9/19/14

Long, Hot Texas Summer {My Thoughts}

Long, Hot Texas SummerLong, Hot Texas Summer by Carolyn Brown
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Book Info
Kindle Edition
Expected publication: August 26th 2014 by Montlake Romance
ASIN B00I2XZH32
edition language English
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Source:Netgalley EARC

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BOOK SYNOPSIS
A sassy redhead with an axe to grind…

After catching her husband kissing another woman in the barn, Loretta Sullivan Bailey left Lonesome Canyon Ranch and swore she’d never come back. But when her daughter threatens to drop out of college to become a rancher’s wife, Loretta refuses to let her baby make the same mistake she did. She returns to the ranch, determined to get her daughter back in school by the summer’s end…and resolute on ignoring her feelings for her ex-husband.

A bullheaded but oh so sexy cowboy…

A cowboy from his hat to his boots, ruggedly handsome rancher Jackson Bailey is none too pleased that his feisty—and gorgeous—ex-wife has suddenly shown up seventeen years after their divorce. But despite all their fighting and fussing, the two stubborn former lovers soon discover that old flames burn the hottest. Can they finally put aside their differences and find happiness together…forever?

My Thoughts
Okay have totally found my favorite location and favorite couple of all the books read by this author .

There is a lot of water under the bridge between Loretta and Jackson Bailey, divorced after only four years of marriage 17 years ago the two have not seen in each other or kept in touch other than discussing their daughter Nona.

Lonesome Canyon Ranch is in the blood for the 21 year old Nona and having lost her heart to one of her father’s cowboys she is determined to live in Texas full time, her mother on the other hand is just as determined that she finish college in Oklahoma and decides that following her daughter to the ranch is the only hope she has of talking her into changing her mind and coming home with Loretta.

Funny thing about “home”, sometimes we never realize that a place we left behind never left our heart and when Loretta returns to the ranch she has no trouble sliding right back into the day to day operations as if she had never left.In 17 years she had never felt more “at home” than she did while driving the hay truck or the tractor, not only was it satisfying but the sense of a job well done really made her realize just how much she had missed Lonesome Canyon all that time.

Jackson was another story, the electricity the pair feel when sharing the same space is just as volatile as it was when they were young. The boy she agreed to “Like” at age 10 soon became the center of her heart by age 16, married to him when pregnant at 18 Loretta never felt like she measured up so when Jackson made a mistake it did not take much for her to jump to conclusions and grab her baby and run home to her parents in Oklahoma.

Now after all the years apart Loretta has come back to Texas determined to bring her daughter home, living in the ranch house and working with Jackson however shows her that maybe her hasty departure can now be worked out as the love never died for either one of them towards each other.

After a lot of stops and starts which includes lots of reliving the past and looking towards new beginnings for the future we have a very well rounded story that delights both longtime fans of Carolyn Brown as well as new readers of her work.

To this day not sure which character was my favorite but sure had fun meeting all of them!

Second chance romance, Texas ranch location, hot cowboys, gorgeous cowgirls and a whole lot of just plain good old fashioned day to day events that all add up to one engaging reading experience that in no way leaves you feeling unsatisfied with the way things work out.
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9/18/14

Dragon {My Thoughts}

DragonDragon by James McCormick
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Book Info
Paperback, 260 pages
Published May 18th 2014 (first published October 25th 2013)
ISBN 1938703200
edition language English
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Source:Digital copy from Author in exchange for honest review

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BOOK SYNOPSIS
Dragon is an epic, action packed tale of adventure set amongst the political backdrop of an uneasy intergalactic cease fire. As worlds conspire against each other, Gax, an insane warlord stockpiles an arsenal of ancient technology in his attempt to rule known space. Two ill matched and reluctant heroes stand in his way; Sillow, a neurotic and cowardly Sylvan and Brok, a surly and ill tempered Herkulun warrior. After a chance meeting in a seedy, mobster owned casino the two find their fates interlinked as they are propelled into a series of hair raising adventures that takes them from wanted smugglers to agents of a peace keeping alliance. As war grows close once again Sillow and Brok realize it is they alone who must stop Gax and prevent Armageddon, a very tall order indeed for two unlikely heroes.

My Thoughts
Having been approached by an author unknown to me first downloaded the sample of the book to my Kindle, it was enjoyable reading and accepted the request to read and review book and after having finished am truly happy that I did so as it was the perfect blending of sci-fi/fantasy/action adventure genres with suspenseful twists that gave it a punch!

As a child growing up my first foray into sci-fi was watching and reading the adventures of Captain James T. Kirk, Dr. McCoy and Spock as they traveled from space expedition to space expedition on the Starship Enterprise, always wanted to be able to say “Beam me up Scotty” but alas our technology has not advanced to molecular transporters capable of transferring humans from one location to another.

Then my love of the idea of space travel was cemented with the adventures of Han Solo and Chewie aboard the Millennium Falcon, a fast agile ship that belied it’s weathered exterior appearance kind of like an old beater car with a souped up Hemi engine.

Those were only two of the references that came to mind when learning about ”Dragon” and with the ship having cloaking, transporting and warp speed capabilities it compared favorably to both the Enterprise and Falcon. What made it more fun though was it’s ability to appear to Sillow and Brok in the image of a Red/Gold Dragon, pulled straight out of a fantasy that was a favorite of Sillow’s the space ship had certain unique characteristics that allowed it to utilize some of the mythical beasts abilities and set it apart into a class of transportation that was mind blowing!

Sillow and Brok’s adventures span many years and will take the reader from their first chance encounter, where Brok rescues Sillow, and it’s subsequent pairing of the two totally different characters all the way through their many battles as they encounter enemies in the employ of Tuolon Warlord Hana Gax who seeks to become the ruler of all the races in space down to the final encounter which thrilled as well as chilled when things became dicey for our heroes.

The action is fast paced, the tension when Brok and Sillow are facing overwhelming odds is intense and there are even lighthearted humorous moments when you least expect them.

Overall a great adventure that was fun and thought provoking as well. If there were to be a sequel would greatly love to read it!

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9/17/14

Excerpts for Psychic Ménage Series: Book 1&2.

A multi-genre story: Erotic Romance, Paranormal,Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Futuristic, Menage (MFMM), Dystopian, Post Apocalyptic, Light BDSM.

Tag Line: Why be tempted by one man's seduction when you can be loved by three?

Blurb
Top psychic spy Fay Avalon saw too much on her latest mind traveling mission and is now on the run from her post-catastrophic dystopian government, searching for the truth and proof. She escapes but is shot down, landing in the arms of the enemy.

In Drakker and Arlo’s world, women are so rare the men have accepted a polyandrous lifestyle. When the brothers stumble upon Fay unconscious in the wreckage of an aircraft, they are immediately attracted to her. Arlo wants to keep her, but Drakker knows they can’t. They must take her to their brother Logan Abán, leader of their people.

Logan struggles with trusting anyone, even himself. When a beautiful, intelligent, and intriguing woman falls into their laps, his denied desires for intimacy challenge his need to trust the spy. He’s frustrated by romantic Arlo’s claims of her innocence. Even when pragmatic and dominating Drakker defends her as well, Logan refuses to trust his gut.

Can one woman satisfy the diverse desires of three men? Will Logan’s fears be realized by betrayal? Is Fay to be sentenced to death as a spy, suffer a fate worse than death by being returned to her government as a traitor, or will she find a new life and love as the wife of three sexy brothers?
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Sinful Surrender POST APOCALYPTIC Excerpt

 Over nine thousand years after Nostradamus’ predictions in the sixteenth century, the twenty-second century’s Trasdamian prophecies of the world’s end from the devastating earth changes caused by the passing of the planet Nibiru came true. There were survivors, but not all of them were humans, and not all of them were happy. 

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 He laughed at her expression. “You act like you’ve never seen a stream before.” Ah, so this is a stream.

Nope, she hadn’t seen one of these. Her throat tightened. “What is the liquid in it?”

 “What do you mean?”

 “Does it burn or melt the flesh?”

 His raised brows were an obvious reaction of surprise.

“Neither. It’s water…for you to bathe in.” 

Water! Didn’t he know how precious it was? People didn’t bathe in water. That would be a waste of a scarce commodity. Water was for drinking only.

In her world, each citizen had a monthly allotment of four hundred and eighty ounces of water. That equaled out to about two cups of water a day, no more. That was it.

The rest of their fluid intake came from artificial means. If this was real water running past her, she now knew why the Underworld government was considering moving to the surface and why they were so willing to go to the extremes to get it.

“You want me to bathe in the water? Fresh water you could be drinking?”

 He laughed. “You’ve got something better to wash up in?”

 “Not here.”

 He cocked his head. “Then I guess you’ll have to make do with the water. You can strip here. I’ll keep watch while you bathe.”

 “Keep watch for what?”

 “Well, just to name a few, I’ll be watching for western diamondback rattlesnakes, giant poisonous toads, black bears, and mountain lions. Take your pick.”

 The only words she understood out of all he said were giant, back, poisonous, black, and mountain. All the rest were gibberish to her.

 Guess she’d wait and find out what the other words meant as she went along. Until then, she would just point out anything that moved.

“Are any of those things in the water?”

 “Only the toads. The water is clear, so you can see them if they’re around. Just don’t step on them or touch one.”

 “Oh dear God. What do they look like?”

She cringed when he described the creature. The man had to think she was senseless. Why on earth would he even think she would bathe in that water?
 Even more crazy was his thinking she would remove her clothes to do it.

 “It’s fine. I already checked. There are no toads in there.”
He stopped talking and crossed his arms over his chest.
“Are you going to get cracking, or do I have to put you in there myself?”

 I’m not getting into that. It’ll swoop me away for sure.

After sliding a glance down his rock-solid chest and arms, she shook her head in a defiant no. Maybe I can distract him.

 “Do you have lots of streams like this?” The spy in her had to ask.

 He smiled, flashing perfect white teeth. They were faultless except for one tooth on the bottom turned slightly sideways. It gave his beautiful looks the ruggedness he needed as a man.
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 Psychic Ménage Series: Book 2 Phantom Desire
A multi-genre story: Erotic Romance, Ménage (MFMM), Paranormal, Fantasy, Futuristic, Suspense, Dystopian, Post-Apocalyptic, Sci-Fi, Light BDSM, and Psychics.
Release Date: Sept 1, 2014
 ISBN: 978-1500952563
 Buy Links:  AMAZON 
Published with:H.A.W.K. Publishing
Tag Line: I can have sex with any woman I want. But I can love only one…that one is you.
Mini Blurb 
Mind traveler Chandra Lamar is on the run, not only from her post-catastrophic dystopian government but from a past she can’t remember. Will Chandra go through with the vengeance in her heart or give it up for love in the arms of the Nodin men or does her Phantom Desire forever own her heart?
Phantom Desire Excerpt 

“Like I said, release me.”

His bottom lip pressed up forcing the corners down as he shook his head. “Sorry. I’m not of mind to do that.”

“What?” she shrieked. Was she wrong or was that sparkle dancing in his eyes delight?

“You’re mine.” A cheeky smirk sliced across his face. “Like it or not.”

Betrayed, Chandra clinched her fist, shaking it at Andonis’ retreating back as he fled to open the door.
 “Bullshit! Pure bullshit!” She screamed flying off the bed as he stepped out of the room.

 The minute she grabbed the candlestick holder from the nightstand, he drew the door to within an inch of closing. It was clear he’d guessed her intensions and sought to protect his head from any flying objects coming his way.

“You’re not going, Chandra,” he said from behind the door. “Final word as your husband.”

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Nikias stood in the hall listening to all the commotion. He backed up at his brother’s quick exit from the room.
 A loud thump and then a crash splattered against the closed door. Andonis looked at him with a devilish twinkle in his eye. “Do you think she’s angry with me?”

He felt his brow pull up in amusement. “Just a little. She’ll be even angrier when she finds out you lied about the common-law thing.” He pressed his brow into a tight pinch. 

Andonis moved like lightning down the hall. 

“Where are you escaping to?” Nikias followed him to the foyer. He watched as Andonis grabbed a shirt and slipped it on while stepping out the front door.

“To have a word with Logan. Keep her busy until I get back.”

“Andonis! Please don’t do this.” He threw his hands up in a pleading gesture. “Don’t leave me with an angry woman who’s seven inches taller than me.”

“You’ll be fine.” He vanished around the corner of the house.
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Houston Havens retired from a successful modeling career and an adventurous jet-set lifestyle to set the world on fire with her erotic romance books.
 A tenacious Irish lass, she strives to entertain with seductive stories created from her decadent imagination and traces of a provocative lifestyle she may or may not admit to. 
 Her interest in the paranormal, fascination with quantum science, passion with myths, and the lure of her mysterious Celtic Irish-Druid bloodlines are combined with generally unknown truths, strange facts, and questionable fiction. 
Her novels reflect a mix of the past, present, and future, with sexy blends of futuristic science fiction, paranormal fantasy, western romance, and always love everlasting.
 An author of six romances, a seven book erotic romance series, and numerous articles in literary magazines, she has two award winning blogs. 
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