Friday, June 22, 2012

Fresh Friday Reads: Demons, Shifters, Italians...and Julian. Mmm.....

Welcome to another fabulous week of reading! This week I read a few new releases and some back lists as well. Here are just a few. :-) Tell me what you've read!!

Destiny Bewitched - Leia Shaw

This series just gets better and better! I love reading about Leia's world and diving right in. Geo is freaking hot and so worth taking time away from my day so I can get to know him better! And Sam is a very strong heroine who I want to be when I grow up.

Deemed “trailer trash” by humans and the daughter of the most disgraceful family of witches and warlocks since the Puritan age, Samantha is used to fighting her own battles. When her younger sister is taken to the Underworld, Sam doesn't hesitate to rescue her. To survive the harsh land, she makes a deal with a demon — the most dangerous of creatures in the realm. Even with those lustrous horns, Geo is as hot as the hell she's stuck in. Fighting nasty beasts in a supernatural version of the gladiator games is easy compared to falling in love with a man who has no future to offer.

Cynful - Dana Marie Bell

First, look at this cover. Yum. Just OMG, yum. Okay, I'm back. And, yeah, YUM, can work for this book as well. I've been not-so-patiently waiting the release of Julian's book. When I first met him in book 1, I wanted his story NOW. But then Dana Marie Bell decided to work on her other 40 AMAZING I guess I'm all right LOL.

But WOW. I want Julian. Can I have him?

Amazing writing, plot, characters, just everything!

To save the woman he loves, he must push his gifts to the brink. 

Halle Shifters, Book 2

Julian DuCharme, a rare Spirit Bear with legendary healing powers, is finally free from the threat of death, finally free to claim his mate—but she’s not having it. While his Bear screams it’s time to mate, the love of his life wants to date.

Holding his Bear in check while convincing her he’s not out to control her won’t be easy. She’s stubborn and a closeted geek—in other words, perfect for him.

Cynthia “Cyn” Reyes, owner of Living Art Tattoos, thinks Julian is the hottest thing on two legs. That doesn’t mean she’s going to roll over for his masculine charm. She watched her mother flounder when her father passed away, and she’s determined to never lose herself to someone else. Not even a man who would jump the moon for her, if she asked that of him.

When the women of Living Art are targeted by a killer, Julian doesn’t think twice about pouring out his last drop of power 
to keep Cyn safe. But it’s Cyn who’ll give up everything—her independence, even her humanity—to keep a terrifying vision 
from coming true.

One of his death.

Warning: This novel contains explicit sex, graphic language, a tattooed heroine and the Bear who loves her. Maybe he’ll finally convince her to tattoo him with “Property of Cyn”.

The Sparkling One - Susan Mallery

So I'm starting on Susan Mallery's work. I've never read her before--I know---gasp! But I REALLY liked this one. Yes, I wanted to kick some of their asses and say get into the 20th century, but again, the characters wanted to do the same thing.

I'm going through the rest of the series and her back lists now and enjoying my sefl. Ms. Mallery has found herself another fan.

For the Marcelli sisters of California wine country, the season is ripe for romance!
A party planner extraordinaire, Katie Marcelli loves her big, boisterous family -- even when their chronic matchmaking drives her crazy! In the Marcelli household, fine wine and good food are as celebrated as true love, so when her eighteen-year-old sister announces her engagement, Katie promises her the perfect wedding. There's only one hitch: the father of the groom, Zach Stryker, who is adamantly opposed to his son marrying so young. Now, despite her instant attraction to the handsome, arrogant attorney, Katie must approach with caution: Zach, who hired Katie for a major fund-raiser, holds the fate of her business in his hands -- and how can she trust a man who is willing to break her sister's heart? It will take a passionate battle of wills to determine if wedding bells will ring for a Marcelli bride, and to unlock the deepest desires -- for family, love, and home -- inside a strong-willed man's heart.

A Few Good Men - Cat Johnson

You know, I really like these books. Short, hot, and a great plot. Plus, I love military men.

He has met the enemy…but he’s never fought desire like this.

Red, Hot & Blue, Book 7

Deployed in the deadliest place on earth, Army Staff Sergeant John Blake relies on caffeine, adrenaline, years of training and sheer force of will to get through his days. He has no problem with his tank crew passing around a sexy romance novel, but John’s a fighter, not a lover. He’ll pass.

Winding up as the author’s accidental pen pal wasn’t in his plan, but there’s something about her sweet, caring emails that has him looking forward to checking his inbox.

Week after week, Maureen Mullen, aka erotic romance writer Summer Winters, has dated one loser after another in a quest to find the last decent man on earth. Now it seems she’s found him—halfway around the world. When it comes to falling for unavailable men, she’s batting a thousand.

Gradually, the emails between the war-hardened warrior and the writer of passionate prose heat up to the point of keeping them up warm and wanting at night. Soon they’re wondering if it’s possible to build something solid out of cyberspace, or if it’s just an emotional mirage that will dissolve in the heat of reality.

This book was previously published.

Product Warnings
Contains some steamy phone calls from the war zone and one hell of a sexy first meeting between two strangers who are already in love.

Running Wild - Joely Skye

I've been keeping up with this series because its a shifter m/m and liking it. Pretty short, but good.

The road to believing can be one wild ride.

A Northern Shifters book.

Seamus O’Connor thought his friendship with Zachariah Smithson was just that—a relationship born on one horrific night seven years ago. He never thought he’d end up inheriting the old man’s farm.

Tons of chores and hard work are nothing new for Seamus. The farm comes equipped with all he needs—and something he didn’t expect. Unsettling, late-night visits from Zachariah’s grandson Ri, a man who appears and disappears like a ghost.

Ri has had little contact with the outside world, with good reason. Horse shifters aren’t any human’s idea of normal. Plus, he’s wary of being the next target of the werewolves who took his twin brother. Trust his matchmaking grandfather to give him a reason to come home—Seamus.

As Seamus gradually learns the truth of Ri’s life, their relationship tentatively grows—and danger grows closer. For it was Ri who rescued Seamus on that terrible night long ago. Seamus is about to realize he’s had his own encounters with werewolves. He just doesn’t know it—yet.


  1. Those all sound like they need to go on my ever growing TBR list! Hmmmm....I think I will never run out of stuff to read. LOL!

  2. Well that just added more to my TBR!! I wish I could read them as fast as I tag them. LOL If you requested them, I gotta give them priority. You already know how much I love your taste in books. whacka whacka!!!

  3. Well, you're ahead of me as usual, I finally got to read, Chaos Burning, Oh so good, Cynful was marvelous, but you can't have Julian, he's mine! Am reading A Few good men now, so good I should be sleeping but am reading instead. I also read a couple shorties Copping Attitude, Ava Myers *(Virna DePaul's alter ego)Agent in Training, Jerri Drennen, both were really good!