Waiting on Wednesday: Once a Soldier

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Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, and spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating. This week I picked: 

Once a Soldier Rogues Redeemed Mary Jo PutneyOnce a Soldier (Rogues Redeemed #1) by Mary Jo Putney

Details: Mass Market Paperback, 368 pages
Expected publication: June 28th 2016 by Zebra
Buy it: Book Depository

Summary: As heir to a title and great wealth, Will Masterson should have stayed home and tended his responsibilities. Instead he went to war. Now, after perilous years fighting the French, he intends his current mission to be his last. But all his plans are forgotten when he arrives in the small mountain stronghold of San Gabriel and meets her.

Knowing herself to be too tall, strong, and unconventional to appeal to a man, Athena Markham has always gloried in her independence. But for the first time in her life, she finds a man who might be her match.

Two of a kind, too brave for their own good, Athena and Will vow to do whatever it takes to vanquish San Gabriel’s enemies. For neither will back down from death, and only together can they find happiness and a love deeper than any they’d dared imagine…

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

It's Monday! What Are You Reading

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is hosted by The Book Date.

Read Last Two Weeks:

Burning Embers Hannah FieldingMy Last Continent Midge RaymondStrain of Resistance Michelle Bryan

Currently Reading:

Dark Ages: 2020 (Dark Ages #1)Dark Ages 2020 J.D. Dutra by J.D. Dutra

Synopsis: No civilization has ever stood the test of time. When societies collapse… How do the unprepared survive?

After ancient Rome fell to the barbarian hordes and its light went out, 500 years of economic and cultural deterioration followed in Europe – The Dark Ages. In the 14th century, the most brutal pandemic to ravage mankind finally pulled this part of the world out of the darkness. The Black Death decimated over 60% of the population, creating an immediate surplus of goods and land, which catapulted Europe into a new age of the rebirth: The Renaissance.

The Black Death pandemic of the 14th century was no act of nature. The outbreak was unleashed on purpose, by an ancient and occult cabal which still operates at the present time, behind the secret societies of the rich and powerful.

In the year 2020, moved by the desire to launch humanity into a new era of enlightenment and scientific advancements, this same obscure society plans to release a virus which can wipe out up to 90% of the world’s population. Political maneuvering and the biggest false flag event in generations sets their plan in motion, and immediately the President of The United States is caught in a web of horror weaved by this powerful global elite.

In the midst of it all, a clandestine CIA agent is torn between honor, duty and family. A struggling entrepreneur obeys the State and yet pays the ultimate price. An influential philanthropist has a dark secret that can alter the course of history, one which might lead a trio of scam artists to get more than they ever expected.

As modern society crumbles and the final unleashing of a New World Order takes place, these 5 lives will collide in a violent struggle for control, power and ultimate survival.

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

It's Monday! What Are You Reading

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is hosted by The Book Date.

Read Last Week:

The Echoes of Love Hannah Fielding

Currently Reading:

Burning Embers Hannah FieldingBurning Embers by Hannah Fielding

Synopsis: After calling off her wedding, Coral Sinclair, a beautiful but naive young photographer, learns that she has also lost her father. Leaving the life she’s known in England, she sails to Kenya to take ownership of her inheritance – Mpingo, the plantation that was her childhood home. On the voyage, Coral meets a charismatic stranger and their mystifying attraction shakes her to the core. When she encounters him again days later near Mpingo, she is warned that the man is not to be trusted. Rafe de Monfort, owner of a nightclub and the neighbouring plantation, is not only a notorious womanizer but also entangled with Coral’s stepmother, which may have contributed to her father’s death – or so the rumours go.

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

It's Monday! What Are You Reading

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is hosted by The Book Date.

Hey guys! I’m so sorry I haven’t been posting much. My anxiety has been pretty bad the last few months. Last month it was horrible. I’m not sure, but I think I’m finally over the worst of it, but I can’t be 100% sure. I can be fine one minute and the next I’m freaking out because something triggered my anxiety. Needless to say I haven’t really been reading. I tried but most times I couldn’t sit still or I just wasn’t taking anything in. I did manage to read one book since my last update (April 18th). I want to start reading and blogging more. I’ve really missed it. However, I’m not going to make any promises. I don’t want to say I’m back when I don’t know what the next little while will be like. I will do my best. For a bit of good news, MY BIRTHDAY IS TOMORROW!

The Sleep Room Frank Tallis

Currently Reading:

The Echoes of Love Hannah FieldingThe Echoes of Love by Hannah Fielding

Synopsis: Set against the breathtaking beauty of Italy, The Echoes of Love is a passionate, heart-breaking romance to ignite the senses and rekindle your belief in the power of love. Seduction, passion and secrets… Venetia Aston-Montagu has escaped to Venice to work in her godmother’s architectural practice, putting a lost love behind her. For the past ten years she has built a fortress around her heart, only to find the walls tumbling down one night of the carnival when she is rescued from masked assailants by an enigmatic stranger, Paolo Barone. Drawn to the powerfully seductive Paolo, despite warnings of his Don Juan reputation and rumours that he keeps a mistress, Venetia can’t help being caught up in the smouldering passion that ignites between them. When she finds herself assigned to a project at his magnificent home deep in the Tuscan countryside, Venetia not only faces a beautiful young rival but also a sinister count and dark forces in the shadows, determined to come between them. Can Venetia trust that love will triumph, even over her own demons? Or will Paolo’s carefully guarded, devastating secret tear them apart forever?

Review: A Billionaire Between the Sheets by Katie Lane

A Billionaire Between the Sheets (The Unexpected Billionaires #1) Katie LaneA Billionaire Between the Sheets (The Overnight Billionaires #1) by Katie Lane

Publication Date: November 24th 2015
Details: Mass Market Paperback, 305 pages
Publisher: Forever
ISBN: 9781455533138
Source: Won a copy from Goodreads. 🙂

Katie Lane:
Website | Twitter | Goodreads

Buy A Billionaire Between the Sheets:
Amazon | Book Depository

Summary

Overnight billionaires, the Beaumont brothers are thrust into life in the fast lane with exotic cars, private jets . . . and sex and success on their minds.

A commanding presence in the boardroom and the bedroom, Deacon Beaumont has come to save the failing company French Kiss. He was born to be boss in this glamorous new world of lacy lingerie and stunning supermodels. But one bold and beautiful woman dares to question his authority.

Olivia Harrington has dedicated her life to the company’s success. Just because Deacon is sexy as hell doesn’t mean he’ll make a better CEO. With a limitless supply of push-up bras and garter belts, Olivia turns her considerable feminine charms on Deacon to discover what makes him tick . . . and reveals instead the billion reasons why she wants him to stay.

Review

I had a hard time rating this book. Sometimes I would be really enjoying it and other times I was slightly annoyed. I don’t know, maybe I’m just being picky, but there were times when I really didn’t like Deacon. Olivia’s neighbors, and Grayson were the only characters I can actually say I liked. Everyone else I either didn’t like or didn’t care about at all.

The reason I liked the book and gave it three stars was the fact that it was funny. There were a few times this book had me laughing out loud.

Even though I didn’t absolutely love this one, I would still love to read the next book, A Billionaire After Dark.

3 out of 5 stars

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

It's Monday! What Are You Reading

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is hosted by The Book Date.

It was another slow week. Between being sick, getting some really bad news on Friday and my dad wanting to hang out and marathon everything he got for Christmas, I haven’t got much reading done. Hopefully this week I will get more read. Not sure if it will happen since the bad news I got is making it hard to concentrate on reading. Actually it’s hard to concentrate on anything right now. I will at least try and get some reading done.

Read Last Week: 

Little Girls Ronald Malfi

Currently Reading:

A Billionaire Between the Sheets (The Unexpected Billionaires #1) Katie LaneA Billionaire Between the Sheets (The Unexpected Billionaires #1) by Katie Lane

Synopsis: Overnight billionaires, the Beaumont brothers are thrust into life in the fast lane with exotic cars, private jets . . . and sex and success on their minds.

A commanding presence in the boardroom and the bedroom, Deacon Beaumont has come to save the failing company French Kiss. He was born to be boss in this glamorous new world of lacy lingerie and stunning supermodels. But one bold and beautiful woman dares to question his authority.

Olivia Harrington has dedicated her life to the company’s success. Just because Deacon is sexy as hell doesn’t mean he’ll make a better CEO. With a limitless supply of push-up bras and garter belts, Olivia turns her considerable feminine charms on Deacon to discover what makes him tick . . . and reveals instead the billion reasons why she wants him to stay.

Stacking the Shelves: Late Christmas Edition

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Stacking The Shelves is hosted by Tynga’s Reviews.

Sorry I haven’t been around much lately. I was really sick last week and with Christmas… Well things were just a little crazy and I didn’t get around to posting my Stacking the Shelves. So here are most of the books I got. I also got For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway but I already own it.

Goodreads Win: 

A Billionaire Between the Sheets (The Unexpected Billionaires #1) Katie LaneA Billionaire Between the Sheets (The Unexpected Billionaires #1) by Katie Lane

Overnight billionaires, the Beaumont brothers are thrust into life in the fast lane with exotic cars, private jets . . . and sex and success on their minds.

A commanding presence in the boardroom and the bedroom, Deacon Beaumont has come to save the failing company French Kiss. He was born to be boss in this glamorous new world of lacy lingerie and stunning supermodels. But one bold and beautiful woman dares to question his authority.

Olivia Harrington has dedicated her life to the company’s success. Just because Deacon is sexy as hell doesn’t mean he’ll make a better CEO. With a limitless supply of push-up bras and garter belts, Olivia turns her considerable feminine charms on Deacon to discover what makes him tick . . . and reveals instead the billion reasons why she wants him to stay.

From Erika:

Woodard_5.inddThe Republic of Pirates: Being the True and Surprising Story of the Caribbean Pirates and the Man Who Brought Them Down by Colin Woodard

The untold story of a heroic band of Caribbean pirates whose defiance of imperial rule inspired revolt in colonial outposts across the world

In the early eighteenth century, the Pirate Republic was home to some of the great pirate captains, including Blackbeard, “Black Sam” Bellamy, and Charles Vane. Along with their fellow pirates—former sailors, indentured servants, and runaway slaves—this “Flying Gang” established a crude but distinctive democracy in the Bahamas, carving out their own zone of freedom in which servants were free, blacks could be equal citizens, and leaders were chosen or deposed by a vote. They cut off trade routes, sacked slave ships, and severed Europe from its New World empires, and for a brief, glorious period the Republic was a success.

For Christmas (from my dad & Santa):

Poison Promise (Elemental Assassin #11) Jennifer EstepToo Close To Home Linwood BarclayThe Sword of Summer (Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard #1) Rick RiordanTokyo Ghoul Vol. 3 by Sui IshidaTokyo Ghoul Vol. 4 by Sui Ishida

For Christmas (from my mom & Santa):

The Sleep Room Frank TallisThe Wasp Factory Iain BanksStorm (The SYLO Chronicles #2) D.J. MacHaleThe Haunting of Sunshine Girl (The Haunting of Sunshine Girl #1) Paige McKenzieBlood and Salt (Blood and Salt #1) Kim LiggettCan You Survive the Zombie Apocalypse Max BrallierThe Final Descent (The Monstrumologist #4) Rick YanceyRise Again (Rise Again #1) Ben TrippRed Moon Benjamin PercyGhost Trackers (Ghost Trackers #1) Jason Hawes Grant WilsonDracula the Un-Dead Dacre Stoker Ian HoltFlashback Dan SimmonsThe Abominable Dan SimmonsEverville (Book of the Art #2) Clive BarkerThe Science of Vampires Katherine RamslandEden (Eden #1) Tony MonchinskiBird Box Josh MalermanThe Boy Who Drew Monsters Keith DonohueThe House of Small Shadows Adam NevillThe Lords of Salem Rob ZombieDoctor Sleep (The Shining #2) Stephen KingThe Shadow Throne (The Shadow Campaigns #2) Django Wexler

Wishlist Wednesday: Blood Kiss

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Wishlist Wednesday is hosted by Pen to Paper.

Blood Kiss (Black Dagger Legacy #1) J.R. WardBlood Kiss (Black Dagger Legacy #1) by J.R. Ward

Details: Paperback, 496 pages
Published: December 1st 2015 by Signet
Buy it: Book Depository

Synopsis: The legacy of the Black Dagger Brotherhood continues in a spin-off series from the #1 New York Times bestselling author…

Paradise, blooded daughter of the king’s First Advisor, is ready to break free from the restrictive life of an aristocratic female. Her strategy? Join the Black Dagger Brotherhood’s training center program and learn to fight for herself, think for herself…be herself. It’s a good plan, until everything goes wrong. The schooling is unfathomably difficult, the other recruits feel more like enemies than allies, and it’s very clear that the Brother in charge, Butch O’Neal, a.k.a. the Dhestroyer, is having serious problems in his own life.

And that’s before she falls in love with a fellow classmate. Craeg, a common civilian, is nothing her father would ever want for her, but everything she could ask for in a male. As an act of violence threatens to tear apart the entire program, and the erotic pull between them grows irresistible, Paradise is tested in ways she never anticipated—and left wondering whether she’s strong enough to claim her own power…on the field, and off.

Review: Masquerade by Hannah Fielding

26019431Masquerade (Andalucian Nights #2) by Hannah Fielding

Details: Paperback, 442 pages
Publication: August 6th 2015 by London Wall
Source: I got it for review from the author.
Buy it: Book Depository
My Rating: 4 Stars

Summary: From the award-winning author of The Echoes of Love. Love, mystery and desire under the scorching Spanish sun.

A young writer becomes entangled in an illicit gypsy love affair, pulling her into a world of secrets, deception and dark desire.

Summer, 1976. Luz de Rueda returns to her beloved Spain and takes a job as the biographer of a famous artist. On her first day back in Cádiz, she encounters a bewitching, passionate young gypsy, Leandro, who immediately captures her heart, even though relationships with his kind are taboo. Haunted by this forbidden love, she meets her new employer, the sophisticated Andrés de Calderón. Reserved yet darkly compelling, he is totally different to Leandro but almost the gypsy’s double. Both men stir unfamiliar and exciting feelings in Luz, although mystery and danger surround them in ways she has still to discover.

Luz must decide what she truly desires as glistening Cádiz, with its enigmatic moon and whispering turquoise shores, seeps back into her blood. Why is she so drawn to the wild and magical sea gypsies? What is behind the old fortune-teller’s sinister warnings about ‘Gemini’? Through this maze of secrets and lies, will Luz finally find her happiness… or her ruin?

Masquerade is a story of forbidden love, truth and trust. Are appearances always deceptive?

Review: Earlier this year I read and reviewed Indiscretion and I enjoyed it. So when the author asked me if I would like to review Masquerade, I jumped on it. I am so glad I did. This book was even better than the first one.

While reading Indiscretion I kept getting frustrated with the characters. Luckily that didn’t happen this time around. I really liked Luz. I even enjoyed it whenever Alexandra and Salvador popped up every once and awhile. The story was amazing too. I hated putting this book down. I just didn’t want to stop reading. However, I have been in a huge reading slump lately and I’m only just coming out of it. So it took me longer to get through this book then it normally would have. If it wasn’t for the reading slump, I would have read this in a couple of days.

I think the only reason I didn’t love it and give it five stars was the fact that I knew what was going to happen. I guessed everything early on. It obviously didn’t ruin it for me since I gave it four stars. I still really enjoyed it. I just wish I hadn’t figured it all out.

Overall it was a great read and I can’t wait to read more by Hannah Fielding. If you love romance and you haven’t checked out this trilogy, you should. These are some good books. 😉

Stacking the Shelves: A Bit of Everything?

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Stacking The Shelves is hosted by Tynga’s Reviews.

The first book I got for review from the author. I enjoyed Indiscretion (my review), so I can’t wait to get into Masquerade. The second one is from my amazing Poppa. The last two are from my awesome mom.

26019431Masquerade (Andalucian Nights #2) by Hannah Fielding

From the award-winning author of The Echoes of Love. Love, mystery and desire under the scorching Spanish sun.

A young writer becomes entangled in an illicit gypsy love affair, pulling her into a world of secrets, deception and dark desire.

Summer, 1976. Luz de Rueda returns to her beloved Spain and takes a job as the biographer of a famous artist. On her first day back in Cádiz, she encounters a bewitching, passionate young gypsy, Leandro, who immediately captures her heart, even though relationships with his kind are taboo. Haunted by this forbidden love, she meets her new employer, the sophisticated Andrés de Calderón. Reserved yet darkly compelling, he is totally different to Leandro but almost the gypsy’s double. Both men stir unfamiliar and exciting feelings in Luz, although mystery and danger surround them in ways she has still to discover.

Luz must decide what she truly desires as glistening Cádiz, with its enigmatic moon and whispering turquoise shores, seeps back into her blood. Why is she so drawn to the wild and magical sea gypsies? What is behind the old fortune-teller’s sinister warnings about ‘Gemini’? Through this maze of secrets and lies, will Luz finally find her happiness… or her ruin?

Masquerade is a story of forbidden love, truth and trust. Are appearances always deceptive?


 

865293The Lies of Locke Lamora (Gentleman Bastard #1) by Scott Lynch

The Thorn of Camorr is said to be an unbeatable swordsman, a master thief, a friend to the poor, a ghost that walks through walls.

Slightly built and barely competent with a sword, Locke Lamora is, much to his annoyance, the fabled Thorn. And while Locke does indeed steal from the rich (who else would be worth stealing from?), the poor never see a penny. All of Locke’s gains are strictly for himself and his tight-knit band of thieves. The Gentleman Bastards.

The capricious, colourful underworld of the ancient city of Camorr is the only home they have ever known. But now a clandestine war is threatening to tear it apart. Caught up in a murderous game, Locke and his friends are suddenly struggling just to stay alive…


351402The Mammoth Book of Vampires

Award-winning horror editor Stephen Jones presents thirty-six modern masters of the macabre. Among them are: Harlan Ellison, Chelsea Quinn Yarbro, Paul McAuley, Peter Tremayne, Steve Rasnic Tem, and Ramsey Campbell.

This anthology collects the very best in vampire fiction which blends sheer horror with dark humor, deadly tenderness with tingling terror. For the classic vampire, as this volume amply shows, the Blood is the Life. From Hugh B. Cave’s pulp thriller “Stragella” through to Harold Waldrop’s bizarre mix of vampire and Nazis in “Der Untergang Des Abendlandesmenschen” and Christopher Fowler’s “The Legend of Dracula Reconsidered as a Primetime TV Special.”

In between lie artful chillers by the likes of Clive Barker, Brian Lumley, R. Chetwynd-Hayes, Robert Bloch and John Burke, along with new and original stories by Niel Gaiman with “Cards from a Vampire Tarot,” and Kim Newman with “Andy Warhol’s Dracula: anno Dracula 1978-79.”

You can sink your teeth, too, in F. Paul Wilson’s fast-paced thriller “Midnight Mass,” Manly Wade Wellman’s “Chastel,” offering bloody intrigue and adventure with Judge Keith Hilary Pursuivant; and Les Daniel’s “Yellow Fog,” which features his enigmatic vampire-hero Don Sebastian de Villanueva.


23705477Tokyo Ghoul, Vol. 2 by Sui Ishida

Ghouls live among us, the same as normal people in every way—except their craving for human flesh. Ken Kaneki is an ordinary college student until a violent encounter turns him into the first half-human half-ghoul hybrid. Trapped between two worlds, he must survive Ghoul turf wars, learn more about Ghoul society and master his new powers.

Unable to discard his humanity but equally unable to suppress his Ghoul hunger, Ken finds salvation in the kindness of friendly Ghouls who teach him how to pass as human and eat flesh humanely. But recent upheavals in Ghoul society attract the police like wolves to prey, and they don’t discriminate between conscientious and monstrous Ghouls.