Tuesday, June 27, 2017

A Destiny of Dragons by @tjklune @dreamspinners #REVIEW #ULTIMATEINDULGENCE

A Destiny of Dragons, TJ Klune, Dreamspinner Press
Tales from Verania #2
Once upon a time, the wizard’s apprentice Sam of Wilds got his happily ever after in the arms of his cornerstone, Knight Commander Ryan Foxheart. A year has passed, and while Sam’s been captured five or six more times since then, things are pretty great. His parents are happy, Gary and Tiggy still eat sass for breakfast, Randall is somehow alive despite being older than the gods, the King rules with a gentle hand, Kevin the dragon is as gross as ever, Morgan sighs a lot, Ryan continues to be dashing and immaculate, and Sam is close to convincing Prince Justin they will be best friends forever.

Life is good.

Until it’s not.

Because Vadoma, the leader of the Gypsy clan and Sam’s grandmother, has come to the City of Lockes with a dire prophecy written in the stars: a man of shadows is rising and will consume the world unless Sam faces his destiny and gathers the five dragons of Verania at his side.

And she brings along her second-in-command, a man named Ruv.

Ruv, who Vadoma says is Sam’s true cornerstone.





REVIEW:
TJ is back in Verania with all it's sass, snark ridiculousness and the big D....no not that, DESTINY! You pervs!

It's been about a year and other then Sam getting sexed up by one delicious Knight Commander on a regular basis, things are pretty much the same. And then comes the vision, and a visit from a certain Grandmother and all Hell breaks loose. Because you see, there are secrets in Sam's life and he just might not be able to survive those secrets.

It's going to take the whole gang, more dragons and possibly a Wolf to complete this adventure.(Because we are not calling it a destiny)

This has everything that I loved about the first book and more and I just wanted to keep reading! I laughed out loud a lot, groaned a few times and even got a little teary eyed. Pick it up for the dragons, come back for the snark!





RATING: 5 Chocolate-Dipped Strawberries. This book was given to us by Dreamspinner Press.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

The Palisade by Rosalind Able #REVIEW

The Palisade, by Rosalind Able
Lavender Shores #1
Confident businessman Joel Rhodes sees the small California town of Lavender Shores as nothing more than a business opportunity and a final stepping stone to the position he’s been working toward his entire life. It was supposed to be just one night in town to close the deal, and sleeping with one of the local men, no matter how gorgeous, meant nothing more than a few hours of fun.
Andrew Kelly is perfectly content with the life he has in his hometown. So much so that the only thing missing is someone to share it with. Going to bed with a tourist was never meant to be the answer to his dreams, just a beautiful distraction. He could get back to looking for Mr. Right the next day.
Both Andrew’s and Joel’s worlds are turned upside down when a few hours of pleasure get extended to a couple of days. Even that shouldn’t have been a big deal. You can’t fall in love in that amount of time. That isn’t how it works. However, if destinies collide, a few short days may be all it takes to find your soul mate. Even so, when secrets and motivations get tangled, fate may do nothing more than leave two hearts in pieces.


REVIEW:
Add Lavender Shores to the list of fictional towns, alongside Cattle Valley and Petal, GA, that I wish were real places I could live in.

I am hooked on this series not just because of the incredible chemistry between the main characters but because of the extended cast. Andrew's parents and their best friends were some of my favorite scenes to read, especially Andrew's dad. I want to know more about the town and it's people.

For as much as Andrew is content in his small hometown he is also a dreamer. His dream just happens to center around the town and his longing for his picket fence.

Joel needed someone to love him so badly this need jumped off the pages. His thought process made me want to shake him at times and made me mad on Andrews behalf. You can see the train wreck about to happen, but you can't do anything to stop it.

The attraction between the MC's is off the charts from the very beginning and things happen fast, but I didn't mind, because I was so into "them".

I for one cannot wait to go back to Lavender Shores!

BUY LINK:
AMAZON

Rosalind Abel Information page:

Amazon author page: http://amzn.to/2qoiuLC

Facebook Author page: http://bit.ly/2rH8C4o

Rosalind Abel Website:  http://www.rosalindabel.com

Lavender Shores Website:  http://www.lavendershores.com

Twitter: @rosalind_abel

(Rosalind Abel Author)


Publication date: June 20, 2017


About Rosalind:

Rosalind Abel grew up tending chickens along side her sweet and faithful Chow, Lord Elgin. While her fantasy of writing novels was born during her teen years, she never would have dreamed she’d one day publish steamy romances about gorgeous men. However, sometimes life turns out better than planned.
In between crafting scorching sex scenes and helping her men find their soul mate, Rosalind enjoys cooking, collecting toys, and making the best damn scrapbooks in the world (this claim hasn’t been proven, but she’s willing to put good money on it).

She adores MM Romance and the power it has to sweep the reader away into worlds filled with passion, steam, and love.  Rosalind also enjoys her collection of plot bunnies, and welcomes new fuzzy ones in her home all the time, so feel free to send any adorable ones her way.


RATING: 4 Chocolate-Dipped Strawberries This book was given to us by the author.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Dim Sum Asylum by @Rhys_Ford @dreamspinners #REVIEW

Dim Sum Asylum, Rhys Ford, Dreamspinner Press
Welcome to Dim Sum Asylum: a San Francisco where it’s a ho-hum kind of case when a cop has to chase down an enchanted two-foot-tall shrine god statue with an impressive Fu Manchu mustache that's running around Chinatown, trolling sex magic and chaos in its wake.

Senior Inspector Roku MacCormick of the Chinatown Arcane Crimes Division faces a pile of challenges far beyond his human-faerie heritage, snarling dragons guarding C-Town’s multiple gates, and exploding noodle factories. After a case goes sideways, Roku is saddled with Trent Leonard, a new partner he can’t trust, to add to the crime syndicate family he doesn’t want and a spell-casting serial killer he desperately needs to find.

While Roku would rather stay home with Bob the Cat and whiskey himself to sleep, he puts on his badge and gun every day, determined to serve and protect the city he loves. When Chinatown’s dark mystical underworld makes his life hell and the case turns deadly, Trent guards Roku’s back and, if Trent can be believed, his heart... even if from what Roku can see, Trent is as dangerous as the monsters and criminals they’re sworn to bring down.



REVIEW:
Welcome to a new fantasy world from  Rhys Ford. It is imaginatively dark, and fantastical and completely captivating. With a heavy dollop of Asian culture set in San Francisco it's both new and familiar.

Roku is straddling the line between so many worlds it's a wonder he knows up from down. He is a cop with familial ties to a crime boss and he is half human, half faerie during a time when that's not a good thing to be. And if things weren't bad enough, he just got a new partner because he had to shoot his last one.

Trent Leonard is new to the Arcane Crimes Division and finds himself  totally unprepared to not only deal with the crimes he is trying to solve but also his hotter then hell partner. With secrets of his own the two cops need to find a way to work together, preferably before they get killed.

I loved this book and the magical world that Ford has created. We are introduced to a multitude of characters and I want to know more about all of them, especially Bob the Cat. It is literally non stop action from page one, and I could not put it down. I do have to say that I am looking forward to the audio version so I can finally hear the correct way to pronounce all the words I read incorrectly.




RATING: 4 Chocolate-Dipped Strawberries. This book was given to us by the author.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

The Imperfection of Swans by @wittauthor @dreamspinners #REVIEW #AUDIBLE #ULTIMATEINDULGENCE

The Imperfection of Swans, Brandon Witt, Dreamspinner Press
Kevin Bivanti’s dream is to open a wedding dress shop, a place with the stunning gowns to make every bride-to-be feel adored. At thirty-eight, he quits a successful advertising career to buy an old brownstone in a trendy Boston neighborhood and to make his dream a reality. When one of his cosigners drops out, fate intervenes, ushering in Casper James, who hopes to open his own bakery. With Casper willing to take the risk, their ambitions meld into a wedding dress and wedding cake boutique.

Extensive renovations to the brownstone, an affair with his ex-husband, family drama with his mothers, and the anxiety of significant life changes push Kevin to the brink of a nervous breakdown. In the midst of stress and uncertainty, Casper becomes more than a business partner, a mutual attraction that adds another layer of intensity and risk.

With their dreams on the verge of reality, Kevin and Casper must find the courage to face the stress of managing their attraction, the gamble of a new business venture, and the resurgence of Kevin’s personal demons.




Audiobook Review:

This was an incredibly beautiful, real story. The narration from Kirt Graves brought the story to life and I was mesmerized. Mr Graves does a wonderful job with the pacing and really adds to the structure of the story.

Kevin has a secret that he has been dealing with his whole life. As far as he is concerned he has it under control. When opening a new business and the possibility of a new relationship brings everything to the surface he realizes just how not in control he is.

Casper is finally making his dreams come true, he is opening his own bakery and has fallen for his new business partner. The stress of the business brings to light that not all is right with his partner but Casper isn't going to stop fighting to make all his dreams come true.

The author does a wonderful job of layering in the realities and struggles with the love and family. And the narrator brings you into the story and makes blocking out the real world easy to do. The characters teach us the beauty in the imperfections.


BUY LINKS:
Dreamspinner
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RATING: 5 Chocolate-Dipped Strawberries. This book was given to us by Dreamspinner Press.
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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Audiobook Tour: Miranda Vaughn Mysteries #Lucky Penny @EllieAshe

Lucky Penny

Miranda Vaughn Mysteries #3
By Ellie Ashe



A year after her acquittal on fraud charges, former financial analyst Miranda Vaughn is finally getting her life back. Not only does she have a chance for romance with her sexy neighbor, FBI Agent Jake Barnes, but she's also got a new job...one that's taking her to a vacation paradise!

Perched above the crystal blue waters of Lake Tahoe, the Whispering Pines Resort & Spa is a local landmark and a popular destination for the rich and famous who are stressed out from being rich and famous. And down on the water’s edge is the Lucky Penny Casino—an abandoned shell of a once-stylish casino. Max Emmerson, the owner of the Whispering Pines Resort, used to own the Lucky Penny, and he wants it back. Miranda’s job is to get Max’s finances in order so he can borrow the money to buy the casino, and make sure nothing jeopardizes his gaming license. Easy, right?

But the nice boring accounting job spirals out of control with the addition of a Hollywood film crew, an underground gambling ring, and Jake going undercover at the resort as a newlywed—with another woman. As Miranda and Jake each dive into their investigations, they can’t deny their growing feelings for each other. But it’s more important than ever that they keep their attraction hidden. Especially since someone at the resort is watching them very closely, and is willing to do just about anything to keep them from uncovering the truth.

Excerpt:


Everyone in the room turned to me, and I had the uncomfortable feeling of being caught in a floodlight.
"Uh, right. Well, first, I didn't realize it was illegal gambling."
Agent Bonner frowned. "Gaming is only legal when authorized and regulated by the state of Nevada."
"I'm not a lawyer or a federal law enforcement officer, Agent Bonner," I said, trying to keep my voice steady when inside I was trembling, remembering how it felt when I'd been interviewed by the FBI after my arrest. I hadn't done anything wrong but still ended up on trial for fraud. No matter how hard I focused on the fact that it had been more than a year since I'd been acquitted of those charges, having three FBI agents and a Nevada state agent staring at me still made my heart skip erratically.
  
Dottie and Max both shook their heads in Gail Bonner's direction, urging me to volunteer.
"I'll do it," I said.
Gail smiled. "Great."
I smiled back. "If Jake goes with me."
Bethany rolled her eyes. "How are you going to swing that?"
"She'll just say Jake's her boyfriend," Gail said. "No problem."
Slight problem, I thought.
"Uh, actually, Carly thinks I have a boyfriend. A different boyfriend," I said.
Jake glared at me across the table. "Why does she think that?"
"She saw me with Quinn and jumped to a conclusion, and I didn't correct her."
"No problem. We'll have Agent Boylan go in with you as a friend," Gail said.
"Ugh. No," Bethany and I said in unison. At least we could agree on something.
"Oh, get over yourselves, ladies," Gail snapped. "Fine. Mr. Emmerson, I need a room for Agents Barnes and Boylan. Make it a honeymoon suite."
  
I pushed the door open all the way, so we wouldn't be crowded around the doorway.
"Jake, I'd like you to meet my good friend, Quinn Bishop."
Jake stepped into the room and shook Quinn's hand, and the two men sized each other up. I'd seen something like it once in National Geographic. If my recollection was correct, any moment now, one would lower his head and charge the other.
  
Another flicker drew my eye up, but this time it was a flash of light, not the slow sweep of a flashlight. This was more like a camera flash. Or a lighter. Moments later, a warm breeze caressed my face and carried with it an all-too familiar scent, wafting from the direction of the Lucky Penny. I turned to Jake to see if he noticed it too.
"Do you smell smoke?"
  
Jake nodded, put a finger to his lips and kept my hand in his grip. And then he continued up the stairs.
Oh God, what are we doing here? My thoughts raced as we hit the second floor, a wide expanse of dusty carpet upon which footprints led to one side of the balcony and then back across to a hall. The sign over the entrance said that shops and restaurants could be found down the wide and darkened path.
And from the trail of footprints, so could our intruder.

"Stay behind me. Stay close," he whispered and started down the hall, hugging the wall.
He didn't have to tell me twice. I practically stepped on his feet as we crept slowly along the gentle curving wall. The dark tunnel we were in opened to a shadowy atrium, with a round bench surrounding an empty podium that had probably held a statute or piece of sculpture. The seating arrangement looked out at the tall windows of empty shops. A gray light from glass panels overhead cast deep shadows that looked even creepier with the silhouettes of mannequins looking on from behind the dusty panes


BUY LINKS: Amazon   Nook

Audio Clips


REVIEW:

Oh Ellie Ashe - you saved the best for last!  The Miranda Vaughn Mysteries are on a roll - Lucky Penny had to be my favorite of all three stories.  Miranda and Jake are finally making headway.  The mystery storyline is excellent - clever and fast paced.  The love triangles, manipulations, misunderstandings and moments of pure hilarity are so very enjoyable. 

Terri Schnaubelt does a spectacular job once again, capturing the characters and relating with great pace and pitch the story as it unfolds! She will forever be the voice of Miranda in my head. While I wholly endorse this 3rd book, read them all in order for maximum enjoyment - they are well worth it.

I give Lucky Penny, (Miranda Vaughn Mysteries, Book 3), 5 Chocolate-Dipped Strawberries. This book was given to us by The Audiobookworm for an honest review.


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