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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

(Review) 6th Grave on the Edge ★★☆☆☆

Author: Darynda Jones
Series: Charley Davidson
Genre: Urban Fantasy
352 pages

Few things in life can come between a grim reaper and her coffee, but the sexy, sultry son of Satan is one of them. Now that Reyes Farrow has asked for her hand, Charley Davidson feels it's time to learn more about his past, but Reyes is reluctant to open up. When the official FBI file of his childhood abduction lands in her lap, Charley decides to go behind her mysterious beau’s back and conduct her own investigation. Because what could go wrong?
Unfortunately, another case has fallen into her lap—one with dangerous implications. Some very insistent men want Charley to hunt down a witness who is scheduled to testify against their boss, a major player in the local crime syndicate. If Charley doesn't come up with an address in 48 hours, the people closest to her will start to disappear.

Add to that a desperate man in search of the soul he lost in a card game, a dogged mother determined to find the ghost of her son, and a beautiful, young Deaf boy haunted by his new ability to see the departed as clearly as he sees the living, and Charley has her hands full. The fact that Reyes has caught on to her latest venture only adds fuel to the inferno that he is. Good thing for Charley she's used to multi-tasking and always up for a challenge…especially when that challenge comes in the form of Reyes Farrow.

Charley Davidson is back in Sixth Grave on the Edge, the sexy and suspenseful sixth installment of the New York Times bestselling series by Darynda Jones.

First of all let me say I started reading this book in May. I read approximately 30% of it before I hit a wall and just couldn't go any further. I tried picking it up again several times over the months but it just couldn't catch my interest. Finally I decided enough is enough this is one of my favorite book series and I'm going to read it darnit! There were good parts that I read really fast and then other parts where I had to put the book down again and again. I'm just so sick of Charley getting herself into trouble. She has no value to her own life and just rushes into everything headfirst without thinking. I know it's been that way in all the books but seriously it's getting old.

I really don't know what I could say about this book that isn't already in the description. Even though the new book Seventh Grave and No Body is out I don't know when I'll get around to reading it. I read the description and it sounds like it starts up right where this one left off. I'm just not in the mood for more of that.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

(Review) Hunted ★★★★★

Author: Kevin Hearne
Series: The Iron Druid Chronicles
Genre: Urban Fantasy
384 pages

For a two-thousand-year-old Druid, Atticus O’Sullivan is a pretty fast runner. Good thing, because he’s being chased by not one but two goddesses of the hunt—Artemis and Diana—for messing with one of their own. Dodging their slings and arrows, Atticus, Granuaile, and his wolfhound Oberon are making a mad dash across modern-day Europe to seek help from a friend of the Tuatha Dé Danann. His usual magical option of shifting planes is blocked, so instead of playing hide-and-seek, the game plan is . . . run like hell.

Crashing the pantheon marathon is the Norse god Loki. Killing Atticus is the only loose end he needs to tie up before unleashing Ragnarok—AKA the Apocalypse. Atticus and Granuaile have to outfox the Olympians and contain the god of mischief if they want to go on living—and still have a world to live in.

Yet another great book in the Iron Druid Chronicles series. I am reviewing the audiobook version which is narrated by Luke Daniels yet again. He does such a great job and tops my list of favorite narrators. So much happens in this book I have no idea where to begin. The book starts up exactly where the last book Trapped ended. With Artemis and Diana hunting down Atticus looking for Baccus and the Morrigan defending him. This leads to the Morrigan telling Atticus the only path he can take that she has forseen he would live. Atticus, Granuaile and Oberon have to run the whole way there because once again the paths are blocked to them.

They are hunted by dark elves, vampires and all kinds of different creatures in addition to Artemis and Diana. There was one part around the middle that had me bawling. And if I've said it once I'll say it a hundred times the best books are the ones that make you laugh and make you cry. The books that draw you so close to the characters and their struggles that you feel what they feel. Kevin Hearne does a wonderful job of this. Especially in Hunted. Hunted is the 6th book in the Iron Druid Chronicles. If you like mythology, lots of action and tons of humor you should really check out Hounded which is the first book in the series. You won't regret it.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

(Review) Trapped ★★★★★

Author: Kevin Hearne
Series: The Iron Druid Chronicles
Genre: Urban Fantasy
290 pages

After twelve years of secret training, Atticus O’Sullivan is finally ready to bind his apprentice, Granuaile, to the earth and double the number of Druids in the world. But on the eve of the ritual, the world that thought he was dead abruptly discovers that he’s still alive, and they would much rather he return to the grave.

Having no other choice, Atticus, his trusted Irish wolfhound, Oberon, and Granuaile travel to the base of Mount Olympus, where the Roman god Bacchus is anxious to take his sworn revenge—but he’ll have to get in line behind an ancient vampire, a band of dark elves, and an old god of mischief, who all seem to have KILL THE DRUID at the top of their to-do lists.

This review is of the audiobook version of Trapped. Once again Luke Daniels does a wonderful job narrating for The Iron Druid series. I especially love his voice for Oberon, the Irish wolfhound. So much happened in Trapped that I'm having a hard time thinking where to start. Like the synopsis says Granuaile has completed her druid training and only has the binding to the earth left before she is a full druid. This is the tattooing process that takes 3 months to complete. The problem is that something is blocking Atticus from traveling to anywhere in Europe except for Greece. This brings up a bigger problem because now that everyone knows that Atticus and Granuaile are alive Atticus has a big target on his back. They have to travel to several different places to complete the tattoos and even once they are complete their problems only get worse. There's a lot of action and humor as always. Even a bit of romance. If you've gotten this far into the series you'll trust me when I say this was most likely my favorite book so far. I'll say no more because I don't want to give anything away.

Favorite Quotes:

"In battle, as in charity, it is better to give than to receive."

"Falling in love is like that: you always feel like a dumbass at some point, even if you know it's coming- it's unavoidable."

"When in doubt blame the dark elves."

Friday, October 31, 2014

Feature & Follow Friday #18

This is a weekly meme hosted by:Alison Can Read and Parajunkee that is aimed to help bloggers grow their audience and make new friends. They feature two bloggers every week and have a question for everyone to answer.

This week's question:
What books would you give to newbies in your favorite genre? (Ex. I’m a newbie to high fantasy and EVERYONE said to ease into it with the Throne of Glass series!) via Take Me Away…

I have over 500 books on my paranormal romance shelf on Goodreads.

Paranormal Romance:
(I have no idea why the titles are skewing to the right I can't fix it sorry it looks so weird)

The Dark-Hunter Series-

The Demonica Series-

The Black Dagger Brotherhood Series-

The Psy-Changeling Series-

The Immortals After Dark Series-

The Lords of the Underworld Series-

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

(Review) How to Seduce a Vampire (Without Really Trying) ★★★☆☆

Author: Kerrelyn Sparks
Series: Love at Stake
Genre: Paranormal Romance
374 pages

Vampire Zoltan Czakvar is on the hunt for the truth about his father's death. He's been searching for a very long time—since 1241, in fact. And he is not about to give up, even when he's attacked by a woman with striking blue eyes and a hell of a right hook!

Neona is also on the hunt. She's looking for a mate, and she thinks muscled Zoltan will work just fine. After all, men are good for only one thing. Soon, though, she realizes there's more to this handsome vampire than just sexual prowess. But she's keeping a secret from Zoltan, something so big that it will rock the vampire world.

Can their newfound love survive . . . even if their passion means the destruction of her world?

I have to admit it took me awhile to get through this book. I actually started it months ago and quit reading and just started back last week. It's a lot different than any of the other Love at Stake books. It has it's funny moments but it's a lot more serious than I'm used to from Kerrelyn Sparks. So much was revealed near the end of the book and there were so many loose ends that I expect the story to pick up with the next book right where it left off in this one.

I never paid much attention to Zoltan in the previous books. He's a vampire that lives as a count in Transylvania. That's about all I can remember of him. How to Seduce a Vampire goes into his past and his character. I really got to like him. He's just an all around nice guy. He meets Neona while investigating the murder of his father. Neona had to grow on me. She's like a warrior princess, literally. She lives in the jungle with a group of warrior women. I didn't know what to think of her at first. She's not your usual Love at Stake heroine. But by the end I liked her too.

It's hard to do a review of this book because so many things happen and there are so many secrets that I don't want to ruin for anyone reading this. Let me just say that if you have a hard time getting into it at the beginning like I did it does get better and it gets really good about halfway through. It's worth the read if anything just to keep up with the series because there's no way you could skip this book.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday #7

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. Each week they will post a new Top Ten list for everyone to answer.

This week's question: Top Ten Characters I'd really want to be for Halloween.  This one was really easy to come up with 10!  I put the first book in each series even if the character I would want to be isn't in the first book to make it easier for anyone interested in the series.  Here they are in no particular order:

1. Mercy Thompson

2. Cat

3. Charley Davidson

4. Kate Daniels

5. Granuaile

6. Jane Jameson

7. Bryn Davis

8.  Nix

9. Simi

10. Alice

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Feature & Follow Friday #17

This is a weekly meme hosted by:Alison Can Read and Parajunkee that is aimed to help bloggers grow their audience and make new friends. They feature two bloggers every week and have a question for everyone to answer.

This Week's Question:
Characters, sometimes our favorites, die during books. If you'd get to choose, who would you bring back? - Suggested by Howling for Books





If I could save any character it would be Tris from the Divergent Trilogy.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

(Review) Nice Girls Don't Have Fangs ★★★★★

Author: Molly Harper
Series: Nice Girls Don't...
Genre: Paranormal Romance
355 pages

Maybe it was the Shenanigans gift certificate that put her over the edge. When children's librarian and self-professed nice girl Jane Jameson is fired by her beastly boss and handed twenty-five dollars in potato skins instead of a severance check, she goes on a bender that's sure to become Half Moon Hollow legend. On her way home, she's mistaken for a deer, shot, and left for dead. And thanks to the mysterious stranger she met while chugging neon-colored cocktails, she wakes up with a decidedly unladylike thirst for blood.

Jane is now the latest recipient of a gift basket from the Newly Undead Welcoming Committee, and her life-after-lifestyle is taking some getting used to. Her recently deceased favorite aunt is now her ghostly roommate. She has to fake breathing and endure daytime hours to avoid coming out of the coffin to her family. She's forced to forgo her favorite down-home Southern cooking for bags of O negative. Her relationship with her sexy, mercurial vampire sire keeps running hot and cold. And if all that wasn't enough, it looks like someone in Half Moon Hollow is trying to frame her for a series of vampire murders. What's a nice undead girl to do?

Ok this is my first real review after a 5 month hiatus so be easy on me. I picked this book to re-read because I remembered it as one of my favorites. I spent a lot of time trying to think of a favorite book but couldn't think of one particular book. Instead I had several book series that topped the list in my mind. Nice Girls Don't was on that list. This is the first book I have been able to start and finish since May so I think it was a good choice. I might just re-read the whole series. We'll see. And now on to the actual book review.

Jane Jameson is on of my all time favorite characters. She is hilarious for one. Second she's just this down to earth, don't care what anybody thinks of me type of person. I really like her. I like Gabriel, her sire as well. Hell, I like all of the characters in this book. Zeb and his girlfriend and Andrea and even Dick. They all grow on you and make you love them!

This book has it all. A bit of romance, suspense and mystery. Most of all it has humor in spades. I laughed so hard through the whole book. The romance between Jane and Gabriel is even funny. My favorite is when they break the glass coffee table and have shards of it digging into them as they make out. All in all it's a great book and I highly recommend it. If you like humor in your romance than this book is definitely for you.

Favorite Quote:

"What are you doing here?" Gabriel demanded.
Dick squeezed my shoulder in a chummy gesture. "We're writing a vampire children's book, See Dick and Jane Bite. What do you think?"

Friday, October 17, 2014

Feature and Follow Friday #16

This is a weekly meme hosted by: Alison Can Read and Parajunkee that is aimed to help bloggers grow their audience and make new friends. They feature two bloggers every week and have a question for everyone to answer.

This weeks question:
Share the song you can't stop listening to.

I couldn't think of any particular song.  I listen to Pandora so I get a mix most of the time.  Nothing new has come out that really stuck with me lately.  The one song that keeps going through my head though is Greased Lightning from the movie Grease because my son keeps talking about auto class!  LOL  Fun fact: John Travolta lives about 15 minutes from me.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

(Review) Omega Mine ★★★☆☆

Author: Aline Hunter
Series: Alpha & Omega
Genre: Paranormal Romance
189 pages

A bond forged in blood. Fealty given to the one he desires above all others. Graced with the ability to shift into any form, Diskant Black is the absolute authority when it comes to New York shifters, and as the Omega of the city, his word is law. Protecting the shifter races is more than a job, it's a predisposition ingrained since birth-nothing is more important. Until a chance encounter with a tiny female sets fire to his blood, brings him to his knees and turns his world upside down. Ava Brisbane is more than he bargained for in a mate-beautiful, fragile...human. If he wants to keep her by his side, he'll have to sacrifice a portion of his soul to establish a bond that can never be broken. Unfortunately, the timing couldn't be worse. Shepherds-hunters of all the shifter races-have arrived in New York. To protect the woman he can't live without, Diskant will have to stand against those who have come to start a war.

Omega Mine is the first book in the Alpha & Omega series.  While I found it interesting it had a hard time keeping my attention.  It was a good story which is why I gave it 3 stars but it couldn't keep my attention.  I love shifter books and Diskant, as an Omega, is like the ultimate shifter.  He can shift into several different animals.  Ava is a telepathic who knows about shifters even though most people don't.  In this series shifters know who their mate is as soon as they meet them.  What happened after they met was pretty funny.

Of course with any book there has to be the bad guys.  In this case it's the Shepard's.  They hunt down and kill shifters because they say that they're demon possessed.   There's also a group of people that keep records of all the shifters and people like Ava that have extra sensory perception.  Seems a little overkill to me. 

I read this book 4 months ago so it's hard to remember all the details to do a review.  Please forgive the shortness of this review.  Thanks for stopping by.

Long Absence

I haven't posted on this blog since May.  I'm extremely disappointed that I missed my blogoversary in September.  The truth is I just haven't felt like reading.  Nothing has been able to keep my attention.  I ended up playing a video game called The Sims instead.  I made a blog and tell stories and do challenges with the game.  I love it but I really miss reading and the reading blog community.  I don't think that I'll ever be able to go back to reading as many books as I used to read.  I averaged a book a day for about 2 years.  Now I'm lucky if I can get through a few pages.  I've put out a request for recommendations on Goodreads so hopefully I'll get some ideas of books to read from there.  What I had thought was a good idea was to re-read my favorite book.  I thought long and hard and truthfully I can't single out one book or series as my favorite!  I had all these challenges that I had planned to do this year and won't.  But on the bright side I plan to get this blog up and running again.  I'm hoping I can read a book a week.  If you have any ideas of great books please list your favorites in the comments section.  Despite having a huge to-read list on Goodreads I find recommendations are the best way to find books.  Thanks in advance!


Monday, May 5, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday #6

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. Each week they will post a new Top Ten list for everyone to answer.
May 6th: Top Ten Book Covers I'd Frame As Pieces of Art  (It's not 10 but I only wanted to put ones that I've read)

Sunday, May 4, 2014

(Review) Bear Naked ★★★★☆

Author: Dana Marie Bell
Series: Halle Shifters
Genre: Paranormal Romance
236 pages

 To win a frightened heart, you have to bare your own.

Any woman would be eager to be Ryan Williams’s mate. Any woman but Glory Walsh. The sexy bear shifter is beautiful, strong and persistent, she’ll give him that. But Glory’s past taught her one simple truth: people leave. She can’t get past the fact he left her once before. Okay, so he had a good reason, and he did come back. Try convincing her emotions.

When Glory finally agrees to a date, Ryan feels like shouting hallelujah. He only left his mate to hunt down the man who’d shot her, but convincing the stubborn woman she has a permanent place at his side is tougher than he thought.

Their date takes a turn for the bizarre when Glory thanks Ryan for the series of romantic gifts—gifts Ryan never sent. It seems her past is coming back to bite her, and before it has a chance to sink its teeth in and tear her out of his life, Ryan will have to bare it all, right down to his soul, to protect the woman he loves. Even from herself.

Warning: This title contains explicit sex, graphic language, a blue-haired heroine, and a hero who isn’t afraid to get all kinds of naked.

I have been waiting for this book since I read Bear Necessities, the first book in the Halle Shifters series almost a year ago. It was worth the wait. Dana Marie Bell does such a good job of mixing serious and humorous in her books. If you haven't read the Halle Shifters series yet you'll want to read the Halle Pumas and Pocono Wolves books first. The pumas and wolves are usually in or at least mentioned in the Halle Shifters books. I look forward to the next book in this series although there isn't one shown on the Goodreads page yet I'll keep watching for it.

I love Glory. She's this crazy blue haired girl that works as a piercer in a tattoo shop with her best friends. Although she puts up a good front she is very insecure due to her twin sisters disappearance and her families abandonment. That abandonment makes her feel that she will lose anyone that she gets close to. So although she is attracted to Ryan she is afraid to let him in. Ryan has his work cut out for him. As a shifter, once he meets his mate, the need for his mate is like a driving force that could make him go insane.

There's a lot more to this book than just Glory and Ryan's story. The story picks up where Cynful left off. Have I mentioned how much I love these books? It's not your regular romance story... lots of action and mystery. But at the same time you cheer for them to get together. Another great book by Dana Marie Bell.

Friday, May 2, 2014

Feature and Follow Friday #15

This is a weekly meme hosted by: Alison Can Read and Parajunkee that is aimed to help bloggers grow their audience and make new friends. They feature two bloggers every week and have a question for everyone to answer.

This week's question: 
Share! Tell us about one of your hobbies that is NOT reading.

One of my hobbies is a game called Second Life:

This pic is my avatar modeling a new outfit.  It's pretty fun.

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Friday, April 25, 2014

(Review) Wild Wolf ★★★★☆

In the latest Shifters Unbound novel, a man has resigned himself to a life half lived. But a beautiful, courageous woman has him longing for something more…

Graham McNeil knows that his pack is unruly, but he’s not sure he can take the next step toward Shiftertown stability—choosing a new mate. After losing his mate and son long ago, Graham has worked hard to keep his heart in check. And even if he was inclined to bind himself again, his girlfriend, Misty, is human—a fact that won’t sit well with Graham’s old-fashioned wolves.

But Graham is up against a new enemy, one who could spell danger and death to all of Shiftertown. Graham must now defend his leadership and save Misty, the woman he has grown to love—before Shiftertown is pulled into an all-out war.

Wild Wolf is book 6 in the Shifters Unbound series. There are like 6 novellas in between the books. I've read and loved them all. The series is really starting to heat up now with Wild Wolf. I seem to say this a lot but the book description doesn't compare to the book itself. If you've read the previous books than you are familiar with Misty. She's the girl who chats with Graham at the shifter bar after he fights with Eric. Some jerk tries to get Misty to spy on Graham and she tells him about it. That was in book 4 Mate Claimed.

Wild Wolf takes place approximately a year after Mate Claimed. At this point Graham is sort of dating Misty. Misty is kidnapped and Graham comes to save her. In doing so he gets hurt and their relationship starts to crumble. With being hurt he is afraid he cannot hold onto his place in shiftertown. All the shifters are pressuring him to take a mate so that he will have a strong heir.

I don't want to say much more because it'll ruin the surprises but let me just say that it's all been leading up to this. All the work on taking the collars off and such. All leading up to the shocks that you'll read in Wild Wolf.

I really like Misty and Graham so this was a great book if you ask me. I enjoyed the by-play between them and Graham's nephew Dougal. Also the twin cubs that Graham is taking care of. All in all I wouldn't say it was an especially romantic book but there was a lot of action and lots of laughs which made up for it.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

(Review) The Cowboy Lassos a Bride ★★★★☆

Jake Matheson loves everything about ranching the Double-Bar-K, except for his father’s controlling nature. It’s bad enough the old man won’t step down and let him run things his own way. Now Holt has demanded that Jake find a wife—in the next thirty days. Jake knows just the woman he wants–Hannah Ashton–but they haven’t even gone on a date, let alone been together long enough for him to propose. He’ll have to work fast to secure her hand in marriage before his time is up.

Hannah Ashton loves the fifteen hundred pound bison she rescued from being the object of a trophy hunt. She’s grateful for Gladys’s temporary home on the Double Bar K—and for the chance it gives her to see Jake on a daily basis. But now Holt Matheson is threatening to kick Gladys off the ranch—or eat her!—unless Hannah spends fourteen consecutive nights with Jake. What they get up to together is their business, but if Hannah misses a night, it’s bye-bye bison.

Jake can’t believe Hannah has agreed to move into his cabin, but now his brother Ned is stirring up trouble, trying to break them up before he can propose. Hannah’s beginning to think it’ll be hard to leave the ranch when her fourteen nights are over—even if she’s heading to veterinary school. She’s falling for Jake–hard–but Jake wants a traditional wife, not a career woman.

“Sleep with my son for two weeks.”
Hannah’s jaw dropped open. Her cheeks flushed to what she was sure was a brilliant red. Had Holt lost his mind? Had she? He couldn’t have said that out loud.

Could he?
“You heard me right, but you can get your mind out of the gutter.” Holt’s laconic tone was shaded with a hint of laughter at her expense. “I said sleep with him, not screw him. What you two get up to is on your conscience. All I ask is that you share a bed.”
“I… what…?” She glanced around wildly, wondering if anyone else had overheard him. Surely this had to be a joke. Would Holt’s youngest son, Rob, come rushing out with a video camera? He was always playing practical jokes.
“Sleep with my son for fourteen consecutive nights. All night. That’s it. Your bison gets a pasture, food, and shelter for the rest of her life. What do you say?”
She sputtered, searching for something to say that encompassed the depth of her anger that he’d even speak to her this way. She settled on sarcasm. “Two weeks? I’ll have to check my calendar. Some other guy’s father might have extorted me to sleep with him one of those nights.”

Holt chuckled. “Just how many bison do you have stashed around the ranches in these parts?”
“I don’t need to listen to this.”
“By the way, the son in question is Jake.” He eyed her sharply and Hannah felt the heat creep up her cheeks all over again.
An image of them together in bed—naked, disheveled—flashed into her mind and her body tingled with the idea of it. She and Jake could have a lot of fun between the sheets.
She forced the thought out of her head. “Not interested.”
“Then I guess I’ll get my pasture back sooner than I thought. And I’ll have to find some other woman to get my son’s mind on marriage.”
“Damn it, Holt—that’s not fair.”
“Which part isn’t? The part where I eat your bison or the part where another woman sleeps with my son?” 


This is the 6th book in the Cowboys of Chance Creek series and the 2nd Matheson book. The first was Rob's book... book 5. Although I didn't like Rob's book as much I loved Jake's. Jake is the oldest Matheson son and the father Holt has decided it's about time to get him married off. Hannah is the vet assistant of Bella from The Cowgirl Ropes a Billionaire and the girl who rescued the bison in the last book.

After reading the description and the excerpt I'm not sure there's much more that I can add to it. I really enjoyed this book and flew through it in a day. I'm a big fan of the Cowboys of Chance Creek series and have read them all. They are light fun reads.  The Cowboy Lasso's a Bride doesn't disappoint. 

Hannah and Jake, despite their differences make a great couple and it was fun learning more about each of them.  I look forward to updates on how they are doing in the next two books which are Jake's brothers.  I wonder if Holt gets up to his old tricks with them.

Author Info:
Cora Seton loves cowboys, country life, gardening, bike-riding, and lazing around with a good book. Mother of four, wife to a computer programmer/eco-farmer, she ditched her California lifestyle nine years ago and moved to a remote logging town in northwestern British Columbia.

Like the characters in her novels, Cora enjoys old-fashioned pursuits and modern technology, spending mornings transforming a neglected one-acre lot into a paradise of orchards, berry bushes and market gardens, and afternoons writing the latest Chance Creek romance novel on her iPad mini. Visit to read about new releases, contests and other cool events!





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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

(Review) Feral Heat ★★★☆☆

Jace Warden is sent to the Shiftertown in Austin to find a way to free all Shifters from their Collars. But pulling off the Collars can cause Shifters to go mad or kill them outright.

In Austin, Jace meets Deni Rowe, a wolf Shifter with troubles of her own—she was deliberately run down in the road, and while her body has healed, she still has episodes of total memory loss during which she retreats into her pure animal self.

Jace has never met anyone like Deni. Courageous and beautiful, she volunteers to help him test the Collar removal. And as Deni and Jace work together, they feel the mate bond begin. But can Jace help Deni believe she can heal enough to be anyone’s true mate?

I cruised through this novella in an afternoon. I love the Shifters Unbound series. If you're not familiar with the characters Jace is Eric's son... the head of the Las Vegas shifters and Deni is Ellison's sister. Jace is visiting Austin to help with the problem of trying to remove the collars when he meets Deni.

This one wasn't as good as some of the other Shifters Unbound books but it was still worth the read. You might remember from Ellison's book that Deni has some major issues after a car rammed her on her motorcycle the year before. She has a hard time holding back her feral side and has blackouts.

There isn't much romance in this story at all. It's a series of events that throws together two very unlikely shifters. I enjoyed the story altogether though I can't say I have a favorite part or quote for this one.  

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

(Review) Wildcat ★★★★☆

When horse breeder Sara Shield encounters Jerden Morokovitz riding bareback and naked, she's stunned by the magnificence of both man and stallion. But Sara came to Terra Minor to get away from men.

The murder of Jerden's lover by a deranged woman has left this former star attraction of the Zetithian Palace brothel shattered in mind and body. Jerden is sure Sara can heal his anguish—but not unless he can find the key to her heart.

The book description leaves out quite a bit.  Sara is neighbors with Bonnie and Lynx from book 4 of the Cat Star Chronicles series, Outcast.  They are in the book quite a bit and anyone who knows me knows that I love updates on previous characters.  I figure it's about 20 years since the first book since Jack and Cat have teenage children.  Yes, there's a few parts with them in the book as well as some other books.  I was very pleased.  

But enough about previous characters!  This book is about Sara and Jerden.  Sara has sworn off men due to a rape when she was young and has no interest in any mans advances even Jerden.  Jerden is suffering from the brutal murder of a co-worker at the brothel he worked at before becoming Sara's neighbor.  He has secluded himself because he sees either the face of the girl or her murderer in every woman... until Sara.  

As with all of the Cat Star Chronicle books there are some lengthy sex scenes.  I have to confess to skipping ahead a few times.  One of the things I enjoyed in this book were how wild animals would follow Jerden around.  Including Sara's lost horse.  That horse was a matchmaker I swear!  I also enjoyed the back and forth between Sara and her employees.  Some of it had me laughing so hard.  

All in all a great addition to the Cat Star Chronicles series.  If you aren't familiar with the series it is very good and I would strongly suggest starting with book 1 Slave.  There is a lot that is discussed that someone jumping into the series would be confused about.  Trust me, the books are worth the read.   

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Feature & Follow Friday #14

This is a weekly meme hosted by: Alison Can Read and Parajunkee that is aimed to help bloggers grow their audience and make new friends. They feature two bloggers every week and have a question for everyone to answer.

This week's question:
Tell us about a book that you didn’t like and why we shouldn’t read it…nicely.
It took me all of 2 seconds to think of what book I wanted to talk about... Allegiant by Veronica Roth:
You can read my review here.  I have had several people tell me after reading Allegiant that they wished they would have listened to me and stopped at Divergent.  Divergent is one of my all-time favorite young adult books.  I absolutely loved it.  The second book, Insurgent, was pretty good.  But in my opinion Allegiant was terrible.  Because of things that happen in the third and last book of this series I cry when I see commercials for the Divergent movie.  I'm afraid to go see the movie because I don't want to cry through it.  The book broke my heart.  I also had a terrible time getting through it.  It took me weeks to read.  I won't yammer on any longer because I know you have other blogs to stop at just let me say that if you haven't read this book yet and when you read Divergent you love that book I would advise you to stop there and enjoy the glow of a wonderful book.

Friday, February 14, 2014

Feature & Follow Friday #13

This is a weekly meme hosted by:Alison Can Readand Parajunkee that is aimed to help bloggers grow their audience and make new friends. They feature two bloggers every week and have a question for everyone to answer.

This week's question: 
Find a “new to you blogger” and feature their button on your post this week. Tell us why this blogger stands out to you.

I keep a list of all of the Feature and Follow blogs that I *ahem* follow.  This blog wasn't on my list and I liked the name of the blog and the artwork on the button:

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Feature & Follow Friday #12

This is a weekly meme hosted by:Alison Can Readand Parajunkeethat is aimed to help bloggers grow their audience and make new friends. They feature two bloggers every week and have a question for everyone to answer.

This week's question: 
If you could read a book for the “first time” again, which book would it be? Why?

The Wheel of Time Series

Because I can remember waiting for each book to come out... talking to my brother about the books when they came out and sharing the series with my son when he was old enough to read them.  There is no other series that can compare with the complexity of The Wheel of Time.

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