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Saturday, 19 April 2014

ARC Review: The Seduction of Miss Amelia Bell by Paula Quinn ★★★★

The Seduction of Miss Amelia Bell (The MacGregors: Highland Heirs, #1)The Seduction of Miss Amelia Bell by Paula Quinn
Genre: Historical Romance
Series: The MacGregors: Highland Heirs #1
Publication Date: March 25th 2014
ISBN: 9781455519514
Page Count: 416
Rating: ★★★★★
Review Copy: ARC
Reviewed by: Lynsey
Buy Link: AMAZON



Synopsis: A HIGHLAND ROGUE

Edmund MacGregor will do anything to save Scotland from English rule-even kidnap Lady Amelia Bell for ransom. As the daughter of a duke and the chancellor's betrothed, she's the perfect pawn in this game. But from the moment he first lays eyes on his spirited captive, he can't resist stealing a kiss . . .

AN ADVENTUROUS LADY

Lady Amelia's duty is to marry well, but that hasn't stopped her from fantasizing about true love. So when a sexy Scot appears in her home, she's beguiled. When he kidnaps her, she's furious. Yet as Edmund introduces her to a world of passion beyond her wildest dreams, can she leave her family behind for this handsome Highlander? And will Edmund risk the only true home he's ever known to capture the heart of this lovely lass?




Why have I never read a Paula Quinn before? That's what I was asking myself as I was reading this. I mean, I've read nearly every other Scottish Romance writer, so how has this one passed me by? Well, I have no idea, but she's on my radar now, and if this is any indication of the standard to expect, I have some fun times ahead making my way through her back catalogue!

Edmund MacGregor is the leader of a group of lethal Highland men. His mission is to prevent the signing of a treaty which will seal Scotland's fate. During the course of his mission he meets Lady Amelia, who aside from being the most beautiful woman he's ever seen, just happens to be the daughter of someone very important politically, and would therefore make an excellent bargaining chip were she to be, say...kidnapped and held for ransom!

Now, you'd think you'd be cross at Edmund's character for his kidnapping ways, but he and the rest of the guys were so blinking honourable, and treated her so well, you probably won't be able to maintain a scowl any longer than I did. I fell instantly in love with him, and loved it when the narrative would switch to his POV, because he was almost poetic in his flattering descriptions of heroine Amelia. It was just so cute! And who doesn't love a hero that knows his own heart? No one, that's who.

Amelia was a little firecracker as well. Her tendency to say exactly what she's thinking without first running it through a filter is a character flaw that has found her in hot water more times than she can count, but as a reader, her utterings are endlessly entertaining. She may have made an error in judgement here and there throughout the story, but overall I really enjoyed her.

The plot wasn't the fastest paced I've ever read, but the ending was certainly exciting. I also enjoyed the subplot with Amelia's maid and one of the other men. That was an added bonus for sure!

I'll definitely be coming back for more from this author, and recommend readers already familiar with her work, and particularly the characters from her previous series (who are the parents of this lot) check this one out, too!

4 Stars ★★★★
A copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.




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Friday, 18 April 2014

The Grigori Legacy Scavenger Hunt & Giveaway!


We are so excited to be a part of this event featuring an urban fantasy series we are OVER THE MOON about! The Grigori Legacy books are unique, gritty, emotionally powerful, and unforgettable in every way, and we think you should ALL read them! 

But enough fangirling. You're here for a scavenger hunt, right? Right! ;) 

Here's da rulez:  Scroll down to read info about the series. Somewhere in all the "about the books" loveliness, we've hidden a secret word from the scavenger hunt phrase. Find the word, and then visit all the other participating blogs (see the list of blog stops below), collect all the secret words, and enter the secret phrase into the Rafflecopter giveaway to earn TEN extra entries. 

SCAVENGER HUNT STOPS:

Clue #1: Pearls Cast Before A McPig (http://mcpigpearls.blogspot.com)
Clue #2: Romancing the Dark Side (http://romancingthedarkside.com)
Clue #3: I Smell Sheep (http://www.ismellsheep.com)
Clue #4: Kelsey's Cluttered Bookshelf (http://kelseysclutteredbookshelf.wordpress.com/)
Clue #5: Book Mood Reviews (http://www.bookmoodreviews.com)
Clue #6: Bea's Book Nook (http://beasbooknook.blogspot.com)
Clue #7: The Demon Librarian (http://www.thedemonlibrarian.com)

Book 1: SINS OF THE ANGELS
Goodreads / Amazon / B&N

SYNOPSIS: A detective with a secret lineage. An undercover Hunter with a bullet-proof soul. And a world made to pay for the sins of an angel...

Homicide detective Alexandra Jarvis answers to no one. Especially not to the new partner assigned to her in the middle of a gruesome serial killer case-a partner who is obstructive, irritatingly magnetic, and arrogant as hell. Aramael is a Power--a hunter of the Fallen Angels. A millennium ago, he sentenced his own brother to eternal exile for crimes against humanity. Now his brother is back and wreaking murderous havoc in the mortal realm. To find him, Aramael must play second to a human police officer who wants nothing to do with him and whose very bloodline threatens both his mission and his soul.

Now, faced with a fallen angel hell-bent on triggering the apocalypse, Alex and Aramael have no choice but to join forces, because only together can they stop the end of days.


Book 2: SINS OF THE SON
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SYNOPSIS: When homicide detective Alexandra Jarvis sees a photo of Seth Benjamin on a police bulletin, she knows that Heaven's plan to halt Armageddon has gone terribly wrong. As the only mortal who knows of Seth's true nature, only she can save him. Aramael was a hunter of Fallen Angels until a traitor forced him into earthly exile. Now, with no powers and only a faint memory of Alex, his mortal soulmate, he will stop at nothing to redeem himself-even if it means destroying Seth in the name of the Creator...


BETTER




Book 3: SINS OF THE LOST
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SYNOPSIS: Heaven and Hell are on the brink of war as Lucifer builds his Nephilim army and waits for his new agenda to become a reality — that of having a Nephilimchild of his own bloodline to lead his forces to cataclysmic victory.

With rumors of the pending war rampant on Earth, Alex fights to save humanity from its own panic –­ leaving little time for her fledgling relationship with Seth, the man with heavenly origins who has captured her heart. But when Nephilim children begin to disappear, along with Alex’s own vulnerable niece, the inevitable war between Heaven and Hell becomes as personal as sin.

Heaven has its own plans to fight the coming apocalypse, but first it needs Seth back. Asked to betray the man she loves, Alex must turn for help to the soulmate she thought she’d given up — the Archangel Aramael, who may be her last chance to save her family and humanity from the ashes of Lucifer’s Armageddon.
  

Linda Poitevin is the author of the dark urban fantasy series, The Grigori Legacy, from Ace/Roc Books. Linda lives near Ottawa, Canada’s capital, and in her other life is wife, mother, friend, gardener, coffee snob, freelance writer, and zookeeper of too many pets. When she isn’t writing, Linda can usually be found in her garden or walking her dog along the river or through the woods.

Author links: Website / Goodreads / Facebook / Twitter /

Signed copy of Sins of the Angels + cool Grigori Legacy swag! 
(winner can also select book #2, Sins of the Son) 

*Open internatially*

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

(Tour Stop) ARC Review & Giveaway: Burn Out by Kristi Helvig ★★★★

Burn Out by Kristi Helvig
Genre: YA Science Fiction
Series: Untitled #1
Publication Date: April 8th 2014
ISBN: 9781606844809
Page Count: 272
Rating: ★★★★
Review Copy: ARC
Reviewed by: Lynsey
Buy Link: AMAZON



Synopsis: A futuristic blend of Beth Revis's Across the Universe and Lenore Appelhans's Level 2, Burn Out will satisfy the growing desire for science fiction with a thrilling story of survival, intrigue, and adventure.
Most people want to save the world; seventeen-year-old Tora Reynolds just wants to get the hell off of it. One of the last survivors in Earth's final years, Tora yearns to escape the wasteland her planet has become after the sun turns "red giant," but discovers her fellow survivors are even deadlier than the hostile environment.

Holed up in an underground shelter, Tora is alone--her brilliant scientist father murdered, her mother and sister burned to death. She dreams of living on a planet with oceans, plants, and animals. Unfortunately, the oceans dried out ages ago, the only plants are giant cacti with deadly spines, and her pet, Trigger, is a gun--one of the bio-energetic weapons her father created for the government before his conscience kicked in.

When family friend, Markus, arrives with mercenaries to take the weapons by force, Tora's fury turns to fear when government ships descend in an attempt to kill them all. She forges an unlikely alliance with Markus and his rag-tag group of raiders, including a smart but quiet soldier named James. Tora must quickly figure out who she can trust, as she must choose between saving herself by giving up the guns or honoring her father's request to save humanity from the most lethal weapons in existence.




It's getting hot in here.

A great concept well explored here in Kristi Helvig's debut Science Fiction novel, BURN OUT. Readers will be instantly entranced by the imagined scenario of planet Earth 300 years after the sun's intense heat has destroyed almost all life. We join heroine Tora in the underground shelter built by her genius father, contemplating the fact that she may well be the last girl on earth. Quite a thing to ponder, no? A visit from a family friend, who's always been slightly too cavalier to trust, sees Tora faced with a life or death ultimatum: Hand over her father's weapons, or stay on Earth and die.

Tora's character is easy to enjoy. Fierce, brave and capable with a sharp tongue and distinct lack of trust in any member of the human race not directly related to her by blood, I found her endlessly entertaining. Some people might find her glib rejoinders out of place with the dire situation, but I actually feel this novel was made the better for her moments of levity. Every story needs light and shade. I think Tora is both in one entity. In a world where vital resources such as air and water are perilously limited, you can't trust anyone not to stab you in the back. It's kill or be killed, and the rest of the characters to join Tora in this novel are never above suspicion for long. There was one particular character whose actions were nothing if not bamboozling! I'd hoped we'd at least get an answer to that particular quandary to tie up this book - a modicum of closure at least! - but I guess we'll have to wait for book two before we get any answers where he's concerned. I'll certainly be checking it out myself to find out if my own suspicions are correct!

All together, a highly entertainingly YA Sci-Fi with complex and intriguing characters and the possibility of a great romantic storyline to come. - 4 Stars! ★★★★

ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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Kristi Helvig is a Ph.D. Clinical Psychologist turned sci-fi/fantasy writer. You can find her musing about space monkeys, Star Trek, and other random topics on her blog. Kristi resides in sunny Colorado with her hubby, kids, and behaviorally-challenged dogs.
Website  |  Blog | Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Goodreads



Giveaway Details:
1 signed hardcopy of BURN OUT, a red sun necklace, and assorted sun survival items (ie. chapstick, sunscreen) US Only




This book is on tour! Don't forget to check out the other stops!

Week One:

3/31/2014- Library of a Book Witch- Interview
4/1/2014- Shortie Says- Review
4/1/2014- Literary Meanderings - Guest Post
4/2/2014- Ketch's Book Nook- Review
4/3/2014- A Book and a Latte- Interview
4/4/2014- Such a Novel Idea- Review
4/4/2014- Fantasy Book Addict- Guest Post


Week Two:

4/7/2014- Reading with ABC- Review
4/7/2014- Refracted Light Reviews- Interview
4/8/2014- Imagine a World- Review
4/8/2014- Ticket to Anywhere- Guest Post
4/9/2014- The Demon Librarian- Review
4/10/2014- Two Chicks on Books- Guest Post
4/11/2014- Working for the Mandroid- Review
4/11/2014- Parajunkee's View- Interview

Monday, 7 April 2014

{Tour Stop} Excerpt & Giveaway: GUNS by JA Huss

GUNS:The Spencer BOOK (Rook and Ronin Spinoff) By JA Huss
Publication Date:
 March 31, 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance, New Adult-ish, SuspenseBuy Link: AMAZON / B&N



Synopsis: 

THIS IS NOT A STANDALONE BOOK - IT IS HIGHLY SUGGESTED THAT YOU READ ALL THE PREVIOUS NOVELS AND NOVELLAS BEFORE STARTING THIS BOOK

Spencer Shrike is a man with a plan. Get in. Get out. Move on. He loves Ron the Bomb, and her safety is the only thing on his mind these days. But life is a tricky bastard, and conning criminals for the better part of ten years brings its own set of problems. Sure, Rook lied her way out of a sticky situation, covering for crimes Ronin, Ford, and Spencer committed, and getting them all off scot-free in the process.

But not everyone is buying Rook’s story, and Spencer is desperate to figure out who’s in town setting them up for a fall.

Veronica the Bombshell Vaughn has put up with Spencer Shrike’s shit for years and where has it gotten her? A big fat nowhere. No ring, no house, no kids, and no promises. In fact, Spencer is worse than ever—completely distant and moody. She’s done sitting at home, pining over a man she can’t have.

But she’s not opposed to fighting for him.

Ron the Bomb fights hard and she fights dirty, so she’s willing to do whatever it takes to get Spencer’s attention.

But now there’s another man in town with his eye on her. He’s got secrets too, but unlike Spencer, Bobby Mansi is more than willing to let Veronica in on them.

The entire Rook and Ronin series comes full circle. Every con, every lie, and every skeleton in the closet is back for one final shot at vengeance and the only way to set it right… is to get out the guns.

Trailer: 

OTHER BOOKS IN THIS SERIES

ROOK AND RONIN OMNIBUS: TRAGIC - MANIC - PANIC
AMAZON / B&N


FORD NOVELLA: SLACK: A Day in the Life of Ford Aston
AMAZON / B&N

FORD NOVEL: TAUT: The Ford book
AMAZON / B&N

BOMB NOVELLA: A Day in the Life of Spencer Shrike
AMAZON / B&N

Excerpt from "GUNS"

VERONICA

Spencer leans into my neck once the moan subsides. “Do I make you hot?”

I try to regain some semblance of control, but I totally fail. So my words betray every empty thought in my head when I whisper, “I’m an insatiable inferno.”

His large hands stroke my calf, then he grabs my foot and pushes it until my knee bends. He does the same thing to my other foot, and then grabs my panties and says, “Lift, please.”

I swallow and lift.

His fingertips drag down my outer thighs this time, then tickle that little dent behind my knees as he hooks the panties over my kneecaps and lets them drop to the ground on top of my feet. 

I wait for him to finish what he started and remove the panties from my ankles, but he doesn’t. He leaves them there, a reminder that he just stripped them off me.

God, that makes me wet for some reason.

His hands reach around to my bra clasp, and then before I can even formulate how I might feel about being stripped of my last bit of clothing, my breasts fall free and he licks his lips. He pulls the lacy pink bra down my arms and I slip my hands out before he makes me keep it on. I’m still thinking about the panties around my ankles. Something about that is just so… so… sexual.

I wait.

He waits.

“Now what?” I ask.

“What do you want to do now?” he counters.

I reach down and slip the panties over my feet and then set them on top of the small pile of clothes.

“And now you’re ready,” he whispers.

“What am I ready for?”

He gets up from the grass, grabs my clothes, places them in the office, then drags his airbrush equipment over to the spot where I’m sitting on the grass. “Now, I fuck you with paint.”

Holy shit. He just said that. 

I’m so turned on, I’m starting to throb. He walks back over to the cart, tests the flow of paint on a piece of cardboard, and then turns to me. “You will never forget this day, Veronica Vaughn. For the rest of your life, whenever someone asks you what the best day of your life was, this will be in your top three.” 

“What about the other two?” I ask.

“We haven’t made those memories yet, Bomb. But we will.”


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JA Huss is the author of the Amazon bestselling Rook and Ronin series, the epic science fiction I Am Just Junco series, and hundreds of kid-friendly science books in subjects such as biology, physics, anatomy and physiology, astronomy, and forensics. She has an undergraduate degree in equine science and a master’s degree in forensic toxicology. She has never taken a creative writing class and she hopes she never will.

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$25 GC
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