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review 2015-06-02 03:42
4 full moons - "The Vampire's Mail Order Bride" by Kristen Painter
The Vampire's Mail Order Bride (Nocturne Falls, #1) - Kristen Painter

The Vampire's Mail Order Bride is much different from Kristen Painter's House of Comarre and Crescent City series books. This book falls in the genre of Paranormal Romance, and is written lighter and funnier compared to her serious dark Urban Fantasy series I'm used to reading. It still has a serious storyline to it, but it doesn't take precedence. At least to me I was not focusing on that part of the storyline. I was focusing on everything else and the interesting characters that were being introduced. It also was fascinating to be introduced to the town of Nocturne Falls, where Halloween is every day and those vampires and witches walking around putting on a show for everyone is actually real vampires and witches.

You have Delaney (which is a very pretty name) who happens to run away to Nocturne Falls to get away from her mobster boss. She ends up assuming another identity and becomes a mail order bride to a man she's only read on paper. She has no idea that Hugh is actually a 400 year old vampire, who is just trying to please his Grandmother with his Mail Order bride deal. Hugh is going to realize not everything is the same as it was before and he's going to meet his match in Delaney. Secrets will come forward and that is when the story gets really interesting.

I really enjoyed this new world that Kristen has created. I loved being introduced to other characters in Nocturne Falls and following along with the characters around town. Kristen did an amazing job on describing in detail the main characters, secondary ones, and places around town. I did get bothered by Hugh and his crazy mood swings on handling Delaney, especially with when he couldn't make up his dang mind.

The ending did tear me up a bit though with what Hugh was going to do. I thought Kristen was going to go dark at the end and was going to put me the through the ringer, but she turned it around and made it a HEA.  Thank goodness.  =)

I look forward to reading more in this new series from Kristen and I give this book 4 'amazing' stars. If you're a fan of Kristen's other series she writes with Amanda Carlson Sin City Collectors, you will enjoy this fun PNR series she's created.

Be prepared for Halloween every day in Nocturne Falls. I know my kids wished this was a real town.  =)

P.S. I love the cat in the story…Captain. If you follow Kristen on FB, you'll realize she has a love for cats and the cat reminded me of all the pictures of her adorable cats throughout the day. I'm so glad she wrote in a very lovable kitty in the story who was dear to Delaney.

Source: booklovinmamas.com/2015/05/30/arc-review-the-vampires-mail-order-bride-by-kristen-painter
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review 2015-05-22 04:57
4 moons - "Caged in Winter" by Brighton Walsh
Caged in Winter - Brighton Walsh

Thanks to the publisher for introducing Brighton Walsh to me, I now must look into the other books Brighton Walsh has written. Caged in Winter was my first to read from her and definitely not my last. In fact, immediately after reading this book I dived into the second book in the series…but let me first review Caged in Winter.

New Adult has been a genre I've loved for a while, but I'm starting to stray away from it. Too many New Adult novels have the same storyline and same kind of characters. Fortunately, Caged in Winter doesn't follow the same kind of story like all others. In fact the characters in Caged in Winter is what kept me clicking my Kindle to keep me reading.  I loved every bit of the chemistry of Winter Jacobson and Cade Maxwell. The moment they met to the very end of the book for their HEA.  They definitely kept me intrigued for their story.

You have the most independent female character, Winter Jacobson (which I just adore her name) who can handle anything that is thrown at her. She's had a crappy life from the beginning, but that is about to change once she graduates and leaves the job that just pays the bills. Although, Cade Maxwell is going to change her life and at first she's not liking it at all. She doesn't need a knight in shining armor. She even lets him know it.

Cade Maxwell has had a rough life as well, but his life has been amazing since the moment he decided to follow his dream. He's having a hard time grasping what the future holds, especially when it means leaving his sister and niece behind, but life is going to be even more complicated once he meets Winter.

The two characters clash at first and when I mean clash…I mean full on Winter is about had it with him. Cade though is determined to win Winter over.  The poor guy had to deal with Winter's attitude for a bit, but he doesn't really realize what Winter has gone through in the past until she finally comes out and tells him.

The only thing that bothered me was how Winter kept pushing off Cade in the story. She's not open to trust people and she doesn't want to need someone, especially when she's proving she can do it all by herself.  She's one hard-headed girl, but I have to give it to her.  She's one determined girl who is trying to prove she's strong. Once you find out what has happened to her, you will realize why she's the way she is.

Cade was lovable from the beginning due to his love for his family and how he wanted to take care of Winter.  Brighton Walsh definitely combined the two characters perfectly.  The story flowed well and kept my interest.  I enjoyed the ending tremendously.  Like I said, this is not your typical New Adult.

I give this book 4 full moons and definitely look forward to reading the next book(s) in the series.  Although, I did already read the next one in the series because of finding out who gets their story next.  =)

Source: booklovinmamas.com/2015/05/21/review-caged-in-winter-by-brighton-walsh
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review 2015-05-14 03:13
4 stars - 'At the Stars' by Elisabeth Staab
At the Stars (Evergreen Grove Book 1) - Elisabeth Staab

I received the opportunity to read At the Stars early for an honest review and I definitely enjoyed every bit of Elisabeth's first New Adult novel. I look forward to reading more of this genre from her because she definitely didn't follow in the usual path of New Adult novels. We didn't have the instant love from the main characters or the controlling male character that tends to tick me off. We have the two main characters running from their past, but in different ways.

Cassie is the strong-willed, but stubborn female character who wants to leave her hometown behind. She has nothing and nobody to really to keep her in her hometown, and she just wants to leave the past behind. Especially, since she had a traumatic event that changed her life and she just wants to forget about her past and move on. Unfortunately, her car has other plans. When her car decides to call it quits, she ends up meeting a boy who helps her. Jake (the sweet, lovable, caring guy…although he probably wouldn't think he was any of these qualities) has his own past that he's running away from. He doesn't want his past to creep back up and find him, and he's determined to not really get into a relationship. All changes once he meets the girl that he saves one night. He tries everything to stay away from her, but it's kind of hard to stay away from somebody that intrigues him.

Elisabeth introduces us to two characters that have had rough lives, but in different ways. She also writes a New Adult novel that doesn't follow too many similar qualities of what other New Adult novels have right now. At the Stars will leave you in shock on what really happened in Jake's past and what happened to Cassie in her past as well. It's no happy days with these two in their past…but there is a HEA in the end of At the Stars for them. =)
There were times that Jake drove me crazy on how he handled Cassie, but after it was revealed what happened in his past I was able to understand him better. He was a pain on his secrets, but so was Cassie. Cassie was more open in the book, but she was distant at first. She's stubborn when it comes to making up her mind on what she wants to do. She's still a very strong character for what she's been through.

I really enjoyed reading At the Stars and give it four full stars. I'm counting down to the next book in the series because I really want to find out more about the secondary characters from this book.

***Before I forget….I seriously LOVE this cover! =) It fits the title and the story VERY well!!!****

Source: booklovinmamas.com/2015/05/05/review-at-the-stars-by-elisabeth-staab
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review 2015-04-28 04:20
4 stars - 'Dare to Hold' by Carly Phillips
Dare to Hold (Dare to Love) (Volume 6) - Carly Phillips

Dare to Hold is the sixth book in Carly Phillips Dare to Love series, and this reader just can't get enough of this series and the Dare family. From the moment I picked up the first book in the series, I knew I would be hooked. Oh and let's just say...I was really excited to read Scott Dare''s and Meg Thompson's HEA.  If you read the previous book you would've been introduced to Meg and Scott towards the end.
Meg is the female character who has had it rough from the beginning, due to the guys she has hooked up with in her past. She feels she'll never meet a nice guy. She's now pregnant with her ex-boyfriend's baby and she feels skeptical of what the future will hold with another man. She also wants to live her life without any help, and she'll do anything to prove it to her friends in her life. She'll even prove it to the one man who would do anything for her.
Scott Dare is what you call the gentleman of the Dare of the family. He's a police officer who has a heart of gold and doesn't like seeing anyone hurt. The minute he meets Meg, he wants to protect her from everything and anything out to get her…especially her crazy ex-boyfriend.
He knows she's pregnant and he knows it won't be easy, but he will do anything to prove to her, he's not like the other guys she's been with.

Be warned though, Scott is the alpha male in the story. He is very PROTECTIVE of who he cares for and he will resort to anything to help others. Yup….he will do anything, which means some drama comes into play other than Meg's ex-boyfriend drama.  I adored Scott every bit in the story. Meg tended to drive me batty at times with her not wanting help. I could understand why she wanted to protect herself, but darn it Scott definitely is that white knight she definitely needed.
I could go on and on about how much I loved Scott in the story, but don't want to give away all of his qualities. =)
Readers that enjoy contemporary romance books that follow a family that definitely have their own drama, but deserve every bit of happiness…this is the series for you.   Each book can be read as a standalone due to how Carly writes each book.  You won't get lost at all. I definitely recommend though, reading in order. You'll loved to follow each and every one of the Dare family members on their road to HEA. There may be even another HEA in Dare to Hold that Carly mention, which I believe this person definitely deserves just as much as happiness as everyone else does.
I give this book 4 stars and look forward to reading the next book in the series when it release late this summer. If you haven't read this series yet, you'll definitely missing out.  

Source: booklovinmamas.com/2015/04/27/review-dare-to-hold-by-carly-phillips
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review 2015-04-19 17:50
4 full moons - 'Hard to Be Good' by Laura Kaye
Hard to Be Good (Hard Ink) - Laura Kaye

Jeremy has been one of my favorite secondary characters in the Hard Ink series since he was introduced in the first book. I was really excited to read his HEA. If you read the previous book in the Hard Ink series you would've found out about Charlie and what happened to him. He's still suffering with what happened and it's taking a toll on him. He's the computer guy in the story, which means he likes to be around computers more than people, so he's doesn't know how to be open around people…even with the person who he really likes. (Seriously….I love when authors write characters that work in the IT field or are hackers…because I'm one of those people who loves working in the IT industry)  =)   And I nitpick like crazy whenever authors write about my job field or related to it…and well…Laura Kaye definitely knows the industry.  (One of the main reasons why I can't handle watching tv shows with ITs/hackers in it because they always fabricate stuff.  Grrr! But with some of the authors, including Laura Kaye…they make it very believable!)

On to other details of the story….(because I could rave about Charlie being what he is ALL day) Laura Kaye has some suspense in the story, but most of the story is Jeremy and Charlie. Charlie has his insecurities in the story due to what he fears everyone will think of his relationship with Jeremy. I will say though, Charlie and Jeremy's hookup in the story was really quick. I was hoping for some more tension with them both. The ending came quickly too, but I loved how everyone handled it. I actually wanted more of the story after it ended because it was short compared to the other books, but I know why Laura Kaye did write this novella. I needed to know Jeremy and Charlie's story. Jeremy deserved happiness and so did Charlie. I want every character to have a HEA…dang it!  

If you aren't a fan of M/M romance then I definitely believe you could skip Jeremy/Charlie's book. You could read Easy's book and go into the next full book in the series without missing out. Jeremy's brother Nick and his Special Forces team do make an appearance in Hard to Be Good, but it doesn't really touch on what they are trying to accomplish through the series. The story is mainly focused on Jeremy and Charlie.

If you are a fan of M/M, and are a fan of Jeremy's (like I am), you will enjoy reading this short novella. My only complaint is I want more of Jeremy and Charlie. Plus, I seriously love all the shirts that Jeremy wears in each of the books.  =)

(I would've had this review posted on release day, but this Book Lovin' Mama had a rough week and needed her sleep during the work week. Thank goodness for the relaxing weekend that helped with the stress of the week.)

Source: booklovinmamas.com/2015/04/19/arc-review-hard-to-be-good-by-laura-kaye
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