Showing posts from May, 2017

Vision in White by Nora Roberts

There is simply no pleasing me.

Retro Review*

Vision In White by Nora Roberts
Book #1 in the Bride Quartet Series
Narrated by Emily Durante
Romance Audio
Book #2 in The Cousins O'Dwyer Series
#1 New York Times bestselling author Nora Roberts cordially invites you to meet childhood friends Parker, Emma, Laurel, and Mac – the founders of Vows, one of Connecticut’s premier wedding planning companies.

After years of throwing make-believe weddings in the backyard, flowers, photography, desserts, and details are what these women do best: a guaranteed perfect, beautiful day full of memories to last the rest of your life.

With bridal magazine covers to her credit, Mackensie “Mac” Elliot is most at home behind the camera – ready to capture the happy moments she never experienced while growing up. Her father replaced his first family with a second, and now her mother, moving on to yet another man, begs Mac for attention and money. Mac’s foundation is jostled again moments before an…

Can't Wait Wednesday: About A Dog by Jenn McKinlay

Can't-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme at Wishful Endings to spotlight and discuss the books we're excited about that we have yet to read. Generally they're books that have yet to be released. It's based on Waiting on Wednesday, hosted by the fabulous Jill at Breaking the Spine.

To find out more about linking in visit the Can't-Wait Wednesday page at Wishful Endings here.

About A Dog by Jenn McKinlay
Scheduled Release: May 30, 2017
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Fall in love with a little help from man’s best friend in New York Times bestselling author Jenn McKinlay’s contemporary romance debut.

Mackenzie “Mac” Harris fled her hometown of Bluff Point, Maine, after being left at the altar—and seeking solace in the arms of her best friend’s off-limits brother. Now, seven years later, she’s back to attend her best friend’s wedding—safe, or so she thinks, from the mistakes of her youth.

But Gavin Tolliver has never forgotten the woman who has always held his heart. And when Mac rescues …

5 Star Read: Garden of Fiends: Tales of Addiction Horror

A collection that does NOT disappoint?! I know, I can hardly believe it either!

Garden of Fiends by Mark Matthews, Kealan Patrick Burke, John FD Taff, Jessica McHugh, Jack Ketchum, Max Booth III , Glen R. Krisch, Johann Thorssonby 
Horror Fiction Collection, Released: April 2017
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The intoxication from a pint of vodka, the electric buzz from snorting cocaine, the warm embrace from shooting heroin--drinking and drugging provide the height of human experience. It's the promise of heaven on earth, but the hell that follows is a constant hunger, a cold emptiness. The craving to get high is an intense yearning not unlike that of any other blood-thirsty monster.

The best way to tell the truths of addiction is through a story, and dark truths such as these need a piece of horror to do them justice.

The stories inside feature the insidious nature of addiction told with compassion yet searing honesty. Drug overdoses are now the leading cause of accidental deaths, and some of …

400 Days of Oppression by Wrath James White

Not exactly what I was expecting but what else is new?

Retro Review

400 Days of Oppressionby Wrath James White
Dark Erotica
Released 2013, 173 Pages
Natasha has met the man of her dreams, and there is nothing she wouldn’t do to please him. Kenyatta has taught Natasha about herself, given her a sense of safety she has never felt before, and shown her a whole new world of sexual experiences.

Now she must learn the hardest part of love: understanding. To help Natasha overcome her white-trash upbringing and understand African heritage, Kenyatta offers her a wager. A very real and dangerous wager, but one worth taking.

Can Natasha’s love endure 400 Days of Oppression?

Wrath James White pushes the boundaries of race and sexuality in this dark, erotic novel--easily his most controversial yet!
My Thoughts

I’d previously read Wrath James White's collaboration with Edward Lee, Teratologist , and was horrified by the depravity their two minds concocted. That book left me slightly t…

Can't Wait Wednesday: One of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus

Can't-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme at Wishful Endings to spotlight and discuss the books we're excited about that we have yet to read. Generally they're books that have yet to be released. It's based on Waiting on Wednesday, hosted by the fabulous Jill at Breaking the Spine.

To find out more about linking in visit the Can't-Wait Wednesday page at Wishful Endings here.

One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus
Scheduled Release: May 30, 2017
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One of Us Is Lying is the story of what happens when five strangers walk into detention and only four walk out alive. Everyone is a suspect, and everyone has something to hide.

Pay close attention and you might solve this.
On Monday afternoon, five students at Bayview High walk into detention.
    Bronwyn, the brain, is Yale-bound and never breaks a rule.
    Addy, the beauty, is the picture-perfect homecoming princess.
    Nate, the criminal, is already on probation for dealing.
    Cooper, the athlete, is the a…

TTT: Top 9 Things On My Reading Wishlist

Today's Top Ten Tuesday is brought to you by The Broke and the Bookish. The prompt:Top Ten Nine Things On Our Reading Wishlist. These are the things I most want when I'm book browsing but I rarely find them. Please keep in mind, I'm a little strange.

Click on any cover to be whisked away to my review either here or at Goodreads, if there is one.

Books Set in Hell
Because it just fascinates me!

Dog & Cat Characters (not just props!)

Give them a POV. They have lots to say! Some of it much more important than the words coming from most humans!

Broke Characters

I am so sick of billionaires and successful people. I want to read about some struggle! Give me more every day characters like Hap & Leonard and make them funny while you're at it. Not everyone grows up to be rich and famous!
Monsterporn (that's well written)

Yes, I know I ask for the impossible but I want it. I will pay good money for it! Somebody PLEASE write it or I may have to break down and do it myself!

DNF Review: The Unhandsome Prince by John Moore

Another cover leads me astray.

The Unhandsome Prince by John Moore
Fantasy Released: April 2005
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And they lived happily never after...

Caroline's plan to live happily ever after has hit a snag. She's spent months mapping the swamp, building tadpole nets, and kissing every wriggling frog she could get her hands on, and one has finally turned into a prince. Unfortunately, Prince Hal is not, as promised in the fairy tales, particularly handsome. In fact, he's kind of dorky-looking.

Hal himself isn't very eager to marry a girl so obsessed with appearances, but he finds that a lot of people have a stake in his impending nuptials -- including a sorceress in training, an irritating dwarf, and Hal's own royal family, who seem to have misplaced large portions of the treasury. But the biggest reason for him to marry Caroline, true love be darned, is that if he doesn't, it's back to the lily pads for him -- permanently...

DNF'd at page 50 because li…

Got My Eye On (14)

I saw a post over at Mailbox Monday that was encouraging readers to share their best finds of the week via their Books That Caught Our Eye posts. I love, love, love that idea so this is my warped version of it.

Here are the books I've added to my wishlist recently with credit to my enablers :)

Chuckle's Book Cave
Master of None by Sonya Bateman (Book #1)


Gavyn Donatti is the world's unluckiest thief. Just ask all the partners he's lost over the years. And when he misplaces an irreplaceable item he was hired to steal for his ruthless employer, Trevor—well, his latest bungle just might be his last. But then his luck finally turns: right when Trevor's thugs have him cornered, a djinn, otherwise known as a genie, appears to save him.

Unfortunately, this genie—who goes by the very non-magical name of "Ian"—is more Hellboy than dream girl. An overgrown and extremely surly man who seems to hate Donatti on t…