Friday, December 12, 2014

REVIEW: Chasing the Dead by Keta Diablo

The Apache kidnapped me to dispel an evil ghost from their village. If I tell them I don’t possess the same skills my madre did, they’ll cut my throat and feed me to the dogs. Celesta was the best spirit chaser in all of New Mexico before she died.
The most I can hope for is that Emmett, my fiancé, will rescue me. Is he capable of such a thing? Poppy must not have thought so because he sent Deacon Bannister to save me. Deacon…the man who walked away days before our wedding a year ago. The man who still melts my bones after one look.
We’re running for our lives from Uday, the vaporous ghoul tracking us. He wants Sacheen, the beautiful maiden banished from the Apache village who travels with us. The warrior killed her father when Sacheen refused to marry him, and then Sacheen’s brother killed Uday.
The ghost’s powers grow stronger every minute on our journey back to El Vaquero…and so does my love for Deacon.
~ Madrid Arrende
Purchase on AMAZON or BARNES & NOBLE
Rating: 5 Stars
I must say this book surprised me, and not in a bad way. I hadn't expected it to pack such a punch. I've always been a sucker for characters that have an unrelenting passion and one that won't quit no matter what obstacle is thrown their way. And Maddie and Deacon did not disappoint in this aspect. Their connection is so palpable you can literally feel it. 
But that's not the only reason I would rate this a 5 star book. I was pleasantly surprised to see that this wasn't just a western romance. It also has paranormal elements as well. Of which I won't delve into too much to avoid spoilers, but suffice it to say that this book didn't disappoint. 
I highly recommend Chasing the Dead by Keta Diablo for anyone who loves a great romance and a riveting plot line! 

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Thursday, December 11, 2014

Review: The Black Lion

When Melissa fleetingly meets Sascha in a nightclub, she hopes he will approach her.
Sascha has secrets and it’s a long time since there was a woman in his life.
Unknown to both of them someone watches jealously.

Will this jealousy stop the budding romance between two people who both have something to hide?

An erotic, paranormal romance, full of surprises.

Available at: Amazon


RATING:   4 Stars

Erotic, passionate, hot, sexy, and a total turn on are just some words I would use to describe Elodie Parkes's erotic paranormal romance novel, The Black Lion. The story is engaging from the first five pages and then it's hard to put down. The only disappointment I had was that it ended. I loved this book. The sensuality and obvious chemistry of Sasha and Melissa but the element of danger with the antagonist really made it a real adventure roller coaster.  Elodie Parkes hit a home run with this one and I can't wait to read more of her books. This is one book that is a MUST READ!

Reviewed by: Nikki

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Review: Escaping Christmas

Escaping ChristmasAuthor, Alexandra Storm, escaped to the mountains of Colorado to avoid everything about Christmas, including her ex-boyfriend. He dumped her on Christmas Eve two years ago, and the holiday has haunted her since. Her plan is to write her way through the dreaded Christmas cheer.
But, she didn't expect her new landlord, Zach Camden, to be a hunky savior on a snowmobile. After learning of her aversion to the holiday, he vows to give Christmas back to her. The attraction is undeniable, but she doesn’t need another failed romance. And she most definitely doesn’t need a reunion with her ex, or the escalating threats from an unknown enemy.

As the danger increases, will she survive the season and allow love to restore her holiday spirit?

Available at:   Wild Rose Press, Amazon, and B&N.


RATING:   4 Stars

All Alexandra Storm wants is a quiet Christmas by herself, to work on her latest book and be away from publicity about the movies based on her book series, away from her ex-boyfriend and her interfering mother.  She’s chosen to rent a solitary cabin up in the mountains of Colorado, where she can be completely alone.  She didn’t count on a hunky host, Zach Camben, who owns the cabin, along with several ski resorts, or on weather conditions that leave her and Camden stranded together – or her ex-boyfriend, Owen Banks, showing up trying to win her back, or someone breaking into her cabin to leave threatening messages, or phone calls from her mother ordering her to reunite with Owen.  But who are the threats from?  Is there something odd about Owen’s supposed marriage?  And then reports about her father’s health draw Alexandra back home ….

It’s very easy to like, and sympathize with, Alexandra.  To like and admire Zach.  To hate self-loving actor Owen – at least, for a while.  And to be very happy your own mother is, hopefully, nothing like Alexandra’s.  These characters grabbed my attention from the first pages.  This was a fun book to read, with romance, suspense, a little mystery, and several nice surprises, which kept my interest all the way through.  I finished the book cheering for the hero and heroine,  pleased to know the villains had been caught, laughing at the pathetic Owen – and still happy that I never had to cope with a mother like Mrs. Storm.

‘Escaping Christmas’ was a comfortable, relaxing read.  It was well-planned and nicely laid out, with good characters, an interesting main plot, and fun sub-plots.  I truly enjoyed it, and give it 4 Stars.

I am very grateful for the reviewer’s copy I was sent.

Reviewed by: Roberta

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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Review: Remind Me

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Heat Level: 2

Word Count: 15, 075

ISBN: 978-1-77233-113-4

Editor: Melissa Hosack

Cover Artist: Sour Cherry Designs
After 12 years of marriage, Priscilla Blackwood has decided to leave her husband. Retreating to their mountain cabin, she hopes the time away will help heal the heartache she feels from leaving the only man she’s ever loved. 

When Max Blackwood returns home to find out that his wife has left him he is devastated. Refusing to give up on her or the life they’ve built together, he sets out to find her before it is too late. When a winter storm hits, his plan to rescue their marriage careens off course. 

Will being stranded together in a blizzard be enough to repair their broken relationship? Or will Max be forced to say goodbye to the woman who stole his heart so many years ago. 

Available at:   Evernight Publishing


RATING:   4 Stars

Maximus and Priscilla Blackwood have been married for close to 13 years, and then Cilla decided she just couldn’t take it anymore.  Max is once again working longer than he should, making her feel like he didn’t want to spend any time with her, so she drives herself up to their very isolated cabin in the mountains, leaving a letter for Max to find when he finally gets home, telling him she planned to file for divorce.  When Max finds the letter, he just can’t figure out what his wife’s problem is.  He works so hard and so long to be able to give her everything she needs, and as a result, they have what he thinks is a great life, even if they haven’t been able to have any children yet.

So, what is missing in this relationship?  It isn’t love, and it quite certainly isn’t sexual attraction.  One word: communication.  This couple has never learned how to truly talk to each other, and as a result, there are so many important things they each assume, incorrectly, that the other already knows.  This is the core of Nicole Morgan’s short but passionate love story, ‘Remind Me’.  When Max figures out where his wife must have gone, he drives up to the cabin in the middle of a blizzard, comes close to being killed when a tree falls on his car, and then the two of them, husband and wife, are stranded together in this small, almost primitive cabin.  In this situation, there really is very little they can do – so eventually, they start to talk.  To really, truly, communicate with each other, not only physically, but verbally.

No, this is not a completely original or unique plotline, but in a story like this, it is the characters and their interactions that make everything fit together in an original manner.  Morgan has built a solid, believable, foundation here, wrapped around elements of personality, childhood experience, social background, self-image, and simple misunderstanding, to pull her readers into a desperate relationship: two people who know they are in love, but still need to figure out to build a life they can share.

‘Remind Me’ is a pleasant story, and I enjoyed reading it.  Morgan put things together carefully, so despite the shortness of the story, you are not truly sure what Max and Cilla will decide to do, until you reach the end, and yet everything is believable.  It took skill to accomplish this is in so few pages. I highly recommend this story to fans of erotic true romance, and give it 4 stars.

I am very grateful for the reviewer’s copy I was given.

Reviewed by: Roberta

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