31 May 2010

Show And Tell May: I'm on a reading binge and loving every moment of it!

I haven’t let you in on my monthly whereabouts and giving you a 2-1 deal with this blog post :) While April is a vague memory in my mind, May is a month I'll remember where I was receiving my first sunburn of the year, my first mammogram, which turned out to be clean YAY and having a whopper of a reading month. Let me tell you first what I read in April:


Stephanie Tyler – Hard To Hold 3,5 stars: I enjoyed this book, the characters and plot, but had to get used to certain elements. The brothers are incredible hero material and though I may not have been blown away I look forward to book two!

Lisa Valdez – Patience 4,5 stars: What can I say, Lisa Valdez nurtured the reader in me with a compelling, emotional and erotically hot story. I can’t wait for Primrose!

J.L Langley – The Broken H 3 stars: This is one of those easily readable stories where I was taken in to the life’s and loves of two very likable men. It was all nice but nothing really stood out for me, not in the very good or in the very bad ways.

Samantha Kane – The Courage To Love 3 stars: The rape angle is very poorly done IMO and took away credibility from the heroine. Other than that, I liked the two men who court her, their view on life and the eroticism.

Diana Gabaldon – The Outlander 5 stars: I really wonder if this series will ever get better then this novel. It was love at first sight for me with this couple and with baited breath I want to continue to immerse myself in the vast historic backdrop, the epic love and the mile-a-minute story telling.

Joey W Hill – A Vampire Queens Servant 4 stars: This author surprises me every time with scorching sexing, fabulous characters and a story that instantly appealed to me. Joey W Hill is a genuine ‘Leontine’s book addiction dealer‘ LOL

It became apparent that May would by a Paranormal rich month reading wise and I started with:

Erin Quinn – Haunting Warrior 4 stars: It was plot and romance that captures me true to Erin Quinn style, her prose swept me away!!

J.R Ward – Lover Mine 4 stars: Oh man, John Matthew, Xhex, Qhuinn and Blay, they were so good and reignited a flame for the BDB series! I’m actually re-reading it as we speak, I haven’t done that with a BDB novel since Lover Awakened.

Elisabeth Naughton – Marked 3,5 stars: The world is one I loved to explore but the romance didn’t blow me away :( Naughton does instantly ensnare you with world, plot and an easygoing writing style. A review is still in the works.

Kathryne Kennedy – The Fire Lord’s Lover: I’ve read this ARC for ROOB and this woman does it every time in delivering a world and story that just captivates me, I inhaled my Kathryne Kennedy fix to haul me over to her next release. Review to come end of June.

Jennifer Estep – Web Of Lies 4,5 stars: Gin Blanco, yeah, who hasn’t heard me cheering her on for my favorite heroine’s 2010 list? If you haven't, you’re hearing me now! I can’t get enough of what Jennifer Estep gives us in the Elemental Assassins series and I’m counting down for the release of VENOM.

Shiloh Walker – No Longer Mine 4 stars: This is an emotionally draining but so very realistic portrayal of two people who love each other but need to find a middle ground to connect and heal again so that love can flow towards each other again. Shiloh Walker is fast become another ‘Leontine’s book addiction dealer’.

Tere Michaels – Faith And Fidelity 4 stars: Wow, another M/M erotic romance with emotional depth that impressed me. A review will follow later this week!

Tere Michaels – Duty And Devotion 4 stars: After finishing F&F did you really expect me to read anything else then D&D? I needed my HEA fix for these two awesome men.

Sherrilyn Kenyon – Infinity 4 stars: Surprise, surprise, I actually read me a YA novel and was highly entertained and surprised!

Black Wade: I never graded this graphic novel but I was high quality M/M erotica with graphics that were mind blowing. Beware, my review contains adult erotic pictures not suited for peeps under 18!

Shannon McKenna – Extreme Danger 4,5 stars: Oh my, McKenna gave me all she is good at, great characters I got to love, great plot where I got to hate the villains and great sex that made me squirm in my seat! With the arrival of Kevin McCloud’s book it is one huge incentive for me to get going in this series.

Cameron Dane – Grey’s Awakening 3,5 stars: After reading the blurb of this book I just had to know about the men Greyson and Sirus. Opposites attract and I had a wonderful time reading their M/M erotic romance.

You see what an incredible May month I had, my jaw dropped when I saw the numbers. Since fall last year it has been around 5-6 perhaps 7 books but that is it! A whopping 12 books is getting back in to old reading territory for me and I’m eager for June to prove me an equal high-octane reading month.



Which leaves me to give you all a sneak-peek in my recently acquired books delivered by mailman Michael…

I won:

Lauren Dane’s INSATIABLE *woohoo*

Laurell McKee – Countess Of Scandall

I bought:

Allyson James – Stormwalker

Nancy Gideon – Masked By Moonlight

Monica Burns – Assassin’s Honor (currently reading YAY)

Anna Campbell – My Reckless Surrender

Allison Sinclair – Lightborn

Shannon McKenna – Fade To Midnight

E-Books:

Wild Hunt by Willa Okati

The Sweetest Tattoo by Cameron Dane

Skin Deep by S.W Vaughn

Pink Buttercream Frosting by Lissa Matthews

Keeping Promise Rock by Amy Lane

Inland Empire by James Buchanan

Cheating Chance by James Buchanan

Highlander's Challenge by Jo Barrett

A Strong Hand by Catt Ford

More by Sloan Parker

Zero At The Bone by Jane Seville

Darkest hour by S.K Yule


Received for review:

Cassidy Hunter – Sanctuary

And for ROOB:

Inez Kelley – Mila By Moonlight and Salome At Sunrise

Making my inner book-addict purr:

Last week I googled for fantasy genre info and I stumbled upon Ginn Hale and her books Lord Of The White Hell book one and two. I read the blurb and was instantly hooked to the contained promise of that blurb.

Lord Of The White Hell book one blurb:
Kiram Kir-Zaki may be considered a mechanist prodigy among his own people, but when he becomes the first Haldiim ever admitted to the prestigious Sagrada Academy, he is thrown into a world where power, superstition and swordplay outweigh even the most scholarly of achievements.
But when the intimidation from his Cadeleonian classmates turns bloody, Kiram unexpectedly finds himself befriended by Javier Tornesal, the leader of a group of cardsharps, duelists and lotharios who call themselves Hellions.

However Javier is a dangerous friend to have. Wielder of the White Hell and sole heir of a Dukedom, he is surrounded by rumors of forbidden seductions, murder and damnation. His enemies are many and any one of his secrets could not only end his life but Kiram's as well.

Blind Eye Books has a great deal; If you buy both books you get a 25% discount, can you guess? I pre-ordered both books, I'm a sucker when it comes to discount and books that are on the receiving end of my enthusiasm :)

Well, that about concludes my April/May month in my book realm :) Next week I have A Beefcake night coming up of Thomas Rodin (Amanda McIntyre) and a guestblog by Jessa Slade. Later this month I also have a guestblog with Book Chick City talking about my bookshelves. My big book move in pictures and the memories regarding certain books…keep an eye out at her blog!

Have a great Monday everyone!


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26 May 2010

The Smut On My Shelves & A Bookcase Giveaway!

The Smut On My Shelves & A Bookcase Giveaway!

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This is one of those weeks where smut reigns my blog, Nick Gautier defended the PNR genre well but after that; smut, smut, smut that I’m posting. I started off with a bang in my opinion, Black Wade was going full monty in my review of his graphic novel and many found my blog that day to *achem* lurk around LOL…yeah I noticed you all, sneak peeking at the hawt pics of Black Wade and Jack Wilkins. I don’t blame y’all, staring at all that male splendor! Anyway, I wanted to talk to you about my bookshelves and the smut it houses. Many of you will know I just gotten myself two new floor-to-ceiling bookcases so my ever expanding TBR pile has a home. During my book move I came across many smutty books…

Maya Banks…I won UNBROKEN via twitter and very curious about her Sweet series. I still have to sample her smut level though *sigh*

Now this is a sight that makes my inner hussy purr; Erica Hayes brings a dark urban setting to life with faery creatures and mob vampires who crave various sides of the sensual senses that steam up the pages! Now Joey W Hill, gawd, do I need to say more? Vampires, Mermaids and Angels and a passion that has me reading the pages with bated breath. And then there are the cowboys of Lorelei James – I would say to any woman in the books: Yee-haw, ride ‘em wild, ride ‘em hard and ride ‘em long! To start on of these books is to finish it in one sitting!

Believe me when I say Shannon McKenna knows her smut, I was recently reminded with the story of Nick Ward (Extreme Danger) just how good she is with it!! You have to love a man who knows his foreplay *rowr*

Of course I also have e-bookshelves and my Ms. Paradisa is the guardian of my smutheaven.

Cherise Sinclair with Club Shadowland is patiently waiting on my ebook shelves, I just love the Dom/sub theme, that is why I also have Diana Hunter with Submission Revealed on it. Very good stuff.

Later this month I’m going to try Cassidy Hunter with Sanctuary, shapeshifters is another one of my favorite themes *grin* You gotta love the animalistic side of desires that can erupt of the pages *rowr*

And last but not least I have Cameron Dane with Grey’s Awakening & The Sweetest Tattoo on my e-book shelves. Grey’s Awakening is what I am going to start reading today and the blurb really made me heart beat a bit faster.




My real life bookshelves is something I can stare at, well, probably forever. These bookcases hold so many treasures and they turn my apartment in to a home. I don’t think my living room will be the same without the bookcases and the colorful covers that shine from the shelves. Even the recessed lighting at night set off my bookcases and bring more atmosphere to my living room. I can get all warm and tingly just looking at it LOL

What do I have for a giveaway? A four bookshelf high bookcase YAY


If you leave a comment with what kind of smut sits in your bookcases then you have a chance to win more shelf space, now what kind of book addict would say no to more shelf space, I wouldn’t *grin*

This giveaway closes at June 3rd 2010 upon which I will announce the winners in a couple of days. This giveaway is only open to US/Canadian residents.


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25 May 2010

Warning: !!Uncensored adult images!! Review - Ahoy to Black Wade


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Hardcover: 80 pages
Publisher: Bruno Gmunder Verlag Gmbh (August 2009)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 3867870365
ISBN-13: 978-3867870368

Genre: M/M Erotica - Graphic Novel
Main Characters: Black Wade & Lieutenant Jack Wilkins
Book Origin: Personal Library

Cover Blurb:
The rough and merciless pirate Black Wade and his band are the scare of the seven seas. And just like his greed for gold is insatiable, his sexual craving knows no boundaries as well: When they board a British ship, Wade takes Lieutenant Jack Wilkins as a prisoner to satisfy his lust. At first Wilkins struggles with all his might, but soon he has to acknowledge that he actually has pleasure in the eager sexual encounters with the handsome pirate. In the meantime his fiancée Annabeth is waiting wistfully for the return of Jack, not knowing if he’s still alive. And on the pirate ship emotions are running high as well: Buccaneer Marak keeps a jealous watch over the prisoner Jack. He would love to polish Wade’s gun barrel himself. Due to the rising nervousness Wade realizes that he cannot allow himself the tender feelings he begins to have for Jack. To prove how merciless he is, he maroons Jack on a raft and relinquishes him to the forces of the wide ocean. But that’s nowhere near the end of the story…


My Review: I’m going to wing it with my review of BLACK WADE. As I have no clue what you would like to know from me regarding this graphic M/M Erotica I’m just going to start rambling and hope you get the gist of what my experience was like.

From the moment I started to read in the Erotica genre I was interested in all aspects of the genre and it would be just a matter of time that the graphic novel and I would cross paths. It took one very wicked woman, talking about one very wicked pirate, to give me the incentive for buying my first graphic novel; BLACK WADE. It isn’t often I say: “She made me do it.” But in this case KC from Smokinhotbooks really made me click the buy button with her hilarious post on Black Wade.

The minute I received this graphic erotica novel I got comfortable on the couch and opened to page one. I consider myself a very visual person and both artists delivered a rich graphic splendor on each page. The story in and on itself might not be very innovating but it is the combination of the character’s profile, their facial and body expressions, the atmospheric backdrop going from rich to subdued coloring tones that had me mesmerized. I knew right there and then that Franze and Andärle set the bar really high for me to get this kind of visual pleasure again.


I have to make a confession here though; I think in the span of that evening I read Black Wade three times cover to cover. The first time it took me less than twenty minutes to devour the graphics and the story told. As this is M/M erotica there was of course very explicit content and I can tell you that it made my throat more than a bit parched! I was left nothing to the imagination and with my heart beating wildly my eyes devoured the scenes displayed on the pages. I will warn you that if you don’t like forceful sexing growing in to love then you might want to pass up on Black Wade. Normally Pirates aren’t “my thing” but who can resist the rough-around-the edges, devious minded and arrogant pirate like Black Wade? I loved it when he ripped the shirt of Jack’s back, especially since Jack has hidden desires of his own. Black Wade demanded all, his virility leaped of the pages with his dark looks. Jack was stripped of his denial in his desires, confronted with what he wanted, what he needed, and it all came to me in graphics that were a seduction all on its own.

There’s a delicious male aggression buzzing between Black Wade and Jack with a few tender moments that made me believe they were meant for one another. Are certain scenes very sexually confronting, you bet!! There’s not much left to the imagination but then I think that is what a graphic novel does. Though the written dialogues may not be very extensive the images show you that much more, it adds a whole other level of interaction then the dialogues written.

All in all my first graphic novel experience made me squirm in my seat with the explicit erotic level and the male/male heat that blasted of the pages. At the end I only wanted to dive after Black Wade and Jack into the ocean to cool off. BLACK WADE showcases an artistic talent that made the two leading males come alive via the graphics to tell/show an erotic tale that scorches the retina. I was in visual bliss and I wanted more the minute I closed this novel!

PS: As an extra in the back of the book there’s a section titled: Portfolio and gave short character descriptions and graphics. I loved this added feature and two images come from this portion of the book.

Disclaimer: Significant other’s might see you in a whole other light when confronted with you reading BLACK WADE. They might not pick up your M/M book to read but a graphic novel = pictures. Men understand pictures! Their facial expression might be a health hazard as you’re ability to laugh and breath at the same time might be temporarily impossible to do. Be warned is all I’m saying!

Here you all have Black Wade and Jack full frontal! You can click on all pictures - which are my quotes for this book - to have them enlarged if you want *achem* a better look! 


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24 May 2010

A Dark-Hunter reader’s review of Sherrilyn Kenyon's INFINITY


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Reading level: Young Adult
Hardcover: 480 pages
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin; 1 edition (May 25, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0312599072
ISBN-13: 978-0312599072

Genre: YA Paranormal
Book one in the Chronicles of Nick (has a connection to the Dark-Hunter series)
Main Characters: Nick Gautier - Cherise Gautier - Bubba - Mark -Kyrian Hunter - Acheron and more.
Book Origin: Personal Library

Cover Blurb:
At fourteen, Nick Gautier thinks he knows everything about the world around him. Streetwise, tough and savvy, his quick sarcasm is the stuff of legends. . .until the night when his best friends try to kill him. Saved by a mysterious warrior who has more fighting skills than Chuck Norris, Nick is sucked into the realm of the Dark-Hunters: immortal vampire slayers who risk everything to save humanity.

Nick quickly learns that the human world is only a veil for a much larger and more dangerous one: a world where the captain of the football team is a werewolf and the girl he has a crush on goes out at night to stake the undead.

But before he can even learn the rules of this new world, his fellow students are turning into flesh eating zombies. And he’s next on the menu.

As if starting high school isn't hard enough. . .now Nick has to hide his new friends from his mom, his chainsaw from the principal, and keep the zombies and the demon Simi from eating his brains, all without getting grounded or suspended. How in the world is he supposed to do that.

My Review: While I feel INFINITY loses no value as a YA novel if you haven't read the Dark-Hunter novels, I am already entangled in the adult life of Nick as I’m an avid reader of said DH 
series. This is why perhaps my review probably will make more sense to those who are also familiar to this series.

When I heard Nick’s back-story would be told in a Young Adult series I promised myself I would buy INFINITY and my reading experience would decide whether or not I would continue buying and reading this series. I’m not an avid reader of the YA genre and the only reason I bought INFINITY was because it was connected to the Dark-Hunter series and the fact that Nick is still one of my favorite characters. This was my mind-set before I understood that the Chronicles of Nick would also reveal secrets regarding characters such as Cherise and especially Jaden and Jared. It makes reading this chronicle more of a necessity if I want to understand the whole Dark-Hunter arc of Jaden.

When I received my copy of INFINITY my everlasting curiosity spurred me on to crack the spine and I began to read immediately. I met Nick as we got to know him in the early days of the Dark-Hunter series, only a bit younger. His mother, Cherise, is a stripper trying to make a living for herself and her son in New Orleans. She teaches him to be honorable, but when your peers know what your mother does for a living, and you have a shirt on your back with fishes in neon colors, it is hard to get by in high school. It is why Nick cloaks himself in a devil may care attitude and give lip the moment someone makes a snarky comment. However, the fairer sex also has his undivided attention and his desire to charm them is present at the core. Then one night he is invited to join a few friends for some delinquent activities and he almost crosses a barrier. It is also the night he got beat up by his so called friends and the night he is saved by Kyrian Hunter. From this moment on there is no normal anymore in Nick’s life and it all begins with the choice he made that night. The first day he goes back to school zombies create havoc on the grounds…

Nick’s vivid personality, his cunning ways and his acerbic sarcasm pulled me in and I was surprised at how the story development kept my unwavering attention. Nick is a teenager who knows the rough side of life, he has a chip on his shoulder, an attitude to match, he loves his mother above all and has a penchant for trouble. If that isn’t all, he enters the world of Dark-Hunters, Were-Hunters and all things that go bump in the night. Even though Nick is a teenager in this series all the things I like and love about his persona are already present in this Chronicle starter.

The story begins from an uncomplicated angle where the focus lies on Nick’s school life and his relationship with his mother. It is largely due to Sherrilyn Kenyon’s way of writing and letting me be a part of Nick’s inner thoughts that instantly grabbed my attention. Nevertheless, as the story progressed, as more characters got introduced and the plot thickens it loses some of that easy going charm and bantering dialogues. There were a few characters who I already met in the Dark-Hunter series like; Kyrian Hunter and Acheron but also the younger cast of characters is not without its familiar faces like Tad and Tabitha Deveraux. It really feels like traveling back in time and meeting all these characters only that much younger but with the same attitudes. Still, there is one new character who really got to me and that is Nekoda Kennedy, a.k.a Kody. She has an interest in Nick that is not all teenage lovey-dovey and it involves so much more than meets the eye. Kenyon also ups the ante with a few plot twists that really infuses this series with major possibilities for Nick’s character development. It gives a new perspective for the future of Nick and one that really excites me. It was an element in this book that caught me by surprise, next to the well-paced flow of the story it was something that held my undivided attention. The dialogues between Acheron and Nick are some of the best in this book but I must admit, I got lots of snappy bantering and humorous dialogues between a multitude of characters like only Sherrilyn Kenyon can deliver.

Next to meeting all the characters, getting all sorts of titillating information about Nick, the great interaction and humor, it is the zombie plotline that was probably the least thing that interested me. It is the origin of how teenager’s got turned in to zombies that was just lost to me and I just couldn’t surrender myself to that fact, which was probably a glitch of the adult me. What it did do is provide a turn of events which introduced Nick to a whole new world, he finds out all sorts of background info on some of the golden boys at his school and even some of his friends. Bubba and Mark are probably some of the most prominent supportive characters whose view on life and fighting zombies will make you grin.

If young adult readers find themselves introduced to Kenyon’s characters and world in INFINITY then I think they will have a blast. Nothing is present to really make the reader think they’re missing something, everything is present; from a main character who alternates his humor, sarcasm and charm with also his teenage fears, confusions and hopes for the future. A plot arc that fascinates and many characters who add their own personality flavor. A huge entertainment factor for me was to meet characters like Nick, Acheron, Tabitha and Kyrian again but I was caught off guard by how the story kept me in its grip. I couldn’t stop reading and while I started at night, you can bet by the next evening I was finished, already contemplating how things would advance in future installments.

INFINITY was the kind of story where I expected nothing but turned out to be a surprising and highly entertaining read. Some YA elements might not catch on with me but I feel that Sherrilyn Kenyon set-up a dynamic and intriguing angle to one of the most beloved characters in the Dark-Hunter series. I’m confident Nick will find its way to many readers, both in the YA genre as for the fans of the DH series.

4 stars

Quote Ash and Nick:
Nick rolled his eyes. Ash’s glib answers were started to irritate him. He wanted an answer and he wanted one now. “Oh, come one. I have to know about the who-do voodoo that you do. Most of all, I want to know how I can become immortal…well, not at my age ‘cause that would suck. But in a few years when I’m filled out and in my prime.” He grinned at Ash. “Make me immortal.”
Ash wasn’t charmed. “Look, Nick, I don’t like talking about my powers and not a lot of people know what I can do. I’m trusting you with a secret and I expect you to keep it. If you can’t…” He titled his head down as if he was looking at him over the rim of his sunglasses. “Well, I’m sure your mom’s going to miss you.”
“Not as half as much as I’d miss me if you killed me.”He blinked like a girl and leaned against Ash’s shoulder. “Please don’t hurt me, Ash. Please. I don’t want to die while I’m still a virgin. At least let me get laid before you kill me – which according to my mom I can’t do until I’m married and I can’t do that until I finish college. So you have to wait a good ten years before you snuff me. Deal?”
Ash shoved him back onto his side of the car. “You’re really not right, are you?”
“Yeah, I know. It was all the paint chips I ate as a kid. They were good, but chromosomally damaging. Ash let out an audible sigh and forced himself not to laugh at Nick’s antics.

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A loud “Yee-haw” sounded as the truck doors were slung open and Bubba, Mark, Caleb, Nekoda, Simi and Alex spilled out with weapons galore (well, not Simi; she came out bearing only a large bottle of barbeque sauce while licking her chops, and interestingly enough, she wore a large white lobster bib).

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21 May 2010

Winner of the 20+ book giveaway


I know I'm horribly late *sigh* I seem to be running after the facts these last couple of weeks but via random.org I have picked a winner for the 20+ book giveaway.

I have excluded my own comments and deleted comment, pushed the button and the comment number that won is...

*drumroll please*

Commenter #29 is....Liza YAY Congratulations Liza.

You're the winner of this:
Ilona Andrews – MAGIC BLEEDS (To be purchased for winner at Book Depository Store)
Brenda Joyce – DARK EMBRACE (PNR)
Kerrylyn Sparks – BE STILL MY VAMPIRE HEART (PNR)
Shana Abé – THE SMOKE THIEF (PNR)
Jacquelyn Frank – ECSTACY (PNR)
Anna Windsor – BOUND BY LIGHT / BOUND BY FLAME / BOUND BY SHADOW (PNR)
Ava Gray – SKIN GAME (PNR)
Shayla Black - TEMPT ME WITH DARKNESS (PNR) / WICKED TIES (Erotic Romance)
Sharie Kohler – MARKED BY MOONLIGHT (PNR)
Victoria Dahl - A RAKE’S GUIDE TO PLEASURE (HR)
Leslie Parrish – BLACK AT HEART (Romance Suspense)
Laura Griffin – ONE LAST BREATH (Romance Suspense)
Brenda Novak – STOP ME / WATCH ME (Romance Suspense)
Sara Reinke – DARK THIRST (PNR)
Jennifer Haymore – A HINT OF WICKED (HR)
Joanna Bourne – THE SPYMASTER’S LADY (HR)
Anthology; Maggie Shayne/MaryJanice Davidson/Angela Knight/Jacey Ford – KICK ASS (?)

Send me an e-mail with your addy and I'll ship the books to you next week. If, for any reason Liza does not contact me, or I can't get a hold of her by monday morning my time, then I'll draw another name.

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17 May 2010

BDB, I'm baaaahaaack!: J.R. Ward - Lover Mine


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Hardcover: 528 pages
Publisher: NAL Hardcover; 1st edition (April 27, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0451229851
ISBN-13: 978-0451229854
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Book eight in the Black Dagger Brotherhood series
Main Characters: John Matthew and Xhex
Book Origin: Personal Library
!!!WARNING!!! I cannot guarantee a spoiler free review!!

Cover Summary:
In the darkest corners of the night in Caldwell, New York, a conflict like no other rages. Long divided as a terrifying battleground for the vampires and their enemies, the city is home to a band of brothers born to defend their race: the warrior vampires of the Black Dagger Brotherhood.

John Matthew has come a long way since he was found living among humans, his vampire nature unknown to himself and to those around him. After he was taken in by the Brotherhood, no one could guess what his true history was- or his true identity. Indeed, the fallen Brother Darius has returned, but with a different face and a very different destiny. As a vicious personal vendetta takes John into the heart of the war, he will need to call up on both who he is now and who he once was in order to face off against evil incarnate.

Xhex, a symphath assassin, has long steeled herself against the attraction between her and John Matthew. Having already lost one lover to madness, she will not allow the male of worth to fall prey to the darkness of her twisted life. When fate intervenes, however, the two discover that love, like destiny, is inevitable between soul mates.

My Review: For the first time in a long time I am enthusiastic about a BDB novel. For the first time in a long time I felt in sync with the characters. For the first time in a long time I have this butterfly giddy feeling in my stomach again when reflecting upon a BDB novel. While LOVER MINE was not a 5-star read for me, I am excited that the incredibly good and addictive overrode the irritations for some of J.R. Ward’s signature writing style ingredients. I must say that initially JM and Xhex romantic set-up gave me a déjà-vu feeling. There were certain commonalities between JM/Xhex and Zadist/Bella’s romance that made me fear it would be a carbon-copy but my fears were quickly put to rest as JM and Xhex are such different characters, which made their story take a course all on its own.

What can I say; I feel that John Matthew and Xhex brought back the romance with a capital R that resonated with me. John Matthew had a long character progress and I loved his character from the moment he appeared in LOVER ETERNAL but he really hit the hero button for me in his own story. He was in pain and I felt it, he was in love and he made me feel the entire spectrum of emotions that came along with that fact. He was also angry and revengeful with Lash being the trigger, his whole persona radiated emotions and I couldn’t get enough of him. Even though he couldn’t speak his feelings, his personality, blasted off the pages with a force that had an undeniable impact with me.

Now Xhex has always been an Amazon warrior in my mind but in Lover Mine she showed that behind this tough-as-nails exterior hid a well of emotions. She is a survivor but to bounce back from her ordeal takes more than inner strength, the pain needs a way out and needs to find a reciprocator who understands the source of that pain. Xhex will forever remain an Amazon warrior but in combination with girly-girl moments it is an interplay between her warrior and feminine side that turned her in to a woman I could respect, admire and like.   

The romance between JM and Xhex encompassed the bittersweet with the outright passion. The courage combined with the fear. Their story rang true from start to finish where they laid themselves on the line for the other who meant everything. With Xhex and her ordeal the sensuality had soaring sensual highs and raw painful lows but it fitted perfectly within the character development and only enhanced the impact of the healing that needed to take place.

Now next to JM and Xhex, who rule with their romance and their much desired revenge, there are also Qhuinn and Blaylock. Their angst but also their needs are formidably told from both sides and it led up to a balcony scene that was so heart shattering to witness that it had my heart bleeding for them. The build-up between Quinn and Blay through this novel is hard to let go of and it is one of the storylines that has me pining for the next novel. For so many novels I shared their ups and downs, came to care so deeply about them, the second generation BDB heroes definitely has me in their grips and I only want more of them, much more.

Like always J.R. Ward has various storylines going on simultaneously and every one of them captured my interest on some level. The Darius/Tohr storyline piqued my interest and in the end it was nicely entwined within the larger story that it brought more depth to it. Yet I remember the beginning about JM/Darius and wondered why there was no real explanation in Lover Mine about the reincarnation, about the epileptic episodes. It’s not so much an irritation but more a thought I had while closing this book. Darius might not be a living character but he is one who I will always adore.

Another secondary storyline is the one of the Paranormal Investigators Gregg Winn, Holly Fleet and Stan. The relevance is only revealed at the very end and still, even then, I got no idea if it is meant as another character introduction or if it was just a connection to Xhex in the end. Aside from the multiple storylines there is also the slang which still doesn’t always fit the larger-than-life vampires in my opinion and the abbreviations, I’m grateful I knew nine out of ten this time so that it didn’t pull me out of the story. They still irked me, it still isn’t my favorite aspect of JR Ward’s writing style but because the rest was so good the irritations slid to the background.

Lash as an enemy bears all the signs for a true evil and his transformation is a gruesome one. I really had a few gag moments in the book regarding his character. With his transformation I thought he would become a very powerful and evil character, yet I wonder with the ending if he delivered on that promise. I will have to see if J.R. Ward has more in store for him!

For a five hundred plus pages novel J.R Ward always seem to pack the story to its capacity with plot progression, character development and lot’s of dialogues. I never feel I’m reading such an extensive novel as the pages just fly through my fingers. In LOVER MINE this was also the case but what surprised me is when I read the final page I wanted to start all over again. Something that hasn’t happened to me since LOVER AWAKENED.

LOVER MINE worked for me and since a long time I’m actually closing a BDB novel with the instant desire for the next. JM and Xhex brought romance, action, emotion and many cherished characters together for a pulls-pounding addictive read.

4 stars

Quote JM:
At least he wasn’t as he’d been when he’d been hurt anymore – although that was true only on the outside. Inside, he was all the ages he ever lived through, the infant who’d been abandoned, the child who’d been unwanted, the pretrans who’d been out in the world on his own…and now the grown male.
Who was an ass-kicker in the field and a loyal friend and, going by what he’d done to that lesser in the brownstone and what he’d undoubtedly wanted to do to Lash, a very nasty enemy.

Quote Qhuinn:
Funny, he could barely remember losing his virginity. He recalled the female, of course, but the experience hadn’t made any kind of indelible impression. Neither had the orgasms he’d given and gotten since. Just a lot of fun, lot of sweaty gasping, lot of targets identified and realized.
Nothing but fucking that was easily forgotten.
Heading down to the foyer, though, he realized he was going to remember Blay’s first for the rest of his life.

Quote Xhex:
“No, you’ve got it all wrong, John.” Reading his emotions, she shook her head. “You’re not half the male you could be because of what was done to you. You’re twice what anyone else is because you survived.”

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14 May 2010

Through the emotional wringer...Review: Shiloh Walker - No Longer Mine


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Type: eBook
Genre: Contemporary
Publisher: Samhain Publishing, Ltd.
Publication Date: 04-27-2010
Length: Novel
ISBN: 978-1-60504-991-5

Main Characters: Nikki Kline and Wade Lightfoot
Book Origin: Personal E-Book Library

Cover Summary:
One woman, one man, and a love that won’t let either of them go.

Born on the wrong side of the tracks and dealt a fair share of hardship, Nikki Kline never gives up a fight. Even when her reason to keep going is ripped from her, Nikki tries desperately to hang on. But when the man who broke Nikki’s heart comes back into her life she doesn’t know how much she can take. Especially since that man seems determined to win back her damaged heart.

Wade Lightfoot is a man who knows he’s made more mistakes than most. As much as he would like to repair the damage he’s done to those he loves, Wade also knows there is no going back. But when he sets out to put things right the last thing he’s prepared to find out is that he had a son. A son he’ll never get the chance to meet.

When the truth is out and all the old wounds are bared, it seems impossible that Nikki and Wade will find their way back to each other. But true love is an undeniable force that even past hurts can’t destroy.

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This title contains heartbreaking tragedy, lies and deception, and a scorching passion that nothing can deny.

My Review: Some stories just resonate in the heart of the reader and NO LONGER MINE was such a story for me. Shiloh Walker is the first to admit this isn’t the most perfect written story but that was of little consequence to me. Sometimes perfect isn’t needed to get a story told that is so raw and real as the one of Nikki Kline and Wade Lightfoot. The beginning is already very dramatic and by chapter three Shiloh Walker already had me in tears.

A very intimate cast of characters conveys a very intimate story where Nikki works very hard for all the good things in her life. Nikki is in college to become a nurse, she is engaged to Wade Lightfoot who is the love of her life, and she is writing stories. Nikki is gradually shaping her life to the one she wants until she and Wade have a fight, and his following actions scar their love for life. Now Nikki faces a whole different future that demands all of her will power, her strength and zest for life.

Nikki is definitely a heroine who is dealing with intense emotional scars, but she is also resilient, trying to work through the pain and become a better woman. She is a successful author, deals with issues such as her books being available at pirate sites and has passionate conversations with her editor. Above all she is a very private person and I got to see a very personal side of her. One that I think will leave no woman unaffected and will make many emphasize with Nikki’s progress. Wade is the one who made such a grave error in their initial relationship and he has become a wiser man since then, owned up to his mistakes and tries so hard to be a good man. He is a good man; charming, carries his responsibility and his side of the story is almost as deeply affecting. He is a man who is willing to step beyond his boundaries to get back the one woman he so loves and that made him a hero of worth in my book. Together Nikki and Wade gave off the vibe they were meant for each other but both had to go through the motions to accept that fact.

With an emotional-laden theme such as losing a child a story can easily get heavy handed. Though NO LONGER MINE is no easy read by any means the sheer tenacity of the characters was inspiring, held hope for the future and I empathized with them from first till last page. The motivations and the internal and external conflicts are all told with a ‘no hold back’ writing voice. It was like the author didn’t want to deny the reader any facet of the emotional process and I truly went through all the rough ups and downs with Nikki and Wade. I was completely wrapped up in the desperate attempts of Wade trying to connect again with the only woman he ever loved. Opposite of him is Nikki with a whirlwind of feelings pounding against the darkest corners of her heart. It saturated the pages with a pain that ran so deep I wondered if she would ever feel the beauty of life again. The step-by-step progress of Nikki coming to terms with what happened, of Wade getting through to Nikki, of love lost and found again is an unequivocal force behind a romance that rings so true to real life.

There are a handful of family members and friends who are connected to either Wade or Nikki but it is the latter two who really shined in the spotlight. The conflicts, the misunderstandings, the Mars/Venus moments are giving an incredible picture of two people torn apart. They both don’t know exactly what to do to make the situation better, yet they feel a love that demands to be shared with that significant other and a pain that needs to be shared in order to heal. At times I found Nikki a little too stubborn or Wade’s temper flaring a bit too much, too soon, but in the end it made them human, flawed and very recognizable in their actions. After such an intense build up I would’ve loved to have gotten a more prolonged ending. I wanted to revel in that long awaited blissful moment where Nikki and Wade got their happy time. I did get ending that was a wonderful one; it brought closure, a new beginning but the celebration of romance and love found again felt cut short somehow. Perhaps above all it is a personal thing that I would like to linger in such a HEA moment though.

NO LONGER MINE delivered a heart wrenching, yet beautiful griping tale where love received a second chance. Two real, utterly wounded and flawed people had a difficult road to follow to get reunited again as lovers. This is a story that is a diamond in the rough in regards to the incredible potential Shiloh Walker has for storytelling.

4 stars

Quote Nikki:
Over the past few months, since Wade and his little girl had packed up and left, she had come to realize a person didn’t have to be there physically. Jason was still with her, tucked safely inside her soul where he couldn’t be hurt. The memories of his father and sister he had never known were with him. With a sigh, she rose to her knees, pressed her hand flat to the headstone. Silently, she said her goodbyes. It was time to let go. And it was time to get on with her own life.

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13 May 2010

Oh how I want you Kevin McCloud!


FADE TO MIDNIGHT
Kensington Brava
ISBN: 0-758-22865-1
May 2010
 
Gone But Not Forgotten

Davy…Connor…Sean… Three brothers who have conquered their demons, but they’ve never forgotten their long lost brother, Kev, whom they believed to be dead. When the McCloud brothers discover Kev is alive, they won’t rest until they find him...

Beaten and tortured almost to death, Kev Larsen was found eighteen years earlier in a warehouse alley. He survived his brutal ordeal, but his memories before that night were completely erased. When he nearly dies from trying to save someone from drowning, the brain surgery he has to save his life triggers fragmented, terrifying memories. With only these memories and the name of his torturer to guide him, Kev is determined to unlock the secrets to his past.

Edie Parrish has always been good at not letting anyone get too close to her. If someone were to learn of her unusual gift, her life would be immediately jeopardized. But when Kev Larsen discovers who she really is, Edie has only one choice: to trust him. And soon, Edie can’t resist her consuming desire for him—even though she knows she’ll have to pay a price for it.

Now Kev and Edie must race against time and place their faith in each other to stop a deadly legacy...

This afternoon I found an e-mail in my inbox from Shannon McKenna with the anouncement FADE TO MIDNIGHT is released on 5/25/2010. From the moment I read BEHIND CLOSED DOORS I was a fan of the McCloud brothers and the author; Shannon McKenna. Spectacular men, feisty women, scintilating passion and a plot that any romance suspense reader will love to unravel! This series contains loads of good stuff and I'm always binging when it concerns these McClouds. As I read the novels from these brothers there is one things that is a huge black day in the history of the McCloud family and it kept me thinking...is Kevin McCloud alive...or not? Well, this question is answered in FADE TO MIDNIGHT.

When I received this e-card my heart started to beat a bit faster and my hands started to tingle in utter greed for FADE TO MIDNIGHT.


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So I checked my pre-order at Book Depository Store and YAY it's in processing, which means it will ship in one or two days *gloats in joy* So who is your favorite McCloud? Or if you haven't started this serie - Go! Now! - it's a series now to be missed if you love Romance Suspense.

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12 May 2010

I started my morning with an 8.5 on the cover-gasm scale


The Perfect Play
Berkley HEAT
February 2011

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Cover Summary:
Football pro Mick Riley is an all-star, both on the field and in the bedroom. But a sexy, determinedly single mom just might be the one to throw him off his game…

For years Mick has been taking full advantage of the life available to a pro athlete: fame, fortune, and a different girl in every city. But when he meets and beds confident, beautiful event planner Tara Lincoln, he wants much more than the typical one-night stand. Too bad Tara’s not interested in getting to know football’s most notorious playboy any better.

As the single mother of a teenage son, the last thing Tara needs is the jet-set lifestyle of Mick Riley; even though their steamy and passionate one-night stand was unforgettable. Tara’s life is complicated enough without being thrust into the spotlight as Mick’s latest girl du jour. Tara played the game of love once and lost big, and she doesn’t intend to put herself out there again, especially with a heartbreaker like Mick.

But when Mick sets his mind to win, nothing will stop him. And he has the perfect play in mind.

Can I get your attention or are you experiencing a cover-gasm of magnitude, just like I had this morning. My body is still processing the aftershocks I tell ya, look at all that male splendor splashed all over this cover. Everything that is woman in me celebrates all that is male on the cover of Jaci Burtons new series' starter; THE PERFECT PLAY.

Now personally I like the idea of professional football players, baseball players and so on to be the hero and to provide a certain backdrop for the story to develop on. I heard friends of mine rave about Jill Shalvis' DOUBLE PLAY & SLOW HEAT, enough for me to be enticed to place them on my TBB list. Nevertheless, I somehow think this book is going to be the first one that I will read where a football pro is going to be the hero. I mean the summary is really triggering me and the cover is a huge incentive for my fantasy to go wild. I've already enjoyed a previous novel from Jaci Burton's hand and I know she can do wonderful things with the characters and a story. So my first book for 2011 is on my TBB list.

Did I get your attention at all?? Really! I'm shocked if I did LOL It took me ten minutes to come back to earth! 

PS: This morning I heard the RT convention in 2011 is going to be in Los Angeles. *getting all dreamy here*

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10 May 2010

Wow, just wow! Review: Joey W Hill - The Vampire Queen's Servant


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Paperback: 384 pages
Publisher: Berkley Trade (July 3, 2007)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0425215903
ISBN-13: 978-0425215906

Genre: Erotic Paranormal Romance
Main Characters: Lady Elyssa and Jacob Green
Series: Book one in Vampire Queen series
Book Origin: Personal Library

Cover Summary:
His blood. His soul. His body. Hers for the asking…
Lady Elyssa Yamato Amaterasu Wentworth is a centuries-old vampire who’s been given a new servant – Jacob, a total alpha male unaccustomed to submitting to any woman’s wishes. What really binds Jacob to her are not her sensual midnight hungers, but something far more provocative. It stirs her blood, renews her life and awakens her soul like only true love can. The passion between Lyssa and Jacob yields something else unexpected – a shared history that reaches back through the centuries and is fated to challenge their destiny like nothing ever will again.

My Review: There are some authors who are meant to push your boundaries and throw you in uncharted territory, for me Joey W Hill is such an author! THE VAMPIRE QUEEN’S SERVANT is a story about how Jacob becomes the servant of vampire queen Lyssa. A very simple given but the journey they undertake is executed with such depth of character and rich detail of vampire culture that it kept boredom far away from this story.

In THE VAMPIRE QUEEN’S SERVANT I got a first taste of the vampire culture which bears a cruel, dark side and among the vampires there’s always the vie for more power. Lyssa needs to be on her guard 24/7 and show no weakness. Though she is the only living Queen, Joey W Hill gave her one heck of an Achilles heel to balance her vast powers. At the beginning of the story I thought that perhaps this series starter wouldn’t do it for me, simply because Lyssa was the kind of character who didn’t nudge me out of my comfort zone, she threw me out of it. Her personality, her darker vampire side versus the more emotional and feminine side, and her actions born from that mentality made her a character I didn’t instantly like. Yet I read on, because if there was one thing I just had to know then it was her motivations for her actions, where did her personality stem from and what was hiding beneath the surface? The first glimpses of her hidden side gradually won me over, Lyssa is, if nothing else, a vampire queen who is thought-provoking and has an intricate personality demanding absolute attention. With Lyssa I got a strong, difficult and complex heroine who mesmerized me from the start.

Opposite of Lyssa there is Jacob. Now Jacob is a man I instantly loved and cherished for many reasons. He is an Irishman and I love the natural born attitude that comes along with that fact. It is also not in his nature to be a submissive, it is his promise to serve Lyssa with all that he is that fuels the need to serve her in that way. This brings a fire to their dialogues and their passion that livens up their growing connection. You can feel the challenge Jacob provides Lyssa, he dares her, he contradicts her, and he serves her in every way she needs him to serve without Jacob becoming a wimp of a man. Jacob is strong of mind and body but he is also loyal. He is charming, gallant and smart and he has the ability to make one woman the center of his singular devotion. He makes me weak in the knees and in that I can understand the seduction he presents for Lyssa.

Of course there are various obstacles for Lyssa and Jacob to overcome, some a bit easier than others. They presented dilemmas of the heart with the three degrees of binding between a vampire and her servant. Thomas, as the former vampire queen’s servant, still had a strong voice and effect on the overall story as his drama was gradually revealed. Lyssa also comes with a background that is gripping and then there is the strategic maneuvering of the vampire society, testing Lyssa with her powers that provide a setting where the etiquette between a vampire and its servant becomes crystal clear. These rules between a vampire and his/her servant are something that Lyssa tries to teach Jacob over and over. Both mentally and physically the eroticism is at times scintillating in its search for domination and submission as it is endearing in its heart rendering and vulnerable moments. Jacob’s desire to serve Lyssa is severely tested in this novel and his inner conflictions are well elaborated. It made me feel so very connected to his progress in becoming a servant. He may have been trained by Thomas to be a vampire servant but in no way was Jacob prepared for the emotional side of it. Because the author gave an in-depth view of Lyssa and Jacob’s inner thoughts I felt it all with them, especially how far Jacob was willing to take his servitude that was so essential to his character development.

There’s a changes coming in the vampire world and Lyssa has to prepare for the upheaval in the council and her territory, and this given spices the story even further. Still, I must also warn you, this is but the first episode where some things receive a conclusion but no real ending. The events that started in THE VAMPIRE QUEEN’S SERVANT, both in plot as in romance, are picked up in THE MARK OF THE VAMPIRE QUEEN. I for one am glad to have this book already up on the shelves.

This story took me on a journey where I had to get used to the customs of vampires and their servants. Where Lyssa’s introduction created a push-pull effect with me and I didn’t know what to think of her. Nevertheless, it is the use of prose that imbues the words, scenes, actions and dialogues of the characters with emotions that I consider a trait of this author. Her writing style amplifies the effect of this story and I got gradually pulled in, succumbed to the developing relationship that enthralled me with its dynamics.

Once again Joey W Hill knows how to keep me fascinated with an arresting plot arc, multi-faceted characters, the eroticism is an sensual feast that contains some violence and darkness, and a story that wields the power of her incredible storytelling. This is another series for my keeper’s shelf!

4 stars

Quote Lyssa:
I can’t bear to lose another servant…
She had no servant. No one to indulge her need to casually reach out, touch and stroke. No one to hold her close, surprising her with the offer of comfort. No one to make her smile, banish shadows from her eyes. No one to kick around and treat like dog shit. She spoke, her voice quiet, tired. “I release you from your oath Jacob. You don’t have to stay. You can go now. I’ll find my way home.

Quote Jacob:
Gentle and rough. Tenderness and cruelty. Two sides of the coin, pleasures as light and dark as the women’s contrasting skin, and with permutations of all the shades between. He couldn’t deny the allure of it. Within him, as he suspected it was for most men, were the gentle lover and the demanding, primal animal. Here he was allowed to indulge and unleash both. Over it all was the watchful presence of his Mistress who’d compelled him to his course, which added an indefinable but no less arousing ingredient to it. The stimulation he felt was a synergy of all the arousal in the room. Instead of two women, he was arousing all of them. The power of it swept over him. While it drained some force of his anger, it left a sharp edge that only fed the hunger in himself.

Quote Jacob/Lyssa:
“Yours,” he said fiercely in her ear. “Yours, no matter who you force me to fuck to prove your damn dominance. All yours, lady. Heart, soul, mind…every drop of my fucking blood is yours. And every tear, she thought, wondering if he realized that the wetness between his jaw and her cheek came from him. As Tara said. Overly sentimental, these Irishmen.
Her Irishman.
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04 May 2010

ARC Review: Erin Quinn - Haunting Warrior


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Paperback: 384 pages
Publisher: Berkley Trade; 1 edition (May 4, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0425234142
ISBN-13: 978-0425234143

Genre: Paranormal Romance
Connected to Haunting Beauty
Main Characters: Rory McGrath & Sariad of the Favored Lands
Book Origin: Book provided by author

Cover Summary:
A past he couldn’t forget.
Rory McGrath’s life changed the night his father mysteriously vanished after uncovering the secrets of the ancient Book of Fennore. The trauma turned Rory from an innocent boy into a troubled, cynical man. Leaving Ireland, he shunned his family, his heritage—and the very magic that has defined his people for centuries.

A dream he couldn’t ignore.
Then the dreams begin…dreams of an ethereal beauty whose touch is more real that any he’s known. And in these dreams, she has a message—a calling for Rory to return home to a destiny that will take him beyond the realm of anything he imagined.

A woman he couldn’t resist.
Lured to the castle ruins where his father disappeared, Rory is plunged back in time, and into the body of another man—a man betrothed to the very woman of Rory’s dreams. In possession of the secrets of his past, his family, and his identity, her hold on Rory is inescapable. For she is his doom. His salvation. And his destiny.

My Review: With HAUNTING WARRIOR I felt Erin Quinn was like a bard of old time who kept me mesmerized with a story of long ago. A story where a warrior finds himself on a quest, where a woman discovers her inner strength, a love that ignites through time, where a book wheels its untold powers and a villain is on the heels of the main characters with nothing but revenge pounding in his blood. The mystery and the mysticism really brings the vibe of an ancient Éire, eerie in its magic and Druid ways, to the forefront. All of these elements gave voice to a sweeping romantic tale that kept me bound to the pages.

To understand the full family dynamics and back story I feel HAUNTING BEAUTY should be read previous to HAUNTING WARRIOR. Rory MacGrath is a man who seems lost, dreams of a woman he doesn’t know and when he is visited by his recently deceased nana he is ordered to return home, to Ballyfionúr. His reunion with his family is short for the woman from his dreams and the Book of Fennore have other plans as he is casted back in time. There he stands face to face with his father who disappeared when he was a child and looks at a man who could be his twin.

All characters are vividly drawn in the mind’s eye and they are a combination of individual strengths and vulnerabilities. Rory is the kind of hero who doesn’t give up, who fights till the bitter end and who fiercely loves. Sariad, the heroine of this tale, is courageous, loyal and a woman who has a will power to do difficult things. The four brothers of Sariad; Tiarnan, somewhat stubborn yet his own mistakes cut him soul deep, Eamonn is the man who I couldn’t get a grasp on but in the end he showed his colors. Michael is the healer, a beta man who knows his value and Liam, the benjamin of twelve years old yet already very known with the ways of his world.

The cast of characters is rich like the mystery that plays an intricate role. I feel if I told a singular thing more than I already have regarding the plot that I’m already revealing too many significant plot points, so I’m not going to say much more. Rory travels through time which makes the setting a historic one in Ireland/Éire, he then faces the man he once called father and looks at The Bloodletter, who could be his twin. Both these two men reign havoc on the Kings of Ireland and their people. To say the mystery is incredibly well put together would be an understatement. In a gradual pace Erin Quinn allowed me to connect the dots and though it isn’t an easy to follow mystery it still is one that demanded my utmost attention.

The Book of Fennore plays a huge role too, I read about its origin and how it constantly kept luring the characters to make use of it. It was a danger right alongside a man who lost his soul bit by bit in the past and who ultimately became an evil, power-hungry villain. He preyed on the clans, crushing them and their ways to leave desperate survivors in his wake. Those survivors were fighting against overwhelming odds but showcased their indomitable spirit. It was every aspect, the book, the villain, the truth Rory and Sariad had to uncover and a survival of Sariad’s clan that all interconnected. While this book definitely had a few weaker moments when descriptions took too much pace out of the story it never lasted more than a few pages before I was fully grabbed again.

Another thing that really grabbed me was the romance, it was poignant, endearing and sweet, and completely fitting the characters Rory and Sariad are. I think at first it was trust issues that needed to work itself out between them which made the romance feel subdued to the plot at work. Still, unknowingly I was getting attached to these two unique characters that when the stakes were high I only wanted them safe, I only wanted their love to survive, not knowing whether Rory would return to his own time or not. The emotions are fierce between them, their passion made me sizzle while it isn’t a large part of how the romance is voiced it all emphasized on the love growing between the two leading characters. The end was one that I didn’t expect for Rory and Sariad but it worked like a charm and I closed the book with a very satisfied sigh.

Erin Quinn has a distinctive prose that appealed to me from the very first book I read from her hand. The story that rolled of the pages in HAUNTING WARRIOR breaths of old Irish mysticism, a love that stands through the test of time and characters you’ll want to meet again!

4 stars

Quote Sariad:
“No,” she said to him. “Y’ will not die. I will not let y’ die, Ruairi. I need you. Do y’ hear me? I love y’.”The words stunned her, but as they settled into the serene quiet, she felt their truth. It had come like a falling star—fast and spectacu¬lar, blinding and so sudden she hadn’t even understood what it was. But from the moment she’d looked into those blue eyes and seen a man as lost and unsure as herself, a man at odds with everything he was, she’d seen the first glimmer of what was to come.

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03 May 2010

Grand Opening of REALMS ON OUR BOOKSHELVES - Breakfast with Eric Bane



Hi Everyone,
I've been up to my eyeballs in HTML codes, images and letting the creative energy flow as me and my sister have been reformatting ROOB website in to a ROOB blog. Today we embark on our journey into blog town and ofcourse we had to celebrate. So here's my shout out for the ROOB-Posse blog and our blogpost where Natascha and I have breakfast with Eric Bane.

The giveaway attached to the grand opening is this one and will personally be delivered by my virtual postman:  

ROOB Giveaway:
10 books will be given away and all you have to do is leave a meaningful comment to this blogpost. This giveaway is international and will run from May 2nd till May 16th and on May 17th the winner will be announced.

The swag contains:
Ilona Andrews – Magic Bleeds (send via Book Depository Store)
Gena Showalter-The Darkest Kiss; The Darkest Night & The Darkest Pleasure.
Lori Handeland – Any Given Doomsday
Nina Bangs – Wicked Nights
Beth Williamson – The Legacy
Paula Quinn – Laird Of The Mist
Carly Phillips – Lucky Charm
Susan Donovan – He Loves Lucy

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