Paranormal Guest Review: The Mating by Nicky Charles

The Mating by Nicky Charles
Series:
 Law of the Lycans
Publisher:
 Smashwords
Format:
ebook
Genre: Paranormal romance
Release date: February 26th, 2010
Number of pages: 340
Source: Free on smashwords

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Summary:

She lay beside him, staring blankly at the ceiling. The deed was done. They were mated. It didn’t matter that she had no love for him nor he for her. Political alliances were more important than feelings, or so she had been told. That fact was cold comfort right now as her heart broke within her.

Elise had no idea when she came home that day that she’d end up mated to a complete stranger. A new Alpha and the need for an alliance between packs have made her a pawn.

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Review by Melissa:

Swoon, swoon, swoon. Themating by Nicky Charles will forever be one of my favorite werewolf books of all times. This is like the fourth or fifth time I read it, and I still have a hard time controlling my swooning butterflies every time Kane happens to be around. Nowadays, it’s really hard to get a chance to re-read books when you have an ever-growing pile of books to read and review, but when a book is so good, you just have to stop everything you’re doing, grab that book and only live and breathe in its world for a few hours.

The mating is that kind of book I like to come back to every once in a while. It has all of my favorite elements: romance, paranormal setting, great plot and a superb writing style. It’s a story you dive into and the pages seem to fly by in a matter of seconds. The kind where you fall in love, giggle and blush along with the characters. They become friends and when it’s time to say goodbye, it’s like losing a part of you that you didn’t know was missing.

Bear in mind though that this is an adult paranormal romance, so we do get some steamy scenes between the main characters, Elise and Kane. So if you’re not comfortable reading the those moments, you can always skip them and be sure you’re not missing out much of the plot. Only a few sexy Kane moments.

Wait, did I mention that this book and the rest of the series are all free in ebook format? Why yes they are! Nicky Charles is one heck of an awesome writer because she decided to make all of her books available for free, and let me tell you, they are all SO GOOD. Could this be any more perfect?

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Series in Order

#0.5 – Bonded
#1 – The Mating
#2 – The Keeping
#2.5 – Betrayed: Days of the Rogue
#3 – The Finding

 

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Mystery Review: Visions in Death by JD Robb

Visions in Death (In Death, #19)Visions in Death by JD Robb
Series: In Death
Publisher:
Putnam Adult
Format:
ebook
ISBN: 042520300X
Genre: Mystery
Release date: January 25th 2005
Number of pages: 354
Source: Bought

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Summary:

On one of the city’s hottest nights, New York Police Lieutenant Eve Dallas is sent to Central Park-and into a hellish new investigation. The victim is found on the rocks, just above the still, dark water of the lake. Around her neck is a single red ribbon. Her hands are posed, as if in prayer. But it is the eyes-removed with such precision, as if done with the careful hands of a surgeon-that have Dallas most alarmed.

As more bodies turn up, each with the same defining scars, Eve is frantic for answers. Against her instincts, she accepts help from a psychic who offers one vision after another-each with shockingly accurate details of the murders. And when partner and friend Peabody is badly injured after escaping an attack, the stakes are raised. Are the eyes a symbol? A twisted religious ritual? A souvenir? With help from her husband, Roarke, Dallas must uncover the killer’s motivation before another vision becomes another nightmare…

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Review:

When I started this series earlier this year mystery was not a genre that I followed, but ever since Eve made me love a good investigation and I added several other books to my growing pile, but nothing is better than a good dose of Eve and Roarke. The last book was a little difficult for these two and thank god this one was more simple.

There was a lot of drama and Eve suffered for Peabody, but the investigation was perfect. I wasn’t really in favor of the visions in this case and Eve was so right in all her deductions that at moments I actually thought she had a gift, but the killings were brutal and Eve managed just fine to keep everything away.

Another great book for this series and Roarke was merely a sidekick in this one. Pity.

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Series in Order

#1 – Naked in death
#2 – Glory in death
#3 – Immortal in death
#4 – Rapture in death
#5 – Ceremony in death
#6 – Vengeance in death
#7 – Holiday in death

#7.5 – Midnight in death
#8 – Conspiracy in death
#9 – Loyalty in death

#10 – Witness in death
#11 – Judgment in death

#12 – Betrayal in death
#12.5 – Interlude in death
#13 – Seduction in death
#14 – Reunion in death
#15 – Purity in death
#16 – Portrait in death
#17 – Imitation in death
#17.5 – Big Jack
#18 – Divided in death
#19 – Visions in death
#20 – Survivor in death
#21 – Origin in death
#22 – Memory in death
#22.5 – Haunted in death
#23 – Born in death
#24 – Innocent in death
#24.5 – Eternity in death
#25 – Creation in death
#26 – Strangers in death
#27 – Salvation in death
#27.5 – Ritual in death
#28 – Promises in death
#29 – Kindred in death
#29.5 – Missing in death
#30 – Fantasy in death
#31 – Indulgence in death
#31.5 – Possession in death
#32 – Treachery in death
#33 – New York to Dallas
#33.5 – Chaos in death
#34 – Celebrity in death
#35 – Delusion in death
#36 – Calculated in death
#37 – Thankless in death
#37.5 – Taken in Death
#38 – Concealed in Death (Expected publication: February 18th 2014)

Tuesday Top Five – Romances

My first top five was Young Adult, so I decided to follow with Romances. Last couple of years I’ve read some great romances and a couple of them are part of series, so this week are five series waiting to be read. For one reason or another they were left behind.

Big Sky Mountain (Parable, Montana, #2) Playing to Win (Play by Play, #4) Hard and Fast (Fast Track, #2) Bed of Roses (Bride Quartet, #2) The Sweetest Thing (Lucky Harbor, #2)

Big Sky Mountain by Linda Lael Miller – I loved the first book on this series and grabbed my copy of the second from NetGalley in the moment I saw, the only reason is still unread are number of pages. Linda Lael Miller made an incredible first book introducing Parable and now it’s time to get back on this series because she already released six books. I’m so behind.

Playing to Win by Jaci Burton – I love to read about sports, its super fun to watch those strong and handsome guys falling in love. This series is different because each book is for a sport so I got to learn more about the rules and games. I’m not that behind, only a few books, but this is usually a fun and sweet read more than anything.

Hard and Fast by Erin McCarthy – I liked the first book and decided to continue with this series, but never got to actually start the second book. There’s nothing special in the first couple so I think that’s one of the reasons I’m postponing reading the rest of them.

Bed of Roses by Nora Roberts – I started the first book on the new year and it was magic watching this couple falling in love, plus Nora Roberts is one of my favorites authors for romances. This series has a different plot and I enjoyed the fact this friends actually work making weddings happen, so need to read the other three books ASAP.

The Sweetest Thing by Jill Shalvis – People love this series. Bloggers are always ravishing about this author so I decided to give it a shot. I liked the first book, but for me it was nothing special, but I’ll read at least the second one before making a decision. First books on a series are always a little boring for me since the author has to introduce lots of characters.

Have you read any of this series? Yes, leave a link to your reviews or start now. Till next week.

Romance Review: The Secret Heir of Sunset Ranch by Charlene Sands

The Secret Heir of Sunset RanchThe Secret Heir of Sunset Ranch by Charlene Sands
Series: The Slades of Sunset Ranch
Publisher:
Harlequin
Format:
ARC
ISBN: 0373732767
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release date: November 5th 2013
Number of pages: 192
Source: NetGalley

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I received this book from NetGalley and Harlequin in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Summary:

A war hero returns to a secret baby surprise in this Slades of Sunset Ranch novel by USA TODAY bestselling author Charlene Sands.

Back from his tour of duty, wealthy Nevada rancher Justin Slade gets the shock of his life. The woman who shared his bed eighteen months ago is in his hometown with a son in tow who looks just like Justin!

Katherine Grady is hiding a dark past, but when she realizes Justin seduced her under false pretenses, she’s livid;even if she still finds him as irresistible as ever. Will their secrets keep them apart, or will her hero fight for what’s his?

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Review:

This book was a little different for me. I’m used to all kinds of things and Katherine was really surprise with this twist in her life. But I thought it was brilliant, she got a second chance with her baby father. Justin lied, but we can clearly understand that it wasn’t a bad move and he wasn’t trying o harm anyone. Just a couple of guys pranks and now is the perfect moment for him to find a family of his own.

Justin and Katherine are actually two nice people and they so cute together. I think they deserved a happy ending especially after everything life made them suffer. Katherine was a nice girl and always chose safety but with her past is clear that she’s not entirely wrong and I liked the changes and different paths she chose after the baby was born.

Justin on the other end, had a very normal life, but chose the military and it took some of his happiness, clearly was a good choice for him, because now he’s thinking about saving some other heroes.

I liked their finding each other again and it was nice following their new romance.

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Series in Order

#1 – Sunset Seduction
#2 – The Secret Heir of Sunset Ranch

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Mystery Review: Divided in Death by JD Robb

Divided in Death (In Death, #18)Divided in Death by JD Robb
Series: In Death
Publisher:
Putnam Adult
Format:
ebook
ISBN: 0399151540
Genre: Mystery
Release date: January 26th 2004
Number of pages: 357
Source: Bought

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Summary:

Found alone on the streets as a child, Eve Dallas has built a new identity and a new future as a cop. Now the hard-edged and coolheaded detective fights for truth and justice, but she still has one very human weakness-enigmatic Irish billionaire, Roarke. And when a trusted employee of Roarke Enterprises is a suspect in a double-homicide, Roarke comes to Eve for help.

Reva Ewing was a former member of the Secret Service, and now a security specialist for Roarke Enterprises-until she was found standing over the dead bodies of her husband, renowned artist Blair Bissel, and her best friend. But Lieutenant Eve Dallas believes there was more to the killing than jealous rage-all of Bissel’s computer files were deliberately corrupted. To Roarke, it’s the computer attack that poses the real threat. He and Reva have been under a code-red government contract to develop a program that would shield against techno-terrorists. But this deadly new breed of hackers isn’t afraid to kill to protect their secret-and it’s up to Lieutenant Eve Dallas to shut them down before the nightmare can spread to the whole country.

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Review:

This book was a difficult one for Eve and Roarke, because they had a huge argument and I was concerned for a moment about their relationship. I liked the idea of showing they are normal people and fight just like everybody else. Eve had a hard time with this case because she discovered a few things about her past and how things could be a little different.

The case was difficult too, because involved a government agency, HSO, and of course they had a few issues with sharing, plus Eve was trying to help a friend of Roarke, the girl wasn’t guilt, but someone went to a lot of trouble to make it look like that. I liked the case, it was different and very dangerous for Eve. Her car suffered again.

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Series in Order

#1 – Naked in death
#2 – Glory in death
#3 – Immortal in death
#4 – Rapture in death
#5 – Ceremony in death
#6 – Vengeance in death
#7 – Holiday in death

#7.5 – Midnight in death
#8 – Conspiracy in death
#9 – Loyalty in death

#10 – Witness in death
#11 – Judgment in death

#12 – Betrayal in death
#12.5 – Interlude in death
#13 – Seduction in death
#14 – Reunion in death
#15 – Purity in death
#16 – Portrait in death
#17 – Imitation in death
#17.5 – Big Jack
#18 – Divided in death
#19 – Visions in death
#20 – Survivor in death
#21 – Origin in death
#22 – Memory in death
#22.5 – Haunted in death
#23 – Born in death
#24 – Innocent in death
#24.5 – Eternity in death
#25 – Creation in death
#26 – Strangers in death
#27 – Salvation in death
#27.5 – Ritual in death
#28 – Promises in death
#29 – Kindred in death
#29.5 – Missing in death
#30 – Fantasy in death
#31 – Indulgence in death
#31.5 – Possession in death
#32 – Treachery in death
#33 – New York to Dallas
#33.5 – Chaos in death
#34 – Celebrity in death
#35 – Delusion in death
#36 – Calculated in death
#37 – Thankless in death
#37.5 – Taken in Death
#38 – Concealed in Death (Expected publication: February 18th 2014)

Sunday Post #4

The Sunday Post The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news~ A post to recap the past week on your blog, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead. See rules here: Sunday Post Meme.

Spend a couple more than usually, but I have a good reason, bought a Kindle Paperwhite last week and I’m in heaven. Always read on my tablet and the computer, but now is so much easier and I’m having tons of fun finding new books and arranging my collections.

I also had a hard time with the big finale in Allegiant. Some things were a little strange and off for the story.

Last Week on the Blog

Romance Review: Take Me Home for Christmas by Brenda Novak

Romance Review: Straddling the Line by Sarah M. Anderson

Romance Review: The Consequences of That Night by Jennie Lucas

Romance Review: Bringing Home the Bachelor by Sarah M. Anderson

Romance Review: Expecting a Bolton Baby by Sarah M. Anderson

Young Adult Review: Allegiant by Veronica Roth

Series Saturday – Elemental Assassin by Jennifer Estep

News on the Reading Pile

From NetGalley:

The Dimitrakos Proposition

For Book Tour:

A Madaris Bride for Christmas

Bought:

Allegiant (Divergent, #3) First Strike (I-Team, #5.9) Theirs to Keep (Tangled Hearts Trilogy, #1) Against All Odds (Shifters #1) The Bad Boys' Virgin Temptress (The Law Castle Bad Boys, #1) The Bad Boys’ Reluctant Woman (The Law Castle Bad Boys, #2) Witches of East End (The Beauchamp Family, #1)

That’s all for this week. What you got to show? Leave me a link and I’ll come to visit.

Series Saturday – Elemental Assassin by Jennifer Estep

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Another week and this time I chose an Urban Fantasy series. I love powerful and very dangerous females. But the best part for me is the fact they never give up and are super intelligent. And these are the reasons why I love Gin and her adventures. If you are not familiar with her there’s nine books already released and several novellas for you to love.

Spider's Bite (Elemental Assassin, #1) Web of Lies (Elemental Assassin, #2) Venom (Elemental Assassin, #3) Tangled Threads (Elemental Assassin, #4)

Can I say how much I love those covers and you can clearly see Gin is a badass!! Anyway, I started this series last year during a read-along and could not wait so I just keep reading. I loved the way this stories show more than an assassin, Gin has a family, a different one and nobody its perfect, but we can see how much they love each other and when one of those need her, you can bet Gin will keep her word.

Spider’s Revenge (Elemental Assassin, #5) Thread of Death (Elemental Assassin #5.5) By a Thread (Elemental Assassin, #6) Widow’s Web (Elemental Assassin, #7)

There’s a lot of story and I feel like Gin is sharing more of herself with her family and friends after all those books. I love her brother Finn and all those dirty little jokes of him, but my favorite was Owen, he made a terrible mistake and I don’t know exactly how to feel about him at the moment, but will see how it goes.

Deadly Sting (Elemental Assassin, #8) Carniepunk: Parlor Tricks Kiss of Venom  (Elemental Assassin, #8.5) Heart of Venom (Elemental Assassin, #9)

There’s a huge series for you know and follow but every book released has me stalking Edelweiss for a copy. Otherwise Gin will use her magic and destroy me. Did I say that, she’s super powerful, like a witch I guess, with stone and ice power. Deadly combination. There’s one more book to be released in December and I already grabbed my copy, it’s pretty and awesome.

The Spider (Elemental Assassin, #10)

Have you read this series or are you in the mood to give it a chance?