August 2013 Archive

Extreme Measures

17969456by: Rachel Carrington

Pages: 228

Published: May 20th, 2013

ISBN: 9781484078464

From Goodreads: Four years ago Erin’s life changed drastically. Her drug-addicted brother killed her parents, and her marriage disintegrated. Her husband, Matt, an FBI agent, had done his duty when he’d arrested Stuart, but she’d been too caught up in her own grief to allow him to help her move through the shadows of pain.

Now Matt is back, but it isn’t to attempt reconciliation. Her brother has escaped from Attica, and Erin is his next target. Matt will stop Stuart by any means necessary. But Stuart is a desperate man, and desperate men will do anything to get what they want.

Thrown together by treacherous circumstances, Matt and Erin fight a battle to stay alive and possibly figure out how to put the pieces of their destroyed lives back together again.


I’m a sucker for these kinds of stories. I love past loves that have to deal with each other again and get back together. I don’t know why, but they always make for some of my favorite stories. So right away, I was interested in this book. There was a lot of drama and it made me want to continue turning the pages. I read it in almost one sitting, even though it’s over 200 pages. It’s an easy read, but very satisfying. It’s also very fast-paced. I wasn’t ever bored while reading this. I loved the relationship between Matt and Erin. I also loved how strong Erin is, she’s someone that I would hope I would be like in a situation like that, but I’m sure I wouldn’t even be close. She’s amazing. The parts with her brother, Stuart, are incredibly creepy, but they add a lot of realism to the story. You can get inside his head and see how messed up he is. I really enjoyed this story and I think that anyone who is a fan of romantic suspense will feel the same. There’s a lot of heart-pounding action and it’s quite an enjoyable read. 🙂

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Fire of the Dragon

17838247by: Lori Dillon

Pages: 343

Published: April 21st 2013 by Amari Press

ISBN: 9780615801216

From Goodreads: Being sent back in time to the Middle Ages wouldn’t be so bad if the knight in shining armor who comes to your rescue didn’t swoop down in the form of a fire-breathing dragon. Unfortunately for Jill Donahue, that’s just the way things have been going in her life lately.

A Maiden

Wrenched back in time through the magical power of an old dragon tapestry found in a vintage clothing store, Jill Donahue lands in an ancient medieval town where the villagers decide to sacrifice her to the local dragon. As if the threat of being eaten alive by a giant flying lizard isn’t bad enough, she learns there’s a curse surrounding the tapestry and she has to break it in order to get back to her time. But she isn’t the only one whose fate is tied to the ancient weaving…

A Dragon

Baelin of Gosforth is a valiant knight who has been cursed by a vindictive witch to live as a dragon for eleven months out of each year. Now he has thirty days to break the curse or he turns back into a fire-breathing beast and, as much as he hates to admit it, he needs Jill’s help to do it.

And A Curse

Forced to face many challenges along the way—from the harsh world they travel through to the fiery passion they both try to deny—each is determined to break the curse so the other can get their happily-ever-after. And it just might work, if Jill can manage to overlook the fire-breathing, bat-winged remnants of Baelin’s dragon half long enough to see the man beneath the beast and get the job done.


I loved this book from the very beginning. I loved the heroine. She was someone I could relate to from the very beginning. I’m definitely someone who would be running around at the last minute looking for a present and end up in a weird little store that I wouldn’t expect to be in. I loved the concept behind this novel. Time travel has always been something that I’ve been fascinated with. Baelin was a hero that I could find attractive and that’s not something that happens very often. He had enough of his own doubts and insecurities to make him seem deep, but he was also very strong and willing to face any challenges that came his way. I really liked the writing style. I never found myself zoning out or getting bored while I was reading. And there’s DRAGONS. 🙂 I may be a little bit biased because fantasy is one of my favorite genres to read, but I definitely think this book is awesome. Anyone looking for something new to read should pick it up. I really hope I get to read the second one. I loved all the of the characters, so I can’t wait to read something in another character’s POV. Pick up this novel, you won’t be disappointed. Especially if you love dragons and time travel as much as I do. This book is just that good. I have nothing but praise. I’ve already recommended it to some people.  🙂

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Buy this from Amazon here: Fire of the Dragon (Bestiary Series)

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The Smoke and the Flame

17741640by: Shirley McCoy

Pages: 490

Published: March 30th 2013 by Createspace

ISBN:  9781482690958

From Goodreads: In The Smoke and the Flame, Colleen O’Banyon longs for love and adventure until she encounters Darius McLinnin, one of the fabled race called the Jinn. In each other’s arms they find all the passion, all the love their hearts desire. But there is a ring, ancient and powerful, and only it can control the Jinn. As the ruler of the Jinn and their kingdom, Kaf, Darius is sworn to keep his people safe from it. Willing to protect the man she loves and guard his kingdom with her life, Colleen vows to aid him. Alaster, an evil sorcerer, will stop at nothing to make the ring and Kaf his. The battle begins in The Smoke and the Flame.

I thought this book was really interesting. From the very beginning I had reasons to care about the characters. It starts off with just Colleen and Darius, but it ends with a colorful cast of characters. I loved getting each one’s perspective at one point or another, so even if I didn’t agree with a character’s actions, I knew the reasoning behind it and could relate to it. I did think that the love story between Darius and Colleen went on maybe a little too long. A large chunk of the beginning of the book is about them and how they fell in love. After all of that happens is when the action really begins. There’s a lot of character development and a fantastic fantasy world. I really enjoyed this novel and while it is almost 300 pages, it goes by very quickly. I read it in a little over a day. I think fans of fantasy and romance would love this book. Pick it up. There’s many different characters to get attached to, including more than one love story line. It’s a great escape from reality for a while. I loved it. 🙂

Cupcakes: FantasyFantasyFantasyFantasyFantasy half

Buy this from Amazon here: The Smoke and the Flame (The Flame and Fire Series)