Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Romance Review: Gambling with the Crown by Lynn Ray Harris

Gambling with the Crown (Heirs to the Throne of Kyr)

This sheikh plays to win! 

The crown of Kyr holds no appeal for pleasure-seeking sheikh Kadir al-Hassan—his memories of the kingdom are as dark as a desert's night. But neither will he shirk his duty…. Instead, Kadir returns home with a bride so unsuitable, no one will want him to be king! 
Long-suffering assistant Emily Bryant is the most important person in Kadir's high-octane life, and the most invisible—until she's promoted to royal bride! Sealing their marriage bargain with a scorching kiss leaves Kadir craving more…. 
Now Kadir must decide what's really at stake in his royal game—his desert duty, or Emily!
Rating: 4 stars 
Gambling with the Crown (Heirs to the Throne of Kyr Series) by Lynn Ray Harris 
Published April 15th 2014 by Harlequin
Ebook: 256 pages

I liked the romance, but for me this story is much more than just that and we can see a difficult time for Kadir as his father died and now someone has to become the new sheikh. The romance was a little obvious and we can see that Kadir and Emily are meant to be, but at the same time is clichè, because she's like his secretary and they have a great working vibe.
For me some things were missing, like Kadir brother took forever to finally arrive and of course everything was already in course, and we know Emily father is suffering and she's doing everything to give him some peace and quiet time, but they never discussed this. To me the relationship was more important to Kadir and nothing about Emily life was ever the center of his attention, he knew next to nothing about her.

I liked more of the big story. 

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Series in Order

#1 - Gambling with the Crown
#2 - Carrying the Sheikh's Heir

I received this book from NetGalley and Harlequin in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Paranormal Review: Branded by Fire by Nalini Singh

Branded by Fire (Psy-Changeling, #6) 

Though DarkRiver sentinel Mercy is feeling the pressure to mate, she savagely resists when Riley Kincaid, a lieutenant from the SnowDancer pack, tries to possess her. The problem is not simply that he pushes her buttons; the problem is that he’s a wolf, she’s a cat, and they’re both used to being on top.
But when a brilliant changeling researcher is kidnapped from DarkRiver territory, Mercy and Riley must work together to track the young man—before his shadowy captors decide he’s no longer useful. Along the way, the two dominants may find that submitting to one another uncovers not just a deadly conspiracy, but a passion so raw that it’ll leave them both branded by fire…
Rating: 4 stars 
Cowgirls Don't Cry (Psy-Changeling Series) by Nalini Singh
Published April 1st 2011 by Gollancz
Ebook: 346 pages

The plot was a little different because we have two important parts of both packs discovering a mating dance, but the best part of this book for me was Mercy and her softer side, because she's very much one of the boys and for the first time I have a feeling she's lonely and needing a little attention.

Never realised she had that big of family, but it was quite nice seeing her mother and the way strong and independent woman are part of the family. Loved Eduardo and Joaquim, con they return please? Wanted more of their suave moves with different pack members.

In this book we also have the humans showing a dark and very dangerous side with the Human Alliance. I liked the rats being helpfull too, but I want to know more about them. This book had it all, but I loved the changes in Brenna and Riley, they needed a lighter side after the way Enrique broke their trust.

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Series in Order

#0.5 - Beat of Temptation
#0.6 - Whisper of Sin
#1 – Slave to Sensation
#1.5 - The Cannibal Princess
#2 – Visions of Heat
#3 – Caressed by Ice
#3.4 - Movie Night
#3.5 - Stroke of Enticement
#4 – Mine to Possess
#4.5 - A Conversation
#5 – Hostage to Pleasure
#5.5 - A Gift for Kit
#6 – Branded by Fire

#7 – Blaze of Memory
#7.5 - Christmas in the Kitchen
#8 – Bonds of Justice
#8.5 - Sunday Morning
#9 – Play of Passion
#9.2 - Clean and Dirty
#9.4 - Wolf School
#9.5 - Declaration of Courtship
#9.6 - Dancing with Cooper
#10 – Kiss of Snow
#10.4 - Naya's Most Importart Visitors
#10.5 - Texture of Intimacy
#11 – Tangle of Need
#11.4 - Making Dinner
#11.5 - Poker Night
#12 – Heart of Obsidian
#13 - Shield of Whinter (Expected publication: June 3rd 2014)
#13.5 - Stalking Hawke
#14 - Untitled (Expected publication: 2015)

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Erotica Review: Chasin' Eight by Lorelei James

Chasin' Eight (Rough Riders #11)

Bull rider Chase McKay has finally landed in a pile too big to charm his way out of. Caught with his pants down, he finds himself bucked right off the PBR tour until he can get his act together.
Hollywood actress Ava Dumond became the tabloids’ favorite target when her longtime boyfriend was outed as gay. Now she wants a place to lay low and a chance to prove to herself that she can satisfy a red-blooded man between the sheets. The sexy, rugged cowboy she finds holed up in her Wyoming hideaway seems like the answer to her every fantasy.
But Chase has sworn off women. Forever. Or at least a month. Whichever comes first.
When they take to the road to get Chase more hands-on bull riding experience, they have every intention of keeping their hands off each other. But the two headstrong stars quickly end up riding a hot and heady rodeo circuit all their own—until the press gets wind of their affair. When the dust clears and the lights of the paparazzi fade, are they ready to give up chasing the dream for a chance of finding forever?
Rating: 3 stars 
Chasin' Eight (Rough Riders Series) by Lorelei James 
Published June 28th 2011 by Samhain Publishing, Ltd
Ebook: 288 pages

When I started this book my thoughts were a little messed, but I actually liked Chase and his story could be a better. For me Ava was too boring and she had the best life, even a great family but could never care enough for them. I think Chase was trying to get away from all those McKay and decided to follow the bull riders competition. 

So their relationship was actually the best thing in the book, because both of them found some inner strengh and made the changes necessaries in their lives for the future. Chase even made it possible to save people from horrible death. I liked his changes better, because Ava was a spoiled girl and she didn't change much, only embraced her softer side.

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Series in Order

#1 – Long Hard Ride
#2 – Rode Hard, Put Up Wet
#3 – Cowgirl Up and Ride
#4 – Tied Up, Tied Down
#5 – Rough, Raw and Ready
#6 – Branded as Trouble
#6.5 – Strong, Silent Type
#7 – Shoulda Been a Cowboy
#8 – All Jacked Up
#9 – Raising Kane
#9.5 – Slow Ride
#10 – Cowgirls Don’t Cry

#11 – Chasin’ Eight
#12 – Cowboy Casanova
#13 – Kissin’ Tell
#14 – Gone Country
#14.5 - Short Rides
#15 – Redneck Romeo
#16 - Cowboy Take Me Away (Expected publication: June 2014)

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Cutting the Budget




I decided to make this year all about the TBR and visiting Delighted Reader and her idea to keep track of her book shopping made me super giddy to do the same, so after some begging she created this awesome meme.

This month is going to be bad for the budget. I shopped way too much and have no clue why. Maybe because those series sounded awesome?

Ruins (Partials Sequence, #3) The Last Cowboy Standing A Cowboy's Temptation (Colorado Cattle Barons, #5) Rebel Belle Accidental Abduction (Alien Abduction, #1) Intentional Abduction (Alien Abduction, #2) Dual Abduction (Alien Abduction, #3) Mercenary Abduction (Alien Abduction, #4)

Book and Author
Where I Got
Final Price
Budget Left
Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins
Audible
0.00
24.14
A Cowboy's Temptation by Barbara Dunlop
Harlequin
2.50
21.64
The Last Cowboy Standing by Barbara Dunlop
Harlequin
2.50
19.14
Ruins by Dan Wells
Audible
0.00
19.14
Alien Abduction Bundle by Eve Langlais (3)
Amazon
6.36
12.78
Mercenary Abduction by Eve Langlais
Amazon
3.11
9.67

Friday, April 11, 2014

Mystery Review: Ritual in Death by J.D. Robb

Ritual in Death (In Death, #27.5)

Short, sharp and shocking, this bite-sized story is packed with thrills.

Dragged to a glamorous, high-society ball with billionaire husband Roarke, homicide Lieutenant Eve Dallas is almost relieved when a naked, knife-wielding, blood-drenched man crashes in - a man who thinks he has killed someone.
Tracing bloody footprints, Eve finds a hotel room filled with signs of a ritual murder, but the man remembers nothing. Determined to help, Roarke consults an ex-lover who practices witchcraft. But Eve knows there is nothing supernatural about a deadly lust for power...

Rating: 4 stars 
Ritual in Death (In Death Series) by J.D. Robb 
Published November 2008 by Brilliance Audio
Audiobook: 2 hrs and 54 mins

The story was fast, but I liked the different ritual and of course Eve discovered super fast the responsibles and managed to get a confession. It's usually fun to see Eve all bored with parties and following Roarke because she needs too. Loved this novella.

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Series in Order

#1 – Naked in death
#2 – Glory in death
#3 – Immortal in death
#4 – Rapture in death
#5 – Ceremony in death
#6 – Vengeance in death
#7 – Holiday in death
#7.5 – Midnight in death
#8 – Conspiracy in death
#9 – Loyalty in death
#10 – Witness in death
#11 – Judgment in death
#12 – Betrayal in death
#12.5 – Interlude in death
#13 – Seduction in death
#14 – Reunion in death
#15 – Purity in death
#16 – Portrait in death
#17 – Imitation in death
#17.5 – Big Jack
#18 – Divided in death
#19 – Visions in death
#20 – Survivor in death
#21 – Origin in death
#22 – Memory in death
#22.5 – Haunted in death
#23 – Born in death
#24 – Innocent in death
#24.5 – Eternity in death
#25 – Creation in death
#26 – Strangers in death
#27 – Salvation in death
#27.5 – Ritual in death

#28 – Promises in death
#29 – Kindred in death
#29.5 – Missing in death
#30 – Fantasy in death
#31 – Indulgence in death
#31.5 – Possession in death
#32 – Treachery in death
#33 – New York to Dallas
#33.5 – Chaos in death
#34 – Celebrity in death
#35 – Delusion in death
#36 – Calculated in death
#37 – Thankless in death
#37.5 – Taken in Death
#38 – Concealed in Death
#39 - Festive in Death (Expected publication: September 1st 2014)

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Romance Review: Sheikh's Scandal by Lucy Monroe

Sheikh's Scandal (The Chatsfield)

Sheikh Sayed of Zeena Sarha and his harem of beautiful women are staying at the exclusive, opulent Chatsfield Hotel, London, for the last stop on his worldwide tour before his wedding. But when his engagement is unceremoniously broken, Sayed sets his sights on his sexy chambermaid!
Liyah Amari only took the position as chambermaid to find the truth about her birth father. But her search ends in heartache, leaving Liyah vulnerable to this powerful sheikh's desires. Now their one night of passion could result in a scandalous consequence for the proud Sheikh! 
Welcome to The Chatsfield, London!
Rating: 4 stars 
Sheikh's Scandal (The Chatsfield Series) by Lucy Monroe 
Published May 1st 2014 by Harlequin Presents
Ebook: 235 pages

Another new series and I loved this couple. Both are super easy to understand in fears, changes and the worry about the future. But I liked the way Sayed treated everyone with class. I also liked the way he treated Liyah, even after the crazy night when they forgot a condom and his world was pretty much upside down, we can see he's sincere and honest with her.

His parents are perfect and they these were meant to be, after the way Liyah father treated her and she was a little upset with her mother too because of lies, Sayed parents brought a breath of fresh air and so much needed love. These two were perfect together and they made such a cute couple.

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Series in Order

#1 - Sheikh's Scandal
#2 - Playboy's Lesson (Expected publication: May 20th 2014)
#3 - Socialite's Gamble (Expected publication: June 17th 2014)
#4 - Billionaire's Secret (Expected publication: July 2014)
#5 - Tycoon's Temptation (Expected publication:: August 2014)
#6 - Rival's Challenge (Expected publication: Setptember 2014)
#7 - Rebel's Bargain (Expected publication: October 2014)
#8 - Heiress's Defiance (Expected publication: November 2014)

I received this book from NetGalley and Harlequin in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Romance Review: Nailed by Christine d'Abo

Nailed

Warning: This show contains scenes of sexual tension.
Hosting a new TV show is a fantasy-turned-reality for diva decorator Sophia Holbrook. But concentrating on color swatches is hard when all she can think of is her studly co-host, contractor Fynn Babineau. These two may clash over blueprints and budgets on screen, but with the lust palpable between them, rumor has it they have been putting more than just their heads together behind the scenes. . . .

What secrets will the cameras expose? Tune in tonight to find out.

Viewer discretion advised. Mature audiences only.

Rating: 3 stars 
Nailed by Christine d'Abo 
Published April 15th 2014 by Cosmo Red Hot Reads from Harlequin
Ebook: 100 pages

This story was sexy in some parts and I actually liked Fynn and Sophia together, but other moments the story got a little lost specially with moments about Sophia past and the way the producer decided to use her personal story. We had some nice and scenes but I only liked the couple. And the book was a novella, don't think I would finish a bigger one. 

I've read this author before and this time was a little disspointing. I wanted a better side story for the cute couple.

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I received this book from NetGalley and Harlequin in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.