Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Spring Into Summer blog hop - WINNER

Congratulations to Irene from the UK who, thanks to, just won a copy of the book of her choice. To those who didn't win, don't give up. Be sure to watch this blog for giveaways throughout the summer! Thank you all for playing and I hope to see you again very soon!

Friday, June 17, 2011

Spring Into Summer blog hop!

First, let's give a round of applause to Coffee & Romance along with Release Notes for co-hosting this slammin' party! I'm sure you're going to find some super fun books to sizzle up your summer. This giveaway hop will run from 12:00 a.m. on June 17 through 11:59 p.m. on June 21.

OK, first the rules. Just follow me through GFC and leave a comment. It doesn't have to be an elaborate comment or anything, even just hi with your email address is fine. Which brings me to DON'T FORGET TO PUT YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS so I can contact you when you win.

So here are the books I have up for grabs ..... Click on the link beneath the picture for more details.

Heart in Chains by Sable Hunter

Don't forget to continue the blog hop at these locations

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Together Again by Mimi Barbour

Traveling forward in time, Dani Howard's spirit becomes magically united with reporter, Troy Brennan. He's everything a girl could want in a man, and during their time together, she falls deeply in love. Though she must return to her own body, she gains his promise to come to her birthday party in seven days time where they will meet in person and continue their romance.

Troy can't believe he's fallen for a sixteen-year-old spirit invader. He's so infatuated that when renowned author, beautiful Ellie Ward, comes on to him, as attractive as he finds her, he's honor bound to stay true to his young love—or is he?

I don't think I've ever read a spirit traveling book until now and I must say I think this is a fascinating subject. What was most intriguing was how the author accounted for every question I could possibly have pertaining to this particular time travel. As much as I loved the plot line in the book, what I will forever remember about this book is it made me laugh. Not just a little bit, but with Mrs. Dorn's shenanigans I laughed out loud constantly.

Dani's character, although only 16 "going on 17" , is far too grown up for her own good. She is witty, intelligent and speaks from her heart. Having to put up with a mother that is hard to please and controlling, Dani finds refuge with her uncle. The one man in her life that brings sunshine to her rainy days. Troy is a handsome investigative reporter who has honed his ability to retrieve the information he needs from those who may be less than willing. He's charming, dedicated to his job and is a softy on the inside no matter what he might portray on the outside.

There is no doubt as to the chemistry between Dani and Troy. However, the one thing that impressed me the most was these two were able to nurture a spiritual bond (since Troy was not able to physically see Dani) rather than the physical "love at first sight" element that is often found in romance books. As their affection for one another increased, so did the humor of their situation. Dani was that voice inside Troy's head that just would not shut up. I often wondered if he slipped from time to time and argued with Dani out loud while there were people around. It was often that Troy was left at a loss for words because Dani was not like any other woman he had ever had the pleasure of keeping company with.

So much happens throughout the story that I just can't touch on for the simple fact that it would spoil it for you. Humor, heartbreak, silliness and sensual tension made this a book that will most certainly be staying on my "to be read again" shelf. Together Again is part of a series but having not read any of the previous books, this book can certainly stand on it's own. Ms. Barbour gives just a hint of the books before (and a possible book in the future) which was enough to tantalize me into reading the entire series. I am a series kind of girl, so this book is just the beginning for me. I would like to take this moment to congratulate Ms. Barbour on a job well done. I look forward to reading the other books in the series. This is definitely a book that I highly recommend.

She's Me Book 1
He's Her Book 2
We're One Book 3
Together again Book 4
If you would like to read the first three books in one, which is very convenient I might add, you can buy The Vicarage Bench here

Thursday, June 09, 2011

Trace of Fever by Lori Foster

Undercover mercenary Trace Rivers loves the adrenaline rush of a well-planned mission. First he'll earn the trust of corrupt businessman Murray Coburn, then gather the proof he needs to shut down the man's dirty smuggling operation. It's a perfect scheme—until Coburn's long-lost daughter saunters in with her own deadly plan for revenge.
With a smile like an angel and fire in her eyes, Priscilla Patterson isn't who she seems to be. But neither is the gorgeous bodyguard who ignites all her senses. Joining forces to plot Coburn's downfall, Priss and Trace must fight the undeniable heat between them. For one wrong move, one lingering embrace, will expose them to the wrath of a merciless opponent….

Is it possible for me to love two men? Yes, it is. I thought Dare from When You Dare was my favorite hero of all time but now I am torn. Trace is a to die for hottie with a very edgy side until he meets Priss and then all bets are off. My favorite parts of the book are when he can no longer contain himself with Priss. Trace is the kind of guy who is prepared NO MATTER WHAT, yet finds himself injured by little bitty Priss. I don't mean emotionally injured, I mean physically. That scene had me giggling.

If there is one heroine that I do not want to mess with, it's Priss. When she has a goal in mind, don't try to stop her just move out of the way. She is a strong character with a gritty past, which actually serves her purpose throughout the story. I wish I could state examples here of the plot line but there are so many twists and turns that it might give it away. I just cannot bring myself to do that.

I enjoyed being able to revisit Dare, Molly, Chris, the dogs and LOVED Matt's character. Affectionately known as "Hairdresser", he made me laugh so hard. Trace of Fever deals with heavy subject matter that I think a lot of other authors just couldn't pull off. Ms Foster is one of the best. Sexual tension is laced throughout this book and very often I might add. This one element alone had me captivated. I was up all night reading Trace of Fever and I hated to see it end. In the epilogue (I am a lover of epilogues) we are introduced to Jackson in more depth. He gets his own book Savor the Danger which comes out toward the end of June I believe. Savor the Danger is already on my list to buy and I can't wait until it comes out. You really do have to read this entire series. Romantic suspense at it's finest, there is never a dull moment. I highly recommend this entire series to those who love a juicy story line with some breathtaking characters.

Buy Trace of Fever here

Friday, June 03, 2011

When You Dare by Lori Foster

Professional mercenary Dare Macintosh lives by one hard and fast rule: business should never be personal. If a cause appeals to him and the price is right, he'll take the mission he's offered. But then the lovely Molly Alexander asks him to help her track down the men who'd had her kidnapped—and for the first time, Dare's tempted to combine work with pleasure.

Fiercely independent, Molly vows to trust no one until she's uncovered the truth. Could the enemy be her powerful, estranged father? The ex-fiancé who still holds a grudge? Or the not-so-shy fan of her bestselling novels? As the danger heats up around them, the only anchor Molly has is Dare himself. But what she feels for him just might be the most frightening thing of all

I think I'm in love. I first fell in love with the cover. I don't think it can get hotter, can it? Then when I met Dare (I even love the name), I fell in love with his don't mess with me attitude, all the while showing his tender side with Molly. Being a reviewer, I fell in love with the edge of your seat plot line and suspense. And finally when I was finished with the book, I fell in love all over again with the back cover. :)

The characters throughout the book were incredible. I kept thinking, "now this is what a well developed character looks like". Molly was the character that I feel every woman would like to be. She was strong yet showed tenderness. She was smart yet kept an open mind. Yet throughout all her strengths, she was pure woman and had doubts about herself. This one trait made her character so relatable. I was tickled at Molly's occupation as I could relate very well to when she spoke of how you can't please all readers. I must confess that I felt a tiny bit of connection to Lori Foster through Molly's occupation. I kept wondering if Ms. Foster ever had to deal with crazy fans like that.

Now may I talk about the yummiest character in the book? Honestly, you have got to read the book to appreciate all that Dare has to offer. He's like the mercenary I want to wake up to every day. What made him different is yes, he protected Molly, but he was fiercely loyal and protective of his friends as well. He had no problem telling his best friend Chris that he loved him in a macho man sort of way. And speaking of Chris, where can I order one of him? Pretty much Dare's right hand man, he kept every detail of Dare's life in order. His wit and humor had me chuckling throughout the book.

Although this book was 448 pages, it was the perfect length. When You Dare is one of those books that you think about while you're doing your everyday chores. You hurry to finish so you can get back to the book. The attention to the most minute detail just kept me flipping the pages just as fast as I could. I don't want to give any of the book away because it's such an outstanding piece of work and you must read each page yourself. I did not think the suspect would turn out to be who it actually did. To know When You Dare is only the first book in the series had me scrambling to find out what the other books were and when they would be released. The Men Who Walk the Edge of Honor series will be a keeper on my shelves. I can't wait to read the second book, Trace of Fever. Ms. Foster is one of the most talented romantic suspense writers of our time. She certainly has outdone herself with this addicting series.

Buy When You Dare here