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Sunday, December 30, 2012

Check out this giveaway at herding cats & burning soup: Authors for the Holidays!

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Friday, December 28, 2012

Review of THE BRIDEGROOM WORE PLAID



THE BRIDEGROOM WORE PLAID may be purchase here.

THE BRIDEGROOM WORE PLAID
Grace Burrowes

Ian MacGregor, Earl of Balfour, has many responsibilities, since his brother disappeared seven years ago.  In an effort to make ends meet, Ian has opened his main residence to rich English people, who hope to catch sight of the Queen and her consort.  Unfortunately, this is just a brief stop-gap method, and Ian realizes that he must marry a rich English heiress, for the good of his people.  Ian's choice is Miss Eugeni Daniels, who arrives with her sister, father, widowed cousin, and spinster cousin, Augusta Merrisck.  Ian is surprised at his attraction to Augusta but must resist it, because of his family's poor financial situation.

THE BRIDEGROOM WORE PLAID is a very enjoyable Victorian romance with engaging characters.  Ian is a great hero, who is torn between his responsibilities and his heart, but is willing to risk his heart for the well-being of his family and people.  Augusta, who has led a lonely existence, knows that she can't have Ian, because of her status as a poor relation.  Augusta decides to steal what happiness she can with Ian, before she must return to her lonely existence.  The interactions and loyality of Ian's family are loving and realistic, and I loved his boisterous family.  There are three other charming romances contained within this book, which in no way deter from the main romance.  I found only one small problem with THE BRIDEGROOM WORE PLAID, and that is the trusting manner Augusta has toward her uncle.  It appears that she knows he is a despicable character, but, still, trusted him to handle her affairs.  However, since Augusta had just lost her parents, I suppose her lapse in judgement may be forgiven.  Other than this minor annoyance, I greatly enjoyed THE BRIDEGROOM WORE PLAID, and I highly recommend it.

NOTE:  I received this book in return for an unbiased review.

  



Thursday, December 27, 2012

Check out this giveaway

The Muse in the Fog Book Review: International Giveaway! Mid-Winters Eve Blog Hop: It's almost Christmas, so what a better time than now to have another giveaway! This giveaway will be apart of the Midwinter's Eve Blog Hop ...


Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Winner of Giftcard Giveaway

I just noticed, that I'm only 46 followers away from 1,000.  That is so cool!  I never expected to have, that many followers.  Thanks everyone for supporting my blog.  This turned out to be a great hop and without further ado the winner is:







Dale Grim


Dale has been e-mailed.

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

Monday, December 10, 2012

Gift Card Giveaway Hop



Book Lover and Procrastinator is stop 6. I'm giving away a $10 amazon e-giftcard to a lucky follower. Just leave a comment with how you follow and pertinent information to confirm the follow. Please leave an e-mail at which you can be reached. US only. Thanks to I Am A Reader, Not A Writer and Sweeping Me for hosting the hop. Below are the links to the others in the hop, so hop away. Hop starts Dec. 11 and ends Dec. 17. at midnight cst. I'm posting this early, but please don't enter until the 11. Hopefully, I will pick and contact the winner within 48 hrs. The winner will have 48 hrs. in which to get back with me. Thanks for participating!

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Review of Deliver Me from Temptation


DELIVER ME FROM TEMPTATION may be purchased here.

DELIVER ME FROM TEMPTATION
Tess Hilaire

Logan Calhoun, a Paladin angel warrior, first meets Detective Jessica Waters while chasing a succubus with two other Paladin warriors.   When Jessica interferes thinking the succubus is a helpless victim, Logan is forced to wipe her memory of the incident.  Logan hopes to never see the attractive detective again, because Jessica is likely to regain her memory, if she sees him.  However, fate has other plans for Logan and Jessica, when Logan has to go to Jessica's precinct the next day, and they meet again.  These two are greatly attracted to each other, but a long-lived Paladin and a human seems to be a tragic romance, especially with Lucifer and his evil henchman in the picture.

DELIVER ME FROM TEMPTATION is an entertaining, paranormal romance with spectacular world-building and multi-faceted characters.  Ms. Hilaire creates a vibrant world, which jumps off the pages and transports the reader to a world, in which good and evil collide.  Jessica is a rather tortured heroine.  Since the death of her sister, Jessica has made it her mission to put scum away and find justice for their victims.  Unfortunately,  her quest has become something of an obsession and her thirst for justice skirts the edge of a quest for vengeance.  Logan is a great hero, who has many responsibilities and issues with his father, the leader of the Paladin council.  As heir apparent to his father and the last of the new generations pure bloods, Logan must make tough decisions and overcome his father's prejudices against non-pure bloods.  Logan and Jessica's love seems destined for failure, but a strong hero and heroine will fight for their love and a happily-ever-after.  The only small quibble,that I have with this book, is that the ending seems a little abrupt.  Other than this, I thoroughly enjoyed DELIVER ME FROM TEMPTATION, and I'm on pins and needles waiting for the next book in the series.

NOTE:  I received this book in return for an unbiased review.



Sunday, December 2, 2012

Review of Wolfishly Yours


WOLFISHLY YOURS may be purchases here.

WOLFISHLY YOURS
Lydia Dare

Miss Lavinia Mayeux  isn't happy to be sent to England by her father, because of her wild ways.  Lavinia's father hopes, that her grandfather, Lord Holmesfield, can teach her to be a lady and get her a good matrimonial match.  Lord Holmesfield asks for Lady Radbourne's help in turning Lavinia into a lady in the eyes of the ton.  Meanwhile, Lady Radbourne's sons, Grayson and Archer,  are forced by their pack alpha and half-brother, Lord Eynsford, to take ettiquette lessons from Lady Radbourne's companion, Lady Sophia Cole.  It is decided, that Lady Sophia will help Lavinia, as well, and she enlists the aid of Grayson and Archer in teaching Lavinia to dance.  The attraction between Grayson and Lavinia is instantaneous, but Grayson knows that a match between Lavinia and someone with his prospects and reputation will never be allowed.

WOLFISHLY YOURS is a great shifter romance with endearing characters and a delightful plot.  Lavinia makes a great heroine, used to dealing with her Lycan family, she is strong and a little rough around the edges.  Lavinia tries her best to fit in but somehow, usually with the help of Grayson, makes great social gaffes.  Grayson is a wonderful hero, who is a little unsure of himself, as far as Lavinia is concerned.  Lavinia's arrival really knocks Grayson for a loop, and it is great watching him become tongue-tied around her.  The interactions between the Lycans are hilarious and, as someone with rambunctious brothers, quite true to form.

All in all, WOLFISHLY YOURS is an entertaining read with many humorous moments, and I can't wait for the next book in this series.

NOTE:  I received this book in return for an unbiased review.  


Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Review of Untamed


UNTAMED may be purchased here.

UNTAMED
Sara Humphreys

Layla Nickelson, half human and half Amoveo, returns to her foster home, while running from the dreams, in which her mate comes to her.  William Fleury, a full blood Amoveo, has found his mate and is willing to do anything necessary to protect her and convince her of his love.  During all this emotional turmoil, these two must face the attack on Layla's foster mother and the threat of purists from the Amoveo clans.

UNTAMED is a good paranormal read with multi-faceted characters and an intense, exciting plot.  William is a great hero, who has many Darcy-like qualities, in that he is uptight and aloof on the surface, but has a deep, passionate nature hidden underneath.  Layla is William's opposite in many ways, in that she is spontaneous and a little hot-headed.  Layla is something of a tortured soul, because of the many foster homes, that she was forced to endure as a child.  Layla, also, considers herself a freak, because she doesn't seem to fit in either world, the human or the Amoveo.  It is understandable, that Layla would be reticent to fall into William's arms, because of her fears and her past.  It is great to see these two work through their problems, in order to be together.  There is just one thing in UNTAMED that bothered me a little, and that is the fact that the Amoveo use a word from their ancient language to trigger their special powers.  It seems strange, that they use the same word for everything.  I would think, that they should use a different word for every task.  Other than this one small quibble, I enjoyed UNTAMED and hope to read the next book in this series.

NOTE:  I received this book in return for an impartial review.


Review How to Tame a Willfull Wife


HOW TO TAME A WILLFUL WIFE may be purchase here.

HOW TO TAME A WILLFUL WIFE
Christy English

Anthony Carrington, the Earl of Ravensbrook, agrees to marry his fellow soldier's daughter, in order to save the soldier from financial ruin.  Anthony expects to get a biddable bride, but, instead, gets Caroline Montague, who sometimes dresses in breeches, rides astride, and learns how to knife fight.  Anthony is sure, that he can bring his wife to heel, especially, where his most hated enemy, Lord Carlyle, is concerned.

HOW TO TAME A WILLFUL WIFE is a regency romance, which uses the theme found in Shakespeare's THE TAMING OF THE SHREW.  Sometimes there is a thin line between alpha hero and jerk, and, unfortunately, Anthony seems to cross that line several times.  When viewed through the lenses of his time, Anthony's attitude and actions are perfectly reasonable.  However, my modern sensibilities disliked his behavior, and I couldn't quite warm to him.  Toward the end, Anthony did come around and his treatment of Caroline is much more of a partnership.  Unfortunately, for me, it is too late, and needless to say, Anthony isn't one of my favorite heroes.  Caroline, on the other hand, handles things much better than I expected.  While she is a little too impulsive, at times, Caroline does a great job with the little information, that Anthony gives her.  The book does have some humorous moments, and I chuckled a few times.

All in all, while I didn't care much for the hero of HOW TO TAME A WILLFUL WIFE, I did enjoy many parts of the book, and the ending is very sweet.

NOTE:  I was given this book in return for an impartial review.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Winner of the Gratitude Giveaway Blog

The winner of my blog hop is











Nay Nay




Congrat!  Thanks to everyone, who participated.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Check out this giveaway for Jake and the Neverland Pirates.



Check out this giveaway for a Jake dvd.  Go here to enter.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Gratitude Giveaways






I'm giving away a $10 amazon e-giftcard to a lucky follower. You can pick the method, that you follow,  just make sure you leave all the info that I need.  Please leave an e-mail at which you can be reached.  US only.
Thanks to I Am A Reader, Not A Writer for hosting the hop.  Below are the links to the others in the hop, so hop away.  Hop starts Nov. 15th and ends Nov. 25th. at midnight cst.  Hopefully, I will pick and contact the winner within 48 hrs.  The winner will have 48 hrs. in which to get back with me.  Thanks for participating!


Review of Enslaved



ENSLAVED may be purchased here.

ENSLAVED
Elisabeth Naughton

Gryphon, one of the Eternal Guardians, has changed since his stay and torture in the Underworld, and his fellow Guardians are leery of him.  Gryphon knows, that he must stop Atlanta, who calls to him incessantly and is responsible for his torture.  In order to do this, Gryphon decides to escape but takes a hostage, Maelea, who is, also, trying to escape the colony.  Unknown to Gryphon,  Maelea is the child of Persephone and Zeus, and, therefore, despised by Hades.  Unfortunately for Gryphon, he now has to deal with many Underworld creatures chasing them, as well as, his fellow Guardians.

I love books, that deal with Greek mythology and ENSLAVED doesn't disappoint.  ENSLAVED has an exciting plot, great,tortured characters, and complex world-building.  Gryphon is a very tortured hero, who feels guilty for the things, that happened to him in the Underworld, and to top this off, he can't get rid of the voice in his head.  When he is with Maelea, the voice is bearable, and he, at first keeps her with him, because of this.  However, Gryphon soon grows to admire and love Maelea and wants to protect her.  Because of her heritage and the fact, that Hades is always after her, Maelea has learned not to get involved with others, and as a result is very lonely.  Then, Gryphon comes along, and he speaks to her soul. 

It is great to watch these two tortured souls fall for each other, and I'm really looking forward to the next book with Titus and the mysterious redhead.

NOTE:  I received this book in return for an impartial review.

Review of Lady Louisa's Christmas Knight





LADY LOUISA'S CHRISTMAS KNIGHT may be purchase here.

LADY LOUISA'S CHRISTMAS KNIGHT
Grace Burrowes

Lady Louisa Windham is tired of the seemingly never-ending hunt for a husband, and hopes that maybe this year she can step aside and let her sisters take center stage.  It is during a fox hunt, that  Louisa saves Sir Joseph Carrington from being ambushed by several marriage minded females.  While Joseph has come to the festivities, because he is in need of a wife, he is, nevertheless, happy to be saved from these particular females.  Later, Sir Joseph steps in, when Louisa is in danger of being ruined.  

LADY LOUISA'S CHRISTMAS KNIGHT is a very enjoyable regency romance with complex characters and an enchanting love story.  Let me state upfront, that I love Sir Joseph.  Who wouldn't love someone, who confides and reads poetry to his pet pig, Lady Ophelia?  Added to this is the fact, that he is a loving father, who allows his children to climb all over him.  Sir Joseph is plain-spoken, honorable, and doesn't really stand out among the ton.  Lady Louisa Windham is an unusual heroine, in that she is brilliant, probably a genius, but, also, socially awkward, at times.  Louisa doesn't seek to marry, because of a secret from her past, but she can't deny her attraction to Sir Joseph.  Sticklers for historical accuracy might be a little put out on a couple of occasions, as an example, pajamas are mentioned.  However, this doesn't detract from my enjoyment of the book, and I only found a couple of inaccuracies.  

It was great watching these two introverts fall for each other, and I can't wait for the next book in the series, because I have grown to love the Windham family.

NOTE:  I received this book in return for an impartial review.  

Friday, November 2, 2012

Winner Of Spooktacular Giveaways

I hope everyone had a great Halloween! The winner of my Spooktacular event is Sandra- who has been contacted and accepted the gift card. Thanks to everyone, who stopped by.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Spooktacular Giveaway Hop






Halloween is my favorite holiday, so let's celebrate!
I'm giving away a $10 amazon e-giftcard to a lucky follower. Just leave a comment with how you follow and any info, that I need to check it. Please leave an e-mail at which you can be reached. US only.

Thanks to I Am A Reader, Not A Writer and TheDiaryofaBookworm for hosting the hop. Below are the links to the others in the hop, so hop away. Hop starts Oct. 24th and ends Nov. 1st. at midnight cst. I'm posting this early, but please don't enter until the 24th. Hopefully, I will pick and contact the winner within 48 hrs. The winner will have 48 hrs. in which to get back with me. Thanks for participating!




Friday, October 19, 2012

Review of SAVAGE HUNGER



SAVAGE HUNGER may be purchased here.

SAVAGE HUNGER
Terry Spear

Kathleen McKnight is working undercover with her army unit, when she is captured by a vicious drug lord.   Luckily, Connor Anderson, a jaguar shifter, hears her and comes to her rescue, saving her life.  Connor disappears, when more army personnel arrive, and Kathleen is left to wonder what happened to him.  After a year, Kathleen goes back to the jungle, where she was held captive, only to have Connor and his sister, Mia, save her.

SAVAGE HUNGER is an enjoyable shifter romance with great characters and an exciting storyline.  Kathleen has been through a great trauma and is struggling to come to terms with her fears.  I liked the fact that Kathleen is strong and intelligent and able to take care of herself in most situations.  Connor and Mia are the only jaguar shifters, that they know of.  Because of this fact, Connor and Maya only have each other and are lonely and craving mates.  Connor doesn't wish to turn a human and sentence her to a lonely existence of hiding their true nature.  Connor is everything, that is expected in a hero, and is willing to sacrifice for those he loves.  Luckily, Maya is very impulsive and takes the decision out of his hands.  While Maya's  intentions are good, her actions could have been very detrimental for Kathleen.  The only minor quibble, that I have with this book, is the lack of consequences Kathleen faces as a result of her actions.

All in all, SAVAGE HUNGER is a good read, and I look forward to reading Maya's book.

NOTE:  I received this book in exchange for an impartial review.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Barbara's Beat: Win a $25 Amazon gift card; SPOOKtacular Giveaway Hop with 53 blogs, all prizes are $25 and up, with a $100 grand prize 10/15

Barbara's Beat: Win a $25 Amazon gift card; SPOOKtacular Giveaway Hop with 53 blogs, all prizes are $25 and up, with a $100 grand prize 10/15

Monday, October 1, 2012

Review of A LADY AND HER MAGIC


A LADY AND HER MAGIC may be purchased here.

A LADY AND HER MAGIC
Tammy Falkner

Ashley Trimble, the Duke of Robinsworth, is almost a pariah in society.  It is rumored that Ashley murdered his wife, after she died under suspicious circumstances, leaving their daughter motherless. 
Sophia Thorne has been sent by the Fae to help Ashley's daughter,Anne, but she hopes to help Ashley, too.

It is seldom, that this reader comes across a book, which puts a smile on my face in just a few paragraphs, but A LADY AND HER MAGIC is such a book.  It is an even rarer occurrence, when the smile lasts the entire book, but this book provided me with this lucky happenstance.  Part regency romance and part paranormal, my two favorite genres, A LADY AND HER MAGIC is filled with humorous scenes and quirky characters.  Ashley blames himself for his wife's death and has become something of a recluse, there is a real sadness about him.  Anne has learned to act out and has become a terror, who goes through governesses almost  weekly.  Sophia, who is lovely and vibrant, soon has Anne and Ashley charmed.  The secondary characters make a great addition to the story and add to the amusement in the book.  Even though, there are plenty of humorous scenes, there are, also some serious and emotional scenes. 

A LADY AND HER MAGIC is a charming romance, which just hits the spot for this reader.

NOTE:  I received this book in return for an impartial review.



Thursday, September 27, 2012

Review of WHERE THERE'S A WILL






WHERE THERE'S A WILL may be purchased here.

WHERE THERE'S A WILL
Karen Kelley
 
Haley Tillman is tired of being stood up and dateless, and she prays for a miracle.  Ryder, a nephilim, arrives in answer to her prayers.  Unfortunately, Ryder can't stay long, but he hopes to make Haley realize, that she is a beautiful, desirable woman.
 
At first, it seems that WHERE THERE'S A WILL is just going to be one sizzling sex scene after another, but later, there is more interaction between the main characters and others, which gives an interesting perspective into Haley and Ryder's psyche.  At times, I wanted to shake Haley, because she is so down on herself.  Although I can understand Haley's low self-esteem, because of the way her family and friends unknowingly, hurtfully treats her, it seems to take a really long time for her to realize her self-worth.  However, when Haley finally turns over a new leaf, she really does shine.  Ryder sees that Haley is a beautiful woman, inside and out, and feels he must help her see this.  Unfortunately, before long, Ryder is in over his head, and it is forbidden for a nephilim and human to be together.  The ending of WHERE THERE'S A WILL is a little unexpected, and there are several humorous scenes. 
 
WHERE THERE'S A WILL is an enjoyable read, and I'm looking forward to reading the next book in the series.
 
NOTE:  I was given this book in return for an impartial review.
 




Wednesday, September 26, 2012

The Crazy Dream Blog: September Madness Giveaway! (INT)

The Crazy Dream Blog: September Madness Giveaway! (INT): Yay! It's September, the beginning of Autumn, my favorite season of the year. But poor Autumn. It doesn't get too much attention, does it...


Monday, September 24, 2012

Review of Kiss of Steel



KISS OF STEEL may be purchased here.

KISS OF STEEL
Bec McMaster

Honoria Todd has escaped the clutches of the Duke of Vickers by hiding out in Whitechapel.  Whitechapel is almost autonomous from the rest of London, which is ruled by the Echelon, aristocrats infected with a virus, that makes them hunger for human blood.  Unfortunately for Honoria the rookeries are ruled with a iron fist by Blade, who is, also, infected by the craving.  Then Honoria is summoned by Blade, has she gone from the frying pan into the fire?

KISS OF STEEL is an enjoyable steam punk romance with wonderful characters and an intriguing plot.  Although KISS OF STEEL flowed a little slowly in the beginning, once I grasped the world, I was hooked and grew to care for the characters.  Blade is a yummy hero, who has a bad reputation, but the heart of a true hero.  Blade has created his own family and is fiercely protective and loving of them, but he is, also, haunted by his sister's death and seeks revenge on Vickers for his part in her death.  This quest for revenge leads him to Honoria, but he soon falls for her and wants to keep her safe.  Honoria is a great heroine, who sacrifices for her family and is struggling to stay a few steps ahead of Vickers.  Ms. McMaster's world is grim and violent, but there is hope for the characters, and this reader couldn't help but be pulled into the characters' struggle.

NOTE:  I was given this book in return for an unbiased review.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Review of UNTIL THERE WAS YOU


UNTIL THERE WAS YOU may be purchased here.

UNTIL THERE WAS YOU
Jessica Scott

Captain Evan Loeher, company commander, and Captain Clair Montoya meet and butt heads for the first time in 2005.  Evan is a follow-the-rules kind of officer, whereas, Clair is willing to fudge on the rules, if she thinks it will help her unit.  These two remain at odds for awhile, until they are sent to Colorado for a training mission and the sparks fly.

UNTIL THERE WAS YOU is an intense military romance, which delves into some weighty issues, such as alcoholism.  Evan is a great hero, who Clair calls "Captain America".  Evan has issues, which stem from the death of his sister in a car accident in which he was driving.  The guilt from that moment has made him seek control in all situations and to follow the rules almost excessively.  Clair on the other hand, has demons of her own.  Raised by an alcoholic father and, then, shuffled into the foster care system, it is easy to see why Clair has trust issues.  It is enjoyable watching these two work through their problems, in order to find their own happily-ever-after.

NOTE:  I was given this book in return for an unbiased review.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Review of A LITTLE MISCHIEF


A LITTLE MISCHIEF may be purchased here.

A LITTLE MISCHIEF
Amelia Grey

Daniel Fletcher Colebrooke, the Seventh Earl of Colebrooke, has inherited his title after the unexpected death of his brother.  Unused to his duties as the head of the family, Daniel goes to London to search for a bride.  When Daniel learns that his sister, Gretchen, has been attending a reading group called the Wallflower Society by the ton, he decides to put a stop to her association with the group.  Miss Isabella Winslowe has started her reading group in an attempt to get the shyer misses of the ton to come out of their shell.  Since Isabella fought shyness her first season, she hopes to help others overcome this disability.  When Gretchen is found by Isabella standing over the body of a notorious gamester, and then, the body disappears Daniel and Isabella must work together to save Gretchen's reputation and solve the mystery.

A LITTLE MISCHIEF is an entertaining regency romance with great characters and an intriguing plot.  However, if you are a real stickler for historical accuracy, this may not be the book for you.  There were a few inaccuracies as far as titles are concerned.  Luckily, this didn't detract much from my enjoyment of the book.  Daniel is a great hero, who thinks that he wants a biddable bride, but soon comes to reevaluate his criteria, after meeting Isabella.  Isabella makes a great heroine, who thinks she wants to remain an independent spinster but can't seem to fight the overwhelming attraction to Daniel.  It is hilarious how Daniel tries to keep Isabella out of the investigation, but she winds up in the middle of things.  These two make a great couple, and the mystery ends unexpectedly.

NOTE:  I received this book in return for an impartial review.


Monday, August 13, 2012

Review of HOT COCO


HOT COCO may be purchased here.


HOT COCO
Cindy McDonald

Coco Bearmore, a Barbie-like heiress, is having trouble with her horse trainer and her five thoroughbred horses, who get into lots of mischief.  When Coco tearfully asks Mike West for his help, he agrees to take on the training of her horses, and drama ensues, especially because Coco is very clumsy and her horses have very bad habits.

HOT COCO has romance, intrigue, and great characters, but it isn't like most mainstream romances.  HOT COCO tells the story of the West family and some of the people associated with them.  Mike West is the oldest son of Eric West, and he helps run the family stables.  Mike is attracted to Coco's outward appearance, but because of her clumsiness, has trouble getting close to her.  At first, I didn't like Mike much, because he seemed to be all about outward appearances, but as the book progressed, he seemed to realize that there is more to a person than their looks.  Coco has a good heart but is terribly clumsy and always getting into situations.  Toward the end of the book, Coco becomes more self-sufficient. 

All in all,  I enjoyed HOT COCO and became involved in the lives of the characters.  It was nice to see how they grew, and I look forward to reading more about this family.

NOTE:  I was given this book in return for an impartial review.  



 



Monday, July 16, 2012

Review of PRIDE AND PYRAMIDS


PRIDE AND PYRAMIDS may be purchased here.

PRIDE AND PYRAMIDS
Amanda Grange and Jacqueline Webb

Mr. Darcy's younger cousin, Edward Fitzwilliam, is obsessed with Egypt and finding treasure.  Edward's enthusiasm infects the Darcy family, and they decide to journey with him to Egypt and take part in a dig.  Along the way, they have adventures and, of course, there is a curse attached to the tomb that they are seeking. 

PRIDE AND PYRAMIDS is a delightful sequel to PRIDE AND PREJUDICE, which has a slight paranormal aspect, as well as the historical.  PRIDE AND PREJUDICE is my favorite book, and I've always been fascinated with Egypt, so I read this book with great anticipation.  Luckily, PRIDE AND PYRAMIDS doesn't disappoint, although I wondered at Darcy taking such small children on such a dangerous journey-- this seemed a little out of character for him.  However, this is a minor quibble and doesn't detract from the enjoyment of the book, and the Darcy children add greatly to the enjoyment of the book.  While some may be turned off by the paranormal aspects in this book, I enjoyed them and felt, that they added flare to the story.  Additionally, it is great to see how the relationship between Elizabeth and Darcy has grown and matured.

All in all, PRIDE AND PYRAMIDS is an enjoyable sequel to PRIDE AND PREJUDICE, which I recommend.

NOTE:  I received this book in return for an impartial review.

 

    

Friday, July 6, 2012

Winner of my Blogoversary

The winner of my blogoversary is


A nash

She has been notified and received the prize.  Thanks to everyone, who participated in my blogoversary!



Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Celebration Time!! Late Blogoversary!



It is, finally, time to celebrate my 2 year blogoversary!  I had to put the celebration off for a few months, because of my shoulder surgery.  Happily, I'm able to mostly use both arms, which is a big relief.  Anyway, I'm giving away $20 amazon gift card or up to $20 ordered from the Book Depository, so that international folowers won't be left out.  

GIVEAWAY RULES:
1.  Be a follower.  GFC, google+, or network
2. +1 entry for twitter follower
3.  You must be 18 or older and leave a comment telling me how you follow with the number of entries and an e-mail address.  Make sure to leave all pertinent info, so that I can validate following.
4.     Giveaway starts 6/13/12 and ends 6/30/12 at midnight.

GOOD LUCK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Review of UNTOUCHED



UNTOUCHED may be purchased here.

UNTOUCHED
Sara Humphreys

Kerry Smithson is a model, who stears clear of touching anyone, because she has psychic visions which cause her intense pain.  Little does Kerry know, that she is part Amoveo, a race of shapeshifters with special powers.  Dante is a member of the Amoveo race and knows, instinctively, that Kerry is his mate.  Unfortunately, Kerry has a stalker, who wants a pure Amoveo world, and Kerry knows nothing of her heritage.

UNTOUCHED is an enjoyable paranormal romance with great characters and an interesting premise.  Dante is a great hero with protective instincts, however, I wish that he had explained the entire situation to Kerry sooner.  It is, also, great that Dante has red hair.  I love red haired heroes.  Kerry has had a difficult time, thinking herself flawed, because of her inability to touch people.  Because of this Kerry is strong,but lonely, and it is a relief and upsetting to feel a connection to Dante.  There is a great build up of action and the ending is satisfying.  The secondary characters are intriguing, and I can't wait for the next book in the series.

NOTE:  I received this book in return for an impartial review.

UNTOUCHED
Sara Humphreys

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Review of ENRAPTURED


ENRAPTURED may be purchased here,

ENRAPTURED
Elisabeth Naughton

Orpheus, who is part Daemon and an unwilling member of the Guardians, is determined to rescue his brother, Gryphon, from the Underworld.  In order to do this, he must find the Orb of Kronos, a powerful artifact which the gods want too.  Meanwhile, Skyla, a siren who is an assassin for Zeus, is sent to retrieve the orb from Orpheus and kill him.  Unfortunately, the gods can be deceptive and Skyla may be biting off more than she can chew.

At first, I had trouble getting into ENRAPTURED, but once I did, I became "enraptured".  Perhaps the fact, that I haven't read any of the previous books in the series, accounts for my lack of affinity for the beginning of the book.  However, once I got into the book, I couldn't wait to turn the next page and find out what happened next.  The characters are memorable and the plot exciting.  I have always enjoyed Greek mythology, and Ms. Naughton has an intriguing take on this mythology.   Orpheus, who doesn't think himself worthy and has to fight his dark side, is a true hero.  Sklya, who is torn between her duty and her feelings for Orpheus, must follow her heart to find happiness.  The secondary characters are great especially, Gryphon, who makes my heart ache, because he is in such pain.  Because of this, I can't wait for the next book in this series.

NOTE:  I received this book in return for an impartial review.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

MIA and Blogiversary

Hi everyone,
I'm sorry that I've been MIA so much lately.  The shoulder surgery and recovery really threw me for a loop.  I'm slowly recovering, but I'm still able to mostly use only one arm.  Anyway, I missed my blogiversary celebration, so I've decided to have a late one and combine it with finally being able to use my left arm celebration.  So be on the look out for a giveaway, probably in June or first part of July.  Thanks for being patient with me.

Friday, May 4, 2012

Review of Believe It or Not



BELIEVE IT OR NOT may be purchased here.

BELIEVE IT OR NOT
Tawna Fenske

Violet McGinn has moved away to the other side of the country and become an accountant, to be far away from what her psychic mother is.  Unfortunately, when her mother falls and has to have surgery, Violet must take over her business.   Drew Watson, the owner of the bar, which is a neighbor to Violet's mother's shop, makes his scepticism of psychics known.  These two are attracted to each other, but fight it. 

Humor is an individual taste, and while BELIEVE IT OR NOT has some amusing moments many scenes fell short of the intended humor for me.  With that said, I enjoyed the love story between Drew and Violet.  Drew is a great guy with a wonderful sense of humor, who is handy with a tool belt and comfortable with his masculinity.  Violet is described as a high-strung, type a personality, but she seems a little ditsy at times.  My favorite character is Violet's mother, who appears flighty, but manages to get what she wants.

 NOTE:  I received this book in return for an impartial review.

Review of TRUE HIGHLAND SPIRIT


TRUE HIGHLAND SPIRIT may be purchased here.


TRUE HIGHLAND SPIRIT
Amanda Forester

Morrigan McNabb isn't the usual Scots lass, because she dresses like a man and fights alongside her brothers for her clan.  Morrigan's clan is very poor and in danger of starving and to make matters worse Scotland is at war with England.  Sir Jaques Dragonet is one of the French knights, who arrived with the Duke of Argitaine to aid some Scottish in attacking the English.  Because the Duke paid for their help, Morrigan's clan is among the other Scots clans.  Morrigan, who knew Jaques as a minstrel, previously, is very attracted to him, and the feeling is mutual.  Unfortunately, Jaques has secrets, that will get in the way to their path to true love.

Ms. Forester has become a must buy author for me and her books are on my keeper shelf.  Ms. Forester seamlessly weaves historical events into a great love story filled with multi-faceted characters, action and adventure.  Jaques is a great hero, who is honorable and fervently religious.  It is great seeing him fall for the irreverent, head-strong, Morrigan.  Morrigan is one of my favorite heroine's of all time.  Any heroine, who at twelve, has the gumption to run the fat, elderly man, she is betrothed to, off at sword point, has my vote. 

All in all, TRUE HIGHLAND SPIRIT is a wonderful read, which I highly recommend.

NOTE:  I received this book in return for an impartial review.

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Review of DELIVER ME FROM DARKNESS


DELIVER ME FROM DARKNESS may be purchased here.

DELIVER ME FROM DARKNESS
Tes Hilaire

Roland can't believe that Calhoun, the only Paladin friend that he has left, would bring him a female to protect after what he has become.  Karissa, the last female Paladin and hope for the future of the
Paladins, whose bloodline has been weakened by breeding with humans, is sought after by the forces of good and evil.  Unfortunately, it appears that the only one on Karissa's side is Roland, a former Paladin turned vampire, but can she trust him?

DELIVER ME FROM DARKNESS is a great start to what looks to be an awesome series.  The world-building is intriguing and the characters are complex.  Before long, I found myself totally involved in this story, and by the end, wanting more.  There is one plot point, that I thought dragged on a little long, but that is a minor quibble, because I was really engrossed in the story and came to care about the characters.  I really can't wait for the next book!

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Review of THE LORD OF ILLUSION



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THE LORD OF ILLUSION
Kathryne Kennedy

Drystan Hawkes, who has elf blood, has been raised in Wales to save him from a possible death sentence at the hands of the Elf Lords.   The Elf Lords rule England with an iron fist and bring children with elf blood to test them.  If the children are too powerful, they are killed, so that they won't be a threat to the Elf Lords.  When Drystan gets a vision of the woman, who may be the key to opening the portal to Elfhame and possibly sending the Elf Lords back, he knows he must find her.  Camille Ashton, the slave from Drystan's visions, is in a precarious position, when Drystan arrives and saves her.  This is only the beginning of the adventure for these two.

Filled with magic, action, adventure, and complex characters, THE LORD OF ILLUSION brings to conclusion Ms. Kennedy's wonderful fantasy series.  Drystan is determined to prove himself more than a scholar and to find Camille, whom he has fallen in love with through his visions.  Camille, who has known great struggle and degradation, finds it hard to trust Drystan, at first, but his true character shines through, and she grows to love him.  The secondary characters, many of whom appeared in previous books, capture your heart.   I, especially, love the dragons.

All in all,  THE LORD OF ILLUSION is a fitting conclusion to an enjoyable fantasy series. 

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Review of STUD


STUD may be purchased here.

STUD
Cheryl Brooks

Tarq Zulveidione, one of the few Zetithians left after their planet was destroyed,travels around impregnating women, in order to help his species continue.  Lucinda Force is trapped working in her father's cafe, when Tarq walks in.  Lucinda has seen Tarq's ads about having his children and getting much pleasure in return, and she is intrigued.  Lucinda sees Tarq as her chance to have children and escape the stifling presence of her father and family.

STUD is a very entertaining science fiction romance with an interesting premise, and multi-faceted characters.  Although I haven't read the other books in this series, I had no trouble catching the gist of the book.  While the beginning felt a little slow, after Lucinda runs away from her family,the pace picks up and a great adventure commences,  Tarq is one of the most lovable heroes, that I have ever encountered,  I was apprehensive that Tarq would come across as a gigolo with a big ego.  However, there is nothing further from the truth, Tarq is handsome, appealing and strong but has insecurities, which make him all the more lovable.  Lucinda, who has been put down all her life, also, has insecurities, which make her think Tarq couldn't possibly want her.  These two must overcome their insecurities, as well as, many dangers to be together.

Overall, STUD is a great read, and I will be awaiting the next book in this series with great anticipation,

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Review of COMPULSIVELY, MR. DARCY



COMPULSIVELY, MR. DARCY may be purchased here.


COMPULSIVELY, MR. DARCY
Nina Benneton

Fitzwilliam Darcy, a wealthy businessman and company owner, goes to Vietnam with his friend, Charles Bingley, to help Charles' sister adopt a child.  When Charles is injured Darcy tries to oversee his care, but comes into conflict with Dr. Elizabeth Bennett, who is wearing surgeon's garb.   After this incident, Elizabeth and Darcy meet again, but Darcy doesn't recognize her.  Elizabeth thinks Darcy pompous and demanding and mistakes the relationship between Charles and Darcy,  Later, George Wickham arrives to cause havoc.

PRIDE AND PREJUDICE is my favorite book, and I love reading the different versions of it.  COMPULSIVELY, MR. DARCY is a modern retelling of PRIDE AND PREJUDICE, which kept me thoroughly entertained.  Mr. Darcy didn't seem quite as arrogant and pompous as the orginal Mr.Darcy, however, this Mr. Darcy has many good qualitities,foremost among them, his protectiveness of those he loves.  The fact that Darcy has OCD makes him all the more likeable and humanizes him to a great degree.  While this Darcy doesn't take the original's place in my heart, I found myself falling a little for him, nevertheless.  Elizabeth makes a great match for Darcy, because she is intelligent, lively, and understands his disorder.  These two make a great couple, and I really enjoyed their courtship.  Perhaps my favorite character in this book is computer-hacking, militant, Mary Bennett.  The sense of family, that is enjoyed in the original version, is continued in this version.  When tragedy strikes, the Bennett family and Darcy pull together.

All in all, COMPULSIVELY, MR. DARCY is an entertaining modernization of PRIDE AND PREJUDICE.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Review of THE UNFINISHED SONG: INITIATE























THE UNFINISHED SONG may be found here.




THE UNFINISHED SONG:  INITIATE
Tara Maya

Dindi is different from the rest of her clan, which has never had a Tavaedie, a magical dancer, chosen from among them.  Dindi loves to dance and hopes to be chosen as a Tavaedie during her intiation, because dance will be forbidden to her, if she is not chosen,  Meanwhile, Kavio,the powerful son of the Rainbow clan's chief is found guilty of a crime and exiled.  Although Kavio did not commit the crime, he can't prove it and is forced to leave.  Dindi has powers, that she is unaware of, and Kavio has to journey to discover his purpose.

THE UNFINISHED SONG:  INITIATE  is an entertaining fantasy tale with interesting characters and an intriguing storyline.  I found myself caught up in Dindi and Kavio's tale, even though it seemed a little slow in the beginning.  The world-building is complex, but the continual jump from viewpoint to viewpoint tended to pull me out of the story.   I came to care for the characters, and since the ending is something of a cliffhangar, I have great anticipation for the next book in the series. 




Monday, February 27, 2012

FOLLOWER LOVE GIVEAWAY HOP WINNERI

I'm, finally, able to get online for brief periods of time.  Thanks to everyone for their patience,  Anyway, the winner as chosen by random,org is ...........................................................................









KARA D

Congrats!  Thanks to everyone for participating,

Friday, February 10, 2012

Update on Follower Love Giveaway

Hi, everyone,
I fell and broke my shoulder and must undergo surgery.  Unfortunately, the giveaway will be delayed until I'm able to get back online.  Sorry for any inconvenience this causes.  Thanks for understanding!

Monday, February 6, 2012

Follower Love Giveaway Hop


Book Lover and Procrastinator is stop 12 on the hop. I'm giving away a $10 amazon e-giftcard to a lucky follower. Just leave a comment with your GFC follower name. You can get an additional entry by following me on Google +. Just say you do and leave your Google name in a comment. Please leave an e-mail at which you can be reached. US only. Thanks to I Am A Reader, Not A Writer and Rachael Renee Anderson for hosting the hop. Below are the links to the others in the hop, so hop away. Hop starts Feb. 7th and ends Feb. 14th. at midnight cst. I'm posting this early, but please don't enter until the 7th. Hopefully, I will pick and contact the winner within 48 hrs. The winner will have 48 hrs. in which to get back with me. Thanks for participating!



Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Review of LURE OF SONG AND MAGIC


























THE LURE OF SONG AND MAGIC may be purchased here.

THE LURE OF SONG AND MAGIC
Patricia Rice

Dylan "Oz" Ozwin has been receiving messages from the mysterious "Librarian" with leads to finding his kidnapped son.  The Librarian has led him to Syrene, a former child singing sensation.  Philippa Seraphina Malcolm James Henderson, who goes by Pippa, doesn't want anyone to know that she was once Syrene.  Pippa has made a life for herself in a small California town and wants to be left alone and to not hurt anyone.  Oz is determined to find his son and no one will stop him.

THE LURE OF SONG AND MAGIC is an entertaining romance with paranormal elements and an intriguing storyline.  I had a little trouble warming to the hero, because he seemed a little pushy and self-absorbed.  However, as the character is developed, throughout the story, he becomes more appealing.  Even so, my favorite character is Conan, Oz's  computer geek brother.  Pippa is a likable, if tempestuous character, who has cut herself off from almost everyone, with good reason.  Pippa has learned to control her emotions, because of her unique abilities.  When Pippa learns that Oz isn't affected by her voice, it is something of a relief that she can be herself around him.  Pippa and Oz's relationship grows slowly from two people, who distrust each other, to a couple, who trust and love each other.  There is, also, a good mystery about who kidnapped Oz's son, and why he was kidnapped. 

All in all, THE LURE OF SONG AND MAGIC is a nice romance with a neat mystery and lovely characters.  I really hope Ms. Rice writes Conan's story, soon.

NOTE:  I was sent this book, in return for an unbiased review.








                                                                                                                                                             

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Review of LOTHAIRE


LOTHAIRE can be purchased here.

LOTHAIRE
Kresley Cole

Lothaire, the Enemy of Old, is one determined vampire and is, totally, focused on his "endgame".  Lothaire seeks to rule the Horde vampires, but before that can happen, he must aid the being whom he thinks is his mate, Saroya.  Saroya, the vampire goddess, has been cursed to only possess humans and has no body truly her own.  Lothaire intends to turn Elizabeth "Ellie" Peirce, the human Saroya has possessed, and get rid of her spirit, so that Saroya can have her body all to herself.  Before Lothaire can do this, he has many things to do, such as obtain a magical ring. Lothaire decides the best place for Ellie is prison, where his enemies want think to look for her, and where she is headed after Saroya goes on several killing sprees using her body.  However, Lothaire doesn't count on Ellie's intelligence and tenacity.

The Immortals after Dark is my favorite series, and I've been waiting for great anticipation for Lothaire's story.   Lothaire is one seriously messed up character, who is driven by revenge and, also, a little mad from all the memories, that he has absorbed by draining his victims dry.  I had trouble seeing how Ms. Cole could possibly redeem Lothaire, but thankfully, she doesn't disappoint.  Lothaire is redeemed, somewhat, but still has a serious edge to him-- he is not someone to mess with.  Elizabeth is one spunky heroine, which she has to be, in order to stand toe to toe with Lothaire.  Elizabeth gets knocked down, but keeps getting right back up and fighting.  There is plenty of action, and intense, hot, love scenes in this novel, and it is not for the squeamish, because Lothaire can be one brutal dude. 

All in all, LOTHAIRE is a great read and makes an excellent addition to the IAD series.

NOTE:  This is my personal copy and I gave an unbiased review.

 

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Review of VAMPIRE GENERAL: INTERN WITH THE VAMPIRE


VAMPIRE GENERAL can be purchased here.

VAMPIRE GENERAL
Kit Iwasaki

Aline Harmon, an intern at Weston County Hospital, is having a bad day after listening to Dr. William Rocque, a patient in the ER, about another patient in the ER and getting fired.  Aline's day turns even stranger when Rocque offers her an internship at a hospital, that she has never heard of.  Intrigued, Aline follows Rocque to the hospital and enters a world, that she never knew existed. 

VAMPIRE GENERAL is a unique tale, that reminded me of an episode of ER, with the added bonus of vampires, mermaids, and other paranormal creatures.  Aline is a great character, and I got wrapped up in her story.  The other characters in this story are intriguing and surprising, too. One character, who I thought had villainous tendencies, shocked me by doing something totally heroic.  Aline's shift has so many ups and downs, that it is a real rollercoaster ride, and I found myself rooting for her. 

NOTE:  I was sent this book, in return for an unbiased review.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Check out this giveaway at Tiffany's Bookshelf

Tiffany's Bookshelf: 200 Book Celebration Giveaway: At the beginning of 2011, I set a crazy goal to read and review 200 books this year. Believe it or not, I actually accomplished my goal, an...