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Feral Sins

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Opposition

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Real

Review: Real by Katy Evans

Friday, November 21, 2014

{Blog Tour: Review + Excerpt} of Touched by A.J. Aalto


Touched by A.J. Aalto
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

GENRE: Paranormal
THEME: Horror, Romance, Vampires
RECEIVED: Netgalley

BLURB:
The media has a nickname for Marnie Baranuik, though she’d rather they didn’t; they call her the Great White Shark, a rare dual-talented forensic psychic. Twice-Touched by the Blue Sense--which gives her the ability to feel the emotions of others, and read impressions left behind on objects--Marnie also has a doctorate in preternatural biology and a working knowledge of the dark arts. She is considered without peer in the psychic community.

Then her first big FBI case ended with a bullet in one shoulder and a chip on the other, a queasy heart and a serial killer in the wind, leaving her a public flop and a private wreck. When the FBI’s preternatural crimes unit tracks her down at a remote mountain lodge for her insight on a local case, her quiet retirement is promptly besieged by a stab-happy starlet, a rampaging ghoul, and a vampire-hunting jackass in tight Wranglers. Marnie figures the only real mystery is which one will kill her first.

Too mean to die young, backed up by friends in cold places, and running with a mouth as demure as a cannon’s blast, Marnie Baranuik is about to discover that there’s no such thing as quitting time when you’re Touched.

REVIEW:

Touched is a wonderful paranormal package of awesomeness, with some kick butt characters, horror aspects, vampires both humorous and scary, along with hints of romance. Be prepared for a fast pace plot and a female heroine with a snarky but vulnerable persona that I easily connected too.

I loved every bit of this story but my favorite had to be Marnie the female lead. She is the most developed and it’s so intruding to see how she starts with not wanting to help the FBI to being trust back into it with force. I loved the originality of what she is, being a Daysitter aka powerful psychic who inherited a Revenant (vampire) named Henry. Their dynamic is so much fun and Harry is described as Fred Astaire type of man (who I adored!). Marnie in the beginning just wants to be left alone but being pulled back only because the case hits close to home for her.

Mark Batten is Marnie’s opposite; there is extreme tension and past lust between the two right off the back. They have history but their love hate relationship is very clear. I didn’t know how to react to Batten, of course he was sexy and bad boyish, but with Marnie’s interesting thoughts from her POV about him, I didn’t know if I should hate him or love him. Overall my heart leans more toward Henry than Mark for her, but both these boys have such an interesting dynamic with Marnie.

Overall this was a seriously captivating and intense paranormal thriller, every moment I was engrossed in the case along with the characters. I never knew what to expect and even with some of the eerie moments that will give people Goosebumps. The writing was spot on; I never had a moment where I was bored or confused. I can’t wait to see what happens next with Marnie and learn more about this intruding world that Aalto has created.

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EXERPT:

Harry was smiling, showing lots of white teeth, no fang. Batten averted his eyes like he always did; I think he was afraid that if he saw fangs he’d have no choice but to face that, no matter how many revenants he’d dusted, he was intimidated by this one. I’m not sure he could live with that. Or maybe he sensed Harry might try to mindfuck him with his unearthly gaze; Batten should know I wouldn’t allow that. Not in public, anyway.
As though egged-on by Batten’s discomfort, Harry’s aura did a cold boil, a visible phenomenon. More than just his otherworldly presence filled the room: as always I could smell menthol cigarettes under his light, clean-smelling 4711 cologne. As he approached the bed with impossible refinement, I knew he was showing off. Harry didn’t have to move like that. It was a conscious choice and he was making a point: here comes power infernal and immortal. How could any human compare?
Harry was dressed like he’d been back on his Kawasaki so I guessed it wasn’t impounded. Big motorcycle boots, this time the leather as shiny and clean as the buckles. I wondered how long he’d been in the lobby shining the street salt off of them. His mid-length over coat flapped open to reveal black Levis hugging lean powerful legs. Black leather biking gloves looked so startlingly like part of a murderer’s kill kit on his death-pale hands that I could all but feel them squeezing my throat. A grey cashmere scarf snaked several times around his neck reflected the battleship grey of his eyes. I wondered where his helmet was. Undead or not, you crack your skull open and sandpaper the road with brain tissue, story-time’s over.
“Agent Batten. Bon nuit, trou du cul,” Harry greeted, mock-tipping an invisible hat. I couldn’t be sure, as my French is not good, but I thought Harry called Batten an asshole. He turned and performed a low, sweeping bow at the bed. “How does my lady?”
“I does spiffy, and you?”
“Apart from being heartily distressed by your atrocious grammar, I do very well indeed. As visiting hours have long flown, I cannot stay long. It is pure luck the nurse let me in at all.”
Luck, my ass. It was more likely terror; it wasn’t like Harry was putting any effort into blending in. The poor nurse was probably twisting security’s arms to come flush him back out. I wondered if there had ever been a revenant in this hospital before. Or any hospital in Colorado for that matter; revenant emergencies don’t require human doctors.
Harry handed me the thermos, and palmed two round white vitamins into my hand. “Doppio espresso macchiato, dash of cinnamon.”
“And suddenly, life is fabulous.”
“Because of me, or because of the caffeine?” He knew exactly how relieved I was to see that he was intact and healthy.
I humored him anyway, downing my pills then beaming up at him. Having his answer, he put his hand inside his coat and pulled out a jubilant bouquet of tulips in a rainbow of petal pink, spring yellow, and the vivid orange of tangerine peels.
“Tulips in January?” I exclaimed.
He laid them beside the bed. “For my beloved pet, most anything is possible. Surely fetching her favorite flower is no great task. Am I …interrupting?” Harry aimed the bristly indictment in Batten’s direction.
“Whether you’re here or not makes no difference to me, vamp.” Batten propped his elbows on the chair’s arms and steepled his fingers in front of his mouth.
“After some examination of the evidence, I should think you’ll discover how little I care about your existence as well, lad.”
“Funny,” Batten said with a calm smile. “Got the impression you’re threatened by me.”
Harry threw back his head and laughed with gusto. The sound of it raised goose bumps and then rubbed them with velvet. Despite the smiling and laughing, the moment was anything but friendly.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

{Review} of The Healer by Allison Butler

The Healer by Allison Butler
My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

GENRE: Historical
THEME: Romance
RECEIVED: Netgalley

BLURB:
An outcast in her own home for as long as she can remember, Lynelle Fenwick will do anything to earn her father’s approval. Including exaggerating her healing skills, and setting off alone to rescue her step-brother from a band of raiding Scots.

Living under a curse that has haunted the Closeburn Clan for years, Laird William Kirkpatrick, will do anything to save his sole surviving brother. He may not believe in curses, but his clan does, and the growing number of graves seems to support their side.

Having banished all healers from the clan for trickery, he has no choice but to allow an Englishwoman, claiming to be a skilled healer, into his home and into the room of his wounded brother.

Enemies by birth and circumstance, they can only succeed together. But blood runs deep, and tensions high. What matters the desires of a heart?

REVIEW:

So I totally nabbed this title because the cover is smoking hot, got to love a man in a kilt with a sexy back like that. But I also wanted to challenge myself in reading more historical romances. I loved the detailed setting descriptions, the tough as nails clan members, their serious but hot Laird and the “curse” behind the female heroine Lynelle was intriguing.

The Healer follows Lynelle Fenwick who is an outcast among her people, her father doesn’t care for her and everyone in her town believes she’s cursed. But Lynelle has a natural talent of healing and medicine, however it doesn’t help her connect with anyone. Nonetheless when her brother gets into trouble with the Closeburn Clan she doesn’t think twice to help him. She ends up getting them to release her brother in agreement she help the Closeburn Clan heal the Lairds brother. Lynelle realizes for the first time that she is needed and not ignored in this Clan and that Willliam the clans Laird is also “cursed” with something terrible.

Lynelle is a talented woman whose healing skills should be sought after, but sadly with harsh treatment from her father and stepmother she always felt cursed. Lynelle went on a journey of discovery, trying to find a place where she really belonged. I liked Lynelles growth and how her love for her temporary home grew with people who actually appreciated her talent. William is a proud man with a sad family history, many members of his family have passed away all too young. Now with his younger brother injured he relies on Lynelle to help heal him. Even though the there is tension to begin with between William and Lynelle they both learn to trust each other.

Overall I loved stepping back into history, watching two so called cursed people fall in love and try to defeat the odds that were against them. The romance is top notch with some serious chemistry and smoking hot scenes. The Healer is a quick read and I was easily able to connect to both characters. I do wish there was more about Lynelles upbringing, her connection with her brother and aftermath of her father discovering what happens in the end of the book. I also wanted to know more about Williams family and I adored his younger brother, so I’m going to hope Butler writes a story about him as well.

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

{Blog Tour: Review} of True Blue by Jules Barnard


True Blue by Jules Barnard
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

GENRE: New Adult
THEME: Romance, Contemporary
RECEIVED: Tour

BLURB:
Mira Frasier has worked hard to pull herself out of the darkness of her Tahoe reservation childhood, but rough beginnings shape a person in all the wrong ways. Mira gets mixed up with shady people while trying to bail out her destitute mother—and now Mira’s life is in danger.

Tyler Morgan grew up a star athlete and scholar, but a tragedy he hasn’t dealt with has him regrouping in his home town of South Lake Tahoe. The last person he expects to see is Mira, the girl he lost his virginity to in high school, and the only woman who ever took a piece of his heart. He’d rather live in a tent than do what his sister asks and stay with Mira while they figure out how to keep her safe from the men who attacked her.

To ensure Mira remains in his past where she belongs, Tyler agrees to look out for her temporarily until she’s safe enough to move out on her own. And if he has to push that process along by snooping around and figuring out what she’s hiding, he’ll do that too. Only, Mira is still beautiful, and she’s feisty as hell, and she has all his attention—just like she did six years before.

Mira is driving Tyler crazy, the tension between them off the charts while they’re trapped under the same roof. Something is going to crack. Will it be Mira’s last hold on a haunted life, or Tyler’s self-control around the one girl he’s never been able to get over?

REVIEW:

I’m a new fan to the Blue series; Jules Barnard writes an emotionally driven story with romance, heartbreak and family hardships. I enjoyed meeting the past couples from the previous two books and easily being able to know them without feeling lost. However I adored their chemistry as much as the couple in this book so I’ll definitely have to read book one and two.

True Blue follows Mira Fraiser who has always struggled with her mother not being there for her and choosing drugs and danger instead of her daughter. Luckily Mira was raised by her best friends loving parents, but she always felt she could find a way to earn her mothers love somehow. But years later Mira is in deep trouble with dangerous men all because of her mother and money, Mira now must lay low with the one boy whom she fell for in high school, Tyler. Together they slowly unravel their tragic pasts, mistakes and hopefully find a way to move on to their future.

Mira is a broken girl who cant seem to catch a break and has some bad luck whenever her mothers involved. Mira is a tough character, I had love hate battle for her because she was trying to get someone to love her (her mother) that clearly used her and didn’t care. Mira was truly loved by her bestie Lewis and his family, but she was stuck on a dream that her terrible mother would come to her sense. I felt so bad for Mira, I cant imagine the feeling of seeing your own mother fall so low. What I enjoyed most was that her best friend Lewis was her anchor, he supported her and protected her but he was also the voice of reason. She didn’t listen to him when he was clearly looking out for her but he was there not matter what…and that’s what counts. Mira’s connection to Tyler was such an emotion roller coaster, so much heartache, hope, tenderness and love, it was so much to take in but I enjoyed their journey.

Tyler had a better route in his upbringing as well has being popular and extremely smart throughout high school. Mira secretly admired and fell for him from afar, as Tyler also felt the same for Mira but neither decided to speak about it. Years pass and after their one and only night together their connection is strained but the chemistry is clearly still there. I loved Tyler because he was such a sweet guy who seriously kept making one mistake after the next when he dealt with Mira. He wanted to distance himself but his heart just couldn’t bear seeing her hurt nor being away from her.

Overall I was such a wreak reading this story because I just wanted something to go right for Mira and to shake the poor girl into reality. She was so loved by others but so blind. Tyler and Mira’s romance was steamy, tense and explosive, I couldn’t get enough of every scene they had together. The pace of this story was fast paced, starting with the past that leads up to the first encounter of the couple after so many years. I looked forward to reading the rest of the Blue series and more writing from the author.

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Monday, November 17, 2014

{Release Day} for True Blue by Jules Barnard

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Publication Date: November 17, 2014
Genres: New Adult, Romance
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Synopsis

Mira Frasier has worked hard to pull herself out of the darkness of her Tahoe reservation childhood, but rough beginnings shape a person in all the wrong ways. Mira gets mixed up with shady people while trying to bail out her destitute mother—and now Mira’s life is in danger.

Tyler Morgan grew up a star athlete and scholar, but a tragedy he hasn’t dealt with has him regrouping in his home town of South Lake Tahoe. The last person he expects to see is Mira, the girl he lost his virginity to in high school, and the only woman who ever took a piece of his heart. He’d rather live in a tent than do what his sister asks and stay with Mira while they figure out how to keep her safe from the men who attacked her.

To ensure Mira remains in his past where she belongs, Tyler agrees to look out for her temporarily until she’s safe enough to move out on her own. And if he has to push that process along by snooping around and figuring out what she’s hiding, he’ll do that too. Only, Mira is still beautiful, and she’s feisty as hell, and she has all his attention—just like she did six years before.

Mira is driving Tyler crazy, the tension between them off the charts while they’re trapped under the same roof. Something is going to crack. Will it be Mira’s last hold on a haunted life, or Tyler’s self-control around the one girl he’s never been able to get over?

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JulesBarnard_edited-265x300About Jules Barnard

Jules Barnard is originally from the San Francisco Bay Area. She attended UC Davis, whose college landscape often finds its way into her New Adult novels. She has a Master’s degree and spent many an hour running statistical analysis, until she realized her favorite part of the job was writing reports. She decided to cut out the math and add in some hot guys, and so began her career as a novelist.

Jules is a Northern California native living on the coast with her husband and two children. She has no impulse control around cupcakes and credits herself with the ability to read while running on the treadmill or burning dinner.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

{YA Paranormal Romance Giveaway} for Frostbitten by Heather Beck

Frostbitten - Heather Beck
Genre: Young Adult Paranormal Romance (Werewolf)
Length: 296 pages
Publisher: Enchanted Publishing

BLURB:

Great beauty hides dark secrets...

Seventeen-year-old Anastasia Lockhart has never led an easy life, but when she starts getting into serious trouble, she’s sent to live with her grandparents in Cedar Falls. The small, picturesque town hasn’t changed since she visited four years ago, with one exception – the presence of a handsome, mysterious boy named Frost. Despite warnings from her grandparents and friends to stay away from Frost, Anastasia can’t deny their attraction, and the more time they spend together, the deeper in love they fall. Unfortunately, Frost has a secret that is beyond Anastasia’s wildest imagination, and she soon finds herself in the midst of a supernatural legend that has haunted Cedar Falls for years.

Can Anastasia and Frost’s love really overcome anything, or are their fates much darker?

AUTHOR BIO

Heather Beck is a Canadian Author and Screenwriter who began writing professionally at the age of sixteen. Since then she has written eleven well-reviewed books, including the bestselling series, The Horror Diaries, which has sold in six continents.

Heather received an Honors Bachelor of Arts degree from university where she specialized in English and studied an array of disciplines. Currently, she is working on the Frostbitten series and has two anthologies slated for publication. As a screenwriter, Heather has multiple television shows and movies in development. Her short films include: Young Eyes, The Rarity, Too Sensible For Love, Circular, and the forthcoming Witch’s Brew.

Besides writing, Heather’s greatest passion is the outdoors. She is an award-winning fisherwoman and a regular hiker. Her hobbies include swimming, playing badminton and volunteering with non-profit organizations.


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Friday, November 14, 2014

{Blog Tour: Review + Giveaway} of BLACK MOON DRAW by Lizzy Ford


Award Winning author, Lizzy Ford, is back with a fantastical novel, BLACK MOON DRAW, where we find out what happens when a reader gets sucked into the novel she’s reading.
Reader beware … A woman suffering from heartbreak wishes her life would change and wakes up in BLACK MOON DRAW, an unfinished book written by her favorite author, where she must seek out the hero and help him on his mission if she is to return home.

Praise for BLACK MOON DRAW: Lizzy Ford has done it again. She has created a story her fans are going to love and one that is different from so many others out there. The reader is transported into the book she is reading. . . I think that this is a story about believing in yourself and not letting what others say or how they treat you, stop you from that. In the end, it's about what you believe yourself capable of and not be scared to venture out of your comfort zone. I loved it!”—Cindy, Goodreads reader

My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

GENRE: Paranormal
THEME: Romance, Magic, Fantasy
RECEIVED: Tour

BLURB:
A reader gets sucked into the book she’s reading and is trapped, unless she convinces the hero of the story to send her home. Just her luck - the book is unfinished, and its sexy hero is far more alpha male than she’s prepared to handle. 

What Naia doesn’t know: the story – and its hero – have been expecting her for quite some time, even though she has no idea what she’s doing there. 

Naia must learn quickly how to navigate the dangerous, magical world of Black Moon Draw and find a way to complete her journey with the unlikely, uncooperative hero of the story, who holds the key to returning her home.

REVIEW:

Holy Moly! I’m writing my review just as I finished that last sentence and I’m still stuck in the awesome and magical world of Black Moon Draw. I cannot believe how this book started nor how it ended, so freaking fantastic! I can’t remember being so excited after finishing a book.

Black Moon Draw follows Naia who has just had the worst day ever, her fiancé has broken up with her a week before her wedding. She is distraught, but her love for literature and being a librarian seems to have consumed her so much that her fiancé thought she would rather live in a fantasy than with him. Thus that very night, Naia gets her wish, while reading an unfinished book online; she gets sucked into a world of danger, magic, warrior beast and a place that reminds her of all her favorite fantasy stories. But she doesn’t know if she’s dreaming… or if or how she’ll ever get home again.

Naia to me was a total spaz, she cracked me up with her outrageous reactions to everything that was happening to her. In all seriousness I wouldn’t know how I would react either getting sucked inside a book your reading, but she just makes a mess of things right from the start. I loved how the author brought so many of my favorite movie and book references to this story as well as making Naia very aware of the connections, such as Lord of the Rings, the Labyrinth, The Never Ending Story etc. It was seriously so much fun to step in a world of so much fantasy and still make such an original story with a young woman who is at a loss on what to do or how to help herself get home. Naia from the beginning wants to get home, not realizing that maybe she really is here for a reason and in the end her sole purpose is to open her mind and heart on why she was brought there. She did frustrate me a bit a times and I’m glad she got some sense in her at some point to see her purpose.

The Shadow King… Holy mother of yummy dangerous men! I loved this man, every muscles, smirk and crazy battle-fighting demeanor, he was awesome! At the beginning I was a little taken back, not sure if this was going to be a beauty and the beast like story because well... he was wearing a boars head. Thank goodness for fantasy and the cleverness of the author, having the men wear animal heads like helmets to make them seems scary and well it totally works! There is so much more back-story with The Shadow King, his family is cursed and Naia is brought to his world for a very specific reason. Both of them are drawn together to stop a war and to help him reclaim his rightful place. But there are many people who wish to see this not happen and with Naia being more clumsy than powerful it’s a humors and dangerous journey for both of them. Their chemistry from beginning to end is off the hook! I don’t blame the girl for acting like a total fool half the time when she around him, cause there is no doubt I would too!

Overall this was such a fantastic story, it brought me out of my slump with paranormal books and I even stayed up late on a work night to finish, because I could not put this book down for one minute. It was so darn good! There are so many small clever details that will have any book lover smiling and nodding their heads. This book was written for book lovers and fantasy lovers who have dreamed about living inside one of their favorite stories. I look forward to more from Lizzy Ford and have no doubt I’ll be re-reading this book because its one book that I loved getting lost in.

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About Lizzy Ford:
Lizzy Ford is the author of over thirty books written for young adult and  adult romance readers, to include the internationally bestselling “Rhyn Trilogy,” “Witchling Series” and the “War of Gods” series. Lizzy has focused on keeping her readers happy by producing brilliant, gritty romances that remind people why true love is a trial worth enduring. Lizzy’s books can be found on every major ereader library, to include: Amazon, Barnes and Noble, iBooks, Kobo, Sony and Smashwords. She lives in southern Arizona with her husband, three dogs and a cat.


Thursday, November 13, 2014

{Review} of Echoes of Scotland Street by Samantha Young

Echoes of Scotland Street by Samantha Young
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

GENRE: Romance
THEME: Contemporary
RECEIVED: Bought

BLURB:
Shannon MacLeod has always gone for the wrong type of man. After she drifted from one toxic relationship to the next, her last boyfriend gave her a wakeup call in the worst possible way. With her world shattered, she’s sworn off men—especially those of the bad-boy variety.

Cole Walker is exactly the sort that Shannon wants to avoid—gorgeous, tattooed, charming, and cocky. But his rough exterior hides a good man who’s ready to find “the one.” He’s determined to pull Shannon from her self-imposed solitude and win her heart.

As Shannon opens up in the face of Cole’s steady devotion, the passion between them ignites to blazing levels. But when Shannon’s past comes back to haunt her, her fears may destroy the trust Cole has built between them—and tear them apart for good…

REVIEW:

I can’t believe its already been five books in the On Dublin Street series! I love this series so much and each time I fall deep into the romance and complex lives that the two leads have. I was even more excited to see how Cole grew up after what he and his sister went through, where she found love and Cole was finally safe with his sister. I new this was going to be one smoking hot alpha but totally didn’t expect the awesomeness that he came to be.

Echoes of Scotland Street follows Shannon MacLeod who has always picked the wrong guy. Needing to get away and start over, she applies for a job away from her disapproving family and bad memories, at a tattoo shop with some really colorful characters. Shannon meets Cole, a boy from her past and someone who she officially dubs as a “bad boy” and just like all her other boyfriends. Meaning she wants to steer clear of him at all cost. But Cole is not what he seems and slowly opens Shannon up. But her past doesn’t seem to want to leave her and the wall that Cole was knocking down starts to come back between them.

Shannon has always gone for the wrong guy; the last one did something so bad that her brother ended up being put in jail because of it. She is definitely the type to judge a book by it’s cover, which she immediately does with Cole. He looks like a “bad boy” and has the sex appeal that screams he’s trouble. Even though I wish Shannon would of opened up a bit more to people, I still liked her. I understood why she is afraid, her family has shunned her and her only support (her brother) is in jail. It’s tough to see the good after so much bad. But don’t get me wrong Shannon frustrated me when it came to Cole, because sometimes she was a little too harsh and judgmental.

Cole, aww Cole…. Such a sweetheart and I adored him when he was a kid. He and Shannon actually met when they were kids, even sparks flew back then, but of course Shannon always chose the wrong boy in the end. Cole has grown up and become a successful tattoo artist; he’s the most talented of his group at the shop. For Cole he knows that Shannon is the young girl he met years ago, he wants to see if there is still some spark in there. But they have a rocky start, even though the sexual tension is intense, they both have to find away around Shannon’s shield.

Overall I loved this next chapter in the series, I swear each one I read becomes my favorite…so I have to say once again this is my favorite by far. All the new characters introduced are fantastic from Shannon’s roomie Rae to fellow friend Simon, Stu, Tony and Logan, they are easy to love and made me smile with their humorous moments. The old gang from the previous books are all back as well, because since Coles involved there is no doubt his sister would be back to make sure he’s happy. I can’t wait for the next in the series and look forward to being reunited again with my favorite group of romance characters.

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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

{Review} of Forgotten Sins by Rebecca Zanetti

Forgotten Sins by Rebecca Zanetti
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

GENRE: Romantic Suspense
THEME: Military, Paranormal
RECEIVED: Bought

BLURB:
His Secrets Can Destroy Her

From the moment Josie laid eyes on sexy, mysterious Shane Dean, she was in love. Their desire ignited a passionate affair, and within weeks, Shane had slipped a ring on her finger. It seemed her every fantasy was coming true . . . until her new husband disappeared without a trace. Now, two years and one broken heart later, Josie is shocked by the hospital calls: Shane has been found . . . at a crime scene with no memory of how he got there.

Her Love Can Save Him

Shane can't remember the blue-eyed angel at his bedside—or who he even is—but he knows something isn't right. His hearing is razor sharp, his physical strength incredible, and the urge to protect Josie overwhelming. For powerful enemies are hunting him, and Josie is the key to discovering why. As Shane struggles to unravel his past, dangerous new truths come to light. Can he protect the only woman he's ever loved? And can Josie trust a man she thought she knew—one who carries such a deadly secret?

REVIEW:

For the month of November I decided to join a challenge and have a fellow reviewer pick three titles for me to read, one having to have a man in uniform. So I didn’t know what to expect when I started Forgotten Sins, I really didn’t expect one of the most suspenseful and thrilling romance story to come popping out of nowhere. I watch Criminal Minds and so many aspects of this book were trying to figure out who and what the male lead was, good bad? Killer? I was so freaking exciting and frustrating because I didn’t know what was going to happen next!

Forgotten Sins follows Josie who has been called to the hospital because her husband was brought in. But the odd part is Josie hasn’t seen her husband in two years after he suddenly took off with no word or reason. Shane has no idea what happened to him or even who he is. But when Josie comes in a he finds out she’s his wife, he knows he has to stick with her and will do anything to remember why he left her. But as Shane and Josie start to unravel what happened to Shane, they realize he may have been involved in something dangerous. Shane has unusual instincts, intense fighting skills, a way to get people to talk and is just down right scary. This leads to Shane protecting his wife and unraveling a very large puzzle.

Josie is put in a very awkward but somewhat hilarious position. Especially since Shane is hard to resist and is determined to have his wife back in every way. She has to deal with the love of her life who left her two years ago, having no memory of their time together or what he left her. In Josie situation I have no idea what I’d do, but it was obvious whatever happened to him caused a few men to get seriously beat up and Shane no nearly has injured as them. I think Josie could have handled Shane a little better by trying to help him, he obviously didn’t understand what was happening and she kept pushing him away. I would of helped him and tried to get some answers after he got his memory back. Luckily Shane is a stubborn man and still feels a deep connection to Josie even though his memory is jumbled. She in the end can’t resist his intense charm and dangerously protective nature.

Shane is a mystery; half the time I had no idea what was going on with him. But in the beginning the readers know that he and his brothers were apart of some seriously crazy military training. Shane is pure danger and will do anything to find out what happened to him as well as protect Josie, the one key to his past. He also has to deal with the bad guys who cause his memory loss. His brothers come to help after hunting him down and finding out he has no memory. And Shane with no memory is more dangerous than the one who had his memory. I was worried about what would happen once he remembered everything, would he leave Josie again or would he fight whoever was trying to harm him.

Overall the plot twist and fast paced story line kept me on my toes and threw me so many loops. I enjoyed every bantering moments, fight scene, smoking hot kiss and hilarious brotherly humor. The big villain is slightly revealed as Shane’s brothers come to save the day. But I cant wait to learn more about the big bad and what the heck these brothers went through. The ending was perfect and opened another door into how Shane and his family are going to survive. I cant wait to read about Shane’s brother Nathan and Matt next!

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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

{Happy Release Day! Teasers + Giveaway} Love In Spanish by Karina Halle



BLURB:

“She sat beside me on the bus – and she changed my whole life.”

Successful, wealthy and absurdly handsome – Spanish ex-football player Mateo Casalles seemed like he had it all.
A high-society wife, an adorable little girl, and flashy apartments in Madrid and Barcelona only sweetened the deal. But there was more to Mateo than met the eye – a life of uncertainty and regret that colored his black and white world.

That was until Vera Miles came into his life like a shooting star. Tattooed, wild and young, Vera seemed like Mateo’s polar opposite at first. But you can’t choose who you fall in love with and the two lost souls did everything they could to be together, all while suffering the grave consequences.

Now with Mateo divorced and living in Madrid with Vera, there is a whole new set of challenges and setbacks facing the couple and rocking the foundation of their star-crossed relationship. Unfortunately for them, the brighter the star, the faster they burn.






He’s thirty-eight. I’m twenty-three.

He speaks Spanish. I speak English.

He lives in Spain. I live in Canada.

He dresses in thousand-dollar suits. I’m covered in tattoos.

He’s married and has a five-year old daughter.

I’m single and can’t commit to anyone or anything.

Until now. Because when they say you can’t choose who you fall in love with, boy ain’t that the f*#king truth.

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To a restless dreamer like Vera Miles, it sounded like the experience of a lifetime. Instead of spending her summer interning for her astronomy major, she would fly to Spain where she’d spend a few weeks teaching conversational English to businessmen and women, all while enjoying free room and board at an isolated resort. But while Vera expected to get a tan, meet new people and stuff herself with wine and paella, she never expected to fall in love.

Mateo Casalles is unlike anyone Vera has ever known, let alone anyone she’s usually attracted to. While Vera is a pierced and tatted free spirit with a love for music and freedom, Mateo is a successful businessman from Madrid, all sharp suits and cocky Latino charm. Yet, as the weeks go on, the two grow increasingly close and their relationship changes from purely platonic to something…more.

Something that makes Vera feel alive for the first time.

Something that can never, ever be.

Or so she thinks


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AUTHOR BIO:

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With her USA Today Bestselling The Artists Trilogy published by Grand Central Publishing, numerous foreign publication deals, and self-publishing success with her Experiment in Terror series, Vancouver-born Karina Halle is a true example of the term "Hybrid Author." Though her books showcase her love of all things dark, sexy and edgy, she's a closet romantic at heart and strives to give her characters a HEA...whenever possible.Karina holds a screenwriting degree from Vancouver Film School and a Bachelor of Journalism from TRU. Her travel writing, music reviews/interviews and photography have appeared in publications such as Consequence of Sound, Mxdwn and GoNomad Travel Guides. She currently lives on an island on the coast of British Columbia where she’s preparing for the zombie apocalypse with her fiancé and rescue pup.

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