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Saturday, September 15, 2012

Moving to Wordpress

This blog is moving! This blog has decided to move to Wordpress. I am excited for this move for a couple of reasons, one I am separating it from my other two blogs so it is now its own entity and not in the shadows of Paranormal Romance . And the most exciting part of the move is Let's Get Romantical is getting a new primary reviewer! As you may have noticed I am not on this blog much and it has become neglected so my friend Dawn is taking over the primary reviewing responsibilities. She is on a few authors street teams and is passionate about reading and promoting books so I expect this to be a good move for this blog.

I will still review on that site but most reviews will probably come from Dawn!

Hope you all enjoy the move. =)

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

ARC Review: Anna Campbell - Seven Nights in a Rogue's Bed

Sons of Sin Series:
Book 1:

Seven Nights in a Rogue's Bed: Jonas Merrick and Sidonie Forsythe



Release Date: September 25th 2012
Summary:
From Goodreads.com
Will a week of seduction...

Desperate to save her sister's life, Sidonie Forsythe has agreed to submit herself to a terrible fate: Beyond the foreboding walls of Castle Craven, a notorious, hideously scarred scoundrel will take her virtue over the course of seven sinful nights. Yet instead of a monster, she encounters a man like no other. And during this week, she comes to care for Jonas Merrick in ways that defy all logic—even as a dark secret she carries threatens them both.

...Spark a lifetime of passionate surrender?

Ruthless loner Jonas knows exactly who he is. Should he forget, even for a moment, the curse he bears, a mere glance in the mirror serves as an agonizing reminder. So when the lovely Sidonie turns up on his doorstep, her seduction is an even more delicious prospect than he originally planned. But the hardened outcast is soon moved by her innocent beauty, sharp wit, and surprising courage. Now as dangerous enemies gather at the gate to destroy them, can their new, fragile love survive?

Review:
I had seen this title on NetGalley and was instantly intrigued, I love a tortured hero type and the promise of scars and a difficult past for our hero was very tempting, but it was on Jen from Red Hot Books recommendation that pushed me over the edge and made me request the title. I am so glad I took her suggestion; I was not disappointed in the slightest!

This is a historical in the Regency Period, but it has a gothic feel. The Castle Craven is run down, dark and a bit creepy which adds to the atmosphere of this tale. It creates an ambiance that is rich and brooding and the perfect place for a seduction from the scared, ruined Jonas.

Jonas, had a very difficult childhood, abandoned and betrayed at every turn, it affected him in such a way that he won’t let anyone close, going through life alone. He has two primary objectives in life, the first to do everything in his power to ruin his cousin William (Sidonie’s brother-in-law) and to make so much money that he can ruin is cousin and to rise above the stigma of his birth. Jonas is actually doing a fantastic job at both, he is one of the richest men on the continent and his cousin is teetering on bankruptcy. It’s his desire at revenge that brings the beautiful Sidonie Forsythe to his door. It was supposed to be someone else, but his desire for Sidonie, outstripped his desire for revenge in this particular case. Sidonie’s innocence and sharp wit call to him, and she brings out the best in him. Jonas may want to act like a true bastard in every sense of the word, but with Sidonie, he finds himself acting in ways he never thought himself capable. He turns from grouchy, to funny, from cold hearted to caring, but only when it comes to Sidonie. Before the week is up, he may have to reassess his entire life and see if there is room in his heart for more than revenge or will Sidonie be just another in a long list to betray him?

Sidonie is a spitfire! She certainly holds her own against Jonas, she does not let him bully her around. She is funny and strong with a backbone of steel. Yet, she finds levels of compassion that are staggering, she is fiercely loyal and once she cares about you, you fall into her willingness to do everything she can to protect you. It is this loyalty that brings Sidonie to the Castle Craven in the first place. Sidonie sacrifices herself in an effort to save her sisters life. This sacrifice is I think in part what pulls Jonas in, he is not used to someone who is willing to put their self on the line for someone they love. This concept is alien to Jonas and I think that he wants Sidonie to feel this way about him. Once Jonas starts to thaw, she realizes the hardships he has endured all of his life and she starts to feel that fierce protectiveness that she has only felt for her sister and nephews before. These feelings that she starts to feel the more then caring ends up pulling her into two different directions. Now she has to make the hardest decisions she has ever had to make and not matter what she decides someone is going to get hurt.

I loved this novel, the story the setting, Jonas and Sidonie were great characters that you fall into. From the first page you are swept up into this tale and it grips you until the very end. There is no room to be bored as you are swept up into the story that continues to excite and stimulate until the last page. I am really looking forward to the next books in this series as they look to be as promising and as exciting as this one.

ARC provided through NetGalley for an honest review, no other compensation was provided.

Rating: 4.5 Orchids

Monday, August 27, 2012

ARC Review: Susan Mallery - A Fool's Gold Christmas

Fool’s Gold Series:
Book 9.5:

A Fool's Gold Christmas: Dante Jefferson and Evie Stryker



Release Date: September 25th 2012
Summary:
From Goodreads.com
The unrelenting cheer in Fool's Gold, California, is bringing out the humbug in dancer Evie Stryker. She learned early on that Christmas miracles don't happen, at least not for her. And this year seems like no exception. An injury has forced her to return to the family fold, no matter that they're estranged. She won't add to the awkward scenario by being seduced by the bad-boy charms of her brother's best friend, the last man she should ever want to date. Even when she's recruited to stage Fool's Gold's winter festival, she vows to do as promised, then move forward with her life anywhere but here.

Jaded lawyer Dante Jefferson is getting used to the backwater town he now reluctantly calls home, but the pounding of little dancers' feet above his temporary office is more than any man should have to take When he confronts their gorgeous teacher, he's unprepared for the attraction that sears him down to the soul. Evie is his best friend's sister-off-limits unless he's willing to risk his heart. Dante has always believed that love is the most dangerous force in the universe, but that was before he had to reckon with the magic of a certain small town, where miracles "do" seem to happen....

Review:
I quite simply adored this book! It is the final book of the Stryker’s I have to say I’m going to kind of miss them, although as true to Fool’s Gold tradition I am sure we will still see them in following Fool’s Gold installments. I started this series with the Strykers, but I certainly am not going to end this series with the Stryker’s. I am quite curious for the returned and returning home military men! This book was true to Susan Mallery form in that it was funny, fun and sweet. You leave the book with a warm happy feeling of a good Happily Ever After!

I do have to warn, that some of my love of this book could have something to do with Evie being a dancer and teaching the young ones to dance. I danced from the age of 2 until I was 13, so I tend to love when books incorporate one of my other loves into it. Susan Mallery did a fantastic job in recreating the feel of the little ones recital. The flury of rehearsals, costumes, make up and the excitement, I remember all of that from when I was little and I am sure anyone else who went through the same thing will also remember and it will bring a smile to their face like it did me. It was fun to remember being small sitting back stage with all the other girls waiting your chance to dance on stage for your family. This aspect was one of my favorite parts of the book, but worry not, non-dancers there was plenty else to love…

Evie and Dante are a lot alike, very different circumstances of their childhood have basically had the same outcome in their adult lives. They trust no one and refuse to give their hearts, they keep it light and then keep it moving. So what seemed to be a great idea, two people mutually attracted, stuck in a town they don’t like, with the holidays they don’t celebrate looming, scratching an itch; of course this great idea turned horribly wrong and you know that the makings of a great story are there. Evie and Dante made a very sweet “non-couple”, he was very supportive of her especially when it came to her mother. He helped her in so many ways including getting the big show off the ground, but where he helped her the most was mending the fence with her mother. Due to his own circumstances he knows the value of family and expresses to Evie that she has a right to her anger, but stresses what she could miss if she holds on to the iceberg on her shoulder. Evie shows Dante that he can open his heart again, that he won’t always be hurt. Evie is great for Dante in this aspect, she kind of sneak attacks him, he never saw it coming until it was too late and true to Fool’s Gold tradition, he runs.

One thing I would like to see with this series is the tables to turn. It’s always the guy that runs as soon as he figures he’s in too deep. I’d like to see the female run and to have the male run her down and talk some sense into her. Women run too! It would be a nice change and deviation from an obvious formula.

ARC provided through NetGalley for an honest review, no other compensation was provided.

Rating: 5 Orchids

Saturday, August 25, 2012

18 & Over Book Blogger Follow


18 & Over Book Blogger Follow is a weekly feature that begins on Fridays and runs through the weekend, hosted by Crystal from Reading Between the Wines. This is a Friday blog hop with the objective to find and visit other book blogs that share the same interest as you, namely books geared towards the 18 & over crowd, and make some new friends!

How to join in:
-You should run a book blog that features and reviews mostly adult reads, some Y.A.’s are okay but 18 & over adult reads should be your majority.
-Make a separate post for the 18 & Over Book Blogger Follow on your blog.
-Copy the html for the button above and place it at the top of your post.
-List & answer the ‘Question of the Week.’
-Place your name and blog title in the linky below and the url for a direct link to your post
-Visit the other blogs on the list and say 'Hi!' Following each blog is not mandatory but I know it is always appreciated, and if someone comments saying they’re a new follower it’s polite to follow back. J It’s always nice to spread the 18 & Over Book Blogging love!
-Contact me (readingbetweenthewines10 at gmail dot com) with any questions!

Question:
Please share with us five fun facts about yourself. :)

Answer:
1. I have a shopping addiction! I love to shop, even if it’s just window shopping. Things I love to buy besides the obvious books, are make up, sunglasses, bags, shoes and electronics. But I usually I wont buy unless it’s discounted. So at least I’m not super expensive.

2. I LOVE to travel! I’ve been to something like 13 countries and who knows how many states. I love to experience new cultures and food!

3. I hate to clean, I just do. It is no fun and I could be doing other things like reading!

4. I tried belly dancing and it was fun! If you ever considered giving it a go I highly suggest it.

5. I lived in Phoenix, AZ area for almost 10 years but am originally from Indiana. I left IN because I hated it there. To this day I call it the black hole of death state.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

A Look Back: 2012 So Far

So I was recently asked to do a post of my top books that have been released so far.  I totally should have don’t this in the beginning of July, but alas, July has come and gone. So this is going to be the” hey we are ¾ of the way through the year” pulse check on 2012 releases! LOL

This year has seen sooo many great releases from great authors new and well established.  The following list is my opinion on the books that I have enjoyed most this year so far.  I’m not going to limit the list to paranormal but include all genres in this post I have read, I will separate the non-paranormal into its own list. Admittedly I don’t venture that much outside of Paranormal, but if something catches my eye, I’ll read and post a review on my other blog www.goodromancenovel.blogspot.com .

Top 10 full length Paranormal:


1. Oracle’s Moon – Thea Harrison (This one is #1, because I have read it 4x already! I LOVED it that much!)
Get It: Thea Harrison: Oracle's Moon

2. Once Burned – Jeaniene Frost (This one is sooo close to #1, the only reason I put it as 2nd was bc I haven’t reread it… yet. But I am dying to!)
Get It: Jeaniene Frost: Once Burned: A Night Prince Novel

From here is becomes so hard to rank in a specific order, so this part of the list is somewhat fluid:

3. Firelight – Kristen Callihan (Callihan is a newcomer and she started with a bang! This is the first in her historical paranormal romance. This series is totally unique!)
Get It: Kristen Callihan: Firelight (Darkest London)

4. Lothaire – Kresley Cole (Usually KC would hold down my top spot, but Lothaire was not my favorite of the series but it is still among the best of the year so far.
Get It: Kresley Cole: Lothaire (Immortals After Dark)

5. Moonglow – Kristen Callihan (This is the 2nd in her series and I loved it just as much as the 1st and damn did I cry in this one!)
Get It: Kristen Callihan - Moonglow (Darkest London)

6. Lethal Rider – Larissa Ione (Really 3-6 can all occupy the same place as I love them pretty much equally. This is the 3rd of L. Ione’s Lords of Deliverance series and features my man Thantos! I want him!)
Get It: Larissa Ione: Lethal Rider (Lords of Deliverance)

7. Third Grave Dead Ahead – Darynda Jones (I just picked up this series a month or so ago and am kicking myself for not picking it up sooner. This is the 3rd in the series and had me laughing from beginning to end. If you haven’t picked up this series you need to right away.)
Get It: Darynda Jones: Third Grave Dead Ahead

8. Tangle of Need – Nalini Singh (I am not used to N. Singh being this low on a tops list. Her work is always rock solid and among my favorites.  This book was fantastic but I felt it was more of a transition book to get us to the next book.  She does have a release out in Sept (Jason from the Guild Hunters that has the potential to rank #1 on the end of the year list. I cannot wait for it to come out!)
Get It: Nalini Singh: Tangle of Need

9. The Darkest Day – Britt Bury (This is another newcomer to the scene with her debut book. I gave this one a 4 star because of some issues, but it is on the list because I still think back to this book after several months so it has managed to stick out from the crowd.)
Get It: Britt Bury: The Darkest Day

10. Blade Song – J.C. Daniels (Technically this is not a newcomer as this is Shiloh Walker under a new pen name, but this is her 1st book under this name. There is another unique book in the paranormal genre. It features a strong female lead and has the ability to stick out in memory much like The Darkest Day)
Get It: J.C. Daniels: Blade Song (Colbana Files)

Top 5 Contemporary and Historical:


1. Rescue Me – Rachel Gibson (Contemporary Romance. I adore Rachel Gibson, she can always make me laugh and this book is no exception)
Get It: Rachel Gibson: Rescue Me

2. Summer Nights – Susan Mallery (Contemporary Romance.  This is Shane’s story from the Fool’s Gold series. He is the 2nd Styker brother and his story is the best! He’s a cowboy with a gentle wounded soul, his lady love is also quite lovable!)
Get It: Susan Mallery: Summer Nights (Fool's Gold)

3. Temptation & Twilight – Charlotte Featherstone (Erotic Historical Romance, this is the 3rd in a series but I hadn’t read the 1st 2 when I started this one. It didn’t matter, I still think of this book months later and I have since gone back and read the first 2 books which are equally good!)
Get It: C. Featherstone: Temptation & Twilight (Hqn)

4. Tempted by the Highland Warrior – Michelle Willingham (Historical Romance possibly erotica, its steamy enough to be. I have a weakness for tortured hero types and this one is tortured and disabled. Due to the horrors he experienced he can no longer talk. Even better that he is a highlander! Who can resist a tortured highland warrior? I know I can’t!)
Get It: Michelle Willingham: Tempted by the Highland Warrior (The MacKinloch Clan)

5. Seven Nights in a Rogue's Bed – Anna Campbell (Historical Romance . Here’s another tortured hero type that must overcome. This one has also managed to stick out in my memory as a great read. I wouldn’t even have picked it up from NetGalley if it hadn’t been for Jen from Red Hot Books. Thanks Jen for the rec!)
Get It: Anna Campbell: Seven Nights in a Rogue's Bed (Sons of Sin)

Top 5 novellas:


1. Angels Flight – Nalini Singh (I call N. Singh the queen of novellas because she can take 20-30 pages and gets so much into so few pages it almost feels like a full length novel! This book is a collection of 4 Guild Hunter novellas each one is amazing on its own, but together it’s unbeatable!)
Get It: Nalini Singh: Angels' Flight (Guild Hunters)

2. Try Me – Olivia Cunning (OoooWwwEeee this one is CALIENTE! It’s the first in her new band series. Soo freak’n good)
Get It: Olivia Cunning: Try Me (One Night with Sole Regret)

3. Unspoken – Kerrigan Byrne (Kerrigan Byrne is another newcomer to the scene; she has two paranormal historical novellas out. It features a berserker a mute one at that! This one was so damn good. I wish it had been longer. )
Get It: Kerrigan Byrne: Unspoken (Highland Historical #1)

4. Crazy on You – Rachel Gibson ( I adore Rachel Gibson! She doesn’t typically write novellas, this is the 1st one in years and years and it was a great one. It features crazy Lily that we met in Daisy’s Back in Town)
Get It: Rachel Gibson: Crazy On You

5. Dark Craving – Donna Grant (I found this one because of Annie from Under the Covers Book Blog and I am glad she suggested it. It’s a dragon book! She’s got me on her dragon kick! Damn you Annie! Dragons aside it’s a great quick story that will leaving you wanting more.)
Get It: Donna Grant: Dark Craving

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Review: Sylvia Day - Seven Years to Sin

Seven Years to Sin: Alistair Caulfield and Lady Jessica Sheffield



Click Here to Order on Amazon: Sylivia Day - Seven Years to Sin
Summary:
From Goodreads.com

The longer the resistance...
Seven years ago, on the eve of her wedding, proper Lady Jessica Sheffield witnessed a licentious scene no innocent young miss could imagine. Shocked, yet strangely titillated, she'd held her silence regarding scandalous Alistair Caulfield, and walked down the aisle as expected. But through years of serene, unremarkable marriage, Caulfield's image remained burned into her imagination, fueling very illicit dreams. . .

...the sweeter the reward
Alistair ran far from the temptation of the prim debutante with the fire of passion in her eyes all the way to the West Indies. As a successful merchant, he has little in common with the rakehell youth she knew. But when newly widowed Jessica steps aboard his ship for a transatlantic passage, seven years' worth of denied pleasures are held in check by nothing more than a few layers of silk and the certainty that surrender will consume them both. . .

Review:
I wasn’t sure what to expect from this novel, I had never read Sylvia Day. I saw it on NetGalley and knew it was by the same author that wrote Bared to You, which has come highly recommended to me by sources I trust. I hadn’t yet gotten to Bared to You but thought this book would be a good step to get my feet wet from Sylvia Day.  What I got was more than I ever thought.

Day did a great job building up the tension and the emotion.  I knew this book was classified as erotica, but it was so much more.  Both Jessica and Alistair had a depth to them that you don’t often find in the erotica genre. They had huge emotional roadblocks that they had to overcome before they could find peace in each other’s arms.

Jessica was heralded as an ice queen; she was a paragon of virtue and never did anything that was not socially acceptable.  A hard childhood taught her, that anything less than perfection was not enough. When on the eve of her wedding, she witnessed something that changed her irrevocably.  That night she realized something that she never knew about herself, that she had depths of passion and was not willing to let that go. Due to Alistair’s indiscretion she had 7 years of an enjoyable marriage, but she never forgot that night.  When she is on the ship with Alistair, rediscovers that passion, thinking this affair will help her get over the passing of her husband, but becomes so much more. She finds herself.

Alistair, has a well earned reputation of a rake, but seven years ago, he found that maybe being a rake is not all that it is cracked up to be. He finds that a willing body is not always enough.  Knowing he wanted what he couldn’t have as well as to get away from his “father” he left England and made his fortune.   Seven years later there is little left of the young man Jessica once knew. His passion still raged hot, but there are depths to him that she never expected.  He is loyal, intelligent, motivated, successful, sexy and incredibly open, all things she never thought she would find from him. Alistair is the fourth in line to the dukedom, a title he never wanted nor did he deserve. The lack of support from his family led him to make some decisions as a young man, which he couldn’t quite regret because they brought him to where he is today, but knows these same decisions may cost him the thing he wants most in the world… Jessica.

The story will take you on a whirl wind of emotion as well as an incredibly steamy connection between Alistair and Jessica. I founds that once I picked this book up I had a really hard time putting it down, even when I found myself still reading at 4:00 am. And extra bonus is the story of Jessica’s sister Hester and her husband as well as an admirer that finds himself in a similar situation as Alistair had once found himself.  I enjoyed the subplot almost as much as I was enjoying the main plot line!

Title provided through NetGalley for an honest review. No other compensation was provided.

Rating:
4 Orchids

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Review: Laurann Dohner – Ral’s Woman

 
***Warning this review is of erotica, proceed with caution***
Zorn Warriors:
 
Book 1:
 
Ral's Woman: Ral and Ariel
 

 
Click Here to Order on Amazon: Laurann Dohner - Ral's Woman (Zorn Warriors, Book One)
Summary:
From Goodreads.com
Ariel never knew aliens existed until she finds herself kidnapped and taken from Earth. When the Anzon declare humans useless, she learns her fate-prize for the winner of a brutal fight between large, muscled alien men.
 
Ral is a Zorn warrior. He has also been kidnapped by the Anzon, along with his crew. Forced into slavery, he's got one thing on his mind-freeing his people. That is, until he sees the small human woman he's willing to fight to win. He doesn't just want her body, he wants her heart forever.
 
In the hands of a hot alien, Ariel is about to discover how pleasurable captivity can be.
 
Review:
This book is about 100 or so pages, so it is fairly short.
 
So I may have mentioned this before that I have different standards for erotica then I do for Romance. I expect that erotica will be more heavy on the steamy and to some extent less so on the actual story. So even keeping that in mind, I was a bit disappointed with the story aspect of this book. It kind of felt incomplete maybe is the right word. Although to be fair there was a huge communication barrier for part of this book. There was also a insta-love connection that was abrupt. After a couple of bouts of booty she was “in love”, Ariel kind of explained why she had come to love him so quickly, but we didn’t see any of that so it was abrupt, for me. Also, this is just a personal thing, I’m not that into the whole alien thing. It’s not my favorite but sometimes I’ll dip into the Sci-Fi theme. That being said, for a Alien theme this one was pretty good. The physical descriptions didn’t creep me out as it sometimes does. Oh and also, the dad’s abrupt turnaround was, just that abrupt. One minute he hated Ariel and was ready to off her and the next he was all about being her best friend. LOL Tho this was a short so I guess Miss Dohner had to pack everything in. One thing I really liked was the getting used to each other colloquialisms. Ariel having to explain English words to Ral and his reaction to them was quite amusing. It had me chuckling a time or two!
On the erotica front this was a hit! It was hot and steamy; it will set the sheets on fire. I don’t think I can find a complaint with this aspect of this story. If you enjoy a good short story erotica, I would recommend this book for that aspect. Ral and Ariel sexual relationship takes off at a run and doesn’t stop!
 
I may continue on to the next book in this series, I read the synopsis for the next one and it I enjoyed the blurb, but we will see. There are so many books I want to read right now and not nearly enough time.
 
Rating:
Amanda P ratings 3 half moons
 
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