A Year in Review

12/30/2008 02:48:00 PM / Posted by Kris / comments (3)

Mermaid's Kiss

12/29/2008 03:45:00 PM / Posted by Kris / comments (4)

Mermaid's Kiss by Joey W. Hill
The angelic Jonah has been battling the Dark Ones for centuries. But his noble spirit has begun to tire with the weight of war—allowing a Dark One to strike a blow that severs his wings and knocks him into the sea.
Anna is a Daughter of Arianne—a direct descendant of the mermaid of legend. Anna’s longing for love compels her to risk her very life to protect and hide the fallen Jonah. And the longer Jonah delays his return to the heavens, the more Anna’s secret passions are tempted.
But as she falls more in love with him, Anna wonders if she’s destined to lose her heart and her dreams to save Jonah’s soul…

I won a copy of this book and was very excited. It was a different paranormal than your typical werewolf/vampire/cat-shifter book. This one had a mermaid for a heroine and an angel for a hero. It made me think of a line I heard once in a movie (I looked it up and it was Ever After) "A bird may love a fish, but where would they live?". Well since this is fiction it was a lot easier to answer that question, make her be able to shift to human.
This was a difficult book to label, it was not really "cute" but it was not dark either. It was a quest for these two soulmates to help him regain his sense of self and goodness.
The ending was great, very tough, but you still get an HEA.
Pretty hot book. Though it bugged me a little at the beginning how much she emphasized how small Anne was in comparison to Jonah. It made me picture this like 5 foot teenager with this 6'5 man, and that was just a little icky. But then I was finally able to adjust it in my head when they stopped emphasizing it.
I loved the heroine's basis in the legend of the Little Mermaid. I love stories based on fairy tales or legends.
The story was good. I am going to reread it at a later date to re-evaluate whether I like it more or less. I am interested to see if there will be other stories set in this world.

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Christmas

12/25/2008 04:50:00 PM / Posted by Kris / comments (4)

Well I posted yesterday about some books that I bought with a Christmas gift card. Now for Christmas, bookwise, I got

All Through the Night (Troubleshooter book) by Suzanne Brockmann
Hero Under Cover by Suzanne Brockmann
The Invisible Ring (Black Jewel book) by Anne Bishop
Dreams Made Flesh Dreams Made Flesh (Black Jewel book) by Anne Bishop
Primal Instincts by Jill Monroe

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Magical Christmas Cat

12/24/2008 05:16:00 PM / Posted by Kris / comments (0)

Merry Christmas everyone!!! I hope that everyone has a great holiday.

A good friend sent me a Amazon gift card so I got to go book shopping!! I bought:

Love Under Seige by Samantha Kane
Broken Wing by Judith James
Sons of Amber by Bianca D'Arc
Surrender
by Kimberly Zant
Their One and Only by Trista Ann Michaels

I thought this book was an appropriate post for today, it is the only holiday book I read this year.

The Magical Christmas Cat (anthology with Psy/Changeling and Breed stories) by Lora Leigh, Nalini Singh, Erin McCarty, and Linda Winstead Jones

STROKE OF ENTICEMENT by Nalini Singh
Meeting and relationship between Leopard Changeling, Zach, and human, Annie. Annie is the schoolteacher in the area that teachers most of the Changeling children for the pack. Annie has a slight disability walking but she does not let it get her down. Zach is so sweet and patient. I loved this story.
CHRISTMAS BREE by Erin McCarthy
Honestly did not read this one.
SWEET DREAMS by Linda Winstead Jones
Very different. Unknown to Ruby she is slated to be the next virgin sacrifice to a nasty demon. She is plagued by a small figurine of a cat that she cannot get rid of no matter how hard she tries. Zane is her coworker and neighbor that seems to know more about it than he should. Is he a good guy or bad. Interesting story, alot of story packed into a little bit of space, very fast paced.
CHRISTMAS HEAT by Lora Leigh
A new Breed story!!! Hayley is the human librarian for the town near Sanctuary. She is also the only witness of the conspiracy from the last book (Mercury's War). So now someone is trying to kill her. Noble has been waiting for her for a year before this happens and when her life is in danger all bets are off of him waiting any longer. Hayley is so sweet, she loves Christmas and wants to share that with everyone around her. The Breeds do not really celebrate it, but she is determined to spread a little cheer this holiday. Great story :)

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Sweeter than Wine

12/10/2008 05:46:00 AM / Posted by Kris / comments (4)

Hello all. Things are still going here. Hubby is enjoying staying home with the kids, so far anyway. they baked cookies yesterday. They turned out well. I am so glad that he can cook. One of the reasons I married him. I cannot cook. I can make dinner, but I cannot cook. He made a great dinner the other night. We had BBQ chicken, cut up potatoes that he had covered in olive oil and rosemary and baked, and buttered corn for our veggie. Yummy!


Sweeter Than Wine by Bianca D'Arc
An abused woman has the power to unite werefolk, fey and vampire against an evil that would see them all dead if she can learn to love again. Christy lies near death after a brutal beating by her estranged husband. Her preternatural friends reach a desperate conclusion: The only way to save her is to turn her. Sebastian steps forward to take on the burden of being her Maker. For him its no burden at all. She draws him as no other woman has for centuries. With the help of a werecougar friend, Sebastian teaches Christy about her new life and abilities, making certain she is as strong as he can make her. Only then can she face her abusive ex-husband and put her old life behind her. But Christy's ex-husband is involved in something more dangerous than any of them had guessed. Vampire, were, and even a fey knight must work together to put an end to the threatening evil. To overcome her past, help keep the darkness at bay, and fight for a new life with Sebastian, Christy must draw on all of her new-found strength. Will it be enough?

This book comes after Lords of the Were. The storyline was good. I would have liked to see a little more with the ex-husband. The story moved well and did not leave me bored at any point. Though there are menage scenes, this is not a menage book. The love scenes were very hot.
If you liked Lords of the Were then you will like this one as well.

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Instant Attraction

12/07/2008 02:24:00 PM / Posted by Kris / comments (4)

Well, tomorrow (Monday) Hubby starts staying home with the little ones. He was not making enough with what he was doing to justify daycare, too expensive. So he said that he would stay home and take care of them and try to do some web design work to make some cash to balance things out. He also is promising to do some of the things around the house that he has not had time to do (i.e. put the extra shelf up on the IKEA bookshelves we have had for a while now). I am very excited about that.
If you pray, please keep my father in your prayers he was laid off from his job this week. He works construction and had been with the company for over 20 years but he has recently had some health issues and with the economy, he got cut. But he still has to work and cannot exactly go run out to get another construction job with his health and age.

The girls are all growing like weeds. Baby is getting huge (3 weeks ago she was 16.5 lbs) and has the sweetest disposition. The other two hover so much. Every time she makes a sound they rush to her side, it is very cute, (and occasionally annoying especially when she is sleeping and they wake her up in their enthusiasm.
I hope that everyone is staying sane during the holidays.


Instant Attraction by Jill Shalvis

Accountant Katie Kramer is a quintessential good girl—working hard, recycling diligently, all the while trying to ignore the feeling that she doesn’t fit in anywhere. That’s all she wants. Well, that—and amazing sex, and the kind of daredevil escapade she can look back on when she’s crunching numbers in a dusty cubicle. Which explains why she just took a job in Wishful, California, working for Wilder Adventures and Expeditions. Waking up to find a magnificently built stranger towering over her bed—that part defies explanation…

After wandering the planet for months following a life-changing accident, Cameron Wilder has come back to the only home he knows. Under other circumstances, he might be thrilled to find a gorgeous woman sleeping in his cabin, but now, while he’ll risk his body taking clients on adrenaline-drenched excursions, his heart is off limits. Still, Katie’s killer smile triggers something deep in his gut…among other places. Showing her how exhilarating it can be to stop balancing her life as if it was a checkbook is the biggest rush he’s ever felt—and an adventure Katie’s wishing would never end...

I was sooooo excited to get an advanced copy of this book, I love her stuff. This was a great book. Funny and sexy is how I label Ms Shalvis's books, they are all great. If you enjoyed her previous trilogy then you will love these as well.
Katie takes a job that deals with adventure, specifically to try to get herself out of a boring rut that is her life. She has survived a traumatic experience that makes her want to live her life to the fullest. Cameron went from the other extreme to where she was, it was like they switched places. He lived his life hard everyday and then had an accident and has not been living it since. He returns to his family's wilderness adventure business after a year of pouting and moping around after his accident. Katie is there as a temp accountant. She took the job hoping to get up the nerve to participate in some of the adventures. Her heart and exuberance begin to inspire him to start living his again.
This book releases January 27 and you can pre-order now it at Amazon here.

I also have a review posted at Book Binge here

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November reads

12/03/2008 09:11:00 PM / Posted by Kris / comments (3)

Since I have sucked at posting this month I am making a list of books read this month. I hope to get more of these reviewed but hoping and actuality are not always the same.

Instant Attraction by Jill Shalvis (review to come) A
Destiny (Rogue Angel Book 1) by Alex Archer
Jaci's Experiment by Bianca D'Arc

Deep in the Valley (Grace Valley Book 1) by Robyn Carr A
Just Over the Mountain (Grace Valley Book 2) by Robyn Carr A
Bound by Light (Dark Crescent Sisterhood Book 3) by Ana Windsor B-
Sweeter than Wine by Bianca D'Arc B
Be With Me by Maya Banks
Tequila Truth by Mari Carr

Salvation in Death by JD Robb
Mercury's War by Lora Leigh
Out of this World by Jill Shalvis B
Nauti Dreams by Lora Leigh B
Master by Colette Dane
Strands of Sunlight by Anya Bast B-

Update: Another November read of mine (Heartbeats by Susan Rae) is posted at Book Binge here

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Master

12/01/2008 12:44:00 AM / Posted by Kris / comments (4)

Master (An Erotic Novel of the Count of Monte Cristo) by Colette Gale
Edmond Dantes spent years imprisoned for a crime he didn't commit. Now free, he has returned to Paris in the guise of the powerful Count of Monte Cristo seeking vengeance on those who sent him to jail. But his plan also includes a different kind of revenge on the woman he has never forgotten, the lover he has made it his mission to possess.

Mercedes Herrera was devastated when the man she loved disappeared. Trapped in a loveless marriage, her passions are reignited by Edmond's return. She alone sees through his disguise...but this harsh, angry man sends chills down her spine even as his very touch reminds her of the passion they once shared. She realizes soon enough that his plan to avenge himself on the men who incarcerated him also includes another sort of revenge...on her.

From the seaside town of Marseille, to the exotic caves of Monte Cristo Isle, unfolds an erotic battle of wills in the most electrifying game of love ever played between man and woman, between master and slave.

Great erotic romance. I have not read the original story nor have I seen the movie, but I definitely want to now. I very much enjoyed this book. And I am not a huge reader of historicals. But I really liked this one. If you are squeamish at all or are not used to erotic books you might was to think about it first. There is some voyeurism and ff (not the heroine) in the story. The storyline was excellent, though I wanted to hit the hero occasionally, it was all in love. The characters were easy to follow and empathize with.

Can't wait for her next book. Ms Gale is doing an erotic retelling of my favorite characters, Robin Hood. It is called Bound by Honor and come out May of 2009, can't wait!!!!

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