Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Teaser Tuesday #328, July 25th

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by Ambrosia of The Purple Booker. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) "teaser" sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn't give too much away! You don't want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!
Today's teaser comes from

Monday, July 24, 2017

It's Monday! What Are You Reading #320, July 24th

It's Monday! What Are You Reading is a weekly meme hosted by Book Date where we share what we read this past week, what we hope to read this week...and anything in between! This is a great way to plan out your reading week and see what others are currently reading as well...you never know where that next "must read" book will come from!

What happened in the past week:

Weekly Memes:
It's Monday! What Are You Reading #319
Teaser Tuesday #327
WWW Wednesday #327
WOW #324
Will the Time Come #318
Third Sentence Thursday #309
Random Reads #295
First Lines Friday #323
The Reward Challenge Update #305
Follow Friday #297
How Well I Stuck to It #149
Wrote that Review Update #154

Week 29 Reviews:
Once Bitten
Twice Dead
Forbidden Nights With a Vampire
The Vampire and the Virgin
Eat Prey Love
Obsidian Butterfly
Narcissus in Chains
Night Lost
Evermore
The Girl's Guide to Vampires

Random:
We Have the Title of GhostWalkers #14!!!!
We Have the Title of Sigma Force #13!!!!

OK, so I got 19 posts in 7 days, so a pretty good week, a bit slow, but yeah, pretty darned awesome! What about you guys? Happy reading!

So this week I want to read  Blood MagicDemon Kin, Cerulean Sins, Incubus Dreams, Hello Again, Vampire Mine, Sexiest Vampire Alive, Wanted: Undead or Alive, Wild About YouStrikeSworn to Quell, Two Nights.

Anita learns what it's like to be at the new end of a centuries-old bloodline-and just how far she'll let herself get pushed around. How the mighty have fallen! Once a sworn enemy of all vampires, Anita is now the human consort of both Jean-Claude, the Master Vampire, and Micah, the leopard shapeshifter. But her love life doesn't stop there. It can't. For Anita-not quite as human as she once was-is consumed by both the lusts of the vampire and the primal hungers of the wereleopards. Desires that must be sated-time and time again. But it is Jean-Claude who needs her now. His oldest ancestor has sent one of her vicious and powerful underlings to St. Louis, putting Jean-Claude and his clan on the defensive. Unsure of where she stands with the interloper, Anita finds herself tested as never before-needing all the dark forces her passion can muster to save the ones she loves the most.
Anita's life is more complicated than ever, as she is caught between her obligations to the living and the undead. A vampire serial killer who preys on strippers is on the loose. Called in to consult on the case, Anita fears her judgment may be clouded by a conflict of interest. For she is, after all, the consort of Jean-Claude, the ever-intoxicating Master Vampire of the City. Surrounded by suspicion, overwhelmed by her attempts to control the primal lusts that continue to wrack her, Anita does something unprecedented: she calls for help.
SHE CAN MAKE SENSE OF A COMPLEX CRIMINAL MIND.
Evelyn Talbot, a psychiatrist at a maximum-security prison in Alaska, studies some of the world's worst serial killers. But she's about to meet her most elusive patient at Hanover House yet: Dr. Lyman Bishop, AKA the Zombie Maker given his fondness for performing ice-pick lobotomies on his victims. A brilliant cancer researcher, Bishop is either the most cunning psychopath Evelyn has ever encountered--or he is wrongly convicted.

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN A CRIMINAL CAN SEE INTO HER OWN?
When a new ice-pick fatality occurs, it seems Bishop really was wrongly convicted. Except...Evelyn has a personal connection to the victim and that suggests the killer may be someone from her own past: Jasper Moore, her high school boyfriend who tortured her and left her for dead when she was only sixteen. Jasper also murdered three of her friends--and was never caught. Is he trying to send a message with this copycat crime? The only thing Evelyn knows for sure is that if Jasper is on her trail, she might not be able to escape again . . .
Nothing on earth can make this vampire fall in love . . .

After 499 years of existence, Connor Buchanan has arrived at an inescapable conclusion: he is a cold-hearted SOB. He's been watching his friends—those poor romantic fools—plummet off the cliff into love like a dazed herd of sheep. But not Connor. He knows that love leads to nothing but heartache.

Until Marielle . . .

She is an angel cast down from heaven for disobedience. Trapped in mortal form, she finds a protector in Connor, a Scottish vampire haunted by a dark past. Marielle hopes to heal his broken heart and earn her way back home, but suddenly she has these . . . feelings. This strange yet pleasant physical yearning—for a vampire! Is this the work of a demon luring her into hell, or has this angel found heavenly bliss?
The secret is out . . . Vampires do exist!

When a video reveals to the world that vampires live among us, it’s up to “young” vamp Gregori Holstein, VP of Marketing, to persuade the U.S. government to declare the video a hoax. But first the president wants a favor, one that requires Gregori to spend forty-eight hours in very close contact with the First Daughter.

Abby Tucker would rather spend her nights in a lab than attend her father’s state dinners. She’s dedicated her life to finding a cure that will save her dying mother and needs only two more ingredients. To find them, she’ll have to venture into the most dangerous region of the world—with a vampire. Her Armani-clad escort may be Undead, but he still makes her heart race. And the greatest danger won’t be the predatory hordes lying in wait for them; it will be her undying desire for the Sexiest Vampire Alive.
The twelfth book in the Love at Stake stars Phineas McKinney, aka Dr. Phang! Finally, the Love Doctor gets a dose of his own medicine!

In the last book, Sexiest Vampire Alive, the vamps were busy with damage control. After Corky Courrant posted a video that proved their existence, they convinced the American government to declare it a hoax. Now in Wanted: Undead or Alive it's time to go after Corky Courrant and make her pay for her crime.

When Corky escapes, the vamps search for her in Eastern Europe and Russia. Phineas is left behind, minding the fort, when a clue comes in. Could Corky be hiding in Wyoming? With all the other guys gone, it's up to Phineas to investigate. He pairs up with female werewolf Brynley Jones, and together, the two set off on a wild adventure that will put their lives on the line and their hearts at stake. Will they fall in love or kill each other before catching up with Corky?
Handsome Howard...
Hunky Howard...
Hot Howard...

It's not every day that Elsa Bjornberg feels delicate, not when she hosts a home renovation show where she can effortlessly demolish a kitchen. But from the moment she meets Howard Barr, this bear of a man makes her feel like a woman. And the way he looks at her, as if she were a pot of honey he'd like to lick...

Howard is not like most men. For one thing, he's a shapeshifter. And he always thought his celebrity crush would never amount to anything more than drooling at Elsa on TV. When his meddling vampire employer gets involved, the star is suddenly within his grasp—and within a hair of her life. For an ancient curse forbids their newfound love, and Howard is suddenly torn between his desire for her and his desire to keep her alive.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Wrote that Review Update #154, July 23rd

Create your own banner at mybannermaker.com!
If you want to participate, set a certain amount of reviews to write, and once you make that goal, you can get a reward!

My reviews to reward is writing all of the reviews of the week, and I motivated myself to write my review for Once Bitten and Twice Dead, Forbidden Nights With a Vampire, The Vampire and the Virgin, Eat Prey Love, Obsidian Butterfly and Narcissus in Chains, Night Lost and Evermore, The Girl's Guide to Vampires, so I have 5 of 5 reviews written!

And as always, I want to review this week's reviews!

What about you guys? Happy reading!

How Well I Stuck to It #157, July 23rd

So I decided that I should have accountability on sticking to what should be in a week, so I'm doing How Well I Stuck to It every Sunday, because my schedule should be fixed in by now!

Week 30:
Blood Magic by T.J. Ayer, Demon Kin by T.J. Ayer, Cerulean Sins by Laurell K. Hamilton, Incubus Dreams by Laurell K. Hamilton, Hello Again by Brenda Novak, Vampire Mine by Kerrelyn Sparks, Sexiest Vampire Alive by Kerrelyn Sparks, Wanted: Undead or Alive by Kerrelyn Sparks, Wild About You by Kerrelyn Sparks, Strike by Deborah Wilde, Sworn to Quell by Terah Edun, Two Nights by Kathy Riechs

Tour Books: NA.

Review Books: 4. Check.

NetGalley: 1. Check.

Edelweiss: NA.

Meme Books: NA.

Rereads: NA.

New Books: 7. Check.

So a pretty awesome week! A few repetitions that I didn't read last week, but hopefully I'll be reading them this week!

Week 29:
Blood Magic by T.J. Ayer, Demon Kin by T.J. Ayer, Forbidden Nights With a Vampire by Kerrelyn Sparks, The Vampire and the Virgin by Kerrelyn Sparks, Eat Prey Love by Kerrelyn Sparks, The Girl's Guide to Vampires by Katie MacAlister, Into the Night by Cynthia Eden, Once Bitten by Kalayna Price, Twice Dead by Kalayna Price, Strike by Deborah Wilde, Sworn to Quell by Terah Edun

vs.

Once Bitten by Kalayna Price, Twice Dead by Kalayna Price, Forbidden Nights With a Vampire by Kerrelyn Sparks, The Vampire and the Virgin by Kerrelyn Sparks, Eat Prey Love by Kerrelyn Sparks, Obsidian Butterfly by Laurell K. Hamilton, Narcissus in Chains by Laurell K. Hamilton, Night Lost by Lynn Viehl, Evermore by Lynn Viehl, The Girl's Guide to Vampires by Katie MacAlister

So I read about the same number of books that I wasn't planning on reading as I didn't read. So yeah, I'm happy with that! What about you guys? Happy reading!

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Week 29 Review: A Girl's Guide to Vampires

From Goodreads:
All Joy Randall wants is a little old-fashioned romance, but when she participates in a "Goddess evoking" ceremony with her friend, Roxy, Joy finds out her future true love is a man with the potential to put her immortal soul in danger. At first the ever-practical Joy is ready to dismiss her vision as a product of too much gin and too many vampire romances, but while traveling through the Czech Republic with Roxy, Joy begins to have some second thoughts about her mystery lover because she is suddenly plagued by visions of a lethally handsome stranger. Then, when she and Roxy attend a local GothFaire, Joy meets Raphael Griffin St. John, head of security, and she becomes even more bewildered because the dark and dangerous Raphael seems too close to her dreams for comfort. 

My Review:


Author: Katie MacAllister
Series: Dark Ones #1
Read: July 20th, 2017
Source: Ebook.bike
Reason Why:
Publisher: Love Spell
Published: October 28th 2003
5/5 Hearts
/5 Books
/5 Stars

Week 29 Reviews: Night Lost, Evermore


From Goodreads:
Abandoned by his fellow Darkyn, Gabriel Seran is in continual torment as a prisoner of the religious zealots known as the Brethren. His only hope for rescue lies in Nicola Jefferson, a thief seeking a holy relic-and connected to Gabriel in more ways than she can possibly imagine...

From Goodreads:
The NEW YORK TIMES AND USA Today bestselling Darkyn series continues...

Jayr is proud to be the only female ever permitted to serve as seneschal to a Darkyn lord. But in her centuries of service to Master Byrne, she has fallen in love with him. Now, Byrne plans to step down and hand over the Jardin to another Kyn lord-a move that threatens not only Jayr's position, but her very life...

My Review:


Author: Lynn Viehl
Series: Darklyn #4, 5
First Read: April 2011
Read: July 20th, 20th, 2017
Source: Ebook.bike
Reason Why: Rereading! Really enjoying this series and her writing again! And they're Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2017 Books!
Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
Published: May 1st 2007, January 2nd 2008

Night Lost:
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars









Evermore:
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars

Week 29 Reviews: Obsidian Butterfly, Narcissus in Chains


From Goodreads:
Anita revisits an old acquaintance, Edward (a.k.a. Death) the monster hunter, a coldhearted and seemingly soulless killer whose ruthlessness makes Anita look like a pussycat. Edward calls in a favor Anita owes from some time back by asking her to travel to Santa Fe to help him investigate a monster unlike any he's encountered before. Anita readily accepts because although Edward scares her enough that she doesn't want to turn her back on him, she's also intrigued by the man to the point that she can't wait to get a closer look at his life. And his hedging and lack of details regarding the murders pique her interest as well. 

Though Anita thinks she is prepared and there is no way Edward can shock her, he proves her dead wrong right at the start. On the heels of this revelation, Anita is shaken even more when she finally learns the details of the murders Edward is involved with. The crime scenes are sites of unbelievable carnage, with bodies that have been violently torn apart limb by limb, their entrails ripped away. But even more horrifying than the dead are those who have been left alive, each of them skinned from head to toe, their tongues ripped away so all they can do is scream. 

Edward has brought in a couple of other questionable assistants, two men who challenge Anita in ways she is ill prepared to handle. Throw some misogynistic cops, a bevy of strange and powerful creatures, and plenty of sexual tension into the mix, and Anita finds herself facing some of her biggest challenges ever. Before all is said and done, she will be forced to face some painful truths about herself and confront one of the most evil and powerful monsters in existence.

Obsidian Butterfly is a scintillating journey to a world where the inhabitants are all fascinating, death isn't always final (and far from the worst thing that can happen to you), and unimaginable horrors are terrifyingly real. 

From Goodreads:
Hamilton's vampire-hunting Anita Blake faces a plethora of foes in her tenth outing. 

Just returned to St. Louis after six months away, Anita is still no closer to choosing between her lovers—Jean-Claude, a vampire, and Richard, a werewolf. But she has to rely on both for help after two of the wereleopards that she has been watching are abducted at a seedy club called Narcissus in Chains. 

Anita and her boyfriends rescue the wereleopards from the sinister people holding them, but Anita is wounded in the fight and put at risk of becoming a wereleopard herself. Richard angrily captures the wereleopard he believes is responsible and threatens to execute him.

Anita must now rescue that wereleopard from Richard and the werewolves he leads, even as she mourns the apparent end of her relationship with him. Then she realizes that those who kidnapped the first two wereleopards are targeting other lycanthropes. Maybe she will be next. 

My Review:


Author: Laurell K. Hamilton
Series: Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter #9, 10
Read: July 17th, 18th, 2017
Source: Ebook.bike
Reason Why: Enjoying this series, and they're Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2017 Books!
Publisher: Jove Books
Published: January 1st 2000, October 1st 2001

Obsidian Butterfly:
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars









Narcissus in Chains:
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars

Week 29 Reviews: Forbidden Nights With a Vampire, The Vampire and the Virgin, Eat Prey Love



From Goodreads:
Vanda Barkowski is in trouble.

As the owner of a hot nightclub, she's more unconventional than most of her fellow vampires, and if some think her a little out of control, then so be it. But after three former employees filed a complaint about her temper, Vanda is sentenced to an anger management class. Worse, Phil Jones agreed to be her sponsor. Phil, the mortal who is forbidden to her . . .

If Vanda knew who-or what-Phil really is, she'd reconsider her attraction to him, for his true nature is wilder than anything she'd ever imagined. He has tackled the beast within and now is the perfect person to help Vanda with her rage . . . if only he can keep his cool when she makes him so undeniably hot. But with rogue vamps on the loose, will they ever have their forbidden nights?

From Goodreads:
Olivia's packing list:

1. Sunscreen
2. Bathing suit
3. Flip-flops
FBI psychologist Olivia Sotiris was looking for a cool ocean breeze, sand between her toes, and a break from her crazy, chaotic, and sometimes all-too-dangerous life. But when she escaped to the small Greek island of Patmos, all she got were meddling grandmothers trying to marry her off. Can't they see that none of the men around interests her—except Robby MacKay?

Robby's packing list:

1. Synthetic blood
2. More synthetic blood
3. Jogging clothes
(even vamps have to stay in shape!)


Robby needs to cool off, too, since all he can think about is revenge on the Malcontent bloodsuckers who once held him captive—but then he meets Olivia, the beauty with wild curls and a tempting smile. When a deadly criminal from a case back home tracks her down, Robby will have to save her life—along with giving her a first time she'll never forget . . .

From Goodreads:
Wanted: Bride. Must love children. Mortals need not apply.

Carlos Panterra is looking for a mate, a woman who will love and care for the young orphans he's recently taken under his wing (or paw, as the case may be). When the shape shifter spies the beautiful Caitlyn, it's like sunshine amidst the darkness. At last, he's found the perfect woman, except...

Caitlyn Whelan is mortal. Worse, her father is the head of a CIA agency bent on hunting the undead. Still, Caitlyn knows that Carlos is the man for her, shape shifter or not. So she jumps at the chance when her sister offers her a job to work with him, determined to show Carlos their attraction is more than just animal magnetism. But danger lurks in the night, and their unleashed, untamed passion might just get them both killed...

My Review:


Author: Kerrelyn Sparks
Series: Love at Stake #7, 8, 9
Read: July 16th, 16th, 16th, 2017
Source: Bought
Reason Why: Loving this series and her writing, and they're Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2017 Books!
Publisher: Avon
Published: April 28th 2009, March 9th 2010, September 28th 2010

Forbidden Nights With a Vampire:

5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars









The Vampire and the Virgin:
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars









Eat Prey Love:
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars

Week 29 Reviews: Once Bitten, Twice Dead


From Goodreads:
Kita Nekai, on the run and the smallest of her shifter clan-a calico cat among lions and tigers-is being hunted. She was expected to accept her role as her father's successor whether or not her cat was up to the task of leading the clan. She disagreed. Now she's less than a step ahead of the hunters, bone-tired, cold, and living hand-to-mouth in the city of Haven. And that's the high point of her day. She's also drugged, "accidently" turned into a vampire, and sentenced to death for recklessly creating a rogue shifter who tortures its human prey. She's got seventy-two hours to find the rogue, evade a city full of hunters, prove she's not responsible for the rogue, and keep the vampire council from killing her. All while sorting out an apprentice mage, a married ex-boyfriend shifter-hunter, and the vampire who made her.

From Goodreads:
Newly undead shifter-turned-vampire Kita Nekai is coming to grips with the reality that her cat has not awakened since her change. 

What she needs is a little time to adjust to her new liquid diet and the increasingly complex attraction to her sire, Nathanial. What she gets is a headless harlequin. With the body count rising, Kita is dragged into a dangerous game of vampire politics. Her involvement draws the attention of an ancient vampire known as the Collector who has a penchant for acquiring the unusual - like a pureblood shifter-turned vampire.

Kita still has unfinished business of her own and finds herself deeper in magical debt.

It's a bad time to be a kitten who can't slip her skin.

My Review:


Author: Kalayna Price
Series: Haven #1, 2
Read: July 15th, 16th, 2017
Source: NetGalley
Reason Why: Really enjoy her writing, and they're Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2017 Books!
Publisher: BelleBooks, Inc
Published: January 9th 2009, February 2nd 2010
/5 Hearts
/5 Books
/5 Stars

Friday, July 21, 2017

2017 Reviews


Follow Friday #297, July 21st

Follow Friday is a blog hop that expands your blog following by a joint effort between bloggers. Follow Friday is hosted by 2 hosts, Parajunkee's View and Alison Can Read. Each host will have their own Feature Blog and this way it'll allow us to show off more new blogs! For more rules and how to participate, visit one of the hosts. Now for this week's question:

The Post Prompt:


GFC

email

bloglovin

Any or all. I'm not too picky, there's options!