Saturday, March 30, 2013

GIVEAWAY & Toni's Review of Wolf with Benefits by Shelly Laurenston ***4.5 Stars***




Shelly Laurenston, New York Times bestselling author and a star in the paranormal romance genre, comes the eighth book is the successful Pride series, that blends outrageous humor and sexy shapeshifters to create irresistible heroes that readers fall in love with.


Ricky Lee has no plans of getting serious about anyone, but he will protect Toni Jean-Louis Parker. Not just because he’s been hired to do so, but because it’s the right thing to do. And if that means traveling around the country with one complicated She-jackal, dealing with chocolate-eating wild dogs, instigating trouble between his brothers, and having the most amazing sex he’s ever had…well, who said his job didn’t have perks?


Toni doesn’t know how she keeps getting herself into these situations. But even she has to admit there’s something about Ricky Lee Reed that she finds kind of interesting…and downright sexy. Now they just have to survive long enough to figure out if what they have is worth fighting for…


******************************

First off.  I do not love this book because my name is Toni….*smiles*…I love it because it is kick butt funny, has endearing crazy characters and a twisted new plot.  So why wouldn’t I love it!

Toni may not be a progeny, but there is no one that can manage her family better.  With ten siblings, yes ten, she has her hands full.  As the oldest in this jackal family she tends to ensure the safety, security and all around wellbeing of each and every one of them.  She adores them all and is willing to give up her own happiness to make sure they are happy and well taken care of.  Well about her?  She needs to let go and find happiness, but it might be the hardest and scariest thing she has ever done.

Ricky Lee is the epitome of laid back.  Don’t underestimate him, but with a rather serious older brother and a prankster younger brother, he tends to be in the middle in most things.  When he first sees Toni’s wild untamed curls all he wants to do is run his hands through them.  The problem is she has little linebackers guarding her and they don’t want his interference.  Ricky Lee is not deterred.  He loves a challenge and he may have just found one in this little she-jackal.

Once Toni gets the boot out of her home to go find her own life, she is unexpectedly shackled to a persistent wolf.  He fires her up and is unsure what to do about it.  She has stubborn bears to negotiate with, siblings to fret over and danger everywhere she goes.  On second thought, he actually might just be the fix she needs to help calm her down.  Why isn’t it perfect that he is all ready to help her out?  What a prince!

Toni was an unexpected pleasure.  She’s a character that I think most moms would be able to relate to.  She is the go to person for everything her family needs and is constantly being pulled in every direction.  I loved her.  Ricky Lee is her complete opposite, but exactly what she needs.  Ms. Laurenston did a great job uniting these two. 

Ms. Laurenston is known for her scorching romance, but in Wolf with Benefits it was late in coming.  On one side I was disappointed, but on the other I enjoyed the journey that these two lovers endured.  My disappointment ended there and trust me, she more than makes up for it.  She brought back a few prior characters, wrote an intriguing plot and once they started burning up the sheets…whoa!  I will have to mention that she wrote some “monsters” that will have you cringing and laughing.  They are bunch of selfish little buggers you want to smack and hug in the same moment. 

If you like Ms. Laurenston’s work you won’t be disappointed.  She has written a solid book.  From beginning to end, I had a blast.  Fair warning though, this is book #8 in the Pride series.  I think it could be read alone, but to get the full benefit of the humor, history and essence of the novel; I think you shouldn’t jump start with Wolf with Benefits.  I have yet to read one of her books that I couldn’t put down.  Laurenston is pure bliss for me.


If you like bears, check out my review for book #7 in the Pride Series!




BOOK GIVEAWAY!!

I am giving away my never before read ARC of 
Wolf with Benefits.


By entering the giveaway you are agreeing to the terms outlined in the Rafflecopter widget.

Open to US / Canada only!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

GIVEAWAY & Toni's Review of Babycakes by Donna Kauffman ***4 Stars***




Molten Chocolate…Cinnamon Spice…Gingerbread…Old-Fashioned Vanilla…You can’t stop at just one.

And the women of the Cupcake Club love to indulge…

Kit Bellamy was raised on pie. Mamie Sue’s Peanut Pies, to be exact, the family company her scheming brother-in-law sold out from under her. Now Kit needs a new recipe for her life—and sleepy Sugarberry Island is the first ingredient. Running mail-order cupcake business Babycakes is a chance to get her baking on again—until she meets tall, dark, and adorable lawyer Morgan Westlake. New to the island to raise his goddaughter, he’s as mouthwatering as any of Kit’s creations. It’s just her luck that he’s the spawn of the very law firm that helped crush her dreams…

Fortunately, Kit’s new friends can assure her that Morgan is no typical Westlake—and that even lawyers, not to mention single dads, need romance. If Kit can just be persuaded to follow her appetite—and set another place at her holiday table—her sweetest dreams just might come true…

*********************************

The Cupcake Club makes me want to pack my bags and head to southern Georgia.  Where the water is warm and the men are hot.

Kit has lost everything, so she takes a chance on a position that a friend thinks she will be perfect for.  Turns out she is.  Kit jumps at the chance for a huge change in her life, but she really has nothing else to lose.  The only reservation she has is the other new person in town, Morgan Westlake.  He just happens to be related to the very people who helped ruin her life.  Can they live together in the same small community?  Morgan seems to think so.

Morgan is interested in the mystery of Kit from the first faded smile on her lovely face.  There is just something that fascinates him about her and he will get past every brick wall she seems to be building.  Unknown to him though, the whole town is rooting for these two and will be helping him along.

Sugarberry is the place to go for fresh starts and happiness.  With its eclectic townsfolk and their ability to pull you in, you can’t help but open your heart.  

I get to meet two new people in the third installment of Babycakes.  Each have come to town for different reasons, but have many things in common.  Ms. Kauffman did a wonderful job helping me connect with both of them and also helped me reconnect with this great little town.  It maybe fictional, but I would visit Sugarberry in a flash.  The buildup of their relationship was well paced and how the town embraced and helped heal them both made it all the more special.

I have enjoyed the Cupcake Club series from the very beginning.  It is a feel good series, with sexy romance, true friendships and heart healing love.  It will make you smile, your heart beat and laugh out load.  You can’t beat a book that will wrap around your soul and snuggle you tight.  Tasty reading at its best!


Prior reviews for this fun series!



Book Giveaway


Kensington is giving away one (1) copy of Sweet Stuff!


Thank you to our sponsor - Kensington!  
Be sure to friend them on Facebook and check out their website.  


You can also visit their Facebook app to find some great contests and excerpts, along with polls and quizzes about their books. The direct link to the apps are here:

http://bit.ly/xGzDj5 (Kensington)

Happy Reading!!
a Rafflecopter giveaway

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Toni's Review of Season for Surrender by Theresa Romain ***3.5 Stars***



 Honor Among Rogues

Alexander Edgeware, Lord Xavier, has quite a reputation—for daring, wagering, and wickedness in all its delightful forms. But the wager before him is hardly his preferred sport: Xavier must persuade a proper young lady to attend his famously naughty Christmas house party—and stay the full, ruinous two weeks. Worse, the lady is Louisa Oliver, a doe-eyed bookworm Xavier finds quite charming. Yet to refuse the challenge is impossible—he will simply have to appoint himself Miss Oliver’s protector…

Mischief Among Misses

Louisa knows her chance for a husband has passed. But she has no desire to retire into spinsterhood without enjoying a few grand adventures first. When Lord Xavier’s invitation arrives, Louisa is more intrigued than insulted. And once inside the rogues’ gallery, she just may have a thing or two to teach her gentlemen friends about daring…

***********************

With a proper woman who wants to be wicked and a scandalous man trying to be noble, things are going to get very interesting this season.

During Louisa’s first season, she got engaged, broke the betrothal and then survived a scandal.  Now she is tired of being the proper maiden.  She desires some adventure, so she decides to accept Lord Xavier’s invitation to his infamous Christmas house party.  With her handy list in hand, she is ready to take his manor by storm.

Alex has always tried to be what others expected of him.  Be it womanizer, gambler or all around wicked rake he has it covered.  That is all he has ever known; how to play a part to convince everyone around him, even his family, that he is content in his station.  After a disastrous bet with his cousin, he decides he has to change the whole hedonistic feel of his annual house party.  While his guests are ready to expect the unexpected, they will be surprised to experience a quiet uneventful (safe) holiday away from the bustle of London.  It’s too bad that his guests have something else in mind.

Season for Surrender is a pleasantly sweet historical romance.  It has a touch of spice, a spunky heroine and a seemingly innocent house party gone awry.  I met Louisa in a prior novel by Ms. Romain, Season for Temptation.  Even though the circumstances of her downfall were not her own, I’m so glad how she handled it with dignity and grew from the experience.  I adore the woman she has become and I’m thrilled that Ms. Romain has continued with her story. 

In my opinion, you can read this story alone, but Season for Temptation is just as sweet and entertaining as Season for Surrender.  Ms. Romain did a great job with both Louisa and Alex’s characters.  You can see how they are made for each other and I loved how Louisa kept surprising Alex and his house guests.  She is a gem.  She also did a great job with Alex.  You could see how he is deliciously wicked, but you could also see the heart he didn’t even know he had.

The supporting cast was just as enjoyable.  They were quirky, lively and rich.  They also didn’t overpower the plot, but enhanced it beautifully.  While I’m not 100% sure, but I can see Alex’s cousin getting the next story if Ms. Romain decides to continue these books.  Jane is a little spitfire and I can see some great adventures in her future and a few grey hairs for Alex.

Season for Surrender is a very pleasant historical.  If you like your books with a touch of steam, but not overly naughty and characters that are fun and make you want to root for them; you will likely enjoy this novel.  Ms. Romain has done it again with Season for Surrender; she has taken the holiday season and made it even more amusing and delightful.

Are you interested in why Louisa's first season wasn't a success?
Click here for my review of the first book in the Seasons series.


Thanks for reading! ~Toni

Saturday, March 23, 2013

BOOK GIVEAWAY & Toni's Review of Phantom Shadows by Dianne Duvall - ***4.5 Stars***



Dr. Melanie Lipton is no stranger to the supernatural. She knows immortals better than they know themselves, right down to their stubborn little genes. So although a handsome rogue immortal seems suspicious to her colleagues, Sebastien Newcombe intrigues Melanie. His history is checkered, his scars are impressive, and his ideas are daring. But it's not his ideas that have Melanie fighting off surges of desire . . . 

Bastien is used to being the bad guy. In fact, he can't remember the last time he had an ally he could trust. But Melanie is different — and under her calm, professional exterior he senses a passion beyond anything in his centuries of experience. Giving in to temptation is out of the question — he can't put her in danger. But she isn't asking him . . .

****************************

Phantom Shadows in the third book in the Immortal Guardians series.  Ms. Duvall’s vampire world is action packed and filled with deliciously sexy immortals.  Need I say more?

Bastien could be a poster child for bad boys; gorgeous, angry, misunderstood and tortured.  Man you gotta love them bad boys!  For the last two years, he has been working with the Immortal Guardians.  All of his existence has been trying to destroy them, so it’s understandable that they are leery of him and would rather see him die a painful violent death.  His view on the situation…bring it on boys!

Melanie has watched how the immortals have treated Bastien and she is confused.  While she has seen the bad side of him, she has also seen the good.  She might not understand why everyone hates him, but she is more curious with how much she desires him.  Following her feelings, she needs to figure out how to convince him that he is worthy of her attention.  Their blossoming romance may be the last thing they should be developing right now, but it is exactly what they both need.

The battle Bastien started years ago is escalating and needs to be stopped before all hell breaks loose.  The immortals need to let the past go and Bastien needs to look towards the future and Melanie just needs to survive.  Can these three sides find a way to bring it all together and save all they know and cherish?

I’m always game for a great vampire story and Ms. Duvall doesn’t disappoint.  Her vampires have humor and brawn and for me that is a perfect combination.  In this third novel, we get to see the other side of the resident black sheep, Bastien.  I could tell from earlier books in the series that he was not what he seemed and I couldn’t wait to read more about him.  I really enjoyed the development of Bastien and the view that he really is “human” and cares deeply and will likely love even deeper.

I’m not sure if I would consider Phantom Shadows a standalone book.  Both the prior novels are referenced often and when I went back to reread a scene that I forgot, I realized how intertwined the novels are.  Ms. Duvall has done a great job with continuity and storytelling and I believe this series should be read in order. 

Phantom Shadows is a fantastic addition to a richly developed series.  The action is exhilarating and the love scenes are heart pounding.  This is top notch reading and high quality paranormal world building.  So grab the Immortal Guardians series with both hands and hold on tight.  These guys really know how to take you on a ride of your life!

My reviews of the first two in the series!!



Book Giveaway


Kensington is giving away one (1) copy of the first in the Immortal Guardian series!


Thank you to our sponsor - Kensington!  
Be sure to friend them on Facebook and check out their website.  


You can also visit their Facebook app to find some great contests and excerpts, along with polls and quizzes about their books. The direct link to the apps are here:

http://bit.ly/xGzDj5 (Kensington)

Happy Reading!!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Friday, March 22, 2013

BOOK GIVEAWAY & Toni's Review of A Perfect Knight for Love by Jackie Ivie ***3.5 Stars***




With his reckless, drunken brother bringing ruin to the clan, and the lass he's loved all his life in the clutches of a violent husband, the last thing Thayne MacGowan needs is a spirited, sharp-tongued damsel to contend with - no matter how enticing she may be. Having narrowly escaped an objectionable arranged marriage, Amalie is starting a new life - with a new identity. But her freedom is cut short when a surly but irresistibly handsome Highlander is forced to take her as his bride. If only he knew who she really was. Fate designs an improbable match, and a battle of wills ensues. As Amalie struggles to protect her identity, Thayne finds himself fighting for an unexpected love - and a passion neither can refuse.

*****************************

A hero who doesn’t act quite like a hero and a heroine who isn’t what she seems.  Two people from different words are fighting their own private battles, but together they are stronger.

Amalie doesn’t want what she was born into, so she runs away.  Before she can get to where she needs to be she is kidnapped, gagged and then hand fasted.  This wasn’t the adventure she expected.

Thayne’s time is running out.  The woman he has always loved had married someone else and now he has failed to save her.  In the middle of all this, a bonnie lass has fallen right into his arms.  Too bad he couldn’t keep her quiet, because now he is married to a woman he doesn’t know and barely likes.  He also has to deal with a brother who is always a handful and he has a broken betrothal to mend.  You would think life would be easier being the second born.

A Perfect Knight for Love was an average read for me.  It was enjoyable but only slightly engaging.  While the story was interesting, it didn’t grab me wholeheartedly.  The characters were pleasant, but I couldn’t fall in love with them and I’m a girl who loves her highland men.  Thayne was just passable for me.  Even though he had lots to contend with, there were times I just didn’t feel him.  Amalie had moments of brilliance and then other times she was just okay. 

I also thought the brother and his wife could have been nastier.  The plot around them had so much potential, but fell abruptly.  All in all that is how most of the story worked.  There was a buildup and momentum and then it leveled out.  No heart pounding excitement or cringe worthy scenes.  I will say though that there are some great scenes in the book that made A Perfect Knight for Love very entertaining.

I would recommend A Perfect Knight for Love for an easy relaxing read.  It’s a pleasant story and a nice escape, but doesn’t take over your life.  It’s perfect for when you need a break and don’t have the time to be totally engrossed into a book.  You get some sweet highlander loving and can travel to Scotland to where the men were brutal and pleasurable at the same time; just how we like them.

Thanks for reading ~Toni


BOOK GIVEAWAY!!

I am giving away my never before read ARC of 
A Perfect Knight for Love.
There was an oops and I actually have TWO copies, so you have two chances!!


By entering the giveaway you are agreeing to the terms outlined in the Rafflecopter widget.

Open to US / Canada only!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Sunday, March 17, 2013

BOOK GIVEAWAY & Toni's Review of How to Drive a Dragon Crazy by G.A. Aiken - 5 Stars

 


Some things never go away, like vile enemies, bad ale, and annoying kin. Honestly, though, I thought I was finished with the one dragon I'd have done anything for: Éibhear the Blue, a big, gorgeous, blue-haired beast who thinks the world belongs to him. The world and, apparently, me.

If Éibhear wants to play the caring hero and travel into the most forsaken of Gods forsaken lands to protect the one woman who doesn't need it -- namely me -- I'll let him. Because while I'm trying to fulfill a ridiculous quest for a pushy god, I'm going to draw this overconfident warlord much too close, rekindle his fires, and enjoy every minute of his delicious defeat...

**************************

By now most of the civilized world knows that Shelly Laurenston is G.A. Aiken, or is it G.A. Aiken is Shelly Laurenston, anyhow…you know this woman can write wit and humor like a pro.  Well she does it again with the next installment of The Dragon Kin series, How to Drive a Dragon Crazy.

I think if you've been following this series, you've probably wanted to know how and when Izzy was going to catch her dragon, Éibhear.  Well that book is finally here and I adored it from start to finish.

Iseabail the Dangerous, aka Izzy, has earned her name, time and time again.  Now she is a General of three legions of the Queen’s army.  She has grown up to be a strong independent woman who has no need to be saved or coddled.  After ten long years, the dragon who captured her heart and then broke it has returned.  She is too busy to deal with him or her feelings when she has a Dragon God breathing down her neck.

Éibhear the Contemptible didn't always have that name.  He was once known as Éibhear the Blue.  He was the baby brother of the dragon siblings.  The most cherished by the women and most tormented by the men.  After a tragedy altered Éibhear’s life, he grew up fast and hard.  Unable to come to terms with his loss or his anger, he leaves all he knows and becomes an unstoppable warrior of the Mì-runach, the Queen’s most deadly fighters.  He has found his destiny or has he?  He has been ordered to return home and one look at the woman Izzy has become stops him in his tracks.  He must now decide to either become the dragon Izzy needs or remain the warrior he has become.

First off, let me say that it is nice to read a really big book sometimes.  How to Drive a Dragon Crazy tops out at around 470 pages.  In a time when it seems novels are barely 300 pages, this was a pleasant change.  Ms. Aiken did a fabulous job keeping me entertained the whole time too.  I never knew what she was going to throw at me and I was always on the edge of my seat.

The rich detail of Ms. Aiken’s dragon world continues to fascinate me.  She does a fabulous job capturing the characters personalities, their dynamic relationships and the nonstop action.  How to Drive a Dragon Crazy is brutally graphic and bloody, yet still makes you laugh when someone loses an eye or something else equally important.  Not really sure how she does it, but I love it!  One would think I’d be turned off from the vivid details of the battle, but it’s so well written I was continually drawn in and could visualize the scene playing out.

I also enjoyed the development of Izzy and Éibhear’s relationship.  They have been dancing around each other for so many years; it was nice to have them finally get together.  While one could say it was abrupt, I could see that it was two matured adults finally able to get past their childish insecurities and misconceptions and take what they wanted.  There were no more walls and while they still played games with each other, it was all done in fun and went to prove how they were two halves of one whole.

How to Drive a Dragon Crazy is an outstanding addition to The Dragon Kin series.  With beautifully described details and heartwarming snark.  This novel is reading perfection with amazing characters, tantalizing sex and blood thirsty action.  It’s exactly what you’d expect from dragons and the humans that love them.


BOOK GIVEAWAY!!

I am giving away my never before read ARC of How to Drive a Dragon Crazy. 


By entering the giveaway you are agreeing to the terms outlined in the Rafflecopter widget.

Open to US / Canada only!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Sunday, March 10, 2013

BOOK GIVEAWAY & Toni's Review of How to Marry a Warlock in 10 Days by Saranna DeWylde - 4 Stars






Got Warlock?

Middy Cherrywood does. She’s got more warlock than she can hex with Dred Shadowins. He isn’t just a billionaire playboy and Weekly Warlock centerfold. He’s a spy for the High Chancellor, and he convinces Middy to pose as his fiancée for his latest mission. Too bad no one told his mother before she slipped Middy a potion that will make their sham engagement all too real in just ten days.

Dred Shadowins already has his hands full with cursed objects, possessed nuns, and dreams where Merlin makes him pay for taking his name in vain by relating his sexcapades with Nimue. But by the end of the mission, he’s convinced his most difficult challenge is the hero’s cape Middy’s draped over his shoulders. Because he wants nothing more than to give her the one thing he may not be capable of providing: Happily Ever After.


********************************

Oh yeah!  Aha, now this is what I’m talking about!  While I liked How to Lose a Demon in 10 Days, I REALLY liked How to Marry a Warlock.  Ms. DeWylde was just warming up before and now she is ready to run with it. 

Dred Shadowins was the bane of Middy Cherrywood’s existence in the Academy.  He was the typical boy who tormented girls.  He grew into a man that continued to torment them too, but in a *ahem* different way.

Middy’s nightly fantasies revolve around Dred, but it is a secret that she guards tightly.  He is a womanizing jerk, but after the funding for her next big charity event falls through she must go to him for a very large donation.  This is not Middy’s idea of fun.  His favorite taunt for her was calling her Cherry-Would-If-She-Could.  Now she is all grown up and even though Cherry-Hasn’t, she will not allow him to intimidate her.  She needs this for the children and she will endure what he dishes out.

Yes, he knows he’s a bastard, but when he sees something he wants he gets it.  After witnessing Middy blossom into a stunning woman, Dred wants her.  Even though he already planned to donate to the cause, he uses the event to worm his way into her life.  Before he could partake of Ms. Middy, circumstances change and now he needs her help.  Something else Dred didn’t expect was to become the hunted.  Middy is out to have a little taste of the “real” Dred and he’s hard pressed to keep it strictly business.

From donator to fiancé, things escalate quickly.  He needs to find the conspirators, protect his identity and keep his hands off Middy.  Well after a visit to his aunts, he also has to safeguard his heart.  Poor, poor Dred. What is a man to do?

My first thought about this book, when I was only a few pages in was that this is Harry Potter for adults.  I’m not sure if Ms. DeWylde planned it that way, but it worked for me.  I was sitting in my reading nook, downright ecstatic.  I loved HP and the idea we can see the adult side, had me a very happy camper.  For example: when I say Middy’s nightly fantasies revolve around Dred, they really do.  Remember how the articles in HP came to life on the page; well in Ms. DeWylde’s version, they actually come to life!!  Now take a moment to think on that and the advantage for fantasies!

OK, now that I got your attention, How to Marry a Warlock is a very good, saucy read.  The humor in the first two thirds of the book was out-and-out hilarious.  While it became bit more serious towards the end, it didn’t take away from the story.  Laughs were still to be had.

How to Marry a Warlock can be read alone.  As I said in my prior review, I hoped to see the characters return from the first novel and they did.  Not how I expected them to and not as many either, but they helped this story along very nicely.  From reading the next blurb for How to Seduce an Angel in 10 Days, I can’t see that being the case.  They are prior characters and I can’t imagine reading it without the backstory.  You won’t be disappointed, so pick up How to Marry a Warlock and How to Lose a Demon.  I’m truly enjoying this new series.

Snarky characters, exciting new universe and a winning plot all make up How to Marry a Warlock in 10 Days.  It’s a fast and entertaining read that will keep you turning the pages.  Be prepared to lose yourself, but you’ll have a great time at it.  It’s a marvelous world and I am so glad I visited it.  Great job Ms. DeWylde!!

Thanks for reading ~ Toni

My review for the first book in the series.



BOOK GIVEAWAY!!

I am giving away my never before read ARC of How to Marry a Warlock in 10 Days. 


By entering the giveaway you are agreeing to the terms outlined in the Rafflecopter widget.

Open to US / Canada only!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Toni's Review of How to Lose a Demon in 10 Days by Saranna DeWylde - 3.5 Stars




Got demon? Grace does. She's got more demon than she can saddle. In fact, she's got a sinfully sexy Crown Prince of Hell named Caspian. She's also got ten days to get rid of him or Bad Things shall ensue. See, her Russian mobster ex-boyfriend didn't take kindly to her smutty Mephistophelean contract. It's not that she's conspiring with fiends; that was his idea. It's that she's conspiring against him with outrageous devilry that runs the gamut from embarrassing to a dead hooker turned dominatrix demon gunning for his soul.

One should never trust demons, let alone shag them. They don't have hearts. Yet Grace is buying hers some slightly tarnished armor and hoping that once he's been shoveled into it, kicking and screaming, he'll find it's just his size. This damsel in distress needs a dark knight for a Happily Ever After.

******************************

Fun start to what looks to be a great series!

Grace is in need of some demon assistance.  For four years she has been battling her ex and she has finally decided to call in the big guns.  Those so called guns come in the form of one Crown Prince of Hell, Caspian.  Oh yummy, yum-yum.  The old adage of tall, dark and handsome totally describes Caspian.  Oh, you can also throw in sex-on-a-stick and walking wet dream while you are at it.  Revenge comes first and then well maybe she can….oh never mind.  Anyways, now that she has the ability to fight her ex, Michael, she just has one other thing to do; she must pay Caspian’s price for the contract.

Caspian could be called a bit of a show off.  When his amazing entrance at his summoning does nothing for the gorgeous woman in front him, he is perplexed and intrigued.  Normally women are falling at his feet and this goddess is not even batting an eye at him.  Well he knows how he can change that…the terms of the contract.  She must sleep with him if she wishes to use him to ruin Michael (imagine Grace doing a private happy dance).  Too bad his plan backfires on him and he may be losing more than he planned for.

Their attraction is instant and they practically burn up the sheets, but what do you expect from a sizzling gorgeous demon.  Caspian can make every one of Grace’s dreams come true and let me just say it is delicious!  In the end, is their love making going to be enough for them.  Neither believes a life together is possible, but for extremely different reasons.  What they didn’t know is that there are other forces at play.

How to Lose a Demon in 10 Days is different, but not in a bad way what’s so ever.  It’s has moments of brilliance, some good laughs and a plot that I have never read before; all that makes it a good “different”.  I think I’m unsettled because I think I was expecting more laughs, Michael being tortured more and while the different point of views were nice they became too much.  I felt like I was missing out on things even though I was seeing into others perspectives.  How to Lose a Demon is a really fun read, but at times the humor just didn’t do it for me.  But that being said, there is one scene that will forever be burned into my brain.  I will forever view the act of getting caught during sex differently!!  Ms. DeWylde’s take on it, cracked me the heck up.  If she could make that one singular act worse, she did.  Those poor lovers *snicker*.

Ms. DeWylde’s new series, 10 Days, is a winner.  She ranks high in originality for plot and distinctive situations.  Her ability to bring it all together is perfect and I’m happy with the final product.  I’m just not all tingly and gitty.  I’m pleasantly content.  After reading the epilogue, I’m not sure if I’ll be seeing these specific characters again, but my fingers are crossed.  They were very entertaining and the brought a smile to my face. 

I do believe she has unlocked a new universe with endless possibilities.  10 Days is a refreshing new take on paranormal.  It snatches you from the ordinary and makes paranormal fun again.  I’m here for the duration and heading out now to get in line for the next installment, How to Marry a Warlock, out now!

Thanks for reading ~Toni

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Toni's Review of Blood and Magick by James R. Tuck - 4.5 Stars




Taking out hellish creatures—not a problem. Armed with blessed silver hollow-points and the ability to manipulate magick, he’s ready for anything—except betrayal he never saw coming…

Deacon Chalk knows the biggest danger in fighting monsters is becoming one. Just another day at the office for your friendly neighborhood occult bounty hunter. If keeping three helpless were-dog children safe means battling a malevolent trio of witches by any means necessary, so be it. If that means partnering with a ruthless government agent to stay one step ahead of the allies and friends he must now suspect, he’s not going to cry about it. The only way Deacon can save humans and shape-shifters alike is to embrace a power beyond his imagining, putting his team at stake—and his soul on the line…

********************************

What the heck just happened?  Is nothing sacred? Nope, it appears not and you know what…after reading Blood and Magick, I just don’t care!  All I can say is DAYUM!

This story rolls on out several months after Blood and Silver ends.  In my opinion, you cannot read Blood and Magick and get the same WTH response if you don’t enjoy the two prior novels first.  I can’t give an opinion on reading the novellas, but I have a feeling they would only improve the experience.

Life is calm and relaxing.  There is nothing like a quiet evening out with your friends, sharing great times and having a tranquil meal.  Your friends are excited about something, but what it is….BAM.  Yes, that is the moment the cart bars slam down over your lap and you best hold on tight, because this book is a roller coaster ride to hell.  You can almost feel the blood spatter and see the gore.  Mr. Tuck doesn’t hold any punches.  Like I said, nothing is sacred.  I’m not saying this to scare you away.  Just be prepared, this hero is a killing machine and the monsters are scary as all get out and evil to boot.  Blood and Magick is pure adrenaline reading.

For the next, oh ten hours, Deacon and his crew must battle all kinds of creatures.  Yes, you read that right, this book spans less than half a day.  That is a lot of action packed into a novel.  It is nonstop I tell you!  I don’t want to give away all the fun, but the central theme for this book is witches, and let me say, they are not of the pointy hat, cackling variety.

There are hints of bigger and nastier things to come.  How in the world can Mr. Tuck amp this series up more?  Beats me!  But if anyone can do it, he can.  His momentum has built from the very first in the series to this one.

My only complaint for the book and the series is Mr. Tuck’s repetitive writing.  Be it Deacon’s past or his reactions to situations.  This character is amazing and I feel that the repeating of the same emotions and responses takes away from his awesomeness.  This offense is minor, but notable to me.

For a romance loving girl, the change of pace is amazing.  The pacing is fast, the action is bloody and the characters are engaging.  I never knew who was going to go down next in the fight, making the unpredictability of the plot, flat out top notch.  Mr. Tuck is a fantastic author, an amazing story weaver and a person to watch.  Blood and Magick is another winner!

Here are my reviews for the first two in the series:


Thanks for reading ~ Toni

Toni's Review of Blood and Silver by James R. Tuck - 4 Stars




He hasn’t met a monster yet that could give him a scare. With ice in his veins, silver hollow-points in his chambers, and an innate ability to rise from the dead, what’s to fear? The answer may be something he doesn’t want to face…

Deacon Chalk normally has no trouble telling innocent victims from real monsters. So protecting an abused pregnant were-dog is a no-brainer…until a vicious lycanthrope leader and his brotherhood target Deacon, other shape-shifters, and any humans in their way. Suddenly, Deacon is outnumbered, outgunned, and unsure who—or what—to trust. The only edge he has left is a weapon hungry for his soul and his most savage impulses. And using it will exact a price even this hell-raising hunter fears to pay…

*********************

In Blood and Bullets, there was a central theme of vampires.  In this, we are taking a look at Mr. Tuck’s Were society.  All I can say is that I have never experienced a universe like this; it’s action packed and very unique.

Deacon is back and he is out for vengeance.  After saving a were-dog, he and his crew have taken it upon themselves to protect the innocent woman.  Pregnant and nearly beaten to death, they scramble to find out what is going on in their town.

In Were society there are separate rules and laws.  The strong prey on the weak and the weaker just take it.  To make matters worse, there are two new factions are in town; one of peace and one of power.  Together they wreak havoc on Atlanta, and disturb the somewhat quiet calm that the crew has been enjoying for far too long.  Now they have to fight a good fight and protect the weaker Were community.  But something doesn't seem right and Deacon is just the man to uncover the truth.

Mr. Tuck has done it again.  Wow!!  This was a very high octane ride.  It is fast, furious and well written.  He  doesn't hold anything back, so if you have problems with violence you will not enjoy this book.  But come on, look at the cover…Deacon ROCKS the violence.  The fighting isn't sugarcoated and this universe is deadly and unpredictable.  The Deacon Chalk: Occult Bounty-Hunter series has found its stride.  This hero shoots first and asks questions later. No apologies, none what’s so ever.

I was drawn in.  His voice is very descriptive; from the characters clothing, their surroundings, and especially Deacon’s man toys.  I  couldn't help but get immersed into the story.  This is Urban Fantasy at its best.  This is raw, with only a slight romantic undercurrent.  He has even put a new spin on shifters.  I was constantly sitting there wondering; OK…I didn't expect that.  I really enjoyed that aspect.  Blood and Silver is refreshing, but in a really bloody gritty way.

I do have one note: While reading I did notice reference to prior battles.  They were written in a manner that made me wonder if I had missed something.  It turns out I did.  There are a couple novellas that have been written between the full novels.  Did I need them to enjoy the story?  No, but I can see how they would have enhanced my reading experience.  I can see me going back at a later date to enjoy them, but I have plans to just plow right into the next book, Blood and Magick.  I can’t wait!

Wanna see how it all started?  Check out my review of the first book!


Thanks for reading ~ Toni