Wednesday, May 13, 2009

This Year's Christmas Present (Anthology)

This Year's Christmas Present (Love Spell Contemporary Romanc) This Year's Christmas Present by Nina Bangs


My review


rating: 4 of 5 stars
I think I would have given this book 4 1/2 stars (if it were possible) except for the fact that one (of the three) stories was a reprint that I'd already read in a different book that another Sandra Hill short romance story had appeared in (the book was called Here Comes Santa Claus ... I think).

The other two short stories were fantastic though. Heart felt with the right touch of sexuality. I would recommend this book as a library find but not a purchase.

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Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Fear The Darkness (Dark-Hunter series #17)

Fear the Darkness (Dark-Hunter, #17) Fear the Darkness by Sherrilyn Kenyon

My review


rating: 5 of 5 stars
A fantastic short story from Kenyon that can be found on her website. A must read for Kenyon fans!

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Harmony's Way (Breed series #8)

Harmony's Way (Breed Series, #8) Harmony's Way (Breed Series, #8) by Lora Leigh


My review


rating: 2 of 5 stars
I'm really starting to get sick of Lora Leigh's writing. There doesn't seem to be much of a plot behind any of her novels ... or any true emotions. Just one character having a lot (and graphic sex) with another character who Lora Leigh then declares the mate of which ever character is breed.

Harmony's Way (Breed Series, #8) isn't much different. You find out Harmony is a Breed they formerly called Death. Her brother, who you are lead to believe wants revenge against her for killing their mother, sends her to Broken Butte, a small town in what I assumed was the southwest, to a man named Lance Jacobs, who is her mate. Harmony's brother, Jonas, knew Lance was Harmony's mate but we are never told how he knew.

The plot never really develops and there is a twist of fanatical supremists thrown in there but the book never really takes off. Poor excuse for a book if you ask me.

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Darkness Revealed (Guardians of Eternity series #4)

Darkness Revealed (Guardians of Eternity, #4) Darkness Revealed by Alexandra Ivy


My review


rating: 4 of 5 stars
Anna Randal has no idea why she doesn't age ... and why she doesn't die but she blames it all on Conde Cezar and the night that spent in his bed 200 years before.

Living the passed 200 years as all but an eunich, Cezar has been Anna sworn protector, even if she hasn't know about it. Now that he's right at her side, will he be able to save her heart?


Morgana le Fay is after Anna's head. And Cezar wants her heart. What's a future Oracle to do?

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Sunday, May 10, 2009

Frankly, My Dear ... (Creole Historical series #1)

Frankly, My Dear (Creole Historical, #1) (Timeswept) Frankly, My Dear by Sandra Hill


My review


rating: 5 of 5 stars
One of Sandra Hill's better novels (not that any of them are terrible ... this one just stands out).

Selene is starving. Literally. She's a model. One of America's most beautiful people and she hates her life. Capivated by Gone With The Wind since she was little, she's spent her life looking for her Rhett. Then at one photo shoot, she passes out only to awaken in Louisiana ... in the 1830s.

Mistaken for a light skinned slave, Selena finds her hero in James and his unconventional life. Who needs who more? A former model who can't stop eating? Or the dour sugar plantation owner who would rather free his slaves than deal with his screwed up family?

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Book: Love Potion (Cajun series #1)

The Love Potion (Cajun, #1) The Love Potion by Sandra Hill


My review


rating: 3 of 5 stars
Not one of Sandra Hill's best, but The Love Potion was a decent read. I felt for the characters and want to empathize with them.

The Cajun bad boy and the Creole beauty have always been at odds with one another. Since the day that Luc asked the overly shy Sylvie to dance when they were twelve and she turned him down, he's been in love with her.

Now 33, Sylvie is a brillant chemist with a bright future. She's developing the next big drug, bigger than Viagra. A love potion in jelly bean form.

Luc is the "Swamp Solicitor" known for representing poorer people. One day, Luc comes to Sylvie looking for help. The local Oil company is polluting the bayou and killing shrimp and crawfish, the life blood of the local economy.

What happens when Luc mistakenly eats a Jelly Bean that he finds in Sylvie's work spac?

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Monday, May 4, 2009

Book: Hot & Heavy (Viking II series #5)

Hot & Heavy (Viking II, #5) Hot & Heavy by Sandra Hill


My review


rating: 4 of 5 stars
I've gotta say. I think that this book, so far, is my absolute favorite of Sandra Hill's books. It reads fast and beautifully. The emotion, the love, the sex, are all there and in the perfect quantity. The plot is believable and well executed.

Ian MacLean is as hardassed as they come. Leader of a SEAL team, Ian takes it in spades when something dangerous has to be done, like entering a cave in enemy territory. But what he finds there will knock his socks off.

Madrene Ogladottir is the last of her family alive. Alone he defended her homestead of Norsestead until Steinhold took her prisoner and threatened to kill off all of her holders. He sells her into the harems of the Arab lands when she refuses to wed him. One day, two years later, she finds herself in a horrible sandstorm one minute and a cave shelter the next.


Ian wanders upon a woman, smelling to high heaven and looking like Phyllis Dyller. What is she doing in the middle of the desert? And why does Ian feel like he knows her already?

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Book: Hot Spell (Breed Series #6)

Hot Spell (Includes: Breed Series, #6; Guardians, #1) Hot Spell by Emma Holly


My review


rating: 3 of 5 stars
Tarek wants Lyra. He doesn't know why. He doesn't really care. But can this human, petite and so ... normal, have feelings for an abomination?

She works as an accountant. She makes coffee. And she bakes bread when she's stressed. How could a nobody virgin like Lyra have anything to offer the gorgeous Tarek Jordan who moved in next door six months ago?

When Lyra is attacked all hell breaks loose and we will see how far a little Mating Heat can take these two.

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Friday, May 1, 2009

Book: Lady & The Vamp (Immortality Bites series #3)

Lady & the Vamp (Immortality Bites, Book 3) Lady & the Vamp by Michelle Rowen


My review


rating: 5 of 5 stars
Michelle Rowen outdid herself this time. The third (and best so far) installment of the Immortality Bites series) has Janie (mercenary extraordinaire) and Quinn (long time hunter, first time vampire) meeting up, again.

Both searching for the same fabled item, The Eye, the two are drawn into three different messed up character's bids for world domination and/or power of one sort or another.

Janie's still got the hots for Quinn (her older brother's best friend growing up). When they were 12 and 17 ... he was a god. Now that they are 25 and 30 ... well Janie still thinks he looks like a Greek God but the Boss of The Company wants him dead.


Quinn thinks Janie's grown up ... and grown up very very well. What's a hungry vamp to do with such a tasty morsel hanging around?

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Thursday, April 30, 2009

Book: Bone Crossed (Mercy Thompson series #4)

Bone Crossed (Mercedes Thompson, #4) Bone Crossed by Patricia Briggs

My review


rating: 4 of 5 stars
Poor Mercy. Can't keep on anyone's good side, can she?

Mercy is pack now. She and Adam are offical. But the head of the Tri-Cities's seethe, Marisilla, is PIIISSSSed at her for killing Andre. What now?

Can't a girl heal? Mercy's got more mental and physical scares than most girls could stand after she got done with Tim. But Mercy isn't most girls and now she's even ticked off James Blackthorn, another Master.

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Monday, April 27, 2009

Book: Angel with Attitude

Angel with Attitude (Warner Forever) Angel with Attitude by Michelle Rowen

My review


rating: 4 of 5 stars
A good read by Michelle Rowen. I would call this urban fantasy (as I would call all of her works - especially the Immortality Bites series). This is PG compared to most of the "paranormal romance" out there. Good lazy day read or beach day where you are leery of the kids over turning your book (and reading something they shouldn't be).

A fallen angel who has no idea why she was kicked out of Heaven is sent on a mission to save the world from Lucifer's insane (and apparently impotent bastard son, Julian). On her way, she meets the thing that all Fallen Angels dread, their Tempter demon. Valerie's is called Nathaniel. And does he have to be that hot?

Good luck Val. You're gonna need it!

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Saturday, April 25, 2009

Book: Down & Dirty (Vikings II series #7)

Down and Dirty (Viking Series II, #7) Down and Dirty by Sandra Hill

My review


rating: 4 of 5 stars
WHOOO HOOO. Finally. My name.

You don't understand if you have a name like Susan or Katie or any other name that is common place. But my name is Britta.

I've never had magnets that I could buy or pencils with my name on it ... or key chains or cups ... my name isn't a "normal" name. Sure, I bought the Brittany magnet once and cut off the "ny" but that's not the same (althought this did make me happy at the time).

BRITTA Asadottir is a strong woman ... very very strong. And when she's pulled from her home in 1000 Norseland to 2000 California (on a Navy WEALS training course no less) she finds out what she's made of. Reaquiainting herself with Zack-hairy, the man who followed her around like a love sick puppy when the SEALs team was transported back to Norseland in Max's book, Britta wonders if all she will ever be is a warrior.

Holy hell. Could life get worse for Zachary "Pretty Boy" Floyd? His five year old son, who he stole from under a terrorist's nose in Afganistan, is running him ragged and now Britta ... BRITTA is here. And he's chasing her ... Zachary doesn't chase women ... they chase him. What is wrong with this picture?

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Book: The Undead Next Door (Love At Stake #4)

The Undead Next Door (Love At Stake #4) The Undead Next Door by Kerrelyn Sparks

My review


rating: 4 of 5 stars
Another great book by Kerrelyn Sparks. She reminds me of a combination between Sherrilyn Kenyon and Kresley Cole. Funny and heartfelt, Spark's books grab you and take you for a ride.

Hee-zair (Heather) has been dealt a lot of rough cards: an ex-husband from hell, a controlling mother, and an unfullfilling career as a teacher. But that all changes when she follows her childhood friend, Sasha, to a fashion boutique's grand openning.

Fashion in backwoods (or praire) Texas? Who knew right? Certainly Jean-Luc Echarpe, high-praised French fashion designer, and vampire, didn't. And who is the stunning mortal in his shopping ... STEALING HIS DESIGNS?

When Jean-Luc heads out to stop Heather from sketching designs (she was only fixing his designs so that she could wear them - she's not made of money and she won't fit into a size 2 anyways) he finds more than he could ever bargain for ... maybe the family he's always dreamed of.

That's when Lui returns, bent on revenge and fully equiped to kill anyone Jean-Luc holds dear. Will Jean-Luc ever rid the world of his old nemesis?

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Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Book: Hurry Down Sunshine

Hurry Down Sunshine Hurry Down Sunshine by Michael Greenberg

My review


rating: 4 of 5 stars
I went to college with and had a very scary incident with a boy who was bipolar. When he went into one of his manic phases (at this point in time I had no idea he was bipolar - he only told one of the three other people I lived with) and my two roommates and I went to the Cambridgeside Galleria (a mall in Boston) leaving a third roommate alone with him, we came home to police cars and ambulances at our apartment. We were scared to say the least but not as scared at that third roommate who believed she could solve all this boy's ills by kindness and (apparently) converting him to a vegetarian lifestyle. Turns out the boy had grabbed one of kitchen knives (a brilliant set of cutlery left over from one roommate's days as a Cutco saleswoman which I could never look at never mind use again after that day) and threatened to kill my third roommate. Then, he turned the knife on himself.

This book reminded me in brilliant comparison of the boy I went to school with. In it's nonsentimental/non-whiney tones, it captured my attention and made me feel for Sally. Sally and I were the same age (give or take a year). It's scary to think how easily each of us could be effected or a victim of the mental health disorders out there.

And I'm glad for once to see a book that doesn't "search for blame." I find books like that to be the worst sort of shit possible. The author instead focused on Sally and how he could help her transition to her new life. (Also, I loved all "subtle" transition references ... the woman who gets her dry cleaning the first day Sally is in the hospital or all the birthing room references).

The writing style was fresh and expressive. I especially liked how Greenberg went back to his novel manuscript and "sanitized" it, taking out any extrainious emotions. It was a perfect parallel to the actual novel.

All around I would encourage others to read this book.

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Monday, April 20, 2009

Book: Kiss of Heat (Breeds Series #4)

Kiss of Heat (Breed Series, #4) Kiss of Heat by Lora Leigh

My review


rating: 3 of 5 stars
Kane is thrown back into the world of Breeds after his baby sister, Merinus (see Book 1 in the Breeds Series) mates with Callan. And who he finds in the group of half-human/half-felines is more startling than the Breed's genetic makeup. Sherra. His mate that he thought had been dead for the past 11 years.

Sherra. The woman who had endured her mate walking away from her 11 years ago, just before she lost their child that she had been carrying.

Kane. The man she had hardened her heart to. He's back and the mating heat is on.

Good (as in better than the first book in my opinion). There was plot to this book. There was action. There was A LOT of sex (which is a true staple of Lora Leigh's writing style). But there was an emotional element to this novel too.
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Sunday, April 19, 2009

Book: Fanged & Fabulous (Immortality Bites Series #2)

Fanged & Fabulous (Immortality Bites, Book 2) Fanged & Fabulous by Michelle Rowen

My review


rating: 3 of 5 stars
Only having been a vampire for three months, Sarah Dearly is still confused. She loves her boyfriend, Toronto's Master Vampire, Thierry, but she's not sure how he feels about her. And he's pulling back. Things just haven't been the same since Mexico ...

And when her apartment explodes, Thierry hires bodyguards, her dog (really a werewolf0 morphs back into a man, and the ever present Michael Quinn kisses her (again), Sarah's life gets even more confusing.

3 out of 5 because the book moved fast but almost so fast there wasn't a plot. There was obviously a plot but nothing so good that I would put down another book for this one. Forgetable is a good word to describe it. But still, I would recommend this book to others.

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Saturday, April 11, 2009

Easter Egg Coloring

It being the day before Easter, I thought it would be ADORABLE if Ava and Aden came over to color eggs. So, I bought 2 dozen eggs (white ... I remembered this as I had bought the eggs and walked out to the car and went ... derrrrr ... can't color COLORED eggs dumb ass Britta ... I went back and traded). And I boiled them. This was also something I almost forgot to do.



Then I made 2 pizzas, 1 cheese and 1 all veggie ... by hand. OK Pat helped because the damn dough just didn't want to stretch! I hate pizza dough btw.


We ate and then the fun began.



I bought one of those PAAS kits ... those are alot more work then you think they are going to be! You have FAR too many options ... do you wants pastels or regular colors or vibrants (I settled for vibrant). And while Aden made pretty eggs ... I wrote bad words on the eggs and insinuated (in crayon form) that my brother couples with goats.




Aden loved his easter basket from me ... mostly because it was chocked full of candy and bubbles and crap like that. You know ... stuff that's messy and will make him hyper ... at home ... not here ... I'm evil like that.


Ava is adorable.



I got my hair done today. I'm officially part of the blonde brigade again as Brigdet and Courtney would say. Then I HAD to go and get a pedicure. I love pedicures but the lady yelled at me for not coming in enough ... I agree with her but my wallet does not. Alas ... there is no compromise.


This is a video of Ava "talking"


video

And now for some pictures ....

Dad Kissing Ava

Mom and Ava "talking" (poor Ava has to deal with Dale!)








Again Dad and Ava (you think she's a Granddad's girl????) and mom in the background
Ava with her Easter "Guinea Pig" on her head (which was already covered in slobber ... not the dogs - her own)
Michaleen and Aveleen



Me and Ava (this was seconds before she decided my hair would taste good and too an enormous fist full into her mouth and wouldn't let go!)




I call this ... Daddy ... put me down before I puke.



My mom and Ava and My dad and Aden



Dad mom and Ava


Wet & Wild (Viking II, #4) Wet & Wild by Sandra Hill


My review


rating: 3 of 5 stars



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Saturday, March 28, 2009

Book: Faefever (Fever series #3)

Faefever (Fever, #3) Faefever by Karen Marie Moning

My review


rating: 4 of 5 stars
She's survived so much but can Mac survive Jericho Barrons?

Something big is coming on Halloween (Samhain) and all the others out there like Mac know it. The entire book is a lead up to the night of Samhaim with Mac spending the entire night hiding out.

To tell you the truth it was kind of disappointing seeing as the first two books in the series were so good. Oh well ... Dreamfever comes out in January 2010.

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Book: Fish Out Of Water (Fred the Mermaid Series #3)

Fish Out of Water (Fred the Mermaid, Book 3) Fish Out of Water by MaryJanice Davidson

My review


rating: 4 of 5 stars
Fred ... Fred ... Fred. Mad at Thomas for looking at other mermaids, she accepts Prince Artur's proposal. But she's got bigger problems ahead. Her best friend is planning his wedding to her boss within the confines of Fred's rented mansion in Florida. Thomas has popped back into her life and is now staying in the third bedroom ... and here comes daddy, in bedroom #4.

Poor Fred.

Mermaids are popping out of the King's internal mental radar and Fred, Artur and Thomas need to figure out why. And what troubles lay a head for all three of them.

Will Fred, the only mermaid to ever be allergic to fish, ever find true happiness?

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Book: Swimming Without A Net (Fred the Mermaid Series #2)

Swimming Without a Net (Fred the Mermaid, Book 2) Swimming Without a Net by MaryJanice Davidson

My review


rating: 3 of 5 stars
Fred is just that kind of lucky girl. Thomas knows she's a mermaid and tells her he loves her ... Artur (High Prince of the Black Sea) wants to make her she-who-will-be-queen.

Problem? Fred just wants to be Fred. And now she's being summoned by his Highness the king down to Florida because there is to be a gathering of the merfolk. Some want to reveal their existance to the humans. Some want to stay hidden. And the king wants Fred's opinion since her "lady - mother" is human and her father was UnderSea Folk ...

speaking of which ... turns out Fred's father was a traitor, in the worst sense. He tried to kill the king and take over ... 30 years ago and was exiled ... which is when he climbed up on that beach on Cape Cod and on Fred's mom, Moon Bimm.

Now Thomas is back from Scotland and Fred is being harassed by both men who say they want her. What's a girl to do?

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Book: Sleeping with the Fishes (Fred the Mermaid Series #1)

Sleeping with the Fishes (Fred the Mermaid, Book 1) Sleeping with the Fishes by MaryJanice Davidson

My review


rating: 3 of 5 stars
mermaids ... named Fred. Ok ... her name is Fredrika. And she doesn't like the ocean. Too many talkative fish and nasty sea weed that gets caught in her hair. Then again, Fred is a Ph.D. in Marine Biology who works at the New England Aquarium. So she's got enough fish to worry about.

What happens when a stranger walks into her life and upsets everything ... a gorgeous marine biologist and close on his heels is the High Prince of the Black Sea (aka Prince Artur ... king-in-waiting of all Undersea Folk).

What's a cranky, argumentative Fred to do? Have an adventure.

Good read ... not terrific but good enough so I read the rest of the series.

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Friday, March 27, 2009

Book: Last Wolf Watching (Blood Runners Series #3)

Last Wolf Watching (Blood Runners, Book 3) (Silhouette Nocturne) Last Wolf Watching by Rhyannon Byrd

My review


rating: 5 of 5 stars
Scarred, emotionally and physically, Brody Carter, Blood Runner, has been barely holding it all together since Mason's wedding to Tori. Also known as: The day that damn Cajun came into his life.

When her best friend is married and then her brother is attacked, Michaela Doucet is forced into the world of the paranormal. A world she always believed in. But never saw herself in.

When her brother passes the first werewolf ceremony (transforming into a werewolf two nights after he has been attacked and does not die from it), Michaela's life does not get any easier. If her brother is not accepted into the pack as a full member, both he and Michaela will be killed as damage control (to keep the secret of the pack's existance from the public).

Someone has to protect Michaela from all the evil and murder going down at the hands of an insane elder, Drake. Dark and brooding, Brody needs the light Michaela proves and Michaela needs ... Brody.

Can they both save the pack?

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Book: Last Wolf Hunting (Blood Runner Triology #2)

Last Wolf Hunting (Blood Runners, Book 2) (Silhouette Nocturne) Last Wolf Hunting by Rhyannon Byrd

My review


rating: 4 of 5 stars
He knew he loved ever since Jeremy Burns was 22 and that delicious little 18 year old, Jillian Murphy, waltzed into his life. But he was a womanizer by name, and their love was just never meant to be.


But what happens when Jeremy is forced to return to the pack, put in his number of kills (from his Blood Running days) and be accepted back into the community? He wouldn't do it if he had another choice. But as the new links between the kills and an elder in the pack come to life, the Blood Runners need an inside ... and there goes Jeremy. Thrown back into the fray with the one woman he will always love.

Jillian has been fighting for her life for the passed 10 years. Literally. Once a revered position, elders in the pack have made her life as the pack's Spirit Walker hell. She is constantly fighting with female pack members who claim she has stolen their mates when she has only ever loved one ... Jeremy.

And now he's back and her heart is torn in two again.

How will these two survive a murderous/traitorous elder in their midst if they can't survive each other?

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Book: Last Wolf Standing (Blood Runners Triology #1)

Last Wolf Standing (Blood Runners, Book 1) (Silhouette Nocturne) Last Wolf Standing by Rhyannon Byrd

My review


rating: 5 of 5 stars
All it took was a moment for Mason Dillinger to know that Torrance Watson was his. He smelt it. He felt it, in ever fiber of his being. This girl was his.

Problem? He's a Blood Runner. The off-spring of a purebred werewolf and a human. He's got to prove himself to the pack by hunting down rogue werewolves who have given into their blood lust and are killing innocent humans for food.

Tori didn't have a place in his world until a psychotic killer realized what Mason had just stumbled upon (his mate). Now the next victim will be Tori if Mason can't protect her and figure out how the killer and his pack are connected.

Great read for lovers of werewolves.

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Book: The Billionaire Boss's Secretary Bride

The Billionaire Boss's Secretary Bride (Harlequin Presents) The Billionaire Boss's Secretary Bride by Helen Brooks

My review


rating: 2 of 5 stars
I picked this up as something to read when all my holds at the library hadn't come in yet. I've never actually read a Harlequin book before.

And to tell you the truth now I know why.

The plot was long and drawn out to the point of annoyance. In any other format someone would have taken the two main characters and either hit them before being so stupid or shoved them in a locked broom closet together and thrown a box of rubbers at them with the message to "just get it on already."

Not a big fan.

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Book: Scions: Revelations (Scions Triology #3)

Scions: Revelation (Silhouette Nocturne) Scions: Revelation by Patrice Michelle

My review


rating: 5 of 5 stars
Now that Landon has resumed his position as the Lupreda Alpha, with his female Alpha Kaitie by his side, what's a second to do? Caine Grennard has no idea.

To keep from turning zerker (half man/half werewolf for the rest of his life), Caine has removed himself from the Lupreda pact. And the prophecy shoves it's lovely head into another life.

Drawn out of her sheltered life, Emma Gray is forced to find her aunt when she is kidnapped. Can the man with the more than alluring scent help her? And if he can't, can anyone?

Life starts to throw Emma and Caine curve ball after curve ball as it often does. Emma is kidnapped ... twice. Caine rescues her only to have her find out he is a werewolf. She seems ok with that until ... she finds out she too ... is different.

Emma is a Velio. A were-jaguar that was made by the werewolves for something to "hunt" (just as the werewolves were made to hunt for sport by the vampires). Only Emma is one of two Velio that can shift at will and do not need an injectible drug to do so.

Will the prophecy ever be filled?

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Book: Scions: Inssurection (Scions Trilogy #2)

Scions: Insurrection (Silhouette Nocturne)(Scions Trilogy, Book 2) Scions: Insurrection by Patrice Michelle

My review


rating: 5 of 5 stars
Landon, forced out of his wolf pack, the Lupreda, because of a problem with his tracking senses. So, he can't smell as well as everyone else. Big deal.

Tormented since the night he mistakenly took the life of a police officer, Landon Rourke has watched over his one and only child, Kaitlyn McKinney. Watching her grow from a toddler into a beautiful young woman and then a stunning adult, Landon has protected Kaitie when ever he could.

But can he protect her from her biggest threat ... him.

As part of the prophecy, Landon finds himself drawn to Kaitlyn, who is a drawn to him. That is ... until she finds out who killed her father. Landon.

Who is in more danger, Landon or Kaitlyn as love takes over and pushes them both together time after time. And what else has fate in store for them?

Great second book in this series. More sensual than the first book without being "raunchy."

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Book: Scions: Resurrection (Scions Triology #1)

Scions: Resurrection (Silhouette Nocturne) Scions: Resurrection by Patrice Michelle

My review


rating: 4 of 5 stars
More urban fantasy than paranormal romance with a touch of fantasy. Fantastic read and a great start to this series.

Banished from his vampire pack, The Sanguinas, Jachin Black has come to despise humans. After all, it was human who first created vampires as a military weapon. And then ... tried to exterminate them all when they realized that they weren't so easy to control.

At first, the vamps preyed on humans, some killing their food and some not. Vampire attacks were a common thing. Then ... slowly, human blood started to poison them. They were reduced to feeding from each other.

Ariel Swanson still remembers the night her mother, father, grandmother and grandfather were killed ... by vampires. And then in the ensuing sorrow, her brother commited suicide. How does she choose to deal with her issues? By writing a book about it.

Her book, as it turns out, is, almost word for word, the truth. What she thought was fiction turns out to be fact. And she knows the prophecy. The prophecy that Jachin recieved from an elder Sanguina on his death bed.

Is Ariel piece of the prophecy? Jachin sure thinks so. And he's going to do everything in his power to bring her into the Sanguina manor and give her to the leader of the pack. Anything ... for the prophecy.

But what happens when he starts to fall for her?

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Book: A Highlander of Her Own (Daughters of the Glen Series #4)

A Highlander of Her Own A Highlander of Her Own by Melissa Mayhue

My review


rating: 4 of 5 stars
I waited a long time to get this book from the library and I was not disappointed.

As often happens to the poor women of the decedents of a Fae prince named Pol, Ellie Denton was just living her life until she was thrown around by magic conferred on her suddenly. Ellie is wisked away from present day Texas to 14th century Scotland.

She finds herself at the mercy of the MacAlister clan. The very same clan from all the other books. Here comes Caden MacAlister, the once jilted bethrothed of Alycie (now a nunon the island of Iona). Turns out there is treachery afoot and Caden wants nothing to do with Ellie.

Ellie wants nothing to do with him either. Well ... maybe not nothing. Maybe a little something. Something like love?

A great and heartfelt romance that travels into the emotional underbelly of Caden and Ellie's love. Not high on the "sex-scene" meter (2 total) but the writing more than makes up for the blatant sexuality.

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Wednesday, March 11, 2009

The Black Dragon (Dragon Series #2)

The Black Dragon (Dragon Series, Book 2) The Black Dragon by Allyson James


My review


rating: 1 of 5 stars
I decided to give this book a chance because I read the first one (Dragon Heat). It wasn't very good at all! I kept putting the book down and walking away, hoping to find another good book to read. The first book wasn't that good so I don't know what I expected. Probably a miracle. A miracle I did not get.


The writing was labored and pedantic. I was bored less than 5 pages in. The language and dialogue was forced and tin-y. I had the third book in this series in my possession (from the library) and I had to send it back because I couldn't stand the first two books. Very very disappointing.

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Thursday, March 5, 2009

The Bewitched Viking (Viking I Series #4)

The Bewitched Viking (Includes: Wink & a Kiss , #1; Viking  I, #4) The Bewitched Viking by Sandra Hill

My review


rating: 5 of 5 stars
Another great book by Sandra Hill.

Tykir just wants people to leave him alone so he can harvest amber and return to his home of Dragonstead in the Norse country.

Alinor just wants her idiot brothers to leave her alone so she can continue to raise the sheep that make her the finest wool in all of Northumbria.

But there is always a hitch. When Alinor "curses" a certain king's "manroot" to fall off and then said king gets a kink in his ... "manroot" ... well said King thinks that Alinor is a witch. He sends a messenger out to get Tykir and asks him to find the witch and bring her back to him.

Tykir doesn't want to ... but then the messenger lets poor Tykir know that the king is holding Adam (his adopted nephew) as a friendly hostage. What's a good Viking to do?

Go out and kidnap the witch that is ... problem? Alinor is NOT a witch.

Hilarity ensues.

A great read. Not as good as some of Hill others but this was an early novel in her series (Viking I). They all seem to get better in time.

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Book: Smitten and Bitten (Immortality Bites Series #1)

Bitten & Smitten (Immortality Bites, Book 1) Bitten & Smitten by Michelle Rowen


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rating: 4 of 5 stars
more urban fantasy than paranormal romance. Still a good read. I plan on reading the entire series!


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Smitten and Bitten (Immortality Bites Series #1)

Bitten & Smitten (Immortality Bites, Book 1) Bitten & Smitten by Michelle Rowen


My review


rating: 4 of 5 stars
more urban fantasy than paranormal romance. Still a good read. I plan on reading the entire series!


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