Thursday, March 8, 2012

After Dark Review of North of Need by Laura Kaye

I have added After Dark Reviews to my blog as a way of notifying you of a review of a book with Adult themes and scenes. From now on I will keep my reviews of all books I read that have explicit scenes in them for late night posts for those of you who prefer to avoid them or easy to find for those of you who seek them out ;)

Synopsis: "Her tears called a powerful snow god to life, but only her love can grant the humanity he craves…

Desperate to escape agonizing memories of Christmas past, twenty-nine-year-old widow Megan Snow builds a snow family outside the mountain cabin she once shared with her husband, realizing too late that she’s recreated the very thing she’ll never have.

Called to life by Megan’s tears, snow god Owen Winters appears unconscious on her doorstep in the midst of a raging blizzard. As she nurses him to health, Owen finds unexpected solace in her company and unimagined pleasure in the warmth of her body, and vows to win her heart for a chance at humanity.

Megan is drawn to Owen’s mismatched eyes, otherworldly masculinity, and enthusiasm for the littlest things. But this Christmas miracle comes with an expiration—before the snow melts and the temperature rises, Megan must let go of her widow’s grief and learn to trust love again, or she’ll lose Owen forever."

My Review: Well this was a bit of a surprise for me! I started the book about a month ago and had to put it down. The pain and loneliness in the first few pages was almost too much and I couldn't read more. But I picked it back up yesterday and boy am I glad I did!! The characters, emotions and plot lines were great, they all sucked you into the book and held your attention. I have to say though Boreas had to be my favorite, though he was sub character and only appeared a few times throughout the book I absolutely loved him! I enjoyed the book but the last couple of chapters made the entire book worth reading, I was really excited about the round about way Kaye brought in environmental awareness, fantastic little tidbit! Kaye also showed great restraint when it came to the sex scenes, while they were scattered throughout the book, they weren't overwhelming and they didn't take away from the book as a whole or the story line, very nice to see for a change.

My Rating: I really did enjoy this book once I got into it, I think while I had a hard time with the first emotional part it was an important part of the story and worth reading.  I definitely give this one Four Paws and can't wait for the next book, West of Want, to come out in July!

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Wednesday Writing

So Wednesday is my official writing update day. I have so many story projects going on and I need a push to get some done. So I will be trying to post each Wednesday about how my writing adventures are going (and I may need a swift kick in the pants by you guys sometimes).

Current Active Project:

Princess Bs - 32,131 words
A story about a woman, recently divorced and returned to her home town to figure out what is next. She encounters an old friend and spends a weekend with him and his daughters. Feelings that are long since buried are rising up again, but are her recent loss and his current life going to stand in the way of their happily ever after?

Other Works in Progress:

The New Old Home - 17,193 words
Everyone dreams of winning the lottery, but what would you do with that money? That is the question presented to Natalie, when she is at the lowest point in her life, she is presented with an opportunity to make any normal person's dreams come true, but all those winnings can't give her what she wants most.

Tamlyn Marie's Grace - 12,072 words
Think Cinderella only with a matchmaker ;)

The Last Mountains - 15,352
A equine shapeshifting family is being hunted to near extinction and the young new leader must go against all her lessons and approach the elite council for aide. Will they help her? How will she keep her family's traditions and values alive, let alone her herd?

Night Rider - 17,229
Alice is a recent high school graduate who is a very accomplished competitive rider in Hunter/Jumper, Dressage, and Western/Rodeo. Her parents had arranged for her to attend a private college on the east coast geared specifically to equine professions. However, Alice wants to focus on her studies in English Literature. When she arrives at the college she hides her riding abilities, but can she keep her talent and love of horses hidden?

Other Ideas Plotting:
Bloodsoar's Story
A pegasus struggles through life, ejected from the herd, near capture by humans.

The Assassin's Assassin
A student learns what the school is really teaching and sets out to destroy those who support the program.
Angel Story
Angels battle out an age old feud in a parallel world
Curse my active imagination LOL! Of course instead of coming up with ideas for one of my many current WIPs it has to come up with a great new idea that I had to jump out of bed and jot down.  At least maybe a new idea will get me motivated to get something done because I flat out refuse to let myself start another story before finishing at least one to 50K words!

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

After Dark Review of Mistral's Kiss by Laurell K. Hamilton

I have added After Dark Reviews to my blog as a way of notifying you of a review of a book with Adult themes and scenes. From now on I will keep my reviews of all books I read that have explicit scenes in them for late night posts for those of you who prefer to avoid them or easy to find for those of you who seek them out ;)

Synopsis: "I am Princess Meredith, heir to a throne of faerie. My day job, once upon a time, was as a private detective in Los Angeles. Unfortunately, princess has now become a full-time occupation.

My aunt, Queen Andais, will have it no other way. And so I am virtually a prisoner in faerie–trapped here with some of the realm’s most beautiful men to serve as my bodyguards . . . and my lovers. For I am compelled to conceive a child: an heir to succeed me on the throne. Yet after months of amazing sex with my consorts, there is still no baby. And no baby means no throne. The only certainty is death at the hands of my cousin Cel, or his followers, if I fail to conceive.

Now Mistral, Queen Andais’s new captain of the guard, has come to my bed–defying her and risking her terrible wrath in doing so. But even she will hesitate to punish him in jealous rage, because our joining has reawakened old magic, mystical power so ancient that no one stands against it and survives. Not even my strongest and most favored: my Darkness and my Killing Frost. Not even Mistral himself, my Storm Lord. But because Mistral has helped to bring this magic forth, he may live another day.

If I can reclaim control of the fey power that once was, there may be hope for me and my reign in faerie. I might yet quell the dark schemes and subterfuges surrounding me. Though shadows of obsession and conspiracy gather, I may survive."

My Review: Well this book was different from the last book in the series. It involved a lot more sex and magic. It got to the point were it was hard to follow the plot lines through these particular scenes. I am also not a huge fan of all the mysterious Goddess involvement but it is what it is. I did however really enjoy the battle with the Hunt. I wish that it had been longer and that it had taken up more of the book than all the sex. The end scene really does make you eager to read the next book to find out what happens!

My Rating: While the sex scenes did seem to take away from the book a little for me, it was still a very enjoyable book to read.  The pages turned very quickly.  So I give it a rating of Four Paws.

Monday, March 5, 2012

Monday Reading List

Its Monday! What Are You Reading? is a weekly meme hosted by Shelia at Book Journey. Share what books you have finished in the last week, are currently reading and what might be coming up next!

What I Read Last Week:
Links will take you to my review

Silver Frost by Kailin Gow
Mistral's Kiss by Laurell K. Hamilton (after dark review coming soon)
Currently Reading:

North of Need by Laura Kaye - on my nook - on Page 32 of 621

Next Books to be Read:

Catundra by Stephen Cosgrove - Childrens/Bedtime stories
The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas - April Book Club
Frost Kisses by Kailin Gow - Mount TBR Challenge/ YA
Lick of Frost by Laurell K. Hamilton - Fantasy Romance
Hurray for feeling well enough to read!! I am hoping the streak continues.  I was looking through the boxes of books that I want to read this year and it has renewed my excitement. I am nearly done re-reading the Merry Gentry series by Laurell K. Hamilton and then looking forward to getting into the Daughters of the Glen series by Melissa Mayhue.  I am also looking forward to getting past the Frost series by Kailin Gow and maybe starting a few of the Arthurian legend books!
I hope you have all had a good weekend and have a better week!