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Quickie Book Review – The Language of Hoofbeats by Catherine Ryan Hyde

The Language of HoofbeatsThe Language of Hoofbeats by Catherine Ryan Hyde

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Compelling read

This is the first book that I’ve read by Hyde, and I can say with out a doubt that it won’t be the last. The author has a way of getting down into the bits of human emotion that most people are afraid to explore. This novel is compelling, touching and the perfect introspective read for a blustery winter night.

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Quickie Book Review – Eternal Night by Carina Adly MacKenzie

Eternal NightEternal Night by Carina Adly MacKenzie

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

What if the ancient Gods did exist… and what if they’re still alive, yet powerless after hundreds of years of nobody believing in them? Then you’d end up with this novel.

I especially loved the interactions between the handful of Gods left. Eons of interactions make for riffs that span centuries, missed opportunities and regrets over choices long-ago made. Part fantasy, part mystery, this novel is all page-turner.

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Quickie Book Reveiw – Mistress of Night and Dawn by Vina Jackson

Mistress of Night and DawnMistress of Night and Dawn by Vina Jackson

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

In the vein of The Sleeping Beauty trilogy (Anne Rice writing as A.N. Rolequare- not sure if I spelled that correctly) comes this sensual tale of a young woman’s journey into a hidden world filled with timeless traditions steeped in eroticism and sexual exploration. But don’t be fooled into thinking this is just a spicy novel– no, it is so much more. It has layers, just waiting to be peeled with each turn of the page. Excellent read.

Quickie Book Review – Clipped Wings by Helena Hunting

Clipped Wings (Clipped Wings, #1)Clipped Wings by Helena Hunting

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

Well, there were parts of this book that I really, really, liked. And others not-so-much. Hayden was done very well and he was definitely my favorite part of the book. There was a time or two where I thought he did or said something a little out of character, but overall I found him swoon-worthy and found myself longing to be under his (tattoo) gun. (insert eyebrow wiggle here)

Tenley, I didn’t like as much. I didn’t hate her, I just didn’t connect with her as much as I would have liked. I can’t put my finger on why that is, though. Perhaps it’s the way she reacts/handles her creepy Adviser or her over-bearing brother-in-law.

Together the couple is good, and I love how the tattoo/ deviant behavior/ pain-linked thing is worked into the story line. The other characters in the book are interesting and colorful, and the writing itself is superb. More than once I wished I was reading a dead-tree book so that I could circle a particularly good line or passage.

My biggest -thumbs-down-dislike was the ending. I mean…holy-cliffhanger. In all fairness, that wasn’t even a cliffhanger in the typical sense. There was no tying-up of issues, no warning whatsoever. I went to turn the page, only there were no more pages. It was like someone left off the last chapter (or several) and because of that the book didn’t feel complete at all. Usually, I don’t mind a cliff-hanger, but this one left a bad taste in my mouth.

**I received a copy of this novel via NetGalley for review purposes.

New Release – Random by Emma Shane (Erotic Romance Novella)

Just wanted to pop in and let everyone know about Emma’s new release! Check it out!

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Random by Emma Shane

Olivia “boring” Ireland has had a rough year. She walked in on her fiancé banging his secretary and fell into a dark place– only to bottom out following the sudden death of her brother. When she learns that she’s inherited her late brother’s company, Olivia decides to make a fresh start and dive head-first into her new job in a new city.

Only she’s slightly out of her element at Random, the elite hook-up service her brother founded. Taking a hands-on approach to mastering the business, Olivia sets up her first Random date and quickly learns that finding the man of her wicked dreams is as easy as ordering takeout.

Random is an erotic romance novella of approximately 16,000 words and is meant for mature readers over 18 years old, as it contains adult situations. (M/F)

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Quickie Book Review: The Weight of Blood by Laura McHugh

The Weight of BloodThe Weight of Blood by Laura McHugh

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I can’t say enough good things about this novel. It’s tragic and dark, completely captivating, and full of deep, dark twists. The power of family and betrayal. Of uncovering secrets long buried.

It’s a haunting read, and one that I fell into whole-heartedly, sucked into the story by the finessed prose and swirling ether of tragedy a’coming.

After reading the last line, I laid down my ereader and let the book replay through my mind like a silent film. Dreamed about it again that night. And still, days later the story has stuck with me, which is always a hallmark of a great book.

***PS – Today is the release day for this book, so check it out!

Quickie Book Review – The Neighbors by Ania Ahlborn

The NeighborsThe Neighbors by Ania Ahlborn

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Having read Ahlborn’s first novel, Seed, I was excited to find another spine-tingling tale of hers and downloaded it the minute I found it. And this book did not disappoint.

The plot kept me guessing, the gore factor was moderately high and the characters perfectly twisted and bent under the authors expertly crafted narrative. Recommended for sure!

Quickie Book Review – The Winter People by Jennifer McMahon

The Winter PeopleThe Winter People by Jennifer McMahon

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Fabulously creepy and morose. Bits of this novel remind me of one of the stories in Full Dark, No Stars (Stephen King) because it’s similar in tone, creep-factor and historical aspects. So, that alone should tell you to read this, or course.

The story spans decades and involved a host of characters who all end up connected in one way or another by the end. I don’t want to give too much away, but the legend and lore involved in this was pitch-perfect and I loved how the mood built over the course of the story. McMahon may have just become one of my favorite contemporary authors with this one. It’s not to be missed!

***This book is being release today! Hurry, go get it!

Quickie Book Review – Playing with Fire by C.J. Archer

Playing With Fire (Freak House #2)Playing With Fire by C.J. Archer

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Ms. Archer sure does have a way of setting the page alight with heat and chemistry… and she came up with an ingenious way to keep the two lovebirds apart for the time being. Add in a cast of complex characters, a few Big Bad’s and a rich, historical setting and you have the makings of a great series. I also like how this series blends the scientific with the fantastical, in a way that makes everything seem plausible.

I’m just as satisfied after reading this book (#2 in the series) as I was after putting down the first one. Can’t wait to read the next installment!

 

(P.S – Sorry we’ve been AWOL, there’s just been so much going on lately. Will try to do a post about our craziness soon!)

Quickie Book Review – Hunters & Prey by Katie Salidas

Hunters & Prey (Immortalis, #2)Hunters & Prey by Katie Salidas

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Really like this book! Having read the first novel in the series, I can say that the characters are ever-evolving and feel very fleshed-out. There was plenty of action in the Fanged tale, but we also get to watch as Alyssa wrestles with some fairly heavy moral struggles. Can’t wait to read the next one!

#vamps #urbanfantasy

Quickie Book Review – The Angel Stone by Juliet Dark

The Angel Stone (Fairwick Chronicles, #3)The Angel Stone by Juliet Dark

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The product description is apt– fans of Deborah Harness will enjoy this book because of it’s multi-layered tapestry of magic, love and time travel. Not to mention that the heroine in both series has a scholarly profession. From there though, I’d say the similarities end.

Once again, I’ve read a series book without reading the prior books, but my lack of knowledge didn’t hamper my enjoyment while reading this book. I didn’t get too lost along the way, though I’m sure I would have been a little more emotionally invested in the central love story if I’d read the other two books first.

I truly enjoyed the Scottish/ Fae / Historical aspects of this novel, especially in relation to the “olde tales” discussed throughout. The magical elements were well done and creative, and the writing was seamless. It’s safe to say I was sucked into this novel fairly quickly, and once I was done I was done (several hours later- I’m fast like that)I was sad, like the end of my favorite series had come and gone.

Now, to go back and read the first two books!

(ARC received via Netgalley for review purposes.)

BOOK PUBLICATION DATE : September 3, 2013

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Quickie Book Review – Vampire Dawn by J.R. Rain

Vampire Dawn (Vampire for Hire, #5)Vampire Dawn by J.R. Rain

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Another great addition to the series. Things are definitely evolving in Samantha’s world, and I can’t wait to see where the next book finds the Vamp Mom!

On a side note, I love the authors sparse, no nonsense style of writing. It’s clean, concise and really moved the story along at a clipping pace. 🙂

#Free Short Story Collection – Still Life Paintings by Karen Fowler (7/26/13 only!)

Just wanted to pop in and let everyone know that Karen’s short story collection Still Life Paintings is free today only over on Amazon!

Click on the book’s cover to go get your copy!

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