My Best of 2012

This is a list of my favorite books of 2012. There is no order to this list because I can’t just pick one favorite. I read a lot more this year but these books found a place in my heart. Each one of them I remember for different reasons. All of these books got 5 stars but if it was possible I would of given them more.

 

UnWanted: Dead or Alive by Kerrelyn Sparks (March 27, 2012)

Wanted: Undead or Alive (Love at Stake, #12)

Love at Stake Series- This series is amazing. I can reread this series over and over again.

Click Here for Amazon Page: Kerrelyn Sparks – Wanted: Undead or Alive (Love at Stake)

 

Wild About You By Kerrelyn Sparks (Nov 27, 2012)

Wild About You (Love at Stake, #13)
Love at Stake Series- Another amazing book to an already phenomenal series. I can’t get enough of Kerrelyn Sparks writing.

Click Here for Amazon Page: Kerrelyn Sparks – Wild About You (Love at Stake)

 

Blood Spirit by Gabrielle Bisset (Sept 12, 2012)

Blood Spirit (Sons of Navarus, #3)
This is the 3rd book in the Son’s of Navarus Series. It was amazing!!!

Click here for Amazon Page: Gabrielle Bisset – Blood Spirit (Sons of Navarus #3)

 

Tiger by Laurann Dohner (April 11, 2012)

Tiger (New Species, #7)
New Species Series. I love this book!

Click Here for Amazon Page: Laurann Dohner – Tiger: 7 (New Species)

 

Obsidian by Laurann Dohner (Aug 29, 2012)

Obsidian (New Species, #8)

New Species Series. This series keeps getting better and better.

Click Here for Amazon Page: Laurann Dohner – Obsidian: 8 (New Species)

 

Shadow by Laurann Dohner (Oct 31, 2012)

Shadow (New Species, #9)
New Species Series. 2012 was a great year for Laurann Dohner and her books. She owns erotica.

Click Here for Amazon Page: Laurann Dohner – Shadow: 9 (New Species)

 

A Measured Risk by Natasha Blackthorne (April 9, 2012)

A Measured Risk (Regency Risks, #1)
This book will stay with me for a long time to come. Amazing! Very Hot!

Click Here for Amazon Page: Natasha Blackthorne – A Measured Risk (Regency Risks)

 

A Midsummers Sin by Natasha Blackthorne (July 16, 2012)

A Midsummer's Sin
This was a very hot erotic romance. Loved it

Click Here for Amazon Page: Natasha Blackthorne – A Midsummer’s Sin (Bodices and Boudoirs)

 

Consumed by Rebecca Zanetti (July 5, 2012)

Consumed (Dark Protectors, #4)
I am totally obsessed with this series. Its amazing!

Click Here for Amazon Page: Rebecca Zanetti – Consumed (Dark Protectors)

 

Provoked by Rebecca Zanetti (Nov 1, 2012)

Provoked (Dark Protectors, #5)
Another amazing book in the Dark Protector Series. I can’t get enough.

Click Here for Amazon Page: Rebecca Zanetti – Provoked (Dark Protectors)

 

Unleashed (The Highland Historical Trilogy) by Kerrigan Byrne (Dec 2, 2012)


This is a special box set with all 3 Highland Historical Novella’s. Historical with a paranormal twist and yummy men and kickass women.

Click Here for Amazon Page: Kerrigan Byrne – Unleashed (The Highland Historical Trillogy)

 

So Into You by S.L. Carpenter (Nov 24, 2012)

So Into You
My favorite male erotica author. Loved this new book by him.

Click Here for Amazon Page: S.L. Carpenter – So Into You

 

Try me by Olivia Cunning (June 24, 2012)

Try Me (One Night with Sole Regret, #1)
Olivia Cunning always writes such amazing and deliciously hot books. Smoking HOT!

Click Here for Amazon Page: Olivia Cunning – Try Me (One Night with Sole Regret)

 

Destiny Bewitched by Leia Shaw (June 16, 2012)

Destiny Bewitched (Shadows of Destiny, #4)
Loved this one. Awesome series. Can’t wait for the next book.

Click Here for Amazon Page: Leia Shaw – Destiny Bewitched (Shadows of Destiny)

 

The Husband Hunt by Lynsay Sands (Feb 28, 2012)

The Husband Hunt (Madison Sisters, #3)
Really enjoyed this historical romance. Sweet, sexy and fun

Click Here for Amazon Page: Lynsay Sands – The Husband Hunt

 

Deadly is the Kiss by Rhyannon Byrd (April 11, 2012)

Deadly Is the Kiss (Grangers, #1)
This series is one of my favorites. It has everything you could possibly want and this book was fantastic.

Click Here for Amazon Page: Rhyannon Byrd – Deadly Is the Kiss (Hqn)

 

Once & Again by Lauren Dane (Sept 4, 2012)

Once and Again (Petal, Georgia, #1)
Love the world Lauren created in this series. Wish there were more men like the ones she writes about LOL

Click Here for Amazon Page: Lauren Dane – Once and Again (Petal, Georgia)

 

Highland Avenger by Hannah Howell (March 27, 2012)

Highland Avenger (Murray Family, #18)
Hannah Howell’s books were the first I ever read of historical romance. No matter what book it is they always stay with me. Her writing is so special.

Click Here for Amazon Page: Hannah Howell- Highland Avenger (Murray Family)

 

Hungry Moon-QuickSilver By Claudy Conn (Nov 20, 2012)

Hungry Moon-Quicksilver

I loved this book. Everything about it was perfect.

Click Here for Amazon Page: Claudy Conn – Hungry Moon-Quicksilver

 

The Wolf Who Loved Me by Lydia Dare (April 2, 2012)

The Wolf Who Loved Me (Westfield Wolves #5)

I love this series and it keeps getting better and better.

Click Here for Amazon Page: Lydia Dare – Wolf Who Loved Me

 

Wolfishly Yours by Lydia Dare (Nov 6, 2012)

Wolfishly Yours (Westfield Wolves, #6)
Lydia’s wolfs are so yummy. I love the historical and paranormal twist.

Click Here for Amazon Page: Lydia Dare – Wolfishly Yours (Westfield Wolves)

 

The Darkest Seduction by Gena Showalter (Feb 28, 2012)

The Darkest Seduction (Lords of the Underworld, #9)
I can’t say enough good things about this series and Gena’s writing. Without a doubt one of my favorites.

Click Here for Amazon Page: Gena Showalter – The Darkest Seduction (Hqn)

 

Wicked Nights by Gena Showalter (June 26, 2012)

Wicked Nights (Angels of the Dark, #1)
It felt like I waited forever for this book but it was def worth the wait. OMG… Hotness!!!

Click Here for Amazon Page: Gena Showalter – Wicked Nights (Hqn)

 

Darker After Midnight by Lara Adrian (Jan 24, 2012)

Darker After Midnight (Midnight Breed, #10)
Another vampire series that I love and adore.

Click Here for Amazon Page: Lara Adrian – Darker After Midnight (with bonus novella A Taste of Midnight): A Midnight Breed Novel

 

Quinn’s Undying Rose by Tina Folsom (Aug 28, 2012)

Quinn's Undying Rose (Scanguards Vampires #6)
This is the book that I ended my year with. I am so glad, its amazing and I love the scanguards vampires.

Click Here for Amazon Page: Tina Folsom – Quinn’s Undying Rose: Scanguards Vampires (Volume 6)

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My Favorites of 2012

My favorites of 2012!

Ok so I’m not going to do the “Best Of” but my “Favorites Of”, what’s the difference you ask? My favorites my not have received the highest ratings but they have managed to stick out in the over 200 books I’ve read this year. Something about these books stand above the others, whether it be the characters, the plot or just some extra “it” factor.

Sometimes and I hate to admit this and at the time I don’t think I realize I’m doing it, but, I’ll give an established author that may be one of my favorites a lower score because I expect more from them and am comparing the book to their other works. Also maybe a new author to me will get a higher score, because I had lower expectations of the work. Is this fair? Probably not. Am I the only one that does this, even subconsciously??

Ok, so I am not going to rank these books against each other because if you made it this far, they are all number one’s in my mind. So I am only including books that were published in 2012, even if I read them in 2011 with a 2012 release date or read them in 2012 with a 2013 release date.

What was amazing about 2012 were there were so many new authors that released some AMAZING books!

So here are my favorites!

Full Length Novels:

Leave Me Breathless – Cherrie Lynn Published: November 06, 2012

Leave Me Breathless (Ross Siblings, #3)

This was one of my favorite books all year! It’s been lingering on my mind since I read it and have been dying to re-read it. I’d have to say it’s even better then Rock Me.

Grab it on Amazon:  Cherrie Lynn – Leave Me Breathless (Leather and Lace)

 

When Snow Falls – Brenda Novak Published: October 23, 2012

When Snow Falls (Whiskey Creek, #2)

So this book has a few issues, mostly with the timing and pacing of the book. But for me it’s the characters that made this book. Dylan and Cheyenne wormed their way into my heart somehow. =) For next year look out for “When Summer Comes” the next book in this series. It’s a year jerker and so good! It’ll probably be on my best of 2013 list.

Grab it on Amazon: Brenda Novak – When Snow Falls (Whiskey Creek)

 

Beyond Shame – Kit Rocha Published: September 16, 2012

Beyond Shame (Beyond, #1)

Here is another one that had some issues but is sticking out in my memory. I loved the O’Kane clan and the world this book is set in. I am waiting impatiently for the second book in the series and my O’Kane swag to come in the mail. LOL!

Grab it on Amazon:  Kit Rocha – Beyond Shame

 

The Angel – Tiffany Reisz Published: September 19, 2012

The Angel (The Original Sinners, #2)

Tiffany Reisz is one of my breakout new authors of 2012. The Original Sinners Series is now one of my favorite new series! This one I follows Nora while she is “training” young Michael her Angel. I loved this book because of Michael as he found himself over the course of the summer.

Grab it on Amazon: Tiffany Reisz – The Angel (The Original Sinners)

 

The Siren – Tiffany Reisz Published: July 24, 2012

The Siren (The Original Sinners, #1)

This is the first in the Original Sinners series. Nora is trying to step up her writing game. She wants to work with the best editor in the business and he is sexy and a hard to please. Just like she likes them! This book takes you on twists and turns and is surprisingly emotional. I ended the book in full out tears!

Grab it on Amazon:  Tiffany Reisz – The Siren (The Original Sinners)

 

Summer Nights – Susan Mallery Published: June 26, 2012

Summer Nights (Fool's Gold, #8)

I am new to the Fools Gold series as o this year. This book follows Shane and Annabelle. Shane is a cowboy that breeds his horses. He is more than a little gun shy when it comes to woman. Annabelle is a cute as can be librarian. These two gravitate towards each other against their best judgment. I loved this tale and so far it’s my favorite of the Fools Gold series.

Grab it on Amazon: Susan Mallery – Summer Nights (Fool’s Gold)

 

Tempted by the Highland Warrior – Michelle Willingham Published: June 19, 2012

Tempted by the Highland Warrior

This is the first book I’ve read by Ms. Willingham and I loved it. Our hero is mute and could not talk for much of the book, but Ms. Willingham did an excellent job at her non-verbal communication. It brought this book to a different level. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and will be looking at Ms. Willingham’s back list of books.

Grab it on Amazon:  Michelle Willingham – Tempted by the Highland Warrior (The MacKinloch Clan)

 

Rescue Me – Rachel Gibson Published May 29, 2012

Rescue Me (Lovett, Texas, #3)

I LOVE LOVE Rachel Gibson! She pretty much only publishes once a year and this year it was Rescue Me following a sexy ex-Navy SEAL who is temporarily in Lovett, TX and a small Texas town girl who left Lovett, Tx and never intended to return home. These two bond together as two people who don’t really fit into the small town.

Grab it on Amazon: Rachel Gibson – Rescue Me

 

Bared To You – Sylvia Day Published: May 24, 2012

Bared to You (Crossfire, #1)

The first book in the Crossfire series. It follows Gideon Cross and Eva, two incredibly broken individuals who find each other and hopefully each other salvation.

Grab it on Amazon: Sylvia Day – Bared to You: A Crossfire Novel

 

Seven Nights in a Rogues Bed – Anna Campbell Published: January 1, 2012

Seven Nights in a Rogue's Bed (Sons of Sin, #1)

This is a historical our hero is scarred inside and out. His life has been one tragedy after another. All he has left is his revenge. Our heroine is part of his revenge that he never expected. She is the sister in law of his worst enemy. He demands seven days with Sidnonie as part of his revenge. They never counted on feeling more than revenge.

Grab it on Amazon: Anna Campbell – Seven Nights in a Rogue’s Bed (Sons of Sin)

 

 

Shorts:

The Weird Girls – Cecy Robson Published December 4, 2012

The Weird Girls (Weird Girls, #0.5)

This is the prequel to the Weird Girls Series by newcomer Cecy Robson. It follows four sisters who are the product of a backfired curse. They each have different and unique powers. This book is an introduction to this new world that Cecy Robson built and in this specific book explores sisterly love instead of romantic love. This was another tear jerker and had me in tears at the end!

Grab it on Amazon: Cecy Robson – The Weird Girls: A Novella (A Penguin Special from Signet Eclipse)

 

Unleashed (The Highland Historical Trilogy) – Kerrigan Byrne Published: December 2, 2012

This is a trilogy from newcomer Kerrigan Byrne. This series is about some sexy highland berserkers! If you haven’t picked it up already you need to asap!

Grab it on Amazon:  Kerrigan Byrne – Unleashed (The Highland Historical Trillogy)

 

Long Shots: Books 1-3 – Christine D’Abo Published: September 10, 2012

Long Shots: Books 1-3

This is a collection of three shorts that follow three siblings with some kinky desires! I loved these siblings; they had a way of getting to you.

Grab it on Amazon:  Christine D’Abo – Long Shots: Books 1-3: Double Shot\A Shot in the Dark\Pulled Long

 

Try Me – Olivia Cunning Published: June 26, 2012

Try Me (One Night with Sole Regret, #1)

This is Olivia Cunning’s new series following the band Sole Regret. This is the first book in the series and holy shit is it HOT! WOW Look out for Hot Ticket from the Sinners Series next year. I absolutely loved it and it will be on my favorites of 2013. I wish I could have put it on this list but it’s not out yet so alas it’s not included.

Grab it on Amazon: Olivia Cunning – Try Me (One Night with Sole Regret)

 

Angel’s Flight – Nalini Singh Published: February 28, 2012

Angels' Flight (Angels' Pawn #0.5, Angels' Judgment #1.5, Angel's Wolf #4.5, Angels' Dance #4.75)

This is a collection of novellas from Nalini Singhs Guild Hunters series which is one of my favorite series. It includes 3 previously released novellas and a new one. I love Nalini Singhs novellas she can pack a punch into few pages!

Grab it on Amazon: Nalini Singh – Angels’ Flight (Berkley Sensation)

 

If you want to see my paranormal picks for 2012 you can visit my other blog “Where the Night Kind Roam” The post will be active 12/31/2012.

 

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Down to You (The Bad Boys, #1)

 

Review: M. Leighton – Down to You

The Bad Boys Series:

Book 1:

Down to You: Olivia Townsend and Cash and Nash Davenport

 

Down to You (The Bad Boys, #1)

 

Purchase on Amazon:  M. Leighton – Down to You (Bad Boys #1)

Summary:

From Goodreads.com

The scorching tale of one girl, two brothers and a love triangle…that’s not. Olivia Townsend is nothing special. She’s just a girl working her way through college so she can return home to help her father run his business. She’s determined not to be the second woman in his life to abandon him, even if it means putting her own life on hold. To Olivia, it’s clear what she must do. Plain and simple. Black and white. But clear becomes complicated when she meets Cash and Nash Davenport. They’re brothers. Twins.

Cash is everything she’s always wanted in a guy. He’s a dangerous, sexy bad boy who wants her in his bed at any cost. He turns her insides to mush and, with just one kiss, makes her forget why he’s no good for her. Nash is everything she’s ever needed in a guy. He’s successful, responsible and intensely passionate. But he’s taken. Very taken, by none other than Marissa, Liv’s rich, beautiful cousin. That doesn’t stop Olivia from melting every time he looks at her, though. With just one touch, he makes her forget why they can never be together.

Black and white turns to shades of gray when Olivia discovers the boys are hiding something, something that should make her run as far and as fast as she can. But it’s too late to run. Olivia’s already involved. And in love. With both of them. Both brothers make her heart tremble. Both brothers set her body on fire. She wants them both. And they want her. How will she ever choose between them?

Review:

So I originally gave this book a 4 star rating, but I think I’m going to have to lower that. The more I think about it the more annoyed I become. I am apparently the ONLY person who has read both this book and Tender is the Storm by Johanna Lindsey which is a historical old west tale. This “innovative, new and refreshing tale” is a rip off of Tender is a Storm. It’s been done before, in 1985 to be exact.

So why is this book Tender is the Storm remixed you ask?

1. The largest reason being the ending. The “Shocker” and the “I Never Saw It Coming” ending is basically the same, which is how I saw this ending coming from a mile away.

2. In Tender is the Storm we have identical twin males (Lucas and Slade), one is the bad boy twin and in this case he really is kinda bad, a rumored gunslinger and fast gun. The only thing faster than his gun is his bad attitude. Lucas is the more affable twin, he smiles and jokes and in general is easy to get along with. The difference here, neither one of them has a girl friend that they are cheating on.

In Down to You we have identical twin males (Cash and Nash), one is the “Bad Boy” twin who really isn’t all that bad (to be discussed in more detail later) Cash is a club owner and has a tattoo, which is about as “Bad Boy” as he gets. Nash is the “Good Twin” he is in law school and that is about as “Good Guy” as he gets.

3. In both books pretty much their entire family is murdered. With both sets of twins the brothers grew apart after the murder and now are looking to avenge the murders of their family.

4. One lady two guys. The lady in question in Tender is the Storm is Sharisse. The circumstances that bring both ladies in contact with our two sets of twins are extremely different; however, one is a historical and the other a contemporary so the times are vastly different. Sharisse runs from her father in New York to the west territories as a mail order bride to Lucas to escape a marriage of convenience. Our Olivia in Down to You is just your average college working girl. In both cases our girl is inexplicably attracted to both twin brothers. She can’t understand how she can be set fire by two completely different guys, sure they look the same but underneath they are completely different. She battles her attraction to both brothers. Sharisse more than Olivia but both of them try damn it! Ok, Olivia doesn’t try all that hard but she thinks about trying to resist one, or both of the brothers.

So since pretty much the entire book is regarding these four points a big chunk of Down to You is pretty similar to Tender is the Storm with contemporary twists.

So what else bugged me about this book?

Cash is not a “Bad Boy” in fact I thought of him as the good twin. He never lied about his intensions, he was upfront. And he didn’t have a girlfriend that he was cheating on. He was always there for Olivia when she needs him, dropping whatever to assist her. When her car broke down, who was she able to call for help? Cash. When she had to run home to help her dad, Cash drove all that way to help her and her dad out. Cash is a business owner, sure it is a club, but that takes a hell of a lot of work and responsibility to run a successful business. He has a tattoo, but anymore a tattoo is not a sign of a bad boy as they are incredibly common now. A bad boy isn’t usually a successful, responsible, there for you guy. I know my bad boys and this is not one. But he is very very sexy, I do have to admit. He was my favorite twin!

Nash is a cheater and no one seems to care. Nash has a girlfriend and he is all sorts of flirting with Olivia and then kisses her on a sudo date. Um HELLO this screams bad boy stay the hell away! And this is the “good twin” ? He admits that he’s doing wrong but doesn’t stop it just keeps escalating. Olivia just has an oh well attitude about the whole thing. It irritated me.

Spoiler**

The dark bedroom scene. How can you now care which brother is coming to visit you? And ew, what if it is one brother and then you choose the other brother and then you’ve had sex with both brothers. I find that disturbing. And then how is the brother you have chosen supposed to get over the fact that you just slept with his brother and then in a matter of days you’re having sex with chosen brother. See just writing that out is confusing, let alone living it! Bad romance novel! Bad! And then if it is Nash he is cheating on his girlfriend, like WAY cheating not just a make out or flirting cheating but no going back from it cheating. And there was no condom! Ew! I am kind of getting worried about a lot of novels lately have been forgoing on the condoms. So while this scene was admittedly kind of hot, in the grand scheme of things, it’s kind of skeevy!

End Spoiler**

Ok, I think I am done with my rant.

So what did I like about this book? I liked Cash, I really did. He was hot and sexy and I’d take him any day!

And whereas I did see the big twist coming from a mile away, I liked how it played out.

For the most part I liked Olivia, she took responsibility seriously. She had some issues I didn’t care for like playing brothers against each other and her whole “bad boy” thing, but I can see how she would want to be careful after being burned.

This book was scorching hot! The sex was holy god damn hot! Better than some erotica I’ve read.

Overall, I enjoyed the book, don’t get me wrong. It had a lot of good parts but the bad just grated on my nerves!

Is it worth all the hype? Like a lot of hyped up books, no not really. Will I read the next installment? Yes. I am curious enough to find out where this all takes us.

Rating:

3.5 Romanticals

 

Amanda Sig Orange

ARC Review: Cecy Robson–Sealed with a Curse

Weird Girls Series:

Book 1:

Sealed with a Curse: Celia Wird and Sisters

 

Sealed with a Curse (Weird Girls, #1)

 

Release Date: December 31st 2012

Get the prequel: Cecy Robson – The Weird Girls: A Novella (A Penguin Special from Signet Eclipse)

Purchase on Amazon: Cecy Robson – Sealed With a Curse: A Weird Girls Novel

Summary:

From Goodreads.com

Celia Wird and her three sisters are just like other 20-something girls—with one tiny exception: they’re products of a backfired curse that has given each of them unique powers that make them, well, weird…

The Wird sisters are content to avoid the local vampires, werebeasts, and witches of the Lake Tahoe region—until one of them blows up a vampire in self-defense. Everyone knows vampires aren’t aggressive, and killing one is punishable by death. But soon more bloodlust-fueled attacks occur, and the community wonders: are the vampires of Tahoe cursed with a plague?

Celia reluctantly agrees to help Misha, the handsome leader of an infected vampire family. But Aric, the head of the werewolf pack determined to destroy Misha’s family to keep the region safe, warns Celia to stay out of the fight. Caught between two hot alphas, Celia must find a way to please everyone, save everyone, and oh yeah, not lose her heart to the wrong guy—or die a miserable death. Because now that the evil behind the plague knows who Celia is, it’s coming for her and her sisters. This Wird girl has never had it so tough.

Review:

I loved loved loved this book! This book was everything I was hoping the last book I read would be. The characters are fun, they are sassy and kick major ass! “Because girls kick ass, it says so on a t-shirt”. (This was on some tv show or movie but I can’t remember which one) LOL A I adored Celia and all three of her sisters. Each had a fully developed and completely different personality. Anyone with a sister can certainly appreciate the sister bond they share! I know I did. 😉 Ms. Robson has such a funny, fun exciting writing style. I was captured from the first and it did not let me go until the very end, I didn’t want to let this world go and was sad when I saw the pages dwindling. I immediately checked to see what other books I could devour by this author and was glad to see a prequel was out but sad to see the second book in this series won’t be out for months! Waiting sucks!

So the story starts and we are in vampire court, it was a great way to throw us into this new world. You actually find out a lot about this new world from the vampire court and more about the sisters and their individual powers. Their powers are different and unique from any other being, they are not vampires or true were’s or witches and each sister has a different skill set. They are a result of a backfired curse. They were supposed to be cursed with illness at their birth but instead they developed super cool powers! Celia is our “alpha” and POV for this book. We get major time with the sisters but it’s Celia’s voice we hear throughout.

Misha is a Master Vampire who is losing all of her “family” to bloodlust. Vampires in the world are typically non-violent and more charming then scary. But when they fall into bloodlust no one is safe. When Tahoe becomes an epidemic of bloodlust driven vamps, Misha turns to the Wird sisters to help him save his family. They are not too keen on the idea but realize that this has become a bigger problem.

There is major action from page one until the last page. You know how some books lead you up to a major battle and then it’s over basically before it begins? Well this is so not the case here, there are several battles and each one is not a disappointment and continues to build to a final showdown that will not leave you hanging. I do have to say, I saw the bad guy coming from a mile away, but I still liked to see how the events unfolded and where they ended up. Each sister puts the smack down in their own way and only as a collective unit are they successful. I liked that they worked together as a team along with the other major players of the books. Even with all of the action this book was not lacking in emotion. You clearly knew how each sister was feeling especially Celia. Her emotions were right there for you to grab a hold of and feel along with her. A surprising emotion we got from Celia was loneliness and it would tear at your heart. She is surrounded by love from her sisters but they have a much easier time finding men to be interested in them. With the nature of Celia’s beast she scares men away more often than not and is often left alone while her sisters are out on the town.

Although, I wouldn’t necessarily consider this book a “romance” although there are plenty of love interests involved. I think it’s more intended to be an Urban Fantasy type of deal where we will be following Celia as the primary and her sisters. With this book we get a quasi love triangle. Misha makes it clear he has an interest in Celia but Celia meets a sexy Alpha of the new Were-Wolves that recently came into town. They have a tumultuous relationship and Celia has to dodge sexy vampire Misha at every turn. Each sister also get a sexy wolf to themselves and it’s fun to see how the whole group interacts. It’s like a quadruple date! It’s such fun!

I loved everything about this book and would recommend it to anyone. It was a joy to read and I can’t wait until the next installment.

This title was provided through NetGalley for an honest review, no other compensation was provided.

Rating: 5 Romanticals

Amanda Sig

 

*This review is also posted on www.paranormalromancenovel.com

Review: Heather McCollum – Captured Heart

Captured Heart: Chief Caden Macbain and Meg Boswell

Captured Heart

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Summary:

From Goodreads.com

Fleeing with only her bow, horse, enormous pet wolf, and the cryptic clues hidden in her mother’s medicine journal, healer Meg Boswell gallops north towards freedom, running from the man who falsely accused her mother of witchcraft. Cursed with magical healing abilities, Meg knows that if she’s captured, she will die like her mother—atop a blazing witch’s pyre.

Winter winds rip across the Highlands, pressing Chief Caden Macbain forward in his desperate plan to save his clan. He’s not above using an innocent woman to bargain for peace if it keeps his clan from starving. But Meg isn’t who Caden thinks she is, and when she kills a man to save the clan, he must choose between duty and her life. For although he captured her to force a peace, Meg’s strength and courage have captured Caden’s heart.

Review:

I am so glad I took a shot on this book. It was such a heartwarming highlander tale. I have to admit I’ve missed my highlanders they are so sexy, loyal and caveman like! On top of that it’s an abduction Highlander tale, I always enjoy a good abduction! LOL. And even more?! Our heroine is a healer! How can you not love healers, their sole reason for being is to help people? They are always so loveable, gentle and always win me over. So I got a tri-fecta with this book.

Meg is our heroine, she is a healer inherited down the maternal line. Her own mother was burned as a witch by her own husband. Meg has lived in fear of her father since she was a small child. She is living in England with her aunt and uncle when notice comes that her father is coming for her and means to test her for being a witch. As terror overtakes her, she flees, only knowing she is heading north to her mother’s sister who lives in the Highlands. It is during this time that she meets and saves the life of Caden, a highlander that captures her attention more than he should. It occurs to her that she would be safer if she traveled with this band of highlanders back to their home in the highlands and from there she can contact her aunt. What she didn’t know is that Caden had been searching for her all along to be used as a bargaining chip against the 100 year feud with the very clan she is trying to get to.

During Meg’s journey she discovers a lot about herself. She discovers that her healing is a lot more extensive than she ever thought. She learned that her gift is just that, a gift. She had always considered it more of a curse to hide, but after meeting her aunt she learns that she can do so much good with her gift. She learns how strong she can be in the face of true danger, and how fierce she can be when someone she loves is threatened. She finds her strength in the highlands in the embrace of a clan. She wins over the entire MacBain clan in short time. As a healer she has a gentle loving spirit that shines through, she can’t help but to help when people are in need. The limits of her strength are sorely tested in her time in the Highlands as more and more secrets get exposed and the threat of her father looms over her. She is blissfully ignorant that she is actually a prisoner with the MacBain clan and is drawn to the Clans Chief, Caden. She finds herself gravitating towards him more and more until she doesn’t know what to do about her desire, but Caden sure does.

Caden is everything you would expect from a Highland Chief. He puts his Clan first and is fiercely loyal to his people. So much so that he decided to abduct a girl from England to bargain peace with a neighboring clan. It is rumored that the Chief of that clan has a niece that he loves dearly and would do anything to bring her to the highlands so Caden decides to get to her first. He soon realizes that the girl he seeks pretty much drops into his lap and he takes advantage of the situation when she asks if she could travel with him and his men. He wages an internal war on one hand he feels guilty for tricking such a young woman that he has come to care about and on the other hand he knows that his clan stands to starve this winter if he does not broker peace. As the days pass, Caden gets closer and closer to Meg and he feels more and more guilty for his betrayal. He feels himself falling for Meg and knows when Meg finds out about his betrayal all could be lost…

This was a heartwarming tale that I highly enjoyed. It has an abduction, betrayals, secrets long buried, and danger at every corner. Pick this one up and get ready to be entertained.

*This book was provided through NetGalley for an honest review. No other compensation was provided.

Rating: 4 Romanticals

ARC Review: Katie Lane – Trouble in Texas

Deep in the Heart of Texas Series:

Book 4:

Trouble in Texas: Brant Cates and Elizabeth Murphy

Trouble in Texas (Deep in the Heart of Texas, #4)

Releases: December 18th 2012

Purchase on Amazon: Katie Lane – Trouble in Texas (Deep in the Heart of Texas)

Summary:

From Goodreads.com

THERE’S A FOX IN THE HENHOUSE

Inheriting the most notorious house of ill repute in Texas can spell trouble for a girl’s reputation . . . especially when she’s Elizabeth Murphy, Bramble’s prim and proper librarian. Yet when she discovers a buck-naked cowboy handcuffed to a four-poster bed, she forgets all about the town gossips. Elizabeth has sworn off men, but the stranger’s kisses melt her resolve faster than ice cream on a hot summer day.

Waking up in Miss Hattie’s Henhouse isn’t how Brant Cates reckoned on getting to the bottom of his great-granddaddy’s murder. The plan was to solve the centuries-old crime, then get the heck out of Dodge. But after meeting Elizabeth and discovering that the buttoned-up beauty is a sexy siren in disguise, he just can’t pull himself away.

Now Brant needs Elizabeth to finally put his past to rest, but is she willing to risk her future on Bramble’s newest bad boy?

Review:

This book turned out to be such a gem! I picked this book up on NetGalley on a whim, because I was in the mood for a cowboy story and the series I had been reading for my cowboy moods wasn’t sparking for me anymore. I saw “house of ill repute” and I was sold. Who doesn’t love a western story with a house of ill repute? LOL I think I just like typing out house of ill repute, its fun! I didn’t have many expectations of this book, I have never read this author before and I knew I was picking up a series on the fourth book, which I usually hate to do, but this time I took a gamble that it would stand on its own. And I am glad to announce it does. You can certainly read this book without having read the first three. What I got with this story was a delightfully funny story that was heartwarming and sassy. I found myself laughing more than I have in a while. There were also so many funny quotable lines!

Elizabeth is a spinster, at 37 she is single, has never dated and never wanted to. She is completely happy with her life as a small town’s resident spinster and librarian and does not want that to change. Elizabeth can feel her life slipping from her fingers when she inherited Miss Hattie’s Henhouse, which was a notorious house of ill repute for decades. With the house she inherited three elderly “Hens”, that are determined for Elizabeth as Miss Hatties youngest descendent to find her inner “Hen”. Elizabeth knows her life is really over when she finds a naked drugged man in Miss Hatties bed. The man in the bed pulls her into his embrace and Elizabeth about loses everything she has held onto all these years. She just hopes that the man never figures out what really happened to him. Which she knows is a lost cause. When the man does finally wake she finds out that she is even more attracted to the non-drugged version of him. Sparks fly and tempers flare between Brant and Elizabeth.

Elizabeth grows a lot as a character throughout the book. When we meet her she is wound so tight she could probably turn a lump of coal into a diamond. But slowly she starts finding herself. She realizes that sexuality isn’t as bad as her mother would have her believe, she starts opening herself to new experiences and to men, well one man, specifically. By the end of the book she is almost a whole new person, well not completely new but someone open to new experiences, one open to Hens and Ms Hatties and realizes there is more to life then a neat, ordered existence. I liked Elizabeth from the beginning but by the end she captures the reader’s heart. I thoroughly enjoyed watching this spitfire grow into a woman.

Brant had endured more than his fair share of tragedy. After the deaths of his brother, wife and son and one of his youngest brothers cancer he is convinced that there is a curse following him! He is convinced that unless he can solve the mystery of his great grandfather’s death he will be forever doomed. It is when he is looking into his great grandfather’s death that he ends up at Miss Hatties, shot, drugged and tied to a bed. It is there that he has one of his most erotic experiences of his life. He is shocked when he wakes and finds out who was in the bed with him that night. He never expected a spinster straight laced spitfire. Despite himself he realizes he wants to experience it again. Even though he is incredibly busy he keeps on finding himself at Miss Hattie’s house and thinking about the elusive Elizabeth. Little by little it seems that Miss Hattie’s and Elizabeth are healing apart of his torn heart, until tragedy strikes once again and now he is even more convinced the curse is in full affect.

Apart from the main characters of Elizabeth and Brant this book is full of side characters and I enjoyed every last one of them. The Hens are hilarious. They are feisty and deviant and know how to live life to its fullest. They provided quite a bit of entertainment. Then there is Brant’s brother Beau who is so damn cute and loveable. He is the easy going; devil may care brother, who you like right from the start. Whereas Brant can be a bit hard, Beau is his foil and is as fun loving as Brant is serious. The town of Bramble and it’s town folk are also quite entertaining. They would tar and feather any that does their town wrong. It kind of reminds me of a more rustic version of the Susan Mallory’s town of Fools Gold. You know the kind of town that kind of takes on a life of its own and has its own little personality. I quite enjoyed, would I ever want to live there, hell no! But I would love to visit and take in the “sites” maybe do a little people watching. LOL =)

Entertaining from beginning to end I definitely recommend this book to those who enjoy a good western, love to laugh and want a good romance. Now that I have sampled this book I will be looking out for the next books in the series and will probably go back and read the first three books if I can ever find the time. This is my new go to when I am in the mood for some western cowboys!

*This book was provided through NetGalley for an honest review

Rating: 4.5 Romanticals

Amanda Sig Orange