Thursday, January 30, 2014

Up From the Grave

10357792Lately, life has been unnaturally calm for vampires Cat Crawfield and her husband Bones. They should have known better than to relax their guard, because a shocking revelation sends them back into action to stop an all-out war…

A rogue CIA agent is involved in horrifying secret activities that threaten to raise tensions between humans and the undead to dangerous heights. Now Cat and Bones are in a race against time to save their friends from a fate worse than death…because the more secrets they unravel, the deadlier the consequences. And if they fail, their lives—and those of everyone they hold dear— will be hovering on the edge of the grave.

My Thoughts on the Book

This is the last of the Cat and Bones books and it was wonderful, it did not feel like an end though and I am hopeful we will see them from time to time in other series and spin offs. I will always love this series and I think the first 2 will always be my favorite, not that the others were not great they were and I loved them but the first 2 have a special place in my heart. Up From the Grave ties up some lose ends from previous books and starts a new chapter for Cat and Bones, one we may never see in print but a new one none the less. I loved the interaction with all of the characters and that we got to see everyone in this book. I also loved that my town played a part in this last book, it was such a fun and nice surprise.

Monday, January 27, 2014

Lost Lake

13481275Suley, Georgia, is home to Lost Lake Cottages and not much else. Which is why it's the perfect place for newly-widowed Kate and her eccentric eight-year-old daughter Devin to heal. Kate spent one memorable childhood summer at Lost Lake, had her first almost-kiss at Lost Lake, and met a boy named Wes at Lost Lake. It was a place for dreaming. But Kate doesn't believe in dreams anymore, and her Aunt Eby, Lost Lake's owner, wants to sell the place and move on. Lost Lake's magic is gone. As Kate discovers that time has a way of standing still at Lost Lake can she bring the cottages—and her heart—back to life? Because sometimes the things you love have a funny way of turning up again. And sometimes you never even know they were lost . . . until they are found.

My Thoughts on the Book

There is always something magical about Sarah Addison Allen's books but this book is lyrical. A wonderful story that centers around a mother and daughter recovery from the loss of their husband and father but the other characters in the book have such and important role to say they are supporting characters would be unfair. Sarah weaves past and present, hopes and dreams into this story so well it almost sings to you. Some books you read and you enjoy the story, others flood your senses and you are immersed in the story and world from the beginning, this is one of those stories. I loved every single character and every story line, I even have a new love for alligators. Thank you Sarah.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

A Little too Hot

A Little Too Hot (A Little Too Far, #3)

If you play with fire…

Tossed out of college and cut off by her parents, Samantha West is in pretty dire straits. So when her rocker best friend hooks her up with a job dancing at a gentlemen’s club, who is she to turn it down? Plus, there are rules to dancing at Benny’s: No touching, keep your clothes on at all times, and never get closer than three feet. Unfortunately for Sam, her first private client makes her want to break every single one of them.

Harrison Yates is scorching hot, but he’s got a past that involves being left at the altar not too long ago. Sam is determined to make him forget about his ex, but when she makes her move, it flings her life into a spiral of chaos she never saw coming.

Because Harrison Yates isn’t who he seems to be. And his secret will probably get her killed.

My Thoughts on the Book

Holy Plot twists Lisa! I loved it. This book was really wonderful but quite different from the first two in certain ways. One was the plot twist, which I knew the book had one before I started so I was guessing and while I was not too far off I still was completely surprised by it and how it came about, that has not happened to me in a long time and I loved it! I really feel for both Sam and Harrison through the whole book and was really cheering them on. I did miss the tour of a new city, we had Rome in the first book and NYC in the second so I was expecting a tour of a new city here but it did not take away the love of the book for me at all. While this book is a stand alone it is someone connected to the first book, so while not required some references will make more sense if you have read A little to Far. 

Wednesday, January 22, 2014


Ruined (The Eternal Balance, #1)Hell is looking for a way to break loose…

Jax lost the genetic lottery. Descended from Cain, the world's first murderer, he's plagued by a curse that demands violence in exchange for his happiness. He left everything behind, including the girl he loved, but thriving on the pain of others is lonely… And it's killing him.

After a series of heartbreaking losses, Samantha put rubber to pavement and headed for college as fast as her clunker could carry her. But she can't outrun her problems. When an attack at school drives her back home, she's thrown into the path of a past—and a guy—she's been trying to forget.

Sam strains Jax's control over his darkness, but running isn't an option this time. Someone—or, something—followed her home from school: a ruthless monster with a twisted plan centuries in the making. Forced together to survive, and fighting an attraction that could destroy them both, Jax and Sam must stop a killer bent on revenge.

My Thoughts on the Book

Talk about tormented! Jax is living with a demon inside of him and in love with a girl he can never trust himself to have. Jax spends a good portion of the book trying to push Samantha away but it is clear he loves her and she loves him, even the demon can't keep them apart. I loved the pain that Jax goes through, it really makes him a great character. The story and plot are great but I found at times that solutions and characters came out of know where, especially when Jax is such a loaner by nature. The ending was great, not quite an HEA but not a cliff hanger either which is a nice set up for the next book. Looking forward to it.

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Salt by Danielle Ellison

18926679Penelope is a witch, part of a secret society protecting humans from demon attacks. But when she was a child, a demon killed her parents—and stole her magic. Since then, she’s been pretending to be something she’s not, using her sister’s magic to hide her own loss, to prevent being sent away.

When she’s finally given the chance to join the elite demon-hunting force, Penelope thinks that will finally change. With her sister’s help, she can squeeze through the tests and get access to the information she needs to find "her" demon. To take back what was stolen.

Then she meets Carter. He’s cute, smart, and she can borrow his magic, too. He knows her secret—but he also has one of his own.

Suddenly, Penelope’s impossible quest becomes far more complicated. Because Carter’s not telling her everything, and it’s starting to seem like the demons have their own agenda…and they’re far too interested in her.

My Thoughts on the Book

This is the debut novel for Danielle Ellison and it was excellently done. This YA paranormal creates a world that is explained in the way that makes it interesting and does bore the reader; you are introduced to the world in very enjoyable way. The characters are well developed but we are still left with some mystery about that and I always love that. Penelope is a strong character and when she meets Carter she is even stronger. I love a great hero but when the heroine is just as strong it makes the story so much better. Salt has elements of other stories I love, still perfectly original but if you enjoy paranormal romance books this is one that you should read.

Friday, January 10, 2014

17798233Sometimes the wrong choice can be just right . . .

Fun and fearless, Cora Lewis knows how to keep her tattooed "bad boy" friends at the Marked in line. But beneath all that flash and sass is a broken heart. Cora won't let herself get burned again. She's waiting to fall in love with the perfect man—a baggage-free, drama-free guy ready for commitment. Then she meets Rome Archer.

Rome Archer is as far from perfect as a man can be. He's stubborn, rigid, and bossy. And he's returned from his final tour of duty more than a little broken. Rome's used to filling many roles: big brother, doting son, supersoldier—but none of those fit anymore. Now he's just a man trying to figure out what to do with the rest of his life while keeping the dark demons of war and loss at bay. He would have been glad to suffer through it alone, until Cora comes sweeping into his life and becomes a blinding flash of color in a sea of gray.Perfect may not be in the cards, but perfectly imperfect could just last forever . . .

My Thoughts on the Book

I love these guys, Romes story is amazing and he a Cora a great together. I loved that we saw and heard more from Shaw and Rule and the set up for Nash's story was really well done. The marked boys have a depth to them that you would not expect but as I have said before that is what makes for such a wonderful book.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Conquered by a Highlander


Colin MacGregor was born to fight-for his beliefs, his king, and his family's honor. After years away from his beloved Scotland, he yearns to return to its lush, green hills-and he can, after he completes one final mission for the king. Sent to infiltrate a traitor's home, Colin is determined to expose the treasonous plot and triumph on the battlefield . . . until he meets a sensual lass who tempts him towards other pursuits . . . .


Lady Gillian Dearly is no stranger to temptation. Cast out of her family for bearing an illegitimate child, she's now the ward of a barbarian conspiring against the king. Her only desire: freedom for her son and for herself at any cost, even if it means making a deal with the devil. Yet when a mysterious Highlander appears in their midst, his braw strength and smoldering gaze give her hope for a future beyond the castle walls-and promise a desire unlike any she's ever known. But passion comes at a price.

My Thoughts on the Book

 Sometimes I really just need to read a historical romance and Paula Quinn will always be on my go to list for this genre. Conquered by a Highlander is no exception, it has the perfect balance of hero, heroine and history. I love how Paula weaves King James history into her stories as I have become a Jacobite at heart.

Saturday, January 4, 2014


With his tight leather pants and a sharp edge that makes him dangerous, Jet Keller is every girl’s rock and roll fantasy. But Ayden Cross is done walking on the wild side with bad boys. She doesn’t want to give in to the heat she sees in Jet’s dark, haunted eyes. She’s afraid of getting burned from the sparks of their spontaneous combustion, even as his touch sets her on fire.

Jet can’t resist the Southern Belle with mile-long legs in cowboy boots who defies his every expectation. Yet the closer he feels to Ayden, the less he seems to know her. While he’s tempted to get under her skin and undo her in every way, he knows firsthand what happens to two people with very different ideas about relationships.

Will the blaze burn into an enduring love. . . or will it consume their dreams and turn them to ashes?

My Thoughts on the Book

Who knew I could fall in love with tattooed and pierced men but Jay Crownover has done it again. Jet is wonderful and always trying to do the right thing by everyone and losing himself in the process, Ayden is the good girl with a very bad past she would like to hide and forget. Together they have to learn to trust that each of their pasts only make them better together. I love Jet and I love Ayden and all of these boys, they are so much more then what everyone sees and that makes for an incredible story.