Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Review - Temptation by Fire by Tiffany Allee

Temptation by Fire
by Tiffany Allee
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Release Date: May 27, 2014
Publisher: Entangled: Ignite

When Ava has a vision of a man's violent death, experience tells her she can't stop it from happening. For once, she's wrong. She saves him, but in doing so enters a world of manipulative demons and the men who hunt them.

Driven by the memory of his murdered family, Karson toils in the violent, thankless fight against demonkind. Masquerading as humans, demons are always a step ahead. But just when he thinks vengeance will be his, Ava shatters his plans and twists his focus.

Her powers have pushed her away from human contact, but this tattooed hunter with a battered heart draws Ava in. Working with the pretty little psychic is a challenge Karson can handle. But keeping his hands off of her is nearly impossible. With demons on their trail and Ava determined to make things right, keeping his heart safe will be just as tough as keeping Ava alive.



With just a touch Ava Keller can see the future. Living in fear of her visions, Ava is always careful to avoid contact with anyone. When an innocent exchange leads to an inadvertent touch, Ava sees a horrendous vision of a man’s violent death – and she knows from trying to change the outcome of her visions in the past, there is nothing she can do to change the future.

Karson is a man whose past has shaped his future – his family was murdered by demons and he has dedicated his life to seeking justice on the demon who killed them. Working as a Venator, a group whose sole purpose is to fight the demons, Karson’s latest target has possessed the body of Thomas Winston – the man whose touch showed Ava the vision of his death.

When Ava sets off a course of events that threatens her life, Karson finds himself doing everything he can to protect her – even when that protection puts her in further danger. As Ava and Karson work together to fight the demons who are threatening Ava’s life and plotting to destroy humanity, they must also deal with an undeniable attraction that exists between them – an attraction that could prove to be Karson’s undoing.

I really enjoyed this book and appreciated the characters and the rules that Tiffany Allee created for them to play by. It was fun to watch Ava grow as a character – she always had an inner strength, and it was fun to watch her take responsibilities for her actions, stand up to Karson, and ultimately begin to see her “curse” as a gift. Karson was great – totally alpha but broken by the events of his past. So convinced that he cannot allow Ava into his life because she can only be considered a weakness for him – and then realizing that he is weak without her…loved it!

This was a great PNR read, with lots of action and twists and turns that kept me turning the pages and finishing the book in one day. There was plenty of romance and heat between Ava and Karson and I loved the fact that it was used to enhance the suspense of the book and tell their story rather than just being a gratuitous sex scene.

I received an eARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. 

Review - Night Angel (Night, #2.5) by Lisa Kessler


Sometimes the only way to heal is to love...

When Colin Flynn returns home to Ireland, the immortal Night Walker is not the protector he had once been. Although his flesh has healed, the scars hide a broken spirit.

Juliana Duffy is a survivor. She owns a florist shop and continues to play piano in spite of her deafness. Her prophetic dreams warn her of coming death and show her the faces of two men: one a customer and one a handsome stranger.

After hearing her music, Colin finds himself drawn to this woman who refuses to be defined by her injury. As an ancient enemy emerges and threatens her safety, Colin will need to learn Juliana's secret to overcome his wounds, and regain his strength.

But falling for a mortal could be the greatest risk of all...

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My Review - 4.5 Stars:

Colin Flynn’s scars run deep. They not only mar his flesh, but have marked his soul and broken his spirit. Returning to Ireland to try and find a way to heal, Colin finds himself searching for anything to help him move past his pain. When he meets Juliana Duffy he thinks she may have the answers he is looking for to start the healing process…

I just loved Colin and Juliana. Lisa Kessler has once again created characters that make you feel every emotion and struggle right along with them. Colin’s inability to move past his injury was heart-wrenching, but you felt that the spark of his spirit was still alive as he looked for a way to move past all that he had lost. Juliana was everything I love in a heroine – strong, willing to do whatever it takes to protect those that she loves, and smart enough to know her limitations. Although she too has suffered loss, she has found a way to move past it, accepting all in her life that she cannot change.

Although this was only a novella in length, the pages are filled with a wonderful love story that had me captivated from the first page. The only complaint I have is that I would have loved to have had more detail regarding the rivalry between Colin, the Night Walker, and Benedict, the Water Horse – I think there was probably a wonderful back story to the history that is alluded to in the book, and I can only imagine what story could have been told in a full length novel. Don’t get me wrong, this book was wonderful – so wonderful that I just want more! Thank you Lisa Kessler for crafting a story that had me living and riding the emotions right along with your characters.

Review - Living Again (Living Again, #1) by L.L. Collins


Kayley Carson thought she had it all...married to the love of her life, a great job, and a baby on the way. Then one day, her life changes forever when she loses her husband in a tragic accident. No longer sure how to navigate life after her enormous loss, Kayley clings to her newborn baby, her family, and her friends to keep herself living.

When she meets someone that challenges her belief that she's better off alone, she has to decide if she is capable of letting him in after swearing she was never going to love anyone the same way again.

She's not the only one with a painful past. He is struggling with trust issues after a previous relationship went horribly wrong. After a terrible misunderstanding brings out both of their insecurities, will the painful memories of the past keep them both from living again?

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My Review - 4.5 Stars:

I just love when an author can write in such a way that I ride the emotions right along with the characters, and L.L. Collins had me riding right along with every emotion that her characters lived through. From Kayley’s heartache, which had me reaching for the tissues, to all the hopes and fears she lived through as she had to learn to live again, I was so caught up in the story it felt like I was living through events right alongside Kayley.

I could easily see all of the relationships in the book happening in real life, which I think is one of the things that really made this book work for me. From Emily, Kayley’s best friend, to Kayley’s family, it was easy to relate to every character. Alexis was too cute for words, and she definitely stole the page whenever she was around! Even the perfect “Dr. Yummy” Ben had his flaws and issues he needed to deal with, making the story that much more real.

This was a fabulous read and I’m looking forward to the next book in the series.

Some quotes from the book I loved:
"We're all a little broken. We just need the right glue to be put back together again."
"What I told you that day at the therapy center was true, Kayley. We're both broken, in different ways. We can understand the feeling of loss that we both have endured. I think, though, that when the right person comes along, the cracks can start to fill in again, and pretty soon, you can't even hardly see them anymore."
"See, while I think you could go anywhere and make a difference in the world, what is really the most important is making a difference to the people that mean the world to you."
"But I knew you were it. From the moment I saw you, even though I tried to deny it myself, I knew I was in love with you. Like I told you before, it wasn't just that you were the most beautiful woman in the world. I just knew that I had this connection to you that was unexplainable. It was like I needed to know you."

Review: Tempting the Cowboy (Paint River Ranch, #1) by Elizabeth Otto


After taking a job on a quiet Montana dude ranch, ex-cop Rylan Frederickson finds herself surrounded by unbelievably sexy cowboys. Too bad the one she wants is her boss...and the single dad of a four-year-old. It doesn't matter anyway, because after a recent tragedy, there’s simply no more room in her heart.

Letting a new woman into their life is the last thing Cole Haywood wants for him and his daughter, Birdie. But as Rylan's presence at Paint River Ranch breathes new life into his family he can’t ignore his growing attraction.

When the sparks between them turn into fireworks in bed, Rylan's torn between the family she’s lost and the one she may have found. Now she must decide if something that feels this good is worth the risk.

Review - Letting Go (Anchored Hearts, #1) by J.M. Witt


When your past threatens to destroy your future; how long will you hang on before Letting Go?

Cassidy Charles is picking up the pieces of her life after another terrible tragedy. The last thing she's looking for is love. James bursting back into her life is the last thing she expected, but possibly everything she needs. She can’t deny the attraction, but can she get past the fact that he may be the reason she’s lost so much? He opens up a whole new world to her that she’s only dreamed about that she easily falls into. The result of her relationship with him reveals secrets from her past she thought were long forgotten.

James Benedict III, local playboy and successful real estate investor hasn’t stopped thinking about her since that fateful night all those months ago. He has her back in his life, but for how long? As more and more secrets from her past are revealed his own demons and tragedies loom overhead threatening to destroy everything he's built and done for her. He wants her in his life, but because of him her world comes tumbling down, again.

Will they discover that the love they have is strong enough to survive everything and everyone trying to tear them apart before it’s too late?

Review - High-Heeled Wonder (Killer Style, #1) by Avery Flynn


Sylvie Bissette may be one of Harbor City’s youngest glitterati, but only her best friends know her most closely guarded secret. She’s the woman behind The High-Heeled Wonder, a must-read blog for fashionistas everywhere. Gossip, fashion advice, exposés. Too bad some people can’t take a little criticism. When an internet troll discovers her secret identity and escalates from stalking her to threatening her life, Sylvie turns to security expert Tony Falcon for help. The investigator from the other side of the tracks is the olive oil to her Evian water and aggravates her to no end, but it’s not just her temper he’s inciting... 

Tony Falcon wouldn't know a kitten heel from a tabby cat, but since most of the bad guys he tracks down aren't wearing stilettos, it's never been a problem...until he meets Sylvie. When a murder investigation leads him to the same place Sylvie works, he realizes the feisty fashionista may be his best chance at catching the criminals who killed his best friend. It all leads back to the cut-throat fashion world. But solving that case means going after the people Sylvie cares about, and soon his attraction for her—and the danger she’s in—has him wondering if solving the case is worth hurting the woman he can’t stop fantasizing about…

Review - Her Fated Cowboy (Harland County, #1) by Donna Michaels


L.A. cop, Jordan Masters Ryan has a problem. Her normal method of meeting a crisis head-on and taking it down won’t work. Not this time. Not when fate is her adversary. Having kept her from the man she thought she’d always marry, the same fickle fate took away the man she eventually did. Thrown back into the path of her first love, she finds hers is not the only heart fate has damaged.

Widower and software CEO, Cole McCall fills his days with computer codes and his free time working the family’s cattle ranch. Blaming himself for his wife’s death, he’s become hard and bitter. When his visiting former neighbor sets out to delete the firewall around his heart, he discovers there’s no protection against the Jordan virus. Though she understands his pain and reawakens his soul, will it be enough for Cole to overcome his past and embrace their fated hearts?

Review - Night Child (Night, #3) by Lisa Kessler


A psychic gift... 

Muriah La Deaux's latest job requires her to locate an ancient codex detailing a prophecy of an immortal birth. But before she can deliver it, her client is brutally murdered. Now a man with chaos in his eyes wants the codex she's hiding.

An immortal child... 

Issa is one of the original Night Walkers, a proud protector of the mortal world. Now, when the survival of his entire race rests on protecting an unborn child, Issa is the only immortal strong enough to protect Muriah on a risky mission--locate the lost scrolls that will trap their foe--but his tenuous grasp on his sanity is slipping. 

The ultimate sacrifice... 

Muriah's headstrong spirit awakens feelings in Issa that are best left buried. But as the battle between love and chaos ensues, sacrifices must be made...

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