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Friday, October 31, 2014

"Charming the Beast" (Cynthia Eden) ★★★★


New York Times and USA Today best-selling author Cynthia Eden spins a dark and sexy new paranormal romance tale…

He’s a man with a beast inside…

Connor Marrok never intended to work for the Seattle Para Unit. He’s not one of the good guys—he’s a real monster, and the beast he carries doesn’t exactly play nicely. But now he finds himself being blackmailed into a new assignment. It’s supposed to be his last gig. His mission? Protect the beautiful Chloe Quick. Keep her alive. Destroy her enemies. Easy enough…until he starts to fall for Chloe.

She just wants to escape.

Chloe is tired of being a prisoner. She wants to get away from her Para Unit guard and run fast into the night. So what if Connor is the sexiest guy she’s ever met? Chloe knows trouble when she sees it, and Connor is one big, dangerous package of trouble. But, when an obsessed werewolf begins stalking Chloe, she realizes that her paranormal bodyguard may just be the one man she needs the most.

Their attraction is primal.

Every moment that Chloe and Connor spend together increases their attraction. Chloe has never felt a need so strong or a desire so dark. The beast that Chloe carries inside has always been silent, but Connor is stirring up her animal instincts. And as the danger and desire begin to twist together, Chloe wonders just how far she’d be willing to go…in order to spend one more night in Connor’s arms.







"Charming the Beast" by Cynthia Eden.  Connor and Chloe - two lost souls that find each other.  Connor, a tough, no-nonsense, controlling werewolf-vampire and Chloe, a sweet, scared woman that's not fully sure what she is.  Connor's job is to protect her from those that want her.  And there are lots of opportunities for him to protect her.  This book is filled with action and danger.  I would have liked to have seen a bit more of the development of their relationship - a lot of focus was on the story of Chloe's background and who was after her.  My heart did break, often, for Connor - he truly falls in love, despite not believing he can.  Ms. Eden, once again, does a really good job of entertaining us - a perfect Halloween treat!! 
This is Book 3 of the Purgatory series.  I would recommend reading the first two, although it is not totally necessary. Ms. Eden does recap but the story flowed better, for me at least, knowing the full stories behind the characters.     (Received copy from NetGalley for honest review)



Thursday, October 30, 2014

"All I Want For Christmas is You" (Jessica Scott) ★★★★★ with GIVEAWAY of iPAD MINI!!!


Title: All I Want For Christmas Is You
Author: Jessica Scott
Release Date: October 24, 2014
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Format: Novella (108 pages)

All Major Patrick MacLean wanted was Christmas with the woman and child who were his family in everything but name. But Captain Samantha Egan has come back from the war a different woman than the one who left - and she doesn't know if she can love him anymore.
But neither of them counted on the determination of a little girl they both call daughter and if Natalie has her wish, her parents may have no idea what's coming for them. It's going to take Christmas miracle to bring these two wounded warriors back from the edge of a broken heart. 


It was not a gentle kiss. It was not tame or timid or questioning.
It burned her down to the root of Sam's soul. It touched something deep and dark and hidden.
Something she'd thought was long since dead and buried and gone.
Patrick’s tongue slid against hers, stroking to life the very sensations she thought she'd never feel again.
It was electric, the feel of his mouth against hers. The scrape of stubble against her chin, the taste of him. The smell of his skin.
He nipped her. Pinched her bottom lip between his teeth and sucked it. And she sighed at the pleasure, at the raw ache his taste and touch aroused in her, pushing aside the darkness that haunted her.
Sam felt him. Felt everything. The heat of his skin. The warmth that drew her closer. That made her want to crawl into his lap and unzip his pants and push up that damned flannel shirt until they were skin to skin and there was nothing between them but sweat and heat.
One hand slid down her side. Tugged at her fleece and...
"Dear lord how many layers of clothing do you have on under this thing," he muttered against her lips.
She smiled. "You weren't wondering why I wasn't cold?"
"Well you'd be a champ at strip poker right about now," he murmured.
Then his fingers found her skin and she was no longer thinking.

Ms. Scott has done it again!  I have read several other stories by this author and each one I've enjoyed and have read at least a second time.  This one is Patrick and Sam's story.  My heart broke for both main characters as well as for Natalie.  Sam has just returned from Afghanistan and is struggling with returning to life after witnessing the harsh realities of war.  Patrick, also in the Army, isn't sure how to help her.  Natalie, their daughter, is struggling just as much - wanting her family back together and whole.  The reader fully understands and feels Sam's depression as well as Patrick's fear of losing her, but he won't give up on her or them.   Sometimes I find that novellas aren't able to capture the true spirit of the book yet Ms. Scott's does a wonderful job of expressing all the emotions involved.   As a Christmas time novella, this one is truly uplifting.   (Received an ARC for an honest review).


Jessica Scott is a career army officer, mother of two daughters, three cats and three dogs, wife to a career NCO and wrangler of all things stuffed and fluffy. She is a terrible cook and even worse housekeeper, but she's a pretty good shot with her assigned weapon and someone liked some of the stuff she wrote. Somehow, her children are pretty well adjusted and her husband still loves her, despite burned water and a messy house.
She's written for the New York Times At War Blog, PBS Point of View Regarding War, and IAVA. She deployed to Iraq in 2009 as part of OIF/New Dawn and has served as a company commander at Fort Hood, Texas.
She's pursuing a PhD in Sociology in her spare time  and most recently, she's been featured as one of Esquire Magazine's Americans of the Year for 2012.



The novella ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS IS YOU is also included in November 11th release HOME FOR CHRISTMAS with Joann Ross.



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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

"Accidentally Yours" (Lea Barrymire) with GIVEAWAY!!!

Accidentally Yours
Book 1 ~ Coyote Bluff Series
Erotic/Hot paranormal romance
70K words
Self pub bed
Release date: 9/10/2014


Cammie has had one hell of a night. Her long-time abusive boyfriend pushed her to the limits and then a freaking wolf hit her car. While clutching a bag of frozen peas to her swollen eye she manages to rescue the animal and make it home. But what’s she do with it after that? 

Ian can’t believe his luck. After a stupid decision he’s been run out of every shifter territory he’s entered. Hoping Coyote Bluff would be different seems to have been his downfall. After a bunch of coyotes chase him through the night he finds himself being coddled by a tempting woman. His canine half is already in love with her. 

Cammie’s ex comes calling, Ian’s found out by the local Alpha and the town seems bent on keeping them apart. Can they fight against everyone at once to find happiness together? Better question would be will Cammie accept Ian once he admits to being the wolf she so readily confided in and nursed back to health?


Blinking rapidly, Cammie tried to clear the tears from her eyes. It wasn’t safe driving at night if you couldn’t really see, especially winding through the back roads of Virginia. The moon looked really large tonight. It was perfectly round and brilliantly white in a cloudless night sky. She knew that if she stopped and rolled her window down there would be a chaotic symphony of coyote calls. Keeping an eye out for animals hopefully would keep her safe. She could almost feel the gravitational pull on the hairs of her arm. No wonder people always said a full moon caused people to be a little nuts. Even after her clash with Ron she could feel something different, bigger, playing along her nervous system. She shook her head. Metaphysical bull shit.

She was berating herself for the millionth time about staying with Ron when she approached one of those treacherous curves in the road the locals all knew about but no one else seemed to. She slowed to a safe speed and, just as she was about to come out of the S-curves, a fast moving something careened into the passenger side of her car with a thunderous thud.

“Holy shit!” she screeched. She slammed her foot on the brakes and cursed a blue streak. Her hands shook as she pulled to the side of the road. I don’t need this. If a stupid deer had run into her car, it totally deserved to die. Darwin was pretty much right with the whole “survival of the fittest” idea, and if a deer couldn’t see her shed-sized car when she had high beams on, it totally needed to be pulled from the gene pool.

Coyote Bluff is a small, quaint town in the mountains of Virginia. With its diner run by Mama, the police force of one and a single stop light it's much like every other small town in America. Well, until you take a closer look.

Feel free to come visit Coyote Bluff... but keep an eye on the wildlife.




Lea lives in Western New York with her hubby, three children, and miscellaneous critters. Before the rug rats, she lived a life of adventure, following her husband all over Europe with the US military. She's slept in a car outside Paris, drove six hours just to see tulips in the Netherlands, and knocked ash from her shoes at Pompeii. Now she spends her time in life's adventures at soccer games, PTA meetings and school plays.

Lea has loved reading from a very young age, spending many sleepless nights devouring books. Science fiction and paranormal were her favorite genres to read as a teenager, and that love bled into her adult life. She started writing during a bout of insomnia, to fill time, and found it filled a creative void. Now she communes regularly with the characters in her head and tries not to laugh out loud when they say something funny.

When Lea isn't reading, writing or corralling kids, she enjoys watching movies and sciencey shows, or just kicking back and listening to some music.



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