Wednesday, 29 February 2012

My book boyfriend #38 Vaughn from Unsticky

My book boyfriend is hosted by Missie @ The Unread Reader

Unsticky by Sara Manning has been on my shelf for ages and I only picked it up when I saw another blogger refer to the main character Vaughn as being a bit like Christian from E.L James Fifty series. There are some similarities but I thought Unsticky was more of a British Pretty Woman type story which I ended up really enjoying.

Grace is up to her eyeballs in debt, living in a damp ridden flat, overlooked at work and was dumped by her latest boyfriend in the handbag department in Liberty's. Vaughn is a rich, successful art dealer, he's old fashioned looking in his late thirties, early forties with a proper public school English accent.

He gives her an interesting proposition. Grace is to be his paid mistress in return for attending arty type events as his eye candy he will give her £5,000 per month and a £2,000 clothing allowance. She uses Vaughn to get out of debt and he uses Grace in his dealings with various arty types and has her at his beck and call.

I have to admit *looks around warily* I actually liked Vaughn. There I've said it. He's a complex kind of character. He's posh, he's really nasty to Grace at times, he unapologetically admits he's difficult to be around, he can be cold, he can be very hot, he can talk dirty when required, he's super confident and also terribly insecure about certain things. He's controlling, impatient and sarcastic and doesn't know what to do when Grace actually makes him happy. I picked David Gandy in a suit as my Vaughn, his hair colour isn't quite right but he has that posh English gentleman thing going on. Here's some of my favourite quotes:

You're offering to buy me a drink? He didn't sound at all repulsed. "That's ... well, rather charming. You lower-middle-class girls do have beautiful manners."
"I am not lower middle class." Grace gritted immediately. "I come from Worthing and my grandfather was a bank manager, for God's sake" Vaughn laughed again and being mad at him made the nerves and the awkwardness melt away. "I'm sorry, did I ask you out for a drink? I must have taken huge amounts of drugs at some point during the evening." 

"So how does this work then?" she asked curiously. "Would I have to live with you?" She had a sudden vision of herself handing Vaughn a perfectly mixed vodka martini as he came through the front door and asking him in a seductive purr, "Hard day at the office dear?"
Vaughn gave a snort of laughter, which nixed that idea. He even slapped one hand against his knee, which was completely unnecessary. "There aren't enough incentives in the world to persuade anyone to put up with me seven days a week."
Grace let out tiny sips of air. "Are you really that bad?"
"Yes I am. I hope it's going to be an exciting experience for you, but I'm not the easiest man to be with. You should think very carefully about what you're agreeing to." Vaughn advised, his eyes fixed unwaveringly on hers. "I'll give you one last chance to back out, but then all bets are off." 

"I'm so proud of you," he said , putting her down again but keeping his arms round her waist. "And you're not taking me out to celebrate this is my treat."
"I'd rather go to bed," Grace said simply as she brushed against Vaughn slowly and deliberately, but when she glanced up to make sure that they were on the same page, he was giving her a quizzical look that wasn't at all convincing.
"Are you tired?" he stepped back and held Grace at arms length, when she tried to follow. "You should have said."
Grace shrugged out of her jacket and let it fall to the floor. Then she started unbuttoning her blouse, Vaughn's eyes voraciously following the steady movement of her fingers. It wasn't until she slipped the blouse off her shoulders and threw it aside, that he took her hand.
"Maybe we both need a power nap" he decided, his eyes darkening as he bent his head to kiss her. 

*Sighs dreamily* every day should be a Gandy candy day don't you think?

Monday, 27 February 2012

Review: Born Wicked by Jessica Spotswood

Born Wicked
(The Cahill Witch Chronicles #1)
Jessica Spotswood
Publication date: 7th Feb 2012

"Blessed with a gift..."cursed" with a secret."
Everybody knows Cate Cahill and her sisters are eccentric. Too pretty, too reclusive, and far too educated for their own good. But the truth is even worse: they're witches. And if their secret is discovered by the priests of the Brotherhood, it would mean an asylum, a prison ship - or an early grave.
Before her mother died, Cate promised to protect her sisters. But with only six months left to choose between marriage and the Sisterhood, she might not be able to keep her word . . . especially after she finds her mother's diary, uncovering a secret that could spell her family's destruction. Desperate to find alternatives to their fate, Cate starts scouring banned books and questioning rebellious new friends, all while juggling tea parties, shocking marriage proposals, and a forbidden romance with the completely unsuitable Finn Belastra.
If what her mother wrote is true, the Cahill girls aren't safe. Not from the Brotherhood, the Sisterhood - not even from each other

I've been a big fan of books about witches since I read Anne Rice's fantastic series about the Mayfair witches so I was really looking forward to Born Wicked by Jessica Spotswood.

It took me longer than I expected to finish it, the first half was a bit too slow for me I didn't exactly struggle to read it but I wasn't exactly engrossed either. Born Wicked really picks up speed and gets really interesting at just over the half way mark. I loved the historical feel of it- very Salem witch trials- Spotswood does a fantastic job of immersing the reader into that repressive, straight laced religious society that's rotten to the core and built on fear. The Brotherhood rule with an iron fist and no-one is above suspicion. Children are taught that magic is devil sent and that the women who perform magic are either wicked or mad. When accused of witchcraft the women or girls are either carted off to the asylum or prison ship. You get the feeling the Brotherhood would love to revert back to burning suspected witches at the stake.

Although the romance between Cate and Finn was very sweet (Finn the would be gardener is completely adorable) it was the relationship between the three sisters that really caught my interest. As the oldest Cate bears all the responsibility of protecting her younger sisters from both the Brotherhood and the Sisterhood. Second sister Maura is impulsive and I'm sure there is more to see from youngest sister Tess, the sisters relationship was very well written and I loved their ever changing balance of power.

Ratings wise I keep changing my mind, it's worth a four out of five but it did take a while to really get going. I will however be buying the next instalment as I do want to see what's install for the Cahill sisters and their prophecy.

My rating: nearly a four out of five...

Saturday, 25 February 2012

In my mailbox #44

In my mailbox is hosted by The Story Siren
Hello fellow readers!

I was on the countdown to one particular book in my mailbox this week. I've been reading it sloooooowly to savour it.

Here's what I bought this week...

A Perfect Blood by Kim Harrison arrggghhhh! I'm only about 48% through and although I'm enjoying it I really want more of Trent especially after the killer ending from Pale Demon!!! Something About Witches by Joey W. Hill was on my wish list last week it sounds fantastic and I really want to get stuck into it. Finally, I bought Play It Safe by Kristen Ashley, I hadn't read any of her books but I've heard great things about them and Gray from Play It Safe has been mentioned as a potential book boyfriend. I literally just finished it and it was cowboytastically good.

From Net galley
I was so disappointed that I didn't get accepted for Sacrificial Magic by Stacia Kane and I mean deeply disappointed so I requested Time Out by Jill Shalvis as a little pick me up as I've heard its tasty hot.
Here's what's been on le blog this week.
Have a great week everybody:)

On my wishlist

On my wish list is hosted by Book Chick City

Royal Street
(Sentinels of New Orleans #1)
Suzanne Johnson
Publication date:10th April 2012

As the junior wizard sentinel for New Orleans, Drusilla Jaco's job involves a lot more potion-mixing and pixie-retrieval than sniffing out supernatural bad guys like rogue vampires and lethal were-creatures. DJ's boss and mentor, Gerald St. Simon, is the wizard tasked with protecting the city from anyone or anything that might slip over from the preternatural beyond.

Then Hurricane Katrina hammers New Orleans' fragile levees, unleashing more than just dangerous flood waters.
While winds howled and Lake Pontchartrain surged, the borders between the modern city and the Otherworld crumbled. Now, the undead and the restless are roaming the Big Easy, and a serial killer with ties to voodoo is murdering the soldiers sent to help the city recover.

To make it worse, Gerry has gone missing, the wizards' Elders have assigned a grenade-toting assassin as DJ's new partner, and undead pirate Jean Lafitte wants to make her walk his plank. The search for Gerry and for the serial killer turns personal when DJ learns the hard way that loyalty requires sacrifice, allies come from the unlikeliest places, and duty mixed with love creates one bitter gumbo.

Just one book on my wish list this week, I actually got Royal Street via Net galley but I haven't got round to reading it yet despite seeing some really fantastic reviews and 5 star ratings from other bloggers who have similar taste to mine. I think I need to move this up my TBR pile.

Friday, 24 February 2012

Young Adult Paranormal Activity blog hop

I'm participating in the Young Adult Paranormal Activity Giveaway Hop hosted by

I have one copy of Born Wicked by Jessica Spotswood up for grabs.

- The giveaway is international (if the Book Depository delivers to you)
- The giveaway ends on 28th February.
- Fill in the rafflecopter thingy below.

Good luck!

Thursday, 23 February 2012

Review: The Alchemy of Forever by Avery Williams

The Alchemy of Forever
Incarnation #1
Avery Williams
Simon & Schuster UK
Publication date: 1st March 2012

After spending six hundred years on Earth, Seraphina Ames has seen it all. Eternal life provides her with the world's riches but at a very high price: innocent lives. Centuries ago, her boyfriend, Cyrus, discovered a method of alchemy that allows them to take the bodies of other humans from jumping from one vessel to the next, ending the human's life in the process. No longer able to bear the guilt of what she's done, Sera escapes from Cyrus and vows to never kill again.

Then sixteen-year old Kailey Morgan gets into a horrific car accident right in front of her, and Sera accidentally takes over her body while trying to save her. For the first time, Sera finds herself enjoying the life of the person she's inhabiting--and falling in love with the boy who lives next door. But Cyrus will stop at nothing until she's his again, and every moment she stays, she's putting herself and the people she's grown to care about in danger. Will Sera have to give up the one thing that's eluded her for centuries: true love

I'm a bit undecided about The Alchemy of Forever. The premise was really interesting, the characters likeable but I think it needed a bit more of the chillingly evil bad guy Cyrus the alchemist's son who made Sera immortal. Sera is so desperate to escape his evil clutches that she is willing to end her life for good but in witnessing a car crash she accidental takes over a new body, something that she loathes herself for doing. This time she actually enjoys her new life until her past starts to catch up with her.  For me, Cyrus was missing for a large part of the book and I felt the story lacked a certain driving force because of it.

What did grab me about The Alchemy of Forever was the enormous cliff hanger ending, designed obviously to entice the reader into buying the next instalment in the series. I usually despair of cliffhanger endings but this was a really outstanding what the hell????? moment and guarantees I will be checking out the sequel. I'm just hoping that I get to see much more of Cyrus in the next book.

My rating: 3.5 out of 5
Thanks to Simon & Schuster UK for the opportunity to read and review The Alchemy of Forever.

Tuesday, 21 February 2012

Giveaway: Alpha Instinct by Katie Reus

It's giveaway time!

I have one copy of Alpha Instinct by Katie Reus up for grabs. It's perfect if you're looking for a new series to get your teeth into and like a bit of paranormal romance.

- The giveaway is open Internationally
(as long as The Book Depository delivers to you)
- It ends on the 29th of February.
- Fill in the rafflecopter thingy below.

                                                                                    Good luck!

Monday, 20 February 2012

Review: The Future of Us by Jay Asher & Carolyn Mackler

The Future of Us
Jay Asher & Carolyn Mackler
Publication date: 21st Nov 2011

It's 1996, and Josh and Emma have been neighbours their whole lives. They've been best friends almost as long - at least, up until last November, when Josh did something that changed everything. Things have been weird between them ever since, but when Josh's family gets a free AOL CD in the mail,his mom makes him bring it over so that Emma can install it on her new computer. When they sign on, they're automatically logged onto their Facebook pages. But Facebook hasn't been invented yet. And they're looking at themselves fifteen years in the future.

By refreshing their pages, they learn that making different decisions now will affect the outcome of their lives later. And as they grapple with the ups and downs of what their futures hold, they're forced to confront what they're doing right - and wrong - in the present.

"If you want," I say, mainly to fill the silence, "you can come over and try AOL sometime."
Josh pushes his hair away from his eyes. "Tyson says it's awesome. He says it'll change your life."
"Right, but he also thinks every episode of Friends is life-changing."

The Future of Us is a bit of a blast from the past. I loved all the 1992 references: AOL's "You've got mail," thinking Wayne's World phrases were hilariously funny and the dodgy music. It reminded me of when I got my first computer at University and thought the underwater fish screen saver was amazing.

I loved the idea that by installing AOL Emma and Josh someone how end up seeing their future via their future selves Facebook posts. Their amazement and confusion at Facebook made me laugh.

"I don't know exactly what it is, but it looks like interconnected websites where people post their photos and write about everything going on in their lives, like whether they found a parking spot or what they ate for breakfast."
"But why?" Josh asks

Good question Josh. It does sound completely mental when you think about it, that we all update our Facebook status with every minor detail of our lives, often personal stuff we wouldn't tell our own mums.

Although I loved Josh, he was sweet, sensible and fairly chilled out, Emma drove me mad. I just wanted her to get a grip and work out that the perfect guy was right under her nose if she would just give him a chance. Jay Asher & Carolyn Mackler's teenagers were spot on and I chuckled along throughout the whole book.

My rating: A blast from the past- 3.5 out of 5

Saturday, 18 February 2012

In my mailbox #43

In my mailbox is hosted by The Story Siren

For review
I had an enormous squeeeeee moment when Jennifer Estep sent me a copy of Dark Frost for review. She's on my auto buy list with her Elemental Assassin series and I have loved her YA series Mythos Academy to bits so to get this in my inbox was beyond exciting.

I bought

I enjoyed Devil Without a Cause by Terri Garey so I was waiting with baited breath for A Devil Named Desire, isn't the cover just lovely? I also bought The Fine Art of Truth or Dare by Melissa Jensen which I want to read as part of my 2012 YA Contemporary challenge.

Here's what was on le blog this week:

Review of Firelight by Kristen Callihan
Firelight giveaway- it's International and still open!
My book boyfriend Archer from Firelight
Review of Someone Else's Life by Katie Dale
Review of Alpha Instinct by Katie Reus
On my wish list

Can you tell I loved Firelight???

On my wishlist

On my wish list is hosted by Book Chick City

Something About Witches
(Arcane Shot #1)
Joey W. Hill
Publication date: 7th Feb 2012

Ruby Night Divine is a witch who runs a gun shop. Magic can fail – she knows that first hand, having experienced it with full-blown tragic consequences, far beyond what Dr. Phil can fix. Smith & Wesson is a whole hell of a lot more reliable, and nothing’s as cathartic as the ability to put a few holes in the things that piss you off. Like Derek Stormwind.

A powerful sorcerer, Derek is determined to get to the bottom of why she pushed him away and ran three years before. He also wants her help. A coven needs training to face a demon and his army of minions. Oh sure. It’s amazing what sweet things a guy will offer to get back into a woman’s heart, and into her bed.

Only in this case, she knows he never left her heart, and in her bed is exactly where she wants him to be. Unfortunately, her bed’s already made, and she’s close to losing her soul. And not even Smith & Wesson or Derek Stormwind can fix that

(Angels of the Dark #1)
Gena Showalter
Publication date: 26th June 2012

From the New York Times bestselling author who brought you the Lords of the Underworld comes a dark, seductive new series featuring angels poised at the brink of destruction…

Leader of the most powerful army in the heavens, Zacharel has been deemed too dangerous, too ruthless, and if he isn’t careful, he’ll lose his wings. But this warrior with a heart of ice will not be deterred . . . until a vulnerable human tempts him with a carnal pleasure he’s never before known.

Accused of a crime she did not commit, Annabelle Miller has spent four years in an institution for the criminally insane. Demons track her every move, and their king will stop at nothing to have her. Zacharel is her only hope for survival, but is the brutal angel with a touch as hot as hell her salvation—or her ultimate damnation?

I want to check out both of these books, both are the start of a new series by well known authors. After reading and loving Angelfall by Susan Ee I've been on the look out for another good angel book and Wicked Nights sounds pretty good. I've never read anything by Joey W. Hill so I figure this is a good place to start and I saw that Mandi from Smexy Books posted on goodreads that it has a good paranormal world and darker erotic edge. So that was me completely sold.

Friday, 17 February 2012

Review: Alpha Instinct by Katie Reus

Alpha Instinct
Moon Shifter #1
Katie Reus
Publication date: 7th Feb 2012
My rating: 3.5 out of 5

Fear has a scent. So does desire…

Ana Cordona has been a strong leader for the lupine shifters who survived after all the males and most of the females in her pack were mysteriously poisoned. As tough as she is, with no Alpha male, the pack is vulnerable to the devious shifter Taggart, who wants to claim both their ranch and Ana as his own. When Connor Armstrong comes back into her life, promising protection, it’s almost enough to make Ana forget how he walked out on her before—and reluctantly accept his offer to mate.
The minute Connor sees Ana again, it reawakens a raw hunger. He must have her for his bondmate—his wolf cries out for it. But his human side knows he must proceed with caution because of their complicated past. If he is to truly have her body and soul, he must go beyond his burning desire and win back her heart. Whatever it takes, he is determined not to leave her side again.

But Taggart and his rival pack are not their only enemies. A human element in town is targeting shifters. Their plan not only threatens Ana and Connor’s future, but the lives of the entire pack…

Alpha Instinct definitely felt like the start of a good series even if there was a few things about it that I wasn't overtly keen on.

I think I assumed from the title and cover that the tough but sexy woman with the wolf tattoo and leather would be a bit more alpha like. I found myself comparing Ana to Faythe from the Shifters series by Rachel Vincent and Ana just didn't measure up. Equally, the relationship between Ana and Connor felt a bit off for me. Although the hot bits were definitely hot, Connor's refusal to be upfront with Ana and his "omissions" really put me off him. Despite being annoyed with him at first Ana kind of let him away with it a little bit too easily for my liking. I would have made him grovel! I wanted Ana to kick back and show him who the real boss was.

I did however really enjoy the other characters and could see loads of potential for further books. Liam, Connor's brother and second in command, and his human "mate" and Erin and Noah all piqued my interest. Even more tantalising was the suggestion of the scary enforcer Jayce Kazan and his ex-girlfriend Katarina, I know I'll want to read their story.

Alpha Instinct showed real promise and I'll be looking out for Primal Possession the next instalment in September.

Thursday, 16 February 2012

Review: Someone Else's Life by Katie Dale

Someone Else's Life
Katie Dale
Publication date: 2nd Feb 2012
My rating: 4 out of 5

When seventeen-year-old Rosie’s mother, Trudie, dies from Huntington’s Disease, her pain is intensified by the knowledge that she has a fifty-per-cent chance of inheriting the crippling disease herself. Only when she tells her mum’s best friend, ‘Aunt Sarah’ that she is going to test for the disease does Sarah, a midwife, reveal that Trudie was not her biological mother after all... Devastated, Rosie decides to trace her real mother, hitching along on her ex-boyfriend’s GAP year to follow her to Los Angeles. But all does not go to plan, and as Rosie discovers yet more of her family's deeply-buried secrets and lies, she is left with an agonising decision of her own - one which will be the most heart-breaking and far-reaching of all...

I know that this is a over used book reviewing cliche but Someone Else's Life really is a roller-coster of a story. It twists and turns throughout, just as I thought the story was heading in one direction yet another surprise was thrown into the mix. My advise is don't over analyse the plot twists in this one, just go with the flow to the end as it's a worthwhile read.

Rosie's story was heartbreakingly good (dying Mum's always tug at my heartstrings) after losing her mum to Huntington's disease Rosie has to make the potentially life changing decision to be tested for Huntington's herself as it's hereditary in 50% of cases. This results in her finding out that the mother she nursed through a terminal illness wasn't actually her real mother. What Rosie doesn't realise is that her very personal quest to unearth the truth about her birth will affect the lives of numerous other people. As the story of her birth unfolds it really highlights that one "little" lie, even if done with the best of intentions can have wide reaching and heart breaking consequences.

Someone Else's Life was thoroughly entertaining in a over the top but still quite sad way. It really made me think if some family secrets are actually best left untouched. Equally, it made me consider if I would really want to know if I had a terminal illness that might not affect me for a number of years, could I stand not knowing or would it make me value life more? I'm not sure what I would do.
Despite all of the melodrama Someone Else's Life kept me hooked from the very first page right to the end.

Thanks to Simon & Schuster UK for the opportunity to read and review Someone Else's Life.

Wednesday, 15 February 2012

My book boyfriend #36- Lord Archer from Firelight

My book boyfriend is hosted by Missie @ The Unread Reader

I fell madly in love with Lord Benjamin Archer the tortured hero in Firelight by Kristen Callihan. Lord Archer is the kind of alpha male that I adore. He's a wealthy aristocrat but wears a mask which covers up half of his face because of his mysterious "curse". He's protective, romantic a little bit scary but completely swoon worthy. The sexual tension between Archer and Miranda is agonizingly good and left me desperate for more.

When reading Firelight I kept thinking of Gerard Butler in Phantom but then I saw a man candy picture of the model Atesh Salih on Nocturnal Book Reviews and I just knew he was my Archer.

Lips. She stared at them in shock. She could see his lips. Behind the carnival mask, he wore a black half-mask of smooth silk. It moulded to his face like a second skin, revealing the lines of a high forehead, astrong nose, and a sharply squared-off jaw. The mask covered almost all of his right side, down along his jaw to wrap fully around his neck. But the left side... The tip of his nose, his left cheek, jaw, chin, and lips were fully exposed.

The shock of seeing all to human skin upon his face rendered her nearly senseless. His complexion was olive toned, showing some Mediterranean origin in his background...

A small cleft divided his square chin. But his lips called her attention once more. They were firmly sculpted; a sturdy bottom lip that almost begged to be bitten. The upper lip was wider than the bottom and flared gently in perpetual humor. Roman lips. She hadn't thought...
"You keep gaping like that, and the flies will come in"... "Are you going to stare all day? Should I have a self-portrait done for your contemplation?"

“Slowly, her slim hand smoothed over the swell of his buttock, lingering there. A shocked laugh choked his throat, the sound muddled by a stifled groan that her intrigued touch elicited. The saucy little sneak thief was copping a feel. He felt inclined to turn around and let her get a handful. Christ this was madness”   

"You shouldn't be with me," he corrected softly. "I- annulments are easily enough gained. Considering we have never..." He bit down on his lip hard enough to whiten it. " Well... as is the case, it can be done. Pick a house, wherever you want, in another country if it pleases you, and I shall set it up."

"Why?" she asked. "Why offer for me" Her strength returned on the waves of anger. "Why bring me here, make me care, if you didn't want me"

"Not want you?" He lifted his head off the pillow. "Not want you?" His eyes flared in the firelight. "Christ, Miri, murder and knife-wielding assassins aside, you are the greatest adventure of my life."

Check out my giveaway to win a copy of Firelight.

Tuesday, 14 February 2012

Giveaway: Firelight by Kristen Callihan

Happy Valentine's day, it's giveaway time!

I completely fell in love with Lord Benjamin Archer the swoon worthy hero in the truly amazingly brilliant debut
Firelight by Kristen Callihan.

I have a copy of Firelight up for grabs for one lucky winner 

The giveaway is international
(as long as The Book Depository
delivers to you)
The giveaway ends on the 29th of February.

All you need to do is fill in the rafflecopter thingy below.

Monday, 13 February 2012

Review: Firelight by Kristen Callihan

Darkest London #1
Kristen Callihan
Publication date: 31st Jan 2012
My rating: 5 out of 5

London, 1881
Once the flames are ignited . . .
Miranda Ellis is a woman tormented. Plagued since birth by a strange and powerful gift, she has spent her entire life struggling to control her exceptional abilities. Yet one innocent but irreversible mistake has left her family's fortune decimated and forced her to wed London's most nefarious nobleman.

They will burn for eternity . . . Lord Benjamin Archer is no ordinary man. Doomed to hide his disfigured face behind masks, Archer knows it's selfish to take Miranda as his bride. Yet he can't help being drawn to the flame-haired beauty whose touch sparks a passion he hasn't felt in a lifetime. When Archer is accused of a series of gruesome murders, he gives in to the beastly nature he has fought so hard to hide from the world. But the curse that haunts him cannot be denied. Now, to save his soul, Miranda will enter a world of dark magic and darker intrigue. For only she can see the man hiding behind the mask

Don't tell my other books but Firelight is by far my favourite book of 2012, in fact it's up there with my all time favourites. After reading it via Net Galley I had to buy a copy, it's a real page turner and I couldn't get enough of it.

Firelight has a bit of everything in it. Set in dark Gothic Victorian London, it has a touch of paranormal with the heroine Miranda's fire starting powers, a whodunit murder mystery with connections to a mysterious men's club that kept me guessing throughout and, the agonisingly delicious mystery that is Lord Benjamin Archer the masked tortured hero.

Lord Archer (who is my newest book boyfriend recruit for sure) is a wealthy aristocrat with a lethal reputation in London society which makes societies ladies swoon with fright. He's a loner, tortured by his inner demons and has spent years searching for a cure to his mysterious "curse."  The heroine Miranda is both gutsy and loyal. Sent out by her once wealthy father as a pick pocket Miranda is forced to steal to survive and as a result of her father's actions finds herself in an arranged marriage to Lord Archer. I adored the sloooooow burn of their relationship. As the tension and desire starts to escalate between the two characters I had to physically stop myself from jumping ahead and reading the final chapter to see if they got their happy ending.

I loved the scenes with Archer and Miranda, they're both hiding secrets from each other, both frightened of opening up and both fearing rejection. The sexual tension was unbearably good, very Mac and Barrons-esque. This dark Lord is a romantic, protective and completely swoon worthy hero.

Firelight kept me guessing right to the end. Is Archer some kind of supernatural creature? Is he badly disfigured under his mask? What exactly was the weird men's club actually involved in? Who is bumping off the men's club members and why? and when will Archer and Miranda FINALLY kiss and realise they are perfect for each other?? Honestly, it was real edge of the seat stuff I loved it.

Firelight is the best book of 2012 so far. I've already pre-ordered the sequel. Check out my picture below which shows just how much I loved it. The pink post its are all my favourite swoon worthy bits (highlighted of course for ease of reference *giggles*).

Thanks to Net galley and Grand Central Publication for the opportunity to read and review Firelight.

Saturday, 11 February 2012

In my mailbox #42

In my mailbox is hosted by The Story Siren

Just a couple of books in my mailbox this week:

Alpha Instinct by Katie Reus
Breakaway by Deirdre Martin
Born Wicked by Jessica Spotswood

I read Breakaway at the start of the week and ended up having Rory as my book boyfriend of the week as he was quite adorable. I'm about half way through Alpha Instinct so far so good, it does remind me a bit of the Shifters series by Rachel Vincent. I really want to start Born Wicked next but I have quite a few Net galley books I've promised myself I will read next and quite a few reviews to write.

I read a couple of books this week that I wasn't planning on reviewing. I don't review every book I read mostly because I am completely lazy. I read quite fast and I'm always eager to get on to the next book so I very rarely write a review straight after finishing a book and as a result, the number of reviews I need to write piles up so I just don't bother!

Broken and Dirty by Megan Hart were both really good reads, powerful, sad and very hot, I might do a joint little mini review later if I have the time. But then again I probably won't.

Do you diligently review every book you read?

On my wishlist

On my wish list is hosted by Book Chick City

Darkest London #2
Kristen Callihan

Once the seeds of desire are sown . . .
Finally free of her suffocating marriage, widow Daisy Ellis Craigmore is ready to embrace the pleasures of life that have long been denied her. Yet her new-found freedom is short lived. A string of unexplained murders has brought danger to Daisy's door, forcing her to turn to the most unlikely of saviors . . .

Their growing passion knows no bounds . . .
Ian Ranulf, the Marquis of Northrup, has spent lifetimes hiding his primal nature from London society. But now a vicious killer threatens to expose his secrets. Ian must step out of the shadows and protect the beautiful, fearless Daisy, who awakens in him desires he thought long dead. As their quest to unmask the villain draws them closer together, Daisy has no choice but to reveal her own startling secret, and Ian must face the undeniable truth: Losing his heart to Daisy may be the only way to save his soul

Night Prince #1
Jeaniene Frost

She’s a mortal with dark powers...

After a tragic accident scarred her body and destroyed her dreams, Leila never imagined that the worst was still to come: terrifying powers that let her channel electricity and learn a person’s darkest secrets through a single touch. Leila is doomed to a life of solitude... until creatures of the night kidnap her, forcing her to reach out with a telepathic distress call to the world’s most infamous vampire...

He’s the Prince of Night...

Vlad Tepesh inspired the greatest vampire legend of all — but whatever you do, don’t call him Dracula. Vlad’s ability to control fire makes him one of the most feared vampires in existence, but his enemies have found a new weapon against him – a beautiful mortal with powers to match his own. When Vlad and Leila meet, however, passion ignites between them, threatening to consume them both. It will take everything that they are to stop an enemy intent on bringing them down in flames

I finished Firelight (Darkest London #1) two weeks ago and immediately added Moonglow to my wishlist, it was that good. I feel like I've had Once Burned on my wishlist forever and that new gorgeous cover cover makes me want it even more.

What's on your wish list this week?

Friday, 10 February 2012

Giveaway winners

Congratulations to Becky you've won a copy of Someone Else's Life by Katie Dale.

I've sent you an email Becky.

Congratulations also to Cheyenne Teska  you've won a copy of New Girl by Paige Harbison

I've sent you an email too Cheyenne.

Wednesday, 8 February 2012

My book boyfriend #35 Rory from Breakaway

My book boyfriend is hosted by Missie @ The Unread Reader

I wanted a little change from werewolves, vampires and teenage angst so picked up Breakaway by Deirdre Martin the eleventh (yes eleventh!) book in her New York Blades series. If you're looking for a nice straightforward romance with a touch of Irish humour then it's the book for you.

Rory started dating Erin when they were 14, but a year later his family moved to America although he continued to see Erin every summer for six years. Rory became the first Irish born man playing in the NHL for the New York Blades consequently, he didn't return to Ireland for two years. After waiting for him for two summers Erin gave Rory an ultimatum: either marry her as promised or end their relationship. Rory chose to end it leaving Erin utterly devastated.  Two years later convinced he made the worst mistake of his life Rory returns to Ballycraig Ireland, and sets out to get Erin back.

"What're you smiling about?"
Erin opened her eyes.
"You were smiling," Rory repeated.
"You were thinking about me. Us."
"Oh of course. I was thinking about you. Because that's all that anyone in Ballycraig does: think about Rory Brady."
"You were thinking about me," he said lightly. "But you want to deny it, I understand."
"You know what? The only thing bigger than your bollocks is your ego."
Rory laughed, "I'll take that as a compliment."

"Rory looked genuinely bemused, "What are you so afraid of?"
"Do you really need to ask that?"
"Yeah I'm thick. Tell me."
Erin tapped her chin thoughtfully. "Maybe, just maybe, I'm afraid of getting my teeth kicked in again. Just maybe, mind."
"How long do you want me to keep grovelling? Forever? Because if that's what you want, so help me God, I will."

"She was no sooner free of the vehicle's confines than Rory pulled her into his arms. The hug, so heartfelt and fierce, felt like home. She'd forgotten how safe she could feel here. Rory tilted her chin and their eyes locked.
"I love you, I know I don't deserve it. But a life without you is unimaginable, Erin. Please take me back.

Thanks to Nick Ayler for being my Rory. I did look at various real life hockey players but couldn't find anyone quite as gorgeous as Nick.