Thursday, May 31, 2012

Dirty Little Secret #3

Dirty Little Secret is a weekly meme hosted by Under the Covers. Every Thursday they get to know other bloggers and their readers more intimately by asking a question hoping to reveal dirty little secrets.
To join in the fun all you need to do is: 

1. Be a follower of Under the Covers. 
2. Create a post in your blog taking the meme image and copy instructions. 
3. Answer the question they propose! This can be done in any way you like, post a video, write a post etc. 

 This Week, the Question Is: 
If your blog crew (or if it's just you, then you are a pack of one) could make up their own pack, what name would you call yourselves and what animal pack would it be?
Ahh, looks like I'm a lone wolf on this one... speaking of wolf...  Aaaaroooo  hehe ;) I know the question was for a pack name & animal... and knowing me, I went overboard... as always hehe.


Pack Name: Daughters of the Night Wolf Pack
Animal: Dire Wolf
Referred to as: The Daughters & Sisters
Pack Symbol: Paw Print w/ Kiss
Main Colors: Pink, Red & Black


What about you? Are you part of a pack? If so, what's your pack name & what kind of animal?

Friday, May 25, 2012

ARC Review: Samantha Moon by J.R. Rain

Samantha Moon: The First Four Vampire for Hire Novels, Plus the Christmas Moon Novella and a Never-Before-Published Short Story
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Author: J.R. Rain
Publisher: BenBella Books
Release Date: June, 05 2012
Genre:Adult, Mystery & Suspense, Supernatural, 672 pages


Mother, wife, private investigator ... and vampire. Six years ago, federal agent Samantha Moon was the perfect wife and soccer mom with the minivan and suburban home. Then the unthinkable happened, an attack that changed her life forever. And forever is a very long time for a vampire.

Samantha's adventures as a night-roaming vampire and private investigator in Samantha Moon include ...

Vampire for Hire #1) Moon Dance: Samantha is hired by Kingsley Fulcrum to investigate the attempt on his life, a horrific scene watched on TV around the country. But Kingsley isn't exactly what he appears to be; after all, there is a reason why he survived five shots to the head.

Vampire for Hire #2) Vampire Moon: Samantha Moon hunts down a powerful crime lord and protects an innocent woman from her ruthless ex-husband-all while two very different men vie for her heart. As the stakes grow higher and her cases turn personal, Samantha Moon will do whatever it takes to protect the innocent and bring two cold-blooded killers to justice-her own brand of justice.

Vampire for Hire #3) American Vampire: Samantha receives a heartbreaking call from a very unlikely source: a five-year-old girl who's been missing for three months. Using her considerable resources-including her growing supernatural abilities-to locate the missing girl before it's too late, Samantha also receives devastating news on the home front, forcing her to make the ultimate choice of life and death.

Vampire for Hire #4) Moon Child: Samantha Moon is faced with an impossible decision that will change her life and those of the ones she loves forever-a decision that no mother should ever have to make. And through it all, Samantha finds herself in a lethal game of vampire versus vampire as a powerful and desperate enemy will stop at nothing to claim what he most desires.

Christmas Moon: With Christmas just around the corner, Samantha takes on a very strange case: A priceless family treasure has been stolen, something passed down through the generations and buried in secrets. And Samantha gets half of whatever it is ... if she can find it first.


For Samantha Moon, being a mom of two, the wife of a cheating sleazeball, and a private investigator is hard work. Not to mention the fact that she's also a vampire and can only work nights. Yepp, that's right, a mommy vampire. Who would've thought? Sam was attacked 6 years ago while out on a nightly jog when she was attacked by something much stronger than she anticipated. Before she could gather her barrings and reach for her gun, the thing attacking her had already ripped open her throat and left her to die. Now trying to balance the life of a mom and being a kick ass private investigator with heightened abilities, Sam is still trying to come to terms with herself...  her freakishly new self. 

I absolutely loved all these books. Samantha Moon is my new favorite fictional character. Right from the first sentence, of the first chapter, of the first book, I knew I was going to be a fan of this series. The romance in these books are there, but not the main topics that are brought to the forefront. Which I love. (even thought I'm a lover of everything dealing in romance) Following Samantha's journey through her vampirism, her job as a p.i. and her life as a mother, who is still trying to provide for her kids every which way she can, kept me turning the page. It helps that there are a few hunks mentioned in the books, one of them being a shaggy werewolf. The dialogue in these books kept me laughing for days! All the witty comments between the characters really brought the book to life.

What I like and didn't like about these books is the same thing. Talk about a double edged sword. I both liked and disliked the fact that the author used references to the stuff we use/talk about/hear about in our daily lives. Here's why I liked it... I liked it because it gave me a sense of time. When the author mentioned Charlie Sheen, Facebook, Lindsey Lohan, etc. It felt as if I was there in the book... or me living in LA County, I can be all... "Oh so that was that big black thing I saw soaring in the sky that night." Now, for that double edged sword. I disliked it, because I couldn't care less about those "reality" bits that were thrown in. I'd rather be so deep in the book without being pulled out by those little reminders that this is just a fictional book. That might make sense or that might not. Like I said, double edged sword and all. 

All in all, I thought this series was great and I will be itching to get my hands on Book #5 "Vampire Dawn" If you haven't read this series or never heard of it, I suggest you do so now! You will not regret it. 

Thursday, May 24, 2012

18 & Over Book Blogger Follow #2

18 & Over Book Blogger Follow is a weekly feature that begins on Fridays and runs through the weekend, hosted by Crystal from Reading Between the Wines. This is a Friday blog hop with the objective to find and visit other book blogs that share the same interest as you, namely books geared towards the 18 & over crowd, and make some new friends!

This Weeks Question:
Do you feel the need to write a review for your personal reads, as oppose to requested reviews, or are there some books you read just for the joy of reading?

Well, I just started this book blog, so I guess I'll say that I feel the need to write reviews for the books that I read or have read. I will take request's and I'd happily provide a review regardless if I liked it or not. When I give my reviews, I'll be as honest as possible, that means if I hated it, scratch that, that's a strong word, if I disliked it with a passion, then I would state so. I will always feel the need to review any book I've read. So weather or not I read it for pure pleasure (which is pretty much all the books I read) or for requests, I will always feel the need to post a review. Maybe that's just me wanting to talk (errr type) all the time. My normal chatterbox self... so now that I've created this blog, my friends can have some sort of relief of my constant blabbing on about books. hehe. 

Book Series Buttons

If you've read my about me, then you know that I pretty much love graphic design, and I love it with a passion! I like messing around with Photoshop as well as Dreamweaver. For those of you who don't know what Photoshop is, it's an adobe software that allows you to create/tweak/edit all of your photos. Also, it lets you create graphics from scratch. Dreamweaver is also an adobe software, this program lets you design and build your website from scratch.

Okay, enough of that... let's get to the good stuff! In this past week, I've been creating Series Buttons. So far, I've created seven buttons for the numerous amount of book series that I love. So, without further ado, here are the buttons...


These are the buttons that I could muster up in my spare time, I know some of them aren't really great, and laaawd knows that I know that. But, I figured I'd post them on my blog anyway. I created a "Buttons" tab on my menu bar. There you can find these buttons and the codes so that you can put them on your blog/website. I do take requests. There is a request form on that page, just scroll down and you'll see it... it really isn't hard to miss ;) You will only see a "Series" section, that's because I've yet to get started on anything else... so don't hesitate to ask for a claim button or simple word buttons for books/series you love (ex: True? - Feel Me? - MINE - Wraths Shellan etc.) I don't charge to make these buttons, I like creating graphics and messing around with Photoshop, so ask away :)

Review: Never Tell by Selena Montgomery

Never Tell
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Author: Selena Montgomery
Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks; First Edition edition (June 1, 2004)
Genre: Romance/Suspense, 352 Pages 
ISBN-10: 0312993064 
ISBN-13: 978-0312993061


Criminal psychologist Dr. Erin Abbott wants nothing more than to live a quiet life. That means no danger, no intrigue-and absolutely no romance. But when Erin suspects a serial killer is roaming New Orleans, her investigation throws her straight into the arms of the only man who can help her.

Journalist Gabriel Moss is hot to find his next huge story-and he knows Erin is on to something big. From the moment they meet, Gabriel senses that Erin is hiding something. One thing is certain: Erins boxy suits and sensible shoes hide a delicate beauty waiting to emerge...and Gabriel is just the man to reveal the woman inside.

As they join forces to find the killer, Gabriel slowly seduces Erin with his soft kisses. But Erin knows their love can never be. For she is hiding a terrible secret-and if Gabriel reveals the truth, Erins life will be shattered forever...


With a secret buried deep in her past, Dr. Erin Abbott has been keeping a low profile. That is, until Journalist, Gabriel Moss sets his eyes on the mysterious Dr. Abbott, digs until he unravels the secret Erin has been keeping for a very long time. Someone is killing the innocent citizens of New Orleans and Erin soon realizes that this twisted serial killer is killing those who show her the slightest bit of attention. With help from Gabriel, the pair set out to find out who is on this murdering rampage and put a stop to it before they strike again, and they both know the last person on this serial killers stop is Dr. Erin Abbott. 

This book was really good, I really enjoyed trying to figure out who the killer was all the while drooling over Gabriel. He can write a story on me any day. I like how Gabriel can see right through Erins boxy clothing and boring but comfortable shoes, and right into her, knowing that something is wrong. And it doesn't hurt that this mysterious yet sexy woman, with a secret he is determined to unravel, is going to land him a big story that will help him with his diminishing paper. Erin has witnessed a murder take place when she was younger and in an attempt to flee she is then confronted and nearly beaten to death. Until she gets her hands on the gun that was going to kill her and kills the man who has been abusing her both mentally and physically since she was a child.

I liked that this book had a main character who's mind is beyond smart. Getting a glimpse into Erins mind and both seeing and understanding how the serial killers mind works, really perked up my attention more while reading. Hmm, I don't think I disliked much about this book. Hell, I don't think I disliked anything for that matter. 

Overall, this book was a great read. I picked it up while I was at a thrift store and it was only a dollar. Great steal, especially since it was really good. I would definitely recommend this book. If you're looking for a suspense novel with some romance, then you should pick this book up :)


Dirty Little Secret #2

Dirty Little Secret is a weekly meme hosted by Under the Covers. Every Thursday they get to know other bloggers and their readers more intimately by asking a question hoping to reveal dirty little secrets.
To join in the fun all you need to do is: 

1. Be a follower of Under the Covers. 
2. Create a post in your blog taking the meme image and copy instructions. 
3. Answer the question they propose! This can be done in any way you like, post a video, write a post etc. 

 This Week, the Question Is: 
What's the sexiest item of clothing a hero can wear in a novel?

A towel? Okay, okay. Maybe without the towel... calm down girl... Of course we all love our sexy hero's to be shirtless...those abs, those biceps, those muscles, that chest...need I go on? I think we all get the point. Aside from our nearly naked hunks, I love my hero's to be dressed in suits. Something about a man in a suit screams DELICIOUS. Now, I understand a lot of girls like there guys with swag. But, a man in a suit is classy. Boys have swag, but MEN have CLASS. ;) This sexy hunk of deliciousness is Sonny Bill Williams, he plays rugby for the New Zealand All Blacks ♥♥ I added a teaser video just for all of you hehe ;)

What about you? What is the sexiest item of clothing a hero can wear?



Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Review: Kade's Dark Embrace by Kym Grosso

Kade's Dark Embrace
(Book #1 in the Immortals of New Orleans Series)
Author: Kym Grosso
Publisher: Self Published (March 5, 2012)
Genre: Paranormal Romance/Erotica, 193 Pages
ISBN-10: 0615613373


After a series of girls are ritualistically murdered on the cold streets of Philadelphia, seasoned detective, Sydney Willows, is forced to work with sexy, alpha vampire, Kade Issacson. While working the case, Sydney finds herself inexplicably drawn to Kade, fighting the passion she feels towards him. Kade, determined to solve the case and mete out justice, is captivated by the independent, fiery detective. As he attempts to protect her from a very real murderer, Kade grows concerned that the beautiful, but very human detective, could easily end up dead should she tangle with supernatural forces that are beyond her control. The investigation leads them into a dark and dangerous world, deep in the heart of New Orleans, where together, they search for the perpetrators of the Voodoo killings. Sydney soon becomes the target of the killer and ends up fighting for her life and love in the Big Easy. If she makes it out alive, will she give into the intoxicating desire she feels for Kade?


Detective Sydney Willows is as stubborn as stubborn gets. Working a case is one thing, working a case with a vampire, a very sexy vampire might I add, is another thing all together. Kade Issacson is a big, bad, overprotective vampire, not to mention the alpha bad ass in New Orleans. When it come's to Sydney Willows, Kade can't help but feel something for this mere human. Working a case together and trying keep their hands off of each other deems to be some really hard work. With a sick killer out there picking off the women of Philadelphia, Sydney and Kade work together to get this sicko off the streets. With enough clues and run-ins, Kade and Sydney put together that who or what they're after isn't just some sicko, but some vampire sicko, wielding voodoo magic and is still in love with Kade and will do anything to get him back, including taking Sydney Willows out of the picture.

Geeez, I think I'm in love with a few of the vampires mentioned in this book. hehe. This book really caught my attention right from the beginning. The connection between Kade and Sydney kept be reading and wanting to know what came next, and before I knew it the book was finished. Despite her bad ass facade, Sydney can't help but let her guard down with Kade. Shes slowly letting him into her life and into her heart and she has no idea what to do with that. The catty comments between the characters really added that much more flare to this book, breathing more life into the book, although it was already sizzling with the heat off of the bodies of some sexy supernatural hunks ;) 

I really liked this book, I'd have to say my favorite parts of this book, is where Sydney shows off just how bad ass she is. She doesn't really seem to notice that she is a human among supernatural beings. Which can be life threatening, but she's so bad ass she stakes vampires in her home and talks a good talk when facing a lover scorned in an alley, who happens to be the exact threat that she and Kade are after. What I didn't like from this book, hell, I don't think I didn't like anything from this book, of course I'm going to dislike the villains, but who doesn't? I think the villains we're essentially great and the threats they imposed really came through.

Really great book, I would definitely recommend this book, if you don't have it, get it now! I am so glad it's a series, I can't wait to get hands on the next book which is... drum roll please... Luca's Magic Embrace. Luca is Kade's best friend and fellow vampire, who's gone missing. There is no exact date on when this book will be out, but luckily for me, it'll be out sometime this summer :)


Friday, May 18, 2012

Review: The Vampire's Warden by S.J. Wright

The Vampire's Warden
(Book #1 in the Undead in Brown County Series)

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Author: S.J. Wright
Publisher: CreateSpace (February 15, 2011)
Genre: YA - Paranormal Romance, 200 pages 
ISBN-10: 1460989880 
ISBN-13: 978-1460989883


It was a flash in the moonlight, a blur of motion like I’d never witnessed before. No human had the capacity to move like that. When I found myself face-to-face with him there in the meadow, I knew without a doubt that the journal was authentic. I knew that my grandfather hadn’t been crazy at all. Because a foot away from me stood a vampire. Sarah reads her grandfather's journal in stunned disbelief. What was once her grandfather's responsibility has passed to her father and now to her. She has become the Warden. Her life will never be the same.


Sarah is slowly coming to terms that there is such a thing as vampires, especially since there's one taking up residence in her meadow. Shortly after Sarah's father passes away, Dr. Fleming gives Sarah a journal that reveals family secrets she didn't think were even possible. Forced to take action, Sarah steps up and takes on the role as warden with the much needed help from Alex, who claims he knows her mother who abandoned both her and her sister at such a young age. 

This book is different from a lot of other vampire books I've read. A warden? Over a vampire? Oh, if I could trap a sexy hunk of a vampire in my backyard and have power over whether or not he could leave, then you can sign me up ASAP! Sarah is slowly learning the ropes of being a vampire warden with help from a journal passed down the family line and Alex, human turned vampire turned human again, who was sent to her by her mother. Michael, said vampire, has been trapped in the meadow for a really long time. Like three generations long. Perhaps longer. He doesn't like being trapped there but he will protect Sarah if any harm is issued her way. WHY? He says it's because if his warden dies then he is stuck there forever. Now, that totally makes sense to me but, in some parts of the book Sarah and Michael seem to have some sort of connection, that appears as a surprise to Micheal which make me think feelings run much deeper than just Sarah being his warden?

One of the things I liked about this book would probably be the interactions with Sarah and Michael. Sarah doesn't seem to like Alex sometimes so she seeks help from Michael, only to be totally engrossed by him and can barely keep a grasp on her surroundings. I find those moments between them intriguing and I just wish there was more but, with Michael being a vampire and all, they only talk at night. What I disliked from the book was the weird reactions between Sarah and Alex every time they made physical contact. Alex would always black out and Sarah would always get glimpses of visions or something. I didn't quite understand what that was and neither does Sarah or Alex, so I'm assuming there will be more info on that in the next book? 

I can honestly say that I really enjoyed this book, it was a nice change in the usual vampy stuff I read. I'm glad it's a series because the first book left me wanting more, especially that ending! I would recommend this book if you're looking for a different kind vampire story. 


18 & Over Book Blogger Follow #1

18 & Over Book Blogger Follow is a weekly feature that begins on Fridays and runs through the weekend, hosted by Crystal from Reading Between the Wines. This is a Friday blog hop with the objective to find and visit other book blogs that share the same interest as you, namely books geared towards the 18 & over crowd, and make some new friends!

This Weeks Question:
What are you reading currently? Do you love it? Is it a new-to-you author or an old favorite?

I am currently reading Samantha Moon: The First Four Vampire for Hire Novels, Plus the Christmas Moon Novella and Never-Before-Published Short Story by J.R. Rain. I received this as an ARC through NetGalley. I instantly new I'd like this book right from the start! The first page, when Samantha is watching Judge Judy! lol. Samantha is not only a mom of two but she's also a vampire! Let me not stop there, she's also an investigator! I'm not even done with the first book and I would recommend it. So far I haven't come across anything 18+ material, other than the language and this is most likely steered towards an older crowd, seeing as the characters are adults. I've never heard of J.R. Rain but he can consider himself upon my TBR list forever hehe. 

What about you? What are you currently reading? Love it? Hate it? 

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Dirty Little Secret #1

Dirty Little Secret is a weekly meme hosted by Under the Covers. Every Thursday they get to know other bloggers and their readers more intimately by asking a question hoping to reveal dirty little secrets.
To join in the fun all you need to do is: 

1. Be a follower of Under the Covers. 
2. Create a post in your blog taking the meme image and copy instructions. 
3. Answer the question they propose! This can be done in any way you like, post a video, write a post etc. 

 This Week, the Question Is: 
If you could read one book again for the first time, which one would you pick and why?

Ahh, that's a hard one. Hmmm. I guess I'd pick Dead Witch Walking by Kim Harrison. I love Rachel Morgans character as well as all of the characters introduced in this book. I picked this book because, first, it's the first in the series and second, its a red headed witch kicking ass and taking names! How bad ass is that? Also, Rachel is far from perfect, her spells go haywire, and her love life is crap on wheels. Yet I can never seem to put the books down. I would definitely love to have my memory swiped just so I could read this book again and I'd probably make a mental note to read very slowly just so I could savor the moments.

What about you? What book would you pick?

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Review: Sacred Ground by Rita Karnopp

Sacred Ground
Author: Rita Karnopp
Publisher (E book): Books We Love Ltd. (April 24, 2012)
Publisher: Eternal Press (March 5, 2009)
Genre: Romance, 192 pages 
ISBN-10: 1897559542 
ISBN-13: 978-1897559543


Someone wants Brett Turner's land badly enough to sabotage him, and he knows just who the culprit is: his neighbor, Willow Howling Moon. They don't see eye-to-eye on anything. When their sons, who are best friends, run away into the mountains just before a blizzard hits, Willow and Brett have no choice but to go after them-together. In the course of the rescue, they discover an unexpected and unwelcome mutual love. The realization that both their lives are in danger finally convinces him she's not his enemy. This heart-warming love story is set in Montana.


Brett Turner's farm keeps turning up with different problems and he is quick to blame his beautiful Indian neighbor Willow Howling Moon. As much as Brett might believe that Willow is out to sabotage him and his farm, he can't help but notice that she is a beautiful woman and despite his hatred for Indians, Brett can't fight off the erupting emotions for Willow running through him. When both Brett and Willow's sons run off together with a plan in motion, to get their parents to fall in love (just like in The Parent Trap), both Brett and Willow are forced to put their problems aside to help each other find their boys. While on this little adventure, Brett and Willow are slowly realizing that they have feelings for each other and soon figure out that Willow is not trying to sabotage Brett's farm, but someone else entirely. Minds set, both Brett and Willow follow their leads to confront their culprit, and soon will be shocked at who the mastermind behind the entire scheme really is.

I absolutely love Willow and Brett and loved when they gave into their feelings for each other. Especially, the automatic love and paternal instincts that they felt for the other persons son. I was a bit lost when Brett would go into his dreaming state, it's like there wasn't a buffer there for me saying "Brett fell asleep" it just continued on and on. By the time I was halfway through the dream, I was all "Holy #$@#! That was a dream." lol. But other then that, I really liked this book. 

Even though I was lost as to when Brett's dream state was occurring, those parts were probably my favorite parts in the book. I liked the fact that Brett was getting in touch with his Indian side even though he was set in his ways and opinions on Indians. I felt these dreams played a big part in him figuring out who he is, so that he could believe in all that "mumbo jumbo" and come to terms with himself. Again with the dreams, those would also double and take responsibility in what I disliked about this book. But, only because I think there could have been a smoother transition from reality to dream. 

Overall, this book was a good read and I would definitely recommend it. It's not too deep in thriller, but there is some mystery. The lighthearted love story totally makes up for the bad guys! lol. I'm just warning you now that the dreaming parts in this book might throw you off a bit, but if you stick with it I'm sure you'll enjoy it as much as I did. 


Saturday, May 12, 2012

Review: Love Me by Bella Andre

Love Me 
(Book #2 in the Love Me Series)
Author: Bella Andre
Publisher: CreateSpace (July 8, 2010)
Genre: Contemporary Romance, 220 pages
ISBN-10: 1453669973 
ISBN-13: 978-1453669976


If there's one thing that Janica Ellis is absolutely certain of, it's that she and Luke Carson are totally wrong for each other. She's a wild, artistic and outspoken fashion designer. He's a type A, workaholic trauma surgeon (who just happens to be sizzling hot and her brother-in-law!). But Janica is about to be proven wrong when opposites the sexiest possible way.

After a life-changing night in the ER, Luke is desperate for escape - and relief from his personal demons. For five years he has fought his attraction to his sister-in-law, but when he's pushed too far, he can't fight it another second. He needs her. Desperately. He's spent his whole life doing the right thing. For one night, he's going to follow desire instead. Straight into Janica's arms.

Janica can't believe Luke is finally at her front door...and that he's kissing her like he's been waiting his whole life to touch her. But even as their sensual connection deepens with every touch of skin on skin - and the man she always thought was such a good boy turns out to be sinfully, toe-curlingly bad between the sheets - Janica soon realizes she wants more than Luke's body. She wants his heart too. But what will Luke do when one night of extreme passion turns into an all or nothing proposition? (Steamy scenes, graphic and explicit sex...and lots of emotion.)


Janica Ellis is a headstrong fashion designer who has no problem speaking her mind or showing off her sexual nature. Janica has been head over heels for her smokin' hot brother in law Luke Carson, trauma surgeon extraordinaire, for the past five years. After a rough night in the ER, Luke finds himself on Janica's front door step with a passion so deep that neither of them expected. Caught up in the great sex, Luke and Janica must decide if what they're feeling is the real deal.

This book had so much sexual content I had stop reading just to open up a window! lol. Not that I'm complaining. I loved the connection between Janica and Luke, there was always that "Can't get enough of you" vibe between them that kept me wanting more. The great sex isn't enough for Janica, she knows Luke needs her and she needs him, but she wants his love and has no problem telling him how much she loves him. Janica is stirring emotions in Luke that he thought wasn't there or could ever possess. Soon he'll have to decide if he wants a life with Janica or a life without her before its too late.

I really enjoyed this book, my favorite part would most likely have to be when Luke is sitting beside Janica in the hospital and despite the fact that she thinks that her past will make him not love her, he convinces her otherwise. The part I didn't like would have to be when Luke finally comes to his senses and tells Janica that he loves her and she just walks away from him. Seriously? SERIOUSLY!!! I guess I was expecting her to finally be relieved and fall into his arms. But I know now that her walking away from him was probably good, because then the events after that wouldn't have been as sweet. I'll admit it, I was starting to get teary eyed! 

I would recommend this book, it was a good read... therefore you shall read it!! lol. If you want. There was a whole lot of sexual content, but I think you'll manage. I'm usually not the type of person to read a series out of order, but when I found out that this was the second book to the Take Me series I was like whaaaat? I guess, I know what happens in the first book, but I honestly didn't think reading this book first ruins my chances of reading the first book. 


Thursday, May 10, 2012

Review: Bluegrass State of Mind by Kathleen Brooks

Bluegrass State of Mind
(Book #1 in the Bluegrass Series)
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Author: Kathleen Brooks
Publisher: CreateSpace (January 20, 2012)
Romance, 236 Pages
ISBN-10: 1468065343


In the first book of the Bluegrass Series, McKenna Mason, a New York City attorney with a love of all things Prada, is on the run from a group of powerful, dangerous men. McKenna turns to a teenage crush, Will Ashton, for help in starting a new life in beautiful horse country. She finds that Will is now a handsome, successful race horse farm owner. As the old flame is ignited, complications are aplenty in the form of a nasty ex-wife, an ex-boyfriend intent on killing her, and a feisty race horse who refuses to race without a kiss. Can Will and McKenna cross the finish line together, and more importantly, alive?


Twenty-Nine year old McKenna Mason finds herself in a sticky situation when she and her best friend Danielle witnesses a crime in action at their work place, which happens to be a big time law firm, and decide to make a plan and split up. Kenna ditches her New York life for a nice glass of sweet iced tea in Keeneston, Kentucky. Or should I say a nice tall glass of smokin’ hot Will Ashton, her first kiss and first love? Kenna seeks out Will for help getting a job as DA, but soon seeks for more when she realizes she's still head over heels for him after 17 years.

Honestly, I thought the connection between Kenna and Will sparked way too fast for my liking, but I will not turn down romance in a book, even if it’s too corny! The characters in the book will make you feel like you’ve known them forever, just don’t let all the winking creep you out. ;) With Kenna keeping a secret and Will trying to figure out who is trying to sabotage his farm, not to mention a greedy ex-wife and a town that knows everything about your love life before you do, you can be assured that this book will keep you turning the pages.

Aside from the grammar errors, I thought this book was a good read. I don't believe there was any character in this book who has gone unnoticed, even if they were only there for a page or two. Now, what I didn't like. I didn't like the instant love connection between Will and Kenna, it was cute, but didn't seem real to me. It felt forced. I would definitely recommend this book. If you love yourself some lighthearted romance with a bit of mystery then you should read Bluegrass State of Mind!
Up next, we have Dani (Kenna's best friend who was also in the same predicament as Kenna, but stuck around to track who was after them) and Mo's story! I absolutely love Motahdi Ali Rahmen, who is a modern day prince, and his head of security Ahmed! Thank goodness there are more books to this series, because I couldn't get enough of them.


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