Archive | December 2010

Book Review-First Drop Of Crimson

First Drop of Crimosn
Night Huntress World (1)
Jeaniene Frost
Avon
371 Pages
Published February 2010
Vampire Romance
ISBN:978-0-06-158322-3

Synopsis 
The night is not safe for mortals. Denise MacGregor knows all too well what lurks in the shadows—her best friend is half-vampire Cat Crawfield—and she has already lost more than the average human could bear. But her family’s past is wrapped in secrets and shrouded in darkness—and a demon shapeshifter has marked Denise as prey. Now her survival depends on an immortal who lusts for a taste of her.
He is Spade, a powerful, mysterious vampire who has walked the earth for centuries and is now duty-bound to protect this endangered, alluring human—even if it means destroying his own kind. Denise may arouse his deepest hungers, but Spade knows he must fight his urge to have her as they face the nightmare together . . .
Because once the first crimson drop falls, they will both be lost. 

MY REVIEW 
 
Summary:
Denise MacGregor has learned all too well how dangerous the creatures of the night can be. Her best friend, Cat, is half vampire and married to one. Denise lost her husband to vampires and ever since has steered clear of them including Cat, her closest friend. But now she has been branded by a demon and witnessed her cousin being killed right in front of her. No for her survival and that of everyone else in her family, she must rely on Spade, who is a very powerful vampire and she knows he is the perfect solution to help her. Spade is the only one she feels that she can turn to. But as they embark together to unravel the mystery and present danger surrounding them, a intense passion between them skyrockets, and a deep love is found when they least expect it…

The Hero (Spade)
Spade, once a baron and aristocrat in Englad, is now a powerful vampire. Spade feels obligated by duty to help Denise, who is the most alluring human and finds that the longer that he is around her, the more of a stronger hold she has on him. Spade once loved a human, but lost her and ever since has only used them for feeding and to have sex with. But Denise is different, and he feels at a loss as to the feelings she brings out in him. Because he will do all that he can to keep her in his life.

The Heroine (Denise MacGregor)
Denise, is slowly losing members of her family, and then she is attacked and branded  by a demon. So she turns to Spade, the only other vampire she feels that she can turn to. For the survival of herself and her family she must rely on Shade, but despite her feelings toward vampires…Shade is completely different. Shade overwhelms her, and the feelings for him only gets stronger by the day and start to wonder is she could ever let him out of her life.

My Thoughts:
First Drop of Crimson is the first installment in the Night Huntress World Series by Jeaniene Frost. I have read the second one first, and I fell in love with the book, and the same thing happened here. I have waited months and months to read Shade’s story. From the first chapter, I was enthralled by the story. This a a thrilling story that will have you on the edge of your seat with every gripping moment. I was charmed by the characters and the romance that builds between them. It was also good to see Cat and Bones enter the story too. I truly loved reading this one, and I have a feeling I will be reading it again in the future, A FANTASTIC STORY!!!!!! I LOVED IT

My Favorite Quote 
His arm shot out,bracing against the wall unit and blocking her path.
“Spade–” She didn’t get the rest of the sentence out because suddenly his mouth was on her neck, lips and tongue probing her pulse to send a luscious shiver through her.

My Grade On This Book 
4.5 Blossoms

Other Books In The Series 
Eternal Kiss of Darkness

Library Loot (12)

Eva with A Striped Armchair, and Marge with The Adventures of a Intrepid Reader, which you should check out both of them, they are great!!! This meme is created to encourage bloggers to share books that they get from the Library, and since I am a avid lover of Libraries this is going to be one meme I am going to love doing every week. And I got quite a lot of books since there was so many of them I wanted to read!! So here they are……

 I have truly enjoyed reading Garwood’s historical’s so I thought I would try out another one of hers!!! YAY!

I loved the cover and I haven’t read this author yet, so taking a leap of faith and hoping this will be a fun one!!!

Kathryn Smith has written some of my favorite books, so since this was newly aquired at my library and came out this past year, and the cover is gorgeous, I thought I would pick it up!!!

Austin is the last in both the Mckettrick series, and I love cowboys so I am sure I will fall in love with this one!!

I love Johanna Lindsey’s romances, and I have read this one before, but its been a long time!!!

I have read one book from this series last week and just LOVED it, so now I am going to try another one and see if its just as good as I hope it will be, and honestly who could resist such a cover???

I have been waiting months to read this one, and so I have already started it, and I love it so far!!! I have read the second one in this series, so I have been looking forward to reading this one as well!!

I haven’t read much from this author, but when I do, I love reading her works, and the cover and blurb made it irresistable!

Teaser Tuesday (33)

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme that I have just discovered, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

•Grab your current read

•Open to a random page

•Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page

Make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others! Share the title and author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like.

This was not a kiss of a gentleman. It was not respectful or chaste or descent. It was molten, lush and harsh. And Grace loved every moment of it…

Book Review-Honor’s Splendor

Honor’s Splendour
Julie Garwood
Pocket Books
374 Pages
Published December 1987
Paperback
Medieval Romance
ISBN: 978-0-671-73782-5

Synopsis 

1099. In the feuding English court, gentle Lady madelyn suffered the cruel whims of her ruthless brother, Baron Louddon. Then, in vengeance for a bitter crime, Baron Duncan of Wexton — the Wolf — unleased his warriors against Louddon’s main. Exquisite Madelyne was the prize he captured … but when he gazed upon the proud beauty, he pledged to protect her with his life. In his rough-hewn castle, Cuncan proved true to his honor. But when at last their noble passion conquered them both, she surrendered with all her soul. Now, for love, Madelyn would stand fast … as bravely as her Lord, the powerful Wolf who fought for Honor’s Splendour.

Summary:
 Lady Madelaine through the past years has suffered greatly at the hands of her brother, and has finally planned her escape from him. But on the day that plans on leaving her brother captures Baron Duncan of Wexton. And through a small act of kindness, an act that could have gotten her killed, she rescues him from being frozen to death, and even though Duncan knew his men were scaling the walls, in effort to locate the one woman who has landed right in his lap for the taking as revenge for what her brother did to him. So he takes Madelyne, even though she is more than willing to go along with him, but she plans to run away to find her relative that lives in Scotland. But the more time Madelyne is in her captors hands, the stronger her feelings have become towards him. A man who needs her love and her heart.

The Hero (Duncan of Wexton, Baron)
Duncan is desperate for revenge against Louddon (Madelyne’s brother) for taking his sister and her ended up being beaten and violently raped. His plan is to take from Louddon, his sister just like his sister was taken from him. So what started out as revenge for Duncan, turned to possessiveness to have this woman and keep her. Duncan is very proud and a powerful warrior, and rumored as the “Wolf” and is very protective of his family and those that serve under him. At first he knows Madelyne is different from other women he has met, she is frustrating and he is always having to save her from close calls, and she nearly drives him crazy, but he also realizes how much he loves her.

The Heroine (Lady Madelyne)
Madelyne growing up always tried to be good enough so that her father and then her brother would come to love her, but it never happens. Her brother loved to abuse and frighten her, and turn her into someone that would always obey him. But Madelyne was determined to free Duncan, even though it was a great risk to herself, and that she could be killed because of it. Madelyne is a loving and caring young woman, one who has a strong spirit filled with courage and vitality, only needs someone to bring it out in her, which after she gets captured by Duncan, is exactly what happens. Her true self comes out, someone that won’t let fear run her life anymore. When Madelyn realizes how much she fears Duncan less and less and starts to genuinely care for him, she knows she is falling in love with him, and knows she can be just as strong and determined as he is to keep what is his.

My Thoughts 
Honor’s Splendor is a wonderful book by Julie Garwood. It takes place in 1099 and I just love this time period, such a romantic period in history, and I love Medieval romances, and this one just took my breath away. I think I was charmed after the first chapter, I just loved how Madelyne saves the one man that is determined to take her captive, even though she really doesn’t mind it as long as he takes her away from her brutal brother. We see a story that will make you laugh yet still end up being a tender romance that will leave you aching for more by the last page. I have truly enjoyed reading Julie Garwood’s historicals, and this one I definitely want to end up buying, a well worth it read!!! A Classic romance that will pull at your heartstrings, and make you wonder where your “Wolf” is, I know I do LOL A Fabulous read!!!


My Favorite Quote 
Before she could even think about pulling away, he looped the belt around her wrist and bound her hands together. And then he spoke “I didn’t come for Louddon, Madelyne. I came for you”


My Grade On This Book 
4 Blossoms

Book Review-Tate

Tate
Mckettricks (11) Mckettricks of Texas (1)
Linda Lael Miller
Harlequin
360 Pages
Published Jan 2010
Contemporary Western
ISBN: 978-0-373-77436

Synopsis
There are barely enough hours for divorced dad Tate McKettrick to run the Silver Spur ranch, do the suit-and-tie thing for his business and run herd on his beloved six-year-old twin daughters. But time stands still at the sight of Libby Remington. When they were high school sweethearts, the wealthy McKettrick couldn’t convince Libby he loved her. But now they’re both back in Blue River, Texas. And cattle rustlers, a manipulative ex-wife and a killer stallion can’t keep him from trying again.Libby has her hands full taking care of her mother—and running the Perk Up Coffee Shop. Caffeine, she needs. Tate McKettrick, with his blazing blue eyes and black hair? No. Oh, heck—yes. But can they really hope for a second chance?

MY REVIEW 
 
Summary:
Tate McKettrick runs a busy life with his work on the Silver Spur Ranch, his twin daughters, a ex wife who tries to manipulate him and his daughters lives. However his attraction to Libby Remington has never changed. Libby runs a coffee shop, and helps in taking care of her mother, and would rather stay as clear from Tate as she possibly can.  Tate once broke her heart, for his ex wife, and ever since Libby knows that she must be cautious where he is concerned, because she could easily fall in love with him again. But they keep running into each other and before Libby knows it, they are going on dates and hanging out with his daughters and the dogs and the passion between them is like a firestorm with no calming on the horizon. Libby knows that she needs more than sex from Tate, she needs love and commitment, and doesn’t believe he won’t break her heart again, but Tate is determined more now than ever to prove to her how much she matters to him.

The Hero (Tate McKettrick)
Tate McKettrick is one of the three McKettrick brothers, and the most sensible of the bunch. He made a mistake when he was younger that cost him the one woman he has loved more than any other, but can’t regret it since he now has two adorable twin daughters. But now he wants Libby back into his life, but now he has a long road ahead of him, because he hurt her and must now earn back her trust and her heart, but McKettricks are known for the determination which he plans on using to win her back…

The Heroine (Libby Remington)
Libby has two sisters both of whom she loves dearly but could drive her insane. Libby loved her father, but has a hard time with accepting her mother as she is, for she was never a mother to them, or a real wife to their father. Now her mother is back in town hoping to make amends, but Libby and her sisters are far from receptive to their eccentric and difficult mother, who never really was there for her children when they needed her. Now their father is gone, and Libby has a hard time staying afloat with just her coffee shop, and a certain McKettrick who enters back into her life, who could easily break her heart again. Libby is a strong young woman, but her heart was broken for another woman, and doesn’t believe that Tate could truly love and commit to her, but she feels herself fallling head over heels in love with this certain McKettrick!! 


My Thoughts 
Tate is the 11th installment in the McKettrick Series written by Linda Lael Miller. I have read most of the McKettrick series and have loved each and every one of them. This is a truly emotionally driven story about two people that once were in love, and mistakes were made, and their lives have taken different direction. But somehow through a twist a fate they are brought back together, and could have a future together if they learn to trust in the love they have always had for each other. Filled with adventure, vibrant characters, and  a tender romance that will have you aching to read more from this author!!! Such a fantastic read!!

My Favorite Quote 
Libby blushed, but then she had to laugh “I am not offering Tate Mckettrick stand up sex in the storeroom,”

” Now that’s a damn pity” Tate said, Libby whirled around, saw him standing in the doorway, arms folded, grin wicked.

My Grade On This Book 
4 Blossoms

Other Books In The Series 
Highcountry Bride
Shotgun Bride
Secondhand Bride
McKettrick’s Choice
Sierra Homecoming
McKettricks Luck
McKettricks Pride
McKettricks Heart
McKettricks Way
A McKettrick Christmas
Tate
Garrett
Austin

Author Requested Book Review-Toil And Trouble

Toil and Trouble
Jolie Wilkins (2)
H.P. Mallory
E Book-Smashwords
307 Pages
Published Nov 2010

Synopsis 
The Underworld in civil war.
The cause? A witch who can reanimate the dead.
A sexy as sin vampire determined to claim her.
An infuriatingly handsome warlock torn between duty and love.
Who says blonds have more fun?

After defending herself against fairy magic, Jolie Wilkins wakes to find her world turned upside down—the creatures of the Underworld on the precipice of war.

The Underworld is polarized in a battle of witch against witch, creature against creature, led by the villainous Bella, who would be Queen.

While Jolie has one goal in mind, to stake the vampire, Ryder, who nearly killed her, she also must choose between the affections of her warlock employer, Rand, and the mysteriously sexy vampire, Sinjin.

And as if that weren’t enough to ruin a girl’s day, everything Jolie knows will be turned inside out when she’s thrust into the shock of a lifetime.

  

-MY REVIEW-


Summary:
The underworld is in chaos and preparing for war, with Rand and Jolie at the head of preparing for a war against the one witch, Bella, that would like nothing better than to see them suffer. Even though in the past things have always been tense between the different factions in the underworld, this is the first time it has come down to two sides fighting a war. So as Rand and Jolie help unite their side, and prepare for the war that is about to come, they know they must do everything in their power to win, or if they lose this one, all will be lost. Jolie Wilkins not only has the war to worry about but her relationship with Rand, who has yet to fully commit to her out of personal fears, and there is a also a certain sexy vampire who is more than ever determined to have her, but the one she wants more and love is Rand, and she hopes that can make it through the tough battles ahead.

My Thoughts 
Toil and Trouble is the second and most recent installment in the Jolie Wilkins series written by H.P. Mallory.Toil and Trouble started off exactly where the last book ended, and I absolutely had such a fun time reading this one. I must have read it in two hours, I was so enthralled by the story and the lovely characters that made me fall in love with them a second time. This story is about two people that obviously love each other, but what they learn about each other and their relationship and what it needs the most is….trust. So we see these two take a journey preparing for a war that if it ends in a certain way could be grief and pain for the rest of their lives, however we also see they are both willing to fight for the one that they love, no matter the cost. Toil and Trouble was truly a delight to read, and I felt invigorated by it, and I can hardly wait for the next one….I feel like I am going to be twiddling my thumbs, anxious in the anticipation wondering what is going to happen and will it leave me hanging like this one did??? Overall a Fantastic read!!! I loved it!!!

My Favorite Quote 
“Kiss Me,” I thought. Rand wasted no time in planting his mouth on mine. His tongue mated with mine in a passionate dance, and when he pulled away from me, there was fire in his eyes.


My Grade On This Book 
5 Blossoms


Other Books In The Series 
Fire Burn and Cauldron Bubble

Merry Christmas!!!

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas!!! I hope all of you have a wonderful time with your families and loved ones!!! Have a magical one!!!

The Friday Follow is a weekly meme hosted by Parajunkee and its tons of fun to do these two memes and find tons of new friends and great blogs!!! So come and join in these two fun memes every friday!!!!
 This Weeks Question
What Are Your Plans For This Special Day?

For me just spending it at my parents house, as I am not married yet, so just spending it with my family. I still have siblings that are pretty young, so it should be a fun one!!! Let it be a magical day for us all!!!