Re-Read Challenge Review: Pack Challenge by Shelly Laurenston

All Zach Sheridan ever wanted was to become Alpha Male of his Pack and to be left alone. What he definitely didn't need in his life was some needy female demanding his attention. What he never saw coming was the vicious, scarred female who not only demanded his attention but knew exactly how to get it.

Sara Morrighan knew this was the best she could expect from her life. Good friends. A nice place to live. And a safe job. But when Zach rode into her small Texas town with his motorcycle club, Sara knew she wanted more. She knew she wanted him. But after one sexy encounter with her dream biker, everything is starting to change. Her body. Her strength. That new thing she's doing with the snarling. Even her best friends are starting to wonder what's going on with her.

But this is only the beginning. Sara's about to find out her life was meant for so much more. And Zach's about to find true love with the one woman who makes him absolutely insane.

Sara isn’t happy. She’s content with her life and figures this is about all she’s gonna get out of it. Her grandmother died a few months earlier – which she is quite happy about since the woman was a total bitch – and she’s just taking life one day at a time.

Then Zach comes to town. Sara doesn’t know that he and his wolf pack are there for her. You see Sara’s parents were shapeshifters and Sara is one too, but her evil grandmother refused to live that life and kept the info from Sara all these years. Now that granny’s gone the Magnus pack is there to claim her. Besides the issues with telling Sara of who and what she is there’s also the lion pride that’s in town to try and kill Sara.

I love this book! It’s got humor, bitchiness, friendship, love, hot sex and shapeshifters. What’s not to love?

I read this book about a year and half ago and loved it then as well but wasn’t sure how I would feel about it now. I’m happy to say that it didn’t disappoint. I know that this isn’t a book for everyone. Not all people love the snarky, nasty arguing that Sara and her friends do – all with love for each other. And certainly not everyone appreciates the bitchiness that Sara shows Zach time and time again - which I thought was hilarious. Some would think that Sara is too hard and definitely too psychotic - but for me it was wonderful. This is definitely a keeper for me!

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 (which is the same rating I gave it 18 months ago – yay me.)

So when I went to SL's website and was looking around I found out that she is also G.A. Aiken, author of Dragon Actually that I really liked! How stupid am I that I didn't know that? Don't answer that!

Year of the Category Challenge Review: Awaken to Pleasure by Nalini Singh

The proposal was as unexpected as her feelings for the man whose dark good looks rivaled an even darker past. Painful experience screamed that Taylor Reid should run far and fast from Jackson Santorini. But keeping custody of her brother meant becoming her former boss's bride.

And giving Jackson a baby.

Despite his powerful size and presence, Jackson had been wounded... deeply... by a woman. Yet he'd protected her at a personal cost, if his restrained ardor in deference to her virginal apprehension was one indication. Suddenly, for Jackson's sake, Taylor wanted to replace pain with pleasure. Only, she'd never imagined what sensations — and secrets — she would awaken...

Taylor Reid has been her brother’s guardian since he was 6. His father left when he was 2 and didn’t look back. Now Nick’s father is back and he wants Nick – any way he can get him. Taylor is a wonderful person and has basically been Nick’s mother but she’s a temp and doesn’t even have a steady job. How can she fight Nick's dad, a rich, powerful lawyer?

Jackson Santorini was Taylor’s boss while she was temping at his movie studio in Auckland. Jackson had feelings for Taylor but even though he was in a loveless marriage – he was still married and wedding vows meant something to him. When Jackson meets up with Taylor again he’s no longer married – his wife having committed suicide a year earlier. He’s now anxious to start a relationship with Taylor. He offers to marry Taylor so that they can fight Nick’s father but he also wants Taylor to give him a child. Taylor has been hurt by men in the past and though she agrees to the marriage she’s not sure she’ll be able to accommodate Jackson in an intimate way.

This was a pretty darned good read. Jackson was a little overbearing and acted like a typical Harlequin alpha hero most of the time and I have to admit to rolling my eyes a few times when he got the "me Tarzan, you Jan" thing goin on.. Dominate & possessive were his two most prominent traits – ug. But he could also be kind and gentle and that was his saving grace. He never pushed Taylor into doing anything she didn’t want or wasn’t ready for and that was wonderful. At first I felt he was a bit too focused on having a baby and for good reasons – which I won’t divulge – but he did realize the error of his ways and got with the program.

Taylor was an interesting character. She was timid but yet brave. She was like a mother bear with her cub when it came to her brother and being a mother myself I had to admire that.

Having only read Singh’s Psy/Changeling series (which I adore) and her Angels’ Blood book (also wonderful) I was a little hesitant to read one of her categories but in the end it was well worth it.

Rating: 4 out of 5

Exciting News from BS HQ!!

Media Statement from:

Since the issue was first hinted at last week, the blogging community has been literally awash in rumours about will they or won’t they.

Bombarded by messages (not to mention the threat of a #booksluts_fail), we are pleased to be able to put your minds at ease (for God’s sake stop emailing us!) and proudly announce the opening of nominations for the whenever-we’re-in-the-mood-to-give-it-to-someone-nual...


We don’t care who nominates who (in fact preference may be given to those who self-nominate because of the sheer and utter sluttery of the action), but all entries must demonstrate one or more of the following:

-> huge tbr pile (extra points go to those who continue to buy books regardless of the size of this tbr)
-> overextended 2009 book buying budget
-> more than five review blogs on daily reading list
-> blatant book and/or author pimpage
-> unrepentant crowing when said pimpage has an effect on someone else’s tbr

The person selected by our esteemed judging panel (Kris and Tracy) will not only receive the Book Sluts ‘r’ Us inaugural Blogger Award, but will be the first inducted to what is sure to become the very prestigious Book Sluts Honour Board. Oh, and we’re going to throw in an ebook of your choice up to $8. (It’s true. We so rock.)

Nominations should be sent by email (redneyrae AT ca DOT rr DOT com) and received no later than next Tuesday 5/4/09 (11:59pm pacific).


What I've Been Reading This Week

Happy Sunday!

It's been a beautiful day in So California, I'm so sad to see it end. As I was telling someone earlier today we had 102 degree weather earlier in the week and then down to 65 by the end and now it's back up to 85-90! Crazy! I'm enjoying it though and between laundry, putzing/cleaning around the house and reading today I spent a lot of time outdoors with my daughters. They love being sprayed with the hose! Ah the joys of being young. :)

My boss went on sabbatical a week ago and I thought it would be dull in my office - yeah, right! I was so stinking busy this past week but it did make the week go by fast even though I felt like I'd temporarily lost my right arm. With only 2 people in my office (me and the boss) it made it very quiet in there!

The first book I completed was Queer Wolf ed. by James Rasmussen (see 1 post down for review). I say this is the first book I completed because technically I've been reading it for a few weeks. It was a book of 17 short stories and I would read 1 here and 1 there. Pretty good shorts all about werewolves in some fashion with all being m/m or f/f stories. 3.5 out of 5

My next book was Till There Was You by Lynn Kurland. My first book by this author and I very much enjoyed it. I read this one for The Book Binge so you can go here to read my review. The book releases this Tuesday the 28th. 4 out of 5

My Tracy's TBR challenge read for the week was Divorced, Desperate and Dating by Christie Craig. Katiebabs sent me this book a while back and though it caught my attention I just didn't read it for some reason. I find myself saying that a lot, don't I? lol Anyway, since KB sent it to me I'll be doing a review of this one for her blog while she's away visiting Ana in England May 1-6. I'll let you know when the review posts.

My next read was the continuation of the story of Luc in Hellbourne: Bound and Determined by Amber Kell. I didn't like this one quite as much as I did the first but I still loved Luc. He's great. He's just torn between men and he's getting ready for his birthday - which means he's taken to hell by his father the devil and tortured by his brothers which they try to coerce him in to giving up his soul.
The problem I think I had with the story is that in the first he was completely broken hearted by the alpha were but then it was like he forgave all in book 2. I know it's a short and there's not time to delve too deeply but I thought that was something that could have been worked in - imho.

Next up was my Year of the Category read for the month Awaken to Pleasure by Nalini Singh. I'll be posting my review on Wednesday of this week.

After that it turned into the novella weekend: first up was Captured by Anna J. Evans. I've had this one for a while as well and finally got around to it. It was a really good erotic historical. Lillian takes erotic pictures of herself and sends them to her lost love. He tries to resist her for many reasons but he can't deny the love he's had for her. Hot story but also heartwarming. 4 out of 5

Then it was on to Happy Ending by L.B. Gregg. Wow I just loved this one! That LB really write great stories and great characters. I'll review this one later this week. (great job Lisabea!)

Finally it was Running from the Past by Katie Reus. Katie just found out this past Wednesday that this book is a finalist in the Passionate Plume Contest from Passionate Ink. Congratulations Katie!!!
A woman, Emma, running from her not so distant past and a very dangerous man, runs straight into the home, job and arms of Caleb Ryder. Though she's there to be his cook neither of them can deny their attraction to each other. Just a great novella - very much enjoyed it! 4 out of 5

Have a great week and Happy Reading!

Review: Queer Wolf ed. James Rasmussen

Bound within QUEER WOLF is an exciting collection of contemporary, urban and sensual werewolf tales; a gathering of queer wolves presented by exciting, new and established authors.

Edited by: James EM Rasmussen
Stories by: RJ Bradshaw; Naomi Clark; Charlie Cochrane; Laramie Dean; Moondancer Drake; Ginn Hale; Erica Hildebrand; Michael Itig; Lucas Johnson; Andi Lee; Charles Long; Stephen Osborne; Robert Saldarini; Quinn Smythwood; Jerome Stueart; Anel Viz; Cari Z

Queer Wolf, as it says, is a collection of werewolf tales where all of the characters are gay. There are 17 short stories included in the anthology and run the gambit from contemporary to Urban Fantasy and involve m/m as well as f/f. Since there are so many stories I won’t give a review of each one but just do a general review.

What I first noticed about this anthology and appreciated was the diversity in the different stories and themes. It’s amazing that so many stories can be included and not one of them the same as the other. It just shows you that there is something out there for everyone – whether is be a story or an author.

There were a couple of the stories that I really liked such as Ginn Hale’s Shy Hunter which was a tale of fear and how it shapes a person’s life.

Also New Beginnings by Cari Z. where a wolf enforcer learns about himself and the wolf he’s instructed to train.

Wrong Turn by Stephen Osborne was one that I enjoyed immensely. This is a story about a man who makes a wrong turn and ends up in the werewolf part of town. He meets a wonderful man and begins a relationship. It was one of those that just left a smile on your face when you were done.

Where the Sled Dogs Run by Jerome Stueart was a cute light tale about wolf shamans and a 4th grade teacher.

While I didn’t love every story I found something to like in most all of them. This was a most enjoyable read and if you are a shifter story lover as I am then this will definitely be a book that is right for you.

Overall rating: 3.5 out of 5

Happy Ending is Here!

Happy Ending by LB Gregg has released! The second book in the Men of Smithfield series sounds just as good as the first! You can buy your copy here from Aspen Mountain Press.

All Seth really wanted was a simple massage—was that too much to ask? When his usual therapist is replaced by a sexy young masseur, Seth finds himself obsessed with the unpredictable - and wholly inappropriate - David Cooke. Pushed to the breaking point by forces both mysterious and not so mysterious, Seth must lose his rigid control to find the happy ending both he and David deserve.

Go here to read an excerpt.

Congratulations LB! We love you!
(I just bought my copy and I can't wait to read it!)

Book Sluts Strike Again!

Funny, funny post that Kris did on her blog. Straight from BS (Book Sluts) headquarters!

The Let's Be Friends Award

How lucky am I that I have a wonderful friend like Christine to give me this fabulous award? Christine in one of the first people that I met on a book forum when I first started doing "book stuff" (as my hubby calls it) on the internet. She was kind and extremely patient with me and all of my questions about abbreviations, etc. Book lovers have their own lingo you know and if you're new you're kind of sitting back going what the hell does that mean? Christine turned me on to the Black Dagger Brotherhood and Brook's Guardian series (just to name a couple) which I love. We had many, many phone conversations about both series.

Anyway, Christine you are such an incredible person and I'm honored to call you my friend. Muah!

Ok - on to the award giving!

"The Let's be Friends Awards stands for this: These blogs are exceedingly charming. These kind bloggers aim to find and be friends. They are not interested in self-aggrandizement. Our hope is that when the ribbons of these prizes are cut, even more friendships are propagated. Please give more attention to these writers. Deliver this award to eight bloggers."

So here are my choices:

Of course I will give it right back to could I not???

Barbara at The Happily Forever After

Amy C. at Romance Book Wyrm

Anna at Anna's Book Blog

Renee at Renee's Book Addiction

Kris at Kris 'n' Good Books

Stacy at Stacy's Place on Earth

Carolyn Jean at The Thrillionth Page

Jill at Romance Rookie

I visit all of these places when I can and I love their blogs. Of course I love all the blogs I go to or else I wouldn't go there! lol

(So my oldest daughter was in the office when I was doing this post and she wanted to know what self-aggrandization was. I explained it to her and then she said she wanted to see what the dictionary said. So I googled the word and got this from boastful, braggart, bragging, braggy, cock-a-hoop, crowing. I can honestly say that I've never heard of a cock-a-hoop before! Was this a word from the Beverly Hillbillies? Did I miss something in English class when they were teaching me words?
Apparently not since Merriam-Webster online hasn't heard of it? Who has heard of it? Is this another Premio Dardas thing? Someone help a girl out.)

I also noticed that I have been given a couple of awards that I have not paid forward (oops, bad Tracy!) so I will be remedying that soon!

Happy Thursday!

Review: You're So Vein by Christine Warren

I usually give or at least as much as possible give spoiler free reviews. This one does contain hints to what happens…just letting you know in advance.

Ava Markham is beautiful, savvy, chic, and more at home with Kate Spade than with the idea of fangs and fur. She can’t get quite used to the fact that some of closest friends have crossed over to the Other side. Then one night she is attacked by a rogue vampire, and her deepest fears are realized when her body begins a dangerous transformation from human to immortal—a change she cannot survive without the help of an alluring stranger who comes to her rescue…

Vladimir Rurikovich, an elite member of the European Council of Vampires, is on the prowl for a murderous vampire fugitive on the night he saves Ava from the clutches of death. It takes just one look for Dima to know he cannot live another eight centuries without the stunning and seductive Ava—until he discovers a secret about her bloodline that could change everything…

The blurb pretty much explains the premise of the story so I think I’m just going to start in with my thoughts, of which there are many.

I liked the book – I did, but I had so many thoughts going through my head while I was reading it. So the first thing is that Ava, who we met in the first Others book, Fantasy Fix, is finally getting her own book. YAY! I’ve been wanting this book for a long while. Ava is just a snarky bitch. She is a character that I have had a love/hate relationship with since she was first introduced. Unfortunately she kind of fell by the wayside as the series progressed which was sad but understandable because Ava hates Others. And when I say hate I don’t mean that she has a dislike of them…she Hates them. She loves her friends to death but she certainly doesn’t feel comfortable with them any longer now that they’ve either become an Other themselves or married an Other. She just doesn’t get it and she pretty much feels that it certainly isn’t love that is keeping these couples together, but she can’t put her finger on what it is so she blames it on the Others. She just doesn’t feel like the kind of love they spout is real.

Very early in the book Ava is turned into a vampire during a mugging. Vladimir “Dima” tries to rescue her in time but finds he’s too late. He can try to make her transition easier though. Now when Ava wakes up and discovers she’s a vampire she’s mad. But it’s not the kind of mad I expected. Can she do anything about being a vamp now that she is one? No. Does she realize this? Yes. She’s still mad but I expected her to be more upset. From the set up you would think she’d get her mad on and not let it go for a while. But that doesn’t happen. It’s more that she tries to ignore it and move on which she finds doesn’t really work.

Another issue that I had was real life. Ava has one…she runs a modeling agency. Yet when she gets turned and disappears and chaos ensues there is no mention of her agency, the fact that she’s missed work and not called in. Does no one care? Why do I care? It truly had no bearing on the book or the outcome but it bugged me that something that was so important to Ava fell by the wayside in the story.

Throughout the book we find that Ava’s childhood was emotionally traumatic and she has serious issues which she works on with Dima. These issues explain a lot of her reaction to her new vamptastic powers but I still thought there was something missing. I suppose I would say that that particular issues was concluded too easily.

There were good moments in the book as well: We got to see lots of the Others and their mates that were in previous books. I thought that some of the moments that Dima and Ava were together were very sweet and touching - loved those. And of course I love, as I've mentioned Ava's bitchiness.

In the end we find that Ava’s & Dima’s lives as well as the psycho vamp that Dima is after are all interrelated. Ava is her wonderful snarky self and Dima, well he’s just an all around nice guy. He’s patient and seems kind – even though he is an enforcer for the Others.

There were, I felt, a few issues with Ava and Dima’s relationship that weren’t discussed and left to our imagination that could have been mentioned but you know, the book had to end somewhere! lol I know it sounds like I didn't like the book much but I did - I just felt that it was more a Happy For Now rather than a Happily Ever After.

Rating: 3.75 out of 5

Nauti Intentions Guest Review at The Book Binge

My review of Lora Leigh's Nauti Intentions in now up at The Book Binge. You can go here to read it.

All Janey Mackay wants is to put her painful past behind her. It's time for her to be her own woman, but her big brother, Natches, is still overprotective. And he isn't the only one...

Since he saw Janey MacKay taking a dip in her bikini, Major Alex Jansen has had to quell the fire she ignites in him. Even touching her would mean death at the hands of the MacKay men. Until now, the girl of his dreams—-and red-hot fantasies-—has lived in a vacuum of affection, shying away from the danger she thinks men represent. Alex sets out to prove her wrong, with lingering--sometimes torturously slow--caresses.

Everyone thinks Janey’s safe now, with her abusers dead. But when someone starts leaving spine chilling notes, Alex won’t rest until she’s completely safe. And completely his-—body and soul…

What I've Been Reading This Week

Happy Sunday! Well, ok, it's already Monday for some of you but it's still Sunday here! :)

Things were nutty this week. Both of my girls were sick on Monday and Tuesday with fevers and pains in their little bellies. They recovered though and hopped off to school. But then Thursday my oldest got sent home after she started throwing up in a trash can. Niiiiiiice. Mommy to the rescue!

My oldest again recovered and was actually in a talent show on Friday night. She sang Our Song by Taylor Swift. She did pretty good. She forgot the words in the middle of the bridge and looked like she was about to cry but she muddled through. It was funny to see my laid back hubby getting anxious for her all week. I swear he was more nervous than she was! Silly men.

So...what I read this week:

I started off the week by reading Under A Silver Moon by Anne Cain & Barbara Sheridan. I won this book on DIK recently - it was my first read by either author. Now I did choose a book that was like book 3 or 4 in a series but I didn't feel that I was missing too much by not reading the others. This was a story about a 36 year old woman who gets sent to be a nurse to a young rock star in Toyko. Love develops despite the age difference but there's someone out there who doesn't want these two to be together and does everything in their power to sabatoge the relationship...including kidnapping. This was a good story. I enjoyed it and will definitely read more of their work in the future.

My next read was Passion Unleashed by Larissa Ione. Another great installment in the Demonica Series. I loved this one almost as much as the last one. Wraith was great. He had so many damned issues - which I don't blame him for at all. But he cracked me up when he was with the heroine and would do something out of character he would cuss himself out and say wtf am I saying? Too funny. Good book. Love the series and hope there are more books coming our way.

Next up was my Tracy's TBR Challenge read for the week - Clockwork Heart by Dru Paliassotti. I read Thea's review at The Book Smugglers and almost immediately went out and bought it. I'm not sure what the circumstances were that caused me not to read it right away but needless to say it got bypassed. So I finally got to it and it was fabulous. My first Steampunk novel and it was one of those ones you kick yourself for not reading sooner.

I read Nauti Intentions by Lora Leigh for The Book Binge and will let you know when my review is posted.

The book I chose next could pretty much count for a Tracy's TBR Challenge book as well since it's been on my shelf for a while but when I was looking for a historical to read it just kind of popped out at me. It was the re-release of Sabrina Jeffries The Pirate Lord. I very much enjoyed this book about pirate Gideon Horn and his dream of retiring to an uncharted island. The problem was that he and the crew needed wives - so they took control of a ship that had women convicts in it and went on their merry way. But one of the ladies on board was the step-sister of an earl. Needless to say they fell in love.
My only gripe...and it's really not about this book specifically...but at the end of all of these pirate novels they always end up being Duke's or Earl's or some sort of British citizen in the upper eschelon. Not that there's a problem with that (and in this particular book I thought it was pretty well done) but I'd just like to see a pirate be a pirate. I mean in this one they were gonna live on an island where no one cared what your station in life was so it would have been perfect. Anyway...does anyone know of a pirate historical where they're just a pirate and not a long lost son of the ton? Let me know if you do, please.

I read You're So Vein by Christine Warren - the next book in her Others Series. I'm thinking that I'm gonna review this one because it won't get out of my head! lol So I'll post a review sometime this week.

Last book for the week was Polar Reaction by Claire Thompson. After reading a blurb of the story when Claire was on DIK I bought it. I really enjoyed the story. I can't imagine it's easy writing a story about 3 men in a relationship and getting it to be realistic, but she did a great job. I think the thing that got me was that it was pretty darned emotional for all 3 men and it wasn't just all about the sex - even though there was plenty of that (and it was smokin).

Have a great week and Happy Reading!

Ye Old Blog Turns 1 Today

When I was searching the intertubes for anniversary stuff last November for my big 15 years of being shackled married I found this poem. Seriously, I just had to laugh when I started relating it to the 1 year anniversary on my blog. Why would I do that, you ask? Mmmmm...not a clue. Let’s just say that stranger things have happened. Lol Sometimes my mind works in mysterious ways.

So without further ado…here is the 1 year anniversary poem for my blog and my blogging friends :

You Complete Me

I couldn't have lived till now (maybe this is stretching the truth just a tad)
If it wasn't for you (cuz I would have quit from lack of hits!)
I would have been so lost
Not knowing what to do (which was kind of how it was at the beginning anyway *shrugs*)

You put me together (like a Mrs. Potato Head)
Only now can I see (cuz of the new specs, dontcha know)
You make me what I am
You complete me (are you feelin the love?)

We're two different halves (ok, maybe not halves, maybe more like a million different pieces floating in cyberspace)
Put together, we're one whole
Every beat of my heart is yours (oh gag)
Everyday I pray for your soul (dude, why would the author of this poem pray for their partners soul unless it was friggin black? On second thought, maybe this person is a religious zealot! That’s it!)

It's just your smile I need to see (or read)
When there's no other remedy
You put me together (didn’t we already have this line?)
You complete me

I'm too scared to let you go (cuz the blog would die – duh!)
I never want to lose you
If you weren't here with me
I'd never know what to do (or what to post)

All I feel now are joys
All my sorrows are history (oh, please stop)
What else can I say now? (nothing would be good)
It's because you complete me. (awwwww)

Ok – all kidding aside…kind of. I have had sooo much stinking fun the past year on my blog and it’s all because of the wonderful blogging friends that I’ve made who’ve taken the time out of their busy schedules to come say hi and play. I guess what I’m trying to say is: You. Complete. Me. (sorry, I couldn’t resist!).

I love you all, my peeps!!!

Review: The White Knight by Josh Lanyon

I have to admit that I’m having an incredibly hard time writing this review without sounding like a complete squee-girl Fanyon. I’m going to try to sound as normal as possible…for the moment.

When our story opens we find that Sean Fairchild has taken a spill down a flight of stairs. He’s got a head injury and is not quite sure where he is or what’s going on, but he knows that he wants the man he loves, Dan. As Sean regains consciousness sporadically in the hospital he sees Dan and is completely soothed by his presence. When Sean comes around for the last time he finds that he can’t remember everything that has happened in the last 3 the fact that he left Dan. Slowly but surely Sean’s memories come back to him and he starts to remember the highs and the lows of the last few months in his life.

Sean’s memories go back to when he met Dan and the beginning of their relationship. Dan moving in with him and the ups and downs of learning to live with someone who’s so not like you. And of course the argument that ensued from Sean deciding to take the part in The Charioteer movie that he had been dying for…but not bothering to discuss it with Dan first. Sean leaving for Wales without Dan and the utter miserable depression that ensued during filming is something that’s in the forefront of his mind.

All right, enough trying to be normal (which my mother says will never happen) I just have to say I friggin LOVED this book. I got to the end of the book and then went back and re-read it. The way Mr. Lanyon wraps the story around the reader is amazing. He wrote the story in both 1st person and 3rd person with current events and flashbacks to the past. It was an incredibly emotional yet revealing approach to getting down to what had happened in the past with Sean and Dan’s relationship, what was currently happening and how to deal with the issues if it was possible.

This story is the prequel/sequel to The Dark Horse (I think you should read that first) so I wasn’t quite sure what to expect since I don't think I've ever read a combo like that before. I found that once again Josh Lanyon has delivered a wonderfully written, utterly enjoyable story that I recommend to everyone.

Rating: 5 out of 5

Love With A Perfect Scoundrel by Sophia Nash

My review for Love With A Perfect Scoundrel by Sophia Nash is now up at The Book Binge!

The Countess of Sheffield has given up on love. After her two dearest friends marry gentlemen originally destined to meet her at the altar, she can no longer maintain a serene facade with the other members of the secret widow's club. So she flees north-right into an unexpected snow storm in the wilds of Yorkshire. When her carriage crashes, Grace Sheffey does not realize the tall, rugged stranger who saves her life will tempt her to blossom into the woman she is destined to become-a lady willing to fight for her happiness. And sinfully handsome Michael Rainier, the orphaned son of a dissolute earl, with secrets to hide, challenges her courage and promises that happiness.


New Winner of Highland Warrior Book

So I was never contacted by the winner of the Monica McCarty book Highland Warrior. It is now time to pick a new winner so I put it all into and that new winner is:

I Heart Book Gossip

Congrats! Send your snail mail address to me at redneyrae AT ca DOT rr DOT com and I'll get that sent off to you this week.

What I've Been Reading This Week

Well it was a very busy week and the 3 day weekend was almost just as busy - just in another way. My husband and I decided that we were going to do all those little things that you tend to put least we do. You know, little things like cleaning out the garage. Yeah, little. Not! But it spurred us into doing other things around the house that needed attention. In the middle of it all we got the armoire that I had bought for my daughters room so we put that together. All in all a very busy weekend but very productive. I can hardly move now! lol

This will probably be another busy week as my boss is leaving for a 5 week sabbatical on Friday and she's bound to be a little nutty about getting everything in order - I certainly don't blame her. Well, I won't now but maybe by Friday. lol

Alright onto my reading:

My first book was Immortal Danger by Cynthia Eden. Review a couple of posts back. Good book.

Then there was The White Knight by Josh Lanyon that I won on Lisabea's blog a couple of weeks ago. More on this book on Wednesday.

Next up was Smooth Talking Stranger by Lisa Kleypas which I adored. Were there things that I would have changed in the book? Sure, but none of them were enough to effect the overall enjoyment of the book. I closed the book and then immediately started reading again...I don't do that very often and when I do I know it's a keeper.

My choice for Tracy's TBR Challenge (as I've come to call it) was Satisfaction Guaranteed by Lucy Monroe. If any of you read Ready, Willing, And Able you'd recognize the hero of this book, Ethan, as being a "friend" of Hotwire's. Ethan is an agent in a secret government organization. Beth works for the same organization but not as an agent. She's got the hots for Ethan and has for 2 years but just lives with her fantasies because she refuses to date an agent after almost marrying one and being stood up at that altar. Ethan and Beth are eventually thrown together on an assignment and sparks fly. This was a cute read and I have it on good authority (Katiebabs) that The Real Deal is one I should read as well. I think that's in my TBR too so I'll be reading it soon.

I read Love With A Perfect Scoundrel by Sophia Nash for The Book Binge so I'll let you all know when the review is posted.

Last but not least I read yet another short by Amber Kell. This one, Hellbourne: Lost and Found, is book 1 in a new series. I really liked the main character of this story, Luc, who had just been jilted by his alpha werewolf lover so that said lover could marry a female and reproduce. Luc is devestated and ends up in a bar to drown his sorrows in alcohol. He meets Nikkolai and decides to drown his sorrows in other ways as well. But things aren't always what they seem. Luc has some of his own secrets and now his werewolf wants him back. Whatever will happen? The book ended and left me hungry for more info. Luc was wonderful - he was a great mix of good guy, bad boy, heartbroken soul and snarky bitch...I want to read more.

Have a great week and Happy Reading!

Happy Easter!

Hey there!

I hope you all had a wonderful Easter Day. My family was here for a very long time today and we had a great time. However after drinking wine my brain's not working too well and my post for What I've Been Reading This Week will be delayed until tomorrow. lol

Anyway - we'll talk soon! Here's a pic of the fam after the Easter Egg hunt. (It was taken in a shadow so I tried to lighten it, hopefully it will come out ok.)

Review: Immortal Danger by Cynthia Eden

Once, Maya Black was a kick-ass cop patrolling the streets of L.A. She still keeps the city safe, but nowadays her bad guys of choice include demons, werewolves, and assorted nocturnal scum. Something Maya knows a thing or two about. She’s a vampire—and not thrilled about it. Payback meet bitch.

Adam Brody hopes Maya is as dangerous as they say she is. He needs her to help rescue his niece Cammie from a ruthless band of vamps, and he’s willing to pay—in blood. Trusting her is another matter. Adam has never met a vampire who doesn’t lie. Then again, he’s never met anyone like Maya, who fills him with a desperate need that ignites into explosive, no-holds-barred encounters…

Maya Black is cop who was apparently in the wrong place at the wrong time. She’s attacked by a vamp and unfortunately for her made into a vampire herself. But rather than stop chasing bad human guys/girls she now chases bad vamps, werewolves & demons.

Adam Brody seeks out Maya to help her with the rescue and recovery of his niece. She was taken by the higher up in Maya’s vamp bloodline, Nassor. There’s something very special about Adam and his niece (no, I’m not telling and ruining the surprise) that makes them extra tasty to the head vamp. Maya and Adam are trying to find Cammie and running from werewolves who are on their trail.

This was a pretty fun book to read. It had some paranormal figures in it that I always love reading about: Vampires and Werewolves, and it had the added element of the _______________. (I told you I wasn’t gonna tell you!!! lol)

While Maya was one bad-ass fighter I thought she had a nice softer side to her. Not gushy and mellow, just slightly softer than that hard outer shell. Kind of like a plain m & m...not exactly soft on the inside, just soft-er. She liked helping people even though she didn’t like admitting that. And while she liked taking out the evil of the world I think it had an effect on her every time.

Adam’s character was a little harder to figure out and while I liked him at times other times…not so much. He loved his niece with all of his heart and would do just about anything to see to her safety – hence looking up Maya. (That is something I totally loved about his character.) If Maya hadn’t had the connection to Nassor Adam wouldn’t have looked her up at all. He was soft on some levels – more so than I thought he would be and then at other times there was unmitigated rage. As Maya and Adam’s relationship became more sexual and romantic he became more possessive but I don’t think it was too much. He did doubt her at times which I found odd but he was used to doing things on his own. On the other hand there were times when he let her do things on her own – trusting her to make the right decision.

This was my first read by this author and I enjoyed it. Her writing style was entertaining and easy to read. While I think this is a stand-alone novel I would definitely be interested in reading more about the alpha werewolf in the book, Lucas. He was all around alpha and yummy.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5

Guest Reviews are Up, Up and Away

Two of my guest reviews are now posted on The Book Binge.

First we have a short I read a while back called How Wicked-er Can She Go by J. Morgan:

Go Wild, Get Wicked!
Nikki is as wicked as they come.

Yeah, right -- She's the wickedest witch you'll ever meet, if "wicked" means perky as all get out, and living off a trust fund. When her boss lays down the law, she actually has to work for a living and her world comes tumbling down. Ruining an uber geek's chance to find true love sounds easy until Gregory Hamilton shows up on her doorstep. He may be a nerd, but one look tells her this is a man with super stud possibilities.

on her inner wicked, Nikki does everything she can to prove true love ain't all it's cracked up to be.

You can go here for the review.

Then we have The Secret Wedding by Jo Beverley:

When is a rake not a rake? When he's seducing his wife? Home from a decade of war, Christian, Major Lord Grandiston wants to enjoy bachelor pleasures, but his father is wooing a rich woman on his behalf. Embarrassing, when he might already have a wife. Is Dorcas Froggatt alive, and if so, will she be his salvation or an even worse burden? He heads north to the industrial town of Sheffield to find out, but soon he's on the run from the law with a woman who's nothing but trouble, especially when they're joined by a very peculiar cat.

You can read my review here.

What I've Been Reading This Week & Lots of Other Stuff

Hello my fellow Book Sluts! Thanks to all of you who broke free from your chains and freely admitted to being one of us. I felt my heart swell with pride at the wonderful admissions. *sigh* That's good stuff right there. Now, according to the poll on the blog Ad #2 won the contest. But when I tally from the comments it would have been #3 but apparently not everyone voted and since I have no idea who voted and who didn't I'm going to have to go with the poll and take #2 for the win, Bob.

On to other things...CELTICPIXE was the winner of the Highland Warrior Book Giveaway a couple of weeks ago but I've not heard from her. When I click on her account it goes to Bebo which I don't have so unless you contact me sweetie I'll have to pick someone else. Sorry. You can email me at redneyrae AT ca DOT rr DOT com to send me your snail mail address.

Let's see we took the girls to see Monsters vs. Aliens in 3D last night. What a cute movie. I laughed and laughed. Very funny. The kids loved it and the 3D was really good. Didn't take over the movie at all - very subtle, which I liked.

I got new glasses this week. It's amazing what a difference such a slight change in my prescription made. I only need to wear them for driving and distance stuff like movies or tv but it's so nice to not be blurry at all...which is about where I was with the old ones. AND I got new frames! Here's the old (left) and the new (right). My oldest daughter had to get glasses for reading too and she picked out the cutest frames but I've not been able to pin her down for a photo but as soon as I do I'll post it.

My oldests State project was due this past Monday. She got an A+ on her display board but she forgot part of her speech (I'm not sure how since she had flash cards) so it was too short and she ended up with a C on that part of it. So she got a B on the whole project which is stil A-OK with me. The display board had to have specific items on it and there had to be 10 interesting facts about the state on the tower part of it. Here's a picture of her board...she had Kentucky. Yes, we know that Bluegrass music doesn't have a saxaphone but she needed filler! lol

I need to apologize to those of you whose blogs I've not been to in a while. I don't think I've done a full blog crawl in 2 weeks - it's horrible. However I work at a church and since Holy Week is upon us I've been hella busy..and will continue to be until Thursday. Thank heavens I have Friday off. I'll need lots of R & R by that time. So again, if I haven't been to your blog in a bit don't take it personally...I'll get there soon, I swear!

Ok - finally on to what I've read this week:

I started off the week with a bang. I read Crash Into Me by Jill Sorenson. I didn't really get the romance part of it. I just wasn't feeling it between the h/h...but the end was wonderful and of course the rest of the book was fab. I did have the villain picked out almost immediately but it certainly didn't stop my enjoyment of the book. So in the end: Really good book. I loved it and will definitely be reading more of her work in the future.

Enticing Elliot was the next edition in the m/m Moon Pack series by Amber Kell that I started last week. Do you ever start series and wonder why you're still reading it after a certain amount of books? That's how I feel with this one. There incredibly short stories but they're not fabulous, they're entertaining though. That doesn't seem to stop me from reading them. IDK...they are going in alphabetical order so maybe by the time I hit H I'll be done. lol

My TBR challenge book for the week was Show and Tell by Jasmine Haynes. I picked this one up last Sept. when I went to RAW and it's been on my shelf ever since. I recently read a review on The Book Binge that Casee did and decided to finally pick it up. It's the story of Trinity who caught her hubby of 6 months in the shower with another woman. She couldn't stand to be at home so she goes to a hotel for the night. She decides to pleasure herself and the guy next door is getting horny listening to her. He decides to knock on her door and ask to watch. She lets him and it begins a phone sex/sexual affair between the two of them. This was not a bad book but I kept having to talk myself into picking it up again. I wasn't a fan of how the relationship was run or how it began. Yes there are other things happening in the book - Trinity's personal growth, the problems she has at work (her 1st job at age 30) and Scott's decisions about his job that he makes but it just still felt lacking to me. This had a ton of hot sex in it but it was just an ok book for me in the end.

I read The Secret Wedding by Jo Beverley for The Book Binge so I'll let you know when the review is up.

I won The White Knight by Josh Lanyon this week on DIK so I read The Dark Horse first since TWK is a prequel/sequel to TDH. I really liked this book. There was a lot going on with the characters. Sean's been stalked for the past year and Dan was put on detail to be his bodyguard. The stalker is supposedly now dead but he's still "seeing" the villain and getting postcards from him. Is he going crazy? When the story begins Sean and Dan have only been together for 1 week and I found it terribly interesting to see the play between the 2 men and how they reacted to each other in such a stressful situation. I've just loved Josh's writing in the past and this one proved no different. I can't wait to read TWK.

Darkness Unknown by Alexis Morgan was my next read. I've read all the books in this series so far and I'm enjoying them. I'm thinking that it might have been my last book in the series though. As much as I like her writing there's just not a lot changing and going on to pique my interest further. It was a very cute romance and it did have a new challenge involved but I don't think it was enough for me. IDK I'll have to see what the next one has to offer.

And last but not least a category that Barbara sent me -just cuz...isn't she sweet? Thanks again Barbara! It was called Bound to Please by Hope Tarr and it was really cute. A young girl and boy meet at a fair one day when she's 14 and he's 12. He falls immediately for her and she's pretty taken with him. They do a blood pledge that neither will marry another. Now it's 10 years later and the girl, Brianna, is now Laird of her clan and the boy, Ewan, has been captured for crimes that his twin brother supposedly commited. But Briana just wants a baby by Ewan to end the blood least that's what she's telling herself. But when these two come together they realized that those innocent feeling they had 10 years earlier haven't faded at all and were only growing stronger. I very much enjoyed the story (I had no idea that there were Blaze historicals - have I been living in a bubble? I thought they were all contemporaries) and will definitely be checking out some other books by this author.

That's it for me for the week. If you feel like having a little fun hop over to Kris's blog and help her write a short story. She's given several elements to be included in a story. You pick the ones you like best and the ones with the most votes will then go to m/m author Sean Kennedy who will have two weeks to write a short story for her blog. Fun stuff Maynard.

Have a great week and Happy Reading!

Too Many Books

A week or so back Kris from Kris 'n' Good Books was stating in one of her posts that she had umpteen books to read in her personal TBR, plus books that she need to read for reviews and yet she still found the need to purchase yet more books! Can you imagine? Buying books when you already had a couple hundred just sitting waiting with bated breath to be picked up and read? I can't! Stop laughing. I've never done anything like that before in my life! I said, stop laughing! Oh yeah, like you've never done anything like that before - puhleeze!

Ok I admit it! I do it all the time. I go out and I buy books that I want that sometimes sit there for months before they're touched. Why? Oh honey, these and other questions. I think it's because I'm sick and twisted and have serious issues I like having the books there ready for me whenever I do get around to reading them. I mean, imagine the horror of getting ready to read that certain book that's finally got your attention and you go to the bookstore and it's not. in. stock. I shudder just thinking about it! (I'd probably go home and buy it in ebook but even then, on occasion, it's not always available in a format I need)

So what do you call a people who buy books that aren't needed but yet wanted so badly? Book Sluts. That's right...we're not beating around the bush. We're coming out and telling it like it is. Kris was nice enough to draw our lovely advertisement but we couldn't exactly figure out which ad option to go with.

This is where you come in. Which ad option do you think works best for the new endeavor?
Check out these beautiful Originals by Kris and then check out the poll to the right to vote. Oh, and how many of you are in denial with us? I want to know how many Book Sluts there are out there!

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