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Friday, April 15, 2016

Getting back into things

Hello world!

I've been very out of blogging or reviewing for the last while. It happens I know. But I'm hoping to get back into things and have some new reviews up and the site updated all around.
Consider this site  under construction!

Happy Reading!


Wednesday, August 6, 2014

My books need more Barrons

Have you read Karen Marie Moning's Fever Series? If not, go and read it. Seriously, right now. You are missing an important part of your paranormal romance education if you haven't.

 If you haven't than you don't know Jericho Barrons. If this is the case you have never met the ultimate alpha male in a romance book. I can't even call him the hero because he wouldn't approve and Barrons is so bad-ass that even though it's fiction, you'll still find yourself wondering, and a little afraid, of what Barrons would think and how little he would approve of your labels.

Anyway, I'm getting off topic. I've always loved paranormal romance, but I've found my tastes have gotten pickier and I''ve developed a strong dislike of insta-lust. I used to like it and now I find it doesn't work for me anymore. To go with that, I've become much pickier about how the "alpha" hero is portrayed.

Simply, I'm tired of smug douchbags acting like asses being considered heroes just because they are so "alpha" and heaven help me when the woman/women start actually discussing his alpha-ness. gag.

But what does this have to do with Barrons you ask?

Well, in the last three (sadly yes) books I read with "alpha" men (two were supes, one was just an ass) I found myself reflecting back to Barrons and how he would have crushed these supposed manly men. If he wasn't distracted by laughing at what losers they were.

This led me to think what a fine line it is between ass and alpha and how few authors really get it right.

Really strong men in books have to be more than big beefcakes who smile smugly at their woman because they know so much more than she does. They don't have insta-love because they have too much depth (and the women they eventually do love have too much for that too.) I know he doesn't need to be likable because I never really liked Barrons, but at least he was a great character.

The only other really well done "alpha" (in a series) I can think of is Curran (from the Kate Daniels series by Ilona Andrews - although I'd say all the men in that series are well written. It may be the husband/wife writing team factor but they don't do generic douche in any book.)

What do you think makes the difference between a smug ass and an alpha hero?

Maybe I'm just frustrated by more mediocre reads. Or, maybe I'm just not in the mood for these guys.

All I know is that these annoying "heroes" just made me wish more authors would ask themselves "what would JZB do?" when writing their male characters.

Oh, and if you have a recommendation for a good insta-love that will break my rough streak let me know.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Tempted By a Rogue Prince Cover Reveal!

Tempted by a Rogue Prince (Eternal Mates Romance Series Book 3)
Felicity Heaton
An elf prince on the verge of losing himself to the darkness, Vail is maddened by the forty-two centuries he was under the control of a witch and forced to war with his brother. Now, he roams Hell seeking an escape from his terrible past and the heads of all who bear magic. When demons of the Fifth Realm capture him, he sees a chance to end his existence, but when he wakes in a cell to a beautiful female, he finds not death but his only shot at salvation—his true fated mate.

Captured by the enemy of the Third Realm when the war ended, Rosalind has spent months in the cells of the Fifth Realm with her magic bound, forced to heal the new king’s demon warriors, and haunted by the lives she has taken. When she’s brought to heal an unconscious man, she discovers her only hope of escape has come in the form of her worst nightmare and the first part of a prediction that might spell her doom—a devastatingly handsome and dangerous dark elf prince.

Unwilling to fall under the control of anyone ever again, Vail must escape before the Fifth King can use him as a pawn in a deadly game of revenge, but he cannot leave without Rosalind, the woman who looks at him with dark desire in her stunning eyes and awakens a fierce hunger in his heart. A witch who drives him mad with need even as the darkness within whispers she will enslave him too.

Can Rosalind escape her fate as they embark on a journey fraught with danger and resist the temptation of her rogue elf prince? And can Vail overcome the memories that madden him in order to seize his chance for salvation and the heart of his fated female forever?

Pre-order links and a first chapter preview of Tempted by a Rogue Prince are available at: http://www.felicityheaton.co.uk/tempted-by-a-rogue-prince-paranormal-romance-novel.php

Tempted by a Rogue Prince is due for release in ebook and paperback on August 9th 2014 and will be available from all major online book retailers.

Join Felicity’s mailing list to receive a notification when Tempted by a Rogue Prince is released, PLUS a sneak preview of the first 6 chapters of the book and chances to win a signed copy: http://www.felicityheaton.co.uk/newsletter.php

Books in the Eternal Mates paranormal romance series:
Book 4: Hunted by a Jaguar – coming in 2015

About Felicity Heaton:
Felicity Heaton is a New York Times and USA Today international best-selling author writing passionate paranormal romance books. In her books, she creates detailed worlds, twisting plots, mind-blowing action, intense emotion and heart-stopping romances with leading men that vary from dark deadly vampires to sexy shape-shifters and wicked werewolves, to sinful angels and hot demons! If you're a fan of paranormal romance authors Lara Adrian, J R Ward, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Gena Showalter and Christine Feehan then you will enjoy her books too.

If you love your angels a little dark and wicked, the best-selling Her Angel series is for you. If you like strong, powerful, and dark vampires then try the Vampires Realm series or any of her stand-alone vampire romance books. If you’re looking for vampire romances that are sinful, passionate and erotic then try the best-selling Vampire Erotic Theatre series. Or if you prefer huge detailed worlds filled with hot-blooded alpha males in every species, from elves to demons to dragons to shifters and angels, then take a look at the new Eternal Mates series.

If you want to know more about Felicity, or want to get in touch, you can find her at the following places:

Sorry Guys! I moved last week and it was CRAZY drama so of course I'm behind on EVERYTHING. This was supposed to go up yesterday and I feel terrible about it. But Seriously how great is this cover. Go and add this to Goodreads NOW peeps!

Sunday, July 20, 2014

This week in my library

Well technically I don't have a library this week. We're in the middle of moving so everything is either packed or waiting to be packed today. We have movers coming on Tuesday for the big stuff, but there are lots of odds and ends that we need to get moved ourselves, plus I still need to finish packing! (I've discovered I don't like packing.)

Anyway, with the last month being craycray (as the 5yr old likes to say) I have been reading but not reviewing, so here's what coming up:

What I'm reading THIS WEEK:

I've really enjoyed all of Molly Harper's books, some more than others,
but I would still consider Molly Harper a must-buy. She writes amazing dialogue for her characters and every book is laugh out loud.

I'm finding it harder to connect to the characters in this one. I'm enjoying it but I'm  hooked.
Still, so far I recommend

Inescapable by Amy A. Bartol

Sometimes I just buy whatever my Kobo recommends out of curiosity. Some aspects of this book are driving me crazy but I'm also kind of addicted too. I'm not sure where I'll end up at the end but I *might*  love it.

Opal by Jennifer L. Armentrout

WHY why why did I wait to read this series? seriously Obsidian was fantastic and I think the series keeps getting better. The only reason I'm taking so long to read this book is because I want to stretch out reading this series to make my enjoyment last. I know as soon as I finish I'll want to read the next one ASAP.

What's in the Queue?

Coming up I've got

In Your Dreams by Kristan Higgins

This is the fourth book in the Blue Heron series and they've been my favourite by this author so I'm really looking forward to this one.


The Suffragette Scandal by Courtney Milan 

I've loved the other books in the Brother's Sinister series so I'm looking forward to this one

Have you read any of these books yet? If you have, did you like them? Have I got you curious about any of them? 

What are you reading this week?

Let my know.

Remember to follow my reviews on goodreads. I usually manage to post a mini-review there when I finish a book,even if I'm a bit slower over here at the blog.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Review: The Edge of Nowhere by Elizabeth George

The Edge of Nowhere (Saratoga Woods #1) by Elizabeth George
PUB: Sept. 4th 2012
by Viking Juvenile
REVIEW COPY: personal hardcover
440 pages
ISBN: 0670012963

Whidbey Island may be only a ferry ride from Seattle, but it's a world apart. When Becca King arrives there, she doesn't suspect the island will become her home for the next four years. Put at risk by her ability to hear "whispers"--the thoughts of others--Becca is on the run from her stepfather, whose criminal activities she has discovered. Stranded and alone, Becca is soon befriended by Derric, a Ugandon orphan adopted by a local family; Seth, a kindhearted musician and high school dropout; Debbie, a recovering alcoholic who takes her in; and Diana, with whom Becca shares a mysterious psychic connection.

The Edge of Nowhere is Elizabeth George's first foray into YA writing and what a great start it is. This is a smart book with strong characters and an interesting mystery. 
There is a paranormal element to the story, in Becca, the main character's ability to hear "whispers" of what the people around her are thinking. While Becca has learned to keep this ability a secret from everyone but her mother and grandmother, things go wrong when Becca;s mother mistakenly trusts the wrong man with the information about what Becca can do. This sets off the story and lands Becca on Whidby Island, trying to fumble her way through staying under the radar while she waits for her mother to come and get her.
Becca becomess drawn into the mysteries and histories of the inhabitants of the small community she finds herself in and can't seem to avoid becoming part of the action.
All of the characters in The Edge of Nowhere are so well formed that even when we know very little about them, we know that it's because there are secrets that have yet to be discovered. While Becca is the main character and most of the book follows her, the author often jumps to other characters and shows the reader their thoughts, feelings, and actions in greater detail. 
This kept the story moving sharply along. When Becca is no longer able to give the reader the information we need, we learn more from a secondary character that keeps the plot rolling.
While The Edge of Nowhere has some paranormal elements, it is, first and foremost a mystery and it reads like one. I found the pacing and the set-ups fit perfectly into a standard mystery form and enjoyed discovering the "who-dunnit". The actual who was a bit anticliamtic to me, but the end of the book offers an exciting hint tof adventure that will kick off the second book in this series with a bang.
I'll definitely be reading the next book in this series and I'll hopefully finally get the chance to read more Elizabeth George. She's been on my must-try list all of last year and this year I plan to make it happen.
All in all, a smart well crafted mystery for the YA reader to enjoy with lots of potential for the story to grow in interesting and unexpected ways.


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