Fashionably Dead (Hot Damned #1) by Robyn Peterman

FashionablyDeadVampyres don’t exist. They absolutely do not exist.
At least I didn’t think they did ‘til I tried to quit smoking and ended up Undead. Who in the hell did I screw over in a former life that my getting healthy equates with dead?
Now I’m a Vampyre. Yes, we exist whether we want to or not. However, I have to admit, the perks aren’t bad. My girls no longer jiggle, my ass is higher than a kite and the latest Prada keeps finding its way to my wardrobe. On the downside, I’m stuck with an obscenely profane Guardian Angel who looks like Oprah and a Fairy Fighting Coach who’s teaching me to annihilate like the Terminator.
To complicate matters, my libido has increased to Vampyric proportions and my attraction to a hotter than Satan’s underpants killer rogue Vampyre is not only dangerous . . . it’s possibly deadly. For real dead. Permanent death isn’t on my agenda. Avoiding him is my only option. Of course, since he thinks I’m his, it’s easier said than done. Like THAT’S not enough to deal with, all the other Vampyres think I’m some sort of Chosen One.
Holy Hell, if I’m in charge of saving an entire race of blood suckers, the Undead are in for one hell of a ride.

When I first finished Fashionably Dead I admitted on GoodReads that I was torn with my rating. I’ve given it a few days and decided that I honestly still am…

The beginning to me was kind of slow, but the story grew on me. This is where the wishy-washiness of my opinion comes into play. I could probably rate this book in sections. The beginning would be about a 3, then the middle would jump to a really high 4, then it falls back to a 3 again… *sigh*

I really liked the characters and I liked the story… it just seemed to drag at times. There’s also the fact that I found it kind of hard to like Astrid at times because she seemed so shallow. I ended up really liking her by the end though. Beyond that, it was really fun story with a couple of interesting twists… and then… you guessed it. Fashionably Dead ended in one heck of a cliff hanger. For that reason there is no doubt that I’ll be picking up Fashionably Dead Down Under in the near future. 😉

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Ready to Were (Shift Happens #1) by Robyn Peterman

ReadytoWereI never planned on going back to Hung Island, Georgia. Ever.
I was a top notch Were agent for the secret paranormal Council and happily living in Chicago where I had everything I needed – a gym membership, season tickets to the Cubs and Dwayne – my gay, Vampyre best friend. Going back now would mean facing the reason I’d left and I’d rather chew my own paw off than deal with Hank.
Hank the Tank Wilson was the six foot three, obnoxious, egotistical, perfect-assed, best-sex-of-my-life, Werewolf who cheated on me and broke my heart. At the time, I did what any rational woman would do. I left in the middle of the night with a suitcase, big plans and enough money for a one-way bus ticket to freedom. I vowed to never return.
But here I am, trying to wrap my head around what has happened to some missing Weres without wrapping my body around Hank. I hope I don’t have to eat my words and my paw.

I love these short, fun reads. I’m not a ‘judge a book by its cover’ kind of reader, but I just know when I see this style cover it’s going to be a light, happy read. 😉

Of course, along with being a short, happy read there has to be some conflict somewhere and Ready to Were was full of it. Conflict, tension, total miscommunication, a crotchity grandma and a gay/vampire best friend as well as some really bad (in a totally evil way) shifters and meddling drama queen weres who needed to be put in their place.

I do believe that Shift Happens is going to turn into another ‘go-to’ on my ‘fun to read’ list. 😉

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Fighting Destiny (The Fae Chronicles #1) by Amelia Hutchins

FightingDestinyHave you ever heard of the old Celtic legends of the Fae – beautiful, magical, and deadly creatures that have a love of messing with humans just for kicks and giggles?

Welcome to my world.

What started out as a strange assignment, lead to one of the most gruesome murder mysteries of our times. My friends and I are set and determined to find out who is killing off Fae and Witches alike.

Couple of problems in the way – I hate the Fae and the Prince of the Dark Fae is bound and determined that I work for him. He’s a rude, overbearing egotistical ass with a compulsive need to possess, dominate and control me. Oh – did I mention that he is absolutely sex-on-a-stick gorgeous and he makes me feel things that I never ever wanted to feel for a Fae…every time he touches me or looks at me with those dangerous golden eyes he seems to pull me further in under his spell, despite my better judgment.

My friends and I can’t trust anyone and nothing is as it seems on the surface – not even me.

I feel the need to clarify a couple of things before I officially start this review. First, Fighting Destiny isn’t a light PNR read. (Honestly, what about that cover doesn’t scream ‘dark & dangerous?) If you’re familiar at all with books that center on the Fae, you know that they don’t play fair. They toy with emotions. They can’t lie, but they can twist things to their advantage in a heart beat. They’re dangerous, lovely creatures who can’t be trusted or, in most cases, resisted – but draw you in. If you understand all of that, you’re probably prepared for this book. If not, you should probably walk away now and find a nice, fluffy PNR with a HEA wrapped up in a neat little bow because you won’t find any of that within these pages. What you will find is a non-stop roller coaster ride of denial, heated romance, danger mystery, heartbreak and suspense. I personally loved every minute of it, but that’s just me.

Okay, now that I’ve gotten the preliminary rant out of the way…

It was hard to figure out what made Synthia tick in the beginning. The more I got to know her though, the more I liked her. That’s usually the way it is with me and damaged characters and Syn was definitely damaged. Through a pretty huge part of Fighting Destiny I didn’t know whether to love or hate Ryder. Honestly, I’m still not totally sure. There’s a lot more to him than is on the surface. Actually, that’s pretty much the theme of Fighting Destiny. Nothing is as it seems and if you think you have it figured out, just wait for it…

Beyond Syn and Ryder, there were a lot of other things going on in this story. It was one heck of a series introduction. The supporting characters carried a lot of weight in Fighting Destiny and there’s more to each of their stories too. I can’t wait to see what happens next… especially the way things ended. Speaking of which.. I picked up Fighting Destiny when it was free. Before I even finished the last page I purchased the second book in the Fae Chronicles series. From the description of Taunting Destiny I have no doubt that the rest of the series will soon be finding its way to my Kindle. I love it when a freebie helps me find another author/series/character to follow ❤

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Tall, Dark & Vampire (Dead in the City #1) by Sara Humphreys

TallDarkVampireHe’s dying to have her…

She always knew Fate was cruel…

The last person Olivia Hollingsworth expected to see at her Greenwich Village vampire club was her one true love, Doug Paxton—whom she believed to be dead for centuries. Olivia thought she had moved on, but when Doug reappears, her heart knows she’d rather die than lose him again.

But this is beyond the pale…

Ever since Doug can remember, a red-haired siren has haunted his dreams. He never thought she could be real until he goes to investigate a murder at Olivia’s night club. However, as the bodies keep piling up at her feet, he must fight to prove her innocence—even if it costs him his life…

One of the many dangers of reading lots and lots of books is reading one or two of them out of order from time to time. (That’s this week’s excuse anyway.) Yes, I know. You’ve heard it before. This time I read Vampire’s Never Cry Wolf, the third book in Sara Humphrey’s Dead in the City series, before I read the first two books. As you can see, I’m busy rectifying that. (We won’t discuss my next dilemma… this series is a spin-off of the Amoveo Legend series. *sigh*)

As for Olivia and Doug’s story? I loved it. Doug’s been dreaming about Olivia, just as she’s been dreaming about Doug. Even though Olivia recognizes what’s happening, there’s no way they can be together because Doug’s human. Humans aren’t changed into vampires on a whim, at least not by Olivia. Doug has no clue what’s going on except he can’t get Olivia out of his head or his dreams and meeting that dream girl in person doesn’t help clear things up for him. From the moment that these two are together, it’s obvious that destiny has other plans.

Since Tall, Dark and Vampire was the first book in the Dead in the City series, lots of characters were introduced and the ground work was set for the rest of the series. There was plenty of heat, lots of action and more than a few surprises and unique twists that I didn’t see coming. Even so, I kind of wish I had read this one first because I wasn’t as surprised as I should have been at times. There are just some things that you can’t ‘unlearn,’ but there were more than enough moments that made up for my prior knowledge 😉

I consider Tall, Dark and Vampire an excellent start to a series that I’m going to enjoy reading my way through. It also gave me just one more reason to re-introduce myself to the Amoveo Legend series.

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Wicked Woods (Monstrous Tales #1) by Kelly Apple

WickedWoodsAri’s always had a thing for monsters. Big ones, small ones, and all the ones in between. They turn her on like no human can. She’d be an ordinary girl if not for that one little quirk.

Since monsters aren’t real, she’s resigned herself to loving them in her imagination.

But, as Ari is about to find out, monsters are real and now one of them has her in their grasp. Will reality be better than fantasy? Or will she walk away and lose her one chance at fulfilling her wildest dreams?

Warning: This book contains a girl who isn’t afraid of monsters and a monster who wouldn’t mind a special lady friend. You’ll never look at those all-night monster marathons on TV the same way again.

Oh my… yep, Kelly Apple went there and this one was just as much fun as I expected. There is so much I could say, but honestly I’m speechless after reading Wicked Woods.

This was a fun, quick little read that was full of heat, fueled by a young girl with a vivid imagination that found the monster of her dreams. You’ve heard of magic fingers? Change that to tentacles and multiply them by… well, I lost count and so did Ari. 😉

Wicked Woods was the first book in Kelly Apple’s Monstrous Tales series. I picked the first two up when they were free so The Wicked Wolf has been added to my TBR pile. Seems that while the monster is away, it’s time for the co-ed to play?

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Rocky Mountain Heat (Six Pack Ranch #1) by Vivian Arend

RocyMountainHeatBlake Coleman is old enough to know that acting on impulse causes nothing but a heap of trouble. But when trouble’s a blonde wearing a cowboy hat with slim legs that go on forever, what’s a man to do? Wanting the sweet girl next door is just wrong. Hell, he was the one that taught her to ride a horse and now all he can think about is riding her. The responsible thing to do is keep his hands off.

Jaxi has other plans for his hands, and his heart. She may have considered Blake a big brother once but that was a long time ago. She’s all grown up now and ready to convince him that she’s just what he’s been waiting for. 

Add the complication of two sexy younger brothers who have suddenly noticed Jaxi and things heat up fast. Blake’s gonna have to decide if a little trouble is worth fighting for.

Well, this one was fun. I’ve read several books by Vivian Arend, but none of them were contemporary. I love her Granite Lake Wolves series. It’s full of snarky, alpha characters. The Six Pack Ranch series has some pretty snarky, witty characters too… they just don’t turn into wolves. 🙂

The Coleman’s have known Jaxi since she was a little girl. The problem is, that’s exactly how Blake still sees her. When she comes to stay at the ranch to help out his mom, it’s almost more than he can handle… especially since… well, Jaxi is a handful. So are Blake’s brothers. Turns out that everyone in not only the family, but in the close knit town knows how Blake feels about Jaxi. Watching him finally cave was fun.

The back and forth banter between the brothers and the rest of the family made me definitely want to get to know this crew better. Oh, and Blake wasn’t the only brother having romance problems in Rocky Mountain Heat. Let’s just say things got pretty interesting… I can’t wait to see where this series goes. Speaking of which, the next book in the series is Rocky Mountain Haven.

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Beast #1 by Ella James

BeastFROM HOLLYWOOD ROYALTY…
At twenty-one years old, third-generation movie star Cal Hammond was on top of the world. He had more money than God and more women than any man could need. But when a night of debauchery ends in tragedy, he forfeits a life of luxury for a ten-year prison sentence at La Rosa, California’s most violent prison.

TO BRUTAL BEAST.
Eight years later, a ruthless, cunning man runs La Rosa from the inside. He is known simply as Beast. All the wardens fear him. All the gangs obey him. He speaks to no one but his inner council. What he says is law.

ONLY SHE CAN SAVE HIM.
Annabelle Mitchell’s stepfather is the warden at La Rosa. He deals as dirty as his trustees, and after years of smooth relations with Beast and the gangs he runs, Holt lands on the powerful prisoner’s hit list. That very afternoon, Annabelle pays a surprise visit to La Rosa, hoping to use her new counseling license at a place she thinks she could make a difference. When Beast sees her, he releases the warden and grabs the nameless girl who played a starring role in the worst night of his life. The price for the warden’s error is not death. It’s his precious Belle.

Let’s recap… So far I’ve read the first part of Red and Wolfe, Hansel and Beast. Out of those 3, Beast is definitely my favorite. If I had to narrow down why, it would have to be the back story.

Beast and Annabelle have a history. They met several years before, and that’s where this story begins. Readers know going in what Cal was like before he became Beast and what turned him into the person he’s become. Annabelle was a huge fan that came closer to him than she ever expected. She was there at the turning point. Even though it was only one night, her reaction to him when they met at the prison was a little easier to accept knowing their background.

So, if I had to choose one of these twisted tales to continue, it would be Beast. I’ll keep you posted. 😉

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Giving an Inch (The Professor’s Rule #1) by Heidi Belleau & Amelia C. Gormley

GivingAnInchHistory grad James Sheridan thinks his biggest problem in life is trying to find a suitable outfit for his upcoming Ph.D. candidacy exam. That is, until he accidentally texts a changing-room selfie meant for his fashionable sister to his ex, the domineering Professor Carson.

James and Carson haven’t seen each since James fled their power games two years ago. Back in his undergrad days, Carson was his Professor, and not just in the academic sense: a man of unusual tastes and extreme sexual demands, James had been happy to sate Carson’s savage appetites. Too happy, in fact. He never could trust himself not to let Carson push too far.

Now James is older and wiser, and sharing some seriously flirtatious vibes with a cute menswear rep. When Carson replies to James’s errant text, ready to pick up where they left off, James can’t help being drawn back into Carson’s control. It’s only when Carson suggests involving the salesman that James has to ask himself how far is too far, and whether he’s willing to go there with Carson again.

Short, sweet, hot and really, really kinky and very bizarre… I’m sorry, there’s no better way to explain it.

This entire book takes place in the dressing room of a clothing store all because of an accidental text message. The description does a pretty good job of summing things up.

I have to admit, this one took my totally by surprise. I’ve read books by both of these authors before so I knew that there would be nothing tame about this encounter, but this short little book took submissiveness to a whole new level. Having someone have that much control when the encounter is face to face is one thing, but having the option to hang up, not answer or simply ignore that person, and still not being able to… That kind of control was something that was hard for me to wrap my head around. Yet, I couldn’t stop reading it and now I want to know more…

I’ve always been curious about this series and now that I’ve read Giving an Inch, I want to pick up An Inch at a Time, which tells the story of how this ‘relationship’ between James and his professor started.

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Bayou Noël (Bayou Heat #8.5) by Alexandra Ivy & Laura Wright

BayouNoelTis the season for new beginnings:
Molly has spent her last Christmas alone. After waiting five years for Garrick to notice her as more than his mother’s caregiver. The aggravating male might always have a place in her heart, but she’s determined to find someone who wants to build a family with her. She had no idea that writing a letter of resignation would bring Garrick back to the Wildlands.

It will take a Christmas miracle to bring them together:
Garrick can’t believe that Molly is willing to walk away. She’d not only become irreplaceable to his mother, but he’d become addicted to her letters when he was far away from home. He’d be damned if he was going to let her slip away. But once back in the Wildlands, Garrick is forced to choose between opening his heart to the female he loves or risk losing her forever.

My favorite kind of novella is one that can stand alone from a series, but makes me want to know more enough to track down the full lengths books. Bayou Noel is that kind of novella, and obviously my introduction to the Bayou Heat series.

I loved these characters. There was an obvious attraction between the two of them from the beginning, whether Garrick wanted to admit it or not. It seems that he was the only one who didn’t know it… on the surface.

This one was short, sweet with just the right amount of heat. A perfect Holiday read. I can’t wait to see what else there is to discover in the Bayou 😉

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Hansel #1 by Ella James

HanselOne boy. Mother calls him Hansel.
One girl. Mother named her Gretel.
Locked in little rooms, in the mountainside mansion of a crazy woman.
Until he saws a hole into the wall dividing them.
Then at least, they have each other’s hands.

It doesn’t end well at Mother’s house.
Everything gets…broken. 

Ten years later, they meet again in an exclusive Vegas sex club.
Whips.
Chains.
And most of all, a mask.
What happens to love when it gets twisted? 

Fairy tales are cautionary tales, remember?

There are twisted fairy tales and then there are fairy tales that are twisted. I know it sounds like they are one in the same, but trust me they’re not. Hansel falls into the second category for me.

When I think about twisted fairy tales, I think about an adult version of one of the popular stories that we learned as kids. Probably with a little magic thrown into the mix and a paranormal aspect. Hansel was more a twisted tale of a very twisted individual that kidnapped ‘unwanted’ kids to help her reenact her own sick version of the traditional tales. I’m not saying that there’s anything wrong with it, I’m just saying it’s not exactly what I was expecting.

Once again, this story follows the same format as Red & Wolfe. The story is told in parts, and the first installment is just an introduction. I think I would have enjoyed both stories more if I could just continue through the four parts to the end of the tale.

I’ve got one more 1st installment to read (Beast) and then I think I’ll pick one of them to finish reading from start to finish. That’s one advantage to having the 1st installment offered as a Freebie. You can get a little taste and decide if you want to continue. 😉

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