Friday, October 9, 2015

#OctobeRecFest Review #4 ~ Immersed ~ Katie Hayoz

Immersed (Immersed, #1)Immersed by Katie Hayoz
Immersed #1
Release Date: August 18, 2015
Genre: Steampunk
Source: Gift from Lexxie
Rating: 4.5 Bookworms
Recommended by: Lexxie, Braine, & Lola

What is love turned you into a monster?

Forget petticoats and demure female behavior. Melusine Dore prefers armored corsets and knives and slays evil creatures for a living. The grim and gruesome don't frighten her; she'll take on a cyclops or a dragon and not even break a sweat. But when her rival, the charismatic Levi Cannon, comes to town, all her buried fears begin to surface. Melusine realizes she is in danger of something much more frightening than facing blood-thirsty beasts - she's in danger of falling in love. Because love alone has the power to reveal a secret terrible enough to completely shatter her world.

Set in the muddy streets of 1850s steampunk Chicago, Immersed by Katie Hayoz is a dark yet romantic fantastical romp. It is a stand-alone novella, but the first in a series of adventures that follow Melusine on her quest to rid the world of monsters...and her struggle to come to terms with every monstrous facet of herself.

Immersed served as my introduction to the steampunk genre. I have nothing to compare it to, obviously, but if this is representative then I'm sorry I waited so long to dip my toe in!

Hayoz created a unique and vivid landscape for this series - a Chicago slowing sinking into the mud. I was fascinated by her descriptions of the streets with their popping gaslamps, wooden boardwalks built to prevent walking through med as well as to serve as a means of entering buildings with their first floors now serving as basements, and, of course, the steam-powered horse-drawn carriages.

Hayoz populated this Chicago with enthralling characters in Melusine and Levi, along with the creepy monsters. Melusine and Levi are monster-hunters and rivals. Unfortunately for them, they've just been hired for a job to work together. These two are like oil and water but it certainly made for entertaining conversation. The snarky banter belied the true feelings brewing between them, however, and watching as these two slowly revealed those feelings was exciting, to say the least. I adore Melusine. She's sassy and confident - a wonderful heroine. Levi stole my heart as well with his charm and wit.

Oh, but those pesky monsters. Hayoz brilliantly wove in cyclops, sirens, mermaids, and the like. Melusine and Levi even have a curse to deal with. Luckily they both know where to get proper bait, to lure their prey, and weaponry, for destroying them.

Immersed was also my introduction to Hayoz's writing and I'm impressed. She deftly combined mythology, steampunk, a mystery and a little romance to create a fascinating tale. The pacing was perfect. And the imagery she invoked with her words had me picturing the entire story in my head, like a movie.

I'm very much looking forward to the next installment in this series and I certainly intend to read more of Hayoz's work.

Release Day Blitz ~ Masters for Hire ~ Ginger Voight

Masters for Hire
Book One in the Masters Saga
by Ginger Voight
Release Date: October 9, 2015
Ginger is VERY excited to share with you her new release "Masters for Hire" Book One in The Masters Saga. Be sure to add to your Goodreads to read list and grab your copy! Don't miss out on the links below to several of Ginger's books that are FREE!

Devlin Masters has one job: to bring a woman's deepest, dirtiest fantasies to life, no judgment, no complications–no regrets. And Devlin Masters is very good at his job.

When Good Girl Coralie Cabot finds this bad boy for hire, she suspects he might bring a little excitement into her boring, conventional life. She has no idea just how intoxicating it could be to meet someone that dedicated to making her lascivious dreams come true.

She only wanted him for a week.

He's about to change her life.

Intended for readers 18+ for graphic sexual content.
In Book One of a sizzling new saga from author Ginger Voight, MASTERS FOR HIRE blurs the line between fantasy and reality with all the drama, angst, sex, and romance that made THE GROUPIE and FULLERTON FAMILY SAGAS beloved amongst her fans.
Intended for readers 18+ for graphic sexual content.

He shrugged out of his jacket as I perched on the sofa to pour us our wine. It was a wonder I didn’t spill it everywhere. I couldn’t wrench my gaze away from his body if I tried. Those broad shoulders… that solid chest…the promise of that bulge in those slim-fitting pants…and for the next couple of hours or so it was all mine, bought and paid for.

My pulse raced as he sat next to me, so close that I became intoxicated on the spicy, woodsy scent of his cologne. I was sure he could see my hand tremble when I handed him his glass.

Those sultry eyes rendered me mute as he stared at me. Finally he raised his glass. “To old friends and new beginnings,” he said in a voice so soft, it felt like an actual caress.

I nodded as I clinked our glasses together. I couldn’t tear my eyes from his supple mouth as he drank. Again, I drained another glass. I reached for the bottle, but Devlin leaned forward to grab my hand. “You’re not going to need that,” he murmured in a low voice that sent a shock wave to my core.

“I’m–I’m not?” I stammered.

He shook his head. My head was floating as high as a cloud as he took the glass from my hand and set it on the coffee table in front of me. He eased back against the couch, capturing my face with his hand. His thumb brushed rhythmically over my cheek as he stared down into my face. “I think I know what you want, Coralie. I definitely know what you need. The question is… do you trust me to give it to you?”

My eyes widened as I stared up at him. Slowly I nodded. I stared at his mouth as it descended towards mine, closing over my lips finally in a soft, sensual kiss. My insides went up just like kindling as his broad tongue parted my lips and darted inside. He tasted like champagne. It only made me feel drunker.

And I blame the alcohol for the wanton way I threw my arms around his neck and kissed this enticing stranger back. I mean, I was only human for crying out loud. This man looked like he just stepped off the cover of a magazine, and here he was kissing me. He was kissing me. Me! His lips on mine, his hands on my body, his tongue penetrating my mouth with all the passion I’d only read about in romance novels. His fingers tangled in my hair as he deeply explored my mouth with that skilled tongue, and I felt my whole body come to life as a response.

I wanted more, and I was in the very unique position to take it, no questions asked.

He held me close, with one broad hand sliding up my side to cup the full curve of my breast. I gasped into his mouth as he thumbed my nipple through the fabric. He pulled away to stare down into my face. “You spent all your life taking care of everyone else, but no one has taken care of you, have they?”

I couldn’t even speak. I just shook my head.

“I’m going to change that,” he promised. “I’m going to change everything.”

**This book is part of a series. Possible spoilers below. Start the journey with Dev and Coralie in MASTERS FOR HIRE, available now!**

They were two completely different people from two completely different worlds. Within two weeks they were married, for better or worse.

Their whirlwind romance did nothing to prepare Devlin and Coralie Masters for what awaited them back at home. Powerful forces outside of their marriage work nonstop to tear them asunder. There is much more to fear than her family learning the truth of how and why they met.

Ultimately his powerful seductive hold over her cannot protect her from these troubling new developments. One thing becomes crystal clear. They may be married, but they’re still strangers.
They love each other. They want each other. They can’t stay away from each other.

But will it be enough?

Hold onto your seats, folks. It’s about to get complicated.

The Groupie Saga titillated you. The Fullerton Family Saga broke your heart. Now, Book Two of the Masters Saga, MASTERS FOR LIFE, turns up all the Ginger Voight angst, drama and sex you’ve grown to love all the way up to eleven. And it’s COMING OCTOBER 30, 2015!
Intended for readers 18+ for graphic sexual content.

Ginger's Lastest Release - A Groupie Saga Prequel
Before the groupies. Before the stardom. He was, simply, Vanni.

Giovanni Carnevale knows what it means to struggle. Since his father abandoned the family when he was a child, Vanni’s been in and out of trouble, trying to carve his place in the world. That all changes when he moves to Brooklyn, to live with his beloved great Aunt Susan.

After introducing Vanni to music, Susan realizes his talent and pushes him to reach his full potential. But her sudden death leaves him adrift, unable to connect with anyone, friends and girlfriends alike. His personal life slowly deteriorating, Vanni focuses on his music and dream of being a rock star. After so many betrayals, he’s determined to keep everyone who might hurt him at arm’s length—at the time people want him the most.

You already know how his story ends. Now read how it begins with VANNI: A PREQUEL.
Ginger Voight takes us back to where it all began, with an intimate look at one of your favorite book boyfriends—from his perspective.

1st Books in these Series are FREE!
Groupie: - FREE
Fierce: - FREE
Southern Rocker Boy: - FREE
Enticed: - FREE

Ginger Voight is a screenwriter and bestselling author with over twenty published titles in fiction and nonfiction. She covers everything from travel to politics in nonfiction, as well as romance, paranormal, and dark, “ripped from the headlines” topics like Dirty Little Secrets.
Ginger discovered her love for writing in sixth grade, courtesy of a Halloween assignment. From then on, writing became a place of solace, reflection, and security. This was never more true than when she found herself homeless in L.A. at the age of nineteen. There, she wrote her first novel, longhand on notebook paper, while living out of her car.
In 1995, after she lost her nine-day-old son, she worked through her grief by writing the story that would eventually become The Fullerton Family Saga.
In 2011, she embarked on a new journey–to publish romance novels starring heroines who look more like the average American woman. These “Rubenesque” romances have developed a following thanks to her bestselling Groupie series. Other titles, such as the highly-rated New Adult series, Fierce, tap into the “reality-TV” preoccupation in American entertainment, which gives her contemporary stories a current, pop culture edge.
Known for writing gut-twisting angst, Ginger isn’t afraid to push the envelope with characters who are perfectly imperfect. Whether rich, poor, sweet, selfish, gay, straight, plus-size or svelte, her characters are beautifully flawed and three-dimensional. They populate her lavish fictional landscapes and teach us more about the real world in which we live simply through their interactions with each other. Ginger’s goal with every book is to give the reader a little bit more than they were expecting, told through stories they’ll never forget.

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Thursday, October 8, 2015

That's What HE Said #39 ~ Thirsty Thursday & Hungry Hearts #18

That's What He Said is a weekly meme hosted by the lovely ladies @Chapter Break. Here's the deal: every Thursday, post a line from your book boyfriend to his heroine. Keep in mind, these are direct quotes from dialog in the books. The quote doesn't have to be romantic - just something our hunky hero said to his lucky lady. Be sure to link up over at Chapter Break as well.

My pick this week for That's What He Said is from:

Immersed by Katie Hayoz

This was a rather tender moment between Melusine and Levi where he was letting her know she was safe, her heart was safe, with him.


"You said earlier that you thought men were very much like monsters." She nodded and he continued. "I will never seek to hurt you, Melusine Dore."


This quote made me giggle. These two certainly have some fun with their snarky banter!

"That's what he gets for calling me 'bit of jam'!"
Levi chuckled. "Yes, I'd think you're more of a marmalade - tangy and sour. An acquired taste."

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

#OctobeRecFest Audio Review #3 ~ Seven Years ~ Dannika Dark

Seven Years (Seven, #1)Seven Years by Dannika Dark
Seven Series #1
Narrated by: Nicole Poole
Release Date: November 11, 2014 (in audio)
Genre: Adult, Paranormal Romance
Source: Audible
Rating: 4.5 Bookworms
Recommended by: Lexxie & Lorna

It's been seven years since Lexi Knight lost her brother in a tragic accident. On the anniversary of his death, her brother's best friend shows up unexpectedly - a man she hasn't seen since the funeral. He is no longer the boy Lexi once knew, but a dangerous-looking man with tattoos and dark secrets. He broke her trust and abandoned her family, yet what he reveals makes it impossible to stay angry.

Lexi has been secretly infatuated with Austin since childhood, so finding out he's a Shifter just makes him sexier. Dammit. Austin Cole has returned to the city where he grew up, and just in time. He's lived a hard life these past seven years, and the shadows of his past are threatening to destroy Lexi's family. It's time that she learned the truth about her brother, but there is a shocking twist that Austin never saw coming. Now he must protect her family when her mother and sister wind up in mortal danger. Will Lexi learn to accept the truth about who he is, and can Austin salvage a relationship from the ruins of their past?

*This series was first recommended by Lexxie @Unconventional Bookviews but was also recommended by Lorna @Rabid Reads.*

I'm ecstatic that I gave Seven Years a listen. I've yet to finish Dark's Mageri series but I've been eager to start the Seven series and this proved a great way to get started.

Dark's worldbuilding is excellent. Not only am I immersed in her shifter lore, but I can also feel the Texas heat and humidity, and smell the barbecue. ;) She has quite the ability to pull me into the story and she populates it with dynamic characters. I was constantly trying to find ways to get back to listening to this story.

Lexie lost her brother, West, and his best friend, Austin, on the same night - seven years ago. While Wes can't ever come back, Austin has and he's explaining some pretty unbelievable things to Lexi. Then Lexi's mom and sister are endangered and it's Austin's pack who take on the job of finding them. And things happen and come to light making it hard for Lexi to ignore that Austin is telling her the truth about things.

Austin had good reason for leaving seven years ago. But he's back now, ready to lead his pack and do whatever is necessary to protect them. He'll also do anything to keep Lexi in his pack but he's worried it may be too late to make her aware of his feelings for her.

I liked Lexi and Austin together. Their chemistry is combustible, even though they try to ignore it. They're both strong and capable. They've both experienced and survived a lot. And they both care deeply for one another. I understood the need to solve the 'why' of Lexi's mother's endangerment, and to put everything to rest before focusing on themselves. But I did find myself wishing they could have been honest with one another about their feelings earlier.

I loved meeting the rest of the pack - Austin's brothers. They're quite the characters and often added much needed comic relief when the action was getting tense. I'm eager to get better acquainted with them all. I also enjoyed meeting members from other packs and I'm assuming I'll see more of them as well.

The suspense was well done. It kept me eager to find more time to listen. Now that I've acquainted myself with the world of Seven, I'm anxious to listen to the rest of the series.

Nicole Poole did a fantastic job narrating. She kept her character voices distinct - even nailing the voice of a 6 year old little girl. Her delivery also kept the pacing just right and helped in building the tension in the story.

Monday, October 5, 2015

#OctobeRecFest Review #2 ~ Audio Review ~ Lick ~ Kylie Scott #ShelfLove #COYER

Lick (Stage Dive, #1)Lick by Kylie Scott
Stage Dive #1
Narrated by: Andi Arndt
Release Date: February 24, 2014
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance
Format: Audio
Source: Audible credit
Rating: 4.5 Bookworms
Recommended by: Naomi @Nomi's Reading Palace

Waking up in Vegas was never meant to be like this. Evelyn Thomas' plans for celebrating her 21st birthday in Las Vegas were big. Huge. But she sure never meant to wake up on the bathroom floor with a hangover to rival the black plague, a very attractive half-naked tattooed man in her room, and a diamond on her finger large enough to scare King Kong. Now if she could just remember how it all happened. One thing is certain, being married to one of the hottest rock stars on the planet is sure to be a wild ride.

*This series was recommended by Naomi @Nomi's Reading Palace*

I'm hooked! I managed to complete this audiobook in 24 hours. Yep. It's that good. Lick will be appealing to anyone who has ever dreamed of a rock star falling in love with them - just an average girl. *sigh*

David and Ev get off to a rocky start - what with Ev waking up on the bathroom floor to realized she's puked on, oh and MARRIED a complete stranger. See Ev was celebrating her twenty-first birthday in style. While she has no memory of their night together, David remembers it all. And Ev not remembering is a blow to his ego. Not to mention the fact that she doesn't even know he's a founding member and lead guitarist for Stage Dive. However, rather than getting a quickie divorce, these two decide to get to know one another - to see if they can make sense together.

I adore Ev. She's a sweet girl who just hasn't found her path in life yet. Oh, she's got a plan and David would NOT fit in it. But as she gets to know David better, he helps her realize that just because it was a plan, doesn't mean you can't go off-course. It was heartwarming to see Ev mature enough to stand up for herself and go after what she really wanted.

David was a hart nut to crack. He had some obvious history that caused him some issues but he wasn't keen on sharing. This, of course, made Ev (and me) want to smack him. Except for that though, I really loved how he was with Ev. And I liked seeing him mature and realize what was important to him. (even if he made me want to smack him some more along the way)

The other band members, whom I know we'll get to know better, were interesting. Jimmy is basically a douche, really. We didn't see Benny much, but he made me palm itch to slap him in a certain scene. Mal...*sigh* I'm so looking forward to getting to Mr. Snark much better - and see if a woman can tame him.

It wasn't an easy journey for David and Ev. They had to deal with their own issues and insecurities along with meddling PAs, band members and attorneys, as well as the ruthless media and rabid fans. But in the end, they proved that sometimes the things that don't seem to make sense, actually make the most.

By the way, the narration by Andi Arndt was excellent! She did an incredible job with distinguishing voices, both female and male. And her delivery was spot on! I'll be looking for more from her.

Cover Reveal & Giveaway ~ With Visions of Red Book Three ~ Trisha Wolfe

I'm thrilled to be a part of the cover reveal for Trisha Wolfe's With Visions of Red Book Three. This is such an exciting, psychological thriller and I'm anxious for continuation of this story.

Title: With Visions of Red: Broken Bonds Book Three
Series: Broken Bonds #3
Author: Trisha Wolfe
Genre: Dark Erotic Thriller
Cover Design: Najla Qamber Designs
 Release Date: October 12, 2015


Who is the UNSUB?

For Agent Sadie Bonds, finding the answer to that question means the difference between life and death for someone close to her. The UNSUB’s latest abduction reaches right into the heart of the ACPD, forcing every member of the department to search within their ranks for the sadistic perpetrator.

Suspicion not only clouds the task force; it slithers into Sadie and Colton’s bond, challenging their love. Discovering the truth means facing their past together. Sadie’s connection to Colton has quieted her inner demons—but is she strong enough to confront the real monster?

All players take their places as the stage is set for the final scene. With the UNSUB manipulating the game, even Sadie and Colton fall victim, spiraling deep into the darkness that threatens not only their lives, but their trust. As Sadie navigates a tortuous maze, Colton will do whatever it takes to protect her—even if that means revealing his secret.

The truth will set you free. Only for Sadie, her truth will test the very fabric of her reality. She must silence the threat, or risk losing everything and everyone she loves.

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Saturday, October 3, 2015

My TBR List ~ OctobeRec Fest Edition


My To-Be Read List is a meme hosted by Michelle @Because Reading. I think it's a fabulous idea because it gets y'all in the game and it helps me knock off some of the many, many books on my TBR list. You're more than welcome to join in the fun! I've included the basic rules below but you can click on the graphic above to hop over to Michelle's site where you can find all the details. 

Here's how it works:
On the first Saturday of each month, I will make a post with three books from my TBR List (these books can be already on your ereader or bookshelf OR books you might want to purchase) and add your link on the linky that will be provided on Michelle's post. Y'ALL will help me choose which book I will read next. The following Saturday, I will announce which book won. Then the last Saturday of the month, I'll post my review.

Fun, right?!?


It's been awhile. I know. But I decided to jump back into this meme. And since I'm doing OctobeRec Fest, I'm bending the rules (just a tiny bi) and asking y'all to help me out. There are a few authors that come highly recommended and I have several books from them. So I'm doing something a little different - I'm asking y'all to choose between two books from two authors. This month's choices are thanks to: Michelle@Because Reading, and Melanie@Rabid Reads.

Michelle Recommends Staci Hart
Your Choices Are:

Deer in Headlights (Hearts and Arrows, #1)Deer in Headlights
Hearts and Arrows #1

Lex is everything Dean needs -- but he can't ever have her.

It doesn't matter that she's beautiful or that her art and poetry speak to his shredded heart. She's the new drummer's girlfriend, the latest in a long line of drummers past. He promised the band he'd stay away to protect their record deal, so he's left with no choice but to deny his heart for the sake of their music.

Dean is everything Lex wants -- but she can't take the risk.

When Lex meets Dean, she's sure it's only attraction that has her so hung up on the dark, damaged lead singer, but the more she learns about him, the more she wants him. Love has never been worth the sacrifice, until now. But she can't put her heart on the line -- she won't -- even though she wants to for the first time.

If only they knew they were just pawns in a much bigger game. And in this game of love, Aphrodite never loses.

Hardcore: Complete Series Box SetHardcore Complete Series Box Set
Cory James has never known a life where she wasn't running. Running from the cops, her home, her past. Running from love. The only time she's free is when she throws on her hood and takes to the roofs to become a part of New York, to climb to a place in the city where she doesn't feel alone.

Stealing is nothing, lying inevitable, byproducts of survival. A way for Cory to provide for herself and for her younger sister, Jill, give her the life Cory couldn't have. For five years, Cory set up a long line of teetering dominos, one by one, choice by choice.

Meeting Van is the first domino to fall, and once they crash into each other, it's only a matter of time before her whole world is in danger of falling apart. She can tell herself over and again that she doesn't care, but it's a lie. She knows it from the first time she says his name, but she can't let him in, now when she has a job to do, a job that could rip her life apart at the seams. One that she'll have to betray Van to finish.

He'll follow however high she can climb, but she can only run for so long before she has to choose.

Melanie Recommends Eve Langlais
Your Choices Are:

C791 (Cyborgs: More Than Machines, #1)C791
Cyborgs: More Than Machines #1

Machines aren't supposed to feel, but this cyborg can't help falling in love.

Assigned as a specimen collector for a captured cyborg, Chloe is intrigued by the machine disguised as a man. Kidnapped during his daring escape, he shows her that despite the chip in his brain, his humanity is not completely lost.

Formerly known as unit X109GI, Joe is on a quest to discover his origin. While he doesn't find the answers he's looking for, he does discover that affection isn't just for humans. But when it comes to a battle between logic and love, which side will the cybernetic organism--once a man--choose?

Evaluating his feelings will have to wait though because the military isn't done with Joe. But their threats against him pale in comparison before the shocking discovery of project C791, the revelation of which stuns the rebel cyborgs--and ignites a fury for vengeance.

A Demon and His Witch (Welcome to Hell, #1)
A Demon and His Witch
Welcome to Hell #1

Burning alive is nothing compared to the heat of his touch.

There are better ways to break up with a girl than having her roasted at the stake as a witch. Is it any wonder Ysabel has trust issues? She got her revenge, though, and it only cost her a slightly tarnished soul.

Working for Lucifer isn't all bad, until her ex-boyfriend escapes the bowels of Hell and she's forced to team up with the womanizing demon to fetch the jerk back.

As a minion in Lucifer's legion, Remy's seen a lot of things, but nothing can prepare him for the witch with the acerbic tongue - and voluptuous figure. The more she pushes him away, the more determined he becomes to seduce her. However, what's a poor demon to do when he accidentally falls in love and wants to keep her forever?

Welcome to Hell where you're screwed if you do and damned if you don't. And just so you know, Lucifer has a special spot reserved for you...

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Bought, Borrowed, & Bagged #71

Bought, Borrowed, & Bagged is a weekly meme, hosted by TalkSupe, where I share with you the books I have bought, borrowed, or bagged (gifted or won) plus a recap of the previous week's reviews, upcoming reviews, and any other bookishness I want to share. :)


Again, I caved and one-clicked on a few things. But I've been sooo good, right? *haha* 

Did y'all have a good week? Pick up any good deals that I should know about?!?

The LakeImmortal Ops Box Set Books 1-4 (Shifter Romances)Crane (The Legends Saga, #1)What the Duke Desires  (The Duke's Men, #1)

I picked up The Lake as a *freebie* since I've met AnnaLisa Grant at two different author events and had yet to read one of her books. The Immortal Ops boxset was only 99 cents and although I own several books from Mandy M. Roth (because Laura@Trips Down Imagination Road twisted my arm ;) I saw on her website that this series is to be read before the books I own. So...  Crane was only 99 cents. 'Nuff said. ;) And What the Duke Desires wasn't a cheapie BUT I'm going to meet Sabrina Jeffries in 2 weeks when I travel to Seattle for a writer's conference and since I'd not read her yet (despite owning several of her books because *ahem* Lexxie@Unconventional Bookviews) my pal Robyn and I decided to buddy read this one. :)

Masters for Hire (Masters Saga, #1)

I received Masters for Hire for review.

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