Friday, September 28, 2012

Tattoo My Heart by Mia Dymond

Tattoo My HeartTattoo My Heart by Mia Dymond
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

When Sheriff Casey McIntyre is called to clean up a bar ruckus, he should have known that Annessa Dupree was involved. Annessa is the girl he let get away, he had always hoped he would get her back but her stubborn temper would never allow him a chance to explain why he did. Now that she is back for her twin sisters marriage, he plans to lay it all out and never let her run from him again. It should be an easy plan, but Annessa is involved and she has brought her own brand of trouble which involves two goons trying to get her alone and take back something she has.

I gave this a 3.5, I liked it but the end kind of wrapped up strangely for me. The beginning is hilarious and Annessa is a handful, Casey has his work cut out for him for sure. Entertaining light read.

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Thursday, September 27, 2012

Lean on Me by HelenKay Dimon

Lean On Me (Holloway, #2)Lean On Me by HelenKay Dimon
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Cassidy Clarke did not expect a warm welcome when she arrived home, leaving andbieng labeled as “The Chosen One’ to who went to capture her dream of scaling the highest peaks, only to find her career jolted with an injury and broke. The only bright spot so far in her return was a warm welcome from high school crush Mitch Anders whose teasing nature leaves her slightly confused.

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Hunk For The Holidays by Katie Lane

Hunk for the HolidaysHunk for the Holidays by Katie Lane
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Cassie McPherson is used to being resourceful, especially with a family of brothers and working for her fathers construction company. With a Christmas party looming and matchmakers at her heels, Cassie hires an escort to fend off the busybees and allow her to enjoy the evening. When she meets her escort for the night, James, just James, she is a little thrown by his good looks and seductive nature. Even though she lays out the rules ahead of time, she can’t help be tempted to imagine what he would be like in bed.

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Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Trained For Seduction by Mia Downing

Trained for Seduction (Spy Games, #1)Trained for Seduction by Mia Downing
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

When her own father betrayed her by offering her innocence to a man she never met, Emma Walters did the one thing spy Chase Sanders never expected, she caught him off guard. A year later Chase is still paying for the memories that still haunt him, especially when he watches Emma train who has a new identity as Kate Wells

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New To Me Author: Before The Moon Rises by Catherine Bybee

Before The Moon RisesBefore The Moon Rises by Catherine Bybee
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

When Max Ritter arrives in the ER naked and unresponsive, nurse Janet O'Brien is perplexed by what is causing his condition. After he wakes up and finds himself in a interesting situation with the nurse, he realizes that she is intended to be the next victim of Gorman, a wolf who is evil to the bone. Wanting to protect Janet, who is finding is hard to resist, Max draws her close only to realize she is his mate. Max has some explaining to do if he wants to keep her close by his side, but Janet has an independent streak a mile wide and Max will have to be extremely clever to keep her as his mate.

I thought this was highly entertaining. Has a few spots where I think it could have been more detailed but it was creative and funny which kept me intrigued. Plan to check out more of Catherine Bybee's Ritter Werewolves series.

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Tuesday, September 25, 2012

New To Me Author: Bad Ice by Sandra Cormier

Bad IceBad Ice by Sandra Cormier
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

When an assassination attempt is made on hockey star Jason Peterson during a game, Christina MacKay finds herself caught in the crossfire. Jason wants to thank the woman who helped save others at put herself in jeopardy, not realizing that he would find an instant kismet with her and her young daughter. What he hopes will be the beginning of a new relationship with the one he hopes could be the one, quickly becomes marred by an ex-girlfriend who doesn't seem to understand they are through leaving a wake of destruction in her path and a new threat to Christina.

Begins with a bang, sucked in and eager to find out what happens next until about 3/4 in and then it gets a little slow but the story works for the most part. I give it 3.75, I liked all the characters but never quite understood what the motivation for his ex was and Jason's reluctance to see how she really was took awhile. If you like hockey stories worth reading.

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A Fool's Gold Christmas by Susan Mallery

A Fool's Gold Christmas (Fool's Gold, #10)A Fool's Gold Christmas by Susan Mallery
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Welcome back to Fool’s Gold, California where dancer Evie Stryker is settling while recovering from an injury. Evie could easily be labeled a scrooge during the holiday season, with a family who she has never been close to closing in and trying to make amends for issues in their past. Evie finds a welcoming diversion when she meets lawyer Dante Jefferson, who is best friends with her brother. Dante is not looking for a relationship, but a way to get through the holidays and when Evie agrees to a no strings attached affair, neither one of them realize that they may just share a little Christmas magic of their own.

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A Deadly Love by Jannine Gallant

A Deadly LoveA Deadly Love by Jannine Gallant
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Nursing a broken heart Brooke Wakefield moves to her grandmother’s home in the Redwood forest for a fresh beginning. Brooke had always felt a sense of calm when visiting her grandmother as a kid, not to mention her major crush on neighbor Dillon Tremayne was an added highlight of each trip.

Dillon does not want any attachments, he already has enough on his plate as a single father and having a grandfather who has his own set of quirks is enough to deal with. Although when Brooke moves in next door, Dillon is tempted by the sweet tempered and often hilarious neighbor. Everything about Brooke has him on edge, he wants to start something with her but without any strings, Brooke though is not sure she can settle with a fling without having her emotions heavily involved.

When women begin to disappear and bodies are discovered, it looks like the women in town are not safe. Dillon wants to protect Brooke, especially when two women from his past end up missing and one is found dead. Will Dillon realize that life with Brooke is worth the effort or will she become the next victim before he figures it out?

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Monday, September 24, 2012

Cassandra by Starlight by Susan Mac Nicol Blog Tour



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Cassandra by Starlight
by SUSAN MAC NICOL

A London woman is swept off her feet into the glamorous yet surprisingly dangerous world of an up-and-coming star of stage and screen.

TO CATCH A RISING STAR

Unconventional though she may be, Cassandra Wallace leads the life of an average Londoner, from blind dates to rush hour traffic. Then, along comes Bennett Saville. Charming, erudite, the up-and-coming actor is like the hero of a romantic movie. He sets Cassie afire like he has the stage and screen, and defies the tragedy that brought them together. From the tips of his Armani loafers to their scorching hot first kiss, he’s perfect. Only, he’s ten years younger and from the upper class, and those emerald eyes invite dangerous secrets. The world is full of hungry leading ladies, and every show must have its villain. Yet a true romance will always find its happy ending.

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Chapter 1


The day the sky fell changed Cassie Wallace’s world forever. She woke up that morning with the expectation that this day would be like any other. She also had a slight hangover from the abundance of wine she’d drunk the night before to try and get through a blind date organized by her work colleague, Sarah.

The evening had been a total disaster. Not only had the man been an absolute misogynist, one of the cardinal male sins on Cassie’s unwritten list, he’d also had a habit of leering at her chest every time he spoke as if he thought it might talk back to him.

She’d smiled politely whilst thinking she’d like to take his smarmy public school tie and shove it down his throat. When she’d finally left at around eleven, she hadn’t been able to get away fast enough.

She stood in her bedroom, checking her outfit in the mirror and sighed.

Was it too much to ask to find a decent man just to share things with and have a good time? They all seemed to be absolute idiots and in the old but true cliché, only interested in one thing.

Cassie had been out on a few dates in the past few months but somehow she never made it past the first one. A previous date gone wrong had told her she was too independent and perhaps a little bit ‘emotionally challenged, not affectionate enough’ for him.

She’d shrugged this off but it had hurt her deep down especially as she knew it to be true.

My bloody expectations aren’t even that high, she thought in exasperation as she
fastened her necklace. It’s not as if I’m such a great bloody catch myself! Middle-aged and not really all that exciting. I’ll take what I can get within reason.

Cassie smoothed her skirt down over her hips and picked up her handbag.

When she left the house at six thirty, it was a typical dark English winter morning. Fortyfive minutes later she was sitting in the traffic on the motorway, listening to the news bulletin.

“Bloody idiot,” she mumbled in between bites of a banana that she had hastily grabbed on her way out. “He wouldn’t know a bloody budget if his life depended on it. Silly sod has got no idea how to run a bloody country.”

She crept forward in her Honda Jazz at about two miles an hour, watching the traffic in front which seemed to have ground to a halt for no reason at all.

I really need to try and find something closer to home, she thought, not for the first time. This travelling lark is really starting to piss me off. Four hours a day in traffic is not my idea of time well spent.

Cassie wasn’t sure what other quality pastimes she’d be engaging in if she did have more free time, given her current ‘lack of male’ situation but she supposed she’d find something. Join a book club perhaps, or find more time to get to the gym. She might even start writing that novel she’d always planned on doing.

Her fingers impatiently drummed on the steering wheel in time to a melody on the radio. In response to another bulletin by the newscaster regarding the level of binge drinking in the county, she burst into a further diatribe. “For God’s sake, let the bloody idiots lay where they fall. If they had any brains they wouldn’t let it get that far so they needed an ambulance to take them to A and E. It’s my taxpaying money that’s looking after these morons!”

She glanced at the clock on the display. Seven thirty a.m. She’d be lucky to make it in on time today.

The story of my life, she thought resignedly. Slow death by traffic jam.

The traffic still seemed to show no signs of moving any time soon. She switched off the engine and took out her Kindle. She may as well catch up on her reading whilst she had nothing better to do.

Her concentration span was low as she tried to read. Last night’s ‘date’ kept replaying itself in random snippets of conversation. Cassie could still hear Ron’s supercilious comment about women needing to have a man in their lives to keep them focused on what was important—the man and the provision of all his needs.

She’d almost choked on her wine when she’d heard this and only just stopped herself retorting sarcastically that as a man’s needs were so simple, the only ‘provision’ they really needed was a soft toy shaped like a pair of boobs to play with and talk at. As she had very little money in her purse other than her taxi fare home, she’d stopped herself.

After the hell she’d been through sitting and listening to Ron’s drivel, the least she’d make him do was pay for dinner. Cassie had made a decision after last night. She’d stay home with her own company for the near future, with a bottle of wine and a couple of decent movies. She’d rather drool over a virtual Mark Harmon in NCIS than a real life douche bag like the Ronalds of his world. As for sex—well, that was what vibrators were made for.

It was nearly ten minutes later before the car in front of her re-started its engine and she followed suit and sped up to about twenty miles an hour as the queue took flight. She settled in as it got back up to the more respectable speed of fifty miles an hour.

As she drove she glanced idly up at the foot bridges to see the people strolling with dogs, on bicycles and footing it on their way to work.

At the bridge just ahead she saw a solitary figure leaning over looking down at the motorway below. She slowed down a little. Ever since those incidents a few weeks ago when someone had thrown a concrete bucket off the bridge at a passing car, she tended to be wary of people standing watching the traffic.

The figure didn’t appear to have anything in its hands but then she had only caught a glimpse of it before turning her eyes back to the road. She increased her speed as the traffic flowed easier.

There was no warning, just a sudden deafening bang of metal as the windscreen of her car collapsed inwards. Cassie screamed in terror as glass flew towards her like wafer thin slivers from a frozen icicle. Her hands left the steering wheel in panic, her foot pressing down on the accelerator.

The Honda Jazz went out of control, spinning around like a dirt dervish. Debris from the windscreen flew like lethal missiles around the interior of the car. Cassie cried out in pain as she was subject to a vicious assault by anything lying loose in her vehicle. She tried to cover her face in an instinctive reflex but her left arm seemed unresponsive. The pain horrifying. She whimpered as she glanced down and saw the bone shard sticking out.

In her pain and terror she didn’t notice that the car had stopped spinning. Everything went quiet. Cassie lay slumped in the driver seat, dazed and unresponsive as the shock set in She could hear the sounds of people shouting and heard someone asking her if she was all right.

She vaguely registered the sound of screeching metal as someone tried to pull the driver door open. It was as if everything was being done underwater. The sounds were muted and her brain was sluggish.

The older man looking in at her from the road was speaking but she couldn’t hear what he was saying. Cassie looked at him blankly. She couldn’t see clearly, as if a can of fine red spray-paint had been aimed at her and the nozzle depressed, coating her eyes. She tried to move her body but the pain in her right leg was excruciating.

She watched dully as the man outside starting pulling away metal struts and twisted the door to get inside to her. She could hear his voice vaguely now, a rough London Cockney accent as he spoke reassuringly whilst trying to free her.

“All right, darling? Just stay calm and I’ll try and get to you. The ambulance is on its way. They’ve told me not to move you so I just want to try get in and keep you company till they arrive. You look as if you could do with a bit of company. Just stay with me now. Don’t go anywhere.”

He smiled at her, trying to keep her reassured. With a final tug at the door, he made enough of a space to squeeze in slightly and he took her right hand, avoiding the bad condition of her left arm with its broken bone. Her hand was freezing and he rubbed it gently.

“There we go. That should feel better. You just stay calm now and we’ll have you back to your old man in no time.” He continued holding her hand, talking to her as she slipped in and out of consciousness.

In one of her lucid periods she raised an unsteady hand to her face to wipe her eyes. The fog cleared a little and she was able to focus, then desperately wished she hadn’t. Lying in front of her, across the bonnet, was a face, pulped and looking as if dark sticky jam had been smeared all over it.

She could see the eyes open, looking at her and she could see the mouth forming words before she screamed and screamed and eventually the fog of blackness claimed her and the face could be seen no more.

Doctor Ian Spencer frowned as he read the patient chart in his hand. He glanced at the patient, an old man in his seventies, matted grey hair curling around his face like tendrils of an octopus, framing a bucolic face of cherry red, his bulbous nose caked with fresh snot.

“Up to your old tricks again, Terry?” the ER doctor asked resignedly. “I thought perhaps last time we had reached an understanding of sorts?”

The old man chuckled hoarsely.

“The drink beckoned again, Doctor, I’ve told you before, cider waits for no man.” He coughed, his body wracked with spasms. The doctor motioned with a hand to the waiting nurse who offered Terry a glass of water. He drank it greedily and lay back in the hospital bed.

Ian Spencer made a notation in his patient’s chart.

“You realise this time, Terry, you’ve really outdone yourself? You had what we call a minor varicose bleed which basically means your insides leaked with blood because they couldn’t do what they were supposed to do. I managed to stabilise you and you’ve been in intensive care for two days. Given the state of your liver you were very lucky not to have it worse. As it is, you’ll need to be here a few more days before I can release you.”

“I’m very grateful to you, Doctor.” Terry leered at the nurse who moved out of the way of his groping left hand. “I can always count on you to put me right.”

“Not always, Terry, not always.” Ian passed the chart to the nurse and continued on his way.

He’d just completed his surgical rounds and was walking down the hospital corridor when he heard an ambulance arrive and saw the frenetic activity bursting through the double doors. He heard the ambulance staff calling out their incoming triage procedures to the attending doctor and watched as a trolley with a woman covered in blood was wheeled into the waiting operating theatre.

One of the staff nurses, Judy, a good friend, hurried past him.

“I don’t believe this one,” she muttered to him. “Some poor woman minding her own business on the motorway and somebody falls on top of her car. We were lucky no one else was hurt as well when she spun around or we’d be running out of space this morning.”

“What about the man who fell?”

“He’s dead, poor bugger.” Judy’s voice was terse as she hurried off.

It was some hours later in passing Ian saw his colleague, fellow trauma surgeon Phil Moodley, come out of the operating theatre where the woman had been wheeled.

“Phil!” Ian hurried to catch up with him. “Wait up.”

Phil turned and proffered a tired smile when he saw Ian.

“Ian, how are things? I’m just on my way to catch a few minutes doze. It’s been a long day.”

“How did things go in there?” Ian motioned to the OR. “I heard she was hit by a man falling on her car.”

“Yes, it was very bad. The poor woman has a ruptured spleen, a hairline skull fracture, a broken femur and radius, and a wealth of lacerations and internal bruising.” He frowned.

“She also has a small foreign body embedded in her left temple. It’s in an awkward place and fairly deep. I’ve recommended not removing it at this time. I’m not sure it would be prudent. It doesn’t appear itself to be life threatening. She’ll be in intensive care for some time. I need to keep an eye on her for any possible embolism. She’ll probably need some physical therapy afterwards if there are no complications.”

He squinted at Ian with tired eyes. “You seem interested in this one, Ian? Did you know anyone involved?”

Ian shook his head. “I was involved in a similar situation some years ago when I was at Lakeview Hospital and that one—that one I did know. The person that fell though, not the victim.”

Phil nodded his head.

“This woman was very lucky, the young man was not. He was dead at the scene. His relatives are on their way.”

Ian nodded. “Thanks, Phil. You’d best get off and get that sleep, you look all out of it.”

Phil patted Ian’s arm and wandered down towards the staff room. Ian wouldn’t tell Phil the real reason for his interest. It was too personal and no one in the hospital knew anything about his reason for leaving Lakeview three years ago and joining Tilhurst Hospital on the outskirts of Essex.

In 2009, his wife Sandra had jumped off a foot bridge straight into the path of a passing mini-van. To this day he had no idea why. The mini-van driver, a young man called Freddy Clifford, who had just become a father, had died in the incident with Sandy. The feelings of guilt for both Sandy’s and the man’s death (he should’ve known what was going on in his own marriage for God’s sake!) had never left him.

He’d left Lakeview and started again where no one knew his history and no one could feel sympathy for him. He felt he didn’t deserve it. He was sure a psychiatrist would have some insight to offer on his reaction but he had never engaged with one, preferring as he did to manage it himself.

Ian made his way over to the nurses’ station outside intensive care. He saw Nurse Angie, a bubbly young woman with bleached blonde hair and a Carry On set of breasts, sitting behind the desk. She smiled as she saw him approach.

There were more than a couple of nurses who’d tried to form a relationship with him but none of them had been successful so far.

“Doctor. What can I do for you?”

“The woman that Dr. Patel has just operated on—can you tell me a little bit about her?

How’s she doing?”

Angie consulted her notes.


“Let me see. Hmm, she’s in a private ICU room, so she must have great insurance. Room 310. Cassie Wallace, forty-seven years old, divorced. Her sister is coming in to see her. She’s on her way from Kent.”

She looked at Ian enquiringly. “Has Dr. Patel asked you to keep an eye on her?”

Ian shook his head. “No, just curious about how she’s doing. It just seems so tragic, minding your own business then POW! You find yourself in this situation. Thanks for the info, Angie.”

Ian made his way towards Room 310. He couldn’t say why he was so interested in this woman, only that he felt he had to find out more about her.

He clothed himself up with a mask and gloves and nodded at the ICU nurses as he walked through the main ward to the private ones at the back. The hum of machines and the absolute quiet in the ward was strangely restful. Ian reached Room 310, opened the door and slipped in.

Cassie Wallace lay on her back, surrounded by soft light from the equipment. The constant beep of the life support machines and monitoring equipment comforted Ian. This unit was dedicated to keeping people alive with the best care the hospital could provide. Cassie Wallace was in good hands.

Cassie had her left arm in a splint, her fingers cold and pale like soft, limp white gloves. Her right leg with its broken femur rested on the bed covers. Ian guessed she had pins and rods inside keeping it together.

Her face was battered and bruised from the accident. He could see the rise and fall of her chest as she breathed. Her pale strawberry blonde hair was spread across the pillow like soft gold straw, with a large bald patch on the left side where Dr Patel had shaved her skull.

Even through the cuts and bruises, Ian could see she was a very attractive woman. Not just pretty or beautiful, but with a look of her own that even under current circumstances made her look younger than her forty-seven years. She reminded him very much of a curvier Michelle Pfeiffer. A noise at the door made him turn. Judy stood there, looking surprised to see him.

“Ian? What are you doing in here?” she whispered.

“I was just checking up on her. I know I’m not her doctor but I really wanted to see how she was doing.”

“It’s all right, Ian.” Judy patted him on the arm. “She can do with all the help she can get. I need to check her vital signs now. Do you want to stick around?”

“No Judes, I’ll let you get on with your job. Thanks.” Ian left the nurse with her patient and made his way back towards the main reception.





BIO:

Sue Mac Nicol was born in Headingley, Leeds, in the United Kingdom. When she was eight years old her family emigrated to Johannesburg, South Africa. One day, after yet another horrific story of violence to friends, they decided it was time to leave. In December 2000 they found themselves in the Arrivals area at Heathrow and have stayed in the UK ever since, loving every minute of it.

In between her day job as a regulatory compliance officer for a financial services company in Cambridge and normal daily life, the inspiration for the Starlight series was born; Sue’s characters, Cassie and Bennett, finally made their debut onto the flickering screen of a laptop and gave her the opportunity to become a published author—a dream she’s had since being a young girl old enough to hold a pencil.

Sue is a member of the Romance Writers of America and the Romantic Novelists Association in the UK. She lives in a town house in the rural village of Bocking, Essex, with her husband of twenty eight years, Gary (who believes he deserves a long service award for putting up with her for so long), two children, Jason, 24, and Ashley, 19, and a mixed collie mongrel called Blu.

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Cassandra Wallace was minding her own business and stuck in traffic on her way to work, when her life is abruptly changed and  she finds herself in the company of handsome actor Bennett Saville.   After an unorthodox meeting, Bennet makes a point to stay in contact with the lovely woman who was brought into his life under unfortunate circumstances. Bennett isn’t sure what it is about Cassandra, but she is unlike any woman he is ever met, she has a strength unparalled  that only entices Bennett to want to get to know her more.  As they begin to fall for one another, outside influences are hard at work to destroy what the two of them are slowly building.

Beautifully written story, I liked that fact that Cassandra is a self-assured older woman.  I think with the tabloids and opinions of others, she could easily have withdrawn from Bennett but instead she fights it head on.  If you like stories about actors, this is one sure to please you get the feel of the life behind the scenes on both screen and stage, Bennett is a complicated hero but his loyalty to Cassandra never withers.  Will definitely seek out more books by Susan Mac Nicol after reading Cassandra by Starlight.



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Thursday, September 20, 2012

Sunrise With A Notorious Lord by Alexandra Hawkins

Sunrise with a Notorious Lord (Lords of Vice, #4)Sunrise with a Notorious Lord by Alexandra Hawkins
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Despite his mother’s persistence, Christopher Courtland, Earl of Vanewright, more commonly known as “Vane” has managed to keep himself clear of her matchmaking attempts. Although at times overly clever, Vane has come up with a solution to this season’s attempts, celibacy. He sees no other way around keeping himself out of a loveless marriage and all is going according to plan, until he meets Isabel Thorne whose quick temper and precise aim has him at a disadvantage for the first time in his life. He wants to know more about the independent beauty who doesn’t fawn at him like the other ladies of the ton, in fact she seems more inclined at pushing him towards her sister as well as putting him in his place, than she does at seeing him as a romantic interest. Not unlike his nickname, Vane decides this is the type of woman who he could spend the season with, as a friend, nothing more, but sometimes best laid plans have a way of finding a path of it’s own one that could include Vane losing his heart along the way.

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Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Lena's Happily Ever After by Dixie Lynn Dwyer

Lena's Happily Ever After (The Town of Pearl, #3)Lena's Happily Ever After by Dixie Lynn Dwyer
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Living on the streets was a bad enough nightmare, but becoming the target of a notorious gang leader who wants to claim her as his own has Lena living on borrowed time. Lena escapes the streets of Detroit, fleeing to Pearl looking for a new start. Taken under the wing by a kind Doctor and his family, Lena meets his sons Quinn, Blake, and Kenny Jones. The attraction is immediate, but Lena's past has her moving slowly where the three of them are concerned. When Lena is asked to help with the most troublesome Jones, named Bryant, she quickly loss her heart to him as well but there is a wedge between the brothers that needs fixed before they can have any type of future.

I thought this was a fantastic addition to the series, loved Bryant he is intense and totally alpha male. Lena is tough and I thought it was perfect pacing for the way they begin their relationship slowly and Lena struggles with her feelings. Wonderful read.

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Just My Type by Erin Nicholas

Just My Type (Bradfords, #3)Just My Type by Erin Nicholas
My rating: 4 of 5 stars


When Sara Bradford’s plan to seduce the man she loves, Jason “Mac” Gordon backfires she finds herself fleeing and on her way to the Caribbean ready to nurse her wounds. Mac cannot deny his feelings for Sara, but he likes to play hard and Sara’s innocence deserves to remain intact. At no point had Mac thought his rejection would take her overseas, knowing her brother would kill him if anything happened to her he heads out to bring her back. What he ends up finding is himself agreeing to the temptation of educating her he believes she will come to reason, instead it may just backfire for him losing his heart along the way.


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Tuesday, September 18, 2012

That Thing Called Love by Susan Donovan

That Thing Called LoveThat Thing Called Love by Susan Andersen
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Jake Bradshaw had every intention of coming back and getting to know his son, when he allowed his son's grandparents to raise them. When his grandfather passes away, Jake is back to step in and become the father he always should have been. Having his son Austin accept it though is harder than he accepted, especially when Jake meets Jenny Salazar who has become Austin's surrogate mother.

Jenny doesn't plan to make it on Jake, but is willing to help him find his way with Austin. She realizes Austin needs his father in his life, even if Austin doesn't want to admit it. The crux of the problem is her attraction to Jake and the few times she is alone in his company, Jake is pretty open about his attraction to her. With both Jenny and Jake moving on different paths, will they be able to find their way towards one another?

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Taken by the Alpha Wolf by Bonnie Vanak

Taken by the Alpha WolfTaken by the Alpha Wolf by Bonnie Vanak
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Draicon werewolf, Etienne Robichaux will stop at nothing to protect his mate, even kidnap her away from danger. Cindy Parker is carrying a secret that makes her reluctant to complete the mating, worried she will not be good enough for him once she reveals it.

A very quick story, it was action packed. I would have liked it to be longer and see the characters develop more but for a quickie quite enjoyable.

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Monday, September 17, 2012

Thin Ice by Liana Laverentz

Thin IceThin Ice by Liana Laverentz
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Hockey player Eric Cameron is lonely and wanting to find someone to fill that emptiness when he meets ER doctor Emily Jordan. Of course as his interest is peaked, Emily seems put off by his bruises from his latest round in the arena. Eric is determined to get to know the woman who has an adorable son, but with each step he takes to get closer she takes two steps back.

Emily has a dark past that she has kept sheltered within, everything about Eric makes her nervous. I liked aspects of this story but never did really warm to Emily. She came off as cold and I felt so sorry about Eric during their rocky beginning. I was still compelled to finish the story and hoped they would work it all out.

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Howling For My Baby by Beverly Rae

Howling for My Baby (Cannon Pack, #1)Howling for My Baby by Beverly Rae
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Bored, that is what Jason Cannon is, bored. Jason just wants to find the one person who is meant to be his met and do away with the women he has been dating lately. When an incident at one of his gyms put him in direct path with his mate, he is more than pleased, especially when he gets to rescue his damsel in distress, but she doesn't seem to be as pleased with her performance as he is.

Sydney Skeller is born to a long line of hunters who hunt shifters, although her father continues to try and get her to join the hunt, she refuses. Sydney knows who Jason is the second she sees him, but overwhelming embarrassment and coming to grips with the fact that she is mated to a shifter and her father hunts them for a living, what's a girl to do.

This was really fun, had a few issues with the way it was paced it seemed to jump quite a bit but overall it was entertaining enough to overlook those issues. Jason is fun, both characters are quirky and had a great beginning with the two of them meeting.

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Thursday, September 13, 2012

The Mighty Storm by Samantha Towle

The Mighty StormThe Mighty Storm by Samantha Towle
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Tru Bennett held onto memories of her first crush/love for twelve years before seeing him again. Jake Wethers had moved away and even though they vowed to stay in touch, life happened. Jake has become a bad boy rock singer for the band The Mighty Storm, he is know for partying hard and his way with women. When Tru is asked to interview the notoriously closed mouth Jake for her magazine, little does she know that her life is about to change.

Normally I would rarely pickup a book where the lead heroine is involved in a relationship with another man and attracted to another so much so she is considering cheating. However, so glad I did in this case and although I don't agree with Tru's handling of the situation initially, it worked. Intense story, Jake exudes his magnetism on each page and I thoroughly enjoyed every morsel of it. The one thing I appreciated the most though is both had faults, they were human which just added points to the overall story. Jake has catapulted into my favorite alpha heroes and I would reread in a heartbeat.

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Wednesday, September 12, 2012

The Dark Man's Son by Meg Whitlock

The Dark Man's Son (Guardian Chronicles #1)The Dark Man's Son by Meg Whitlock
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Jason Latimer finds himself thrown into a world he thought he knew but was quite wrong about. Meeting the women who called herself Alex, he isn’t sure what to think when she claims the men who mugged him are demons and that he is not safe. As Alex explains who she is, Jason is also visited by a darker side while he dreams and as his family’s history is revealed, it only leaves him with more choices to make. What unfolds takes Jason on a journey between light and dark and making a decision that will change his future and others as well.

Dark Man’s Son takes you on a wild ride, history enriched and a spine tingling story rolled into one. I thought this was an intriguing story, definitely has a cliffhanger ending and the opening for several more books.

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Making chase by Lauren Dane

Making Chase (Chase Brothers, #4)Making Chase by Lauren Dane
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Matt Chase is used to having an easy life, with his good looks and career as a firefighter the women flock to him like bees to honey, but lately he feels an emptiness he can't explain. With the other three Chase brothers married and having children, Matt is realizing it is becoming more glaring that the women he has been dating are hollow an do not see past his name and his looks. When he meets Tate Murphy after she has been hit by a car, he is stunned when she sends him cookies to thank him, he thinks he has died and gone to heaven, why not go introduce himself to his neighbor who had never given a second glance to before.

Tate knows she is completely opposite of the women that Matt has spent his time with, she is short and fluffy and from the wrong side of the tracks. Tate has worked hard to raise her siblings and provide for them a safe and loving lifestyle for them. When Matt finds ways to insert himself in her life, Tate's initial reaction is to try and push him away but Matt is in it for the long haul and despite Tate's insecurities he plans to help breakdown the barriers she has surrounded herself with.

This was my second favorite in the series, I was totally absorbed by Tate she is a fighter and an inspiration. The only ding would be the abrupt ending, I wanted more...

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Tuesday, September 11, 2012

New To Me Author: Deadly Obsession by Kristine Cayne

Deadly Obsession (Deadly Vices)Deadly Obsession by Kristine Cayne
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Nic Lamoureaux, aka The Lover and Hollywood's hottest actor, he has worked hard for the reputation he has and to stay on top of the industry. When he meets Lauren James at a photo shoot, he is entranced by the widower and single mother. Nic would love nothing more than to see if a relationship is possible, but Nic has a stalker who continues to get more dangerous with each message he receives.

I liked the premise, but some of the story moved so fast it was hard to grasp what had happened. I liked Lauren and Nic a lot, felt for Nic because he is so much more than his actor persona and is afraid to let Lauren see it. I give this a 3.98 rating, I am definitely interested in reading more from this author.

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Banishing Shadows by Lorna Jean Roberts

Banishing ShadowsBanishing Shadows by Lorna Jean Roberts
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Kayla Sinclair had the man of her dreams in her arms for only a few minutes before he tore it up and walked out of her life. Now two years later Cord Marsden is back and he plans to claim Kayla and make up for the mistakes he made all those years ago. Kayla though, is still fighting the aftermath of a brutal attack. When an attempted abduction on Kayla looks to be too random to ignore, Cord finds his in, he will protect Kayla while winning her heart all over again. Kayla isn’t sure if she wants to put all of her trust in Cord though, after all he broke her heart before.

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http://sensualreads.com/?p=10729

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Monday, September 10, 2012

Racing With The Wind by Regan Walker Blog Tour and Giveaway


Synopsis

Racing With the Wind
by REGAN WALKER

The intrepid daughter of an earl leaves Regency London for the Parisian
court of Louis XVIII, where she finds adventure, mystery, and above all,
love.

THE NIGHTHAWK Hugh Redgrave, marquess of Ormond, was
warned. Prinny had dubbed Lady Mary Campbell “the Swan,” but no
ordinary man could clip her wings. She was a bluestocking hellion, an illadvised
match by every account. Luckily, he sought no bride. His work lay
on the continent, where he’d become legend by stealing war secrets from
Boney. And yet, his memories of Lady Mary riding her stallion were a
thorn in his mind. He was the son of a duke and in the service of the
Prince Regent…and he would not be whole until he had won her hand.
THE SWAN It was unheard of for a Regency debutante to postpone her
first season, yet Lady Mary had done just that. Far more interested in
politics than a husband, she had no time for foolishness or frippery.
Already she had assisted her statesman uncle in Paris, and she swore to
return to the court of Louis XVIII no matter the danger. Like her black
stallion, Midnight, she would always run free. Only the truest heart would
race beside her.

About the Author
 Regan Walker's 

As a child, Regan loved to write stories, particularly about adventure-loving girls. But by the time she got to college, more serious pursuits were encouraged. One of her professors thought her suited to the profession of law. Regan says, “I became a lawyer because I thought it would be better to be a hammer than a nail.” Years of serving clients in private practice and several stints in high levels of government gave her a love of international travel and a feel for the demands of the "Crown" on its subjects. Hence, her first romance novels involve a demanding Prince Regent who thinks of his subjects as his private talent pool. Regan says her stories will always involve adventure as well as love.

Regan lives in San Diego with her Golden Retriever, Link, who she says inspires her every day to relax and smell the roses.


Regan Walker


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Review

Lady Mary Campbell is not your ordinary lady coming out into society, she is intelligent and can match any mans wits, has a will of her own and if she had her way would do away with her introduction to the season.   With her first entrance she makes heads turns and quickly becomes known as outspoken and untameable, it does not however stop the single gentlemen from taking notice of the beauty she bestows and the desire to get to know her closer.

Hugh Redgrave, the Marquess of Ormond, had been warned but the man also secretly known as the "Nighthawk" had to see for himself if Lady Mary was as intriguing as she sounded.  With an unsettling first meeting with the minx, Hugh finds himself wary of meeting her again, after all he does not want to get married anytime soon and when he is in her company, he finds himself thinking along that line.  When Lady Mary becomes embroiled in discovering a double agent working both sides of the war, Hugh ends up not only trying to protect her but trying to keep her far away from her other suitors.

Thoroughly enjoyable story, Racing With The Wind had a spark of humor, bit of intrigue, and a sensuous cat and mouse dance between the notorious rake, Hugh and the alluring but determined Lady Mary.  I enjoyed that Mary does not expect more from Hugh than who she knows he is, it really set the tone and left her character completely believable as a bluestocking hellion.  Loved it, would definitely reread and  pick up the next in what I hope is a new series.




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