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Stirring It Up by Mary Leo

Book Review

7/10

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When a gypsy’s prediction begins to come true, Rose Cupido dismisses it as a coincidence, but when a past estranged boyfriend shows up reminding her of the love she once felt for him, Rose can’t help wondering if that gypsy had true magical powers.

Stirring It Up is the third in a series of short edgy and upbeat light romances with a touch of sexy. Though each part is written by a different author (or maybe alias?), Stirring It Up contained enough backstory of the other characters and their love interests connecting the story as a whole. The parts can be read as stand alone or in order. I recommend the latter for better reading enjoyment.

This book is another one that gave me mixed feelings. I almost put it down and gave in to leaving it unfinished, glad I didn’t. The reason for this was that the first chapter had me wondering what the heck was going on, partly because I read it out of order (see notes above), and the main character kept jumping from one thought to another and back again. After chapter one  I was able to catch on quickly and enjoy the story very much.

There were many appealing sides to this story even with the jagged start. The gypsy prediction was a sweet overall theme. Rose’s love interest, Max, was more than a sexy lover from the past kind of guy that made their sexual tension real. The ending was cute and satisfying, who doesn’t love happy endings?!

Though a light read, Stirring It Up is well worth the time. It also received a cover makeover clarifying that this story is more than just an erotic story, it is a story about second chances.

Steamy? Enough for the four chapters in length.

Long enough? Yes. It presented a very nice satisfying and adorable ending.

Rating: 7/10

Hope you enjoyed this book review and in case you want to see the old cover here it is:

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Tangled Beauty by K.L. Middleton is up next.

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Accidental Passion: Seduction by Meagan Hedin

 

Book Review

9/10

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The life that Piper has known for the last seven years is changing. No longer needed as the mother-figure for her brother, can she let go of the past when another man desperately needs her? Can she allow herself to reignite the desire and passion that she had kept carefully locked away before dark forces tear her from those who love her?

Accidental Passion: Seduction is written by Meagan Hedin and published through BigWorldNetwork. This is the first book I’ve read from this author and the third title I have read from this indie publisher. Accidental Passion: Seduction does not fail to deliver on what its title and cover suggest. There are quite a handful of steamy scenes and enticing situations throughout the book to satisfy any fan of romance and erotica. For those seeking a little more, a wonderful mixture of suspense, romance, and light comedy makes this book more than just an erotic story. It makes it an enjoyable read for any genre fan.

The story begins with what seems to be a normal set of events, with Piper accompanying her brother to his new place followed by a return trip and finally leading to a nasty discovery. This opens up the path for the reader to get introduced to Noah Williams, the detective that will play Piper’s love interest. Though it is now clear that the situation that lead up to their meeting is highly suspenseful all on its own, each situation that follows keeps raising the bar.

But before one can discover this, the story takes a shift towards Piper’s brother love endeavors. With Piper and Noah’s story packed with so much tension Sam’s story seems a bit slow going. However, his story does progress and eventually picks up steam as he manages to find his own set of conflicting situations. Not to mention the moment where these two stories collide the end result delivers a large amount of drama and suspense that more than satisfies.

Each chapter leaves off with enough interest piqued to drive the reader forward. Each story arch is filled with an array of interesting characters, minor and major, good and bad. The villains are as unique from each other as they are to Piper and Sam. They are dark and evil in their own right, some more than others. From enticing chapter titles, to interesting main characters and delightfully chaotic situations, this book has it all.

Sum it up:  A story that is more than spice meets paper, it is a well woven on the edge romantic thriller packing one heck of a punch.

What I liked most: The chemistry between Piper and Noah and not to mention that ending! I am an action, suspense junkie and this book fed me enough chaos to last me a while.

What I liked the least: The slow development of Sam’s story. Piper is to blame for this, her story took off at rocket speed and never let up.

Would I read the sequel(s)? Yes! In fact I have harassed the author about a sequel and other works. Ok, maybe not harassed but inquired and received a very appeasing reply.

Hope you enjoyed this book review, which will make it my 25th review. And if you are into erotic romance/thriller why not read Accidental Passion: Seduction and let me know what you thought of it. Stirring It Up by Mary Leo is up next.

 

Dominion by Doug Goodman

Book Review

10/10

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Dominion has been taken from man. Now, six friends must cross an apocalyptic wasteland dominated by a hell’s menagerie of mega-fauna. Their middle-class suburban skills are no longer applicable to the world they live in. To find a safe haven in this world they will need to develop a new set of survival skills and fight the mutated denizens of the animal kingdom for every step of their terrifying journey.

Dominion is a post-apocalyptic thriller written by Doug Goodman. It was published through Severed Press, which is known for its military horror and apocalyptic stories. Dominion fits right in with it’s adrenaline pumped pace and climatic twists.

The story starts right smack in the middle of the chaotic event with Jaxon and Peter scavenging supplies for the rest of the group. Things get complicated for all of them and a set of choices are taken giving the reader a taste of the wonderful and violent nature of what it is to fight for survival. The story takes a brief change in pace with a flashback revealing how it all started or at least the beginning of the chaos the main characters find themselves in.

By stepping back in time characterization is driven up a notch. Now you don’t have a group of young people striving to survive, you have a group of young people you care about go through loss and change in a world that has mutated to kill them. The heart pounding race to stay alive continues accompanied by a few smaller and brief flashbacks that never let up in adding to the realism of the characters.

The way the story is set causes the horrors that are occurring to become even more riveting and nerve racking. Thus one isn’t simply reading a post-apocalyptic story, one is transported into the story itself. The desire to urge the characters forward, to question and pry about their choices, their need to survive each and every stumble they comes across becomes second nature.

From the roc, the grackle, the relentless wargs, the unexpected tricking form of the Dryder and the tentacle monstrosity Malifax, the horrors and dangers come in many shapes and forms. Add in the over grown bees, bats, and my own personal favorite-the squirrel, and you have an array of creatures that are more horrific than the last.

Though it is never explained exactly why the animals and creatures came to be what they are now, the story is filled with heart pacing, nerve wrecking moments that propel the reader all the way to the end. Dominion gives you all the horrors, tension, and mishap a post-apocalyptic setting offers with an even more surprising and moving ending.

Great imagery, realistic characterization, sense driven description, and witty dialogue all make this story far more than just a post-apocalyptic story, it makes it enjoyable, moving, and a must read. Dominion is the first I have read from this author, publisher and genre. It differs from the usual end of the world zombie norm and will keep you screaming and jumping in your seat.

Sum it up: A different and fresh take to the end of the world delivered in a whole new level of horror.

What I liked most: The intensity of the story, the various creatures and the ending, gosh I loved the ending!

What I liked the least: The formatting. Every page or so had the page number and title of the book somewhere in the page distracting me from reading. But I think my kindle setting was mainly to blame for that and the fact that I was reading an ARC. The original eBook does not have those issues.

Would I read the sequel(s)? Yes. Not sure if there will be a sequel, but the ending has enough reminiscence for another one and if it does I want to read it. In fact, getting the paperback of Dominion is quite tempting, this story deserves to be read more than once.

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Hope you enjoyed this book review. Doug Goodman is one of our guest authors we had the privilege to take part in last year’s NANOWRIMO pep talks. Check out what he had to say about harvesting ideas if you missed it and don’t forget to come back to read our next review on Accidental Passion: Seduction written by Meagan Hedin. Like the title suggests, our next review promises to be steamy and seductive. 🙂

The Angel of Death by Blair C. Babylon

Book Review

10/10

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To protect and to serve, or to save her own brother?

Angel Day, the lead sniper for the Phoenix Police Department, got her nickname “The Angel of Death” the old-fashioned way: she earned it for her ruthless efficiency at stopping crimes with one well-placed bullet. When a massive call-out down by the Mexican Border reveals a terrorist cell and turns into a standoff, Angel’s youngest brother, the lost soul of her family, texts her that he is inside that barricaded house, and her orders are to shoot anything that moves.

The Angel of Death is the first in a series written by USA Today Bestselling Author Blair C. Babylon and the first book I’ve read from this author. Though this title is different from her well known romance and erotic romance books written under Blair Babylon (no ‘C’ initials), this series does not fall short of the genre it is written in.

The Angel of Death is a mystery, thriller and suspense story that gives you sizzling action from the get go and refuses to diminish. Each chapter builds on the pressure, the emotions, and the turmoil with just the right mixture of humor and comedy. Regular tedious actions like having dinner, filling out paperwork, are molded into something far more enjoyable, the reader isn’t simply reading about the characters doing these ordinary activities, the reader is peeling back the layers of what makes each and every character interesting, fun, and enthralling.

The personality that is thrown into the writing is catchy and addictive. The imagery, the descriptions of various aspects and situations is wonderfully enjoyable. Halfway through the story one finds themselves at a boiling point, it urges one’s most inner emotions forward and refuses to let go. One has to keep reading, keep feeling for the characters and hoping that the end will make everything alright. All of this and more makes this book easily a favorite and a must read.

The Angel of Death packs one heck of a thrill ride for any action fan and for those who are looking for something different. This book takes on a very enticing formula. Right after the first chapter there is a short recap or alternate point of view from another character that seems to slow the story down. But as one reads these short renditions laid throughout the book they seem to add more personality to the characters, makes them more three dimensional and real.

Those snit bits don’t hinder the book but make it stronger, make it unique. This book is brilliant, it is heart wrenching, and action packed (can’t say it enough). Why hasn’t someone written more books like this?

Sum it up: A tightly wound-up mystery/thriller story packed with so much action that it explodes off the pages.

What I liked most: Everything! Every freaking action packed, emotion stirring, tear jerking thing!!

What I liked the least: That I have to wait for the second one and yes that is a reasonable reason. I have fallen in love with this author, the way she writes, and Angel Day. I want her to find love, to find peace, and to kick more ass just the way she does best.

Would I read the sequel(s)? Yes, yes, and yes! Already downloaded a few of her romance titles. In fact I will be listing one of her books as the free eBook Spotlight of this month for those seeking a more romantic story. 🙂

 

Hope you all enjoyed this book review. I received this title in exchange for a fair review. Don’t forget to come back to read our next review on Dominion: A Post Apocalyptic Thriller by Doug Goodman, yet another different genre from our usual romance/erotic theme. Doug Goodman is one of the wonderful authors that participated in our NANOWRIMO Author Pep Talks.

Souls by Ednah Walters (Review Tour Stop)

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WARNING: This is CORA’S story: This book may be considered NA (new adult) because it contains some swearing, violence and sex scenes: Suitable for ages 17 and up. A Clean Version will also be available on Amazon.

Eighteen-year-old
Cora Jemison knows what it’s like to date a soul reaper. There are no Friday
night movies, no school dances, and no stolen kisses between classes. It
totally sucks! What makes it even worse, souls pop up when she least expects
it. The last one is not her fault, but it all adds up to zero quality time with
her super hot, scythe-carrying boyfriend, Echo.
Since Cora was
etched with special runes by an evil Immortal, she understands why souls are
drawn to her. She makes the best of it by helping souls find closure while Echo
escorts them to the realm of the dead. Perfect partners, until a dark soul
visits Cora in the dead of the night and Echo decides her soul-helping days are
over.
Cora can either
listen to Echo or follow her instincts. To make matters worse, other reapers
start stalking her, demanding she hand over the soul. Even her Valkyrie friends
think she’s gone too far. But something sinister is coming their way, and the
soul is the key to saving her town, her friends, and her relationship with
Echo. Can she convince Echo to see things her way before it’s too late?
Review

The wonderfully talented and international bestselling author Ednah Walters has mastered the enticing elements of young adult romance and the paranormal and turned it up a notch. The cover isn’t the only thing down right beautiful and eye catching about the fifth book in her Runes series, Souls: Grimnirs Book 2.

From the moment the book starts you are tossed once more into the chaotic world of the Grimnirs, reapers for Hel, Valkeries who collect souls for Valhalla and Falkvang, and into the life of eighteen year old Cora. Life of a high school student will become even harder for Cora as her abilities to see souls and her desire to help them land her in grave danger, danger that will require all the help available to fend off.

Along with old and new casts Souls is jammed packed with loveable characters and enticing revelations not to mention heart throbbing moments that will have you giggling in delight. Raine and Torin from the Runes series take a more minor character role in the Grimnirs series, but help tie in both series nicely. But not to fret Cora, Echo, Dev, Rhys, Blaine, and more color the pages of this well written first person story.

The upbeat and refreshing dialogue keeps the pace leveled yet adds humor and a dash of steam to the already interesting dilemmas that arise. I laughed, I gasped, I wiggled in my chair with anticipation and rightfully so, Souls is everything it promises to be and more. Souls is a delightful read from the first word to the last.

Eye catching believable characters, down right heart bounding situations, and cliffhangers that keep you turning the page all make Souls and the Grimnirs series unable to put down. If there was a book that made one wish they could fill a page with the phrase ‘I loved it’ over and over again this one is it.

Score: 10 out of 10

AUTHOR BIO
 
EDNAH WALTERS grew up reading Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys
and dreaming of one day writing her own stories. She is a stay-at-home mother
of five humans and two American short-hair cats (one of which has ADHD) and a
husband. When she is not writing, she’s at the gym doing Zumba or doing things
with her family, reading, traveling or online chatting with fans.Ednah is the author of The Guardian Legacy series, a YA fantasy series about
children of the fallen angels, who fight demons and protect mankind. AWAKENED,
the prequel was released by Pill Hill Press in September 2010 with rave
reviews. BETRAYED, book one in the series was released by her new publisher
Spencer Hill Press in June 2012 and HUNTED, the third installment, was released
March 2013. She’s working on the next book in the series, FORGOTTEN. Visit her
at www.ednahwalters.com.

Ednah also writes YA paranormal romance. RUNES is the first book in her new
series and there are currently three other books published in this series.
SOULS (Grimnir book 2 a side story to the RUNES series) and WITCHES book 4 will
release 2014.  Read more about this
series and the world she’s created here www.runestheseries.com.Under the pseudonym E. B. Walters, Ednah writes contemporary romance. SLOW
BURN, the first contemporary romance with suspense, was released in April 2011.
It is the first book in the Fitzgerald family series. Since then she has
published five more books in this series. She’s presently working on book seven. You can visit her online at or www.ebwalters.com.

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Forgotten Soul by Tasha D-Drake

Book Review

9/10

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John knows that at best he can be described as a male escort and at worst as a whore, but it’s what he does and he’s good at it. He sells his body and his clients come with fangs so it’s more about blood than sex. Hiding behind a false smile and his acting skills is the only way he survives, but when he meets one of his latest clients, Michael, his professional detachment is severely threatened, leading him into very dangerous territory.

Forgotten Soul is the first volume of the Soul Reader Series written by Tasha D-Drake and published through Wittegen Press. I came across this UK independent publisher a few years back and decided to try out their books. Forgotten Soul is free to download and a great intro to a well laid out series. I have read this book twice and it is easy to see why the story stuck to my memory even after a year between each read.

John is shown as a tortured, lone soul who finds himself at the hands of three vampires. The story starts off like any typical erotic vampire sex slave/addict story but then dives into a much more complicated twisted revelation of who John is. The veil is parted to reveal the Good vs. Bad, the fight for freedom, and finding true love. All these themes play out so well that they fit perfectly, the story is believable, and helps to make it enjoyable.

The writing is great and refreshing. Not to mention there is a nice amount of drama and suspense towards the end and an abundance of sexiness. The only thing I find the need to point out is that the ending seemed a bit rushed. I don’t mean in regards to the writing, but to the content. Sitting down for a cup of tea fits more into contemporary romances that don’t include vampires and the sort.

A dab more drama, a dab more conflict at the end and this book would have had me at the edge of my seat. However, like all short series that I wish had been longer, it leaves the rest to be pondered upon and gives the reader enough enticing to pick up the next book. Want a quick read that isn’t the usual erotic vampire sex story then check this book out.

Sum it up: A well written steamy gay paranormal romance that packs one heck of a punch.

What I liked most: The unexpected twist of what the book is really about.

What I liked the least: The ending, it seems a bit watered down.

Would I read the sequel(s)? Yes, in fact I have another book written by the same author, Chip Off the Old Block, and looking into getting the last two books in the Soul Reader Series.

 

It’s been over a month since my last book review. I apologize. Time flies when you aren’t paying attention. Hope you enjoyed this book review and don’t be shy to share your own. I am currently looking for book reviewers or authors to interview to spice up my blog. If you are an author or have a book review you would like to share with us drop me a line and thanks again for stopping by.

Fashionably Dead by Robyn Peterman

Book Review

7/10

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Vampyres don’t exist. They absolutely do not exist.

     At least I didn’t think they did ‘til I tried to quit smoking and ended up Undead. Who in the hell did I screw over in a former life that my getting healthy equates with dead?

     Now I’m a Vampyre. Yes, we exist whether we want to or not. However, I have to admit, the perks aren’t bad. My girls no longer jiggle, my ass is higher than a kite and the latest Prada keeps finding its way to my wardrobe. On the downside, I’m stuck with an obscenely profane Guardian Angel who looks like Oprah and a Fairy Fighting Coach who’s teaching me to annihilate like the Terminator.

     To complicate matters, my libido has increased to Vampyric proportions and my attraction to a hotter than Satan’s underpants killer rogue Vampyre is not only dangerous . . . it’s possibly deadly. For real dead. Permanent death isn’t on my agenda. Avoiding him is my only option. Of course, since he thinks I’m his, it’s easier said than done. Like THAT’S not enough to deal with, all the other Vampyres think I’m some sort of Chosen One.

     Holy Hell, if I’m in charge of saving an entire race of blood suckers, the Undead are in for one hell of a ride.

Fashionably Dead is written in first person and if you have been reading my past posts you know it isn’t really my favorite point of view, but Robyn Peterman did a fantastic job. There was no head hopping and no confusing dialogue. Though the book was heavy on dialogue and profanity, it still managed to maintain its flare.

It was quirky, filled with humor of various kinds, and hilarious situations that had me cracking up and giggling like a fan girl for most of the book. The characters were interesting enough and contained a level of suspense that demanded to be uncovered for the exception of the main character who turned out to be extremely powerful at a rapid rate that it made it quite ridiculous. There were moments that seemed too easy for the protagonist to escape. Where is the suspense, the angst?

Halfway through the book I had to power through the rest, the constant mention of Jesus when the main character and her love interest were having sex got a little out of hand. I understood the meaning behind it, that the sex was amazing and that she felt like she was dying and seeing Jesus. But those two don’t go hand in hand for me. Still the sex scenes were juicy and plenty. And talk about the love the characters had for Prada.

If only the story hadn’t been packed to the brim with so much elements I would of enjoyed the book better. Talk about having demons, fairies, angels, vampyres, dixies, reincarnation, the works all thrown into a small pot and letting it boil over. The verbatim of what the character was thinking went up a notch to the point that you read the same thought three or four times in one page. Never have I been so disappointed to give a book a lower score than I had first thought it would get.

The book started off a 10/10 but slowly declined to only salvage itself towards the end. Overall, this is a very unique and interesting book I enjoyed discovering. Included was the first three chapters of the next book in the series and it piqued my interest yet again. But I think I will give this type of writing some space before I dive into it again.