July 2016 Archive

Mark of the Demon

6048518by: Diana Rowland
Pages: 370
Published: June 23rd 2009 by Bantam
ISBN: 9780553592351
From Goodreads: Cop and conjurer of demons, she’s a woman in danger of losing control—to a power that could kill….

Why me? Why now? That’s what Beaulac, Louisiana, detective Kara Gillian was asking herself when an angelic creature named Rhyzkahl unexpectedly appeared during a routine summoning. Kara was hoping to use her occult skills to catch a serial killer, but never had she conjured anything like this unearthly beautiful and unspeakably powerful being whose very touch set off exquisite new dimensions of pleasure. But can she enlist his aid in helping her stop a killer who’s already claimed the lives—and souls—of thirteen people? And should she? The Symbol Man is a nightmare that the city thought had ended three years ago. Now he’s back for an encore and leaving every indication on the flesh of his victims that he, too, is well versed in demonic lore.

Kara may be the only cop on Beaulac’s small force able to stop the killer, but it is her first homicide case. Yet with Rhyzkahl haunting her dreams, and a handsome yet disapproving FBI agent dogging her waking footsteps, she may be in way over her head…

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This book has been on my TBR pile for quite a while. The author was the keynote speaker at a luncheon my writer’s group hosted last year and I bought every book in this series. I’d already read the white trash zombie novels and adored those, so I wanted to give this series a shot. To be completely honest though, I wasn’t as excited because it was a procedural. I’m not really that big of a fan of those. Mainly because I think they’re overdone and don’t have the kinds of stories I’m looking for. This was so so good though. I gobbled it up and couldn’t wait for more. I think the demon twist was exactly what I needed to keep me interested and invested in the case. It’s very well written. The main character having to hide from everyone she works with may not be the most original idea out there, especially when it comes to urban fantasy, but I loved it just the same. It was interesting watching Kara solve the case using her arcane skills and knowledge that no one else had. I thought the characters were well thought out and I enjoyed getting to know them. I was little torn with whether there was a love interest or not, so the romance element is definitely not very heavy in this book, so if that’s what you’re looking for you may be a little disappointed. The story even surprised me at the end. I thought for sure what I’d been suspecting was right and everything was confirming that and then BOOM! twist. Ha. It was really good though and I recommend it to any mystery/urban fantasy fan. I’m already halfway through the second book. I’ll be writing a review for that one soon.

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One Good Earl Deserves a Lover

13424032by: Sarah MacLean
Pages: 373
Published: January 29th 2013 by Avon
ISBN: 9780062068538
From Goodreads: Lady Philippa Marbury is odd. The bespectacled, brilliant fourth daughter of the Marquess of Needham and Dolby cares more for books than balls, flora than fashion and science than the season. Nearly engaged to Lord Castleton, Pippa wants to explore the scandalous parts of London she’s never seen before marriage. And she knows just who to ask: the tall, charming, quick-witted bookkeeper of The Fallen Angel, London’s most notorious and coveted gaming hell, known only as Cross.

Like any good scientist, Pippa’s done her research and Cross’s reputation makes him perfect for her scheme. She wants science without emotion—the experience of ruination without the repercussions of ruination. And who better to provide her with the experience than this legendary man? But when this odd, unexpected female propositions Cross, it’s more than tempting . . . and it will take everything he has to resist following his instincts—and giving the lady precisely what she wants.

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If you know my reading style, you’ll know that I always bite off a little more than I can chew and go crazy when I find a new list of books. I always want to read them all. I found a list of the best historical romance authors out there and added them all to by TBR list. I had read the first book in this series as part of an internship I did. Sarah MacLean’s agent was who I was working with, so I figured I’d read one of her books. I remember loving it and not being able to put it down. Historical romances are like chocolate to me. I don’t know why it took me so long to finally pick this one up, but I’m so glad I finally did. I was immediately drawn in by the idea of this book, a lady wanting to find out the details of what happens between a man and a woman before she takes her vows. She’s a scientist with a curious mind and is looking at it as a science experiment. She picks the owner of a notorious gaming establishment, which is somewhere no lady should find herself. This premise was so cute to me and I loved watching all of the mayhem unfold. Sarah MacLean is a wonderful and witty author. If you’re looking for a fun historical romance to sink your teeth into, then I’d recommend this. The first book in the series was just as much fun, but you aren’t missing anything really if you start here. You’ll be able to follow along just fine. 🙂

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Waking up Married

22012945by: Mira Lyn Kelly
Pages: 181
Published: April 15th 2014 by Harlequin KISS
ASIN: B00J8X2SUK
From Goodreads: Her first thought: Who are you?

It’s the morning after her cousin’s bachelorette party in Vegas and Megan Scott wakes up with the mother of all hangovers. Even worse, she’s in a stranger’s penthouse, having woken up with something else, as well a funny, arrogant, sexy…husband!

Up until now, finding even a boyfriend had seemed impossible been there, got the broken heart, sworn off men for good. Then a few martinis with Carter…no, Connor Reed and she’s gone from first meet to marriage in one night!

Megan wants a lawyer. But Connor’s shocking bombshell?

“I don’t want a divorce.”

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I remember when this Harlequin line started. I was so excited because I’ve always had this fantasy of reading an entire one of these lines. Of course, I’m only getting started years later. But this line seems more realistic than the others because it’s the newest so has fewer books in it. I know, I’m probably never going to read all of them, but a girl can dream. Anyway, this is the free book Harlequin gave out to get people hooked on the line and hopefully get some subscribers. I gotta admit, if I’d read this back when it first came out it would have worked. This was really cute. Sure, it was a little predictable. I knew how the story was going to play out from the very beginning. I also found the heroine to be incredibly frustrating. She kept wanting to run away from this man who was almost perfect. But of course she had to in order to keep the story going. This book isn’t anything more than what it advertises. It’s fluff. But it’s delicious fluff. If you’re looking for a beach read or something to just help you unwind and escape from the stresses of every day life, then look no further. This is short and sweet and gives your brain that same satisfaction you get after eating some really delicious junk food. I’m looking forward to trying to read the rest of this line even more now. 🙂

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