Music Monday: Everybody Knows

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I love Music, to me it’s another form of words telling Story. Like books and poems music moves me, with what’s said and often what is not.
Superhero September Kicked off on Saturday, so let’s start with a song that I fell in love with after watching Justice League.
This song was originally written by Leonard Cohen, but the recent remake by Sigrid is much more haunting, and in my opinion perfect for a Super Hero Soundtrack.
This song feels hopeless. All the fight has been lost and the heroes are resigned to the end.
What do you think??

Everybody Knows

Everybody knows that the dice are loaded
Everybody rolls with their fingers crossed
Everybody knows the war is over
Everybody knows the good guys lost
Everybody knows the fight was fixed
The poor stay poor, the rich get rich
That’s how it goes
Everybody knows
Everybody knows that the boat is leaking
Everybody knows that the captain lied
Everybody got this broken feeling
Like their father or their dog just died
Everybody talking to their pockets
Everybody wants a box of chocolates
And a long-stem rose
Everybody knows
Everybody knows that you love me baby
Everybody knows that you really do
Everybody knows that you’ve been faithful
Ah, give or take a night or two
Everybody knows you’ve been discreet
But there were so many people you just had to meet
Without your clothes
And everybody knows
Everybody knows, everybody knows
That’s how it goes
Everybody knows
Everybody knows, everybody knows
That’s how it goes
Everybody knows
And everybody knows that it’s now or never
Everybody knows that it’s me or you
And everybody knows that you live forever
Ah, when you’ve done a line or two
Everybody knows the deal is rotten
Old Black Joe’s still pickin’ cotton
For your ribbons and bows
And everybody knows
And everybody knows that the Plague is coming
Everybody knows that it’s moving fast
Everybody knows that the naked man and woman
Are just a shining artifact of the past
Everybody knows the scene is dead
But there’s gonna be a meter on your bed
That will disclose
What everybody knows
And everybody knows that you’re in trouble
Everybody knows what you’ve been through
From the bloody cross on top of Calvary
To the beach of Malibu
Everybody knows it’s coming apart
Take one last look at this Sacred Heart
Before it blows
And everybody knows
Everybody knows, everybody knows
That’s how it goes
Everybody knows
Everybody knows, everybody knows
That’s how it goes
Everybody knows
Everybody knows, everybody knows
That’s how it goes
Everybody knows
Everybody knows

Superhero September 2018

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Happy September Bookheroes!!

Last month saw the release of Catwoman: SoulStealer by Sarah J Maas, and is ultimately my Book of the Month for September.

About the Book

29749098When the Bat’s away, the Cat will play. It’s time to see how many lives this cat really has. .

Two years after escaping Gotham City’s slums, Selina Kyle returns as the mysterious and wealthy Holly Vanderhees. She quickly discovers that with Batman off on a vital mission, Batwing is left to hold back the tide of notorious criminals. Gotham City is ripe for the taking.

Meanwhile, Luke Fox wants to prove he has what it takes to help people in his role as Batwing. He targets a new thief on the prowl who seems cleverer than most. She has teamed up with Poison Ivy and Harley Quinn, and together they are wreaking havoc. This Catwoman may be Batwing’s undoing.

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For those of you who like a challenge, #Superherosept18 is up. Use the Tag so I can like/comment on your posts..

August 2018

Blog News

From Monday I will be starting a new weekly post called Music Monday. It will feature some of my favourite lyrics from brilliant songs…

… and from Wednesday I will be posting weekly Literary Candle Reviews. ‘Wick Wednesdays’ will feature a candle I have brought independently (The Company haven’t paid me or provide me with free Candles) I have so many planned… Cannot wait.

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and finally.. I have just created a Goodreads Book group Called Literary Romance, which will feature YA Fantasy Books.. Pop along and have a chat…

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Peace and Love

Kirsten xoxo

 

 

Hygge Recipe: Tagliatelle Carbonara

This recipe is perfect comfort food to enjoy with friends over candlelight, wine and laughter.

Ingredients

  • 2 medium sized chicken Breasts
  • Cream cheese
  • Ham
  • Chicken stock pot
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 120g Tagliatelle
  • 500g mushrooms

In one saucepan, dry fry for five minutes, the onions, garlic, ham & mushrooms.

In another add the Tagliatelle, to bowling water. Use directions on packet.

Remove onions, garlic, ham & mushrooms, and add to a bowl. Add the chicken to the saucepan and dry fry till cooked through.

Add the onions, garlic, ham & mushrooms to the chicken. Add the cream cheese, and once the Tagliatelle is cooked, stir well and serve.

Review of Midnight Man by Lisa Marie Rice

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“They were bound by the most ancient law of all. He had fought and killed for her. She was his.” 

Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥

Series: Midnight Man

Pages: 220

Genre: Contemporary, Romance, suspense

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So this novel shall forever remain one of my favorites. It’s quite underrated as an Alpha possessive novel, no matter how many times I add it to Goodreads Listopia.

The novel starts with John, answering an ad for office space. there he meets hs new Land Lady Suzanne, an interior designer. One thing leads to another and they end up having sex. Wall Sex. Yum!!

“When I start kissing you, I won’t stop. And the first time we have sex it should be on a bed, not on the front seat of a car on the open highway. So we can take our time.”

Anyway, afterward, all is awkward until there’s a hitman trying to kill Suzanne. John is trained to kill, and basically protects her until they can figure out what ii getting her killed.

Now, John.. OMFG. He sets the bar for the Alpha Male Possessive types that I adore. He blunt, protective, sexual, aggressive, but ultimately he’s a bit of a softie for his woman.

“Of Course I’m alright.” She bit her lip. “I’m fine. Why wouldn’t I be?” 

“Because I was rough, and you were tight”

Suzanne was kind and graceful, and very feminine. Like most of Lisa Marie Rice Heroines, but she had a backbone, and whilst she was dominated by John, in all the best ways, when it counted she knew when to stand up for what was right.

“He’d always considered whatever went on between “Hello” and “Let’s get it on” to be perfectly useless. An empty wasteland of time getting to what both parties wanted.” 

The plot was a mixture of erotica and some action scenes. I think I can honestly say this book ticks all the boxes for a quick, dirty read.

Lisa Marie Rice is now one of my Favourite authors ever!!

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Review of Hollywood Scandal by Louise Bay

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Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥

Series: Standalone

Pages: 286

Genre: Contemporary

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Matt Easton is a Hollywood Heartthrob and his publicist’s nightmare. He’s a bit of a Lothario – Sorry had to use that word one day. Mr. Hollywood is filming in the nearby town when Lana- his neighbor/pain in the butt.

Their first meeting, Lana yelled at him for standing in a metal shelter in a lightning storm. Lana doesn’t recognize Mr. Hollywood, and that intrigues him.

Lana has been hurt previously by an ex, and when Hollywood lets her in for some truths, it could make or break what small trust she has already placed in him.

I have read Louise Bay previously- The British Knight- and I loved it. Louise Bay is a very good writer. Her ability to get inside a characters head, and make it feel real, is brilliant. The Hollywood theme isn’t something that you see everyday in contemporary Romance, and this aroused my curiosity.

This book is so well written, that she is definitely one of my favorite authors, and I have brought almost all her other novels. Definitely one of my favourite contemporary Novels.

Hygge: The Ultimate lifestyle for Bookworms

Hygge: A Danish and Norweigan word for a feeling of cosiness and good wellbeing.

About two years ago, this word was everywhere in the UK. People were Hygging (?) left right and centre. The Little book of Hygge by Meik Wiking was in every major supermarket.

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If I’m honest, I wasn’t that into it, thinking ‘God this is like avocados- it’s just a phase’ I may have been wrong about both. I won’t be buying any avocados soon ~(yuk) but Hygge, may have stolen my heart.

I’m sure you can tell from this blog I am a bookworm, (I prefer Book Unicorn, actually. I am NOT a worm) so I going tell you why I think Hygge is perfect for all Book Nerds…

  1. Books go really well with drinking, tea/coffee/Hot Chocolate/mulled wine.
  2. Hygge is about slowing down, making time to read
  3. Candles– Who doesn’t love lighting their favourite Book scented candle
  4. Creation of a cosy atmosphere- Blankets, cushions, comfy chairs etc.
  5. Build relationships – Book Clubs, online and offline communities.
  6. Leaving the Drama in the Books…
  7. Gratitude to the amazing authors, publishers, reviewers, Bloggers, Fans, creators of Book Merchandise.
  8. Finding your Tribe- Most Bookworms are Introverts, they are not overly fond of big crowds. Find 1 or 4 people to chill with, reading listening to music is perfect.
  9. Comfort food– Okay this is a personal one. I love to munch on popcorn, or gummy bears or cake when I am reading

I am here to be your hyggespreder. I am starting a new section of my Blog all about Hygge, including some recipes, seasonal tips, Cosy Room ideas, relationship building, and tips on how to make time for all of this..

Summer doesn’t really feel like the time to be cozy, but IT is about relaxing and enjoying the moment… In a few days I’ll publish a post about Hygge in summer, and why it is almost as important to get cozy in the summer as well as the cozier of seasons..

 

Review of Gladiator’s Honor by Michelle Styles

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Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥

Series: Standalone

Pages: 297

Genre: Historical, Romance

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This story takes place in a villa in ancient Rome at the time of Julius Ceaser. Julia, a relative of Ceaser, divorced her creepy husband Lucius because he abused her. This was quite a scandal!! Back living with her disappointed father and stepmother, Julia all but waits for something to make her feel alive.. Enter Valen.

Gladiators Honor

A Sexy, tortured, honorable, Muscled Gladiator…He has been sent to stay with Julia’s Family whilst the Arena Games in Rome are being prepared. Having been a gladiator for 5 years, he is destined to fight his last fight as a slave in the arena, with liberty within his reach he doesn’t need to distractions.

Julia is drawn toward the brawny brute, and the forbidden passion he invokes with her. Through a series of challenging events, dangerous ex-husbands and interfering friends and family, this delightful historical romance was one of the best I’ve read in a long time.

Erotic Romance from Ancient Rome is becoming a bit of an obsession of mine and this did not disappoint. The characters were engaging and the storyline imaginative. I especially liked the gripping gladiatorial fights!

Overall, Michelle Styles does a great job of keeping the reader engaged to the very end.

This is a great book for anyone who likes their Romance Erotica light

 

 

Review of The Vintage Girl by Hester Browne

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Series: N/A

Pages: 352

Format: Audiobook, Paperback

Genre: Contemporary Romance

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The Vintage Girl By Hester Browne was a bit of a whim purchase for me. I usually love Erotic Romance, but to be honest the ‘Vintage’ part of the title pulled me in. I love all things vintage, and I loved the look of the cover.
I decided to use my Audible credit to purchase this book and was not disappointed. I loved Cathleen McCarron’s voice. She was perfect for the novel.
Evie Nicholson works in a antiques store, and is a bit obsessed with all things in the past. She is invited to Kettlesheer, a struggling family mansion to value some of their stuff, and they are skint!

It was the casual rudeness that spoke of a long, long British male friendship.

Evie meets Robert McAndrew, son, and heir to the mansion, and sort of maybe falls for him.
To be honest, it was a good story, and I loved the detail of the house, the antiques, and the dancing., but I do think for me, she fell short of the romance. Other than some odd moon eyes and one kiss, there was none. That’s not to say this wasn’t a great book, but for me when it comes to romance, I love the works. Dates, mates, sex, attraction, lust.. it just didn’t have this.

 

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Review of The Problem with Forever by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥

Series: Standalone

Pages: 474

Genre: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult,

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“Forever was something we all took for granted, but the problem with forever was that it really didn’t exist.” 

After 4 years of homeschool, Mallory Dodge is attending her first year of high school. Tired of not being normal and trying to hide from the past, she discovers that the past is sitting in the seat next to her.

“We’ve been separated. But we had never really been apart.” 

I have read JLA before with her Wicked and Torn books and I loved her writing style. She completely immerses the reader into the story from beginning to end. told in the first person, Mallory Dodge is a character I could relate to, that I think everyone could relate to. That is part of JLA magic. Her characters feel real.

I am familiar with New Adult books, and I was at first worried. I don’t always expect a HEA. they can go each way, and sometimes I just need a feel-good book. Not one with a really tragic ending, but I hoped JLA hadn’t let me down.

I didn’t want another literary Broken Heart.

  “Hoping never really got us anywhere, did it?” 

Mallory Dodge was a flawed character, but she was so kind and thoughtful character that I loved her instantly. She was an outsider to everyone in the world except Rider, and for the last four years, she hadn’t known him.

Rider Stark was a character who put Everyone before him. He took risks with his life because he felt he didn’t deserve to have a great life.

“The past never went away and it was not designed to do so. 
It would always be there, and it should be acknowledged.” 

The past between the two of them was heart-wrenching, and as the pair begin to sort through their emotions and trauma, you get flashbacks. They are all set from Mallory’s point of view and it is often the unseen that makes the most impact.

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There are some sad parts of the storyline, but they felt honest and very raw. There was no part of the book that I wanted to skip and I never got bored.

JLA is a talented and beautiful writer, and I thank her for such a beautiful book.

“You’re safe now,” Rider said. “I here. You’re safe, Mouse. And I know you might not believe it, but I’m going to keep you safe forever.” He swallowed and swiped at his lip. “That’s a promise.”
Forever. 
He’s promised he’d be there for me forever.
But I was of the mind that there were two types of forever. 
The good kind. 
The bad kind.
I’d learned early on that the good kind of forever was,well, it was a lie. That kind of forever literally and figuratively ended in flames, because no matter how tightly you tried to hold on, that kind of forever slipped between the fingers.
The bad kind of forever lingered like a shadow or ghost. No matter what. It stayed, always in the background.”  

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Review of Wicked Dance by Olivia Boothe

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Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥

Genre: Romance, Contemporary
Page Count: 335
Series: Chronicles of a Dancing Heart, #1
Started:19th November 2017
Finished: 29th November 2017

ARC received: Yes

About

Wicked Dance is a Contemporary Romance about two damaged souls finding love.

Sara is an assistant working for a dance company after her dreams were crushed when she made a bad decision. She lives in fear of losing love again.

Tom Wright has made his money from real estate. He dates beautiful women without commitment. He lives in fear of getting close to someone. of hurting someone.

Review

First things first; I loved how the author added dancing metaphors into Sara’s life. It was the first thing that caught my eye in the first chapter.

Gracefully bobbing and weaving through the morning masses in a choreographed dance, i slithered through the amplified horde of morning commuters..

I already knew that from this, I should expect an intense, well thought out novel. The first meeting between the soon to be lovers proved that I was not wrong.

There, blazing like fiery suns, and staring at me while their owner waited in line to place an order, was the most mesmerizing set of olive-coloured eyes, I had ever seen.

See?? Also, as a side note, I actually looked forward to finding out why each chapter was named as such..

After the initial meet, Olivia Boothe excels at creating tension between the two.

“I can jump you”
My saliva caught in my throat and I swallowed hard- down the wrong pipe.
“Jump me?”

Sara was very likable and she had very relate-able reactions, to both tragedy and Tom’s intense reaction to her.

Tom had Mr Grey tendencies, but to me was more justified for his sometimes cold attitude. I still wanted to hit the pair of them over their heads with my pink fluffy slippers. SORT IT OUT!
but that’s just me.

The conflict between Sara & Tom, was mainly because of each others past pain, mistrust, and misunderstandings, and there were quite a few. They reacted to situations, better than most romances I’ve known, because they were heated. They didn’t always say what they meant, they got angry, and again, it felt more realistic and intense.

“I’ll call you,” He said, his voice staid, his eyes distant. It was dismissive.

Overall, Olivia Boothe, created a realistic, tension filled romance with hot love scenes and clever imagery.. and loads of Pizza, popcorn & wine.. perfect for a night in.

Review of Fifty Shades Freed by E L James

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Romantic, liberating and totally addictive, the Fifty Shades trilogy will obsess you, possess you and stay with you forever.

Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥

Series: Fifty shades #3

Pages: 579

Genre: Contemporary

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“He makes me graceful, that’s his skill. He makes me sexy, because that’s what he is. He makes me feel loved, because in spite of his fifty shades, he has a wealth of love to give.” 

The third and final installment of the Fifty shades trilogy begins with the Gray’s Honeymoon. Christian is just as overbearing and demanding as previous books.

Once home, the action hots up when there is a car chase and which leads to a very yummy love scene in a car. I do love car sex scenes. This one was actually done really well. Sometimes because a car is small, some of the angles that is described by authors sound impossible, but Freed was perfect.

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“Oh Christian… my possessive, jealous, control freak Christian.” 

So the next few chapters are equal parts sex, emotional marriage issues, and some drama. The end few chapters heats up and the epilogue is to die for.

“I love you so much.” Trailing kisses from the nape of my neck to the edge of my shoulder. Between each kiss he murmurs, “I. Want. You. So. Much. I. Want. To. Be. Inside. You. You. Are. Mine.”

As an end to the series, this does tie up quite nicely and although my opinion of Mr. Grey changed positively and Ana grew a backbone which gave me a happy. The sex was original and E L James has a flair for writing emotions so well.

What I love the most about these novels is their Legacy.

So many Erotic ‘mommy porn’ books got published because of the popularity resulting from these novels. I am not ashamed of Mommy Porn I love reading erotic novels, and I will always love them.

This feels different than the last time—so carnal, so … necessary. He caresses my behind with his long-fingered hands, and I’m helpless, trussed up and pressed into the mattress, at his mercy, and of my own free will. He hits me again, slightly to the side, and again, the other side, then pauses slowly as he peels my panties down and pulls them off. He gently trails his palm across my behind again before continuing my spanking. I surrender myself to the rhythm of blows, absorbing each one, savoring each one … I moan loudly as my body takes over, and I come and come, convulsing around his fingers.”

 

Laters Baby

Review of Fifty Shades Darker by E L James

*** Warning Contains Spoilers ***

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Rating: 🖤🖤🖤🖤🖤

Series: Fifty Shades, #2

Pages: 532

Genre: Contemporary Romance

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The intense second installment in the Fifty Shades series is just as great as the first. At the end of the last book, we see Ana leaves Christian. She’s Scared of him and what he is capable of. She’s also afraid that he can’t love her.

“This is me, Ana. All of me…and I’m all yours. What do I have to do to make you realize that? To make you see that I want you any way I can get you. That I love you.”

Understandable.. he is fifty shades of fcuked up.
In Fifty Shades Darker, Ana and Christian resume their ‘relationship’ on the promises of “more”. When Ana leaves something clicks in Christian and he can’t bear for her to be away from him. Then a new threat of an Ex Sub, Leila, ruins was very little peace they had.

He’s overprotective and overbearing and at times heartbreaking.
It’s quite surprising how much of this story is everyday situations made extraordinary by both Christian, his wealth and his reactions to Ana’s ‘disobedience’, for example, she wants to go to New York for a work-related trip, he orders the company to stop employees at that level go.

Considering he just bought the company… that she work’s at.. not a coincidence.
My Favourite part is in chapter 13 and 14. Christian has just subdued Leila. Ana comes to the conclusion that he enjoyed still having power over Leila, and maybe he does.

Ana sees the dominant Christian in all his glory and second guesses his ability to not hurt her in the future. She tries to express her feelings, but he feels she about to leave him again and he breaks. He becomes a bit of a husk. It’s quite awful to read really. he’s such an opposing character… and that’s when I fell in love with the character of Christian Grey.

Don’t leave me,” he whispers.

“Oh, for crying out loud—no! I am not going to go!” I shout and it’s cathartic. There, I’ve said it. I am not leaving.

“Really?” His eyes widen.

“What can I do to make you understand I will not run? What can I say?”

He gazes at me, revealing his fear and anguish again. He swallows. “There is one thing you can do.”

“What?” I snap.

“Marry me,” he whispers.”

Of course, my other favorite part is Christian’s birthday party. The Lemon Martini thrown all over Elena.. at Last!!!
I would recommend this to Hopeless Romantics and those in the mood to be blown away by such an intense book.

 

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Review of Taking her Turn by Alexa Riley

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Rating: 🖤🖤🖤🖤🖤

Series: N/A

Pages: 61

Genre: Contemporary Romance

ARC received: Yes

Swoon Level: Pass the Smelling salts 

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Mina and her Husband Kingsley have the perfect marriage… except that Kingsley is afraid he will hurt her if he releases his full alpha on his wife. Mina decides to take a little control, to unleash the beast within.

She’s the most important thing to me on this earth and I have to protect her. Even from Myself

Perfect for fans of over possessive alpha males, Alexa Riley short Novels are great to satisfy my dirty mind. This is the second(?) time that AR have written about an already married and happy couple.

I’m done trying to pretend I’m not an animal for you. I’m done forcing myself to be calm when all I want to do is mount you on the nearest surface and rut.

AR novels have this bluntness about the heroes that I love. There’s not Bullshit about them. Me Tarzan you Jane. So hot!
I love a sassy heroine, and Mina is a virginal wife with a dirty mouth.. gets her in trouble.. yum!

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And I wonder
When I sing along with you
If everything could ever feel this real forever
If anything could ever be this good again
The only thing I’ll ever ask of you
You gotta promise not to stop when I say when she sang

Foo Fighters- Everlong

My name is Kirsten and I am a Romance Addict…

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…. on the way to another bookstore

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On average, Romance books in the UK and US count for about 34% of the book market, BUT it is tough to be a Romance Reader these days.

Good old fashion sexism (mainly from women!!) is particularly mean towards Romance readers. There are countless times in my life when women have thought less of me, talked down to me, and have generally thought I am a desperate hopeless romantic who cannot possibly get a man. (all these things have been said!!)

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Why do I read Romance? 

That first meeting, the sexual tension, the conflict, the love scenes (oh yes!) the turning points and the HEA… Emotional barriers are often explored, that perhaps won’t get explored in a crime or horror novel.

Why do I want to Write Romance? 

Stories stay in my head for weeks after I’ve read them. More often than not I dream about the situations the characters find themselves in and my own brain overtakes and I end up writing a plot about similar situations. i.e step-siblings falling in love, Menage trios, billionaire bad boys, London Gangsters, Alpha male Vampires etc..

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You’ll also notice I love Roses and pink. I am very Mills & Boon and Barbara Cartland I’m afraid, and I won’t be apologizing for that!!

Equally, I love the spooky. Paranormal Romance has had a huge influence on my life. The Buffy & Angel Love story is one of the best ever!!

Anyway, so this blog is about Romance novels, the struggles, the highs, the lows, the screaming fits, the orgasms, the movie adaptions, and the tears of sadness, frustration, and happiness.

 

Review of Fifty Shades of Grey by E L James

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Series: Fifty Shades # 1

Pages: 514

Genre: Contemporary Romance

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I waited until Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed was out till I started this. I was glad I did. This book is everywhere right now, and sometimes with things that are so hyped up, they don’t live up. (Breaking Dawn)

Laters, baby.

However Fifty Shades of Grey did. I was expecting a pervert who was cold and wanted order, I didn’t expect Christian Grey. Now that’s not to say he’s my new book Boyfriend at the present time, but slowly I’m warming up to him. I get that he is emotionally and physically scarred, but still his moods give me whiplash. It’s rare to find a character with so much depth, and boy does he have plenty to spare.

Why don’t you like to be touched?”

“Because I’m fifty shades of fucked-up

When I read the contract Ana was given by Mr Grey, I admit I was a bit shocked at it’s crudeness. Not the usual thing one finds in my romance stories. in addition to this, I had heard this was ‘mommy porn’. I was imagining all sorts of scenario’s and I was blushing. Turn’s out I worried for nothing.
Personally after reading the contract I would have run.. far far away, But that wouldn’t make a very good Story, now would it? Ana’s responses to his ‘demands’ are perfect, she is the ‘sane’ one after all. She is highly spirited with all the insecurities that I think someone in her shoes would have. Towards the end I was starting to like that Mr Grey was slowly becoming unravelled by Ana.

Sometimes I wonder if there’s something wrong with me. Perhaps I’ve spent too long in the company of my literary romantic heroes, and consequently my ideals and expectations are far too high.”

E L James has written an engaging, enigmatic novel that I loved, with character’s with so much depth that it was hard to not like them.

I’m glad that I bought all three books and waited because I would have been very impatient if I had to have waited God knows how long for the next instalment.

Review of Grave Sight by Charlaine Harris

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Series: Harper Connelly Mystery, #1

Pages: 232

Genre: Paranormal, Crime Thriller

Harper Connelly has what you might call a strange job: she finds dead people. She can sense the final location of a person who’s passed, and share their very last moment. The way Harper sees it, she’s providing a service to the dead while bringing some closure to the living – but she’s used to most people treating her like a blood-sucking leech. Traveling with her step-brother Tolliver as manager and sometime-bodyguard, she’s become an expert at getting in, getting paid, and getting out fast. Because for the living it’s always urgent – even if the dead can wait forever.

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I really, really wanted to lose awareness of the here and now. The best way for me to do that was bury myself in a book.”

This book seemed perfect for, but I was a little unsure as I didn’t enjoy the latter part of her Sookie Stackhouse series. Charlaine Harris novels have always been so descriptive, and the language is just enjoyable, but sometimes her plots seem a little rushed towards getting to the end.

It’s often like she gets bored.

But, I needed something less paranormal for a change. I have been heavily reading some Vampire novels with lots of names, myths, and magic, that I wanted a step back…

This book was perfect for what I needed.

Characters

Harper: The Heroine of the story, Harper, has a gift/curse to be able to feel for dead bodies. The story is told solely from Harper’s point of view, and she had a great voice. She had clearly had a rough upbringing, and her only solace was her Step Brother Tolliver.

Tolliver: He was described as having a ponytail and a mustache. At first, I’m thinking Lynard Skynard but then I did a bit of googling and well…

enough said… he was a great brother, but Charlaine Harris kept dropping not so subtle hints about a future relationship…

The chemistry between the two isn’t sexual, but there is an overwhelming feeling that they both want more.

The Strange: when Harper was 15 she got struck by lightning and now she can sense the dead. It’s described as a vibration, that gets stronger as she moves closer to the body. What I loved about this is how simple that is. It’s very black and white and makes for a great Paranormal element, but also it is believable enough for a Crime reader to enjoy.

Recommended for: Crime Crusader, Paranormal Purveyor,

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Review: Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma

Copy of Book Review (2)This is Probably the hardest book review I have ever written.

I contemplated writing this because of 1) the subject matter 2) My reaction to this book. I’ve put on my Big Girl pants, so here goes…

Forbidden

Rating: 🖤🖤🖤🖤🖤

First off, this book is about an incestuous relationship between a brother and a sister. There I said it… Obviously, this book is controversial and taboo, BUT it’s one of the most moving, shocking books I have ever had the pleasure to read.

“You can close your eyes to the things you do not want to see, but you cannot close your heart to the things you do not want to feel.”

Let’s start with the title & cover. Many books I’ve read have the same title. Mostly Paranormal books, where ones an angel the other a demon.. etc.. But really I don’t think the author could have picked a better one. The cover is genius. The barbed wire indicates prison and of course in a heart shape, which only reinforces the Forbidden part.

“At the end of the day it’s about how much you can bear, how much you can endure. Being together, we harm nobody; being apart, we extinguish ourselves.”

Prior to reading this book, I had not read anything by this author, and I haven’t read anything since, although when I look back, I can’t say why.

You know when people say they have a Book Hangover… I couldn’t stop thinking about this book WEEKS later, that’s how heart-wrenching this story is. The Story is slow, to begin with, but I liked the Britishness of it all.

“Out of the millions and millions of people that inhabit this planet, he is one of the tiny few I can never have.”

I come from a working Class background so I could relate to some of it, but (and I don’t know if this is harmful to the book or not) it was based on what I call ‘benefits Britain’- I don’t mean to be derogative but think Jeremy Kyle.

Their situation, I’m sure nowadays, isn’t unusual, but it is tragic, made only better/worse for their love for each other.

“There are no laws, no boundaries on feelings.We can love each other as much and as deeply as we want.No one, Maya, no one can ever take that away from us.”

I recommend this book to everyone. Ignore your initial misconceptions. Give it a go, you will not be disappointed.

WARNING: This book will make you Laugh, ugly Cry, Gasp, and possible throw it across the Room.

“As the light begins to intensify, so does my misery, and I wonder how it is possible to hurt so much when nothing is wrong.”

Review of: Destined for an Early Grave by Jeaniene Frost

Copy of Book Review (2)Rating: 🖤🖤🖤🖤🖤

Series: Night Huntress, #4

Pages: 355

Genre: Paranormal Romance, Vampires

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Her deadly dreams leave her in grave danger

Since half-vampire Cat Crawfield and her undead lover Bones met six years ago, they’ve fought against the rogue undead, battled a vengeful Master vampire, and pledged their devotion with a blood bond. Now it’s time for a vacation. But their hopes for a perfect Paris holiday are dashed when Cat awakes one night in terror. She’s having visions of a vampire named Gregor who’s more powerful than Bones and has ties to her past that even Cat herself didn’t know about.

Gregor believes Cat is his and he won’t stop until he has her. As the battle begins between the vamp who haunts her nightmares and the one who holds her heart, only Cat can break Gregor’s hold over her. She’ll need all the power she can summon in order to bring down the baddest bloodsucker she’s ever faced . . . even if getting that power will result in an early grave

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Review:

This was a difficult read for me. Cat & Bones have become one of my favorite Ships from any novel I read.

There is a lot of conflict between Cat and Bones, due to this prick Gregor (ugh- even his name sucks) These two characters have ripped my heart out several times in the previous book, but there are certain scenes that I almost thought I needed to bail.

“Why do these crazy vampires keep trying to collect me?”

I should have trusted Jeaniene Frost to be an awesome storyteller because this book was Frightfully astonishing.

There was so much tension (not the sexual kind) that it blew me away. The hostility was dank at times, and it felt really grim. But Bones, oh my love for him grew.

“Movies. Drinks. Headless chickens. You know, girl stuff. ”

There’s even a Voodoo Queen of New Orleans, Dracula, Astral Projection, & buried memories that just won’t stay there.

“I wish people would just leave us alone,” I said. “You remember when it was just the two of us in a big dark cave? Who knew that would be the most uncomplicated time of our lives?”

I am besotted by these novels, that I truly just want to crawl inside these books. once again, a big 5/5 bats..
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Cover Reveal: Sugar Spells by Lola Dodge

Sugar Spells
by Lola Dodge
(The Spellwork Syndicate #2)
Published by: Ink Monster LLC
Publication date: October 30th 2018
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal, Young Adult

 

Synopsis:

After her run-in with a jealous warlock, apprentice baker Anise Wise can’t wait to get back into the kitchen where she belongs. But thanks to her brush with death, the land of the living isn’t all cupcakes and marshmallows.

Anise’s magical mojo is way out of whack and her changed powers are stirring up trouble. The town’s abuzz with news that Anise can bake deathly spells, and unsavory characters start lining up for a taste. They’ll stop at nothing to use Anise and her witchcraft to further their own plots.

She plans to hole up researching solutions until the attention dies down, but then she discovers the horrifying terms of her bodyguard’s contract. Wynn has saved her life so many times, she can’t leave him trapped. Doing the right thing will mean risking death or worse—losing her dream job.

For this witch, justice might not be as sweet as advertised.

 

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AUTHOR BIO:

Lola Dodge is a compulsive traveler, baker, and procrastinator. She earned her BA in English from Stonehill College and MFA in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University–and hasn’t stopped moving since. When she’s not on the road, Lola spends her time indoors where the sunlight can’t melt her, writing or bingeing on anime and cherry soda. She can be summoned in a ritual involving curry, Hello Kitty idols, and a solid chocolate pentagram.
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Cover Reveal: Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J Maas.


The Final installment to the Throne of Glass series.

Captured by the Queen of the Fae, Aelin is trapped inside an iron box in a secret location, with seemingly no hope for escape. As she endures months of torture, her friends scatter to different fates. Without Aelin to protect them, soldier Aedion and shapeshifter Lysandra need to defend their homeland at all costs. Also left to forge their own paths in order to change history are Chaol, the witch Manon, and the golden boy Dorian-while Aelin’s mate, the fae male Rowan, searches the world over for his lost love.

As Aelin gathers the strength to save herself and fight the ultimate battle of her life, all of their destinies hang in the balance. Some ties will bond even tighter together, others will be severed forever, and mysteries will be revealed in this action-packed, heart wrenching series finale.

Pages: 720

 

Review: Bite the Dust by Cynthia Eden

Copy of Book Review (2)Rating: 🖤🖤🖤🖤🖤

Series: Blood and Moonlight #1

Pages: 244

Genre: Paranormal Romance

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Vampires. Werewolves. Beasts that hunt in the night. When New Orleans Detective Jane Hart investigates her first official homicide case, she never expects to have her world ripped apart. But the murder she’s investigating is part of a deadly war between vampires and werewolves and now Jane is caught in that eternal battle. A battle that can’t end well.

Werewolf Aidan Locke has been running New Orleans for years. It’s his job to keep the vamps out of the city. But when a Master Vampire comes to town, determined to unleash hell, Aidan knows it’s time to fight with all the fury of his pack. Beast versus vamp, until the last breath. Then he meets Jane.

One look, one taste, and Aidan knows that Jane is far more than she seems. Far more than she even knows herself to be. She’s important in the paranormal war, not a pawn to be used, but a queen to be won. And if he can’t keep her at his side, if he can’t stop the darkness from descending on the town then Jane Hart will become not just a fierce cop, not some guardian, but something deadlier. Darker. Aidan will fight heaven and hell to change her fate. To change their fate because he is more than just a predator.

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And Jane is more than prey. Far more.

Format: Audiobook

Narrated by Sophie Eastlake. I liked her performance, she had a calming voice, and in doing so made the thriller parts seem scarier.

Review

I have read several of Cynthia Eden’s books and they are amazing. She is so imaginative and this is a fabulous example of why I love this author.

A brutal murder leads Jane to a victim whose blood was drained and throat ripped out. Then the body disappears, and Jane is introduced to Aiden, the Alpha of the pack, and the one who needs to stop Jane from interfering in the Otherworld..

“Are you sniffing me?”
He stopped.
“Because that is some weird serial killer shit if you’re doing that. Don’t make me go for my gun again.”

Jane was incredibly likable; a tough as nails cop who was Kick-Ass. She reminded me a bit of Jane Tennison from Prime Suspect.

Aiden.. oh Aiden. Just yum! He was demanding and strong, Possessive and protective.

“What was that about? Why did you kiss me?”
Propping his shoulders against the door, he leaned back and let his gaze sweep over her. “I want to fuck you.”
She stopped pacing.
“I thought the kiss made that pretty clear.” He lifted a brow. “Was I too vague? Should I try again?”
“You’re not supposed to say things like that.” Her voice had gone hoarse.
She obviously had him confused with a human. Her mistake. “What am I supposed to say? That you’re beautiful? That you charm me? That I look at you and ache?” His laughter was rough. “Those lines are for mortals, not for me. That isn’t the way I work.”
After drawing a quick breath, she took a step toward him. “How do you work?”
“I’m a very primitive kind of guy.” That was the flat truth. “When I see something I want, I take it.”
“I’m not something. I’m someone.”
“And I’m not the flowers and candy type. I am the type who’ll give you so much pleasure you’ll scream until you’re hoarse.”
She stared at him. “Got it. You’re the way too overconfident type.”

Cannot wait for the next in the series

Review of At Graves End by Jeaniene Frost

Copy of Book Review (2)Rating: 🖤🖤🖤🖤🖤

Series: Night Huntress, #3

Pages: 342

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Some things won’t stay buried . . . at grave’s end
Half-vampire Cat Crawfield and vampire lover Bones are caught by Patra, the wife of his sire Menchares, skilled in black magic and thousands of years old. Her name honors her mother Cleopatra. Patra unleashes a storm against their allies and families, ghouls and vampires. But Menchares still loves her.

You arrogant, overpublicized, showy old bat, what are you waiting for? Aren’t you the king of all bogeymen? The legend children fear will devour them if they misbehave? Come on Vlad, live up to your reputation! If you can’t burn to death one Egyptian vampire chained to a wall how did you ever drive the Turks from Romania?”

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Review

I had heard that Vlad AKA Dracula made an appearance in this novel. considering there is an entire series based off of him, I was super excited for him to show.

The reviews on Goodreads are a mixed bag, and it had me slightly worried when I began reading this.

The story begins where One Foot in the Grave left off. Bones is still helping Cat with her band of merry Vampire Killers. Justina, Cat’s mum hates the ground bones walk on and Cat still puts herself in dangerous situations.

None so dangerous as a family reunion. Cat’s Father is back, and just as brutal. There is a particular torture scene that was immensely gripping I was almost late back from lunch!!

But he’s not even the main antagonist, of this story. An Ancient vampire, wife of Mencheres, Patra is out to kill Cat and Bones.

Bones smiled. “Oh, grand. Going to make me beat the truth out of you? My favorite way to work.”

***Slight Spoiler Alert***

Basically, a premonition stated that Bones would kill Patra in order to protect Cat. Patra wants to Kill Bones before that happens. She is a vampire who was around when The Pharaohs of Egypt were around.

Conflict

Once again the wacky hierarchy between the vampire’s with their Master lines baffled Cat. Which made for some great conflict. Can anyone say pyramid scheme?

The usual Torture, maiming and a big battle made for some truly gripping storytelling.

“He’ll learn that many women can satisfy for a short period of time, but when he falls in love, only one will sustain him forever.”

Paranormal/supernatural elements

What does Jeaniene Frost bring to the vampire Myth?

  • Glowing Green eyes; when aroused or angry
  • Fangs ( A Given)
  • Can see Ghosts and Ghouls
  • Can direct where blood goes in the Body (yes, south!)
  • Stake by silver or beheading will kill
  • sunlight doesn’t really effect vamps
  • Creation: Cain & Abel. The first Murderer received the mark of Cain: The first Vampire.

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Review of Here be Sexist Vampires by Suzanne Wright

... And this is why I read Paranormal Romance.

Rating: 🖤🖤🖤🖤🖤

Series: Deep in your Veins, #1

Pages: 258

Genre: Paranormal Romance

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Sam Parker is a Svente Vampire. The weakest out of the three breeds of Vampires. Trapped with her sire, Victor, Sam has resigned herself to his cruelty, until one night she is invited to partake in a test for a place in the Grand Master’s Army.

Once there she meets with Jared, The Grand Master’s Heir, and the sexist man she has ever met.

The Pagori, the super strong breed, and the Keja the beautiful breed, often look down on svente due their weaker, and less beautiful nature, however, Sam’s gift is usually strong, which earns her a place as a co-commander of the army as well as the only woman svente vampire.

Problem is that there is a war coming and the army needs Sam, so does Jared, they just don’t know how much.

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I started this book, via audible, Saturday night before bed. What started as a quick 30 minute listen to relax before bed, became three hours of ‘This is great!!!’

I adore it when you begin a book, and you just know you are going to buy and love every book that this author writes!!

Format

AudioBook: The book was narrated by two people.

The part of Sam was narrated by Justine Eyre, Whilst the male part was played by P J Ochlan. Whilst Justine did brilliant, unfortunately, PJ butchered the cockney accent. Dick Van Dyke would be proud.

“Men! If he was a woman he’d be considered a bit of a slut, but apparently because he was a male it was completely normal and acceptable.”

I had read Suzanne Wrights, Phoenix Pack series previously, so I knew to expect a good novel, but this book was amazing.

Characters

Sam was Fabulous. She was kick ass, strong, and sassy-as-fuck. She was brutally honest and completely knew her own strength. She swore like a trooper, and I loved her for it!

How could you be attracted to someone who made you so pissed off that you’d considered burning their balls with a lighter?”

I rolled my eyes at Jared quite a few times, especially when he said something sexist. At times he was a pig, and he was always wrong about Sam, but he had a heart of gold. He was fiercely protective of Antonio (the Grand Master) and his twin brother.

Romantic Conflict

“Whether she realized it yet or not, this betting stuff and the constant conflict between us was foreplay.”

Sam, had a terrible past with vampires underestimating her, along with believing that she was a second-class citizen because she used to be a consort to her sire, she’s a Svente and she’s a woman.

Jared had never really had a relationship other than with his three (yes three) consorts. He was prejudice, and arrogant. He was exactly what Sam hated in this Vampire Society.

Understandably this caused misunderstanding between the two, along with fights. The banter between the two was so funny.

Jared’s lips were suddenly at my ear. “The only vampire who’ll be manhandling you tonight is me.”

“If I let you.”

“You get such satisfaction out of teasing me, don’t you?”

“I still maintain that you like it.”

Supernatural Elements

“Three breeds? Well you see, basically, you know how there are varying accounts of vampires? Some humans report us to be terribly aggressive with hulk-like strength, some report us to be entrancingly beautiful and charming, and others believe that we are actually more human-like than the stories say. Well the reason for all the confusion is that there are actually different breeds.”

Not completely original. Vampire Academy has the whole three breeds of Vampires, each with special gifts, but what I loved about these was that some of the powers where SOO original. For example
🦇 His gift was power augmentation, meaning that he could weaken or strengthen the gift of another.
🦇 Thorn-exhaling vampire
🦇 He was a Shredder: his gift allowed him to disband until he was nothing but molecules and then reform again at will.
🦇 one of them could become a slime
🦇 Another was a merger. they could merger forms

Conclusion

Hose me down with Holy water- this was a great read. I have found a great Vampire Romance, that has a Kick-Ass heroine and an Alpha Vampire, with an intriguing world- A Perfect Trio!!

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Review of Southern Spirits by Angie Fox (FREE on Amazon & KOBO)

Rating: 🖤🖤🖤🖤🖤

Series: Southern Ghost Hunter Mysteries, #1

Pages: 320

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Verity, is on the brink of losing her ancestral house. In debt because she left her fiancee at the altar, she’s selling house to repay.

Whilst selling everything she comes across an vase and scatters the dirt on her roses.

This action causes an ex-gangster Frankie the German to appear back from the dead.

He’s the great-great grand uncle of aforementioned fiancee, and he is going to help her keep her house.

Less than a year ago, my life had been so simple. I had a nice little freelance design business going. I was marrying a man I thought I loved. And then –poof. Ghosts in my kitchen and ramen for breakfast.”

Verity was a pure southern Belle and I absolutely adored her. Even though she was scorned by the ex, she didn’t have a bad word to say in public about him.

She was funny and super likeable, and smart. Everything I was happy reading. When she was in danger/pain she had real reactions. I loved her inner monologue.

The next morning I was up bright and early. Mostly because I’d sold the curtains.”

She also had a pet skunk!!

Ellis..well I hated his name. For some reason in my head I kept scoffing ‘ stupid name’

That’s the ONLY fault I had.

The storyline with hidden jewels, cash and murders did not get dull once, and it was an even pace the whole book.

“chill swept the room. I retreated until my back hit solid wood. I’d never seen a ghost or heard a ghost although I watched Ghost Adventures on television and I certainly believed in them and sweet Jesus I was trapped.”

This book isn’t very romance orientated, but I liked that all the focus was on a clever plot full of humor, action, ghosts and small town politics.

Great read.

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My Top 10 Paranormal Romance So far…

  • Real Vampires have Curves by Gerry Bartlett – what? You think vampires are skinny, pale an depressing… Nope. Click Here for Review
  • Cry Wolf by Patricia Briggs I’ve only read the First of this series, but Patricia Briggs, is an amazing author and definitely one of the best for PNR.
  • Dark Lover by J R Ward – Brooding Vamps, warrior men, and the women they love. Amazing series. Click here for review
  • Bitten by Kelley Armstrong. Now turned into a TV series, it contains 13 novels about Paranormal women, and their struggle for a place in the world. Click here for my Review
  • Midnight Kiss by Lara Adrian. Like Black Dagger Brotherhood however, the warriors are lighter, the world seems less brutal, but VERY similar. Click here for review
  • How to Marry a Millionaire Vampire by Kerrelyn Sparks. Again I haven’t read past the first in the series, but it is a great start, very original, and funny. Click here for review
  • Hunger like no other by Kresley Cole. Featuring paranormal beings thative never seen in other novels of this type. Very creative world.
  • Archangel’s Kiss by Nalini Singh Nalini Singh builds a world I want I live in. Angels with pretty wings, and deadly vampires who wear suits. Yup I’m THAT shallow. click here for review
  • Halfway to the Grave by Jeanine Frost. Again, a really great world, and there’s even a spin off with Dracula. click here for review
  • Acheron by Sherrilyn Kenyon such a great series based on Greek Mythology. It is original, but contains a brotherhood of warriors. review of Acheron here.

Review of The Pageant by Leigh Walker

Rating: 🖤🖤🖤🖤🖤

Series: Vampire Royals, #1

Pages: 204

Genre: YA, Paranormal Romance

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I’m a part of the Netgalley readers community, and I was shocked by the lack of Vampire Novels. In my desperation I searched ‘Vampire’ and this was the ONLY book.

But it must have been kismet because this book was awesome.

It’s set in a slightly futuristic American, where there is a Vampire Royal Family.

The Prince, Dallas, is looking for a wife, and he wants a human wife one from one of the settlements. And so begins, a ‘The Bachelor’ type reality with Vampires, Rebels and an impending war.

I’ve heard this book called ‘The Selection’ with Vampires. I haven’t read The Selection, so I can’t really compare, but it was a great read.

Sensitivity training so they won’t insult the Vampires. Now I’ve heard of everything.

The Heroine

Gwen was a likable heroine. At first, she had a kind of Katniss complex, looking out for family etc.

“I no longer let myself want things. Wanting wasn’t something I could afford. It lead only to disappointment.”

She made friends quickly, and was quite sassy, and clearly wanted to help. I could see that the author was setting her up to be a ruler.

She was my friend, and she was kind. And she was certainly easier to get along with than me.”

The Hero

Very Byronic. He had a tortured, kind of way about him. He clearly had a lot of responsibility and was trying to change the problems within the kingdom.

The Vampire Myth

Fangs, impervious to bullets, drink only liquids (Blood & Wine) Northern Vampires can have children, Vampire can be made via bite.

Conclusion

Amazing, 5 star YA Vampire read. I believe it’s a Trilogy and I cannot wait to start The next in the series- The Gala

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Southern Undead Ice Tea

It’s a hot Sunday afternoon, and I am lazying in the garden, an ice tea in hand, listening to Southern Spirits by Angie Fox.

For some reason, a lot of paranormal romance happens in the Deep South of America; Interview with a Vampire, TrueBlood, Kate Daniels, Immortals of New Orleans, Dark Hunter Series.. to name a few.

In honour of the south, I thought I would post my Southern Undead Tea Recipe.

Southern Undead Ice Tea

Ingredients

  • 3-5 Black Tea bags
  • 2 cups of Lemon Juice
  • 1 Cup of Sugar
  • Lemon Wedges for garnish
  • Hot Water

Method

Find a pitcher that can take cold & boiling temperatures. Add the sugar, and the tea bags.

Pour the boiling water into the jug, and stir repeatedly until the sugar has dissolved. Leave the tea for a further 3 minutes, (leave longer, the stronger the tea)

Remove the tea bags, and add the lemon juice. Stir. Add to the fridge.

When cooled enough, add wedges of Lemon, and Ice.

Review: Reckoning by Jeanine Frost

Rating: 🖤🖤🖤🖤🖤

Series: Night Huntress, 0.5

Pages: 100

Genre: Paranormal Romance

In New Orleans, a pair of undead ghoul serial killers is about to turn Mardi Gras into a horror show – unless the immortal hitman Bones can hunt them down first. Can he avoid redhaired vampire mercenary in pursuit at the same time? From anthology Unbound.

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I wasn’t sure about this. A Pre-Cat Bones, seems like I’m cheating on the other books.

Not only that, but I really hoped he would shag anything. As unfair as that sounded but I’ve got addicted to their relationship.

A Hard limit for me, in Romance is a cheater. He/she cheats, I walk.

Sooo pleased it didn’t happen. Thank you Ms Frost.

The story was Bones basically hunting a pair of Ghoul murders. In relation to the actual series, you don’t need to have any prior knowledge, and it doesn’t alter the series that I’ve read this far.

It was also set in New Orleans, a place I’ve dreamed of going for years, so I ate that up.

5 star short read.

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Review: One Foot in the Grave by Jeaniene Frost

Rating: 🦇🦇🦇🦇🦇

Series: Night Huntress, #2

Pages: 357

Genre: Paranormal Romance

See my previous Review about Halfway to the Grave 

 

You can run from the grave, but you can’t hide…

Half-vampire Cat Crawfield is now Special Agent Cat Crawfield, working for the government to rid the world of the rogue undead. She’s still using everything Bones, her sexy and dangerous ex, taught her, but when Cat is targeted for assassination, the only man who can help her is the vampire she left behind.

Being around Bones awakens all her emotions, from the adrenaline rush of slaying vamps side by side to the reckless passion that consumed them. But a price on her head—wanted: dead or half-alive—means her survival depends on teaming up with Bones. And no matter how hard Cat tries to keep things professional between them, she’ll find that desire lasts forever…and Bones won’t let her get away again.

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“You know that old saying. Once you go dead, no one’s better in bed.”
I am so Happy…so very very happy.. Cat and Bones are back, and they are better than ever..
4 years have passed since Cat left Bones in Halfway to the Grave, and she has missed him like crazy, and he’s been hunting her.
Cat is such an amazing heroine, she has a level of compassion that astonishes me, but it just proves that she is more human than Vampire, and that is the whole point of her.
“I have been stabbed, shot, burned, bitten, beaten unconscious too many times to count, and even staked. None of those held a candle to the pain I felt at seeing his mouth on hers.”
I love Bones. There’s a scene where he first returns to the end of the book he is a complete scene stealer.

“You know what your problem is, Justina? You’re in desperate need of a good shag. “Not that I’m offering you one myself, mind. My days as a whore ended back in the seventeen hundreds.”

The gin was abruptly sucked back into my lungs as I gasped. He did not just tell my mother about his former profession; sweet Jesus, let me have heard incorrectly!

I hadn’t, and Bones went right on. “… But I have a friend who owes me a favor and he could be persuaded to… Kitten, are you all right?”

I’d stopped breathing as soon as he casually admitted to his prior occupation. Add that to the liquid stuck in my lungs, and no, I wasn’t all right.”

Cat now heads up a team for the government who kills and studies vampires, and she is an amazing leader, which was the bit I had a little problem with. No one is that perfect.
Still, her gin drinking won me over.
“Juan gave Bones the most admiring look he’d bestowed on him yet. “You talked her into going without panties all these years? Madre de Dios, now that’s impressive. I could learn a great deal from you, amigo.”
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Review of How to Marry a Millionaire Vampire by Kerrelyn Sparks

Life was good, even with the undead

Rating: 🦇🦇🦇🦇🦇

Series: Love at Stake, #1

Pages: 371

Genre: paranormal romance

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Nobody said love was perfect…

Roman Draganesti is charming, handsome, rich…he’s also a vampire. But this vampire just lost one of his fangs sinking his teeth into something he shouldn’t have. Now he has one night to find a dentist before his natural healing abilities close the wound, leaving him a lop-sided eater for all eternity.

Things aren’t going well for Shanna Whelan, either. After witnessing a gruesome murder, she’s next on the mob’s hit list. And her career as a dentist appears to be on a downward spiral, because she’s afraid of blood. When Roman rescues her from an assassination attempt, she wonders if she’s found the one man who can keep her alive. Though the attraction between them is immediate and hot, can Shanna conquer her fear of blood to fix Roman’s fang? And if she does, what will prevent Roman from using his fangs on her?

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With a tagline like ‘It’s just as easy to fall in love with the undead’, I was super excited to start this novel. The title suggests an almost manual-like story, but alas. It does not tell me how to marry a Millionaire Vampire.

I’ve read a lot of vampire novels, in fact, I breathe them, so this is a great addition to my vast collection.

I love the cover, the wedding dress, with the door open, looking outward to a very blood red sky with a bat flying away is very cool to me. If only there was a desktop wallpaper…mmm. let’s settle for a picture of Eric from True Blood then…

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The back cover states ‘ leaving him a lop-sided eater for all eternity’ this made me chuckle. Many authors have managed to create humorous vampire novels, like Mary Janice Davidson and Gerry Bartlett, so I was looking forward to this!!

“Roman might have survived the Great Vampire War of 1710, but he was about to face an even worse terror.
A mortal female in full rage.”

 

 

The Hero

Roman Draganesti (great name) is a tortured hero. Believing he is going straight to hell because he is an abomination. He is a part of some very forward thinking Vampires, who have helped create a robot that Vampires can drink from. However, upon trying said robot, he chips a tooth. He has an immediate attraction to Shanna, and although he’s reserved at first (see above abomination) he acts on his lust.

The Heroine

Shanna is quite a strong character, even in the face of the unknown, she doesn’t buckle. She doesn’t demand to be a Vampire, and she is very self-aware. Despite being kidnapped by a creature she did not know exist, she didn’t fall to pieces. She was not a damsel in distress, no matter however it seems she is portrayed by both the cover and he blurb. She did, however, have a fear of Blood, which was kind of ironic.

The Myth

In HTMAMV – Vampires are like corpses when it’s daylight. However, during the night they have a heartbeat.   There is also Vamp TV network, and once again, blood substitute.

“Gregori strutted toward the door. “I’m too sexy for my cape, too sexy for my fangs. Too sexy.” He whirled in a circle, then struck a disco pose with a hand pointing at the ceiling. “Too sexy!” He left with a flourish of his cape.”

I loved this first start to a new series, it was humorous and sexy, and a great premise for the rest of the series.

Here’s another Eric for us all:

Image result for eric true bloodooo look he’s reading… reading is FUNdamental!!!

 

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