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Dear readers,

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Did you drop by to request a review or tour stop? I am currently OPEN for review requests for review requests. I have promotional openings for August through November open so please reach out. Just please drop me an email with a polite request and if I'm interested I will reply.

-- Rhi


12.30.2013

Review: Beg Me To Slay by Lisa Kessler

Beg Me To Slay by Lisa Kessler
Paranormal Romance, Demons, Magic
Ebook $2.99 (188 pages, ENTANGLED COVET)
He'll slay her demons, but it may cost her heart...
Four years ago Tegan Ashton was attacked. Determined never to be a victim again, she devotes her life to martial arts and self-defense. When her assailant returns to finish what he started, only one person can help her.
Gabe is a private investigator by day and demon slayer by night. After losing loved ones, he vows to defend people from a threat they don't realize exists.
The relationship is supposed to be strictly business, but fighting demons together stirs up emotions they never expected. Turns out demon slaying is a breeze compared to facing their scarred pasts and even worse - hearts.

Author Site: website

Whet your appetite for more Kessler! (4 stars)

Tegan Ashton is a young woman trying to move past a terrifying attack that left her scarred. When a chance encounter with her attacker leaves her with no other options she hires a private investigator. Gabe isn't just any P.I., he's got generations of demon slayer heritage in his blood. If they're going to hunt down Tegan's attacker they've got to work together, learning from one another. But it's hard to keep their relationship strictly business when their chemistry draws them together like a moth and a flame. As long as it's nothing more than physical they can make it work... until emotions cloud their judgment and it all goes to hell.

If you're one of my followers you're probably sick of hearing me gush about how much I adore Kessler and her work. Well guess what... if you are then stop reading this review. ;)

While BEG ME TO SLAY isn't my favorite of her novels it's the one I'm going to tell all newbies to try first. There's luscious chemistry between Tegan and Gabe, I loved the push and pull they had with one another. That she became a fighter after she was attacked made me have instant liking for her. Nothing wrong with a character being brought down by something like that but I loved that Tegan decided to be so proactive. Gabe is classic Kessler, strong but not a bulldozer, romantic but not in a cheesy way.

The only thing I didn't like about BMTS was that it was at category length. As a fan of her longer work it was hard not having all of the intricate details of the world and a mythology to chew on. If you've read her other series consider this one the appetizer version. It's a page turner and had a great world, it's just not as intricate as her full length work. Covet addicts—like myself—should definitely pick this one up not only to sample the latest authorial inductee to the Covet club but because this is the first slayer story we've really had.

A RhiReading recommended read for Covet lovers, Kessler fans, and as a perfect starting point for newbies to both the author and the imprint.



Notes: ARC received via publisher.

12.18.2013

And on that note... RhiReading is on hiatus until February!

 
Dear readers,
 
I know, I know. You guys can't live without me. You're stricken with terror at the thought I won't be here for a whole 6 weeks. You're already opening another tab so you can start a petition against blogger vacations...

I had to get sarcastic, it's in my nature. ;)

But seriously my dear readers, for several months now I've been having to drag myself out of a funk almost daily just to get any kind of content up. I love blogging and reading and interacting with everyone, I'm just in need of a break.

That image above—if you switched reading and dishes—has been my life of late.

The pressure on book bloggers is far more intense than we show. Most of us make no money blogging, work jobs and/or are raising families, have relationships and homes and pets and responsibilities to them. And yet we blog out of a sheer passion for fiction and connecting to others who share that. Even so, daily emails from publishers and authors and tour organizers, keeping an organized schedule, formatting and preparing posts, writing thoughtful and insightful reviews (not to mention reposting those everywhere), planning and delivering on giveaways, building an audience through social media and commenting on other blogs and such can take a toll. It is a full time job with lots of over-time. We try to fit in everyone and everything, or at least I try to fit as much as I can, and saying no is so hard when you want to do it all. So after a little coaching from a fellow blogger I decided that my original plan of a 10 day break wasn't nearly enough.

I will still be around on social media a bit and will try and answer any reader emails but aside from maybe a review here or there I will not be posting any new content to RhiReading until February 1st. Reading has felt like a chore lately and once I slay my to-be-read-for-review list I want to read something I didn't sign up for. Maybe I'll even take one whole week away from books and marathon one of my fandoms... or two... or three. Anyone for a LOTR marathon with me?

I hope you have a wonderful holiday and send you my very best wishes for the new year, may you resolve to read lots of great books!

With love and warm wishes,

-- Rhi

12.17.2013

Review: Black Widow Demon by Paula Altenburg

Black Widow Demon (Demon Outlaws #2) by Paula Altenburg
Urban Fantasy, Western, Romance
Ebook $5.45 (336 pages, ENTANGLED EDGE)
Paperback $14.99

Passionate and headstrong, half-demon Raven is nearly executed on the orders of her fundamentalist stepfather. She escapes from the burning stake using the gifts of her otherworldly heritage and the help of a mortal stranger named Blade. Now she’s set on revenge, and only quiet, intense Blade stands in her way.
A retired assassin weary of the weight of his past, Blade has crossed the desert to seek out a new life. His journey is interrupted when his conscience demands he help Raven find an old friend who can help her. Saving her from her need for revenge and delivering her into the hands of loved ones means he’s one step closer to redemption.
But as Blade’s sense of duty becomes something more and threats, both mortal and immortal, stalk the woman he can’t abandon, he could very well fall back into the life he’s trying so hard to escape.

Author Site: website

A meaty, highly conceptual read. (4 stars)

If you loved THE DEMON'S DAUGHTER as much as I did, you don't need to read reviews, just go buy this book. The world of the Demon Outlaws series is phenomenally built and threaded with both elements of urban fantasy and westerns while packing a romantic core. Only one other series that I know of has done this and I love the blend, it allows for some interesting concepts.

In the previously mentioned title, Blade was a secondary character with a shadowy past but the qualities of a hero in the making. I was thrilled to discover he was indeed, the hero of BLACK WIDOW DEMON, but really nervous his heroine wouldn't meet my standards since I liked him so well. Raven is one worthy heroine and her own complicated storyline makes her a strong, motivated woman with a compassionate edge I found enjoyable. As a couple they had great push-pull chemistry and their steamy scenes were almost hard to read without feeling like I was intruding because of how believable they are as a match.

What stalled me a little on quite loving the book as a whole was the many new twists and turns of the world. They weren't bad, I just had a difficult time keeping up with how everything had changed after TDD and then continued to find new changes in BWD. It is a highly conceptual world and throwing a lot more irons into the fire just distracted me for some reason. If you're a Meljean Brook fan who devours complicated world building this will be familiar to you and you'll love it.

If thorough and intricate world building, flawless hero/heroine chemistry, and passionate love scenes are your cup of tea you should most definitely get your copy of BLACK WIDOW DEMON. It can't stand alone though, so I recommend starting with THE DEMON'S DAUGHTER and be sure to pre-order the third book in the series, THE DEMON CREED (currently set for a May 2014 release).



Notes: ARC received via publisher.

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12.16.2013

Review: Christmas Past by Susanna Fraser

Christmas Past by Susanna Fraser
Romance, Time Travel
Ebook $1.99 (39 pages, EVER AFTER)
Time-traveling PhD student Sydney Dahlquist’s first mission sounded simple enough—spend two weeks in December 1810 collecting blood samples from the sick and wounded of Wellington’s army, then go home to modern-day Seattle and Christmas with her family. But when her time machine breaks, stranding her in the past, she must decide whether to sacrifice herself to protect the timeline or to build a new life—and embrace a new love—two centuries before her time.
Rifle captain Miles Griffin has been fascinated by the tall, beautiful "Mrs. Sydney" from the day he met her caring for wounded soldiers. When he stumbles upon her time travel secret on Christmas Eve, he vows to do whatever it takes to seduce her into making her home in his present—by his side.

Author Site: website

Love time-travel romance & the holiday season? (4 stars)

When it comes to time travel romances there are a lot of places and times I'm just not interested. That almost kept me from reading CHRISTMAS PAST but I'm really glad it didn't. While simplistic and plenty easy to pick apart when it comes to the pseudo-science of it, CHRISTMAS PAST is one of those short and sweet stories I thrive on this time of year.

Sydney is a modern woman trapped in the past when her time machine stops working. She was only there to observe and take samples, time travelers are scientists with a strict code to follow should anything prevent them from returning. Set on following the code to prevent making changes to the past by being there beyond her mission she is discovered by the handsome captain, Miles Griffin. She's been very attracted to Miles and finds that the feeling is mutual. Could sharing one night—a lonely Christmas Eve—destroy the future as she knew it?

Yep, a simple and short story of love discovered under impossible circumstances, on Christmas Eve. It's terrific in that Fraser doesn't dwell too much on the details of the time, nor the details of the science of time travel. She covers just what we need to know in order to understand the situation then focuses the tale on Miles and Sydney. While he's not as well developed as I'd have liked it suits the short format and would make for a nice got-the-shopping-and-wrapping done treat to get you in the holiday spirit.



Notes: ARC received via publisher.

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12.10.2013

Blog Tour: Guest Post w/ author Gina Gordon [+ giveaways!]


Dear readers, I am so excited to have Gina Gordon on the blog today! Not only is she a fellow foodie, she writes delicious romances too. She was sweet enough to give us a mouth-watering recipe to try this holiday season and an EXCLUSIVE giveaway just for my readers! So read on and be sure and ask Santa for a copy of RECIPE FOR ATTRACTION if you've been nice this year... and if you've been naughty... well you deserve to treat yourself to it. ;) -- Rhi

 
One of my favorite parts of Christmas is going to my Nona’s house on Christmas Eve for an extravaganza of fish and seafood. And when I say extravaganza, I mean an 8-foot table full of so much food that there is hardly any room to put your dinner plate.

One of my favorite things to eat is my dad’s famous shrimp with breadcrumbs. It’s so simple and so delicious. Of course, when making it, he always ends up with oil splattered all over his dress shirt. He never learns J

Since dad would probably tell me the recipe is “just cook the shrimp and breadcrumbs together and add lemon”, I thought I would supply you with a real recipe, or at least a play on a recipe I found from the Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives guru, Guy Fieri. 

While I don’t know if they will be as good as dad’s…..they look pretty damn good and I will be trying the recipe!

 
Shrimp With Breadcrumbs

Ingredients:

4 tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil
4 tablespoons butter
2 cups breadcrumbs (fresh breadcrumbs are best)
8 large cloves of garlic, finely minced
1 pound uncooked, peeled , deveined shrimp (any size you like)
⅓ cup fresh Italian parsley, chopped
Finely grated zest of 1 large lemon
Juice of lemon

Directions:
1. Heat 4 tbsp olive oil and 2 tbsp butter in a large non stick skillet over medium heat. Add the breadcrumbs and half the minced garlic. Saute until the crumbs are golden and crisp (8-10 minutes). Transfer to a bowl and set aside.
2. Heat the remaining oil and butter in the same skillet over medium high heat and add the shrimps (seasoned with salt and pepper) and the rest of the garlic. Sauté until the shrimp are opaque in the middle (3-4 minutes).
4. Stir in the parsley, all the lemon zest and juice and the breadcrumb mix.
5. Toss and taste for seasonings.
This real recipe actually includes pasta, so you may want to tweak the amount of ingredients. For the full recipe follow the link below.


 
As a special treat today, I’m giving away a foodie swag pack. Enter the Rafflecopter here:


 
Thanks for having me on your blog, Rhi!

(You are so very welcome, thanks for coming, Gina! ♥)

And thank you readers for visiting!!  There are more chances to win! Make sure you enter my blog tour grand prize -- a Rafflecopter giveaway for a $50 Amazon gift card.
 
 
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About Recipe for Attraction
Bad boy Neil Harrison may have a sexy body and an even sexier smile, but there’s no way in hell architect Carson Kelly is falling for the elusive bachelor. For starters, he’s her boss, and getting intimately involved with the infuriating alpha male could be a career-killer. And secondly, he’s battling personal demons in one of the most dangerous ways possible: illegal street racing. After a friend’s tragic death years ago, Carson swore she’d never get involved in that life again.

Neil knows Carson’s keeping secrets and he’s determined to uncover all of them…even if he has to seduce them out of her. But as their antagonistic work relationship ignites a passionate affair, Carson must decide if protecting Neil from his need for speed is the perfect outlet for her own restless desire, or if they’re on a one-way path to destruction.
Buy Links for Recipe for Attraction
 

12.09.2013

Review: Spring Moon by HRH Princess Sophie Audouin-Mamikonian

Spring Moon (Indiana Teller #1) by HRH Princess Sophie Audouin-Mamikonian
Young Adult, Werewolves
Ebook $3.63 (338 pages, ENTANGLED TEEN)
Amid the expansive plains of Montana, the Lykos Ranch stretches for miles. The inhabitants who live in near isolation from the outside world are members of the most powerful clan of werewolves in North America. Among them lives just one human: Indiana Teller.
Grandson of the clan’s leader and offspring of a werewolf father and a mysterious yet human mother, Indiana is rejected by his peers and heads to the University of Montana to find a normal life. Despite warnings from his grandparents, he falls in love with a beautiful human, Katerina.
Before too long, he is the victim of an accident that would have killed him had he not miraculously vanished at the moment of impact. Are these strange occurrences just chance or the machinations of a hidden enemy out to destroy him? Facing his destiny, Indiana will have to choose who to believe, and who to love.


Something lost in translation... (3 stars)

My taste in reading varies but always comes back to supernatural elements. When the opportunity to rose to give SPRING MOON a read I quickly dismissed it. But if there's one thing that I have a hard time turning down it's stories set in the state I've lived in for most of my life. I figured if anyone could give it a fair examination it would be the gal who likes supernatural and Young Adult fiction that lives in the area the story takes place.

Alas, from the get-go I found that there was just something foreign about it. I've read translations before—this was originally in French—and found a similar issue sometimes. Perhaps it's because I know our culture here intimately, and I tried to excuse it with thoughts like "well, if you were a supernatural raised in a secluded, secretive community..." but I just never got past it. I was disappointed in the little things like the lack of attention to our climate (December is usually very cold, we were subzero for the past 6 days for example), culture (Missoula is kind of known as the hippie town), and well, we call it U-of-M and constantly seeing it said "UM" was driving me crazy.

The werewolves and other creatures (for lack of a better word) in the world of the Indiana Teller series are quite unique. It was the main saving grace of the story. That, and some of the secondary characters. Indiana himself, was a bit of a tough sell as the narrator for me. He just wasn't very likable and I never could figure out what made Katerina bother with him, let alone like him. I did, however, like Chuck a lot.

It's action-packed, has a solid amount of mystery and a story arc that will make for a strong series but the things I didn't like about it kept me from really enjoying it as a whole. I think if you're looking for something to appeal to a teenaged reluctant reader they might really enjoy this one. It's has romance, some humor, and is well paced. If you're an adult YA fan with tastes similar to my own you should probably give it a pass.



Other Reviews:
All The Bookish Love
Meradeth Houston

Notes: ARC received via publisher.

12.06.2013

Weekend Reading [12/06-12/08] :: Being Nice & Cold!

 
This is my current weather. When I got up it was -25° feels like -37°. I was whining about it yesterday and someone asked why I still live here and that is a really good question. lol It certainly isn't for the lovely weather.
 
The forecast for the weekend is looking a little nicer but it was also supposed to be above zero today and I don't see that happening. In fact, my son's school's pipes froze and broke yesterday. Instead of sending the kids home they got porta-potties for them to use and made them wear their coats. Apparenly, here in Montana we really are badasses.
 
I've had a busy week preparing for the holidays, participating in several events being hosted by publishers/authors, and trying to plan my blog break. I've decided to go dark from the 18th of December to the 29th of January. Let's be honest here... when you've been a solo reviewer/blogger for 5 years you can really feel stagnant. In the past 2 years I have maybe read 5 fiction books that weren't review copies. I'm behind on some of my favorite series! So I figure this gives me a chance to do a little of that while I attempt to stay warm. ☺
 
So what's on your nightstand for weekend reading? I'm working through Eat, Brains, Love by Jeff Hart and Black Widow Demon by Paula Altenburg. The latter is kind of sold as being a bit like Warm Bodies but I'm not digging it. I am, however, enjoying BWD a lot. Blade was a character I was eager to know more about in the first book so it's making the somewhat slow action worth pacing myself through.

Speaking of pacing... earlier this year I decided I was sick of being out of shape and that I was going to try and be more active. I've done okay and found a fitness vlogger that really speaks to me and my personality. I'm sharing this because she did a Hunger Games fitness parody that is just too freaking awesome and it just went live yesterday. I think you guys will LOVE it even if you don't exercise.


 
How clever is that eh? I actually haven't done it yet because I decided I'd rather Skype with one of my friends than workout in the cold. I'm a wimp when it's this chilly and have a hard time getting my muscles warm enough to not hurt myself.

Well, I've got cookies to bake, a workout I can't skip today, and we have an elf visiting right now that's watching to make sure we're all good so I better get on those. ;)

Happy reading! -- Rhi

12.04.2013

Review: Recipe for Attraction by Gina Gordon

Recipe for Attraction (Madewood Brothers #2) by Gina Gordon
Contemporary Romance, Category Romance
Ebook $2.99 (156 pages, BRAZEN)
Bad boy Neil Harrison may have sexy body and an even sexier smile, but there’s no way in hell architect Carson Kelly is falling for the elusive bachelor. For starters, he’s her boss, and getting intimately involved with the infuriating alpha male could be a career-killer. And secondly, he’s battling personal demons in one of the most dangerous ways possible: illegal street racing. After a friend’s tragic death years ago, Carson swore she’d never get involved in that life again.
Neil knows Carson’s keeping secrets and he’s determined to uncover all of them…even if he has to seduce them out of her. But as their antagonistic work relationship ignites a passionate affair, Carson must decide if protecting Neil from his need for speed is the perfect outlet for her own restless desire, or if they’re on a one-way path to destruction.

Author Site: website

Sizzle and Burn Madewood Style (4 stars)

Oh those Madewoods... if you've read RECIPE FOR SATISFACTION then you know exactly what I mean. It's as if one day Gina just decided to put the hottest qualities into a quartet of heroes and instead of it being ridiculous, it's glorious. Wealthy. Check. Handsome. Check. Tattooed... triple check. Can cook... oh yeah, check. Pepper in some sad childhood issues, a dash of charitable responsibility, then add a pinch of minor celebrity and these guys are a category romance reader's wet dream. If you thought Jack was hot, wait until you open RECIPE FOR ATTRACTION and get a taste of Neil.

Of the four adoptees Vivian Madewood took in, you'd think Neil would have been the least troubled by her death. He's the smooth, unspoken leader of the family. The one who most seems to have his stuff together. Underneath his calm façade of control he's anything but and the emotions he's trying to bury are finding ways to manifest in dangerous behavior. Illegal street racing is an easy way to trash a bike and a really bad way to die. Carson Kelly knows first hand how dangerous it is, so when she finds out her sexy boss is risking his life for an adrenaline rush she refuses to let him throw his life away.

At work they're just two professionals putting the finishing touch on a Madewood family dream but whenever his demons start to rise Carson is there to sate them with a much less life threatening distraction. But Neil isn't the only one with secrets. When their passionate affair evolves into more than just a balm for their emotional wounds and threatens to ruin her career they'll have to decide if love isn't the most dangerous distraction of all.

Okay, so here's the thing... I hated the premise. I really dislike the whole I'll-save-you-from-yourself-with-sex thing. I especially hate that Carson put herself into a situation where she was basically a willing sex slave to Neil and it made me really dislike him that he would go for it. Ugh. Just ugh! And yet, as much as I disliked it, there was a certain truthfulness to it. I could easily see real people putting themselves into that kind of circumstance. Because let's face it, sex can be about anything.

Then there's the sex. OMFG the seeeex. Not a lot of authors can make me blush the way I did reading RFA. I will never be able to go into a walk-in fridge again without thinking of this book. Heck, I may never be able to eat in a restaurant again after RFA. Neil and Carson almost set my ereader ablaze. Naughty, naughty!

Once I got past hating on the trope and kinda wanting to beat the crap out of Neil (I think I saw too much of myself in him to not wanna give him a what-for) this was a good read. I'm still not sold on Cole but after seeing more of he and Finn I am so antsy for Finn's story, RECIPE FOR SEDUCTION. If you love a smoldering read that's high tension and has just the right amount of tropey fluff be sure and make sure this series hits your shelves pronto. If you need more Madewood love be sure and find Gina on Pinterest where she has inspiration boards for each book that are sure to inspire you to read them.



Notes: ARC received via publisher.

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12.03.2013

Nominate & WIN!


Dear readers,

I've been hiding under the massive TBR pile I buried myself in last week. Sorry. I do this sometimes. But I had to drop by and quickly make mention (before I run back to said TBR pile) that one of my favorite blogs is taking nominations for their annual Readers Choice Awards. Not only that, they're giving away a seriously awesome prize pack and all you gotta do to enter is nominate a favorite your favorite things... and the categories are super fun! I maxed out my allowed nominations.

So run on over to GraveTells and show your favorite authors, characters, publishers, and more some love!

-- Rhi

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