Tuesday, May 27, 2014

City of Heavenly Fire Exceeds My Expectations! Thank you, Ms Clare!

Darkness has descended on the Shadowhunter world. Chaos and destruction overwhelm the Nephilim as Clary, Jace, Simon, and their friends band together to fight the greatest evil they have ever faced: Clary’s own brother. Nothing in this world can defeat Sebastian—but if they journey to the realm of demons, they just might have a chance…

Lives will be lost, love sacrificed, and the whole world will change. Who will survive the explosive sixth and final installment of the Mortal Instruments series?

What a short and sweet, condensed description for a very large and in charge book. When you pick it up, gosh its HUGE!  Clary and Jace know that Sebastian isn't finished, not by a long shot. But the Council doesn't seem to believe them that its going to get worse. Until Sebastian starts attacking Institutes around the world and turning the Shadowhunters into the Endarkened.. Shadowhunters who no longer have a soul. 

Jace and Clary know they have to do something, something drastic, to save the world. But do they have it in them to finish it? To kill Sebastian once and for all? They didn't think so, until Sebastian kidnaps the entire Downworlder delegation to Idris, which includes Magnus, Luke, and Clary's mother. The final straw pushed, Jace and Clary and their friends rush headlong into danger, but it doesn't matter. Its die trying or see the world end. 

OMG , So let me just say that I think Ms Clare did a fantastic job concluding this series and with the prep for the next series, The Dark Artifices. I absolutely couldn't put this book down. It was fast and furious all the way through. And it pains me not to have ANYONE to talk to about it, at least for several days! So Go Forth And READ!! QUICKLY! 

Linda Lael Miller returns with an all new series!

******Thank you NetGalley for an advanced copy of this title*********

 Ten years ago, Hadleigh Stevens was eighteen and this close to saying "I do," when Tripp Galloway interrupted her walk down the aisle. Now that she's recovered from her youthful mistake and Tripp's interference, Hadleigh and her single friends form a marriage pact. She doesn't expect Tripp to meddle with her new plan to find Mr. Right—or to discover that she's more attracted to him than ever! 

Divorced and eager to reconnect with his cowboy roots, Tripp returns to Bliss County to save his ailing father's ranch. He's not looking for another wife—certainly not his best friend's little sister. But he's never been able to forget Hadleigh. And this time, if she ends up in his arms, he won't be walking away!

.Hadleigh has been annoyed with Tripp Galloway ever since he crashed her wedding, kidnapped her, and clued her into her soon to be husband’s life on the side, namely the girlfriend and two kids. She could care less about him returning to town.
Tripp was Hadleigh’s brother Will’s best friend. When Will died in Afghanistan, Tripp set up a new life far away from home. He crashed Hadleigh’s wedding because he knew she deserved better and it was what Will would have done.
Ten years later, Tripp is back in town. Chemistry may get the better of them, especially when Hadleigh realizes that in reality she wanted Tripp to crash her wedding, but she also thought they would ride away into the sunset together. Those dreams were trashed when Tripp told her he was married.

Ms Miller is always good for a nice, feel  good story. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and can’t wait for the next Marriage Pact book!

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Richelle Mead's "Age of X" series continues with "The Immortal Crown"

Thank you Edelweiss for an Advanced Copy of this title!!


Gameboard of the Gods introduced religious investigator Justin March and Mae Koskinen, the beautiful supersoldier assigned to protect him. Together they have been charged with investigating reports of the supernatural and the return of the gods, both inside the Republic of United North America and out. With this highly classified knowledge comes a shocking revelation: Not only are the gods vying for human control, but the elect—special humans marked by the divine—are turning against one another in bloody fashion.

Their mission takes a new twist when they are assigned to a diplomatic delegation headed by Lucian Darling, Justin’s old friend and rival, going into Arcadia, the RUNA’s dangerous neighboring country. Here, in a society where women are commodities and religion is intertwined with government, Justin discovers powerful forces at work, even as he struggles to come to terms with his own reluctantly acquired deity.

Meanwhile, Mae—grudgingly posing as Justin’s concubine—has a secret mission of her own: finding the illegitimate niece her family smuggled away years ago. But with Justin and Mae resisting the resurgence of the gods in Arcadia, a reporter’s connection with someone close to Justin back home threatens to expose their mission—and with it the divine forces the government is determined to keep secret.

For some reason I had a really hard time getting into this book. I kept picking it up and putting it down.. But when I got about halfway through it, I couldn't put it down.

Lucian talks Justin into going on this hair-brained trip to Arcadia, to extend a hand so to speak. Mae agrees to go, which kind of surprises Justin, but she has an ulterior motive. Through visions she was receiving from the amber knife, she found out her niece was being held in Arcadia. What easier way to get there than to go with the delegation. Arcadia is a very strict country. Women are subservient and men rule with harsh thumbs. Religion is forced on everyone. There was no other way into the country.

The Arcadians want to send their own delegation to RUNA to spread the word about their own religion, but Justin finds out they have a terrorist plan in the works. Can Justin save RUNA at the same time Mae is out to save her niece? 

At the same time, Tessa takes on an internship with a journalist who has secret motives of her own. They want to find out if Lucian's political group has ties to religious groups. Tessa gets invited to a youth group for the political party and starts to learn some valuable information before she finds out she has been duped  by the journalist.

This book was really good, even though I found it slow to start. I love Mae's character.  Justin isn't too shabby and I love Tessa. The major twist at the end of the book kept me up half the night! I couldn't believe it!  

I started reading Richelle Mead way back when ... lol several years ago, somewhere in the middle of the Vampire Academy series. I think Mead is an excellent author and I applaud her being able to write when she was pregnant and with a new baby and then pregnant again! It hasnt kept her down, and we readers greatly appreciate that she still puts out 2-3 books a year!

My biggest complaint about this book is, I dont like the cover. I really loved the original cover of Gameboard of the Gods because it was one that called to everyone, men  and women alike. This cover screams "romance!" to me and maybe will have less readership. 

Otherwise, thanks for a great book!

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Alexis Morgan's "A Reason to Love" is a heart wrenching story with a happy ending!


After a devastating tour in Afghanistan, all Spencer Lang wants is for life to return to normal. But when he rides into his hometown on his Harley, he learns that his friends and family have tried to move past their heartbreak since he was reported killed-in-action—and the woman he loved is about to marry his best friend. Now, all he can do is pick up the pieces of his life.

Years ago Melanie Wolfe left town, with no intention of ever coming back. But when her father dies, she reluctantly returns home to salvage the family business. Reuniting with Spencer, her high school crush, complicates the already thorny situation, especially when she begins losing her heart to him all over again.

As Spencer and Melanie work to restore order to her family’s company, two damaged hearts face an unexpected new future that is filled with possibilities…and love.

Spence is alive! Melanie Wolfe is at the cemetery visiting her father's grave when she see's a soldier standing at Spence Lang's grave. Thinking he is a soldier from the unit come for Callie and Nick's wedding, she goes to speak to him and is shocked to see that it is Spence himself!

Spence is pretty ticked at his friends for taking over his life and his house. Sure, they didn't know that he had been a prisoner of war and that he wasn't dead, but that really doesn't matter. After treating Callie and Nick like crap after their wedding, he takes off for the local watering hole (the one Leif got arrested at!). Melanie is pretty concerned about him so she skips the reception and goes to find  him. After dragging his drunk behind home that night she offers him a place to stay and a temporary job until he figures out what he wants to do.
Spence has so much anger built up inside that he has no clue what he wants to do. Should he just leave town? But he has to make a decision about the house first. And Melanie keeps wrangling her way into his thoughts all the time. Whats the next step?

This book was fantastic. When I first started it I was like "Oh My God, Spence is ALIVE?!?!" and went on to read that he had been a prisoner of war. How awful for him! Broke my heart! Anyways, it was fabulous, and I loved it, and I think the next book should be about our dear Sheriff! Just my two cents! Have a great day!

M.L. Buchman's new book "Pure Heat" really heats up!

These daredevil smokejumpers fight more than fires.
The elite fire experts of Mount Hood Aviation fly into places even the CIA can't penetrate.
She lives to fight fires
Carly Thomas could read burn patterns before she knew the alphabet. A third-generation forest fire specialist who lost both her father and her fiancé to the flames, she's learned to live life like she fights fires: with emotions shut down.
But he's lit an inferno she can't quench
Former smokejumper Steve "Merks" Mercer can no longer fight fires up close and personal, but he can still use his intimate knowledge of wildland burns as a spotter and drone specialist. Assigned to copilot a Firehawk with Carly, they take to the skies to battle the worst wildfire in decades and discover a terrorist threat hidden deep in the Oregon wilderness—but it's the heat between them that really sizzles.

I started reading this and it was totally not what I expected. In a good way! Carly looks like an angel but can tell you everything you would ever want to know about a wild fire. Where its going to go, what its going to do. Merks was badly injured on his last fire and can no longer smoke jump. He gets trained in using a drone to help detect where fire's are going to go and what they are going to do. Teamed up with Carly, who looks like an angel to Merks, they set out to fight the fires, and take down a terrorist.
This was awesome. And it was written.. by a man? A romance? REALLY? Yep, and it was fantastic so keep them coming. This is the Firehawks series and I expect to see more very soon!

Emily March's newest Eternity Springs book "Dreamweaver Trail"

*********Thanks to Edelweiss and NetGalley for advanced galleys of this title************

After another lonely Valentine’s Day, Gabi Romano trades mountain snowfall for sunshine and sand at a luxurious Caribbean getaway. There she finds not one but two thrilling new passions: creating art glass, and Flynn Brogan, the sexy caretaker next door who brings her fantasies to life. But when violence interrupts their romantic interlude, she learns that Flynn is living a lie. Heartsick, she decides to concentrate on her craft. Playing with fire is safer than loving a man like Flynn.
Flynn is determined to make things right with Gabi—until his enemies interfere. Now damaged and driven by a need he cannot define, he seeks out Gabi’s Colorado community as a mystery man searching for peace, though not expecting redemption. But he never imagined a place like Eternity Springs, where lives are changed, second chances are given, and the possibility exists for two wounded souls to find their way home . . . to each other. 

Emily March continues to charm her readers with the residents of Eternity Springs. Gabi is at a loss with what to do with her life. After the shooting, she resigns from her position on the police force, never wanting to pick up a gun again. She helped her mother open the bed and breakfast but its not what she wants to do. Her siblings are falling in love and having babies.  So, Gabi takes a four month long job on a Caribbean island taking care of a young Newfoundland pup whose owners are on an extended vacation. First off, as the owner of a Newfoundland, I love it! Bismarck is awesome. I wish he was a little more in the story lol. 

Flynn has been through everything imaginable. He's young, rich with a deceased wife that everyone believes he murdered because she cheated on him. He was acquitted, but that doesn't seem to change anything. His own father has disowned him. He changed his name and his hiding out on a little Caribbean island when a big black puppy runs onto his property followed by a knockout redhead. After one conversation with her, he wants to know more, but he is wary because paparazzi hide out in strange places. Gabi intrigues him though.

After a year of being at loose ends, Gabi finally finds what she is looking for. A career, a passion for something. 

Okay, not sure what else I can say, but the book was, of course, fabulous. Because Ms March never delivers anything that isn't fabulous!

"Before We Kiss" by Susan Mallery is laugh out loud funny and an awesome romance!

************Thank you NetGalley for a review copy of this book*****************

Former pro-football kicker Sam Ridge has notoriously bad luck with women—from cheaters to fame chasers. Still, the gorgeous brunette at the bar in Fool's Gold looks harmless—until she takes him home and he discovers a room devoted to securing a man, for life. 

Dellina Hopkins never guessed that storing gowns from a friend's bridal boutique would chase away her first and only fling. After her parents died, she skipped her "wild youth" to raise her sisters. She doesn't want forever from Sam, but one night—all night—would've been nice. 

His clean getaway gets messy when his firm hires Dellina to plan an event. As long hours lead to late nights, the two succumb to temptation again. Has Sam's luck finally changed? Or this time, will Dellina be the one to run?

As much as I loved "When We Met", this one was just as awesome. I laughed so hard.  Sam and Dellina had a one night stand on Valentine's Day, but when he took a wrong turn out of the bedroom and found himself in his worst nightmare... A room full of bridal dresses and a "how to get him to propose" list, he took off. He has avoided Dellina like the plague until now. He needs her.

Dellina figured out pretty quick why Sam took off that night, but she doesn't make an effort to try to explain. Its his job to come to her for that. But, Sam needs Dellina. She is a party planner, and Sam's company Score is throwing a huge party for their clients. Only four weeks until the big weekend, and Sam must enlist Dellina's help in planning the party or it will be a bust.

Dellina, of course, agrees, and starts the process. Food, activities, and a lecture are all in the works. Sam is eager to help, especially after Dellina explains about the creepy room in her house. The dressed are being stored for the local wedding dress shop that is expanding, and the list is Dellina's sister's.  Sam feels kinda stupid, but he jumps on board helping Dellina with the party. And all that time spent with Dellina shows that she may be just a bit different than the previous women in his life.

The absolute best part of this book is when Dellina books an author who is going to be in Fool's Gold for a book signing to do the lecture during the party weekend. The woman is sort of like a sex therapist. What Dellina doesn't know is that she is Sam's mother.. and she's also not afraid of a little demonstration or showing a video during her lectures. Sam is mortified and wants to run to Mexico to avoid his mother. Dellina thinks he is over exaggerating.. Til she has dinner with Sam and his parents. Now she too is scared to death what the woman will do during the lecture!

Oh My Gosh. I laughed so hard!! It was absolutely fabulous! Everyone, go forth and read!  Im off for now, I know sometimes I ramble too much!

Toni Blake's new Coral Cove series starts with All I Want Is You

*******************Thank you Edelweiss for an advanced galley of this title*************

 Christy Knight grew up in Destiny, Ohio, but lately she feels that her future lies elsewhere. Her parents are gone and the beautiful jewelry she creates doesn't pay the bills. Maybe it's time for Christy to grow up and find a guy who's smart, sexy, and solvent. Her rugged handyman neighbor fits the first two categories, but he's all wrong for her. If only he didn't have such captivating blue eyes.

Wary of trusting others, Jack DuVall hasn't been entirely honest with Christy. He's not really a handyman. He's not really broke. And sharing the long drive to visit her beloved grandpa isn't just about gallantry—he finds gorgeous, feisty Christy completely irresistible.

When secrets are exposed, Jack and Christy struggle to find their way back to one another, but the quirky seaside town of Coral Cove could prove the perfect place to find a red-hot destiny of their own.

When I first read Ms Blake's Destiny, OH series, I was in love with it. I followed her religiously for several years.. But then with the last two novels I sort of lost interest. I have to admit I never finished them, although I started them both. Not sure why, maybe it was a tough time, maybe it was I was sucked into the paranormal phase, who knows. But I picked up this new novel that is sort of a spin off, as the main character Christie was born and raised in Destiny and we do run into a couple of characters from there, and I really adored this book.

Christie's parents died in a house fire and left her virtually penniless. No insurance on the house to help pay for funerals or other debt. Christie works her tail of while in her meager spare time makes jewelry from old family jewelry and what she can pick up at thrift shops.  Her passion is her jewelry making but her life doesn't allow much of it.
She gets a phone call from her grandfather in Coral Cove, Florida where he resides in an nursing home. His savings are dwindling and he only has months to stay in the facility before he is booted for no funds. Christie believes it is her job to take care of him. Her roommate Bethany convinces her that what she needs is a rich man. Christie isnt so sure, she's never been good at dating, never had the time for it, but she decides to give it a shot. She hangs out where rich men would and soon gets a date.

The day of the date is a disaster. She gets home late but cant get into her apartment. The landlord finally installed a new lock but hadn't left a key! Enter Jack, the hunky guy who lives a few doors down. Christie begs him to kick in her door, desperate to get ready for her date. He does, but in the end the date doesnt happen and Christie is lost at what to do. She and Jack hang out a bit, he fixes her door and a few other things in her apartment that the landlord doesnt get done.  
Christie lets Jack in on her secret that she needs a rich man so she can help her grandpa out. Seeing she needs a man for his money, Jack keeps quiet that he is, in fact, quite loaded.

In need of a vacation, Jack and Christie set out for Coral Cove for a few days of relaxation and so Christie can spend some time with her Grandpa. Grandpa convinces her to set up her jewelry for sale in the town flea market type of place. Christie and Jack of course fall in love, but can he trust her to not go after him for his money and can Christie get past his lying to her?

I loved it. It was a very sweet, somewhat down to earth story.. Although dont we all wish we could stumble upon a rich man who loves us for who we are and dont want us to change? It was a great, sit down winter's read. I will definitely look for the next one.. and go back and read the last two Destiny OH books!