Short & Sweet Review: My Wicked Masters by Ann Mayburn

Title:  My Wicked Masters

Author:  Ann Mayburn

Series:  Club Wicked #4

Genre:  Contemporary MMF Menage Romance

Rating:  4 Stars

Publication Date: April 22, 2014

Sweet or Spicy Romance: Spicy

Page Count: 295

Published by: Loose ID LLC

Purchase: Amazon / Barnes & Noble / Goodreads /ARe

 

Final Thoughts:  This series is an immediate 1 click buy for me.  I love the setting, characters and the world that has been so richly created.  Can’t wait for a new installment.

 

Club Wicked Series

Will you continue with the series: Yes

I purchased My Wicked Masters and nothing else was exchanged for my honest review.

Short & Sweet Review: Darkfever by Karen Marie Moning

Title:  Darkfever

Author:  Karen Marie Moning

Series:  Fever #1

Audiobook: Yes

Genre:  Paranormal Romance

Rating:  1 Stars

Publication Date: October 31, 2006

Sweet or Spicy Romance: Spicy

Page Count: 382

Length: 8 hours & 57 minutes

Published by: Delacorte Press

Purchase: Amazon / Barnes & Noble / Goodreads /ARe

 

Final Thoughts:  I don’t get what the hoopla was about this book.  One of my pet peeves where a character says in narration that the “meaning of this event would come clear later” happens numerous times in this book.  Unfortunately I would prefer to have my nearly 9 hours back instead of having read this book but I’m obviously in the minority.

 

Fever Series

Will you continue with the series: No

I purchased Darkfever and nothing else was exchanged for my honest review.

Short & Sweet

Short & Sweet

So what exactly are Short and Sweet this is a new part of LoveRomanceTales.com that I have been considering for the last couple of months.  And was in part triggered by a post on Facebook that asked the question do you like long or short reviews?  After thinking about it for a time I realized that I actually like both so this is going to be my opportunity to fill a little bit of that space.

Now some of you maybe a little concerned about my typical “long form” reviews but don’t be those are not going to go away.  My Short & Sweet reviews are going to revolve around my fun or pleasure reads.  I would have the normal information like Title, Author, Genre, Series Name, page count, etc.  But you will NOT see synoposis or blurbs, complete list of all series (I will put a link to the series in GoodReads instead.), or some of the other things I tie to my long form reviews.

These books will also in general be ones that I have purchased myself over the last cough mumbles years.  Some of these maybe ones that have crossed the Pacific Ocean with me twice or books from authors that I adore or maybe series I have been told “You must read series X.”  But the great thing with these is you will only get what I call my Final Thoughts.  This is a paragraph or two that I use in my long form reviews that is a summation of everything.

Hope you enjoy them.  Let me know via Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads or through the contact form below.

Spotlight: Activation Box Set by Kris Austen Radcliffe

 

THE FATE – FIRE – SHIFTER – DRAGON SERIES:

Activation-v4Activation: The Complete First Trilogy

ACTIVATION includes: GAMES OF FATE, FLUX OF SKIN, FIFTH OF BLOOD, plus the shorts CONPUSLIO and POP ROCKS.

Available October 16, 2014.

Pre-order at Amazon, B&N, Apple, Kobo

Rysa Torres: The Fate who will burn the world.

Ladon Drake: The only man capable of stopping the inevitable rain of fire.

Ghouls called Burners see Rysa as their savior. The past-, present-, and future-seeing Fates see her as the ultimate weapon against the coming apocalypse. And the Shifters just want her dead.

But Rysa is much more than the overwhelmed young woman Ladon and his companion beast, Dragon, find. She sees beyond the weight of the burdens he carries: She’s his key to forgiveness.

Trilogy One of the Fate – Fire – Shifter – Dragon series pits Rysa, Ladon, and Dragon against the worst Burners, Fates, and Shifters on Earth—and their own demons. Will their love be enough to keep them alive?

The Fate Fire Shifter Dragon series begins with the Activation Trilogy:

Games of Fate (FFSD Book #1)

Games of Fate (FFSD Book #1)

Games of Fate: Rysa Torres stumbles through life as she fights against her ADHD. But when monsters activate a hidden power, Rysa becomes the Fate at the center of an epic battle against a terrifying future—and a world consumed by fire.

When Ladon and Dragon find Rysa, they see the hell a young Fate might unleash. But Ladon quickly realizes Rysa is much more than the daughter of an old enemy—she is his key to forgiveness.

Will they accept the future, or will they break the bonds of fate?

Conpulsio (FFSD Novella #1.5)

Conpulsio (FFSD Novella #1.5)

Conpulsio: 79 AD: Rome presses outward. Vesuvius smokes. Ladon exacts a terrible vengeance for an unthinkable act—and sets in motion the unavoidable collision of four people:

Two Fates bound by the rigidity of the past and the arrogance of the future.

One Shifter with a gift too vile to use.

And a man and a dragon who must save them from the mountain’s smoldering anger—and the weight of their souls’ ashes.

 

Flux of Skin (FFSD Book #2)

Flux of Skin (FFSD Book #2)

Flux of Skin: Century after century, the need to do battle with with malicious Fates, Shifters, and Burners always won. The world needed Ladon. So he fought. But now he’s left his past, and his violence, behind. He found a new way: A quiet, modern life with his beloved Rysa.

When a vicious group of Shifters rains death down onto everyone he loves, Rysa’s developing abilities turn into a raging cyclone. Her body—and his mind—rip apart. Violence edges back in. But Ladon needs to find the strength to save his family before his rupturing soul destroys everything….

 

Prolusio:  Three Stories of Fates, Fire, Shifters, & Dragons

Prolusio: Three Stories of Fates, Fire, Shifters, & Dragons

Pop Rocks, a Texas tale of horror: Billy Bare attempts his rock star comeback. Fire, though, has other ideas.

 

5 FoB COVER trilogy cover update smallFifth of Blood: An insane Shifter stole Rysa’s talisman, jacked her body, and caused her abilities to nova. Now, she wastes away in front of Ladon’s eyes and he can’t stop the power that’s eating her alive.

Watching her anguish triggers flashbacks. When Ladon’s soul ruptures, only Rysa holds the cure he needs. But she’s too far away to stop what’s eating him alive.

With the help of the newly-healed, newly-invincible Derek, Rysa runs from the worst Fates and Burners on the planet as she desperately tries to heal Ladon—and herself. Can she solve their problems—and recover her talisman—before the long immortal find their prey?

More in the Fate – Fire – Shifter – Dragon universe:

BONDS: The Silence Cycle Episode One (An FFSD miniseries)Bonds

Daisy Reynolds might be taller and more athletic than the average seventeen-year-old, but she doesn’t make waves. Hiding from her klepto mom’s terrifying Shifter ex-boss makes an invisible life necessary. But when a Burner—a chaos ghoul—gets a whiff of Daisy, hiding turns into running for her life.

Daisy soon realizes the conflicts around her run deeper than nasty ghouls and mean Shifters looking to beat up her mom. Future-seeing Fates want a piece of her, too.

But some fates cannot be escaped unless you have courage… and an unlikely ally.

Bonds, Episode One of The Silence Cycle, introduces Daisy Reynolds Pavlovich, an important new character to the Fate – Fire – Shifter – Dragon universe. Join Daisy as she navigates a landscape punctuated by unfamiliar creatures:

Fates with the ability to see past, present, and future.

Ghouls called Burners who devour with fire and acid.

Shifters who shape much more than their bodies.

And two dragons who speak with color and pattern.

BROKEN: The Silence Cycle Episode Two (An FFSD miniseries)Broken

After Daisy Reynolds’s friend and protector vanishes into the desert, she realizes one option remains: Leave San Diego for Branson, Missouri, and ask for help at the bar favored by the dragons.

The Shifters at The Land of Milk and Honey hold the key to finding her missing father, but they also have the power to compel her to spill her secrets. When threatened with an enthralling, Daisy runs.

But bad people take advantage of the threatened and the vulnerable—and escaping a very bad person soon becomes Daisy’s only option for survival…

 

Warning: While not graphic, the situations depicted in Broken are at times difficult and brutal, and for adult readers only.

 

Watch for Silent, Episode Three of the Silence Cycle, available November, 2014.

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As a child, a horrendous accident stole Gavin Bower’s hearing. He wears aids and he lives his life. He’s pre-med. But the night the Burners come for his best friend, Gavin suddenly finds himself drowning in a new world of Fates, Shifters, and Burners—until Daisy Reynolds Pavlovich saves his life.

While Gavin’s best friend, Rysa Torres, fights for her life three states away, Gavin and Daisy fight their own battle. Together, they realize Gavin holds a gift that could save Daisy’s mother. And together, they work to take down the most powerful Shifter syndicate on the planet.

 

 

Join Rysa, Ladon, Daisy, and all the characters of the Fate – Fire – Shifter – Dragon universe in Book Four, All But Human, available in early 2015.

 

Review: Delicate Ink by Carrie Ann Ryan

Title:  Delicate Ink

Author:  Carrie Ann Ryan

Series:  Montgomery Ink #1

Ability to be read as a Standalone: Yes but not recommended

Genre:  Contemporary Romance

Rating:  5 Stars

Publication Date: October 14, 2014

Sweet or Spicy Romance: Spicy

Page Count: 307

Published by: Fated Desires Publishing

Purchase: Amazon / Barnes & Noble / Goodreads /ARe

Synopsis:

A Brand New Full Length Novel in the Bestselling Montgomery Ink Series

On the wrong side of thirty, Austin Montgomery is ready to settle down. Unfortunately, his inked sleeves and scruffy beard isn’t the suave business appearance some women crave. Only finding a woman who can deal with his job, as a tattoo artist and owner of Montgomery Ink, his seven meddling siblings, and his own gruff attitude won’t be easy.

Finding a man is the last thing on Sierra Elder’s mind. A recent transplant to Denver, her focus is on opening her own boutique. Wanting to cover up scars that run deeper than her flesh, she finds in Austin a man that truly gets to her—in more ways than one.

Although wary, they embark on a slow, tempestuous burn of a relationship. When blasts from both their pasts intrude on their present, however, it will take more than a promise of what could be to keep them together.

Review:

There are times that you pick up a book and feel like a character is experiencing exactly what you are at that precise moment.  For me that happened throughout this book with Austin’s journey.  As some may know I have a close family member that has been diagnosed with Breast Cancer.  As a result I spent much of August and a good portion of September just spinning out of control with emotions, worries, and what ifs swirling around my mind.  So as soon as Austin discovered that his father has been diagnosed with Prostate Cancer, I felt all the same emotions come boiling to the surface again.  In truth I had to put this book down for a day because it was too real for me and I like Austin was struggling to deal with my role as the eldest child and what my responsibilities were in this traumatic situation.

Ms. Ryan totally encapsulates this experience that I nearly skipped to the last chapter to ensure that everything works out but I didn’t want to muddy the waters by jumping ahead and I’m thankful that I didn’t because the journey is part of the joy in this book.  You really do feel the ups and downs and the heartbreak as he struggles not just with this situation but also with the complexity of a new relationship with Sierra Elder and a bit of his past coming to back to impact his future.

Initially Sierra’s character rubbed me the wrong way but this is in part because I saw so many of my own personal character flaws in her.  She occasionally jumps to conclusions, refuses to open up to others because she has been hurt, and her constant need to control things in her life.  And yet when she meets Austin all of that gets thrown out the door and she starts to slowly open up and gains peace as she lets the past go in order to work on the future.

Both of the characters are fully three dimensional and the world that they inhabit is a favorite of mine.  I was thrilled to check in on Shep and Shea and for them to even have a little bit of angst in their marriage that needed to be worked out.  And if you haven’t read their book, Ink Inspired, then I highly recommend you read that either before you read this book or right after so that you know the history around them.

What about the heat between Austin and Sierra you maybe asking yourself?  The heat that these two give off could easily be described as the lava that flows off a volcano.  I recommend either reading by a poolside so that you can occasionally dive in to cool off or have a nice adult libation served with an umbrella readily available.

Final Thoughts:  For those struggling with a life altering experience such as Cancer this is a brilliant portrayal with a central focus of not just romantic love between our main characters.  But also the depth of love that a family can have to rally around a sick family member and really did help me as I struggled to work through my feelings on a personal level.  This story is amazingly heartfelt and goes on my list of Best of 2014.  I’m looking forward to the next family member getting their chance at happily ever after, Forever Ink, next month.

 

Midnight Ink Series:
#0.5 ~ Ink Inspired
#0.6 ~ Ink Reunited
#1 ~ Delicate Ink
Hot Ink -Contains Forever Ink (November 11)
1.5 Forever Ink (2015)
2. Tempting Boundaries (December 9)

Fated Desires Publishing provided me with a copy of Delicate Ink but nothing else was exchanged for my honest review.

Review: Tempted by a Cowboy by Sarah M. Anderson

Title:  Tempted by a Cowboy

Author:  Sarah M. Anderson

Series:  The Beaumont Heirs #2

Ability to be read as a Standalone: Yes

Genre:  Contemporary Romance

Rating:  4 Stars

Publication Date: October 7, 2014

Sweet or Spicy Romance: Spicy

Page Count: 192

Published by: Harlequin Desire Publishing

Purchase: Amazon / Barnes & Noble / Goodreads

Synopsis:

How can she resist the cowboy’s smile when it promises so much pleasure?

Phillip Beaumont likes his drinks strong and his women easy. So why is he flirting with his new horse trainer, Jo Spears, who challenges him at every turn? Phillip wants nothing but the chase…until the look in Jo’s haunted hazel eyes makes him yearn for more….

Sure, Jo’s boss is as jaded and stubborn as Sun, the multimillion-dollar stallion she was hired to train. But it isn’t long before she starts spending days and nights with the sexy cowboy. Maybe Sun isn’t the only male on the Beaumont ranch worth saving!

Review:

Harlequin Romances used to be a monthly purchase for me.  I’d walk into my local bookstore or retail location and go through the monthly releases and choose which four I would be taking home with me.  I loved the process of glancing at the newest covers, reading the blurbs and the making the tough call to weed through the monthly offerings to choose my final four.  I admit there were some months I’d end up taking a few more home and then there were months that I’d be lucky to find 2 that would really interest me.

I’m thrilled to get back to the publisher with this book by Ms. Anderson.  The voice that she brings to the table made a huge difference to my impression of not just her work but where Harlequin publishing is going in the future and I’m pleased that the direction is filled with more than what your Mom’s Harlequin books were known for in romance.

So on to this book in particular, Phillip Beaumont and Jo Spears are characters that are at polar ends of the equation about addiction.  Jo has hit rock bottom and discovered the value of remembering what and where she is.  Meanwhile Phillip uses alcohol to escape the pressure of family responsibilities and uses his position has a screen for his more outrageous actions.  This topic can be as volatile as discussing politics, taxes or religion but Ms Anderson handles it with true diplomacy.  She never seems to forget or overlook the damage that it has upon an individual, family and relationships.  As someone who has seen this sort of behavior up close and personal, it was represented with true realism which is one of Ms Anderson’s hallmark gifts of skill, tact and plain truthfulness.

Our heroine, Jo, is a woman of depth, devotion and singlemindedness which she has cultivated due to her dual addiction of alcoholism and men.  I appreciated the fact that she took a stand on her relationship with Phillip and stuck to it.  This is the type of woman that we all need in our lives as role models and need to exemplify ourselves.

Phillip is the “typical” rich kid who has had a life not living up to his father’s expectations and has used the escape of alcoholism to blunt the pain that he feels.  I found this character very reflective of this idea and when he moves to change his life, there was a glimmer of truth that I found compelling and heartbreaking all at the same time.

The relationship between these two unique individuals is filled with ups and downs, highs and lows, and a determination to stand up for principles that were non-negotiable.  I’m thrilled that these two characters didn’t “jump into bed together” after the first meet and greet.  They truly got to know each other on a deeper level before their relationship became more than boss and trainer.

Final Thoughts:  If you are looking for a book that will give you more than just a typical relationship then check this book out.  As always, Ms. Anderson’s gift shows that her characters and their story are essential to every story that she tells.

 

The Beaumont Heirs Series:

1. Not the Boss’s Baby

2. Tempted by a Cowboy

3. A Beaumont Christmas Wedding

A copy of Tempted by a Cowboy was provided to me by the author and nothing else was exchanged for my honest review.

Review: Owned by Fate by Tessa Bailey

Title:  Owned by Fate

Author:  Tessa Bailey

Series:  Serve #1

Genre:  Contemporary Romance

Rating:  5 Stars

Publication Date: September 29, 2014

Sweet or Spicy Romance: Spicy

Page Count: 182

Published by: Entangled Publishing

Purchase: Amazon / Barnes & Noble / Goodreads /ARe

Synopsis:

A sexy category romance from Entangled’s Brazen imprint…

Her mind rejects his world. But her body knows its master.

Journalist Caroline Preston arrives at Serve, New York City’s hottest BDSM club, with one goal—to hate it. If her brother wasn’t trying to turn the family’s respectable financial magazine into a publication that features “lifestyle” pieces for the wealthy and adventurous, she wouldn’t even be there, trying to write an article about a world she doesn’t understand. But then she sees him.

Jonah Briggs doesn’t leave his post for just anyone. As the owner of the club, his sole purpose is to ensure that his clientele get everything they need, but when he sees Caroline, his only thought is what he wants—to dominate the sexy little reporter and give the most exquisite pleasure she’s ever experienced.

Caroline has no intention of entering that particular lion’s den—not with her family’s reputation at stake—no matter how dark, sexy, and complex the lion in question may be. But with every encounter, she craves more, and with every slide of his lips, she realizes Jonah might just be the man to break down all her defenses…if she’ll let him.

Review:

Book recommendations from a reliable friend or author are like gold to me.  Recently the ever amazing and always stupendous, Katee Roberts recommended that everyone check out Tessa Bailey’s latest book to be release, Owned by Fate.  When Ms. Roberts stated “Hey all! In case you’re still on the fence about picking up OWNED BY FATE (and, dude, you want to pick it up. TRUST ME).” I took that as a gold star and pre-ordered the book last weekend.

Well, I just finished it and “DANG IT ALL this book is going straight to the Best of 2014 List with no waiting, no stopping, no hemming and leaving you hanging.  This book is just that good.

Now I must admit I was a smidge unsure about the cover and we all know that the cover is a huge reason to pick up a book even in the electronic age.  On first glance at blurb I didn’t feel this cover didn’t encapsulate the book. However I’m not afraid to being wrong and admitting it to the entire world because I was wrong.  The cover truly reflects the uncertainty and struggle that Caroline Preston is suffering during her exploration of her family business taking a dramatic detour due to the current economic climate and lack of readership.

In walks the one and only Jonah Briggs, owner of a BDSM club that smells of red vines and everything that Caroline shouldn’t and doesn’t want in a man or a relationship.  And yet this strong woman is pulled almost magnetically to his charisma, complexity, and unique fashion sense.

This book should come with a combustible warning in the first chapter alone.  The heat that these two exude is stellar.  You can see the gravitational pull towards Jonah and Caroline’s head getting in the way as she continues to staunchly refuse to fall under his spell.  This just makes for some outstanding sex scenes that nearly burned the pages.

Now don’t get me wrong, Caroline is a strong role model.  She is a professional woman and demands to be counted but her reaction to Jonah is just “Wow!”

Must admit this book did have me on Amazon perusing for newsboy caps.  There is just something about a hat whether it is a helmet on a knight or cowboy hat sitting jauntily on a cowboy.  But I do believe that from this time forward when I hear or see someone wearing a newsboy cap, I’ll think of Jonah Briggs.  Which is probably why I will give in the one I’m looking at right now.

Final Thoughts Just go buy this book now.  You can thank me later. *smiles*  My thanks go to Ms. Roberts for being SO Right!  And I’ve also already requested Exposed by Fate which is Oliver’s story which is set to release October 27th.  All I can say is GIMME GIMME GIMME, pretty please.

 

Serve Series:

1. Second Chance at Love

2. Exposed by Fate

I purchased Owned by Fate and nothing else was exchanged for my honest review.

Review: Claiming Her Temporary Men by Grace Ryles

Title:  Claiming Her Temporary Men

Author:  Grace Ryles

Series:  Grand Oak Springs #2

Genre:  Contemporary Romance

Rating:  3 Stars

Publication Date: August 28, 2014

Sweet or Spicy Romance: Spicy

Page Count: 206

Published by: Siren-Bookstrand

Purchase: AmazonGoodReads

Synopsis:

It started with an arrangement, temporary no strings attached sex.

On a journey to find herself Emma Daniels never expected to fall into bed with two broody men for a little dominance play. Giving up her dreams of finding the one thing she has always wanted… a family, Emma decides to embark on a month long NSA sex with twins Ryder and Chase. Emma finds herself falling for the twin hotties and wanting more, but their scarred past hinders them from giving her what she wants.

Chase and Ryder Freeman have sworn off women, apart from for one singular exception, sex. Meeting Emma they never expected for her to stir those old emotions, the ones they kept buried deep inside. Determined not to give into those old feelings they propose a compromise, one month no strings attached.

Can these three finally overcome the hurt of their past or will they succumb to it?

Will Emma finally get what she always wanted by claiming her temporary men?

Review:

Over the past couple of months one of my favorite genres has become menage romances.  And in particular where the woman is the center of the universe for both of the male heroes.  The ability to more often then not have at least one of the heroes full attention while the other is working or running errands has become a favorite.  This story had that plus the addition of the heroes being brothers so there is the immediate sense of family formed when these three individuals decide to make a go of a relationship.  Not to mention we have the addition of the men being police officers and who doesn’t love a man in uniform.

All three of the main characters have had relationships that have blown up in their faces and they bring that baggage into this “No Strings Attached” relationship.  This added a greater depth to the characters and did help to fill in areas of the story where I was hoping for a more layers in the characters.  The way that each character struggles to go beyond the history that they carry make for an interesting portion of this book.

The addition of a series of “accidents” around Emma put Ryder and Chase into protective mode which is a great opportunity to see another side of these dominant men.  Not to mention how Emma handles these events added a sense of anticipation to my reading experience.

The chemistry between these three is hot and full of dirty talk which brings Emma to the brink again and again.  These men are not afraid to use a toy or two and a spanking when Emma’s mouth gets out of control but this just adds to the heat that these three just seem to exude when they are around one another.

Final Thoughts,  If you are looking to try out a menage by a new author then I think you will enjoy this story.  There is enough of a story line to keep you on your reading toes and enough steam to fill a sauna.  I did read this as a stand alone and I didn’t feel that the story was the worse for not reading Second Chance at Love.

 

Grand Oak Springs Series:

1. Second Chance at Love

2. Claiming Her Temporary Men

A copy of Claiming Her Temporary Men was provided to me by the author and nothing else was exchanged for my honest review.

Year in the Life of a Romance Reviewer/Blogger-October

mqywpT0DNF Guilt

I don’t know about the rest of you but I have had a severe case of DNF (Did Not Finish) guilt regarding a book that I was sent this year for review.  Well let us be honest, I’ve always felt like this in part because I’m a completionist or control freak.

I know that other readers are in the same boat as me and I spoke to an author at Author’s After Dark where I let her know I wasn’t able to finish her book and why.  Her response was gracious and understanding.  She simply said, “Then move on.  Don’t read it if you are forcing yourself too.”

So I’m taking this to heart and refuse to suffer anymore from DNF guilt.  And the result is that I am enjoying more books because I am not using up space in my brain avoiding a book or grimacing every time that I notice it sitting on my Kindle in the review section.

So what about you, do you struggle with always completing a book or do you not care one way or the other?  I’d love to hear how you handle this situation.

Please feel free to contact me via Twitter, Goodreads or through the contact form below if you have questions.

My other posts for a Year in the Life of a Romance Review can be found at the following places:

January- My 5 stars books from 2012

February- How I came to be a review in the first place

March- 5 tips I use to write reviews

April- 5 lessons I’ve learned as a review/blogger

May- Time to check out Audiobooks

June- 5 top reasons to attend a book convention

July-5 things to do following convention or signing

August-5 reasons to say No

September- Making Time for Life

Spotlight & Review: My Viking Vampire by Krystal Shannan

Title:  My Viking Vampire

Author:  Krystal Shannan

Series:  Sanctuary, Texas #1

Genre:  Paranormal Romance

Rating: 5 Stars

Publication Date: August 25, 2014

Sweet or Spicy Romance: Spicy

Page Count: 298

Published by: KS Publishing

Purchase: Amazon / Barnes & Noble / GoodReads / ARe

Synopsis:

Bailey Ross’ world is crumbling around her. Her abusive ex, a human, is closing in on her again, and to make matters worse, a new enemy, a djinn, is stalking her. This supernatural being takes great pleasure in human pain, something Bailey has in excess thanks to her ex. If she’s caught by either, she’s as good as dead.

Backed into a corner and desperate to escape, she does something she swore wouldn’t ever be possible again –trusting a man. And he’s a vampire.

Protection via the sexy vampire Erick Thorson may prove to be a little more than she bargained for. Sparks fly between them and she finds herself agreeing to more than just protection. Though he has promised not to let anyone harm her, the small west Texas town is more than it seems and he may not be able to make good on his vow no matter how hard he tries.

Will Sanctuary be the home Bailey longs for or will she have to die to find out?

Book 1 in the Sanctuary, Texas Series

Excerpt:

My survival instincts said he wasn’t the only unattached male in the town who might choose to pursue me. Better him than someone worse, but that wasn’t a reason to lead him on. He deserved better than to be used. He’d been a gentleman, so far … and he was kind. Plus, telling him I wasn’t interested in him sexually would be an outright lie. I was a woman, and he’d awakened something that I thought had long ago been beaten out of me.

Desire.

“I …” I opened my mouth, but choked on my words. Rubbing my sweaty palms on my pants again, I looked up into his perfectly blue eyes and relaxed. There were no cages in Erick’s house. That I could see. No chains on the walls. He didn’t even have bars over the windows.

He wasn’t Kevin.

Even with all my doubts, something deep down said it was okay to give it a shot. “I want to try,” slipped from between my lips. “Trust has cost me a lot in the past, though. I’m afraid.”

“I’m glad you are giving me a chance.” Erick stepped closer. Each movement was calculated and confident. He reached out and touched my cheek, then followed the line of my face down until he was cupping my chin. His fingertips brushed over my ears and slipped into the wet hair at the base of my neck.

A shiver flitted across the surface of my skin. Energy charged between his hand and my cheek. Even though my first instinct was to pull away, I somehow found the courage to look up and meet his gaze instead.

About the Author:

Krystal Shannan goes to sleep every night dreaming of mythical realms with werewolves, vampires, fae, and dragons. Occasional a fabulous, completKrystalShannanHeadShotely human story slips into the mix, but powers and abilities usually crop up without fail, twisting reality into whatever her mind can conceive.

As a child, her parents encouraged her interests in Ancient Greek and Roman mythology and all things historical and magickal. As an adult the interests only grew. She is a child of Neverland and refuses to ever stop believing in fairies.

She is guilty of indulging and being a Buffy the Vampire Slayer groupie as well as an Angel fan. For those of you unfamiliar with the world of Joss Whedon, you are missing out! She also makes sure to watch as many action and adventure movies as possible. The more exciting the better. Yippee-Ki-Yay….. If you don’t know the end of that phrase, then you probably don’t like the same movies.

She writes stories full of action, snark, magick, and heart-felt emotion. If you are looking for leisurely paced sweet romance, her books are probably not for you. But, for those looking for a magical ride, filled with adventure, passion, and just a hint of humor. Welcome home.

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Review:

What an amazing introduction to this new world that Ms Shannan has created in Sanctuary Texas filled with all sorts of paranormal creatures plus a bit of spice with a charming and odd array of paranormal creatures.  The story was gripping from the first chapter and held me in its grasp as I struggled to put it down either to go to work or my other hum drum chores.

Bailey Ross, our amazing heroine, has suffered through loss of family, a malicious and vindictive ex-boyfriend and yet she is a woman that was relatable and determined.  She is a woman that has been stuck in the middle of violence and refused to let that determine who she is.  Not to mention a continued spark of hope refuses to be extinguished from her soul even with everything she has experienced or witnessed.  To say she is a character that I can easily understand and connect with helped this stellar book to shine even more in my eyes.

And just wait until you are introduced to the amazing man that is her match in Erick Thorson.  This vampire oozes sex appeal with a gentleman’s sense of courtesy and old world charm.  To sum up in one word, Yummy!  There are so many layers to Erick that even after reading the 298 pages you still feel that there are depths that could easily be discovered at a later date.  Might I even suggest a novellette about their life in the future, Ms Shannan!  *Hint Hint*  The fact that he is actually a Viking that was turned into a Vampire just makes this such an interesting twist and kept me on my virtual toes as I read this book wondering if I was going to discover other novel twists that I wasn’t anticipating, which you will.

The story building and the other characters that you will meet along this journey through Sanctuary Texas are some of the most interesting and quirky characters I have come across in a while in this genre.  Not to mention the fact that the story basically ends up spending more than 90% of the book in Texas with paranormals I would never have thought to place in a location that is known for its heat, cattle, Battle of the Alamo and oil.  When you place these characters here it makes for some interesting juxtapositions which I found highly entertaining.

And how could I have forgotten the romance?  Well…it is so good you are going to need to pick this one up as soon as possible.  The excerpt I have inserted into this post is the mildest that Ms Shannan provided to me and it it still hot enough to require a glass of wine or iced tea always be available while you consume this book.

Final Thoughts,  If you haven’t figured it out yet, this book is headed directly to my Best of 2014 list.  You need to do yourself a favor and go buy this book.  I look forward to seeing what else the characters from Sanctuary Texas will get up to as the series progresses.

Sanctuary Texas Series:

1.  My Viking Vampire

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