26 September 2012

The Highlander's Touch by Karen Marie Moning

{YES, I've listened to this book on audio and YES this post contains spoilers, as I am reviewing a book!! LOL! may contain questionable language, discretion is advised! Excerpt below from Good Reads.}

The Highlander's Touch (Highlander #3)

4.11 of 5 stars 4.11  ·  rating details  ·  9,465 ratings  ·  461 reviews
A Warrior Of Immortal Powers

He was a mighty Scottish warrior who lived in a world bound by ancient laws and timeless magic. But no immortal powers could prepare the laird of Castle Brodie for the lovely accursed lass who stood before him. A terrible trick of fate had sent her 700 years back in time and into his private chamber to tempt him with her beauty—and seduce him with a desire he could never fulfill. For this woman he burned to possess was also
the woman he had foresworn to destroy.

A Woman Caught In The Mists Of Time

When Lisa felt the earth move under her feet, the fiercely independent 21st-century woman never dreamed she was falling...into another century. But the powerful, naked warrior who stood glaring down at her was only too real...and too dangerously arousing. Irresistibly handsome he might be, but Lisa had no intention of remaining in this savage land torn by treachery and war. How could she know that her seductive captor had other plans for her...plans that would save her from a tragic fate? Or that this man who had long ago forsaken love would defy time itself to claim her for his own....

Hello visitors!!! I'm reviewing the 3rd book in the Highlander Series by Karen Marie Moning, read by Phil Gigante. So this was another "time travel" sort of plot, very similar to the first book actually and I'm kinda getting a little meh'd out by Moning's Highlander series, so I think this will be the last book in the series that I'll read for a while. Not that I don't think they are great books, they really are! Very lush and detailed, I guess I'm just needing something different right now, and to get that Scottish accent out of my head! LOL! Don't get me wrong, gotta love a Scot, but it's just been 3 books now, and I just think I'm ready for something new and fresh. This was a sweet little love story, just like the rest of them and like I said, has to do with one or both main characters traveling from ancient Scotland to current time and back again. The emotions in this one were a little deeper than the others it seemed and it was an overall decent read. :)

I gave this book about:
I'm just ready for something new!

Not sure what I will load up, I don't have many books sitting in my audiobooks folder at the moment, some older Dream Hunter books by Kenyon... The Warriors of Poseidon books by Alyssa Day... hmmm... Gena Showalter's Lord of Vampires? Ho Hum... not sure! Whatever I pick, rest assured, I will review it! :) See you soon!

22 September 2012

To Tame a Highland Warrior by Karen Marie Moning

{YES, I've listened to this book on audio and YES this post contains spoilers, as I am reviewing a book!! LOL! may contain questionable language, discretion is advised! Excerpt below from Good Reads.} 

To Tame A Highland Warrior (Highlander #2)

To Tame A Highland Warrior (Highlander #2)

4.12 of 5 stars 4.12  ·  rating details  ·  10,862 ratings  ·  498 reviews
Only her love could gentle his savage soul—

He was born to a clan of warriors of supernatural strength, but Gavrael McIllioch abandoned his name and his Highland castle, determined to escape the dark fate of his ancestors. Hiding his identity from the relentless rival clan that hunted him, he called himself Grimm to protect the people he cared for, vowing never to acknowledge his love for ravishing Jillian St. Clair. Yet even from afar he watched over her, and when her father sent an urgent summons, "Come for Jillian," he raced to her side—into a competition to win her hand in marriage.

Why had he run from her so many years before? And why return now to see her offered as a prize in her father's manipulative game? Furious, Jillian vowed never to wed. But Grimm was the man she loved, the one who urged her to marry another. He tried to pretend indifference as she tempted him, but he could not deny the fierce desires that compelled him to abduct her from the altar. She was the only woman who could tame the beast that raged within him—even as deadly enemies plotted to destroy them both....

Hello again! Here I am with my review of the second book by Karen Marie Moning in the Highlander Series... it was called To Tame a Highland Warrior and (to my happiness) featured a character from the first book in the series- Grimm. I was very happy to hear his "story" be told, and love the "supernatural" aspect of it as well as the "mate" aspect of it! As you may or may not know, I'm a sucker for the "mate" genre of books, so this one hit a soft spot within me. The narorating is by the same fellow, Phil Gigante and his scottish brogue still irks me a little, but has sunk into my mind and throughout my day, I occasionally hear his voice in my head! LOL! That sounds odd, doesn't it? Meh... this book I only gave 3 stars on Good Reads, but after a bit of thought, it was more like 3.75 stars LOL! It was "good", but it didn't blow me away. It was far better than the first book, which was "alright", but again- nothing that made me go "WOW!". I am continuing on with the series though, because after two books, I think I kind of owe it to myself to follow through. The scenery and descriptive way Moning paints their story is actually kind of cool, so I am enjoying the series so far and am waiting for that one book in the series to make me sigh happily. This one ALMOST did that, there were some very tender moments, but it played out very similarly in plot to the first book, which is why maybe it felt typical to me, but I just REALLY liked the Grimm character. His mate, Jillian was very cute too! Anyway... I will probably give a listen to the third book, which I started last night for a few minutes... see you guys soon!

I'm giving this book 

19 September 2012

Beyond the Highland Mist by Karen Marie Moning

{YES, I've listened to this book on audio and YES this post contains spoilers, as I am reviewing a book!! LOL! may contain questionable language, discretion is advised! Excerpt below from Good Reads.} 

Beyond the Highland Mist (Highlander, #1)

Beyond the Highland Mist (Highlander #1)

3.98 of 5 stars 3.98  · rating details  ·  18,221 ratings  ·  1,094 reviews
He would sell his warrior soul to possess her. . . .
An alluring laird...
He was known throughout the kingdom as Hawk, legendary predator of the battlefield and the boudoir. No woman could refuse his touch, but no woman ever stirred his heart--until a vengeful fairy tumbled Adrienne de Simone out of modern-day Seattle and into medieval Scotland. Captive in a century not her own, entirely too bold, too outspoken, she was an irresistible challenge to the sixteenth-century rogue. Coerced into a marriage with Hawk, Adrienne vowed to keep him at arm's length--but his sweet seduction played havoc with her resolve.
A prisoner in time...
She had a perfect "no" on her perfect lips for the notorious laird, but Hawk swore she would whisper his name with desire, begging for the passion he longed to ignite within her. Not even the barriers of time and space would keep him from winning her love. Despite her uncertainty about following the promptings of her own passionate heart, Adrienne's reservations were no match for Hawk's determination to keep her by his side. . . 

Hello again!!! So... here I am reviewing Karen Marie Moning's first book in the Highlander series- Beyond the Highland Mist. I'm not quite sure if my "experience" of the book was kinda overshadowed by the fact that I devoured C.J. Robert's Dark Duet books in Kindle format WHILE attempting to give this book a listen in audio format, but *sigh* this book was just meh, alright for me. It paled in comparison to what I've recently read and listened to, unfortunately. Though it was a clever, cute little story, the narration (Phil Gigante) was a tad bit cheesy as well as the Scotish brogue, a little too ehhhh, "Sean Connery impersonation" for me. I am going to give the second book in this series a go though, just to see if it was the dreaded "first book" curse, or whatever... but I don't want to give these books up just yet... Like I said, it could have just been timing, so I'm willing to try the second book! It's on board on my mp3 player and I'll start it tonight!

I gave Beyond the Highland Mist:

And I have book 2 loaded up and ready

To Tame A Highland Warrior (Highlander #2)

17 September 2012

Seduced in the Dark by C.J. Roberts

{YES, I've read this book and YES this post contains spoilers, as I am reviewing a book!! LOL! may contain questionable language, discretion is advised! Excerpt below from Good Reads.} 

Seduced in the Dark (The Dark Duet, #2)

Seduced in the Dark (The Dark Duet #2)

4.68 of 5 stars 4.68  ·  rating details  ·  1,382 ratings  ·  467 reviews
The exciting, titillating, and action-filled conclusion to Captive in the Dark.

What is the price of redemption?

Rescued from sexual slavery by a mysterious Pakistani officer, Caleb carries the weight of a debt that must be paid in blood.

The road has been long and fraught with uncertainty, but for Caleb and Livvie, it’s all coming to an end.

Can he surrender the woman he loves for the sake of vengeance?

Or will he make the ultimate sacrifice?

It seemed to Caleb, the nature of human beings revolved around one empirical truth: we want what we cannot have. For Eve, it was the fruit of the forbidden tree. For Caleb, it was Livvie.

Well, hi! I'm fresh from finishing up this book in Kindle format. I finished the first one and KNEW I had to dive into this second book with as much or more fervor than before since this book was much longer and way more involved. I don't really know if I can really put down into words exactly how this small series made me feel, but I have to say that Roberts is completely and utterly amazing. Her writing style is phenomenal. I'm not sure if I have a different opinion of this book because I've actually READ it rather than listening to it on audiobook (it's not available in audio format apparently... trust me, I looked!) but this book completely and totally gripped me. I can't tell you how day after day I literally CRAVED reading this book, through grumbling stomach- because I didn't want to get up and get myself something to eat, through hubby's days off work- he had to sit there and watch me read, attempting to "spend time with me" lol! and my poor kids- good lord, they've been neglected! How did I ever manage to even get them to school, put them to bed??? Dishes are pilled up in my sink, laundry is everywhere... the house is disheveled and I thought about NOTHING but the plot and book while I wasn't reading!!!! This story encompassed my whole being! LOL! I sincerely hope it grips others in the same fashion, or I will be left feeling like a complete and utter freak! *snicker* Either way, part of me sighed in relief, and is STILL sighing, that this story is over and told... I feel emotionally exhausted and happy to be "back to my old self again"!! I loved every single thing about this book, and I don't want to put any spoilers down here, because I want anyone reading this to go buy this book and experience it for yourselves and more importantly, I want you all to love it as much as I did!!! Be prepared to be taken on a serious journey into the darkest parts of your psyche though, have a tough skin and an open mind too! And above all- I hope you love this book as much as I did! :) (and you MUST read book 1 before you read book 2!!! Book one is called Captive in the Dark!)

I can't even give this book a star rating... it went BEYOND any rating system I know of!!! Just go read the first and second book... now! :P

I've been halfheartedly listening to:
Beyond the Highland Mist (Highlander, #1)
...and I hope to be able to HEAR the book now, with an open mind and carefree heart after this completely insane series... so I will go back to my paranormal loving self and attempt to find any pleasure in any other book AFTER Seduced in the Dark. LOL! :)

14 September 2012

Captive in the Dark by C.J. Roberts

{YES, I've read this book and YES this post contains spoilers, as I am reviewing a book!! LOL! may contain questionable language, discretion is advised! Excerpt below from Good Reads.} 

Captive in the Dark (The Dark Duet, #1)

Captive in the Dark (The Dark Duet #1)

4.17 of 5 stars 4.17  ·  rating details  ·  3,295 ratings  ·  606 reviews
Caleb is a man with a singular interest in revenge. Kidnapped as a young boy and sold into slavery by a power-hungry mobster, he has thought of nothing but vengeance. For twelve years he has immersed himself in the world of pleasure slaves searching for the one man he holds ultimately responsible. Finally, the architect of his suffering has emerged with a new identity, but not a new nature. If Caleb is to get close enough to strike, he must become the very thing he abhors and kidnap a beautiful girl to train her to be all that he once was.

Eighteen-year-old Olivia Ruiz has just woken up in a strange place. Blindfolded and bound, there is only a calm male voice to welcome her. His name is Caleb, though he demands to be called Master. Olivia is young, beautiful, naïve and willful to a fault. She has a dark sensuality that cannot be hidden or denied, though she tries to accomplish both. Although she is frightened by the strong, sadistic, and arrogant man who holds her prisoner, what keeps Olivia awake in the dark is her unwelcome attraction to him.

WARNING: This book contains very disturbing situations, dubious consent, strong language, and graphic violence.

Okay... for starters, this book is uber short. Apparently it's her first, so it's relatively shorter than her second one... I had purchased this on my Kindle about a week ago, and wanted to get through the books I was already elbows deep in, so I put it on the back burner... Well, I picked it up today and could NOT PUT IT DOWN! I just finished it after having been reading it for about mmmm, say, 5 or 6 straight hours... Oh minus a few minutes to jump into the shower quickly. This author... holy smokes. What can I say??? I absolutely LOVED this freaking book. In the Goodreads description it issues a warning that it's got disturbing scenarios etc, but it was right up my alley and I completely loved it. It wasn't THAT disturbing anyway, nothing I haven't ever read before, actually. It was considerably more tame than I was anticipating (hoping?)... so those who tend to handle "situations" that are errrr...violent or overly sexual, this book will sit just fine with you. I loved every single thing about the way the author writes and I clutched at my tablet while reading this whole story. It was fantastic. A little on the "unbelievable" side I guess, far fetched? I guess it would have been more believable if Caleb was wanting to obtain her for himself, along the same vein as 50 Shades or Bared To You. I was actually looking for a book that was in the same genre, but this one went beyond those, into a whole different universe because of the author and the way she wrote. I absolutely love her writing style and every single thing about her style just sang to me! Love love loved it! I finished up the first book and read her little snippet at the end, wondering how long of a wait it would be until the second book was released, and lo and behold, I hurried over to Amazon and bought the second book right away! Soooo freaking excited to start the second book, I could pee!!! And for those who know me, that's a good sign! Not a sign that I need adult diapers! ;P Anyway, this is a dark and twisted pseudo-love story that takes the human psyche to the depths of despair and to the brink of seduction all in one fell swoop! It was so tangible and touchable. And it was all because of the superior writing style of C.J. Roberts! She's absolute perfection personified!!! Anyway, I have domestic duties I must perform but I will be back at the second book in this journey, and I simply can't wait!!!

If I could, I would give this book 100 stars... for the sake of being "fair"...

13 September 2012

Promises by Lisa L. Wiedmeier

{YES, I've read this book and YES this post contains spoilers, as I am reviewing a book!! LOL! may contain questionable language, discretion is advised! Excerpt below from Good Reads.} 

Promises (Timeless, #2)

Promises (Timeless #2)

4.22 of 5 stars 4.22  ·rating details  ·  98 ratings  ·  19 reviews
Cheyenne is determined to seek the light of truth in a web of darkness, but at what cost?

Still reeling from the revelations of her secret birthright and fated betrothals, Cheyenne's thoughts tumble over the whirlwind of life since the death of her parents. Vowing to close herself off to spare her heart more pain, she keeps her distance and seeks her own path. But Colt, Daniel and Callon are constantly at her side, not giving her room to breathe or let her come to terms with her destiny. At the same time, her transformation into a Timeless begins; a process that could very well kill her. As if that wasn't enough, her enemies are still out for her blood, and no-where is safe. Though new allies appear to protect her from the unseen dangers, which ones are friend and which are foe?

And can Cheyenne stand the ultimate pain of all…

Hello again!!! Whew! This will teach me to READ a book and listen to a book on audio huh? Too many book reviews! LOL! Well, today I finished up Promises, which is book 2 in Lisa L. Wiedmeier's Timeless Series, Kindle format. It was a cute book with a TON of twists and turns in this one! Many more than the first book. The first one kinda felt like it was moseying right along at a snails pace, but this second book picked up fairly quickly and kept you wondering, thinking, hoping, searching... it was a great second book in a fun, very "young adult" fantasy theme'd series! This book is perfect for those who want a nice, light read with nothing too heavy, there were enough details to keep me interested and the familiarity of the characters was nice, as well as meeting several new characters in Cheyenne's journey. With this book having come to it's end, I'm really looking forward to the 3rd book that is due out next spring sometime! :) I thank Lisa very very much for allowing me a peek inside her mind, and to go on this little imaginative journey with her! <3

I gave Promises

And I have NOOOOOOOOOOO clue what I'm going to read or listen to next... any suggestions guys???

Time Untime by Sherrilyn Kenyon

{YES, I've listened to this book on audio and YES this post contains spoilers, as I am reviewing a book!! LOL! may contain questionable language, discretion is advised! Excerpt below from Good Reads.} 

Time Untime (Dark-Hunter, #17; Hellchaser, #5)

Time Untime (Dark-Hunter #17)

4.08 of 5 stars 4.08  ·  rating details  ·  1,411 ratings  ·  249 reviews
From #1 New York Times bestselling author Sherrilyn Kenyon comes the next thrilling installment in her blockbuster Dark-Hunter series

The Mayans aren’t the only ones with a 2012 prophecy…

Long before recorded history, there was a Keetoowah warrior so feared that everyone trembled before his wrath. Only a brutal betrayal by the one closest to him could defeat him. But not even death was the end of a man so strong.

The Time Untime approaches…

Kateri Avani has been plagued her entire life with dreams she doesn’t understand. Images of places she’s never been and of a man she’s never seen. Her quest for answers has driven her to Las Vegas where she hopes to finally silence the demons in her mind.

What she never anticipates is coming face to face with the warrior who has haunted her her entire life. One who belongs to a world the scientist in her refuses to believe is real.

Ren Waya came back from the dead to keep the prophecy he began from coming true and ending the world. For thousands of years, he has fought the same evil that once possessed him. But now that evil has found the one person he can’t fight. The one person who, against his will, holds the most sacred part of him.

His heart.

But if he doesn’t kill Kateri, the deadliest of evils will reemerge and destroy everyone else on the planet. It was a sacrifice he made once.

Will he be able to make it again?

Hello visitors! Here I am having JUST finished Time Untime by Sherrily Kenyon. Now... I'm a die hard menyon, always will be, and of course, I really enjoyed this book! I've read all of the Dark Hunter books and am only missing about 3 of the Dream Hunter books (I have them, just haven't had a chance to listen to them), so this isn't just one of those books you pick up and read, in my opinion. Although Kenyon would probably disagree in some sort of fashion, in my opinion, you should really start at the very beginning of this series and move through it. I had learned about Kenyon a couple years ago, and she was already well into her series, so I had listened to them all back to back over a course of several months, doing nothing but listening to her dark hunter books. Once I got to Acheron, it seems I was caught up and had to wait the year or so between each book to get her newest ones. That made me so sad, lol! It was almost hard to remember back to The Guardian (her book before this one) since it seemed like it was quite some time ago that I listened to it. Either way, there was plenty enough details and involvement that sparked my memory of this completely ginormous series. And when I say GINORMOUS, I seriously mean it! This series is just so large and involved, and spans so much time and has some spin off's (Chronicles of Nick series, which I've also read all of, Dream Hunter, Were-Hunter etc etc) that I would think that Kenyon might seem overwhelmed at times?? I dunno, but when I finish up a Dark Hunter book I'm always amazed at the vast "world" she's created and all of the many, many characters involved. These books aren't saturated with sex and such, but I've grown very attached to them and really enjoy Kenyon's lore. There hasn't been a book of hers yet that's touched me quite as much as Acheron's book, (it really left a lasting impression, and is on my top 10 favorite books EVA) but all of her other books are quite a pleasure- sincerely. And of course, one of my all time favorite narrators- Holter Graham- reads most all of the Dark Hunter books and he's just the best readers I've ever come across. I'm a huge fan of his! ;) Anyway, this journey was dipped in details and rolled in history! It was a fantastic book and any Sherrilyn Kenyon fans should definitely grab this book (which I know they will!) and enjoy it!

If I could give this book 100 stars I would! LOL!


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