Thursday, November 29, 2012

Book Review: The Darker Side of Heaven

         Today's review is on The Darker Side of Heaven by K.B. Cutter

This short 137 page adventure into the world of Angels, Demons, Vampires, and Shifters is a must read for those who enjoy the Paranormal. As an added plus, if you enjoy a little eroticism thrown in there, you'll thoroughly enjoy reading it. Cutter's ability to mix these elements together keeps the reader not only enthralled, but excited in the most intimate of ways. *wink* *wink*

The lines of good and evil are blurred as Chalice Noire, a mixed breed of Demon and Angel, sets out to not only stop the Fallen Angel Nikolai Voss from setting in motion events that will bring about the End of Times, but to also stay alive.

Dark, Edgy, and Sexy all wrapped up in one small package. Who could ask for anything more? Well, me. My only complaint about The Darker Side of Heaven is that, for me at least, it was a bit to short. Because of this, many times I felt that not only was the plot rushed, but the sub-plots as well, leaving me feeling a bit ripped off. I was hanging there wondering how did this happened? or simply saying AND?????? With that said though, I think this is a great book, just a little to short for me.

4 of 5 stars
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Book Description:  via Amazon

Shadows lengthen over the world. Turmoil rages.

Something evil this way comes . . . .

Emotionally conflicted avenger Chalice Noire, product of an unholy union between demon and angel, is a slayer to the forces of darkness. Employed by shadowy benefactors in Rome, her sect is commanded by fallen angel Nikolai Voss, whose allegiance is not to the church but to the flame of vengeance that burns within.

But Chalice possesses a holy relic, a Weapon of the Mass, Nikolai desperately craves, and he will stop at nothing to retrieve it, destroying anything or anyone, including his own soul.
Renegade vampire Adam Blake is a recluse, attempting to bury his troubled past and the tortured memory of his former lover, Chalice Noire, in America's last frontier: the Alaskan wilderness.

Armageddon looms, the agents of light and darkness gather forces. The battle to be fought not on the sands of prophecy, but in the rugged beauty of Alaska, where Chalice and Adam once again cross paths. Can they reconcile their past to save humanity's future?

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Book Review: Sororate

                Today's review is on Sororate by K.R. Smith

I fell in love with Smith's characters B and Declan when I read Scent, and I must say, the snarling, growling, and passion in Sororate will keep this reader as a long time fan.

These two main characters embark on many an adventure that many times lead to life or death battles. they fought with Werewolves in China, Voodoo Priests in New Orleans, Vampires in Scotland, and much much more.

Both B and Declan live many a long life, but Declan ages both physically as well as chronologically where as B does not age physically. It's difficult enough to witness the death of a loved one, but it is even harder when you are close to three centuries old. So when Declan is close to death, B must make the decision on whether or not to turn him into a Circulator and evolve.

I laughed and I cried while reading Sororate, so make sure you have some tissue near by because you are going to need it. I can hardly wait for book three!!

An excellent addition to my overflowing library.

5 of 5 stars
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Book Description:  via Amazon

'Sororate' is seen through the perspective of Bianca Sabre nee Wisetail, the Last Circulator and first female Lokoti Werewolf. She and her mate Declan Sabre continue on in their unusual marriage. Their supernatural lifespan bonds them closer together, as their human family die of old age, or their Circulator relations evolve to the space time continuum.

Declan dotes on his mate due to the fact that he too, is the last... of the European Werewolf. But in a Werewolf marriage, claws do come out with Lokoti Werewolf wife challenging her European Werewolf husband. These two love to fight as much as they love to make love. In between, the two also travel the world and through time.This results in meeting other paranormal beings, like Asian Werewolves, North American Werewolves, European Vampires, South American Vampires, Witches, Voodoo and even humans psychic'd up on Yaje.

With all of this meshing of supernatural elements, B and Declan still butt heads over a problem even human couples encounter... B can't conceive.Whereas he's relieved not to create anymore European Werewolves; she's sensitive over her medical condition. However, just as Circulators are ever-changing as is the universe, is her condition permanent?

Monday, November 19, 2012

Book Review: Crash

Today's review is on Crash: A Mother, a Son, and the Journey from Grief to Gratitude by Dr. Carolyn Roy-Bornstein

First and foremost, I have to say that this is the most heart wrenching and heart warming book that I have had the pleasure of reading in a very long time.

A memoir of her son's tragic accident that left his girlfriend dead and him suffering from a traumatic brain injury, Crash takes the reader step by step on Bornstein's and her families grueling road through loss, recovery and acceptance.

Written so well and with such clarity, I could not help but be touched in some way or another from each and every page. Be it the description of Bornstein gasping for breath as she raced to the scene of the accident, the way she explained the fixed and dilated state of Trista's eyes, or the joy she felt when hearing Neil tell her that he "jumped", I was right there emoting along beside her.

Tragedy can happen in anyone's life at any given point, a concept many teens do not understand. It's something that we, as their parents don't want to think about either, but it is something that does need to be addressed. No one is indestructible. The alarming number of teen deaths due to drinking and driving, drugs, or suicide should be proof enough of that, but many times it just isn't. I wish that someone like Neil or his family could have spoken at my high school. Perhaps then, three of my classmates would still be alive today, all taken to early because of someone driving under the influence of alcohol.

An AMAZING Book that should be a part of any teen's library. I know I'll have my own two read it.

5 of 5 stars
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Book Description: via Amazon

After 25 years of caring for children, first as a nurse, then as a pediatrician, Carolyn Roy-Bornstein finds herself on the other side of the stretcher when her 17-year-old son Neil is hit by a teenage drunk driver while walking his girlfriend Trista home after a study date. Trista did not survive her injuries. Neil carries his with him to this day.

Gratitude for her son’s survival ultimately gives way to grief. While initially told Neil’s only injury was a broken leg, Roy-Bornstein quickly finds herself riding in the front seat of an ambulance transporting her son to the ICU at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston; his brain is bleeding.

Roy-Bornstein is now not the patient’s doctor or nurse but his mom. The world she so easily navigates in a white uniform or a white coat now must be traversed, understood, and dealt with from the perspective of a parent.

There are many dividing lines in this story. The line that divides this family’s life in two: the events that occurred before the crash and those that came tumbling and faltering in its wake. The line that separates grief from gratitude: gratitude that her son is alive and as whole as he is; grief for his loss of memory and changed personality and for having his whole world shattered in an instant. The line that separates the world Roy-Bornstein knew so well as a doctor from the new one she must now navigate as the parent of a trauma victim.

In these pages she explores all of these boundaries: between then and now, grief and gratitude, before and after, us and them. Her many years as a "medical insider" bring her story authenticity and detail, while her newcomer status as the parent of a trauma victim add poignancy and warmth in this first memoir.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Book Review: Sweet Dreams

                                              Today's review is on Sweet Dreams by Benjamin Daniels

Sweet Dreams is the second book in Daniels' Hell's Gate series that isn't your ordinary paranormal flavor.  Yes, there are Demons, Angels, and Romance, but there is so much more.  There is enough Eroticism to spark the flames of anyone's desire.

This 53K work book flows well, if not a bit "proper" in its writing style.  However, even with that said it is still a good read.  The characters are well developed enough that Sweet Dreams is a good stand alone book itself, but now that I have read it I'll have to go back and read the first book, Hell's Gate, to see if I missed any important information.

There are quite a bit of editing misses in Sweet Dreams, which is a shame.  These missed mistakes make for "stuttered" reading and should be corrected in the future.

A delightful read that just needs a bit more work.

3 of 5 stars
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Book Description:  via Amazon

Jahi's job is as a seductress in Lilith's house of pleasure. She can see into their sexual fantasies and give them every sexual desire possible.

Jahi is special; she holds a power beyond just sexual pleasure. She can transform into whatever the clients wish for, but what Jahi really wants is to fulfill her own desires.

Prescott is her one and only desire, there is only one problem....He doesn’t seem to notice her... Or so she thought.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Book Review: Whispering Cypress

                                              Today's review is on Whispering Cypress by B.J. Robinson

Whispering Cypress is the third book that I have read by Robinson, and I have to say that this award-winning author has inspirational Christian writing down to a science. The way she weaves loss, love, suspense and drama while her characters maintain faith in the Lord is exceptional.

In today's busy world it is often difficult to maintain a strict commitment of going to church every Sunday, at least that is the case for me. But picking up one of Robinson's wonderful books reminds me that He is always there for me.

Robinson's books are well thought out and well written with characters you can't help but to fall in love with; sometimes with the "bad" guys too.

You can see a bit of BJ in all of her books. Whether the characters have a strawberry batch or just have a loving dog by their side. Either way, you can see how much love she has for her work and for her God.

Another successful hit with Whispering Cypress!!

5 of 5 stars
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You'll never have peace here. Leave the past where it belongs, or it will ruin you.

Spring Showers stared at the cutout newspaper letters pasted on a sheet of typing paper. Her heart pounded harder than any nail gun, and she placed her hand over her chest as if to still it. Nothing about the rundown campground prepared her for such a threat. Who could possibly care if she restored it?

After a decade of no contact, she purchases the campground a man from her past dreams of owning and hires him to repair and remodel the cabins. She still has feelings for him, and the sparks are still there -- smoldering like embers from a left-over campfire. A male friend from the city visits and trouble brews. A girl is attacked. Hackett is arrested. Did authorities arrest the right man? The girl is pregnant -- who is the father?

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Book Review: Beyond the Highland Mist

    Today's review is on Beyond the Highland Mist by Karen M Moning

If you want to read a love story that will really touch your heart, Beyond the Highland Mist is a MUST read. The writing style of Moning is, beyond a doubt, exceptional. This book is written so well that you can almost feel the mists from the ocean as the waves crash against the rocks below Dalkeith-Upon-the-Sea. Smell the rose bushes that grace the gardens, and feel the strong arms of the handsome Hawk around you.

A man that has never been in love, and a woman who's had her heart shattered, Beyond the Highland Mist is full of anger, jealously, trust issues, deception, and of course love. All of the things that make a fantastic book. And being that this is her first in this series, I can't wait to read the rest!!

5 of 5 stars
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He would sell his warrior soul to possess her. . . .

An alluring laird...

He was known throughout the kingdom as Hawk, legendary predator of the battlefield and the boudoir. No woman could refuse his touch, but no woman ever stirred his heart—until a vengeful fairy tumbled Adrienne de Simone out of modern-day Seattle and into medieval Scotland. Captive in a century not her own, entirely too bold, too outspoken, she was an irresistible challenge to the sixteenth-century rogue. Coerced into a marriage with Hawk, Adrienne vowed to keep him at arm's length—but his sweet seduction played havoc with her resolve.

A prisoner in time...

She had a perfect "no" on her perfect lips for the notorious laird, but Hawk swore she would whisper his name with desire, begging for the passion he longed to ignite within her. Not even the barriers of time and space would keep him from winning her love. Despite her uncertainty about following the promptings of her own passionate heart, Adrienne's reservations were no match for Hawk's determination to keep her by his side. . . .