Friday, August 22, 2014

ARC Review My Viking Vampire by Krystal Shannan


Bailey Ross’ world is crumbling around her. Her abusive ex, a human, is closing in on her again, and to make matters worse, a new enemy, a djinn, is stalking her. This supernatural being takes great pleasure in human pain, something Bailey has in excess thanks to her ex. If she’s caught by either, she’s as good as dead.

Backed into a corner and desperate to escape, she does something she swore wouldn’t ever be possible again –trusting a man. And he’s a vampire.

Protection via the sexy vampire Erick Thorson may prove to be a little more than she bargained for. Sparks fly between them and she finds herself agreeing to more than just protection. Though he has promised not to let anyone harm her, the small west Texas town is more than it seems and he may not be able to make good on his vow no matter how hard he tries.

Will Sanctuary be the home Bailey longs for or will she have to die to find out?

Book 1 in the Sanctuary, Texas Series

My Review 

This is a new series by Krystal Shannan, it has more of an erotic paranormal romance  sense then her other books.  I have to say that I truly enjoyed it and thought that it was her best book to date. There is a little bit of everything in this book, different paranormal beings, humans, danger, mystery, people finding  love, and yes steamy sex.

Bailey( Human) lives in a divided futuristic united states where supernatural beings are discriminated against and humans are taught to fear them. Bailey is trying to escape her abusive ex, who is supposed to be a protector of the law but is shady as all get out.

When she finds that he has found her location, she runs and is followed by a djinn with evil intent. She is "saved" by Erick Thorson and brought to Sanctuary. Where a whole of other supernaturals live and humans rarely visit without supervision. Has Bailey found a place where she will be safe and could call home?

As you all know I hate ruining stories, Bailey has a lot of issues due to her abusive ex and refuses to be a slave to anyone ever again. Can she learn to trust Erick and have the strength to stick up for herself when things get rough?

*There are BDSM elements in this book. But I want to say that Krystal does a great job with her characters by allowing Bailey to trust Erick to help her overcome her fears.  I just want to say that this is a fictional book. She has her characters explain that BDSM culture must have consent. Bailey's ex was an evil bastard. That being said, Erick and Bailey have a chemistry that even when shit hits the fan, they still find each other.

Over all this is a great read.
I rate this book 5 out of 5 Genie Lamps 

* I was given a copy of this book in return for my honest review.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Blog Tour Dark Fates Anthology

Dark Fates Anthology
A Hunted Heart
A Redwood Pack Novel, Book 7.7

Dark Fates: An All New Paranormal Romance Boxed Set
Six brand new, hot paranormal romance stories from USA Today and bestselling authors. Alpha heroes and heroines with dark pasts and the need to find their own happy ever after will draw you in and make you turn to the next page.
THE HUNTED HEART by USA Today Bestselling Author Carrie Ann Ryan
Emeline might have been alive hundreds of years, but she’s never really lived. Noah has known Emeline was his mate since he first saw her, only he doesn’t know if she feels the same. When he finally takes that final step, he’ll have to pray she finds the connection and overcomes the past she thought she’d lost years ago.
JACKAL’S MEASURE by USA Today Bestselling Author Marie Harte
Tortured by the god of chaos for centuries, Tariq knows only duty to numb the pain. When he’s sent to collect Eden, a sexy human accused of interfering in the Games of the Gods, his missing heart beats again. But love may not be enough to save them.
ALPHA’S SACRIFICE by Rebecca Royce
Hayden Chaucer is determined to make the best life possible for his pack and is ill-prepared to discover his true mate waiting for him in his home. Worse, his mate, Chelsea, has fled the True Believers, and her ability to see the future may cost them their present.
A submissive wolf who lost it all finds herself in a mating dance with the very dominant senior enforcer who will stop at nothing to claim her.
SANGUE FEVER by Ann Mayburn
Drifting without a purpose, vampire Lisabetta finds herself yearning for something more. She finds it while hunting for her next donor. Things are not quite as they seem when she seduces an older mortal man and finds herself in danger of falling in love for the first time in centuries.
All Jubilee Spector wants is to save her brother. The last thing she expects is to stumble into a dark world and another’s war. But Fox Arada is so much more than a man, and her secret threatens to change the Watchers’ world forever.

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USA Today Bestselling Author Carrie Ann Ryan never thought she’d be a writer. Not really. No, she loved math and science and even went on to graduate school in chemistry. Yes, she read as a kid and devoured teen fiction and Harry Potter, but it wasn’t until someone handed her a romance book in her late teens that she realized that there was something out there just for her. When another author suggested she use the voices in her head for good and not evil, The Redwood Pack and all her other stories were born.

Carrie Ann is a bestselling author of over twenty novels and novellas and has so much more on her mind (and on her spreadsheets *grins*) that she isn’t planning on giving up her dream anytime soon.

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Friday, August 8, 2014

Cover Reveal Southern Roots by Julie Morgan

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Southern Roots

Returning home never looked so good...
Home from college to help her mother on the family farm, Lexi Griffin expects things to be quiet and normal. She's back in her hometown, and everything is the same as she left it, including the slowly mending broken heart given to her by her high school sweet heart, Blaine.

After years away, Robert Shaw has returned to his hometown for his father's wedding, looking forward to reconnect with old friends, but he has no clue what's in store for him when he sees Lexi again. Sparks fly between the two, and Lexi is a bit reluctant to start anything with Robert, especially when past wounds haven't healed the way they should have. Robert is determined to have her, against all odds and good sense. A girl like her came around once in a lifetime, and he never forgot her.

And then Blaine comes back to town, intent on rekindling what he had with Lexi, even though his past cheating and drug use has slightly soured him in her eyes. She still loves him, but can she forgive him?

As Lexi takes a leap of faith, she suddenly faces the ultimate betrayal from one she trusted. Will she realize the truth in time or will corruption ruin the best thing that has just walked out of her life?

So? What do you think? Do you like it? Personally, I LOVE it! Southern Roots is the story of Robert (aka: Bobby Ray) returning home, his getting (intimately) reacquainted with Lexi and the run in they both experience with Blaine, Abby and a world of disaster. Southern Roots is a contemporary romance set in modern times. It's fast paced, exciting and balls out fun as hell of a read! Remember what it felt like to fall in love with your One? Take that ride along with Bobby Ray and Lexi as they experience what love is like after a HUGE heartbreak. 

About the author

Julie Morgan

Originally from Burleson, Texas Julie always had a love of books, especially paranormal stories. Julie finally took the leap and began writing with encouragement from her family. 
Having worked in IT her entire career, Julie now spends her free time writing. Living in Central Florida with her husband and daughter, her favorite pastime is reading children's stories to her daughter, especially those around animals.

Julie is also the author for Chronicles of the Fallen series. Check out her other stories on Amazon and Good Reads on the links below!

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Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Promises Hurt by Elle Brooks Review Tour

Promises Hurt By Elle Brooks

Published August 2, 2014


I wasn't planning on falling for Ethan Jamison, hell I wasn't planning on our paths ever crossing. He’s the most popular guy at school and a complete player. Me; I’m the perpetual good girl, trying to carry out one last request. But when you make a promise, how far do you go to see it through? 

~ Blair

It’s a running joke that I’m a terrible liar, if only people knew the truth. My whole life has been spent making excuses and deflecting questions. I was pretty good at it until Blair Thomas entered my world. She saw through the mask that everyone is so willing to accept. She makes me want to tell her all my secrets, but can she promise to keep them?

~ Ethan

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I look down at my cell and it’s 4:54pm. No sign of Ethan. No text to explain. What a douche. I mean, okay so I needed to be here anyway to collect books, but that’s not the point. He didn't know that. I can’t stand people that make plans and then break them without warning. It takes two seconds to send a text.
I’m packing up my things when Ethan Jamison barges through the library doors. He’s panting like he’s out of breath and his eyes are frantically scanning the almost empty room. Then they land on me. I stand completely frozen, mouth gaping like a total moron. Of freakingcourse it has to be that Ethan. He makes his way over, and the sound of his boots echoing through the otherwise silent room awakens me from my dumbstruck state. Emily’s letter flashes in my mind and I feel instantly embarrassed. Like, somehow he knows about it, which of course, he can’t, but I’m still panicking.  
He stops a few feet short of my table and looks a little unsure. This isn't the cocky Ethan Jamison that struts around school thinking he’s god’s gift. It’s thrown me a little.
“Hey, um…I’m Ethan,” he says, looking down at me. He lays his guitar case down at his feet and then adjusts his backpack on his shoulders. “Are you the tutor, I mean, sorry…are you Blair?”
I never realized how tall he actually is up close and personal. I’ve seen him play at a gig for about two seconds once, but he was on a stage, so of course he’s gonna look taller than everyone else. Emily and I have only stalked him at a distance. His blue eyes are boring into mine and I'm just standing there. Staring. Like an idiot. He shifts his weight and I realize he’s asked me a question. I still haven't replied. Shit.
“Er…yeah, I’m Blair, nice to meet you. I was just about to go, I thought you weren't coming. You’re late.” The last part comes out all pissy like I'm mad at him.
An amused grin starts to form; his mouth pulling up slightly at one side and the boy has dimples—real life honest-to-god dimples.
I shake my head and practically bark out, “I’ve been waiting for you for almost a half hour. If you’re gonna be late when we meet, you could at least give me a heads up?” Oh my god, why the hell am I telling him off?
His smile widens and he’s not even trying to look sorry. He drops his backpack on the table and takes a seat.
“Yeah, I had practice and it ran over. Steve has a no phone rule, so it’s kinda hard to let you know when I don't have my cell.”
Steve is the music professor; he’s got the new age hippy vibe going on and makes all his students call him by his first name. I pull my chair back out and take a seat. “Okay. Well, um, let’s just get started then.”
I look up and his eyes are zeroed in on my chest. What a complete douche, he’s already ogling my boobs. I cough twice and raise my eyebrows in a ‘what the hell, my eyes are up here’ stare, and his cheeks immediately redden.
“Shit, no, I wasn't checking you out! I mean…um, I wasn't staring at your…fuck, well I kinda was but I mean, shit; I was just trying to read what your shirt says.”
Holy crap, this guy’s more awkward than I am. 

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My Review

I honestly don't know where to start with this book. When I started reading it, I thought Oh no this is going to be one of high school YA books that no way was I going to be able to connect with the characters. But I will have to tell you I was surprised to be proven wrong and then yes I ended up emotionally upset. 

The book starts out with Blair making a promise to her best friend Emily that she would be ok... Fast forward 3 years Emily dies leaving Blair a letter. In it has a bucket list that is not finished and Emily leaves Blair with the responsibility of finishing the bucket list. That is touching and heart breaking for anyone to deal with but the story isn't about Blair and Emily (I thought it was going to be)... It is the story of Blair and Ethan.

Ethan, OMG that boy deals with so much crap, I feel for him. Blair is the only one who sees him for him. She has to deal with tons of high school bullshit but both of the stick it out and love each other. He is dealt some heavy blows both figuratively and actually. Emily is his saving grace and gives him something worth living for. 

Blair grows while being with Ethan, she often feels bad for moving forward and living while Emily died. She spend most of her high school with Emily while she was sick and missed out on most of her high school experience. Being with Ethan she learns that moving forward isn't about forgetting Emily it is about living and enjoying life. 

Blair and Ethan become serious and things seem to look good for them. They love each other but like any story there has to be a misunderstanding which leaves to poor choices and heartache. 

I hate ruining stories, but I do have to warn you that Elle Brooks does leave this with an epic heart wrenching cliff-hanger. I won't lie I almost threw my kindle across the room and woke hubby up because i was so pissed. Pissed because I couldn't keep reading( I am one of those who love to hate cliffhangers).

I loved this story and cannot wait for the second book... because I need to know what happens next. My heart can't take the waiting. 

Overall this is a great first book. I look forward to reading more from Elle Brooks even though YA isn't my go to genre I know that I will be putting Elle Brooks on my buy list. 

I Rate this book 4 out 5 Genie Lamps
* I received copy of this book in return for my honest review 

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