Christmas Awards 2011

Friday 30 September 2011

Primal Heat

Primal Heat by Donna Grant

Publisher: Donna Grant

September 2011

Pages: 52

Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom

Krista Evans is an American living in Britain, which she isn’t finding as easy as she thought it would be. It gets even more difficult when she agrees to a dare by her co-workers. Now if Krista could just stop the erotic dreams she has every night her life just might be a little easier.

Orrin Black is a tracker whose job it is to track down weres before they have a chance to feed from the humans. Landing on Earth he never expects to find the woman that has been haunting his dreams. Now Orrin is going to have protect Krista because the weres he has tracked to earth are not interested in the humans but in Krista.

Krista never knew there was anything out there until she came to Cardiff and suddenly she is finding that a lot of the beliefs she had are not the truth. Suddenly she finds herself with a man she recognizes from her dreams but and an attraction she thought she was only able to have in her dreams. Krista is also being hunted by the leader of the weres because he is convinced that she is the mate he as been searching for. Now Orrin is going to have to everything in his power to make sure that Krista doesn’t end up in the hands of the weres because she just might not survive the experience.

This story is a wonderful mix of paranormal and sci-fi. It is a quick read but completely worth the time it takes to read this one. The story comes to vivid life and pulls the reader into the story. The reader will be mourning when they finish this one as they will be wanting to read more about the characters. This is great story for readers to pick up to help them to get in the mood for Halloween.

I give this one 4-1/2 red roses

Hot Vampire Seduction

Hot Vampire Seduction by Lisa Renee Jones

Publisher: Lisa Renee Jones

September 2011

Pages: 66

Austin, Texas – contemporary

Kelly Riggs is a medical examiner in Austin. Kelly has always been dedicated to her work and determined to help the police catch those that have killed. Now there is a serial killer in Austin that is killing women and she is determined to help stop the killer so that no one else dies. What Kelly didn’t count on is bringing the attention of the killer to herself. Now she is in the path of the killer that uses werewolf and vampire blood to make women have desires that if they aren’t satisfied the women will die.

Aiden Brooks is a vampire that is also a Warden. It is his job and the job of his brothers to protect the humans from vampires that have gone into bloodlust and werewolves. Aiden is finding his current job more personal once he meets Kelly. Aiden’s past has made it difficult for him to love as he has loved and lost in the past but Kelly is making him wish for the impossible. Aiden will do whatever he has to do to make sure that Kelly doesn’t become the victim to the killer he is hunting.

Kelly and Aiden will have to find a way to draw out the killer so that they catch him before he gets to Kelly. Aiden will also have to find a way to get the happy ever after he didn’t get last time. Kelly is determined show Aiden that it is possible to have a future together because she knows she has found someone that she isn’t ready to give up.

This story is sure to have the reader sitting on the edge of their seat as they read it. The reader is never sure what will happen next and the story is fast paced that will keep the reader turning the pages just to see what happens next. The characters are well developed and keep the reader engrossed in the story just to find out more about them. This is the second story in the trilogy and while it can be read as a stand alone it is much better when read with the first book in the trilogy.

I give this one 4-1/2 red roses

Thursday 29 September 2011

Lord of Rage

Lord of Rage Royal House of Shadows Book 2 by Jill Monroe

Publisher: Harlequin Nocturne

October 2011

ISBN: 978-0-373-61868-2

Pages: 288

Princess Breena dreams of having a fairly tale love in her life with a warrior that haunts her dreams nightly. What she doesn’t count on is being ripped from her home when it is attacked. Now Breena has to find a way to survive the world that she has always been protected from and to find a way to get home and conquer the one that has taken her world and people over. Wandering and trying to find a safe place she comes across a cottage in the middle of a forest that just might offer her all that she is looking for and some things that she didn’t know she needed.

Osborn was a warrior and mercenary that gave up that life to live quietly in the forest with the simple pleasures he has there. Until the day Breena comes into his life and turns everything upside down and makes Osborn remember all that he is missing by cutting off the world around him. Now Osborn is going to have to decide if he wants to really start living again and give his princess the happy ever after she is looking for or doom them both to a life that is anything but happy.

Breena is determined that she isn’t going to be a helpless princess anymore and the only one that can teach her what she needs to know is Osborn now if she can just convince him of that. If Osborn wants to give his princess everything he feels she deserve he is going to have to help her learn to survive and fight the evil that is stalking her. Soon Osborn and Breena find that they only hope they have of surviving is go it together. They are also learning that the future they thought they wanted isn’t necessarily the one that is best one for them or now that they have met the one they truly do want. If they are to have a future together though they are going to have to find a way to conquer the evil that has taken over the land of Elden, Breena’s home.

This brings the fairy tale Goldilocks and the Three Bears to life in a way that isn’t the same fairy tale from childhood. The twist on this one makes the fairy tale fresh and will have the reader believing they are reading it for the very first time. This is the second story in a series of four books and while it can be read as a stand alone book it is greatly enhanced by reading the first book first. Readers won’t be disappointed in the series up to date and will be eagerly awaiting the next book in the series.

I give this one 4-1/2 red roses

The Stuart Agenda

The Stuart Agenda by Alan Calder

Publisher: Willow Moon Publishing, LLC

July 2011

Pages: 301

Scotland & France 2035 – 2038

Robert Stuart has always been fascinated by the story and history of his ancestor Bonnie Prince Charlie and the way history was airbrushed to change the truth about his direct descendants. Now Robert is determined to find a way to get the Scottish throne that should have been in the family from the very beginning. He will have to find a way to get it away from the Hanoverian hands that it is currently in. But to get the throne is to change the past and to turn the future from the path that is has been on for hundreds of years.

Princess Victoria is the Hanoverian princess that when she meets Robert she is not sure what to make of him. What she feels is that though he should be her enemy he is anything but. And what starts as a way to find out what Robert is after turns into something that is much deeper for both Victoria and Robert as they fall in love.

Now Robert is going to have to find a compromise that both the Stuart side and Hanoverian side can accept because he is sure that one thing he doesn’t want to live without is Victoria. Both Robert and Victoria are going to have to find a way to overcome the obstacles that will be in their path if they want to have a future together. Robert’s Uncle Leo has been planning and plotting for many years to get Robert on the throne of Scotland but will he be willing to compromise and let Robert have both the throne and Victoria or will Leo force Robert to pick one or the other.

The intrigue in this story makes it a page turner as the reader is never completely sure what will happen next. There are characters in this story that will do anything to make sure that Robert doesn’t get what he is after and in typically royal fashion this makes it an engrossing read. The reader is never completely sure which side each character is on and just who is doing what until the very end. The flow of the story makes it hard to put down once the reader starts reading. The easy flow of telling history and bringing the current setting together makes it easy to follow what is happening and keeps the reader from getting lost while reading the story.

I give this one 4-1/2 red roses

Saturday 24 September 2011


Entangled A Paranormal Anthology Edited by Edie Ramer and Misty Evans

Publisher: Authors4thecure

September 2011

Pages: 335

Halloween Frost by Jennifer Estep
This one is part of her Mythos Academy series though readers reading this one really won’t feel lost if they haven’t read the other books in the series. Based on the myths and gods and goddess it is story that is different and fun to read.

The Fat Cat by Edie Ramer
This story gives new meaning to witches and their love of cats though the cat in this story is anything but a typical cat and has a personality that makes this story very entertaining. Tory is the witch in this one that went to find the right cat and what she ends up with is not what she had in mind.

Medium Rare by Nancy Haddock
Has ghosts that keep things hopping in this one. The ghosts add humor to this one among other things to the story. The story line is interesting and brings history to life. The ghosts also add a mystery to the story that really moves the plot along.

Sweet Demon by Misty Evans
Kali Sweet is a demon that gives the reader a completely different view of the typical demon. This one has vampires too that make this an interesting story to read. With demons and vampire you can’t go wrong with this one.

Sian’s Solution by Dale Mayer
Sian is a vampire that has her eyes opened to the world she is living in and one that she didn’t expect at all. She knows she is going to have to act to stop those that she believes are acting in a way that is bad for everyone.

A Bit of a Bite by Cynthia Eden
Sheriff Ava Dushaine seems to suddenly have a problem on her hands and not just in the form of the local werewolf alpha, Julian Kasey. Something is going on between the local humans, werewolves and vampires. Ava just has to try and forget her attraction to Julian to get to the bottom of what is going on.

Sinfully Sweet by Michelle Miles
Chloe O’Shea is a witch that is enjoying her life just the way it is. Then the sexiest man she has ever seen walks through the door of her bakery and everything changes. Only time will tell if it is for the best or not.

A Night of Forever by Lori Brighton
This one takes the reader back in time when the world was different. Mary Ellen knows there is something different about Aiden Callaghan she just doesn’t know what that is. She might be attracted to him but she is sure that he isn’t the one for her though she just might be wrong about that one.

Feel the Magic by Liz Kreger
Jenna is a witch that is about to make history as long as she can do her job correctly if not then things are about to go bad very quickly. Jenna just has to keep control of herself long enough to get everything done.

Breaking Out by Michelle Diemer
The action here is very good and keeps the story moving along very quickly. The opening sentence pulls you into the story until you don’t want to stop reading until you find out what is going on with this one.

Ghostly Justice by Allison Brennan
This is part of the author’s Seven Deadly Sins series that seems to stand on its own quite well. It will also have the reader looking to get the other books in the series to find out more about the characters.

This is a book guaranteed to have a story for everyone. This is paranormal book that covers all the different spectrums of the paranormal world. The stories are short and very fast reads but the reader will not be left wanting. This one is sure to have something for everyone that reads it.

This one has a lot of big name authors writing in this book. It also has a wide range of authors which gives readers a chance to try an author they may have been thinking of trying. It also gives readers a chance to support a worth while cause in that the proceeds go to support the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

This book has it all with ghosts, vampires, demons and shape shifters. The stories are engaging and with them being short they are the perfect way to take a break and enjoy some fun.

I give this one 5 red roses

Thursday 22 September 2011

Another New Book


A Highlander bent on revenge...
Braden MacAlister only has vengeance on his mind. It has consumed him since the murder of his family. His every thought, every action is in bringing down the man responsible. Until he lays eyes on Jean.

A lass who dared to challenge her heart...
Jean MacKay’s entire existence is turned upside down when her clan is invaded by Niall MacDougall and he takes her prisoner. Yet, everything changes when Niall and his men are surrounded by The Ghost.

A union of two hearts...
Whispers of Braden MacAlister run rampant through the Highlands, but it isn’t until Jean sees the imposing warrior for herself that she realizes he is the answer to all their prayers. Jean defies everything to stand next to Braden and the love developing between them. But will it be enough to put an end to Niall once and for all?

A New Book

Hot Vampire Seduction


The underground vampire population of Austin, Texas has taken to hosting orgies with human women who've been forced to indulge in a new aphrodisiac.The drug, Blood Red, is a mixture of a rare type of werewolf blood and that of a vampire. Blood Red creates an insatiable desire for sex in the user to the point of pain in the absence of pleasure. Sometimes that pain leads to death.

Vampire Warden, Aiden Brooks, has spent more than a hundred years enforcing the laws of his race, and life has taught him that anyone that he allows into his world ends up dead. Despite knowing this all too well, having painfully loved and lost in his past, when his search for the creator of Blood Red places coroner Kelly Riggs directly in both his path, and that of a dangerous clan of vampires, his desire for her goes well beyond offering her protection. He's drawn to her bravery, seduced by her feisty spirit and beauty, but he is determined to resist her, fearing he will put her in harms way. But Kelly is already on the radar of the enemy, and when she gets too close to the evil vampire clan's secrets, she is given Blood Red. Now Aiden's hunger for her might be the only thing that can keep her alive but who will save her from him?

Wednesday 21 September 2011

A Touch of Crimson

A Touch of Crimson by Sylvia Day

Publisher: Signet

October 2011

ISBN: 978-0-451-23499-5

Pages: 368

Contemporary Paranormal

Adrian Mitchell is the commander of an elite group of Serephim that is in charge of keeping fallen angels in line. Since the fallen angels are now vampires sometimes keeping them in line isn’t easy and throw in the fact that Adrian also has to keep the lycans under control as they are indentured to the Serephim at times it can become overwhelming. It also doesn’t help that Adrian has falling in love with a mortal that keep being reincarnated but has no memories of her past lives or of her time with Adrian.

Lindsay Gibson is the latest reincarnation of Shadoe, Adrian’s love. Lindsay has no memory of her time in the past with Adrian but one thing she is very sure of is that she can’t seem to stay away from Adrian. He is sex personified and the hottest man she has ever met. She also doesn’t realize that she is the one carrying Shadoe’s soul. Now Lindsay is suddenly drawn into the war between the Serephim and the fallen angels and she is finding her self in the middle of it all.

Lindsay is in the middle with her lover Adrian and a father that is a vampire and a friend that is a lycan. With a full lycan revolt going on Lindsay is suddenly finding herself in a lot of trouble and even with her life in danger the one thing that she might be in the biggest danger of losing is her soul this time around.

This story that a very fresh look at the world of angels, vampires and lycans. This is a very unique story that will have readers wanting to have the next book in the series. The world building is fascinating to read about. This one is hard to put down as you are dying to find out how it will end and if Lindsay and Adrian will have chance at the future and to be together. It has plenty of action to keep the story line moving along. This is one that is worth picking up and trying as the reader will not be disappointed in the story. This promises to be an excellent series. The start of the series is a great beginning.

I give this one 5 red roses

Wednesday 14 September 2011

Bound in Darkness

Bound in Darkness by Cynthia Eden

Publisher: Cynthia Eden

September 2011

Pages: 80

Cade Thain is a werewolf that is very good at hunting and killing vampires. As far as he is concerned the only good vampire is one that is staked through the heart. Cade has just been hired by a witch to take out a pureblood vampire which as far as he is concerned will be nothing unusual. When he gets his first look at Allison he finds his world turned upside down. He never expects to meet a vampire that is as seemingly innocent as Allison is.

Allison Gray is being hunted and as far as she knows Cade is there to protect her from those hunting her. Allison is a pureblood vampire that is on the verge of transforming into a vampire. Allison isn’t sure about much in her life right now but one thing she is sure of is that with Cade she feels safe. What she doesn’t know is that she might just lose her life by trusting Cade.

Once Cade gets a hold of Allison the last thing he intends to do is kill her. With the chemistry between them blazing out of control the only thing Cade plans on doing is protecting Allison no matter what it takes to keep her safe. Allison’s enemies are getting closer though and soon they are going to be in the fight for their lives and if they aren’t careful the enemy will win.

This story is engrossing and fast. Once the reader starts reading this one they won’t want to put it down until the very last page. This author writes phenomenal paranormals that grabs the reader’s attention and doesn’t let got until the very end. The characters are written in such a way that the reader gets emotionally involved with what the characters are going through in the story. As the reader reads the story comes alive and you hate to leave the world in this one when the story ends. This a short novella that is very much worth picking up and reading.

I give this one 5 red roses

Monday 12 September 2011

Palace of the Fountains

Palace of the Fountains by Lindsay Townsend

Publisher: BookStrand Romance

August 2011

ISBN: 1-61034-675-0

Pages: 283

Contemporary, Spain

Caro Kingswood goes to visit her sister in Spain and to design a garden for her sister. What starts out as a wonderful time slowly changes as Caro becomes aware of things not being quite what they seem to be. First it seems that Caro’s sister, Sancha’s marriage isn’t as happy as Caro first thought it was. Also Sancha’s new family hired Ann Grant to catalogue their collection of swords and knives and Ann is now missing. And now Caro’s sister wonders about her husband.

Joe Spenser is charismatic and while he seems to be sincere at first Caro is suddenly wondering if he might be hiding secrets of his own. As Caro starts to suspect him Joe finally tells Caro that Ann was his sister and he is trying to find out the truth. As they team up to find the truth things start happening which makes them wonder if Caro is now in danger.

The mystery seems to deepen the more Joe and Caro look for the truth and nothing is as it seems. Caro is starting to wonder if she getting the truth from anyone or if everyone is more concerned with covering up the truth. If Caro and Joe aren’t careful they just might find out more than they bargained for and someone is intent on keep the truth buried for good.

This is an excellent romantic suspense that will keep the reader on the edge of their seat as they read this one. The story slowly pulls the reader in and before the reader knows it they are hooked and not willing to put this one down until they find out just what is the truth. The twists and turns are brilliantly subtle and will keep the reader guessing as to who is behind everything and just what exactly is going on. This is one to pick and read as the reader will not be disappointed in the end.

I give this one 4-1/2 red roses

Enticed by His Forgotten Lover

Enticed by His Forgotten Lover by Maya Banks

Publisher: Harlequin Desire

August 2011

ISBN: 978-0-373-73120-6

Pages: 192

Contemporary, Texas & New York City

Bryony Morgan travels to New York to confront the man that she believes has betrayed all they meant to each other. What she doesn’t expect is for him to question even if they know each other especially as she is pregnant with his baby. Now Bryony is going to have to figure out if what Rafael is telling her is the truth or just more lies.

Rafael de Luca first sets eyes on Bryony or so he thinks at a party that his company is throwing. His first introduction to Bryony is a right hook. Rafael was in a plane crash and a part of his memory is missing but he is sure that he would remember Bryony no matter what. He is also sure that the Rafael she knew couldn’t possibly be him as that Rafael seems to be completely foreign to him. Rafael decides to go back to Texas to see if he can regain his memory and find out the truth of what is happening.

Bryony isn’t sure if she truly believes Rafael and his selective memory loss but for her baby’s sake she is willing to give him a chance. What she doesn’t count on is falling in love with Rafael all over again and this time even deeper. She also is seeing difference in the way Rafael is treating her this time around versus the first time around. Now Rafael and Bryony are going to have to find out just what is between them this time around and just what they want from the future. The more Rafael is around Bryony the more he finds that the new him is a much better man and one that is willing to do anything to please Bryony and to keep her this time around. The only question is will the truth when he finally remembers bring them closer together to tear them apart.

This is another excellent book by this author. The characters seem so real that you expect to meet them if you ever go to Texas. The emotions in this one will have the reader hoping that everything will work out for the hero and heroine. The story line moves along quickly the reader will find this one hard to put down once they start. It starts out with a bang and the twist and turns just keep coming. This one is worth getting.

I give this one 5 red roses

Friday 9 September 2011

Lord of the Vampires

Lord of the Vampires – Royal House of Shadows Book 1 by Gena Showalter

Publisher: Harlequin Nocturne

August 2011

ISBN: 978-0-373-61866-8

Pages: 288

Jane Parker has been living a quiet life since the death of her family in a car accident, one that left her gravely injured too. Jane is finally mending both emotionally and physically when she starts having erotic dreams at night about a man that seems to be a vampire. Jane wants to help her sexy vampire but she is not sure if he is real or just a dream. Just as she is convinced that he only exists in her dreams events happen that bring everything Jane has been sure of to a complete halt and show her another world all together.

Nicolai is a vampire that is set on revenge for the death of his parents and his own enslavement. The only one that can help him is Jane but to use her is to bring doom to her. Nicolai might live in a fairy tale world but for a human mortal for Jane things are definitely not the usual fairy tales.

Now Nicolai and Jane are going to have to find a way to survive Nicolai’s enemies so that Nicolai can have the vengeance he craves desperately. Jane is determined to help him no matter what but she isn’t sure just want a human can do in a world of magic but she knows that if she looks hard enough she will find the answer that will help them both and that just might ensure that they both survive what is coming.

This is a wonderful twist on the usual fairy tales. The author takes a well known tale and gives it a twist all her own that makes this one an excellent story to read. The action is fast and furious and will have the reader wishing they had the ability to jump in and help the hero and heroine win the fight of their lives. This is the first book in a four book series that kicks off the series with a bang and will have readers eagerly awaiting the other books in the series.

I give this one 4-1/2 red roses