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BROKEN BY KELLEY ARMSTRONG

 

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         Publication Date:         April 25, 2006
In this thrilling new novel from the author of Industrial Magic, a pregnant werewolf may have unwittingly unleashed Jack the Ripper on the twenty-first century — and become his next target…
Ever since she discovered she’s pregnant, Elena Michaels has been on edge. After all, she’s
never heard of another living female werewolf, let alone one who’s given birth. But thankfully, her expertise is needed to retrieve a stolen letter allegedly written by Jack the Ripper. As a distraction, the job seems simple enough — only the letter contains a portal to Victorian London’s underworld, which Elena inadvertently triggers — unleashing a vicious killer and a pair of zombie thugs.
Now Elena must find a way to seal the portal before the unwelcome visitors get what they’re looking for — which, for some unknown reason, is Elena…
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This book has so many twists and turns that you don’t know what is going to happen next. It is a wild, exciting read. Elena has found out that she is pregnant, Xavier has a request that he wants Elena to do for him.  She has to steal the letter that Jack the Ripper supposedly has written. She agrees to it because it seems to be an easy task. After retrieving the letter they unknowingly open a portal that unleashes zombies on Toronto. Now they have to find out how to close the portal and send the zombies back. I loved this book and seeing something blossom between Jeremy and Jamie Vega was worth seeing. This book had so many chase scenes and twists and turns, that you did not know who was behind it all until the very end. If you have not read a Kelley Armstrong book I highly recommend that you do. Broken is a great read and I give it 5/5 stars.

 

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ALL FIRED UP BY KATE MEADER “WHO WILL GET BURNED?”

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I was given this book by Net Galley for an honest review.

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         Publication Date:         November 5, 2013

Her sweetest mistake . . .
Cool as a Chicago winter, private events planner Cara DeLuca is a model of self-control . . . until she meets the one temptation she can’t resist: Shane Doyle. The sexy, Irish pastry chef is too hot, too sure, too young, and after a crazy night in Vegas – her new husband. While at first Cara wants nothing more than a way out of her sham marriage to Shane, she soon finds that beneath his farm boy demeanor lies a man who can match her drive, both in and out of the bedroom. How can the wrong guy feel so deliciously right?
. . . Tastes so, so good

Shane has carefully structured his career and life around one goal: connecting with the family that doesn’t know he exists. Marrying a woman with more issues than a magazine stand wasn’t part of the plan, but melting Cara’s icy exterior is so worth the detour. Now as the annulment date nears and long-buried secrets are revealed, Shane will have to fight for the one thing guaranteeing the perfect life he craves . . . the current Mrs. Shane Doyle.

All Fired Up was a was a sweet, fiery read, with well-developed characters, and story line. Cara and Shane are great together with great chemistry between them. The first time Shane and Cara meet is in Vegas when Cara  is there for a wedding. They have a great time together and end up married. They don’t see each other until Shane shows up in Chicago working in Jack Kilroy’s restaurant Sarriette’s. The sparks and chemistry is still there, and Cara is fighting her attraction to Shane. She calls her lawyer and has him to draw up the papers for an annulment. Shane does not sign them and wants to try to make a go of their relationship, but he knows that if she finds out the true reason that he really wanted a job a Sarriette’s she would never forgive him. As their relationship progresses they open up to each other, and end up falling in love. I really liked the way she handled the way of telling about anorexia, and how todays world messes with a woman’s image of herself with always showing really thin models. In today’s world that is not always the truth, we are a more full-figured nation and these young girls are given an image problem by our marketing strategies of showing thinner airbrushed models.  I loved this book and give it 5/5 stars. Kate Meader is an author I will recommend to everyone.

 

 

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INDUSTRIAL MAGIC BY KELLEY ARMSTRONG

INDUSTRIAL MAGIC

Meet the smart, sexy — supernatural — women of the otherworld. This is not your mother’s coven…

Kelley Armstrong returns with the eagerly awaited follow-up to Dime Store Magic. Paige Winterbourne, a headstrong young woman haunted by a dark legacy, is now put to the ultimate test as she fights to save innocents from the most insidious evil of all.. . .

In the aftermath of her mother’s murder, Paige broke with the elite, ultraconservative American Coven of Witches. Now her goal is to start a new Coven for a new generation. But while Paige pitches her vision to uptight thirty-something witches in business suits, a more urgent matter commands her attention.

Someone is murdering the teenage offspring of the underworld’s most influential Cabals — a circle of families that makes the mob look like amateurs. And none is more powerful than the Cortez Cabal, a faction Paige is intimately acquainted with. Lucas Cortez, the rebel son and unwilling heir, is none other than her boyfriend. But love isn’t blind, and Paige has her eyes wide open as she is drawn into a hunt for an unnatural-born killer. Pitted against shamans, demons, and goons, it’s a battle chilling enough to make a wild young woman grow up in a hurry. If she gets the chance.

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Industrial Magic is a well written, fast-paced book with well-developed characters. Paige is a witch to be reckoned with. Paige is trying to cope with her exile from the coven, but with the help of Lucas and Savannah her ward she seems to be handling it pretty well. When Lucas’ father sends a message to her asking for her help, things might not run as smooth as she thinks. Lucas’s family is part of the Cabal, and the Coven/ Cabal have always been enemies. Lucas has been shunned by his family, but when young Cabal children come up missing, and dead, politics and feuds are set aside.  I loved this book and recommend it to everyone. I give it 5/5 stars.

 

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BOOK REVIEW: THE NAME OF THE WIND BY PATRICK ROTHFUSS

They say, writers should write what they love and Patrick Rothfuss seems to do so. He love stories. Telling them is one thing but to live and tell them is astonishing. And how a writer can live in the stories?… By his imagination. Imagination is infinite. You certainly don’t have to pay for it. It is legal to use. And it’s the best thing a human has got, I believe.  The Name of the Wind . At first, I never wanted to read it. But then, when strongly recommended by one of my friend, I borrowed his copy and read it. Now I can say, I can’t wait to read the second.  The Name of the Wind  introduce us to Kvothe, a figure which is hard to ignore not because he has red hair but because the mysterious intelligence the character has.

At the start level, the book is slow for a few pages, and it took me sometime to adjust. May be I was reading after a long time. But after reading the book, I read the starting few pages again. And I must say the style used by Patrick keeps things as simple as possible and he tries to create an enclosure by his words such that if a reader is immerse in his words, he will find hard to emerge out back to reality. The book, I must say, after reading 50-70 pages is very hard to put down. Though they say, the start and the end defines a book, I must correct them, ‘their’ saying might work for a story or a novella for they are short in length but for 600 plus page novel like The Name of the Wind you need to give it some time and at least 50-70 pages might be sufficient to start being judgmental about the book. Most of the times  this will work for fantasies as they happen to be a bit bulky in the length.

As I said the story will bind you from it roots and you will be immersed in the world of Kvothe. The culture, the geography ,the background of the story and especially my favorite part, the characters, which are developed at such a level that they won’t disappoint the reader. According to one interview, Rothfuss spent 14 years in developing this trilogy and I don’t know the truth, nor am I being judgmental here.

So I would recommend this book, but then you might end up reading the trilogy.

3.5 out of 5 from me.

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THE MANE EVENT BY SHELLY LAURENSTON

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         Publication Date:         September 25, 2009
Mace Llewellyn. Brendon Shaw. Two tall, gorgeous, sexy alpha heroes who are 100% male—with a little something extra. Lion-shifters, to be exact, who can unleash every woman’s animal side and still look good—make that spectacular—in a suit…and even better out of it…NYPD cop Desiree “Dez” MacDermot knows she’s changed a lot since she palled around with her childhood buddy, Mace. But it’s fair to say that Mace has changed even more. It isn’t just those too-sexy gold eyes, or the six-four, built-like-a-Navy Seal body. It’s something in the way he sniffs her neck and purrs, making her entire body tingle… Meanwhile, for Tennessean Ronnie Lee Reed, New York City is the place where any girl—even one who runs with a Pack—can redefine herself. First order of business: find a mate, settle down, and stop using men for sex. Even big, gorgeous, lion shifter men like Brendon Shaw. But she needn’t worry, because now that Brendon’s set his sights on her, the predator in him is ready to pounce and never let go…BOOK DESCRIPTION COURTESY OF AMAZON

I always love a story by Shelly Laurenston, and The Mane Event was definitely one of them. This book actually has two stories in it, and are both doubly hilarious. She knows how to create characters and story lines that work well in creating maximum laughs. The first story centers on  Desiree “Dez” MacDermot who is a NYPD cop and Mace Llewellyn a shifter who turns into a lion. Dez is a strong female character and is a great mate for the king of beasts. Mace remembers Dez from school and believes she is the one for him.  Which is great now that his family wants him to take on more responsibilities in the pride. When Mace and Dez get together, you better have a cold shower nearby for you will definitely need it. Hot, hot, hot……..Also for the laugh factor make sure you don’t drink and read, because you will definitely be spraying the furniture and anyone in the immediate area. I know I did.

Now for the next story, we have Brendon Shaw and Ronnie Lee Reed. Ronnie is a shape shifting wolf and she takes Brendon Shaw to her Aunts to let Brendon heal after he was beaten by a group of shape shifting wolves. When the fever comes upon Brendon , Ronnie has to do everything within her power to keep him in the house. When she goes back upstairs to check on him he is gone. She rushes outside and there he is in all his lion glory, dancing? Yep, he is dancing the mambo, swaying back and forth. When I read the dancing scene I died laughing. When Brendon Shaw wakes up the next day he wants to find the woman who he was kissing last night and make her his. I loved both of these stories, because the women in them gave the men a run for their money. They  just didn’t let them catch them, they had to work for it.  I give The Mane Event 5/5 stars for all the belly laughs. I recommend this book for everyone.

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