Wednesday, 31 July 2013

Waiting on Wednesday #19

postpretty_wowWaiting on Wednesday is hosted by Breaking the Spine
 
As the queen of pre-orders I thought I would join in with the Waiting on Wednesday meme highlighting some of the upcoming books that I’m keen to get my hands on.
 
Dragon Heat #1
Lolita Lopez
Publication date: 6th August 2013
 
The last thing dragon shifter Stig Wyvern needs is his dead friend’s kid sister showing up on his doorstep. He’s just minutes away from entering a mating phase. Sharing his isolated house with the young woman he’s desperately lusted after for quite some time is a recipe for disaster.

But Cora Cardenas has nowhere else to go. She’s in deep trouble with some really nasty people and Stig is the only one who can protect her. That he’s deliciously sexy and makes her tingle with the simplest of smiles is just a bonus.

Cora quickly realizes Stig is hiding something from her. To make matters worse, she’s plagued with breathtakingly naughty dreams starring a shadowed lover who bears a startling resemblance to her host. And just what the hell is going on down in the basement at night.

Stig needs to get Cora out of his house but his inner beast has other ideas. He’s found his mate and she’s not going anywhere... 

I love dragon shifter books so I'm very keen to get my hands on Dead Sexy Dragon this new series sounds fab. I did request it from NetGalley but didn't get it *sad face* so I'll just need to wait until the 6th of August.


Tuesday, 30 July 2013

My book of the month- Never Deal with Dragons by Lorenda Christensen

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Each month I highlight my book of the month, the book that I devoured, squeeeeed over, swooned over or cried buckets over the most. This month's book of the month Never Deal with Dragons gave me fantastic new series good vibes so now I just need to wait until next year for the second part in Lorenda Christensen's DRACIM trilogy.
 
 
Never Deal with Dragons
DRACIM  #1
Lorenda Christensen
Publication date: 22nd July 2013
 
Consoling a sobbing dragon and serving pig buffets are just part of the job for Myrna Banks. Working for a mediation firm, it’s her job to get humans compensated for damages caused by the dragons who now rule. But her “typical” day is interrupted by Trian Chobardan, an old flame who sneaked out of her bed two years ago, taking her heart and a handful of classified documents with him.

Myrna would love to show Trian the door, but he’s been sent by North America’s reigning dragon lord for help negotiating a truce with a powerful rival to avert war. Myrna agrees to help, even though she’ll be stuck with Trian as a partner.

As the two work together, Myrna finds Trian to be surprisingly supportive—and still irresistibly attractive. Though her brain tells her not to forget his betrayal, her body feels differently. When they learn the enemy dragon lord is planning something no one could have imagined, Myrna has to learn who she can trust before she loses not only her heart, but her life.
 
I love Dragon shifter books so when I saw the cover for Never Deal with Dragons and read the blurb I knew I had to reshuffle my TBR pile and read it immediately and I was not disappointed. I loved the world building and the tension between DRACIM's Myrna and ex boyfriend now US Dragon lord's master spy Trian. If you are a fan of outstanding paranormal romance then I recommend you get your hands on a copy of Never Deal with Dragons, you won't regret it!

Monday, 29 July 2013

Review: Lions, Tigers, and Sexy Bears Oh My! by Candace Havens

18111101Lions, Tigers, and Sexy Bears Oh My!
Candace Havens
Publication date: 22nd July 2013
Reviewed by Lesley

Ainsley McLeon is an heiress on the run from her scheming Uncle when her truck crashes in frozen Montana. After being rescued by the local police Ainsley realises she needs to raise $2,000 to get her truck back on the road and get as far away from her Uncle as possible. Without access to her bank account Ainsley is forced into getting a waitress job in the local bar to raise the money she desperately needs.

At first glance Ainsley pegs bar owner Luc as a giant bear of a man who's more than just a little bit gruff and grumpy. As the story unfolds Ainsley soon realises that her instincts were pretty much spot on because gruff but oh so very gorgeous Luc is actually a bear shifter living in a town full of shifters.

Luc who lost his wife and son in an accident is initially unwilling to get involved with another woman, Ainsley is exactly the kind of complication he doesn't want in his life but of course his protective bear instincts soon come out when he realises Ainsley needs his help.

I did enjoy this opposite attracts shifter romance, it was impossible not to love Ainsley who is naturally charming and funny despite being an heiress. I loved that Ainsley when finding out her new employer is a bear shifter did what any normal woman does in times of crisis- stuff herself full of chocolate brownies! I did however find myself tuning out a couple of times in the second half of the book as the mystery ramped up, I think I would have happier if the story concentrated more on the main characters relationship which at times seemed a bit rushed. Overall, Lions, Tiger, and Sexy Bears Oh My! was a fun light little read.

Saturday, 27 July 2013

New books and what's been on my TBR list


Hey everyone! I've been MIA on my holidays to the very scorching hot and gorgeous Tenerife. I've decided I want to live there because beer is cheaper than water and a bottle of wine costs less than £2. What's not to like about that?

I can't remember the last time I showed off my new books so it might look a lot but I think it must be nearly a months worth of books, I need to get back on blogging track.

For review

From Net Galley
 
A pre-order arrived...

I couldn't resist some Kindle bargains either




I took a pile of books and my trusty Kindle with me on holiday and I managed to read a whopping 16 books and had one DNF. I decided I wanted to read a few of the books that have been on my bookshelf for a while and some of my trusty kindle romances. This is what I read:

Best of the bunch
 

I may have overloaded on contemporary romance somewhat.. 


I really struggled with these three and ended up DNF'ing Haunted Wolves. I listened to Otherkin on audiobook and honestly could not keep awake long enough I was sooooo bored!


This week I'm planning to read

Have a great week everyone!

Wednesday, 24 July 2013

Waiting on Wednesday #18

postpretty_wowWaiting on Wednesday is hosted by Breaking the Spine
As the queen of pre-orders I thought I would join in with the Waiting on Wednesday meme highlighting some of the upcoming books that I’m keen to get my hands on.


16053316Wethering the Storm
The Storm #2
Samantha Towle
Publication date: 20th August 2013


Music journalist Tru Bennett has done the impossible: capture the heart of rock-star bad boy Jake Wethers. Now they’re busy planning a wedding and navigating their new life together in the US. Of course Tru misses London and her best friend, Simone, but living happily ever after with Jake in LA is going to be great…right?

Wrong. Even the bright California sun can’t whitewash the dark side of celebrity coupledom. Greedy music execs, merciless paparazzi, and Jake’s wild past are lurking around every corner. Making matters worse, Jake announces he doesn’t want kids, which just may be a deal breaker.

Tru loves Jake more than anything. But when a devastating crisis threatens to destroy everything they’ve fought for, the couple must face the hard truth: What if, this time, love is not enough?

I've had Wethering the Storm pre-ordered from the minute I finished The Mighty Storm from the blurb it sounds like Tru and Jake's HEA may not be quite so plain sailing. I can't wait!

Saturday, 20 July 2013

Review: Spartan Frost by Jennifer Estep

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Mythos Academy #4.5
Publication date: 25th June 2013
Reviewed by Lesley

Although I really do love Jennifer Estep's Mythos Academy series I wasn't really too taken by Spartan Frost despite it being a much longed for Logan "freaking" Quinn POV. I can't really make up my mind if it's because it was a short novella and I just wanted more (I really do have a soft spot for the Spartan warrior) or if I just had unrealistic expectations that more would be revealed about Logan rather than just his feelings of regret for his actions in Crimson Frost. I think I kind of expected him to be a bit more of a fierce and arrogant warrior instead he was torturing himself and blaming himself for his action when we all know and understand his mind and body was being controlled by Loki. I did want to shout at him a bit in a Sargent Major "man up boy" kind of way and then I would feel quite sorry for him again. Overall it was a little bit frustrating.

Thursday, 18 July 2013

Review: Flirting with Disaster by Ruthie Knox

Flirting With Disaster
Camelot #3
Ruthie Knox
Publication date: 10th June 2013
Reviewed by Lesley

Sean Owens is back in Camelot to pack up his mother's house after she passed away. Although Sean the ex-hacker geek now owns his own Internet security company in California growing up in the town of Camelot he had a severe stutter which his mother refused to get him help with and as a result he became shy and withdrawn. After seeking out a speech therapist in California Sean's stutter is so well controlled that his business partner and employees don't even know that he even had a stutter.

Packing up his mother's house should be relatively easy but faced with the shrine his slightly controlling (and creepy) mother had of him brings back painful memories of his childhood and results in Sean finding it more difficult to move on and leave Camelot.

Katie Clark's husband emptied their joint bank account and left her high and dry in Alaska. Katie finds herself back in Camelot reassessing her life and working in her brother Caleb's security firm. Determined to do well, Katie wants more than just an office job, she wants live out in the field security work so takes a job working for a famous musician who has been receiving threatening messages. Caleb assigns his friend Sean to work with Katie to investigate who is behind the threats.

What Katie doesn't know is that Sean had a huge crush on Katie at school. And even as an adult, being near Katie makes Sean stutter again. Sean has to try not to speak to Katie when initially working with her, however, Katie who's naturally bubbly, talkative and always wanting to help others isn't going to be put off by Sean's Mr broody and quiet routine.

Honestly, Ruthie Knox hasn't written a hero and heroine that I haven't immediately loved to bits, her characters are always relatable, slightly flawed but completely intriguing. Despite the obvious attraction between Sean and Katie he does initially try to keep his distance, ultimately he's a gentleman in that he knows he's going back to California and doesn't want to hurt Katie by getting involved. Obviously this doesn't long! Sean may be a gentleman but he's also as hot as hell, has studied a few erotic books and has developed his own special line in dirty talk! Only Ruthie Knox could create such a uniquely loveable kind of hero.

I loved how Katie dealt with the issue of Sean's stutter she doesn't get frustrated and doesn't draw attention to it she just accepts it as part of him and gets on with things. It's really not a deal breaker for her. As a couple Sean and Katie were so intriguing and just well... different. Post divorce Katie is trying to find out what direction to take her life, she wants Sean but knows he has issues to work out that will ultimately mean he will be leaving Camelot. Kate wants to help him with his issues even if it means he will leave her too.

As with all of Ruthie's books I read Flirting With Disaster really quickly, I couldn't get enough, there's romance, humour and a very hot and inventive scene in a car stuck in a snowdrift (that was certainly a highlight!). Ruthie Knox continues to be my favourite contemporary romance author her Camelot series is an absolute must read.

 

Wednesday, 17 July 2013

Waiting on Wednesday #17

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Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Breaking the Spine
As the queen of pre-orders I thought I would join in with the Waiting on Wednesday meme highlighting some of the upcoming books that I’m keen to get my hands on.

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Kate Daniels #6
Ilona Andrews
Publication date: 30th July 2013


Atlanta is a city plagued by magical problems. Kate Daniels will fight to solve them—no matter the cost.

Mercenary Kate Daniels and her mate, Curran, the Beast Lord, are struggling to solve a heartbreaking crisis. Unable to control their beasts, many of the Pack’s shapeshifting children fail to survive to adulthood. While there is a medicine that can help, the secret to its making is closely guarded by the European packs, and there’s little available in Atlanta.

Kate can’t bear to watch innocents suffer, but the solution she and Curran have found threatens to be even more painful. The European shapeshifters who once outmanoeuvred the Beast Lord have asked him to arbitrate a dispute—and they’ll pay him in medicine. With the young people’s survival and the Pack’s future at stake, Kate and Curran know they must accept the offer—but they have little doubt that they’re heading straight into a trap…


A new Kate Daniels book!!!!!!! More Kate and Curran!!! Can I use anymore exclamation marks to show how excited I am about reading this book?? This is one of my all time favourite series so I will be fully out of commission and engrossed in Kate Daniels world on the 30th of July.

Monday, 15 July 2013

Early Review: An Endless Summer by C.J. Duggan

An Endless Summer
Summer #2
C.J. Duggan
Publication date: 17th July 2013

Getting drunk and diving into the water in your knickers was never really going to be a good idea especially when your main motive was to catch the eye of one of the Onslow boys (for your friend of course). So when Onslow boy Sean Murphy rescues Amy Henderson from drowning in her knickers Amy's parents pack her off to boarding school as punishment for her reckless behaviour.

Amy hasn't been back to Onslow since that embarrassing night three years ago but finds on her return that things at the Onslow Hotel have really changed. As the publican's daughter Amy grew up in the hotel but in the time she was away at boarding school and living in the city with her Mum her Dad has let the Onslow go to rack and ruin. Leaving abruptly to save his marriage Amy's Dad left the Onslow in the very incapable hands of barman Matt who has been busy helping himself to the meagre takings. The place looks like it should be condemned and it's going to take more than just a lick of paint to get the Onslow looking good again.

Whilst her parents are enjoying a mid life crisis sort of second honeymoon they believe their princessey daughter is lazing about working on her tan. In reality Amy is determined to bring the Onslow back to its former glory and finally convince her Dad that the hotel shouldn't be sold off to the highest bidder.

To help her in this somewhat enormous task Amy needs to clean, tend the bar, sack the barman and find new bar staff (in the first week!) she also needs to reluctantly turn to Sean Murphy for some DIY assistance. For a girl who is ultimately pretty stubborn and proud, asking and receiving help doesn't exactly come naturally to her.

In the three years since he rescued Amy, Sean has become a successful tradesman building a multi million dollar school so he's also just arrived back in Onslow. He's now so successful that he's bought himself a old lake house in cash and finds himself to be the preferred fantasy of the housewives of Onslow. As Sean and Amy work together to bring the Onslow back from the brink romance is certainly in the air and let me tell you it is DELICIOUS.

You know, I thought my heart would always remain true to my first Onslow boy Toby Morrison from The Boys of Summer, but OH. MY. GOODNESS. how fickle am I? I've found myself moving on and falling for DIY-tastic Sean now! Not only is he gorgeous with an smug little smile and a chiselled stomach he has a huge... LAKESIDE HOME! Not that I'm materialistic or anything but LAKESIDE HOME!!! And, don't forget he's good with his hands (ahem) and can fix stuff. Sign me up for the Sean Murphy fan club pronto. As the gossipy Onslow housewives said Sean can "leave his drill piece under my pillow any day of the week" and yes, I'd quite like Sean to walk me to my bedroom too. C.J.'s ability to create these yummy, drool worthy Aussie book boyfriends astounds me. This is a talent that should be fully recognised by all although I do think it would be wise for her to hone her talent further on Amy's older cousin Chris in the next book (just saying!).

I have to say I did really love Amy too, I couldn't help but cheer her on. Her parents were a little bit judgemental she's almost viewed by them as a reformed party girl with a lazy streak. So yeah, I really felt for her as she battled to bring the Onslow Hotel, a place that is honestly really important to both her and the wider community back to life. Amy's not afraid of a bit of hard work and I loved her for it. Seeing her friends and former colleagues rally round to help her warmed my little heart immensely and made the town of Onslow really come alive for me.

I loved An Endless Summer it was "fracking" amazing (I had to get that little Amy-ism in there somewhere). Sharp, witty and romantic it will tug at your heartstrings and is the perfect kind of Summery read. Pure Gold.


** When you buy An Endless Summer (you know you want to, right?) have a look at the acknowledgement, it makes me bubble every time I see it. Just to explain C.J. was my first blogging pal and we bonded over book boyfriends and she fed my love of Aussie YA. After loving her debut novel The Boys of Summer so much I became its UK book pimp hence the acknowledgement. I was mega touched when I read it and I may have actually read it out to practically everyone I know. So thanks again C.J. you touched my heart and made me cry like a baby.**

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