Friday, January 30, 2015

Book Review: Thicker Than Blood by Madeline Sheehan and Claire C. Riley

Just finished this book and what can I say? It was outstanding. I am a huge longtime Madeline fan a brand new Claire fan. This was so well written and punches you right in the feels.

Leisel and Evelyn are best friends, true sisters of the heart. They have been through so much together and as the book opens, we can see they will have a lot more to go through. The world is different now; four short years ago a virus started infecting humans and they died horribly but didn't stay dead. Lei and Eve have lost and lived through danger and tragedy. It didn't take long for the world to revert to older times when women were no more than chattel property to be used at a man's will. In the thriving but small community that we find them in they have been married off for years to high ranking men they do not want or love. Lei suffers all manners of abuse from her "husband" and when she finally snaps and retaliates, she and Eve are on the run.

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So many things happen and there are so many potential spoilers here, so I will just let the 5 stars speak for themselves. MS and CC were a terrific team who wrote a poignant novel about the bonds of unconditional love. You can't choose your family, but you can choose your friends, and these strong women have made a pact to take care of each other until the end and beyond. The only thing better than this book is knowing that there is another one coming!

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Review: Filthy Rich

Filthy Rich
Filthy Rich by Dawn Ryder

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A super sexy story about the cool Celeste and the very hot Nartan. Love their chemistry and alpha battles! Stay tuned for a link to the full First Look at Heroes and Heartbreakers.

ETA: Here is the First Look!

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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

ARC Review: Hero by Samantha Young

I'm a huge SY fan. I have read every On Dublin Street novel and I'm eagerly awaiting the next in series. There is a weird thing us readers do - when our favorite authors veer out of their current world and write something from a new world, we get jittery, nervous, apprehensive, resentful even! How could they cheat on our world by writing about a new world? And is this new guy going to be as great as the other guys? He better be. Harumph.


I have a new book boyfriend named Caine Carraway. The financial entrepreneur is tall, dark, handsome, and broody, just the way I like them. Hero is a standalone novel told from the perspective of Alexa Holland, whose family has a dark and complex history with Caine's family. Talk about your awkward.

I fell in love with Alexa and Caine almost immediately. I love a spitfire who doesn't take anyone's shit, and SY has the talent to make a three dimensional heroine who isn't just piss and vinegar. Alexa is highly intelligent, motivated, and the perfect match for the broody and cold Caine. However, the thing is, once Caine lets himself drop his armour, he is the hottest and most passionate ungentlemanly gentleman. He inspires fear and respect in his colleagues, subordinates, and peers, but the small handful of people who really know him know that his is actually a sweet and sensitive man.

The chemistry that Alexa and Caine have is absolutely ridiculous and I found myself grinning like an idiot during their banter sometimes. The supporting cast here is also a riot, from Alexa's friends to Caine's closest confidantes.  So. Damn. Good.
 I have a book hangover today, so thanks a lot Samantha Young!

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Sleepy Hollow: A Tumblr Rundown

I have been super lazy about doing Rundown recaps because a) I have been super busy, b) I have been super lazy, and c) I have been obsessed with making gifs. And of course it took me way too long to realize I could marry my tumblr and Rundown together. Whatever, shutup.

Last night's Sleepy Hollow was getting back on track by having our heroes together again! However, they were on shaky ground with each other after all of the baggage they have been carrying around because KATRINA ugh, and so now here we are.

1. Karaoke solves all problems. The way Ichabod looks at Abbie? I just can't.

2. Hawley had some sort of family problem. Whatever, he is super hot but he has to leave for noble reasons. Come back Hawley!

3. Ichabod is way jealous of Orion. Like, right in his wife's face.

4. The Mills sisters are a force to be reckoned with, as per usual.

5. Katrina is still useless. #KatrinaTheUselessWitch possibly turned Irving into a vampire.
witchy wife shade

6. However, all seems right in #TeamIchabbie, which makes us all happy. Mess with the bull you get the horns!

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Saturday, January 24, 2015

ARC Review: Playing Doctor by Kate Allure

Playing Doctor contains three erotic stories about women who capture a spark in their lives, and they are all of course physician centered stories. In The Intern, we meet Lauren Marks, a recently divorced doctor who runs a clinic in a small Illinois town. Through a favor for a colleague she takes on a promising intern sight unseen, the sexy and much younger Courtney (who goes by Court.) She tries to keep it professional due to their age and her position as his superior, but after a while, the sparks fly and Court's young alpha passions convince Lauren to let herself have a bit of fun.

In My Doctor, My Husband, and Me, Valerie has an intense attraction to her tall dark and handsome foot surgeon. It looks like the good doctor reciprocates these feelings, so Valerie comes up with a scheme to get her cake and eat it too. She just has to make sure her husband and her doctor are on board.

Finally, in Seize the Doctor, Nikki meets Hunter out at a bar one night after a bad breakup. They made a great connection, however, it turns out that Hunter's friends were playing a number collecting game for points so Nikki decides to walk away. Imagine her surprise when she goes to her female only gynecology clinic and in walks Hunter! Can they overcome their initial meeting and start a hot and heavy relationship?

These were entertaining reads, although the first two definitely read more like vignettes with the third story having more of a satisfying conclusion. There were plenty of sexytimes to go around, and the men were plenty hot.