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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Book Review: Caressed by Moonlight (Rulers of Darkness #1) by Amanda J. Greene

Caressed by Moonlight (Rulers of Darkness #1)
by Amanda J. Greene

Kindle Edition, 272 pages
November 29th 2010 by Amazon Digital 
Dorian Vlakhos is no ordinary aristocrat. He is a vampire king, who will do anything to save his clan from complete annihilation, before an ancient curse can claim his immortal life.

Penniless and orphaned, Victoria Kingston has nothing to bring to a marriage, yet she must shackle an unsuspecting gentleman into marriage by the end of the month or forfeit her rights as guardian of her younger sister. With the help of her dearest friend, Victoria begins her hunt, and vows to stay far away from the dark, mysterious, Dorian Vlakhos.

After meeting the beautifully innocent Miss Kingston, Dorian had to have her. He would do absolutely anything to make Victoria his. One sweet stolen kiss would bring them together while a force, more powerful than any vampire would bind them for all eternity. But treachery, war, and death rule Dorian’s dark world and Victoria would be fortunate to survive.

Victoria just lost her parents and has a younger sister she must care for. To pay off her family's debts she had to sell everything, including their treasured home, and go live with an Aunt who despised her. Her Aunt hated her so much that she said Victoria would lose guardianship of her sister and never see her again unless she managed to marry a man by the end of the month. With the help of her friend they set out to find suitable gentlemen. Victoria was a very beautiful woman and before long they had a list of eligible bachelors except one man did not make the list ,the mysterious, Dorian Vlakhos.

Dorian is an ancient Vampire the King of a clan that is under attack. To save his clan 
Dorian moves to London in hopes of luring his attackers away to follow him. He is living on limited time because an ancient curse bestowed his line will take his life as it did with many kings before him. Laying eyes on the beautiful Victoria Kingston, Dorian knew he had to have her but his loyalties to his clan came first.

This book is definitely a treat for historical paranormal romance lovers out there. It was a light joyful read that captivated your attention from beginning to end. Very fast paced with lots of drama, war and Vampire politics. Although the characters are fiction they were very real to me. Greene did a great job taking you through the character's past to understand what made them who they were today in every sense of the way. Dorian’s parents hated him, his father who enlisted Dorian in his army, beat and whipped the boy in training to the point he felt nothing, his heart turning to stone. Instead of breaking him it made him stronger and he became the best warrior in his army, and a great king.

The historical premise of the book was definitely convincing, the language used and the settings, even down to the ball attending parties to find your suitable bachelor.

Dorian and Victoria’s circumstances which they found themselves in may not have been love at first but it was apparent that they did love each other throughout with some hot and steamy scenes, and I mean steamy. Love was a factor, however loyalty and honor is what I got out of the story. In the end it really comes down to who you trust and knowing who your allies really are.

I have not read Amanda Greene’s other work, I am glad I picked this one up. I definitely look forward to the next installment which with the way it ended I believe there will be.

review: Caressed by a Crimson Moon (Rulers of Darkness #3)

5 Loyal honorable Sheep

Tammy K

About the Author:

Amanda J. Greene is an erotic paranormal romance author. When she is not writing, she can be found playing the role of a full time university student, who works part time.

She lives in Southern California with her very supportive, military husband and their sweet Cocker Spaniel.

Character Interview with Rori Austin, Broken Souls (Primani #4) by Laurie Olerich + giveaway

Character Interview with Rori Austin

Bio: Rori Austin lives in Brooklyn, New York. With no known family and terrifying psychic abilities, she’s found love and friendship in an elderly man named Arthur and a sexy street vendor called Raine. Life hasn’t been sweet for Rori, but she’s scratching out an existence the best way she can.

Describe yourself. What is your worst and best quality?

“Let’s see... My best quality is I’m resilient. Nothing much gets me down for long. I mean, really. I have rats in my apartment, a freaky peeper in my window, and barely enough food to live on. But somehow I know this isn’t my life... it’s a speed bump, a hiccup. My real life is somewhere out there waiting for me. It’s only a matter of time. Worst quality? Hmm. I’m pretty cynical. You could even say I have trust issues. Yeah. Definitely. Trust issues.”

What is the one thing you wish other people knew about you?

“I hate that I can’t save the people in my visions. It tears me apart inside. But I can’t tell anyone this. I can’t tell anyone about my visions. They wouldn’t understand. Back to those trust issues again.”

What are you most afraid of?

“Other than being buried alive? Being possessed by a demon; losing control of my free will. Once upon a time, I lived in a bubble of denial where demons didn’t exist. I was safe. Now? Not so much. The truth nearly killed me.”

Do you want to elaborate on that?

“Absolutely not.”

Okay, so on a lighter note. What’s your favorite flavor of ice cream?

“Vanilla! No, wait. Vanilla with caramel swirl. Maybe with some banana slices on top. Dec’s crazy about caramel too. There’s always a jar in his fridge.”

Really? Does the jar stay in the kitchen?

“Um, no.”

Do you want to elaborate on that?

“Let’s just say Dec’s taught me a thing or two about sex. Before I met him, my ideas He’s very creative. You wouldn’t believe the things he can do with his mind. Telekinesis is so hot.”

One last question for you. Where do you see yourself in another year?

“Well, I’m helping Sean and Dec with their hit list. But I need a real job too. I don’t want to live off of them. So I’m going to school to become a private investigator. Yeah, I know, it’s not as exciting as killing demons for a living, but I’m not really comfortable with violence. I’m good at research though so this might be a great way to use all of my skills. We’re living in the penthouse now. I’m not sure if we’ll stay there or get a place of our own. Sean has an annoying habit of popping in every few days. It’s not very private.”

Since you brought up Sean, I have to ask one more question. How hot is he really?

“Steaming! The man moves like sex. I don’t know how Aisling blows him off. He’s got a vibe that just sucks you into his space, you know what I mean? It’s those eyes. Wow. Honestly, it kind of scares the hell out of me! Yeah, he’s that hot. And yes, Dec absolutely hates it.”

Broken Souls (Primani #4)
by Laurie Olerich

Paperback, 386 pages
September 5th 2014
Stalked by evil…
Psychic Rori Austin’s life is over. She just doesn’t know it yet. Plagued by recurring nightmares and terrifying fugues, she’s hanging on by a thread. When she blacks out and wakes up in 1969, she knows she’s out of control. Broke and alone in the city that never sleeps, she’s desperate to find someone who can hold back the darkness in her mind. When gorgeous Declan shows up out of nowhere, she’s thrilled until he starts asking questions she has no intention of answering.

Haunted by guilt…
Primani Declan Manning is a ruthless killer and a renowned healer. Demons fear him. Humans love him. Life is good. The last thing he needs is a human woman. After saving Rori’s life, he walks away but can’t forget the fear in her exotic eyes. They haunt him, dredging up memories better left buried deep. Intrigued by her secrets, he uncovers the horrifying truth. She’s been marked for Hell, and her time is up. He’ll risk his own immortality to save her soul…if they can find the demon in time.

About the Author:
Laurie Olerich is the author of the urban fantasy romance series Primani. She loves to create guilty pleasures full of exciting locations, rollercoaster action, strong, quirky heroines, and steaming hot heroes who’ll raise the temperature in any room you’re in! Paranormal romance? Check! Urban fantasy? Check! Romantic suspense? Check! Her Primani series combines the best of the three. When not plotting, writing, or fantasizing about her next hero, she’s planning parties, traveling the world, and spending lazy nights with her son, her Dal pals, and friends. Laurie spent most of her life in the Northeastern United States and in Germany. She now lives in San Antonio, Texas, with her son and Dalmatian duo, Domino and Rambo. Before throwing caution to the wind and diving into a writing career, Laurie dedicated 20 years to a career spent around men with guns and cool toys...this explains her obsession with both!

giveaway rafflecopter is on Laurie's FB page:

35 New Releases in Speculative Fiction for September 22

It's that time again! Release day. Hope you find an alternate world to enjoy!

WTF-ery this week is: Zombies and Calculus

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Monday, September 22, 2014

Sheep Book Review: Rock Addiction by Nalini Singh

Rock Addiction (Rock Kiss Book 1)
By: Nalini Singh
Contemporary Romance
356 Pages
A bad boy wrapped in a sexy, muscled, grown-up package might be worth a little risk…
Molly Webster has always followed the rules. After an ugly scandal tore apart her childhood and made her the focus of the media’s harsh spotlight, she vowed to live an ordinary life. No fame. No impropriety. No pain. Then she meets Zachary Fox, a tattooed bad boy rocker with a voice like whiskey and sin, and a touch that could become an addiction.
A one-night stand with the hottest rock star on the planet, that’s all it was meant to be…

Fox promises scorching heat and dangerous pleasure, coaxing Molly to extend their one-night stand into a one-month fling. After that, he’ll be gone forever, his life never again intersecting with her own. Sex and sin and sensual indulgence, all with an expiration date. No ties, no regrets. Too late, Molly realizes it isn’t only her body that’s become addicted to Fox, but her heart…

Rock Addiction was an out of the box read for me, no sexy vamps running around in capes and biting women in the wee hours of the morning. No, this one is a straight up adult read. If not for Nalini, I may not have even picked this bad boy up. BUT since I am a die hard fan of hers, I took a risk. And WOW what a sexy ride this was!

I don't even know if there was a story here, and frankly I just don't care. The romance was off the freaking chain! HOT HOT HOT! Throw some added hot sauce on top and then you'll be close to understanding what this story was all about.

Some place in here we have dialog between a young gal and her rocker god of a man. The two come from complete opposite worlds, and with that they both try to set aside their differences and build on the growing connection they feel. I felt like a total groupie in this tale, there was a ton here to like and a rocking world of sex and music to keep it all going.

This is a fun read for those looking to enjoy something a little a different, it's got an edge and the bad boys to back it up!

4 'Rocking to the beat of their own drum' Sheep

Book Review: Banishing the Dark (Arcadia Bell #4) by Jenn Bennett

Banishing the Dark (Arcadia Bell #4)
by Jenn Bennett

ebook, 384 pages
Published May 27th 2014

by PocketThe fourth and final installment of a "riveting" (RT Book reviews) urban fantasy series about a renegade mage and the demons who love her.

Complicated does not begin to describe Arcadia Bell's life right now: unnatural magical power, another brush with death, and a murderous mother who's not only overbearing but determined to take permanent possession of Cady's body. Forced to delve deep into the mystery surrounding her own birth, Cady must uncover which evil spell her parents cast during her conception…and how to reverse it. Fast. As she and her lover Lon embark on a dangerous journey through her magical past, Lon's teenage son Jupe sneaks off for his own investigation. Each family secret they uncover is darker than the last, and Cady, who has worn many identities—Moonchild, mage, fugitive—is about to add one more to the list.

I hang my head with this confession; I am an avid cover gal. The sight of an intriguing book cover will have my mind racing and fingers itching to get hold of that beauty and dive into the pages just to see what the story teller has to say. Such was my introduction to the Ardadia Bell series. When the opportunity presented itself to read Banishing the Dark, the fourth and final installment in the series, I was compelled to see what the series was about and even though I have not read the prior works I was certainly not disappointed.

The writing was clean and very well executed and even though I came in at the ending of the saga the story and characters were very entertaining giving enough backstory to keep me from feeling lost. There is some world building and character history that is obviously missed, but this only made me want to go back and start at the beginning to see what took place prior to this final wrap up of the series.

I am keeping this spoiler free so take a peak at the synopsis for a taste of the storyline, but I will say there is intrigue, betrayal, sorrow, and a bit of humor that is all very well rounded and satisfying. I enjoyed the book very much and while I would not necessarily recommend beginning the series with this book, I would suggest those who enjoy a good urban fantasy series start with book one and continue on to this fourth installment and rewarding conclusion. I received this book via NetGalley.

4 sheep


About the Author:
Jenn Bennett is the author of the Arcadia Bell urban fantasy series from Pocket Books and the Roaring Twenties historical paranormal romance series from Berkley. Born in Germany, she’s lived and traveled extensively throughout Europe, the U.S., and the Far East. She currently lives near Atlanta with one husband and two very bad pugs.