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Oct 2, 2014

Bound by a Dragon by Linda K. Hopkins

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Bound by a DragonTitle: Bound by a Dragon
Author: Linda K. Hopkins

Rating:4 Stars
Source: Bought

 
Synopsis:

At twenty-two, Keira Carver needs to find a husband, and quickly, but the prospects in her small medieval village are not looking too good. So when Aaron Drake, a handsome stranger, takes up residence at Storbrook Castle, set deep in the surrounding mountains, Keira takes notice. Just as interesting is the fact that a fire-breathing dragon has also moved into the neighborhood, and is rumored to live in caves beneath the mountain fortress. What exactly is the connection between Aaron Drake and the dragon? And when the dragon rescues her from the unwanted attentions of some village boys, who will set out to rescue her from the huge, scaly, fire-breathing monster?

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My Thoughts

Nothing better than an old fashioned fairytale!

This story had all of the appeal of an old fairytale with a villain, a beautiful village girl, and of course a handsome hero. I loved the fast pace of this story it was a easy read that I enjoyed getting lost in. What I liked best, however, was the depth of the characters. While there was definitely an old fashioned feel to this tale, there was a bit of darkness to it as well. These characters weren't as sweet or as vicious as their exterior may seem. Also while admittedly there were parts that were predictable I was pleasantly pleased at the unique aspects too.

The romance was well paced and a nice change with all of the heated and fast moving love relationships in literature today. It had that old fashioned courtship appeal, but with a bit of spice added near the end as well. I really appreciated that you could see much of the development and how real it felt between them. There were plenty of obstacles, but their reactions and how they handled everything thrown at them suggested that this love was real and something they would work for.

Keira was a capable, brave, intelligent young woman. She loves her family dearly, but felt neglected by them most of the time. I liked that she used her head even when she was scared out of her mind. She was a rational and kind woman that knew how to live life for today. It was easy to see how she capture the heart of Aaron.

Aaron while charming and handsome was not without fault. He could have a temper and throw a tantrum sometimes, but it was nothing Keira couldn't handle. He was very protective and caring even to those who weren't as forgiving to him. I loved him and his intelligent understanding of others.

I think one of my favorite things about this story was how it handled the villains. They weren't treated with prejudice or seen as just an evil person. Instead their actions and motives were actually explored by the characters. Even when it was a detriment to them they tried to understand where that person was coming from.

I highly recommend this book to anyone who likes a good dragon tale and an old fashioned romance!
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Aug 6, 2014

The Lover’s Secret by J.C. Reed Spotlight/Giveaway

Posted by Katie Cody on Wednesday, August 06, 2014 in | | 1 Comment



 


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Genre: Mature New Adult/ Adult Contemporary Romance
Recommended for ages 18 and up.


When a sexy encounter comes like a dream and leaves like a nightmare…

Brooke Stewart thinks she’s finally safe. After witnessing the crime of a killer, she can move on from her past. But after one night at the Trio Hotel and meeting the sexy stranger with the green eyes that can steal one’s soul, her life is changed forever. Passions run deep. The fun is supposed to be for one night with no strings attached.

What she doesn’t know is that the sexy stranger has an agenda of his own. Brooke Stewart has something he desperately wants, something he can't admit to the woman he tries to get to surrender. A secret so deep it would upend her life if she found out too soon. He’s almost reached his goal, and then she gets a letter she was not meant to read. Suddenly, secrets get a completely new meaning.

Is the past really ever the past?

About J.C. Reed


J.C. Reed is the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and USA Today bestselling author of SURRENDER YOUR LOVE and CONQUER YOUR LOVE. She writes steamy contemporary fiction with a touch of mystery. When she's not typing away on her keyboard, forgetting the world around her, she dreams of returning to the beautiful mountains of Wyoming. You can also find her chatting on Facebook with her readers or spending time with her two children.
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Jul 29, 2014

Rain by Amanda Sun

Posted by Katie Cody on Tuesday, July 29, 2014 in | | | | | | 3 Comments
Title: Rain
Author: Amanda Sun

Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Source: Netgalley
Rating: 5 Stars

Synopsis:



When she first moved to Japan, American Katie Green had no idea she would get caught in a battle between the Japanese mafia and the supernatural forces that have governed Japan for most of its history. Despite the danger, Katie is determined to stay put. She's started to build a life in the city of Shizuoka, and she can't imagine leaving behind her friends, her aunt and especially Tomohiro, the guy she's fallen in love with. 

But the decision to stay is not as simple as she thought. She's flunking out of Japanese school and committing cultural faux pas wherever she goes. Tomohiro is also struggling—as a Kami, his connection to the ancient gods of Japan and his power to bring drawings to life have begun to spiral out of control. 

When Tomo decides to stop drawing, the ink finds other ways to seep into his life—blackouts, threatening messages and the appearance of unexplained sketches. Unsure how to help Tomo, Katie turns to an unexpected source for help—Jun, her former friend and a Kami with an agenda of his own. But is Jun really the ally he claims to be? In order to save themselves, Katie and Tomohiro must unravel the truth about Tomo's dark ancestry, as well as Katie's, and confront one of the darkest gods in Japanese legend.


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My Thoughts

Danger and romance combine to make a thrilling sequel. 

Just like the first book we are given a lot of detail about modern Japan, which is one of my favorite parts of this series. We really get a good look at the different cultures and how Katie learns to interact with her surroundings. In this one we get to see a festival and even my favorite activity catching fish! I like how this author can add all of this detail in without making the pacing to slow or seeming forced. In fact this book starts out with a bit of a bang. 

Katie was doing great in the first book learning how to better fit in, however with new threats and rivals its becoming a lot harder. In this book we get to see a bit more of a vulnerable side to Katie as she makes mistake after mistake. It was understandable though considering everything on her plate. It also made the differences between her and Tomo really come to light.

 Aside from the threats against them their relationship is still heating up. There are definitely some differences in dating with an American girl and Japanese boy. The author brings some of these issues up in a way that not only helps to move their relationship along, but add to the overall story line. 

Tomo is doing his best to combat the Ink's power, but it seems like the harder he tries to resist, the worse it gets. He really is a great hero with a lot of heart, but also a lot of issues. I liked getting to see more of his background in this book and why he is the way he is. 

This book is action packed and as the danger escalates its hard to tell just who is friend and foe. 

I highly recommend this amazing sequel to the Ink series. If you are a fan of paranormal romance and/or Japanese culture this is one story you won't want to miss!



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Jul 22, 2014

Her Bear Protector (BBW Shifter Romance) by Bonnie Burrows

Posted by Katie Cody on Tuesday, July 22, 2014 in | | | | | | 1 Comment
Her Bear Protector (BBW Shifter Romance)Title: Her Bear Protector
Author: Bonnie Burrows
Source: Bought
Rated: 4 Stars




Curvy Kyla takes herself out to her cabin in order to focus on her artwork and have some all important “me-time”. Little does she know, there is huge danger in the deep woods that surround her cabin and an unarmed female such as Kyla is fair game for the criminals and wild beasts that lie within the territory. 

Enter the mysterious and incredibly attractive Aaron. A huge musclebound man with the ability to transform into an even bigger dark bear. He tells her the only way she will survive out here is if he can take care of her and protect her. 

That is, to take care of her in more ways then just one... 

Disclaimer: Contains scenes of a sexual nature, 18+ 

Note: This BBW Paranormal romance features a plus-size theme and so only read this if you enjoy these themes.

My Thoughts


Short and sweet beginnings


This was a quick and romantic read that I couldn't put down. I also really liked the new twist on how the Werebears were created. It was definitely a unique new beginning compared to other shifter stories.

The romance which was the biggest and best part of the story was so sweet I adored the little banter they had going on. You could really see the chemistry between these two. It was also really nice to see that it wasn't insta love (insta lust maybe). They really took the time to get to know one another and the rest of the family.

Kyla was a warm hearted artist who was just seeking some peace and quiet. I thought she was a really sweet character and the perfect match for Aaron. She knew how to handle herself in a fight and wasn't afraid to stand up for or to her bear shifter.

Aaron was a sweetie that could easily melt anyone's heart. He had a playful nature about him and love to make his girl smile. He was however all alpha and as such loved to play rough.

This is a must read for any shifter fans out there! I cannot wait to finish this trilogy.

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Jul 14, 2014

Neverland by Anna Katmore

Posted by Katie Cody on Monday, July 14, 2014 in | | | | | | 4 Comments
Neverland (Adventures in Neverland #1)Title: Neverland
Author: Anna Katmore
Publisher:
Source: Bought
Rating: 5 Stars


Synopsis:

Why is there a boy who doesn’t want to grow up?
How can an apple start the sweetest romance in fairytale history?
And what does a ruthless pirate have to do with it all?


Angelina McFarland loves reading fairytales. But she never dreamed of falling right into one herself. That’s exactly what happens when she slips on her balcony and a flying Peter Pan catches her mid-fall.

Ending up in Neverland where no one seems to age and laws of nature are out of control, Angel has no idea how to get home. Worse, the ruthless Captain Hook captures her and keeps her trapped on his ship, the Jolly Roger, where she gets caught between the lines of a timeless battle. But the more time Angel spends with the captain, the more she sees beneath his ruthless fa├žade.

As Angel desperately tries to find a way to return to her real life, she discovers a train ticket to London in her pocket. It won’t be any help in getting off the island, but as her memory fades away the longer she stays, this is all she has left to remind her of her former life and why she can’t give up trying.

Or is staying in Neverland forever the better choice after all?


Grab a happy thought and follow Angel on an adventure that will keep you breathless and smiling long after you read the last page…


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My Thoughts

How to fall in love with Captain Hook, read Neverland!

Anna Katmore spins a fantastic new tale from an old favorite Neverland! While much of the setting was familiar the author was able to explore it in much more depth and really brought the characters to life. I was also really happy that there was a lot more going on than just the romance as well. There are some interesting things going on in this Neverland that really explain a lot, especially about Peter and Hook. I definitely will never look at these two the same way again. 

As secondary characters go my absolute favorite was Tameka who is the pixie who hangs out with Peter. She is so sweet and endearing, but also pretty strong when she needed to be. I hope to see her again in the sequel.

Now my favorite character was definitely Hook (Jamie). He was ruthless and everything a Pirate should be to better put it in his own words:

"And the ugliest, meanest and scariest of them, I was told."

Well scratch the ugly part for sure! However, looks are decieving in this book and when it came to Angel he could be one of the sweetest men out there. Don't let that fool you he is still a pirate and well they love to steal, especially hearts.

The romance was well paced and a bit rocky at first. Even when they were steaming mad at each other you could still see the love brewing. With the help of a couple of lovely and colorful fairies they might have a chance at love, but will Angel still choose to leave forever?

Angelina or Angel for short is one spunky and spirited young girl. Definitely a match for the notorious Captain Hook, but she still was in for the fight of her life. She was caring and loyal even when things were bleak, which I loved about her. I also loved her interactions with Hook. There was never a dull moment between these two and I could not get enough of them! 

I highly recommend this book to anyone who has ever wanted to run away to Neverland and maybe a little romance!




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