The Fever Series

Happy Thanksgiving, guys! Gobble, gobble.

So, just wanted to post a quick update on my book-related news lately.

1. I have been joining a few different challenges for the upcoming year. 2013 will be the first full year of Bitchin’ Books and I love a challenge. I did dedicate a page specifically for all the challenges I’ve joined/will join for next year. You can find it here. <— Click it, man!

2. I also have decided to re-read the Fever series by Karen Marie Moning before I start on her latest novel, Iced. There was so much that went down in the series and I want to wrap my head around all the little details again before delving into Dani’s story. Even though I’ve read all the books before, the only one I’ve reviewed is Darkfever, Book One of the series. As I go through each one, I’ll definitely be adding reviews for the rest of them.

I’m still eagerly anticipating Kerrelyn Sparks’ Wild About You, which releases this coming Tuesday. I’m sure I’ll devour that in about a day and be back onto Moning’s series immediately following.

In non-book news, I DID pass the CT Property and Casulty exam (woot, woot!) and I’m now an official insurance agent. And before you ask, nope, never once did I think I’d become one. Ever. But alas, life has a tendancy to be funny that way.

However, I was able to map out a novel, which I also started writing just tonight. I’ll be doing a lot of fine tuning on this one and hoping it becomes my baby. We’ll see.

That’s it, folks. Have a very very happy Thanksgiving!

Meghan-

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Book Review: Desperately Seeking Shapeshifter

“Is your new pack driving you a little crazy? Tired of all those wolves in sheep’s clothing? Let me be your fierce protector.” (From Amazon.com)

Sara is a fairly new shape-shifting wolf on the run from a pack she doesn’t know or care to know. Ramsey is a were-bear who’s big, strong, quiet, and damn sexy. In order to avoid joining their pack, Ramsey agrees to play-act as her mate and protect her as her bodyguard. Of course, one thing leads to another…

What I Thought:

I really enjoyed the first book in the series, Beauty Dates the Beast and couldn’t wait to read this one. I was lucky to have discovered the first book just as this one was scheduled for release. I actually loved the characters of Ramsey and Sara even more so then Bath/Beau from Book 1. Ramsey was continually intriguing me with his actions and I loved discovering him and his personality as the book moved forward. Sara was a great character and even in the first book (before I knew she got her own!) I was constantly aching to know more about her and wishing it was she that I was watching evolve and fall in love.

The plot was a decent one – Sara was turned by a wolf bite from her abusive past boyfriend. Her sister helped her to escape but since then they’ve been on the run trying to avoid the wolf pack chasing after Sara. And of course there’s been nobody there to help Sara, to show her the ways of shapeshifting…and at this point, she’s in pretty bad shape.

Luckily, Ramsey is there to protect her and help her evolve.

Final Review: 4/5.

Book Review: Wicked Ties

“When a stalker ratchets up his attempts to get to her, cable sex talk show host Morgan O’Malley turns to Jack Cole-a self proclaimed dominant-for help. Though Jack is a bodyguard, Morgan feels anything but safe in his presence. Because slowly and seductively, Jack is bringing her deepest fantasies to the surface.” (From Amazon.com)

I almost chickened out from reviewing this one, but I’m going to review it because hey, if I can read it, I better be able to write about it. Wicked Ties stars Morgan O’Malley and Jack Cole. Morgan is a talk show host interviewing Jack for her show when all Hell breaks loose.

Someone’s been stalking Morgan and has just brought out the big guns-literally. Bullets are flying and Jack has no choice but to think fast: save Morgan from this maniac and protect her until it’s all over. But there’s a secret that Jack is keeping from her. He might have been interviewing for her show, but only so that he could sleep with her as payback to someone from his past.

What I Thought:

Okay, first of all, I have to put it out there. This book is definitely meant for adults. There is a great plot and I loved that but I would still categorize this one as Erotica. There’s also no vanilla here. BDSM is a very large (okay, the only) part of the book and I’d really say that the stalking plot actually takes a backseat to the strong theme of dominance/submission. It’s not for everyone but trust me when I say, it’s certainly for most of us!

I’ve read Erotica before and have never been happy with it. I love a good plot and good sex in a novel equally. When one is absent, the book just stops appealing to me. In Wicked Ties, Shayla Black does an absolute incredible job of incorporating a legitimate and edge-of-your-seat plot while keeping the “erotic” theme. It’s a very rare thing an author can do so I appreciated that greatly.

What didn’t I like? The eBook edition was $12.00! Seriously?? Needless to say, I read this one in one sitting (into the wee morning hours, yup) and purchased several more of Black’s “Wicked Lovers” series this past week.

Even if you don’t generally read Erotica (it’s okay, I actually don’t usually) I highly suggest that you pick this one up. It’s by far the best that I’ve read of the series so far and even if you don’t think you’re into the BDSM scene, trust me when I say, you will be.

Final Review: 5/5. (Hands down, the best erotic novel I’ve ever read and again I must say: the plot is so appreciated!)

 

November is Nuts!

Hey, everyone! How was Halloween? Hope everyone is having a great Fall. I’ve been studying up hard for the CT Property and Casualty exam, hence my lack of posts recently. It’s going well (I guess…) and I take the exam on Wednesday night. Wish me luck!

As you may have noticed, I did get a chance to post a book review on Jessica Sims’ Beauty Dates the Beast. I have a lot of catching up to do since I’ve been reading just haven’t had too much time to post. Next on the agenda?

Read it, loved it, look for the review soon!

Also, I did read most of the Once Upon a Time-Travel novella’s by Jill Myles so I may dedicate a future post to those. I’ve also just ordered Wicked Ties by Shayla Black, an erotic romance. Depending on the depth of it, you may or may not see a future post on that one.

And we’ve got a busy month for book releases, too!

Daughter of the Spellcaster releases this Tuesday and I’m excited to read more of the series. Maggie Shayne was my favorite author for a while so I can’t wait for this one.

Wild About You by Kerrelyn Sparks releases the end of the month on November 27th. Kerrelyn is one of my two all-time favorite authors and she’s got “paperback status” with me, which means I’ll be rushing out Tuesday morning so that I can own the book myself. No Kindle downloading for this one, folks. Can’t wait!

And lastly, Iced by Karen Marie Moning, which actually released the end of October. It’s a continuation/spin-off of the Fever series and all KMM fans are psyched to read it. It’s not something I’ve picked up yet because the heroine is 14 and it’s NOT a YA book so I’ve been a little weary to read just because I don’t think I (being a LOVER of all things romance) will be able to connect with her. I’m sure I’ll read it soon though.

Besides these, I’ve been focusing all my extra attention to reading a LOT about insurance. (A lot more than I ever thought I’d want to know, that’s for sure.)

Hope everyone’s doing well!

Meghan

PS – What are you reading in November?

Book Review: Beauty Dates the Beast

“WANTED: Single, human female to join charming, wealthy, single male were-cougar for a night of romantic fun–and maybe more.” (From Amazon.com)

I actually discovered Jessica Sims’ books after recently purchasing an anthology, The Undead in my Bed. I wasn’t totally thrilled with the book or her story but the sex scenes were so incredible I decided to check out Beauty Dates the Beast and boy, am I glad I did!

Bathsheba Ward is a human working at a Supernatural dating agency. It’s forbidden for humans and Supes to date but were-cougar Beau Russell doesn’t take no for an answer. He’s been stood up by another client of the service and needs a new date ASAP. Unluckily Luckily for Bath, she’s the only option.

Bath is completely drawn to Beau but she’s hiding a secret. Her sister is a werewolf and they’re both on the run so that her sister doesn’t have to join the pack. It all starts to unravel however when Bath starts becoming stalked by a blood-thirsty and mysterious super creature.

What I Thought:

The first in Sim’s Midnight Liasons series, I really actually thoroughly enjoyed this one. I almost didn’t purchase it because I wasn’t a fan of the novella included in the Undead… anthology. I thought the book all in all closely resembled the writing style of some of my favorite authors, Lynsay Sands and Kerrelyn Sparks. There was humor, great sex, and fun characters. I’m particularly happy that this book centered around a shapeshifter as I’ve been more and more intrigued by them lately.

I liked Bath’s sister Sara as well. I felt for her whenever she turned into a wolf because it just really seemed like she couldn’t control it and I was always wanting to learn more about her particular “wolf” problem (which of course, I did, after reading book 2!)

I really liked getting an insider’s look at the matchmaking agency, Midnight Liasons. The secondary characters were fun and interesting.

After looking at the reviews on Amazon, I’m surprised by how many people didn’t care for the book. I love paranormal but this was definitely a light read. I like light, fluffy, sexy, fun books. They take me away a lot faster than dark UF (urban fantasy) books tend to. They’re just plain fun.

But, that being said, if you do love you some dark UF and “science-y” paranormal romances, you probably won’t enjoy this book. It’s just a light and airy read. The urban fantasy genre is so big right now; a lot of readers prefer those to the fluff stuff.

Bottom line? It was a nice, quick, fun, refreshing read.

Final Review: 3.5/5