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Monday, November 21, 2016

Review: Winter Halo

Winter Halo
Tiger is pulled back in, even if she doesn't want to be. Things just got worse  #bookreview @kezarthur
Winter Halo by Keri Arthur
My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars


Winter Halo starts up right where the last book, City of Light, ended.  Tiger is on her own again and she wants to be left alone. Her conscience fights her to do the right thing - save the captured children.  Even though Tiger slayed the other last remaining d├ęchet she is aware of, it doesn't seem to be enough for the shifters and witches.  Even if they do not approve of her and hold an unwarranted hatred towards her, they still want to use her as a pawn.

This second story took a bit longer for me to get into.  The first quarter of the book was difficult to read because much of it was basically people dumping on Tiger for what she is instead of who she is.  This blatant racism hits me hard and I do not like it.  I really want Tig to just tell them to take a flying leap. Oh wait, she does and what do they do instead?  They keep pulling her in and putting her in more danger, to the extent that her safe haven of a century becomes breached.  Now her beloved children, Cat and Bear could be threatened and that is not acceptable.

Twenty-five percent into the book, the story picks up the pace and I'm pulled back into the story.  Tig learns more and more about both the resistance group and the pharmaceutical company, Winter Halo.  What she learns is her worst nightmare.  It seems as if humans are doomed to repeat their mistakes over and over in the quest to create their version of perfections.  Ms. Arthur's world of genetically manipulated beings is a reoccurring theme in her stories.  It seems this series is the culmination of her experimentation.  What is proposed in this story is a refinement of how have superpowers.  It makes me speculate that this world of the Outcast series is actually the future version of Riley's in the Guardian series.  If this is the case, the world has seriously taken a downward turn.

What I enjoyed about this series is the attention to detail with each subplot.  The different threads of the story are pulled together and at the last moment, when clarity is imminent, all hell breaks loose.  Tig may be designed to be a stealthy assassin.  Unfortunately, her ability to blend in and move undetected is seriously challenged in this book.  She leaves a wake of chaos and destruction behind and she struggles to complete her self-appointed mission.  The last fourth of this book accelerates the speed as big reveals occur and Tig finally realizes she is outgunned and outplayed.  It shall be interesting to see how Ms. Arthur pulls off the next book.  Then again, Ms. Arthur is one of my favourite authors because she doesn't write happily ever afters.  Her stories are gritty with happily for now or bittersweet endings.  This dystopian fantasy is recommended to readers who enjoy a bleak futuristic world where humans are at the bottom predator.

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Saturday, November 19, 2016

Review: Breaking the Ice

Breaking the Ice Breaking the Ice by A.J. Marcus
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The Romance Review

A bat shifter knocks a badger off his feet and it is love. Well, maybe not love yet, but at least hope and thankfulness. This book can be read as a standalone but is most likely better if read in order. The third book in the Hardwood Shifter series, the shifters finally catch a break.

Ben Miner is a badger shifter who wants to live in the human world. There are so many things to do and see. Going home to his parents in the magically protected town where only shifters live is not his idea of living. He wants adventure. He wants to see the world. Shifters are being hunted by crazy humans, but he doesn't believe it can happen to him. When Felix and his sister plow into Ben when trying to escape the hunters, Ben finally wakes up.

The pace of this story moves nicely with ebbs and flows. The setup of Ben in college provides a normal picture. Showing how Felix and his sister are trying to have a normal life hidden amongst the humans also gives the reader a baseline. For paranormal romance readers, this is pretty much the norm. The juxtaposition of the hunter's hatred comes across as more heinous because it shows how these human shifters are being hunted down like animals. Humans with a difference are being targeted because of their uniqueness. Sound familiar?

The dialogue between two hunters excited about killing another sentient being is revolting. It reminds me of lynch mobs for people of colour. Mr. Marcus does a good job of providing these contrasting viewpoints. What makes this story better is how Mr. Marcus shows more than just black and white villains. A surprise secondary character shows how there are shades of grey.

The romance part of this story take a back seat to the plot. I enjoyed it this way. I liked how the story moved with the main characters trying to survive and evade unreasonable killers. The sexual attraction between Ben and Felix is understandable. In times of life endangerment, it is natural for humans to seek out others and bond with them. Luckily for Ben and Felix, they found their bond to each other. After reading this book, I now want to go back and read the first two books. Not sure how I missed picking them up. This paranormal romance is recommended for m/m readers who enjoy rooting for the underdog.

Friday, November 18, 2016

Review: Her Adoring SEAL

Her Adoring SEAL Her Adoring SEAL by Caitlyn O'Leary
My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

How have I never read this author before? Ms. O'Leary first popped onto my radar when I read her story in an anthology. This book follows right after that anthology and I'm sucked in. This is a 3.5 star book and I want to read the entire series. For those who enjoy Maya Banks and her KGI series, this series will be right up your alley.

Beth Hildago is a terrified and terrorized young woman. She and her family are separated to keep them safe from the Mexican drug cartel. In this fast paced story, Beth is on the run and she is assigned to be with Navy SEAL Jack Preston. Jack is the perfect gentleman to coax Beth from her frightened shell. Jack may be built like a Viking, but he is a gentle teddy bear. Especially when he cuddles and reassures Beth through her nightmare.

I liked both characters in this story and I loved the Navy SEALs theme. I am a fan of military men as heroes or anti-heroes so this story worked well for me. Ms. O'Leary's writing is concise and smooth. I could see every action and I liked how she built her characters. They were not one dimensional. I liked how the secondary characters, like Jack's mother and Rosa were integrated in to enhance the story. I also liked how Beth was not a doormat or a helpless damsel in distress. Ms. O'Leary is now on my list of authors to read. She has so many books and I'll need to get through every single one of them. Recommended for romantic suspense readers who enjoy military men and the women who love them.

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Thursday, November 17, 2016

Review: Pink Pill Blue Pill

Pink Pill Blue Pill Pink Pill Blue Pill by Keiko Alvarez
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Romance Review

Arousing, erotic and provocative, PINK PILL-BLUE PILL will rev up a woman's sex drive. Full disclosure, I am a fan of Ms. Alvarez. Her erotic stories are unique and always make my panties wet. This story is creative and trademark Ms. Alvarez when it comes to sexual shenanigans.

Ms. Alvarez uses a sexy formula to write her stories. I cannot exactly pinpoint it or describe it accurately. All I can say is that it turns me on and I either need to rub one out or jump my lover. Her books are the pink pill for me. What is this pink pill? In this world, the pink pill is the female version of Viagra. The female lead characters in these three stories are all women in their 40s or 50s. It is nice to have female characters who are older than the usual 20s. These experienced women may need a little something to kick start their sex drive. When their libido goes into overdrive, the men and women around them may not be safe. Better yet, because these women are more experienced, they are more open to experimentation and going a bit wild.

One thing to note about Ms. Alvarez's stories. There tends to be swinging and what most consider cheating spouses. Usually cheating is a trigger for me. The way Ms. Alvarez writes it, it comes across as sexually exuberant instead of malicious intent. The sex scenes are definitely hot and each story ups the ante on the sexual interludes. Ms. Alvarez builds up the sexual tension until at the end of the book, and a reader will want sexual relief with or without help.

This erotic book makes it into my spank bank as delicious debauchery. Surprisingly there is no kinky BDSM element. Just vanilla sex between loving couples. Recommended for erotic readers who want to be titillated with action packed sex scenes

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Worth the Risk by C. J. Lynne

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NEW RELEASE
WORTH THE RISK
by
C.J. Lynne

Two men, a chance meeting, an unexpected fight for love...

Some risks are scarier than others
because they’re the most important ones we’ll ever undertake…

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Series: Infinity Series, Book One
Genre: Gay/Lesbian, M/M Erotic Romance
Publication Date: November 7, 2016
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Love doesn’t exist…

Or so Tyler Johnson thinks. He’s never had much, if any, of it thrown his way. A chance meeting with the enigmatic Jaxon Markham causes Ty to—if still not believe in love—at least know without a doubt that lust is alive and well. Ty’s not looking for forever, but what’s the harm in spending a few days—and scorching nights—with Jax; as long as Jax plays by his rules and keeps things casual and uncomplicated?

Jax knows his luck has finally changed for the better when he lays eyes on Tyler. The man is gorgeous, and stirs feelings in Jax he’d thought he’d never experience. The more time Jax spends with Ty, the more certain he is that Ty’s his soulmate. Now all that remains is convincing the stubborn Tyler of that fact, but Jax is more than up for the task, because he’s nothing if not persistent—a fact the elusive Tyler will soon find out.

Jax quickly, and much too easily, demolishes all of Ty’s protective walls and Ty reluctantly begins to think that maybe that intangible emotion called love is alive and well after all, and perhaps finally within his grasp. However, when his ugly past returns to haunt him, making him doubt all the good he’s experienced with and because of Jax, Ty’s positive outlook crumbles, giving way to doubt and despair.

Can he be the man Jax needs and deserves? Or will past and present demons destroy Ty’s one chance at true happiness?



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C. J. is first and foremost an avid reader of romance.  Nothing is better than watching two strong-willed people meet, connect and work through personal challenges and fight to overcome internal and outside obstacles to be together.

C. J. is a southerner who believes that love is love, and if you’re ever lucky to find it, you should hold onto it with both hands and feet.  C.J. writes love stories filled with emotion and hopes you—the reader—will enjoy them as much as C.J. enjoys creating them.

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Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Her Hopes and Dreams by Terri Osburn blog tour

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HER HOPES AND DREAMS
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Terri Osburn

Sweet.B Heartwarming.
Book 4 of the highly popular Ardent Springs series.


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Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publication Date: November 15, 2016
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If she'd let him in,
he'd be the man of her dreams.

As a newly single mother, Carrie Farmer isn't quite ready to jump back into the dating pool in Ardent Springs especially since her last marriage was such a disaster. But if anyone could entice her to wade in a bit, it would be her hunky neighbor, Noah Winchester. Heb s the perfect man: strong, protective, and smoking hot. But her eyes have deceived her before, and she's no longer willing to hand over her heart so easily.

After completing several tours in the Middle East, Noah returns to his hometown a very different man. The former soldier's plan to rest and relax is soon waylaid by the intriguing woman next door and her heart-stealing little girl. Something or someone put shadows in Carrie's lovely eyes, and he's determined to clear them away. But when hidden demons can no longer be ignored, the couple gets a reminder from an unexpected source that love truly can conquer all.

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Sparks fly when high school sweethearts reunite in this first book in Terri Osburn's Ardent Springs Series. Lorelei and Spencer thought they'd moved on, but find old flames never really die. But can they let the past go to find their happily ever after?

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A whirlwind romance landed Caleb and Snow in a Vegas wedding chapel making the biggest commitment of their young lives, but married life isn't quite what Snow expected. Caleb has spent eighteen months looking for his runaway bride, and now that he's found her in Ardent Springs, he isn't about to let her out of his arms again.

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A desperate teenage mother becomes a common cause for Cooper and Haleigh, who have been friends forever and nothing more. Seeing this as his chance with the girl he's always loved, Cooper turns on the charm, but Haleigh's history, as well as her daunting mother, could be too much for even love to overcome.

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Although born in the Ohio Valley, Terri Osburn found her true home between the covers of her favorite books. Classics like The Wizard of Oz and Little Women filled her childhood landscapes, and the romance genre beckoned during her teen years. In 2007, she put pen to paper to write her own. Just five years later, she became a 2012 finalist for the Romance Writers of America Golden Heart Award, and her debut novel was released a year later. To date, she has released eight novels, two novellas, and one short story. You can learn more about this award winning author by visiting her website at www.terriosburn.com.

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FOR THE BEAR’S EYES ONLY by Kathy Lyons





FOR THE BEAR’S EYES ONLY by Kathy Lyons (November 15, 2016; Forever Yours eBook; $1.99; Grizzlies Gone Wild Book 3)

The third book in a wild shifter series from USA TODAY bestselling author Kathy Lyons.

Life as Alan Carman knew it is over.  After he was captured and tortured by a mysterious enemy, the lawyer’s latent grizzly-shifter DNA was triggered.  The old Alan is gone, and in its place is a terrifying vicious beast that lives and breathes for revenge.  He will track down the person who did this to him—and it’ll be the last thing he ever does.

Tonya Kappes refuses to let Alan run headlong to his death.  A bear-shifting deputy—and the Gladwin Clan’s beta—Tonya faces Alan with one weapon: the love that’s lingered between them since they were kids.  But the idealistic man she knew has changed…into something raw, primal, and unbelievably sexy, igniting every lustful cell in her body.  And, if Alan can’t learn to love the beast inside himself, maybe he can love the animal in her.

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Excerpt FOR THE BEAR’S EYES ONLY

He stared at her and shook his head. “You think because I’m not fur and claws right now that I’m tame? That I won’t tear right through you if you try to Tase me again?”

She held up her bare hands, spread wide. “I don’t want to hurt you. I want to talk to you. Come home with me. Please. There are...things we need to talk about.” She’d almost said more. She’d nearly told him about how much her bear was right now pulsing with want. How his scent was oddly compelling even at its worst. About all the confusion that he created inside her. But she was on an open mic with Mark on the other end. She just couldn’t force herself to be that vulnerable with another man listening in. So she swallowed the full sentence and settled for pleading.

He was still stroking her jaw, the caress of his thumb gentle and soothing. Hell she was so tired right now, a little tug from him and she’d melt into his arms. It didn’t make sense. She was a rational woman, and Alan wasn’t the easy man she remembered. He was volatile and dangerous. But apparently that made her grizzly wet and needy. Maybe she did have a thing for monsters.

“When was the last time you slept?” he asked.

She shook her head. “Not until you’re safe.”

He tugged her closer with just the edge of his nails. They weren’t claws just then. There was no pinprick to his touch. Just the blunt edge of his fingers tugging her forward and she went willingly. 

“I’m not the one in danger,” he murmured.

“Bullshit,” she answered. But that was as far as she got before his mouth was on hers. Hot. Possessive. Desperate. It was like he was taking everything he could get before it all disappeared.
She met his tongue with her own, arching her neck and dueling with him. Her hands found his shoulders, and she gripped him, dragging him closer or holding on to him for support. She wasn’t sure which. And while her heart exploded into a feverish beat, her mind ceased yammering. It had been full of words and strategies, ways that she could convince him to come back with her. But at the first press of his lips, they were silenced. This was what she wanted. This was what they both needed. So she kissed him back, and in the midst of his desperation, she tried to reassure him.

Yes, she said with teeth and tongue. Yes, I want you, too.

Then he was gone.

 

About the Author:
Kathy Lyons is the wild, adventurous half of USA TODAY bestselling author Jade Lee. A lover of all things fantastical, Kathy spent much of her childhood in Narnia, Middle Earth, Amber, and Earthsea, just to name a few.  There is nothing she adores more than turning an ordinary day into something magical, which is what happens all the time in her books. Winner of several industry awards including the Prism-Best of the Best, Romantic Times Reviewer's Choice, and Fresh Fiction's Steamiest Read, Kathy has published over fifty romance novels, and she's just getting started. Check out her latest news at KathyLyons.com.

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