Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Dead Heat (Alpha & Omega #4) by Patricia Briggs

Paranormal

From Goodreads:

For once, mated werewolves Charles and Anna are not traveling because of Charles’s role as his father’s enforcer. This time, their trip to Arizona is purely personal, as Charles plans to buy Anna a horse for her birthday. Or at least it starts out that way...

Charles and Anna soon discover that a dangerous Fae being is on the loose, replacing human children with simulacrums. The Fae’s cold war with humanity is about to heat up—and Charles and Anna are in the cross fire. 

Dead Heat is a great addition to the Alpha & Omega series.  I love Charles and Ann the main characters in the series.  Both are such fascinating people.  Briggs always writes a great story but I think she outdid herself with this one.

Charles has a picture of himself that does not match what Anna sees.  He sees himself as entirely dark due to his job in the pack.  The plot and story line in Dead Heat brings Anna’s picture of Charles into much clearer focus.  Safe and very strong is a big part of how Anna sees him and in Dead Heat we see how others view him the same.  As the story progresses Anna makes progress in letting Charles see how other see him.  It helps change how he views himself and how he sees future events and the people in his life. 

Dead Heat is very character driven and the story allows both Anna and Charles to become much better developed.  There are some very interesting side characters in the story that help in that development.  The plot continues the story line from previous books in both the Alpha & Omega series and the Mercy Thompson series.  Once again the Fae are up to no good and must be stopped.

Dead Heat has great action, a well throughout plot and wonderful characters.  I think it is the best book so far in the series.  It took three years to get this next story in the series.  Hopefully it will not take that long to get book 5.

ACE published Dead Heat by Patricia Briggs in 2015.

I received an ARC of Dead Heat from Netgalley in return for an honest review.


Monday, March 2, 2015

Musing Mondays - March 2, 2015

MusingMondays5Musing Mondays is a weekly meme from Should Be Reading that asks you to choose one of the following prompts to answer:
  • I’m currently reading…
  • Up next I think I’ll read…
  • I bought the following book(s) in the past week…
  • I’m super excited to tell you about (book/author/bookish-news)…
  • I’m really upset by (book/author/bookish-news)…
  • I can’t wait to get a copy of…
  • I wish I could read ___, but…
  • I blogged about ____ this past week…
THIS WEEK’S RANDOM QUESTION: What is your favorite genre and why?

This one is easy to answer.  I love Science Fiction and it is my first choice in reading.  Why?  When I was around 10 or 11 I was at our small local library and saw a book with a rocket on the spine.  The title was Trouble on Titan.  I checked it out and loved it.  It featured teenage boys and the plan to go to the stars.  The only problem with the book was that all the characters were male so in my mind I rewrote it to include one teenage female character.  I was hooked and looked for Science Fiction from that day only.

Today I don't have to rewrite for female characters they are in most Science Fiction books and there are a lot of female writers.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

The Captain’s Bluestocking Mistress (Dukes of War #2) by Erica Ridley Blog Tour

The Captain's Bluestocking Mistress Blog Tour  and Giveaway

Leave a comment for a chance to win one of Erica's books.


Blurb:

Captain Xavier Grey’s body is back amongst the Beau Monde, but his mind cannot break free from the horrors of war. His friends try to help him find peace. He knows he doesn’t deserve it. Just like he doesn't deserve the attentions of the sultry bluestocking intent on seducing him into bed...

Spinster Jane Downing wants off the shelf and into the arms of a hot-blooded man. Specifically, the dark and dangerous Captain Grey. She may not be destined to be his wife, but nothing will stop her from being his mistress. She could quote classical Greek by the age of four. How hard can it be to learn the language of love?


Excerpt from The Captain’s Bluestocking Mistress

When Captain Xavier Grey finds himself snowbound with a sultry bluestocking intent on seduction, he does what any honorable soldier would do: He tries to make her think of him as “just a friend.” Unfortunately, the absence of servants means the gruff ex-soldier is force to act as lady’s maid...

Miss Downing had moved the stool before the fireplace, and sat with her back toward him. A cinnamon-colored dress gaped below her nape as she tilted her head to one side and struggled to drag a pearl comb through her long, wavy hair. Each curl glimmered in the firelight, then nestled back against the curve of her breast and the small of her spine.

He had never seen anything more erotic in his life.

“Would you like me to—” He clapped his chest when his voice came out far too husky. After clearing his throat, he tried again. “Shall I lace your stays?”

“Only if you wish to.” Rosy firelight—or perhaps a light blush—colored her exposed neck.

“I have to,” he answered, not bothering to hide the strangled desperation in his voice. “For both of us.”

“You don’t have to.” She turned around and looked him square in the eyes. “You wish to.”

A surprised laugh burst from his throat. His bluestocking might be exceptionally well read, but she knew very little about men.

“No. What I wish to do are acts so unapologetically carnal, the ink would catch fire if I attempted to commit my ideas to paper. But what I’m going to do is lace up your stays, toast some breakfast, and put you on the first coach back to London. You will thank me later.”

“I will think of you later.” The tip of her tongue ran along the bottom of her upper lip. “Just as I did last night.”

He clutched the doorjamb and held his position. If he went to her right now, it would not be to lace her stays. They were playing with fire.

She turned back to the hearth and resumed teasing the knots from her curly hair. “I don’t suppose you’ve any skill with a comb? My lady’s maid is the only one who could ever vanquish these tangles, and I fear I’m only making the matter worse.”

His jaw worked. He was profoundly grateful she couldn’t witness the naked desire writ upon his face.

Yes, he wanted to run his fingers through that long, silken hair. To touch it, to comb it, but mostly to have its softness be the sole blanket above their hot, twined bodies.

Which was simultaneously the best and worst idea to have ever crossed his mind. He liked her too much to let her throw away her future on a tryst with someone like him.

“We can’t be lovers, Miss Downing. Now or ever. You think me someone I am not.” As she met his gaze, he infused his tone with cold finality. “Your vision of me is flawed. A romanticized, idealized knight who saves the day and wins his lady’s favor. I am no knight. I do not deserve your favors. I will not be your seducer.”

She lifted a half-bare shoulder. “Right now I think you’re someone who doesn’t know how to unknot curly hair and doesn’t wish to come out and say so.”

“I know how to comb hair.” Against his better judgment, he stormed forward and snatched the pearl comb from her fingers. “Stand up. Not another word until you’re properly laced.”
She rose to her feet as docile as a lamb.

Xavier wasn’t remotely fooled.

With the comb between his teeth, he cinched her stays and buttoned her gown as quickly as possible. When she settled back on the stool, he lifted her hair in one hand and began to gently tease the tangles free, starting from the ends.

The firelight caught each curl as it released, turning the long brown waves into rippling gold.

When a little, contented sigh escaped Miss Downing’s throat, the tension in his neck muscles softened. Her eyes were closed, and a half-smile curved her lips. The corners of his mouth quirked in response.

His seductive bluestocking was a far better cat than that devil creature she’d brought in a basket. He could comb her hair for hours, just to listen to her relaxed sighs and watch the blissful expression upon her pretty face.

His fingers froze in place. He could do this for hours? Just because she liked it?


“Good enough.” He tossed the comb into her lap and stalked out the door before her big brown eyes and sweet-smelling skin domesticated him any further. She would be gone in the next two hours. He would see to it personally.

My Review:

Book 2 in the Dukes of War series continues to hold my attention.  I loved The Viscount's Christmas Temptation  the novella that introduced the series.  I do recommend starting there as it is free on Amazon and sets the stage for the series.

Xavier Grey was the near catatonic friend from the previous book.  Now he is walking and talking but hates what he did in the war.  Jane Downing is on the shelf but wants to experience passion and pick Xavier as the man to show it to her.

I loved Jane.  She is a bluestocking who does not hide her education.  Xavier on the other hand just needed to let go of the past and grab the future.  It turns out both have to face Xavier’s past.  I don’t want to give any spoilers so I will just say their journey to a HEA was full of twists and turns.  Once again Ridley has written a story that is true to the times but still has a romance that pulls in the modern reader.


Author Bio:

Erica Ridley learned to read when she was three, which was about the same time she
decided to be a writer when she grew up.

Now, Erica is a USA Today best-selling author of historical romance novels. Her latest
series, The Dukes of War, features roguish peers and dashing war heroes who return from
battle only to be thrust into the splendor and madness of Regency England.

When not reading or writing romances, Erica can be found riding camels in Africa, ziplining through rainforests in Costa Rica, or getting hopelessly lost in the middle of
Budapest.


Website: http://www.EricaRidley.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/EricaRidley
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Saturday, February 28, 2015

Stacking The Shelves - February 28, 2015


Books Stacked on My Shelves

Most of my books came from the library this week.  I got two nonfiction that I had on my wish list for a long time; Neanderthal Man: In Search of Lost Genomes by Svante Paabo and A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson.

Peacemaker by Marianne De Pierres and The Daedalus Incident by Michael J. Martinez are also two that have been on my wish list for awhile.  Murder of Crows by Anne Bishop is a reread of The Others Series.  Never Too Late by Robyn Carr is one of her older books that I had not seen before.

I did buy two ebooks.  Mercenary Courage by Ruby Lionsdrake.  This is the tastes book in the Mandrake Company Science Fiction Romance series.  Baer Truth by Jocie McKade is a Contemporary Western Romance that was recommended in an email I received.  It is suppose to have a lot of laugh out loud moments and I can never get enough of those.  Amazon has one author listed of this and Goodreads has another.  I used the Amazon author.

On last book is G-1 (the Guardians of Earth book 1) by Rigel Carson.  I got it from a contest Amazon has.  You vote for your favorites and if your pick wins you get a free copy and the author gets his book published.

I am a little lazy today so there are no covers just links to Goodreads.

What Else I Read in February 2015

Books:


The Viscount Who Lived Down the Lane by Elizabeth Boyle - Once again Boyle has come up with a really fun romance.  Louisa Tempest fits her name.  At least where Viscount Wakefield is concerned.  He has come home from the war and retired to his house to drink and sleep.  All of that changes when Hannibal, Louisa's cat runs into the wrong house, the one belonging to Viscount Wakefield.  I love Hannibal.  He is such a cat.  From there it is a really fun tempest leading to a great HEA.  Louisa has a twin so we will see more of these great characters in the next book.

Chosen by Nina Croft - Chosen is the first in a series and as it ended I was reminded of the old time serials where the end was a cliff hanger.  You are left with a what happens next feeling.  Since this is short (only 75 pages) it does not take you long to get  to that point.  What Croft did in 75 pages was establish the two main characters, introduce side characters,  fill in part of the back story, and do the world building.  I found it a very satisfying read and will be looking for the next installment.


Cowboy Heaven by Cheryl Brooks - I liked the characters in Cowboy Heaven. All of the cowboys were really hot and fun. Angela McClure has some really great fantasies and then gets to live some of them out. This is erotica so if you don't like a lot of sex don't pick this up. What starts out as just a need for love and sex story changes as the book progresses. It seems someone is targeting anyone who shows an interest in Angela. It was not that hard to guess who but it was hard to know why. A nice fun read. At the end one of the cowboys and Angela are a couple. I wonder if the next books in the series will feature each of the others.

Never Too Late by Robyn Carr - This is one of her early books.  I saw it at the library and picked it up out of curiosity.  While it is a good story the writing is not up to her later standards.  Still enjoyable for a quick short read.
 

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Book Beginnings and The Friday 56



I'm linking up with Rose City Reader for Book Beginnings and Freda's Voice for Page 56. Check out the links above for the rules and for the posts of the participants each week. Pick the closest book on your book stack and join the fun.

The Beginning:

Late on night in 1996 , just as I had dozed off in bed, my phone rang. The caller was Matthiaas Krigs, a graduate student in my laboratory at the Zoological Institute of the University of Munich. All he said was, "It's not human."

Page 56:

"As we were painstakingly developing methods to detect and eliminate contamination, we were frustrated by flashy publication in Nature and Science whose authors, on the surface of things, were much more successful than we were and whose accomplishments dwarfed the scant products of our cumbersome efforts to retrieve DNA sequences :only" a few tens of thousands of years old."

This is from Neanderthal Man: In Search of Lost Genomes by Svante Paabo. I don't read that much non-fiction but this one sounded interesting and it has been on my wish list for awhile. The first time I checked my library did not have a copy but on my last trip I found it had been added and was on the shelf. It is interesting but as you can see from the page 56 quote it has some very long sentences.

Wild Horses (The Montana Hamiltons #1) by B.J. Daniels

Contemporary Western Romance

From Goodreads:

It took only one impulsive moment on an empty two-lane highway to cost her everything.

A man's responsible for his own prosperity—especially if he's Cooper Burnett, the most determined cowboy in the West. No one knows what he sacrificed to claim a piece of Beartooth, Montana, for himself and his beautiful fiancée, Livie. No one knows what he's willing to do for love…until a stranger's twisted vendetta threatens the happy ending they should've had long ago.

One fateful mistake isn't the only secret Livie Hamilton is keeping from her fiancé. Victimized during a treacherous blizzard by a man she thought she could trust, she's pregnant…but unsure who the father is. With an unknown blackmailer threatening to expose her, she must confess to Cooper and trust he'll still protect her. But when the truth falls into place, she may lose the only man she's ever loved—or worse.

I don’t pass up a B.J. Daniels book.  She writes some really heart stopping stories that keep the adrenalin pumping as I read.  For me Wild Horses was a little of a disappointment.  The mystery just did not catch me like previous books.  That said it is not a book I would want to miss.

Wild Horses is the first story about the Montana Hamiltons.  Much of the book introduces the new characters while getting Livie Hamilton and Cooper Burnett together.  Like the previous series this is set in Beartooth, Montana and characters form that series are part of the story.  In fact, there is closure for one of the main characters in that series. Another reason to not miss Wild Horses.

While I didn’t think this was one of Daniels best stories it was still very well written with an interesting plot and characters.  I still will not miss one of her books and will be looking for future books about The Montana Hamiltons.

Harlequin published Wild Horses by B.J. Daniel in 2015.


I received an ARC of Wild Horses from Netgalley in return for an honest review.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

One Wish (Thunder Point #7) by Robyn Carr

Contemporary Romance

From Goodreads:

Grace Dillon was a champion figure skater until she moved to Thunder Point to escape the ruthless world of fame and competition. And though she's proud of the quiet, self-sufficient life she's created running a successful flower shop, she knows something is missing. Her life could use a little excitement. 

In a community where there are few eligible singles, high school teacher Troy Headly appoints himself Grace's fun coach. When he suggests a little companionship with no strings attached, Grace is eager to take him up on his offer, and the two enjoy…getting to know each other. 

But things get complicated when Grace's past catches up with her, and she knows that's not what Troy signed up for. Faced with losing her, Troy realizes Grace is more than just a friend with benefits. He's determined to help her fight for the life she always wished for but never believed she could have—and maybe they can find real love along the way.

One Wish is the latest in the Thunder Point series.  Like the previous books it features the romance between two main characters, visits from characters in previous books and the introduction of new character that will probably be featured in future books in the series.

One Wish is a great set up for Troy and Grace’s story.  It does not take them long to see that they belong together.  If that was all the book was about it would be a novella not a novel.  Instead it quickly becomes about Grace’s past and how Troy reacts to it.  Throw in a new female character, the wedding of one of the featured couples from a previous books, and visits with some old favorites and you have another great story in the Thunder Point saga.

Harlequin published One Wish by Robyn Carr in 2015.


I received an ARC of One Wish from Netgalley in return for an honest review.