Review of The Ghosts of Rue Dumaine by Alexandrea Weis

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Rating: A

Book Description:

Ready to get her life back on track after ending a painful marriage, Danica Giles returns to the Creole cottage where she grew up in the New Orleans French Quarter. Danica is anxious to rekindle her friendship with a former resident from her old neighborhood, the seductive Gaston Deslonde. But Gaston isn’t exactly a normal guy. The charming man has been dead for over a hundred and fifty years, and the childish crush Danica once had on her ghostly playmate quickly turns into something much deeper. When a handsome new man enters Danica’s life, Gaston vows to do whatever he can to hold on to her. Danica soon discovers that the most forbidden of all desires cannot be satisfied without paying a grave price. Love can blur the lines between life and death when you are living among The Ghosts of Rue Dumaine.

Wow. There aren’t a lot of words to use for this review, because when a book is as good as this one it speaks for itself.

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Author Bio:

Alexandrea Weis is an advanced practice registered nurse who was born and raised in New Orleans. Her first novel, To My Senses, introduced readers to the world of Nicci Beauvoir and garnered numerous awards and rave reviews. Her popular second Nicci Beauvoir novel, Recovery, won the Gold Medal for best romantic suspense from The Reader’s Favorite Book Awards 2011, and was named best Romantic Suspense novel by the Spring 2011 NABE Pinnacle Book Awards. Her fourth novel, Broken Wings, won best Contemporary Romance by the NABE Pinnacle Book Awards in 2012, was a Silver Medal winner in the ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year Awards for Romance, as well as a finalist in the USA Book Awards for Romance in 2012, and a finalist in the Reader’s Favorite Book Awards for Contemporary Romance for 2012. Diary of a One-Night Stand, was released in August 2012 and was named a Paranormal Romance Guild’s Best Reviewed of 2012. Her last novel, Acadian Waltz was a Readers’ Favorite Book Awards finalist for Best Contemporary Romance and Best Southern Fiction. A permitted wildlife rehabber with the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries, Weis rescues orphaned and injured wildlife. She lives with her husband and pets in New Orleans.

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Excerpt:

Danica leaned against the doorframe and reflected on the various stages of childhood and adolescence she had gone through while occupying this room. The rainbow-painted walls her mother had painstakingly decorated for her had been replaced with posters of boy bands and television heartthrobs until her mother had died. After the funeral, Danica had come home and removed all the posters in a fit of rage, wanting to be surrounded once more by her mother’s rainbows. The last year she had spent in this room, she had felt comforted by those rainbows, as if her mother’s love had been forever sealed beneath the paintbrush strokes on her walls. “I missed this old place,” she whispered. A sudden rush of cold air moving down the hallway caused Danica to turn away from the bedroom door and peer into the darkness behind her. She took a few steps further down the hall until the aroma of cigar smoke mixed with a hint of brandy wafted in the air around her. Danica remembered that smell. It had always filled her bedroom whenever the dark man would appear. “Is it you?” she softly called into the hallway. “It’s me, Danica. I’ve come back. Just like I said I would.” Danica walked briskly past the entrance to the master bath to the final door at the end of the hall. Without hesitation, she pushed the cypress door open and walked inside the master bedroom. The light from the large picture window overlooking the courtyard shone into the room, accentuating the deep burgundy color of the carpet beneath her feet. She stepped into the center of the room and observed the ceiling fan above. Danica waited, straining with every breath to hear the slightest stirring. “Welcome home,” a man’s wispy voice resonated around her. A hopeful smile curled the edges of Danica’s heart-shaped mouth. “Thank you, Gaston. It’s good to be home.” A few minutes later, Danica returned to the living room, where she found Pat scrolling through messages on her cell phone. “Let’s sign the papers,” Danica happily announced. “I want to get moved in as soon as possible.” Pat gave her a wary going-over with her brown eyes. “You positive about this, Danica? I need to make sure you’re aware that other tenants have had problems—” “It’s fine, Pat. I know you said the place is haunted and people have had some bad experiences, but this….” Danica waved to the room around her. “Just feels right.” Pat gave a skeptical shrug. “I have the papers ready back at the office. The rent is eight hundred and fifty a month. Mr. Caruso wanted me to charge you the same rate he charged your father. He insisted I make this as appealing to you as possible. You must have made quite an impression on the old man when you were a kid. He never cuts anyone a deal.” “Please tell Mr. Caruso I appreciate it.” Pat replaced her cell phone in her front jacket pocket. “Let’s turn off all of these lights and head back to the office.” Suddenly, from the shuttered window beside them, three loud knocks reverberated across the room. Pat grabbed at her chest. “Jesus! What in the hell was that?”

Pick it up today. You won’t regret it.

Review of A Million Dirty Secrets by CL Parker

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Rating: B

This book was wonderful, though I’m dying to know the rest. First, before the full review, here is the description.

For fans of Fifty Shades of Grey and Bared to You comes a wickedly erotic new novel of innocence, desire, and unbridled pleasure.

Delaine Talbot has a secret. When a matter of life and death threatens to tear apart her family, Delaine makes the ultimate sacrifice. She auctions herself off at Chicago’s most exclusive erotic club. Now she belongs to Noah Crawford, a wealthy mogul who introduces her to a seductive feast of the senses, awakening desires she only dreamed about.

Noah doesn’t know why Delaine sold her body for a cool two mil. But it’s the perfect business arrangement. The inexperienced beauty will learn to satisfy his every sensual need, yet never touch his heart. Almost immediately their relationship generates heat—in more ways than one. When they fight, they take no prisoners. When they love, they show no mercy. When they’re together, they never want to leave each other’s arms. But soon, their intense, physical bond will take an unexpected turn—evolving into something neither has bargained for: the promise of a lasting love.

Praise for A Million Dirty Secrets

“Erotica is at its best in the opener to Parker’s Million Dollar Duet series. Super-sexy with snappy dialogue, this wonderful Cinderella tale begins the search for Lanie and Noah’s happily-ever-after. . . . The sequel cannot arrive fast enough.”RT Book Reviews (4-1/2 stars)
 
“Smoldering sex scenes and a cliffhanger ending will have erotica fans panting for more.”Publishers Weekly

“This book has some yummy scenes. The chemistry is absolutely there, the back and forth bantering, the punishments, and the tender moments. . . . I am looking forward to the next one for sure as we are left with a bit of a cliffhanger . . . man I hate (love love love) that!”The Reading Cafe
 
“Explosive . . . with sex, lust, love and secrets . . . If I had to sum this story up in three words, they would be thrilling, dangerous and addictive. If you like E L James then you will love this new erotic duet novel from C. L. Parker.”23 Review Street

A Million Dirty Secrets is an erotic romance intended for mature audiences.

Now, first off: I think comparing this book to 50 Shades is cruel, because it is ten times better than 50. While the characters did a few things-sexually-that I didn’t particularly like (that’s personal preference, and not something against the author or the story itself, and has no effect on the rating) I really enjoyed the erotic story line. It’s nice to see an Erotica that doesn’t have anything to do with werewolves or vampires (well, except Delanie’s sexual fantasy with Noah, but you’ll have to read it to know more about that). The main character, Delanie (Lanie) Talbot is sarcastic, funny, and has an attitude. But, at the same time, she’s experiencing so many new things in her life, that she has fear, apprehension, and worry mixed in. She is reminiscent of Charley Davidson in the grave books by Darynda Jones. Speaking of Mrs. Jones, the writing in this book was obviously inspired by Darynda’s writing, but has CL Parker’s own little twist to it. There were times in the book when I thought that Lanie and Charley could have been sisters, separated at birth. Now, as for Noah… Well, I was back and forth on him for a while, but in the end I had fallen for him just as hard as everyone else had. He’s an arrogant pain in the ass with an attitude, but he’s a sweet one, with air of romance that just makes you swoon; hard. I’m looking forward to reading more Lanie and Noah.

Pick up A Million Dirty Secrets by CL Paker; you won’t be sorry.

~Genevieve~

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Title: Bar Tricks

Author: N Kuhn

Release Day: October 25, 2013

Genre: Erotic Short Stories

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Blurb:

 

Let the drinks and inhibitions flow.

We all hear about people hooking up in bars, but this isn’t your average drunk hook up.

 

 

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About the Author

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N Kuhn grew up in a small town in Western New York. Having spent her afternoons outside or with a book, she grew up with a love of reading and writing. Her mother and grandmother fully encouraged this in her. Many years later, after a husband and children, she made a promise to her dying grandmother to fulfill her dream of being an author. Her grandmother lived to see Nicole’s name in print. This was a turning moment for her. Driven by ambition and a promise made, she has since published several titles including the Mohawk Trilogy, Tucked In, Buffalo Rocker and the Tricks series. N Kuhn has signed on with Nevermore Press and WheelMan Press as well as still publishing titles on her own.

 

N Kuhn has several other books that will be out later this year. When she’s not writing, she works full time, runs her blog, and promotes for other authors. Family and coffee are her two staples in life.

 

This book is a Nevermore Press Title

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Death and the Girl He Loves by Darynda Jones Tour

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The fate of the world is not something a girl wants on her shoulders, and that is especially true for Lorelei McAlister. Unfortunately for her, that is exactly where the world’s fate has decided to take up residence. Lorelei has seen firsthand the horrors that lie beneath our everyday world. And those horrors are getting her friends killed. Because of this, she agrees to leave the sanctity of her hometown and is sent to a different world entirely. A boarding school. But even here she is being watched. Someone knows what she is. What she carries inside her soul. And on top of that she’s seeing visions. This is nothing new for Lorelei. But these visions are something more: death, destruction, and the end of the world. Lorelei must face the fact that there are people who want her dead, and no matter where she goes, no matter how far she runs, the lives of her friends and family are in mortal peril. Lucky for her, her friends and family include the handsome Angel of Death, a fiercely protective half-angel, and a ragtag group of loyal supporters who aren’t afraid to get a little dirty in the name of fighting pure evil.

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Excerpt:

I thought about the fact that I would soon be on a plane headed home. The feeling gave me that extra push I needed to plod onward. I could do this.

Ten feet.

I patted my jacket pocket, where I’d stashed my money. It

would be enough for a ticket. It had to be. I didn’t have time

to take a bus. I needed to get back fast. The world was about

to end.

I began to tiptoe as I got closer to the guard house. The

gate beyond it was closed, but I was not above climbing over

the fence and hurling my body into the darkness on the

other side. With infinite care, I inched up to the lit guardhouse

and peeked in. No one was in it. All that worry for

nothing.

The night guard was probably making rounds or something.

I had no idea, really, but it sounded logical that part

of his job would be to make rounds. With fate smiling upon

me, I hurried to the shadows of the fence beside the gate. I

could never have climbed up the gate itself. It was a massive

iron thing with long, menacing bars. Much like a jail cell.

There was nothing to grab on to, and the tops of the bars

were sharp and pointy. I would impale myself if I even attempted

it. They would find my lifeless body the next morning,

dangling from a spike.

Why I had to think such things at a time like this was

beyond me. Crystal told me she’d heard about kids climbing

over the fence using the hinges for leverage. I tried to throw

my bag over first, but I couldn’t quite get the distance I

needed. That fence was at least fifteen feet high. I managed

about three. Possibly four. And it hurt when it came back

down. So I threw it back over my shoulder and proceeded to

climb. Or, I thought about climbing until I heard a snicker

in the dark beside me.

My foot slipped and I almost fell before I turned around

and saw a male figure standing off to the side, his silhouette

actually a little lighter than the shadow he was in. This was

not happening.

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Author Bio

NYTimes and USA Today Bestselling Author Darynda Jones has won numerous awards for her work, including a prestigious Golden Heart®, a Rebecca, two Hold Medallions, a RITA ®, and a Daphne du Maurier, and she has received stellar reviews from dozens of publications including starred reviews from Publisher’s Weekly, Booklist, and the Library Journal. As a born storyteller, Darynda grew up spinning tales of dashing damsels and heroes in distress for any unfortunate soul who happened by, annoying man and beast alike, and she is ever so grateful for the opportunity to carry on that tradition. She currently has two series with St. Martin’s Press: The Charley Davidson Series and the Darklight Trilogy.

She lives in the Land of Enchantment, also known as New Mexico, with her husband of almost 30 years and two beautiful sons, the Mighty, Mighty Jones Boys. She can be found at http://www.daryndajones.com.

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Dual Review: The Master of Whitehall and Lexi’s Legacy by Rick Veal

1569848318176624Ok, first of all, I’m sorry this review took so long to be posted, but I wanted to review both books in the series at the same time.

Before I give my review, here are the descriptions of each book.

The Master of Whitehall

After the brutal murder of her parents in a robbery, Katelyn Corbin, a thoroughly modern 21 year old college senior, finds herself attempting to re-start her life in Charleston, SC, where she finds love, healing and a brand new life in a most unexpected avenue.

This story follows Katelyn from her hometown just outside Atlanta to her new school in Charleston. There she meets James and is deeply intrigued by him from their first meeting; feeling as if he has touched her very soul. The more she considers him, the more intense her interest becomes. He is a wealthy patron of the arts, especially at her school. He is tall and handsome with a strong persona; a young widower, living alone in a huge, but beautifully restored old plantation house called ‘Whitehall’. Their friendship soon becomes serious, becoming a full on relationship as Katelyn falls madly in love with him. James soon makes his love for her just as obvious. Their lives begin to blend, twisting and turning, as they continue to grow closer.

After several strange incidents, Katelyn begins to develop a series of unsettling questions about her new love. However, she knows that after facing the catastrophe of her parent’s deaths, she can face anything life throws at her. She begins looking at the questions, searching her own soul. Finally deciding that she must know the answers, she confronts him. She soon discovers James’ true nature; confirming her fears that he was indeed not the man she thought, but the man she feared him to be. The confirmation of her suspicions are shocking to her, turning her world view on its side. She is forced to acknowledge things about herself and her world that she never thought possible. With her new found knowledge, Katelyn realizes she must make a choice to live with or without James. She quickly decides to adapt her life and adjust her beliefs in order to continue to be with James.

Their love for each other develops and continues to grow as he assists her to close the gaping wounds left by the tragedy of her parent’s murders. Katelyn continues to uncover other secrets, discovering another existence, as she begins her new life with James. The story reaches a highly emotional and completely unexpected ending that fully illustrates Katelyn’s personality of love and care for those around her.

The Master of Whitehall, a paranormal romance novel is complete at 104,000 words. The story unfolds over the course of nearly a year, and features flashbacks that more fully develop each of the characters, offering insights into their personal histories. The story is narrated in first person perspective by Katelyn as she offers a window into the world of possibilities of love between mortal and immortal.

The Master of Whitehall will be very appealing to readers of Rachel Caine’s ‘Morganville Vampires’, Charlaine Harris’ ‘True Blood’ series, and Anne Rice’s ‘Vampire Chronicles’.

Lexi’s Legacy

Lexi’s Legacy, a contemporary adventure romance set in Charleston, SC and Savannah, GA., is the second book in the continuing saga of The Master of Whitehall.
After being diagnosed with terminal cancer, Lexi discovers an unexpected cure from an unlikely source and two best friends become eternal friends. Lexi tells her tale of life, lost and found, relating her experiences as she leaves behind her human life and begins her journey into a new immortal life.
She recounts the changes that take place as she enters a supernatural world she never knew existed, joining Katelyn and James at Whitehall Plantation.
Lexi has much to learn about her new world as she grows and matures into the life of a vampire. Join her as she takes you on an adventure of life changing proportions. Let her tell you about how her life changes, about love … found … lost … and found again.
Lexi’s Legacy is an exciting and enjoyable adventure in the on-going epic of The Master of Whitehall.

Ok, now on to my review…

Sigh, I wanted to love these books, I really did, because the unique use of Paranormal was refreshing… However, I found several moments during my reading that I just wanted to skip ahead, because I was so bored. I’m not really sure of the reason, to be honest, because they are well written books-though, to be honest, I enjoyed book 2 much more than book 1- but unfortunately it was hard to get past those moments. I feel that the author, especially after book 2, has great potential, but these books just didn’t do it for me. Of course, it’s possible that that was just my opinion, because we all like different things. It’s hard for me to give specifics without giving too much away, so I’ll leave you with this… While it wasn’t my interest, for the most part, don’t ignore these books and the author. No matter how many negative reviews you see, if you are interested in the book, go for it. Like I said, it is well written, and has a unique twist on vampires…Because of this fact, both books get an average rating of a B (4 stars) together.

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Cherry Kilgore is a plus sized beauty who moonlights at a strip club and goes by the name Tart. She dances to have control over her body and chase away her demons, hiding behind a mask, the only thing that makes her feel free. She loves ‘em and leaves ‘em, never letting a man get too close. Until she meets a man one night that strips her bare with his electric green eyes.

Kellan Morgan is a playboy with a good heart, who loves a woman with real curves.

When he figures out that the woman hiding under her mask is worth revealing, he decides to play her game… A game that is full of pleasure, pain, going the distance and finally getting the ultimate prize…

Realizing that love can truly be found in the darkest of places.

 

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Saved by the Spell Cover Reveal- Late (sorry)

Title: Saved by the Spell (Book Two of the Anna Wolfe Series)

Author: Casey Keen

Genre: Paranormal & Urban Fantasy Romance

Expected Release Date: October 11, 2013 Reveal Host: Lady Amber’s Tours

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Blurb:

Two worlds in danger.

 A Grand Witch behind bars.

 A stunning Werewolf and a devilishly handsome Warlock’s pursuit for her affections.

 You think you have it bad? Grand Witch Anna Wolfe awakens to find herself imprisoned by Micah, the Prince of Darkness. Micah’s on a quest for world domination—and it’s not just the Netherworld that’s in danger. The human world is threatened as well. Now, it’s up to Anna to escape from Micah’s clutches so she can locate The Scholars and an ancient book before both falls into the wrong hands.

 With a fiercely loyal Werewolf and immensely powerful Warlock by her side, what can go wrong?

 A lot apparently.

 If fighting off the Prince of Darkness wasn’t enough, Anna’s emotions are a whirlwind, as she battles between what fate demands and what she actually wants.

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Author Bio: I was born in Philadelphia, PA and grew up in the suburban outskirts of this amazing city. I love anything paranormal and/or supernatural – seriously I live in Philadelphia! For those of you who don’t know, this city is an awesomely haunted place! This healthy paranormal addiction has provided me the motivation to write my first book, “I’ll Be Damned.” I graduated from Drexel University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and I’m currently working on the Anna Wolfe Series

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