August 11, 2014

Cover Coveting(8)

 
Cover art is found from Wicked Scribes, ATUF, Goodreads, social networks, and other sources.
***All cover art may not be final.***

Sorry for skipping Thursday and Friday’s post last week. I was Dark Skyeing out. Anyone else enjoying Dark Skye?


Blood Assassin by Alexandra Ivy

Previous book(s) in series:

Goodreads | Amazon


Blood Assassin Series: The Sentinels, book 2

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Genre: Paranormal Romance

Shera’s thoughts:

Hot bald guys happen to be a weakness of mine. However, this guy is not doing it for me. Considering how little he’s wearing, it’s still to much leather.

His tattooed arm looks fake. No one wants their appendages to look fake.

Burned by Karen Marie Moning

Previous book(s) in series:

Goodreads | Amazon


burned Series: Dani O'Malley, #2; Fever, book 7;

Add it: Goodreads | Amazon
Genre: Paranormal Romance

Shera’s thoughts:

This is the paperback version, which matches the first books paperback.

To be honest I like the hardback version better. You know why.

Carousel Seas by Sharon Lee

Previous book(s) in series:

Goodreads | Amazon


carousel-seas Series: Archers Beach, book 3

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Genre: Paranormal Romance

Shera’s thoughts:

Ah, I love old school art covers. So beautiful. While the creepy guys in the water kind of take away from it, I still like.

Cold Burn of Magic by Jennifer Estep

Previous book(s) in series:

Goodreads | Amazon


cold-burn-of-magic Series: Black Blade, book 1

Add it: Goodreads | Amazon
Genre: Paranormal YA

Shera’s thoughts:

What, can the cover artist/designer(s) not give Estep a decent YA cover!! WTF.

This is crap. Still excited for the series.

Deadeye by William C. Dietz

Previous book(s) in series:

Goodreads | Amazon


deadeye Series: Mutant Files, book 1

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Genre: Urban Fantasy/Sci/Fi / Hero ?

Shera’s thoughts:

Badass! It really looks more like an Urban Fantasy cover. Thank bookworms there isn’t tons of lever on this kick ass chic.

Win for me!

Disciple of the Wind by Steve Bein

Previous book(s) in series:

Goodreads | Amazon


disciple-of-the-wind Series: Fated Blades, book 3

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Genre: Urban Fantasy

Shera’s thoughts:

Ahhhhhhhhh! Be still my heart! So. Much. Swooning.

The Fated Blades’ covers are always amazing!! This one may be my favorite yet, especially since this is a “crouching” pose doesn’t look painful or forced.

Dream a Little Dream by Kerstin Gier

Previous book(s) in series:

Goodreads | Amazon


dream-a-little-dream Series: The Silver Trilogy, book 1

Add it: Goodreads | Amazon
Genre: Paranormal YA

Shera’s thoughts:

Personally I like the original cover for the German one—I believe it’s German.

This one is fun.

Earth and Sky by Megan Crewe

Previous book(s) in series:

Goodreads | Amazon


earth-and-sky Series: Earth & Sky, book 1

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Genre: Young Adult Sci/Fi

Shera’s thoughts:

Hmmmm, I don’t love it. I don’t hate it.

It doesn’t scream sci/fi, but it fits.

August 6, 2014

Wednesday Wishes

Before I jump into my book lusting.

We just watched an awesome Canadian film, Still Mine. It’s very moving and I highly recommend it.

Now, on to the lusting.


Storm Rise by Skye Knizley

storm-riseGet it: Amazon | Goodreads
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Series: Storm Chronicles, book 1

Life isn't easy for Detective Raven Storm. Her best friend was recently killed and dismembered, her latest case ended with her partner in intensive care, and her mother, the vampiric Mistress of the City is playing matchmaker… again. The last thing she wants is another bizarre murder case with a partner she doesn't know. But that is exactly what she gets when she is handed the enigmatic case of Nathan King, who was found in his car with a gaping hole where his stomach should be.
Soon Raven is unraveling a mystery that leads her deep into the city's preternatural underworld, and into the arms of a sexy vampire she barely knows, but whose heart she seeks in the darkness…

Just heard about this title this week from a Goodreads friend. Apparently it’s slow to start up and introduce the magic, but it’s well worth it.

To be honest I’m excited just to see a title that I haven’t seen in general passing. This is 100% new to me, and that’s pretty awesome.

A Shiver of Light by Laurel K. Hamilton

a-shiver-of-lightGet it: Amazon | Goodreads
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Series: Merry Gentry

DESCRIPTION SPOILERISH! DON’T READ IF YOU AREN’T CAUGHT UP ON SERIES.

I am Princess Meredith NicEssus. Legal name Meredith Gentry, because “Princess” looks so pretentious on a driver’s license. I was the first faerie princess born on American soil, but I wouldn't be the only one for much longer...

Merry Gentry, ex–private detective, now full-time princess, knew she was descended from fertility goddesses, but when she learned she was about to have triplets, she began to understand what that might mean. Infertility has plagued the high ranks of faerie for centuries. Now nobles of both courts of faerie are coming to court Merry and her men, at their home in exile in the Western Lands of Los Angeles, because they will do anything to have babies of their own.

Taranis, King of Light and Illusion, is a more dangerous problem. He tried to seduce Merry and, failing that, raped her. He’s using the human courts to sue for visitation rights, claiming that one of the babies is his. And though Merry knows she was already pregnant when he took her, she can’t prove it.

To save herself and her babies from Taranis she will use the most dangerous powers in all of faerie: a god of death, a warrior known as the Darkness, the Killing Frost, and a king of nightmares. They are her lovers, and her dearest loves, and they will face down the might of the high courts of faerie—while trying to keep the war from spreading to innocent humans in Los Angeles, who are in danger of becoming collateral damage.

Sigh. Every time a Hamilton book makes it on my list, I feel like a beloved bookmark burns. Don’t get me wrong I actually still enjoy the Merry Gentry books, but I’m still only a few books in. By the looks of the reviews Hamilton may have dropped the ball again.

Oh, and I read the description. Way to spoil a huge plot point. (Though someone already spilled the beans about a death for me.)

Still I can’t stop myself from lusting, and eventually buying. Damn you Hamilton. Damn you.

August 5, 2014

Review: Beat of Temptation

****This is a review for Beat of Temptation Psy-Changeling book .5, featured in the title An Enchanted Season****

Beat of Temptation (Psy-Changeling, book .5) by Nalini Singh

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Genre: Paranormal Romance
Edition Reviewed: Ebook
Amazon: Paperback | Kindle
Goodreads: Beat of Temptation

Give readers a gift-new stories from a bestselling lineup of romance authors.

It's the time of year when dreams come true, miracles happen every day, and love is the greatest gift of all...

The holidays always seem to bring out the best in everyone, with heartfelt hugs for long-missed friends, sincere smiles in the spirit of the season, and a feeling of magic in the air.

Here, for the first time, is a collection of paranormal romances celebrating the holidays as never before. From a shape-shifting leopardess who wants a packmate to be her soulmate to a snowstorm that brings a surprise gift, these all-new tales by Maggie Shayne, Erin McCarthy, Nalini Singh, and Jean Johnson will stir your spirit in all the right places.


Review:

Don't read this. No really. After finishing this short story I loath Nathan. Now, every time I read about poor Tammy and Nate it will simply be tainted. Sometimes there shouldn't be origin stories for our favorite couples.

Nathan is absolutely horrid to Tammy. He treats her like a brainless idiot. Like a woman who needs to be looked out for and all of her decisions made by someone else because she's just a woman. And yes, I think I'm being fair. Maybe even not harsh enough. It was painful watching Nathan destroy her confidence and happiness bit by bitter bit. Then when Tammy finally realizes that she enabled him and supported him by being so kind and accommodating it was like I could finally see the light. She pulls some drastic stuff and I was all for it. Then of course Nathan cave mans her over and they're at HEA.

Yet, when the story ended I couldn't help but think that she gave in too easy. That she deserved better. Soooooo much better. A man who thinks that he knows best for “his” woman has never been a story that interests me, and I couldn’t see Nathan’s point of view at all.  The only thing I wanted for Tammy was for her to find another man. Even the whole anniversary oogley stuff couldn't change my opinion. I'm afraid to read anymore books in case every Tammy and Nathan moment forward is tainted. If you have to read this out of curiosity I urge you to wait until after book ten, Kiss of Snow. Man I wish I would have listened to some of my GR friends. This short story should be labeled: DO NOT READ.

Sexual Content: Nothing to scare you. Some painfully awkward moments between the two.

  
1/5- I couldn't finish it or wish I hadn't.


Previous book(s) in series:
Reviewed on BW: Amazon: Goodreads:

An Enchanted Season (.5)
Burning Up (.6)
Slave to Sensation (1)
The Cannibal Princess(1.5)
Visions of Heat (2)
Caressed by Ice (3)
Stroke of Enticement (3.5)
Mine to Possess (4) 
A Conversation (4.5)
Hostage to Pleasure (5)
A Gift for Kit (5.5)
Movie Night (5.6) 
Branded by Fire (6)
The Party (6.5) 
Blaze of Memory (7) 
Christmas in the Kitchen (7.5)
Bonds of Justice (8)
Play of Passion (9)
Wolf School (9.1)
Kiss of Snow (10)
Wild Invitation
(.5, 3.5, 9.5, 10.5)
Tangle of Need (11)
Poker Night (11.1)
Stalking Hawke (11.2)
Heart of Obsidian (12) 
Shield of Winter (13)
Untitled (14) 

An Enchanted Season (.5)
Burning Up (.6)
Slave to Sensation (1)
The Cannibal Princess(1.5)
Visions of Heat (2)
Caressed by Ice (3)
Stroke of Enticement (3.5)
Mine to Possess (4)
A Conversation (4.5)
Hostage to Pleasure (5)
A Gift for Kit (5.5)
Movie Night (5.6)
Branded by Fire (6)
The Party (6.5)
Blaze of Memory (7)
Christmas in the Kitchen (7.5)
Bonds of Justice (8)
Play of Passion (9)
Wolf School (9.1)
Kiss of Snow (10)
Wild Invitation
(.5, 3.5, 9.5, 10.5)
Tangle of Need (11)
Poker Night (11.1)
Stalking Hawke (11.2)
Heart of Obsidian (12)
Shield of Winter (13)
Untitled (14)
An Enchanted Season (.5)
Burning Up (.6)
Slave to Sensation (1)
The Cannibal Princess(1.5)
Visions of Heat (2)
Caressed by Ice (3)
Stroke of Enticement (3.5)
Mine to Possess (4)
A Conversation (4.5)
Hostage to Pleasure (5)
A Gift for Kit (5.5)
Movie Night (5.6)
Branded by Fire (6)
The Party (6.5)
Blaze of Memory (7)
Christmas in the Kitchen (7.5)
Bonds of Justice (8) 
Play of Passion (9)
Wolf School (9.1)
Kiss of Snow (10)
Wild Invitation
(.5, 3.5, 9.5, 10.5)
Tangle of Need (11)
Poker Night (11.1)
Stalking Hawke (11.2)
Heart of Obsidian (12)
Shield of Winter (13)
Untitled (14)

August 4, 2014

Review: Tangle of Need

Tangle of Need (Psy-Changeling, book 11) by Nalini Singh

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Genre: Paranormal Romance
Edition Reviewed: Ebook
Amazon: Paperback | Kindle
Goodreads: Tangle of Need

Discover the exhilarating risks of passion in the breathtaking new Psy-Changeling novel by Nalini Singh, the New York Times bestselling “alpha author of paranormal romance” (Booklist)…

Adria, wolf changeling and resilient soldier, has made a break with the past—one as unpredictable in love as it was in war. Now comes a new territory, and a devastating new complication: Riaz, a SnowDancer lieutenant already sworn to a desperate woman who belongs to another.

For Riaz, the primal attraction he feels for Adria is a staggering betrayal. For Adria, his dangerous lone-wolf appeal is beyond sexual. It consumes her. It terrifies her. It threatens to undermine everything she has built of her new life. But fighting their wild compulsion toward one another proves a losing battle.

Their coming together is an inferno…and a melding of two wounded souls who promise each other no commitment, no ties, no bonds. Only pleasure. Too late, they realize that they have more to lose than they ever imagined. Drawn into a cataclysmic Psy war that may alter the fate of the world itself, they must make a decision that might just break them both.


Review:

Holy smoke'n hotness Nalini Singh! What are you doing to me. No really? Just when you think nothing can get hotter then Sienna and Hawke from the last book, Singh drops an even better—hotter—couple in our laps! Adria and Riaz, they're my new favorite couple. Let's be honest I never, ever, claim to pick favorites.

Adria was a bit discouraging for me because I really disliked her from Play of Passion. She was in a horrible relationship, one bad enough to put the fear in Indigo. Like onions, every character Singh creates has layers. Adria turned out to be amazing. She might not be a Sentinel or Lieutenant, but she was a fabulous edition to the strong “warrior” women of the Psy-Changeling universe. Adria for me was unlikeable right at the beginning, it took a bit before I could see past my initial reaction to her. Once she started to interact with Riaz things started to look up. Because she finally started to open up. She's an incredible woman and that horrible relationship she was in, it was so legit that I felt bad when things went south.

Riaz was simply amazing! His suffering over the fact that he had to let his mate go was heartbreaking. To have the kind of strength to protect his mate by not going after her was (cue the applause) inspiring. By doing this he found something even stronger, love that defied a mating bond. Well done, Singh.

Riaz and Adria's story was so wonderful I felt a little grumpy that Tangle of Need was so much of an extension of Sienna and Hawke story. Yes, I love them both so much! Yet I feel a little grumpy by how much page time the stole from Riaz and Adria. Time I felt could have even deepened their story further. But that's just a mild grump from me. Riley and Mercy have some fantastic news and I loved getting time with other characters as well. The true civil war in the Net is coming into play and the world of Psy and Changeling are merging despite Pure Psy's attempts to purify the net. At times it's beautiful to see how Silence couldn't stop love and good intentions. Even as the horror of the breaking Silence is still there.

There are so many things going on here! It's a rush. The good kind. It just stuns me every time I read a Psy-Changeling book how much world building and depth is here. No. Really. It doesn't get much better than this. Oh, and be warned killer cliffhanger. You will want the next book on hand. Because the Psy civil war is here, and the bigger stuff is happening in the next book. Tangle of Need it proof that no matter what you think, this series is just going to get better and better.

Sexual Content: Steamy scenes ahead, and loads of sexual humor.

 
5/5- Fabulous, a beautiful obsession!


Previous book(s) in series:
Reviewed on BW: Amazon: Goodreads:

An Enchanted Season (.5)
Burning Up (.6)
Slave to Sensation (1)
The Cannibal Princess(1.5)
Visions of Heat (2)
Caressed by Ice (3)
Stroke of Enticement (3.5)
Mine to Possess (4) 
A Conversation (4.5)
Hostage to Pleasure (5)
A Gift for Kit (5.5)
Movie Night (5.6) 
Branded by Fire (6)
The Party (6.5) 
Blaze of Memory (7) 
Christmas in the Kitchen (7.5)
Bonds of Justice (8)
Play of Passion (9)
Wolf School (9.1)
Kiss of Snow (10)
Wild Invitation
(.5, 3.5, 9.5, 10.5)
Tangle of Need (11)
Poker Night (11.1)
Stalking Hawke (11.2)
Heart of Obsidian (12) 
Shield of Winter (13)
Untitled (14) 

An Enchanted Season (.5)
Burning Up (.6)
Slave to Sensation (1)
The Cannibal Princess(1.5)
Visions of Heat (2)
Caressed by Ice (3)
Stroke of Enticement (3.5)
Mine to Possess (4)
A Conversation (4.5)
Hostage to Pleasure (5)
A Gift for Kit (5.5)
Movie Night (5.6)
Branded by Fire (6)
The Party (6.5)
Blaze of Memory (7)
Christmas in the Kitchen (7.5)
Bonds of Justice (8)
Play of Passion (9)
Wolf School (9.1)
Kiss of Snow (10)
Wild Invitation
(.5, 3.5, 9.5, 10.5)
Tangle of Need (11)
Poker Night (11.1)
Stalking Hawke (11.2)
Heart of Obsidian (12)
Shield of Winter (13)
Untitled (14)
An Enchanted Season (.5)
Burning Up (.6)
Slave to Sensation (1)
The Cannibal Princess(1.5)
Visions of Heat (2)
Caressed by Ice (3)
Stroke of Enticement (3.5)
Mine to Possess (4)
A Conversation (4.5)
Hostage to Pleasure (5)
A Gift for Kit (5.5)
Movie Night (5.6)
Branded by Fire (6)
The Party (6.5)
Blaze of Memory (7)
Christmas in the Kitchen (7.5)
Bonds of Justice (8) 
Play of Passion (9)
Wolf School (9.1)
Kiss of Snow (10)
Wild Invitation
(.5, 3.5, 9.5, 10.5)
Tangle of Need (11)
Poker Night (11.1)
Stalking Hawke (11.2)
Heart of Obsidian (12)
Shield of Winter (13)
Untitled (14)

July 30, 2014

Cover Coveting(21)

 
Cover art is found from Wicked Scribes, ATUF, Goodreads, social networks, and other sources.
***All cover art may not be final.***

I’m a little short on time


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The Glass Arrow by Kristen Simmons Goodreads | Amazon
The Mane Squeeze by Shelly Laurenston Goodreads | Amazon

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The Orphan Queen by Jodi Meadows Goodreads | Amazon
The Shadows by J.R. Ward Goodreads | Amazon

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The Silver Witch by Paula Brackston Goodreads | Amazon
The Stars Never Rise by Rachel Vincent Goodreads | Amazon

theunleashingshellylaurenstonThis Shattered World by Meagan Spooner

The Unleashing by Shelly Laurenston Goodreads | Amazon
This Shattered World by Amie Kaufman Goodreads | Amazon

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Timebomb by Scott K. Andrews Goodreads | Amazon
Transcendent by Lesley Livingston Goodreads | Amazon

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Twisted by Elisabeth Naughton Goodreads | Amazon
Unchanged by Jessica Brody Goodreads | Amazon

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Unleashed by Sophie Jordan Goodreads | Amazon
Vampire in Paradise by Sandra Hill Goodreads | Amazon

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Vision in Silver by Anne Bishop Goodreads | Amazon
Waistcoats & Weaponry by Gail Carriger Goodreads | Amazon

Water-Fall-Lauren-Katewhiteknightbykellymeade

Water Fall by Lauren Kate Goodreads | Amazon
White Knight by Kelly Meade Goodreads | Amazon

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Wickedly Wonderful by Deborah Blake Goodreads | Amazon
Wolf’s Fall by J.D. Tyler Goodreads | Amazon

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Woven by Michael Jensen, David Powers King Goodreads | Amazon

 

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