I just wanted to let you know that I am still alive and well. I have every intention of continuing on with my reading and reviewing. As you may or may not know, I am currently going through a divorce. Since my soon to be ex-husband is claiming that I am running a soft porn site *eyeball roll*…. yes, you read that correctly “a soft porn site” (pfft!), I have refrained from posting my reviews and any social media that may be connected to my romance book reviews.
As soon as my divorce is final, I will be a book blogging fool. I have missed all of you and the enjoyment of interacting with my online friends. authors, and publishers. But, since my soon to be ex-husband, has sucked the wind out of my sails for now, I must remain anchored to the shore (like that analogy?).
Please feel free to email me and say hi. I would love to hear from you.
Love-struck: (adjective) having a passionate or overwhelming feeling of love; smitten
Is there a book or a series that you have read which has left you completely smitten? A hero/heroine that makes other heroes/heroines pale in comparison to the feelings you have for your “true” love? Are you left feeling dissatisfied because there is just nothing else that can compare?
Well, I am a big fan of Jeaniene Frost’s Night Huntress Series. Cat is a very dynamic heroine; but, it is Bones her vampire lover and husband that is the most swoon worthy male character I have ever come across. I am definitely SMITTEN. I must have read all of the books in the series at least 5 times (the first two I have read 11 times). I am that crazy about Bones. He is loyal, sexy, alpha, smart, handsome, fun, knows his mind, and he is wonderfully stubborn. Because of my attachment to this vampire, it is difficult to give justice to other male characters that I have run across in my reading journey. There are many who have come close… Curran, Christian, and Adam (Mercy’s beau) to name a few.
I picture Bones looking like this:
And below is a book trailer for Halfway to the Grave by Jeaniene Frost:
So, to honor Bones, I am going to give away any book in the Night Huntress Series (winner’s choice). Please complete the Rafflecopter to enter for a chance to win the giveaway.
Riverina Romantics is hosting the Hunky Heroes Giveaway Hop. To help celebrate hunky heroes, Bone Fide Reflections is going to giveaway either Insatiable by Lauren Dane or Mezmorized by Lauren Dane. This giveaway is US & International. I just recently read Captivated by Lauren Dane which is the third book in the Phantom Corps series and absolutely loved it. So, I am hoping to get some of you into reading Ms. Dane’s this series. It is falls under the genre of Science Fiction Romance.
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Carina Fardelle holds the key to calming the rising tensions between the Federation and Imperial ‘Verses. Daniel Haws has been enlisted to smuggle her to safety, but removing her from under the fiercely watchful eye of her evil father, the Supreme Commander, won’t be easy. Born as adversaries into different ranks, and on the run for their lives, they now need each other to survive-by holding on to the only thing they have in common: a growing desire that is dangerous, irresistible, and insatiable…
Andrei Solace delivers death on silent feet as an assassin for the Phantom Corps. Mercenary Piper Roundtree thought she was over him. But against the backdrop of an impending war, their passion is rekindled. Now the lovers must join forces – in more ways than one-to save the Known Universe before the Imperialist enemy hurls it into irreversible chaos.
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Today, April 10th, marks the centennial anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic.
picture courtesy of http://www.autographsmovieposters.com/Titanic_coal.htm
Welcome to the first stop on the Destined Blog Tour!
Today is the anniversary of the Titanic’s demise and I am excited be a good idea to feature an author who has written a novel where most of the plot takes place on the Titanic. I am very excited to have Author, Allison Kraft stop my blog today and promote her book – Destined. The novel is a deliciously fresh paranormal romance novel where the main plot takes place on the Titanic. The descriptions of the ship, the events and the people sweep you back in time.
To share this paranormal, time travel story Allison Kraft will giveaway e-copy of Destined. All you need to do is follow the directions in the Rafflecopter below. Plus, there is a Grand Prize to be given away at the end of the Destined Book Tour (April 14th). The Grand-Prize is a $25 Amazon Gift Card and an autographed paperback of ‘Destined‘ (US & Canada, eBook substituted for International entries) all you have to do is leave a comment on this post and you will automatically be entered to win the Grand-Prize. Follow the tour to a different blog each day (April 10th – 14th) and participate in their giveaways.
While flying across the Atlantic on the centennial anniversary of the Titanic’s tragic maiden voyage, Apolline Greer, last in a long line of vampire hunters, finds herself suddenly transported from her airliner cabin to an eerily familiar ocean liner cabin—as well as the entirely unfamiliar body of her ancestor, Noelle Greer. Upon learning that she is, in fact, on board the very ship she’s been fascinated with all her life, she knows there’s only one thing to do: get off as soon as possible.
But whether by destiny, freak coincidence or a really vivid dream, Apolline finds that her trip back in time comes with three very good reasons to stay on board: Alexander Walker, a handsome and charming fellow vampire hunter; Cristof, the vampire that has tormented her family for generations and very likely killed her own mother; and Sasha, the vampire Noelle was sent to kill.
Time, however, is not on Apolline’s side. The Titanic is on a collision course with destiny, and she only has four days to complete her quest. What seemed like more than enough time at the start quickly becomes too short as she finds that hunting vampires on a luxury ocean liner is much more difficult than she expected. Sasha and Cristof become more elusive as each day passes, while her feelings for Alexander become increasingly complicated. As that fateful night approaches, will she regret her decision to stay and witness history first-hand?
First off, thanks so much for hosting me on your blog, Laurie. I’m thrilled to be honoring the Titanic’s centenary this week, and hope everyone out there enjoys my guest posts.
The following is a POV piece from one of Destined’s main characters, Alexander Walker.
A little background for those who have not yet read the book (no spoilers, since this is all information from the book’s blurb): Alexander is a vampire hunter in 1912, sailing on the Titanic’s maiden voyage. He eventually meets our heroine, Apolline Greer, after she time travels to the ship from 2012 into the body of Noelle Greer, her great-great grandmother. Alex often writes in a journal, and this would be part of an entry written shortly after boarding the ship in Southampton, England, on April 10, 1912. (Noelle boards in Cherbourg, France, later that evening, so he has not met her yet.)
In my lifetime, I have been on more ships than I can count. My work requires a great deal of travel, but even as a child I often accompanied my father on his voyages. Sometimes I feel like I’ve spent more time on ships than I do at home, and when you travel that often, you tend to develop preferences. For a certain company, or ship, or even a specific captain.
The S.S.Majestic has been my ship of choice for the last decade, with the R.M.S. Baltic standing in as a good substitute when necessary. They are both good ships, comfortable and reliable. They get me where I want to go in a timely manner, which for a man of my particular vocation, is a top priority. I credit this to Captain Smith, who has been at the helm of both ships over the years. While I am not too particular about which captain is getting me across the ocean, I cannot deny that I found myself choosing the Baltic more often after hemoved to her service a few years back.
For this trip I was directly instructed to sail on the maiden voyage of the White Star Line’s newest and largest ship, the R.M.S. Titanic. This is a first: not only is it my first maiden voyage, but my guide has never before directed me towards any specific means of transport. It is almost as if the ship itself is meant to be the destination, but perhaps it was just evidence of my guide’s uncanny foresight. Upon arriving at the Southampton dock, I learned that a coal strike had forced three other ships to cancel their upcoming runs. Most of their coal and passengers, it was said, were put onto Titanic instead. So even if I had tried to sail on my old standby the Majestic, I would have likely found myself right where I sit today: in the Second Class Smoking Room of the marvelous Titanic.
Words have never been my strong suit, so I find it difficult to find the right ones to express what it is like to be on this ship. Grand hardly describes her. Even in second class, I feel that I am traveling in the lap of luxury. She is so new, she nearly squeaks. At every turn, it is obvious that this is her first voyage. Wood gleams everywhere, brass sparkles, and the new linoleum floors have no scuffs. The feeling of being on board is akin to that of walking across newly fallen snow. I find myself wanting to make my mark somewhere, but too afraid to mar all that new shine. Everyone seems thrilled to be part of this crossing; I even heard my steward singing out in the hall when I was settling in to my cabin.
Those of us who embarked in Southampton were given a real treat: we were allowed to tour the first class areas, despite only holding second class tickets. I always knew the wealthy traveled in style, but to see it with my own eyes! Their main staircase is spectacular, like something you would find in the poshest of hotels. I suppose this is to make the elite feel at home, along with amenities such as a swimming pool, gymnasium and Turkish bath. I must admit, I am not entirely sure what a Turkish bath is used for. I don’t imagine I would ever have need of it, but I would have appreciated the convenience of the gymnasium were I able to afford to upgrade my passage. After all, it is imperative to stay fit in my line of work.
Speaking of work, I have not yet found Sasha, but it is still daylight. I suspect she is not yet on board. We dock in Cherbourg in a few hours, around sunset. Perfect boarding time for a vampire. There was a bit of excitement as we left England, but nothing overly worrisome. Titanic is so large, her wake nearly dragged a smaller ship into her side as she left the dock. But cool heads prevailed, and any potential disaster was quickly averted. Imagine if it hadn’t been: the celebrated Titanic, in a collision before even leaving her first port! I would have hated for my travel to be delayed by whatever repairs would have been necessary after such a scrape. As it stands, we are already an hour behind schedule.
Despite the dramatic start, the rest of the day has been wonderful. So until we arrive in France and I turn my attention back to work, I plan to enjoy my experience on this newest, largest and grandest ocean liner to cross the Atlantic Ocean. It is early yet, but I suspect I may have found my next favorite ship. With Captain Smith at her helm, I trust this will be a smooth and uneventful voyage.
About the Author
Allison Kraft lives in west-central Florida with her family and four cats. She taught herself how to read at the age of three (with a little help from PBS) and has been a devourer of books ever since. In college, she discovered that, as much as she loved to read about vampires, witches, ghosts and time travel, writing about them was even more fun! Her first novel, Destined, is a time travel romance set on the Titanic, another long-time obsession of hers.
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This is a story about sacrifice… death… love… freedom. This is a story about forever. Haven Antonelli and Carmine DeMarco had vastly different childhoods. Haven, a second-generation slave, grew up isolated in the middle of the desert, her days full of hard work and terrifying abuse. Carmine, born into a wealthy Mafia family, lived a life of privilege, never having to answer for anything he did. Both now seventeen, a twist of fate causes their worlds to collide, making them question everything they ever believed. Entangled in a web of secrets and lies, they learn that while different on the surface, they have more in common than anyone would think.
In a world full of chaos, where money and power rule, Haven and Carmine yearn to break free, but a string of events that started before either were born threatens to destroy them instead. Murder and betrayal are a way of life, and nothing comes without a price– especially not freedom. How much will they have to sacrifice? Can they escape their pasts? And, most of all, what does it mean to be free? Not everything is as it seems, and no one can possibly come out unscathed, but maybe, just maybe, it’ll be worth it in the end.
Bona Fide Review:
Sempre by J.M. Darhower is a powerful, outstanding story that covers the gamut of the human condition while being a very sweet love story between two young adults whose lives have not been easy and have been emotionally traumatized. Haven Antonelli is brought into the DeMaro household as permanent housekeeper under the direction of Carmine’s father after extricating her from a very atrocious situation.
As time goes on, Carmine and Haven develop a steadfast relationship that is all about two different, yet not so different worlds, coming together and deeply affecting each other by healing each other’s past and present emotional wounds. In addition, the ties she develops with Carmine’s brother, father, and friends assists in her metamorphosis into a very confident, lovely young woman from the scared person she was after the trauma she endured in her younger life of true slavery.
The story that unfolds is gripping and perceptively emotional, yet moments of sweetness take over the depth of the story, a quality that softens the seriousness of the circumstances. Plus, ties to the mafia add to the intensity of the story as well as the family connections that are discovered that bind the young couple even closer to each other and bringing them together forever (sempre). As the novel unfolds, the reader will excitedly find themselves turning the pages or hitting the forward button on their e-reader. J.M. Darhower writes with skill, purpose, and depth. This is one of the best stories of contemporary romance that I have read in a long time.
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The coming of the Blood Moon will lead two Lycan packs into war, spur two rival brothers into conflict, and spark an act of vengeance so evil that its effects will be felt for generations.
One woman stands at the center of it all…
After years of waiting, the Blood Law is at last avenged. Lycan Alpha Lucien Mondragon takes revenge on his brother, Rafael. Lucien is poised to slay Rafael’s life mate, the Lycan/Slayer half-breed Falon- but cannot complete the kill. For Falon’s mystical powers and fiery nature awaken a heart Lucien thought long dead. Instead of ending her life, Lucien defiantly marks Falon as his own, tormenting his brother to insanity and spurning Rafael’s blood thirst for his own revenge.
Though terrified by the savage Lucien, Falon finds herself inexplicably drawn to his primal rage and strength by a desire she cannot resist. Torn between the true love she has for Rafael and the burning hunger she holds for Lucien, Falon knows that the will of her heart will lead her to her destined life mate. But it may also doom the Alpha brothers-and the Lycan race-to extinction…
Bona Fide Review
In Bloodright, author Karen Tabke weaves an exciting, tension filled tale of a Lycan nation on the brink of war and the very discordant, intense emotional dynamics between three Lycans. This story had my heart twisted up in all sorts of directions because of the intensity of the heartache, pain and love came screaming off the pages in this book. Add in the intensity of the plot against the Slayers who want to destroy the werewolves and you have a recipe for a superb story.
Lucien Mondragon and Rafael Vulkasin are twin brothers who are the respective alphas of their packs – the Mondragon Pack and the Vulkasin Pack. Lucien’s attitude toward his brother is very bitter and hateful ever since Rafael killed his mate. Rafael is confident in the decision he made to slay Lucien’s mate because he was sure she was a Slayer – the Lycan’s worst enemy – and in turn, saving Lucien’s life since laying with a Slayer is punishable by death.
Because Rafael killed Lucien’s mate, Lucien has declared his right in the Blood Law where he is able to exact the same offense upon his brother, the offending party. Falcon, Rafael’s mate is ordered by the elders who oversee and uphold the laws of the packs to go to Lucien. The beginning of the story has the reader thrown into the middle of the ramifications of Rafael handing over Falcon to Lucien creating an astounding start to a great book.
As a heroine, Falcon is level-headed, brave, and is able to do what she needs to do in order to make sure the packs stay cohesive rather than war with each other despite the declaration of the Blood Law on Lucien’s insistence. Because of her powers and her relationship with the two alphas, she becomes a major player in the building conflict.
Falcon’s personal life gets more complicated. The more time Falcon spends with Lucien, she falls in love with him, too. Because of the tie she spends with Lucien, she also learns more about herself and her powers. The strength of the feelings she has for both Lucien and Rafael causes Falcon to be torn between the feelings she has for each brother since they have both melded to her soul. They each fulfill here in different and inexorable ways which make her complete. In addition, she has a strong feeling that she is supposed to be with both brothers and has a strong suspicion that the Prophecy of the Three relates to the three of them.
Bloodright is an outstanding book and I am waiting with bated breath for the next installment of this series. If you are a paranormal romance genre reader, this is a book you do not want to pass up. It has everything one could hope for in a good book – love, hate, mayhem, sensual moments, Lycans. Absolutely a hands down five star read! And the ending will leave you pining for more.
Happy Reading from Bona Fide Reflections!!
(ARC provided by Penguin Group for an honest review)
Prepare to turn up the heat with the final book in the sizzling “Rising Star Chef” trilogy from romance author Louisa Edwards.Henry Beck thought he’d already faced the toughest kitchen challenge of his life. After all, what could top sweating it out as a Navy cook on a submarine? But when he learns his competition for the title of Rising Star Chef is the sweet hippie girl he married…and left…ten years ago, the heat is on.
Now Beck and Skye Gladwell are going head to head in the finals…and sparking up old flames every time they touch. But Skye wants more than a win over the man who abandoned her when she needed him most—she wants a divorce! Then her sexy almost-ex makes a deliciously dangerous proposition. He’ll give in to her demands, but if his team wins the RSC, he has a demand of his own…one last taste of the only woman he ever loved.
Bona Fide Review
3.5 Stars: Good Reading
Hot Under Pressure by Louisa Edwards is a surprising novel. This is the first novel in the Rising Chef series that I have read and I am intrigued enough to want to go back and read the preceding stories in the Rising Star Chef series. This particular book is a very pleasing romance with an original backdrop to have people connect on an intimate level.
Henry Beck and Skye Gladwell’s relationship is very tenuous. Before the Rising Chef Competition (RSC), they have not laid eyes on each other despite the fact that they have been married for ten years. To say they have been estranged is putting it mildly. So, the tension when they finally meet again runs from shock, hostility, to lust – in other words, emotional whiplash.
Throughout the Rising Chef Competition the two main characters experience emotional growth. Skye has the support of her friends from her place of business of which she is owner, Queenie Pie, and Beck has the support of a surrogate family, the Lunden’s who own a restaurant where he is employed through which he gains a caring family that has “adopted” him into the fold of their care and security. However, he is reticent to accept the connection due to his loner tendencies. Beck’s friend Winslow does a lot to help Beck come out of his emotional shell. Wilson also provides a little comic relief and practicality to the tumultuous feelings Beck must confront.
Beck is ex-military and the reader finds him falling back on his training to get through the competition. The use of this as Beck’s mechanism to discipline himself into a well-oiled cooking machine, to keep his focus on the RSC and to deal with Skye was a little awkward for the scope of this book.
Skye has her share of issues to deal with over and above the rivalry between the cooking teams throughout the cooking competition: her boyfriend, her feelings for her former lover, to a small extent her relationship with her parents, and the emotional trauma of feeling abandoned by Beck when she went through an emotional upheaval years ago. In an attempt to move past her feelings and move on with her life, she asks Beck for a divorce. Before he lets her go, he makes a request that she spend one more night with him. From there, their relationship flares back to life once the gauntlet has been laid by Beck.
The connection between Henry Beck and Skye Gladwell was touch and go for me. They were just missing that spark that really jumps off the pages and burrows into your heart. There was too much inconsistency in their emotions one moment they were angry and resentful towards each other and the next moment they are talking about sex; making it hard for me to completely buy into the relationship. However, I enjoyed the novel. The secondary characters helped to keep the story rolling nicely by binding the plot together very nicely.
Over all, Hot Under Pressure is a good romance novel. I enjoyed the book and I liked the originality of the use of culinary arts as a form of expressing conflict and creating an environment that can cultivate romance. I am looking forward to reading the preceding books in the Rising Star Chef series: Too Hot to Touch (Book 1) and Some Like It Hot (Book 2).
Hello and welcome to the Drinking and Winning Giveaway Hop hosted by Reading Romances!!
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In honor of celebrating Reading Romances Pre-Party Blogiversary, I wanted to share my favorite drink with you all – a Mexican Martini. It goes great with reading any romance book out there. I highly recommend it.