Paranormal Review: Marked by Rebecca Zanetti

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I received this book for free from Kensington and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. No compensation was provided and all opinions are strictly my own.

Marked by Rebecca Zanetti
Series: Dark Protectors #7
Published December 22nd 2014 by Kensington Publishing Corp.
Format: eARC
Length: 279 pages
Source: NetGalley
Janie Kayrs has known Zane almost her whole life. He was her friend in the dream world. She trusted him. But that was before he kidnapped her, spiriting her away to an isolated cabin to learn what her dreams never told her. Like how dangerous he looks. How he got on the wrong side of the negotiating table. And how much sexier he is in real life…

Zane is a battle-hardened warrior, used to command and solitude. But Janie has drawn him from the minute they met. His need for her could destroy everything he’s worked for, but the risk is too sweet not to take it. They call her the Chosen One. But when it comes down to the questions of peace or war, life or death, safety or passion, it will be Janie who makes the choice…

Final book in this series and I wanted to love more the big finale, but it felt rushed to me. We had six books and few novellas to create this different world, but for the first time things happened faster than necessary and we even had some time passing in the book. I wanted to know how to fight the virus and really loved the way we finally find some answer, but the peace talks really didn't work and the kurjans made everything more difficult. 

I was really sad when the tide changed and all those vampires we loved for those previous books were in death's trap. That got me extremely nervous and I almost jumped ahead to the final pages. This was a crying moment for me.

This is the big book where we finally see Janie and her destiny fulfilled. I liked the way Janie managed to fight her own battles and chose the best side for her in this war, because everything changed, but Janie was one of my favorite person in this world. 

Other books in this series

#1 – Fated
#2 – Claimed
#2.5 – Tempted
#3 – Hunted
#4 – Consumed
#5 – Provoked
#5.5 – Twisted
#6 – Shadowed
#6.5 -Tamed
#7 - Marked

Winter 2014-2015 COYER

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Winter 2014-2015 COYER Sign Ups
It’s that time of year again! #COYER is back and I've had some good moments in my last participation, but this time it's during christmas and january, difficult months for my reading, parties and family always steal my time. I've chosen several NetGalley ebooks are some amazon freebies.

  • Read & review at least 10 books during the event. 
  • Visit and comment on at least 5 reviews from the linky a week
  • Participate in 1 of the read-a-thons… New Year’s Read-a-thon!

Possible reads:

So my list is not that big and I think it's possible, have you read any of those?

Young Adult Review: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by JK Rowling

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Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by JK Rowling
Series: Harry Potter #3
Published May 1st 2004 by Scholastic
Format: ebook
Length: 560 pages
Source: Bought
Harry Potter is lucky to reach the age of thirteen, since he has already survived the murderous attacks of the feared Dark Lord on more than one occasion. But his hopes for a quiet term concentrating on Quidditch are dashed when a maniacal mass-murderer escapes from Azkaban, pursued by the soul-sucking Dementors who guard the prison. It's assumed that Hogwarts is the safest place for Harry to be. But is it a coincidence that he can feel eyes watching him in the dark, and should he be taking Professor Trelawney's ghoulish predictions seriously?

My favorite book on this series for two reasons: Sirius Black and we finally see Harry doing some strong magic. Because in the first two books it feels like he's just another student in this super cool school, but after managing to create the perfect spell to repel the Dementors, I changed my mind and think he has some future in this different world.

I liked that we have the gang together and even fighting during this book, but it's interesting to see how their relationship changed during the years, they are growing and some difficulties certainly made things strain for these three. Rony is getting more serious in this book too and trying to make things right, but sometimes he just gets lost on the fun and games. Loved Hagrid and all his passion for the animals, it does made this book a little sweet after all the drama with Sirius Black. 

Other books in this series

#3 - Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
#4 - Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
#5 - Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
#6 - Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
#7 - Harry Potter and the Deadly Hallows

Waiting on Wednesday #36

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This week's pre-publication "can't-wait-to-read" selection is:

Play with fire, pay the price.
Leila’s years on the carnie circuit were certainly an education. What she didn’t learn: how to be a vampire, or how to be married to the most famous vampire of them all. Adjusting to both has Leila teetering on a knife edge between passion and peril, and now the real danger is about to begin…
Vlad must battle with a centuries-old enemy whose reach stretches across continents and whose strength equals his own. It isn’t like Vlad to feel fear, but he does…for Leila, because his enemy knows she is Vlad’s greatest weakness. As friend and foe alike align against him—and his overprotectiveness drives Leila away—Vlad’s love for his new bride could be the very thing that dooms them both…
I love Vlad and it's always exciting when there's another book coming out about him and Leila. After we said goodbye to Bones and Cat the only reason I wasn't devastated was Vlad. He knows about the dramas and he's full of power, so win-win.




Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine, that features future books I’m highly anticipating for this year.

Romance Review: Sheikh's Desert Duty by Maisey Yates

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I received this book for free from Harlequin and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. No compensation was provided and all opinions are strictly my own.

Sheikh's Desert Duty by Maisey Yates
Series: The Chatsfield #9
Published  December 16th 2014 by Harlequin
Format: eARC
Length: 192 pages
Source: NetGalley
Journalist Sophie Parsons needs a scoop to stop the sale of her friend's hotel chain. And she's found it! But being abducted by a sheikh goes waybeyond the call of duty.
Sheikh Zayn Al-Ahmar has a wedding to arrange, a sister to protect and a country to rule. He's not going to let one woman bring it all down with a headline! Kidnapping Sophie seemed like a good idea, but soon her delectable company puts everything he values at risk.
Only one mistress can rule Zayn's heart, will it be Sophie, or his duty?
Welcome to The Chatsfield, New York!

This book was good for me, but there's an absence of Chatsfield, so don't really understand why is in this series. The story sounds like a spin-off from The Chatsfield, where Zayn is trying to save his sister from the media and decides to kidnaps Sophie because she discovered the big secret and the connection with Chatsfiled, but after that there's nothing more to the hotel or other family members.

I liked Sophie and the way she managed to continue making the right choices in her life, but just don't understand why she had to be a virgin and not have a normal life with friends, but Zayn made a great job in helping her and making her life better if even for only a few weeks. 

I liked that Zayn decided to trust her even after the way the media made his life a nightmare, it must not be easy and still he made it look easy. Wish we could have looked more at his family, because it looks like he lives alone. Not even his sister made an appearance. Strange.

Other books in this series

#0.5 - Engaged at The Chatsfield
#1 - Sheikh's Scandal
#2 - Playboy's Lesson
#3 - Socialite's Gamble
#4 - Billionaire's Secret
#5 - Tycoon's Temptation
#6 - Rival's Challenge

#7 - Rebel's Bargain (Expected publication: October 2014)
#8 - Heiress's Defiance (Expected publication: November 2014)
#9 - Sheikh's Desert Duty

Monday Talks: Best Christmas Dish

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Monday Talks is my try at a weekly discussion post to talk about some interesting things, from books, series or cooking. I'll try to make this feature a constant here, but if you have some ideas or want to know something different leave in on the comments and I promise to answer. 

Best Christmas Dish

Christmas is right around the corner and I decided to share one of my favorite recipes and one of the easiest too. This time of the year we usually have places to be or family to visit and I like to make this one and bring along. I know there are several different recipes and I've tried cooking them, but the way is frying, so there will be a few pounds extra to lose after the New Years. The original recipe is from Portugal, but mine has a few different touches. 

Rabanada

Ingredients:
  • 2 liters of milk
  • 1 can of condensed milk
  • 1 vanilla bean
  • 1 pinch of SAL
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • Zest of 2 ORANGES
  • 2 BRIOCHES
  • 6 eggs
  • 1 liter and a half of olive OIL
  • 2 cups CRYSTAL SUGAR
  • 2 teaspoons CINNAMON POWDER
Making the Mess:
  1. Add the first 6 ingredients in a saucepan and bring to a boil.
  2. When boiling, strain and bring to the refrigerator covered with plastic wrap.
  3. Cut the slices of brioche with about 2 fingers thick. Here you can use the moldy you prefer, but it has to be stale.
  4. Beat the eggs in another bowl and set aside.
  5. Heat oil. When it starts to get hot, throw a piece of bread in it, when the bread start frying, you can start wetting the brioche in milk.
  6. Water brioche in milk quickly on both sides, then the eggs and fry on both sides. TIP: For me a perfect Rabanada is one that is not soaked in milk and not start waiting to be fried, while softens with milk bath. A perfect toast must pass the milk, then in egg and immediately placed in the hot oil. So this process needs to be done to the few, only pass the next bread in milk, when you have already taken those who were frying, and so on.
  7. Remove from oil and allow to dry on absorbent paper.
  8. Pass the mixture of sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg.

Are you going to try this one? Do you have a favorite recipe for this time of the year?

Sunday Post #25

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The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted byCaffeinated Book Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news: a post to recap the past week on your blog, showcase books and things we have received. Share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead. Borrowed from Kimba @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer.
I couldn't make it to last week post so this one is about the last two weeks. I've done all my Christmas shopping for the fist time early and managed to find everything I wanted really easy without all those lines. It was so much faster and black Friday helped too. Now only have to make the food shopping. 

Previously on Book Travels:


Coming This Week:

  • Monday Talk: Best Christmas Dish
  • Sheikh's Desert Duty
  • Waiting on Wednesday
  • Harry Potter and the Prisioner of Azhkaban
  • COYER Goals
  • Marked

Books added to TBR: 

NetGalley Pile:
The Italian's Deal for I Do Royal Heirs Required Princess's Secret Baby (The Chatsfield, #11) The Sheikh's Sinful Seduction (Seven Sexy Sins #2) Fonseca's Fury (Billionaire Brothers #1) Under My Skin 
Ebooks:
Carrying the Lost Heir's Child (The Barrington Trilogy #2) Nine Months to Redeem Him The Secret His Mistress Carried The Headmaster Wicked (A Wicked Saga, #1) 

Got anything new to share this week?

Romance Review: Rocky Ride by Vivian Arend

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I received this book for free from NetGalley and Vivian Arend in exchange for an honest review. No compensation was provided and all opinions are strictly my own.

Rocky Ride by Vivian Arend
Series: Thompson & Sons #1
Published May 25th 2014 by Vivian Arend
Format: ebook
Length: 176 pages
Source: Bought
He’s got a touch that’s hotter than hot
It took a hell of a lot of fast-talking and more than a few speeding tickets before Mitch Thompson convinced Constable Anna Coleman to take him for a ride. Only now that she’s loosened off her stiff RCMP uniform, it’s not nearly enough. Their secret sexual escapades are mind-blowing, but Mitch wants more than her body—he wants her heart.
Her world could go up in flames
It’s a dangerous road to walk, and Anna doesn’t know how far she can safely tread. Bad boy Mitch may have lured her wild side out to play, but giving in to their increasingly passionate desires could endanger her very civilized career. Somewhere between yearning and obsession there has to be a balance point.
Or they’re both going to get burned.


Vivian Arend is always a nice read for me. The romances are natural and it doesn't feel rushed, but for some reason I had this book on my TBR for awhile now and only decided to read after finishing some other book from another series of her. This series is fun and easy to follow, but in reality this is an spin-off from her famous cowboys in Rocky Mountain.

This is the first book of her Thompson & Sons, they have a garage and some hot mechanics too, but too bad this one decided to fall in love with Anna Coleman, the super cop in this small town. They made some very hot moments in this book, but I really loved to see this different side of Anna, she's more sexy and free with Mitch. 

This was a fun read and a sexy and hot couple finding their place in this small town full of noisy people.

Other books in this series

#1 - Rocky Ride
#1.5 - Baby, Be Mine
#2 - One Sexy Ride

Paranormal Review: Penumbra by Keri Arthur

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Penumbra by Keri Arthur
Series: The Spook Squad #3
Published October 28th 2014 by Dell
Format: ebook
Length: 320 pages
Source: Bought
Agent Sam Ryan wants out of the Special Investigations Unit. She’s sick of the attitude from her partner, Gabriel Stern. She’s sick of the paperwork. Most of all, she’s sick of feeling lonely. But her boss isn’t about to let her go that easily. He gives Sam a choice: either stay stuck in her office or guard a clone replacement of Dan Wetherton, a government minister. Sam reluctantly chooses the latter—even though she suspects she’s being used as bait to draw out the SIU’s elusive nemesis.
Gabriel would like nothing better than to be on his own, without a partner to hold him back. Then he learns that Sam has been assigned to protect Wetherton—or whatever it is that’s replaced him. Wetherton’s clone could have come from only one place: Hopeworth, the military base that contains the secrets of Sam’s past. Determined to protect her, Gabriel is drawn into a fight against unspeakable evil. And all too soon, Sam and Gabriel discover that the connection between them is far more powerful than anyone could ever have imagined.


I wanted to like the book more but for some reason we are left with barely an ending and it doesn't look like the author is thinking about finishing this series, so I don't understand why they decided to change the covers and release them again now.

I liked the first two books and the plot took a great twist in the end of book #2, but for some reason we are left with pieces of answers and a barely finished book. I had high hopes for this series and it took me a little to really get into this world, but I was really liking it so now I'm mad about it.

Sam and Gabriel have a strange relationship and now that Hopeworth is after Sam things are getting more difficult and she's barely keeping up in staying alive, but the action and fast paced and Gabriel helped a little.

Other books in this series

#1 - Memory Zero
#2 - Generation 18
#3 - Penumbra

Romance Review: Baby, Be Mine by Vivian Arend

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Baby, Be Mine by Vivian Arend
Series: Thompson & Sons #1.5
Published February 25th 2014 by Samhain Publishing
Format: ebook
Length: 177 pages
Source: Bought
What the mind forgets, the heart remembers.
Since the moment Katy Thompson transformed from annoying tagalong to desirable woman, Gage Jenick has awaited his chance. When she kicks her boyfriend to the curb, he doesn’t hold back—in spite of the next day work assignment that will take him away for six long months.
After a head injury sustained on a storm-swept road, Katy can’t remember her own email password, much less how the little pink “positive” on the pregnancy stick got there. Barring an influx of midichlorians, she’s at a loss to explain what happened, or when…or with whom.
Suddenly Gage is back in her life as if he has a right to be there. While she vividly remembers the crush she had on him, she’s no one’s charity case. But another thing she’d forgotten was just how stubborn Gage can be—especially when her domineering ex tries to stake a claim…
Warning. An unforgettable night that gets forgotten. A crazy redneck ex, and a hero who’s ready to take on the world, and his past, for his heroine.

Katy had a very traumatic experience and the accident left her with memory loss, but the worst part for me was when she realised that two guys could be the fathers to her baby. Yes the girl got pregnant and forgot about the night, so she had no idea. I was so sad for her, but then Gage returned and he could not give up.

I liked the way Gage managed to find help in her friends and even her brothers. It's not easy for this two, but Katy has been in love for so long that it's difficult for her to accept that her dreams actually came true. But I liked that this story was sweet and cute, because after what Katy went throughout, she needed to cool off and be happy.

Other books in this series

#1 - Rocky Ride
#1.5 - Baby, Be Mine
#2 - One Sexy Ride