Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Once Upon a Cowboy by Maggie McGinnis

Happy Release Day!!!

By Maggie McGinnis

Random House Publishing Group - Loveswept


In this sexy Whisper Creek romance for readers of Kristan Higgins, Susan Mallery, and Molly O'Keefe, a red-hot cowboy uses some Montana magic to give a reclusive beauty her happily ever after.

Yoga instructor Jessalyn Alcott radiates peace, calm, and serenity—on the outside. Inside, she still feels like the broken, desperate girl from the trailer park. She's got dark secrets she can't share, which is why she never lets her relationships go beyond the third date. But when she travels to the Whisper Creek dude ranch for a friend's wedding, Jess is enchanted by a cowboy whose deep blue eyes, dimpled smile, and rock-hard body make it tough to remember why she keeps running scared.

Cole Driscoll has struggled to find his place on a family ranch where he's always played second fiddle. His future might be uncertain, but he's sure of one thing: He wants Jess by his side. Easier said than done. When it comes to getting close, she's full of excuses, and he longs to fix the hurt he sees in her eyes. Now that she's at Whisper Creek, there's nothing he wants more than to break down the walls around her heart and heal her pain with the power of love.

Kathie's Review:

This is the third book in the Whisper Creek Series by Maggie McGinnis. I've read the second one, A Cowboy's Christmas Promise, and loved it. 

You know, we read romance novels to follow the main characters' journey to an HEA. I expect there to be a few road bumps along the way. I want them to earn their HEA. In this book, the heart fail is huge! And dark. Jess had a hard life...like scary, heartbreakingly hard. I really wanted her to get that HEA, that's for sure. 

Once again, Montana is almost a supporting character here. I wanted to breathe the air, ride the horses, play in the waterfall! I also wanted to HARM the bad guys here...

Jess has been hiding from her past but it catches up to her just as she's leaving Boston for Hayley's wedding at Whisper Creek. Hayley was the star of the second book, and we saw Cole and Jess there, too.

I thoroughly enjoyed seeing Jess take hold of her destiny, and stand up for what was right for her. Sometimes we have to hold the alpha male back and just do it ourselves...and I was very proud of Jess. And then I wanted to slap some bad guys, again!

This is one of those books that you might want to read when you have a goodly chunk of time to read. Because you aren't going to want to put it down until that HEA (and what a GOOD one it was, too!) comes together. Yes, I highly recommend this book.

Thank you, NetGalley and Random House Publishing Group - Loveswept, for the opportunity to read this book.

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Friday, June 26, 2015

Dark Horse by Michelle Diener

Dark Horse
by Michelle Diener
Season Publishing
June 15, 2015

Romance, Sci Fi & Fantasy

Some secrets carry the weight of the world.

Rose McKenzie may be far from Earth with no way back, but she's made a powerful ally--a fellow prisoner with whom she's formed a strong bond. Sazo's an artificial intelligence. He's saved her from captivity and torture, but he's also put her in the middle of a conflict, leaving Rose with her loyalties divided.

Captain Dav Jallan doesn't know why he and his crew have stumbled across an almost legendary Class 5 battleship, but he's not going to complain. The only problem is, all its crew are dead, all except for one strange, new alien being.

She calls herself Rose. She seems small and harmless, but less and less about her story is adding up, and Dav has a bad feeling his crew, and maybe even the four planets, are in jeopardy. The Class 5's owners, the Tecran, look set to start a war to get it back and Dav suspects Rose isn't the only alien being who survived what happened on the Class 5. And whatever else is out there is playing its own games.

In this race for the truth, he's going to have to go against his leaders and trust the dark horse.

Kathie's Review:

One review I read about this story called it a "gem". They are right. It truly is a gem, highly polished and a wonderful read. 

I've always been fond of the "human abducted by aliens and finds love" trope. This one went beyond that by a long shot. Does that sound gushy? Well, it's true! We start in the middle of Rose's escape from her alien abductors. She's taking Sazo, the AI of the ship, who is housed in a crystal with her. It's his escape, too. He's been captive for some time. He's only just recently become self-aware. Much like a toddler, he has a lot to learn. And Rose is teaching him.

Rose has been held captive for three months. She's been tortured, starved, and has been scared nearly to death. But she has survived. While she's not sure she trusts Sazo, she knows she trusts him more than those who are holding her captive. She does insist that the Earth animals who were taken with her come with them on their run to freedom. 

There is a group of aliens that work together. Sazo has chosen the Grih for Rose. He figures they are the best fit for the human woman. He's come to care for her...and she did help him escape.

Captain Dav Jallan is intrigued by the human. He and his crew are in awe over the fact she is an orange...a certifiable ALIEN. None have been discovered in something like 500 years of exploration. One of the many amazing things about Rose is that she likes to sing. The Grih have very few people who can make music. It is a big deal for them...and Rose's voice (even though she doesn't think it's anything special) brings them joy like none other. 

So, she's a music maker, she's an alien, and she's keeping silent about Sazo. She's got lots on her plate. I totally enjoyed how she walked a fine line between keeping Sazo secret and trying to be fair and honest with her new-found allies. And she needs those allies because the people, the Tecran, who created the ship Sazo was the AI for, want him, and it, back. And they don't care if they have to kill the orange to do it.

Some of the most enjoyable moments came between Rose and Sazo. She is his moral compass...and she teaches him about Sherlock Holmes (leaving out the part where he is fictional) and his sidekick Watson. A truly LOL moment when she finds she may be making stuff up about S&W...but then remembers she's the only one within light years that would even know about them! 

There were several funny moments. Lots of adventure, some sweet romance, and a whole new world that I want to see more of. There are more Class 5 ships out there...and I want to know what happens with them.

I haven't read any of Ms. Diener's other books, but I'm going to remedy that soon! I loved this and will definitely read more of this author's work.

Thank you, Season Publishing ~ Eclipse and NetGalley, for the opportunity to read this book.

Michelle Diener writes historical fiction and fantasy. From the Tudor court, to the streets of Regency London, and into magical landscapes, she's never happier than when she's building worlds, sculpting unforgettable characters and crafting suspenseful plots.

Michelle was born in London, grew up in South Africa and currently lives in Australia with her husband and two children.

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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Guardian of Werewolf Keep by Nhys Glover

Genre: Paranormal Romance

"Perfect for readers who enjoy love stories with substance and a classical supernatural touch." Amazon Reviewer

 Philomena Davenport is shocked at her first sight of Breckenhill Keep, the monstrous ruin she had inherited from the father who had deserted her as a child. Even more shocking was the mysterious stipulation in the Will that required her to remain at the Keep for three months, before she could claim her inheritance. How could she do that when the Guardian of the Keep, the handsomely daunting Byron Carstairs, wants her gone, and the spine chilling howls echoing up from the bowels of the ruin urge her to escape while she still can? But Phil is made of firmer stuff than that. She will take on the denizens of this dark domain, and make the place her own. No monster or man would keep her from it, and only love could drive her away.

For Byron, Phil is a light in the darkness of his duty-bound life. He had never expected to meet someone as beautiful, courageous or compassionate as she. In only days, she manages to spin her magic around the hearts of all who dwell within the sanctuary. But no matter how much they needed her, it is no kindness to keep her there. She deserved far better than a burdened man and a castle filled with monsters. For her own good, he must drive her light from his dark life. 


After a lifetime of teaching others to appreciate the written word, Aussie author Nhys Glover finally decided to make the most of the Indie Book Revolution to get her own written word out to the world. Now, with more than 100,000 of her ebooks downloaded internationally and a winner of 2013 SFR Galaxy Award for 'The Titan Drowns', Nhys finds her words, too, are being appreciated.

At home in the beautiful Yorkshire Dales of England, Nhys these days spends most of her time "living the dream" by looking out over the moors from her window as she writes the kind of novels she loves to read. The ones that are a little bit steamy, a little bit different, and wholly romantic.

If you want more information, or to have some fun playing Nhys' divination game HEROES go to her website.


Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Wicked Ride by Rebecca Zanetti

Happy Release Day!!!

Wicked Ride
by Rebecca Zanetti

Pub Date   Jun 23 2015

“Non-stop action and a hero to die for!” —Alexandra Ivy
If you love the Dark Protectors, these wicked hot Realm Enforcers are for you!

Alexandra Monzelle is a hard-fighting, heat-packing Seattle vice cop, and she's not much interested in being protected. Her short skirt and sex-kitten heels are tools to lure her suspects into talking about the deadly new drug hitting the streets. She can take care of herself and then some. Unfortunately, she can't seem to get that through to Kellach Dunne.

Kellach is a fresh import from Dublin, and he's landed at the heart of a vicious motorcycle club that deals in guns, narcotics, and mayhem. He's all male, all rough power—and all interference in her damn investigation. Maybe he's one of the good guys. Maybe not. Lex knows an affair with an immortal like him would risk everything. No matter how delicious he looks…

Kathie's Review:

This is Book One in the Realm Enforcers Series. A few characters from the Dark Protectors Series make appearances, which is always fun. But you don't have to have read that series to read this one, although you'll want to!

Once again Ms. Zanetti gives us a gorgeous hero who is alpha to the max. But he's pretty much met his match with Alexandra. When they meet, she's playing the damsel in distress, and even though she sees some pretty freaky things, she still tries to arrest him and to interrogate him about this new, deadly drug that makes people burn.

She has a hard time trying to decide if Kellach is a good guy. Their trust in each other isn't always what it should be, but she keeps her backbone stiff and works through the issues. His Irish accent makes it easier, that's for sure.

I had a good laugh at one point. Kellach needs condoms, well, he doesn't NEED them, as his witchiness will keep her from getting pregnant, or diseased, but she insists upon the protection. This big, alpha guy buys a pile of stuff that he doesn't need, just so the box of condoms didn't stand out. Like the clerk cared! Yes, I laughed.

They are mates, but how can that be so? He's immortal and she's human. Yep, issues to work out, but it was fun to read how they came together. Lots of other hot hunks to star in the next books in the series, too. Thankfully, this author is prolific and we shouldn't have to wait too long to see another Realm Enforcer! If you are looking for a PNR to sink your teeth into, this one is for you.

*Thank you, NetGalley and Kensington, for the opportunity to read this book

New York Times bestselling author Rebecca Zanetti has worked as an art curator, Senate aide, lawyer, college professor, and a hearing examiner - only to culminate it all in stories about Alpha males and the women who claim them. She is a member of RWA, has won awards for her works throughout the industry, and has a journalism degree with a poly sci emphasis from Pepperdine University as well as a Juris Doctorate from the University of Idaho.

Growing up amid the glorious backdrops and winter wonderlands of the Pacific Northwest has given  Rebecca fantastic scenery and adventures to weave into her stories. She resides in the wild north with her husband, children, and extended family who inspire her every day-or at the very least give her plenty of characters to write about.

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