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Mistletoe Mischief (Romancing Wisconsin Series, #1)


Mistletoe Mischief (Romancing Wisconsin #1)


Christmas in July at the zoo is the last place single parents Eric Riley and Marissa Wilder expect to find love. Thanks to some mistletoe mischief in the form of their two young daughters and Santa, they discover mistletoe rules were not made to be broken.


Nightbred by Lynn Viehl

Nightbred (Lords of the Darkyn, #2)


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Publisher: Signet
Publishing Date: December 4, 2012
Paperback: 336 pages

Rating: 3 stars


Jamys Durand has survived being made an immortal Darkyn, horrific torture, and years of grueling warrior training. But he has no future to offer Chris, the mortal woman he loves, without his own territory. When he learns of a lost Templar treasure, Jamys vows to possess it and win his lady’s heart.

No one knows Chris Lang wants to be a tresora so she can live with Jamys, her secret love. Her superiors offer to make her dream come true, but only if she finds the lost treasure before Jamys can. Working together, Chris and Jamys track the jewels through a shadowy maze of priceless artifacts, decadent secrets, and one ruthless opponent who can possess an immortal’s mind…and will stop at nothing to have Chris.


Lynn Viehl finally gives us the long awaited story of Jamys Durand. In opposition to most supernatural stories which feature bulky warriors frozen at their peak of maturity, Jamys faced death and was made a Darkyn at the young age of 17, just on the cusp of adulthood. Jamys is a 700 year old Darkyn, but his youthful appearance has been a hindrance all his existence.

Jamys and his father were betrayed by Jamys’s mother to their enemies, the Brethren, who tortured them for years. These years of torture left Jamys unable to speak and almost without his sanity, add to that Jamys’s premature turning, this has left Thierry Durand as an overprotective father to his 700 year old teenage son. You can imagine that endless treatment not as a grown man and a warrior, but as a child who needed to be guided and protected, is a worse fate than the years of torture at the hands of the Brethren.

This was a fate that Jamys had resigned himself long ago, until he met Chris Lang, a friend of Samantha Brown, homicide detective and mate of the powerful Lord Lucan Alenfar. Now Jamys is focused on becoming a warrior in his own right and winning his own jardin–a territory of his own to rule so he could take Chris as his mate. He has been focusing all his time on training and planning on how to meet this goal since he left her side three years ago. Now Jamys has received news that could makes his dream a reality. The High Lord Richard Tremayne has offered a boon to anyone who can recover the three emeralds known as the Emeralds of Eternity–reign over the territory known as Ireland. Now Jamys will stop at nothing to be the first to locate the jewels so he can finally be with Chris, even if he must go behind his father’s back and trespass into Lucan’s jardin where the jewels were last seen. And who better to help Jamys in his quest than his lovely Chris who is grew up in the area Jamys will be searching. It will also give him the time he needs to convince her that they belong together.

Jamys is not the only Darkyn searching for this prize, but with so many dreams resting on his success, Jamys is a man possessed.

THOUGHTS:

Although this is Book 2 of the Lord of the Darkyn series, there is several in the original Darkyn series. This was my first read from this series and although I could follow along, I did have to check out the descriptions for the other books which filled in some blanks for the other characters mentioned. Since I am not that familiar with the story and the world building, it took me awhile to get into it, and it was written more for those who have been following. We are reminded of Jayms torture and his mother’s deception, but there is no real explanation for newcomers, but I am sure if you have been following the series, you would definitely be excited that Lynn has finally gotten to Jamys and Chris’s story.

Overall I was disappointed. I love when an author gives us something different. In this story, Jamys was turned before he reached full maturity and this leads to issues with him being treated as a child by his father as well as the other warriors and Darkyn, even though he was over 700 years old. This opened up so many interesting avenues to explore with our hero being a cute 700 year old teenager, rather than a savage, muscular, sexy warrior. Aside from some early references to him needing to get away from his father’s overbearing love and a couple of warriors making comments about fighting with a boy, it just wasn’t stressed enough.

Also there is supposed to be a big storyline about the treasure hunt, but there is very, very little of a hunt in this book. They end up making very few stops on their quest.

There is also a good amount of time focusing on Lucen and Samantha which will swing around and be part of Jamys and Chris’s story, but it took time away from us really getting into their story.

This was my first Lynn Viehl story, but in this story women don’t rate very high. Samatha, the homicide detective, is kept on a short leash by Lucen and since her boss is under the Lucen’s govern, he sends her home when Lucen dictates. She can’t leave until it’s dark out and then has to be home by midnight. Also, the human helpers to the Darkyn are supposed to do whatever is dictated by the Lord they have given their service to, including giving them blood or sex to that Lord or whoever they are assigned to assist.

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Favorite Scene:

“You’re wounded.”

The caress of his breath across the bare back of her neck made her close her eyes briefly Jamys knew she was hurt because he smelled the fresh blood, the Kyn were almost like sharks that way.

“I cut myself on a piece of glass I had in my pocket.” She reached for the box of tissues, but Jamys had her bleeding hand in his, and was examining the small wounds. “It’s nothing.”

His eyes shifted to hers, and she saw a thin ring of glowing amber encircling his pupils, which had begun to contract to thin vertical slivers. “Why hide it from me? Do you think I will feed on you?”

“No, I was embarrassed because I was clumsy.” From the look he gave her it was clear that he didn’t believe her. “I’ve been assigned to you, my lord, and I’m trained to take care of your needs. If you want the blood, I’ll go get a glass.”

Jamys kept his eyes on hers as he slowly lifted her injured hand to his mouth. His dents acérées flashed for a moment before he sank them into the heel of his own hand.

Chris caught her breath as he raised his head. Two drops of blood beaded in the small puncture wounds that were already beginning to close. “What are you doing?”

“Healing you.” Jamys guided one of her hurt fingers to his palm, and gently pressed the cut into the blood, Chris caught her breath as she felt the cool mingling of his blood with hers, and then her cut went numb. He repeated the act again with her other finger, and then used a tissue to blot the blood away.

Chris saw both of her cuts had closed, just as fast as the punctures in his palm. “Why did you bother?”

“You are not my food, Christian, or my servant. You are my friend, and I do not want you hurt.” He put his hand to the back of her head, holding it as he pressed a kiss to her brow. “Do you understand?”

“Sure. Friendship works for me.” No, it didn’t, but he wasn’t asking for someone else. At least he still liked her. “Your eyes are doing the cat thing, though, and I know that means you haven’t fed for a while. Or you want to have wild monkey sex. Or both.” Had she actually said that out loud? God, she had. “I’ll, um, go make a glass of bloodwine for you.”

“I do not want sex with a wild monkey.” Jamys removed the long comb holding her hair back and placed it on the counter. As the twist slumped against her nape, he worked his hand through it, releasing the wavy mass. “Your hair was scarlet when I saw you last.”

“Mud brown is what I was born with.” She knew with it down she looked about sixteen, too. “I stopped dyeing it after you left.”

His fingers stilled as he found the one hairpin she wore to keep her silver streak out of sight.

“That’s not dyed, either,” she admitted. “I started going gray like an old lady back in high school.”

“Do not hide it.” He spread the strands out. “It does not make you seem older. It is beautiful.”

“I don’t think any woman under the age of ninety would agree with you.” As he brought the silvery lock to his lips, Chris forgot to breathe. “You’re kissing my hair.”

“It feels like gossamer.” He smoothed it back and looked all over her face. “Your piercings, what happened to them?”

“No one takes you seriously when you wear rings in your eyebrow, so I let them close up.” Absently she touched a tiny scar on the curve of her lip, and then she understood why he hadn’t recognized her at first. “You were expecting me to look the way I did three years ago?”

“That is how I remember you.” He touched each place where she had been pierced, and when he reached her lip he ran his thumb back and forth over the small dimple. “’You seem so different now.”

“I’m not the same girl I was. I grew up.” She ignored the way the cross under her blouse seemed suddenly to weight as much as an anchor. “Everyone does, even if they’re Kyn and they don’t age. You’ve changed, too.” She eyed the black hair spilling over his shoulders. She often envied the Kyn their hair, which like their fingernails sometimes grew several inches longer overnight, usually right after it was cut. The Kyn never had to suffer a bad hair day more than one day. “You’ve nailed the ponytail look, I think, but how did you get all the new muscle?”

Suddenly he looked tired and unhappy. “I have also been training.”

Angel in Chains by Cynthia Eden

Angel in Chains (The Fallen, #3)


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Publisher: Brava
Publishing Date: November 27, 2012
Paperback: 352 pages

Rating: 5 stars


As a fallen Angel of Death, Azrael is cursed to walk the earth alone in search of redemption. One night, as he wanders the streets of New Orleans, he discovers a woman surrounded by panther shifters. No longer able to contain the anger simmering within, Az summons his dark powers and attacks, determined to protect this innocent human from certain death.

Only Jade Pierce is no delicate flower. She’s spent years learning to survive and fight the evil forces sent by her ex-lover who refuses to let her go. But after seeing Az in action, she figures she could use a little supernatural help. And so she plans a course of seduction guaranteed to arouse his interest and his angelic passions.


Azreal was an Angel—The Angel. Az was in charge of the Angels of Death. Except that was before—before he fell for trying to take a soul that was not on his List. Now Az is a fallen angel looking for a way back.

When he comes across Jade Pierce being attacked in a back alley by three shifters, he realizes that protecting her, a human, might be Az’s chance at redemption. He will use her helplessness to his advantage and earn his wings back.

Az isn’t the only one looking to use someone for his own advantage. Jade knows that Azreal is more than the average Other and he might just be what she needs to save her from her ex. Her ex-boyfriend is no ordinary stalker. He is the Alpha of a pack of panther shifters and he believes that he and Jade are destined to be together. He has killed her parents and anyone else who Jade has tried to get close to while she has been running from him and his vicious pack for the last ten years.

If she can get Az to kill Brandt, Jade can finally stop running. But there is more to Brandt than even Jade knows and it won’t be so easy to kill him. Especially when Heaven’s #2 comes staking with a List of his own, and he is as zealous as Azreal was to make sure that all souls on his List are accounted for. When Jade’s name comes up, Brandt might just be the least of her problems.

THOUGHTS:

Absolutely incredible! Action packed and exciting with an ending that had me out of mind. I picked it up and didn’t put it down until I was finished. I am amazed when an author can take the antagonist from one book and make him the hero in the next, and I actually like him.

In Book #1, Angel of Darkness, Az was after Keenan and Nicole because Nicole’s name had come up on the List to die the night Keenan interfered and Nicole was turned into a vampire. Azreal was determined that Keenan kill Nicole so he could return to heaven and when Keenan refused, Az was determined to take her soul himself. Azreal fell because Nicole was no longer on the List and he was just chasing a personal vendetta against her for tempting Keenan. Now it was Az’s turn to protect Jade from the death angel who is marking her for death.

Now after Angel Betrayed, I didn’t think we could get an angel more badass then Sam. Sam and Az have been enemies of a sort since Sam fell a millennium ago. Sam has been on earth growing wealth and power. All the Others know to be afraid of Sam, but even Sam is weary of the power that Az holds in check. Sam is cool and confident as a powerful man would be, but Az is cold and uncaring as a VERY powerful man would be, one who knows there is no one more dangerous around. Except he isn’t cold to Jade. She has been the first woman to tempt him from his mission to return to heaven.

There is a set up for the next book and I am excited to see how that next story plays out.

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Favorite Scene:

“I was…just…” The demon rose and winced. “I was merely checking her out.”

“I saw that.” A lethal edge underscored Az’s words. He spun to face the doctor, giving Jade his back, and that was when she actually paid attention enough to notice his wings.

Not real wings. More like shadows. Thick, black, they rose from his bare shoulders and extended high above him.

They were dark and so beautiful.

“She was scared,” Az snarled as he closed in on the demon. “I heard her fear.” His hands were clenched into powerful fists.

Uh, oh. Jade kept a hold on her sheet as she hopped out of bed. Her knees didn’t so much as jiggle when her feet touched down on the wooden floor. That angel blood sure packed a powerful punch.

“Because she realized—we both realized—“ Cody spoke quickly now as he pressed his back against the wall in an attempt to put more distance between him and Az. “We realized that she’s healed.”

Jade crept up behind Az. Tanner didn’t move. She reached out and her fingers skimmed over those shadowy wings. She could almost feel them against her skin. Like silk.

Az stiffened. He’d loved it when she stroked his scars before. What effect would it have on him when she touched these shadowy remnants of his wings?

“Jade…” Her name was a rasp, heavy with need, lust.

She stroked the shadows once more.

This time, he shuddered.

“She’s healed,” Cody said again. “And—“

Az turned to face her. His jaw was locked, and his eyes still burned hot enough to scorch her. And the man looked like he could eat her.

Oh, my.

“I think it’s time for us to get out of here.” Tanner hurried over and grabbed Cody’s arm. “They need to…talk.”

“Talk? I don’t think talking is what—“

Tanner knocked his brother’s head into the wall then hustled him out of the room.

The shifter made sure to slam the door closed behind him.

Az’s wings were out of her reach now, but she wanted to touch them again. “I can see them” she whispered.

He shook his head. “Nothing’s there. The wings burned away when I fell.”

Maybe. But those shadows were still there. She stepped closer to him. Jade kept one hand on the sheet that she’d hurriedly wrapped around her body while her left hand lifted and touched those shadows. “What does it feel like when I touch them?” Jade whispered.

“They aren’t there.”

Something was. Her fingers went right through the silken remnants.

He stepped back and put enough distance between them so that she couldn’t touch his wings. When he caught her hand and held it tight. “You’re seeing what was,” he gritted. “My blood’s in you. Only those with an angel’s blood can—“

“Thank you,” her soft words cut him off.

He blinked. Shook his head.

“You saved me.” That she knew with certainty.

His fingers tightened on hers. “I was afraid I was too late.”

No. Leave it to an angel to know just how to cheat death. “Are you afraid of me?” Az asked as his eyes searched hers.

She let the sheet drop. It pooled on the floor between them. “No.”

Shadow’s Claim by Kresley Cole

Shadow's Claim (Immortals After Dark: The Dacians, #1)


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Publisher: Pocket Books
Publishing Date: November 27, 2012
Paperback: 496 Pages

Rating: 5 stars


Shadow’s Claim features Prince Trehan, a ruthless master assassin who will do anything to possess Bettina, his beautiful sorceress mate, even compete for her hand in a blood-sport tournament—to the death.

Trehan Daciano, known as the Prince of Shadows, has spent his life serving his people—striking in the night, quietly executing any threat to their realm. The coldly disciplined swordsman has never desired anything for himself—until he beholds Bettina, the sheltered ward of two of the Lore’s most fearsome villains.

Desperate to earn her guardians’ approval after a life-shattering mistake, young Bettina has no choice but to marry whichever suitor prevails—even though she’s lost her heart to another. Yet one lethal competitor, a mysterious cloaked swordsman, invades her dreams, tempting her with forbidden pleasure.

Even if Trehan can survive the punishing contests to claim her as his wife, the true battle for Bettina’s heart is yet to come. And unleashing a millennium’s worth of savage need will either frighten his Bride away—or stoke Bettina’s own desires to a fever pitch.


Shadow Claim is the first book in a spinoff series of the very popular Immortal After Dark series which focuses on the Dacians and the Realm of Blood and Mist. Oddly though, in this first book Kresley Cole does not take us to the Realm of Blood and Mist, she takes us the Abaddon, the land of Death Demons, the Deathly Ones.

Prince Trehan Daciano, the Prince of Shadow, has followed the demon Caspion here. By law, otherlanders who come to Dacia can never leave. Thereby otherlanders cannot ever return with an army to take over their secret mountain lands. By leaving Dacia and returning to Abaddon, Caspion has sentenced himself to death at the hands of Trehan, the sword of the kingdom and the keeper of the law.

Once Trehan arrives in Abaddon and is awaiting his chance at his target, he is inexplicably drawn to a room in the castle spire. Vampires being a curious sort, Trehan goes to investigate what is drawing him about this room. There he finds the lovely Bettina Abaddon, half demon/half sorceri, and all drunk on demon brew. As Trehan approaches Bettina his heart begins to beat for the first time in almost 900 years. Bettina is his Bride. Now we know that a vampire becomes quite obsessed with his Bride and the very drunk Bettina and Trehan have quite the sensual tryst. Things are going very well until Trehan realizes Bettina thought he was Caspion come to bed her and save her from her fate.

The hand of the virginal Princess Bettina has been offered as the grand prize in a blood fight to the death, along with the crown of Abaddon. Bettina has long been in love with the handsome and charming Cas and hopes that he will agree to divest her of her virginity, thereby saving her the humiliation of being handed over as a prize. See as romantic as this gesture may seem, it is not just an attractive selection of studly demons who have entered the contest, most are homeless outcasts who have entered to win the crown and not the elfish looking Bettina. Her choices of suitors include an alligator shifter with scaly skin, Cerunnos (a snake like humanoid), an almost rabid lykae, and even a pus demon, and those are some of her better choices. She wants more than anything to spend her life with Cas.

As you can imagine, the very obsessive vampire does not like that his Bride is in love with another man and wants to give herself to him. Trehan has to choose between entering this contest and fighting to the death for right to have his Bride or returning to his home, for once he is seen by otherlanders he too is prohibited ever from returning to his secret home realm. As a trained killer and the enforcer of Dacia’s laws, Trehan has no doubt he will emerge the victor.

Trehan has learned one thing watching his cousin Lothaire and that is how to bargain to get what you want. As the contests begin, Trehan convinces Bettina to grant him a boon for each contestant he dispatches–lady’s choice. Bettina gives in to remove some of the more loathsome suitors. Trehan uses his boons to negotiate private time with Bettina so that he can seduce her heart from Cas. He had better work quickly since Cas too has entered the contest. If Trehan can’t win her heart before he has to kill Cas to win her hand, his Bride’s love might be lost to him forever.

THOUGHTS:

This is definitely one of the best books I have read this year. In a story that bounces between bloody fights to the death, and sensual encounters between Trehan and Bettina as Trehan tries to seduce her heart, you will not be able to decide which parts of this story are more exciting.

Trehan is a great hero–strong, thoughtful, protective and sexy.

Bettina starts the story off nearly being beaten to death by Vrekeners (who hate the evil scorceri) and she has her powers stolen by them. So she is very fearful for an immortal. Although she is half demon, she has none of their strengths or natural defenses. Scorceri have no more strengths than a human besides their powers and their immortality. Other than their magic, their eyesight is no better, they have no real strength for fighting, no claws or sharp teeth or other natural defenses. So once Bettina loses her power, she is like a human in an immortals world and absolutely afraid that the Vrekeners will find her again and finish the job. This brings us to why Bettina would agree to be the prize in this battle to the death. Her demon godfather and her scorceri godmother have indicated that they will kill the Vrekeners and return her power once she is married to the winner of the battle. They also believe the strongest winning warrior will give Bettina a sense of security that he can protect her and thereby alleviate her fears.

If Shadow Claim is an example of how much further Kresley Cole can take her Immortal After Dark series, then I say spin away to your heart’s content. I cannot wait to see where she will take us next.

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Favorite Scene:

All she could think over and over: That vampire was in my bed, touching me as no other had before.

As he closed the distance, she felt increasingly weak and breathless, as if a flash-fever had taken hold.

How could merely looking at someone make her react physically? One word arose in her consciousness. Daliz. In Demonish, it meant lightning—in addition to another quaint, old-timey meaning.

“Who is that gorgeous male?” Morgana asked.

Bettina had never heard her sound so interested in a stranger.

The vampire wasn’t gorgeous to Bettina, but he was…striking.

“Oh, my gold, is he a Forbearer?” Morgana asked.

With his clear eyes, Daciano looked like one. No one would ever guess he was from the fabled Realm of Blood and Mist.

Once he neared the lower grandstand, Bettina subtly shook her head, warning him away, but he didn’t break his stride.

Earlier when Caspion had approached the sign-in table, the crowd had cheered for one of their own. As the vampire approached, everyone grew silent.

Crickets. A dog barked in the distance. A demon cub gave a cry.

“Your name?” Raum asked in puzzlement.

“I’m called the Prince of Shadow,” Daciano answered in that resonating voice.

“Where do you hail from? What is your standard?”

“I hail from nowhere you know.” The vampire retrieved a beautiful antique-looking banner of red and gray from his coat, handing it to Raum. “This is my standard. I enter for the hand of Bettina.”

He can’t lie? Then he’s not here just to kill Cas? He wants to marry me? She just stopped herself from fanning her face.

Why can’t I catch my breath?

Her godfather cast him a studying glance. Raum couldn’t bar the vampire entrance, but surely he would demand more information.

Instead Raum examined the standard, returned it, then offered Daciano the blade and quill. “Well then, Prince of Nowhere. Sign your name.”

Still holding her gaze, the vampire dragged the blade across his palm, never looking down at the contract, never taking his penetrating eyes off her.

Bettina could tell Morgana was glancing from the vampire to her and back, but didn’t acknowledge her godmother’s curiosity.

Once Daciano’s entry was complete, Raum announced, “The lists are filled! The tournament has officially begun.”

Cheering sounded from the spectators before Raum quieted them once more. “Now, on the first night of the tournament, we will have a melee, All competitors will go in unarmed, race to reach strategically placed weapons, then kill at will.”

“Oh, I’ve always enjoyed a spirited melee!” Morgana said, as if she were talking about a potato-sack race. Then she glanced past Bettina, her eyes gleaming with approval—no doubt ogling the vampire.

When Betting refused to look at him, Morgana tapped her chin with a metal claw. “You don’t appear to be an afterthought with that one, dearest freakling. You appear to be the only thought.

Bettina’s gaze darted to Daciano. His overall demeanor was bored. But she could see his cunning gaze taking in his enemies. She suspected she was about to witness the lethality she’d only sensed before.

Would he target Cas immediately?

Turning to Bettina, Morgana said, “I believe the Prince of Shadow is particularly motivated. He looks like his heart is in this. His beating heart.”

Something Witchy by A.J. Myers

Something Witchy (Mystics & Mayhem #1)


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Publisher: Parasite Publishing
Publishing Date: November 15, 2012
eBook: 210 pages

Rating: 4 stars


My name is Ember Blaylock. Welcome to the World of Weird—better known as my life.
It wasn’t always like this. I was once a normal high school senior, just filling out college apps and trying to stay sane long enough to get out of Moonlight, Missouri. Preferably before I ended up in a straight-jacket out of sheer boredom.
At first, my only problems were my increasingly unwanted ability to see the dead and my desperation to remove the stalker known as my ex-boyfriend from my life. Somewhere along the line I must have pissed off the Bad Karma Fairy. Maybe I stepped on the wrong toadstool or peed in Loki’s personal swimming pool—I really don’t know. All I do know is I’m about to have the worst week of my life. Maybe the worst week of any teenager’s life. Ever.
All because of a dead guy.

From the second pale, too-hot-to-be-real Nathan Ashley stepped out of the wreckage of his mangled sports car, my life spiraled into complete and utter chaos. One minute, I’m quasi-normal, the next I’m being kidnapped by a vampire, I’m having weird, creepy powers sprout up out of nowhere, and I’m running from a demon who wants to get more familiar with my anatomy…or kill me. Again. Yeah, did I mention he’s done it before?

Anybody know if those straight-jackets come in pink?


PUBLISHER’S SUMMARY
Since childhood, Ember Blaylock has been able to see ghosts. Spirits. The pulse-impaired. No matter what you call them, they’re all dead—and more than annoying. Despite spending her whole life trying to normalize everything around her as much as possible, Ember has always known that her gift is special. But if she thought that she and her ghostly posse were the only strange residents in the small town of Moonlight, Missouri, she was dead wrong.

Ember has never let a guy past her walls…or the second date. But her most recent mistake, Jack, isn’t taking ‘no’ for an answer. And the more insistent he is, the more creeped out Ember gets. The persistent lurking around, the non-stop text messages and phone calls, the gifts she’s never asked for and doesn’t want, the fact she can’t even get a cup of coffee at her favorite coffee shop without him showing up. Those things would be bad enough. But there’s also the fact that every time she looks at him, she smells smoke. And every time he touches her, she feels like she’s on fire—and not in a good way.

Then she meets Nathan Ashley. Unlike Jack, Nathan is everything Ember’s ever wanted in a guy. Tall, muscular, and beautiful in a totally unnatural way, everything about him calls to her. There’s only one problem. He’s kind of dead.

Nathan drags Ember, kicking and screaming, into a world infinitely weirder and crazier than any she ever dreamed existed. But, when he tells her the truth about her stalkerish ex, she realizes she doesn’t have a lot of choices. Because Jack isn’t Jack anymore. He’s been taken over by a demon who has followed her through lifetimes. Nathan, who knows a lot more than he’s willing to tell, decides to take the matter of her safety into his own hands.

Yeah, because it’s every girl’s dream come true to be kidnapped by a vampire.

And because ghosts, demons, and vampires just aren’t enough to make any girl’s life a waking nightmare, Ember’s about to learn a truth she could have done without. The hints of freaky phenomena she’s experienced her whole life are proof of a terrible secret nobody bothered to tell her. She’s a blood witch, a very powerful one. Bound as a child by her grandmother, her memories tampered with for her own good, her abilities have—mostly—remained dormant, but it’s time for her to take her place in the witchy world and learn to harness her power.

With time running out, Ember finds herself faced with the hardest choices of her life. Does she face her demon? Will she give her heart away, or run from the only man she’s ever wanted? And is she strong enough to embrace her powers and face her destiny?
Because, if she’s not, she’s going to be joining her army of the dead a lot sooner than she’d like.

THOUGHTS:

This was a great debut novel from A.J. Myers. The story kept me intrigued and the characters were very interesting. Something Witchy lays a great foundation for a new series and gives us hint where we will go from here. This is a young adult book, so grab a copy for yourself or your favorite teen, or even a copy for each of you.

Ember is brave and clever. Ember is also 18 so we will give her some leeway in the decision making department since we all made stupid decisions at 18 based on pride and embarrassment vs. playing it smart and safe.

Ember is like any other high school senior full the self-doubt and body issues which are a big factor in her relationship issues with Nathan. Ember considers herself too short and too curvy and is unbearably attracted with Nathan, the gorgeous vampire, and although he is flirty and seductive, Ember can’t imagine what interest she may hold for him. Ember believes she could only be a passing entertainment to Nathan and he’ll break her heart.

Although Ember sees ghosts and believes that makes her a freak, Ember is unaware of the supernaturals who also share the earth. Through persistence and a flash of fang, Nathan convinces her that he is a vampire, but Ember refuses to believe that she is a witch.

The only things which caused me annoyance was the fact that one of Nathan’s abilities as a vampire was to read minds. Although he read every single thought that came into Ember’s head, he seems to skip ALL her thoughts pertaining to her feelings for Nathan–since he couldn’t possible feel anything for her, he is a gorgeous vampire and she’d just a gawky teenager, blah, blah, blah, teenage angst… Nathan wants to win Ember’s trust before he confesses all, but he doesn’t realizes that the choices he is making is undermining any trust she has for him? I can understand her teenage issues, but as a 400 plus vampire who could read minds, he should have handled this better.

Understandably, since this was a young adult story, part of the basis for this mixed signals and back and forth is to keep our couple out of bed, but there was so much back and forth, he’s hot, but she’s cold, then she’s all hot and bothered and he’s giving the cold shoulder.

I understand from the publisher information that the demon, Jack, has been trying to get Ember to be his for centuries, and her constant refusal has lead him to kill her over and over and over, with Nathan always coming too late to save her. But, I didn’t feel there was any explanation why Jack was so focused on Ember since it is not her looks as she has looked different in her different reincarnations and I’m not certain whether or not she was a witch in her past lives. So the big question is why was Jack so obsessed with Ember? Hopefully Book #2 will shed more light on what makes Ember sooo special.

Go to our interview with A.J. Myers and she can give us a peek into where the series will go from here.


Favorite Scene:

I felt my mouth pop open as I stared at him, but I couldn’t seem to make it close again. I had never seen anyone so gorgeous in my life. He as tall and muscular, a quality emphasized by the tight black t-shirt he wore. Shaggy brown hair framed a porcelain-pale face that sculptors would probably kill to replicate. He had a straight nose, strong jaw, and full, very soft-looking, lips. Just looking at those lips was enough to make me wonder…

Yeah…oh yeah.

Oh, please turn around! I thought, practically willing him to do it. As far as I could tell, he was a perfect eleven on a scale of one to ten, but I couldn’t be sure until I saw his butt. He didn’t disappoint me, either. I could have sworn I heard him laugh when he turned to look at the damage to the back of his car, but I chalked it up to the lust-fueled fog he had put me in playing tricks with my brain.

Yep, perfect eleven…maybe even a twelve.

Having given me a nice glimpse of his perfect behind, he turned around and looked right at me, and those magnificent lips turned up ever so slightly at the corners, almost like he knew what I was thinking and found it amusing. I wasn’t looking at his lips anymore, though. His eyes were hypnotic. They were beautiful—a brilliant hazel that seemed to glow ever so slightly.

I felt that stare like a physical touch. It slammed into me, making my heart hammer and my skin tingle like I had been electrocuted—only in a very, very, good way. I stood there, unable to move, and watched as he made his way toward me with an almost predatory grace. The closer he got, the more intense the sensations surging through me became.

He stopped less than five feet from me, and I felt something entirely new. It was a ripping sensation. Like something had torn loose inside me, followed by a wave of something I couldn’t name but absolutely loved. I swayed a little as it washed through me. It was the most intense, and possibly the scariest, thing that had ever happened to me. And I wanted it to go on forever.

“Are you all right?” he asked, his voice so warm, so silky-soft, that I wanted to roll up in it and stay there forever. My eyes went wide, and he smiled at me again and winked.

“Um—I-I’m fine,” I stammered, totally at a loss for words.

“Are you sure?” he asked. “You look a little dazed, gorgeous.”

I had officially entered some alternate universe I had no business being in. We’re talking about a guy who looked like he had fallen straight out of heaven or something, and he was calling me gorgeous. I wanted to pinch myself to make sure I hadn’t died in the wreck and landed in some awesome version of the afterlife.

Wild About You by Kerrelyn Sparks

Wild About You (Love at Stake, #13)


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Publisher: Avon
Publishing Date: November 27, 2012
Paperback: 384 pages

Rating: 5 stars


It’s not every day that Elsa Bjornberg feels delicate, not when she hosts a home renovation show where she can effortlessly demolish a kitchen. But from the moment she meets Howard Barr, this bear of a man makes her feel like a woman. And the way he looks at her, as if she were a pot of honey he’d like to lick…

Howard is not like most men. For one thing, he’s a shapeshifter. And he always thought his celebrity crush would never amount to anything more than drooling at Elsa on TV. When his meddling vampire employer gets involved, the star is suddenly within his grasp—and within a hair of her life. For an ancient curse forbids their newfound love, and Howard is suddenly torn between his desire for her and his desire to keep her alive.


In the Wanted: Undead or Alive, we last saw Howard chasing after werewolf packmaster of Alaska, Rhett Bleddyn, who disappeared with some vampire help. We find our why in Wild About You. Rhett Bleddyn like Howard is from Alaska. We learn right away that twenty years ago, on the night of the senior prom, Rhett was responsible for the death of Howard’s first love and during the ensuing fight it was believed that Howard killed Rhett. Howard was then banished from Alaska. Now Howard knows that Rhett didn’t die that night and Howard wants Rhett to pay for what he has done.

While Howard is away, Tino Draganesti lets out a secret to his mother which involves Howard’s dream girl. After a little snooping, Shanna learns that Howard’s dream girl is Elsa Bjornberg a/k/a Amazon Ellie from International Home Wreckers. Shanna has been unhappy about having to leave her White Plains home and move to the Dragon Nest Academy. So she decides to kill two birds with one stone and she invites Elsa and her team to renovate the carriage house on the grounds of the Academy.

When Howard returns from Alaska, he is not happy with Shanna’s meddling, but he won’t turn down the opportunity to get to know Elsa in person and see if she is the same person he has fallen for in his dreams.

Elsa has never felt dainty and feminine until she meets Hot, Hunky, Handsome Howard Barr. She realizes why Howard is so big when she sees him change into a grizzly bear. Howard will have his work cut out for him trying to convince Elsa that he is really a teddy bear at heart.

Elsa is very excited to work with Howard until she begins having dreams right after meeting Howard that are too like the stories that her aunts used to tell her about a family curse. What is worse is that soon Howard realizes that the curse sounds too much like the curse his grandfather tells stories about and both legends end the same—with the beast killing his lover.

Do they have to toss away the greatest love either has known? Neither want to believe that a curse can tear them apart, but should Elsa and Howard resist their feelings for Elsa’s safety or fight together against the dangers facing them?

THOUGHTS:

Kerrelyn Sparks works her magic again. This time for sweet and cuddly Howard Barr. Howard has been around since the first books, always in the background, always as someone the group can depend on and we start to see Howard emerge from the background in Sexiest Vampire Alive when Howard goes with Gregori and Abby on their mission.

I would have liked to see a little more romance between Elsa and Howard since she did spend a lot of time being afraid of the family curse and coming to terms with Howard being a were-bear. This mixed in with the side story of Rhett Bleddyn and Elsa coming to terms with her family issues, we had a lot of ground to cover in the 236 pages we were given and the romance was only squeezed in between all the happenings.

Received an ARC from abovethetreeline.com courtesy of the publisher.


Favorite Scene:

“Please. I need more time.”

“Elsa.” He wrapped his arms around her and pulled her tight. “I’ll give you all the time you need, but please don’t spend it convincing yourself that I’m dangerous. Or that I’m going to hurt you. How could I hurt you when I’m falling for you?”

“Oh, Howard.” She rested her head on his shoulder. “I do want to believe you, but this were-bear stuff is so…”

“Amazing?”

“Frightening.” She leaned back to study his face. “What if you lose control?”

“I’m always in complete control. Of the bear, that is.” He glanced won at his swollen groin. “Other parts seems to have a mind of their own.”

She gave him a wry look. “Beast.”

“Goldilocks.” He kissed her brow. “Will you admit the truth?”

“What truth?”

He leaned close to whisper in her ear, “You liked my butt.”

She swatted his shoulder. “Would you get over yourself?”

He chuckled. “I would actually prefer to talk about your naked body. If you could give me something to go on.” His hand slid over the curve of her rump. “Oh, yeah, this is—“

“Will you stop?” She shoved him away with an exasperated look. “I’m still on shock, and you keep trying to feel me up?”

“Right.” He nodded. “My apologies. He gave her a forlorn look. “I’m a bad little bear.”

Her mouth twitched. “Can you ever be serious?”

“I’m serious about you.” He smiled. “Seriously.”

She gave him a bemused look. “And this is the personality of a grizzly?”

“Think of me as a big, cuddly, honey bear.”

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As far as the novel itself, it was a well written twist on the original story, mostly adding daydreams and fantasies…I mean, come on, Mr. Darcy’s a guy. You know he was admiring more than just her fine eyes–or in my story, my fine eyes. *he,he* In my copy, the only character I changed was Elizabeth to myself and left all the other characters alone. So it was fun to find myself staring in one of my favorite novels and being chased by Mr. Darcy. If I had any critique, it would be that Elizabeth (me–slut that I am) does leave the realm of fantasy and gives in to Mr. Wickham which does negate the whole “my sister shamed the family by running off with Wickham” after Wickham has Elizabeth (me) bent over a table, and it was in especially poor taste since this is after reading Darcy’s letter pointed out what a evil bastard Wickham is. I should be ashamed of myself.

I also requested a copy of the eBook Blood Lust and can’t even tell you what my husband and I were doing on the island with the vampires without blushing. My husband did ask if I pictured him while I was reading, and I assured him that I did, but he look remarkably like the new star of the CW show Arrow, Stephen Amell, abs and all, and I look, as I always do, just like Angelina Jolie.

I plan on surprising my four sisters-in-law this Christmas with their own version of Little Women, which I hopefully haven’t blown just now by putting that down in my blog.

My only disappointment, being a big eBook reader, is that all of the eBook choices are the racier novels and the classic books choices must be in print form.

So maybe your favorite matchmaker would like to star as Emma Woodhouse, or those newlyweds in your family would enjoy starring as those great lovers, Romeo and Juliet. A great introduction to reading for the younger crowd may be your daughter staring as Alice in Alice in Wonderland or your son joining the lost boys in Neverland as either John, Michael or better yet, as Peter Pan.

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Nice Girls Don’t Have Fangs by Molly Harper

Nice Girls Don't Have Fangs (Jane Jameson, #1)


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Publisher: Pocket Star
Publishing Date: March 9, 2009
Paperback: 355 pages

Rating: 5 stars


Maybe it was the Shenanigans gift certificate that put her over the edge. When children’s librarian and self-professed nice girl Jane Jameson is fired by her beastly boss and handed twenty-five dollars in potato skins instead of a severance check, she goes on a bender that’s sure to become Half Moon Hollow legend. On her way home, she’s mistaken for a deer, shot, and left for dead. And thanks to the mysterious stranger she met while chugging neon-colored cocktails, she wakes up with a decidedly unladylike thirst for blood.
Jane is now the latest recipient of a gift basket from the Newly Undead Welcoming Committee, and her life-after-lifestyle is taking some getting used to. Her recently deceased favorite aunt is now her ghostly roommate. She has to fake breathing and endure daytime hours to avoid coming out of the coffin to her family. She’s forced to forgo her favorite down-home Southern cooking for bags of O negative. Her relationship with her sexy, mercurial vampire sire keeps running hot and cold. And if all that wasn’t enough, it looks like someone in Half Moon Hollow is trying to frame her for a series of vampire murders. What’s a nice undead girl to do?


Librarian Jane Jameson is having a really bad day. She was just fired from her job from the Half-Moon Hollow’s Public Library, to be replaced by her boss’s alphabetically challenged daughter, and instead of a severance check, she got a $25.00 gift certificate to Shenanigan’s. The day was starting to look better after a plate of potato skins and a pitcher of mudslides, she meets a dark and gorgeous stranger who found her delightful and charming instead of the usual “odd and quirky.”

Well, her day was looking up, that is until she was heading home and her car broke down on the side of the road, and if that’s not bad enough, Bud McElray drives past and mistakes her for a eight-point buck and shoots her in the chest, leaving her to bleed to death in a ditch on the side of the road. Aww, crap!

At least that was the last thing she remembers before she woke up in the said dark, gorgeous stranger’s bed. Oh, no, did she actually just become an unemployed, drunken, one-night-stand floosy? No, wait–she died…

That’s how Jane figured out Mr. Tall, Dark and Yummy was a vampire, and now she was one too. Gabriel Nightengale, vampire sire, was following Jane home to make sure she arrived safely after her Shenanigan’s bender and saw her get shot and left in the ditch.

Life changing though this was, oddly enough, this had a lot of competition for the weirdest thing in Jane’s life.

Her best friend since grade school, Zeb, finally had an actual date…with a woman, and not just any woman, a werewolf.

Her Grandma Ruthie a/k/a Black Widow Ruthie has just killed off another Grandpa. Grandpa Fred just died of an unfortunate Viagra overdose.

And now that she’s a vampire, Jane can see her that her Great Aunt Jettie never went into the light, and her ghostly form is still hanging around Jane’s house and is now dating Jane’s recently deceased Grandpa Fred.

And Mama…oh don’t get her started on Mama…

Then Jane realizes that there is something worse than being fired, mistaken for a prize buck and being turned into a vampire…telling her Mama she’s now a vampire

THOUGHTS:

Take vampires, werewolves, ghosts and add a whole lot of snarky humor and you have Molly Harper’s Jane Jameson series. I don’t believe I have ever laughed out loud as much as I have while listening to this series. That crazy woman in the car next to you laughing like a loon is me…*smile and wave*.

Jane is the perfect blend of the well read librarian, with a real Jane Austin obsession, and the queen of snarky comments. I love snarky heroines.

Her friends are crazy, but her family is absolutely insane, from the overbearing southern mother, to the jealous, former cheerleader sister who wants Jane’s house and all the family collectibles, and the grandmother who keeps killing off husbands.

Gabriel is sexy, overprotective and mysterious as all good vampire boyfriends should be, and Jane’s new vampire friend and Gabriel’s old enemy, Richard “Dick” Chaney is a riot.

Since this is a first person perspective story, you get a full dose of the quirky character that is Jane Jameson.

This a hysterical series and I am breezing right through it. If you like your paranormal romance with a great deal of fun, you need to take a trip with me to Half-Moon Hollow, Kentucky where crazy is just the same old-same old.


Favorite Scene:

“All my life, I’ve wanted to be more interesting than I am, special,” I said, turning to Gabriel and, I’m sure, grinning like an idiot. “And now it seems I’ve got ‘special’ out the ying-yang. I don’t know if I can handle it.”

He made an inscrutable face. “I’ve been a vampire for a long time, and I’ve never it described quite like that.”

“I do have a way with words,” I admitted.

I crossed my arms. “OK, lighting round. Real or fake: Werewolves”

“Real.”

“Demons?”

“Very real.”

“Sasquatch?”

“Real, but he’s actually a were-ape.”

I decided to explore that later. “Aliens?”

“I don’t know.”

“Witches?”

“Real.” He shrugged. “Some work real magic, and others are deluded children in black makeup and ill-fitting clothes.”

“Good to know,” I said soberly. “Wait, what about zombies? I couldn’t even get through the preview for Dawn of the Dead without covering my eyes.”

“You don’t want to know.”

I made a little small distressed sound. He chuckled, something I noticed was becoming more frequent.

“I know Dracula was a real person, but is he still, you know, around?” I asked.

“No one knows for sure. He’s a bit like our Elvis. Lots of vampires have claimed to see him, but there’s never been documented proof. You ask a lot of questions.”

“I’m a librarian. The learning curve is steep,” I said, ever so sassily jutting my chin forward.

“You’re going to be an interesting person to know, Jane Jameson,” he said, leaning forward and brushing his mouth across mine.

To Tempt an Irish Rogue by Kaitlin O’Riley

To Tempt an Irish Rogue (Hamilton Sisters, #4)


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Publisher: Zebra Books
Publishing Date: November 6, 2012
Paperback: 334 pages

Rating: 4 stars


She wanted a life of her own…Paulette Hamilton loves working in her family’s London bookshop. Strong-willed and sharp-witted, she hopes to one day open a second shop, and she won’t let romantic follies get in her way. But the best laid plans have never met such a handsome Irish widower with a dubious history.

He wanted to leave his behind…Declan Reeves came to London with his young daughter to escape his life in Ireland. Though he’s vowed to never marry again, he quickly falls prey to the tempting blue eyes of fair-haired Paulette. But her family is suspicious of his past, and before he can make her his wife, he must travel to Ireland to vindicate his reputation. Torn between honor and desire, Declan and Paulette launch a perilous search for the truth. Whether it lies in the past or a present beyond their control, it’s their only hope for a future together.


Declan Reeves, Lord Cashelmore, has brought his young daughter to London for a fresh start and to escape the whispers and rumors circulating around Dublin that he had any hand in his wife’s death. He is also hoping to find a doctor who can help his daughter speak again for she hasn’t uttered a word since she saw her mother die.

When he takes her into a quaint bookshop on the edge of Town, he meets a very intriguing young woman who owns the shop, who makes his daughter smile for the first time in a year.

Paulette Hamilton is the middle Hamilton sister and she and her sister, Colette, have run Hamilton Bookstore since their father passed away. They are now on the verge of opening up a second store on the other side of London and are working fiercely as the opening day approaches. Paulette has never had the time or the inclination to chase a husband, but she can’t help but be drawn to the handsome Declan and his adorable daughter, Mara.

Although Declan has no desire to ever marry again, he enjoys spending most afternoons bringing his daughter to Miss Hamilton’s bookstore. Her delightful smile and lovely eyes lift the spirits of Declan and his daughter.

When the ugly rumors follow him to London, he realizes that he must return to Ireland to clear his name before he can truly think of what the future holds for himself, his little girl and the lovely Miss Hamilton.

THOUGHTS:

You can’t go wrong with a story featuring an adorable little girl, and her handsome and devoted father. The stress of his wife’s death and his daughter’s disability have aged Declan. As the story progresses and the time he spends with Paulette, we watch Declan almost youthen, returning to his age of only 25.

Paulette is a mature 21 year old, running her own business which she and her sister have built up, redesigning the store since their father’s death and increasing their business. Although she is very business smart, Paulette does make some stupid decisions with regard to Declan which seemed out of character for such a smart woman, especially since unlike her younger sister, she has never been interested in parties and men and finding a husband.

This was the fourth book in the series. The first three feature the three older Hamilton sisters. We meet all of the sisters in this book as they get together for the grand opening. The second oldest, Juliette, seems a very vivacious character and I have picked up a copy of her story, Desire in His Eyes. The last story will be of youngest sister, Yvette, and the best friend of Colette’s husband, who is the bastard son of a Duke. From meeting them in this book, they have a bit of a Little Women, Laurie and Amy, feel to them.


Favorite Scene:

“Where in Ireland are you from?”

“Dublin.”

“Is it very different from London?”

“Not very. In some ways they are very much alike. Then again, most large cities are the same.”

“I wouldn’t know. I’ve never been anywhere except here,” Paulette said with a sigh.

“All large cities seem to be the same. Crowded, noisy, and dirty.”

Paulette laughed at his remark. “I’ve heard people say that. How long are you planning to stay in London?”

“I’m not sure yet. Now it’s my turn,” Declan said, with a grin.

“Your turn for what?”

“My turn to ask you questions.”

Paulette smiled. “Oh, I guess that’s only fair.”

He placed his hand under his chin, resting his elbow on the counter. “Why aren’t you married, Paulette? A beautiful girl like you?”

Surprised by his question, she was also caught off guard by his compliment. “I haven’t met anyone I want to marry.”

“Why is that, do you think?”

“I honestly don’t know.”

“But you’re happy here, working in the bookshop with your sisters?”

“Yes, very much so.”

“How old are you?”

“I’ll be twenty-one next month. How old are you?” she asked.

Declan shook his head. “Oh, no. My turn is not over. No questions from you yet. But if you must know I’m five and twenty.”

“Oh.” He was much closer to her in age than she had originally thought. “You must have married very young! Why, Mara is four years old, isn’t she?”

“Paulette?”

“Yes?”

“You’re interrupting my turn.”

“I’m sorry. I promise I won’t interrupt again. Please continue.”

“Thank you.” He paused a moment before asking, “Why did you let me kiss you this morning?”

What had she let him kiss her? She’d been asking herself that same question all day and had only been able to come up with one response.

“Because I couldn’t help it. I’d never been kissed before and I—“

“Do you mean to tell me that no man has kissed you before me?” Declan was clearly astonished. “Before today?”

“No.” Flooded with embarrassment, Paulette felt her cheeks grow warm. Why did speaking about kissing her seem more mortifying than his actually kissing her? She had no idea, but she liked sitting here with him, talking. He was surprisingly easy to converse with.

“Well, thank you, Paulette. That was an honor I didn’t know I had. Now I feel even more regretful over kissing you though.”

“Oh, don’t regret it!” she cried out. “I thought our kiss was wonderful! Didn’t you?”

“You’re a funny little thing, aren’t you?” He looked amused by her. “Do you always say exactly what you’re thinking?”

“Not deliberately.” She paused, feeling slightly panicked. “Didn’t you think it was wonderful? Kissing me?”

“Yes, I did.” Declan admitted, his emerald eyes glittering as he looked at her. “Perhaps too much.”

“Why too much?”

He laughed. “You’re asking the questions against, lass.”

Rescue My Heart by Jill Shalvis

Rescue My Heart (Animal Magnetism, #3)


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Publisher: Berkley
Publishing Date: November 6, 2012
Paperback: 304 pages

Rating: 4 stars


After a tragic stint in the National Guards, Adam Connelly returns to Idaho and to Belle Haven, the animal shelter he owns with his brothers. All Adam wants is to be alone. Then he opens the door to the past—the woman whose heart he once broke. Still gorgeous, still tough-as-nails, but this time, unusually vulnerable. Holly learned the hard way to never depend on a man for anything. Now, of all men, Adam is the last one she wants to see, and the only one she needs. Her father has gone missing in the Bitterroot Mountains and she could use someone with tracking skills to help find him. For Holly and Adam, each with their ghosts, a trek this desperate, this unpredictable, and this intimate, will have its share of risks—including opening their hearts one more time.


In the third story of her Animal Magnetism series, Jill Shalvis tells the story of younger brother, Adam. Adam was always the rebellious, bad boy of the brothers, always acting up and getting in trouble. This bad boy image was an instant draw to good girl Holly Reid. But when a night of drag racing leads to a death, even bad boy Adam knows that he needs to make a change to his life or the only future he will have will involve prison time. He also knows that no matter what he feels for Holly, he needs to push her away and make a clean break for both of them. So when Adam leaves for the army, he leaves both Belle Haven and Holly behind.

After Holly has her heart broken by Adam, she decides she needs to get away from Idaho as well. She also needs to get away from her often well meaning but controlling father and brother. She moves to NYC for college and falls for her smooth talking professor. He whispers of the love she couldn’t have with Adam. Regrettably, their marriage quickly falls apart once her professor returns to his old habits of young teaching assistants. Finally his whispers of regret and apology fall on deaf ears and Holly takes the initiative of recreating own future.

Now both Adam and Holly have returned to Sunshine, Idaho. Two very proud and stubborn people. Holly is trying to hide her disastrous marriage and her recent divorce and is now running her father’s ranch. Adam is trying to hide his post-traumatic stress disorder and recreate a life doing search and rescue in the foothills of the Idaho mountains. When Holly’s father goes missing, she needs help from the one man who turned his back on her and broke her heart.

The decisions they made in their youth did not bring them the happiness they were looking for, and when fate brings Holly and Adam back together, will they use their mature wisdom to make up for the past or will they forever let their rocky pasts dictate their future?

THOUGHT:

This was my first Jill Shalvis book and although I enjoyed it, there was nothing too spectacular about it. Now I didn’t say it was bad. It was a light, quick read with nice characters, but the storyline was a little bland. I was disappointed with the fact that this was part of the Animal Magnetism series which is supposed to be featuring dogs and animals as part of the Belle Haven Animal Rescue, and although Adam trained search and rescue dogs, there really wasn’t too much dog time in this dog-centric story. Adams PTSD kept him from doing anything more than organizing the search and rescues and it wasn’t even the main focus of the story. Even the plot of the story which gets Adam and Holly alone, the search of the woods and mountains for Holly’s father, they mostly just drove around to his usual hunting haunts. There really should be more dog-time in your dog-centric book.

If you read the first two books of the series, you will probably enjoy Adam and Holly’s story. I am interested in the set up of Holly’s brother and Holly’s best friend. I do love those friends to lover stories. There is obviously something there between them, but Holly’s brother is currently overseas fighting in Afghanistan. Holly and her brother talk on Skype and there is too much interest in what Holly’s shy friend is doing and who she is dating if there is no romantic interest on his part. I am planning on checking out that story when it comes out.

Received ARC from netgalley.com, courtesy of the publisher. Thank you.


Favorite Scene:

My review copy expired before I could attach my favorite scene. Opps! Sorry.

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