Friday, April 29, 2011

In The Hay by Keri Ford (Giveaway too!)

This book is for reader 18 and older

In The Hay (Uninhibited in Apple Trail, Arkansas)
Publication Date: April 17th, 2011
Genre: Erotic Romance
Series: Uninhibited in Apple Trail, Book #3
Other reviews by author: Through The Walls,  On The Fence
Reviewed For: Author and Turquoise Morning Press
Giveaway Form HERE.
Interview with Keri HERE.
My Rating:

Book Blurb: It's been a White Picket Fence life for Nicolette. Charming, but tedious. She graduated high school, raring to go. Nothing is ever as easy as it seems though. The fear of being stuck in a rut, living a dull day-to-day life keeps Nicolette from settling on a career, despite her six years of college. When the chance arrives for her to house sit, she takes opportunity by the horns for a little playtime. She would experience life and find something that would make her happy.
Drew knows exactly what he wants. To run the family construction business. Too bad his dad doesn't think he's ready. They make a deal. Drew will help his cousin put up a new fence and after he's learned hard work, the construction business is his. Drew's not sure learning how to string fence line together will see him suitable for a career of paper pushing, but he'll do it.
When Drew meets the wanna-be-free-spirited Nicolette, his determined thoughts of what he's always worked for begins to sway. Nicolette's finding the fun in life. But their relationship is temporary. A week tops.

My Thoughts: I follow Keri Ford on twitter and I enjoyed reading her tweets about this book as she wrote it. I had a small idea what the book was about and I could not wait to get my hands on it. I loved it and it was easily read on one sitting. One reason I love Keri's work so much is that you get a short novella to read but it reads like a 400 page book. She writes so well and you get so involved in each her story. This book was no exception. Nicolette is the main character and she is very innocent. Think of a girl who has only lived her life by being told what to do by every person and has never experienced anything on her own. Her parents sheltered her, her boyfriends told her what to do, and friends. She finally leaves for a week to pet sit and she has to think for herself. She wants to have fun this week. Drew is the perfect man for this. He is also only in town one week. The two think they are getting involved in a one week fling, but of coarse they find themselves in love. I  was drawn to Nicolette as a character. I wanted to take her under my wing and show her the ways. Drew felt the same way and I think he just let her experience life and let her make decisions. This is a wonderful romance story and the intimate scenes don't leave us with anything to wonder and leave us craving pineapple!

I recommend this book to any romance reader. As always, this is erotica, but Keri write classy erotica. She is the perfect author for anyone who has every wondered just what erotica is.


Thursday, April 28, 2011

An Announcement!

Sometimes I get way overwhelmed with reviewing books. I hate to say no to an author when they ask, or pass up books that come my way. They all always sound so good and the next thing I know, my calendar gets very full. So, my wonderful best friend has agreed to help me. So, while this is Beck's Book Picks, you will see some reviews from my friend Crystal. You will see that instead of it saying "My Thoughts", it will say "Crystal's Thoughts". Please leave a little note welcoming her. She too is a avid reader and I am so thankful that she wants to help take a load off my shoulders. To see a review that she helped me with in the past, click HERE.

   (I might need to make another name for her posts!)

Roxanne St. Claire Giveaway Winners!

Thank you to everyone who entered my giveaway for Shiver of Fear and Face of Danger by Roxanne St. Claire. Both are excellent reads so keep your eyes out when book shopping for these two.

So, now I get to choose two lucky winners who will receive a copy of each book.

The winners are:

E Kelly

Congratulations. I will be sending out an email promptly for your information. Should I  not hear back within 48 hours, I will choose another winner.

Thank you again to everyone who entered!


Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Cowboy Fever by Joanne Kennedy

Cowboy Fever
Publication Date: April 1st 2011
Genre: Western Romance/ Contemporary Romance
Reviewed For: Sourcebooks
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Book Blurb: Miss Rodeo Wyoming Jodie Bryce is back from the big city to find that her childhood friend Teague Treadwell's rugged cowboy charm never looked better. But Teague thinks Jodie's success lifted her out of his reach, and now he's got to shed his bad boy image to be worthy of the girl next door.

My Thoughts: Once you start it, you can't put it down. Joanne Kennedy writes a very fun and catchy story that as a reader you easily get swept into. She plants seeds in your head in the beginning of the book and you could not wait to see how it plays out. Yes, she makes you wait until the last chapter to see how that seed she plants plays out. There were so interesting characters in this book. This is just an all around great book. The romance is very clean in this book, she is a shut the door kind of author.

Onto the two main characters in this book, Jodi and Teague. I always enjoy a story where it is two old flames from years ago who can not get past one another and end up in one another's life again. Teague is an all out cowboy and is still very interested in Jodi from the moment she comes back in town. Jodi is unsure, but finds that she is not able to fight what her heart truly wants. Of coarse, there is Courtney who likes to get in between them, since she wants Teague to be her boyfriend.

I think almost anyone who likes romance is going to like this book. As much as I read, it really takes a lot for a novel now to completely sweep me away and this one did so I strongly recommend this book. If anyone has been curious about the western romance genre, I think this book is excellent to get yourself started.


Monday, April 25, 2011

Let's Talk: How Long Have You Been Book Blogging?

I am only a few days away from my 1 year blog anniversary. Wow, I can't believe I have been doing this almost a year already. Its just amazing. I look back at my first reviews and they were horrible. I like to think I am grown since then. The book community is amazing and I love being a part of it. I am coming out of a book slump. I have thought about why I was in this slump and what I need to get back to enjoying this hobby.

So, I am curious, how long have you been blogging?

I have seen a lot of book bloggers say good bye lately. I was almost there. The slump really hits and it isn't easy to come out of. I will never quit reading, I love it. I think reviews get overwhelming. I have decided to take on reviews like a job and limit the amount a month. I did have a limit of 5 but have decided to lower it to 3. I have been reading less and reviews are just taking up my reading time.

So, why do you think some bloggers call it quits? Will you ever?

What do you do to keep this fun?


Kissed From Beyond - Erotic Paranormal Anthology

Kissed From Beyond: a Paranormal Erotica Anthology
Publication Date: March 16th, 2011
Authors: Keta Diablo, Amber Scott, Elise Hepner, Stacey Kennedy
Genre: Erotica, Paranormal, Anthology
Reviewed For: BLB E-Book Tours
My Rating:

Book Blurbs: CRADLE OF DREAMS by Keta Diablo 
With visions of battle still fresh in his mind, Roane Bradfield returns home to find the woman he loves betrothed to another. He corners Kendrick Moreland at Dowager Huggins’ Grand Ball and whisks her into the secluded library. One way or the other, he will know the reason the duplicitous beauty cut him from her life when she promised to wait forever. 
Kendrick can’t believe her eyes when Roane suddenly appears at the ball. Has he truly risen from the dead? Amid wagging tongues and hushed murmurs, the fantasy of her every dream whisks her from the ballroom. And the expression on his face is anything but loving. Revenge, danger and powerful love collide in the Cradle of Dreams. 

A LOVE SOUL DEEP by Amber Scott
If only Sara had known no man would ever make her feel like Crew did, she would have let him love her. A regret that can never be undone. His death haunts her dreams, and her wishful thinking only reminds her of everything she has lost.
Years later, a visit to an antique store in sultry Savannah changes everything and makes her deepest wish come true. Her beloved returns to her. Her every fantasy gets the chance to be fulfilled. But she wants more than one night. She wants a lifetime and wonders what magic will let her keep A Love Soul Deep. 

ONE RUB MORE by Elise Hepner
Flynn has been cursed for over a century for a social slight he never committed. A voodoo priestess hexed him and forced him into a teapot where he could be summoned by the rub of a woman’s palm. Once free, he grants these women three sexual favors—and cuts off his own emotions in the process. Unable to break free from an invisible cage of lust and sex to fall in love again he’s resigned to being a sex object and nothing more.
Helena has been house sitting far, far away from her complicated past in England— including her former childhood sweetheart, who wasn’t satisfied when Helena didn’t want to be barefoot and pregnant. She’s resigned to leave behind the complications of men and sex. She hopes logic will win out over her unreliable emotions—but she’s put to the test when she accidentally summons Flynn from his teapot prison.

‘TILL WE MEET AGAIN by Stacey Kennedy
Ethan Thomas has spent years alone―forever trapped between worlds. Once a soldier in the Civil War, he’s now a ghost bound to a chaise lounge that once belonged to him. He’s spent centuries lingering in Savannah, Georgia, waiting to be saved…
Cassandra Cole is an interior designer hired to restore an old Victorian home. As she begins to furnish the house, strange happenings erupt around her. She suspects the house is haunted. Determined to find out, Cassie sets out to discover who the ghost is, why she feels a connection to him, and what she has to do to free him. The answers will surprise her in ways she never imagined. 

My Thoughts: One reason I love anthologies is because you get more then one book in one book. I love that I can sit for an hour and usually finish one of the stories, put the book down and feel accomplished. I also love anthologies because you can read them between books. With that being said, I really enjoyed this book. This is actually an anthology that I sat down and read all four stories in a row.  I got sucked into this book for its genre. Yes, most of my followers know I don't read a lot of paranormal anymore. I love contemporary romance. However, this book is paranormal, but it isn't vampires, werewolves, lephracuans, or anything like that. I deals with the past. Ghosts even if you want to call it that, or spirits, even a genie! There is one thing that ties all these books together and it is when they shop in an antique shop. Something they buy has secret powers to go deep into their souls to their desires. The stories are light hearted and short. Yet, even though they are short, you leave the stories feeling like you just read a whole novel. All four authors did a wonderful job. This book is erotica, so this is strongly recommended for readers who are over 18 as there is strong sexual content in this book.

I recommend this book to those who like their romance hot and heavy. I think this is very enjoyable for almost anyone to read.

Please check back Friday as I have a giveaway from the authors!


Sunday, April 24, 2011

Buried In Briny Bay by Bobbye Terry

Buried in Briny Bay (A Briny Bay Mystery)
Publication Date: March 6, 2011
Genre: Suspense/ Mystery
Series: Briny Bay Mystery
Reviewed For: Turquoise Morning Press
My Rating:

Book Blurb: Roxie Turner finds herself up to her neck in trouble when her lifelong nemesis, Georgia Collins, is discovered buried in the town’s landfill. To make matters worse, with her characteristic Southern sass, Roxie has been saying she’d kill Georgia for more than twenty years. In fact, she listed the ways to do the woman in, constantly reminding prominent citizens of her intent. It was all a joke, or so she thought. But the joke turns on her as, suddenly, other dead bodies begin to pile up, all murdered with a technique from Roxie’s list. 

Enlisting the assistance of handsome hunk, Greg Norris, Roxie’s sister, Trixie Frye, comes to her aid, bent on uncovering the killer and the truth. Can they find out both before Roxie goes to the big house?

My Thoughts: This book is a fast read as its a short novella. However sitting down and reading this, you should be prepared to be entertained. The two main female characters in this book are a hoot and just can't keep themselves out of trouble. Every decision they make ends up being the wrong one and leaves them looking guilty of not one but four murders. There is a slight romance in this book, but I could not classify this book as a romantic suspense. This book will  leave you wondering who is setting up Roxie and who just might be murdered next.

I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a comical read and a little mystery. This book is perfect for a rainy afternoon or even an evening with nothing going on.


Friday, April 22, 2011

Redemption by Laurel Dewey

Publication Date: March 1, 2011
Genre: Thriller, Mystery, Crime
Series: Jane Dewey Book #2
Reviewed For: Pump Up Your Books
My Rating:

Book Blurb: After a series of life-changing events, detective Jane Perry has resigned from the Denver Police Department. Trying to make a living as a private investigator, she finds her past haunting her at every turn and old demons rising up to torment her. 
Then Jane meets Kit Clark, a woman who wants Jane to drive with her from Colorado to Northern California in search of a man who matches the description of the killer who murdered her granddaughter many years before. Kit’s convinced that the man has started to kill again and she wants to stop him. Jane thinks the woman is crazy—especially when she discovers that she’s a New Age devotee—but Jane is desperate for work. They head on the road, gathering critical information about the killer, and themselves, along the way. Jane has recently experienced several events in her life that seem to border on the paranormal, though she is a complete skeptic in that regard. Now, those experiences come with greater frequency. And when the trail of the killer leads to a fundamentalist church, the consequences of belief and faith propel her toward a deadly confrontation.

My Thoughts: As I sat down with this story, I was ready to be taken on a journey of thinking and figuring out clues. I did have to stop and think some with this book and the way my mind played things out, I had expected some big twists and turns in this story. People I felt would surely be involved in the mystery of the missing girl Charlotte, ended up being just as innocent as the book portrayed them. Jane found herself hunting many trails of people in her search for who Lou Peters who has recently been released from prison. Many times during the story I had hoped maybe he was innocent, even though it didn't look that way.

I enjoyed this book. While reading the book, I felt myself captivated by the characters and learning who they were. You never get too in dept though with any character. You know them mainly at their surface. I think at times, you got a little below the surface with some characters, but never by much. As far as the suspense in this book, its there for sure. I just found myself waiting on the twist in the book that would leave me talking to the book saying "Oh My Gosh!". Unfortunately, that just didn't comes. This book was fairly easy to figure out and know what was coming. However, it was still a very enjoyable read and I think anyone who likes this genre will be pleased. If you are a die hard romance reader, well, there is no romance in this book, so this book would not be classified as a romantic suspense.


Thursday, April 21, 2011

Keri Ford: Interview and Giveaway!

I am so excited today to have Keri Ford on the blog. I love her and I am itching to get my hands on her newest novel that is due out on the 23rd of this month (April), In The Hay. This is the third book in her Apple Trail series. I have been following her on Twitter and this one sounds like it is going to be another hit! Best of all, Keri is going to give you an opportunity to win a copy of her new book in E-book format. So, this book is available to anyone who likes e-books and has an e-mail address.

So, let's get on with this interview with this very talented writer.

Welcome Keri, I am so glad to have you on the blog today.

Thanks for having me!

Tell us a little about yourself?

I’m just a southern, country girl at heart, having a few adventures and fun through my writing. I married my high school sweetheart and we have a four year old boy who keeps me super busy.

When you got word Through The Wall was going to publish, what was that feeling like?

Through the Wall (Uninhibited in Apple Trail, Arkansas)Oh, man. Just this overwhelming sense of accomplishment and excitement. I had written for five years before I sold Through The Wall, so it was just thrilling to have finally done that. I could say, “I’m here now. I’ve done it. I’m not going anywhere”

Tell us a little about the first two books in the Apple Trails series in your words?

Through The Wall is like phone sex…only through apartment walls. Since they’re so close physically, the action through the wall doesn’t last long before one of them starts knocking. It’s a short friends-to-lovers story that I had such a blast writing. It’s a little snack giving the reader what the tone of the Uninhibited series is like.

On The Fence (Uninhibited in Apple Trail, Arkansas)On The Fence has former best friends who’ve been separated for a few years finding each other again. As they rediscover their relationship, they see a whole lot has changed about the other! In fact, they pretty much reverse roles. In high school where he was fun and outgoing and she was more reserved, she’s now the one pushing him. It was a lot of fun to let them wear each other’s “shoes”.

Your newest book is In The Hay, tell us a little about this one.

Ohhh….In The Hay turned out to be my favorite so far. Drew and Nicolette are so playful and just had fun with one another. They were both such a joy to write and bring to life. I hope the reader sees the fun these two have together and remember a bit of that old first time falling in love feeling. Here’s a blurb:

….two strangers visiting Apple Trail. When they get together will they put in roots in this small town or go back to their lives?

In The Hay (Uninhibited in Apple Trail, Arkansas)It’s been a White Picket Fence life for Nicolette. Charming, but tedious. She graduated high school, raring to go. Nothing is ever as easy as it seems though. The fear of being stuck in a rut, living a dull day-to-day life keeps Nicolette from settling on a career, despite her six years of college. When the chance arrives for her to housesit, she takes opportunity by the horns for a little playtime. She would experience life and find something that would make her happy.
Drew knows exactly what he wants. To run the family construction business. Too bad his dad doesn’t think he’s ready. They make a deal. Drew will help his cousin put up a new fence and after he’s learned hard work, the construction business is his. Drew’s not sure learning how to string fence line together will see him suitable for a career of paper pushing, but he’ll do it.
When Drew meets the wanna-be-free-spirited Nicolette, his determined thoughts of what he’s always worked for begins to sway. Nicolette’s finding the fun in life. But their relationship is temporary. A week tops.

What do we have to look forward to in terms of new books from you?

More Apple Trail! Making Her Nights, Satisfying Her Tastes, and Chasing Her Trail are all up next. They’ll continue to release every other month just like WALL, FENCE and HAY. While the first three in the series touch more on the tone of the series, these three dig a little deeper on the town. But don’t worry! That same sexy, sensual story will still be there. I’m really excited about them as we get into a bit of that fun small-town politics and discover more of the city of Apple Trail itself. Since they’re novellas and I’m bound by a short word count, I don’t have a lot of opportunities to world build and such in each individual story, but instead do it over the whole series.

Being an author of today, what is it like having the chance to have your books published in digital format? Do you think this makes it easier for readers to get a hold of books they love, especially yours?

I’ve really enjoyed being epublished. There are certainly benefits to both formats and for now, with this series, epublishing has been exceptional. I think it’s easier for readers to find me who are already aware of ebooks. I live in a small town, so I typically have to explain what an ebook is, how you can read them—that they can be read on your computer screen or even on your phone! So for those readers, more difficult to find me, but ebooks are growing by leaps and bounds and it won’t be long before eReading will be as common as print.

Do you have any writing quirks?

I tend to sing or hum a song while I type and edit….you can imagine how much my husband loves this! I think I do it because I have a fairly short attention span---oh, look at that shiny thing over there!--*ahem* so singing kind of occupies me and keeps me busy so I can keep writing.

What gets you into the mood to write?

Other than I want to get paid? Nothing really in particular. Some days I really need a cup of coffee, other days I just want gum. Sometimes nothing will satisfy me unless I have a bowl of popcorn and a fizzy drink. Then there are times when there is nothing. I just want silence and nothing else.

Favorite book, if you can choose one?

You know, I should probably choose some fancy classic, but I can’t. I’m going with the first romance book I ever read: Christina Skye’s Code Name: Princess. It introduced me to romance, got me hooked on the genre and that book is why I’m here today!

What are you currently reading?

Reading? You mean like for pleasure and not edits?? What’s that again? It’s been a while since I’ve had a chance to read. I have a few things in my TBR pile and they’re all neatly organized on my Kindle. Probably the next sleepless night I have, I’ll start something.

How about an “interesting” fact about yourself that everyone might not know.

While I come across as a fairly large social butterfly, my favorite days are the ones where I’m home just silently watching a movie with my family in my pajama’s. There’s no internet or phone calls or anything. It’s just quiet, comfortable downtime. Those days don’t come very often, but I LOVE them.

Lastly, is there anything else you would like to share about your books?

In the Apple Trail series, each story stands alone. I’ve had several readers pick one up mid-series and not realize it was part of a series until they got to my author’s note at the end! So don’t be afraid to pick any of them up and give them a try. I do drop a few hints and hearsay about previous stories for followers of the series, but if you haven’t read the previous characters, you wouldn’t realize it. But to get the full impact of the series itself and the town, it’s best to read them all.

And now, for your chance to win a copy of her newest book. It sounds just wonderful, doesn't it? Just fill out the form below and check back here May 2nd to find out if your the winner.


Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Author Interview: Reena Jacobs

Today I have Reena Jacobs on the blog. I have previously reviewed her book Brandon's Story. She is now on tour promoting her newest book, Shadow Cat. Reena is a an author of fantasy and erotic fiction.

Shadow CatControl Freak: Brandon's Story

Welcome To Beck’s Book Picks Reena Jacobs. I am so happy you are here today.
Thank you, Beck. I’m been looking forward to stopping by.
Tell us a little about yourself?
The question everyone asks. The one I struggle to answer without describing myself as someone’s daughter, sister, mom, wife. So let’s see.
I never get bored when I’m by myself. I realized that little fact when I was in high school, trying to fit in with the crowd. It was the first time I remember being bored… stuck in a group, forcing myself to do the things everyone else wanted to do. Just leave me to my imagination, and I’m good to go.
I don’t have a favorite color. When I was younger, I loved blue then something about red drew my attention. Later I added purple to the list and black. The only colors I really don’t like are orange and yellow. Pink is okay, but it’s really one of those meh colors for me.
I have read Brandon’s Story, your short story erotica. Tell me about writing this and what it felt like when you got word your book was being published.
Brandon’s Story was my try out the indie world piece. I’d just been sitting on it, thinking I’d submit it to a few magazines. After a little encouraging from my writer buddies, I decided to send it out into the world via Smashwords.
Since agents and publishers typically won’t represent a single short story from a debut author, the risks were minimal. I was still chicken at that stage and just wanted to get my feet wet.
As for writing it, the initial draft was pretty easy. Brandon’s Story is only 3k long, so it was complete in my head… no need to plot. I sent it to critters, and the men said it was obvious it was written by a woman. Ouch! Not good since it’s all from Brandon’s point of view (POV).
Research time! I delved into amateur porn written by men, but my husband was the biggest help. We did some “hands on” research with him describing the sensations as they happened. I tackled Brandon again, and according to the guys that time around, nailed it.
These days, I get a refresher course from my husband before I send any erotic scenes with the male POV to critters.
Is the erotica genre hard for you to write?
Yes and no. I’m not overly fond of erotic works. I’m the type of gal who’ll skip all but the first sex scene in a book just to get to the story line. Hopping into erotica had more to do with the plot of my first two works than anything.
Brandon’s Story was about a man’s issues with his wife and sex. The nature of Eric and Berani’s relationship inShadow Cat was lustful. Those two stories compelled me to write sex, sex, sex. Now that I have those out of my system, I do find it a bit more difficult to write erotic scenes. Chances are my future works will be a little less erotic.

Shadow Cat is your newest book; please tell us about this book and how you came up with this story.
Shadow Cat came with a simple desire to be productive. I’d recently decided I didn’t want to be a psychologist, so dropped out of my doctoral program. I was jobless and thought, I can write a book. It was one of my whimsical moments.
So why shape-shifting tigers? 1) Paranormal Romance is my favorite genre. 2) Shape-shifters are my favorite paranormal creatures. 3) Wild cats are my favorite animals. 4) Tigers are full of awesomeness.
I wanted a story which was different from the typical urban/Westerner fare. Go to the source, the voices told me. My research led me to the Malaysian jungles and tales of the Striped Ones.
With E-books being the new craze, have you seen a difference in sales between e-book and paperback?
Haha Definitely. All my sales so far have been in eBooks.
What are you currently reading?
I try to read a book a week. Last week was Spiderwork by L.K. Rigel. This week it’s Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment by James Patterson.
If you  had to choose a favorite book, what would it be at this moment?
Amy Tan’s The Joy Luck Club. It’s been my favorite book for almost 20 years. :) I’ve read a lot of great books, butThe Joy Luck Club has sentimental values for me.
Do you have any writing quirks?
Writing quirks? I honestly don’t even know what to say to that one. I wish I had something cool to say like, I’m only productive on a full moon, but on those days I can shell out like 50,000 words. Instead, I’m stuck with something lame like, I can’t write and listen to music at the same time.
What gets you in the mood to write?
Daydreaming. If I can get away with it, I’ll snuggle with a blanket and let my mind wander. Eventually a story or scene will come, begging me to write it. I hop up and get to pounding on the laptop. The key is finding time to dream.
Do you have anything else you want to share about yourself or either of your books?
I’m working to get the next two books of the Striped Ones series out this year. I’m not going to make any promises, though I want to. :) I will say the first drafts of book two and three are written. I’m in the process of pre-editing before I send them off to critters.
I’ve also just finished the first draft of a New Adult story called I Loved You First. It’s my first attempt at a college-aged story, and I’m really excited about it.
Thank you for being here today. I loved Brandon’s Story and I can’t wait for the next one in this series. My review can be found HERE.
Thanks for having me. :)


Saturday, April 16, 2011

Face of Danger by Roxanne St. Claire

Face of Danger (Guardian Angelinos)
Publication Date: May 1, 2011
Series: Book 3 of The Guardian Angelinos
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Reviewed For: Forever Romance
Other reviews by this author: Edge of Sight and Shiver of Fear
My Rating;

Book Blurb: Private investigator Vivi Angelino has never met a risk she wouldn't take-and her latest client, a starlet with a madman on her heels, gives Vivi the perfect opportunity to walk on the wild side. That is, as long as she can make sure a certain overprotective, overly gorgeous FBI agent stays out of her way-and out of her fantasies.
Special Agent in Charge Colt Lang is not about to stand back and watch Vivi dangle herself as bait for a serial killer. Yet trying to rein her in means throwing his well-worn rulebook-and his iron self-control-to the wind . . . and taking the chance that his heart will become collateral damage in an already perilous case. Because a woman who can't stop searching for the truth is impossible to resist-even when every discovery she makes brings them closer to a calculating murderer with nothing to lose.

My Thoughts: Loved it! The best so far in the series. Vivi is a character we knew from the previous two books and Special Agent Colt Lang has been there throughout the books too. Well, finally they get their story and it is a great story. Since in the previous two books, we have felt the connection between these two even though they have been fighting it. They are two totally opposite people and think the other one can not feel the same way about them. In this book, the two finally get together and wow, can I say sizziling. The first intimate scene will blow you away. These two are perfect for one another and this book the romance flies off the pages. The previous two, the romance was more in the background to the mystery that was going on. In this book, the mystery takes a backseat to their romance.

If you have read the first two in this series, then you will want to get your hands on this book the day it comes out. Better yet, enter my giveaway for you chance to win this book along with Shiver of Fear. The form is HERE.

I recommend this book to anyone who likes romantic suspense.  You can read this book alone without reading the other two and I think you will still enjoy it. However if you have read the two before this one, you will enjoy it even more.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Catching Moondrops by Jennifer Erin Valent

Catching Moondrops
Publication Date: October 1, 2010
Genre: Christen Romance/ General Fiction
Series: Book 3
Reviewed for: Tyndale House Publishers
My Rating:

Book Blurb: Jessilyn Lassiter no longer has to convince people she’s not a child. Having just turned 19 in the summer of 1938, her love for Luke Talley has never been more real. And Luke is finally beginning to care for her in the way she’s always dreamed of. But their budding romance is interrupted when Tal Pritchett—a young, black doctor—comes to Calloway, stealing the heart of Jessilyn’s best friend, Gemma, and stirring up the racial prejudice that has been simmering just beneath the town’s surface. The tension starts to bubble over when Jessie’s elderly neighbor Miss Cleta becomes the first white townsperson to accept Tal’s treatment. And when a young black man is lynched, Calloway is brought to its knees once again as Jessilyn realizes that her anger can make her heart as full of hate as the klan members who have terrorized her town and her family.

My Thoughts: This is a book to get swept away in. Jessilyn is a character that appeals to the reader. When I received this book for review, I didn't realize that it was the third in the series. You will want to look for the first two books before reading this so you have a little more background to this story. You can however pick out the pieces and still enjoy the book if you decide to read this story alone.

This book touches a on a lot of subjects. Some may be harder for some readers to read as there is a lot of racial issues in this book. Putting that aside, this is a story you can fall in love with. The author really plays your emotions and knows what string to pull on your heart. I would recommend reading the first two however  Fireflies in December, and Cottonwood Whispers.

I recommend this book to anyone who loves taking a trip back in history. This book is set in the 1930's and really captures what people were going through at this time. This book does have a romance in it, so if your one of those who loves reading about two people falling in love, this book is also a great choice for you.


Thursday, April 14, 2011

Let's Talk: Liking the authors work but not the author?

We all have authors we love. Once you find an author who really hits your reading spot, you want to read everything by them. Sometimes you go a little author crazy and you follow them everywhere, facebook, twitter and so on. Have you ever after following an author, not liked the author as a person?

I am not going to name any names by choice, but there is an author who I read and loved her work. I have read every book she has written and at one time she was on my list that if she had a new release I would buy it. I am kinda picky about paying a lot for a book when I know if I wait a month or two I can get it a lot cheaper. So, this author was one of those. I had read their bio and felt like this person was a very like able person. I began following this person on facebook a while ago. I was almost shocked in some ways what this author posted and the things she would talk about. I had expected more "mom" stuff since she had young children, but instead there were a lot of pictures of her partying, talking about dieting even though she is dirt thin and so on. I know its not nice to judge, but its almost like she just shares too much. There are even a few pictures where you can tell she is just drunk.

So, I don't really care for her too much as a person, and this kinda effects how I feel about her writing. Normally I could sit with one of her books and just lose an entire day buried in the pages. There is no talk of another release from her since she has a movie coming out to one of her books, but I don't know that I would pre-order her book at this point to make sure I had my hands on it the day it came out. I almost feel that because I don't care for her as a person, what I think of her as an author has moved down.

Is this fair? Have you experienced anything like this?


Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Shiver of Fear by Roxanne St. Claire

Shiver of Fear (The Guardian Angelinos)
Publication Date: April 1, 2011
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Series: Book 2 of The Guardian Angelinos
Reviewed For: Forever Romance
Other Reviews for this author: Edge of Sight
My Rating:

Book Blurb: Burned by a failed marriage, former FBI agent Marc Rossi wants back in the investigation game with no emotional strings attached. Taking an assignment for his enterprising Angelino cousins, he heads to Northern Ireland to pry a key piece of evidence from a missing socialite-any way he can. But when the ice queen turns out to be warm, beautiful, and on a secret mission of her own, the job becomes a passionate reminder of what happens when duty and desire mix. The daughter of an infamous fugitive, Devyn Sterling has survived betrayal only to find that her mother has mysteriously disappeared. When her search uncovers secrets, lies, and threats, Devyn and Marc must trust each other when every instinct says they can't . . . and a terrorist wants to make sure they won't live to try.

My Thoughts: I really enjoyed this one. It was a high paced read, action packed, and a little romance on the side. I read the first book in this series and loved the characters in it. It was nice getting to revisit the same characters again. No new characters were thrown in, so it made it much easier when sitting down to read this one. Each character in this series is unique and catches your attention. This series is one you can read in order or read separately if you choose.

In this one we deal with Marc who has been burned in his past by his ex-wife. He is ready to join the team with his family as a Guradian Angelinos, which is basically an team who investigates. He is sent on a mission to get Devyn out of Belfast and find out why she is there. We learn from the beginning that Devyn is searching for her real mother and feels her mother is wants her to find her.

There is a twist in the end of this book that I did not see coming that dealt with the mother. In some ways when the twist came, I felt like the author wrote it very misleading. The twist was good, but when looking back at what I had read, in someways the twist didn't make sense. Aside from that though, it was very enjoyable.

The romance is there in this book, but in no ways does it overcloud this book. Really, the romance is very minimum in this book. There is slight flirting in this book and maybe two scenes in this book where the couple has intimacy and its very short and clean.

I recommend this book to anyone who like to think and solve a mystery and doesn't mind a little romance thrown in.

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