Thursday, April 25, 2013

The Kiss by Sotia Lazu

Eliza is out on a first date, when the lights go out and someone other than the man she's out with takes advantage of the dark to kiss her more passionately than she’s ever been kissed before.

Since the mystery kisser has to be one of the men sitting nearest to her, Eliza is now determined to kiss as many frogs as she needs to until she finds her prince.

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This was a cute story, and I really liked the first part when she was trying to figure out who had kissed her. It's pretty obvious almost right away to the reader who it was, but was interesting to see how she went about trying to figure it out. I thought the story drug on just a bit too long though, and the last chapter and a half or so could have been left out I think and the story would have still been reasonably complete. I also found the teenage antics/angst a bit off-putting at times, but not enough so that it was ever really an issue for me. Still, I think I might have enjoyed this just a bit more if the characters had been a bit more grown up and mature instead of still barely out of high school as they are. I'll give it 3½ stars, and I'm sure fans of new adult contemporary romance will enjoy this one.

Friday, April 12, 2013

Old Souls by P.A. Lupton

 Sometimes we choose love, but sometimes, fate chooses for us.

Alyssa has started a new job, and from day one, she’s been haunted by dreams of a man she’s never met but can’t seem to forget. Then Alyssa meets her boss and her world comes to a grinding halt. It’s him. But as impossible as that is, things are about to get even stranger.

Mark is a man with secrets. Plagued by guilt and regret, he has spent countless years simply existing. They say you don’t know what you have until it’s gone, and no one knows that better than him. He’s lost a piece of himself he thought he could never get back. Until the day he met Alyssa for the first time…again.

When unexplainable events occur, the two learn that some actions have consequences so severe that even a powerful love may not overcome them.

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A fascinating novella that introduces us to an alternate version of Earth where magic is real and those who can use it truly exist. The author's take on how it works is unique and fairly original, and I found myself wanting to know more about this world and the various magic users that exist in it. While we do learn quite a bit about it in this book, since the focus is necessarily on Alyssa and Mark and their story I'm sure there is quite a lot that we don't get told.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

West of Want by Laura Kaye

Betrayal is all he's ever known, but in her, he'll find a love strong enough to be trusted...

When Marcella Raines' twin brother dies, she honors his request to be buried at sea, never expecting the violent storm that swamps her boat. Though she's gravely injured--and still emotionally damaged from her recent divorce--Ella fights to survive.

Zephyros Martius is the Supreme God of the West Wind and Spring, but being the strongest Anemoi hasn't protected him from betrayal and loss. Worse, he's sure his brother Eurus is behind it. When Zeph's heartbreak whips up a storm that shipwrecks a human, his guilt forces him to save her.

Ella is drawn to the vulnerability Zeph hides beneath his otherworldly masculinity and ancient blue eyes. And her honesty, empathy, and unique, calming influence leave Zeph wanting...everything. When Eurus threatens Ella, she and Zeph struggle to let go of the past, defend their future, and embrace what they most want--a love that can be trusted.

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After the relatively lighthearted and fun romance in North of Need the series takes a more serious and emotional turn in this book. As if all the grief and angst that Zephyros and Ella are feeling because of their individual situations isn't enough, we also get the more sinister threat posed by Zeph's brother Eulus who seems to have made it his mission to destroy Zephyros and anyone he holds dear.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Reckoning by Jeaniene Frost

In New Orleans, a pair of undead serial killers is about to turn Mardi Gras into a horror show - unless the immortal hitman Bones can hunt them down first. From Jeaniene Frost comes a thrilling novella featuring characters from her New York Times bestselling Night Huntress series. Originally appeared in the anthology Unbound.

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In case it is relevant to anyone, I'll note that I've read this story after having only read Halfway to the Grave in this series.

An interesting story that gives us a little bit of background on Bones. While I'm not sure if we really learn much about him that isn't in Halfway to the Grave, we at least get to see him on his own, completely himself, and not entirely invulnerable. It will be interesting to see if any of the tidbits of info and occurrences from this story will prove relevant in future books or stories in the series. I imagine that reading this story is probably totally optional to understanding the storyline in the main books, but it does add a nice bit of color, and fans of Bones will enjoy getting the chance to see him in action.

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

North of Need by Laura Kaye

Her tears called a powerful snow god to life, but only her love can grant the humanity he craves…

Desperate to escape agonizing memories of Christmas past, twenty-nine-year-old widow Megan Snow builds a snow family outside the mountain cabin she once shared with her husband, realizing too late that she’s recreated the very thing she’ll never have.

Called to life by Megan’s tears, snow god Owen Winters appears unconscious on her doorstep in the midst of a raging blizzard. As she nurses him to health, Owen finds unexpected solace in her company and unimagined pleasure in the warmth of her body, and vows to win her heart for a chance at humanity.

Megan is drawn to Owen’s mismatched eyes, otherworldly masculinity, and enthusiasm for the littlest things. But this Christmas miracle comes with an expiration—before the snow melts and the temperature rises, Megan must let go of her widow’s grief and learn to trust love again, or she’ll lose Owen forever.

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An enchanting read that will have you believing in magic. Almost from page one, Kaye pulls you into her winter wonderland and keeps you spellbound, riding the roller coaster of emotional ups and downs right along with her characters and hoping that their idyllic interlude might never end.