16 September 2013

The Goblin King (The Kings #4) by Heather Killough-Walden

The Goblin King (The Kings, #4)

Damon Chroi has known the weight of ruling in loneliness for thousands of years. The tall, painfully handsome fae lord was born with so much power, the fae kings not only envied but feared him, and banished him to a forbidden realm to be forgotten. There, he was tasked with ruling over the deadliest creatures known to the fae worlds, and his veritable battle as their sovereign is never-ending. As one of the 13 Kings, his destiny foretells an end to his solitude with the appearance of an equally powerful queen. But that kind of power is hard to come by. And power or not, Damon can’t imagine any woman willingly joining him in the eternal misery to which he has been tasked.
Until he meets the beautiful, strong and selfless Diana Piper. 
Diana has been hiding a potent secret from the world for decades. She was born with abilities others would fight to win, and kill to keep. To make matters worse, she is a sensitive soul who, despite the danger it poses to herself, uses these powers to make the world a better place. Forever in harm’s way, overworked and head strong, Diana one night comes across the ultimate challenge in the form of a wayward fae beast – and in the process, crosses paths with its indomitable king. A light can only shine in the darkness so long before someone takes note of it. And Diana not only manages to gain the instant attentions of Damon Chroi… but of those who would do anything to see him – and the other 13 Kings – dead.

Hello all! Thanks for stopping by to read my review on the above book- The Goblin King by Heather Killough-Walden. I wasn't aware that she would be releasing this book so soon, so it was quite a surprise to see that she had, I was excited to give it a listen, as I enjoyed the other books in this series so far, and really am looking forward to hearing about the rest of the King's and their Queen's. :) This book was good, like the others and has the same reader as the other ones as well, so it was a nice comfortable, familiar feeling. I really enjoyed hearing more about Damon and meeting his Queen, Diana. She is very unique, like all the other queens and in this one, her abilities paid off big time! ;) No spoilers from me though! Anyway, from Heather's website, it seems that her future Kings books are going to be coming much later than anticipated, so... mph! I'll keep busy! ;)

Easy peasy four stars!

ohhhhhhhhhhhhhh yessssssssssssss..... MINE!!! So excited to start this today!!! eeeeeep!

Styxx (Dark-Hunter, #23)

05 September 2013

Up to Me (The Bad Boys #2) by M. Leighton

Up to Me (The Bad Boys, #2)

M. Leighton’s Down to You was just the beginning. Up to Me has even more shockers in store!” (Examiner.com) 
For Olivia, romantic bliss has never felt so right as it does with Cash. Unpredictable, except when it comes to satisfying her desires, Cash’s bad boy reputation is well-earned, but he’s turning his life around with the one woman who accepts him for who he is.
Until strangers from the past turn Olivia and Cash’s world upside down. What they want is something only Cash can give them. And if he doesn’t deliver, then they’re taking the one thing that Cash values the most.
Olivia always knew that in falling for Cash she was likely to get burned. But this new threat is beyond anything she imagined. Now she has to trust Cash with her life—and for Olivia that’s much easier than letting go, and trusting him with her heart.

Well, hello! I'm here to bring you all my opinion on the above book, which is book 2 in The Bad Boys series by M. Leighton. I had finished book 1 prior to this one and enjoyed it, pretty much, and was looking forward to this one and it was pretty good, too! A fun, funny, steamy and very unpredictable series, this is turning out to be! I'm looking forward to when book 3 is in my hot little hands so I can give it a listen too. Like I said about book 1, there are a lot of secrets and people could and probably do, spout off tons of spoilers, but I won't do this! Just know that this is a very fun and exciting book, and there are a lot of holy cow, wtf moments that will leave your mind blown! LOL! I encourage anyone to pick up this series, it's an easy read/listen and I found myself laughing quite a bit, it was cheeky and clever! This book was read the same way the first one was, bouncing back and forth between Cash and Olivia's point of view, both being read by the same people who read the other one, female and male, so it was familiar and nice! Anyway, I got a book recently that I didn't think would be released any time soon and am really looking forward to getting further into it, so I'm going to make this fast! ;) Good book! Go, read it! heh!

Sinking my teeth into:

The Goblin King (The Kings, #4)

29 August 2013

Down to You (The Bad Boys #1) by M. Leighton

Down to You (The Bad Boys, #1)

The scorching tale of one girl, two brothers and a love triangle…that’s not. Olivia Townsend is nothing special. She’s just a girl working her way through college so she can return home to help her father run his business. She’s determined not to be the second woman in his life to abandon him, even if it means putting her own life on hold. To Olivia, it’s clear what she must do. Plain and simple. Black and white. But clear becomes complicated when she meets Cash and Nash Davenport. They’re brothers. Twins. 
Cash is everything she’s always wanted in a guy. He’s a dangerous, sexy bad boy who wants her in his bed at any cost. He turns her insides to mush and, with just one kiss, makes her forget why he’s no good for her. Nash is everything she’s ever needed in a guy. He’s successful, responsible and intensely passionate. But he’s taken. Very taken, by none other than Marissa, Liv’s rich, beautiful cousin. That doesn’t stop Olivia from melting every time he looks at her, though. With just one touch, he makes her forget why they can never be together. 
Black and white turns to shades of gray when Olivia discovers the boys are hiding something, something that should make her run as far and as fast as she can. But it’s too late to run. Olivia’s already involved. And in love. With both of them. Both brothers make her heart tremble. Both brothers set her body on fire. She wants them both. And they want her. How will she ever choose between them?

Hello, hello! I'm checking in with my review of the above book- Down To You by M. Leighton. It was read by a female and a male duo, which, I am starting to really enjoy that particular format, and the point of view switching and voice switching. This one was read by Kate Rudd and Benjamin Darcie. Both voices were excellent and they each read wonderfully. This book was pretty good, VERY twisty and turny, so I won't go into details and spoil the major ending and plot twist! Just know that it's worth it and it's a super fun and ultra sexy book! I loved all aspects of this book except for one major scene, which I can't really mention w/o completely blowing the whole book for you all- which I don't want to do, just know that it was silly beyond belief! LOL! Anyway, this is a good start to a series that I'm looking forward to continuing! I have book 2 loaded up on my mp3 player and really am excited to start it! :)

This book gets, an easy:

24 August 2013

Cloak & Silence (The League #6) by Sherrilyn Kenyon

Cloak & Silence (The League, #6)

One of the fiercest soldiers the Phrixians have ever produced, Maris Sulle has been an outsider the whole of his life. He grew up with a secret that cost him everything- His birthright, his family and his military career. In all his life, he’s only had one love and he has sacrificed his own happiness to see his best friend reunited with the woman he loves. But now that his good deed is done, he feels lost and adrift. Even though they do their best to include him in their new family, he’s once again on the outside looking in.
Ture has spent his life hiding from everyone around him while trying desperately to fit in. His family, the world, you name it. Badly hurt by everyone he’s ever known, he trusts no one except his own best friend. And honestly, he can’t understand why he trusts her. Nor can he believe her when she describes a loyalty between friends the likes of which he’s never seen.
But when he is in his darkest hour, he’s saved by a hero he thought only existed in novels. A man who is every bit as scarred and mistrusting as he is. One who has no interest in being dragged into another relationship with anyone.
Having spent his life as a living study of doomed relationships, Maris is well aware of the courtship and fiasco that invariably follows. Still, there is something about Ture he can’t resist. Something that won’t let him walk away when he knows he should.
But when old enemies return to threaten them both, they either have to stand together or die alone.

Hi all! I'm back quick my review of the 6th book in The League series by Sherrilyn Kenyon. It's been a while since I've had the pleasure of listening to a Kenyon book, and this one didn't let me down one bit. Even though it was a "novella", or only about 6 or so hours via audio, it was nonetheless, one of my favorites of hers, EVER! :) This one was about Maris and Ture, who happen to be both males, and obviously, gay. I haven't listened to too many male on male books before, but this one was great. The whole 'gay sex' thing doesn't bother me AT ALL (maybe... the opposite? mmm? *eg*) so that didn't phase me... what phased me was knowing the audio release of this was considered late/not on schedule particularly, because the reader- Holter Graham has relapsed in his battle against cancer. I knew this, because I follow Kenyon on Facebook and she had mentioned it briefly, with nothing but love and respect towards the matter. So, I KNEW beforehand, Graham's situation to an extent. But I didn't think it would really impact me as much as it has, to be honest with you. The very last 20-30 mins of this book, I got on an googled his battle and read through his blog, and wow. The man is a trooper, and literally ONE of the BEST audiobook readers that I've ever had the pleasure of hearing! I've listened to many, many books read by Holter Graham and just love his voice! And you can really tell the struggles that he's going through (I wasn't aware of how severely he was battling until I read his blog) by listening to this book. He reads... differently. You can hear it in his voice, that he's going through a lot, physically and emotionally. He used the same tones and voices he's used in the past with her books, but it was just DIFFERENT. Not bad, different, not good different, just DIFFERENT. This touches me deeply because earlier this year my father in law was diagnosed with bladder cancer and I've watched the small struggles he's gone through (Holter mentions in his blog about a chemo treatment that makes his tongue slough off the dead cells and it's just a horrible, nasty icky thing... my my FIL is going through the same thing right now, and has described it to me in detail, it's just... eww! poor guy!) and continue to watch him battle cancer, and it just reminds me that not everyone has it as seemingly easy as my FIL has it. He's still pretty active and is LIVING semi-okay. Holter just seems like he's struggling a lot from reading his blog and the compassion I feel for him through this is just overwhelming! It's all very touching and even though this has nothing to do with the plot of the book LOL, it's just something I really feel compelled to add to my review! LOL! I sincerely wish Holter all the best and a speedy recovery and I really really hope that isn't the last book that I hear, being read by him! :( His lovely voice and everything he adds to the characters, no matter the writer, is just beyond compare! He makes the books what they are, for me. Kenyon is an outstanding writer, and I totally love her regardless, but Holter REALLY makes her books on audio worth while. :)

This book and HOLTER GRAHAM himself, deserve a million stars, but to be fair:

Not sure what's next... see you soon.

23 August 2013

Claim Me (Stark Trilogy #2) by J. Kenner

Claim Me (Stark Trilogy, #2)

For Damien, our obsession is a game. For me, it is fiercely, blindingly, real.
Damien Stark’s need is palpable—his need for pleasure, his need for control, his need for me. Beautiful and brilliant yet tortured at his core, he is in every way my match.
I have agreed to be his alone, and now I want him to be fully mine. I want us to possess each other beyond the sweetest edge of our ecstasy, into the deepest desires of our souls. To let the fire that burns between us consume us both.
But there are dark places within Damien that not even our wildest passion can touch. I yearn to know his secrets, yearn for him to surrender to me as I have surrendered to him. But our troubled pasts will either bind us close . . . or shatter us completely.
Release Me is an erotic romance intended for mature audiences.

Hello, hello! Here I am, back with my review of the above book, which is Claim Me, book 2 in the Stark Trilogy by J. Kenner. I think I might have overshot just a tad bit, in having given book 1 four stars, so I gave this one only three. Even though the plot is steamy, it really lacks any substantial realism. Something you can actually grasp onto and hold onto really tightly, and believe. This genre is getting kind of tiring to me, I guess. All these stories and plots seem to be the exact same, with just different characters and slightly different writing styles. Obviously some of the other books in this same erotic genre are written better or worse, they all carry the same basic plot. It's just getting old! *yawn* And there was a slight little "break up" in this one, but damn, it literally lasted like 5 seconds and I didn't even get that gut wrenching sensation that generally comes with a break up! LOL! Desperate and embarrassing Nikki was groveling at Damien's overbearing and "I'm doing this for the greater good"s feet. This store, and these two characters are just getting really unbelievable and are lacking substance the further we go along in their story. Which, you'd think the OPPOSITE would be the case, you'd think we'd delve deeper into understanding their why's and what for's, but nope... it's all kinda the same stuff regurgitated and a bit stale. I WILL be reading book 3, but I've got a few on my list that I'm really looking more forward to, so I'll move onto those and eventually come back to Damien and Nikki. I just think I need a break from these two! They are starting to annoy me! LOL!

Only this many stars from me, hoping book 3 kicks it up a notch:

See you soon! :)

17 August 2013

Release Me (Stark Trilogy #1) by J. Kenner

Release Me (Stark Trilogy, #1)

For fans of Fifty Shades of Grey and Bared to You comes an erotic, emotionally charged romance between a powerful man who’s never heard “no” and a fiery woman who says “yes” on her own terms.  He was the one man I couldn’t avoid. And the one man I couldn’t resist.  Damien Stark could have his way with any woman. He was sexy, confident, and commanding: Anything he wanted, he got. And what he wanted was me. Our attraction was unmistakable, almost beyond control, but as much as I ached to be his, I feared the pressures of his demands. Submitting to Damien meant I had to bare the darkest truth about my past—and risk breaking us apart. But Damien was haunted, too. And as our passion came to obsess us both, his secrets threatened to destroy him—and us—forever.
Release Me is an erotic romance intended for mature audiences.

Hello, hello! I'm back with my review of Release Me, which is book #1 in the Stark Trilogy by J. Kenner. Apparently, even on Goodreads (^^^^), they are shelving this book along side other books like 50 Shades and Bared To You... although to be quite honest with you, this wasn't as good as either books! It was OK... don't get me wrong, I did end up giving it 4 stars! But really, I've listened to this type of book a million times before... bazillionaire man (who flies, nonetheless), obsessed w/ mid level half way pretty and strong willed woman... blah blah, both have emotional/mental scars, both just can't seem to LIVE w/o one another... yanno. The same ol' song and dance! Like I said, I've plowed through tons of these types of books and they're all relatively entertaining with some pretty smokin' hot scenes. There were only a couple of things that bothered me with this book, one being a major Booooh! is that it's in 1st person, I just hate the I, me, etc! It's kinda funky, as a lot of books aren't written this way! Also, the reader; Sofia Willingham, I don't personally recall ever hearing her read before (looking up her names proves my point) but she sounded really familiar and had this breathy whisper she took on during sex scenes which was slightly creepy. I didn't really prefer her reading voice and is kinda bleh'd out by the fact that she reads all the rest of the books in this series! Ugh! Another thing that bugged me, towards the end, (I gotta be blunt here... no way around it) Damien and Nikki are involved in some errrr.... uhhhh... well, 'anal sex' and to be quite honest, it's so ridiculously described that I honestly can tell that the author merely googled it to write the part in her book for an extra bit of somethin' somethin'! It's honestly NOTHING like this book describes it. Just to let you all know that! Hahahah! No, that isn't fair... I mean I guess it COULD be vaguely similar, but yeah... just really... not accurate at all! Anywho, the book clearly left the ending wide open for another book, which there are two others so far, that I'm sure I will be listening to as well after this one and don't really have any high expectations regarding the content or writing style or anything. I'm sure it will be the same thing I've just listened to, but just the two characters in different scenarios and situations. I'm sure we will get to know Nikki and Damien a little more, learn more about why they 'tick', per say but I'm really hoping that there aren't anymore poorly developed scenes like the anal sex scene! :X

A good start, hoping the next book is even better!

See you next time!

15 August 2013

Anything He Wants (Dominated by the Billionaire #1) by Sara Fawkes

Anything He Wants (Dominated by the Billionaire, #1)

DOWN ON HER LUCKLucy Delacourt's temp position isn't quite her dream job but it pays the bills...barely. The highlight of her day is riding the elevator in the mornings: she always manages to time it so that she sees the handsome stranger every day. He's fuel for her fantasies and way out of her league, but a girl can look, right?
Everything changes however the day the handsome stranger seduces a stunned Lucy, first in the elevator then again in the parking garage after work. Completely out of character, she yields without a fight, but she has no idea her wanton acts with a man whose name she doesn't know will start a sensual chain of events that forever change her life. Because the sexy stranger is none other than Jeremiah Hamilton, billionaire CEO of Hamilton Industries, and one taste of the hot little temp isn't near enough to satisfy his need.
The billionaire has big plans for the wayward temp, plans that have nothing to do with filing paperwork...

Hi all! *waves* Back with my review of the above book, Anything He Wants by Sara Fawkes. Apparently her books are all relatively shorter and are released in a mini series situation, and I saw no mention of anything audiobook related for upcoming titles of this book on her blog, facebook or Audible, so I have no idea when I'll ever be able to listen to any of the other books in this series, as there are quite a few! And this book had quite the cliffhanger ending! UGH! This book was okay... it was honestly really hard to GET INTO... like the first 3-5 chapters had me rolling my eyes, gritting my teeth and whining about how incredibly silly it was. Lucy started off having fantasies of a man that frequented the same elevator as she did (come to find out- yeah... billionaire @@!) and apparently the man noticed after a fashion that she always was eyeing him... one thing led to another in the elevator on that fateful day *snort* and he ends up fiddling with her and giving her the BIG O... then just goes about his merry way, getting off the elevator on his floor. Like... WHAT THE FUCK? Really? Oh and the next day... or later that day, who the hell could even keep up, he pins her against a wall of a parking garage and humps her face off!!!! No "Hi how are ya?" no "Hey,  by the by, are you on birth control..." or "Hi there, what the fuck is your name?" Just... really ridiculous and a horrible start to a book that ended up being sort-of, kind-of okay for me. It did have some risque sexy sexy parts to it, which were nice, but honestly, the average Jo, if put into the dominating situations Lucy was put in, probably would have had a lot more to say about it... like Oh, you're putting that where? Oh my... there? Um wait. I am a butt sex virgin!!! Oh what does REALITY have to do with books anymore?! NOTHING! LOL! So yeah... just a corny, typical ho-hum book for me. Nothing stood out as OMG, nothing amazed me, everything was pretty average and just OK.

Honest the first half of the book should get LESS than -5 stars, lol! But it all balanced out in the end... barely...

Not sure what's next! Stay tuned!

11 August 2013

The Darkest Craving (Lords of the Underworld #10) by Gena Showalter

The Darkest Craving (Lords of The Underworld, #10)

New York Times bestselling author Gena Showalter is back with a breathtaking Lords of the Underworld tale about a warrior trapped by darkness and the woman determined to save him 
Having endured weeks of torture in the bowels of hell, Kane wants nothing to do with his beautiful rescuer, Josephina Aisling. The half-Fae female threatens to awaken the demon of Disaster inside him—a beast he’s determined to kill, no matter the price. 
Josephina is hunted by a brutal enemy—her royal family—and Kane is her only source of protection. He’s also the only male to ever set her aflame, and even he succumbs to the heat. But as they navigate the treacherous world of the Fae, they are forced to make a choice: live apart…or die together.

Hi all! Back with my personal review of The Darkest Craving by Gena Showalter. Which is book #10 in the LotU series... or Lords of the Underworld, for those of you who're aren't hip on Showalter's books! ;) This book was great and it was good and comforting to hear Max Bellmore's voice reading it, as he's read all the other books in the series. It's neat to hear she's up to book #10 in the series and it's hard to believe I've read that many of the books with these amazing characters! Most all of them make an appearance in this book, just as a lot of the others, and I really love that about this series. Showalter even brings in the "high ones" or really, angels from another of her series that is just starting out called The Angels of the Dark, where there are two books, and each of those two books briefly mentions the Lords! It's so clever and awesome when that happens, I love it! Makes things more recognizable and comfortable.

So this story was about Kane... poor Kane! I always thought his story was kinda sad and funny at the same time. When he was in other characters books, and his demon got a little antsy, something would happen, like the ceiling would just crumble and fall on his head, or something random like that would happen to him. His demon is disaster and so small, crazy things were always happening to him and those around him. His story has been going on for a few books now, he went missing and they were all concerned, but he kinda just fell off the map for a bit and now he's got his own book! heh! It was a good book too, I always enjoy anything LotU related! It had enough steamy (though not too detailed) scenes, warm fuzzy, action, fighting and funny scenes to make it really great! The way that Tink or Josephina ;) gets around the whole demon possession thing is pretty clever, so props to her! Anyway, the book leaves A LOT open, so I'm sure Showalter will be extremely busy writing for quite some time! Can't wait! :)

This book gets:

...and I'm really not sure what I will be listening to next. I have several options, will have to figure it out soon! :) Until next time!

06 August 2013

Everlasting Kiss (Everlasting #1) by Amanda Ashley

Everlasting Kiss (Everlasting, #1)

Daisy O'Donnell doesn't get the attraction some women feel for vampires. She likes men with a heartbeat. And she's just met one who's full of life: Erik Delacourt. There's just one thing--Erik is a powerful vampire out to hunt the Blood Thief who's draining young vampires all over the city. Original.

Hello, hello!!! So, I just finished the above book Everlasting Kiss by Amanda Ashley... narrated by Jennifer Ikeda- whom I've not ever listened to before, but thoroughly enjoyed her voice! She did a wonderful job trying to put some "life" into this book. Even though her reading skills were above average, this book was a serious flop for me. It was... pretty painful. LOL! This was a good little vampire starter book. For people who've never read/listened to a vampire book before. This is something I'd let my 10 year old daughter read, to be quite honest with you! The details were fuzzy, the sex scenes were cringe worthy and the "head over heels" crap was just wayyyyy tooooo sweet and silly. It felt a lot like Twilight with a tiny bit of sex. I had to constantly remind myself that Daisy (oh gods, that name!) and her brothers were supposed to be ADULTS! Everyone talked and acted like freaking teenagers in this book, it was awful. And I'm really surprised that I even made it through. I'd just ditched the menage book prior to this one and was a little grumpy about it (because I love me a good menage book *ehem*) but this one barely held my interest, it was just flat and well, silly. I recall reading reviews on GR briefly about this book before I gave it a go and was like hmmm, sounds kinda interesting, the fact that Daisy was a blood thief and not an actual hunter (like her father and brothers), so might have some potential, but... NOPE. Not having been raised on Anne Rice and Laurell K. Hamilton... nope nope nope. I have the second book in the series too and will NOT be indulging in that one! I'm actually deleting as I type... I'm multi-talented, don't ya know?!

Anyway, I'm soooo flipping stoked about the book that I'm going to be starting soon, I can hardly contain myself... maybe that's why I wanted to rush through this book and it wasn't rushing quickly enough for me? I dunno!

... this silly little book gets:

...and oooooo mmmmmyyyyy gosh... looookie what I have!!!! eeeep! YESSS!

The Darkest Craving (Lords of The Underworld, #10)

02 August 2013

Their Virgin Captive (Masters of Ménage #1) by Shayla Black

Their Virgin Captive (Masters of Ménage, #1)

Brothers Gavin, Slade, and Dex, fall hard for Gavin’s new secretary, beautiful Hannah Craig. The oil executives know they must give her time to get to know them before she can choose one . . . who will seduce the virgin and keep her for his own. But when a dangerous predator begins stalking the small-town beauty, they work together to protect her, abducting Hannah and spiriting her to an isolated hideaway. Once alone with her, none of them can contain their burning desire. Though Slade and Dex don’t mind sharing, Gavin’s tragic past has put distance between him and his brothers. Now, they’re hoping that not only will Hannah love them back . . . but maybe mend their fractured family.
After overcoming her initial fears, the men teach her wild pleasure she’s never imagined. She grows closer to each, their devotion melting her inhibitions. Hannah finds herself embracing love with all three men—and hoping she can heal Gavin’s wounded soul. But her new found happiness turns to terror when her stalker finds her. Will Gavin, Slade and Dex lose their woman to a menace that threatens everything they hold dear, or will they finally unite to make Hannah theirs forever?

Okay, okay... I started this last night and I honestly can not finish it! Now, it has NOTHING at all to do with the fact that the story feels like I've completely missed the office memo. Like it all started several dozen chapters ago, and I wasn't privy to it! The narration wasn't too terrible, it was by someone whom I had not listened to before, Serena Daniels, but the way she was doing the voices, especially Dex, was just terrible! It really felt like I SHOULD have known who these people are, how they are related to one another and why in gods name they felt like they ALL had dibs on poor Hannah?! I mean, I've listened to some terrible shitty plots before, but my god, this one takes the cake. It was honestly TERRIBLE! It sucks because I shut it off right as it was getting hot. But we were on chapter FOUR and one of the guys said something about marriage and I was like WTF!?!?

It was just not something I have the patience for right now. I guess I'm not terribly sex crazed at the moment and I gave this FOUR chapters of my life, LOL! I am sorry, I rarely NOT finish books but this one... it's shelved for the time being! 

There's a first time for everything!

The Warlock King (The Kings #3) by Heather Killough-Walden

The Warlock King (The Kings #3)

Jason Alberich wears the crown of the sovereign of the warlocks, a dark breed that uses darker magic. He wears it well, skillfully wielding a power that would corrupt others. Yet he has paid the price for his control, bearing the scars of a time when his power had control over him. He is haunted by the regrets of a shady past and now lives each day and night with an isolated soul. 
Chloe Septeran is an Akyri like no other. A member of a race that must depend upon warlocks for sustenance in exchange for servitude, Chloe runs from the dark magic users, choosing instead to live free of their hold. She has existed empty and “hungry,” but stubbornly free of the warlock’s dark embrace. However, now the fates have chosen to bring her running to a halt, as the 13 Kings each discover their queens – and the Warlock King discovers his.
A mighty power is awakening, wreaking havoc on the supernatural world. The 13 Kings, their queens, the werewolf nation, and the witch covens with their high leader, Lalura Chantelle, must band together and stand strong in the face of a dawning nightmare that threatens the very fabric of all they hold dear… and from which none may escape.

Hi all! Me again! Back so soon?? Well yes, these darn books are pretty short! This one was barely 6.5 hours long! :( Anyway, I wasn't sure that I would go on to book 3 in this series, but I'm slowly falling a little bit on love with it! LOL! This one is book 3 of The Kings series by Heather Killough-Walden (what a name!) and it was about the Warlock King... hence the book title! ;) It was pretty good, and the epilogue at the end touched on the Goblin King and his mini introduction and... well, I'm really looking forward to getting my hands on it! I'm interested to know more! I guess that makes it a pretty OK book? I will await it's release on audiobook format and bide my time listening to other books! :) I've just taken a short minute to go glance at this author's website and I think I might be waiting on the rest of the Kings books' in this series for a long, long time. Apparently she's taking a break from writing, is overwhelmed with health/allergy issues and that's kind of a bummer. But I guess if a writer is passionate about writing, it will come to them, regardless of their lack of interest in writing! I hope the Kings haunt her dreams! heheh! That might spur her into writing more books about them. BUT, writers are only human, this I understand, and releasing books to the masses and expecting book after book, is probably very well and true.... A LOT OF PRESSURE! I couldn't handle it! I barely like having the pressure of several custom graphics orders at once, like blog makeovers and blinkies before my brain kind of shuts itself down and says NOPE, NO MORE! Though that pales in comparison to famous authors, I can empathize a wee bit! ;) So I wish I would have read and known about her "break" before getting emotionally invested in these characters, lol! Further and further I was allowing myself to get into these stories and this one was an alright one. Granted, they are a bit fast paced for me, she crams a lot of a lot into these short books, and adds just soooo much information and the smexy smexy scenes feel rushed and like they could be just SO MUCH MORE! These books could be so much more, I know they could, so I hold out... until then! ;) I enjoyed meeting Jason and Chloe! It was funny how Chloe fought Jason the whole time and then all of a sudden realized, yeah, he might be for me! LOL! and his nickname for her, Stardust, is just... perfection. :) I am not sure I would suggest this series to people as it's probably going to remain an unfinished series, or the next books will be few and far between. Not a lot of readers really like that type of scenario! And these books on audio would have to be for the hardcore listeners, because this Antony Ferguson really makes it difficult to listen to! ;) I'm hoping that Heather feels better come fall and winter and she can find it in her to write more Kings books! :)

Sorta kinda:

I had finished this Warlock King book last night pretty late, and didn't want to review it but didn't want to doze listening to nothing, so I started my next book... and I have to say... right at this moment, it's not looking so hot... or sounding so hot... it's actually kind of terrible! LOL! We'll see!

Their Virgin Captive (Masters of Ménage, #1)

31 July 2013

The Phantom King (The Kings #2) by Heather Killough-Walden

The Phantom King (The Kings, #2)

Siobhan Ashdown was born of magic; it rides her blood like a phantom, tainted and dark and unpredictable. She is a warlock, and the power within her is unlike any before known to her kind. So it’s no surprise that the most powerful of the demons who feed off of this warlock magic not only recognizes the enormous potential she represents but determines that he will possess her at any cost.Even if it means war with the entire supernatural world.
Thanatos has ruled Purgatory as the Phantom King since time immemorial. King of a vast plane of solitude, he is a free spirit, a lone rider, a tattooed man of wind and dust and nonexistent boundaries. Then he turns around one morning to find himself face to face with Siobhan Ashdown, a woman with hair as red and wild as his soul, eyes like melted gold, and a spirit as elusive as his own. Time stops, the world tilts, and the fact that she attacks him right off the bat does little to deter his romantic convictions.
Thirteen Kings are severed by lust and greed, an ancient vampire and his rogue creation lay claim to what is not theirs, the whisperings of war begin to shake the foundation of the supernatural world, and primordial evil awakens from its slumber to slither across the land in this second installment in the Big Bad Wolf spinoff series, The Kings, by Heather Killough-Walden.

Hi all! Just finished up this book tonight, The Phantom King... #2 in The Kings series by Heather Killough-Walden. Read, once again, but the quirky sounding Antony Ferguson. His reading didn't quite bother me this time around, which I think had something to do with the fact that he read the first book as well, and I listened to that one directly before this one. I recall not really preferring the first book, thought it might have something to do with "first book syndrome" lol! Even if they aren't a newbie author, sometimes books in a series just have that curse on them! ;) But... I am happy to report that I really did enjoy this book and it was much better than the first book, in my opinion. There still is a bit to learn and take in and REMEMBER (most importantly, I think) but it was pretty much all crammed into the first book, so with this one, you are kind of feeling like you know a bit more about the characters and whatnot. This is actually a really good start to series that I'm finding myself kind of excited to follow. There will obviously be 13 books in the series, if not more, based on "The Kings". Each of the kings rule over a paranormal type of myth/legend/creature... like the first one was the Vampire king... this one was the Phantom king, ruling over the dead and so on and so forth. In each book they are giving a bit more detail into the other kings and I'm finding myself looking forward to particular kings' books! Like the Frost king sounds interesting! ;) But like I said, this was about Thanatos, the Phantom king. And the name is either coincidence or a nod towards Death of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse... not sure if Walden meant it that way or not? But the way the reader, Ferguson, read Than's name literally almost killed me. Like every.single.time!!! Gah! Obviously, the reader is quite british and his accent is extremely thick and its just how he says certain words like GAR-AGE, oh my gosh, just kills me! And so of course this book has to be one of those cliche girl-loves-cars book (you know the ones I'm talking about...) so GARAGE was like every other paragraph... *sigh* so yeah, the reader slaughters the pronouncing of the name Thanatos, putting the emphasis on the wrong syllables and whatnot. Literally kills me!

Okay... moving along. So how do we get the sound of SHA-VON from the spelling of "Siobhan" I mean, like honestly? How does that even WORK?! Luckily I don't READ the books, I just LISTEN, but every time someone said her name in the book, the spelling immediately popped into my head... IDK. But those are just weird, goofy things about me. Those things have nothing to do with the book, LOL! :P I'm just a dork. Okay, so moving right along... oh! Speaking of moving along, this one (like the first book) went along mighty quickly. It was like one minute they meet, the next they bump uglies, then, TA DA, they are WED? WTF? And it even popped into her mind for a second that it sounds a little quick to her. But, she gives into the big hunka-hunka burnin' love! I have to admit, these books need more hot n heavy. They are a little TOO quick for me, barely registering at 7 hours total, so pretty short books, relatively, and though I really am starting to enjoy the really fantastic detail and writing style, there are still some parts that bounce back and forth between the present of the book or swap between points of view and "reverse" the plot to do so... it throws things off a bit. I understand WHY she does this in writing, but it sometimes doesn't really translate well when you have such a short book. Those moments could be skipped over and  and more chemistry between the characters could be built up. After getting over the shock of the complete non-existent bond between the Vampire king and his queen in the first book, I was surprised to see more interaction between Than and Siobhan (I can't even spell that without tripping out... but I digress...) and it was a nice change. Anyway. Enough late night rambling from me. I'm really looking forward to the rest of the books in this series! :)

Not too shabby... it's gettin' there...

See you guys next time! Not quite sure what's up next, I have a lot in my TBRP!

27 July 2013

The Vampire King (The Kings #1) by Heather Killough-Walden

The Vampire King (The Kings, #1)

It was immediate for Roman. In three thousand years, he’d never lost control of his emotions, or his heart. But the moment he laid eyes on Evelynne Farrow, he knew she was the woman who haunted his dreams. And everything changed. 
Evie Farrow has always loved a good vampire romance. In fact, she makes a living writing them. While sitting in a coffee shop and working on her next mega-hot book, Evie is approached by a tall, dark, and handsome man who could have been pulled directly from one of her novels. 
Unbeknownst to her, Roman D’Angelo is exactly what he appears to be – a vampire, and not just any vampire, but the king of vampires. 
Unfortunately, while Roman is both ancient and invulnerable, Evie is flesh and blood. Just as Roman decides that he and Evie have a date with destiny, for reasons of their own, an ancient god and a homicidal vampire take an equally strong interest in her. To make things more complicated, there’s something very special about Evie. Something not quite human.
Can Roman fight off the incredible forces that would have Evie as their own long enough to win her heart, or will destiny betray him, and destroy everything he has ever dreamed of?

“Lalura had told him about her vision. Thirteen kings on a chess board – and thirteen queens….”

Hello, hello! I'm here with my review of the first book in The Kings series by Heather Killough-Walden, narrated by someone I've not listened to before; Antony Ferguson. I have to address the fact that I've NOT listened to this particular reader before, therefore my rating on that fact is reflected in my only having given this book 3 stars. It's not THE only reason this book is just so-so for me- there are many reasons, LOL! But, there is an extremely thick british accent going on here in Mr. Ferguson that some phrasing and words just threw me off and, well, quite frankly, annoyed the shit out of me! LOL! And, I just has a little sneak peek at the person who reads the second book in this series, and it's the same reader, which is kinda disappointing! :( Ah well. I was thinking about not imbibing in the second book because of the reader and I thought maybe it is just 'first book syndrome' where subsequent books would be much better, but I just am not sure at this point.

Why didn't I really enjoy this book so much? Well, setting the fact that the reader bothered me a bit, the plot was extremely confusing. There was just SOOOO much information thrown at me at once and there are even parts to it, that I'm like Wha?! What the heck is going on!? LOL! The lore is slightly interesting but also extremely confusing and it like almost forces you to take mental notes, or even written notes! *snort* It was THAT... what's the word? It was that extreme. Wayyyy too much to tell us for just one single book. I understand Walden wants us to know the history of her vampires and the warlocks etc, but it just came off as too much, too fast, way too fucking confusing! And if vampires weren't enough to contemplate and attempt to "believe" in, she throws this warlock twist, so you have massive amounts of magic flying around, this strange plot and all this information you're supposed to absorb... it was just odd. And how the whole story started was like the middle of the actual story, then the plot backtracked and explained HOW that situation came to pass or? I don't know... I'm still flipping confused! LOL! I sincerely hope this next book isn't set up that way and doesn't flood us with too much information, because that made it very detached feeling. It felt like "all business", no fun. And certainly no connection between the two main characters. I understood Roman's passion, he was a vampire, but it all felt very on the surface and I didn't even really KNOW how Evie even felt half the time, she just came off as a fishing bobber floating on the water, going whichever way the current went. I never once felt like there was a real connection between Roman and Evie, it was very odd that they were boinking at the end. Sorry... that was a total spoiler. But I waited for-freaking-ever to even get to "wet panties" and then luckily the last fucking chapter, there was some sort of turgid member action going on. Gah. It was bad. I don't even think this deserves 3 stars, but I'm too lazy to change the rating! LOL! Anyway. I'm giving book a go tonight before bed, and if it sucks as bad as this one... well, you'll be hearing about it, internets! :P

See you next time!

21 July 2013

Tiger Magic (Shifters Unbound #5) by Jennifer Ashley

Tiger Magic (Shifters Unbound, #5)

He was once a captive, but his urges were never caged. Now he’ll release them on a beautiful stranger whose own secret desires are longing to be sated…

He doesn’t have a name. He doesn’t have a clan. The humans who held him prisoner for forty years have taken them away. He knew nothing but captivity until nearly a year ago, when he was released into the light. Now Tiger lives in the Austin Shiftertown, where he struggles to belong and searches for an identity.

Carly Randal thinks her fabulous life is complete—until her car breaks down on the side of the road, and a wild-looking Shifter is the only one to help her. Tiger takes one look at Carly and knows instantly—she will be his mate. As Carly is drawn into his Shifter world, she risks everything she has for that forbidden something she still wants: passionate love.

Hello, Hello! I'm here for my review of the 5th book in the Shifters Unbound series by Jennifer Ashley, read by Cris Dukehart- who read the other books in the series as well, which I've also read. It took me several books to really get into this series, but after 5 of them now, I can say that I really do enjoy it a lot! We got to meet the main character- Tiger, in the previous book to this one, book 4, towards the very end and it was a great book too, so I knew with the title Tiger Magic, that this would be enjoyable too! I loved getting to know Tiger a little more and think that whom he was paired with, Carly, was perfect. She was a great, well rounded female counterpart to Tiger. In the last book, we were in a different shifter town, well, actually the last TWO books took place in a different shifter town that had characters who knew one another/were friends, so the series has sort of hopped back and forth, which keeps things interesting, but on a sort of skimming the waters type scenario. You get a feel for the shifter towns and of the main characters homes and outlying homes of characters who play a small part in the books, but you're not completely overwhelmed and bogged down by details that might cause a person to become disinterested in the series. So I think Ashley does a fine job at these shifter books and I'm glad that I was able to take a good break between this book and the last, but not a long enough break that I forgot about the characters and little nuances of the towns. :) I wouldn't suggest anyone read this series back to back like I did the first 4 books, LOL! I got pretty tired of them pretty fast, but after a short break between 3 and 4 and then a longer break between 4 and 5, and this one brought the fondness back for sure! :) A great paranormal, shifter series! :)

Totally deserved:

I'm starting another book here shortly (I'm blogging this from bed!) and it's going to be:

16 July 2013

Beautiful Bitch (Beautiful Bastard #1.5) by Christina Lauren

Beautiful Bitch (Beautiful Bastard, #1.5)

Just when Chloe’s career starts to take off, Bennett wishes it would all slow down long enough to spend a wild night alone with his girlfriend. But after he refuses to take no for an answer, Chloe and Bennett find themselves with two plane tickets, one French Villa, and a surprising conversation that, predictably, leaves them wrestling under the covers.

Hello guys! Me again! What?! back so soon, you ask? Well this goodie was only 3 or so hours via audiobook (a "novella" if you're reading it? IDK!) so it was a quick little listen and boy was it fun! It would have almost been better to have listened to this one BEFORE book #2- Beautiful Stranger as it mentions Max and Sarah in it, which was kinda fun. Not sure why they chose to release it the way they did, # 2, then #1.5... sort of strange... but it worked anyway! I'm madly in love with anything these two (Christina and Lauren) write, so for me, this was just fun and awesome, I really enjoyed the "quickie"! LOL! And it was that! It was read by the familiar Grace Grant, who reads the others, but this one was paired with a male reader named Kirby Heybourne, whom was a decent narrator. This was mostly from Bennett's perspective, so the reader did a fine job doing the male voice! Anyway, this was a super fun listen, once again, this series hasn't let me down. It's a shame it was just a little short story, but it was still great! :)

Absolutely deserves....

Next up....

Tiger Magic (Shifters Unbound, #5)

Affliction (Anita Blake Vampire Hunter #22) by Laurell K Hamilton

Affliction (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, #22)

Some zombies are raised. Others must be put down. Just ask Anita Blake.
Before now, she would have considered them merely off-putting, never dangerous. Before now, she had never heard of any of them causing human beings to perish in agony. But that’s all changed.
Micah’s estranged father lies dying, rotting away inside from some strange ailment that has his doctors whispering about “zombie disease.”
Anita makes her living off of zombies—but these aren’t the kind she knows so well. These creatures hunt in daylight, and are as fast and strong as vampires. If they bite you, you become just like them. And round and round it goes…
Where will it stop?Even Anita Blake doesn’t know.

Hello, hello! Here I am jotting down a few notes since I just finished book 22 (!!!) in the Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter series by Laurell K. Hamilton. I'm subscribed to view updates from Hamilton on Facebook and have noticed over the last week + since her book has been released that she's very amendment about people NOT posting spoilers... so as much as I'd like to abide by her wishes, it's slightly difficult to review a book w/o posting a facts that people wouldn't know without having read the books themselves. In that case, I'm not sure why I do book reviews? I know there is a fine art to reviewing and well, you know me, not too classy, not too cooth, sooo.... I will try NOT to post spoilers in this review, but I can't promise much, there was a lot about this book that I'd like to share... a lot of meh, okay things and some not so okay things... so, without further ado... my review!

I've been listening to the stories Hamilton writes about Anita Blake for a couple of years now. I was a little late to the dance, so I had kind of O.D'd on the books via audio all at one time, up until, I think, Bullet (#19), it was... then I had to wait the year or so it took for her to create another book and get it published. So I've been patiently doing just that and here we are with Affliction. I was pretty excited about the release of this one as I absolutely LOVE Anita Blake and honestly think a tv series should be created on like, FX or some non mainstream tv channel like that. There is THAT much about her that's just been had, sooo many stories and details and the series is just so involved and all encompassing. I would honestly tune in each week to watch a tv series, BUT it probably would never be as juicy as her books are by way of the furry lovin' and all the "polyamorous"...ness going on! LOL! That word is just so silly. Call her what she is- a slut! And that's okay by me! ;) I recall the book before the last one, Bullet was a real disappointment for me, it wasn't fulfilling for me at all, and I remember strongly disliking it, then she released Hit List and I fell back in love! LOL! Most of her books are hit or miss, with the majority of them being a serious HIT for me, but her most recent ones you can tell she's just in a different place in her personal life (Hamilton is) and therefore her writing really reflects that. Some of her older books are much darker and much more emotional, and "believable" in a way (not that the situations or characters are believable, it's paranormal... but the raw emotions...), and things are clearly just really different these days in her writing. As fluffy and lovey dovey as I thought Bullet was, Affliction tried to get there, referring in several different spots in the book to "God" and angels and believing in a holy power etc, I just was left with a sour taste in my mouth when she had little tangents like that. If you all don't know, I'm passionately atheist and don't choose many books that refer to God, or have topics of religion in them, so it was a little meh for me, in this book. I think that coupled with the extremely intense threesome scene where one of Anita's sweeties (who is a self professed "sociopath"- which also rubs me the wrong way the way he describes himself as such and how much attention they actually put on that whole topic... weird.) went into a startling and kind of all of a sudden choke-fest. I guess that's a little spoiler-ish, sorry, but it really irritated me. I'm very open minded, and I'm pretty much down with alternative lifestyles (you HAVE to be, to read Hamilton's books, quite honestly) but there is just ONE thing that really bothers me in relations to "sex"... choking. It's sort of a sexy sexy pet peeve, I guess you can say. I just don't understand it at all. AT ALL! It turns me pretty cold and turns me off quickly. Not sure why! I just see no attraction in it and don't recall a book that's had a choking scene in it, ever, that I've read, but this one DOES and it's by one of my very favorite characters, so it really bothered me. Not sure why, but it did. :/ Otherwise, I really loved this book... oh wait! The ending! Seriously anti-climactic! LOL! There was a lot of hunting hunting, looking, searching... a lot of insinuated action, and then BOOP! All done! I was like, huh! It took her 80 some chapters to come up with this hair brained idea to do what she always does in every single book- raise zombies... ?! IDK, just kinda goofy and almost like Hamilton wasn't quite sure how or when to wrap up the book. It was like she hit a certain word count and was like Oh, I'm where I need to be, no use in going any further on words, lets wrap this baby up! LOL! It WAS good though, I really did like it. I liked how it played out, the travel involved and how the more familiar main sweeties took a bit of a back seat for others to step up into the limelight! It was nice! Kinda a bummer it took nearly 40 out of 80 chapters to get any sexy sexy, but once it got there, it was worth it! Hello shower scene with Anita, Dev and Nicky! MEOW! Holy smokes! But I expect nothing less from Hamilton when it comes to the sex! I recall in one book she literally wrote like 4 chapters straight describing just one sex scene- it was very... vivid, to say the least! Can't recall which book that was, since there's TWENTY TWO of them now! ;) But for anyone with a VERY open mind, the Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter series by LKH are awesome books and I recommend them to anyone who will sit still long enough and who's got a love for the paranormal! :)

This deserves:  
... up next! No idea... you'll know when I know! :)


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