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Friday, April 25, 2014

Review: Once Upon a Billionaire by Jessica Clare

Title: Once Upon a Billionaire
Author: Jessica Clare
Series: Billionaire Boys Club, book 4
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Berkley InterMix
Source: Review copy from publisher
Format: E-book
“The Billionaire Boys Club is a secret society of six men who have vowed success—at any cost. Not all of them are old money, but all of them are incredibly wealthy. They’re just not always as successful when it comes to love…

As a member of the royal family in a small European country, Griffin Verdi’s presence is requested at the wedding of the century. The scholarly billionaire feels out of his depth in social situations, so a good assistant is required—especially when dealing with royal etiquette.

Unfortunately for Griffin, he’s stuck with Maylee Meriweather, a pretty, charming, and thoroughly unsuitable woman who doesn’t know a thing about high society—but she sure can kiss. Her lack of polish may sink Griffin, because after all, even his money can’t buy class. But through Maylee’s eyes, he’s starting to appreciate the simple things in life—if simple means the most complicated woman he’s ever met.

Maylee is everything Griffin isn’t—and everything he wants—if he can let down his guard and step outside his sheltered world.”
Once Upon a Billionaire is the fourth book in the Billionaire Boys Club series by Jessica Clare.

Viscount Montagne Verdi known to his friends as Griffin is in a difficult situation. He needs to travel to his home country to attend his cousin’s wedding. The last thing Griffin wants is to attend a Royal wedding, but he can’t say no to family. The problem is not the wedding, the problem is his assistant has chicken pox and can’t travel with him. Griffin doesn’t know how to do anything, he doesn’t even know how to tie his tie, he is used to be serve and needs a replacement assistant for this trip. When Gretchen (Beauty and the Billionaire, second book) learns of this she offers him her boyfriend’s (Hunter) assistant, Maylee. Without any other option he accepts Gretchen offering not knowing that she didn’t do it to help him, but to ruffle his feathers. Griffin is a snobby sophisticated aristocrat and Maylee although sweet is a redneck through and through.
Griffin doesn’t meet Maylee until they are on the plane and as soon as he sees her he knows she is the wrong person for the job, he needed somebody sophisticated and with knowledge of etiquette and Maylee obviously is not that person. Without any other option he decides to give her an opportunity, but is planning to send her back home at her first fault.
Maylee is very excited about the opportunity; when she left her small town in Arkansas for New York she never thought she will have an opportunity to see the world and to get paid for it is more than she could have ever dreamed, but her happiness comes crashing after meeting Griffin and realizing what he thinks of her. She knows she is not sophisticated but she is hard worker and knows how to do her job and with that in mind she is ready to do her best so he won’t send her back.
Maylee confuses Griffin profoundly, she is everything he frowns upon a woman, but still he can’t help but feel attracted to her and she’s the completely wrong woman for him.
Maylee is a lost with Griffin; he’s one person when they are alone and a completely different one when they are in public. His behavior bewilders her because she doesn’t know where she stands with him.

I have mixed feelings about this book; it started as a very funny book and soon after it slowed down, still I can honestly say I enjoy reading it.

I liked Maylee but at times I felt as if I was reading two different Maylees. The Maylee from the beginning of the book and the Maylee after the halfway mark. The first Maylee couldn’t be more unpolished or couldn’t lack more of finesse. The second Maylee suddenly changed her way of talking and her behavior, she went from a backwoods country girl to a city girl in a flash of the eyes. The why, when and how of this transformation was so sudden that it was a bit unbelievable. Despite that I liked her, I liked her big heart and her inner-strength.

Griffin is a very complicated character; his Royal upbringing has cemented on him certain trails that are difficult to digest for us commoners LOL, to add to that he’s socially inept and almost everything that comes out of his mouth is the wrong thing to say. If we are able to overlook his faults he is a sweet and caring man who doesn’t know how to express his feelings. Griffin needed a generous woman with a big heart to get him out of his shell and that’s exactly what Maylee is.

The romance is sweet and hot, but it suffers a bit of insta-love. Still it was fun to watch them together.

In this installment he also see the couples from previous books, we see where they are in their lives and what is new with them. we also get an idea about the protagonists for next book.  

Once Upon a Billionaire is a fun, sweet, romantic and well-written book and a good addition to a highly entertaining series. Even though it was not my favorite in the series, that place still belongs to Beauty and the Billionaire, Once Upon a Billionaire is book I recommend to contemporary romance fans or to anyone who want to read a fun, cute book with a touch of Cinderella in it.

Next book in the series is Romancing the Billionaire will be release on November 4th and it will be Jonathan’s book. I’m looking forward to see what Mrs. Clare has in store for him. 

My Verdict: 3 ½ Paws

Other books in the series
Beauty and the Billionaire
Once Upon a Billionaire
Romancing the Billionaire (November 4th)

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Thursday, April 24, 2014

CATS-ilicious Thursdays - Featuring Lucifer

Today I’m featuring a very special kitty, his name is Lucifer*, sometimes he’s also known as Luci. 
Luci is Linda’s (Blodeuedd from Books for Life) baby and one of the cutest and smartest cats I’ve even seen. Don’t you agree?

*Pictures and video courtesy of Linda. 

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Top Off Tuesday: Savage Heart by Sara Fawkes

Today is Tuesday! You know what that means? Yes, today is that special day in the week. It’s Top Off Tuesday! Top Off Tuesday is a feature hosted by Felicia from The Geeky Book Blogger's Book Blog, Amanda from On a Book Bender, and Christi from Smitten with Reading.

The chest cover I have for you today is the cover for Savage Heart. Savage Heart is the prequel novella in the new Savages MC series by Sara Fawkes. Savage Heart will be release on May 25th and something about this cover is telling me I should read this book. What do you think? Is this cover also talking to you?

“My name is Eve Parker, and I'm as normal as can be. Well, at least I was.

His name is Ash, and he's the enforcer for the Savage Legion motorcycle club. I never imagined a man like him would even look at me, let alone pursue me relentlessly. One touch of his hand leaves me melting, but I know he is bad news. I almost let things go too far the very first time we met, then he disappeared on me.

He's not the sort of boy any good girl usually goes after; I should leave it alone, but I can't get him out of my head. Apparently he feels the same way because he keeps showing up wherever I go. I've done my research about his club: the Savages are an outlaw 1%er biker club, which means they're not good. In fact, they're only good at being bad. I need to stay away if I know what's good for me, but...

He's magnificent. He makes me feel incredible, at least when he's not pissing me off. I don't get his choices or his lifestyle, but there's so much more to this man than the patches and the motorcycle. The more glimpses he gives me of what's beneath the shell, the more I want to find out.

But when bad things start happening within the club, my fascination for Ash could very well end up getting me killed…”

If you also want to participate on Top Off Tuesday head over to Felicia’s blog to share your link or just to see which other blogs are participating.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Review: Silver Skin by D.L. McDermott

Title: Silver Skin
Author: D.L. McDermott
Series: Cold Iron, book 2
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy, Fae
Publisher: Pocket Books
Source: Review copy from publisher
Format: E-book
“Helene Whitney has been losing time. Not losing track of time, but missing hours, finding whole blank spaces in her day she can’t account for. A year ago she would have put it down to overwork and exhaustion, but that was before she found out about the Good Neighbors, the Fair Folk, the Beautiful People, the Fae.

Ancient, immortal, tricksy and cruel, these creatures out of myth and legend rule the Irish enclaves of South Boston and Charlestown, and one of them has been using magic to abduct and control Helene for hours every day, gaining access to the collection at her museum and searching for ancient objects of Fae power.

Now, Helene’s only hope of escaping this unknown assailant lies with the Fae sorcerer, Miach MacCecht, a man she knows she can never trust—and who may prove impossible to resist.”
Silver Skin is the second book in the Cold Iron series by D.L. McDermott.

Silver Skin starts couple of months after the events in Cold Iron (first book in the series).
Helene continues to work at the museum and her life is back to normal after everything that happened in Cold Iron, or at least it was until couple of weeks ago when she started to lose hours, hours she can’t account for.
Helene has gone to doctors and they can’t find anything wrong with her and when she tries to tell her friend Beth the words just don’t come out and Beth can’t be of much help while she is in Ireland. Helene knows she can’t continue like this, she also knows there is some kind of magic behind all this and without any other option she goes to the man she swore off, Miach MacCecht, the Fae sorcerer that marked her and tried to kill Beth (Cold Iron).
Since the moment he met her Miach has been fascinated by Helene, but after Beth put a geis on him to leave Helene alone he was forced to do just that; but now Helene has come to him for help, help he will gladly give, especially after finding a Fae’s mark on her. Somebody is controlling Helene and using her to get access to the museum’s artifacts collection and whoever is doing is looking for Fae artifacts.
It looks like somebody wants to open the portals to bring the Fae Court back to this world. Miach remembers how it was to live with the Fae court and he will do anything in his power to stop them from coming and to protect Helene from whoever is using her.

The first thing I did after finishing Cold Iron was to check when was the release date of Silver Skin. Why? Because after meeting Helene and Miach in Cold Iron I was left dying to get my hands on their book. I’m happy to say the wait was worth it. Silver Skin was everything I was expecting it to be and more.

Helene is a great heroine, she is a human in a world of Faes and Druids and even though she doesn’t have powers she isn’t powerless. She is smart, cunning and resourceful. She is a loyal friend and will go the extra mile to protect those she cares about.

Miach is an ancient Fae and a powerful sorcerer; despite that he has values and loves deeply. He cares for those he calls his and will do anything in his power to keep them safe.

There has been an attraction between Miach and Helene since the moment they met, but after the events in Cold Iron a distance also grew between them. Helene is attracted to Miach, but she’s also afraid of him. She knows what he’s capable of and doesn’t want a man with all that much power over her. Miach knows they didn’t have a good start, but now he sees this new situation as an opportunity to win Helene’s trust.
I really liked Helene and Miach’s relationship. I liked they were very honest with each other and it was not an insta-perfect-love. Their relationship is in progress, there are things they need to work on, but there is hope of a happy-future for them. I’m glad McDermott went this way with their relationship because it made it more realistic than if she would have gone the perfect HEA path.

We are introduced to new characters in this book, these characters give us a deeply inside about the Fae, about life within the Fae court and it also shows us a more vivid picture of what the Fae experienced when they were under the Druids’ power and let me tell you something, it wasn’t nice, at all. If I’m honest my heart ached for the Fae.

In this installment we also learned more about The Prince Consort and his plans. He is so evil and tricky that he makes a great villain; his plans are so smartly crafted that I can’t wait to see more of him and his “evil plans”. *Inserts evil laugh*

Silver Skin is action packed and with so many twists and turns you won’t see coming that I can guarantee you this book will be almost impossible to put down.

If you like Fae books where Fae are not only powerful but also vicious and without scrupulous the Cold Iron series is one you need to read. Silver Skin is a great follow up to an amazing debut and a book I recommend you all to read.
Even though McDermott does an excellent job recapping the events of first book (Cold Iron), I don’t recommend you to read Silver Skin as a standalone, but as a part of a series.

I’m eagerly looking forward to next book in the series, Stone Song. Stone Song will be Elada Brightsword and Sorcha Kavanaugh’s story and it will be release on June 9th.

My Verdict: 4 Paws

Other books in the series
Silver Skin
Stone Song (June 9th)

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Saturday, April 19, 2014

Movie Trailer: X-Men: Days of Future Past

"The ultimate X-Men ensemble fights a war for the survival of the species across two time periods in X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST. The beloved characters from the original “X-Men” film trilogy join forces with their younger selves from the past, “X-Men: First Class,” in order to change a major historical event and fight in an epic battle that could save our future."


Friday, April 18, 2014

Review, Author Guest Post & Giveaway: Grimm Consequences by Kate SeRine

Title: Grimm Consequences
Author: Kate SeRine
Series: Transplanted Tales, book 1,5
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Publisher: Kensington
Source: Review copy from publisher
Format: E-book
“You reap what you sow...

Saying Nate Grimm has a dark past is an understatement. Fortunately, no one's bothered to look too closely at the Fairytale Management Authority's lead detective and part-time Reaper. And that's the way Nate wants to keep it. For after centuries of torment and loneliness, he's finally found happiness with the hot and hard-charging love of his life, Tess "Red" Little. 

Of course, his love for Tess is the reason there's a posse of Reaper judges after him, led by a sadistic bastard acquainted with Nate from once upon a time. Now, Tess will pay the price for Nate's transgressions unless Nate severs his ties to the transplanted Tales--and Tess--forever. His enemy has the advantage in speed, malice and brutality. But the Reapers have underestimated the depth of Nate's love and devotion. And the fury of his wrath.”
Grimm Consequences is a novella in the Transplanted Tales series by Kate SeRine.

It’s not secret I love this series. Book after book Kate SeRine’s imagination has awed me. Every time she announces a new book a countdown to release day starts in my head. When I heard she was writing a novella from Nate’s point of view that countdown was accompanied by lights and whistles. That’s how much I wanted Nate’s novella.

I knew Nate love Tess (Little Red Riding Hood); it was easy to see every time they were together. What I didn’t know was the depth of Nate’s love. Actually love is such a small word to encompass his adoration and dedication to Tess.
For Nate Tess has been his salvation, his breath, and his reason to live. When he thought everything was lost he found her and she became the light in his life.
Nate’s job as a reaper is not an easy job; dealing with death every day can darken and harden the nicest soul and that’s exactly what happens to reapers. Their job turns them into uncaring and in some cases sadistic beings. That’s precisely what was happening to Nate when he met Tess, but she changed everything for him, she saw him as a man and not a reaper and filled his life with hope. He knew he wanted her, but also knew to have her he needed to change, to be better to deserve her *swoon* and that’s exactly what he did.
Nate and Tess relationship is new but is going strong, the only problem is Nate is hiding things from his past and that past has come to his door and it’s threatening his newfound happiness with Tess.

Nate is a character I have loved since I first met him in Red (first book in the series) and my love for him grew with each installment. What I didn’t thought possible was that I could love him more, and that was exactly what happened in Grimm Consequences. OMFG! Nate is simply M-A-G-N-I-F-I-C-E-N-T.

One thing that amazed me is how Kate SeRine was able to awaken in me unreasonable fear. Grimm Consequences is set between Red and The Better to See You (second book), I have read every single book in this series, so I knew Tess and Nate will be ok at the end of this novella, but Kate SeRine has a gift with words and she made me worry for them; even thought in my brain I knew they will be ok there were moments where I really despaired and thought everything was lost for them. That’s how talented Kate SeRine is.

Another thing I admire about Kate SeRine is how she takes the fairy tales we know since childhood and twist them making the new and completely original. In every one of her books she surprises me with the originality and uniqueness of her characters and Grimm Consequences was not an exception.

Grimm Consequences is a novella that reads like a full-length novel. It’s incredible how much emotion, suspense, action and character growth Kate SeRine was able to pack into this novella.

Grimm Consequences can be read as a standalone, but to get the full effect I recommend you to read Red before, and if you haven’t read this series can I ask you what are you waiting for? Transplanted Tales series is one of the best urban fantasy series in the market. If you like your fairy tales with a twist this novella and this series are for you.
Next book in this series, Ever After, will be release on August 21st and as you can imagine I have a countdown going on in my head… 4 months, 3 days and counting.

My Verdict: 5 Stars

Other books in the series
Grimm Consequences
The Better to See You
Along Came a Spider
Ever After (August 21st)

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Visit Kate SeRine’s Website

About Kate SeRine:

Kate SeRine (pronounced “serene”) faithfully watched weekend monster movie marathons while growing up, each week hoping that maybe this time the creature du jour would get the girl. But every week she was disappointed. So when she began writing her own stories, Kate vowed that her characters would always have a happily ever after. And, thus, her love for paranormal romance was born. 

Kate is the author of the award-winning Transplanted Tales series, available from Kensington Books. She lives in a smallish, quintessentially Midwestern town with her husband and two sons, who share her love of storytelling. She never tires of creating new worlds to share and is even now working on her next project.

Today Kate is sharing with us five random facts we didn’t know about her. My favorite is fact #5. 
Kate is also offering us a very generous giveaway. To participate you just need to fill up the Rafflecopter form below.

Five Totally Random Facts about Kate SeRine

1) I’m a total science nerd. In fact, for a while I wanted to be a genetic engineer. But when I learned I’d have to take chemistry again in college if I became a science major my dreams of being a scientist suffered a swift death. 

2) A few years ago, a lawn sign for a politician’s campaign flew out of the back of a truck on the interstate and impaled my car. I didn’t realize it was stuck to my bumper until I pulled into the parking lot at work and heard it scraping the pavement and then saw a colleague double over in laughter. Her laughter, though, was nothing compared to that of the State Trooper to whom I reported the lawn sign assault or to that of my insurance agent when I filed the claim for repairs. Yes, this is just the kind of stuff that happens to me.

3) I’m terrified of sharks. When I’m stressed out, I actually have nightmares about them. And yet, one of my all-time favorite movies is Jaws. Go figure. Fortunately, I live in smack-dab in the middle of the United States and have little chance of encountering any. I’m also freaked out by zombies. And clowns. Zombie clowns are right out.

4) The same year I was offered the contract for my Transplanted Tales I had the opportunity to meet the guys from Apocalyptica, my absolute FAVORITE band and primary musical muses when I’m writing. It was an AWESOME year!
From L to R: Mikko Sirén, Me, Paavo Lötjönen, Perttu Kivilaakso, Mr. SeRine, and Eicca Toppinen
5) The priest who performed my wedding ceremony and baptized our eldest son is now the exorcist for the diocese. He recently appeared on a TV series about the paranormal where he talked about his first case of demon possession. His story is absolutely chilling. I can’t even tell you how much I’d love to write a novel about it someday! 

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