Happy Halloween all you Ghouls and Sexy Vampires

 

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Happy Halloween

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What is more Halloween than Vampires? Coming Tomorrow-

A review of the latest Vampire In America novel from

D.B. Reynolds, VINCENT. 

This is how I see Vincent. Uh-huh

Vincent Arron Diaz

Here is a map of the territories ruled by those sexy vampire lords.

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8 Thursdays ‘Til Christmas- 2 christmas romance reviews-Sarah Morgan’s O’Neil Brothers

Yes dear ones. Only 2 months until Christmas.  Better get that credit card in gear and get shopping.  The national economy is counting on you.  To help you through the hectic days ahead, each Thursday from now until Christmas I will post a review of a Chrstmasy book to help you destress from the holiday hub-bub.  But since this is the first Thursday, I’m giving you a treat of two Christmasy books in Sarah Morgan’s ONeil Brothers Trilogy. Up First:

Title: Sleigh Bells In The Snow (O’Neil Brothers #1)

Sleigh Bells in the snow no 1 O'neil bros.

Genre: Contemporary Romance/Holiday

Author: Sarah Morgan

Publisher: Harlequin HQN, 2013

Source: purchase

Rating: 3

Sexy Rating: 5

Christmasy Feeling: 5

Description from Amazon.com:

Once upon a time, Christmas was Kayla Green’s favorite time of year. Now all the workaholic wants for Christmas is for it to be over—as fast as possible! So when duty calls her to snowy Vermont to close a deal with a new client, Kayla is grateful for an excuse to avoid the holidays for another year.

Jackson O’Neil left a thriving business behind to return home and salvage his family’s resort—it’s in his blood, and he can’t let it fail. Now that he’s got marketing whiz Kayla Green working with him to put Snow Crystal on the map, success is on the horizon. The fact they strike enough sparks off each other to power all the Christmas lights in Vermont is just an added bonus.

Kayla might be an expert at her job, but she’s out of her depth with Jackson—he makes her crave the happy-ever-after she once dreamed of, and it’s terrifying. As the snowflakes continue to swirl, will the woman who doesn’t believe in the magic of Christmas finally fall under its spell?

**

This holiday Chick-Lit is too predictable, actually it is too much of just about everything. There is too much cold and snow, too much cozy dysfunctional family, too much supposedly smart woman who acts quite stupid.

So why do I give it 3 stars instead of 2? The writing is well done. Ms Morgan makes us feel the cold snowyness of winter in Vermont. She made me go to my kitchen and make a cup of hot chocolate just to ward off the chill. She can write various character personalities so that they come alive and jump off the page. This is a very cozy Christmas read and if you want a little sexy with your comfy Christmas read then this is it. The Christmas spirit is strong in this book.

Next is:

Title: Maybe This Christmas (O’Neil brothers #3)

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Genre: Contemporary Romance/Holiday

Author: Sarah Morgan

Publisher: Harlequin HQN, 2014

Source: Free for review from the publisher

Rating: 4

Sexy Rating: 5

Christmasy Feeling: 5

Description from Amazon.com:

This winter, ex-skiing champion, reformed heartbreaker and single dad Tyler O’Neil has only one mission—making sure his daughter, Jess, has the best Christmas ever. The fact that his best friend, Brenna, is also temporarily moving into his chalet at the overbooked Snow Crystal resort is a delicious distraction he’s simply going to have to ignore. Theirs is the one relationship he’s never ruined, and he’s not about to start now.

Ski pro Brenna Daniels knows all about the perils of unrequited love—she’s been in love with Tyler for years. But living with him is absolute torture… How can she concentrate on being his friend when he’s sleeping in the room next door? Then when Tyler kisses Brenna, suddenly the relationship she’s always dreamed of feels so close she could almost touch it. Could this be the Christmas her dreams of a happy-ever-after finally come true?

**

Another sweet and sexy snow country story from Sarah Morgan. It is difficult to stay neutral about a hunky, athletic, handsome as sin hero. So I won’t…stay neutral that is. I’ll take this guy, and all his troubles if Brenna doesn’t want him. Unfortunately for me, Brenna wants him but doesn’t think he will ever be interested in her.

This is the third book in Morgan’s O’Neil Brothers Trilogy and my favorite although the first book was worth the read. This book delves into the highs and lows of raising a child with a single parent. It explores unrequited love and commitment phobia. As you can surmise it tackles a lot of issues but not so deeply as to become pendantic. This is a quick and fun read and brimming with holiday spirit. You will like this one too for a light holiday read.

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Now I know you are wondering about the O’Neil Brothers #2.  I have to admit I have yet to read Sean’s story but I look forward to it.  It is Suddenly Last Summer.

Suddenly Last summer no 2 Oneil Bros

 

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Recent Release Review- Only Enchanting by Mary Balogh

Title: Only Enchanting (Survivor’s Club #4)

Only Enchating

Genre: Historical Romance

Author: Mary Balogh

Publisher: Penguin Group

Source: Free for review from the publisher

Rating: 4

Sexy Rating: 5

Description from Amazon.com:

The Survivors’ Club: Six men and one woman, all wounded in the Napoleonic Wars, their friendship forged during their recovery at Penderris Hall in Cornwall. Now, in the fourth novel of the Survivors’ Club series, Flavian, Viscount Ponsonby, has left this refuge to find his own salvation—in the love of a most unsuspecting woman.… Flavian, Viscount Ponsonby, was devastated by his fiancée’s desertion after his return home. Now the woman who broke his heart is back—and everyone is eager to revive their engagement. Except Flavian, who, in a panic, runs straight into the arms of a most sensible yet enchanting young woman. Agnes Keeping has never been in love—and never wishes to be. But then she meets the charismatic Flavian, and suddenly Agnes falls so foolishly and so deeply that she agrees to his impetuous proposal of marriage. When Agnes discovers that the proposal is only to avenge his former love, she’s determined to flee. But Flavian has no intention of letting his new bride go, especially now that he too has fallen so passionately and so unexpectedly in love.

**

Mary Balogh can weave a web that captures the reader and refuses to release until the last page is read. Flavian was wounded by a gunshot to the head in the War. It took him a long time to recover but still he has blanks where memories should be. Agnes is widowed three years from a husband she admired but never loved. These two meet at a country ball then not again for several months and then fate conspires to throw them into each other’s company on several occasions. This does sound like many other historical romance plots but don’t be too hasty. There are twists and surprises and revelations.

Mary Balogh has penned an intriquing and absorbing romance. I highly recommend this for all historical romance divotees.

 

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Review- The Ship of Brides by Jojo Moyes

Title: The Ship of Brides

The Ship of Brides

Genre: Literary Fiction/Romance

Author: Jojo Moyes

Publisher: Penguin group

Source: Free for review from the publisher

Rating: 5

Sexy Rating: 2

Description from Amazon.com:

  1. World War II has ended and all over the world, young women are beginning to fulfill the promises made to the men they wed in wartime. In Sydney, Australia, four women join 650 other war brides on an extraordinary voyage to England—aboard HMS Victoria, which still carries not just arms and aircraft but a thousand naval officers. Rules are strictly enforced, from the aircraft carrier’s captain down to the lowliest young deckhand. But the men and the brides will find their lives intertwined despite the Navy’s ironclad sanctions. And for Frances Mackenzie, the complicated young woman whose past comes back to haunt her far from home, the journey will change her life in ways she never could have predicted—forever.

**

Jojo Moyes writes superbly nuanced characters. There is Margaret, pregnant and leaving behind a loving family. There is Frances, harboring secrets. There is Joan, too young and immature to know the ropes. Finally there is Avice, a society lady who has much to learn. All are brought to life in exquisite prose that leaves the reader enthralled with each woman, and captivated by their fates.

Jojo Moyes has obviously researched the life aboard this type of ship so that we the reader also feel the rolling sea and the vastness of the huge ship.

I highly recommend this book as well as Jojo Moyes’ other novels.

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Review- Adultery by Paulo Coelho

Title: Adultery

Adultry

Genre: Literary Fiction

Publisher: Knopf, Aug. 2014

Source: Free for review from the Amazon Vine Program

Rating: 3

Sexy Rating: 5

Description from Amazon.com:

Linda knows she’s lucky. Yet every morning when she opens her eyes to a so-called new day, she feels like closing them again. Her friends recommend medication. But Linda wants to feel more, not less. And so she embarks on an adventure as unexpected as it is daring, and which reawakens a side of her that she – respectable wife, loving mother, ambitious journalist – thought had disappeared. Even she can’t predict what will happen next…

**

This is the psychological study of a woman’s decent into sadness , boredom and ridiculousness. Okay that last is my considered opinion. For a supposedly intelligent woman she makes some rather stupid social mistakes all in the name of getting over her feelings of restlessness and boredom. She has an attitude that it is okay to possibly throw away her family just to assuage her problems by having an affair. She tries to convince herself that she is in love with her lover but there is no emotional connection for either of them. The author’s use of language is to be lauded even if his grasp of a woman’s emotions leaves something to be desired. The ending of this book is worth the read for what goes around, comes around.

Deet’s note:  I chose to read and review this book because I had heard so much buzz about the author.  Perhaps his other books were more spot-on than this one.  I do have trouble with male authors writing first person as a woman.  Although he got a lot right, he got a lot wrong also.

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More WTF Books I’m not going to review

 

Back in the dark ages of this blog(August, 2011), I did a post on really crazy books found on Amazon that I was not going to review.  If you would like to see what those were just click here.

Since then I have found a few more that you might want to pass up….or not.  All are available on Amazon.com when I researched this blog.

People Who Don’t Know They Are Dead and How They Attach Themselves to Unsuspecting Bystanders and What To Do About It by Gary Leon Hill

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Living With Crazy Buttocks by Kaz Cook

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How To Shit In The Woods: An Environmentally Sound Approach (3rd Edition) by Kathleen Meyer

How to Shit in the woods

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Oral Sadism and The Vegetarian Personality by Glenn C. Ellenbogen

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The Haunted Vagina by Carlton Mellick,III

The Haunted Vagina

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10 Ways To Recycle A Corpse BY Karl Shaw

Ten ways to recycle a corpse

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Recent Release Review- Once Upon A Christmas Kiss by Manda Collins

Title: Once Upon A Christmas Kiss

Once Upon A christmas Kiss

Genre: Historical Romance/Holiday/Novella

Author: Manda Collins

Publisher: St. Martin’s Paper backs, Oct. 14, 2014

Source: Free for review from the publisher

Rating: 4

Sexy Rating: 5

Christmasy Feeling: 5

Description from Amazon.com:

When Sir Lucien Blakemore arrives at his cousin’s estate for a week-long Christmas party, he’s shocked to see Miss Winifred Nightingale among the other guests. Employed by his neighbor back in Yorkshire, the governess with the lovely eyes has always seemed off limits, but she’s visiting here as a guest—and there’s nothing like a little mistletoe to make the spirits bright…

Miss Winifred Nightingale never dreamed a holiday visit with her sister would lead to both ladies spending Christmas as the local lord’s guests. But the big surprise is when she finds the handsome Sir Lucien Blakemore staying there too. The attraction between them is undeniable, but will an old nemesis and a party guest bent on mischief make their first kiss under the mistletoe their last?

**

This is a rather predictable yet thoroughly engaging story. It is chock-a-block full of Christmasy feeling. There is skating and sledding, wassail bowls and Yule Logs. We even are treated to a whodunit with our hero and heroine trying to ferret out the villain. There is the ubiquitous meddling mama and not only is she putting forth her daughters for marriage in an unsuccessful way, she is so overbearing as to alienate the entire houseparty. Manda Collins has given us a fun holiday story. At only 136 pages you can put your feet up and take a trip to an old time English Christmas for a few hours. Oh did I forget to mention the hot romance…so sorry.

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Recent Release Review- Unforgiven by D.B. Reynolds

Title: Unforgiven (A Cyn and Raphael novella #3)

Unforgiven

Genre: Paranormal Romance e-book

Author: D.B. Reynolds

Publisher: ImaJinn, Oct.10, 2014

Source: Free for review from the publisher

Rating: 5

Sexy Rating: 5+

Description from Amazon.com:

ALLEGIANCE . . . the ties that bind. Friendship, duty, blood. TREACHERY . . . when friendship is abused, duty turns to burden, and blood is not enough. UNFORGIVEN . . . because there are some things that can never be forgotten. Allegiance . . . Treachery . . . Unforgiven. War is imminent, and a spy has infiltrated Raphael’s estate. But his target is not Raphael; it’s his sister, Alexandra, whose earlier duplicity nearly cost Cyn her life. Raphael and Cyn are determined to play the spy’s game, traveling to Mexico to discover who their enemy is and just how far he’ll go to win. But once Raphael finds his sister, can he take the chance that she won’t betray him again?

**

War is coming to the North American vampires. European Vampires are being crowded out of their territories and need to expand. Raphael is the vampire lord trying to keep the enemy at bay. At the same time there are those who would undermine him.

Yes, there are allusions to previous incidents in earlier books but this is still a standalone book. 86 pages of hot vampire action, smoldering tension, and sizzling sex. The relationship of human Cyn and vampire Raphael is always super sensuous and loving and this novella once again shows their union to be one of trust and respect. Security chief, Juro, is becoming more of a presence in the series. I’m hoping he gets his own territory. Second in command, Jared, remains an enigma to me and apparently Cyn has reservations about him, too.

From the beginning of this series the author has kept true to the world she has built around these vampires. Also from the first book, where Raphael and Cyn are introduced, we have watched their relationship grow stronger.

This novella is a prequel to the next book in the series, VINCENT, debuting on Nov. 1, 2014. Although we don’t meet Vincent in this book we are made aware of him.

I highly recommend this book and the entire Vampires In America series for all Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy and Thriller readers. Start at the beginning. You won’t want to miss anything, and RAPHAEL is currently only $.99 on Amazon.

Vampires In America Series

  1. RAPHAEL(Amazon Kindle $.99)
  2. JABRIL
  3. RAJMUND
  4. SOPHIA
  5. DUNCAN

Betrayed (e-book novella, prequel to LUCAS, $1.99)

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Hunted (e-book novella available at Amazon and B&N, prequel to ADEN, $1.99)

  1. ADEN 

Unforgiven (e-book novella, prequel to VINCENT, $1.99)

  1. VINCENT ( coming in 2014)
  2. Vignettes (an anthology of short fiction set in the world of Vampires In America, originally published on Ms. Reynolds blog.  E-book available on Amazon for $.99.)

 

 

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Recent release Review-What A Lady Needs For Christmas by Grace Burrowes

Title: What a Lady Needs For Christmas

What a lady needs for Christmas

Genre: Historical Romance/Holiday

Author: Grace Burrowes

Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca, Oct. 7, 2014

Source: Free for review from the publisher

Rating: 5

Sexy Rating: 5

Description from Amazon.com:

The Best Gifts are the Unexpected Ones...

To escape a scandal, Lady Joan Flynn flees her family’s estate in the Scottish Highlands. She needs a husband by Christmas, or the holidays will ring in nothing but ruin.

Practical, ambitious mill owner Dante Hartwell offers to marry Joan, because a wellborn wife is his best chance of gaining access to aristocratic investors.

As Christmas—and trouble—draw nearer, Dante and Joan’s marriage of convenience blossoms into unexpected intimacy, for true love often hides beneath the most unassuming holiday wrapping…

**

Yes, all you romance lovers, Grace Burrowes has done it again. She has given us a damsel in distress, a hunky, hot hero to come to her rescue, a smarmy, evil villain and some adorable children that this reader hopes for more of in future books. So well composed and written you will lose yourself in the chill of the Victorian Scottish winter. You will have your senses assaulted by the smell of the coal fired Steam Engine trains. You will be seduced along with the heroine by a hero who is kind, good and tough when he needs to be. The romance here is slow developing but ultimately superbly sensual. This couple does not have instant sexual rapport which is unusual for the genre. The story is taking place at the holidays but that is really incidental to the plot. I highly recommend this book. I highly recommend this author.

( I’ve been reading some new release holiday romances and saving my reviews for closer to the holidays but this one I couldn’t wait to post.  Go and pick it up, read it now, you won’t be sorry.)

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Two Novellas for $1.99 from D.B. Reynolds

You guys know I don’t do promos…okay, so I do a promo now and then.  But this series by D. B. Reynolds, Vampires In America Series, I have been over the moon about since book #1 (Raphael). In just 4 days a new novella geared to the series will be available but right now there are two available for only $1.99 each, Hunted and preorder for Unforgiven.  How can you pass that up.  These are sexy, action filled Paranormal romances with hot vampires and kick-ass heroines. Always Standalone stories, but read these and you will want to start at the beginning for more hot romance and sexy vampires and to immerse yourself in the world of Vampires In America.  If you haven’t yet read this series this is a great way to get a taste.

Hunted by D.B. Reynolds (from Dec. 2013) $1.99 on Kindle available now

Hunted

94 pages

POWER, it comes down to this . . . those who have it, those who want it. REVENGE, the need for it is a fire in the soul, a goad for the unwise. HUNTED, the fate of the foolish when they think to become the hunter. Power . . . Revenge . . . Hunted. The Lord of the Midwest is dead, and the powerful vampires of North America are gathering to choose his successor. The Vampire Council will be there to oversee the competition—each of them focused on keeping the violence to a bloody minimum, including Raphael, who will do whatever it takes to ensure the victor is a vampire he can trust. But someone is hunting, determined to stop Raphael and his mate, Cyn, from ever reaching Chicago. Soon, the hunter may become . . . the hunted.

(here is a link to my review of Hunted: https://ladeetdareads.wordpress.com/2013/07/08/giveaway-review-hunted-by-d-b-reynolds )

 

 

Unforgiven by D.B. Reynolds (available on October 10, 2014)

$1.99 on Kindle pre-order available

Unforgiven

86 pages

ALLEGIANCE . . . the ties that bind. Friendship, duty, blood. TREACHERY . . . when friendship is abused, duty turns to burden, and blood is not enough. UNFORGIVEN . . . because there are some things that can never be forgotten. Allegiance . . . Treachery . . . Unforgiven. War is imminent, and a spy has infiltrated Raphael’s estate. But his target is not Raphael; it’s his sister, Alexandra, whose earlier duplicity nearly cost Cyn her life. Raphael and Cyn are determined to play the spy’s game, traveling to Mexico to discover who their enemy is and just how far he’ll go to win. But once Raphael finds his sister, can he take the chance that she won’t betray him again?

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