Thursday, August 27, 2015

Gamma Rift by Kalli Lanford

by Kalli Lanford

Release Date: August 18 
Genre: New Adult 
Publisher: Entangled Embrace Imprint

His secret (alien) crush...

I may be a Prince, but there are things that trouble me about my father's royal rule-the forced abduction, experimentation, and torture of alien creatures. The king has a new prisoner who's a carefully kept secret...

There's a young female who belongs to a little-known civilization I have been studying extensively. They are human, belonging to a small, undeveloped planet called Earth. She is pretty in a way I find unusual and compelling. Sometimes I sneak into the adjoining cell and we talk about everything and nothing, even as I find myself yearning to touch her strange, soft skin.

Skin that is being subjected to invasive tests and experiments. A body that's scheduled for a live dissection in fifteen days. And a life that will be terminated unless I risk my future and life to help her escape...

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Kalli Lanford, a native of San Diego, California, grew up hanging out at the beach and playing sports.  When she’s not nerding out at San Diego Comic-Con, she can be seen doing normal-people stuff like teaching high-school English, cooking delicious meals for her family, and attending her son’s football games.  In her spare time, she writes new adult fiction and loves listening to hard rock.  She hopes to live long and prosper, and that you will, too.

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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

On the Hunt by Alexandra Ivy, Rebecca Zanetti, Dianne Duvall, Hannah Jayne

On the Hunt
by Alexandra Ivy, Rebecca Zanetti, Dianne Duvall, Hannah Jayne

Kensington Books ~ Zebra
Romance, Sci Fi & Fantasy

Four of today's most intriguing paranormal authors entice readers deep into the shadows, where vampires, immortals, and other supernatural creatures heat up the night...

On The Hunt by Alexandra Ivy
Mika Tanner has loved Bailey Morrell, a beautiful Healer, since childhood. But his duty as a Sentinel, a supernatural guardian of an ancient race, clashed with her rebellious spirit. Now a dangerous new anarchist group not only threatens life as they know it—but any chance of their being together again...

Scorpius Rising by Rebecca Zanetti
With a deadly disease spreading like wildfire across the country, microbiologist Nora Medina needs to focus all her energy on stopping the pandemic. Playing with dynamite—in the form of her way-too-hot ex—is the last thing she should be doing. ​But forced to work with Deacan McDougall against unexpected enemies with the seconds ticking by, she knows the explosion is coming...

Phantom Embrace by Dianne Duvall
Immortal Yuri Sokolov was born with the ability to see spirits, yet he's never seen one as lovely as Cat Seddon, the woman who haunts his home and his dreams. But amid their star-crossed love, a new danger may have Yuri facing a different kind of eternity.

Stake Out by Hannah Jayne
Vampire fashion designer Nina LaShay has a lot on her plate—just two days until fashion week and the model who was flirting with her photographer boyfriend is now a corpse in her studio. But when dead turns into undead and dangerous, Nina must find out who's responsible…before the beautiful baby vamp takes too many bites out of the Big Apple.

A Note From the Publisher
This sexy and suspenseful anthology contains 4 original novellas by 4 bestselling authors and their ongoing series: Alexandra Ivy's Sentinels, Dianne Duvall's Immortal Guardians, Hannah Jayne's Underworld Detection Agency and an exciting prequel novella to Rebecca Zanetti's new dystopian series, The Scorpius Syndrome, coming in February 2016.

Kathie's Review:

When I saw that Rebecca Zanetti had a hand in this one, with her Scorpius Rising, I couldn't wait to read it. This is the prequel novella in The Scorpius Syndrome Series. And what an exciting start it is.

Something is  killing people...or worse. Nora and her friend Lynne are racing to find out exactly what Scorpius is and to find a cure for it. Nora is a bit distracted by her ex-husband Deacon. He's all male...and his Scottish accent keeps chipping away at her focus. For his part, Deacon has always regretted their divorce and he wants her back. He also needs to protect her from a crazed stalker who is out to infect as many people with Scorpius as he can. 

There are lots of tense moments as something alien begins to take over. A truly scary scenario that really could happen. Ms. Zanetti did loads of research so this reads "real". I look forward to seeing Mercury Striking (The Scorpius Syndrome #1) when it comes out in January 2016.

I will certainly be getting to the other stories, too! They look great. This one is most definitely a four bookmark rating.

Thank you, Kensington and NetGalley, 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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Not Always a Saint by Mary Jo Putney

Happy Release Day!!!

Not Always a Saint
by Mary Jo Putney
Kensington Books

Romance, History
Pub Date Aug 25, 2015

After the death of his sweetheart when he was at university, Daniel Herbert buried his grief in medical studies and his passion for healing. Viewed as a saint by those who know him, in his own mind he never quite manages to live up to his own high standards.

Most men would be thrilled to learn they've inherited a title and estate from a distant relative, but Daniel is appalled because the burden of wealth will interfere with his medical calling. Warily he accepts that he must enter society and seek a wife—a sensible woman who can oversee his properties, leaving him free to continue his work. He does not expect to become intoxicated by a woman called the Black Widow, who is as mysterious as she is shockingly beautiful…

Jessie Kelham's looks have always been a curse. Now alone with a young daughter and a perilous secret, she is in need of protection. But dangerously attractive Daniel Herbert is not the kind of husband she has in mind. If he recognizes her, the demons of her past will surely erupt. Yet they cannot keep apart—and soon they are drawn into a union that may bring joy—or shattering danger…

Kathie's Review:

This is the 7th book in the Lost Lords Series. I've only read the 6th...and loved it. I enjoyed this one even more.

I liked Daniel a lot. He's a vicar, he's a surgeon, he's a healer...and now he's a lord. This last isn't something he's ever wanted. It seems like it will take a lot of time from his vocation of doctor. He begins to see some hope in the title when his brother-in-law (Lord Kirkland from the last book) mentions all the good his newly acquired wealth can do. But...he's going to need a very helpful wife to organize and run his life...and all those houses and properties. He has a short of things he's looking for in a spouse...and while he wants her to be somewhat attractive, a Diamond of the First Water is not on that list. So when he sees Jessie across a crowded room and is immediately hit with lust...well, he figures he needs to just walk away.

Jessie, for her part, has just lost her very elderly husband. They both love their four year old daughter and he left her the title of Lady. This is not good news for the nephew that thought he would get nearly everything. He makes threats and Jessie realizes she's going to need another husband to keep her daughter safe. That would be husband #3. When she and Daniel lock eyes across that room and then meet, she is in lust, too. It has been a very long time since she's felt that way, but Daniel just can't be the husband she needs. He's much too attractive...and young.

When things come to a head with that nasty nephew, the only way to find safety for Beth is a marriage between her mother and Daniel.

That's when the real fun begins. These two aren't in love, even though the lust is thick. They have to come to know each other...and I truly enjoyed their path to happiness.

Ms. Putney adds twists and turns, bad guys, and people showing up from the dead. It was quite the journey for these two...and I loved it and I highly recommend it.

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

A New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USAToday bestselling author, Mary Jo Putney was born in Upstate New York with a reading addiction, a condition for which there is no known cure. Her entire romance writing career is an accidental byproduct of buying a computer for other purposes.

Her novels are known for psychological depth and intensity and include historical and contemporary romance, fantasy, and young adult fantasy. Winner of numerous writing awards, including two RITAs and two Romantic Times Career Achievement awards, she has five times had books listed among the Library Journal's top five romances of the year, and three times had books among the top ten romances of Booklist, the magazine of the American Library Association.

Her favorite reading is great stories, but in a pinch she'll settle for the backs of cereal boxes. She's delighted that e-publishing can now make available books that have been out of print.

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Beauty and the Werewolf by Kristen Miller

Happy Release Week!

Beauty and the Werewolf
A San Francisco Wolfpack Novel

by Kristen Miller

Entangled Covet
Romance, Sci Fi & Fantasy
Pub Date Aug 25, 2015

Unmated werewolves don’t normally live past three hundred years old...and billionaire Jack MacGrath is cutting it close. Sure, he has almost everything—the respect of his peers, a mansion in San Francisco, a private jet, and fast cars. But without a mate, Jack's in trouble. Then he sees her. Gorgeous, proud...and his enemy.

Isabelle Connelly is good at hiding things from her father. Like her success as a painter, or the incredibly intense attraction she has to Jack MacGrath. After all, she's royalty and falling for anyone lesser—to say nothing of a rival pack—would be, er, unseemly. Now she must choose between her duty to her family and her pack...or her perfect fated mate.

Kathie's Review:

I have read, and really enjoyed, several books by this author. I could hardly wait to crack this one open, especially as our heroine is an artist. I paint, too, and thought I'd really enjoy reading about a fellow artist...and shifters. 

Unfortunately, that was not the case here. Not every book was written for every reader, and this book proves that for me. 

First, what I liked about the book. Jack...I liked Jack a lot. He's a shifter who hasn't found his fated mate...his Luminary. He's way over 300 years old and the only way he's surviving is massive amounts of adrenaline on a daily basis. He's pretty much given up hope of finding his mate...and thereby being able to live for another 700 years or so. But he's a good guy...and he's kept searching...and he isn't a man whore. He does good things in the art world. 

Then he touches Isabelle's hand...and lights flash, electricity zings up his arm and into his heart. She's his fated mate. But...she doesn't feel it. Jack has about a dozen of the paintings she's looking for; they just had a bidding war over one during an auction. He doesn't know she's the artist behind the works and she doesn't know how many he has. He uses them to entice her to stay just a little longer before she heads back to Ireland. 

Isabelle has been looking for all of her sold paintings so she can have a show for her dad. He's the alpha of their pack and she's been trained to follow in his footsteps. He told her years ago she needed to leave the painting behind and focus on studying and learning all the ins and outs of pack leadership.

This is where the book fell apart for me. He tells her they are mates and that he'll DIE SOON if she doesn't accept the bond. She finally comes to believe it...but her daddy is dying and she has to leave HER DYING LOVE to put on an art show so daddy dearest can maybe give her his approval. Um...True Love is DYING...and she leaves him. Says she'll be back. But she's seen that he really is on his last legs...and she leaves. Oh, and she takes the ONE painting she gifted him...without asking for permission. She takes it knowing it gives him that little spark of life...that *might* just keep him going until she might return. 

There were so many inconsistencies in the shifter mythos this author has created. They can smell really well...except for when they can't. For instance, at one point Jack is IN her home castle...she doesn't see him...and more importantly, she doesn't smell him even when she steps into the room he was just in. She can mind speak with him...except she doesn't do it when it would make the most sense. 

This is a shifter book...and there is hardly any shifting and Isabelle never does. 

At one point she's painting. Jack mentions all of her grand hand gestures as she paints...and then we find out it's an 8"x11" painting. With lots of stuff in it...the moon, the Golden Gate Bridge, Jack (in his fur) an artist myself, I went "what?" For a painting that small, there would be no grand hand gestures and wild flinging of paint. That was odd.

Daddy Alpha says she must marry in the pack. At this point they know her Fated Mate is not among the pack. So...he insists she marry one of them anyway...knowing she'll die at around 300 years. And when she says she's found her mate? Yeah, because of who he is, DA says: marriage and Luminary Status for you! Die when you are was a total WTH moment for me.

The plot inconsistencies, the TSTL moments from both of these characters kept me from enjoying this book. There are a lot of raving reviews for this one. So the issues that bothered me could just be me, you know? You may enjoy it a whole lot. I will be looking for more from Ms. Miller...because I've really enjoyed so many of her other books. Maybe you will like this one more than me.

I've rated it 2.5...but I'm rounding it to a three at all sites. 

Thank you, Entangled and NetGalley, for the opportunity to read this book.

New York Times and USA Today best-selling author Kristin Miller writes sweet and sassy contemporary romance, romantic suspense, and paranormal romance of all varieties. Kristin has degrees in psychology, English, and education, and taught high school and middle school English before crossing over to a career in writing. She lives in Northern California with her alpha male husband and their two children. She loves chocolate way more than she should and the gym less. You can usually find her in the corner of a coffee shop, laptop in front of her and mocha in hand, using the guests around her as fuel for her next book.

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