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♥ -- Rhi


4.29.2013

Review: A Witches Handbook of Kisses and Curses by Molly Harper

A Witch's Handbook of Kisses and Curses (Half-Moon Hollow #3) by Molly Harper
Paranormal Romance, Humor, Vampires, Witches
Release Date: May 28, 2013
Mass Market Paperback $7.99 (368 pages, POCKET)
Ebook $7.59

Nola Leary would have been content to stay in Kilcairy, Ireland, healing villagers at her family’s clinic with a mix of magic and modern medicine. But a series of ill-timed omens and a deathbed promise to her grandmother have sent her on a quest to Half-Moon Hollow, Kentucky, to secure her family’s magical potency for the next generation. Her supernatural task? To unearth four artifacts hidden by her grandfather before a rival magical family beats her to it.
Complication One: Her grandfather was Mr. Wainwright and the artifacts are lost somewhere in what is now Jane Jameson's book shop. Complication Two: her new neighbor, Jed Trudeau, who keeps turning up half naked at the strangest times, a distraction Nola doesn't need. And teaming up with a real-life Adonis is as dangerous as it sounds, especially when he’s got the face of an angel and the abs of a washboard—can Nola complete her mission before falling completely under his spell?

Author Site: mollyharper.com

Harper fans are gonna love this one... (4 stars)

Since the blurb does such a great job covering the basic plot of this one let me jump straight to what I thought about it.

It's been a while since I read a book from Molly Harper... three years actually. But curling up with A WITCH'S HANDBOOK OF KISSES AND CURSES was like visiting an old friend after a long time apart. I had forgotten just how darned funny Harper is! I had always wanted to know more about Mr. Wainwright and if you did too this really throws open the doors on his youthful adventures. With his granddaughter, Nola, carefully seeking special artifacts he was entrusted with it's pretty fun seeing a new side of Half-Moon Hollow. All your favorite characters are back playing supporting roles.

Then there's Jed. I don't wanna give anyone's brain too much to work with but I instantly had an actor in mind that could play him if this were a movie. He's a secretive guy and for good reason. I loved the back and forth between he and Nola. They make a great pairing and his big secret was richly satisfying as a PNR junkie.

If you're a Harper fan you are gonna love this one. If you haven't read the other Half-Moon Hollow books I definitely recommend reading them first because this one could stand alone, but not very well. There's a lot of stuff you just need to have read in previous books to not feel confused what's going on... I definitely need to go back and read the ones I skipped. But overall, the perfect vacation read filled with laughs and a fun mystery element to keep you reading.



Notes: ARC received via Edelweiss.

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Cover Reveal: Moonlight by Lisa Kessler

 
Rancher Adam Sloan is more than meets the eye. As the heir to his Pack, the sexy werewolf’s biggest challenge is keeping his kin’s true nature under wraps. But a group of jaguar shifters threatens to reveal the pack, blasting into town killing humans in plain sight. And when he smells one at the local diner, his standing orders are to take her out.

Lana Turpin doesn’t realize she’s a moving target. Raised in the foster system, she only knows that she blacks out during the new moon and wakes up without remembering a thing. But now she’s being tracked by some strange organization that wants her back—even though she’s never stepped foot inside their compound. And the stranger across the diner is watching her like an enemy.

It should be a simple mission for Adam, but when he touches the frustratingly beautiful Lana, his inner wolf howls…mate. Now, the two must find and stop the people who hunt her…and Adam must keep his own family from killing the only woman he will ever love.

 
Coming July 2013 from Entangled EDGE! 
 
Pre-order MOONLIGHT on Amazon and shelf it on Goodreads.
 
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4.27.2013

Teaser: Against the Wall [AGAINST THE WALL Blog Tour + giveaway!]

 
Dear readers,

My poor publicist pals and I occasionally have these miscommunications or email snaffus that leave us scrambling last minute to fix a blog tour problem. We all work very hard to promote great books and sometimes you just roll with the whoopsie. Since this one was a matter of timing I figured a day late is better than not at all. I'd have had it up this morning but my volunteering left me half asleep on my sofa until I had to get up and make dinner—never let anyone tell you painting walls isn't hard work. I hope you'll enjoy these yummy little snippets from AGAINST THE WALL. I haven't finished writing my review yet, but suffice it to say I think you guys will love it.

-- Rhi



1. Sophie coughed. “I can get into the Jeep.”
Jake grinned and lifted her inside. “I know, but my mama taught me to be a gentleman.”
She swallowed. “That wasn’t gentlemanly.”
His chuckle caressed her skin as if his tongue traced each inch. “I didn’t say I was good at the lessons.
 
2. Jake leaned in and pulled the seatbelt between her breasts before clicking it firmly in place. “Go ahead and run, Sunshine. I caught you once before.” The door closed, but she could still hear his parting shot from outside. “And I will again.”

3. Sophie knew that voice. Awareness fluttered in her abdomen at hearing Jake’s deep baritone. She balanced and shifted up to see over the top rung of the fence.
Good God. The man was in chaps.
Actual chaps.
 
Blurb: 
Never challenge a cowboy in the courtroom…
Surveying the proposed site for a high-end golf course should have been a breeze for spunky Landscape Architect Sophie Smith. But when this born-and-bred city girl is suddenly—and quite literally—swept off her feet by a sexy cowboy on horseback, she realizes that the country life has some serious (and seriously steamy!) possibilities. That is, until she finds out exactly who her smokin’-hot wrangler really is.
Cowboy and Tribal lawyer Jake Lodge is desperately trying to block the development. And if that means playing hardball—and being every inch the shark lawyer—so be it. But Sophie is a distraction he didn’t expect. A distraction that makes his blood burn.
Two different worlds. Two opposing sides. And when they finally give into the exquisite temptation, the consequences will shake the foundations of both of their lives…
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About Rebecca Zanetti:

About the Author: USA Today Bestselling Author Rebecca Zanetti has worked as an art curator, Senate aide, lawyer, college professor, and a hearing examiner - only to culminate it all in stories about Alpha males and the women who claim them. She writes dark paranormals, romantic suspense, and sexy contemporary romances.
Growing up amid the glorious backdrops and winter wonderlands of the Pacific Northwest has given Rebecca fantastic scenery and adventures to weave into her stories. She resides in the wild north with her husband, children, and extended family who inspire her every day--or at the very least give her plenty of characters to write about.

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4.26.2013

Weekend Reading [04/26-04/28] :: An Odd Trio & Menial Labors...

 
Whatcha reading this weekend?
 
The hubs has worked so much and we've had so much going on this week I am exhausted. Super exhausted. Anyone else feeling unusually wrecked?
 
This weekend we have some volunteer work (painting) to do, all 3 kids, yardwork that's calling, and some errands that really have to get dealt with. The good news is I love painting... as a teenager I did it as a job and find it strangely relaxing. I also enjoy working in my weed patch. We've been trying to come up with ways to get more gardening space out of our tiny front yard so maybe we can come up with something worth sharing. Montana has a very short growing season and we get mostly northern exposure on our yard so I only have a small area that gets sun to work with.

This weekend I'm hoping to finish up A RIVETING AFFAIR. It's a great anthology but no one seems to have heard of it. I'm also planning to finish Kevin Hearne's story from CARNIEPUNK and then officially start on RULES OF ENGAGEMENT. What an odd trio of reads, huh?
 
Well, anywho... I'm planning to not be on the blog again until Monday but would love to know what you guys are trying to find reading time for this weekend so leave me a comment! :) -- Rhi

4.24.2013

Review: Gone With The Wolf by Kristin Miller

Gone with the Wolf by Kristin Miller
Category Romance, Paranormal Romance, Werewolves
Ebook $2.99 (208 pages, COVET)
CEO and alpha werewolf Drake Wilder has given up the search for his one true love. When he discovers that she’s a secretary in his company, Drake’s primal instincts kick into overdrive.
What he wouldn’t give to have her fingers rake over his body instead of the keyboard…
Free-spirited bartender Emelia Hudson wants nothing more than to make her Seattle-based bar succeed. But when profits decline, she slips into a dress suit and secures a nine-to-five. After learning that her bar has become property of Wilder Financial, Emelia is determined to get some answers.
Two can play the ruthless business game. If only her attraction to the boss wasn’t so intense…
When Drake’s twin brother senses that Drake has found his match—and now inherits their father’s billion dollar estate—he hatches a plan to take Emelia out. Drake vows to protect her at all costs, but he might have to pay with his own life.

Author Site: kristinmiller.net

A Feminist PNR Lover's Dream (5 stars)

Emelia Hudson, the free-spirited owner of Seattle bar the Knight Owl, isn't about to let her struggling business be ripped out from under her by some stuffed suit who claims to now own it. Taking matters into her own hands she gets herself hired at his company with plans to get to him and convince him he's made a mistake. Alpha werewolf and CEO, Drake Wilder, gave up looking for his mate years ago... until she popped up in his life in the guise of his secretary dressed up as little red riding hood and helping herself to the good stuff in his wine cellar.

When Drake's twin brother finds out that he has found his mate he will stop at nothing to stop the pair from making a permanent bond. If Drake and Emelia sort out their differences and tie themselves together, all of their father's wealth—and leadership of their pack—will be his... and his twin won't take that without a fight.

My followers know that I'm not your typical paranormal romance fan. I don't like the alpha male type that is the standard of the genre, especially in werewolf stories. Why? I recently put my finger on it and the fact is... I'm a feminist when it comes to paranormal worlds. I want the heroine to be the hero's equal and for him to acknowledge it in some way. As soon as they heroes start saying "Mine!", I start hating the book. But Miller goes one further here. Not only is Emelia no shrinking flower against Drake's alpha werewolf personality, she's perfectly okay with wanting him while unwilling to give up what's important to her. I absolutely loved Emelia and as the climax of the story unfolded, Drake won me over too.

As far as the plot goes... it was a little cliche, predictable, and has been done enough to be the weakest part of the story. The world building is mild, no big crazy curveballs or confusing terminology, just a straight-foward what-you-see-is-what-you-get type werewolf mythos, it's perfect for a category romance offering like this. The love scenes were scorching! If you like your romance smutty you're gonna be a GONE WITH THE WOLF fan.

Overall, this is a great category paranormal romance with a strong feminist thread that really sets it apart from many of it's genre mates. It's sexy, smart, and just cheesy enough to fit nicely in the category romance niche. A RhiReading recommended read if you enjoy these elements.



Notes: ARC received via publisher.

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4.23.2013

Review: The Demon's Song by Kendra Leigh Castle

The Demon's Song by Kendra Leigh Castle
Category Romance, Paranormal Romance, Vampires, Demons
Ebook $2.99 (242 pages, COVET)
The road to Hell is paved with good intentions. At least, that's how it seems to Sofia Rivera when her attempt to help a friend ends in a blood-soaked confrontation with creatures that aren't even supposed to exist. With a group of rogue vampires determined not to leave a single witness to their violence hot on her heels, Sofia finds herself saddled with an immortal bodyguard—Phenex, the fallen Angel of Song.
While the vampire king roots out the corruption threatening to take down his underworld kingdom, Sofia will have to deal with a fallen angel whose dark beauty is often at odds with his ornery nature. Slowly, Sofia and Phenex give in to the strange attraction neither can deny. And as the darkness closes in around them, Phenex begins to wonder whether even the wickedest Fallen might find his own happyending...and his heart.

Author Site: kendraleighcastle.com

The trouble with publisher hopping... (3 stars)

Phenex is a fallen angel who, along with several of his fellow fallen, has been cast out of Hell too. Working for the vampires as a protector of the supernatural hidden city of Terra Noctem his talents as the former Angel of Song get him by but leave him very little true pleasure. Unable to compose new material he's become surly.

Human, Sofia Rivera, finds herself thrust into the supernatural world she never knew existed when she attempts to protect one of her roommates from an attacker. Her attraction to her new protector post-attack only complicates things. Having a fling with a demon is one thing, but dwelling in darkness with him forever is another story. As a faction of vampires and demons working together for nefarious purposes creates danger, can the pair find safety in one another?

I'm sad that I didn't get into this one. I really wanted to after seeing the cover, it's an awesome cover! I was definitely expecting there to be a lot more music-centric stuff in the overall storyline, but it's just not as central to the story as I'd anticipated. To complicate things further this has the slowest pacing imaginable. I literally caught myself saying "nothing's HAPPENING!" ala a certain cartoon bird from a childhood favorite movie when I was about halfway through the book. If that wasn't enough, there were frequent references to characters and situations that were confusing.

Upon further investigation I figured out that Castle has a couple of previous titles under the Harlequin Nocturne imprint and that is where the references to Raum and Ember, Justin and Vivi's romances came from. If you haven't read them already—which I have not since I was unaware they were tied to THE DEMON'S SONG—you may find yourself as confused as I was. While it's not essential to have read them to be able to read it, I got the impression there's world building in them that might have helped solidify the world here.

Slow-pacing and world building issues aside, THE DEMON'S SONG wasn't a bad book, I liked Sofia's personality a lot and Phenex was a hero worthy of a HEA. I think it will appeal very much to readers who like category romances with a paranormal bent, but if you lean toward meatier paranormal romances you might want to skip it in favor of one of Castle's other series.



Notes: ARC received via publisher.

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4.21.2013

Review: The Awakening: Aidan by Abby Niles

The Awakening: Aidan by Abby Niles
Category Romance, Paranormal Romance, Shapeshifters
Ebook $2.99 (228 pages, COVET)
Is the gift of eternal love a blessing or a curse?
After years of counseling grieving shifters, psychiatrist and half-shifter, Dr. Jaylin Avgar has become jaded on shifter mating. She wants to marry a human and forget about the love for eternity crap. Then she meets Aidan O’Connell, an infuriatingly laid back shifter who represents everything she doesn’t want. Yet, the more he pursues her, the more she craves a future with him. Only one thing stands in her way: death. Can she overcome her fear of losing Aidan to the one guarantee in life?
Millionaire consultant, Aidan O’Connell knows he’ll one day meet a woman who’ll awaken an unrelenting mating instinct. Unfortunately, that woman is Jaylin, who has no qualms about telling him that he and his so-called eternity can shove it. When she pushes him away, he takes a drastic step so she can no longer escape. The close proximity throws the instinct into overdrive. Can he control the need engrained in him until he’s certain she will reciprocate the bond, or will a moment of weakness doom him to hell on earth?

Author Site: www.abbynilesauthor.com

Wangsty Heroine, Complicated World-Building (3 stars)

Half-shifter Jaylin Avgar chose to specialize in helping shifters going through the stages that follow the loss of a mate. Watching their grief and struggles has her determined that she will never mate with a shifter. All she wants is an uncomplicated human husband and to no longer work with anguished shifters. But when Aidan O'Connell contacts her to help one of his closest friends, Liam, whose human mate rejected him, she finds herself sucked into their world again.

As the pair try to help Liam get his life back the attraction between them begins to sizzle. Aidan knows she's his mate, the only one for him, but Jaylin is terrified of what will happen to them if one should die. When Aidan uses his talents as a ruthless businessman to force Jaylin to give him a chance the result could be disastrous for both. Can Jaylin move past her fears to see the love that's waiting for her or is she set to destroy Aidan no matter which life she chooses?

I hate when I love an author's ideas but find the execution less than pleasurable. If you read and enjoyed Niles' DEFYING CONVENTION (which I loved hardcore) you know what I'm talking about in regards to an author with great ideas. Alas, I found THE AWAKENING: AIDAN strangely tedious to read. Conceptually, I totally dig the pseudo-science of the world even if I'm not a big fan of fated-mates as a trope. It's the overall way it's done that just had me cringing and sighing.

If you love fated-mates you will seriously dig the concept as it's set up. Shapeshifters have their own religion of sorts, or rather, their own version of heaven. Humans go to Heaven (and have God) and Shapeshifters go to Anavrin (and have Dea, their goddess). Half-shifters get to choose which they go to when they die. Mates' love goes into Anavrin with them so the concept of eternal love is very important to shifters. This is Jaylin's big traumarama and for me as a reader, a big pain in the butt. She's so wangsty about dying (or having a shifter mate that dies) that she annoyed me before I'd even finished two chapters. I mean, I do 'get' that, but I found that she was so over-the-top against accepting the bonds with Aidan that when she flipped her decision it felt forced, very forced.

What ultimately saved THE AWAKENING: AIDAN from being unlikable was Aidan. Niles had me at 'ginger'... I'm a bit of a closet redhead-fancier, so I was instantly a fan there. But more importantly, he was pretty multi-dimensional. He's a caring friend, has a big secret that gets revealed that made him extra interesting, and though he was under-handed in how he tried to force Jaylin to give him a chance... it's never Alpha male jerk-tastic in nature.

While I only found this to be an 'okay' read for me, I very much look forward to seeing more of this world—though I hate the BDB series like terminology style: ie. Dsershon, Fewshon, Bahrraj. I think other readers will really love it if they can wade through the annoying wangst-fest that is Jaylin.



Notes: ARC received via publisher.

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4.19.2013

Weekend Reading [04/19-04/21] :: Coveting new PNR titles!


You may or may not have noticed that today was a busy day here at RhiReading. This weekend, Entangled's Covet imprint is relaunching with two of the original titles from the line and three new ones. This has been the imprint I was most excited to promote for so long that I have been starting to mope about the lack of new releases. The good news is there're all of these releases this weekend and a whole lot more coming in May!

I've already read 3 of these so this weekend it's working on the other 2. GONE WITH THE WOLF by Kristin Miller—who is a real sweetheart for contacting me when she saw I was trying to track down a publicist about the relaunch—and THE DEMON'S SONG by Kendra Leigh Castle which I started yesterday. Fallen angels and werewolves... yep, this is gonna be a great weekend.

So what do you think of the new covers for DECEIVING THE WITCH NEXT DOOR and TALL, DARK, AND DIVINE? You can see the old ones here and here. I have to say that the one for TDD really fits how I pictured Eros and though I loved the original for DTWND I think the new one has a much more PNR feel to it.

What are you reading this weekend? Got any non-reading plans of interest? My poor hubs has to work all weekend and I'll have all 3 kids so I don't know how much actual reading time I'll get. I'm also staring at about 8 loads of laundry to fold and put away. *blech* This is when I wish I owned more audiobooks. lol

Have a great weekend and be on the lookout next week for reviews of the new Covet titles. -- Rhi

Cover Reveal: Gone With The Wolf by Kristin Miller [COVET Re-launch Celebration]

CEO and alpha werewolf Drake Wilder has given up the search for his one true love. When he discovers that she’s a secretary in his company, Drake’s primal instincts kick into overdrive.

What he wouldn’t give to have her fingers rake over his body instead of the keyboard…

Free-spirited bartender Emelia Hudson wants nothing more than to make her Seattle-based bar succeed. But when profits decline, she slips into a dress suit and secures a nine-to-five. After learning that her bar has become property of Wilder Financial, Emelia is determined to get some answers.

Two can play the ruthless business game. If only her attraction to the boss wasn’t so intense…

When Drake’s twin brother senses that Drake has found his match—and now inherits their father’s billion dollar estate—he hatches a plan to take Emelia out. Drake vows to protect her at all costs, but he might have to pay with his own life.

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Cover Reveal: Deceiving the Witch Next Door by Melissa Bourbon Ramirez [COVET Re-launch Celebration]

 
Down-on-her-luck witch Storie Bell never thought the biggest threat to her future would be Reid Malone, the very man she’d run from years before. After striking it rich in Texas shale, he’s back in town, and he seems hell-bent on getting in the way of her bookstore’s grand opening. A witch trying to blend in in a small southern town is hard enough, but now he’s seriously testing her strict No Kissing Mortal Men policy. But even witches don’t have a spell for that.

Reid knows there’s much more to Storie than meets the eye. But right now he has only one mission: to infiltrate her shop so he can snatch the elusive secret ingredient to his father’s million-dollar moonshine recipe. Once he does, he can go back to the city and get out of his small hometown, a place in which he has no future.

But as the days go by, he can’t help falling for Storie in every way…and every encounter brings him closer to finding out what happens when you try to deceive a witch.

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Cover Reveal: The Demon's Song by Kendra Leigh Castle [COVET Re-launch Celebration]

 
The road to Hell is paved with good intentions. At least, that's how it seems to Sofia Rivera when her attempt to help a friend ends in a blood-soaked confrontation with creatures that aren't even supposed to exist. With a group of rogue vampires determined not to leave a single witness to their violence hot on her heels, Sofia finds herself saddled with an immortal bodyguard—Phenex, the fallen Angel of Song.  
While the vampire king roots out the corruption threatening to take down his underworld kingdom, Sofia will have to deal with a fallen angel whose dark beauty is often at odds with his ornery nature. Slowly, Sofia and Phenex give in to the strange attraction neither can deny. And as the darkness closes in around them, Phenex begins to wonder whether even the wickedest Fallen might find his own happy ending...and his heart.

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Cover Reveal: Tall, Dark, and Divine by Jenna Bennett [COVET Re-launch Celebration]

 
Being the Greek god of love doesn’t mean you believe--or want--anything to do with that sappy emotion. Sure, Eros runs his matchmaking business, Made in Heaven, but finding his own love has never been part of the equation. When he spots the sweet baker who works across the street, he vows to match her with someone else before she stirs his sullen heart.
 
Annie Landon has given up on finding Mr. Right. What she needs is Mr. Right Here, Right Now, and this so-called “Greek God” she’s heard is on the rebound sounds like the perfect kind of distraction. But picking up the bitter workaholic is easier said than done…especially when he seems unreasonably determined to match her with someone else.
 
Can a woman looking for love—and the matchmaking god who wants her to find it with someone who isn’t him—have a shot at a happy ending? May the best god—or mortal—win.
 
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Cover Reveal: The Awakening: Aidan by Abby Niles [COVET Re-launch Celebration & giveaway!]


Is the gift of eternal love a blessing or a curse?

After years of counseling grieving shifters, psychiatrist and half-shifter, Dr. Jaylin Avgar has become jaded on shifter mating. She wants to marry a human and forget about the love for eternity crap. Then she meets Aidan O?Connell, an infuriatingly laid back shifter who represents everything she doesn?t want. Yet, the more he pursues her, the more she craves a future with him. Only one thing stands in her way: death. Can she overcome her fear of losing Aidan to the one guarantee in life?

Millionaire consultant, Aidan O?Connell knows he?ll one day meet a woman who?ll awaken an unrelenting mating instinct. Unfortunately, that woman is Jaylin, who has no qualms about telling him that he and his so-called eternity can shove it. When she pushes him away, he takes a drastic step so she can no longer escape. The close proximity throws the instinct into overdrive. Can he control the need engrained in him until he?s certain she will reciprocate the bond, or will a moment of weakness doom him to hell on earth?
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4.18.2013

Guestpost: Author Karen Erickson [TEMPTING CAMERON Blog Tour + giveaway!]



Those Brooding Heroes & The Women Who Love Them


Brooding heroes have been in popular fiction since pretty much forever. There’s something so very appealing about seeing a dark, mysterious and deliciously forbidden hero fall for a woman who he (usually) deems is too good for him.

If we go back in time, there’s the menacing, moody Mr. Rochester from Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre. We can’t forget Heathcliff in Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte either (those Bronte sister sure knew how to write them, didn’t they?).

Fast forward to modern times and you have the likes of Edward Cullen from the Twilight series by Stephenie Meyer or Christian Grey from the Fifty Shades trilogy by E.L. James. These heroes again are full of mystery, full of brooding and dark, desolate moods that make the heroines yearn to know more. They must figure out what makes this man tick. They must break through that wall they throw up and teach him how to live—and love.

I think these sorts of heroes are so intriguing because they are a mystery to solve. They’re a puzzle to be put back together. And he’s a hero whose newfound heroine is desperate to heal.

As I tried to wrack my brain to recall a few favorite brooding heroes that I’ve read, I had a difficult time! I mean, I love a good brooding hero like plenty of other romance readers out there but I couldn’t recall a recent one that had me swooning. (Though I will confess an affection for Gideon Cross from Sylvia Day’s Crossfire series

So after scrolling through my Kindle and looking through my bookcase, I finally found my all-time favorite brooding, broken, beautiful hero…

Matthew, the Earl of Wallingford from Charlotte Featherstone’s beautifully written historical romance.

Oh my word, people. He is so wounded and so damaged. So many horrible, horrible things happened in his life and formed him into the closed off, broken man that he is at the beginning of the story. Until he meets his future love, nurse Jane Rankin. Of course, she’s shy and plain and of different rank and stature. But true love always wins, right?

Did I mention this book is also extremely sexy? Whew. *fans self*

And though the book ends with a realistic (i.e. not a full blown happily ever after) conclusion, I did appreciate how the author made an epilogue available to readers after Sinful came out, that showcased just how happy Matthew and Jane ended up after all. Sigh…

My hero Cameron McKenzie from TEMPTING CAMERON (second in the Lone Pine Lake series) is a tortured soul but most of his demons are in his head—and based on his loathing for his hometown. His job as a photographer in war torn Afghanistan put him through many trials that has left him broken.

He just needs the love of a good, sweet woman to turn him around—though at the beginning of his story he definitely doesn’t agree, especially since he’s spending the summer in the place he hates the most, the town he grew up in. Enter hometown princess Chloe Dawson to help change his mind…

About TEMPTING CAMERON:

For Cameron McKenzie, Chloe Dawson has always just been his younger sister Jane’s best friend—a pesky annoyance who followed him around and acted like he hung the moon. It isn’t until Jane’s wedding to her firefighter beau Chris that Chloe reappears in his life…and she isn’t pesky or annoying anymore. In fact, the beautiful Chloe tempts him beyond reason. But Cam knows he’s damaged goods—not nearly good enough for Lone Pine Lake’s resident good girl.

Chloe’s always dreamed of a future with the dark, brooding Cam, and after they share an explosive kiss, she wonders if her dream could be coming true. Cam’s never stuck around his hometown for long, though, so she makes him an offer: one sweet summer romance with no strings attached. This good girl’s ready for an adventure…one that just might end up lasting a lifetime.

You can purchase TEMPTING CAMERON at: Amazon | B&N | Kobo | iBookstore
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4.17.2013

Review: The Lost Prince by Julie Kagawa

The Lost Prince (Iron Fey #5) by Julie Kagawa
Young Adult, Fantasy, Fairies, Romance
Paperback $9.99 (400 pages, HARLEQUIN TEEN)
Ebook $9.99

Audibook $24.95
Don't look at Them. Never let Them know you can see Them.
That is Ethan Chase's unbreakable rule. Until the fey he avoids at all costs—including his reputation—begin to disappear, and Ethan is attacked. Now he must change the rules to protect his family. To save a girl he never thought he'd dare to fall for.
Ethan thought he had protected himself from his older sister's world—the land of Faery. His previous time in the Iron Realm left him with nothing but fear and disgust for the world Meghan Chase has made her home, a land of myth and talking cats, of magic and seductive enemies. But when destiny comes for Ethan, there is no escape from a danger long, long forgotten.

Author Site: juliekagawa.com

Insert fangirling title here... (5 stars)

Ethan Chase feels deserted after his older sister said her final goodbyes to the Chase family. She is the Iron Queen now and her responsibilities no longer lie within the human world. But Ethan can never be a normal teenager, not after his childhood entanglement within the world of the fey. Avoiding them at all costs consumes him and they know he can see them so they've made a habit of tormenting him. Forced to change schools yet again, thanks to a fire he is believed to have set in his previous school's library, he hopes to make a new start. Keep his head low, avoid the fey, and get to graduation without any more problems. But it's never that simple once you can see them...

When Ethan saves a half-breed from getting pummeled by a pair of jocks he lands himself in the middle of a dangerous new development amongst the fey. A new group of fey, claiming that they have been forgotten, are threatening those exiled to the human world. Ethan knows he should just stay out of it but when the half-breed he saved goes missing he gets pulled back into the realm of talking cats, magical realms, and creatures beyond the imagination.

It's no secret how much I love Kagawa's writing and I am thrilled to say that THE LOST PRINCE is just as engrossing and exciting as every book before it. I remember reading THE IRON KING and thinking how cool it would be to see a later story focusing on Ethan after all he went through so it was very much wish-fulfillment to read it. The same humor and suspense, creativity and adventure that you loved with Meghan is threaded into this story. Ethan is not his sister and in a way it's tough to see her through his eyes and not feel conflicted because we readers got to see her motivations, know why she has done what she has. It really makes him a character you can relate to and want to see begin to understand why Meghan has made her choices.

Many favorite characters are back for cameos and more but I don't want to spoil much so just read it! Ethan's new friends are a great part of his journey and greatly contribute to preparing for sequel. I can hardly stand the wait for the next one.

A must-read if you're an Iron Fey series fan and if not... it could be read as the first in a new series but you will probably want to go back and read the others afterwards so you'll have more understanding of who some of the characters are and why they're important to the plot. I abolutely loved it.



Notes: Review copy received via Amazon Vine.

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4.16.2013

Guestpost: Author Katee Robert [CHASING MRS. RIGHT Blog Tour + giveaway!]

 
For me, like many other authors, music is an integral part of the writing process. Normally, I painstakingly put together a playlist and put that sucker on repeat for the total of the writing process, from first word to when the finished product is submitted, never to be seen again.

Just Chasing Mrs. Right was different for me in pretty much every other way, it was different in this way too. I wrote the first draft with a background of movies that I couldn’t begin to name (seriously, I have no recollection). The editing process was something else altogether.

I have a Pandora station as a result of CMR that is…strange. It started with Escala because their music is relaxing and powerful all at the same time. But slowly other things filtered in. Somehow, by the end of Ian and Roxanne’s book, I had Skillet, Within Temptation, some song about cows that sounds REALLY sad (I don’t think I want to know what happened to those cows), and Jason Mraz.

4.11.2013

Q & A with Patricia Eimer, Candace Havens, & Lily Lang [A RIVETING AFFAIR Blog Tour + giveaway!]

 
Dear readers,
 
Between real life obligations, my new business, and blogging I'm finding myself pulled in so many directions it's not even funny. Which is why I decided to work on reading A Riveting Affair this week. I just LOVE steampunk and as a romance reader it's not hard to get gushy over heroes and heroines who are scientific and creative or mannerly and a bit old-fashioned. So when it came time to decide how to approach the tour for this one I was limited on time and thought one simple question would give you lots of insight into the worlds these three talented authors have built. Enjoy!
 
-- Rhi


If you were stranded on a deserted island which three items featured in your novella would you most want to have with you and why?


Patricia Eimer: Honestly, this will sound like cheating but I wrote my characters in a steam powered, wireless telegraph machine. If I'm stranded somewhere I want that-- so I can signal for help and get someone to come save me or at least send sunblock and a good looking man then possbily come back and save me a week later.

4.10.2013

Review: Down and Dirty by Christine Bell

Down and Dirty (Dare Me #2) by Christine Bell
Category Romance, Contemporary Romance, Erotic
Ebook $2.99 (127 pages, BRAZEN)
He was a dare she’s never been able to resist…
Cat Thomas has never been the kind of girl to stick. A self-professed infatuation junky, she latches on the newest, hottest guy on the block, then finds a reason—real or imagined—to dump him. When she accepts a dare to rekindle her high school flame and jump in bed with her brother’s best friend, Shane Decker, she knows she’s in trouble. She can’t resist the man, even after all these years apart, and that just won’t do.
Shane has come back to town for a couple reasons. The biggest one? He’s tired of living away from those he loves, including Cat. But now she’s spooked and will do anything to drive a wedge between them, including trying to fix him up with other women through an online dating service.
What does he have to do to make her see that settling down doesn’t mean settling, and he’s ready to spend a lifetime proving it?

Author Site: christine-bell.com

Sophomore slumpy, but not unlikable... (3 stars)

I'm not gonna lie... DOWN FOR THE COUNT is a tough act to follow and it probably has a lot to do with why I just didn't enjoy DOWN AND DIRTY all that much. It's not a bad book but it's not as hilarious and sexy as its predecessor. Cat's one of those best friends that you hope will get their own book and I was totally okay with her getting involved with Galen's friend Shane but I never quite felt the chemistry there, I'm not sure why.

What did work for me was the general external plot that makes the pieces fall together for Shane and Cat to work out their feelings. They're both characters I liked! Shane's protective but not overbearing. Cat's on a mission to find him a girlfriend so she can foil his plans of a relationship with her... it's funny and I was really pleased to get hints of a potential next heroine out of it!

As much as I wanted to like it though, I just felt ambivalent once I finished. Not liking it or disliking it. Just... well, blah. That said, I cannot speak highly enough of Bell's writing in every other one of her books I've read. She has ridiculous talent when it comes to humor and can make pages catch fire with steamy love scenes. If you enjoyed DFTC it's worth reading just to get a hint at where Lacey and Galen are at in their relationship, otherwise you may find yourself experiencing the same ho-hum reaction I did to this.



Notes: Review copy received via publisher.

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4.09.2013

Guestpost: Author Lisa Kessler [NIGHT DEMON Blog Tour +giveaway!]


Let's Talk Villains…

Big thanks to Rhianna for the blog spot today!

(Anytime Lisa! ♥)
Since we both share a fondness for a good villain, I thought it'd be fun to dig into it a little further.

(Yay for unravelling the most interesting characters in fiction!)
My love of villains started with the Evil Queen from Disney's Snow White. Don't get me wrong, she terrified me as a kid! Yikes! But as I got older, it was easy to see that the Evil Queen was driving that story. In fact, without the Evil Queen, Snow White never would have run away into the forest and met the seven dwarves. The prince never would have caught her singing, and we wouldn't have gotten love's first kiss.
It was the Evil Queen, and her crazed need to be “The Fairest of the All” that forced Snow White out of her comfort zone, and when the huntsman let the Queen down, she took matters in to her own hands, willing to disfigure her looks to complete her mission.

That's a passionate villain I can respect.

As a reader, I grew up on horror. Nothing makes me turn pages faster than wondering if the characters I love are going to live. And that love of life and death tension carried over into my writing. I relish an intelligent and somewhat twisted villain who is ALMOST more than the hero can handle.

Since Night Walker hit the shelves, I have loved hearing from readers that they hated Jose and wanted to yell to Calisto that he was the bad guy. When Night Walker went through edits, I was concerned that my editor might want me to tone down the villain a notch or two, but in the end… She asked me to write two more short scenes for him at the beginning of the book! Yay!

(Dear readers, you can read my review of Night Walker and see that Jose was one of the parts I loved most. A villain that makes you terrified for the hero or heroine is a thing of beauty in my humble opinion.)
And now that Night Demon is out I can tell you there is more than one villain. One is a force of nature with unquenchable thirst and hunger, and the other desires to end this world and start a new one. So while our heroes need to stop the all-powerful Night Demon, they also discover the double-cross by one of their own.

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