Review: Jessica Sorensen – The Redemption of Callie and Kayden

The Coincidence Series:

Book 2:

The Redemption of Callie and Kayden: Kayden Owens and Callie Lawrence

The Redemption of Callie and Kayden (The Coincidence, #2)

Purchase on Amazon: Jessica Sorensen – The Redemption of Callie & Kayden

Summary:

The dark secret Kayden has kept hidden for years is out. Worse, he’s facing charges for battery. The only way he stands a chance against the charges is if Callie speaks up, something he’ll never ask her to do.

Callie knows Kayden is going back to his dark place and desperately wants to save him. But saving him means admitting her secrets aloud. Callie and Kayden are stronger than they think, especially when they’re together. Together they move forward, face their demons, and finally start to heal from their traumatic pasts.

Review:

Jessica Sorensen as done it again, Sorensen has quickly become one of my favorite authors and by far my favorite New Adult author. Callie and Kayden wormed their way into my heart in the first book. Both are just so damaged but trying to make the best of their situations. When we left the first book it was on one of the worst/best cliffhangers ever! It was doozy. When we pick up this book it is right after the events of the previous book. We find out pretty quickly the fate of Kayden.

Even though Kayden survives the knife wound in his side it is played off as a suicide attempt and he is separated from Callie. The beginning of this book is the struggle between Callie and Kayden as they adjust to Kayden’s new situation. When they finally come together it is both heartbreaking and heartwarming at the same time. Each is so terribly broken, but together they become stronger both as individuals as well as a couple. Together, yet separately they face the demons that have had them running for so long. Sorensen takes on an emotional journey along with Callie and Kayden; she is a master at making you feel what the character’s feel. You laugh, you cry, and you feel frustrated all along with the characters. I definitely cried in this book, tho I cry in almost all of Sorensen’s books. When Kayden recounts his childhood you cry for the child he was and for the man that he is becoming.

Callie also makes you tear up, she opens up more to Kayden about her own trauma and again you feel a loss of a childhood, innocence torn from a young girl. You’d have to be ice to not feel anything for these damaged characters. When Callie opens up to those she needs to most it’s a bit anti-climactic, but at that point it was almost a perfect way to approach it. By this time, Callie was healing, she was moving past her 12th birthday, and she was starting anew and no longer living in her fear. When it all went down, she became the strong one, she had to be. Kayden was there with her in spirit and in body.

This book was definitely steamier from the first and Callie explores her sexuality with Kayden. Although Kayden was the one the experience when he is with Callie, it’s almost like he’s experiencing things for the first time as well. While Callie and Kayden take their emotional journey Seth and Ethan of course are right there with them. Luke, in particular is still a bit mysterious and we want to know more about him; which is a good thing since his book is next and I cannot wait for it. It looks like it’s going to be GOOD and I would not expect anything less from Jessica Sorensen.

Rating: 5 Romanticals

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

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ARC Review: Tiffany Reisz – The Mistress

The Original Sinners Series:

Book 4:

The Mistress: Nora Sutherlin

The Mistress (The Original Sinners, #4)

Expected publication: July 30th 2013

Purchase on Amazon: Tiffany Reisz – The Mistress (The Original Sinners)

Summary:

From Goodreads.com

There’s punishment-and then there’s vengeance.

Nora Sutherlin is being held, bound and naked. Under different circumstances, she would enjoy the situation immensely, but her captor isn’t interested in play. Or pity.

As the reality of her impending peril unfolds, Nora becomes Scheherazade, buying each hour of her life with stories-sensual tales of Søren, Kingsley and Wesley, each of whom has tempted and tested and tortured her in his own way. This, Nora realizes, is her life: nothing so simple, so vanilla, as a mere love triangle for her. It’s a knot in a silken cord, a tangled mass of longings of the body and the heart and the mind. And it may unravel at any moment.

But in Nora’s world, no one is ever truly powerless-a cadre of her friends, protectors and lovers stands ready to do anything to save her, even when the only certainty seems to be sacrifice and heartbreak….

Review:

So I just finished the book and at the very end, i kept clicking thinking there was no way she was going to end the series like that! click click away until I finally had to admit defeat and alas it was the end. =(

Love her or hate her you have to admit that Tiffany Reisz can write a damn book! The characters are developed the scenes so real you feel like you are there with them. Surprisingly funny and yet intense at the same time. She pushes your comfort zone sometimes to places you don’t want to go, but you can’t stop reading anyway. Although this is probably the tamest book in the series sex wise this series as a whole is not for the squeamish.

For me this book pulls things together, the things that may have made you uncomfortable in previous books are brought into better light in this book, more understanding behind the feelings or thought processes of some of the characters. Tiffany Reisz has this way of explaining the lifestyle in a way that I think even the most “vanilla” would have an easier time understanding, they may not agree with it, but they have a better understanding of the kink lifestyle.

As previously mentioned kink wise this book is probably the tamest but it s still highly entertaining. Nora becomes our sensual story teller as she takes us through some of her previous sexcapades. In the Prince sometime the the switching from present to past was jarring as you are yanked out of one scene into another, this time the transition is more fluid and natural. You don’t feel jarred as we move from the present into story telling mode. For me the transitioning between timelines and characters was flawless and I expect nothing less from Reisz. I loved this book as much as the previous. By the end I was pretty satisfied with everyone’s paths and there a few extra surprises thrown in. It also looks like Reisz left it open for some novellas for the future as this is supposed to be the last full length of this series. Although Griffin and Michael aren’t in this book much and I missed them. They are my favorite M/M couple!

Rating 4.5 Romanticals

WIN SIGNED copies of Tiffany Reisz Original Sinners Series

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We are stoked to be giving away a total of four signed books signed by the wonderful Tiffany Reisz! Dawn was lucky enough to meet Ms. Reisz at a signing and I made her grab me a copy of the Angel and a copy of the Angel for a giveaway. Tiffany Reisz was wonderful enough to also sign and mail to me The Siren and the Prince and if that wasn’t enough she decided to throw in a signed copy of the Mistress as well. Tell me that isn’t cool as hell of her to do!

I thought about giving away the set as a whole to one lucky winner but ultimately decided to spread the love and give four winners one copy. So what I am going to do is in the Rafflecopter I have made leaving a comment a mandatory item. In the comments please list in order your desired book. Picked winner #1 will get the first choice and winner #2 will get next pick based on their comment list and so on.

I have also made one other item mandatory. I am making it required that you follow Lets Get Romantical in some sort of way. We don’t care how, it can be via email, Linky, FB, Twitter, etc… But since this is kind of a special giveaway and likely will not be able to happen again in the near future this is probably the one time we will make it mandatory.  The more ways you follow the more points you earn! I didn’t make it mandatory that you follow Tiffany Reisz in some sort of manner but do her a solid for being so cool and like her FB page or follow on twitter, something. Her fB, Twitter and Newsletter info are all in the Rafflecopter and you can earn points for following her too.

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ARC Review: Lindsey Piper – Blood Warrior

The Dragon Kings Series:

Book 2:

Blood Warrior: Tallis and Kavya

 

Blood Warrior (Dragon Kings, #2)

 

 

Expected publication: July 30th 2013

Purchase on Amazon: Lindsey Piper – Blood Warrior: Dragon Kings Book Two (The Dragon Kings)

 

Summary:

As a young man, sarcastic, violent Tallis Pendray believed the Dragon Kings’ survival depended on a prophecy delivered in dreams by a woman named “the Sun.” His role has been to complete inexplicable, even reprehensible tasks. First, by murdering a priest, he united his fragmented clan in their hatred of him. Dubbed “the Heretic,” Tallis fled his family’s Highland estate. Now disillusioned, he seeks revenge on the woman he holds responsible for two decades of exile.

 

Telepath Kavya Indranan is a charismatic, seductive cult leader born to a prominent family. However, she grew up terrorized by the ominous threat of her powerful, insane twin brother. On the run and hiding among the poor, she witnessed the destruction wrought by her clan’s centuries-old civil war. Maturity nurtures Kavya’s determination to end the cycle of bloodshed. Those who follow her call for peace have nicknamed her “the Sun.”

 

Review:

For me this book was much anticipated. I really enjoyed the first two books and found them both memorable and unique, so for the past few months I had been waiting in anticipation to get my hands on a copy of this book. When I finally got it, I dove right in, only to be left somewhat underwhelmed by this installment. It wasn’t bad, but it just didn’t have the punch that the first two books had. At least for me. The first book SILENT WARRIOR was humorous, action packed and steamy as all get out. The second book CAGED WARRIOR while pretty dark was intriguing, interesting, and seriously action packed all making this book as page turner. With BLOOD WARRIOR I was expecting a book loaded with action, but all we really got was a bunch of talking. Not much of anything happens, which makes the book drag in places.

 

Tallis was at least funny, so we got some laughs out of the book. As a character I actually liked Tallis, we met him in CAGED WARRIOR and he leaves an impression. As berserker he has great strength and speed and he knows how to wield them both, it’s a shame we don’t get to see it more. The action scenes there are, he’s pretty fierce! I wouldn’t want to tangle with him. He’s an intriguing character that I think Lindsey Piper could have done so much more with. He spends a lot of time swinging back and forth between liking and bashing Kavya, which can leave the reader with a bit of whiplash. A little push and pull is fun, but too much can just leave the reader doubting the romantic connection between characters which is what ended up happening for me. I didn’t doubt the attraction, but the “more” was tough to swallow.

 

Kavya, was a character I just never got into; which may also be part of the reason I wasn’t fully sold on the romance. She is supposed to be charismatic to the point that she starts a whole cult that basically worships her. What I found her to be was wishy washy and her character and ability was full of holes. Bu here is the thing, so Tellis started getting visits from the Sun at 20 years ago, when Kavya was 12. I find it very doubtful that at 12 when the Sun was just fully coming into their power it was able to find a certain mind halfway across the world (The Sun was in India, Tellis in Scottland) invade their mind in dream and with very graphic sexual dreams convince him to basically be its pet assassin. How was the Sun even find his mind and what did it know what it was looking for?? And how the hell did she build up her following? This was never really explained. There was something else with the Sun plotline that was really bugging me but I can’t discuss without some serious spoilers. The whole Sun plotline was just full of holes and too farfetched even by paranormal standards. Even if you take the whole Sun plotline away she just seems too weak, wishy washy, naïve and doesn’t have much in the personality department. I’m just not quite sure what Tellis sees in her.

 

The book wasn’t all bad, it was very well written and flowed very nicely. We get more in depth into the Dragon King world and I am still intrigued by the series as a whole and really want to see where it is going. The action scenes there are, are pretty great. I gotta say I really liked the blizzard scene. It had you perked up in your seat for a bit. The final show down there is a “twist” that you may or may not have seen coming to some degree. The fighting in the finale was pretty good Tellis gets to show off his skills. The sexy times while I wasn’t much of a fan of Kavya, I do have the admit the scenes were pretty hot. Tellis gives a pretty good strip tease; I wouldn’t have minded trading places with Kavya for that one. Oh to have a berserker of my very own! I wish! Although this book will not be my favorite of the series, I am not giving up on this series. I am still looking forward to the next book it definitely looks interesting.

 

*This copy was provided by the author for an honest review. No other compensation was provided.

 

Rating: 3.5 Romanticals

 

*This review can also be viewed at paranormalromancenovel.com

Reviews-Dragon Heat Book #1 & Vampire Thirst Book #2 (The Dragon Heat Series) by Ella J. Phoenix

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Dragon Heat (Book 1 in The Dragon Heat Series)
Rating: 5 Romanticals

I have to say that Ella has defiantly won me over. Ella will be on my auto buy list from now on.

Dragon Heat started out with a bang. I really love how we get the back story in the beginning for Zoricah and Tardieh. There is a glossary of terms to help at the beginning of this book. Ella does a great job of giving explanations as the book goes on so you aren’t left questioning what? and when?

Its very well written and the pace flows perfectly keeping my attention the whole time.  I loved this book because of the dragons. What a treat! I haven’t found many books with fascinating dragon’s in them so this one was great..

Zoricah is a demi-goddess and she is also a bad ass dragon with beautiful dark golden wings, she can shoot fire whips!! Hello.. how cool is that? Totally loved it 🙂

Tardieh is a handsome vampire king. They met 200 years ago when Zoricah saved Tardieh before he was king. When they cross paths again they have to find a way to work together. Will they be able to overcome everything and find happiness?  Well you will not want to stop reading to find out, I can promise you that 🙂 Their chemistry is off the charts. The sex scenes are erotic and sexy with lots of passion and emotion.

In this dark, magical and oh so sexy tale we are introduced to many intriguing characters that play big roles in the story. You will want to read more about each of them. The mix of all the extraordinary characters added to the story’s allure. I can’t wait to read more about Zoricah’s team of warriors and Tardieh’s team of warriors.

Oh boy! The ending was amazing.. It sets you up for the next book so you will be wanting to read it right away, so make sure to buy it!

Favorite Quotes
“He surprised her once more. His nose flared as if taking in a divine fragrance. His eyes went wild. An eerie red glow cloaked them for a split second: then his lips crashed against hers with unexpected passion”

Buy Link: Dragon Heat [Book 1]

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Vampire Thirst (Book #2 in The Dragon Heat Series)
5 Romanticals

After devouring the first book (Dragon Heat) I was so excited to read this one. I consider myself lucky that I got to read book 1 &2 together. I was hooked and needed more of the magical and oh so sexy world Ella has created.

This book starts off giving us a recap of book #1 and we also get a glossary of terms at the beginning.

After the sizzling chemistry between Sam and Hikuro that was heating up my Kindle, I was dying to read about them. The way he acted at the end of book one had me wanting more.

Sam is a female warrior on Zoricah’s team. She is a powerful human with amazing powers. She has no idea how she got her powers and for her to control them she needs to find out where they came from.

Hikuro is a ninja vampire warrior. A badass samurai vampire.  He is one of the vampire king’s closest friends.

Sam and Hikuro meet in Book 1- Dragon Heat. Right away there is a burning connection that neither of them truly understands. Can they work together? Will Sam push him away? You have to read to find out!

In this dark, sexy and delicious book there yummy vampires, fascinating dragons, a really cool panther, and a mysterious shifter, mix in a few slimy razbians and we get a unique series with lots of mystery, action, and intense emotion with smoking hot sex. That is what I call my kind of book! 🙂

Exciting with lots of twists and turns bringing us more into Ella’s magical world. The ending was amazing! Ella’s story telling is superb and I can’t wait for Yara’s story.

Favorite Quotes:

“Life is so not a straight line, Sam thought as she felt the first signs of the teleporting free-fall envelop her. Life is more like a sequence of cycles. Childhood is one, teenage years another. You start green, thinking you are still in the last cycle; then things change, you crash, you cry, then you learn from that and you’re ready to move on to the next phase. And if you’re good to yourself, happiness will be sprinkled along the way.”

Buy Link: Vampire Thirst (Book 2 of the Dragon Heat series)

You can find Ella J. Pheonix here:
Blog: http://ellajphoenix.blogspot.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ellaj.phoenix

Spotlight: Jennifer Conner – I’ll Be Seeing You Through Time

I'll Be Seeing You Through Time TOUR BUTTON

The second book in the Dimension Keepers Series

I'll Be Seeing You Through Time (Dimension Keepers, #2)

An enchanting time-travel romance for fans of Jude Deveraux and Diana Gabaldon.

It’s 1942 and the world is at war. It’s difficult, but engaged couple, Jewel and Glenn, know they must say goodbye. Tomorrow, Glenn is shipping out on to the South Pacific. That is until he stops the Second Chance Bookstore on the way back to the base.

Suddenly, Glenn finds himself in 2013 with the woman he loves a half-century away.

Can the Dimension Keepers find an answer, or will Glenn and Jewel be ripped apart by the fabric of time forever?

Jennifer Conner

About this author:

I am a best-selling Northwest author who has two full length book in print and thirty ebooks.

Shot in the Dark and Christmas Chaos were in the Kindle sales top 20 ebooks. The Regimental Heroes is

a best selling historical romance series.

Shot in the Dark was a finalist in the Emerald City Opener, Cleveland, and Toronto RWA contests.

I live in a hundred year old house that I grew up in. Our semi-small town holds an interesting mix of resident hillbillies, yuppies and Navy Seals. And of course Seattle, only a few miles away, is the birthplace of Starbucks. I blow glass beads with a blow torch, (which relieves a lot of stress and people don’t bother you).

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ARC Review: Michelle Willingham -To Sin with a Viking

Forbidden Vikings Series:

Book 1:

To Sin with a Viking: Styr Hardrata and Caragh Ó Brannon

To Sin with a Viking (Forbidden Vikings, #1)

Expected publication: July 23rd

Purchase on Amazon:  Michelle Willingham – To Sin with a Viking (Forbidden Vikings)

Summary:

From Goodreads.com

Playing With Fire!

Caragh Ó Brannon defended herself bravely when the enemy landed—only, now she finds herself alone with one very angry Viking…

Styr Hardrata sailed to Ireland intending to trade, never expecting to find himself held captive in chains by a beautiful Irish maiden.

The fiercely handsome warrior both terrifies and allures Caragh, but he is forbidden territory. He is the enemy…and he is married. Yet Styr harbors a secret that just might set them both free…

Forbidden Vikings

Resist them if you can!

Review:

I love love love historical Vikings! It’s a weakness right up there with bad boys and berserkers. There is just something about Vikings, maybe they because they are tall and very rough around the edges. Me take my woman! Sort of attitude. So when I saw a Michelle Willingham title I peeked up in interest as she is one of my favorite historical romance writers and then I saw it featured a Viking! SOLD!

I was not disappointed that I requested this title; I pretty much devoured it, cover to cover. Well theoretically since it is in ebook format but you get the idea. When we meet this proud Viking his marriage is in shambles, he wants to start his life anew with his wife by his side so they can work on their marriage. First, I got to say how much I loved that he wanted to work on his marriage and make things work. He is very loyal, and I loved how Willingham approached this. So Styr, his wife and his men leave their homeland and end up in Ireland after a particularly nasty storm, exhausted and half starved. They landed in a starved land, Caragh villiage is literally starving to death and her little brother takes it into his head to attack the Vikings to take their resources. So he takes Styr’s wife hostage and disappears. As Styr is about to strike a blow against Caragh she bashes him in the head and takes styr hostage while her brother gets away with his wife.

What is it with Viking stories with one of the characters taking the other as a captive?? I swear it is every damn one of them. LOL! In this case Styr isn’t captive for very long. Maybe only a day or two, but he kind of gets Stockholm syndrome and starts to feel protective of Caragh because he knows she is literally starving to death and still shared her food with him. He vows that even when he gets free he will teach her to survive and then take her with him to find his wife. He tells himself that he will need her to find her brother and not that he wants to protect her. Caragh for her part genuinely feels bad for her part in his captivity and her brother’s part in taking his wife hostage. So she agrees to help him find his wife. Caragh is genuinely a sweetheart and cares for others even to the determent of herself. You can’t not like her, she’s a sweetheart but she’s also no push over. A great balance.

So off they go to find his wife and her brother. More and more, these two find that they are more and more attracted to each other, but the circumstances are impossible. Styr is otherwise taken and he refuses to give up on both making his marriage work and finding his wife. You would think that the way this story is set up that there would have been creepy and that things would have gone further than they actually did. For the most part Styr stuck by his vows to his wife, even when his emotions were in turmoil. I really respected the way Willingham went about this as I hate cheating in a story and I could have been quickly been turned off. As these two went on their quest it looked more and more like finding his wife would be more difficult than expected, which gives Caragh and Styr more time to get to know each other in a non-physical way. From beginning to end Willingham takes you on an emotional charged tale with some action thrown in to keep things interesting. My only wish was that things with the wife could have come to a conclusion earlier so we could have gotten in some more sexy times, because when it happens it’s pretty explosive. =)

Rating: 4 Romanticals

*Copy was provided through NetGally for an honest review. No other compensation was provided.