Re-Read Challenge Review: Kiss of the Highlander by Karen Marie Moning

A laird trapped between centuries...

Enchanted by a powerful spell, Highland laird Drustan MacKeltar slumbered for nearly five centuries hidden deep in a cave, until an unlikely savior awakened him. The enticing lass who dressed and spoke like no woman he’d ever known was from his distant future, where crumbled ruins were all that remained of his vanished world. Drustan knew he had to return to his own century if he was to save his people from a terrible fate. And he needed the bewitching woman by his side....

A woman changed forever in his arms...

Gwen Cassidy had come to Scotland to shake up her humdrum life and, just maybe, meet a man. How could she have known that a tumble down a Highland ravine would send her plunging into an underground cavern — to land atop the most devastatingly seductive man she’d ever seen? Or that once he’d kissed her, he wouldn’t let her go?

Bound to Drustan by a passion stronger than time, Gwen is swept back to sixteenth-century Scotland, where a treacherous enemy plots against them ... and where a warrior with the power to change history will defy time itself for the woman he loves....

As the blurb says: While on vacation in Scotland Gwen finds Drustan who's been enchanted and asleep for 500 years. He takes her to where his castle should be - but it's not. He must make it home because if there's no castle then the Druid lore that the MacKeltar family is in charge of keeping is in serious trouble.

During the two days that Drustan and Gwen are together they find that not only are they attracted to each other but they are drawn to each other on a deeper level. Drustan attempts to get himself and Gwen back to 16th century Scotland but things go wrong with his calculations and only Gwen makes it back. Then she must make the Drustan of the past believe that they belong together, there's a villain lurking somewhere and she's not the bad guy in the whole scenario - oh, and she's not crazy either. Easier said than done.

I read this book for the first time about a year ago and just loved it. I fell half in love with Drustan almost immediately. Yes, he was an arrogant highlander but he just appealed to me for some reason.

At first when I read the book I thought that the relationship with Gwen was going a tad too fast. Not horribly fast but enough to give me pause so when she gets to the past and things are slowed down I really enjoyed seeing their antics together. This reading was no different. I think enough time had passed from my first reading and I had forgotten just enough to make it enjoyable once again. Not totally like reading it for the first time but still damned good.

Let's face it (and this is for the people reading this review who've actually read the book) the scene with Drustan and Gwen when he's in the garderobe? OMG just to die for. I love that scene every stinking time I read it. *sigh* Good stuff Maynard.

I have no idea what my rating would have been when I read it the first time...I hadn't started rating books yet but it would have been pretty high up there.
Current rating: 4.5 out of 5

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Year of the Category Review: Her Best Friend's Brother by Kay Stockham

They had one night. That's all Shelby Brookes would allow herself to indulge in with Luke Tulane. Yes, he's gorgeous. And yes, he's the greatest guy she knows, but he's her best friend's brother, for crying out loud! She's pretty sure there are rules against sleeping with friends' brothers.

Then Shelby discovers she's pregnant. And Luke's determined to do the right thing—down to the bended-knee proposal and the meeting at the altar. As tempting as his offer is, Shelby's convinced she's not the marrying kind. She's bound to hurt him, and that's definitely against the rules of friendship. Still, she doesn't count on how persuasive Luke can be when he really wants something…her.

Yes, as the blurb said, Shelby finds out she's preggo by Luke. She thought she could never get pregnant so she told him at the time that she had the birth control taken care of. Now in this day and age why a man wouldn't use a condom anyway is beyond me, but I guess that's just me. Anyway, when Luke finds out about the pregnancy he is ready to step up to the plate. He's been more than half in love with Shelby for years and to him it's the next logical step. Not to Shelby. She wants nothing from him - and I mean nothing. She basically says she doesn't even want him in the baby's life and he should just go about his business. He's appalled and even threatens legal action if she tries to keep him from his child. Eventually Shelby gives in and marries Luke but she's certainly not happy about it.

You see Shelby comes from a broken home. Her parents love each other but have married and divorced 5 times. There have been reasons for each break up and reunion but Shelby's had to live through all the fights and everything else. When she finds out even more about her family history she's set on believing that even though she's marrying Luke it can't possibly work and the only reason he wants her is to be with the baby.

Things are tough for both Shelby and Luke and when Shelby is in an car accident she crawls even farther into her own shell and tries to push everyone away.

This was a good book but I had serious problems liking Shelby. I'm the first person on earth to say that two people should not get married just because they're pregnant but with Luke in love with Shelby I could kind of see things from his point of view. Shelby was just a bitch. Yes, she had issues with her mother, her father, their relationship, her own self-esteem issues and so much more but she was just mean to Luke. She said some horrible things to him and at times I wanted to crawl through the pages and give her a big ole slap!

I liked Luke a lot in this book and he was just a decent man who could see his own faults - and even some he saw but didn't really have. He really stood by Shelby until he just couldn't take it any longer...and man he took a lot. At times toward the end of the book I was thinking - run, Luke, run! But that wouldn't have been a romance, now would it? lol

Despite the issues with Shelby I thought it was a pretty good book. I really like Kay Stockham's work and will definitely be reading the next book in the series (that I think just came out).

Rating: 3.5 out of 5

What I Read Last Week

Hi folks - it's already Monday again and I'm behind - as is my usual lately. Today I woke with the migraine from hell. It's abated somewhat with meds but it's damned hard to sit here so I'll be quick.

Saturday I got together with the So Cal Blogger in Pasadena and let me just say how much I love those women! They are so great and it's just sheer unadulterated heaven to talk to them for hours on end! I have a picture of us but at this moment I'm in too much pain to download the pictures. Besides the camera is in the other room and that's just too damned far for me right now. :) I'll post them soon.

So what I read:

I started off with One Week as Lovers by Victoria Dahl. I read this fab review at The Book Smugglers and decided to buy it. It was really good and I liked it a lot. I'd only read one of Dahl's books before and it was a contemporary but I have to say I liked her historical work just as much. 4.25 out of 5

Next up was Set the Dark on Fire by Jill Sorenson. Another great romantic suspense novel by Jill. I really like her books. My review is here. 4.25 out fo 5

My next read was What A Dragon Should Know by G.A. Aiken. This is book 3 in the series and I liked it just as much as the first 2. It covered Gwenvael's relationship with Dagmar as well as catching us up on all of the rest of the dragon siblings. It moved around a lot but it flowed very nicely. Good series...I love the humor, sex, romance and fighting that goes on. 4.25 out of 5

I covered my Year of the Category Challenge read and my Tracy's TBR Challenge read all in one book by reading Her Best Friend's Brother by Kay Stockham. I've had the book for a while and had been meaning to read it but never got around to it. I decided to read it for my YOTC Challenge so that made me the multi-tasker of the day. lol I'll post my review of it tomorrow.

Last was Bufflehead Sisters by Patricia J. Delois. A fiction book I read for The Book Binge that wasn't a romance and was a tad bizarre. I'll let you know when my review posts.

That's it for the week. I hope you had a great reading week as well.

FYI - my review for Beyond the Rain by Jess Granger posted at The Book Binge this past week - you can read it here.

Happy Reading!

Review: Set the Dark on Fire by Jill Sorenson

In a southern California town ablaze with sordid secrets, a free-spirited biologist and a straitlaced sheriff join forces to investigate a suspicious killing—and find themselves getting a little too close to the flames…

Shay Phillips knows her way around Dark Canyon. She’s handy with a gun and can track a wild animal with the best of them. It’s humans who usually give her the most trouble. And with a hormonally charged teenage brother to raise—and an admitted weakness for the wrong kind of man—they’re giving her plenty of trouble these days. Then there’s the matter of murder. As an expert on mountain lions, Shay is skeptical when a local prostitute turns up mauled without a drop of blood near the body.

Now, together with the town’s newly arrived sheriff, Luke Meza—a Las Vegas city boy with his own dark secrets—Shay must navigate a dangerous valley filled with angry ex-lovers, unfaithful spouses, and poisonous snakes in a desperate search for the killer. But when suspicion falls on her own brother, and her attraction to Luke rages into a full-on erotic affair, can Shay quell the fires inside her long enough to uncover the truth?

Just a few days after Luke Meza is in Tenaja Falls he's looking at a woman who's been mauled by a mountain lion. So much for the nice respite he was looking for after living in Las Vegas. Even more disturbing is how attracted he is to Shay Phillips, the local woman that the Dept. of Fish and Game, has charged with the duty of discovering if indeed this was a mountain lion.

When Shay first meets Luke she is terribly hung over from a night out on the town. She's certainly not at her best and the last think she needs is for a good looking new sherrif to see her like that. They certainly don't get off on the wrong foot but they can't fight their attraction.

I have to say that I wasn't expecting to like Luke and Shay together as much as I did. They kind of seemed like they were just opposites...completely. I know opposites attract but I wasn't quite sure I could see the two of them together when the book first started. Eventually we got to see under the many layers that they two of them were hiding under and Ms. Sorenson showed me how good they could be. I very much liked how the two were still very independent but also together. I like seeing a couple but I also love seeing that they don't become too dependent on that other person.

There was also a secondary story going on here and that was with Shay's 17 year old brother and what was going on in his life. He was brilliant but acting out constantly and seeing things from his point of view was interesting. Jill seems to write good YA stuff - at least she has in her last two books.

The only issue that I had was how fast the timeline was. Or maybe it wasn't the timeline - since it was only about 4 days but more that Luke was so set on getting the hell out of dodge and then suddenly decided he was in love and wanted to stay. This was explained as a defining moment when things just started to gel in his life and in his head and I get that. I do believe it could happen but I just wasn't completely sold on it. It certainly didn't diminish the enjoyment of the book, however, so it wasn't a huge issue.

Overall - a good book that kept me wanting to read more. A romantic suspense story with lots of great lovin.

Rating 4.25 out of 5

Books I'm Looking Forward To

Just a few of the books I'm looking forward to reading:

J.R. Ward's Covet (Sept. 29). I'm crossing my fingers that this book will be as good as the first 3 books in the Black Dagger Brotherhood series. Am I delusional? We'll see.

Cover Me by L.B. Gregg (Oct. 2) is one I will buy and love as much as I've loved her other books, I'm sure.
Demon Forged
by Meljean Brook (Oct. 6). I. Love. This. Series. Can't wait to read this newest book!

Deep Kiss of Winter by Kresley Cole and Gena Showalter (Oct. 13). This will be a shorter story as Cole shares the book, but I'm sure the story will no less riveting than the rest of her stories in the IAD series.

Blaze of Memory by Nalini Singh (Nov. 3). How I long for each book in the Psy/Changeling series. Is it bad to want to be a changeling? Or at least be mated to one? No? Good.

Hidden Fire by Jo Davis (Dec. 1). I think I'm in love with most of the guys from Station Five. Who doesn't love a hot firefighter I ask you?

I'll not get into the releases for 2010 because I could just go on and on. Ok, I'll mention 3:

1. Pleasure of A Dark Prince by Kresley Cole (Jan 2010). I've been waiting for this story since the first book in the series and am very excited to read Garreth and Lucia's story.
2. Ecstasy Unveiled by Larissa Ione (Jan. 2010) - I love the series and am excited to see what happens with Lore.
3. The Dark Tide (release date a mystery as of right now) by Josh Lanyon. This will be book 5 in the Adrien English mystery series. I want this book!

I just noticed that I didn't post any releases for historical romances...which I love and read on a regular basis. Huh. Maybe I'll have to do another post. :)

What books are you looking forward to reading?

What I've Been Reading This Week

Hello there!

I can't believe I'm getting this post done on a Sunday afternoon! That's almost a miracle for me lately. :)

Hope you're all well. All's well here. I managed to avoid 2 other "Stupid Ass Things" for the week. The bang cutting I think took precedence and I avoided the other two. Either that or they're delayed! lol

Have you all seen the book cover for Carolyn Crane's (aka our own wonderful CJ from The Thrillionth Page) book Mind Games that comes out on March 23 2010?
Isn't it gorgeous?? I love it and I can't wait to read her books!

Ok - on to what I read this week:

I started with To Seduce A Sinner by Elizabeth Hoyt. This book 2 in the Legend of the Four Soldiers series but I didn't read book 1 first. I certainly didn't feel like I was missing anything that's for sure. I decided to try and read some of the DIK books that others had brought to the island. I chose this one after reading Renee's quick blurb about it and I'm so glad I did. It was a wonderful story of love and healing and I will definitely be getting the next books in this series. Thanks Renee! 4.5 out of 5

Next up was The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society book by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows. You can read my thoughts here. Good book! 5 out of 5

After that I read Wolfbreed by S.A. Swann. I had started this book last week but put it down when it was just dragging for me. It ended up being a pretty good read once I got past the first 100 pages but I didn't love it. It was very descriptive of blood and gore - it definitely didn't shy from descriptions of massacres and that's a tad off-putting to me. 3.5 out of 5

A novella was next called Screen Shots: Seduced by Willa Okati. This one was recommended by Tam and it was a cute little read. It had a tad more "I love you, man" in it than I generally care for but I liked it. 3.5 out of 5

After that I read Beyond the Rain by Jess Granger for review on The Book Binge. I will let you know when my review posts in case you'd like to read it.

My Tracy's TBR Challenge Read for the week (yes, I almost forgot to do one!) was You Slay Me by Katie McAlister. My friend Jen gave this entire series to me about 2 years ago and there is has sat. I finally decided to pick one up and it I liked it. I thought that the heroine, Aisling, was a huge bumbling idiot and did some completely retarded things but overall the story held my interest and I read it quite quickly. Since I have the rest of the series I'll read the next book and see what I think. If Aisling is too much of a bumbler I'll call it quits but I'll give it a chance. Has anyone read this series and if so what did you think? 3.75 out of 5

Happy Reading!

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows

I first heard about The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society over at Amy's blog, Romance Book Wyrm. Amy was at her Romance Book Club meeting and another woman who also ran the Historical Fiction Book Club was talking about her next selection - which was TGLaPPPS. Amy decided to pick it up and read it and she was so glad she did. After reading the book Amy decided to send TGLaPPPS on a book tour. It finally made its way to me and I finished reading it yesterday and wanted to share some of my thoughts.

TGLaPPPS is a collection of letters that are written between many people. The main character and the person who writes most of the letters is Juliet Ashton. She is an author who lives in post WWII England. She shares letters back and forth with her best friend Sophie who lives in Scotland and Sophie's brother, Sidney, a close friend and also her publisher.

One day Juliet receives a letter from Dawsey, a man who lives on Guernsey in the Channel Islands. He happened to have a book that was once Juliet's and since her address was in it he thought he'd write and see if she could help him find a bookstore in London since there wasn't a bookshop on Guernsey any longer. That one letter starts a friendship between the two as well as an idea (by Juliet) for a new book about the German Occupation and how it effected Guernsey and the people who lived there. Juliet goes on to correspond with other members of TGLaPPPS and ends up visiting Guernsey to meet all the wonderful new friends she's made.

This book is just a charming, lovely, humorous, sad, heartwrenching, lovely, charming (did I already say that?) book. I truly enjoyed almost every moment while I was reading it. I laughed, I cried, I was horrified, but it was so good I just couldn't put it down. Most of the time I felt like I was wherever the character was whose letter I was reading. If Juliet was talking about her bombed out flat in Chelsea I could almost see it. If Dawsey or another member was talking about Guernsey, I was there. It was fascinating. I even read the "Afterword" by Annie Barrows which was delightful and sad as well (and I don't normally read those). I did have a few issues with some of the letters sounding similar in tone but it in no way detracted from the pleasure of the read. In fact, I'm going to go out and buy my own copy of the book (since I have to send this one on to the next reader on the book tour) so that I can share it with my family and friends locally...and of course have it to re-read myself.

This was definitely not a book that I would have picked up on my own but I'm so very glad that I read it. There was a bit (and I do mean only a bit) of romance in it so of course it soothed that romance lover in me.

I can't recommend the book enough - "I loved it" just doesn't seem adequate. Maybe you'll just have to see for yourself. I hope you do.

Rating: 5 out of 5

Stupid Ass Thing I Did This Week #1

I say that it's #1 because like celebrities dying I usually do my stupid ass things in three's. Not sure why but I'll have to keep you posted on what happens the rest of the week.

So what was the stupid ass thing I did? I got my hair cut last night and let my hairdresser talk me into cutting BANGS! What the everliving fuck was I thinking????? I haven't had bangs in years and I was so very relieved, excited, happy when I grew them out and didn't have them anymore. What wild hair crawled up and bit me that I would agree to such insanity, I ask you? I don't have a clue.

Now, are the ugly? From an objective point of view, no. Are they annoying the shit out of me? Yes! lol Within an hour of coming home from the hairdresser's I was screaming Death To Bangs!

This is certainly not the best picture since the little shits are very side-swept but you get the idea. I'm still trying to figure out how to "do" them.

*sigh* Ah well, at least I know they'll grow. And who knows - maybe I'll get used to them.

btw - I just figured out this is my 300th post! And what a momentous one it is! lolol

What I've Been Reading

Greetings and Salutations!

How the heck are ya? All doing well I hope. It was a good week in Tracyland this week with the family. Everyone's doing well. Well, I've got a horrid cold/sinus thing and sound like a teen going through puberty, but other than that we're all good! :)

I read quite a bit this week so I'll just get to it. :)

I started the week off with Viking Heat by Sandra Hill. I read this one for The Book Binge so I'll let you know when my review posts if you' you'd like to check it out.
Btw - TBB is having an awesome book giveaway so if you haven't checked it out go now! :)

Next was a short by J.A. Saare called A Kiss Before Dying. I saw this review on Anna's Book Blog and got interested so I got it. It was about a blood who was in love with her vampire master and was basically willing to die just to have sex with him. It sounds weird but it actually pretty good. 3.75 out of 5

Next up was a novella by Crissy Smith called Pack Alpha. This is the first book in the Were Chronicles series and I have to say I really liked it. The story was about Marissa who comes from a pack family but can't shift. She had issues with her last pack and has been pack-less for the past 10 years. Her sister is getting married so she goes to attend the ceremony. She meets Gage, the sexy pack alpha, and sparks fly. 4 out of 5

My Tracy's TBR Challenge read for the week was Come Up and See Me Sometime by Lucy Monroe. This was a book about Alex who is an information specialist who is bent on seeing justice/revenge on the man he holds responsible for his father's death. He falls for the man's daughter and even though he originally plans on using her for his own nefarious purposes he ends up marrying her and trying to keep her out of it. Yeah, like that ever works. Although I had some issues with the heroine going from independent woman to doormat backt to independent woman I really liked the story. And of course I always like Lucy Monroe's writing style. 3.75 out of 5

Wing and Tongue by K.Z. Snow was my next read. The novella followed Elrisa who is a web weaver (it's fantasy) who has been selected to be the wife of a Dragon Caller. In order to become a wife she must meet with/have sex with 3 men. After that she selects the one that she felt closest to or the one she feels is the one that chose her. I'm not normally one who goes in for seeing the heroine of the book with different men but this was fantasy so I didn't mind too much. Besides, I like Snow's writing so that made it better. :) 3.5 out of 5

The rest of the books are all m/m. I didn't intend for it to be an m/m weekend but it ended up that way! I needed to read the yaoi and pass it on!

Kris from Kris 'n' Good Books told me I should get cracking on reading Sean Kennedy so I read Tigers and Devils. I really liked this book. The story (set in Australia) of a self-proclaimed "arty wanker", Simon, and a footballer, Declan, who try to have not only a long-distance relationship but the trials of having one man out of the closet and one in. On top of that they had to deal with Declan's celebrity status and all that entailed. It was a great book with lots of humor but also some very serious moments. I will definitely be reading more from Mr. Kennedy. 4.25 out of 5

Next was Make Me A Match vol. 1 an anthology by Dreamspinner Press of m/m stories. I really liked the whole book - especially the stories by Clare London and Chrissy Munder. 4 out of 5

Hanky Panky by Koreaki Kamuro was a yaoi manga. I didn't love it but I didn't hate it. This one had some stories that were a little hard to follow. 3 out of 5

Next was yaoi novel called Dark Walker by Hikaru Yura. This was a fantasy yaoi novel and I just couldn't really get into it too much. I read fantasy but not that much but I just found this one too far out there for me. 2 out of 5

Last up was Gentle Cage by You Shizaki. Another yaoi novel that followed Itsuki who got into serious financial trouble and was saved by a businessman. Unfortunately he basically became his pet and wasn't allowed to contact anyone for 8 years. Sent on an errand to Tokiwa's house, Itsuki falls and breaks his ankle. He stays at Tokiwa's house for 10 days and during that time his former friend takes care of him, but also takes his anger out on him sexually. It was an interesting read, that's for sure. It took until almost the end of the book but I very much liked seeing Itsuki becoming his own man again and figuring out who he was and what he wanted to do with his life. 3.5 out of 5

Happy Reading!

What I've Been Reading

Happy Tuesday!

I'll start this post by stating the winner of the Las Vegas Book Giveaway (chosen by so that you all don't have to read about my weekend trip unless you really want to. :)

The winner is:


Congratulations! Please email your snail mail address to me at redneyrae AT ca DOT rr DOT com and I'll get those out to you!

How was your weekend everyone? Did you all have a nice one? I had a great weekend but am exhausted! lol The girls and I shopped and ate and shopped and saw Amazed at the V Theatre (which was great) in the Planet Hollywood Miracle Mile and ate some more. That was all on Saturday! lol Then on Sunday the girls and my hubby went swimming while I read by the pool, we went to New York, New York so that my oldest could ride the roller coaster, we played arcade games until we were blue in the face and then we went and saw the V Variety Show (again, at the V Theatre) which was incredibly fun and funny. Monday we took the girls to see a couple of the hotels that they were dying to see inside, like the Luxor and Mandalay Bay and then drove home. The drive home was grueling! It usually takes 4 to 4 1/2 hours. With traffic because of the holiday it took 7 hours!! But in the end a great time was had by all! :) (I did take some pictures of the girls but haven't downloaded them yet. When I do I'll post a couple.)

I didn't get a whole lot of reading done this past week since things were busy and of course not much this weekend since it was go, go, go. I'm going to tell you what I've read last week as well as what I read over the weekend up until last night since I got most of my reading done in the car on that loooooong drive home. :)

First up was Hunting Ground by Patricia Briggs. I read this for my re-read challenge and you can read my review here.

Next up was Renegade by Sarah Parr. This is a book about a woman who was saved from certain death by a privateer. The two travel back to England and eventually fall in love. There is love, romance, passion, secrets and intrigue in this book. I have to say I didn't love the first part of the book - it seemed very disjointed at times - but it got much better as it went on. 4 out of 5

I actually started my Tracy's TBR Challenge book for the week, Dark Victory by Brenda Joyce, last Thursday night but didn't actually finish it until yesterday in the car! lol It was another good addition to the Masters of Time series and the second book in the Rose Trilogy. I just bought the last in the trilogy and am looking forward to starting it. BJ said in a "Dear Reader" letter at the end of this book that the next book is very dark...very cool! lol 4 out of 5

Yesterday on the way home I also read the novella Three of a Kind by Sean Michael. This is a story about a young man, Zane, who is on the run from a man he thought he loved but who beat him severely and was a total shit. His truck breaks down in the Arizona desert and he is saved by Butch who takes him home and takes care of him with his boyfriend, Randy. Randy and Butch are incredibly good to Zane and eventually passion and love ignites. This was a good short read. Randy was an artist and more than a little ADD which was quite funny at times while Butch was the more stable one in the partnership. I liked how they worked so well together in their relationship and were so very gentle with Zane which was exactly what he needed. 4 out of 5

Happy Reading!

Happy Labor Day!

I'm not actually home yet from my trip but wanted to wish everyone a Happy, Happy Labor Day.

It's the Las Vegas Book Giveway!

What does Las Vegas have to do with a book giveaway you ask? Why, nothing at all! But my hubby is taking the fam to Las Vegas this weekend so I thought I'd do something special for those who are hanging around the house. Makes sense to me...come on, work with me folks.

Anyway the fam is off to Vegas today - yes, the whole family. It's amazing what you can find to do in Vegas with kids. I think we're gonna have a great time. Hubby, of course, is going for his Fantasy Football draft. Oh what fun. NOT! *ahem* Anyway, he'll be gone all day Saturday so the girls and I are going to swim, shop, play and see a show. We have a couple of other surpises in store for the kids as well so I'm really looking forward to it.

The giveaway: It appears that this was Alpha and Omega week here at Tracy's Place. So, in honor of that fact (which was sooooo not planned) I'm going to give one lucky person both Cry Wolf and Hunting Ground by Patricia Briggs. That's right, both books! And they are wonderful!

All you have to do is leave a comment on this post by Monday, Sept. 7 at 11:59pm (pacific) and you're in the running. I will ship these puppies anywhere so there's no restrictions on who can enter. I'll announce the winner on Tuesday the 8th right-cheer on this lil ole blog.

Have a great weekend!

Review: Hunting Ground by Patricia Briggs

It's now been 2 months since Charles and Anna were married. Anna is still having intimacy issues but she's learning to get by them little by little.

Charles father, Bran, the Marrok of the US werewolf packs has decided to send Charles to Seattle to talk to the European packs about how he will soon reveal the existence of werewolves to the world. Whether the European packs like it or not they have no control over Bran so they're having to deal with it. It's Charles' job to try to work out compromises, possible loans and maybe even immigration issues with the packs from across the sea. The talks are being mediated by a local fae, Dana.

When Charles is in talks Anna is off shopping with the Seattle packs second, Tom, and his wife, Moira. While out and about they are attacked by vampires. So begins a series of events that will test Anna and Charles relationship as well as their strength.

Yet again Patricia Briggs has brought us an incredible story. This book was no less wonderful, in my opinion, than Cry Wolf. New players were brought in but never did it take away from Charles and Anna - and the book is ultimately about them.

Anna in this book is put to several tests. She's facing beings she only just learned even existed, she's meeting another Omega and learning to deal with Alpha's in an original way. She's learning not to be so afraid - of life and of love. She's got this amazing inner strength. She just thinks she's a coward, but when truly put to the test she always comes out on this side of powerful.

Charles is once again one of my favorite characters. He's so patient with Anna even though he wants to attack. He loves her so darned much and it shows in so many different ways. He's never been a talker, but when Anna starts to discuss matters in their relationship he always opens up to her. I just love him! lol

If you liked A & O and Cry Wolf I think you'll like Hunting Ground as well. Good addition to the series.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5