Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Blog Tour, Review & Giveaway: Blood Games by Chloe Neill


Today I'm excited bring you the official Blog Tour for Blood Games by Chloe Neill. Below you'll find my review and don't forget to enter the giveaway below & visit Chloe Neill's website to enter for a chance to win the grand prize! But first, a bit about the book:

Title:  Blood Games (Chicagoland Vampires)
Author:  Chloe Neill
Publisher/Publication Date:  NAL Trade, August 5, 2014
Genre:  Urban Fantasy

Book Summary

While Merit didn’t choose to become a vampire or Sentinel of Cadogan House, she vowed to fight for her House and its Master, and she’s managed to forge strong alliances with powerful supernaturals across Chicago. But even though Merit has had wild adventures, this may be her deadliest yet….

A killer is stalking Chicago, preying on humans and leaving his victims with magical souvenirs. The CPD hasn’t been able to track the assailant, and as the body count rises, the city is running out of options. Vampires and humans aren’t on great terms, but murder makes for strange bedfellows. Can Merit find the killer before she becomes a target?

Review

Are you looking for an urban fantasy novel with vampires, magic, murder, and mayhem along with a little bit of quirky humor on the side?

Well Blood Games book 10 in the Chicagoland Vampires (CV) series just might be that book for you. Blood Games is the first book that I've read from the CV series but I can assure you that it won’t be my last. I am looking forward to finding out how this long standing series started and how Merit evolved into a kick-ass heroine with a quirky sense of humor. I just loved her dedication to her role without caring who she offended.

In Blood Games Merit maintains her position in the Cadogan House as sentinel and her job is to keep Ethan, Master of the house/her boyfriend, safe. Well the danger starts early on and the relationships that vampires have formed with humans are strained. An unknown murderer was sweeping through the city. And Blood Games quickly became a page-turner as questions arose as to who the murderer was and the motive behind it.

Ethan sometimes carries his ego on his shoulder and can be a little moody at times, but he is still a likable character. He struggled with accepting Merit's position in the house and had her best interest at the forefront of his mind. But he also has a secret that he is keeping from her in this installment. So as you can imagine the tension between them is flying high.

Although the gist of the story was clear and there were plenty of vivid details, it’s a good idea to either start from the beginning of the series, or—if you are like me and want to know what’s happening in the latest installment—read Blood Games first then go back and start at the beginning to discover what you've missed. You simply won’t want to miss one second of this amazing series. 

Rating  4.5/5

I received an ARC of Blood Games from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Giveaway


Prize Pack 1
      Chicagoland Vampires Tote Bag and an autographed copy of Biting Bad, and a bookmark



Prize Pack 2
    Limited Edition Cadogan House Chrome Keychain,
Swag, including Chicagoland Vampires bookmarks, a pen, and a Cadogan House lanyard

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Thank you to Chloe Neill for providing prizes for this contest. Contest is being run by Reading on the Rocks. You must be 18 years of age or older and a US resident to enter. Winners will be selected at random. Winners must respond within 48 hours otherwise another winner will be selected. There will be one winner per prize pack. Please see Giveaway Policy for a complete list of rules for contests sponsored by Reading on the Rocks. 
Contest Ends August 11, 2014 at 12 AM PT


Grand Prize Giveaway


The fun doesn’t stop here. Want more chances to win? You can also enter the Blood Games Grand Prize Giveaway, which runs July 28  through August 8 on Chloe’s web site.
What is the Grand Prize Giveaway prize?

§  An engraved Cadogan House medal necklace
§  A Kindle Paperwhite
§  A complete set of Chicagoland Vampires Audiobook CDs (graciously provided by Tantor Audio)
§  A limited edition Cadogan House keychain
§  Chicagoland Vampires bookmarks, pens, and lanyard 
Monday, August 4 – Tru Bookie’s Review
Tuesday, August 5 (Release Day) - Saucy Wenches | Literary Escapism | Vampire Book Club 
Wednesday, August 6 – Book Suburbia
Thursday, August 7 – Nomi’s Paranormal Palace | Between Fantasy & Reality
Friday, August 8 – Team Nerd Reviews


 Remember to stop by every day to enter for a chance to win. Also don't forget to stop by Chloe Neill's site for a chance to win the grand prize. I would love to hear your thoughts about Blood Games and the Chicagoland Vampires series.  Thank you for stopping by.

Cover Reveal: Operation Paris (Super Agents, #2) by Misty Evans

Cover Reveal: Operation Paris by Misty Evans

Today I am excited to take part in the cover reveal for Operation Paris, Super Agents #2  by Misty Evans, which is scheduled to be re-released on August 4, 2014.  I've read other books by Misty Evans and if Operation Paris is anything like The Blood Code, Deadly Pursuit, or Cheating Justice, it should prove to be a thrilling read with just the right amount of suspense and romance. The cover is amazing and the book summary sure sounds exciting enough. So without further delay check out the cover of Operation Paris. 


Title:  Operation Paris
Series:  Super Agents (#2)
Authors:  Misty Evans
Release Date:  August 4, 2014
Genre:  Romantic Suspense

Book Summary

CIA operative Zara Morgan—codename Tango—has a reputation in Conrad Flynn’s secret army as a renegade. Once held at gunpoint by terrorist Alexandrov Dmitri, she was seconds from saving herself and arresting Dmitri when Lt. Commander Lawson Vaughn, the sexy leader of a covert ops team, intervened. She’s never lived down the fact that everyone—including her boss—believes Lawson is her knight in shining armor.

Former Navy man Lawson Vaughn doesn’t consider himself anyone’s savior. He lives and breathes protocol and hates the fact that his latest assignment is to babysit Zara while she hunts down Dmitri and stops the terrorist from releasing a biological weapon on the world.

But from the time they touch down in Paris, Lawson can’t resist Zara’s sassy attitude and dauntless bravery in the face of danger. When Dmitri kidnaps Zara and injects her with the contagious and deadly virus, Lawson is once again forced to come to her rescue, whether she likes it or not.

With unflinching determination and steadfast courage, Lawson must break all the rules to save Zara, even if it means becoming the one thing he can’t stand…a renegade.

About Misty Evans


USA Today bestselling Author Misty Evans has published over twenty novels and writes romantic suspense, urban fantasy, and paranormal romance. As a writing coach, she helps other authors bring their books – and their dreams of being published – to life.

The books in her Super Agent series have won a CataNetwork Reviewers’ Choice Award, CAPA nominations, the New England Reader’s Choice Bean Pot Award for Best Romantic Suspense in 2010 and the ACRA Heart of Excellence Reader’s Choice Award for Best Romantic Suspense in 2011.

Her Witches Anonymous series was dubbed a Fallen Angel Reviews Recommended Read. The Super Agent Series, Witches Anonymous Series, and the Kali Sweet Series have been on multiple Amazon Kindle bestsellers lists. Her culinary romantic mystery, THE SECRET INGREDIENT, and the first book in her Deadly series, DEADLY PURSUIT, are both USA TODAY bestsellers.

Misty likes her coffee black, her conspiracy stories juicy, and her wicked characters dressed in couture. When not reading or writing, she enjoys music, movies, and hanging out with her husband, twin sons, and two spoiled puppies.

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Click on the links If you would like to read the reviews that I've written for Cheating Justice, Deadly Pursuit, and The Blood Code

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

ARC Review: You Own Me by Shiloh Walker


ARC REVIEW
YOU OWN ME
BY SHILOH WALKER


You Own Me

Title:  You Own Me
Author:  Shiloh Walker
Publisher, Expected Publication Date: Shiloh Walker, Inc., August 4, 2014
Genre: Contemporary Erotic Romance
Format/Source:  E-ARC, Author

BOOK SUMMARY FROM GOODREADS

Ten years had passed since the doors slammed shut behind Decker Calhoun, taking away his freedom, but more importantly, locking him away from Elizabeth Waters, the only woman he’d ever loved—the woman he’d given up everything for. 

The day he was sentenced, he’d looked at her and said, No regrets, Lizzie. But he lied, because he did have one. Although he’s been out of jail for three years now, he was a year too late. Lizzie never knew how he felt and just months before he was released, she found somebody else and it’s too late. 

Or maybe not. It seems that Lizzie’s boyfriend wants an open relationship and two can play at that game. Now all Decker has to do is convince Lizzie that he’s the better man…and has been all along.

MY THOUGHTS

You Own Me by Shiloh Walker broached the topic of open relationships. And it reflected on how self-esteem issues can result in bad decision making. You Own Me was written well and I loved the depth of the characters.

Walker’s character development was impressive in such a short book.  Lizzie suffered from low self-esteem, which resulted in some really bad choices. I found it troublesome that she did things just to make others happy. She actually lived on the side of danger and was blind to what was best for her. It was questionable who the real bad boy was in this erotic romance novella. There was Decker, an ex-convict, who was also caring and compassionate. His dark past seemed to interfere with him going after what he wanted. His character was intriguing and was what really kept me reading the story. On the other hand, there was Noel who can best be described as self-centered. The contrast between Decker and Noel and how they treated Lizzie succeeded in creating an engaging story.

Rating 4/5

I received an e-arc of You Own me from the author in exchange for an honest review.

ARC Review: Forbidden Kiss by Shannon Leigh

ARC REVIEW: FORBIDDEN KISS BY SHANNON LEIGH

Title:  Forbidden Kiss
Author:  Shannon Leigh
Publisher/Publication Date: Covet, July 28, 2014
Genre:  Paranormal Romance
Format/Source:  E-ARC, Publisher

BOOK SUMMARY

Jule Casale is the perfect daughter. Obedient. Trustworthy. Loyal. With her high profile Italian family, her public image must be impeccable. And now to gain the respect and position she’s desired in the academic world, she hopes to discover the unknown artist behind a masterpiece of Renaissance art.

Rom Montgomery seeks the unobtainable: forgiveness. Those who could grant him relief are dead. Instead, he wanders across continents and through time searching for salvation and the means to right an ancient wrong. But when Jule comes knocking on his door, it’s the closest he’s ever come to finally finding redemption.

The closer Rom draws to correcting his past mistakes, the more his secrets threaten to destroy the woman who might hold the key to his future.

MY THOUGHTS

I liked the world created by Shannon Leigh in which Rom was trying to resolve an ancient wrong in a present day setting. It’s an interesting depiction of the what-ifs of a classic romance and tragedy story with a modern day twist. It was well-written and the backstory was nicely woven into the story. Although some things were the same it still remained different.

I would recommend Forbidden Kiss for adults who enjoy paranormal stories of tragedy and forbidden yet eternal love.

Rating 4/5

I received an e-arc of Forbidden Kiss from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

FIRST TIME IN PRINT LAUNCH DAY BLITZ, EXCERPT & GIVEAWAY!! UNSTOPPABLE BY SHANNON RICHARD


Title: Unstoppable (A Country Roads Novel, #3)
Author:  Shannon Richard
Publisher/Publication Date: Forever Mass Market, July 29, 2014
Genre: Contemporary Romance

About UNSTOPPABLE

Some things you don't dare let go . . . 

Melanie O'Bryan knows life is too short to be afraid of taking chances. And former Air Force sergeant Bennett Hart is certainly worth taking a chance on. He's agreed to help her students with a school project, but she's hoping the handsome handyman will offer her a whole lot more. Yet despite his heated glances and teasing touches, Mel senses there's something holding him back . . . Bennett Hart is grateful to be alive and back home in Mirabelle, Florida. Peaceful and uncomplicated-that's all he's looking for. Until a spunky, sexy-as-hell teacher turns his life upside down. After one smoldering kiss, Bennett feels like he's falling without a parachute. But with memories of his past threatening to resurface, he'll have to decide whether to keep playing it safe, or take the biggest risk of all. 

B&N     BAM     IndieBound     Amazon

Excerpt



Oh God, who was she kidding? She’d never felt this way about any man before. Bennett was…well, infuriating to start with, but he was brave, smart, kind, funny, intense. There was nothing like having his full attention focused on her. He gave her way more than butterflies. It was like eagles were flapping around in her stomach whenever he was around. There were no flutters. They were freaking tidal waves.

Yeah, getting over Bennett was going to be way easier said than done.

Mel headed toward the supply closet at the back of her classroom where she locked up her purse in a filling cabinet. She grabbed the key and unlocked the top drawer, pulled out her purse, and slammed the drawer shut. When she turned around Bennett was standing in the doorway. Filling it completely. Mel stopped short and stared at him. His eyes were focused on her, the determination in them making all of the thoughts vacate her brain.

“I can’t leave you alone.” He came into the room and shut the door behind him. “And I’m not playing games.” He crossed the small space. “Or at least I’m not trying to.” He shook his head. “I think about you all the time.” He stopped in front of her, took the purse out of her hands, and put it on top of the filing cabinet. Then he reached up and touched her cheek. His fingers fanned out as he pushed his hand to the back of her head and tilted her face up.

Holy hell, what is happening?

She looked into his eyes, and her knees went just a little bit weak. She reached back and planted her hands against the wall, trying to find some balance, something to keep her upright, because she really didn’t want to miss this.

“Because I am interested in you, Mel.” He cupped her face with his other hand and ran his thumb across her lower lip. “Very interested.” He leaned forward and pressed his mouth to hers.

The kiss was soft and gentle at first, just his lips against hers. He took another step into her, pushing her back. When she hit the wall she gasped, and Bennett took advantage of her open mouth. He sucked her bottom lip into his mouth, and she couldn’t stop the moan that escaped her throat.

She plastered herself up against him, against every inch of his hard body. Her arms wound around his shoulders; her hands skittered up the back of his head. She opened her mouth further and his tongue touched hers. Bennett groaned as their tongues began a thorough exploration of each other’s mouths.

His hands were at the back of her head, his fingers deftly pulling out the pins that held up her bun. And then he was unwinding her hair, his hands plunging deep into her unruly curls.

“I’ve wanted to do this for so long,” he said against her mouth. “These curls of yours drive me out of my mind.”

“What stopped you?” She nipped at his lower lip.

“Pure stupidity,” he said, as he claimed her mouth again.

Holy cow, can this man kiss. I feel it everywhere, and do I mean everywhere! He had her toes curling in her shoes, all manner of body parts tingling where they were pushed up against his, and his hands were magic in her hair. One of his hands drifted down to her side. He touched her hip for a second before his hand slid to the small of her back. He held her to him, but really, she wasn’t going anywhere.

“Mel,” a voice called out from her classroom. “Are you here?”

There were only a few things that could bring Mel back to reality with the snap of a finger. The sound of her little brother’s voice was definitely one of them.

“Oh crap, it’s Hamilton,” Mel gasped, pulling back. Bennett’s hand was behind her head, and it prevented her from hitting the wall. “I’ll be right out!” she answered Hamilton, unable to completely cover up the breathy edge to her voice.

Bennett nodded. He let go of her reluctantly, and took a step back. “You’re going to have to give me a minute before I can go out there,” he said, clearing his throat uncomfortably.

“Oh,” she said, nodding. “Um, okay.”

Actually, she was going to need a minute, too. She knew her hair was everywhere, and she had a feeling Bennett’s scruffy jaw had left its fair share of marks on her face. Not to mention her thoroughly swollen lips.

Soooo worth it.

About Shannon Richard

Shannon Richard grew up in the Florida Panhandle as the baby sister of two overly protective but loving brothers. She was raised by a more than somewhat eccentric mother, a self-proclaimed vocabularist who showed her how to get lost in a book and a father who passed on his love for coffee and really loud music. She graduated from Florida State University with a BA in English Literature and still lives in Tallahassee where she battles everyday life with writing, reading, and a rant every once in a while. Okay, so the rants might happen on a regular basis. She's still waiting for her Southern, scruffy, Mr. Darcy, and in the meantime writes love stories to indulge her overactive imagination. Oh, and she's a pretty big fan of the whimsy.