Review: Kade’s Dark Embrace by Kym Grosso

Kade's Dark EmbraceTitle: Kade’s Dark Embrace
Author:  Kym Grosso
Series: Immortals of New Orleans
Publisher:  self pub
Format: ebook
ISBN: 9780615613376
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Release date: March 5th 2012
Number of pages: 250

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Summary

After a series of girls are ritualistically murdered on the cold streets of Philadelphia, seasoned detective, Sydney Willows, is forced to work with sexy, alpha vampire, Kade Issacson. While working the case, Sydney finds herself inexplicably drawn to Kade, fighting the passion she feels towards him. Kade, determined to solve the case and mete out justice, is captivated by the independent, fiery detective. As he attempts to protect her from a very real murderer, Kade grows concerned that the beautiful, but very human detective, could easily end up dead should she tangle with supernatural forces that are beyond her control.

The investigation leads them into a dark and dangerous world, deep in the heart of New Orleans, where together, they search for the perpetrators of the Voodoo killings. Sydney soon becomes the target of the killer and ends up fighting for her life and love in the Big Easy. Will she eventually give into the intoxicating desire she feels for Kade if she makes it out alive?

My Thoughts
The book has two of my favorite things at the moment: a serial killer investigation and vampires. It was pretty good for a new series and now I have this debut author on my watch list.
During the book we follow detective Sydney and the vampire Kade. At this reality the vampires and other supernatural beings are know to the population and they have a special police to investigate their crimes called P-CAP.
Kade was called by a friend to investigate a few mysteries happening in Philadepia and at his first night in the city he met Sydney on the street and didn’t know they would work together. Sydney has a big problem with trusting the supernaturals of any kind after being attacked a few years back.
So the first death brought these two together and now Sydney has to work with a vamp that makes her tingle everywhere. It’s kinda interesting to now what these two are felling, because the sensations are new to both of them, since Sydney never had a serious relationship were she loved another person deeply and Kade has lived far too long but never really found his soul mate.
I loved how protective Kade was but at the same time he accepted how strong and capable Sydney was and he never just used her. Sydney is struggling with her new feelings and trying to wrap her mind around the fact that a vampire is making her happy and meddling in her life at the same time.
The investigation was a very good fact that showed a mystic side of New Orleans and the Voodoo religion. Loved how the deaths were explained and how it helped to understand the connections with the past. It was a great book and now I believe the new is about Luca.

 

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Review: Staring Into The Eyes of Chance by Kay Dee Royal

Staring Into the Eyes of Chance (LIIA, #1)   

Staring Into The Eyes of Chance by Kay Dee Royal

e-ARC provided by the author for the book tour
Publisher: MuseItUp Publishing
Format: ebook
ISBN: 9781927361993
Genre: Paranormal Romance/Erotica
Release date: March 1st 2012
Number of pages: 158
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Book Blurb:

Olivia endures a thirty-four year passionless marriage, discovering her dead husband’s philandering history at his funeral. She devotes her energy and life-long sensitivity with animals to her wildlife refuge and preserve.

Chance, a Lycan alpha and leader of the Lycan International Investigation Agency (LIIA) throws himself into his investigations. He chooses to neglect his duty of finding a primal-mate after watching his father become an empty shell over the loss of his.

A murderous rogue pack draws Chance onto Olivia’s wildlife preserve, sending Olivia’s animal sensitivities into overdrive. Chance and Olivia discover a sizzling force driving them together.

Will they succumb to its enticing tether, or fight to resume their loveless lives apart?

My Thoughts:

This is a hot book! I was expecting a paranormal romance with some steamy scenes and a lot of kissing, but this book was good surprise.

 

Chance has given up on primal-mate simply because his father suffered a lot after his mother died. And the way his brother treated him, blaming and pushing made things even harder.

 

Now he’s the alpha of LIIA and for years his pack is trying to arrest and stop a crazy wolf that has killed both, humans and lycan. That’s how Chance met Olivia. She has a wildlife preserve and the crazy wolf has been attacking her animals.

 

I loved how the author handled the discovering’s and the relationship between Chance and Olivia. He’s trying to save her but she is trying to forget her adulterous husband and lies are not the best thing. Plus there’s a chemistry between these two that is extreme.

 

The sexual scenes were more than I expected taking in consideration Chance pack lives a very human life. A great thing to overpower the suspense and the crazy wolf killing past time. I liked this book, but wish it were a little bigger.

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Excerpt:

Where the hell is it?

Sharp prickles raced up Olivia’s spine as the deepest, longest, eeriest
wolf howl she ever heard echoed through the forest. Her body froze and her
fingers clung white-knuckled around the tranq rifle. A longer ominous howl
answered. It came from the back side of the barn. She took a deep breath,
stood up with gun ready, rounded the corner, and ran the length of the
barn. Olivia paused for another breath before dashing around to the
backside of the structure.

Nothing.

She stepped away from the building, intent on walking her yard
perimeter, head pivoting in all directions, scanning the short grass and
fallen leaves. Movement to her right alerted her too late as she pivoted
toward the motion.

“Oomph!” She took a hit, like a truck slammed into her front side. A
flurry of black and silver fur, claws, and teeth. She fell flat on her back, her
head bouncing off the ground. The rifle flew from her grasp. No footfalls, no
heavy breathing, but a pungent scent of musty dog fur lingered in the air.
Olivia lay there, afraid to move, afraid the wolf had just called in his pack.

Review: Avalon for Christmas by Kate Richards

imageTitle: Avalon for Christmas
Author: Kate Richards
Format Read: 
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Series: none
Publisher: Decadent Publishing Company, LLC
Genre: Erotica
Release date: November 22nd 2011
Formats Available:  ebook, kindle
Number of pages: Around 50
Rating:

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Book Blurb:

Pete hopes the magic of the holiday season will help him to mend the friendship one night of teenage indiscretion tore apart. A successful software designer, he is bringing his girlfriend, Gina, to Avalon to meet his oldest friend, and first love, Andy. A dozen years have passed and it will take all the Christmas spirit in Avalon to mend the rift and maybe, just maybe, bring the three of them together for a night of explosive sex that will catapult them into a happy ever after beyond any of their wildest dreams. If it can happen anywhere, it can happen on Catalina Island!

My Thoughts:

Overall I liked this book, but the relationship between the characters was a bit fast. Pete had a secret encounter when he was a teenager with his friend and couldn’t stop thinking about it but also didn’t do anything, so the friendship was left behind and he never actually talked with Andy.
 
Now he has a girlfriend and decided that he needs to see Andy one more time and try again. At first I didn’t understand why so suddenly, and especially because for a first he as a great girl and is happy, but since he went to the Army and now he’s grandmother died, I think he’s afraid to lose Andy and never had tried anything.
 
Gina was a strange character for me, she jumped way to fast in a relationship that is strange with two guys and accepted everything despise not knowing Andy at all. But the sexual scenes were really good, so I decided to give 4 stars. One more thing, the anal sex was a bit fast and not real at all.

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Review: Cowboys Make Better Lovers by Kelly Wallace

imageTitle: Cowboys Make Better Lovers
Author: Kelly Wallace
Format Read: 
kindle freebie
Series: none
Publisher: Linden Bay Romance, Llp
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release date: September 30th 2011
Formats Available:  kindle, ebook, paperback
Number of pages: 188
Rating:

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Book Blurb:

When Sarah Collins loses her only sister in a car accident, she’s surprised to learn that guardianship of her two nephews and infant niece has fallen equally to her and her brother-in-law. Sarah’s not ready to be a parent, but can she trust playboy Raif Manning to do the job? Raif, an illustrious photographer, is ready, willing, and eager to give up his wild bachelor lifestyle. He’s just purchased an old, rundown farmhouse in Kansas and his number one priority is to restore it as the perfect place to raise his new family. Raif knows that he has to have a proper home for the kids if he’s going to convince Sarah to give him sole custody. But when Sarah shows up on Raif’s doorstep he’s completely unprepared. The house is in shambles, the kids are running amuck, and what’s worse? As soon as Raif gets an eyeful of the sexy Sarah with her sassy attitude and completely transparent suit of armor, he falls hard and fast. Little does Raif realize that while he’s trying to find a way to lure Sarah into bed, she’s finding her way into Raif’s heart and helping him realize his dreams.

My Thoughts:

Short book  and with a lot of emotions. A couple died and left their three children in their brothers hands, and that’s how Sarah and Raif encounter happen. Sarah’s sister was the closest family she had and now that she’s gone everything looks a bit disconnected and she takes three months to go see the kids. And that’s when she met Raif.

Raif was a playboy, he worked as a photographer and used to being seen with different girls everyday, so Sarah gets a little worried in leave the kids on his watch, since she doesn’t think will be good for them to be raised by her.

Raif just bought a house on the town and needs all the cleaning and work done as expected for a new house. That’s when princess Sarah shows up and everything looks not good enough.

I loved the fact that Raif judged Sarah from the beginning but discovered that she really had a different life from what he would have though and things started to get steamy really fast. Those two sure does have chemistry and leaving together made things even more difficult.

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Interview and Giveaway: Kenya Wright

Hey everyone today I’ll be receiving author Kenya Wright to speak answer a few questions. Kenya’s new series The Habitat was review here. Don’t forget to visit the other blogs for more chances to win.
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BookTravels: Why did you decide to write an urban fantasy romance?
KenyaWright: My favorite quote is: “If there’s a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.” ― Toni Morrison 
When I decided to write my book, I wrote the exact type of story I would love to read.
BookTravels: What do you think makes your book stand out in today’s market?
KenyaWright: There are three things that make my book different from others in my genre. First my book has a lot of diverse characters. The setting is in Miami so there are a lot of characters from Hispanic descent and my main character is African-American. Second, the magic system is based on the Santeria religion which I have never seen in fantasy novels. Finally, the concept of supernaturals living in caged cities is a pretty unique idea.
BookTravels: Do you have any must-haves while you are writing?
KenyaWright: Coffee- I go to law school, work a full-time job, and have three little kids. I am always tired!
A Wide Pen- I have carpal tunnal so my wrists quickly hurt if I use a small pen. The thick pens let me write for hours.
BookTravels: What kind of books do you read in your spare time? Do you read the same genre that you write?
KenyaWright: My favorite genres are urban fantasy and paranormal romance, but I also read a lot of different genres from sci-fi to mystery, cyber punk to horror.
BookTravels: Can you tell us anything about what you are currently working on?
KenyaWright: I am currently working on two things. One, I am revising a YA paranormal romance novella from Fire Baptized’s world. The book is called Chameleon and has completely different characters. The book should be published in March 2012. Additionally, I am revising the sequel to Fire Baptized which is The Burning Bush. It will be published in May 2012.
BookTravels: What is one urban fantasy book that you would recommend and why?
KenyaWright: Laini Taylor’s Daughter of Smoke and Bones. It is by far my favorite novel. The author is such a talented writer. When I read her setting descriptions I literally want to make love to the book.
 
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Fire Baptized

Since the 1970’s humans have forced supernaturals to live in caged cities. Silver brands embedded in their foreheads identify them by species: a full moon for Vampires, a crescent moon for Shifters, a pair of wings for Fairies, and the list goes on, for each supernatural species has been tagged and categorized by humans.

Lanore Vesta is marked with a silver X, the brand of Mixbreeds, second-class citizens shunned by society. She stays to herself, revealing her ability to create fire only during emergencies. All she wants to do is graduate college and stop having to steal to survive. But when she stumbles upon a murder in progress, she catches the attention of a supernatural killer. Now all she wants is to stop finding dead bodies in her apartment.

Enlisting help from her Were-cheetah ex-boyfriend Meshach and a new mysterious friend named Zulu, she is steered through the habitat’s raunchy nightlife. But their presence sometimes proves to be more burden than help, as they fight for her attention.

While the corpses pile up, and the scent of blood fills the air, Lanore is left wondering: will she find the psycho or die trying?
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Kenya Wright always knew she would be famous since the ripe old age of six when she sung the Michael Jackson thriller song in her bathroom mirror. She has tried her hand at many things from enlisting in the Navy for six years as a Persian-Farsi linguist to being a nude model at an art university. 
However, writing has been the only constant love in her life.
Now Kenya is publishing her first book, Fire Baptized, the urban fantasy novel she always wanted to read. This novel is the first book in a series.
Will she succeed? Of course. 
For she has been coined The Urban Fantasy Queen, the Super Iconic Writer of this Age, The Lyrical Genius of Our Generation. Granted, these are all terms coined by her, within the private walls of her bathroom as she still sings the Michael Jackson thriller song.
Kenya Wright currently resides in Miami with her three amazing, overactive children, a supportive, gorgeous husband, and three cool black cats that refuse to stop sleeping on Kenya’s head at night.
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February 20: LASR Science Fiction/Fantasy Guest Blog
February 21: Rogues Angels
February 22: Kindling the Fire
February 23: Novel Reflections
February 24: Where Fantasy and Love Take Flight
February 27: Paranormal Romantics
February 28: The Life (and lies) of an inanimate flying object
February 29: BookSpark
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March 2: Book Travels
March 5: The ParaRomance Club
March 6: It’s Raining Books
March 7: Carrie Ann Ryan’s Blog
March 8: The Muse
March 9: Words of Wisdom from The Scarf Princess
March 12: Mother/Gamer/Writer
March 13: Reader Girls
March 14: My Odd Little World
March 15: Realmantic Moments
March 16: Adventure Into Romance

Review: Fire Baptized by Kenya Wright

imageTitle: Fire Baptized
Author: Kenya Wright
Format Read: 
ebook for the tour
Series: The Habitat #1
Publisher: Dragonfairy Press
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Release date: January 28th 2012
Formats Available:  paperback, kindle, ebook
Number of pages: 276
Rating:

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Book Blurb:

Since the 1970s humans have forced supernaturals to live in caged cities. Silver brands embedded in their foreheads identify them by species: a full moon for Vampires, a crescent moon for Shifters, a pair of wings for Fairies, and the list goes on, for each supernatural species has been tagged and categorized by humans.
Lanore Vesta is marked with a silver X, the brand of Mixbreeds, second-class citizens shunned by society. She stays to herself, revealing her ability to create fire only during emergencies. All she wants to do is graduate college and stop having to steal to survive. But when she stumbles upon a murder in progress, she catches the attention of a supernatural killer. Now all she wants is to stop finding dead bodies in her apartment.
Enlisting help from her Were-cheetah ex-boyfriend MeShack and a new mysterious friend named Zulu, she is steered through the habitat’s raunchy nightlife. But their presence sometimes proves to be more burden than help, as they fight for her attention.
While the corpses pile up, and the scent of blood fills the air, Lanore is left wondering: will she find the psycho or die trying?

My Thoughts:

It has been a while since a read one urban fantasy books, and boy I was missing a hole different world and this book did bring the best story. It has all kinds of things, from racism to slavery and even more powers than anyone could imagine.

For one thing that I loved it is Lanore, she’s a strong female character that does what is right, despise her childhood. She has flaws and that’s what makes more special. In this strange world were the supernaturals live together in cities that are more like prison, Lanore is like a sunshine, so pure and strong. She doesn’t have a perfect life and that s show when she shoplift some books just to be able to finish college.

There are three different races and this is a bit confusing on the book. When the humans discovered the supernaturals everything changed and some cities were created only for those with powers. And they were branded, each species had their own symbol. After a while these supernaturals started to breed and that’s what Lanore is a Mix-breed and those like her are considered the worst kinds because she could receive power from both parents or none.

So there’s also a little romance with a ex-boyfriend that is actually someone she grow up with, so their relationship is kinda strange. Plus there’s a sexy man that does everything for her and has a lot of influence.

You think that’s all? No!! Actually the best part for me was the investigation, because we discovered so many different species and Lanore is a target since she actually one of the murders and decides to investigate on her own, because the police are humans and they don’t care for supernaturals death.

Loved the book and specially, Lanore. So I’ll be waiting to her if her relationship will actually work with…

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Review: The Virgin & The Playboy by Kate Richards

imageTitle: The Virgin & The Playboy
Author: Kate Richards
Format Read: 
ebook
Series: 1 Night Stand #2
Publisher: Decadent Publishing
Genre: Erotic Romance
Release date: March 18th 2011
Formats Available:  ebook, kindle
Number of pages: 25
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Book Blurb:

Julie, accidental virgin, has waited longer than she ever planned to lose her virginity and join everyone else she knows in dating reality. Embarrassed at her plight, she has made arrangements with 1NightStand.com to meet with a handsome stranger for one night of no commitment required sexuality, without having to admit she’d never made love before.
Mark is the one single guy left in his group of friends. As such, he is known for the bevy of lovelies he dates, and his stories of wild exploits between the sheets. His participation in 1NightStand.com is on a dare, and he has no idea that his date is…less experienced than he is used to. And so much more…
When they enter the penthouse suite in Las Vegas, they enter a chamber designed for luxury and booked for a 1NightStand.

My Thoughts:

A very well written short story. I usually don’t like when there’s only few pages on a book but this one was a bit addictive and I was actually looking forward to the end and to find out if they were going to be together. Crazy right?
This was a good surprise. Julie wanted to have what every other girl does, a normal sexual life the only problem for her is her virginity. So she hires a company specialized in dates as the said 1 Night Stand.com.
Mark is a normal guy who dates a lot, and his married friends consider him a womanizer, and truth is he’s kinda happy with his life and his friends dare him to join the same company Julie did.
They never met and only dated with one propose in mind (sex), so these two actually met in a hotel in Las Vegas (perfect place!!) and is kinda awkward in the very begging since they don’t know how to proceed but once one kiss is shared is like everything is set in motion and they have chemistry together.
The sex scene was very good and I liked how sweet Mark was about her virginity, another plus. In the end I was hoping the story could go on, since it was very good.

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