Saturday, September 28, 2013

The Keeping (Law of the Lycans #2) by Nicky Charles

Ryne Taylor was a sexy bad-ass Alpha set on establishing a new pack. Melody Greene was a journalism student researching his work as a photographer or so she said. But could Mel really be trusted or had she stumbled upon his secret? And if she knew, could Ryne save himself and the pack he d left behind without enacting a deadly ancient law known as The Keeping? Sequel to The Mating.
"And then it was the weirdest thing, just liked you'd see in a cartoon." Daniel jumped, his wonder at the event he was describing causing him to momentarily forget he was in trouble. "She turned to run and bang!" Clapping his hands together, he gestured to show what happened. "She ran right smack into a tree and then just sort of slid down the trunk.." He shook his head. "I never thought that sort of thing happened in real life."
---Nicky Charles, The Keeping

"The keeping is our most important law. Not just for us, but for our people everywhere. It's kept our kind safe from persecution and allows everyone to live in peace. We can't ignore it just because it's inconvenient."
---Nicky Charles, The Keeping
"Well, what?"
"Well, do something."
---Nicky Charles, The Keeping
"What was wrong with the nice romantic comedy? A little hugging, a little kissing, a few misunderstandings, and then, a 'happily ever after' ending!"
---Nicky Charles, The Keeping
"Oh, it's just one of those habits people have. Some guys give a wolf whistle when they see a pretty girl. I.... er.... growl."
---Nicky Charles, The Keeping
 It is a sequel to "The Mating" and just as good. The book is very well written, with strong and fascinating characters. It was photo of Kane taken by Ryne and sold to a collector which started it. Now a reporter, Melody, is in town to get an interview with Ryne. She is stubborn and persistent, after all a lot of money is involved. Ryne must find a way to get rid of her before she unfolds the truth and put his entire pack in danger.
Melody thought that it was easy money, after all what could go wrong? All she needed was an interview with a photographer and if by any chance her article was published both she and Ryne could be famous. But nothing was as she expected.
Ryne was living in a small town, away from civilization, he seemed to be a very secretive person but Mel thought he wouldn't mind getting a chance at fame and recognition but he didn't want to answer any of her questions. Then there was a little matter of attraction they both felt for each other. Even knowing that they shouldn't get involved with each other they still couldn't help it.....
But could Ryne save his own and his brother's pack from "The Keeping" one law they couldn't ignore even if it meant death....
This was a beautifully written and amazing book. An alpha were-wolf, a nosy reporter, small town people and a lot riding on one interview.. It is full of suspense and intrigue, a must-read book especially for the fans of paranormal fiction. The best part it's free to download from smashwords, enjoy! :)

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Warrior of the Highlands (Highlands #3) by Veronica Wolff

While doing research for her dissertation, graduate student Haley Fitzpatrick stumbles upon a strange artifact—which sends her back in time to old Scotland, directly into the path of the notorious Alasdair MacColla, a warrior known for his enormous physical presence and bloodthirsty reputation.

Assuming that this woman with the mysterious accent is an enemy spy, MacColla promptly kidnaps her. But Haley’s beauty and courage strike a chord in the Highlander, awakening a desire in him that he hadn't known existed.

At first Haley’s frightened by her imposing captor. But she soon discovers that MacColla is much more than the brute that modern history describes, and decides she’s meant to be by his side. But unless she can find a way to change the past, the warrior she’s fallen for is destined to meet a tragic end....

"It was a warrior's impulse. He was a warrior. And he recognised the warrior in this Haley."
― Veronica Wolff, Warrior of the Highlands

"So lovely she was. And perhaps most of all because she didn't realise it."
― Veronica Wolff, Warrior of the Highlands

 "'Tis a simple phrase from a simple man. But there it is. I love you."
― Veronica Wolff, Warrior of the Highlands

I loved this book, but then when don't I? Its a time travel romance about a highland warrior whose thirst for revenge was going to be the death of him and a modern age woman who somehow finds herself in the past. MacColla had to defeat his enemy and get back his clan's land and he wasn't going to stop until he avenged the sufferings of his family and his people. He was strong and ferocious, a famous highland warrior about whom poems were written. He died in a war in Ireland, shot from behind by his enemy.
Haley was studying history and was fascinated by historical weapons. She had read about MacColla and how he died so when she found herself in the past, with the great warrior she knew what might happen. she tried to warn him but he wouldn't listen as he had to fight. There was no way around it.
A beautifully written time travel story, which was hard to put down once I started it. I love stories about highlanders and warriors and this book has it all, time travel, romance, humour, war and of course a highland warrior.

Monday, September 16, 2013

Matilda by Roald Dahl

The Trunchbull is no match for Matilda!

Matilda is a sweet, exceptional young girl, but her parents think she's just a nuisance. She expects school to be different but there she has to face Miss Trunchbull, a kid-hating terror of a headmistress. When Matilda is attacked by the Trunchbull she suddenly discovers she has a remarkable power with which to fight back. It'll take a superhuman genius to give Miss Trunchbull what she deserves and Matilda may be just the one to do it!
"About The Author"
Roald Dahl was a British novelist, short story writer and screenwriter of Norwegian descent, who rose to prominence in the 1940's with works for both children and adults, and became one of the world's bestselling authors.

Dahl's first published work, inspired by a meeting with C. S. Forester, was Shot Down Over Libya. Today the story is published as "A Piece of Cake". The story, about his wartime adventures, was bought by the Saturday Evening Post for $900, and propelled him into a career as a writer. Its title was inspired by a highly inaccurate and sensationalised article about the crash that blinded him, which claimed he had been shot down instead of simply having to land because of low fuel.

His first children's book was The Gremlins, about mischievous little creatures that were part of RAF folklore. The book was commissioned by Walt Disney for a film that was never made, and published in 1943. Dahl went on to create some of the best-loved children's stories of the 20th century, such as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Matilda and James and the Giant Peach.

He also had a successful parallel career as the writer of macabre adult short stories, usually with a dark sense of humour and a surprise ending. Many were originally written for American magazines such as Ladies Home Journal, Harper's, Playboy and The New Yorker, then subsequently collected by Dahl into anthologies, gaining world-wide acclaim. Dahl wrote more than 60 short stories and they have appeared in numerous collections, some only being published in book form after his death. His stories also brought him three Edgar Awards: in 1954, for the collection Someone Like You; in 1959, for the story The Landlady; and in 1980, for the episode of Tales of the Unexpected based on "Skin".
I had first read this book when I was a kid and loved it. This is funny and enjoyable story of a little girl Matilda. Dahl is an exceptional writer, his children books are interesting and children learn a lot from them. This book has many funny scenes. Even now I enjoyed it as much as I had before.
Matilda comes from a not-so-good family and while reading you can't help but think that her parents are stupid who hate her and neglect her.
"I'm big, you are small, I'm right, you are wrong and there is nothing you can do about it."
But she is brilliant, very intelligent child and what more, she loves reading. Its her retreat and having an advanced mind she is able to learn more than one would expect from a 4 or 5 year old child. Then she went to school and met evil Miss Trunchbull, who scares her at first but she was no match for Matilda because Matilda has the ability to move things with her mind, which she uses to scare Miss Trunchbull.
This book is a humorous take on dysfunctional families and evil elders and it gives us the best moral of all, reading books can help you overcome anything. So,
Happy Reading Readers!! ;)

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Undercover Professor by December Gephart


Rule Number One: Must not lie.
Rule Number Two: Must not live with parents.
Rule Number Three: Must have a job.
Rule Number Four: Must not be a friend's ex.

These dating rules shouldn't be hard for Lucy Benoit to follow—after all, she made them. But she didn't plan on falling for Andy Sullivan, a scruffy-yet-attractive man who lives with his mother and is between jobs. These should be deal-breakers, but in other ways Andy is just her type. And there's something intriguing about him…

Andy isn't the geeky gamer he claims to be—not by a long shot. But what seemed like a harmless social experiment has put his chances of a relationship with Lucy at risk. Even if she can get past the silly rules she has set for herself, will she ever forgive him for breaking Rule Number One?

 A cute, sweet and funny love story, which will make your day.
Lucy didn't have it easy but she learned from her past and now she had all these dating rules which she must follow. Andy didn't meet any of the rules, he was lying about who he was-a professional hazard-as he was working undercover for his research. He was living with his mother. He didn't seem to have a job. He cousin Becca seemed to think that he was her soul-mate and he didn't seem to be correcting her. But regardless of all that, she was attracted to him and wanted to be with him.
Andy knew that he couldn't have a serious relationship with Lucy but he took a shot at it anyway. On the other hand her crazy cousin Becca wouldn't leave him alone. He didn't know how to pull her out of her disillusionment.
This was a lovely book. I loved the characters of Lucy and Andy. At first Andy didn't seem all that nice but once you start getting his side of the story it all made sense. All in all it was a beautiful written story which will warm your heart.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

The Husband She Never Knew by Kate Hewitt

"What he wants, he takes! Cruelly discarded on her wedding night, Noelle Ducasse buries the shame of being an untouched bride – creating a new, glamorous life to mask the relentless ache of loneliness. Until Ammar returns… The image of Noelle’s guileless eyes lingers with Ammar still. Noelle can refuse him all she likes, but this time the ruthless Ammar will not be denied. He’ll spend each moment of each night proving that – no matter how much her mind denies it – she will melt under her husband’s exquisite touch…
"Take what you want. Never ask. Asking is weakness. You only demand."
The Husband She Never Knew, Kate Hewitt
"I am going to marry him when I am older. I am going to make him smile all the time."
The Husband She Never Knew, Kate Hewitt
"Now you'll know never to trust a woman. Never to be weak."
The Husband She Never Knew, Kate Hewitt
"It was too soon; he shouldn't have revealed so much. He should have waited until she had relaxed a little, trusted him more."
The Husband She Never Knew, Kate Hewitt
"What if that man--the tender man she'd once loved--was the real Ammar?"
The Husband She Never Knew, Kate Hewitt
"Even he knew enough about love and relationships to understand it couldn't happen in a vacuum of ignorance."
The Husband She Never Knew, Kate Hewitt
"Time was supposed to heal all wounds, but ones on her heart felt as red and raw as the scar on Ammar's face."
The Husband She Never Knew, Kate Hewitt
"I wasn't giving up on you. I was giving up on me. I knew I couldn't be the husband you deserved."
The Husband She Never Knew, Kate Hewitt
"I'm losing her. I'm not sure I ever really had her, but what I might have had I'm losing now."
The Husband She Never Knew, Kate Hewitt
"She knew he was trying to shock her, to tell her the worst about himself, and it was working"
The Husband She Never Knew, Kate Hewitt
"Don't," he said harshly. "Don't explain it away. It was wrong"
The Husband She Never Knew, Kate Hewitt
""I love you," he said softly. "So much. And I'm sorry, so very sorry, for ever hurting you."
The Husband She Never Knew, Kate Hewitt
 This was a very pleasant book to read. It was sweet and romantic. A damaged hero and wronged heroin. They were married once, ten years ago, it didn't work out and there marriage was annulled. Now Ammar has changed, after losing his father and near death experience, he realised that his ex-wife was important to him because it was her face he saw during that hard time and that kept him going.
Now he is back in Noelle's life but she isn't ready to accept that fact so he kidnaps her. She has no choice but to give him a chance to explain himself, which isn't easy for him.
Noelle finds out all his dark secrets and isn't sure anymore whether she wants to be with him or not but then she finds out some harsh truths about her parents as well and realises that love is more important than anything else and the fact that Ammar is willing to change himself says a lot about him, therefore, she decides to give "them" a chance.
A perfect book, if you ask me but for some reason I couldn't connect with the characters the way I usually do. I enjoyed reading it nevertheless, and will refer to anyone who likes romantic books, with a lot of tension between the main characters and undying love.

Monday, September 09, 2013

Hungry For Love Book Blitz: Taste The Heat by Rachel Harris

Taste The Heat (Love and Games #1)


Rachel Harris

Released date: 07/08/13
Entangled Bliss 
One sexy fire captain. One Cajun chef, One combustible kitchen…

When chef Colby Robicheaux returned home to New Orleans to save her family restaurant, the last person she expected to reconnect with was her brother’s best friend and her childhood crush. As tempting as a sugar-coated beignet, Jason is one dish she doesn’t want to taste. Colby is counting down the days till she can leave the place where her distrust of love and commitment originated and go back to Vegas.

Fire captain Jason Landry isn’t looking for love, either. He knows he should focus on finding the perfect mother for his daughter, but when he first sees Colby, all grown up and gorgeous, he can’t help but be drawn to her. And when she suggests a no-strings-attached fling, Jason doesn’t want to say no.

As their relationship grows more intense, Colby finds that Jason isn’t as easy to leave behind as she thought. Could turning up the heat on something real be worth the possibility of getting burned?
Guest Post 
A Dash of Spice: Are you Hungry for Love?
I love food. Growing up in New Orleans, events focused around meals were as big a part of my childhood as cartoons and chocolate. From seafood boils and barbeques, to red beans Mondays and fish-fry Fridays, my family and friends gathered together often with one objective in mind: to celebrate life via yumminess.When I sat down to write Taste the Heat,I went in wanting to share this unique culture with the world. Over the years, Hollywood has certainly provided comedic fodder about my hometown, but rarely do they capture the strong family bonds and the deep-rooted love for community that makes up our lives. History is made and life is shared around our meals, and what better way for me to show that—and take it up a notch—than feature a trio of siblings who own a Cajun Restaurant. Our feisty middle child, Cajun chef Colby Robicheaux, kicks off this culinary series of love and games, but she’s far from the lone cook in this book. Jason Landry, aka our hottie fire captain hero, knows his way around the kitchen, too. And when these two collide on page, you best believe there’s sparks. Because you see, food is more than just nourishment for our bellies. Or even a reason to gather with loved ones. Food is a universal language. Eating, and preparing a meal for someone special, is a sensual experience. And I have a lot of fun—some may say too much fun—exploring that in Taste the Heat. So this is my official warning: you will be hungry reading this book. Heck, you’ll be hungry reading the entire series (Seven Day FiancĂ© featuring rugged big brother Cane releases October 14th). And to warn you properly, I thought it only fair to share one of my favorite excerpts… Bon appetit!

Delicious Excerpt

Colby inhaled deeply, trying to get a hint of what Jason cooked. Not picking anything up, she asked, “What’s for dinner?”
A muscle clenching and unclenching in his jaw was her only clue—and not much of one—before he said, “That’s a surprise.”
Curious, she let him pull her farther inside. But instead of heading toward the dining room as she’d expected, or even toward the more intimate kitchen table, he led her into the living room. He gently backed her against the leather sofa. “Take a seat.”
Okay. No need for concern here, she told herself, sinking into the soft cushions. Just because she absolutely hated surprises, didn’t trust them, and hadn’t had a good one since her life fell apart twelve years ago, she didn’t need to go mental. This was a date, and dates were supposed to be fun. Spontaneous. She could go with the flow.
Besides, it was possible he wanted to talk before they ate. Or watch a movie, breaking out the TV trays like they did when they were kids. She could handle that. It wasn’t romantic, but she didn’t need romance. She and Jason were just two old friends hanging out, throwing in some much needed benefits, and getting their freak on. Do people still even say that?
Colby shook her head, her inner-monologue only confirming how long it had been for her. And how badly she needed this. She put on her sexiest smile and glanced up at him, feeling it freeze on her face when she glimpsed the object in his hands.
A black silk blindfold. Now that was the type of surprise she could get behind.
“And the night takes a turn for the intriguing.” She bit her lower lip as Jason started rubbing the soft material between his long, work-roughened fingers. She cleared her throat and asked, “But shouldn’t we eat first? You know, shore up our strength?” Jason chuckled. “This is for eating.” At her nose crinkle of confusion, he sank to his knees in front of her. “I’m going to feed you blindfolded.”Oh my. She didn’t know what she had expected from tonight, but this certainly wasn’t it. Not that she was complaining. She knew very well how sensual food could be. And how turning off one sense heightened all the others. Colby swallowed hard as Jason leaned forward, gently stretching the elastic band of the blindfold. “Do you mind?” His voice was a husky whisper at her ear. All she could manage was a small shake of her head. Already her pulse was taking flight and heat was pooling in her belly.
What will it be like later? Was it possible to self-combust from anticipation alone?
He chuckled lightly under his breath, most likely hearing the pant of her breath. She’d be embarrassed if she weren’t so damn excited. As he secured the band around her head, the spicy scent of his aftershave flooded her senses, making everything electric. Goose bumps skittered down her spine as his palm smoothed the back of her hair. Just before tugging the silky material over her eyes, Jason looked into them and said, “Bon appĂ©tit, Chef.”A pop of a joint and the rustle of fabric told Colby that he was moving. The pad of his footsteps on the carpet grew faint, letting her know he was walking away, probably into the kitchen to get their dinner. She still couldn’t pick up any scents, but then, the thrum of expectation coursing through her body made it hard to concentrate. Soon those same soft footsteps returned, growing louder as Jason neared. “I hope you don’t mind, but I outsourced dinner. This is a three-course tasting.”
She stopped herself from saying that all she wanted to taste at that moment was him. The admission seemed a bit over the top—even if it was the truth. Instead, she said, “Can’t wait to see what you brought me.”
The sounds of preparations stilled and then the warmth of Jason’s hands pressed on her thighs. “Colby, before we start, I just want you to know that I care about you. And all I ask is that you trust me.” “I do trust you.” Right now, in this moment, she couldn’t think of anyone she trusted more.
He squeezed the sides of her legs and moved away, taking the heat of his skin along with him. A clink of glass meeting glass then, “Open your mouth and suck.”
Colby barked a laugh. The teasing tone of his voice told her he knew exactly how that had sounded. “So that’s how you’re gonna play it, huh?”
His seductive whisper came at her ear. “Gotta keep you on your toes.”
About the Author
Rachel Harris grew up in New Orleans, watching soap operas with her grandmother, and staying up way too late sneak reading her mama's romance novels. As an adult, she continues to stay up late reading romances, only now she does so openly. A Cajun cowgirl now living in Houston, she firmly believes life's problems can be solved with a hot, sugar-coated beignet or a thick slice of king cake, and that screaming at strangers for cheap, plastic beads is acceptable behavior in certain situations. She homeschools her two beautiful girls and watches reality television with her amazing husband. She writes young adult, new adult, and adult Fun, Flirty Escapes, and LOVES talking with readers!  


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