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Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Feature: The Darkest Torment by Gena Showalter

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The Queen of Paranormal Romance, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Gena Showalter, returns with THE DARKEST TORMENT, the eagerly anticipated twelfth novel in her Lords of the Underworld series, available May 31, 2016! Pre-order your copy today!


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Tuesday, May 3, 2016

ARC Review: The Untamed Earl by Valerie Bowman

Ever since I read the first book in the Playful Brides series, “The Unexpected Duchess” I cannot get enough of Valerie Bowman. I’ve been waiting for this book since I finished and loved, “The Irresistible Rogue.” For anyone that has never read this series Bowman takes a very witty and historical spin on tales such as Cyrano de Bergerac, The Importance of Being Earnest and other classics as The Philadelphia Story and gives it a spin. Bowman is one of those authors I leap to read her work. I really enjoy her heroines, heroes and her plots.

“The Untamed Earl” is a spin of the “Taming of the Shrew.” Alexander Hobbs is the sister of the alluded to shrew. Lavinia, her older sister, is definitely a shrew. When she was young she became very ill and since then Alexander lived in her sister’s shadow. For the most part Alexander accepted this lot in life, but when her parents arrange for her sister to marry the man that stole her heart years ago, Lord Owen Monroe, Alex takes matters into her own hands. Years ago Alexander met Owen by her balcony and since then he stole her heart.

Lord Owen is Cassandra’s brother; she is the heroine from “The Accidental Countess. Owen has a bad reputation not only in society but also with his family. His parents think it’s time for him to marry and start taking his life seriously. With Lavinia’s parents they arrange a marriage proposal for Owen and Lavinia, but Lavinia’s parents insist that she must fall in love with him and accept him on her own terms. Lavinia is a shrew in every sense of the word. She is an awful bully and Owen realizes that although he has had no luck with other conquests, Lavinia is more than he had bargained for. Alexander offers up her help. She tells Owen that if he helps her launch in society then she will help him with her sister.

I really like Alex and Owen, individually and as a couple. They were very sweet and they had great chemistry. There are some sad and heart-breaking moments and before long Alex realizes that her plan might need some reinforcements. I have really only two small complaints. One there was so much action and change of scenes in the previous book and this book was one ball after another. Second, I now have to count down the days until the next book in the series- The Legendary Lord which is about Viscount Christian Bancroft. I really loved the glimpses that the author gave us of his character and I cannot wait to see what she has in stored for him and Sarah. I really enjoyed this great shrew of a story and loved how the author finally gave Alex and Owen the chance they needed. Although the book is a part of the series, it is easily a standalone. However, the heart of the story is the friendship of Cassandra, Lucy and Jane -which I was happy to see them make an appearance. If anyone has time to sit around and binge read, I definitely recommend they do so with this funny series.

**ARC provided by Publisher**

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ARC Review: The Purest Hook by Scarlett Cole

The Purest Hook is the third book in the Second Circle Tattoos series from Scarlett Cole. This is the first book that I have read from Scarlett Cole, but I have heard such great things about this series that I jumped at the chance to read this one. This book is a standalone story, and I didn't feel lost coming into a series already in progress, though the characters are interconnected. I have to say though that this book had a lot of things that didn't work for me personally, and while I wanted to love this one I just didn't. 

With her abusive past, Pixie has found a new family at the Second Circle Tattoo shop. She avoids men and works hard. Rocker Dred Zander is the type of man she usually avoids at all costs, but she can't help but be drawn to him. Dred is determined to win Pixie over, and the more time they spend together the more he wears her down. Soon they are both wanting more, but with his touring and career and her past, they know that time together will be few and far between. So when both of their pasts reappear and threaten everything they are building together Pixie and Dred will have to fight harder than ever for something that neither of them ever expected. 

I really wanted to love Pixie and Dred's story. I liked both of them, but I didn't feel as though I was invested in them. They were okay characters, I just couldn't connect to them even though I did like them. Their relationship was a slow burn and I kept waiting for things to develop and once they finally did there was so much else going on that their relationship just got sort of lost in everything else. There was just so much drama and it was all so over the top that I didn't find this story believable at all. I thought that Pixie and Dred had chemistry, but there was just so much else happening that I never really saw it happen naturally and everything felt rushed and forced. 

Overall, this one was a disappointment for me. The focus here was on everything else but these two, and it really felt as though the romance between them was a subplot that just got lost in the shuffle. I found myself skimming and wanting to just get to the end because I just felt no emotion or had no interest in Pixie and Dred because of everything else. I might go back and read the previous books at some point because people seem to love them. I am hoping that maybe those two books are different than this one. But this might be a case of this book just not working for me, and if you have enjoyed the series so far or think that this might be something you would like I recommend giving it a shot. For me personally, this one didn't work.

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May Brazen Release Blast with Jennifer Bonds, Megan Erickson and Sara Jane Stone

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Monday, May 2, 2016

ARC Review: Trust Me by Margaret Watson

I jumped on this bandwagon a little late. This is book four of Margaret Watson’s Donovan Family series it can be read as a stand-alone just fine, but now I want to go back and read the other three. This is my first Margaret Watson book and I like her style so far. It was very engaging and well-paced the characters are relatable and likeable. The sexual tension was delectable and even after the H/h had sex the tension was still there, probably because the situation it happened in. I loved the story the premise and the execution of the story was very well done.

Revenge is a dish best served cold, preferably after weeks of psyching out your prey and making him extremely paranoid. Raine Taylor has everything planned out to avenge the death of her sister, she has been working on the plan for a while the time is getting closer to when she will provoke her brother-in-law to attacking her and she can claim self-defense and as a black belt in Tae Kwon Do she believes she could easily take him on. Connor Donovan is a detective he wasn’t even technically supposed to take the prowler call but it kept his sister from pulling overtime and sent her home sooner. Connor is glad he took the call the prowler was a female who managed to take him by surprise and kicked him in the chest. One thing he’ll never forget is the fine ass at the top of those dangerous legs. The next day he is volunteered to watch the department sponsored after-school Tae Kwon Do Club, can you see where this is going? Yeah, Raine is a teacher and a Tae Kwon Do instructor. Connor recognizes that fine ass of hers. After a bit of convincing and wooing, Raine admits to Connor what she is doing. Connor as a cop and as someone who cares about Raine is adamant that she does this legally and starts to investigate the murder of her sister. Connor has a tough time trying to convince Raine that if her brother-in-law is cunning enough to get away with murder than Connor and Raine need to be even more smart and sneaky to get the evidence they need. Along the way Connor is fully aware that he wants a serious relationship with Raine and he needs to convince Raine that he’s in for the long haul.

Overall, this was a great suspense. I loved the romance and interactions between the characters. I really need to go back and read the other three.

**ARC provided by Publisher**

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