Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Angelfire by Courtney Allison Moulton

Review of Angelfire by Courtney Allison Moulton

To Be Released: February 15, 2011

4.5 out of 5 smirks

Synopsis: “First there are nightmares.

Every night Ellie is haunted by terrifying dreams of monstrous creatures that are hunting her, killing her.

Then come the memories.

When Ellie meets Will, she feels on the verge of remembering something just beyond her grasp. His attention is intense and romantic, and Ellie feels like her soul has known him for centuries. On her seventeenth birthday, on a dark street at midnight, Will awakens Ellie's power, and she knows that she can fight the creatures that stalk her in the grim darkness. Only Will holds the key to Ellie's memories, whole lifetimes of them, and when she looks at him, she can no longer pretend anything was just a dream.

Now she must hunt.

Ellie has power that no one can match, and her role is to hunt and kill the reapers that prey on human souls. But in order to survive the dangerous and ancient battle of the angels and the Fallen, she must also hunt for the secrets of her past lives and truths that may be too frightening to remember.”

Angelfire by Courtney Allison Moulton is a very dark and surprising book. I loved how it was detailed with the world Ellie and Will share and I love how the author seems to switch light when talking about the trivial world (aka the world we all live in). When the author describes the trivial world it reminds me of light and bubble gum which is really hard to achieve. When the author describes the other world (The Grim) I not only feel darkness but it is almost as if it surrounds you and the only light is Ellie and Will.

I gave Angelfire 4.5 smirks because it is a book that explores a whole new world and shows the true lightness to the true darkness. I really enjoyed reading Angelfire not just because it has a gorgeous cover but because it made me root for Ellie and for Will and even for Nathaniel. I find it very rare for a book to make me feel what the characters are feeling and this book does that in spades.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare

Review of Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare

Published: August 31, 2010

6 out of 5 smirks

Synopsis: "Magic is dangerous--but love is more dangerous still.


When sixteen-year-old Tessa Gray crosses the ocean to find her brother, her destination is England, the time is the reign of Queen Victoria, and something terrifying is waiting for her in London's Downworld, where vampires, warlocks and other supernatural folk stalk the gaslit streets. Only the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the world of demons, keep order amidst the chaos.

Kidnapped by the mysterious Dark Sisters, members of a secret organization called The Pandemonium Club, Tessa soon learns that she herself is a Downworlder with a rare ability: the power to transform, at will, into another person. What's more, the Magister, the shadowy figure who runs the Club, will stop at nothing to claim Tessa's power for his own
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Friendless and hunted, Tessa takes refuge with the Shadowhunters of the London Institute, who swear to find her brother if she will use her power to help them. She soon finds herself fascinated by--and torn between--two best friends: James, whose fragile beauty hides a deadly secret, and blue-eyed Will, whose caustic wit and volatile moods keep everyone in his life at arm's length...everyone, that is, but Tessa. As their search draws them deep into the heart of an arcane plot that threatens to destroy the Shadowhunters, Tessa realizes that she may need to choose between saving her brother and helping her new friends save the world...and that love may be the most dangerous magic of all."

Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare was like The Mortal Instrument Series books, magnificent. Personally, I hate historical books no matter what genre they might be but, Clockwork Angel I loved. I was transported back to the Victorian Era of Shadowhunters and Downworlders alike and I loved every minute I read the book.

Cassandra Clare has this unique way of writing a story that entraps readers in the snarky, bluntness of her characters. All the characters in Clockwork Angel are incredibly entertaining in their own way and I absolutely LOVED that we as readers got to see Magnus Bane! Magnus is just the most fabulous warlock out there. Like with most books I love I usually make a list of things about the book that I loved because otherwise I would go on and on and on, paragraph after paragraph with praise, but sometimes that can be overkill.

Things I loved about Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare:

The Dark Sisters, creepy vibe

The deception, mystery, and thrill of the story

The fact that the story will continue onto a next installment

Will’s snarky, witty personality that does not fit with the Era, but makes him uniquely desirable all the same

Henry’s obliviousness concerning all things except his inventions

Jessamine’s disdain for everything

Tessa’s strong will and conviction

Church

Tessa’s unique, undiscovered talent

Description of London in the Victorian Era

The Clockwork Angel

Everything about Jem

And the alluring cover art

Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare makes you want to re-read the City of Bones, City of Ashes, and City of Glass. It really pulls readers into the history of everything of the Shadow World was back in that era. I wasn’t sure if I would be too keen on the historical aspect of this book, but the historical aspect I thought was really done well and only adds to the flow of the story. I gave 6 smirks to Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare because it is a book that makes you feel what the characters feel, and makes you feel like you are right alongside with them discovering not only themselves, but the mysteries of the world around them.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Once In A Full Moon by Ellen Schreiber

Review of Once In A Full Moon by Ellen Schreiber

To Be Released: December 28, 2010

4 out of 5 smirks

Synopsis: “Celeste hangs with the popular crowd at Legend's Run High and is being wooed by Nash Hunter, the football quarterback, but doesn't really feel that she belongs. She only comes in contact with the new and enigmatic student, Brandon Maddox, when she passes him in classes, the hallway, and at lunch, but she suspects there is something different about him other than that he is a Westsider and comes from the wrong side of town.

On a dare, Celeste and her friends go to a psychic's shop for a reading. When it is Celeste's turn for a fortune, the psychic grabs Celeste's hands and warns, "Beware of a kiss under the full moon." Celeste and her friends laugh and mock the fortune teller. But on her way home from their outing, Celeste is blinded by a blizzard.

Disoriented, she finds herself deep in the woods bordering town. She is overcome by snowfall and unable to see anything. Above her hovers the glow of a full moon. Just then, she sees beady eyes staring back through the falling flakes. She finds herself in the midst of a pack of hungry wolves. The wolves begin to howl. She can't outrun them, and the shortest tree branch is out of reach. They slowly approach her. At the last moment, a stranger pulls her from the hungry pack. He grabs a branch and fights the pack of wolves until they retreat. In the scuffle the stranger is bitten. It is Brandon Maddox.

Celeste is enamored by her hero and can't get him out of her mind. Where Nash is a hero on the field and court, Brandon is a hero in reality. Celeste steals away from her friends to find Brandon, and they meet on a hilltop near his home. A cloudy sky lingers above them, and Celeste realizes she has fallen in love with a Westsider. But in the next few moments, Celeste will face an even bigger challenge than falling for a guy from the wrong side of town. As the two lean in to kiss, the clouds pass, exposing the glow of a full moon. Brandon feels strange and pulls away. Something is about to change-him.”

Once In A Full Moon by Ellen Schreiber is a fantastically charming read that will leave you with a smile on your face. Once In A Full Moon has great characters who are high school-ish, smart alecks with a burning desire to cause drama in every way they can. I gave 4 smirks to Once In A Full Moon by Ellen Schreiber because it is a fast read that will have you laughing and rooting for supernatural.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

OZ by Eden Elgabri and Heather Peters

Review of OZ by Eden Elgabri and Heather Peters

Published: November 1, 2010

4 out of 5 smirks

Synopsis: “Lionel and Crow and Tim, oh my!

Can Dorothea Gale escape the clutches of foreclosure by making a deal to have sex with three handsome men?

Dorothea Gale is a victim of a bad economy. After losing her job, Thea asks Tim Woodman, the man of her dreams and the contractor who built her home, to help her sell it. He leads her to the powerful William Ozarak, a voyeur, who offers her a deal - sexual submission for one month in exchange for two years worth of mortgage payments. Can she barter her body to prove 'there's no place like home'? Or will she lose her soul in the process?

Tim Woodman, who is in the middle of a divorce, isn't looking for entanglements. Yet he can't help be drawn to the sexy Thea. If he helps her will he lose his heart? Or did he even have one to begin with?”

OZ by Eden Elgabri and Heather Peters is one of the most unique versions of The Wizard of Oz out there to date. OZ retold the story of Dorothea and her adventures to save her home. OZ brings a whole new meaning to the phrase “off to see the wizard.”

Things to Love about OZ:

The portrayals of the Tin Man, Lion, Scarecrow, Flying Monkeys, Evil Witch, and The Wizard himself

The ruby red slippers or rather stilettos

The very open minded contract between all the characters

Tin Man finding his heart

Lion finding the courage to finally say who he is

Scarecrow, going from drunken frat boy to determined college student

Flying Monkeys being toxic

The kinky Evil Witch

And the wizard and his manipulative ways

OZ by Eden Elgabri and Heather Peters was a fun-open minded fast read, that will leave you wishing the two main characters could really just get back home or at least to their normal lives. I gave OZ by Eden Elgabri and Heather Peters 4 smirks because it was progressive, fun witted and kinky read which left you a new image of what The Wizard of Oz is and can be.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

The Lovers by Eden Bradley

Review of The Lovers by Eden Bradley

Published: November 1, 2010

5 out of 5 smirks

Synopsis: “It seemed ideal —two months at a charming writers’ retreat, surrounded by kindred souls. But Bettina Boothe wasn’t prepared for just how long eight weeks truly was. Or that in the process, she would have to open up and reveal the most secret places in her body and soul.

Fortunately, her fellow authors do not share Bettina’s self-consciousness and begin to draw her out of her self-imposed shell. One in particular—Audrey LeClaire— seems to ooze confidence and self-assuredness. Dark and petite, Audrey’s potent sensuality draws the men and women in the workshop to her like flies to honey. Bettina is just as vulnerable, finding herself overwhelmed by a very unexpected attraction to Audrey who makes Bettina her special project.

But when Jack Curran arrives at the retreat, everything changes. Jack is tall, beautiful, masculine. A writer of dark thrillers, he is as mysterious and alluring as his books. He and Audrey are obviously an item, but they eagerly welcome Bettina into their bed. Suddenly Bettina finds herself swept up in a maelstrom of lust, obsession and jealousy, torn between her need for two very different people in a love triangle where she will either be cherished…or consumed.”

I’ve never been in love or felt love lost or even felt heart break, the only time I feel these emotions is when I am reading a very good book. The Lovers by Eden Bradley is a story that starts out erotic and goes more towards finding who you are and how love can blossom into your life without you ever realizing it. I thought The Lovers was a fast pace story about three characters who are so different from each other that come together and allow love to be the outcome for at least two of them.

Bettina and Jack are two complex, sex-driven characters who share more than they originally think with each other. Initially it was Audrey, Bettina, and Jack coming together with sexually charged energy but whether Audrey fell away herself or whether she would have been pushed away, Bettina and Jack are a more perfect fit. The Lovers was an interesting take on writer’s, retreats, sex, lust, and love that I found heart stopping, gut clenching, and heart breaking all at once. I gave The Lovers by Eden Bradley 5 smirks because when Bettina felt something I felt it right alongside her so much so that my heart physically hurt at one point. The Lovers is definitely a book I would recommend because it is what it is, which is honest.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Once Upon A Holiday

Review of Once Upon A Holiday

Published: October 1, 2010

5 out of 5 smirks

Synopsis: Holiday Heat by Beverly Jenkins

For Eve Clark, winter usually means long cold nights spent alone, until she’s persuaded to attend a masked ball. Abandoning her inhibitions, she shares a blissful tryst with a mysterious partner. Though she runs from their hotel room the next morning, Leyton Palmer is determined to track Eve down and show her that the night neither can forget was only the start of something sensational.…

Candy Christmas by Adrianne Byrd

Peace on earth and goodwill to all men? Not if the man in question is drop-dead-sexy Montel Starks, Candy Lahane’s competitor since he started at their ad agency a year ago. But on a business trip to Europe, rivalry gives way to a red-hot, explosive affair that makes Candy realize that what she really wants for Christmas is right in front of her, just waiting to be unwrapped…

Chocolate Truffles by Kimberly Kaye Terry

It started as an innocent drink with a stranger to celebrate her promotion. It turned into the most erotic night of Camille Jackson’s life. But the man she was sure she’d never see again is now her instructor in a two-week managerial workshop, and Gideon Taber is making it clear that he’d love to relive every delicious detail of their encounter, again and again…”

Holiday Heat by Beverly Jenkins

Holiday Heat by Beverly Jenkins was a sexy, action pack, astounding story about how a one stand can change your entire life. The aspect I really loved about this story was that Eve and Leyton both want to help people by protecting them in the careers they have chosen. It was great to see these two characters get everything they want out of life and most importantly out of each other. 5 smirks.

Candy Christmas by Adrianne Byrd

Candy Christmas by Adrianne Byrd was a delightful, sensual story about trusting in yourself. I really enjoyed Candy and Monty’s witty banter and heated arguments (at least on her side of things). I loved how everything in the office they worked in had a pool going for everything involving Candy and Monty themselves. 5 smirks.

Chocolate Truffles by Kimberly Kaye Terry

Chocolate Truffles by Kimberly Kaye Terry was a story about how just because you aren’t looking for love doesn’t mean love won’t find you. Cami and Gideon are two characters who obviously know exactly what they wanted out of their lives, which for the most part was their careers until they found each other. I loved the fact Cami and Gideon fell for each other because they weren’t looking to fall for each other and I think it’s a great lesson that just because your focus is elsewhere doesn’t mean you won’t find the person you are suppose to spend the rest of your life with. 5 smirks.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Summer Brides

Review of Summer Brides

Published: July 27, 2010

5 out of 5 smirks

Synopsis: The Borrowed Bride by Susan Wiggs

During her own bridal shower, Isabel Wharton is whisked away by past love Dan Black Horse to his retreat in the Cascade range. But returning to her Native roots, and Dan's loving arms, is harder than she ever imagined.

A Bridge to Dreams by Sherryl Woods

With her vacation plans foiled, Karyn Chambers realizes that her long-awaited escape must give way to staying at home in San Francisco. Little does she know her Prince Charming is right in her own backyard.

Sister of the Bride by Susan Mallery

When Katie McCormick finds out that her sister is marrying her ex, she finally agrees to a setup for the big day. To her surprise, Jackson is a catch. But when wedding catastrophe ensues, will their sparks fizzle or ignite into flames?”

For this review, since I absolutely loved this collection of short but very enticing stories, I am going to just do one sentence for each story. And of course, remind you that 5 smirks from me is a must buy/read over and over again.

The Borrowed Bride by Susan Wiggs

Reminds us that just because the past might haunt us, does not mean that it can’t also be seductive, tempting and ultimately what we have been searching for.

A Bridge to Dreams by Sherryl Woods

Takes the need for adventure out of a person and opens their eyes to the adventures already taking place in their lives, even in the form of a very attractive, charming, maybe out of my league but totally worth it man.

Sister of the Bride by Susan Mallery

(Of course you all know I am a huge fan of all her books I could get my hands on, so this story is no exception)

Ah, Fool’s Gold…A story of two extraordinaire individuals who are always seen differently in the eyes of those around them, but make a witty, fun loving pair who make it difficult not to fall for their chemistry.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Whatever You Like by Maureen Smith

Review of Whatever You Like by Maureen Smith

Published: November 1, 2010

4 out of 5 smirks

Synopsis: “Desire burns deepest after dark...

By day, Lena Morrison is an ambitious grant writer. By night, she’s an escort to some of Chicago’s most successful men. Sex isn’t on the menu—Lena’s job is to provide her elite clients with companionship and sparkling conversation. She enjoys the extra income, but even more, Lena loves the empowering feeling of being appreciated for her beauty and her brains.

When tycoon Roderick Brand hires Lena as his date for a private party, their electric attraction leads to the most erotic night of her life. Incredible as the experience is, she vows not to mix work and pleasure again. But Roderick is relentless. His irresistible proposal: two weeks fulfilling all his fantasies, in exchange for a multimillion-dollar grant that will guarantee Lena a major promotion.

Lena can play that game. She’ll give him the hottest, wildest sex he’s ever had, then she’ll walk away, leaving him aching for more. But when it comes to desire, rules—and hearts— are easily broken. And the best-laid plans have a way of working out in ways neither could expect…”

Whatever You Like by Maureen Smith was a story about sparking chemistry and fighting for the person you are meant to be with. I gave Whatever You Like by Maureen Smith 4 smirks because it is a book that draws readers in during the first chapter with the storyline of a professional escort (Lena) and a rich, stubborn man (Roderick) who immediately cannot seem to get enough of each other.

Things I Love About Whatever You Like by Maureen Smith:

Lena and her devotion to her family

Roderick’s over the top ways to get what he wants

Grant Writer by day and professional escort by night

The connection between Lena and Roderick

Witty, heated arguing/bantering

Roderick’s yacht with its own boutique

Hope, fear, frustration, and loss that both main characters go through

And of course, the playful intimacy that Lena and Roderick share together

Whatever You Like by Maureen Smith is a book that will draw you in with the sparks that fly with Lena and Roderick making you not want to put it down until you find out exactly how it ends.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

MIA Post


Hey guys! Sorry I have been MIA for such a long time. I have scheduled postings of reviews through November and have been so busy I could not log on for awhile. I’m in a class right now in which the professor considers every student is only taking his class and therefore we have endless amounts of time to dedicate to his course….the sad part is I am totally serious and it sucks. Needless to say, that class topped with my other class and a case of family illness I have been unable to log on much and add more reviews to come in the future. However, the reason for my sudden and glorious reappearance is I was able to hide away these past couple of weekends and read! It was amazing! I have not been able to do that since classes started up in August.

I do not have full reviews for you all, but I do have my smirk system which I believe to be best next to nothing.

Personal Demons by Lisa Desrochers was an absolute thrill to read, I loved the banter of the main characters and how it seemed magical in its delivery. 5 smirks

Halo by Alexandra Adornetto another angel book which I was suspect of considering of how young the author is (17!). However even though it was close to 500 pages I found myself in rapture with every detail of the story and how very well written it was. It also made me laugh which is one of my major criteria for reading a book. 5 smirks

Moon Called by Patricia Briggs surprised me in ways I still did not think was possible for a supernatural based book. I loved that the story focused on the main character and who she is rather than getting too much into the love triangle which I suspect will be more explored in the second book of this series. (We all know how much I love a love triangle, I can’t wait!) 5 smirks

Torment by Lauren Kate which I’m not sure if most of you know is my favorite book series so far. With only two books currently out, Fallen and Torment, I fell completely into rapture with them. Fallen, I was addicted to and couldn’t wait until Torment came out and if you look back Fallen was actually my very first post on this blog. Torment by Lauren Kate was an absolute thrilling book to read. I did love it more than Fallen (but I will always love Fallen). I felt that with Luce and Daniel, both of them had more of a connection with the reader in this book. It was a beautifully written book and I find that I don't have many words for it because everything Luce felt at the end is what I feel right now. Easily 6 smirks.

Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins is the last book in my favorite trilogy, The Hunger Games. I was really worried about the way Suzanne Collins was going to end The Hunger Games Trilogy, because I am/was so in tuned with everything about the world she built that a part of me felt like I was experiencing everything the characters were in the books. Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins wrapped up everything so Capitol style it was hard not to show surprise with every twist and turn that was thrown at you. It was everything that clicked that really showed you this beautiful world underneath the grim of war, terror, and nightmares. A very moving Trilogy that will never compare. And this is the first time I have ever done this for a book but what the hell, 10 smirks.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

The Oracle Rebounds by Allison Van Diepen

Review of The Oracle Rebounds by Allison Van Diepen

To Be Released: November 1, 2010

5 out of 5 smirks

Synopsis: “As the “oracle of dating,” Kayla is supposed to have all the answers about love and relationships. She’s supposed to have the perfect relationship. But now that Jared is “taking a step back,” Kayla feels like a total fraud.

So the expert on dating starts taking her own rebound advice—and some from her friends—and stops moping around. Yeah, there are other possibilities out there—including the beyond-cute French foreign exchange student she’s showing around town. But when controversy erupts about the Oracle’s advice, Kayla is sent reeling once again. Will anything work out for her this year? Yet when her friends start seriously needing the Oracle, Kayla begins to focus on what really matters: Viv, Sharese, Amy and Ryan, her trueblue buds. And suddenly, everything starts making sense again…”

The Oracle Rebounds by Allison Van Diepen continues the story of Kayla and her friends as she continues to find herself as a person. The Oracle Of Dating showed readers how complicated and messy liking someone can be if both party’s aren’t communicating very well. And in the end we as readers get to see Kayla and Jared happy together and The Oracle of Dating website booming again. The Oracle Rebounds starts off with Jared breaking up with Kayla and her having her heart broken to the point she isn’t sure what she is suppose to do. Lucky for her, she turns to herself from the past by getting her own advice through her own website.

Things I Loved About The Oracle Rebounds by Allison Van Diepen:

Readers get to see more of the characters they love

More drama and more understanding

Emotional connection to characters/story

Jared finally realizing what he wants out of life

Kayla’s determination to see herself moving on with her life

Kayla’s determination to becoming a bigger successive as The Oracle

Real advice that can help get readers through rough spots in their lives

I gave The Oracle Rebounds by Allison Van Diepen 5 smirks because it is such a touching story about how to pick yourself up when you hit a wall. Allison Van Diepen is a fantastic writer who knows how to bring real emotion to readers and get them invested in the story’s outcome. I highly recommend reading The Oracle Of Dating and of course, The Oracle Rebounds because each book can make you feel better about life in general (even if you don’t have an problems, these books can give you positive aspects to look at if you ever find yourself in an impossible situation).

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Accidentally Yours by Susan Mallery

Review of Accidentally Yours by Susan Mallery

Published: January 1, 2008

5 out of 5 smirks

Synopsis: “WANTED: Single mom seeks billionaire's pocketbook to fund dying son's research cure. Will seduce if necessary. Blackmail is not out of the question. Miracles welcome.

Cynical billionaire seeks working mom with a heart of gold for PR campaign to improve his standing in the community. Must be willing to attend social events. Anyone looking for love, need not apply.

It seemed like the perfect match...until the unthinkable happened.”

Accidentally Yours by Susan Mallery was a very compelling and heart breaking story about never giving up and continuing to fight for those you love. I gave Accidentally Yours by Susan Mallery 5 smirks because it is a story you can’t help but feel and want to know what happens in the end.

Things I Loved About Accidentally Yours by Susan Mallery:

Kerri and her optimistic, silver lining on everything involving everyone else except herself

Nathan’s ruthless nature that he wants everyone to believe

Nathan and his cynical beliefs

Kerri and Nathan’s back and forth game of who wins what fight

Cody and his determination to laugh and live

The close knit community of Songwood

Nathan’s strength that gives Kerri courage

And the unexpected chemistry between Nathan and Kerri

Accidentally Yours by Susan Mallery is a book that makes readers believe in having hope, fearing nothing, giving what you can, and ultimately in love itself.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Kiss Of Midnight by Lara Adrian

Review of Kiss Of Midnight by Lara Adrian

Published: May 1, 2007

5 out of 5 smirks

Synopsis: “He watches her from across the crowded dance club, a sensual black-haired stranger who stirs Gabrielle Maxwell’s deepest fantasies. But nothing about this night—or this man—is what it seems. For when Gabrielle witnesses a murder outside the club, reality shifts into something dark and deadly. In that shattering instant she is thrust into a realm she never knew existed—a realm where vampires stalk the shadows and a blood war is set to ignite.

Lucan Thorne despises the violence carried out by his lawless brethren. A vampire himself, Lucan is a Breed warrior, sworn to protect his kind—and the unwitting humans existing alongside them—from the mounting threat of the Rogues. Lucan cannot risk binding himself to a mortal woman, but when Gabrielle is targeted by his enemies, he has no choice but to bring her into the dark underworld he commands.

Here, in the arms of the Breed’s formidable leader, Gabrielle will confront an extraordinary destiny of danger, seduction, and the darkest pleasures of all.”

Kiss Of Midnight by Lara Adrian is the first book in The Midnight Breed Series. I randomly stumbled upon this author by browsing other people’s blogs. I really wanted to see what all the excitement was about with her Midnight Breed Series, so I decided to read the first book….and now I’m addicted. I absolutely fell in love with The Midnight Breed Series based on the first book alone.

Things I Loved About Kiss Of Midnight by Lara Adrian:

Well-rounded story line

Very descriptive (I felt like I could experience everything with the characters)

Lucan (fictional crush worthy)

Gabrielle and her keen perceptiveness

Sexy, thrilling love scenes

Lucan’s 900 years of stubbornness

Lucan saving Gabrielle’s life before she even knew him

Lucan’s creepy and eerily romantic sense of stalking (specifically Gabrielle)

And the history of how vampires came to be

I gave Kiss Of Midnight by Lara Adrian 5 smirks because it is a book that readers can invest in. Kiss Of Midnight and I’m positive all the other books in The Midnight Breed Series has beautiful characters, entertaining dialogue, vivid descriptions, hope, love, and protectiveness that can touch readers reality and make everything come alive.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Killer Heat by Brenda Novak

Review of Killer Heat by Brenda Novak

Published: September 28, 2010

5 out of 5 smirks

Synopsis: “The bodies of seven women have been discovered in Skull Valley, Arizona. Jonah Young, a private security operative from Department 6, has been hired by the Yavapai County Sheriff to assist in solving these murders. But Jonah’s not prepared for the complications that arise when he’s forced to work with a woman from his past, private investigator Francesca Moretti.

Jonah betrayed Francesca ten years ago. She hasn’t forgiven him and she’s pretty sure she never will. But the woman she was hired to find has been murdered in exactly the same way as the seven in Skull Valley, so like it or not, Francesca has to work with Jonah. They quickly zero in on the most likely suspect--but questions remain. Questions they have to answer. Because if they bet on the wrong man, it might be the last thing they ever do.”

Killer Heat by Brenda Novak is a story about trust and finding the courage to forgive. Out of the three books in this series so far, I related to this book the most. I see a lot of similarities and fears in Francesca that I see within myself and was able to connect with her character the most. I gave Killer Heat by Brenda Novak 5 smirks because showed what an act of forgiveness can do and what the act of not forgiving can potentially lead to.

Things I Loved About Killer Heat by Brenda Novak:

Francesca’s guarded exterior

Jonah’s struggles to forgive himself for the things he has done

Adriana’s crazy obsession with Jonah (even though I hated it, the story wouldn’t have been as good without it)

Jonah and Francesca’s “twenty questions”

Getting a glimpse at Nate and Rachel’s life briefly (White Heat)

Jonah always carrying a piece of Francesca with him

Murder investigation focusing on everything but the obvious

Making the reader feel like they were also a part of the investigation

And the physical and emotional fighting all the characters do within this story

Killer Heat by Brenda Novak is book filled with strength, love, forgiveness, fear, and hope that will have readers begging for more. Killer Heat is just one of those books you cannot live without.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Body Heat by Brenda Novak

Review of Body Heat by Brenda Novak

Published: August 31, 2010

5 out of 5 smirks

Synopsis: “Twelve people have been shot at point-blank range and left to rot in the desert sun. It's Sophia St. Claire's job to do something about it. She's Bordertown, Arizona's new chief of police-and she's out of her depth.

Help arrives in the form of Department 6 hired gun Roderick Guerrero. As far as Sophia's concerned, his involvement only makes things worse. Maybe he's managed to turn his life around. And maybe he's a good investigator. But as the bastard son of a wealthy local rancher, he has a history he can't get past. A history that includes her.

Rod refuses to leave town until the killer is caught. He's not worried about the danger posed by some vigilante. It's Sophia who threatens him. Because he's used to risking his life-but his heart is another story.”

Body Heat by Brenda Novak was an incredible story that shows you can go home again and finally find what you always thought was missing could be right under your nose. I gave Body Heat by Brenda Novak 5 smirks because it is just such an involved story about what really happens all over world and gives the reader hope that just because things get dark does not mean there will never be light.

Things I Loved About Body Heat by Brenda Novak:

Rod and his defense mechanism of humor

Sophia’s passion for everything and everyone she cares about

The very real aspect of murder

The huge political uproar of how many people were actually involved

Rod’s determination to keep Sophia safe from anything and everything

A surprising family support system

Sarcastic dialogue between anyone and everyone

Being able to see different points of view from different characters

And the fact that both Rod and Sophia are underdogs who fight like hell to survive

Body Heat by Brenda Novak is a book worth owning because I believe justice never gets old. Not only that but the conflict and chemistry evident between Rod and Sophia are so promising it can make even the cynical hope for the future.

Friday, October 1, 2010

Seduced On The Red Carpet by Ann Christopher

Review of Seduced On The Red Carpet by Ann Christopher

Published: October 1, 2010

5 out of 5 smirks

Synopsis: “Parties, perks, private jets and photo shoots… She’d give it all up for love.

Discovered at sixteen, supermodel Livia Blake has lived a life most women only dream of. But beneath the glitz and glamour is a small-town girl who yearns for babies, a permanent home—and the man to go with it. Then she meets Hunter Chambers at his family-owned Napa Valley winery. The sexy single father tempts Livia with a desire she’s never known…and with a dream she was afraid wouldn’t come true.

Hunter knows Livia’s type—and she’s not his type at all. But he can’t deny the passion surging between them. But what happens once Livia jets off to her next photo shoot, taking Hunter’s heart with her?

Is their love strong enough to create their own private paradise, far from the glare of the spotlight?”

Seduced On The Red Carpet by Ann Christopher was a compelling story about finding what you truly want out of life. I gave Seduced On The Red Carpet by Ann Christopher 5 smirks because the story really pulls you into the two main characters. Livia and Hunter have this sparkling energy that always generates around them when they are together; it’s hard not to get lost within this book.

I loved that Ann Christopher brought aspects into this book about the different lives both Livia and Hunter come from. From spotlight to down to earth farmer, it’s a reality that makes the characters alive for readers. Seduced On The Red Carpet (love the title) draws readers into the lust, tension, loving, roller coaster environment that is Livia and Hunter themselves. I suspect most readers will be unable to put this book down until there is nothing left to read.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

The Millionaire’s Ultimate Catch by Michelle Monkou

Review of The Millionaire’s Ultimate Catch by Michelle Monkou

To Be Released: October 1, 2010

4 out of 5 smirks

Synopsis: “After a daring, headline-making rescue, basketball star Naomi Venable accepts Zack Keathley’s invitation to spend a week recuperating at his sprawling country estate. The sinfully sexy millionaire could have his pick of any woman in the world. But once he sets his sights on Naomi there’s no way she can resist this rugged alpha male’s charms…

Zack owes Naomi for coming to the aid of his baby sister. But grateful isn’t all the driven developer feels for the sleek and sultry pro athlete. And once he makes up his mind, there’s no stopping the aroused penthouse playboy! Caught in Naomi’s seductive spell, can Zack convince this fearless sorority sister that their passionate paradise is meant to last forever?”

The Millionaire’s Ultimate Catch by Michelle Monkou is a story about giving up on walling up your defenses against people and finally letting someone else in. I gave The Millionaire’s Ultimate Catch by Michelle Monkou 4 smirks because it was a great story about learning more about yourself through the eyes of others. I really enjoyed the chemistry between Naomi and Zack. These two characters were so much alike it was funny and thrilling to see how each of them always wanted to take charge in their relationship. The Millionaire’s Ultimate Catch by Michelle Monkou displayed a tug a war with courage-fear, lust-envy, love-hate, rational- irrational, which allows readers to have a tug a war within themselves about how the main characters should end up.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Invincible by Joan Johnston

Review of Invincible by Joan Johnston

To Be Released: October 26, 2010

4 out of 5 smirks

Synopsis: “Bella Benedict’s five grown children are scattered around the world like a handful of precious jewels. Now she’s dying and she has one last, secret wish. To bring her children home. And to give them what she once had: a marriage of passion.

Wealthy playboy Max Benedict has no interest in long-term commitment. He had his heart broken once and that was enough. Instead, he travels the world, working as a sometime spy for the CIA. When he’s asked to investigate a foreign threat against the president, he doesn’t think twice about accepting—until he hears who he’ll be working with in London.

FBI Special Agent Kristin Lassiter is under investigation and on the verge of losing everything—her savings, her job, her beloved father. So when Bella Benedict approaches her with the offer to pay her mounting debts, she’s tempted to accept. But there’s a catch—a big one. Bella wants Kristin to win the heart of her son Max, the very man who destroyed Kristin years ago. A man unaware he fathered her nine-year old daughter. If Kristin succeeds, she’ll get the money she needs—and the priceless Blackthorne rubies Bella has offered to sweeten the deal.

The only problem is, can she win Max’s heart without falling back in love with him?
Some forbidden desires are invincible.”

Invincible by Joan Johnston was a surprising story about getting in touch with the person you use to be. Invincible really painted a picture of complicated relationships reaching and overcoming their breaking points. I really enjoyed the different points of view that Joan Johnston gave readers so we were able to see all the planning that went into the matchmaking. All the characters are so vital and different, as a reader it was spectacular to be a part of their world.

I love the whole idea of Bella determined to help her children get their happily ever afters is truly inspiring and imposing. I love that she is going to devote the time she has left to helping her children be happy and that she also seems to be making up for the years past. I really thought that Joan Johnston brought real relationship problems to life in Invincible. It allowed us as readers not only to see the main characters Max and Kristin relationship problems, but also other characters and their relationships. What I loved most about this story was the fact that it felt real, the problems, issues, and everything felt as though it could have happened in real life.

I gave Invincible by Joan Johnston 4 smirks because I did not want to stop reading it and was even a little disappointed that I have to wait for the next book to come out. I really am looking forward to reading about the rest of the Benedict’s love lives and am secretly hoping Emily will be a part of one of the stories in the future.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Nightshade by Andrea Cremer

Review of Nightshade by Andrea Cremer
To Be Released: October 19, 2010

5 out of 5 smirks

Synopsis: “Calla Tor has always known her destiny: After graduating from the Mountain School, she'll be the mate of sexy alpha wolf Ren Laroche and fight with him, side by side, ruling their pack and guarding sacred sites for the Keepers. But when she violates her master’s laws by saving a beautiful human boy out for a hike, Calla begins to question her fate, her existence, and the very essence of the world she has known. By following her heart, she might lose everything including her own life. Is forbidden love worth the ultimate sacrifice?”

Nightshade by Andrea Cremer is a fantastically romantic, mysterious, soul searching story that will make you want to read and re-read it over and over again. Clearly this is a series book because what a huge cliff hanger to leave on. I don’t want to give away much about this amazing story, so I will just give you little tidbits I loved about this book.

Things I Loved About Nightshade by Andrea Cremer:

The story was elegantly written

Each chapter begins with a different phase of the moon

Shockingly, beautiful cover art (I mean seriously could you walk past this book in a bookstore and not want to pick it up?)

Ren an alluring alpha whose heart only wants one thing

Shay an adorable love struck puppy

Calla a hard ass alpha who hates dressing like a girlie girl and has only ever known duty to her pack and pack masters

Weird, eerie dynamics at the local high school

Forbidden Love

A heart being torn in two opposite directions

Magic

And a leap of faith

I gave Nightshade by Andrea Cremer 5 smirks because it really is a book everyone must own. There is something in it for everyone, adventure, mystery, romance, lust, knowledge, action. Nightshade truly touches base with every type of genre you could think of. The elegant delivery was swift and magical which is perfect for the story itself. It is the must have book of the year.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Falling For Gracie by Susan Mallery

Review of Falling For Gracie by Susan Mallery

Published: February 1, 2010

5 out of 5 smirks

Synopsis: “First comes love, then comes marriage. . .

Or that was Gracie's plan, anyway, at the ripe old age of fourteen. She loved eighteen-year-old heartthrob Riley with a desperation that made her a town legend. Even now that she's all grown up, the locals in sleepy Los Lobos won't let her forget her youthful crush.

. . .but it's not as easy as it looks.

And how can she, when she's face-to-face with Riley at every turn? The onetime bad boy has come back to town seeking respectability-but the sparks that fly between them are anything but respectable! Gracie's determined to keep her distance, but when someone sets out to ruin both their reputations, the two discover that first love is sometimes better the second time around.”

All I have to say is, seriously?!?! Falling for Gracie by Susan Mallery was like being transported to the town of Los Lobos and living everything Gracie and Riley lived. Susan Mallery created this hilarious, magnificent character, Gracie, who just makes you want to laugh and root for her and the life she has always wanted. I really invested in this story because it was so easy to fall into step with Riley and be embarrassed with Gracie, it is a story that makes you believe that even at fourteen it is still possible to find the love of your life.

Things I Loved About Falling For Gracie by Susan Mallery:

Gracie re-meeting Riley via new stalker tendencies

Gracie’s stalker tendencies at fourteen

Gracie dealing with her family

Riley’s three “F” rules

Riley’s Uncle’s huge portrait

The town siding with Gracie even though, there wasn’t really a side to take

Gracie’s and Riley’s humor with each other that makes even the cynical envious

The surprising easy flow of Riley and Gracie together

Riley finally following his heart (plus he’s very handsome)

And the whole crazy town of Los Lobos in general

I gave 5 smirks to Falling For Gracie by Susan Mallery because it brightened my day. There are only a handful of books that can do that for me and I am pleased to say that the majority of them are written by Susan Mallery. Susan Mallery gives readers characters who are all so completely different in every one of her books, but there is always something uniquely special about each one that makes you fall in love with them. Gracie and Riley make an entertaining, heart throbbing couple who just pull you in with their witty dialogue.

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Finding Perfect by Susan Mallery

Review of Finding Perfect by Susan Mallery

Published: August 31, 2010

5 out of 5 smirks

Synopsis: “When Pia O’Brian’s best friend dies, Pia expects to inherit her cherished cat. Instead, the woman leaves Pia three frozen embryos. With a disastrous track record in the romance department and the parenting skills of a hamster, Pia doesn’t think she’s meant for motherhood. But determined to do the right thing, Pia decides to become a single mother. Only to meet a gorgeous, sexy hunk the very same day.

A former foster-care kid now rich beyond his wildest dreams, Raoul Moreno runs a camp for needy children in Fool’s Gold, California. After his last relationship, Raoul thought he was done with women and commitment. Still, he can’t get sweet, sexy Pia out of his mind—and proposes a crazy plan. But can such an unconventional beginning really result in the perfect ending?”

Finding Perfect by Susan Mallery was a truly amazing story. I loved that this book is a part of a series but it, like the other books in this series, can stand on its own. Finding Perfect is about the untraditional paths that life takes us on and about finding out that your fantasy of perfect is something you should hold out for. Pia who has appeared in the first two books of this series is a truly loveable character whom in the previous books we were able to see not only who she is in the present, but who she was in her past.

Finding Perfect proves that people can change for the better and even if their heart had been broken before time can heal all wounds. The aspect that truly made me jump for joy about Finding Perfect was the fact Susan Mallery allowed her readers to see a character in this book from one of her other books she has written. I absolutely loved the fact Susan Mallery was able to give her readers a true painting of what Raoul did with his life after he appeared as a high school football star in the Sweet Spot. At first I missed the fact Raoul was from a different book, but then after so many looks into his past showed in Finding Perfect it was easy to put together.

I loved us as readers were able to see Raoul grown up and getting settles into his new life in Fools Gold. Pia and Raoul are so much alike that you wouldn’t think there would be chemistry between the two, but there was enough to light fireworks for an entire city. Pia is a character people just fall in love with because of how big her heart is and with Raoul she has this uncanny ability to ramble about anything and everything that is very endearing. Raoul having been through what he has, turned out to be an amazing character with a ton of charm and the ability to let people tell him like it is without getting upset. So far Pia and Raoul are my favorite couple in The Fools Gold Series. I really look forward to more books coming out in this series because it is a series that captures readers’ attention with the uniqueness of small town charisma.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

My Summer Reading


This summer I had summer school classes, but that did not stop me from reading. And reading, and reading. So even though I was unable to do reviews for EVERY book I read this summer I thought I would put together a list of those books I did read and just give them whatever smirks they earned. I discovered a lot of new authors I have not read until this summer and decided to read multiple books by these multiple authors. That being said I have categorized the books I’ve read under the authors’ names shown below. I hope you all had an amazing book-filled summer!

Carly Phillips:

Love Me If You Dare-5 smirks

Simply Sensual- 4 smirks

Hot Stuff- 5 smirks

Hot Number- 5 smirks

Hot Item- 5 smirks

Hot Property- 4 smirks

Cross My Heart- 5 smirks

Simple Sinful- 5 smirks

Sealed With A Kiss- 5 smirks

Brazen- 5 smirks

The Bachelor- 5 smirks

The Playboy- 5 smirks

The Heartbreaker-5 smirks

Lucky Charm-4 smirks

For more information about Carly Phillips and more of her wonderful books please visit: http://www.carlyphillips.com/ 

Susan Mallery:

Sweet Talk- 5 smirks

Sweet Spot- 5 smirks

Sweet Trouble- 5 smirks

Tempting- 5 smirks

Under Her Skin- 5 smirks

Lip Service- 5 smirks

Straight From The Hip- 5 smirks

Hot On Her Heels- 5 smirks

Chasing Perfect- 5 smirks

Almost Perfect- 5 smirks

The Sparkling One- 5 smirks

The Sassy One- 5 smirks

For more information about Susan Mallery and more of her enticing books please visit: http://www.susanmallery.com/index.php

Kristan Higgins:

Fools Rush In- 4 smirks

Just One Of The Guys- 5 smirks

Too Good To Be True- 5 smirks

Catch of the Day- 4 smirks

All I Ever Wanted- 5 smirks

The Next Best Thing- 5 smirks

For more information about Kristan Higgins and more of her heartfelt books please visit: http://www.kristanhiggins.com/

Susan Andersen:

Bending The Rules- 4 smirks

Coming Undone- 4 smirks

Just For Kicks- 4 smirks

For more information about Susan Andersen and more of her sizzling books please visit: http://www.susanandersen.com/

Victoria Dahl:

Talk Me Down-5 smirks

Start Me Up- 5 smirks

Crazy For Love- 5 smirks

Lead Me On- 5 smirks

For more information about Victoria Dahl and more of her addicting books please visit: http://www.victoriadahl.com/

Gena Showalter:

Awaken Me Darkly-5 smirks

Enslave Me Sweetly- 5 smirks

The Pleasure Slave- 4 smirks

Catch A Mate- 5 smirks

Animal Instincts- 5 smirks

For more information about Gena Showalter and more of her thrilling books please visit: http://genashowalter.com/

Eve Silver:

Sins of the Heart- 5smirks

Sins of the Soul- 5 smirks

Sins of the Flesh-5 smirks

Demon’s Kiss- 5 smirks

For more information about Eve Silver and more of her enchanting books please visit: http://www.evesilver.net/

Friday, September 3, 2010

White Heat by Brenda Novak

Review of White Heat by Brenda Novak

Published: July 27, 2010

5 out of 5 smirks

Synopsis: “A religious cult has moved into what was once a ghost town--Paradise, Arizona. And their actions are cause for concern. One woman who escaped from the compound was nearly stoned to death. Another has gone missing altogether.

Private security contractor Nate Ferrentino is given the assignment of infiltrating the group. It's a challenge he welcomes...until he learns that Rachel Jessop, one of his colleagues at Department 6, has been chosen to accompany him. Nate's attracted to Rachel but because of their history, he prefers to keep his distance.

Problem is, they have to pretend to be married. Only couples can participate in certain rituals, which Nate and Rachel need to do if they're going to pierce the veil of secrecy. But when they find proof that cult leader Ethan Wycliff is as twisted as they feared, they know they have to set aside their differences...or Ethan might take more lives. Maybe even theirs...”

White Heat by Brenda Novak is a fascinating story about seeking the truth and finding what you’ve always been missing. I gave White Heat by Brenda Novak 5 smirks because this story delivers the fear, honesty, betrayal, and sacrifice that comes with not only being an undercover cop but a person who has to seek something they fear they can never have. I wasn’t really sure I was going to enjoy reading White Heat so it was a real surprise that I could NOT STOP reading. I thought it was the perfect blend of accuracy, romance, action, drama, and justice.

Rachel and Nathan make this really tension filled partnership that is based on not being honest with each other about their feelings. I also found Rachel’s unwillingness to not be taken for a fool again a very real aspect of what a person might do having been in Rachel’s shoes. And Nathan is fictional crush worthy with his rugged good looks, sense of humor, and a charm that could melt snow. I also thought the different points of view Brenda Novak played in White Heat to be very helpful and descriptive in filling in the blanks of how the other characters thought.

White Heat by Brenda Novak is a book that will get your heart pumping and have you on the edge of your seat until the story is finished. Brenda Novak brings readers into her story by having the thrill and excitement of the unknown lurking about, making each reader completely invested in the outcome.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Sins of the Flesh by Eve Silver

Review of Sins of the Flesh by Eve Silver

To Be Released: October 1, 2010

5 out of 5 smirks

Synopsis: “Torn between lust and loyalty...

The blood of the Underworld lord of evil runs through soul reaper Malthus Krayl’s veins.

Raised to fight for survival and to kill for victory, he can destroy anyone who poses a threat. As he searches for the one responsible for his brother’s murder, he refuses to succumb to any distraction…until his sworn enemy crosses his path and tempts him beyond all reason.

Calliope Kane, a Daughter of Aset, has a personal hatred for soul reapers. Their savage attack against her family still haunts her. But only Malthus can help her find the traitors of her kind, and only she can help him hunt the source of betrayal amongst the reapers. As they unite, the danger grows closer…and the passion between them ignites.”

Sins of the Flesh by Eve Silver continues on from the previous two books Sins of the Heart and Sins of the Soul. This series grows more and more intense with each book, in Sins of the Flesh we as readers finally get answers to the questions that have been plaguing us from the very begin, the most important being who killed Lokan. Sins of the Flesh is a deeply thrilling roller coaster ride that only stops at the very last page but still leaves you hanging in mid air. I’m anxious to know if it all ends with Sins of the Flesh or we as readers get to experience a Lokan point of view in the next book.

I love how Eve Silver takes each of these books and tailors it to a specific soul reaper (from the brothers) and tells a story of not only how to put back together Lokan but how they find love in all the wrong places. It is as if the soul reapers were destined to not find themselves and love until the very opportune time. Sins of the Flesh touches the lives of Calliope and Mal who just work so badly together it’s so right. I love the witty banter Mal displayed with Calli’s cool, calm, and collectiveness, it really worked well for them.

I gave Sins of the Flesh by Eve Silver 5 smirks because I really enjoyed unraveling the mystery alongside the soul reaper brothers and their mates. It really brought together everything we as readers experienced in the first two books. My hope as a reader is that Eve Silver finishes what she started and we finally get to see the last point of view with the last book from Lokan’s perspective and what he does now that he is whole.

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Paranormalcy by Kiersten White

Review of Paranormalcy by Kiersten White

Published: August 31, 2010

5 out of 5 smirks

Synopsis: “Evie’s always thought of herself as a normal teenager, even though she works for the International Paranormal Containment Agency, her ex-boyfriend is a faerie, she’s falling for a shape-shifter, and she’s the only person who can see through paranormals’ glamours.

But Evie’s about to realize that she may very well be at the center of a dark faerie prophecy promising destruction to all paranormal creatures.

So much for normal.”

Paranormalcy is a fantastically entertaining book. I was swept away with laughter while reading this amazing book. Paranormalcy is an addicting, fun, uncanny, story that just proves the grass is always greener on the other side. Like I am doing with a lot of the books I give 5 smirks to, I will just make a list of everything I loved about this story.

Things I Loved about Paranormalcy by Kiersten White:

Evie’s bubbly personality

Lish, Evie’s best friend who happens to be a mermaid

Lend, water boy

The cover art is magnificent

Freaky fairies

Online shopping

Lockers, proms, gossip

Vampires and other mythical creatures

Sighs (you will understand once you read the book)

Witty, snarky characters

And normalcy

Paranormalcy by Kiersten White is a sexy, entertaining, witty book that draws you in right from the very first page. I love to laugh and there was no shortage of laughter while reading this book. Evie is a very loveable, relatable character who just wants her life to be normal; instead she is more paranormal than she originally thinks. Lend is a shy guy who draws you in with his every changing moods. And the whole IPCA is just such an insane mess that you do not want to miss. 5 smirks was given to Paranormalcy because it is a book that is worth reading over and over again. It’s a book I want on my book shelf and after you read it, I’m sure you’ll want it too.

Monday, August 30, 2010

The Seductive One by Susan Mallery

Review of The Seductive One by Susan Mallery

Published: August 1, 2006

5 out of 5 smirks

Synopsis: “Of all the Marcelli sisters, the only one who dreams of running the family's winery is Brenna -- and she's about to get her chance. But taking the helm at Marcelli Winery is tougher than she bargained for -- especially when she butts heads with her grandfather, whose Old World ways dictate that a male should inherit the business. In need of some fast capital in order to prove her grandfather wrong, Brenna turns to Nic Giovanni, her family's nemesis. . . . Years ago, she ended her secret relationship with Nic, choosing loyalty to her family over the hot passion they shared. But now he's back in her life, he's loaned her a million dollars, and their feelings for each other are stronger than ever. Brenna must find out for herself: Is Nic the love of her life? Or the schemer who could topple the Marcelli dynasty -- and break her heart?”

The Seductive One by Susan Mallery continues on with the Marcelli Sisters focusing on Brenna and her past love Nic. Brenna and Nic are from two feuding families and have a very Romeo and Juliet love story happening for them. I personally find The Marcelli Sisters Series one that is very addicting, fun, snarky, loveable, and beautiful.

Things I Loved About The Seductive One by Susan Mallery:

Chemistry between Brenna and Nic

Joe’s protectiveness over Brenna

Nic’s inability to really get the whole picture even though in his heart he gets it

Brenna and Grandpa Lorenzo’s arguing over every little detail

Brenna’s knowledge and ability to go on and on about wine

Nic and his very, very bad boy good looks (and motorcycle)

Brenna and Nic’s betraying past and forgiving present

Brenna’s ability to give her heart without thinking about the consequences

Brenna’s determination to get on with her life

Grandpa Lorenzo’s scheme

And the whole Marcelli Clan coming together to get over past feuds and make Brenna happy

The Seductive One by Susan Mallery is a book that can make even the most stubborn readers laugh and share in the joy this story brings. The Marcelli Sisters Series is one I would highly recommend to anyone who enjoys being able to experience big family and big loves in huge doses. I gave The Seductive One by Susan Mallery 5 smirks because when I was reading it, I smiled and laughed along with the characters and that is something I never take for granted.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Dead Beautiful by Yvonne Woon

Review of Dead Beautiful by Yvonne Woon

To Be Released: September 21, 2010

5 out of 5 smirks

Synopsis: “After Renee Winters discovers her parents lying dead in California’s Redwood Forest in what appears to be a strange double murder, her grandfather sends her off to Gottfried Academy in Maine, a remote and mysterious high school dedicated to philosophy, “crude sciences,” and Latin: the Language of the Dead. It’s here she meets Dante, a dark and elusive student to whom she feels inexplicably drawn. As they get to know each other better, Dante can’t seem to control his attraction either, and their desires gradually deepen into a complex and dangerous romance. Dangerous because Dante is hiding a frightening secret. A secret so terrible, it has him fearing for Renee’s life.

Dante’s not the only one with secrets, though. Turns out Gottfried Academy has a few of its own… Like, how come students keep disappearing? Why are the prefect-like Monitors creeping around campus during the night? And what exactly are the Headmistress and Professors really up to? Renee is determined to find out why.”

Dead Beautiful by Yvonne Woon is a tragically, lively, stunning love story about finding out where your soul truly lies. I gave Dead Beautiful 5 smirks because it is a book that I did not want to put down and also a book very much worth re-reading over and over again. I do not want to give too much away in this review so I will just say the things that made this story one that I will never forget.

Things About Dead Beautiful by Yvonne Woon that Were Truly Remarkable:

First off this is Yvonne Woon’s first book and she nailed it (aka did a fantastic job drawing readers in)

The characters were all so different that they fit perfectly with each other

The descriptive, vivid, life like quality of the words flowing off the pages makes any reader bound to the story and its beauty

The mystery of where the story is going is unlike any other book

The cover art which is gorgeous, has a luring edge to it

The story just sweeps readers away with the mystery, deception, love, lust, and finding your true identity

Dead Beautiful by Yvonne Woon is special, life altering, mysterious, charming story with characters you cannot help but fall in love with. Reading Dead Beautiful by Yvonne Woon was like stepping into a forest and not knowing where you are going, with excitement with each step you take (or rather with every page you turn).

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Always The Baker Never The Bride by Sandra D. Bricker

Review of Always The Baker Never The Bride by Sandra D. Bricker

To Be Released: September 1, 2010

5 out of 5 smirks

Synopsis: “Thirty-six-year-old Emma Rae Travis has been baking specialty cakes and melt-in-your-mouth pastries at The Backstreet Bakery in historic Roswell, just outside of Atlanta, for the last six years. But here's the rub about her job as a baker ... Emma is diabetic. When she tastes her creations, it can only be in the most minute portions. Emma is considered an artisan for the stunning crème brulee wedding cake that won her the Passionate Palette Award last year, but she's never even had one full slice of it.

When Jackson Drake hears about this local baker who has won a prestigious award for her wedding cake artistry, he tells his assistant to be sure and includes her in the pastry tastings scheduled at his new wedding destination hotel the following week. And for Jackson, that particular day has started out badly with two workmen trapped in a broken elevator and a delivery of several dozen 300-thread-count bed linens in the wrong size abandoned in the lobby. But when the arrogant baker he met a week prior in Roswell stumbles into the dining room with a platter of pastries and a bucketful of orders, he knows for certain: It's going to be a really rotten day.

Can these two ill-suited players master the high-wire act and make a go of their new business venture? Or will they take each other crashing downward, without a net? And will the surprise wedding at The Tanglewood be theirs?”

Always The Baker Never The Bride by Sandra D. Bricker was a compelling love story about being true to who you are and accepting challenges that life always seems to deal out. This book was very different from other romance stories I have read in the past, which is why I loved it. I gave Always The Baker Never The Bride by Sandra D. Bricker 5 smirks because I could not stop reading it until there was nothing left for me to read.

Jackson and Emma Rae are two characters who make a laugh out loud hilarious couple. I just love how Jackson and Emma Rae are individually before they become a couple and how they are together, they really bring out each other’s good sides and bad sides all the time. I also really enjoyed how the “dating” aspect of this book resembles and opens up insight into reality dating. “After Care” makes soooo much more sense now, and I just want to thank Sandra D. Bricker for finally naming something I could never understand.

Always The Baker Never The Bride by Sandra D. Bricker is a wonderful, romantic, hard working story that convinces even the most cynical readers (*cough, cough* me) that love is out there waiting. I would also like to mention how creative this title is, I mean really it is very catchy. Another thing worth mentioning is how great this book was with so many different characters’ personalities. These personalities were so polar opposite of each other, a reader wouldn’t think they could all get along, but Sandra D. Bricker makes it happen in the most unusual, surprising way.

Always The Baker Never The Bride by Sandra D. Bricker is a must read, simple as that.