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The Mine

19353394by: John A. Heldt

Published: December 6th, 2013

From Goodreads: In May 2000, Joel Smith is a cocky, adventurous young man who sees the world as his playground. But when the college senior, days from graduation, enters an abandoned Montana mine, he discovers the price of reckless curiosity. He emerges in May 1941 with a cell phone he can’t use, money he can’t spend, and little but his wits to guide his way. Stuck in the age of swing dancing and a peacetime draft, Joel begins a new life as the nation drifts toward war. With the help of his 21-year-old trailblazing grandmother and her friends, he finds his place in a world he knew only from movies and books. But when an opportunity comes to return to the present, Joel must decide whether to leave his new love in the past or choose a course that will alter their lives forever. THE MINE follows a humbled man through a critical time in history as he adjusts to new surroundings and wrestles with the knowledge of things to come.

 

This book was so much fun. I love time travel. I think it’s such an interesting concept and I love the way this author did it. Joel ends up falling in love with where he is and is able to do a very good job at blending in and not really giving people too much reason to be suspicious. Sure, there are a few things here and there, but overall he does a pretty good job. I think it’s really cool that he gets to be friends with his grandmother. It makes you think about what you would do if you were in a similar situation. You get to think about how you would handle events and how you would react to learning things about your close family members that you never would have learned otherwise. I love the way this was written and I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. I think that anyone who is a fan of time travel (and especially if they’re a fan of romance) should pick this book up and curl up with it for a bit. It’s written in way that won’t throw you out of the story and it’ll make you want to keep reading. If you’re looking for something to read that has these elements, definitely give this book a shot! Also, this is the first in a series. I haven’t read any of the others yet, but they’ve definitely been added to my TBR list. 🙂

Cupcakes: Science fictionScience fictionScience fictionScience fiction

Buy this from Amazon here: The Mine (Northwest Passage Book 1)

Paradise for a Sinner

16129398by: Lynn Shurr
Published: March 2013 by L & L Dreamspell
ISBN: 9781603185301
From Goodreads: When Samoan cornerback Adam Malala and two children in need show up at Joe Dean Billodeaux’s house on the first day of the off season, Joe knows he isn’t going to get any relief.

Adam, jilted by his island fiancee, has no desire to go home until he meets Winnie Green, a nurse called in to help the abandoned little boy.

When the chaos of Joe’s place becomes too much for them, Adam and Winnie take off for American Samoa and an unexpected adventure awaiting them there.

This book was very entertaining and a great escape from reality. What I love about these books is that they can appeal to any audience, not just those that love sports. Because while there is a sports theme that is tied into this series, it isn’t the main plot of each story. I’m not a big sports fan myself, but I find myself enjoying these books. I love the Louisiana setting, especially because it’s written by someone who knows what they are talking about. Another theme I would say plays heavily into these books is love and acceptance. I love that this family is made of kids that come from different places. I don’t want to give away too much of the plot away. (because I kinda think that while you don’t need to read the other books, you should go grab those as well… and I don’t want you to get so excited about this one that you don’t give the other ones a fair shot. :P) But I liked this book even more than the last one and thought that Adam was an awesome hero and Winnie a fantastic heroine. She’s strong, kind, and compassionate and that type that you can relate and look up to. I love how deep and well written the characters are. It makes it that much easier to get sucked into their story. I also LOVE LOVE LOVE that this was a multicultural romance. I think that fans of any genre could find something about this book they appreciate.

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Buy this from Amazon here: Paradise for a Sinner (The Sinners Sports Romances Book 4)

Pierced

17860488Sorry for the lack of reviews, all… I got in a car accident and then Orange is the New Black season 2 came out on Netflix. 😛

Pierced
by: J.C. Mells
Pages: 333
Published: April 9th, 2013
ASIN: B00CAW3G66
From Goodreads: Imagine the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo meets Betty Crocker.

That’s Pierce in a nutshell.

Pierce has been on the run for two years from the man who held her captive in a vampire compound for almost a decade. Life on the run would be a lot simpler if she didn’t suffer from several social disorders and ‘quirks’, have a ten-year-old brat in tow, as well as have two characters from a 1945 classic film living in her head and guiding her at every turn.

I really, really enjoyed this. I thought Pierce’s character was really fun and entertaining. I loved all of the different descriptions of her cooking. Cooking just seemed like something that wouldn’t fit with her personality, but it worked so well. The descriptions of her different mental disorders was fascinating to me. I’ve always been interested in those kind of characters. I thought the story was engaging and I found myself finishing it a lot quicker than I expected just because I couldn’t put it down. There’s so much more about this world that I want to know, so you better believe I’m interested in reading more in this series. I thought everything about the vampire compound was interesting. I have never seen anything quite like that in a paranormal novel before. Definitely enjoyed everything this book had to offer and recommend it to any paranormal fans. 🙂

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

Buy this from Amazon here: Pierced (The Pierced Series Book 1)

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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

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

Buy this from Amazon here: Rescued from the Dark

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)

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)

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. 🙂

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

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A First Love Never Dies

18050913by: Margaret Taylor

Pages: 151

Published: June 2nd, 2013

ASIN: B00D5UWYC4

From Goodreads: Janel Canton must be pregnant by the time Fleet Commander Pearson Acto catches up to her again and only one man will do for that. Her one true love, sexy Montana Sheriff Jake Reeves. But returning to Earth she finds he’s still mourning his dead wife and has become very comfortable in the small-town life. Will introducing him to reality of the Universe be enough for him to move on to a new life?

Sheriff Jake Reeves never thought the nerdy girl he and his cronies picked on in High School would someday become a star ship captain capable of holding her own in just about any situation. But when he meets up with Janel again at their 20 year reunion, that’s exactly what he finds! Gone is the nerdy little mouse that never fought back. In it’s place, is a rough and tumble, no holds barred, drop-dead gorgeous woman who he’s going to have one hell of a time not falling in love with…

 

This is one of those books that I got hooked on immediately. I loved the interaction between the characters. I also loved how the main character thought and how she approached life. She was someone I could relate to, so it was easy to get caught up in another time when there are other planets we can travel to. I’m also a complete and total sucker for books about lost loves, or in this case, lost crushes. That was something else that made this story so relatable. Everyone remembers that person they had a crush on that they didn’t have a chance with. I loved everything about this story. It’s science fiction that I believe people will love even if they don’t like science fiction! It’s a great story with lots of fun moments and an interesting world that is easy to get drawn into. I read this book in one day, I loved it so much. If you’re looking for a new and exciting read, please consider picking this up. I’ve read another book by the author and I loved that one too! I’ve found a new author to love and I will definitely be looking forward to more in the future! 🙂

Cupcakes: Science fictionScience fictionScience fictionScience fictionScience fiction

Buy this from Amazon here: A First Love Never Dies (The Spi-Corp Series)

One Moment’s Pleasure

roses2by: Rue Allyn

Pages: 260

Published: March 18th 2013 by Crimson Romance

ISBN:  9781440565434

From Goodreads: One Moment’s Pleasure will become a lifetime’s passion when Boston spinster, Alexis Alden, embarks on a search for her missing sister. Pretending to be a rich bored woman looking for an interlude with an anonymous male, Alexis enters the San Francisco bordello where her sister was last seen. She escapes the bordello almost too easily, but she can’t escape the passion ignited by a stranger’s kiss.

Born and raised in the brothels of the California gold rush, Dutch Trahern worked for years to erase a childhood spent committing petty crimes and worse in order to survive. That past comes back to haunt him in the form of a woman he rescues from prostitution. Now his hard won respectability is threatened by an irresistible desire for a woman he shouldn’t want.

I really enjoyed this novel! I love historicals, but I’m always a little iffy when it comes to ones that are in America. (I understand that’s silly of me and a very personal preference.) But I found myself not wanting to put this one down. I loved getting to experience this setting, because while I prefer other countries, I’m a sucker for any well researched novel that can really transport me somewhere. I love this author’s writing style as well. It all moved very fast and I never felt like anything was dragging on. I also really liked the hero because he wasn’t an alpha male. I don’t like alpha males very much, so it’s very refreshing to read a novel now and then with a beta male. I find myself being able to relate to the heroine’s falling in love with him a lot more when the hero is like that. This book was really entertaining and made me want to continue turning pages. I would recommend this to anyone who loves historical romance or anyone who just enjoyed a good romance in general. 🙂

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Buy this from Amazon here: One Moment’s Pleasure: Book 1 of the Wildfire Love series (Crimson Romance)