12/19/14

Black Widow-Elemental Assassin #12 {My Thoughts}

Black Widow (Elemental Assassin, #12)Black Widow by Jennifer Estep
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Book Info
Mass Market Paperback, 400 pages
Expected publication: November 25th 2014 by Pocket Books
original title Black Widow
ISBN 1476774544 (ISBN13: 9781476774541)
edition language English
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series Elemental Assassin #12
other editions (3)
Source:Netgalley EARC

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BOOK SYNOPSIS
There’s nothing worse than a cruel, cunning enemy with time to kill—and my murder to plan.

With wicked Fire elemental Mab Monroe long gone, you’d think I could finally catch a break. But someone’s always trying to take me down, either as Gin Blanco or my assassin alter-ago. Now along comes the Spider’s new arch-nemesis, the mysteriously named M. M. Monroe, who is gleefully working overtime to trap me in a sticky web of deceit.

The thing is, I’m not the only target. I can see through the tangled threads enough to know that every bit of bad luck my friends have been having lately is no accident—and that each unfortunate “coincidence” is just one more arrow drawing ever closer to hitting the real bulls-eye. Though new to Ashland, this M. M. Monroe is no stranger to irony, trying to get me, an assassin, framed for murder. Yet, as my enemy’s master plan is slowly revealed, I have a sinking feeling that it will take more than my powerful Ice and Stone magic to stop my whole life from going up in flames.

My Thoughts
In Poison Promise-book #11 M.M. Monroe was confirmed to be the daughter of Mab and her giant bodyguard Elliot Slater, now she is proving to be more devious than her mother as well as just as ruthless where Gin Blanco and her friends are concerned.

From the first this book was such easy reading to get consumed into that the pages flew past too fast, the down and dirty machinations employed by both M.M. Monroe as well as Gin were brilliantly executed and the final showdown was epic in it’s intensity!

Not even a minute was spent wondering if Gin would win, she is just that type of character who always finds a way to survive no matter what the cost to herself and this time was no exception.

With every new book this series just amazes and delights me, Gin Blanco-like a Timex-takes a licking and keeps on ticking!

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12/18/14

Cowboys For Christmas {My Thoughts}

Cowboys for ChristmasCowboys for Christmas by Liz Talley
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Book Info
ebook
Expected publication: November 18th 2014 by InterMix
ISBN 0698185404 (ISBN13: 9780698185401)
edition language English
other editions (1)
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BOOK SYNOPSIS
3 cowboys…2 weeks…1 wedding!

Three all-new stories by Kim Law, Terri Osburn, and Liz Talley


Claire, Georgia, and Mary Catherine couldn’t be more different, but they promised they would be there for one another no matter what. And when they all gather in Holly Hills, Texas, for Mary Catherine’s Christmas wedding, they’ll find they have one thing in common: hearts that are about to be branded—by unforgettable cowboys.

In “Love Me, Cowboy” by Terri Osburn, wallflower Claire would be more excited about the wedding if it didn’t mean running into Mary Catherine’s brother—the bull rider she once had a scorching one-night stand with…

Ivy League volleyball coach Georgia never wanted to see Holly Hills—or another cowboy—again. But a sexy veterinarian is making her rethink her vow to never marry a Texas man in “Kiss Me, Cowboy” by Liz Talley.

Claire and Georgia both think that Mary Catherine is getting hitched to the wrong man, despite how perfect he is. And in “Marry Me, Cowboy” by Kim Law, a local rancher with a wild reputation gives Mary Catherine a glimpse of what might have been—and what could still be...

My Thoughts
Three best friends since meeting at a summer camp as children Claire, Georgia and Mary Catherine are indeed as different as can be but friendship through thick and thin has kept them close even ten years since graduating High School.

Now Mary Catherine is preparing for her wedding so as bridesmaids Claire and Georgia have vowed to help out and make the last two weeks prior to the end of MC’s single life memorable!

What none of them expected or planned for was each woman finding herself caught up in events that change the course of each of their lives forever, especially Mary Catherine herself.

All three of these short stories are tied together, first by the common thread of preparing for the Christmas Eve wedding, second by flashbacks of their younger selves growing up together in Holly Hills Texas and lastly by the fact that they all find the love of their lives just in time for Christmas.

Having lived in Texas my whole life love to read cowboy romance and those set around the holidays are always fun, this was no exception as all three novellas were endearing in their own way and happy to have met Claire, Mary Catherine, Georgia and the men who captured their affections despite their best intentions!

While these could have all been combined to create one book the different novellas work as complete stories as well so in the end it was a very nice contemporary set of romances to enjoy.

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12/16/14

Words That Bind {My Thoughts}

Words That BindWords That Bind by Ash Krafton
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Book Info
Kindle Edition, 243 pages
Expected publication: October 10th 2014 by The Wild Rose Press, Inc (October 10, 2014)
ISBN13 B00NU7GQLM
edition language English
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literary awards"Show Me The Spark" (2013), "Zebulon" (2014), Houston Writers Guild (Fall 2009) (2009), Abilene Writers Guild (2009), San Gabriel Writers League
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BOOK SYNOPSIS
Social worker Tam Kerish can’t keep her cool professionalism when steamy client Mr. Burns kindles a desire for more than a client-therapist relationship—so she drops him. However, they discover she’s the talisman to which Burns, an immortal djinn, has been bound since the days of King Solomon-and that makes it difficult to stay away from him.

Ethical guidelines are unequivocal when it comes to personal relationships with clients. However, the djinn has a thawing effect on the usually non-emotive Tam, who begins to feel true emotion whenever he is near. Tam has to make a difficult choice: to stay on the outside, forever looking in-or to turn her back on her entire world, just for the chance to finally experience what it means to fall in love.

My Thoughts
Ever since she was a child Tamarinda Kerish has longed to understand why other people feel joy, sorrow, cry, get angry, hate and most of all love as she feels none of these emotions.

From an early age Tam approached everything from a detached observatory standpoint, this kept her from ever feeling like she belonged or fit in even with her own family.

Now an adult whose profession means dealing with a wide range of people that Tam works with on emotional health issues she still has not experienced emotions for herself, that is until the day new client Mr Burns manages to pierce the professional shell that she has always been so proud of.

At first they only dance around the attraction the pair feel for each other, next Tam feels comfortable letting loose her desires in what she thinks is only a dream. Finding out that she has actually compromised her ethics Tam finds herself letting go of the only thing in her life that has given her life purpose, she shuts down her therapy practice and tries to prepares mentally for a life without either her work or the being that she realizes she is in love with.

In the world of paranormal romance this does have a somewhat different feel to it, although it is still familiar with the supernatural being with magical abilities who falls in love with the one human who has the power to either be his savior or his doom, I found myself fascinated with the wondrous atmosphere created with words by an author whose imaginative descriptions of her locations and characters made them realistic to the reader as well as fantastical at the same time.

What really cinched my enjoyment however was that we were allowed to see how much each main character grew more in touch with what mattered most to bring them true happiness as the story played out, especially Tam.


Upon finishing my heart was beating overly fast with the joy of a happy ending, this was a true treat for lovers of one-of-a-kind paranormal romances!

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