Saturday Song

I don't know much about the band It's War except that they hail from Nashville, TN.  I do know that I like their song Heart and I guess that's all the info I really need.  :)  Enjoy!

Review: Grimm Consequences by Kate SeRine

You reap what you sow...

Saying Nate Grimm has a dark past is an understatement. Fortunately, no one's bothered to look too closely at the Fairytale Management Authority's lead detective and part-time Reaper. And that's the way Nate wants to keep it. For after centuries of torment and loneliness, he's finally found happiness with the hot and hard-charging love of his life, Tess "Red" Little.

Of course, his love for Tess is the reason there's a posse of Reaper judges after him, led by a sadistic bastard acquainted with Nate from once upon a time. Now, Tess will pay the price for Nate's transgressions unless Nate severs his ties to the transplanted Tales--and Tess--forever. His enemy has the advantage in speed, malice and brutality. But the Reapers have underestimated the depth of Nate's love and devotion. And the fury of his wrath. . .

Nate doesn’t exactly like to follow the rules that are laid down to him as a Reaper – especially the one that tells him to take Tess Little’s soul. He gives her a reprieve instead and saves her life. He watches over her, falls in love with her, and eventually he becomes her lover. . Nate, however, hasn’t exactly been completely upfront about who he is and his past. Unfortunately that is catching up with him. Right when he’s about to spill the beans about everything his past comes rushing up and he has to try and save Tess from death and then find out if she loves him enough to keep him around now that she knows what he really is.

I really like the Transplanted Tale series. I have to admit that I started at book 2 so never actually read Tess and Nate’s story - now that I’ve read this one I’m kind of glad. It’s given me insight into both Tess and Nate and I’m more anxious to read Red.

I really liked Tess and Nate in the 2 novels I’ve read in this series so it was great to get a little bit more insight into their relationship. I have to say that Nate is one hot, sexy man. He’s even sexier because he loves Tess so much and that just flips my switch. What he would do for her to save her life is amazing and I definitely wanted their relationship to come out on top. Red/Tess is a pretty kickass heroine and I thought she was the perfect match for Nate. Together they make an amazing team.

This was a great novella and a wonderful addition to series. If you’re a fan of the series you won’t want to miss this one. Oh and we also get an excerpt from the next novel, Ever After, that has Gideon in it – yay! Love Gideon. :)

Rating: 4 out of 5

Kate SeRine

Review: Always On My Mind by Bella Andre

After a tragic loss three years ago, Grayson Tyler left his life in New York City behind and started over in the rolling hills of the California coast. He's convinced himself that all he'll ever need again is the blue sky, a thousand acres of pasture, and the crashing waves of the ocean. Until one day, Lori Sullivan barges into his life and promptly blows his emotionless and solitary world to shreds, driving him crazy as only a woman nicknamed “Naughty” can. But will Lori be able to convince him that it's safe to love her...and that forever isn't actually out of reach?

Lori is a dancer – it’s what she does and what she loves…except her no good boyfriend has made her doubt not only herself but her reason for dancing. After leaving a show in Chicago she flies home and instead of alerting her family or even heading home she rents a car and just drives. The car rental attendant had told her that Pescadero was beautiful so there she heads. During a stop at a Pescadero deli/general store she sees an ad on their bulletin board that says that Grayson Tyler is looking for a ranch hand. Lori believes she can do anything she puts her mind to so she heads out to see Grayson.

Grayson’s quiet day is interrupted when Lori comes barreling down his driveway and promptly crashes into a fence. When a gorgeous woman in spiked heels pops out of the car he’s momentarily speechless. When she says she’s his new ranch hand he’s baffled, and definitely not happy. He tries everything he can think of to get rid of her but he soon sees that she’s just as stubborn as he is.

Lori was expecting Grayson to be an old farmer but he’s the exact opposite. He’s not only young but incredibly handsome and built. She’s decided she’s off men so she tries not to look but sometimes it’s hard. She knows Grayson doesn’t want her around but she’s determined to make herself useful. She annoys him with her mistakes and her constant talk but she can’t help it, she’s friendly and social. He’s gruff and mean and pushes her away at every turn. But Lori can be just as mulish and after living with 7 siblings she knows how to give as much as she gets. Fate steps in, of course, and their soon realizing that even though they’re exact opposites they can’t live without the other in their life.

Such a good end to the stories of the 8 Sullivan siblings (I know there are more books in the series but this was the end of this particular family’s stories). I really liked Lori a lot. I thought it odd that she would ever want to be a farmhand but I guess that is almost the furthest away from dancing as she could possibly get. Though she made mistakes I loved her affinity for the land and the animals. They seemed to take to her just as much as she took to them.

Grayson was a bit of a butthead at first. Wow, he could be MEAN as mean could be but he always felt bad about it afterward. Doesn’t make it right but when we got all of the background on him we could see that it was all a defense mechanism and a desperate attempt to keep Lori out of his heart. I loved that even at the end he continued to be gruff (not mean) but Lori embraced it and actually enjoyed it.

The story was sweet, fun and sexy and I loved finally reading about Lori and what she’d been going through while all of her siblings had been finding love. Both Lori and Grayson found themselves in this story and it was definitely satisfying.  It was worth the wait and I can’t wait to see what comes next in the Sullivan series.

Rating: 4 out of 5

Bella Andre 

(Kindle version available now, MMPB version out on 4/29/14)

Review: The Kraken King Part I: The Kraken King and the Scribbling Spinster by Meljean Brook

A former smuggler and thief, Ariq—better known as the Kraken King—doesn’t know what to make of the clever, mysterious woman he rescues from an airship besieged by marauders. Unsure if she’s a spy or a pawn in someone else’s game, Ariq isn’t about to let her out of his sight until he finds out…

After escaping her fourth kidnapping attempt in a year, Zenobia Fox has learned to vigilantly guard her identity. While her brother Archimedes is notorious for his exploits, Zenobia has had no adventures to call her own—besides the stories she writes. But when she jumps at the chance to escape to the wilds of Australia and acquire research for her next story, Zenobia quickly discovers that the voyage will be far more adventurous than any fiction she could put to paper…

Zenobia knows adventure – but only through her brother and the tales she writes about him. She kind of wants her own adventure as the only ones she’s actually experienced is when she’s been kidnapped in order to seek money from her brother.

When Zenobia’s friend Helene shows up at her house and asks her to join her on her trip to the Red City in Australia to see her husband, Zenobia agrees. Unfortunately their airship is attacked and destroyed by marauders. Zenobia, her bodyguards Mara and Cooper, Helene and some officers from the airship are rescued by none other than that Kraken King himself.

Ariq is immediately taken with Zenobia and almost immediately invites her to his bed. He has no idea who she is so she feels it might be safe to call this her adventure, but is that the best decision?

I honestly just want to tell you every little thing that happens in this wonderful novella but I’ll hold myself back. Having the story unfold is one of the best parts of the story. Meljean truly knows how to grab a readers interest and not let go. She lays the groundwork for not only a bit of a mystery but also the possible romance between Ariq and Zenobia. The sexual tension that Brook creates is explosive and I could feel it as I was reading. There was more than sex though. I could see that these two characters were perfect for each other and was excited to see what happened next.

Part I of The Kraken King is definitely worth reading – something you won’t want to miss!

Rating: 4 out of 5

Meljean Brook

What I Read Last Week

Hello folks!

How the heck are ya?

I’m doing well. It’s Holy Week and since I work at a church that means that I’m working my tail off to get everything done in time. Because of that I’m going to be VERY brief in my post today and basically tell you what I read and their ratings. Hopefully I’ll be able to get back and expand on that but I’m making no promises. :)

The Devil's Triangle (re-read) by Toni De Palma 4.5 out of 5
The Devil's Temptation by Toni De Palma 3.5 out of 5
Always on My Mind by Bella Andre 4 out of 5
The Affair by Lily Maxton 3.75 out of 5
The Eternal Highlander by Hannah Howell & Lynsay Sands 4 out of 5
Grimm Consequences by Kate SeRine 4 out of 5
All I Want by Lynsay Sands 3.5 out of 5
Prisoner 374215 by Angel Martinez 4 out of 5
Island Peril by Jill Sorenson 3.75 out of 5
The Duke's Shotgun Wedding by Stacy Reid 4 out of 5
All Roar and No Bite by Celia Kyle 3.5 out of 5

My Book Binge reviews that posted last week:
Betting the Rainbow by Jodi Thomas
Can't Stop Believing by Jodi Thomas
Between the Devil and Ian Eversea by Julie Anne Long
Stranded with a Hero by Karen Erickson, Coleen Kwan, Cindi Madsen and Roxanne Snopek

Saturday Song

Happy Saturday!  Here's a little Disturbed to make your Saturday just a wee bit better. :)  You're welcome.  (Song: Inside the Fire)

Review: One Night with an Earl by Jennifer Haymore

Beatrice Reece, Lady Fenwick, has retired from polite society. Everyone knows her late husband treated her abominably, and she simply cannot bear the whispers of the ton. But it's the night of London's premier masquerade ball—and Beatrice's one chance to revel in anonymity. She hopes no one will recognize her beneath her mask, not even the sinfully sexy stranger across the room who holds her captive in his gaze.

Andrew Sinclair would know beautiful Beatrice anywhere from the gentle sway of her hips, the richness of her hair and the lushness of her body. When he asks her to dance, the attraction is instant and all-consuming. The only woman he's ever truly wanted is finally in his arms. But when the clock strikes twelve, will this one reckless night fade into the morning ligh

After two years in seclusion Beatrice is ready to head out into society. Well, almost head out. She’s heading to a masquerade ball so no one will actually know it’s her. She’s been told by her parents not to show her face and she believes that after two years the scandal will come out once again. Despite that she decides to head to the ball with her friend Jessica and make the most of the time she has out.

Once at the ball she’s having a wonderful time but things improve tremendously when a masked stranger comes up and starts talking to her. They hit it off marvelously and Beatrice is incredibly attracted to the masked man. As time goes by Beatrice decides that this might be her last chance to be daring and when he takes her back to his home she knows she’s made the right choice.

Drew sees Beatrice at the masquerade and knows immediately that it’s her. He was in love with her years ago and planned on asking her to marry him but unfortunately her betrothal was announced before he could get his ducks in a row. He doesn’t like not telling her that he knows who she is but she’s so skittish he decides to go along with it. Once she’s in his bed, however, he can’t hold himself back from swaying her name. Unfortunately a misunderstanding and Beatrice’s horrible parents may ruin the new budding relationship.

I’ve only read one other novella by Haymore and I didn’t love it. Because of past experience I was a bit leery to get into this one but I love stories that involve masquerade balls. I’m so happy that I decided to read this one!

Beatrice, the poor woman had been caught up in a scandal – not of her making. Her parents had taken her in but hadn’t let her forget the scandal for a moment. They were horrible but I’m really glad that Beatrice decided to defy them for one night and head out to the ball. The story of Beatrice meeting the masked man was sweet and I really loved their time together as they just hit it off from moment one.

I really liked Drew a lot and I very much wanted him to tell Beatrice who he was. I understood, however, why he didn’t because she would have taken off and he would have lost time with her. What he did after Beatrice was at his house was awesome. He didn’t hesitate for a moment to go after her and I loved him more for it.

Overall I found the story was charming and I loved the Cinderella-esque feel to it.

Rating: 3.75/4 out of 5

Jennifer Haymore