Saturday, December 3, 2016

ARC REVIEW Split by JB Salsbury

I have always been fascinated by multiple personalities. There is something so impressive about the brain working to protect itself by disassociating one personality and creating a whole new one for self preservation. With Split it's greast because you see the POV from three people Lucas, Shyann, and Gage; I'm not much one for first person POV but this one was done really well. I love the anomalous nature of the story, it's not like so many of the other stories out right now. It is dark and gritty but the romance part of the story really is a great romance about loving absolutely and completely no matter what.
Lucas he is scared of his other self because he doesn't remember all that goes on he just wakes up and has to clean up the mess that was created. He has done well to avoid situations where his other self feels the need to come out. He is also afraid of someone finding out and being taken away and institutionalized. He's found a place where he feels safe he's working and is content.

Shyann swore she would never return home, but after she blew her change by acting like a caring human and not exploiting a story on live t.v. she pretty much ruined her chance for being an on air new reporter. She came back home because she has nowhere else to go now she has to face her father. Her relationship with her father pretty much ranked when her mother died. Shyann has not given up on her career yet and there is something about the quiet and sexy Lucas that has piqued her curiosity. But she might have bitten off more than she can handle when she meets Gage.  

Everything is pretty intense between Lucas and Shyann but throw in the fact that all around the area someone has been attacking women and when Lucas' blackout start happening more frequently he is scared of what he might be doing and what everyone else is thinking about him. The one who stands by him is Shyann.

Overall, this book was outstanding. I would recommend this book all day long.  

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

ARC REVIEW Ink Exposed by Carrie Ann Ryan

*sigh* I knew I was going to love Alex. I was worried about it being so soon after he got out of rehab (a year) and him starting a relationship. Well so was Alex, he admitted he didn't think he was ready but when someone attacks Tabby there is no holding back. Tabby has always loved Alex she watched his marriage fall apart and then fall into a bottle and struggle to get out again and Tabby loves him even more than before. There is not a whole lot of angst between the two just mainly Alex trying to figure his life. He feels guilt for missing so much of his family's life and the issues he had with his wife are still burrowing under his skin. He knows he screwed up and he doesn't feel like he deserves a woman like Tabby but she proves him wrong.

Tabby and Alex are such a great couple. It is a nice erotic heart warming story about redemption and learning to accept love again. Once again Carrie Ann Ryan has managed to make me fall in love with another Montgomery.  

LAUNCH DAY BLITZ Duke of Pleasure by Elizabeth Hoyt

DUKE OF PLEASURE by Elizabeth Hoyt

 (November 29, 2016; Grand Central Publishing Mass Market; The Maiden Lane Series #11)

Bold. Brave. Brutally handsome. Hugh Fitzroy, the Duke of Kyle, is the king's secret weapon. Sent to defeat the notorious Lords of Chaos, he is ambushed in a London alley-and rescued by an unlikely ally: a masked stranger with the unmistakable curves of a woman.

Cocky. Clever. Courageously independent. Alf has survived on the perilous streets of St. Giles by disguising her sex. By day she is a boy, dealing in information and secrets. By night she's the notorious Ghost of St. Giles, a masked vigilante. But as she saves Hugh from assassins, she finds herself succumbing to temptation . . .

When Hugh hires Alf to investigate the Lords of Chaos, her worlds collide. Once Hugh realizes that the boy and the Ghost are the same, will Alf find the courage to become the woman she needs to be-before the Lords of Chaos destroy them both?

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I wholeheartedly agree with the above RT Book Review. I so enjoyed reading this book. Alf has to be one of my favorite heroines. She's quick witted, fearless, strong, and just all around amazing. Hugh, Duke of Kyle, is equally as impressive. He may think he wants one thing but because of a bad call when he was younger he has begun to doubt his own choices. As the acknowledged bastard of the King, Hugh was given the title of Duke of Kyle and has been given the job of tracking down and eliminating the Lords of Chaos. Shortly after making inquiries he was attacked by a bloodthirsty gang in St. Giles, outnumbered Kyle thought he was a goner until he was saved by the Ghost of St. Giles then kissed by the Ghost. 
It was revealed earlier on in the series that Alf was really a woman who survived living in St. Giles by disguising herself as a boy. Kyle has hired Alf to find out who and why someone tried to kill him. But Alf comes back to his house badly beaten and Kyle feels responsible for the boy. Kyle continues to fantasize about the mysterious woman who is the Ghost of St. Giles. Kyle and Alf work together to reveal the mystery behind the Lords of Chaos. Alf is not afraid to face anything but when asked to do one thing she has never done to help figure out the men behind the Lords her love for Kyle is the one thing that has her face the only thing she has been scared of being a woman. 

Overall, I really enjoyed it. Only reading the last two stories ( Duke of Sin and Once upon a Moonlit Night) it's okay to read as a standalone really the only one you should read before hand is Duke of Sin but it is not required. The romance between Kyle and Alf is wonderfully done and the two young boys in the story, Kyle's sons, are absolutely adorable.     

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Elizabeth Hoyt is the New York Times bestselling author of over seventeen lush historical romances including the Maiden Lane series. Publishers Weekly has called her writing "mesmerizing." She also pens deliciously fun contemporary romances under the name Julia Harper. Elizabeth lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota, with three untrained dogs, a garden in constant need of weeding, and the long-suffering Mr. Hoyt.

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Tuesday, November 15, 2016

LAUNCH DAY BLITZ For the Bear's Eyes Only by Kathy Lyons

November 15, 2016
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Grizzlies Gone Wild Book 3

The third book in a wild shifter series from USA TODAY bestselling author Kathy Lyons.

Life as Alan Carman knew it is over.  After he was captured and tortured by a mysterious enemy, the lawyer’s latent grizzly-shifter DNA was triggered.  The old Alan is gone, and in its place is a terrifying vicious beast that lives and breathes for revenge.  He will track down the person who did this to him—and it’ll be the last thing he ever does.

Tonya Kappes refuses to let Alan run headlong to his death.  A bear-shifting deputy—and the Gladwin Clan’s beta—Tonya faces Alan with one weapon: the love that’s lingered between them since they were kids.  But the idealistic man she knew has changed…into something raw, primal, and unbelievably sexy, igniting every lustful cell in her body.  And, if Alan can’t learn to love the beast inside himself, maybe he can love the animal in her.

OH MY GOSH this book. What I like about shifter books is they can beat the crap out of each other get up and it's all good, especially in this book and between Tonya and Alan. Yes they fight Alan hits her but being a shifter she gives as good as she gets. (I only bring it up because it might be a trigger for some) This was a great book and a great end to this particular story arc and I hope it's not over as a series because this is a fantastic series. I love all the characters I definitely want more. 

Alan has always loved Tonya, but Tonya after a bad breakup set her mind on becoming Maxima. When Carl the Max meets and mates his true mate Carl makes Tonya his Beta usurping his brother Alan as Beta. Alan has always felt like the odd man out being one of the few that has the shifter gene in his chromosome dormant. But when the Evil Cat Lady kidnaps him and activates the dormant gene he becomes what he views as a monster.

Tonya believes she's the only one who can bring Alan back safely after he takes off to seek his revenge against the woman who did this to him. Tonya's bear has laid a claim on Alan and she needs to convince him that what he is going through is normal he just has to learn to accept that this is what he is now and that he's not a monster. But Alan is stubborn.    

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Kathy Lyons is the wild, adventurous half of USA TODAY bestselling author Jade Lee. A lover of all things fantastical, Kathy spent much of her childhood in Narnia, Middle Earth, Amber, and Earthsea, just to name a few.  There is nothing she adores more than turning an ordinary day into something magical, which is what happens all the time in her books. Winner of several industry awards including the Prism-Best of the Best, Romantic Times Reviewer's Choice, and Fresh Fiction's Steamiest Read, Kathy has published over fifty romance novels, and she's just getting started. Check out her latest news at

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Thursday, November 10, 2016

ARC REVIEW How to Impress a Marquess by Susanna Ives

How to Impress a Marquess is book three in the Wicked Little Secrets series. It is just fine as a standalone I haven't read any of the previous books but was not lost at all. It was, in the end, a very cute and fun book. However Lilith I didn't really care for; for most of the book she was flaky, immature, whiny, and selfish. She does change she sees that not everything was as she perceived it to be and that it was not only her feelings and emotions being messed with as a child. I do like that she was a free spirit and artistically inclined and also that she knew how to act she just refused to conform to society's rules unless she has too. George of course is a brooding straightlaced Marquess. George doesn't even realize that he has been in love with Lilith the whole time and he has been doing everything to keep her in his life. Even Lilith doesn't see it she just sees him as the oppressive villain of her story. Which of course is what she does. Lilith is the author of a very popular story being printed by a London magazine she has loosely based the characters on George as the bad guy and herself as the heroine. George loves the story and wishes he can find a woman like the heroine of the story.

Lilith hates the side of her family her mother married into. She has felt unloved and unwanted since she was a teen, she has been ridiculed and made to feel like a lesser of a person just because her birth father was not of society breeding. George is the head of the family and was left in charge of Lilith's inheritance and every month she must beg for her money. Lilith has shown to be irresponsible and flighty when it comes to her money, and her cousins from her father's side have used her for it and after living together for several years they have abandoned her with a past due rent of seven months even though she has given her rent money to them every month. Homeless and betrayed only George is there to help her and she hates him for it. An old school acquaintance of George's has fallen for Lilith and manipulated George into bringing her to George's annual house party. The house party is where all the excitement happens including a spiteful and hateful mother, a forgotten half sister, and an attic of forgotten secrets and locked away artist talent.

Overall this was a fun and enjoyable read, I really liked it. And every time George said "My God, Lilith!" he did so in Frasier Crane's voice.      

Saturday, November 5, 2016

ARC REVIEW A Sure Thing by Marie Harte

The Donnigans, yet another spin-off series of the fabulous McCauley Brothers series which also is running parallel with the other spin-off Body Shop Bad Boys. But don't let that deter you from the series each can be read standalone from each other. The Donnigans are cousins to the McCauley family and definitely see some familiar traits the the Donnigan side of the family. Landon and Ava are definitely a great couple. Landon always knew what he wanted to be, with his personality how could he be anything else but an officer for the Marine Corp. He achieved his dream but it was cut short when a bullet hit him and messed with his leg so bad he couldn't continue on as a career Marine. Fortunately he adjusted well out of the military and found the perfect job for himself where he gets to boss people around. Ava has a plan, the three things in her life that she needs to lead a happy and good life: a great job as a psychologist working with great people including her mentor, check; family support even though she lives across the country from her parents she has her crazy and flamboyant cousins and her aunt and uncle, check; a love life following her very specific list of qualities wants and needs, nope. All the dates she's been on recently are exactly what she wants but there has yet be be a spark. Then in steps the opposite of everything she ever wanted, Landon.

The Donnigan family has it's own set of problems, Landon gets his type A personality from his mother who is currently butting heads with the only girl in the family, Hope, who has been dating a bunch of losers lately. Hopes last loser got a little pushy and when Landon found out he knew had do something about it. Along with his other brother Gavin, who is suffering from PTSD and struggling, they start a self defence course at the gym where Gavis works as a personal trainer. The youngest of the family Theo is having issues with the patriarch of the family who is suppose to be the laid back peace loving former Navy Corpsman. Poor Theo has just graduated from high school and is currently bouncing from job to job aimlessly which is driving his father crazy.

The romance between Ava and Landon happens fairly quickly and very humorously. Between Ava fighting her attraction and trying to rewrite her list so she can logically accept Landon and Landon trying to prove that her list is silly, throw in a jealous ex-girlfriend and the prank war it definitely if an amusing read. The physical attraction is very naughty, they are both very dirty talkers and I know it's not for everyone but I loved it, and really fit in with both their personalities.

Overall, a really easy and enjoyable romance to read. As always Marie Harte writes a loveable family with realistic problems and humorous situations and a romance that always wins.    

Thursday, November 3, 2016

ARC REVIEW Another Chance by Kathy Clark

Another Chance is book three in Kathy Clark's Austin Heroes series, it is sadly the conclusion to the series as well. The youngest Archer brother gets his second chance at love with his high school sweetheart and they are not the only ones who get another chance but a surprise reunion happens also. Luke Archer and  Bella Shaw happened pretty quickly but it was like they picked up where they left off as soon as they realized what had happened all those years ago. There is no problem with their relationship only the fact that technically Luke lives in DC and Bella is a prominent lawyer and a Texas State Senator and that possibility that ISIS terrorist are coming over the Texas border and using Bella's ranch as an waypoint before getting into Austin. Said terrorists are planning an attack and Luke has come back home as part of the task force in charge of finding them and stopping them.

As with each of the books this can be read as a standalone, but the other books are so well done and together you get more of the family history and background and it really is more fun to know the story behind the dog who is addicted strawberries. The story has a great romance and a great plot, plenty of action, in the bedroom and out. Overall, this was a very exciting and romantic and I hate to see the end of this series but look forward to what may come.