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Hell on Wheels by Julie Ann Walker

Posted: 06 Aug 2012 04:24 PM PDT

From Amazon - Ex–Marine Nate "Ghost" Weller is an expert at keeping his cool—and his distance—which makes him one hell of a sniper. It's also how he keeps his feelings for Ali Morgan in check. Sweet, sexy Ali has always revved his engine, but she's his best friend's baby sister...and totally off limits.

Ali's never seen anything sexier than Nate Weller straddling his custom Harley—or the flash of danger in his eyes when she tells him she's in trouble. First something happened to her brother, and now she's become the target of a nasty international organization. With Nate, her life is in the most capable hands possible—but her heart is another story altogether.

For the most part, I enjoyed this book. It was a fun, quick read, which had me captivated from the first sentence. The Hero, Nate "Ghost" Weller was the typical alpha male – the take charge, must protect their woman at all cost kind of guy. I'd doubt that I would be the first to admit that I like that type of hero. His alpha maleness, and the way he always answered Ali by grunting made him incredibly sexy. Ali, the heroine, was just alright.  She didn't really stand out. I found the way she was always throwing up to be pretty annoying.

At times, the story was pretty unrealistic. Some of the things that took place were unbelievable. In addition to some things being difficult to believe, there were also some cheesy moments. I actually cringed a few times because of the cheesiness.

Despite all the bad, this was definitely an above average read. I can't exactly put my finger on it, but there was something about this novel that kept me coming back for more. I recommend it to anyone who is a fan of Romantic Suspense.

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.  Abbey 

Vengeance Born by Kylie Griffin

Posted: 06 Aug 2012 11:14 AM PDT


Annika is Na'Chi , a half-blood that is part human and part demon. She is unwanted by her father Savyr, the leader of the Na'Reish (the demons) and suffers daily at the hands of the  Na'Reish for being born of a human mother. Annika not only is beaten and humiliated all her life by her father and the full-blood demons but also despised by the humans for being part demon. She inherited her mother's gift of healing and dreams of escape to her mother's land and people " the lightblades".

Kalan Tayn is human, a Light Blade and enemy of the demons. When he is captured by demon scouts during a slave raid in the Outer Provinces he's locked away and Annika realizes this may be her only chance to escape. If she can just convince this human to trust her, there may be a way of escape for both of them. Because only under his protection and guardianship will she be allowed to enter Sacred Lake in the human territories and in return he can escape the Na'Reish and certain death. Kalan is repulsed by her half-blood status at first but agrees to help her for the sake of his own survival. Along their journey to the human city the learn to not only trust each other but begin to truly care for one another. The obstacles they encounter along the way is only the beginning. When they reach their destination they then have to deal with the more predjudice and hatred. Can Annika convince everyone she is nothing like her father and finally find peace or will she and Kalan be torn apart by other's hardened hearts?
Vengeance Born is not only about trust and love but also about hatred and predjudice. Annika has been through so much in her life, never really belonging anywhere yet she did not let it harden her heart. I really loved this story and and the characters.  I really felt Annika's pain while at the same time swooning after Kalan. This was a great fantasy romance novel with a couple pretty steamy love scenes in there too. Not to mention there's a second story plot that takes place during the story that adds a big surprise for Annika.

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.  April

Royal Fever! Marrying Up by Wendy Holden Giveaway!

Posted: 05 Aug 2012 09:30 PM PDT

From Amazon - She stopped at nothing. To get everything. Scheming social climber Alexa may be humbly born. But she's a class-hopping cruise missile aimed at the very top of the gold-digging tree. Only a title, mansion and family tiara will do. Befriending feckless aristo Florrie (three surnames plus black hole where her brain should be) means the grandest doors swing open and the prince of her dreams is in sight. But has Florrie's mother, the formidable Lady Annabel, rumbled what Alexa is up to? Beautiful but penniless student Polly, meanwhile, is in love. Is Max, the handsome young vet she's found in a country lane, quite as ordinary as he seems, however? Passionate love, eye-widening snobbery and more than naked ambition abound in this contemporary Cinderella tale - a deliciously satirical novel of the upwardly mobile.

From William and Kate's wedding, to Queen Elizabeth as the bond girl, the Royals are hot right now! Most of us have dreamed of being Royal or growing up to marry our prince.  We've seen celebrities who look like they have it all.  Do they? Who knows, but it would be a fairy tale!

Who do you think is America's Royal Couple?  I would have to say Mariah Carey & Nick Cannon.


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