Friday, October 2, 2015

Luck Be a Lady by Meredith Duran Review & Signed Book Giveaway

Luck Be a Lady (Rules for the Reckless, #4)Book Description:
Romance sizzles between a famous heiress and an infamous crime lord in this fourth sexy novel in the Rules for the Reckless series from the USA Today bestselling author of Fool Me Twice.

The Wallflower

They call her the “Ice Queen.” Catherine Everleigh is London’s loveliest heiress, but a bitter lesson in heartbreak has taught her to keep to herself. All she wants is her birthright—the auction house that was stolen from her. To win this war, she’ll need a powerful ally. Who better than infamous and merciless crime lord Nicholas O’Shea? A marriage of convenience will no doubt serve them both.

The Crime Lord

Having conquered the city’s underworld, Nick seeks a new challenge. Marrying Catherine will give him the appearance of legitimacy—and access to her world of the law-abiding elite. No one needs to know he’s coveted Catherine for a year now—their arrangement is strictly business, free from the troubling weaknesses of love. Seduction, however, is a different matter—an enticing game he means to ensure she enjoys, whether she wishes to or not...

My Thoughts:
This was a good book.  Catherine grew up in the auction house and learned the business from her dad.  She didn't have a normal childhood, but her dad was proud of her.  She is supposed to inherit the auction house, but she isn't married and she can't have it until she does.  Her brother has control over it but not over her!  Nick had a rough childhood and could easily handle Catherine's brother.  She makes Nick an offer that he cannot refuse and maybe they will find true love along the way.
I like how strong Catherine is.  Her brother has control over the auction house that she loves but she doesn't just bend to whatever he wants.  Nick is just so different from the guys her brother tries to force on her that he is perfect for her.  Their relationship wasn't really surprising but I loved how it all came together and worked.  
4/5 for me on this one.  It is a good romance.

Thank you to the publisher for the review copy of this book.  I received this book in exchange for an honest review and the opinions above are 100% mine.

Now for the giveaway!  Leave your email in the comments for a chance to win a set of signed copies of Luck Be a Lady, Fool Me Twice and Lady be Good by Meredith Duran!  Winner will be randomly chosen on 10/10/15

Fool Me Twice (Rules for the Reckless, #2)Lady Be Good (Rules for the Reckless, #3)Luck Be a Lady (Rules for the Reckless, #4)

Thursday, October 1, 2015

On The Hunt by Alexandra Ivy, Rebecca Zanetti, Dianne Duvall & Hannah Jayne

Book Description

Four of today's most intriguing paranormal authors entice readers deep into the shadows, where vampires, immortals, and other supernatural creatures heat up the night...
On The Hunt by Alexandra Ivy
Mika Tanner has loved Bailey Morrell, a beautiful Healer, since childhood. But his duty as a Sentinel, a supernatural guardian of an ancient race, clashed with her rebellious spirit. Now a dangerous new anarchist group not only threatens life as they know it—but any chance of their being together again...
Scorpius Rising by Rebecca Zanetti
With a deadly disease spreading like wildfire across the country, microbiologist Nora Medina needs to focus all her energy on stopping the pandemic. Playing with dynamite—in the form of her way-too-hot ex—is the last thing she should be doing. ​But forced to work with Deacan McDougall against unexpected enemies with the seconds ticking by, she knows the explosion is coming...
Phantom Embrace by Dianne Duvall
Immortal Yuri Sokolov was born with the ability to see spirits, yet he's never seen one as lovely as Cat Seddon, the woman who haunts his home and his dreams. But amid their star-crossed love, a new danger may have Yuri facing a different kind of eternity.
Stake Out by Hannah Jayne
Vampire fashion designer Nina LaShay has a lot on her plate—just two days until fashion week and the model who was flirting with her photographer boyfriend is now a corpse in her studio. But when dead turns into undead and dangerous, Nina must find out who's responsible…before the beautiful baby vamp takes too many bites out of the Big Apple.

My Thoughts:
Good stories!  I got this book because I love Alexandra Ivy's series but I enjoyed all these stories.  We have a Sentinal, Healer, Biologist, Soldier, Vampire, and much more are in these stories!  All have great story lines, characters and interactions.  My favorite is probably The Sentinal and the Healer, just because I've been following this series and drink it like I'm dying of thirst!  The chemistry between these two characters is unmistakable.  Then with the mega virus, even after years apart, you can feel the pull between Decan and Nora.
Each of the stories had twists, some were expected and some weren't.  None of them were boring in the least.  Once I started one, I was there until it was done.  Vamp mystery and murder, good story all the way around.  I love the combo of all these stories together.  I had an author I loved, a couple I'd heard of but never tried and one brand new one....all of which are now on my favorites list!
It was a 4/5 for me.  All the stories in this book  are good.

Thank you to the publisher/author for the review copy of this book (via netgalley).  I received this book in exchange for an honest review and the opinions stated above are 100% mine.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

The Maze by Jason Brannon

The Maze - The Lost LabyrinthBook Description:
A near death experience transports Jamie Burroughs into The Maze, a Christian themed realm built by angels and demons and filled with traps and riddles for those haunted by their mistakes.

For Jamie, The Maze becomes a terrifying journey through a world of darkness where his soul and the lives of those he loves hangs in the balance. With his family in danger and his soul in peril, Jamie is forced to reevaluate the kind of man he truly is as he struggles to escape The Maze before it’s too late.

My Thoughts:
This was a good one.  Jamie is a guy who has it all, but one decision leads to him going to The Maze.  There he must face what he has done and see if he is strong enough to come out on the other side.  If not, he loses it all.
To start with, I love this books cover.  The story itself is good and not 'in your face' Christian fiction but it does paint a good picture.  Honestly, this book makes you think and isn't the typical cookie-cutter book I had been reading so it was very refreshing!  This man could have been any of us and the feelings of facing everything and going on, was so real.
It was a 4/5 for me.  I like how this author writes!

Thank you to the publisher/author for the review copy of this book (via PUYB).  I received this book in exchange for an honest review and the opinions stated above are 100% mine.

Monday, September 28, 2015

Grey Daze by Michael Allan Scott

Grey Daze: A Lance Underphal MysteryBook Description:
GREY DAZE descends. A fresh murder spins out of control, twisting into new realms of paranormal mystery.

Not for the faint of heart, the third in the Lance Underphal Mystery series, is an interplay of corrupt characters immersed in today’s world. 

Paranormal twists and fast action in movie-like scenes set the story’s mystery/thriller elements apart from the typical whodunit/serial-killer thriller.

Guided by his dead wife, a reluctant psychic finds himself on a wild ride through a criminal underworld, slamming face first into corrupt police, gunrunning bikers, and a drug addicted killer–not to mention confrontations with the dead.

Layers of plots within plots twist this new thriller into a startling climax.

My Thoughts:
Pretty good book here.  Lance is a psychic and has to solve a murder.  His late wife is his helper and guide throughout but he also has a host of  friends helping him.  His wife's ghost isn't the only one he sees but she is the one helping.  He has a lot of investigating to do and runs into a crazy world full of corruption.
I wasn't certain how I was going to like the murder/mystery/paranormal mixture, but I really enjoyed this.  It isn't the first in the series, but I didn't have a problem getting to know the characters or getting into the story.  Lance is reluctant with the psychic stuff but he is good at it.  His 'back up' and lady friend are awesome and written well.  The author does a good job with imagery and you really do feel like you are in the story.  The twists and turns the story took will keep you interested from start to finish.
This is a 4/5 for me.

Thank you to the author/publisher for the review copy of this book (via PUYB).  I received this book in exchange for an honest review and the opinions stated above are 100% mine.

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Shadow Play by Iris Johansen

Book Description

Eve Duncan is the most sought-after artist in the field of forensic sculpting. Dedicated to her work ever since her daughter Bonnie was taken and killed at the age of seven, Eve feels a sense of duty to those whose lives were lost and whose bones are now in her hands. When a sheriff in California contacts her with a request for help on the reconstruction of the skull of a nine-year-old girl whose body has been buried for eight years, his intensity and investment in the case puzzle her. But when the ghost of the girl begins communicating with her, Eve finds herself wrapped up in the case more intensely than she could have ever imagined. Not since Bonnie has Eve had such an experience, and suddenly she finds herself determined to solve the murder and help the little girl find peace. Except that the killer is still out there, and he knows Eve is on the case. And he won't rest until anything and anyone that could reveal his identity is eliminated…

My Thoughts:
Great book!  Eve Duncan is the best forensic sculptor there is.  She has a waiting list a mile long, but a small town sheriff talks her into working a case that he just cannot get out of his head.  As she works the case, Eve starts communicating with the dead girl's ghost.  The killer is determined now that the body has been found to keep everything quiet and to continue his search.
I absolutely love Eve Duncan books.  There is so much going on and such suspense!  The fact that the officer just cannot get this little girl's murder out of his head and talked Eve into coming is very telling as to how the story will go.  Eve get so involved with her cases and seeing the little girl's ghost is just a part of the investigation.  The suspense is just so awesome and cases that involve children would have to be so much harder than others.  I just love how it ends and can't wait for the next one!
5/5!  Johansen knows how to write suspense!

Thank you to the publisher for the review copy of this book (via netgalley).  I received this book in exchange for an honest review and the opinions stated above are 100% mine.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

The Avalon Relics Lilith Links by J.L. Clark

The Avalon Relics: Lilith LinksBook Description:
Sophia Bennett is looking forward to celebrating her eighteenth birthday with her best friend Angie. After graduating high school and enjoying the last days of her summer vacation, getting ready for college and catching the eye of her high school crush Jake are the most important things on her least, until the night of her birthday party. 

Suddenly, Sophia is thrust into a world that she never knew existed, and finds herself in the middle of an ancient struggle between good and evil. Time is against her as she and her new friends struggle to take possession of a powerful magic before it falls into the wrong hands. 

Can Sophia solve the mystery of the Lilith links in time to save her loved ones, or will the enemy triumph and destroy all that she holds dear?

My Thoughts:
I thoroughly enjoyed this book.  Sophia doesn't want a big party for her 18th birthday but her best friend insists.  She gives in to Angie and everyone close to her is invited to the party.  Her long-time friend and secret crush, Jake, shows up with his ex-girlfriend in tow and that is just the start of the night's downturn.  Suddenly there are men after her and she is whisked away by strangers and enters a world that she never knew existed and she must discover several truths if she is to save the ones she loves.
I liked Sophia from the start.  She seemed like such a typical teen.  There was the crush she's had on her best male friend that he is clueless about, parent interaction, best friend gossip and just everything normal.  Angie surprised me at the start but I liked where she fit in.  Michael, yeah, I liked him too, along with the other characters.  The story flowed well and I look forward to more from this author!
Absolutely a good start to a new series that I plan to read.  4/5 
Thank you to the author/publisher for the review copy of this book (via PUYB).  I received this book in exchange for an honest review and the opinions stated above are 100% mine.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Alpha Unleashed by Aileen Erin

Book Description

Tessa McCaide has had it up to here with supernaturals. Luciana may have failed to steal Tessa’s magic, but she’s just getting started on her crusade for magical domination. And if her demonic summoning isn’t stopped, it could mean the end of everything.

Tessa’s allies, including her mate Dastien, are ready to fight, but they’re no match for Luciana’s power. A little help (and ancient Inca mojo) from Tessa’s cousin, Claudia, may give the side of good a chance if she can make it home in time, but stopping the war is no longer an option.

When witches and wolves fight, no one wins. Only time will tell who will still be standing after the last spell is cast.

My Thoughts:
I really do love this series.  Tessa and Dastien are trying to figure out what Luciana's end game is.  Since her powers were messed with, Tessa hasn't had the visions that she is used to.  Now, night terrors, yes she's had those, but she cannot remember them.  Tessa's cousin Claudia is trying to free her coven members at the beginning and as it evolves, Tessa realizes she may need more help from her cousin than she realized.  Problems come from near and far and it seems that she may have to become the face of the pack.
I love Tessa and Dastien!  I was glad to see Claudia's book from Tessa's perspective and see what was going on at home while Claudia was gone.  The pack dynamic always intrigues me and I love that Tessa is now surrounded by a family that takes care of her.  I literally inhaled this book wanting to see how it unfolded and once the action truly started, it went fast!  This whole series has entertained me and I know the author is going to write another series for a while and I cannot wait to read it!
Absolutely a 5/5.  Love the series, you should start with book 1 but great series!!

Thank you to the publisher for the review copy of this book (via netgalley).  I received this book in exchange for an honest review and the opinions stated above are 100% mine.

Monday, September 21, 2015

Laguna Nights by Kaira Rouda

Laguna Nights (Laguna Beach #1)Book Description:
Madison Alcott left her Laguna Beach childhood in the past as soon as she could, never imagining she’d be forced to return. Caring for her ill mother and holding down a high-pressure position at the best resort in town, Madison’s life is as good as it could ever be in Laguna Beach. And blissfully, nobody knows her as Holly anymore, the name she used on television. Everything changes when her high school boyfriend appears in the lobby. He was the reason she’d left Laguna in the first place when he humiliated her on national television.

Josh Welsh’s star has been dimming ever since he shot to fame as the high school heartthrob on the reality TV series Laguna Nights. Hoping to reignite his career, he agreed to host a travel show, with the first episode shooting in his old hometown of Laguna Beach. Of all the negative scenarios associated with filming in Laguna, Josh hadn’t calculated a run-in with Madison, or that the same deep connection he felt for her in high school would still be there.

Madison and Josh’s reality TV relationship exploded years ago but when the new series forces them together, they must face Laguna Nights past and present.

My Thoughts:
This book was ok.  Madison has made a good life for herself and her mother after a horrid reality TV experience.  She runs a resort now in her home town that caters to the rich and famous, also she now goes by Madison instead of Holly.  Josh was the reason she was so humiliated on the show and now he is back in town with his crew to shoot a new reality TV show.  She wants nothing to do with him or his show, except she cannot seem to stay away from him and then there is a big push to get her to be a part of the show.
I thought the idea for this book was really good.  The thought of the guy coming home to redeem himself to his first love pulled me in.  It is a smooth, easy read.  I really didn't buy the Josh being a good guy was my problem with the book.  He was too self-centered, even after everything that had happened for Holly/Madison to trust but she felt that chemistry.  I think that was part of my problem with the romance in this book, they talked about the chemistry a lot but it wasn't overly apparent.  Still, it is a good, quick romance read.
It was 3/5 for me.
Thank you to the author/publisher for the review copy of this book (via PUYB).  I received this book in exchange for an honest review and the opinions stated above are 100% mine.

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Ardent (the arcknight chronicles) by Alexia Purdy

Ardent (The ArcKnight Chronicles #1)Book Description:
Teaming up with a handsome rival named Ephrem, the banished Princess Lilliana must find her stolen Ardent talisman before a sinister enemy uses it against both rival wolf pack strongholds, intertwining the destinies of the two would-be lovers.

Books in the ArcKnight Chronicles:
Ardent #1
MarkTier #2

My Thoughts:
I love Alexia's books and this one ranks right up there with my favorites.  Lilliana is not in line for the throne, that is her older sister.  Still to be banished is to be put to death.  Without her pack, she was doomed.  Ephrem is not from the same pack as Lilliana but he protects her for his own reasons.  Together they must track down what Lily lost before it puts both packs in grave danger.
I love the royalty aspect of these packs.  There isn't just and alpha and his mate, this is an honest to goodness royalty line with all the niceties that comes with that.  Ephrem and Lily are really made for each other with neither having a place in their respective packs royalty.  I wasn't sure how it would come out about the secret Ephrem kept from her but I really liked it.  They worked together to find what Lily lost, even if it put them at great risk.  I can't wait for more in this series!!
5/5 for me!  I like the start of this new series.
Thank you to the author for the review copy of this book.  I received this book in exchange for an honest review and the opinions stated above are 100% mine.

Monday, September 14, 2015

Believe Student Edition by Randy Frazee

Book Description

Written for teens, Believe: Student Edition is part of the national church-wide campaign led by bestselling author Randy Frazee that takes teens on a journey to become more like Jesus in their beliefs, actions, and character.
It’s one thing to know the story of the Bible. It’s another thing to live it.
From bestselling author and pastor Randy Frazee comes an exciting new all-church discipleship program inspired by the success of The Story. Introducing students and teens to the big ideas of Christian life and theology in a way that is clear and accessible, Believe: Student Edition helps them understand how to live out God’s story in their own lives. As they walk through the three big categories of faith—beliefs, practices, and virtues—they’ll begin a journey that will take them closer to the heart of Jesus and deeper into the words of Scripture.
Relevant, practical, and deeply fundamental, Believe: Student Edition is a must-read for any student serious about their faith.

My Thoughts:
This is a good guide to help anyone come closer to God.  Broken up into 3 sections, this book helps you study and understand the scriptures.  Also, it shows how to implement that knowledge into life practices and I know it said Student but I believe it is good for any age.  I really liked how it is written and easy to follow. This book is something I will share with others!
This is a 4/5 for me.  I think it is a great addition to any student's library.
Thank you to the publisher for the review copy of this book.  I received this book in exchange for an honest review and the opinions stated above are 100% mine.