Smart Phones and Photos - a bit scary

A friend of mine sent me the link to this video about posting pictures from your smart phones and how you can be tracked via that photo. They're saying that if you post a photo straight from your cell phone to the internet the photo itself can help others track where you live. I tried looking up the information myself (on Facebook with photos that I had posted) and personally couldn't find anything, but obviously they did and that's a scary thought.  I just thought I'd share it with you and you can make your own decisions.  The "fix" is quite simple and probably worth doing.

Review: One Good Earl Deserves a Lover by Sarah MacLean

Lady Philippa Marbury is odd. The bespectacled, brilliant fourth daughter of the Marquess of Needham and Dolby cares more for books than balls, flora than fashion and science than the season. Nearly engaged to Lord Castleton, Pippa wants to explore the scandalous parts of London she's never seen before marriage. And she knows just who to ask: the tall, charming, quick-witted bookkeeper of The Fallen Angel, London's most notorious and coveted gaming hell, known only as Cross.

Like any good scientist, Pippa's done her research and Cross's reputation makes him perfect for her scheme. She wants science without emotion—the experience of ruination without the repercussions of ruination. And who better to provide her with the experience than this legendary man? But when this odd, unexpected female propositions Cross, it's more than tempting . . . and it will take everything he has to resist following his instincts—and giving the lady precisely what she wants.


Pippa is the scientific sort. She’s thought odd but really she’s highly intelligent and isn’t afraid to come out and ask about something when she’s curious. Unfortunately that’s not what ladies of the ton do, so she’s a bit out of sorts. She’s 14 days away from marrying an Earl but she’s really having a hard time wrapping her mind around the logistics of the marriage bed. She’s never experienced even a kiss much less a lusty man that she’s had to contend with. Her sisters who are all married but one aren’t sharing any information and quite frankly she’s frustrated. She needs knowledge! Because of rumors around London Pippa heads to The Fallen Angel, a gaming hell, to ask a man named Cross to help her with her research.

When Pippa shows up in Cross’s office saying that she needs ruining he’s thinking he’d be more than happy to accommodate her, but he won’t. He’s fascinated by the woman and almost everything about her from the minute he meets her but he won’t have anything to do with her learning any information. The pair have a strange and complicated relationship over the days leading up to Pippa’s wedding and in that time, they fall in love. Cross, however, has no intention of being with Pippa on a permanent basis as he feels he doesn’t deserve her or her inner goodness.

Cross is actually an Earl but he has forsworn the title for the past seven years and it centered around the death of his brother and the injury of his sister. Cross has a relationship with Digger Knight who runs a lower gaming hell and Knight has power of Cross from year earlier. When Knight thinks to blackmail Cross into doing his bidding, Cross vows to ruin the man. Unfortunately things don’t always work out the way they’re planned and he Cross ends up getting assistance when and from whom he least expects it.

I loved this book from almost start to finish. I was almost completely engrossed in the story by page 5 and couldn’t stop reading it after that.

Cross is such a tortured man. A lot of what he’s feeling is his own guilt toward an incident involving his family years prior. He’s quite the stubborn fellow, I must say. Even when I thought he would give in to Pippa and his love for her he refused to make himself happy. Stupid Man! lol Luckily it all ended well but he had me going for a darned long time.

Pippa - omg I loved that woman. She was just so…unafraid. She would think things out and hypothesize and then do what she needed to do, or say what she needed to say. If she wanted to go somewhere, she walked. I loved that she put on no airs and was just matter of fact. I ached for her when Cross was being incredibly stubborn but even then she wasn’t going to sit back and get passed by.

Now, the whole part of the story with Digger Knight and Cross, for me, wasn’t explained well. Even after the book ended I never felt like we were given all the background we needed understand and, well, hate Knight like we should have. The Knight aspect of the story also involved Cross’s sister and in that case I felt that there was vital information missing. I don’t want to give things away so I can’t exactly tell you specifics but suffice it to say I was dissatisfied with that portion of the story.

Despite that I really loved this book. Pippa and Cross and their love story is definitely one I will be rereading in the future. MacLean’s writing, imho, keeps getting better and better – and that’s saying something as I thought her first book was fabulous! lol This is definitely not one that should be missed.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Sarah MacLean

What I Read Last Week

Well I don’t know if this is “officially” Blue Monday but it certainly feels that way to me. I was helping my parents pack all weekend long and they are loading the truck with their belongings as we speak. Tonight will probably be the last time I see them for a darned long time and, well, it’s hard. I know there are phones and of course Skype but it just won’t be the same without them within driving distance! I’m very sad, to say the least.

Because of my youngest kiddle being sick last week and of course being at my parents’ house all weekend I didn’t get all that much reading done and NO m/m. That’s just wrong. lol!


I started off the week with A Rainbow for Christmas by Mary Montague Sikes. This is a western historical about a woman and her niece who are heading to Denver to start a new life. Meg has been promised in marriage to a man she’s never met but she HAS to marry him so that she can save her family’s farm. She meets the wagon master, Cade, and falls in love with him. She scared and confused and doesn’t know what to do. This was a very sweet novella. There were some parts that I loved and other parts where I wondered why there were in the book at all as they seemed like filler. It wasn’t too terribly deep but a nice way to pass some time. 3 out of 5 (Read for Book Binge) 

Next was a historical called When She Was Wicked by Anne Barton. This story was about a seamstress who is trying to feed her mother and sister and pay for doctor bills and medicine for her mother. She resorts to extortion but a man she picks, a duke, decides that he’s going to catch the thief who is trying to take advantage of him and his sisters. Instead of jail the duke hires her to make new wardrobes for his sisters. The pair fall in love but their stations prevent them from being together…or do they? This was a nice historical but nothing that rocked my world. I didn’t understand the duke’s motivations for letting Anabelle into his home and family life and there were some other issues I had with the story. 3 out of 5 (read for Book Binge)

Next up was Kiss Me by Codi Gary, Cheryl Harper & Jaclyn Hatcher. This is an anthology that’s being released on Feb. 5th for Valentine’s Day. It’s got 3 V-Day novella’s in it and their cute. I’ll post my review for this later this week. 

Lord of Darkness by Elizabeth Hoyt was another wonderful book in the Maiden Lane series. Godric St. John got married 2 years earlier to a woman he didn’t know because he was bribed by her brother to do so. The woman, Megs, was pregnant by another man. She’s been living in the country the entire time and they don’t know each other at all. Megs, however, has decided that she needs a baby (having lost the first) and heads to London to seduce her husband. Both Godric and Megs have issues with betraying their dead loves and this doesn’t make things easy between them…and then there’re the issues with the Ghost of St. Giles. This was the kind of book where you’re completely engrossed and then it’s over and you’re saying – hey! I want more! lol It had a slightly different feel to it than previous books in this series but still really great. (releases Feb. 26) 4.5 out of 5 

Last for the week was Angels’ Dance by Nalini Singh. This story is a prequel novella as it takes place 400 years before the current books started. This is Jessamy’s story and if you’ve been reading the Guild Hunter stories you’ll know that she’s the teacher from the Refuge. She also has a damaged wing that can never be repaired so she can never fly. She meets Galen who is joining Raphael’s court to become his weapons master. The pair fall in love but Jessamy’s not sure if she can trust herself to give her heart to a man when she knows she can’t leave the Refuge. I just adored this story. I loved Galen. I loved Jessamy. I really loved their story and the way Singh wrote it. This was so very good, and definitely worth reading. 5 out of 5

My Book Binge reviews that posted last week:
A Breath of Scandal by Elizabeth Essex

Happy Reading!

Review: How to Misbehave by Ruthie Knox

What woman can resist a hot man in a hard hat? Beloved author Ruthie Knox kicks off her new Camelot series with this deliciously sexy original novella, in which a good girl learns how to misbehave . . . with all her heart.

As program director for the Camelot Community Center, Amber Clark knows how to keep her cool. That is, until a sudden tornado warning forces her to take shelter in a darkened basement with a hunk of man whose sex appeal green lights her every fantasy. With a voice that would melt chocolate, he asks her if she is okay. Now she’s hot all over and wondering: How does a girl make a move?

Building contractor Tony Mazzara was just looking to escape nature’s fury. Instead, he finds himself all tangled up with lovely Amber. Sweet and sexy, she’s ready to unleash her wild side. Their mutual desire reaches a fever pitch and creates a storm of its own—unexpected, powerful, and unforgettable. But is it bigger than Tony can handle? Can he let go of painful memories and let the force of this remarkable woman show him a future he never dreamed existed?


Amber Clark is at work at the community center when the tornado siren goes off. She’s there late because one of the workers who is doing construction on the new wing is still there. Yes, Amber has had a crush on the guy from afar but she’s never actually talked to him. Now she has to hang out in the basement with him? Yikes! She’s not sure if that’s a good thing or a bad one.

Tony Mazzara has noticed Amber looking at him but he really hadn’t given her much notice. He thought she kind of looked like a “nice” harmless bunny. Amber is nice but not as nice as he thinks. When they get talking in the basement they learn a lot about each other and Tony realizes that he would love to help this woman learn how to misbehave. He wants to teach her lots of stuff in the bedroom but he can’t get involved with her because of his past. He wasn’t counting on the harmless bunny knocking him to his knees.

This was such a great novella. As the first story in a series about Amber and her siblings it was a great kick-off. I loved the differences between the two characters and how they worked through them. I also really liked the honesty between the two that started in a blackened basement. They felt like they could say anything and they weren’t afraid to admit some things they might not have otherwise.

Though Tony and Amber fall for each other pretty quickly, Knox just made it all work for me. Though it’s only a little over 100 pages I found the story to be fun, exciting, sexy, hot, heart wrenching and sweet all in one shot. I will definitely be reading book 2 in this series.

Rating: 4 out of 5


Ruthie Knox

Review: Caught in Amber by Cathy Pegau

Recently out of rehab, Sasha James is determined to keep her head down, complete her parole and never touch amber again. The chip in her neck controls her cravings for the highly addictive drug, but also tracks her every move. Not that she goes anywhere other than work and the halfway house she calls home—a far cry from her luxurious former life as lover of the mining colony's top drug dealer, Guy Christiansen.

Agent Nathan Sterling has no desire to see Sasha fall back into amber, but his sister has become Guy's latest conquest and the unexpectedly attractive Sasha is the key to getting her back. So in exchange for an introduction, he offers Sasha the one thing she can't refuse—her freedom. From the chip, her parole and even the planet if she wants. Though he would be sorry to see her go…

Torn between her growing attraction to Nathan, fear of Guy and the allure of amber, Sasha accepts. But who will save her if Guy refuses to let her go a second time.


Sasha is a paroled felon and a recovering amber addict. She had once been on the arm of one of the most powerful men in the city of Pandalus, Guy Christiansen – a shipping magnate and drug dealer - but when she left his house she ended up stealing to support her amber habit. She was incarcerated but now she is a parolee just trying to make it through each day without using again. She has a chip embedded in her skin that identifies her as a criminal and she just waits for the day that she can be deactivated and liver her life without someone looking over her shoulder.

Sasha is approached one night by Nathan who is on a mission. She is leery of him, with good reason, but agrees to talk to him. He is out to save his sister who has started working for Guy Christiansen and he wants her out of there before she become addicted to amber which is called being “caught in amber.” Sasha wants nothing to do with Guy or his drugs and she is adamant about not helping Nathan until he says that he can get her chip deactivated for her. This intrigues and excites her as that’s what she dreams of. All she has to do is introduce Nathan to Guy under the premise that Nathan is trying to set up drug shipments and her part is done. Nothing’s ever easy though and Sasha’s part in the scheme ends up being more than she bargained for. She also didn’t plan on having feelings for Nathan but it ends up being something that she can’t control.

Caught in Amber brought a new world to me. Apparently there is a first book in this series – which I think I remember reading about but as I don’t read f/f (normally) I wasn’t interested. I may go back and read it now as I liked the world that Pegau created. It seemed kind contemporary but had lots of things like credits and air cars and other fun things. It did mention something about 2095 but it seemed like that had been in the past for these character so I’m guessing it was even farther in the future.

The story itself was a little slower going at first. I didn’t particularly care for the way that Nathan was using Sasha to get what he wanted but he was completely desperate and I understood the drive to get his sister out of Guy’s house as soon as he could. However, Nathan KNEW that Guy was still in love with Sasha so he should have expected that Guy wouldn’t just let her introduce him and then fly out of his life again. I just didn’t understand that.

Sasha was great. She was stronger than she thought she was and I admired her for that. She kept her feet on the ground, even when she was in the presence of the amber and could have easily slipped up and used again. She really was the glue that kept the story together in my eyes.

Now as we got further into the story it showed Nathan becoming more attached to Sasha but while I really liked that they were getting together it wasn’t a “romantic” togetherness. I saw that it could become that but in this story that didn’t happen. Though it was slower at first the story built and grew as it went on and then it came to the exciting part. This was all really good and I enjoyed it but Nathan’s actions when things came to a head seemed over the top and uncalled for at that moment.

Turning the last page, I was satisfied with the conclusion of the story. I will be keeping my eye on this author to see what she brings forth in the future.

Rating: 3.75 out of 5

Cathy Pegau

Saturday Song

Here's Save Me by Shinedown. Enjoy!

Review: Trick of Time by JL Merrow

When Ted Ennis steps out the doors of the Criterion Theatre for a cigarette and finds himself in Victorian London, he begins to doubt his sanity. At first he thinks it's all a film set, and is sure that the strikingly handsome young man leaning against a lamppost must be the leading man…

What starts as a sordid transaction with a beautiful rent boy quickly turns into something much deeper, drawing him back again and again as he gets to know Jem and craves meaningful encounters with him.

But Ted doesn't understand the exact conditions necessary for his trips through time—and for Jem, time may actually be running out. Now Ted has one last shot to get back to Jem and save their relationship, before it's too late…

It’s been 18 months since Ted’s parents and partner died in a car crash. Ted isn’t physically 100% but he’s enjoying his job at the Criterion theatre very much. One night after he gets things settled for the production he heads out for a smoke and finds what he thinks is a movie set. He ends up talking to a rent boy named Jem who Ted thinks might be an actor. Though Jem “takes care of” Ted, Ted has no money to pay Jem but promises to bring money to him the next day.

Ted thinks he might be losing his mind, especially when his boss says there’s no movie set. Ted also thinks that it all might be in his mind and that he’s personally manipulating it. Both wrong. Ted actually is going back to 1886 and spending time with Jem makes him happier than he can remember being since the accident. The two end up exploring the city in 1886 and have a wonderful time together, getting closer emotionally as well as physically.

One night Ted heads out to see Jem but when he opens the front door he still in his time. He freaks and doesn’t manage to get back to Victorian London for 3 months. When he does he finds out some distressing news about Jem and is determined to change history. He finds a way to get back to Jem as he was when Ted first met him, but he’s not sure he’ll be able to get Jem to understand the urgency of the situation, and Ted can’t see life without Jem.

Let me start by saying that I think JL Merrow is becoming one of my favorite authors. Her books draw me in every time and just don’t let go.
I’ve read some of her work but lucky for me there’s a huge list of her books that I haven’t read that will keep me busy for a while. :) This book was no different. There’s a certain quietness about Merrow’s books that ease you into the story and then sock it to you emotionally. The creativity and originality of how Ted time traveled in this story was really quite brilliant as well.

With Ted and Jem things happen relatively quickly but no once did I doubt their feelings for each other. I loved that while Jem might have doubted Ted’s claim that he was from a different time he didn’t ever let Ted know. I loved that Ted could find Jem after he thought the rest of his life would be spent alone after the tragedy that he had endured. Ted never once looked at Jem as any less of a person for being a rent boy and I highly admired him for that.

In the end this was a great story that I know I’ll be rereading in the not so distant future.

Rating: 4 out of 5

 
JL Merrow

Guest Author (+ a Giveaway): LA Witt - How My Life Has Changed Since I Got Published

Welcome to the Riptide Publishing/L. A. Witt blog tour for Something New Under the Sun, the sequel to my vampire/cyberpunk novella, A Chip In His Shoulder


Every comment on this blog tour enters you in a drawing for a choice of two eBooks off my backlist (excluding Something New Under the Sun) and a $10 Riptide Publishing store credit. Entries close at midnight, Eastern time, on January 27th, and winners will be announced on January 28th. Contest is NOT restricted to U.S. entries. 


How My Life Has Changed Since I Got Published 

So as it happens, the release of Something New Under the Sun on January 21st coincided with the 4th anniversary of the first publishing contract I ever received. Four years to the day after selling that first book, I’m releasing my…43rd? 44th? Something like that. And as I did last year – see What Three Years Have Taught Me – I’m looking back on the last few years, this time comparing how my life has changed as a direct result of this awesome job.

I’m definitely working more hours now than I ever have. I’ve pretty much lost track of the days of the week, and my “weekends” happen whenever I feel like I need a break (or want to spend time with the hubby, of course). But I also get to wear my pajamas to work, and my commute is about 20 feet. Can’t argue with that.

I’ve made some amazing friends in this business. Writers, editors, reviewers, and of course, readers. It’s great to be connected with people who are excited about reading and/or writing. It’s kind of funny how I’m geographically separated from every one of my colleagues, but feel better connected to them than I did many (not all, Kelley!) of the co-workers with whom I shared a work environment.

And being a job, it has a paycheck. After being told for years I’d never be able to make a living as a writer, I was rather stunned when my writing income reached a point – and remained there – where I could continue to write full-time upon moving back to the States in late 2011. By mid-2012, the numbers had risen above what I’m qualified to make in the corporate world. (Don’t read too far into that: I’m not qualified to make much in the corporate world LOL) The point being? I discovered it is possible to make a living at this, and I’m much happier with my life in general now that I’m making a living doing what I enjoy.

One of the coolest things, though, is that I finally feel like I’m doing something. Back when I was a customer service drone, I almost wore out my Sugarland CD during my commute to and from the office. Why? Because of a particular track titled “Something More.” I spent many, many commutes listening to that track over and over and thinking, “That’s so true. There has to be more than this.” Cheesy, maybe, but I really was unhappy with what I was doing. Or rather, what I was not doing. Miserable? Ooh, yeah.

Less than five years later, I feel like I’m doing something. Not changing the world or curing cancer, but doing more than just shuffling papers and pushing pencils. I’m happy with my career, and have been since the beginning.

Yeah, this career has its tough moments, but looking back? I wouldn’t change a thing.


The Author:
L.A. Witt is an abnormal M/M romance writer currently living in the glamorous and ultra-futuristic metropolis of Omaha, Nebraska, with her husband, two cats, and a disembodied penguin brain that communicates with her telepathically. In addition to writing smut and disturbing the locals, L.A. is said to be working with the US government to perfect a genetic modification that will allow humans to survive indefinitely on Corn Pops and beef jerky. This is all a cover, though, as her primary leisure activity is hunting down her arch nemesis, erotica author Lauren Gallagher, who is also said to be lurking somewhere in Omaha.

L. A.’s backlist is available on her website, and updates (as well as random thoughts and the odd snarky comment) can be found on her blog or on Twitter (@GallagherWitt). 

SOMETHING NEW UNDER THE SUN Blurb: 

Liam Lansing is heir to a prominent family of bio-modified vampires. That is, until he chooses the wrong lover and is cast down to the Gutter to scrape for his life.

Daniel Harding is heir to Cybernetix and a prince of the corporate Sky. That is, until his ideology drives his father to put a price on his head, forcing him into the Gutter.

But Daniel and Liam won’t vanish meekly into the smog. Together, they plan to rip open the hidden corruption that runs the Sky—for vengeance, for justice, and for hope. They strike against the corporations in a daring raid. When everything goes wrong, Daniel must betray his core beliefs to save the man he loves and protect his dangerous secret. Only through courage in the face of death—or worse—might he and Liam change the world they live in and create something new under the sun.

Something New Under the Sun is available January 21st from Riptide Publishing. Also available: the prequel, A Chip In His Shoulder.

Review: Something New Under the Sun by LA Witt

Liam Lansing is heir to a prominent family of bio-modified vampires. That is, until he chooses the wrong lover and is cast down to the Gutter to scrape for his life.

Daniel Harding is heir to Cybernetix and a prince of the corporate Sky. That is, until his ideology drives his father to put a price on his head, forcing him into the Gutter.

But Daniel and Liam won’t vanish meekly into the smog. Together, they plan to rip open the hidden corruption that runs the Sky—for vengeance, for justice, and for hope. They strike against the corporations in a daring raid. When everything goes wrong, Daniel must betray his core beliefs to save the man he loves and protect his dangerous secret. Only through courage in the face of death—or worse—might he and Liam change the world they live in and create something new under the sun.


We first meet Daniel and Liam in the previous book, Chip in His Shoulder, and that meeting was both stressful, deadly and a renewal of a relationship that they both thought was long over.

Daniel is a man fighting against the technological modifications (mods) that society has gotten so entrenched in. He feels that the companies who are producing these products – his father’s company included and at the top of the list – are fleecing and taking advantage of the public. Liam is a man who used to live in luxury in the Sky but his family had spurned him and he’d ended up in the gutter. Now Liam and Daniel are together again, and their out to get Daniel’s father and his company and end their reign of mod terror.

Daniel and Liam set out originally to get into Daniel’s father’s building and steal some of the UV mod that will make it possible for vampires to walk in the sun. The company, Cybernetics, as well as a couple of others, keep telling the vampires that the mod is still in the research and development stage when in reality the product is complete. If they tell the vampires about it, however, all the millions of dollars that the vampires are putting into those companies will stop. When Daniel and Liam head to one of Daniel’s friends house they discover something else. Cybernetix has also created a mutation of the vampire mod that would make vampires lethally sensitive to any light in the spectrum. The men decide that the only way anyone will believe them about the dangerous mods is to have the products in hand. They plan to break in steal the products and then somehow get someone to listen to them.

Daniel and Liam get the products but something goes horribly wrong when it’s tested on Liam. In order to save Liam’s life Daniel actually gets mods himself and tries to save the man he loves while putting those he holds closest to his heart in danger. Daniel’s father isn’t a man to mess around with and he’ll do anything in his power to get what he wants.

It was so nice to read this longer story that is set in the Gutter and the Sky. I liked the first novella set in this world with Daniel and Liam but this book brought it all to a whole new level. We got to see deeper into both the mens’ lives and in Daniel’s case see what a true bastard his father was as well as another interesting twist. While the story was not focused on the romance between the two men the book definitely showed us a deepening of the men’s love for each other and proof of the lengths they would go to keep the other safe and by their side. The book was a great mix of love, family, sex, friendship, anger and resentment with a wonderful dose of action adventure right in the middle of it all. A really great book for those who enjoy a great mix of love, family, sex, friendship, an “other” world, anger and resentment with a wonderful dose of action adventure right in the middle of it all.

Rating: 4 out of 5

LA Witt

What I Read Last Week

Good Morning! 
How are you all on this fine Martin Luther King, Jr. Day? I'm happily off of work today and and I wish I could say it's wonderful but my youngest got the flu so I'm having an....interesting day. :) Hopefully this won't be one of the really bad cases that has been going around *cross fingers*. We'll be spending the day watching movies which will be great – ok laundry and house cleaning will be stuck in there too but I'm trying to ignore those aspects of the day. Lol 

I hope you all had a great week. Did anyone do anything super fun this past weekend? 

Did any of you try to get one of Anne Tenino's cock sculptures? She's notifying winners today so if any of you win you need to let me know – maybe take a picture with your new cock when you get it. :) 

Oh and stop on Wednesday when I'll be hosting LA Witt and she's got a great giveaway as well. :)

Ok – On to what I read last week: 

First up was Anne Tenino's Too Stupid To Live. I really liked this book for a lot of different reasons. I have to say that I didn't read The Fix (yet) so I didn't get to see what an ass Ian was before I opened TSTL (I've heard he was a jerk in The Fix). Anyway, you can read all of my thoughts on TSTL here in my review. 4.25 out of 5 

Next up was A Breath of Scandal by Elizabeth Essex. This was the story of a Antigone whose mother tries to engage her to a man twice her age. Antigone refuses but the mother says that they'll just have an “agreement” for a few month and that Antigone doesn't have to actually go through with the marriage. Antigone is not your typical heroine and when she meets Will Jellicoe he's more than happy to show her how to misbehave. Unfortunately she really IS engage to another man so Will and Antigone can't be together. This was a good yet sometimes frustrating book. I liked Will a lot but sometimes Antigone was just too over the top for my liking. The mother in this book was a complete hag and I disliked her intensely. 3 out of 5 (read for Book Binge) 

Star Crossed by Kele Moon is the second book in the Battered Hearts series. This is about a lawyer named Juliet who meets a cage fighter named Romeo and you got it, they fall in love. There are a ton of things that should keep them apart but Jules and Romeo won't let anything stand in their way of being together. You can read my full review here. 4 out of 5 

My next read was Something New Under the Sun by LA Witt. This is the second book in the Falling Sky series and continues the story of Daniel and Liam and their fight against Daniel's father. They work to get the prototypes for a mod that will kill vampires (of which Liam is one) so that they can stop Daniel's father in his tracks. My review will post tomorrow so you can read more of my thoughts then. 4 out of 5 

Unforgivable by Joanna Chambers was next up. The story is about a woman who marries a man who she thinks wants to marry her. Unfortunately he HAS to marry her in order to get the lands back that his father gambled away. She has been sick and is thin and still has scarring. He is disgusted. He takes her to the country and leaves her there for five years before she decides she's had enough. She now is a beautiful woman but can she forgive him for his desertion and can he forgive her for a lie she told as well? I really liked the writing in this book A LOT, I really did. Unfortunately I didn't love the story all that much and the angst made me a bit nuts. I wanted the hubby to grovel so much more than he did and I was bit mad at the heroine that she accepted him so easily. This was read for The Book Binge so I'll let you know when the review posts. 3.5 out of 5 

Mutegi's Sweet One by Charlie Richards is book 1 in the Kontra's Menagerie series. From what Tam told me it's a spin off from a previous series. All the men in the bike club are gay and they are all various types of shifters. Mutegi is a warthog shifter (snort) and he meets his mate on the side of the road when Ben and his sister and niece's car breaks down. The bike club help not only with the car but with the evil ex husband of the sister. Ben and Mutegi fall in love pretty fast and there wasn't a whole lot of depth to the story but it was cute anyway. 2.5 out of 5 

Last for the week was Big Bad Bite by Jessie Lane. This story is about a shifter hybrid who's half wolf and half demon – the only known hybrid of this sort that's known to exist. She's been secluded her whole life but now she's on a SWAT team and meeting all sorts of various shifters and demons. Her and her new friends are trying to find out information about an Eastern European shifter pack and what they're up to. In the meantime the Alpha of the nearest pack to her new home, Adam, wants Jenna for his mate but she's not sure that's what she wants. I liked the premise of this story but I didn't care for the writing style. There was a lot of inner thought and introspection, lengthy descriptions and info dumps that really threw me out of the story and frankly bored me. If the authors tighten things up and get rid of excess it would have been a good book. 2 out of 5 


My Book Binge reviews that posted last week: 

Happy Reading! 

Saturday Song

Here's Harvey Danger with Flagpole Sitta on a lovely Saturday afternoon. Enjoy!

 



I had visions, I was in them,
I was looking into the mirror
To see a little bit clearer
The rottenness and evil in me


Fingertips have memories,
But can't forget the curves of your body
So when I feel a bit naughty
I run it up the flagpole and see who salutes
(But no one ever does)

I'm not sick, but I'm not well
and I'm so hot 'cause I'm in hell


Been around the world and found
That only stupid people are breeding
The cretins cloning and feeding
And I don't even own a TV


Put me in the hospital for nerves
And then they had to commit me
You told them all I was crazy
They cut off my legs now I'm an amputee, Goddamn you


I'm not sick, but I'm not well
And I'm so hot cause I'm in hell
I'm not sick, but I'm not well
And it's a sin, to live so well


I wanna publish 'zines
And rage against machines
I wanna pierce my tongue
It doesn't hurt, it feels fine

The trivial sublime
I'd like to turn off time
And kill my mind
You kill my mind

Mind...


Paranoia, paranoia
Everybody's comin' to get me
Just say you never met me
I'm runnin' underground with the moles

Diggin' holes
Hear the voices in my head
I swear to God it sounds like they're snoring
But if you're bored then you're boring
The agony and the irony, they're killing me, whoa!


I'm not sick, but I'm not well
And I'm so hot cause I'm in hell
I'm not sick, but I'm not well
And it's a sin to live this well


(One, two, three, four!)

Review: Star Crossed by Kele Moon

Heavyweight MMA fighter, Romeo Wellings comes from the hard streets of New York where his family ties to the mafia cause him nothing but pain. His life takes a surprising detour when he crosses paths with the twin sister of his long time enemy. After a steamy one-night stand, he faces the fight of his life, but it’s not in the cage. The secret relationship that blooms between Romeo and his real life Juliet has him battling his family and a dark past rather than let her go. 



The only lawyer in her hometown of Garnet, Jules Conner is also a volunteer Sheriff’s deputy and co-owner of a successful MMA training center. Strong and dependable, Jules is always there for those who need her. Until one forbidden night in Las Vegas with Romeo leaves her feeling so alive she can’t stop reaching out to the sexy, bad boy of MMA, even knowing the forbidden love affair could jeopardize everything.



As the tide rises against them and the people they love work at keeping them apart, Romeo and Jules hold onto a dream for a better life together and vow to go down fighting rather than accept a tragic ending.


In book one of this series Romeo Wellings, a MMA fighter, got beat in a championship fight. He later proved himself a hero, however, when he saved his opponents girlfriend from getting kidnapped by her psycho ex. Juliet Conner is a lawyer and friend to the almost kidnapped Melody, as well as her fighter boyfriend, Clay. Jules approaches Romeo and offers to buy him dinner in thanks for his heroic actions. Romeo is wildly attracted to Jules and of course says yes. Their dinner is wonderful with great conversation, great food and a ton of sexual tension and lust. They complete their evening in a hotel room together having incredible sex. Jules assumes that when she leaves the hotel room their liaison is complete but then Romeo starts texting her what started off as one hot night turns into a multitude of texts that have them getting to know each other, video chats and phone sex.

Clay is retiring and offers Romeo the chance to train with him. Yes, Romeo knows he needs the training in certain areas but the main reason he’s heading to Garnet is because that’s where Juliet lives. He knows he should stay away from Juliet. His half brothers, Nova and Tino – especially Nova – are entrenched in the Mafia and Nova and Tino’s father hates Romeo. He’ll do anything he can to bring him down and Romeo obviously doesn’t want Juliet exposed to that. He can’t keep himself away however.

Jules and Romeo continue their love affair once Romeo gets to Garnet but there are so many people who would be upset about their love that they keep it to themselves. Wyatt, Jules’s twin brother is the biggest roadblock but Jules knows that she must tell him because there’s no way she’s letting Romeo go.

This story started off a bit slower for me than book one. I liked Romeo from his first appearance on the page but with Jules it took a little longer to lean to like her. I almost began to think that the book was going to be based purely on sex but when Jules and Romeo started texting it brought a whole different aspect to their relationship. Yes, they were having phone sex, and eventually video chats, but it had a sweeter feel to it all. It almost felt that they were falling in love too quickly but with the book covering a matter of months within the first few chapters it worked. Kele Moon brought yearning to be with your partner to a whole new level.

The book kept getting better and better and went somewhere near the end that I just wasn’t expecting, but was oh so good. Romeo and Juliet got the happily ever after that their Shakespearian predecessors didn’t get and tht made me quite happy. I can’t wait to read book three and hope we don’t have to wait until it’s done.

Rating: 4 out of 5

Kele Moon

Review: Too Stupid To Live by Anne Tenino

It isn't true love until someone gets hurt.

Sam’s a new man. Yes, he’s still too tall, too skinny, too dorky, too gay, and has that unfortunate addiction to romance novels, but he’s wised up. His One True Love is certainly still out there, but he knows now that real life is nothing like fiction. He’s cultivated the necessary fortitude to say “no” to the next Mr. Wrong, no matter how hot, exciting, and/or erotic-novel-worthy he may be.

Until he meets Ian.

Ian’s a new man. He’s pain-free, has escaped the job he hated and the family who stifled him, and is now—possibly—ready to dip his toe into the sea of relationships. He’s going to be cautious, though, maybe start with someone who knows the score and isn’t looking for anything too complicated. Someone with experience and simple needs that largely revolve around the bedroom.

Until he meets Sam.

Sam’s convinced that Ian is no one’s Mr. Right. Ian’s sure that Sam isn’t his type. They can’t both be wrong . . . can they?


Sam is trying to rush home with a new romance novel hidden in his jacket when he is hit with a rugby ball and goes down. That’s what he gets for not paying attention and walking across the field! lol He’s helped back up by Ian who is a complete hottie in Sam’s book, but when Sam asks Ian out for coffee Ian tells him that he’s not his type. Awww – very sad.

Sam and Ian run into each other again at Sam’s best friend Nik’s party. Turns out that Nik’s boyfriend Jurgen is Ian’s cousin. Small world, isn’t it? Ian and Sam have some hot sex after the party but then don’t see each other again. In fact Ian had no intention of seeing Sam…ever. When they run into each other again Ian realizes that Sam’s a lot hotter than he thought at first. Not as tall and awkward as he first thought – and he’s got a mouth to die for. After yet another interlude Ian proposes that he and Sam have casual sex a couple of times a week with the knowledge that nothing more will come of it. Sam knows that he shouldn’t say yes because he’s holding out for Mr. Right and not Mr. Right Now but Ian’s hot and they have great sex together so he goes for it. He really doesn't want to be the TSTL heroine but he can't help himself with Ian.

It doesn’t take long for the pair of men to start to see more and more of each other and start falling in love. Ian has some emotional issues, however, and those need be worked through and before he can truly commit to Sam.

So when I read the blurb to this book I was definitely intrigued and knew I wanted to read it. I love Anne Tenino’s stories and knew it would have some humor in it but this was really an all out romantic comedy. Yes, there were definitely periods of seriousness and those were really well done, but for the most part this book kept me in stitches.

Sam is a writer (though we don’t see him writing all that much) and loves romance novels (yay Sam!). He has his ideas of his perfect hero and he’s A-OK with being the heroine. He loves them Highlanders and a man in a kilt just yanks his chain. His inner monologue sometimes just had me laughing out loud and my kids were looking at me like I was nuts when I would just burst out laughing.

As I said there were periods of seriousness and those, for the most part, were on Ian’s side. He hadn’t come out until recently and even then only to those who asked. His father is bastard who wants him with a woman and Ian is working though a bunch of emotional crap and his own roadblocks he’d put up when it came to actually dating and possibly having a long term relationship with a man. Sam and Ian really worked this stuff out together and I thought that they each brought something special to the relationship and helped each other in ways that they couldn’t have done on their own. I loved the very real aspects of the story and the characters and this book definitely floated my boat. (Does anyone say that anymore? Well, I guess I do. lol) This is one not to be missed.

Rating: 4.25 out of 5

Anne Tenino

Guest Author (+ a rockin' giveaway): Anne Tenino - A Matter of Character

Welcome to the Too Stupid to Live Blog Tour!


Normally, I’d be throwing confetti around (as in my last couple of blog tours) but this time I decided to go bigger—I’m giving away original artwork. For those of you not familiar with my male genital sculptures (that makes them sound so respectable, doesn’t it?), I’ll direct you here http://annetenino.com/x-rated-crochet-gallery/ to my website, where I’m showcasing the ones I’ve made in the past, and the ones I’m giving away for this blog tour. For those of you dying to win, the details are at the bottom of this post (but really, it’s only polite to read the post first, right?).

On that note, I’ll stop the intro stuff and get on with it.

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If you read earlier posts in this blog tour, you know Sam is a character who originally showed up in Whitetail Rock, a free novella that I wrote in July 2011 (available here http://annetenino.com/books/whitetail-rock/). WR is the story of Nik and Jurgen, and Sam is Nik’s best friend, and he has a well-developed role and personality in the story.
 

Ian first appeared on the scene in The Fix, a short follow-up to WR (available here http://annetenino.com/books/the-fix/). Ian is Jurgen’s cousin, and not to put too fine a point on it, Ian was a jerk. He didn’t get a lot of screen time in the story, but he very clearly came across as prick.
 

When I began writing Too Stupid to Live in 2011 I had very firm ideas of who Sam and Ian were. Sam and Ian begged to differ, however. In fact, they spent a fair amount of time telling me their story wasn’t what I thought it would be. You see, when I write, I generally start with characters. I have these guys in my head, and they want other people to know their stories (seriously, if they tell you otherwise they’re totally lying), and it’s my job to do so.

However, sometimes problems arise when what they’re telling me happens and what I want to happen aren’t the same. I hate that. We have words at these times (sometimes in places like the pasta aisle at the grocery store, which I’ve noticed is worrisome for other shoppers). But ultimately, it’s their story, so I give in. That’s what happened with Ian and Sam, but mostly Ian.

At first, I thought Ian had dark hair and was really non-communicative in general. Turned out he’s more of a blond, or at least a very light brown (Sam thinks it’s caramel colored). I also thought he was pretty much rude and noncommunicative to everyone, and by the end of the book he would be a nice guy to Sam, but pretty much only to Sam.

Nope, not the way it went down.
 

Back then, I also had a very different plot in mind for Sam and Ian. I originally thought that—because Ian was so lame and had “issues” to work through—they’d break up in the beginning-middle of the book, and the rest of the story would be about Ian and Sam finding their way back to each other.

Well, no. That didn’t happen either.

Here’s a small excerpt from that original plot (plus a note to myself), but let me be clear—this does not happen in the final version of Too Stupid to Live and it has no relationship to the things that actually occur between Sam and Ian. I’m mostly pasting this in to show you how big a tool Ian 1.0 was.

"Sam, if I were your friend, I wouldn't want you seeing a bastard like me."

"If you were my friend?" Sam choked out a short laugh. He pretty much only got out one 'heh'.

[They're at Ian's place when he dumps Sam.]

"I'm going out for a bit. Maybe you could...," Ian made some useless gesture with his fingers, standing in the open doorway. "Just get your, uh... stuff out. I'll give you two hours." He wouldn't even look at Sam.

Then Ian shut the door behind him with a click.

It was the most humiliating, soul-destroying noise Sam had ever heard. It echoed in his heart over and over while he wandered around the house, grabbing occasional things that came across his path. He was pretty sure they were his.

By the time he got to the bedroom, his chest ached so much he was sure he was having a heart attack. He saw his underwear lying on the floor. Sam picked them up, threw them and the rest of the shit he was carrying in his backpack and got the hell out.

He was halfway home before he realized he wasn't wearing shoes.

Yeah, so Ian? He was a loser. But after almost nine months of writing (which got scarily like being pregnant), I’m happy to report Ian’s not a complete ass. He’s kind of a jerk in the beginning, I’ll admit, but he changes fast, and their relationship ended up being very different than I expected. Much better than I’d hoped, actually.

In the end (also much like being pregnant), I was happy with the result, and where Sam and Ian ended up. But if you need more convincing, let me entice you with the blurb:


Too Stupid to Live Blurb

It isn’t true love until someone gets hurt.

Sam’s a new man. Yes, he’s still too tall, too skinny, too dorky, too gay, and has that unfortunate addiction to romance novels, but he’s wised up. His One True Love is certainly still out there, but he knows now that real life is nothing like fiction. He’s cultivated the necessary fortitude to say “no” to the next Mr. Wrong, no matter how hot, exciting, and/or erotic-novel-worthy he may be.

Until he meets Ian.

Ian’s a new man. He’s pain-free, has escaped the job he hated and the family who stifled him, and is now—possibly—ready to dip his toe into the sea of relationships. He’s going to be cautious, though, maybe start with someone who knows the score and isn’t looking for anything too complicated. Someone with experience and simple needs that largely revolve around the bedroom.

Until he meets Sam.

Sam’s convinced that Ian is no one’s Mr. Right. Ian’s sure that Sam isn’t his type. They can’t both be wrong . . . can they?

Buy Link: http://www.riptidepublishing.com/titles/too-stupid-live
 

And now comes the point in the blog post where I ask you the magic question—the one that may lead to you owning your very own crocheted cock sculpture. But first, let’s go over the contest rules, such as they are:

*I’ll be giving away one crocheted cock per post; please include the question you’re answering in your email so I know which post it is.

*Winners will have to provide me with a mailing address to send the penis to after I notify them by email (about January 21st).

*There are no geographic restrictions on winning—I will send anywhere in the world, even to countries in which customs may confiscate the item (although if it doesn’t make it, I won’t be able to provide a replacement, I’m sorry).

*Winners will be chosen randomly from each correct answer I receive by January 20th. That’s two days after the blog tour ends.






To win, correctly answer the question below in the body of an email sent to me at anne @ annetenino.com.

What does Sam sometimes think he’d rather do than finish his MFA in Writing?

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About Anne Tenino: Raised on a steady media diet of Monty Python, classical music and the visual arts, Anne Tenino rocked the mental health world when she was the first patient diagnosed with Compulsive Romantic Disorder. Since that day, Anne has taken on conquering the M/M world through therapeutic writing. Finding out who those guys having sex in her head are and what to do with them has been extremely liberating.

Anne's husband finds it liberating as well, although in a somewhat different way. Her two daughters are mildly confused by Anne's need to twist Ken dolls into odd positions. They were raised to be open-minded children, however, and other than occasionally stealing Ken1's strap-on, they let Mom do her thing without interference.

Wondering what Anne does in her spare time? Mostly she lies on the couch, eats bonbons and shirks housework.

Check out what Anne’s up to now by visiting her site. http://annetenino.com


Tracy: Thanks so much for stopping here on your blog tour, Anne.  Love the crocheted cocks!

What I Read Last Week

What a crazy Monday! This is getting to you a bit late today but hey, it’s Monday. lol

So it was back to work for me last week and that was seriously the longest 5 days EVER! :0) Starting back to work after vacation is never fun but that just sucked.

It was a good week despite that. My kids were bored out of their minds because it was the last week of a 3 week break for them. They went back to school today and they were both pretty excited.

Other than that not much to tell so I’ll get on to what I read last week. I don’t have much time today to write this so it’s going to have to be title, author & rating for now and then I’ll come back and write my thoughts at a later time – sorry!!!

Turkey in the Snow by Amy Lane 4 out of 5  (m/m)


Caught in Amber by Cathy Pegau 3.75 out of 5 


One Good Earl Deserves a Lover by Sarah MacLean 4.5 out of 5


 
Abby’s Twin Mates by Darlette Clarke 2 out of 5 Link to review


How To Misbehave by Ruthie Knox 4 out of 5


 
The Lass Wore Black by Karen Ranney 3.25 out of 5


Tri Mates by Lauren Dane 3 out of 5









My Book Binge reviews that posted last week:
The Wicked Wedding of Miss Ellie Vyne by Jayne Fresina 
Precinct 13 by Tate Hallaway 
Secrets of a Wedding Night by Valerie Bowman 
Abby’s Twin Mates by Darlette Clarke


 Happy Reading!

Saturday Song

This song, Tempest by Deftones, is a little different from what I normally like but this one just kind of latched on to my brain and I've not been able to get it out for a bit. lol  Enjoy!

 

Review: The Impetuous Amazon by Sandy James

Megan Feurer is strong and impetuous, like the Fire element she represents. She is an Amazon, sworn to protect humanity from demons, demigods and all manner of supernatural beings who wish ill upon the world. But her fire burns hot and fast, and her unpredictable control of the element brings into question her fitness as an Amazon.

Johann Herrmann chose the life of a Sentinel—a trainer of the four Amazons—to save his sister’s life. Now bound to the patron goddess Rhiannon, he knows his duty demands a solitary existence. But when he’s assigned to evaluate the Fire Amazon, his sacrifice becomes much more difficult.

Megan’s passions ignite a flame that neither she nor Johann can control, and the goddess Freya has reason to fan those flames. A mysterious force is gaining power, and Megan and Johann must join together to fight. And once a passionate fire has started, it’s nearly impossible to stop…


Megan has been having a hard time keeping a low profile in Chicago and the patron goddesses aren't happy. Megan's Sentinel, Johann, is sent to Chicago to not only observe Megan but possibly try to teach her some control.

Any control that Megan had is blown sky high when Johann acts on his feelings. Johann has been in love with Megan for two years and Megan's felt about the same for him. There are obstacles in the way, however. A) Fraternization between Amazon's and Sentinels is about the biggest no-no there can be and B) Megan burst in to flames when she gets too sexually excited. That's fine for her since she's actually a fire amazon but no so great for Johann as he's getting burned – literally. With a little help from Frey Johann learns to overcome that last obstacle but they can't really do anything about the first.

On top of all of this there are teens missing from near Chicago and Megan and Johann investigate. They find a singer by the name of Maxsim Popov who seems to be the thread tying all of the missing girls together – they all were at his concerts right before they disappeared. Maxsim is a bad guy but he has backing by an evil God and that's never a good thing. Maxsim also wants Megan for his own and Johann, as well as Megan, has a huge problem with that.

This is a great second story in the Alliance of the Amazons series. We get to see Artair and Rebecca from book one as well as the other amazons – Water and Air. I loved watching them all get together and fight the bad guys as a team – well done.

The romance in this one is good but more of a building of something that's already there. No wine and roses for these guys because they're fighting demons – but when they get together – it's pretty explosive. The angt in this book is more the fact that the couple can't be together and that makes for some heartbreaking moments. I love how Ms. James describes these moments as they almost make me as if its me who is having their heart torn apart.

I liked the love story in this book, the fight scenes and the bad guys – that about wraps it up. :)

Rating: 4 out of 5

Sandy James

Guest Review: Two Sinful Secrets by Laurel McKee

Another wonderful guest review by Judith!

Every good novelist will testify that the main ingredients in a story are always the same: good characters, a workable plot, and a crisis that brings the story to its most intense point. Almost always that crisis will rest on a bed of dishonesty or secrecy. It never fails to amaze me how many people fear opening up their hearts, their histories, their deepest feelings, always recognizing that most of us have come through some turbulent times relationally and thus, we protect ourselves. Yet, keeping secrets can often be far more destructive than most people anticipate.

It is no secret that this novel involves some fairly hefty secrets—both the hero and the heroine are awash with realities about themselves that are hidden and hidden for a bunch of good reasons. There is no doubt that given the times—the pre-Napoleonic period of European history—and understanding the social norms and rules of male/female interaction, these two characters felt they had viable reasons for partitioning off their lives into the “public” section and the “private” section. No doubt we all do that as most of us are fairly cautious about letting the casual acquaintances we know to have entre into the private sectors of our inner selves. But these two characters have lots that goes waaaaaay back in family history and both find themselves mired in emotions that seemingly have no way of becoming permanent.

Lady Sophia was, for all intent and purpose, a square peg in a round hole. I was almost expecting that the reader would find out she was adopted. She was so out of sync with her family, their expectations of her, their view of how she should behave and fit into the aristocratic social circles that were so important to her parents. Yet this young lady wrecked havoc from her earliest years and all that came to a head when she eloped with a charming and persuasive military retiree who turned out to be far less of an honorable man than Sophia thought. Now she is alone, making her way as best she can, using her considerable card-playing skills to eek out a living, always hoping that in some way and at some future time she could be restored to her family's good graces. The further I got into the novel the more I became convinced that 1) she really didn't believe in the deepest parts of herself that such would ever become reality, and 2) she wasn't really sure she could survive that kind of “death” to who she was.

Dominic, on the other hand, was a man who was very comfortable with himself and his family, with his chosen profession in the theater and as part owner of a gambling club. He was a man who functioned well and was more than pleased to finally find Sophia—a woman who he had met and who had claimed his attention to such an extent that for two years following their one stolen kiss he couldn't forget her. What she didn't know about him was that their families had long nurtured a deep antagonism toward one another based on a “legend” that was more than two hundred years old and which fueled their anger toward one another. Sophia had no idea that she had stumbled onto the one man who could cause her heart to race, her blood to heat, and who had stolen her heart before she even knew it was gone—the one man who would do anything to destroy the family she loved even though they didn't appear to love her in return.

It's easy to see that these two certainly didn't have any kind of easy future together if, in fact, they had any future at all. Yet this book is about the power of attraction, the discomfort of struggling with feelings that made no sense in the face of the ancient angers between their two families. Yet it seems that the sexual chemistry was so strong, the attraction so magnetic, that Sophia and Dominic had little hope of resisting. What they were going to do in the long haul remained to be seen.

This novel is beautifully crafted and Sophia and Dominic's story is couched in the context of an ancient diary, a journal written by the woman whose experience lay at the heart of the old animosity. The reader is aware of all the stresses, the pushes and the pulls that make up their situation, aware that they were either destined to be together or doomed to break each other's hearts. The flow of the story was such that the reader moves seamlessly from scene to scene, with the author laying out the facets of the story with a deft hand. As with all good novels, there's also the “bad guy” who has determined that Sophia will be his, and his determination to take her hostage to his plans and desires become more and more cruel and destructive. So all in all, there's lots going on in this book, lots that will hold the interest and imagination of the reader captive so that most readers, like me, will be sorry the story ends.

I read a lot of books and like most of them. But once in awhile one comes along that really piques my interest beyond the others. This novel is one of those. I can't say it's my most favorite novel ever. But it was a truly enjoyable and satisfying reading experience, one I accomplished in one sitting. It's one I just didn't put down until the final page. It's a book that deserves to be read and appreciated and I hope that those who like historical romance will come to enjoy it as much as I did.

I give it a rating of 4.25 out of 5. 


Laurel McKee

Review: A Marquess for Christmas by Vivienne Westlake

A widow in need of rescue. A dissolute Marquess determined not to marry.

When Violet Laurens is accosted on the road by thieves, a handsome stranger comes to her rescue. He is badly injured and doesn’t remember who he is, so she takes him home and cares for him. But the closer they become, the more Violet fears the inevitable moment when he must leave her.

The Marquess of Kittrick has vowed not to marry, despite his family’s wishes. He wants nothing to do with prim and proper young ladies, even a beautiful widow who makes him question all of his previous assumptions.

Every touch, every glance between them builds a passion that neither can deny—or control. But when Kit is no longer able to hide his identity, will he sacrifice his pride and claim Violet as his own? Or will he return to his dissolute ways and destroy the fragile love he never believed he could find?


Violet is heading home after visiting friends when her carriage is set upon by thieves. Almost immediately she believes she is saved as a lone horseman shows up and tries to save the day. Well, he does save the day but ends up getting hurt in the ensuing struggle. When all is said and done Violet ends up taking the gentleman to her home – she's a widow – and nursing him back to health. When he awakes he knows his name is Kit but nothing else. He knows some things about himself but he can't say who he is or where he lives.
Violet is more than attracted to this man and is pretty darned happy that he can't remember who he is. She knows it's wrong but the longer he takes to figure it all out the more time she'll have with him. They end up becoming bed partners – in a hot and steamy way – as well as friends and companions. The problem is is that after a couple of weeks Kit remembers who he is but he doesn't tell Violet because he doesn't want to leave either. He does write a letter to his sister and brother-in-law telling them that he's fine but that letter ends up being his ultimate downfall. 

This was a charming story filled with lovely characters and some pretty hot bedroom scenes. The couple could go from hot and steamy to fun and bantering to throwing snowballs and I enjoyed every moment of it.

Though I liked Kit he was a pretty spoiled man and that got him into trouble. I could see that Violet would be good for him but he was too stubborn to see it all. Violet was a practical woman for the most part and I really enjoyed her character. She seemed to have it all together and wasn't afraid to put Kit in his place when he needed it. 


Overall it was a great story and a nice Christmas read. 

Rating: 4 out of 5 

Vivienne Westlake

What I Read Last Week

Happy New Year to you all! I hope you had a safe and fun New Year’s Eve. We stayed home with the kids and ended up making cookies at 10:00pm! It kept me awake that’s for sure. lol I wish you a healthy and happy 2013!

This past week was nice. I had Monday and Tuesday off and only had to work 3 days last week which is always nice. It was a relatively quiet week as the kids were gone on Wed. & Thurs. as they spent it with my parents. I think I’d forgotten how quiet the house could be with just hubby and I (and the cat) in it. :)

Anyway, on to what I read this past week which was, except for one glitch, a really good reading week:


I started off the week with Live and Let Love by Gina Robinson. This story is about a spy who works for a division of the CIA. Jack was in an explosion two years prior and pronounced dead. He lived however and got plastic surgery and a new name. He was married though and one of his enemies is “courting” his wif, Willow, to try to draw him out because he apparently doesn’t believe that Jack is dead. Jack heads to Willow’s town to thwart the bad guy but he doesn’t plan on getting close to Willow as he can’t stand the pain of getting close and then having to leave again. This was a good story that was funny and serious in parts. I had a bit of an issue with Jack being able to leave his wife for two years but the author did a good job of making that seem insignificant. You can read my full review here at Book Binge. 3.5 out of 5

Next up was Quid Pro Quo by LA Witt and Aleksandr Voinov. This is story about 2 rent boys who work at a place called Market Gardens. Jared has had a crush on Tristan for months but doesn’t think that Tristan even knows who he is. When a client wants to watch Tristan and Jared together Jared gets to finally put his hands on Tristan the way he’s been dying to. Good story – hot and sexy. You can read my full review here. 4 out of 5 

Blessed Isle by Alex Beecroft is the historical story of a captain of a ship and one of his lieutenants. It’s kind of a Murphy’s Law book of sorts as at one point there was nothing that wasn’t going wrong. It was a wonderful yet completely unexpected story that I loved reading. You can read my full review of it here. 4.5 out of 5  



My next read was Secrets of a Wedding Night by Valerie Bowman. The story is about a Countess who writes pamphlet about the secrets of a wedding night in order to try and stop the man she loves from getting married. It stops it but he’s pissed and swears that he will get revenge…by seducing her. There were huge trust issues from when they originally fell in love 5 years prior, there are honesty issues and frankly I found the heroine to be completely manipulative. In the end it was just an ok read. 2 out of 5 

Precinct 13 by Tate Hallaway was an unexpected surprise. The story is about a woman who has been thought crazy – even put in lockdown because of her hallucinations. Turns out everything she though she saw was real and that she’s a witch. She doesn’t figure this out until she becomes a county coroner and on her first autopsy the body gets up and walks out. It’s crazy as she and the members of Precinct 13 try to find out where the corpse is and what the heck is going on. The story is a bit confusing at the beginning as it felt like there was a previous book – but there’s not. It got better as it went and I found myself laughing out loud more than once. Overall a good read. 3.75 out of 5 

Inseparable by Chris Scully is the story of Adam who is hit by a car and logically ends up in the hospital. When he awakens he finds he can’t remember a thing – including his best friend, Joe. Though Joe acts more like a boyfriend Joe tells Adam that while Joe is gay, Adam is not. As Adam learns more about himself though he finds that things aren’t exactly as Joe said they were. This was a fun story. I loved the slow awakening of Adam in several different ways. It was a great Christmas read. 4 out of 5 

Fourth and Long by Chris Scully is about Eric who is heads to his high school reunion with trepidation. Eric thinks about all the various things that happened during his senior year and specifically Prom Night but we don’t get the whole story at once – it slowly unfolds. That happens when Eric is sent back in time to his senior year and he realizes he has the opportunity to change things. A very good read that I really enjoyed! 4 out of 5 

Last was Seduction of a Highland Lass by Maya Banks. This is the story of Alaric McCabe who is hurt and ends up at the cottage of Keeley McDonald. She heals him to a point but then they are found by Alaric’s brothers and Keeley is taken back to McCabe lands to continue healing him. She is also to oversee the birth of the Laird’s baby. Keeley was thrown from her clan over something that she didn’t do and so being in the McCabe clan gives her a sense of family that she hasn’t had for years. She and Alaric also fall deeply in love but he is promised in marriage to the daughter of the McDonald clan and cannot break that promise. It’s a heart wrenching story that was oh so good. I just love Banks’ historicals so much! I can’t wait to read the next in the series to find out what happens with brother number 3, Caelen. 4 out of 5

My Book Binge reviews that posted last week: 

Live and Let Love by Gina Robinson 
Chance of a Lifetime by Jodi Thomas

Happy Reading!