Monday, May 27, 2013

Book Review for Three of Hearts (Hamden Series #1) by W. Ferraro

 Three of Hearts 

  (Hamden Series #1)


 5 stars
Reviewed by: Tonya
Published: AuthorHouse
Source:Gifted Copy Genre:Paranormal Romance

About Book

Mae Turney is searching for the type of life and happiness she has never known but has only dreamed about. She's fortunate enough to find a great opportunity to live in an exterior apartment of a beautiful lake house in a small town in Vermont. When she realizes the apartment and scenery are not the only gorgeous appeal but the home owner, Seth Finn, is as well, she puts it all on the line for the chance at love. When she becomes comfortable and confident in her own skin and sexuality, Mae realizes that this place and this man is exactly what she came looking for. Knowing Seth and his three children are as special as they come, Mae bets the house, and prays she and her gamble are enough.

My Thoughts

Let me just start by saying I really loved this book - every single aspect of it. I loved every single character there isn't one in there I didn't like - okay wait take that back just one - the nasty neighbor but she is just trifling and needs a good ole' fashioned down home beating to straighten her out.

I love how Mae sees herself - full figured, maybe not what society calls beautiful, but not ugly either. She jiggles in some places and plumps in others, long beautiful hair (wish I had that - lol) and great personality. I can completely relate to how Mae see's herself because that is how I see myself every day. Full Figured, Curves (not in the right places), not beautiful but by no means ugly either. So right away I related to Mae and could feel how she felt.

In comes Seth and his kids. A widower raising 2 boys and a daughter, with the help of his sister Ro and the Irish nanny Lynne. Connor is the oldest and loves to test his fathers buttons - oh wow does he sound a lot like my son at that age. Aidan is the middle child and always seems to just go with the flow, such a cutie and little Megan, the author described her perfectly "spitfire". Red hair and an attitude to go with it. LOL I loved her.

Mae is an Oncology nurse and has just moved to Hamden taking a job in the new Oncology wing. Of course her profession and where she worked touched me down to my very soul. My mother battled and lost that battle to cancer and to be a nurse for patients battling this horrible disease takes a very tough person, one with character, heart and soul. Mae is all of those things. My heart goes out to those who work in this field they are a God send to those whose lives they are involved in.

Seth is in a partnership with two good friends of his Dylan a real ladies man and Wes he is more laid back but a sly one. Right from the start Seth is thinking about Mae, thoughts that he doesn't understand why, but can't stop either. I had to laugh my butt off when his son Connor who also notices Mae's "attributes" as he calls them, calls his dad out, catching Seth off guard.

Connor noticed Mae first and made a bee line straight for her. After all, any 14 year old boy needed to hone his pick up skills on any hot babe he saw. "Hey Mae, how about letting me drive your sweet ride?"

Upon hearing the name and his question Seth immediately looked up and saw Mae sitting in his kitchen with a tea cup in her hand.

What the hell? Was this going to be an everyday thing? It is bad enough he couldn't sleep worth a damn last night without thinking she was just on the other side of his wall. Annoyed, Seth said "what's going on here? Having a tea party?" He realized he sounded rather rude, but he still couldn't help it. Both Mae and Lynne looked directly at him.

"Way to be a ladies' man, Dad." Connor said and decided he should get out of the line of fire. Connor joined Aidan and Megan on the couch.

OMG I laughed so hard at that I can see Seth's face after his son said that - I bet he sure was embarrassed. LOL and -ding-ding- round one goes to Connor - LOL :) :) :)

I so enjoyed the thoughts each one kept having about the other. Always wondering, assuming, guessing. But never coming out and saying how they feel about each other, constantly beating around the subject. I really loved when Mae had some of her male colleagues over to her place that she rented from Seth. He sees the guys and gets so angry. It was so funny, I was reading at my daughters softball practice and busted out laughing, everyone on the field stopped and stared at me. LOL :) :) :)

They promised to do it again soon and Mae knew that they would. She walked back to the stairs that led to her apartment and was just about to go in when she heard a deep voice coming from the deck.

"Have fun?"

Is that Seth? What the heck is he doing out here in the dark with no lights. Mae walked through her screened porch and out through the other door. Sure enough there was Seth sitting in the same seat he had the night him and Dylan were drinking beer. But this time there was no music and there was no light.

Mae said "Sorry Seth, I didn't know you were there. Were we too loud?" Knowing she was feeling giddy from the wine, it was very likely she had been too loud. She didn't want to set a bad precedent with the homeowner.

"No you and your boy toys were not loud at all, but I have to say you didn't strike me as the type to be into threesomes," Seth hissed feeling rage as his words led to vivid mental images.

Mae was sure the wine was now affecting her hearing. "I'm sorry what did you say?"

"I said you didn't strike me to be the type that would be into group sex."

She was incredulous at his accusation. "I beg your pardon Seth I don't know what you are talking about and I do not appreciate you speaking to me like that. What I do in my apartment, that I pay rent for, and with whom, is none of your damn business." Her bravado definitely was enhanced by the wine, but it was also making her stomach roll.

She started to walk to the porch door when suddenly she was pushed so her back was against the door and her head was between both of Seth's big hands. His mouth was close to her ear, he spoke softly. "Do you have any idea what it is like to walk around all day with a hard on thinking about you and then to see you with two guys?"

Mae tipped her head up so she was looking at his face. His eyes were wide and his mouth was inches away from her forehead. Before she could move or say anything he whispered "and even knowing you were just with two guys, I can't suppress the need to kiss you right now."

Without knowing it, her body moved, Mae went up on tip toes and touched her lips to his. His goatee was scratchy but his lips were soft. The kiss started sweet but quickly went to hot in seconds, remaining on her tip toes she put her arms around his neck and opened her mouth to him. The first lick of his tongue was intoxicating. His lips and tongue moved as if dancing to music. Mae had never been kissed like this. She felt liquid need all the way to her toes. By the time he ended the kiss, they were both panting.

His hands were moving up and down her sides, enjoying her softness, her warmth.

"They're gay," she whispered against his lips.

"Thank God," and with that Seth kissed Mae again.

Now you can't tell me that was not funny. I was laughing so hard - I can just see his face as she is walking the guys out. Beat red, horny and madder than a hornet all at the same time and poor Mae hasn't got a clue what is coming. An Irish bulldozer ready to pounce - LOL

OMG I so love the playful banter that Mae and Seth have between each other it is so cute. You can see just how much he is falling for her and her for him. Oh how sweet it would be to have this kind of budding romance (okay okay I am officially jealous now – move over Mae I am taking over – LOL) I mean come on who wouldn’t love getting a bouquet of roses at work with a card that reads

“I hope this morning’s bathroom banter was the first of many. – S”

OMG – LOVE IT!!!!!!!

And did I already say the love scenes, okay the sex scenes, wow – lets just say have a glass of ice cold water, no a jug and get ready for many cold showers because what goes on between Seth and Mae phew that puts any movie to shame it is hot and heavy, sweet and intense, and sometimes just down right Oh-La-La baby!!!!!! They are so hot I can’t put an excerpt here for fear I may cause some of you to rush out and not finish reading my review – LOL

I love Seth's friend and business partner Dylan throughout the entire story. As hot as Seth is, Dylan is OMG HOTTER!!!! "Bad Boy" with a capital "B". Tumble in the sheets, lots of fun HOT!!!. LOL Cocky and very sure of himself. And he gives Seth a hard time throughout the entire story about Mae - I loved it.

Oh I have to share this as its one of my favorite comments from Seth about Mae when he is talking to Dylan - it is one of those "AWEEEEEEEE" moments -

"God D, she is like nothing I've ever known. I crave her as if I can't survive without her." Seth breathed as he focused on a watermark on the ceiling."

OMG tell me you didn't just melt reading that because I know my heart ♥ did flip flops when I read that. What I wouldn't give to have a guy say and feel that about me.

Of course what would a good love story be without some bumps in the road and boy do they have a dozy of a bump in the road. Mae is keeping a secret from Seth, and when he finds out, lets just say that his Irish temper comes flying out. I am Irish myself and wow did Seth even take me back a few steps. My heart was breaking for Mae and aching for Seth all at the same time. How one evil conniving person who doesn't have the full story and opens their trap can turn people's worlds upside down in a flash. Of course when one doesn't give another a chance to explain and lashes out - even more damage is done.

But alas don't fret because what is better than a huge fight and break up - - - yep you guessed it the make up "SEX" and all the rest too. LOL I mean come on when a love like theirs is written in the stars you know somehow, someway they are going to make it back to one another. It may take a while, it may take a lot of knocking sense into someone, but eventually the dots connect and things become right again in the world.

I want to part with this simple conversation that brought yet even more tears to my eyes it was so tender and so sweet -

"I do." Mae's father answered, placing her hand in Seth's and saying, "You take care of my girl"

"Yes sir," Seth said, believing fully in this vow as well as the ones to come.

Final suggestions - 3 Pack of Kleenex & an Oxygen tank (for the air you will need after laughing)

Book Review for Broken Gates P.J. Stone Gates Trilogy #2 by D.T. Dyllin

       Broken Gates 

  (P.J. Stone Gates Trilogy #2)

 5 stars
Reviewed by: Tonya
Published: Dragonfairy Press
Source:Gifted Copy Genre:Paranormal Romance

About Book

Genre - New Adult Paranormal Romance.

P.J. Stone is a Seer who saw too little, too late.

In the past, her biggest worries were boys and school—but war has a way of changing things. Now, the alien Riders are trying to overrun the world. As the last of their kind, P.J. and her friends must find a way to save humanity before there’s nothing left to save.

After choosing a mate, P.J. hoped she'd have time to enjoy her love life. But with everything changing so quickly and major secrets revealed, who knows what the future will bring?

My Thoughts

I read this book first not realizing it was book 2 in the series – so I am reviewing the book based on it as if it were a stand alone – come back later for my review of book 1.

I can’t imagine a world with more than one race living in it other than humans. I know there are people that believe in aliens, I have always had the “if I see it I will believe it” mentality. But in Broken Gates they share earth with dragons and the feared and dreaded raiders. What is really cool though is their lives are just like ours. Love, hurt, joy, sadness, turmoil, drama and more drama.
The Raiders have invaded the world of the humans and dragons and slowly trying to take over and this is threatening the world of the dragons.
Paige is going through some very tumultuous times right now as she learns of huge changes in her life, all while being pulled in two directions. She continues to have these visions of a woman and a man. The man apparently deeply in love with the woman, and the woman saddened by a quest the man completed at her request. But there is a twist – there is always a twist. Paige has to find this woman, its important to her, for her future, her destiny and that of her fellow dragons. With the help of some friends she sets out to do just that.
After finding this woman and learning of her destiny and who she really is she then sets out on her own following directions from the woman she found in order to try and save her people from the raiders. Many things happen along the way which really have Paige going through so many roller coaster type emotions. But she learns through it all to be strong and rely on herself and not others.
There is absolutely no slowing down in this book or for Paige. She is thrown into so many directions. Torn between a deep and passionate love for one man and a close bond and love to another man. Who will she choose, the outcome of something between all three will be her decision. She has a tough path ahead of her and I couldn't even imagine being in her shoes but man am I impressed how she chooses and the outcome of her choice.

This isn't my normal type of book to read but I really am glad I chose to read it. I loved the pull between Kohl and Bryn with Paige in the middle. But the ending wow talk about a shocker so not what I was expecting I was crying and now I can't wait for book three in the trilogy. 

Book #1

Book Review for Runes by Ednah Walter



 5 stars
Reviewed by: Tonya
Published: Firetrail Publishing
Source:Gifted Copy Genre:Paranormal Romance

About Book

Seventeen-year-old Raine Cooper has enough on her plate dealing with her father’s disappearance, her mother’s erratic behavior and the possibility of her boyfriend relocating. The last thing she needs is Torin St. James—a mysterious new neighbor with a wicked smile and uncanny way of reading her.

Raine is drawn to Torin’s dark sexiness against her better judgment, until he saves her life with weird marks and she realizes he is different. But by healing her, Torin changes something inside Raine. Now she can’t stop thinking about him. Half the time, she’s not sure whether to fall into his arms or run.

Scared, she sets out to find out what Torin is. But the closer she gets to the truth the more she uncovers something sinister about Torin. What Torin is goes back to an ancient mythology and Raine is somehow part of it. Not only are she and her friends in danger, she must choose a side, but the wrong choice will cost Raine her life.

My Thoughts

Wow talk about starting right off with throwing the hot biker guy at you. Nothing like a new neighbor that is so hot your heart beats triple time and your knees go weak at the sight of him. And his name – oh yeah that just clinched it – Torin!!! I mean come on dark hair, drop dead gorgeous eyes, leather jacket and a motorcycle who can get to school in the blink of an eye or two, extraordinarily strong and did I say smoking hot —- yup that about sums up sexy Torin… 

This book wastes absolutely no time letting you know this is about mortals and immortals and the immortals want the mortals but why, that is what Raine is determined to find out. But she learns a whole lot more than she bargained for.
I love the unique names the author has used for the characters I mean hot boyfriend swimmer Eirik. The immortal with the sapphire eyes, silver spiky hair and crazy tattoos that appear and disappear Andris and his sexy mate Maliina and her sister Ingrid. Best friend Cora, neighbor and immortal Torin yeah the biker guy and of course our leading lady Raine “with an E” also nick named “Freckles”.
Right away you sense there is something special about Raine, and that she doesn't know she is. Others do though and haven't told her, yet! But it is going to happen sooner rather than later and with a bang. Like the high part of the music during a scary movie as the battle builds right from the start – there is absolutely no lag time in this book.
I loved the battle that rages inside Torin what he wants but knows he shouldn't or can't have, rules always rules, can't be broken or there is hell to pay. And Raine going through the same battle – safe and sound with Eirik or on the edge with Torin. Torn between what she has always wanted and known and the unknown that she is craving. She is torn between her life as she has always known it with Eirik, her mother and her best friend Cora and what she is feeling and wanting with Torin. Wow what a tough spot to be in. (Okay so I am over in the corner rooting for Torin – Go Go Rah Rah!!!)
This book was really fun to read, it was very fast paced and is about one of my newest favorite topics Norse Mythology lately I have come to love learning about Valkyrie and Odin, Freyja, Valhalla, the souls of the warriors risen again to fight in a final battle one to end all times and create a new world. And this book brings in much of that and leaves the door open for even more.
You are really going to pick up this book and not put it down until you are completely done and wishing for more.
Looking forward to the next book….

Immortals (book #2 in the Runes series) coming July 20th 2013 (Torin St. James is about to find out that Raine Cooper is one Mortal he cannot forget.)

Book Review for Elementris (The Vangeretta Curse #1) by Christina Mobley


 (The Vangeretta Curse #1)


Reviewed by: Tonya
Published: Christina Mobley
Source:author copy Genre:Paranormal Romance

About Book

There are people born in this world with a powerful connection to the earth itself...

They have an unbreakable and extraordinary bond. Every seven years, five people are born on the same day, at the exact same time. The elements bind them; earth, fire, wind, water, and spirit. They call them, Elementris.
Ava Vangeretta is seventeen years old and different. Unlike most born of the element, she was born alone. She has the power of all five elements. Ava is the first True Elementris to be born in many years. As her eighteenth birthday approaches she is faced with a choice. Give up this rare gift and live the normal life she has always craved or accept it and challenge the current True Elementris in a battle to the death!
Ava's past haunts her as she struggles to decide. In her present, the seasons are colliding together, storms are destroying lives, and love is a dangerous curse. The current True Elementris is behind it all and she will do whatever necessary to keep Ava from making it to her eighteenth birthday. Ava's decision threatens the lives of the two people she cares about most. Can you choose between love and friendship?
Get ready for the storm..

My Thoughts

The prologue grabs your attention right from the start, and right away my heart ached for sweet little Avaretta “Ava”. I love a book that grabs you right away and holds you all the way through to the end. Then of course you realize the dishes are still waiting, the laundry hasn't inished drying and oh yeah the family is waiting for dinner – LOL.

Of course what would a book be without a cutie in it and Troy Drake oh my he is all that and a brownie with vanilla ice cream too. Mmmm yeah!!!!! Oh and then there is the snobby girls, I mean you really can’t have a young adult book without those because school just isn’t school without the girls who think they are better then everyone else – enter Jenna Ross. Boy did I want to give her a swift kick or two, maybe stick my foot out as she walks by in the lunch room, let her fall face first into her tray of lunch room spaghetti. LOL

And of course you have to throw in the best friend, one who knows your deepest, darkest secret, one they would take to their grave. Yep that is Brea – and love the name too. :)

You know how you try real hard not to do something. Not to bend to everyone’s wishes or demands. That “One time wont matter” mentality. That is how Ava is when it comes to her special abilities. Very special abilities. She knows she has powers but she doesn’t know to what extent and what she really is, but she does soon find out. But try as she might it always manages to find a way out. Some of the incidences she just has no clue how they happen. I can’t even imagine what she was thinking when these things would happen but it sure did make for some fun and interesting reading.

Oh I almost forgot about the mysterious man, what I wouldn’t give for some strong, dark, handsome man to pin me against a wall and brush his lips against mine – LOL :) :) And he keeps Ava on her toes and guessing who he is.

Ava and her mother are not on good terms. At a very early age her mother leaves Ava with her aunt, she doesn’t want to deal with her daughters abilities, even goes so far as to try and convincer her daughter they are not real. Leaving Ava feeling unwanted and unloved by her mother. Which later comes back on both of them.

I have always loved books about the elements, nature, the powers they hold. Good versus evil that pull to be normal instead of different yet the overwhelming urge to follow ones destiny. This book has all of that along with real life tragedies, battles, love and so much more.

I did want to say the ending was so not what I was expecting, Ava has a big change happen, an epic battle, secrets revealed and more it was fast very fast but very good – but oh the ending left me craving to let the dishes stay dirty, the laundry to stay wet and the family to grumble about being starved and get right into book 2 but alas I took care of my mommy duties. Now onto the next book.

Feeling Death by D.T. Dyllin Book Release Blitz‏

Feeling Death #1
By D.T. Dyllin

Expected publication: May 27th 2013

by Dragonfairy Press 

 ***Genre - Adult Paranormal Romance. 

Samantha Bevans is having the best sex of her life—but it's not with her husband. Fortunately for her marriage, the affair is all in her mind. Isn't it? As an empath, she senses other people's emotions. But her connection to the man with the chiseled face and haunting eyes seems so real.

There's no time for fantasies with a serial killer loose in Pittsburgh. The killer is targeting dancers at a strip club where Samantha used to bartend, back when drugs were the only cure for the torment of her abilities. As a member of a special task force, Samantha uses her talents to sense the victims’ final thoughts. Just when she thought the case was complex enough, she discovers one of the victims was thinking about her fantasy man when she died.

Who can Samantha trust when she can’t trust her own mind? An empath feels the emotional environment around her…and Samantha is surrounded by death.

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About the Author

Cynical-Optimist. Chocolate-holic. Sarcasm Addict. Paranormal Believer. Self-Imposed Insomniac. Sci-Fi Geek. Animal Lover. Writer…are just a few words to describe D.T. Dyllin. She was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and now lives in Nashville, Tennessee with her husband and two very spoiled GSDs.

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