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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Top Off Tuesday: Against the Ropes by Sarah Castille

Today is Tuesday! You know what that means? Yes, today is that special day in the week when we can treat our eyes to some delicious eye candy. 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.

Today, I have a very very nice cover, the cover for Against the Ropes. Against the Ropes is the first book in the Redemption series by Sarah Castille. I haven’t read this book and if I’m honest after reading some reviews I’m not sure I’ll read it… it’s not for me… but that doesn’t mean I cannot appreciate the cover “art”. *drools*

He scared me. He thrilled me. And after one touch, all I could think about was getting more…

Makayla never thought she’d set foot in an underground mixed-martial arts club. But if anyone needs a medic on hand, it’s these guys. Trouble is, at her first sight of the club’s owner she’s the one feeling breathless.

All sleek muscle and restrained power, the man they call Torment plays to win at any cost. Whether it’s in the ring or in the bedroom, he knows exactly when to use a soft touch and when to launch a full-on assault. He always knows just how far he can push. And he’s about to tempt Makayla in ways she never imagined
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Monday, September 1, 2014

Review: One Night More by Mandy Baxter

Title: One Night More
Author: Mandy Baxter
Series: U.S. Marshals, book 1
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Zebra (September 2nd)
Source: Review copy from publisher
Format: E-book
Savvy, hard-riding, rule-breaking—they’ll go anywhere and do anything it takes to protect and serve. But this U. S. Marshal has just met his match—and playing for keeps is one sizzling game…

Getting saved from disaster by a handsome stranger—Harper Allen has no problem with that. But when he leaves without a word or a clue to his real identity, the newbie reporter writes it off as the best one-night-stand she’ll never have again. Until a year later, when Harper comes face to face with the man assigned to hide her from a senator’s killer…

Galen Kelly hasn’t forgotten a single sensual minute of his night with Harper... or that she betrayed him. But with the FBI also on their trail, he’s got to pretend he’s never met her or risk both their lives. But as danger closes in, Galen may not be able to protect himself from taking the biggest risk of all…
One Night More is the first book in the U.S. Marshals series by Mandy Baxter.

Before leaving for his new assignment in Paris, U.S. Marshal Galen Kelly decides to hit a bar with his best friend, Landon. What was supposed to be an easy night turned out to be an unforgettable night after saving a woman from being drugged.
Harper Allen can’t believe how close she came to be drugged, luckily for her, a handsome stranger was paying attention and saved her, and her celebratory night (she just graduated as a journalist) didn’t end in a disaster. After sharing couple of drinks with her savior she decides to do something atypical for her, to have a one-night stand with her rescuer. They don’t share names or any private information and when Harper wakes up the next day the stranger is gone. Harper can’t understand why the man left without even saying goodbye. One year has passed and she can’t stop thinking about him. It’s the same case with Galen. He doesn’t want to think about her, but he can’t forget the scorching night they shared together.
After Galen’s assignment in Paris is over he’s called to the States for a new assignment, the protection of the witness to a high profile murder case.
The last thing Galen was expecting was for the witness to be the woman from the bar, the woman he can’t stop thinking about. He knows if he says to his boss that he knows her he will be taken out of the case, so he pretends he doesn’t know her.
After pining for him for a year Harper can’t believe Galen didn’t recognize her, at least she has his name now. If being in danger wasn’t enough, now she will have him tailing her everywhere she goes. She will have to survive the killer and the time spent in Galen’s company.

Being a fan of Mandy Baxter (Amanda Bonilla) I knew I was going to like One Night More, what I didn’t know it was how much I was going to love it.

Even though he did some things that made me rolled my eyes and he jumped to conclusions when he shouldn’t have I can say I liked Galen. He is not perfect, but he’s a dreamy hero. He is a protector in all sense of the word, not only because of his profession but also because it’s innate in him.

Harper, oh Harper. I liked her, but more than once I wanted to strangled her. She is smart, but sometimes her stubbornness got the better of her and made her do stupid things. One thing I really liked about her was that she was honest with herself and accepted when she screwed up.

Galen and Harper’s chemistry is off the charts; their first encounter was super hot and after their reencounter the consequential play around their attraction was fun and sexy as hell. Their banter was great and highly enjoyable.

One Night More has everything I look for in a contemporary romance, a sexy hero, a smart heroine, sizzling romance, suspense, humor, mystery, pop culture references, delicious grilled cheese sandwiches and much more.

One Night More is an amazing start to a very promising series. I recommend it to contemporary romance and romantic suspense fans.

Next book in the series, One Kiss More, will be Galen’s friend, Landon’s story. It’ll be released on March 3rd, 2015 and I can’t wait to get my hands on it.

My Verdict: 4 ½ Paws

Other books in the series
One Night More
One Kiss More (March 3rd, 2015)

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Saturday, August 30, 2014

Movie Trailer: The Imitation Game

In "The Imitation Game," Benedict Cumberbatch stars as Alan Turing, the genius British mathematician, logician, cryptologist and computer scientist who led the charge to crack the German Enigma Code that helped the Allies win WWII. Turing went on to assist with the development of computers at the University of Manchester after the war, but was prosecuted by the UK government in 1952 for homosexual acts which the country deemed illegal.


Friday, August 29, 2014

Review: Evernight by Kristen Callihan

Title: Evernight
Author: Kristen Callihan
Series: Darkest London, book 5
Genre: Paranormal historical romance, Steampunk
Publisher: Forever
Source: Review copy from publisher
Format: E-book
Once the night comes . . .

Will Thorne is living a nightmare, his sanity slowly being drained away by a force he can't control. His talents have made him the perfect assassin for hire. But as he loses his grip on reality, there is no calming him—until he finds his next target: the mysterious Holly Evernight.

Love must cast aside the shadows . . .

Holly cannot fathom who would put a contract on her life, yet the moment she touches Will, the connection between them is elemental, undeniable—and she's the only one who can tame his bouts of madness. But other assassins are coming for Holly. Will must transform from killer to protector and find the man who wants Holly dead . . . or his only chance for redemption will be lost.
Evernight is the fifth book in the Darkest London series by Kristen Callihan.

Evernight starts one year after the events in Shadowdance (book fourth). Holly hasn’t been able to overcome the trauma of what she was forced to do while she was captured by the fallen angel. She is been suffering from agoraphobia and hasn’t being able to leave her house in almost a year. To add to her worries somebody is trying to kill her, luckily for her her house is an impregnable fortress… or at least it was until the day Will Thorne came for her.
Since his capture Will has been in hell. The experiments done to his body have drastically changed him. He is not only losing his mind, his body is also turning to metal, a transformation that causes him pain so extreme it makes his lose sanity along his skin.
One of the very few things he remembers from his captivity is Holly Evernight, the woman that took his heart and replaced it with a platinum clockwork heart. The heart that is consuming him. Will only wants revenge from Holly; he wants her to pay for what she did to him. Using his newfound powers he comes to her house to do just that, but instead of finding revenge he finds relief from his pain by just touching Holly.
Holly is an elemental who can control metals. Using her magic she can ease Will’s pain. Holly regrets what she was forced to do to him and wants to help him. Knowing they both can help each other they reach a bargain. Holly will help Will relieve his pain and will search for a cure to his affliction and Will will protect Holly and will investigate who is behind the attempts to her life. Their agreement forces them to live in close quarter and with their proximity comes some complications they were not expecting as it’s the attraction they can’t deny.

Holly is the kind of heroine I like, she is strong, smart, but at the same time she’s vulnerable. She’s suffering from PTSD. She doesn’t want people to think less of her, for that reason she hasn’t looked for help and has submerged herself in her work.

Will used to be a ladies’ man; his life was full of vices and debauchery. He never cared for any woman in particular, for him women existed for his pleasure and that was it. He was a good friend, and for helping a friend he ended up tortured and experimented on. Despite all his suffering Will still has a good heart, he is caring, protective, and sexy as hell.

Holly and Will are attracted to each other from the very beginning. Their connection is more than physical, they both suffered under the fallen angel’s hands. Their experiences united them and made them more akin to each other.
I really loved how Will was able to crack the shell Holly used to protect herself and how Holly calmed and show Will he was more than his clockwork heart.
The playfulness in their relationship was very sweet and endearing to watch. Their chemistry is off the charts, so much the pages sizzle when they give loose reins to their attraction.

The story has many twists and turns, and in the best Callihan’s style there are some unpredictable surprises along the way that will leave you in awe and wanting for more. There is couple of subplots in the story; one of those involves the creator of the GIMs, Adam; that subplot sows the seeds for next book in the series, Soulbound.

One of the things I like the most about this series is the world building and in the case of Evernight Mrs. Callihan excels. She not only gives the Steampunk Victorian London with the supernatural beings we already know from previous books, but in this installment she also brings the Fae to play and not the sweet Tinker Bell kind of Fae, but the kind of Fae I like, the manipulative, heartless and vicious Fae.

I was dying to get my hands on Evernight since the moment I finished Shadowdance; luckily for me and my fellow readers (fans of this series) Evernight lived to my expectations and I can almost say it surpassed them.
Evernight works fine as a standalone, but to get the full effect of Holly and Will’s background I recommend you to at least read Shadowdance before.
Evernight is an original riveting read that I recommend to paranormal romance and historical romance fans.
I’m eagerly looking forward to next book in the series, Soulbound, to be release on February 24th, 2015.

My Verdict: 4 ½ Paws

Other books in the series
Ember (Novella-prequel)
Entwined (Novella)
Soulbound (February 24th, 2015)

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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Review and Giveaway: A Curse Awakened by Cecy Robson

Title: A Curse Awakened
Author: Cecy Robson
Series: Weird Girls, book 0,4
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Publisher: Loveswept
Source: Review copy from publisher
Format: E-book
Discover Cecy Robson’s sensational Weird Girls series—or return to where the magic first began—with this eBook original prequel novella about four sisters coming to grips with their unique supernatural powers.

Celia Wird shouldn’t possess the ability to transform into a tigress. Her three sisters should never be able to burst into flames, heal wounds, or transform common objects into deadly weapons. And yet they do.

Before they were born, the Wird Sisters were cursed by a spell that was intended to destroy them, not endow them with extraordinary powers. The sisters’ magic is untamed and explosive at best, and time is running out for them to take command.

Vampires have targeted Celia’s sweet, tragically human ex-boyfriend Danny. The sisters rush to his aid, but in order to take down the vamps, first they must face their dark past and break a spell that’s screwing up their powers. Except this curse wasn’t meant to be broken . . . and the witch who cast it isn’t done toying with them yet.
A Curse Awakened is a prequel novella in the Weird Girls series by Cecy Robson.

In A Curse Awakened the Wird sisters are younger and in a sense more innocent (than the girls we know and love). They are fresh after graduation and haven’t moved to Tahoe yet. Their powers are weak and unreliable, for that reason they are afraid to use them. After some research and with the help of their friend, Danny, they realized their powers are bound, luckily for them Danny is the scholar type and finds the solution to their problem. A solution that takes them to a place where they will learn more about their roots and their maternal family. There, they will find some good things and others better left untouched.
They may not be yet the strong women we know, but still they kick ass whenever is necessary and in this installment the ass that needs kicking comes with fangs.

Even though they are a lot younger in this novella, we clearly see the characteristics that make each sister different and unique. Also, it’s pretty clear that despite not having many things in common, their sister-bond is as strong as ever.

In this prequel we get to see the incursion of the Wird girls to the paranormal world. We also see them learning about their curse and we see them confronting the family that cursed them and abandoned them. There is one character that was introduced in this novella that I feel we haven’t seen the last of him. I’m almost sure we’ll see him again in book(s) to come.

A Curse Awakened has everything I love about this series, strong and well-depicted characters, non-stop action, snarky humor, and a mix of rare legends and mythology.

Cecy Robson’s writing is excellent as always; she has a gift with words that easily captures the reader and traps him/her between the pages.

A Curse Awakened can be read as the first book in the Weird Girl series, but I recommend you to read it after you have read a couple of books in the series to get the full effect of how much the Wird girls have changed and grown throughout the series.

A Curse Awakened is a novella that packs a punch and it is the perfect appetizer to keep us satisfied while we wait for the release of next book in the series, A Cursed Bloodline, to be release on November 18th.

My Verdict: 4 Paws

Other books in the series
A Curse Awakened (Prequel)
The Weird Girls (prequel) 
A Cursed Moon (Novella)
A Cursed Bloodline (November 18th)

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