New Adult Guest Review:The Forgotten Ones by Laura Howard

The Forgotten Ones (The Danaan Trilogy, #1)

Allison O’Malley’s plan is to go to grad school so she can get a good job and take care of her schizophrenic mother. She has carefully closed herself off from everything else, including a relationship with Ethan, who she’s been in love with for as long as she can remember.

What is definitely not part of the plan is the return of her long-lost father, who claims he can bring Allison’s mother back from the dark place her mind has gone. Allison doesn’t trust her father, so why would she believe his stories about a long forgotten Irish people, the Tuatha de Danaan? But truths have a way of revealing themselves. Secrets will eventually surface. And Allison must learn to set aside her plan and work with her father if there is even a small chance it could restore her mother’s sanity.

Title: The Forgotten Ones
Author: Laura Howard
Series: The Danaan Trilogy
Publisher:  Amazon Digital Services
Format: kindle
A SIN: B00CKXODRG
Genre: New Adult
Release date: April 28th 2013
Number of pages: 197
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Review by Melissa

Never, never fall prey in the hands of a fairy. Yes, they can be beautiful and alluring, but nothing good can come out of a connection with them. They can be wicked as they are beautiful. To them, you are not a person, you are a plaything and they love to collect playthings, it’s in their nature.

This is the main theme of The Forgotten Ones. It’s a storyline that draws you in and doesn’t let go until you are done with the last page. It’s a story about Allison and her schizophrenic mother who lost her mind when the love of her life didn’t come back to her in Ireland. Then, out of the blue, strange things begin to happen. Crows constantly watch over her, she has bizarre dreams every night and weird people start to appear out of nowhere. The story is beckoning, there’s love and heartbreak, infatuation and obsession. Traveling towards the fairy realm couldn’t be more fun!

Put aside the many characters this story has (with hard to pronounce Irish names), I want to focus in how admirable Allison really is. She sacrifices her social and love life just to take care of her mother and she doesn’t second-think any of it. She does it because she wants to, because she loves her mother and grandparents and will do anything to help them out in dealing with her mother’s health. She is happy just the way she is, her idea of having fun is reading books and running like she was flying. Her only unwanted distraction? The cute boy named Ethan who she has feelings for, despite her denial. The thing is, he’s a player. He knows that with the sight of him, a whole bunch of butterflies explode inside your stomach like fireworks on the fourth of July. You want him in the picture at all times, and you want him to make a move. (But I still don’t like him to be a player, at all).

The Forgotten Ones is the first of a planned trilogy and I look forward to continue with Allison’s story once the second and third come out. The ending was a bit blunt in my opinion but that didn’t diminish my good thoughts about the book, I had a great time whilst reading it and if you like quick fairy reads, then this one might be for you.

 

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Series in Order

#1 – The Forgotten Ones
#2 – The Stone of Destiny (2013)
#3 – Untitled

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Review: Long Hard Ride by Lorelei James

Long Hard Ride (Rough Riders #1)Title: Long Hard Ride
Author:  Lorelei James
Series: Rough Riders
Publisher:  Samhain Publishing
Format: ebook
ISBN: 1599987430
Genre: Erotica
Release date: March 2008
Number of pages: 287

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Summary
Channing Kinkaid itches for a wild western adventure with an untamed man. Enter Colby McKay, bull rider, saddle bronc buster and calf roper. He knows he’s found a woman who’s up to the challenge of cutting loose. Intrigued by Channing’s bold proposition to “horse around” on the road, Colby proposes sexual escapades not only in his bed, but in those of his two rodeo traveling partners. Can Channing give up total control? Especially when not all is as it seems with the sexy trio?
My Thoughts
I do love a cowboy, but when you mix together some erotica and a cowboy there’s no way I’m passing that and after reading so great things about this series I decided to join the fun and read them all. I do have  to say not all of them were perfect but in general it was pretty damn good.
The first book we met a McKay and he was just perfect. Strong and a little dominant, but also charming, there’s no way women would pass that right? Plus he’s on the rodeo along with two other sexy Gods.
One night he was getting all hot and bothered with Channing when her boyfriend, another rodeo cowboy, decided to be a jackass and she dumped him. Colby invites her to travel with him and his two buddies, but she needs a open mind and desires lots of sex, because they want her all night. The best part is that she makes all her fantasies comes true and this book is very explicit about it. Lots of sex and a little bit of love.
I loved the fact that one of Colby buddies is from Brazil. Edgard is very handsome, but doesn’t engage in the sex zone, making Channing a little crazy about but he’s actually in love with the other buddy, Trent.
So the book is very full of sex, we have ménage, m/m, and a gangbang, but is everything very good and we can understand Channing changes of feelings. Because after all the sex she realize that her heart is beating faster for just one cowboy and he didn’t made any promises.
I loved the finale and how Channing decide to change her life after discovering more of herself on the tour. Colby accident made me very sad, but came we a reason, plus I can’t wait for Trent and Edgard story.
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Books in this Series

#1 – Long Hard Ride
#2 – Rode Hard, Put Up Wet
#3 – Cowgirl Up and Ride
#4 – Tied Up, Tied Down
#5 – Rough, Raw and Ready
#6 – Branded as Trouble
#6.5 – Strong, Silent Type
#7 – Shoulda Been a Cowboy
#8 – All Jacked Up
#9 – Raising Kane
#9.5 – Slow Ride
#10 – Cowgirls Don’t Cry
#11 – Chasin’ Eight
#12 – Cowboy Casanova
#13 – Kissin’ Tell
#14 – Gone Country (Expected publication: December 2012)
#15 – Redneck Romeo (Expected publication: May 2013)

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“Channing, come back here.”
“No,” she tossed off over her shoulder.
“I’m warnin’ you, girl, you don’t want to make me mad.”
“Tough shit, tough guy. Suck it up and walk it off.”
People around them stopped and stared, nudged each other and chuckled, giving Colby a wide berth.
“Last chance,” he yelled.
Channing flipped him the bird without turning around. In fact, she ran away from him like her boot heels were smoking.
He was going to paddle that sassy little ass but good.”

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Review: Her Heart for the Asking by Lisa Mondello

Her Heart for the AskingTitle: Her Heart for the Asking
Author:  Lisa Mondello
Series: Texas Hearts
Publisher:  self pub
Format: ebook
ISBN: 9781465908490
Genre: Romance
Release date: February 8th 2012
Number of pages: 182

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Summary

Promises made…secrets kept…

Mandy Morgan swore she’d never step foot in Texas again after Beau Gentry left her for life on the rodeo circuit eight years before. He once promised he’d love her forever. But he’d abandoned their love for the rodeo and she hadn’t seen him since. Now she’s back in Texas. Her uncle’s heart is failing and Mandy has to convince him that surgery will save his life. She never dreamed the first thing she’d see when she stepped off the plane would be her biggest nightmare…the one man she’d never stopped loving.

Beau Gentry had the fever for two things: the rodeo and Mandy Morgan. But for Beau, loving Mandy was complicated by his father’s vendetta against her uncle and a promise he’d made to an old friend. Hank Promise, Mandy’s uncle, was more like a father to Beau than his old man had been. The hardest thing Beau had ever done was leave Mandy behind for the rodeo. He can still see the bitterness and hurt on her face. It has killed him all these years to think Mandy had forgotten him…maybe even in the arms of another man. But now they’re both back in Texas, and Beau’s going to do all he can to win back her love.

My Thoughts

Mandy and Beau were together eight years ago when she visited her Uncle Hank during summers. Mandy loved Beau but he ended things with her and decided to join the rodeo, claiming not love her.

 

Now Mandy is back in her uncle house, because he’s terrible sick and needs a surgery, but being a stubborn guy he doesn’t want it. Now Mandy has to deal with uncle Hank surgery and beau back in her life.

 

I loved how Mandy discovered her true feelings and also a few stories, but didn’t like her relationship with Beau since the first place. She was sixteen when they had a thing and now she’s not happy in her life, but thinks everything is because of him and how they broke up.

 

I didn’t like the fact she was pushing her life because everybody say is better and not choosing for herself. She is a big girl and it took her some time to realize things needed change. But why only in the last few pages I don’t know.

 

Wish we could see more of these two relationship in the present, because we only have a few memories from the past and both changed a lot since them. I didn’t like the fact they jumped so far in the relationship after years being far away and Mandy a couple days before was really hurt. things happened a bit too fast for me.

 

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Books in this Series

#1 – Her Heart for the Asking

#2 – His Heart for the Trusting

#3 – The More I See

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"What are you doing here?" Mandy Morgan asked, dropping her too-heavy overnight case on the sun-roasted tarmac. After a grueling forty-eight hour work stint and a five-hour flight from Philadelphia, she stood wilting under the brutal Texas sun, facing her biggest nightmare.

 

Beau Gentry.

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Author Bio

 

Lisa Mondello (a.k.a. LA Mondello) has held many jobs in her life but being a published authors is the last job she’ll ever have. She’s not retiring! She blames the creation of the personal computer for her leap into writing novels. Otherwise, she’d still be penning stories with paper and pen.  Her first book, All I Want for Christmas is You, was the winner of the Golden Quill contest for Best First Book and to date has had over 350,000 downloads worldwide.

She is currently the author of 14 novels under the name Lisa Mondello and LA Mondello.

You can find more information about Lisa Mondello at http://www.lisamondello.blogspot.com or chat on Twitter at @LisaMondello.

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Review: Their Virgin’s Secret by Shayla Black and Lexi Blake

Their Virgin's Secret (Masters of Ménage, #2)Title: Their Virgin’s Secret
Author:  Shayla Black and Lexi Blake
Series: Masters of Ménage
Publisher:  B&B
Format: ebook
ISBN: 9781937608033
Genre: Erotica
Release date: December 24th 2011
Number of pages: 206

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Summary

Two Men on a Mission

Security Professionals Burke and Cole Lennox have shared women before but never meant to fall in love with one. Their lives are precarious, always on the edge of trouble. But Jessa Wade is too tempting, too perfect to let go. They’re on a dangerous mission, but they can’t help but get close to the beautiful, innocent artist. When their mission takes them to a foreign land, they reluctantly leave their love behind, promising to return for her one day.

A Woman with a Secret

After her lovers disappeared, Jessa Wade bravely moves on with her life, protecting her secret. But when she becomes the target of one of Burke and Cole’s enemies, the men leap into action, vowing to save their woman and to never leave again. As danger stalks all three, they must come together and face the mistakes of their past. On the run and out of time, Burke and Cole will fight for their future with Jessa. But will Jessa’s secret bring them together…or tear them apart?

My Thoughts

 

I liked the first book on this series and after reading the summary for the second decided to continue to read. The security men that helped discover the stalker in the first book are now the ones trying to fin the woman perfect for their lives.

 

Burke and Cole are brothers and lived their entire life together, working for the military and afterwards the opened a security team specialized in some dangerous jobs and in the middle of a mission they met and sleep with Jessa Wade. But nothing is that simple, so when they left to finish the job, things got complicated and now Jessa is in dangerous.

 

Burke and Cole have very different personalities. While Cole is more dark and dominant, Burke is more romantic and passionate. Sex is very complete while these two are together and that’s the reason Jessa decided to enjoy new years with a ménage and had to convince the two to take her virginity in every way possible.

 

They left and when they finale finished their mission and decided to come back, some lies made them leave and never return, but what they didn’t knew was that Jessa was pregnant and now they have a very cute baby boy and the some dangerous guy wants revenge by taking Jessa’s life, the brothers decide to solve this drama while trying to reconnect with Jessa and try to work on a future together.

 

I like how they decide to overcome the past and the fact that she toke some time to trust them after they lied and how the friends helped too. We got to see some new brothers that most likely will be on the next book.

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Books in this Series

#1 – Their Virgin Captive

#2 – Their Virgin’s Secret

#3 – Their Virgin Concubine (Expected: Summer 2012)

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Review: Their Virgin Captive by Shayla Black and Lexi Blake

Their Virgin Captive (Masters of Ménage, #1)Title: Their Virgin Captive
Author:  Shayla Black and Lexi Blake
Series: Masters of Ménage
Publisher:  B&B
Format: ebook
ISBN: 1936596067
Genre: Erotica
Release date: August 30th 2011
Number of pages: 239
 

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Summary

Brothers Gavin, Slade, and Dex, fall hard for Gavin’s new secretary, beautiful Hannah Craig. The oil executives know they must give her time to get to know them before she can choose one . . . who will seduce the virgin and keep her for his own. But when a dangerous predator begins stalking the small-town beauty, they work together to protect her, abducting Hannah and spiriting her to an isolated hideaway. Once alone with her, none of them can contain their burning desire. Though Slade and Dex don’t mind sharing, Gavin’s tragic past has put distance between him and his brothers. Now, they’re hoping that not only will Hannah love them back . . . but maybe mend their fractured family.

After overcoming her initial fears, the men teach her wild pleasure she’s never imagined. She grows closer to each, their devotion melting her inhibitions. Hannah finds herself embracing love with all three men—and hoping she can heal Gavin’s wounded soul. But her new found happiness turns to terror when her stalker finds her. Will Gavin, Slade and Dex lose their woman to a menace that threatens everything they hold dear, or will they finally unite to make Hannah theirs forever?

My Thoughts

 

I was feeling like reading some erotica during June and this book has a very good cover, so I decided to pick it up and give it a shot. I wasn’t disappointed and even bought the second on this series.

 

I’ve heard great things about Shayla Black but this is my first book from her. She made several scenes were ménage was the principal and every time I was impressed by the details and how good the story was. Usually these relationships between several men and one women are a bit forced, but since the males are brothers I found it really nice the idea of sharing.

 

Hannah is the executive secretary of Black oil Ink, working for Gavin James but she also has a good and friendly relationship with his brothers, Slade and Dex. She’s very attracted with these guys and when a stalker start following and sending treats to her, the James brothers decide it’s the time to acknowledge their feelings and passion and find a way to protect and save Hannah fro this bastard.

 

I loved how honest the book was. Gavin was once married and struggles to accept his feelings and trust that Hannah actually loves him and wants his dark side. Slade and Dex are very dominate and they love a good play in bed, making this part more sexy and fun.

 

Also the investigation and the dangerous scenes made this more dark and emotional. It was a good book, with a lot of action and sex, but it has a nice story and made me want to read more from these authors.

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Books in this Series

#1 – Their Virgin Captive

#2 – Their Virgin’s Secret

#3 – Their Virgin Concubine (Expected: Summer 2012)

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Review: Jasmine’s Urban Cowboys by Laura Ashton

 
Jasmine's Urban Cowboys (Sensual Awakenings #1)Title: Jasmine’s Urban Cowboys
Author: Laura Ashton
Series: Sensual Awakenings
Publisher: Siren-Bookstrand, Inc.
Format: ebook
ISBN: –|-
Genre: Erotica
Release date: January 1st 2009
Number of pages: 180
Add it: Goodreads
 
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After a nightmare marriage and a bitter divorce, Jasmine is ready to celebrate big time. Jaz meets Ted and Gabe, two deliciously attractive, available men.

 
Having spent a celibate year waiting for her divorce, waking up in the arms of a gorgeous hunk after a night of hot sex was at the top of Jaz’s list. Either of these dreamboats would be wonderful, but which one? When she has trouble deciding, Jaz makes the decision that if either of them would be good, then both of them would be twice as good!

With that thought burning into her psyche, Jaz returns determined to seduce not one, but both of the ready and willing studs. What follows is a sexy, sometimes humorous story where the things that happen that night entwine all their lives, changing them forever.

My Thoughts:

This book is for ménage lovers because if you don’t like it, just give up. This series is very hot and a great past time. Usually short books with last than 200 pages and lots of sex.

 

Jazz finally got her divorce and decided to have a night out to celebrate. So her friend called her to play bowling and that’s how she met these two sexy and hot cowboys. Ted and Gabe are family and friends, but they are so perfect that is hard to pick just one for the night. So Jazz picked two and they said yes.

 

The book has lots of sex and Jazz is trying to understand her feelings, plus these two hot guys that are really great and more than a girl could ever wish for. There are fun, sweet, romantic and rich. Gabe loves to send presents and Ted acts sometimes like a boy, but he’s very grown up in bed.

 

A good book and they end was very sweet.

Books in this Series:

#1 –  Jasmine’s Urban Cowboys
#2 –  Sharing Brenda
#3 –  Victoria’s Secret Life

Review: Big Sky Country by Linda Lael Miller

Big Sky CountryTitle: Big Sky Country
Series: Swoon-Worthy Cowboys
Publisher: HQN Books
Format: ebook
ISBN: 0373776438
Genre: Romance
Release date: May 29th 2012
Number of pages: 384
Add it: Goodreads
 
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The "First Lady of the West," #1 New York Times bestselling author Linda Lael Miller is back with a new series about Parable, Montana-where love awaits. The illegitimate son of a wealthy rancher, Sheriff Slade Barlow grew up in a trailer hitched to the Curly-Burly hair salon his mother runs. He was never acknowledged by his father-until now. Suddenly, Slade has inherited half of Whisper Creek Ranch, one of the most prosperous in Parable, Montana. That doesn’t sit well with his half brother, Hutch, who grew up with all the rights of a Carmody. Including the affections of Joslyn Kirk, homecoming queen, rodeo queen, beauty queen-whom Slade has never forgotten But Joslyn is barely holding her head up these days as she works to pay back everyone her crooked stepfather cheated. With a town to protect-plus a rebellious teenage stepdaughter-Slade has his hands full. But someone has to convince Joslyn that she’s responsible only for her own actions. Such as her effect on this lawman’s guarded heart.

My Thoughts:

I love a good cowboy and this was actually my first book from Linda Lael Miller. Heard great things about her and now I can understand why people love her books so much. She’s a great storyteller and I felt compelled to visit Parable. Such a cute little town.

 

Moving on this book is more about introducing new characters I felt like the romance was a bit short. Don’t get me wrong the book is huge and has lots of stories but it tells more about the town and some things that happened a great time ago. This is a story of forgiveness and I wanted more romance.

 

Joslyn is such a great girl and suffered a lot after her step-father stole from the people of Parable. Now she decided to help these people and returned to town, but was so unwelcomed that I really didn’t understand why bother you know.

 

Slade is the sheriff and also a bit lost in the book. It took almost death for him to realize what he wanted since the beginning and he spent a few years in love with a girl that was far away not even knowing he existed.

 

I liked the town and some characters but the principal couple was not one of my favorites. Still is an introduction to a new series so give it a try and see how it goes. I’ll read the second and see if it’s better.

Books in this Series:

#1 –  Big Sky Country
#2 –  Big Sky Mountain