9/2/14

Sweet Burn-Smoke Jumpers #5

Sweet Burn (The Smoke Jumpers Book 5)Sweet Burn by Anne Marsh
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Book Info
Kindle Edition, 268 pages
Published June 8th 2014 by Anne Marsh(first published May 30th 2014)
ASIN B00KVP9F8W
edition language English
series Smoke Jumpers #5
other editions (1)
Source:Netgalley EARC

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BOOK SYNOPSIS
Discover New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Anne Marsh’s sexy Smoke Jumper series!

It’s supposed to be a quick wedding hook-up. She’s lonely. He’s available. After seeing Rio Donovan and Gia Jackson down the aisle, the sizzling sexual chemistry between Mimi Hart and Mack Johnson has this pair burning up the sheets in a night of no-holds fantasies. One night. No regrets. And no promises. As the resident bad girl and bartender of Strong, California, Mimi has earned every inch of her reputation. Tattoos, motorcycles and dancing on the bar—Mimi’s all in. She’s fun and she’s tough, a hot sex-on-the-pool-table woman—not a sunset-and-kisses sweetheart. Until her wedding hook-up turns her smoke jumper into a man on a sensual mission… and her heart into freefall even as her own past threatens to catch up with her.

SWEET BURN is the fifth book in the Smoke Jumper series. For more fire fighter romances, check out the Smoke Jumper series!

Burning Up (Book 1)
Slow Burn (Book 2)
Burns So Bad (Book 3)
Smoking Hot (Book 4)
Sweet Burn (Book 5)
Heated (Book 6 – Coming Fall 2014)

My Thoughts
Every time I pick up one of the books written by Anne Marsh am always expecting an emotionally satisfying as well as heart pounding action with true to life scenes while the characters once again show how dangerous firefighting is as an occupation and how harrowing it is to care for one never knowing whether the blaze they battle could be their last!

In Sweet Burn we are once again given a very sexy romance along with some tense moments that manage to blend together to create what proved to be the book in the series that hit very close to home for me in terms of a past personal tragedy that still haunts my nightmares on occasion.

There is truth that with age comes wisdom from past mistakes and in realizing that fact Mimi Hart is able to finally allow herself to fall in love with firefighter Mack Johnson. Of course no one said that falling in love would be all sunshine and rainbows, for these two it was more like dodging bullets and narrowly escaping becoming casualties of a wildfire.

Despite all the pitfalls and finding themselves more than once butting heads Mack and Mimi are a perfect example of two strong people learning that what the heart wants is hard to deny.

With every book in the Smoke Jumper series the threat of danger to the firefighting team members is always a very real part of the story,in Sweet Burn the shocking death of a beloved character brought home that danger full force!

Fact and fiction blend but as always when the last page is read you feel like the characters in Strong California are real, almost like members of your own community or family.
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8/29/14

Song Of The Highlands-The Cambels (The Medieval Highlanders) {My Thoughts}

Song of the Highlands: The Cambels (The Medieval Highlanders)Song of the Highlands: The Cambels by K.E. Saxon
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Book Info
Kindle Edition, 400 pages
Published May 2nd 2014 by Passion Flower Publishing
ASIN B00K3B0GGO
edition language English
other editions (1)
Source:Digital copy from Author in exchange for honest review

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BOOK SYNOPSIS
**BONUS POSTQUEL INCLUDED AT BACK OF BOOK**

He captured her innocence with his savage desire, she conquered his heart with her song…

“Say naught. Else you shall be next.”

These are the words that leave a six-year-old Highland lass without a voice, and without memory of that terrible day her family's caravan was overtaken and her parents were slain.

Now, thirteen years later, fresh from the nunnery where she was taken after the attack, Highland Lady, Morgana Cambel, harbors only one wish: To have one night of ecstasy with the man of her dreams—her worldly, beautiful cousin's sometime lover—Robert MacVie. So, when she is offered such a chance—a secret switch—she determines to take it.

Highland Laird, Robert MacVie, desperately plots to ensnare his heiress lover into marriage in order to gain her dowry and pay his King the debt his late father owed, thus saving his clan from division and ruin. But a last minute switch changes the course of his life—and his heart—forever.

When their passionate interlude is discovered by her unctuous, devious uncle, nothing will do but that Robert wed the impoverished Morgana instead.

At first, they both resist. He, for the sake of his clan. She, for the sake of her unrequited love. But they quickly discover that resistance is futile. And a boon by the King soon lessens Robert’s debt. Now, as their desire for each other grows, as Morgana’s voice begins to return only in song, as their hearts bond, a legacy of jealousy and greed entraps Morgana in a furious death plot—and only her warrior-knight husband can save her!

My Thoughts
As someone who at one point read nothing but historical novels have developed a lifelong love of stories featuring the Scottish Highlands and the men and women whose passion for life is unsurpassed by any other characters.

There is nothing as satisfying as immersing oneself in a well spun story which is exactly what happened while reading about the tumultuous love affair between Morgana and Robert.

This is a lush, long read that has so many things going on you will not want to take a break but when you do it is easy to pick up where you left off. What I especially enjoyed is the way that all the plots in the book weave together to create a beautiful finale that makes up for all the times when it seemed that there would never be a truly happy ending for anyone.

Having read many others thoughts on this particular book have to agree with the majority that not only does the author portray this time period quite well but her characters are easy to relate to as well as fascinating to learn about, also the more mundane aspects of life during the 13th century are interestingly described which adds to the realism of the story as well.

I am thankful that we were given a bonus read at the end that also helped to give closure to a secondary plot.

This is a well researched, well thought out, extravagant medieval historical romance with tons of action-romantic suspense and lusty scenes hot enough to melt the your ereader!

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8/28/14

Wolf's Bane-Demimonde #3 {My Thoughts}

Wolf's Bane (Demimonde, #3)Wolf's Bane by Ash Krafton
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Book Info
Paperback, 370 pages
Expected publication: June 15th 2014 by Pink Narcissus Press
ISBN 139781939056078
edition language English
series Demimonde #3
other editions None found
Source:Digital copy from AUTHOR in exchange for honest review

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BOOK SYNOPSIS
Since becoming oracle to the demivampire two years ago, advice columnist Sophie has battled werewolves and survived a vampire attack (or two). However, not only was she powerless to save her lover Marek when he slipped to the brink of evolution, she also witnessed his transformation into a falcon, the symbol of Horus United.

Sophie’s quest to save Marek is further complicated when rock star Dierk Adeluf – who also happens to be the king of the Werekind – invites her backstage after a concert. Just when it seems she will find respite from heartache, Sophie is bitten by a werewolf and Dierk decides she is destined to be his queen.

Sophie is caught between the demivamps she loves and the Were who commands her to love him. Throw in his jealous wanna-be girlfriend and an ambush by witches, and there you have the big mess that Sophie calls her life. And, hello? Her soul mate is still a bird.

She’s supposed to be the girl with all the answers, but Sophie needs more than a little advice--she needs divine intervention.

My Thoughts
As the 3rd and final book in Demimonde series you would hope for the author to finally provide a happy ending for Sophie, that wish is granted but on the way to it is one obstacle after another that will come as no surprise to readers of book 1 Bleeding Hearts and book 2 Blood Rush.

In Wolfs Bane we find Sophie Galen finally embracing the power she wields as the Sophia, we also find her still pining for her lost love Marek with a hole in her heart that nothing seems able to fill.

Trying to relax and relieve some of the stress she has been under Sophie consents to attending a show with Dally by one of her longtime favorite rock performers Dierk Adeluf, this proves to be very much to her liking as she actually gets to meet Dierk and even go backstage where they talk about everything and nothing.

The connection that Dierk and Sophie form is not one to take lightly, according to his beliefs she is his fated mate and in accordance with Werekinder history if she turns into were on the full moon after being bitten than as King of the Were’s she will become his Queen.

While I will admit that Dierk was great he was not as good a fit for Sophie as Marek, she knows deep in her heart that her love was given to one man and no matter how much she wishes otherwise there will never be another who can make her feel the same.

Focusing on the relationship that Dierk slowly builds with Sophie, her conflicted feelings about him and her duties to the DV’s, the story brings the reader into new territory while also resolving past issues by the end of the book.

There is a very nice twist or two that author Ash Krafton throws into the mix that manages to clear up the confusion and brings a resolution that finally gives Sophie a chance to make her long awaited fondest wish come true.

Without a doubt this was my favorite of the trilogy, it ended on a positive note which made me happy.

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