Tuesday, July 31, 2012

An extraordinary game of seduction begins. . . .

To Pleasure a Lady by Nicole Jordan

Nicole Jordan spins a delectable tale of wit and exquisite sensuality in this mesmerizing Regency romance, the captivating first in a dazzling new trilogy, The Courtship Wars.

Marcus Pierce, a strikingly handsome aristocrat with a wicked reputation, inherits guardianship of Arabella Loring and her two younger sisters–and immediately declares his intention to marry them off. But gorgeously defiant Arabella sparks frustration–and something deeply erotic–in Marcus. After matching both wits and swords with her, Marcus concludes that this beautiful and formidable foe must be his.

Having sworn off marriage and men, Arabella wishes to be left alone to run her finishing school for young ladies. To that end, she boldly accepts Marcus’s intimate challenge: If he can woo and win her within two weeks, she’ll take her place in his bed as his wife. However, if she can resist his considerable charms, the Loring sisters will be granted their independence. Thus an extraordinary game of seduction begins. . . .

My Thoughts

This is my second time reading this book and I still enjoyed it immensely. I love Marcus's determination to win their wager but he could try more social settings than intimate settings. I feel for Arabella and her sisters. It would be really hard to suffer just because of what your parents have done in the past. I greatly disagree with having mistresses and especially married ones. If I lived in that time there would be no way my suitor or husband would even think about taking a mistress. I can't believe women of the upper class will look the other way. But when it comes to Arabella's mother, I understand why she would have wanted to take a lover. I wouldn't have forgave the mother as quickly as the Loring sisters have, but I guess you can't have everything you want to happen in a book you didn't write it. I'm really glad that each person was able to find love and be happy. I would definitely read this book again in the future just for a good laugh and the entertainment.

A Desperate Search Begins…

DragonSpell by Donita K. Paul

One Dragon Egg Holds the Key to the Future.

Once a slave, Kale is given the unexpected opportunity to become a servant to Paladin. Yet this young girl has much to learn about the difference between slavery and service.

A Desperate Search Begins…

A small band of Paladin’s servants rescue Kale from danger but turn her from her destination: The Hall, where she was to be trained. Feeling afraid and unprepared, Kale embarks on a perilous quest to find the meech dragon egg stolen by the foul Wizard Risto. First, she and her comrades must find Wizard Fenworth. But their journey is threatened when a key member of the party is captured, leaving the remaining companions to find Fenworth, attempt an impossible rescue, and recover the egg whose true value they have not begun to suspect…

Weaving together memorable characters, daring adventure, and a core of eternal truth, Dragonspell is a finely crafted and welcome addition to the corpus of fantasy fiction.

My Thoughts

I loved the quest feature in this book. A slave, Kale, finds herself swept into this quest when she never asked for it. The characters are very interesting, my favorite character would half to be Dar. I like his big brother attitude. Wizard Fenworth is crazy but yet really smart. I really didn't like Leetu at the beginning but she kinda grew on me towards the end. I think it would be really neat to have pet dragons such as Metta and Gymn. They seem really adorable the way the author portrays them compared to other dragon stories I have read. I really enjoyed this book.

Monday, July 30, 2012

Power. Glory. Honor. Reliability. Trust. Strength.

Eon: Dragoneye Reborn by

Friday, July 27, 2012

“Together we lifted our feet and stepped into the unknown.”

Shadow of Night by Deborah Harkness

"It begins with absence and desire
It begins with blood and fear
It begins with a discovery of witches."

Deborah Harkness exploded onto the literary scene with her debut novel, A Discovery of Witches, Book One of the magical All Souls Trilogy and an international publishing phenomenon. The novel introduced Diana Bishop, Oxford scholar and reluctant witch, and the handsome geneticist and vampire Matthew Clairmont; together they found themselves at the center of a supernatural battle over an enchanted manuscript known as Ashmole 782.

Now, picking up from A Discovery of Witches’ cliffhanger ending, Shadow of Night plunges Diana and Matthew into Elizabethan London, a world of spies, subterfuge, and a coterie of Matthew’s old friends, the mysterious School of Night that includes Christopher Marlowe and Walter Raleigh. Here, Diana must locate a witch to tutor her in magic, Matthew is forced to confront a past he thought he had put to rest, and the mystery of Ashmole 782 deepens.

My Thoughts

OMG!! I loved this book. I'm in love with this series. Really can't wait for the third book to come out. I love Matthew and Diana. I'm so glad they were able to work out all their secrets and able to still love at each other even when they went back in time. I really couldn't stand Kit, he needs to get over himself. Phillipe, Matthew's dad, was really a great character, I really like him. I was very happy to see that he finally accepted Diana as she is and offers his protection for her. I really don't get the whole science aspect but I really enjoyed the history value. I'm really glad Diana is able to finally figure out who she is and accepts her firedrake, Matthew is the same way where he thinks he needs to find the Ashmole 782 to find out who he is but all he needs to do is look inside himself. I definitely could read this series again and I plan on it.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

"A Tow?" "Are You Mad? Who Needs a Tow?"

Mad Kestrel by Misty Massey

In a world where infants with magical powers are torn from their parents to be raised by the mysterious and powerful Danisoba, who have a monopoly on magic, Kestrel has managed to keep her abilities concealed—and herself free. First hiding in back alleys as a street urchin, she hid when they killed her parents, and then served as a young tavern maid before escaping to sea, where magic is cancelled by water.
Now an adult, as the quartermaster of a pirate ship, Kestrel loves the freedom of living on the seas. But her way of life could end if anyone on board learns her closely guarded secret—that she has magical control over the wind.
One day a black ship appears, and her life changes. Its captain is a handsome rogue of whom Kestrel is strangely, constantly aware.
When Kestrel’s captain is led into a trap and is arrested, she gathers her crew and sets sail in relentless pursuit. . . .

My Thoughts
This book was a fast and entertaining read. It really kept me on my toes. The outcome you thought was going to happen ended up being completely different. I really admire Kestrel when she takes the Thanos in her own hands and is going to rescue her captain. Binns shouldn't have kept all those secrets from Kestrel, if he trusted her like he said then there would be no reason to be not told the truth. I don't know if I was Kestrel, it would be awfully hard to forgive Binns for the secrets he kept. The character McAvery is something else. I really didn't like him at the beginning but when the end came he didn't turn out too badly. I just wonder how if there was a next book, what would Kestrel and McAvery be like and how Kestrel is getting on with her new position. Great read all around.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

A navy SEAL + hot chef + military secrets = A Whole Lot of Trouble

Code Name: Bikini by Christina Skye

Ex-cop Gina Ryan traded in her Smith & Wesson to follow a dream. Now she's creating decadent desserts aboard a luxury cruise ship in the Caribbean. But a gorgeous passenger is about to send her perfect world up in smoke.--
Trace O'Halloran is a hard-edged navy SEAL, under strict orders to take some high seas R & R. There's a shipload of women in bikinis eager to help him unwind, so why can't he take his mind off the stubborn pastry chef with an attitude the size of Montana?
When a dangerous assassin from Trace's past appears, Gina and Trace must join forces to save the ship's guests. The clock's ticking, and they'll need every weapon at hand-- from body armor to chocolate ganache.

My Thoughts

This book was an exciting read. I really liked the characters, Trace and Gina, they do everything to not realize the strong attraction between each other. What are the odds that they are on the same cruise with Trace's enemy? Trace is too controlling for his own good, I know it goes with the job, but still. Layoff of Gina, she's just trying to help out. I can't believe Blaine though, she needs to go somewhere not nice. I never liked her from the moment she was introduced in the book. I would definitely read this book again and I also will definitely read other books by Christina Skye in this series.

Uncover the Truth

Alaskan Wolf by  Linda O. Johnston

When naturalist Mariah Garvey travels to the remote Alaska glacier region, she finds an abundance of beauty unparalleled in the Lower 48. The stark landscape, the vivid life force--and the powerful appeal of her rugged new guide, Patrick Worley.

For Patrick, the beautiful nature writer is an unwelcome distraction. His job at the Great Glacier Dog Ranch is only a cover for his classified work with Alpha Force. He is on a mission to uncover the truth behind a series of deadly explosions, and her presence hinders his ability to shape-shift and to hunt--as only a werewolf can. Even if he, too, feels an animal lust hot enough to melt the Alaskan ice, he knows their desire cannot be satisfied. Nor can it be denied.

My Thoughts

This book was okMariah through out this book, she was always asking question that always got on Patrick's nerves. Which served him right with not being able to tell her his secrets. I don't think I would read this book again, but I am glad that I read it.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

"I think we've just been caught."

Burning Wild by Christine Feehan

Bred by capricious parents for his innate leopard-shifting abilities, billionaire Jake Bannaconni has spent his life in an emotional vacuum – especially after a tragic twist of fate left him to raise his infant son alone. But when his path crosses that of an enigmatic young woman, Jake’s life takes a detour he never fathomed.

There is something irresistible about Emma Reynolds – something Jake can’t live without. Hiring her as his son’s nanny will keep her close. And warm. And under watch. She’s the first human to stir something in Jake, something he’s never felt before. But Emma may not be at all what she seems. And what’s raging between them is pure animal instinct – out of control, burning wild and as hot as the lick of a flame.

My Thoughts

I've read this book at least two time and I still love it. Jake and Emma are a very cute couple and their kids are adorable. I can't believe how the "enemies" treat Jake and Emma. Even when Jake was a child and his parents beat on him and killed his nanny in front of him.. seriously not right. Emma doesn''t belong to them she belongs to Jake. Emma really finds a backbone with living with Jake and his controlling ways. There's no way I would have been able to. It's really neat getting to get a feel for what a leopard thinks and acts like. Love the combination between the two. In the end I'm really glad that Jake finally was able to find and feel love with Emma. Overall, a really great book, just might have to read it again.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

And Then Her Hormones Began to Polka


Tall, Dark, and Cajun by Sandra Hill

Rachel Fortier, a thirty-something home design consultant, has had it with her fiancé. It's bad enough that he gave her a Thighmaster for Valentine's Day and a Butt Buster for her birthday, and that their seven-year engagement has no end in sight. But she just learned that he's had a vasectomy! Rachel packs up and heads south to meet her great-aunt Gizelle for the first time and take a few days to regroup. She imagines a Grandma Walton living in a picturesque house surrounded by wondrous nature. What she finds is a cabin on stilts deep in the bayous, with alligators and snakes the size of telephone poles. As for Aunt Gizelle, she's a former taxidermist who can outcreep Hannibal Lechter any day of the week.

And if that isn't enough to make a girl turn around and head right back to her ex, Gizelle is feuding with a Cajun bad boy -Remy LeDeux, a helicopter pilot and Air Force vet whose face is scarred from battle. Rene wants to buy a piece of property from Gizelle, but the feisty senior makes it clear she wants nothing to do with any LeDeux. But the moment Remy sees Rachel getting out of a red truck, it's love at first sight for the long-time bachelor, despite all the turmoil she brings into his life, with her ideas of Feng Shui-ing his houseboat and her ex chasing after her, not to mention her great-aunt threatening to shoot his heinie. But getting Rachel to say "I do" is worth it. After all, he's never met a woman before who looks at him like he's a Whitmans Sampler box and she's a chocoholic.

My Thoughts

This book was really fun and entertaining. It was fun watching Remy and Rachel trying to deny what they feel for each other. The Grandmas are hilarious, with all there interfering and just the way they contradict each other, by hating each other but then not hating each other. They make the book. Remy needs to learn that keeping secrets is a definite "NO," you can't build a relationship on secrets, it's better to be up front with them from the beginning. if they can't accept you for who you are then, oh well, you tried. But the end really made my day with "The Village People of the South" and with Remy coming out in a uniform, who can't resist a guy in a uniform. I know I can't.

"We have uteruses-they give us magic color sense."

Playing Dirty by Susan Anderson

When old enemies are thrown together, all bets are off…

Way back in high school, golden boy Cade Gallari publicly revealed he'd slept with "fat girl" Ava Spencer to win a bet. Now a decade older and a head turner with her own concierge business, Ava isn't the gullible dreamer she once was— and she plans to prove it when Cade, hotter than ever, breezes back into town with an offer she can't refuse.

A documentary film producer, Cade is shooting a movie about the mysterious mansion Ava inherited. And he wants her as his personal concierge. She's certainly professional enough to be at his beck and call without giving him everything he wants. Like another shot at having her in his bed. But Ava doesn't count on Cade's determination. Because he's never gotten over her— and he's not above playing dirty to score a second chance at a red–hot future.

My Thoughts

This book was amazing. I could definitely read it again. There were a lot of ups and downs between the two main characters, Cade and Ava. If I was in Ava's position there would be know way I would have forgiven him that fast, I would at least have made him work for it. I'm glad that Ava is happy the way her body is and she doesn't let her mom control her life and weight. I'm really happy that in the end that it all worked out for Cade and Ava.