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Review: “Drive Me Wild” by Christine Warren

Feb 3

Drive Me Wild coverTitle: Drive Me Wild

Series: The Others

Author: Christine Warren

Rating: 5 stars

Publisher: St Martin’s Press

Publication Date: November 27, 2012

Review: I devoured this book! I wish Christine Warren had written even more about Tess and Rafael after their HEA, so I could enjoy more of their hot chemistry and honest communication. 😀

Drive Me Wild” is the latest book in The Others series and the second that I’ve read; “On The Prowl” was also an enjoyable read for me.

Tess is a funny, honest young woman whom we first meet while on stake-out of The Council’s offices in a stately home in New York. Seems her grandfather, former head of The Witches’ Council, has tasked Tess with passing on an important message to Rafe, head of The Council of Others.

STAR-5

Here’s a brief excerpt from Ch 1 which made me LOL and root for Tess right from the start:

Heere, kitty, kitty, kitty…                                       The singsong call echoed through her head, making Tess Menzies bite down on her lip to stifle a snicker. You wouldn’t think her current position – crouched in the shadows of an old brownstone, her eyes glued to the elegant facade of the building across the street – would be one conducive to humor but then again, Tess had always been one to laugh at inappropriate moments.

Rafe meanwhile, is a loner who enjoys leading The Council, being Felix of the were-jaguars and a successful businessman. I first ‘met’ him in “On The Prowl” in a few key scenes. Impressive, sexy and dangerous, that was my impression of him.

In “Drive Me Wild” he does not disappoint, even though we see more of his determination to enjoy Tess than we do of him facing off with an opponent until the second half of the book. Don’t get me wrong, I loved seeing him explore his passionate connection to Tess 😉 That table scene…hot! 

The author does a great job of letting Rafe’s jaguar instincts ‘come through’ during his more intimate interactions with Tess without being heavy-handed or spelling it out in a distracting manner. Here’s an example from their first encounter, after Rafe captures Tess, having turned the tables and followed her:

“What would please me is you letting me go!”

That damned chuckle again. “Ah, but that would not please me, sweet Tess, and since I am currently the one in control here, it is my wish that counts.

Tess harrumphed. “And isn’t that just like a man?”

“Or like a beast.” His eyes flashed, and his gaze slid to her lips. “And you know the truth about beasts and beauties, don’t you? The beasts always take what they want and damn the consequences.”

Her only warning was a flash of gold before his head dipped, and his mouth settled hot and hungry over hers.

Rafe purred his approval at the first taste of her. Rich and sweet, it made him want to lap her up like whipping cream.

Although this book is part of a series, you are able to follow along. In fact, we don’t even meet some of the main characters from book 6, so you won’t feel left out at all. There is enough back story woven into book 7 to keep you abreast of everything.

Drive Me Wild coverSynopsis: Tess Menzies can work a spell with a few blinks of her baby blue eyes. But this dedicated witch can’t summon up a single good reason she’s been made an envoy between her kind and Manhattan’s fiercest were-creatures.

The two sides haven’t spoken in four hundred years, and she’ll need every miracle in the book to broker any kind of truce. And that means outwitting Council of Others leader Rafael De Santos whose tantalizing moves and fierce hungry kisses are magic even a formidable sorceress can’t resist . . .

It doesn’t take a cat’s supernatural senses for Rafael to suspect that there’s something strange about this unexpected peace offering. And finding the truth is just as tempting as uncovering the secrets Tess is trying to conceal. Why, she’s tantalizing enough to make this wandering were-jaguar think he’s found the perfect mate—one he’s only dreamed of. But his stealth and her spells can’t guarantee they have a chance at survival, much less a future together…

BUY Links:

Amazon – http://www.amazon.com/Drive-Me-Wild-The-Others/dp/0312357249

Barnes & Noble – http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/drive-me-wild-christine-warren/1109328659

iBooks – https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/drive-me-wild/id528287944

Author’s Website – http://christinewarren.net/index.php

Twitter – @ChrstineWarren

Excerpt link – http://christinewarren.net/books/drive.php#excerpt

Giveaway Winner of “I Do…or Die”

Jan 17

I Do or Die picThe winner of Donna Cummings‘ book, “I Do…or Die” is Sydney J Maylee! :D

Please respond to the email that’s been sent to you within seven days in order to claim your eBook.

To get your own copy of this lovely contemporary romance published by Carina Press, click on the BUY Links below:

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00AB3TBOC/1n9867a-20

Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/i-do-or-die-donna-cummings/1114001417?ean=9781440560514

Kobo: http://www.kobobooks.com/ebook/I-Do-Or-Die/book-H9enFejPcUi4zqyj0hCYEw/page1.html?s=giegCXSrBEyWzVd2GLB0kw&r=3

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/i-do-.-.-.-or-die/id580981508?mt=11

 

Beyond The Page: “I Do…or Die” by Donna Cummings

Jan 11

I Do or Die pic

Who doesn’t love a fun quiz? Even better, you get a chance to win Donna Cummings‘ hilarious, action-packed new book, “I Do…I Die

Enter the rafflecopter here >>a Rafflecopter giveaway<<

(Click the red text for BUY links/info)

CABR: Welcome to my blog Donna. I’m looking forward to learning more about your book and your quiz answers of course 😀

DC: Thanks. I’m excited to be on your blog. 🙂

CABR: Which scenes in “I Do…I Die” were the most fun and most difficult to write?

DC: I love dialogue, so the scenes with Shelby and Ryan bantering, which they did constantly, were my favorite ones to write. I also had a lot of fun writing Shelby’s scenes with the bad guy – she had some creative ways of dealing with the situation!

As for the most difficult. . . sometimes I write at the library, or coffee shop, just to keep the muse amused. I wrote Shelby and Ryan’s first love scene while at the library, so I kept looking over my shoulder to make sure nobody was reading it. I must have looked very suspicious to the librarians!

CABR: I can just imagine you in the library now 🙂 What inspired you to write about a commitment-phobe bridesmaid hooking up with a detective?

Donna Cummings picDC: This story kind of took me by surprise! I started out writing down the complaints a fictional bridesmaid had about the horrible dresses she’d worn, and then all of a sudden there was a shooting at the wedding, and when the detective showed up, they were bantering as if they’d known each other forever. . . It was a fun story to write because I never knew exactly where things were headed.

CABR: Coffee or tea?

DC: Coffee, coffee, coffee, and MORE coffee. LOL I tweet about it a lot too. #nosurprisethere

CABR: Paperbacks or eBooks?

DC: I was a diehard paperback girl until I got my Nook last year. I haven’t read anything but ebooks since — and nobody is more surprised by that than me!

CABR: I love my Kindle app on the iPad. I have so many books on there but paperbacks still have a special place in my heart. 🙂 Spa day or walk through the woods to relax?

DC: Walking thru the woods isn’t relaxing for me – I’d be worried about bears and bugs and poison ivy. I’d rather be at a spa, LOOKING at the woods outside the window. Actually, I’d rather be looking at that beautiful beach scene you have over there. Sigh. In my mind, that’s where I’m at. 🙂 In real life? Not so much.

I Do or Die picCABR: St Maarten IS gorgeous isn’t it? 😀 Chocolate or fruits?

DC: Chocolate. Definitely chocolate. You can even put it in my coffee sometimes!

CABR: My kinda person. Chocolate rules! “Panster” or planner when writing?

DC: I’m a “pantser”. I tried to be a plotter, but it kept me from writing. So I just let the characters take me where they want to go. If we get lost, we manage to find our way back. Most of the time!

CABR: If you could be someone else for a day, from any time in history, who would you be and why?

DC: I think you’ve stumped me on this one! I don’t know that I’d ever want to BE anyone else. I’d sure like to hang out with other people in history though. I’d love to have Jane Austen as a wingman in Regency England. Wouldn’t that be fun?

CABR: It sure would! Mr Darcy… 🙂

It’s GIVEAWAY time friends. Enter the rafflecopter here >>a Rafflecopter giveaway<<

Beyond The Page: “Man Drought” by Rachael Johns

Jan 1

Man Drought picToday is the start of a new year, 2013, and to celebrate, I have the lovely Australian author Rachael Johns here to chat about her latest release from Harlequin Australia – “Man Drought“.

Today’s Giveaway is extra special because “Man Drought” is currently only available from Harlequin Australia in Australia and New Zealand. Click here to enter >> a Rafflecopter giveaway

CABR: Was “Man Drought” inspired by your own experience of living in rural Australia?

(Click on red words for links to more information and to buy the book)

RJ: In a way yes. I’ve lived in rural Australia (two different country towns) for the past eight years and travelled through a number of other towns during this time.

One thing ALL these towns have is at least one or two pubs. Once upon a time these pubs were the thriving social centres of town but a lot of them are now in disrepair. They are often gorgeous old historical buildings but
would take a lot to fix up.

pubI guess there are a number of reasons (shrinking population, smoking outside laws, drink driving laws, etc, etc, etc) why many of the pubs are now looking worse for wear, but whenever I drive past one I can’t help imagining what it would be like if someone had the funds, wherewithal and desire to bring it back to its former glory!! As I don’t have the funds or wherewithal, I decided it would be fun to do this in a book.

CABR: Neat idea. Now readers like myself can enjoy these pubs remotely. 🙂 Which character in “Man Drought” came to you first? Imogen Bates or Gibson Black?

RJ: Definitely Imogen. I knew I wanted someone to buy and renovate
a country pub and I tried to imagine what drastic life events might
have led someone to decide to do this. I made Imogen a widow,
grieving the man she thought was The One and desperate to
escape the city and her memories. I also made sure her hubby had
great life insurance, which made buying the pub possible.

CABR: What were the hardest and most fun scenes to write in “Man Drought“?

Rachel Johns picRJ: The hardest were probably the farm scenes. I live in rural Australia but am not a farmer, so I always worry that these aren’t authentic
enough. The most fun were definitely the scenes with what I have
coined the Random Vibrator. It appeared totally of it’s own accord early in the book and ended up playing a huge part. My fave scene is when Gibson finds Imogen’s vibrator (given to her by a friend).

CABR: LOL. Congrats on your two-book deal with Harlequin Australia!
Tell us more about this. I know “Man Drought” is book one.

I’m stoked to be published with Harlequin Australia and the publicity they gave my first book “Jilted” was amazing. “Man Drought” is the first in a two book contract. I subbed the second book (OUTBACK DREAMS or PLAYING WITH FIRE – not sure which yet) at the beginning of December and it will hopefully be out later this year. This is a friends to lovers story, also set in rural Australia and I plan it to be the first of three linked books with a small mystery developing to be the main focus of book three.

hotelCABR: Great news for those of us who love series. 🙂

TRIVIA

CABR: Which character from fiction, yours or another author’s,
would you like to spend time with and why?

RJ: It’d have to be a hero – I’d love to spend time with any of mine,
but Jane Austen’s Mr Darcy (from “Pride and Prejudice” which is free on Amazon via this link) would also do it for me every time. I like hero’s that are noble and gorgeous underneath but have a grumpy exterior. Gibson in “Man Drought” is very much this hero.

CABR: I totally agree with you on Mr Darcy! If you could be someone for a day, who would you be?

RJ: A member of the Royal Family!! I’d really love to see what it’s like
to really live in a palace.

Man Drought picCABR: Me too. 🙂 Coffee or Tea?

RJ: Neither – eugh! I LOVE the smell of coffee but can’t stand the
taste. Tea, just can’t stand the whole shebang – smell and taste. I
prefer Diet Coke, Milo or water.

CABR: Dogs or Cats?

RJ: Definitely cats. I DO have a gorgeous dog but I’m a cat person
through and through.

CABR: Dream vacation – adventure or relaxation?

RJ: Relaxation all the way. This might change later but right now I long for a two-week holiday where I can laze around all day catching up on my massive TBR pile 😀

CABR: So true on the to-be-read side of things.

Man Drought” is currently only available from Harlequin Australia in Australia and New Zealand. So click here to enter >> a Rafflecopter giveaway << for your chance to WIN.

To find out more about Rachael and her upcoming books:

Blog www.rachaeljohns.wordpress.com

Websitewww.rachaeljohns.com

Twitterhttps://twitter.com/RachaelJohns

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/pages/Rachael-Johns/
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Purchase links: (Click on red text for link to sites) Amazon and Harlequin Australia

Synopsis of “Man Drought“:

Imogen Bates moved to the small rural town of Gibson’s Find to start a new life for herself after the death of her husband. Tired of being haunted by the painful memories of her old life, Imogen set her last remaining hopes on the little town and, in particular, pouring her heart and savings into restoring The Majestic Hotel to its former glory. But while the female-starved town might be glad to see a young woman move in, not everyone is happy about Imogen’s arrival.

Sheep and crop farmer Gibson Black once dreamed of having the kind of family his grandfather reminisces about, but he’s learnt not to dream anymore. Living in the mostly male town suits Gibson down to the ground…and he won’t have anyone — least of all a hot redhead from the city — change a thing.

Imogen has never been one to back down from a challenge, especially when it concerns her last chance at happiness. She’s determined to rebuild the pub and create a future for the little town. But can she create a future for Gibson and herself, too?

Purchase links: (Click on red text for link to sites) Amazon and Harlequin Australia

Man Drought” is currently only available from Harlequin Australia in Australia and New Zealand. So click here to enter >> a Rafflecopter giveaway << for your chance to WIN.

The Girl Nobody Wanted by Lynn Raye Harris

Nov 11

Title: The Girl Nobody Wanted

Author: Lynn Raye Harris

Series: The Santina Crown Series (Book 7 of 8)

Grade: CABR Gold Star Review

Publication date: November 2012

Publisher: Harlequin Presents/Mills & Boon

Synopsis: Stop the Press: Jilted Bride Stranded with a Notorious Playboy!

Anna Constantinides, publicly humiliated when her longtime fiancé announced his engagement to someone else, might have thought things couldn’t get any worse.… Until her private jet crash-landed on an uninhabited island, leaving her stranded with billionaire hotel magnate Leo Jackson.

Renowned playboy Leo’s reputation is legendary, and if the smoldering looks they were fighting to contain when rescued are anything to go by, there can only be one question on everybody’s lips: Just how long did it take wickedly sexy Leo to undress buttoned-up heiress Anna?

Review: Lynn Raye Harris has written a true gem in “The Girl Nobody Wanted” (TGNW) – an outwardly composed heroine with deep emotional wounds who faces off against a seemingly care-free playboy with his own family issues to deal with.

Anna’s strength amazed me; to remain composed while the paparazzi and her fellow royalty pay keen attention to her every move while attending her former fiance’s engagement party? That takes skill.

The one person able to see through her facade is Leo, the brother of her fiance’s soon-to-be wife, Allegra.

A businessman and owner of the Leonidas Group, which builds luxury hotels in exclusive locations.

This is Leo, as pictured on the I Heart Harlequin Presents website page dedicated to The Santina Crown series.

One can see what draws Anna to Leo even as she fights to deflect him from seeking the truth about what makes her tick. Where others see a serene princess-in-waiting, Leo sees a woman so busy suppressing her passionate nature, she doesn’t even realise it exits.

Anna is challenged emotionally by Leo on their two-person flight to Amanti; naturally Leo is a trained pilot and prefers to fly himself whenever he can, but when their plan crashes after they divert from the flight plan, the sniping turns to kissing. 😀

Boy oh boy, do Anna and Leo have chemistry together! They’re a great match in wits and in bed, or in this case, on the beach.

This story gets even better, yes it does, when they return to reality and have to face life after the island.

Leo’s relationship with his father shows a depth to our hero that makes you fall in love with him even more than you already did for shaking Anna out of her shell.

Anna herself inspires you because she’s willing to be bold, put herself out there, in the hopes of finding her own happiness and identity away from Amanti and Santina.

I’d love to be there when the Jackson family and the Santina royal family have a get together to see how Anna and Allegra interact. I’d expect some fireworks but a fun, loving relationship in the end. 😀

Although this is book 7 in The Santina Crown series, you don’t have to read the books in order. So head over to your nearest bookstore now and pick up a copy, paperback or eBook, of The Girl Nobody Wanted.

Cover reveal: “Abby Road” by Ophelia London

Nov 7

Today it’s my pleasure to be one of the romance bloggers chosen to give you an advanced look at the cover for Ophelia London‘s book, “Abby Road“, which hits shelves on March 26, 2013.

You can pre-order the book by clicking on these Amazon and Barnes & Noble links.

Synopsis: Touted by the tabloids as the biggest rock star of our generation, Abigail Kelly is used to being in the spotlight.

But beyond the glam of Hollywood, her world is falling apart.

Still reeling from the death of her brother and wilting under the iron fist of Max, her manager, Abby banishes herself to the secluded beaches of Florida for the summer, thinking some anonymity and sunshine are just what she needs.

What she finds, instead, is Todd, an ex-marine eager to embrace life after war. Together, Abby and Todd find the balance Abby’s life has been missing.

That is, until Max resurfaces, demanding Abby return to Los Angeles to record her band’s newest album. As the pressures of public appearances, paparazzi, and late-night recordings start to mount, Abby will have to risk everything or lose the life she always dreamed of.

Ophelia London’s ABBY ROAD is a love letter to music—both the kind you cherish and the kind you create—as well as a beautiful love story that proves even when everyone in the world can recognize your face, the only people who matter are those who can see inside your heart.

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While we wait on the publication of “Abby Road”, you can check out Ophelia London‘s debut novel for Entangled Publishing’s Bliss line – “Playing at Love“. (Excerpt included in Entangled link)

You can purchase this book at Amazon and at Barnes & Noble.

Upcoming reviews: “Cade” by Liliana Hart and “Unforgiven” by Deliliah Devlin

Sep 20

It’s been a crazy week and a half peeps! Hoping things settle down over the next few days so I can post the reviews I have on mental shelves. 🙂

Here’s a sneak peak at the next two reviews – erotic romance novellas by two new-to-me authors Delilah Devlin and Liliana Hart.

I’m really looking forward to posting my reviews in the coming days. In fact, my review of Liliana’s novella “Dane” from “The MacKenzie” family series, is already up.

Next in line is her novel “Cade” about Dane’s cousin Cade MacKenzie. If you’re into romantic suspense and/or erotic romance, then you will definitely want to check out the MacKenzies.

Equally a great read for me recently was “Unforgiven” by Delilah Devlin. The novella is book 2 in her “Lone Star Lovers” series and has me intrigued by the rest of the guys and gals we meet in “Unforgiven”.

So check out the book links and author pages I’ve provided (click on red words) and be sure to stop by CABR over the next couple of days for these reviews. 😀

Dane by Liliana Hart

Sep 17

Title: Dane

Author: Liliana Hart

Series: The MacKenzie Brothers Quartet, bk 1

Grade: CABR Gold Star Review

Publication date: July 10, 2011

Publisher: Bodysways Publishing

Sold by: Amazon Digital Services Incorporated

Synopsis: In this novella, bad boy, Dane MacKenzie, is coming home to Surrender, Montana. It’s been ten years since he left the woman he loved behind to make a name for himself, and now he’s bound and determined to claim her once and for all.

But Charlotte Munroe has no desire to welcome home the Prodigal Son with a fatted calf. The bitterness of Dane’s betrayal runs deep, and she has no plans of letting him back into her life. Especially since she’s trying to protect the son Dane isn’t aware exists from heartbreak, since she’s sure he’s only going to walk out of their lives again.

Review: Wow! That’s all I have to say…LOL Of course not. “Dane” was one of the most well-written erotic romance novellas I’ve ever read.

Liliana Hart did an amazing job giving you Dane and Charlie’s backstories even as the h/h relieved their 10-year-old sexual tension and discovered they had a second chance at love.

Did I mention all of this was accomplished in 49 pages? Yup. Wish “Dane” was longer but did not feel shortchanged at all. Hence my CABR Gold Star Review.

So if you’re looking for a great, hot, read and an intro to the MacKenzie Brothers, then “Dane” is your book. 😀

Tell what you think after reading it.

 

 

REVIEW: Special Delivery by Tilly Greene

Sep 8

Title: Special Delivery

Author: Tilly Greene

Grade: A

Publication Date: July 17, 2012

Publisher: Amazon Digital Services

Synopsis: During the week she goes to college and works as a waitress and every Saturday Susan Anders waits for the knock on her door. The excitement gets her heart beating faster as she opens it up and flirts outrageously with her handsome delivery guy. He arrives wearing brown shorts, shirt and socks with sensible shoes, and she is seduced. Even though they’re just words, their time together is the closest thing she has to an actual sex life, but all that changes with one box.

Deliveries are exciting, but how long does the pleasure last?

 

Review: This was my first time reading Tilly Greene‘s work and I loved it. 😀

At 19 pages or 6,300 words, you now the story has to move along fast yet I never felt rushed reading about Susan and Tom’s journey to HEA, at least in the short term. Based on the ending, I’d say these two have found their other halves.

The delivery of an unusual sex toy, seemingly by accident, rouses Susan’s curiosity and eventually her libido. Betcha LOL when you read that scene.

All in all, a great read and if Tilly ever decides to write more about these two, I’d buy the book.

 

Stygian’s Honor by Lora Leigh

Aug 31

Title: Stygian’s Honor

Author: Lora Leigh

Series: Breeds, book 27

Grade: C

Publication date: August 7, 2012

Publisher: Berkley

Synopsis: Window Rock, Arizona, is the last known location of Honor Roberts, who vanished when she was just thirteen. It was her only sanctuary from the Breed research that would surely have ended in her death—one such insidious experiment should, indeed, have killed her. That she lived is both a miracle—and a great mystery.

Stygian’s mission is to find Honor Roberts, no matter the cost. Now, with the help of Liza Johnson, assistant to the chief of the Navajo Nation, he is closer than ever to his goal. But will the discovery of Honor Roberts mean the destruction of the mating heat that has developed between Stygian and Liza?

Review: I’ve always enjoyed Lora Leigh’s Breeds series, so I decided to go ahead and buy this book and post a review. “Stygian’s Honor” got a C/3 stars from me because about a third of the way through the book, a major secret in the book was obvious to not only the reader but to at least three main characters in the book.

I agree with other reviewers that this was frustrating at times but I believe the author was trying to show the struggle Liza was going through and how it impacted Stygian’s mission. Even so, Lora Leigh could have revealed it earlier and let the H/H deal with it in the open rather than avoiding the truth for so long.

However, I still enjoyed reading the story of Wolf Breed Stygian and Navajo Nation member (or so it seems at first) Liza, as well as learning more about what happened to the ‘Mystery Four’ as I’ve dubbed them – Honor, Fawn, Judd and Gideon. The four children who escaped an experimental Breeds lab about 20 years ago and who’ve been hunted down ever since by The Genetics Council and The Bureau of Breed Affairs.

I wish some progress could have been made though on solving Amber’s illness. Amber is the daughter of Rachel and Jonas Wyatt, head of The Bureau of Breed Affairs. Jonas adopted her and considers her just as much his daughter as a child that had his DNA.

Amber was injected with a DNA-altering serum by a former Council member who went mad trying to use the Breeds’ genetics to reverse his age/find the fountain of youth.

The search for the ‘Mystery Four’ is being driven by Jonas’ belief that they hold the key to healing her yet no real progress is made in “Stygian’s Honor”, a very  frustrating thing indeed for Jonas and the reader. I hope book 28, which may feature Liza’s friend and fellow Navajo Nation member, Claire Martinez, moves things along.

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