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Sunday, October 30, 2011

Something So Right





This ebook was courtesy of NetGalley and Carina Press.
After having her heart broken, Lily Carver ran north to manage an upscale resort—and back to her longtime friend Sam Denning. Though she's well aware of how hot Sam's become, she refuses to risk her heart again. No matter how incredible his kisses make her feel…
Sam's been in love—and lust—with Lily since the summer they met. When he finally shows her how much he wants her, Lily can't resist his seduction. But Sam's a forever kind of guy and she's only interested in short, painless relationships.
Lily thinks she can protect both their hearts with a short affair to let their passion run its course, something where they both know the rules and can explore the sparks between them without getting burned. But their best-laid plans are put to the test by their undeniable attraction—and by a secret Sam's been keeping from Lily that could ruin everything.
Overall I really enjoyed this book, the concept of best friends to lovers is a great one. The only issue I had was in the fact that if Sam and Lily are such close friends and have been for so long why didn't he know about her previous relationship? And with Lily I kind of wanted to say it's been 5 years get over it!  lol  Ms. Mady did a great job with the characters and I did love them and was glad they got their HEA.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

The Last Cowboy

This eBook was courtesy of Harlequin and NetGalley in exchange for review.

The Iconic Cowboy: Pure alpha male, fiercely protective of all he holds dear. The last of a dying breed. Otherwise known as a pain in the rear.

City Girl. It was written all over her like a sign warning him to keep off. Sure, Slade McPherson would train her horse… With his ranch one bad day away from foreclosure, he can’t afford to turn away a paying customer. But no way is this cowboy getting involved with a woman like Jordana Lawton—no matter how pretty she looks in a saddle.

Yet everything can change in an instant. A terrifying run-in with an angry bull tilts Slade’s world off its axis, leaving him wounded and unable to compete in a race that could change his future, for good. With Jordana by his side, he just might stand a chance. But what happens when this old-school cowboy finds himself falling for a modern city girl?

The Last Cowboy got me at page one and held me until the final page. The characters had depth and the plot moved quickly. The storyline was believable and the romance is fresh. This was a really sweet tale of two people learning to love and trust again. It is set around a horse ranch that trains for endurance races so it helps that I love horses.
Slade is the sexy rancher who has had way more than his share of bad luck in his life, Jordana is the woman who could see thru his stubborn exterior to the man underneath. Theirs is a sweet romance and I think they had a solid foundation to build on.

The story itself is strong enough to keep you Interested. The book is left wide open for another installment, looking forward to that.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Enticed by His Forgotten Lover






This book was courtesy of NetGalley and Harlequin.
"Have we met?"
Answer: a right hook! Because Bryony Morgan pulls no punches. Even when she's very pregnant and facing down the father of her unborn child. She fell for wealthy hotelier Rafael de Luca when he courted her for her beachfront real estate. Then he disappeared. Now, she's in New York for answers—and she won't accept a brush-off.

But selective amnesia after a crash has Rafael puzzled. How could he ever forget a combustible beauty like Bryony? Solution: return to the island where they met, and relive the unforgettable nights in question—until he remembers everything…

I absolutely love this book. Of course I've never read anything by Maya Banks I didn't like. This is one of those short sweet feel good reads. Rafael does some of the best groveling I've read in a while! I adored the character of Bryony's grandmother, she was so cute and feisty. I highly recommend this book!

All About Seduction




This ebook was courtesy of NetGalley and Harper Collins Publishers.

She had never known passion like this…
Caroline Broadhurst is about to take a lover— at her husband’s command. For fifteen years, Caroline has done everything her much older husband has desired—except provide an heir. Now he has given her an ultimatum: seduce a suitable gentleman and bear a son. Caroline would never think of bowing to such a shameful order, but then she meets Jack Applegate.
Jack has longed for the beautiful, untouchable Caroline for years, but the chasm between them was too wide to ever dream of crossing. Now, fate and passion have thrown them together, but the potential scandal threatens to smother their love. And when a violent secret comes to light, only a terrible sacrifice will prevent the flame of their affection from being snuffed out forever . . .
While the characterizations were good in this book, I didn't like the plot. I read romance to escape for a few hours and this book just left me uptight. Caroline had endured too much and that her family, her husband and her brother would treat her this way just left me cold. Too much description of bad love scenes was depressing.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Eyewall


This book was courtesy of Bell Bridge Books and NetGalley.

St. Simons Island, Georgia, has never been hit by a Category 5 hurricane. Until now. No one predicted the storm's sudden force. A crippled Air Force recon plane, trapped in the eye of a violent hurricane. An outspoken tropical weather forecaster, fired from his network TV job before he can issue a warning: the storm is changing course and intensifying. A desperate family searching for a runaway daughter on Georgia's posh St. Simons Island, cut off from escape as the hurricane roars toward them. A marriage on the rocks; an unrequited sexual attraction; a May-December romance. All will be swept up by the monster storm. Get ready for a white-knuckle adventure.

This is a must read book! I got started and could not put it down until I was done! Having lived in the south all my life and having been thru several hurricanes and losing two homes to hurricanes in my life this book was a very interesting and emotional read for me.
The book is very well written with very good character development. I was especially intrigued by how the author brought all of the characters together who otherwise would have never known each other. By the time I finished reading the book I kept having to remind myself that it really was fiction, the author did such a wonderful job of making the story believable and realistic. As a side note the authors bio is a very interesting read too!!

Monday, October 17, 2011

Be the People: A Call to Reclaim America’s Faith and Promise

by Carol M. Swain PhD.


I received this book from Booksneeze in exchange for a review.

In Be the People Ms. Swain does a great job of presenting the problems we as a nation face and backing them up with facts. I agree with her on many topics included in this book. As an American of faith I see the way this country is changing and wonder with sadness what will become of us if we do not reclaim America.
This book should make you want to look deeper into issues such as abortion, marriage, immigration, politics and our religious freedoms in America, help you to want to stand up and make a difference and become a praying patriot again!

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Ecstasy Untamed by Pamela Palmer



The e-book galley was courtesy of netGalley.

They are called Feral Warriors -- an elite band of immortals who can change shape at will. Sworn to rid the world of evil, consumed by secrecy and seduction, their wild natures are primed for release...

Shattered by recent nightmarish events, Hawke feels his bond with his animal spirit weakening -- and once it breaks, he's finished. The arrival of Faith sends his life spinning even further out of control, for although she delights him and enflames his deepest primal passions, she's promised to Maxim, the newest Feral Warrior.

Faith is drawn to Hawke from the start, but Maxim holds her in his thrall and has secretly bent her to his malevolent will. Though gravely damaged, Hawke is the only one who can end Faith's slavery and protect the Feral Warriors from Maxim's evil designs. But first they both must embrace the wild...and surrender body and soul to a forbidden, all-consuming ecstasy.

This was the first paranormal romance I have read. Just never interested before. Once I got into it I couldn't put it down! Ms. Palmer did a wonderful job with the characters, the "connection" between Hawke and Faith was awesome, and I really loved hating Maxim! Now I have to go back and read the rest of the series. Ms. Palmer you have hooked me on paranormal!