Monday, January 30, 2012

Early Review of Last Man Standing (Black Ops Inc, # 7) by Cindy Gerard

A man haunted by his past...

     "Some never see it coming." His tone lacked emotion, but the heart that beat heavily beneath her hand told her he was anything but detached. "Some look me right in the eye and I can tell. They know I'm the last thing they're ever going to see. Not their wife. Not their mother. Not their kid. Me." 
     "Now I see them. In the dark. In the night."

A man out for vengeance...

     'For the first time in his life, he was scared. Not of the fight, he was scared that Stephanie was right. That he was losing himself in his need to settle a score.' 

He was out to avenge the death of his Black Ops Inc. brother whose death was suspicious. He was determined to find out the truth and exact vengeance on his own. He knew the chances of him coming out of this alive were slim, so he opted to end his relationship with Stephanie. His only regret was leaving her behind. 

A man she wouldn't let go...
When the newspaper article crossed her desk, Stephanie had no doubt that the unidentified man in the black and white photo was Joe. It had been dated a month prior. He'd been arrested in Sierra Leone for the death of a priest. It was too much of a coincidence that a man looking like Joe, whom no one had heard from in that same period of time, would be arrested in the place where her brother died. After contacting Joe's Black Ops, Inc. associates to inform them of what she'd discovered, she found out the team was in a total blackout. That meant they were in so deep on assignment there would be no communication. Even though he'd been less than gentle when he'd broken up with her, she couldn't just leave him there to die. She had to do something even if it meant putting herself in jeopardy. 

      'Arrested in Sierra Leone. So many ghosts there. Bryan's ghost, specifically. She kept coming back to that as her finger hovered over the escape key... And she booked the flight.'

This is the first book of Gerard's Black Ops Inc. series I've read. This could be an incredibly addictive series if the previous books are as good as this one. I liked that there were excerpts in the back of the book for each of the previous books in the series so I could get an idea of what the other books were like. 

This was a fun read. Joe carried a lot of baggage that he was hoping to keep from Stephanie. While his reasons for leaving her may have been done for altruistic reasons--to protect her from danger, I kind of felt he owed her the truth. While I understand that certain things in life leave you wanting to know the what and why of a situation, I felt it wasn't really smart on his part to go in alone vigilante style and not let anyone know what he was doing.

Stephanie was awesome. I liked how she really didn't hesitate when Joe needed help nor did she even consider he could be guilty of the crime of which he was accused. She immediately went into action determining that even if there would be no future with him, she couldn't let him die. She had to at least try to save him.

Joe and Stephanie were a great couple although I questioned it a bit at the beginning. The chemistry between the two was explosive. On the Lisarenee Romance Rating Scale, they scored a STEAM rating.

Overall, I gave this one 5 out of 5 roses. I loved all the action, drama, and how Joe and Stephanie pieced together and uncovered what had happened to Bryan and what was still happening. Lots of twists and turns and a happy ending. I do have one itsy bitsy complaint. Why did Ms. Gerard's name have to cover up the male model on the cover? I wanted to see the tattoo described as being an 'intricate serpentine design...It began at the nape of his neck and trailed down his spine, ending a few inches below the point where it would have disappeared beneath the waist band of his jeans.' (If anyone asks *cough*mainly my hubby*cough* it was only for reasons of seeing the tattoo. That is my story and I'm sticking to it. *grin*)

Notes to keep you in the know:
A black operation or black op is a covert operation typically involving activities that are highly clandestine and often outside of standard military protocol or even against the law. (Definition gotten from )

Images of Sierra Leone gotten from photobucket:

Order of Series:

Have you ever wanted to be on the cover of a romance novel?

I just found a fun new app by Forever Romance / Hachette Book Group, Inc. which allows you to grace the cover of a romance  novel. It's the 'Forever Yours' app. Here is what I created for me:

I just wish they hadn't cut the man's face off. lol There are several covers to choose from and if you're a guy there's even a couple of covers you can get into. I suggest you get a friend to take the picture if your using your iPhone because I couldn't get my phone to take the picture via the other camera lens which would have made the picture far more easier to take. I had to use a mirror. FYI, once the picture is taken you can move it around and/or shrink it or enlarge it to fit the area provided. So have fun and enjoy. You know....I always wanted to get my hubby into a kilt. I might have a use for 'The Guardian' cover after all. *grin* Too bad they didn't have a couple cover that you and your significant other could both be on.

Covers you can really get into:

I do hope they add more covers.

Feed (Newsflesh Trilogy #1) by Mira Grant

Notes: There is a touch of "colorful" language used in this book, but I think most people would understand that being chased by zombies would provoke a good deal of "colorful" language.

'Every life has a watershed moment, an instant when you realize you're about to make a choice that will define everything else that you ever do, and that if you choose wrong, there may not be very many things left to choose. Sometimes the wrong choice is the only one that lets you face the end with dignity, grace, and the awareness that you're doing the right thing....Welcome to my Watershed.' - Georgia Mason

Twenty-five years ago a horrible virus was unwittingly unleashed upon the world. They say the road to hell is paved with good intentions and the same could said of the hell made on earth by the virus. Scientists were attempting to create cures for cancer and the common cold, but the resulting "cures", while succeeding in their endeavors, had a very undesirable side effect when combined. It caused the dead to come back to life and feed off the living. The history books now refer to that initial two year time period as the Rising. In the beginning, news of the Rising was kept under wraps, but the blogging community was not as easily silenced as the standard media or things could have ended much worse than they currently were. Later, when the virus spread to undeniable proportions, parts of the world were quarantined off and labeled as lost because the conditions were ideal for zombies and deemed not worthy of the effort to save. The cost of human lives to secure the area was too high.

Now in the midst of the upcoming presidential elections, Georgia (aka George) and Shaun Mason have been granted the honor of following one of the presidential hopefuls through the primaries and, if he gets that far, the election. They started off going after one story and ended up with another. What had started off as a great adventure turned into something more--something neither was prepared for. "The difference between the truth and a lie is that both of them can hurt, but only one will take the time to heal you." When all is said and done the main question on everyone's mind will be, "Was it worth it?" You be the judge.

In the words of Georgia, "Alive or dead, the truth won't rest...Rise up while you can." Georgia is smart, driven, loyal, and a serious journalist with a great future ahead of her. Her best friend and coworker is her brother Shaun. The two are very close and are almost always together. Before the rising their almost co-dependent nature would have been thought odd, but as Georgia states, "If I need to have someone guarding my back, when the living dead show up to make my life more interesting than I want it to be, I want someone that someone to be Shaun." Georgia loves what she does and enjoys digging to find the truth. She knew from little on what she wanted to be and it was a journalist. She's living her dream.

Shaun is the opposite of Georgia. The phrase coined for the type of journalist he is is called Irwin. It's a style which is used in reference to journalists who report things in a similar style to that of the late Steve Irwin. I felt this was a nice little tribute to Steve, who displayed such a fearless, flamboyant and somewhat boyish enthusiasm for the work he so obviously loved. The kind of reporting that makes practically everyone who is watching it equally as enthusiastic about it. Think of Shaun as the Steve Irwin of the zombie world. He likes poke, prod, and provoke a zombie while getting up close and personal to see what it will do while sporting a grin on his face. (Please note I am not implying Steve Irwin would have done such a thing to animals).

Buffy and Rick make up the rest of the main staff of After the End Times, the blog that Georgia and Shaun run. Rick joins the team early on in the book, while Buffy has been part of the team for much longer. The group is moving up and are hoping the campaign trail will lead to more than just a scoop on the next president. They're hoping their Beta rated blog will be upgraded to Alpha status. Once they realize that they're the blog being chosen to follow one of the Presidential hopefuls, it seems like their dreams are just a hop, skip, and jump away from becoming realized. The crew, with the exception of Rick, are young, but all are ambitious and easy to relate to.

While on the campaign trail, they uncover a story so huge their lives will be endangered. I found 'Feed'
engaging, thought provoking, dramatic, and emotionally moving. Make sure to have a box of tissues handy and find yourself a cozy little spot to read this one. Once you get into the story you're not going to want to put it down.

Where does the title come from? Well from a couple of things. Firstly, the zombies go on a "Feeding" frenzy. Secondly, if you notice on the cover (and below), the symbol found on the book refers to RSS Feed. I put the two symbols side by side so you can see the similarity. RSS (originally RDF Site Summary, often dubbed Really Simple Syndication) is a family of web feed formats used to publish frequently updated works—such as blog entries, news headlines, audio, and video—in a standardized format.[2] An RSS document (which is called a "feed", "web feed",[3] or "channel") includes full or summarized text, plus metadata such as publishing dates and authorship. (Definition gotten from Wikipedia. If you'd like to  learn more go to ). Thanks Jex for recognizing the hidden RSS image on the cover.
Feed Computer icon.

Have you ever received something thinking you were getting one thing and then discovered what you got wasn't at all what you expected--it was better?  It exceeded your expectations, blowing away the item you thought you were getting and wanted? Well, that's kind of the way I feel about 'Feed'. I read this book because it was voted to be the January Book of the Month in the Goodreads group, Nothing but Reading Challenges, of which I am one of the moderators. I figured it would be a typical zombie book, but it was that and so much more. I could see this one being made into a movie for the silver screen. It had action, drama, and most importantly it made me cry! I absolutely loved this. I fell in love with the characters and was totally pulled into the story. The book contained no romance, but none the less was a total book seduction. A truly wonderful book that has bite. lol (Sorry couldn't do this review without a little zombie humor thrown in.) Prepare to get lost in this book and the awesome world Ms. Grant created. Her zombies eat the competition. *smirk* This one gets 5 out of 5 roses.   

Book Trailer:

Just for fun:
If you are having trouble visualizing what the zombies in the book would look like, I found this cool app for your iphone which allows you to transform you, your family, friends, and even enemies into zombies. Okay, not literally, but via a photo. It's call ZombieBooth: 3D Zombifier. Warning: The following video is is not for the faint of heart, so only click on it if you think you can handle it, otherwise just keep your cursor off the button. Check it out if you dare! 

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Saturday, January 28, 2012

Just for fun with author Tessa Dare

Every now and them I find something that I just have to share because it makes me smile. Today I came across two book trailers that author Tessa Dare created. I have read her Stud club trilogy and thoroughly enjoyed it. Unfortunately I don't believe I have any reviews up since I read them before I started blogging. I have own a couple of Maya Banks books, but have as to date not read any. The following two book trailers were made by Tessa with nothing more than the toys in her children's room and her wonderfully clever and creative imagination. I hope you all enjoy them as much as I do. Enjoy!

Stud Club Trilogy Book Trailer:

The Highlander Trilogy (I believe it's called the McCabe Trilogy) by Maya Banks Book Trailer created by Tessa Dare:

If you'd like to learn more about Tessa Dare and her books check out her website at:
If you'd like to learn more about Maya Banks and her books check out her website at:

Allegiance (Legacy, #2) by Cayla Kluver

  • Title: Allegiance (Harlequin Teen)
  • Classification: Young Adult
  • Genre: Fantasy
  • Format: Paperback, 512 pages
  • Publisher: Harlequin; Original edition (February 28, 2012)
  • ISBN-10: 0373210434
  • ISBN-13: 978-0373210435
  • Author's Website:

Some people aspire to be a ruler, others are natural born leaders. Alera was the latter, born and bred from a line of Kings and Queens. The only thing holding her back from taking the reigns of her kingdom was that her people didn't believe a woman could lead. They were wrong, and she was forced to marry the man who they'd groomed to be the next ruler.

Narian looked to have all the traits associated with the Legend of the Bleeding Moon. The legend claimed a Hytanican boy born under the bleeding moon bearing its mark would be given powers to overthrow the Kingdom. Shortly after his birth he'd been kidnapped and raised by their Cokyrian enemies. Their plan was to use him to overtake the Kingdom. The only thing they hadn't counted on was his love for Alera, Hytanica's soon to be Queen.

Two kingdoms. One war. Who will win? It all will come down to a question of allegiance.

Once again Cayla Kluver created a masterpiece of literature spinning a web of intrigue, war, jealousy, betrayal and vengeance. Alera is strong, stubborn, loyal, and brave. She is also frustrated by the events which she's been forced to partake in all because she is female.

We finally get to see how her marriage to Steldor is progressing, and they are not a happy couple. In 'Legacy' I truly disliked Steldor and was quite upset the King chose him to be Alera's husband and the next King. In this book, I actually started liking him and felt bad for him. Alera was not the only one put in a bad position. If he'd known how reluctant she was to marry him, he might have thought twice about marrying her. 

Narian was missing during a good portion of the story and that is the only fault I had with the book, but that could not be helped. He once again found himself in the hands of the Cokyrians. He's put in a tough position at the beginning of the book where he has to decide what role he'll play in the war, and the Cokyrians are not playing fair. Neither choice is ideal and neither choice will gain him favor with Alera. 

I love the world Kluver created with it's two decidedly different kingdoms. The characters are easy to associate with and the drama created is first rate. I'm forgoing my romance rating scale with this one because it doesn't really go into that territory. I look forward to reading the next book in the trilogy and hope we'll be seeing more stories coming from Ms. Kluver. She is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors. I gave this one 5 out 5 roses. This is definitely looking like a serious series seduction. Can't wait to see what happens next.

Order of Series:

1) Legacy (Harlequin Teen)
2) Allegiance (Harlequin Teen)
3) Sacrifice - Tentative released date is late 2012

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Second Grave on the Left (Charley Davidson #2) by Darynda Jones

  • Title: Second Grave on the Left
  • Classification: Adult Fiction
  • Genre: Paranormal Romance/Mystery
  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press (August 16, 2011)
  • ISBN-10: 0312360819
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312360818
  • Author's Website:
'I take the grim out of being a grim reaper.'

'I'm Charlotte Davidson: private investigator, police consultant, all around bad@ss. Or I could've been a bad@ss, had I stuck with those lessons in mixed martial arts. I was only in that class to learn how to kill people with paper. And--oh, yes--let us not forget grim reaper. Admittedly, being the reaper wasn't all bad. I had a handful of friends I'd kill for--some alive, some not so much--a family of which I was quite grateful some were alive, some not so much, and an 'in' with one of the most powerful beings in the universe, Reyes Alexander Farrow, the part-human, part-supermodel son of Satan.
Thus, as the grim reaper, I understood dead people...'

Charlotte Davidson is tough, smart, loyal, and about as snarky as they come. She does have her share of problems, what with being able to see dead people. Imagine taking a shower and being watched by one? *shudder* It's part of her job as a grim reaper to see and associate with the dead. She is after all a portal to heaven. Sometimes the crossing over is easy, other times the dead have issues that were left unresolved. She never forces anyone to cross over. Sometimes she even helps them resolve the things which were left unresolved and other times they help her solve cases that would otherwise be left unsolved. The relationship is mutually beneficial.

In this book, Cookie's friend, Mimi, mysteriously disappeared, and people the missing woman knew are popping up dead. In the middle of the night Cookie was asked to meet her friend at a diner and drags Charlotte along to help. The friend never appeared. Since Charlotte hasn't been contacted by the woman the chances she's alive are good. Problem is there's a good chance whoever's been killing off Mimi's acquaintances is still after her. It's a race against time to piece together what happened years ago to put Mimi's life in jeopardy now and find her before the killer does.

On a more personal note, things have become complicated with Reyes, her dream lover from 'First Grave on the Right', who happens to be the son of a demon. Hmm...could that be the new catch phrase? Substitute demon for bitch? I kind of like that. lol Anyway, I digress. Reyes is at a crossroads that involves Charley. He has decided to let go of his physical body. He finds it a hindrance as he can get around without it and feels it isn't really necessary and makes him vulnerable. Problem with that is, if he sheds his human form, rumor has it that it will mark the beginning of the apocalypse. Can nothing ever be easy in Charley's life?

Where did the book get its name? Well its from this:
"It's that one," Mimi told the Mora County sheriff, pointing to Mr. Romero's grave. "The second one on the left."

Some of my favorite quotes:
IT’S FREE AND IT KNOWS WHERE YOU LIVE." -  T-Shirt: (I want one of these)
- “Chocolate and coffee? Together? Whoever came up with that combination should have won a Nobel Peace Prize. Or at least a subscription to Reader's Digest.”
- "His gaze slid over me like a veil of fire. He could ignite my deepest desires with a single glance. I decided right then and there no more reading romance novels by candlelight."

This one has a lot of mystery, drama, humor, with a dash of romance which makes for a delightfully delicious combination. The main story line involving Mimi is a sad tale, but you knew from the beginning if people were getting killed something truly bad had to have happened. My only fault is I would have liked to have had more of Reyes in the story, but that was forgiven because we did find more out about him. *sigh* Overall, I gave this one 4 1/2 out of 5 roses. I'm forgoing the Romance Rating because this story truly doesn't go into that territory this time. Charley was too bent on getting information on Reyes' whereabouts that the romance didn't go full bloom, but there were some scenes that did get hot none the less.

Listen to an excerpt from the audio book:

Order of Series:

Sneak Peek at Angel's Rest by Emily March

Check out this Excerpt from Emily March & Angels Rest (2/15/11)- the first in her Eternity Springs series
Gabriel Callahan has lost everything that mattered. All he wants is solitude on an isolated mountain estate. Instead, he gets a neighbor. Vibrant, no-nonsense Nic Sullivan is Eternity Springs’ veterinarian, and she has an uncanny plan to lure this talented architect back to the world of the living. First with a dog, next with a renovation project, and, finally, with a night of passion that ends with a surprise.

Now a man still raw from tragedy must face the biggest struggle of his heart. Can he forgive himself and believe in the power of second chances? Dare he trust in the promise of a future and a brand-new family here in Eternity Springs?

Angel's Rest by Emily March (Excerpt)

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Retribution (Dark-Hunter Novels, #20) by Sherrilyn Kenyon

'The hardest part of living is making peace with your past. Most of all, it's making peace with yourself.'

William Jessup Brady (aka Sundown) grew up in another era--the wild west. He was said to be untamed, uncivilized and soulless. One reporter even wrote, "everyone called him Sundown because he did his best and most gruesome work after dark". He was a bad man, but he was willing to change his ways for the woman he loved. On the eve of his wedding, he was murdered by the man he thought was his best friend. His soul cried for vengeance, and his plea was heard by Artemis. She gave him one night to right the wrongs that had been done to him and in exchange he became one of Artemis' Dark-Hunters. For not only had his best friend murdered him, but he'd also raped his bride-to-be and killed her family. While he could never reveal himself to his true love while she lived, he vowed to watch over all her children even the one who was conceived that fatal night by his former best friend.

Abigail Yager started her childhood happily enough until the one dark night all hell broke loose and both her parents were murdered. As the the mayhem took place she hid under her bed and will never forget the face of the man she saw reflected in the mirror in her bedroom. That was the day she decided to dedicate her life to exacting vengeance on the man, and all those like him, who had destroyed her family. She was determined  she'd get retribution.

Who could have predicted that these chain of events could lead to the apocalypse? God save us all!

Sherrilyn Kenyon is one of my favorite paranormal/urban fantasy writers. This was such a change from her usual Dark-Hunter stories. It incorporated some American Indian lore, which incidentally she made up. The only exception was the use of the Time Untime which is a real Cherokee belief that Kenyon couldn't resist utilizing in her story. Most of the Dark-Hunter books include mythology associated with Greek mythology, and I enjoyed the switch. Writing a story which incorporates a lore of an author's making are not easy to do, but Kenyon does it with style and finesse while throwing in some spectacular twists and turns to the story. It's one of the things I love about her books.

Jess was a fun character. A cowboy at heart who likes listening to (of all things) classical music. Mozart and Grieg being his favorites. The contrast made me smile. He's loyal and pretty darn sexy, and while he might not have started out that way, a fairly nice guy. He was first introduced in 'Dance with the Devil' (Zarek's story).  Zarek, by the way, is his best friend and makes a brief appearance in this book. Incidentally, as Jess states, "My real name is 'Manee Ya Doy means 'sundown' in my mother's language.'" ..."It was her favorite time of day. When the sun must make peace with the moon and for a few brief moments, the two touch in mutual friendship and respect. Perfect balance between the light and dark. A time for reflection and for preparation." Hence, that is where Jess' nickname came from.

Abigail was so full of hate when the book began and all of it concentrated on Jess. It was fun seeing her slowly come to grips with the fact she'd been manipulated and all she believed had been a lie. She was strong and owned up to her mistakes when she realized she'd made them.

Two of my favorite quotes:
-“To quote the Tsalagi, you should never allow your yesterday to use up too much of today. The past is gone and tomorrow is at best a maybe. Live for this moment because it may be all you'll ever have.”
- "Acheron always says that our scars are there to remind us of our pasts, of where we've been and what we've gone through. But that pain doesn't have to drive or determine our future. We can rise above it if we let ourselves.  It's not easy, but nothing in life ever is."

Overall, this book gets 4 out of 5 roses. It kept my attention, had a lot of drama, mixed in some humor, incorporated a little Indian lore, had a lot of twists and turns, and had good dash of romance. Plus, it had the bonus scene of Ash and Tory having a baby. So while some of our favorites may have been missing from the main story, we got a good dose of them in the added scene. On the Lisarenee Romance Rating Scale, this one gets a STEAM rating- too hot for a fan, but you still have a handle on things. You should use extreme caution when reading a book with this rating in public. People may inquire as to why you looked flustered and flushed.

Notes to keep you in the know:
I found a wonderful list of Animal Totem and their meanings at which had the following information on some of the animal totems used in the story:
Butterfly - Metamorphosis, transformation, balance, grace, ability to accept change
Buffalo - Sacredness, life, great strength, abundance, gratitude
Bear - Industrious, instinctive, healing, power, sovereignty, guardian of the world, watcher, courage, will power, self-preservation, introspection, and great strength
Coyote - Trickster, intelligence, stealth, wisdom and folly, guile and innocence

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Sneek Peek at 'Ride With Me' by Ruthie Knox

Check out this FREE inside peek of  'Ride With Me'. The exciting new story from Loveswept, digital imprint of Ballantine Bantam Dell at Random House:

Here are what people are saying about it:

“A sweet yet sultry, honest and heart-tugging ride. Everything a love story should be!” Carly Phillips, New York Times Bestselling Author
"A fantastic, sexy, and fun story! Ruthie Knox’s, RIDE WITH ME, was a delight to read." Jill Shalvis, NYT Best Selling Author
“Ride With Me, is a unique kind of road trip with the best kind of bumps and curves!” Sandra Hill, New York Times Best Selling Author
“Smart, sexy, and downright fun–I loved every moment of the ride!” Julie James, National Bestselling Author
“Ruthie Knox writes a devil of a good book! Ride With Me is one wild and fun ride you’ll enjoy from the first page to the last!” Christie Craig, award winning author of romances with heart, humor and suspense.

Scribd.Ride With Me Excerpt - by author Ruthie Knox

Heat Stroke (Weather Warden, #2) by Rachel Caine

     "Back in the good old times before, well, yesterday, when my name was still Joanne Baldwin and I was human, I'd been a Weather Warden. A card-carrying member of the Wardens Association, the international brotherhood of people in charge of keeping Mother Nature from exterminating the human race. I'd been in the business of controlling wind, waves, and storms. Being an adrenaline junkie goes with the territory...
     I didn't want to think about it too much, but I kept coming back to the fact that I'd died. Last mortal thing I remembered, was I'd been a battleground for two demons tearing me apart, and then I'd--metaphorically speaking--opened my eyes on a whole new world, with whole new rules. Because David had made me a Djinn. You know, Arabian Nights, lamp, granter of wishes? That kind. Only I wasn't imprisoned in a lamp, or (more appropriately) a bottle; I was free-range. Masterless. 
    Cool, but scary. Masterless, I was vulnerable, and I knew it."

Joanne Baldwin (Jo) went from Weather Warden to djinn in the blink of an eye. But there's a reason djinn aren't born/created every day. The cost of creating a new djinn is steep, and David broke djinn law by making Jo one. Now they need to answer to Jonathan, the most powerful of djinn, to find out what their punishment will be...

In this book, David and Jo's relationship gets kicked up a notch as the two spend the first few days of Jo's second lease on life together. Their bliss, however, is cut short when reality sets in and Jonathan catches up with them. Jo finds out David split his life force in half so he could use part of his to sustain her. Now she'll be put to the test to see if she can survive as a normal djinn without syphoning off more of David's life source.

I loved how Joanne can't let anyone know she's alive and a djinn. Her vulnerability as a free djinn was what worried me when she first became one at the end of 'Ill Wind'. By being masterless she could be claimed by someone and when a djinn is claimed their free will is taken away, which of course is what happens. I liked how Joanne gets a first hand taste of what a djinn has to endure in this book.

Lewis is truly becoming one of my least favorite characters of the series. I just don't understand Jo's attraction to the man. He just irritates me to no end. He's supposed to be this nice guy, but to me he just seems like a cocky womanizer, and I don't care for the way he treats Jo.

David was even more likable in this book. I like him more than Jo. He's very loyal and seems like the perfect match for me, er, I mean Jo. lol Sorry, please pardon my little book character crush. *sigh* The punishment handed out to David is not pleasant. Jonathan was not very happy to find out he'd converted Jo.

Jonathan was a new character who seems very menacing. He doesn't like mortals and talks of a war going on to free the djinn from the control of humans. He's also the first djinn ever created and the most powerful. He's the one in charge of enforcing djinn law and handing out punishment. He's not someone whose bad side you want to get on. He definitely adds an extra dimension to the series.

This is such a fun book. It contains more romance than the previous book, and I loved how the relationship between Jo and David progressed. It contains drama produced by Jo trying to deal with being a djinn in every sense. Plus, there is the added drama of djinns being stolen and dying. I must admit, however, some of the explanations were a touch lacking and by the end of the book I still didn't quite understand everything about the sparkly power leak. Overall, I gave this book 3 out of 5 roses. On the Lisarenee Romance Rating Scale, this one scores a STEAM rating - too hot for a fan, but you still have a handle on things. You should use extreme caution when reading a book with this rating in public. People may inquire as to why you looked flustered and flushed.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Giveaway of a Signed copy of Lothaire (Immortals After Dark # 12) by Kresley Cole

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Last week Kresley Cole came to Tampa and did a book signing at Books-A-Million. She is one of my favorite paranormal romance authors. As I state in my rating scale, if I was rich I'd buy everyone I encountered a book from my favorite authors. Well, I'm still not rich, but alas I can occasionally share the love of my favorite authors through giveaways. As you can see from the above photos, a mysterious orb ended up in three photos at the book signing. Kresley was nice enough to agree to do another picture with me because the first was "compromised" by the mysterious orb of light. If the orb had been in just the first photo, I'd have dismissed it as perhaps the light of a flash from a camera or a spotlight, but with three such photos I'm not sure what to think. I snapped another picture shortly after the first three were taken to see if something was off with my camera, but no mysterious orb showed up in that picture. The pictures were not taken by me, but by one of the Kresley Cole crew. The second photo was taken when my camera accidentally took a picture of the lower half of the handsome male model, Paul Marron. The only reason I'm displaying it is so you can see the orb of light which is in the picture. Some have speculated it was an encounter of a "ghostly" kind. I just found it odd the orb seemed to be following me and was in three different photos, in three different places, at three different angles. As far as I know, I'm the only one whose camera displayed this mysterious orb. Speculation was that perhaps it was the ghostly ballerina, Néomi Laress, from 'Dark Needs at Night's Edge' (Immortals After Dark, #5) who stopped in to make an appearance. lol What do you think?

Book Description:

Installment 12 in the bestselling
 Immortals After Dark series

The Man. The Myth. The Monster.

 Evil finally has a name.

#1 New York Times bestselling author Kresley Cole continues her electrifying Immortals After Dark series with this thrilling tale, revealing secrets of the Lore, fierce realm of the immortals. . .


Driven by his insatiable need for revenge, Lothaire, the Lore’s most ruthless vampire, plots to seize the Horde’s crown. But bloodlust and torture have left him on the brink of madness—until he finds Elizabeth Peirce, the key to his victory. He captures the unique young mortal, intending to offer up her very soul in exchange for power, yet Elizabeth soothes his tormented mind and awakens within him emotions Lothaire believed he could no longer experience.


Growing up in desperate poverty, Ellie Peirce yearned for a better life, never imagining she’d be convicted of murder—or that an evil immortal would abduct her from death row. But Lothaire is no savior, as he himself plans to sacrifice Ellie in one month’s time. And yet the vampire seems to ache for her touch, showering her with wealth and sexual pleasure. In a bid to save her soul, Ellie surrenders her body to the wicked vampire, while vowing to protect her heart.


Elizabeth tempts Lothaire beyond reason, as only his fated mate could. As the month draws to a close, he must choose between a millennia-old blood vendetta and his irresistible prisoner. Will Lothaire succumb to the miseries of his past . . . or risk everything for a future with her?


This is the first of three giveaways. Open to US residents only who are 18 years old or older.  Up for grabs 1 signed copy of Lothaire (Immortals After Dark # 12). It was signed by both Kresley Cole and Paul Marron, the male model whose picture graces the cover. Let me say both Kresley and Paul are better looking in person and both were very nice. If you end up being the winner, you'll have 48 hours to respond to my email once it's been sent or another winner will be chosen. Good luck!

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