27 March 2013

Let the Night Begin (Brotherhood of Blood #4) by Kathryn Smith

{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.}

Let the Night Begin (Brotherhood of Blood #4)

A Vampire Will Not Rest Until He Satisfi es His Hunger . . .
And what I, Reign, hungered for most of all was Olivia Gavin. I have never met a woman more beautiful, more tantalizing, and so I made her my bride. She promised me her heart and soul . . . in return, I plundered her flesh, and bound her to me for all eternity. Then, terrified of what I'd made her, she fled.
Now she has returned, desperate for my help in saving her beloved nephew. But my assistance comes at a price: She must share my bed once more, for the feel of her soft skin, the heat of her kiss, excite me still. And I know she desires me, even as she resists her own heart.
Yet, as we rediscover the passion that brought us together, an enemy waits to destroy us both . . .

Hello, hello! I'm back! Bashfully, quite quickly because I had this book strapped on for literally days straight because I just got my hot hands on a book that was due out yesterday and one that I've been very much so looking forward to listening to (which by now, of course, I'm about 5 chapters in! LOL!). So... this was along the same vein as the other 3 books in the series, the plot kinda moved along at an easy pace and was a relatively easy listen. It started a little differently than the others with the males having to find their female counterparts etc. This one, the male had already found her female, married her and turned in a hurried, violent fashion previous to this book ever having happened! So during the book, we are taking partly down the path of their past as to why and how they were separated and in their current predicament and also don't the path of their future, getting through their dilemma and finding that they still did truly love one another after having been apart for 30 years. So... it was somewhat a different type of plot, but a good little listen nonetheless. The narration was by Ruby Westwood, whom I hadn't heard read before, and had a cheeky little english accent about her which was fun. It wasn't quite as lovely as the previous book that Faye Adele read in the english accent, but it was still pretty cute! Hopefully I am able to get book 5 soon, but until then, I'll make myself busy with other books in my TBR pile! I am anxious to see where this whole story goes and figure out the "mystery" of it all!

This book was an easy:

And... I am completely and utterly immersed in the newest book in the world of the Black Dagger Brotherhood yet again (it HAS been 11 books, after all!) so I'm currently devouring:

Lover At Last (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #11)

24 March 2013

Taken by the Night (Brotherhood of Blood #3) by Kathryn Smith

{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.}

Taken by the Night (Brotherhood of Blood #3)

I enjoy carnal pleasures like any mortal man, but six hundred years of existence have taught me loss. Best to stay away from people and save myself the heartache. Then I arrive at the notorious London brothel Maison Rouge, and my life, such as it is, will never be the same again.
Ivy Dearing, daughter of the infamous Madam, has requested my assistance. Two of her friends have been murdered, and she is determined to find their killer. I know better than to agree to help, yet Ivy is impossible to resist. No stranger to vampires, she has awakened desires within me that are as potent as my thirst for blood—desires that can only be satisfied by Ivy herself. But when there is another murder, it is all I can do to protect the woman I love from an evil more powerful than the undead .

Hello again! Seems like I was just here, posting about my previous book only days ago! I guess I went through this book pretty quickly! It's book #3 in the Brotherhood of Blood series by Kathryn Smith. And I'm enjoying this series, now, 3 books in! There is an underlying mystery to a particular item and happening by all of the characters previous to this one... they're all being mailed a particular object by a particular person at the very end of their story and I'm assuming we will soon figure out whom and what it's all about, and I'm looking quite forward to it! There weren't any real con's to this book, it was quick and witty and a total pleasure. And the narrator  Faye Adele, whom I've not had the pleasure of hearing read before has THE BEST english accent ever! I completely adored it! It seemed very fitting as this story took place around 11 yrs after the original Jack the Ripper scene/story. And even though the majority of the book takes place in a brothel, it's not overly sexual in any way, but the heat between the two main characters, Ivy and Saint, was plenty enough! It was a great book and I think I'll be starting the 4th on in the series later tonight! :)

I gave this book an easy:

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21 March 2013

Beautiful Bastard (Beautiful Bastard #1) by Christina Lauren

{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.}

Beautiful Bastard (Beautiful Bastard #1)

An ambitious intern.
A perfectionist executive.
And a whole lot of name calling.

Whip-smart, hardworking, and on her way to an MBA, Chloe Mills has only one problem: her boss, Bennett Ryan. He's exacting, blunt, inconsiderate—and completely irresistible. A Beautiful Bastard.

Bennett has returned to Chicago from France to take a vital role in his family's massive media business. He never expected that the assistant who'd been helping him from abroad was the gorgeous, innocently provocative—completely infuriating—creature he now has to see every day. Despite the rumors, he's never been one for a workplace hookup. But Chloe's so tempting he's willing to bend the rules—or outright smash them—if it means he can have her. All over the office.

As their appetites for one another increase to a breaking point, Bennett and Chloe must decide exactly what they're willing to lose in order to win each other. 

Soooo.... I just finished this book a few minutes ago and have been chomping at the bit to get a review of it out of me! LOL! I just copied and pasted the above information from GR and browsed for a short moment, the other reviews posted... and holy smokes, there are people who didn't like this book AT ALL. Fan fiction talk aside, there are people who HATED this book! Well, I am certainly NOT one of those people. I freaking LOVED every second of this book... like seriously! I was laughing, I was gushing (down thar, if you know what I mean *wink nudge*), I was anxious, sad, happy, thrilled... yeah, the whole gambit of emotions! This book seriously made me just HAPPY. I absolutely LOVED the two main characters, and even though I can't relate 100%, I definitely have felt like I've ALMOST felt like Chloe in  the book... ALMOST. I've had that obsessive/possessive feeling before, but alas, the sex was never mind blowing *snort* like it is in this book and it never really lasted all that long either! :P Anywho... I'll just by pass the whole Pro and Con thing with this book because it's ALL "pro" in my opinion. I was so sad it was over, I could literally just listen to this book allllll day and night long! It wasn't really like an "adventure" like a lot of the other books I've been reading lately. It fell along the lines of the whole 50 Shades and Bared To You genre, where it was just sort of like you were reading someone's daily journal or something. I woke up, went to work, fucked my boss, came home, etc. It wasn't as detailed as some of the other AMAZING books I've loved in the past, but I think maybe that is why I liked it so much. There was detail when there needed to be. We didn't need a five page spew about how this particular room looked, but they both walked into it and then the actions and both of them were given plenty of detail that I was kept interested and madly in love with it! :) I honestly, seriously couldn't gush more over this book, it was clever, witty and fun and full of so much attitude! And the narration... ahhh! It was beyond perfection! Grace Grant read the book and she was hilarious and read relatively quickly, so I think that's why it felt like such a short book (not to mention the fact that I had my ear buds in prettttty much 24/7 for this one) but she was amazing! One of the best read books on my list, for sure! Her timing was absolutely perfect, her voice was remotely pleasant, the male voices were spot on, and it was just fantastic! Because, as you know, if you're an audiobook junky like myself, narration can seriously make or break a book! ;) Everything fell into place in this book, it was frustrating, funny, sexier than shit and just plain awesome. Love love love! 

If I could, I would give this book a million stars... to be fair though... I gave it:

And, shortly after the above book finished, I started this one:

19 March 2013

Night of the Huntress (Brotherhood of Blood #2) by Kathryn Smith

{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.}

Night of the Huntress (Brotherhood of Blood #2)

Bishop has been a vampire for 700 years and though he wishes nothing more than to live his life in peace, getting humans to believe that vampires are not monsters is a difficult task, and vampire hunters like The Reaper make it even more difficult.
Believing that a vampire killed her mother, Irina leads a band of vigilantes, determined to rid the world of these monsters. What no one knows is that Irina herself is half–vampire. Determined to deny that side of her, Irina captures Bishop, believing he can lead her to the vampire responsible for her mother's death. But over the course of Bishop's captivity, secrets about Irina's past are revealed and she soon learns that what she has always believed to be true is anything but. Now Irina and Bishop are in a race against time as they fight for their lives––and their love.

Hello hello! I finished the above book- Night of the Huntress by Kathryn Smith last night, so here I am! Ready for my close up...errr... review! ;) I thought I would go about my reviews different, just perhaps to mix it up a bit! :P Introducing... PROs and CONs! Woot! heh! Without ado~

Pros... So, this is the second book in the Brotherhood of Blood books, and I enjoyed book 1 fairly well, so I thought I would dive into book 2 after a bit of a break between books. And this one was fun! It had plenty of action/adventure in it to keep me interested and the dynamic between the two characters Marika... WHUT!?? Look above ^^^ at the GoodReads excerpt! LMBO! It says Irina! LOL! wow... hmmm... I'm sure there is something doing about that, but whatev... In the book the narrator called her Marika and the male was indeed Bishop, so at least that is right! LOL! Anywho... the dynamic between the two is great! It starts out very love/hate, with Marika having either heard some "not so true" information etc etc, she came to her own conclusions about "vampires" and whatnot and so it soon became Bishops goal, to get the truth and facts out there, and of course, he falls madly in love with her! LOL! Tried and true, very typical of these types of books, very "typecast" but still super fun and enjoyable because even though the plots are relatively the same, the characters are always different and fun to learn about. *nod* What I really like about Smith's writing style, now that I've indulged in TWO books by her, is that she has a wonderful way of painting a picture w/o any pesky over use of detail. This is a period piece type book, taking place in the 1800's / early 1900's, so there has to be that little special something about it, that gives you that nostalgic feel, and she has it! Oh and this one was super steamy, lol! Great description of all the good, yummy naughty bits! ;) LOL! I really enjoyed that aspect! heh!

Cons... I thought it might be interesting to do a bit of a meh paragraph or so kinda touching a little bit on what I wasn't so sure about in the books from now on... and I know this first point will probably be in several of my reviews... the narration! UGH! If you're an avid audiobook junkie like myself, then you know how utterly important narration is for an audiobook! I've listened to some books that were like fine works of art, honest to god! It was like a movie, or a tv show with sound effects and dramatic reading; utter perfection... and then I've had the misfortune of listening to some that I honestly couldn't even finish, they were THAT bad! LOL! So there is quite the huge gap there, between utterly horrible and down right AWESOME! Most books fall somewhere in between there for me. This one was more towards the horrible aspect! *snort* The reader was someone named Tobin Doyle, who's voice sounded vaguely familiar, but I couldn't find any other books I'd listened to by her, so *shrug*. But the accents, for me, were a little off, the- I guess- post or pre production was glitchy too. I could tell when they pieced in different ways of the reader saying a particular name, early in the book she was pronouncing a characters name a certain way and then later in the book, you can hear where they spliced her voice in there with a completely different pronunciation! It was beyond strange. Almost cartoonish! LOL! But she pronounced the "Father"s name differently than the reader did in the first book and it was driving me completely bat shit crazy! LOL! Anyway, that was pretty much the only thing that really irked me about this book, the narration! 

So with all that being said, I WILL continue on to the 3rd book after a bit of a paranormal break. I do that sometimes ;) Going to delve into some pesky human emotions! Those crazy humans!

Even with the horrific reading of the book, I still gave it:

And, after this book ended, I stayed up WAYYYY TOOOO LATE last night, getting several chapters into, and falling madly in love with:

12 March 2013

Beauty Awakened (Angels of the Dark #2) by Gena Showalter

{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.}

Beauty Awakened (Angels of the Dark #2)

His name is Koldo. He is scarred, powerful, his control legendary-and he lives only for vengeance, determined to punish the angel who viciously removed his wings. But if he yields to the forces of hatred, he will be kicked from the heavens, eternally damned.

She is his last hope. Nicola Lane was born with a defective heart, yet this fragile human shows surprising strength as demons stalk her every move, determined to end her. She is the key to Koldo's deliverance...and his downfall. Though he fights duty, destiny and his first addictive taste of desire, his toughest battle will be the one for Nicola's life-even if he has to sacrifice his own...

Hello visitors! I've just finished the 2nd book in the Angels of the Dark series by Gena Showalter called Beauty Awakened. I read the first one what feels like forever ago, so this was a nice little continuation... although... *sigh* I'm not 100% sure how I felt about this book... I LOVE Gena Showalter too, so don't get me wrong, I'm quite familiar with her Lords of The Underword books and have read them all as well! This angel series is sort of a spin-off from the LOtU books, continuing on, in a way, with the angels who made a brief appearance... so I get the characters, get her writing style and whatnot, but this one was a little "tame" for me. I guess Koldo seemed a bit more dark 'n sexy in the first book, when he was introduced. I think I had even mentioned in book #1's review that I couldn't wait to read Koldo's book because he seemed very disturbed and dark and tortured. But... nah, he was actually pretty mellow. Everything seemed like it could have been cranked up a few notches actually! Especially the sex! LOL! Both of the main characters, Koldo and Nicola were virgins admittedly, but their first time, I have no idea what Showalter was thinking, but she completely and utterly skirted like any actual WORDS that were even remotely sexual. There were literally NO describing words at all during their few "intimate" encounters. It was extremely odd! It was like, it had soooo much potential as a book in general, to be pretty amazing, but it just missed the mark for me. It kept me extraordinarily frustrated, wanting MORE of just about everything, more detail, more passion, more everything- but it just didn't deliver. I dunno! I just felt the book was rushed and extremely vague! *shrug* It won't deter me from reading anything in the future from Showalter, like I said, I am madly in love with her LOtU series, but I'm hoping that Thane and his boys get their own book(s) very soon! There needs to be a little HEAT in these books! ;)

So... with that being said, this book gets: 

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I actually have NO idea what I'm going to start... I got my hot hands on Beautiful Bastard, but am not sure if I want to get into "humans" just yet... So, hmmm....

Beautiful Bastard (Beautifu...
4.01 of 5 star

Maybe I will load up book two? Dunno just yet!


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