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Dear readers,

Hi Rhireaders! I'm back from a much needed break and trying to tackle my review pile. For most of May it'll be a little sporadic as I begin scheduling promotions and posting reviews again.

Did you drop by to request a review or tour stop? I am currently accepting promo requests for July. At the beginning of June I will begin accepting some review requests but I will be limiting them heavily. Followers and friends please drop me an email as needed.


♥ -- Rhi


Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Review: Give Up The Ghost by Kelly Moran

Give Up The Ghost (Phantoms #2) by Kelly Moran
Paranormal Romance, Category Romance, Ghosts
Ebook (228 pages, COVET)
Sometimes the only way to find love is to face death...
Paranormal investigator Kerry Baker has seen it all. But nothing in her work with the Phantoms team prepares her for the most terrifying ghost of all-seeing her doppelganger. Rumored to be a foreshadowing of one's death, the spectre shakes Kerry to the core...sending her into the arms of her best friend and fellow Phantom cast member, Paul Leake, for comfort.
Until a kiss changes everything.
Paul has been in love with Kerry for ages, unwilling to compromise their friendship. As their investigation in a ghost town grows more intense, however, so does the chemistry between Paul and Kerry. With her life in danger and their jobs on the line, giving into their attraction couldn't be a worseidea-and yet they can't bring themselves to stop it. Even if it kills her...

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Phantoms Fan Forever! (5 stars)

If you loved GHOST OF A PROMISE, do yourself a favor and just buy this book. Chances are you had already started rooting for Kerry and Paul during Jackson and Ava's book and not only is this going to fill that need, it's going to introduce Jackson's replacement. So, so stinking good.

If you're new to the series and your tastes tend to lean more into the urban fantasy shelves because you love a solid paranormal plot you have got to read the Phantoms novels. You could easily start here with GIVE UP THE GHOST and go back if you want some of the small and potentially confusing details cleared up. This is one time that I don't think reading out of order will be a big issue. Paul and Kerry are such a fabulous couple, quite opposite in many ways but their friendship is sweet and I was dying for them to get together. Moran made sure it was one of the most hard won HEA's I think I have ever read. Seriously, everything was against them!

I was pleasantly surprised that Moran managed to pull of geeky Paul without going into ridiculous stereotypes, with nerdy heroes that can be a tough balance. She did wonderfully! Paul's attention to detail definitely translates beyond his historical research job and into the love scenes. If you're not frothing for a nerd of your own after reading them I wanna know!

From start to finish it's a wonderful mix of ghost investigation, team work, and romance. I loved it and I think anyone who enjoys those three elements will too.



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Book Blitz: Banish by Nicola Marsh [Excerpt + #Giveaway]


Dear readers, I hardcore loved this excerpt! I got chills and I hope you do too. Please leave me a comment letting me know what you think of it. -- Rhi

Excerpt:

Wrapped in plain brown paper with a card addressed to me, the flattish box looked like it could be a CD cover and my heart skipped a beat. Maybe this time Ronan had settled for playing the song and not filming it?
After what had happened with the last clip? Doubtful.
I palmed the parcel and waited until I got inside to open it, scurrying to my room and slamming the door before ditching my satchel and flopping into the bed. I loved surprises—bar the nasty one I’d got last night. Presents were a rarity in our household once Mom spiraled out of control, so when I received a gift I took my sweet time opening it and this one was no exception.
I turned over the plain white card: nothing but my name in large block letters, tied to the parcel with brown string. Typical of a no-frills guy with music on his mind rather than decoration.
I slipped a finger beneath the seal at one end, then the other, unfolding the stiff paper and peeking in the end. Yep, definitely a CD cover. I eased off the rest of the paper, eager to listen to my boyfriend’s latest masterpiece.
A flat black cardboard square resided beneath the plastic cover and I flipped it open.
It took me less than a second to realize there wasn’t a CD inside.
And another second to process what was.
Bile rose in my throat as I flung the packet away, my hands jerking so much I could barely grab the trash can as I heaved into it.
I retched until I had nothing left and still the waves of nausea rolled over me, exacerbating the dizziness.
I wished I could black out, that I didn’t have to look at proof of my madness lying on the floor like a coiled cobra ready to strike.
Seeing the dead body on the video, seeing Noah’s name spelled out at the séance, paled next to the enormity of this.
The necklace I’d given my ex, the one I’d buried alongside him for sentimental reasons, on the carpet at my feet.


Release Date: 05/26/15
264 pages

Summary from Goodreads:
Alyssa has one week to destroy her enemy, save her spirit... and save her soul.

After her ex-boyfriend commits suicide and her mum’s alcoholism sparks yet another psychotic episode, seventeen-year-old Alyssa Wood flees her small hometown of Broadwater and heads to New York City to stay with her bohemian aunt — a Wicca High Priestess.

Alyssa revels in the anonymity of a big city and her new life. Her grades climb, she has a new best friend, and a new guy: the sexy geek Ronan — a saxophone player who prefers jazz to pop.

But her newfound peace is soon shattered when she sees a dead body in one of Ronan’s music clips — and she’s the only one who can see it. Worse still, Alyssa recognises the body that has been murdered a week forward!

Alyssa doesn’t believe in the supernatural...despite her family’s Wicca background. So how will she overcome evil when it’s closer than she thinks? 




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USA TODAY bestselling author and multi-award winner Nicola Marsh writes flirty fiction with flair for adults and riveting, spooky stories for teens.
She has published 54 contemporary romances with Harlequin, Entangled Publishing and indie, and sold over 6 million copies worldwide. Her first mainstream romance BUSTED IN BOLLYWOOD was nominated for Romantic Book of the Year 2012. Her first indie romance, CRAZY LOVE, was a 2012 ARRA finalist.
Her YA urban fantasy SCION OF THE SUN won the 2014 National Readers’ Choice Award for Best Young Adult novel.
She’s also a Waldenbooks, Bookscan and Barnes & Noble bestseller, a 2013 RBY (Romantic Book of the Year) and National Readers’ Choice Award winner, and a multi-finalist for a number of awards including the Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award, HOLT Medallion, Booksellers’ Best, Golden Quill, Laurel Wreath, More than Magic and has also won several CataRomance Reviewers’ Choice Awards.

A physiotherapist for thirteen years, she now adores writing full time, raising her two little heroes, sharing fine food with family and friends, and her favorite, curling up with a good book!

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Sunday, May 24, 2015

Blog Tour: Hades by Larissa Ione [Excerpt]

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We are absolutely thrilled to bring you the Review & Excerpt Tour for Larissa Ione's HADES! HADES is a novella in Larissa's Demonica Series as part of the 1001 Dark Nights Collection and is exclusively available as Amazon Kindle and Paperback. Grab the latest installment in this sexy series!

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Excerpt:

The thought of living one more day the way he’d lived the last five thousand years made him want to throw up as he prowled the length of his crypt until he swore the soles of his boots cried out for mercy.
Azagoth had left him hours ago with all kinds of assurances that Cat wouldn’t be harshly punished for what she’d done. But Azagoth’s idea of “harsh” was a lot different from Hades’s. Well, not usually, but for Cat, definitely.
Hades just hoped Azagoth hadn’t suspected that anything had gone on between them. Technically, Hades hadn’t gone against Azagoth’s orders, but the Grim Reaper wasn’t a fan of technicalities. And if he did anything to punish Cat for what Hades had done, Hades would fight that bastard until he was too dead to fix.
Snarling, Hades threw his fist into the wall. Never, not in his entire life, had he felt this way about a female. Hell, he hadn’t felt this way about anything. Oh, he’d always been passionate about meting out justice, but this was a different kind of passion. This was an all-consuming desire to be with someone. To be something better for that someone.
He hadn’t known Cat for long, but in their brief time together, he’d shared things he’d always kept private. He’d given comfort and had been comforted. He’d wanted, and he’d been wanted back.
She wants to go back to Heaven, idiot.
Yeah, then there was that. The chances of going back were extremely slim, given that in all of angelic existence, only a handful of fallen angels had been offered the opportunity. But just the fact that she wanted to go was troubling.
Oh, he understood. Who would choose to live in the grim darkness of the underworld when they could flit around in light and luxury? But dammit, Cat was wanted down here. Could he make her see that?
Closing his eyes, he braced his forehead on the cool stone wall he’d just punched. Pain wracked him and not just because he’d broken bones in his hand and they were knitting together with agonizing speed. That pain was nothing compared to the ache in his heart.
He needed to be with Cat, but how? He supposed he could try reasoning with Azagoth. Sometimes the guy wasn’t completely unbending. Especially now that he had Lilliana. She’d leveled him out, had given him a new perspective on life and relationships.
But would it be enough?
Because one thing was certain. If Hades couldn’t have Cat in his life, then Azagoth had saved it for nothing.

 

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    About HADES: A fallen angel with a mean streak and a mohawk, Hades has spent thousands of years serving as Jailor of the Underworld. The souls he guards are as evil as they come, but few dare to cross him. All of that changes when a sexy fallen angel infiltrates his prison and unintentionally starts a riot. It’s easy enough to quell an uprising, but for the first time, Hades is torn between delivering justice — or bestowing mercy — on the beautiful female who could be his salvation…or his undoing. Thanks to her unwitting participation in another angel’s plot to start Armageddon, Cataclysm was kicked out of Heaven and is now a fallen angel in service of Hades’s boss, Azagoth. All she wants is to redeem herself and get back where she belongs. But when she gets trapped in Hades’s prison domain with only the cocky but irresistible Hades to help her, Cat finds that where she belongs might be in the place she least expected…

Larissa Ione
  About Larissa Ione: Larissa Ione is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author. An Air Force veteran, she traded in a career as a meteorologist to pursue her passion of writing. She now spends her days in pajamas with her computer, strong coffee, and supernatural worlds. She believes in celebrating everything, and would never be caught without a bottle of Champagne chilling in the fridge…just in case. She currently lives in Wisconsin with her U.S. Coast Guard husband, her teenage son, a rescue cat named Vegas, and her very own hellhound, a King Shepherd named Hexe.      

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Book Blast: Gown Girl by Kat Cazanav

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Unknown-14Title: Gown Girl
Author: Kat Cazanav
Series: (Lost in Lace Book 1)
Release Date: May 18, 2015
Genre: New Adult Romance
ASIN: B00XVI8IHU
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When Maddy Gill loses everything in a fire, her life is turned upside down. As she tries to regain her life, she encounters a million dollar wedding gown, a zipper that just won't budge and brooding young artist, Atticus Wolfe. This recipe for disaster spirals into a night to remember forcing Maddy and Atticus to fear the desire they can't control will destroy the only love they've ever known. Less
Life has a few harsh surprises for Maddy Gill. When a fire sweeps through her Seattle apartment and destroys the little she has left, she finds herself living out of her car. But not the kind of gal to feel sorry for herself, she scrambles to get back on her feet. As a reporter for a local newspaper, she seizes the opportunity to interview the elusive wedding couture designer, Sophia Nicoletta. When she unintentionally tries on Sophia’s most expensive creation, the zipper just won’t budge. Trapped in the clutches of a million dollar gown and with the risk of losing her job, she has no where to turn until sexy charismatic sculptor Atticus Wolfe arrives to pay the delinquent tab on his ex-fiancées wedding gown. Now Maddy realizes she’s a hostage in the same dress. With no immediate solution to the problem, she’s forced to go home with the brooding young artist.

As one of the hottest new sculptors on the art scene, Atticus Wolfe can have any woman he wants, just not Maddy Gill. Certainly not like this. No way, no how. With nothing in common other than a faulty zipper, his futile attempts to undress her and set her free only fuel a heated attraction. When a hot kiss and unforgettable night forces him to re-examine his feelings for her, Atticus finds himself wondering if losing the gown means losing the girl he’s been waiting for all his life.


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Kat Cazanav graduated from the University of California at Los Angeles with a degree in film. She went on to work in television before moving to Seattle where she now lives with her husband and two crazy dogs.

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Friday, May 22, 2015

Weekend Reading [05/22-05/25] :: Do you cheat on one book with other books?

Happy Friday RhiReaders! Gotta make this one quick because I've got something special going on this weekend. I'll share something about it next Friday most likely but for now I wanna keep it hush-hush. Do you have any special plans for the long weekend?

I'm planning to work on three books I need to get read this weekend including Give Up The Ghost by Kelly Moran, Life Unaware by Cole Gibsen, and Shadow Sight by E.J. Stevens. It's a lot of reading but hopefully I can tackle most of it. Which makes me curious... do you stick to just one book at a time or do you rotate between a few at a time like I do? I think I'm probably unusual for switching around as much as I do but I find it to be very challenging to not do that.

Well, I'm being told I need to hurry up so I better get a move on. Have a lovely weekend guys! -- Rhi

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Review: Falling for His Best Friend by Katee Robert

Falling For His Best Friend (Out of Uniform #2) by Katee Robert
Contemporary Romance, Erotic
Ebook (175 pages, BRAZEN)
He's going above and beyond the call of duty...
Avery Yeung's biological clock just went off early. Thanks to her family's medical history, she's running out of time to get knocked up. And the only guy within donating distance? Her overprotective-and irritatingly hot-best friend. So clearly she needs an anonymous donor...
Anonymous donor? Over Sheriff Drew Flannery's dead body. While daddyhood will never be in the cards for a man with his past, Drew won't let Avery shop for a "popsicle pop." He'll do what's right for his best friend by doing his best friend. But only if they do it properly.
But there's nothing "proper" about it. Between the bed, the kitchen counter, and against his squad car, Avery and Drew are having the hottest sex ever. They can't get enough of it-or each other. And without knowing it, they've crossed the one line that could ruin their friendship forever...

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Friends + Baby = Lovers? (4 stars)

If you've been keeping up with the town of Wellingford in Katee Robert's Out of Uniform series you've probably also been dying to see Drew and Avery final get together. But this isn't your typical friends-to-lovers story because there's a baby-making ticking clock driving them together.

Is there a more satisfying romance trope than seeing two friends who have sparkling chemistry finally realize they need to be a couple? I don't think so and I adored Drew and Avery for stranding Ryan and Bri in IN BED WITH MR. WRONG. These two are pretty devious and totally deserved all the chaos and complication that comes along in FALLING FOR HIS BEST FRIEND. Because let's face it... when baby making is a key plot element things are going to get really, really complicated.

FFHBF is intense, sexy, with just a dash of funny thrown in. If you're a Katee Robert fan this one is a must-read!



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Cover Reveal: The Bloody City by Megan Morgan




Title: The Bloody City
Author: Megan Morgan
Publisher: Lyrical Press


On the run . . .

It’s been four months since the head of the Institute of Supernatural Research was murdered. But that doesn’t mean June Coffin is out of hiding yet. In a world where being different can get you killed, it’s best to keep a low profile. Especially for a Siren who can control other people with the call of her voice. That goes double if your powers might be inexplicably growing…

On the hunt . . .

But June isn’t the only one trying to clear her name. There’s Sam, the charismatic paranormal rights leader, and Micha, the first human on record to go paranormal. All of them must bargain with a mysterious vampire named Occam Reed if they want to stay alive.

Out of time . . .

As tensions increase between humans and paranormals, June must decide who to trust. If only she could hear the song inside her heart…

The Bloody City is available for pre-order at Apple, Amazon, B&NKobo, and Google Play.


About the author:
Urban fantasy, paranormal romance, and erotica author from Cleveland, Ohio. Bartender by day and purveyor of things that go bump at night.

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Release Day: Mia and the Bad Boy by Lisa Burstein #BackstagePass #Giveaway


Mia and the Bad Boy (Backstage Pass #2)
Release Date: 05/19/15
Entangled Crush

Summary from Goodreads:
This good girl’s about to meet her match…

Ryder Brooks is living the dream—he’s famous, loved by millions of girls, and miserable. All he really wants is to write his own music, not Seconds to Juliet’s sugary sweet pop. In order to do that, though, the “bad boy” of the band will have to play by the rules. And that includes behaving with his new—and super cute—über-good-girl tutor.

Mia Reyes is in fangirl heaven. Tutoring her favorite member of her favorite band? It’s a dream come true…until it turns into a complete nightmare. Ryder is nothing like she thought. He’s crude, arrogant, and pretty much a total jerk. And the worst part? She’s roped into pretending to be his girlfriend so that no one finds out he’s being tutored. Fake kisses, plenty of PDA, and even sharing his hotel room…

But sometimes even the baddest of bad boys needs a little redemption.




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“Great show,” she said, needing to say something. She clasped her hands in her lap. 
“The fans seemed to like it,” Ryder said, standing just beyond the doorway. “You didn’t have to wait up for me.” 
“I kind of did,” Mia said, indicating the couch. If she set up the bed, that meant she was okay with this arrangement, and while her body definitely was, it was hard to get her mind to catch up. 
Never mind catching up. Before Mia could even take another breath, Ryder was peeling off his shirt like Mia wasn’t even there, or maybe he’d done that because she was. 
“Sorry, I can’t wait to get out of my clothes as soon as the show is over.” 
They both looked at his belt buckle.  
Ryder laughed. “I’ll change in the bathroom per your rule,” he said. 
She understood with more and more certainty that she was going to share a bed with Ryder Brooks. 
Would he try to kiss her? Would he try more? Would she be able to deal with it if he did? What if he didn’t? The questions swirled around Mia’s brain like fireflies. 
“We don’t have to go to sleep right away,” Ryder said, maybe sensing her fear. 

“I don’t know if I’m going to be able to sleep at all,” she admitted. 


About the Author
Lisa Burstein is a tea seller by day and a writer by night. She received her MFA in Creative Writing from the Inland Northwest Center for Writers at Eastern Washington University and is glad to finally have it be worth more than the paper it was printed on. She lives in Portland, Oregon with her very patient husband, a neurotic dog and two cats.

She wrote her first story when she was in second grade. It was a Thanksgiving tale from the point of view of the turkey from freezer to oven to plate. It was scandalous.


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