Monthly Archives: March 2015

Review: Heart of Rocky by Kelsey Jordan

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Book Description

The Takeover
Tor Omar James, King of the North African pride, needs one woman if he has any hope of keeping his sanity – Anise, his Soul’s Mate. There’s only one problem: she’s pregnant by Derrick, Tor of the United States pride. Anise is caught between the love that every Lycan covets and the motherly devotion to the son she would sacrifice so much for. Can Omar survive the takeover of the US pride and convince Anise that he is more man than lion?

The Defender
Asim Tyson, the Defender of the Hafiz, is fighting off the insanity of his longing after losing his Soul’s Mate in battle. Unfortunately, his self-centered existence results in the gross neglect of his people when they need him the most. When Harmony appears in his life, he is forced to make a choice. Should he resist the lure of Harmony’s caustic melody or embrace his weakness in order to keep her safe?

Review

The Takeover

Can you imagine a word that you knew who your soul mate was? How easy would that be? There it’s that one over there. Forget about all the heart ache at having to find that one person.

Omar James knew who his soul mate was, the problem was she was married to another man and having his baby. To get to her he had to take over the US pride. Their Tor was his mates husband, Derek and may I add a total schmuck. How Derek treated Anise while she was delivering his baby was despicable. I wanted to go through the book and strangle him myself. I had stronger words in mind however not very PG. Anise, Omar’s soul mate and married to Derrick knows that Omar is coming to take over, she is happy to see Derrick go to his death but at what cost, her sons? Omar not only has to win the take over but worse win his mates trust over her son.

The Defender:

Now imagine finding that one person for you, then losing them or not being able to have them.   Maybe not knowing you have a soul mate is a way to go after all.

Tyson lost his soul mate and has not been the same since.  In Tyson’s world not being with your soul mate can make you insane.   In Tyson’s case insane, not really, self absorbed maybe.  Ok more than maybe, he has neglected his people for way too long.  It has taken a woman named Harmony to open his eyes and see whats going on around him.  Is that enough though.

Omar and Tyson were strong powerful men fighting for their soul mates in one form or another Equally important the woman in their lives were a force to be reckoned with themselves even though they had gotten themselves in bad situations.   Anise with the wrong man and Harmony the wrong place at the wrong time. Both not letting the situations get the best of them, which trust me once you read you wonder if they can emotionally be the same again. Heart of Rocky was not one story but two novellas together.  You really did not need to read one to understand the other. The plots were well laid out with an easy flow.  At times Kelsey Jordan told you rather than showed you which could get a little confusing.  All in all both stories were interesting and different and I liked them, you would enjoy as well.

4 stars

Tori

YA Spring Fling Give Away: Fantasy & Urban Fantasy

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From March 20th to April 3rd, over 70 authors come together to give away hundreds of books. The YA Spring Fling is an opportunity for readers to find new books, new authors and take part in something very special. Here is a sneak peek of some of the books involved in the giveaway.

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The Scourge by A.G. Henley

 Seventeen-year-old Groundling, Fennel, is Sightless. She’s never been able to see her lush forest home, but she knows its secrets. She knows how devious and arrogant the Groundlings’ tree-dwelling neighbors, the Lofties, can be. And she’s always known this day would come–the day she faces the Scourge alone.

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The Universe Unbound Trilogy by Augusta Blythe

In WINTERBORNE, best friends Loie and Mia discover a world they never knew existed. In RAVENSTOKE, they learn to navigate their new paths. In THE YAWNING VOID, the stakes are raised even higher with innocent lives hanging in the balance and the girls in danger of losing everyone and everything they hold dear.

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Dragon Blood 1: Pliethin by Avril Sabine

Amber’s life is dramatically changed when she’s forced to move to a small Queensland town. Dragons are no longer myths.  She’s caught up in their world of clans, ancient traditions and dangerous enemies.

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The Witching Elm by CN Crawford

A young sorcerer named Toby escapes from a civil war in Maremount, an alternate version of Boston created after the Salem Witch Trials. In the form of a crow, he flies to a creaky old school in the center of downtown Boston. Along with his new friend Fiona, they discover magical secrets about the school as the civil war creeps from Maremount into Boston.

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Bone Dry by Cady Vance

Sixteen-year-old Holly Bennett is a comic book nerd, a con artist…and a shaman. But when her cons lead to the death and disappearance of those around her, Holly races against the clock to save her mother’s life, her town, and everything she’s ever known.

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Rosamund’s Heart by Cate Dean

When Rosamond convinces her friend Dan to explore a haunted castle, she expects them to find only a ghost or two. Instead they discover the missing prince, and stumble into the middle of a violent, desperate bid for the throne.

In order to save the injured Prince Jaren, and the boy she has loved since they first met, Rosamond must reach beyond her own violent past to find her courage.

And by choosing the path of courage, she may end up losing her heart.

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The Edge of the Woods by Ceinwen Langley

 A village surrounded by dangerous woods filled with fireflies and, so it’s said, creatures. A girl trying to fight unfair laws to win a decent life for herself and her mother. A boy watching her from behind the trees.

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Hegira by Ela Lond

 Amanda believed she was alone in the world and afraid of never being able to escape her uncle’s greedy clutches.. But then three men burst into the house, interrupting the wedding, and take her away. The intruders call themselves Elementals.

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Sacrificed: The Last Oracle by Emily Wibberley

Fifteen-year-old Clio should have never been the Oracle. That power is passed from mother to eldest daughter, and Clio is the youngest of four sisters. But when her entire family is murdered by the king’s adviser, Clio is left all alone and heir to a power she never wanted and doesn’t understand…

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Gifted by H.S. Stone

 In a kingdom where the Gifteds are forced to fight to the death, Voima is fortunate that she is just a Regular. However, her brother, Vendd, isn’t so lucky. After he is captured, Voima, an outmatched Regular girl, must defeat the kingdom’s most dangerous Gifteds in order to save her brother from certain death.

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Bound in Blue: Book One of the Sword Elements by Heather Hamilton-Senter

Rhi’s ability to see magic as color places her at the center of a conflict between the ancient gods of Avalon. She must master this strange power and remake Excalibur – the Sword of Elements—but if she succeeds, Rhi will become more dangerous than any god. And gods don’t like being challenged.

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Fairy, Texas by Margo Bond Collins

Laney Harris thinks there might be monsters in Fairy, Texas. She’s right.

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Hell is Coming (Watcher’s Series Book One) by NP Martin

 A dark urban fantasy novel for lovers of strong female protagonists, loads of action and just a pinch of romance.

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Of Introductions and Abductions: Monkey Queen Book One by Robert Dahlen

 When Beth McGill, college student and geek girl, discovers that all around her is not what it seems, her life will be changed forever. She’ll meet and team up with Michiko, the wisecracking teen hero known as the Monkey Queen, to rescue a mutual friend. It’ll be a weekend they’ll never forget…if they survive to see Monday morning.

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White Hart by Sarah Dalton

 Mae never asked to be craft-born. She never wanted that burden.

The realm needs magic again, and the the King of Aegunlund has been waiting for the first craft-born girl to marry his son, Prince Casimir.

In Mae’s town of Halts-Walden, the ambitious miller claims his daughter Ellen is craft-born. Mae knows this is a load of hogwash, but she’s glad Ellen will have the unfortunate pleasure of becoming queen instead of her. All she has to do is sit back and wait until Casimir and Ellen are married, then she will finally be free of the threat of her fate. But on that day an event so shocking and terrible occurs that Mae finds herself entering the neighbouring cursed forest on a quest she never thought she’d have to follow.

Join Mae as she rides her white stag through the Waerg Woods with a pampered prince at her heels. She’s out for revenge and nothing, no one, will get in her way.

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Arcane by Sever Bronny

An Amazon bestseller in coming of age fantasy, Arcane is about three friends who endure a harrowing ordeal while apprenticing under a legendary warlock.

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Pegasi and Prefects (Scholars and Sorcery #1) by Eleanor Beresford

 Charley’s final year at boarding school is complicated by an unwanted Games Captainship, a runaway pegasus, and falling in love with another girl. What is a reluctant Senior Prefect to do?

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Waterborn and Waterdreamer by Kimberley James

 Charms fade… “You don’t have to choose. You can be both. The girl with the charm, the girl without. They both suit you.”

Caris Harper lives a charmed life. Literally.

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Somewhere Only We Know by Cheyanne Young

 Sadie Bradford’s life is one anxiety attack after another. All she wants is to escape life’s realities for the summer and hang out with her best friend Aaron. But her grandmother has other plans: Sadie will get a job. Sadie will do volunteer work. Sadie will make new friends – friends without brain injuries that make them forget everything…friends that aren’t Aaron.

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Memory’s Wake by Selina Fenech

 I don’t know who I am. I don’t know what I am. All I know is that I’m being hunted, and this world is not my own.

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Visions by Kimberley Readnour

Heather Reiner isn’t your typical teenager. With abilities reaching far beyond the norm, she’s just beginning to discover her possibilities. Join Heather and discover her mystical encounters.

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Q & A with the organiser – Sarah Dalton

 How can readers enter the YA Spring Fling giveaway?

 Head over to my website Sarahdaltonbooks.com and find the page for the YA Spring Fling (handy hint, it’s HERE). Once you’re there you can browse through the books on offer, or check out more information about the participating authors.

You should see plenty of links prompting you to enter the giveaway. Simply fill out the Google document telling us which books you’d like to win, the format you prefer, and whether you would also like to win paperbacks and swag. It’s that simple. Pick the books you want and sign off.

 

How will I know I’ve won?

 There are so many books on offer that I’d be surprised if you didn’t win something! So you will be hearing from us. J

After April 3rd, I will collate all the entries and pass them on to the participating authors. They will then choose the winners at random and Email the winners to let them know the good news.

Will my Email or personal details be used outside the giveaway?

 Absolutely not. We’re all against spam and promise not to use your Email for anything other than contacting you as a winner. If you joined up to the YA Spring Fling mailing list you will receive one Email telling you the giveaway is open, and another warning you it is about to close. That’s it!

Is the giveaway open internationally?

 Yes! But there are some paperbacks on offer that are region specific. Not all of our authors are sending paperbacks and swag internationally, purely because it costs us so much money and we ain’t made of it. 😉

We will ask for your country of residence in the Google document. That’s so we can work out the winners for region specific paperbacks more easily. Everything else is open internationally.

 

I have a question, who can I contact?

 Me! Send me a message on Facebook. My Email might be clogged by answering author queries, so Facebook might be the easiest method.

 

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 You can tell everyone and anyone who might like YA books. If you’d like to spread the word it would be awesome if you could follow or like some of the authors and share their posts about the giveaway. You can find a full list of the participating authors and their social media links here.

 

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Review and Giveaway: Andromeda’s Fall (Shadowcat Nation #1) by Abigail Owen

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Book Description:

Andromeda Reynolds is being hunted. After witnessing her mother’s violent death at the hands of a pack of wolf shifters, Andie has devoted her life to protecting her community of cougar shifters from a similar fate. But now, a greater threat lies within her own dare, and she must run. If she stays, Kyle Carstairs will force their mating, seeking the added political power their union would provide.

Andie would rather chew off her own foot than end up with Kyle. Though, knowing him, she won’t live long either way. Andie’s only hope of survival is to mate Jaxon Keller, the Alpha of the Keller Dare with which she is seeking asylum. But before she can get to him, Andie must first go through A.J., one of the Alpha’s Protectors.

What Andie doesn’t realize is that A.J. has secrets of his own. All Andie knows is that the incredibly frustrating shifter insists on challenging her story, her skills, her trust… and her heart.

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Review:

Andromeda Reynolds (aka Andie) is on the run from the alpha’s son of her old Dare, Kyle Carstairs. If she stayed, Kyle for sure would try again to mate her by force.  He failed this time and even though she is a skilled fighter she can’t take the chance he wins the next time. Kyle winning actually might mean her death.   She had to leave and try and seek asylum with the Keller Dare.  Due to her high status the only way the Carstairs have no right to her is if she marries the Keller Alpha, Jaxon Keller.

Convincing the Keller alpha is a different story.  She can’t even get to him. She has to convince AJ, one of the Keller alpha protectors that she is worthy of asylum. He challenges her to the core. Andie senses he is keeping secrets but she is determined to show him she is smart and has the skills to stay.

This is my first time reading Abigail Owen. Owen made me love her characters. Andie is not only a bad ass fighter, she is incredibly smart and witty too. She was a force to be reckon with and was my favorite. I actually think my favorite part was AJ making her run and thinking she would not last long at all.   Hrs and hrs and many miles later she was still going.  What made it funny was she showed him up and did not even have to say a word. Even funnier he hates to run. AJ was every bit an alpha as the story portrayed him to be with just enough mushiness.  The sparks between them were flying but Andie could not do anything about it she had to stick to her plan and marry the Keller alpha.  It was getting harder and harder to do because AJ was making it very difficult.

I definitely recommend this book and cannot wait for the next.   I may even pick up and try one of her other series.

5 Stars

Tori

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Book Review: Viper Game (GhostWalkers book 11) by Christine Feehan

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Book Description:

Hailed as “the queen of paranormal romance” by J.R. Ward, #1 New York Times bestselling author “Christine Feehan continues to amaze readers” (The Eternal Night) with her phenomenal novels. Now, from the author of the Dark Carpathian series, comes the newest in Christine Feehan’s explosive GhostWalker series…

GhostWalker Wyatt Fontenot knows the price he paid for the secret military experiments that gave him his special catlike abilities. After all, he left his bayou home a healer and came back a killer. While Wyatt and his GhostWalker brother Gator may have known exactly the sort of game they were getting into, Wyatt never anticipated where it would lead—or to whom.

The swamps hold many mysteries, but few are as sinuously seductive as Le Poivre de Cayenne. The woman the locals call Pepper is every bit as enigmatic as the three little girls she’s desperately trying to protect. From what, Wyatt is soon to discover. Right now Pepper needs a man like Wyatt. Passionately. But her secrets are about to take them both deeper into the bayou than either imagined—where desire is the deadliest poison of all.

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Book Review:

Wyatt Fontenot is part of a secret military experiment, he had been altered with catlike abilities. He came home to his Nonny to find she had been bullied by a group of men on the other side of the bayou. He knew the place and who was running it, but what did they have to do with his Nonny and who on earth would bully a little old woman.  Something was not adding up. Wyatt was on a mission to find out and to scare the men who pushed her down. What he did not expect was finding Pepper and what came with her.

Pepper also altered but not by choice was running for her life and the life of the child she was trying to save.   In the process they got hurt, she needed help.  She had to get to the house across the Bayou.  The old woman who lived there would leave blankets and food on her porch at night.   The old woman also known as Nonny had no idea what was out there, but she left the items anyway. Pepper knew she would help but the help she ended up getting was not what she expected and from whom.

A fight for truth, for life and most of all freedom.  What is a life if you can’t live it freely? Feehan portrayed exactly that in this book.   Pepper needed help it was not just for her but for three little girls who also was given no choice.   What they did to these girls and are still doing because Pepper could only run with one is unimaginable.  Pepper who was already strong is now stronger with Wyatt and his crew by her side.  They will stop at nothing to get those girls out, even if it means their own lives.

The passion between Wyatt and Pepper was intense to say the least.  This is where the story fell a little. The passion was too intense for this story and Wyatt’s domineering and jealous personality added no value.   The story in itself pulled you in, but these parts pulled you out.

Viper Game was a not a favorite however It is a series that I recommend

3 Stars

Tori

 

Book Excerpt and Give Away: Darkness Calling by Laurie Olerich

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DARKNESS CALLING (Primani #5)

by Laurie Olerich

Dark Urban Fantasy Romance

Published on March 5th, 2015

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Finally freed from a century in purgatory, former-wild child Aisling just wants to raise her son and live as a normal human again. Her taste of freedom is cut short the moment her past comes to claim her. There’s one reason she was exiled, and his name is Cain. With him, there was only darkness, and the angels help her, she liked it that way. Now he’s back, and his commands are simple. Stay away from Sean or else. But when he threatens to take her son, she turns to the one man who can save them both. Sean.
Sean is sick and tired of his baby mama’s hateful attitude. Her mood swings give him whiplash, and he’s seriously thinking of strangling her. But when a brutal old enemy shows up to destroy everyone Sean loves, he discovers Aisling is hiding more than her feelings for him.
Joining forces to protect their son, Sean and Aisling set out on a journey that leads them from the city streets of Manhattan to the elegant hotels of Vienna to the final terrifying showdown in the bowels of Rome.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Laurie Olerich is the author of the urban fantasy romance series Primani. She loves to create guilty pleasures full of exciting locations, roller coaster action, strong, quirky heroines, and steaming hot heroes who’ll raise the temperature in any room you’re in! Paranormal romance? Check! Urban fantasy? Check! Romantic suspense? Check! Her Primani series combines the best of the three. When not plotting, writing, or fantasizing about her next hero, she’s planning parties, traveling the world, and spending lazy nights with her son, her Dal pals, and friends. Laurie spent most of her life in the Northeastern United States and in Germany. She now lives in San Antonio, Texas, with her son and Dalmatian duo, Domino and Rambo. Before throwing caution to the wind and diving into a writing career, Laurie dedicated 20 years to a career spent around men with guns and cool toys…this explains her obsession with both!
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Excerpt:

“Do it,” he whispered, eyes snapping open, mouth curled on one side. “Go on. Pull the trigger.”

His voice sent shivers racing across her skin, her heart pounding in her chest. Her hand shook. The muzzle tapped his skin once, twice, and a third time.

Yes. Do it. Just squeeze the trigger, and be done with it. Give him the justice he deserves. He used her. He betrayed her. He was a demon. Her plan was solid; her entrance professional. She was a killer. She was a professional. She made one mistake.

She looked into his eyes.

His eyes gleamed with that eerie golden light, drawing her in, stripping her bare. He breathed easily even as her heart galloped in her chest and sweat ran from her palms. In one swift motion, he caught her gun hand. With eyes never leaving her face, he got to his feet. Grinding her knuckles together, he pushed the gun downward until her arm was wrenched behind her back. Nudging her thigh with his, he walked her backwards until he crowded her against the wall. The steel of the pistol bit deep into the small of her back, but she’d rip her arm off before crying out. He had taken too much already.

He was so close she felt the heat of his skin, the hum of his power, and the bulge of his erection. He smiled at the exact moment she realized he was hard for her. The voice in her head screamed in terror even as liquid pooled between her legs.

“You should’ve pulled the trigger,” he murmured as his mouth caught hers.

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Book Review: Bitten by a Hellcat by Felicity Heaton

Book Description

Bitten by a Hellcat (Eternal Mates Romance Series Book 6)
The sole remaining member of the most famous shifter hunter family in history, Owen Nightingale is a mercenary and a man with a secret held in his closely guarded heart, but when a beautiful rare shifter catches his eye and offers him a job, he has the feeling he’ll be the one paying for helping her—with his heart.

Cait is in a spot of trouble with a capital T. A male hellcat has set his sights on claiming her and she’s one kitty who doesn’t want a collar. When she meets a dark, alluring and mysterious hunter, she sees a chance to rid herself of the male, but the price Owen sets and the fierce passion that burns white-hot between them lures her dangerously under his seductive spell.

Can Owen discover the true intent of the male hellcat and stop Cait from falling into his hands? And can Cait retain control as the heat of desire burns between her and Owen, or will a reckless moment seal both of their fates forever?

Book Review

Owen Nightingale is a mercenary and the last remaining member of the famous shifter hunter family. Maybe that’s why everyone is avoiding him while he is just trying to unwind over a drink. They don’t know his next job, it could be one of them.   Looking around he spots the most beautiful shifter he has ever seen who happens to be staring him down, challenging him.  Owen who goes up against the best of them is up for the challenge however the instant attraction causes his heart to take a leap. It ends up she needs his help and is offering him a job.

Cait is running from a male hellcat who is trying to claim her.  In her world, female cats get claimed by a collar not by their choice.  They become their slaves so to speak, their breeding machines.   She is determined to not let this happen to her.  She spots a dark mysterious hunter across the bar and sees her chance for help.   What she did not except was the instant passion that ignites.

Owen will do what he needs too to protect her and find out what this male hellcat truly wants with Cait.    The passion between them is ready to explode they can’t help the draw to each other. In a heated passion the unthinkable happens, their fate has been sealed but with a large price.

This is my first Felicity Heaton book.  Coming in at book 6 had me worried a little but it did not seem to be a problem at all. This can be read as a standalone.   I had fun reading this book and now knowing that some characters did guest appearances I definitely plan on going back to read from book one.  I am not sure if Heaton’s style is to send strong messages but this one packed a punch for woman’s equal right to choose and to be treated equal, but not too much that it over powered the story. In fact Cait herself was not a damsel in distress she was a cat who definitely could take care of herself. I enjoyed the plot the twist and turns and most of all the romance and passion in this story. I look forward to going back and starting from the beginning, I have added a new author to my reading list.

5 Stars

Tori

Book 6: Bitten by a Hellcat (Eternal Mates Paranormal Romance Series Book 6)

Book 5: Craved by an Alpha (Eternal Mates Paranormal Romance Series Book 5)

Book 4: Hunted by a Jaguar (Eternal Mates Paranormal Romance Series Book 4)

Book 3:Tempted by a Rogue Prince (Eternal Mates Paranormal Romance Series Book 3)

Book 2: Claimed by a Demon King (Eternal Mates Paranormal Romance Series Book 2)

Book 1: Kissed by a Dark Prince (Eternal Mates Paranormal Romance Series Book 1)