December 12, 2014.

I read the first book in the Hell’s Belle series last year and absolutely adored it. The unique characters and setting sucked me in from page one. So when I saw book two, I couldn’t wait to jump back into the story.

 

 

Title: Tainted Blood (Hell’s Belle Book 2)

Author: Karen Greco

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Publisher: Self-published via NetGalley

Release date: October 2014

Pages: 292

ASIN: B00OJM98XA

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

 

 

DESCRIPTION:
After surviving a vampire assassin (not to mention an awkward affair with a hot FBI agent that ended worse than she could have imagined), witch/vampire hybrid Nina Martinez is reunited with the full Blood Ops team in Providence, Rhode Island. Her Aunt Babe is tutoring her in all things witchcraft, and her vampire partner Frankie is enjoying the benefits of daywalking, courtesy of a demon spell.

 

When a segment of the Rhode Island vampire population is marked for death by a tainted blood supply, Nina and her team race to find Patient Zero before the local vampire population is wiped out. But when a demon infestation threatens to take control of the city, Nina must join forces with newly elected mayor—and closet demon— Ami Bertrand before the city falls into ruin.

 

Filled with fast-paced, edge-of-your-seat action, Nina and her group of supernatural misfits battle a surprising new enemy that threatens their very existence.

 

No wonder she still can’t get a date.

 

REVIEW:
Nina was a part-time witch, part-time vampire, and full-time badass commissioned by the government to put down paranormal problems before they became public. When tainted blood killed some of the local vampires, she’s put on the case. The investigation revealed it wasn’t an accident. Someone was targeting them. With the dubious help of demons, witches, vampires and a berserker, she must find out who wanted them dead before her vampire partner suffered the same fate. But as she’s dragged further into the case, buried secrets about her past threaten everyone she holds dear. With spells and potions and a faithful ghost to back her up, Nina must decide who’s friend and who’s foe before she becomes the one hunted.

 

I love the Urban Fantasy genre. While the unique world-building drew me to book one, Tainted blood was a little watered down from its predecessor. There was a little too much downtime between action scenes for my taste. While I enjoyed Nina’s humorous quirks, the splash of magic mixed with mystery, I wanted more intensity and action. Just when the story began to take off, I was rewarded with a large cliff-hanger ending. *sigh*

 

 

Previous books in the series:

 



December 08, 2014.

Thank you for participating in the Christmas Cheer and a Giveaway blog hop!

I loved learning what everyone is reading and watching!

 

And without further ado, the winner is … Lisa Kumar!

Congratulations!!

 

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(Winner was selected by Random.org generator.)

 



December 04, 2014.

Romance Adventures BlogHop

I can’t believe it’s December already! Christmas is just around the corner, and I’ve barely started my shopping.

 

In the dead cold of winter, there’s one thing that I love to do…snuggle down with a good book (and a cat or two)! So to celebrate, a few authors put together this blog hop. While some are offering giveaways, we all have a number of books to keep you warm during this Holiday Season!

 

Me? I’m offering the winner a choice between two prizes: $10 iTunes card or the first season of Pretty Little Liars. To win, just leave a comment and tell me if you have a favorite movie or book. That’s it! I’ll pick a winner Monday, so be sure to leave a way for me to contact you or check back.

 

$10 iTunes Cards                        Pretty Little Liars: Season 1

 

If you like the darker side of paranormal romance, try one of my books:

  • Check out what happens when a sexy Scottish werewolf tangles with a troublesome witch in Coveted.
  • Prefer a yummy lion shifter who stumbles upon a witch on the run, you might enjoy BloodSworn.
  • Love a delicious fallen angel and a sexy demon, take a look at The Demon Within.
  • Or if you like something a bit darker, check out my urban fantasy series: Electric Storm and Electric Moon  **Book three, Electric Heat, will be released the beginning of next year!

 

Our books range from contemporary to historical, paranormal to urban fantasy (like me!), and some spicy hot reads. Click on the below links to find some exciting new reads, giveaways and holiday cheer!

 

1. Liza O’Connor          2. Daryl Devore                3. Jennifer Lowery

4. Andrea R Cooper     5. Melissa Keir                6. Karen Lopp

7. Aine P Massie          8. Gaeille Vanderspek    9. Joceline Farrah

10. Jenna Jaxon         11. Gina Danna                 12. Melissa Kendall

13. Sharon Cullen       14. D’Ann Lindun            15. Nikki Lynn Barrett

16. Tricia L. Quinnies   17. Lisa Kumar                18. Georgia Lyn Hunter

19. Sheri Fredricks  20. Susan Sheehey   21. Aleah Barley   22. Bobbi Romans

 

 



November 20, 2014.

When I found out they were continuing the Weird Girls series, I was thrilled! I fell in love with the lore behind the books and wanted more!

 

 

Title: A Cursed Bloodline (A Weird Girls Novel)

Author: Cecy Robson

Genre: Paranormal Romance/Urban Fantasy

Publisher: Random House LLC via NetGalley

Release date: November 2014

Pages: 342

ASIN: B00KK0PJLK

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

 

 

DESCRIPTION:
Just when Celia thinks the supernatural world can’t turn deadlier, a new rival emerges, proving just how dangerous a power-hungry were can be.

 

Since being cursed with unique abilities, Celia Wird and her three sisters have fought the most bloodthirsty preternaturals in the Lake Tahoe region. But Celia’s greatest threat is someone she would have never suspected: Anara, a werewolf Elder who has allowed his hatred for Celia to spiral out of control. In a play for dominance, Anara tortures Celia and gives her an ultimatum: sever her mate bond with pureblood were Aric—or Anara will kill everyone she loves.

 

From the instant they met, Celia and Aric have shared an attraction that cannot be tamed. So keeping Aric away is impossible, and Aric would sooner die than allow anyone to hurt the woman he loves. Misha, master vampire and Celia’s sworn protector, also finds his way into the chaos, seeking blood from those who have harmed her.

 

Now Celia and her sisters are caught in the middle of a war driven by lust, fueled by hatred, and destined to end in tragedy. For Anara is a force to be reckoned with, and he will not succumb without robbing Celia of those who hold her heart.

 

 

REVIEW:
Celia and her sisters have always stood on the outskirts of the paranormal and human communities, part of both worlds but belonging to neither. They created a home for themselves, found love, but something evil was hunting them. They barely survived the last attack. Their relationships have crumbled and struck rock bottom. To save the ones they love, they must make unbearable choices. United, they were unstoppable, but nasty rumors and uncaring acts tore them apart. If they want to survive, they must overcome their distrust and work together or all will be lost.

 

I love the continued lore and paranormal elements in the Weird Girls series. This book was just heartbreaking! Some of the choices they were forced to make would destroy a normal person. The main characters took one hard blow after another, just when you think something will finally work out for them, their world came crashing down again. The book was action packed and riveting. I couldn’t put it down; I had to know what happened next. Like the last book, there were a few things that felt a little off. Aric’s absence in the first half of the book felt wrong. We saw snapshots, but he’s not the full alpha we’re used to seeing. Then we have Celia. Gosh, I adore her character, but she sure took some harsh knocks. I loved that she was vulnerable, but there were times that I wondered why she didn’t try to save herself sooner. Despite all that, I thoroughly enjoyed myself. I can’t wait to find out what journey these characters will tackle next!

 

 

Previous books in the series (Aren’t the covers gorgeous!!):

There are also a number of novellas available as well.

 



November 11, 2014.

Max First Snow 2014I’m not sure I’m ready for it, but winter has decided to make itself known.

 

This is also the hellhounds first snowfall as well.

 

He loved it, though he’s still learning how to navigate the fluffy white stuff when it’s taller than him.

 

Reverse. Reverse. Where’s the reverse in this thing? *snickers*

 

 

 



November 05, 2014.

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I was so excited to get an extra hour of sleep for daylight savings time.

 

Yeah, that didn’t happen. By six a.m., I had been walked all over, stomped on, nibbled, bitten and nearly suffocated when caught trying to hide under the blankets. Then, let’s not forget a head-butt that left me with a welt and a bruise on my forehead and nearly knocked me out cold.

 

Max 9-2014You’ve probably guessed who I’m talking about…the hellhound won. After forty minutes of pretending that I was allowed to sleep in, I finally crawled out of bed.

 

Don’t get me wrong, the dog didn’t have to go to the bathroom, he woke me up twice in the middle of the night for that. No, this was just for his amusement.

 

He was bored.

 

How about you? Did you enjoy your extra hour of sleep?

 

(Warning: Don’t be fooled by the innocent picture. He literally bounces off the walls most of the day. This is a picture of him waiting for his daddy to come home from work.)


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October 29, 2014.

I’m a huge fan of anything urban fantasy. A Fistful of Evil (Madison Fox, Illuminant Enforcer Book 1) by Rebecca Chastain is rising in the charts, and I can see why. What a gorgeous cover! Not to mention the reviews are phenomenal. Read the blurb below and find out what all the hype is about!

 

A Fistful of Evil: An Urban Fantasy Novel (Madison Fox, Illuminant Enforcer Book 1) by Rebecca Chastain

 

BLURB:
Madison Fox just learned that her ability to see souls is more than a sight: It’s a weapon for fighting evil. The only problem is she doesn’t have a clue what she’s doing.

 

On the positive side, her money problems are over, she’s possibly discovered her purpose in life, and her coworker is smoking hot. On the negative side, evil creatures now actively hunt her, and deadly experiences are becoming the norm.

 

When she thinks it couldn’t get worse, a powerful evil sets up shop at a local hotel’s video game convention, and it’s got its eye on more than the gaming geeks: it is hungry for Madison’s soul. Madison needs to become an expert illuminant enforcer overnight to save her job, her region . . . and her life.

 

If Stephanie Plum fought evil with magic, it’d look a lot like this.

 

 

Find out more about the author here: Rebecca Chastain

Or check out the book on Amazon by clicking on the link: A Fistful of Evil (Madison Fox, Illuminant Enforcer Book 1)

 

What about you? Do you have a favorite genre that you love to read?

 



October 23, 2014.

I’m a big fan of this series, so when I saw book four was available, I snatched it up! If you enjoy urban fantasy that is heavy on romance, then you might enjoy this series.

 


Title: Red Blooded (Jessica McClain)

Author: Amanda Carlson

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Publisher: Orbit via NetGalley

Release date: September 2014

Pages: 368

ISBN-10: 0316404330

ISBN-13: 978-0316404334

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

 

 

DESCRIPTION: 
Jessica is going to Hell.

 

After settling a fragile truce between the vampires, werewolves and witches, the last thing Jessica wants to do is face the demons head on. But when the Prince of Hell kidnapped her brother, he set into motion a chain of events that even Jessica doesn’t have the power to stop.

 

Now, Jessica must go into battle again. But Hell is a whole new beast — new rules, more dangerous demons, and an entirely foreign realm. And when Jessica is dropped into the Underworld too soon, without protection or the help of her friends, she must figure out just how powerful she can be… or she will never make it out alive.

 

 

REVIEW:
This book began where the last book ended. Jessica is determined to invade Hell and rescue her kidnapped brother, only the plan goes awry from step one. Instead of going with a team, she ends up being sent by herself. Now, she must rely upon her skills and instincts to keep her alive and not get caught behind enemy lines until backup arrives. As she’s introduced to the unique and sometimes hostile occupants, she must decide who is friend and who is foe before she finds herself a permanent resident.

 

I adored the beginning of the book, we’re immediately pulled into the action. Then the story slows down for me. Don’t get me wrong, there is still plenty of action, but more than half of the book is Jessica trying to figure out the new alien world around her. We’re introduced to new characters, an exciting new world, and while I enjoy the change of setting, the dynamic of her pack is missing for most of the story and I think it suffered for it. I wasn’t pulled all the way into the story like I was for the first three book. I will pick up the next book in the series, as I’m invested in the characters, but I’m hoping for more of the special magic we’d seen in book one.

 

Previous books in the series:



October 22, 2014.

Isn’t this cover gorgeous! It immediately caught my attention. After reading the blurb, I had to read it.

 

 

Title: The Winter People

Author: Rebekah L. Purdy

Genre: Young Adult Paranormal Romance

Publisher: Entangled Teen via NetGalley

Release date: September 2014

Pages: 320

ASBN: B00H0V1UEC

Rating: ★★★☆☆ 

 

 

DESCRIPTION:

 

Salome Montgomery fears winter—the cold, the snow, the ice, but most of all, the frozen pond she fell through as a child. Haunted by the voices and images of the strange beings that pulled her to safety, she hasn’t forgotten their warning to “stay away.” For eleven years, she has avoided the winter woods, the pond, and the darkness that lurks nearby. But when failing health takes her grandparents to Arizona, she is left in charge of maintaining their estate. This includes the “special gifts” that must be left at the back of the property.

 

Salome discovers she’s a key player in a world she’s tried for years to avoid. At the center of this world is the strange and beautiful Nevin, who she finds trespassing on her family’s property. Cursed with dark secrets and knowledge of the creatures in the woods, he takes Salome’s life in a new direction. A direction where she’ll have to decide between her longtime crush, Colton, who could cure her fear of winter. Or Nevin, who, along with an appointed bodyguard, Gareth, protects her from the darkness that swirls in the snowy backdrop.

 

An evil that, given the chance, will kill her.

 

 

REVIEW:

Time is running out for Salome. If she doesn’t face her fears, she believes she won’t survive the winter. The last thing she expects the cold to bring her is an extraordinary boy who makes her believe she could be normal. But Nevin is keeping secrets from her. As winter sets in, the danger increases, and mysterious bad boy Gareth comes to her rescue time and again. With two boys vying for her attention, the last thing she needs is for her long time crush to finally notice her. As she begins to unravel the true about herself, she discovers not everything is as it seems, and if she wants to survive, she must learn whom to trust before it’s too late.

 

What a stunning cover! Unfortunately, I had a hard time getting into the story. While there were aspects that I enjoyed (the winter people), there were a few things that prevented me from loving it. The problem for me was Salome. I don’t know if it was her overwhelming fear or complete lack of personality, but I couldn’t sympathizes with her. I wanted more winter people, action, and magic, and less boring day-to-day living. A big plot hole stuck with me as I read, and kept pulling me out of the story. Her family knew about the curse and what it meant…so why did they not believe that she was in danger and help? Then there was the romance. Her wishy-washy attitude nearly ruined it for me. Salome came into her own in the end, which I loved, I just wished I enjoyed the journey a little more.

 



October 19, 2014.

 

 

If you are looking for some free reads, check out the below link from Bad Bird Reads: Kindle & Nook Freebies #101.

 

Did you find anything that you liked?

 

I grabbed Demons at Deadnight (because of all the great reviews) and The Last Woman (because I like dystopian novels).

 

I found two cheap reads this week. Ghost Bird: The Academy Omnibus Part 1: Books One – Four by C. L. Stone and Dante’s Circle Box Set (Books 1-3) by Carrie Ann Ryan

 

 

 

What are you reading this week?