Monday, April 14, 2014

Still Life With Strings


Still Life With Strings by L. H. Cosway

Still Life With Strings is an unconventional love story that had me turning pages and recharging my kindle to keep reading.  The character depth added a nice touch to this musically inspired plot.  I can’t wait to see if there is another book about Alec and Avery.

I was not really sure if I would like this book because of the setting not being in the US, but I have to say that I fell in love with it.  I would recommend this read to anyone who loves music or a great romance.

Synopsis:

My name is Jade Lennon and I stand still for money.

The night I saw Shane Arthur watching me everything changed. A man in a suit always catches my eye, but it was the way he looked at me that was different. Like he knew me or something. He didn’t know me, especially not in my costume. My sobriety rests on staying away from men, but there was something about him that made me throw caution to the wind.

After all, I was never going to see him again, right?

Wrong.

Standing still isn’t the only way I make my money. I also bartend at a concert hall. Never in my wildest dreams did I think Shane was going to show up there. Not only that, but he’s the most recent addition to the orchestra. So now on a daily basis I have to resist one of the most beautiful men I’ve ever met and he plays the violin. For me that’s one hell of a deadly cocktail.

He wants me to teach him how to live. I’m not sure how much a twenty-six year old recovering alcoholic who works in a bar and moonlights as a living statue can teach a world class concert violinist, but I’m sure going to try.


Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Crazy Maybe

Crazy Maybe by A. D. Justice

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I am so torn writing this review.  I loved the author’s writing style.  I was immediately swept up in the chemistry this couple have from the start.  It takes a great writer to grasp my attention and hold it. 

The plot was a little much with all that this couple have going on.  It seemed to be packed full of unneeded plot lines and extras.

I felt like in this particular book less is more. 

I did enjoy this book.  The cover is beautiful!

Synopsis:

Andi Stone is a strong, smart and independent woman, thanks to the help of a famous boxing trainer, Mack, and his protégé, Shane, who have respectively been like a father and brother to her. But that wasn't always the case. Andi never knew what a “normal” life was like. Having been raised in foster care from the age of six after the death of her parents, Andi became emancipated at 16 after an especially horrible incident forced her into a psychiatric hospital.
Luke Woods, the family black sheep and street-brawler, is determined to be a successful professional boxer despite his family’s protests. He needs Andi’s help to get there. The wedge between him and his family over his past relationship issues and career choices is not easily overcome. Luke must learn to face the past mistakes, fears and demons that constantly plague him.
Fireworks and passions quickly ignite between Andi and Luke in the midst of the chaos that surrounds and threatens them. She never revealed the secrets and lies that have plagued her, but when she publicly inherits her family fortune, the living, breathing past comes back to torment her and threaten all that she holds dear. For the first time in her life, Andi must learn to rely on someone else to love and protect her or risk losing the man she loves.
Sometimes love isn’t enough. Sometimes it’s all you need.(

Accidentally Yours by Mimi Jean Pamfiloff

Accidentally In Love With…A God

Accidentally Yours # 1

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Accidentally In Love With…A God is the first installment of the Accidentally Yours series. 

After a few chapters, I knew that this book was something special.  With a comical feel and paranormal elements  this book has it all.  I quickly became addicted to the characters and plot line. 

I can’t say enough about this series.  I am downloaded the second installment now!

Synopsis:

Trapped for decades, a powerful god seeks freedom . . . and revenge. But the only thing that can save him is the passion of a woman's touch . . .
Emma Keane is your average city girl trying to get a date. There's just one thing holding her back: the disembodied male voice speaking to her through her mind. Sound kind of crazy? Maybe. But crazy turns downright deadly when the voice persuades her to travel to the wilds of the Mayan jungle. There she will free his body-his incredibly hot, muscled, naked body.
Humans are so frail, so undisciplined, so susceptible to love. And when this ancient being connects with Emma, the feelings she sparks drive him utterly mad. Protective, keep-her-close, never-let-her-go kind of mad. Which might not be such a bad thing because from the moment the beautiful, passionate Emma unshackles his body, they are hunted at every turn. Now he'll have to do everything in his power to keep her safe. But will it be enough?

 

Accidentally Married To…A Vampire

Accidentally Yours #2

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What would you do when you accidentally stumble upon a sexy vampire in a Mexican tomb? Wake him up of course.

This hilarious romance with a twist captured my heart and left my non existent abs hurting from laughing so hard!

I loved the plot, characters, and Cimil as always! I think that Mimi worte her character in my likeness. 

I can’t wait to get my hands on more!

SYNOPSIS:

THE DETERMINED VAMPIRE: Niccolo DiConti has faithfully served as leader of Her Majesty’s army for over a millennium, but he’d rather sunbathe in the Sahara than spend another grueling day under his demented queen’s command. However, no one has ever left her side and lived to tell. So when a powerful goddess prophesies he will meet his salvation—a human woman he must turn into a vampire with her consent—he eagerly rises to the challenge. After all, how hard could it be to seduce a human female into taking the immortal plunge? Harder than he thinks. Because his mate won’t be born for another three centuries, and when he wakes up in the goddess’ tomb, not only is his life a mess, but his destined female isn’t about to settle for a coldhearted vampire. Can he win her over before it’s too late? Not if his enemies have anything to do with it.
AN UNWILLING BRIDE: On the night Helena Strauss meets the fierce, devastatingly handsome vampire who saves her life in the jungles of Mexico, she knows her world will be forever changed. Because an attraction this mind blowing only comes along once in a lifetime—or existence. And when he claims she is his one true mate, destined to be his for all eternity, it’s a fairytale come true. So what if her knight in shining armor is a vampire? Nobody’s perfect. But discovering the powerful, overbearing immortal doesn’t “do love”? Deal breaker. Helena will flee and set out to accomplish the impossible…sever the otherworldly bond between them. And it turns out, Helena is just the leverage Niccolo’s enemies need to break the mighty warrior and wipe out his people.

Synopsis:

THE DETERMINED VAMPIRE: Niccolo DiConti has faithfully served as leader of Her Majesty’s army for over a millennium, but he’d rather sunbathe in the Sahara than spend another grueling day under his demented queen’s command. However, no one has ever left her side and lived to tell. So when a powerful goddess prophesies he will meet his salvation—a human woman he must turn into a vampire with her consent—he eagerly rises to the challenge. After all, how hard could it be to seduce a human female into taking the immortal plunge? Harder than he thinks. Because his mate won’t be born for another three centuries, and when he wakes up in the goddess’ tomb, not only is his life a mess, but his destined female isn’t about to settle for a coldhearted vampire. Can he win her over before it’s too late? Not if his enemies have anything to do with it.
AN UNWILLING BRIDE: On the night Helena Strauss meets the fierce, devastatingly handsome vampire who saves her life in the jungles of Mexico, she knows her world will be forever changed. Because an attraction this mind blowing only comes along once in a lifetime—or existence. And when he claims she is his one true mate, destined to be his for all eternity, it’s a fairytale come true. So what if her knight in shining armor is a vampire? Nobody’s perfect. But discovering the powerful, overbearing immortal doesn’t “do love”? Deal breaker. Helena will flee and set out to accomplish the impossible…sever the otherworldly bond between them. And it turns out, Helena is just the leverage Niccolo’s enemies need to break the mighty warrior and wipe out his people.

Sun God Seeks…Surrogate

Accidentally Yours #3

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Introducing the third installment in the Accidentally Yours series, Sun God Seeks…Surrogate. 

This series has quickly become one of my favorite series and is on my TBR list. 

All of your favorite quick witted women and their Gods, demi-Gods, Vampires and all other races from many realms pop up in this book.  

With action, adventure, romance, and a cliff-hanger every now and again this series has it all.

The plot thickens as the gang face off against Grandma and her gang of misfits leaving some of our men in other realms and the unexpected in charge.  ‘

Do the women have what it takes to save their immortal men?  I guess we have to wait till next time.

Synopsis:

When 24-year-old Penelope learns of a new miracle drug that could cure her ailing mother, it's the answer to her prayers. Until she sees the cost. But for every door that closes, a window opens. In this case, the window calls herself Cimil, and she's quite possibly the most insane person Penelope's ever met. Could it be because this complete stranger just offered Penelope one million dollars to carry her wealthy brother's baby?
But Cimil's brother isn't your everyday millionaire. In fact, he gives new meaning to the word hot.

Reclaim My Heart

Reclaim My Heart by Donna Fasano

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This women’s fiction/romance will have your heart busting at the seams. 

What do you do when the past comes back to haunt you?  That is exactly what happens to Tyne Whitlock when her son gets into trouble and he needs help from his father/lawyer.

Lucas Hawk has tried for years to leave his Indian culture behind and climb the corporate ladder, but when his past walks into his office he has no other option but visit the past he has longed to forget.

This sweet romantic read held my interest as we see this couple go from forced co-parenting to full blown love.

 

Synopsis:

Sixteen years ago, Tyne Whitlock cut all ties to her past and left town under the shameful shadow of a teenage pregnancy. Now her fifteen-year-old son is in trouble with the law and she is desperate for help. But reaching out to high-powered attorney Lucas Silver Hawk will tear open the heart-wrenching past in ways Tyne never imagined.
Forced to return to the Delaware Indian community where Lucas was raised, Tyne and Lucas are tempted by the heated passion that consumed them as teens. Tyne rediscovers all the reasons she found this man irresistible, but there are scandalous secrets waiting to be revealed, disgraceful choices made in the past that cannot be denied. Love is a powerful force that could heal them both—if the truth doesn't rip them apart.

Tempted Series by Raine English

 

Date With A Vampire by Raine English

Tempted # 1

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Date With A Vampire is the first installment in the Tempted series by Raine English.

I have been stewing over this review for a few days.  Not that I am torn but more like confused.  I really wanted to like this book, but the like turned into confusion quickly.

The plot could have been great with the whole reality TV bachelorette thing going on,  but unfortunately it missed the mark.  The characters will not connecting to each other and therefore I felt no connection to them. 

The ending was confusing as to where this series will go with all the vamps but a few healed I can’t imagine a next book.

Synopsis:

She gave him her heart, but he wanted her soul…
Melody Johnson dreams of meeting a man as dashing and wonderful as the heroes in the books she reads. Being a realist, she knows that’s highly unlikely. Besides, men always leave her for someone more exciting—until she wins the lottery, that is. Pursued by scores of men happy to help spend her fortune, Melody longs to have her quiet life back. When a network executive offers a reality show, she seizes the opportunity to show the world she’s off the single’s market. Melody leaves her quaint hometown in New York for a sunny island in the Pacific where twenty gorgeous bachelors will vie for her heart and where she can stage a phony engagement. What she never expects, though, is to fall in love with a vampire.
Guystof LeBreque is a four-hundred-year-old Romanian vampire who hates the taste of blood. He’s roamed the earth for centuries, loathing the monster trapped inside him. After his mother’s death at the hands of vampire-hunting assassins, Guystof vows never to turn a woman into a vampire. But when his father gives him an ultimatum to marry a rich woman in sixty days or lose his legacy to his bloodthirsty brother, Guystof battles his conscience. Does he keep the promise he made to himself, or does he keep his brother from power? Guystof resorts to drastic measures. He becomes a bachelor on a hit reality show. What he doesn’t anticipate is losing his heart to the woman whose mortal life he must end.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Pure Sin Series by Kyra Davis


 

Deceptive Innocence Part One by Kyra Davis

Pure Sin # 1





Deceptive Innocence Part One is the first installment in the Pure Sin series by Kyra Davis. 

This short, dramatic book is filled with angst and revenge.  With interesting characters and a mysterious plot it is sure to be a hit.

Going in to this book I really did not know what to think, but this pleasant surprise had me reading until the end.  The chemistry between Bell and Lander will set your pages on fire.  The premise of this book and delivery were amazing.  I can’t wait for the next chapter to see if Lander is the guy for Bell and if she can carry out her plan for revenge.

Synopsis:

Ever since her mother died while serving time for a murder she didn't commit, Bell's been focused on one thing: revenge. She knows her mother was set up by the powerful Gable family, international bankers who will crush anyone for profit, or amusement. Now she's determined to take the Gables down.

Seducing her way into the life--and bed--of the family's rebellious youngest son, Lander, she figures it should be easy to uncover the secrets she needs to destroy his family. But Lander turns out to be more complicated than Bell expected. He's intelligent, mysterious--and their sexual chemistry is off the charts. Lander is still the target, but once Bell gives in to her desire to touch him, he starts seeming much less like an enemy--which is why her anger is more necessary than ever.



Deceptive Innocence Part 2


 

And the mystery continues.  In part 2 we dive deeper into Bell’s life and past in her quest to bring down Lander and his family.

This installment was just ok for me.  I would have liked to see more interaction between Bell and Lander in this one.  I’m not sure if Bell can carry out her plans with Lander standing in her way. 

Synopsis:

Ever since her mother died while serving time for a murder she didn’t commit, Bell has been focused on one thing: revenge. She knows her mother was set up by the head of the powerful Gable family, international bankers who will crush anyone for profit, or amusement. Now she’s determined to take the Gables down—from the inside.

Seducing her way into the life—and bed—of the family's rebellious youngest son, Lander, she figures it should be easy to uncover the secrets she needs to destroy the Gables. But Lander turns out to be much more complicated than Bell ever could have imagined. He’s enticing, intelligent, mysterious—and their sexual chemistry is off the charts. Lander is still the target, but when he touches her, he starts seeming much less like an enemy…


 
Deceptive Innocence: Part Three by Kyra Davis
Pure Sin # 3

 


I am somewhat upset that with this installment of Deceptive Innocence.  I imagined that we would have a conclusion to this saga, but no we readers are left with yet another cliffhanger.  I am all for cliffhangers, in fact it keeps me on the lookout for the nest book in the series, but come on all three parts are left open.  It is working on my nerves and not in a good way.   I can see the first, and even the second, but the third open ending and I can honestly say I don’t know if I can continue with this series.  I stared out loving it and now I am just kind of fed up.  I will most likely read the next installment because I am OCD, but if it ends in a cliffhanger I will not read another one, no matter how caught up I am with the story.

Now that my rant is over, the plot of part three focuses on Lander and Belle.  Secretes are discovered and allies are made as the plot to take down the Gable family thickens.

I love these characters, the plot, and the writing style.  I hope the series goes to a full book and not these novella length cliff hangers.  I was under the impression that this was a trilogy, but in the end we are left with no answers and a whole lot of what ifs.  To me this series was market wrong since it was advertised as a trilogy and apparently it is not since the ending was a cliffhanger.  It was confusing to say the least.
 
On another note if you put all three covers together it is a pretty cool concept!




 

Destiny by Deanna Chase


Defining Destiny by Deanna Chase
Destiny # 1
 

Defining Destiny is the first installment in the new Destiny series by Deanna Chase.  The series opener is a great start to this new adult romantic series.

Defining Destiny is set in alternate POV’s between the main characters Lucy and Seth.  Both of the lead characters have a jaded past and flaws that is hard to overcome.

Ok folk, I got caught up in this series.  I couldn’t get enough.  The plot was dramatic, romantic, and emotional.  The characters were flawed, just the way I like them.  This romance is not all love at first sight and tied up in a perfect bow.  The characters go through trials and strife to get where they want to be.  I loved reading this book and can’t wait to see where this series takes us.

The only thing that I can honestly say got on my nerves A LOT was the mentioning of soul mates.  To me it was highly overused and started to become a distraction.  Even mentioning that the ex was a soul mate caught me off guard.  I thought that soul mates were the one person you can’t live without; not the ex you are moving forward from.   

Synopsis:

When destiny fails...

Singer-songwriter Lucy Moore thought her life was perfect. At just twenty-one, she's already met her soul mate and together they've landed a recording contract. But when her father dies and the love of her life betrays her in more ways than one, she returns home to pick up the pieces. On the shores of Mendocino, California, Lucy has some decisions to make. Should she start a solo career? Or should she leave it all behind for some semblance of normalcy in the quiet town she grew up in? And what about Seth, the tortured artist who always seems to be there when she needs him?

Seth Keenan has demons of his own. Eighteen months ago, he was involved in a horrific accident that he never talks about. His career as an accomplished oil-paint artist has been abandoned, replaced by the buzz of his tattoo gun. And women--well, he never sticks around for longer than a few hours of pleasure... until he meets Lucy. After one evening of listening to her seductive voice, he's pulled under. But what about the vow he made to never get close to anyone again?

In a world where everyone has one true soul mate, can these two find love in the arms of each other?

 

 

Friday, March 14, 2014

The Summer I Found You


The Summer I Found You by Jolene Perry


 

I loved this pairing of two characters with not only character flaws and major baggage, but also physical handicaps too.

As unfortunate as it is this YA/NA book hits home for many young people today.  As a school nurse, I have several type I diabetic students and the struggles they face on a daily basis is enough to crack the toughest adults.  These kids deal with it like a champ, but also have a daily challenge to fit in. 

The emotions in this book are spot on!  Most of my students just want for someone to think of them as normal. 

The plot is genius.  I loved the struggles, emotions, and characters in this book.

Synopsis:

All they have in common is that they're less than perfect. And all they're looking for is the perfect distraction.

Kate's dream boyfriend has just broken up with her and she's still reeling from her diagnosis of type 1 diabetes. Aidan planned on being a lifer in the army and went to Afghanistan straight out of high school. Now he's a disabled young veteran struggling to embrace his new life. When Kate and Aidan find each other neither one wants to get attached. But could they be right for each other after all?

Mafia Girl

Mafia Girl by Deborah Blumenthal


 

This book follows the struggles of being a don’s daughter.

The cover was cute and I loved the Soprano’s so I thought why not give this book a shot.  The story was all over the place.  The characters were likable but there was really not plot.  It was almost like watching a horrible reality TV show; no rhyme or reason to this one at all. 

The Michael aspect was just gross.  This book was a flop for me.

Because Of Luke by F. X. Scully


Because Of Luke by F. X. Scully

Lewiston Blues # 1

This epic journey takes place over years and follows two sisters that are preacher’s daughters and a pair of brothers who are in a band as their lives intertwine.

This book is set in the 1990’s and I am not a period reader.  I to imagine the characters in the here and now even if the book is written in a certain period as long as it is not spelled out then I can handle it.  Having said that, I thought that I would not like this book despite growing up in the 90’s.  Boy was I wrong!

I feel like I need therapy after finishing this book!  The plot was something off a Jerry Springer episode and I was just along for the ride.  This train wreck in the making was  something I won’t soon forget.

The charters develop nicely as they progress through the years in this coming of age saga.

I really enjoyed this book.  The plot progressed at a steady pace and had a movie type vibe going on.  The drama definitely flowed, but the surprise ending left my mouth hanging wide open.

The repeated miscommunications increase the OMG factor and pair that with the gut wrenching emotions will have readers hook, line, and sinker.

This series is one to watch out for!

Synopsis:

Music, love and sibling rivalry…all Because of Luke.

Three years ago, Shannon was a wild child. Parties, boys. You name it, she did it. But she's changed and the only way to truly turn things around is to finish college and hop on a plane to…anywhere else. Until an unexpected encounter throws her off track.

Sheila’s been covering for her big sister for as long as she can remember. Now it’s her turn. But her rebellious plans don’t include small-town fun. She’s got her eye on something better—a group of budding rock stars and a summer-long tour.

In the middle of the sisters lands Luke, a determined college student who’s pretty sure he just met his soul mate. But loyalty to his big brother means leaving her behind to go on a three-month tour with his band. Desperate to get over the girl, he soon becomes entranced with the groupie who’s come along for the ride only to find he’ll have to make a tough choice—and not without breaking some hearts along the way.