Monday, October 24, 2016

Book Review ~ Unspeakable by Sandra Brown

by Sandra Brown
Expected publication: October 25th 2016
by Grand Central Publishing
(first published January 1st 1998)

Carl Herbold is a cold-blooded psychopath who has just escaped the penitentiary where he was serving a life sentence. Bent on revenge, he's going back to where he began--Blewer County, Texas... Born deaf, lately widowed, Anna Corbett fights to keep the ranch that is her son's birthright, unaware that she is at the center of Herbold's horrific scheme--and that her world of self-imposed isolation is about to explode...

Drifter Jack Sawyer arrives at Anna's ranch asking for work, hoping to protect the innocent woman and her son from Herbold's rage. But Sawyer can't outrun the secrets that stalk him--or the day of reckoning awaiting them all...

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It’s been awhile since I picked up a book written by Sandra Brown and from what I recall from previous novels, her writing and stories were amazing.  With that being said, I was somewhat disappointed in Unspeakable.  It’s not that it was bad per say, it was just extremely slow going for me with a lot of drawn out fluff that almost made this a DNF.  I’m glad that I stuck it out though as the ending to me was most exciting part of the book where all the action occurred and questions were finally answered.
There is a lot of violence in Unspeakable and not a ton of romance, so if you are looking for the romance part, this book probably won’t satisfy you.  But if you are looking for a suspenseful mystery, then give this one a try.  Stick with it though and don’t give up because the ending is what makes this book shine.
3 ½ stars

Sandra Brown is the author of more than sixty New York Times bestsellers, including FRICTION (2015), MEAN STREAK (2014), DEADLINE(2013), LOW PRESSURE (2012), LETHAL (2011), & TOUGH CUSTOMER (2010).
Brown began her writing career in 1981 and since then has published over seventy novels, bringing the number of copies of her books in print worldwide to upwards of eighty million. Her work has been translated into over thirty languages.
In 2009 Brown detoured from romantic suspense to write, Rainwater, a much acclaimed, powerfully moving historical fiction story about honor and sacrifice during the Great Depression.
Brown was given an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Texas Christian University. She was named Thriller Master for 2008, the top award given by the International Thriller Writer’s Association. Other awards and commendations include the 2007 Texas Medal of Arts Award for Literature and the Romance Writers of America’s Lifetime Achievement Award.

Friday, October 21, 2016

Blog Tour & Giveaway ~ Forsaken by Sierra Kincade

By Sierra Kincade
Publisher: InterMix (October 18, 2016)
Publication Date: October 18, 2016
Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
Language: English


His job is to find her, not to fall for her…

Marsella Talent has been on the run for two years, ever since her father thrust a ledger into her hands and told her to run from the police swarming their family restaurant. Now, with the cops and her father’s men desperate to get their hands on the book, she knows she can never go home.

Jake never thought he’d see Marsella again, not after he helped her escape the night of the sting operation targeting her father, August Talent. So when he stumbles upon a mysterious woman named Cassie, the spitting image of Marsella, he knows he has to gain her trust to finally make up for the mistake he made years ago.

Only the closer he gets to her, the more irresistible he finds her. And soon he realizes he’ll have to make a choice—prove his loyalty by getting back the ledger, or save the woman that he’s growing to love…

“Kincade delivers.”—Beth Kery, New York Times bestselling author of the Because You Are Mine series

“A taut, erotic thriller.”—Library Journal (starred review)

“Full of pleasant surprises.”—Publishers Weekly

She expected him to reach for her, to walk around the small, round table and kiss her. She wanted him to kiss her. There was obvious chemistry between them, even if they were opposite in so many ways. He had to feel it. That’s why he was here, why he’d stayed, instead of moving on to Cincinnati.
But he was waiting.
It hit her then. He was waiting for her.
Doubts and insecurities fell aside, burned away by the steady heat building in her veins. It didn’t matter that she didn’t normally do this kind of thing, or that he shouldn’t have even been there, or that she didn’t know him well enough to know if he was trustworthy. She wanted to kiss him. Even if it was just once.
She slid out of the chair and stepped around the table, becoming acutely aware of how big he was, and how much she had to tilt her chin up to meet his gaze. She lifted her hand, palm hovering over his chest, feeling the warmth of his body even an inch away.
Still, he waited.
She placed her hand on him, feeling more connection with that simple touch than she ever had with Nick. Her fingers flattened over his sternum, dragging lower to where she could feel the heavy pound of his heart. Lower, to where she could feel the rise and fall of his abs through the textured material.
Part of her had known it would come to this. Why else had she agreed to bring him to the loft? She wanted this. Wanted him. Wanted the security that came with him leaving, so that she never had to really let him in.
He lifted one hand toward her cheek.
“Wait,” she said.
He stopped.
“Can I just . . . for a second?” she asked.
His hand lowered. She didn’t know what exactly she’d meant. She wanted to touch his body, just for a little while, without worrying what he was thinking, or what she should have done next, or how she felt beneath him.
She wanted to stay in control, so that later, she could tell him to go.
Her other hand joined the first, flattening over his stomach. The muscles jumped beneath her touch, his breath catching. The reaction sparked her nerves, and a strange greedy hunger built inside her. She’d done that to him. And he’d liked it.
Easing closer, her hands roamed over his chest, over the swell of his pecs, to his shoulders, and then around the hard muscles of his upper arms. He didn’t move, holding perfectly still as she made her way down to his forearms, and then his hands.
Again he reached for her, but she jerked back, and he stopped. With a small smile, he lifted his arms, clasping his hands behind his neck. It was a move of frustration, but also compliance, and when she said, “Leave them there,” his eyes went dark, and he nodded.
Gently, she pushed him back, until he was seated again in the chair. The bend in his arms showed off his biceps nicely, and when she stepped closer, between his knees, his shoulders flexed in a way that made her nipples tighten, and the deepest part of her clench with need.
She touched his jaw, and he leaned, slightly, into her hand. The stubble was rough against her fingers, and her breath came faster as she imagined it against her lips, and her breasts, and her stomach.
“Close your eyes,” she said. Then added, “Please.”
He did as she asked. With his eyes closed, she felt freer to look at him. To touch his face and neck. To press her fingers to the pulse in his throat, and trail her thumb over his ear. His hair was thick and soft, and she threaded her hands through the loose knot in the back, held in place by a rubber band. She was close now, close enough that his knees pressed against her hips, and the dark, masculine scent of him made her dizzy.
It felt intrusive, touching him this way. Too intimate for two people who didn’t know each other. It was strange, and forbidden, and more erotic than anything she’d ever done in her life.
Her fingertips brushed over his lips, and he opened his mouth and caught her thumb between his teeth. She shuddered, a hard breath escaping her throat. His tongue slid along the pad of her finger, a light challenge that had her leaning closer, hips pressing to his, finding him hard and straining against his jeans.
Eyes open, she leaned in, and pressed her lips against his.

Sierra Kincade lives in the Midwest with her husband and son. When she’s not writing naughty books, she loves eating chocolate cupcakes, binge-watching cable series, and singing loudly in the car. She wholeheartedly believes that love stories are real, and you should never choose a partner who doesn’t make you laugh.

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Thursday, October 20, 2016

Book Blitz & Giveaway ~ Before She Became a Lady by Wareeze Woodson

 Before She Became a Lady
by Wareeze Woodson
Book Type: Fiction
Genre: Historical Romance with Suspense
Publication Date: July 30, 2016

Laurel Collingsworth, seventeen and deeply in love, expects to marry her hero and live in wedded bliss forever after. Instead, with the ink barely dry on the marriage lines, Lord Robert Laningham is called away to Spain and the war. With a heavy heart, she sends her husband off with a kiss and a prayer for his safe return.

Now alone in her new role of Lady Laningham, she faces a series of terrifying events, shadowy intruders, missing jewelry, and mysterious footfalls in the night. Added to her alarms, she must fight her hostile sister-in-law for the reigns of her husband’s establishment.

When Lord Robert Laningham returns, can she convince him danger stalks the halls of the ancient mansion? In his wounded state, will he listen or must she protect her child, her recovering husband, and her household by herself?

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Three winners: $10 Amazon Gift Card
October 20 – November 9, 2016

I am a native of Texas and still live in this great state. I write period romance tangled with suspense. I married my high school sweetheart, years and years ago. We raised four children and have eight grandchildren, and grandchildren are Grand. At the moment, all my children and my grandchildren live within seventy miles of our home, lots of visits. My husband and I still love each other after all these years the stuff romance is made of, Happy Ever After!

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Nerd Blast & Giveaway ~ TWELVE DAYS OF DASH & LILY by Rachel Cohn & David Levithan

The Twelve Days of Dash & Lily
by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan
Age Range: 12 and up
Grade Level: 7 and up
Hardcover: 224 pages
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers (October 18, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0399553800
ISBN-13: 978-0399553806

New York Times bestselling authors Rachel Cohn and David Levithan are back with a life-affirming Christmas romance starring Dash and Lily.

Dash and Lily have had a tough year since readers first watched the couple fall in love. Lily’s beloved grandfather suffered a heart attack, and his difficult road to recovery has taken a major toll on her typically sunny disposition.

With only twelve days left until Christmas—Lily’s favorite time of the year—Dash, Lily’s brother Langston, and their closest friends take Manhattan by storm to help Lily recapture the holiday magic of New York City in December.

Told in alternating chapters, The Twelve Days of Dash & Lily reunites two beloved characters and is bound to be a Christmas favorite, season after season. 

Rachel Cohn is the author of the critically acclaimed YA novels Very LeFreak, You Know Where to Find Me, Cupcake, Shrimp, Gingerbread,and Beta. A graduate of Barnard College, she lives and writes in Los Angeles. Find her online at

David Levithan is a children’s book editor in New York City and the New York Times bestselling author of several books for young adults, including Another Day, Every Day, Boy Meets Boy, and Will Grayson, Will Grayson (with John Green). In 2016, David was named the recipient of the Margaret A. Edwards Award, given to honor an author, as well as a specific body of his or her work, for significant and lasting contribution to young adult literature. You can learn more about him at 

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Saturday, October 15, 2016

Excerpt Tour ~ The Cabin by Natasha Preston

The Cabin
By Natasha Preston

There may only be one killer, but no one is innocent in this new young adult thriller from Natasha Preston, author of The Cellar, a New York Times Bestseller, and Awake

They think they’re invincible.
They think they can do and say whatever they want.
They think there are no consequences.
They’ve left me no choice.
It’s time for them to pay for their sins.

A weekend partying at a remote cabin is just what Mackenzie needs. She can’t wait to let loose with her friends. But a crazy night of fun leaves two of them dead—murdered.

With no signs of a forced entry or struggle, suspicion turns to the five survivors. Someone isn’t telling the truth. And Mackenzie’s first mistake? Assuming the killing is over...

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Straightening his back, Blake walked around the double bed and gripped my arms. “Well, that sounds like a plan. I definitely don’t want you feeling horrendous all day so…” He slid a hand down the bare skin of my arm until he reached my hand. With a little tug, he towed me out of the room and downstairs.
We stopped at the bottom of the wooden stairs to assess the damage. Bottles, shot glasses, and snack wrappers littered the coffee table and floor around it. There were more empty bottles of alcohol than I remembered. No wonder we felt rough.
Blake stood behind me, his chest pressed right against my back and a hand on my hip. I liked the contact a lot.
“This explains the drilling in my head,” he murmured, leaning down to nip my neck. Spinning around, I slapped his arm playfully, laughing. Bad move. My head throbbed with the quick movement, but Blake’s boyish grin made my heart swell.
Another bad move. Don’t get too involved with him. When we went home, Blake would be back off to his dad’s, and who knew when I’d see him again. If ever.
A door upstairs opened and closed. I stepped around Blake to watch Megan hobble down. She looked as good as I felt. “Kenzie?” she whispered. “I think I’m dying.”
Laughing quietly, I replied, “You too, huh?”
“Bloody hell. How much did we drink?” she muttered, leaning heavily against the bannister as she made the final steps downstairs. She hadn’t drunk much, but it was still more than she usually did.
“We’re getting old,” I joked. “We can’t handle it anymore.”
Kyle was sprawled out on the floor with his mouth wide open, breathing deeply, his jet--black hair stuck out in all directions like a bird’s nest. Aaron was curled up beside him, sleeping in the fetal position. They clearly couldn’t handle the amount of alcohol either. They were both in the same place Blake and I had left them last night.
Blake watched us with a curiosity I didn’t quite understand. I had a feeling he didn’t have many close friends, which was a shame, because beyond that I--don’t--care attitude, he was a great guy. I thought—-from what I’d seen, anyway.
“Where’re Josh and Courtney?” Megan asked.
I shrugged. “I don’t hear anyone else up, so maybe they’re asleep still. God, Megan, I need aspirin.”
Kyle’s eyes flicked open and widened as he saw how close Aaron was to him. I felt so rough I couldn’t even laugh when he shoved him away, making Aaron wake with a gasp.
Aaron looked up, dazed. “What?” He rubbed his eyes and winced. “Christ!”
“I’m making tea. Everyone in?” I asked, receiving grunts in replace of a yes and a look of disgust from Blake. I smiled, remembering what he’d wanted before. “Coffee for you, Blake.”
I walked into the kitchen; my head was swimming, and everything looked a little fuzzy. A sea of red flashed in front of my eyes. I blinked hard.
You’re losing it.
Opening my eyes again, I stared at the floor. It took me a few moments to register what I was seeing. Bright, thick blood stretched from the middle of the kitchen to what looked like behind the island.
I gasped. There was so much blood. My heart raced and the ends of my fingertips tingled. The metallic smell filled my lungs and made me gag. My body turned cold and started to shake. What…?
“Courtney?” I whispered, not even hearing my own voice over the ringing in my ears.
Oh God, don’t pass out, Mackenzie.
Someone came up behind me. “What the…” Kyle whispered, stepping around me. “Shit. Stay back, Kenz.”
Blake was right behind Kyle. “What’s going on?” he asked.
Against Kyle’s orders, I stepped around the kitchen island and my stomach lurched. “No,” I cried, pressing my hand over my mouth as bile rose in my throat. Courtney and Josh lay on the floor in a pool of crimson blood.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Book Review ~ Fall from Grace (Resurrection Book 4) by Elizabeth Davies

Fall from Grace
(Resurrection Book 4)
by Elizabeth Davies

Eternal life is far too long when the man you love doesn’t love you.

Grace has been resurrected. She’s a vampire, an apex predator who will live for millennia. But that’s the problem; she’s no different to any other vampire. The one thing which fascinated Roman – her ability to time-travel – died when Grace did.

As Roman becomes more distant and preoccupied, Grace seeks something or someone to ease her loneliness.

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In this exciting installment, Grace has been resurrected and attempting to adjust to her new life and everything that comes with being a vampire.  Everything is new to her, from finding her next ‘meal’, to coming to grips that she will live for a very long time.  All that would be great, but the one person who she thought would be there to guide her through it all, Roman, has become quite distant and immersed in his work and spending a lot of time alongside his sexy fellow scientist.  Believing that Roman has abandoned her for someone new, Grace seeks out other activities and companionship to ease her loneliness and bitterness at Roman’s apparent betrayal.  In addition to the couple trying to figure things out and work on their communication skills, The Brotherhood is hard on their heels and the world is about to face the deadliest pandemic it has ever witnessed.

Fall from Grace is another spectacular installment of the Resurrection series by Elizabeth Davies.  I have followed this series from the start, and each book becomes better and better.  The story flowed smoothly and seamlessly and kept me intrigued throughout.  It truly was phenomenal – from the exceptional writing to how everything just seemed to fit together perfectly.  The main characters are all well-developed and the plot was so intriguing that I couldn’t for the life of me put the book down until the end.  Fall from Grace is definitely not a standalone and the reader will benefit from reading the previous novels to understand exactly how all the pieces fit together.  I really hope that there is another book in the works, because this reader needs more of Grace and Roman!

Overall, this series is one of my all-time favorites as it is the perfect combination for romance, paranormal, and suspense.  This series is definitely a must read and one that I highly recommend to any paranormal romance fan.  5 well deserving stars for Fall from Grace!

Elizabeth Davies was born and raised in South Wales more years ago than she cares to remember. She lived in England for nearly two decades but returned to her roots when she felt the mountains of her youth calling to her, and hiking in her beloved Brecon Beacons is now one of the joys in her life. When she is not working as a full time secretary, Elizabeth loves spending time with her family, hates doing necessary chores, and tries to fit in writing whenever she can. She has published several books: the Resurrection trilogy, beginning with "State of Grace", continuing with "Amazing Grace", and ending with "Sanctifying Grace", "The Spirit Guide and most recently - The Medium Path. She is currently working on another paranormal romance set in Wales.

She is also seriously addicted to chocolate.