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Friday, April 28, 2017

Review: Of Humans and Monsters

Of Humans and Monsters Of Humans and Monsters by Candace Blevins
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Are we not all monsters underneath the human skin? The third book in this fantastic series picks up not too long after the second book ended. This book is just as fast paced and filled with more world building, erotic sex and complications. For those who loved how Anita Blake started in LKH's books, this is the series to read. Because Kirsten is so much more. Plus, the erotic sex in this book is so very hawt. This book should not be read as a standalone. Read the series in order for the best experience.

Kirsten is pulling back from the supernatural world because she is a mom and wants to have a normal life. However, whilst she is human, her powers make her "other". No matter how much she wants a "normal" human life, it isn't going to happen because she has caught too many supernatural's attentions. What would be interesting is if a few more strong female supernaturals became interested in Kirsten. Still, it is great to see Kirsten's friends include power female shifters.

I really enjoyed this story more than I thought I would. I have already read the story five times since this review. And then I went back and re-read the first two books again. This series is entertaining, erotic and complex. The world building is fantastic. There are multiple layers and there is a mix of different mythos that keep me thinking and fascinated. The little pieces of information on how powers work in this world are well thought out and make sense to me. For example, in the previous books, chakras are introduced in how Kirsten does what she does. Now, we learn how brains can function faster based on some hand coordination skills learned. It has made me want to pick up juggling. What is intriguing is how the story includes different cultures, religions and people of different ethnic descent.

I love the characters too. Specifically, I admire Kirsten and how she handles alpha males. She can also be blunt when she needs to be. Kirsten feels more real because the inner dialogue that occurs sometimes shows how Kirsten would really like to respond, she acknowledges her feelings and then modifies her response because she is a mature adult. When she's exhausted and tired, it is nice to see her breakdown and not be so perfect. There are many changes for Kirsten to go through and it is surprising that she is still standing at the end. The changes to Kirsten's powers are increasing quickly yet they make sense because it is all an extension of her existing. It is as if her brain power is allowing her to jump to next levels like quantum physics.

The secondary characters in this full cast mean more when one reads the other series that tie in. Nathan, Aaron, Randall, Dawg and a few others mean more to me because I knew them from other stories. It is nice to see how they are portrayed consistently yet a bit differently depending on the different characters' perspective. Randall behaved as expected and in one scene I wanted to slap him hard upside the head. I felt the same as Kirsten. Nathan is really starting to grow on me. I keep hoping for a BDSM scene with him yet I am a bit intimidated because he definitely is a sadist. Dawg featured more than expected in this book and it is so bloody hawt. Two words: Playful Dom. Be still my rapidly beating heart. The erotica in this book is right up my alley and blazing hot. I enjoyed every single lick be it from a tongue or an implement. Finally Kirsten's "special" cherry is POPPED! And boy is this an intense and delicious panty wetting scene. Ms. Blevins is one of the best kinky author and she succeeds in creating an erotic urban fantasy. Who knew urban fantasy could get so kinky?

Whilst reading this book, with so much going on and several subplots occurring at the same time, I started to fret. The book is a nice lengthy one and I am enjoying every minute, but will everything be resolved in this book? I couldn't see it happening as new subplots came to light. At the 50% mark, I was astounded with how much had happened and there was still half the book left. What would happen? Turns out, a lot happens and then it is over. It is an odd feeling when reading a book thinking that it is so long and then when it is over, thinking, how did it finish so fast? This book ends with me wondering what will happen next. Fortunately, I learned this is a series with many books planned to come. I eagerly look forward to every single one. This is my favourite series from Ms. Blevins as I have read each of the three books many times. This urban fantasy is highly recommended to readers who enjoy suspense, good versus evil and evocative erotica.

* I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book.

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Thursday, April 27, 2017

Of Humans and Monsters Sneak Peak

Does it look like a light sabre?  Maybe... may the force be with Kirsten in the third book in this series.  It is FABULOUS!  Here are a few teasers...The book comes out tomorrow as does my review.

For those who like werewolves and remember Dawg from Ms. Blevin's other series, this is a scene that starts off slow and quickly heats up.

Did he say surgical staplers?  *keels over in excitement*

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

No Relationship Required by Amelia James

It's all about business,
until temptation raises the stakes

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Amelia James

Series:  A Warning Labels Novel
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Limitless Publishing
Publication Date: April 25, 2017

No one knows Wyatt Ryder’s secret—and no one ever will.

Fear rules his life, as he hides behind a golden boy fa├žade of a high-rise penthouse, a weekend beach house, and all the starlets and models he could ever want or need.

But he’s been used one too many times, and now casual sex is the only thing Wyatt wants…no relationship required.

What he didn’t count on, however, was that one little complication called ‘mutual attraction’ when an ambitious woman seeks out his help to take her ad agency to new heights.

But that’s the thing about sexual tension and undeniable chemistry. It strikes unexpectedly, and it’s almost impossible to ignore…even if you know that it will ultimately end in disaster.

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Don't miss the other books by Amelia James.

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Series: A Warning Labels Novel

Sometimes old flames burn the hottest

It’s been thirteen years since Dash Ryder got his heart sent to an early grave when his high school sweetheart betrayed him in the worst possible way. But there’s nothing romantic about their reunion—at all. Unfortunately, fate can’t be fought…there’s no way you can keep away from the heat.

"Amelia James out did herself on this amazing book. 5 stars all the way."
- Candy Renae Box, Amazon Reviewer



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Contest runs from April 26 - 30, 2017.

About Amelia James

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When I was in the third grade, my teacher wrote ‘tends to daydream’ on my report card. What did she expect from a girl raised on fairy tales? I’m convinced those fanciful stories led to the romance novel addiction I acquired in junior high. My mom caught me reading a particularly hot one and took it away from me. She couldn’t stop me from daydreaming though, and after I got married, I wrote some of my steamier daydreams down and sent them to Playgirl magazine. Two of them were published. I kept writing and eventually my short stories became romance novels.

I live in Colorado now, but I’ll always be a loyal Wisconsin Cheesehead. When I’m not lusting after my next bad boy hero, I’m looking for inspiration in sci-fi and action movies, football players, morally ambiguous lawyers, muscle cars, and kick-butt chicks. Characters—the ever-present voices in my head—bring my books to life. They’re my imaginary friends.

We all need to get away from reality for a little while. I prefer to escape with a sizzly, sexy, forever romance.

Official website: http://ameliajamesromance.com

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The Siren's Son by Helene Scott

He's an immortal warrior,
but one lovely mortal will tempt him to defy his fate.


Helen Scott

Series: The Siren Legacy, Book 1
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Publication Date: April 25, 2017

When an immortal warrior meets a Scottish lass bewildered by the magic she has inherited, he yearns to protect her. But will his attentions doom them both to Zeus' anger? Or worse, make his lovely mortal the target of the goddess Circe's growing evil?

Alec Cantio is the son of a siren. He and his three brothers hide their true identities while protecting humans from the negligence of the gods. All Alec wants when he visits his favorite magic shop, Speak O’ the Devil, are provisions for his task. But he finds instead a mortal woman, innocent and brave, who tempts him with all he is forbidden to have.

Eilidh MacLeod just wants to close her granddad's shop, and mourn him in peace. But when she's thrust into a world filled with magic, mythical creatures, and gods, she must find a way to control her powers, or be destroyed by a vengeful Circe. But how can she concentrate around the magnetic Alec? Her powerful attraction to him could endanger them all.

Highly recommend! Romance novels aren't normally my niche, but this book was fantastic! It had a romantic undertone but the plot was enthralling and magical. I couldn't put the book down and finished it in just a few days. ... Truly a gem and pleasure to read! I can't wait for volume 2...
- Jessica Baldridge, Goodreads Reviewer

Helen takes on paranormal romance from a fresh angle, combining mythologies rather than painting herself into a single modal corner. She has opened a world with endless possibilities, that I for one cannot wait to see where it goes next.
- Justine Hucke, Amazon Reviewer

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Series: The Siren Legacy, Book 2

An unexplained kidnapping. A man shrouded in mystery. An unimaginable twist of fate. When Cin Porte's sister is abducted, she's left with nothing but a photo and an encrypted note. Desperate for help, she turns to Thad Cantio. Can they save Cin’s sister–and each other–before time runs out?

Available on June 2, 2017. Pre-order now for $2.99 only.

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$20 Amazon Gift Card, signed copy of The Siren's Son and cute bookmark

Contest runs from April 25 - 29, 2017.

About Helen Scott

Helen Scott lives in the Chicago area with her wonderful husband and furry, four-legged kids. She spends way too much time with her nose in a book and isn’t sorry about it. When not reading or writing, Helen can be found absorbed in one video game or another or crocheting her heart out.

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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Deadly Silence by Rebecca Zanetti Mask Market Release Day


Author: Rebecca Zanetti
Series: Blood Brothers, #1
On Sale: April 25, 2017
Publisher: Forever
Mass Market: $7.99 USD
eBook: $5.99 USD


The first book in a breathtaking new romantic suspense series that will appeal to fans of New York Times bestsellers Maya Banks, Lisa Gardner, and Lisa Jackson.

Under siege. That's how Ryker Jones feels. The Lost Bastards Investigative Agency he opened up with his blood brothers has lost a client in a brutal way. The past he can't outrun is resurfacing, threatening to drag him down in the undertow. And the beautiful woman he's been trying to keep at arm's length is in danger...and he'll destroy anything and anyone to keep her safe.

Paralegal Zara Remington is in over her head. She's making risky moves at work by day and indulging in an affair with a darkly dangerous PI by night. There's a lot Ryker isn't telling her and the more she uncovers, the less she wants to know. But when all hell breaks loose, Ryker may be the only one to save her. If his past doesn't catch up to them first...

Full of twists and turns you won't see coming, DEADLY SILENCE is New York Times bestselling author Rebecca Zanetti at her suspenseful best.



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Rebecca Zanetti is the author of over twenty-five romantic suspense, dark paranormal, and contemporary romances, and her books have appeared multiple times on the New York Times, USA Today, and Amazon bestseller lists. She has received a Publisher's Weekly Starred Review for Wicked Edge, Romantic Times Reviewer Choice Nominations for Forgotten Sins and Sweet Revenge, and RT Top Picks for several of her novels.  She lives in the wilds of the Pacific Northwest with her own alpha hero, two kids, a couple of dogs, a crazy cat...and a huge extended family.  She believes strongly in luck, karma, and working her butt off...and she thinks one of the best things about being an author, unlike the lawyer she used to be, is that she can let the crazy out.




Sunday, April 23, 2017

Fight for Me by Kaithlin Shepherd

Love is always worth fighting for.

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Kaithlin Shepherd

Series: Callaway Series, Book 3
Genre: Western Romance
Publisher: Hot Tree Publishing
Publication Date: April 22, 2017

The responsible brother, John Callaway, spends most of his days locked away in his office, crunching numbers and placing orders. When a mysterious brunette rolls into town, he is immediately drawn to her. For a year, John has worked hard at earning her trust, hoping one day she’ll lower her walls enough to let him in.

Finally finding a home in Montana, Abby Johnson is the happiest she’s ever been working at the diner and spending time with the one person who’s shown her that good men exist. When her past catches up with her, Abby will have to trust the man she’s grown to care for to keep her safe, or she’ll risk losing everything.

Will her secret push John away or will Abby realize that love is always worth fighting for?

Another awesome book in this fabulous series. I love these Callaway(sic) boys. Brilliant characters and a really good plot.
- Andrea, Goodreads Reviewer

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Make Me Whole (Callaway #1) - eBook
Forgive Me (Callaway #2) - eBook

Contest runs from April 22 - 26, 2017.

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About Kaithlin Shepherd

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Kaithlin Shepherd is the author of The Callaway Series, The Brass Series and The Saints and Sinners series.

Born and raised in Canada by a working single mom and a loving grandmother, Kaithlin surrounded herself with novels by Danielle Steele and Nora Roberts provided by her grandmother. Kaithlin quickly fell in love with reading. It was in high school, thanks to an English teacher, that Kaithlin wrote her first story (although if you ask for it, she will deny ever writing it) about a popular boy band. Inspired by constructive criticism, Kaithlin spent some time developing her love affair with words through more reading than someone would think possible.

After pursuing a higher education, Kaithlin, sat down with a pen and paper and decided to give writing a shot. With no false hope in mind, her first novel, Make Me Whole, slowly came to life. Putting fear and doubt aside, Kaithlin has published five books to date, and has eleven more set to be published in the next two years.

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Saturday, April 22, 2017

Review: The Billionaire and the Wild Man

The Billionaire and the Wild Man The Billionaire and the Wild Man by Lucy Felthouse
My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

Funny, sweet and endearing, this book is perfect for a little pick me up. Caroline is the billionaire in this story and it's nice to see how Ms. Felthouse plays it out. Usually, when a woman makes more than a man, the man can't handle it. In this scenario, the woman makes a lot more and the man is no virgin boy toy. Instead, Flynn is a battle scarred veteran who is AWOL. Can this mix get any worse? Why yes it can!

What happened to Flynn breaks my heart a little. And who knows how many men and women in the service have experienced something similar? This is soul crushing and gives this story a bit more emotional oomph. Whilst Flynn and Caroline's situations are wildly different, they are able to bond over their feelings of being out of control. Because essentially, this is what is going on for both of them. They both are overwhelmed in their situation and they broke. They checked out of life in some ways. Finding each other is the catalyst to bring them back. This slow and unconventional courtship is sweet and fun. There are times where the past comes to haunt them but overall, this is an uplifting story. And the sexual chemistry between the two of them is hawt as to be expected from talented Ms. Felthouse.

The conclusion came quite quickly and felt a little too pat. Still, the ending is satisfying in many ways. Caroline's relationship with her mother is and Flynn and Caroline's relationship starting anew. This is a lovely romance recommended for erotic readers who enjoy unlikely lover pairings.

*I received this book as a review copy in return for an honest review