‘The Cat’s Meow’ by Stacey Kennedy

tcm skSTORY: When a magical presence is detected around a recent string of feline slayings, Libby, an enchantress, is determined to discover who is behind the odd deaths. But being a witch gifted by the Goddess won’t protect her from the talented warlock the Coven sends to assist her. Kale weaves a spell more powerful than any she’s ever seen–and he’s sexy as sin. But why he’s even needed for such a simple mission is beyond her.

While having some muscle around can’t hurt her investigation, fighting her growing attraction for Kale is worse than a hex, especially considering she knows he—and their Coven—are hiding something from her. When she turns up clues that point to something far more sinister than slaughtered cats, though, the elusive warlock isn’t the her only concern. She now has a political rebellion on her hands, too. And when the truth about who she really is begins to surface, the only person Libby can trust is herself.

REVIEW: Once in a while I meander off to a genre I hardly read because I like the blurb, or a cover, or both, as is with this story.

I have to say this wasn’t bad, but it left me confused and disappointed by the end of it. Characters lacked in development and the plot was predictable. The pace however had me finishing this in two sittings because it moved the story to its inevitable conclusion.

If you’re in a  fan of paranormal romances, I think you might like it, but be warned. This romance lacks that most important ingredient: chemistry.

Melanie for b2b

Complimentary copy provided by the publisher


‘Kept’ by Shawntelle Madison

k smSTORY: Fresh from defending her pack in battle, Natalya Stravinsky, a whip-smart werewolf with a lovable neurotic streak, wants a little rest and relaxation. Once an outcast, she’s now eager to rejoin the ranks of her New Jersey pack, and has even gotten a handle on her obsessive urge to hoard holiday ornaments. Yet Nat barely has time to revel in her progress before the next crisis comes howling at her door.

Nat’s father has suddenly gone missing, captured by the Russian werewolf mafia. And as Nat steps up to save her dad from a mob boss’s deadly game, two men step in to play another round for her heart: her gorgeous alpha ex-boyfriend, Thorn, and her new flame, the sweetly sensitive wizard Nick. With her life growing more harried by the minute, Nat must stay cool, calm, and collected . . . or else risk losing everything.

REVIEW: I thought I’d give this author another try so I read this book and was disappointed once more.

I’m not sure it’s all this author’s fault. I’ve thought about it very seriously and I believe it’s possibly me that is to blame at least for not liking the whole story. I thought the writing was somewhat good and the pace was decent, but the story was too juvenile for me. Me thinks I’m too old for this story.

If you’re a teenager, I believe you might like this more than I did. Those that loved Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight series might like this series too. I just didn’t so I’ll stop at two.

Melanie for b2b

Complimentary copy provided by the publisher

‘The Beloved’ by Genevra Thorne

tb gtSTORY: Lord Ashton of Aethyria is enticement, seduction, temptation–born with the power to strip even the most modest woman of her gown, her will, and her virtue. With the glamour of being born a half Daoine Sidhe faerie comes the sad fate that once a woman has gazed into Ash’s eyes, she forever loses the ability to see anything other than his ravishing beauty, and can certainly never glimpse into his soul. Ashton’s allure is so raw and enchanting, in fact, that he has exiled himself from even the human side of his family, lest his own aunts be tempted by him, and lives a life of solitude and fleeting passions. But he is part human as well, and it is his human blood that makes him long for a magic no faerie spell can equal. It is his deep desire for true love that leads him to keep his magnificent face hidden from the woman who captures his heart.

Eden is certain her nightly visitor is as disfigured as she, since he keeps his visage shrouded in shadow when he comes to her room. Scarred by fire, she believes herself ugly until Ashton’s tender kisses and gentle touch begin to teach her that true beauty comes from within. It’s an important lesson, since Ash knows that soon he must reveal himself to her. He prays that she can look beyond his unearthly beauty and see the heart of a man.

REVIEW: This is the second tale in Ms. Thorne’s fantasy series. In the first book we met this heroes father, Gabriel who was enchanted by a Daoine Sidhe faerie, who bore him a son. To meet this little boy, you must read book one, and I promise you, reading it, you’ll get to understand Ash much better.

Ashton is only a part Daoine Sidhe, a faerie whose beauty will forever have you belong to him. With a blessing like this, or a curse in our hero’s opinion, he is lonely and his part that is human, is yearning for true love but cynical of ever having it.

The heroine, Eden, is a very complex character and she will melt your heart. The scars she carries are hidden, and she slowly heals as her love for Ash is exposed.

Talk about “beauty is in the eye of the beholder”!

I highly recommend this fast paced, heartwarming and truly touching tale.

Melanie for b2b

Complimentary copy provided by the author

‘Solsbury Hill’ by  Susan M. Wyler

smw shSTORY: The windswept moors of England, a grand rustic estate, and a love story of one woman caught between two men who love her powerfully—all inspired by Emily Bronte’s beloved classic, Wuthering HeightsSolsbury Hill brings the legend of Catherine and Heathcliff, and that of their mysterious creator herself, into a contemporary love story that unlocks the past.

When a surprise call from a dying aunt brings twenty-something New Yorker Eleanor Abbott to the Yorkshire moors, and the family estate she is about to inherit, she finds a world beyond anything she might have expected. Having left behind an American fiancé, here Eleanor meets Meadowscarp MacLeod—a young man who challenges and changes her. Here too she encounters the presence of Bronte herself and discovers a family legacy they may share.

With winds powerful enough to carve stone and bend trees, the moors are another world where time and space work differently. Remanants of the past are just around a craggy, windswept corner. For Eleanor, this means ancestors and a devastating romantic history that bears on her own life, on the history of the novel Wuthering Heights, and on the destinies of all who live in its shadow.

REVIEW: Eleanor Abbott is finally realizing success with her own business in New York when she receives a call from the family estate in the Yorkshire moors that her aunt is seriously ill and is asking her to travel to see her while she is still alive. Certain that she won’t be gone long, she agrees and arrives to find a large estate on the moors. Her aunt is so happy to see her and Eleanor is happy to be able to talk about her late mother, sister of her aunt. As her aunt is bedridden and very weak, she busies herself exploring the estate and walking the moors.

She meets Meadowscarp (Mead) Macloed who lives there and cares for the estate. They strike up a friendship as he teaches her about the estate and the surrounding area. She learns that she is to inherit the estate when her aunt passes and is not sure whether she wants to stay there or return to her life in New York. Her long time boyfriend in New York has recently cheated on her and she is torn between him and her growing attraction to Mead.

Eleanor encounters ghosts as she walks the moors and concludes they are Heathcliffe and Catherine from Emily Bronte’s book, “Wuthering Heights.”

This book was very difficult to understand and I think the author was pushing very hard to make a plausible story here. However, I give her credit for her story telling and for the wonderful descriptions of Yorkshire.

Connie for b2b

Complimentary copy provided by my library.

‘Prophecy Girl’ by Cecily White

PG CWSTORY: Amelie Bennett. . . . Ending the world, one prophecy at a time.

I was born to slay Crossworld demons.

Big black flappy ones, little green squirmy ones. Unfortunately, the only thing getting slain these days is my social life. With my high school under attack, combat classes intensifying, and Academy instructors dropping right and left, I can barely get my homework done, let alone score a bondmate before prom.

Then he shows up.

Jackson Smith-Hailey. Unspeakably hot, hopelessly unattainable, and dangerous in all the right ways. Sure, he’s my trainer. And okay, maybe he hates me. Doesn’t mean I’ll ignore the wicked Guardian chemistry between us. It’s crazy! Every time I’m with him, my powers explode. Awesome, right?


Now my teachers think I’m the murderous Graymason destined to bring down our whole race of angelbloods. Everyone in New Orleans is hunting me. The people I trusted want me dead. Jack and I have five days to solve the murders, prevent a vampire uprising, and thwart the pesky prophecy foretelling his death by my hand. Shouldn’t be too difficult.

Getting it done without falling in love. . . that might take a miracle.

REVIEW: As many of you know by now, I’m not a big fan of this genre and I did was a bit apprehensive about reading this book because of it. Never the less, I thought to challenge myself and try something new. I did that once before with ‘Interview with a Vampire’ by Anne Rice, which I liked and with Lydia Dare’s Westfield trilogy, which I thought of just cute. Those are the only ones I read in that genre and I had hoped this one would be similar to them.

In the end I found out that this genre is not something I enjoy much.

Don’t misunderstand, this was a fast [maybe even too fast for me] paced, somewhat entertaining and decently written story that would for sure appeal to everyone that’s a fan of this kind of story, it just happens that I’m not one of those, and frankly, that’s okay. We all have our preferences, likes and dislikes.

I found that the characters were well-developed and the book had plenty of action, romance and a lot of magic [which at times confused the heck out of me].

I do recommend it to all paranormal genre lovers, but if you’re not a fan of the genre, this might not be the book for you.

Book provided by the author.

‘My Vampire Cover Model’ by Karyn Gerrard

STORY: Life changed for Deanna Brooks the night she attended a book signing for her aunt’s best-selling paranormal romance series. There she met Burney ‘The Cover God’ Sheridan. The model for the series’ fictional vampire hero, Burn is beyond handsome and has an overabundance of Irish charm. He’s too good to be true.

Burn Sheridan, a man with scores of past lives, has a secret: he is a vampire. Meeting Deanna is agony because for the first time in over two hundred years, Burn experiences the rarest of vampiric needs—the mate-of-the-soul connection. Keeping people at a distance has been Burn’s existence for centuries, but Deanna makes his pledge of staying detached impossible.

Many obstacles lie ahead and the biggest of all may be Burn himself. Can Deanna and Burn overcome them and find lasting love?

REVIEW: What would our Halloween posting be without a review of some good ol’ paranormal romance?!

Karyn Gerrard‘s  ‘My Vampire Cover Model’ is such a great little novella, its perfect for this time of year!

You can grab a nice hot cup of coffee or warm apple cider and have a seat and an hour later you have read the entire book and it’s a great little break!

‘My Vampire Cover Model’ is a fun, fast paced, fluffy vampire novella.  It’s cute, engaging and altogether a pretty fun read.  Burney or Burn (LOVE the name) is our vampire hero who changes his identity occasionally to not become detected as a vampire.

For this particular moment in time he is none other than a romance novel cover model for a series of paranormal vampire stories…..very clever if I do say so myself. 🙂  While at a book signing with the author of the series of books he models for, he finds instant attraction, love at first sight, if you will, with none other than the author’s niece!

Deana is lonely and unaware of the stir she has caused in Burn when she first meets him.  See, he knows who she is to him but she certainly doesn’t. The chemistry between Burn and Dean is instantaneous and doesn’t keep the readers waiting long to combust.  It’s fun and its sexy; its great reading material for all us Paranormal fans!

If you are looking for a good, quick read that is not heavily laden with angst and misunderstandings this is the one for you!

Kristal for b2b