4/17/14

Hot Shots Anthology {My Thoughts}

Hot ShotsHot Shots by Anne Marsh
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Book Info
Paperback, 304 pages
Expected publication: February 25th 2014 by Aphrodisia
ISBN 0758288956 (ISBN13: 9780758288950)
other editions (2)
Source:Netgalley EARC
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BOOK SYNOPSIS
Sexy as sin and hot as hell, these firefighters smolder with passion and burn with desire. . .
"Fired Up" by Anne Marsh

Hannah Green watches for wildfires from an isolated fire tower in Sequoia National Park by day and radios Cajun firefighter Cole Henry at night to share carnal fantasies hot enough to start a forest fire. . .

"Sizzle" by Lynn LaFleur

When photojournalist Maysen Halliday arrives in Lanville to take calendar pictures of the sexiest firefighters in Texas, red hot Fire Chief Clay Spencer makes her want him for her own personal centerfold...

”Five-Alarm Masquerade" by Stacey Kennedy

With her home destroyed in a fire, Abby has only the muscular arms of a rock hard firefighter to hold her up and the dream of blazing hot nights of pure erotic pleasure to keep her going. . .

This book contains adult content

My Thoughts
"Fired Up" by Anne Marsh

Wildfire spotter for the past four years in the Sequoia National Park high up in an isolated tower Hannah Green has found herself caught up in a sensual web with rugged firefighter Cole Henry from the Big Bear Rogues team as for two weeks they share sexual fantasies every night via radio transmissions.

During one such memorable evening a violent thunder and lightening storm knock out Hannah’s radio and fearing for her safety Cole goes to his team leader stating his intention to take Hannah a replacement rig and check to make sure she is in no danger.

50 miles away from each other under normal circumstances would not be such a big deal, however with the terrain to travel being mostly logging trails at best and then a nice long stretch of cross-country hike to finish reaching the watch tower makes it a bit more of a trial, Cole is not daunted however and after gearing up makes the trip overnight arriving in the middle of an outdoor bath by Hannah.

Not wanting to either terrify her or be shot he wisely heads to the tower to wait for her to come back to her post.

The next few days are filled with pleasure beyond each others wildest expectations, as well as the shadow of their interlude ending unless they both agree that the connection they share is worth exploring.

For less than a 100 pages Cole and Hannah will melt your heart and by the end you will wish for more even though it works out with a pretty good HEA for the pair, hopefully we may catch a cameo follow-up with the pair later on in the .

"Sizzle" by Lynn LaFleur

Set in Texas this tasty treat made me yearn for springtime as the initial scene was a description of how beautiful the wildflowers were along the back roads as photojournalist Maysen Halliday journeys from Houston to Lanville on her way to an assignment featuring volunteer firemen.

While the purpose of Maysen’s stay in Lanville is to interview the local volunteer firefighters and get plenty of shots for the magazine article that will accompany said interviews her personal interest is snagged by the sexy fire chief Clay Spencer.

After having a short lived affair with a woman who Clay fell hard for over a year prior he had vowed never again to allow himself to become involved with someone who did not live nearby, that vow bit the dust soon after his first passionate encounter with Maysen.

Though this was also a very short story shy of 100 pages it has all the necessary ingredients to keep you in your seat reading and enjoying every step of the journey this couple takes on their way to discovering that belong together.


”Five-Alarm Masquerade" by Stacey Kennedy

Abby Hill lost her family years prior in a tragic car accident, all she has left are photos of them to remember them by. Having an electrical fire start in her master bedroom leaves her shell shocked and in tears because those same photos were stored in a keepsake box in her bedroom and a major loss in the fire.

Firefighter Gavin Morgan fights fires for a living and never has he had a reaction to a victim as intense as the one he felt the day Abby took comfort in his arms.

Gavin has spent over two weeks since the fire where he met Abby thinking about her and it is driving him a little crazy because he has never been obsessive over a woman in the past, he comes up with a plan to get her out of his system and when his invitation is accepted by Abby he finds himself unable to carry out his anonymous seduction. Abby is humiliated and leaves in tears.

The way the author manages to bring Abby and Gavin together after their disastrous second meeting is both honest and sweet, the way in which things work out between the pair however is sinfully sexy and a fitting ending to a very emotional story.

As a whole this anthology epitomizes everything we all fantasize about and yearn for, someone who can be both a source of strength and comfort as well as someone who can make us burn out of control with a single touch or look. If you are in the mood for stories of strong men and women exploring their attraction to each other as well as bonding on an emotional level than these erotic tales are going to be just the ticket for warming you up!

It is truly hard to say that any of the novellas are a favorite, each couples story brings something enjoyable as each author created their own unique contemporary romance with the perfect blend of sweet emotional connections along with flaming hot chemistry that burns brighter than any flames from one of the fires that these male heroes fight for a living!
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4/16/14

Homemade Flour Tortillas-Easy Recipe #11

On weekends my husband makes us warm soft tortillas to snack on, or make breakfast taco type meals out of. Love fresh tortillas!
[thank you Forever Fit with Pat off facebook for recipe]
HOMEMADE FLOUR TORTILLAS:
3 cups flour
1 tsp salt
1 tsp baking powder
1/3 cup oil
1 cup warm water
Combine all ingredients until it forms a dough. Roll into a big ball and take about 1"-2" pieces off. Pat flat with your hands or use a rolling pin. Put on a griddle on the stove and let the sides cook until there are lil brown specks.

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4/15/14

Dirty Magic-The Prospero's War #1 {My Thoughts}

Dirty Magic (The Prospero's War, #1)Dirty Magic by Jaye Wells
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Book Info
Paperback, 400 pages
Expected publication: January 21st 2014 by Orbit
original title Dirty Magic
ISBN 0316228435 (ISBN13: 9780316228435)
edition language English
series The Prospero's War #1
other editions (6)
Source:Netgalley EARC

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BOOK SYNOPSIS
The first in an all-new urban fantasy series by USA Today bestseller Jaye Wells.

The last thing patrol cop Kate Prospero expected to find on her nightly rounds was a werewolf covered in the blood of his latest victim. But then, she also didn't expect that shooting him would land her in the crosshairs of a Magic Enforcement Agency task force, who wants to know why she killed their lead snitch.

The more Prospero learns about the dangerous new potion the MEA is investigating, the more she's convinced that earning a spot on their task force is the career break she's been wanting. But getting the assignment proves much easier than solving the case. Especially once the investigation reveals their lead suspect is the man she walked away from ten years earlier—on the same day she swore she'd never use dirty magic again.

Kate Prospero's about to learn the hard way that crossing a wizard will always get you burned, and that when it comes to magic, you should never say never.

My Thoughts
Kate Prospero comes across as tough with a side of vulnerable, smart mouthed but wise enough to know when to keep things to herself, someone who believes in helping others which is why she became a cop and most of all she just wants to leave her past behind her if only everyone else would do so.

Talk about being in the wrong place at the right time, Kate has worked for years to earn a promotion but the BPD just kept passing her by time after time. Finding herself smack dab in the middle of the MEA investigation, after shooting what she thought was a routine perp in self defense, Kate may have just landed herself the very job she should have been doing long ago rather than just beat patrols.

This story flows well, the action when it occurs adds a lot to the believability of Kate’s character because she is in no way supernaturally enhanced but still manages to prevail over creatures who are, the world building is not complete but shows great promise for future books to come as do the side characters who we have mentioned but not yet met but who have a prominent role in the book nonetheless.

Kate is a very simple but yet at the same time complex character who is lucky to have friends such as Pen and her elderly neighbor Baba, now that she is a member of a team with the MEA, for however long that lasts, it seems like her friendship list has been given a chance to grow.

The fun part of beginning a new series is always a learning curve, the new characters and their different quirks and personalities, the world in which things take place, the setup of what story arc the author has in store to follow and of course watching the twists and turns of the plot as the book progresses to the final unveiling of the villain or villains .

After finished Blue Blooded Vamp #5 and last full length book in the Sabina Kane series last summer it was great to find out that Jaye Wells was going to release a new urban fantasy series. Dirty Magic was just what I was waiting for and now that have had a chance to immerse myself in Kate Prospero's world am ready for more!
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