Thursday, November 19, 2015

First Review of 2015: Wyoming Rugged by Diana Palmer

Title:Wyoming Rugged
Author:Diana Palmer
Series:Wyoming Men #5
Publisher:HQN Books
Release Date:November 24th, 2015
        320 pgs.

Billionaire oilman Blair Coleman has always taken care of his business. After having been used and cast aside by a woman he thought he loved, his personal life is far from his first priority. He knows only one has ever truly cared for him—but the irresistible blonde beauty is the daughter of his best friend.

Ashton has seen her father's friend wounded and she's seen him fight. Blair is the strongest—and most stubborn—man she's ever known. That very heart and passion makes him the man of her dreams, but whenever they've been in danger of getting close, Blair has always pushed her away.

It takes a possible tragedy to strip away all of Blair's misgivings. Now it's all or nothing: marriage, baby, family, forever. But will the choice be too much for Niki…or too late?


I was very excited to read Diana Palmer’s latest installation in her Wyoming Men series Wyoming Rugged.

You see, I have been on a loooooooooong reading hiatus. And I thought; what better way to get back into the groove than Diana Palmer?

I admit, I was hooked from page one. But I soon realized Diana Palmer just might be like Danielle Steel, in that they have the same generic outline of a book and they just change the characters names along with a few key facts.
I mean, don’t get me wrong. I love Palmer and am slightly horrified to be classifying her into any one group. But reading Wyoming Rugged took me back to the 1980’s. Lacy was my favorite Favorite Silhouette at the time. I loved reading about the tall, older cowboy/millionaire and the small frail heroine who has loved him ever since she was a little girl. But I get the feeling that the books in between Lacy and Wyoming Rugged have all been the same. I would love someone-maybe one of my followers-to tell me differently, but..I have to say I did enjoy reading about Blair and Nikki and all that sexual tension.
What I did not like though and I found surprising that she even put in the book was Nikki’s suicide attempt, if you would call it that. Not to mention all the Facebook references. I get that she wants to keep things modern but reading about Facebook in a romance just leaves a funny taste in my mouth.

I just hate reading about women who can’t take care of themselves, I think that’s why I took a break from reading Diana Palmer in the first place. But I must say. I DO enjoy the sexual tension.

BUT, when it came time to do the deed. It was less than satisfying for being Diana Palmer. It felt like an older man was having sex with a teenager, it didn’t feel like…it didn’t feel like a love union. It didn’t feel like Diana Palmer wrote it.
I was disappointed with book 5 in the Wyoming Men series by Diana Palmer. Hopefully this was just a one-time thing.

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Tuesday, June 23, 2015


Wow! I can't believe I'm back on blogger.
I was over on Wordpress for a little over a year, but it seems lke forever since I have even looked at this blog. I'm back on blogger for many reasons, one of which is that I don't post enough on Wordpress to pay over $100 a year. I mean, it's totally worth it and I thought I would be posting a lot more than I was, but I kind of got into a reading rut meaning I wasn't into it for awhile.

I know I know. But it does happen. You never know, I might switch it up every once in a while. (Between Wordpress & Blogger)

       What can I say? I like change.

So now, I have to get used to everything blogger again.  How long will it last?  You never can tell with me, but I promise to make things interesting at least. And I plan on doing more than book reviews.  For instance, subscription reviews.  I've tried you tubing them but I'm more of a writer than a talker.

    Ok, so I think that's it for now.  See you on the flipside!


Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Blogger move

I have done it!  Well, I'm still in the process of setting everything up.  

But guess what????

It's still early days yet, so you will see redesigns happening...a lot!

And I do love changes, so even when I have everything color coordinated and such I'll only be satisfied for like a month or two and than change everything around.

SO it will be like a new site every time you come on!


Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Release Day Review: Secrets of Seduction by Nicole Jordan

Secrets of Seduction

Nicole Jordan

Ballantine Books (Random House)

April 29th 2014

Stunning sensuality and breathtaking romance mark this dazzling new Legendary Lovers tale from New York Times bestselling author Nicole Jordan, where an extraordinary beauty teaches a handsome, reclusive “beast” to love again.

The most charming Wilde cousin, Lady Skye has secretly loved the enigmatic Earl of Hawkhurst since girlhood, long before the tragedy that left him scarred both physically and emotionally. When Skye learns that the celebrated hero has returned to England from his self-imposed exile to make a cold marriage of convenience, she brazenly plants herself on his castle doorstep, determined to convince Hawk that she alone is his true mate and destiny.

An elite member of the Guardians of the Sword, Hawk has vowed never again to risk the pain of loving—but that’s before he deals with the most enchanting, annoyingly persistent seductress he’s ever encountered. One night of blazing passion leaves him impossibly torn. Will Hawk choose duty over love, or will he open his heart and let Skye’s healing light penetrate his darkness?


Nicole Jordan’s latest book, Secrets of Seduction is out today.  Secrets of Seduction is book 3 in her latest series entitled Legendary Lovers.  I received an ARC of book 3 from Edelweiss because I fell in love with Nicole Jordan’s last series of books entitled The Courtship Wars.  And although I just hate reading a series out of order, I thought I’d give Secrets of Seduction a try.

I really wasn’t into it.

To start with, the plot is stupid.  In my opinion.  The heroine, Lady Skye has been in love with the hero, the Earl of Hawkhurst for a while; but ever since his wife’s death he has been closed off and hides away in his gloomy mansion.

And that was another reason why I wanted to read this, because Beauty and the Beast is my all-time favorite tale.

Lady Skye concocts a plan that will let her stay in his house with him.  Alone.  The plan? Finding her Uncle’s long lost lover.

And that’s where I have to roll my eyes.


I mean, I know this is fiction, but can you actually believe that an elite member of the Guardian of the Sword would actually take time out of his mourning of his wife and son to locate someone else’s lover?
But besides the plot, I have to say I really enjoyed the rest of the book….even though I didn’t finish it; the chemistry and interaction between Lady Skye and Hawkhurst was what ultimately kept me reading.
This is only one book though, so it definitely did not put me off Nicole Jordan.  She is still on my list of authors to look out for, but Secrets of Seduction fell flat for me.

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Saturday, April 12, 2014

Book Spotlight: The Pirate Witch by Damien Serbu

In THE PIRATE WITCH, a winter storm in 1692 blows Alexander MacBeth’s life onto a perilous path when his dying mother pleads for him to survive. Alexander must learn his powers of witchcraft while concealing them from those who want him dead, even as the noble and handsome Crispin Nottingham steals his heart. Forced to flee Massachusetts aboard a pirate ship, Alexander struggles to protect himself from an evil witch while falling in love with the pirate captain. When Crispin, on behalf of His Majesty’s Navy, hunts for their ship, Alexander again confronts a chaos of events and emotions that may very well undermine his mother’s last wish.

I’ve noticed of late a lot of interest by women in male/male love stories?  Have you?

Damian: I certainly know that a lot of my readers are women. I don’t know how new it is, though. I would think it’s more accurate to note that it gets more publicity and discussion these days. In a funny way, it’s like straight women are coming out of the closet about their love for gay romance!

  So what’s the fascination for women with gay romance?

Damian: I’ve wondered the same thing! (Laughing).  But on the surface, it makes sense. I mean, we’ve known for a long time that straight men like, shall we say,  lesbian stuff? So why not straight women getting turned on and lost in a story about a couple of guys  getting together?

  Like a voyeuristic kind of thing?

Damian: Partially. There’s a certain sex appeal that gay men and women like about two men loving each other. So getting lost in a romance about it appeals to them.

  Why not just get lost in straight romance, though, if they’re attracted to men? It’s not like they will ever experience the fantasy, right?

Damian: (Laughing again) Hard to say what they’ll ever experience! Or what it may inspire them to do! I’m not going to get into that. But we know that for a lot of women, hanging out with gay guys is more fun. It’s safer, in terms of not dealing with dudes drooling all over you for the night. You can party and dance and let loose without the restrictions or tensions.

  In other words, women gain a different sense of security from reading gay romance?

Damian: Yeah, certainly for some that’s it. Others, like I mentioned, just get turned on by it. It runs the gambit, really. The bigger story to me focuses on the fact this audience for gay romance has burgeoned of late. I really think it’s related to women asserting themselves more in the marketplace and society in general. The more women feel liberated to express themselves, to resist conforming to gendered expectations, the more they revel in different forms of entertainment and seek the things that really appeal to them. In this case, it’s gay romance.

  It’s different with two guys dating, isn’t it, in terms of the power dynamic?

Damian: Exactly. Two men certainly deal with other crap, like the closet and homophobia and the like. But it strips away the whole tension of dominance and expectations that society has built up around men and women dating. The more we bust those apart, the more freedom everyone has in their relationships and in their choices for escapism.  I think that’s also part of the appeal for women in reading gay romance; not just the sex, but the escape from proscribed boundaries and expectations.

  Whoa! That went a little academic on me!

Damian: Must be the formal training I had. Sorry! Let’s leave it at this: there’s nothing hotter than two guys getting their groove on. The build up and tension of a gay romance is so totally hot, why wouldn’t it appeal to women? Like one of my best friends says, she thinks the hottest thing is to fantasize about a couple of penises!

  And your latest novel, The Pirate Witch, will fulfill this longing for us?

Damian: You bet!  Get this: a gay love triangle, and the setting of a pirate ship in the tropics.  What could be more romantic?

 A little about the author

Damian Serbu lives in Chicagoland with his partner and dogs, Akasha and Chewbacca. The dogs control his life, tell him what to write, and threaten to eat him in the middle of the night if he disobeys. He is author of The Vampire’s Angel Series (The Vampire’s Angel, The Vampire’s Quest, and The Vampire’s Witch), as well as Dark Sorcerer Threatening, The Pirate Witch, and Secrets in the Attic. Keep up to date with him on Facebook, Twitter, or at


Friday, April 11, 2014

Alpha Male Blog Hop

I'm so excited to bring you an all new Hop!  This is my first blog hop of the year, and of course I am late in posting it.  But I'm sure the prizes will be worth the
wait.  You can visit the other blogs participating (link down below) and have a chance to win multiple books for that TBR pile of yours.
All of you guys have a chance to enter two giveaways for this hop.  One general giveaway sponsored by the host of this hop Herding Cats & Burning Soup and the other by the participating blog (in this case, muah).  Isn't this so exciting!  I can hardly wait to possibly win oodles of books!  So without further ado...let's go!!



Young interior designer Ava O’Shea has an appointment for a first consultation at The Manor with the owner, Mr Jesse Ward. She is expecting nothing more than an overweight, cravat wearing, well-to-do countryman, and on arrival, nothing would suggest otherwise. How wrong could she be? This Man is devastatingly handsome, charming and confident. He is also a conceited, hedonistic playboy, who knows no boundaries. Ava desperately does not want to be attracted to him, but she can’t control the overwhelming affect he has on her. Every instinct is telling her to run, so she does, but Jesse Ward is not so willing to let her go. He wants her and is determined to have her. She knows she is heading for heartbreak, but how can she run when he won’t let her?