November 29, 2011

Book Review: Cinderella and The Sheikh by Teresa Morgan

Title: Cinderella and the Sheikh
Author: Teresa Morgan
Release Date: April 7th 2011
Publisher: Self published 
Source: Received from the author for an honest review

She's about to get charmed...

Libby Fay's safe little life as a waitress at a posh New York boutique hotel implodes when Sheikh Rasyn Al Jabar, black-eyed and seductive, crashes into her world and swears that he loves her.

The powerful sheikh will do anything to prevent becoming the ruler of his North African homeland, including marrying a woman who is inappropriate to be queen. When he sees the beautiful, bubbly waitress, he knows that she is the perfect wife to help him avoid the throne—all he has to do is make her fall in love with him.

All her life, Libby has longed for the same loving, equal partnership her parents had—something she couldn't possibly have with a forceful sheikh who ignores all her objections. But Rasyn seems to be able to charm her into anything, including his bed. Soon, she finds herself on a plane to Abbas, transported into a fairy tale come true.

Unfortunately for Libby, a Cinderella is the last thing this Prince Charming wants.


Chapter One

The happiness of one woman was a small sacrifice compared to the fate of a country.

Sheikh Rasyn ibn Bakr ibn Rahman al Jabar watched her tuck a stray strand of auburn hair behind her ear. Even from across the crowded lobby of Hotel Scheherazade, even separated from her by the glass wall that divided the café from the hotel, she drew his awareness to every move of her lush body. The busy porters and smartly dressed guests bustling around him faded like smoke as he watched her.

Even from here, Rasyn could see the gray-haired gentleman sitting at her table was dazzled by her too-wide smile. He snuck a glance down her generous cleavage when she set his meal in front of him, as Rasyn wished to do.

Rasyn folded the paper he'd been pretending to read across his knee, taking care not to smudge the ink onto his Alexander McQueen suit. She was lovely, he had to admit, even to his critical gaze. Lovely enough to tempt any man into making a fool of himself. No doubt she thought herself too fat, but who could explain Western standards of beauty, with their skeletal models and anorexic actresses? Her breasts would spill over his hands as he ran his thumbs over her nipples. Her lush backside would press against him as he gathered her to his hardened body.

A ripple of guilt threatened his resolve. Of course she had done nothing to deserve what he would do to her. However, for the good of all Abbas, he had to act. His cousin Imaran belonged on the throne, despite Uncle Anwar’s inclinations.

And it had to be soon. His uncle's illness loomed over Abbas like a shroud. The threat of the country devolving into tribal factions fighting over the succession was very real. Securing Imaran's rise to power meant proving his own unworthiness. If that meant seducing an uninvolved woman, so be it. The alternative meant people would die.

He would ensure her pleasure, at least. And when they divorced, enough material compensation to ensure she never had to wait tables again. Perhaps even a degree of celebrity.

Across the lobby, she laughed at something the old man said. Her smile transformed her face from mere beauty to that of an exotic houri.

She was perfect for his needs. He'd come to Manhattan intending to find an ordinary woman to seduce. But as soon as he'd seen this one, with shining ruby glints in her hair and eyes as green as an oasis, he'd forgotten all thoughts of plain women. He knew that she wasn't immune to him, either. The second they'd locked eyes, nearly a week ago, she'd dropped a tray of drinks, scattering liquid and shards of glass across the floor.

That's when he'd chosen her. She was beautiful, tempting, and vulnerable to him. No one would wonder why he fell for her.

Yes. He smiled inwardly. She was perfect. Beautiful.

And oh-so common.

My Thoughts  

A reasonably short read that was easily devoured in a couple of hours, this book is just as described in the title, a Cinderella story, and I must say I thoroughly enjoyed it.

I found the writing flowed easily and I connected well with the characters.

The story was sweet and romantic, sexy and funny, with tension and angst in all the right places. 

Cinderella and the Sheikh was an all round great romantic interlude.

A delightful 4 Star read ;] 

Links of Interest

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November 28, 2011

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November 23, 2011

Book Review: Lord of the Abyss by Nalini Singh

Title: Lord of the Abyss (Royal House of Shadows #4)
Author: Nalini Singh
Release Date: November 22nd 2011
Publisher: Harlequin
Source: Received from the publisher via Netgalley

Once upon a time…the Blood Sorcerer vanquished the kingdom of Elden. To save their children, the queen scattered them to safety and the king filled them with vengeance. Only a magical timepiece connects the four royal heirs…and time is running out.…

As the dark Lord who condemns souls to damnation in the Abyss, Micah is nothing but a feared monster wrapped in impenetrable black armor. He has no idea he is the last heir of Elden, its last hope. Only one woman knows—the daughter of his enemy.

Liliana is nothing like her father, the Blood Sorcerer who’d cursed Micah. She sees past Micah’s armor to the prince inside. A prince whose sinful touch she craves. But first she has to brave his dark, dangerous lair and help him remember. Because they only have till midnight to save Elden.

My Thoughts

The best in this series was definitely left til last. 

Nalini Singh has done what Nalini Singh does best.

Fantastic world building. 
Extremely loveable main characters.
Great supportive secondary characters.
Exciting story.
Sexual tension to the extreme.
Fun, laughter, sadness, love and loss, this story has everything.
Exciting story, exciting story, exciting story. 

I read Lord of the Abyss in one sitting and absolutely LOVED it.
Micah is a hottie and a sweetie and just so damn lovable, and Liliana is the perfect woman for him. 
Theirs, is a most beautiful love story that I would happily re read a lot.

A brilliant 5 Star read ~<;]


November 22, 2011

Book Review: Lord of the Wolfyn by Jessica Andersen

Title: Lord of the Wolfyn (Royal House of Shadows #3)
Author: Jessica Andersen
Release Date: October 18th 2011
Publisher: Harlequin
Source: Received from the publisher via Netgalley

Once upon a time…the Blood Sorcerer vanquished the kingdom of Elden.
To save their children, the queen scattered them to safety and the king filled them with vengeance.
Only a magical timepiece connects the four royal heirs…and time is running out.…
For practical Reda Weston, nothing could explain how reading a sexy version of "Little Red Riding Hood" catapulted her into another realm—face-to-fang with the legendary wolf-creature who seduced women. A wolf who transformed into a dark, virile man….
Dayn cursed the Sorcerer that turned him wolfyn and damned him to a lonely fate. As a beast, he mated with women to gain strength.
Strength he needed to rescue his royal parents. But as a man, he craved Reda's heated, sizzling touch. With little time left, Dayn had to either embrace his wolf to save his kingdom…or fight it to save his woman.

My Thoughts 

I was hoping for something really, really great here and sadly it fell way short.

The story was very slow paced and I found myself skipping over the pages for something to grab my attention but found it lacking.

I found the characters weak and truthfully, rather boring. 
There just wasn't any real spark for me, and I found the fraising repetitive.

The action picked up a bit towards the end but by then I was over it and glad to see the end.

A rather forgettable 2 Star read :|

November 21, 2011

Quickie Giveaway

I've been totally sucky in the blogging department just recently and my review pile hasn't gotten any smaller due to my hectic personal life at the moment. 
Throw in some sick kids, the hubby staying out of town for work, and a recurring health problem for myself and its disaster all round!!

We ALL need a pick-me-up.

And what better way to do that than a giveaway!

Now if you follow the blog you know I love anything to do with angels of any kind, so imagine my delight when I found these totally cute, if inexpensive angel wing ear-rings.

So here's the deal....

Just leave a comment, say hi, or whatever, but leave an email address and at the end of the week I'll draw a winner.

Easy peesy lemon squeezey!!!!!

November 14, 2011

Book Review: Tempest by Julie Cross

Title: Tempest (Tempest #1)
Author: Julie Cross
Release Date: 17th Jan 2012
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Source: Received from the publisher via Netgalley

The year is 2009.  Nineteen-year-old Jackson Meyer is a normal guy… he’s in college, has a girlfriend… and he can travel back through time. But it’s not like the movies – nothing changes in the present after his jumps, there’s no space-time continuum issues or broken flux capacitors – it’s just harmless fun.

That is… until the day strangers burst in on Jackson and his girlfriend, Holly, and during a struggle with Jackson, Holly is fatally shot. In his panic, Jackson jumps back two years to 2007, but this is not like his previous time jumps. Now he’s stuck in 2007 and can’t get back to the future.

Desperate to somehow return to 2009 to save Holly but unable to return to his rightful year, Jackson settles into 2007 and learns what he can about his abilities.

But it’s not long before the people who shot Holly in 2009 come looking for Jackson in the past, and these “Enemies of Time” will stop at nothing to recruit this powerful young time-traveler.  Recruit… or kill him.

Piecing together the clues about his father, the Enemies of Time, and himself, Jackson must decide how far he’s willing to go to save Holly… and possibly the entire world.

My Thoughts 

This book has already been compared to movies such as, The Butterfly Effect and Jumper.  
There are similarities, yes. 
But Tempest is something different, and much, much more.
(so clear your mind of any preconceived ideas)  
This book will blow your mind.

Tempest is not just an action packed read.
Its a love story, a conspiracy story, a mystery thriller, an action adventure, futuristic like fantasy with some chick lit moments thrown in too (tissues required!)
It really will mess with your head.

Julie Cross has intense story writing skills and has built a well written world full of vivid and alive characters, who she has thrown into some truly thrilling scenario's.

I loved reading this story from a male P.O.V. (whiny girls in love with 2 boys is SO overdone!) Jackson's story is a refreshing read. 
A young man who is strong willed, has strong morals and has a great sense of what should be right with the world.
Although his life has never been perfect (even with his privileged background) he still understands the true meaning of family and loyalty. And his love for Holly is timeless....although I much prefer 007 Holly over 009 Holly.

Tempest really is a fantastic book to sink your teeth into.
A 5 Star read ~<;]

November 9, 2011

Book Review: Fire With Fire by Penelope King

Title: Fire with Fire (Demonblood Series #2)
Author: Penelope King
Release Date: October 31st 2011
Publisher: Ascension Press
Source: Received from the author for an honest review

Book #2 in the Demonblood Series...

It's been over two months since Lucky and Liora decided their fate outside the cave. Over two months since Kieron left to finish his mission.

So why hasn't he returned?

Crushed and confused, Liora finds comfort with a mysterious stranger, a guy whose motives include more than just healing Liora's broken heart. Meanwhile, Lucky finds herself in the arms of an old friend...the one who has always laid claim to her true soul.

When the reason for Kieron's disappearance becomes known, loyalties will be tested, friends will be betrayed, loves will be lost, and hope will be found. Once and for all, Lucky and Liora will have to chose their destiny. And not everyone will survive their choice.

My Thoughts 

I have been chaffing at the bit to get my hands on this book since I read 'A Demon Made Me Do It' back in August. You can read that review HERE

I literally devoured Fire With Fire. 
Which probably was a bad idea, as I missed things that I shouldn't have.

But hot damn....I was Bones deprived!!
I will freely admit to having a HUGE crush on Bones ;P

I've now had a chance to have a bit of a re-read and you will LOVE every single sentence, every word in fact, of this engrossing, thrilling, exciting, sexy, tear jerking love story.

Yes I said tear jerking.....BIG hint *you will need tissues*

Penelope King has yet again produced a most beautifully written book that will leave you gasping for more, more, MORE!

When will Book 3 be available?
I dont know.
What I do know is, I will be I am chaffing at the bit for it already :)

Fire With Fire is most definitely a 5 Star read ~<;]

Other books available:

Demonblood Series Book #1

Spellbound Trilogy #1

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November 8, 2011

Book Review: Silverbirch by Rob Kaay

Title: Silverbirch; A Tear in the Fabric of the Night Sky
Author: Rob Kaay
Release Date: October 31st 2009 by Robkaay Publishing
Publisher: Robkaay Publishing
Source: Received from the author for an honest review

By eating an extremely rare mushroom that has a red lightning bolt image naturally built-in to its black-gilled underbelly, Nudge discovers he can create a tear in the fabric of the night sky that will allow his soul to legally leave Earth and enter Silverbirch.

My Thoughts

This is definitely not a book I would normally read, in fact I am way out of my comfort zone here.
The characters are definitely interesting and the storyline is really original. 

A diverse group of children that live through a horrendous event, meet up again as adults to tackle the mysteries of their past, and encounter something so exceptionable, so unexplainable that they are quite literally changed forever. 

I will say that there is a lot going on in this book. 
Lots of substories and plot lines and differing P.O.V to keep the reader on his/her toes. And I really did enjoy the twist in the age old heaven/hell, angels and souls story.
I did have moments of information overload throughout and wondered if I myself had ingested some mushrooms.

Overall a well written, if mind boggling (for me anyway) story.
An enjoyable 4 Star read :]

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