Friday, March 28, 2014

Heart Of Eternity by N. Jay - review

Heart Of Eternity
Title: Heart of Eternity
Author: N. Jay
Release Date: December 15th 2013
Format: Paperback & E-book
Publisher: Mirador Pubishing
Source: free copy via the author in exchange of an honest review.
When you are invited to dance with the muse of love, when you are driven to the edge by the pain of the past, when you hold the remedy for what ails you in your arms you will find yourself in the heart of eternity.
Set in the Blue Mountain’s town of Blackheath in New South Wales, Australia, the novel Heart of Eternity introduces two very different characters, Jay and Naida, who encounter each other at a challenging time in each of their lives. Their individual expressions of the feelings they provoke in each other give rise to a turmoil that could ultimately claim their lives. When two people understand so deeply the pain each other has faced will it force them into the abyss of darkness or will their combined need for healing allow love to enter both their hearts?




My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Heart of Eternity is definitely a different reading experience. A romance with a good dosses of spirituality, destine and love. This is an excellent written story with profound characters and the eternal fight between light and darkness.

At first I didn’t know what to expect and the first chapters confused me a bit. Let me explain, after an intriguing introduction or prologue we have two parallels stories that seem to have nothing in common. We read about Naida and Jay before encountering each other and it’s hard to imagine why they will meet.
Luckily, later on the book explanations are given and it’s easy to comprehend why those two belong together.
The book has a strong metaphysical and spiritual element. The author describes a journey towards our internal essence and into the center of the human soul, or at least that’s what I could grasp. I’m not really a spiritual person but I do enjoy spirituality on characters because this is part of our reality and if it is used correctly it helps created real and believable characters. In this case, Naida wants to cure her and others via spiritual healing. It was great to see her experience with her uncle who is also a healer.

The writing is also something different. The author creates a magical world where the words are impregnated with a notorious devotion for the spiritual world. Despite being a short book (only 99 pages) the characters are tridimensional and we can see their flaws and their past.

I only had one problem with the story and was how quickly things move on once they meet. It felt rushed, it took them 60% of the book to get together and then it all happens really fast. However, I liked the outcome and was happy to finally understand the introduction.

One thing I have to mention is that Heart of Eternity is not a book for everyone. Not only the metaphysical component is something that could push away some people the writing may be a little heavy for some.

Overall, I enjoyed Heart of Eternity (I read it in only 2 hours) because for me is more than a simple romance, it’s a story about things bigger than ourselves. It’s a book about healing in a deeper level and overcoming terrible and dark past.

Monday, March 24, 2014

TIME WARPED TRAVELERS II by Robert Westfall - Review

Welcome to a new post with a special review. This book is number two in a series written by "Robert Westfall". It's special because the book hasn't been published yet, the author send me what could be called a Beta version. I really enjoyed it so I hope the author publish it soon.
Also you can read my review for book one.

UPDATED: The book is now listed on AMAZON . Go & get your copy.


My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The book starts right where the first one left off.  Tom continues doing whatever he wants and he is more in love than never. His love for Beth takes him to the strangest places. They are a solid couple and this time the shenanigans come from both of them.

The writing is as good as before. Tom's voice is stronger, more mature and natural. The writing makes it seem like if you were watching a movie or hearing someone telling his adventures.

There is more humor than in book one, and more action. The faster speed makes it exciting, which I liked and enjoyed a lot.

New characters are added to the mix. Each one brings something special and important to the story. I loved the drama created around Hermie and I think that he coming back with Tom and Beth was a great idea. I also liked how they solved the problem with the McConahey brothers. And, The Clocker continues being the bad guy and it’s more mysterious than before.

There are many great scenes, one of my favorites involves Beth parents and Tommy. The mother has always made clear that she doesn't like him very much but in that scene is pretty obvious. That woman really hates him and I think he deserves it a bit.

Overall, it’s a great sequel. This installment has a more adult level because the sex is an important ingredient and the use of some drugs (that were legal then) is present.


Time Warped Travelers

Title: Time Warped Travelers  
Author: Robert Westfall  
Series: Time Warped Travelers #1
Release Date:
November 2nd 2012 
Format: E-book & Paperback
Publisher: Outskirts Press

Time Warped Travelers is a wild work of fiction that tells the tale of two twenty-five year old people with the 2012 outlook on life. Both are time travelers, and Elizabeth Howard lives in 1922 central Ohio. 
Tommy Evans transports there to start a love affair after seeing her picture in the "Backward Glances" section of a local newspaper. Many drugs that are illegal today were not in the time of the Roaring Twenties, and they both partake while helping out a dying woman and her destitute husband.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Smokin' Hot by Lynn LaFleur - review

Thanks to the publisher for giving me a copy via Netgalley.  Hope you all are having fun :)
Smokin' Hot
Title: Smokin'Hot
Author: Lynn LaFleur
Release Date: March 25th 2014  
Format: E-book & Paperback
Publisher: Kensington Books
Deep in the heart of Texas, the firefighters are hotter, sexier, and totally out of control. . .

Stephen is an adrenaline junkie. And then he meets Julia and her sexy curves. He's on fire with the need for her, a Texas-sized blaze that jumps from one to five alarms the moment their lips touch. . .

Marcus lost everything--his wife, his family, his business. Then nearly his life fighting fires. But out of the ashes he found something that never stopped burning. And this time he won't let go. . .

Childhood friends Talia and Dylan have been putting out fires as long as they've been in denial about their feelings. But one night everything changes, a fire's lit, and it's too hot to ever go out. . .
This book contains adult content.





My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This pack of three novellas is a good, fast passing and entertaining combination of erotic novels. Each one is different, has a different approach to romance and the characters differ from one story to another. However, they all share the same scenario. In Texas, the volunteer firefighter departments are full of sexy characters with passion running through their veins.

I have different opinions for the three stories. One liked me more than the
rest and one could be erased. But overall, I enjoy the intensity, the hotness and the writing in the three novellas.

Singe is my least favorite mainly because I couldn’t buy the explanation of Julia don’t wanting Stephen because he was a lot like her ex. Smolder was my favorite, two ex-lover, former husband and wife, reunited by a series of circumstances is the perfect recipe. It is the most intense story, with passion and feelings in every paragraph and some scenes that will blow your mind. Spark was an ok story. The characters are well described .We get to read about their past and understand why they act as they do. The sex is fascinating and the story has a believable outcome.

Now, as I said the writing is great, it flows naturally and the passing is regular. As they are novellas, the length doesn't allow much character development. The action comes really fast and they go straight to business. This is not at all bad, it's just something that comes with the lenght of the stories.

Set in Lanville, Texas the stories share a cool and relaxed environment. I really liked that the characters were name in the different stories, making it sounds like a whole universe where the characters are experiencing life as it is.

As it is stated on the blurb, it has adult content, or as I call it sex. The scenes are well described and they arrived at the perfect time with a great temperature and atmosphere.

Overall, if you are a fan of erotic romance and enjoy novellas, you should read Smokin’ Hot. There is sweet but strong women, sexy and honest men and exciting moments.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Unintentional Virgin by A.J. Bennett - Review

Monday review. I was lucky enough to received a copy from the publisher via Netgalley. As you will see in my review this is one of those books people hate or love. For me it was a good read with great topics.

Unintentional VirginTitle: Unintentional Virgin
Author: A.J. Bennet
Release Date:
September 19th 2013
E-book & Paperback
Amazon Digital Services.
Karma Points is cursed. Cursed with a stupid name and the inability to lose her virginity. She's on a mission to lose her virginity before she turns twenty if it's the last thing she does.
One night, her good friend Eva brings her to an underground club where Karma meets a tattooed bouncer. He’s far from the clean-cut type she normally falls for, which makes her think this finally might be the night she crosses the threshold of womanhood.
Excited, she goes home with the bouncer named Jax and as always, her dreams crash down once again. Jax cannot believe she is willing to give away her virginity to a stranger she met at a club. As the only son with five sisters and a widowed mom, he can't morally go through with it, even though he's never been more tempted in his life.
Unwilling to let her walk away he strikes a deal. Karma has to spend three weeks dating him and then decide if she wants to have sex or walk away.




My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Unintentional Virgin is a book with a great premise, mixed reviews and short length that ends up being a story you love or hate. Summarizing, Karma Points is a twenty-year-old virgin in search of a lucky guy to lose her v-card.

Let me start by saying that the premise or blurb is just the tip of the iceberg. It’s easy to say that this is a NA romance with sexual tension and a girl discovering herself. For me, this book is more than that because through Karma and all her issues, the author deals with a lot of topics. Childhood traumas, bad parenting and self-love are some of the themes of the book.

I know the first thing you notice is the name. Seriously, who could name her daughter: KARMA POINTS? Well… nowadays people name their kids with some crazy names so why not Karma. And besides, the explanation given is believable.

Jax is the chosen guy to take her virginity. However, he decides to first getting to know her by going out for three weeks. He is described as this hot, sexy man with an amazing body. However, for some reason I’m not a big fan of him. True, he helps her to build some confidence in herself and is more than a pretty face but he is too perfect to be true. He used to be a boxer but quit because of the danger of suffering brain damage and now is a fireman. Because he has four sisters he is a true gentleman and doesn’t do one night stands… really??? Maybe the only thing missing was him dress as a prince on top of a white horse. I know I’m complaining about silly stuffs but I need my characters to be real and he is not, where are his flaws?

Now to the good stuffs, I love Karma. For me she is a well thought character and with a solid past. As someone who had to study a lot of child psychology I can assure you that the smallest mean word can damage a kid in terrible ways. Her low self-esteem has strong arguments and valid points.

The relationship between Karma and her dads is amazing. I know some people find their interaction a bit odd or unreal. But take this for someone who has an open and healthy relationship with her parents, you can discuss sex, drugs and more with your parents without prejudices. I don’t know if this is the best or if it could work for everyone, but it is possible.

There were few little details I didn’t enjoy related to her mom. I think her appearance was not necessary and the second time she has a scene the outcome was too forced.

As I said at the beginning, the book has the sexual tension necessary to keep the reader intrigued and eager to read more. The heat between Karma and Jax is really strong. I don’t want to spoil anything but I love the breaking point between them. Many truths were spoken in that moment about how movies, books and fiction create false expectations in all of us.

Overall, I really enjoy this book. If you like NA book and the sexual tension, you should read it. It's up to you if you love it or hate it.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Blog Tour: Ocean's Gift by Demelza Carlton

Title: Ocean's Gift
Author: Demelza Carlton
Series: Ocean's Gift #1
Release Date:
November 28th 2012
Format: E-book & Paperback
Lost Plot Press

Sirens don't fall in love with humans.
For centuries it has been so... But Sirena is different. She lost her first love to sharks and a storm, cursing the islands that stole him from her.
Times have changed and she must swim ashore once more, to the islands she once cursed. Gone are the boats powered by sail and steam - jet boats with GPS are now the order of the day.
Enter Joe, the deckhand on the Dolphin. A handy man to have around when the lights go out. He'll fix your generator and have the lights back on in no time, no worries.
But can he seduce a siren? Or will she swim away before he can uncover her secret? A book about lobsters, beer and boobs, on some cursed islands off the coast of Western Australia. At least, that's how Joe tells it.
For Sirena, it's a very different story. 


Demelza Carlton has always loved the ocean, but on her first snorkelling trip she found she was afraid of fish.
She has since swum with sea lions, sharks and sea cucumbers and stood on spray-drenched cliffs over a seething sea as a seven-metre cyclonic swell surged in, shattering a shipwreck below.
Sensationalist spin? No - Demelza tends to take a camera with her so she can capture and share the moment later; shipwrecks, sharks and all.
Demelza now lives in Perth, Western Australia, the shark attack capital of the world.
The Ocean's Gift series was her first foray into fiction, followed by the Nightmares trilogy.



My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Ocean’s Gift is the story of two worlds colliding. Somewhere in Earth, mermaids are real and they come to firm land to use men as procreators. Sirena is no stranger in the firm land, a mermaid by nature she once loved a man who was taken away from her.

This is a story with an unsteady rhythm but with an engaging plot. At first it has a slow passing and the writing makes it sound like an academic book because it was just a pointing of the facts. Luckily, somewhere after a few chapters the story picks up speed and exciting things starts to happen. Once the story takes speed, the “love” story takes a central place and it’s really difficult to put the book down.

The constant change of the point of view allows us to see a complete version of the story. The story has two points of view and a few chapters told from Sirena’s point of view. Alternating between the voices of Belinda and Joe we see how the story moves on. I find it curious that Belinda was the choice to tell the story because Sirena is the central character but it was a good one.

Vanessa, or Sirena, is for me a mermaid who wishes to be a human. She has a soft for humans, in this adventure for Joe, and she believes they have a crucial role in the permanence of the mermaids and humans. Joe is a simple, hardworking, loving and sweet man. He is the perfect addition to this story.

I liked the language because is easy to understand without being boring. The author creates a believable world with simple words and real characters.

Overall, Ocean’s Gift is great book with glimpses of fantasy and a great quota of romance.

*** I received an ecopy from the tour host for reviewing purposes. ***

Monday, March 10, 2014

Darkside Sun by Jocelyn Adams - Review

I absolutely loved this book. I can't thank enough the publisher for sending me a copy.
Darkside Sun (Mortal Machine, #1)

Title: Darkside Sun
Author: Jocelyn Adams
Series: The Mortal Machine #1
Release Date: March 10th 2014 
Publisher: Embrace - Entangled Publishing

Addison Beckett tries hard to pretend she’s normal, but she’s far from it. Since she was six years old, she’s seen the world around her unraveling, as if someone is pulling a thread from a sweater and it’s all slowly coming undone. When she ignores it, it goes away, so that’s what she does.
Enter her arrogant-but-hot professor Asher Green. He knows all about her special brand of crazy. In fact, he might be just as nuts as she is. Asher insists that the dead from a parallel dimension are trying to possess the living in this one. And since Addison seems to be the only one who can see these “wraiths,” she just might be the key to saving the world.

Addison wants nothing to do with Asher or his secret society, The Mortal Machine. But as their animosity grows, she finds it harder and harder to ignore the chemistry between them. And when she discovers that Machine laws forbid her from touching him, she realizes that’s all she wants to do. 

Stop the wraiths. Break the rules. Save the world. All in a day’s work.

Normal was overrated, anyway.



My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Darkside Sun presents us a world where other realities exist and a secret society fights a threat from another dimension. Addison is introduced to The Mortal Machine to discover that she has a special role and the easy task of saving the world. With a lot of action, a bit of romance and more bruises than a normal person could handle, we see Addison embracing her destiny and her role in this society.

Fast and easy to follow the story is refreshing. Despite it might seem difficult to follow the world is explained step by step allowing the reader and the character to comprehend a complex and intriguing structure to support the story. The author creates a solid, believable and fantastic plot without overwhelm us with information. The Shift and how they move in it was one of those things that could have gone wrong but it didn’t.

Addison is one of those characters you learn to love. She is self-critic, strong, loyal and honest. Her humanity is really authentic and it’s amazing to see her worry and devotion to those she loves and for what she thinks is right. However, she also has flaws and moments of weakness, which makes her more real. Whenever her hormones get in the way, she is the first to point the irony of the situation. And then we have Asher, the sexy, mysterious professor. The supposed to be guide and mentor has a strong temper and acts like he has no decent bone in his body. They fight a mutual attraction for most of the book mainly because this rule of no touching. There are fireworks every time they have a close encounter and they share an intense relationship. He is cruel at her for moments and she does her best trying to stay sane in this love-hate situation.

Another great character is Sophia, who is a sweet, shy but really brave woman, a great rock for Addison and a loyal companion. Also we have Marcus, Kat and others, each one with a defined role in the story.

The story mixes a lot of different cultures and their mythology creating a unique setting. The author describes perfectly the clothing, the architecture of places and the accents. All of this creates a complete and richer world.

I have to mention the way feelings are portrayed because is so easy to get immerse in the moment and feel what they are feeling. There are heart breaking moments and also others that angry me because of someone behavior. When a story touches you that way it means it’s a good one.

Overall, Darkside Sun is a paranormal NA story with an original premise, an excellent writing style, a fast and constant rhythm, great characters and a lot of adrenaline. Just so you know, I can’t wait to read book two.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Searching for Beautiful by Nyrae Dawn - Review

Searching for BeautifulTitle: Searching for Beautiful 
Author: Nyrae Dawn 
Release Date: March 4th 2014 
Format: E-book & Paperback 
Publisher: Entangled Teen 
Before it happened… 
Brynn had a group of best friends, a boyfriend who loved her, a growing talent for pottery. She had a life.
And then…she had none. 
After it happened… 
Everything was lost. The boy she now knew never loved her. The friends who felt she betrayed their trust. The new life just beginning to grow inside her.
Brynn believes her future is as empty as her body until Christian, the boy next door, starts coming around. Playing his guitar and pushing her to create art once more. She meets some new friends at the local community center, plus even gets her dad to look her in the eye again…sort of.
But letting someone in isn’t as easy as it seems. 
Can Brynn open up her heart to truly find her life’s own beauty, when living for the after means letting go of the before?





My rating: 3 of 5 stars
(Thanks to the publisher for the copy).

Searching for Beautiful is a YA book with all the classical elements of the genre, an anguished teenager girl, the sweet boy, tears and drama. However, the author achieves to create a book that is more than a simple story about redemption, forgiveness, friendship, grief, moving on and love.

To be totally honest, somewhere around page sixty of my copy I was about to dump this book because of the constant reminder of her suffering and self-pity. But I decided to keep reading and it turned out to be a good story. When I finally could relate with Brynn and understand some of her choices I was able to enjoy the story. Basically the blurb summarized it perfectly, after a tragic event in Brynn’s life she makes some choices that leave her alone and sad. Then, little by little she picks up the pieces of her life with the help of the boy next door.

Brynn is a bit selfish and really self-centered at first but once I realized that most teenagers believe they are the center of the universe, I started to comprehend Brynn and her actions. It’s true that most of the time I wanted to punch her for not talking to someone and it was annoying to see her wallowing in her own pain. But again, teenagers feel with more intensity and every bad thing seems like the end of the world.

Jason is the perfect villain. I know most people will hate him but let’s be honest, there are hundreds of guys like him out there and I think he can be a great warning for all the readers. Still, I couldn’t find the justification of Brynn not knowing who he was convincing enough.

Christian was the sweet boy she needed as support and as an anchor. My favorite thing about him is that he is not perfect; he is a bit temperamental for moments. There were other characters, for example Brynn’s father, Brenda and Emery. Each one, despite having a small part on the story, has an important role from a different position.

The story has some jumps into the past, this allow us to see what happened before and see the evolution of Brynn and the story. The language is simple but engaging and easy to follow. There are long internal conversations and arguments while Brynn is figuring out who she can trust and how to heal.

Mainly what convinced me to continue reading the book was the message the author tries to deliver. Life is not easy and there is no right or wrong in how to live it. We are supposed to make mistakes in our lives, is how we face the consequences what is important. Each person deals with the hard times in their own way and we shouldn’t be judging others for how they choose to manage the pain and suffering, we cannot expect for all to be as strong as some people.

Overall, this is a really good YA book. If you like the genre I’m sure you will like it because it has the growing up issues you expect, the sweet romance and the teenager drama you want. For me it was a good read, the general theme as I said in the previous paragraph was excellent but the first part of the book was slow and it took me a while to find the story appealing.

Monday, March 3, 2014

Rewound by D.T. Dyllin - Review

It's no secret that I love D.T. Dyllin and her books. Here is my review for her latest work. This is my favorite so far. Thanks to her for the copy :)

RewoundTitle: Rewound
Author: D.T. Dyllin
Release Date:
February 8th 2014
Format: E-book & Paperback
Publisher: Tik Tok Press
Dezdamona Kabinosh is on a mission—a mission of love. And she traveled back in her own timeline to complete it. After being betrayed by her husband she’s seeking a second chance at love, and Dez has come up with the perfect plan.

One problem though… Jaxson Kabinosh, her future husband, has also traveled back in time and he’s determined to keep Dez for himself. Who will win the ultimate battle for Dez’s heart? Jaxson, or her possible rebound guy.




My rating: 5 of 5 stars

What if you could go back in time and make your life different? Would you do it? Would you try to correct your mistakes? In this standalone book by the amazing D.T. Dyllin we read about a woman who thinks that coming back to the past can be the best choice for a happy life.

In a future world, Dez is more than one hundred years old when she decides to go back to her youth. What she never thought was that her husband, Jaxson, would follow her back.

The book is fast and exciting. We jump instantly into the action without further preamble. We read about how Dez is decided to change her past and we witness her internal fight between loving and hating her husband. The sexual tension is overwhelming and palpable. The author creates an intense relationship between the characters in a way that we can feel the friction and the passion.

Dez is a really complicated woman, voluble and imperfect but that’s what makes her the perfect heroin. I love the women in this author’s books because they are tridimensional and real, basically they are humans. As part of the feminine genre, I think the author writes about women who represent us one way or another. We are not easy or simple, we have complex personalities and we don’t always act rationally (especially in the name of love).

In case you are wondering, the travelling in time is easy to understand but the book is not intended as science fiction or anything like that, it’s just a minor detail.

This is the first standalone book by Dara and let me tell is you is magnificent. After so many cliffhangers written by her, I’m glad to say she does an excellent work creating a world so complete and solid in just one volume. It has the outstanding writing style we are accustomed and the detailed descriptions that we always enjoy.

Overall, a remarkable romance with great doses of sex delivered through high temperature scenes. I don't want to spoil anything but there were moments that moistened my eyes because of the emotion and sweetness in them.
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