Friday, April 18, 2014

ARC Book review: Turned (The Belladonna Agency #1) by Virna DePaul

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Welcome to a mesmerizing world where vampires hide among humans. This centuries-old species has its own rules, code of conduct, and taboos. Only the FBI knows that vampires exist—and although the Bureau agrees to keep their secret, it also plots to give humans the upper hand.

Turning mortals into vampires is forbidden.

But there are creatures who refuse to play by the rules.

Ever since he was turned, FBI special agent Ty Duncan has had one mission: bring rogue vampires to justice. As a recruiter for Belladonna, a shadow agency formed to keep vampires in check, Ty must tap Ana Martin, a troubled ex–gang member and one of the few mortals who can infiltrate places that his kind and the law cannot. From their first encounter, Ty fights a hunger to make Ana his own.

When Ty claims to have information about Ana’s missing sister, Ana has no choice but to trust this captivating stranger who awakens her deepest desires. But as she and Ty climb the heights of pleasure and passion, an enemy is conspiring to destroy them both.

Can Ana help Ty find his humanity in a love that could heal them both, or will their passion lead them into a darkness impossible to escape?

Lots going on in this first book of a brand new series. We've got the FBI and vampires combined together and a complicated story. TY Duncan is a FBI agent who finds himself turned into a vampire along with one of his other FBI friends. While still trying to figure out his new body and not knowing to much about it he joins a new agency that hunts rogue vampires.  Ana Martin grew up with a mother who was no mother at all and eventually found herself in a gang and brought her baby sister along for the ride. When things go wrong she finds herself in prison and her sister gone. Several years later she's now trying to lead a quite life and hopes to track down her sister who seems to have disappeared off the planet. Ty walks into her life and sparks fly between the two but then Ana finds out who he is and what he wants from her and she freaks. Until he offers her the chance to see her sister then all bets are off. She'll do anything for the sister she feels she failed.This is a first in a series so there is always a lot of information put out there for the reader. While that's fine sometimes i had trouble following along and sometimes i don't think i got enough info to follow along. I'm a little unsure of who some of the characters are still, but I'm hoping that will all clear up in book two. I liked the story premise but had trouble now and then with Ty. Although i know he was struggling with what he had become and not knowing that much about what being a vampire means and what he could and couldn't do he felt a bit wimpy at times. Ana was ok but she seemed a bit naive at times for someone who was in a gang and in prison. There is one mystery player that comes to light at the end of the story that seemed a bit out of place and we find out nothing really about him. Again hoping that comes to light in future books. Overall though i enjoyed the book and i like the whole idea and it feels different and new from the vampire books i have read before. I see a lot of potential and look forward to future books in this series. Worth a try for sure.

Find out more about this book and Author Virna DePaul here. 

Thursday, April 17, 2014

ARC book review: Taken with You (Kowalski Family #8) by Shannon Stacey .

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Hailey Genest has seen most of her friends marry and have babies, and she's happy for them, but it was a lot easier before she hit forty. She's spent her entire life in Whitford, Maine, and if she hasn't found her Prince Charming by now, she has to accept she's probably not going to. When a new friend suggests they go on an adventure and embrace being single, Hailey agrees.

Surviving in the woods is game warden Matt Barnett's idea of a relaxing vacation. But when he meets two women in need of help, he leads them back to safety - a task that proves more fun than expected, thanks to a certain hot blonde. He can't resist pushing her buttons, even though she's made it clear that the rugged, outdoorsy type just isn't for her.

Hailey is glad to see the back of her tempting-tour-guide-slash-pain-in-the-ass. When he shows up in her life again, she's determined to avoid him, no matter how good he looks in his uniform. But that's easier said than done in Whitford, especially when he's renting the house right next door...

Hailey Genest is 40 years old and thinks by this point she'll never find the right guy. Then comes along Game warden Matt Barnett and his first impression on her is less than stellar but their second meeting when he moves in next door to her perks her interest. They are a bit like oil and water. They don't mix to well. It doesn't stop the attraction between them and no matter how many times they tell themselves they won't work  it seems like maybe they do. Matt who has also been searching for the right woman that can live with his job and his crazy hours and is convinced Hailey is not that woman but time and time again she comes through and defies his expectations.  That freaks him out especially after he totally blows it with her and figures out what he really wants. This really was a excellent book. If could have read it all in one sitting i would have. Unfortunately i had to sleep some and work. The characters are familiar if you have read any of the previous books although some are new and the story is fresh and interesting. I like that the main characters were older as Hailey is 40 and Matt is 35. Kind of interesting with the ages of these two and the man being the younger of the two. I was happy to see a older couple than the norm. The ending is sigh worthy which is just what this book called for. I was happy with the epilogue. Hope to read more from this author and this series in the future.

Find out more about this series and Shannon Stacy here

Friday, April 11, 2014

Hot Cover new release! Absolute Surrender by Jenn LeBlanc

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Happiness was always too much for Lady Amelia to hope for. 

Now all she expects is to secure her future and marry Charles, Duke of Castleberry, as arranged. But Amelia has a dangerous secret that could not only destroy her in Charles's eyes and the eyes of society, but could also very well condemn her to Bedlam.

Baron Endsleigh, Amelia’s oldest friend, has other ideas. Ender has loved Amelia all his life. He knows her secrets, and they don’t frighten him. He plans to come between Amelia and Charles in any way he can to prevent the marriage and finally claim Amelia for his own. Though her father forbade the match years ago, Ender is determined to have her as his wife and nothing can stop him. Not even a duke as powerful as Castleberry. 

That duke has hated Baron Endsleigh and wanted Amelia for, what seems to him, forever. Charles will stop at nothing to make her his, and his alone, even if that means destroying the one thing he knows she loves most in this world—Endsleigh.

Will Amelia be able to choose when one man speaks to her head and the other her heart? 

None of them will find happiness until they all three learn to embrace absolute surrender

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Thursday, April 10, 2014

Book review: Waiting On You (Blue Heron #3) by Kristan Higgins

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Does being nobody's fool mean that you're nobody's love?

Colleen O'Rourke is in love with love... just not when it comes to herself. Most nights, she can be found behind the bar at the Manningsport, New York, tavern she owns with her twin brother, doling out romantic advice to the lovelorn, mixing martinis and staying more or less happily single. See, ten years ago, Lucas Campbell, her first love, broke her heart... an experience Colleen doesn't want to have again, thanks. Since then, she's been happy with a fling here and there, some elite-level flirting and playing matchmaker to her friends.

But a family emergency has brought Lucas back to town, handsome as ever and still the only man who's ever been able to crack her defenses. Seems like maybe they've got some unfinished business waiting for them—but to find out, Colleen has to let her guard down, or risk losing a second chance with the only man she's ever loved.

Kristan Higgins has a way about her writing that just sucks you in and let's you have a good time. This is book 3 in the Blue Heron series but i think you can read this as a stand alone and be fine. Colleen O'Rourke is the town match maker she has several babies named after her because of it. She fun and pretty and the town loves her for all that and her big heart. For all her matchmaking her love life has been non existent for the past 10 years. Her first love Lucas Campbell left her and married someone else. Now though he's back in town to help a dying uncle with his last wishes and it puts him back in front of Colleen and single again.  Confident, cool Colleen has no idea how to deal with Lucas and the feeling it still seems she has for him. Lucas has his own mixed up feelings but he knows there is something between Colleen and himself that he has to figure out. He doesn't belong in Manningsport he think so if they were to get together then what? Colleen is a part of the town and would never leave. It's fun to watch these two figure there way around each other. Add in Colleen's twin brother and her family drama, friends and the town people and there are so many laugh out loud moments. Somehow Kristan Higgins makes you want to keep reading to find out what's funny thing is going to happen next. Colleen gets all the best dialogue.  If you want to just down and relax and enjoy yourself this  is the book you need to read. 

Find out more about this series and Kristan Higgins here

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Book review: Roman Holiday: The Complete Adventure (Roman Holiday #1-10)

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The wait is over with this eBook bundle that includes all ten episodes of Ruthie Knox’s steamy, irresistible serial, Roman Holiday. Like all the greatest road trips, Ashley and Roman’s journey is full of unforgettable twists and turns. But what’s their final destination?
Ashley Bowman has always been impetuous, but even she is a little shocked when she chains herself to a palm tree in the Florida Keys hours before a hurricane is due to blow in. It’s all with the hope of saving her childhood home from a heartless Miami developer. But the moment she meets Roman Díaz she realizes he does have a heart—it’s just encased in ice. Ashley’s determined to get Roman to crack . . . even if she has to drag him all over the eastern seaboard to do it.
Roman can hardly believe he’s been talked into driving across the country with this brazen wild child in a skimpy bikini. He tells himself he had no choice—Ashley insists he meets the elderly snowbirds whose community will be displaced by his career-making development deal. But in truth he knows that there’s something about Ashley that makes him want to get a little wild himself . . . and the closer they get, the more tempted he becomes.

This was released initially as a serial but in quick bursts. I reviewed episode one when it came out and enjoyed it and now that's it's become available as a whole book i wanted to see where it went. Ashley Bowman finds herself alone and adrift when her beloved grandmother passes away. Her grandmother didn't tell her she was sick and she didn't leave her the resort place she grew up at. In fact she sold it long before and didn't tell her. Now Ashley in a fit of grief has chained herself to a palm tree where property developer and the owner Roman Diaz finds her. Roman on the other hand has had a rough life and he's to the point where he thinks he might actually reach his goals but one scantily clad woman is in his way. Ashley convinces Roman to take a road trip with her if she can change his mind about knocking down her resort home by taking her to see all the people she swears it's meant the world too she might be able to save it. Roman feels he has no choice so he goes along with it. It's kind of a love hate relationship at first but each of them is actually on their own little journey of discovery about who they are and what really makes them tick. This is a longer book at over 500 pages but it's  manageable if you break is down by episodes. IF you can manage to set it down that is. I really enjoyed this. The characters are all so different. Nothing is predictable and I love how at first Ashley seems to be the one with it all together but slowly she realizes nothing is exactly as she thought and Roman realizes he doesn't have to control everything and Ashley is the one who shows him that. They both grow together but on the way there are tons of laughs from secondary characters. Even the bad guys in this story aren't what they seem. Ruthie Knox knows how to keep you interested and invested the story. I don't think i have ever read anything quite like it.

Find out more about this book and Ruthie Knox on her website here