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Review~ Rules of Survival by Jus Accardo

Title: Rules of Survival

Series: N/A

Author: Jus Accardo

Website: http://www.jusaccardo.com

Publisher: Entangled: Embrace

Publication Date: June 2, 2014

ASIN: B00K9OOELS

Genre: YA Thriller/Romance

Source: Received for an honest review.

Book Description Courtesy of Amazon:

If you want to survive, you have to follow the rules…

Mikayla Morgan is wanted for her mother’s murder. She’s been on the run for almost a year now, avoiding not only the police but the real killer. Tired of running and desperate to clear her name, she breaks one of the most sacred rules: never return to the scene of the crime.

Every bounty hunter on the Eastern Seaboard is after the Morgan girl—but Shaun Denver and his partner snagged her. She’s a piece of work, and Shaun can’t decide if he wants to kiss her or kill her. When things take a sharp turn south, Shaun does the only thing he can think of to keep her close—he handcuffs them together.

As the danger mounts and the killer closes in, the chemistry between them threatens to explode. Shaun and Kayla will need to break all the rules if they hope to get out of this alive.

My Thoughts:

On the run from both the bounty hunters who think she murdered her mother and from her mother’s true killer, Mikayla decides to risk it all to try and clear her name. Unsurprisingly, she gets caught by the most diligent of them all, Patrick Tanner, along with his sidekick Shaun. When the unexpected happens, Kayla and Shaun get separated from Tanner. So Shaun ensures she won’t be able to get any farther. Kayla only knows what she’s experienced growing up. Having been on the run since birth with her mom, her usual M.O. is to never stop in one place too long and never get close to anyone. Until now.

Shaun is the quintessential bad boy from a rough childhood, who has since been unofficially adopted by Tanner. His attempt to keep Kayla from escaping eventually morphs into an attempt to win her over. Which is something he turns out to be quite good at. While on the run for their life, they turn to each other for support. A quick read that will keep you on your toes. Definitely recommended for YA thriller enthusiasts.

Rating: 4

HEAT Rating: Mild

Reviewed By: Daysie W.

Review Courtesy of: My Book Addictions and More

Review~ The Dark Seduction of Miss Jane by Amanda McIntyre

22021370The Dark Seduction of Miss Jane

 Amanda McIntyre

http://www.amandamcintyresbooks.com

Genre: Erotic Romance

Source: Received for an honest review from the publicist.

Publisher: Amazon Digital Services, Inc./CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform

Publication Date: July 10, 2014

ISBN-10: 150048122X

ISBN-13: 978-1500481223

Book Description Courtesy of Amazon:

A scandalous betrayal sets Miss Jane Goodwin on an unexpected journey to London to pursue her dream of being the first female investigative journalist, but she soon finds herself in a hotbed of murder and controversy. Seduced by the passions of a mysterious lover and stalked by a madman, Jane falls prey to her desires as tensions mount, only to discover a deadly secret that threatens more than just her trust in men.

Inspector Randolph Mansfield is one of Scotland Yard’s elite, battling the dark secrets of his past while trying to solve a rash of grisly murders threatening to mar Queen Victoria’s Jubilee. His respite is the anonymity he finds in the decadence of a private gentleman’s club, until a determined American journalist goes undercover in search of her stalker and he finds the lines between protection and passion blurred. But as tensions heat and her life is threatened, he must choose whether to reveal his true identity at the risk of losing both her trust and his career.

My Thoughts:

This is a fantastic erotic romance with an elegant historical backdrop. The setting of the story in historic London (when women still needed escorts) gives an extra sense of the forbidden with Miss Jane’s independent manner throughout the story.  After finding her fiancé in a compromising position Jane breaks her engagement rather publicly, and then goes to London to participate in a women’s writing house. Here she begins her endeavor as an investigative journalist much to the dismay of her host, who thinks it much too dangerous for a woman! Upon her arrival in London she discovers there is a murderer on the loose, and the authorities have no lead. She takes it upon herself to go undercover and finds much more than she bargains for, both about the murderer and herself.

Inspector Mansfield is a tortured soul who blames himself for the tragedies in his past. He seeks solace in a gentleman’s club, but soon finds something about Miss Jane that piques his interest. The two find themselves facing off for most of the book, but what a ride for the reader!  Well-paced with detailed imagery for both the times and the people, this story is enchanting. Well worth the read, this is an excellent single novel that tells a whole story in one sitting. Received for an honest review.

Rating: 4

HEAT Rating: Wild Ride

Reviewed By: Daysie W.

Review Courtesy of: My Book Addictions and More

 

 

Review~ Dream On by M. Kircher

21524224Title: Dream On

 

Author: M. Kircher

Website: http://mkircher.com

Publisher: Astraea Press

Publication Date: April 20, 2014

ASIN: B00JUA2ICY

Genre: Paranormal

Source: Received for an honest review.

 

Book Description Courtesy of Amazon:

Seventeen-year-old dreamwalker, Em, might have to choose—leave her mother forever in the dreamworld or save the life of hot, rebel Gabe.

Emily Dal Monte and her mother, Lily, are special. They’re humans with a special glitch in their genetic code that allows them to explore the fantastic, and often terrifying, world of their dreams for as long as they choose to remain asleep. But when Em’s father is killed in a tragic accident and her distraught mother loses herself more and more in the dreams of her crumbling mind, Em is forced to support the two of them the only way she knows how, by writing down her mother’s amazing dreams and selling them as books. Enter Gabriel Sobel, the punk newcomer at Em’s high school who realizes Em is the daughter of his favorite, reclusive author. Gabe can’t figure out why Em keeps brushing him off and makes it his mission to find out what’s really going on at the Dal Monte household. He stumbles upon their shocking family secret just as Lily takes a turn for the worse. It’s up to Em, Gabe, and one very nosy book editor to hop from one extraordinary dream to the next, to find Lily and convince her to wake up before she loses her mind…and before Em loses her first chance at love.

My Thoughts:

 The premise behind this book is really interesting and I think the author pulls that part off pretty nicely. It takes an elaborate imagination to think up some of the settings in this story. The dialogue was a bit weak though and some of the situations the characters were in (outside of the paranormal aspect) just didn’t seem realistic. Emily is a bit dramatic at times, and overly sensitive to some of the comments made by Gabe. Gabe was, overall, my favorite character. Quirky, fun-loving, and punkish were his best traits, though he did have some pushiness as well. As the description states, he “makes it is mission” to figure out what’s going on at Em’s house… stalker much? I just don’t see him being that nosy with so little interaction between the two prior to that point in the story.

Overall, not a bad story, just not as full as it could have been. This writer definitely has potential, and I definitely recommend her as a new author to read. Her other series is absolutely worth perusing. Received for an honest review.

 

Rating: 3

HEAT Rating: Sweet

Reviewed By: Daysie W.

Review Courtesy of: My Book Addictions and More

 

Review~ Finding It by Cora Cormack

Finding It (Losing It Series #3)Title: Finding It

Series: Losing It #4

Author: Cora Cormack

Website: http://coracarmack.blogspot.com/p/my-books.html

Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks

Publication Date: October 15, 2013

ISBN-10:0062273280

ISBN-13: 978-0062273284

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Source: Received for an honest review.

 

Book Description Courtesy of Amazon:

Sometimes you have to lose yourself to find where you truly belong . . .

Most girls would kill to spend months traveling around Europe after college graduation with no responsibility, no parents, and no-limit credit cards. Kelsey Summers is no exception. She’s having the time of her life . . . or that’s what she keeps telling herself.

It’s a lonely business trying to find out who you are, especially when you’re afraid you won’t like what you discover. No amount of drinking or dancing can chase away Kelsey’s loneliness, but maybe Jackson Hunt can. After a few chance meetings, he convinces her to take a journey of adventure instead of alcohol. With each new city and experience, Kelsey’s mind becomes a little clearer and her heart a little less hers. Jackson helps her unravel her own dreams and desires. But the more she learns about herself, the more Kelsey realizes how little she knows about Jackson.

My Thoughts:

I had fun reading this coming of age story surrounding Kelsey and Jackson. It is a perfect summer read that anyone can get through quickly and enjoyably with a cocktail in hand. Kelsey is the quintessential party girl that wants nothing more than to have fun and to drown her real life in shot after shot of oblivion. That works for a while…until she drunkenly trips over sober, hunky Jackson in a night club in some foreign city.

Jackson just wants experience adventure and true feeling out of life, and challenges Kelsey to give his version a chance. Not one to back down, Kelsey agrees to try it out for a week, even though his stipulation is they must keep their hands off one another in the process. As they backpack back and forth across Europe, temptation grows, resolve disintegrates, and secrets come out.

Although, it was a little cliché at the end, it didn’t diminish from the story. The author makes it work, and made it hot in the process! A recommended read for any vacation this summer! Received for an honest review.

Rating: 4

HEAT Rating: Hot

Reviewed By: Daysie W.

Review Courtesy of: My Book Addictions and More

 

Review~ Blue Notes by Carrie Lofty

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Title: Blue Notes

Author: Carrie Lofty

Website:  http://carrielofty.com

Publisher: Gallery Books

Publication Date: May 6, 2014

ISBN-10:1476706891

ISBN-13: 978-1476706894

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Source: Received for an honest review.

Book Description Courtesy of Amazon:

After being bounced from foster family to foster family, Keeley, a talented pianist, is ready to start over as a junior at Tulane. But when she plays a small concert that attracts the attention of Jude, a brooding playboy and heir to an enormous fortune in the wake of his parents’ tragic death, suddenly Keeley’s life is thrown off balance once again.

Jude is the first person to confront her about the pain behind her music, and she struggles with whether or not to let him into her life, or to keep protecting herself from the hurt that relationships have caused her in the past. But Keeley’s about to learn that the melancholy young billionaire who appears to have everything can open her eyes to exactly what she needs…

My Thoughts:

This was a lovely, thought-provoking, artistic novel, with some hot, sexy billionaire thrown in for good measure! I thoroughly enjoyed reading about Keeley’s personal journey from lost foster kid to budding pianist. It was heartrending at times, and flustering at times, and just a downright good story, even without the added “education”. I only wish their had been a soundtrack to go with it, because the one in my head, no doubt, did it no justice. The imagery is beautiful, and so detailed you can see the performances as you’re reading them. They become so real it’s hard not to hear the music and feel what she’s feeling.

Jude is exactly like what you’d hope a secretive billionaire would be like, but deep down, you know he is just a dream of romance readers everywhere. That doesn’t hurt the story though. Hot, sexy, experienced, and he wants to “teach” Keeley everything she needs to know about life. And what a teacher he is!

Definitely worth a read, and one you will not regret! Received for an honest review.

Rating: 4

HEAT Rating: Hot

Reviewed By: Daysie W.

Review Courtesy of: My Book Addictions and More

 

Review~ The New Reality by Stephen Martino

20627886Title: The New Reality

 

Author: Stephen Martino

Website: http://www.lightmessages.com/lm/index.php/stephenmartino

Publisher: Light Messages

Publication Date: May 15, 2014

ISBN-10:1611530741

ISBN-13: 9781611530742

Genre: Medical/Dystopian Thriller

Series: Alex Pella #1

Source: Received for an honest review.

 

Book Description Courtesy of Goodreads:

After a deadly retrovirus is inadvertently released upon the planet in 2080, no country is financially prepared to deal with such a disaster. Only the acclaimed neuroscientist, Alex Pella, and NIH expert, Marissa Ambrosia, have the audacity to lead a search for the cure while simultaneously fending off a foreign elite military unit sent to stop them. Guided by an ancient code concealed within the Hebrew text of the Old Testament, the scientists must traverse ancient lands and attempt to solve a biblical riddle in order to save humanity from its eminent destruction.

Drawing from both our nation’s politically charged environment and the worldwide economic crisis, The New Reality follows Alex Pella on a journey that projects a frightening path for human existence in the twenty-first century.

My Thoughts:

The premise behind this book is really intriguing to me. I really like medical thrillers, especially combined with a dystopian theme, with a little bit of the spiritual thrown in. The author delves into a lot of current political issues (trade monopolies, big business, rising cost of healthcare vs quality, bio-terrorism, etc). The story itself is well-paced, quickly getting the reader involved, and wanting to stay involved.

However, the format the story is written in is a little off to me. The story shifts gears very quickly and without much explanation early on, and although I can understand the plot necessity for that to an extent, it can be a bit confusing to the reader at times. It also seems to shift points of view multiple times within the same chapter, first person to third person to omniscient, etc. Again, understanding at times, but still confusing. There needs to be more of a separation of different parts other than just going to the next paragraph.

All that being said, the story itself is a great addition to the thriller genre and a commendable first effort at a novel. Alex Pella is a great protagonist to have as the main character and to continue having for several novels. I would definitely want to follow his story and see what happens in the world we have created.

Give it a try and see what you think if you like theses types of books. Received for an honest review.

Rating: 3

HEAT Rating: none

Reviewed By: Daysie W.

Review Courtesy of: My Book Addictions and More

 

Review~ Wicked Games by Angela Knight

 Wicked GamesWicked Games

 Angela Knight

http://www.angelasknights.com/wickedgames.html

Genre: Erotica

Series: The Mageverse Series

Source: Received for an honest review from the publisher.

 

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley Trade (April 1, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425215652
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425215654

 

 

Book Description Courtesy of Angela Knight’s Website:

Readers have been asking for Gwen and Arthur’s story for years, so I decided to oblige with The Once and Future Lover, a novel-length story in WICKED GAMES. Unlike the other nine books in the Mageverse series, this one is a historical set in 500 AD, back when Arthur, Gwen and the knights and ladies of the Round Table gained their immortality and power.

The story also deals with just exactly what did happen between Lancelot and Guinevere, as well as the rebellion led by Mordred, Arthur’s bastard son with Morgana le Fay. Be warned: The Once and Future Lover is much more erotic than the rest of the Mageverse series, featuring elements of bondage and submission.

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My Thoughts:

Whew! I need a fan after that one! Readers will definitely need a tall glass of water to help cool off after reading Knight’s newest Mageverse book (or a tall, dark, and handsome someone to help take the edge off!)

Taking the reader back to the beginning, Knight introduces us to many of the well-known Mageverse characters and how they became what they are now, focusing on the leading pair- Guinevere and Arthur Pendragon. I have read quite a few books in this series and this fits in nicely, but was a bit of a surprise in the HEAT department (not having read the description first!)  Arthur and Gwen were meant for each other, and prove it more than once in this novel, and in more ways than one, much to the reader’s enjoyment!

There are a few additional stories that are even more erotic than theirs, one is part of the Mageverse and one is not. They were a bit too much for me, but there are quite a few readers of erotica that will love their addition to this collection.

All I can say is, enjoy!

Received for an honest review.

Rating: 4

HEAT Rating: Extremely Scorching

Reviewed By: Daysie W.

Review Courtesy of: My Book Addictions and More

 

 

Review~ East of Ecstasy by Laura Kaye

 East of Ecstasy (A Hearts of the Anemoi Novel)East of Ecstasy

 Laura Kaye

Website: http://laurakayeauthor.com/books/east-of-ecstasy/

Genre: Paranormal Romance/Suspense

Series: Hearts of the Anemoi #4

Source: Received for an honest review from the publisher.

 

  • Series: Hearts of the Anemoi
  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Entangled: Select (April 22, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1622661273
  • ISBN-13: 978-1622661275

 

 

Book Description Courtesy of Amazon:

Annalise Fallston made peace with postponing her big-city dreams to care for her ill father, but lately she’s been filled with a restlessness not even her beloved painting dispels. Worse, the colors don’t speak to her as they always have, and all her efforts produce dark, foreboding images of a dangerous man and a terrifying future.

Devlin Eston, black-souled son of the evil Anemoi Eurus, is the only one who can thwart his father’s plan to overthrow the Supreme God of Wind and Storms. But first, Dev must master the unstable powers he’s been given. Distrusted and shunned by his own divine family, he never expected to find kindness and passion in the arms of a mortal.

But Devlin’s love puts Annalise in the path of a catastrophic storm, and in the final Armageddon showdown between the Anemoi and Eurus, sacrifices will be made, hearts broken, and lives changed forever…or lost.

My Thoughts:

Another fantastic Laura Kaye novel! This is the conclusion to the Anemoi Wind novels, and brings together the entire cast of characters for a final showdown between Devlin’s evil and destructive father Eurus, god of the East Wind, and the rest of the Anemoi deities. Having recently been the subject of a divine experiment meant to gift him with the power to defeat his father, Devlin Eston is literally a breath away from creating a super-cell storm capable of wiping out an entire portion of the east coast.  So far unable to control his temper and the resultant power, he struggles to find something that gives him enough peace to calm the raging turbulent inside him.

That something turns out to be Annalise Fallston. Petite, but fiery, she holds the key to his composure. Mostly colorblind since birth, she seeks solace in the one thing that allows her to see the beauty of the world. Her painting. For some reason, she can see color only when allowing her mind to delve into her art, and can actually manipulate the depth and light in her masterpieces, simply through thought and touch. She’s also been having disturbing visions of The Dark Man that make Devlin think she may be more than meets the eye.

Brought together by fate, kept together by circumstance.; they are fundamental to each other’s happiness and future. This story was so fantastical and so full of imagery and natural beauty, that I was absorbed into it. Although, this is the only Anemoi novel I have read, I went straight through it in one sitting and almost ordered the first 3 as soon as I finished, just to stay with these characters a bit longer. Definitely a must read series if you like fantasy/paranormal authors.  This is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors and I can’t wait to search out more of her books! Received for an honest review.

Rating: 4.5

HEAT Rating: Hot

Reviewed By: Daysie W.

Review Courtesy of: My Book Addiction and More

 

Review~ Bound by Lorelei James

BoundBound

 

The Mastered Series #1

Lorelei James

Website: http://www.loreleijames.com/themasteredseries.php

Genre: Erotica (Bondage)

 

Series: The Mastered Series #1

Source: Received for an honest review.

 

  • The Mastered Series Book 1
  • ISBN: 978-0451467300
  • Publication Date: February 4, 2014
  • Publisher: NAL/Signet Eclipse Publishing

 

 

Book Description Courtesy of Amazon:

Former small-town girl Amery Hardwick is living her dream as a graphic designer in Denver, Colorado. She’s focused on building her business, which leaves little time for dating—not that she needs a romantic entanglement to fulfill her. When her friend signs up for a self-defense class as part of her recovery after an attack, Amery joins her for support. That’s where she meets him.

Ronin Black, owner of the dojo, is so drawn to Amery that he takes over her training—in public and in private. The enigmatic Ronin pushes Amery’s boundaries from the start, and with each new tryst, Amery becomes addicted to the pleasure and to him. But when Amery senses Ronin is hiding something, she questions her total trust in him, despite the undeniable thrill of his possession….

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My Thoughts:

I was a little nervous to read this one because I don’t read much BDSM-type erotica. But I was feeling adventurous, and I was more than pleasantly surprised, fortunately. Amery and Ronin’s story focuses more on bondage than the other avenues of erotica and I feel it was an excellent introduction to the genre.

I describe it as an introduction because it delves so deep into the history, beauty, and artistic aspects of shibari and kinbaku. These are the main types of Japanese bondage that Ronin specializes in and the descriptions and demonstrations he gives really help Amery (being from a very limited, conservative background) and the reader accept and want to be a part of his art.

Having said that, there is SO much more to this story than just being a “book about getting tied up.” There is actually a well thought out story that surrounds that one aspect of their romantic relationship. Amery is a self-made graphic artist in advertising, but is essentially alone, apart from her three friends who work in her building. Ronin is a self-made upper level martial artist, with a questionable past that never fully opens up to Amery, despite her continued requests for him to do so.

This ultimately leads to the major conflict of the story that leaves the reader anticipating the conclusion in Book 2: Unwound. Bound is an excellent introduction to a fantastic series. The surrounding characters add even more depth and intrigue and will leave you hoping that once Amery and Ronin get their HEA, that Ms. James will indulge us with someone elses! Received for an honest review.

Rating: 4

HEAT Rating: Wild Ride

Reviewed By: Daysie W.

Review Courtesy of: My Book Addictions and More

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