Price-Reducing Pre-orders

Hey guys! Anyone here get kindle books off of Amazon?

I’m a huge fan because of the ease and convenience of it. A couple of years ago I swore I would never be one of those ebook people who forsook paperbacks, but I’ve made the conversion. It is just so nice to be able to order a book and have it instantly sent to your device, to always have a bookshelf worth of books when you get caught at an appointment or what-have-you, and to not need so much space in your house devoted to books.

I actually just donated two shopping bags of books to my local library and as soon as I can save up enough money to repurchase all my old favorites in ebook format, I’ll be donating those books as well. During university and just afterwards, I moved 11 times in 5 or 6 years and am looking at another one in the next six months or so. So if I have 10 fewer boxes to move, I’m okay with that.

But far and beyond the best thing about switching to ebooks is the pricing. Most of the time, I am reading books that are written by one of my top ten authors, often series. So I have the opportunity to pre-order these books months ahead of time, as soon as they are announced. Amazon has this policy that if the cost of an item goes down at any point while you have it pre-ordered, you will be charged the lowest price it was ever listed for. And there are sales on these books surprisingly often. Here is a quick peak at what I have pre-ordered right now, what each is currently listed at and what I am paying for it (unless of course, the price drops before release day, since some haven’t got a sale yet).

Spider Game by Christine Feehan, listed at $8.99, I’m paying $5.99

Public. date January 26, 2016

Bound by Temptation by Cora Reilly, listed at $4.86, I’m paying $4.86

Public. date July 27, 2015

Wild Cat by Christine Feehan, listed at $8.99, I’m paying $8.99

Public. date November 24, 2015

Servicing the Target by Cherise Sinclair, listed at $3.64, I’m paying $2.99

Public. date July 28, 2015

Reaper’s Fall by Joanna Wylde, listed at $10.99, I’m paying $5.99!!

Public. date November 10, 2015

Edge of Darkness by Christine Feehan, listed at $8.99, I’m paying $5.99

Public. date August 4, 2015

Dark Ghost by Christine Feehan, listed at $13.99, I’m paying $10.99

Public. date September 1, 2015

Earth Bound by Christine Feehan, listed at $8.99, I’m paying $7.99

Public. date July 7, 2015

Quite a few deals, eh? There are only a couple I’m paying full price for, and they don’t come out for a bit, so I hope to get a sale price before then for each. For those 8 books, I have already saved $15.65 in total from the kindle prices. That’s roughly the cost of two books!

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Goodreads TBR List

One of my New Years Resolutions goals this year was to bring my Goodreads TBR list down to below 90 items. At the time, my list was hovering somewhere between 100 and 110 items which stressed me out! I put those books on my list for a reason, and I don’t want to leave them there forever, I want to read them.

I seem to be reading an average of about 45 books per year. I knew that over the course of 2015 I would A) find more books to read or add to the list as the year went on and B) knew I had multiple books coming out from “automatic buy authors” aka my fave authors from whom I buy every work that would be released and read this year but did not yet have goodreads pages and therefore those books weren’t on my official TBR list so my count of want to read books was actually higher than reflected online. Reducing the list to below 90 seemed like a reasonable task for 2015 without making reading a chore. I was aiming to get that list down to below 25 books eventually, and only have books that were not yet released on there.

My plan is not working.

My to-read list is currently 112 items, which I think is 4 more than when I made that resolution (my memory could be slightly faulty). So even though I have been reading books like crazy this year, apparently I’m still adding at a faster rate.

Ahhh! *tearing hair out*

Anyone have suggestions? My thought is to put tape over my eyes so I can’t see more new books that I want to read. Possibly an impractical idea though.

I have just moved five books that have been languishing on my want-to-read list for over a year onto my audible account, so at least I know that I will be making my way through those soon. Watch this blog for reviews of: Still Alice (Genova), Dark Places (Flynn), The Light Between Oceans (Stedman), A Feast for Crows (Martin), and A Dance with Dragons (Martin) in the coming months.

15 or so books that are currently on my TBR list are not yet released, so I can forgive myself those. But that still puts me 97 books behind. It’s like my eyes are too big for my … stomach? brain? Okay, not the best analogy but it is the one that keeps coming to mind. Anyone else have a better one?
The struggle is real people!

Crow’s Row – a review

Crow’s Row, by Julie Hockley, is a coming of age story told from the perspective of its heroine, second year university student Emily Sheppard. The series takes its name from the first book, with the second called Scare Crow.


Emily is living in the ghetto, near to where the older brother she idolized died several years earlier, and is completely cut off from any real emotional connection to friends, family or a significant other. Abandoned by her room-mates for the summer, she witnesses a murder in the cemetery during one of her daily runs, is kidnapped by said thugs, and taken to a remote farm out of state while they decide what to do with her.

Ultimately, this series is about Emily coming to understand the various connections she unknowingly has to her kidnappers and to the city she has moved to for school.

I found this series by googling for NA (new adult) books related to the bratva or mafia, and this came up. It isn’t exactly what I was looking for that day (deets below) but I read it anyway. It is still an excellent start by rookie author Hockley.

These books are a blend of the young adult and new adult categories in my opinion. The characters’ ages and some subject matter are certainly more appropriate for the new adult tag, but there is very little sex in the series, none of it explicit, which is far more commonly found in young adult novels. If you are starting to read up as a young person, or are just uncomfortable reading erotic scenes, this would be a great recommendation for you, certainly far safer than my usual review material.

During her months spent with her kidnappers, Emily gets to know them on a more personal level and the reader discovers that there is more going on than initially presented. Although these men – and woman – are certainly very dangerous people, you don’t see much of that side of them, because they treat Emily well after her initial kidnapping, and everything is written in her perspective.

My main criticism of these books draws from this. Cameron, the leader of this motley crew, turns out to be a Big Bad, the sole leader of an organized crime syndicate for the North Eastern United States, presiding over a council comprised of mafia types, outlaw bikers, gangs, etc.

I had two problems with this: firstly, as I stated, we get Emily’s perspective and even though she is scared of him at times, they are sweet on each other and have a longer connection than she realizes. Plus, he is a dog lover. When the reader only gets glimpses of his darker side, it is hard to imagine him being powerful enough or dark enough to control all those other criminal groups. Secondly, he wasn’t born into this life – he made his own way from highschool drug dealer up – and late twenties seems way too young to be in that powerful of a position, able to strong-arm the mafia and established 1% biker clubs into submission.

I hope that Hockley adds a lot darker material into the third novel, to validate her characters’ claims. So far the violence is restrained to kidnapping (and treating their “guest” very well) and murder (of very bad dudes who were trying to kill our protagonists). I need Spider et al (and maybe even Emily) to do some seriously evil shit in the next book because right now, it feels like Hockley is on the edge, trying to write R-rated characters in a PG-13 novel.

Oddly enough, the main criticism I saw online of this book was that Emily fell in love with Cameron. But I had no trouble with that plot-line at all. She does fall for the guy responsible for her kidnapping true, but other than that initial confrontation, Cameron does nothing at all to hurt her and actually protects her. There isn’t any Stockholm Syndrome at play here. It doesn’t take long for Emily to decide that the farm isn’t a bad place to stay, and she doesn’t seem particularly anxious to leave. In fact, I think she would have quite happily stayed forever if she wasn’t nervous about why there were so many armed guards protecting the property. (Minor spoilers ahead)

Once she realizes that Cameron and her brother had been good friends and business partners, she wants to get as close as possible to the group and find out what she can. She never believed the reports of how her brother Bill died via an overdose and has been seeking a connection to him since his death six years previously. After realizing that Cameron has been looking out for her from afar for so long, in honour of Bill, the connection between them just deepens.

I can’t speak too much to the plot-line in the sequel without completing spoiling the ending of the first, but I highly encourage anyone here to keep reading.

After reading Crow’s Row, pick up Scare Crow, and eventually the untitled third book which has already been announced.


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Age of Adaline – a review


Last week a friend who really wanted to see The Age of Adaline dragged me out to our little two screen local movie theatre. We had pop and chocolate and popcorn and the best seats in the house. It was a wonderful break from stress and worrying!

This movie reminded me of a modern twist of the Disney movie Tuck Everlasting, which was itself based on a classic children’s book, with reversed gender roles. Adaline (played by the elegant Blake Lively) was the young woman who didn’t age. At 108 years old, she still appeared to be 29.

tuck everlasting

To protect herself, she has made a rule that she never stays in one place longer than a decade before moving on and most importantly, she never falls in love. She broke that rule once and it devastated both parties. But now it is the modern-day and she falls in love with a new man who is determined to not let her run away.

I wouldn't be trying to run away from Ellis. I think Michiel would have made a fantastic choice as Christian Grey in Fifty Shades of Grey

I wouldn’t be trying to run away from Ellis.
I think Michiel would have made a fantastic choice as Christian Grey in Fifty Shades of Grey

The Age of Adaline is a romantic movie and plays out very well on-screen. It was sweet, and elegant. I really liked how they explained her sudden stop in aging in a scientific fashion, rather than trying to add the mystical into a film otherwise grounded in reality. The beginning and end of the film mirrored each other as well, a style of production that I am currently in love with.

I thought that all the actors (especially Blake Lively, Michiel Huisman and Harrison Ford) did a really good job with this film. It was beautifully acted. My only complaint was that I did find it to be very predictable. Nothing surprised me. That said, knowing what was coming didn’t ruin the movie at all and as I said, it is very similar to Tuck Everlasting so the story felt familiar as it played out.

Harrison Ford had some of the best acting of his career in this film! I just wanted to hug the poor guy

Harrison Ford had some of the best acting of his career in this film! I just wanted to hug the poor guy

If you are looking for a romantic, soft film, this is the one for you.

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The Undead – a review

the undead

The Undead is written by Dick Teresi, a medicine and science journalist turned author. I waffled for a few weeks on whether or not to write this review. I wanted to like the book and ended up not, for a few reasons. I even browsed through reviews on goodreads after reading, which is not something I normally do, to find out what other people thought and it seems like most readers are split. You either really like it or really don’t. Guess which group I fell into?

Teresi implies that readers who dislike his book do so because they are consciously or unconsciously afraid of death. Um, no. How about, the reason I dislike your book is because you somehow took a vibrant and cutting edge topic and made it tedious and boring. Buddy, you don’t have a psychology degree and it shows. Don’t try to psychoanalyze your audience and don’t ever lump all critics or dissenters into one category.

Part of the reason this book rubbed me the wrong way, despite my interest in the topic, is because I didn’t like Teresi’s writing style. He proudly discusses his journalistic beginnings and there is nothing wrong with that, but The Undead felt like a Frankenstein cross between the journal article that just wouldn’t die and the most anti-climatic academic journal article in history. I did listen to this via audiobook rather than reading the book myself and that could have made a difference. Some titles are not written to translate well into audiobook format and I had a difficult time telling where one chapter ended and another began. Teresi uses subheadings throughout his book, and when you hear the narrator pause, say one and then pause again, it sounds like a new chapter. And whether it was a mistake by the narrator or someone else, the introduction became chapter one on my copy so that meant chapter two according to Audible was chapter one according to the narrator and so on. Frustrating to me and unprofessional sounding.

Although the book is only 10 hours long, about 368 pages according to goodreads, it feels much longer. That is actually a pretty decent length for a nonfiction book, but I listened to a 48 hour audiobook much quicker. The Undead starts out slow. As a reader, I was excited to dive right in to all of the controversial and intriguing things listed in the title: organ harvesting, the ice-water test and beating heart cadavers. What I got instead were several chapters debating the definition of “death”, now and through the ages, and how we view death as a society. A short conversation as to how death is viewed now and its relationship to religion and spirituality may have been warranted, but I definitely did not require such a thorough understanding of the Ancient Egyptians’ spiritual beliefs. I covered that in grade 11 Ancient Religions class, thanks.

It almost feels like the author was showing off to his detractors, or writing in a way that he thought he should, instead of just writing to the average person, who is his audience. The average person who is reading for fun is busy and as other things to do and read. I don’t want four chapters of background information. I don’t want real-life examples to read like case-studies. As a fifth year university student, I can honestly tell you that I have had text books that were more interesting and compelling than this book, and I don’t even like my major, I’m just finishing my degree so that I can go to grad school and get a masters in the career field I actually intend to work in.

The last thing I want to say about The Undead is that it sure didn’t do the organ donation community any favours. I’ve always been a huge proponent of organ donation but I sat down and seriously thought about pulling my permission after listening to this book, and even called my Dad to talk it out with him on the phone. I’m still not comfortable with my decision either way, but I’ve left it as is for now. If I am undecided, better to save a life if the unmentionable happens, than to know in the next life I could have saved lives and didn’t.

I want to put it out there that I DNF’d this book at about 80% of the way through. I cut out with roughly two chapters to go because life is too short to waste on a bad book when there are so many good ones you won’t have the opportunity to read. Not going to be one that I recommend unfortunately.

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Bound Series – a review

The Bound series is written by Cora Reilly. They are fictional accounts of the New York and Chicago Italian-American mafia families and their attempts to put to rest decades of violence between them in order to solidify their power. Russian and Taiwanese crime syndicates have been gaining power along the Northeastern coast of the U.S. Each book features a couple that have been matched in an arranged marriage to strengthen their families’ positions in The Outfit (Chi-town) or The Cosa Nostra (NY).

Bound by Hono[u]r: book one features Luca, the heir to the NY criminal throne and Aria Scuderi, the 18yo daughter of Bigshot #2 in Chicago.

Bound by Duty: book two features the new Chicago Capo (Dante) as he  ascends following his Father’s retirement and 24yo bride, Valentina, also from Chicago.

Bound by Hatred: book three features Aria’s younger sister Gianna and Luca’s younger brother Matteo. With the passing of time in book world, Gianna is also 18 when she marries. No child brides here.

honor duty


I discovered these books by searching for recommendations on goodreads and google and read all three over two days. The stories really attracted me and were exactly what I felt like reading last week. All three follow the same basic principle of big bad Alpha mafioso male protagonist (I can’t bring myself to say hero, they’re definitely anti-heroes) and a younger, virgin bride. Despite these similarities, so far the characters have all had very different personalities. Reilly isn’t just duplicating a successful debut novel.

That fact that she is a relatively new author, within the last year or so is astonishing, because she is pumping these babies out! I admire her story-telling, and while I’m sure that there are people in the life who would say that they aren’t remotely accurate, to me they are, and what’s more, they are entertaining. My only major criticism is that this lady needs an editor and quick. I suspect that she is self-publishing the books on Amazon, and more power to her, but there cannot be any third party editor reviewing. The grammatical mistakes are endless, irritating, and ultimately distracting for the reader. Little words that give sense to a sentence like “to” or “for” will be missing. Or miscalculating how many inches taller Luca is than Aria; you specifically said that he is 6″5 and she is 5″4, that makes him 13 inches taller (there are 12 inches in a foot), not 10 as specified in the wedding kiss scene. Ms. Reilly, please find a passionate and detailed editor! If you are reading this, I will gladly fill the role for you. Nothing is a bigger pet peeve for me than stupid little ‘housekeeping’ mistakes ruining an otherwise well-told story.

Since I read the Bound books so quickly and they are part of a series, I am mostly reviewing them as a set, but I do have a few individualized comments.

The first book (Aria and Luca) was probably my favourite in the series. I liked the evolution of Luca and Aria’s relationship and although Luca was a lot more patient with their wedding night than I think he would have been as a real-life Capo, his sweetness towards his wife was redeeming. Secondary characters pop up regularly throughout the series, and I found it to be a little annoying in this one. Aria was such a sweetheart that she didn’t stand up to her out-spoken sister Gianna … which made me want to tell G to just shut the hell up at times. I get that she was protective of her sister and Gianna gets mouthy when scared. Given the lifestyle they were born into, that’s just about all the time, but there was too much going on in that respect. I really wanted Aria to turn around and tell her “Gianna, you are making this harder on me” but they never had that adult to adult conversation. It’s too bad, it would have cut down on tedious arguing between Luca and Gianna and allowed for more character development in both girls.

Bound by Duty is Dante and Valentina’s book. This was my least favourite but that has more to do with my personality clashing with the hero and heroines’ than poor story-telling. An emotionally closed-off male character is a complete turnoff for me, just as it would be in real life. Valentina had a strong personality, but she wasn’t super confrontational, she backed down before a situation went too far. That is probably what worked for their relationship but I refuse to live through intermittent “cold wars” so I felt disconnected from them. I did like the subplots with Bibiana though, and at the end when Dante has absolute faith in his wife, it was heart-warming to see how his love for her had grown.

The last book in the series thus far is that of Matteo and Gianna. I love these two together! I suppose my main criticism is the same as I had of Gianna in the first book: that she is so incredibly bratty and mouthy when scared, which is most of the time, and she never really overcomes that satisfactorily. As a result, she is extremely emotionally dishonest and I wanted to shake her. I would have liked to have seen her mature more throughout the book and be braver, more willing to share how she feels with Matteo and Luca rather than reacting and attempting to cover her true feelings. Hopefully we will see her evolve in the next novel, otherwise I don’t know how good a life she will have.

Still speaking on Bound by Hatred, although this book was only my second favourite in the series, it had my favourite scene! I love see the Russian interrogation was which glossed over in book one, and the interactions between Matteo, Gianna, Luca, Lily and Romero that occurred here. The book started off with action! But BbH didn’t top my list because I would have emphasized different scenes in the book than Reilly chose to. I felt that (minor spoiler ahead) Matteo taking G’s virginity was a much bigger deal, because of how their marriage came into being. It was such an opportunity to foster honest emotions and grown-up relationship conversations between them and it didn’t happen. The same at the end of the book…. how to say this with minimal spoilage. Hmm. I expected the confrontation that occurs between Luca and Gianna to be much bigger and more explosive. I actually expected it to by physical on Gianna’s part, with the way he stayed in her way and refused her entrance. I was disappointed that there wasn’t one big blowout before they make peace in the epilogue. That last bit showed a huge amount of character growth on Gianna’s part, and though we didn’t see as much of “real Luca” in there as I would have liked, hopefully we get glimpses in book four.

Speaking on book four…

Bound by Temptation will be released in June 2015 and it will feature familiar characters, the youngest Scuderi girl, Liliana, and NYC ‘made man’, Romero.


From goodreads …

Liliana Scuderi has been in love with Romero from the moment she first saw him. After her sisters were married off for tactical reasons, she hopes she might be allowed to choose a husband for herself, but when her father promises her to a man more than twice her age that hope is crushed. No begging can make him change his mind.

Romero has always ignored Lily’s flirting. Her age and status made her off-limits but even someone as dutiful as him has only so much control. Wanting her when she’s supposed to marry another man could mean war between New York and the Chicago Outfit, and Romero has always put the Cosa Nostra first.

Lily suspects her sisters and Romero would risk everything for her, but is her happiness worth that much? Is love worth a war between the Cosa Nostra and the Outfit?

I can’t wait until the next book is out! I already pre-ordered it for my kindle, hope someone else out there falls in love with this new author as well.

Edit: Since I wrote this post, the author has also released the cover and blurb for the fifth book, due out Fall 2015!!!



Cat’s Lair – a review

I read Cat’s Lair, by Christine Feehan a couple of weeks ago and can’t believe that I didn’t write a review yet. I actually thought I had but when I was going through the blog, it wasn’t there. Maybe I had started a draft? I *could* go look, but that might require effort and I think it would just be easier to start over with a new post right here. So here is my review of Cat’s Lair.

This is the 7th installment in the Leopard People series by Christine Feehan. Christine writes four amazingly deep series, but I must confess, the Leopards have always been my least favourite. I still read them though, because Feehan used to release a book every three months from her series on rotation, and to go six months without a new book from my then-fave author because I didn’t like the Leopards just didn’t work. I had to read it anyway. And I’m glad that I stuck with it because she finally found her stride and the last three have been great.

Here is the teaser from the cover, courtesy of Goodreads…

The #1 New York Times bestselling author of Leopard’s Prey returns to the feral underworld of her astonishing Leopard novels in an arousing new romance of forbidden animal instincts…

Cat Benoit has finally escaped the past—and the man who was the source of her nightmares. She’s off the grid, underground but watchful, and creating a new life for herself in Texas, far from the torrid dangers of her native New Orleans. She’s safe. He’ll never find her this time. Cat has to believe that. It’s the only thing keeping her sane.

Yet she can’t escape the attention of Ridley Cromer, the instructor at the martial arts dojo where Cat takes lessons. She arouses the animal in Ridley—and something feral comes to life when their body heat rises. Cat is in no position to let her guard down with anyone, especially someone who could be endangered by her past. But Ridley has secrets of his own—secrets only Cat would understand. If she dares to trust him.

I loved Cat’s Lair. It’s in serious competition with #5 Savage Nature as the best in the series, but I can’t quite bring myself to declare a winner when I haven’t read Savage Nature in over a year.
cats lair    savage

There are a ton of things that I loved in this book, but I’ll limit myself to a few big points. Cat’s Lair takes a complete left-turn about 20% of the way through, and this was a plot twist I did not see coming. You can tell me I’m naive if you called it, that’s alright, but I always see these things way ahead and this one caught me by surprise! That was actually really exciting.

I also loved how it led to two very intense scenes between Ridley and Catriona, the ones that occur before they arrive at his ranch. Can’t say more than that without posting spoilers, but what happened between the characters rarely occurs in a CF book – to that serious of a degree at least – and to my recollection, has never occurred in the Leopard series before. Grr, I wish I could say more but I don’t want spoilers to scare readers off the rest of this post. Suffice it to say, I’m highly encouraging you to read this book.

One of the great things about Feehan’s series is that each book can really be read as a stand-alone, so if you have not read the entire series but this review has piqued your interest, go ahead and read it. There aren’t any over-arching plot twists in this series that would ruin previous books, and you will still be able to understand everything that happens. It’s actually the safest of her series in that regard.

The cover blurb doesn’t name him, but the terrible past Cat is running from is Rafe, a rogue leopard, who ‘acquires’ her shortly after her eleventh birthday. Rafe is definitely a bad guy and he isn’t going to pop up with a happily ever after five books down the line, but I still felt sympathy for him. More so for him than for Ridley to be honest. Even though his character has made the wrong choice at every fork, he isn’t wholly evil as Christine’s antagonists usually are. Throughout the story, I was sad and couldn’t help but feel that if he had had a better start in life, a role model like Drake or Ridley to teach him to control his leopard or if he could have opened up and been brave enough to accept the love Catriona offered him, both as a child and as an adult, he had the potential to become a good man. I wanted him to be better and my heart broke for Cat that she wasn’t enough. You could tell that Rafe did fight for her though. Maybe he didn’t end up winning against his lessor character traits, but you can’t say he didn’t care. There was one soft moment between them after he reined in his leopard, that tugged at my tender heart strings.

This book marks a huge step up in the author’s writing in my opinion; dramatic and compelling without being trite or unbelievable (apart from the whole shapeshifters living among us thing, but I’ll give her that one), complex characters, secondary characters who can stand on their own without cluttering the story, a plot-twist early on that I didn’t foresee and an antagonist I actually cheered for – at least so far as to champion his turnaround and hope he would get his life together. Christine also kicked up the heat in this book. There were some eyebrow-raising, kinda sorta dominant-submissiveness happening between Ridley and Cat. All the male heroes are Alphas with a capital A in her novels, but this one was the first that made me think “hey, that’s a bdsm relationship”, even though she doesn’t come out and say it. I like the evolution.

As fans of her website know, Feehan has joined a new writer’s group in the last couple of years and started churning out books. At last update, I think she was something crazy like three books ahead of her publisher’s schedule, so they announced they are moving a book up. The next Leopard installment will be at the end of  November 2015 instead of next year. The cover photo and blurb have already been released so I am throwing them in here. I hate the cover photo btw, but I am very excited to finally get Elijah’s book! We see him in a couple of previous books, including Cat’s Lair, and he has me more interested than other secondary characters at the mo’.

wild cat

Wild Cat

In the new Leopard novel by the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Cat’s Lair and Leopard’s Prey, passions explode like wildfire when a young woman’s feral instincts are ignited by a man who’s too dangerous not to desire…

A simple request for Siena Arnotto: deliver a gift to her grandfather’s friend. One look at Elijah Lospostos, hard-bodied and stripped to the waist, and Siena succumbs to a feline stirring she never felt before, and to Elijah’s reckless and pleasurable demands. But when that pulse-throbbing moment ends in the murder of an unexpected intruder, Elijah accuses the shaken and confused Siena of setting him up.

Then Siena discovers the truth of her Leopard heritage, of the secrets in her grandfather’s inner circle, and the sinister plot of revenge that has put her in jeopardy. When Siena’s grandfather is assassinated, she realizes the only man she can trust is Elijah. Now as her Leopard rises from within, Siena and Elijah share not only an animal instinct for survival—but a desire so raw and wild it may be the only thing that can save them.


P.S. * * * * * to Cat’s Lair

A quick note

Oh gosh. So I have been unintentionally stock-piling reviews.

Going to try to post them all here this week and even though I just write for me, I feel like I need to write a post real quick to explain why there might be five reviews in three days, when I haven’t been posting many lately.

I’ve just been busy lately, and I started a new job this week. When I get really stressed out about something, I read to avoid thinking about it so predictably, I think I read about eight books last week, trying to avoid new job anxieties!

Some reviews are for individual books and others will be about a series.

So there’s my disclaimer. If you are looking for some romance reviews, this site is going to be a great place to lurk this week. If you’re not, maybe go check out someone else’s blog for a little while.


Book boyfriend

What do you look for in a book boyfriend?

A friend and I were discussing it over the weekend while out for a walk… mostly because some tattooed guys on harleys rode past us and we both happen to be attracted to this type of look, so whatever we had been discussing sort of got forgotten.

I’m partial to piercing blue eyes and brunette hair. In guys, I swoon, in babies, my heart melts. It is just the perfect combination. Tall, dark and dangerous would be my type I guess. Tattooed as well.

I definitely like people who are strong mentally and physically and who put their family first. If your wife and kids are not going to be your first priority every day of your life, don’t bother applying for the position. Be confident, but not cocky, witty, self-possessed and completely in control of your destiny. THAT is what attracted me to Christian Grey, not all the other bull women kept talking about.

Not to offend any readers here, diversity makes the world go ’round, but I tend to stick the the old gender biases of big strong man lead woman, go hunt and fight other caveman to protect little woman. I definitely believe that men and women are equal but I want a man who is macho and dominant and so politically incorrect. There’s nothing wrong with getting the door for your significant other and then slapping her ass when she walks through.

Intellect is hot, ya’ll. Any man who can speak 2 languages would get a second glance from me, but if you speak 3+, you are definitely going up an equal number of points on the hotness scale. An accent is always good. Canadian is fine, but Russian, Scottish, Auzzie or Kiwi can make a girl’s panties drop.

Oh, did I mention kinky? You definitely have to be kinky. And passionate. Sexy, dominant, honest and strong enough to demand the truth from me while remaining compassionate and aware that emotional honesty is often the last reaction I have. I’ve been burned in the past. Badly. And while I’m usually pretty honest about everything else, emotionally, I’m just about the most dishonest person I know, so book boyfriend? You’d have to work with me on that one and stay patient while we did, because it would be a process.

That’s my order. If you happen to have one of these lying around, let me know. I always need more book boyfriends.

Allegiant: Parts I & II?

I could be way behind the curveball here, but I just heard that they are splitting Allegiant into two movies. So maddening. It is a huge turn-off for me when production companies do this, because it is purely for profit and always produces a sub-par product.

Of course, the only movie franchise that I think could have gotten away with splitting one book in to more than one movie was the one franchise that didn’t try. Until they did. But it was way past late by then.

I’m talking about the Lord of the Rings of course. Now, for those of you who have not read those giants books on which the long-ass movies are based, you have no idea that Peter Jackson took out so much quality literature, like Tom Bombadil and an entire freaking war. My goodness, that made me so mad, it actually ruined the third movie for me and I don’t think I have ever re-watched the series since. Tolkien published three huge tomes of work, plus appendices and others, and each book is incredibly dense. You could have easily produced five wonderful 2.5 hour films without breaking into the territory of the Hobbit. But instead they cut and cut and then produced such long movies that I’m not willing to sit down and watch them because it represents too much of a commitment in one evening.

Wait, what movie am I ranting about? Allegiant? Sorry, got side-tracked for a minute there.

My point is, that some studio person in Hollywood got the idea that turning the last book into two movies in every series is a fantastic idea because supposedly fans want it to postpone the ending at any cost and this way they can make double the money before letting an idea go and creating something new. All the series are doing it now: Divergent, Hunger Games, The Hobbit, Harry Potter…

But is that really the message you want to send, or the final impression you want an audience member to have of your series? That you, the creators, wanted to make a quick and easy buck by drawing something out, decreasing its impact by doing so?

I would hope not. I wouldn’t; I’d rather create something of quality. And I wish that there were more Hollywood stars who felt the same way and were willing to stick up and fight for their franchise fans, even at the risk of their role. Are they really willing to recast Katniss Everdeen for a fourth and final Hunger Games movie? I doubt it. I bet Jennifer Lawrence could have stopped it. So do these so-called artists really not care either? Or are they too afraid to stand up to their studios?

At the end of the day, a 225 page book that is meant for teens, or worse yet, those meant for pre-teens, were not meant to be turned into four and a half hours of feature film. They feel empty, and spaced out like there was not enough quality content to fill the time, because let’s face it, there wasn’t. Or you have someone like Peter Jackson add a whole lot of plot that wasn’t in the book and it doesn’t sit well with fans.

Here’s to hoping this is a fad that passes quickly.