Wednesday, 29 May 2013

In my mailbox

I've never done a mailbox post before, but since I got three shiny new books in the mail noes the perfect opportunity!

I'm a fan of Jo Davis' Firefighters of Station Five, and the author writes in a few different genres, the ones I got today were paranormal romances under her J.D. Tyler name in the new Alpha Pack series.

Founded by a group of former Navy SEALs, The Alpha Pack is a top secret team of wolf shifters with Psy powers tasked with eliminating the most dangerous predators in the world. But the gift of their abilities comes at a price...

This is the excerpt that sealed the deal for me: “Nice puppy,” she crooned again, voice wobbling. Holding out a shaking hand, she tried a command. “Stay!” The beast stopped, cocked his head, an almost bemused expression on his canine face. “Good boy. Sit!”  He did.  Some of her fear began to ease and she wondered how well trained the animal was. Maybe he was someone’s guard dog that got lost? He’d certainly protected her from those bastards. “Roll over.”  At that, the creature’s form began to waver. Sort of reshape. She blinked rapidly, thinking there must be something wrong with her vision. But no, she was simply losing her mind after all, because fur retracted, became skin. Paws became hands and feet with very human limbs attached. Tufted black ears went away, the snout disappeared and was suddenly a regal nose.
And now, a black-haired man crouched where the wolf had been seconds ago. A big, very naked man who unfolded his tall body and gazed down at her, one corner of his mouth quirking upward.
“I’ll do a lot of things on command,” he drawled lazily. “But I don’t roll over for anyone, sweetheart.”

Primal Law

After a massacre decimates half his team and leaves him crippled, Jaxon Law must relearn how to fight - and battle the anger and guilt threatening to overwhelm him. But when he rescues a beautiful woman no awakens his primal instincts, Jax is unprepared for the dangers that lie ahead.

On the run from her employer, brilliant lab assistant Kira Locke has evidence that leads Alpha Pack on a hunt for someone targeting human civilians with Psy abilities. And as Jax and Kira circle both the killer and each other, Jax will have to decide if the deep connection be feels with Kira is worth breaking the ultimate shifter rule - because bonding with Kira means putting his abilities at risk , and they might be the only tools he has to keep his mate alive...

Savage Awakening

After a mission goes terribly wrong, Aric Savage is taken prisoner. Tortured to the brink of despair, he makes a stunning discovery: his pack mate Micah Chase, who was reported dead, is a fellow captive. Equally shocking is that when Alpha team arrives in full rescue mode, they are accompanied by a woman - an absolute stunner with sable hair and a spine of solid steel.

LAPD officer and Psy Dreamwalker Rowan Chase has one priority: her brother Micah's recovery. Still, she can't help but be drawn to Aric, the ruggedly handsome wolf shifter who pleasures her as no man ever has - however fleeting their affair is destined to be. But when Aric's life is endangered, Rowan must ask herself what she's willing to sacrifice in the name of love.

Black Moon

Ever since he saved Dr. Mackenzie Grant's life, panther shifter and sorcerer Kalen Black has bad trouble keeping the beautiful doctor out of his thoughts - and his heart. The brush with death awakened an intense passion between them - one that for the first time has the notorious loner letting his guard down.

With the Alpha Pack battling an evil Fae who is slowly gaining control over Kalen's mind, Kalen can no longer trust his own actions, so he breaks off his affair with Mackenzie in order to keep her safe. But when Mackenzie learns that she is carrying Kalen's child, no amount of danger will keep her away from the man she loves. To protect his mate and unborn child, Kalen will have to battle a terrible evil, unleash the full fury of his power, and risk destroying them all.

So there you have it, I'm really looking forward to starting this series - but I need to finish a couple other books first. I'm so bad, I keep starting new books cause I just wanna read them all!!!!


Friday, 17 May 2013

Book Blogger Hop: May 17th - 23rd

I'm on the ball this time!!  This weeks question:

What is your guilty pleasure read? 

There are a few :) Vintage Nora Roberts - I love her very early M&B stories.  They're all headstrong girls and overbearing heroes.  I'd have to add Sandra Brown to that list as well, with her 'Classic Love Stories'.  There are also books from my youth I love to revisit - Point Horror and teen romances.


Tuesday, 14 May 2013

Book Blogger Hop: May 10th - 16th

I haven't participated in the blog hop for a little while, and there's a new owner, hello and welcome :)  Same rules apply, lets get hopping.

(This week's question submitted by Tanya)

What was the last book you re-read? Or name a book you would like to re-read.
There are two: Lead Me On by Victoria Dahl 

Lead me on is a lot of fun, laugh out loud characters, crazy antics and a hero that makes me go squee!


Technically I never finished this, but I wanted to; and since it was a couple of years ago, I started from the beginning again...which I guess is where all good stories about the bible start...Interesting reading to say the least, not quite sure how I'd cope, in fact I don't think I would - I like bacon too much.

Since this week is nearly over, it'll be even less of a wait for next week, looking forward to visiting a few blogs, new and old.


Friday, 10 May 2013

Reading Roundup

Cherished (Includes: Delicious, #1)Cherished by Maya Banks

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I've found a second book by Maya Banks that I don't particularly like, not that it's a good thing.  She's one of my fave authors, so 'Exiled' was disappointing for me to read.  Personally, I didn't feel that connection with Talia, I thought she was being used / treated like a hooar - a very nicely treated hooar, but a hooar all the same.  I don't care how much the Prince loves her my status update from pg 8 says it all: "Medical Exam?! O.o Ruh Roh."  I think that may've been where Banks lost me.  If you love someone - you don't have a doctor stick their fingers in your intendeds junk.

What I did love was 'Sway' and if I'm being honest that's where the 3 stars have come from.  I loved Daisy & Levi together, they meshed well, I liked the little bit of kink in the bedroom, yes it's tame compared to lots of other stories out there, but I liked it anyway.  I was eye rolling around page 240: "I know this is a BDSM story, but she said "no thanks" to a man who offered to do the dishes - something wrong with that!!"

And again at page 262: "Now Daisy is mixing his wasabi n soy sauce AND pouring his beer. If that was me he'd be lucky if I passed him a sauce bowl, let alone poured his beer!! Did I mention I'd make a terrible Sub. :)" 

But neither of those points are the fault of Dane, it's just my snark coming out. I've since read the second in this story (loved that too) and I'm looking forward to #3.  I've not read a lot of Dane before, so I'm going to try a few on her back list as well.

Marital Bitch (Men with Badges, #1)Marital Bitch by JC  Emery

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I like realism in my books, it makes them believable, no matter what everyone says about why ladies read romance novels.  Reality vs Fantasy can work both ways - but that's for another conversation.

I did enjoy this, did I love it - not necessarily.  I got frustrated by Coleen.  She kinda reminds me of overly attached girlfriend, plus she's mean to Brad, who I really liked, even though sometimes he was an idiot - (I could've done without the farting/burping etc) - TMI!  The realism I did like was the smexytimes.  It was real sex, not the flick of the wrist, deep voiced "come for me" so she does, culminating in a whimpering lovesplosion! * Boys - generally if she's coming that quick for you - its because she was already halfway there when you got home :)*

Probably the thing that bugged me the most was the Harvard Law degree storyline - all that debt & working her ass off & nothing came of it. For all the realism in it, that didn't ring true; I don't care if you discover that law isn't the thing you want, surely you'd stick it out for a while, at least to pay the bills.

All up, I'd be interested to see where this series went; and I definitely give this author another read.

Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake (Love By Numbers #1)Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake by Sarah MacLean

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I had so much fun with this book, I loved Lady Calpurnia and her Rake, Gabriel. This is a new author for me and I adored her writing.  There were laugh out funny parts, great smexytimes and some that were rip your heart out, smash it up and hand it back to you moments.  And lets not forget - 9 things that ladies should never do - even if they are confirmed spinsters!  I've got book 2 & 3 in this series waiting for me at home and I am thoroughly looking forward to getting stuck into them.

I don't often read regency, I have been more lately, the last ARRC has encouraged me to try more, so in all honesty I don't know how accurate it is in a 'regency' sense, but really when I'm enjoying a book this much, I just don't care :)

Not only did I enjoy the two main characters, I like the supporting cast, I'm hoping St John & Benedict, Gabriel/Callie's brothers, both get their own books.  And even moreso I would absolutely LOVE IT if Anne, Callie's maid/helper lady got her own book.  Callie's mother, although you didn't see her much, reminded me of Mrs. Bennett, with her almost volcanic excitement about upcoming marriages.

All in all this was a fantastic romp through the regency era, and a place that I'd love to return to.

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Have a great weekend guys.


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