Thursday, 9 August 2012

Selena Blake UK Blog Tour and Giveaway

Welcome everyone to the Loose Knickers edition of the Selena Blake UK Blog Tour, so what do I have for you today?


Author: Selena Blake
Series: Stormy Weather Book 5
Genre: erotic paranormal romance
Keywords: werewolf, werecoyote, blizzard
Length: novella (40,000 words)
Heat level: erotic

Synopsis:
Kendall Carver knows one thing for sure – security doesn’t last. Injured and on the run, a sinfully handsome stranger saves her life.

Cajun werewolf Burke Devereux learned his lesson 200 years ago. No humans, ever. No looking, no touching, no kissing and certainly no making love. Eager to escape his Pack’s matchmaking attempts he heads for his cabin. But nothing could have prepared him for the raging blizzard or the beautiful woman begging for his help.

 Burke’s always prided himself on his self control but as things get cozy, desire sparks and old secrets are brought to light. He must decide how far he will go to protect her.

Extract:

The car came out of nowhere, horn blaring, bright lights reflecting off the curtains of falling snow. Burke Deveraux let out a curse as a streak of red passed him on the left. His wipers swiped across the windshield, trying furiously to keep the thick snow at bay. Didn't that lunatic driver realize they were in the middle of a blizzard? On a mountain road?

The tires of his Land Rover slipped on the icy slush, despite the snow chains, and his hands tightened on the wheel. Just ten more miles of four to six percent grade and he'd be to the cabin. Give or take a few. He'd driven this road for years, but with all the white stuff coming down, it was hard to gage exactly where he was. The only thing that mattered was that he was long gone from Louisiana and whatever was in the water.

The was no other explanation for four devoted bachelors to all find love in the span of five months. And while he was happy that they'd found their mates, and couldn't wait to become an uncle, he much preferred his bachelor lifestyle.

His brother and cousins had started talking about him finding his mate the moment Andre and Juliette had gotten back together. And over the last few weeks, they hadn’t let up. Even the women were in on it. The moment his favo-rite ski resort had announced an early season opening he'd high tailed it out of there.

Burke didn't want a mate.

He just wanted some peace and quiet and to catch some fresh powder. And to forget the memories that clawed at him every time he saw one the wom-en that had infiltrated Deveraux pack.

What he hadn't bet on was the blizzard bearing down on him now.

Or the flash of red that jerked his attention to the side of the road.

He stepped hard on the breaks, trying to avoid the red car and the snow-bank. For a nauseating moment the world was a streak of white. Burke’s hands strangled the steering wheel as he fought to keep the tires on the road.

The antilock brakes kicked in and the vehicle slowed, but Burke exhaled too soon.

In the blink of an eye the tires slipped in the slick snow and the back wheels swung right. Curses rent the air and his luggage rolled around like a pebble in a tin can. Gin let out a startled bark from the back seat.

Finally, when everything was still, the SUV was pointed down the moun-tain. A gust of wind cleared enough snow out of the air that he could see the bright red car half buried by a pile of snow/half dangling off the side of the mountain.

He unclenched his teeth, worked his jaw and huffed out a sigh. So much for a relaxing vacation.

The formerly groggy Labrador was now wide awake in the backseat. Gin let out a deep bark and smacked Burke in the cheek with his tail. He let out another woof, his nose pressed against the side window.

“You all right?”

Gin sighed in that purely canine way that said he wasn’t thrilled with the situation.

The other driver made no move to back out of the dune and Burke figured that the idiot had wrecked his car. He pulled out his cell phone and flipped it open. He'd report the wreck and wait until the wrecker got here. If the wrecker got here.

No signal.

Great. He tossed the phone aside and reached behind the passenger's seat for his coat. Maybe the lunatic in the other car had a phone that would work. Tendrils of snow swooshed into the car as he opened the door. Bracing against the icy wind he planted one boot in the ankle deep snow and then the other.

Tugging on his thick Northface coat he headed down the road toward the other car once again questioning his decision to try to beat the storm. The colli-sion had killed the engine, mangling what he could see of the front end.

Ah hell.

A blonde lay hunched over the steering wheel, not moving. Blood soaked the back of her grey sweatshirt. He knocked on the window and wished he'd tugged on his gloves. The woman didn't move. He peered into the car, looking for a phone, and saw a large purse wedged between her chest and the steering wheel.

He tested the handle of her door. Locked. Figured. The small window be-hind the driver’s seat was shattered, half the glass missing. He reached through the gaping hole and flipped the lock.

Wrenching the door open he checked the pulse at her throat. Still thump-ing. He braced both hands around her neck and the base of her skull and then, as gently as he could, settled her back in her seat and took stock of her injuries.

And arrestingly adorable features. She looked like an angel, a cherub, with glossy pink lips. With a bloody gash across her forehead and...was that a pink streak in her hair? He leaned closer. And a thick purple stripe too.
A fierce wind howled over head, making the trees sway and groan. She gave a soft moan, and then, as if she'd awoken, her body went rigid.

“You're okay, petite. Just relax. Where do you hurt?”

Stunning aqua blue eyes met his for an instant before she closed them again, wincing. The fear he’d glimpsed there shocked him. “Please,” she said, her voice hoarse and barely a whisper. He leaned toward her to hear over the roar of the elements. “Don't let…him…take me.” 




So what did I think? Well you know how I like wolves so I was all over this like wool on a sheep! With it being a novella it is also a great lunchtime or bus to work read- because lets face it a girl need a bit of fun on her way to work! It was an enjoyable read and I always love it when people try to escape matchmaking and run into the person they are meant to be with... can we all say destiny! Dun dun duun. I don't want to say too much as I will do a full review soon (of the Stormy Weather Collectors Edition of which this is also a part) but I will say Burke is sexy and definitely someone you want to curl up with. Just like this book! So if you want to win it you are in with a chance as Selena Blake has kindly offered to give a copy away. Enter and curl up with Kendall and Burke.








Selena Blake writes erotic paranormal and contemporary romance. First published in 2008, her series Stormy Weather has been on the best seller lists and nominated for awards.  She's a fan of action movies, Diet Coke, Milky Way bars and thunderstorms, not necessarily in that order. Learn more about her online at http://www.selena-blake.com or catch her at facebook: http://www.facebook.com/authorSelenaBlake or on Twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/SelenaBlake



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Thursday, 2 August 2012

BDSM Blog Hop and giveaway *adult post*


Welcome to Loose Knickers and Window Lickers, we are really happy to be participating in the BDSM Blog Hop organised by Sorching Book Reviews.

So what are we giving away here at Loose Knickers? That would be Power Play by Eliza Gayle.




She wants the escape. He wants control. They both need love.
Jennifer Croft is at the peak of her career. As a bondage model at Altered Ego she’s become the crème de la crème of the fetish world, ensuring herself a top spot in her profession. The world is her oyster. Her personal life, on the other hand... It’s not pretty. Only her fascination with pain play keeps the ghosts of her past at bay.

After tragedy sends Daegan McKenna to the South for a much needed change of pace, the last thing he expects to find is a closet submissive hiding in plain sight. She’s hot-tempered and in denial -- a heady combination that brings out the dominant looking for a challenge. He’s already loved and lost more than one man should, but the haunted look in her eyes prompts him to make her an offer: he’ll indulge her darkest fantasies, if she’ll agree to give up control. Then he’ll let her go.

Unfortunately the past never stays in the past and old insecurities cause complications neither of them wanted. Soon temporary power play is not enough.


Publisher's Note: This book contains explicit sexual situations, graphic language, and material that some readers may find objectionable:anal play/intercourse, BDSM theme and elements (including/not limited to bondage, exhibitionism, flogging, spanking, voyeurism).

Sounds fun doesn't it!! Well it is, we here at Loose Knickers read it and loved it- you can read Miss Shame's review here. That is why we decided to share the love and share the book.

So, the pertinent giveaway info:

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to be book purchased and gifted through All Romace E-books
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Sunday, 15 July 2012

And the winner is....

Hi everyone!

I loaded the names of those of you who left a comment and answered Lissa's question on her guest post, into the fruit machine randomiser here



I clicked for the fruit machine and let it roll.... this was the result.

June M, your name was in there, the fruit machine just shows three on it's revolve.


And the winner is....

Sarah!

Congratulations, I will let Lissa know and be in touch.

Thanks to everyone who entered.

Tuesday, 10 July 2012

Lissa Matthews Blog Tour Giveaway!

Can we have a big Minxy welcome to Lissa Matthews who is stopping here with her new book Metling Jane and a delicious recipe for truffles! As you know I love Lissa's books (coughVintercough) and she is a lovely lady I was lucky enough to meet at AAD 2011. Given all of that I jumped at the chance to be part of her blog tour.

Not only that but she has offered one lucky reader the chance to win a copy of Melting Jane, just look out for the question at the end of her guest post!

Over to you Lissa!





Earl Gray and Chai Tea Truffles

Because my friend Minx here is British, I thought it would be fun to find a truffle recipe which uses tea. It's not all that difficult and it adds a unique flavor to the cream and chocolate. Truffles aren't so difficult, either. They are a bit time consuming, but not difficult. They take patience and a little tempering if you have extremely hot or cold or wet days, but once you get the hang of it, they really are lovely to have. To eat. To give as gifts, if yours make it beyond the rolling and taste testing stage. I mean, really. You can't make something and NOT taste it to make sure it's right. After all, what if you DO give it as a gift to some unsuspecting friend and it's ick?

No, you simply MUST taste test. M.U.S.T. There is no way around it. And if you like it, well, you'll have to make another batch to give so that you can keep the first batch and perfect the size, shape, and cocoa powder coating.

Chocolate Truffles with Early Grey or Chai Tea 
   



2 cups dark chocolate or semi-sweet chocolate (morsels or chopped)
1 teaspoon sugar
2 /3 cup heavy cream
2 teaspoons Earl Grey or Chai Tea leaves
Unsweetened cocoa powder (to dust)

Place the chocolate and sugar in a large heat proof bowl.
Add the cream and loose tea leaves in a heavy saucepan, and heat slowly on low until it starts to simmer. Do not boil. 


Remove from heat and strain through a fine mesh strainer into the bowl of chocolate and sugar. 


Discard the tea leaves. Stir until the mixture until combined. 
Allow the mixture to cool for a few hours. If you’re in a rush, you can always pop it in the freezer. 
Once the chocolate is set, use a melon-baller or small scoop to scrape up a truffle sized amount of ganache, then roll it into a ball (this is much easier if you dust your hands with cocoa). 
Roll each ball in the cocoa powder. Keep chilled. 
Recipe adapted from Dinner with Julie and Art of Tea

It's me, Minxy... I love this cover!
 
Graham Hall is a twenty-six year old Texan with the job of his dreams. He's just finished his latest travel article and has earned some personal down time. With six months left on his cabin lease in the Colorado Rockies, Graham chooses to stick around and soon finds himself set up with a feisty, down on her luck in the love department candy maker named Jane. Jane hates driving in the mountains in winter and isn't used to being outside the kitchen, but when she arrives at the small isolated cabin and gets a look at it's tenant, she quickly forgets all about that. Jane is tongue-tied and ticked off. She's been tricked. Confrontations, slamming doors, and an extra cheese pizza later, Graham is caught up in Jane's tart tongue and curvy body. She denies her desire for him more times than she can count, and when she finally gives in, she is rewarded with scorching hot sex and a bliss she couldn't have imagined for herself. Graham's persistence and unrelenting pursuit leads Jane to believe that maybe life doesn't have to revolve around chocolate truffles, but rather should revolve around a delicious, well travelled, sexy younger man.

I will be giving away a copy of Melting Jane to one commentor who answers the question... If you drink tea, what is your favorite kind? If you don't drink tea, what do you drink?

Thank you for having me and letting me share a yummy recipe with you. If you wish to find out more about me, please visit me in one or all of the following places: Website | Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Pinterest

Living in North Carolina, talented, multi-published author, Lissa Matthews, has many loves in her life: Family, friends, NASCAR, football, music of all kinds, cooking, BDSM, and last, but not least, coffee. She loves it so much, in fact, she and those who know her are surprised she hasn’t floated away on a caffeine-induced cloud while giving life to feisty heroines and hunky heroes.


Contest will end 6pm GMT on Saturday 14th July.


Winner will be chosen at random using a randomiser.

Saturday, 7 July 2012

Sexy Saturday Plug





Sexy Saturday Plug is a meme hosted at Scorching Book Reviews. On it, they promote a book we've read this week that has really captured our imagination.

This week on Sexy Saturday Plug, I (Miss Minxy) am plugging ... what I am currently reading!

COWBOYS!! I am working my way through the series... so good!

RODE HARD, PUT UP WET...Workin' up a hot, sticky sweat is pure pleasure with a hard-ridin' cowboy…or two... 


Struggling stock contractor Gemma Jansen swallows her pride and tracks down circuit rider Cash Big Crow to offer him a job managing her ranch. Cash agrees on one condition: theirs won’t be strictly a working relationship. She’s the boss during the day, but once she’s corralled in the bedroom, Cash calls the shots. Despite concerns about their age difference, Gemma consents.

Cash suspects the sexy widow hides an untapped wild streak. He intends to loosen her tightly held reins of control—even if he has to break out his horsewhip to do it.

But Cash is in for a surprise. Gemma proves a rough and ready participant in any leather-n-lace game Cash dreams up.

Between riding herd on his wayward daughter, Macie, and rowdy cowboy Carter McKay doggin' Macie’s every boot step, Cash struggles to hide his true feelings for Gemma except this time, Gemma’s grabbed the bull by the horns and she’s playing for keeps.

Summer’s going to be a hot one at the Bar 9.

Warning: This book contains: explicit sex nine ways til Sunday including ménage a trois, inventive use of ropes, naughty girls getting spanked, stubborn men getting hog-tied, graphic language and whoo-wee! hot nekkid cowboy action.



Monday, 2 July 2012

Miss Shame Speaks: Power Play Reviewed (Adult Content)

Hi everyone and welcome to the first (and hopefully not the last) guest post by my good friend Miss Shame. She has kindly reviewed Power Play by Eliza Gayle... so over to you Shame.


By Eliza Gayle
She wants the escape. He wants control. They both need love.
Jennifer Croft is at the peak of her career. As a bondage model at Altered Ego, she’s become the crème de la crème of the fetish world, ensuring herself a top spot in her profession. The world is her oyster. Her personal life on the other hand… It’s not pretty. Only her fascination with pain play keeps the ghosts of her past at bay.
After tragedy sends Daegan McKenna to the South for a much needed change of pace, the last thing he expects to find is a closet submissive hiding in plain sight. She’s hot-tempered and in denial — a heady combination that brings out the dominant looking for a challenge. He’s already loved and lost more than one man should, but the haunted look in her eyes prompts him to make her an offer. He’ll indulge her darkest fantasies, if she’ll agree to give up control. Then he’ll let her go.
Unfortunately, the past never stays in the past and old insecurities cause complications neither of them wanted. Now temporary is not enough.
I found this book to be a great read. It was fast paced and the characters were very engaging.

This was my first foray into the world of BDSM and I found it to be quite fascinating. The book centers around Jennifer, a bondage model who has taken care of herself since an early age and is extremely independent and closed off emotionally. This attitude is what has helped her to climb to the top in her modeling career. Then she meets Deagan, the dark sexy Dom who feels drawn to her like no other woman before. he sees in her a woman who needs a guiding hand in order to find the happiness she secretly desires. And he wants to be the one to give it to her.

 One night after a show Jennifer and Deagan find themselves thrown together and by the end of the night she finally agrees to become his submissive, yet her fears have her fighting him at every turn. Even when she admits, even if only to herself, that being with him she finally feels the freedom to be happy. Unfortunatley, they both have secrets that neither is willing to share right away and this creates more problems for the new relationship. When secrets are revealed it pushes them both to their limits and forces them to decide what it is they both want from the other.

 I really enjoyed this book. It showed me a quick picture of the inner working of a world I only knew basic information about. While I don't see myself running out to become someone's submissive (I'm far too strong willed in my opinion) I can see how and why these relationships do work for some. I look forward to reading, and learning, more from Ms. Gayle in the future.


I give Power Play by Eliza Gayle 4 out of 5 stars 


Miss Shame

Saturday, 23 June 2012

Sexy Saturday Plug




Sexy Saturday Plug is a meme hosted at Scorching Book Reviews. On it, they promote a book we've read this week that has really captured our imagination.

This week on Sexy Saturday Plug, I (Miss Minxy) am plugging ...

The Iron Duke by Meljean Brook
First in an all-new series where seductive danger and steampunk adventure abound in the gritty world of the Iron Seas. 
After the Iron Duke freed England from Horde control, he instantly became a national hero. Now Rhys Trahaearn has built a merchant empire on the power-and fear-of his name. And when a dead body is dropped from an airship onto his doorstep, bringing Detective Inspector Mina Wentworth into his dangerous world, he intends to make her his next possession.
But when Mina uncovers the victim's identity, she stumbles upon a conspiracy that threatens the lives of everyone in England. To save them, Mina and Rhys must race across zombie-infested wastelands and treacherous oceans-and Mina discovers the danger is not only to her countrymen, as she finds herself tempted to give up everything to the Iron Duke.


I heard all about this book last year at AAD, where I was also luck enough to meet Meljean Brook. I finally got round to reading it this week, and I lapped it up.

Already bought the next one!

They are such a mismatched couple that it works, he knows what he wants and intends to keep it, she has no intention of giving up her freedom. LOVED it! Review coming soon.

Thursday, 7 June 2012

Summoning the Night: Reviewed

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By Jenn Bennett


MAGICAL TRICKS. DEMONIC TREATS. 
After narrowly escaping her fate as a sacrificial scapegoat, Arcadia Bell is back to normal. Or at least as ordinary as life can be for a renegade magician and owner of a tiki bar that caters to Earthbound demons. She’s gearing up for the busiest day of the year—Halloween—when a vengeful kidnapper paralyzes the community. 
The influential head of the local Hellfire Club taps Cady to track down the fiendish bogeyman, and now that she’s dating red-hot Lon Butler, the Club’s wayward son, she can hardly say no. Cady and Lon untangle a gruesome thirty-year trail of clues that points to danger for the club members’ children. But locating the person behind the terror will require some metaphysical help from Cady’s loyal bar patrons as well as her potent new Moonchild powers—and she’d better figure it out before the final victim disappears and her own darkest secret becomes her biggest enemy.


I loved it! There I said it, this is another series which is going on my auto buy list. As you know I got the first one at AAD and reviewed it a few weeks ago, I then went out straight away and bought the next one and now I have read that and I am waiting for the next one!! AAARGH!!! But a good argh!

So why did I like it, same reason as last time, good plot and great characters!

The story still revolves around Cady Bell, she is still the moonchild and still the owner of a tiki bar, she is now dating Lon and their relationship has developed to the point that they have swapped keys. She is now an integral part of Lon's life and the life of his son Jupe. Jupe is great and probably one of most likeable teenage characters I have come across, yes he is loud, yes he has a huge pile of unwashed laundry in his room and yes he probably smells like a teenage boy. But he is so completely loveable, in his mind Cady is family and it gives way for some real sniffly moments!

Cady is great and has developed since the last book, considering what happened to her I am guessing that the character needed to and this is a fabulous thing because it doesn't happen often enough for me, or when it does it's not pulled off... but it is here. Cady is still a fabulous character but now she is just a bit more mature, a little more grown up.... and dating an older man. This sometimes does impact on her and she has the occasional epiphany because of it, but she is adjusting really well to life with a ready made family. That just makes me love her more!

Lon is still sexy and piratical! ARRRR!  Actually he is way more than that, he is a really rounded character, a well adjusted man, a father with his feet firmly planted. He just happens to be a demon. A sexy demon with special powers. I love Lon!

The plot is sophisticated and full of twists and turns which keep you guessing, each time you think you have cottoned onto it the thread shoots off and drags you in a different direction. A supernatural roller coaster with magic knobs on! OK that sounds rude, magic bells... you get my drift!

A great summer read, add it to your TBR pile, I give Summoning the Night 4.5 frillies out of 5. Pack it with your sun lotion, stretch back, relax and be transported.

Wednesday, 6 June 2012

Under a Vampire Moon: Reviewed

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By Lynsay Sands


Christian Notte's story, the sixteenth book in the Argeneau series is set on an island paradise called St. Lucia. After a bad relationship and an even worse divorce, Carolyn decides to go on a long overdue and much needed vacation with the 'girls'. Only the rest of the vacationers didn't get the memo. Around every corner there seems to be another couple celebrating their honeymoon or anniversary and the few single men she does see are far too young to even consider, including an irresistibly attractive rock violinist she meets. It's really too bad he's so young but in the end it doesn't matter because according to his cousin, Giacinta, women in general aren't Christian's type. But there's a catch, Christian needs Carolyn's help. He needs her to be his beard (to play the part of his fake girlfriend) for the week to appease his 'machismo' family. Carolyn just can't seem to say No and decides to help Gia's cousin. The only problem is that being around Christian and acting like they are a loving couple is wreaking havoc on her emotions. Carolyn's thoughts keep drifting back to places they shouldn't, like kissing his full lips or feeling his broad shoulders under her fingertips... good lord, she's in trouble.


I do love this series, we are up to book 16, I have read every single one of them (including most of the novellas) and I am still excited when a new book comes out. That for me is the sign of a great series. Is Under a Vampire Moon the best book in the series? No, for me that will be Lucian's book Bite Me if You Can, followed quickly by Victor and Vincent and too many to choose!!! OK I just love them and this is another really good entry into the series.


We first met Christian Notte in A Bite to Remember, found out more about him in Vampire Interrupted and now it is his turn to find his life mate. One slight problem... she has issues with younger men and has been seriously 'burned' by her first marriage. But that wouldn't stop and Argeneau and it won't stop a Notte! 


One of the reasons I love this series is because of the humour and this book is no different, for a start Christian's cousin Gia tells Carolyn that he is gay! He is so clearly not but it does set us up for some fun moments and some real consternation for Carolyn. Not only that but how hard is it to woo your life mate whilst your parents are watching you, giving you advice and dragging you away by your ear before you make a fool of yourself! It was those bits which made this into such a fun book. The story is solid, an interesting plot with challenges and a sub plot your start to suspect about half way through, after all Carolyn comes with friends but she is often alone... it makes you wonder why! But I am saying no more.


Christian and Carolyn are great, both as individual characters and as a couple, like many of the life mate pairings they compliment each other, yes they like similar things but there is more, emotional ties which lock in like a jigsaw. Christian is strong, serious, brooding but Carolyn brings out his lighter side. Carolyn is nervous and insecure and Christian brings out her confident sensual side; she also learns that it is not just Christian who wants her. Wiping all memories of her ex husband from the floor!


A great summer read which I give 3 frillies too, add it to your beach bag and don't forget your sunscreen. That way when they dream on the beach so can you.... and it is HOT! I'm really looking forward to the next book Jeanne Louise's, the extract in the back was great: roll on August!!





Tuesday, 5 June 2012

Enemy Mine: Reviewed


copy from AAD 2011
Lovers from opposite worlds reunite in Karin Harlow's explosive, erotic new L.O.S.T. adventure. . .
While tracking a hijacked cask of enriched uranium in Kyrgyzstan, L.O.S.T. operative Nikko Cruz is ambushed and left for dead. Which means he must be hallucinating when the only woman he ever loved—the woman he was sentenced to death for killing—comes to his rescue. Half-daemon Selena Guererro has secrets she'd kill for. The most important one, she's already died to protect. Now she'll do anything to keep her daughter safe. But she can't just leave her lost love to perish. She injects Nikko with immortal blood serum, putting herself in grave danger.
When Nikko comes to, he is superhuman and super pissed. The mother of his daughter—the one he thought killed their child—is alive. He wants answers. He wants blood. And despite his best intentions, he wants Selena. He traces her to a mysterious terrorist cell where the cask has surfaced. First, he must retrieve the deadly material. Then he'll take revenge on his beautiful ex. But when nothing goes as planned, Nikko and Selena find themselves burning with desire . . . and blowing the roof off their separate worlds, human and daemon alike.
I got a copy of Enemy Mine, the second in Karin Harlow's L.O.S.T. series when I was at AAD in Philadelphia last year, and yes... it has taken me this long to read it. Not because I didn't want to, just simply because I got so many books whilst I was there. Get to it I finally did and I was so pleased I did because I enjoyed it. It is a summer book, it's a sit by the pool with your drink and drink in the rays book, it is a cuddle up in the airport book... in other words it is a great summer read. 

It is the second book in the series and I read it without having read the first, did it stand alone? Absolutely. Have I been and bought the first? Yip! 

So what did I like? Mainly Selena, I am not saying Nikko is rubbish, he really isn't, he is a testosterone filled superhuman hottie who is totally pissed off (and with good reason) but it was Selena who held my interested throughout. What she had been through to protect those she loved. What she was prepared to do and how far she would go. The answer to that is pretty far!

Yes there is the reclamation of the romance between Selena and Nikko, the laying to rest of their former life and personas, (Nikko was originally called Johnny and served hard time for Selena's murder before being placed in LOST, yeah... now you know part of why he is pissed off!) but this story is so much more that that. At its heart it is an action adventure mystery, who is at the root of the terrorist cell, will they catch them and at what cost?

That said, the reclaiming of the romance is a large part of that and it is what gives the story heart and shows you their vulnerabilities, making them human.  We meet a number of side characters, Cassidy and Marcus who I believe were the protagonists in the first story, the remainder of Nikko's LOST team and a couple of shady vampires! One of whom definitely caught my attention!! I hope we hear more from him.  I am keeping him secret so no-one can claim him before me... (looks about shiftily for candy snatching bears) OK he is called Joran.

A fast paced and interesting read, a strong heroine who know what she wants and can kick ass and a testosterone filled hero who is struggling with his emotions and his job. Add to that vampires, demons terrorists and a dirty bomb and you have a book which will fill your sun and fun filled summer! I give Enemy Mine 3.5 frillies out of 5, a fun summer read. Add it to your TBR pile, I am definitely adding  Enemy Lover to my list and looking forward to Enemy Sworn!

Saturday, 26 May 2012

Lethal Rider: Reviewed

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By Larissa Ione

They're here.

They ride.The Four Horsemen of the ApocalypseBorn of a match between good and evil, four siblings stand between hell's minions and everything they want to destroy. They are the Lords of Deliverance, and they have the power to ward off Doomsday . . . or let it ride . . . 
LETHAL RIDER
Thanatos, the most deadly Horseman of the Apocalypse, has endured thousands of years of celibacy to prevent the end of days. But just one night with the wickedly sexy Aegis Guardian, ReganCooper, shatters centuries of resolve. Yet their passion comes with a price. And Thanatos must face a truth more terrifying than an apocalypse-he's about to become a father.
Demon-slayer Regan Cooper never imagined herself the maternal type, but with the fate of the world hanging in the balance she had no choice but to seduce Thanatos and bear his child. Now, as the final battle draws closer and his rage at being betrayed is overshadowed by an undeniable passion for the mother of his child, Thanatos has a life-shattering realization: To save the world, he must sacrifice the only thing he's ever wanted-a family.



Can we have a big fangirly squeee? YES! SQUEEEEEEE! If you think I enjoyed this book then you would be absolutely correct, I did, I thoroughly enjoyed it. Sitting in the sun reading it has been the highlight of me week, it even made me forget I had cramps and at one point I was so excited I had to put the book down and clap excitedly before continuing on reading. I know.... I am weird, but adorable right! *insert wink here* The worst bit is, I've had the book for over a week, it has been staring at me but I have been so busy I couldn't start to read it, so I had a plan, Saturday, me, the book, a sofa and some pepsi! The plan changed slighly to me, the book, the deck and diet pepsi, but is even better!  I am rambling in the first paragraph.... stay with me!


OK the book, I have been looking forward to it all week and I was a little nervous, I always am when I look forward to a book, I have really enjoyed all the demonica and horsemen books so far and I do believe they keep getting better. 


Thanatos, oh how I wanted to hug him throughout this book. That for me was one of the real joys when reading it, fully fleshed out characters, I could almost feel his pain, we were inside his head, we understood things from his perspective. Not only that but we sympathised with Regan too, like Thanatos we felt her anguish and her pain, we understood her point of view and when Regan and Thanatos clashed we sat and watched the fireworks, totally invested in the drama and wondering where it will all go. Or at least that is how I found it. Addictive and compelling. In places spell-binding in its intensity. 


There are some great lines in the book too, one of my favourites is when Than is talking to himself and you get things like ' Bitter much, Than-boy?' Gem's like that kept me smiling throughout as the relationships twisted and developed and became desperate and sensual. All the usual gang are there and appear at various points in the novel, the back story of the horsemen is further developed and new twists and turns are introduced; some of which will just blow your mind. There is death, deception and deliverance!


But the stars of this show are Than and Regan and the baby. 


Read it, it is well worth it. I am not certain I can wait for the next one, there is a short extract at the back of the book and I devoured it! Rogue Rider looks like it is going to be another white-knuckle ride!


To sum up, Lethal Rider is an addictive read which will have you hanging off every page. The best so far! A great read, add it to your summer TBR pile if you haven't all ready. A well deserved 5 frillies out of 5!









Sunday, 20 May 2012

The Slayer: Reviewed

own purchase
By Theresa Meyers


Brothers Winchester, Remington, and Colt know the legends—they were trained from childhood to destroy demon predators, wielding the latest steam-powered gadgetry. It’s a devil of a job. But sometimes your fate chooses you…
Chasing Trouble
Winn Jackson isn’t interested in hunting nightmares across the Wild West—even if it’s the family business. Unlike his rakehell brothers, Winn believes in rules. As sheriff of Bodie, California, he only shoots actual law breakers. That’s what he’s doing when he rescues the Contessa Drossenburg, Alexandra Porter, a lady with all the elegance of the Old World—grace, beauty and class. And then he sees her fangs.
Alexandra isn’t just some bloodsucking damsel in distress, though. She’s on a mission to save her people—and she’s dead certain that Winn’s family legacy is the only way. Luckily, aside from grace and class, she also has a stubborn streak a mile wide. So like it or not, Winn is going to come back with her to the mountains of Transylvania, and while he’s at it, change his opinions about vampires, demon-hunting, and who exactly deserves shooting. And if she has her way, he’s going to do his darnedest to save the world…


I read the first book 'The Hunter' a few months ago after getting a copy when I was at AAD in Philadelphia last year. (review here) As I really enjoyed it when book 2 of the series came out I invested and bought myself a copy (kindle- gotta love it) did I like book 2? Yes, I did.

It had been a while since I read the first book and as there is some overlap I did have to think, what happened again, but it was nice to meet Colt and Lily again and I having to remember is not a bad thing, it exercises my Minxy mind! I know, now you are thinking 'does that mean I have to read book 1 first?' No, it would help, but there is enough in this story for it to stand alone or to make you read it and want to look at the first book.

So... what's it all about Minxy... I hear you shout, it's about Winchester Jackson, eldest of the Jackson brothers and one of 'the Chosen', only problem is that he doesn't believe in he chosen and has turned his back on hunting. However when has this ever mattered to evil? So when Archdemon Rathe decides he will open the gates of Nix and rule earth the brothers are forced into action, and that includes Winn.

He is a really interesting protagonist, in some-ways the stereotypical old west law man, but in many ways a genuine man trying to find his niche in the world and coping with the life he had been served... and yes he has a moustache. Moustaches don't bother me, I grew up with moustaches in the family, they are like an old furry friend, when I was little Minxy's daddy rocked the Mexican bandit look. Ok, I am wandering again.

As a hunter Winn is dubious about entering into a deal with Darkin, but Alexa intrigues him and you can almost taste their attraction from the beginning. What will he do? Give into the attraction or follow everything his pa taught him? Well, I'm not going to tell you but it is an emotional journey which takes him from the wild west to Paris and all points in between.

For me there were some really nice steampunk touches, as usual the inventor Marley Turlock doesn't disappoint and we find out a few secrets about him, we have air travel on a dirigible, Alexa is also an amateur inventor making her much more than a pretty face, something else which intrigues Winn.

I really liked Alexa, I was interested in her back story and what she would do, how she would fulfil her part in the ancient prophecy of the chosen. She is witty, intelligent and fierce in a fight, what's not to like. It did take me a while to get into the book, but that was my fault, I was distracted by work but once I got a few chapters in I was hooked and read the rest like a demon.

Add it to your summer reads, it is a good story with likeable and interesting characters. I give The Slayer 4 frillies out of 5. Definite summer fun with a bustle and a corset.

 

Sunday, 13 May 2012

Sunday's Sing-a-long



Something really mellow for this week, grab those microphones and join in.



Tuesday, 8 May 2012

Teaser Tuesday


Inspired by The Book Vixen, who participates in Teaser Tuesday hosted by MizB at Should be Reading I think it is a FAB idea... she said to


  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! Make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others.
  • Share the title and author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!
Here we go.... from The Slayer by Theresa Meyers 

I'm reading it on the kindle so this is from 34%

"Alexa's skin warmed at the simple courtesy. Perhaps he was not as barbaric as he attempted to appear."

Teasing you for sure, just as Alexa and Winn are teasing each other.... it's getting good!


Monday, 7 May 2012

Kindling the Moon: The Review

Complimentary copy from ADD
By Jenn Bennett

Meet Arcadia Bell: bartender, renegade magician, fugitive from the law. . . . 
Being the spawn of two infamous occultists (and alleged murderers) isn’t easy, but freewheeling magician Arcadia “Cady” Bell knows how to make the best of a crummy situation. After hiding out for seven years, she’s carved an incognito niche for herself slinging drinks at the demon-friendly Tambuku Tiki Lounge.
But she receives an ultimatum when unexpected surveillance footage of her notorious parents surfaces: either prove their innocence or surrender herself. Unfortunately, the only witness to the crimes was an elusive Æthyric demon, and Cady has no idea how to find it. She teams up with Lon Butler, an enigmatic demonologist with a special talent for sexual spells and an arcane library of priceless stolen grimoires. Their research soon escalates into a storm of conflict involving missing police evidence, the decadent Hellfire Club, a ruthless bounty hunter, and a powerful occult society that operates way outside the law. If Cady can’t clear her family name soon, she’ll be forced to sacrifice her own life . . . and no amount of running will save her this time.


Another complimentary book from AAD and I am SO pleased I got a copy of this as I thought it was great. I know there have been a few reviews lately where I have said, this is a great new series and please read it, I think you will like it. This is the same, it is a great new series, and if you are wanting urban paranormal fantasy with magic, mayhem, mystery, murder and sex. Then go for it. I enjoyed it and I am sure you will too.

So what did I enjoy, Cady, she is a really interesting protagonist, one whom you start to care about and invest it. She has such an interesting life, one which hides many secrets and has a shrouded past, but she has managed to make the most of her lot and carve a niche out into a life which allows her freedom. However, you all know how life is, it's all plodding along quite happily and then..... dun dun duuuuun.... CHAOS! Yeah, suddenly seeing your parents on the TV news after they faked their death when accused of murder will do that to you.

That starts Cady on a new path, a path to save her and her parents, a path to find out the truth; and it is a path full of twists and turns and surprises. A path with leads her to the door of Lon and the Hellfire Club and a few more things I won't discuss here as I don't want to spoil it for people.

Lon is broody and sexy and mysterious but also open, I know, he is complex and did I mention sexy? There is much more to Lon than meets the eye and I think we will find out more about him in the next book. I liked him as a character, he was funny and in many ways seemed real, like someone who you could sit down with and have a chat over a glass of wine... and then when the sun went down.... yeah, you can see where my train of thought is going. Their relationship builds as the story does and suffered the same pitfalls that many people face, the whole 'men are from Mars and women are from Venus' and don't necessarily speak the same language.

There is a big twist towards the end of the story, one that you suspect when you get near the end, and then think, no, can't, then OMG, no, really, wow, omg. I like a book which keeps me guessing and thinking and this did just that. If you haven't read it, do, add it to your summer reads. If you have read it, add it to your new series of the year list, I know I will!


A great series! I give Kindling the Moon 4.5 frillies out of 5. In fact I enjoyed it so much I have bought the second novel. Just waiting for it to get here!!

Sunday, 6 May 2012

Sunday Sing-a-long



Time for my Sunday Sing-along so grab your makeshift microphones and sing along!






Friday, 13 April 2012

Free Erotic Read!

Hola!

Fire in His Eyes by Stella and Audra Price is now free on Amazon, this only for 5 days. It is the first of their Dragon Elemental books and I reviewed it a couple of years ago. You can find my review here. It is an erotic novel and I gave it 4 frillies out of 5. If you want a little steamy fun then have a go!

AMAZON USA
AMAZON UK


Enjoy!


Wednesday, 11 April 2012

Darkness Descending: The Review

Complimentary copy
from AAD

By Devyn Quinn 

The first seal has been broken, signaling the end of days. Fallen angels in the form of vampires are infecting humans one by one, creating an army fit for Armageddon. Of the few who survive the infection, one stands alone above all others… For one year, Jesse Burke has been suppressing the beast within, driven by vengeance to destroy the vampiric fallen angels terrorizing New Orleans. But a war of biblical proportions is too much for one girl to handle, and she must turn to slayer Maddox deValois for training, though it threatens her fiercely-guarded independence. At the same time, the sinister demon Queen Amonate is doing everything in her power to lure Jesse into embracing the darkness inside her soul—a power play that will trap her in a deadly web of deception between the forces of good and evil… Before this war is over, everyone will learn that hell hath no fury like a woman possessed…


*possible mini (like a speck of a) spoiler in paragraph 6, close your eyes when you get to it... but I don't think it would spoil the reading for anyone.


This was another book that I got when I was at AAD Philadelphia last year, and yes I know, it has taken me a while to get to it, but in my defence I got so many fantastic books and this is another good one! It is the first in what I think could be an intriguing series but it is also a book which seems to polarise its audience. Between those who love it and those who didn't finish it. Me... I enjoyed it and would happily buy and read the second one to see where it is going. In my humble opinion, it is definitely worth a read.

The question is why?

I liked the story, I liked the premise, I liked the main characters and I liked the fact that this was clearly only a first instalment, the main events are still to come. That is not to say that nothing happens in this book, it does, there is plenty of it, but it is a novel of growth and discovering the lay of the land. So what do we discover?

Vampires stem from fallen angels and are creating an army, the original and powerful angels hidden in society able to pass for humans and choosing who they want in their army. An army which is growing. The Palindromes are defenders of the humans, men who have a genetic link to angels who mated with selected human women a millennia ago to father defenders of humanity. But their numbers are dwindling and they only discover who they are after they have been attacked by vampires, or rather the Telave. However a prophecy says that in their time of need a leader will be sent to help them: in steps Jesse Burke, not only is she young, a woman but she is also the only human ever to survive a vampire attack and infection. Every day she battles her inner demon and has no intention of letting it win.

Jesse is an interesting heroine, she is scared, angry, confused, brave and determined. We learn as she does about the world she has been plunged into, about the world of the Telave and the Palindromes, the world of Maddox deValois.

Maddox is an interesting hero, almost an anti-hero in a way, he is strong and hard and worldly and secretive as he is an addict. Addicted to smoking and as we find out to the vampiric bite. I don't think I am spoiling anything by saying that, we are openly told he is and for me it does explain his budding relationship with Jesse. I am not talking romance, because I don't think it is romance yet, I think it is lust and sex and need and addiction for both of them. She needs to feel human and human contact and he needs to feel her if you get my drift.

You meet the secondary characters of Sam and Reyes, both part of team palindrome and two very different men, with very different backgrounds, they add gravitas to the tale and help with the story telling, I am interested in seeing where they go. The villains are suitably villainous and creepy, all with secrets and even though we only really meet Amonate at the end of the novel she shares a little one with us too.

The ending comes very quickly once you get into the novel and like all good first instalments it ends on a cliffhanger, I am intrigued where this will go, therefore... yes... I shell be spending my hard earned cash and investing in part 2!

Add this to your poolside reading as I give this book 4 frillies out of 5. A fun and engaging read with plenty of promise.

PS! If you want to have a look chapter one is available on the author's website here.



Tuesday, 10 April 2012

Teaser Tuesday


Inspired by The Book Vixen, who participates in Teaser Tuesday hosted by MizB at Should be Reading I think it is a FAB idea... she said to


  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! Make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others.
  • Share the title and author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!


So here we go, from page 72 of Darkness Descending by Devyn Quinn.

"Though she doubted he was on the lookout for the undead in broad daylight, she imagined the habit was deeply ingrained. The man obviously didn't like the idea of people or vampires, sneaking up on him."



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