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May 30, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday # 101 - Let the Sky Fall by Shannon Messenger

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted at Breaking The Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

Seventeen-year-old Vane Weston is the only survivor of the category five tornado that killed his parents. Every night since the storm, a beautiful, dark-haired girl has swept through his dreams. She's the only clue to his past, and he clings to the hope that she's real.

Audra is real, but she's also a sylph. An air elemental. She walks on the wind, can translate its alluring songs, and can even twist it into a weapon. She's also a guardian--Vane's guardian--and has sworn an oath to protect him at all costs. Even if it means sacrificing her own life.

When a hasty mistake reveals their location to the enemy who murdered both of their families, Audra must help Vane remember who he is. He has a power to claim--the secret language of the West Wind, which only he can understand. But unlocking his heritage will also unlock a memory Audra wishes could be erased. And as the storm bears down on them she starts to realize the greatest danger might not be the warriors coming to destroy them, but the forbidden romance that's grown between them.

Set amongst the desert airstreams of Coachella Valley in California, and alive with wonderful wind-swept prose, LET THE SKY FALL is about two teenagers broken by their pasts, divided by their futures, and bound by love.
March 2013 by Simon Pulse

I just found this cover at Shannon Messenger blog, and I really like it. The synopsis sounds good too! Nature powers? Cool :P

May 29, 2012

Book Review: The Rent-A-Groom by Jennifer Blake

Author: Jennifer Blake
Release Date: February 5th 2012
Publisher: Steel Magnolia Press
Age: Adult
Even though Gina cancels her wedding mere days before the ceremony, she’s determined to keep her reservation for a famous honeymoon suite in Dallas.

Enter Race, a Texas cowboy who cleans up rather well, and who declares himself her substitute groom for the week.

Thinking her best friend hired Race, Gina goes along with the fun – at first. But is Race really who he seems? Why is Gina’s ex-fiance staying at the same hotel? And just how far is Gina prepared to go with Race and that model-worthy face of his on their "honeymoon"?
Gina cancels her wedding but she's still keeping her reservation for the honeymoon suite. When her ex-fiance calls her to ask for the reservation to use it with his new bride, Gina needs a groom, and fast!

The Rent-A-Groom is a short novel by Jennifer Blake. It's a quick story, sweet and with a happy ending. Gina thinks her best friend hired the groom, but this man, Race, is a mystery. He's hot but sweet and knows about Gina's ex fiance. They have chemistry and I enjoyed their story.

It's too short, but it's fun and cute, with some suspense but not too much surprises, perfect for when you need a light and sweet romance.

More about this book www.jenniferblake.comGoodreads, Amazon.

May 26, 2012

Stacking The Shelves # 5

Stacking the Shelves is a meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews, where people like me can showcase our new books of the week and make you jealous!

Free for Kindle:

Secrets of Midnight by Miriam Minger
Eden by Keary Taylor

Only two three books this week, but free :). What did you get?

May 24, 2012

Book Review: Three Wishes by Stephanie Bond

Title: Three Wishes
Author: Stephanie Bond
Release Date: November 7th 2011
Publisher: NeedtoRead Books
Age: Adult
Be careful what you wish for...

When a lowly antiques dealer who's in love with the governor's girlfriend releases a genie from a magic lamp, he unwittingly wishes himself into a hole the size of the Grand Canyon!
I downloaded Three Wishes for free a couple of weeks ago and started to read it, but then decided to leave if for later. I picked it up last weekend and devoured it in just a couple of hours.

Laddin, an antique dealer, finds an antique rug and lamp on an estate sale. When he cleans up the lamp, an 'earthquake' destroy his shop and suddenly appears a homeless crazy man. It seems weird, but it's going to become weirder when suddenly his wished are becoming real.

Laddin likes Jasmine, one of his costumers, but she's already dating someone, a very important man. But Jasmine is having feelings for Laddin too, and just when she's about to stop these feelings, there are suddenly giant billboards saying how crazy he is for her...

Three Wishes is a fun light 'Aladdin' romance, quick to read and very sweet. At first it was a little bit slow, but I enjoyed it.

More about this book at www.stephaniebond.comGoodreads, Amazon.

May 23, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday # 100 - Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted at Breaking The Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

In a land where magic has been forgotten but peace has reigned for centuries, a deadly unrest is simmering. Three kingdoms grapple for power—brutally transforming their subjects’ lives in the process. Amidst betrayals, bargains, and battles, four young people find their fates forever intertwined:
Cleo: A princess raised in luxury must embark on a rough and treacherous journey into enemy territory in search of a magic long thought extinct.
Jonas: Enraged at injustice, a rebel lashes out against the forces of oppression that have kept his country impoverished—and finds himself the leader of a people’s revolution centuries in the making.
Lucia: A girl adopted at birth into a royal family discovers the truth about her past—and the supernatural legacy she is destined to wield.
Magnus: Bred for aggression and trained to conquer, a firstborn son begins to realize that the heart can be more lethal than the sword...
The only outcome that’s certain is that kingdoms will fall. Who will emerge triumphant when all they know has collapsed?
December 11th 2012 by Razorbill

May 22, 2012

Wicked Wildfire Read-a-Thon (June 20-24)

'The Wicked Wildfire Read-A-Thon is a time when we all get together to dedicate the days of June 20-24 to as much reading as possible. You read as much as you can in order to get yourself a little further through that huge to-read pile! We know real life gets in the way and even if you can’t participate more than one day, you’re welcome to join in on the fun!'

Hosted by Rebecca @ Kindle Fever and April @ My Shelf Confessions

May 20, 2012

Book Review: Third Grave Dead Ahead (Charley Davidson #3) by Darynda Jones

Author: Darynda Jones
Series: Charley Davidson #3
Release Date: January 31st 2012
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Age: Adult
Charley Davidson—grim reaper extraordinaire, private investigator . . . meh—is practicing her profession under the influence, caffeine and copious amounts of it, due to an extreme desire to induce insomnia. Every time she closes her eyes, Reyes Farrow, the part-human, part-supermodel son of Satan, is there. Only thing is, he’s a tad peeved. She did bind him for all eternity, so it’s hard blame him. But 13 days without a wink is bound to bring out the crazy in a girl. So, when a man hires her to find his wife, Charley accepts the job with one goal in mind: Put the man behind bars, and not the wet kind. She can sense the guilt waft off him and vows to find the woman’s body and prove he’s a murderer.

In the meantime, Reyes is back in prison and none too happy about it . . . so Charley thinks, until she is carjacked by the dark-haired rake, who swears the very man he went to prison for killing is not only alive, but close by. And he wants Charley to find him.

While a visit to her old friend Rocket sheds no light on Reyes’s situation, Charley finds out the man’s wife is still alive and time is running out. Finding her before she dies would be a miracle, but she has to try. Together with the help of a fashion-impaired receptionist named Cookie, Charley sets out to bring the bad guys to justice. She just hopes Reyes is not one of them. And that she’s not hallucinating from her self-induced bout with insomnia.
It's difficult to say something different from a series you already said you love, but yes, I loved this book and the Charley Davidson series is one of my favorites!

This time I wasn't too crazy about Reyes Farrow, Charley's sexy and powerful 'boyfriend'. Actually, I think I disliked him. He was too rough and I can't believe he hurt Charley the way he did, I felt really bad for her. I don't know if in the next book he will redeem himself, but right now I don't think Charley should care about him. (too hard, maybe?)

But in this book there is much more information about Reyes' past and his human 'father'. It's very dark, darker than I thought. Also, there is a little bit of more info about other supernatural beings, and what's probably going to happen at Charley's future.

Overall, read the Charley Davidson series if you want to read something fun. Now I have to wait for the next book of the series, Fourth Grave Beneath My Feet, which is going to be released October 30th 2012.

May 19, 2012

Stacking the Shelves # 4

Stacking the Shelves is a meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews, where people like me can showcase our new books of the week and make you jealous!

I've been super busy and I barely read read this week, but I got some great books :)


Kindle freebies:
- not free anymore :/

Have a nice weekend!

May 18, 2012

Book Review: A Ravishing Redhead by Jillian Eaton

 A Ravishing Redhead by Jillian Eaton
Series: Wedded Women Quartet #2
Author: Jillian Eaton
Release Date: April 15th 2012
Age: Adult
On her wedding night Margaret’s husband took something infinitely precious from her before he disappeared to parts unknown… no, not her virginity. Her dowry! Now she is stuck at his rundown estate without a penny to her name and enough time on her hands to think up a thousand different ways to get revenge against the man who duped her and dumped her.

Henry saw only one way out of his family's gambling debts: to marry a wealthy heiress. Now after nearly a year spent abroad recouping his losses and building a new fortune, he can only vaguely recall what his wife looks like. He remembers her as a sweet, shy girl with beautiful auburn hair and lovely blue eyes. Who then is this entrancing red haired hellion that dresses like a man and swears like a sailor?

Greed and secrets tore them apart. Now fate has brought them back together. Can two strangers find love after marriage? Or will their differences prove too difficult to overcome despite their sizzling chemistry?
A Ravishing Redhead is a sweet short romantic story. Margaret's husband was drunk at their wedding and then took off with her whole dowry. That was 8 months ago, and now Margaret is trying to save their house and the staff with the little money she can get selling her dresses.

But then Henry comes back and doesn't find the sweet woman he married, but a woman dressed as a man and working as one too. She's angry and practically wants to kill him, but he wasn't expecting to care so much for her....

This is one of these short stories I wished it would have been longer. I really enjoyed the author's writing, and the characters had personality. But it was too short and lacked more plot, and although it has a HEA ending, I wanted more.

More about this book at www.jillianeaton.webs.comGoodreadsAmazon.

May 17, 2012

Picture Book Review: And Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson, Peter Parnell

Authors: Justin Richardson, Peter Parnell
Illustrator: Henry Cole
Release Date: April 26th 2005
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing
Age: Children
In the zoo there are all kinds of animal families. But Tango's family is not like any of the others. This illustrated children's book fictionalizes the true story of two male penguins who became partners and raised a penguin chick in the Central Park Zoo.
And Tango Makes Three is such a cute book!

Roy and Silo are two male penguins, and they do everything together. But when it comes the moment to take care of an egg (like all the other penguin couples), they can't. But by luck, they have the opportunity to take care of an extra egg from another couple, Tango.

If you want to teach your kids about family and love, this is your book. It's very sweet, the illustrations are beautiful and it has a real message. I was very excited to discover this was a true story. It doesn't matter your species or gender, love is real.

Personally, I'll be sharing this story with my niece and my kids (when I have them hehe).

More about this book at Goodreads, The Book Depository, Amazon.

May 16, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday # 99 - Dark Star by Bethany Frenette

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted at Breaking The Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

My pick: Dark Star by Bethany Frenette (October 23rd 2012 by Hyperion)

Audrey Whitticomb has nothing to fear. Her mother is the superhero Morning Star, the most deadly crime-fighter in the Twin Cities, so it’s hard for Audrey not to feel safe. That is, until she’s lured into the sweet night air by something human and not human—something with talons and teeth, and a wide, scarlet smile.
Now Audrey knows the truth: her mom doesn’t fight crime at night. She fights Harrowers—livid, merciless beings who were trapped Beneath eons ago. Yet some have managed to escape. And they want Audrey dead, just because of who she is: one of the Kin.
To survive, Audrey will need to sharpen the powers she has always had. When she gets close to someone, dark corners of the person’s memories become her own, and she sometimes even glimpses the future. If Audrey could only get close to Patrick Tigue, a powerful Harrower masquerading as human, she could use her Knowing to discover the Harrowers’ next move. But Leon, her mother’s bossy, infuriatingly attractive sidekick, has other ideas. Lately, he won’t let Audrey out of his sight.
When an unthinkable betrayal puts Minneapolis in terrible danger, Audrey discovers a wild, untamed power within herself. It may be the key to saving her herself, her family, and her city. Or it may be the force that destroys everything—and everyone—she loves.
I like the cover and sounds amazing, her mother a superhero? Cool!

May 15, 2012

Book Review: The Bride and the Brute by Laurel O'Donnell

Author: Laurel O'Donnell
Release Date: December 13th 2011
Publisher: O'Donnell Books
Jayce Cullen has been fighting her fear of thunder and lightning ever since she was a child, but nothing could have prepared her for the fury of her new husband. Feeling deceived and betrayed into a loveless marriage, Lord Reese Harrington wants nothing to do with his new wife. Trapped in a marriage with no escape, the beautiful young bride must battle the demons of her husband's past and hope that she can weather the storm his brutish behavior unleashes.
The Bride and the Brute is a short medieval romance novella. Jayce Cullen is suddenly married to Lord Reese Harrington, and he's furious. She doesn't understand why feels that way, but she's trapped with him...until he sends her back!

Jayce not only accepts her rushed marriage, but she's willing to make it work. But Reese doesn't give her a chance. And now she's absolutely alone...

I really liked this story, but I wish it would have been longer! Jayce and Reese romance was so emotional, Jayce is very innocent and Reese is just angry trying to save his sister and escaping this loveless marriage. Reese was too hard with her sometimes, but he definitely had potential.

Overall, The Bride and the Brute is a great novella to read on a short afternoon. The ending was too rushed, I was expecting more story, but still enjoyed their romance.

More about this book at www.laurel-odonnell.comGoodreadsAmazon.

May 11, 2012

Book Review: The Siren's Song (Romancing the Pirate #3) by Jennifer Bray-Weber

Author: Jennifer Bray-Weber
Series: Romancing the Pirate #3
Release Date: May 14th 2012
Publisher: Carina Press
Age: Adult
Gilly is fleeing from the man who murdered her lover. When her boat goes down and she's rescued by a pirate crew, she may have found herself in more trouble than she bargained for. The Captain, Thayer Drake, is fascinated by Gilly and can't help but try to protect her even though he suspects she is keeping too many secrets. When she is kidnapped and given into the custody of Drake's arch nemesis, Drake has to act fast. But can he trust Gilly? Will he be able to save her when the stakes are high?
More pirates!

A few weeks ago I read A Kiss in the Wind by the same author, and really liked it. The Siren's Song is the third book from the same series, but it isn't necessary to read the other books to enjoy this one.

Gilly is running from the man who murdered her lover, and against all odds, she's saved by Captain Thayer Drake. What I liked more about her is that she isn't the perfect female protagonist, she has some serious issues and lots of secrets, and knows nothing about the pirate's life.

Thayer is a pirate who is just living his life, drinking to forget his life story and just hanging there. But he's captivated by Gilly's voice and curious by her secrets, and he can't accept leaving her behind when some strange men are searching for her.

I really enjoyed their love story, because both of them have serious issues and are far from perfect, but they managed to compliment each other and got their HEA ending.

Also, the story never slowed down! Between fights and romance, there were some twists that maintained me entertained and made me enjoy the book even more.

Overall, The Siren's Song is a must read if you're looking for some action, strong but vulnerable characters and sexy pirates!

More about this book at www.jbrayweber.comGoodreads, Amazon.

May 10, 2012

Book Review: The Marriage Bargain by Jennifer Probst

The Marriage Bargain by Jennifer Probst
Series: Marriage to a Billionaire #1
Author: Jennifer Probst
Release Date: February 13th 2012
Publisher: Entangled Publishing
Age: Adult
A marriage in name only…
To save her family home, impulsive bookstore owner, Alexa Maria McKenzie, casts a love spell. But she never planned on conjuring up her best friend’s older brother—the powerful man who once shattered her heart.
Billionaire Nicholas Ryan doesn’t believe in marriage, but in order to inherit his father’s corporation, he needs a wife and needs one fast. When he discovers his sister’s childhood friend is in dire financial straits, he’s offers Alexa a bold proposition.
A marriage in name only with certain rules: Avoid entanglement. Keep things all business. Do not fall in love. The arrangement is only for a year so the rules shouldn’t be that hard to follow, right?
I discovered  The Marriage Bargain at and the synopsis interested me. Romance between a billionaire and his sister's childhood friend? I'm in!

Alexa McKenzie needs money and fast, so the best solution is to find a rich husband. Nicholas Ryan needs a wife and fast, so when Maggie, his sister, recommends him to marry Alexa (and pay her in advance), he accepts. They haven't seen each other in years, but he still remember their first kiss.

They have both grown up and their life are very different, but they can barely keep their hands off each other. After all, they are married. But sex leads to feelings, and this is only a business arrangement.

Alexa is fun! I loved her attitude toward her family and Nick, and her sweet heart to save dogs from the shelter. Nick is different, he didn't have a good childhood and doesn't believe in love, but he found in Alexa a person who was strong enough to give him time and space and who actually could love him.

I loved The Marriage Bargain. Alexa and Nick were a sweet couple, they had their hot explosive moments, and I enjoyed the author's writing. I read it in just one day, and even when it didn't have the surprise factor, I really want to read the second book from the series, The Marriage Trap, which is going to be released June 15th 2012.

More about this book at jenniferprobst.comGoodreadsAmazon.