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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 Amazon Page.



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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 Amazon Page.



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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 Amazon Page.



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"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...



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    Tuesday, October 25, 2011

    Teaser Tuesdays: The Ruby Kiss

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  • "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



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    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 Amazon Page.



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    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 Amazon Page.



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