E-Reader Deal $.99- Vincent by D.B. Reynolds

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This is a terrific price for this really great read.  It is available from all e-book  sellers but I don’t know for how long so get it now.  This is book#8 in Reynold’s Vampires In America series,  but is a standalone although I think you will be hooked and want to start at the beginning with RAPHAEL. (P.S.- I gave this PNR book 5-stars )

Here is the blurb from Amazon:

Sinaloa, Mexico . . . haunting deserts, hot nights, and vampires, who’ve been there for hundreds of years, watching from the shadows, playing their games, manipulating humans, and surviving at any cost.

Vincent Kuxim, powerful and charismatic, was made vampire by an ambitious leader looking for soldiers to pave his way to the rule of all Mexico. But more than a century later, Vincent’s Sire is looking over his shoulder as Vincent closes in for the kill, ready to claim the title Lord of Mexico for himself.

Lana Arnold is a bounty hunter, smart, beautiful, and determined to chart her own future. So when the most powerful vampire lord in all of North America enlists her help in tracking down a very old and elusive bloodsucker, Lana sees nothing but opportunity. There’s only one catch. The client wants her to take Vincent—a vampire she neither knows nor trusts—along on her hunt. Then again, maybe it’s herself she doesn’t trust, because Vincent Kuxim is sex walking in a pair of tight black jeans.

Thrown together by circumstance, Vincent and Lana soon find themselves battling an evil they didn’t know existed in a fight that makes Vincent all the more determined to destroy his Sire, seize Mexico for himself . . . and keep Lana by his side forever.

Deet’s Review:

Once again I had to clear my schedule because I could not put this book down. Vincent is the epitome of the powerful, dangerously violent, charismatic vampire, who just happens to be drop-dead handsome. Lana works for her father as a bounty hunter but is trying to take on Private Investigation work so she can start her own business. She is doing a job when she is sent to meet Vincent and she does not know diddly about vampires. Over the next few days of their acquaintance she learns everything.

How I see Vincent sometimes:

Vincent Arron Diaz

How I see Vincent other times:

Vincent Eduardo Verastegui

How I see Lana:

Beautiful woman with perfect face

What you get in a D.B. Reynolds’ novel is plenty of action, adventure, off the chart sexual chemistry and a splendidly entertaining read. This offering, from an accomplished storyteller, has a well plotted story with a swift pace. This book in the series I found to have a bit more bloody violence and a wonderfully satisfying build-up in sexual tension. Our romantic pair do not do-the-deed until chapter sixteen (yes, I made a note of this) but then have trouble keeping their heads on business. The evil bad guys are truly evil villains and the good guys are honorable even if a bit of the-end-justifies-the-means slips into their philosophy.

You have already guessed that I highly recommend this book to Paranormal Romance enthusiasts, but Thriller and Urban Fantasy fans will also find this series to be right up their alley.

 

 

 

 

 

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Review- A Lady’s Guide To Skirting Scandal: A Short Story by Kelly Bowen

Title:  A Lady’s Guide To Skirting Scandal: A Short Story (The Lords of Worth)

A Lady's Guide to skirting scandal

Genre: Historical romance

Author: Kelly Bowen

Publisher: Forever Yours, Aug 4, 2015

Pages: 90

Source: Free for review from the publisher

Rating: 5

Sexy Rating: 5

Description from Amazon.com:

Lady Viola Hextall is bored – of the sea, her chaperones, and the woeful lack of available dukes on the ocean voyage from London to New York. Scrambling for any diversion short of jumping overboard, Viola strikes up a conversation with the ship’s rough-hewn, blue-eyed surgeon – and discovers an immediate cure for what ails her… To Nathaniel Shaw, Viola has the bearing of a lady and the spirit of an adventurer – an unlikely combination that he finds utterly irresistible. So he’s hoping to convince Viola to leave the stifling ballrooms of London high society behind because there is a big, wide world just waiting for them to explore – together.

**

We met Viola once before in an earlier book when she tried to compromise the Duke of Worth into marriage.  It was a failed attempt and Viola’s brother sent her packing on one of his ships to New York along with 2 irascible chaperones and a request of the ship’s surgeon, Nathaniel, to look out for her. Viola finds out she has an interest in medicine and Nathaniel finds out he has an interest in Viola.

This is a charming short story a lovely, sexy, quick read for an afternoon or evening.  Ms. Bowen does a superb job of bringing these characters to life in such a short piece.  This is part of a wonderful series and I highly recommend the series as well as this short story.

 

 

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Deet’s Keeper Shelf Review- Bet Me by Jennifer Crusie

Title:  Bet Me

Bet Me

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Author: Jennifer Crusie

Publisher: St. Martin’s Press Paperbacks, Sept. 2004

Pages: 391

Source: purchase

Rating: 5

Sexy Rating: 5

Description from Amazon.com:

Author Jennifer Crusie’s novel about long shots, risk management, true love, and great shoes. . . .

Minerva Dobbs knows how to work the odds. Calvin Morrisey always plays to win.

But when they face off, neither one is prepared. Because when real life meets true love, all bets are off. . . .

Minerva Dobbs knows that happily-ever-after is a fairy tale, especially with a man who asked her to dinner to win a bet, even if he is gorgeous and successful Calvin Morrisey. Cal knows commitment is impossible, especially with a woman as cranky as Min Dobbs, even if she does wear great shoes and keep him on his toes. When they say good-bye at the end of their evening, they cut their losses and agree never to see each other again.

But fate has other plans, and it’s not long before Min and Cal meet again. Soon they’re dealing with a jealous ex-boyfriend, Krispy Kreme doughnuts, a determined psychologist, chaos theory, a freakishly intelligent cat, Chicken Marsala, and more risky propositions than either of them ever dreamed of. Including the biggest gamble of all—true love.

Bet Me is the winner of a 2005 RITA Award.

**

This book is 11years old but it is still one of the very best examples of snarky, romantic dialog.  It will have you laughing from the beginning because misunderstandings abound and coincidences push the story along.  It is a quick read in spite of the nearly 400 pages.  Min and Cal are meant for each other, we know that, but they are having all kinds of trouble coming to the same conclusion.  They also have friends who doubt their compatibility and each has a former ex who is trying to sabotage the budding relationship.  Min has body-image insecurities and Cal does his best to reassure her that she is perfect the way she is.

This is a book on my keeper shelf and I promised myself to reread it this summer.  I’m so happy that I did and realize it deserves a reread more often than every eleven years.  It is impossible for me to give a book less than 5-stars when it leaves such a big smile on my face.

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Release Day Review- If You Only Knew by Kristan Higgins

Title: If You Only Knew

If you only knew

Genre: Women’s Fiction/Romance

Author: Kristan Higgins

Publisher: HQN, August 25, 2015

Pages: 416

Source: Free for review from the publisher

Rating: 4.5

Sexy Rating: 5 not explicit

Description from Amazon.com:         

Letting go of her ex-husband is harder than wedding-dress designer Jenny Tate expected…especially since his new wife wants to be Jenny’s new best friend. Sensing this isn’t exactly helping her achieve closure, Jenny trades the Manhattan skyline for her hometown up the Hudson, where she’ll start her own business and bask in her sister Rachel’s picture-perfect family life…and maybe even find a little romance of her own with Leo, her downstairs neighbor, a guy who’s utterly irresistible and annoyingly distant at the same time.  Rachel’s idyllic marriage, however, is imploding after she discovers her husband sexting with a colleague. She always thought she’d walk away in this situation, but her triplet daughters have her reconsidering her stance on adultery, much to Jenny’s surprise. Rachel points to their parents’ perfect marriage as a shining example of patience and forgiveness; but to protect her sister, Jenny may have to tarnish that memory—and their relationship­—and reveal a family secret she’s been keeping since childhood.  Both Rachel and Jenny will have to come to terms with the past and the present and find a way to get what they want most of all.

**

Kristan Higgins is definitely a favorite author of mine, especially her Blue Heron Series of Contemporary romances. So I was surprised to find out she has written a book in the Women’s Fiction genre and I was all so “I’ll be the judge of that”. I was hoping that it would not disappoint me like those authors who jumped ship from one genre to the other that did disappoint. I’m here to tell you that this author can write in any genre and be a 5-star entertainer.

This is a book brimming with a plot that is insightful as well as intelligent and so realistic you will swear you know these characters personally. Jenny is adjusting to a divorce and trying her best not to get hurt by the handsome, strange guy who lives downstairs. Rachel is struggling with anger and humiliation when her husband cheats. Her entire sense of “self” is threatened. What keeps us turning pages is for us to see how both of these women handle their personal journeys with love, marriage, children, lovers and sisterhood.

There is romance and Love in all its forms.  I think you will like this one as much as I did.

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The Lucky Winners Announced for THE HIGHWAYMAN by Kerrigan Byrne

Winner-2-1024x767Congratulations! To the following winners picked in a random drawing.  Please contact Deet at deetda2@yahoo.com with your snail mail address by Wednesday, Aug 26.

Molly W.

Liz McGuire

Cyndie Heim Cohn

Marietta

Eileen Lightell

 

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Last Day To Enter Giveaway for THE HIGHWAYMAN by Kerrigan Byrne

Don’t miss out!  Enter by commenting on this post or the original post before midnight tonight EST and follow this blog.  See the post from August 20, 2015 (Scroll Down) for the small print and my review.

The Highwayman

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Giveaway The Highwayman by Kerrigan Byrne

Don’t forget to comment either here or on the original post(Aug. 20, 2015) so you can be entered to win. 

YOU MUST COMMENT and YOU MUST FOLLOW THIS BLOG.  Those are the rules.  Don’t miss out on this giveaway of a 5-star book.

The Highwayman

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Advance Review- You’re The Earl That I Want by Kelly Bowen

Title: You’re The Earl That I Want (The Lords of Worth, book #2)

You're the earl that I want

genre: Historical Romantic Suspense

Author: Kelly Bowen

Publisher: Forever, Aug 25, 2015

Pages: 384

Source: Free for review from the publisher

Rating: 5

Sexy Rating: 5

Description from Amazon:

For Businessman Heath Hextall, inheriting an earldom has been damnable nuisance.  The answer: to find a well-bred, biddable woman to keep his life in order and observe the required social niceties.  But it’s always been clear the Lady Josephine Somerhall is not that woman.  Once a shy slip of a girl, Joss is now brilliant, beautiful chaos in a ball gown.

In her heart, Joss has always loved Heath, the one person she’s always been able to count on.  That doesn’t mean she wants to marry him though.  without a husband, Joss can do as she pleases and Now, it pleases her to solve the mystery of an encoded file given to Heath by a dying man.  It’s put Heath in peril once, and Joss won’t let that happen again.  She’ll do what ahe must to come to the rescue of Heath and ensure the earl’s safety.  and to remind him that what she lacks in convention, she makes up for in passion.

**

This is not your typical deb-at-the-ball novel.  Well…it starts out that way but after the ball all hell breaks loose and Joss comes to the rescue of Heath at the same time that Heath pledges his honor to a dying man.  The action and twists escalates from there.  What Heath and Joss find out is that they are cut from the same mold, that they have more to offer each other than nothing.

I really enjoyed this book.  The writing is take your breath away style in both suspense and romance.  The chemistry sizzles between Joss and Heath even as she tries not to give in and he thinks of courting a more biddable woman.

This is the second book in Ms. Bowen’s The Lords of Worth series and I enjoyed it as much as first which I reviewed here:

A Good Rogue Is Hard To Find   Have no fear they are both standalone novels.  I recommend that you give both a read.

A good rogue is hard to find

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Deet’s Fabulous Giveaway and Review- The Highwayman by Kerrigan Byrne

Title:  The Highwayman

The Highwayman

Genre: Historical Romance/ Victorian

Author: Kerrigan Byrne

Publisher: St. Martin’s Press, Sept. 1, 2015 (pre-order available)

Pages: 384

Source: Free for review from the publisher

Rating: 5

Sexy Rating: 5+

Description from Amazon.com:

STEALING BEAUTY Dorian Blackwell, the Blackheart of Ben More, is a ruthless villain. Scarred and hard-hearted, Dorian is one of Victorian London’s wealthiest, most influential men who will stop at nothing to wreak vengeance on those who’ve wronged him…and will fight to the death to seize what he wants. The lovely, still innocent widow Farah Leigh Mackenzie is no exception-and soon Dorian whisks the beautiful lass away to his sanctuary in the wild Highlands…

COURTING DESIRE But Farah is no one’s puppet. She possesses a powerful secret-one that threatens her very life. When being held captive by Dorian proves to be the only way to keep Farah safe from those who would see her dead, Dorian makes Farah a scandalous proposition: marry him for protection in exchange for using her secret to help him exact revenge on his enemies. But what the Blackheart of Ben More never could have imagined is that Farah has terms of her own, igniting a tempestuous desire that consumes them both. Could it be that the woman he captured is the only one who can touch the black heart he’d long thought dead?

**

I was totally mesmerized by this story.  I have never, yes, I mean never, read a book so quickly because I just could not put it down.  We often see heroes and heroines who have traumatic pasts that are in need of redemption but Farah and Dorian have pasts that we are not sure can be redeemed by love or by anything.  Dorian has to win the “Most Tortured Hero” award if there is one being given this year.
Are these two lovers too damaged for redemption?

This is a tour de force for true love.  We cry and ache for Farah’s loss and we cry and ache for Dorian’s suffering. That they have innumerable obstacles in their path only heightens the drama. This is a gritty, dark and sexy story that left me at times in tears. I have had to be very careful in this review to avoid spoilers for I want to shout them out to you.  If you are a fan of Elizabeth Hoyt’s Maiden Lane Series and stories of the seedier side of historical London, I can guarantee you will love this the first book in a new series by Ms. Byrne.

Giveaway:

As a special surprise I get to offer my U.S. readers 5, yes, I said 5 Paperback Advanced Reader Copies of THE HIGHWAYMAN by Kerrigan Byrne, compliments of St. Martin’s Press and this blog.

Here is what you need to do to win:

  1. Leave a comment here, on this post.
  2. Follow my blog. (sign up in the right hand column)

Small print:

This giveaway is open to US residents only (apologies to my International readers). It will run from Thursday, August 20-Saturday, August 22, 2015.  Five winners will be randomly chosen and notified by e-mail and on this blog on Sunday August 23, 2015, and have until Wednesday, August 26, 2015 to respond with their snail mail address or another winner will be chosen. This blog will not be responsible for misdirected or lost mail in regard to this giveaway.

Good Luck to all, if you win you are in for a treat.

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Advance Review- The Prince and I by Karen Hawkins

Title:  The Prince and I

The Prince and I

Genre: Historical Romance

Author: Karen Hawkins

Publisher: Pocket Books, Aug. 25, 2015

Pages: 400

Source: Free for review from the publisher

Rating: 3

Sexy Rating: 5

Description from Amazon.com:

From New York Times bestselling author Karen Hawkins, the lively and sizzling second book in a new fairytale-based Scottish historical romance series, The Princes of Oxenburg. Max Romanovin, Oxenburg’s warrior prince, is escorting his grandmother to a house party deep in the Highlands when he and his entourage are robbed at sword point by a group of ruffians led by a man the locals have dubbed “The Scottish Robin Hood.” The battle-savvy prince instantly realizes there’s something different about this thief, and it’s not just the Scottish accent—it’s the fact that “he” is really a “she.” Lady Murian, a young widow out for revenge against the powerful earl who killed her husband and stole his birthright, is now living in the woods with her family’s banished retainers. To stay alive, she and her band of men rob rich nobles coming to visit the evil earl. But when she ambushes the Prince of Oxenburg’s golden coach, she gets far more than she expected. For when the prince uncovers her true identity, she’s afraid that he might be the real thief…of her heart.

**

This is a retelling of the Robin Hood legend with a woman as the “King” of thieves, Murian.  She has a band of merry women with two loyal men to aid her.  The prince, Max, is captivated by her and makes it his mission to help her and her women by fixing their humble homes and to get rid of Lord Louden who she believes stole her castle and murdered her husband.

I found this story to be repetitive and very slow moving.  The characterization was done well.  The side characters were made interesting especially Tata Natasha, Max’s grandmother and Ian, Murian’s servant and right hand man.  The whole of the action took place in infiltrating the castle on several occasions in the same manner and it became boring. I couldn’t help but wonder why Lord Louden didn’t follow the prince on his daily outings since Louden obviously wanted to find the outlaws.  Max and Murian were interrupted in their attempts at love making on numerous occasions until I lost interest in whether they managed a hook-up. I struggled to finish.

I can only recommend this book to a reader who might like to read a different type of Robin Hood story.

 

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