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April 10, 2015

Kati at Dear Author recently posted a list of her Favourite Sports Themed Romances. I downloaded samples of them all to my kindle and have been happily sampling them ever since. I’m currently reading See Jane Sore by Rachel Gibson. It a fun story and I really like the heroine Jane.

See Jane Score – Rachel Gibson

See Jane ScoreSeries: Chinooks Hockey Team #2
Genre: Romance
Published: January 28th, 2003
Links: Goodreads  Amazon    

THIS IS JANE

A little subdued. A little stubborn. A little tired of going out on blind dates with men who drive vans with sofas in the back, Jane Alcott is living the Single Girl existence in the big city. She is also leading a double life. By day, she’s a reporter covering the raucous Seattle Chinooks hockey team—especially their notorious goalie Luc Martineau. By night, she’s a writer, secretly creating the scandalous adventures of “Honey Pie”…the magazine series that has all the men talking.

SEE JANE SPAR

Luc has made his feelings about parasite reporters—and Jane—perfectly clear. But if he thinks he’s going to make her life a misery, he’d better think again.

SEE JANE ATTRACT

For as long as he can remember, Luc has been single minded about his career. The last thing he needs is a smart mouthed, pain in the backside, reporter digging into his past and getting in his way. But once the little reporter shed her black and gray clothes in favor of a sexy red dress, Luc sees that there is more to Jane than originally meets the eye.

Maybe it’s time to take a risk. Maybe it’s time to live out fantasies. Maybe it’s time to….

 

Waiting on Wednesday: Cold Burn of Magic

April 7, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

Jennifer Estep has a new series due the end of April. It sounds like good fun featuring kick ass girls, swords and monsters. What’s not to like 🙂

Cold Burn of Magic – Jennifer Estep

Cold Burn of MagicSeries: Black Blade #1
Genre: Urban Fantasy, YA
Published: April 28th, 2015
Links: Goodreads  Amazon 

There Be Monsters Here. . .

It’s not as great as you’d think, living in a tourist town that’s known as “the most magical place in America.” Same boring high school, just twice as many monsters under the bridges and rival Families killing each other for power.

I try to keep out of it. I’ve got my mom’s bloodiron sword and my slightly illegal home in the basement of the municipal library. And a couple of Talents I try to keep quiet, including very light fingers and a way with a lock pick.

But then some nasty characters bring their Family feud into my friend’s pawn shop, and I have to make a call–get involved, or watch a cute guy die because I didn’t. I guess I made the wrong choice, because now I’m stuck putting everything on the line for Devon Sinclair. My mom was murdered because of the Families, and it looks like I’m going to end up just like her. ..

ARC Review: Lie Down with Dogs

April 6, 2015

Lie Down with Dogs – Hailey Edwards

 
Lie Down With DogsSeries: Black Dog #3
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Published: April 30th, 2015
Links: Goodreads   Amazon
Source: ARC from CrushStar Multimedia LLC via Netgalley

With tentative peace established in Faerie, Thierry returns to her job as a conclave marshal in Texas while the countdown to her coronation begins. But what happens in Faerie doesn’t always stay in Faerie. A crown wasn’t Theirry’s only souvenir from her trip. Her new husband, Rook, is scheming again, and this time his plans are invading her dreams.

When her best friend throws a beachside going away party, Thierry is grateful for the distraction from Rook…and from Shaw. But her presence in Daytona rouses an old evil, one who wants the future queen as the crown jewel of his private collection.

Lie Down with Dogs is the third book in the Black Dog series by Hailey Edwards. The Black Dog books are Urban Fantasy novels that follow the adventures of Thierry, a half blood faery who has one foot in the mortal realm and one foot however reluctantly in Faerie.

Thierry is a Marshall, a supernatural police woman who enforces the rules that fae must obey when in the mortal realm. Thierry has little choice in this career due to her colourful ancestry but embraces it whole heartedly. This girl can kick ass even if she’s a little conflicted about her dark powers. Following her actions in the second book, Thierry is also the reluctant Queen in waiting of Faerie and has returned to the mortal realm where she has one year of freedom before duty calls. Lie Down with Dogs begins upon Thierry return from Faerie, she’s pretty unhappy and her best friend Mai suggests a vacation, one last hurrah with just the girls (and bodyguards). Of course, things are never so simple.

The Black Dog series is fun. For the Urban Fantasy genre, they’re on the lighter side of dark and gritty. I really enjoyed Lie Down with Dogs, the story zipped along. I was a little thrown by the vacation plot line at first considering the events of the previous novel but the plot came together nicely in the end.

Thierry is a great heroine, she’s relatable in that events can overwhelm her but after a pity party involving copious amounts of ice-cream she picks herself up and carries on. The friendship between Thierry and her best friend Mai is lovely and well written. The relationship feels real, the friends bicker and don’t always agree but they love each other and at the end of the day will always do the best for one other.

Thierry’s world and the characters populating it are established in the first book, Dog with a Bone, which I loved. One criticism I would have of this novel is that it doesn’t quite live up to the promise of the first book. The romantic interest Shaw in particular suffers this, where he was crazy interesting and breath-taking in book 1, now he’s somewhat bland and whiny. I’m usually pretty invested in the romance but not this time.

All in all, a fun story. I loved the banter between the character especially Thierry and Mai and I’ll be back for the final book.

My Rating: 7/10

 

Waiting on Wednesday: Rules of Seduction

April 1, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

Rules of Seduction sounds like a fun read and the early reviews are pretty positive.

Rules of Seduction – Jenna Mullins


Rules of SeductionSeries:
 NA
Genre: Romance, NA
Published: April 21st, 2015
Links: Goodreads  Amazon 

The first rule of seduction is: don’t fall in love.

Fresh out of college, Dani Young heads for the LA sun to chase her dream of becoming a screenwriter-director. So when her former BFF turned actress Elise offers Dani the opportunity to work on the hit teen show Vamp Camp, Dani can’t refuse, even if it comes at a price: Elise wants Dani to seduce her boyfriend, Vamp Camp superstar Tate Lawrence. Turns out Elise has some major trust issues, and needs Dani to test Tate’s faith. The only rule: don’t fall in love with him.

Sure, Dani doesn’t mind occasionally glimpsing Tate’s megawatt smile…or accidentally-on-purpose brushing up against his perfect torso…but she’s no fool. There’s no way she’d ever fall for a shallow celebrity and no way one would fall for her, a lanky movie nerd.

But amidst vampire-crazed fans, a conniving fellow intern, and a devilishly handsome showrunner, Dani feels like all the rules she used to know have disappeared, except for one: Love doesn’t play by the rules.

Part The Devil Wears Prada, part How To Lose a Guy in Ten Days, this story of friendship and romance is sure to appeal to fans of Stephanie Perkins, Jennifer E. Smith, and Anna Todd.

Top Ten Tuesday

March 31, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. The Top Ten topic this week is:

Ten Books You Recently Added To Your To-Be-Read List

Today’s Top Ten Tuesday list was pulled from Goodreads and is the last 10 books added to my Want to Read list.

 

Paradise City  Gambit  Black Wolves  An Ember in the Ashes  Court of Fives

1. Paradise City – C. J. Duggan

2. Gambit – C. L. Denault

3. Black Wolves – Kate Elliott

4. An Ember in the Ashes – Sabaa Tahir

5. Court of Fives – Kate Elliott

 

Archangel's Enigma  Once Upon a Marquess  Lady Be Good  Rules of Seduction  A court of Thorns and Roses

 

6. Archangel’s Enigma – Nalini Singh

7. Once Upon a Marquess – Courtney Milan

8. Lady Be Good – Meredith Duran

9. Rules of Seduction – Jenna Mullins

10. A Court of Thorns and Roses – Sarah J. Maas

 

 

I’m Reading…

March 29, 2015

Radiance – Grace Draven


RadianceSeries:
 The Wraith Kings #1
Genre: Fantasy Romance
Published: January 11th, 2015
Links: Goodreads  Amazon    

THE PRINCE OF NO VALUE

Brishen Khaskem, prince of the Kai, has lived content as the nonessential spare heir to a throne secured many times over. A trade and political alliance between the human kingdom of Gaur and the Kai kingdom of Bast-Haradis requires that he marry a Gauri woman to seal the treaty. Always a dutiful son, Brishen agrees to the marriage and discovers his bride is as ugly as he expected and more beautiful than he could have imagined.

THE NOBLEWOMAN OF NO IMPORTANCE

Ildiko, niece of the Gauri king, has always known her only worth to the royal family lay in a strategic marriage. Resigned to her fate, she is horrified to learn that her intended groom isn’t just a foreign aristocrat but the younger prince of a people neither familiar nor human. Bound to her new husband, Ildiko will leave behind all she’s known to embrace a man shrouded in darkness but with a soul forged by light. Two people brought together by the trappings of duty and politics will discover they are destined for each other, even as the powers of a hostile kingdom scheme to tear them apart.

Half way through Radiance and I’m pretty much blown away by the two main characters, Ildiko and Brishen. They are fantastic 🙂 I’m glued to the story…

Waiting on Wednesday: Magic Shifts

March 25, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

I’m an Ilona Andrews fangirl so I’m super excited for Magic Shifts, the new Kate Daniels book. The ending of the previous book really surprised me, I can’t wait to see where the story heads now.

Magic Shifts – Ilona Andrews


Magic ShiftsSeries:
 Kate Daniels #8
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Published: August 4th, 2015
Links: Goodreads  Amazon 

In the latest Kate Daniels novel from #1 New York Timesbestselling author Ilona Andrews, magic is coming and going in waves in post-Shift Atlanta—and each crest leaves danger in its wake…

After breaking from life with the Pack, mercenary Kate Daniels and her mate—former Beast Lord Curran Lennart—are adjusting to a very different pace. While they’re thrilled to escape all the infighting, Curran misses the constant challenges of leading the shapeshifters.

So when the Pack offers him its stake in the Mercenary Guild, Curran seizes the opportunity—too bad the Guild wants nothing to do with him and Kate. Luckily, as a veteran merc, Kate can take over any of the Guild’s unfinished jobs in order to bring in money and build their reputation. But what Kate and Curran don’t realize is that the odd jobs they’ve been working are all connected.

An ancient enemy has arisen, and Kate and Curran are the only ones who can stop it—before it takes their city apart piece by piece…

Waiting on Wednesday: The Veil

March 18, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

Chloe Neill is a hit or miss author for me but I like the premise of her new series due in August. Here’s hoping it’s a hit 🙂

 The Veil – Chloe Neill

SeThe Veilries: Devil’s Isle #1
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Published: August 4th, 2015
Links: Goodreads  Amazon 

Seven years ago, the Veil that separates humanity from what lies beyond was torn apart, and New Orleans was engulfed in a supernatural war. Now, those with paranormal powers have been confined in a walled community that humans call the District. Those who live there call it Devil’s Isle.

Claire Connolly is a good girl with a dangerous secret: she’s a Sensitive, a human endowed with magic that seeped through the Veil. Claire knows that revealing her skills would mean being confined to Devil’s Isle. Unfortunately, hiding her power has left her untrained and unfocused.

Liam Quinn knows from experience that magic makes monsters of the weak, and he has no time for a Sensitive with no control of her own strength. But when he sees Claire using her powers to save a human under attack—in full view of the French Quarter—Liam decides to bring her to Devil’s Isle and the teacher she needs, even though getting her out of his way isn’t the same as keeping her out of his head.

But when the Veil threatens to shatter completely, Claire and Liam must work together to stop it, or else New Orleans will burn…

My Recent Reads

March 16, 2015

March has been a really good book month for me thus far. While all my reads didn’t meet my expectations, I none the less enjoyed the stories.

Dead Heat – Patricia Briggs

Dead HeatSomehow, Dead Heat lacked the excitement of previous instalments. I still loved Anna, Charles and the supporting characters but the story lacked something. I’m not sure exactly what but I was a little disappointed with Dead Heat.

 

Sustain – Tijan

sustainAgain I didn’t enjoy Sustain as much as I have previous Tijan novels. I can’t put my finger on it but there was something missing. Usually the heroes in Tijan stories are to die for but Luke was a little too selfish and ass-like for me. Also the plot was little confusing and not altogether coherent.

 

 

Dorina Barsarab Series – Karen Chance
Midnight's DaughterDeath's MistressFury's Kiss

 

I’ve been rereading Karen Chance’s Dorina Barsarab books. They’re just so much fun – I love Dory and all the crazy shenanigans. The world building in this series is incredibly well done.

 

The Storyspinner – Becky Wallace

The StorySpinnerThis is my current read but I’m stuck. Each chapter has a different POV character and it’s seems like there’s a new chapter every three pages. This jumping around is making it hard for me to get into the story. I’ll keep going but I’m wavering.

Waiting on Wednesday: Magonia

March 11, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

I know nothing about this book or author but it sounds amazing. Count me in 🙂

 Magonia – Maria Dahvana Headley

MagoniaSeries: Stand-alone
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Published: April 28th, 2015
Links: Goodreads  Amazon 

Neil Gaiman’s Stardust meets John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars in this fantasy about a girl caught between two worlds…two races…and two destinies.

Aza Ray is drowning in thin air.

Since she was a baby, Aza has suffered from a mysterious lung disease that makes it ever harder for her to breathe, to speak—to live.

So when Aza catches a glimpse of a ship in the sky, her family chalks it up to a cruel side effect of her medication. But Aza doesn’t think this is a hallucination. She can hear someone on the ship calling her name.

Only her best friend, Jason, listens. Jason, who’s always been there. Jason, for whom she might have more-than-friendly feelings. But before Aza can consider that thrilling idea, something goes terribly wrong. Aza is lost to our world—and found, by another. Magonia.

Above the clouds, in a land of trading ships, Aza is not the weak and dying thing she was. In Magonia, she can breathe for the first time. Better, she has immense power—and as she navigates her new life, she discovers that war is coming. Magonia and Earth are on the cusp of a reckoning. And in Aza’s hands lies the fate of the whole of humanity—including the boy who loves her. Where do her loyalties lie?