Wednesday, August 29, 2012

"My mind goes to some strange places sometimes."

Nocturnal by Chelsea M. Cameron

Seventeen-year-old Ava-Claire Sullivan's mother is dying. Perhaps it's no surprise, then, that her greatest solace comes from someone who's already dead.

Peter Hart saves her one night in a graveyard from an attacker just as strange as he is, and now Ava can't stop thinking about him. She wants to see him again – even after he warns her he's dangerous, and she begins to realize what he is. Her best friends don't know anything about death, but Peter does, intimately. He's waiting for her the next night she comes to the cemetery, and the next...

But their growing bond comes up against a promise Peter made a long time ago, a promise that could destroy them both. Now Ava has to decide just what she's willing to give up to hold onto the one thing that could last forever.

My Thoughts

This book was good but weird. It was fast pace and it really kept you into the storyline. It had to be hard on Ava-Claire to be told that your mother is dying and that she doesn't have much longer to live. I don't know what I would have done if that would have happened to me. When she goes to the cemetery to get away, she meets Ivan and Peter. Ivan is mean and he strangles her to the point where she has bruises. Peter is a character, and I'm glad that he gave in and finally told Ava what he is. I was shocked that Ava took it so well and that she was OK with it. I did not like the "Mother" of Ivan and Peter one bit. I loved Ava's friends Tex and Jamie. Jamie is a really nice guy and that he is very protective of Ava and Tex, when they go to parties. Tex is obnoxious and fun, and I really like her, I would like her as one of my own friends if that were possible. I don't know if I would read this book again, but I am glad that I added it to the list of books that I have read.

Monday, August 20, 2012

To find her destiny, she must trust him with her life...and her heart.

Crux by Moira Rogers

Jackson Holt makes a decent living as a private investigator in New Orleans, home of one of the largest underground supernatural populations in the United States. He and his partners have never met a case they couldn't crack...until a local bar owner asks him to do a little digging on her newest hire.

New Orleans is the fourth destination in as many months for Mackenzie Brooks, a woman on the run from a deranged stalker. After all, any man who shows up on her doorstep claiming to be her destined lover has more than a few screws loose. But crazy doesn't explain why he always finds her no matter how far she runs.

When her well-meaning boss puts a PI on her case, Mackenzie comes face to face with the incredible truth: magic is real, and whatever spell has kept her hidden and separate from the paranormal world is rapidly deteriorating.

With time running out, she has no choice but to trust Jackson as he struggles to uncover the truth of her past-and her destiny.

My Thoughts

This book was really entertaining with the magic and the characters. I feel for Mackenzie because shes been on the run for how many months then all of a sudden she finds out that she is a were cougar. Jackson, Nick and the others try and push Mackenzie too far with what she is, they don't give her any breathing room. I like the character of Jackson, he's fun and witty. Mackenzie and Jackson make a really cute couple, but it has to be hard for Mackenzie to be a cougar while Jackson is a spell caster. Mahalia is a character. She is boss and everyone listens to her. I feel really bad when she loses Steven to his brother. Marcus seems bad since he is the one chasing Mackenzie for how many months, but when it comes to the end and realizes the truth, he has a change of heart. Charles is evil through and through. I'm glad in the end he gets whats coming to him.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

"I could never leave you, and I won't."

Mayfair Moon by J.A. Redmerski

After a nightmarish encounter with a werewolf, seventeen-year-old Adria Dawson loses her sister, but gains the love of a mysterious young man and his legendary family.

Strange and tragic things begin to happen in the small town of Hallowell, Maine: residents come down with an unexplainable ‘illness’ and some disappear. In the midst of everything, Isaac Mayfair is adamant about keeping Adria safe, even from her sister whom he has warned her to stay away from.

As unspeakable secrets unfold all around Adria, impossible choices become hers to bear. Ultimately, no matter what path she takes, her life and the lives of those she loves will be in peril. As she learns about the werewolf world she also learns why her place in it will change the destinies of many.

My Thoughts

OMG!! Couldn't put this book down, it was so good. I really loved the characters in this book. You could really picture what they look like and how they act like. I love Adria and how she doesn't act really immature like in some other YA books. Isaac and Adria's relationship is so adorable and I'm glad that Isaac finally told Adria how he feels about her. I love the paranormal and Redmerski really got it right with the whole werewolves and such. I hated Alex though. She was just too much for my liking and the crowd she hung out with. Harry and Zia are great characters and they just make the book all that much better. I loved this book and I know for a fact that I will be reading this book again. I can't wait to read the second book in the series. Gonna be good.

Monday, August 13, 2012

A warrior, a demon, and the girl next door. . .

Demon Hunting in Dixie by Lexi George

Addy Corwin is a florist with an attitude. A bad attitude, or so her mama says, 'cause she's not looking for a man. Mama's wrong. Addy has looked. There's just not much to choose from in Hannah, her small Alabama hometown. Until Brand Dalvahni shows up, a supernaturally sexy, breathtakingly well-built hunk of a warrior from—well, not from around here, that's for sure. Mama thinks he might be European or maybe even a Yankee. Brand says he's from another dimension.

Addy couldn't care less where he's from. He's gorgeous. Serious muscles. Disturbing green eyes. Brand really gets her going. Too bad he's a whack job. Says he's come to rescue her from a demon. Puh-lease. But right after Brand shows up, strange things start to happen. Dogs talk and reanimated corpses stalk the quiet streets of Hannah. Her mortal enemy Meredith, otherwise known as the Death Starr, breaks out in a severe and inexplicable case of butt boils. Addy might not know what's going on, but she definitely wants a certain sexy demon hunter by her side when it all goes down. . .

My Thoughts

This book was exciting and loads of entertainment. I love Brand and how he doesn't get the American Humor. He actually takes it  almost too literally and it cracks me up every time. Brand is sexy and dangerous at the same time and he is really good for Addy. Addy is fun and she really doesn't take any crap from anybody. She embraces her knew powers by using them on Death Starr, which I think was a wonderful idea. I really related to Evie because of the fact that she always seems to hide and doesn't really show her true self to people. The demons were great in this story compared to some other books that I have read in the past. I couldn't believe that Blondy would save Evie, but not bring her memory back when clearly they love each other. I'm really happy that Brand was able to come back and be with Addy. I can't wait to read the next book in this series.

sexy, riveting, and unforgettable.?

Code Name: Nanny by Christina Skye

Forget about counterterrorism, organized crime, and money laundering. Female FBI agent Summer Mulcahey is about to enter the terrifying world of ballet classes, science tutorials, and carpooling.

After working six months straight on a hideous kidnapping case, all Summer Mulcahey wants is a serious dose of sun, surf, and sangria. Instead she gets her craziest assignment yet---going undercover as a nanny for the family of San Francisco's female DA, who's poised for a splashy, high-society wedding to the country's most popular senator.

My Thoughts

Really fun. The daughters are fun and entertaining. I feel sorry for Sophie because of the visions she sees. Cara and Tate are a cute couple and really are made for each other. When it comes to Summer and Gabe, how much more fun could you have. the are also trying to be the smarter, better person when really they are just showing off. Gabe is charming and fun, while Summer is a strong and independent. I can't believe all the drama that goes on and all the mystery. Also so many people employed by an enemy,that is trying to destroy Cara, that are in the thick of things, the cook and Tate's mom. Never saw it coming. I'm glad that it all worked out in the end. The Code series are great fun and can't wait to read more of them.

action, love, sadness, desolation, mistakes, mystery, bad guys...

The Fallen Star by Jessica Sorensen

For eighteen year-old Gemma, life has never been normal. Up until recently, she has been incapable of feeling emotion. And when she's around Alex, the gorgeous new guy at school, she can feel electricity that makes her skin buzz. Not to mention the monsters that haunt her nightmares have crossed over into real-life. But with Alex seeming to hate her and secrets popping up everywhere, Gemma's life is turning into a chaotic mess. Things that shouldn't be real suddenly seem to exist. And as her world falls apart, figuring out the secrets of her past becomes a matter of life and death.

My Thoughts

I really wasn't a great fan of this book. Gemma seemed really immature and I just didn't like her all that well, but I felt bad for her because of the fact that she was told lies her whole life. That would be really tough on anybody. The character Alex was a jerk half the time, thinking he knows everything and he's the one that kept all the secrets from Gemma even though he really like her. How could he? And the ending, seriously, how can you just leave off like that. Another downfall in my book. Don't think I'll be reading this book again any time soon.

Danger as steamy as the bayou heat...

Lucky's Lady by Tami Hoag

A story of a psychologist Serena Sheridan, who has come back to the small Louisiana town where she'd been raised --- and where her grandfather has suddenly gone missing. Successful, ambitious, beautiful, Serena always found the darker world of the bayous far less predictable --- and far more treacherous --- than the life she'd chosen.

And for help, she must turn to a man as mysterious and dangerous as the backcountry itself: Lucky Doucet. He's a man with a past littered with secrets best left concealed --- the perfect guide to lead Serena into a world of dazzling seduction, sudden violence, and raw natural beauty. From the exotic French Quarter to the most remote bayou, they would follow a trail of corruption and betrayal to a showdown that would require they trust not only their own deepest instincts for survival --- but each other.

My Thoughts

This book was great really kept me at the edge of my seat. Really enjoyed the southern culture. I can't believe Shelby though, her own sister she is trying to destroy. I admire Serena so much for the fact that she makes it through everything bad that happens to her. Lucky is another story. He's really a caveman in many ways, but I'm glad that he has some good qualities about him like his painting. I'm glad he finally took the next step and got in contact with a gallery for his paintings. Lucky and Serena are really great for each other even though it may not seem like it half the time during this book. I could most definitely read this book again.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

London's most talented criminal is about to be fingered...

Touch of a Thief by Mia Marlowe

Lady Viola Preston can relieve a gentleman of the studs at his wrists without his being any the wiser and pick any lock devised by man in less than a minute. But she's careful to wear gloves when she steals jewels. Because when Viola touches a gemstone, it "speaks" to her, sending disturbing visions--visions almost as unsettling as the sight of the cool-eyed stranger who catches her red handed.

Now Viola will only be stealing at Greydon Quinn's behest. And even more daunting than the violent history of the red diamond he's after is the prospect of a night in the devastatingly handsome lieutenant's arms. Touch has always been Viola's weakness and the full body-to-body contact Quinn has in mind is about to shatter her defenses and set her senses reeling.

My Thoughts

I could re-read this book in a heart beat, it's that good. I really like the character of Viola because she doesn't lower herself to become a prostitute, but becomes a thief instead to help her family. The cousin of Viola had no right to not support his own family, just because the Earl didn't sire a son. Quinn is another matter because I like him, but at the same time I didn't like him until closer to the end. Viola and Quinn have so much sexual tension between them that even Sanjay can tell. Now when it comes to Sanjay, I really like him, he's witty and fun. He's not afraid to speak his mind to Quinn even though he is a prince. The whole thing with Viola being able to touch a jewel and be able to hear it and see visions is a little far fetched for me, but it is different. I'm glad that Quinn and Viola were able to work out their problems and except them for each other as they are.

Can love find a way to flourish among the secrets and deception?

The Deception by Catherine Coutler

The Deception first appeared in April 1983 as a Signet Regency with the title An Intimate Deception. I've completely rewritten the story so that it's now a full-bodied historical romance. It has a brand-new beginning and a brand-new ending, and I've improved everything in-between to make it richer, bolder, mor fun, and more adventurous.

The Duke of Portsmouth offers an impecunious half-French relative a job as his young son's nanny. What he quickly discovers is that he wants her, badly. What he discovers far more slowly is that she isn't at all what she seems.

Evangeline de Beauchamps is in way over her head. She has far more to cope with than a nineteen-year-old virgin should ever have. To top it all off, she must play an experienced widow with a man who knows women as well as he knows his horses, or so he thinks.

You'll see Phillip and Sabrina Mercerault from The Offer and hear more about the famous cat races of southern England.

My Thoughts

This book was definitely a page turner. I thought Eve was for sure going to give herself away. The Duke is too randy for his own good. I really liked the son of the Duke. He's adorable and how he tries and acts like his father and he pulls it off really well is also adorable. I'm glad that the secrets finally come out and that it doesn't change how they feel for each other. Hey still love each other and I'm really glad. I could read this book again just for the fact that it's really exciting and fun.

Friday, August 3, 2012

Nothing's sexier than a man who can keep a secret.

Secret Life of a Vampire by Kerrelyn Sparks

A typical bachelor party is all about beers and beautiful women. A vampire bachelor party is no different—except the men are drinking Blissky (whiskey-flavored synthetic blood). And no one can throw a party quite like Jack, the illegitimate son of the legendary Casanova. But when the party gets out of hand, and the cops show up, Jack has some explaining to do...if only he wasn't struck speechless by the beauty of Officer Lara Boucher.

Lara is sure there's something more than a bachelor party going on. What is Jack hiding? And why is he so interested in the recent disappearance of young women all over town? Her investigation uncovers more than she wants to know, especially about this modern-day Casanova. But if she's ever to make detective, she'll need to expose all his secrets...if only her heart wasn't on the line.

My Thoughts

I couldn't put this book down, it was so good. I love the fact that Jack can't read or control Lara's mind. She is free to do what she wants without being afraid of being influenced. Jack's friend are really funny, because every time one of them meets Lara, they always say "I heard about you." Lara is really smart and I love her for that, that she is able to put two-and-two together and figure out who he is. I felt really bad for Jack when Lara rejected him, but at the same time I'm glad she did because you can't have a relationship or even trust if you have secrets. Apollo can go somewhere because there is no reason why he has to brainwash and kidnap women just because he wants to get laid and feed. Seriously be a man and do it right. I'm for sure going to have to read other books by Sparks to see what happens to Jack's friends and what happens with him. I for sure could read this book again and still enjoy it.

What could be more fun than the Napoleonic wars - with dragons?

His Majesty's Dragon by Naomi Novik

Aerial combat brings a thrilling new dimension to the Napoleonic Wars as valiant warriors rise to Britain’s defense by taking to the skies . . . not aboard aircraft but atop the mighty backs of fighting dragons.

When HMS Reliant captures a French frigate and seizes its precious cargo, an unhatched dragon egg, fate sweeps Capt. Will Laurence from his seafaring life into an uncertain future–and an unexpected kinship with a most extraordinary creature. Thrust into the rarified world of the Aerial Corps as master of the dragon Temeraire, he will face a crash course in the daring tactics of airborne battle. For as France’s own dragon-borne forces rally to breach British soil in Bonaparte’s boldest gambit, Laurence and Temeraire must soar into their own baptism of fire.

My Thoughts

This book was good. I really liked that the dragon, Temeraire, has a mind of his own and his loyalty to Captian Laurence. Some aspects of this book were really unrealistic and hard to picture especially with the the Corps jumping between dragons and being harnessed to them. I know it's Fantasy but still it doesn't hurt to add some realitic points to the storyline. All the dragons of the Aerial Corps are really fun and intresting. Sometimes I think Temeraire is too smart for his own good. I really like that in the Aerial Corps, that they accept women into their ranks. I don't know if I would read this book again, but I am glad that I have read it, and is able to put it on my books read list.

no worlds to save, no evil overlords to defeat, no magical sword

Changing Fate by Elisabeth Waters

Akila uses her wits and her shape-changing abilities to save her brother Briam when their home is besieged. But that leaves them both on the run, with Akila trying to keep them safe, while Briam finds more trouble to get into. When he is chosen as year-king in the city of Diadem, Akila struggles to save his life, finding help in the most unexpected places

My Thoughts

I have to say this book was not a favorite and I know for a fact I don't think I'm going to re-read this book anytime soon. I thought the book really strange and weird. Don't get me wrong some parts were good, like the ending. I just don't get the whole deal with the queen bedding a random guy and then turning out to be the king, but he's only king for 4 months and then the queen kills him. Seriously, I think the Queen has some issues to work out. That was really a major turn off when I was reading this book.