8/30/2014

Paranormal Review: Edge of Dawn by Lara Adrian

Edge of Dawn (Midnight Breed, #11)
Edge of Dawn by Lara Adrian
Series: Midnight Breed #11
Rating: 4 stars
Published February 21st 2013 by Delacorte Press
Genres: Paranormal
Format: eARC
Length: 313 pages
Source: NetGalley
Twenty years after the terror of First Dawn—when mankind learned that vampires lived secretly among them—the threat of violence reigns as the two species struggle to coexist. The only group preserving the fragile harmony is the Order, an elite cadre of Breed warriors dedicated to protecting humans and vampires alike. And in this precarious world of torn loyalties and shattered trust, Mira, a fiery squad captain, finds that every fight bears an intensely personal cost.
Raised among the Order, Mira has always believed in the warrior’s code of swift—and even lethal—justice. But the one thing she desires more than the Order’s hard-won acceptance is Kellan Archer, a sexy but troubled Breed fighter. In love with him since childhood, Mira once broke through his tough exterior during an unexpected night of rapture, but the next day he mysteriously disappeared, never to return.
Kellan didn’t think he would ever see Mira again—or have to confront the truth of why he left. After abandoning the Order years ago, he now leads a band of human rebels intent on carrying out their own vigilante rule of law. Yet a high-profile kidnapping assignment brings him face-to-face with the past he sought to avoid, and the striking woman he has tried desperately to forget. And as tensions mount and the risk of bloodshed grows, Kellan and Mira must take sides—between the competing missions that dominate their lives, and the electrifying passion that claims their hearts.
This series is a favorite of mine, but when suddenly twenty years passed and I got the feeling those vampires that I loved would disappear, it made me sad. But we actually see them all, the world it's different now that vampires live among the humans everyone knows, but Dragos made a huge mess by freeing those monsters and the humans are definitely afraid. Understandable if you ask me. 

It took me some time to understand and connect who everyone was now after twenty years from the big event. We now have mostly the second generation, the kids from those couples we came to love saving the world. Sometimes we still have a little of meddling, but mostly the famous are now in positions of power and now the Order is trying to keep everyone save. 

I liked Mira, but Kellan was a blank at first. Took me some time to like him again, maybe because he was never one of my favorites. They made a cute couple and I liked the way he was still trying to keep the world save even after the way he left the Order.

Other books in this series


#0.5 – A Touch of Midnight
#1 – Kiss of Midnight
#2 – Kiss of Crimson
#3 – Midnight Awakening
#4 – Midnight Rising
#5 – Veil of Midnight
#6 – Ashes of Midnight
#7 – Shades of Midnight
#8 – Taken by Midnight
#9 – Deeper than Midnight
#9.5 – A Taste of Midnight
#10 – Darker After Midnight

#11 – Edge of Dawn
#12 – Crave the Night

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

8/29/2014

August 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.

August was a great month, for reading and the blog. I'm also starting to get back onto the visiting other peeps. But the life is still crazy and very good. I also got new glasses, so more reading and less headaches. Didn't spend too much, but was happy with my readings this month. Great releases and of course Merit and Kate Daniels were already devoured. Loved both.

Rules

  • $40.00 for month.
  • $67 from Amazon settlement
  • $22.95/month for 2 Audible Credits
  • Montly report on what was spent
  • Use includes coupon, code, or subscription services
  • Budget includes ebooks, bound books, and audio books
  • Books received as gifts, won or bought with a gift card can be included but they cost you nothing since you didn’t actually spend your own money on them. So keep using them and keeping your budget healthy!

August Budget: 43.83

Books Purchased and dollars spent:

  1. Show Me, Baby: 1001 Dark Nights (Masters of the Shadowlands #9) by Cherise Sinclair - 3.09
  2. The Maverick Millionaire (The Logan Twins #2) by Alison Roberts - 3.99
  3. Dark Skye (Immortals After Dark #14) by Kresley Cole - Audible Credit
  4. Blood Games (Chicagoland Vampires #10) by Chloe Neill - Audible Credit
  5. Matched to Her Rival (Happily Ever After, Inc. #3) by Kat Cantrell - 3.99
  6. Reunited with the Lassiter Bride (Dynasties: The Lassiters #7) by Barbara Dunlop - 3.99
  7. Magic Breaks (Kate Daniels #7) by Ilona Andrews - 7.19
Total Spent: $22.25

Review Books from NetGalley:
  1. The Texan's Surprise Son by Cathy McDavid
  2. Cowboy Boots for Christmas: (Cowboy Not Included) (Burnt Boot, Texas #1) by Carolyn Brown
  3. The Texan's Christmas by Tanya Michaels
  4. From Enemy's Daughter to Expectant Bride (The Billionaire's of Blackcastle #1) by Olivia Gates

Budget for September: 61.58


8/28/2014

Mystery Review: Chaos in Death by JD Robb

Chaos in Death (In Death, #33.5)
Chaos in Death by JD Robb
Series: In Death #33.5
Rating: 3 stars
Published March 15th 2013 by Piatkus
Genres: Mystery
Format: audiobook
Length: 3 hrs and 39 mins
Source: bought
Eve Dallas' latest case is starting off a little more bizarre than usual - a police sketch of a killer based on eye-witness testimony reveals he has green skin, swollen red eyes, goblin ears, and a dislocated jaw-structure that defies the human form. Is it a mask? Is it make-up? Or is the explanation more sinister?
Dallas faces off against multiple suspects - all of them students of medicine capable of precisely slicing the ears, noses, and eyes of the three victims. But who had the motive? More importantly, what kind of rogue science are these healers practicing?
The story was way to bizarre and I'm not sure is even possible but Eve managed to find the killer real fast. I was a little behind and some trouble believing that a real monster was created. This was more a Halloween kinda plot and not my favorite. Still good mystery but not great for this series. I missed the big drama and serial killer investigation.

Since this is just a novella the killings had to be fast and a little disturbing too. But Eve was great with the details and that big interview in the end was extra special.

Other books in this series

#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)  

8/26/2014

Romance Review: Irresistible Force by DD Ayres

Irresistible Force (K-9 Rescue, #1)
Irresistible Force by DD Ayres
Series: K-9 Rescue #1
Rating: 4 stars
Published August 26th 2014 by St. Martin's Paperbacks
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Format: eARC
Length: 320 pages
Source: NetGalley
When adrenaline runs high, so does the force of desire…
For Shay Appleton, it’s love at first sight when a gorgeous stray dog is brought into the animal shelter where she works. She just knows he’ll make a terrific watch dog—and with an abusive ex who won’t let go, she needs all the protection she can get. But Shay never suspected that her new pet is actually a trained police K-9 named Bogart—until Bogart’s even more gorgeous, human partner shows up on her doorstep.
Officer James Cannon is one tall, strong alpha male who’s convinced that Shay stole his dog. But once he gets closer to the suspect, he realizes that this stubborn, independent woman not only needs a guard dog, she needs James as well. It seems that someone from her past is stalking her, and threatening her life. When danger meets desire, will James risk his career and his best friend…to protect the woman who’s stolen his heart?
This was a great start to the series. It's my first time reading anything from Ms. Ayres and I must say  she delivered a great plot and a super sweet romance. The dog made the best matchmaker and a really great bodyguard too for Shay, because she definitely needed. 

The suspense was light and to me fit the plot, because we can clearly see that the best part in this book was really the romance. James was a great guy and deserved the good girl. His family was hilarious. Thanksgiving made a nice touch in this cute story. Loved the couple and I'm really trying to review without spoilers, but Prince-Bogart was the best part for me.

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

8/24/2014

Mystery Review: New York to Dallas by JD Robb

New York to Dallas (In Death #33)
New York to Dallas by JD Robb
Series: In Death #33
Rating: 5 stars
Published March 15th 2012 by Piatkus Books
Genres: Mystery
Format: audiobook
Length: 14 hrs and 17 mins
Source: bought

It was one of Eve Dallas’s earliest takedowns, back in her uniform days. A monster named Isaac McQueen had been abducting young victims and leaving them scarred in both mind and body. Thanks to Eve, he wound up where he belonged, removed from civilized society in Rikers. But he’s not behind bars anymore.
After his escape, McQueen has two things in mind. One is to take up where he left off, preying on the young and innocent - when necessary, with the help of a female partner all too willing to be manipulated and to aid and abet his crimes. His other goal: to get revenge on the woman who stopped him all those years ago, now a high-profile lieutenant in the NYPSD and married to one of the city’s richest men.
Commanding Eve’s attention with a chilling and brazen crime, McQueen sets off the chase - forcing Eve down a road marked with blood and tears, a road that eventually leads southwest to Dallas, Texas, the home Eve fled long ago. And each new twist brings her closer to the harrowing memory of when she wasn’t a hardened detective but a vulnerable girl just like McQueen’s innocent prey. As her husband, Roarke, tries to rescue her from the nightmares that claw at her mind, and her partner, Peabody, doggedly works to support her, Eve must confront - and call upon - the darkest parts of her own soul in order to survive.
Another great story and this one was especially hard for Eve because we're back in Dallas where all her nightmares started and she had to follow an ex-convict that escaped and she helped arrest. Roarke of course was there with her all the time, but it's hard to see Eve suffer and to realise that in the middle of it she discovered more secrets from her past.

This was not a great trip, but Mira was there to help too and Eve suffered a great blow, but we can see that she's still stuborn and trying to fix the world by the end of this book.

Other books in this series

#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)  

8/23/2014

Erotica Review: Pleasure in Sanctuary by Melody Snow Monroe

Pleasure in Sanctuary (Sanctuary, Montana #3)
Pleasure in Sanctuary by Melody Snow Monroe
Series: Sanctuary, Montana #3
Rating: 3 stars
Published October 2013 by Siren Publishing
Genres: Erotica, menage
Format: ebook
Length: 179 pages
Source: bought
When veterinarian Dr. Hailey Hunter takes a two-week stint in Sanctuary, Montana, she never expects to meet the men of her dreams. Ranch owner Jackson Baldwin not only is to-die-for-sexy, he’s a man in control—that is until he finds out his father has cancer and his roommate, Tanner Crenshaw, has a thirteen-year-old son he just learned about.
Tanner is shocked to learn he has a son, but he’s determined to raise him and love him. Because the boy’s mother just died, the eleven-year-old attaches himself to Hailey. While she adores the boy, when her stint is up, she must find a full-time job, as she has college loans to pay off. When she’s offered a job in another state, all hell breaks loose in Sanctuary, and she’s torn between earning money and being with the men she loves.
This story was just okay, I think the series would be better if there was some surprises along the way. Like a different scenario  with more lovers, or less. It doesn't have to be the same thing over and over. This was one of the reasons this book only got three stars. 

I liked Hailey, but she got a difficult road ahead with a family already made and two guys making her life pleasurable and full of sexy moments. The teen was different sure, but super understanding, like what? I guess everything was too easy for these three, and Hailey was okay with the new future too fast.

Other books in this series

#2 - Finding Sanctuary
#3 - Pleasure in Sanctuary

8/21/2014

Mystery Review: Treachery in Death by JD Robb

Treachery in Death (In Death #32)
Treachery in Death by JD Robb
Series: In Death #32
Rating: 5 stars
Published October 25th 2012 by Little Brown and Company
Genres: Mystery
Format: audiobook
Length: 13 hrs and 38 mins
Source: bought

In a New York City fifty years in the future, Detective Eve Dallas tracks down those who break the law - including the ones sworn to uphold it.
Eve Dallas and her partner, Peabody, are following up on a brutal, senseless crime - an elderly grocery owner killed by three stoned punks for nothing more than kicks and snacks. And for the first time, Peabody is primary detective on the case, which means she has to get used to a new level of authority and responsibility. Good thing she learned the ropes from a master like Eve.
But after rounding up the perps, Peabody stumbles upon a much trickier situation. Determined to start working out as hard as she grills suspects, she chooses to do it at the old, rarely-used gym at Central. After a grueling workout, she squeezes into one of the narrow shower stalls, happy to have the place to herself. Just after she shuts the water off, the gym door clatters open - and while she cringes inside the stall, trying not to make a sound, Peabody overhears two fellow officers, Garnet and Oberman, arguing. References are made to delivering product, and a house in the islands, and someone named Keener who’s supposed to look like an OD. It doesn’t take long for a naked and vulnerable Peabody to realize that both officers are crooked - guilty not just of corruption but of murder as well. Fortunately, the two clear out of the locker room without realizing there was a witness.
Eve Dallas may have trained Peabody well - but this is too dangerous for one person to take on alone. Now Peabody, Eve, and her husband, Roarke, must try to get the hard evidence they need to bring the dirty cops down - knowing all the while that the two have already killed to keep their secret, and are no doubt willing to do it again.
This was a very difficult case for Eve because everything related to cops must always be right. Eve had a very hard time trying to discover the group responsible for the extortion that almost killed Peabody. She had Roarke, McNab and Feeny worried and helping during the entire investigation, but is a jab in her heart when cops are the bad guys.

I really loved this book. We see Eve battling some emotions and really worried about Peabody. She may not always show, but each of her friends is very important and she cares deeply for them. Roarke was her rock during the investigation and even IA had to be involved. Drama all around.

Other books in this series

#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)  

8/19/2014

Romance Review: Captured by the Sheikh by Kate Hewitt

Captured by the Sheikh (Rivals to the Crown of Kadar #1)
Captured by the Sheikh by Kate Hewitt
Series: Rivals to the Crown of Kadar #1
Rating: 3 stars
Published August 19th 2014 by Harlequin
Genres: Romance
Format: eARC
Length: 192 pages
Source: NetGalley

Banishment and shame has turned Sheikh Khalil al Bakir into a man determined to reclaim the crown of Kadar from his rival. Khalil's campaign begins by kidnapping his enemy's bride-to-be. She's a means to an end, so why is he so inflamed at the thought of her in anyone's bed but his own?
Queen Elena Karras of Thallia was prepared for a cold, mutually convenient marriage. Instead she is carried off into the sands, where the virgin queen soon discovers an unexpected desire for her sinfully sexy captor that leaves her craving more…
This was supposed to be a great story for me because sheik's are one of my favorites, but the book was just so-so. I wanted to liked Khalil, but he was not right for one second and the way he treated Elena was so ridiculous.

Elena was a prefect Queen and I think she deserved to love someone better, because Khalil's only thought was about the injustice his father put him through. He was not a great man, but anted everyone to love him and just accept his choices. Elena could do better than him for sure. 

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.

8/17/2014

Bout of Books #11

Bout of Books 11

Bout of Books #11

Another challenge and once again Bout of Books is the hype around the book blogging. This is one of my favorite read-a-thon and I couldn't miss it, but was a little late to the party. So this post is my checking in and goals. Will try to update during the week for the progress here too. Want to try too? Here are the deets:

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, August 18th and runs through Sunday, August 24th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure, and the only reading competition is between you and your usual number of books read in a week. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 11 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. - From the Bout of Books team
My goals are really simple this time:
  1. Visit other bloggers and check everyone progress.
  2. Read and schedule the reviews of 5 books.
Book List:
  • Concealed in Death by JD Robb (50% read)
  • Memory Zero by Keri Arthur
  • Edge of Dawn by Lara Adrian
  • Marked by Midnight by Lara Adrian
  • Crave the Night by Lara Adrian
  • Playboy's Lesson
  • Socialite's Gamble
  • Billionaire's Secrets
  • Tycoon's Temptation
  • Rival's Challenge

Monday:
  • Reading: Playboy's Lesson
  • Finished: Concealed in Death 
  • Total Pages Read Today: 302 pages
  • Total Pages Read During Bout of Books: 302 pages

Tuesday:
  • Reading: Tycoon's Temptation
  • Finished: Playboy's Lesson
  • Total Pages Read Today: 192 pages
  • Total Pages Read During Bout of Books: 494 pages

Wednesday:
  • Reading: Socialite's Gamble
  • Finished: Tycoon's Temptation
  • Total Pages Read Today: 284 pages
  • Total Pages Read During Bout of Books: 778 pages

Thursday:
  • Reading: Rival's Challenge
  • Finished: Billionaire's Secrets
  • Total Pages Read Today: 192 pages
  • Total Pages Read During Bout of Books: 970 pages

Friday:
  • Reading: Edge of Dawn
  • Finished: Rival's Challenge
  • Total Pages Read Today: 192 pages
  • Total Pages Read During Bout of Books: 1162 pages

Saturday:
  • Reading: Edge of Dawn
  • Finished: Nothing today
  • Total Pages Read Today: 102 pages
  • Total Pages Read During Bout of Books: 1264 pages
Sunday:
  • Reading: Crave the Night
  • Finished: Edge of Dawn, Marked by Midnight
  • Total Pages Read Today: 457 pages
  • Total Pages Read During Bout of Books: 1721 pages


Mystery Review: Possession in Death by JD Robb

Possession in Death (In Death, #31.5)
Possession in Death by JD Robb
Series: In Death #31.5
Rating: 4 stars
Published November 8th 2012 by Piatkus
Genres: Mystery
Format: audiobook
Length: 3 hrs and 11 mins
Source: bought
Immediately after hearing these words, uttered to her by an old Romanian woman bleeding to death in the street, detective Eve Dallas begins to notice that her latest case has come with a number of interesting side-effects: visions of the deceased, instant familiarity with rooms she’s never seen before, and fluency in Russian. Likewise, there appears to be a force inside of her, a spirit other than her own, that won’t let her rest until she’s found Beata, the old woman’s great-granddaughter, whose disappearance two months prior remains a mystery. Desperate to be free of her new “gifts”, Eve pursues the facts until she discovers a link between Beata’s disappearance and the disappearance of eight other young women, all of whom attended the same dance classes, none of whom were ever heard from again.
This series has always great stories, but the best part for me is Eve investigative skills. She has a very analytical mind and this time was different and a little strange, but Roarke helped her and as always she had to find the killer and speak for the death.

The killings were off and more than crazy, but I liked the way Eve reacted and more than anything she was great this time.

Other books in this series

#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)