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Hey everyone! Hope things are well with all my loyal followers. I am just getting into the swing of things again and today you will see two new posts as a result. Crossing fingers that more are to come very soon!

Recently I was able to knock one major item off my bucket list! I was able to visit New Orleans! Yes! I will blog more on it later with some pics but will touch on a few things here today. Number one…. It was amazing despite not getting out of the French Quarter and visiting the rest of the city! I was there for the Romantic Times convention and it did not disappoint! Besides taking a walk by myself to the square I met with some new friends and walked to the cemetery suspected to be the final resting spot for Marie Laveau, got a little tipsy during a walk down Bourbon Street, bartered to buy some awesome earrings and stood on a roof top and looked down over it all one night.

Another part of this was the convention itself. Thanks to my room mate Jenni I was invited to lunch with some very awesome ladies! One of the talented women was Sara Humphreys. (Who I just realized used to be on Another World which I watched loyally from the time I was a kid with my Gramma until it went off the air in the late nineties!) Such a beautiful woman and an inspiration to someone trying to lose weight after deciding it was time to make a change in my life…. I won’t say that we were eating some delicious pizza for lunch… but the gracious lady gave me a couple of her books while I was there and despite having about 100 to chose from when I got home one of hers was one of the first couple that I pulled out of the pile to devour. And devour I did! Tall, Dark and Vampire was an amazing read and to my delight I was able to get my hands on a copy of the sequel Vampire Trouble as well. It releases July 1 so be sure to pick it up! I hope you enjoy the brief reviews below of both these tasty vampire delights! Thank you Sara for being so awesome and getting me hooked on this new series!

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Tall Dark and Vampire by Sara Humphreys

Tall, Dark, and Vampire

Tall, Dark, and Vampire

5 Tombstones

Olivia Hollingsworth had been haunted by the one man she had lost for centuries. One man who had only shared one night with her but she had lost her heart to for an eternity. Thoughts that she had put him behind her had been brought back to focus twenty years ago when the dreams began but she never thought that it meant that there was more to it than a life time of celibacy and the resulting sexual frustration. Seeing her “Douglas” walk into her bar wasn’t something she had expected but when he was investigating a murder that had connections to her coven she had to protect those in her care first before she trusted the man who turned her libido on after centuries in the off position.

Detective Doug Paxton had some knowledge of the paranormal world but he didn’t want to dwell on things he really didn’t want to accept. People close to him had opened his eyes to the possibility but acceptance was another thing. Walking into the bar and seeing the woman who had been haunting his very sexual dreams for what seemed like forever couldn’t be just a coincidence right? Nothing was as simple as that, especially when his investigation into recent murders kept bringing him back into her orbit and his desire for the flesh and blood version of the sexy red-head was even more intense than the connection they shared in his dreams.

Someone was out to get Olivia and it seemed to be personal but that didn’t stop her from thinking of the sexy detective constantly and wanting to find out just what connection they shared. Digging into the investigation all leads kept bringing him back to Olivia and it isn’t all good when he wakes up after being attacked. Wakes up with news that his life as he knew it had been forever changed and the woman herself was the one to decide his fate. Despite everything they must push things aside and work together now more than ever to get rid of the threat before more people lose their life to whoever has a vendetta against them.

Wow… just wow. This has the taste of one hell of a series. The spin off from Humphreys Amoveo series, this book is a great jumping off point for a fantastic vampire collection. Olivia and Doug are awesome together. Doug’s reluctance to accept his fate makes the tension in the book jump up and wrap around your heart as does Olivia’s turmoil for her part in his change. My emotions were tugged left and right throughout their story as they deal with acceptance of the past, their real connection as bloodmates and what the future holds because of who they really are. The twists and turns and revelations in this book will keep the reader on the edge of their seat! I am hungry for more already!

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Vampire Trouble by Sara Humphreys

Vampire Trouble

Vampire Trouble


5 Tombstones

Shane Quesada, Presidium Sentry had been existing. Doing what was needed to protect the current czar’s and those before them. Never did he imagine that the legend was true about a bloodmate and never did he think that he would find his in the form of a feisty newly turned vampire with a turbulent past.

Maya wanted more than working in the bar for her maker. She needed to remember her past, find a way to stop hating the world and have some adventure along the way. Taking a position in another bar with a very different vampire than the ones she was with was a start. Dealing with the visiting werewolf royalty would give her something else to concentrate on other than the continued dreams of her violent past and of the sexy vampire that somehow breached her mind and was now becoming a totally different focus for her. One that she wasn’t sure she could handle.

Leaving the city together, the two escape the threat that is after Maya but find themselves entering a very different threat. One that neither wanted to fight as they give in to the bloodmate bond that would bring them closer to each other than any before. With the incite of a powerful gypsy, they find more than they expected when looking into Maya’s past and with that new knowledge it gives her a new weapon to use against the threat chasing her down.

This is one powerful, heart wrenching and emotional story. As much as I loved Tall, Dark and Vampire I think I lost my heart to Shane in this story. The stalwart vampire had always followed the rules, kept to himself and fought for the Presidium, never thinking of himself or his wants and needs. His connection to Maya is beautiful, their journey emotional and touching as she found a way to release the “demons” chasing her and give in to her desires to be loved by a man and push the terrors behind her. Maya is a strong heroine and she captivated me with her determination and the way she pushed through even after her heart was crushed to do what was right for everyone in their world. I was most impressed with the way she grew and blossomed from a self centered creature to one who was willing to sacrifice for everyone from one book to the next made this book hard to put down. Kudos Ms. Humphreys! Can’t wait to read the next one!

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Angie Fox has long been a favorite of mine and her biker witches series totally is an addiction I cannot live without! Now they are back… all the crazies Lizzie Brown, her sexy shape shifter hubby and Pirate too as they descend on Beverly Hills. Book six in the series is available now…. check out the links and get yours today!!

All that glitters is not gold…

All that glitters is not gold....

All that glitters is not gold….

Demon slayer Lizzie Brown isn’t exactly a diamonds and champagne type of girl. But when an ancient cult becomes the “in” thing in Beverly Hills, she realizes there’s more to it than youth potions, parties, and priceless Egyptian artifacts. There’s a demon involved…and Lizzie’s not on the guest list.

She goes in undercover, along with her sexy Greek shape-shifter husband, her biker witch buddies, and a dog that is way too fond of free appetizers and the red carpet lifestyle. Between dodging detection and uncovering ancient secrets, Lizzie has her hands full. And when the demon manages to hook his claws into Lizzie’s eternal soul, she’s afraid she may be stepping out for her final event.

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Highland Dawn by Donna Grant

5 Hockeystyxxx

HIghland Dawn

Moira had thought she would always be alone. Although she was happy to watch the love her sisters had found she knew if she was to fulfil her part of the prophecy she would never have a family or love of her own. There had only been one man she had ever thought of in that way anyway. Dartayous. The Druid warrior who both intrigued and frustrated her.
Dartayous had promised to keep Moira safe. One vow he took very seriously no matter how the woman turned him inside out. He could not tell her why he kept her and every other woman before her at arms length. Why he poked and prodded her instead of pulling her close and letting her know what she did to him.

Sent together to fulfill the prophecy and do their part to help release the fae from their prison they find a young babe who tugs at Moira’s heart but she had a destiny and being a mother was not a part of it and would never be with her heart belonging to the stubborn warrior with her on the journey. Taking a babe along with them will not aid them on their quest but when the woman asks to bring him along with them asks he knows he cannot deny her and say no to the woman he had ever loved, and for an immortal that was a very long time. Arriving at the destined spot they find out the old crones prediction was right and they did in fact have the key to the fae world with them the entire time but there was no easy path to follow when another has plans for Moira. Plans of a man that had already caused her and her family pain and suffering and that included making her the new Queen and taking over both worlds.
Lugus had set in motion his plans but unless the fates could be changed they could be the downfall of both the fae and the human realms forever.

Donna Grant has been a fave of mine since I read her Sisters of Magic series years ago. My addiction to her Dark Warrior series is not a secret either. So too this series, and this, the final chapter in the Druids Glen series. Moira is a strong woman and her heart is the most generous and strongest part of her as she keeps its secret desires hidden even from herself at times then opens it up to not only the man she loves but gives a part of it to another who is not as deserving when she sees his true self beneath the guise he has worn for most of his life. Dartayous is a warrior through and through but the secret he keeps hidden deters him from what he has desired most and the one that could make him happy and whole. Their journey is not easy and they are both tested but when they both are forced to chose it is one path that they both walk down, together and forever. Another great read from Ms. Grant and one I would highly recommend!

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Desperate Housewives of Avalon by Saranna DeWylde

5 Hockeystyxxx

Desperate Housewives of Avalon

When given the opportunity to read a Saranna DeWylde book I don’t have to be asked twice or give it a second thought. I pounce! And I have never been disappointed! OMG her humor and her wit shine through with every character and interaction in every book! I mean, who combines immortal Gods and Goddesses with legendary ancient rulers and whips it into an entertaining and hilarious spoof of one of today’s most popular “reality” series? Ms. DeWylde does and she does it to perfection! If you happen to read this book when you are in a public area be forewarned! You WILL laugh out loud! You WILL be unable to stop reading! And you WILL want more when you are done!
Artemis is tired of being the immortal virgin…. She wants her V card punched and thanks to Aphrodite and her prodding a trip to Avalon to try and snare Mordred, bastard son of King Arthur and Morgan, and like his father one of the resident “attractions” for a hot and quick hook up. Aphrodite hopefully had chosen the right man for her but when another magic gets involved things could seriously go awry.
Guinevere du Lac might have wished she had made another choice than to spend eternity with Lance but she had made her bed and had to live with her choices. Even though he hadn’t shared that bed in over a century but when he walked out the door voicing his own similar concerns it still hurt. Could she even find a way to make things right with the one man who had given her everything, including a crown? Despite still loving Arthur she needed to let him find a way to love another and forget the pain she put him through.
Morgan might have agreed to her friend Aphrodite’s plan to hook her son up with the virgin goddess of the hunt but she couldn’t put her self in the same place. Or could she? Lance had always been the one she pined for. If he walked into her place and wanted her just as a booty call could she walk away from the most handsome man she had ever seen and the same one who she had always wanted after he was through with her? Rebound sex was amazing but not when her heart was involved.
Aphrodite needed to get away from Ares. She had always thought he was the one for her but his reluctance to give her his heart, or declaration of his love, had finally sunk in and given her pause. Tagging along with Artemis was just the thing she needed. The goddess of love needed to make sure things went smoothly with her friend and if she found out something more about her own heart on the way even better. Aeron was supposed to be a back up for her friend but there was just something about those Gods of War that got under her skin.
Vivienne du Lac, Lady of the Lake, needed to remedy a mistake she had made centuries ago. Morgan was supposed to end up with Lance, her son, not Gwen. Her own accursed love life aside she needed to help them along. Taunted by Mordred in the guise of his father Arthur, she uses her power to curse him might just get her into trouble with the Goddess of Love who had just arrived. When she is faced with losing her powers it might take more than a declaration from a man she had trusted by her side for centuries for her to accept his offer.
A full cast of immortals combine to make this a fantastic romp! The tug of war for Aphrodite’s heart between Ares and Aeron, the declaration of love from a man no longer the young boy Vivienne had always saw him as and the tangled web of love and devotion that the King and his Queen had let their hearts weave into a mess even the Goddess of Love could not untwine. The connection between Morgan and Lance was immediate and exciting as they indulge without thought of the future. Finally the virgin huntress Artemis finds the one man who she thinks can punch her ticket but the bad boy of Avalon can never be a part of her future…unless the curse that the Lady of the Lake put on him has more truth to it than they ever thought. A truth that would bind them together for an eternity.
Wrapped up together these stories are a very entertaining and humorous read. I loved it and whipped through this story in one sitting! Saranna DeWylde is one of the best comedic romance writers today and her ability to weave a tale makes her a favorite.

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A Jaguar’s Kiss by Katie Reus
Posted: October 5, 2012 in Books, Reviews
Tags: 4 Hockeystyxx, Books, Katie Reus, Reviews, Shifters
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A Jaguar’s Kiss by Katie Reus

4/5 Hockey Styxx

Gabriela Segura needed some time away from her job after dealing with the loss of her team so accepting her mother’s invitation to return home for a visit was the perfect escape. If only she could escape running into Owen Wright, her once best friend who had cut her to the bone and severed their growing bond before they could fully explore what they might have had. Getting accosted and kidnapped by his brother was not what she expected when she stepped out of the restaurant though, and apparently neither did Owen when he found her bound in his office leaving her jaguar no other choice but to run from the wolf.

Alpha Owen Wright knew who was waiting in his office before his brother opened his mouth to tell him what stupid thing he had done in hopes of flushing out the jaguar who had been attacking humans from the community. Gabriela was the one woman he let get away. The one he had always wanted and the one he had no clue as to why she ran from him. He had to catch her and let her know the reason why his idiot brother took her off the streets at gunpoint before she found herself in danger from the killer hiding amongst them.

Gabriela and Owen have a history that needs some details filled in but the one thing they both know, even if they only admit it to themselves, is that there is a connection between them that the miles and years apart from each other did nothing to diminish. With the stunning revelation that they had more than the severed connection between them to keep them in each other’s lives they both realize that they need to face their past if they hope to have a chance of working together to find out who was truly behind the attacks.

Sexy, fast paced, exciting and dangerous! This novella captivated me just as quickly as Ethan snagged Gabriela off the street and drew me into their plight and the emotional connection of Owen and the woman he let get away so long ago. The immediate flair of desire is evident as they briefly glimpse each other before Gabriela runs and Owen, for several reasons, follows hooking me into their story even more. I am totally diving into more Katie Reus books as soon as possible!

I received this review copy from the author for an honest review.
This is a repost from my original blog site. It is my own work.

Forsaken by the Others by Jess Haines

Book 5 in the H & W Investigations Series

4.5 Hockeystyxxx

Shiarra Waynest has doubts about waking up in the vampires arms but now that she has made her decision hopefully things will work out. Well, that is what she hopes after confronting him with her fears despite the myriad of interruptions from his minions while they try and hash things out, add to that she is taken down by whatever is still coursing through her body. Troubled with the circumstances she is floored when Royce decides to send her and her best friend away for her own safety. WTH? Pushed aside just when she had finally given in to their connection?

Landing in LA Shia and Sara are supposed to stay low key, accept the hospitality of Clyde (head vampire of Los Angeles) and keep in contact with Royce in case things change. Yeah, it wouldn’t be an exciting read if any of those things happened. Landing smack dab into the middle of some kind of turf war, they are immediately forced into service (private investigator service that is) and sent out to find out who is controlling a pack of rabid zombies that are attacking Clyde’s vampires. As well they have to deliver a special package to a Goliath werewolf (the name says it all) which may or may not be a death wish in itself. All the while they are dealing more than a few speed bumps including being babysat by a bitchy vampire body guard and having no phone to contact Royce to let him know what kind of a shit storm they landed in. Shia and Sara find help from a couple of unlikely sources, NOT the vampire who was supposed to be protecting them, while they deal with the betrayal, backstabbing and zombie apocalypse invading their California escape but will it be enough when Shia realizes she had been used as a pawn in a much larger and deadlier game.

Right now I want to crawl in Jess Haines brainzzz and pull out the rest of the story. (No this is not a pun on it being a zombie infused book…well maybe) Why? Because not only did she wrap me back up in Shia’s story but she left me hanging….again! What is it with these cliffhanger storylines? Does she not love her readers enough to give them that little bit extra to hold them over until the next book comes out? Ha! I think she likes to tease and taunt her readers with an edge of the seat storyline then leaving off while the danger and intrigue is at its peak! Oh and I won’t even go in to the lack of Royce in this story. For a Team Royce member there was a definite lack of fulfillment in that regard. Seriously, throw us a bone! On another note though there are so many other questions that are needing answers I cannot wait to get my hands on the next book. Shia’s got another difficult mess to get out of but more importantly she has yet to deal with both her emotions from being tied to Royce and the physical ramifications from whatever is coursing through her blood. I cannot wait for the next book in this series. Seriously I can’t wait! I wonder if Ms. Haines would accept a bribe to leave her day job, abandon twitter and get on this asap?!

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Take it Like a Vamp by Candace Havens

5 Hockeystyxxx

Casey loved curling up and watching her favorite vampire television show Night Angels with the sexiest man alive but even as she accepted his friendship she knew that there was no way the tall, handsome, gazzillionaire would go for her. She was… well her body had curves, a lot of curves, despite pretty much giving up on carbs since her neighbor decided to spend so much time keeping her company in between his rotating line up of Barbie dates. It didn’t stop her from naming her favorite toy Mr. Nick though.
Nick knew that Casey was not the right woman for him. She was human and even being near him she stirred up a passion and desire like he had never known before. He couldn’t take away her humanity to be with him. The council, forcing him to declare his bride wanted it done this week or he would lose his presidency. Gave in to his craving and gave her the pretty woman treatment with his friend Linc helping him or rather prodding him. When a meeting at the party stole him away from her it was Linc who took her home when she ran from the party.
Alvinia wanted him back for whatever reason and the goth chipmunk, as Casey called her, wasn’t going to take him away from her even though he still told himself it was just pretend. Attacked at work, Casey is near death but pulls through only to have Nick by her side ready to open up and tell her the truth; that he is a vampire, and hoping she doesn’t run. But run she does…for donuts and coffee. Sweeping her away to his island they prep for a quick wedding but the crazy lady breaches the wards and gets her hooks into Casey and the only way to save her is to take the first step. A step that she might hate him for but the only thing Nick can focus on is his hope that Casey will fight back enough to get the bitch out of her head and open her eyes to see how much he loves her.
I loved loved loved this book! I saw so much of myself in Casey it was scary at first! I was like: did Candace write me as a character? Her body and her self image, her likes, her humor and her desire to be wanted by the sexy guy but giving up hope to go out with losers…. Hello! Been there done that. And Nick was so dayum sexy as he worked his way through his true feelings and emotions for Casey! I loved their banter, their connection and their delicious intimacies! Oh and Linc, Nicks best friend…. Yummy bonus candy! So hoping that Ms. Havens decides to continue this world with more stories in the future because one taste of this world was not enough.

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Flirting Under a Full Moon by Ashlyn Chase

 

4 ½ Hockeystyxx

 

Brandee Hanson had been dumped again! This time by text.  How lame!  And announcing it to the entire restaurant made it even better.  The customers of Boston Uncommon were going to have a laugh tonight thanks to her and her ability to humiliate herself over yet another man.  And to make matters worse, her boss’s Aunt Sadie and resident “fortune teller” gives her a quick Tarot reading and her prospects were supposedly about to change for the good but….  What could be worse? The man who was supposed to be her “true love” just walked through the door and his name was “One-Night-Nick”.  Well not literally, but really didn’t that just suit her track record of a love life?

Nick Wolfensen had his reasons for never going out with a woman more than once and it came down to one word.  Soulmate.  He didn’t want to find his and as a wolf he mated for life and he just couldn’t take a chance that someday his mate would walk into his life and she might be the wrong choice.  If that dubbed him a playboy then fine.  If he couldn’t get Brandee, the sexy waitress at Boston Uncommon, to say yes to even one night –not so fine.

Changing his life style or rather his job thanks to him being “involved” with a couple of incidents which involved him and  his not so always law abiding brother (which was totally in the past), the cop found a new calling as a paranormal PI.  When his first case involves the mayors adopted daughter he goes to Sadie for some incite but learns that Brandee has an interest in the case too.  The young girl is her cousin and she wants to help and letting her get involved is just asking for trouble.  Trouble that escalates when he shifts to search for the missing girl and not only Brandee and her camera is there to capture it in beautiful sepia tones but someone who reports his screw up to the big boss of all of the paranormal races.  Mother Nature.  Brandee’s life-long dream was to be a professional photographer and when her camera, along with parts of her memory are gone she can’t stop herself from finding out the truth.  (Especially when Nick and possibly the sexiest full moon she had ever seen were involved.)   With a young girl still missing, the realization that Brandee might just be his soulmate and a rash of other obstacles to leap through and maneuver around, Nick must find a way to smooth over not only Mother Natures qualms about his missteps but listen to his heart and keep Brandee in his life for more than one night.

First of all I have to say this book is NOT realistic! Number one reasoning behind my opinion is the fact that no self-respecting hunk of a were-wolf would wear a polo shirt!  Fans of Ms. Chase’s last series will love the fact that a few of her beloved characters make their way into the storyline and especially for one character out in public at Boston Uncommon.  Mayhem and madness is the main plot line of this book.  It is funny, smart, snarky and chaotic and very fast paced which to some might feel a bit disjointed.  I loved it as I did the first series.  Paranormal creatures abound from Nick’s wolf to Sly’s vampire to brownies and ghosts and gods and shifters (oh my) and of course the aforementioned Mother Nature herself.  (Which I totally hear in the voices of Jingle and Jangle!)  If you are looking for a fun book that pokes at more than its share of non-traditional romance topics (for example stomachs that react to treats made with milk for our lactose intolerant heroine), that has a plethora of paranormal creatures and two lovers that race through a madcap adventure in the hopes of staying together for more than one night than this book is for you!  Can’t wait to see what mischief and madness Ms. Chase has planned for the next book in the series.

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