Saturday, 23 June 2012

Sexy Saturday Plug

Sexy Saturday Plug is a meme hosted at Scorching Book Reviews. On it, they promote a book we've read this week that has really captured our imagination.

This week on Sexy Saturday Plug, I (Miss Minxy) am plugging ...

The Iron Duke by Meljean Brook
First in an all-new series where seductive danger and steampunk adventure abound in the gritty world of the Iron Seas. 
After the Iron Duke freed England from Horde control, he instantly became a national hero. Now Rhys Trahaearn has built a merchant empire on the power-and fear-of his name. And when a dead body is dropped from an airship onto his doorstep, bringing Detective Inspector Mina Wentworth into his dangerous world, he intends to make her his next possession.
But when Mina uncovers the victim's identity, she stumbles upon a conspiracy that threatens the lives of everyone in England. To save them, Mina and Rhys must race across zombie-infested wastelands and treacherous oceans-and Mina discovers the danger is not only to her countrymen, as she finds herself tempted to give up everything to the Iron Duke.

I heard all about this book last year at AAD, where I was also luck enough to meet Meljean Brook. I finally got round to reading it this week, and I lapped it up.

Already bought the next one!

They are such a mismatched couple that it works, he knows what he wants and intends to keep it, she has no intention of giving up her freedom. LOVED it! Review coming soon.

Thursday, 7 June 2012

Summoning the Night: Reviewed

own purchase
By Jenn Bennett

After narrowly escaping her fate as a sacrificial scapegoat, Arcadia Bell is back to normal. Or at least as ordinary as life can be for a renegade magician and owner of a tiki bar that caters to Earthbound demons. She’s gearing up for the busiest day of the year—Halloween—when a vengeful kidnapper paralyzes the community. 
The influential head of the local Hellfire Club taps Cady to track down the fiendish bogeyman, and now that she’s dating red-hot Lon Butler, the Club’s wayward son, she can hardly say no. Cady and Lon untangle a gruesome thirty-year trail of clues that points to danger for the club members’ children. But locating the person behind the terror will require some metaphysical help from Cady’s loyal bar patrons as well as her potent new Moonchild powers—and she’d better figure it out before the final victim disappears and her own darkest secret becomes her biggest enemy.

I loved it! There I said it, this is another series which is going on my auto buy list. As you know I got the first one at AAD and reviewed it a few weeks ago, I then went out straight away and bought the next one and now I have read that and I am waiting for the next one!! AAARGH!!! But a good argh!

So why did I like it, same reason as last time, good plot and great characters!

The story still revolves around Cady Bell, she is still the moonchild and still the owner of a tiki bar, she is now dating Lon and their relationship has developed to the point that they have swapped keys. She is now an integral part of Lon's life and the life of his son Jupe. Jupe is great and probably one of most likeable teenage characters I have come across, yes he is loud, yes he has a huge pile of unwashed laundry in his room and yes he probably smells like a teenage boy. But he is so completely loveable, in his mind Cady is family and it gives way for some real sniffly moments!

Cady is great and has developed since the last book, considering what happened to her I am guessing that the character needed to and this is a fabulous thing because it doesn't happen often enough for me, or when it does it's not pulled off... but it is here. Cady is still a fabulous character but now she is just a bit more mature, a little more grown up.... and dating an older man. This sometimes does impact on her and she has the occasional epiphany because of it, but she is adjusting really well to life with a ready made family. That just makes me love her more!

Lon is still sexy and piratical! ARRRR!  Actually he is way more than that, he is a really rounded character, a well adjusted man, a father with his feet firmly planted. He just happens to be a demon. A sexy demon with special powers. I love Lon!

The plot is sophisticated and full of twists and turns which keep you guessing, each time you think you have cottoned onto it the thread shoots off and drags you in a different direction. A supernatural roller coaster with magic knobs on! OK that sounds rude, magic bells... you get my drift!

A great summer read, add it to your TBR pile, I give Summoning the Night 4.5 frillies out of 5. Pack it with your sun lotion, stretch back, relax and be transported.

Wednesday, 6 June 2012

Under a Vampire Moon: Reviewed

own purchase
By Lynsay Sands

Christian Notte's story, the sixteenth book in the Argeneau series is set on an island paradise called St. Lucia. After a bad relationship and an even worse divorce, Carolyn decides to go on a long overdue and much needed vacation with the 'girls'. Only the rest of the vacationers didn't get the memo. Around every corner there seems to be another couple celebrating their honeymoon or anniversary and the few single men she does see are far too young to even consider, including an irresistibly attractive rock violinist she meets. It's really too bad he's so young but in the end it doesn't matter because according to his cousin, Giacinta, women in general aren't Christian's type. But there's a catch, Christian needs Carolyn's help. He needs her to be his beard (to play the part of his fake girlfriend) for the week to appease his 'machismo' family. Carolyn just can't seem to say No and decides to help Gia's cousin. The only problem is that being around Christian and acting like they are a loving couple is wreaking havoc on her emotions. Carolyn's thoughts keep drifting back to places they shouldn't, like kissing his full lips or feeling his broad shoulders under her fingertips... good lord, she's in trouble.

I do love this series, we are up to book 16, I have read every single one of them (including most of the novellas) and I am still excited when a new book comes out. That for me is the sign of a great series. Is Under a Vampire Moon the best book in the series? No, for me that will be Lucian's book Bite Me if You Can, followed quickly by Victor and Vincent and too many to choose!!! OK I just love them and this is another really good entry into the series.

We first met Christian Notte in A Bite to Remember, found out more about him in Vampire Interrupted and now it is his turn to find his life mate. One slight problem... she has issues with younger men and has been seriously 'burned' by her first marriage. But that wouldn't stop and Argeneau and it won't stop a Notte! 

One of the reasons I love this series is because of the humour and this book is no different, for a start Christian's cousin Gia tells Carolyn that he is gay! He is so clearly not but it does set us up for some fun moments and some real consternation for Carolyn. Not only that but how hard is it to woo your life mate whilst your parents are watching you, giving you advice and dragging you away by your ear before you make a fool of yourself! It was those bits which made this into such a fun book. The story is solid, an interesting plot with challenges and a sub plot your start to suspect about half way through, after all Carolyn comes with friends but she is often alone... it makes you wonder why! But I am saying no more.

Christian and Carolyn are great, both as individual characters and as a couple, like many of the life mate pairings they compliment each other, yes they like similar things but there is more, emotional ties which lock in like a jigsaw. Christian is strong, serious, brooding but Carolyn brings out his lighter side. Carolyn is nervous and insecure and Christian brings out her confident sensual side; she also learns that it is not just Christian who wants her. Wiping all memories of her ex husband from the floor!

A great summer read which I give 3 frillies too, add it to your beach bag and don't forget your sunscreen. That way when they dream on the beach so can you.... and it is HOT! I'm really looking forward to the next book Jeanne Louise's, the extract in the back was great: roll on August!!

Tuesday, 5 June 2012

Enemy Mine: Reviewed

copy from AAD 2011
Lovers from opposite worlds reunite in Karin Harlow's explosive, erotic new L.O.S.T. adventure. . .
While tracking a hijacked cask of enriched uranium in Kyrgyzstan, L.O.S.T. operative Nikko Cruz is ambushed and left for dead. Which means he must be hallucinating when the only woman he ever loved—the woman he was sentenced to death for killing—comes to his rescue. Half-daemon Selena Guererro has secrets she'd kill for. The most important one, she's already died to protect. Now she'll do anything to keep her daughter safe. But she can't just leave her lost love to perish. She injects Nikko with immortal blood serum, putting herself in grave danger.
When Nikko comes to, he is superhuman and super pissed. The mother of his daughter—the one he thought killed their child—is alive. He wants answers. He wants blood. And despite his best intentions, he wants Selena. He traces her to a mysterious terrorist cell where the cask has surfaced. First, he must retrieve the deadly material. Then he'll take revenge on his beautiful ex. But when nothing goes as planned, Nikko and Selena find themselves burning with desire . . . and blowing the roof off their separate worlds, human and daemon alike.
I got a copy of Enemy Mine, the second in Karin Harlow's L.O.S.T. series when I was at AAD in Philadelphia last year, and yes... it has taken me this long to read it. Not because I didn't want to, just simply because I got so many books whilst I was there. Get to it I finally did and I was so pleased I did because I enjoyed it. It is a summer book, it's a sit by the pool with your drink and drink in the rays book, it is a cuddle up in the airport book... in other words it is a great summer read. 

It is the second book in the series and I read it without having read the first, did it stand alone? Absolutely. Have I been and bought the first? Yip! 

So what did I like? Mainly Selena, I am not saying Nikko is rubbish, he really isn't, he is a testosterone filled superhuman hottie who is totally pissed off (and with good reason) but it was Selena who held my interested throughout. What she had been through to protect those she loved. What she was prepared to do and how far she would go. The answer to that is pretty far!

Yes there is the reclamation of the romance between Selena and Nikko, the laying to rest of their former life and personas, (Nikko was originally called Johnny and served hard time for Selena's murder before being placed in LOST, yeah... now you know part of why he is pissed off!) but this story is so much more that that. At its heart it is an action adventure mystery, who is at the root of the terrorist cell, will they catch them and at what cost?

That said, the reclaiming of the romance is a large part of that and it is what gives the story heart and shows you their vulnerabilities, making them human.  We meet a number of side characters, Cassidy and Marcus who I believe were the protagonists in the first story, the remainder of Nikko's LOST team and a couple of shady vampires! One of whom definitely caught my attention!! I hope we hear more from him.  I am keeping him secret so no-one can claim him before me... (looks about shiftily for candy snatching bears) OK he is called Joran.

A fast paced and interesting read, a strong heroine who know what she wants and can kick ass and a testosterone filled hero who is struggling with his emotions and his job. Add to that vampires, demons terrorists and a dirty bomb and you have a book which will fill your sun and fun filled summer! I give Enemy Mine 3.5 frillies out of 5, a fun summer read. Add it to your TBR pile, I am definitely adding  Enemy Lover to my list and looking forward to Enemy Sworn!

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