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text 2014-10-01 23:16
TBR Monthly Goal: October
Darker After Midnight - Lara Adrian
Dark Wolf Rising - Rhyannon Byrd
Vampire Bites: Bite-sized Vampire Stories from Favorite Authors - Lori Devoti,Lynda Hilburn,Colleen Gleason,Jackie Ivie,F.E. Heaton
The Accidental Demon Slayer - Angie Fox
Witch Way Bends - Olivia Hardin
The Ghost and The Graveyard - Genevieve Jack
A Magical Collection - Maddie James,Janet Eaves,Magdalena Scott
Dead of Night - J.D. Robb,Mary Kay McComas,Mary Blayney,Ruth Ryan Langan

Looking at trying out October and November as test months to see if smaller reading goals can work to get my TBR pile down (I have over 500 books on my Nook alone - all in an Excel spreadsheet). I am not counting this week in my October reading goal, but I hope to get as many of these books done and off the TBR.

 

Problem is I am already overextending myself on volunteer activities and I start a new class on Monday (Age of Dictators: Europe 1914-1945 with one of my favorite professors), so I don't know how I am going to carve out time to read. I also have a home life that needs tending to (did you know kids like to eat at breakfast, lunch, and dinner in the same day?). This also doesn't count the two non-fiction historical books I am reviewing for my blog.

 

Here are the summaries:

 

Darker After Midnight

In the dark of night, a blood war escalates within the hidden world of the Breed. After maintaining a fragile peace with the humans who walk beside them unaware, a single act of retaliation has put the vampire nation at risk of discovery. It falls to the Order—a cadre of Breed warriors pledged to protect their own and humankind alike—to stop Dragos, the power-mad vampire, before his push for domination explodes into catastrophe.
 
At the center of the Order’s quest is Sterling Chase, whose biggest battle is the one he wages against his own savage nature. But when his eyes meet those of Tavia Fairchild, Chase finds himself drawn to the woman—and convinced she is something much more than she seems. And while everything logical warns Tavia against getting close to Chase, she cannot deny that he stirs something ravenous within her. As the Order’s enemy mobilizes for the battle of the ages, Chase and Tavia are thrust into the heart of the violence. With time running out, they must find a way to defeat Dragos once and for all—or die trying.

 

Dark Wolf Rising

Eric Drake, a powerful Dark Wolf, has never trusted himself around human females—preferring to mate only within his pack. That is, until he encounters Chelsea Smart snooping around Silvercrest pack land in search of her missing sister.

 

Secretly, Chelsea thinks Eric is the sexiest man she's ever seen, though she is wary of his potent Alpha energy. Then it's discovered that Chelsea's sister is being held by a pack of vicious Lycans, and Eric heroically leaps into action. Now, Chelsea will risk everything—her body and soul—to surrender to the passion that will mark her as Eric's woman for all eternity …if they survive.

 

Vampire Bites (Anthology)

Vampire Bites--packaged especially for vampire lovers!
Five vampire romance stories from best-selling and award winning authors in one sexy, sassy collection. Ready for a nibble?

 

The Accidental Demon Slayer

Newly anointed with demon-fighting powers and suddenly able to hear the thoughts of her hilarious Jack Russell terrier, a preschool teacher finds a whole new world of dark and dangerous, including a sexy shape-shifting griffin she's not entirely sure she can trust.

 

Witch Way Bends

Devan Stowe has only one thing on her mind when she teams up with Kent Crosby and his gang—putting an end to her father’s child trafficking business. Her determination takes her on a journey to discover her true strength and... the one man she was destined to love. In his arms, she’ll learn the meaning of trust, honor, and courage. Devan will unlock an amazing gift that will free her from her past and open up a future full of magic, faeries and more things than she ever imagined possible.

 

The Ghost and the Graveyard

Grateful Knight isn’t looking for love when she moves into a rent-free house on the edge of a graveyard. At twenty-two, all she wants is to recover financially so she can move back to the city where she belongs.

But sparks fly when the gorgeous cemetery caretaker, Rick, introduces himself and mentions his suspicion that her new house might be haunted. Her attraction to him seems supernatural, and despite her resolve to not get involved, she literally can’t keep her hands off him.

When things in Grateful’s house start moving on their own, another man enters her life, Logan, a sexy ghost with a dark secret. He says Rick isn’t what he seems, and indulging her passion for him could cost her soul.

One thing’s for sure, magical forces are at work in the tiny town of Red Grove, and they’re converging on Grateful. Life will never be the same once she's forced to choose between the ghost and the graveyard.

 

A Magical Collection (Anthology)

A Piece of Her Soul by Magdalena Scott
~ A very lovely romantic story.
Jacqueline has a special gift. She senses what is missing from people’s souls, and helps them fill the void to become truly happy. After years of this highly emotional, exhausting work, she needs a break. But the little cottage on a quiet street in Indiana isn’t quite the retreat she expected. Because there’s a handsome police chief next door, and her sixth sense tells her he needs something. How she wishes that something was her…

 

The Dragon Keeper by Janet Eaves
~ a very well written short with a satisfying conclusion.
Tom O’Malley has been inebriated for a little too long. How else could a woman suddenly appear in his home looking exactly like his deceased wife and then change into a form no one would ever believe? Gabriella has a mission. One she has had for millennia. Only this time the man she has been sent to save refuses to believe in himself, in his future… and most importantly, in magick!

 

Witcherly Challenged by Maddie James
~ A great whip smart story of a sassy witch in training.
Jade McEntire is witcherly-challenged. She’s flunking out of WWU (Witches & Warlocks University) and retaking Potions and Lotions 101 on the eve of Halloween, when she meets up with a High Warlock of McScreamy proportions, and a challenge that must be met. Then to beat it all, she learns she’s been summoned—which means that a High Warlock somewhere wants her for his High Witch. Could life get any more complicated for this lowly, challenged, teenage witchling?

 

BONUS MATERIAL: Read the first chapters of Claiming The Legend by Janet Eaves, Midnight in Legend, TN by Magdalena Scott, and Bed, Breakfast and You by Maddie James.

 

Dead of Night (Anthology)

Nora Roberts, writing as J.D. Robb, puts futuristic lieutenant Eve Dallas in a supernatural showdown with a most seductive criminal: a vampire.

 

An ancient coin whisks an American woman and a modern-day earl into the past-and into each other's arms-in a stirring tale from Mary Blayney.

 

When a city girl visits a Scottish castle in Ruth Ryan Langan's story, she is thrust into a timeless romance with a mighty Highland laird.

 

And Mary Kay McComas gives an unhappy wife a magic-carpet ride into an alternate reality to show her the grass isn't always greener.

 

Happy October Reading!

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review 2014-09-13 01:01
Kismet Knight, Ph.D., Vampire Psychologist series
The Vampire Shrink - Lynda Hilburn

I really liked this series (what I read of it). The story line was very original and creative. To the average person I think the psychologist part may be viewed as a bit cheesy (and at times it was tolerably cheesy), but to someone (such as myself) who loves psychology it makes for an interesting twist. I did have trouble finding some of the books either at the library or book stores which was a bit of a turn off. Despite that little hang up, what I did read of the series was interesting, original, romantic, and tolerably cheesy. I would recommend it to anyone into psychology, vampires, romance, and able to handle a little cheese.

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text 2014-07-02 14:18
July 2014 Goals
Harder - Robin York
Marked by Midnight - Lara Adrian
Daylight Again (Hell or High Water) - SE Jakes
The Siren - Tiffany Reisz
Back To You - Leighton Rose
Need You Now (1001 Dark Nights) - Lisa Renee Jones
The Vampire Shrink - Lynda Hilburn
Fatal Shadows - Josh Lanyon

This month I have quite  a blend of books to read.

 

Harder (Caroline & West #2) 

by Robin York

This is the second (and last) book in the series, the first been Deeper which I absolutely LOVED! no surprise there! I loved everything Robin wrote in the pan name Ruthie Knox, so naturally I utterly fell in love with this one as well. Yeah, it's going to break my heart but I can't help myself, I really can't..

 

Marked by Midnight (Midnight Breed #11.5)

by Lara Adrian

Another short novella in a series I really enjoy. Can't wait for the full novel though so this one is a fair teaser ;)

 

Daylight Again (Hell or High Water #3)

by SE Jakes

I planned on reading this book in the previous month with two other novels in the world of Hell or High Water but didn't find the time. Hope it'll be as good as "Free Falling" which was really a pleasure to read!

 

The Siren (The Original Sinners #1)

The Angel (The Original Sinners #2)

The Prince (The Original Sinners #3)

The Mistress (The Original Sinners #4)

by Tiffany Reisz

I got a really good recommendation for this one and I postponed it FOREVER since I wasn't sure how I would feel about it, but after reading Beyond and loving it (though I though I wouldn't :P) I really want to give it a (fair!) chance.

 

Back to You

by Leighton Rose

Another one which came with an amazing recommendation! 

 

Need You Now (1001 Dark Nights)

by Lisa Renee Jones

Though I was disappointed with "Inside out" series I DID enjoy Lisa's other short stories. 

 

The Vampire Shrink (Kismet Knight, Ph.D., Vampire Psychologist #1)

by Lynda Hilburn

I read a great review of this one and really felt like giving it a go! Just recently I've realized it's actually a series... so we'll see how it goes.. 

 

Fatal Shadows (Adrian English #1)

A Dangerous Thing (Adrian English #2)

by Josh Lanyon

I've heard this one is a good MM series so I'm giving it a go. Didn't plan for the next books in the series since I have SO MUCH books to read so I'll see what I'll do with the rest of them if they're as great as I've heard. 

 

This month I think the "better" greetings will be - GOOD LUCK :)

 

 January Goals / January Recap

February Goals / February Recap

March Goals / March Recap

April Goals / April Recap

May Goals / May Recap

June Goals / June Recap

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review 2014-03-01 00:03
A sexy, laugh-out-loud read
The Vampire Shrink - Lynda Hilburn

Opening Line: "My involvement with vampires began innocently enough."

 

Dr. Kismit Knight is a respected Denver Psychologist who doesn't believe in the paranormal. She especially doesn't believe in Vampires. Kismit's character has been written like a real person, not your average romance heroine, she could be you or me and that's what makes it so great when she stumbles into the Vampire world. It could also be you or me.

 

The story begins with Dr. Knight taking on a patient with a Vampire fetish. The girl frequents a Goth club and has a crush on the owner, who she claims is a Vampire. She in fact wants to become one of the undead. Kismit of course thinks she's crazy but decides that this Vampire culture would be a great idea for a book. Kismit puts an ad in the newspaper promoting herself as the "Vampire Shrink" hoping to gain valuable research material. What she doesn't count on is meeting Devereux. The 800 year old, wealthy and extremely gorgeous club owner.

 

After a two year drought in her sex life Kismit finds herself inexplicably drawn to him even though she thinks he's delusional for indeed claiming to be a Vampire. Through a series of misadventures and blood drained bodies she also finds herself spending time with FBI profiler Alan Stevens. Enter the love triangle.

 

Throughout this story we get to hear Dr. Knights running internal dialogue and it's awesome, especially after she learns that Devereux can read her mind. "Yes I desire you as well" he whispered into my mind.

 

The climax takes place at a Vampire ball on Halloween night. With a gruesome multiple-personality antagonist named Lucifer out to kill Devereux and drain Dr. Knights blood. It also finds FBI man Alan dressed as Gary Oldman from the movie Dracula. This is a hilarious book, full of sassy sarcasm and cool wit. It is also quite sexy. With both love interests more than suitable as romance material.

 

 

Highly recommended for fans of sexy Vampires, sexy FBI men, sarcastic wit, paranormal romance and an all around good read. I'm looking forward to reading (DARK HARVEST) next to see where the series takes us.

 

Excerpt from the Vampire Shrink:

"I choose fictional creatures for 500$ Alex."

Propping my feet up on the chair that'd been recently vacated by the firm hindquarters of the cutest FBI agent I'd ever seen, I raised my coffee cup in a solitary toast to the memory of his tight jeans exiting my kitchen and loudly vocalized the theme song from the TV game show Jeopardy.

I put on my best Alex Trebek voice. "These bloodsucking undead denizens of the night have taken over the rational minds of the populace of Denver" I pretended to push an invisible button on the table.

"What are vampires?" imitating Alex again

"Yes our new winner is Dr Kismit Knight formally a respected psychologist now a permanent resident of Denver Psychiatric Hospital"

I sang the theme song again, applauded myself and heaved a huge sigh. I definitely didn't get enough sleep."

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review 2014-02-03 01:17
Kismit's back in a great follow-up
Dark Harvest - Lynda Hilburn

Opening Line: "Top o' the morning guys and gals, and welcome to "Wake up Denver"! WOW Radio's top-rated talk show."

Dr. Kismit Knight returns in this great sequel to The Vampire Shrink continuing her witty adventures into the world of vampires, the paranormal and magic.

It's been six months since Kismit began her relationship with the 800 year old gorgeous vampire known as Devereux. Although still very much in love with him (and the sex is still awesome too) Kismit is becoming increasingly frustrated by his over protectiveness and domineering manner. Devereux after all is the "master" vampire and used to getting his way. He in turn is having to adjust to her modern ideas and self-suffciency.

Kismit's life has been relatively normal of late even though she continues to counsel the undead and adapt to her new role as an expert on things of the paranormal. During a live radio interview an on air caller named Hallow claiming to be a vampire even older and more powerful than Devereux, casts a spell over Kismit and enters her mind. This is when the story really takes off. Refusing to acknowledge Devereux's warning about Hallow's evil nature and needing her space Kismit teams up with Maxie, a tabloid reporter who manages to drag her into all manner of trouble while searching for that one juicy story. Hallow meanwhile begins to take greater control over Kismit's mind, in turn causing her to exhibit a more uninhibited side of herself. As Kismit becomes possessed by her sexy alter ego Dev realizes what's happening and casts several spells in an effort to bring his true love back to him but Hallow is powerful and believes Kismit would make a welcome addition to his harem.

This is a great read; sexy, thrilling and with Kismit's own brand of sarcastic wit throughout. There are a couple of impossibly sexy yet bloody fight scenes as Devereux tries to save Kismit and destroy the wicked Hallow. There's also a great supporting cast of characters including the return of self absorbed ex-boyfriend Tom who has an outlandish request that will potentially land him a job on TV doing live sex counselling. Victoria the resident witch who manages Devereux's building returns as does Luna, Dev's personal assistant who still has it in for Kismit. Although we do finally learn why. Hallow as an antagonist is equal parts sexy, funny and pure evil and I really enjoyed him.

With way more magic, spells and psychic connections than the first book, Dark Harvest is a great ride and I enjoyed it almost as much as the first book although as a whole it was slightly darker and in my opinion not quite as funny. This series is developing well however and Kismit and Devereux's love story hasn't been wrapped up quite yet which makes me hopeful for the third book in this great series.

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