Sunday, October 2, 2011

Sexiest Vampire Alive (Love at Stake) by Kerrilyn Sparks

2 Oct 11
Sexiest Vampire Alive (Love at Stake)

I finished this story in one long solid read.  I love this series and this chapter of it definitely did not disappoint.  Gregori has always been a bit of a misfit and I've been kind of curious how this would all pan out for him.  This story is fantastic, adventure, excitement, murder, mystery and of course the love story.  This is one of my favorite vampire series and Kerrelyn Sparks is one of my favorite authors in this genre.  You really shouldn't miss this series.



The secret is out . . .Vampires do exist! When a video reveals to the world that vampires live among us, it’s up to “young” vamp Gregori Holstein, VP of Marketing, to persuade the U.S. government to declare the video a hoax. But first the president wants a favor, one that requires Gregori to spend forty-eight hours in very close contact with the First Daughter. Abby Tucker would rather spend her nights in a lab than attend her father’s state dinners. She’s dedicated her life to finding a cure that will save her dying mother and needs only two more ingredients. To find them, she’ll have to venture into the most dangerous region of the world—with a vampire. Her Armani-clad escort may be Undead, but he still makes her heart race. And the greatest danger won’t be the predatory hordes lying in wait for them; it will be her undying desire for the Sexiest Vampire Alive.

West of Tularosa by Louis L'Amour

1 Oct 11
West of the Tularosa

West of the Tularosa by Louis L'Amour is a collection of short stories from the magazines he used to write for when starting out.  I gave it 4 stars and I truly enjoyed every story in this collection.  I recognized several shorter stories that he later developed in full books.  Louis L'Amour is a very unique writer in western stories.  Most of his work is based on real places and you can find almost every place he mentions in them on a map.  His characters are a combination of real people and made up characters that interact in real history.  He makes you feel as if you are there, right amidst the action and being based on true history in many ways you even feel a part of everything going on.  Truly awesome stories and characters larger than life.  I love his stories and I've bought every book I can find by him.

Tiger by the Tail: On the Prowl by Kaye Chambers

27 Sept 11

Tiger by the Tail: On the Prowl

Tiger by the Tail: On the Prowl by Kaye Chambers was a very enjoyable read and I gave it 4 stars. This was a short but very good story with very strong characters.  I'd like to read more on these characters.



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From exile to queen-whom can she trust? An On the Prowl story. Alexandra "Sasha" DeStephano has long been exiled from her own kind, thanks to parents who had no wish for her to grow up in the "tiger mafia". Now that she’s been issued an engraved invitation to appear before the society elders, she finds herself plunged into a dangerous battle for power, urged on every side to give up her birthright to make room for a new regime. On every side, that is, except Colton Reyes, a rogue alpha. Cole plants the idea in her mind that, under the current leadership, the tiger society is headed down a one-way street to disaster. And she is their only hope. Spurred  on by a man who flips all her sexual switches, Sasha steps up to the plate-and finds herself promoted from Tiger Princess to Queen. The resulting consequences are far more than she ever imagined.

In this game of danger and intrigue, almost no one can be trusted. Cole’s best chance to protect her? Pretend to claim her as his mate.

Except pretending is the last thing on Sasha’s mind.

Moon Dance (Vampire for Hire #1) by J.R. Rain

24 Sept 11

Moon Dance (Vampire for Hire #1)

I've finished Moon Dance (Vampire for Hire #1) by J.R. Rain and gave it 4 stars. It was a very enjoyable read.  Vampires and werewolves can be a great combination.  This story was interesting in that the Vampire is a mother and wife and yet still manages to take care of her very human children.  I liked this twist and it made for a very interesting story.



Mother, wife, private investigator...vampire. Six years ago federal agent Samantha Moon was the perfect wife and mother, your typical soccer mom with the minivan and suburban home. Then the unthinkable happens, an attack that changes her life forever. And forever is a very long time for a vampire. Now the world at large thinks Samantha has developed a rare skin disease, a disease which forces her to quit her day job and stay out of the light of the sun. Now working the night shift as a private investigator, Samantha is hired by Kingsley Fulcrum to investigate the murder attempt on his life, a horrific scene captured on TV and seen around the country. But as the case unfolds, Samantha discovers Kingsley isn't exactly what he appears to be; after all, there is a reason why he survived five shots to the head.
19 Sept 11

Heart of Gold

I finished Heart of Gold by Lacy Williams and gave it 4 stars. Very much fun. Very enjoyable read.
I've always enjoyed a good western.  Louis L'Amour, Max Brand, Zane Grey ... I like a good story and strong characters.  I can't say that enough.  I really like character driven stories.  This was definitely one of those. 



Wyoming, 1902--Ranch foreman Charlie Welch suspects his boss's daughter has returned home with purely selfish motives--she wants money.After being estranged from her father for years, Opal Bright hopes her homecoming will result in both reconciliation and a solution to help the orphanage she sponsors back home in Omaha.When Charlie and Opal find themselves mixed up with a ragtag group of bandits and trapped in an abandoned gold mine, they must risk everything to survive... including their hearts.

When Gargoyles Fly by Lori Devoti

19 Sept 11

When Gargoyles Fly

When Gargoyles Fly by Lori Devoti was a very fun and enjoyable read and gave it 4 stars. Short fun read. This was a good story, well paced and interesting.  I find myself enjoying the quick reads I find for my Kindle.  Short stories that are interesting and fun and yet don't cost me an arm and a leg.  I find myself expanding my reading choices now that I've got the Kindle, reading stories I might never have read or even seen. 



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Gargoyle Mord Gabion has been locked in his stony state for decades. After making a deal with a sorcerer to save humanity from the gargoyles’ enemy, the chimeras, he'd thought he would never wake again, but the soft touch of artisan Kami Machon changes that.Soon, Mord discovers feelings no gargoyle is supposed to have and when Kami's life is threatened, he realizes he will give up anything, even his vow to protect humanity, to save her. Magic brought them together, but is it enough to keep them that way? Or will a very real enemy take Kami away from Mord forever? When Gargoyles Fly is a paranormal romantic short originally published in the Mammoth Book of Paranormal Romance.

Loved by Morgan Rice

19 Sept 11

Loved (Book #2 in the Vampire Journals)

Loved (Book #2 in the Vampire Journals) by Morgan Rice was a good read and I gave it 4 stars.
This is the sequel to Saved and picks up with Caitlin and Caleb on the run from vampires of both sides. I'm enjoying this series. While I don't consider this one of my "must read" series it is interesting and enjoyable.  Nice mystery and puzzles in this story and the characters keep on evolving and growing making it interesting to see how they adapt as the story progresses. 




In LOVED (Book #2 in the Vampire Journals), Caitlin and Caleb embark together on their quest to find the one object that can stop the imminent vampire and human war: the lost sword. An object of vampire lore, there is grave doubt over whether it even exists.If there is any hope of finding it, they must first trace Caitlin’s ancestry. Is she really the One? Their search begins with finding Caitlin’s father. Who was he? Why did he abandon her? As the search broadens, they are shocked by what they discover about who she really is.But they are not the only ones searching for the legendary sword. The Blacktide Coven wants it, too, and they are close on Caitlin and Caleb’s trail.

Turned by Morgan Rice

18 Sept 11

Turned (Book #1 in the Vampire Journals)

Turned (Book #1 in the Vampire Journals) by Morgan Rice was a fascinating read and I gave it 4 stars. This was a fun read and I really enjoyed seeing how the characters reacted to the strange twists and turns that suddenly over took their lives.  I liked this one and I'll be slowly getting the others in the series.




In TURNED (Book #1 of the Vampire Journals series), 18 year old Caitlin Paine finds herself uprooted from her nice suburb and forced to attend a dangerous New York City high school when her Mom moves again. The one ray of light in her new surroundings is Jonah, a new classmate who takes an instant liking to her. But before their romance can blossom, Caitlin suddenly finds herself changing. She is overcome by a superhuman strength, a sensitivity to light, a desire to feed--by feelings she does not understand. She seeks answers to what’s happening to her, and her cravings lead her to the wrong place at the wrong time. Her eyes are opened to a hidden world, right beneath her feet.


18 Sept 11

I finished Lost, a vampire romance by Lori Devoti, 1st in the Lost series and gave it 4 stars. Interesting, intriguing and very enjoyable.  Gripping from the start it was a quick read that held my interest all the way through.




Alone in a cursed canyon, even a vampire can look safe. After a car crash that may have taken her friends lives, Rachel Daniels finds herself lost in a cursed canyon. Her only hope to escape the place and save her friends is the man she finds wandering through the night; except Cameron Renault is no ordinary man. He’s a vampire and Rachel’s nightmare may have just begun. Lost is a vampire romance short. NEW!! Included in this edition, Found, second in the Lost series, in its entirety. Combined length of Lost and Found is 25,000 words, novella length. Also included is a sample of When Gargoyles Fly, a paranormal romance short by Lori Devoti.

Guardian Vampire by Lauralynn Elliott

18 Sept 11

Guardian Vampire

Guardian Vampire by Lauralynn Elliott was a good story and I gave it 4 stars. I liked the characters and the plot.  I enjoy characters that make me want to like them, that intrigue me and draw me into their lives. This was a very enjoyable book and kept me busy with all the little twists and turns the characters kept taking.  Definitely worth the $0.99 at Amazon.com.




After witnessing something so terrible in a nightclub that it causes her to lose her memory of it, Kendall St. John finds herself the target of ruthless killers. Her father hires a bodyguard, Logan Steele, to protect her, but everywhere they turn, the killers continue to find them. As Kendall and Logan struggle with their feelings for each other, Logan struggles to protect her from the killers…and from himself. Excerpt Kendall couldn’t believe her eyes. Standing before her was the man who had rejected her at the club. His steel gray eyes were amused as they gazed into her green ones. Fury took over her good sense as she stared at him. “Daddy, no!” she said angrily.

Bound by Night by Amanda Ashley

18 Sept 11
Bound by Night

Bound by Night by Amanda Ashley.  This is an excellent story and wonderful characters.  I gave it 4 stars. I love paranormal stories, especially Vampires.  Amanda Ashley is one of my favorite authors and I have enjoyed all of her vampire stories.  The characters are strong and believable and the stories are always fun to read.  If you've read other stories by Amanda Ashley then this one will  not disappoint you. 



A Vampire's Kiss Is Forever. . .Once featured in a horror movie, the crumbling Wolfram estate is said to be haunted by ghosts, witches, and worse. But Elena doesn't believe a word of it—until she spends the night and wakes up in the arms of a compelling stranger. . .Tall, dark, and disturbingly handsome, Drake is the most beautiful man Elena has ever seen. For centuries, he has lived alone, and Elena is the first woman to enter his lair—and survive. And Drake is the first man to touch her heart and soul. By the time she discovers who he really is—and what he craves—it's too late. Blood lust has turned to love, and Elena is deeply under Drake's spell

Ghosts of Winter by Rebecca S. Buck

18 Sept 11

Ghosts of Winter

I finished Ghosts of Winter by Rebecca S. Buck & gave it 4 stars. This was an amazing, warm, & touching read.  I liked the way the stories of those who had owned Winter Manor before were woven into the current time story of Ros.  Having lost everything that meant anything to her, her love, her family, her job, Ros has just about reached the end of her rope.  Then she finds out she's inherited Winter Manor.  Suddenly she sees a way out. A change that could Turn her life around. She packs her belongings into the back of her old car and heads away to Winter Manor and a new start.  A start that changed her life in ways she's never dreamed of. 


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Can Ros Wynne, who has lost everything she thought defined her, find her true life—and her true love—surrounded by the lingering history of the once-grand Winter Manor? When Ros unexpectedly inherits Winter Manor on the condition that she oversee the restoration of the remote and dilapidated house, it seems the perfect place for her to retreat from her recently failed relationship, the death of her mother, and the loss of her job. But Winter Manor is not entirely at rest. The echoes of its past reach forward into the present, and Ros’s life is perceptibly shaped by the lives—and loves—of the people who inhabited those rooms and corridors in the centuries before.

Erotic Dance by Livia Dane

16 Sept 11
Erotic Dance (Indecent Affairs)

Erotic Dance (Indecent Affairs) by Livia Dane, Katie Knish et al. & gave it 4 stars. This was a very very short, sexy & fun read.  Just a short erotic story that was simply fun to read. This is one of several I've read so far about these five roommates and I have to say they were all fun reads.  Just a quick short story that is a nice break from longer, deeper & more involved stories.  If you like this kind of story its worth the $0.99 at Amazon.  Enjoy!



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Take five girls, five sexual fantasies, one night of drinking, and you get the idea of a lifetime: a blind date where all bets—and clothes—are off.Aubrey is the second girl in the group to turn thirty. Which means it's time for her wicked roommates to set her up on that infamous white-hot dream date. Where all her dreams, unspoken or not, become reality in one night with the perfect man. And they have picked just the man for her: Calvin, the construction worker who had dared called Aubrey, a ballerina, clumsy. Even with that grave mistake, Aubrey won't deny the flicker--okay flame--of heat that arises when he touches her. She's out to prove that clumsy is the last thing she is.

Class Reunion by Linda Hill

16 Sept 11

Class Reunion

I finished Class Reunion by Linda Hill & gave it 4 stars. Wonderful, lovely & a very enjoyable read.
This is a great "what if" story.  What if the person you fell in love with years ago and broke your heart still wanted you after all these years?  What if the geek that everyone picked on back in high school turned out to be a beautiful & talented woman who harbored a silent crush on you all those years ago? What if all you had thought you wanted, all the dreams, the desires turned out to be exactly what you didn't want now.  What if letting go and moving on was the only way to find yourself and you true love?  I like stories like this.  Everyone always has 'what if' scenarios that drift through their heads from time to time.  This was a very well written story with full bodied characters that made you want to know ... what if?



 
Jennifer Moreland decided to attend her high school reunion in the hopes of freeing herself once and for all from the devastating power of past heartbreak. But when she comes face to face with her first lover, she is overcome by a rush of desire that threatens to ignite the dangerous flames of rekindled passion...Sheila Hoyt's reckless spirit and burning sensual need have always spelled trouble with a capital T. But her bedroom eyes still beckoned with the promises of past ecstasy and her lush body belied a history of cruel betrayal. She wanted Jennifer, the way she wanted her before. And Sheila always got what she wanted. Heather O'Brien has come a long way from her ugly duckling days when ... more at Amazon.com. 

Eternal Seduction by Jennifer Turner

14 Sept 11

Eternal Seduction (A Darkness Within)

finished Eternal Seduction (A Darkness Within) by Jennifer Turner & gave it 4 stars. Very enjoyable.
This was a good read. A bit different but very good and the characters were excellent. 



After living on the streets of New York City for over a decade, Logan Ellis admits her perceptions might be a little skewed. But twisted or not, there’s a satisfying irony in watching a well dressed vampire stand in the middle of a ghetto alley, windblown trash scraping small circles near his feet. What she finds even more intriguing, is waiting for him to decide whether or not he’s going to kill her. Kerestyan Nelek hasn’t quite made up his mind. As the Lord of New York, he can’t allow a homeless drug addict, whose memories are packed with knowledge of vampiric existence, to run free in his city.

Veronica and the Vampire by Linda Thomas-Sundstrom

11 Sept 11

Veronica and the Vampire

I finished Veronica and the Vampire by Linda Thomas-Sundstrom & gave it 4 stars. Hilarious! A really fun read.  This is a story that is just so much fun from start to finish.  I really enjoyed this one and I think you will too.



Veronica Davis is a woman with a desperate need. If she doesn't bring a date to her big sister's wedding, the L for loser that's imprinted on her forehead will become permanent, as far as her family is concerned. And heck, she's started to believe it, herself.Why else would a girl end up at a Los Angeles escort agency with the strange acronym V.A.M.P. Inc? Where you pick your date from a row of coffins in the agency's basement. Guys who can't meet you at lunch time, due to the fact that they sleep until sundown.You know . . . . vampires.  And when she meets the unearthly handsome Christian Dale, the agency's odd acronym begins to take on a whole new meaning.

Satisfying Her Tastes (Uninhibited in Apple Trail, Arkansas) by Keri Ford

10 Sept 11
Satisfying Her Tastes (Uninhibited in Apple Trail, Arkansas)
I finished Satisfying Her Tastes by Keri Ford & gave it 4 stars. Fantastic! I really like this series!
Uninhibited in Apple Trail, Arkansas is a wonderful series.  Fun, light and a real joy to read.  Every book so far has been so much fun. It keeps you laughing and crying and really wishing they were longer and itching for the next story to come out so you can get your next fix. 

What do you do when you're the Sheriff's sister, you have a bad girl reputation and no one believes that it is all talk and never any action?  You live up to their expectations, what else?  Although this time around maybe you'll change the rules and actually follow through with the tease.  Especially when the new guy in town sets you quivering and you can't keep your eyes off his very fit & tanned body!

Rebecca comes back home to Apple Trail for a vacation.  Her job and her relationship taking its toll on her mind and well being.

Grant has inherited land from his mother and comes to Apple Trail hoping to find something to try and pull himself and his brothers back together. 

This is a story of surprises and unexpected consequences. A seriously fun read you don't want to miss.


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Blondes have more fun? Pfft. Bad Girls have more fun. Rebecca Gabel was accused of being a bad girl and she discovered life was easier (and more fun!) to live up to the reputation than try to deny it. But now with a new comer who’s taking her up on her suggestions, Rebecca is a little out of her element. There’s talking the talk…and then there’s having to walk it.Grant Iverson recently inherited land from his mother, so he’s arrived in Apple Trail, Arkansas to check the place out and see if there are any treasures hidden there. What he doesn’t expect to find is a woman full of curves and a mouth of pure sin, but whose eyes reflect nothing but curious .... more at Amazon.com.


Never Enough by Lauren Dane

9 Sept 11

I finished Never Enough by Lauren Dane & gave it 4 stars. Awesome read, excellent characters! I really enjoy the Brown series by Lauren Dane.  Each story is an emotional roller-coaster and eachg one keeps you coming back and wanting more! Love, deceit, fame and trust ... noting is as easy at it seems.  Adrian is rich, famous and only trust two other people in his life, his brother and his sister. Each of whom has had their own traumas and trust issues to deal with.  Heartbreak, tension and fear run their course in this story of a man wanting love & family but doubting he'll ever find it in his lifetime.  Then along comes Miles, a son he never knew he had and a woman he never thought he'd meet.  One who sets his desires thrumming and his heart freezing in fear that its all a hoax.  Gillian never knew who Miles father was.  Her sister never told her when she put Miles in her arms and gave him over to Gillian's care.  Then her sister was dying and she reveled the name that threatened to turn Gillian's world upside down.  She can't not tell him he has a son but she's terrified that she'll lose Miles to a man who never even knew he existed until now.  Miles is everything to Gillian. She's built her life around him. How can she take a chance of losing him to a stranger?
This is a fantastic story. Thought provoking and intense. An emotional ride that keeps you on the edge of your seat.


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From the national bestselling author of Inside Out--a sizzling story of insatiable passion. Gillian Forrester spent her life running...until Miles came along. The moment she held her older sister's unwanted newborn, Gillian stopped running and began building a life for her adopted son. Now, thirteen years later, Gillian's sister reveals the father's identity on her deathbed-a revelation that shakes Gillian to her core.  Adrian Brown is the epitome of the successful rock star. It takes a lot to shock him-but the bombshell that he has a son rocks his world. And Adrian is even more surprised when the buttoned-up elegant woman who's raising him ignites his erotic and romantic attention --- continued at Amazon.com

A Very Vampy Christmas: From Sugarplums & Scandal by Kerrelyn Sparks

8 Sep 11

I finished A Very Vampy Christmas: From Sugarplums and Scandal by Kerrelyn Sparks and gave it 4 stars. I love Kerrelyn Sparks. Her vampires are wonderfully crafted characters that are easy to identify with. Very human so to speak.  Vampire love stories along the same lines as Amanda Ashley & Lynsay Sands.  Very fun to read, very emotional and great story telling.  The characters pull you along with them as they discover themselves and find love in some of the strangest places.  This is a great story.


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Maggie O'Brien is thrilled when she lands a starring role on the Digital Vampire Network's hottest soap opera, As the Vampire Turns. Doesn't hurt that her leading man is Don Orlando de Corazon, the greatest lover in the vampire world! But who is Don Orlando really? Nobody knows, not even Don Orlando. As the couple sets out in search of his mysterious past, "home for the holidays" takes on a new meaning when the recently-turned vamp discovers his own Christmas miracle.

Indelible Heart by Marianne K Martin

4 September 2011 --

I finished The Indelible Heart by Marianne K. Martin and gave it 4 stars. An awesome, moving story.
This was an excellent story.  This is the sequel to Love In The Balance.  People deal with tragedy in many different ways.  Some take it and move on, not dwelling on things they can't change.  Others let it eat away at them, turning to drink, drugs or self-destruction.  This story shows how close friends each deal with the murder of dear friends & family.  Marianne Martin does a wonderful job of showing how every decision we make can affect everyone we come in contact with. This is a story of love, devotion and emotions. A healing of old wounds.


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Twelve years ago, Charlie Crawford shot dead his two lesbian neighbors. Now he's terminally ill and requesting early release from prison. Back then, Sharon and her friends fought to bring him to justice. Now she has to find the strength to fight again.