Archive | September 10, 2013

Review – Shiver –

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He’s a wolf without a pack…
Graphic novelist, Aidan Harte, writes about the kind of heroes he knows he’ll never be. He’s returned to the forgotten gold mining town of Chatanika, Alaska, to scatter his father’s ashes and close out the bastard’s life. He plans to get in and get out without seeing a soul. That is, until things take a deadly turn.

She’s a raven who’s clipped her wings…
Raven Maiski’s thrilled Old Man Harte is dead. But she’s not happy about the return of his son, Aidan–her soul mate and enemy–who promised never to step foot back in Chatanika. If she doesn’t run him out of town fast he’ll uncover what she’s hidden from him.

When word of the miser’s death spreads, danger erupts in a hunt for gold that will either lead to redemption…or blood.

This book also contains bonus material on Tiffinie Helmer’s upcoming novel DEATH CACHE coming out on Black Friday, November 29th, 2013.

Tamara’s Review
Shiver was pimped (cough) I mean recommended to me by a friends, and dang her hide anyway. She knows There are not enough hours in a day to read all the good books out there, and now I have another author to add to my list!
Shiver takes place in Alaska and gives a wonderful look at the life and culture of Chatanika, a small town near Fairbanks. The first page and grabs hold of you until the end. Shiver provides both external elements of suspense. From a bear trap,a hit over the head, shots fired,kidnapping,murder, mystery and a hidden stash of gold. Then we have the internal suspense, will Aiden and Raven reconcile? Does Fox know who his father is? Will Aiden finally find what he’s looking for?
The characters are well drawn. I really felt like I knew them all by the end of the story. The back story was well told and cleverly interspersed into the storyline.
I really enjoyed Shiver and will definitely be purchasing the rest of the Romance on the Edge Series.
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Review ~ Take Me by T. A. Grey

Take MeTake Me
by T. A. Grey
Publisher: Self Published

Blurb:
SHE MAKES HIS BLOOD BURN

Dominic Blackmoore meets the woman who captures his mind and body with a look and he’s instantly taken with her. When he was ordered to take another mate quickly after separating from his ex, he loathed the idea. However, after catching sight of his bruid he quickly changes his mind. He finds her utterly captivating, sensually erotic, and yearns to learn everything about her.

BUT SHE’S NOT HIS BRUID

The woman he’s mistaken as his bruid is none other than the event planner, Felicity Shaw, for his mating ceremony. Now Dominic will do everything it takes, even lie to the woman he craves, to keep her at his side. He needs to mate with his bruid in order to win his political campaign but he finds himself falling in love with Felicity Shaw. In the end he must choose between work or love. He may make the right decision, but is it too late to save his lies from hurting Felicity?

HE TAKES HER BREATH AWAY

Felicity Shaw wants more in life. She’ll even lie to get it, which is exactly how she lands a job with the illustrious Blackmoore family. However, it’s the head of the vampire household, Dominic Blackmoore, that has her heart racing and breath catching. The man consumes her unlike anyone ever has before. She can’t resist him though she tries. As she’s forced to work with Dominic she tries to keep away from him but he doesn’t make things easy.

She may want him with a passion she’s never experienced before, but she will not be with him when he’s mating to another woman. It’s either her or no one. But one terrible lies seals their fates together in ways neither of them imagined, threatening their love and the very fabric of their relationship.

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Cara’s Review:
I truly enjoyed the last novel I read by Gray, so I was excited to read “Take Me,” and it did not disappoint! A novel of vampires, this Cinderella story has some twists and turns, starting with a terrible misunderstanding, and relies on the overcoming of several hurdles to obtain a HAE. There were only two parts of the book that bothered me, because in both cases, the actions seemed slightly out of character for Felicity Shaw and Dominic Blackmoore. I don’t what to give out any spoilers, but when you read the book, you’ll know what exactly which two actions I’m talking about. However, as both actions are key to the forward momentum of the book, I just shrugged my shoulders and thought, “People do weird things all the time in real life, why shouldn’t characters in a book?”

If you have read any of my reviews before, you know I like secondary characters, and Gray provides a rich cast with depth and personality – ones just begging for a story of their own. I’m hoping this isn’t a one off, and that there are many more books to follow with this unique world of shifters, vamps, and humans…especially the story of Felicity’s best friend (a human amongst a paranormal cast).

I liked Felicity for sticking to her guns, for upholding her own beliefs, and not bowing under pressure; even if it meant staying away from what she truly desired. Blackmoore is the product of a very different generation, a different class, with his own crosses to bear. I would recommend this book to readers who enjoy the paranormal, and pull for a HAE even if it’s down a difficult path.

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Spotlight ~ Heart of Rock

Heart of RockHeart of Rock
by Karyn Gerrard

Irishman Brogan Byrne is at the pinnacle of 1974 rock-music success. Handsome, charismatic, with a three-octave voice, you’d think he had it all. But Byrne sinks to new depths of depravity with women, liquor, and drugs.

Carly Montgomery is an ambitious record executive offered an opportunity to be manager for the last leg of Byrne’s tour. Though she’s detached and tough as nails, Carly’s cool facade comes under attack. Somehow Byrne manages to slip by her frosty defenses.

Brogan, for his part, is broken inside. A past memory weighs on his soul, affecting his actions. Is Carly the one woman to help him forget his guilt and heal his heart of rock?

Heart of Rock

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About the Author:
Karyn lives in a small town in the western corner of Ontario, Canada. She wiles away her spare time writing and reading romance while drinking copious amounts of Earl Grey tea. Tortured heroes are a favorite. A multi-published author with a few best sellers under her belt, Karyn loves to write in different genres and time periods.

As long as she can avoid being hit by a runaway moose in her wilderness paradise, she assumes everything is golden.
Karyn’s been happily married for a long time to her own hero. His encouragement keeps her moving forward.

Contact Details:

Website: http://www.karyngerrard.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KarynGerrardAuthor
Twitter: https://twitter.com/KarynGerrard

Enjoy the following excerpt for Heart of Rock:

Dear God, but the man was stunning. Having him lean against her seared her skin. She couldn’t stop touching him. One hand tunneled through his silky two-tone hair, and the other stroked his bare chest. Did he sigh, or had she? She should be raging with indignant anger; instead she consoled Byrne like a lost little boy. She would feed him a bowl of damned chicken broth. All that was missing was the bedtime story. She had told him the truth. He was a mess, and worse than she’d first thought. What dramas were next—paternity suits? How surprising he didn’t have a couple already. Every male rock star did, and considering how careless he seemed to be sex-wise, it could only be a matter of time.
Her heart hitched behind her ribs. He had come so close to dying. Yes, her original thoughts might have been cold and calculating as she thought of the headlines and of Mr. Winwood’s reaction. Deep down, however, her emotions were more complicated and muddled. Holding him like this sparked a protective feeling she hadn’t even known she possessed. Where had it come from? She wasn’t this compassionate toward people, hadn’t been since her childhood. Her cool demeanor came in handy for business purposes. A protection, she supposed. She’d built a solid wall, one her heart and emotions stayed firmly hidden behind. So how in hell had Byrne slipped through? She had to admit, in the physical sense he was everything she could ever want in a man. Her interest had been sparked since she’d seen him naked, facedown on a bed.
Carly continued to caress his chest. Byrne’s body was muscled, tight, sculpted, and irresistible. Don’t get her started on his voice. She’d read his file. He had an amazing three-octave range, each note sounding crystal clear and pure. He could have sung opera, his talent very obvious to anyone. At first, Mr. Winwood wanted him to go glam rock, much like Bowie did with his Ziggy Stardust persona, but Byrne had refused. After much discussion, he had agreed to dye his hair as Mr. Winwood suggested. Carly had heard Byrne remained adamant that would be the only concession he would give on the glam question. Probably because his vocal range and depth were often compared to Bowie’s, or maybe wearing glitter eye shadow and sequined jumpsuits didn’t appeal to him.
Carly had re-listened to his debut record, Within the Flames, not long ago. The heights to which his voice soared gave her goose bumps and sent thrilling shivers down her spine. He was killing her softly with his song. She smiled at her own music pun. If Byrne’s singing voice hadn’t been mesmerizing enough, when he spoke, she swore hot liquid gushed from the deepest parts of her. She took a deep breath. Byrne exuded a spicy aroma that went beyond the generic hotel soap Gio had used on him. No way. She would not allow this egotistical rock monster under her skin, no matter how much he appealed to her Truth be told, she didn’t want to be involved with a man who hung on the precipice of sobriety. She had witnessed enough of that growing up, with her own father’s struggles to stay sober. Her dad wasn’t a mean drunk, or abusive in a physical or verbal sense. He would withdraw. The coldness became a part of life and a part of herself. She didn’t want Byrne clawing past her frosty defenses.
No damned way.