Saturday, June 6, 2009

Dangerous Ties: Captive Heat ~ Jodi Lynn Copeland

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“Captive Heat” by Jodi Lynn Copeland

Leia is compelled to explore her innermost desire: to be held captive by a dark, sensual god of a man. Sebastian’s uncommon sexual skills are so potent she is ready to submit to him in every way…

In this unique and emotional story, Leia is forced to face her past and come to grips with the girl she really is.  In the face of her ex-husband's suicide, she is found by Sebastian, a sexy dark god eager to help her unleash her inner goddess.

Stuck somewhere between heaven and hell, Sebastian resides.  Bringing Leia along with him, he and his band of skin shifters coax her hidden self into being.

A beautifully written, erotic romp that brings tough times, hard choices, and painful emotions to the forefront of Leia's mind.  Definitely worth the read.

Only one story left and I'm done - next up is Anya Howard's Liaison.

Highland Rebel ~ Judith James

I was lucky enough to receive an advanced copy of this lovely book, due out in September 2009.  Please visit Judith James online to learn more about this book and more. 

feature Amidst the upheaval of Cromwell's Britain, Jamie Sinclair's wit and military prowess have served him well. Leading a troop in Scotland, he impetuously marries a captured maiden, saving her from a grim fate.

A Highlands heiress to title and fortune, Catherine Drummond is not the woman Jamie believes her to be. When her people effect her rescue, and he cannot annul the marriage, Jamie goes to recapture his hellcat of a new wife...

In a world where family and creed cannot be trusted, where faith fuels intolerance and war, Catherine and Jamie test the bounds of loyalty, friendship, and trust...

Jamie Sinclair is a man of his time.  Good with the women, killer at poker, and a military master.  His happy, easy-going manner gets him through many a scrape and bad situation. 

And then he discovers Cat Drummond.

Cat is a highland heiress mistaken for a camp follower, taken captive by the English.  In a hasty bid to save her from a worse fate, Jamie steps in and offers her marriage. 

Combining a spitfire and a man with nothing to lose is a recipe for disaster, or so it would seem.  However, once discovering that she'll never rule her clan as her father intended, unless it was at the elbow of a domineering husband, Cat leaves Scotland for England, bound to find her husband, Jamie, and seek an annulment - and then get on with her life.  And her freedom.

Thrown together by bizarre circumstances, Jamie and Cat come together and make a promise benefiting them both.  But the more time they spend in one another's company, the more attracted they become.  And less bent on divorce.

A true love story of polar opposites forced together, only to find that they feed each other's hottest fires, Highland Rebel is an enjoyable read.  It's a story where the romance is the theme but not the rule.  You're introduced to the intrigue and politics of British court, as well as the action on the back alleys of London.  And interwoven into all the action, war, and politics is the budding love of two very different people.

~TCBL

Dangerous Ties: Personal Possessions ~ Devyn Quinn

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“Personal Possessions” by Devyn Quinn

A bad girl on the run meets a master of domination in a mysterious town called Helle—and Nikki Malone is about to be introduced to the most exquisite sensations by a man like no other. Jackson Sullivan meets her more than halfway …

If this first story is anything to judge by, then the entire Dangerous Ties anthology is going to be a scorcher!

Devyn Quinn is a master of the dark erotic novel.  She has a way of taking something scary and/or unhappy and turning it into a beautifully written, heart-wrenching story of steaming passion.  Personal Possessions is no exception.

Nikki Malone believes that she is the toughest of the tough and that nothing can ever stand in the way of her obtaining her heart's desire.  And then she meets Jackson Sullivan. 

Jackson is sultry, sexy, and horny.  And he's so much more than he seems.  Will he be Nikki's match or will she roll right over him?  Only time will tell.

A wonderfully erotic and different beginning to what promises to be an exciting collection of stories.

Next in line - Captive Heat by Jodi Lynn Copeland.  Stay tuned. :)

~TCBL

Kiss & Hell ~ Dakota Cassidy

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Hell’s not the only thing that’s hot in the sinful new novel from the author of Accidentally Dead.

Delaney Markham doesn’t just see dead people, she hears them too. And FYI—communicating with tortured souls all day can really wreak havoc on your love life. Sans boyfriend, Delaney makes the best of her gift by holding séance's to make ends meet—that is until one incredibly annoying ghost just won’t go away.

Besides being sinfully hot—in a college professor sort of way—all signs point to Clyde Atwell being much more than the ordinary spirit. In fact, he’s a newbie demon whose first assignment is to take Delaney back down to hell with him. Yeah, like that’s going to happen on the first date.

(I don't think there are any spoilers below, but I suck at that kind of thing so consider yourself warned.)

Delaney has got to be my favorite of Dakota's characters to date.  She's the most well-rounded and amusing woman I've read in a long time.  Now, I'm not knocking Marty, Nina or Wanda (the gods only know, I don't want Nina to unleash that sharp tongue of hers on ME), but the were, admittedly, pretty self-absorbed, which is precisely what their stories needed them to be.  Delaney, while being focused on herself, was also dedicated to her brother Kellen, her six mutant dogs, and her best friend, Marcella...who has issues of her own.  And the times that she turned inward and thrust the hero violently away, well, you got it.  I mean, he IS a demon after all, right?

And Clyde... what can I say about Clyde?  I'm a lover of geeks to begin with, so a smart man with a hot bod is like my total dream date.  Add to that the reality that he spouts useless trivia (something I've been known to do) and seems to know every 80's song ever released (says she who is listening to the 80's on 8, XM Channel 8, All 80's all the time) and you have a fun, annoying, hot and amusingly irritating man for the new Ghost Whisperer.  Did I mention he was hot?  And good in bed?  I did?  Oh.  Sorry. 

One of the things I love best about Dakota's novels is something I tend to find so rarely - her side characters, the supporting actors, if you will, are just as well-developed and just as interesting as the main couple.  They have their own stories and are just begging to have them told.  So often the supporting characters are just there to help the story along and you know that that's all they're there for.  You don't hardly notice them, nor do you care.  Not so in this case.  I want to know more about Kellen, Marcella, Delaney's mom and hell, even Satan interested me!  Sequel anyone?  Please?  I really wanna know what Marcella did...

I think that, in the end, with every book Dakota becomes a stronger writer, and a better writer.  Not saying that the first three Accidental books are crap, they're not - they're all fabulous stories on their own.  I'm just saying that Kiss & Hell has just raised her proverbial bar.  It's my new DC favorite and I'm positive it'll become one of yours as well. 

Dakota?  I love you, you know I do.  Thanks again for another laugh-riot of a novel.  Princess is rubbing her hands, biding her time until she's 30 so that she can start reading them as well.  Her first reaction when I showed her Kiss & Hell?  "Mommy!  It's not an Accidental book!  Isn't she writing them anymore?"  LOL  An accidental fan in training, that girl.  But, I pacified her by letting her know that The Accidental Demon is forthcoming.  She's a happy Princess now. 

~Til Later,

The Crazy Book Lady, an Accidental Fan if there ever was one

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Bitten by Books Contest with Anya Bast!

It is live and it’s here!

http://bittenbybooks.com/?p=7985

Go check it out – and in case you’re wondering… YES, you CAN win – I’ve won twice!! 

So, why are you still here?

~The Crazy Book Lady