May 18, 2013 | No Comments
A friend’s duty.
Tyler Murphy was an LAPD detective, single and happy—until a near-fatal tragedy crippled his friend, fellow detective Eric Catalano. While Tyler supported Eric, he also became a shoulder for Eric’s wife, Delaney, to lean on. But with one naughty suggestion from Eric, a drunken night with Delaney spilled into erotic abandon. Before it was over, Tyler saw his best friend’s wife as a woman and yearned for more. When Eric struggled to deal with the aftermath, Delaney begged Tyler to leave. Crushed, he fled to Louisiana, hoping to escape his longing for the one woman he could never have again…and unaware of what he’d left behind.
A lover’s desire.
After two years of living with regret, Tyler finds Delaney on his doorstep, her husband having abandoned her long ago. She’s protecting a shocking secret and desperately needs refuge from a stalker determined to see her dead. As they fight to stay alive and catch the killer, they struggle to resolve the guilt of their past pleasures. But they can’t deny that what was once a spark is now a flame burning out of control. To possess Delaney—body and soul—Tyler must heal her pain and thwart the evil that’s a mere breath behind her…
Book Savvy Babe’s Quickie Review:
I LOVE Tyler. I am declaring Tyler my new book boyfriend. Tyler is a big, protective male with a heart of gold. He was dealt some life-changing surprises, and has made his share of mistakes, but he mans up and sets out to take care of his own and make things right.
It took me awhile to really like Delany. I was irritated with her for her decisions and for keeping so many secrets from Tyler. However, she went through some very difficult times and the woman has mettle. I came to really like her character as well. Delany and Tyler had excellent chemistry, their sexual encounters are super hot, but also emotional.
This Wicked Lovers series gets better and better. Shayla Black has a talent for writing characters that get under my skin, for better or worse (I have been caught yelling at the book characters while reading..). I always find myself wrapped up in the character’s stories and I love seeing how each of these enigmatic, alpha, sexy men find happiness.
For readers who like contemporary erotic romances (which I call romantica), the Wicked Lovers series is a series you should not miss.
*my review of book 7, Ours to Love is will be up next week!*
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May 16, 2013 | 6 Comments
18 & Over Book Blogger Follow is a weekly feature that begins on Fridays and runs through the weekend, hosted by Crystal from Reading Between the Wines. This is a Friday blog hop with the objective to find and visit other book blogs that share the same interest as you, namely books geared towards the 18 & over crowd, and make some new friends!
Hey Everyone, it’s been a long time since I’ve joined in, and did I ever pick a fun week, LOL. Here’s this week’s question:
Question of the Week: You just walked into your bedroom to find your favorite book boyfriend lying on your bed with three naughty gifts. Who is it and what are they?
Ha! I am going to go with one of my more recent book boyfriends, Tyler from Mine to Hold by Shayla Black. Tyler is a big, protective man with a super sweet heart. I just want to grab him and keep him, LOL. Ok, on to the naughty gifts…
Use your imagination a little bit… such a nice fantasy scene right there…
Anyhow, who would you pick and what naughty gifts would you choose? If you are a new follower, be sure to let me know and how you follow so I can follow back!
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May 16, 2013 | 20 Comments
From the author of Surrender to Temptation comes a provocative story of overwhelming passion set free with one exquisite touch.…
Madeline Stone is determined to heal from her tragic past, one difficult step at a time…and she doesn’t need any distractions. Then she meets a mysterious and captivating stranger—and over a glass of outrageously expensive wine, her world turns upside down. Try as she might to banish the wealthy business mogul from her thoughts, Madeline can’t fight Alex’s staggering appeal or his enticing offer of intimate discovery.
Alex doesn’t date—at least, not in the traditional sense. Still, he wants Madeline…and his sexual intensity provides her with a much-needed escape. They embark on a tumultuous erotic affair, one that takes them to the pinnacle of obsession and desire. But underneath each explosive encounter lie dangerous secrets waiting to consume them both.…
Lauren Jameson is a writer who lives in the shadows of the great Rocky Mountains of Alberta, Canada. She also writes erotic romance as Lauren Hawkeye. Visit her online at www.laurenjameson.com and twitter.com/LaurenHJameson.
Review by Heather, Book Savvy Babe:Source: *I received this book in exchange for an honest review* Rating:
Lauren Jameson was a new-to-me-author when I picked up Blush and I am sure that I will be reading more from her in the future.
Blush started off a bit slow for me, it took me awhile to understand the characters, whose pasts and natures are slowly uncovered. Madeline was especially confusing, she was at odds with herself for most of the book and I had a difficult time connecting to her. However, as Alex pushes her boundaries and challenges her, Madeline starts to sort herself out. Alex is a dominant, through and through. He has a tough time sorting through Madeline’s issues and uncovering her submissive side. Alex and Madeline go through a lot of angst and on/off, together/not together ups and downs. This type of relationship has a tendency to put me off and frustrate me, however both Madeline and Alex grew as characters and they kept me reading.
Blush is a romantica novel which includes some graphic, and very steamy, BDSM scenes. Lauren Jameson did a great job setting the scenes and showcasing the attraction and heat between Maddy and Alex. Alex is part owner of a private, exclusive BDSM club, In Vino Veritas. I am intrigued by the club and the secondary characters who are introduced there. Even though I had some mixed feelings and a slow start to Blush, I enjoyed the book overall. I am definitely curious to see where Lauren Jameson will take this series and I am looking forward to reading the next book.
The publisher, NAL, is sponsoring this giveaway contest. Three lucky winners (US/CAN only) will receive one copy of Lauren Jameson’s sizzling new novel BLUSH! Due to the adult nature of this book, entrants must be 18 to enter and have a US/CAN mailing address. The contest will run for 1 week, from today May 16, 2013 through Wednesday May 22.
How to enter: Simply leave a comment on this post and fill out the Rafflecopter below
Good luck and happy reading!
May 15, 2013 | 5 Comments
New York Times bestselling author of the Warriors of Poseidon series Alyssa Day returns with a thrilling new series of paranormal romance and a heated battle between good and evil fought to the death on the streets of New York…
Bordertown private investigator Luke Oliver’s beat is the dimensional fold in Manhattan between the human and supernatural realms. But now a secret from his past—the League of the Black Swan—has surfaced. Because Luke isn’t any ordinary P.I. He’s the Dark Wizard of Bordertown, and he never backs down from a fight.
But this time the fight threatens his life and his heart. Rio Jones, the only woman he loved, needs his help against a deadly menace. Luke pushed her away once before, so she’d never fall prey to the curse that threatens to destroy him. He swore he’d never let her go again.
Luke and Rio, with the help of the newly reformed League, must keep evil forces from taking over Bordertown—all the while battling a passion on the razor’s edge between danger and desire. And going to take everything they have just to stay alive.
Book Savvy Babe’s Review:
The Cursed is my favorite kind of paranormal read; a book that blurs the genre lines between paranormal romance and urban fantasy. The Cursed features a kick-butt, snarky heroine, an urban fantasy setting full of magic and supernatural creatures, and a sizzling romance that heats the pages. Alyssa Day has me hooked on this new series, this is one urban fantasy and paranormal readers do not want to miss.
When the book begins, Rio is a “mostly human” woman trying to get by and survive in Bordertown, a supernatural city pocketed away in New York. Rio’s life suddenly gets complicated, she gains unexpected enemies and turns to the hot wizard/private investigator Luke Oliver for help. Luke and Rio have known each other in passing, but Luke has done his best to avoid the temptation that is Rio. When Rio needs help, he can’t help put step in and do his best to protect her. Rio is more than she appears, and as her 25th birthday approaches, the danger to Rio rises as does the sizzling attraction between them.
I happen to love snarky, kick-butt characters and Alyssa Day has delivered some excellent characters in Rio and Luke. The dialogue and interactions between Rio and Luke are very witty, sarcastic, and thoroughly entertaining. I wanted to share an example. This is not a spoiler and it’s a pretty fun teaser (I was highlighting all over the place in my e-reader).
I love that Luke and Rio do their best to stay true to themselves while life throws them road blocks and changes and adjust to having someone significant to share life with. Luke has some serious power that gets ramped up by his protective instincts towards Rio. I love Luke and Rio as a couple. As more of Rio’s mysterious background is revealed, the story becomes even more intriguing and complex.
The setting and world-building of The Cursed is fantasic. Bordertown is an intriguing place, a world hidden within the human world with ties to various different dimensions. Bordertown is full of paranormal beings of all kinds, from various realms and magical abilities. There seemed to be no end to the different types of supernaturals that popped up throughout the story. Luke is the go-to guy to solve problems in Bortertown, and the problems are as varied, complex, and as unexpected as the supernatural entities that inhabit Bordertown.
I only fell deeper into the story as I read. As I stated earlier, Alyssa Day has completely hooked me into this new series. The Cursed is a fast-paced, entertaining, I-didn’t-want-to-put-it-down book and I absolutely want to read more in this series. The secondary (and other various side characters) are well-developed as well as the protagonists and I am itching to see where this series will go. The Cursed is only book 1 in this brand new League of the Black Swan series. I sincerely hope that there are many more books to come. Paranormal Romance and Urban Fantasy readers, I absolutely recommend giving this book a try.
May 13, 2013 | 3 Comments
Elaine Hawthorn is a gray American werewolf, currently out of work, and on a mission to share in a family treasure. When she arrives in Scotland, she nearly has a head-on collision with one hot, kilt-garbed Highlander, and runs him off the road.
Werewolf laird Cearnach MacNeill isn’t happy Elaine ruined his car, but he quickly becomes her protector after a misunderstanding lands her right in the middle of two feuding clans. Now he’s out to ensure that this sexy female wolf gets her fair share of her clan’s treasure. He knows he should leave well enough alone, but it’s too late to leave his heart out of it.
Book Savvy Babe’s Review:
Highland. Werewolf. Wedding. This book had me sold by the title alone. I always love a good Highlander story, mix in werewolves and the drama and romance involved with weddings; it’s a recipe for a great read. Plus, I have found Terry Spear writes some of the best werewolf paranormal romances around, and A Highland Werewolf Wedding does not disappoint.
Don’t let the title confuse you, while the many of the characters are Scottish Highlanders, this story is a contemporary read, not a historical. The werewolves have been around since the days of the historical highlanders and they do live in a castle, but the story is a modern one.
Cearnach MacNeill is the second to the laird, his brother, in his clan and wolf pack. The clan all live in a highland castle/estate, and quite a few of the characters in A Highland Werewolf Wedding have been featured in earlier books. In Cearnach’s story, he is trying to do the right thing and be there for a friend’s wedding when he is run off the road by Elaine. Elaine is a lone wolf, orphaned young and used to taking care of herself while hiding from her enemies. Elaine is a very alpha female wolf, she has spunk and spine and I loved her character immediately. Elaine’s distant kin have suddenly taken an interest in her and want her for their own ambiguous and nefarious reasons. Elaine’s enemies prove to be not-so-smart and drive her right into Cearnach’s over-protective arms (almost literally ). Elaine’s kin and the MacNeill’s are enemies and that family feud threatens to put Elaine on the run again.
I fully enjoyed A Highland Werewolf Wedding. Cearnach and Elaine have a natural rapport that attracted me to the characters and their story. They seem to attract trouble wherever they go, and Elaine puts herself into the troublesome situations when most women would have hidden away. The story is a romance with plenty of attraction between Cearnach and Elaine, but the story is also full of adventure and humor. The book is fast-paced and kept my attention the whole way through. I finished this book in pretty much one sitting and enjoyed each minute.
Readers who enjoy werewolf romance books would enjoy this book, and the rest of the Heart of the Wolf series. The series is quite large with 11 books now, but you do not have to read the books in order or have read all the books in the series to enjoy A Highland Werewolf Wedding. I have skipped around this series a lot, but I always enjoy the books and look forward to more from Terry Spear.
May 11, 2013 | 14 CommentsThe Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer. ~this meme was inspired in part by – In My Mailbox~ It’s a chance to share News. A post to recap the past week, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up for the week on our blog.
I have been recovering from RT this past week. I ran around like a crazy woman all week last week, and so many awesome books released these past 2 weeks. I have been trying to get a huge pile of books read and reviewed, and then there’s the matter of my insanely full email inbox to deal with as well… Anyhow, these past few weeks have been busy and a whole lot of fun. I have more than made up for my lack of TBR books, I think I actually need a new bookshelf…
I have more than made up for a few weeks of book-buying-and-obtaining ban (keep in mind, this is about 2 weeks + RT Convention worth of books). I am so excited about all my new books, I just want to sit in my reading corner, curl up, and not come out for a week straight, LOL.
Bought, Freebies, etc (because I couldn’t help myself….)
My RT haul is huge, and I simply don’t have the time to list each book I received in print. So here are the pictures of my book stacks. You can click the picture to enlarge and see the books more clearly. They aren’t in any particular order, I just tried to stack them nicely until I can clear the proper space for them on my shelves (meaning I need to send DH to target to get me more shelving )
Courtesy of Carina Press:
As you can see, my book haul is extensive. Me and the Book Savvy Babes reviewers will be busy reading and reviewing! (That’s right my little elves, I’m putting you to work!)
I hope you have all had a great few weeks, I’m excited to see what new books you have found in your book hauls
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