Sunday, August 31, 2014

Review of "Dark Skye" - Kresley Cole


ETERNAL OBSESSION

As a boy, Thronos, prince of Skye Hall, loved Lanthe, a mischievous Sorceri girl who made him question everything about his Vrekener clan. But when the two got caught in the middle of their families’ war, tragedy struck, leaving Thronos and Lanthe bitter enemies. Though centuries have passed, nothing can cool his seething need for the beautiful enchantress who scarred his body—and left an even deeper impression on his soul.

ENDLESS YEARNING

Lanthe, a once-formidable sorceress struggling to reclaim her gifts, searches for love and acceptance with all the wrong immortal suitors. But she’s never forgotten Thronos, the magnificent silver-eyed boy who protected her until she was ripped from the shelter of his arms. One harrowing night changed everything between them. Now he’s a notorious warlord with a blood vendetta against Lanthe, hunting her relentlessly.

CAN THE HEAT OF DESIRE BURN BRIGHTER THAN VENGEANCE?

With their families locked in conflict and battles raging all around them, will Thronos and Lanthe succumb to the brutal chaos that threatens everything they cherish? Or will the fragile bond they formed so long ago spark a passion strong enough to withstand even the darkest doubts?

Review
 I've been a fan of the IAD series since I read A Hunger Like No Other

Why?

Kresley can write a scene where you feel immersed in the battle with the hero and heroine. However with that said, I found the first half of this installment slower than the other fourteen. Around the midway point, Nix showed up and things got interesting. Gotta love that  soothsayer, she knows how to breathe life into a situation

Despite my 'eh' feelings for the first couple hundred pages, I did enjoy Thronos and Lanthe's story. There was passion, sweet moments, scenes filled with anguish and of course a HEA. Everything synonymous with a Kresley story.  



Heart rating system - 1 (lowest) and 5 (highest) 
Score: ❤❤❤1/2





Monday, August 25, 2014

Review of "Hot Chocolate" - Anthology by four fabulous authors!

"Not Abigail" - Suzanne Forster
Abigail's handsome boss, Max, wanted her to find him a wife! Them a sip of delectable love potion made Max fall for his lovely assistant. But was his love forever or fleeting?

"Tangled Sheets" - Lori Foster
Night after night, bar owner Cole Winston was seduced by prim and proper Sophie Sheridan's way with hot chocolate ..until her sexy and outrageous twin, Shelly, walked into the bar...




"Buried in Her Heart" - Elda Minger
A luxurious bed-and-breakfast hosting a chocolate convention wasn't the standard business lodging for Abby and Jack. But one taste of the convention's delights, and they were tantalized - with each other...

"Ecstasy" - Fayrene Preston
Brenna's fudge recipe was a huge hit at her cafe, and tycoon Hayden Garrett wanted it - and Brenna. But how far would he go to make them both his own. 


Review 
As the front cover proclaims, this collection of short stories are "sweet, steamy, and very satisfying". 
For anyone who loves chocolate, I'm sure you'll be craving a sugary treat after reading any of these stories. For me, I was most definitely thirsting for a a hot cocoa. And speaking of hot cocoa, I'm totally going to try the recipe Elda supplied to her readers in "Buried in Her Heart". It sounds delicious! 

Heart rating system - 1 (lowest) and 5 (highest) 
Score: ❤❤❤❤

Friday, August 22, 2014

Review of "Unbelievable" - Lori Foster

JUNE 29, 2010

Fantasy - (1st short story)

SOLD!
Sexy security consultant Sebastian Sinclair brought a princely sum at auction. And for the next five days he was going to be a boy toy for some rich woman. At least it was going for a worthy cause… and the woman WAS intriguing…

SOLD OUT!
The LAST thing Brandi Sommers wanted was to fly off to a lover’s retreat with some gorgeous mountain of a man. But Sebastian was an outrageously expensive birthday present from her dear, meddling sister, and she couldn’t very well return him. Besides, SHE would be in control at all times… she thought.

Tantalizing - (2nd short story) 

Josie Jackson‘s sister arranges a blind date for her with Bob Morrison. Both dreaded the blind date; he expected a stuffy, matronly prude while Josie assumed that Bob would be another boring, nerdy man just as all of her sister’s other fix-ups had been. Josie decides to scare off her geeky match with a red-hot outfit, hair and make up, never dreaming that her date would be a gorgeous specimen of a man capable of showing her just how sensuous she is. The only problem is that Bob isn’t Bob at all; he’s Bob’s business partner Nick Harris. Nick agreed to stand in for Bob because Bob is crazy about Josie’s sister, Susan and doesn’t want to date anyone else. Nick allows Josie to believe that he is Bob, thinking that he would continue to see her just a while longer, and then he was unwilling to stop the exquisite pleasure he has found in helping Josie lose her inhibitions. But when pleasure turns into something much deeper and Nick still hasn’t told Josie the truth, he fears what her reaction will be at being deceived.


Review
In both stories, the couples fell for each fast and neither couple opened up to the feelings right away. But isn't that the way in real life (at times)? One person (or both) are too afraid to own up to their feelings for fear of rejection, nerves, etc. 

Even though I liked the major players in the two stories, I have to say without Gramps part in "Tantalizing", I think I would've had enjoyed it as much. That old man was a sly fox who still had "game". Oh yeah, Gramps "got his groove back". :)

Heart rating system - 1 (lowest) and 5 (highest) 
Score: ❤❤❤❤


Saturday, August 16, 2014

Review of "Born of Fury" - Sherrilyn Kenyon


Original Publication Date: July 01, 2014
Setting: Ichidian Universe

The war is on…

Counted among the fiercest Andarion warriors ever born, Hauk is one of the five founding members of the Sentella- an organization that has declared war on the League that rules the Ichidian universe with an iron fist and terrifies it with an army of well-trained assassins. Hauk’s enemies are legion, but he fears nothing and no one. He will do whatever it takes to survive and protect his Sentella brethren.

Sumi Antaxas is one of the best assassins the League has ever trained. In her world, failure is not an option and she has never met a target she couldn’t execute. So when she’s assigned Hauk, she believes it’ll be a quick and easy mission.

But nothing is ever as simple as it seems, and Hauk is far better...

REVIEW
Sherrilyn, once again, had me hating some characters and loving others. And if you read the book yet, you know Dariana is a real piece of work. She's a cold-hearted bitch and a lousy mother. If you haven't read the latest installment yet, believe me... you'll be agreeing with my assessment of her for sure once you do. Bank on it!

Hauk -no male deserved love and affection more than him. I liked him before. Now, I love him. His loyalty to his friends and family is admirable. 
Oh, let me mention how sweet him and little Kalea were together. She was just a doll and I cracked up during their interactions. 
(No spoilers who she is to him)

Darice and Hauk - Despite how much grief and snide comments Darice threw his way, he always embraced the young male. Darice standing up for Hauk (finally) was one of my favorite scenes. He sure grew up in this book and became the man I knew he could be. Way to go, Darice! 

Sumi - She's a woman not to trifle with. Basically, the perfect woman for Hauk! 

For the rest of Hauk"s family, you can't go wrong with entertainment when Syn, Maris, Darling, Nyk, and Hauk get together. So many comedic moments! Love it and I loved this book! 

Heart rating system - 1 (lowest) and 5 (highest) 
Score: ❤❤❤❤❤


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