Saturday, April 25, 2015

Early Review: Desiring a Demon by Missy Jane

Desiring a Demon
Author: Missy Jane
Release Date: April 28, 2015
Publisher: Entangled Covet
Archangels Book #2
ISBN13:  9781633752634
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Review Copy Source: Publisher
Raphael is the Archangel of Justice, a champion of humans and a warrior who has kept demons from the human realm. Having a half-demon hiding in his home is strictly verboten. And the fact that he can't keep his hands off her? Well, sometimes the war between good and evil is best fought between the sheets...

Astaroth Sinclair's demon side is taking over, staining her entire body red and raising her body temperature hot enough to incinerate her clothes. Even more complicated is the fact that she is helplessly and hopelessly in love with Raphael—even if they have nothing in common other than explosive chemistry.

But when Asta starts digging for answers, she sets off a chain of events that no one could have foreseen. Now her love for Raphael will either save the world...or destroy it.

I am going to start this review off with some of the things I really enjoyed about DESIRING A DEMON. I loved the conflict part of the storyline. It was believable and the danger felt real. I really liked getting to meet Gabriel. It was just a tiny glimpse, but I can't WAIT to read his story when it comes to be his turn. I enjoyed the update on Zerach and Isadora's relationship and their happy news. The secondary characters are all there and like book one, they are a great addition to the story.

Unfortunately I didn't feel like DESIRING A DEMON was as involved as book one was. I know we learned a little bit about both Raphael and Astaroth in TRUSTING AN ANGEL, but I still didn't feel like I really got to know them as well as I knew Zerach and Isadora by the end of the book, especially Asta. There is SO much to her character and I really wanted to learn more about her past. The relationship was of course hot between the couple during their sex scenes, but I didn't feel the heat outside the bedroom. I know they had a love connection, but I didn't feel it as strongly as I did with the other couple.

DESIRING A DEMON felt more like a filler book than a full on love story. I wasn't totally sold on it, but I'm still interested in the series and I will still read book three.

I gave it 3/5 stars

* This book was provided free of charge from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Friday, April 24, 2015

Cover Reveal & Giveaway: Eternal Sacrifice by Stacey O'Neale

If you're new to the series, this is the BEST TIME to check it out!!!

THE SHADOW PRINCE & MORTAL ENCHANTMENT are currently available for FREE on Amazon from April 24th through April 28th. I promise, this the ONE AND ONLY TIME I will do this, so pick up your copies NOW!!!

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Thursday, April 23, 2015

Early Review & Giveaway: The Werewolf Wears Prada by Kristin Miller

The Werewolf Wears Prada
Release Date: April 28, 2015
Publisher: Entangled Covet
ASIN:   B00VQ1HJS8
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Review Copy Source: Publisher
Melina Rosenthal worships at the altar of all things fashion. Her dream is to work for the crème de la crème fashion magazine, Eclipse, and she'll do much anything to get there. Even fixing up the image of a gorgeous, sexy public figure who's all playboy, all the time. Even if he's the guy who broke her heart a year ago...

Even if Hayden Dean is a werewolf.

Since his father's death, Hayden's the heir apparent to the San Francisco Wolf Pack—well, once he settles down. Hayden isn't interested in giving up his partying ways, except he's pretty sure he's found his fated mate, and the fact that she's a non-shifter is bad news. Now he must find a compromise between the traditions of his wolf world and his certainty that Melina is his...before fate (or another werewolf) bites them both in the butt.

Set in the same world as Miller's Seattle Wolf Pack Series, The San Francisco Wolf Pack series starts off great with THE WEREWOLF WEARS PRADA.

Melina wants nothing more than to work for Eclipse and the man that stood her up a year earlier is the only way to get the job. Boy does she have her work cut out for her. You would think that she would be a huge snob with her addiction to fashion, but I found her to be pretty down to earth. She is a pretty strong woman and it shines in quite a few parts of the book. Hayden is known as a rich playboy, but to finally become Alpha he needs to change his image so the pack will accept him. We learn that his playboy image is just a cover and that there is way more to Hayden than the front he puts on. There were a few points where his personality kinda repelled me, but you quickly get to know him better and want him to win Melina's heart. Melina and Hayden have a love hate relationship for most of the book. They are very drawn to each other but both push back for different reasons. When they are together they are seriously hot.

If you have enjoyed reading the Seattle Wolf pack series, you will enjoy The San Francisco Wolf Pack. If you have not read the Seattle Wolf Pack series, don't worry, you won't be lost. I'm hoping book two features Hayden's second, I really want to know more about him.

I gave it 4/5 stars

* This book was provided free of charge from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.


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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Review: Sealed in Sin by Juliette Cross



Sealed in Sin
Release Date: April 21, 2015
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
ISBN13:  9781619224964
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Review Copy Source: Author
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Sometimes sin looks an awful lot like heaven.

One demon prince may be festering in the bowels of the soul eater Cocytus, but Genevieve’s troubles are far from over. Prince Bamal, demon lord of New York City, still wants her. But this time, he wants her alive, to control her inherent power as a Vessel of Light.

With Jude Delacroix off searching for the prophecy, Thomas—a guardian angel with sea-green eyes and an aura of winter woods—steps into the gap, offering her the power to protect herself.

Yet she hesitates, for the transfer of that power comes through a kiss. While Gen’s love for Jude is true, Thomas stirs a desire where there should be none. Thomas also knows Jude’s darkest secret and plans to use it, if necessary, to win Gen for his own.

While her Vessel power grows and more demon spawn creep from every dark corner of the world, one thing is certain—the Great War between the angels and demons is quickly approaching. And Gen is in a race against time to awaken her full power before the storm breaks.


Warning: Contains a demon hunter with dark secrets, a sexy angel with ulterior motives, and demonic creatures running amok.


SEALED IN SIN ended up being so much better than the blurb. I was thinking Jude would be gone for the whole book and this Thomas person would swoop in and steal Gen's heart, which I would be so mad at and would have to boycott the book in the name of Jude, so good thing that didn't happen. Although there are some crazy love triangle like things happening, you will be happy to know there isn't really a love triangle. WOOHOO!

Now that I put that out there, you are probably like "phew, I can breath." So glad I could help. Gen has learned a lot in a very short time. She has also been through a lot. I think she is handling everything very well considering and her strength definitely makes it easy to root for her. She is very devoted to learning how to fight and protect herself and her skills shine through multiple times in SEALED IN SIN. Jude, what can I say about Jude. He still has a lot of mystery surrounding him, but we get to learn quite a bit more about him throughout the book. I really loved the way Juliette advanced their relationship in SEALED IN SIN as well as the way everything played out.

This series has a lot going for it. A great setting, fantastic characters, action, romance and danger all wrapped up in to make a great overall story. As I already told Juliette, #INeedBoundInBlack. I can't wait to see how it all ends.

I gave it 5/5 stars

* This book was provided free of charge from the author in exchange for an honest review.



 

EXCERPT: 

“Hiiii, Juuude.” Mindy actually cooed his name as she crossed into the living room right before the man himself waltzed into my kitchen.

“Hello, Mindy.” As always, he sounded dark and rough, which did strange things to my insides.

Apparently, Dave let him in. Not that a door could or would stop Jude Delacroix from going wherever he damn well pleased. Still, it was nice when he pretended to be human, knocking and stuff, rather than appearing out of nowhere and scaring the bejeezus out of me. He had to put on the whole I’m-normal-and-walk-through-doors routine at my apartment when Mindy was home.

The moment he entered the room, all my senses rose to full alert. The man packed enough heat and power in his aura to melt a girl into jelly. A mere glance from his dark eyes or slight touch from rough hands, and I was lost.

I focused on flipping the pancakes on the stove, still trying to figure out how to tell him about our trip to the House of Hades, the near-miss with Gorham, and the brief and strange meeting with my guardian angel. Kat preferred asking forgiveness rather than permission, or just omitting the admission of any sins altogether. But I had trouble lying, though I seemed to do it often as of late. I especially had trouble lying to Jude.

“Want some brinner?” I asked, plopping another dollop of butter in the pan.

“Brinner? What might that be?” He leaned with his back against the counter next to the stove, splaying one huge hand on the countertop, watching me pour the batter into the pan. How did this man make watching me cook a sexy thing?

“You’ve never heard of brinner?” I glanced at the door to make sure Mindy was out of earshot. “For someone who’s been alive nearly two thousand years, you don’t know a whole lot.”

He slid a finger down my forearm. I nearly dropped the spatula. He leaned closer, his chest brushing my shoulder, voice dropping several decibels. “Educate me.” And just like that, my heart slammed into my rib cage, my thoughts scattering to the wind. I stared at him, knowing my eyes were no longer hungry for pancakes. He pressed warm lips, a feather-soft kiss, to the slope between my neck and shoulder. “Genevieve?” Another press of lips higher up my neck, melting me into goo.

“Hm?” Eyes closed, I welcomed a third kiss just under my jaw.

“Your brinner is burning.”

“Oh, dammit!”

I snapped open my eyes, grabbed the smoking pan and thrust it under the water faucet in the sink. A hissing crackle spit up more smoke.

“There goes brinner.”

“You’ve made more than enough already.”

He motioned to the ten-high stack with a smirk. I couldn’t even think about eating now. Not after that kiss. And not with this guilt weighing me down.

Something registered in his gaze. He reached out his hand.

“Come here.”

From his expression, I wasn’t sure if he planned to give me a hug or a spanking. I wouldn’t mind either. Taking his hand, I let him pull me into his arms.
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Juliette calls lush, moss-laden Louisiana home where the landscape curls into her imagination, creating mystical settings for her stories. She has a B.A. in creative writing from Louisiana State University, a M.Ed. in gifted education, and was privileged to study under the award-winning author Ernest J. Gaines in grad school. Her love of mythology, legends, and art serve as constant inspiration for her works. From the moment she read JANE EYRE as a teenager, she fell in love with the Gothic romance--brooding characters, mysterious settings, persevering heroines, and dark, sexy heroes. Even then, she not only longed to read more novels set in Gothic worlds, she wanted to create her own.

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Monday, April 20, 2015

Guest Blog & Giveaway: Piercing the Darkness by Angela Dennis

UFI welcomes Author Angela Dennis. Thanks for Joining us!!

Music and Writing: An Intricate Connection

I’m so excited to have the opportunity to be here.  Thank you much for the invite!   

I’m a fairly passionate person, so there are numerous things that catch my fancy. However, my creative pursuits have always centered around two things, music and writing. This may simply be because I can’t sketch worth a darn, or because I don’t have the patience for intricate arts like glass-blowing or creating stain glass that require a lot of sitting and waiting. But mostly, I think it is because music and writing are intricately connected.

Thanks to my mom, to whom I will be forever grateful, I started playing the piano when I was very young, close to time I started walking. I was blessed with a teacher who believed not just in the strict discipline of learning an instrument, but also in the creative endeavor of writing music. So, from the beginning, I began to write songs. Mainly they were about my dog, or how much I liked to play outside…things I loved at the time. But it taught me that music was a fantastic outlet for my emotions. It was a way to express my dreams and desires.  

Now jump forward several years to when I first discovered books. I love books. The smell of them. The feel of them.  Don’t get me wrong, I love my Kindle as well. But there is something extremely satisfying about sitting down with a cup of coffee and a brand new paperback. That feeling is somewhat irreplaceable.

I was in grade school when I first put pen to paper. It was a dark story about ghosts and witches, which, I’m sure, gave my teacher pause. But I loved it. I loved having an outlet for my raging, overactive imagination.  I never stopped writing. And, clearly, I never stop writing about ghosts, witches, and other things that go bump in the night.  But now when I sit down to write, I always have a playlist ready to go. Music evokes such strong emotions in me, I do my best writing when it’s blasting in my ear buds.

Piercing the Darkness was the first book I’ve ever completely written to music. The writing stage, editing stage…all set to a soundtrack.  And I’d love to share that soundtrack with you. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do. But I should warn you…I discovered Imagine Dragons while writing this book, as you can probably tell.On Top of the World – Imagine Dragon.
  • Pompeii – Bastille
  • Radioactive – Imagine Dragons
  • It’s Time – Imagine Dragons
  • Something I Need – One Republic
  • Let Her Go – Passenger
  • Tiptoe – Imagine Dragons
  • Monster – Imagine Dragons
  • Amsterdam – Imagine Dragons
  • Bleeding Out – Imagine Dragons
  • RipTide – Vance Joy
  • What You Wanted – One Republic
  • All the Way – Timeflies
  • Say Something – A Great Big World
  • Demons – Imagine Dragons
  • For the First Time – The Script
  • Closer to Love – Matt Kearney
  • Oblivion -- Bastille
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Angela Dennis lives outside Cincinnati, Ohio, with her husband, son and a sheltie with a hero complex. When she is not at her computer crafting stories, she can be found feeding her coffee addiction, playing peek-a-boo, or teaching her son about the great adventures found only in books.

You can visit Angela at her blog www.angeladennisauthor.blogspot.com.

She loves to hear from her readers, so don’t forget to find her on Twitter to chat.

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The Piercing Darkness
Shadow Born #2.5
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 Love knows no bounds.

Cursed by the dark mage who killed her, Hilda Janssen has wandered the Earthly plane as a ghost for fifty years, finally finding her place as an IRT hunter, policing supernatural misfits trapped on Earth after a brutal war.

When a demon attacks, putting her team in mortal danger, Hilda sacrifices herself to save her friends. She’s already died once; what difference will doing it again make? But instead of meeting a final death, Hilda is cast into the Void, a magical prison from which there is no escape.

Her only hope is Cade Kerrigan, the lover she left behind after her first death. Their bond and his magic are the only things strong enough to pull her through the Veil. But Cade has no idea his soulmate came back as a ghost, and he isn’t too happy to have been left in the dark.

They must put aside the baggage of the past to save Hilda from a fate worse than death.

Warning: Contains star-crossed lovers destined for a second chance, a whirlwind of powerful magic, and a love so strong it defies even death.
Excerpt:

Everything hurt, even her teeth. Hilda eased to her hands and knees, spitting dirt from her mouth. She had no idea how much time had passed, and she didn’t really care. All she wanted to know was where the hell she was.

She tried to stand, but pain brought her back to her knees on the damp ground. Rubbing at her burning eyes, she shook her head. Her vision was blurry at best, and all she could see for miles was dirt and darkness. The air was thick with humidity and stank of wood smoke, burning her lungs each time she inhaled.

Wait. She was breathing. Ghosts didn’t breathe. And they didn’t hurt.

Her legs gave out and she collapsed onto the ground. She ran her fingers through the soggy earth at her side, realizing she could feel it. Fighting back her growing alarm, she brushed her fingertips across her face. She could feel that too, and it felt solid.

Holy shit, she still had a body. She had no idea how that was possible, but she was going with it. This time when she stood, she was prepared for the instant pain and weakness, so she managed to stay on her feet. She spun around, searching for something, anything, other than the endless darkness.

She definitely was not still on the Earthly plane. This place felt different. The air was gritty, felt dirty against her skin. And something about it seemed…wrong.

As her eyes adjusted, she realized there were globe-like fixtures scattered beneath the ground. They shimmered with pale blue light that barely penetrated the dense atmosphere.

But it was bright enough she could make out the outline of a hillside in the distance. Maybe if she climbed to the top she could get a better look around.

She wrapped her arms around her chest to try and get warm, realizing she was naked.

How she had missed that was anyone’s guess, but it was irrelevant. It wasn’t as if she could pull a pair of pants and a sweater out of thin air. She’d figure it out later, once she got her bearings.

Bare feet dancing across the rough, pebbled landscape, she kept her eyes focused on the hill in front of her, confident her salvation lay on the other side. The farther she walked, the more confused she became. This plane didn’t fit the description of any plane she’d heard of, and the education Brenna had given her had been fairly extensive. There was a tingle of doubt in the back of her mind, a part of her that was convinced she was finally completely dead and this was her afterlife. But she refused to believe that.

So she moved forward, step by painful step, against the wind’s resistance, through the thick layers of fog, until she was only a few yards from the hillside. Now that she was close, she realized the hill was made of a series of jagged stones, jutting out at various dangerous looking angles. It would take a miracle for her to reach the top, but she was known for beating the odds. She’d never know if she didn’t try.

Her hand was clutching the first notch in the rock when she heard it. A mix between a growl and a hiss echoed through the night. It was so loud, she unconsciously released the rock, pressing both palms over her ears to block it out. The ground shook with the force of whatever was coming and the wind stopped abruptly as if it too was running away.
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Sunday, April 19, 2015

Week in Review: 4/12-4/18



Books Received for Review

- Edge of Dreams by Diana Pharaoh Francis - eARC- NetGalley

- Carpe Demon by J.C. McKenzie - eARC-Author

- Maxon by Christina Bauer - eARC- NetGalley

- Bruja by Aileen Erine - eARC- NetGalley

Books I've Read

Gathering Frost by Kaitlyn Davis
Waking the Dragon by Juliette Cross
Her Wild Hero by Paige Tyler
Edge of Dreams by Diana Pharaoh Francis

Reviews Posted

 Altar of Reality by Mara Valderran
Total Surrender by Rebecca Zanetti
Vengeance of the Demon by Diana Rowland

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* Monday- Interview for Bound by A.M. Hudson

* Tuesday- Interview & Giveaway for Retaliation by Imogen Rose

* Thursday- Promo for Demon's Vengeance by Jocelynn Drake

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