A closet readers take on: Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy, Romance, Erotica, YA Fiction & Audiobooks

Thursday, December 5, 2013

NEW RELEASE: Molly Harper's I'M DREAMING OF AN UNDEAD CHRISTMAS


http://www.amazon.com/Free-Im-Dreaming-Undead-Christmas/dp/B00H1YJSVK/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1390956122&sr=8-1&keywords=i%27m+dreaming+of+an+undead+christmasTitle: I'M DREAMING OF AN UNDEAD CHRISTMAS
Author: Molly Harper
Narrator: Amanda Ronconi
Price: FREE!
Listening Length: 3 hours and 43 minutes
Program Type: Audiobook - Audible Audio Edition
Publisher: Audible, Inc.
Audible.com Release Date: December 5, 2013
Language: English
ASIN: B00H1YJSVK


Synopsis

It's Christmas in Half-Moon Hollow and newly turned vampire Iris Scanlon-Calix wants to make Gigi's first visit home from college as normal and special as possible. It's taken months for Iris to work up the nerve to spend time around her baby sister after her vampire transition, so she enlists help from Jane Jameson and Company to keep her blood-thirst under control and assure Gigi's safety.

Gigi, on the other hand, has problems of her own, including the demise of her relationship with high school sweetheart, Ben, and a looming job interview with Ophelia Lambert, the scariest potential employer in the Hollow. And then there's the small matter of the handsome, frustrating vampire who keeps appearing in Gigi's peripheral vision, then disappearing before she can talk to him.

Can the Scanlon sisters negotiate romantic problems, vampire politics, and Christmas cookie disasters and enjoy a relatively normal holiday?


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Tuesday, December 3, 2013

NEW RELEASE: Erin McCarthy's FULL THROTTLE





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Title: FULL THROTTLE
Author: Erin McCarthy
Series: Fast Track (Book 2)
Price: $7.19
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
Publisher: Berkley
Release Date: December 3, 2013
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0425261743
ISBN-13: 978-0425261743




Synopsis 

Easing into the turns…

As one of only two girls on the tween racing circuit, Shawn Hamby has always run with a fast crowd. But now at thirty-two, she doesn’t need to prove anything to anyone. And she definitely doesn’t need a man bossing her around off of the track…

Putting the pedal to the metal…

But after a silly girls’ night at a fetish club, Shawn can’t get Rhett Ford out of her mind. He’s younger than her, and he’s her best friend’s brother-in-law, which should be red flags. Rhett is looking for someone to lead in bed, but he can’t imagine that Shawn would ever submit to him. Boldly surrendering is more her style. And with Rhett behind the wheel, it’s going to be one wild ride…




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Wednesday, September 18, 2013

AUDIOBOOK REVIEW: Megan Hart's TEAR YOU APART






Author: Megan Hart
Narrator: Karen White
Audible Price: $12.56
Listening Length: 8 hours and 40 minute
Version: Unabridged
Publisher: Harlequin MIRA
Release Date: 08-27-13




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

Overall:  43/45 = 95%
Synopsis
Their passion will consume everything and everyone in its path.

I'm on a train.

I don't know which stop I got on at; I only know the train is going fast and the world outside becomes a blur. I should get off, but I don't. The universe is playing a cosmic joke on me. Here I had my life—a good life with everything a woman could want—and suddenly, there is something more I didn't know I could have. A chance for me to be satisfied and content and maybe even on occasion deliriously, amazingly, exuberantly fulfilled.

So this is where I am, on a train that's out of control, and I am not just a passenger. I'm the one shoveling the furnace full of coal to keep it going fast and faster.

If I could make myself believe it all happened by chance and I couldn't help it, that I've been swept away, that it's not my fault, that it's fate...would that be easier? The truth is, I didn't know I was looking for this until I found Will, but I must've been, all this time. And now it is not random, it is not fate, it is not being swept away.

This is my choice. And I don't know how to stop.

Or even if I want to.



Review
It wouldn't be a Megan Hart book, if it didn't tear your heart to shreds and leave a trail of tissues in it's wake.  She writes the kinds of books that most authors are to scared to write. They are deep, thought provoking, and most of all real! And if you only read books that contain Happily Ever After endings, she probably isn't the book for you.  TEAR YOU APART isn't your standard romance novel, but at it's core this is a story about love and connections. 

From the outside, Elizabeth has it all.  She been married to successful man for over 20 year.  She has beautiful twin daughters in college. And she has a job and a boss that she really likes.  But when you really start to scratch the surface, you find husband who completely takes his wife for granted.  It took sexy, exciting photographer Will walking in Elizabeth's life for her to figure this all out. There is a poignant quote sums up this book very well.  
“See,” Will says, “You never know how thirsty you are until someone offers you something to drink.”
Elizabeth's husband wasn't awful, just neglectful.  It was the standard not fixing the sink, leaving dirty clothes on the floor, and not paying attention to his wife.  Over the years Elizabeth had fallen out of love with her husband.  The attention Will paid to her, made her feel alive again.  When these two get together, it's electric.  Both carried a lot of emotional baggage with them, but found ways to carve out space in their life for each other.  There is excitement, passion, and deep feelings, but is it enough?
Words can't truly express how much I love this book. It's honest, gritty, and passionate.  I love that Megan gave Elizabeth synaesthesia.  It was a brilliant way to add another layer for the reader to experience.  This book was just a ball of emotions for me.  One moment it was fast and exciting, and the next it was raw and tragic.  Most of all, this book was real to me.  Would I have like to have a HEA ending?  Of course I would, but that just wouldn't have felt true to the story.  Megan Hart isn't known for tying up her stories with neat little bows, but I enjoy her writing more for it!
Narrator Karen White, really brought this story to life.  It take a truly talented narrator to bring voice to the emotional roller coaster that is a Megan Hart book.  She created distinct voices for each of the characters, so much that I tend to forget she is reading all of the parts.  I will absolutely pick up books narrated by her in the future!
I would recommend this book to anyone who's not looking for your typical, generic love story.  This story did brake my heart, and I love it because of how deep it made me feel.  I've already recommended TEAR YOU APART to several of my friends.  I can wait for the next Megan Hart adventure!





Friday, July 12, 2013

AUDIOBOOK REVIEW: Chloe Neill's HOUSE RULES (Chicagoland Vampires series bk 7)

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Title: HOUSE RULES (Chicagoland Vampires series Bk 7)
Author: Chloe Neill
Narrator: Sophie Eastlake
Format: Mp3-CD
Audible Price: $23.99
Listening Length: 7 hrs 30 min
Version: Unabridged
Publisher: Tantor Audio
Release Date: 03/25/2013
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My Ratings
Plot:  5/5
Setting:  4.5/5
Writing:  5/5
Originality of Plot:  4.5/5
Characters Development:  5/5
Ending:  5/5
Narration:  4/5
Cover Art:  4/5
Likelihood to Recommend:  5/5

Overall:  42/45 = 93%


Synopsis

 In a city full of vampires, trouble never sleeps.

At the tender age of twenty-seven, Merit became a sword-wielding vampire. Since then, she’s become the protector of her House, watched Chicago nearly burn to the ground, and seen her Master fall and rise. Now she’ll see her mettle—and her metal—tested like never before.

It started with two . . . Two rogues vanishing without a trace. Someone is targeting Chicago’s vampires, and anyone could be next. With their house in peril, Merit and her Master, the centuries-old Ethan Sullivan, must race to stop the disappearances. But as they untangle a web of secret alliances and ancient evils, they realize their foe is more familiar, and more powerful, than they could have ever imagined.



Review 

I have been eagerly awaiting book 7 in this series, since I finished the final chapter of BITING COLD.  Most authors tend to lose steam by the time they get to book 6 or 7, but Chloe Neill isn't that kind of author.  She has kept the storyline strong, smart, and captivating!  Merit and her crew have overcome so many obstacle.  Though the road a head of them is going to be hard, it seems that things are headed back in the right direction.

There is a lot going on in Cadogan House.  Ethan Sullivan, their fearless leader and Merit's vampire lover, is back in the house and in full force.  The house is also a buzz with their decision to leave the Greenwich Presidium.  Her friends are safe and on the road healing physically and emotionally.  So what, the GP is dead set on dismantling and destroying them.  Who cares, if the new mayor and most of the citizens of Chicago are against the vampires.  And never mind, the string of strange vampire deaths a crossed the city.  I get my Merit and Ethan back! 

I think that my favorite part of this series is how normal Chloe's vampires are.  It makes me more drawn into the story.  At it's heart, this series is about death, love, and being a part of a family.  I love the people that Merit chooses to surround herself with as well.  I was really happy to see Mallory get back on her feet.  She hit rock bottom, and now she is fighting to get her self back to somewhat normal.  I just hope that there is a point where she and Catcher can get back to each other.  The shifter also play a pretty big role in this book.  I adore all of the shifters and really enjoyed seeing Jeff step up.  I have a total geek crush on Jeff, and love him more with every book.

When a series changes narrators mid-series, it is always hard for me to adjust.  They previous narrator was fantastic, one of my all-time favorites!  I picked it up, because of who had been narrating the series.  Each character was the unique voice that the past narrator gave them.  We have had Sophie Eastlake for two books now.  My opinion of her narration style would be totally different if she had narrated the series all a long.  Each character has a new sound and a style of speech, which makes me slightly crazy.  However, she does a great job telling the story.  Her voice is smooth.  Her diction and pace are great as well.  I'm just not all that happy with her character choices.  I just wished that I hadn't had the previous narrators narration to compare it to.

Even though this audiobook is slightly tarnished with it's change in narrator.  I still love this series and will continue purchasing it on audiobook format.  It is full of messy politics, big-time action, and is sexy as hell. Big things are still ahead for Merit and her cast of merry friends.  I cannot wait to see what Chloe Neill has in store for us in book 8, BITING BAD.  It's due in stores August 6th in paperback and audiobook formats.  Check back next week for my review of book 8, seeing are an early release copy made it's way into my mail box this week! 



Books by Chloe Neil


Chicagoland Vampire Series (Adult Series)

Dark Elite Series (YA Series)

   



Tuesday, July 2, 2013

NEW RELEASE: Laurell K. Hamilton's AFFLICTION (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter #22)





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Title: AFFLICTION (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter #22)
Author:  Laurell K. Hamilton
List Price: $28.95
Release Date: July 2, 2013
Hardcover: 576 pages
Publisher: Berkley Hardcover
ISBN-10: 0425255700
ISBN-13:  978-04255704 
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Synopsis


Some zombies are raised. Others must be put down. Just ask Anita Blake.

Before now, she would have considered them merely off-putting, never dangerous. Before now, she had never heard of any of them causing human beings to perish in agony. But that’s all changed.

Micah’s estranged father lies dying, rotting away inside from some strange ailment that has his doctors whispering about “zombie disease.”

Anita makes her living off of zombies—but these aren’t the kind she knows so well. These creatures hunt in daylight, and are as fast and strong as vampires. If they bite you, you become just like them. And round and round it goes…

Where will it stop?
Even Anita Blake doesn’t know.


What I'm Most Looking Foward To

We are 22 books into the Anita Blake series, and every book has it's very own surprises.  I love the fact that Anita was able to work through a lot of her issues with the men in the last book, this should set up AFFLICTION to be one heck of a book.  While I'm not big on zombie book, I think that there will be enough of my favorite sexy vampire and shifter men to keep me happy.




Tuesday, June 25, 2013

NEW RELEASE: Megan Hart's THE FAVOR





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Title: THE FAVOR
Author: Megan Hart
List Price: $14.95
Release Date: June 25, 2013
Paperback: 384 pages
Publisher: Harlequin MIRA
ISBN-10: 0778314405
ISBN-13: 978-0778314400
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The Synopsis

Janelle Decker has happy childhood memories of her grandma's house, and even lived there through high school. Now she's back with her twelve-year-old son to look after her ailing Nan, and hardly anything seems to have changed, not even the Tierney boys next door.

Gabriel Tierney, local bad-boy. The twins, Michael and Andrew.

After everything that happened between the four of them, Janelle is shocked that Gabe still lives in St. Mary's. And he isn't trying very hard to convince Janelle he's changed from the moody teenage boy she once knew. If anything, he seems bent on making sure she has no intention of rekindling their past.

To this day, though there might've been a lot of speculation about her relationship with Gabe, nobody else knows she was there in the woods that day...the day a devastating accident tore the Tierney brothers apart and drove Janelle away. But there are things that even Janelle doesn't know, and as she and Gabe revisit their interrupted romance, she begins to uncover the truth denied to her when she ran away all those years ago.


What I'm most looking forward to 

Megan Hart is always on my MUST BUY list!  She has such an amazing knack for such realistic characters that you love even more because of their flaws.  Her writing is always smart and sexy.  These books don't lack depth like most romance and erotica on the shelf today.  Plus, what girl in her right mind doesn't love sexy male twins!

Friday, June 14, 2013

REVIEW: Robyn Carr's THE WANDERER (Thunder Point bk 1)




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Title: THE WANDERER (Thunder Point bk 1)
Author: Robyn Carr
Release Date:  March 26, 2013
List Price: $7.99
Paperback: 384 pages
Publisher:  Harlequin MIRA
Language:  English

ISBN-10: 0778314472
ISBN-13:  978-0778314479
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 My Ratings

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

Overall:  38/40 =  95%  

 




Synopsis 


From Robyn Carr, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the popular Virgin River novels, comes Thunder Point—the highly anticipated new series that will make you laugh, make you sigh, and make you fall in love with a small town filled with people you'll never forget.

Nestled on the Oregon coast is a small town of rocky beaches and rugged charm. Locals love the land's unspoiled beauty. Developers see it as a potential gold mine. When newcomer Hank Cooper learns he's been left an old friend's entire beachfront property, he finds himself with a community's destiny in his hands.

Cooper has never been a man to settle in one place, and Thunder Point was supposed to be just another quick stop. But Cooper finds himself getting involved with the town. And with Sarah Dupre, a woman as complicated as she is beautiful.

With the whole town watching for his next move, Cooper has to choose between his old life and a place full of new possibilities. A place that just might be home. 



My Review

No one writes sexy, but loveable, bad boys like Robyn Carr!  Nomad, Hank Cooper, came to Thunder Point to find out how an old Army buddy had died.  Turns out that his buddy left behind bait shop and bar that the town relayed on.  Cooper has to decide whether to continue living the bachelor's life out of his trailer or put down roots in this beautiful coastal town.  What might make a vagabond like Cooper change his strips? 

Robyn has given us a new cast of characters to fall absolutely in love with. Coop is that rugged mans-man with a heart of gold, who falls into the arms of recently broken hearted Sarah Dupre.  There is "Deputy Yummy Pants" Mac who is in charge of the entire town and is a single dad of three.  These two make for a very entertaining read.  Other favorite characters include: Landon, Gina and Aunt Lou. This first book basically gives us a glimpse into the town, it's cast of characters, and the possible trouble brewing in this small town.  This book has lots of twists and turns, that you won't see coming.  Being a new series, I don't want to  give to much of the story away.   
 
Just like Robyn Carr's Virgin River series, I fell in love with Thunder Point right away.  This book is sweet, funny, and touching.  This story shows that love can be found at any age and in the strangest places.  The characters the heart of this story, and I am totally hooked.  I can't wait for the next book in this series.  If you are a fan of the romance genre, you need to give this series a try!  Good bye Virgin River, hello Thunder Point!


 

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

NEW RELEASE: Richelle Mead's GAMEBOARD OF THE GODS (Age of X bk 1)




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Title: GAMEBOARD OF THE GODS (Age of X bk 1)
Author: Richelle Mead
List Price: $26.95
Release Date: June 4, 2013
Hardcover: 464 pages
Publisher: Dutton Adult
ISBN-10: 052595368X
ISBN-13: 978-0525953685 
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Synopsis


In a futuristic world nearly destroyed by religious extremists, Justin March lives in exile after failing in his job as an investigator of religious groups and supernatural claims. But Justin is given a second chance when Mae Koskinen comes to bring him back to the Republic of United North America (RUNA). Raised in an aristocratic caste, Mae is now a member of the military’s most elite and terrifying tier, a soldier with enhanced reflexes and skills.

When Justin and Mae are assigned to work together to solve a string of ritualistic murders, they soon realize that their discoveries have exposed them to terrible danger. As their investigation races forward, unknown enemies and powers greater than they can imagine are gathering in the shadows, ready to reclaim the world in which humans are merely game pieces on their board.

Gameboard of the Gods, the first installment of Richelle Mead’s Age of X series, will have all the elements that have made her YA Vampire Academy and Bloodlines series such mega successes: sexy, irresistible characters; romantic and mythological intrigue; and relentless action and suspense.




What I'm Most Looking Forward To

I wasn't sure about a new series from author Richelle Mead.  I love her Georgina Kincaid, Vampire Academy and Bloodlines series'.  So I'm hoping that this new series holds the same deep characters, rich storylines, and well thought out worlds.  This book seems a bit out of comfort zone (vampires and succubi...oh my), but I'm trusting in Ms. Mead amazing writing to hook me into this series.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

AUDIOBOOK REVIEW: Carrie Vaughn's Kitty Rocks the House (Kitty Norville Bk 11)

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Author: Carrie Vaughn
Format: Mp3-CD
Audible Price: $23.99
Listening Length: 7 hrs 30 min
Version: Unabridged
Publisher: Tantor Audio
Release Date: 03/26/2013
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My Ratings
Plot:  4/5
Setting:  4.5/5
Writing:  5/5
Originality of Plot:  4/5
Characters Development:  5/5
Ending:  4.5/5
Narration:  5/5
Cover Art: 4.5 /5
Likelihood to Recommend:  5/5

Overall:  41.5/45 = 92%

Synopsis
On the heels of Kitty's return from London, a new werewolf shows up in Denver, one who threatens to split the pack by challenging Kitty's authority at every turn. The timing could not be worse; Kitty needs all the allies she can muster to go against the ancient vampire, Roman, if she's to have any hope of defeating his Long Game. But there's more to this intruder than there seems, and Kitty must uncover the truth, fast. Meanwhile, Cormac pursues an unknown entity wreaking havoc across Denver; and a vampire from the Order of St. Lazaurus tempts Rick with the means to transform his life forever. 



Review

Everyone's favorite furry DJ and pack leader is back in action.  She's questioning her life, her family connections, and even her ability to lead the pack.  Her world is kind of upside down.  Rick is incommunicado.  Cormac, as always, wants to solve problems all on his own.  Her sister doesn't think she has enough time for her real family.  And she begins to believe that she puts her pack in more danger, because of her connection.
Poor, poor Kitty!  Something or someone is always trying to take her out.  Most of the time it's the vampires, the shifters, or magical folks, but she never saw this current threat coming.  She works so hard to keep everyone safe, but the spotlight puts her in danger more often then not.  Now the danger is at her door.  Will she give up the pack and the things she loves, to keep them safe.      
For every book in this series, the heart of the story is Kitty's and cohorts.  Her family, friends, and pack make her stronger, and story are nothing without them. I was very happy to see Rick and Cormac in the forefront of this story.  I have always enjoyed Rick in the previous books, but really wanted to know more about him.  This story lead to new insight on Rick's past and the part he will play in future books.  Cormac, Cormac, Cormac, how I love you!  He has always been one of my favorite characters in this series.  He's dark, sexy, strong, and now magical!  I think that he seems to get the short end of the stick in this series.  Any time spent exploring this character further makes me a happy fangirl.   
The reason that I even picked up this series several years ago was the fact that Marguerite Gavin was the narrator!  She has once again out done herself.  Her wonderful narration style really brings this story life. Even when I read this series, I can almost hear her voicing the characters in my head. Each character has it's own unique style and sound.  She is able to convey the stories passion, excitement, and energy. To me Marguerite IS Kitty Norville!

The Kitty Norville Series is one of my "Must Read" series'.  It's smart, exciting, snarky, sexy, and wonderfully narrated.  The storyline has stayed consistently exciting over the entire series.  While I have to admit KITTY ROCKS THE HOUSE is not my favorite books in this series, it's still very well written.  While it did move the characters along in their journey, I felt the book was mostly series filler.  I kept waiting for the epic moment in the book, but never really got it.  That all being said, I cannot wait for the next book in this series.  I wanna see what the Long Game and Roman have in store for our Kitty!     


Kitty Norville Series

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

AUDIOBOOK REVIEW: Erin McCarthy's JACKED UP

 




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Title: JACKED UP
Author: Erin McCarthy
Narrator: Emily Durante
Format: Audible Audio Edition
Audible Price: $17.99
Listening Length: 8 hours and 17 minute
Version: Unabridged
Publisher: Tantor Audio
Release Date: November 11, 2012
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My Ratings
Plot:  5/5
Setting:  4.5/5
Writing:  4.5/5
Originality of Plot:  5/5
Characters Development:  5/5
Ending:  4.5/5
Narration:  5/5
Cover Art:  4/5
Likelihood to Recommend:  5/5

Overall:  42.5/45 = 94%


Synopsis


She's holding tight. He's hanging loose.

Eve Monroe is a stock-car PR pro who puts her career first--until an on-track wardrobe malfunction reveals more than the sexy smile of jackman Nolan Ford. The video's become an internet sensation, and it's Eve's job to calm the sponsors and put a spin on the unexpected exposure.

And they both have the same drive.

It may be a public relations job, but now that Eve's seen what's under Nolan's crew suit, it's gotten personal. After a few dates she has Nolan pretty revved up. If only she'd learn to relax and enjoy it. Nolan's sure that the spontaneous birthday bash he's throwing for Eve in Las Vegas should loosen her up. Somewhere between cocktails and a smoking-hot motel-room derby, it does more than that. Now Eve's wrestling with feelings she never expected, as everything about her personal jackman gets harder than she ever imagined.



Review

Motorsports PR guru Eve Monroe has put her dreams on hold to help further her brothers NASCAR careers.  She has a career that most people would die for, a perfect condo, and wonderful family.  She thought she had everything that she needed.  That was until, sexy NASCAR jackman Nolan Ford decided to ask her out.  They are complete opposites.  Where she is an ice queen, he is the jokester.  He's light hearted, and she tightly wound.  Her job requires her to be on-call 24-7, and he's able to leave his job on the track. These two seem to have nothing in common, except for an uncontrollable sexual attraction.

This was probably my favorite book in the series so far.  I was able to really connect with the story.  I've been in and out of Motorsports PR over the last 10 years.  Some people might find Eve as cold and snarky, but that's what it takes for a women to survive in a male dominated sport like racing.  I had respect for her and her attitude.

My favorite part of this book is the relationship between Eve and Nolan.  They have an amazing connection and this super steamy sexual chemistry.  They make each other better people. It's like they weren't a complete person, until they found the other.  Also there aren't that many men that would put up with Eve's snarky nature and give it back to her two fold. 

One of my favorite parts of this series is discovering Emily Durante's amazing narration style.  She is able to convey this books humor, passion, and grief.  Her smooth reading style and tone really make this book for me.  She has created distinct voices for each of the characters, so much that I tend to forget she is reading all of the parts.  I will absolutely pick up books narrated by her in the future!

I devoured this series in the matter of a couple weeks.  I just couldn't put it down!  And JACKED UP is the best book Erin McCarthy's Fast Track series has to offer.  If you're looking for a fast paces, sexy romance this series is for you!  I'd also recommend that you picking it up on audiobook, because Emily Durante's narration make this story jump off the page. I can not wait for the next book to come out! 




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Tuesday, April 2, 2013

GUEST POST: Author Tammy Kaehler - Kate Reilly and Me







I'm really happy to have mystery writer Tammy Kaehler here on the Nice Girls Blog.  Her newest release BREAKING POINTS, book two in the Kate Reilly Mystery series, was released on Monday.  I can't wait to run right out and get it, so I can dive into Kate's newest adventures!  

If you've read DEAD MAN'S SWITCH, this is an great opportunity for you to get to know Kate a little better and her creator Tammy.  If you haven't picked up this series, what the heck are you waiting for!

I proudly present to you, author Tammy Kaehler!


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Kate Reilly and Me

I write in first person, in the head and voice of a 24-25 year old racecar driver. I’m a little north of 40 and a complete chicken behind the wheel. My point is, I’m really not my main character.

And yet, I sort of am.

When I set out to create Kate Reilly, my protagonist in the Kate Reilly Racing Mystery series, I deliberately made her the same in some ways, and not in others. Let’s look at some of the similarities and differences in physical aspects and our attitudes and emotions….

Height: We’re both five-foot-three (or four). Why? I know what it’s like, I suppose. And smaller is better for a driver.

Eyes: Blue for both of us

Hair: Dark brown for me, black for Kate. Funny story…. When I created Kate, I was blonde. I didn’t want to make her look like me (ha!) and I didn’t want her to be a blond, with all of the attendant stereotypes, so I gave her black hair. A couple years later, I went back to my natural dark brown. And then dark-brown-haired Danica got popular. Oops. Now it takes a lot of explaining that she wasn’t meant to be like either of us!

Exercise: The single best thing about creating Kate is making her like—or even love—stuff I hate but that I know is good for me. Like exercise. For Kate, working out, sweating, and feeling pain and burn in her muscles and lungs is doing her job. To be a top driver, she’s got to be fit and strong enough to wrestle a car around at top speeds for two hours at a time in temperatures above 100F. She loves to win, and working out means being ready to fight for the win. No choice for her. She enjoys workouts because they get her closer to the top step of the podium.

Me? Not so much. I work out plenty, but I hate every single minute of it and complain like crazy. I hate sweating and feeling gross—whereas Kate spends her working hours soaking wet in her firesuit. And she loves it.

Femininity: In her second adventure, Braking Points, Kate struggles to reconcile being singled out as an icon of beauty with being a lifelong tomboy who doesn’t know how to apply makeup very well. Kate basically feels like she’s not very good at being a girl—and while her attitude (and situation) are an over-exaggeration of what I’ve always felt, I can relate. I’ve had phases in my life of preferring dresses to jeans and overdoing the eye shadow (hello, high school in the 1980s). But I’m not an inveterate shopper or reader of fashion magazines. I don’t trust myself with patterns and mostly mix boring, solid color clothes. And I hardly ever do ruffles or bows. That’s not to say I’m not feminine, but like Kate, I’m not the hearts, bows, and pink kind of feminine.

So, sure, Kate’s a lot like me. But so is Holly, Kate’s sidekick who gets all the witty one-liners. So is the fussy, perfectionist Series VP, Stuart Telarday. Instead of one character being just like me, I’ve spread different aspects of me across a lot of characters. I suppose that makes sense, given that I created them all.

It’s tempting to make Kate the better version of me—the younger, prettier, more perfect version. But perfect is boring. Kate has to make mistakes and to screw some things up, both to be believable as a human being and to make my stories interesting.

And maybe that’s how we’re the most alike, in the end, Kate and me and every human out there … none of us is perfect. We’re all going to mess some things up and (hopefully) do some things—driving a racecar, manipulating words, telling stories—pretty well.

  
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 I really want to take the time to thank Tammy for stopping by!  

Her newest release BREAKING POINT can be found at Amazon and Audible.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

NEW RELEASE: Rachel Vincents WITH ALL MY SOUL (Soul Screamers Bk 7)

 


http://www.amazon.com/With-All-Soul-Harlequin-Teen/dp/0373210663/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1364430353&sr=8-3&keywords=rachel+vincent
Title: WITH ALL MY SOUL (Soul Screamers Bk 7)
Author:  Rachel Vincent
List Price: $9.99
Release Date: March 26, 2013
Paperback: 384 pages
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
ISBN-10: 0373210663
ISBN-13: 978-0373210664
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Synopsis


What does it mean when your school is voted the most dangerous in America? It's time to kick some hellion butt...

After not really surviving her junior year (does "undead" count as survival?), Kaylee Cavanaugh has vowed to take back her school from the hellions causing all the trouble. She's going to find a way to turn the incarnations of Avarice, Envy and Vanity against one another in order to protect her friends and finish this war, once and forever.

But then she meets Wrath and understands that she's closer to the edge than she's ever been. And when one more person close to her is taken, Kaylee realizes she can't save everyone she loves without risking everything she has...


What I'm Most Looking Forward To

 
This series has really grown on me!  From book one, the series gets better and better with each book. I adore the author Rachel Vincent.  She never goes for easy when it comes to writing.  She drags her characters through everything imaginable, and they come out better for it in the end.  I've been waiting on this book for a while, but on the other hand I don't want this series to end.  Kaylee Cavanaugh and he cast merry creatures have been through death, love and loss (sometimes in the same book).  Will she get her Happily Ever After or will the hellions get the best of her.  Guess we'll have to wait and see! 



Soul Screamer Series

Thursday, January 31, 2013

AUDIOBOOK REVIEW: Megan Hart's THE SPACE BETWEEN US



 


http://www.amazon.com/The-Space-Between-Us/dp/B0094OQBTW/ref=tmm_aud_title_0
Author: Megan Hart
Narrator: Alexandra Wilde
Format: Audible Audio Edition
Audible Price: $17.46

Listening Length: 10 hours and 1 minute
Version: Unabridged
Publisher: Harlequin MIRA
Audible.com Release Date: September 1, 2012
ASIN: B0094OQBTW

 

My Ratings
Plot:  5/5
Setting:  4.5/5
Writing:  5/5
Originality of Plot:  5/5
Characters Development:  5/5
Ending:  4.5/5
Narration:  5/5
Cover Art:  3/5
Likelihood to Recommend:  5/5

Overall:  42/45 = 93%



Synopsis


Tesla Martin is drifting pleasantly through life, slinging lattes at Morningstar Mocha, enjoying the ebb and flow of caffeine-starved customers, devoted to her cadre of regulars. But none of the bottomless-cup crowd compares with Meredith, a charismatic force of nature who can coax intimate tales from even the shyest of Morningstar's clientele.

Caught in Meredith's sensual, irresistible orbit, inexpressibly flattered by the siren's attention, Tesla shares long-buried chapters of her life, holding nothing back. Nothing Meredith proposes seems impossible - not even Tesla sleeping with Meredith's husband, Charlie, while she looks on. After all, it's all in fun, isn't it?

In a heartbeat, vulnerable Tesla is swept into a spectacular love triangle. Together, gentle, grounded Charlie and sparkling, maddening Meredith are everything Tesla has ever needed, wanted or dreamed of, even if no one else on earth understands. They're three against the world.

But soon one of the vertices begins pulling away until only two points remain - and the space between them gapes with confusion, with grief and with possibility.



Review

Another emotional read from Megan Hart!  This author has a very unique storytelling ability, it's fresh, raw, and real.  Her charters have this sense of depth that most authors are lacking these days.  She isn't afraid to cover somewhat taboo subject matter in her books. She puts her own spin on the Erotic Romance genre, by making the story about what is behind the sex. I appreciate that she doesn't feel the need to write a Happily Even After ending for all her stories, as long as they feels real. I also applaud her choice to start this book with the ending.  It yanks the reader into the story by both feet!

The heart of this story is it's characters.  Tesla is very free spirit, who doesn't feel the need to conform herself to societies norms.  I love that Ms. Hart has chosen to give the readers snippets of Tesla's past, to help explain what makes her who she is. I enjoy the relationship between Tesla and Vic.  I like how they have found a way to stay in each others lives as adults, and not allow their past to get in the way.  I also love that Tesla doesn't feel the need to label her sexuality, she is sexually fluid.  She's looking for love, but doesn't seem to care about what kind of package it comes in.

Then there is Meredith and Charlie.  Meredith is beautiful, enigmatic, and loves being the center of attention.  She's what I call a shit stirrer.  She likes to gather her followers around her, like a king holding court.  People are drawn to her like a moths to a flame.  I actually believe that the reader isn't supposed to like Meredith, and I definitely didn't!  I found her to be self centered and closed off emotionally.  She never really lets anyone get close to her.  Charlie, on the other hand, I absolutely adored!  He was everything that Meredith was lacking: kind, attentive, and loving.  Meredith walked all over him, and dominated their relationship.  The only good thing Meredith does for Charlie, was to bring Tesla into their home.  Tesla gave Charlie a balance that had been missing in his home.  He really comes out of his shell, especially with it is just the two of them.  

Alexandra Wilde did a fantastic job narrating this book!  She was able to put such depth of emotion into the reading of this story.  She truly does it justice.  She give each character a very distinct voice of it's own.  This is my first audiobook narrated by her, and I would be more then happy to listen to her in the future. 

I'm a big fan of Megan Hart's books, and this one didn't disappoint!  I finished it in less than two days, because I just couldn't put it down.  I love the broken character that Ms. Hart put into her stories.  She makes you really care about them and their lives.  While this book deals with bi-sexuality and  ménage à trois, it's more about the interactions of the characters.  Don't get me wrong this book is HOT, but I'm  happy that the sex doesn't over shadow the underlying story.  It was also wonderful to see Johnny, Joe, Sadie, and Brandy again! I will be telling all of my girlfriends about this fantastic book.  THE SPACE BETWEEN US is another sexy, thought provoking book from Megan. Hart!   



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Tuesday, January 29, 2013

UPCOMING RELEASE: Chloe Neill's HOUSE RULES (Chicagoland Vampires #7)


Title: HOUSE RULES
Author: Chloe Neill
List Price: $15.00
Paperback: 352 pages
Publisher: NAL Trade
Release Date: February 5, 2013
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0451237102
ISBN-13: 978-0451237101
Buy HOUSE RULES on Amazon



Synopsis

In a city full of vampires, trouble never sleeps.

At the tender age of twenty-seven, Merit became a sword-wielding vampire. Since then, she’s become the protector of her House, watched Chicago nearly burn to the ground, and seen her Master fall and rise. Now she’ll see her mettle—and her metal—tested like never before.

It started with two . . . Two rogues vanishing without a trace. Someone is targeting Chicago’s vampires, and anyone could be next. With their house in peril, Merit and her Master, the centuries-old Ethan Sullivan, must race to stop the disappearances. But as they untangle a web of secret alliances and ancient evils, they realize their foe is more familiar, and more powerful, than they could have ever imagined.


What I'm Most Looking For 

I can't wait to see how the relationships between Ethan and Merit evolves.  They come so close to the real thing to only get knocked backwards again.  I also think that Mallory is at a turning point in her life.  She seems to be getting her life back in order, but will the dark draw her back?



Books by Chloe Neil

Chicagoland Vampire Series (Adult Series)

Dark Elite Series (YA Series)