Review: He Ain’t Lion by Celia Kyle

Day Eight of our celebration.  Today I am reviewing Celia Kyle’s He Ain’t Lion from her Ridgeville series.  This is a great paranormal romance that I discovered.  I couldn’t stop myself with just the first book.  I couldn’t help it.  When it comes to sexy shifters I just gotta read the book.  Its a very sexy, steamy read with some drama thrown in there for good measure.  For my full review keep reading after the book blurb.

13638353Book Blurb:

Life sucks… And then you get turned into a werelion…

Curvaceous, blonde bombshell Maya Josephs is looking for a little action to take her mind off of her recent break-up. Crazy werecats or not, an evening at Genesis is exactly what she needs. And when she meets the hotter than hot, super-sexy owner, Alex O’Connell, the alpha lion shifter is just the man to fit the bill for a one-night stand.

Dumped like a rotting piece of meat by her ex, Maya is on the prowl, fixin’ to do whatever it takes to get herself a piece of the gorgeous furball. Besides, what’s the harm in a girl having a little bit of fun?

Review:

Maya picked the wrong day to come to Genesis.  This is there night for sexual inhibition.  The only ones allowed to be privy to this ritual are the fellow shifters and those humans in the mix and willing to participate in these sexual evenings.  Maya is none of that.  So, when Maya is summoned to the owner’s office she doesn’t know what to expect.  When Alex summons Maya he has all the intentions of throwing her out of the club.  But, once he meets her he realizes that is the last thing he wants.  Maya and Alex feel an attraction that pulls them together and she is so glad when he decides to let her stay.  Not only stay but stay with him.  Unfortunately, during the steamy evening Alex bites Maya and mates with her.  All of a sudden Maya’s one night stand changes her life completely.  Can Maya adapt to her new life or will she regret the little bit of fun she had with her lion?

I loved this story.  This is definitely a great series to start reading.  In this book you can already tell some of the stories and sexy shifters that will pop up in future books.  I really loved the characters and the story.  Maya and Alex are a wonderful couple.  I think her feistiness is just what the alpha lion needs.  The story itself is a wonderful beginning.  It is this story and its characters that drove me to dive right into the second book.  As a little spoiler to come the books are all connected in some way and you will see familiar faces.  Overall, this is a great addition to the paranormal romance genre and it now a new series I am following.  If you like sexy shifters and steamy sex scenes you will love Celia Kyle’s He Ain’t Lion.

Review: How Do You Voodoo? by Janice Horton

As promised here is my Day 7 review.  I am spotlighting How Do You Voodoo by Janice Horton.  This is the first in her trilogy.  They are all short novellas.  In How Do You Voodoo we are introduced to Janice Horton’s wonderfully imaginative writing.  The story is definitely addictive and had me picking up another of her stories right after I finished this one.  Its a great romance with a bit of a lesson.  For my full review be sure to keep reading after the book blurb.  Oh!  Don’t forget you only have one week left for my big giveaway!

18718254Book Blurb:

Loveless fashion model Nola Nichols thinks being beautiful is a curse; that is until she is cursed and her looks begin to fade just a week before the most important photo shoot of her career. In her attempts to get uncursed she finds herself taking part in a rather unconventional funeral, involved in a voodoo ritual, reveals one or two unrests in her own past and falls madly in love with a doctor. Erm, that would be a witch doctor, right…?

Review:

The beautiful but selfish and self-centered Nola is returning from her getaway to the Caribbean.  Now that Nola was on her way back to the UK and  looking forward to a big photo shoot all she wants to do is rest on the plan.  But, all of that is thwarted when a woman is brought into the cabin where she is and begins making a lot of noise.  Nola being the diva that she is is angered by this disruption.  She is rude to the hysterical woman and to the flight crew.  While Nola is busy demanding things the woman begins placing a voodoo curse on Nola.  At the time Nola doesn’t believe that could be what the woman was doing.  But, when her precious looks seem to be gone almost over night then she believes.  In an attempt to beg the woman to lift the curse.  When she finds out what happened to the woman she thinks all hope is lost.  That is until she finds the woman’s son.  With her son she must help him so that he will help her, but in doing so will the curse be lifted or will she be forced to leave the career and life she has lived for so long.

Though this was only a novella, this story was as good as some of the full length novels I have read.  The story was wonderfully told and the characters did a great amount of developing in a short amount of pages.  I really enjoyed Nola’s transition and the value the finally found in being judged by who she was instead of what she looked like.  I think this story was great example of the kind of storyteller Janice Horton is.  I can’t wait to read the rest of the trilogy and one of her full length novels.  I know that I will enjoy those as much as I did How Do You Voodoo.

 

Review: Tales from Aulora by Helen A. Quinn

I know I didn’t get a chance to post yesterday’s review, but today your going to get a double review.  First up today will be Tales from Aulora by Helen A. Quinn.   This was a very unique novel.  Its a set of tales that follow elite workers that make wishes come true.  A very imaginative story that is a unique addition to the fiction world. Be sure to check my complete review after the book blurb.

21294141Book Blurb:

Tales from Aulora uncovers the secret world of wish making through a series of eight human wishes that arrive on Aulora.

Travel from 1381 to 2009 as Bill and Bob receive requests (that’s wishes to you and I) to help a village idiot clear his name and find his way home, protect a woman from those who accuse her of witchcraft when she saved a young girl’s life, allow a Lord to maintain his lazy lifestyle, save two boys from a sadistic teacher, restore a troubled rock star’s success, help a teenage girl with self esteem issues, reunite a teenage boy with his mother and deal with a love request that is littered with complications.

Set against daily challenges, personality clashes, a recalcitrant boss and an ever increasing workload, Bill and Bob uncover a much darker force that is hell bent on destroying humans and the cause of failed requests. When the Negativities are uncovered and a powerful antidote is found and used against them, the future of Request Making hangs in the balance when the Negativities declare war on Aulora.

Review:

This collection of stories was a really different read.  It was organized in a way that is reminiscent of Chaucer.  With the main characters of Bill and Bob the stories show how complicated a simple wish really is.  Every story from helping the village idiot to a love request wish has Bill and Bob fighting those Negativities that would prefer to keep all wishes unfulfilled.  It was an interesting read but it does get a bit complicated and at points it can lose the readers interest.  Though I felt it was a unique book in its story and organization I thought that the story needed to be a bit more fluid than it was.  Overall, the individual stories were okay but in general I felt the stories were a bit too sectionalized and that made for a very slow read.

 

 

Review: The Underground City (Lily Harper #2) by H.P Mallory

I know today’s review is a bit late, but Day Five’s review is The Underground City by H.P Mallory.  This is the second book in her Lily Harper series.  I just adore H.P Mallory.  All of her stories are full of fun and sass that makes you want to read more.  I have read all three of her series’.  This second installment does what H.P does best it makes the story even more exciting and develops the characters and storyline until your begging her for the next book.  Be sure to keep reading after the book blurb for my review.  And don’t forget about my giveaway still going on.  Only a little over a week left.

18001753Book Blurb:

Abandon Hope, All Ye Who Enter Here…

Lily Harper narrowly survived her first mission as a Soul Retriever in the first level of the Underground City. After that harrowing trip, she wants nothing more than some down-time, but as with most things involving the afterlife, nothing ever quite works out the way Lily wants it to.

Her newest mission will see her traveling to the sewer aqueduct of the Underground City and later, the prison. But, luckily for Lily, she’s got the hunky yet antisocial bladesmith, Tallis Black, by her side. And quite possibly unluckily for her, she’s also got her guardian angel, Bill, who’s up to his old, foul-mouthed antics.

Between learning how to wield her sword, personal training with a hot-headed demon, traveling to the Underground City not one but two times and discovering that the leader of the Underground City harbors a curious fascination with her, Lily’s hope was abandoned a long time ago.

Review:

The Underground City takes up where Better off Dead left us.  Tallis has come to see Lily and not for the reasons Bill assumes.  Tallis has come to continue training her and has a surprise in an additional trainer.  Tallis will train Lily in the sword and her other trainer will turn her body into a lean fighting weapon.  Lily can handle the first part its the second part that has her bulking.  That is until she receives her next assignment.  Lily is being made to go back to The Underground City to retrieve another soul.  Only this one is located in the second level.  Unsure of how to get back in since her previous trip burned a bridge or two, Tallis uses his indepth knowledge to get them to that level but it requires some really dirty work.  Once they are there they come across a minion of the Leader of The Underground City.  Lily is being summoned to meet the mysterious leader.  For Lily dealing with the enigmatic leader is all in a days work.  She does after all have to deal with a malcontented, sexy, yet so frustrating, Tallis and the never helpful, always pain in the ass, guardian Angel Bill.  All Lily is sure of is that it’s not going to be easy retrieving all of souls to get herself out her contract.

I love these characters.  H.P Mallory has such a way of creating characters that will excite and frustrate you.  I adore Tallis but I can’t wait until we start really discovering who he is.  Bill as always is entertaining.  His use/misuse of the English language is always hilarious and most of the time quite funny and confusing.  This second book in this series did a fantastic job in propelling the story onto the next level.  It introduced new characters and developed the existing ones to keep the story interesting.  Lily’s adventures in soul retrieving is so fun and entertaining.  I have to say that my favorite part of this series is the use of Dante’s Inferno and his circles of hell.  It definitely makes it unique read and great series that H.P Mallory has yet again created.  Overall, a great story and wonderful series.  If you’ve never read any of H.P Mallory’s books you are definitely missing out on a fun and exciting read.

 

 

 

Review: Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover

Day Four of our review fest is a book I’m going to be raving about for a long time.  Colleen Hoover has easily become one of my favorite authors.  Her stories are wonderfully written and they have such deep emotion entwined you can’t read one of her books without tearing up at least once.  But, for Maybe Someday it is a complete experience.  I think I will dub it the “Colleen Hoover Experience”.  She manages to blend music and her story so seamlessly its as if you can hear the songs being written.  Though the best thing with this particular book is this can be a complete experience.  There is a soundtrack with all of the songs from the book.  Yes, I am a total fangirl and have the soundtrack but it was phenomenal listening to the song that was just mentioned in the book.  Ok, enough of my gushing.  You can read the rest of my review after the book blurb.  Believe me you won’t want to miss this one.  Oh and don’t forget about my giveaway.

17788403Book Blurb:

At twenty-two years old, aspiring musician Sydney Blake has a great life: She’s in college, working a steady job, in love with her wonderful boyfriend, Hunter, and rooming with her good friend, Tori. But everything changes when she discovers Hunter cheating on her with Tori—and she is left trying to decide what to do next.

Sydney becomes captivated by her mysterious neighbor, Ridge Lawson. She can’t take her eyes off him or stop listening to the daily guitar playing he does out on his balcony. She can feel the harmony and vibrations in his music. And there’s something about Sydney that Ridge can’t ignore, either: He seems to have finally found his muse. When their inevitable encounter happens, they soon find themselves needing each other in more ways than one…

Review:

When we first meet Sydney she has just punched both her ex-best friend and ex-boyfriend.  She is standing in the rain waiting for a cab plotting ways on how to now hurt Ridge.  Ridge is/was Sydney’s neighbor across their courtyard who have inadvertently started writing music together.  Ridge sends down his roommate to pretty forcibly bring Sydney up to their apartment.  When the now soaked Sydney finally meets Ridge in person she finds her self  attracted to him even though she is still hurting over the horrendous betrayal of her best friend and boyfriend.

Ridge sees that Sydney is now in need of a home and he has an extra room.  He offers Sydney the extra room in exchange for helping him write songs for his band.  Sydney reluctantly agrees.  As Sydney and Ridge get closer they fight the attraction they have toward each other.  Ridge is loyal to a fault to his girlfriend and will not betray her no matter what, but his heart is pulling him toward Sydney and he knows that he will never leave his girlfriend for anything.  Sydney’s attraction to Ridge is growing exponentially but she too will not do what was done to her.  When things finally come to a boiling point choices must be made and consequences paid.  Can the mind overrule the heart or will the heart win the war on love?

I LOVED this book.  I mean to the point of when I was done I wanted to re-read it so that I could experience it all over again.  Maybe Someday really has a wonderfully poignant story that has so many levels you don’t even feel like your done when the story is done.  You face the challenges that the characters face and you become emotionally ensconced in the story.  I think most people have felt the love that has gotten away or the choice you wish you could do over.  This book does such a wonderful job taking those emotions and some how make you relive them.

Ridge and Sydney are such well-developed and evolved characters.  They grow through the story even when you think they won’t.  The story though fairly simplistic is so real.  It illustrates the real challenges in life and in relationships.  This really is a story about a boy, a girl and the beautiful music they make.  It seems that it can be innocent but when the heart is involved nothing is completely ruled out.  I think the torment they both go through fighting what could easily have been a cheating situation brings a level of morality that you don’t necessarily see in books now a days.

Overall, this is the epitome of a “Colleen Hoover Experience”.  Her love of music and writing is shown through out this story.  I was so excited for this book and I was not disappointed at all.  I couldn’t put it down.  I know it may sound cliché but I laughed and I cried among all of the other emotions Colleen Hoover wrung out of me.  I have to say this is one of her best books.  I will always have a place in my heart for Hopeless (my fave) but this has definitely wormed its way in and with the soundtrack has given the reader a chance at a unique intimacy with a book.  It makes me wish that every book that writes songs or has music in it came with a soundtrack.  But, because it doesn’t that makes it all the more rare.  Believe me when I say go out and get this book and the soundtrack.  You will never experience anything like it.

Review: Dangerous Curves Ahead by Sugar Jamison

Welcome to Day Three of review fest.  Today I have a sexy BBW romance for you, Dangerous Curves Ahead by Sugar Jamison.  It not just a good romance with some really steamy scenes but it is a good story with solid characters that draw you in and keep you flowing with the story.  I know once you read my review you’ll be running out to pick this book up.  Be sure to read my full review after the book blurb.  Also, don’t forget the giveaway is still going strong you don’t want to miss out on the awesome prizes.

16173088Book Blurb:

Ellis Garrett is dumping her critical boyfriend, opening a plus-size clothing store, and starting a blog—all to spread the word that fashion shouldn’t require a size-two body, and happiness should allow for the occasional cupcake. Or two. But is indulging fantasies about her sister’s long-ago ex, the still-hunky Michael Edwards, biting off more than she can chew?

Mike must be losing his detective’s touch. He doesn’t recognize Ellis when he bumps into her at Size Me Up, and he certainly doesn’t remember his ex-girlfriend’s outspoken sister being so irresistible. Her curves are indeed dangerous—and so is her wit. Could it be that Ellis is his Perfect Fit? One thing’s for sure: Mike will make it his sworn duty to find out…

Review:

Ellis has moved back to her home town to open a plus size clothing shop.  One day when she is out getting a cookie she happens to bump into her sister’s ex who just happens to be her fantasy man/crush she’s had for years.  When Mike doesn’t recognize her Ellis makes it her mission to avoid him and when seeing him to be snide and remind him how he doesn’t remember her.  Even though Ellis is pushing Mike and his advances away she can’t help but see the sexy detective as a possible fantasy come to life.  While Ellis is trying all she can to derail Mike’s attempts she is also bothered by her ex and his aunt.  He feels entitled to her and will do anything he can to make her his again.  After Ellis finally let’s Mike in their feelings get tested by her insecurities and Mike’s fear of commitment.  Can these two really come together or will Ellis be left on her big fashionable butt.

I really liked this romance.  I’ve gotten into the BBW romance genre and I find it really hits its mark.  Not only because I am BBW but I think it can resonate with a lot of women who are not the supermodels that a lot of the novels portray.  I felt like Sugar Jamison did a wonderful job making Ellis both entertaining and charming while keeping her emotions and insecurities.  I also loved that Mike saw so much more than her figure and he even liked her figure.  The characters in this book were wonderfully written and very funny.  I enjoy when the supporting characters add some comic relief to a story and Colin, Cherry and Belinda did just that.  I found that I also liked the bit of suspense that was added in.  It gave the story a little spice and really added a nice element.  Overall, I liked this story and I cant wait to read more.  I think this story will resonate with a lot of women and if not it will at least make them laugh.

Review: Breathing Ghosts by Laeken Zea Kemp

Day Two of my two-week review fest.  Today I am reviewing a very unique but relatable young adult book. Breathing Ghosts is a great change of pace in a genre that has an abundance of paranormal books.  This is not just a paranormal book.  Its more about dealing with loss and moving on with your life.  But our main character does see his ghost more than once.   It is emotionally powerful but sadly in the end it does fall a bit short from what I would desire.  For my full review be sure to keep reading after the book blurb.   Don’t forget about my big giveaway.  Jump over to my celebration post and enter the rafflecopter if you haven’t already.

18588758Book Blurb:

She is a winding cosmos, bleeding and bursting into night. She is a dream. She is dead.

River has just lost the one thing that matters most to him—Nia—and all she’s left behind is a pile of scribbled love notes detailing their past and a pin-holed map planning out their future. Hopes and dreams confined to one dimension now that she’s gone and River’s too afraid to leave his hometown, crippled by the same anxiety that’s plagued his mother for as long as he can remember.

But after a strange encounter with the only girl he ever loved a week after laying her to rest, River, armed with nothing but her map and his memories, decides to finally leave and never look back. And with the help of a pair of eccentrically named siblings as well as a mutt with three legs, he sets out to do the very thing Nia always knew how to do better than he ever could—live.

From the moonlit beaches off of Florida’s east coast, to the forests of Mississippi, to Bourbon Street, Cadillac Ranch, and the Arizona desert, River is faced with not only Nia’s ghost but his own and he learns that in life there are no accidents, only miracles.

Review:

River is at a loss after losing the one person who meant everything to him, his girlfriend Nia.  He grieves alone since his abusive home life is not one anyone would want to go home to.  It isn’t long after Nia’s funeral that Nia’s sister gives River many of Nia’s possessions and within those possessions is the map.  The map was Nia’s plan for her and River to escape their lives in Florida.  River decides to take off and steal his stepfather’s truck.  In doing so he attracts the attention of skinheads, police and eventually twins that are trying to escape their own lives.  When the twins won’t leave River the threesome try to decipher Nia’s map and what she wanted River to do.  Along the way River sees Nia’s ghost and he feels like he is chasing her.  Through this journey River learns more about himself and what he must do to live.  Even though he doesn’t want to live without Nia he begins to find reasons why living no matter what is what Nia really wanted from River.

Overall, this is an emotional ride that has both is comical and suspenseful parts.  The character of River really is fairly the same through the book until he finally comes to realize what the whole journey has been about.  I love the twins, June and Carter.  Though they had their own issues they were fun and I think they were just what River needed at the time.  I think the biggest character in this book is the landscape.  The obscure places the three of them go and how they manage to get there.  I did feel that the story was a little lacking in the development part though.  I really felt that the characters were static until the very end.  In the end it kind of just stops.  There isn’t really any kind of conclusion or wrap up.  It does make you think there may be another book but even so the ending kinda made me feel unsatisfied and nothing was answered.  I liked the build up and the premise of the story, but I think with the lack of real character development it left the story a little flat.  Overall, it was a decent story and I would try a second book if this is supposed to be a series but I would want to see a lot more if this were to become a series I followed.

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