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Gimme Some Sugar (Pine Mountain Novels) by Kimberly Kincaid

tsteinerid, June 7, 2014

4.5 stars of awesomeness!

Ok I don’t want to toot my own horn, but I was so right!! This series has gotten better. While we are only on the second book of the Pine Mountain series, I can say I think Carly and Jackson may just be one of my favorite couples.

Both Carly and Jackson have been burnt by love, but on totally different ends of the spectrum. Carly is hurt by a ladder climbing, soon to be, ex-husband and Jackson from past family history. They both know there is something special between them, but are too stubborn to allow it to blossom, out of fear and self-preservation. What a major loss!

Gimme Some Sugar is 100% about them and their journey to heal and find the love they both deserve. Their story is about their instant attraction, how they fought the pull and came to a mutual agreement and then had a ton of fun together. I enjoyed how utterly blindsided they were when they finally realized what they had to lose and how it all came about.

Gimme Some Sugar was well written and an extremely enjoyable read. I was thrilled that some old characters from the first in the series, Turn Up the Heat, played a visit and a small part in the story, but I am sad that Grady wasn’t around. No, no, no not gone. He’s around, just happily retired. I loved the new additions to the town and I’m very excited about the next installment, Stirring Up Trouble.

Stirring Up Trouble will be about Sloan and Gavin. Sloan played a minor part in this story, but made her mark. I love that she is a romance writer and is in need of inspiration. Enter Gavin. He on the other had played a very small role in this novel and I can’t wait to see what secrets this man has hidden.

I highly recommend this book for sheer pleasure of reading a solid romance novel. Gimme Some Sugar most definitely can be read alone, but Turn Up the Heat was a very enjoyable read too. Not as solid for me as Gimme Some Sugar, but still good fun. Together, they would heat up weekend and warm your heart. What more can you ask from a feel good romance?
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Turn Up the Heat (Pine Mountain Novels) by Kimberly Kincaid
Turn Up the Heat (Pine Mountain Novels)

tsteinerid, June 5, 2014

3.5 Stars.

I really enjoyed Turn Up the Heat. The characters were engaging, the sex was just warm enough and the plot was easy going. All around good afternoon relaxing read.

Bellamy’s life is up in the air and a little vacation is in order. Along with her two best buddies, she gets away from the city to the snowy mountains. Too bad her car didn’t like the trip.

What Shane doesn’t need is a city girl coming into town in her little broken down sports car. What was the woman thinking driving a Miata in the snow? One look at her and he knows she will be trouble. Shane couldn’t be more right.

When one door closes, another one opens is a good motto for Turn Up the Heat. Both main characters have issues in their lives but that doesn’t stop them from heating up the small town of Pine Mountain. As their issues start to implode or get resolved, Bellamy and Shane make a great connection; both inside and outside of the bed. I think Shane blew things out of proportion, but Bellamy made her fair share of mistakes too. I enjoyed their courtship, but at time I was completely frustrated at Ms. Kincaid’s ability to keep me guessing about Shane.

As the series continues I hope to see some of the people that were introduced to us. They were the icing on the cake and I loved how you could almost feel their bonds of friendship. I can also see myself falling in love with Pine Mountain and I can’t wait to read more about this small mountain town. Don’t even get me started on the tasty recipes that are included with the book. All I can say is YUM!

Turn Up the Heat is a great sweet story about friendship, love, trust, and food. I think Ms. Kincaid will have us craving for more and more.
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Born in Blood (Sentinels) by Alexandra Ivy
Born in Blood (Sentinels)

tsteinerid, June 3, 2014

3.5 Stars

Born in Blood is a very good read but has typical “first book in a new series” syndrome; a whole bunch of vivid and descriptive world building that took away from the characters.

In this new universe, paranormal creatures and gifted people fall under the title “high blood” or freak, the derogatory term used for them. While their existence is known, they are still veiled in secrecy. They live in a city called Valhalla that is protected by a magic dome.

Callie has been living in Valhalla for as long as she can remember. Her gift was recognized by her parents and she was dumped into a dumpster. Luckily she found kindness and love in her new home and is now a grown woman who is in high demand by the local police force for her rare gift of necromancy. But she has a little problem. She needs to keep her mind on her job and off the sexy detective that has been occupying way too much of her time. She needs to concentrate or be woman enough to take what she wants and desires.

Today is Duncan’s lucky day. It seems his favorite fantasy is interested in him too. Now he needs to play it cool to catch her and keep her. The problem is, she has a huge tattooed killer of a bodyguard and they have a high blood killer on the loose. Oh and I forgot to mention…zombies. He doesn’t have the time to woo Callie, but he isn’t about to let her slip from his grasp.

Ms. Ivy does a very thorough job building her world, but it drew me away from where I wanted to be, with Duncan and Callie. I enjoyed the story as a whole, but I wasn’t blown away. Now that the building is done, I hope that the future installments will take what I expect to be a great series, to the next level. Ms. Ivy has always found a way to pull me in and I expect her to continue to do that.

On a very very positive note, the fact she is titling the series after the sexy hot and very deadly sentinels, well that alone will keep me coming back for more. I think Ms. Ivy has developed the next hottie of the paranormal world. Sentinels are deliciously alpha with mind blowing sex appeal. Need I say more?
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Until the Dawn by Desiree Holt
Until the Dawn

tsteinerid, May 26, 2014

Until the Dawn is the first book in the Nemesis series. We meet two people who felt the sparks of attraction from the very first moment and though it took two weeks for them to finally light on fire, they now have a raging inferno on their hands. Their passion is out of control and danger is around every corner.

Neither knows who to trust and where to turn, but together they are unstoppable.

Wow this story moved very fast. I was thoroughly entertained by their adventure and I was left all sexed up. Whew, that was some very hot reading. I really can’t say these two burned up my Kindle, it was all Dan. That man is a force to be reckoned with. I’m not sure if he is a national treasure or a deadly weapon.

Even though I wanted to steal Dan from Madison, I never really connected with Madison and Dan as a couple. I can see loving them, but there wasn’t time. Their adventures hit fast and hard and were nonstop. Every time I thought I would connect, the poor couple had more hit them. I hope I can connect with them in future installments. I really enjoyed the peek at some of the supporting cast too. Madison’s old roomie from college, Nikki, seems like she is going to be amazing and I hope to read more about her soon.

I can see a very interesting series beginning though. Covert ops, danger and some very blindingly hot sex. I have no doubts that I’m going to enjoy the series, because you can’t help but have a true winner with these two amazing authors. With Desiree and Cerise at the helm this is going to be a fan-flippin-tastic ride!!
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Shatter (Phoenix Rising) by Joan Swan
Shatter (Phoenix Rising)

tsteinerid, May 26, 2014

Hmmmm. I’ve either having preemptive withdrawals or some major denial going on. Just finished reading Shatter and I feel shattered.

For the last few years, Mitch has been a part of the group, but yet also apart from the group. The Phoenix Rising series initially focused on a Hazmat team; firefighters that were injured in a huge hazmat explosion. Mitch is the twin brother of the first heroine in the series, Alyssa. He has no special skills or abilities other than being a great big arrogant pain in the butt that has the connections to keep his new family secure and safe. He is always great for comic relief and a complete trouble maker. He is a known womanizer and a brilliant attorney and in his own way the backbone of this whole group.

Halina was introduced to us towards the end of book three, Rush. From the moment Mitch sees her face, you knew that his story was going to be a wild ride. Mitch was always the calm, collective one in the group; keeping his head straight and on track. One look of Halina and his world begins to crumble around him and Shatter is his story.

He never thought he would see her again, but he has found her and he is going to make her explain how she is involved in the circumstances that are continually putting his family in danger and why she lied to him. Their interactions are heated and passionate. But they also hold a hopelessness that grabs you deep in your soul. As you watch his discovery of why she left him, you hurt for him and also share in his joy. It’s simply divine.

Ms. Swan wrote an amazing tale that may or may not have wrapped up this series. I honestly have no idea if it is the ending or not and that bugs me. Even though the plot behind what happened to the group is answered and justice is served, I am left wanting more. Seth was totally dropped. He was on a mission that ended abruptly with no mention of him and then there is Kai. Kai is a man with a mysterious aura and has many issues that are just under the surface. Does his story get told? Even though these potentially great characters seem to have been forgotten; from the first book to this last book it has been an amazing and wondrous read.

Ms. Swan has fashioned an amazing world filled with characters that are very engaging and real with a plot that is intricate and yet simple to follow. My only problem is the few unanswered questions, but all in all this is one top notch series that I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend. Well written with heart, passion and soul.
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