Mystery Review: Eternity in Death by JD Robb

Eternity in Death (In Death, #24.5)Eternity in Death by JD Robb
Series: In Death
Publisher:
 Brilliance
Format:
 audiobook
ISBN: 142335172X
Genre: Mystery
Release date: October 30th 2007
Number of pages: 1 MP3-CD / 3 hours
Source: Bought

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Summary:

When club-hopping bad girl Tiara Kent is found dead in her plush Manhattan apartment, the killing has all the earmarks of a vampire attack. The ever-practical Lieutenant Eve Dallas has to deal with superstitious cops carrying garlic and stakes, as well as the ever-hysterical press. None of the wealthy young victim’s friends seem to know much about the Dark Prince she has been secretly seeing. The chase to stop him before he kills again will lead Eve and her team into areas of the city that not even the most intrepid cop wants to visit, and into the very heart of darkness.

Now Magdelana Percell – there’s someone Eve can picture as a murder victim. Possibly at Eve’s own hands. The slinky blonde – an old flame of her billionaire husband, Roarke, from his days on the wrong side of the law – has turned up in New York, and she’s anything but innocent. Unfortunately, Roarke seems blind to Magdelana’s manipulation, but not to her shapely figure and flirtatious ways. And he insists that the occasional lunch or business meeting with her is nothing to worry about;and none of Eve’s business. Eve’s so unnerved by the situation that she finds it hard to focus on the Foster case. Still, she’ll have to put aside her anger, jealousy, and heartbreak, for a while at least – because another man has just turned up dead, and the case is taking some strange turns and hitting some frustrating dead ends.

Eve knows all too well that innocence can be a façade. Keeping that in mind may help her solve this case at last. But it may also tear apart her marriage.

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Review:

This was a darker story because Eve had to deal with a murderer very close to what her father once was and this made her remember those moments of terror from her childhood. I liked the different setting and this time the story was fast and brutal, because we can see how much Eve is trying to close the case, but circumstances are always in the middle. I liked the way Roarke was by her side in this case, even McNab helped a little.

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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
#39 – Festive in Death (Expected publication: September 1st 2014)

Paranormal Review: Bitter Sweet Love by Jennifer L Armentrout

Bitter Sweet Love (The Dark Elements, #0.5)Bitter Sweet Love by Jennifer L Armentrout
Series: The Dark Elements
Publisher:
 Harlequin Teen
Format:
 freebie
ISBN: B00DPAFPQG
Genre: Paranormal
Release date:  December 1st 2013
Number of pages: 105
Source: bought

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Summary:

Dez wasn’t just Jasmine’s crush. A gargoyle Warden like Jas, he helped her come to terms with her destiny—fending off demons and maintaining balance between good and evil. He was her everything…right until the moment he disappeared without a trace. It didn’t help that Jas’s father had just announced that she and Dez would one day be mated. Hard not to take that personally.

And now he’s back, three years older, ten times hotter, ready to pick up exactly where they left off. But Jas isn’t taking that risk again. Dez has seven days to meet all her conditions and earn back her trust. Seven days filled with terrifying danger and sweet temptation. Seven days to win her heart—or shatter it all over again…

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Review:

I decided to read this novella closer to the release of the first book, because if I liked the waiting would be smaller. But this couple was cute and they made a great adventure together. I liked knowing more about Dez and even some of the stories behind this world.

For me the best part was that Justine and Dez knew each other for years, so in reality they were half in love before the mating. Dez needed to share more about his disappearing act, but their time together was really nice.

This was just a prequel but I really liked the way some of the information was shared. This is a completely different story and I loved the gargoyles, they are fun and very normal, after this first glimpse of the new world, I have to say Jennifer caught me again.

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SERIES IN ORDER

#0.5 – Bitter Sweet Love
#1 – White Hot Kiss
#2 – Stone Cold Touch
#3 – Untitled 

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Mystery Review: Innocent in Death by JD Robb

Innocent in Death (In Death, #24)Innocent in Death by JD Robb
Series: In Death
Publisher:
 Brilliance
Format:
 audiobook
ISBN: 1423316029
Genre: Mystery
Release date: February 20th 2007
Number of pages: 1 MP3-CD / 12 hours
Source: Bought

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Summary:

The death of history teacher Craig Foster devastated his young wife, who’d sent him off to work that morning with a lovingly packed lunch. It shocked his colleagues at the Upper West Side private school. And as for the ten-year-old girls who found him in his classroom in a pool of bodily fluids, they may have been traumatized for life.

Lieutenant Eve Dallas, of course, is more hardened to murder cases. And this is clearly a murder case. That lovingly packed lunch was tainted with deadly ricin. And Mr. Foster’s colleagues, shocked as they may be, have some shocking secrets of their own. It’s Eve’s job to get a feel for all the potential suspects, and find out why someone would have done this to a man who seemed so inoffensive, so pleasant;so innocent.

Now Magdelana Percell – there’s someone Eve can picture as a murder victim. Possibly at Eve’s own hands. The slinky blonde – an old flame of her billionaire husband, Roarke, from his days on the wrong side of the law – has turned up in New York, and she’s anything but innocent. Unfortunately, Roarke seems blind to Magdelana’s manipulation, but not to her shapely figure and flirtatious ways. And he insists that the occasional lunch or business meeting with her is nothing to worry about;and none of Eve’s business. Eve’s so unnerved by the situation that she finds it hard to focus on the Foster case. Still, she’ll have to put aside her anger, jealousy, and heartbreak, for a while at least – because another man has just turned up dead, and the case is taking some strange turns and hitting some frustrating dead ends.

Eve knows all too well that innocence can be a façade. Keeping that in mind may help her solve this case at last. But it may also tear apart her marriage.

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Review:

The killer was easy for me to find, but I was a little scared in the end when Eve finally got the confession, the reason for the first murder is so small and this time we could clearly see this was a psychopath all the way. I loved the investigation and have to say that Eve was right almost from the start and people need to trust her better than just to blame in the past.

Magdalena was a pain in the ass, and Roarke deserved the punch and so much more for the moments he made Eve suffer and even judged her love for him. Even Summerset was on Eve side, so you can see who is right. They managed to find their passion and relationship back, but that Magdalena deserved to suffer a little more.

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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
#39 – Festive in Death (Expected publication: September 1st 2014)

Romance Review: A March Bride by Rachel Hauck

A March Bride (A Year of Weddings, #4)A March Bride by Rachel Hauck
Series: A Year of Weddings
Publisher:
 Zondervan
Format:
 ebook
ISBN: 9780310338680
Genre: Romance
Release date: February 25th 2014 
Number of pages: 120
Source: NetGalley

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

Summary:

Susanna has found her true prince, and their happily ever after is just around the corner. But when Nate asks her to give up something precious to her, Susanna can’t help but wonder if it’s a sign that their love is not meant to be.
Susanna Truitt (Once Upon A Prince) is three weeks from royalty. She’ll soon marry King Nathaniel II of Brighton Kingdom. But when the government insists she renounce her American citizenship before the wedding, coupled with the lack of involvement by family and friends, her heart begins to doubt whether this marriage is God’s plan for her.
Nathaniel would do anything for his bride-to-be. But he knows his position requires that she give up a lot to be with him. Her life will never be her own — right down to her very identity. When she travels home to St. Simon’s Island, Georgia, right before the wedding, Nathaniel fears she won’t return. Gathering his courage, he devises a plan to win his bride all over again, and together they seek out a kingdom to treasure above all.

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Review:

This is novella is actually part of another series, but you can read without a problem that I understood everything so nothing was lost. After reading this novella I decided to start the other series, like I don’t have enough in my plate, but I found Nathaniel so cute, he made the story for me, his fight for a change and the way he treats Susanna was too sweet. Susanna had to change a lot after accepting Nathaniel wedding proposal, especially since his a King.

But I loved the way her family decided to help, but not impose and how Nathaniel family was there for him. This couple just needed a remember of how they are and their moments together made it so perfect. I loved that Susanna decided to think first about making a huge decision she was uncertain. Loved their families and this couple was too cute to be true.

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Series in Order

#1 – A December Bride
#2 – A January Bride

#3 – A February Bride 
#4 – A March Bride
#5 – An April Bride (Expected publication: March 25th 2014)
#6 – A May Bride (Expected publication: April 22nd 2014)
#7 – A June Bride (Expected publication: May 27th 2014)
#8 – A July Bride (Expected publication: June 24th 2014)
#9 – An August Bride (Expected publication: July 29th 2014)
#10 – A September Bride (Expected publication: August 26th 2014)
#11 – An October Bride (Expected publication: September 23rd 2014)

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Young Adult Review: Killer Frost by Jennifer Estep

Killer Frost (Mythos Academy, #6)Killer Frost by Jennifer Estep
Series: Mythos Academy
Publisher:
 Kensington Books
Format:
 ARC
ISBN: 9780758281548
Genre: Young Adult
Release date:  February 25th 2014
Number of pages: 384
Source: NetGalley

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

Summary:

I’ve battled the Reapers of Chaos before–and survived. But this time I have a Bad, Bad Feeling it’s going to be a fight to the death … most likely mine.

Yeah, I’ve got my psychometry magic, my talking sword, Vic–and even the most dangerous Spartan on campus at my side, in Logan freaking Quinn, but I’m no match for Loki, the evil Norse god of chaos. I may be Nike’s Champion, but at heart, I’m still just Gwen Frost, that weird Gypsy girl everyone at school loves to gossip about.

Then someone I love is put in more danger than ever before, and something inside me snaps. This time, Loki and his Reapers are going down for good … or I am.

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Review:

This is the last book in this series and I’m sad to say goodbye to Gwen and her adventures as Nike Champion. After all the dangerous situations and the drama around her personal life we can see that Gwen has grown a lot and found some way to survive and try to save the world. She’s the only one with the power to kill Loki and make sure he doesn’t destroy the world, but she has no idea how to do it, sure she has friends willing to help and the artifacts other Gods created that could help in the battle.

I loved this story, it’s full of action and Gwen of course had to save the world. I liked this last book and the final battle. Vivian was such a terrible girl and after all the talking she demonstrated that in the end Loki chose the right person to lead his army. I loved the characters and how we got caught up in the battle. Metis and Nickamedis helped a lot. But Logan was perfect in this book, we saw these two growing apart but now in the times of danger, he always comes to the rescue. Loved the story and I’m not saying spoilers, so this review will be short.

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SERIES IN ORDER

#0.5 – First Frost
#1 – Touch of Frost
#2 – Kiss of Frost
#3 – Dark Frost
#4 – Crimson Frost
#4.5 – Spartan Frost

#5 – Midnight Frost
#6 – Killer Frost 

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Sunday Post #18

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.

My Week

Crazy week with lots of hot days, the sun is extreme in my country and I don’t have enough energy to do much exercises or to read. So I was lazy.

Book Blog Walkers 2014 Book Blog Walkers: Weekly Check in Feb 7 2014

I decided to join Felicia at Geeky Bloggers and now my walking plans are getting better, I’m not the best person to follow a routine, but after following those ladies and seeing they can do some workout at home made me want to do it too.

  • Feb 16: Off Day
  • Feb 17: 3 miles with Leslei
  • Feb 18: 1 mile with Leslei
  • Feb 19: Off Day
  • Feb 20: 1 mile
  • Feb 21: 1 mile with Leslei
  • Feb 22: 1 miles with Leslei

Last Week on the Blog

What to Expect this Week

  • Killer Frost by Jennifer Estep
  • A March Bride by Rachel Hauck
  • Tempted by the Soldier by Nicolette Day
  • Bitter Sweet Love by Jennifer Armentrout
  • Innocent in Death by JD Robb
  • Tamed by the Wolves by Cara Adams

News on the Reading Pile

NetGalley:

Scandalize Me (Fifth Avenue Trilogy, #2)

Bought:

Bitter Sweet Love (The Dark Elements, #0.5) Snowbound with a Billionaire

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

Cutting The Budget – February is almost over

Cutting the Budget 2014

I decided to make this year all about the TBR and visiting Delighted Reader and her idea to keep track of her book shopping made me super giddy to do the same, so after some begging she created this awesome meme.

So for the rest of February I have 12.59

This week was slow for me and I barely added anything to the pile, but got some romances and the new series from Jennifer Armentrout, loved!!

Book and Author

Where I Got

Final Price

Budget Left

Bitter Sweet Love by Jennifer Armentrout

B&N

0.00

16.58

Snowbound with a Billionaire by Julles Bennett

Harlequin.com

3.99

12.59

Scandalize me by Caitlin Crews

NetGalley

0.00

12.59

What the Greek’s Money Can’t Buy by Maya Blake

NetGalley

0.00

12.59

Erotica Review: Surrendered to the Wolves by Cara Adams

Surrendered to the Wolves by Cara AdamsSurrendered to the Wolves (Werewolf Brides, #1)
Series: Werewolf Brides
Publisher:
 Siren Publishing
Format:
 ebook
ISBN: B00HYFX8NU
Genre: Erotica
Release date: January 20th 201
Number of pages: 88
Source: Bought

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Summary:

Esther Johnson answers an advertisement for mail-order brides to marry two men of their choice from twenty-four eligible bachelors. Then she learns they’re werewolves. But the werewolf community at Cooper’s Farm is very welcoming, and Xola and Kairu Cooper are extremely yummy. It’s not how she’d planned her life, but once she finds a job, she’ll consider their attractions. However, getting a job isn’t all that easy. Oh, it’s way better than in her old neighborhood, but there are so many other considerations. She’s made friends with the other mail-order brides, and Xola and Kairu keep distracting her with outings and their wonderful bodies. Then Xola sees some people watching the farm and he and Okapi learn that there’s something not quite right going on in the local BDSM club. Is Esther safe? Are any of the human women safe? And how will Xola and Kairu protect her when she’s determined to go work in Coopersville town.

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Review:

I do love werewolves and was kinda missing some of their crazy moments, so decided to read this novel, but in reality is a short book, more like a novella and a really great story if you like erotica and light BDSM, plus some furry hotness. The summary was a little strange and I have no idea how these women decided to become mail-order brides, but they are extremely good people and they have to choose a pair of wolves to mate for life. Strange thoughts right? But everybody took it well to the news and the first trio is fast in the works.

I do have to say Esther was not my favorite girl, but I loved Xola and Kairu, especially their friendship, because we can clearly see they have something special going. Both are very passionate in bed and they also have boundaries, worried about the other person, for me that makes a normal and very good relationship. Both are a little in love already with Esther, but we can see they are different and very hot guys. Loved the way they treated her.

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Series in Order

#1 – Surrendered to the Wolves
#2 – Tamed by the Wolves
#3 – Yielding to the Wolves
#4 – Matched to the Wolves

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Romance Review: Her Valentine Fantasy by Nancy Warren

Her Valentine FantasyHer Valentine Fantasy by Nancy Warren
Publisher:
 Cosmo Red Hot Reads from Harlequin
Format:
 ebook
ISBN: 9781743649107
Genre: Romance
Release date:  January 1st 2014
Number of pages: 91
Source: NetGalley

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Summary:

Tonight’s sinful dessert special…Valentine’s Fantasy

The tasty dish from Benedict restaurant is everything Jessica Lafayette could want… or crave. And it’s not the dessert in front of her—it’s her waiter. A guy with dark, intense eyes that suggest he wants to slowly lick whipped cream off her skin. A smile so wicked it makes her insides lava-cake gooey. And a too-hot-to-handle body that was meant to be tasted…

Yup, Sam The Waiter is better than chocolate.

But what Jessica doesn’t know is that her one-night-waiter is actually Sam Benedict, Upscale Restaurateur. And that her little lie about being from out of town is going to turn into a Big Deal. Now Jessica is in deep hot chocolate… because her Valentine Fantasy is starting to look a lot like a red-hot reality!

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Review:

This was a super hot little novella and I can say this month Cosmo really hit the jackpot because I loved their selection and this time was no different. These romances are sweet and fun, full of flirt moments, but the best part for me are they smexy scenes.

Sam was such a nice guy and he treated Jessica like a princess, loved to see the way Jessica let go and enjoyed a very nice evening of hot sex, fulfilling that way her new year promise. Sam was super romantic and I loved they way this book brought to us both of their POV, so we could see what was going on after they went separate ways.

Loved their e-mails, super fun to see Jessica letting go and Morgan was a great friend to her, helping and making worst too.

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Romance Review: Once Upon a Prince by Rachel Hauck

Once Upon a Prince (Royal Wedding, #1)Once Upon a Prince by Rachel Hauck
Publisher:
 Zondervan
Format:
 ARC
ISBN: 0310315476
Genre: Romance
Release date: May 7th 2013 
Number of pages: 352
Source: NetGalley

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

Summary:

Once Upon a Prince, the first novel in the Royal Wedding series by bestselling author Rachel Hauck, treats you to a modern-day fairy tale.

Susanna Truitt never dreamed of a great romance or being treated like a princess—just to marry the man she has loved for twelve years. But life isn’t going according to plan. When her high-school-sweetheart-turned-Marine-officer breaks up instead of proposing, Susanna scrambles to rebuild her life.

The last thing Prince Nathaniel expects to find on his American holiday to St. Simon’s Island is the queen of his heart. A prince has duties, and his family’s tense political situation has chosen his bride for him. When Prince Nathaniel comes to Susanna’s aid under the fabled Lover’s Oak, he is blindsided by love.

Their lives are worlds apart. He’s a royal prince. She’s a ordinary girl. But everything changes when Susanna receives an invitation to Nathaniel’s coronation.

It’s the ultimate choice. His kingdom or her heart? God’s will or their own?

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Review:

I decided to request this book after reading the novella that follows this story. I had no trouble following the novella and found this couple super sweet. This is a regular romance at first, but when Susanna discovers that Nate is actually prince Nathaniel things changed very fast. 

I liked the pacing in this book and found their insecurities really normal, but Nate had to make some choices after his father died and the romance was left behind, but destiny brought these two together and it’s clear for everyone that love is a bigger part of the equation.

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Series in Order

#1 – Once Upon a Prince
#2 – Princess Ever After

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