April 29, 2011

Review: Grey's Awakening by Cameron Dane

This is my first book by Cameron Dane and I really liked it.  Greyson Cole is taking a vacation because everyone he knows is happily paired up and he isn’t. Because of a dramatic past he feels unable to commit and fully love, this took a toll on his last relationship which ended badly three years ago. Upon arriving to his cabin in the mountains he finds himself “face to naked chest” with Sirus Wilder. Sirus is a longtime friend of Grey’s sister and is using the cabin while his is under renovations. They both feel very attracted to each other and almost immediately decide to act on it. They both go into it thinking it will be just a week long fling, but since they aren’t used to that kind of mindless relationship, and because of the great chemistry and attraction, something that should be uncomplicated starts to become really complicated, and to muddle it even further they both have a lot of baggage to deal with.

April 28, 2011

Follow My Book Blog Friday! (04/29 to 05/06)

Today’s featured blog is Starting the Next Chapter, is a very cool looking blog so don’t forget to visit and follow! Let’s say hello to Marla who is running the show over there.
This week’s question is a very hard one!

Q. Keeping with the dystopian and apocalypse theme that seems to be running rampant on parajunkee.com, I have one very hard question for you: If you were stocking your bomb shelter, what books would you HAVE to include if you only had space for ten?

Mines are, in no particular order (except the first one that is my favorite book EVER and I must have read a thousand times!):
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  1. Timeline by Michael Chrichton
  2. Carnal Innocence by Nora Roberts
  3. The Unsung Hero by Suzanne Brockmann
  4. Over the Edge by Suzanne Brockmann
  5. Angels Fall by Nora Roberts
  6. Demon Nigh by Meljean Brook
  7. Shades of Twilight by Linda Howard
  8. After the Night by Linda Howard
  9. It Had to Be You by Susan Elizabeth Phillips
  10. Can I cheat on this one and just say my Kindle? No? Ok then, my last pick is Private Scandals by Nora Roberts.

There you go! Hopefully the apocalypse never comes because choosing books would be terrible (that’s right, if the apocalypse comes my main concern would be which books to save…).

Hi there!!! As Brie told you I was camping Thursday night at Buckinghan Palace. After a long night and day (from 9pm Thursday to 4pm Friday with no sleep) I saw everyone: Kate, Prince William, The Queen, Prince Charles and Prince Harry, Kate's Family and even Prince Felipe and Princess Letizia from Spain!!!! I'll post the photos later.

Well this is my list:

  1. Lover Awakened by JR Ward
  2. Mr. Perfect by Linda Howard
  3. Chesapeake Blue by Nora Roberts
  4. Shopaholic & Baby by Sophie Kinsella
  5. Can you keep a Secret by Sophie Kinsella
  6. Sweet Trouble by Susan Mallery
  7. Over the Edge by Suzanne Brockmann
  8. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
  9. Unlawful Contract by Pamela Clare
  10. Aint She Sweet by Susan Elizabeth Phillips

It is really hard to choose so probably, if you ask me in a month or so, I will give you a different list.

Review: Eternal Kiss of Darkness (Night Huntress World, Book 2) by Jeaniene Frost

Last week I went on a Jeaniene Frost binge. I’ve been avoiding reading her series mostly because I’m not a huge fan of book series with a recurring main couple -I’m always concerned about them breaking up- and because judging by the reviews Cat wasn’t my type of heroine.  Since Marie has been telling me to read them for over a year now I decided to give them a try, and I’ve got to admit that I liked them. I can’t exactly pinpoint why I liked them because I did find Cat annoying as hell, but the books kind of grew on me and now I’m addicted. I’ll probably do a review of the whole series, but meanwhile you can find Marie’s take on This Side of the Grave here.

Not only did I read all of the Night Huntress books, but I also read the spinoff series as well, and of those two my favorite was Eternal Kiss of Darkness. Both this book and the first one First Drop of Crimson are stand-alone from each other but not from the Night Huntress series, this means that even though you can read one without having read the other, you can’t read either one without having read the Night Huntress series first -at least until the fourth book- because they are full of spoilers. So my suggestion is that you treat these two books as part of the original series and just read every book in order.

April 27, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday: McCarthy's of Gansett Island Trilogy

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

I love Marie Force! My favorite thing about her is that she writes happy books. Yes, there’s always some drama and some angst between the leading characters, but overall the main couple stays together throughout the book and you can feel the love between them. Even in Line of Scrimmage, which begins with the main couple separated, you never doubt that they are meant for each other.

Lately she’s been publishing a lot of books, Everyone Loves a Hero, The Wreck, True North, The Fall, and now this new trilogy set to come out during the next few months. I couldn’t be happier because in this case the more the merrier. That’s why this WOW is not about one book but about a complete series.

April 26, 2011

Review: Chasing Fire by Nora Roberts

Nora Roberts is, well, Nora Roberts. I don’t think there is a Romance fan out there who hasn’t at least heard about her.  I believe that there is no one more deserving of such an impressive reputation as she is.

Chasing Fire has a very interesting setting. The heroine, Rowan, and the Hero, Gulliver, are both smoke jumpers, they are the firemen who parachute in the middle of a wildfire. In this case Rowan is in charge and Gull is the new rooky on the team. Yes this is a romance novel but in this story the romance takes the back seat because the core of the book is a mystery; someone is sabotaging the headquarters and then there are a series of murders, it seems that someone has grudge towards the firemen and specially towards Rowan.

April 25, 2011

Review: Navarro's Promise By Lora Leigh

Like with all my other reviews about a series, I am going to start saying that this review is full of spoilers, and Navarro’s Promise –being the 24th book of the Breed Series – is a book that has to be read only by those who have followed the whole story, otherwise you are going to be feeling like you are missing out on half of the plot –which you are-. So, consider yourself warned.

Personally, I see the Lora Leigh’s Breed Series as a TV show in which each episode is focused on the development of a couple -sort of like Lost and its characters-. These “episodes” –in this case, books- are just a chapter in the whole story, and with every new one we discover a new layer in the complicated and well-explained plot.

April 22, 2011

Follow My Book Blog Friday!: (04/22 to 04/29)

This week’s featured blog is The Cait Files, so we say hello to Caitlin who is behind the blog.
Today's Question is:

Q. What is on your current playlist right now?

Well, recently I have been obsessed with Beirut (I'm going to their concert next September!!!); I'm also listening The Strokes and Radiohead (they both have new Albums now). And my old times favorites:  Jack Johnson, Norah Jones and so much more, I love music and depending on my mood I choose what to listen, lately I have been listening "The Greatest" by Cat Power.

April 21, 2011

Review: Twenties Girl By Sophie Kinsella

Sophie Kinsella’s books have been on my TBR pile for a long time but last September when I moved to London (I have never been here before), I thought that it would be nice to read a local author. I started with the Shopaholic Series (I watched the movie but, as usual, the books is so much better) and immediately fell in love with her stories. She makes me feel so related to her heroines that Sophie has become one of my favorite authors.

This past weekend I was in need of a new “Sophie’s Girl” adventure and decided to read one of her stand-alone novels (you have to read Can you keep a secret? Is soooo funny!) I read Twenties Girl and yes, Sophie did it again! This book delivered as I expected, is a sweet story that will make you more sensible about your older relatives and how they feel when they are getting old. You are going to have a good laugh through the entire book and it will make you think about Sadie every time someone says “There is a voice in my head!”

Twenties Girl is the story of 27 years old Lara and her 105 year old Great Aunt Sadie. It begins with Sadie’s funeral when any of her relatives can say a thing about Sadie’s life. She had a stroke in the 80’s and since then she lived in a Nursing Home –for 29 years-. Her 23 year old ghost is aghast because she can’t find her necklace and she is going to be cremated without it, she needs it to find peace and “move on”, that’s when she discovers that there is someone that can hear her: her great niece Lara.

April 20, 2011

Review: A Lot Like Love by Julie James

Julie James is the perfect definition of quality over quantity; I admit that I would love it if she could write one book a month because I really enjoy them, but since that is impossible one book a year would have to do.

In A Lot Like Love we meet Jordan Rhodes, she is the daughter of one of Chicago’s richest men. She is independently wealthy thanks to her business and to a down to earth father who wants his children to earn what they have. Some months ago her twin brother Kyle went to prison, and since then she has been sick with worry about him. So when the FBI offers to release him in exchange of her help to catch a crime lord and one of his associates (who happens to be a client of hers) she accepts. All she has to do is go to a party with an FBI agent posing as her date and distract the bad guy while the agent plants some bugs in the place. But all goes wrong when the nice and easygoing agent gets sick and is replaced by hot-alpha male-obnoxious Nick McCall, and they are forced to keep faking that they are dating when it turns out that the bad guy has feelings for Jordan.

Waiting on Wednesday: Cold Touch

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

This is book two in the Extrasensory Agents series; I read the first one Cold Sight and loved it. I really like this type of suspense with a touch of paranormal stories. Here we have a group of private investigators who have some type of paranormal ability, in the first one the hero was a psychic and in this one the heroine can experience (pain an all) how a person died just by touching the body.

From Leslie’s website:

Since being gifted--or cursed--with her ability to touch a lifeless body and relive the victim's final moments, Olivia Wainwright has died a hundred deaths. She hears the screams, tastes the fear; feels the excruciating pain--and every glimpse into this darkness draws her deeper into danger.
Now, though, she's met a man who offers a glimmer of light. Savannah Detective Gabe Cooper might look like a sexy good-old-boy, but his laid-back attitude hides a sharp mind and a protective heart. He doesn't believe in psychics--until he meets Olivia and sees firsthand how her dark gift ravages her spirit.
As their bond deepens, Olivia will have to choose between her cold gift and the warmth Gabe provides. But her past is catching up with her, and Gabe can't refuse when she needs his help solving a crime that's haunted her for over a decade...her own murder.

Signet. July 5, 2011

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April 19, 2011

Review: Here There Be Monsters by Meljean Brook

I've been a fan of the Guardian Series for ages so when I found out about Ms. Book's new series I was eager to read it. Here There Be Monsters was a complete different experience though, I can’t believe that one single person can come up with such different worlds and do it so well. I’m actually in awe of people like Meljean Brook, Nalini Singh, Ilona Andrews and so many other brilliant writers and storytellers.

April 18, 2011

TBR Challenge 2011 Review: Open Country by Kaki Warner

This month’s TBR Challenge theme was Western and it couldn’t have been more perfect for me because I have had this book sitting on my TBR pile since December. To be honest the reason I didn’t read it sooner was because I didn’t like the first one on the series, don’t get me wrong, Kaki Warner is very talented she writes compelling characters, her descriptions of the life and the scenery are incredible and overall you feel like you are living inside the book, but the plot was too much of everything; too much drama, too many misunderstandings, too much angst, too much death, the end was stretched out unnecessarily and halfway through the book I was ready for it to end. However the writing was really good and the summary of Open Country sounded interesting thus I decided to get the second one and give Kaki a second chance. I can tell you now that I am glad I did.

April 14, 2011

Follow My Book Blog Friday! (04/15 to 04/22)

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Today’s featured blog is this incredible, beautiful, amazing, brilliant, awesome blog called Romance Around the Corner, and the girls running it are so cool, so gorgeous, their names are Marie and Brie and oh those names! Poems should be written about them!

But seriously, we can’t believe our luck, the blog’s been up about a month and we already have 50+ followers, we’ve had author’s feedback, it’s amazing. We feel really happy because now we get to know more people like us that are just crazy about books, so we thank you for taking the time to visit us, both old followers and new ones, we hope this will be the beginning of a great friendship!

This week’s question is:

Q. Do you have anyone that you can discuss books with IRL? Tell us about him/her.

You know what? I had this friend, her name starts with M and ends with ARIE, she was the only one of my friends that read romance (sad but true), and the best part was that she read those books so fast, every day there was a new book to talk about. But it all changed one day when she told me she was leaving for London “I have to follow my dream” she says, and I’m all “WTF!!!!!! What the f*** do you mean your dreams!?!?! I thought we were gonna read raunchy books and talk about them forever! You can’t leave!” but she left anyway, and after that my life just wasn’t the same…

One day I decided to lure her back to the dark side (she was getting very smart and posh you know, and just I couldn’t stand it anymore) so I asked her if she wanted to start a book blog with me and well, I guess you know the rest…

Well, I guess my answer is pretty obvious; I discuss books with my book buddy and best friend Brie (and now with you all). Since I came to London I have been trying to engage other people to read and discuss romance books with me but NO ONE is like Brie, so when she told me her idea about a book blog as a way to keep our discussions I immediately jumped in and since then I have neglected my academic life to read and write reviews! At least my writing is getting better -I hope so ;)-. She may say that I am a book’s garbage disposal (I do read everything) but she can’t live without me!

April 13, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday: Dragon Bound

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

Today’s pic is Dragon Bound by Thea Harrison. This book has been generating a lot of buzz on several blogs, you can see some of the reviews here and here (they all include giveaways that I didn’t win...), it’s the first one of a trilogy, the next two books will be released later this year. Usually I would wait until more books have been released before starting it because I really hate finding a great series and having to wait months or years to read the next one (I blame that on Harry Potter) although the good thing is that each book has a different set of protagonist and that might make the wait more bearable, or it might make it worse (think of Hawke’s book, I don’t have any more nails to chew waiting for that one!).

What do you think? Have you heard about this book before? Are you waiting for it? I’m really curious about it, the publishing date is May 3 so the waiting is almost done, I’ll do a review of it immediately after reading it so we can exchange opinions! 

From Thea's website:

Half-human and half-wyr, Pia Giovanni spent her life keeping a low profile among the wyrkind and avoiding the continuing conflict between them and their Dark Fae enemies. But after being blackmailed into stealing a coin from the hoard of a dragon, Pia finds herself targeted by one of the most powerful–and passionate—of the Elder Races. 
As the most feared and respected of the wyrkind, Dragos Cuelebre cannot believe someone had the audacity to steal from him, much less succeed. And when he catches the thief, Dragos spares her life, claiming her as his own to further explore the desire they’ve ignited in one another.

Dragon Bound (A Novel of the Elder Races) by Thea Harrison
Berkeley. May 3, 2011.

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