly what your doing or who you are with.
    • It doesn't have to be long, just two sentences or so.
    • Try not to include spoilers!!!
    • Be sure to share the book information [title, author and/or book cover] so if someone likes what you write they can add that book to their TBR list.

    Here is 'When & Where...' I am this week :
    Right now ...

    I just got caught with Bryn sneaking into Callum's house, after trying to get away from Ali's agony back at home. Now after escaping the binds that Sora tied us up with we are going to check out whom (and/or what) is being held and making the noises in Callum's basement, even though Bryn has a feeling that she (aka we) could be caught again at any moment!

    In: "Raised by Wolves" [Raised by Wolves Series, Book 1] by Jennifer Lynn Barnes


    Now ....

    When & Where are YOU??

    Want to participate? Grab the logo, post your own 'When & Where...' entry on your blog, and leave your link below**!



    ** If you don't have a blog, then please comment with your own 'When & Where...'!

    Wednesday, October 12, 2011

    "Waiting On" Wednesday: A Lady Never Surrenders

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

  • "A Lady Never Surrenders" [The Hellions of Halstead Hall Series, Book 5] by Sabrina Jeffries
    Expected Publication Released Date: January 24, 2012

    Amazon.com's Book Description:
      When the youngest Sharpe sister hatches a plan to gain marriage offers, the straight-laced Bow Street Runner Jackson Pinter knows he'll do whatever it takes to ruin her scheme...

      Lady Celia Sharpe hopes that if she can garner offers of marriage from several eligible gentlemen and show her grandmother she is capable of gaining a husband, she can convince Gran to rescind the marriage ultimatum for her. And if that plan doesn’t work, at least she’ll have a husband lined up. But Bow Street Runner Jackson Pinter seems determined to ruin her plans by disapproving of every suitor she asks him to investigate. It’s only when she and Jackson work together to solve her parents’ murders, plunging them both into danger, that she realizes why--because the only man he wants her to marry is himself!

    My Previous Review(s) for this Author : To Wed a Wild Lord

    Tuesday, October 11, 2011

    Feasted On: The Hellions of Halstead Hall Series, Book 4

    - This is an ARC book - Available Formats through Amazon.com: Paperback - Pages: 310; Kindle Edition - File Size: 5 KB; Audiobook - Unabridged | Expected Release Date: November 22, 2011 | Publisher: Pocket Star Books | Obtained: Simon & Schuster's Galley Grab

    "To Wed a Wild Lord" [The Hellions of Halstead Hall Series, Book 4] by Sabrina Jeffries

    My Book Summary : Seven years ago Gabriel's best friend died while he was racing him, that same man was also Virginia's older brother and they are both still dealing that death in different ways: Virginia is doing so by holding a grudge on Gabriel (and his family), who she believes caused her brother to die and plans to make him pay. Gabriel is doing so by living up to his reputation as the "Angel of Death," a nickname that came out right after Virginia's brother died, and taking on just about any race challenge that comes his way. Now Virginia decides to challenge Gabriel to race her on the very same course that killed her brother. However, instead of refusing her challenge Gabriel decides to make a counter offer --- a new race location and greater stakes (if she wins they'll race each other again on the course that she originally wanted and if he wins, he gets to court her).

    Virginia believes she'll definitely beat Gabriel, so when she doesn't it comes as a surprise. However, after spending some time with Gabriel and getting to know him better it's not as "bad" a surprise as she once would have thought. Nevertheless, with her brother's death between them, her grandfather's hatred for Gabriel, and Gabriel's disregard for his own safety, would they be able to make it?? Even if Gabriel could prove that, he wasn't marrying Virginia just so he can get his inheritance. Virginia still wants to marry for love, will Gabriel fall in love with her and be able to prove it to her before fate comes in and makes it too late for them?

    My Book Review : 4 out of 5 stars! "To Wed a Wild Lord" is a sweet, mysterious, and romantic novel about two families trying to get through some major tragedies the best way they can. Even though Amazon.com has recommended I read Sabrina Jeffries' books before this is the first time I have actually read one of her books, and I have to say I was pleasantly surprised!! This novel and series has two plots the one that deals with the main character's hopes and dreams and another that deals with the past tragedy of losing parents and the mystery surrounding their deaths. Each plot in this novel was captivating and moving .... the love for those who were lost and how those who've past away have impacted the lives of those that are still around.

    The characters in this novel were spectacular too!! The relationship between Gabriel and Virginia was something I could not get enough of, especially when their chemistry seemed to fly off of the page. Then I really liked the relationships each of them had with their own families---very sweet to read about. And then to top it off ... we have their grandparents whom could have probably had a short story of their own as they had soo much spunk!!

    I would recommend this to fans of the series (of course) and to any Sabrina Jeffries, Loretta Chase, and/or Susan Elizabeth Phillips fans!

    Author Book Trailer :

    Book Teaser(s) :
    Teaser #1
    Her laugh made something tighten in his chest. "Are you mad? Pierce never rises until well after noon." She cast him a sly glance above the flowers. "I'm surprised you're here so early."
    "I always rise early. Can't sleep late."
    "Really? Why?"
    A bellow sounded from the fence. "Are you coming, Sharpe, or not?"
    He gave her a bow and headed toward her grandfather. ~ within Chapter 10
    For more information on this book, series, and/or any other books by Sabrina, then please check out her website.

    Teaser Tuesdays: To Wed a Wild Lord


  • Today's Teaser Tuesdays by MizB - click here


  • "To Wed a Wild Lord" [The Hellions of Halstead Hall Series, Book 4] by Sabrina Jeffries

    Book Teaser:
    Tonight, however, he looked every inch the Angel of Death.
    Oh, how she hated that nickname! People had given it to him after Roger's death, and he did everything to reinforce it. ~ within Chapter 1

    Saturday, October 8, 2011

    Disappointmentville: The Vampire's Seduction by Cynthia Cooke

    The Vampire's Seduction: The Vampire's Seduction\His Magic Touch (Harlequin Nocturne #122)The Vampire's Seduction: The Vampire's Seduction\His Magic Touch by Cynthia Cooke

    My rating: 2 of 5 stars

    2.5 out of 5 stars. Blah!! I mean ... I liked this story up until the half way point when they start to dislike each other from all of the lies between them. Then it's all like oh no did I make the right choice or not. *shakes head* Maybe if it was longer the author could have made it better but probably not.

    Friday, October 7, 2011

    Giveaway CANCELLED - Falke's Captive by Madison Layle & Anna Leigh Keaton

    This Giveaway was Cancelled since no one played. Sorry.



    You could WIN a Kindle Edition (E-copy) of ....

    "Falke's Captive" [Puma Nights Series, Book 2] by Madison Layle & Anna Leigh Keaton

    Format: Kindle Edition - E-copy | File Size: 428 KB | Expected Release Date: October 10, 2011 | Publisher: Carina Press

    Author's Book Description :
      A graduate student working in animal genetics, Beth Coldwell is in town to track and tag big cats in the wild. Her prospects for the summer only improve when she meets Kelan and Reidar Falke and decides the sexy brothers are the right pair to fulfill her other, less than scientific, desires...

      But her research is a threat to the Falke family secret. When Kelan, in cougar form, is captured, that secret comes closer than ever to being revealed. He escapes, but not before Beth draws a blood sample, and analysis shows this is no ordinary mountain lion.

      Kelan and Reidar cannot deny the powerful attraction they feel toward Beth. She might just be their destined mate. But if they reveal themselves to her, will she embrace who they are or see them as just another science experiment?
      [Read Jess' Review for this Book]


    The Fine Print:
    1. This contest ends on October 21st 2011.
    2. This contest is open Internationally!! (E-copy only and will be purchased/sent through Amazon.com -- Yes you can still read this book even without a e-reader - click here to find out how!)
    3. Write up a blog post with your Where/When from the game below, then comment with a link to that post, your name, and your email addy below to enter the contest.
    4. Additional Entries are possible information on how you can is below!
    5. Official winner will be chosen by Random.org


    LET'S PLAY THE Where and When Are You? GAME

    Here's How To Play ::
    • With the Current Book you're reading tell us WHERE AND WHEN You Are in post on your blog!!
    • If you'd like you can give us a bit more info (like who you are with) you can if you want to, but it's not required.
    • Be sure to include the name of your book and it's author so we can pick it up if we like! Thanks

    Here's An Example ::
    Right now I'm with Mari in New York City in the middle of a witch/vampire war. We're on the search as to how her mother died, and finding out some things about herself she never knew. In "The Vampire's Seduction" by Cynthia Cooke


    To Receive Additional Entries ::
    To receive additional entries all you have to do is name one or more of Kelan & Reidar's siblings within your WHEN/WHERE GAME post!! They have 4 brothers & 1 sister in total. For each CORRECT name you give me for their siblings I'll count that as an additional entry to win FALKE'S CAPTIVE!!

    DON'T FORGET TO LINK YOUR POST AND LEAVE YOUR EMAIL ADDY HERE -- GOOD LUCK!!

    Thursday, October 6, 2011

    Idolizing In: The Iron Fey Series, Book 4

    - This is an ARC book - Available Formats through Amazon.com: Paperback - Pages: 361; Kindle Edition - File Size: 5 KB; | Expected Release Date: October 25, 2011 | Publisher: Harlequin TEEN | Obtained: NetGalley

    "The Iron Knight" [The Iron Fey Series, Book 4] by Julie Kagawa

    My Book Summary : Around the end of "The Iron Queen," Meghan sends Ash away from the Iron Realm but before he finally leaves, he gives her an Oath, saying that he'll find a way to return to her and be her knight. This whole story is about how he can complete that Oath to her. Find a way to be there for her as a protector and a companion. However, Ash knows he cannot do this alone so he has his arch-nemesis, Puck, and an annoying "always right" cait sith, Grimalkin, with him. As well as two other comrades--one who is a person from both Puck and Ash's past and another who is usually an enemy.

    Will Ash be able to complete his journey and following quests and trials, and make it back to Meghan? Can he also do so while being unharmed and not go insane, like they say most do? Or will something come into his life and completely change the path he is on for good?

    My Book Review : 5 out of 5 stars!! "The Iron Knight" wraps up this wonderfully awesome series, and I was captivated and entertained so much in this story that I didn't want to put it down!! This book kept me jumping from the beginning from all of the twists that the author throws in it!! I was SOOO surprised with how it gives you multiple endings, in a way, that leave you reeling because your not sure if that's definitely going to happen or not. In addition, I LOVED how the character roles played out, how you get to really an in depth background for Ash but you also get a new appreciation for Puck.

    If you are a fan of the Iron Fey series you should LOVE this book as much as I did, especially if you are on Team Ash like I am!! =0)

    My Previous Review(s) for this Series : Book 1 | Novella 1 | Book 2

    Author Extras : Check out Julie's Blog where she has everything from a Sims Series Saga of the Iron Fey Characters to teasers from her books to just about anything and everything she can think of ...

    Author Book Trailers :





    Book Teaser(s) :
    Teaser #1
    "Hmm. Hey, Ice-boy, hold these for a second, will ya?" Puck asked, holding out the mushroom kebabs. Frowning, I took them, and he struck me upside the head, not hard, but solid enough to rock me forward a step. "Stop being so damned fatalistic," he said as I turned on him with a snarl. "If I didn't want to be here, I wouldn't be. And you know you can't do it all by your lonesome, ice-boy. Sooner or later, you're going to have to start trusting us."
    I laughed at him then, bitter and self-mocking. "Trust," I said flatly. "Trust requires the faith of both parties, Goodfellow." ~ within Chapter 9 - titled 'In Dreams'
    Panting, we stumbled through the arch into the next room, where Grimalkin stood on a broken pillar, waiting for us.
    "Ugh," Puck groaned, brushing cinders from his shirt. "Well, that was fun, though a bit on the clichéd side. Way too Temple of Doom for me. So, where are we now?" ~ within Chapter 13 - titled 'The Gauntlet'
    For more information on this book, series, and/or any other books by Julie, then please check out her website. To find out more about this series then click here.

    Wednesday, October 5, 2011

    "Waiting On" Wednesday: Amplified

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

  • "Amplified" by Tara Kelly
    Expected Publication Released Date: October 25, 2011

    Author's Book Description:
      When privileged 17-year-old Jasmine gets kicked out of her house, she takes what is left of her savings and flees to Santa Cruz to pursue her dream of becoming a musician. Jasmine finds the ideal room in an oceanfront house, but she needs to convince the three guys living there that she's the perfect roommate and lead guitarist for their band, C-Side. Too bad she has major stage fright and the cute bassist doesn't think a spoiled girl from over the hill can hack it...

    Tuesday, October 4, 2011

    Teaser Tuesdays: The Iron Knight


  • Today's Teaser Tuesdays by MizB - click here


  • "The Iron Knight" [The Iron Fey Series, Book 4] by Julie Kagawa

    Book Teaser:
    "Well," the witch said, curling bloodless lips to a smile at us. Crooked yellow teeth flashed in the light like jagged bits of bone. "What do we have here? Two handsome faery boys, come to visit a poor old woman. And if my eyes don't deceive me, that's Robin Goodfellow I see before me. The last I saw of you, you stole my broom and tied my house's legs so it fell over when we tried to catch you!"
    I repressed another sigh. This wasn't starting well. ~ within Chapter 1 - titled 'The House Of The Bone Witch'

    My Previous Review(s) for this Author : The Iron King | Winter's Passage | The Iron Daughter

    Sunday, October 2, 2011

    Made the Grade: Puma Nights Series, Book 2

    - This is an ARC book - Available Formats through Amazon.com: Kindle Edition - File Size: 428 KB; | Expected Release Date: October 10, 2011 | Publisher: Carina Press | Obtained: NetGalley

    "Falke's Captive" [Puma Nights Series, Book 2] by Madison Layle & Anna Leigh Keaton

    My Book Summary : After a long day at work Kelan & Reidar are just hanging out at the bar and relax. That is until Beth walks in and sets their lusts on fire!!

    Beth is new in town trying to scout good spots for her professor's research study on pumas in the area. She never expected that she would get to indulge in her wildest fantasies while she was here though. And these two hot brother spark her inner sex kitten in a way she has never felt before.

    However, when Beth ends up catching Kelan while he is in his puma form, being "Falke" during the day light, assuming him to be a typical puma to start her research on sets off a chain of events that none of them could have suspected.

    What will Kelan & Reidar do when they find out that the woman they cannot get enough of, and want her to possibly be their mate, might end up being their enemy after all??

    My Book Review : 3.5 out of 5 stars! The beginning of this novel is a bit slow, and I didn't like some of it, but after a quarter of the way in this story picks up and there is action ALL around!! =0)

    The relationship that develops between Kelan, Beth, & Reidar is spicy and very entertaining. Plus, I really liked finding out how the brother's world and their family dynamics works.

    I recommend this book who have read "Falke's Peak" and/or are fans of Madison Layle & Anna Leigh Keaton's books!!

    Book Teaser(s) :
    “Your sister said he was born in captivity. But if you take him out in the wild, what if he found a mate out there? A female in heat would trump your pampering. He could run off until he’d secured his line.”
    The brothers were silent for a minute, but then Kelan chuckled. “He doesn’t pay much attention to other cats, other than to warn us of their presence.”
    “Excuse me? He isn’t fixed. I know that much from the exam I did.”
    Reidar found that statement hilarious, nearly choking on his beer, but Kelan groaned and swiped his hand through his hair.
    “I’m serious,” she insisted. “Are you going to get him neutered?”
    “God, no!” Kelan said.
    Reidar damn near fell out of his chair laughing, but Kelan looked serious. Overly serious.
    “You can’t keep an animal that’s wild by nature as a house pet,” she continued in spite of the looks Reidar’s amusement drew from other tables. “It won’t work. Eventually he’ll go off to spread his seed.”
    “No. He won’t,” was Kelan’s response, and it made her roll her eyes. ~ within Chapter 8
    For more information on this book, series, and/or any other books by Madison and/or Anna Leigh, then please check out their websites: Miss Layle's website & Miss Keaton's website.

    Saturday, October 1, 2011

    Giveaway Winner of Eternal Guardian by R. G. Alexander



    Arianne Cruz

    My Question :: What type of mythical or paranormal creature would you rather date (werewolf, vampire, fae knight, etc.)??

    Her Answer :: I would choose vampire.


    Congrats Arianne!!! You just won an e-copy of "Eternal Guardian" [Children of the Goddess Series, Book 4.5] by R. G. Alexander!! You should be getting an email message from Amazon.com about the e-book shortly. =0)

    Thanks to everyone who answered my question. Be on the lookout between October 7th - 9th for my giveaway (running through Smitten With Books' Scaredy Books Read-a-Thon) of "Falke's Captive" [Puma Nights Series, Book 2] by Anna Leigh Keaton & Madison Layle!!

    Have a good night everyone!!

    Sweet Dreams, Jess
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