Friday, July 6, 2012

Fresh Friday Reads: Vampires, Cowboys, Handcuffs, and Strong Characters

So, tell me. What have you read this week? Below is the list of new releases I bought this week and last week since it was a large release day and I was busy doing hops all last week! I'm having such a fun time LOL. Let me know if there are any I missed that I should read. And as always, share the page so others can see if they'd like anything to read! Love y'all!

Once Burned - Jeaniene Frost

I love Vlad. Okay, so Spade is my favorite hero of all time. Of. All. Time. But Vlad is coming up on Spade on my list. I really liked Leila, she wasn't an annoyingly strong heroine who doesn't listen to anyone but herself. She actually listened and was kick-ass, a quality that I find rare and love. This book doesn't have an HEA because it's part of a two book series, however I knew that going in. Plus its all from Leila's POV so we don't know what Vlad is thinking, that's the only thing I wish had changed. However, Jeaniene does such a freaking amazing job that I didn't even notice the lack of Vlad's thoughts after like two pages. So yes, this series is a keeper and yum!

She's a mortal with dark powers...

After a tragic accident scarred her body and destroyed her dreams, Leila never imagined that the worst was still to come: terrifying powers that let her channel electricity and learn a person's darkest secrets through a single touch. Leila is doomed to a life of solitude...until creatures of the night kidnap her, forcing her to reach out with a telepathic distress call to the world's most infamous vampire...

He's the Prince of Night...

Vlad Tepesh inspired the greatest vampire legend of all—but whatever you do, don't call him Dracula. Vlad's ability to control fire makes him one of the most feared vampires in existence, but his enemies have found a new weapon against him—a beautiful mortal with powers to match his own. When Vlad and Leila meet, however, passion ignites between them, threatening to consume them both. It will take everything that they are to stop an enemy intent on bringing them down in flames.

Echoes at Dawn - Maya Banks

So Maya Banks is freaking awesome. LOL. The first book in this series was my favorite book of 2011 and this book is just as good. I mean, I love vulnerable heroines who are stronger than they look and military men who are just the right amount of Alpha. I don't usually like military romance because I grew up military and it's hard to get into a romance mindset with me, but I love Maya Banks' world.

Grace Peterson is desperate, in hiding, and on the run after escaping a shadowy group determined to exploit her extraordinary ability to heal others. Her only lifeline - an unerring telepathic ability she shares with her sister - has been severed, leaving her alone and vulnerable. And time is fast running out...

Enlisted to bring Grace home is Rio, relentless member of the KGI. He's unprepared for his reaction to this wounded, damaged woman, and he's fiercely determined to protect her from those who nearly destroyed her. In Rio, she finds a safe haven, and for the first time...hope. But the mission is far from over. The danger Grace has eluded is fast closing in. And now it's pitching two lovers toward an unfamiliar horizon, with no place left to hide.

Kissin' Tell - Lorelei James

So I'm pretty sure that nobody does erotic western romance like Lorelei James. I love cowboys and I love her. Just saying. This series is getting so big that the world building is almost on the paranormal scale in it's detail. Georgia is a decent heroine who I connected with and Tell is just perfect in an imperfect way. I can't wait to read more!

She once led him around by a string. Now he’s the one holding the reins.

Georgia Hotchkiss swore wild horses couldn’t drag her back to Sundance, Wyoming. So it’s ironic she’s forced to take a rodeo PR job in her former hometown—right before her ten-year class reunion. The only thing worse than facing her cheating ex-husband and his pregnant wife? Showing up to the reunion without a date. Fate smiles on her when she runs into her former classmate and current cowboy hottie Tell McKay. With his infectious smile and fun-loving ways—not to mention his banging body—he’s the perfect solution to her problem.

Tell McKay had it so bad for Hot Lips Hotchkiss during high school that he let her run roughshod over him. But he is no longer that easily manipulated boy—these days he’s earned a reputation with the ladies that lives up to the McKay last name. He agrees to escort her to the reunion with one stipulation; that Georgia proves she has left behind the goody-goody cheerleader of the past—by sharing his bed.

Their sexual chemistry flashes so bright, they barely notice that the reunion has come and gone, and now they’re tangled up in another dreaded “R” word—relationship. But if Tell wants to get the girl this go-around, he’ll have to come up with a whole new set of knots to tie up her heartstrings.

At Last - Jill Shalvis

I want Matt. Yep. There, I said it. Jill Shalvis' worlds are so cute and worth taking an afternoon off to enjoy in the sun. I mean,  I just wanted to site around lazily and read. Amy was a bit secretive but I grew to love her and Matt was so freaking supportive that it really was a great book. I can't wait for the next one!

Amy Michaels loves her new life in Lucky Harbor. A waitress in the local diner, she's looking forward to her first weekend hike through the mountains. But when a wrong turn takes her off the trail, she finds herself up close and personal with forest ranger Matt Bowers. And even though she's tempted to kiss that sexy smile right off his face, she won't make the mistake of getting involved with the town heartthrob.

A former cop whose life went south, Matt doesn't let anyone get too close. But something about the feisty beauty caught his eye the moment he first saw her in the diner. After a hot night under a starry sky, Matt can't deny their attraction-or the fact that for the first time in a long time, he feels the stirrings of something more. Now it's up to Matt to help Amy see that, no matter what is in their past, together they can build a future in Lucky Harbor.

Night Seeker - Yasmine Galenorn

I want to have Yasmine Galenorn's world building skills when I grow up. I don't usually like UF b/c I like happy endings in every book, but I don't care about that with Yasmine's worlds. She is SO in depth and creative, that I don't care that the heroine and hero might not end up together for awhile if ever. Cicely is such a strong heroine and lives up to her mistakes that I fall right into her mind and live the story THROUGH her--something very hard for an author to make me do.

Eons ago, vampires tried to turn the dark Fae to harness their magic, only to create a demonic enemy more powerful than they could have imagined. Now, the Vampiric Fae are on the move, hunting anyone in their path. As the war with the vampires ratchets up, Myst, Queen of the Indigo Court, enshrouds New Forest in her chilling grasp.

Cicely Waters, owl shifter and Wind Witch, has rescued the Fae Prince Grieve at a great cost. Their reunion has lost them the allegiance of the Summer Queen — and the tolerance of the vampires. In desperation they turn to the Consortium for help. Now, to regain the good will of Lainule, they must dare to enter the heart of Myst's realm. But as Cicely and Grieve embark on their search for the heartstone of Summer, Winter is already wreaking her terrifying revenge.

Archer's Lady - Moria Rogers

The ladies that make up Moria Rogers always make me laugh on Twitter so when I go and read one of their books, I'm expecting to laugh. Not so much. I mean, there's that sarcasm and dry humor I love, but really, it's all about world building, the fights, the epic challenges, and oh yeah...the sexy men. Archer is such a freaking strong hero that I wanted him for myself. And Grace was different for me, but I really liked her by the middle and end. I love the ladies of Moria Rogers and will read anything they write.

She's looking for redemption. He doesn't believe in it.

Accused of betraying the Bloodhound Guild, Archer's only chance to regain the trust of his fellow hounds is to earn it--one dangerous job at a time. Crystal Springs may be the worst yet. The town has been deserted by all but the poor and the desperate, yet the vampires stalking the edges of the settlement haven't closed in for the kill. Question is, why?

Grace Linwood, professional liar, has been hiding under the guise of a border schoolteacher for so long, she's almost fallen for her own con. The frontier was supposed to be her chance at a respectable life, but now the cowardly part of her wants to flee. When Archer catches her considering a run for safety, she knows it's only a matter of time before he sees through her charade.

They become reluctant allies in the quest to uncover the mysteries of Crystal Springs, but every unraveled knot ties them closer together. They both know their pasts are too shattered to hope for a future--until their investigation uncovers a secret. One that could make betraying the Guild their only path to redemption.

Warning: Contains a partly reformed con-artist heroine with a bruised heart and a mostly retired bank-robbing hero with a weary soul. Also included: vampire schemes, mad scientist plots, an alarming amount of dirty talk and some borderline-criminal bedroom antics in an alternate Wild West.

Hot in Handcuffs - Shayla Black and Shiloh Walker

I will confess I only read Shayla and Shiloh, and not Sylvia. I haven't read Sylvia Day yet, but she's on my list for later. These stories were hot, sinful, and oh so OMG. Shayla's sex scenes are always off the charts and Shiloh can get into a character's mind like no other. I really enjoyed these quick glimpses into the series I already like. Plus, did you see that cover? Yummy man AND pink? Hell yeah!

Three Novellas of Erotic Capture

Allow yourself to imagine the man behind the dark sunglasses. Hear the purr of his zipper as he lowers it, then reaches for the shiny metal hanging from his black leather belt. It’s futile to resist arrest. Give yourself up to the fantasy. Besides, he thinks you’re so hot in handcuffs…

Arresting Desire by Shayla Black
FBI Agent Jon Bocelli never stopped wanting beautiful professor Lucia DiStefano. She’s interested in taking her first lover, and he intends to be that man. When her past puts her life in danger, Jon risks everything to save her and prove this fling is forever.

On Fire by Sylvia Day
When Deputy Marshal Jared Cameron investigates a series of arson attacks in a seaside town, the biggest blast of heat comes from sexy fire inspector Darcy Michaels—until their scorching after-hours affair is compromised by a secret from Darcy’s past.

The Unwilling by Shiloh Walker
Mica Greer and her former lover, ex-FBI agent Colby Mathis once shared an intimate past and a powerful psychic gift. Now, they’ve been reunited by a bizarre series of murders—and an electrifying passion that could put them both in jeopardy.

Angel Betrayed - Cynthia Eden

Mmmm Angels. Love them! Cynthia's book pulls you in from the first chapter and you don't want to leave. I HAD to know what was going on so I stayed up too late reading. That's how good Cynthia is. And Sam? Whoot, talk about a sexy Fallen Angel! You're going to want to meet him...and his brother Az who gets his story next!


Sammael – call him Sam – was an angel once. An angel of death. But the dispassionate, watch-from-above thing just wasn’t working for him when it meant watching evil torture innocent souls day in and day out. It might have cost him his wings, but these days, he gets to apply the direct method on the bad guys. Problem is, what’s making his life difficult is a bad girl…

Seline O’Shaw needs protection, and with the hounds of hell on her tail, she’s not going to quibble too hard about where she gets it. Sam’s virtue is questionable, but he’s smoking hot, massively powerful, and owes her a favor. So what if she’s getting a little case of angel lust? There are some damn deadly sins after her hide…

Brody - Emma Lang

Yay for Western Historicals! Emma Lang aka Beth Williamson knows what she's doing! Brody is a sexy Ranger and Olivia is a woman who won't take no for an answer. Their chemistry was explosive and the story line heart wrenching. I NEED to know what happens next Emma! Please!

A year after their family was brutally torn apart, the Graham siblings begin to put their lives back together at their ranch in East Texas. With their parents gone, their bonds will truly be tested…

Olivia Graham has worked hard to take care of her family at the Circle Eight Ranch. But their family circle was broken when their young brother Benjy disappeared. Liv can’t shake the feeling that he must be out there, somewhere.

Brody Armstrong, a handsome but rough-around-the-edges Texas Ranger, has been working on their case for months, and now he has a promising lead.

As Liv follows him across the rugged Texas landscape and into Mexico, she’ll begin to find the answers she needs—as Brody finds a passion he didn’t know he wanted…

Wicked Nights - Gena Showalter

Yay for angels again! Both characters were strong, sexy, and in need of each other--the best kind of romance. This is the first book in the Lords of the Underworld series and I can honestly say I'm surprised as how good it is! It felt fresh an yet familiar since I already knew the world. 

Leader of the most powerful army in the heavens, Zacharel has been deemed nearly too dangerous, too ruthless--and if he isn't careful, he'll lose his wings. But this warrior with a heart of ice will not be deterred from his missions at any cost...until a vulnerable human tempts him with a carnal pleasure he's never known before.

Accused of a crime she did not commit, Annabelle Miller has spent four years in an institution for the criminally insane. Demons track her every move, and their king will stop at nothing to have her. Zacharel is her only hope for survival, but is the brutal angel with a touch as hot as hell her salvation--or her ultimate damnation?

Love Means Renewal - Andrew Grey

So this was a SHORT novella about a couple I already love. Since it was so short I don't have much to say LOL other than it was a great way to wind down the day and get to know Eli and Geoff again. 

Eli Henninger is stretched a little thin. He teaches riding classes, conducts therapy sessions, takes care of his son, and helps manage the family farm. He’s tired and overworked, especially because lately, no one else seems to do anything right. He and his partner, Geoff, haven’t have time together in so long, he’s beginning to forget what his longtime love feels like.

Geoff is just as busy with the farm, the business, and working through a complicated land purchase. He and Eli labor from sunup to sundown and then some. He knows taking care of their responsibilities is preventing them from taking care of each other, but he doesn’t see anything he can do about it. To make matters worse, they’re accused of behaving improperly toward some of the children in their riding programs.

Then Eli becomes ill and the investigators suspect foul play, forcing Geoff to reevaluate his priorities and hope fate will give them another chance.

MoonShell Beach - JoAnn Ross

So I usually can read JoAnn's books, cry a bit, then go about my day. Not this time. I was sobbing like a little girl. This hero pulled at my heartstrings and I don't think he's let go yet. I love this small town, this hero, and the heroine I didn't want to like, but fell in love with.

He no longer believed in anything.
But she believed in him.

J.T. Douchett has returned home to shut out the world and escape the memories from his final mission as a Marine that haunt him. When he reluctantly agrees to provide security for a town event, the last thing he expects is to experience unbidden feelings for Irish movie star Mary Joyce.

Mary has surprised everyone—including herself—by accepting an invitation to a film festival in Shelter Bay. The Oregon coastal town immediately charms her, and an even larger surprise is encountering the stoic man who could be everything she's dreamed of.

As J.T. struggles to keep Mary at arm’s length, Mary reminds herself that she’s never been attracted to the strong, silent type. And having known so much sorrow, he’s wary of getting close to anyone. But in Shelter Bay, even the most strongly guarded heart is no match for love.

Midnight Promises - Sherryl Woods

So this book revisits a couple that I couldn't remember until I they gave me some backstory LOL. Sherryl Woods's books are great for an afternoon off and this book is no exception. Though at times I wanted to yell at the characters -- like I usually do LOL -- I enjoyed their interactions and story.

When Elliott Cruz first courted struggling single mom Karen Ames, it it was a romance worthy of any Sweet Magnolia fantasy. The sexy personal trainer made it his mission to restore Karen's strength--physical and emotional--and to charm her children.Now, a few years into the marriage, colliding dreams threaten to tear a few years into the marriage, colliding dreams threaten to tear them them apart. Elliott's desire to finance the business opportunity of a lifetime with their hard-earned "baby money" stirs Karen's deep-rooted financial insecurities. It's the discovery that their brother-in-law is cheating on Elliott's sister--and thinks it's justified--that puts their irreconcilable differences into perspective. Will their own loving fidelity be a bond so strong they can triumph against all odds?

My Lady Mage - Alexis Morgan

First off, look at that cover. So beautiful. Second, this is a new series by Alexis so I had no idea what I was getting into. WOW. Just WOW. I don't want to give anything away, but the world building and characters are phenomenal. I'm totally going to read the next one!

A cursed destiny. A band of warriors. And one troubled kingdom.

It is whispered in Agathia that the legendary warriors of the mist—cursed by the gods—can be summoned only when a champion is needed and the cause is just. Gideon, their captain, knows this to be the one path that will lead his men to redemption—lest they face an eternity of damnation.

Years have passed since anyone has journeyed to the river's edge, but times are desperate. Oppressed by a cruel guardian whose dark magic threatens to destroy her people, the beautiful and courageous Merewen calls upon the bespelled warriors. In Gideon she finds more than a champion, and in his arms, more than protection. However, their enemies are fighting with a power darker than anything than they imagined, and should Gideon fail, she will lose everything she holds dear—including her heart.


  1. Is this 2 weeks worth? because you told me you were cutting down to 1 a day and there are 14 books here! lol
    I read Dust of My Wings, by umm you. Renegade Passion and Healer, Lisa Renee Jones,One Knight in Brooklyn, Casea Major, The Boat Builder's Bed, Kris Pearson, and reading Eternal Beast, Laura Wright.
    All were good reads, One Knight had a cute quirk of a Knight with a horrible brooklyn accent "yo Marrianne" you know you heard Stallone yelling "Yo Adrianne" Kris Pearson is a new to me author with a voice from down under, and as for the others, well I just love you miss Carrie and Lisa and Laura too!

  2. LOL Yes! This was two weeks worth...and not everything I read....LOL

  3. Ooh I see loads I want to read. I have tweeted and facebooked this!


  4. I read Echos at Dawn last night and loved it! I have Archer's Lady and Angel Betrayed lined up as well. Always nice to read what other people are reading. Thanks for sharing!

  5. These are great. So many to choose from. My Lady Mage is on my TBR list too! This week I read the best written book of the year - which is saying alot. I've read some phenom books this year - but the particular one...

    I have no words. There are those stories that touch so deep you know you'll be changed forever and those stories that show you as a writer how woefully short of the mark you fall, The River Witch by Kimberly Brock is one of those. Haunting, beautiful, raw and real. I finished it five days ago and I still can't stop thinking about it.