First Shift: Legacy (Wool #6) by Hugh Howey

 

 

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In 2007, the Center for Automation in Nanobiotech (CAN) outlined the hardware and software platform that would one day allow robots smaller than human cells to make medical diagnoses, conduct repairs, and even self-propagate. In the same year, the CBS network re-aired a program about the effects of propranolol on sufferers of extreme trauma. A simple pill, it had been discovered, could wipe out the memory of any traumatic event. At almost the same moment in humanity’s broad history, mankind had discovered the means for bringing about its utter downfall. And the ability to forget it ever happened.

Tash M

 

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One of the initial review books that I was asked by the publisher if I was interested in reviewing was Wool. I was surprised as the book is not exactly something I would accept normally but I agreed because the premise of the collection sounded interesting. I ended up enjoying the collection and was curious and excited to hear the announcement of Shift that was being touted as the prequel to Wool.

In Shift, we get three stories and learn the history of the silo and how things came to be in Wool. Unlike the last collection of stories in Wool, Shift has the same characters throughout the book but they appear in different eras due to cryogenics. What do I mean by cryogenic, you’re probably thinking as you read this?  In simple terms, they have managed to successfully freeze people and wake them through technology they have created. In addition, what’s special about this is they don’t have to wait until death. They can do the procedure at any point and it is becoming very useful as things become bad in the year 2110. The only problem with the cryogenic process is that they have to take pills to help repress old memories before the advent of the silos. It causes problems as only men have been allowed to be wakened until certain silos start having problems. Only men are allowed to work in Silo One that is the hub of all Silos and where no woman or child is allowed to go because of how things operate.

The stories of the Silo start in the story. First Shift has two men, Donald Keene in the year 2049 a young congressional representative from Georgia, and Troy in the year 2110 who has been woken up for his work shift. It would first appear they are miles apart until their roles become clear and their worlds collide in 2110. Donald has come to Washington hoping to make a difference. He knows it not going to be easy but he has the Senator for Georgia on his side and his close friend Mick there with him as a fellow congressional representative. However, the Senator has other ideas and both congressional representatives are asked to help with a building project that the Senator has going. The Senator has been working on this for years and is now putting into action his secret plan as he has the right people that he can trust. Donald embraces the project without questioning the Senator as they are old acquaintances but soon his personal life is falling apart. His wife Helen thinks he is crazy and not over Anna, the Senator’s daughter.  As the Senator makes more demands and increasing is more secretive with his dealings, getting his daughter Anna involved and his sister Charlotte who happens to be in the army in this project, you think he would start to question things but he doesn’t in this story and it frustrated me along with how little we learn about Troy in this story.

In the year 2110, Troy is in the midst of his six-month shift as supervisor in Silo One. Troy does not question anything until things start to go wrong in the hub. Some of his workers in Silo One start to go crazy and are forced to go back to cryo-sleep until some unknown date. Troy tries to think how to solve the problem and decides to visit the sleeping area only to discover a chamber that contains someone he though he knew. It brings repressed memories to light but he has no time to question them as they start to have problems in other Silos.

Second Shift is the second of the three stories, and continues seamlessly from the first, and brings us closer to where Wool begins. Things are getting worse so some drastic measures are made and three important people are brought back. Anna, Senator and Donald return and the POV changes to Donald’s perspective mainly as we learn how he discovers what exactly he was working on all those years ago and how it impacts him now as he works to save the Senator It continues into the third story as we finally discover what has happened to reach exactly where Wool starts from.

This collection centers on the men, there are not many women in this book who get named and that is because they are not important. Off the top of my head, I only can name three and they were all either related to Donald or the Senator. There is Anna, the Senator daughter and former girlfriend of Donald; Helen, Donald’s wife and Charlotte, Donald’s sister. These women are central to what the Senator wants but treated as mere sexual objects. I will not go into many details but it is something that may get women up in arms. For me, personally, now that I think about it, it’s wrong but I get why it seemed to be a part of story as it make sense as we go on.  4 couples and I must admit I enjoyed this book for a variety of reasons in comparison to its predecessor, Wool.

 

 

Publisher : Random House Australia

Source : Publicist Provided for review

Released : April 2013

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Twisted (Dark Protectors #5.5) by Rebecca Zanetti

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Maggie is a wolf shifter who was captured and experimented on by the Kurjans. Now that a cure has finally been found for shifters (although not for vampire mates or witches), she can concentrate on creating a new life for herself and finally accepting that her memories are gone forever. Most memories, that is. Sometimes in the hazy world between dreams and dawn, she hears a Scottish voice, dark and deep, that sounds suspiciously like wolf-shifter Terrent Vilks. A man she happened to anger by kidnapping a few years back. Hey, it was for a good cause.

Terrent Vilks knows more than he’s let on for the past several years. After digging for answers, he knows exactly why the demons want Maggie dead. And he remembers his past with Maggie…very well. She is finally where he wants her. Now all he has to do is discover what exactly the Kurjans did to her, beat the demons into so much submission they leave her alone, and get her to fall in love with him. Again. Good thing he’s used to wrangling monsters.

 

 

 

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Review:

 

Ten years ago Maggie lost her memory. She had been kidnapped by Kurjans, experimented on and then rescued by the vampires, but the experimental drugs to which she was subjected to resulted in memory loss. All this time she has tried to recover her memories of her life before the vampires rescued her from hell, but so far, no luck. Deciding to take back her life and to pay her debt to the vampires, she accepts the mission Dage, the King of the Realm offers her and investigate for him at wolf-shifter headquarters. Someone has been tampering with the vials of antidote needed by the paranormals to combat the Kurjan virus they’ve been infected with. He wants to know who. But for that she has to meet Terrent Wilks, a member of the Bane’s Council who lives to hunt and kill werewolves.

Ten years ago, Terrent Wilks lost his mate. Maggie doesn’t have any memory of her life with him or their mating. He has kept himself as far away from her as possible, trying to find out what the demons did to her and hoping to leave her to remember him by herself.  She hasn’t so far. But now that she is back again and he must find a way to have her in his life, in his arms, and back in his bed. Together, they have to find out who is messing around with the antidote. The situation gets more complicated when Maggie’s clan finds out that she is alive and they want her back. Her pack is an unusual variant of wolves that are able to mask their scents, something highly valuable in the ongoing war against the demons and Kurjans. Members of her pack stalk and try to capture her. Terrent will do anything to protect her.

The sexual tension between the two of them is as thick as the fog rolling out of the woods from the first page to when they finally come together. Their story will sweep you off your feet. Their mating (again) is hot and wild, a roller coaster of passion and power, domination and submission.

This book just grabbed me from the beginning, and once begun, it was impossible for me to put it down. Totally enthralling, this book has it all: sizzling hot-action, jaw-dropping plots, smart-ass attitude, sarcasm and humor and let’s not forget steamy, mind-blowing sex. If you love your cunning, powerful alpha male as a sexy as sin, dangerous bad boy, then you are definitely going to love Terrent. I did!!!!

“Twisted” is an amazing addition to “Dark Protectors” series, and if you loved this series you’ll not be disappointed. It should be read as part of the series; as a standalone it would bring up too many questions regarding its backstory. It’s worth the immersion!

5 couples  for this wonderful book.

 

 

Publisher : eKensington

Source : Net Galley

Released : June 20th 2013

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Altered (Altered #1) by Jennifer Rush

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Book Blurb :

When you can’t trust yourself, who can you believe?

Everything about Anna’s life is a secret. Her father works for the Branch at the helm of its latest project: monitoring and administering treatments to the four genetically altered boys in the lab below their farmhouse. There’s Nick, Cas, Trev . . . and Sam, who’s stolen Anna’s heart. When the Branch decides it’s time to take the boys, Sam stages an escape, killing the agents sent to retrieve them.

Anna is torn between following Sam or staying behind in the safety of her everyday life. But her father pushes her to flee, making Sam promise to keep her away from the Branch, at all costs. There’s just one problem. Sam and the boys don’t remember anything before living in the lab—not even their true identities.

Now on the run, Anna soon discovers that she and Sam are connected in more ways than either of them expected. And if they’re both going to survive, they must piece together the clues of their past before the Branch catches up to them and steals it all away.

 

 

Fashionta

 

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I was thrilled when I picked Altered up and so easily fell into this action pack, fast paced world that centers on Anna and Sam. Jennifer Rush creates an engaging story that keeps you enthralled as they deal with memory losses, betrayals, and an ever growing desire of attraction.

 

For the last 5 years, all Anna has known was that she lived on a farm with her dad, but this wasn’t your ordinary farm with cows or chickens. Below the farm was a secret room that housed 4 young men, Sam, Cas, Nick, and Trev. Believing they are part of some super soldier program, she helps out her father in administering tests. But really, all she wants is to get closer to Sam. She also dreams of finding a way to help them escape.

 

Everything happens when some of the heads of the Branch show up planning to remove the units (the four boys). Sam was prepared, however, and manages to create a chance for the boys to escape, taking Anna with them. It’s the start of all the uprising questions for Anna, as she slowly starts to learn what’s really happening to the boys and finds she’s somehow the center of it all. She discovers that the boys have had their genetics altered, memories wiped clean, leaving so many gaps in their memories and so many unanswered questions. But the betrayals are far too close, one of the boys is a planted agent sent to gather information on something Sam did in the past before his last mind wipe. Through it all, Sam and Anna grow closer together. Sam helps Anna overcome the lies her life seems to be built upon.

 

Each of the boys brings something to the story. Sam is the leader, the one they all look to for direction. Cas is energetic and playful, always looking to have fun or food. Trev is insightful having a memory that is filled with everything he’s ever read; he always seems to have an inspiring quote for every situation. Nick is the arrogant prick who can’t stand Anna. Somehow, together, they create a cohesive team with an unyielding desire to serve and protect Anna at all costs.

 

It’s a gripping, action packed story that barely gives the group a moment’s rest before they are on the run again. And even with all the genetic manipulations they all have gone through, they are flawed. Readers are given the idea they have some way to communicate with each other, yet when one of them betrays the group they never saw it coming? They were also taken down with bullets or when they’d come out of fights they’d be full of bruising and swelling. If they’d been genetically altered to be stronger, I’d like to believe they’d handle fighting a little more smoothly.

 

While it did seem to take Sam an awful long time to figure out Anna’s feelings, once he acknowledged them they seemed to gravitate towards each other more strongly. I’m very curious how far their relationship will grow in the next book Erased which I’m anxiously waiting for! I loved this story and all its characters. I’d give a rating of 4 and most certainly recommend this to any young adult reader looking for a thrilling story that will keep you hooked from the very beginning.

 

 

Pubisher : Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Source : Purchased

Released : March 29th 2013

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Wicked as She Wants (Blud #2) by Delilah S. Dawson

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The second book in the darkly tempting Blud series, featuring a vampire princess who embarks upon a dangerous journey to claim what is rightfully hers.

When Blud princess Ahnastasia wakes up, drained and starving in a suitcase, she’s not sure which calls to her more: the sound of music or the scent of blood. The source of both sensations is a handsome and mysterious man named Casper Sterling. Once the most celebrated musician in London, Sangland, he’s fallen on hard times. Now, much to Ahna’s frustration, the debauched and reckless human is her only ticket back home to the snow-rimmed and magical land of Freesia.

Together with Casper’s prickly charge, a scrappy orphan named Keen, they seek passage to Ahna’s homeland, where a power-hungry sorceress named Ravenna holds the royal family in thrall. Traveling from the back alleys of London to the sparkling minarets of Muscovy, Ahna discovers that Freesia holds new perils and dangerous foes. Back in her country, she is forced to choose between the heart she never knew she had and the land that she was born to rule. But with Casper’s help, Ahna may find a way to have it all…

 

 

 

 

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Ancaraisa

Review:

To be perfectly honest, I didn’t know what to expect when I saw this book would be about Casper Sterling. If you have read the first book in the series, you know that Maestro, aka tortured musician Casper Sterling, started his role there, and finally the mystery that surrounded him was unveiled here. I have to confess that after the first pages I changed my opinion about him, and by the end of the book I fell completely in love with his character.

Casper Sterling has a lot of issues; especially those related to his addiction of blood that might have him go mad. In his arrogance, he thought he would be able to exceed any challenge, but he was wrong and slowly he gave up fighting. However, even in the deplorable state in which he ended up he managed to retain his humanity, saving a young orphan, a stranger like him, and taking her under his wing. Everything changes for him and Keen when he meets Princess Ahnastasia, Feodor of Freesia.

Ahnastasia, aka Ahna, wakes up after being kidnapped, starved and stuffed in a suitcase for four years to the sound of an unfamiliar song on the harpsichord played by a handsome musician. I found Ahna one of the most fascinating heroines I’ve read. She represents a combination of strength and vulnerability that makes a reader want to protect her, but lets her stand by herself. She is a mixture of cruelty and kindness, arrogance and humiliation. She manages to keep the entire haughty attitude during the whole book regardless of the trials and the obstructions thrown in her path. Yes, her thinking has changed a lot and she matures greatly both emotionally and mentally by the book’s end; but she somehow manages to keep the haughty attitude of a princess. After all, a princess always remains a princess.

The relationship between Ahna and Casper is fascinating and grows with each and every page. The tension between them is so palpable that you feel it with every word read. I was not disappointed when finally the passion between them was unleashed. That combustible combination of passion, love, pain and blood has made this couple both hot and charming.

I loved this book even more than the first in the series and I can hardly wait for the next one.

5 Stars. This is  a must read for any lovers of Paranormal Romance and Steampunk.

 

 

 

Publisher : Pocket Books

Source :  Net Galley

Released : April 30th  2013

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Hooked (Hooked #1) by Liz Fichera

 

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When Native American Fredericka ‘Fred’ Oday is invited to become the only girl on the school’s golf team, she can’t say no. This is an opportunity to shine, win a scholarship and go to university, something no one in her family has done.

But Fred’s presence on the team isn’t exactly welcome — especially not to rich golden boy Ryan Berenger, whose best friend was kicked off the team to make a spot for Fred.

But there’s no denying that things are happening between the girl with the killer swing and the boy with the killer smile…

GET HOOKED ON A GIRL NAMED FRED.

 

 

 

 

Tash M

 

Review:

 

Let’s get hooked on a boy named Ryan and a girl name Fred whose friendship and love will challenge their high school and wider community. Why? They are from two different worlds that are supposed to coexist but haven’t because of prejudice.

Fredericka ‘ Fred’ Oday wants the opportunity to change her life, escape the reservation, and go to college. However, she has been waiting a long time for the opportunity as she doesn’t want her grades to define her scholarship chances. She is one of the few kids from the reservation who is still in school and proud of it. Her goal is to be the first in her family to graduate high school and go to college.

When the golf coach, Coach Lannon, notices her practicing at the local golf course, showing off her amazing skills, it seems her dreams have come true. The coach is intrigued, especially when he learns that she is a self-taught golfer. He is looking for an addition to his golf team to take them to the next level. They are the only sporting team in the school’s history to not win a state pennant. Fred immediately agrees to his offer, jumping at the opportunity she been waiting for. Coach Lannon tells her she’s good enough to be recruited for university teams and could get a scholarship. Only one problem—the only golf team at the high school is the all-boy varsity team.

Fred doesn’t have an easy life at home and it’s much of the reason she wants to escape the reservation and go on to do big things. Fred’s mother is an alcoholic and every night after work gets drunk and rages about her problems whilst attacking her father. Fred looks after her father and her older brother Trevor, making sure that they eat because her Mum is no use while drunk. Trevor is busy with his girlfriend and his job and tries his best to be there for Fred, but he is not always able to be there for her.

Fred is the one left home most of the time trying to keep herself occupied and out of the trouble. Out of the blue, Fred’s mum offers her work at the Wild Horse restaurant, the upscale restaurant in town where she works. It’s the place where most people off the reservation work as the Wild Horse is all about the Native American culture. Fred agrees to help out as she needs a new golf glove instead of getting money, however, one night she causes a scene by dropping cake all over the shorts of one of the local rich boys.

Ryan Berenger is the golden boy of the high school. He’s got the archetypal cheerleader girlfriend Gwyneth, his family is rich, and his parents are too caught up in their work to notice him.  So … his life is sweet!

It’s a typical Friday night when he  gets picked up by best friend Seth, who’s got a bit of a temper  and instead of drinking the night away, they decide to run a guy on a motorcycle off the road just because they can. Ryan doesn’t think much about that night until Fred walks into his life and changes things in his life right from the get go. While the announcement that Fred is joining the golf team doesn’t go down well with Seth, he needs to please his stepfather who has a worse temper than Seth.

Ryan doesn’t want anything to do with Fred out of his sense of friendship to Seth, but slowly she grows on him as they get to know each other at tournaments. Seth is not happy over being dropped and teams up with Gwyneth to stop them as they want things to stay the way things are. Ryan discovers that Fred’s not all that bad and is torn between dumping Fred as his friend or vice-versa.  Ryan has discovered things about his dad that could threaten his family and tear them apart. In addition, Fred is getting hints from Sam, a Native American boy who is interested in Fred, who makes it clear he believes that he would be the better choice for her than Ryan. Will Fred and Ryan be able to sort out their issues, or will their worlds tear them apart? You have to read to find out.

I give it 4 couples although it irritates me that they were “on and off” due to the issues facing them. Ryan is a rich white boy and Fred is a Native American girl. Ryan allowed his friend Seth to do things to Fred at first, accepting his friend as he is and there was no consequence for how Seth treated Fred.  The reason I was irate was that I’m so used to couples having problems but staying together whilst trying to sort it out instead of breaking things off and then getting back together once the problem is resolved

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Publisher : Harlequin Teen Australia

Source : Publicist Provided for review

Released : February 1st 2013

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Perfect Match by J.J. Ryan

 

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Seattle trauma doctor Patrick Quinn has never been in love. In fact, he’s never even had a long-term relationship. In his limited personal life, getting a date is only half the problem. Being able to keep it, despite emergency duties in the ER, is the other. So though he’s interested in Trevor Oneil, a man he meets on a dating site, he decides to take it slow.

Trevor moved to Seattle looking for a fresh start. Recently single and lonely in his new city, he works business hours as an anesthesiologist, hoping a better work-life balance will make it easier to meet someone. Patrick might be just what he’s been hoping for.

Then disaster hits and a severely injured Trevor lands in Patrick’s ER. Unable to work on Trevor, Patrick feels helpless. He wanted to ease into a relationship, but he’s already attached. Then Trevor’s past comes rushing in to take him away from the dangers of Seattle. If Trevor and Patrick’s new love is to survive the drama, Patrick will have to own up to what he wants—and fight for it.

 

  Fashionta

 

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Insta-love is strong here, grabbing hold of Patrick and Trevor in a way they least expect! Who knew some dating sites could actually work?! So after a few disastrous dates, they take a chance on each other.

Patrick decides to give the Gaydate online dating site one more chance when he’s sifting through the potential guys. Once they all find out he’s a doctor all they want from him is his money. Not going to happen! Than he comes across Trevor, thinking Yes! Finally a guy who looks promising! But experience tells him to take it slow, proposing to get to know each other first by exchanging emails before meeting in person.

Trevor can’t believe he’s trying yet another dating site. His time is limited being an anesthesiologist, helping women feel better about their bodies after recovering from breast cancer. He loves his job, but finding a partner having recently moved to Seattle has become taxing. Somehow his best friend, Callie, talked him into exploring a dating site, so now he’s finding himself searching through a list of guys, with so many “no’s”, it’s becoming disheartening. Until he sees Patrick.  A major “YES, Please!” After they message a few times, he becomes disappointed; Patrick doesn’t want to meet but rather for them to get to know each other first in emails. Trevor is left questioning if Patrick is really interested.

Despite a few misunderstandings brought on by the inability to gauge emotions through emails, they begin to grow closer. One night Patrick gets a call, Trevor is drunk … something has happened while at work, he lost a patient: anesthesia causing the woman’s heart to fail. It hits Trevor hard. Trevor ends up calling Patrick unknowingly for comfort.

The next morning, while they had slept in separate beds the night before, they have breakfast and agree to a date for the coming weekend. During the date they hold hands, share kisses, and go for a long walk, and wait … Patrick is going down on Trevor without protection? Hello! Aren’t these men doctors? Where is the thought for their safety?! This is only the first date! Sigh. Even though this is an Insta-love story I would have liked at least another date before they started smexing!

That very night, Trevor proclaims his love to Patrick! Hmm. Patrick is unable to say it back, although he knows his feelings for Trevor are deepening rapidly. The next day, however, starts out well; Patrick gets ready for work and Trevor leaves to run some errands. Two raging homophobic morons put a kink in things, attacking Trevor who tries to flee and almost makes it to a Gay Leather Bar just down the road, only to get tackled before he reaches safety. The incident leaves him being put into a medical induced coma. Patrick, being the ER doctor at the hospital Trevor is brought to, flips. Realizing he loves Trevor just as much, he sets out to make sure Trevor knows just how deep his love is for him!

This is a very sweet and easygoing story. The jumping back and forth between POV’s with Patrick and Trevor did become slightly annoying at times, as it would tend to back track and you’d end up reading the other’s side to what just happened. I really wished it would have stayed to just one character’s POV. It did, however, give you a good look into each character’s growth through this building relationship.

I hope you like a lot of smexing, because once these two come together, it’s hard to get them to stop! Maybe a tad bit too much sex for such a short book? That being said, despite the things I didn’t quite like, I still rather enjoyed reading Perfect Match. I would give this a rating of 3. I do think, though, those who are attracted to Insta-love stories will find this rather enjoyable.

 

Pubisher : Dreamspinner Publishing

Source : Publicist provided for review

Released : March 29th 2013

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Oliver’s Hunger (Scanguards Vampires #7) by Tina Folsom

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Newly turned vampire and Scanguards bodyguard Oliver has trouble controlling his thirst for blood. Every night is a struggle against temptation, but when Asian beauty Ursula literally falls into his arms, he fears he will lose the battle over his inner demons and succumb to bloodlust.

Enslaved by vampires for her special blood, Ursula has just escaped her captors. She’s rescued by a handsome stranger, only to realize that he’s a vampire. He claims he wants to help her, but can she trust a vampire who’s not only lusting after her body, but also her blood?

Her promise to rescue her fellow blood whores compels her to join forces with Oliver and his colleagues at Scanguards. Will her choice lead to her salvation or her downfall?

 

 

 

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I was dying to know about Oliver’s character in the series and really looked forward to reading his story to find out what Tina Folsom had up her sleeve for him. He always seemed to be the perfect bodyguard, the perfect driver, the perfect donor when there was the need for blood. He always seemed so balanced, so sure of himself. In this story he is nothing of what I’ve read of him up till now. After his turning he is having trouble controlling his bloodlust, and when it comes to bland bottled blood he’ll rather choose tasty human blood. After each feeding he feels such self loathing, but can’t help himself. It doesn’t help when temptation falls into his arms in the form of the beautiful Asian girl whose blood is as addicting to a vampire as a drug would be to a human. She was part of a Blood Brothel along with a dozen other Asian girls and vampires paid top dollar for it. But she teaches him control and he teaches her to trust the good vampires. Their relationship evolves naturally and they come to depend on each other. They were incredible together and the sex scenes were beyond hot and sexy, with a little bondage and a little mind control.

I was disappointed in how the rest of the Scanguards treated Oliver and felt they ought to have given him the benefit of doubt, especially because each of them went through the same thing at some point. It was as if each character in the book would transform, as if they would have forgotten that they had been in his place and they had a hard time relating.

I do look forward to the next installment in the Scanguards series. Hopefully it will be about Cain.

4 couples for this book

 

 

Publisher : Self Published

Source : Purchased

Released : March 31st 2013

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Melody Unchained by Charlotte McClain

 

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Plenty goes wrong when Melody finally gets her wish and is freed from her lamp. With her previous master dead, Melody assumes she’s free to pick her next one. Jerry, the cop who’s trying to help her, isn’t going for it. He tried to save his wife from cancer, and failed. Which means he’s no one to depend on. And why does he get all the crazy-lady cases? He doesn’t want to run anyone’s life, even one belonging to a hot self-professed genie who insists he should be her master. As Melody learns to become her own master, she also discovers a thing or two about friendship…and dating men. The more independence Melody gains, the more Jerry realizes being needed isn’t such a bad thing, and being wanted feels downright good. But, is Jerry too late to win Melody from a handsome firefighter?

 

  Dolce Amore

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This book was wonderful! We always read about genies that want to be free, but what if they discover the world on their own is frightening and they want a master to take care of them again?

 

This is that type of book; this is Melody’s story.

 

As punishment for getting revenge on the chieftain who murdered her husband, Melody was turned into a genie. With her last master dying, she is sure she won’t be freed, but he wishes her free just before he dies.

 

“Melody,” he said in a clearer voice than she had heard in years, “I wish you free.”

 

Detective Jerry Howland is the one chosen to ask questions of Melody when she is discovered hiding in a closet in the apartment of William Welsh. Welsh had been dead for about four days. What the detective didn’t expect was to feel attraction toward her and later, when she gets discharged, to find her at his door, telling him he is her new master.

 

You’re my new master. I picked you. I can’t give you any wishes, but I’m a very good cook and I’m very good at sex too.

 

Their strange conversation, in which Jerry tries to convince her to leave and Melody tries to convince him to let her stay in his home is hilarious. Jerry is losing the battle and he thinks:

 

I was starting to understand how Little Red Riding Hood felt when she met the wolf. 

 

And this is what Melody tells him when he invited her to coffee the next day he will be off:

 

I’ve never had to court a master before. This could be fun.

 

Melody discovers that there are some difficulties when someone turns into a human after being around three hundred years as a genie. She has no money and the owner of the apartment Welsh was renting is going to change the locks.

 

Jerry promises that he will help her. He wants to be her master, to be able to keep her, but that wouldn’t be right.

 

He cursed himself. What was he trying to do anyway? Save her? Screw her? Earn perfect karma? Do a hat trick? She was crazy and she’d hunted him down at home. Apparently, he was also crazy because he hadn’t told anyone she’d stalked him. He should have reported it immediately in case she became a threat. But no, he’d made a coffee date with her and now he was riding to her rescue to save her against the evil dragon who wanted to kick her out on the streets.

 

When Jerry finally understands that she is a real genie, he tells her she is free to be her own master and tells her once she will be her own master, she can be with whomever she wants, including himself. So he helps her get documentation, get a job at a coffee shop and rent a new place to live in. Yet after having sex, he leaves her and just calls her a couple of times.

 

Melody is confused; he wants her, he wants her not?

 

Although I found the romance part a bit lacking, the story was original enough to keep my attention and the characters deep enough to make me like them. I especially liked Melody, with her sometimes confusing actions, but logical head at the same time, with her need to have someone there for her and her decision for doing whatever it takes to get him and keep him once she decides that Jerry will make the perfect master. So 4 couples for this wonderful story.

 

Publisher: Fantasy Romance

Source : Manic Readers

Released : March 6th 2013

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Medical Duo: Breaking The Playboy’s Rules / Christmas Where She Belongs by Emily Forbes, Meredith Webber

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Breaking The Playboy’s Rules by Emily Forbes

The emptiness of the outback couldn’t be more different from London, yet isolation and solitude is just what heartbroken nurse Emma Matheson needs from her Australian escape.

But flying medic – and notorious ladies man – Harry Connor, can’t put his undeniable attraction to Emma on autopilot. The chemistry between them is hotter than the Australian sun, and as their feelings grow stronger, Harry finds that he’s not following procedures…

Christmas Where She Belongs by Meredith Webber

Nurse educator Clancy has always felt like an outsider until she receives an unexpected inheritance – a house in the country, complete with the rough-and-ready doctor who lives there! Earthy, sexy Dr Mac Warren upends Clancy’s well-planned life, but this Christmas, she’ll be unwrapping a much more sparkly, diamond-shaped surprise!

 

 

 

Tash M

 

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Breaking the Playboy’s Rules

Emma Matheson is suffering from heartbreak, so a letter from her cousin Sophie is the perfect answer to get her mind over her ex partner. Sophie is working for the Flying Doctors Australia and invites Emma to come out and join her for a holiday and potentially volunteer for the Flying Doctors. Emma agrees but when she gets to Broken Hill, the plane she is on has a crash landing and the nurse on the plane, Lisa, breaks her wrist and the service is short a nurse.

Lisa was going to replace another nurse who was about to go on maternity leave and so they are short a nurse. Sophie has got a cunning plan; she knows why Emma is here in Australia, to get over the heartbreak and explore the country, so she has perfect bribe. Harry, the medical pilot who came to see if he could help after the crash landing is known as the playboy of Broken Hill, so Sophie suggests, in a totally non-subtle way, he’s the perfect guy to have a fling with as he’s never going to settle down in the foreseeable future.

Emma agrees to help after a convincing from Sophie and Grace, Sophie’s housemate and a doctor for the flying service who knows firsthand how the service runs and how desperately they need her. But Emma’s reason to help out is that she doesn’t want to be a burden on Sophie by moping around doing nothing while Sophie is working. She is a stranger there and doesn’t know anyone else yet. As a half Australian, Emma always dreamed of visiting Australia so this is a perfect way to learn about her other heritage. However, Harry’s got other ideas on his mind.

Harry is the playboy of Broken Hills. Emma’s presence changes things and makes him think of his secret plans again which was put on the backburner. As the second son, he didn’t inherit the family property but he has other plans. He wants to buy out Sam’s property who is a neighbour and close friend when Sam is ready to sell. Harry has been working hard saving the money so when the time comes in a few years he will be able to buy the property and quit his job as medical pilot. He has first rights to purchasing and knows he will be throwing himself into it and giving 100% into the land so it is the perfect time to sow his seeds, so to speak, but he didn’t figure Emma would walk into his life and make him rethink his ideas for the future.

When Sam has an accident and decides to retire earlier than he planned, a spanner gets thrown into the careful plans that Harry had. He doesn’t have enough money and his brother Lucas can’t loan him funds as he has it tough on the family property. Emma has gotten under his skin and he wants her but will he give up his dream of buying the property so he can convince Emma to stay?

I love this story, there are two stories running through this. Emma’s, who wants to discover her parent homeland and whether her expectations from TV shows lives up to how Australia is and where she really fits in and Harry’s, the playboy, who secretly wants to settle down and have it all like his brother.

Sweet story and I give it 3 couples

Christmas Where She Belongs

 

Willow Cloud Clancy, better known as Clancy has never fit in with the family she has. She doesn’t know where her father is, except with the one clue that her mother gave her that he came from a small town called Carnock and has people there. So when a guy named Mac turns up on her doorstep and tells her that her father is still alive and her great aunt Hester left her an inheritance of a house in Carnock, Clancy decides to pack and move there for a couple of months to find out more about her father after Mac has dropped some not too subtle hints. Clancy is sick of her mother’s games and thinks this is a setup by her mother to meet a man. So she calls up the town hospital and speaks to an old classmate of hers, Annabelle Cran, and is even more determined (though she won’t admit it) to find out what happened to James, the guy who left her for Annabella. She has regretted it for a number years and it seems she wants closure.

As a nurse educator, Clancy gets the summer off, but before she even arrives in town she is dragged into helping Mac, as there is an incident on the farm which needs Mac’s expertise as a doctor and they live an hour from town. So he drops her off at the farm and Clancy ends up with a sick goat and scratches her arms. Mac ends up looking after Clancy when he wanted nothing more to be a friend to her, but Clancy has other ideas as she wants to know everything as she doesn’t understand why she has to let Mac live in the house.

Mac has been through a lot, he already has had two wives and there’s a story behind the second one. He, the so called black sheep of the family, had started to study law to become a lawyer like his parents but gave it up and became a doctor. Then he moved to Carnock and he now wears the lawyer hat whenever anyone needs help from a lawyer. But Mac feels he has carried a stigma about being married twice. Hester is the only one who hasn’t judged him and so he pretty much clammed up about everything. He sees Hester as a parental figure and friend whom he could trust to keep his secrets. So when he finds out that Hester has given him rights to live on the property he is surprised. Hester is working her magic from beyond the grave to show Clancy and Mac a magical Christmas they will never forget.

4 couples

 

 

 

 

Publisher :  Mills and Boon

Source : Publicist provided for review

Released : January 1st 2013

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Lighting the Way Home (Delectable #2) by EM Lynley & Shira Anthony

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Book Blurb :

A Delectable Novel

World-class chef Joshua Golden is homesick for Paris before he even arrives in New York, but he’ll endure it—his parents need him to help run the family restaurant while his mother recovers from surgery. Running a place so far beneath his talents is bad enough, but bad turns to worse when Josh discovers his former best friend and lover, Micah Solomon, is living at his parents’ house with his ten-year-old son, Ethan.

For ten years, Josh has done his best to forget how Micah shattered his heart into tiny pieces. Now Micah’s back, fresh out of prison, and helping out at the restaurant. Micah may not be the kind of sous chef Josh is used to, but he is more helpful and supportive than any of the other employees. But Josh finds it hard to keep his distance when, time after time, Micah proves himself a better man than Josh thought. Reluctantly, Josh realizes there is more to Micah than his lousy life choices… but that doesn’t mean Josh is ready to forgive him.

 

 

Fashionta

 

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With this tale, not everything is as it seems. Joshua Golden has his life flipped upside down when he flies home from France at his mother’s request. She is going in for surgery and needs her son to take over the family deli for a few weeks. Never mind that he has his own restaurant back in France to run. But what, do you ask, has caused Joshua to develop this chip on his shoulder? Micah Solomon.

Micah made some bad choices at a young age, which led to a difficult adult life. But just as he begins to turn things around he does a selfless act that lands him in prison. However he keeps quiet, and allows those he loves to believe him to be at fault again. Nevertheless, his biggest regret is the hurt he caused Joshua. A drunken mistake leads to Micah having to marry Rina, a girl whom they grew up with. It’s upon hearing about the wedding proposal and that Rina is pregnant Joshua runs off to France. Micah is trying to make amends now that he is out of prison, and staying at Joshua’s parent house while raising his 10 yr. old son Ethan.

It’s hard to move on and let go of past hurts that go deep into the soul. Joshua knows this as he’s been running non stop for the last 10 yrs. He’s tired, drained, and uncertain about what he truly wants in life. His only solace is in the kitchen, whipping up delectable dishes that tantalize the taste buds. If only Joshua could forgive Micah as easily as he creates a new dish.

This story is driven by Joshua’s POV and his emotions are everywhere. He has carried the hurt caused by Micah for so long; it’s festered to the point where he even avoids going home to see his own family. His love for Micah developed when they were young and in their teens, having grown up together since babes. But his fear of being rejected kept him blinded and he completely missed that Micah felt the same. All the while Micah struggled with his feelings for Joshua, knowing he’d lose the love of his parents. Micah fell into drugs, and, in turn, a wall was built between them.

We are submerged into a very traditional Jewish family and culture. It goes so far as to provide actual Jewish recipes that are made within the story. I loved that! And while there are flashbacks to their younger teen years, the majority of the story takes place in the present while Joshua is home helping his parents. Joshua not only has to deal with all the emotions being stirred up from the past but by both his parents. His mother’s upcoming surgery has brought him back home, and there he learns that while he was off living his life staying away from his family, his father had suffered from a heart attack that nobody told him about. I found Joshua to be very self-centered making everything about him. It isn’t until he finally learns the truth in the end that he manages to pull his head out of his ass and stop thinking of only himself.

While I did enjoy this story, more so than the first book Brand New Flavor, I still felt it lacking in something. Almost like the story ended too soon. And while Joshua and Micah do come together and forgive, they are still quick to allow old hurts to cause a few misunderstandings. The ending left me wanting to know what was going to happen with Micah as his story isn’t finished. Does this mean it’s to be continued? I guess we’ll just have to wait and see with the next book in the Delectable Series! I would give this a 3.

 

 

Pubisher : Dreamspinner Publishing

Source : Publicist provided for review

Released : March 29th 2013 by Dreamspinner Press

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