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Jul 28, 2015

TheFine Art of Deception by Alyssa Richards

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The Fine Art of Deception: Undoing TimeTitle: The Fine Art of Deception
Author: Alyssa Richards
Rating: 5 Stars
Source: Review Copy


Art appraiser Addison Montgomery just wants a normal life. One where she can ignore the vicious ghosts who follow her. One where she’s free from her “gift” of touching an object and seeing the owner’s deepest secrets. And one where she can fall in love without having all of the above get in the way.

But when tall, dark, and dangerous gallery owner Blake Greenwood enters her life, normal is the last thing she’s feeling. The man has more secrets than the priceless art he sells, giving Addison’s quest for normal no chance. That, and he may just hold the key to uncovering the truth behind her father’s unexplained disappearance.

Despite her paranormal gifts warning her to stay away, she feels an inexplicable, captivating fascination for him, something that goes deeper than attraction. There’s something between them that’s older than time, and if she can learn to give him her trust, it may just save her life.

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My Thought
 Vivid and enthralling writing that really brought the story to life. The story was full of intrigue and steamy romance. I couldn't put it down.

The setting for this story really put me in mind of a high society crime thriller, but with the added mix of paranormal elements. Non stop action and tons of twists and turns kept me on my toes until the very last page. The fast paced storyline made it hard to put down.

I really liked the bit of history that was out I to the story it was interesting and helped to add to this books mystique. 

Addie has the gift of sight, but she wouldn't necessarily call it a gift. She was a strong character with a lot of depth. I liked her spirit and her ability to see the good in people even when they couldn't see it themselves. 

Blake was a great match for Addie as he was confident, smart, an didn't let her get away with hiding her true self. He was mysterious and alluring, everything a hero should be.

The mystery was intriguing and had me guessing for much of the book. I can't wait for the next one to find out more.

This is a top notch crime thriller with an unforgettable romance!
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Jun 20, 2015

The Defiant BRide by Leslie Hachtel

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The Defiant BrideTitle: The Defiant Bride
Author: Leslie Hachtel
Source: Review Copy
Rating: 4 Stars


Furious at being used as a political pawn, the Lady Dariana defies King Henry VII by faking her own death to avoid marrying a man she has never met. Praying the king will not retaliate against her father, she seeks refuge in the forest and learns to fend for herself. When William, a warrior knight, is felled by an arrow, she saves his life and arranges his rescue before fleeing to avoid discovery.

William awakes from his injury to be told he imagined the beautiful woman in the forest. Besotted and determined to make her his own, he hunts her down and tricks her into marrying him, intent on turning her defiance into love. But even as he begins to succeed, their enemies join forces to end the marriage—even if it means that Dariana must die.

When Dariana is abducted, William must track her down to fight for her life and their happiness. And, Dariana, once the most defiant of brides, must channel her own strength of will into survival, both for herself—and for the child she now carries.

My Thoughts 

A historical romance full of nonstop adventure.

This was a fast paced romance that I couldn't put down. We are thrown right into the thick of things from page one. The characters are vibrant and the romance was sizzling. The spark between Dariana and William is instant and all encompassing, but this spunky beauty doesn't give in without a fight.

Dariana was a vibrant and firey young woman who didn't take things lying down. Most young ladies her age are all married and have children of their own, but Dariana has been given the gift of choice, until now. Dariana was brave and daring, especially for a woman of her time. I really liked seeing how she handled things. I respected her ability to make choices and deal with the consequences, for better or worse. She wasn't a wilting violet that would cry and bemoan her fate. Instead she took charge and did her best to make her own way.

Her stubborn will and defiant nature really gave William a run for his money. I liked the exchanges between these two, even when they were at each others throats. They really are a match made in heaven and they sure knew how to heat things up.

William was an alpha male through and through. He was at deaths door when he first met Dariana and was taken in at first sight. His determination to find and have her was unstoppable. he pursued Dariana relentlessly and once he had her made sure to protect and cherish her as the woman he loved. William has a stubborn side that matches Dariana, which didn't always work out for him. Luckily, his sister was able to help him when he was being especially pigheaded.

I adored this action packed romance and cannot wait to delve into more of Leslie Hachtel's works.
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Jun 9, 2015

Golden by Melinda Michaels

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Title: Golden
Author: Melinda Michaels
Rating: 5 Stars
Source: Review Copy


High school senior Hanna Loch just suffered a blackout in front of her entire homeroom class. She hasn’t had one in over ten years, and she’s terrified—the last time she blacked out, she woke up with no memory of her life before. To make matters worse, no one can explain why it happens. For Hanna, bad things tend to come in threes.

And that doesn’t even begin to cover it . . .

When she learns she could be a descendant of someone who lived /once upon a time/, Hanna must put her trust in William Vann, a descendant of one of the most hated villains ever known. Their histories are intertwined in more ways than she expected, and he has answers about her past, answers even her family won’t share.

But is it safe to put her trust in someone who appears to be danger reincarnate, while trying to escape the darkness that tried to kill her ten years ago?

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My Thoughts

Reality and fantasy collide in this romantic adventure!

As an avid fan of fairy tale retellings, I was extremely excited to read Golden  and I was not disappointed. The story is set in our world with everyday people. However, there was magic at work, messing with people's lives. One of the things I really liked about this book was that it used the original tales instead of the watered down versions that were told over time. It helped to keep with the original lessons as well as introducing a few of its own. The thing I like most about fairy tales is how they are timeless and even retellings have a few words of wisdom within their pages. 

The theme throughout this book was that everything wasn't always so black and white. There was no clear line dividing the villains and the heroes. It also gave a bit of mystery to the story. I love guessing who everyone was and figuring out right alongside Hanna, exactly who the real villains were.

Hanna is a down to earth girl who likes to read fairytales, but doesn't necessarily believe in them. I really liked her level headed nature and the way she always tried to take care of others. She didn't whine bout her misfortunes and instead spent her time trying to find solutions. She also has a bit of sass to her which she lived using in William.

William was an interesting character to et to know as well. He was complex and a little naughty at times, but he had a good heart. One of my favorite aspects about this character was that even hitch he worried about Hanna m, he never once tried to co trip her. He respected her decisions and saw her as the intelligent woman she was, instead of a little girl that needs o be protected from everything.

The idea for his story was really original and I liked how she weaves in all of the different fairytale chapters and gave them more complex personalities. I am really hoping this will continue in into a series, as there are still a lot of characters with stories I would like to get to hear more of. Owen, especially, I would love o ear how his story ends.

If your looking for happily ever after with a twist, check out Golden!

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Jun 1, 2015

Ruby Shadows by Evangeline Anderson

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Ruby Shadows (Born to Darkness, #3)Title: Ruby Shadows
Author: Evangeline Anderson
Rating: 5 Stars
Source: Review Copy


Nothing is for free when it comes to demons…a fact that Gwendolyn LaRoux finds out the hard way when she summons Laish, a minor demon from the Shadow Lands to help her cook up a little black magic. Unfortunately black magic has a way of growing and soon Gwendolyn finds herself drowning in darkness. Still, she’s determined to clean up her own mess. But when a creature from the Abyss enters our world and threatens her beloved grandmother, Gwendolyn has to admit she needs help—which means summoning the infuriating Laish, even though she swore never to call on him again.

Answering Gwendolyn’s incantations in a moment of boredom was a mistake for a demon who keeps what little heart he has left under lock and key. Laish immediately fell for the Creole beauty with jade green eyes and creamy, café au lait skin and now he’s determined to have her—no matter what the cost. And thanks to Gwendolyn’s sticky dilemma, the price just went up.

When it turns out that the intrepid witch must travel through the Shadow Lands and close the door she left open to the Pit, she knows at once she can’t make the dangerous journey on her own. Of course Laish is more than willing to act as her escort and bodyguard…for a not-so-small fee. Gwendolyn doesn’t want to use her body as a bargaining chip but the lustful demon will accept no other form of currency. And since her grandmother’s life is at stake, she has no choice. Little by little she must give in to his demands.

As Gwendolyn and Laish travel further and further into the interior of Hell, will he be able to keep her safe? And will she be able to keep her innocence? Or with they lose themselves and each other among the… Ruby Shadows?

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My Thoughts

Vampires, Werewolves, and Demons. Oh My!

Evangeline really knows how to write paranormal romance. The first two books in the "Born to Darkness" series gave us some insight into the different creatures occupying this world and now we get a look into a whole new world inside of it. Taking a trip to hell has never been so hot. One of my favorite things about this authors books are the way she does her world building. Hell, was no exception. I loved how she interwove a lot of different ideas and myths surrounding Hell and the underworld, but still added her own little twist and ideas to the mix. This book was a bit darker than the first two, but it fit perfectly with the theme of the book. 

I was also really fond of the small jokes the author added in that served as both foreshadowing and to lighten the mood.

"Actually I live in the part of Hell the ancient Greeks termed Hades," Laish said blandly. "It's quite scenic-I even have a lovely pomegranate tree in my front yard" 

Gwendolyn was a really strong heroine and I liked her spunk. She has a tough outer shell, but given her circumstances its understandable. I really liked that she kept her kind heart, even after all of the horrible things she goes through after going through Hell, literally. Gwendolyn doesn't let Laish push her around or manipulate her, but she does give him the benefit of the doubt. The exchanges between her and Laish are always amusing and often steamy. 

There is a slow buildup in the romance department, making their relationship seem more realistic. However, there is plenty of passion and sexy moments from the first page to the last. This is one of the things that I love about Evangeline Anderson's books, the way she builds up the anticipation until the best moment possible. 

Laish is protective, ruthless, and dominant. He is a true alpha male, but he was not an asshole. I loved Laish he had his faults and didn't always play fair, but he was honest and never tried to suppress or demean Gwendolyn. He did his best to support her and even when it was detrimental to himself, he allowed Gwendolyn to do things at her own pace and in her own way. He is an amazing hero and one of my absolute favorites of the entire series! He also knew just how to get his little witch to give in to temptation.

I cannot wait to see what else this author has in store. You do not want to miss "Ruby Shadows" it is one Hell of a story!

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May 25, 2015

White Dawn by Tracy Cooper Posey

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3D White Dawn Title: White Dawn
Author: Tracy Cooper-Posey
Source: ARC

Rating: 5 Stars


Home is where the heart is.

After escaping the presidential palace, Carmen Escobedo is trapped on war-torn Vistaria. She shelters with a rogue resistance unit led by a medical doctor with a mountainous chip on his shoulder, and no time for Carmen’s city-soft sensibilities. Neither does he care that she’s the daughter of the assassinated President of Vistaria.

Garrett Blackburn is scarred, scruffy and indifferent to anything but the need to pay back the pain and suffering in his life in a very big way. But he pummels, trains and molds Carmen into a good fighter for the sake of the unit…or so he says.

While the Loyalists try to coax the United States into supporting them, the Insurrectos secretly extract silver from a United States-owned mine, and use it to buy themselves support. Carmen and Garrett learn about the silver and pass the news to the Loyalists and the American corporation which owns the mine. Suddenly, the outcome of the war against the Insurrectos hinges on one simple silver mine, and who controls it.

WARNING: This erotic romantic suspense contains frequent, explicit and frank sex scenes and sexual language. Don’t proceed beyond this point if hot love scenes offend you.
No Vistarian Loyalists came to harm during the making of this book.

Check out excerpts and more from Tracey Cooper-Posey at her webstie here.

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My Thoughts 

When your back is up against the wall a sexy soldier is who you call.

This is a fast paced story full of danger, political intrigue, and sizzling passion. You are immediately thrown into the midst of the action in this book. I liked that there was lots of twists and turns to keep you riveted to the pages. The setting was detailed and dangerously beautiful. It was easy to see how you could lose your heart and possibly your life so easily there. 

The romance was beautiful and the chemistry between Carmen and Garrett was palpable from page one. I really liked the slow burn of the romance and how we got to see them really connect and grow throughout the story. 

Carmen was strong and willful heroine, I really admired her spirit. She lost her father and was thrust into an unknown and dangerous situation where she couldn't trust anyone. Carmen started out naive in the ways of warfare, but she didn't back down from anyone or anything. She didn't buckle under the pressure instead she stepped up and took steps to protect herself. I enjoyed seeing her grow from a scared and naive woman into someone who could take care of herself. 

I couldn't get enough of Carmen and Garrett. These two knew how to push each others buttons, but they also had each others back through thick or thin. Their relationship was a bit of a love/hate one at the beginning, but it was easy to see the love these two had for each other.

There is just something about an alpha male that you can't resist and Garrett was most definitely an alpha male.

Garrett was a stubborn take no prisoners kind of guy. The kind of guy that a stubborn woman like Carmen needed. I thoroughly enjoyed going on this journey with Carmen and Garrett and see them grow as people and fall for each other in the process.

Join Carmen and Garrett as they take the world by storm and fall victim to that crazy little thing called love.

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