Wednesday, April 23, 2014

"The King" by J.R. Ward



THE KING BY J.R. WARD

SERIES: Black Dagger Brotherhood #12
PUBLISHER: Piatkus
GENRE: Paranormal Romance
SOURCE: Review copy received from the publisher

SUMMARY (from the book)
After turning his back on the throne for centuries, Wrath, son of Wrath, finally assumes his father's mantle — with the help of his beloved mate. But the crown sits heavily on his head. As the war with the Lessening Society rages on, and the threat from the Band of Bastards truly hits home, he is forced to make choices that put everything — and everyone — at risk. Beth Randall thought she knew what she was getting into when she mated the last pure-blooded vampire on the planet: an easy ride it was not. But when she decides she wants a child, she's unprepared for Wrath's response — or the distance it creates between them. The question is, will true love win out...or tortured legacy take over?

MY REVIEW

I don't have problems reading multiple POVs, and I'm certainly used to the ones in the BDB series, but this time I have to say that they have given me a bit of a rough time. It's not because I couldn't keep up with them all, it's because I was pushed in the middle of many plots and all of a sudden left to wonder...a bit too much.

I also figured something along the road, but I did enjoy it anyway and I particularly loved the past and present connection, so amazingly well executed that it made me go emotional all the way. Of course, the various couples in here with their different and all overwhelming issues helped the tears running free. Kudos to Lassiter for the break! How I missed him and how he oh-boy-I-started-laughing-so-hard-I-could-barely-breathe cracked me up. Thank goodness I was at home while reading or there would have been people looking at me in a weird way... I do hope with all my heart that he's going to get his own book one day, perhaps there's nothing I crave more for this series. Perhaps. But I should mention another character, too. Who is it? iAm. Huh, you and me both. Still, he has been quite a great surprise and I'm not sure what J.R. Ward is 'cooking' for him, but it smells good...

After many laughs, tears and a warm feeling still spreading through my heart, I'm now anxiously waiting for the next instalment. It can't get here fast enough!

RATING: 4/5

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Teaser Tuesday (#35)

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme hosted by MizB @ Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along!
  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!


Ty held his breath as Jenna shouldered herself in between his legs.
He should be pleasuring her, not the other way around, but damn if he could find a good enough reason to object to this.

Page 222 - "Taking a Shot" by Jaci Burton


What do you think?
Leave a comment with a link to your TT so I can stop by and be teased by them all! ;)

Monday, April 21, 2014

Book Blitz: Bleeding Hearts by Ash Krafton!

Today I'm happy to be part of Bleeding Hearts Book Blitz, organized by Dark World Books!



BLEEDING HEARTS
(Demimonde #1)

Sophie Galen is an advice columnist who is saving the world – one damned person at a time. Shy and sensitive Sophie has all but given up on love until she meets Marek, a mysterious stranger who seduces her with his striking good looks and his take-charge attitude. Yet the darkness she senses within him may be more than she is prepared to handle when Marek draws her into a world of vampires, werewolves, and treachery. Forced to leave behind the comfortable routines and certainties of her past, Sophie makes unbearable sacrifices and uncovers hidden truths about herself and the world around her.

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BLEEDING HEARTS EXCERPT
USED WITH PERMISSION, COPYRIGHT ASH KRAFTON

“What a waste of money.” A hard voice startled me and snapped my spine taut. It was hard to misinterpret that particular tone.
I counted to five before turning around. “Sorry? Did you say something?”
A hefty mountain of olive drab, mirrored Oakleys, and black work boots leaned against the wall of the pizza joint where the awning cast the deepest shadow. His black knit cap, the kind I imagined muggers favored, enhanced my perception of a threat. Strong. Harsh. Dangerous. Funny I didn’t see him the first time I looked--he was sort of hard to miss.
“Of course I did.” Caustic words dripped like acid as he snapped the collar of his canvas coat up around his ears. “You’re delusional if you think he’ll go to your little soup kitchen. He’s a drunk. You gave him rum money.”
“How do you know? Just because he’s a bum doesn’t mean he’s...” I floundered, flustered, fishing for words and not finding them fast enough. “A bum.”
He laughed, Brillo Pad-on-skinned-knees mean.
“Of course he is. It’s his nature. Why do you think he’s on the street? Kiss your charity goodbye.” He jammed his hands into his pockets, hunching his shoulders and looking, if it were at all possible, even more menacing. “You won’t survive in this city if you don’t stop being so naïve.”
“I am not naïve!” My retort drew alarmed looks from a lady who clutched her bag and quickened her pace as she passed me. I should have followed her. “I just don’t think the worst of everyone I meet. Unlike some people, apparently.”
“So when a bum asks for a quarter, you offer to feed him for a lifetime? This is the city, lady. Learn the rules.”
“Good advice. First rule is, don’t talk to strangers.” I never wanted a medal for being nice but I didn’t need to be criticized, either. Turning on my heel, I stomped away.
Mr. Tall Dark And Pushy didn’t seem to get the hint. His low voice grated across my nerves, sounding uncomfortably close behind. “I’m not finished.”
“Oh yes, you are.” I spun around but, when I saw he still hadn’t moved, I faltered. I guessed arrogance helped a voice to carry.
Remembering the focus of my irritation, I jabbed my hands onto my hips, fighting the overwhelming urge to march over to him and do something foolish. Usually I’m more flight than fight. I should have been running but my smart mouth had taken over. “I don’t know who you think you are but you’re messing with the wrong lady.”
“No, I don’t think I am.” He straightened and shrugged his jacket into place.
I backed up a step, as if the distance between us were inches instead of feet. It was his reach that worried me. “You don’t think, period. Who even talks to people like that?”
Even his chuckle was arrogant. “You’ve got spirit.”
“You’ve got nerve. And no, I’m not coming any closer so quit telling me what to do.”
“I didn’t say a thing.”
“Well—” I sputtered. Didn’t I hear him say it? “Stop—thinking it, then.”
He laughed, sounding delighted to have irked me to the point of incoherence. Dismissing me with a wave, his tone became more condescending. “Forget I said anything and go home.”
I fisted my hands, wanting nothing more than to leave, but I had a historic need to have the last word. When sufficient words failed me I stamped my foot.
He leaned at the waist, looking over the tops of his sunglasses. His bright green eyes flashed, much brighter than if they’d simply captured a glint of sun. “I said, go on home.”
I snapped an about-face and marched all the way to my stop without pausing. His sardonic laughter taunted me, scalding my cheeks long after I caught the bus. By the time I got home, I’d forgotten every odd detail, including the brief realization I hadn’t seen his mouth move when he told me to leave. The weird occurrences had been swept from my mind, leaving behind a diluted version of a generic encounter.
I’d forgotten everything except being angry. What can I say? I could hold a grudge with both hands tied.

Don’t forget to check out “Blood Rush” (Demimonde #2)
and get ready for “Wolf’s Bane” (Demimonde #3), coming out this June!



ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Ash Krafton is a writer of all things spec fic. She believes spectacular endings make the best beginnings… Why not? One billion black holes can’t be wrong. Her first novel BLEEDING HEARTS: Book One of the Demimonde is available through Pink Narcissus Press. The manuscript earned finalist distinction in several Romance Writers of America 2011 competitions and has earned several other awards. The follow-up BLOOD RUSH (Demimonde #2) was published in 2013 and the third installment WOLF’S BANE (Demimonde #3) is expected mid-2014. Her urban fantasy novelette STRANGER AT THE HELL GATE is available through the Black Rose line of The Wild Rose Press. In addition to novel-length fiction, Ash enjoys writing poetry and short fiction, some of which earned awards and distinction in several national competitions. One of her poems was selected as a Pushcart prize nominee. She’s a member of Pennwriters, RWA, Pikes Peak Writers, SFPA, and the Maryland Writers Association. She also contributes to Query Tracker’s blog at http://querytracker.blogspot.com. Ash resides with her family in a rural town in the heart of the Pennsylvania anthracite coal region. She’ll never leave, either, because coal is just another example of a spectacular ending waiting for a brilliant beginning. (It’s kinda fitting.) And because, like a black hole, once you’re in…you can never get out.

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Friday, April 18, 2014

Inspired Fridays (#40)




Inspired Fridays is a weekly meme hosted by Inkk ReviewsYou don't have to actually craft anything to "be inspired". Show something you maybe have done, want to try, or whatever inspires you!




Here's what inspires me this week...

(DYI Ombre Easter Eggs)

How many of you make Easter crafts? In the specific, do you decorate your eggs? I used to have a pleasant, colourful Easter breakfast with my family every year—yes, decorated eggs were always on the table—but since I moved to another Country I haven't had the chance to do that, and to be honest I lost a bit of enthusiasm. Don't get it wrong, I still celebrate, it's just not that big of a deal anymore.

The other day I was pinning here and there when the image on the right popped on my screen. It caught my attention because of its simplicity and loveliness altogether and, what do you know, it kinda made me want to bring the tradition back. The power of Pinterest, huh? ;)

Decorators and non decorators, I wish you all
HAPPY EASTER!!!! :)

What do you think? And what inspires you?

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Cover Reveal: "Dark Deliverance" by L.J. Sealey!

Today I'm happy to be part of the cover reveal for Dark Deliverance by L.J. Sealey!



DARK DELIVERANCE BY L.J. SEALEY
(Divine Hunter #2)


Sometimes you just have to go to Hell and back. . .
Forced apart, Lacy and Michael are now living very different lives. Michael is in Kentucky fighting demons and searching for a way to save his friend but even with the help of new allies he is hitting nothing but dead ends. Faced with no other choice, Michael returns to Hell and is determined to save Evo and put an end to his enemy so he can be reunited with the woman who holds his heart.
Lacy is trying to piece her life back together in Oakland but is struggling to fill the void that is almost tearing her apart. Just as she’s about to hit rock bottom, a new friend could hold the key to reuniting her with Michael. But at what cost?
Both find themselves in less than perfect circumstances. The repercussions of which lead them to discover a new threat born of Varesh and his growing army of demons: a new weapon, and a new plan that will ultimately lead to the end of the world as they know it. Will Michael’s new power be enough to destroy Varesh and protect not only the people he cares about, but also the rest of humanity?

Release date: June/July 2014
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

L.J. Sealey was born and raised in a little Welsh town by the sea. It rains a lot, so she often has a great excuse to sit at her writing desk and while away the hours at her laptop. She still lives in N.Wales and when she’s not travelling around the country working with her husband – who is a professional singer – or singing backup vocals herself, she likes to read and watch her favourite TV shows which normally includes plenty of CSI, The Vampire Diaries and endless amounts of sitcoms. Being addicted to reading about vampires, demons, shifters and angels, she has always had a thing for all things paranormal and is a big sucker for impossible love stories. So it was inevitable that when she started writing herself she would mix the two together.

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Teaser Tuesday (#34)

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme hosted by MizB @ Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along!
  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!


We weren't going to be friends, I'd promised. But what else do you call it when you text somebody a million times a day and look forward to seeing them even though you just fucking saw them?

Page 137 - "Deeper" by Robin York


What do you think?
Leave a comment with a link to your TT so I can stop by and be teased by them all! ;)

Monday, April 14, 2014

"One Night With An Earl" by Jennifer Haymore



ONE NIGHT WITH AN EARL BY JENNIFER HAYMORE

SERIES: House of Trent #2.5
PUBLISHER: Piatkus Entice
GENRE: Historical Romance
SOURCE: Review copy received from the publisher

SUMMARY (from Goodreads)
Beatrice Reece, Lady Fenwick, has retired from polite society. Everyone knows her late husband treated her abominably, and she simply cannot bear the whispers of the ton. But it's the night of London's premier masquerade ball—and Beatrice's one chance to revel in anonymity. She hopes no one will recognize her beneath her mask, not even the sinfully sexy stranger across the room who holds her captive in his gaze. Andrew Sinclair would know beautiful Beatrice anywhere from the gentle sway of her hips, the richness of her hair and the lushness of her body. When he asks her to dance, the attraction is instant and all-consuming. The only woman he's ever truly wanted is finally in his arms. But when the clock strikes twelve, will this one reckless night fade into the morning light?

MY REVIEW

I think that imagining Lady Esme writing down these novellas is why they have such a special emotional impact on me. And for that, I am truly grateful because I always end up having a big satisfaction every time I read one of those stories, just like it happened with "One Night with an Earl".

This was a lovely novella in which the interaction between the hero and the heroine was touching, sensual and sweet altogether. In just a matter of pages we are drawn into a masquerade where the main purpose—which is having fun and, er, well, don't be shy but enjoy the company of others—takes the shape of something deeper: love. And being this love a past one to never been declared, doesn't this just make the story even better? Of course, this from a reader's perspective, the characters may have appreciated a different turn of events...

Another great novella in the House of Trent series to devour and to let yourself be lost in. Peachy, just like Lady Esme and Jennifer Haymore's writing!

RATING: 4/5
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