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.

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…

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

"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..

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


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
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