ARC Review: The Haunted Sultan by Gillian Zane **Quick Giveaway**

ARC Review: The Haunted Sultan by Gillian Zane **Quick Giveaway**

If I had to describe this story it would be the group of words you see above. Owen, Sierra, Sex, Blood, Sultan and so many more. This is not like any book you’ve read before. It’s different. Zane’s voice is fresh and witty. “There was soo much blood” was my thought as I got to the meat of the story, but then there was also the adventure. The mystery, the beginnings of a somewhat “interesting relationship” between the two main characters Owen and Sierra. There was also the Sultan, who at times made me laugh with his outright “honest” behavior. He couldn’t help himself. He’s the Sultan for crying out loud.

This was definitely an adventure, fraught with peril, a Jinn, and some naughty, yet at times “interesting” scenes. I say “interesting” loosely here, and not in a bad way. You just have to read it to understand what I’m talking about. The story is vivid, and is based off of the actual telling of the Gardett-Laprete House in the New Orleans French Quarter. I probably should have thrown Ghost story up there in the words above, as that is part of the theme of the story, but I will say this. If you’re ever in Nola, and you go into a shop, and get something for free, you better make sure you know exactly what you’re getting into! I would rate this book a 4.5 stars. There is no rhyme or reason why it’s not a 5 because I know others will give it such a rating. I’m used to the author’s voice, and I adore it. I think what threw me for a loop was the “interesting” naughty scene. Now, it was not a bad scene, but it did take me out of my moment for a minute and made me think. “Oh gees, this is not happening.” But it did happen and after the vivid picture it painted inside my head was done playing it’s high-light reel, I had to set the book down for a moment and think happy thoughts.

If you’re down for the dark and gritty voice that can be found in Zane’s Nola Zombie series, then you’re definitely down for this. If you’ve never read Zane, and would like a go of it, then start with Nola, that way you’ll be ready for this beauty when it drops in June! Happy Reading folks, definitely a recommended read from me!

 

 

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Skeleton Key Book Series
One Skeleton Key. Endless Adventures.
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The Sultan’s Palace is one of the most horrific tales of New Orleans’ historic French Quarter. The Sultan, a Turkish man who lived there in the late 1800s, is said to be seen staring down at people on the street from the third-floor balcony of the house nicknamed The Sultan’s Palace. On most nights in the French Quarter, haunted tour groups traipse past the majestic house while tour guides weave tales of mass murder, thieving pirates and jealous brothers…but none know the real truth.

Sierra is spending her twenty-first birthday with her best friend in New Orleans. It’s Halloween and what better way to celebrate the night than on a spooky haunted tour? Sierra has to have the whole package though, and with her best friend leading the way, they find a costume shop down a dark alley and a mysterious shopkeeper who has the perfect costume for her. She doesn’t want money though, only a favor, help the one that asks. Clothed in a breathtaking costume, with a mysterious key around her neck, Sierra goes on the haunted tour and quickly forgets the strange shopkeeper, especially as she strikes up a conversation with Owen and sparks begin to fly. She doesn’t remember the words of the shopkeeper until someone asks for help…and the key around her neck opens the door to the Sultan’s Palace.

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“Ali,” he said with a nod.

“Yeah, well, look Ali, you’re nice and all, but I’m not interested. The only reason why I didn’t fight you more was because of the spell. I’m kinda sort of with Owen and we have a job to do and it doesn’t involve getting sweaty and naked.”

“Kinda sort of?” Owen asked, eyebrow raised.

“Don’t want to assume anything. We did only hookup because of the aforementioned lust spell,” she whispered to him.

“The fact you used aforementioned in a sentence makes me want to turn kinda sorta into yes please.”

His face lit up in a grin and she had the desperate urge to kiss him.

“Yes, please,” she grinned back. “And all it takes is words to get you all hot and bothered?”

“Writer,” he shrugged and leaned in.

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RUN_PROOF_YELLOWRUN | Zombies are on the loose in New Orleans and of all the End of the World scenarios, Alexis Winter wasn’t prepared for this one. But, an apocalypse is an apocalypse and she should have this covered. She has been “prepping” for the last three years. The problem is location and timing. She’s stuck downtown and she has to get to her house on the outskirts of the city so she can get her supplies and bug-in (for the “non-preppers” this means hole up and stay safe).

Agreeing to work on a Saturday is now coming back to bite her on the ass big time. Hopefully, it won’t be a literal bite by the walking dead.
Luck favors the prepared, and as luck would have it, it comes in the form of the ridiculously hot Blake Miller. Former military man, current mercenary, Blake Miller, the man with the plan, his goal: steal a boat and trek up the Mississippi until they find safety. Alexis thinks this is a great plan and she decides to team up with Blake. The two team up in unexpected ways as they find they can’t keep their hands off of each other even when the world is falling down around them.

Can Alexis and Blake survive the end of the world, and if they do make it through the night, find a place that is safe and secure? Can their newfound attraction lead them down the road to love or heartbreak?

Zombies, sex, romance and carnage…you can’t get any better than this.

Be warned, there will be monsters, living and dead, there will be very intense sex scenes and there will be three books in the series.

Virna De Paul's Turned: ARC Review #FollowFriday & Giveaway

Perfect for fans of J. R. Ward, Nalini Singh, and Lara Adrian, bestselling author Virna DePaul’s new series of paranormal romances introduces readers to a thrilling world where vampires secretly co-exist with humans, seduction rules the night, and the stakes are nothing less than life and undeath.

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Welcome to a mesmerizing world where vampires hide among humans. This centuries-old species has its own rules, code of conduct, and taboos. Only the FBI knows that vampires exist—and although the Bureau agrees to keep their secret, it also plots to give humans the upper hand.

Turning mortals into vampires is forbidden.

But there are creatures who refuse to play by the rules.

Ever since he was turned, FBI special agent Ty Duncan has had one mission: bring rogue vampires to justice. As a recruiter for Belladonna, a shadow agency formed to keep vampires in check, Ty must tap Ana Martin, a troubled ex–gang member and one of the few mortals who can infiltrate places that his kind and the law cannot. From their first encounter, Ty fights a hunger to make Ana his own.

When Ty claims to have information about Ana’s missing sister, Ana has no choice but to trust this captivating stranger who awakens her deepest desires. But as she and Ty climb the heights of pleasure and passion, an enemy is conspiring to destroy them both.

Can Ana help Ty find his humanity in a love that could heal them both, or will their passion lead them into a darkness impossible to escape?

REVIEW:

Turned has the perfect blend of Dark, Gritty, Sexual Intensity, and Action Packed Romance I’ve had the pleasure of reading in 2014! Someone recently told me that Vampire Romance was dead. Well that was not the case with DePaul’s new Belladonna agency series! The opening of the book sucked me in and wouldn’t turn me loose until the very end. That sI will say was the only part of the journey I didn’t enjoy. I wanted to get started on the next part of the story.

The book opens up on a dark scene…

“He woke to the ugly whine of a power tool.”

I was right there with Ty in that room, disoriented and wondering what the heck is going on! But it get s better… much better. You realize that Ty’s been turned against his will, held captive and now works for the FBI, and even as that sounds intriguing you get to my next favorite line in the book as you read further….. Ty is jonesing after his next assignment… Ana and he wants her bad.

“Next to seeing her smile outright, there were only two things he wanted more. To fuck her. Hard. And to drink her blood while he was doing it”.

WOO WEE! Now that’s a bad ass alpha vampire for you. Straight and to the point. You don’t think of sparkles there do you ? The interaction between the hero and the heroine was nice and I loved the way the relationship was flash fire hot with no chance of ever burning out!

You get right from the start that Ty doesn’t like how he was turned, and who wouldn’t. Everyone wants to have a choice. But I think that in the midst of his angst and anger, there is something to be said about how he carried his vampire persona. Ana is smart mouth and hard. It took me a while to see behind the armour but with any hero or heroine you have to peel back the layers to get to their layers. Take your time and go on the journey with them.

Love the conspiracy that is taking place, The Queen, The FBI, and The Rogues…. It’s just the right amount of everything that makes for the perfect combination!

There were some open plots that I am sure we will see come to a close in later series. The secondary characters were strong and made me interested in their stories. I love the way the story is broken down into parts. The story is well written, fast paced and keep the reader immersed in the story line. I’m looking forward to the next in the series!

Every Friday visit our site and meet Virna’s Vixens – fabulous street team members, who volunteer their time and effort to share news about Virna’s books. In return . . . . #Giveaways!

– 1 print preview of TURNED, the first book in the Belladonna Agency series to a US winner, 18 years or older.

 

Rouge Rider by Larissa Ione: ARC Review

Rogue Rider (Lords of Deliverance #4)

by Larissa Ione (Goodreads Author)

The prophecies were there but no one listened. Until now. They are the Lords of Deliverance and they have the power to ward off Doomsday . . . or let it ride. 

Jillian Cardiff came to this remote mountain town to forget the demon attack that almost killed her. Instead, she rescues – and falls for – a gorgeous stranger who has no memory of anything other than his name. Handsome, charming and protective, Reseph seems like the kind of man that Jillian can trust. But with hints of a troubling history of his own, he’s also the kind of man that can be very dangerous . . . 

Reseph may not know his background, or why he mysteriously appeared in Jillian’s life, but he knows he wants to stay. Yet when Jillian’s neighbours are killed and demon hunters arrive on the scene, Reseph fears that he’s putting Jillian in danger. And once it’s revealed that Reseph is also Pestilence, the Horseman responsible for ravaging the world with death and destruction, he and Jillian must face the greatest challenge of all: can they forget the horrors of a chilling past to save the future they both desire?

BTW… Which cover do you like the best? I can’t decide…..

REVIEW

I have to say I was a bit skeptical, as I love Ione, I kept thinking that this book was going to be hard to swallow, and not in a bad way. I didn’t want to put the book down, and I enjoyed seeing the new Reseph, then the Old Reseph and even Pestilence when he made an appearance. I felt a little bit of everything when reading this book.

Both characters had a lot going on and they both equally needed healing. The way Ione brings them from their dark place and then out in to their own light, only to bring them together. JUST WOW!

Action was great and now I am equally stoked about Reaver and Harvester’s book… GOOD LAWD That’s going to be a hot one! Like FIYA!

We get to re-visit with the other horseman, as well as meet new characters, and most of all finding out about Reaver himself, I SO DID NOT SEE THAT COMING! Not even for a second…. I wonder if that was the jedi mind trick that Rissa had played on the sisterhood. Because man it was a shocker!

You really want to pick up this story! It has an amazing ending, and opens up Reaver’s story…

Review: To Tempt an Irish Rogue (Hamilton Sisters #4)

Review: To Tempt an Irish Rogue (Hamilton Sisters #4)

13552269She wanted a life of her own…

Paulette Hamilton loves working in her family’s London bookshop. Strong-willed and sharp-witted, she hopes to one day open a second shop, and she won’t let romantic follies get in her way. But the best laid plans have never met such a handsome Irish widower with a dubious history…


He wanted to leave his behind…

Declan Reeves came to London with his young daughter to escape his life in Ireland. Though he’s vowed to never marry again, he quickly falls prey to the tempting blue eyes of fair-haired Paulette. But her family is suspicious of his past, and before he can make her his wife, he must travel to Ireland to vindicate his reputation. Torn between honor and desire, Declan and Paulette launch a perilous search for the truth. Whether it lies in the past or a present beyond their control, it’s their only hope for a future together.

Review:

I have been on a big historical kick lately, which for me is strange. I have to admit I was intrigued about a woman working in a book store, who was deemed sensible and not wanting marriage, intrigued me. Plus I love the idea that the hero is Irish.

The book opens with Paulette in the book store and then when the bell rings she looks up to see Declan Reese with his daughter Mara. He’s dark, dangerous, and mysterious. I don’ know what it is but I am not about the blond hair, blue eyed hero at the moment. Dark and brooding seems to fit the bill for me most days.

Declan at first glance seems to be scary to Paulette, but that soon changes, rather quickly I might add. The fact that the two of them had amazing chemistry from the start drew me in. Sometimes its good for it to simmer, but that was not the direction this book headed toward. There were other obstacles in their way and Paulette held no punches. She was up front and honest with Declan from the start.

I enjoyed Mara most of all. She’s four and not able to speak, or should I say hasn’t spoken since a tragic accident took her mother. She’s Declan’s excuse to come into the store to see Paulette, and Paulette’s excuse to brave asking questions of the stranger, she knows she shouldn’t have strange feelings for.

This is the fourth book in the Hamilton Sister’s series, and I haven’t read any of the ones prior to this one. I don’t think a person has to as these books can clearly be stand alone. But I will say that I will be purchasing the other three books just to get acquainted with them.

You get  multiple POV’s in this story, even from four year old Mara. I liked that the most about the story. I am very interested in reading the next installment as the youngest of the sisters is up next. And she is headed in forbidden territory, I can’t wait to see how that turns out!

If you are into historicals, even if you are not you want to pick this up! This would be a good series to start even from this book. There is a bit of comedy, the youngest sister for me provided most of that entertainment with her dramatics! LOL There is a small bit of mystery, and a cute little girl with well behaved manors, and of course the ROMANCE! Let’s not forget about the romance!

Darker After Midnight: ARC Review

Darker After Midnight: ARC Review

Darker After Midnight (Midnight Breed, #10)
In the dark of night, a blood war escalates within the hidden world of the Breed. After existing in secret for many long centuries, maintaining a fragile peace with the humans who walk beside them unaware, a single act of retaliation has put the entire vampire nation at risk of discovery. It falls to the Order—a cadre of Breed warriors pledged to protect their own and humankind alike—to stop Dragos, the power-mad vampire at the center of the conflict, before his push for domination can explode into catastrophe.

At the center of the Order’s quest is Sterling Chase, once a morally rigid enforcer of Breed law, now a warrior fallen from grace, whose biggest battle is the one he wages against his own savage nature. With addiction beckoning him toward eternal darkness, Chase’s path to redemption has never seemed more out of reach. But when his eyes meet those of Tavia Fairchild, a beautiful witness who identifies him at the scene of a mission gone terribly wrong, Chase finds himself drawn to the woman—and convinced she is something much more than she seems.

Pulled into a vortex of intrigue and danger she can neither resist nor understand, Tavia is uncertain whom to trust. And while everything sane and logical warns her against getting close to Chase, she cannot deny that the handsome, deeply haunted male stirs something primal and ravenous within her. But even as she surrenders to her cravings, nothing can prepare her for the shattering truth of who—and what—she truly is.

As the Order’s enemy mobilizes for the battle of the ages, Dragos and his Minions unleashing a hell on Earth like nothing ever seen before, Chase and Tavia are thrust into the heart of the violence. With time running out and the streets running red with the blood of innocent lives, both Breed and human, together Chase and Tavia must find a way to defeat Dragos once and for all—or die trying.

I think this book in the series is my favorite hands down! Lara Adrian wove together something that was so intriguing, so enthralling, and so damn sexy! It was hard to put the book down!The story line and plot itself were well put together, and I enjoyed getting re acquainted with the characters from some of the other stories. Lucan was a strong force of nature in this book. Then of course there is Rowan and Dragos we get a really good look inside these two characters on a grander scale. 

There was a lot going on in the book, but it didn’t take away from the story at all. We got to see Chase’s struggle with bloodlust, at the same time trying to do the honorable thing, while Lucan was dealing with the fall out of having the compound compromised and then trying to ensure the safety of not only his friends and family but that of the breed nation.  We learn that Dragos has been busy with all kinds of genetic research and that there is not only the breeds who are otherworlders but the discovery of their mates being not what they seem either. 

Tavia Fairchild is not what she seems and when I found out just what and who she was it put into perspective where Adrian was going with this story. I don’t want to give it away because everyone should read this amazing tale, but damn was I truly and well surprised. 

Lara, put us back in touch with Brock and Jenna and we got to see exactly what Jenna’s been dreaming about and from the perspective of one of the ancients. The fact that they weren’t alone and some of the hard and cold calculated moves they made in order to conquer what they felt was theirs by right.

To say that this story had apocalyptic tendencies is still to be determined, but pretty damn close, and the ending of the book was the only choice the breeds had as a species.  Dragos unleashed Rogues who you could say were like zombies, eating and drinking people until they were dead, if it wasn’t for the breeds, I am sure that’s what would have happened. Like, how could Dragos have controlled them once the food supply had been consumed?

There would be nothing left, but when the breed came in along with those from the Agency that weren’t aligned with Dragos things came into place very nicely. The fact that the population of breed had to announce who they were, could only let the series continue forward.  I can’t wait for Mira’s story in 2012, I have a feeling there are going to be some issues between Kellan and Nathan. Just who does Mira end up with? One of them or neither?

Also the other question is, where are the other immortals? The ones that fathered the breedmates? What to do about them? I am interested to see where the story takes off into different and interesting directions. Lara Adrian more than out did herself with this story!

Can’t wait to read more! I hope you all enjoy Chase’s story as much as I did!

ARC Review: Awkward by Marni Bates

AwkwardMackenzie Wellesley has spent her life avoiding the spotlight. At Smith High, she’s the awkward junior people only notice when they need help with homework. Until she sends a burly football player flying with her massive backpack and makes a disastrous – not to mention unwelcome – attempt at CPR. Before the day is out, the whole fiasco explodes on YouTube. And then the strangest thing happens. Suddenly, Mackenzie is an Internet sensation, with four million hits and counting. Sucked into a whirlwind of rock stars, paparazzi, and free designer clothes, she even catches the eye of the most popular guy at school. And that’s when life gets really interesting…

I loved this book so much! I have to say aside from the celebrity portion and the hot guy I could totally relate to Mack (she hates that name by the way.) I really have to be honest, I didn’t think I was going to enjoy this book, and not because its from 1st P.O.V it was more like, this is just whacked! But I was wrong, completely and utterly wrong, as they say you can’t judge a book by its cover or in my case the blurb.
The plot was very well put together and I enjoyed how Bates puts the notes at the end of the story. It’s not your basic nerd meets hottest guy in school and the two hook up. No its not quite that simple.

Mackenzie tutor’s the hottest and most popular guy at school, Logan, but she only has ever had eyes for Patrick.  There isn’t much of a triangle going on but there are some dynamics to the relationships.

Mack babbles, she spouts factoids, and she’s clumsy as all get out. But that’s really all it takes is one clumsy, stupid accident that gets her millions of hits on YouTube and then to top it all off, once that starts the ball doesn’t stop rolling, because one of her favorite bands makes a song  about that incident, which in turns gets her the “Devil Wears Prada” designer clothes and launches her out into the universe with out so much as a net.  She gets invited to the concert and her friends dress her up in her new digs, then she’s on stage! A whirlwind of just awesomeness! (Why didn’t this happen to me in high school?)

The friendships that Mackenzie has are long lasting and I was glad it wasn’t one of those, loose your old friends for the “new new” friends.  Mack for the most part kept her head, and her tutoring job on her shoulders.  Small but very definable things start to happen for her, and its funny to watch her stumble through life’s surprises one clumsy step at a time, creating an even bigger issue.

There wasn’t a moment in this book that I wasn’t laughing. I have to say my favorite part was a line you will see used through out the book. “Am I killing him right now” It’s a hilarious moment and the entire time I was reading that scene I was not only feeling embarrassed for Mackenzie but for myself.  Why? Because I was mortified, and could equally see myself in the same situation.  It was outlandish, crazy and bloody brilliant! Bates racked me in emotionally and mentally!

I finished this book in less than 6 hours I started reading at 9:30pm and finished a little before 1:00 am! I couldn’t put the book down! I tried to look away and get distracted but I was drawn back in.

The dynamics of Mack’s, Jane, and Corey’s relationship made the book that much more enjoyable and believable. I was instantly transformed back to high school, in yes my GEEK days! I was scared when Mack was scared and nervous when she was.  Although I have to admit I totally saw the signs with Logan and had Patrick figured out from jump!I wanted to smack her upside the head when she couldn’t see Logan liked her and I equally wanted to smack Logan for being such a guy.

There is the mean girl and her crew also called Notables and then there was Mack’s group the Invisibles.  It all made sense and yes I wanted to snatch the bad girl up by her luxurious hair and yank her around for good measure but that’s what made the book so much more enjoyable! The evil character and her troupe, the guy you crushed on for years and find out he’s not so hot after all, the guy you would never have given second thought to, because you thought he was so out of your league, finally makes you swoon!

The comedy in the book was enjoyable and laugh out loud almost all of the time for me! I can’t wait for Jane’s book!

Now the rock star moment in the book was well played and the fact that the band was awesome and made Mackenzie feel normal made me have a swoon moment! I have to admit I totally saw the Tim and Corey thing, um how could you not!

There was teenage rebellion and there was sibling rivalry! I loved how Dylan was against her and then all for her way to pull the family together and her mom was so understanding. Mack didn’t live in a whole home, her parents were divorced by a debacle that she caused at a recital at a young age, and her mother never blamed her for. The family dynamics were amazing! There was struggle and purpose and Mack had her mind set on a goal, (tutoring Logan for money) so that she could get her MacBook!

In the end she walks away with not only the MacBook, but the guy too.

Totally pick this book up you don’t want to miss Mack’s adventure from Geek to sheik!