Thursday, December 1, 2011

REVIEW: Immortal Rider by Larissa Ione


Immortal Rider (Lords of Deliverance #2) by Larissa Ione
5 Floozies




I love, love, love, Larissa Ione and her cast of characters!  She has an amazing way of bring heat, passion, fierceness, and funny into everything she writes or collaborates on (Hello, Sydney Croft!!).  She is current and sassy without sounding fake or contrived.  I noticed more gore (yay!) in Immortal Rider and I was happy to see some of the Demonica Series cameos.

Limos is a kick-ass kick in the pants.  She is devious, demonic, and lonely.  Arik treats her like no one has, like a woman.  She has long since changed her devilish ways but is paying for them now.  Arik is by her side through it all and she soon realizes that she has missed out on that and craves more.

Arik, oh hunky military man!!  I could see all yummy in camos and a machine gun (a la Rambo).  He has demons of his own and, in fact, has a "gift" he inadvertently ended up with when he survived a demon bit in the Demonica Series.  The part where he is trapped in Sheoul is so engaging and gruesome.  His endurance in the most extreme circumstance was motiving!  With a little help from his "friends" (aka Tavin) he escapes and is on his path to finding Limos.  The nicknames he come up with to refer to Limos are funny!  The ones I can remember off the top of my head are My Little Pony and Flicka!

Oh, and the side story of Than and Regan, wow!  Go Regan, who wouldn't want a piece of that.  Oh, but he said NO!  I really got weirded out by that scene.  I am a feminist to the core and have always believed no means no.  Regan raped Than, no way around it.  I'm not sure if that was necessary to the story.  Maybe in his lust filled haze he screams NO in his head only he thinks it's out loud, because, really, I will never get behind that, fiction or not.  Besides that part, I can not wait for Lethal Rider!! A horseman baby, how cool!

Overall a fantastic read.  Ione never fails to draw me in and make me crave more.  Larissa Ione is the best paranormal romance author I have ever read.  She has the best all around book with a perfect mix of gore, grit, romance, sex, and fantasy.  She has the uncanny ability to draw you in and make you apart of the world she has created and if you’ve read any of my reviews, that is my most treasured part of read.  I crave her books and devour them in one sitting.  I will get in line for all of her book without fail!  Thank you, Larissa Ione!!  Keep it up because we're reading what your writing!



Monday, November 21, 2011

REVIEW: Lord of the Abyss by Nalini Singh


Lord of the Abyss (Royal House of Shadows #4) by Nalini Singh
4 Floozies


This book is the fourth and final book in the Royal House of Shadows series.  Each book follows the surviving children of the murdered king and queen of Elden as they make their way back home to defeat their parents murder and Elden's current ruler, the Blood Sorcerer.  Micah, the lord of the abyss, or hell as I compared it too, is the final sibling to make his way across the dimensions.  He is helped by princess Liliana, who just happens to be the Blood Sorcerer's daughter.  Yeah, that made for an interesting revelation.

Although I liked this book, some of the concepts did not come together as I expected.  For one, I thought there would be some hugs and kisses from the siblings before the epic battle, but it was just "Lili's dying, help me Nic, oh BTW, nice to see you after 20 years".  Also, the epic battle was not as epic as anticipated.  For as powerful as the Blood sorcerer was portrayed his killing was pretty ordinary.  And one thing that really got me was that Lili turned pretty!  Why do all heroines NEED to be pretty?  Couldn't she have keep her schnoz? Or her gimp?  I get she was spelled to keep her feeling defeated but couldn't she have kept something?

For all that, the rest of the book was spectacular!  I loved the interaction between Micah and Lili.  His blind love for her was very inspiring and her dedication to him and to freeing Elden was good too!  I loved Jissa and her infatuation with Bard, how sweet, a mini romance!  The fantasy-like creatures were well created by Ms. Singh.  And the overall plot and story line was easy to follow and fun!!  The back stories Lili revealed about how her dad treated her broke my heat, that poor sweet little girl.  So happy to see she got a HEA!

This series is fun, fantastical, and the slight similarities to fairytales were an added bonus!  I'm giving this book 4 floozies and the entire series a must-read recommendation to my fellow pararomance lovers!



This book was provided by NetGalley.com

REVIEW: Pride & Passion by Charlotte Featherston


Pride & Passion (The Brethren Guardians #2) by Charlotte Featherstone
4 Floozies



Charolette Featherstone's writing is breathtaking! The emotion conveyed is unparalleled, her characters have depth beyond the pages, and the journey I was taken on was unforgettable. Pride & Passion is the second book in the Brethren Guardian series and the third book I've read by Ms. Featherstone and she has never failed me. I end up loving every word and damn the time between books!

I am slightly conflicted when it comes to Lucy. I know she is young and heartbroken over her lover's death, however she seems immature and will not open her arms to Adrian. Maybe it's because I know her HEA is with Adrian so I want her to put her big girl panties on and deal! At first I was not a fan, but with what she's had to deal with in her childhood, and now her relationship to her dad, I can understand and even empathize. Her maid (Sybil?) is a fishy character, something's up with her. Maybe she is Orpheus's girlfriend, the one that was in his room?

Oh, Adrain! I just adore him. He's kind, caring, loyal, and mysterious. He loves Lucy, but she won't throw him a bone for half the book. However, he's unrelenting, and the bomb that he drops at her feet is just so yummy! I love when things come full circle. Adrian was provided with an opportunity that he was reluctant to take but ended up using as a means to provide for those less fortunate. Gosh, don't you just love him?

Adrian ends up taking what he wants, and he for sure wants Lucy. The mysterious and dangerous Orpheus is still at large and now Elizabeth is missing! Go get her, Iain!! Great characters, great suspense, great romance, GREAT BOOK! Temptation & Twilight is next and I will be first in line!



This book was provided by NetGalley.com.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

REVIEW: The Iron Duke by Meljean Brook


The Iron Duke (Iron Seas #1) by Meljean Brook
5 Floozies



What a magical read!! I loved it from start to finish. 5+ Floozies for this one!!

For some reason I missed the whole steampunk aspect of this book, so it took me a minute to get the idea that Iron Duke did not take place in historical England. Once I got that, I realized the world Meljean Brook had created was so amazing and fantastic. The different classes and the prejudice associated was just one level of this skyscraper of a book.


Rhys (how many names did he have anyway, jeez, I had to reread a few parts to make sure it was him), oh boy, talk about take no prisoner hot boy. He takes what he wants and dosen't even bother with a thank you. His aura and presence were so enthralling. When he was on the page I paid extra attention because his character did not say or do anything that was not of great importance.


Mina's physical appearance is the embodiment of the "horde" to the public and a major catalyst to how she lives her life. I compared the Horde to the Nazis. Controlling, oppressive, unremorseful . . . you get the idea. Mina's mother was raped by one of the Horde and upon seeing her daughter she gouges her eyes out, not because Mina was grotesque, but for the injustice forced upon Mina's mother. Love, support, and understanding take the place of grief and Mina is raised in a house that any child would be proud to call home. However, when she steps on the street she is bombarded with ridicule, name calling, and even physical harassment because people see her outside appearance not taking the time to see what kind of person she is on the inside. That layer of the story really got to me because I can not stand by to racism, prejudice, and injustice. I like to think I fight, in my own way, for those who are effected and try hard not to judge before getting to know someone.

Anywho . . .

Mina is resigned to her lot in life and takes it on the chin like a champ. Rhys vows to purge the nasty thoughts of the "jade whore" from the minds of the public, when in reality Mina is the one that ends up setting the public straight just by being herself, a remarkable public servant, and a women in love.

Mina outwardly wants a quick tryst with Rhys, not wanting to reach too far above her station. However, Rhys will not stop until Mina is in his bed permentatly. Hello, feminist . . . Yeah, I cringed a little but thankful Rhys realized the value of Mina as a person, as a partner, and as a potential mother to his children.


Saw blades for teeth, glass orbs for eyes that detect truths and lies, metal sharks, and cracken!! Action, adventure, love, personal development, and sequels!! I was transported into this world and loved every minute I spent with Mina and Rhys. Even the supporting characters were exciting to get to know. I am a happy book lover right about now. Just so much to chew on without being overwhelming. The core of the story is crystal clear and so entertaining I could not put it down.

The development of Mina and Rhys' love for each was so sweet and just . . . perfect . . . for this book! I can not wait to read Heart of Steel and, really, any other steampunk romance I can get my hands on!!




REVIEW: Envy by J.R. Ward


Envy (Fallen Angels #2) by J.R. Ward
3 Floozies



Ugh . . . I need a witness! It can be quietly, in your own mind as to not upset your J.R. Ward group 'friends", or to keep the obvious from your lips but can someone please back me up!!

Ward's faux ghetto diatribes have become the most annoying thing since parachute pants. Hammer was not badass for strutting around in 25 yards of fabric and J.R. Ward's characters are not fiercer for trying to sound like they're "Straight Outta Compton", leave that to NWA, m'kay!

Here are some examples:

CPDers - really, just "cops" from Caldwell Police Department

Diving into his databanks - thinking, or maybe thinking really hard

"When the screaming pain faded a little, Veck took another run at remembering . . . only to slam temple-first into the land of Excedrin and blackout drapes again" - see what I mean?

" 'I can't remember anything after he showed up, and that's the God's honest.' " - How much harder would it be to add "truth" in there?

"Next door, on the far side of a connector, two deep male voices were doing the back-and-forth, in the key of frustrated-to-shit." - typical overuse of the hyphen

"This goin'-back-to-Caldie-Caldie-Caldie wasn't so much the issue." - As someone who comes from California and grew up listening to Biggie I'm slightly offended.

But really, when an author is capable of such poignant content as,
"Not all mirrors were made of glass, and you didn't always need your reflection to take a good, hard look at yourself. The truth was something you wore sure as the suit of flesh that bound and gaged your soul until you were set free, and you couldn't ignore it forever."
it's frustrating when a majority of the text is gibberish such as,
"Not a lot of Food Network going down in here: all he had were a couple of empty pizza boxes on the counter and some Starbucks dead solders clustered around the sink."
Starbucks dead soldiers? Come on Ward! Might as well complete the  nonsense and call the pizza boxes pie coffins.  Crazy thing is I only went 8% into the book, I honestly did not feel like rereading this crap.

I've heard many times and strongly believe just because you can, doesn't mean you should. Just because I can write every other word in italics doesn't mean I should. Just because J.R. Ward can do the whole hypen-overload-of-the-brain-to-make-something-hard-to-expain-easier-to-understand thing doesn't mean she should. Just because Nike, Van Hausan, Starbucks, Ralph Lauren (and who every else was plugged) wants you to promote their product in your book doesn't mean you should! Just because "Black and Yellow" contains those specific colors doesn't mean only Steerler's fans can like it. Ok, that went a little too far, but I want a red and gold song, damn it! As Ward would say, The Niners are doin' big thangs up in herr, off-the-chain-link kinda thangs, yo!

Ok, I'm back . . .

Don't believe me? Do you want more examples? No problem. Anyone with a copy can do so for themselves, here's how: Flip through your book and you will easily located groups of words separated by hyphens, meant to convey the attitude of a hip hooligan but ultimately makes them look like:

Seth Green from Can't Hardly Wait Remember him? Chester Cheetah, roar!
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Or any of those Jersey Shore douchbags!
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Thankfully J.R. Ward graciously allows us wait a year between books. That gives me time to unwind, and prepare myself for all of the obnoxiousness.

Ok, but to get more on point. I loved the story. I can not wait to see what happens with Sissy and Jim, as well as how Adrian will cope going forward. I love a series that builds and expands with every book until you are compelled to read all you can get your greedy hands on hoping for a taste. I can't wait for the next installment, I am invested in this series and eagerly await more! For as wrong as J.R. Ward can be, she is so right when building a relationship. The characters HEA develops so beautifully, J.R. Ward should have 'wonderful romance guaranteed' tattooed on her arse, because it's the truth! Not to mention the fighting and gore scenes, so captivating! This could have easily been a 5+ Floozy book . . .

That being said, I will not be the first in line for any future Fallen Angels books until J.R. Ward limits the "ghetto"ness. I relish books I don't have to dumb myself down to read, therefore, put them above books such as this.

And as Veck would say: Wow. Yup that's all I have on that one.


REVIEW: Lord of the Wolfyn by Jessica Andersen


Lord of the Wolfyn (Royal House of Shadows #3) by Jessica Andersen
3 Floozies


Finished this a couple weeks ago and can't find my notes so please bear with me . . .

Yup, I was right! Red Riding Hood infused, fun but my least favorite of the Royal House of Shadows Series. I never GOT the characters. They had the chemistry required of all romance H/h (and why is heroine the little 'h'? Like Ds, are heroine's subservient?) . . . I digress . . .they had the chemistry needed but it did not go too far beyond that. This is the first book I've read by Jessica Andersen and I like her writing immensely. She has a "current" style that is easy and enjoyable to read. I just wasn't diggin' the characters. I never got why Dayn mind manipulating Reda was so bad, ya definitely worth a what for, but not all that went down. I like to put myself in the time and place of the stories I read and try to see the situation at hand and I had a hard time imagining the means and the ends of this installment. Well, needless to say, HEA was accomplished and Dayn and Reda set forth to conquer the Blood Sorcerer. A medium sized pothole on the road to reclaiming Elden, worth traversing just mind your under carriage :D

As this series is accumulative, I can only imagine this book is a must read for background when reading Lord of the Abyss, and although not terrible and certainly entertaining, it lacks the mysterious element required for me to LOVE a book, just keep that in mind.



REVIEW: Lord of Rage by Jill Monroe


Lord of Rage (Royal House of Shadows #2) by Jill Monroe
5 Floozies



Bears and
Bears and
Bears . . . . Oh My!

This is a MUST READ in ORDER series as the conclusion will not be achieved until Lord of the Abyss

Ok, goldielocks and the three bears have never been hotter. The correlation to the fairytale was fun to see evolve. And let me tell you the Fairytale Floozy loves a good fairytale romance, obviously!

Breena (btw: very similar to my sister's name. It's even spoken the same on my kindle's text-to-speech, kinda weird when they got busy) is the only sister of the surviving children of the massacred queen and king of Elden. The kids are squandered away to other realms by their mother's magic and then given the desire for revenge of the Blood Sorcerer, said queen and king murderer, by their father's magic.

Blondie Breena is dumped, lost in a forest of Ursa Berserker (that's bear for you newbs), luckily they are extinct, or are they? Anywho, she ends up in a cabin in the middle of the forest, hungry, thirsty, and tired. On the stove is . . . oatmeal. Luckily there is something to drink too . . . lemonade. Being so tired, she finds the bedroom with . . . three beds. She does not try them all but falls to her exhausted slumber on the biggest.

Sensing a theme? Yup, me too! (hint: relevant items in bold)

And who's bed is that? Osborn, the lone surviving bear or course. Well, he has two brothers, a total of three if you're not sensing the theme, but the brothers have not completed the berserker ritual so they are not furry yet. As far as I can tell the relations end there, but it was super fun while it lasted. Makes me wonder if this was an anomaly or was Lord of the Vampires supposed to loosely represent a fairy tale as well? Realm traveling vampires? Can't think of anything off the top . .

Well, I digress . . . Breena is gungho to have Osborn help avenge her parents and reclaim her island, but not so fast, sister. Osborn is not a big fan of the Eldenites, and sense she selectively forgets to tell him exactly where she came from, he's none to happy with her as well. His participation is limited to helping her hone her warrior skills.

I get all gooey inside when someone chanlleges the long held archaic beliefs of others, so the interactions between Breena and the brothers is so exciting. Brother Bear has not told them the best when it comes to women so they are very 1950's-human-realm in there beliefs. Oh, it's not because he does not like women, it because he likes them too much and does not want his brother to fall victim to the charms of a woman. Well, what do you know, he's the hero in a romance novel so I'm sure you can guess.

The progress from tough and unrelenting crazy bear to a soft and sweet teddy is fantastic. As well as, can't-even-cook-oatmeal princess to warrior ready to slay five head dragon thingies and murdering foes.

Girl Power!

HEAs abound and I could not be more excited to read Lord of the Wolfyn. If the fairytale theme continues I can only image I'll be seeing a red cape and mentioning a grandmother.


REVIEW: Lord of the Vampires by Gena Showalter


Lord of the Vampires (Royal House of Shadows #1) by Gena Showalter
4 Floozies


This book was so much fun!  I value a Book 1 that sets up the rest of the series, and this did for sure.  The struggles between trust and survival are evident with love prevailing.  Lots of questions still unanswered, which makes me anxious to read the rest of the books. On to Lord of Rage, book 2.  Great series to start over halloween!


Thursday, November 10, 2011

Can't wait for Rainshadow Road (Feb. 2012)

I am so excited for Lisa Kleypas's new book, Rainshadow Road, book #2 in the Friday Harbour series, coming in February.

Isn't the cover gorgeous? Read an excerpt here: http://bit.ly/j5qdP8.



I am one of "Lisa's Divas" - a group of select fans who share info & content related to Lisa's novels and get sneak peeks & swag in return.

Friday, October 28, 2011

REVIEW: Not Quite a Husband by Sherry Thomas


Not Quite a Husband by Sherry Thomas
5 Floozies

Wow, what a surprise!  I absolutely loved this book.   The emotional aspect was remarkable.  I haven't cried so much in a long time.  I was pulling for a happy ending hoping the H/h would just put the past aside, unload their baggage and let love in.  On top of all that the sensual side of the story was breathtaking.  I did not have to wait long until they were heating the sheets.  I think that was a tactical move so the reader could focus more on the emotional bond that needed to be built!  This was my first read by Sherry Thomas and it will not be my last!

REVIEW: Alexandra's Legacy by N.J. Walters


Alexandra's Legacy by N.J. Walters
5 Floozies


Got this as a freebie on Amazon and I loved it!! It was suspenseful, steamy, sexy, and I could not put it down. Joshua is such a stud! Ms. Walters writes him perfectly, infusing the proper amount of lethal protector and passionate lover. The journey I went on with Alex was amazing. She must figure out her wolfie side, while relocating to pack lands with an uber sexy stranger, separated from her dad no less! The supporting cast has the perfect mix of indispensability while not overshadowing the main characters. Divine is awesome and I am so happy James gave her the opportunity to improve her life! It's good to see a straight forward adult paranormal romance. I was getting a little tired of those books that include glossary . . . Alexandra's Legacy has restored my faith in paranormal romance! Look forward to more :D



Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Tasty Tuesday #3

God Bless America!

REVIEW: This Magic Moment by Virna DePaul


A Dalton Brothers Novel #1
5 Floozies


GoodReads Blurb:

Entomologist and adjunct professor Melina Parker has always excelled in two things: research followed by hands-on application. She prides herself on being a lady in public, but after she's dumped yet again for being a lady in the bedroom, she's ready to go back to school.

Determined to find her inner sex diva, she enlists her childhood friend, Max Dalton, to tutor her after hours. Instead, she ends up in the wrong bed and gets a lesson in passion from Max's twin brother, Rhys Dalton, a man Melina's always secretly wanted but never thought she could have.

Despite craving the occasional adventure, Melina's a small-town girl who wants roots and a family. Rhys and Max, on the other hand, are world-famous magicians who travel from one city to another, changing bed partners as easily as plane flights. While Rhys is outwardly the more reserved of the two, he has no shortage of tricks up his sleeve. Unable to believe his good luck, he gives Melina her first taste of multiples right out the gate. Come morning, she's so mortified that she threw herself at Rhys that she blurts out the truth about her tutoring experiment. Not about to let her get away from him, Rhys convinces Melina that when it comes to sexual lessons, he's more than man enough for the job. His biggest challenge is teaching Melina that when it comes to pleasure, the key to his own is hers.

Can a woman who's always longed for hearth and home find satisfaction with a man whose entire life has been about moving on to the next big thing? With her belief in absolutes and his skill with magic, it's the perfect formula for love.

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I thoroughly enjoyed this book. My first read by Ms. DePaul and I REALLY REALLY hope she writes a book for Max and Melina's friends. 

The attraction between Rhys and Melina is intreging from the jump and I could not wait to see how their relationship progressed from childhood friends to HEA. And who knew magicians could be smokin' hot and not Chris Angel wierd or gay? And twins . . . SOLD! I was never disappointed by clich├ęs even though this general friends-to-lovers plot has been explored many times. This Magic Moment was such a breath of fresh air, I bought A Vampire's Salvation (A Vampire Romance) and will read ASAP. 

Thank you Larissa Ione for featuring Virna DePaul on your blog, she's on my radar! 

And Virna, please don't forget about Max, I want more!!



REVIEW: Chasin' Eight by Lorelei James

Rough Riders #11
5 Floozies



GoodReads Blurb
She wants it…he’s got it…and the chase is on…

Bull rider Chase McKay has finally landed in a pile too big to charm his way out of. Caught with his pants down, he finds himself bucked right off the PBR tour until he can get his act together.

Hollywood actress Ava Cooper became the tabloids’ favorite target when her longtime boyfriend was outed as gay. She needs a place to lay low and a chance to prove to herself that she can satisfy a red-blooded man between the sheets. The sexy, rugged cowboy she finds holed up in her Wyoming hideaway seems like the answer to her every fantasy.

But Chase has sworn off women. Forever. Or at least a month. Whichever comes first.

When they take to the road to get Chase more hands-on bull riding experience, they have every intention of keeping their hands off each other. But the two headstrong stars quickly end up riding a hot and heady rodeo circuit all their own—until the press gets wind of their affair. When the dust clears and the lights of the paparazzi fade, are they ready to give up chasing the dream for a chance of finding forever?

Warning: Strap in, another hot McKay is about to bust out of the gate and this bull rider knows a thing or two about riding hard…
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LOVE Lorelei James!
LOVE The McKey/West crew
LOVE Wyoming Cowboys
LOVE Bull Riding
LOVE Always knowing LJ will deliver EVERYTIME!

Gotta read it . . . Gonna love it . . . Enough said!


REVIEW: Lover Unleashed by J.R. Ward

Black Dagger Brotherhood #9
5 Floozies
Buy it on Amazon!



GoodReads Blurb
Payne, twin sister of Vishous, is cut from the same dark, warrior cloth as her brother: A fighter by nature, and a maverick when it comes to the traditional role of Chosen females, there is no place for her on the Far Side… and no role for her on the front lines of the war, either.

When she suffers a paralyzing injury, human surgeon Dr. Manuel Manello is called in to treat her as only he can- and he soon gets sucked into her dangerous, secret world. Although he never before believed in things that go bump in the night- like vampires- he finds himself more than willing to be seduced by the powerful female who marks both his body and his soul.

As the two find so much more than an erotic connection, the human and vampire worlds collide … just as a centuries old score catches up with Payne and puts both her love and her life in deadly jeopardy

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"Well you came and you gave without taking, but I sent you away, oh Manny. Well you kissed me and stopped me from shaking I need you today, oh Manny!"

Oh wait, that's 'Mandy' . . . whatever! He's the real Handy Manny, ok?!?

Man, I love me some Manny! The book was sooo long, and I have dishes and laundry to catch up on, but it was worth the sacrifices. And Payne!! What a fabulous mix of vulnerable, soft, fierce, and loyal. She is my hero, she kicks ass!! Payne is my fav shellan and JM is my fav brother, offically!!

However, I think Lover Unleashed should unofficially be referred to as the PMVJ book. That's Payne Manny Vishous Jane, BTDub. There was as much V & Jane as there was P & Manny. Hold your curses, ladies! It's not a bad thing, NOT at ALL! There is something about V that enthralls me. He is so proud and broken and SXHEXY as hell. And Jane, the ever faithful ghost trying to save her hellren from the unthinkable setting in motion a chain of events that will forever change the Brotherhood. Enter Butch, and it just a pop-some-corn-and-get-settled-for-an-awesome-show kinda thing!

There is so much in this book that it would take me WAY to long to write a proper review. Nevertheless, I will, but tomorrow, I'm tired. The book was great, worth the read. If you are a Brotherhood fan, you probably already read it, and I will check out your reviews tomorrow. I do have a urge to try Lagavulin, for some strange reason! Any theories? haha, ok I've gotta get some sleep, right now! On that note I leave you with a little literary algebra:

(Up/Downs + faux-ghetto metaphors)(muy caliente vamps + ass kickin + GREAT sex scenes) = J.R. Ward


REVIEW: Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake by Sarah MacLean

Love by Numbers #1
5 Floozies



GoodReads Blurb
A lady does not smoke cheroot. She does not ride astride. She does not fence or attend duels. She does not fire a pistol, and she never gambles at a gentlemen's club. 

Lady Calpurnia Hartwell has always followed the rules, rules that have left her unmarried - and more than a little unsatisfied. And so she's vowed to break the rules and live the life of pleasure she's been missing. 

But to dance every dance, to steal a midnight kiss - to do those things, Callie will need a willing partner. Someone who knows everything about rule-breaking. Someone like Gabriel St. John, the Marquess of Ralston - charming and devastatingly handsome, his wicked reputation matched only by his sinful smile. 

If she's not careful, she'll break the most important rule of all - the one that says that pleasure-seekers should never fall hopelessly, desperately in love..
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Amazing!! Such a wonderful historical romance from a relatively new author, Sarah MacLean is on my watch list and I will promptly read the remaining books of the Love by Numbers series!  I loved the characters, the plot, and the fabulous set-up to the subsequent books.  Can not wait to read more!!

I will not venture a complete review because this book is a must read.  I will however confirm the countless praises of Nine Rules.  Calpurnia is the heroine all romance writers aspire to create!  A "shelved", plump, spinster with an amazing heart and a feminism I would hope to have if I were part of historical London society.  Fed up with the double standards and pedestals she sets forth on a mission to have the adventures men experience everyday, changing her live and reforming a rake in the process!  Hang 'em all!

My love for a book is bone deep when I wish I could be friends with the characters and I know Callie and I could have a blast!

Lovable heroine
Sincere, heartfelt, and cheeky dialogue
Hunk of a hero transformed from rake to life time partner
Fabulous supporting cast and
A spectacular series set-up

MUST READ NOW book!

Let me get some action from the back section!!

I have been on an unintentional hiatus, ignoring my GoodReads page and FairyTale Floozy. But I'm back!! My crochet projects are done (see my awesome granny square blanket I just finished?) and I have lots of great books I wanna talk about. Plus Tasty Tuesday has been seriously neglected!!
So, I'm jumping back in, cannonball style! :D

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Tasty Tuesday #2 - Cowboy Up!

I was searching for a 'cowboy' because I'm on a western kick and there were some hot ones but no one came close to my ultimate cowboy, so Timmy, I chose you for Tasty Tuesday!


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Sunday, March 13, 2011

REVIEW: Mistress Christmas/Miss Firecracker by Lorelei James


The Wild West Boys #1 & #2
Mistress Christmas / Miss Firecracker by Lorelei James
4 Floozies/5 Floozies
Buy it on Amazon!

GoodReads Blurb:
Mistress Christmas, Wild West Boys, Book 1
In a rare moment of recklessness, mild-mannered accountant Holly North lets her best friend guilt her into filling in as Mistress Christmas at Sugar Plums, a Christmas-themed strip club.  Fearing she’ll be recognized—or worse, considered a fraud—she dons a velvet mask along with the Mrs. Claus-meets-dominatrix costume. She’s shocked at how deliciously wicked anonymity feels.  Detective Nick West is determined to discover how his friend was supposedly robbed after a lap dance at Sugar Plums. His visions of revenge vanish faster than a flying sleigh upon his first peek at Mistress Christmas—a leggy brunette with smoky eyes and a lush mouth begging for hours beneath the mistletoe. Their attraction flares hotter than a fireplace on a cold winter evening, and Nick is only too happy to oblige when Holly blurts out her one Christmas wish… For a naughty secret Santa to sweep her away for a night of anonymous sexual pleasure.


Miss Firecracker, Wild West Boys, Book 2


One year ago Willow Gregory entered the Miss Firecracker contest on a dare—and ended up with the crown. As a working carpenter, she’s not exactly the tears-and-tiara type, and after a year of walking the straight and narrow she’s ready to cut loose.  


Waking up in a sexy stranger’s bed with no memory of the havoc she wreaked the night before wasn’t quite what she had in mind. Nor was agreeing to his mandate—work for him at the tavern until she repays the damage. Or go to jail.  

Blake West thinks he could possibly be the only man alive who could say no to a drunken, horny, naked beauty queen. There’s something about the former Miss Firecracker that makes him want to blow his Mr. Nice Guy persona all to hell.  
It helps that Willow is ready to dive headfirst into a no-heartstrings-attached affair. Which fits in perfectly with Blake’s temporary gig managing his friend’s bar.  
Every grinding kiss, every stolen touch leads to another…until a harmless little white lie becomes the detonator that could explode their chances at a happily ever after.

Mistress Christmas
Miss Firecracker

Saturday, March 12, 2011

UPDATE!! Spell M-A-R-C-H Reading Challenge

Ok, according to the reading group it doesn't have to be the word March, just anything that has to do with March.  MARCH just happened to be a great word for many of my TBR's.  Join the We Love Lisa Kleypas group on GoodReads then check out the Spell March Challenge!  My first reading challenge that is not too daunting! And . . . here we go!

M - Moning, Karen Marie - Beyond the Highland Mist Finished 3/24/2011
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A - Amaury's Hellion by Tina Folsom Finished 3/18/2011
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R - Robyn Carr - Virgin River Finished 3/9/2011

C - Corralled by Lorelei James Finished 3/4/2011
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H - Hidden Away by Maya Banks Finished 3/7/2011
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Reading Order:
1. Corralled by Lorelei James  Started 3/1/2011 -- Finished 3/4/2011
2. Hidden Away by Maya Banks  Started 3/4/2011 -- Finished 3/7/2011
3. Virgin River by Robyn Carr Started 3/7/2011 - Finished 3/9/2011
4. Amaury's Hellion by Tina Folsom Started 3/16/2011 - Finished 3/18/2011
5. Beyond the Highland Mis by Karen Marie Moning Started 3/21/2011 - Finished 3/24/2011

REVIEW: Virgin River by Robyn Carr

Virgin River (VR #1) by Robyn Carr and Buy it on Amazon!
4 Floozies
GoodReads Blurb: Wanted: Midwife/nurse practitioner in Virgin River, population six hundred. Make a difference against the backdrop of towering California redwoods and crystal-clear rivers. Rent-free cabin included.




When the recently widowed Melinda Monroe sees this ad she quickly decides that the remote mountain town of Virgin River might be the perfect place to escape her heartache, and to reenergize the nursing career she loves. But her high hopes are dashed within an hour of arriving: the cabin is a dump, the roads are treacherous and the local doctor wants nothing to do with her. Realizing she's made a huge mistake, Mel decides to leave town the following morning.
But a tiny baby, abandoned on a front porch, changes her plans…and a former marine cements them into place.
Melinda Monroe may have come to Virgin River looking for escape, but instead she finds her home.





Wednesday, March 9, 2011

REVIEW: Hidden Away by Maya Banks

4 Floozies

GoodReads.com Blurb: Most people would take an all-expense=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 committed by her half brother-a personal enemy of KGI. But Garrett hadn't planned on falling for Sarah. When he glimpses her dark past, he feels an urgent desire to keep her safe-even as she disappears, running for her life.


I was so jazzed for this book.  Garrett is my favorite brother and he is so scrum-dilli-umpcious!  I enjoyed the plot twists, like how the heroine is Garrett's enemy's sister, and how not only does Garrett have to worry about her brother but a monster who wants her dead.  What turmoil!  And Sarah . . . Again, Maya Banks paints her characters in such vivid detail I had a hard time not rooting for them!  Garrett, goes on his undercover, nab the bad guy, mission only to find sweet, smart, strong Sarah.  I enjoyed the non-sexual interactions between Garrett and Sarah so much, another Bank's gift.  Sarah falls for this retired, injured, Marine and in an attempt to save him, cut's bait and takes off.  All the while Garrett is distressed because he's falling for too and he's supposed to be keeping an eye on her and she got the drop on him.  And WOW, what a turn of events when he starts respecting Marcus' actions after Sarah's ordeal.
dun dun dun . . .


Lots to love about this book!  But it fell a Floozy short for me because of a couple, not super important but worthy, reasons.  1) There seemed to be a lot of tangents.  Like, that Garrett's story was not strong enough on it's own so let's throw in a ransom kidnapping and a scary intruder.  All the tangents are interweaved beautifully, thank you Ms. Banks, but it just seemed too much.  2)  No heavy petting!!  I get that Sarah had to get herself straight before she could venture into bonking, but at least some heaving petting to get us fiends by till the fireworks!  Anyway, when the fireworks did fly it was the Grand Finale part of the show :D
Are pickin' up what I'm puttin' down?


I liked that Rusty and the brothers had their moment and I loved how Sean stepped up for her, and I still think they are going have their HEA later :D  I CAN NOT wait for her book.  I really wanna read Rio's book too, what a latin lover, yummy!! But the MOST suckiest thing is next book won't be out until later this year! And Donovan!  What a hunky, geeky, teddy bear!!


So, overall, I loved the book but it was not as cohesive as The Darkest Hour and No Place to Run.  I did not feel the connection with Garrett and Sarah, as a couple, as I did the other brothers.  Garrett is still my favorite brother, but my son's name is Joe and Joe Kelly is hurt and I wanna kiss his hurt parts, it's the mother in me ;D   Again, Rusty is awesome and I am patiently waiting for her HEA(to Sean)!!  The one thing this book did accomplish is it's making me salivate for the next installment.  There were some many "OMG! I can't wait to read about that!" moments.  A whole year?!?  Really, Maya?


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