Tuesday, October 28, 2014

The Sheikh's Pregnant Bride (The Jawhara Sheikhs #1) by Leslie North

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Sheik Kamal runs a small country in the Middle East and while in America wrapping up business the Sheik and his brother attend a party to celebrate the successful deal that will benefit his country. When he spots Erin he immediately wants her and as the evening progresses his plans become long term but before he can convince her he is called home because a crisis has arisen.

Erin went to a business party with her cousin and while talking with the man her cousin has it bad for his brother walks up. She has no clue who he is but she is going to break her own rules because the chemistry is irresistible. When he has to return home it is with the promise they will see each other again and body guard and car for her. After weeks of not hearing from him she finds herself pregnant and before she can even tell him she finds herself with a fiancé and in another country.

I thought the characters were interesting but found the story line just not measuring up. I would find it hard to be challenging to any man who wasn't even present 75% of the time. He was in his home country and then the days she arrives in his he leaves for several days.

The editing needed on this book is minimal in that I found only three locations where edits were needed, two where a word didn't fit in the sentence and one sentence that made no sense at all.

Book's Cover Rating
I really like the cover and so hope it doesn't get me censored before I can set up the naughty version on my blog.

Book's Blurb Rating
The blurb could use some editing, a little less information and a lot more thought.

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Book's Blurb:
When Sheikh Kamal first saw Erin from across the ballroom he knew he must have her - and he always got what he wanted.

But Erin isn't like the other girls he knows. Even for an American she is exceptionally feisty, strong and stubbornly independent. A challenge to him. Yet he can't keep his eyes off her, her stunning beauty kept him captivated for the whole evening.

When Erin first saw Sheikh Kamal she had no idea he was royalty and leader of Jawhara, one of the largest (and wealthiest) countries in the Middle East. She just saw him as an irresistible handsome man, tall, with deep brown eyes and a muscular physique. Definitely her type.

He was perfect - apart from his personality.

He was so arrogant, controlling, and dominating. Everything she told herself she NEVER wanted in a man. Yet, she feels such a strong pulls towards him, even his scent is intoxicating..

They sneak away from the ball and go back to Erin's apartment where they share an intense night of love making. In the morning Kamal is called urgently back to his country.

As the weeks go by, and the gifts from Kamal pile up, Erin makes a shocking discovery. She is carrying the heir to a kingdom..

When Kamal discovers this, he will do anything to bring her to his country and make her his bride. But Erin has other ideas..

Monday, October 27, 2014

Phantom Shadows (Immortal Guardians #3) by Dianne Duvall

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Sebastien Newcombe spent years thing he was a vampire only to find he is really one of those he swore to he would destroy. No one trusts him except the leaders of the Immortal Guardians and Ami. But there is Doctor Lipton, he can't stopping thinking about her and thinks his taint will rub off on her and they will fire her.

Melanie Lipton is a gifted one who works for the network caring for the humans that work with the Immortal Guardians and the vampires that don't want to go mad because of the virus that changed them. She sees a different side to Sebastien and she could care less about the consequences he presumes will occur if they pursue their developing feelings for each other. She wants what she wants and she wants him.

We were first introduced to Sebastien in Darkness Dawns where it is assumed that he is a vampire. In Phantom Shadows you can feel how much it hurts that he is not accepted by most of his peers even as he tries to shrug it off with indifference and snarky comments. His desire to protect Melanie and Tanner from other's opinions because of their association to him shows how deeply his loyalties go for those he cares for and I find it hilarious when he tries to push them away and they blow him off.

I really enjoyed reading this book and it was made even better by reading In Still Darkness in tandem since they were both happening at the same time. I am so glad that Dianne gave Sebastien his own story, and I agree with Seth about the similarities between Sebastien and Roland ;)

Favorite Quote: 

“And both of you need to remember one thing: I’m a grown woman and can take care of myself. If someone has a problem with my feelings for Bastien and thinks I shouldn’t get involved with him because they don’t like him, they can kiss my merry mortal ass.”--Dr. Lipton

“If you’re wise, you’ll put your wee willy away now.”--Bastien

Book Cover Rating
I like the cover but I think that the feminine element is missing but that has been consistent throughout the Immortal Guardians series.

Book Blurb Rating
The Blurb is a well written with the hook needed to get the buyer to buy.

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Book's Blurb
Dr. Melanie Lipton is no stranger to the supernatural. She knows immortals better than they know themselves, right down to their stubborn little genes. So although a handsome rogue immortal seems suspicious to her colleagues, Sebastien Newcombe intrigues Melanie. His history is checkered, his scars are impressive, and his ideas are daring. But it's not his ideas that have Melanie fighting off surges of desire. . .

Bastien is used to being the bad guy. In fact, he can't remember the last time he had an ally he could trust. But Melanie is different--and under her calm, professional exterior he senses a passion beyond anything in his centuries of experience. Giving in to temptation is out of the question--he can't put her in danger. But she isn't asking him. . .

Friday, October 24, 2014

Demon Hunter by Jacquie Underknown

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Sometimes finding love at the wrong time and in the wrong place can be exactly what is needed.

Sammy has dedicated her life to helping others. She doesn’t have an enemy in the world, so why is she suddenly on the Dark Walkers most-wanted list?

Jonty is a soldier from the future and is sent back to the twenty-first century to eliminate the Dark Walkers. He hates this time period and wants nothing more than to get in, perform his duties, avoid all distractions, and get out. But that changes when he meets Sammy. There is something about her, beyond her beauty and courage, which he can’t resist.

When Sammy is saved by Jonty, it’s insta-boom-lust. There is nothing complicated about how this strong, sexy man makes her feel. And she knows Jonty feels the same way, so why does he resist her?

With humanity under threat, and both their lives in danger, there are greater things at stake than a little romance. Or is there? Destiny may have other plans. And their deep sexual attraction may just be the key to saving them all.

Content Warning: contains steamy sex, mature language, and some violence.

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Jacquie resides in hot and steamy Central Queensland, Australia, with her husband and two sons. On permanent hiatus from a profession she doesn’t love, she now spends her time wrapped up in her imagination creating characters and exploring alternative realities.

Jacquie is an author of a number of novels, novellas and short stories that are emotionally driven and possess unique themes beyond the constraints of the physical universe. She strives to offer romance, but with complexity; spirituality, without the religion; love, with a tantalising splash of spice.

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Monday, October 13, 2014

Wolf's Castle by Madelyn Hill

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Was given to me for an honest review by Manic Readers

Vivian Stuart and her father were there way to see his old alchemy friend and colleague when tragedy strikes and she lost him to the sea. Now she is stranded on the island they were heading to with the son of her father's colleague and he wants her gone as much as she wants to be gone from the must old castle and isolated island. But Vivian's past is hot on her heals and she is about to lose her heart to the Laird of the castle.

Galen Maclean is the Laird of the island with his tortured past dogging his every step. When he pulls Vivian from the sea he can't decide whether to keeper her and let her save his soul or throw her back into the sea. With his secrets and her past catching up to her will they find the future they both deserve?

Madelyn Hill did an awesome job of fleshing out her characters; they did jump from the pages and were successful in helping me finish this book. The story line however though solid left me bored and eager to move on to the other book I was reading even with the books most excellent beginning.

Book Cover Rating      
I really like the cover of this book and felt that it really represents Wolf's Castle and was a great hook.

Book's Blurb Rating      
The blurb needs some minor editing but it was written well enough to make me add this book to my reading list. I was very excited to find it on Manic Readers but was disappointed to find that the blurb was better than the book in eliciting any excitement for the book.  

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Book's Blurb:
Can he forget the past and embrace the future?

He’s the beast of Lomarcan Castle. Tortured, angry, and bound and determined not to allow Vivian Stuart to invade his lair. Lord Galen Maclean refuses to be endeared to the lovely woman who has landed on his island looking to study alchemy. The island possesses secrets, secrets too horrid to share with the gentle woman. However, her beguiling nature brings light to the darkness of the castle and the few quirky inhabitants and edges into his heart.

Can she tame the beast within him to gain his love?

She was stranded on a remote island, her father dead and dishonored by her betrothed. Still, the lovely Vivian Stuart wears her heart on her sleeve and strives to redeem Lord Maclean. She knows his heart is good and the castle can be filled with love. Through science she learns more about the troubled lord and slowly but surely, the torture lord's icy heart begins to thaw as Vivian shares the magical healing power of love.