Archive | December 12, 2013

Review ~ Of A Darker Nature by Michelle Clay

Of a darker natureBook Title: Of A Darker Nature
by Michelle Clay
Publisher: Crescent Moon Press
Reviewer: ReadingRN

Blurb:
Emily Cross reads the memories of the deceased. Working at a funeral home might not be a logical choice, but for Emily, it’s a natural one. When she’s attacked, the creatures she thought were folklore become too real. As she’s being drained of life, the cadaver on the next table rises and fights them off. Feeling a connection to her hero, she vows to find him.

Marcus Dane doesn’t know how he ended up in a mortuary. As an Enforcer for the Mistress of the City, he’s been following leads regarding a powerful witch who aims to exterminate his blood-clan.

Emily is entangled romantically with a vampire, his angry Mistress who doesn’t like sharing her servants, and an incredibly powerful witch who realizes killing Emily is the gateway to what she wants. By the end, Emily must figure out who she can trust and who has the darkest nature of all.

Available at Amazon

Cara’s Review:
I quite enjoyed this book, and would suggest it as a fun read, with a two reservations. The first being there is a gigantic cast of characters, so make sure you know who is who, and on what side (it’s not always obvious!). Second, whether it’s my reading style or the book, I found it to be a little choppy in places.

Those two things aside, I DID enjoy the book. I WOULD recommend it. Just be ready to go back every now and again to reread a paragraph to figure out where the heck the characters are. It’s an interesting read with real tension throughout, as Marcus and Emily both try to preserve their familiar worlds, and each with a ton of baggage.

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Book Spotlight- New Release- Backwards Compatable – Sarah Daltry

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On Sale for $.99 until 12-15 ONLY ay Amazon and Barnes and Noble

Blurb:

Not too long ago,
in a town that,
depending on your current location,
is either not super far
or actually quite close…

It is a time of chaotic hormones.
Two nerdy gents
home for winter break
have discovered a female gamer
at a midnight release.

During the break,
the gamer trio manages
to reveal the game’s secret boss,
a hidden enemy
with enough power to destroy
anything in its path.

Pursued by other gamers
who want to be the first
to beat this boss,
George and Katie race to level up,
and, in so doing, restore decency
and sexual activity to their personal galaxy…

Buy Links:
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Backward-Compatible-Geek-Love-Story-ebook/dp/B00H6WHM0G/ref=sr_1_8?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1386597036&sr=1-8
Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Backward-Compatible-Geek-Love-Story-ebook/dp/B00H6WHM0G/ref=sr_1_11?ie=UTF8&qid=1386597063&sr=8-11&keywords=sarah+daltry
Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/382792
Kobo: http://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/backward-compatible
Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/backward-compatible-sarah-daltry/1117649953?ean=2940149060160
All Romance: https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-backwardcompatible-1351782-344.html

Sarah has a contest today at her blog, giving away a Nook! check it out! http://sarahdaltry.com/

Review – Alpha (Knights of Ares 1) by Honor James

Alpha
Warning: For Mature Adult Audiences. Contain wording and actions some may find offensive. Sexual explicit content. (MFM novel – Menage a Trois) In book one of the Knights of Ares: Mikhail Rossov and Gareth Gruffyd chose their lot in life. Happy with their career choice and everything that came with it to get the job done. With a little time away from their job, they come home to blow off some steam and unbeknownst to them, their lives take on a change–one that took ten years to reach them. For fiercely protective men, the development is unbelievable at most, but for men without fear, this could be the biggest challenge they have ever faced. Mikhail and Gareth thought nothing could change their outlook on life but find it only takes the right incentive.

Daisy finds her life completely turned on its ear. She grew up fast and learned who she could trust and believe in–herself. With someone depending on her, she will do what is needed to make sure everything is taken care of. Love evades her and she is okay with this aspect of her life. She’d found her love once but then it disappear from her without a trace so when it resurfaces, and after long thought, she fights for it. Knowing it is her chance for happiness.

When the heart is on the line and a full and amazing life are possibly in the future–a man will do absolutely anything. As the negotiations begin–it’s nothing like either party thought it would be. It’s sensual, eye opening, and gives a glimpse of just what the future could hold for them.

Can these men open their hearts without giving up everything they’ve known? Can you really be accepted for who and what you are? And does a happy median really exist?

Join Team Alpha as hardened men learn they truly can adjust to anything life throws at them.

Warning: Sexual explicit content – Ménage – MFM.

Cara’s Review
This is a hard review to write, because I’m not honestly sure how much I like this book. I’ve been thinking about it for the past 24 hours since I’ve finished it. This is the first book in a new series, and I think I will enjoy the novels more and more….however, all this novel did was raise huge question marks in my mind, with very little resolution. I know that is the whole point of a cliff hanger, but it was almost as though this book should have been written as a prequel- the back story after the series had been developed.

Does that mean I didn’t like the book? No, on the contrary, the book was an enjoyable read- filled with action, misunderstandings, and some good loving scenes. However, you literally have no idea (or at least I don’t) where the story is going to go- who are the “bad guys,” if Penny hold some sort of secret, etc. I will definitely be reading the second book, mostly of piqued curiosity- I want to know what the heck is going on.

Anyway, to the story. Mikhail and Gareth spent their 48 leave ten years ago falling in love with Daisy Choe. They both thought they were unable to have kids (vasectomies, I think), so you can imagine their surprise when Honey turns up at their door ten years later claiming to be their child. Daisy has raised Honey in such a manner that she knows both men are her Daddy, and seems incredibly blasé about the whole two dads’ thing. All three adults are bundles of doubt, but still hold on to their love from all their years ago. So, here’s three people with very different upbringings, emotional responses, and world views, attempting to make something work that isn’t generally acceptable in society. I honestly am excited to see where the next book takes us.
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Spotlight – Displaced – J.F. Jenkins

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by J.F. Jenkins

Blurb:

Chevelle Donahue thought going into work would be just like any other boring day at the mall. Sure, there was her annoying co-worker Wicken Sanders, and a promotional visit from teen heartthrob Timber Hudson, to watch and keep her entertained. But who was she kidding? Working retail was lame no matter what happened.

A terrorist attack changes everything – an attack from aliens of all things. The patrons are given two options: comply or else. Complying means giving in to a new set of rules and changing her entire life. “Or else” means she has no chance of going home again.

She must figure out the truth behind why the aliens are holding everyone hostage. In doing so, she risks her chance at freedom – but by the time she learns what’s really happening, she might not want it.

Buy Link: http://www.amazon.com/Displaced-The-Achlivan-Cycle-ebook/dp/B00DTLOZ30

Excerpt:

I looked between the two guys standing between me and the doorway, wishing I could read their minds. They were both so quiet and I hated it. Earlier they each had rather strong opinions of what to think. Now there was nothing? Did I have to make the decision for all of us? I wasn’t sure if I could handle that kind of pressure, let alone live with the consequences.

But I wasn’t left with much of a choice.

“I guess we turn ourselves over,” I said quietly, my face half-buried into the large hippo’s synthetic gray fur.

Timber nodded, his shoulders hunched up around him, and he rubbed his arms slowly. His gaze hardly ever left his phone. The light bouncing off his eyes revealed a glistening of tears. If that wasn’t the look of defeat, I don’t know what was. Wicken was the exact opposite image. He remained confident and poised, his gaze strong and determined. The only hint that he might have been afraid was the slight shaking of his hands.

He looked down at me. “You don’t know what they’re going to do to us.”

“I know what will happen if we don’t agree to their terms, though,” I said softly. “Escaping is futile, not following instructions sounds dangerous. I personally do not want to die.”

“And you’re assuming they won’t mass execute everyone or pick us off one by one until their demands are met,” he snapped. “I think I like my chances better with escaping.”

Timber held his phone over his watch. “We have twenty-five more minutes to decide. Ten if you want to include time to walk down to the main entrance. I’m personally going to go along with them. I’m with her.” He pointed at me. “I’m not ready to die yet.”

“Then I guess this is where we go our separate ways,” Wicken said. Again, he looked as if I had betrayed him or something. There was a sadness in his tone laced with anger. His gaze met mine and for a moment his strong composure faltered. “Last chance, Chevelle.”

I shook my head, tears pooling in my eyes. “I’ll never make it. I’ll slow you down. I’ll be the reason you can’t get away.”

His hazel eyes closed and he reached over to hug me. Then he whispered in my ear with a shaky voice, “I love you.”

My gaze met his and I didn’t know what to say in return. Part of me was wondering if I even heard him right or if I imagined him talking in the first place because the words had barely been audible. When the sadness in his frown increased, I knew he had actually said it. He pushed his way past us and toward the back door.

“Wicken,” I whimpered. “I…” Felt the same way? Loved him too? None of that seemed right, though my heart did have a special fondness for him that I didn’t understand. We’d gotten close enough through all of our time together.

He waited in the doorway, waiting for me to finish my thought.

“I…s-same. Please be careful so we can talk about this again.”

Bio: J.F. Jenkins lives in Minneapolis Minnesota with her husband, son, and two cats. She graduated from Bethel University in 2006 with a degree in Media Communication with minors in both writing and film. When she is not busy writing, she spends her free time playing games, reading, and spending time with her family.

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