The Reason for this Blog

Although I track my books on Goodreads, I wanted a place of my own to talk about books.  The posts will not really be reviews, but  more of a reading journal.

 

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Ghost Layer by Robin D. Owens (Ghost Seer, #2)

Ghost Layer
Ghost Layer by Robin D. Owens
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is the second book in Robin D. Owens’ Ghost Seer series and I think I like it even better than the first. Clare has accepted (okay, pretty much accepted) her gift. She sees ghosts and can help them crossover. She’d still really rather just be an accountant, but that is no longer possible.

She has also realized that without her gift, she probably would never have met Zach and that is too terrible to contemplate. Zach “gets” her. He understands she is not crazy and is willing to help and protect her. And in Ghost Layer, the protection needed is from the living, not the dead.

Not to mention, they are really, really good together in bed.

Zach’s skills in criminal investigation are unquestionably needed because not only does he have to discover who killed the gold miner, someone might also be out to hurt Clare. He really wants to lock her in her room to keep her safe. Of course, if he tries it, he will be the one in danger . . . from Clare. Kevlar, maybe kevlar would work.

One of my favorite scenes from the book is when Clare is talking to J. Dawson, the ghost. He was and still is a lady’s man.

I will show you where I was killed. That’s what we need to find out before you can lay me.

Clare choked. “Lay you?”

There are such things as ghost layers. Ghost seers and ghost layers. He winked.

“Uh-huh,” Clare said. “I prefer ‘ghost seer.’”

As I said, J. Dawson is a lady’s man. At least, he wants to be.

And yes, Enzo the ghost dog is still a major character. He comes across as a overgrown Labrador puppy. He just happens to be a ghost and can advise Clare on being a ghost seer.

Nothing odd about that, is there?

Make sure you read book one, Ghost Seer, first. You will need it to understand Ghost Layer. I am already anxious to read book three, Ghost Killer, which is due out February 3, 2015.

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The Hot Zone (Rainshadow, #3, Harmony, #11) by Jayne Castle

 

The Hot ZoneJayne Castle, aka Jayne Ann Krentz, has done it again. I love her books under whatever name she writes, but I have a special place in my heart for the dust bunny books. In Hot Zone, the third of the Rainshadow Island series, we meet Lyle, the newest addition to the dust bunny cast.

 

Unlike some of the other dust bunnies, Lyle does not have a fetish for jewelry or antique clutches or dolls. Lyle likes to sort things, whether they are pieces of candy or pieces of amber. He arranges and rearranges them to his satisfaction. You have to love an OCD dust bunny.

 

Oh yes, the humans.

 

Sedona Snow is a descendent of Arizona Snow who you may know from JAK’s Eclipse Bay series. Hundreds of years later and light years away, we finally learn why Arizona was such a conspiracy theorist.

 

With that background, of course Sedona ends up with a Jones. Yes, one of those Jones . . . of the Arcane Society.

 

Cyrus Jones is the new Guild boss for Rainshadow Island. Rainshadow has never needed the Guild before, but with newly discovered tunnels and monsters coming out of the Preserve, they are definitely needed now.

 

Of course, a Jones always has more than one motive. Cyrus is actually there looking for Sedona. Seems she has recently escaped from a mad scientist who kidnapped her and injected her with a secret Arcane formula. Yes, Arcane fans. It’s Sylvester Jones’ formula showing up once again and we all know how well that is going to turn out.

 

With all that going on, how could I not love the book?

 

You really don’t have to have read her contemporary or historical Arcane books to follow the plot, but it adds so much to the story if you have. I felt that I was meeting old friends throughout the book.

 

I highly recommend this addition to the Harmony/Rainshadow series. As always, the author delivers with an alpha male and a strong willed female and romance and humor abound.

 

Oh yes, and don’t forget the dust bunnies.

The Hot Zone

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Review: Lover Revealed

Lover Revealed
Lover Revealed by J.R. Ward
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I think this is my favorite of the series so far. Although I wanted to slap Marissa sometimes, things worked out the way they should. Butch so deserves his happy ending.

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Review: Defeated by Love

Defeated by Love
Defeated by Love by Samantha Kane

Daniel has both dreaded and prayed for the return of the only man he ever loved. But he is reluctant to give his heart again to a man who already deserted him once.

Harry knew that when he returned to England after ten years, Daniel would be angry. But he expected his former lover to be overwhelmed at his return and his declaration of love. He didn’t count on Daniel’s refusal to forgive him.

The desire is still there between them, however, and Harry will use that to break down Daniel’s defenses one scorching encounter at a time. Daniel’s anger slowly melts under Harry’s seductive persuasion. The passion between them explodes, but they must defeat the memory of Harry’s past mistakes to earn a future together.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book was just as good as the rest of her series, but I really prefer a MMF or MFM relationship. Straight MM just doesn’t do it for me.

On that note, when is the next book coming out?

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Together in Cyn by Jennifer Kacey

Together in CynTogether in Cyn by Jennifer Kacey

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Title: * Together in Cyn
Author: Jennifer Kacey
Series: n/a
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave
Format: ebook
Date/Year: May 1, 2013
Reviewed by: ElaineReads

*This book was (provided to me by the publisher for review, borrowed from my local library, purchased for my own reading enjoyment…)

Summary from the publisher:

A small book sitting out on a table shouldn’t incite fear in anyone.
But what if that book was your diary and you learned your two best friends, men you have ached for your entire life, have just read every last word? Pages and pages filled with dark fantasies and forbidden dreams so explicit they leave nothing to the imagination.
And what if those two friends were included in every last one?

This is exactly where Cyn Andrews now finds herself.
Stuck somewhere between wanting to hate Jared and Chris Kennedy for violating her privacy and just plain wanting to be stuck somewhere between them. She could never choose only one brother, so she’s kept her feelings buried for more than a decade, and a past mistake has kept her silent and alone…until now.

Everything she’s ever wanted may have just been handed to her in the form of an invitation to The Library. Not just a building filled with books, but a members only BDSM club the brothers own and have kept hidden from her for years.

Is it pity or desire that fueled the invitation?
What other secrets have they been keeping from her?
Can she protect her heart and face her biggest fear while discovering the art of submitting to two Doms?

It’d be a sin not to find out…

My Musings:

I have to say right off that this is one of the hottest book covers I have ever seen. Wow!

When I read the blurb for this book, I thought “been there, done that.” It’s another menage/BDSM plot. Okay, it’s a “been there, done that” for someone like me who reads so many books in this genre. However, I was pleased and surprised at some of the twists the author added to the story. It is definitely not a rehash of the same storyline from other authors.

Cyn and the two brothers, Jared and Chris, have known each other since they were teenagers. As adults, they live in adjacent apartments which adds an extra something to their relationship because the walls are very thin and definitely not soundproof. Cyn also works part time in the brothers’ bar.

Unbeknownst to the guys, she has been in love with both of them for years. She knows she could never choose between them, so she never lets on how she feels. Only her journal tells the truth about the fantasies she has of the three of them.

So, of course, one of the guys finds her journal and reads it . . . and shares it with his brother.

I really liked the idea of the story, but I had enough issues with it I could not rate it higher than a three.

For example, the story is written in first person which I don’t normally have a problem with. Unfortunately, there is something about this author’s style that doesn’t flow. The writing interfered with my enjoyment of the story.

There are also a few “yeah, right” moments in the book. The one that struck me the most is Cyn is totally unaware that the brothers have a separate home which is also a BDSM club. This is a mansion that they stay in every week and she never questions where they go to when they are away from her.

This is the only book listed by Jennifer Kacey on GoodReads, so I assume it is her debut novel. If so, she is definitely worth following. I loved the plot and feel certain that her writing will evolve in the future.

Her sex scenes definitely don’t need any help. She writes some excellent bondage scenes and introduced me to a new sex toy. The bondage is more extreme than found in many of the books I have read and I enjoyed the new twists.

Together in Cyn has many things going for it and I will definitely look for future books by this author.

Ratings:

Overall: 3
Sensuality level: 5

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This is Who I Am (Masters of the Shadowland, #7) by Cherise Sinclair

This Is Who I Am (Masters of the Shadowlands, #7)This Is Who I Am by Cherise Sinclair

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

When trying to save a woman from slavers, Sam screwed up. Royally. Now Linda wants nothing to do with him. Or with BDSM. She won’t even admit she’s a masochist. As a dominant and sadist, he can give her what she needs, and when an opportunity arises, he slips into her life, intending to make amends. She’s everything he knew she would be…except for her bullheaded determination to be ‘normal’.

Now the horrible time is past, Linda just wants to return to her small conservative town, pick up her quiet life, and be normal. But how can someone who likes pain be ‘normal’? To her dismay, when someone spray-paints her home with obscenities, Sam shows up to rescue her. Again. Doesn’t he understand that the last thing she needs in her life is a sadist? He’s amused by her objections. But his dry sense of humor can’t disguise that he’s tough as nails and dominant and stubborn. He’s not going to let her drive him off this time. Soon she realizes she wants him to stay.

When he takes her to the Shadowlands, she feels as if she’s found a home…until she hears a voice from out of her nightmares.

I have only one thing to say. This author does not write fast enough. I love everything she has written.

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Any Duchess Will Do (Spindle Cove, #4) by Tessa Dare

Any Duchess Will Do (Spindle Cove, #4)Any Duchess Will Do by Tessa Dare

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

What’s a duke to do, when the girl who’s perfectly wrong becomes the woman he can’t live without?

Griffin York, the Duke of Halford, has no desire to wed this season—or any season—but his diabolical mother abducts him to “Spinster Cove” and insists he select a bride from the ladies in residence. Griff decides to teach her a lesson that will end the marriage debate forever. He chooses the serving girl.

Overworked and struggling, Pauline Simms doesn’t dream about dukes. All she wants is to hang up her barmaid apron and open a bookshop. That dream becomes a possibility when an arrogant, sinfully attractive duke offers her a small fortune for a week’s employment. Her duties are simple: submit to his mother’s “duchess training”… and fail miserably.

But in London, Pauline isn’t a miserable failure. She’s a brave, quick-witted, beguiling failure—a woman who ignites Griff’s desire and soothes the darkness in his soul. Keeping Pauline by his side won’t be easy. Even if Society could accept a serving girl duchess—can a roguish duke convince a serving girl to trust him with her heart?

Like the last book in this series, Any Duchess Will Do involves a couple from two different social classes. The book is a lot of fun and there is a subplot that really tears at your emotions, but I just can’t accept the relative easy way they get past the social barriers.

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