Thursday, April 26, 2012

Fresh Friday Reads

Its that time again! Here are my top picks of the week, books I have bought and/or read! What have you read this week?

Under a Vampire Moon - Lynsay Sands

So I was sooo worried about this book. LOL. I'm in LOVE LOVE LOVE with Christian. For YEARS, I tell you. But Lynsay did not disappoint. This was a fabulous addition to the series. Funny, sweet, sexy, and just a bit of everything amazing. If you haven't started the Argeneau series, you're missing something!

Christian Notte's story, the sixteenth book in the Argeneau series is set on an island paradise called St. Lucia. After a bad relationship and an even worse divorce, Carolyn decides to go on a long overdue and much needed vacation with the 'girls'. Only the rest of the vacationers didn't get the memo. Around every corner there seems to be another couple celebrating their honeymoon or anniversary and the few single men she does see are far too young to even consider, including an irresistibly attractive rock violinist she meets. It's really too bad he's so young but in the end it doesn't matter because according to his cousin, Giacinta, women in general aren't Christian's type. But there's a catch, Christian needs Carolyn's help. He needs her to be his beard (to play the part of his fake girlfriend) for the week to appease his 'machismo' family. Carolyn just can't seem to say No and decides to help Gia's cousin. The only problem is that being around Christian and acting like they are a loving couple is wreaking havoc on her emotions. Carolyn's thoughts keep drifting back to places they shouldn't, like kissing his full lips or feeling his broad shoulders under her fingertips... good lord, she's in trouble.

Grimm Tidings - Shiloh Walker

I love fairy tales and Shiloh Walker. This series came out long before Once Upon a Time and Grimm came on TV and I'm so happy that people may get a chance to read Shiloh because of fairy tales. This was a deeply sexy, mysterious, and all-around great book. I always love trying to figure out who the characters represent. Shhh no spoilers!

Grimm’s Circle, Book 6

In his mortal life, the only thing Jacob liked better than money was a good brawl—until he stuck his fist into the wrong fight, and a demon sent him spinning into a new life as a Grimm.

Now, a hundred years later, he’s been called to protect someone too much like himself. A woman who could let the chains of her past drag her down unless she learns to let go. A woman who fights like there’s no tomorrow, because she clearly doesn’t want a tomorrow.

Celine thought her second chance at life would be an opportunity to fix some of her worst mistakes, to set things straight. She couldn’t have been more wrong. She’s trapped by the past and her regrets, and nothing—not even her darkly sexy new trainer, Jacob—has a blade sharp enough to cut her loose.

Chains are Jacob's specialty, but his help comes with a price. To her, the cost is her heart. To Jacob…something much more. 

Product Warnings
Contains a heroine with enough fight in her to put the 300 to shame. And a hero who knows how to take a punch.

No Longer a Gentleman - Mary Jo Putney

Wow. Just wow. I think I sobbed for this hero more than most. Just. Wow. This is the fourth book in the series and the best of the bunch.

Grey Sommers, Lord Wyndham, never met a predicament he couldn’t charm his way out of. Then a tryst with a government official’s wife during a bit of casual espionage in France condemns him to a decade in a dungeon, leaving him a shadow of his former self. Yet his greatest challenge may be the enigmatic spy sent to free his body—the only woman who might heal his soul.
Cassie Fox lost everything in the chaos of revolution, leaving only a determination to help destroy Napoleon’s empire through her perilous calling. Rescuing Grey is merely one more mission. She hadn’t counted on a man with the stark beauty of a ravaged angel, whose desperate courage and vulnerability thaw her frozen heart. But a spy and a lord are divided by an impassable gulf even if they manage to survive one last, terrifying mission…

On the Prowl - Christine Warren 

So I've read each book in this series and loved most of them. This one was no exception! Because of the change in publishers, we're reading some of these out of order in the timeline, but Christine's website has a clear cut reading order to help us out LOL. And I want Nic. Just saying.

Most girls would throw a fit if their parents tried to set up an arranged marriage for them. It’s so outrageously old-fashioned—even for a Tiguri family, members of a fierce race of shapeshifting weretigers. But Saskia isn’t getting her claws out just yet. She’ll go through with this marriage to help unite two powerful families—and because her husband-to-be Nicolas Preda is the sexiest, hunkiest, and only man she’s ever wanted…

Of course, marrying an alpha male like Nic comes with its share of danger. As leader of his Streak and head of a global corporation, Nic and his new fiancĂ©e must take their places in the jungles of Manhattan—and the local Others seem to have a strict “no pets” policy. In fact, the Council seems to think the Tiguri are at the root of all their problems, including an attempt on the life of its leader. If Nic hopes to protect his name and his mate, it’s hunt or be hunted—and he can’t do it alone. But if anyone can bring out the beast in him, it’s the sexy, savage tigress he’s sworn to love…

Somebody to Love - Kristan Higgins

Another contemporary book from Ms. Higgins. I enjoy her work, though sometimes I want to jump in the pages and scream at the characters. TALK TO EACH OTHER!! But it does lead to some fabulous plot development, so I'll let it slide LOL

After her father loses the family fortune in an insider-trading scheme, single mom Parker Welles is faced with some hard decisions. First order of business: go to Gideon's Cove, Maine, to sell the only thing she now owns—a decrepit house in need of some serious flipping. When her father's wingman, James Cahill, asks to go with her, she's not thrilled -- …even if he is fairly gorgeous and knows his way around a toolbox. 

Having to fend for herself financially for the first time in her life, Parker signs on as a florist's assistant and starts to find out who she really is. Maybe James isn't the glib lawyer she always thought he was. And maybe the house isn't the only thing that needs a little TLC….

Sunrise Point - Robyn Carr

I've been waiting for this couple and I'm soooo happy with what Robyn did with it. You really need to read the series in order to get the taste of the whole town, but it can be read as a stand alone. Its a sweet book with a touch of spice. Something to read in the sunlight. Love it.

Tom Cavanaugh may think he wants a traditional woman, but in Virgin River, the greatest tradition is falling in love unexpectedly....

Former Marine Tom Cavanaugh’s come home to Virgin River, ready to take over his family’s apple orchard and settle down. He knows just what the perfect woman will be like: sweet, decent, maybe a little naive. The marrying kind.

Nothing like Nora Crane. So why can’t he keep his eyes off the striking single mother?

Nora may not have a formal education, but she graduated with honors from the school of hard knocks. She’s been through tough times and she’ll do whatever it takes to support her family, including helping with harvest time at the Cavanaugh’s orchard. She’s always kept a single-minded focus on staying afloat...but suddenly her thoughts keep drifting back to rugged, opinionated Tom Cavanaugh.

Both Nora and Tom have their own ideas of what family means. But they’re about to prove each other completely wrong...

Wicked Road to Hell - Juliana Stone

I sobbed when I read about them in the previous book. And I didn't stop now. Just...yeah. Read this series LOL

With the legions of the underworld gathering and chaos close at hand, Sorcerer Declan O’Hara’s deadly skills will be tested. But nothing will sway him from his duty, not even her…

Rescued from eternal darkness, vampire Ana DeLacrux owes her life to a mysterious stranger who asks for only one thing—her absolute allegiance. She serves this master without question until Declan, the one man who can make her forget her vow, returns. His magic is stronger, darker…more compelling than ever. His blood awakens a hunger she must resist, or risk deadly consequences.

As Ana and Declan join forces, the streets of New Orleans become a dangerous place for both humans and the otherworld. And the most dangerous place of all is a road Declan’s traveled before…the wicked road to hell.

Her Eternal Warrior - Marissa Chenery

A newer series from Marissa. Sexy and imaginative. Very Ms. Chenery.

Protecting mortals from the evil preying upon them is Tor’s number-one job. His dying pledge to serve the Egyptian god Anubis gave him immortality and a life of solitude as a jackal shifter—for thousands of years. But all that changes when he saves a young woman from being attacked. The moment he sees her face his blood—and his cock—stirs. For the first time ever he is reluctant to wipe himself from a victim’s mind. She becomes the center of his existence, and nothing but total possession will do.
Kenna can’t believe her luck when the sexy-as-hell stranger approaches the Luxor Hotel reception desk and asks her out. There’s something familiar about him, but she just can’t place it. She falls hard and fast, and scorching sex is just the icing on the cake. Tor’s guarded secret could change everything, however. Sure, she was open to settling down, but life with Tor would put a whole new meaning on the word forever.


  1. You're costing me money again Carrie Ann! I'll have to check out The Eternal Warrior and Wicked Road to Hell! I am reading Under the Vampire Moon, currently and have On the Prowl up next. This week I also read Comer Hither, Sandra Sookoo,
    Love, Again, Melissa Keir, F814, Eve Langais,and Animal Magnetism, Jill Shalvis. They were all 4 star or better books!

  2. "Something to read in the sunlight." That's an awesome quote. Looks good. I'm still on my fantasy binge this week. Reading George R.R. Martin, Song of Fire and Ice, Zirconya by Diana Ilinca and A Damsel in Distress, Dragon Fighter Romance Book One by Brenda Williamson.