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What Are You Reading? (390)

Posted August 11, 2017 by Casee in Features | 10 Comments

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Casee: I’m in a slump. Sure, I’m so busy I can barely see straight, but I have time to read and I’m just not doing it. I have mentioned numerous times that I have some amazing books to read and for some reason I’m just not picking them up. I’m bummed.

Holly: I had a great reading week. I’m finally out of my slump and reading for real again. I’m digging UF, PNR and Fantasy right now.

First up was The Leopard King by Ann Aguirre. It was a dark, angst-filled read. I really liked it, but I needed a break after I finished it. So I Married a Sorcerer by Kerrelyn Sparks was good. It was my first book by her. I plan to go back and check out her others. Gaslight Hades, a Steampunk novella by Grace Draven, was also dark and filled with angst. I’m really sad there aren’t more books available in the series. Born in Fire and Raised in Fire by K.F. Breene were both good. The series is pretty light – there’s a lot of humor and it borders on being campy – but I like it. I’m going to start Fused in Fire next.

I also re-read Down London Road, One King’s Way and Castle Hill by Samantha Young.

Rowena: I took the week off last week because I was in Vegas on my last family vacation and man did I not want to come home. Spending the day lazing by the pool, eating all of the food then laughing it up with my family was a good time. Now, I’m back and I’m reading Gentlemen Prefer Heiresses by Lorraine Heath. This week, I read Arm Candy by Jessica Lemmon and Links by Lisa Becker.

What are you reading this week? Any new favorites or books that drove you crazy? Share!


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Giveaway: Lords of the Underworld Series by Gena Showalter

Posted July 31, 2017 by Casee in Giveaways | 7 Comments

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Review: The Darkest Promise by Gena Showalter

Posted July 31, 2017 by Casee in Reviews | 0 Comments

Review: The Darkest Promise by Gena ShowalterThe Darkest Promise (Lords of the Underworld, #13) by Gena Showalter
Series: Lords of the Underworld #13
Also in this series: The Darkest Torment
Published by Harlequin HQN
Publication Date: June 13th 2017
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Pages: 432
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bestselling author Gena Showalter returns with a sizzling Lords of the Underworld story about an iron-willed sovereign and the somber beauty who melts him with a glance

Possessed by the demon of Misery, Cameo isn't allowed to experience joy. If she dares, her memory is wiped clean. With no other recourse, she sneaks into a land more fantastical than any fairy tale, determined to find the one man with the key to her redemption.

Lazarus the Cruel and Unusual rules his kingdom with a single unwavering focus: to build his army and annihilate his enemies. Nothing distracts him - until Cameo. He is relentless in his quest to make her smile and seduce her into his bed.

As dark forces conspire against them, threatening to destroy the fragile bond they've forged, the once-calm Lazarus grows crazed. Every heart-stopping kiss and wicked touch causes Cameo to teeter on the brink of happiness. But if she falls, she risks forgetting him forever

Cameo has longed for happiness, but knew it was out of her reach. She doesn’t remember details of her short time with Lazarus, but she knows it was special. Cameo is the keeper of the demon Misery and her demon doesn’t let her have a moment of happiness. Once she feels even a second of happiness, she forgets. Over the centuries, she hasn’t just forgotten the good things, she’s forgotten the bad. That devastates Cameo.

Though she loves her family, she knows it’s time to go her own way. She decides to make her way to Lazarus to get answers. She gets them as soon as she seems him. They had something. Something good. Something that was even great.

Lazarus is shocked to find Cameo in his kingdom. He’s even more shocked that she doesn’t remember him. He also surprised to realize that Cameo is his mate. Which isn’t a good thing. When the men in his family find their mates, their veins start to crystalize rendering them, well, statues. As much as Lazarus wants Cameo, he is not willing to give up his revenge for her. And oh does he have plans for revenge.

Cameo has no idea the impact she is having on Lazarus. All he is trying to do is seduce her. She’s having a hard time saying no. The only thing that is holding her back is that he barely seems to like her. It would help his efforts if he showed some sort of affection for her. As it stands, he seems to hardly tolerate her, only wanting her physically.

I loved this book, I hated the ending. I was really disappointed because up until the end, I was really enjoying the book. It’s the first book I read since May and I really couldn’t put it down. I adored Lazarus. After two thousand years of wanting revenge, he gave up everything for Cameo. Even his life.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.


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Sunday Spotlight: The Darkest Promise by Gena Showalter

Posted July 30, 2017 by Casee in Features | 2 Comments

Sunday Spotlight is a feature we began in 2016. This year we’re spotlighting our favorite books, old and new. We’ll be  raving about the books we love and being total fangirls. You’ve been warned. 🙂

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I adore this series. I started it years ago after three books were out. I immediately devoured them and waited impatiently for each book to come out. Gena Showalter writes strong men along with the women who love them. The women are amazing. They are a force in their own right. They will do anything to protect their men, even if they have to protect them from themselves. Sounds cliché, huh? The world building and everything going on in this series is amazing. She really has her stuff together because there really is nothing confusing about it.

Gena Showalter
Series: Lords of the Underworld
Genres: Paranormal romance
Release Date: June 13, 2017
Publisher: HQN

Possessed by the demon of Misery, Cameo isn’t allowed to experience joy. If she dares, her memory is wiped clean. With no other recourse, she sneaks into a land more fantastical than any fairytale, determined to find the one man with the key to her redemption.

Lazarus the Cruel and Unusual rules his kingdom with unwavering focus: to build his army and annihilate his enemies. Nothing distracts him—until Cameo. He is relentless in his quest to make her smile…and seduce her into his bed.

As dark forces conspire against them, threatening to destroy the fragile bond they’ve forged, the once-calm Lazarus grows crazed. Every heart-stopping kiss and wicked touch causes Cameo to teeter on the brink of happiness. But if she falls, she risks forgetting him forever…

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Excerpt

“WAKE UP, SUNSHINE. EAT.”

Cameo blinked open dry eyes. Her body ached as if she’d just been in a car accident. A common occurrence. The demon had infiltrated her dreams, making her toss and turn and tense up hour after hour.

As she studied her surroundings, she arched her back and stretched her arms over her head. The first thing she noticed—a tent made from an unfamiliar animal skin. The only furnishings? The soft white furs beneath her. A few feet away, a small fire pit crackled, smoke wafting up and out an opening in the roof.

The scent of buttered eggs saturated the air and her mouth watered.

A fully dressed Lazarus pulled her to an upright position. He released her as soon as possible, as if she’d burned him. A scowl marred his rugged features, the gorgeous alpha male clearly riled up about something.

Had Misery sunk his claws inside the warrior?

Lazarus handed her a linen napkin and a plate with scrambled eggs. Scrambled green eggs.

“What, no ham?” she asked.

“We have no pigs here. Give me half an hour and I’ll acquire a nice Griffin flank steak for you.”

Griffin. A ‘γρύφων’ in ancient Greece. Half lion and half eagle. “No, thanks.” She took a tentative bite and moaned with delight. “I guess I shouldn’t have pegged you for a Dr. Seuss fan.”

“Who is Dr. Seuss? A past boyfriend?” He spat the word.

The corners of her mouth twisted. My, my, how suddenly his mood changed. “Perhaps he is. He does have a special way with words.”

Lazarus snapped his teeth at her.

“What kind of egg is this?” she asked.

“Sky serpent.”

Whoa! The nastiest creature in the realm had the sweetest, most succulent eggs? How was that fair?

She swallowed another bite and asked, “Is it going to cause my intestines to explode?”

“Only your loins. It’s an aphrodisiac.”

“Well, here’s to exploding loins.” Cameo dug in as if she hadn’t eaten in years. After licking the plate clean, she wiped her mouth with the napkin.

Lazarus watched with savage intensity, making her shiver.

“Ask me anything.” He sat in front of her. “I’ll answer truthfully, without fail.”

Did he need a distraction from his own loins? What would he do if she crawled into his lap? Resist the urge! One, he’d just offered her a gift. Learn more about him? Yes, please! And two, she needed a toothbrush STAT. No reason to scare him away with her morning breath.

Lords of the Underworld

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Gena Showalter is the New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of the spellbinding Lords of the Underworld, Otherworld Assassins, and Angels of the Dark series, as well as two young adult series–Everlife and the White Rabbit Chronicles–and the highly addictive Original Heartbreakers series. In addition to being a National Reader’s Choice and two time RITA nominee, her romance novels have appeared in Cosmopolitan (Red Hot Read) and Seventeen magazine. She was interviewed on Nightline and has been mentioned in Orange is the New Black. Her books have been translated in multiple languages.

She’s hard at work on her next novel, a tale featuring an alpha male with a dark side and the strong woman who brings him to his knees.


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What Are You Reading? (338)

Posted July 21, 2017 by Casee in Features | 9 Comments

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Casee: Wow, July has been a busy month for me. First I was in Alaska. Last week I was camping, and next week we are visiting family. As you can imagine, I have had almost zero time to read. Which bums me out because if you read our June Monthly Reads post, you saw that I didn’t read one book in June. I wasn’t in a slump exactly, I just didn’t have time. Summer is crazy for us.

I am actually reading a book, if you can believe it. I’m reading The Darkest Promise by Gena Showalter. I love this series and have read it since the beginning. I really liked it when she was putting out two books a year. Alas, she’s down to one per year.

Holly: I can’t believe how quickly this summer is passing. My daughter goes back to school in just over two weeks. Crazy.

Things have been hectic (a theme for me lately) and I barely had time to think, much less read this week. I reread Storm’s Heart, Serpent’s Kiss and Oracle’s Moon by Thea Harrison. I didn’t intend to reread the entire series, but after a conversation with Tracy about Storm’s Heart and the new spin-off series, it looks like I’m headed in that direction.

Rowena: This week was pretty laid back for me, which has been fun since the last few months have been crazy busy. In a couple of weeks, my family will be descending upon Las Vegas for our final family vacation of the summer so I plan to get a lot of reading done before then.

This week, I read The Duchess Deal by Tessa Dare, which was freaking good. I thoroughly enjoyed that one and then I read The Imperfectly Perfect Match by Kendra C. Highley, which was fun. I also re-read Beyond the Highland Mist by Karen Marie Moning for book club this coming Monday. Now, I’m reading Love in the Friend Zone by Molly E. Lee. So far, so good.

What are you reading this week? Any new favorites or books that drove you crazy? Share!


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