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Thursday, December 20, 2012

REVIEW: Laura Wright's ETERNAL CAPTIVE (Mark of the Vampire Bk 3)

Series: Mark of the Vampire (Book 3)
Author: Laura Wright
Format: Mass Market Paperback
List Price: $7.99
Publisher: Signet
Release Date: February 7, 2012
ISBN: 0451235878
My Ratings

Plot: 4.5/5
Setting: 4.5/5
Writing: 5/5
Originality of Plot: 4.5/5
Characters Development: 5/5
Ending: 4.5/5
Cover Art: 4.5/5
Likelihood to Recommend: 5/5

Overall: 37.5/40 = 93%Synopsis
Since feeding her his blood, Lucian Roman has struggled with his obsession with Bronwyn Kettler-fighting an uncontrollable desire to kill her, if he has to, and the vampire she has sworn to wed. But when a dangerous enemy threatens Bronwyn, only Lucian can save her life. Even if it means sacrificing his own... (from Goodreads.com)

My Review

Lucian Roman has finally found his match in Bronwyn Kettler. She is feisty, strong willed, beautiful, and about to belong to another. Ever since Luca tasted Bronwyn blood, she's gotten under his skin. He can't get her out of his mind. What would you do if the person you know you're supposed to be with was destined for another? What would you be willing to give up to be with this person. And is it all worth it, if being with that special someone would turn you into the the person you have despised all your life, The Breading Male.

I have been waiting patiently for Lucian Roman to have his chance to tell his story. He has been my favorite Roman brother through out this entire series. What girl doesn't like a smart, cocky, bad boy. From the beginning of the story, you never see Luca ever settling down with anyone. It was his temperament, attitude, and the pesky fact of him becoming the Breading Male. In ETERNAL CAPTIVE, Luca is transformed into a new person. While the wit and snark still remain, he becomes this mature person that I never thought possible. When he returns to the credenti were he was born, the layers of his shell really start to fall way. He's willing to give up everything to save those who he loves, even if it hurts him.

Bronwyn Kettler's character has so many layers. When Brownwyn steps into this story, she's a very buttoned up, prissy, prim, Sandra Dee -type character. She made me crazy, and I never blamed Alexander a bit for not being interested in her in the first book. Over time, Bronwyn opened herself up, and made me love her. She became the strong, smart, driven women she was always meant to be.

The secondary characters in this story really bring ETERNAL CAPTIVE to life. The Roman brothers have such a spectacular dynamic, considering they each came from a broken home. They have built new lives together with new friends, family, and lovers. I'm completely wrapped up in both Gray and Dillon's separate and joint storylines. I'm so in love with these two, that my next read will probably be ETERNAL BLOOD (Mark of the Vampire #2.5). I, also, love the newest members the Roman brothers have added to their fold. I have a feeling that there might just be future books based around these guys, and I'll be there to read it when it comes out.

ETERNAL CAPRIVE is a story of personal growth and risking it all for the one you love. I was touched by this stories sense of family, love, and perseverance. It's funny, smart, sexy, and heart felt all at the same time. Once I picked this book up, I couldn't put it down! It has twists and turns, that kept me up way past my bedtime reading. ETERNAL CAPRIVE is a must read for Paranormal Romance Fans!

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Friday, December 7, 2012

REVIEW: Shannon Stacey's EXCLUSIVELY YOURS (The Kowalskis Bk1)

Title: EXCLUSIVELY YOURS (The Kowalskis Bk1)
Author: Shannon Stacey
Release Date: January 2012
List Price: $7.99
Publisher: Harlequin (Imprint: HQNbooks)
Language: English
ISBN: 9780373776788

My Ratings

Plot: 5/5
Setting: 4/5
Writing: 5/5
Originality of Plot: 4.5/5
Characters Development: 4.5/5
Ending: 5/5
Cover Art: 4.5/5
Likelihood to Recommend: 5/5

Overall: 37.5/40 = 94%


"When Keri Daniels' editor finds out she has previous carnal knowledge of reclusive bestselling author Joe Kowalski, she gives Keri a choice: get an interview or get a new job.

Joe's never forgotten the first girl to break his heart, so he's intrigued to hear Keri's back in town--and looking for him. Despite his intense need for privacy, he'll grant Keri an interview if it means a chance to finish what they started in high school.
He proposes an outrageous plan--for every day she survives with his family on their annual camping and four-wheeling trip, Keri can ask one question. Keri agrees; she's worked too hard to walk away from her career.

But the chemistry between them is still as potent as the bug spray, Joe's sister is out to avenge his broken heart and Keri hasn't ridden an ATV since she was ten. Who knew a little blackmail, a whole lot of family and some sizzling romantic interludes could make Keri reconsider the old dream of Keri & Joe 2gether 4ever." (from Goodreads)

My Review(Review contains minor spoilers)

We all remember our first love as a teenage, but rarely do we ever get the chance to see if that love can be rekindled as an adult. Recluse author and sex bachelor, Joe Kowalski, wanted to get back to together his high school love, Keri Daniels. So, he had to use a little creativity and manipulation to get Keri to spend time with him. He also may have used his family to help change Keri’s mind. Sometimes the end really does justify the means when it comes to true love.

I absolutely adored Joe. He’s rugged, smart, sexy, and determined. He has had trouble in his past, but with the help of his family he was able to get his life back together. I appreciate his drive and passion. Keri broke his heart when she left him all of those years ago. There is something to be said about a man who is able to get past that and try to move forward again with the same person.

I also see why Joe was so single-minded when it came to getting Keri back. He knows that she is brilliant, passionate, and caring beneath the hard exterior that she has built around herself over the years. It was awesome to see that their chemistry was just as hot as it was all those years ago. Keri was able to grow leaps and bounds emotional in this story. She began this story with her heart encased in ice, but slowly she let Joe and his family get close enough to her to thaw her heart. She was able to get past their mistakes and other issues to find a way to be together.

I really enjoyed the dynamic of the Kowalski family. They love, fight, and play hard. It should be said, that the family that camps together, stays together. I believe that the sense of family helped Keri get past some of her fears from the past and make the decision to finally move forward with Joe.

EXCLUSIVELY YOURS is a sweet, sexy, funny tale of rekindling romance with a cast of characters that you can’t help loving. I simply adore the Kowalski clan and can’t wait to read the next Kowalski adventure! This is a must read for anyone looking for all funny, touching contemporary romance.


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