Friday, January 20, 2012

End of the week- 3 Reviews!!

I read a couple of really good books this week and I just had to share

Undeniable Rouge (The Rouges Club book1)
by Annette Blair

Widowed, penniless Sabrina Whitcomb isn't looking for romance. What she needs is a husband, and she knows well enough that romance and matrimony aren't always compatible. While providing for her twins and the child she now carries is paramount, wedding a virtual stranger--even a wealthy one, like Gideon St. Goddard, Duke of Stanthorpe--is no light matter. Sabrina knows the friend who arranged the union would not promise her to a true scoundrel, but one look at her future husband convinces her that he is a shameless rogue. A shockingly handsome and desirable one, at that. Why has he agreed to marry her? When Gideon flashes that wicked, seductive smile, the reason hardly matters, but the chance that he'll steal her heart becomes all too real...
I really enjoyed Undeniable Rouge by Annette Blair. I haven't read a historical in awhile, this was in my TBR pile and I just picked it up-and then couldn't put it down! I do have to admit, that while reading the first couple of pages, I almost put it down (I can't quite figure out why). I am so glad I didn't. This story had it all for me...
It had a marriage of convenience, humor, charm, blended family, some intrigue, love, and of course a HEA.

The Best Mistake by Kate Watterson

When Lacey Billings gives her boyfriend, Ran, an erotic wake-up callin the middle of the night, she’s shocked to discover that the gorgeous man she’s kissing isn’t Ran…it’s his cousin, Rick.
Although Ran laughs off the mix-up, Lacey and Rick can’t stop thinking about the unexpected encounter, and they can’t escape the scorching flashbacks it’s aroused.
Ran doesn’t want an innocent mistake to ruin his relationship with his girlfriend or his cousin, so he proposes a solution. He wants the three of them to solve this problem the old-fashioned way, by sleeping on it…together.

The Best Mistake by Kate Watterson was a really quick good read (novella-length). It is, as you can tell from the blurb, an erotic menage story. Not too sure I believed the "mistake" Lacey made by thinking the man she climbed into bed with, was her boyfriend Ran. But, as the story went on, I did like how the author wrote about the guilt Lacey felt. The uneasy feelings, given the situation, between Lacey & Rick were very believable. The spicy scenes were quite sexy but not "dirty".  I will definitely check out more by this author.
Review Copy Obtained from Publisher Through NetGalley

Immortal Rider(Lords of Deliverance, Book 2)
 by Larissa Ione

The signs are everywhere...disastrous world events. Evil rising up, unleashed upon the innocent. The prophecies were there...but no one listened. Until now. The time has come for those who can either usher in Doomsday...or prevent it. They are here. They ride. The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.

Arik Wagner, a soldier with the U.S. Army's paranormal unit, the R-XR, kissed a girl and liked it. And then he went to hell as punishment. Where he's spent weeks being tortured...and plotting revenge.

Limos, Horsewoman of the Apocalypse, isn't your average girl. She's immortal, dangerous, and her fiancé is Satan himself. In a moment of weakness, she gave in to her desire and kissed Arik, triggering her fiancé's wrath - and his claim on her. In order to save Arik, and the world, Limos must make a dangerous pact with her recently turned evil brother, Pestilence. A deal that might just cost her her soul...and her heart.

I have read the entire Demonica series & Eternal Rider (book 1 in the Lords of Deliverance series) and looked forward to this story being released. I was not disappointed by Limos & Arik's story. This book was sexy hot, thrilling, & passionate! I loved the way Limos was written, she may be a Horsewoman of the Apocalypse but she is first & foremost a woman! A woman forced by circumstance to tell lies to her family. A woman craving real passion, knowing if she gives in to that passion, she could destroy, not only herself, but all human & demon kind. She is a strong warrior who is vulnerable to her emotions. Of all the strong heroines in these entertwined series, I really have enjoyed Limos' story the best. I am now craving the release of Lethal Rider in June.
Review Copy Obtained from Publisher Through NetGalley

Wow! 3 completely different genres, authors, & styles of writing. All containing 1 theme, this was the week of the strong, yet vulnerable heroine. Check these books out

Friday, January 13, 2012

His Secret Past by Katie Reus-a review

His Secret Past by Katie Reuse

Six years ago, Alexis Baptiste’s world was turned upside down when Hunter Cassidy disappeared without a trace, leaving her alone and pregnant. She’s finally moving on with her life when he resurfaces, just in time to rescue her from a would-be assassin. Forced to join him on the run to protect herself and her young son, Alexis is now in even more danger: danger of falling for Hunter all over again.

Betrayed by rogue CIA agents after infiltrating an infamous drug cartel, former DEA agent Hunter Cassidy has spent years trying to clear his name. He’s not proud of the things he’s done, and knows he doesn’t deserve a future with Alexis, or the son he never knew he had, but he’s determined to protect them from the men who ruined his life. Convincing Alexis to trust him—and denying his feelings for her—is going to be the hardest mission he’s ever faced.

Katie Reus is a new to me author. Let me start right off by saying-I really enjoyed this book! I am a sucker for long lost loves returning from where ever, so the romantic part of this romantic/suspense book had me even before I finished the 2nd chapter. The suspense part of the book held up very well. I enjoyed the idea of Hunter coming back after 6 years to protect the woman he loved & then finding out he had a son too, set his alfa/caveman/chest-thumping self into action to do everything he possibly could to protect them both. The characters were very well written, the emotional roller coaster they faced in such a short period of time, felt almost real to me. I also liked the emotional & physical vulnerability in Hunter, he was not a machine. The way some of these types of stories are written, the alfa male is sometimes too strong, showing no emotion and can handle anything thrown at him-I don't necessarily like that-no one is perfect don't write them that way (JMO). The only fault I find with this book??? It was a bit short, I would have loved it to be longer.

Monday, January 9, 2012

Rafflecopter Launch Party Giveaway

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Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Review Tool Belt Defender by Carla Cassidy

Tool Belt Defender by Carla Cassidy

Harlequin Romantic Suspense
December 20, 2011
"It's party time."
That's the "invitation" shoved under her door. It's got Brittany Grayson fearing for her life…and her sanity. She's sure the monster who once held her captive for months is dead, so why his chilling words in the note? His menacing face in the window? And why won't anyone —even her lawmen brothers—believe that somehow he's after her again?
Brittany just wants a normal, independent life in Black Rock. Romance is out of the question…although she's okay as friends-with-benefits with Alex Crawford, her hunky, marriage-phobic contractor. Alex, a single dad, has his own good reasons not to fall for Brittany. But none of them matter when the race is on to find the killer who's kidnapped her!

Not quite the dark romantic suspense that I usually read. Not quite believable to me that Brittany was diving into "getting on with her life" after being kidnapped & tortured for months by a serial killer (maybe if it was weeks I would have believed it more) but I understand the need for the background story in order to show her vulnerability.
That being said I did like this story overall. I liked Alex and Brittany, the way they were brought together was believable. The idea that they both had something in their pasts that kept them from being able to see they were good for each other. I also liked the fact that Alex was being cautious because of his daughter. Having a 7 yr old myself, I could see my daughter's face while reading some of the interactions Alex's daughter had with Brittany.
A quick, easy read (for me anyway) I did enjoy the story, and may even check out some of the others in the Blackrock Lawmen series.

I received a complimentary copy of this title from the publisher for review purposes.