Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Wicked Burn ~ Beth Kery

You can find Beth here and Wicked Burn is EVERYWHERE!  Go Beth!

You can also find Beth and her cronies (aka Me, several other amazing authors and some assorted crazies) here

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On with the review…

Wicked Burn

He wanted all of her…

Vic Savian knows what he wants when he sees it. And what he wants is his sexy neighbor, Niall Chandler. So when he sees her in the hallway of their building being harassed by an aggressive suitor, Vic makes his move—and finds himself greatly rewarded…

And did she ever let him have it…

Sleeping with her gorgeous neighbor—when she didn’t even know his last name—was the craziest thing Niall’s ever done. Now, she can’t seem to get enough of Vic—or the uninhibited passion he stirs in her. Suddenly, with his help, she’s opening to sensual pleasures she’s never known before. But when Niall’s past comes back to haunt her, will she and Vic let themselves venture beyond the bedroom and explore the possibility of love that’s in their hearts?

I have been waiting on this novel for a long time.  Winning an autographed ARC just made my whole year.  And then, real life intrudes and I only JUST finish what has to be one of the best books I’ve read all year (but then, I also read Subtle Magic this year too, so it could very well be a toss-up). 

Niall Chandler is emotionally damaged.  She’s been forcing herself through the motions for the last three and a half years until… Until the ├╝ber-sexy Vic Savian comes to her rescue one night outside her apartment.  Neighbors that had no idea about the other, they come together that night and spontaneously combust.  Vic is sexy, driven, and elusive.  Niall is beautiful, intelligent, and every man’s dream.  Can such an explosive relationship move beyond the physical and become something more?

As emotionally intense as it is sexually explosive, Wicked Burn is full of real feelings and true heartaches.  Finding the strength to overcome what has gone before is a challenge each and every one of us faces every day.  For those of us lucky enough to have a helping hand and a shoulder to lean on, it’s easier more often than not.  But when you don’t have the special person to help you along, you can easily let it get the better of you.  I think that that’s one of the biggest reasons why Wicked Burn is so powerful – while very few of us have gone through what Niall has, we have all suffered loss and the things that come with it.  Finding Vic could very well be Niall’s saving grace.  And Vic’s too. 

A very passionate and real novel about two people stumbling into each other and finding what they never realized they needed.     

Vampire Oracle: Harmony ~ M. G. Braden

You can find M. G. Braden here and her novel here.

Recently engaged, Kara Staten and Marc Brodeur are in love, and Kara has a brand new business. Life is good. When things start to unravel, they struggle for the harmony they once had.

Unbeknownst to Kara, Marc’s a vampire trying to live a normal life. When her skincare salon produces a special serum that results in several fatal love bites, she doesn’t know where to turn. Hoping to keep her safe, Marc runs away. As their lives spin into separate paths, they find that what could tear them apart is the one thing that will ultimately keep them together.

I am always on the lookout for a good vampire story, especially one that breaks out of the usual stereotypes.  And while the ending was a bit common (although rather unexpected on my part), the story on the whole was very good, and different as well.

Marc does his best to pass as human and he had me fooled.  He was just your every day mild-mannered hotel exec taking it day by day… or was he?  Apparantly not!  And Kara, love that she not only had her own business but also that it was a salon.  Nice to see her putting her creative talents to use within the story as well. 

The only issue I had with the story in general was that it was too short.  Damn those word counts anyway!  And yeah, it goes both ways – the heavens only know I’ve run into entirely too many that should have been cut off several hundred pages sooner than they were… but I digress. 

Anyway, it wrapped up a bit too quickly for me. I’m a detail junkie (thanks sooooo much for THAT one Mr. King) and would have liked to know more.  But I was happy, I discovered what I needed to know and then moved on to the personal finish, which was very well done.  Marc and Kara got their HEA and it made for a nice finish to the story.  Overall, I loved it and would certainly reccommend it to anyone, vamp lover or otherwise.

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Soiled Doves - Anne Seagraves

Anne Seagraves doesn't seem to have a webpage, however her books are available everywhere.  Mine was bought in Tombstone, AZ as a half birthday present, half gag gift.  Thanks, Red!

Soiled Doves: Prostitution in the Early West caught my eye in several stores during my trip to Tombstone, AZ this past October.  Having grown up in Las Vegas, NV, the topic wasn't unheard of by me, nor was it one of the things that was looked down on or disapproved of by me.  I mean, you do what you've go to do sometimes, right?  While in Tombstone, I learned two things that I probably should have known but surprised me anyway.  #1: Both Wyatt Earp's wife, Mattie, and his later wife, Josephine, were both prostitutes.  #2: Doc Holiday's girl, Kate (aka Big Nose Kate), was one as well.

Now, that probably shouldn't have surprised me, but it did.  After reading this glimpse back in time, I came to understand just how much these women were needed in the Old West.  Not only that, but they were often the first to supply money, time, or a place to rest for the ill, injured, and anyone affected by tragedy.

Life wasn't easy as a prostitute wasn't a citizen, ignored by the law and by society.  However, they were relied upon by many in the communities they lived and worked in.

I would have liked to had more in-depth stories on the women featured in this book, however, it was a good, educational read either way.  Well-written and very well researched.  I highly recommend it to anyone with an interest in the women of the old west.