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Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Book Review: Into Temptation by Elle Keating



by Elle Keating
June 3, 2019
361 pages
Twenty-eight-year-old Lilly Rains would settle for - no, embrace - the idea of Purgatory as atonement for her sins. The newly assigned parish priest has conjured less than righteous thoughts, forcing Lilly to question her sanity for being attracted to a man of the cloth and more importantly, whether she can perform her job as the principal of St. Robert’s Catholic School.

But the handsome and mysterious priest is not what he seems. He has been sent to retrieve Lilly’s wavering soul, preying on a faith that has been rattled by her past. But where there is darkness, there must also be light and God has decided it is time to intervene. A Guardian has been assigned to protect Lilly from the evil surrounding her. However, when the priest and the Guardian begin to pursue her for their own purposes, Lilly is left with an impossible decision.

Will she choose the forbidden man she loves or the Guardian who will be eternally devoted to her?

Into Temptation had me on the fence after reading the blurb and the cover was not anything too special TBH. I honestly didn't know what to expect, but wanted to give it a shot. So, to my surprise and delight, I was totally taken in by this tale. 

LOVED the multiple characters points of view on this one. You never get too much from one character's voice and it never runs on in a way that could become confusing or dull. Well thought out plot twists and some brilliantly placed pieces of heartache, I did not see a few things coming. I really thought this story would become predictable, it did not. Hats off to the author! 

Lots of romance and some big life decisions from our leading lady Lilly (love that name) in which I actually related to a lot. That was one of the main points for me, characters I could relate with on different levels. While this story doesn't have all the hard-hitting action-packed drama of butt-kicking adventure, what it does have is a big serving of heart and soul. 

I really enjoyed this one and was glad I gave it a true, refreshing and different. Recommending this as a good summer read! 

Getting 4 and 1/2 'these sheep have wings baby' Sheep





KD


Excerpt:
“Please let me walk you home.”

“It’s just two blocks,” she said.

His hand fell away from the small of her back. “Humor me?” he asked.

Lilly rolled her eyes and smiled, “Fine.”

They started to walk toward her home when he again wondered who this Ray was. Why it had looked as if Lilly had wanted to knee Ray in the groin at the pub. They were a half block in when his curiosity got the better of him. “Is Ray your ex-boyfriend?”

“Absolutely not. Obnoxious men who can’t take no for an answer have never been a turn-on. Ray is not my type.”

“What is your type?” he asked.

She pursed her lips and hesitated.

Me. I’m what you want.

“You know, I’m not sure. I guess I haven’t found it yet. But that’s my fault. I probably should start dating.”

“Start dating?” he asked. Her choice of words captivated him.

They crossed the street, bringing them to her block. He didn’t want this conversation to end. “Um… yeah,” she said, sheepishly. She looked away and focused on the gravel beneath her feet.

A thousand questions swirled through his head. “You must miss the companionship, the intimacy a relationship can bring.”

“Well, it helps when you don’t know what you’re missing.”

Stunned, he peered over at her. She did the same thing she had done in the bar when she realized that she had misspoken. She closed her eyes and shook her head. “I can’t believe I just said that.”

“Are you telling me that you’ve never been…”

She stopped abruptly and turned toward him. “Yes.” Her fists were clenched at her sides. She looked mortified and pissed off at the same time. “This has been an enlightening night for you. In just under an hour, you have learned that your principal doesn’t attend Mass, which according to my contract is grounds for dismissal. And now, you’ve had the unfortunate experience of witnessing a twenty-eight-year-old admit she’s still a virgin.”

Something primal within awakened. Her subtle mannerisms, the way she bit her lip and twirled her hair around her fingers were enough to make his cock twitch. But now, knowing that she had never been with a man was enough to make him want to claim her right there on the sidewalk.

“I believe I never was given the opportunity to answer your question.”

She crossed her arms over her breasts and started walking toward her house. “What question?” she asked.

“You asked me if I thought the priesthood was what I had expected,” he said.

“William, don’t do this.”

“Do what?”

“Attempt to diffuse an embarrassing situation. I’d much rather go home and forget the past hour has ever happened. You know, before I told you that your principal is not a practicing Catholic and has a nonexistent sex life.”

She wasn’t trying to be humorous, but he couldn’t help but smile at her. They were nearing her house when he said, “I’m going to answer your question anyway.” He touched her arm and she stopped her brisk pace. “No, the priesthood is not what I had expected. I had anticipated that there would be moments when I would experience loneliness and long for companionship. But I underestimated that all-too-human need for intimacy.”

“But… but you’re happy? With t
he life you’ve chosen?” she asked. Her eyes bore into his and he could feel her searching for something.

“Yes. But each day is a struggle.” Her lips parted as if she was going to say something, and then they sealed shut. He wondered what was going through her mind. She no longer appeared embarrassed but intrigued. William was pleased that his admission, though in his mind he had swapped out ‘priesthood’ for the living hell that he was in, had stopped her from wanting to melt into the cracks of the sidewalk. Without thinking, he reached out and tucked a lock of hair behind her ear. Her breathing hitched and her lips again parted. God, he wanted to taste her. “And some days are more challenging than others.”

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Elle Keating is the author of romance novels with sexy heroes and fierce females. Her first book, Thrill of the Chase (Dangerous Love, #1), was published by Forever Romance’s digital imprint, Forever Yours, in 2015. Cut to the Chase (Dangerous Love, #2) soon followed. Most recently, Elle self-published Wanting More (Dangerous Love, #3), Back to the Start (Dangerous Love, #4) Feels Like Falling (Dangerous Love, #5) and the standalone novel, Keeping His Commandments. When Elle isn’t torturing her heroes and heroines (don’t worry, there’s always a happily ever after), she is a public school administrator and enjoys spending time with her husband and 3 children in New Jersey. For more on Elle and her books, visit ellekeating.com.

Monday, June 17, 2019

Excerpt: My Solace (Bewitched and Bewildered Book 11) by Alanea Alder

My Solace (Bewitched and Bewildered Book 11)
by Alanea Alder
May 28, 2019
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Sacred Forest Publishing
May
ISBN: 978-1-941315-25-5
ASIN: B07P9BG7VC
Number of pages: 282
Word Count: 71,00
Cover Artist: Kim Killion
She’s been Bewitched, he’s Bewildered

For thousands of years Oron Vi’Eirson has lived each day trying to keep the pain and devastation caused by his family from hurting his precious baby brother. But despite his best efforts his past has come back to haunt him, placing not only Darian and Amelia in harm’s way, but also his newly found mate.

Isabelle Campbell, or as she likes to be called, Izzy, is a mess. She knows this. It’s never intentional, but somehow her curiosity always seems to run away from her. When her latest gaffe lands her homeless and fired from her favorite barista job she is left little choice but to accept the kindness of some of her favorite customers, little did she know that by doing so, she would find herself starting the biggest adventure of her life!

With kindred spirit Meryn at her side, Izzy takes on the entire fae city to protect the heart of the kindest man she has ever met. If the golden fae think they can get away with hurting her mate, they are sorely mistaken. After all, her new friend likes to electrocute people.

When facing your greatest fear means facing your family, is there any escape? Can Izzy help Oron stand against all odds?


Excerpt
Law wiped at his eyes from silent laughter. “She does this to me every damn time,” he complained, barely able to breathe. Two of the other warriors around the room had buried their face in their hands to hide their own laughter.

Pierce looked over at Aiden. “Seriously though, what did she learn about butts in Noctem Falls?”

Law inhaled as he leaned back slightly and fell off his chair. To see a man that size laughing on the floor was all it took to set everyone off.

“Serenity, I don’t think he’s breathing,” Micah commented watching Law wrap his arms around his mid-section as he gasped.

“If he can laugh, he can breathe,” she said, shaking her head at Meryn’s shenanigans.

“See, I told you Izzy, this is a nice place.” A warrior commented, coming up behind them from the direction of the front door.

“I don’t know, it’s mostly men and they look kinda drunk to me. Maybe this is like a bar or sex dungeon. Like a drunken, gay, sex dungeon,” a piping female replied.

“Oh gods above, I can’t breathe!” Law called from the floor. Oron shook his head at the man’s plight.

Micah’s eyes bugged out. “A drunken, gay, sex dungeon?”

Meryn nodded. “They’re all a bunch a mannequins.”

“They like the rough stuff huh?” the sweet voice asked.

“No! What?” Aiden looked from one female to the other then paused. “How did you know she meant masochist?”

“We were talking about sex dungeons, I kinda extrapolated that the misused random word that began with the letter ‘m’ was a term that more accurately fit the conversation. It wasn’t that hard actually.”

“She meant masochist?” Micah asked.

Serenity stood over Law now looking concerned. “Okay, my earlier assessment may have been off, I don’t think he’s getting any oxygen.” She placed her hands on his chest and eased his laughter.

Law gasped for air. “Gods Meryn, you can’t keep doing this to me!” he managed to croak out.

“So, not a sex dungeon?”

Chuckling Oron turned in his chair and suddenly he couldn’t breathe for reasons of his own, the petite auburn haired beauty that had understood nutty Meryn perfectly was his mate!


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USA Today Best Selling Author, Alanea loves reading almost as much as she loves writing. She began writing at a very young age, some of her first scribblings are treasured in a keepsake box and written in green marker. She started when she was still in grade school and continued on through college.

She believes that love truly conquers all and that everyone no matter what, deserves a chance at that love and a place they can call home. She absolutely loves to hear from her readers so don’t hesitate to reach out to her. As always, her promise to her readers remains, “If you keep reading, I’ll keep writing!”

Sunday, June 16, 2019

Urban fantasy Storybundle: The Cities of Magic Bundle + giveaway


Let's talk about Urban Fantasy, shall we?
If you're like me, it probably took you many years of reading before you encountered a book specifically labeled "Urban Fantasy." On the surface, the genre seems self-explanatory. We know what fantasy stories are, and we're all familiar with urban settings, so these are simply fantasy stories in urban settings. One might even be excused for believing that such a label would lead to a fairly limited variety of stories that fit the bill.

Well, if you think that, this bundle is going to be a real eye-opener.

Urban Fantasy is a set of flavors and textures that form a foundation from which thrilling tales of every sort can spring. How to Marry a Werewolf will introduce you to the finer points of supernatural courtship in an alternate Victorian London. Interested in some action? We've got Relic Guardians and Cast into Darkness to feed your need for danger and excitement. If you're in the mood for a mystery, crack open A Furnace Sealed and see how murders are investigated when magic is the modus operandi. If you'd like to see the super heroic side of Urban Fantasy, Scales will teach you what sort of mischief a gargoyle can get up to, and never underestimate the Trials(and Trifles) of a Werevulture. Shadowblood Heir will make you wonder just how much of fiction is really fictional, while Arcana will make you question what depths a society will sink to if it feels threatened by mystic powers. Perhaps you'll find yourself in the city of brotherly love, peering into a darkness that just so happens to be peering back at you in A Traitor in the Shadows, or exploring Boston with a technowitch in Ghost Garages...

– Joseph R. Lallo

For StoryBundle, you decide what price you want to pay. 

For $5 (or more, if you're feeling generous)
You get the basic bundle of four books in any ebook format—WORLDWIDE.
-Arcana by Paul Kane
-Teenage Werevulture Book 1: Trials of a Teenage Werevulture by Emily Martha Sorensen
-Ghost Garages - A Boston Technowitch Novel: Book 1 by Erin M. Hartshorn
-Cast into Darkness by Janet Tait

If you pay at least the bonus price of just $15
You get all four of the regular books, plus SEVEN more!

-Teenager Werevulture Book 2: Trifles of a Teenage Werevulture by Emily Martha Sorensen
-A Traitor in the Shadows by Joseph R. Lallo
-How to Marry a Werewolf by Gail Carriger
-Shadowblood Heir by J.S. Morin
-A Furnace Sealed by Keith R.A. DeCandido
-Scales by Amity Green
-Relic Guardians Collection (Books 1-3) by Meg Cowley and Victoria DeLuis

This bundle is available only for a limited time via http://www.storybundle.com. It allows easy reading on computers, smartphones, and tablets as well as Kindle and other e-readers via file transfer, email, and other methods. You get multiple DRM-free formats (.epub and .mobi) for all books!

It's also super easy to give the gift of reading with StoryBundle, thanks to our gift cards – which allow you to send someone a code that they can redeem for any future StoryBundle bundle – and timed delivery, which allows you to control exactly when your recipient will get the gift of StoryBundle.

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One winner will receive The Cities of Magic Bundle!

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Sheep Movie Review: Men In Black: International

Men in Black: International
Directed By: F. Gary Gray
Written By: Art Marcum, Matt Holloway
Jun 14, 2019
Cast: Chris Hemsworth, Tessa Thompson, Rebecca Ferguson, Kumail Nanjiani, Rafe Spall

Rating: PG-13 (for sci-fi action, some language and suggestive material)
Genre: Action & Adventure, Comedy, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Runtime: 120 minutes
Studio: Columbia Pictures
The Men in Black have always protected the Earth from the scum of the universe. In this new adventure, they tackle their biggest, most global threat to date: a mole in the Men in Black organization.

*Whine* I liked Men in Black: International, but I really wanted to love it. I think the problem is I compare it to the Will Smith/Tommy Lee Jones version which was better. Jones was the perfect straight man to Smith's comedy. That was missing from the Hemsworth/Thompson pairing. They didn't have the right chemistry. And Pawny seemed like a gimmick for the kids.
And it moved a little slow compared to the original...

I don't know if I can give this a fair review because I can't stop comparing it to the original. So if you haven't seen the previous movies then it might work for you. If you have...Chris Hemsworth is a beautiful man and a joy to watch no matter what the movie is like.

My husband and I give it 3.25 "pink pants wearing" Sheep





SharonS

Book Review: I Am the Wild: A Reverse Harem Vampire Romance (The Night Firm Book 1) by Karpov Kinrade

I Am the Wild: A Reverse Harem Vampire Romance (The Night Firm Book 1)
by Karpov Kinrade
April 30, 2019

254 pages
For fans of A Shade of Vampire, Vampire Girl, Don’t Rush Me, The Lost and the Chosen, and All the Pretty Monsters. From USA Today bestselling author Karpov Kinrade, experience a fantasy romance that will suck you in and leave you wanting more!

I’ve been offered a job at the Night Firm.
To work for four of the hottest men I’ve ever met.
Correction. Four of the hottest vampires I’ve ever met.
They don’t tell me what I’ll be doing.
They don’t tell me where I’ll be working.
Simply that I am their only candidate.

If I take the job, I’ll gain financial freedom, a new home, and answers to questions better left unasked. But at what cost?

Because my new job is more than anything I could have ever imagined. It will take me to the home of Count Dracula and the den of a kitsune. To the paradise of Lilith and a world trapped in time. It will bind me to the most dangerous men alive. It will break me and make me whole.

My heart.
My life.
My soul.

I may lose them all to the Night brothers.

But in the end, it will be my choice.

My name is Eve Oliver.

Welcome to the Night Firm.

***This is a slow burn reverse harem paranormal romance.***

A vampire romance with bite! For fans of Stephenie Meyer, Cassandra Clare, Laurell K. Hamilton, Patrica Briggs, Bella Forrest, J.R. Ward and Sherrilyn Kenyon!

A well established author(s) begin a new saga with a very intriguing female main and 4 hunky Sacred Druids/vampire brothers. The story is enticing plus it builds around relatable concerns of suicide, abuse and survival.

Eve is depressed, broke and soon to become homeless. Trained in law, she is looking for any job that will allow her to catch up on back rent and start to rebuild her life. She answers a mysterious ad because of desperation, unaware that she is the only one that could see it due to being magically spelled.

Join Eve on her journey to reestablish a normal life and her discovery of being thrown into an astonishing world that feels like "coming home"! A very enticing first installment that will leave you eagerly awaiting the next story!

Getting 4.5 Sheep






Jeanie G

About the Author:

Karpov Kinrade is the pen name for the husband and wife writing duo Lux and Dmytry Karpov-Kinrade.

Together, they write award-winning, internationally and USAT bestselling contemporary fantasy with romance, mystery, and adventure. 

Look for more from Karpov Kinrade in Moonstone Academy, the Vampire Girl series, The Nightfall Chronicles and The Forbidden Trilogy. You'll find their romance titles under the pen name Alex Lux, and their children's books under Kimberly Kinrade.

They live in wine country California with their three offspring who have crazy creative genius oozing out of them in the form of music, art, performance, and all the things, and six cats who think they rule the world (spoiler: they do.)