And guess who just happens to be staying at the same hotel as I am? Drake. You remember him. The Wyvern of the Green Dragons? My so-called “mate?” The man who literally fires me up, and makes me act like a love-struck schoolgirl? That Drake.
Meanwhile, mortal men are falling at my feet. I don’t know if it’s the Hungarian air or what, but it’s downright embarrassing. All I want to do is find a Guardian mentor to help me control my powers. Should be easy—except that every Guardian I meet with winds up dead. I’m starting to get a complex…
Aisling, her demon dog Jim and – oddly enough – Rene the French taxi driver are in Budapest for an Otherworld conference, where Ash hopes she will find a Guardian mentor. However, nothing is ever as simple as it could be, and along the way she runs into her dragon lover Drake and gets embroiled in the murder mystery involving an amulet, a hermit, a professional virgin and a whole heap of naked incubi.
Of course, the scenes with Drake were a highlight. They certainly lit each other’s fires! *fans self* I laughed, I squirmed, I gripped the edge of my Kindle, and by the end I felt a little bit sad, but I could not put it down! I think I’ll be reading the next one in the series sooner rather than later. Great stuff.
Back cover blurb:
An epic, richly inventive, historically sweeping, magical romance. When historian Diana Bishop opens an alchemical manuscript in the Bodleian Library, it’s an unwelcome intrusion of magic into her carefully ordered life. Though Diana is a witch of impeccable lineage, the violent death of her parents while she was still a child convinced her that human fear is more potent than any witchcraft. Now Diana has unwittingly exposed herself to a world she’s kept at bay for years; one of powerful witches, creative, destructive daemons and long-lived vampires. Sensing the significance of Diana’s discovery, the creatures gather in Oxford, among them the enigmatic Matthew Clairmont, a vampire genticist. Diana is inexplicably drawn to Matthew and, in a shadowy world of half-truths and old enmities, ties herself to him without fully understanding the ancient line they are crossing. As they begin to unlock the secrets of the manuscript and their feelings for each other deepen, so the fragile balance of peace unravels…
Probably one of my favourite books of the year. Complex, smart, beautifully writen, full of UST and surprises, and Matthew Clairmont can climb in my window any night!
It has everything: witches, vampires, demons, time travel, Oxford, old manuscripts, historical figures, plots and violence, and quite a bit of humour. I mean, vampires doing yoga? And the fact one of the demons was Australian had me smiling, too. I love the red cover – probably more than the blue one of the hardback – and cannot wait until next year for the sequel. I have a sneaking suspicion who the third witch on the Congregation is and I need to find out if I’m right!
My rating: 5/5
Erotic romance is one of the bestselling subgenres in the romance category. Olivia Cunning delivers the perfect blend of steamy sex, heartwarming romance, and a wicked sense of humor.
This second in the Sinners on Tour series features lead singer Sedric Lionheart who became a playboy after his fiancee, Jessica, broke his heart. Forced on a summer tour together for two entire months, but stubbornly desperate to stay apart, they find a million steamy reasons why they had that lovin’ feeling in the first place.
About a third of the way through this book, I renamed Jessica Chase in my mind as Jessica Chafes. Surely no women could handle the amount of battering her bits received in this book!
Maybe it was because I read this too soon after the first book, or maybe it was just that I didn’t like Jessica very much, but I didn’t enjoy this as much as Backstage Pass. Yes, there was a bit more plot in this sequel, but I found the two main characters’ mood swings annoying and there wasn’t enough Brian or Eric for my liking. There was some Trey – my favourite band member – but I found myself more intrigued by his brother, Dare. I hope Cunning writes more for him in the future books.
I was also amazed that it took until Chapter 28 of the second book in the series before any mention was made of the band having a manager, some dude named Jerry. Shouldn’t he be on tour with them? He and their publicity person should certainly have made appearances when Brian in the first book and the boys in this sequel got injured and had to cancel concerts. Where were the press conferences? Nah, that just didn’t ring true.
However, I did enjoy the sweet ending, probably because of the hilarious bet, and I’ll be reading the other books in the series because I love Trey and Eric, and Jace is such an enigma. As long as they keep Jessica to a minimum.
My rating: 3/5
The whole subject matter of a big rock band on the road fascinates me, since it wasn’t anything I could get near when I was a teen fangirl (big bands never came to New Zealand and if they did, they only played Auckland – too far away). Having read this a couple of days after reading some hilarious tweets from a rock star, and knowing what I do now about the debauchery of some of my favourite bands growing up, I suspect this is more non-fiction than fiction! But, whew, it was steamy.
Note to self: Don’t read books which make me blush during school holidays.
Amendment to note to self: Ignore note to self until after I finish the next book in the series!
There’s action from the first page as Dee bumps into – almost literally – a hitman who used to work for her Mob boss husband. To prevent him from asassinating a senator, Dee must use her martial arts training, and in doing so becomes embroiled in more than she bargained for. She left Cap Grimaldi years before after witnessing the murder of her sister-in-law, and took some of his ill-gotten gains to set herself and her mother up in a new life. Appearing on the news as the senator’s good samaritan alerts Cap that she is still alive, and thus ensues a game of cat and mouse with Cap hunting for Dee and Agent Santiago as they run across the country. To complicate matters further, along the way Nick and Dee fall in love.
There are plenty of twists and turns to satisfy any thriller enthusiast, and the romances (there are more than one!) are nicely done. I was a little annoyed with Dee’s attitude near the end, but thankfully the HEA arrived as expected.
So, things aren’t sounding too good about the likelihood of a movie version of The Bronze Horseman, by Paullina Simons, as we reported here last year.
Ms. Simons has posted this on her blog:
And now for some news about the film option of The Bronze Horseman. Things have not worked out quite as I hoped, but that’s only because I can’t see the future and don’t know what’s still ahead.
At the moment, though, the 18-month option with Andy Tennant’s production company has unfortunately come to an end. After months of no activity at all, we tried to extend the option at deadline time (plus 30 days grace), but we could not resolve the most important issue, and that is whose script to use, mine or Ross’s. I strongly felt and continue to feel that Ross’s vision for the story and adaptation of the book were diametrically opposed to my own. So reluctantly we parted ways, and the rights to the book have reverted back to me. The difference between 2009 and now is that now I have a finished script. Which means that we can now seek and find someone else who gets the story, loves the characters, and perhaps can put his/her passion behind the project to get the film off the ground, so to speak, and onto the big screen, but this time with my script as a condition of development.
I know you are disappointed by this and let down, as you can imagine I am, but don’t be disheartened. Because I remain hopeful and optimistic that great things are just around the corner for our two crazy kids. We have a couple of intriguing prospects we are working on and I will keep you posted as soon as I know something more concrete. In the meantime, you know that Tania and Shura live on inside my heart, especially these days, as I immerse myself in the young doomed life of the two people who once loved each other and who made Alexander.
IMDB still has it listed in the development stage and scheduled for release in 2012, but obviously that’s unlikely now. It had been an interesting proposal with Andy Tennant (Sweet Home Alabama, Hitch, The Bounty Hunter) directing.
As we said before, Henry Cavill (The Tudors) has a lot of support for the role of Alexander Barrington Belov, but is busy at the moment being Superman. I’ve also seen people suggesting Joe Manganiello (True Blood) – he seems too old to me – and, of course, the Facebook page is still up in support of my pick, Robert Pattinson, here.
Remember, whoever plays Alexander has to live up to this quote: “He was more beautiful than that morning sun.”
For my Tatiana, I’ve been thinking maybe Mia Wasikowska (Alice in Wonderland)?
He comes to her more dead than alive, a huge black-clad stranger mortally wounded and rapidly losing blood. As she struggles to save him, vet Tess Culver is unaware that the man calling himself Dante is no man at all but one of the Breed, vampire warriors engaged in a desperate battle. But in a single erotically-charged moment Tess is plunged into his world – a shifting, shadowed place where bands of Rogue vampires stalk the night, cutting a swathe of terror.Haunted by visions of a dark future, Dante lives and fights like there is no tomorrow. Tess is a complication he does not need – and yet his touch has awakened in her hidden gifts and desires and a hunger she never knew she possessed – and bonded by blood, Dante and Tess must work together to overcome the deadliest of enemies.
The plot involving Crimson and the drugged-up Darkhaven vampires was nicely done, with great suspense and likeable secondary characters in Chase and Elise. I see the next book features Elise and Tegan, who had a lovely moment in this book to set that all up. I’m really keen to see how she unfreezes the scary warrior ;)
I thought Lucan’s book was very like the BDB, and this had its moments too, but while Dante and Tess reminded me of Vishous and Jane (the visions/her medical occupation) they were sufficiently different for me to not keep thinking this was a JR Ward ripoff. I also love the cover – that colour is gorgeous. I’ll definitely be reading book 3 soon.
Nicholas comes from a world of darkness where women are no better than slaves. He believes the secret to true happiness is for his wife to be molded to perfection. He had the promise of perfection in the bright eyes and innocent smile of a childhood friend long since lost to his world. He never gave up his dreams of their perfect life together. An accidental meeting brings him face to face with his dream.
Will he realize that true happiness can only be found in the beauty of imperfection before it’s too
Jayden escaped from a life of terror and found security in her new home. Given a loving home
and raised with all the normal expectations of college, career, love and happiness her memories
of her earlier life fade into darkness.
An accident draws the attention of those who never gave up searching for her, determined to
fulfill a contract not of her making. Jayden is taken from her perfect life and thrust back into a
past she’d long forgotten. Broken of spirit, she is given to Nicholas to be his bride.
Jayden is desperate to find the light before she is lost to the darkness of perfection.
Jayden White has lived her life in fear – of the man who “bought” her from her father and of the possibility that one day he will find her again – but just when she thinks her future looks bright, she is violently drawn back into that world by the one person she thought was her friend.
Schneider writes from both Jayden and Nick’s points of view, giving the reader a greater insight into the true motivations of her characters. We see Nick as a boy, caring so tenderly for his five-year-old wife-to-be and feeling those same feelings as an adult, although his warped upbringing makes him conflicted about admitting them to her out loud.
It feels so wrong to be rooting for a bad guy who condones kidnapping and sexual enslavement, but by the end of this book you will undoubtedly be a little bit in love with Nicholas Harrison. I certainly was!
The last few chapters carry you along on an emotional rollercoaster to a truly surprising conclusion. Schneider has produced a complex, fast-paced, sexy thriller which will leave you begging for more. Definitely a five-star read.