29 June 2011

A threeway 'Naughty Brief' reviews: Sloan Parker - Heidi Cullinan & Jan Irving

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Cover Summary:
Roe Davis is a man who works hard, keeps to himself, and never, absolutely never mixes business with pleasure—until he takes a discreet weekend away from his new job at Nowhere Ranch and runs into the owner, Travis Loving, at the only gay bar for two hundred miles. Getting involved with the boss is a bad, bad idea, but Loving is a hard man to say no to, especially when it turns out their kinks line up against one another like a pair of custom-cut rails. And as Loving points out, so long as they’re both clear that this is just sex on the side, no relationship, no interfering with the job, they could make it work.

The truth is, there’s good reason Roe never settles down and always spends his birthdays and holidays celebrating alone. Shut out in the cold by his family years ago, Roe survived by declaring he didn’t need a home. As his affair with Loving grows into more than just sex, Roe finds out what happens when he stays put a little bit too long: He learns that the past always catches up with you, that even a loner gets lonely, and that home will grow up through whatever cracks you leave open for it— even in a place called Nowhere

My Review
Nowhere Ranch didn't hit the bulls eye for me but I love the couples Heidi Cullinan puts together! The problem for me was that I thought their own internal struggles of Travis Loving and Roe Davis were far more interesting then the external one's. Roe and Travis both have a few issues that ignite a series of emotions with each of them. From control issues to fear, I liked the interplay it provoked from both men. On the other hand I thought the family/religion issues a bit overdone and it irked me. Especially when at the end one thing was provided for and the whole "gay issue" was seemingly forgotten. I would've loved a good conversation between Roe and his mother, an explanation of some sort but I hardly got one.

The story however revolved mainly around Roe and Travis giving me two men who are direct, raw and without pretense. The sexy times provided for some intriguing scenes and it was in these moments that I missed the point of view form Travis. It would've enhanced the impact of the moment even more if the sole narrating wasn't coming from Roe. I really liked the feel of these men together and some, but not all elements in the storytelling.

A sexy start which gained emotional depth by the end. Really enjoyed it! 

3.5 stars

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Cover Summary:
Wandering cowboy Luke Walker is at the end of his rope after his girlfriend abandons their newborn daughter. A terrified new father, he’s grateful to meet Dr. Morgan Gallagher. Morgan recognizes that he and Luke could help each other: Luke can rebuild Morgan’s property and land so Morgan can have the horses he wants, and Morgan can provide the younger man with a safe place to raise his daughter. In theory, it should work out perfectly, except that Morgan is instantly attracted to Luke—a straight man—and sharing the same cabin and caring for the baby is a more intimate arrangement than he’d imagined.

Luke is a spin off of Sylvan.

My Review
LUKE was a nice read but it lacked substance. None of the elements was bad but neither did anything jump off the pages where it triggered emotions or getting me to form a connection to the characters. Perhaps the simplicity of the story wasn’t in its advantage either; Luke is freaking out over the fact he now has to take care of his new born daughter. He meets Morgan in a small town who needs a cowboy to fix up his ranch. Luke of course is that much needed cowboy and takes the job gladly. Morgan is gay, Luke is attracted to him but has always shared the sheets with women. Put them together in a small ranch and let the chemistry do the work...

Jan Irving created a light hearted and sexy read but it felt like I was reading a ‘dime a dozen’ story. The whole story remained in the "nice" territory; the baby definitely added the "aaawwwww, cute" factor yet Luke didn't really question or struggle with his attraction to Morgan. The characterization, the dialogues, the storyline itself, it all remained too much on the surface. I know it is hard to create depth in the page span of a novella but even with the focus on Luke and Morgan their personalities seemed to fall flat.

Novella's are a tricky read for me and I mostly read them to sample the author's voice. With LUKE, Jan Irving left me with an okay feeling but unfortunately nothing triggered my need to read more from her.

A nice, simple story that was quick to read.

2.5 stars

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Cover Summary:
For fifteen years Luke Moore has lived by three rules: stay off his father's radar, never spend more than a single night with any man, and never fall in love again. But one night of explosive sex and two men whom he can’t get out of his head have Luke breaking them all. Richard and Matthew push him past all his boundaries—both sexually and personally—and now he’s no longer hiding from his senator father; he’s taking him on. And he isn’t just falling for one man; he’s falling for two. If you're going to break the rules, might as well break them big.

But Luke’s father has his reasons for hating how his son lives, and he’ll do whatever he can and use all his power to keep Luke away from Richard and Matthew.

Can this threesome find a way to make their unconventional relationship last with the world around them trying to pull them apart? And will Luke be able to keep breaking his rules for Richard and Matthew, or will he head back to his familiar way of life just when his new lovers want to bind him tighter?

My Review
The potential of this authors ability to create interesting characters, sizzling bouts of erotic play and an interesting suspense, cast in a supportive role, is felt throughout reading MORE. I had a good time reading this story and though the balance leans a bit towards the erotic side of a gay ménage the characters are very likable. From a first person narrative Luke is the one I got to understand the most. He has major commitment issues and has every reason for them! Matthew and Richard completed the ménage with Matthew being an exuberant guy in his mid twenties and Richard being a very strong and older personality.

I loved the vibe they created, the gradual deepening of their romance, the dangers that were entwined and while the suspense didn't flow as smoothly within the story as I liked it had a great angle. Next to three potent and sexual driven guys giving it all to the reader there is also plenty emotions joining the sexy scenes. Especially Luke's issues took center stage but as the story unfolded they all encountered problems for them to deal with.

MORE is an easy-to-read and engaging erotic romance story that kept my attention from page to page. These are the kind of ménage’s I will never grow tired of; instant chemistry, lots of sex play founded in a multitude of emotions and a suspense to spice it all up in a different way. Sloan Parker definitely put herself on my radar!

4 stars

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27 June 2011

ARC Guest Review: Lara Adrian - Deeper Than Midnight

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Mass Market Paperback: 416 pages
Publisher: Dell; Original edition (June 28, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0440246113
ISBN-13: 978-0440246114
Book #9 in Midnight Breeds series
Received an e-Arc from author for review.

Cover Summary:
DELIVERED FROM THE DARKNESS, A WOMAN FINDS HERSELF PLUNGED INTO A PASSION THAT IS DEEPER THAN MIDNIGHT.

At eighteen, Corinne Bishop was a beautiful, spirited young woman living a life of privilege as the adopted daughter of a wealthy family. Her world changed in an instant when she was stolen away and held prisoner by the malevolent vampire Dragos. After many years of captivity and torment, Corinne is rescued by the Order, a cadre of vampire warriors embroiled in a war against Dragos and his followers. Her innocence taken, Corinne has lost a piece of her heart as well—the one thing that gave her hope during her imprisonment, and the only thing that matters to her now that she is free.

Assigned to safeguard Corinne on her trip home is a formidable golden-eyed Breed male called Hunter. Once Dragos’s most deadly assassin, Hunter now works for the Order, and he’s hell-bent on making Dragos pay for his manifold sins. Bonded to Corinne by their mutual desire, Hunter will have to decide how far he’ll go to end Dragos’s reign of evil—even if carrying out his mission means shattering Corinne’s tender heart.

As I haven't read my first book in this series I have asked Marquetta from Love To Read For Fun to review it. She can be found at: her blog - goodreads - twitter - facebook .

Here is what she had to say about Deeper Than Midnight:

Deeper Than Midnight is the 9th book in the Midnight Breed series. Fans of the series have been waiting for Hunter’s book ever since he escaped Dragos’ clutches and joined the Order.

Deeper than Midnight takes place exactly where Taken by Midnight left off. A few weeks have passed since the rescue of the Breedmates that were imprisoned by Dragos. The Breedmates have been returned home to their families except for Corinne. She wants Brock, who was her bodyguard when she lived at her family’s Darkhaven before she was kidnapped, to accompany her back home to Detroit. Unfortunately, Brock and Jenna are stranded in Alaska and cannot get back to Corinne in time. Hunter is given the task of making sure Corinne arrives home safely. In the meantime, Hunter and Chase are out patrolling and run into some trouble with Agent Murdock of the Enforcement Agency at a local vamp hangout. Chase’s behavior and attitude is quickly getting worse and his violence and anger reared its ugly head when Chase and Hunter were attacked. Angry and bloodied, Chase’s thirst can no longer be quenched. He is a man on the edge. He knows once he crosses that line, there is no going back. And he’s not sure that he doesn’t want to cross that line.

After reading Taken by Midnight, I couldn’t wait for the release of Hunter’s book. Hunter is a character who’s been through a lot and is still figuring things out as a member of the Order. His past is still a mystery. He doesn’t say much; he does what he is told. It seems like the only person who can reach him is Mira, the little girl. So I knew that the woman who would be the object of Hunter’s romantic interest and eventual Breedmate had to be someone really special. Unfortunately, I don’t think there was anything that special about Corinne.

We were briefly introduced to Corinne at the end of the previous book. In Deeper than Midnight, we find out what Corinne was subjected to while she was imprisoned by Dragos. It wasn’t pretty. Corinne suffered abuse, both sexual and physical. She still carries the physical scars as a constant reminder. Because of the torment that Corinne suffered at Dragos’s hand, I found it a little shocking that she was so quick to become physical with Hunter. Even a simple kiss seemed like they were moving too fast. I would think that someone who suffered so horribly would be gun-shy about any kind of physical contact.

As for Hunter, we learn a little about his time as one of Dragos’s hunters and what he endured. Again, not too much light is shed on this to get a clear and full picture of what Hunter went through. The one thing that fascinated me about Hunter in the romantic aspect is that he has no experience with intimacy. No kissing, no holding hands, nothing. So when Hunter and Corinne finally become physical whether it is a kiss or something more, Hunter was really skilled. I found this somewhat unbelievable considering he was raised and trained to be a killer, with “human” contact and emotions being denied from him. So how did he become this gentle and skilled lover without any experience? I also didn’t “feel” their relationship develop hence making the romance between them unbelievable. I felt like Corrine and Hunter were together out of convenience and not due to a deep-seeded connection.

Even though Deeper than Midnight is Hunter’s story, Chase made the book for me. For every two or three chapters dedicated Hunter or the side characters, 1 or 2 chapters featured Chase and Chase alone. At one point, I thought to myself, “I thought this was Hunter’s book. Why is Chase’s storyline so prominent?” At first it bothered me, but as the book progressed, I started looking forward to Chase because the romance between Hunter and Corinne wasn’t working for me.

Deeper than Midnight didn’t wow me like I thought it would. Maybe my expectations were too high but I expected a lot more from Hunter and his storyline. I felt like the romance was rushed because so much of the book was focused on Chase and the other characters. I felt the ending was abrupt. When Deeper than Midnight ended, I kept hitting the next button because it didn’t feel like the story should be over. I don’t want to say it was a cliffhanger but it sure felt like it.

I still love the Midnight Breed series and will continue reading the series. With the way the book ended, I am anxious to find out Chase’s fate. Deeper than Midnight would have been a better book for me if more of the story was focused on Hunter and Corinne, and not everyone else.

Rating: 3.5/5

Favorite quote:
“You are the finest thing I’ve ever touched. I want to be careful with you. I worry that you’ll break under my rough hands”

26 June 2011

Joey W Hill's new series & cover reveal *thud*


Book I of the Arcane Shot Series
Publisher: Berkley
Genre: Paranormal Sensual Romance
Release Date: Feb 2012
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Summary:
Ruby Night Divine is a witch who runs a gun shop. Magic can fail – she knows that first hand, having experienced it with full-blown tragic consequences, far beyond what Dr. Phil can fix. Smith & Wesson is a whole hell of a lot more reliable, and nothing’s as cathartic as the ability to put a few holes in the things that piss you off. Like Derek Stormwind.

A powerful sorcerer, Derek is determined to get to the bottom of why she pushed him away and ran three years before. He also wants her help. A coven needs training to face a demon and his army of minions. Oh sure. It’s amazing what sweet things a guy will offer to get back into a woman’s heart, and into her bed.

Only in this case, she knows he never left her heart, and in her bed is exactly where she wants him to be. Unfortunately, her bed’s already made, and she’s close to losing her soul. And not even Smith & Wesson or Derek Stormwind can fix that.


Thought: Oh I get tingly in all the right ways for this cover and series blurbs. All I can say is: want, want want!

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24 June 2011

And a hawt series continues...

JK Beck – When Passion Lies


On Sale: December 27, 2011
Pages: 336
ISBN: 978-0-345-52563-5

Synopsis 
Tiberius is a vampire dedicated to protecting his kind—and the secrets of the shadow world. Now, as his quest to become head of the Alliance draws within reach, a shattering new threat puts him to the ultimate test. It’s a nightmare of grim proportions: a dark plot to bring about the mass extermination of human and shadow alike. And it forces Tiberius to turn to the woman he loved and lost, the lover he still desires but doesn’t trust.

Caris was Tiberius’s mate for centuries—until a fateful mission changed her forever. Her tortured secrets drove her into the arms of his rival, but desperation has brought her back. As a horrifying new weapon of mass destruction is about to be unleashed, Tiberius and Caris harness the power of their immortal and passionate love. But will it be enough to battle devastating odds and a ruthless enemy with the ambition to destroy them all?


JK Beck – When Darkness Hungers


On Sale: January 31, 2012
Pages: 352
ISBN: 978-0-345-52565-9

Synopsis
Half human, half daemon, Ryan Doyle is a driving force for justice. As an agent for the Preternatural Enforcement Coalition, he’s investigating murders linked to a Los Angeles fringe group bent on exposing the shadow world to humanity. He is a master of self-control, keeping his deepest hungers hidden beneath a veneer of cool professionalism. Until he crosses paths with sinfully sweet Andy Tarrent, a gutsy reporter who makes him crave all the pleasures he’s denied himself for centuries.

Tracking a band of conspiracy theorists eager to spill blood, Andy has uncovered the story of her career. Brooding, mysterious Ryan is an enigma—but their dance of seduction is hotter than any fantasy. As they race to stop mass murder on the streets, Andy knows that Ryan is holding back, keeping secrets. But getting close to Ryan means opening the door to a world that will challenge her deepest beliefs—including what it means to truly surrender to love.


JK Beck – When Temptation Burns


On Sale: February 28, 2012
Pages: 352
ISBN: 978-0-345-52567-3

Synopsis
FBI agent Alexis Martin knows that vampires exist—because one of them killed her sister. Assigned to investigate a series of bizarre homicides in Los Angeles, Alexis believes the murders are the work of rogue vampires—perhaps even the monster responsible for her sister’s death. Now she finally has a chance for retribution. Even better, Alexis receives unexpected help from a sexy stranger as hungry for rogue blood as she is.

Serge is a centuries-old bad boy who stays off the grid—keeping his secrets, his hunger, and his heart safe from exposure. A new breed of vampire that feeds off other shadowers, Serge finds sweet torture in Alexis’s arms. Loving her is a chance to be free from the hiding, the loneliness, the secrecy. But the truth about what he is, and what he’s done, may banish him to the dark confines of his own private hell—and destroy the beginnings of their love.

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22 June 2011

Review: The bliss when a book puts you on cloud nine! Josh Atervois - All Lost Things

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Paperback, 328 pages
Published September 27th 2009 by P.D. Publishing, Inc.
(first published 2009)
ISBN: 1933720700 (ISBN13: 9781933720708)
Series; Killian Kendall Mysteries #3
YA, M/M. Read a copy from my personal library

Covery Summary:
Killian Kendall's life is changing faster than he can keep up. He's graduating from high school, breaking up with his boyfriend, and starting a new job with a private investigator. He's barely settled at his new desk when his ex-boyfriend calls with a desperate plea for help. He wants Killian to prove his new boyfriend is innocent in the shockingly violent murder of his abusive father. Killian reluctantly agrees to take the case, little knowing how complicated - and dangerous - things will become before it's over.

On the home front, Killian's surrogate parents decide to buy a historic mansion and turn it into a bed and breakfast. The house comes with a rich history... and maybe a ghost or two. Killian doesn't want to believe in such things, but he's quickly becoming convinced that something terrible happened to the home's original owners. The century-old mystery both terrifies and tantalizes Killian. In the end, he may be the only one who can uncover the truth.


My Review
!!Warning!! If you haven't read the previous books this review might contain spoilers.

I’m amazing myself by wanting to read one book after another in the Killian Kendall Mysteries. I find that once you’re pulled into the life of Killian you get to meet a fascinating young man and the people surrounding him just as bit well developed. With All Lost Things, Josh Aterovis has written a homerun again! The flow of the separate story threads entwined in to an attention grabbing story and by the end I found myself on readers cloud nine. Josh Aterovis even managed to quiet the shock regarding the ending of Reap The Whirlwind as he continues to evolve the storyline of various characters. However this is once again a story revolving around Killian, told from his point of view and he has a new mystery to solve.

One of the things that made me breathe a sigh of relief was the fact Killian and Asher took some time apart. They never worked for me as a couple and the doubt infested thoughts from both sides where getting repetitive. The complete romance aspect was playing second violin but still contained very intriguing new possibilities which I liked far better. Asher doesn't exit the stage though as a new friend of him is being accused of murdering his father. From there Killian is asked to get involved and a new mystery is holding me captivated again.

Even though I'm reading these books consecutively the mystery doesn't get boring. I even got two mysteries for the price of one with a vicious murder and a cold case of over a century old. Original and surprising plots is one of the main ingredients in this series and now that Killian has become a PI apprentice he takes his interest a serious step further. It also introduces Novak whom is a quiet and serious investigator opposed to Killian's exuberance and eagerness to learn. This gives way for a more professional approach to investigating the leads which kept me on edge the entire time. The question remains; did Caleb, Asher's new friend, did or didn't murder his father? I searched for clues just as much as Killian or Novak but Aterovis managed to keep me guessing until that final moment. It is one of the reasons these books become page turners for me! I just have to find out who done it, what the reasons were, and this author gives a highly satisfying conclusion each and every time.

With the smaller but equally intriguing mystery of the ghost Amalie came aunt Judy and she is a character who I loved from the first time she was introduced. A bit known for her nuttiness she is actually a sensitive to things not of this world and the bond she has with Killian only strengthens in this book. They share experiences together and their dialogues are filled with humor. The secondary cast also entails Adam and Steve who are the guardians of Killian. They bring ‘home and hearth’ to Killian's life, along with being wonderful gay role models. The recurring characters give this series warmth, and with each novel I get to know them a little bit better, anchoring themselves in my heart.

All Lost Things is an amazing episode in Killian's life and I gobbled it all up in one take. Killian still has many internal struggles to deal with and I’m leaning towards the fact he has commitment issues as well. Sometimes I wish he wouldn’t doubt everything but at the same time it is a so very understandable because I know what he has dealt with in the past and present. Killian is just the kind of character you like to see in a happy place only the author gives various hints much more is in store for this young man. The thing is, over the course of three books it has seen to the fact I want to be there, for better or for worse I hope this series will go one for quite a while, with many more stories to be written! 

In, All Lost Things, I found mysteries full of twists and turns which kept me on the edge of my seat as it steamed ahead to a riveting conclusion. I found engaging storylines of the familiar cast of characters which continues with struggles, tension, heartache and love for one another. And an attraction between two very likeable characters that shines bright in its possibilities. This story cemented the series on my keeper shelf!

4.5 stars

Quote that cracked a smile;
If you're here to sell me vacuums, I don't need anything that sucks,” she said from her front steps as we climbed out of the car. “If you're here to sell me encyclopedias I know everything I need to know. And if you're here to sell me Jesus, we've already met and we've agreed to keep our distance.”
Quote that referres to the title, which I loved!
I thought about it for a minute and the line Bryan had quoted, “All lost things are in the angels keeping.” I'd lost a lot, friends, family, boyfriends; it was comforting to think that everything I had lost was in the angels keeping. I liked it. I nodded and slipped my arm through Will's as we started walking again.
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21 June 2011

Review: Hell hath no fury for a reader scorned! Josh Aterovis - Reap The Whirlwind

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Paperback 216 pages
Published December 14th 2007 by P.D. Publishing, Inc.
(first published 2003)
ISBN1933720352 (ISBN13: 9781933720357)
Original title: Reap the Whirlwind, 2nd edition.
Series: Killian Kendall Mystery #2 .
M/M, YA - Copy read from my personal library

Cover Summary:
"Nothing can stay the same forever. We get in trouble in life when we think it can and will. Everything changes, or as King Solomon said in the Bible and The Byrds sang in the 60's, to everything there is a season and a time for every purpose under heaven. It's not a particularly easy lesson to learn, or a fun one for that matter. I learned it the summer between high school and college, and my life would never be the same."

Will's life is changing so quickly he can't keep up. He's moving out of his parents' home for the first time, changing careers, making new friends, and falling in love with the person he least expected. In the process, he's also learning a lot about himself. As if he doesn't have enough going on, his life-long best friend dies in what appears to be a drunken accident. But when Will receives a note hinting that it may not have been an accident after all, he finds that he can't rest until he knows the truth. With the help of Killian Kendall and his friends, Will begins an amateur investigation that will result in even more death. Will thought the biggest changes were behind him, but they had only just begun.

My Review
!!Warning!! If you haven't read the previous books this review can contain spoilers.

I had my complete review in my head on all the things I wanted to say. I was again in awe of the likeable and personable characters Josh Aterovis brought to this tale. How the suspense was a subtle tension throughout the novel, keeping me on edge at all times. I wanted to tell you the great odds Will Keegan had to overcome, how he tugged at my emotions and what a fantastic opposite Aidan was to Will. Will was a troubled young man going through a life changing period and Aidan was the quiet center. He was strength, he was joy, he was love and laughter even though he also knew pain and doubts. The balance Will and Aidan created, the internal conflicts they had to meet head on, forged a bond between them that swept me in to all their separate and shared emotions.

Next to the blooming relationship I wanted to tell you I couldn't get enough of the whodunit plot. Josh Aterovis managed to gradually set the stage for a cruel murder which struck at the heart of a group of friends. Will, Laura and Joey have been the three musketeers all their life but events rip them apart and emotions where all over the place. Characters from Bleeding Heart also came into play, furthering overall character progress of people I already cared about. Will and Aidan where at the heart of this story where art, religion, friendship, suicide and more subjects where incorporated that captivated me. The author never stood on a pedestal when it came to the religion aspect, instead he allowed it to become a part of various characters in a natural way. The art was a tool for Will to express himself as he was struggling to deal with his suicide attempt. The support of, and help in the investigation from friends, tightened but also challenged friendship among various characters. I wanted to rave about the knack this author has for creating an absorbing storyline. There wasn't a moment where I was not engaged in how someone would react or how a situation would develop. But then, as romance and plot got to a pique...I was delivered a 180 degree twist which plummeted my enjoyment of this story so far!

At first I got this beautiful, romance rife scene unfolding in front of my eyes where I was crying my ever romantic heart out, rejoicing in the love. But only a chapter or so after that my romance brimming heart was ripped out, thrown on the floor and stomped upon! I was screaming in my head, flipping the final page back and forth. This was it, THE END! No more continuance in a next story. I felt so betrayed by the author! How could he have let me go through all those emotional struggles with the characters? Made me feel a powerful connection alive with love and then give me a moment where various actions set a chain of events in to motion that is such a let-down. Reap The Whirlwind will never be remembered by me as a beautifully told romantic mystery tale it was 96% of the story, but for the excruciating ending that made me scream; Nooooooo!

Josh Aterovis left me with a bleeding heart after I read the ending of Reap The Whirlwind. His writing style is grabbing! The dose of realism almost too much to bear. His characters are engaging, his plotting tight and it all blends into a story that is addictive. He is pushing the envelope and searching my boundaries to casually step over them and give me something I never saw coming!

3.5 stars

The quote for you to sample:

Love is patient and kind; love is not jealous or boast-ful; it is not arrogant or rude. Love does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrong, but rejoices in the right. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends; as for prophecy, it will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away. For our knowledge is imperfect and our prophecy is imperfect; but when the perfect comes, the imperfect will pass away. When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child; when I became a man, I gave up childish ways. For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall understand fully, even as I have been fully understood. So faith, hope, love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.”

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20 June 2011

Review: The start of a new series affair! Josh Aterovis - Bleeding hearts

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Paperback, 236 pages
Published December 14th 2007 by P.D. Publishing, Inc.
(first published January 1st 1999)
ISBN1933720344 (ISBN13: 9781933720340)
original title: Bleeding Hearts, 2nd edition.
Series: Killian Kendall Mystery #1
M/M, YA - Read a copy from my personal library. 
 
Cover Summary:
Killian Kendall is used to being overlooked, even in his own family. That’s about to change. With the arrival of a new kid at school, Killian’s whole world is about to be turned upside down. The new guy is openly gay and, for reasons he can’t really understand, Killian finds himself drawn to him. When the boy is killed in a brutal attack, and Killian is injured in the process, Killian begins to questions everything around him.

The police seem eager to write the attack off as a random mugging, but Killian was there and he knows better. With the help of the murdered boy’s father and his friends, Killian starts his own investigation. His search turns up hatred in small town America, and before it’s over, more people will be dead, and Killian’s life will be on the line again.

My Review

The story told in a nutshell:
Killian Kendall is in a phase of his life where one person shifts his world on its axes. When he sees his new friend murdered on the ground and he himself is attacked it is a battle to survive. For Killian there is angst, horror, love and new family to deal with. Nothing stayed the same after the attack, for better or for worse…

My first impression after a chapter:
Talk about an opening line! Aterovis kicks off this story with an attention grabbing paragraph. The desperation is rife in that scene and I wanted to know; who, what and how!

Killian Kendall:
The story is told from Killian’s point of view and the story became stronger for it. His personality put such a mark on how I experienced reading this story. No cardboard characters are to be found in Bleeding Hearts but Killian’s voice brimmed with angst, doubt but also love and courage. I witnessed the changes Killian had to go through, the situations he had to deal with and the choices he had to make. Josh Aterovis really delved the reader into his protags heart mind and soul and in doing so I formed such a strong connection to Killian. I was unable to put Bleeding Hearts down and turned the pages in bated breath.

Asher Davis:
Asher is Killian’s best friend and their relationship is growing in to something different. He is a jock but with a surprising different mentality and at first glance I really liked him. After a while he started to give me mixed signals and it didn’t really get better. He developed that stoplight mentality where the teenage angst-ridden mind got the upper hand; ‘yes, I love you – no, I can’t be your boyfriend.’ ‘Yes, I want you to be my forever – no, I can’t be with you.’ Asher is so riddled with doubt it made me antsy. While it is teenage behavior to the core where he has to find himself, it irked me and I couldn’t completely shake that feeling throughout the story.

The emotional journey:
The tension throughout the story was pounding on my nerves in a fantastic way. The internal angst from Killian as he discovers and accepts he’s gay correlates with the external threats. There are bullies and a murderer on the loose who keep a constant threat level in the main characters lives. Sometimes the emotions where subtle and sometimes it was a volcanic eruption but I couldn’t get enough of what the author was dishing out. The journey for many in Bleeding Hearts is difficult but I connected to them and they took me on the road to a better place. I’m engrossed when the emotional aspect of a story can absorb me and this one did it from start to finish!

The circle of family and friends:
Each one had a significant main or secondary role to play and they added an incredible depth to the world of Killian. Each evoked emotions in me. I hated Killian’s father. I celebrated the strength Killian’s mother possesses. I absolutely emphasized with Adam, Seth’s father, and how he dealt with all the heartache. Kane, Seth’s younger brother, was endearing. Jesse and Zach were bullies I could get angry over. The unsub freaked me out and then there were the Sheridan’s. They are a family who pushed my hot buttons and then some. The layers within that family first made me think “wow, such a Nora Roberts loving family’ but I was infuriated by the end. I was almost breathing fire and so sad at the same time. And then there where the numerous ‘coming out’ moments. I think all in all six young men came out in this story and it was bordering on too much, eating away at the impact of such moments.

The diabolical unsub plotting away:
At the beginning the plot unfolded itself with a bang but then it got low-key, making room for the interpersonal relationships to deepen. The unsub isn’t even that much in to play again until I’m a little over halfway into the story. Yet then Josh Aterovis really amps up the suspense! I was holding my breath as I read the chapters away because while I had my suspicions the author really kept me guessing until the very end. The unsub is twisted in the mind. Since this is a story from the first person point of view I never got to read the unsubs thoughts. Nevertheless, by the end it was all revealed and the shock effect was that much greater!

My synonyms for:
Engaging – in-depth – angst – tension-filled – first love – thrilling and fantastic characters.

My overall reaction:
When Lis pimped this series to me I was instantly intrigued and when I read the first page of Bleeding Hearts I knew it was going to be an incredible reading experience! Killian Kendall is a character who leaped of the pages and straight into my heart. Combine him with a dose of realism, a rich cast of characters and a powerful plot and you have a thrilling story. Bleeding Hearts provoked strong reactions and emotions, and Josh Aterovis struck gold with this series! Aterovis engaged me with the subjects incorporated and the fully developed characters!

4.5 stars

The quotes for you to sample:
The rest of the body came into view. And a nice body it was. I’d never seen him before so he must have been new. He stood about my height, maybe a little taller and slightly more built. He had red-gold hair that seemed to stick up in every direction and elfin features. In fact, he looked amazingly like an elf. Even to his incredibly green eyes. I wondered if they were colored contacts. Then I wondered why I cared. Why was I so intrigued by this guy?
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17 June 2011

A cover-gasm of the first order - bring icecubes to cool off!

Twitter showed me the way to cover walhalla when Jaci Burton tweeted a link to her latest, hot of the press, cover *thud* I'm speechless, drooling and lying in front of the pc in a bundle of want. Dear lawd...Jaci Burton's play-by-play series has been graced by the cover goddess. I'm an incoherent mess but I don't think anyone who gets to view this post will even read my ramblings cause your eyes will be sucked to the glistening, sweat dripping, gorgeous hunk of a man on the cover. I haz to learn how to skate now!!


Taking A Shot:

If you want to score, you have to get in the game…

The last thing Jenna Riley needs is more sports in her life. While her brothers are off being athletic superstars, she’s stuck running the family’s sports bar, whether she likes it or not. Then in walks pro hockey stud Tyler Anderson. As much as Jenna would like to go to the boards with him, she’s vowed to never fall for a jock—even one as hot as Ty.

Ty, intrigued by the beautiful bar owner, becomes a regular. He senses that Jenna wants to do something more with her life. And as he gains her trust, the passion between them grows, as does Ty’s insistence that Jenna should start living for herself. With his encouragement, Jenna starts to believe it, too…

But first, Jenna has to figure out what she wants, what she needs, who she loves, and if she has the passion and pride to take a shot at having it all—including Ty…


I'm looking....and looking...and still looking as the cover-gasm ripples through me. If I would smoke I would light one right now LOL

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Cover Discovery: Girl power can commence - Queen edition!

Author: L.J. McDonald
Paperback: 336 pages
Publisher: DP
(tentatively release on September 15, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1428512160
ISBN-13: 978-1428512160
Related books: The Battle Sylph - The Shattered Sylph

QUEEN OF THE SYLPHS

It was a dream come true. Solie had her own battler, a creature of almost infinite magic who could vaporize legions in the blink of an eye and would willingly suffer a thousand bloody deaths to protect her. She was his love. More simply, she was his queen.

Many others feel the same. The new-built settlement is a haven for all. Erected by sylphs of earth and fire, air and water, the Valley is Solie’s dominion. But, lovers without peer or killers without mercy, the very nature of their battler protectors means peril. It is not in any sylph’s nature to disobey, and while some are hers to command, others are the slaves of Solie’s enemies—the jealous, the cruel. Those who guard her must not fail. Their peasant-born ruler is not yet safe as…

I'm absolutely captivated by the regal look on the woman's face but the whole cover is screaming at me. I remeber this author came on to the blog scene with books blazing and raving reviews. She is one of the very few authors gracing my romance fantasy shelves. I read on L.J. McDonald's blog this book will be released in September, both Trade PB and e-book format. Let's hope DP will keep its promise!! *shakes fist*

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15 June 2011

Review: Suzanne Brockmann goes M/M; When Tony Met Adam

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WHEN TONY MET ADAM
Ballantine e-Books
Available in all e-formats: June 6, 2011
Gay romance novella
Copy from my own e-book library

Cover Summary:
An exclusive short story featuring characters from the Troubleshooters series

Tony Vlachic, a ruggedly handsome Navy SEAL, has kept his sexuality a secret for years under the threat of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” That is, until he meets Adam Wyndham, a charismatic yet troubled film star. Tony knows that by approaching Adam in front of his teammates he’s jeopardizing his military career. And Adam, nursing a broken heart, has no interest in a relationship. Still, neither man can deny their instant attraction.

Tony didn’t become a SEAL by accepting rejection, and his pursuit of Adam leads to one unforgettable night. But the next morning, Tony is ordered to ship out to Afghanistan, and he’s forced to leave Adam with too much left unsaid. As Tony enters a dangerous war zone, Adam, back in Los Angeles, struggles with the demons of his past, while dealing with the very real possibility that Tony could be killed in action. Half a world apart, both men must face their feelings for each other—and decide if what they’ve found is worth risking everything in the name of love.

BONUS: This eBook includes an excerpt from Suzanne Brockmann's Hot Target.

My Review

I’ve only read book one in the Troubleshooters series; The Unsung Hero but it blew me away. So when I heard about the fact Suzanne Brockmann wrote a gay romance novella to celebrate the repeal of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ I got very excited. I must say there was also the curios factor what Brockmann could dish out with a gay couple.

I have to admit that from page one I fell in love with both Adam and Tony. Adam for the fact he was a crude Neanderthal who cloaked himself in a ‘devil-may-care’ attitude. Trouble was his middle name but there was also something broken in him, something that bled anguish and pain. This is the kind of character type who instantly claims my heart, the duality of toughness and vulnerability draws me in like a moth to a flame. Right from the bat I knew there was more to Adam and more is what Adam gave me by the end of this novella!

If Adam gave me toughness then Tony gave me charming. He is a character that made me laugh-out-loud with his quick-witted responses and wry sense of humor. He has the good looks but with the likeable persona to match it. His life force seemed to leap of the pages and I think it was so sexy how he went for Adam and got their first date. Even with Tony’s easy going nature there is a depth to him that added a nuance to the romance I savored from the start.

The moment Adam and Tony meet there’s a magnetic pull between them sizzles with an electrifying current of attraction. The dialogues between them are snappy and bold, laced with a bit of humor and I gobbled it all up. While Suzanne Brockmann doesn’t go ‘all the way’ in the erotic department she does give a scintillating shower scene. Instead of investing pages in an elaborate hot night spend she saved pages for the character growth and deepening the connection between Adam and Tony. This is the reason why the feelings shooting back and forth between the two men got a poignant effect.

Suzanne Brockmann amazed me how she made everything come alive in such a short time span. Even the SEAL team members of Tony who had their own struggles with the ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ policy added a fun note but also raised some serious questions. This novella got me acquainted with Troubleshooters Inc. and it made me want more again of these commanding SEAL heroes!

With, When Tony Met Adam, Suzanne Brockmann delivers a touching gay novella which I couldn’t put down. The budding romance, the dynamic pairing of Adam and Tony, along with a flowing storytelling will have you rip through this story in 5th gear!

4 stars

Quote:
Adam nodded. “I’m kind off…nursing a broken heart,” he admitted. Tony nodded. But he took a pen out of his pocket, took Adam’s hand, and actually wrote his phone number on it, right on the palm.
“Give me a call if it mends.” He pocketed his pen, flashing another of those killer smiles. “And in case you had any doubt just how much I like trouble, I’m pretty sure I just came out to my teammates.”

Quote Adam:
Everyone he’d had sex with had been taking. Using.
Consuming.
And Adam had been doing the same.
But Tony – somehow – made the very act seem like sharing. Giving.
Loving.

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14 June 2011

Review: Nalini Singh - Kiss Of Snow

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Hardcover: 432 pages
Publisher: Berkley Hardcover; 1 edition(May 31, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0425242099
ISBN-13: 978-0425242094
Psy/Changeling series #10
Copy read from my personal library

Cover Summary:
Since the moment of her defection from the PsyNet and into the SnowDancer wolf pack, Sienna Lauren has had one weakness. Hawke. Alpha and dangerous, he compels her to madness.

Hawke is used to walking alone, having lost the woman who would've been his mate long ago. But Sienna fascinates the primal heart of him, even as he tells himself she is far too young to handle the wild fury of the wolf.

Then Sienna changes the rules-and suddenly, there is no more distance, only the most intimate of battles between two people who were never meant to meet. Yet as they strip away each other's secrets in a storm of raw emotion, they must also ready themselves for a far more vicious fight...

A deadly enemy is out to destroy SnowDancer, striking at everything they hold dear, but it is Sienna's darkest secret that may yet savage the pack that is her home-and the alpha who is its heartbeat.

My Review (!!can contain spoilers!!)

The story told in a nutshell:
Hawke and Sienna have been dancing around each other since the Lauren family found shelter at the SnowRiver pack. While powers at be are scheming away other powers grow more volatile every minute creating a hazardous situation.

My first impression after a chapter:
Let’s get ready to rumble!

The Alpha Wolf who Hawke is:
Can I just say; bow-chicka-wow-wow!! He is a hero who is stern responsibility, wolf play and virile passions! He can turn the body heat up until you’re ablaze with want and then offers to play with you and some ice cubes! He tugged at all my heartstrings with his protective walls around his heart, albeit there was also a good dose of stubbornness involved regarding Sienna. Hawke tried to do what he wanted to be the right course of action and gave me quite a scare. His actions towards another female in the pack could’ve ended up in a romantic pitfall.

The all powerful X-Psy Sienna is:
Though Sienna might be nineteen, Nalini Singh did an good job at making me understand there was so much more to her. There was a delicate dance between her tenacity, control, provocation and vivaciousness. Due to her Psy youth there was no room for being a child and due to her designation she always had to restrain herself. Yet there is also room for her fiery feminine side and it’s all of Sienna’s character traits that turn her in to a woman who proves to be a match for Hawke.

The emotional journey:
Nalini Singh delivered such a beautifully captured journey where love does not abide by age. Love just is and it is up to the characters strength and acceptance if it receives a chance to thrive. The obstacles created quite the struggles for both Hawke and Sienna but the results where heart-rendering intimate moments. The dancing underneath a starlit sky, emotions poured out of their hearts in to dialogues or where dominant attitudes play chase after one another. I absorbed their emotions and felt every high and low with them.

The sizzling sexiness and The romance blossoming:
I feel these two elements are inseparable in a Nalini Singh story. My first thought after closing Kiss Of Snow was; exquisite chemistry. I thought the gradual build-up of romantic feelings and trust, along with the sensual back and forth play between Hawke and Sienna was one of the best elements in this story. Nalini Singh gave us quite the ‘Hawke and Sienna foreplay’ in previous books to hint at what was coming. I was completely enamored by what she dished out for this couple in their own tale. It’s not only barbed dialogues, spirits clashing or quick wit between them, it was a very primal attraction contained by both for different reasons. Hawke and Sienna’s magnetism was a force of nature and when they finally gave in it was an erotic gratifying moment of magnitude. I thought Sienna’s first time was handled with care yet also showcased the sensual creature she is. Kiss Of Snow will always equal the best of what sensuous romance has got to offer!

The scheming, plot and power play:
For some reason this flowed to the background for me. I didn’t get the feeling the overall plot moved much forward and couldn’t hold my interest like in previous stories in this series. The Psy and their plans added a warning, a sense something was to come but overall didn’t give more than a flicker of danger, even though at the end that flicker of danger erupted in to more.

The circle of family, friends and foes:
First can I say that the Arrow Aden firmly settled himself on my radar! He’s an intriguing persona and then some!! But next to him the DarkRiver pack adds a familiar setting and voices to an already captivating story. Lucas and Sascha finally have a moment long awaited by many fans and loved, Loved, LOVED it. It’s what deepens my connection to this series! All the characters come alive in this series and affect me in one way or another. Next to that I received a secondary romance between Lauren Walker and SnowDancer’s healer; Lara, which was an unexpected surprise but one that added to my enjoyment for this story.

My synonyms for:
Sensuous – vibrant – primal – playful – romantic – electrifying and gripping.

My overall reaction:
Hawke and Sienna’s scintillating romance and the magnetic characters from the SnowDancer and DarkRiver pack received the spotlight in this story! It irrevocably grabbed my attention and wooed my romantic beating heart. I lived, I loved, I cried, I rejoiced and I feared alongside Hawke and Sienna. They made me a part of it all and I reveled every moment in it! Kiss Of Snow is pure passion only Nalini Singh can deliver.

4 stars

The quotes for you to sample – !!can contain spoilers!!:

1: “You were,” he said, the wolf very much in his voice, “specifically ordered not to get into any physical altercations.”
Sienna said nothing in response. It didn’t matter—her rage was a hot pulse against his skin, as raw and stormy as Sienna herself. When she was like this, the wildness of her barely contained, it was hard to believe she’d come into his pack Silent, her emotions blockaded behind so much ice, it had infuriated his wolf.

2: But today, all he saw was gibberish, his brain hazed by a sexual hunger so raw and wild, he knew he’d have to take care of it or his wolf would begin to fight him, inciting a dangerous level of aggression in all the unmated males in the pack. Right now, they were edgy but the level was still manageable. If Hawke’s wolf slipped the leash . . .

3: “No.” A sudden crash of anger. “I’m not accountable for everyone! Maybe I wanted to have fun for a change. Maybe I wanted to not be in control for a few short minutes! Maybe I just wanted to dance.”
Hawke’s lashes came down. When they lifted back up, his gaze was night-glow, a brilliant ice blue shot with light. She sucked in a breath, realizing she was talking to the wolf now.
“You want to dance?” Husky words that stroked along her skin like the softest fur.
She nodded.
“Then we dance.” Reaching out, he switched on the vehicle’s sound system and input a selection before stepping out.

4: That darkness had no place here, no place in this room, in this bed. Instead, she continued to stroke him, not realizing until several minutes later that her own body had relaxed under his, one leg raised at the knee to press against his side.
Smart wolf.
He began to kiss the sensitive slope of her neck again, slow and wet and a little rough.
Sexy wolf.

5: . . . you have my devotion, your name branded on my soul, my wolf yours to command. A hundred years? It’ll never be enough. I want eternity.

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13 June 2011

Found a gem of a new series that makes me purrrrrrr...

It's got me purring and then some...

When Nalini Singh revealed her cover in the Royal House Of Shadows series I wasn't going nuts but the blurb all the more set my blood on fire for this series. Of course when I read up all I could think was; I want. I need. I haz to have this series! Four wonderful authors will work their writing powers to give, what I believe, will be romantic adventures! The blurbs scream romance fantasy to me and it has been a while since I've sinked my teeth into a good romance fantasy series. I'm excited about the collaboration of these four authors who have earned their mark with their books and save Jill Monroe I know what they can bring to the table! Hence the fact I'm purring...

Here is the info I found on Goodreads: 

Royal House of Shadows series


Lord of the Vampires (Royal House of Shadows #1) by Gena Showalter

Mass Market Paperback, 288 pages
Expected publication: August 23rd 2011 by Harlequin
ISBN 0373618662 (ISBN13: 9780373618668)
Primary language: English
Original title: Lord of the Vampires
Series Royal House of Shadows #1, Harlequin Nocturne #119

Once upon a time…the Blood Sorcerer vanquished the kingdom of Elden. To save their children, the queen scattered them to safety and the king filled them with a need for vengeance. Only a magical timepiece connects the four royal heirs…and time is running out.

Nicolai the Vampire is renowned for his virility, but in a cruel twist of fate “The Dark Seducer” has become a sex slave in the kingdom of Delfina—stripped of his precious timepiece and his memory. All that remains is a primal need for freedom, revenge—and the only woman who can help him.

When the wanton vampire summons Jane Parker, she is helpless to obey. She's drawn to his dark sexuality and into his magical realm. But for this human, all is not a fairy tale. For saving Nicolai could mean losing the only man she's ever craved...

Lord of Rage (Royal House of Shadows #2) by Jill Monroe

Mass Market Paperback, 288 pages
Expected publication: September 20th 2011 by Harlequin
ISBN 0373618689 (ISBN13: 9780373618682)
Primary language: English
Original title: Lord of Rage
Series Royal House of Shadows #2, Harlequin Nocturne #121
Once upon a time...the Blood Sorcerer vanquished the kingdom of Elden.

To save their children, the queen scattered them to safety and the king filled them with vengeance. Only a magical timepiece connects the four royal heirs...and time is running out....

Princess Breena had been dreaming of her warrior lover when she was ripped from her Elden castle and thrown into a strange, dangerous realm. Lost and alone, she prayed for survival and vengeance for her stolen kingdom. She found both in a woodland cottage...in a dark bear of a man.

The golden-haired beauty had eaten his food and slept in his bed when Osborn found her. Though he wanted to awaken his virgin princess to carnal pleasures, Breena wanted more—including his warrior skills. Skills the once-legendary mercenary had long buried. Now Osborn had a choice—risk his life or deny his princess her fairy-tale ending

Lord of the Wolfyn (Royal House of Shadows #3) by Jessica Andersen

Paperback, 288 pages
Expected publication: October 25th 2011 (first published October 18th 2011)
ISBN 0373618700 (ISBN13: 9780373618705)
Primary language English
Series Royal House of Shadows #3

For practical Rhea Weston, nothing could explain how reading a sexy version of “Little Red Riding Hood” catapulted her into another realm—face-to-fang with the legendary wolf-creature who seduced women. A wolf who transformed into a dark, virile man . . .

Dayn cursed the Sorcerer that turned him wolfyn and damned him to a lonely fate. As a beast, he mated with women to gain strength. Strength he needed to rescue his royal palace. But as a man, he craved Reda’s heated, sizzling touch. With little time left, Dayn had to either embrace his wolf to safe his kingdom…or fight to save his woman

Lord of the Abyss (Royal House of Shadows #4) by Nalini Singh

Mass Market Paperback
Expected publication: November 22nd 2011 by Harlequin
Primary language: English
Original title: Lord of the Abyss
Series: Royal House of Shadows #4

Once upon a time…the Blood Sorcerer vanquished the kingdom of Elden. To save their children, the queen scattered them to safety and the king filled them with vengeance. Only a magical timepiece connects the four royal heirs…and time is running out.…

As the dark Lord who condemns souls to damnation in the Abyss, Micah is nothing but a feared monster wrapped in impenetrable black armor. He has no idea he is the last heir of Elden, its last hope. Only one woman knows—the daughter of his enemy.

Liliana is nothing like her father, the Blood Sorcerer who’d cursed Micah. She sees past Micah’s armor to the prince inside. A prince whose sinful touch she craves. But first she has to brave his dark, dangerous lair and help him remember. Because they only have till midnight to save Elden.


Who else has got this series on their TBR shelf on goodreads??

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07 June 2011

Giveaway: Did you have your beefcake today?


Did you have your beefcake today?

Personally, they can be my chocolate treat along with an incredible story. Like I said this weekend; "I'm an abs-obsessed, half-nekkid, sword-posing, ink-on-skin, beefcake cover ho." Nothing can grab my attention faster then a man-candy filled cover. I'm a very visual creature but I'm owning it, celebrating it, reveling in it and have shared lots of hot stuff with fellow book cover junkies.

Let me share some of itmwith you...after all; I'll grab any excuse to share some cover love :)

This is an a-list cover for me. Look at the headless heart throb of a bod standing there all confident! WANT! But also the background has a lot going on and I always like that as well.
Aaahhhhh, the strong back on covers always got me drooling a bit. It reminds me of Jessi St.James in KMM's Spell Of The Highlander. Jessi looked at the strong, muscled back of Cian MacKeltar and wanted to go primal on him. All rawr, biting and licking his back - I so can understand the impulse *grin*

Haven't we seen this cover model on a few other covers as well??  Next to the ripped guy the use of color hues also has a huge impact on me. I really like the blue tones in this one!

Sizzle and Burn, oh man, I've got that one down. The cover artist got my heart pounding for the men of the Delta Force! The cover screams; action, suspense and a hot blooded male! LOVE!

When I found Red Heat I went in a not so gracious swoon. Give me a ripped body, tats and a gleaming skin and my inner cover hussy is purring!!

It's good that next to covers I also read blurbs and catch up on info on the net because otherwise my impulse buying would've been spinning out of control!

But my question for this Celebrating The Romance giveaway is; How importants are covers to you? And more important, which ones make your heart beat faster? Any favorite cover model I should know about?


 The ground rules – yeah I know, not the most fun part but it has to be done!

* The giveaway is internationally (or where the Book Depository can deliver)
* The giveaway starts on June 7th and ends two weeks later, the winner will be announced a day later.
* You have a choice from a romance (and sub-genres) title released in the month of the giveaway, so that’s a whole heap of choice IMO ;) If you chose a print book - only via BookDepository.com. Or if you chose an e-book, it will depend if I have a payment option available to me. You can chose a book up to a price of $6,99
* If you win the ‘Celebrating the romance’ giveaway I’ll e-mail you (e-mail must be part of your profile/ a part of your comment or e-mailed to me) 
* I am not responsible for lost or damaged books. Once the order is placed it is out of my hands!

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06 June 2011

A 'Naughty Brief' review: Stacey Kennedy - Takedown

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One Night Stand series
June 7th 2011 by Decadent Publishing
ebook, 29 pages
GLBT genre
Received e-ARC from author

Cover Summary:
U.S. Marshal Wyatt Tanning has been on the hunt for a killer on the run in Turks and Caicos. A week into the investigation, he has absolutely nothing to show for his efforts. Feeling defeated he returns to Castillo Resort to drown his frustrations. There he meets UFC fighter, Rye Daniels. Now the resort’s bartender, Rye recognizes a man that has been beaten down, but he also senses a shared attraction that is hard to ignore. Wyatt might not be ready to step out from behind the shadow of lies, but Rye will stop at nothing to unleash the beast within.

*Warning: This book contains explicit sexual content, graphic language, and situations that some readers may find objectionable: Male/male sexual practices.

My Review

The story told in a nutshell: 
If I would tell you more than the blurb there would be no more reason for you to read it ;)

My first impression after a chapter:
I like the rough-‘n-tough boxer annex bartender, Rye Daniels doing the flirtatious song and dance with the hot and commanding US Marshall who is Wyatt Tanning.

The emotional journey:
If you could call it a journey! It was more like; the right time, the right place and the right guy who made Wyatt finally accept what he'd been denying himself for years. But with such a short story it fitted.

The sizzling sexiness:
One scene, one night was all I got but dang, it was a sexual hunger and then some. I liked what I got from these two guys and how they voiced their need for one another.

My synonyms for Takedown:
Steamy - fun and quick.

My overall reaction:
What I really enjoyed and appreciated was the fact Stacey Kennedy didn't make this short story about love. There is no substantial characterization or room for preliminaries; Rye and Wyatt meet, the attraction burns and oh yeah, it ignites big time. Twenty-four pages that gave me a fun-filled time, a smile on my face and a moment or two where I squirmed on my couch as need heats between the sheets. Takedown is just a sexy, spiced up quickie you can savor on a lunch break.

The quotes for you to sample:
Yes, Rye wanted this, craved to be used by a man of power.
3 stars

04 June 2011

New cover love from Sherrilyn Kenyon


Sherrilyn Kenyon
expected publication: February 1st 2012 by St. Martin's Griffin
binding: Hardcover
primary language: English.
original title: Infamous.
series: Chronicles of Nick #3

Cover Summary:
The world has fallen in love with Nick Gautier and the Dark-Hunters. Now Nick’s saga continues in the next eagerly anticipated volume...

Go to school. Get good grades. Stay out of trouble. That’s the mandate for most kids. But Nick Gautier isn’t the average teenager. He’s a boy with a destiny not even he fully understands. And his first mandate is to stay alive while everyone, even his own father, tries to kill him.

He’s learned to annihilate zombies and raise the dead, divination and clairvoyance, so why is learning to drive such a difficulty? But that isn’t the primary skill he has to master. Survival is.

And in order to survive, his next lesson makes all the others pale in comparison. He is on the brink of becoming either the greatest hero mankind has ever known.

Or he’ll be the one who ends the world. With enemies new and old gathering forces, he will have to call on every part of himself to fight or he’ll lose everyone he cares about.

Even himself.

My view: At one hand I feel the symbols on many of Sherrilyn Kenyon's releases create a recognizable trademark for her various series but it holds very little appeal to me. Of course I'm an abs-obsessed, half-nekkid, sword-posing, ink-on-skin, beefcake cover ho and this is a YA cover for crying out loud. Still, the Born in trilogy, the Dark-Hunter series and I believe also her Dream-Hunter series has these symbols, while I love the tribal feel it unfortunately doesn't set my imagination in to overdrive. It probably serves a purpose but I miss the days where *RAWR* man-candy covers graced the cover of a DH or DH release! INFAMOUS however is nice but I never saw Nick as such a 'clean-looking' kid.

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02 June 2011

I have a liscense to gush for; it's an author fan letter blog crawl

The awesome Kris from Kris 'N' Good Books has kicked off the blogcrawl with a letter written to Georgette Heyer. Last year I had such tremendous fun following the fanletter blogcrawl, the enthusiasm I read in these letters for the author and his/her books answered to my own. So when I found out Kassa was organizing another blogcrawl I just had to e-mail and get in and have my own fangurl moment. My first thought was to write Joey W Hill a letter or J.P. Barnaby, but anyone who is a regular here or hears me twittering already knows about my love for these two authors. And then I started to ponder. And then I got to the beach with Janna and Lis, talking about this blogcrawl and an author dawned on me. Of course anyone who is a regular at this blog or hears me twittering knows of my love for this author *rolls eyes at self* Still, I just had to get this out there…so here goes:

Dear C.L. Wilson,

Every time I think about your Fading Land series I have a tendency to gush in the most embarrassing ways. Not only does my voice go up in volume - wherever we are - as I pimp your series, I'll also try to sketch you a picture of how I look; I get this wicked grin on my face, stars in my eyes, butterflies in my stomach, my cheeks turn rosy and my romantic heart soars as my hands flap around emphasizing on my enthusiasm.

Gaelen is the one who is responsible for the wicked grin on my face. He is bad – wicked and devilish in all the right ways. I know it, you definitely know it and each and every other person who has encountered Gaelen knows it too.

Belliard is the one who delivers butterflies in my stomach and stars in my eyes. How could I not fall for the fact he is a master in all but Earth and the first to pledge himself to Ellie! Do you remember this convo on your yahoo group? Because I certainly haven’t, I got to meet Bel *butterflies in stomach – Oh hell yeah*

Cheryl: Going to work now…Ellie has just stabbed Bel in the heart. Oh dear. Not sure I can allow that.
Okay…admittedly, that was very mean! Bwahahahahahahahaha

Leontine: You wicked...wicked...evil...wicked woman!!! :-)
The McDreamy and McSteamy wrapped up in Bel.....my courtship gift explaining, Gaelen torturing ;D, and master in Spirit, Bel *trembling lip over here*

How on earth did Ellie get to do that?!?

*sigh*

Sending a healing weave to Bel...hope he's doing okay now *hugs*

Bel: Black lashes fluttered, lifting to reveal warm cobalt eyes. Bel lifted a pale, shining hand and murmured... "Leontine? Las, kem'san. Nei avi. Ke sha nei odah."

Leontine: *goes in to a dead faint* and then *off to find a Fey dictionary*

An utter fangurl moment I tell ya!

My cheeks turn rosy as I remember the moment between Rain and Elly who got all hot and bothered in spirit sexing. After that scene I needed ice water for my parched throat! All I wanted was a Fey of my own who could give me that kind of wild and wanton *waggles eyebrows* Oh wait, I put my claim on Bel LOL

The soaring romance was also all you, C.L. Wilson; you and your lyrical writing voice which can sweep me away to another land. It allows me to experience the epic adventures, feel all the light and darkness, allow me to meet phenomenal characters and you gave me; Ver reisa ku’chae. Kem surah shei’tani. You gave me a romance that will forever soar through the skies. Whatever you did before writing Rain Tairen Soul and Elysetta’s story and whatever you’ll do after, know that their books will be treasured keepers on my shelves. You are the kind of writer who will have me re-read their story until I’m old, wrinkled and grey, and I’ll still feel a wicked grin on my face. Get butterflies in my stomach. Will have my cheeks turn rosy and my romantic heart will soar ever more as of course I'll do my part and pimp your series out to fellow senior citizens!

Hugs,

Leontine
PS: Oh, and Stella. My inner Tairen roars and buds heads with her in friendship. If we could we would be BFF’s *tairen grin*

PPS: Bel, personally I think you and I should date ;) 

PPPS: the next fan letter in this blogcrawl is by the ever kewl Yummy Men And Kick Ass Chicks

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01 June 2011

Review: Heidi Cullinan - Special Delivery

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ISBN-13: 978-1-61581-359-9
Pages: 300
Cover Artist: Anne Cain
Categories: Novels, BDSM/Kink, M/M/M or More, Heidi Cullinan, Special Delivery and Double Blind by Heidi Cullinan
Book Type: eBook
File Formats Available: .epub, .lit, .prc, .prc, html, pdf
Copy read from my personal library

Cover Summary:
Sam Keller knows he’ll never find the excitement he craves in Middleton, Iowa—not while he’s busting his ass in nursing school and paying rent by slaving away in a pharmacy stockroom. But before his mother died, he promised her he’d grow up to be a good man, so he needs a stable career and a good husband, not a dead-end job and empty sex.

Then Sam meets Mitch Tedsoe, an independent trucker who makes a delivery to a shop across the alley. Innocent flirting quickly leads to an affair, and when Mitch offers to take Sam on a road trip west, Sam jumps at the chance for adventure with his fantasy man... but Mitch also comes with a past. A threesome with the other man in Mitch’s life would have been just another kinky ride, but somewhere between the Mississippi River and the Colorado Rockies, Sam falls in love.

But can a relationship born out of escape and indulgence become something that lasts? Will a fantasy man be willing to settle down into reality, or is the adventure and excitement Sam finds with Mitch just another stop on a delivery man’s journey? For better or for worse, eventually Sam is going to discover the answer, because no matter how far away he travels, eventually all roads lead home.

My Review

The things that made my heart beat faster:

*College student Sam and trucker Mitch on the road together. Sam is a young man who wants to experience life first hand while Mitch has seen and done it all but got burned. They were two opposites attract in terms of where they were in life but as the title suggest, it delivers a special kind of vibe I enjoyed to the fullest.

*One hell of an opening scene that set the tone for what was to come!

*The story easily pulled me in and kept my attention. Sam was a character who was in a tough spot and immediately became sympathetic. The author pushed buttons with me. I always get aggravated at adult characters who use those in their care for their own benefits, and Sam’s aunt and uncle were such characters.

*The eroticism is a steamy main ingredient through the storyline where a twenty-one year old is on the road to self-discovery. Sam is finally spreading his wings and I do not mind a lot of sensual driven scenes but it also needs to be backed up by growth, feelings and purpose. Eroticism and characterization is a win-win aspect for me and Heidi Cullinan gives this balance most of the times in Special Delivery.

*The angst and emotional conflicts are portrayed well and adds depth to the overall storyline.

*I love it when an author can give me a happy ending where I have stars in my eyes and my heart full of passion and love. Heidi Cullinan gave it to me in Special Delivery.

The things that didn’t work for me:

*I would’ve enjoyed this story even more from a multiple point of view. While I really liked Sam sometimes I just had this urge to get inside Mitch’s mind and get a deeper understanding of his personality.

*For the larger part I didn’t get where the animosity between Mitch and Randy was coming from but eventually got some sort of explanation. I just though the cause of their animosity would be something huge and for me it just didn’t come across as that.

*The emotional angst became somewhat repetitive in the end. It took a long time to get to a conclusion but then when all was wrapped up in a pink bow the ending felt rather abrupt, or perhaps I wanted that momentum to last longer.

Synonyms for Special Delivery:
Erotic – spine-tingly – angst filled – character driven – flowing and entertaining.

Overall Reaction:
Special Delivery is a coming-of-age story that is both sexually liberating and hot as it is imbued with a good dose of emotions. Two third in to the story it lagged as the balance got off, emphasizing on the erotic development. Sam’s characterization was in depth but I would’ve loved a multiple point of view so Mitch and Randy would pull my strings more than they did now. All in all it was a good m/m erotic romance to enjoy!

3.5 stars

Quotes for you to sample:

Sam:
You want sins, Aunt? I'll show you sinning. I'll make the devil weep; I'll sin so bad.
He was Sam. He was Sunshine. He was Peaches. He was a hot twink fucked by two men at once. He was a male nursing student. He was gay. He was his mother's son. He was a fatherless boy. He was his aunt and uncle's awkward yoke to bear. He was Emma's friend. He was everything, simply, and with no more complications. He was, as they fucked him, the boy who liked to suck cock in the school bathroom. He was the boy who liked comic books, especially stories with slight boys and men who did well because of their cleverness or their kindness. He was the boy who liked music. He was the boy who fucked delivery men in the alley while he was supposed to be working. He was the boy who ran away. He was the boy who fucked two men at once. He was the boy who had been ogled and appreciated and sneered at and envied and seduced all the way across the mountains. He was smart, and he was a fool. He was handsome, and he was awkward too. He was kind, and he was cruel. He was an angel, and he was a whore. He was all these things, because they were him, and they were who he was.
 After this quote I had I'm A Bitch I'm A Lover by Alanis Morissette in my mind.