Thursday, October 30, 2014
Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Today I'm participating in the Teaser Blog Tour and Giveaway for Romancing the Billionaire by Jessica Clare. Romancing the Billionaire is the fifth book in the Billionaire Boys Club series and it’ll be release next Tuesday, November 4th. I have greatly enjoyed previous books, as I'm sure I'll enjoy this one too.
Jessica Clare is offering a very generous giveaway to celebrate the release of Romancing the Billionaire. Participants will have the opportunity to win one Kindle Voyage and four $25 gift cards of the eRetailer of their choice. To participate you just need to fill up the Rafflecopter form below. Good luck to you all!
The New Billionaire Boys Club novel by the New York Times bestselling author.
The Billionaire Boys Club is a secret society. Six men of astonishing wealth. But there’s one thing money can’t buy. When it comes to love, success doesn’t come so easily…
Jonathan Lyons. Playboy, billionaire, and adventurer, he lives life on the edge. When he hears that his mentor, Dr. Phineas DeWitt, had a secret journal that leads to a legendary artifact, Jonathan takes action. It stirs his blood, but it comes with a heady challenge: DeWitt’s daughter Violet. She has what Jonathan needs. And she’s not giving it up it to the man who broke her heart.
Violet is Jonathan’s weakness—he’s still in love despite their volatile breakup a decade ago. But Violet’s memories have a sharper edge. She’s never forgiven him for abandoning her. Or so she thought. When Jonathan’s attentions turn seductive, she’s in danger of falling for him all over again. And she can’t help but wonder…does he really want her, or just what she’s hiding?
She also has a third pen name (because why stop at two?). As Jessica Sims, she writes fun, sexy shifter paranormals. She lives in Texas with her husband, cats, and too many dust-bunnies. Jill spends her time writing, reading, writing, playing video games, and doing even more writing.
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Tuesday, October 28, 2014
Title: Burn for Me
Author: Ilona Andrews
Series: Hidden Legacy, book 1
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Source: Review copy from publisher
Nevada Baylor is faced with the most challenging case of her detective career—a suicide mission to bring in a suspect in a volatile case. Nevada isn’t sure she has the chops. Her quarry is a Prime, the highest rank of magic user, who can set anyone and anything on fire.
Then she’s kidnapped by Connor “Mad” Rogan—a darkly tempting billionaire with equally devastating powers. Torn between wanting to run or surrender to their overwhelming attraction, Nevada must join forces with Rogan to stay alive.
Rogan’s after the same target, so he needs Nevada. But she’s getting under his skin, making him care about someone other than himself for a change. And, as Rogan has learned, love can be as perilous as death, especially in the magic world.
It’s not a secret that I love the Ilona Andrews duo. I have read every one of their books and have loved them all. To say I was excited about Burn for Me is an understatement, but with that excitement there was also apprehension. Why? Because I couldn’t help but be a bit afraid about not liking it as much as I have liked their other books. I’m happy to say, my doubts were completely unfounded. Burn For Me is made of awesome and it’s another proof of the amazing team the Andrews make.
In the 1800s, scientists discovered a serum that brought out magic talents in some people; those talents varied from pyrokinetic, telekinetic, the ability to control water/air/animals and some others. After seeing the changes in the magic users the serum was destroyed and never use again; but the people that gained magic powers didn’t lose them with time, the new talents became hereditary. To keep the magic between certain groups the magic users married between them, keeping the power between a number of families, creating a caste like system where the Houses (families of magic users) rule.
Private investigator Nevada Baylor loves her job. Her family’s company has a great success rate, all because they only accept cases they know they can be successful at. Since the death of her father, Nevada has been the sole provider for her family. Her father’s death not only broke their hearts, but also their bank account. Without any other option they mortgaged their company and everything the owned to the Montgomery House. They have been paying their debt on time, but the Houses don’t play by the rules and when the Montgomery House needed a scapegoat they called a clause in their mortgage, forcing Nevada to accept a case she knows most probably will cost her her life. She’s supposed to bring in, Adam Pierce, a rogue pyromaniac Prime (strongest magic user) who has been terrorizing the city.
Her investigation attracts the unwanted attention of Connor “Mad” Rogan, a telekinetic Prime known for his unparalleled power and infamous past.
Mad Rogan is also after Adam, but for different reasons than Nevada.
Even though she doesn’t want to work with Mad Rogan, Nevada knows he’s her best bet to survive this case, thus forming a partnership of sorts with him, not without many complications, one of them is the inexplicable attraction they feel for each other, but Nevada is not stupid, she knows he is the last man she should be attracted to, he’s not only “MAD” Rogan, he’s also a Prime. Primes and “regular” people don’t mix, at least not for a long lasting relationship and Nevada is not interested in being his plaything.
Nevada has all the traits I like and admire in a heroine. She’s smart, strong, funny, caring, loving and responsible. She loves her family deeply and seeing her interact with them was a treat. I also loved how she didn’t allow Rogan to push her and always spoke her mind. She’s one of those heroines you root for from beginning to end.
Couple of days ago, after a conversation with my sister, I realized how I like my heroes. I realized I don’t like them perfect, I don’t like them when they are too good. I like them flawed, a little bit bad, a bit misunderstood and I liked them dark and that is exactly what Mad Rogan is. OMG! *fans herself*. He’s sexy, smart, dark, arrogant and all around my perfect kind of hero.
The attraction between Nevada and Rogan is off the charts, but they don’t act upon it, not because Rogan doesn’t want to, but because Nevada is smart. Still, seeing them playing around it was highly entertaining and hot as hell.
The secondary characters made this book even better. Nevada’s family is a riot of hilarity. All of them, her siblings, cousins, mother are great, but Nevada’s grandmother is something else completely, she’s simple awesome!
The world building is very detailed and realistic. The story behind the new society is clear and believable. The plot has many twist and turns that will sure keep you on the edge of your seat. Some things I saw coming, some others were completely unexpected. Burn for Me is perfectly paced and possesses the Andrews’ trademark of smart humor and great one-liners. Burn for Me doesn’t end in a cliffhanger but for sure it will leave you dying to get your hands on the next installment, but for that one we need to wait until next year.
I recommend Burn for Me to urban fantasy and paranormal romance fans.
My Verdict: 4 ½ Paws
Saturday, October 25, 2014
"Into the Woods" is a modern twist on the beloved Brothers Grimm fairy tales, intertwining the plots of a few choice stories and exploring the consequences of the characters' wishes and quests. This humorous and heartfelt musical follows the classic tales of Cinderella (Anna Kendrick), Little Red Riding Hood (Lilla Crawford), Jack and the Beanstalk (Daniel Huttlestone), and Rapunzel (MacKenzie Mauzy) - all tied together by an original story involving a baker and his wife (James Corden & Emily Blunt), their wish to begin a family and their interaction with the witch (Meryl Streep) who has put a curse on them. Rob Marshall, the talented filmmaker behind the Academy Award®-winning musical "Chicago" and Disney's "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides," helms the film, which is based on the Tony®-winning original musical by James Lapine, who also penned the screenplay, and legendary composer Stephen Sondheim, who provides the music and lyrics. Produced by Marshall, John DeLuca, "Wicked" producer Marc Platt and Callum McDougall, "Into the Woods" hits theaters December 25, 2014.
Friday, October 24, 2014
Title: A Bollywood Affair
Author: Sonali Dev
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Kensington Books (October 28th)
Source: Review copy from publisher
Mili Rathod hasn’t seen her husband in twenty years—not since she was promised to him at the age of four. Yet marriage has allowed Mili a freedom rarely given to girls in her village. Her grandmother has even allowed her to leave India and study in America for eight months, all to make her the perfect modern wife. Which is exactly what Mili longs to be—if her husband would just come and claim her.
Bollywood’s favorite director, Samir Rathod, has come to Michigan to secure a divorce for his older brother. Persuading a naïve village girl to sign the papers should be easy for someone with Samir’s tabloid-famous charm. But Mili is neither a fool nor a gold-digger. Open-hearted yet complex, she’s trying to reconcile her independence with cherished traditions. And before he can stop himself, Samir is immersed in Mili’s life—cooking her dal and rotis, escorting her to her roommate’s elaborate Indian wedding, and wondering where his loyalties and happiness lie.
A Bollywood Affair by Sonali Dev is such a perfect book that you NEED to read it, the end. Not enough to convince you?
Milli Rathod was married to a boy (Virat Rathod) from her little village, when she was only four years old. Couple of days after the wedding, Virat and his family moved to a city, leaving Milli behind with her grandmother. For twenty years, Milli has been patiently waiting for her husband to come claim her. She has used her time wisely, getting an education and working on improving herself, all to be the perfect modern wife “her husband needs”.
Milli gets the chance to go to Michigan on a scholarship; a trip she hopes will change her life. Maybe, if Virat learns about it he will come sooner to make her his wife.
Virat thought his marriage to Milli was annulled many years back and has never thought of Milli. He is married to a woman he loves and they are expecting their first child together; but after he suffers an accident he learns the marriage with Milli was never annulled and his current marriage would not be valid unless he convinces Milli to sign the annulment documents. Due to his accident, Virat can’t travel. He asks his younger brother, Samir to travel to Michigan in his stead and to convince Milli to sign the documents.
Samir will do anything for his brother; even tricking the woman he believes is extorting his brother, but when he arrives to Michigan the woman he finds is not what he was imagining her to be.
Coincidences will bring Milli and Samir together, to an arrangement of mutual benefit. What starts as a simply friendship soon develops into much more; but they are both keeping secrets that could destroy their new bond.
Milli is a great heroine. She’s a woman that despite her limitations (thanks to her very traditional upbringing) has done the best she could with her life. She has worked hard to get educated and to be better, not only for her, but with the idea of helping other women in the future. Milli is selfless, noble, generous, smart and funny. She’s simply a delightful heroine.
Samir is a conflicted character, it’s almost as if he is two different persons, the public man and the family man. The public man is modern and doesn’t want any entanglements. The family man is caring, loving and bighearted. He loves to take care of those he loves and he shows it over and over again during the course of the story.
Samir and Milli’s relationship starts slowly. First, it’s a companionship, then, it turns into a friendship and from there, feelings start to bloom. Their relationship is packed with small gestures and little details, making their romance feel beautiful and sweet, but there is a problem, both of them are keeping secrets and when they come to light their love get tested.
The secondary characters bring color to the story, especially Milli’s best friend, Ridhi and her over the top Punjabi family. The Indian culture also plays an important role with its contrasting traditions and family values.
Sonali Dev’s writing is emotional, fluid, and vivid. Her words are easily visualized and experienced. A Bollywood Affair is so masterfully written is difficult to believe it is her debut novel.
One thing I have to talk about is the food. OMG! The Food!! As I said before, Sonali’s words are very vivid and food plays an important role in the story. This book made me Hungry! Yes, with capital H. As an Indian food lover, page after page this book kept me salivating and dreaming of samosas, rotis, curries, and so many more delicacies. Nom nom.
If there is a book contemporary romance fans need to read this year that is A Bollywood Affair by Sonali Dev. Trust me, order this book and read it. I can guarantee you you won’t regret it.
My Verdict: 5 Paws
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Title: The Second Chance Hero
Author: Jeannie Moon
Series: Forever Love, book 4
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Source: Review copy from publisher
The eternal bachelor finally finds his match—if he can get her attention…
After her fiancé dies in her arms in Afghanistan, combat nurse Kim Torres decides to get as far away from men and the war as she can. Now a nanny to a little girl, she’s trying to date again, but her heart just isn’t in it. Not even for a man as sexy as Owen Kent…
When Major Owen Kent returns from his deployment with the Marines in Afghanistan, he discovers how much things have really changed. The billionaire CIO’s friends are settling down and having families—things a serial dater like Owen doesn’t expect to do. But he’s also not expecting his friend Harper’s new nanny to be the woman who stole his heart half a world away. Kim may want nothing to do with Owen, but he’s not about to surrender without a fight.
This book started really good, the prologue sure caught my attention and kept me glued to the pages, but after awhile things started to go downhill thanks to the heroine, Kim Torres. My problem with Kim was her wishy-washy personality and her victim attitude. After the tragedy she lived it was understandable that she would have some traumas. My problem was that even though she behave like a fragile victim and saw herself as a victim, she got irrationally upset when Owen behave with care towards her and kept some things from her to protect her. He had to beg for her forgiveness not once, but twice and all because she couldn’t decide what she wanted in life.
I don’t like wishy-washy heroines and Kim was the epitome of one.
I liked Owen, although his character was a bit farfetched… A billionaire serving three tours in Afghanistan, yes…sure! I liked how caring and special he was with his family, friends and with Kim. At times I thought he was too good for her.
Having problems with Kim didn’t help with my overall enjoyment of the story. If it weren’t for my dislike for her I think I would have loved this book. It wasn’t that I hated it, because that wasn’t the case; it was just simply frustrating (for me) to read.
One thing I have to leave clear is that I’m in the minority regarding this book, most reviewers have loved The Second Chance Hero, so don’t take my words at face value and give this book a chance.
My Verdict: 3 ½ Paws
Other books in the series
The Temporary Wife
The Wedding Secret
The Second Chance Hero