Saturday, January 30, 2016

Ninja at First Sight by Penny Reid

Title: Ninja at First Sight 
Series: Knitting in the City #4.75
Author:  Penny Reid
Release Date: November 21, 2015 
Publisher:  Caped Publishing


From the USA Today Best Selling Author of ‘Truth or Beard’

What do a cynical former Marine and a sheltered former Olympic contender have in common?
Absolutely nothing.
He has a girlfriend and she’s never been kissed.
He’s sullenly sarcastic and she’s earnestly empathetic.
He can’t stop thinking about her.
She knows she should keep her distance.
Nevertheless, when opposites attract the results may be unexpected, but they’re also undeniably magnetic. 
‘Ninja at First Sight’ is a standalone, prequel novella (for book 5 of the Knitting in the City Series, ‘Happily Ever Ninja’) and is 40k words. 

This novella is the expanded origin story for Greg and Fiona. The first 16k words of this novella are from the short scenes included in 'Scenes from the City', which is no longer for sale.

Oh my gosh! I absolutely loved this novella.
I loved everything about it. The characters, the flow, the story, the romance.

Greg is an ex-marine who is back in college. He is smart, loves to debate, has a British accent and, of course, he's hot!
Con: Greg has a girlfriend.

Our heroine Fiona is smart, quiet and likes to watch people. She is happy to start college and finally be away from home. She was diagnosed with a brain tumor at the age of fourteen and pretty much has had no freedom. She picked a college far away from home for a reason. She is also inexperienced in the love department but she is ready to start dating.

From the moment Fiona and Greg meet they know they share a connection. You can feel how they try to avoid it but it's really a losing battle.

I can't recommend Ninja at First Sight enough. I thought the writing was phenomenal. This is my first Penny Reid book and I feel sad for her prior books because I know this is going to be my favorite. 

5/5 Fangs

Friday, January 29, 2016

Where Lightning Strikes by A.L. Jackson

Title: Where Lightning Strikes 
Author: A.L. Jackson
Series: Bleeding Stars #3
Release Date: March 22, 2016

Do you know what it feels like right before lightning strikes? How you can feel the current running through your veins? The trembles of warning that ripple through the air? It was a thrill Tamar King chased all her life until it became the very thing she had to escape. 

For the last four years, Tamar King has hidden herself in an isolated world she created. She was safe. No one could touch her. Until Lyrik West walked through her door. 
He’s the lead guitarist for Sunder and everything she can never have. The dark and beautiful rock star becomes everything she craves. 
Lyrik’s life has been devoted to his band and that success has cost him. Bitter, hard, and filled with regret, he refuses to lose himself again, but from the moment he sees her, he wants one night with Tamar King. 
The gorgeous bartender is more than he bargained for. Their attraction is consuming. Their desire overpowering. With one touch, they ignite. 
But is it worth the cost of getting burned?
She’s a gorgeous nightmare and he’s a wicked dream…

WHERE LIGHTNING STRIKES, a Bleeding Stars Stand-Alone Novel 

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A.L. Jackson is the New York Times bestselling author of contemporary and new adult romance.
She first found a love for writing during her days as a young mother and college student. She filled the journals she carried with short stories and poems used as an emotional outlet for the difficulties and joys she found in day-to-day life. Years later, she shared a short story she’d been working on with her two closest friends and, with their encouragement, this story became her first full length novel. A.L. now spends her days writing in Southern Arizona where she lives with her husband and three children. Connect with A.L. Jackson   To stay up to date with important news on A.L. Jackson, including new releases, sales, and exclusive specials and excerpts, text “jackson” to 96000 to subscribe!

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Thursday, January 28, 2016

The Return by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Title: The Return 
Series: Titan #1
Author:  Jennifer L. Armentrout 
Release Date:  February 16, 2015
Publisher:  Spencer Hill Press


The Fates are cackling their bony asses off…

It’s been a year since Seth made the deal with the gods that pledged his life to them. And so far, the jobs they’ve given him have been violent and bloody–which is kind of all right with him. But now Apollo has something else in mind for Seth. He’s got to play protector while keeping his hands and fingers off, and for someone who really has a problem with restraint, this new assignment might be the most challenging yet.

Josie has no idea what this crazy hot guy’s deal might be, but it’s a good bet that his arrival means the new life she started after leaving home is about to be thrown into an Olympian-sized blender turned up to puree. Either Josie is going insane or a nightmare straight out of ancient myth is gunning for her.

But it might be the unlikely attraction simmering between her and the golden-eyed, secret-keeping Seth that may prove to be the most dangerous thing of all.

Because history has once again been flipped to repeat.

Book 1 in the new adult paranormal TITAN series, spin-off to the best selling COVENANT series.

Why did I take so long to read this? I mean I love everything JLA writes and I'm a huge fan of the Covenant series. So, I'm at a loss...

The Return has the same style as the series it precedes. I was already in love with Seth from before and his huge sacrifice to help Alex. I knew there was a good guy in him all along and I'm so happy he got his own series. 

Seth has to do everything Apollo or the other Gods order him to do. His latest assignment is to find a person. Apollo only gives him the initials J.B. When he gets to the college where JB resides, to his shock JB is a human girl with vivid blue eyes. Just like someone else's he knows. His job is to protect her and take her to a safe place. It is not to fall for her. 

Josie comes from a very lonely background. She grew up in a small town where everyone thought her mother was crazy. She had no friends growing up except for Bob. Now, as an adult, she is far away from home. No one knows about her past except her roommate Erin. Then, one day, her world is shaken when a golden-eyed guy steps into her path. He is adamant that she is not what she thinks she is and her life is in mortal danger.

I loved this book. Seth and Josie's chemistry was spectacular. I loved their nicknames and the way they kept on telling each other they didn't like one another. 
This book has the same type of humor I saw in the Covenant Series. Apollo always cracks me up. Especially, when he is quoting Star Wars. 
I do kind of miss Alex and Aidan. I wonder if we are going to see them in books to come. 

“I’ve never had anything that was my own,” he said against my mouth. “Nothing that was ever for just me and no one else. I’ve never been anyone’s first.” He kissed me and then lifted his head. I stared into his eyes. “I’ve never been anyone’s only.”
...“You’re my first,” I whispered. “You’re…you’re my only.”

Cliffhanger: No

5/5 Fangs

Roomhate by Penelope Ward

Title: RoomHate
Author: Penelope Ward
Cover Designer: Leticia Hasser, r.b.a designs
Release Date: February 15, 2016
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From New York Times Bestselling Author, Penelope Ward, comes a new standalone novel.

Sharing a summer house with a hot-as-hell roommate should be a dream come true, right? 

Not when it’s Justin…the only person I’d ever loved…who now hates me.

When my grandmother died and left me half of the house on Aquidneck Island, there was a catch: the other half would go to the boy she helped raise.

The same boy who turned into the teenager whose heart I broke years ago.

The same teenager who’s now a man with a hard body and a hardass personality to match.

I hadn’t seen him in years, and now we’re living together because neither one of us is willing to give up the house.

The worst part? He didn’t come alone.

I’d soon realize there’s a thin line between love and hate. I could see through that smug smile. Beneath it all…the boy is still there. So is our connection. 

The problem is…now that I can’t have Justin, I’ve never wanted him more.

Author's note – RoomHate is a full-length standalone novel. Due to strong language and sexual content, this book is not intended for readers under the age of 18.

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Penelope Ward is a New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal Bestselling author. She grew up in Boston with five older brothers and spent most of her twenties as a television news anchor, before switching to a more family-friendly career. She is the proud mother of a beautiful 11-year-old girl with autism and a 9-year-old boy. Penelope and her family reside in Rhode Island.

Other books from Penelope Ward

Sins of Sevin

Cocky Bastard

Stepbrother Dearest
Jake Undone (Jake #1)
My Skylar
Jake Understood (Jake #2)

The Phoenix Decree Saga by Anna Albergucci

Title: The Phoenix Decree Saga
Author: Anna Albergucci

The Phoenix Decree (#1)

Blurb: It’s nineteenth-century England. Social decorum reigns. Devon Phoenix, Marquess of Phoxdale and first-born son of the Duke of Seton, shuns society when he is bound to his soul mate through the discovery of a buried family secret. He learns she will need his protection from those drawn to her because of her lineage. When he crosses two centuries into present day to claim her, it is not without cost. 

The life of Boston artist and history buff Elz Valli is about to be irreversibly altered. Coming face-to-face with Devon, she feels certain this striking, intellectual man bears more than a shocking resemblance to the man marked in the pages of her history books. Even so, she does not expect the chain of events that unfold because of one heated dance with him. With the pendulum in motion, there is no turning back as Devon’s presence in today’s world ignites raging fires both good and evil. 

Driven by his insane love for her, Devon will stop at nothing to have and protect Elz. But will this be enough to overcome the powers that will attach themselves to her? 

This book is intended for mature audiences.

All books on sale for $0.99 each through Feb 15

Phoenix Unbound (#2)

Blurb: Devon’s presence in modern-day Boston has roused the enemy who now stalks Elz. Though Devon and Elz become entwined, both body and soul, secrets still loom. Elz needs answers. Devon, imprisoned by his vow to keep quiet, must fight his desire to give them. All he can offer is his protection and his love. 

Jarrett Phoenix, the current Marquess of Phoxdale, has been recruited by Devon to help on his mission. The car-racing playboy complicates an already risky situation by attempting to seduce Elz’s best friend, the ever-cautious Jaymi. Jaymi longs for more than Jarrett offers. The four spend the summer together, and tensions climb, as Jaymi is an unwilling candidate in Jarrett’s games. 

Will Jarrett’s fear of love keep his heart from running the course and winning the prize? Will the shackles of silence leave Elz vulnerable to the enemy? And will Devon comprehend too late the real threat he faces when fighting the rival who will stop at nothing to take Elz from him? 


Mature Content 

Phoenix Under Fire (#3)

Lovers entwine and old friends collide as Devon and Elz begin life anew in nineteenth-century England. Gone is the jaded man his family feared would never love, never marry. In his place stands a man completely enamored with and vastly protective of the captivating beauty he keeps on his arm. Elz adapts well to life at Wedlove, relieved that their enemy is left behind in modern-day Boston. 

Danger, however, lurks in every corner, and Devon may find his most challenging adversary yet in the guise of a childhood friend, one who is incredibly strong and cunning . . . one with a dark secret of his own. 

Meanwhile, Devon’s warning to Jarrett manifests when Devon’s younger brother challenges Jarrett for Jaymi’s affection. Jaymi is torn between the gallant, handsome man who would offer her the world, and the reckless one who lingers in every waking thought. Will she seek a new life with a new love, or will Jarrett refuse to let her go? The Phoenix DeCree continues . . . 

Mature Content

Phoenix Under Siege (#4)

Devon has laid claim to Elz—marrying her in twenty-first-century America as well as in nineteenth-century England. He hopes it will grant a respite from others who are drawn to the flame in her eyes. 

During a trip to London, his hopes are dashed as he thwarts an attempt to kidnap Elz. While investigating who is behind the attack, he finds himself at a crossroads and is forced to enlist the aid of his friend turned rival, Symond Grayson, the Duke of Graburn. In an act of compassion gone horribly wrong, Devon finds his marriage to Elz threatened and his world turned upside down. The door is opened for Symond, and the duke has every intention of walking through it. 

With their love in as much danger as their lives, Devon has no choice but to send Elz far from Symond’s reach while he contends with their foes—old and new. Battered from all sides, Devon is under siege, and the stakes are raised as Elz and the Phoenix bloodline are placed in jeopardy. Devon could lose Elz forever if another can win her heart. 

The saga continues... 
Mature Audience

Phoenix Untamed (#5)

It's Christmas at Wedlove Castle. 

Elz, mostly recovered from her recent ordeal, has flourished under Devon’s training and 1829 comes to a close with a double wedding on Christmas Day. 

Pris’s and Kyle's excitement is unmatched, except by the anticipation shared by Jarrett and Jaymi, while Devon and Elz eagerly await the birth of their son, Eros. 

But three miles away, at Castle Gray, Symond Grayson has made a drastic decision that changes things between him, Devon, and Elz forever. 

And while the wedding celebrations continue, Reed Valli, Elz's brother, finds himself ensnared by a lovely young lady who thrusts them both into a compromising situation. 

The Phoenix family saga continues . . . 

Mature Audience

I touch Elz for the first time, taking hold of her hips and work in close behind her. Being my nature to take the lead while dancing, I follow my instincts and move my hand around, pressing it below her naval. Damn she feels nice to the touch. My little finger claims a risky position as I pull her against me and continue to move to the music with my heart beating a damn hole in my chest.

With a soft moan, she tips her head back against my shoulder and sinks into me, her back arching. Rolling her hips in slow wide circles with the music, she rubs her arse against me. I suck a breath—Oh damn—and tug hard, twisting the material of her dress below her naval into my fist as I drive forward, my thighs and buttocks tightening.

Those teasing sweeps just got us both in trouble. God, I’m on fire! My movements might still appear smooth and flowing, but they’re no longer the movements of a mere dance—no, they’re the movements of a man adoring his lover’s body with his own.

Insane for her, I mold into her body and press my lips to her ear. “Oh, cara, I want you badly. You’re torturing me again. And you taste and smell so delicious, just as I always knew you would.”

Elz goes still, and I’m suddenly terrified she’ll pull away.

Trembling, she squeezes my thigh and says, “My God, it really is you, Devon.”

What the—?

Hearing my name cross her lips, I spin her around to face me. Baffled, I grip her shoulders and stare into her eyes. “You know exactly who I am? My name and everything?”

Seeing the answer in her face as she nods, I squeeze my eyes shut and whisper thanks to God. When I open them I know He has delivered me from my hell, and I come near to weeping.

I search Elz’s face for the smallest hint of uncertainty.

There is none, only her undeniable desire for me.

Please, Lord, let me kiss her.

I whisper, “Elz. May I please—” but before I can finish or she can answer, she grabs my face and pulls me fast and hard to her mouth. The kiss is greedy.


Pulling her against me and into my starving arms, I swallow her up with the same ravenous passion.

Our mouths are gluttonous, eating from one another as though our deeply entangled lives depend upon it.

I’m shameless with unleashed desire and take what I want, not only from her lips and tongue, I indulge in craved bites within salty kisses from her cheeks, eyes, forehead, neck, and soon to be every other part of her.

My hands are everywhere—her hands are everywhere, traveling over each other’s bodies like greedy pirates searching for treasure, and her fingers are suddenly down my jeans.

She’s as lost to this madness as I.

Anna Albergucci has always had a vivid imagination. When she was a child, she entertained her mother and anyone who would listen with the telling of her intricate dreams. Now she puts that inspiration to paper, weaving her stories into deeply passionate characters that live lives the rest of us only dream about.

Married to her high school sweetheart, Anna lives in Texas surrounded by her ever-growing family and her fur babies. She serves as president of Cisco Writers Club, and is the founder of a yearly writers’ retreat she hosts at her estate each fall.

She loves mornings, coffee, and sitting on the porch appreciating her life. She’s a sucker for hosting parties, especially historical costume parties. And in her spare time you can find her touring old mansions, shopping for antiques, or curled up reading a romance, paranormal, or thriller, whether historical or contemporary.