Friday, February 28, 2014

Cover Reveal - When You Are Mine and Loving You Always by Kennedy Ryan

~Cover Reveal~

When You are Mine 
and Loving You Always
by Kennedy Ryan

About the Books
WHEN YOU ARE MINE (Release date: June 17, 2014) introduces the story of Kerris Moreton, a foster child who has thrived despite her circumstances and is ready to open her own business and accept a marriage proposal. Unfortunately, the only thing missing in her would-be-fiancĂ© Cam is the passionate connection he believes is overrated but Kerris craves. Lucky for her, she meets a man who lights her up like the Fourth of July. 
Walsh Bennett is one of the East Coast’s most eligible bachelors, and Cam’s best friend. He’s used to plenty of female attention, but lately he’s been distracted by the one woman he can’t have. Kerris is the soulmate Walsh never thought he would fine, but too bad his best friend found her first.
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LOVING YOU ALWAYS (Release date: October 7, 2014) is book two in The Bennett’s Series. We don’t want to spoil anything, so you’ll just have to wait to see what happens with Kerris, Walsh and Cam in WHEN YOU ARE MINE first! Read more about the book on Goodreads

About the Author
Kennedy Ryan has had several signs that she would be a writer, and finally circled back after years of gainful employment. She is a mom to a wonderful son living with autism. This is her debut novel and a percentage of her royalties are donated to families living with autism through her personal foundation as well as through TACA, Talk About Curing Autism. 
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Thursday, February 27, 2014

Book Review - Fighting Destiny by Amelia Hutchins

Fighting Destiny (The Fae Chronicles, #1)
by Amelia Hutchins
Published 2013

394 Pages

I am so excited about this series I just discovered! I have not read anything this gripping in a while. It is sexy, passionate, and alphalicious! I stayed up reading all night to finish it. Yay me! I am already devouring book two!

Synthia "Syn" Raine McKenna is a witch who works for the Guild, an organization of witches that keep Otherworld creatures on the right track and out of the press. She is given an assignment to infiltrate the Dark Fortress--a perilous mission--and she isn't sure she will make it out alive.

Prince Ryder is no one's fool. He sees Syn coming, and is ready for her. He is dominate, controlling, and undeniably attracted to this pain of a witch! He is powerful, but so is Syn. Their attraction is electric from the beginning! And they both have secrets they are hiding... nothing is at it seems.

A really fantastic book! I am over the moon that there are more books in the series, and look forward to reading them!

Reviewed by Kelli


Monday, February 24, 2014

Book Review - Primal Hunger by Sydney Somers

Primal Hunger (Pendragon Gargoyles, #1)
by Sydney Somers
Published 2009

114 Pages

Although very entertaining and quite steamy, this book never really passed a 3 for me, maybe some parts were 3.5, but I just didn't connect with it. I think there was too much going on for me to really connect to the characters because I was always trying to figure out the many backstories that were happening. We had gargoyles, shape-shifters, vampires, The Knights of the Round Table, and some Wraiths just to name a few. I didn't really ever get transported to an alternate universe.

Kennedy Beaumont is a beautiful bartender who has a thing for her boss, the enigmatic Tristan Callaghan. He resists her pull as long as he can, but eventually he is compelled to claim her as his own. She is none too pleased, and they begin their game of cat and mouse.

Not an altogether terrible read, it was entertaining enough, and a definite go-to on the steamy. I did love the beginning of the book, which showed a lot of promise. Overall, it was just too convoluted to truly connect with.

Reviewed by Kelli


Friday, February 21, 2014

Book Review - The Beholder by Ivan Amberlake

The Beholder (The Beholder #1)
by Ivan Amberlake
Published 2013

264 Pages

Jason Walker has been having terrible nightmares... wild chases through hidden tunnels, where powerful beings use shields of light to hide from dark, evil forces. The grim fate of those being chased always ends the same way... in death. Even more troubling, Jason is watching the scenes from behind the faces of the dark forces. And he is distraught to learn that people are dying in the real world in ways remarkably similar to his dreams. 

During one particularly distressing nightmare, Jason sees the face of a young woman... a beautiful, ethereal face, that haunts him in his waking hours. But when this same young woman, Emily, summons him into a dream, and calls upon him for help, his real life takes a sharp turn into a reality that is far more dreamlike and surreal than anything he could conjure up in his sleep!  

Now on the run with the beautiful, otherworldly Emily Ethan, Jason travels from New York to Paris in an attempt to outwit the powerful, dark leader, Pariah. Pariah and his minions thrive off of pain, torture, and chaos in the world, and have been killing innocents along the way to get to the one they want... the Beholder. As one of the Sighted, Emily is a formidable opponent against the dark forces. But if the prophecy is right, the Beholder is the only one who can save them. And Emily believes Jason is their man.

Jason and his friends, Matt and Debbie, have an unusual bond, and they all have a role in the war that is being waged. They undergo intense training at the hands of Emily and another Sighted, Tyler, that takes them on a magical journey, capturing the essence of energy, and taking flight through time itself. The hidden world is spellbinding, but dangerous as their newly discovered abilities are a beacon for those wishing to destroy them. But the war is only beginning, and there are secrets Emily doesn't dare share with them... yet.

The world building in this story is incredible! Complex, vivid, and imaginative, it jumps off the pages! The characters have depth, as well, especially Jason and Emily. I felt the attraction brewing between these two, and was hoping to see a bit more romance. Nevertheless, the connection is intense, and adds to the richness of the story. Overall, I enjoyed the fast pace of the adventure, and the clever twists throughout. A fantastic fantasy tale with plenty of complexity to build on in future books! 

Reviewed by Stephanie

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Book Review - Wytchfire by Tonya Cannariato

by Tonya Cannariato
Published 2013
32 Pages

Waking up in a strange room, Natalie finds herself disoriented. In fact, her name is only a thought. Even her face is a mystery, so she looks into the mirror to discover a young woman with short brown hair and brown eyes. Where is she? And why can't she recall the simplest of details? She is further perplexed by her enormous, pregnant belly. 

Searching for clues, Natalie combs through closets and shelves, hoping to connect with something... anything. But when she settles on a child's play room, and begins to explore a toy train set, she is transported to another realm, where wild storms and vast bodies of water engulf her. She hears words from an unknown source telling her about the trials she must face... trials that will have an impact on many. But is she up for the task? 

The natural forest setting, and the whimsical songs offered a magical backdrop, which was initially quite lovely! However, too much attention was given to the songs and descriptives, which began to feel repetitive as the story progressed. Conversely, not enough attention was given to character development, or to important plot points surrounding the meaning and significance of the trials. 

Certain aspects of the story felt underdeveloped and awkward. Further, the move to have Natalie look into a mirror to have her physical features described to the reader could have been handled differently. In order for the story to make sense, the author had to spell out what was going on, by way of a new character presented near the end. Still, the concept was unique, and the other realm was imaginative and vivid. 

Reviewed by Stephanie


Friday, February 14, 2014

Book Review - Candra's Freedom by A.J. Nuest

Candra's Freedom 
(The Golden Key Chronicles, #2)
by A.J. Nuest
Published 2013
88 Pages

The second installment in this series brings heroine Rowena into a new realm. Enter Prince Caedmon Austiere and his brother, Prince Braedric, and you have a recipe for jealousy, love, intrigue, and betrayal. In this new realm, where women are just as significant as men, Rowena tries to find her way... But whom can she trust? And who will ultimately betray that trust and later have to beg forgiveness? 

As I read this story I found myself moving in Rowena's shoes (isn't that what all of us readers do?) Rowena grows as a woman, and I could sense her starting to become more confident, stronger, feistier, and empowered. By the end, the reader knows Rowena has been through so much turmoil and betrayal, that you can almost feel her saying, "Bring it on!" And this reader applauds the author for a well written and entertaining story! 

The heroine comes out of her shell, and the story leaves just enough open to keep you hooked and wanting more! The short preview of the next book is whetting my appetite for what may come, and I can't wait to find out!

Check out our review for the first book in the series, Rowena's Key!

Reviewed by Andrea

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Book Review - Touched by Fire by Catherine Spangler

Touched by Fire (The Sentinels, #2)
by Catherine Spangler
Published 2013
383 Pages

A fantasy romance, Touched by Fire could also be described as a crime drama, as the characters--although supernatural in nature--are chasing a very real criminal committing very real and violent crimes throughout Texas. It is a well written book with fully developed characters. Gripping and action-packed, this novel will keep you hooked till the end!

Marla Reynolds is still working through issues related to a trauma from eleven years ago. Her coping mechanisms have left her in a position to function in the world, while remaining emotionally frozen and separated from the possibility of a romantic relationship. She is also very hard on herself, and lacks confidence in her ability to be a desirable candidate for a relationship. So when she agrees to join her friend for drinks she is shocked to find herself not only attracted to a handsome stranger at the pub, but perplexed by his attraction to her! The chemistry is undeniable, especially when they shake hands. Marla is confused. However, the handsome stranger, Luke Paxton, is fully aware of what is happening... Marla is his matched conductor. 

As a Sentinel--a reincarnated Atlantian with super human abilities--finding a matched conductor is crucial to conquering evil that is lurking in the city, waiting to strike at any moment. In fact, the evil has already reared its head, and time is of the essence. But Marla's apprehension is a barrier... Luke will need her help, but the choice must belong to Marla. She agrees to meet him the next night for dinner, at which point Luke will begin to explain the connection between a Sentinel and conductor, and its significance. But when Marla stands him up he decides drastic measures are in order.

Luke puts Marla in a dreamlike state and takes her to his home where he knows she will be safe. Although his intentions are noble, his actions set the stage for mistrust and fear that will be yet another barrier to overcome. Marla is forced to confront her traumatic past. More importantly, she is forced to find her inner strength if she is to overcome past traumas and learn to trust herself again. The journey is far from easy. And although Luke's actions are extreme, underneath it all he is proving to be a loyal and fiercely protective man that Marla finds herself beginning to understand. As she discovers the root of her own abilities, she slowly accepts her role in the supernatural world... and it is no small role. But can she learn to put her trust in Luke? Her life, and the lives of others, may depend on it.

If you enjoyed the first book, you will want to read this absorbing second installment in the series! The romance is worth the wait, as the chemistry between characters is explosive! I am looking forward to the third book, and eager to see where the author will take us on this exciting journey!

Reviewed by Stephanie


Read our review for the first book in the series:
Touched by Darkness

Monday, February 10, 2014

Book Review - Blood Torn by Lindsay J. Pryor

Blood Torn (Blackthorn, #3)
by Lindsay J. Pryor
Published 2014

468 Pages

This series has yet to disappoint, and this was my favorite book in the series, so far! I love the Blackthorn world the author has imagined and brought into reality. The ground work for plot twists to come was masterfully laid out, and realized in this edge-of-your-seat romance between Sophia and Jask Tao. A fantastic read!

Sophia has inherited her sister's secret serryn powers, which enables her to kill vampires. But inheriting such powers hasn't come without a cost... And she is determined to locate her sisters to ensure their safety. For years, Sophia has fought the third species in the underbelly of Blackthorn. Now, she has a real shot at defeating her enemies. Alas, fate has a different plan when she is discovered by the lycan leader, Jask Tao. 

Jask Tao is the virile leader of the Blackthorn lycan pack. He is fierce, loyal, and determined to keep his pack safe, even at the risk of his own demise. He vows to suppress the intense attraction he feels toward his new captive, Sophia, because she is key to saving his pack. But as was the case for Sophia, Jask Tao has his own challenges in confronting the powers that be... and the adventures begin! 

This is an intense and intimate tale, with a dance between characters that is both captivating and turbulent! I could not put it down, and I absolutely loved the ride! A must read!

Available on Amazon

Reviewed by Kelli

Read our reviews for other books in the series:
Blood Shadows (book #1)
Blood Roses (book #2)