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The Real Werewives of Vampire County – Anthology

The Real Werewives of Vampire County – Anthology
* I received a copy of this book from Kensington in exchange for an honest review*

“Where Darkness Lives” by Alexandra Ivy – No one’s more surprised than Sophia when she’s struck by an unfamiliar maternal urge to move near her daughters. But instead of being greeted by a welcome committee, she’s targeted by kidnappers…and saddled with a gorgeous bodyguard on a mission to protect – and seduce…

Sophia is an alpha female that is used to taking care of herself. She is the owner of a local bar and has recently bought a house to be close to her daughters. When her life is threatened, alpha werewolf Luc steps in as a bodyguard to find out who is trying to hurt her.

Sophia is a strong character that knows what she wants but is willing to accept help when she needs it. She hasn’t had an easy life and has a hard time trusting people, Luc is no different. She is devastated when she finds out his secret. Luc has avoided relationships and finding his mate but there is something about Sophia that calls to him.

Overall this was a strong story in this anthology. The ending was a surprise that I enjoyed. I would definitely pick up other books by this author.

“Murder on Mysteria Lane” by Angie Fox – When a werewolf trophy wife is found dead in Vampire County, Heather McPhee goes undercover to investigate. Heather’s never been a mascara-and-manicures sort of girl, but she’s willing to learn. Especially with sexy vampire detective Lucien Mead posing as her husband…

Heather McPhee is the pack investigator and her expertise is needed in suburbia to help solve the murder of a werewolf. She has a unique ability that with a touch, people have to tell the truth. Lucien hopes to use her talent to help solve the murder while convincing Heather to give him a chance. Sunny’s murder turns out to be more complicated than they ever imagined.

I loved seeing Heather when she first showed up in suburbia, she was too funny. She obviously didn’t fit in with their fancy ways and needed help to blend in. Throughout the story we see her transformation not only physically but mentally as well.

Although this was a short story, it definitely didn’t lack on the drama, intrigue and adventure. It kept me guessing until the very end. I love Angie’s books and this was no exception.

“What’s Yours is Mine” by Jess Haines – Still Waters is like many other exclusive gated communities – except that it’s home to one of the largest werewolf packs in the state. But Tiffany Winters isn’t frightened of her big, bad new neighbours. In fact, she intends to take her place among the pack…

The pack is looking to expand their pack and their new neighbor Tiffany looks like she will be the perfect addition.  They just have to convince their leader to sign off on it.  Tiffany isn’t what she seems and Vera is the only one that sees through her.  Can Tiffany persuade the other’s that she is perfect for the pack?

The women of the Diamond Fangs are smart women that have it all, beautiful houses, sexy husbands and all the money they could possibly want.  Their pack numbers have decreased and they are always looking for the perfect candidate that is willing to sign the Notice of Mutual Consent.

Tiffany is their new neighbor and she seems to fit right in with the women but there is something about her that isn’t right.  Tiffany was a fun character; she has a history with weres that she is trying to hide from the women.  She isn’t proud of the things she did in the name of love and wants to change her life.  She is smart and conniving and knows how to get what she wants, I loved that about her.   The ending was fabulous.

“Werewolves in Chic Clothing” by Tami Dane – Ever since Christine Price moved in with her fiance, Jonathan, and his twelve-year-old son, she’s worked hard to fit in with a cadre of local women whose lives seem picture-perfect. Except no one in Jon’s upscale neighbourhood is quite who they appear to be. Least of all Jon…

Christine has left her life to move in with her finance Jonathan.  He has given her everything she could possible want, including her own studio in the basement.  Strange things begin happening around the house and the neighbors try and convince Christine that there was more to the death of Jonathan’s first wife than meets the eye.

Christine doesn’t know what to make out of the neighbors.  They start showing up before she gets moved in good and they all want to be her friends.  They suspect that Jonathan’s first wife was murdered and try to convince her to investigate it.  Things are not what they seem and there is more to the story than even they realize.

After things start happening to Christine she begins to question her decision to move in with Jonathan.   In the end though she trusts her instincts and everything comes out.

Overall this was a great set of short stories that blend well with each other.  I would definitely read other books by these authors and give The Real Werewives of Vampire County 4 Flaming Hearts.  

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Boots and Chaps (Ugly Stick Saloon #1) by Myla Jackson

Boots and Chaps (Ugly Stick Saloon #1) by Myla Jackson
* I purchased a copy of this book for my personal library*

She gave up stripping to go legit…until three Kiowa cowboys bring on the down-and-dirty.

Jackson Gray Wolf is turning thirty, and what does he have to show for it? A ranch. No wife, no kids, no dates. He’s had his eye on the pretty owner of the Ugly Stick Saloon, but their one accidental encounter was interrupted before he could get her out of her take-me-now red cowboy boots.

Audrey Anderson isn’t in the market for a man. Been there, done that, has the scars to prove it. She retired her pole-dancing boots after purchasing the Ugly Stick Saloon, and now manages a stable of strippers. When she winds up one stripper short for a private party, she’s forced to slip on a mask and into the role of the mysterious Kiki.

Jackson didn’t want the birthday bash his twin brothers are throwing him, but his vow to ignore the rented stripper goes awry when she shows him exactly how far she’s willing to go—for all three of them.

Audrey can’t forget the sizzling heat between her and one sexy Kiowa in particular. Jackson. Trouble is, she’s not sure if he wants the bold, brassy Kiki, or if he’s ready for the wounded woman underneath.

Warning: This title contains hot scenes with multiple partners, with a little BDSM on the side. Caution—it could melt your e-reader!

Audrey is the tough as nails owner of the The Ugly Stick Saloon.  She hung up her dancing chaps when she moved to Temptation and bought the bar.  Now thanks to Charli, both she and her chaps are coming out of retirement.  After her long dry spell, she never expected to find someone willing to fulfill all her needs.

Jackson’s birthday is coming up and his brothers are determined to give him a night he won’t forget.  While at The Ugly Stick Saloon, they book a stripper for a private party on their ranch.  Little did they realize that the stripper they booked for Jackson’s birthday was Audrey?

I couldn’t wait to read this story because it goes hand in hand with the Dirty Tricks series.  We saw Audrey and Jackson dancing around each other and then they were a couple, all told from Charli’s perspective.  I loved finally seeing how their story unfolded and they ended up together in this book.

Audrey and Jackson are perfect together.  They are both strong individuals that have worked hard to get where they are in life.  Both of them had personal issues they needed to work out plus neither one had time for dating or anything else.  With a little help from Charli and his brothers, the two of them finally connected.

Kiki’s strip tease with the boys was sexy as hell.  It was obvious that the sexy Kiowa Indians enjoyed their play time as much as she did.  Jackson had to convince Audrey that he was series and was willing to give her whatever she needed.  Although he wasn’t crazy about sharing her, he was extremely turned on watching her with his brothers.  He was supportive of her needs and didn’t think they were wrong or dirty.  Hell, he even danced naked in front of a bar full of women for her, if that’s not love I don’t know what it is.

The main characters are interesting and compelling, while being perfect for one another.  The secondary characters added additional depth to the book; I was surprised to see that there was more to Mark and Luke than party boys.  It was nice to see characters from the Dirty Tricks series in this book too, a nice tie in to the series.

I loved this book and can’t wait to read the next installment in the Ugly Stick Saloon series.  I give Boots and Chaps 4 Flaming Hearts. 

Naked Angel (Club Burlesque #3) by Logan Belle

Naked Angel (Club Burlesque #3)by Logan Belle
* I received a copy of this book from Kensington in exchange for an honest review*

It’s the biggest night of Mallory Dale’s life. She’s unveiling her sexy new burlesque club, The Painted Lady, and her boyfriend has a thrilling surprise for her. An injury forced ballerina Nadia Grant to hang up her toe shoes, so now she’s perfecting the art of the striptease and whipping the crowd at The Painted Lady into a frenzy.  Meanwhile, the club’s financial benefactor is endangering his marriage – and the business – when he begins a sizzling affair with a young costume designer. Just when they’re so close to having it all, will the stars of The Painted Lady lose everything?

Its opening night at The Painted Lady and the night is full of surprises for Mallory.  After her performance, she is surprised when her boyfriend Alec proposes to her in front of the crowd.  The night is going perfectly until Nadia loses it on stage.  A packed house, friends and a proposal, what better way to start their new adventure together?

Things quickly go downhill for the gang when their benefactor loses his money over a female.  They not only stand losing the club but they have also lost the fabulous costumer to Violet Offender.  Mallory knows that the only way to save their club is to win the Vegas Burlesque completion.  With Nadia and Maxes help they have the perfect costumes and routines for the show.

Due to an injury Nadia has had to quit performing ballet.  She and Mallory have been sharing rehearsal space for a while and Mallory offers her a chance to perform at The Painted Lady she decides to give it a try.  She continues to struggle with her performances while Max feels like she is degrading herself when she performs.   In the end she finds a compromise they can both live with.

This was a fabulous conclusion to the Club Burlesque trilogy.  It pulled me in just as quickly as Fallen Angel did and I didn’t want to put the book down.

It was packed full of emotion and I loved the fact that it wasn’t just about Alec and Mallory.  We got to visit with some old favorites and we got to learn more about new ones.  I’m glad that Violet Offender was in this book but not a primary focus, I like her but a little bit can go a long way with her.

Both Mallory and Nadia are going through several personal struggles with their relationships.  Their men want them to quit dancing on stage but for different reasons.  Mallory loves performing on stage and is thrilled to be running the club, she isn’t sure if she wants to quit dancing when she and Alec get married.  Nadia can no longer perform ballet and it is killing her.  She has so much creative energy and no outlet for it until Mallory offers her the chance to perform at the club.  Even that doesn’t fulfill her like ballet did.

There are so many side stories all connected together that the author risks it being too much; in this case it just works.  Each individual storyline has such an impact on the overall story that you would be missing something without them.  Each person has ties with several other characters that it is obvious that we would be lost without them.

The story is well written and pulls you in from the beginning.  It gives us a glimpse into the world of Burlesque, which intrigues me greatly.  The characters are interesting and have complex relationships with one another and the ending was fabulous.

I love this series and highly recommend that it be read in order, however these books can be read as a stand alone.  I enjoyed this series so much that I bought a copy of Blue Angel to read.  I give Naked Angel 4½ Flaming Hearts. 

The Lady is a Vamp by Lynsay Sands

The Lady is a Vamp by Lynsay Sands
*A review copy of this book was received from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review*

One late night leads to . . .

Kidnapped! When Jeanne Louise Argeneau left work, she never thought she’d end up tied down by a good-looking mortal. More attracted than annoyed, she quickly realizes there is more to her abductor than meets the eye.

One desperate act leads to . . .

Love? Paul Jones has need of a vampire, and only Jeanne Louise will do. He just has to convince this beauty of a Vamp to help him . . . never imagining that he would fall in love. But with the immortal world’s answer to law enforcement hunting them, their time together is running out . . . and Paul and Jeanne Louise will need to risk everything to spend an eternity together.

Paul’s daughter is sick and he will do whatever it takes to save her, even kidnap an immortal.  Jeanne Louise has been dreaming of the day she would find her life mate, she just never expected him to also be her kidnapper.

In the beginning Jeanie may have been a prisoner but everything changed as soon as she realized Paul might be her life mate.  He was a good looking man and she was excited that she couldn’t read him; she only hoped the rest of the signs were there too.

Enforcers send this trio on the road and Jeanie does everything she can to make sure that Livy’s headaches are kept at bay, even if it causes her pain.  She helps the little girl eat so she can gain some of her strength back.  The sun seems to be helping her spirits as much as anything else.

Jeanie loves both Livy and Paul.  She would do anything for either one, except turn Livy.  She has only one turn and she’s hoping to use it on Paul, if he agrees to be her life mate.  Her hopes and dreams are within her grasp until and unfortunate accident changes everything.

This book takes you on an emotional rollercoaster ride from start to finish.  There is such a strong emotional connection between not only Paul and Jeanie but also Livy and Jeanie.  It makes it that much harder to watch some of the events unfold.  You want them to have their happily ever after but they have so much to work through before they get to that point.

Paul and Jeanie want to work things out but they are different; Paul is mortal and Jeanie is immortal.  Paul just wants to feel like a man and Jeanie makes it hard by not letting him do anything for himself.  She is afraid that something is going to happen and she will lose him so she tends to be overprotective and over reacts to incidents.  There really is no happy medium for them as long as Paul remains human.

I love Lynsay Sands, she is one of my favorite paranormal authors and I have been reading this series from the beginning.  Her books are always such fun to read and have me laughing out loud.  This is the first one in the series that had me just about in tears.  I connected so strongly for with the characters and felt they were going through right alongside them.  When Jeanie had to make that split second decision, I kept thinking someone was going to step up to the plate.  In the end, I never expected things to happen the way they did.

Overall, I think The Lady is a Vamp is my favorite book in the Argeneau series.  I give this book 4½ Flaming Hearts. 

Welcome Debra Kayn to ENLR!!

Please Welcome Debra Kayn to the blog today.  Her newest release, Rodeo Rebelis the fourth book in her McDougal Series and is published by Entangled Publishing.

I had the pleasure of reviewing my first book by Debra about a year ago for Breathless Press and fell in love with her writing style. She also has books published through Carina Press, Entangled Publishing and Etopia Publishing.

I instantly connected with her McDougal Sisters books because their father was diagnosed with ALS and they had to watch the strongest person they knew become weak and helpless. My grandfather passed away from Lymphomia and it was hard to watch him suffer.

Debra is active on Twitter and Facebook and a lot of fun to talk to. I have gained a lot of respect for her both as a writer and person. I love that she takes time to interact with her fans.

I hope you enjoy the Q&A with her; it was a lot of fun:

Do you have a routine when you are writing?   Do you have a set time you write, certain number of days a week, word count, etc?

I write every day, but not a routine. Kids and animals always interrupt! I do love to write when it’s chaotic, so the more noise and action going on in the house lets me zone out and write. Silence is overrated! Lol I also love snacking on Wasabi peas while I write. They’re hot enough I don’t pig out. I learned my lesson after finishing off a bag of peanut M&M’s one night. Oops!

I’ve heard a lot of author’s mention play lists they listen to while writing, do you listen to music while you are working or do you have to have the quiet?

I listen to music, but I’m not aware of what’s playing. Okay, I take that back. Recently while writing a proposal, I listened to I’m Glad You Came by The Wanted over and over. That song fits the mood of the book so well. But, typically, I just want the “noise”.

I’m a Twitter junkie and I’m bad about reading Twitter posts when I am supposed to be working.   Do the social networking sites tempt you away from work when you are writing?  Do you allow yourself time on them or do you have to stay away from them completely while working?  How has social media affected your career as a writer?

Social media sights are total time sucks…I love them! I bounce on and off Twitter all day. I love talking to people, but hate promoting myself, so I’m big on conversations. It’s funny how that works though. When I released a biker series, I started getting a bunch of bikers following me. Who knew bikers had eReaders and would read my book.

Some authors like to read books in completely different genres than the one they write. What types of books do you find yourself reading?  Do you think these books influence what you write?

That’s so true. I love writing contemporary, but I also love reading YA books. In fact, reading them helps me slow the romance down in my own books. That first kiss is special whether you’re 16 years old or 30 years old, and has taught me to take my time writing and let my characters enjoy each other first.

What’s your favorite genre to read?  Why?  Who are some of your favorite authors to read?  Where is your favorite place to curl up with a good book?

My favorite is Contemporary. They’re real, and I can imagine myself in the stories. Some of my fav authors to read are Nora Roberts (of course!), Susan Elizabeth Phillips, Diana Palmer, Jeannie Watt and Linda Lael Miller.

I read every night in bed with my Kindle…my little light shining the words. I also try to squeeze reading time in during the summer when I’m sitting on the bank of our creek. I love losing hours of time hearing the water, the birds, and getting sucked into a story.

“Be careful or you’ll end up in my book!”  Do your characters have traits of friends and family?  Or are they completely new individuals?

I’m sure I have family and friends who have spotted similarities. I write what I know, so personalities pop up in characters all the time. My family has started to look sideways at my hubs lately, because he’s my hero…and a lot of my book’s heroes start to take on little habits of his.

Are you a full time writer or do you have to make time to write?  Is it difficult to juggle working, writing and family life?

I’m a full time writer. Between juggling farm chores, kids, homeschooling, and family time it’s nice to tell everyone I’m writing and sneak away to stare at the computer.

Lightning round!Favorite color? Pink
Favorite beverage? Water Favorite Food? Shrimp Favorite animal or pet? Hogs Sweet snacks or salty? Salty Morning person or night owl? Night owl
Mac or PC? PC TV, Radio or Nothing when you are writing? Radio And because you’re a romance author:  Sweet or smutty? Both!

Five Ways You Fuel Your Creativity

I’m a huge people watcher. I love creating stories for perfect strangers I see everywhere.

Reading, watching tv and movies. Sometimes a personality jumps out and gives you an idea.

Playing tennis. I think the adrenaline gives me more brain power.

Cooking helps motivate me. It’s such a routine chore for me that I can slip into my imagination while I make dinner.

Twitter gives me lots of unique people to view, and stories that spark inspiration.

Five Fun Facts About You, the Person

Met my husband on a blind date when I was 19 & married him. Still married!

I haven’t worked an evil day job since I was 20 years old

I’ve played tennis since I was 6 years old

I’m adopted

I hate ketchup, but love tomatoes

Now – will you tell us a little about Rodeo Rebel

Thank you so much for having me here today! Remember, if Rodeo Rebel reaches the top 100 by August 8th, I’m giving away a pair of cowgirl boots and a cowgirl hat. No purchase necessary! All the details are here http://www.debrakayn.com/2012/07/contest-if-rodeo-rebel-makes-it-to-top.html

Rodeo Rebel is available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Blurb

When widower and land baron Cole Reardon acquired the Turner Grain Corporation, he didn’t know the company sponsored a bull rider. He refuses to support thrill-seekers dumb enough to get on the back of a crazed animal. He’s not willing to risk his fortune and livelihood when he has his daughter’s well-being to consider. Not even when the bull rider is the sexiest woman he’s ever seen.

Bull rider Florentine McDougal plans to turn pro after the season championship, fulfilling her lifelong dream of succeeding in a man’s world. That is, until Cole Reardon shows up and threatens to break his sponsorship contract with her. Now everything she’s worked for is less than eight seconds away from being destroyed.

Cole distracts Florentine with his sexy mouth and unreasonable demands, and he’s not going to compromise his integrity. But she’s not going to let him loose until she has pro status. And neither will come away from this dust-up unscathed.

About Debra:

Multi-published Romance Author, Debra Kayn, lives with her family in the beautiful coastal mountains of Oregon on a hobby farm. During the summer, she enjoys riding motorcycles, gardening, playing tennis, and fishing. During the winter, you’ll find her outside playing in the snow. A cold weather nut, she lives for the days she’s snowbound and fighting with the woodstove to keep the house warm when the power goes out. A huge animal lover, she always has a dog under her desk when she writes and chickens standing at the front door looking for a treat. She’s famous in her family for teaching a 270 lb pig named Harley to jog with her every morning.

Her love of family ties and laughter makes her a natural to write heartwarming contemporary stories to the delight of her readers. As someone who met her husband on a blind date when she was nineteen years old, she’s a believer of love at first sight and happily ever after.

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Rodeo Rebel (McDougal Sisters #4) by Debra Kayn

Rodeo Rebel (McDougal Sisters #4) by Debra Kayn
* I received a copy of this book from Entangled Publications in exchange for an honest review*

When widower and land baron Cole Reardon acquired the Turner Grain Corporation, he didn’t know the company sponsored a bull rider. He refuses to support thrill-seekers dumb enough to get on the back of a crazed animal. He’s not willing to risk his fortune and livelihood when he has his daughter’s well-being to consider. Not even when the bull rider is the sexiest woman he’s ever seen.

Bull rider Florentine McDougal plans to turn pro after the season championship, fulfilling her lifelong dream of succeeding in a man’s world. That is, until Cole Reardon shows up and threatens to break his sponsorship contract with her. Now everything she’s worked for is less than eight seconds away from being destroyed.

Cole distracts Florentine with his sexy mouth and unreasonable demands, and he’s not going to compromise his integrity. But she’s not going to let him loose until she has pro status. And neither will come away from this dust-up unscathed.

Florentine is back on the rodeo circuit and she is determined to finish on top, regardless what the men think.  She has dreamed of riding in the PBR for as long as she can remember and be an inspiration for young girls everywhere.  She loves her family and they are extremely supportive of her.  They are a tight knit family and when you hurt one, you have an enemy in all.

Cole Reardon became Florentine’s sponsor when he bought Turner Grain.  He wants her to let him out of the contract because he can’t condone someone taking unnecessary risks with their lives.  His ex-wife was that way and it led to her death and his daughter having to grow up without a mother.  Cole is drawn to Florentine even though she is the exact opposite type of person that he wants a future with.

This family is such an inspiration and you can’t help but fall in love with them.  They have had to come to terms with their father’s death, while finding the love of their lives.  They stick together and watch each other’s backs and when they love, they love with such fierceness and depth.

Florentine is trying to get through the rodeo trials and place in the finals so she can have some time off with her family.  Her sister is getting married and it’s time for their annual 4th of July barbeque.  She just wasn’t expecting to use the time recuperating from a bull riding injury.  She is conflicted because she is attracted to Cole but he just wants out of their contract.  The more she is around Cole and his daughter the more she realizes she wants more out of life.  She can still be a positive role model for young girls and have the family she desires.

Cole is a sexy cowboy and a single father.  He is concerned about his young daughter and is looking for a wife that will be a good influence in her life.  He is torn because he desires everything about Florentine, except her bull riding.  Her spirit and fire call to something in him that he thought was long dead but he can’t risk having a woman like that around his daughter.  The more time he spends with her, the more he realizes that there is more to Florentine than meets the eye.  That underneath that brazen bull rider lurks a sensitive, caring woman that he could easily fall in love with.

Florentine and Cole are explosive together, like fire and gasoline.  They are both stubborn and set in their ways but both are very lonely.  They are good for each other but they can’t see past their differences until they spend some time together on the McDougal ranch.  I loved watching the transformation in Cole and seeing the relationship between him and his daughter grow.

I absolutely adore this series and highly recommend you pick it up and read it from the beginning.  I give Rodeo Rebel 4½ Flaming Hearts. 

***Be sure and stop back by on Saturday, July 21st and check out my Interview with Debra and a chance to win a copy of Rodeo Rebel***

Six Degrees of Desperation (Dirty Tricks) by Myla Jackson

Six Degrees of Desperation by Myla Jackson
* I purchased a copy of this book for my personal library*

Choose or lose…

The time has come. After a fabulous night of sex, Charli thinks she’s in love with Connor Mason, but he’s told her that he’s a one-woman-man and that he’s looking for a one-man kind of woman. What’s a girl to do when she’s got a kind, decent and sexy hot cowboy in one hand and a mystery, masked, black-hatted cowboy with friends lurking in the shadows?

Does she go for the one she knows who will always be there for her and never let her down? Or does she opt for the adventure, excitement and possible desertion of the one who remains anonymous?

Warning: Mystery cowboy plays one last dirty trick on an unsuspecting, completely confused saloon girl…add a bit of anal sex, begging and noon naughtiness and you might get the sexually satisfying experience you were looking for all along…

Charli has to decide once and for all whether she wants to continue playing with Original Sin or if she is ready to settle down with Connor.  She is worried that she can’t be the woman that he wants but she is ready to try.  Will she lose him when she reveals her secret?

With her mind made up Charli plans to tell Connor about Original Sin after the party.  She never expected things to turn out the way they did at the bar and she is left feeling satisfied but very guilty.  She has really started to question her actions and what she wants out of life.  She loves the thrill that Original Sin provides her with his “dirty tricks” but she longs for the stability that Connor can provide.  If only she could have both.

I love how we have seen Charli change and grow throughout this series, even though it’s only over a two week period.  She was looking for something to shake things up and she found that with Original Sin but she quickly realized that it wasn’t enough.  Connor showed her that is was ok to dream and want more out of life.  Now she that she is ready to make the commitment Original Sin throws a kink in her plans.

I loved the twist at the end.  I had hoped that was the way the story was going to end and was very happy with who Charli ended up with.  I enjoyed all 6 installments of the dirty tricks series but this was my favorite.  I would love to see it put together in one book.  It is a series definitely worth reading.  I give Six Degrees of Desperation 4½ Flaming Hearts. 

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