Friday, May 29, 2015

Review: Darkness Unbound @AuthorZForward


Darkness Unbound (Scimitar Magi#3)Title: Darkness Unbound
Author: Zoe Forward
Series: Scimitar Magi #3
Release Date: November 21st 2014
Format: Paperback & ebook
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Source: complimentary copy in exchange of an honest review.

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Covert op partners Astrid Scarre and Kane Langford click on a level that defies logic. Astrid wants to say yes to the sexy Kane. But the guy who stole her heart and then shattered her soul twelve years ago shows up. Seeing the Dragon magus, Zannis, again ignites a wild physical attraction, but doesn’t eliminate her simmering hatred. Astrid is torn between her physical need for Zannis and her emotional connection to Kane.
Kane will never turn his back on Astrid, even when she gets inducted into the Scimitar magi, an organization he knows well and respects. His gorgeous ex-spy partner might push him away at every turn, but that’s too bad. He’s exactly the man she needs to protect her life and her heart. All he has to do is convince her that when something feels this right, you don’t let it go.

Zoe ForwardZoe Forward is a hopeless romantic who can’t decide between paranormal and contemporary romance. So, she writes both. In addition to being a mom to one rambunctious kindergartener and wife to a conservation ecologist who plans to save all the big cats on the planet, she’s a small animal veterinarian caring for all the small furries, although there is the occasional hermit crab.

When she’s not typing at her laptop she’s tying on a karate belt for her son or cleaning up the newest pet mess from the menagerie that occupies her house. She’s madly in love with her globe trotting husband of ten years and happiest when he returns to their home base in North Carolina.

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The third book in the Scimitar Magi series puts the bar in a higher place. In this installment the magic goes darker and the demons are more evil. We witness how the gods mess with the lives of people without caring about the consequences and the action is always present.

We first met Astrid and Kane in the previous book, but it was a quick meeting and now they take the leading role. Their story is full of drama, tension, adrenaline and romantic moments.

Astrid is the ultimate kick-ass female heroine. She is so independent, strong, determinate and loyal but at the same time she wants to be loved and has a vulnerable side. Her past hasn't been easy but she is set to take control of her life. Of course that when gods like to play with your destiny it's not easy to do what you want.

Her two companions, Zannis and Kane are HOT. As every other guy created by Zoe they have all the best qualities and it's hard not to love them even when they are being stubborn. I liked Zannis and his tortured soul, his story was really interesting. I always liked the idea of reincarnation for the magis and the other deities created by Zoe and this time she adds elements to make the story believable and solid.

Of course I have to mention the sexual tension and the sex scenes. It was over the roof for moments and I’m sure the temperature went to unreachable degrees for moments. I love Zoe’s writing, she creates the perfect scenarios with the right atmosphere and the events unfold with a natural rhythm.

I never mentioned Christian before , OMG!! he is one of my favorites, he is really funny! I can’t wait to read a book where he has the main role. All the other characters were great too. The gods were AMAZING!!!

I have to warn you that if you read the blurb and somehow you understand that there is a love triangle (like I did) that's not exactly what happens. Don't get me wrong I loved the book but the tension comes from a different angle.

Overall, I loved this book! It has all the elements of a great paranormal romance. Another great addition to the series.


Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Review: Hush Hush #2 @MissAnnelieseV


Hush Hush #2
Title: Hush Hush #2
Author: Anneliese Vandell
Series: Hush Hush #2
Release Date: April 2nd 2015
Format: Ebook
Source: complimentary copy in exchange of an honest review.

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The teasing tongues of his leather whip. The black lace blindfold. And that mysterious, provocative little wooden table. These all mean just one thing for April.
The game is on.
Liam is opening a whole new world of thrills for April. It’s only a matter of time before she’s close enough to seize her revenge. But when she catches a glimpse of the “real” Liam, her resolve falters. Despite his dark past, the more she learns about him, the more he begins to consume her thoughts.
And when a familiar face unexpectedly comes to town, the whole house of cards threatens to topple over.


Anneliese Vandell isn’t the kind of woman you want to bring home to your mother. She specializes in writing steamy erotic romance with a twist of suspense, starring alpha males who are handsome, commanding, and fiercely protective of the women they love. When she is not writing, she can most likely be found searching for the perfect New York bagel.

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Hush Hush #2 picks up right where we left off in the first book. April continues with her investigation and the plans to bring down the Hawthornes keep getting more complicated. Darker secrets are revealed and more victims and players are brought to the game, if you enjoyed book one let me tell you this one is even better.

The relationship between April-Sophia and Liam has blurred limits, and not only for her but for him as well is hard to figure out if what they have is more than just sexual. Of course this bring a lot of tension and good heated scenes. Liam starts to reveal more about him and we find out a man with a lot of hidden demons. I like the man-character he is turning out to be. And despite seeming a bit innocent and naivé, April is becoming a stronger and braver person.

This book has a bigger element of danger, April is in a constant state of threat. It's not like she lives afraid but her moves are always calculated and everything she does has a purpose.

There was a twist here that I didn't see coming that left me speechless. What a great move made by the author.

I can't wait to read the next book.

Monday, May 25, 2015

Review: Mission Veritas @ArmOnToast


MISSION VERITAS (Black Saber Novels Book 1)
Title: Mission Veritas
Author: John Murphy
Series: Black Saber Novels #1
Release Date: February 22nd 2015
Format: Paperback & Ebook

Publisher: Booktrope
Source: complimentary copy in exchange of an honest review.

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The Carthenogens, “saviors” from another planet, assumed total control of Earth by preaching peace. Eighteen-year-old Vaughn Killian, son of the US ambassador to Thailand, knows otherwise; they killed his parents, forcing him to survive as a rebel for two hellish years in a purge of Bangkok.
Now millions are dead and thousands are disappearing in massive airlifts every day, and Killian saw it all. The almond-eyed tyrants have a stranglehold on that information, all militaries, and the world at large.
Killian is determined to “resist to the death” and seizes the opportunity to join Black Saber, an elite cadre formed to oppose Carthenogen tyranny. To qualify, he and eleven other candidates must undergo a trial mission on Planet Veritas, a rugged mining outpost where the atmosphere makes people reveal their true selves.
Killian must keep his past a secret at the risk of imprisonment. It’s a hard thing to do with a body full of scars—especially when Stiles Kerrington, an entitled son of a former US vice president, has singled him out for disqualification. If he fails the mission and can’t continue the fight, he’ll be jailed while the docile population on Earth is consumed, one city at a time.
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I highly recomend you to visit the website and see some of the graphics the author created for the book. They are AMAZING!!!!




Imagine going to a place that literally force you to speak the truth. Reveal your true self and your darkest secrets can sound very scary but for the young candidates this is a reality they have to face in this book.

Long story short, Killian had to witness his parents death and the Carthenogens taking control under the false speech of peace. Surviving as a rebel for a while, Killian had to do and see some crude realities. A serious of events presents him the opportunity of fighting against this evil (the savior comes under the name of Black Saber). When the opportunity comes to join them he will do what it takes to be a part of the group.

Mission Veritas is a really well thought sci-fi story, you can see all the hard work made by the author to create a story that not only is exciting but has a solid plot. The action is always present and there are good moments full with tension and a sense of danger during the mission that creates an atmosphere full of adrenaline.

I absolutely loved the idea of the planet they visit for the mission. Every scenario is described in a way that makes it easy to imagine the place, the narration also makes you believe that you are there living the action with the rest of the characters.

As any good sci-fi there are a lot of characters. In this case the group of candidates consists in twelve young males and females. I wouldn’t say that we really get to know each character but they do have unique personalities traits that help you distinguish one from another. Killian of course is my favorite with his sense of justice, honor, bravery and a search to do what’s right. He has a good adversary in the body of Kerrington. He is the classical “I’m the best” type of guy, arrogant and an asshole not so deep down.

Overall, if you like sci-fi this one is a good choice. The author did some graphics for the book that you can see on his site that are AMAZING!!! They help you put a face on the characters and also they look like part of a video game (one I would love to play).




Friday, May 22, 2015

Blog Tour: Review & Giveaway - Falling for His Best Friend @katee_robert

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Title: Falling for His Best Friend
Author: Katee Robert
Series: Out of Uniform #2
Release Date:
May 19th 2015 
Format: Paperback & Ebook
Publisher:
Entangled: Brazen
Source: complimentary copy from the publisher  in exchange of an honest review.

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He's going above and beyond the call of duty...
Avery Yeung’s biological clock just went off early. Thanks to her family’s medical history, she’s running out of time to get knocked up. And the only guy within donating distance? Her overprotective—and irritatingly hot—best friend. So clearly she needs an anonymous donor…
Anonymous donor? Over Sheriff Drew Flannery’s dead body. While daddyhood will never be in the cards for a man with his past, Drew won’t let Avery shop for a “popsicle pop.” He’ll do what’s right for his best friend by doing his best friend. But only if they do it properly.
But there’s nothing “proper” about it. Between the bed, the kitchen counter, and against his squad car, Avery and Drew are having the hottest sex ever. They can’t get enough of it—or each other. And without knowing it, they’ve crossed the one line that could ruin their friendship forever…

 Meet Avery & Drew in Katee Robert’s newest sexy standalone from Entangled Brazen!

NOW AVAILABLE!
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New York Times & USA TODAY Bestselling Author Katee Robert learned to tell stories at her grandpa’s knee. Her favorites then were the rather epic adventures of The Three Bears, but at age twelve she discovered romance novels and never looked back.
Though she dabbled in writing, life got in the way—as it often does—and she spent a few years traveling, living in both Philadelphia and Germany. In between traveling and raising her two wee ones, she had the crazy idea that she’d like to write a book and try to get published.
Her first novel was an epic fantasy that, God willing, will never see the light of day. From there, she dabbled in YA and horror, before finally finding speculative romance. Because, really, who wouldn’t want to write entire books about the smoking-hot relationships between two people?
She now spends her time—when not lost in Far Reach worlds—playing imaginary games with her wee ones, writing, ogling men, and planning for the inevitable zombie apocalypse.

All she had to do was pick up the phone and make the call.
Well, she refused to be a coward, and there was never a better time than now. She dialed, hating herself for holding her breath, and nearly hung up in a panic when he answered,
“Flannery.”
Her nervous energy got away from her, and words popped out of her mouth before she could think better of them. “Morning! Just calling with your daily sex status report.”
A heartbeat, and then he laughed. “Okay, I’ll bite. How’d I do?”
“Oh, you know, just fine.”
“Fine?” A car door slammed somewhere in the distance.
“Sweetheart, that was a far sight better than ‘fine.’”
She was going to get through this with sheer bravado. The only other option was to sit down and talk about their feelings, which so wasn’t on the menu if Avery had anything to say about it. A little more relaxed now, she settled onto the rocking chair and propped her feet on the chest. “It was a solid six.”
“That’s so cute when you mix up your numbers. Yesterday was a ten.”
She paused, pretending to consider. “Oh, no, definitely not a ten. I would have noticed if Sam Elliott or Sean Connery showed up.”
“You have seriously questionable taste.”
“I do not. I have excellent taste. Those voices…” She sighed, putting a little extra breathiness into it. “Actually, I’m adding Benedict Cumberbatch to that list. He’d be a ten.”
“No. Absolutely not. I draw the line at being outranked by a man with better cheekbones than most women. He is not attractive.”
“Don’t be jealous that you can’t make women come just by talking to them.”
“Two words—phone sex.”
Her laugh died. After what they’d just done, she didn’t like the reminder that he’d rocked other women’s worlds, but she’d better get used to it. This was Drew, and he’d never had a problem with the ladies. “Kudos to you, then.”
His tone shifted, the playfulness disappearing. “What are you doing for lunch?”
You. No, wait, she couldn’t say that. She still didn’t know where they stood. She couldn’t just assume they were going to keep having sex because they were joking about yesterday.
Avery twisted her hair. “I hadn’t decided.”
“I’ll make it easy on you—my place, noon.”
The growl in his voice made her shiver, but she forced a laugh. “Are we going to walk twenty paces and have a shootout?”
“If by shootout, you mean you’re going to come screaming my name, then yes.”

When your biological clock goes off before time because something in your DNA assures you that your time to have kids is limited, it's time to make some hard decissions. This is Avery's story, a young woman who decides to have a baby before is too late. Of course when her best friend, Drew, finds out she using a sperm donor things get crazy and entertaining.

Avery and Drew have been friends since they were kids. They've been together through all their darkest moments and their happiest too. Each one has been the other support system but they never took their friendship to the next level. Now is when things get messy.

I loved their dinamic, together they have fun, share a lot of laughs and they are adorable when they fight. As expected, both of them fight against their feelings and the fear of destroying such a long friendship makes them do foolish things.

Avery is a nice character. It was easy to relate with her and her pain sounded real. Her family was a good element to make her more human and complete. Their appearance makes the story more solid.

The writing is really good, it makes the reading fast and active (it only took me two days to read it). The dialogues are fresh, natural and short. I think that the dual POV makes it even better because we can read both sides of the story. It was really fun to hear Drew thoughts.

My only complaint would be about the sex scenes. There were too simple for my test, there was no tension, the foreplay was short and somehow the passion was not there. They do have a lot of chemistry and it's true that Avery and Drew can't have enough of each other but I would have liked something more steamy! Maybe that's just me.

However, I really enjoyed the romance. It was sweet to read about these two people who would do anything to make the other happy except admitting they love each other in a romantic way.

Falling for His Best Friend is a fast, sweet and enjoyable romance. It's part of a series but I can assure you it can be read as a standalone.




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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Release Blitz: ShutterGirl @CDReisswriter

ONE movie star on the cusp of greatness ONE broken girl who touched him TEN years to forget her A MILLION stories in Hollywood
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Title: Shutter Girl
Author: CD Reiss
Release Date: May 18th 2015 by
Format: Paperback & Ebook
Publisher: EverAfter Romance

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ONE movie star on the cusp of greatness
ONE broken girl who touched him
TEN years to forget her
A MILLION stories in Hollywood

I am not hurt.
I don’t need a second chance with him, or a life I thought I had.
While he was out forgetting me to become a movie star, I was building a career out of nothing. A career as a paparazzi, but a career. For a foster kid who bounced around every home in Los Angeles, that wasn’t easy.
This camera is all I have.
He’s nothing to me. Every time I take his picture and sell it, I remind myself that I did it all without him or his approval, his cinnamon smell or his clear green eyes. He lights up the screen like a celestial body, but he’s nothing but a paycheck to me.
He can throw my camera off a balcony, and nothing has to change. We can stay king and queen of the same city, and different worlds.
Except this is Hollywood, and here, anything can happen.


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 Are you ready for a different kind of love story?  
Meet Michael & Laine in this Hollywood themed second chance romance by CD Reiss!

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CD Reiss is a USA Today and Amazon bestseller. She still has to chop wood and carry water, which was buried in the fine print. Her lawyer is working it out with God but in the meantime, if you call and she doesn’t pick up, she’s at the well, hauling buckets.
Born in New York City, she moved to Hollywood, California to get her master’s degree in screenwriting from USC. In case you want to know, that went nowhere, but it did embed TV story structure in her head well enough for her to take a big risk on a TV series structured erotic series called Songs of Submission. It’s about a kinky billionaire hung up on his ex-wife, an ingenue singer with a wisecracking mouth; art, music and sin in the city of Los Angeles.
Critics have dubbed the books “poetic,” “literary,” and “hauntingly atmospheric,” which is flattering enough for her to put it in a bio, but embarrassing enough for her not to tell her husband, or he might think she’s some sort of braggart who’s too good to give the toilets a once-over every couple of weeks or chop a cord of wood.
If you meet her in person, you should call her Christine.


I stroked his hair, waist deep in peace, all worry gone for the moment, and floating in no more than an ocean of gratitude. I must have been more vulnerable than I realized, or he’d reopened some wound with his kindness, because though my sweet reverie stayed, as the minutes passed, a layer of need fitted itself on top of it.
I needed to tell him, if not the details, the outlines of who I was.
“I want you to know,” I whispered, starting somewhere small, then everything I didn’t want to say spilled out. “I have stuff. I’ve never been to jail, but you know, it’s stuff, and it’s ugly, and it scares me. Because, I mean, you’re so perfect, and I’m… I’m just a mess. I’m not whole. I’m a bunch of pieces of a person I cobbled together.” My eyes got wet when I thought of the comparisons between us and that picture in my silverware drawer. “So if you have to move on when you realize that, I’ll understand. You have an image, and if anyone understands protecting a career, it’s me. I mean, I’ll be mad, don’t get that wrong, but also.” I swallowed and blinked, shifting my head so he wouldn’t feel the tear on his forehead. “I won’t blame you.”
I waited for an answer. Anything. A change in position or a word on any subject. The weather. Sports. Something. But all he did was breathe.
I smiled so wide, tears fell into my mouth. He was sleeping.

GIVEAWAY & NOTE FROM AUTHOR
I am so happy with the response to Shuttergirl, and I cannot wait to send Michael and Laine out  into  the world, because who doesn’t swoon over a second chance at love?
It’s a new genre for me, and I’m exploding with excitement, so I’ve dropped some fantastic reasons  for readers to get the book right away.
TREAT YOURSELF LIKE A MOVIE STAR!
$500 Spa Gift Card
If you could get an hour, or ten away from the daily grind of paparazzi and interviews (or the job 
and kids), what would you do? Get a foot rub/slash/pedicure? A massage? Maybe something called  a Sleep Treatment that right now sounds better than sex?
Maybe you’d bring a friend or two, or maybe you’d just get a manipedi when you wanted one. 
Because the life of a megastar ain’t for the weak-willed or lazy, and running from paparazzi can really wear down a girl’s nails.
Woodhouse Spas are no joke. They’re all over the country and they’re….sigh. Fabulous. But if you don’t live near one, we can do Burke Williams, Halcyon Days or Red Door.

HOW TO ENTER
Take the fun SHUTTERGIRL READER QUIZ!
The link to the quiz is in the back of the book, and yes, that’s the ONLY place to find it! 

There are bonus questions relating to Jonathan and Antonio for extra prizes. You have until June 3rd to enter! That gives you a solid two weeks to read the book and get your chance at a $500 movie star spa treatment!

If you are a paperback reader, email me and we’ll work it out .

Thank You!



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