Waiting on Wednesday #18

“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

This week’s pre-publication “can’t-wait-to-read” selection is:

Dreaming Awake
by Gwen Hayes
Publication date: January 3rd 2012
Falling Under #2

From Goodreads:

She fell for him in a nighttime world. But the time for dreaming is past—and the here-and-now can be just as fragile their love…

When Theia Alderson first encountered a mysterious, handsome boy in her dreams, she never imagined how finding Haden Black—and falling in love—could change her life. To save Haden, Theia sacrificed everything. And the dangerous bargain she made could have lasting repercussions.

Now Theia has returned to Serendipity Falls, and she finds herself struggling with the same deadly hungers that have tortured Haden. When students at their high school fall prey to a mysterious illness, Theia can’t help but wonder if Haden’s control is slipping—and how much longer she’ll have a grip on her own.

And still the nightmare realm of Under won’t let them go. Someone from Haden’s past is determined to destroy Theia from the inside out, starting with those closest to her, forcing Theia to choose between family and friends and a love that may have been doomed from the start…

On my mailbox: Especial Edition

Is the place where I show all the books that came home with me, some on ebooks others paperback. I prefer ebooks, they are easier for me to read, cause is lighter to carry everywhere. So most of them will be ebooks.

Christmas was great and I got a tablet, still trying to deal with the app for reading and there’s no adobe digital editions, so I need to figure it out how to read my netgalley books on it. Here’s a pic off my new baby.

I’ll try to update during this holiday but can’t help it. Merry Christmas late for everyone and a Happy New Year with lots of reading.

Review: Icebound by Julie Rowe

Format Read: e-ARC provided by NetGalley courtesy of the publisher

Series: -|-
Publisher: Carina Press
Genre: Romance > Contemporary Romance
Release date:  November 14th 2011
Formats Available: e-Book, kindle, nook
Number of pages: 159 pages

Purchase information: Author Website, Goodreads, kindle, nook

Book Blurb:

Dr. Emilie Saunderson is driven to finish her late husband’s research. Her quest brings her to Antarctica, where she hopes to find a measure of peace in the isolated and icy wilderness. It’s the last place on earth she expects to be given a second chance at love.

Tom Wolinski loves his work at the bottom of the world. Damaged by his dark past, he has vowed never to get close to anyone—a promise that’s easy to keep in a place with no permanent residents. That is, until Emilie arrives, and he’s irresistibly drawn to her warmth and inner strength.

Emilie has no desire to get involved with another adventurer, and Tom has made it clear he’s not interested in putting down roots. But as they work together to survive in the harshest of climates, they turn to one another for comfort. Is the heat between them enough to melt the ice around their hearts, and bind them together forever?

 My Thoughts:

I though this book has dealt with a lot of issues, for start Emilie decides to finish her late husband researches on Artantica and also try to find some closure for the fact that he’s no longer with her, but once there she gets through on distinct events, and discover that happiness can be found anywhere even when you least expect.

On the other end there’s Tom, and this is his fourth year on the North Pole. He is the boss or as close as that around there, but has some problems following others people rules. He’s a paramedic and hot as they can get, so working around him can be very dangerous.

Is a short book with only 50000 words and very sweet some parts and also quite sad. But this is North Pole and accident happens more here than everywhere else. Loved how Emilie overcomes her sadness from the beginning with some work and a new love, along with unexpected news. But Tom doesn’t hank very high for me, he has issues, sure everyone has one or maybe more, but he’s head deep sinking to believe he’s right, even when people try to help. Don’t know about you guys, but Tom wasn’t for me. That’s why only four starts and the book had a great feel.

Another plus side is the crew, 63 people working there with them, they were fun, some loveable, and others great friends. If you like a romance, I recommend this one.

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Waiting on Wednesday #17

“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

This week’s pre-publication “can’t-wait-to-read” selection is:

Flashfire
by Deborah Cooke
Publication date: January 3rd 2012
Dragonfire #7

From Goodreads:

Master illusionist Lorenzo wants nothing to do with the Pyr.
His dragon nature is just another secret to hide and another
detail to juggle, like ensuring that each of his Las Vegas
magic shows is a true spectacle. Until he feels the burn of
his firestorm and his whole world shifts….

Cassie Redmond is tired of photographing celebrities. She
wants to pursue her dream of serious photography—despite
the lucrative offer for a shot of a dragon shifter. Las Vegas
is the last place she wants to be, but Lorenzo arouses more
than her curiosity when he shifts shape as the finale of his
show. Instead of forcing him to reveal his secrets, Cassie
gets swept away by this illusionist’s masterful touch.

Lorenzo wants to satisfy the firestorm and put it behind
him. But Cassie is hard to forget—and he can’t ignore the
danger when Slayers target the mate Lorenzo didn’t believe
he wanted…

The MacGregors Readalong 2012!!!

The MacGregor’s series consists of eight books and some of those books have two or three stories in it, therefore we’re spreading this read along out from January til June which is a long time I know, but there will be a review and discussion every three weeks meaning everyone can read along with us and there’s no rush to read each book and to read anything you like in between!

I know there’s a lot to take in as it’s a rather long read along and there are many books involved so here’s the schedule for you all:

January 17th Review of The MacGregors: Serena & Caine (Playing The Odds; Tempting Fate)
January 18th Serena & Caine discussion all at Swept Away Again!


February 7th Review of The MacGregors: Alan & Grant (Tempting Fate; All The Possibilities)
February 8th Alan & Grant discussion all at Smitten with Reading!


February 28th Review of The MacGregors: Daniel & Ian (For Now, Forever; In From The Cold)
February 29th Daniel & Ian discussion all at Paperback Daydreamer!


March 20th Review of Rebellion
March 21st Rebellion discussion all at The Bookaholic Cat!


April 10th Review of The MacGregor Brides
April 11th The MacGregor Brides discussion all at Swept Away Again!


May 1st Review of The Winning Hand
May 2nd The Winning Hand discussion all at Smitten with Reading!


May 22nd Review of The MacGregor Grooms
May 23rd The MacGregor Grooms discussion all at Paperback Daydreamer!

June 12th Review of The Perfect Neighbour
June 13th The Perfect Neighbour discussion all at The Bookaholic Cat!
 
Christi Snow  from Smitten with Reading, Ally from Swept Away Again, Deanna from Paperback Daydreamer and Marcela from The Bookaholic Cat will all take a turn at reviewing a book and holding a discussion of the book on the following day.

I first bought this series when Harlequin Brazil released on the Duette and loved. This was my firsts books from Nora Roberts and since them I’ve feel in love with her creations. Reread this will be tons of fun.

Readathon!

This readathon will take place over the Holiday break so from December 22nd all the way to January 1st!  It will be the perfect time to finish up all your 2011 challenges and make it to your reading goals for 2011. 

The Hashtag for quick updates and chatter about the readathon is: #WU2011R
How to enter:  Fill out the form and add your blog or website to the linky!  If you are posting from twitter, leave your profile URL.  If you don’t have a website, blog, or twitter, you can update in the comments of the kickoff post on December 22nd, just make sure to fill out the form!



I’m in, still don’t know how many books I’ll be able to knock down, but late today I’ll make a list for start.

Review: Touch of Power by Maria V. Snyder

Format Read: e-ARC provided by NetGalley courtesy of the publisher

Series: Healer #1
Publisher: MIRA
Genre: Fantasy
Release date:  December 20th 2011
Formats Available: e-Book, kindle, nook, paperback
Number of pages: 400 pages

Purchase information: Author Website, Goodreads, kindle, nook

Book Blurb:

Laying hands upon the injured and dying, Avry of Kazan assumes their wounds and diseases into herself. But rather than being honored for her skills, she is hunted. Healers like Avry are accused of spreading the plague that has decimated the Territories, leaving the survivors in a state of chaos.

Stressed and tired from hiding, Avry is abducted by a band of rogues who, shockingly, value her gift above the golden bounty offered for her capture. Their leader, an enigmatic captor-protector with powers of his own, is unequivocal in his demands: Avry must heal a plague-stricken prince—leader of a campaign against her people. As they traverse the daunting Nine Mountains, beset by mercenaries and magical dangers, Avry must decide who is worth healing and what is worth dying for. Because the price of peace may well be her life…

My Thoughts:

As amazing as it sounds this is my first read from Maria’s and I have to say that it was impressive. She created a mythical, dying world with loveable characters and an inspiring wish for them to be true.

I received this book for review for quite a while, and don’t knew what to expect, but heard so many good comments about, that I rushed him up my TBR pile and wasn’t disappointed.

I feel falling in a big fantastic world that has healers and magic surround people. As the author introduced a new character she created a whole story for it and made the book even more enjoyable.

Avry didn’t let me down. She’s smart, has a great sense of humor and despise everything she suffered and the people she lost, she still believe and good and honor. And I felt like every action of her was what keep the book so good. I love books with powerful leading characters, the stories are usually richer and this one was a piece of art.

Avry is a healer living in world post a major big disease that killed millions, and the remain blame the healers, so she struggles to help people and continue alive. There’s also a bounty for healer’s death, so everyone is after them. The book start by showing what people are capable off when they feel betrayed, even if is not really true.

Right in the begging, Avry is captured and that’s when we meet the other group of characters. Kerrick is their “boss” and every girl dream: strong, beautiful, but a pain in the ass. He need her help to save a friend, but Avry does not want to help since she met him once and he wasn’t good.

They travel for over three months and find some troubles along the way, plus Avry has a bit of a problem in following rules, so she and Kerrick pick some battles in the between. She helps others and most important for me, she discovers that life is more than saving people, is having friends.

The pact is full of surprises, some good others not so much, but their friendship made it all easier. I fell in love with Papa Bear since the begging and Flea was also a nice surprise. A book full of adventures is always a great read for me.

Will definaly be impatiently waiting for the next one and hoping that Avry will discover a cure for the disease, because definably they will defeat Tohon.

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Review: Alpha’s Mate by Leah Brooke

Format Read: ebook

Series: -|-
Publisher: Siren
Genre: Erotica > Menage
Release date:  May 1st 2009
Formats Available: e-Book, Kindle, Nook, paperback
Number of pages: 226 pages
Purchase information: Author Website, Goodreads, Kindle, Nook
Book Blurb:
When Lacey Roberts visits her beloved godmother, the last thing she needs is more complications. She’s on the run helping a woman and child disappear. But her godmother’s grandsons are definitely complications. All four have decided she’s their mate. To top it all off, she discovers that they’re werewolves, Alphas’ of the pack. And they have no intention of letting her go.

Lars, Damien, Wes and Seth Tougarret are half brothers, Alphas, kept apart as children. Their father’s death before they were born divided the pack. Because of their grandmother, they’ve learned to get along. Barely. Stunned to learn they share a mate, they must form a bond. Especially when they learn someone wants her dead. 

My Thoughts:

Once in a while I get surprised by a book that really gets to me. And especially since I wasn’t expecting at all. From the begging I didn’t a big connection with Lacey, and she is the principal character, so I though great another book with a running girl. But damn I was wrong. Lacey is one of the most brave girls that I’ve read so far, she started the book running but with a pretty good reason and everything is explained on the next chapters.

This book is about mating with werewolves’, yes plural, Lacey discover that’s all the stories were true and 4, oh boy, 4 half brothers werewolves’ are meant to be together, isn’t it super sweet. They are bossy and very sexy, every girl dreams is a man who loves her and protect, imagine having that in not one but four times.

So Lacey has some issues about freedom and liberty, plus she discovers that some slapping is good in sex as anything else.

Lars, Damien, Wes and Seth are half brothers and each is the alpha of their own pack, but when they realize that Lacey is their mate, they decide to join the pacts and try to live on the same house. Problem is Lacey has some issues to resolve from her past and the others pacts don’t want all this werewolves’ together, is dangerous in times of war.

Lars is the leader; he was born a couple of months ahead of the others and usually is the one trying to separate the battles. Damien is sex as hell, he’s like a Dom, prefer things on his way being sex or life as general. Wes is more relaxed, and a sculptor very famous, he’s more about feelings than the others. Seth, I really didn’t like him, he started the book acting like a boy, but he’s about the same age as the others, feels like he has a peter pan problem, and took him a little more time to really treat Lacey like she deserved.
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