zaterdag 18 april 2015

Julia London – Wicked Angel – Read for #LLC2015

The second book in the Rogues of Regent Street series, published May 11, 1999.
Genre: historical romance
Cover: lovely

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Forbidden love is always a scandalous choice....
She raced across the pasture, vaulted a fence, and landed, stunned and breathless, on top of the most handsome man she had ever seen. The bemused stranger stayed to capture the fancy of the brood of orphaned children in her charge, then stole Lauren Hill's heart with a searing kiss as he left. Lauren couldn't tell him she was a widowed countess fallen on hard times. She tried to forget him-until she saw him again at a London ball. The man who haunted her dreams was a duke, out of her class...and he was pledged to another woman.
The ton is ablaze with talk of the ravishing Bavarian countess. Stunned, Alexander Christian, Duke of Sutherland, recognizes Lauren as the country girl who's captured his heart. Duty has forced him to pledge himself to another, to take his proper place in society and in Parliament. He wants one night with his blue-eyed enchantress, but will he be able to walk away from her again, or will he risk it all to be with the woman who fires his blood and makes him think of a . . . Wicked Angel.

This is not your typical historical romance, and I loved every page of it. I fell hard for Lauren, who was sold by her uncle to an ancient German Count in marriage, in order to provide him with an heir. Lucky for Lauren, he was too old and ill too even know who she was, or to touch her. His nephew was not so happy with Lauren, so when the old Count died, she gave him his inheritance back with a smile. It was never really hers, as she did not earn it.
But the people in Bavaria really loved her, and did not want her to go, but when her brother Paul came for her, she gladly went. She so wanted to be back home at Rosewood, and care for the children entrusted upon them. They would manage without any funds somehow …

But her uncle, and even the housekeeper, have other ideas. Lauren must marry again, and soon. Her uncle is determined to sell her to the highest bidder, and blackmails her into going to London for the Season, with her brother Paul (who is also still under the thumb of their uncle) as her chaperone.
And then she happens to see the man who stole her heart earlier, a simply country gentleman she thought … but he is the Duke of Sutherland, the most sought after man in London. And he is engaged to be married in a few weeks …
Alex is stunned to see his country girl in society as well, is she really a German Countess? Or is that just a made up story? But when the new Count Magnus Bergen shows up, courting her, wanting to take her back to Bavaria with her, it has to be true. But still, they know nothing can come of it, but they are so very much attracted to each other. And Lauren keeps comparing all other men she meets to Alex, and of course, finding them lacking.

But when Alex ruins her reputation by taking her to the opera, and not providing the promised chaperone, it all falls apart. The ton shuns Lauren, and in desperation, she agrees to Magnus’ marriage proposal. He knows she is in love with Alex, and doesn’t care. She will come to love him, and her respect will be enough for now …

I have tot warn you, I cried buckets in the end. I fell for Lauren so hard, she is such a happy person, so vivacious and so caring for everyone, especially the children no one wants. Still, she is young and she discovers she really likes the balls and society and pretty clothes as well. If only they could afford the latest fashion! But her heart still longs for Rosewood and “her” children and the quiet life. She did not mind working hard all day long on everything that needed doing.

And then there is Alex, and well, of course he is handsome and rich and powerful, and I admired him for pushing for reforms in the House of Lords, but he is also too arrogant and not thinking about Lauren’s reputation at all. And in the end, he was insensitive in the extreme and kept that up way too long.

Still, it was a very good read, and I do recommend this one if you like your historical romances a bit different.

9 stars.

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vrijdag 17 april 2015

Shannon Mayer - Priceless

The first book in the Rylee Adamson series, published February 2013.
Genre: urban fantasy
Cover: my book has the small cover, I like them both.

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My name is Rylee, and I am a Tracker.
When children go missing and the Humans have no leads, I'm the one they call. I am their last hope in bringing home the lost ones. I salvage what they cannot.
I'm on the FBI's wanted list.
I have a werewolf for a pet, a Witch of a best friend, and I have no need for anyone else in my life.
But when a salvage starts to spin out of control, help comes from a most unexpected direction. One that is dangerously dark, brooding, and doesn't know a thing about the supernatural.
One whose kisses set me on fire.

When Rylee was 16, she was supposed to watch over her little sister Berget in the park. But between one second and the next, she was gone. No one saw what happened. As she felt so guilty, even though she could not have prevented it, the FBI and her adopted parents both thought she has killed her little sister, even though a body has never been found.
So her parents kicked her out of the house, and the FBI agent in charge is now, 10 years later, still dogging her steps.

But something else happened that day, Rylee’s powers have awakened. She was lucky enough to find Giselle, someone who could teach her about her powers, and a friend to share it with. Even though Milly was a Witch, and a very powerful one.

And now Rylee has made it her job to find missing children. Never adults, only children, no one else can find. Even though she does not always find them alive, she brings them home to give their parents closure. She just has to see a picture, hear the story, and decide to take the case. Then she can focus on the missing child, and find out where she is. Most often, they have been taken by paranormal creatures, because they have budding powers themselves. Normal law enforcement agencies have no chance at all at retrieving those children, but she can.

Normal human technology doesn’t really work around Rylee, or behind the Veil, and so she relies on her swords and fighting technique instead of guns and firepower to beat the bad guys. And on her friends potions and spells. And now Rylee has a new case, very similar to that of her missing sister, India has disappeared on the same day, from the same park, and the same swing set. How can she refuse this case? Berget is the only she has never been able to track, but perhaps now she will find a clue of sorts.

But how can she get FBI special agent Liam O’Shea of her butt? Perhaps flirting with him, as Millie suggests, really is the best option ...

I have recently read a review about this book or series on I Smell Sheep blog, so when I saw this book on sale on a secondhand site, I snatched it up. And I really enjoyed myself reading it. Rylee is a great heroine, she knows what she is doing, and she goes after the children she is tracking without much regard for herself. And on the way to rescue India, we meet an Ogre, Vampires, Daywalkers, Witches, Harpies, Unicorns, Werewolves and more. So what is not to love about this world?
When O’Shea gets involved in a magical attack on Rylee and her werewolf friend Max, his eyes are opened. And when he is framed for killing his partner he has no choice but to team up with Rylee to try and clean his record and find the missing children.

I really enjoyed this story. It has a lot of action, some great and original characters and a heroine you will like. A lot of people die, some horribly, and Rylee is not squeamish either when she needs information from the bad guys. I liked that.

Recommend if you love urban fantasy and are looking for something original.

8 stars.

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donderdag 16 april 2015

J.K. Beck – When Pleasure Rules – Read for #LLC2015

The second book in the Shadow Keepers series, published September 28, 2010.
Genre: paranormal romance
Cover: good

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Seven innocents have been brutally murdered in Los Angeles, yet the Shadow Alliance has no suspects and no leads. As the body count mounts, the age-old feud between vampires and werewolves threatens to explode.
Lissa Monroe - a strong-willed, ravishing succubus who entices men to surrender their souls - agrees to go undercover for the Alliance. Her mission: infiltrate the mind of werewolf leader Vincent Rand, a ferociously alluring enemy who exerts a powerful hold over her. As the City of Angels teeters on the brink of apocalypse, these two adversaries must join together in order to survive an even more lethal enemy hidden in plain sight.

I have read the first book over 3 years ago, and I really liked the world building, I just didn’t like the main characters. I am glad that I did not have that problem with the second book, as I loved everything about it.

Lissa Monroe is a succubus, while having sex she feeds on pieces of the man’s soul. Her secret ability is rare; she can also look inside his mind and find his deepest secrets. And exploiting those secrets has finally allowed her her freedom from the slavery that most succubi suffer under. She has her own nightclub, and she has managed to buy some other girls from their demons. Succubi are not true immortals, they do die but they come back without their memories of previous lives, although those can surface.

But now Lissa is in trouble, as her former owner has discovered who she was, and is now blackmailing her into killing a human by taking all of his soul. What Lissa does not know, is that the Alliance is also aware of her power, and is taken this moment to arrest her to co-erce her into helping them as well. Or else she will be imprisoned for murder. Her former lover Luke is a powerful attorney and a vampire, and he recognizes her as well. And although she betrayed him once, he still loves her and tries to help her as much as possible, acting as her attorney.

Someone or something is killing innocent people, draining them dry, and if the killer is not stopped, a war between the vampires and werewolves is almost certain. And both their leaders will be disposed of. So they are intent on finding the real killer and keep themselves safe. And so Doyle of the Alliance finds himself working with Vincent Rand, the enforcer of the Werewolf King. Rand doesn’t have to do things by the book, and at first they suspect him of the killings. And it is Rand that they want Lissa to read.
As she is very much attracted to Rand, something that has not happened for a while, and he to her, she doesn’t really want to, but when they become intimate, it will be inevitable. Untill she discover he has so little soul left, she would take it all if they have sex, and she refuses to do that. She won’t kill his soul!

Rand is send to Los Angeles to find the killer, as someone is pointing the finger to his boss. He has little scruples in how to do this job, but he doesn’t get very far in the investigations. Add in a human witch who plays both sides, the attraction between a succubus and a werewolf, a jealous ex-lover, a psychic demon-cop, dangerous bad guys and you have the potential for a great story.

J.K. Beck did a great job mixing it all together. I really liked Lissa from the first page, and Rand very quickly grew on me. He is so much better than he thinks he is himself. Even if he could not save his wife while he was in the army from a rival gang, or if he did not truly love her, he was not at fault. He got out. He thinks himself a killer born, trained to be a better killer by the army, when he got bitten and became the monster that was always within him. But Lissa sees the real Rand, and she stands by him, even when he believes the worst about her.

I loved this story, and will certainly read book 3 soon. Recommend if you like your paranormal romance a bit darker and original. I love the mix of paranormal species and the unique ones mentioned.

9 stars.

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woensdag 15 april 2015

Recommendations from Peggy for April 2015.

In order to bring some more variety to my blog, I have asked some of my bookish friends to tell about the books they have in the past month, and to give us a recommendation. Today’s post is made by Peggy from Belgium.


I have read 4 novels in the past month, and the 3 books I enjoyed the most are:

Mariana Zapata – Kulti

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Anna Campbell – A scoundrel by moonlight

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Thea Harrison – Storm’s heart

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The one I can recommend to all Aurian’s readers is:

Thea Harrison – Storm’s heart

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Able to wield thunder and lightning, wyr sentinel Tiago Black Eagle has ruled the skies for centuries. His massive build and thunderous power make him one of the wyr's best weapons. And he's the one sent to protect Tricks, heir to the Dark Fae throne, when she's almost assassinated in Chicago. Soon Tiago and Tricks will fall prey to the stormy hunger that engulfs them-a passion that will shake the very foundation of all the worlds.

Thea Harrison is one of the authors coming to the LoveLetter Convention in Berlin. I’m very looking forward to meeting her. She has created an exciting world with ‘The Elder Races’ series. A world where faeries, Wyr (a sort of shapeshifters), vampires, humans, Goblins and many other creatures live.

‘Storm’s heart’ is the second book of ‘The Elder Races’ series. The first book was about Dragos Cuelebre, the Lord of the Wyrkind demesne in New York.

This book is about Tiago Black Eagle, he’s a Wyr warrior and works as a Wyr sentinel for Dragos, the Lord of the Wyr. Tiago is one of the ancient Wyr, who once upon a time even was worshipped as a god of storms! (He is able to wield thunder and lightning.) If he shapeshift he becomes a gigantic thunderbird.

Niniane Lorelle is a dark fae, her father and mother were the king and queen of the Dark Fae. But her family was murdered, when she was young by her uncle Uriel who wanted to become the Dark Fae king. Niniane got away and she found sanctuary with the Wyr in New York. They were the enemy of her uncle. She found there a new family, a new home, where she was safe from her uncle. She built up a new life (with a new name, Thistle “Tricks’ Periwinkle), a happy life but that’s all about to change now with the dead of her evil uncle Uriel, the Dark Fae king (who was killed in the first book of this series). Being the only living member of the royal Dark Fae family she feels it’s her obligation to become the new Dark Fae queen. That’s not something she’s very looking forward too but she believes it’s the only way to make sure that there will be peace between the Wyr and the Dark Fae.

So now Niniane (aka Tricks) has left everyone behind she knows and loves to start a new life as the Dark Fae queen, but no sooner has she arrived in Chicago or there is an assassination attempt on her life!

The Wyr are furious when they hear about what has happened to Niniane. Tiago decides to find her and protect her. That’s a good thing too because there’s a second attempt on her life but luckily Tiago is there to protect her. And there’s where the story starts because who can they trust of the Dark Fae? Who’s a friend and who’s the enemy?
And then you have the feelings that are blossoming between Niniane and Tiago. Feelings that are forbidden because how can a Dark Fae queen marry a Wyr? Her people will never accept it. Does Niniane have to choose between her throne and her lover? For Tiago there isn’t a thought about it, because he knows Niniane is his mate and the Wyr mate for live.
So now he doesn’t only have to protect her from danger but he has to convince her that they belong together. That he is the only one that can make her feel safe and loved. But will he succeed in both??

I really enjoyed reading about this wonderful world filled with Wyr, Vampires, Djinn, Dark Fae, Light Fae… In this book you get more information about the history of this world and especially about the Dark Fae. I really loved Tiago, who is very alpha and is very protective of Niniane and he totally doesn’t care what people say!! He just does what he wants to do. I loved their relationship, how they react to each other.

The next book is about the vampires, I’m really curious about them.

Until next time! x

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Aurian: Thanks for the recommendation Peggy! I love this series very much and I am very glad that a new book is coming out next month! I secretly hope Thea will bring some author copies with her to Berlin ;)
How about you reader, have you read any of these authors?

© 2015 Reviews by Aurian

dinsdag 14 april 2015

Nancy Warren – Kate - The Almost Brides Club – Read for #LLC2015

The first book in The Almost Wives Club series, published March 15, 2015, as ebook only.
Genre: contemporary romance
Cover: pretty

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Kate Winton-Jones is marrying one of America’s most eligible bachelors. Edward Carnarvon III is rich, handsome, and hers. But at the final fitting of her wedding gown, one of the seamstresses jabs her with a pin, and a tiny blood spot appears on the outrageously expensive gown. Furious, the dress’s famous designer fires the clumsy seamstress on the spot, whereupon the girl declares the dress cursed and storms out. Kate doesn’t believe in curses. She’s modern, American and in love with the perfect guy. What could go wrong?

After a disastrous fitting of a weddinggown Kate doesn’t really like or want, her fiancé Ted takes her out to dinner at a nice restaurant. But before she can tell him about what happened that day, and that her dress is now cursed, he is called away for business, leaving her alone in the restaurant. And Kate really wants to leave as she hates being the focus of attention, when a handsome man joins her at her table, and just won’t take no for an answer. And even Ted’s stake as his own dinner.
To her own surprise, Kate likes him, and talks to him as she never does to a stranger. But when the man wants to take her home, she refuses. Instead, she decides to use her last money for a taxi to make a surprise visit to Ted. And a surprise it is. Ted and their parents have set her up. The stranger was to seduce her, or to prove her loyalty. Kate is wounded through and through, and ends the engagement at the spot. But no-one wants to believe that, even when she runs of in her coworkers old car. She needs some thinking time alone, and away from the pressure of especially her mother.

When Nick finds out the woman he was supposed to seduce is missing, he sets out to find her. He is a professional P.I. and was doing Ted’s father a favour. Not something he enjoyed doing, and Kate really made an impression on him. It is not difficult to find her, and he is surprised to see her enjoying a new life as a surf instructor in a small town on the coast. She seems happy, way more happy than in her pictures since she became betrothed. But will she have anything to do with him? He won’t tell her family where she is.

Kate enjoys her new life, the freedom and the simple joy of surfing again. But she has also not resolved anything doing with her upcoming wedding. As Nick points out to her. She has left that all to her mother and her fiancé, and they are acting as if the wedding is still on. Has she really made up her mind? And so Kate is forced to decide, and to act on it. But is there a future with Nick for her? After all, she just ended one relationship…

I really enjoyed this book. I loved that Kate stood up to her controlling mother, her fiancé and his parents. She managed to disappear for a while, and make a new simple life for herself. Even though she is rich, she never uses her trust fund, intend on living on her own salary and means and I admire her for that.
She also doesn’t jump into bed or in a new relationship with Nick straightaway, she takes her time and really thinks about her feelings and wishes. I like that.
And then there is Nick, who knows a lot more about Kate’s fiancé than she ever thought possible. When she finally finds out, she deals with it, and pushes Ned to stand up for himself as well. She truly never saw that side of him.

There are more little storylines in this book than meets the eye at first glance, and they kept surprising me. Of course there is room for Nancy Warren’s sense of humor and that always makes me smile. I am really looking forward to reading the next book.

8 stars.

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maandag 13 april 2015

Joanne Fluke – Blackberry Pie Murder

Book 17 in the Hannah Swensen series, published January 25, 2014.
Genre: cozy mystery with lots of recipes
Cover: fits the series

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Life is never really quiet for Hannah Swensen. After all, her mother's wedding is a little over a month away and guess who Delores put in charge of the planning? Yet just when Hannah believes her biggest challenge will to be whether to use buttercream or fondant for the wedding cake, she accidentally hits a stranger with her cookie truck while driving on a winding country road in a raging thunderstorm. Hannah is wracked with guilt, and things get even worse when she's arrested . . . for murder!
But an autopsy soon reveals the mystery man, his shirt covered in stains from Blackberry pie, would have died even if Hannah hadn’t hit him. Now, to clear her name, Hannah will have to follow a trail of pie crumbs to track down the identity of the deceased, find a baker who knows more about murder than how to roll out a perfect pie crust – and get herself to the church on time...

Hannah Swensen and her family are really good at finding murder victims, and then finding out who the murderer is. Hannah has just been teased about it in the local paper. Her mother is not amused, and warns her not to find another body. And Hannah promises. But something worse happens this time, Hannah kills somebody herself. She never saw him standing on the side of the road when she suddenly had to swerve to avoid a big branch in the middle of the road, during a heavy thunderstorm.
And when the acting DA sees his chance to make an example out of Hannah and this case, her own brother-in-law has to arrest her, and she has to spend the weekend in jail. But not alone, as her family and friends visit her as much as possible, bringing her everything to make her more comfortable.
The strange thing though is, no one knows who her victim is, and he did not carry his ID with him. But he was too well dressed to be a vagabond. So what was he doing in that remote part of Lake Eden? Hannah is determined to find out who he is, and what he was doing. She is feeling really guilty about murdering him. So when her bail is set by Norman, Hannah and her family set out to find out as much as they can.

And during this all, the sisters are busy planning their mother’s wedding. And as their mother changes her mind a few times a day about what she wants for her wedding, like: her colors, the food, the bridesmaid dresses, the flowers, they are slowly going insane. Soon there will not be enough time to plan anything!
Bill is firmly in the doghouse with Andrea, how dare he arrest her sister! Mike is on suspension without pay, as he refused to arrest Hannah. Hannah’s cat Moishe loves her new fitness machine, and soon he finds out how to operate it on his own. Did he really understand she was about to put him on a diet?

I still love this series, and I am even getting used to the love triangle, of Hannah being unable to choose between Norman, the steadfast dentist, and Mike, the police detective with the roving eye. In this book she explains that she cannot in good conscience marry Norman, whom she truly loves, when she still feels so much for Mike. So I think we are on the right track. After all, Moishe and Norman’s cat Cuddles also love each other. And I love their parts in this series as well.
Of course Hannah keeps inventing delicious new cookies for her cookie shop, and if I was a baker, I would certainly try out some of those recipes. There are some after each chapter.

The mystery part, to be honest, I figured that one out pretty quickly. Still, the little details were good, and I liked the ending. Looking forward to the next book, in which their mother hopefully will get married, and Hannah’s trial will take place ...

I really enjoy this series, reading a new book feels like meeting old friends, as I know and like all the main and secondary characters in this series. I like how relationships evolve through the books.

And some good news: I read on Facebook that this series, or at least the first book, will be made into a movie (or t.v. series, I forgot).

8 stars.

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zondag 12 april 2015

Looking back at LoveLetter Convention 2013.

It is a lot of fun to attend a convention. You get to meet some of your favourite authors, talk with them and have them sign your books. You will meet lots of likeminded people there, and there are some free books as well.

My best friend Freya and I have been attending the LoveLetter Convention in Berlin for 3 years now, and are looking forward to attending again this year. We are looking forward to meeting the friends we made in previous years again. That is one of the best parts of the convention, meeting new people from all over Europe, making a connection through your mutual love of books and reading, and maintaining a friendship thanks to the internet.

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The second year, 2013, we were even more excited, as we knew what we could expect. A great time! Michelle Styles, Lisa Marie Rice, Shannon McKenna and Maya Banks were coming again, and we were looking forward to that. And we would be meeting Vivian Arend, Delilah Marvelle, Cherry Adair, Mardi Ballou, Erin McCarthy, Pamela Palmer, Karen Rose, Courtney Milan, Annie Burrows and Fiona Harper.

Aurian: I had read some Erin McCarthy books before, but I read some more and since then I have become a big fan of her books. I’ve also read Pamela Palmer. But the main attraction for me this year, was Cherry Adair. I just love her books, and she is such a wonderful person.

Freya: And I really wanted to meet Delilah Marvelle, as I enjoyed some of her books, and Vivian Arend and Karen Rose. Delilah had some delightful workshops, you sure missed something Aurian. I’ve also read a book by Mardi Ballou

Aurian: Another fun event was a sketch Michelle Styles and her friend and fellow Harlequin author Annie Burrows did together. It was awesome, and I so hope they will attend again some year.

Peggy: O yes! I liked that sketch too, Aurian. They were both so very nice women. The same went for Fiona Harper, Karen Rose and Vivian Arend. I love it that you have such a close contact with the writers on the convention. Delilah Marvelle and Cherry Adair were very special women, they both spoke with a great passion, what made their workshops very interesting. One other writer whose books I discovered and liked was Tina Folsom.

Karin: This year I added one more day to staying in Berlin and decided I would stay in a hotel close to the location of the convention. This was the wisest decision I’ve made in a long time because it gave me more friends (Aurian, Freya, Peggy) who understood when I started talking about fictional characters because they shared my interest in books.
I was so pleased to meet Vivian Arend, an easygoing, lovely person who happens to write great books; and I so enjoyed meeting Cherry Adair who not only writes my kind of books but also has that great personality that makes you want to keep in touch.

Aurian:The best part was in the hotel on Friday though, when we saw a woman with the same red/orange coloured hair Cherry Adair had on her book covers, and we mistook her for Cherry from the back. But that mistake won us a good friend, Karin from Austria. We spend some time together that weekend, and stayed in touch afterwards through the internet.

The first day of the Convention we met Peggy from Belgium, whom we both had met a few years earlier at a forum meeting of a Dutch romance website, and so we renewed that friendship as well.

Karin and Peggy became contributors to my blog as well, and I am very happy with their monthly recommendations, and I hope my readers as well.

How about you dear reader? Have you been to a convention? How do you prepare for it?

© 2015 Reviews by Aurian