Thursday, August 21, 2014

Ever After by Kate SeRine


Ever After
by Kate SeRine

Kensington Books
Pub Date   Aug 21 2014

To Catch a Thief…

For centuries, Gideon Montrose has served the King of Fairies without question and, often, without mercy. So when the King orders him to apprehend a notorious thief, Gideon obeys. But when he finally gets his hands on the beautiful culprit, Gideon’s in for a shock.

Arabella Locksley is none other than the spirited, unpredictable woman he knew back in Make Believe as Robin Hood — the love of his life whose tragic death destroyed his chance at Happily Ever After.

Now, he has an impossible choice. Betray the woman he once loved, or the king he’s bound to serve?

Kathie's Review:

This is book four in the Transplanted Tales Series. It read like the final book in the series. I've read Grimm Consequences (Transplanted Tales #1.5).  

It's fun how Ms. SeRine puts King Arthur with Robin Hood and people from fairy tales in the here and now. Gives a new spin on them. They are living in contemporary times, and some of them have adjusted better than others. 

Gideon was in love with Robin Hood (a woman) back in Make Believe. He lost her over a cliff and has lived with half his heart for many years. The king, who has enslaved him, sends him out to catch a thief and his world is rocked when he realizes it is Robin Hood herself. Her real name is Arabella and she's been hiding from him in the here and now. She knows how hard her "death" was on him and she doesn't want him to hurt anymore...because something bad is about to happen. 

Arabella and Gideon have to find all of Arthur's trinkets given to him by Arabella's mother. It may help the Tales who are fading. There is lots of action as items are stolen, hidden away, stolen again. There's plenty of back-stabbing and mystery as the plot unfolds.

There's lots of magic and many Tales in the series. I'm rather hoping that Merlin finds his own HEA at some point, maybe a novella for him? A small complaint is that the end was so very tidy. It felt rushed and I was left wishing that there were just a few more words. Still, it was an enjoyable read and I'll be watching for more from Kate SeRine.

*Thank you, NetGalley and Kensington, for the opportunity to read Ever After

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The Land of the Shadow by Lissa Bryan


The Land of the Shadow
The End of all Things II
by Lissa Bryan
August 21, 2014

In the highly anticipated stand-alone sequel to The End of All Things, Lissa Bryan returns readers to a world devastated by disease, and the breakdown of modern society.

Two years after a horrific virus swept the globe, decimating the world’s population, Carly Daniels and her husband, Justin, have made a safe home in the isolated southern town of Colby. Protected by fences and a vigilant population, the residents there had somehow managed to keep the Infection out. Until the sight of Carly and Justin’s healthy baby girl convinced them it was safe to allow Outsiders in.

Now, in the wake of fresh losses, the small band of survivors struggles to rebuild a community. With only nineteenth-century technology to aid them, they must learn skills long forgotten to provide for their basic needs. Each day brings new challenges, and every choice they make affects their long-term survival. While Carly and Justin adjust to a growing family, and to their roles as community leaders, they must rely on one another for strength and support when they face difficult questions.

Carly has to decide how to move forward in a world where equality, justice, and freedom from tyranny are no longer guaranteed. And when new threats emerge, she has to decide what she is willing to do—and how far she’s willing to go—to protect what she has worked so hard to build.

When the end has come and gone, it’s a journey down a long and broken road through The Land of the Shadow.


Justin was in the barn when he heard Carly scream, and the sound of it almost stopped his heart. It was a sound of sheer terror, a sound that could only mean . . .

He didn’t finish the thought. His brain clicked into action mode, based on training and instinct, pushing his own fear aside. 

Justin jumped to snatch the pump-action shotgun mounted on pegs above the door and ran harder than he’d ever run in his life, pumping the weapon to chamber a round. He prayed as he ran. He didn’t know to whom he was praying, nor for what, but he prayed just the same. 

Rounding the corner of the house, he saw Kaden and Carly running toward a goddamn big alligator in the front yard. Sam darted around its sides, snapping. 

Justin caught up to Kaden just as the beast decided that Carly’s direction was a better avenue of escape than the path blocked by the snarling wolf and the two running men. It charged right at her, its mouth wide, tail thrashing in its wake. Carly jumped for the porch, clutching at the post, her foot braced on the rail. Kaden charged up the steps and swept Dagny up into his arms, flinging open the screen door to scramble inside the house. 

Dagny yelled something that sounded like, “No, kay!” as the keys tumbled from her hand to clatter on the floorboards. Justin heard her wail as the screen door slammed behind Kaden. But she was safe, and that was what mattered at the moment. Carly still clung to the porch rail, her eyes wide. Safe, too, Justin noted, as his mind switched over to seek-and-destroy mode. 

The alligator kept running across the lawn and straight into the cornfield, surprisingly fast for such a large, awkward creature. 

“Not the corn!” Justin swung wide to try to drive the reptile toward the road instead, but the alligator saw safety and concealment in the thick patch of tall green stalks. It charged into the patch, clearing a three-foot-wide path of broken stalks with every swipe of its thrashing tail. 

A flash of movement from the left caught Justin’s eye, and Pearl jumped in front of the alligator with a shout, waving her arms to prevent it from charging deeper into the field. The gator hissed at her and brandished its gaping maw, but began to back away. 

More people from the town, who had been drawn by Carly’s scream, ran across the lawn toward the corn patch. The confused alligator found himself surrounded, and he turned, crushing more stalks. Justin swore. 

He caught Pearl’s eye and didn’t even need to tell her what he needed. She shouted and feigned a lunge to get the gator’s attention, and it swung around to hiss at her. 

He darted to the gator’s side and aimed the shotgun at the back of its head. “Clear!” 

“No, Justin!” Carly shouted. “Don’t!” 

Justin groaned. His wife, the animal lover. Was she going to say something like, He can’t help he’s an alligator, and insist Justin transport the thing back to the swamp? He was already picturing wrapping the beast’s jaws with duct tape or something to avoid losing a goddamn hand in the process when she reached his side. 

Instead, she pulled out the .45 she wore at her hip and blasted the gator three times in the head. It slumped to the ground, dead as Caesar. 

“I didn’t want you to use the shotgun and tear up the hide,” Carly said. 

God, he loved her. He felt a grin stretch his cheeks. 

She turned toward the house but called over her shoulder to the staring townspeople as she ran to check on her baby. “We have meat.”

Kathie's Review:

I truly loved the first book in this series, The End of All Things. And I was incredibly anxious for this one to be finished. WORTH THE WAIT!

Ms. Bryan has crafted this book so it can stand alone. She deftly inserted enough back story to catch you up, while not dragging us down with an overload of information. I love it when an author can do that for us. 

TLotS begins a few months after TEoAT. Colby is coming along. It's not thriving, but that's not for want of trying on the community members. Before the infection, few of them had planted gardens, raised chickens or fish. It's a learning process, but they are bound and determined to survive. Carly is still hoping to make a better place for them all. Justin is behind her in all things. Together they make a great team. Sam, the wolf, is still a pretty good judge of character as nomads approach the town. Some are invited to stay, and some are passed over. As you can imagine, some don't appreciate that. 

Shadowfax and Storm have their moments, here, too.

The way that Ms. Bryan writes a possible future after a catastrophic plague reads true. Every time I see one of those gold commercials on TV I always think, as she pointed out in the first book: Food, Guns/Ammo, Drugs! These are the "golden things" that would be worth something. 

While Carly, Justin, and the others are working hard to live in the new world, some people have pretty much reverted to a barbarian mentality. They want to take what they can, and not work for what they have. Again, this is what I'd think would happen in such a scenario. 

Ms. Bryan kept me reading long after I should have been asleep. But I had to know how it would all turn out. She surprised me a few times, too. And that ending? Yeah, I need the third and final book NOW. While it's not a killer cliffie, it will make you want more just as quickly as possible. I have my guesses as to what is going to happen next, but I'm sure that she will surprise me again.

What a ride! Carly and Justin are people that I'd like on my side, and on the side of my community.
I highly recommend this to anyone who wants a story that will keep you glued to your reader or flipping pages in a paperback just as quickly as you can. 

*Thank you, NetGalley and TWCS, for the opportunity to read The Land of the Shadow*

Lissa-BryanLissa Bryan is an astronaut, renowned Kabuki actress, Olympic pole vault gold medalist, Iron Chef champion, and scientist who recently discovered the cure for athlete's foot...though only in her head. Real life isn't so interesting, which is why she spends most of her time writing. She is the author of three other novels, Ghostwriter, The End of All Things, and Under These Restless Skies.

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"What a ride! Carly and Justin are people that I'd like on my side, and on the side of my community. I highly recommend this to anyone who wants a story that will keep you glued to your reader or flipping pages in a paperback just as quickly as you can." -Kathie Spitz 

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

A Highlander's Obsession by Vonnie Davis

Happy Release Day!

A Highlander's Obsession
by Vonnie Davis

Random House Publishing Group - Loveswept
Pub Date   Aug 19 2014

Two wandering souls discover that true love needs no words in this explosive, fantastical novel from Vonnie Davis.

Somehow able to telepathically communicate with animals, Paisley Munro has found meaning in her so-called gifts by working as a veterinary assistant. But while traveling to Scotland for a relative’s funeral, Paisley fears that she really has lost her mind. Out in the highlands, she hears distinctly human thoughts coming from a wild bear. Terrified and desperate, she returns to the lodge and collapses in the powerful arms of its owner, a mysterious man with whom she shares a simmering attraction.

Creighton Matheson and his fellow shape-shifters have been roaming this land freely for centuries. Now Paisley may inherit his home, putting his kind in grave danger. His mistrust only deepens when he realizes she can read his mind. Yet he cannot deny that this tantalizing woman makes him burn with desire—and hunger for the prospect of a tender love. Now Creighton must decide which would hurt more: revealing the truth or losing Paisley forever.

Kathie's Review:

This was my first Vonnie Davis book. It won't be my last. I'm fond of shifter stories, and these bears are a handful. I quite liked how Ms. Davis created her world and kept to the rules she created. 

Paisley can hear animals. I've always thought that would be a really cool "super power" but I can see how it could be a hard thing, too. She's quite shocked when she hears a human mind for the first time. She figures that's it, she's finally gone totally nuts. 

Creighton, on the other hand, is NOT going to like this pretty woman. Not at all, well, maybe just a little. Well, maybe just a lot. 

At one point I was really annoyed. The bears can use their magic to erase human memories. Creighton does so, and I was ready to put the book down and walk away. Fortunately, it came back to bite his furry buns...hard. Good!

Effie, Paisley's grandmother, is something else. Her hair is pink and she wears colors to compliment it. And pelican baffies...slippers. She's a riot, for sure. I think she needs her own HEA at some point. She's going to enliven the Scottish Highlands.

There's a mystery here, too, and it was enjoyable seeing everything fall into place. A bit scary when the climax came, wondering who was going to survive. 

A great start to a new series. I look forward to reading more. On a side note, Ms. Davis' agent is someone I went to high school with. Dawn Dowdle...small world!
Thank you, NetGalley and Random House Publishing Group - Loveswept, for the opportunity to read A Highlander's Obsession

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Friday, August 15, 2014

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Eight Days a Week
by Amber Johnson


Release Date: November 6 , 2014
Andrew Lyons has been running from responsibility his entire life. Returning home after a couple of years abroad, he finds himself jobless and living in close quarters with a sister he can barely tolerate. At her request, he searches for a job on Craigslist, but finds a room for rent instead. Or so he thinks. Gwen Stone is in a lurch. With a new promotion at work and two young children at home, she’s in dire need of a caretaker. When Andrew shows up on her doorstep, she thinks he may be exactly what she’s looking for. When she offers him the job, he’s more than interested and she’s confident she’s made the right choice. It shouldn’t be awkward at all. But Andrew isn’t exactly forthcoming about his intentions, and Gwen has some secrets she’s unwilling to share. When the mom and the “manny” don’t have a clue what they’re doing, things are bound to get messy. What do you get with two kids who don’t know how to be kids, a man who never grew up, Beatles Rock Band, and hundreds of hours of kids’ TV? A very interesting job, indeed. But when emotions get in the way, there's more at stake than just an occupation. Because life doesn't have clock-out button. And neither does love.  
AuthPhot   Amber is a full-time mom and a full-time wife who is employed full time and writes when she can. She believes in Happily Ever Afters that occur every day—despite the obstacles real life serves up on a regular basis. Or perhaps they’re sweeter simply because of them. She always has two rubber bands on her wrist, a song in her head, and too much creamer in her coffee cup that reads ‘Cocoa,’ because she’s a rebel. If she’s not at her desk, with her boys, or behind the computer, she’s supporting live music with her arms raised above her head and her eyes closed, waiting for the drop.