Review: Artemis’s Hunt by Lia Davis

Author:  Lia Davis

Series:  Sons of War #2.5

Genre:  Paranormal Romance

Rating:  4 Stars

Publication Date: September 2, 2014

Published byFated Desires Publishing

Sweet or Spicy Romance: Spicy

Page Count: 60

Purchase: Amazon/Barnes & Noble/Goodreads/ARe

Synopsis:

Artemis, goddess of the hunt, has lived with heartache for the last fifteen hundred years, believing her only love is dead. That’s what her father—Zeus, king of the gods—told her. After recent events brought the truth to light, Artemis must gather the courage to face her lost love again.

Evangelos, former god of messengers, was content living in the mortal world until he discovered he has a daughter and her mother is Artemis. When the goddess shows up at his place of employment with tales of renewing his god status, he’s skeptical. Zeus wouldn’t reverse the curse out of the goodness of his heart. There is always a catch. The god king wants something in return.

When Artemis explains she has to hunt down her stepmother, Hera, in order to get Evan back into Zeus’s good graces, Evan demands to accompany her. However, the journey turns out to be a test that could bring them closer together or tear them apart forever.

Review:

One of my favorite thing about a series is watching story lines arc and twist as the entire plot of the over arching story is being told.  The Sons of War series has been an amazing example of that concept.  I’ve also appreciated that readers are quickly able to digest these stories because of the quick release cycle of the independent publishing world.  We have seen amazing growth in the main characters and their partners but side characters are also being treated to the same level of care and concern and that is where Artemis’s Hunt slots right in.

One of threads that was not completely wrapped up in Ashes of War was what actually happened to Ash’s parents, Artemis & Evangelos.  We are now given that story in Artemis’s Hunt and for that I’m supremely thankful to Ms. Davis.  The series is richer for this inclusion into the overall plot.  The fact that there is distrust, time, and enemies standing between these two characters reminds me of Romeo & Juliet.  Star crossed lovers that are either doomed to forever be separated or two individuals that grow and become the true extensions of themselves.  This results in a kaleidoscope of  emotions and experiences culminating in a forever kind of love that as a reader makes my heart happy.

Final Thoughts:  If you have read the first two books in this series then it is a no brainer to pick up this next installment into this unique world filled with Greek gods, dragon shifters that are to die for and a story that will capture your imagination.  If you haven’t then I highly recommend you do pick it up and to that end I’m holding a giveaway for the month of September.  I have a signed edition of War’s Passion by Lia Davis which will introduce you to this amazing world.

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Sons of War Series:

#1 ~ War’s Passion
#2 ~ Ashes of War
#2.5 ~ Artemis’s Hunt
#3 ~ Chaotic War (Coming soon)

Fated Desires Publishing provided me with a copy of Artemis’s Hunt but nothing else was exchanged for my honest review.

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

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This past month has been filled with so many emotions and experiences.  So many that they became the tapestry of August for me but the one that has impacted the most has been a close family member being diagnosed with Breast Cancer.  Once I heard the news I basically went into lock down mode while I tried to come to grips with the information but also how I was going to cope.

As a result I’m behind in my review books and as a consequence this has made me make a major decision.  I’m going to read the books I have in the “To Be Reviewed” pile but only take on additional work when a story speaks to me until January 2015.  This may seem counter intuitive to the whole idea of a review blog but it is forcing me to take time for me.  My next convention isn’t until Coastal Magic Convention in Daytona in February where I’ve already paid for a ticket and reserved my hotel room.  And I should be back on track and in a better frame of mind by convention time.

The review process is also going to be undergoing a few changes over the next couple of months.  I’m not sure exactly how or in what way exactly but I’m going to be making tweaks to the process to allow more time for what I love which is reading.

Some of you may wonder why I’m being so up front about what is happening behind the scenes but in truth I’ve discovered that honesty truly is the best policy.  So if you send me a request for a review in the next four months please do not be offended if I say No.

I will continue to keep the reviews coming at least 1 week and sometimes more as I work my way through my backlog.  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

Review: Betting on Julia by Nina Croft

Author:  Nina Croft

Series:  Melville Sisters #2

Genre:  Paranormal Romance

Rating: 2 Stars

Publication Date: August 25, 2014

Published byEntangled Publishing

Sweet or Spicy Romance: Spicy

Page Count: 205

Purchase: Amazon/Barnes & Noble/Goodreads/ARe

Synopsis:

Small, blonde, bubbly, and with a penchant for all things pink, Julia Melville has always considered herself a nice girl – until she was attacked by a werewolf. Months later, and still in total denial, Julia spends the time between full moons fantasizing that her life is normal. And who could be better to help her with that than her new neighbor, handsome accountant, Sebastian Crane.

For two hundred years, Sebastian, a powerful warlock, has been possessed by a demon. Each day, his soul grows darker, and he knows that soon he will be beyond salvation. But the demon loves to gamble, and he’s made Bastian one final bet—get a good woman to say the words “I love you” and he’ll be free.

Julia wants a normal guy. Bastian needs a good woman. Maybe together they can find something far more valuable…redemption.

 

Review:

This story had every thing going for it including an interesting premise, unique characters, little intrigue and a touch of magic.  And yet I feel there just wasn’t enough of all of the above.  Our heroine is a nice girl but is absolute denial about the fact that she is now a werewolf.  I get the premise and I can completely sympathize but it took too long for her to realize that she couldn’t just wish her “condition” away which annoyed me.

And our hero is a warlock that has been possessed by a demon for over 200 years and yet the demon “plays betting games” to toy with him.  I just didn’t buy it.  Sorry.  We also get such a small taste of magic though out the book which seems like a bit of a wasted super power to me.  I don’t know about you but I’d have been searching for ways to get rid of the demon rather than suffering for two centuries.

The interplay between Sebastian or Bastian and Dante are an interesting portion of the book but unfortunately didn’t keep me entertained through out this story.

There is some BDSM thrown into this book and that is exactly how it appears to me.  Thrown into the mix rather than truly being part of the story and more importantly the characters.  Seemed to be more of an opportunity to say that BDSM is bad or kinky in comparison to vanilla or normal.  This just didn’t sit well with me in the story or concerning what the BDSM community is truly about.

Final Thoughts:   Unfortunately this is not a book that I can recommend.  The idea and concept had loads of possibilities but the end result is not a story that I enjoyed.

Melville Sisters Series:

1.  Operation Save Daniel
2.  Betting on Julia

Entangled Publishing provided me with a copy of Betting on Julia but nothing else was exchanged for my honest review.

 

Review: Taming His Tutor by Natalie Anderson

Author:  Natalie Anderson

Series:  N/A

Genre:  Contemporary Romance

Rating: 5 Stars

Publication Date: August 25, 2014

Published byEntangled Publishing

Sweet or Spicy Romance: Spicy

Page Count: 250

Purchase: Amazon/Barnes & Noble/Goodreads/ARe

Synopsis:

Computer guru Abbi Hayes needs to kick her sex life into overdrive—and she’s designing the perfect App to make it happen. Thanks to all of the self-help bedroom tips she’s accumulating, she’ll be able to go from boring and passive to own-him-now vixen with a couple of swipes of a touch screen. And when former NBA basketball star Joe Fuller offers to help her test out her ‘product,’ how can she say no?

Joe can’t quite believe this temptress-in-training is his formerly shy, geeky ex-math tutor. If Abbi wants to discover her inner vamp, he’ll happily be her how-to guide. But it only takes few face-to-face lessons to realize that underneath the talk, there’s a truly passionate woman begging to be claimed by someone strong. Someone like him.

Maybe it’s time to teach his former teen fantasy a few tricks of his own…

Review:

There are times in life that a book is exactly what you need whether it allows you to go beyond your surrounds to escape or allows you to pack your bags and travel to distant lands that you haven’t had the opportunity or ability to visit.  This has been one of those times for me.  This book was exactly what the doctor ordered including an opportunity to see myself reflected in the eyes of a sassy computer geek determined to make her latest project all it could be even if that meant going beyond her own boundaries with a high school crush.  Abbi is all of that and more and I felt a true sense of kinship to her ability to be driven in her job and have no clue when it came to guys or social situations.

And we all know a guy just like Joe Fuller, the quarterback of the high school team or maybe the coolest guy in school who smiled at you once.  But Joe is such a thoughtful and intent guy who sees beyond the awkwardness to the amazing woman that Abbi truly is and helps her blossom beyond even her wildest imaginings.

These two together was just delicious and helped make a difficult couple of weeks better.  I will be keeping my eyes wide open for the next release by Ms. Anderson because this was truly a well crafted story and I look forward to being swept away again soon.

Final Thoughts:  This book is worth every penny if you are looking for a well crafted story, geeky heroine that is not afraid to strut her stuff and a hero who wants to see her by his side as she does it.

 

Entangled Publishing provided me with a copy of Taming His Tutor but nothing else was exchanged for my honest review.

Review: Dark Fates (A Paranormal Anthology) by Carrie Ann Ryan

Title:  Dark Fates

Authors:  Carrie Ann Ryan, Marie Harte, Rebecca Royce, Lia Davis, Ann Mayburn & Heather Long

Series:  Redwood Pack #7.7, Ludos Deorum #2, Fallen Alpha #1.5, Ashwood Falls #4.5, N/A, Watchers #1

Genre:  Paranormal Romance

Rating: 4 Stars

Publication Date: August 12, 2014

Published byFated Desires Publishing

Sweet or Spicy Romance: Spicy

Page Count: 396

Purchase: Amazon/Barnes & Noble/Goodreads/ARe

Synopsis:

Dark Fates: An All New Paranormal Romance Boxed Set
Six brand new, hot paranormal romance stories from USA Today and bestselling authors. Alpha heroes and heroines with dark pasts and the need to find their own happy ever after will draw you in and make you turn to the next page.

THE HUNTED HEART (A Redwood Pack Novella) by NYT and USA Today Bestselling Author Carrie Ann Ryan
Emeline might have been alive hundreds of years, but she’s never really lived. Noah has known Emeline was his mate since he first saw her, only he doesn’t know if she feels the same. When he finally takes that final step, he’ll have to pray she finds the connection and overcomes the past she thought she’d lost years ago.

JACKAL’S MEASURE (A Ludos Deorum Novella) by NYT and USA Today Bestselling Author Marie Harte
Tortured by the god of chaos for centuries, Tariq knows only duty to numb the pain. When he’s sent to collect Eden, a sexy human accused of interfering in the Games of the Gods, his missing heart beats again. But love may not be enough to save them.

ALPHA’S SACRIFICE (A Fallen Alpha Novella) by Rebecca Royce
Hayden Chaucer is determined to make the best life possible for his pack and is ill-prepared to discover his true mate waiting for him in his home. Worse, his mate, Chelsea, has fled the True Believers, and her ability to see the future may cost them their present.

TOUCH OF DESIRE (An Ashwood Falls Novella) by Lia Davis
A submissive wolf who lost it all finds herself in a mating dance with the very dominant senior enforcer who will stop at nothing to claim her.

SANGUE FEVER by Ann Mayburn
Drifting without a purpose, vampire Lisabetta finds herself yearning for something more. She finds it while hunting for her next donor. Things are not quite as they seem when she seduces an older mortal man and finds herself in danger of falling in love for the first time in centuries.

FORBIDDEN RESCUE (A Watchers Novella) by Heather Long
All Jubilee Spector wants is to save her brother. The last thing she expects is to stumble into a dark world and another’s war. But Fox Arada is so much more than a man, and her secret threatens to change the Watchers’ world forever.

 

Review:

One of my favorite reasons to pick up an anthology is the opportunity to try out a new series or in this case a couple of new authors.  I’m humbled to say that I’ve still not read all of Carrie Ann Ryan’s Redwood Pack but I’m going to be doing a major catch up for the entire series and have something special for you too in February.  So make sure you stay tuned.

But The Hunted Heart can easily be read as a stand alone.  Emeline is one of the elders for the Redwood Pack and has seen death, destruction and suffered the heartache of lost love.  She is struggling to hold onto a reason to stay alive.  Noah however is new to the pack, 28 year old and the current pack doctor, who isn’t adverse to a home visit.

The poignancy and heart which this story is told captures the true emotions of a woman at the end of her resistance and a man with the patience to wait for her to catch up to his emotions.  There are moments where you could see Noah’s determination to give Emeline exactly what she needed but never give her up entirely.

Their struggle to discover a cure for North’s blindness binds them together, gives them a common goal and provides Noah with another chance to get closer to Emeline at every opportunity.  This is a great addition and first book to lead off with in this anthology.

Marie Harte’s Jackal’s Measure tells the story of one of Anubis’ soldiers, Tariq, who has been brutally tortured by Seti, the God of Chaos for centuries, in order to use Tariq as a weapon to win the Games of the Gods.  Never able to tell Anubis of his torture he struggles to maintain his sanity even after his heart has been stolen.  And if that isn’t enough the Game of the Gods is occurring in Portland Oregon and a female wonders into the middle of a move by Anubis and Are’s pawns.  Eden Dixon made a wrong turn and landed in the middle of the games but Set has been using Eden as well to produce a vial.  But Eden is a strong woman and refuses to hand it over.

This story has twists, turns and surprises that I was not anticipating and was a true delight to read.  I look forward to more from this series in the future.

Alpha’s Sacrifice is a unique twist on the concept of amnesia effecting one of the main characters.  The reason behind the lapses in Chelsea’s memory made me feel part of this story since I’m new to this series and the author.  Hayden’s unease as the alpha made for an interesting dichotomy between the ease in which he lead his pack and his unease at being the leader.  The story was well told and I enjoyed it from the beginning to end.  I will definitely check out more work by Rebecca Royce in the future.

I’m an avid fan of Ms. Lia Davis’ Ashwood Falls series and Touch of Desire continues that streak of fandom.  Cora River & Torin Fisher’s story is as well told as I had hoped.  There is just something about these two that I craved a happily ever after for them both.  The fact that they find it together makes it all the sweeter.  Cora has been struggling and withdrawing from her life, her wolf and her pack.  But Torin and others refuse to let her worry, doubt and fear consume her and push her back into living by making her part of protecting the pack and, in the end, a purpose she desperately needed.  This story can be read as a stand alone but I strongly recommend sitting down to an Ashwood Falls marathon.  You can thank me later.

Ann Mayburn’s Sangue Fever was one of the books I was most interested to read out of this anthology because I primarily know Ms. Mayburn’s contemporary work or sci-fi books and wondered what sort of madness she would imploy in a vampire story.  And she blew my mind yet again.  I don’t want to ruin this wonderful story especially since it appears to me to be the only true stand alone in this book but let me just say that I am thrilled that her cowboy hero is not in his twenties but a man in his early forties.  Here is her description of this scrumptiousness:

“He had close-cropped dark hair with thick shocks of silver streaking through it.  A black cowboy hat sat on the table before him, and she had a sudden vivid mental image of riding him wearing just his hat.  He was sexy, so damn sexy it made her teeth ache to taste him.  His tanned face had faint lines, and she could see the solid, muscular build of his broad chest and shoulders beneath his plaid shirt.  Something about him radiated power and control, but it wasn’t in the way of immortals.  No, this man was one hundred percent human and utterly delicious.  All thought of anyone’s gaze except for the powerful man before her vanished as pure primal need filled her.”

This paragraph alone makes me want to re-read this portion of the book.

Lastly is Heather Long’s Forbidden Rescue.  I’m torn on this story.  Not sure exactly but there just seemed to be something missing to place it at the same level as the other stories of this anthology.  The narrative was good, the characters were interesting but the back story was missing development.  The emotional connection just didn’t resonate at the same level.  The reason for the “rescue” of Jubilee and her transformation just didn’t seem to be completely fleshed out.  For me sadly this was the story that just left me feeling a bit blah and is the only book in this anthology that I put the book down for a few days during my review process.  The idea behind this book/series is a great one and I look forward to seeing where it heads into the future but this was a lack luster start unfortunately.

Final Thoughts:  If you haven’t delved into the world of paranormal romance and are looking for a taste of a few worlds then this is a great book to pick.  You will be exposed to numerous authors and their series which I hope will drive you to look into one or more of them in the future.

 

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

 

Convention and Cancer

Breast Cancer.JPGLast weekend was Authors After Dark aka AAD in Charlotte, North Carolina.  I was thrilled to get the opportunity to attend after making the decision last minute while I was sitting at a table with some amazing authors and their assistants in Denver, Co while at RomCon.  So my joke was that I got conned into going to AAD but truthfully I just needed an excuse and way to save some money to attend.  Once that was sorted I was totally on board with getting in my little car and driving the 9 hours in order to go.

AAD was a series of panels during the daytime and then a larger function during the evening ranging from the opening night where we had a mechanical bull that some brave souls dared to conquer to the Sinners and Virtues Ball on the last night of the convention.  Then there were blocks of time where meals were had with authors and readers or a chance for bloggers to meet and greet some of the authors.  And don’t forget the 3 hour long signing with all the authors from the event.  Walking into that room was WOW!  And I got to meet the Master of Ceremonies, Alexandra Ivy and get signatures on my convention bags.  Plus I met the one and only Joey W. Hill in a hallway.  Still blown away.

This convention was a favorite among the four I have attended this year and I look forward to attending next year when it will be closer to home for me in Atlanta.  There were prizes given out at every event I attended.  They ranged from swag from the author to books to breakfast with authors and books for three readers.  I was lucky enough to win something quite often including a breakfast with Carrie Ann Ryan, Ann Mayburn and Kennedy Layne with 2 friends.  To say I was stunned was a complete understatement especially since I wasn’t paying attention when Carrie Ann called my name.  And if you were at the event then yes, I’m the roommate. *smiles*  Since I had attended the event on my own, I posted on Facebook that the first 2 people to comment would get to go with us to breakfast.  I’m thrilled I had the opportunity to share with two other readers my love of books and these three authors.  What is even more thrilling is that by the time we had sat down Bianca d’Arc, another amazing author, was also joining our little entourage.  I learned and heard stories that were sheer joy and stomach heaving hilariousness that it still makes me smile as I sit down and remember.

My return home was quite uneventful for which I’m extremely thankful.  And then my world imploded.  A close family member has been diagnosed with stage 1 Breast Cancer.  To say I’m still in a state of shock is the understatement of the decade.  I’ve plowed through my work week at the day job just to make it to the weekend so I can have time to gather my thoughts and figure out a strategy.

So please be patient with me if you requested a review or are expecting one because I’m a little lost right now and sitting down to even write this post has me up at 3 am because I’m struggling.  I promise to have thing back on an even keel shortly but as we all know sometimes life intrudes on hobbies or passions and we struggle to pick up the pieces in order for us to start creating again.

Thank you all for your continued support this year for me and this blog.  I continue to be blown away.  Things will be back to normal very shortly but I thank you for your patience as I struggle with the curve ball my family has been dealt.

Why Outlander Matters

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After watching the first episode of Starz Outlander entitled Sassenach I have been struck by a number of reasons why this series matters.  And thought I would share a few of them with you all.

  1. This story is more than a love story.  It is a journey of self discovery for Claire but also for each of the readers and viewers.  The entire journey reminds us all of what is important such as things like love, family, our place in the greater scheme of things and what and how we can impact those around us.  This is something that many of us have lost sight of in our rush to use electronic devices every moment of the day or checking into social media constantly and forgetting that we have one shot at this life and we need to savor it.
  2. Great story telling can be found in all sorts of media.  The fact that this story started its life as a book with nearly 900 pages, 7 sections and 41 chapters and only skims the surface of the story of Claire and Jamie.  This first episode encapsulates the first portion of the book and had me on the verge of my seat the entire time.  Hoping that there would be more but knowing that the credits were about to roll any minute and I was not ready for them yet.
  3. I’m hopeful that like HBO’s Game of Thrones there will be a loyal and growing audience of women and men that may not be as entrenched in the romance world as you or I but just love a great story.  This growing audience will then seek out other amazing stories beyond what they typically read or view.
  4. This story may even take significant steps towards demonstrating to the populace on a grander scale why Romance books are so beloved.
    • They give the reader a chance to see a brighter future and often this helps them through a difficult time in their own life.
    • Longing for more can be just the push someone needs to start moving forward in their life.
    • Romance can just be about a couple falling in love but a GREAT Romance looks at life sees the challenges in the characters and causes readers to reconsider and re-imagine their own life as a result.
  5. Lastly, that the passion and joy of reading will be renewed again for men and woman all around the globe because they want to experience Jamie and Claire’s story first hand themselves by reading Outlander by Diana Gabaldon.

So what are your thought?  Have you seen Sassenach yet, which is available online at Starz.com for those living in the USA, or are you waiting for it to be released in your home country?  Will you continue to watch this series?  My answer is I will continue to watch this show and can’t wait to add the series and soundtrack to my collection.  So don’t mind me because I’m going to watch it again now.

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Review: Forbidden Kiss by Shannon Leigh

Author:  Shannon Leigh

Series:  N/A

Genre:  Paranormal Romance

Rating: 4 Stars

Publication Date: July 28, 2014

Published byEntangled Publishing

Sweet or Spicy Romance: Spicy

Page Count: 243

Purchase: Amazon/Barnes & Noble/Goodreads/ARe

Synopsis:

Jule Casale is the perfect daughter. Obedient. Trustworthy. Loyal.  With her high profile Italian family, her public image must be impeccable. And now to gain the respect and position she’s desired in the academic world, she hopes to discover the unknown artist behind a masterpiece of Renaissance art.

Rom Montgomery seeks the unobtainable: forgiveness. Those who could grant him relief are dead. Instead, he wanders across continents and through time searching for salvation and the means to right an ancient wrong. But when Jule comes knocking on his door, it’s the closest he’s ever come to finally finding redemption.

The closer Rom draws to correcting his past mistakes, the more his secrets threaten to destroy the woman who might hold the key to his future.

 

Review:

There comes a time in every middle or high school student’s life when you read the classics.  Everything from Catcher in the Rye to The Scarlet Letter to The Crucible and many other outstanding pieces of literature are required reading.  But what I always looked forward to were the Romantic classics like anything by Emily Brontë, Jane Eyre or William Shakespeare.  Yes I’m one of the students who actually read Hamlet with out being asked and could actually understand the verse.  And dare I say it, loved it!

Forbidden Kiss expands upon a story we all know so well.  The timeless love story of Romeo and Juliet is the base and then amazing and wonderful things happen.  The story is set in modern day Chicago where we are introduced to Jule Casale who is on the hunt to discover the origins of a mysterious painting by an anonymous artist.  In her hunt she seeks out Rom Montgomery who is an avid collector and connoisseur of ancient swords.  Meanwhile Rom has been struggling through lifetimes trying to break a curse which has led to him being immortal for centuries.

This sort of twist on a classic is just the type of thing that I would imagine when I didn’t get the ending I wanted.  The fact that the story is interwoven with so many details from the original play is what I find the most charming.  In fact it reminded me of how much I loved the hours I would sit and read these plays and just let my imagination take me to that time and place.

There are one or two minor things that pulled me out of the story such as the turn around time for Jule to believe that there was more to the story.  Especially after her initial trepidation and fear following a vision she has concerning a sword in Rom’s possession.  In addition the fact that there is one portion of the story that I felt there was a leap in time that wasn’t explained effectively but I found the over reaching plot one that engrossed and captured my attention.

Now I’m sure you are wondering about the chemistry between Rom and Jule, Ms. Leigh uses both character’s maturity effectively to remind readers that these are characters we are all so familiar with.  However there is true depth to not only the connection but communication and relatability that you will not see in high school lovers.  This added to the over reaching thought of a love beyond time which was evocative and poignant.

Final Thoughts:  This is a great twist on a classic and a wonderful romance all on its own but if you are an avid Shakespeare fan like myself then I truly believe you will find something to remind you of the joy of the classics.  And if you have recently read Romeo & Juliet this is a perfect book to read right after because I demand a happily ever after for these two amazing characters.  Don’t You?

 

Entangled Publishing provided me with a copy of Forbidden Kiss but nothing else was exchanged for my honest review.

 

Review: Meeting His Match by Katee Robert

Author:  Katee Robert

Series:  Match Me #1

Genre:  Contemporary Romance

Rating: 5 Stars

Publication Date: July 21, 2014

Published byEntangled Publishing

Sweet or Spicy Romance: Spicy

Page Count: 200

Purchase: Amazon/Barnes & Noble/Goodreads/ARe

Synopsis:

When New York matchmaker Addison St. Claire is tasked with matching her best friend’s new brother-in-law, she almost refuses. But the sexy southern CEO turns out to be a challenge she can’t resist, because if anyone needs to meet his soul mate, it’s this man. And if matching him with someone else removes the temptation of being near him? Even better.

The last thing Caine McNeill needs is a matchmaker—especially a gorgeous redhead who spouts nonsense about soul mates, critiques what he drives and how he dresses, buys him a dog, and pesters him about a million little things he couldn’t care less about. It’s a crying shame he has to keep his hands off because chemistry like what’s flaring between them ought to be explored. Thoroughly.

And so the battle begins. Addison is determined to stick to her plan of setting him up on dates with other women, and Caine is equally determined to ignore these women and seduce her.

 

Review:

The quality of romance books available and being released astounds and amuses me.  Every time I pick up a new book I live in a state of hopeful anticipation that I will yet again be transported to a magical world of an alpha hero and a heroine capable of getting herself and the hero out of difficult situations and look amazing while doing it.  True I am occasionally left wanting and disappointed but Ms. Katee Robert has a true gift of words and her characters are some I’d love to take out to lunch or to their favorite BDSM club for a drink.

Addison St. Claire is a skilled and highly sought after matchmaker in New York but she goes home to an empty home because of a belief that you get one shot at a soul mate and she had hers.  Meanwhile Caine McNeill is managing a family business and never gets to step into his palatial home because of the hours he is working.  Enter the best friend of Addison and now Caine’s sister-in-law Regan Wakefield throwing these two people together because she “know(s) a man in desperate need of a matchmaker, and you’re the best there is.”

Yes this is a trope we have seen a thousand times but Dang if Ms. Roberts doesn’t just take everything and throw it on its head, dance and then giggle at all of us as we are perplexed, amused and finally giggling along with her as these two characters throw everything at each other in an attempt to not let the obvious chemistry blow up in a blaze of glorious love.

Not to mention we have two competing cultures with New York and Tennessee and that is just the accents.  You add how each of them views the world, their history and baggage and you have a romance that will keep you glued to your chair until you realize you are late back to work.  Ooops!

And if all of the above hasn’t got you clicking on one of the links above to buy this book right away then what about this fact.  Caine is a Southern Gentleman.  And I do love a Southern Gentleman.

And I don’t know about you but whenever an author can include animals and make you laugh out loud at just the names and a few scenes they are in.  Especially if they can steal the lime light for those scenes then you know you are in for one heck of a ride.  And no I’m not going to tell you the names because they are just too adorable they are making me grin and laugh as I write this!

Final Thoughts:  If you haven’t read a book by Katee Robert, you need to ASAP and this is a perfect one to pick up.  The humor is heart warming.  The romance and chemistry is panty-melting.  The story can be nothing but a 5 star and the first Ms. Roberts book added to my Best of 2014 list.  Well deserved.  And I can’t wait for the next in this series.

 

Entangled Publishing provided me with a copy of Meeting His Match but nothing else was exchanged for my honest review.

 

Cover Reveal: Artemis’s Hunt by Lia Davis

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Artemis’s Hunt

~Sons of War novella 2.5~

By Lia Davis

Deception broke her heart. The truth fuels her hunt.

Release Day:

September 2, 2014

Artemis, goddess of the hunt, has lived with heartache for the last fifteen hundred years, believing her only love is dead. That’s what her father—Zeus, king of the gods—told her. After recent events brought the truth to light, Artemis must gather the courage to face her lost love again.

Evangelos, former god of messengers, was content living in the mortal world until he discovered he has a daughter and her mother is Artemis. When the goddess shows up at his place of employment with tales of renewing his god status, he’s skeptical. Zeus wouldn’t reverse the curse out of the goodness of his heart. There is always a catch. The god king wants something in return.

When Artemis explains she has to hunt down her stepmother, Hera, in order to get Evan back into Zeus’s good graces, Evan demands to accompany her. However, the journey turns out to be a test that could bring them closer together or tear them apart forever.

 

Two day reveal giveaway:

Lia will be giving away FIVE eCopies of book one of the series, War’s Passion.  Follow the Rafflecopter instructions below to enter.  Good Luck!

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About the Author:

Lia Davis is the author of the bestselling shifter series, Ashwood Falls, a mother to two young adults and three kitties, a wife to her soul mate, and co-owner to Fated Desires Publishing, LLC. She and her family live in Northeast Florida battling hurricanes and very humid summers. But it’s her home and she loves it!

An accounting major, Lia has always been a dreamer with a very active imagination. The wheels in her head never stop. She ventured into the world of writing and publishing in 2008 and loves it more than she imagined. Writing is stress reliever that allows her to go off in her corner of the house and enter into another world that she created, leaving real life where it belongs.

Her favorite things are spending time with family, traveling, reading, writing, chocolate, coffee, nature and hanging out with her kitties.

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Other books by Lia Davis:

Sons of War:

#1 ~ War’s Passion
#2 ~ Ashes of War
#2.5 ~ Artemis’s Hunt
#3 ~ Chaotic War (Coming soon)

Ashwood Falls Pack:

#.5 ~ Winter Eve
#1 ~ A Tiger’s Claim
#2 ~ A Mating Dance
Ashwood Falls Volume 1 Book 0.5, 1 & 2
#3 ~ Surrendering to the Alpha
#3.5 ~ A Rebel’s Heart
Ever After Book 3.5
#4 ~ Divided Loyalties
#5 ~ A Leopard’s Path (Coming Soon)

Pleasures of the Heart:

#1 ~ Business Pleasures

The Divinities:

#1 ~ Forgotten Visions
#2 ~ Death’s Storm
#3 ~ The Dark Divine (Coming in 2015)

Stand Alones

Ravished Before Sunrise