Sunday, August 17, 2014

REVIEW: A Vampire's Embrace

Tormented by a sea of betraying women over his thousands of years, Rhett wants no woman he finds. The woman he saves in the iceberg home can be handed to another, after he is done playing with her. Until Rhett realizes the woman isn’t alone. 

Hope and her young daughter have remained hidden for seven years until being discovered by a vampire. Taken to his coven, Hope learns a devastating truth. Her precious child is dying. All she will have is a vampire’s embrace to keep her from slipping into despair.

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RATING:  4.5 Stars
FORGET PRINCE CHARMING-I want Rhett. Who wouldn't want a man er Vampire that with one look could promise 1001 seductive nights? I loved this book. It had me from the the first five pages. I loved the characters and how they were strong yet had a vulnerbility about them as well as a softer side. I also was kept on the roller coaster ride and was pleasantly suprised with the journey that Rhett and Hope embark on with her daughter and the thrills and action/adventure around the bend just added to how much I loved this book. I truly hated to see it end and I am pretty sure I will be picking it up and re-reading. Awesome book, well written, engaging and exciting plot, and HAWT SAUCE with Rhett and Hope, and yeah I felt my heart get tugged more than a few times. Loved this book!
Reviewed by: Nikki  
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REVIEW: Pinch Me

Laura Spaulding awakes in a hospital following a vicious attack that has stolen her memories of the past. All she has to go on are the strong emotions she instinctively feels for close friends and her fiancé, Rob.

Rob Carlton is more than just Laura’s fiancé—he’s also her Master. But how can he tell her she’s his slave when he has to win her love all over again first? And he feels helpless to protect her from a nameless stalker who’s killed before and won’t stop until he finishes the job with Laura.

As bits and pieces slowly return, Laura struggles to rediscover who she was, and if she even wants to be that same person again. All she knows is there’s something huge missing in her life now, and not just memories of the attack. She also knows it’ll take more than just pinching herself to wake up from her living nightmare and bring a killer to justice.

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RATING:       5 Stars
This story was masterfully written. It is rare that you can pick up a BDSM book and have their be a real story there with in depth characters. In this book Ms. Dalton really makes me feel for the female lead, Laura. Laura is faced with some horrifying things which I won't delve into because I don't want to reveal any spoilers. Needless to say this book made me tear up more than once, but in the end it made me smile. The perfect combination to an emotionally riveting story!

Reviewed by: CJ

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REVIEW: Pirates!

Three stories, one kind of hero, pirates anyone? Includes the short stories Angel-Fire, Storm-Singer, and The Phantom’s Lair… Historical adventure, and the darker mystery of an ageless vampire who keeps a witch at his side, his protector and his lover through eternity...  
Angel-Fire: A short intro to the world of Captain Jack Stanton, an honourable man with a tarnished reputation. Stranded in Nassau, caught up in a pleasant interlude with a barmaid, Jack has a vision that will lead him to his past and his future, if he can survive to get back Tortuga to discover what it all means…
Storm-Singer: The Isle of Nyx has become the dread of all sailors who must dare the waters surrounding the mythical island. Local legends say a vampire prince resides in the ancient castle that can be seen from the harbor of the island. At his side is a powerful sorceress whose song can control and summon storms.
In a desperate attempt to end the eternal threat looming over them, the people of the Aurora Islands sacrifice their greatest treasure, the princess Sarita, entrusting her with the task of seducing and destroying the dark prince who has been plundering their wealth and their people for centuries?
The Phantom’s Lair: Upon her arrival in the pirate port of Tortuga where her father is acting as Governor, Katheryn Hollinsworth is determined to choose her own path, and follow her heart wherever it may take her. On the streets of Puerta de la Plata, she encounters the mythical buccaneer known as The Phantom, and very quickly loses her heart to the handsome rogue.

Jack Stanton is a man who has never fully come to terms with his past, and in the Governor's pretty daughter he finds a most unlikely champion. But when his past threatens her life, and any chance of a respectable future, The Phantom must face the demons of his past, and accept the dictates of his own reawakened heart...

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RATING:  4.5 Stars
I loved this book. I really did and I have read it twice now. I have read very few historical paranormal romances that really intersted me and this one has blown me away. It combines two of my favorite genres, Pirates and Vampires. 

Reviewed by: Nikki  
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REVIEW: The Blue Guitar

The Blue Guitar is a contempory love story based on the Orpheus-Eurydice legend and tells how Orrin,   a shy janitor in an office building has a crush on Emily, a personal assistant in a law firm. He knows if she could hear his music, she would fall in love with him. Orrin discovered the blue guitar in a music store when he was twelve and was mysteriously drawn to it and was taught to play classical guitar by the man who made it and knew Orrin was meant to have it. One night, Emily comes to the cafe where Orrin plays background music and she is captivated by the beauty of his playing. He now has the love of his life, but his happiness is suddenly taken when Emily is hit by a drunk driver. While she is in a coma, he plays his guitar, hoping to bring her out with his music, but is forced to stop because of the disturbance he is creating. When he returns, she is gone from his life. Though broken hearted,the poignant story ends with Orrin playing his beautiful music that inspires others to fall in love and brings the possibility of a new love to his life.

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RATING:      5  Stars
‘The Blue Guitar’ is a warm and charming contemporary love story, built in a very original fashion on the foundation of the Orpheus/Eurydice myth.  You don’t have to be overly familiar with that legend to enjoy this story, but knowing the myth does give you an wonderful subplot to wonder about throughout the romance.

The story begins by introducing you to Orrin, a janitor working in a building that houses a law firm.  He is falling very much in love with Emily, a personal assistant in that firm, and is trying to persuade himself to approach her, despite the differences between their backgrounds, education, and probably lifestyle.  He has one special gift that he knows Emily would love him for: he is a talented guitarist – but how can he let her get her to listen to it?

From this sympathetic opening, which can really grab your heart, the story then moves backwards, explaining Orrin’s often painful childhood, and then introduces both Orrin and reader to a very special guitar, an instrument the twelve-year-old boy sees in the window of a music store.  It draws him into the store, where he meets the man who made, and who agrees to teach him how to play classical guitar.  He gets more than an excellent musical education in this store, he gains a solid father figure, who gives him the strength and confidence he might never have developed otherwise.  Then, when Orrin has to leave town, and this store that is so important to his life, ‘Paul’, his Greek-born teacher whose real name is Apollo, gives him the blue guitar, saying it obviously belongs with him.

The story moves forward again, back to present time, when on one special night, Emily comes to the café where Orrin regularly performs, and his talent pulls them together.  Just as his dream is becoming real, Emily is struck by a drunken driver, and is hospitalized, in a coma.  Orrin tries to use his music to bring her back, but it creates difficulties in the hospital, he has to leave, and very soon, she dies.  At first, broken-hearted, he is falling completely apart, believing he has lost everything. Then, somehow, he understands that his music isn’t lost, that it will always be with him.  He once again starts to compose and to perform.  Is it possible that this will bring love back into his world?

I truly enjoyed ‘The Blue Guitar’, and I believe that anyone who loves to read real romance, where the characters are nicely drawn and where plot and emotion are far more important than sex alone, will also be grabbed by it.  Yes, there is pain, sorrow, loss – but there is also love, and hope.  The background drawn in the music store, with Orrin and his teacher, functions beautifully, painting the development of both his talent and his personality, and you can enjoy it in this way alone.  However, there is the feel of another subplot underneath that, and it adds very much to the overall story.

I had no trouble at all deciding to rate this book worthy of 5 stars, and I am very grateful for the free reviewer’s copy I was sent.

Reviewed by: Roberta 

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REVIEW: Monkey Business

When you absolutely, positively have a world to save, you need to call in…the Drunk Monkeys.

Celia Jorgens is a reporter from Chicago. Traveling to Australia, she’s chasing the story of a lifetime—and a scientist she thinks might have answers to stop the deadly Kite virus that’s ravaging the globe.

Tango and Doc are part of the Drunk Monkeys elite special ops unit. They’ve been given a mission, to bring in the scientist and use the reporter to find him.

Unfortunately, it turns out shadow factions want them to fail, and the men no longer know who they can trust. As passions flare between Celia and her two hunky military men, they all find themselves in a race to escape Australia before the borders close and their enemies find them. Now, it’s up to Celia and the Drunk Monkeys to go off-the-grid and commit a little monkey business of their own before time runs out for the human race.

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Rating: 5 Stars

I have to say that I absolutely loved this book. It was a little more Sci/Fi or futuristic than I expected, but I also admit the series name "Drunk Monkeys" is what grabbed me. That and I've read this author before and loved her work.

While Monkey Business might not have been what I expected, it definitely didn't disappoint. Although the little teaser at the end that left me hanging was something that will make me coming back for more. But something tells me that the author knew exactly what she was doing with it.


Reviewed by: Carrie

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