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Dec
9

 

 

  • 4 Lillies Reviews


IMMORTAL WARRIOR by Lisa Hendrix
Release Date: November 2008
Publisher: Penguin/Berkley Sensation
Source: Bought this when it first came out but it sat in the TBR until now.
Series: Immortal Brotherhood Series Book #1

He came to England in search of treasure.  Two hundred years later, he’s found her…

Ivar Graycloak is a brave warrior, a man known for his strength and integrity. He is also a man with a terrible secret. Long ago he was part of a Viking crew cursed by an evil sorceress to live for eternity as were-creatures. An eagle by day and a man by night, Ivar has lived a solitary existence for over two centuries. Then the king orders him to marry.

Lady Alaida is everything a man could want in a bride—intelligent, spirited, and beautiful—and their wedding night is a balm to Ivar’s lonely spirit. Then a seer brings him word of a dark vision, one that makes Ivar vow to stay away from his lovely wife forever. But now that Ivar has sampled Alaida’s passion, her humor and warmth, he is enthralled. His traitorous body-his very heart-longs for that which he can never possess.

Lady Alaida may surprise him yet, though, for she has a power of her own-a power that will either destroy everything they hold dear or ultimately set them free…

It’s been years since I read Lisa Hendrix. I’m one of those anal “read-in-order-at-all-possible-times” readers so when I knew she had a new series out, I wasn’t in that much of a rush to read it. Bought it, yes, but it sat in the TBR until a few weeks ago when I decided this would fit perfectly in Keishon’s 2010TBR Reading Challenge.

Here we have Ivar/Ivo who is cursed to be an eagle during the day and man at night because of a curse put on him and his friends after one of them killed the son of a wickedly evil sorceress. After years of working for the King, Ivar is rewarded with land but told he has to marry the heiress to get access to it. This has been something Ivar has dreamed of. Having a place to call home, even if he has a secret he must keep hidden.

Alaida is the heiress to her grandfather’s keep and as such has had several not to nice men trying to win her hand in marriage. She wants none of them but can do nothing but wait them out and hope they finally get tired of waiting for her to say yes. Ivar showing up and claiming her and the keep shakes things up. She’ll marry him because the King said so but she plans to leave and seek sanctuary at a convent as soon as she can. Of course things don’t go as she planned and she decides to give Ivo a chance.

If I was going to grade this on just the story, minus the Epilogue, I think it could have and would have very likely been a 4.5 for me as I really did like Ivo and Alaida together, not to mention his friends, Brand and Ari. I could feel Alaida’s frustration at Ivo’s daily disappearances and her struggle to learn more of her husband. Could feel Ivo’s misery that this curse was placed on him and he truly thought there was no end in sight from it. My only issue with this book was that the Epilogue went so far into the future that it showed Ivo and Alaida’s death, yes, 40 years later, but still, I have quirk that I’d rather not see the deaths of the characters in the same book where they got together in. Call me strange but that’s just me. :wink_ee:

I know it was Ms. Hendrix’s way of showing the readers that the curse had finally broken and the rest of the men that had been cursed too would now know there was a way to break their own curse and I got that. Really, I did. It was just sad to see them finally be able to be together day and night and then boom! in the epilogue, we read of their deaths.

I was actually debating about continuing this series when I finished this one but a Twitter conversation between Ms. Hendrix and I made me change my mind. Although I didn’t come right out and say what book I had read, from my hints about it, she knew I was talking about IMMORTAL WARRIOR and we exchanged several tweets about it. She promised me no killing of hero & heroine in book 2 so I took her on her word and decided to read that one, too. I’ve said this before to my friends and I’ll say it again, I truly am a very demanding reader when it comes to my romance books. :smile1_ee:

For readers who want a fast-paced, riveting paranormal romance, this is the one for you.

 

 

Oct
23

 

 


NO PLACE TO RUN by Maya Banks
Publisher: Berkley Sensation

Release Date: December 7, 2010

ISBN: 978-0425238196

Series: KGI Series, Book 2

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The Kelly Group International (KGI): A super elite, top secret, family-run business.

Qualifications: High intelligence, rock hard body, military background.

Mission: Hostage/kidnap victim recovery. Intelligence gathering. Handling jobs the US government can’t…

Sam Kelly was her first love.

The last person Sam Kelly expected to pull wounded from the lake was Sophie Lundgren. Once they shared a brief, intense affair while Sam was undercover and then she vanished. She’s spent the last months on the run, knowing that any mistake would cost >her life and that of her unborn child—Sam’s child. Now she’s resurfaced with a warning for Sam: this time, he’s the one in danger.

Now he’s her last chance.

Sam has too many questions to let her slip away again—like why she disappeared in the first place. This time he vows not to be seduced. But one look in her eyes, and the passion burns again, and Sam knows he’ll do anything to keep her and his child safe. However, Sophie’s dark past is more dangerous than he imagines, and the only way for either to survive it is to outrun it.

HIDDEN AWAY by Maya Banks
Publisher: Berkley Sensation

Release Date: March 1, 2011

ISBN: 978-0425240175

Series: KGI Series, Book 3

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The Kelly Group International (KGI): A super elite, top secret, family-run business.

Qualifications: High intelligence, rock hard body, military background.

Mission: Hostage/kidnap victim recovery. Intelligence gathering. Handling jobs the US government can’t…

A man who shoots first and asks questions later…



Most people would take an all-expenses-paid trip to the beach in a heartbeat. Garrett Kelly only accepts to keep tabs on Sarah Daniels, who’s in hiding after witnessing a murder by Marcus Lattimer, her half-brother—and a personal enemy of KGI. This gig may be beneath a disciplined soldier like Garrett, but if he gets a shot at Lattimer, it will all be worth it…

…and the ultimate moving target.

But Garrett hadn’t counted on falling for Sarah. He’d considered seduction as a tactical maneuver, but when he glimpses Sarah’s dark past, he feels an urgent desire to keep her safe—even after she disappears on him. Garrett doesn’t know exactly who, or what, Sarah’s running from, but whatever it is, she’s running for her life…

THE PERFECT PLAY by Jaci Burton

Publisher: Berkley Heat

Release Date: February 2011

ISBN: 0425238814

Series: Play-by-Play Novel, Book #1

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Football pro Mick Riley is an all-star, both on the field and in the bedroom. But a sexy, determinedly single mom just might be the one to throw him off his game…

For years Mick has been taking full advantage of the life available to a pro athlete: fame, fortune, and a different girl in every city. But when he meets and beds confident, beautiful event planner Tara Lincoln, he wants much more than the typical one-night stand. Too bad Tara’s not interested in getting to know football’s most notorious playboy any better.

As the single mother of a teenage son, the last thing Tara needs is the jet-set lifestyle of Mick Riley; even though their steamy and passionate one-night stand was unforgettable. Tara’s life is complicated enough without being thrust into the spotlight as Mick’s latest girl du jour. Tara played the game of love once and lost big, and she doesn’t intend to put herself out there again, especially with a heartbreaker like Mick.

But when Mick sets his mind to win, nothing will stop him. And he has the perfect play in mind.

CHANGING THE GAME by Jaci Burton
Publisher: Berkley Heat
Release Date: September 2011
ISBN: TBA
Series: Play-by-Play Novel, Book #2

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Most people play by the rules. Gavin and Liz aren’t most people…

Win at any cost. That’s always been the mantra of sports agent Liz Darnell. When she carries things too far and risks losing her number-one client, baseball pro Gavin Riley, Liz realizes that she’ll have to work extra innings to win him back. It might not be too much of a stretch. She’s had a thing for this player’s moves since she first laid on eyes on him, and by the looks of it, he wants her just as bad.

Gavin’s more than ready—especially when Liz is offering herself as part of the bargain. And as much of her as Gavin wants. For added thrills, he decides to throw a little curve ball Liz’s way to see just how far she’s truly willing to go to keep him as a client. But when love unexpectedly enters the playing field, neither Liz nor Gavin are ready for the biggest game-changer of them all.

VISIONS OF MAGIC by Regan Hastings
Release Date: February 2011

In the ten years since magic has reemerged in the world, witches have become feared and hunted. For weeks Shea Jameson has been haunted by visions of fire.When she unintentionally performs a spell in public, she becomes one of the hunted. Her only hope is Torin, a dangerously sensual man who claims to be her eternal mate.

NEVER AGAIN by Michele Bardsley
Release Date: March 2011

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Lucinda Rackmore is a witch cursed…

Desperation sends her to the last place anyone would think to find her … the small Dragon-protected town of Nevermore, Texas. To escape the wrath of her ex-lover, she must plead her case with the town’s Guardian—the man her family betrayed a decade ago.

Gray Calhoun is a wizard scorned…

Gray wants nothing to do with the Rackmores, especially not the spoiled younger sister of the woman who sacrificed him to a demon lord. But when Lucy shows up at his door begging for sanctuary, he can’t turn her away.

Magic is love reborn…

An infamous Rackmore witch isn’t the only trouble in town, either. Someone’s creating demonic mayhem—and murdering citizens. Only with Gray and Lucinda working together, can they hope to defeat the dark forces that threaten Nevermore. And maybe along the way, they’ll find that love is the strongest magic of all.

BEG ME by Shiloh Walker
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Release Date: December 2010

Beg me…there had been a time when those words made her burn with desire. But now, there was only fear.

Once, Tania Sinclair’s life was almost perfect…oh, it had its ups and downs but she was happily married to a guy that adored her, one who had no problem indulging every kinky fantasy she ever had. But a couple of tragedies later, she’s barely holding it together. A car accident took away her husband, and an attack from somebody she should have been able to trust has shaken not only her confidence, but it’s also stripped away her fantasies and even made it painful to look back on her memories of her husband without fear.

Two years after her attack, Tania is determined to take her life back and the first step is taking back herself…her fantasies, her dreams, her memories. There’s only one person she can trust to do it, too. One person she wants enough…Drake Bennett, her husband’s best friend.

Falling for your best friend’s wife—never smart. Drake’s watched Tania quietly for years, watched her…wanted her, knowing he’d never have her. First, she was taken. And then, that night two years ago—a night that still scars her, a night that’s left bruises on her that still haven’t healed. He does what he can, though, because he loves her too much not to. He’s her friend, there when she needs him.

And now she needs him. She’s asked him for a favor…one that just about blows his mind…



Warning: This book involves light bondage play, rape fantasy & role-playing. The acts between the hero & heroine are consensual, but they may not be ideal for all readers…

Special note from author –

Note from the author… this is an independent project I’m doing-it will be released in ebook through Amazon Kindle and Smashwords.  Smashwords does have a deal where they can also make ebooks available to places like BN’s Nook, the Sony, etc, and I do plan on pursuing those as well, but it will take a little bit of time and I don’t have as much control of it, so your patience will be appreciated.

This is a new avenue for me as well and it’s going to be a learning experience. I don’t have a set date yet, although I’m thinking I’ll probably try to plan on 12/1/2010.  That gives me time to finish the edits and hopefully get some reviews done as well.

For my international readers, I have checked and I do believe Smashwords WILL be an option for you, so you should be able to get the book through them.

HERE TO STAY by Catherine Anderson
Publisher: Signet Eclipse
Release Date: January 25, 2011
ISBN: 978-0451232410
Series: Harrigan Family Series

Mandy Pajeck had a tough childhood. Now 28, she feels responsible for the accident that took her younger brother’s sight. But his complete reliance on her care is making them both miserable.

When she meets handsome Zach Harrigan and his mini guide horse, she thinks she’s found the ticket to her brother’s happiness-and maybe her own.

MOON BURNING by Lucy Monroe
Publisher: Berkley Sensation
Release Date: February 2011

ISBN-10: 0425239802

ISBN-13: 978-0425239803

A Children of the Moon Novel #3

Paranormal Historical Werewolf

Bestselling author Lucy Monroe returns to her hugely popular paranormal world where a woman falls under the spell of the beast who is her one true enemy…



Barr never asked to be made laird over the struggling Donegal clan, or leader of its werewolf pack. But he’ll do his duty and although he hasn’t yet found his mate, he hopes she will be among his people. He expects his new role to be difficult; he doesn’t expect to discover a naked woman in the forest whose memory is as fragile as her human body—her delectable, all too appealing body. Could this woman be his true mate?



On a mission to save her people from extinction, Sabrine pretends she has no memory in order to gain access to her enemy: the Donegal clan. A raven shifter, she is determined to retrieve the sacred stone that rightfully belongs to her people. But soon she’ll be engulfed in her burning desire and growing love for Barr—and the dangerous and inescapable secrets destined to keep them apart…

 

 

Oct
17

 

 


Browsing at Samhain Publishing and saw a couple books that I don’t already have on my list to buy. Only a few weeks to go before I can get them for my Kindle. :cheer2:

“Breathe” by Donna Alward
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Genre: Contemporary Romance
ISBN: 978-1-60928-239-4
Length: Category
Price: 4.50
Publication Date: November 2, 2010
Cover art by Kanaxa

The first time they broke each others’ hearts. Now they have a second chance…

Doing what was expected didn’t get Anna Morelli anything but a bad marriage. Now that her life has fallen apart there’s only one place she can think of to regroup and figure out what comes next. Two Willows, the winery owned by the only man she could ever rely on. Her oldest friend. And her worst mistake.

Growing up as the poor boy didn’t stop Jace Willow from falling for Anna one hot, sultry summer. Back then, his best efforts to prove himself worthy of the Morelli standard fell just short. While it killed him to see her marry someone else, he made beating the Morellis at their own game his life’s work. And he’s excelled at it.

When Anna shows up on his doorstep, their painful history pales in the face of her need for a roof over her children’s heads—and some peace. The heat of their renewed passion is healing, but it burns away layers of hard-won emotional distance, reopening old wounds. Threatening their one last chance to rebuild their love on the shattered pieces of their broken hearts…

“Stolen Passions” by Crystal Jordan
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Genre: Paranormal Romance, Red Hots!
ISBN: 978-1-60928-241-7
Length: Novella
Price: 3.50
Publication Date: November 2, 2010
Cover art by Kanaxa

Enemy mine…

Forbidden Passions, Book 1

Lyra Marcus tries to avoid her werewolf family’s political entanglements. Instead, she heals the wounds of the never-ending border skirmishes between lycans and wereleopards. It’s a bitter irony that she’s about to die in that war.

When she awakens after an attack, the horror of her situation dawns. She’s a wounded werewolf in the middle of wereleopard territory. And standing over her is a son of its most powerful family, Zander Leonidas. Her fate may be a swift and bloody end, but she intends to go down fighting.

Zander has no plan to fight the little she-wolf who’s landed at his Refuge Resort, a place where shifter species are free to be what they are—except wolves, of course. Yet Lyra fits him in a way she shouldn’t, and the urge to mark her as his mate is irresistible. A match like theirs, though, would rock the foundations of their world.

He intends to find out who left Lyra for dead on Leonidas land. And keep her safe from whoever wants to finish the job—not to mention the werewolf alpha who wants his niece back at any cost…

 

 

Sep
7

 

 


New to me author whose new book releases today. Sounds good, no? :)

Blood on Silk, An Awakened by Blood Novel, Available 7th September 2010 from NAL Signet Eclipse. (Trade Paperback)

Scottish academic Elizabeth Silk is spending the summer in Romania researching historical superstitions for her PhD. While she is tracing local foktales, one subject in particular sparks her imagination. His name is Saloman, legend’s most powerful vampire, a seductive prince staked centuries ago. Now, in the ruins of a castle crypt, Elizabeth discovers the legends are real. Her blood has awakened him. Her innocence has aroused him. But Elizabeth unleashes more than Saloman’s hunger.

An army of vampire hunters has amassed to send Saloman back to hell. Sworn to help – yet fearing Saloman’s deadly blood lust – Elizabeth seeks to entrap him, offering her body as bait. But something stronger than dread, more powerful than revenge, is uniting Elizabeth to her prey. Caught between desire and rage, Elizabeth must decide where her loyalties lie…and what the limits are to a yearning she can no longer control.

 

 

Sep
5

 

 


I’ve got this on order for next week. Love the cover! For more info and to read an excerpt, visit Shiloh’s website here.

 

 

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