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-- Rhi


Just checking in!

What's new dear readers?

I laid some smack down on my review pile today... only... none of the ones I finished the reviews for can post yet. They're either not released until next month or they are part of a tour. But I feel soooo accomplished.

*glares at the sidebar*

I'm still flu-ish and cranky 'cause I'm so fatigued I dozed off trying to watch cartoons with her and the tot squirted sunscreen all over the dog's bed... yeah, I'm sucking at mommy-duty today. Hence making myself sit here and work.

But I thought I'd note my status as being still alive and ask what everyone's up to this fine weekday...? -- Rhi


Review: Greta and the Goblin King by Chloe Jacobs

Greta and the Goblin King by Chloe Jacobs
Young Adult, Fantasy
Paperback $9.99 (305 pages, ENTANGLED TEEN)
Ebook $4.99

While trying to save her brother from the witch three years ago, Greta was thrown into the fire herself, falling through a portal to a dangerous world where humans are the enemy, and every ogre, goblin, and ghoul has a dark side that comes out with the full moon. To survive, 17-year-old Greta has hidden her humanity and taken the job of bounty hunter—and she’s good at what she does. So good, she’s caught the attention of Mylena’s young Goblin King, the darkly enticing Isaac, who invades her dreams and undermines her determination to escape. But Greta’s not the only one looking to get out of Mylena. The full moon is mere days away, and an ancient evil being knows she’s the key to opening the portal. If Greta fails, she and the boys she finds stranded in the woods will die. If she succeeds, no world will be safe from what follows her back...
Author Site: chloejacobs.com

All around fun for YA fantasy lovers! (5 stars)

Since the blurb for GRETA AND THE GOBLIN KING covers the overall story really well let me skip the summarizing and dive right in.

From the get-go I really liked Greta. She's a survivor and the sort of big sister I always tried to be with my little brother. The terror of her situation is pretty palpable from the beginning. In contrast, Isaac is mysterious and alluring but Jacobs never quite gives enough away to satisfy and that works well to keep you turning the pages. If this were just another YA fantasy romance we could stop there but this is very much an adventure with unexpected twists and the introduction of secondary characters that will have you rooting for them too.

The world building is fabulous. Being in the midst of a chilly winter world where everyone wants to kill you on a regular day and goes full-on berserker monster at the full moon is just the sort of imaginative stuff I love. If you like your YA fantasy to be highly atmospheric I definitely recommend giving GRETA AND THE GOBLIN KING a read.

On the whole it was a book I devoured and knew once I saw the last page approaching that I'd be hankering for another. If you enjoy Julie Kagawa's strong female protagonists and Jordan Dane's great secondary characters this is one I think you will love.

Notes: Review copy received via NetGalley.

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Guest Post: Author Jessie Lane [BIG BAD BITE Blog Tour]

Why Not Insta-Love?

We’ve seen it many times in stories. The werewolf or shifter catches the scent, or a glimpse, of a woman, and then BAM! I must have you because you are my mate, and I can love no one but you until the end of my days. Sometimes these situations are exceptionally well written and extremely enjoyable. Kresley Cole’s Lykae’s from her Immortals After Dark Series comes to mind. Aline Hunter’s Alpha and Omega Series also comes to mind. But for the most part, who wants to read insta-love? Sure, every now and then you get an author that nails all of the emotions in the struggle in an insta-love story, but unfortunately, those gems don’t show up nearly as much as we’d like them too. Besides, if it’s insta-love, you miss the fun in the pursuit. The back and forth banter. The struggles, cajoling, and the heart break.

So it’s pretty safe to say that we’re not huge fans of insta-love. That’s not to say we’ll never have that brilliant idea on what we believe is the perfect couple, or what the writing formula is for an insta-love story, but we’d rather write the dilemmas of the characters being pursued. It helps us to make the characters more dimensional. We would much rather want to find out how they would handle a certain encounter with said hot person pursuing them. Now, enter the insta-lust? THAT we like to write. Who doesn’t tingle when they see the smoking hot man for the first time? (Or as Melissa would say, “Hot Damn, Good God”, or her favorite at the moment, “Sweet baby Jesus” whenever she is in the proximity of a macho man hottie. And, yes she does sometimes forget what company she is with. Bad wife!)

Think about when you’re talking to that sexy person. The way their voice sends shivers down your spine. Or when you catch a whiff of his intoxicating scent then wish you could wake up in a bed the next morning just to be covered in it? Or how when he touches you for the first time, whether it’s grabbing your hand for a hello handshake or running his callused fingers down your upper arm in a flirtatious touch? Then you’re wishing that those rough fingers were running all your body? We’ve all had that moment. Some of us have even had that moment with more than one guy. So what woman doesn’t want to read about that moment, and be able to experience it again?

There is certainly a case of insta-lust in our latest book, Big Bad Bite. The first time Adam sees Jenna, interest is not only peaked, but he’s already wondering what it would be like to get naked since she’s the first thing that’s made certain parts of him stand up and pay attention in a long time. Jenna has a very similar reaction when she sees Adam, but she subdues her attraction because of her secrets and fears. We hope readers enjoy our choice of insta-lust over insta-love when they read Big Bad Bite. Jenna and Adam certainly have their struggles, but it just makes the reward that much sweeter.

BIG BAD BITE will be available in ebook format on January 28th!

Book Blurb:

What would it be like to live in a world where you are considered abnormal to those who are above the norm?

Jenna O’ Conner has been taught her whole life to hide from everyone. Never to let anyone to close enough to know that she would prefer a shotgun for her birthday over of a bouquet of roses. She’s been smothered by her over protective family so that no one learns what she truly is. Which is not human. Nor, is she considered the norm for the supernatural Other community that is benevolent enough to share this world with the humans.

In a desperate attempt to live her own life away from the small town she was raised in, Jenna obtains her dream job as the newest member on the Wilmington Police Department’s SWAT Team. What she didn’t predict was that she would run into trouble her first day on the job, in the form of a deadly, mouthwatering man named Adam McPhee. Who is also not human, but more like a wolf walking around in human skin. He’s determined to figure out exactly what Jenna is, which unbeknownst to him, could very well put her life in danger. He’s also determined to have her all to himself.

As if that wasn’t enough for Jenna to deal with, bad news blows into town. A group of extremist Shifters who think humans are cattle and factions of Others worldwide should stay within their own species - never to intermingle. Chaos ensues. Jenna has to find a way to shut them down, but in the process of trying to do that, discovers things about herself that even she never thought was possible.

About the authors:

Jessie Lane is the writing team of Melissa Pahl and Crystal Leo. The two sister-in-laws share a passionate love of naughty romance, cliff hanging suspense, and out-of-this-world characters that demand your attention, or threaten to slap you around until you do pay attention to them. Because really, it is ALL about the characters. (They're kind of megalomaniacs - but don't tell them that we said that.) 

Crystal and Melissa often live half their lives with their heads in the clouds dreaming of alpha military hunks, werewolves and kick ass heroines crazy enough to chase after creatures that they unquestionably should know better than to chase. 

Their first YA novel, The Burning Star, was released in May 2012. Big Bad Bite is their second novel, but their first adult paranormal romance. They are now working on their next two novels, Walk On The Striped Side and Secret Maneuvers. With these projects underway, they are looking forward to showing the rest of the world their crazy stories, heroes and heroines that often plague their minds until written, and hope you will join them on their journey! 
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Weekend Reading [01/25-01/27] :: Witches & Whines

Blah. Woke up yesterday feeling like I had a hangover. The achy feeling wore off but the headache stayed. This morning... same feeling plus sore throat and chills. Crap on a cracker!
I'm a mom, I don't have time to be sick. Especially not on the weekend I have no one who can help me out available. *le sigh* Which means that instead of napping and reading in bed I'm stuck doing all the household stuff and taking care of my kidlets while feeling half dead. *insert Grumpy Cat face here*
I got a bit busy this past week and didn't get a damned thing done around here. The hubs thinks I have one too many blogs to run but I don't see how I could combine the two. Admittedly, RL stress has been hitting hard this week and I want to give his boss a real what-for about a flub she made that screwed us financially. So sick of money stress!

This weekend I'm kind of juggling books. I got way behind on FATED for book club and have finally decided I don't like it. I don't know, I want to just give it up but I hate doing that too so my inner drill sergeant is telling me not to be a quitter. 

My iPad's Bluefire reader crashed on me this week and I lost a few ARCs that I hadn't backed up so I've been trying to get that situation sorted out. Yucky but worth it. Two I needed to get going are my reads for the weekend—THE CAT'S MEOW by Stacey Kennedy and A WITCH'S HANDBOOK OF KISSES AND CURSES by Molly Harper. I'll probably spend the whole weekend's reading time jumping between them. Who love's witch stories? If you do you can grab the former for only $2.99 right now and the other is up for pre-order. So far, I'm loving both. Sometimes you just need a witchy read, no? ;)

Anywho, I have to go mail some packages and pay bills and maybe take some medicine for the fever and body aches. Not sure I should even go out to do these errands but that's the joy of being the mom/housewife. Have a great weekend and tell me what you're reading in the comments! -- Rhi


Review: Fortune's Hero by Jenna Bennett

Fortune's Hero (Soldiers of Fortune #1) by Jenna Bennett
Scifi Romance, Futuristic
Paperback $14.99 (352 pages, ENTANGLED)
Ebook $4.99

Quinn Conlan had it all: a fast ship, a great crew, a gorgeous girlfriend, money, and adventure around every bend. That was before he agreed to ferry a shipload of weapons to the besieged planet Marica. Now he’s stuck in the prison colony on Marica-3, enduring weekly sessions with the camp’s “medical team,” and praying for a quick death before he breaks under the torture and spills everything he knows about the Marican resistance.
When opportunity strikes, Quinn takes Elsa, a Rhenian med tech, hostage and heads into the inhospitable interior of the small moon where he formulates a plan for getting his crew out of prison, his ship out of impound, and everyone out of orbit. But when Elsa professes her love, can Quinn take the beautiful doctor at her word, or will trusting her—and his heart—condemn him and his crew to an eternity on Marica-3?

Author Site: jennabennett.com

Good FORTUNE for Scifi Romance Lovers (5 stars)

I love the blending of science fiction and romance. It's one of my favorite subgenres, but it's just not as popular as its cousins, paranormal and time-travel. So, when I find a new series of scifi romance that can blend the best of scifi and a sexy romance I sit up and take notice. If you're the same way you are going to love FORTUNE'S HERO.

While I wouldn't quite compare Quinn Conlan to Han Solo, scifi fans who love the hero with a questionable sense of morality will like him from the start. He's taken some stomach turning torture as the story opens and still hasn't betrayed the secrets he's holding even though it's of no real personal benefit to him to keep mum. When the opportunity to escape the Rhenian prison he's stuck in on Marica-3 pops up, he doesn't hesitate to take the med tech in the room hostage. Elsa's been doing her duty as a Rhenian, working under her mentor torturing information out of useful prisoners when Quinn kidnaps her. They're so opposite there's no way an uptight Rhenian could ever fall for a scoundrel like Captain Conlan.

Therein lies a great premise for a tense adventure in the wasteland beyond the prison. The hostile landscape leaves little chance for survival beyond the walls and Quinn refuses to leave his crew behind to rot. But being thrown together by circumstance and facing certain death no matter what they do finds chemistry burning between them but trust isn't so quick to follow.

Gah! I couldn't believe this clocked in at more than 350 pages because it flew by. There were moments when even I wasn't sure they'd live long enough to rescue the crew and had to remind myself that it's a romance and the formula of romance demands a HEA ending. Without that I'm pretty sure I'd have lost hope. Bennett really rakes Elsa and Quinn over the coals and then some. If you like romances where the hero and heroine face life-or-death circumstances to get to their HEA then you will be greatly rewarded with FORTUNE'S HERO.

Scifi romance lovers this is definitely not one to be missed! The series is looking to be really good as whole and I'm super excited to get my hands on the next Soldier's of Fortune book, FORTUNE'S HONOR, hopefully sometime later this year.

Notes: Review copy received via publisher.

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Review: Broken Promises by J.K. Coi

Broken Promises (Seasons of Invention #2) by J.K. Coi
Steampunk, Novella
Ebook $3.99 (94 pages, CARINA PRESS)
Former ballerina Callie Carlisle is determined to rebuild her life with her new mechanical limbs. She's just learned to accept the enhancements that saved her from certain death when she experiences uncontrollable twinges and flashes of light that obscure her vision. Terrified of literally falling apart, she resists telling her husband. Jasper's already vowed to keep her out of harm, and she doesn't want to worry him further.
When the War Office's General Black arrives with an urgent mission—rescue the doctor who created Callie's enhancements—she has no choice but to accept. A rogue agent and former patient of the scientist believes the biomechanical modifications he received are killing him, and he's out for revenge.
Callie must reach the doctor before it's too late. But with an overprotective Jasper at her side, and her alarming symptoms getting more frequent, will she be able to hold herself together long enough to save the doctor...and herself?

Author Site: jkcoi.com

Worth reading if you've read FAR FROM BROKEN first. (3 stars)

Jasper and Callie Carlisle have been to hell and back as they've re-established their bond as husband and wife. A former ballerina, Callie's new mechanical parts saved her from death but have cost her her dreams. Though she'll never dance again and the babies she one day dreamed of raising with Jasper are gone, there is much she still can do. But a series of glitches in her mechanicals brings to light the flawed science of her enhancements, and she's not the only patient suffering from them.

When a rogue agent enduring similar breakdowns in his machinery decides the only way to end his suffering is revenge, Callie and Jasper must rescue the doctor who put them together. With her symptoms growing worse Callie can't hide them from Jasper for long. Will their newly rekindled trust weather the storm or could her secrets destroy them both?

I very much enjoyed the first Seasons of Invention story, FAR FROM BROKEN, in the A CLOCKWORK CHRISTMAS anthology. It was a very emotional tale and that tension between Callie and Jasper made me excited to see them make it. Unfortunately, I just didn't feel the same with BROKEN PROMISES. While a solid adventure story, the emotional component was minimal and I honestly never felt like the danger was all that real for Callie. Every move was predictable and the story flew by without leaving a particularly strong impression.

If you enjoy series where the hero and heroine are already married and steampunk it's worth reading but can't stand alone. You have to read FAR FROM BROKEN first or you will be completely lost. Even having read it a year earlier I had to refresh my memory. I'd certainly give another story featuring Jasper and Callie a try but this one was pretty lukewarm.

Notes: Review copy received via NetGalley.

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Review: Indigo Awakening by Jordan Dane

Indigo Awakening (The Hunted #1) by Jordan Dane
Young Adult, Romance, Supernatural
Paperback $9.99 (299 pages, HARLEQUIN TEEN)
Ebook $9.99
Audiobook $17.95

Because of what you are, the Believers will hunt you down.
Voices told Lucas Darby to run. Voices no one else can hear. He's warned his sister not to look for him, but Rayne refuses to let her troubled brother vanish. On her desperate search, she meets Gabriel Stewart, a runaway with mysterious powers and far too many secrets. Rayne can't explain her crazy need to trust the strange yet compelling boy—even though he scares her.
They discover Lucas is running from the Believers, a fanatical church secretly hunting psychic kids—gifted "Indigo" teens feared to be the next evolution of mankind. Now Rayne's only hope is Gabe, who is haunted by an awakening power—a force darker than either of them imagine—that could doom them all.

Author Site: website

Romance, Danger, and the Supernatural "Indigo kids"... (3 stars)

The blurb for INDIGO AWAKENING is one of those rare occasions where I feel like I don't need to resummarize, it covers the gist of the story nicely.

Dane has a great writing style and once again manages to keep readers on their toes as they meet a compelling cast of characters. Having only heard of the concept of "Indigo Children" in passing it was really cool to see what she could imagine. It's a little bit X-Men meets Neverland which was, for me as an adult reader, a little hard to buy. A group of supernaturally gifted kids and teenagers living underground and not being questioned in regards to where they were getting the vegetables they were selling felt a little unlikely.

But putting aside small details like that there's strong characterization, the sprouts of a solid series story arc, and enough action to excite most young adult readers from cover to cover. I admit I'm not sure who's really the true protagonist of the story since Rayne quickly stops being central to the action. The sibling dynamic between she and her brother and sister is pretty fascinating and it will be really interesting to see what happens with Mia, because as the story progresses her status as a bit of a villain reveals that she's really just as much a victim of circumstance as Rayne and Lucas. I love that Dane didn't make her the bad guy without a significant reason for her role.

As much as I wanted to give INDIGO AWAKENING a higher star rating, I just never quite got that into it. I felt like it was something I had read before. Not that it was unoriginal, just not very fresh to the genre. The intended teenage audience might find it more enjoyable but by the end I was just ambivalent about it overall. It has likable parts and parts that I was just 'meh' about. I never could quite decide if it was supposed to be more about the romance or the supernatural plot and that made it a difficult one to categorize.

Other Reviews:
Melissa at Books and Things
Nicki Markus on Goodreads
Book Twirp's Reviews

Notes: ARC received via NetGalley.

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Dear readers,

Y'all know that Entangled's Bliss imprint has been putting out lots of guilty pleasure worthy 'sweet romances' since its launch last year. But 2013 is looking to be chock full of them! So many in fact, that I'm having to decline to review most of them for a simple lack of time on my part. It's tough picking and choosing. :(

Today I'm sharing with you the Cover Reveals for two stories I'm sure you guys are going to love. Plus, I'll have Cindi Madsen, author of FALLING FOR HER FIANCE, here on February 6th for a fun interview, and maybe we'll even get another visit from Kelley Vitollo, author of LUCK OF THE DRAW, who dropped by for the first Shamrock Falls story's tour.

Check 'em out and leave a comment telling me which one appeals to you the most!

-- Rhi

About Falling for Her Fiance:

Danielle and Wes have been best friends since college, and so when Wes needs a date for his sister’s wedding and Dani needs a partner for her company’s retreat, they devise the perfect plan: a fake engagement to get through both events unscathed. But neither expects the feelings that develop. Putting their friendship on the line is dangerous, but so is passing up a chance at true love…

 Buy Links: Amazon | B&N


About Luck of the Draw:

Rowan McKinley isn’t looking for one wild night while vacationing in Vegas, but she gets it anyway when she meets professional poker player—and professional ladies’ man—Breck Wilder. Breck’s easygoing charm and lighthearted banter draw in the reserved Rowan, and though she’s always dreamed of the kind of forever love her best friends Sidney and Kade share, she’ll settle for one night with the charismatic player.
After their crazy one-night stand, Breck never expected to see the mysterious redhead again. So when he shows up at a Shamrock Falls B&B looking to get away for a few weeks and Rowan answers the door, he’s floored. Breck’s rolling-stone lifestyle and ill-fated history with women means he’s not interested in anything long-term. But the longer he stays at the B&B, the more he considers dropping the poker face and putting all his cards on the table…for Rowan.

Buy Links: Amazon | B&N


Review: Ethan by P.T. Michelle

Ethan (Brightest Kind of Darkness #0.5) by P.T. Michelle
Young Adult, Supernatural
Ebook 99¢ (novella, SELFPUBLISHED)
Ethan Harris never thought monsters and darkness would consume his daily thoughts, but every night the same visions repeat in his dreams. He’s careful to project a semblance of normalcy, keeping the suffocating darkness locked inside. As much as he wishes he could focus on girls, sports, and cars like other seventeen-year-olds, nothing distracts him from his own demons or shines through. Until Nara Collins crosses his path. The blonde fascinates and intrigues him, giving him a measure of peace he’s never felt before.
When Ethan discovers there’s more to Nara than she allows others to see, that she might have a unique secret of her own, suddenly his world comes into focus.
Note: Ethan is a novella PREQUEL to Brightest Kind of Darkness. This story will give some of Ethan’s background and lead up until the day he and Nara talk for the first time about the bomb at their school. It's best suited for ages 14 and up.
Author Site: ptmichelle.com

This is how you do a prequel! (5 stars)

Haunted by horrifying visions by night and a ghostly voice by day, Ethan Harris wishes he could just be normal. To give his attention to the things every seventeen-year-old boy is motivated by. But sports and girls can't keep the darkness lurking within at bay. Music is his refuge until Nara Collins breezes into his world. A bright light in an otherwise troubling world, she proves to be more than meets the eye. It isn't long before he realizes he might not be the only one with a special secret in need of protection.

If you haven't started the Brightest Kind of Darkness series and want to get a feel for what to expect P.T. Michelle has done a fabulous job with this prequel. Her writing is truly exceptional amongst her self-published peers and I look forward to each new installment with rabid enthusiasm. For fans of the series ETHAN doesn't really enhance the ongoing plot but all of those mysterious things you've wanted to know about his past get touched on. I found the details regarding his relationship with his parents of particular help in understanding him more deeply.

Though short, a lot is packed into ETHAN and if you're a big softy like me make sure you have some tissues handy. Once I started reading I couldn't put it down and balled like a big ol' baby over one particularly emotionally gripping scene. The wait for DESTINY is going to be difficult.

Fans of the series, don't miss it! New to the series? This is a great place to start but could be read after the first two novels without conflict.

Notes: Review copy received via author.

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Review: A Trace of Moonlight by Allison Pang

A Trace of Moonlight (Abby Sinclair #3) by Allison Pang
Urban Fantasy, Fae, Demons, Angels
Mass Market Paperback $7.99 (381 pages, POCKET)
Ebook $7.99
Drinking from the waters of lethe and offering herself up as Faerie’s sacrificial Tithe . . . these just might be the least of Abby Sinclair’s problems.
Abby’s pact with a daemon—whether or not she remembers making it—is binding, so she’d better count herself lucky that (in the words of a daemon who knows better) there’s nearly always a loophole. But her friends’ reckless attempts to free her, well intentioned though they may be, set off a disastrous chain of events. In no time at all, Abby turns her incubus lover mortal, then gets herself killed, cursed, and married to an elven prince whose mother wants her dead. On top of everything else, she’s lost the Key to the CrossRoads to her mortal enemy, who promptly uses his restored power to wreak havoc on the OtherWorld and put its very existence in jeopardy. Only one person can make things right again, but to find her, Abby must place her trust in allies of mixed loyalties, and conquer her nightmares once and for all.
Author Site: heartofthedreaming.com

Conclusive or Conclusion? (4 stars)

I think A TRACE OF MOONLIGHT has been a difficult review for me because it's such a transitional book. The majority of plot threads established in the previous installments of the Abby Sinclair series reach a boiling point and things get more than a little crazy. There's a lot of story packed into this one!

What made it difficult to review for me was just that it wasn't quite as funny as it's predeccesors and it took off in unexpected directions. It wasn't unenjoyable, just different. The whole time I felt like something was missing that I still haven't been able to put my finger on. What compacted that was that it ended in such a way I couldn't quite see there being another book to follow. Not that it ended badly, just vaguely enough I got the impression the future of the series hasn't been decided by the publisher.

Overall, it's a satisfying conclusion to the story arcs that have been previously established but I doubt I'm the only fan who was left feeling a sense of concern as to the further adventures of these much loved characters. If you've enjoyed the series for far it's not one to miss but be prepared for the possibility that it'll be a long time before we see another Abby book.

Notes: Purchased by me.


S.O.S. :: Seeking On Sunday Meme (#4)

Seeking On Sunday is a once-a-month meme hosted by RhiReading to bring together readers who are looking for book suggestions. It is open to any blogger on the 2nd Sunday of each month who wishes to post one of the following:

  • an 'If you like this book/series/author, I think you will enjoy this book/series/author because...' suggestion post
  • a post seeking commentors' book suggestions within a certain set of terms
  • a post seeking the name of a book the blogger can recall details about but can't remember the name of

This is for ALL bloggers, not just book bloggers! If you're seeking bread baking books or suggesting board books for babies or having a difficult time finding the name of the romance novel you read the blurb of while standing in line at the grocery store this meme is for you. Here is a great example of how you can do it.

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Weekend Reading [01/11- 01/13] :: Food-centric Romance & the Trouble with Alpha Males

Stolen from Sutter Home's FB!
TGIF! Is it just me or is the week after a 'vacation' always this draining?

I'm getting interviews for upcoming blog tours written up and slowly hacking away at the overflow of reviews I'm behind on. But I've also had a lot going on for RhiAlistic so I apologize for being a slowpoke here.

I'm sooo bummed! We just found out we can't go on our Las Vegas trip we had planned for April. There was a work conflict for Adam so we're going to have to miss out. It really sucks! I've wanted to go since I was a kid and now we can't make it. Granted I was wondering how on Earth we'd afford it, but darnit, I was getting really excited. :(

One book I am currently working on I don't even want to name. I feel rotten that it's going to have a low star review but there are genuine reasons it's going to rate as a 'Didn't like it' on my rating scale. How do you guys feel about 'bad reviews'? As a reviewer I feel it's essential to your integrity to be upfront when you don't care for a book as long as there are legitimate reasons whether a matter of taste, problems with editing (and I'm not talking about typos), or simply finding the story slow or poorly executed. But this particular one I'm working on is making me feel like an asshole. If I hadn't told the author I would review it I wouldn't even finish it.


Review: If you Believe in Me by Natalie J. Damschroder

If You Believe in Me by Natalie J. Damschroder
Contemporary Romance, Holiday, Military
Ebook 99¢ (79 pages, ENTANGLED)
Three years ago, Amber Benedict fell in love with Kale Riker and pledged to wait for him to return from the military. Even though she rarely hears from him, she’s steadfast in her belief: he’s coming home to her, and soon. Then the government tells Kale’s family that he’s missing in action, and they have given him up for dead. Kale Riker has been away from civilization and Amber for three long years. He’s been promised he can retire his commission when he completes his current mission, but now he’s seriously wounded and facing a long recovery. Worse still, security risks force a communications blackout, leaving him no way to let Amber know he’s alive. Can Amber hold out against an entire town pushing her to give up on love while Kale fights to get back home to her before Christmas?
Author Site: nataliedamschroder.com

He'll be home for Christmas... (4 stars)

I have to admit straight out the gate that some of the pieces of IF YOU BELIEVE IN ME's plot didn't make sense to me. Suspending disbelief though, it's an enjoyable story for anyone who loves a good story of lovers being reunited.

The only thing I really was frustrated with was that due to the short nature of the story, I didn't feel as invested in the HEA as I'd have liked. There just wasn't quite enough time to get to know Kale and Amber enough to be 100% rooting for them. Though it's a nice story I think making it a bit longer to add in a few flashbacks or something to give readers more insight into why they miss one another so much would have strengthened it's romantic core. It's not very common to find a romance where the characters are already in love but literally have no contact until the very end. It felt like I was reading the second half of a book, not the whole story.

That quibble aside I couldn't help but like IF YOU BELIEVE IN ME. As a former Army wife I'm a sucker for this kind of thing and I bet most romance readers who like military heros will enjoy it too. A little cheesy, a dash melodramatic, but a quick and satisfying romance read for the holiday season.

Notes: Review copy received via publisher.


Review: Secret Santa Baby by Robin Covington

Secret Santa Baby by Robin Covington
Contemporary Romance, Holiday
Ebook 99¢ (54 pages, ENTANGLED) Tessa Stoneman hasn’t been able to get long-time friend and business partner Nicholas Boone out of her head since they shared a single kiss in college. Even when she dated Nicholas’s best friend. Now that she’s giving up her position at GameNerdz to strike out on her own—and now that she’s single—maybe it’s the right time to see if there’s still something between them. Nicholas knows once Tessa leaves the company she helped found, they might drift apart. Before she starts her own company in the new year, he wants to woo the woman he fell in love with during college. So he poses as her Secret Santa, gifts her with items from the song “Santa Baby,” and plans a big reveal at the company holiday party. But when his best friend wants to rekindle his romance with Tessa, will Nicholas lose his last chance?
Author Site: robincovingtonromance.com

Short, Cute, and Flirty Holiday Fun (4 stars)

I am an absolute sucker for a holiday romance. There's just something about the holiday season that's never quite worked for me so around Christmas time I seek out some holiday themed urban fantasy or romance stories to spark the spirit of the season. This year, instead of watching The Holiday I read SECRET SANTA BABY.

At just over fifty pages it's not meaty or even dramatic fair but if you're in the mood for something you could fit into a lunch break during the retail terror of the holiday season I think it's perfect sized. Tessa is very likable if you're a geek girl like me and Nicholas—while not very believably geeky—makes a cute match. Conceptually, the very idea of a guy playing over-the-top secret santa is just the sort of thing you'd expect in a made-for-tv movie around Christmas and it's so light and silly it's sheer fun to read.

If you're looking for a quick Christmas-y romance read with all the fluffy sweetness of a sugar cookie SECRET SANTA BABY is a terrific choice. Creative and with a refreshing hint of playfulness, I'm thrilled to have found Covington and I can't wait to read her other Entangled releases this year!

Notes: Review copy received via publisher.


I have returned!

Did you guys miss me?
So wow... I missed you guys! Two weeks of holidays, horrid weather, extra chores, poor sleep, and being stuck with the kids while the guys were out hawking every day should never count as a vacation. Trust me, it's the opposite of vacation. I finally got all of the Christmas stuff packed up and put away... on Sunday. *shudder*
The past two days have consisted of playing catch-up with laundry, cleaning out the fridge, dusting, vacuuming, and reading of the non-fictional variety. I don't make resolutions at the new year so much as decide on a few things I should focus more energy on accomplishing and a few things I should let go. It's good for the soul. I just barely made my Goodreads reading goal for 2012. A paltry 75/75 depresses me but with a pre-schooler at home reading during the day is really difficult and once she's in bed my attention has to go onto a dozen other things. I'm finding that the majority of my reading happens between midnight and 2AM. Not healthy at all. So for 2013 I'm hoping to carve out more daytime reading and sleep more.
Though I won't likely have one up today, I'm going to spend the next few days kicking ass on my review backlog. I'm in deep and sad about it but really needed one less thing to stress over during the time we had company. Which reminds me... see that photo up above? Inside that box is the reason my face is in shock and awe mode. It's book related and I plan to feature it here on the blog at a later date. ;) Let's just say the guys is my life rock for surprising me so thoroughly.
Later this week we'll have Weekend Reading and Seeking On Sunday. I'm also going to have a giveaway going on over on RhiAlistic that you might be interested in. For today though I'm going to focus on updating all the stuff here and putting up a different background. Have a great week! -- Rhi


Weekend Reading [01/04-01/06] :: Book Clubbin' & lots of STEALS & FREEBIES!!!

Just popping in real quick guys 'cause my company still hasn't left and I still don't have the tree down and I have been a lazy shit and been entering bloghop giveaways for the past few days when I could have been writing reviews. :P

But I wanted to let y'all know I'll be back for surely on Tuesday when my company is for sure gone and the hubs has work stuff and the big kid will be in school. Granted I'm gonna try and catch-up on Pretty Little Liars before the season restarts all afternoon but I can work on that and write reviews just fine.

In the meantime... did you know that my friends over at GraveTells have a book club on Goodreads? It's been going since October and I finally had time to participate last month since it was a re-read for me. This month it's a book I had sitting on the shelf, Fated by Rebecca Zanetti, which is currently only $2.99 on Kindle if you want to hop into the club a little late. Plus, February's book club read, Rise of the Fallen by Donya Lynne, is FREE! It's a nice book club, quite relaxed and friendly if you're not loaded with time to spare.

This week I started Greta and the Goblin King which is pretty great. A bit in the vein of The Iron King... not a lot, but enough I'm thinking fans of the series will like Greta. I hope to finish it today and get started on Kissing Kendall. We shall see.

Anywho, just had to drop by and wish y'all a happy first weekend of the New Year and give you guys a nudge toward the RhiReading Facebook page where I've had a LOT of giveaways and Kindle FREEBIEs and STEALs going up. Seriously, I just spent about $25 and picked up about 12 books from my wishlist and lots of freebies too. Remember, you don't have to have a Kindle to buy and read them... just the Kindle app for your phone, tablet, or computer! Have a good weekend. ♥ -- Rhi


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