BOOK REVIEW – DEFINING DESTINY by Deanna Chase

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Title:  DEFINING DESTINY
Series: Destiny #1
Author:  Deanna Chase
Publish Date:   02.19.14
Publisher:  Bayou Moon Press, LLC
Category /Genre:  NA, Paranormal Romance
Received from:  Deanna Chase (in exchange for an honest review)
Date completed: 04.13.14

Goodreads link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/21463494-defining-destiny?from_search=true

Description from the publisher:

When destiny fails…

Singer-songwriter Lucy Moore thought her life was perfect. At just twenty-one, she’s already met her soul mate and together they’ve landed a recording contract. But when her father dies and the love of her life betrays her in more ways than one, she returns home to pick up the pieces. On the shores of Mendocino, California, Lucy has some decisions to make. Should she start a solo career? Or should she leave it all behind for some semblance of normalcy in the quiet town she grew up in? And what about Seth, the tortured artist who always seems to be there when she needs him?

Seth Keenan has demons of his own. Eighteen months ago, he was involved in a horrific accident that he never talks about. His career as an accomplished oil-paint artist has been abandoned, replaced by the buzz of his tattoo gun. And women—well, he never sticks around for longer than a few hours of pleasure… until he meets Lucy. After one evening of listening to her seductive voice, he’s pulled under. But what about the vow he made to never get close to anyone again?

In a world where everyone has one true soul mate, can these two find love in the arms of each other?

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MY REVIEW

5 CROWN

This is the first book in the Destiny series. It does stand alone (no cliffhanger).

In this unique world written by Deanna Chase, there is a soul mate for each person. Your soul mate will be the other half of your magical team. For Seth and Elena, together they create masterpieces in oil paints. Seth’s parents are master gardeners. For Lucy and Cadan, it’s music. When they sing, the audience is filled with indescribable joy. Unfortunately, being a soul mate does not guarantee happiness with each other. Lucy’s mother and her soul-mate seem to only have the gift of discordance, Cadan is a grade A ass, and Seth has lost Elena in a car accident and blames himself. How will Lucy choose between her soul mate and the man she loves?

I loved this story and could not put it down. The story is kept at a quick pace and continually moving forward towards the decisions that need to be made. Lucy has the largest decisions. Can she take the leap of faith to trust another person or will she allow the past hurts by others flavor her life forever? Can she choose love over destiny?

I look forward to continuing this series. I’m hoping the next story has Lucy’s best friend, Jax, finding her soul-mate. She has been such a loyal friend to both Lucy and Seth; she deserves her own HEA.

Recommended for:  18+ due to sexual content

Grammar/editing: A – near perfect

 The series:

  1. Defining Destiny
  2. (Coming in Fall 2014)

Other Books from this Author:

  • Jade Calhoun Series:
    1. Haunted on Bourbon Street
    2. Witches of Bourbon Street
    3. Demons of Bourbon Street
    4. Angels of Bourbon Street
    5. Shadows of Bourbon Street
    6. Coven Pointe (a Bourbon Street spin-off)
    7. Marked by Temptation (coming in May 2014)
  • Crescent City Fae Series:
    1. Irresistible Magic
    2. Influential Magic
    3. (coming in June 2014)

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BOOK REVIEW – RETURN OF THE ASCENDANT by Raine Thomas

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Title:  RETURN OF THE ASCENDANT
Series: The Ascendant #1
Author:  Raine Thomas
Publish Date:   04.08.14
Publisher:  Iambe Books, LLC
Category /Genre:  Sci-Fi, Romance
Received from:  Raine Thomas (in exchange for an honest review)
Date completed: 04.11.14

Goodreads link: RETURN OF THE ASCENDANT

Description from the publisher:

Expecting to enjoy another typical college night at a frat party with friends, Kyra Vaughn’s plans derail when she’s almost killed…twice. Her savior, a tall, sexy stranger who calls himself TaeDane, claims that he’s the personal bodyguard for the Ascendant of Alametria. She’s convinced he’s crazy.

Especially when he insists that she’s the Ascendant.

With dark enemies hunting her down, Kyra has no choice but to trust her supposed bodyguard. Ty vows to help her remember her past and return her safely to Alametria, but someone seems intent on interfering, challenging his abilities at every turn.

As Kyra’s memories emerge, she remembers that Ty is more to her than he’s let on…much more than he’s allowed to be.

She’ll also discover that there are many things about her planet and herself that she’d rather forget. In the end, she’ll have to make a choice: cling to the life she knows, or risk it all to become the person she’s destined to be.

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MY REVIEW

5 CROWNS

This is book one in The Ascendent series. It does stand-alone (no cliffhanger), but you’re going to want to read more. If I could give a standing ovation to a book, this one would have me jumping up and down and screaming for an encore. Oh, wait! There IS an encore coming!!

I only said yes to reading this because it was from Raine. If anybody else had asked me if I wanted to read about Alien Romance, I would have said, “No, thank you.” I am SO glad I did not pass this up. Ty is the perfect bodyguard/boyfriend. He is literally in pain to love his girl and endures it willingly for her. The villain is deliciously evil (I kept picturing Jafar from Disney’s Aladdin.)

I will not miss the next book in the series and have got to read more from Ms. Thomas.  She is an author who never disappoints in providing a great story with characters you will love or love to hate.

Recommended for:  18+ due to sexual content

Grammar/editing: A – near perfect

The Ascendant series:

  1. Return of the Ascendant
  2. Rout of the Dem-Shyr (not yet released)

Other Books from this Author:

  • Meant for Her
  • Daughters of Saraqael Series:
    1. Becoming
    2. Central
    3. Foretold
  • Firstborn Series:
    1. Defy
    2. Shift
    3. Elder

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COVER REVEAL – HOLD ME CLOSER by Hilary Storm

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Synopsis
Holden
Walker has put his personal life on hold to help Rebel Walking with security on
tour. His ‘all work and no play’ attitude has him in trouble with some of the
new female family members in his life.

Lainey Douglas couldn’t pick a good man if her life depended on it. She’s been
burnt one too many times and isn’t thrilled at all when she’s tricked into a
date. Her attempt to run him off almost works—until he has to save her from
danger.

What happens when Holden meets the most frustrating woman in his life? Will
Lainey stop pushing him away long enough to see that he’s not like all the
other guys? Can she open her heart after everything she’s been through?

 
About the Author
Hilary
Storm lives with her high school sweetheart and three children in Enid,
Oklahoma. She drives her husband crazy talking about book characters everyday
like they are real people. She graduated from Southwestern Oklahoma State
University with an MBA in Accounting and has a full time job as an accountant.
Her passions include being a mom, writing, reading, photography, music, mocha
coffee, and spending time with friends and family. She is the author of the
International Best Selling ‘Rebel Walking’ series. Book one: ‘In a Heartbeat’
was released June 2013, Book two: ‘Heaven Sent’ was released in September 2013.
Book 2.5: ‘Banded Together’ released Jan 2014. Book 3: ‘No Strings Attached’
released March 2014. Book 4: ‘Hold Me Closer’ is due out beginning of May.
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BLOG TOUR – GIVE ME LOVE by Zoey Derrick

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Title:  GIVE ME LOVE
Series: Reason, #4
Author:  Zoey Derrick
Publish Date:   02.19.14
Publisher:  Zoey Derrick Publishing
Category /Genre:  Paranormal Romance, Fantasy
Received from:  Zoey Derrick (in exchange for an honest review)
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Goodreads link: GIVE ME LOVE

Date completed: 04.08.14

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Description from the publisher:

***This is Book #4 in The Reason Series and should not be read without first reading Give Me Reason, Give Me Hope, and Give Me Desire as they are all continuations of each other.***

Mikah and Vivienne have crossed that line and their relationship now borders on breaking through the walls that have been put in place. Their relationship has only just begun, but the forces around them are determined to keep them apart.

MIKAH BLAKE has been fighting with himself, discovering who and what he is has been harder than any challenge he’s ever faced in the past. But there is one thing he knows for certain – he will stop at nothing to protect the woman he loves.

VIVIENNE CALLAHAN’s past has left her with scars for her future. Scars that only one man has managed to wipe away. But will those scars stay away forever? Or will Vivienne be forced to face her past once again in order to move on to their future?

Reason Returned…
Hope Blossomed…
Desire Exploded…
Will their love take flight?

***Content Warning***
This story is rated MA for Mature Angels Only – Due to violence and sexual situations this book is not recommended for anyone under the age of 18.

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EXCERPT

“Breathe, you’ll do fine,” Celeste whispers to Vivienne. “Remember what I taught you.”

Vivienne had been surprised when Celeste showed up in Elysium about a week ago. She’d come to show Vivienne some basic self-defense moves. Moves that came really easily to her, and it left her bereft and wishing she’d learned them sooner.

“It’s strongest right here,” Vivienne whispers as they pass the point where she believes Riley is hiding.

Her eyes flicker in the direction of a deep shadow between several boats that are land-docked about fifty feet away.

As they pass the last boat, Vivienne can feel the men shift positions: Mikah and Red move in front of her, Andrew and Connor behind.

In a flash, arms wrap tightly around her, a knife at her throat. “I knew I’d get my hands on you again.

Did you miss me?”

“Not really,” Vivienne answers.

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MY REVIEW

5 CROWN

This is book four, the final book, in the Reason Series. These books definitely need to be read in order.

If you haven’t read the other three books, I recommend you stop now. Go get them. Start reading…… why are you still here?

If you have read the other three books in this series, then you already know that you need to read this one. You know you want to know the baby’s name. What happened to Riley? Will Vivienne and Mikah live happily ever after? Could the devil win???

I am so glad that Ms. Derrick didn’t try to rush this story by squishing it into one novel. The characters and the story are so richly developed. I hope to read more from Ms. Derrick in the future.

Recommended for:  16+ due to adult situations

Grammar/editing: A – near perfect

 Other books in the Reason series:

  1. Give Me Reason
  2. Give Me Hope
  3. Give Me Desire
  4. Give Me Love

Other Books from this Author:

  • The Struggle
  • Love’s Wings Series:
    • Finding Love’s Wings
    • (not yet titled)

 

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BLOG TOUR – THROTTLE ME by Chelle Bliss

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Title:  THROTTLE ME
Series: Men of Inked #1
Author:  Chelle Bliss
Publish Date:   03.31.14
Publisher:  Chelle Bliss
Category /Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Received from:  Chelle Bliss (in exchange for an honest review)
Tour by: Panty Dropping Book Blog
Date completed: 04.07.14
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Goodreads link: THROTTLE ME

Description from the publisher:

Suzy’s a control freak and has her life mapped out – work hard, find a man with a stable job, and live happily ever after. She’s content with the status quo, but her plan comes to a screeching halt when he enters her life and turns it upside down.
City gave up on love when his heart was crushed in college, preferring to be the typical bachelor. He spends his nights hopping from one bed to another and his days working at his family tattoo shop, Inked. A chance encounter on a dark road makes him question what he had sworn off forever – a relationship.
A night of passion and lust causes them to question everything. Is City the knight in shining armor to the damsel in distress? Can their relationship survive when a fantasy falls apart and a secret comes out that changes everything?
This is the first book in the Men of Inked Series.

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EXCERPT

“Joey.” My sister stood with her face invading my personal space.

“What, Iz?” I looked up at her and noticed her squinty eyes as she studied me.

“What are you grinning about?”

“Nothing.”

“Oh, bullshit.” She pointed her finger at me and tapped me on the forehead.

“You’ve met someone. Spill it, brother.”

“There’s nothing to tell. You think you’re a mind reader, but you aren’t, sis.”

“I’ve known you my entire life. You walk around here all moody and serious, but today I’d say you’re almost glowing ya big pansy ass.”

“Fuck off, love.”

“Oooo, jackpot. Who is she?” A giant smile crept across her face as he leaned forward and stared in my eyes. She wasn’t going to let it go. Everyone stopped what they were doing to listen to what I had to say and Isabella’s impending inquisition.

“Fine, Iz. I met her last night and I’m taking her out tonight. Happy?”

Iz twirled around and giggled like a school girl. “Extremely, big brother.” She kissed me on the cheek. I leaned back in my chair and watched as my sister celebrated like I was about to walk down the aisle.

“Don’t get ahead of yourself, Iz. It’s just a date.”

“Oh, now come on. I can tell by the look on your face that she’s a little bit more than just a simple date. I want the deets.”

Grunting, I crossed my arms over my chest. “She was stranded and I stopped to help her. I brought her home and I’m taking her out tonight, simple as that.”

“Hmmm.” She came closer not believing a word that I spoke.

“Izzy, leave it at that.”

“Who is she?”

“She’s a school teacher, but I don’t know much about her.”

“You’ve had sex with this girl. I can tell.” Izzy poked me in the chest. “You can’t hide anything from me.”

“Well, shit, Iz. That’s none of your business, really.” The door chimed as my client walked through the door. I was thankful that I had a reason to end the conversation and save the grilling for another day. But I wouldn’t get too comfortable. I knew my sister’s interrogation would happen sooner rather than later.

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MY REVIEW

5 CROWN

This is the first book in the Men of Inked series. It stands alone, but Sophia and Kayden from the Love at Last series are strong, supporting characters in this story. Reading this book made me want to read that series as well.

It is very easy for me to relate to Suzy. She is not the most confident woman when it comes to men. She has a plan for everything and in the beginning, Suzy didn’t know if she wanted to become involved with City. He wasn’t the type of guy she had planned for her life. Did she want to spend time on a dead end road? Did she want to risk the heartache that was sure to come when it ended? On the other hand, City is just the kind of sexy, alpha male she fantasizes about. She just didn’t plan for tattoos and piercings. Though theirs is not a D/s relationship (little communication regarding scenes, no safe words, no obvious protocols), the indicators for the dynamic are all there.

I am looking forward to reading more of this series. Chelle, please don’t have us hanging too long!

Recommended for:  18+ due to explicit sexual content

Grammar/editing: ungraded – book received as an unedited ARC / errors excused

 The Men of Inked series:

  1. Throttle Me
  2. Hook Me (not yet released)

Other Books from this Author:

  • Love at Last Series:
    1. Kayden: The Past (#0.5)
    2. Untangle Me (#1)

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BOOK REVIEW – PREACHER MAN by Laurie Larsen

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Title:  PREACHER MAN
Author:  Laurie Larsen
Publish Date:   10.03.08
Publisher:  White Rose Books
Category /Genre:  Inspirational Romance
Received from:  Laurie Larsen (in exchange for an honest review)
Tour by: Reading Addiction Book Tours
Date completed: 04.06.14
Goodreads link: PREACHER MAN

Description from the publisher:

Regan Samuels is newly single and doing her best to raise her teenaged son in the city. She gives the adult dating world a go, but finds she’d rather trade in her stiletto heels for fuzzy slippers. Will she ever find love again, and if so, after the disaster of her first marriage, would she know what to do with true love if it ever found her?

Josh Gregory is a pastor who longs for the loving family that his parents never provided. Because he grew up in a broken home, he’s always been ultra-careful about the women he dates. Besides, in his profession, a carefree dating relationship is a bit of an oxymoron. When he wins a date with Regan at a Charity Auction, he never expects to fall in love with her. After all, she’s not really preacher’s wife material.

But God has a different idea.

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MY REVIEW

5 CROWN

This is a stand-alone, contemporary, Christian romance novel.

Be still and listen. That still, small voice isn’t just your subconscious. Often it is God telling you what you need to know.

I thoroughly enjoyed this story of single-mom meets hot, handsome, preacher man. I loved that Josh was ready to find “the one,” and counted on God to lead the way. Regan was so unsure of herself, it was easy to relate to her.

At the end of the story, there are questions to be used for your book club. Some of the questions are especially good for church-based book clubs to contemplate.

I was compelled to find Ms. Larsen on Facebook and “like” her author page. I would definitely like to read more of her life and love stories..

Recommended for:  14+

Grammar/editing: B – a few small errors

Other Books from this Author:

  • Momentary Lapse
  • The Chronicles of Casey V
  • Whispers of the Heart
  • Break a Leg
  • Preacher Man
  • Inner Diva
  • Keeper by Surprise
  • Hidden Agenda
  • Coming soon: Pawleys Island Paradise Series
    1. Roadtrip to Redemption

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BOOK REVIEW – SEE JANE FALL by Katy Regnery

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Title:  SEE JANE FALL
Series: Heart of Montana #3
Author:  Katy Regnery
Publish Date:   03.25.14
Publisher:  Boroughs Publishing Group
Category /Genre: Contemporary Romance
Received from:  Katy Regnery (in exchange for an honest review)
Tour by: Book Plug Promotions
Date completed: 04.05.14

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Goodreads link: SEE JANE FALL

Description from the publisher:

DIZZYING HEIGHTS

When his company is contracted by a magazine to help with a fashion photo shoot, easy-going Yellowstone tour guide Lars Lindstrom rolls his eyes. This means he’ll have to “babysit” supermodel Samara Amaya’s assistant. Little does he know that Jane Mays, Samara’s down-to-earth, smart-mouthed assistant and cousin, with her smoky voice and surprisingly soft heart, is someone of whom he can’t get enough—or that spoiled Samara has her sights set on a weekend fling with him and will do just about anything to get her way.

 

When a plain Jane faces off with a supermodel to win a cowboy’s heart, just about anyone can end up taking a fall. This time it’ll be for good.

 

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MY REVIEW

5 CROWN

 

This is the third book in this series. It does stand alone.

I loved this story of the meeker, quieter, less spectacular cousin winning the hunk. This story is a lovely reminder that beauty (and desire) are in the eye of the beholder. The dialogue is witty and comfortable. There is plenty of reference to great music from the 60s, which happens to be within my list of favorite music and reinforced my theory that our lives should have a soundtrack to warn us when the shark is about to bite or we have me our own prince(ss) charming. As a plus, BDSM is reference towards the end in a very positive manner that had me giggling.

I would love to read more of this series and hopefully more from this talented author.

Recommended for:  18+ due to sexual content

Grammar/editing: A – near perfect

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The Heart of Montana series:

  1. By Proxy
  2. The Christmas Wish (#1.5)
  3. Midsummer Sweetheart
  4. See Jane Fall
  5. Meeting Miss Mystic (Summer 2014)
  6. What Were You Expecting? (to be announced)

Other Books from this Author:

  • The Gift of a Wish
  • Enchanted Places Series:
    1. Playing for Love at Deep Haven

 

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