Friday, October 31, 2014

Review--Keep Me Safe (Slow Burn Bk 1) by Maya Banks

A sizzling story of a woman who risks her life and her heart to find a wealthy man’s missing sister—the first novel in a sexy new romantic suspense series from #1 New York Times bestselling author Maya Banks.  

When Caleb Devereaux's younger sister is kidnapped, this scion of a powerful and wealthy family turns to an unlikely source for help: a beautiful and sensitive woman with a gift for finding answers others cannot. 

While Ramie can connect to victims and locate them by feeling their pain, her ability comes with a price. Every time she uses it, it costs her a piece of herself. Helping the infuriatingly attractive and impatient Caleb successfully find his sister nearly destroys her. Even though his sexual intensity draws her like a magnet, she needs to get as far away from him as she can. 

Deeply remorseful for the pain he’s caused, Caleb is determined to make things right. But just when he thinks Ramie's vanished forever, she reappears. She’s in trouble and she needs his help. Now, Caleb will risk everything to protect her—including his heart. 


Everyone who follows my blog knows of my love of Maya Banks. I have read virtually everything she's ever written except the KGI series and continue to add every forthcoming book to my TBR list. Here's the thing, I was so excited about this series and then...I think it might be my least favorite Maya Banks book ever. Well...let's get to why.

Review:

Caleb's sister is kidnapped and he tracks down Ramie who is known for being a psychic who can find anyone. She's gone into hiding but he manages to find her and 'force' her to help him. He discovers very quickly the reason she retired when it becomes clear her connection to the victim causes her to experience the trauma occurring. After rescuing his sister he comes back for Ramie who has left. Ramie is on the run from a psychic stalker and after a year seeks out Caleb for help. A romance begins, a madman plots, and a lot of sex/insta-love happens.

Here's what I liked:

Psychics.

Here's what I had problems with:

1. Insta-love...I hate insta-love. I really, really, really hate insta-love. I understand attraction. I understand infatuation. I understand lust. I get it, I do. I just hate how Ramie and Caleb were together for about five minutes and he was pledging his undying love for her. They hadn't even talked about their future goals or whether they were cat/dog people. It was like, "Hey psychic chick, want you." That was it! I couldn't buy it and it derailed the story for me.

2. A weak heroine who is secretly strong. I would argue she was weak the whole time. Everyone kept telling her she was brave but I felt it was a platitude. The moment something difficult popped up she just lost all control of attempting to psychically help herself. Everyone else had to suggest how to handle things. She had to be rescued. She had to basically grovel for the hero. WTF? No respect there.

3. The implausibility of a newbie mastering psychic techniques to save Ramie. What the hell was that about?! Ramie got captured because Caleb was easily controlled by the psychic madman. Then he just mastered psychic connections in five minutes in order to rescue Ramie. Um...yeah totally works that way in most psychic romances...whatever.

4. The length of the book. I'm sorry it was about 150 pages too long at least. Take out the sex and trim up the Ramie "I'm weak" St. Clair crap and the book could have been novella length and saved me some time.

I just...I just actually cringed throughout the book. I skimmed scenes and I counted down pages. I did everything physically to show my disappointment. I bought the book and I think I might donate it. I've never done that with a Maya Banks book before. Usually I want to keep them forever.

This just rocked my whole Maya Banks reading experience and I'm struggling to decide whether to continue the series. I was really disappointed with the first two Breathless books but then loved the third. I struggled with the Surrender trilogy a lot but enjoyed the third one. Hopefully this one (if I continue) will yield one positive experience.

1.5 Stars
Published by William Morrow Paperbacks
October 7, 2014
300-ish (the Goodreads number is wrong) pages

Related Books:

2. In His Keeping [January 5, 2015]
3. Safe at Last [March 10, 2015]

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Harry Potter Re-Read/Readalong

I absolutely love the Harry Potter books and was just discussing rereading the series after a few years away. I found this post on Book Journey about a Winter Readalong and I decided to join the fun.

So the rules:

1. Go to Book Journey and Sign Up
2. Pick your house (there is a test too!)
3. Choose your year (relates to your knowledge of the series)
4. Read and comment!

Nov 1 – Nov. 16 – The Sorcerer’s Stone
Nov 17 – Dec. 6th – Chamber Of Secrets
Dec. 7 – Dec. 29th – The Prisoner Of Azkaban
Dec 30th – Jan 20th – The Goblet Of Fire
Jan. 21st – Feb 13th – Order Of The Phoenix
Feb. 14th – March 7th – The Half Blood Prince
March 8th – March 31st – The Deathly Hallows

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

What I'm Reading Wednesday

Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue herself never sees them—not until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks directly to her. 

His name is Gansey, and Blue soon discovers that he is a rich student at Aglionby, the local private school. Blue has a policy of staying away from Aglionby boys. Known as Raven Boys, they can only mean trouble. 

But Blue is drawn to Gansey, in a way she can’t entirely explain. He has it all—family money, good looks, devoted friends—but he’s looking for much more than that. He is on a quest that has encompassed three other Raven Boys: Adam, the scholarship student who resents all the privilege around him; Ronan, the fierce soul who ranges from anger to despair; and Noah, the taciturn watcher of the four, who notices many things but says very little. 

For as long as she can remember, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love to die. She never thought this would be a problem. But now, as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she’s not so sure anymore.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Review--Devil's Game (Reapers MC Bk 3) by Joanna Wylde

Liam "Hunter" Blake hates the Reapers MC. Born and raised a Devil's Jack, he knows his duty. He'll defend his club from their oldest enemies-the Reapers-using whatever weapons he can find. But why use force when the Reapers' president has a daughter who's alone and vulnerable? Hunter has wanted her from the minute he saw her, and now he has an excuse to take her. 

Em has lived her entire life in the shadow of the Reapers. Her overprotective father, Picnic, is the club's president. The last time she had a boyfriend, Picnic shot him. Now the men in her life are far more interested in keeping her daddy happy than showing her a good time. Then she meets a handsome stranger-a man who isn't afraid to treat her like a real woman. One who isn't afraid of her father. His name is Liam, and he's The One. 

Or so she thinks.


I've had the Reapers books on my shelf since they started coming out but it took me forever to read them. I read book two first in August, then book one is September, and finally book three in October. I have book four on my holiday list so hopefully I'll get to that one sometime in the next year.

Review:

Devil's Game follows the story of Em, daughter of the Reaper's President 'Picnic', and Liam who is a member of the Devil's Jacks. Coinciding with book two, this one tells the story of how the two met online (staged by Liam) and the events through book two with Em's kidnapping by the Devil's Jacks, followed by the ramifications of that event between Liam and Em. The book takes place mostly through the fallout of the betrayal and also navigating the relationship between two people in different motorcycle clubs.

I was really excited for this one because I loved Em in the previous books and I was interested in the kidnapping in book two. The thing was I was a little bummed by this one. I know right? The thing is the first two had these super alpha heroes who basically bust into the relationship with "I want you so get on board." Liam was more "I want you so I'll be a puppy dog." Frankly he was just a tiny-bit too docile for me. Which is funny because I whine about alphas being assholes all the time. I'm fickle aren't I?

I also felt like there were some nearly nonredeemable moments between Liam and Em. Liam did some things with Em that I felt were just a tad too far even when he mentally admitted he was being a dick. At the same time Em jumped to decisions and conclusions way too quickly. It bothered me how much of the book demanded Liam to apologize even when he did what he had to for his club. It just seemed unrealistic when Em was really hard on him.

One really, really good note was Em's attitude to the world around her. I get really bothered when a character simply says nothing in a conflict so there can be more conflict later. I hate that! This time I was reading a scene between Em and Picnic and I was like, "threaten with future grandchildren" and she did! For the first time in a long time I felt like I was on the same page as the heroine. She reacted in the normal way. "You pull that shit again, no future visits with grandchildren. I'll cut you out." Good for her!!

So while I'm hard on this book for my disappointment, it was a really great story. I devoured the book in a day (not unusual but still). I read it for hours until I turned the last page and I envision me reading it again. It was a lot of fun and I really love the Reaper's world. My favorite is still probably one but this one was great too. I cannot wait to read Picnic's book. It looks and sounds awesome!

4 Stars
Published by Berkley Trade
June 3, 2014
352 Pages
Provided by--the Library

Related Books:

1. Reaper's Property
2. Reaper's Legacy
4. Reaper's Stand

Monday, October 27, 2014

Monday Discussion--Blogging Philosophy and Some Changes



I’m sure we’ve all heard by now about the crazy surrounding Kathleen Hale and her crime-spree of stalking a reviewer. If not, I’ll link below to the discussion. While I could sit here and write out my thoughts surrounding this unfortunate event, I wanted to take the time to discuss myself, my blog, my experiences, and my plans.

I’ll admit why I started blogging. I wanted to talk to people who read what I read. I have zero friends, co-workers, family, etc. who read what I read. Every once in a while my mother and I read the same mystery or romance but it is about 1 out of every 500 books. So I have no one to talk to about what I read. At the same time, I’ve tried the whole book club thing but cannot find a group of people who are around my age (not a requirement but a preference). I do not want to be 25 sitting in a room with a bunch of people in their 70s. It’s not an ageist thing but rather a desire to discuss things with people who are at the same point in their lives. Basically I wanted an experience like Maryse from Maryse.net. She started blogging to talk about the books she’s reading with people who are reading them. She’s had success. I have not.

Here’s the thing about success in blogging, if you give a lot of stuff away you tend to have greater success. Look at the majority of the big blogs, they have constant giveaways. I get emails a few times a week about different giveaways here and there. It’s delightful they have the ability to give stuff away but I do not have that kind of support (financially or fans) to do so. Unfortunately that means a lot of us get lost in the shuffle. It doesn’t bother me a lot but every so often it bums me out how the follower numbers for these sites keep growing when it has nothing to do with content but rather the requirements to ‘follow’, ‘like’, etc. in order to win a gift card. I digress.

So I struggle sometimes to blog because I get the feeling no one is listening. That’s my cross to bear and for the most part it doesn’t bother me. I sometimes lurk on sites like Dear Author or Smart Bitches Trashy Books for the sole purpose of discussing things with romance readers. I almost never get comment backs but it is fun to see what everyone else is saying. I tend to let my posts slide sometimes because it takes a long time for me to formulate a review and then no one comments or it gets 3 views. Once again, my cross to bear.

I’ve been in the process of looking at my reviewing philosophy. Before I requested everything and anything I thought looked interesting. I have something like a 27% review rate on NetGalley. Clearly this is not working. So I’m in the process of trying to revamp the way I look at reviewing. I just read a fabulous post by Sunita (of DearAuthor) on her blog “Vacuous Minx” which detailed how the standard reader is looking for a book to read and cannot access the ARCS we review until they are out.  For me, why am I reviewing a book only a few people can talk about right now when I could be reviewing a book a lot of people have read and/or authors people might have heard of but not read?
So I’m not saying goodbye to ARCs or Galleys but simply that I am reassessing the way I download books. I have hundreds of books on my Kindle and in book form that I never read. Why? Because I am always feeling guilty for not reading Galley copies. So I end up feeling miserable about the whole thing. I got really good about holding off on Galley copies over the summer and then during my move I snatched up something like 65 books (65 BOOKS!). This needs to stop.

So I’ve made some decisions. After December 31 I’m going to cut way back on Galleys. I’m going to really look at the titles and summaries and try to only download 4-6 a month. That will leave me time to read all the other great books I have laying around. I read manga this year and felt guilty every second while reading “Ranma ½”, “Arisa”, and “Dragon Ball”. I shouldn’t feel guilty for reading what I want. I want to reread Harry Potter and finish some of the series I’ve started. I want to have time for the J.D. Robb series.

So there it is. One good thing that has come out of this is my decision to cut back. I plan on continuing the series I’ve started so some months may see more Galleys simply because I would buy them anyway. At the end of the day I really want to get to some of the books I’ve been hoarding for years. I’d also love to go and read some of the Galleys I downloaded two years ago.

So what do you think? What is your blogging philosophy? Has anything changed for you since the whole stalked blogger fiasco?

Links:

Kathleen Hale--Stalking a Blogger

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Short and Sweet Sundays--One Night Heir by Lucy Monroe/Princess in the Iron Mask by Victoria Parker/Wife in Name Only by Hayson Manning/Bedding the Wrong Brother by Virna DePaul

So I am absolutely terrible when it comes to writing reviews on books I found to be average. I rarely have anything to say about them so while I've read my NetGalley copy, I'll be honest and say the review never comes about. Well I'm trying to improve my overall stats on NetGalley so I want to go back and give some short and sweet reviews for those titles that have languished for up to two years in my Goodreads account. I have read them, DNFd them, etc. but I could not bring myself to actually review them. So here it is, 3-4 weekly short reviews each Sunday.

Disclaimer: While I have read all of these books in the past two years, this is also a test to see how well I remember them. I will try to be as accurate as possible but two years can be a long time.

One Night Heir (By His Royal Decree Bk 1) by Lucy Monroe
Bitter life lessons have taught Crown Prince Maksim Yurkovich that duty must come before desire. His country needs an heir, so when he discovers his lover can’t have children, he must sever their ties. Only Maks can’t resist spending one last night in her bed. 

Now he faces the biggest diplomatic crisis of his life. Against all odds, Gillian Harris has become pregnant. Maks’s royal reserve masks the heart of a fierce Cossack warrior—one who is not above using their mutual passion to convince a hurt, wary Gillian that she must be his queen!







I read a lot of Lucy Monroe books in the past few years including some of her fantasy books. I was so bummed by this one, I remember. It was overdone and a bit stale from her usual fare. The story is a typical one. Prince needs an heir. His lover can't get pregnant. He breaks it off and voila, she's pregnant. It was silly and ridiculous but not in a good way.

He went on and on about how she couldn't possibly love him because during the break up, she didn't fight for their relationship. Um...okay. It wouldn't have made a difference anyway so what did it matter. Some people accept something bad because they know it wouldn't matter. She needed to produce an heir. As far as she knew, she couldn't. Okay it was a dealbreaker. So...what was she supposed to do?

I'll admit I had to refresh my memory a bit. This was not a stand-out Lucy Monroe by any means. If you have to choose between hers, skip this one.

2 Stars
Published by Harlequin-Presents
June 28, 2013
256 Pages
Provided by--NetGalley

Princess in the Iron Mask by Victoria Parker
Dispatched by the king to retrieve his headstrong, errant daughter, Lucas Garcia thought this was just another day at the office. That's before he meets Princess Claudine Verbault, who's adamant that returning to the kingdom that banished her as a child is never going to happen. 

Hidden from the spotlight, the now-independent Claudia has learned the art of being the anti-perfect princess. But Lucas does not look like the kind of man to accept insubordination! If only she could bargain with this frustratingly immovable man…and give him something to distract him from his duty!






I've since discovered this was her debut Harlequin novel and I have to say it showed a bit. The story had a really good chance of being absolutely amazing but it fell short. The premise followed a princess who in essence, wore a mask. She worked as a biochemist. She lived in a 1 bedroom apartment. She didn't socialize at all and wanted nothing to do with her title. It all went back to being sent away from home at the age of 12 which shaped her drastically. The hero is tasked with bringing her back home and does it for the most part.

The thing is, the mask thing and the medical issues were interesting but the story fell really flat. I remember skimming pages to help move things along as Lucas went on about duty and honor and Claudia felt vulnerable and sad. I've said it before, if the two people would have a five minute conversation about feelings, most of the book could be skipped for something way more interesting (no I do not mean sex). It bums me out when the entire conflict really hinges on miscommunication and misunderstanding.

I haven't gone back to this author since I read this one and I'm not planning on it. It wasn't bad but it didn't make me want to explore the future of this author. To me it was another Harlequin Presents with very little standing out.

3 Stars
Published by Harlequin-Presents
May 21, 2013
192 Pages
Provided by--NetGalley

Wife in Name Only by Hayson Manning
Trapped in a loveless marriage, Zoe Hughes escaped to make a new life for herself on the tiny island of Tonga. Now she runs a successful boutique honeymoon resort. Selling true love is easy. No one needs to know she's married in name only. At least until America’s premier honeymoon magazine wants to publish a feature on her perfect marriage. Now she must convince her estranged husband to rip himself away from plotting corporate takeovers in LA to save her island paradise. 

Rory agrees to come for forty-eight hours, but only because he needs the positive PR. To his surprise, the wife he finds in Tonga isn’t the same woman he married. Now she’s so much more… 

When a storm strands Rory in Tonga, will he win back his wife or leave paradise empty-handed?

Okay can I just say this is one I've re-added to my 'to read list'? I read it back in 2013 and enjoyed it a lot. It had it's weak points but in general this one I remember pretty well. What bummed me out about reviewing it was while I liked the story, the actual craft of the book didn't hold up well to scrutiny.

I loved the story so much. I'm a huge sucker for reconciliation romances. I love ones where something went wrong in the relationship and now time has past and they reconnect. One of my favorite Maya Banks novels features that theme. It's like my personal catnip. So anyway, the story followed an island reconciliation featuring a woman who knew when her husband wasn't invested and a man who felt like his bottom line showed how much he deserved his wife. So serious miscommunication issues but so much fun.

The problem was, which is mentioned in other reviews, are the inconsistencies. Someone was in the shower, got into an argument five minutes later and then went to take another shower. People were standing than laying down. Things kept switching. On top of that some of the plot ended up being unnecessary and was used as a plot device to get two people in the same place. The general plot was great but the application was a bit lazy.

In the end I want to read it again and see if I agree with my earlier assessment. If it changes you might see this book reviewed again either positively or negatively.

3 Stars
Published by Entangled-Indulgence
April 1, 2013
218 Pages
Provided by--NetGalley

Bedding the Wrong Brother by Virna DePaul
Melina Parker has always excelled in two things: research followed by hands-on application. She prides herself on being a lady in public, but after she's dumped yet again for being a lady in the bedroom, she's ready to go back to school. 

Determined to find her inner sex diva, she enlists her childhood friend, Max Dalton, to tutor her after hours. Instead, she ends up in the wrong bed and gets a lesson in passion from Max's twin brother, Rhys Dalton, a man Melina's always secretly wanted but never thought she could have. 

Despite craving the occasional adventure, Melina's a small-town girl who wants roots and a family. Rhys and Max, on the other hand, are celebrities who travel from one city to another, changing bed partners as easily as plane flights. Rhys is outwardly the more reserved of the two but, unable to believe his good luck when he finds Melina waiting for him, he gives Melina her first taste of multiples right out the gate. Come morning, she's so mortified that she threw herself at Rhys that she blurts out the truth about her tutoring experiment. Not about to let her get away from him, Rhys convinces Melina that when it comes to sexual lessons, he's more than man enough for the job. His biggest challenge is teaching Melina that when it comes to pleasure, the key to his own is hers.

I thought this sounded like such a cute story. Romance! Sex Lessons! Mistaken Identity! Yeah and then I read it. *Sigh* It was okay. Really, it was. It just didn't really do much for me. I probably wrote about four drafts of this review a year ago and ended up getting so frustrated, I deleted them. Like the story above it had a lot of potential but the follow-through was just...*sigh*

So Melina wants to learn to please a man and figures her childhood best friend is the best candidate. She was in love with his brother (totally interchangeable). So best friend orchestrates her sleeping with the brother (identical twins, y'all) and then Melina freaks. Well Rhys decides he wants her so sex shenanigans all weekend.

Okay, cool. That's fine. I thought it would be a fun, fall in love sort of story. It was actually about 10% story, 60% sex, and 30% pining for each other. *Snore*

Okay I sound harsh. I gave it 3/5 stars for goodness sake! I promise it wasn't a bad read and most of the time it is free (cool in my book). The thing is I had no desire to read it again or continue the series. I remember finishing it (kind of short) and going "Huh" and then promptly deleting it. It wasn't bad but there was just no spark. There was no...well I want to read Max's story. Nope I was just done.

So for a freebie, not bad. For money...I'd consider heavily over it. You could probably get something a little more enjoyable.

3 Stars
Published by Author--Amazon Digital
December 15, 2010
170 Pages
Provided by--NetGalley

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Stacking the Shelves--August/September/Mid-October Edition



Miss me? I got a job back in August and had to move. I was moved-in (another state) by mid-September but then I had all the fun of unpacking, getting the cars handled, learning a new job, etc. I'm just getting back in the swing of things. It's different but fun. I only read something like 7 books in September (a personal low) but I'm reading now a lot more. My STS looks huge but figure I've read the library books for the most part and I'm starting to put a dent in the review copies. The purchases will most likely sit for awhile since most of them were free. How have you guys been?

Library



1. Candlelight Christmas (Lakeshore Chronicles Bk 10) by Susan Wiggs

2. Devil's Game (Reaper's MC Bk 3) by Joanna Wylde [Courtesy of ILL]


3. Heroes Are My Weakness by Susan Elizabeth Phillips

4. Empty Mansions: The Mysterious of Huguette Clark and the Spending American Fortune by Bill Dedman and Paul Clark Newell Jr.



5. NYPD Red (NYPD Red Bk 1) by James Patterson and Marshall Karp

6. Flora and Fauna (Manifest Destiny Vol 1) by Chris Dingess/Matthew Roberts/Owen Gieni



7. Reaper's Property (Reaper's MC Bk 1) by Joanna Wylde [Courtesy of ILL]

8. One Kick (Kick Lannigan Bk 1) By Chelsea Cain



9. The Divorce Papers by Susan Rieger

10. One Weird Trick (Sex Criminals Volume 1) by Matt Fraction/Chip Zdarsky



11. The Monogram Murders by Sophie Hannah/Agatha Christie

12. The Hot Zone (Rainshadow Bk 3) by Jayne Castle




13. Visions (Cainsville Bk 2) by Kelley Armstrong

14. After Dark (Harmony Bk 1) by Jayne Castle






Purchased

1. Back in the Italian's Bed (Hot Italian Nights Bk 1) by Annie West [FREE]

2. A Wedding in Springtime (Marriage Mart Bk 1) by Amanda Forester [FREE]


3. Breaking Free (Masters of the Shadowlands Bk 3) by Cherise Sinclair [4.99]

4. Bound by Blood (Bound Bk 1) by Cynthia Eden [FREE]

5. Dead Witch Walking (The Hollows Bk 1) by Kim Harrison [FREE]

6. Dare to Love (Dare to Love Bk 1) by Carly Phillips


7. Forever Starts Tonight (Loving on the Edge Bk 5.5) by Roni Loren [2.99]

8. Find Her, Keep Her (LOVE in the USA Bk 1) by Z.L. Arkadie [FREE]

9. His Stolen Bride (Brothers in Arms Bk 2) by Shayla Black [4.99]

10. His Rebel Bride (Brothers in Arms Bk 3) by Shayla Black [4.99]



11. How to Catch a Wild Viscount by Tessa Dare [FREE]

12. Hot Pursuit (Hot Operations Team Bk 1) by Lynn Raye Harris [FREE]


13. Love Bats Last (Tavonesi: Heart of the Game Bk 1) by Pamela Aares [FREE]

14. Light My Fire (Rock Royalty Bk 1) by Christie Ridgway [FREE]



15. Mine to Take (Mine Bk 1) by Cynthia Eden [FREE]

16. Lovers at Heart (Love in Bloom: Bradens Bk 1) by Melissa Foster [FREE]


17. Perfect Chemistry by Jodi Redford [FREE]

18. On a Night Like This (Callaways Bk 1) by Barbara Freethy [FREE]



19. Rain Shadow (Barringer Brothers Bk 1) by Tess Oliver [FREE]

20. Perfect Partners by Carly Phillips [FREE]



21. Sisters in Love (Love in Bloom: Snow Sisters Bk 1) by Melissa Foster [FREE]

22. Say You Will (Summerhill Bk 1) by Jen Frederick [FREE]


23. The Italian's Passionate Return (Alfieri Saga Bk 1) by Elizabeth Lennox [FREE]

24. The Burning Sky (Elemental Bk 1) by Sherry Thomas [1.99]


25. The Search by Nora Roberts [5.49]

26. The Prince's Resistant Lover by Elizabeth Lennox



27. The Sheik's Dangerous Lover by Elizabeth Lennox [FREE]

28. The Sheik's Defiant Fiancee by Elizabeth Lennox [FREE]

29. The Tycoon's Make-Believe Fiancee by Elizabeth Lennox [FREE]

30. The Sheik's Intimate Proposition by Elizabeth Lennox [FREE]


31. Tucker (Family Simon Bk 1) by Juliana Stone [FREE]

32. Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass Bk 1) by Sarah J. Maas [.99]



33. White Lion's Lady (Warrior Trilogy Bk 1) by Lara Adrian [FREE]

34. Undeclared (Woodlands Bk 1) by Jen Frederick [FREE]

35. Inn Boonsboro Trilogy by Nora Roberts [4.99]







Other Purchased



1. Once Upon a Time in Wonderland the Complete Series [24.99]









Gifted



1. The Goldbergs Season One

2. Once Upon a Time Season 3









Review



1. 10 Rules to Sex Up a Blind Date by Heidi Rice

2. Broken Open (Hurley Boys Bk 2) by Lauren Dane



3. A Beaumont Christmas Wedding (Beaumont Heirs Bk 3) by Sarah M. Anderson

4. Afternoon Delight by Anne Calhoun



5. A Virgin for His Prize (Ruthless Russians Bk 2) by Lucy Monroe

6. Breaking His Rules by Alison Packard



7. Christmas in Da Conti's Bed by Sharon Kendrick

8. Christmas in the Billionaire's Bed by Janice Maynard



9. Cowboy Boots for Christmas (Burnt Boot Bk 1) by Carolyn Brown

10. Dirty Deeds by Lorelei James



11. From Enemy's Daughter to Expectant Bride by Olivia Gates

12. Last Light (Night Owl Bk 2) by M. Pierce



13. Make-Believe Wedding (Montana Born Brides Bk 9) by Sarah Mayberry

14. Monica's Secret (Erogenous Zones Bk 1) by Saskia Walker



15. Owning Violet (Fowler's Sisters Bk 1) by Monica Murphy

16. Playing the Playboy's Sweetheart by Carol Marinelli



17. Ring in the Holidays (Hunk for the Holidays Bk 2) by Katie Lane

18. Sanctuary by Eden Bradley



19. Superheroes Anonymous by Lexxie Dunne

20. Switch Me On by Jule McBride



21. The Apartment (Apartment Bk 1) by Amanda Black

22. The Chalet (Submissive Bk 3.5) by Tara Sue Me



23. The Christmas Wedding Ring by Lucy King

24. The Magnate's Manifesto by Jennifer Hayward



25. The Party Starts at Midnight by Lucy King

26. The Rosie Effect (The Rosie Project Bk 2) by Graeme Simsion


27. The V-Spot by Wendy S. Marcus

28. To Defy a Sheikh by Maisey Yates




29. Wild Holiday Nights by Samantha Hunter/Meg Maguire/Debbi Rawlins

30. All Broke Down (Rusk University Bk 2) by Cora Carmack



 31. An Heiress For All Seasons (Debutante Files Bk 1.5) by Sophie Jordan

32. A Single Kiss (Sweetest Kisses Bk 1) by Grace Burrowes


33. Baby, It's Cold Outside by Jennifer Probst, Emma Chase, Melody Anne, Kristen Proby, and Kate Meader

34. Christmas at Waratah Bay by Marion Lennox



35. Christmas in Venice by Joanne Walsh

36. Christmas with the Laird by Scarlet Wilson



37. Closer Than They Appear by Sabrina Jeffries

38. In Your Dreams (Blue Heron Bk 4) by Kristan Higgins



39. It Started With a Scandal (Pennyroyal Green Bk 10) by Julie Anne Long

40. Never Judge a Lady By Her Cover (Rules of Scoundrels Bk 4) by Sarah MacLean



 41. Kiss Me Hello (Sweetest Kisses Bk 3) by Grace Burrowes

42. Owl and the Japanese Circus by Kristi Charish



 43. Play Me Wild (Play Pt 1) by Tracy Wolff

44. Play Me Hot (Play Me Pt 2) by Tracy Wolff

45. Play Me Hard (Play Me Pt 3) by Tracy Wolff

46. Play Me Real (Play Me Pt 4) by Tracy Wolff

47. Play Me Right (Play Me Pt 5) by Tracy Wolff

48. Kidnapped (Riding Steele Pt 1)by Opal Carew




 49. Untamed (Riding Steele Pt 2) by Opal Carew

50. Collide (Riding Steele Pt 3) by Opal Carew

 51. Wanted (Riding Steele Pt 4) by Opal Carew

52. Crossroads (Riding Steele Pt 5) by Opal Carew


53. Aftershock (Riding Steele Pt 6) by Opal Carew

54. Sheikh's Desert Duty by Maisey Yates


 55. The Trouble with Texas Cowboys (Burnt Boot Texas Bk 2) by Carolyn Brown

56. The First Kiss (Sweetest Kisses Bk 2) by Grace Burrowes

 57. Three Little Words by Maggie Wells

58. To Sin with the Tycoon (Seven Sexy Sins Bk 1) by Cathy Williams


59. The Wilderness of Ruin by Roseanne Montillo

60. A Yorkshire Christmas by Kate Hewitt








 61. A Light in the Window by Jolyse Barnett

62. All I Want for Christmas by Jennifer Gracen

 63. The Enticement (Submissive Bk 4) by Tara Sue Me

64. Goodness and Light by Patty Blount


65. More (All or Nothing Bk 2) by Lea Griffith

66. Once and Always by Elizabeth Hoyt writing as Julia Harper

67. This Christmas by Jeannie Moon



Pre-Ordered



1. Captivated by You (Crossfire Bk 4) by Sylvia Day [November 18]

2. Schooled (Mastered Bk 3) by Lorelei James

3. Their Virgin Mistress (Masters of Menage Bk 7) by Shayla Black and Lexi Blake [April 14, 2015]



Weekly Wrap-Up

Reviews

1. Candlelight Christmas (Lakeshore Chronicles Bk 10) by Susan Wiggs [2 Stars]
2. The Chalet (Submissive Bk 3.5) by Tara Sue Me [3 Stars]
3. A Yorkshire Christmas by Kate Hewitt [4 Stars]

Memes

1. Top Ten Tuesday--Top 10 Series I Want To Start (In the Past Year or Two)

Misc.

1. What I'm Reading Wednesday

Books Read

1. Taking It All (Surrender Bk 3) by Maya Banks
2. Reaper's Legacy (Reaper's MC Bk 2) by Joanna Wylde
3. My Liege of Dark Haven (Mountain Masters and Dark Haven Bk 3) by Cherise Sinclair
4. Masters of the Shadowlands (Masters of the Shadowlands Bk 1-2) by Cherise Sinclair
5. Before the Living End (Velvet Vol 1) by Ed Brubaker
6. Sass and Sorcery (Rat Queens Volume 1) by Kurtis J. Wiebe
7. Flora and Fauna (Manifest Destiny Volume 1) by Chris Dingess
8. Empty Mansions: the Mysterious Life of Huguette Clark and the Spending of a Great American Fortune by Bill Dedman and Paul Clark Newall Jr.
9. Visions (Cainsville Bk 2) by Kelley Armstrong
10. One Kick (Kick Lannigan Bk 1) by Chelsea Cain
11. The Search by Nora Roberts
12. The Way You Look Tonight (Sullivans Bk 9) by Bella Andre
13. The Hot Zone (Rainshadow Bk 3) by Jayne Castle
14. Heroes Are My Weakness by Susan Elizabeth Phillips
15. The Monogram Murders by Sophie Hannah/Agatha Christie
16. One Weird Trick (Sex Criminals Volume 1) by Matt Fraction/Chip Zdarsky
17. The Men with the Golden Cuffs (Masters and Mercenaries Bk 2) by Lexi Blake
18. Forever Starts Tonight (Loving on the Edge Bk 5.5) by Roni Loren
19. Candlelight Christmas (Lakeshore Chronicles Bk 10) by Susan Wiggs
20. The Chalet (Submissive Bk 3.5) by Tara Sue Me
21. Reaper's Property (Reaper's MC Bk 1) by Joanna Wylde
22. The Divorce Papers by Susan Rieger
23. Arrow Season 2.5 Volume 1 by Marc Guggenheim
24. Arrow Season 2.5 Volume 2 by Marc Guggenheim
25. Arrow Season 2.5 Volume 3 by Marc Guggenheim
26. The Flash Season Zero Volume 1 by Andrew Kreisberg
27. The Flash Season Zero Volume 2 by Andrew Kreisberg
28. Azumanga Daioh omnibus by Kiyohiko Azuma
29. An Heiress For All Seasons (Debutante Files Bk 1.5) by Sophie Jordan
30. Nothing Personal by Jaci Burton
31. Dragon Ball Full Color Volume 1 by Akira Toriyama
32. Dragon Ball Full Color Volume 2 by Akira Toriyama
33. Dragon Ball Full Color Volume 3 by Akira Toriyama
34. Arrow Volume 1 by Marc Guggenheim
35. Arrow Volume 2 by Marc Guggenheim
36. Baby It's Cold Outside by Jennifer Probst/Emma Chase/Kristen Probst/Melody Anne/Kate Meader
37. A Yorkshire Christmas by Kate Hewitt
38. Dragon Ball Vol. 1 by Akira Toriyama
39. Dragon Ball Vol. 2 by Akira Toriyama
40. Dragon Ball Vol. 3 by Akira Toriyama
41. Dragon Ball Vol. 4 by Akira Toriyama
42. Dragon Ball Vol. 5 by Akira Toriyama


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