Friday, December 31, 2010

Master of the Mountain by Cherise Sinclair

Master of the Mountain  Master of the Mountain

I just finished Master of teh Mountain by Cherise Sinclair and it was a wonderful read!  The characters were so real, so believable and the story was excellent.  The emotional connection, the highs, the lows, the absolute joy in reading a good story was perfect.  The undercurrent of uncertainty for Rebecca & Logan kept and edge to the story all the way through.  The fact that they came across so real made the story very enjoyable.  I love it when you can get lost in the story and you feel like a shadow on the wall, seeing, hearing, participating.  The insecurity of Jessica and the longing and fear of Logan touches something in everyone.  Who doesn't have body image issues? Who isn't afraid of really hurting someone they truly care for?  This was a beautiful story and I can highly recomend it. 

When Rebecca's boyfriend talks her into vacationing at a mountain lodge with his swing club, she quickly learns she's not cut out for playing musical beds. Now she has nowhere to sleep. Logan, the lodge owner, finds her freezing on the porch. After hauling her inside, he warms her in his own bed, and there the experienced Dom discovers that Rebecca might not be a swinger...but she is definitely a submissive.

Rebecca knows that no one can love her plump, scarred body. To her shock, lodge owner Logan not only disagrees, but ties her up and shows her just how much he enjoys her curves. Under his skilled hands, Rebecca not only loses her inhibitions, but also her heart.

Damaged from the war, Logan considers himself too dangerous to be around the enticing little sub. He sends her away for her own safety, not realizing she believes she has once again been rejected because of her size. As Logan's mountains echo with her voice long after she's gone, he realizes she's taken his heart with her. But when he arrives in the city to reclaim her, Rebecca's phone has been disconnected and her apartment is empty...

Publisher's Note: This book contains explicit sexual content, graphic language, and situations that some readers may find objectionable: Anal play/intercourse, BDSM theme and content, exhibitionism.

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Cherise Sinclair -- THE DOM's DUNGEON and more

The Dom's Dungeon

Foster child. Teenage whore. Now a veterinarian, MacKensie's turned her life around, but the scars remain. She saves her affection for the animals who never judge or scorn her, but it's time to get out, move on from her past in Iowa. So, she arranges a vacation exchange to job hunt in Seattle.

Although the house is lovely, one room is locked. Her years in foster care have given her two ‘gifts’: a neurosis about locked doors and the ability to open them. After she gets into the room, she's appalled…and intrigued. Chains and manacles, whips and paddles, odd benches with straps…

When Alex returns home days early and finds MacKensie draped over the spanking bench in his locked dungeon, he’s furious. But her wariness arouses his protective nature and curiosity, so he strikes a deal to keep her close—she’ll act as his submissive in exchange for a place to stay and help finding a job.

He’d planned to use the veterinarian to deter an ex-girlfriend, not replace her, but with MacKensie’s compelling mixture of strength and vulnerability, the little sub slides right into his well-defended heart

This was an excellent read. I really enjoyed the two main characters, Mac & Alex. They were fantastically real in portrayal and the magic between the two of them was great. I kept looking at the % done on my Kindle because I knew something big was going to happen, I really wanted to read how it unfolded but I didn't want the story to end just quite yet! To see Dickerson get his comeuppance was something and the way people backed Mac, gave their friendship and loyalty was a tear-jerker. So many places in this story had my eyes tearing up and then it would turn around and I'd be laughing out loud. The pace was just right, keeping me glued to the pages waiting for the next spike, the next shock, the next moment of tenderness. I definitely enjoyed this and I can honestly recommend this to anyone who enjoys and good read.

Stories like this carry me away, let me see into other windows of life. Movies on paper, even electronic paper, with more detail, relying more on the imagination, putting faces and voices to the characters. Watching them unfold and become three dimensional. Those are the kind of stories I really enjoy and this was definitely one of them.

Club Shadowlands [Masters of the Shadowlands 1]  Dark Citadel [Masters of the Shadowlands 2]   Breaking Free [Club Shadowlands 3]   Lean on Me [Masters of the Shadowlands 4]

Masters of the Shadowlands: 1
== Club Shadowlands ==

Blundering into a BDSM club, accountant Jessica attracts the owner's attention. When Master Z discovers her interest in BDSM, he can't resist tying her up and unleashing the passion she hides within.

Masters of the Shadowlands: 2
== Dark Citadel ==

A submissive, Beth must yield to become aroused, but after a sadistic husband, she’s too scared to give up control. The last thing she wants is a ruthless, powerful Dom. But that’s just what she gets

Masters of the Shadowlands: 3
== Breaking Free ==

After Kari breaks up with her date during Beginner's Night at Club Shadowlands, she's given the option to continue with an experienced dominant. Under Master Dan's guidance, she learns the true meaning of can she teach him to love?

Masters of the Shadowlands 4
== Lean on Me ==

Stubbornly independent, Andrea wants to submit, but not to just any so-called Dom. When a friend gets her into the Shadowlands club to train with the powerful Master Cullen, Andrea’s thrilled. And terrified.

I've been on a Cherise Sinclair kick the past week. I started by reading her CLUB SHADOWLANDS story. This was a freebie from All Romance as their 8th Day of Christmas Free Read (courtesy of Loose Id). Reading about Master Z and his pretty little sub Jessica was so much fun. Jessica is this lively little lady that find herself somewhere she never really thought she'd be and finds it not only interesting but exciting. A totally different outlook about herself that forces her to grow, trust and eventually love the enigmatic and domineering Master Z. This was a very fun and enjoyable read. I laughed and cringed and even felt Jessica's embarrassment and her growing pleasure as she opens herself up to a very different life style.

This one had me hooked and I knew I'd seen others at Amazon and Loose Id. I immediately went out and purchased the other three books. DARK CITADEL (Masters of the Shadowlands Book 2), BREAKING FREE (Masters of the Shadowlands Book 3) and LEAN ON ME (Masters of the Shadowlands Book 4). Each one of these books brought out new characteristics of familiar faces, new stories, new joys and new tears. Each one had full-fleshed characters and the stories were compelling and strong. Each one pushed the boundaries just a bit more and each one left me smiling at the end knowing that I'd come back to these people in the future and like all good books they would welcome me like old friends and fill my mind with images and voices.

I still have MASTER OF THE MOUNTAIN and MASTER OF THE ABYSS to read by Cherise and I'm very much looking forward to enjoying them

Monday, December 20, 2010

Through the Wall by Keri Ford

Through The Wall by Keri Ford is a wonderful read! OMG I was laughing so hard it was great!  The humor of two people, one trying desperately to get the other to notice them and the other doing his best to keep it cool and level was rich. When they do try and get together the actions and comments are hilarious.  This story had me from the first page and kept me going till the last and I was so sorry to see it end.  It was a very nice romance to be sure.  The idea of these two people, loving each other but neither one wanting to admit to it, each aching in their own way was heart warming.  Stephanie's husband cheated on her and Parker was there with her when she walked in on them.  Since that time Parker has been Stephanie's best friend and made sure she was safe and helped her get through the divorce and the recovery.  Their apartments are right next to each other and Stephanie's bedroom wall touches Parker's.  Parker seems to go through women right and left and the bumping of the headboard against the wall has kept Stephanie awake and all to often hot and bothered.  Stephanie has been a good girl and hasn't had sex with anyone since before her divorce (yeah it was that kind of marriage).  She's finally reached the point that she's ready to break out but she doesn't want to break out with just any man.  Nope .. Stephanie wants Parker.  She knows he doesn't do long term but she's at the point where even short term, as long as its with Parker is good enough.  Finally she gets enough courage (liquid in form) to actually confront Parker and tell him she needs his help.  Parker is shocked and pretty much turns her down.  Stephanie isn't taking NO for an answer though and sets out to seduce Parker and force him to see her as more than just a friend.

Parker has loved Stephanie from the very first.  As luck would have it his best friend saw her first and Parker was relegated to the outside looking in.  Dating, marriage and finally the divorce and Parker has made sure that he was always there if Stephanie needed anything.  All the women he's been going through are nothing but substitutes for Stephanie and none of them measure up.  Parker doesn't want just a quick roll in the sheets with Stephanie though.  He has it all planned out.  He wants the whole nine yards, kids, white picket fence, a forever kind of relationship.  Suddenly Stephanie turns the tables on him and he doesn't know how to react.  He doesn't want short term, he wants it all and some how he has to convince Stephanie that he isn't a player and that what he wants from her is everything.

The characters are fantastic, so very real and so perfectly 'normal' that I couldn't help but want to know more.  The story was well written and with just the right amount of humor and sexy tension it was a really great read.  I highly recommend this story. 

This is the first book in a 6 book series, Uninhibited in Apple Trail, Arkansas.  The next book is due out in February and I am really looking forward to reading it!

Through The Wall 
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She doesn’t want wild and raunchy, just a little spice…

Stephanie Faulkner listens to her neighbor’s nightly sexcapades through her bedroom wall. What used to make her blush now has her reaching for her vibrator. But she’s had enough self-fulfillment and now wants the real thing.

He wants commitment and long-term, not a quick roll…

The only woman Parker Madison ever wanted for long-term was Stephanie...but she's off-limits. He’s tried to find a substitute but there just isn’t another woman like her. Now that she's available, if he gives her time to get over her ex-husband...will he finally get his long-desired chance?

Short-term doesn't lead to long term. Or does it…?

But when Stephanie digs up the courage to ask Parker for something a little exciting and spicy, he nervously rejects her. Still, she sets out to get what she wants—a little sexcapade of her very own. No commitment. It's just sex, right?

Parker knows he could never be satisfied with having Stephanie temporarily. But as she continues to tempt him and he finds it harder to resist, he begins to think short-term might be better than nothing at all. Unless he can convince her into more.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Love Me by Bella Andre

LOVE ME by Bella Andre was an excellent read!  The story was compelling, the characters so strong and real it was impossible to put it away.  This was a fantastic story about two people so afraid of loving, of getting hurt that they almost drive themselves crazy trying to be strong for all the wrong reasons. 

This is a sequel to Bella Andre's previous TAKE ME that told the story of Travis and Lily.  In LOVE ME Bella tells the story of Travis' twin, Luke and of Lily's younger sister, Janica.  The two of them have loved each other for years but neither would allow it to become real. 

An excellent read and one I can definitely recommend!

Love Me (Take Me sequel) 

It's been five years since Lily Ellis and Travis Carson got married and fell in love in TAKE it's finally time for Janica Ellis and Luke Carson to get their very own happy ending.

If there's one thing that Janica Ellis is absolutely certain of, it's that she and Luke Carson are totally wrong for each other. She's a wild, artistic and outspoken fashion designer. He's a type A, workaholic trauma surgeon (who just happens to be sizzling hot and her brother-in-law!). But Janica is about to be proven wrong when opposites the sexiest possible way.

After a life-changing night in the ER, Luke is desperate for escape - and relief from his personal demons. For five years he has fought his attraction to his sister-in-law, but when he's pushed too far, he can't fight it another second. He needs her. Desperately. He's spent his whole life doing the right thing. For one night, he's going to follow desire instead. Straight into Janica's arms.

Janica can't believe Luke is finally at her front door...and that he's kissing her like he's been waiting his whole life to touch her. But even as their sensual connection deepens with every touch of skin on skin - and the man she always thought was such a good boy turns out to be sinfully, toe-curlingly bad between the sheets - Janica soon realizes she wants more than Luke's body. She wants his heart too. But what will Luke do when one night of extreme passion turns into an all or nothing proposition?

Love My Way by Bridget Midway

Love My Way by Bridget Midway is a very interesting, very catchy read.  It was another one of those books where I wasn't sure if I was going to like it that much going in but once I actually got into the book I found myself fascinated by the characters. 
Eagan Morgan is an arrogant, egotistical man who has recently had his life shaken to the core.  A man with the magical touch when it comes to movies, TV, plays he suddenly finds himself losing ground ... fast! Unused to not being in total control Egan becomes harder and angry and slowly begins to alienate even those closest to him.  Something has to change and soon or his whole world is going to come toppling down around him.

 Ananda Zelder is a dancer in need of work who auditions for a show being produced by "the" Eagan Morgan.  She needs a break to showcase her dancing skills which are extremely good but just not in demand.  She's getting a bit older than the other dancers, no where near finished but still, everyone wants "young."  She's good and has great moves but Eagan is too lost in his own troubles to really 'see' her.  "You're not what we're looking for. Accept that answer and leave the stage." Abrupt and cutting, he dashes her hopes. By the time she gets back to her apartment she's hot, frustrated and worried about how she's going to pay her rent.  Just as things really seem to be hitting bottom she gets a call from Eagan's aide asking her if she'd like a chance to get back at Eagan and at the same time get a chance to showcase her dancing skill on TV.  All expenses paid and win or lose she can use the show as a springboard for her career.  It sounds almost too good to be true.  Then Carter drops the bomb.  The show, called Love, My Way is about Eagan's search for a new submissive.  A BDSM show and the women will have to prove that they want to serve Eagan in every way.  Ananda was brought up religious and this really goes against everything she's been taught but she really needs this break and after some cajoling by Carter she agrees to at least give it a shot.  At the worst she drops out early, at the best she gets to the top spots and then drops out, shooting Eagan's ego down and giving a huge leap to her career chances as a dancer.

Eagan is a Dom and his last submissive, Ophelia, cut him to the core when she decided that she needed to go her own way.  She wanted to be an actress and she had used him to get her foot in the door.  Now she wants more and leaving is the way to get it.  Eagan had thought that Ophelia was the perfect submissive.  She was everything he's wanted and her leaving is what began his sudden downward spiral.  He's not sure he's ready to put himself out there again.  Not willing to open up to another woman.  Add problems with the star of his current movie and an estrangement with his family, a film crew invading the privacy of his home and you have a very tense and volatile situation. What none of these people expect is the electricity and passion that suddenly flares when Eagan meets Ananda for the first time.  Something clicks between them and even though Ananda is a complete neophyte with the BDSM scene she suddenly finds herself wanting to please Eagan in any way she can.  Eagan doesn't understand the attraction he feels for the submissive-in-training he calls Begonia but it is undeniable and immediate.  She presses his buttons at every turn and he finds himself falling for her in a way he thought he'd never find again. 

The journey that both of these people go on explores passions, desires and needs ways that may seem very outre to some but at the core is a very basic need for a love and relationship that works for both people. Ananda faces her inner needs, her desire to dance and her need to please Eagan in a relationship that is absolutely foreign to her religious upbringing.  Eagan finds himself facing things he'd really rather just ignore but finds no longer possible to do.  His family, his pain in losing Ophelia, his need to control even the lives of his friends, his sudden loss of control.  He can't get enough of a woman who he believes he should have kicked off the show the first night and she forces him to take a hard, close look at himself ... and others around him. 

This really was a fascinating and enjoyable read.  The characters are real and complex and the story is a veritable roller coaster of emotions.  In a way this story reminded me of a movie I saw called, "The Secretary," especially at the end.  I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a slightly off-beat romance and who loves seeing character change and grow.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Christmas Packages by Skylar Kade

 I just finished reading "Christmas Packages" by Skylar Kade and it was a fun, sexy and teary read and I'm a sucker for the HEAs. This was a very enjoyable morning read and I loved it.  Good characters, good story and lots of sexy scenes with just the right amount of laughter, tears and just plain fun. 

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Elizabeth has watched with frustration as her relationship with Jason slowly faded away. Braced for their inevitable end, this “nice girl” is instead surprised—and aroused—by her boyfriend’s naughty Christmas plans. Jason has tiptoed around what really turns him on, afraid Lizzie would run screaming from his kinkier desires. But as their relationship flags, he latches onto a last-ditch effort to inject energy into their sex life—and their love.

For twelve days leading up to Christmas, Jason gives Lizzie a new present, each one enticing her further into his dark desires. Now Lizzie needs to loosen up a little—to give up enough control to submit to her edgiest urges and give herself completely to the man determined to be hers forever.

Jessie's Girl by Amber Scott

Jessie's Girl by Amber Scott was a very nice read.  I liked the main characters but I wish the side characters had a little more depth.  The story was good and I enjoyed getting into it. Fun, enjoyable and pleasant light reading. 

Six years ago, Sabrina French ran from the single most staggering sexual experience of her life. With less than a month until her wedding day, fate brings back the woman she couldn't resist then and may not want to now. With such well laid plans to lose, can she find the courage to win Jessica Hayes heart back and brave becoming Jessie's Girl?

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Playing Catch-up again! Three fun reads!!

OK, I've read three books recently.  See Me by Natasha Moore, Snowbound by MG Braden, and Christmas With Her Boss by Marion Lennox!  All three books were good.

See Me      

 See Me by Natasha Moore was a quick, fun read.  Feeling invisible among co-workers, friends is a hard reality to face.  Lydia can't wait to get home and into her closet to let her inner sexy, hot woman free!  Free to wear colors, sexy clothes and to dance .. dance with the windows open for anyone to see ... but what if no one ever looks?  This was interesting and fun to read .. it was quick and fascinating and enjoyable. 

These days, Lydia is feeling increasingly restless, and tired of being invisible. No one at work notices the nose-to-the-grindstone colleague dressed in business drab. Her neighbors don’t even know her name.

No one knows she burns off her frustration by dancing to her favorite music, alone in her apartment. No one knows her closet is a wardrobe divided: monochrome and flats by day, silk and stilettos by night. No one knows her secret ritual has slowly evolved into private stripping…then dancing naked on her tiny balcony, daring someone—anyone—to notice.

Then, at the apartment across the way, the curtains move.

Wes can’t believe what he’s been missing by working the night shift. He is drawn to the amazing woman whose every sensual move makes his body ache. And when she catches him watching, the evening explodes into an erotic fantasy. Afterward, though, she confesses she’s not all she seems. No way is this fiery siren as boring and unlovable as she claims.

And no way is he going to let her go without convincing her she is brave, beautiful…and the face he wants to see every morning.

Snowbound by MG Braden was a lovely romance story.  I honestly hated seeing this one end. This was a very enjoyable, read.

A trip for two turns solo when Cassidy Jensen is abandoned at a ski resort by her emotionally abusive boyfriend. Daniel Robertson visits Snow Peaks, after some time away and too many memories. He’s not looking for love, only escape. After Cassidy knocks him over, Daniel can’t resist the need to show her how a real man treats a lady. Being snowbound is only bad with the wrong person
Christmas With Her Boss by Marion Lennox This was a very enjoyable read.  Excellent story and wonderful characters. 

Christmas with her Boss

Meg Jardine, personal assistant extraordinaire, is convinced she's about to lose her job. Her gorgeous, dark and deeply unimpressed boss, William McMaster, is stranded in Melbourne over Christmas—and it's all her fault! With her heart in her mouth, she invites the intimidating billionaire home for the holiday….
At Meg's chaotic, cozy family farm, William's cold reserve begins to melt away. Suddenly they're seeing each other in a whole new light, and country girl Meg has shot straight to the top of William's Christmas list!

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Holiday Sparks by Shannon Stacey

Finished reading Holiday Sparks by Shannon Stacey and this was a lovely read.  This was a great little romance story that pretty much revolved around just 2 characters and it was wonderful.  The characters were very real and the story flowed from beginning to end keeping my interest all the way.  A great Sunday read and perfect for the season.  I highly recommend this story!

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House-sitting for her parents seemed like a good idea, until the microwave blew up and the lights went out.
Now Chloe Burke thinks upgrading the electrical system of her childhood home while they are away would make the perfect Christmas gift. Fortunately, there's an electrician in town who can get the job done by the holidays.
Scott Quinn has wanted to get his hands on the Burkes' wiring for almost as long as he's wanted to get his hands on their daughter. Chloe didn't notice Scott back in high school, but she's noticing him now, and soon they're indulging in a little festive fun: no strings, no expectations. After all, Chloe plans to get out of this goldfish bowl of a town and back to her real life in Boston by New Year's.
But Chloe and Scott discover they enjoy each other's company just as much out of bed. Could their holiday fling turn out to be the real thing?

Laid Bare by Lauren Dane

Laid Bare by Lauren Dane is another amazing read.  I love how she makes the characters so real.  This Book 1 in the Seattle/Brown Sibling Series.  I pretty much read these in absolutely the wrong order starting with number 2 Coming Undone then Inside out and finally Laid Bare.
  This is a story of discovery & love.  This is the story of Todd Keenan, Erin Brown and Ben Copeland.  These characters are so vivid, so real, so magnetic in their portrayal that you can't help but be drawn along with them as they find, lose and then find themselves again.  Their story is compelling and the tragedy and pain they suffer along the way only makes them even more awesome.  They are all strong characters, strong, charismatic personalities that bring their story to life.  It makes you laugh, it makes you cry, it makes you want to physically pound on something and then pull them into your arms to hold.  I have loved all three of these books and I can't wait till the 4th books arrives some time in the fall of 2011.  I highly recommend this series to anyone who enjoys love, romance and conflict of a very personal nature.

Unexpected Desire…

It’s been ten years since clean-cut, sexy-as-hell police officer Todd Keenan had a white-hot fling with Erin Brown, the provocative, wild rocker chick next door. Their power exchange in the bedroom got under his skin. But love wasn’t in the cards just yet…

Now, life has thrown the pair back together. But picking up where they left off is tough, in light of a painful event from Erin’s past. As Todd struggles to earn her trust, their relationship takes an unexpected and exciting turn when Todd’s best friend, Ben, ends up in their bed—and all three are quite satisfied in this relationship without a name. As the passion they share transforms Erin, will it be enough to help her face the evil she thought she had left behind?

E-book purchases since June 2010 & why I like my Kindle

I've been trying to make time to make a spreadsheet of all the books I've gotten for the Kindle since I started buying e-books this year.  Looking back I came up with these numbers:

Since 9/13/10 I've got    44 books from Ellora's Cave.
                                       7 from Samhain/MyBookstore & More
since 6/6/10 I've got    465 from Amazon

These are not all inclusive since I've downloaded many free reads from authors pages to put out on my Kindle and I've ordered books from several other on-line stores such as

Total E-Bound
Cobblestone Press
Resplendence Publishing
Books on Board
All Romance
 and a couple of more places that just won't come to mind right now.

Here begins my rambling! 

My TBR list is H U G E but since I read close to 7 or more books a week it really isn't that bad.  Many of these books are short stories sold individually and many are full sized novels.  I love to read and since getting the Kindle I've been able to indulge myself much more than usual.  Generally the books I get range from $2.00 up to $9.99 although the majority fall somewhere in between. I've also found that the pricing of e-books mostly by publishing houses can at times be absolutely ridiculous.  I mean when you can get the paperback for $5.99 and the e-book costs $9.99 ???? Get serious!  I think the publishers are worried that all the money they spend on advertising and printing is going to be lost if too many people buy e-books so they price the e-books higher in the hopes to make people buy print versions.  This is ridiculous.  There is a time and a place for hard printed versions of books.  I love books and there really is nothing like holding, smelling, feeling a printed book gives. The e-books though make being able to carry almost an entire library around with you so easy and you always have something to read or can download something new if nothing you have strikes your fancy.  I like the idea of having 400+ books at my fingertips at all times.  I'm one of those people who find a good book/series (I REALLY like good series) and will go back to them again and again.  I really like being able to just flip through the pages of my Kindle list and pick the book I feel like reading at any time, any place and if I see a new book in the series ... whoosh! It's on my Kindle and I'm ready to read it in less than a minute.  Convenience .. that's what the Kindle and e-books give me.  Convenience is very important but there are times on cold, rainy or snowbound days that curling up in my chair in front of the fire with a good printed book surpasses convenience.  The feel, the texture, the smell of a good printed volume held in your hands is just awesome.  I can't tell you how many days & nights I've spent in just that way.  I've also discovered that the older I get the bigger some of the books get too and heavier. Sometimes a large hardback book is just too heavy or cumbersome to deal with, especially when I'm feeling under the weather.  That's where my Kindle saves the day.  My eyes aren't what they used to be either and being able to adjust the print size on the Kindle is just awesome!  With a book light built into the Kindle cover it comes out just about perfect for any situation. 

I'm not knocking other types of e-readers.  I know people who like the Nook and several other e-readers but since I only have experience with the Kindle I honestly can't compare them.  I have the Kindle App for my iPhone and have it installed on my desktop and laptop as well.  I'm never without something to read.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Strong, Silent Type: A Wild Ride Story by Lorelei James

This was an extremely fun read!  I really enjoyed reading this story.  Quinn and Libby were great characters and their story was both sad and joyous at the same time.  Miscommunication, no communication, holding things inside instead of letting them see the light of day and clearing the air can pretty much destroy a relationship.  Going along with Quinn and Libby as they went from despair to happiness was an up and down ride of loving, fighting and clearing the air.  It was so easy to get wrapped up in their tale and grit my teeth, laugh, cry and get all hot and bothered as they worked their way through a hard situation. Watching them digging through their own feelings, the feeling others had pushed on them and realizing that the love they had for each other was greater than anything else in their lives was really a great way to spend an afternoon.  I thoroughly recommend this story!

Strong, Silent Type

Wyoming rancher Quinn McKay thought he’d only have to bide time until his levelheaded wife came to her senses and called a halt to this “trial separation". He never believed the marital rough patch would drag on for a coon’s age.

Libby McKay knew when she married the gruff, laid-back cowboy that he wasn’t prone to blathering about his feelings. But three months have passed and her stubborn-as-a-mule husband is still living by himself in the horse trailer. It seems he’d rather hold onto his pride than hold onto her.
Quinn realizes Libby is determined to move on if he doesn’t loosen his tongue and he’ll lose the only woman he’s ever loved. In a last-ditch effort to keep her in his life, he offers her one weekend of uninterrupted sexual decadence.

Reigniting the passion is easy. The hard part comes after the sheets have cooled and they find out if what remains is strong enough to survive past mistakes.

Inside Out by Lauren Dane

I finished Inside Out by Lauren Dane in the wee hours this morning.  I just couldn't put it down.  Wow .. this was a wild, fantastic roller coaster ride for the emotions.  I fell in love with the characters and the story was had that sense of drama that kept you reading, wanting to know more yet waiting for the dreaded "other shoe" to drop.  The tension stayed with you right up to the very end.  The story was mainly about Cope and Ella but the side stories pulled in the extended family and made the whole experience deeper and drew me in even more.  The sex scenes were hot, how could they not be with such beautiful people, yet the love, the feeling of family in the book was so warm and so rich it had me laughing, crying and wanting to reach in and beat some people over the head for their ignorance.  Yes this was one really awesome read.  This is the kind of book you know you'll keep coming back to again and again because the characters are so strong, so real that you want to go back and meet them all over again.  Beautiful, flawed, real people ... Lauren Dane has written a wonder story that I highly recommend to everyone.


Ella Tipton is a survivor. In the wake of an attack that left her nearly dead, she’s spent each day putting her life back together. Once vibrant and outgoing, she’s needed to reclaim the best parts of who she was while retaining the hard won lessons. There hasn’t been room for any romantic entanglements, even if she were ready. Still, it didn’t mean she had to stop sneaking looks at Mister Tall, Dark and Tattooed himself.

Security professional Andrew Copeland isn’t quite sure when his jones for the lovely and decidedly skittish Ella developed. He’s known her for years, has watched her triumph over the pain she’d been dealt. Cope is no stranger to women, but he knows the nervous flush he gets every time he talks to her is different than any attraction he’s had in the past. Determined to get Ella to let him in, Andy does the one thing he can think of to get close: he offers her hands-on training in self-defense.

While Ella’s sure he’s just being nice, the prospect of being able to touch him and gain the tools to push away the last vestiges of her fear is more than she can resist. Soon enough, Cope shows Ella his feelings are far more than friendly and re-ignites something deep inside her. Before long desire and love turn them both inside out.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Insatiable by Meg Cabot

I finished reading Insatiable by Meg Cabot last night and it was a very good read and well worth my time! The chracters were interesting and the story very well done.  I liked Meena, Lucien and Alaric.  These three stood out, more fully developed and each of them had their issues.  I believe that this is what makes a good character, the issues they have to deal with and how they go about it.  This was a very enjoyable read and a unique take on the retelling of a Dracula story.  It kept me interested and grinning all the way through.  The tongue in cheek attitude of Mary Lou, the whiney brother Jon, the attitude of Leisha, Meena's best friend all worked perfectly to keep interest and at times frustration with the characters going.  It was interesting to see how Meena and Alaric changed over the course of the story.  I can highly recommend this for anyone who enjoys a fun walk among the vampires a la Buffy.  I'm looking forward to reading the sequel that she says should be out some time in the summer of 2011.

Meena Harper is a script writer for a nighttime soap opera and can tell when someone is going to die just by touching them.  She's hoping for a promotion to head writer and wants nothing more than for people to leave her alone. Her brother Jon is out of work and still seeming to try and find himself, living with his sister and crushing on the young woman in his sister's soap opera.  Lucien is king of the vampires and teaching history in a college in Romania.  When the bodies of three young women turn up in Central Park, drained of blood and covered in bites, Lucien decides its time to come out of hiding and put an end to whomever it is that is so flagrantly disregarding his orders. Hopefully before the Palantine Guard is called into this.  What he doesn't expect to find is Meena, the one woman who can breach the dark wall around his heart and make him actually feel again. 

Insatiable by Meg Cabot \ Vampire Romance

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Breaking Brent: A Wild Ride Story by Niki Green

I finished reading Breaking Brent by Niki Green last night.  This was an excellent read.  The characters, the details, the story were all well developed and beautifully balanced to create a compelling read that grabbed you from the first paragraph to the last.  Brent and Peyton are two tortured people who love each other to the depths of their hearts but just don't know how to go about breaking down the barriers that life has put in their way.  Brent is the quiet, silent type, torturing himself over past mistakes and believing that love is just another way to cause pain.  His brother had his heart ripped apart by a woman and Brent swears that will never happen to him. Peyton, suffering heart break because of the way she and Brent broke up so many years ago, still harbors a love that makes anyone else pale in comparison to Brent.  She loves him but doesn't understand what happened and she fights her feelings towards him to avoid the hurt it always brings her.  This story is fantastic in the way they manage to bring themselves back together and the side romance that tickles your imagination near the end only adds to the fun of reading this book.  I highly recommend this story if you like strong characters and lost love and the struggle to get it back. 

When the going gets tough, the tough get busy. Real busy.

Roped, Book 2

In Millbrook, Texas, there are cowboys. Then there are the Kiels, every girl’s idea of perfection in tight-fittin’ jeans. Peyton James is no different. Only she doesn’t want to admit it—because three years ago Brent Kiel ripped out her heart and handed it back in teeny little pieces.

In a twist of fate Peyton wound up engaged to Brent’s best friend. The engagement might be off now, but no one needs to know, right? It keeps the questions at bay…and the temptation called Brent Kiel out of reach. Until the night he shows up at her family’s bar.

The only reason Brent agrees to meet his brothers at Big Jack’s is that Peyton never darkens the door on a Friday night. Except tonight. Seeing her is a painful reminder of his mistake and what it cost him—and that no other woman’s lips or body will ever satisfy him like hers.

Nothing—not the past, not her legendary temper, not even the rock on her finger—will keep this cowboy from getting what he wants…

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Falling Free Style by Vivian Arend

Falling Free Style by Vivian Arend is a very nice read.  The story line was interesting and the characters likeable and the sex was hot.  The banter between the characters was funny and sharp. The book was well written and the scenarios interesting but something about the characters just didn't hold me.  I enjoyed the story but I found my mind wandering through certain parts. 

 Falling, Freestyle  Falling, Freestyle

Never venture out of bounds without a buddy—preferably two.

Dara’s past four incredible years have been lived to the fullest. Along with her best friends, Kane and Jack, she’s left no local wilderness unexplored, no ski slope unchallenged. Yet lately she wonders why they’ve never seen her as more than a buddy with breasts. When—or if—either man will cross that unspoken line.

It’s a line Kane eyes harder every day. Since high school, he and Jack have shared everything. A condo, vacations—and their best girl. Kane’s ready to get serious about his wilderness school and outfitter business, and that includes putting down roots. Preferably with Dara.

Wary of the men who’ve recently been sniffing around Dara, Jack has a growing sense that he or Kane better make a move soon, or they’re going to lose out on their perfect match. Question is, who does she prefer…and who’s going to bring their easygoing trio to an end?

Overhearing the boys arguing over her, Dara’s floored—and torn. Choose between them? No way. Drastic measures are called for, a plan for their annual holiday getaway that will clarify her feelings once and for all—or lose everything in a sexual storm of whiteout proportions.

Warning: Old friends turned lovers can get into the most trouble—exhibitionism, bondage, spanking. Anal sex, oral sex, unauthorized use of ski safety harnesses, icicles in the hot tub… The author apologizes in advance for any melted monitors.

Friday, December 3, 2010

You'll Think of Me by Wendi Zwaduk

You'll Think of Me by Wendi Zwaduk was a wonderful read!  The story was moving and gripping and kept you reaching for more.  The characters were strong and full and deep and it was easy to identify with them and feel their pain and joy.  A great story and one I can definitely recommend!  

 You'll Think of Me

The man of her dreams finally came home from the war, but is he still the man she remembers or have his demons changed him forever?
Melanie Roberts loved her best friend more than she could ever imagine, and for longer than she wants to admit. Though once lovers, she's resigned herself to being no more than his best friend and roommate. On the eve of his return from deployment in Iraq, in order to keep her heart from breaking, she decides she's moving on—after one last sexy night.
Cade Nicholson has come to a decision. As he comes home damaged in both body and soul from his latest deployment, all he wants is to find comfort in Melanie's arms. Unsure and unsteady in expressing his love to the only woman to hold his heart, he has to find a way to convince her of his true feelings.
Can two best friends overcome their demons to prove their love for one another before past decisions come back to haunt them and it’s too late?

Rocky Mountain Haven by Vivian Arend

Rocky Mountain Haven  Rocky Mountain Haven

Beth Danube has escaped to a small Alberta town to make a new start for herself and her three little boys. Her emotionally abusive husband may be dead and buried, but so is her heart. What she doesn’t want is another man in her life—not now, maybe not ever. Yet when her libido reawakens after ten years of unsatisfactory sex in the missionary position, is any woman strong enough to turn down sex-in-boots, Daniel Coleman?

The middle child of the rowdy Coleman boys, Daniel’s the quiet one who has always subdued his desires and acted as peacemaker. His powerful attraction to the young widow takes him by storm, and he’s willing to pursue her until they both find satisfaction—in and out of the bedroom.

Only Beth isn’t sure she’s ready to cross the line. Becoming friends with blazing hot benefits means she’s still the one in control. Letting her heart trust again? She isn’t that brave—or foolish. Daniel is going to have to be mighty convincing to help her overcome the past.

I just finished Rocky Mountain Haven by Vivian Arend and it was fantastic! This was exactly the kind of book I love to read.  It had me laughing, tensing and crying ... my wonderful rollercoaster ride of emotions that so makes a book a true joy to read.  This is the story of an abused woman, Beth, whose husband dies in a car accident that leaves her broken and recovering, not just from shattered bones but shattered emotions and psyche as well.  It's been not quite a year since the accident and she's trying to get a hold of her life and make changes that will bring happiness and recovery after a decade of abuse.  She meets a man who actually makes her feel worth while on her last night before moving and takes a chance on pushing past her fears to test the waters of actually letting a man touch her again.  A chance meeting, a flutter of excitement and a step in the right direction ... then she leaves him behind to start her life over.

Daniel felt something click when he met this woman in a leg cast while trying to keep his brothers out of trouble.  There was something really there and he wanted to get to know her better. A hot encounter and a kiss that left him wanting more and she's suddenly gone from his life.  He can't get her out of his mind. Thoughts of her driving him crazy but the number she gave him was a hoax.  He still can't get her out of his mind and he isn't sure just why.
Several months later she suddenly shows up, living in the house just a few hundred yards from his family and now that he's found her he isn't about to let her get away again.  All he has to do is convince her he's the right man to help her through her fears.

This an awesome story of love, fear and discovery.  A wonderful read and definitely worth the time to read it!

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Hungry For You: An Argeneau Novel by Lynsay Sands

Hungry For YouHungry For You: An Argeneau Novel

Hungry For You by Lynsay Sands was just as awesome as I expected it to be.  I really enjoyed reading this. I really love reading about the Argeneau family and their lives and businesses.  What a rich playground with well developed characters that just pop from the pages and stories that have you laughing and crying and thoroughly enjoying yourself.  This one is about the 3rd Willan sister, Alex and Martine's son Cale.  Alex is trying to start her 2nd restaraunt and has had nothing but problems from day one!  Wrong tiles for the floor, wrong carpenting, wrong paint and even an electrical fire.  Everything was conspiring to make this a complete fiasco.  Alex was stressed and pushed to her limits.  Then her chef up and quits to go to a rival restaraunt only weeks before the opening of the new restaraunt.  In steps Cale.  Totally unprepared but shoved into the job as head chef by Alex's sister Sam, Cale stumbles his way around the kitchen while Alex tries to correct the lastest setback to her plans.  Narrowly avoiding a total ruin of Alex's business Cale manages to convice Alex to let him take over the paperwork and business end of the restaraunts and allow her to go back to cooking which is what she does best.  Attracted to Cale, Alex uses the excuse of him being her employee to keep her distance but even that can't keep the sparks from flying and eventually starting the hotest fire either of them has ever felt! I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys laughter, love and oh yes ... immortals. 

This vampire has been alone for far too long . . .

As one of the most ancient in the Argeneau clan, Cale Valens has given up on finding a life mate. His friends and family, however, have not. In fact, they believe they've finally found his perfect match. Getting them together, however, requires one little white lie . . .

Alexandra Willan is in a panic. Her restaurant is due to open in two weeks, but her chef just walked out. Then a highly recommended replacement arrives, an impossibly handsome culinary genius who sends electric tingles racing through her body . . .

Except he can't cook. In fact, Cale hasn't eaten real food in two thousand years. Yet he's determined to prove to Alex his prowess in the kitchen . . . and elsewhere. Because never has he hungered so for any mortal woman. And not just for a taste of her, but for the whole delicious feast!

Playing Catch-up!

Wow! It's been awhile since I last posted.  Sometimes life just gets in the way and time really does fly by.  It's December already!  The year seems to have passed in a blur. 

Last post was on BEG ME by Shiloh Walker.  Excellent story and I really enjoyed it.  Since that post I haven't stopped reading (yeah like that's ever going to happen!!) I just haven't found the time to post.  Let me see if I can't at least list what I've read since then.

Best Friends by Kira Chase.  This was an interesting read but I wasn't too thrilled with the ending.  Disappointed I guess would be the best description. 

Mount Up (Memory Grove) Feed the Fire (Memory Grove) Pull the Trigger (Memory Grove) 
Pull the Trigger (Memory Grove) Feed the Fire (Memory Grove) Mount Up (Memory Grove) 
Mount Up, Feed The Fire & Pull The Trigger (Memory Grove) by Melissa Ecker & Staci Helling.  These three books were excellent reads.  I thoroughly enjoyed them.  The characters were real enough, the story compelling enough that I read them back to back and hated to reach the end of the last story.  HOT sex scenes and great emotional content that built the tension and made you want to know what happened next really made these books enjoyable.   Adding Heat by Cris Anson.  This is another in the Cougar Challenge series and like all the others it was a fun read.  The connection with the Blog and the other ladies on there adds just enough connection to the other stories to make you feel like you're touching base with old friends.  Each one adds to the others even though each story stands on it's own.  I can thoroughly recommend any of these books as a great, fun read and Adding Heat is right up there with the rest.

Her Best Friends Lover by Shiloh Walker. This was fun read.  The characters were fun, deep and had some serious issues.  The twists and turns in the plot had you wondering if this was all going to work out or not. I know, romance stories always work out in the end but it was fun just following along.  Watching Dale actually fall in love with Lauren without realizing it and how he came to grips with it was fascinating.

Good Girls Don't  Whipped Cream and Handcuffs  Silk Scarves and Seduction, Whipped Cream and Handcuffs, Good Girls Don't, A Present for Christmas -- All by Shiloh Walker.
These were all very good stories.  Shiloh Walker tells very good stories, her characters are real enough to make you want to know what happens to them, the stories gripping enough to keep you reading and the sex and romance are a perfect match.  I can recommend all of these stories as well worth your time.

This kind of covers what I've been reading since BEG ME by Shiloh Walker.  I may have missed a few but I've pretty much covered what I have.

Currently I'm reading Hungry For You: An Argeneau Novel by Lynsay Sands.  I love her Argeneau Series.  This one started off with a laugh and I honestly had a hard time putting it down to go to sleep!  I've been doing my best to ignore my Kindle sitting next to me because I know once I start I won't stop till its done and I'm really trying to savor this read!  I highly recommend this and all the other Argeneau Novels by Lynsay Sands.  If you enjoy vampires, fun and plenty of laughter, loving and suspense then you'll most definitely enjoy this series! 

Have fun all .. I'm off to READ!!

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Beg Me by Shiloh Walker

Beg Me by Shiloh walker was one heck of an emotional rollercoaster ride!  This was a great story that I really enjoyed reading.  I wasn't sure about it at first as I don't go in for the "forced sex" idea.  This story though grabbed me from the very start and kept me on the edge of my seat all the way through.  Strong characters, well created and full of all the insecurities and faults of the best remembered characters that make grabbing, exciting reading drove this story.  They were so real, so compelling that it forced you to keep reading to find out how or even "if" they were going to resolve what was happening to them.  ***** out of 5 stars for this story.  An excellent read!

Beg me…there had been a time when those words made her burn with desire. But now, there was only fear.

Once, Tania Sinclair’s life was almost perfect…oh, it had its ups and downs but she was happily married to a guy that adored her, one who had no problem indulging every kinky fantasy she ever had. But a couple of tragedies later, she’s barely holding it together. A car accident took away her husband, and an attack from somebody she should have been able to trust has shaken not only her confidence, but it’s also stripped away her fantasies and even made it painful to look back on her memories of her husband without fear.

Two years after her attack, Tania is determined to take her life back and the first step is taking back herself…her fantasies, her dreams, her memories. There’s only one person she can trust to do it, too. One person she wants enough…Drake Bennett, her husband’s best friend.

Falling for your best friend’s wife—never smart. Drake’s watched Tania quietly for years, watched her…wanted her, knowing he’d never have her. First, she was taken. And then, that night two years ago—a night that still scars her, a night that’s left bruises on her that still haven’t healed. He does what he can, though, because he loves her too much not to. He’s her friend, there when she needs him.

And now she needs him. She’s asked him for a favor…one that just about blows his mind…

Warning: This book involves light bondage play, rape fantasy & role-playing. The acts between the hero & heroine are consensual, but they may not be ideal for all readers…

A Rocky Path by Lauralynn Elliott

I just finished reading "A Rocky Path" by Lauralynn Elliott. This is very different from what I've been reading in that it was a very sweet & lovely love story.  Emily is very sweet, young woman who has tragically lost her husband a few years before.  She takes a job as the personal assistant of an author who lives in a huge mansion in northern Maine.  She finds a very sweet, kindred spirit in the author and her family and finds a peace and contentment she hadn't experienced in a while. While exploring rooms in the mansion she comes across one that has all the old furniture and belongings that were in the house before Rebecca, the writer, bought it.  Inside one drawer she finds a small silver ring.  Rebecca tells her she can keep it if she wants.  Shortly afterward she finds a quiet man sitting down on the rocks below the mansion drawing in a notebook.  Emily finds herself strangely drawn to the man who tells her his name is Patrick.  Without meaning to Emily and Patrick fall in love.  Just when you think things are going to be HEA it turns out that things aren't really what they seem. 

This was a very pleasant read and a nice breath of fresh air as far as stories go.  It did feel a bit stiff in places but nothing that truly detracted from the story itself.  The pace was smooth, the story very intriguing and the characters were wonderfully crafted.  **** out of 5 stars for this.

A Rocky PathA Rocky Path

After losing her husband, Emily Adams leaves the life she has begun to hate and starts a new life in Maine, working for a well-known author. As she explores a path down to the rocky shoreline, she meets a very talented artist who is both attractive and mysterious. She finds herself falling for him, but there is something strange and puzzling about this man. Then Emily finds some old letters, journals and paintings which cause her to make a shocking discovery about the man she loves that changes everything about their relationship?and everything she believed about the world.