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Review: Eva’s Last Dance by Teal Ceagh

Nearly one hundred years after their last dance together, Eva’s long-lost love Edward makes contact again. Eva, now a lonely vampire, can’t resist falling into his arms and under his erotic spell. She’ll do anything he asks of her…

Until the spell is rudely interrupted by Ryan, a demon hunter on the trail of an incubus. He seduces Eva with a searing night of dance and passion—and attempts to avert the disaster that hovers over the delicate, beguiling creature.

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This will be a short review for this short story. There isn’t much I can tell you about the story itself that isn’t covered in the blurb, without venturing into spoiler territory. So I’ll just stick with my feeling’s about Eva’s Last Dance.

This post could be titled “The book that proved me wrong.” I’ll be honest, I wasn’t expecting to enjoy this book as much as I did, for a couple of reasons. One, it involves a vampire and I’m on vampire burn-out. I was expecting your standard misunderstood blood sucker. I was wrong. Teal Ceagh has created a heroine that I can relate to and a hero that completely gets her. The connection between Eva and Ryan is there from the very beginning and just grows stronger as the story progresses. Two, it’s a short story. Typically with a short story, I am left wanting. There is either sex with little emotion, or some emotion and no hot sex. Once again, I was wrong. There is plenty of steam-up-my-glasses sex, but there is also a fantastic story that tugs at the heart-strings. And at no point did I feel the story was rushed.

I truly enjoyed this book. If you are looking for a hot and sweet paranormal, this is the way to go.

You can read a except here or purchase here.

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Review:Scarlet Woman by Shelley Munro

Six months ago, Emily Scarlet’s husband died in a car accident after leaving her for his secretary. Now she’s looking for a one night stand. She doesn’t want a relationship, she just wants to feel special and desirable for a night. The little town of Middlemarch has way too many single men, so they are holding a dance to bring some single women into the town. It seems like the perfect chance for Emily to have that night.

Saber Mitchell is hoping that the Middlemarch dance will help him find mates for his trouble-making,  shift-shaping brothers. But as soon as Emily makes an appearance, sparks fly and Saber is more than happy to give her a one night stand…for the rest of her life. Now he just has to convince her that all men are not like her former husband. Oh, and tell her that he turns furry at will.

I can’t recommend this book enough! Plenty of hot sex, many LOL moments, and a heroine that you can’t help but relate to. It was flat-out fun and just what I needed at that moment. Now I need to get the rest of the series so I can see Saber’s younger brothers get what’s coming to them!

You can read more about the Middlemarch Mates series here.

***Shelley Munro will be stopping by the blog on February 10th to talk about black cats and superstition. Please stop by to say hello and be entered in the giveaway.

Review: Deep, Dark, and Delicious by Tina Donahue

A wickedly sensual feast…

Eden DeCarlo may have narrowly lost Miami’s best chef competition and the prize money she desperately needs, but she has caught the eye of dangerously virile Rafael Zayas, one of the judges and a wealthy restaurateur. Despite her vow not to let any man derail her life, Eden’s captivated by Rafe’s imposing masculinity, then challenged by the business deal he offers. He’ll invest in her new venture if, for one month, she can satisfy his culinary expectations and the sexual attraction they both feel.

Dominant and unashamed, Rafe knows what he wants when it comes to carnal pleasure and will spare no seduction to have Eden in all the ways he demands—naked, wanting, submissive.

Within thirty days, he will teach her the delights of yielding to passion, relinquishing all control to him and fulfilling her deepest, darkest and most delicious desires.

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After reading Deep, Dark, and Delicious, I want a Rafe of my own. Sexy, charming, committed, rich, and a chef. Really, what more could a girl ask for? Add a flawed heroine into the story and it became a sigh-worthy book.

If you are looking for a fun, sexy, and sweet contemporary, this is the book for you!

***Tina Donahue will be joining us on the blog January 25th. Please stop by to say hello and be entered in her contest.

Review: Crossroads by Moira Rogers

Crossroads , book 2 in the Southern Arcana series, picks up where Crux left off.  Nicole Peyton is back in New Orleans, her friends are safe, and she is still lusting after recently-turned werewolf Derek Gabriel. When Nicole throws a birthday party for Derek’s cousin, the setting is finally perfect for Nicole and Derek to act on their attraction. Unfortunately, a knock at the door changes things. Nicole’s twin sister Michelle and her bodyguard Aaron have arrived in New Orleans, being chased by the Conclave, after breaking some serious rules. If they are found, Michelle will be taken back and Aaron will be executed.

As Nicole’s friends gather to protect Michelle, they realize that there is no easy solution to the problem and it all comes down to one question. What are you willing to do to keep a loved one safe. Would you kill? Would you die? Would you sacrifice your own happiness? Would you be willing to let someone else make those sacrifices?

When I first heard that book two of this series was coming out, I had mixed emotions. I couldn’t wait to revisit this world but I was also nervous. I loved Crux. It was one of the best books I read last year and it set a bar I wasn’t sure could ever be topped. Well, Moira Rogers did. The love scenes were hotter, the action more intense, and the emotions….oh my, the emotions. Crux left me teary-eyed, Crossroads made me sob. So if you’re a big softy like me, have your tissues ready. You’ll need them.

I think Crossroads can be read as a stand alone but I wouldn’t recommend it that way. Many of the actions from Crux have consequences that are played out in this book and I don’t think a reader would get the whole impact of it without the backstory.  The Southern Arcana series is such a perfect blend of urban fantasy and romance, I can’t imagine any paranormal lover being disappointed in the purchase.

Crux is available now in digital and print.

Crossroads will be available from Samhain Publishing on February 9th.


Review: Crux by Moira Rogers

Crux

Southern Arcana Book 1

Mackenzie Brooks is on the run. A month ago, a man named Marcus showed up on her doorstep and started telling her about a magical world and how they were destined to be together and create the most important child ever. Like any normal person would do, Mackenzie showed him the door and tried to put the incident out of her mind. However, it wasn’t that easy since Marcus has decided to kidnap her.

When Mackenzie reaches New Orleans and lands a job at Mahalia’s bar, she starts to consider staying. She has a steady job, a safe place to stay, a great boss that is becoming a friend, and the super-sexy Jackson Holt is showing an interest in her. When the thugs show up and Jackson has to save her, Mackenzie’s world is rocked again. That steady job? Turns out many of her customers are magical. That great boss? Daughter of the Alpha werewolf. And super sexy Jackson? A spell caster. And now they are telling her that she’s a shifter, too. Mackenzie’s reaction:

“Maybe I need a psychiatrist. Or a padded room. If I can’t have those, I suppose a drink will do.”

“Nah, you’re okay,” he assured her. “Well, nothing some bourbon won’t cure.” He walked over to the small cabinet in the corner, and withdrew a glass and a crystal decanter. “A little, a lot or ‘bring me the bottle, already’?”

When he turned, it was to find Mackenzie watching him with shocked blue eyes. “How many bottles do you have over there?”

Crux is the perfect blend of paranormal romance and urban fantasy. We get to watch the relationship between Mackenzie and Jackson develop from a hot infatuation to true love while still having plenty of action and suspense. There are scenes in this book that will make you laugh out loud, hold your breath in anticipation, cause you to need a cold shower, and one that will break your heart. I bought this book when it was first released in digital and I will be buying it again when it comes out in print on January 5, 2010. This is one for my keeper shelf and I’m looking forward to many enjoyable rereads.

***Available now at Amazon and other retailers.

Ecstasy Unveiled by Larissa Ione – Review and contest

A Demon Enslaved…

Lore is a Seminus half-breed demon who has been forced to act as his dark master’s assassin. Now to earn his freedom and save his sister’s life, he must complete one last kill. Powerful and ruthless, he’ll stop at nothing to carry out this deadly mission.

An Angel Tempted…

Idess is an earthbound angel with a wild side sworn to protect the human Lore is targeting. She’s determined to thwart her wickedly handsome adversary by any means necessary—even if that means risking her vow of eternal chastity. But what begins as a simple seduction soon turns into a passion that leaves both angel and demon craving complete surrender.

Torn between duty and desire, Lore and Idess must join forces as they battle their attraction for each other. Because an enemy from the past is rising again—hellbent on vengeance and unthinkable destruction.

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DEMONS!!! Sorry, I had to get that fan-girl squeal out. 😀 This is the book I have been waiting on forever. Okay, it’s really only been around 8 months but when you are waiting on the next installment of your favorite series, that’s a long time. And it was well worth the wait!

Whenever I am talking about this series with other readers, the same things are always mentioned. The insanely hot heroes, the strong and fierce heroines, and phenomenal world building. The one thing I tend to forget until I am reading the books is the amount of emotion that is involved, and that was never more so than in Ecstasy Unveiled.  The guilt and pain that causes Lore and Idess to make the choices they have made, the desire to have a life that involves more than duty, the doubt that they deserve more, and the courage to grab hold of love sucked me in from the very beginning and kept me reading well into the night.

We also get to see all of our favorite characters (Wraith!!) from previous books as family and friends have to choose sides because of Lore’s job and Underground General Hospital starts to fall apart. Larissa also introduces two new characters into the mix that I can’t wait to learn more about! The next book can not come soon enough for me.

Ecstasy Unveiled can be read as a stand alone, but I think readers will enjoy it much more if they have read the previous books and know the back story of E, Shade, and Wraith.  And because of that opinion (and because I believe everyone should love this series as much as I do 😀 ), we will be giving away the first three books of the Demonica series to one lucky commenter. So lets talk demons! Have you read the series? What do you think about demons as the heroes instead of the standard bad guys? And the really important question, is there other series about hot demons that need to go on my must-read list? DEMONS!!!

***This contest will end 01/01/10.


Review: The Phoenix Charm by Helen Scott Taylor

Book 2 in the Magic Knot Fairies series

HE’S PURE TEMPTATION.
Cordelia has sworn she’ll abstain from looking into Michael’s future–particularly when the image in the gilded smoke of her divination mirror shows him half naked. Yet she can’t resist watching the sexy rascal slowly running his hand down his ribs, over his abdomen, flicking open the button on his jeans with a little flourish like a magician performing a trick.
SHE’S TRYING TO RESIST.
Respectable wise woman Cordelia restrains her secret water nymph sensuality with the Celtic symbols painted on her skin. But Michael’s powerful fairy glamour leaves her breathless, off balance, struggling for control. When Gwyn ap Nudd, the Welsh King of the Underworld, steals away Michael’s infant nephew, Cordelia must work with him to save the child. But how can she trust her instincts with Michael tempting her to explore the hidden elemental depths of her nature and insisting that she believe in the power of…The Phoenix Charm.

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The world building in this story is amazing! Helen Scott Taylor brings you into a fantasy world and makes it completely believable. The attraction between Cordelia and Michael steams up the pages, the cast of secondary characters is well-rounded and play an important role, and the action is an adrenaline ride. The first word that comes to mind when I think of this book is epic. The Phoenix Charm is everything fantasy romance is suppose to be!

You can read the first two chapters of this book at the author’s website.

***Helen Scott Taylor will be here on January 7th. Please stop by to say hello and be entered to win a copy of The Phoenix Charm.