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Saturday, June 30, 2012

Taste International Paperback Giveaway!

If you didn't win a copy of Taste by Kate Evangelista during the several giveaways that were being held, fear not! Kate herself is giving away a paperback copy to one lucky person! The giveaway is international and very simple. In fact, you don't even have to go over to Kate's blog to enter (though you should even if it's just to say hi, she's super cool). Just fill out the Rafflecopter form at the bottom of the post to enter!


At Barinkoff Academy, there's only one rule: no students on campus after curfew. Phoenix McKay soon finds out why when she is left behind at sunset. A group calling themselves night students threaten to taste her flesh until she is saved by a mysterious, alluring boy. With his pale skin, dark eyes, and mesmerizing voice, Demitri is both irresistible and impenetrable. He warns her to stay away from his dangerous world of flesh eaters. Unfortunately, the gorgeous and playful Luka has other plans.

When Phoenix is caught between her physical and her emotional attraction, she becomes the keeper of a deadly secret that will rock the foundations of an ancient civilization living beneath Barinkoff Academy. Phoenix doesn't realize until it is too late that the closer she gets to both Demitri and Luka the more she is plunging them all into a centuries old feud.

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Thursday, June 28, 2012

Review: One Night in Scotland by Karen Hawkins

Book Format: e-book (purchased)
Release Date: November 2012
Purchase Links: Amazon l Kindle l Barnes and Noble l Nook
Summary:
Branded a thief and held prisoner in a Scottish castle high upon a cliff by the dark and forbidding Earl of Erroll, Mary Hurst must find a way to free herself and gain possession of a mysterious artifact that can help her beloved brother regain his freedom.

Fortunately, Mary is no simple, schoolroom miss and the handsome earl is about to discover that spirited women do not take kindly to being imprisoned. Forced to deal with his recalcitrant (and he’s certain, devious) guest, Erroll finds himself reluctantly admitting that if he weren’t so sure she was a thief, he might be interested in the intrepid Mary. Might be, he reminds himself after he kisses her yet one more time . . .

Before Mary’s done, the earl will wish he’d never turned the key upon her door and wonder if perhaps she really is a thief, and has stolen his heart!
 

The first book in what appears to be a romance series mixed with action, mystery and suspense, One Night in Scotland delivers all that is promised in the blurb and more.

Beginning with a minor deception by the Earl of Erroll, the book doesn't waste time getting started with the mystery and suspense. What I didn't expect though, was so much... Humor. Mary is a lovely, strong female character and I loved her so much! It really is hard for me to find historical romance novels that have really strong female characters in them. Mary Hurst my be smaller and physically weaker than the Earl but she's definitely not going to let that stop her from letting her displeasure known. She's smart and brave which enable her to come up with ideas to make sure the Earl regrets locking her away, she also provided most of the humor in the book as well. It's been a long time since I tried a new author and came away loving the female character.

Angus, the Earl is a dark forbidding character with a tragic past, a perfect hero for a story that boasts of mystery and suspense. Naturally wary, distrustful, stubborn and used to being obeyed, he got a very rude (and funny) wake up call from Mary:

She grasped the chair, rocked it forward on its front legs, then slammed it down onto the floor.

"Stop that."

"Not until you release me from this room."

A low rumble remarkably like a growl emanated from the earl. "Do not push me in this manner. You will regret it."

"Do not push me, my lord. I won't accept such rude treatment."

The chemistry between Angus and Mary is really great as well and leads to some really passionate moments between the two that had me say "Whoa that was hot!" The buildup with Angus and Mary was intense but not rushed which can be a problem with a lot of the newer authors these days. Pacing is important, the sexual tension is important people! Not too fast and not too slow, balance is great and makes a romance novel more than just hot sex ;)

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Saturday, June 23, 2012

Review: Secrets of a Summer Night by Lisa Kleypas

Format: Paperback (used bookstore)
Release Date: November 28, 2006
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Annabelle Peyton, determined to save her family from disaster, decides to use her beauty and wit to tempt a suitable nobleman into making an offer of marriage. But Annabelle's most intriguing--and persistent-- admirer, wealthy, powerful Simon Hunt, has made it clear that while he will introduce her to irresistible pleasure he will not offer marriage. Annabelle is determined to resist his unthinkable proposition... but it is impossible in the face of such skillful seduction.

Her friends, looking to help, conspire to entice a more suitable gentleman to offer for Annabelle, for only then will she be safe from Simon--and her own longings. But on one summer night, Annabelle succumbs to Simon's passionate embrace and tempting kisses... and she discovers that love is the most dangerous game of all.

This was my very first Lisa Kleypas book. I had been on a hiatus from romance novels for awhile and before then had preferred Contemporary Romance. This is the book that changed my mind and began my love of Historical Romance.

The main characters are as different as day and night, Annabelle Peyton is a beautiful girl, who's family is destitute and they're only hope is for Annabelle to somehow catch a wealthy, titled man and marry him. Simon Hunt is the son of a butcher who has amassed a fortune in business ventures and is looking for mistress, not a wife. As soon as Simon sees Annabelle he is certain he wants her as his mistress and through a series of misunderstandings, Simon assumes that Annabelle is already the mistress of one man and begins to try and convince her that he will be more generous towards her and her family.

I liked this book, I didn't love it but I did like it. I think Annabelle, as a character was a little too bland for my liking. She's supposedly a beautiful woman, the most beautiful of the four wallflowers but other than that she really has nothing special about her. She allows her "higher" birth keep her from truly getting to know Simon.

I'm not saying Annabelle was a flat character, just an unremarkable one, especially compared to Lisa Kleypas' other heroines. Much like Simon's friend the Earl of Westcliff, I thought that Annabelle didn't deserve a good man like Simon but unlike Westcliff, I didn't change my mind at the end.

I feel for Annabelle, she was not a Wallflower by choice, she had no money for a dowry and though she was beautiful, in those times, men rarely wanted a woman with no money. She was either going to have to trick a man into marrying her or become some cruel man's mistress. Good thing Simon took a liking to her right?

Secrets of a Summer Night has some real jewels in it though. Mainly Lillian Bowman, the sharp tongued American who's parents have brought her and her sister Daisy to England to land a titled English gentleman. Lillian and the Earl of Westcliff take and instant dislike to each other and though the Earl commands respect wherever he goes, Lillian is just not inclined to do his bidding and takes every opportunity to trade barbs with him.

Overall, Secrets of a Summer Night is a good book, it starts of what is arguably, one of the best historical romance series out there. It's not the best book in the series (Many will agree it is the third book, Devil in Winter that's the best) but it is still a very enjoyable read.

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Friday, June 22, 2012

Review: Dangerous Highlander by Donna Grant

Book Format: Paperback (given to me by my friend Rachel)
Release Date: December 29, 2009
Purchase Links: Amazon l Kindle l Barnes and Noble l Nook

Summary:
First in a breathtaking new series, the bold and passionate Lucan MacLeod—one of three brothers cursed by dark magic for eternity—is driven by desire for the one woman he dare not let himself possess…

He is magnificently strong—and dangerously seductive. One of the fiercest of his clan, Lucan MacLeod is a legend among warriors, inspiring fear in man and woman alike. For three hundred years, he has locked himself away from the world, hiding the vengeful god imprisoned in his soul. But then, a young lass caught in a raging storm awakens his deepest impulses…and darkest desires.

Cara doesn’t believe the rumors about MacLeod castle—until the majestic Highland warrior appears like a fiery vision in the storm, pulling her into his powerful arms, and into his world of magic and Druids. An epic war between good and evil is brewing. And Lucan must battle his all-consuming attraction for Cara—or surrender to the flames of a reckless, impossible love that threatens to destroy them both…

I really wanted to like this book, truly I did, but alas I didn't like it... I loved it! I have read only about a handful of romance novels with Highlanders as lead characters and I didn't really care for them, the accents may have been a bit too strong to deal with or the story was just too weak.

That's not a problem for Donna Grant apparently. Dangerous Highlander, the first of the Dark Sword series is a mixture of paranormal and fantasy that doesn't overwhelm the reader with too much information, nor does it stray from what genre it truly belongs to, romance! It's a sexy, steamy read and the chemistry between Lucan and Cara is amazing. They are perfectly balanced with Lucan being neither a pushover or overbearing and Cara being just gentle enough to care for Lucan but strong enough not to let him push her around.

This is not a wimpy book either, there are some rather bloody scenes in it along with magic, Druids and really, really sexy Highlanders. It's fresh, sexy, action packed and mysterious.

Lucan is one of the ultimate alpha male warriors. He's fiercely loyal to his brothers, who are the only family he has left and though he contains a god within him that could destroy everything in sight, he is remarkably kind, caring and considerate of those who are closest to him.

I was curious to see what kind of woman Cara would be and if, in my eyes, she was a match for Lucan. It was a tall order to fill because Lucan is sexy, powerful and immortal, while Cara is, well, not. However, as Dangerous Highlander progresses, you find out that Cara is more than what she seems and it comes as a surprise to even her.

Of course, I must not forget Lucan's brothers, Fallon and Quinn who seem to have a harder time with their fates than Lucan, particularly Quinn. Then there's the introduction to a few more warriors, Galen, Ramsey and Hayden (who I am suspicious about but that's my problem isn't it?), all of whom I am eager to get my hands on, literally and figuratively speaking.

Halfway through the Dangerous Highlander I was saying "Braveheart who?" These immortal warriors have grabbed my attention and it doesn't seem like they're going to let go anytime soon!

With all the elements that make up my favorite types of romance novels, is it any wonder that I loved this book and am now on the hunt for the second book in the series? 

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Thursday, June 21, 2012

Review: Mr Right and Other Mongrels by Monique McDonell

Book Format: e-book (provided by author)
Release Date: May 26, 2012
Purchase Links: Amazon l Smashwords

Blissfully happy in her own universe Allegra (Ally) Johnson is the sweet best friend everyone wants to have. Quietly and independently wealthy she runs a charming second-hand bookshop in beachside Manly. Heck, sometimes she even goes downstairs from her flat to run the shop in her Chinese silk pyjamas. It sounds like bliss. But is it enough? 


When dog-phobic Allegra is rescued from an exuberant canine by the chivalrous Teddy Green, Australia’s hottest TV celebrity and garden make-over guru, her life begins to change. Dramatically! 
 
Unaware of Teddy’s fame Allegra finds herself falling for him, despite her best attempts to resist his charm. Supported by her eccentric family and her fabulous gay friend Justin, Allegra embarks on an on-again off-again romance with Teddy, complicated by his jealous ex-girlfriend, fashionista Louisa and her own narcissistic hippy mother Moonbeam.
 
Will Ally be able to overcome her insecurities and find happiness with this possible Mr Right or will Teddy’s celebrity lifestyle prove to be too much? Mr Right and Other Mongrels is a light-hearted story about how one chance encounter can change your life.


This story made me laugh with its silliness, and crazy characters. Real laughs that later turned into smiles and it started on the very first page:

First of all there is something you need to know about me. Dogs and I do not get along. It’s not that I don’t like them, exactly. In theory, I love them. In reality I have a full-blown hysterical dog phobia. Ok now. Wait. Don’t just decide you dislike me based on that. I know how dog people are. They simply don’t like people who don’t like dogs, but honestly it just isn’t simple. That is like saying you hate all Mormons when that’s not possible and really how many do you actually know?

This is so totally true! I'm a dog person and I find myself being EXACTLY as Allegra says. It's like she's calling me out personally! And while I don't have a dog phobia, I can understand her when she says that these situations seem to target her specifically. I've been there, done that but had to rescue myself.

Mr. Right and Other Mongrels is a fun story, it's not a romance novel and there are really ridiculous moments in it that can have you rolling your eyes in annoyance, particularly at the nosiness of Allegra's friends and family. It's fluffy and uncomplicated and never pretends to be anything other than that which is appreciated because if there's one thing I hate is a misleading book blurb!

There are so many clich├ęs  in this story you lose count after a while and that could become tiresome at times. The names of some of the characters took some getting used to as well but with some of them being "hippies" or children of "hippies" it's more believable than it should be.

The characters are relatable, if a bit exaggerated and dramatic at times. They're amusing, annoying, and funny all at once.

Since the story takes place in Australia, I did have to look up a few terms that I wasn't familiar with but really, it doesn't deter from the overall story, I'm just nosy that way. I have to know what the characters are referring to, what their home town looks like, etc.

Mr. Right and Other Mongrels is not for everyone. It's a tongue in cheek story that can be over exaggerated at times with over the top characters and scenes but at the heart of it is a sweet story about how love can happen at anytime to anyone no matter what their social class is. This is a story that can be shared amongst girlfriends who are just looking to read a good, clean, fun book.

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Thanks goes out to Monique Mcdonell for giving me the chance to read and review this book.

Monday, June 18, 2012

Giveaway: Kiss of Midnight by Lara Adrian + Bookmarks & Signed Bookplate

A lot of you were interested in starting Lara Adrian's Breed series that I decided to have another giveaway and give you yet another chance to win a copy of the first book in the series, Kiss of Midnight. But that's not all! Lara's wonderful team has sent me sets of bookmarks and signed bookplates to give away as well!

EDIT: I just received ANOTHER set of Midnight Breed swag so I will be adding a SECOND PLACE winner as well!


INSATIABLE DESIRE. ENDLESS SEDUCTION. ONE TOUCH IS JUST THE BEGINNING.
He watches her from across the crowded dance club, a sensual black-haired stranger who stirs Gabrielle's deepest fantasies. But nothing about this night--or this man--is what it seems. For when Gabrielle witnesses a murder outside the club, reality shifts into something dark and deadly. In that shattering instant she is thrust into a realm she never knew existed--a realm where vampires stalk the shadows and a blood war is set to ignite.
Lucan Thorne despises the violence carried out by his lawless brethren. A vampire himself, Lucan is a Breed warrior, sworn to protect his kind--and the unwitting humans existing alongside them--from the mounting threat of the Rogues. Lucan cannot risk binding himself to a mortal woman, but when Gabrielle is targeted by his enemies, he has no choice but to bring her into the dark underworld he commands.
Here, in the arms of the Breed's formidable leader, Gabrielle will confront an extraordinary destiny of danger, seduction, and the darkest pleasures of all . . . .


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Saturday, June 16, 2012

Saturday Steal Deals!

The Saturday Deal Steal is hosted by Breath of Life Reviews and is designed to help people find great books at even greater prices. The objective of this particular weekly post is to give people one place to look for books that are available for purchase at a low price. It also gives fellow bloggers a chance to add their low cost finds to the list.

So if you've found a "Steal" that isn't listed here, link it up! Please be sure that under "Name" you put the Author's Name - Book Title - Format & Price

If you've found the book on multiple sites for the same great price, please make a separate entry for each.

If you have any questions please ask.







Friday, June 15, 2012

Follow and Feature Friday



Gain new followers and make new friends with the Book Blogger Feature & Follow! If this is your first time here, welcome! You are about to make some new friends and gain new followers -- but you have to know -- the point of this hop is to follow other bloggers also. I follow you, you follow me.

The Feature & Follow is hosted by TWO hosts, Parajunkee of Parajunkee's View and Alison of Alison Can Read. Each host will have their own Feature Blog and this way it'll allow us to show off more new blogs!

How does this work? First you leave your name here on this post, (using the linky tools -- keep scrolling!) then you create a post on your own blog that links back to this post (easiest way is to just grab the code under the #FF picture and put it in your post) and then you visit as many blogs as you can and tell them "hi" in their comments (on the post that has the #FF image). You follow them, they follow you. Win. Win. Just make sure to follow back if someone follows you!

What sets this Hop apart from others, is our Feature. Each week we will showcase a Featured Blogger, from all different genres and areas. Who is our Feature today? Find out below. Just remember it is required, if you participate, to follow our Features and you must follow the hosts (Parajunkee & Alison Can Read) as a courtesy. How do you follow someone? Well, if you have a preference, state it in your #FF post. A lot of blogs are transitioning to Wordpress in which they do not have the luxury of GFC, so an RSS subscription is appreciated or if you choose an email subscription. If you don't have GFC please state in your post how you would like to be followed.

To join the fun and make new book blogger friends, just follow these simple rules:
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Q: Happy Father's Day! Who is your favorite dad character in a book and why?

I have two choices, the first is Brad Friessan from Lorhainne Eckhart's The Forgotten Child. Even though he was making mistakes constantly, he was an amazing dad, he loved his autistic son with an intensity that made me wonder if that kind of love exists in the real world.

My second choice is Charlie Swan from Twilight. It couldn't have been easy finding himself the full time father of a teenage daughter all of a sudden and although Charlie is a man of few words (like his daughter), he loves Bella and would do anything to keep her safe.


Thursday, June 14, 2012

ARC Review: Thief of Shadows by Elizabeth Hoyt


A MASKED MAN . . .
 
Winter Makepeace lives a double life. By day he’s the stoic headmaster of a home for foundling children. But the night brings out a darker side of Winter. As the moon rises, so does the Ghost of St. Giles—protector, judge, fugitive. When the Ghost, beaten and wounded, is rescued by a beautiful aristocrat, Winter has no idea that his two worlds are about to collide.

A DANGEROUS WOMAN . . . Lady Isabel Beckinhall enjoys nothing more than a challenge. Yet when she’s asked to tutor the Home’s dour manager in the ways of society—flirtation, double entendres, and scandalous liaisons—Isabel can’t help wondering why his eyes seem so familiar—and his lips so tempting.

A PASSION NEITHER COULD DENY
During the day Isabel and Winter engage in a battle of wills. At night their passions are revealed . . . But when little girls start disappearing from St. Giles, Winter must avenge them. For that he might have to sacrifice everything—the Home, Isabel . . . and his life.

I feel like I've been waiting for this book for forever! After what felt like a lifetime, I have read, finished and loved Thief of Shadows!

The fourth book in The Maiden Lane series, Thief of Shadows finally focuses on the Ghost of St. Giles, who was revealed in the previous book (Scandalous Desires, which has been my favorite book of the series) to be none other than Winter Makepeace, the staid and respectable headmaster of the Home for Unfortunate Infants and Foundling Children, located in London's most notorious slum.

Who would have thought right? When I first met Winter it was in the first pages of Wicked Intentions, the first book in The Maiden Lane series. He was described as tall, with a long, thin face and he wore ill fitting clothing. Hardly the description of a character like the Ghost of St. Giles. As the series progressed however, there were more and more signs that the Ghost was one of the reoccurring characters and I became anxious to know his identity.

Once the identity of the Ghost was revealed, I admit I was a little surprised, amused and downright impatient to read Thief of Shadows.

The transition between Scandalous Desires into Thief of Shadows was smooth and evenly paced, there was no long, drawn out summary of the previous 3 books which I appreciated because too much rehashing of previous books takes up too much time and space that is better used for telling a new story.

I've been a fan of Elizabeth Hoyt's for some time. She has the most physically interesting characters and engaging story lines I've ever had the pleasure of reading. Her characters are not always classically beautiful, sometimes they have a physical feature that ordinarily would be reserved for a side kick or another minor character, however Elizabeth's writing is so full of emotion and realism that any physical "flaws" are forgotten because you're too busy falling in love with the characters she's created. Her stories are heart wrenching at times and make them all the more memorable and enjoyable.

Thief of Shadows is no exception. The Ghost of St Giles is a hero, but Elizabeth Hoyt never makes him into an untouchable, impenetrable, larger than life creature. The reader is constantly reminded that he is a man of flesh and blood and emotions that have been kept locked away for too long. She focuses more on who he really is, Winter Makepeace, a noble, self-sacrificing man who is terribly lonely.

Naturally, the woman who captures Winter's attention had to be a rather unique lady and quite the opposite of Winter himself. Enter Isabel, Lady Beckinhall who is everything Winter is not, social, friendly, older, flirtatious, experienced and entirely too curious for her own good.

The banter between Winter and Isabel is something I looked forward to from the very first scene in Thief of Shadows. Suggestive, humorous and at times revealing, each scene between the two was well written and better than the one before. I thoroughly enjoyed reading their interactions, even when they were laced with insults. It made the sparks between the two more palatable and that's what makes a great romance story right? If you thought Elizabeth Hoyt's other books were hot, let me just say that this one makes the rest look like cream puffs. It's that sexy.

Thief of Shadows definitely has more action and danger than its predecessors did and while that might not work for some people, it was a vital part of this particular book's success. What would the Ghost of St. Giles be without a villain or two to vanquish? Or a mystery to solve? He would be a boring, one dimensional character not worth remembering. Even as the Ghost himself overcomes enemy after enemy, it is Winter who faces the biggest challenges, he must become a better man, a living man instead of just existing as he was for so many years, only, he can't hide behind the Ghost's mask as he tries to rejoin the living.

Isabel is as strong as heroines come in books. She's not the feistiest female or the boldest seductress we've seen, she's worse. She's an intelligent female with resources and hidden courage that even she doesn't know about until it's put to the test. A perfect match for Winter, even if neither knows it.

By far, Thief of Shadows is the best book out of the series, I was afraid that all the build up in the previous books would come to nothing in this one but I should have known better. Elizabeth Hoyt doesn't disappoint readers with Thief of Shadows and she yet again begins the buildup for the next book in the series. Thief of Shadows is more action packed and steamier than the other books, when I finished reading it, I was an incoherent, babbling mess that desperately wanted a cigarette.


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Sunday, June 10, 2012

Discussion Post: YA Novels and the People Who Read Them


Because I am no longer a "Young Adult" I tend to skip over that particular section in the bookstore, which never bothered me before. I had and still have plenty to choose from in the adult romance section, I love me some steamy, angst ridden love stories that take place in a world unlike ours. However, lately I have been rethinking my perusing skills because of books like The Raie' Chaelia and The Firelight of Maalda by Melissa Douthit and Taste by Kate Evangelista. Both books are targeted at young adults but are so well written that adults like myself can enjoy them.

Let's be honest, one of the reasons I avoided YA novels was because I thought they would all be filled with melodramatic teeny bopper attitudes and ridiculous dialogue that only teens of today could understand (Wow did I just sound like my mother there?). This may sound strange coming from someone who loved the Twilight saga by Stephenie Meyer and I could argue that the series is not as recent as other YA novels are so I could still, on some levels relate to the ALL the characters in Meyer's series, but the fact of the matter is that Twilight was a fluke for me. I picked it up because that was all I was hearing about at the time and I HATE being left out of book conversations. Had the hype not been so intense I would have continued to ignore it because it was considered a YA novel and I was no longer a teen.

So fast forward to about two months, I am asked by Melissa Douthit to review her YA novel, The Raie'Chaelia and I agree. This is my first author requested review and I was not going to say "no" just because YA isn't my preference. I began reading The Raie'Chaelia and was enchanted, no pun intended, by the fantasy world that Melissa created and its characters, including the young protagonist, Chalice. There were no epic teen tantrums thrown by Chalice, nor any snotty behaviors. Sure, she was a teen but as soon as she found herself in danger, she conducted herself as a smart, brave and trustworthy character. No pity parties or "I'm Special, Bow to Me" moments. Needless to say, I jumped at the chance to read and review the second book of the series, The Firelight of Maalda.

The same is true for Kate Evangelista's heroine from Taste, Phoenix. Sure, she has her bratty moments complete with tantrums, stubbornness and back talking but when things go down, Phoenix put aside her teenage issues and became an adult. That's one of the reasons that kept me reading both YA novels and in the end, I loved the stories, characters and the authors themselves, talented ladies that they are (and so friendly too).

It seems that in the last 5 years, the demand for YA novels has heavily increased due to books like Twilight and The Hunger Games and it's easy for up and coming authors to get lost among the more established writers, but thank goodness for book blogs and social media or else we wouldn't have such a wide variety from which to choose our next adventure.

The label "Young Adult Novel" tends to discourage older readers from checking out really good books and it shouldn't. There are so many wonderful stories in the YA section of your local bookstore that deserve to be enjoyed by more than just teens, and despite what ignorant people like Joel Stein of the New York Times says, reading YA Novels does not mean you're stupid or that you should be embarrassed. It just means you're not judgmental and can more than likely carry on a lively conversation with your friends' kids and maybe even your own. After all, how many times do we hear teens say that we adults are "old" and "totally uncool?" If you can talk to them about what they find "cool" then they're more likely to listen to your opinion on other matters that are far more important aren't they?

Chew on that for awhile.

Besides, if I met a man who had his own mind and read and could discuss the adult themes in Twilight, Harry Potter and The Hunger Games with me, then there's a possibility I might have found a keeper right? Would it be too much to hope that he's open minded about reading adult romance too? *sigh*

So, be your own judge when it comes to YA novels, or any books for that matter. Don't be a book snob like I was just because you're no longer in high school, and just because it's on the Best Seller's List doesn't mean it's a good book for you. Remember, you don't have to like it just because everyone else does, or because people like Mr. Stein declare that it's an "Adult Book" or even because it's from "Author So and So" whom all the critics love. There are tons of unrecognized gems out there, find your own.

If it hadn't been for The Raie'Chaelia, The Firelight of Maalda and Taste then I might have continued to skip the YA section at the bookstore, and what a shame that would have been because there truly are some great YA novels out there that can also be enjoyed by older audiences.


Tell me, what are some of your favorite YA Novels and why? Or if you haven't read one yet (or in a while), what has stopped you from doing so?

Friday, June 8, 2012

ARC Review: Pleasures of a Tempted Lady by Jennifer Haymore

Forbidden passion is the ultimate temptation…

Captain William Langley knows the ocean well, but nothing could prepare him for what he discovers adrift on the cold Irish Sea. The tiny boat carries two passengers: a child—and Meg Donovan, Will’s long-lost love. Meg’s disappearance at sea eight years ago was a devastating blow. Now she’s back, as beautiful as ever, and with secrets as deep as Will’s own...

After years held captive by a cold-blooded pirate, Meg has finally escaped with little Jake, the boy she’s come to love as if he were her own. But the pirate wants his revenge—and Meg must do whatever it takes to shield Jake from the madman. Determined not to lose Meg again, Will vows to protect them both, yet Meg can’t risk putting the only man she’s ever loved in danger. With the threat to her safety growing, and her passion for Will burning brighter every day, surrendering herself to Will might be a pleasure too tempting to resist . . .


From the moment I read William Langley's reaction to the news that his beloved had been lost at sea, I desperately wanted to see him get his happy ending. The love that this man had for Meg Donovan and the devastation he felt upon finding out her twin was impersonating her just left me feeling heart broken for him.

So when I read that Meg was in fact, not dead, merely missing for 8 years, I was ecstatic and of course, super impatient to get my hands on Pleasures of a Tempted Lady. I couldn't wait until Will and Meg were reunited and see what obstacles they would have to face on the road to their happy ever after. I love stories of long lost loves being reunited after years apart, you have the potential for a really great story.

If there's one thing I've learned about author Jennifer Haymore, it's that she's damn good at writing "second chance at love" stories. Just read A Hint of Wicked or Confessions of an Improper Bride (Book 1 in the Donovan Sisters series featuring Meg's twin Serena) if you don't believe me.

Of course, there's always that bit of anxiety that the magic that was present in the first few books won't be there in the next book. I had very high hopes that Pleasures of a Tempted Lady would be filled with conflict, emotion, humor and passion.

I was not disappointed. It was more than I expected it to be. Jennifer Haymore introduced Will and Meg in Confessions of an Improper Bride as secondary characters, made them fall in love, ripped them apart from each other, and then eight years later reunited them but as older, wiser and in Meg's case, tougher characters. It was definitely an experience watching these two get to know each other all over again.

There is definite character growth in Pleasures of a Tempted Lady as expected, but the amount of growth is a pleasant surprise. Meg's growth allowed her to not only survive her years at the hands of a cold blooded pirate but also to develop the courage to flee and ultimately survive and find love again with the one man she never forgot.

Emotionally, this book is a roller coaster and I enjoyed all the ups and downs. The angst and longing between Will and Meg was bittersweet and heart wrenching, making Pleasures of a Tempted Lady more than your average historical romance novel.

I had some concerns about William Langley at first. He seemed too perfect. It's clear he fell in love with Meg from the start and was devastated when she was presumed dead but for him to be a paragon of virtue for eight solid years seemed a little too far fetched. Luckily, or unluckily for our hero, his biggest secret, which was revealed in Confessions of an Improper Bride, was re-introduced into Pleasures of a Tempted Lady and made Will more realistic and human. Well done.

Sometimes in a book, there are far too many conflicts that the book becomes bogged down with problem after problem that the main couple has to face. I am so glad that this wasn't the case with Pleasures of a Tempted Lady. There is one main, physical conflict and that is the pirate chasing after Meg. He is the one real threat to Meg's life, and provides the pushes and shoves that force Will and Meg to deal with the changes in their lives and personalities and to fight for a future together.

Along with Will and Meg's story is the youngest Donovan sister's love story, though it reads more as a quick novella. While I would have loved for Jessica to have her own book instead of being a secondary love story like Phoebe was in Secrets of an Accidental Duchess, I understood why it wouldn't have worked.

All in all, I loved Pleasures of a Tempted Lady. It had more raw emotion from the lead characters than the other books in the series. Rather than being about passion between two people, it was more about long lost love, reuniting and rekindling that love and being ready to sacrifice everything for the one you love.

Thank you NetGalley and Grand Central Publishing for the ARC.

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Thursday, June 7, 2012

Author! Author! Interview with Johnny Ray

I want to take the opportunity to thank author Johnny Ray for allowing me to review Her Honor's Bodyguard, guest posting and for this interview. I really appreciate it.

Adria: Why write a romantic thriller? Was it planned or did it just happen by accident?
Johnny: I love to write romantic thrillers. I am working hard on building a reputation as the master of the romantic thriller. This genre is totally different from most novels. It involves having someone stopping something from happening, which is different form a mystery where the crime happened and you read to discover who did it. In other words, a thriller is about who might do it. The romantic angle is about what might happen in the future also, and it could be a happy ever after, or it could be just a happy for now.

Adria:
What would readers be surprised to find on your bookshelf?
Johnny:
The biggest surprise is my collection of old  Perry Mason novels written by Erle Stanley Gardner.

Adria:
What would you say to someone who just wants to dismiss "Her Honor's Bodyguard" as nothing more than another romance novel?
Johnny:
Most romance novels don’t have the thriller element in them. This novel also doesn’t have the kind of preconceived ending that is common in most romances. This novel will keep you guessing until the very end as to what secrets are being hidden and why.

Adria:
What was the hardest part of writing "Her Honor's Bodyguard?"
Johnny:
The hardest part for me as a writer was holding back the secrets for long. I want the reader to see them, but had to wait to build up the suspense. This is the problem with most writers—the telling too soon can ruin a good thriller or suspense.

Adria:
How personal is your writing?
Johnny:
I get very involved in my writing. I do very heavy research and talk to a lot of people.

Adria:
In your opinion what are the most important elements of good writing?
Johnny:
I will always argue that plot is king. Without a good story, the words are all meaningless. In my novels, I want the reader to say at the ending, “I should have known that, but totally missed it, even with all of the clues that are placed inside the story.

Adria:
What has been the best part of being a published author? The worst?
Johnny:
The best part for me is the actual writing of the first draft, which I do on the beach every morning.
The worst part is rejections and bad reviews from someone who does not understand the genre, or maybe for some other reason, but that is life.

Adria:
Is there anything else you'd like readers to know either about you or your work?
Johnny:
I guess the most important thing is that I love my readers—I really do. I love engaging with them on a previous or a future work. I am extremely sociable, with over 75,000 followers on twitter for example. I also love to do radio, TV and blog interviews. Simple drop me a line at sirjohn@wwisp.com if you have any questions.

Review: Her Honor's Bodyguard by Johnny Ray

Do first loves ever really die? While reunions can take many forms, there is always one question that has to be answered sooner or later—what happened?

Vance had always been extremely proud of Noella, and just because his life had been ruined, he saw no reason why she had to have the same faith. When his dad died, leaving him and his mother penniless, he dropped out of law school and ended his relationship with Noella, but in doing so, he stopped a scandal that could have ruined her family. These secrets he would never let her know. Ironically, years later, he would have never guessed she would be instrumental in ruining his career with the Tampa police force.

After Noella finished law school and started pursuing her goal of working up the ranks in judgeships, she never considered inviting another guy into her life. As such, when someone attempts to threaten her into vacating her seat on the bench, and by force if necessary, she knows of no one else she really trust as much as Vance, who now has a successful bodyguard and private detective business.

She knows that Vance might hate her for her part in having him dismissed from the police force, but what he will never know is that she actually saved him from going to prison. Additionally, she now thinks he was framed, and perhaps by the same people who are threatening her. She had to talk him into taking her on as a client . . . but would he agree to her request?

As the number of attacks on her life increases, Vance soon has no choice but to offer her his protection, and in spite of everything, when they see each other again their old attraction for each other returns. She wants the truth. He wants the truth. However, making the ultimate sacrifice is not always easy to understand, whether given or received. Ultimately . . . could they now trust each other with these secrets? While their lives depend on discovering the truth to their past, these truths are locked in deep secrets that could also destroy them.

I'm going to start off by saying I have never read a romantic thriller in my life. Ever. That said, I had no idea what to expect from Her Honor's Bodyguard. I was going in blind but I did know it was imperative that I NOT treat this book like other romance books that I've read and that I not have all of the same criteria as with other books in the romance genre.

Let me repeat that I enjoy books that don't drag on before with overdone back stories or unnecessary scenes before the conflict is revealed. That said, Her Honor's Bodyguard did not disappoint in that area. The beginning was straight forward with no unnecessary information to clog up the flow of the story, but yet had enough of the right information so that I was not left floundering or unable to connect with Noella and Vance.

The story progressed at a brisk but not unattainable pace and with a romantic thriller I really appreciated that. There's no re-hashing and total dissection of Noella and Vance's previous relationship, only snippets. This ensured that the story didn't get stuck in "Romantic Angst Territory" thereby losing its status as a Romantic thriller.

Her Honor's Bodyguard is like a well made cake that is welcome at any occasion. It has a healthy dose of suspense, mystery and action that will appeal to men, and a dash of romance that will attract women and keep the story from becoming stale and one dimensional.

The characters, even the villains were well thought out and believable, there wasn't a single scene where I rolled my eyes. I enjoyed that the danger Noella and Vane were in brought them closer together and forced them to confront their pasts, but not in a way that would, again, turn Her Honor's Bodyguard into an ordinary romance novel.

My only criticism is that I could have gone for a little more imagery and a little less dialogue between Vance and Noella, but that is a relatively minor and personal preference. So if you're looking for a read that is appealing to both men and women then Her Honor's Bodyguard is for you.

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Author Takeover: How Does Autism Affect Families? By Lorhainne Eckhart

Author Takeover is what happens when you give an author the floor, or in this case a guest post spot. Today author Lorhainne Eckhart is talking about how Autism affects not only children but their families as well. Be sure to check out my review of Lorhainne's latest book, The Forgotten Child as well as my interview with her.

How Does Autism Affect Families?
By Lorhainne Eckhart
 
Can you imagine your child who you love more than your next breath—a child who doesn’t fit in with other children. Has meltdowns in public, doesn’t talk, plays alone doing the oddest repetitive movements. Makes odd squeaky noises over and over, and instead of playing appropriately when your friends or acquaintances come to visit, climbs all over the adults latching onto their legs and hoots like an elephant.

You can’t reason with your child, and he/or she doesn’t appear to understand. And you’re at a loss as to how to how to communicate with him.

Of course it’s frustrating, but so are obtaining services for your autistic child. And if you’ve persevered and were lucky enough to get your child diagnosed, and if you were connected with a parents group in your area with autistic children. Then you’ll have valuable information for resources that the highest percentage of parents with autistic children don’t have.

Ask yourself what this does to families? Did you know the divorce rate is upwards of 85 percentage? Ever wonder why? Take a look at the community programs and parent groups, and what you’ll find is they’re mostly driven and led by mothers.

For most mothers, their children’s welfare is in the forefront of their mind, along with caring for the needs of other siblings, balancing a job, paying the bills etc. And what happens is Dad checks out--emotionally, and in many cases he’s unable to get with the program.

Take a look at what Mom’s dealing with and you’ll understand maybe Dad’s feeling left out, helpless, emotionally cut off. But who’s the one beating every bush to find therapy for their child and resources? The highest percentage of the time it’s Mom. And what she doesn’t have time to do is hand hold, or make things easier for Dad. That’s not up to her. Frankly she’s exhausted and doing everything imaginable to keep her family together.

But let’s be fair. Do all men checkout? No. In fact there are a few strong amazing men who have stepped up to the plate to advocate, pound on doors, and fight for help for their child. As well as a few strong men, who come together in harmony with their spouse to share the emotional strain that the early stages of autism takes on families.

Ever asked yourself why so many Dad’s of special needs children are not in the picture, or have any part of advocating for their child?




Lorhainne Eckhart is a member of the RWA, Sisters in Crime and Victoria RWA. She lives on a small Island in the Northern Gulf. And somewhere in her busy schedule she finds time to write and be a full-time Mom to her three children. She is the mother of a special needs child, her greatest gift having to learn organization and how to stay focused on what’s really important in life. She lives by simple rules the same she teaches her children, stay honest, keep your word always, never take advantage of anyone and treat everyone with respect. She’s an advocate for children with special needs. Passionate about preserving our environment and much of what Lorhainne advocates finds a way into each of her stories.



Thank you Lorhainne!


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Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Giveaway: Kiss of Midnight by Lara Adrian

Because I've been remiss in my posts due to a sudden fever and stomach virus, I am making it up to you by holding another giveaway. This time I am going to kill to vamps with one stake. You will be entering to win a new, never been read copy of Kiss of Midnight by Lara Adrian. It is the first book in the amazing Midnight Breed series and if you haven't tried the series, you're missing out on an action packed, steamy and sexy series. Plus I get to hopefully introduce a new reader to the world of the Breed Warriors. So really, it's a win-win situation for me.

Read on and fill out the Rafflecopter form below for a chance to win! This is a US/Canada contest only.

INSATIABLE DESIRE. ENDLESS SEDUCTION. ONE TOUCH IS JUST THE BEGINNING.

He watches her from across the crowded dance club, a sensual black-haired stranger who stirs Gabrielle's deepest fantasies. But nothing about this night--or this man--is what it seems. For when Gabrielle witnesses a murder outside the club, reality shifts into something dark and deadly. In that shattering instant she is thrust into a realm she never knew existed--a realm where vampires stalk the shadows and a blood war is set to ignite.
Lucan Thorne despises the violence carried out by his lawless brethren. A vampire himself, Lucan is a Breed warrior, sworn to protect his kind--and the unwitting humans existing alongside them--from the mounting threat of the Rogues. Lucan cannot risk binding himself to a mortal woman, but when Gabrielle is targeted by his enemies, he has no choice but to bring her into the dark underworld he commands.
Here, in the arms of the Breed's formidable leader, Gabrielle will confront an extraordinary destiny of danger, seduction, and the darkest pleasures of all . . . .


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Monday, June 4, 2012

Author Takeover: What is a Romantic Thriller by Johnny Ray

Author Takeover is what happens when you give an author the floor, or in this case a guest post spot. Today author Johnny Ray is talking about what makes a romantic thriller and what makes them so good. Be sure to check back in a few days for my review of Johnny's latest release, Her Honor's Bodyguard.
 
What is a romantic thriller?
by Johnny Ray

As of lately I have had many people calling me the master of the romantic thriller, and several other people have also asked me exactly what is a romantic thriller. Many people are familiar with romantic suspense, and have read these. A romantic thriller is different form a suspense or a mystery. In a mystery you have a crime committed, and you read to the book to try to solve the who did it. In a suspense, you have a constant edge of not knowing what is going to happen. In a thriller, you have to discover who is going to do it. You know it is going to happen if no one intervenes.  The hero has to save the world type thing. And . . .  oh yes, get the girl.

Unlike a true romance which seems to always have the happy ever after ending, a thriller leaves you guessing what the ending will be. After all, if people die, you cannot very well have a happy ever after.

Also a major difference in a suspense and a thriller is the pacing. In a suspense, the tension constantly grows. In a thriller, you have strong shifts of up and down moments. The high points on a thriller are much more intent as well.

Now the question is how do you blend these with a romance. Let’s face it, it is hard to have a romantic night with people trying to kill you, but it is possible to draw people closer together when they are under pressure. This is what I think makes these romantic thrillers so good. Your characters will do and say things they would not normally do. The romance has to be high stakes just like the plot. Making all aspects of the book believable is what is required of a truly gifted writer. 

Friday, June 1, 2012

Author! Author! Eight Questions with Kate Evangelista + Giveaway

In case you haven't already heard, Kate Evangelista is a very talented writer. I'm not kidding, if you haven't read her YA Paranormal novel Taste yet, well you can enter at the end of this post for a chance to win a copy. Don't forget to check out my review of Taste!

When Kate Evangelista was told she had a knack for writing stories, she did the next best thing: entered medical school. After realizing she wasn't going to be the next Doogie Howser, M.D., Kate wandered into the Literature department of her university and never looked back. Today, she is in possession of a piece of paper that says to the world she owns a Literature degree. To make matters worse, she took Master's courses in creative writing. In the end, she realized to be a writer, none of what she had mattered. What really mattered? Writing. Plain and simple, honest to God, sitting in front of her computer, writing. Today, she has four completed Young Adult novels.

Kate was nice enough to not only allow me to review Taste but also to answer a few questions I had AND she's giving away one copy of Taste to a lucky follower, so a huge thank you to Kate Evangelista for taking the time to do so.


Adria: Would you ever consider writing for another genre?

Kate: Yes. I actually have an urban fantasy with Entangled right now called Til Death. I have several dystopians as well and I'm currently working on a couple of contemporaries. But I stick with romance. There can be suspense and mystery within my plots, but I mostly stick to romance.  
 
Adria: What would readers find on your bookshelf?

Kate: Lots of YA, Historical Romances, and Paranormal Romances. 
 
Adria: Is there anything in Taste that you wish you had written differently?

Kate: Great question. *thinks about it* Not really. I've been editing and rewriting Taste for years. There have been many changes to the story, so I believe the end product you have in your hands today is what the story should be. 

Adria: Where did you get your inspiration for Phoenix, Demitri and Luka?

Kate: They came as they are actually. In writing, I always start with a character in my head. This character then tells me the story I put onto the page. Their personalities have been tweaked through the years, but essentially, their characteristics remain the same.

Adria: Let's imagine that Taste was going to be made into a movie, who would be your dream cast?

Kate: For Luka, I've always had Alex Pettyfer in mind. As for Phoenix, I'm drawing a blank, but one reader said she wanted Zoey Deschanel...although she might be too old to play a teen. As for Demitri, I'm drawing a big blank too. I remember seeing this ad for aftershave once with a model who I thought looked like Demitri. So, like I said, Luka I know for sure, the rest I leave to the casting director.  
 
Adria: Have you had the chance to meet many fans? Is there any one encounter that was particularly memorable?

Kate: Since I live in the Philippines and Taste has yet to be released here, I haven't actually met any of the fans. I do receive emails and tweets. I guess the most memorable to date has to do with a fan actually drawing fan art that had Luka, Phoenix, and Demitri on it. The picture is now my laptop wallpaper. 
 
Adria: Best part of being a published author? How about the worst?

Kate: The best part would have to be the thought that my book is finally out there for everyone to read and discover. As for the worst part? Haven't really encountered any yet. I'll keep you posted. 
 

Adria: Is there anything you'd like to add or that you'd like readers to know?

Kate: First of all, I would like to take this chance to thank you for hosting me and Taste on your blog today. I enjoyed answering your questions. I would also like to wish your giveaway entrants good luck. I look forward to sending one of you a copy of Taste. And to all the readers, thank you so much for taking the time to let Phoenix and the rest of #TeamBarinkoff into your lives. I had a lot of fun putting their story together for all of you.

Thank you so much Kate! 

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Review: Taste by Kate Evangelista

At Barinkoff Academy, there's only one rule: no students on campus after curfew. Phoenix McKay soon finds out why when she is left behind at sunset. A group calling themselves night students threaten to taste her flesh until she is saved by a mysterious, alluring boy. With his pale skin, dark eyes, and mesmerizing voice, Demitri is both irresistible and impenetrable. He warns her to stay away from his dangerous world of flesh eaters. Unfortunately, the gorgeous and playful Luka has other plans.

When Phoenix is caught between her physical and her emotional attraction, she becomes the keeper of a deadly secret that will rock the foundations of an ancient civilization living beneath Barinkoff Academy. Phoenix doesn’t realize until it is too late that the closer she gets to both Demitri and Luka the more she is plunging them all into a centuries old feud.

Oh why weren't there books like Taste around when I was a teenager?! I would have devoted much more time to reading and less time to being, well, a teenager. This is a fun book guys, I'm not kidding. It's definitely got the paranormal aspect which is all the rage today (and should be all the time because paranormal = endless possibilities) but it doesn't overdose readers with too much paranormal activity. There's an actual storyline, there are characters who, despite the paranormal world they're in, are quite normal in some ways.

Phoenix McKay (I love how her first name is so odd but her last name is so commonly normal), is your ordinary teenager with issues. She's headstrong, stubborn and way too curious for her own good. She's also hurt by her father's seeming indifference to her and the traumatizing death of her mother. At first glance, she's a pain in the butt. Rebellious, nosy, a smart alec and very rude at times but all these traits make her a great heroine and they serve her well once she gets thrown in the middle of Demitri and Luka's world. After that, she became less of a typical teenage brat and more of a young warrior. I love that even when she was afraid, she didn't back down and had no problem telling off Demitri or Luka no matter how gorgeous they were.

Told in first person POV, Taste is a walk on the edge of adventure and romance, thoroughly engaging and at times humorous. Phoenix is her own girl, she doesn't sit around waiting for answers to come to her, she goes looking for them, which is probably why she gets into so much trouble, but if she didn't, Taste would be a mighty boring novel wouldn't it?

Author Kate Evangelista definitely doesn't lack for imagination, in fact she excels at it. The description of Barinkoff Academy had me picturing a more sinister looking version of Edinburgh Castle in Scotland at night. Or the Luthor mansion from Smallville *shudders*

The mystery of Barinkoff Academy is evident from the very first pages, there is no tip toeing around the fact there is something strange about the academy. Students MUST be off campus before sunset or risk expulsion.

For some reason, I tend to avoid books told in first person POV and I honestly can't tell you why, however, with Taste it just didn't matter. I was absorbed by the world Kate Evangelista created and amused by the characters in it (especially Phoenix). I hold a healthy amount of respect for authors like Kate who don't take forever to get the story rolling but who also don't move the story along too fast as to lose the reader completely. Before I was even halfway through Taste, I became like Phoenix, extremely curious as to what exactly was going on in Demitri and Luka's world because just when I thought I had things figured out, another tidbit was revealed and the mystery and danger became bigger.

I was taken outside of my "normal" world with Taste and its characters and once that happens I'm a fan. Any author who can take me out of my average world and plunge me into a world filled with the paranormal and adventure at every turn is definitely someone to watch.

I know it's all the rage to pick "Teams" when there's more than one handsome male character in a book but let me be quite clear... I don't know who to pick! *whines* Demitri is stoic, mysterious and somewhat of a wounded hero. I love those. BUT then there's Luka, all tall and blonde and gorgeous with his eyes and his own secrets that I'm not going to spoil. I like blonde men people, I really do. So you see my dilemma? I've NEVER had this problem before and it sucks. Whatever, I can love both. *blows raspberry*

I really enjoyed Taste, and I am always surprised when I read a book that I normally wouldn't have picked for myself and I end up liking it. So thank you Kate Evangelista for allowing me to review Taste, if you hadn't, I would never have discovered another great read that I can now nag my friends to go out and get. I can't wait to see what you have planned next!

Bottom line is that Taste is not a book you want to borrow. This is a book you want to buy and keep it close because you're going to want to read and re-read it over and over again, no matter how old you are.

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