Friday, May 4, 2012

Fresh Friday Reads: Werewolves, Sci-Fi, Vampires, Demons, Sexy Men, and More

What have you read this week? Me? Too much I think! LOL. Give me more books, though! Because you know me!


A Night Away - Carrie Ann Ryan

Yes, that's my book. LOL. *shrugs* What can I say, I love this book. 



Kade Jamenson has been mated to Melanie for almost two years. They’ve been through mating circles, battles, loss, misunderstandings, and finally, the birth of their son, Finn. The world is in turmoil around them as the Redwoods engage in war with the Centrals. But for Kade and Melanie, the turmoil is also happening at home. The responsibility of a restless baby and their Pack has taken a toll and they need a break.
Not from each other. But from their Pack. Just for a night.
Kade takes Mel away for a romantic getaway and leaves Uncle Maddox alone with baby Finn. The Omega of the Redwood Pack may be adept at emotions but the idea of a baby may be beyond his immense capabilities.
Author’s Note: This is a novella set between books 3 and 4 to give you a taste of Mel and Kade. It is best that you have already immersed yourselves in the Redwood Pack world, however even new readers will enjoy a glimpse of one of the Redwood’s favorite couples.




Ravished Before Sunrise - Lia Davis

Vampires and 1NightStands? What more can I ask for? I read this book in the beginning stages, the middle stages, and now the final ones. Wow. Lia's debut book is awesome.



Born with the unusual ability to see what truly lies in the shadows, Emalee Black is stuck between two worlds, the paranormal and the human. Neither one accepts or understands her and she’s forced to live a quiet, boring life in hiding. When her best friend mentions 1Night Stand dating service, Ema chooses a role-playing adventure straight out of her romantic fantasies. She’s to hunt her very own vampire and have her wicked way him.
Vampire Darian Wyman is surprised when his daughter signs him up for a one-night stand with an exclusive matching agency. At first he’s appalled by the idea, but as he reads the details of the date he becomes intrigued. For one night he will get away from the life he has long grown tired of to be hunted and captured by a would-be huntress. But he has plans of his own for his little vixen.
However, when Darian discovers the truth about Ema’s inhuman abilities, the date could end before it gets started.


Flight of Fancy - Marie Harte

This is another great m/m from Marie. Love this woman. So emotional and sexy in her work. Great job!



Aidan Marshall isn’t like the others who now work as civilians for the PowerUp! gym. He doesn’t feel like he fits in, even among the misfits. Being gay means nothing to the people he’s with. He can read thoughts and speak with his mind, and no one ever feels comfortable in his presence. Hell, even he doesn’t like to be left alone with himself.

When his boss assigns him a mission to locate a stolen book, he jumps at the chance to use his psychic abilities and prove himself a valuable part of the team. He’s fine working on his own and has nearly located the book he’s been sent to retrieve when Gavin Caldwell screws up the entire case.
Gavin is a pain in the ass. He’s a pencil pusher and a leftover from the administrative nightmare that was the PWP. A nice guy to have on your side when it comes to balancing the books, but otherwise he’s nothing but a burden--as is clearly evidenced when he botches the case. It doesn’t help matters that he’s exactly Aidan’s type.
With no recourse but to use Gavin to right the wrong he’s done, Aidan and Gavin go undercover in a high stakes operation posing as lovers--where anything and everything goes. In the course of their mission, Aidan finds out there’s much more to Gavin than meets the eye, and much more to himself than he’d ever thought possible. Because with Gavin, Aidan learns how to love not only another man, but himself as well.


Captivated - Lauren Dane

*squee* When Lauren was on here I was a total fan girl LOL. And this book...OMG. I have no words for how much I loved this menage. I sobbed, I cheered, and I squealed. Loved it.


Vincenz Fardelle, exiled son of the Supreme Leader of the Imperialist Universe, has spent much of the last ten years working to stop the threat his father poses. But he’s not alone in his quest. Julian Marsters has lost his best friend and countless others in the war and has made vengeance his only goal.  In each other, Julian and Vincenz find not only like minds, but kindred spirits.However unexpected their relationship, everything changes for Vincenz and Julian when Hannah Black comes into their lives. Having been captured and held in near total isolation by imperialist troops, their immediate response is to protect her.Emotionally shattered but resilient, Hannah rebuilds herself.  Because of the warm safety she finds in the arms of Julian—and Vincenz—she becomes someone harder, stronger and bent on preventing the Imperialists from harming anyone else.For the two men, wrestling with their passionate feelings for Hannah is only the beginning. War is about to send all three into harm’s way and an equally dangerous secret could tear them apart.

The Last Boyfriend - Nora Roberts

So I'm a Nora Fan. She's Nora. Her books aren't the same each time, even after all these years. This latest trilogy of hers is a great read for an afternoon. (Well in my case anyway LOL). I read it on my kindle laying on a fold out chair in the sun. A perfect day for me.

Owen is the organizer of the Montgomery clan, running the family's construction business with an iron fist - and an even less flexible spreadsheet. And though his brothers bust on his compulsive list-making, the Inn BoonsBoro is about to open right on schedule. The only thing Owen didn't plan for was Avery McTavish... Avery's popular pizza place is right across the street from the inn, giving her a first-hand look at its amazing renovation - and a newfound appreciation for Owen. Since he was her first boyfriend when they were kids, Owen has never been far from Avery's thoughts. But the attraction she's feeling for him now is far from innocent. As Avery and Owen cautiously take their relationship to another level, the opening of the inn gives the whole town of Boonsboro a reason to celebrate. But Owen's hard work has only begun. Getting Avery to let down her guard is going to take longer than he expected - and so will getting her to realize that her first boyfriend is going to be her last...

Undone by Her Tender Touch - Maya Banks

This is the last short in Maya's series. I didn't like it as much as the first, but its a nice and quick story. Though sometimes I wanted to smack the characters LOL!

Just one night? Yeah, right. Pippa Laingley should have known better. When an unplanned evening of passion with Cameron Hollingsworth results in unplanned pregnancy, she's at a crossroads. She knew going in that the enigmatic entrepreneur had built a fortress around his feelings. What she's just discovered is that he's loved and lost before—wife and child. Tragically.
Now Cam stands to lose it all again. If he lets Pippa get too close. If he pushes her away with loveless arrangements of financial support. Either way, he's doomed…unless he can let himself love again.


Karma - Carly Phillips

Carly's last book in this series was a great one. 


Police Officer Dare Barron has had a crush on Liza McKnight ever since he was a teenager. But despite his lifelong attraction, the closest he’s ever come to interacting with her is watching Liza regularly bail out her brother at the station. Dare’s dark past with Liza’s brother, Brian, has always kept him from pursuing her.

But suddenly Liza finds herself in need of protection and Dare appoints himself as the man for the job. And while the sizzling attraction between Dare and Liza draws them together, the past that Dare and Brian share threatens to keep the two apart forever.


Demon's Bride - Zoe Archer

Zoe's books always put me in a good mood. She's so original! 

Leo Bailey may have been born to poverty, but ruthless business sense and sparkling intelligence have made money worries a thing of his past. It doesn’t hurt that the Devil himself has granted Leo the ability to read the future.

But even infallible predictions are a déclassé commoner’s trick to some members of the ton. They’ll never see Leo as their equal—one good reason to prove himself their better. And a noble marriage is an obvious start.

Bookish Anne Hartfield, daughter of a baron, is hardly the flashiest miss on the marriage market. But her thoughtful reserve complements Leo’s brash boldness in an attraction neither can deny. A whirlwind courtship sweeps Anne and Leo into a smoldering marriage before either can believe their luck. But happiness built on Leo’s dark powers can’t last. Soon, Anne will have to save her husband…or lose her heart…


Embrace of the Damned - Anya Bast

I wasn't sure what to think about this one since I didn't know much about it - but I'm so happy I read it! 


A damned Viking warrior. 

Centuries ago Broder Calderson committed murder. As punishment, he was given over to the dominion of Loki, the Trickster God, made part of the Brotherhood of the Damned and condemned to an immortal life of battle against the Blight, blood-drinkers from Hel.


A mysterious woman he can’t resist. 


One thousand years to the day he was damned, Loki allows him a woman as reward for his good service and repentance of his crimes. Once Broder sees Jessamine Hamilton, he is overcome with need. But Jessa is no ordinary woman, and the truth of who—and what—she is could have dangerous consequences.


A tormented man she can’t deny. 


Though a future together is impossible, the warrior’s touch ignites an irresistible passion in Jessa. But every heated kiss pushes them closer to destruction. Forced to return to the brutality of his Viking past to protect her, will Broder surrender forever to his darkest impulses?












5 comments:

  1. Ok, read Ravished Before Sunrise, Lia did a great job. I am dieing to get my hands on Captivated, I had pre-ordered it but finances made me put it on hold til weds. You need to add Under Fire, by Catherine Mann,it's book three in the Elite Forces series and if you haven't been reading these they are FAB!, I also got On the Prowl, Christine Warren, and Double Dragon Seduction, Kali Willowsand It Started That Night, Virna DePaul

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  2. I love Fresh Friday reads! You always have great selections. Congratulations on your new story and I loved Lia's story.

    Not a lot of reading this week. Although I am reading Knightfall by Berrian Rae.

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  3. Great selection of reads. Of course, I would take me a month to read what you do in a week. LOL.

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  4. I thought my TBR list was long already! Guess I'll be adding some more, lol.

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  5. You definitely have some goodies up there! Maybe if I didn't have to work so much overtime lately I could get back into my normal reading swing :( Meh, I'll have to add them to the ever growing list. Thanks, Carrie Ann

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