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Recent Release Review- Breath of Fire by Amanda Bouchet

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Title: Breath of fire (The Kingmaker Chronicles, book /32)

Genre: Fantasy Romance

Author: Amanda Bouchet

Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca, Jan. 3, 2017

Source: Free for review from the publisher

Pages: 448

Rating: 3

Sexy Rating: 5

Violence Rating: 5

Description from Amazon.com:

SHE’S DESTINED TO DESTROY THE WORLD… BUT NOT IF SHE CAN HELP IT

“Cat” Catalia Fisa has been running from her destiny since she could crawl. But now, her newfound loved ones are caught between the shadow of Cat’s tortured past and the threat of her world-shattering future. So what’s a warrior queen to do when she knows it’s her fate to be the harbinger of doom? Everything in her power.

Griffin knows Cat is destined to change the world—for the better. As the realms are descending into all-out war, Cat and Griffin risk sacrificing everything they’ve fought for. Gods willing, they will emerge side-by-side in the heart of their future kingdom…or die trying.

The Kingmaker Chronicles: A Promise of Fire (Book 1) Breath of Fire (Book 2) Heart on Fire (Book 3, coming Fall 2017)

****

I could not wrap my mind around the disjointed way this book was written.  It starts off with Griffin trashing his bedroom with Cat there and stalking off.  Then she leaves to heal her broken heart in another room.  He comes back and says she got it all wrong.  I don’t think so. From there we go on one action packed adventure scene to the next full of violence and thrills. But it felt like just scenes linked together.  Certainly scenes that were interesting but really didn’t feel like a cohesive story. I kept setting this book aside because it just wasn’t holding my interest.  It took me forever to finish.

This book got a rating of 3 from me because if you are really into the Greek myths and like Game of Thrones then this book is “okay”.  But for me personally it rated a 2 “disappointing”.

 

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Advance Review- A Promise of Fire by Amanda Bouchet

Title: The Promise of Fire (Kingmaker Chronicles, book #1)

A Promise of Fire

Genre: Fantasy Romance

Author: Amanda Bouchet

Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca, Aug. 2, 2016 preorder available

Source: Free for review from the publisher

Pages: 448

Rating: 4

Sexy Rating: 5

Description from Amazon.com:         

KINGDOMS WILL RISE AND FALL FOR HER… BUT NOT IF SHE CAN HELP IT

Catalia “Cat” Fisa lives disguised as a soothsayer in a traveling circus. She is perfectly content avoiding the danger and destiny the Gods-and her homicidal mother-have saddled her with. That is, until Griffin, an ambitious warlord from the magic-deprived south, fixes her with his steely gaze and upsets her illusion of safety forever.

Griffin knows Cat is the Kingmaker, the woman who divines the truth through lies. He wants her as a powerful weapon for his newly conquered realm-until he realizes he wants her for much more than her magic. Cat fights him at every turn, but Griffin’s fairness, loyalty, and smoldering advances make him increasingly hard to resist and leave her wondering if life really does have to be short, and lived alone.

Kingmaker Chronicles Trilogy: A Promise of Fire (Book 1) Breath of Fire (coming January 2017) Heart on Fire (coming Fall 2017)

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This is a new book series by a new author.  If you like Fantasy like Game of Thrones then you will surely like this novel. It has magic, for Cat is of the Magoi and she has secrets that must be kept or she will die.  Griffin, not Magoi but Hoi Polloi, is able to discern some of her secrets and should have been able to figure out the rest but he doesn’t. For 90% of this book Cat is trying to get away from, avoid, or deny attraction to Griffin.  Together they encounter a dragon, a three headed dog, soldiers bent on killing them and more.  Cat is a kick-a&^ woman who saves not only Griffin but also his side kick guards Kato, Flynn and his brother Carver as well as Griffin’s royal family. There are Olympian Gods to deal with, especially Poseidon and Hades as well as Zeus.

I enjoyed this book, the action and adventure were first rate and Griffin made a sexy, steamy hero as well as Kato, Flynn and Carver who I’m sure we will see more of in future books in the series.  Cat was annoying in the extreme.  I understood her background made her cautious but it went on way too long with her denial of Griffin. That is the only negative I have about this book.

I recommend this book to Fantasy and Paranormal Romance fans. It’s a good read with plenty of adventure.

 

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London Library Bars- Yeah!

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Found on BuzzFeed  16 Library Bars in London

Now this is my idea of a fun way to drink my wine.  Usually I favor Pinot Grigio but in these settings I may have to go with a Pinot Noir or Merlot or even two fingers of a single malt. completely ensconced in my book I may not even notice the famous author sitting by the fire.

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Advance Peek- Damian by D.B. Reynolds

Coming June 15,2016 Damian (Book #1, The Stone Warriors) by D.B. Reynolds

Pre-order Available on Amazon.com

Damian

It was a time when gods walked the earth, when armies fought not for bits of land, but for the very existence of humanity. On such a battlefield, five formidable warriors stood against an evil greater than any the earth had ever seen. But evil is not an honorable foe. Betrayed by someone they trusted, the warriors were cursed, one by one, tossed into the maelstrom of time, imprisoned in stone, their freedom resting on nearly impossible conditions. Until . . .

Damian Stephanos honed his skills in battles fought with magic as much as swords. Caught by a deadly spell that left him trapped for centuries in darkness and obscurity, he is finally freed, only to discover that his enemy still lives. Determined to find him—and to free his brothers in arms—he first must fulfill his blood debt to the woman who released him from his torment. Unfortunately, being so close to this enticing female is another type of torment altogether . . .

Cassandra “Casey” Lewis is a hunter. Possessing the rare ability to sense magic, she spends most of her time shadowing arcane collectors, and more often than not, stealing the dangerous artifacts she pursues. Her job is risky, especially when she’s stealing from one of the most powerful sorcerers alive. But having a gorgeous warrior by her side is a definite bonus. He’s great in a fight . . . and in other places, too.

Following a trail of dead bodies, the two of them must join forces to track down the sorcerer who cursed Damian, and who now plans to turn an ordinary magical device into a deadly weapon. Risking everything, including their hearts, they’re about to discover that trusting each other might be the hardest thing of all.

From Deet: You all know I’m a huge fan of this author and I’m waiting on pins and needles for this new series. There is no mention in this blurb of Nick Katsaros, the sorcerer from the Vampires in America series, and more recently the COMPELLED novella, but I’m hoping he makes an appearance. 

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Advance Review- Compelled by D.B. Reynolds

Title: Compelled: A Cyn and Raphael Novella (Vampires In America, 10.5)

Compelled

Genre: Paranormal Romance/Fantasy

Author: D.B. Reynolds

Publisher: ImaJinn, April 29, 2016 pre-order available

Pages: 128

Source: Free for review from the publisher

Rating: 4.5

Sexy Rating: 5

Description from Amazon.com:

VAMPIRE . . . Raphael is a power like the world has never seen, the force behind the first ever alliance of North American lords, Cyn’s mate, lover, master.

SORCERER . . . Nick Katsaros, deceptively charming, ancient and commanding, driven by vengeance and a devastating loss, Cyn’s friend and one-time lover.

HUMAN . . . Cynthia “Cyn” Leighton, beautiful, sexy, and smart, the woman both men desire.

It was only a few months ago that Raphael lay helpless and dying, taken by treachery, while Cyn fought to save him. Unexpectedly, it was Nick who provided the key to his freedom. In exchange, he secured a promise that they would help him find and recover the same magical artifact that had been used to imprison Raphael. But when he calls on them to keep that promise, it will be Cyn who pays the price. Torn between the two powerful men, struggling to keep them from killing each other, she undertakes a desperate search that will find her fighting for her life against a madman who wants her for himself.

**

Once again, in the fabulous Vampires In America series, we are treated to our favorite lovers, human Cyn and vampire Raphael. This time they have sorcerer Nick Katsaros calling in a promise to help him find the magical Amber Manacles. Can Cyn keep Raphael and Nick from causing each other bodily harm? The power of Raphael bounces off the page.  The mysterious Nick is more subtle and his power seems more controlled than Raphael. But then Raphael is jealous of Cyn’s past with Nick.

I personally can’t get enough of Cyn and her vampire but this deeper introduction to Nick is putting him on my book boyfriend radar.  Who wouldn’t want an ancient, all powerful, handsome as sin sorcerer? Well, hells bells, this guy is certainly no Dumbldore.  And since Cyn is already totally occupied by Raphael that leaves Nick up for grabs and I call dibs.

This is a quick read, only 128 pages, but it is full of steamy scenes and lots of action all well written by D.B. Reynolds.  Nick will get his own series so we don’t have to say good-bye.  My only objection is that I wanted more.  Also that Cyn really wasn’t very smart and she made a big mistake.  I really like Our Cyn to not make these big faux pas.

Can you tell I’m totally invested in this series??  I highly recommend this swift paced, superbly entertaining novella as well as the entire series. This is a standalone novella with informative reference to past interactions between the characters.

 

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Gotta love Buzzfeed’s Idea of a Merry Christmas

Um-m …yes…Tis’ the season to remember “Sexy Man Tuesday”.  Old time followers will remember and every now and then I become overcome with nostalgia for the early days of this blog.  Buzzfeed played right into this feeling. If you would like to reminisce about the good ole Tuesday posts just click on any month in 2012 in the left column or do a search in the box for Sexy Man Tuesday. For more Buzzfeed see below.

 

X-mas dude

And they even have a way for you to know what hunky guy you would be compatible with this holiday season.  Just click on the tiny URL below.

http://tinyurl.com/jpvd4oh

P.S.- Merry Christmas

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News-AVON e-book sale $.99 & $1.99

Only 4-star and better books are included in this sale. Get them while the getting is good.

302 AVON books for $.99 each on Kindle

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96 AVON books for $1.99 each on Kindle

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I picked up these two but I was so overwhelmed I may go back for more (I have no idea how long this sale will last):

THE Viscount who Lived Down the Lane by Elizabeth Boyle ($1.99)

The Viscount who lives Down the lane

Description: She has no desire for love . . .

As she arrives in Mayfair, Louisa Tempest is horrified when her incorrigible cat bolts from the carriage and dashes into a neighbor’s house, where she comes face-to-face with the reclusive Viscount Wakefield. But even more dismaying than his foul temper is the disarray in which she finds his home. Convinced his demeanor would improve if his household were in order, Louisa resolves to put everything to rights.

. . . until she meets the viscount who lives down the lane

Much to his chagrin, Wakefield finds it impossible to keep the meddling Louisa out of his home, invading his daily life with her “improvements,” and his nights with the tempting desires she sparks inside him. Wounded in the war, he’s scorned society ever since his return . . . until Louisa opens the door to his heart and convinces him to give love a second chance.

And

Kisses, She Wrote: A Christmas Romance by Katharine Ashe ($.99)

Kisses She Wrote

 

Description: Christmas in town has never been so steamy . . .

Handsome as sin and scandalously rakish, Cam Westfall, the Earl of Bedwyr, is every young lady’s wickedest dream. Shy wallflower Princess Jacqueline of Sensaire knows this better than anyone, because her dreams are full of the breathtaking earl’s kisses. And not only her dreams—her diary, too.

But when Cam discovers the maiden’s not-so-maidenly diary, will her wildest Christmas wishes be fulfilled in its pages . . . or in his arms?

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Recent Release Review- Perdita by Hilary Scharper

Title: Perdita

Perdita

Genre: Eco-Gothic

Author: Hilary Scharper

Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark. Jan. 20 2015

Source: Free for review from the publisher

Rating: 4.5

Sexy Rating: 3

Description from Amazon.com:

Marged Brice is 134 years old. She’d be ready to go, if it wasn’t for Perdita . . .

The Georgian Bay lighthouse’s single eye keeps watch over storm and calm, and Marged grew up in its shadow, learning the language of the wind and the trees. There’s blustery beauty there, where sea and sky incite each other to mischief… or worse…

Garth Hellyer of the Longevity Project doesn’t believe Marged was a girl coming of age in the 1890s, but reading her diaries in the same wild and unpredictable location where she wrote them might be enough to cast doubt on his common sense.

Everyone knows about death. It’s life that’s much more mysterious…

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This is a novel about love, mythology, nature and beliefs. This novel is set in the present but also takes us into the past through Marged’s diaries. Marged claims to be 134 years old but Garth, Professor and interviewer for The Longevity Project, can’t believe she could be that old. Marged gives him her diaries to try and convince him. Through the fascinating diaries we are introduced to mythology that seems to manifest itself, the romantic yearnings of a young woman and a sincere appreciation of the nature and power of the waters, trees on the shore and winds of the Georgian Bay.

This is a novel of enigmatic and intelligent prose that will sweep you and the protagonist into the swirling cocophony of emotions. Marged is in tune with nature to the point of conjuring mythological beings but is down to earth enough to fall in love with a man who thinks he should love elsewhere. I kept turning pages to discover all the secrets and solve the mysteries and find out if Miss Marged Brice ever found love.

 

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Extra-Free E-Book Today- Dragonborn by Jade Lee

 

 

 

Dragon Born (book #1, Jade Lee’s Romantic Fantasies Series)

Dragonbound

Description from Amazon .com:

When dragon power flows through your veins and dragon thoughts burn in your mind, you can accomplish anything. Natiya knows. She carries the last dragon egg in the land, disguised as a jewel in her navel.

Day by day the Unhatched grows. Upon its birth Natiya and the dragon will be joined. No longer will Natiya be forced to dance for pennies as a barmaid; she will become Dag Natiya, revered Queen.

Kiril, the king’s warrior dragon slayer, knows what happens when dragon power flows through your veins and dragon emotions trample your soul. You become a monster. He watched as one destroyed his cousin. That is why Kiril vowed to destroy all of dragonkind.

Now, only one egg remains. But an obstacle Kiril did not foresee stands in his way: love.

From Deet: I have not read this book…yet…but Jade Lee is one of my favorite authors and I LOVE free books so I can’t lose with this offer.  And… I think you will be a winner too if you take advantage. I don’t know how long this book will remain free.

REVIEWS:

“…imaginative and action-packed.” ~Publishers Weekly

THE JADE LEE ROMANTIC FANTASIES, in recommended reading order
Dragonborn
Dragonbound
A Magic King
Seduced by Crimson
Sexy Bites

OTHER SERIES by Jade Lee
The Regency Rags to Riches Series
A Lady’s Lessons Series

MEET JADE LEE:
Jade Lee, a USA Today bestseller, has two passions (well, except for her family, but that’s a given). She loves dreaming up stories and playing racquetball, not always in that order. When her pro-racquetball career ended with a pair of very bad knees, she turned her attention to writing. An author of more than 30 romance novels, she’s decided that life can be full of joy without ever getting up from her chair.

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Recent Release Review- Light My Fire by G. A. Aiken

Title: Light My Fire (book #7 Dragon Kin Series)

Light My Fire

Genre: Fantasy Romance

Author: G.A. Aiken

Publisher: Zebra, Nov. 2014

Source: Free for review from the publisher

Rating: 4

Sexy Rating: 5

Description from Amazon.com:

The trouble with humans is that they’re far too sensitive. Forget you put a woman in the local jail for a few months–and she takes it so personally! And yet she is the one trying to assassinate the queen. And now I’m trapped with Elina Shestakova of the Black Bear Riders of the Midnight…gods! That endless name!

But what am I to do? I am Celyn the Charming with direct orders from my queen to protect this unforgiving female.

Even more shocking, this unforgiving female is completely unimpressed by me. How is that even possible? But I know what I want and, for the moment, I want her. And I’m sure that she, like all females, will learn to adore me. How could she not when I am just so damn charming?

**

A humorous addition to Aiken’s much loved Dragon Kin Series. The dragons are arrogant, and often silly and at times extremely violent and very sexy. The humans are often powerful and at times at the mercy of the dragons. This book centers on the dragon Celyn the Charming and the human Elina a failed warrior from the Steppes of the Outerplains. It is difficult to like Elina since she is unrelentingly dour. Celyn on the other hand is all hot stuff when in his human form….oh, did I forget to mention that these are dragon shifters? Actually Celyn is “hot stuff” when he’s a fire breathing dragon also. I have been a fan of this series from the beginning so the bounce-around of the vignettes in the book did not bother me. However, if you are new to this series please start with the first book since this book brings in all the characters of the series and the uninitiated might just get a bit lost. The main plot is often sidelined so that we can have a laugh or some action at the expense of the Dragon families. Long time readers will probably like this a lot but newbies may find it confusing.

My recommendation, if you are new to the series, start from the beginning with DRAGON ACTUALLY. And if you are not new than don’t hesitate to enjoy this welcome addition to the series.

Here is a description of DRAGON ACTUALLY (BOOK#1 Dragon Kin Series):

Dragon Actually by G. A. Aiken

It’s not always easy being a female warrior with a nickname like Annwyl the Bloody. Men tend to either cower in fear – a lot – or else salute. It’s true that Annwyl has a knack for decapitating legions of her ruthless brother’s soldiers without pausing for breath. But just once it would be nice to be able to really talk to a man, the way, she can talk to Fearghus the Destroyer. Too bad that Fearghus is a dragon, of the large, scaly and deadly type. With him, Annwyl feels safe – a far cry from the feelings aroused by the hard-bodied, arrogant knight Fearghus has arranged to help train her for battle. With her days spent fighting a man who fill her with fierce, heady desire, and her nights spent in the company of a magical creature who could smite a village just by exhaling, Annwyl is sure life couldn’t get any stranger. She’s wrong…

Dragon Actually

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