Paperbacks And Frosting

The Winds of Time

17285173by: Eleanor Cocreham

Pages: 336

Published: January 15th 2013 by Whiskey Creek Press LLC

ISBN: When a tempest throws you into the arms of love, do you surrender or find your way back to the only world you’ve ever known?

In 1893, a massive hurricane ravishes the small Louisiana community of Chênière Caminada and hurls Madeleine deVille one hundred years through time. Coast Guardsman Hank LaFont rescues Madeleine from a sand bar and takes her home to Grand Isle. Despite the two becoming emotionally involved, Hank stubbornly refuses to believe in time travel and engages others to research Madeleine’s past to disprove her bizarre story while she grieves for her family and seeks a way home. As another storm approaches the island, she wrestles with the most difficult decision of her life—return to her century or remain with the man she loves?

I could not put this book down! I already am a sucker for time travel, so I was intrigued before it even began. But even without that, this book had me hooked! I read it in about two days and it probably would’ve taken me even less time if I hadn’t had work to go to. Everything was very well written and I really got a feel for that time period and got a little bit of a history lesson. I thought Madeleine was a fantastic heroine. She was incredibly brave and strong in the face of being thrown into an entirely new time period. I loved the chemistry between her and Hank, even if I found Hank to be slightly annoying for the first half of the story. (Although, that might have been the point.) I understood why he didn’t want to believe it was time travel, but there was way too much evidence for him to be that stubborn.  I love books that show Louisiana in a good light and actually are written by people who know what they’re talking about. It was rich in Louisiana culture and history, so this would be great for someone who isn’t as familiar with that particular setting. It was a fantastic journey and I enjoyed every second of it. If you’re into history or romance or time travel, then pick this up and add it to your TBR pile. It’s definitely worth it. :)

Cupcakes: Historical_romanceHistorical_romanceHistorical_romanceHistorical_romance

At Risk: Passion and Peril at Sea

13607414By: Jackie Ullerich

Pages: 264

Published: November 7th 2011 by Brighton Publishing, LLC

ISBN: 9781936587292

From Goodreads: At Risk is a suspense novel that explores the complexities of love and marriage, as well as the dark side of racism and bigotry.

A Mexican Riviera cruise is the setting for a disparate group of passengers who dine together nightly. In that intimacy they reveal aspects of their lives and family backgrounds that set in motion events ranging from unsettling to horrific.

As an instigator of these happenings, Jack Watkins, a retired military officer, resorts to threats and intimidation as a neo-Nazi sympathizer. He and his wife Joanne appear as an imperfect couple whose relationship deteriorates further as Jack perceives his wife as an obstacle to establishing a stronghold of white supremacists.

In contrast, Patty and Ben Redford exemplify a stable and loving marriage. However, as events draw Ben, a university professor and FBI consultant, into Jack’s vortex of evil, evasions on Ben’s part and misunderstandings between the couple chip away at their relationship.

Each character is tested, but most at risk is Tracy Bradshaw, a young socialite who, in her husband’s absence, reflects on her need for major changes in her life. Contemplation gives way to complications as Tracy is attracted to the ship’s pianist Marc Frias, who shares her affinity for the arts. In more treacherous territory, she becomes the target of a hate group when they learn of her Jewish background.
As events unfold, the light ambience of shipboard life dims, then darkens as Tracy’s sense of unease escalates into full blown terror. Her focus now shifts from concerns over her growing relationship with Marc and marital and career issues yet to be resolved, to what takes priority over all else: Staying alive.

 

I thoroughly enjoyed this book! I couldn’t put it down. I was reading it on my phone because I don’t have a Kindle, and I hate reading on my phone, but that didn’t bother me with this book! I couldn’t stop. It definitely is worth picking up if you’re looking for an interesting story that’s going to keep you on the edge of your seat. I was never sure what Tracy’s next move was going to be and I love when I can’t predict the main character that way. I thought it was a very unique story, there were a lot of plot elements that I haven’t seen a lot lately and that added to how much I enjoyed it. I felt like the ending was a little rushed, maybe because I was enjoying it so much, but that’s the only complaint I have. It was very well-written and kept me turning the pages! What more could you ask for in a novel? If you’re looking for suspense and a good escape into someone else’s problems, then look no further! :)

Cupcakes: MysteryMysteryMysteryMystery

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Rescued from the Dark

17377290by: Lynda Kaye Frazier

Pages: 294

Published: February 9th 2013 by Black Opal Books

ISBN: 9781937329938\

From Goodreads: She has no memory of their love…

Kidnapped by terrorists and sent into a drug-induced coma, FBI intern Mercedes Kingsley awakes with no memory of her ordeal—or the intimate interlude that left her pregnant. Convinced her child was fathered by her ex-fiancé, Mercy walks away from the only man she has ever loved, determined to make things work with her ex, a man the FBI suspects is implicated in her abduction.

He knows the truth, but no one will listen…

FBI undercover agent Jason Michaels remembers what Mercy can’t and those memories are breaking his heart. Forced to keep his distance from his lover and their unborn child, Jason risks his life to protect Mercy from a cell of international terrorists who have vowed to get the secrets locked in her memory, no matter the cost. Can Jason convince Mercy to trust him until she remembers their past, or will he lose her to a man who will trap her in a nightmare world of darkness from which there is no escape?

 

I’ve said before that romantic suspense isn’t my favorite genre, so maybe I’m a little biased when I write this review. I find myself easily confused when there are a bunch of different story lines and characters. (This is why GoT is such a difficult read for me.) I was thrown around a lot in this story and wasn’t sure who I was supposed to be rooting for at times. I did love the relationship between Mercy and Jason. That’s the kind of stuff I love is a real connection between the hero and heroine. I also wanted a little more backstory on them. I think that there was a lot of action and interesting parts of the story. If you’re a fan of romantic suspense, then this might be right up your alley. I do think it’s well written and anyone that’s a fan of this genre should give it a change. There are a lot of good reviews that say maybe I’m being a little picky. I like more romantic story lines and less action (at least in the violent, non-paranormal type way.) Like I said, if you’re a fan of romantic suspense, please pick this book up and write a review that tells me how wrong I am. :) I think there were a lot of good parts about this story and I wish that I had enjoyed it more.

Cupcakes: Romantic SuspenseRomantic SuspenseRomantic Suspense

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A Pirate’s Curse

18157099By: M.L. Guida

Pages: 326

Published:  July 24th 2013 by Buffalo Mountain Press

ISBN: 9781490592992

From Goodreads: Like a dark angel, Captain Kane O’Brien rescues Hannah Knight and her father from drowning after vampire pirates murder their crew and sink their ship. Struggling to control and hide her telekinetic powers, Hannah discovers the honorable and bold captain possesses his own secrets.
Every full moon, Kane turns into a vampire. Finding out Hannah not to be the cabin boy she resembles, but a beautiful, luscious woman, tempts all his appetites. Desperate to be free of his curse, Kane considers handing Hannah over to a demon. But after Hannah uses her power to save his ship from his immortal enemy, Kane can no longer deny his attraction and vows to protect Hannah with his life.
To find true love, they must combine their powers to defeat evil vampires, thwart Hannah’s misogynist fiancé and escape a crafty demon.

 

I thought this book was tons of fun! Vampire pirates?! Heck yes! I loved the world and the way the author wrote everything out. I loved her style. I love books where I can become fully absorbed and forget about the world around me. This book was one of those. I also am a sucker for books like this, where the heroine has to pretend to be someone she’s not and is successful in it. I loved seeing Kane be attracted to her and not understand why. He was concerned about it and that made it even better. I thought the tension between them was absolutely wonderful. It’s so much fun when the tension is so thick but the reason for why the two main characters can’t be together is more than just one person deciding that. In this novel there is a real reason and that makes it much more satisfying when they do get together.  I also am a suck for historical novels and paranormal is my favorite genre. This book weaved the two together brilliantly and I loved it. I read it in almost one sitting. I would definitely recommend this to fans of paranormal romance. I’d even recommend this to fans of historical romance, this might be a bit refreshing from some of the normal ones out there! If you’re looking for a new world to lose yourself in, then definitely pick this up. :) Oh, and if there’s a sequel, I want it!

Cupcakes: Paranormal Urban FantasyParanormal Urban FantasyParanormal Urban FantasyParanormal Urban Fantasy

Buy this from Amazon here: A Pirate’s Curse (Legends of the Soaring Phoenix)

The Caverns

18007393by: Elaine Grant

Pages: 270

Published: May 31st 2013 by Mountain Writer Publishing

ISBN:  9780988333338

From Goodreads: Seventeen years after being convicted of murder, Cade Youngblood returns to his hometown to bury his beloved great uncle. Still the pariah of Cumberland Cove, Tennessee, he faces resentment, fear, and pure hatred from some who believe he is guilty. Cade has more reason than ever to clear his name, but somebody is willing to kill to protect a shocking secret.

When his ex-fiancée, Scottie Youngblood, now a Cumberland Cove police officer, responds to vandalism to Cade’s property, they begin to rekindle their old relationship and attempt to unravel the tangled lies from the past. Scottie joins forces with Cade to solve the mystery of the decades’ old murder. In the process they discover the deception that tore them apart when they were young.

Only one person offers a clue to the past, but somebody is willing to kill to keep that truth buried. And more than one citizen of Cumberland Cove would like to see Cade gone–forever.

 

Those of you that follow my reviews might know that I don’t read many romantic suspenses. And yes, when I do they’re ones that I fell in love with. This one is no exception. This book helped me get through boring days at work. :) I loved the backstory and the way that the two main characters knew each other before. I’m always a sucker for forbidden or former love stories. This novel brought all of that to me. I couldn’t wait to get back to it every time I had to put it down. I thought that Cade was a fantastic hero who was someone I could understand Scottie loving. I felt so bad for him and thought he was a very strong person to be able to get through all of the things that he did. I understood how Scottie felt about everything and I could relate to a lot of her feelings about things. I think that this is a great romantic suspense. Even for people who aren’t necessarily the biggest fan of the genre! If you’re looking for something that will keep you turning the pages then this is for you. You’ll sink into a great story and get lost for a while. What more could a reader ask for? :)

Cupcakes:  Romantic SuspenseRomantic SuspenseRomantic SuspenseRomantic SuspenseRomantic Suspense

Buy this from Amazon here: The Caverns (Tennessee Mountain Home Series)

Blood, She Read

17724946by: Sara Hubbard

Pages: 286

Published: April 2013 by Etopia Press

ISBN: 9781939194749

From Goodreads: Petra Maras lives a charmed life, but only in the magical sense. Her absentee father is a criminal, her mother is emotionally dead, and everyone at her new school knows she comes from a family of witches. All she wants is to be normal, but that’s impossible, given her family. And given that she’s psychic. When the police request help with a murder investigation, Petra reluctantly agrees. Which isn’t such a good idea since the prime suspect wants to date her, and she really wants to say yes. Her gut says he’s innocent, but since she can’t get a read on him, she can’t know for sure. And when she discovers he’s been keeping secrets, she wonders if maybe she’s been following her heart instead of her head…

I thought this was a fun YA read. I didn’t really fall in love with it right away. I kinda thought that this was a story I’d heard a bunch of times before. A girl has strange powers that her family doesn’t want her telling people about and there’s a boy at school that she kinda likes but everyone thinks is creepy. There isn’t much that immediately struck me as unique, and I’m not even sure I could tell you what exactly it was about this book that I liked so much. But I did like it. A lot. I’m always looking for YAs where the main character is someone that is relatable as well as someone you can look up to. I think that played a big role in how much I liked it. The characters felt deep and well thought out. The world was a actually very cool and felt different than a lot of YAs with a similar theme. I definitely would recommend this book to fans of the urban fantasy genre and YA. It’s a fun, enjoyable read. :)

Cupcakes: Paranormal Urban FantasyParanormal Urban FantasyParanormal Urban FantasyParanormal Urban Fantasy

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Sleepless in Las Vegas

18050861by: Colleen Collins

Pages: 304

Published: December 3rd 2013 by Harlequin

ISBN: 9780373718931

From Goodreads: P.I.-in-training Valerie LeRoy is dying to get into the field. So when a client asks her to spy on someone, the thrill of her own case is too tempting to refuse. Instead of a cheating fiance, however, Val’s actually checking out P.I. Drake Morgan! Worse, she ends up working with the guy!

Their differing opinions on techniques, and the instant attraction, make the sparks fly. It’s almost impossible to focus on their arson investigation. As the hunt for the truth intensifies and their passion rivals the triple-digit temperature, she and Drake learn why Las Vegas is the city that never sleeps…

 

This was such a good book! I want more! While I didn’t get a chance to read it all in one sitting, I didn’t want to put it down! I was mad when real life got in the way. I’m not one that would pick up a romantic suspense on her own. While I enjoy them, most of the ones I read come from what I’m sent and I don’t have any in my own TBR pile. This made me think about changing my mind. I really enjoyed it a lot. I loved the characters and felt like they were strong and passionate about the people in their lives and what they wanted to do with their own lives. I also loved the connection between the characters. It’s hard for that to come off as strong when there’s lots of other things going on in the plot, but this author did it wonderfully! I really did enjoy every page. I would definitely be interested in reading similar books or other books by this author. I’m also kind of a sucker for these Harlequin series, even though until now I was only reading Nocturne or Kiss or Presents! :) If you’re looking for a new romance that has the right amount of suspense and excitement to make you want to keep turning those pages, look no further! :)

Cupcakes: Romantic SuspenseRomantic SuspenseRomantic SuspenseRomantic SuspenseRomantic Suspense

Buy this from Amazon here: Sleepless in Las Vegas (Harlequin Superromance)

Hot Water

17703536by: Maggie Toussaint

Pages: 323

Published: March 25th 2013 by The Wild Rose Press

ISBN: 9781612178301

From Goodreads: Solving Mossy Bog’s first fire fatality could net police officer Laurie Ann Dinterman the promotion she desperately wants. When the state arson investigator arrives to take over the case, Laurie Ann is assigned to give the man everything he needs while keeping him alive. The fact he’s the sexiest man ever to hit town shouldn’t make a difference.

Hot on the trail of a serial arsonist, Wyatt North demands justice for his partner, the arsonist’s first victim. He’ll find the murderer or die trying–no matter how distracting the tall, lithe figure of his local partner is.

As the investigation zeroes in on a suspect uncomfortably close to Laurie Ann’s life, her cop instincts conflict with her feelings for Wyatt. Worse, the arsonist will do anything to protect his identity. Can Laurie Ann accept the truth in time…or will she and Wyatt go up in flames?

 

I found this book really interesting. I absolutely loved the interaction between these two characters. I’m not necessarily the biggest romantic suspense fan out there, since I’m more likely to pick up something paranormal or fluffy, but these are the kind of hero and heroine I look for when I do pick one up. Laurie is smart and determined and is the kind of heroine that you can relate to and look up to at the same time. I liked that while she wanted love, she didn’t absolutely need it to make herself feel complete. She’s okay on her own. Wyatt is, of course, the kind of hero you can drool over for a whole bunch of different reasons. This book was full of action and I never felt that either the action or the romance took up more time than the other. Everything was very equally balanced and well written. I thoroughly enjoyed this read and I think that anyone looking for a romantic suspense to pick up need look no further. :)

Cupcakes: Romantic SuspenseRomantic SuspenseRomantic SuspenseRomantic Suspense

Wolf’s Paradox

18048722by: Margaret Taylor

Published: June 2nd, 2013

ISBN: B00D553XE2

From Goodreads: Kathy Granite is not your ordinary writer. She’s a Weaver – a spinner of great tales and has the ability to write or rewrite the history of a world. Only one problem, she doesn’t know it. She’s spent the last six years telling the stories of people dragged to Earth from a variety of places by her Layren Protector, Ronon Wulfdrak.

Ronon has spent that same time keeping Kathy in the dark and only brought her people who simply want their story told. He’s carefully chosen who would appear and even though she’s become quite the sensation in our world, she’s clueless as to her effect on any others. Ronon aims to keep it that way and hopes she’s safely hidden from his own people. For, if anyone finds out what she really is, they will tear her apart to get at her power.

 

This book was awesome! I thought it was hysterical and it drew me in right from the very beginning. I’ve always loved books where the author is causing something or is involved in the story somehow. I think it’s so unique a concept and this one was better than any others with this kind of a situation. I loved the characters and I love the transformation Kathy goes through over the course of the story. I read it in almost one sitting because I didn’t want to stop. It’s a good sign when a book makes you want to ignore the rest of the world and this one succeeded. If you’re a fan of funny, fast-paced, well-written and interesting novels, then this is a good one for you. I’d recommend it to any fantasy fans. This is the second book I’ve read by this author and I loved both of them. I would be happy to read any books this author writes, so if there’s any more I hope I get a copy soon. ;) Seriously, this is worth the read and I would definitely recommend it!

Cupcakes: Paranormal Urban FantasyParanormal Urban FantasyParanormal Urban FantasyParanormal Urban FantasyParanormal Urban Fantasy

Buy this from Amazon: Wolf’s Paradox (The Layren Series)

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One Night’s Desire

roses2by: Rue Allyn

Published: July 15th 2013 by Crimson Romance

ISBN: 9781440567186

From Goodreads: A woman on the run: Rustlers, claim jumpers, and fire—nothing will stop Kiera Alden from reuniting her family. But an accusation of murder threatens her dreams and sets Marshall Evrett Quinn on her trail. She may be able to escape prison bars and eventually prove her innocence, but she can’t escape Ev’s love.

A lawman in hot pursuit: Marshall Evrett Quinn is relentless in pursuit of law-breakers, and pretty Kiera Alden is no exception. Clever and courageous, she evades him until a chance encounter turns the tables. Finally he has this elusive desperado under arrest, but success is bittersweet when she captures his heart.

 

I love this series. :) This is the second one I’ve read and I would love to get my hands on more. Kiera is a very strong heroine. I love that because she’s someone that doesn’t need a man. I think it’s the best romances where the man isn’t needed. She prefers to save herself, but it’s too proud to accept help if it’s offered and she could use it. I really liked her and it’s not very often that I actually like the heroine. Normally, I’m more interested in the hero. Of course, I loved Everett as well. I think both of their characters were extremely well-written. That’s something I really like about this series. The backstories are rich and everything is written so well that you really get to know these characters. They feel multi-dimensional, which is how it’s supposed to be. :) I read this book very quickly. It kept me wanting more. I’d definitely recommend this book to romance fans. It’s a bit of historical and suspense all rolled into one and it’s one of the best romance series I’ve read recently. I wasn’t too sure about it when I started because it’s not the kind of historical I normally read, but I loved all of it. :)

Cupcakes:  Historical romanceHistorical romanceHistorical romanceHistorical romance

Buy this from Amazon here: One Night’s Desire: Book 2 of the Wildfire Love Series (Crimson Romance)

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