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Guest Review: Laird Wolf by Vivian Arend

Posted August 3, 2015 by Tracy in Reviews | 0 Comments

Guest Review: Laird Wolf by Vivian ArendReviewer: Tracy
Laird WolfSeries: Takhini Shifters #2
Published by Self-Published
Publication Date: July 29, 2015
Genres: Paranormal
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three-half-stars

Pulling off a rescue mission at a remote castle in Scotland should be an easy task for lone wolf Damon Black. He’ll flash some muscle, show a little Alpha power, and do whatever it takes to ease Addie MacShay’s fears. But the woman who throws herself into his arms and cries boyfriend is more intriguing than anticipated. The sexy she-wolf’s got more curves, more tantalizing scent, more of everything he desires.

Addie’s job cataloguing an estate at the Sterling-Wylde Manor is complicated by the ongoing discovery of new wills and the two creepy heirs who won’t leave her alone. But her fake boyfriend turns out to be a far greater threat—not only is he fun and flirtatious, he looks delicious in a kilt. She craves his touch, but with her empathetic skills on overdrive, touch is the last thing she needs.

Damon’s fighting his unruly inner beast. Addie’s fighting their incredible sexual pull. They'll both have to lower their guard to make this more than a Highland fling.

Tracy’s review of Laird Wolf (Takhini Shifters #2) by Vivian Arend

Damon is helping his best friends wife out by going to Scotland and helping her best friend, Addie, feel safe. She’s doing inventory on an estate and the brothers that are both vying for ownership of the property are creeping her out.

Damon shows up and immediately Addie is kissing him and calling him her boyfriend. Ok, he understands that that explains to the Sterling-Wylde brothers what he’s doing there. He manages to keep Addie safe and discovers a few things about the estate as well. He also discovers his attraction to Addie and her to him. Addie has an issue, however, in that she’s the daughter of two Omega wolves and that left her with an empathic ability every time she touches someone’s skin. For some reason it doesn’t happen with Damon and they’re both shocked when they found out the reason.

This was a quick, fun read. Nothing too dastardly or angsty happens during the course of the story and I really appreciated that. Yes, Damon had some dark memories from his past but Arend didn’t dwell on them so it made the book a bit lighter.

Damon and Addie were great together and the sex between them was scorching hot. I haven’t read the other Takhini Shifter book but I definitely think I’ll be picking that one up.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5

This title is self published. You can buy it here or here in e-format. This book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

three-half-stars

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VIVIAN AREND’S TWO WEEKS OF WOLFIES GIVAWAY OF BOOKS

Posted July 31, 2015 by Rowena in Giveaways | 5 Comments

If you missed the last two weeks of Vivian Arend’s Wolfies Giveaway of Books, there’s still some time left. There’s a lot of wolfies goodness going on so you don’t want to completely miss it!

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Blurb:

He’s a wolf in a kilt. That pretty much says it all…

Pulling off a rescue mission at a remote castle in Scotland should be an easy task for lone wolf Damon Black. He’ll flash some muscle, show a little Alpha power, and do whatever it takes to ease Addie MacShay’s fears. But the woman who throws herself into his arms and cries boyfriend is more intriguing than anticipated. The sexy she-wolf’s got more curves, more tantalizing scent, more of everything he desires.

Addie’s job cataloguing an estate at the Sterling-Wylde Manor is complicated by the ongoing discovery of new wills and the two creepy heirs who won’t leave her alone. But her fake boyfriend turns out to be a far greater threat—not only is he fun and flirtatious, he looks delicious in a kilt. She craves his touch, but with her empathic skills on overdrive, touch is the last thing she needs.

Damon’s fighting his unruly inner beast. Addie’s fighting their incredible sexual pull. They’ll both have to lower their guard to make this more than a Highland fling.

Buy links:
Amazon – http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00ZLQU4V8
Barnes & Noble – http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/laird-wolf-vivian-arend/1122058329?ean=2940152168273
iBooks – https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/laird-wolf/id1005826376?mt=11
Kobo – https://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/laird-wolf
All Romance eBooks – https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-lairdwolf-1845408-140.html
GooglePlay – https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Vivian_Arend_Laird_Wolf?id=iXwLCgAAQBAJ&hl=en

About the Author: Vivian Arend in one word: Adventurous. In a sentence: Willing to try just about anything once. That wide-eyed attitude has taken her around North America, through parts of Europe, and into Central and South America, often with no running water.

Her optimistic outlook also meant that when challenged to write a book, she gave it a shot, and discovered creating worlds to play in was nearly as addictive as traveling the real one. Now a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of both contemporary and paranormal stories, Vivian continues to explore, write and otherwise keep herself well entertained.

Website: www.vivianarend.com
Twitter: www.twitter.com/vivianarend
Facebook: www.facebook.com/vivianarend
Newsletter: www.bit.ly/1f0Bcgk

GiveawaysVivian is giving away one 6” Kindle, along with an assortment of shifter books, AND a wolfie in a kilt!

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Five Books Everyone Should Read: Author Vivian Arend

Posted February 22, 2015 by Holly in Features | 2 Comments

Five Books Everyone Should Read is a new feature we’re running in 2015. We’ve asked some of our favorite authors, readers and bloggers to share five books that touched them or have stayed with them throughout the years.

5 Books Project

 

Five books you have to read. *cheater alert* I’ve named one book of a series just so I could get around the ‘only five books’ rule. Ivivian arend mean, FIVE? Impossible! Just like you’ll find it impossible to stop after only the book I named. 😉

 

pawn of prophecyPAWN OF PHROPECY
David and Leigh Eddings.

Long ago, the Storyteller claimed, in this first book of THE BELGARIAD, the evil god Torak drove men and Gods to war. But Belgarath the Sorcerer led men to reclaim the Orb that protected men of the West. So long as it lay at Riva, the prophecy went, men would be safe.
But Garion did not believe in such stories. Brought up on a quiet farm by his Aunt Pol, how could he know that the Apostate planned to wake dread Torak, or that he would be led on a quest of unparalleled magic and danger by those he loved—but did not know…?

The Belgariad is populated with character archetypes, and that’s part of what makes it sooooo good. The child of prophecy, the beautiful wayward princess, the glib-tongued thief, the slackard wizard who is not all he seems—the heroic, yet slightly befuddled knight—I get a real kick out of the fact his entire race is known as Arend’s. (Really!)

While the plot twists through some predicable territory, that’s part of the charm of the books. We like arcs where we know what’s coming because it lets us wallow in the banter and the belonging, and besides, we know what’s coming because it’s what’s supposed to happen. The villain is supposed to be defeated, the prize returned to the victors and, of course, the boy is supposed to get the girl, (although you’ll need to read all five books+ for the true HEA)

A HORSE AND HIS BOYTHE HORSE AND HIS BOY
CS Lewis

Narnia…where horses talk and hermits like company, where evil men turn into donkeys, where boys go into battle…and where the adventure begins.

During the Golden Age of Narnia, when Peter is High King, a boy named Shasta discovers he is not the son of Arsheesh, the Calormene fisherman, and decides to run far away to the North–to Narnia. When he is mistaken for another runaway, Shasta is led to discover who he really is and even finds his real father.

A boy and a talking horse share an adventurous and dangerous journey to Narnia to warn of invading barbarians.

For those of us who as writers like to take on more than a single story, The Chronicles of Narnia is one of those amazing collections that has grown more fascinating to me over time. My father read the series out loud to our family on Friday evenings one long, cold, Canadian winter. I listened with awe as a child, returned again as a youth to revisit old friends, reread as an adult to dig out more, only to be floored as a writer.

Lewis wrote the books out of order, never intending more than the Lion the Witch and the Wardobe. From the beginning of the world to it’s end, Lewis takes readers through a life and death adventure, including a story written within the timeline of another story—A Horse and His Boy, which is just about the best title ever. Betrayal and love, villains who are evil and heroes who sacrifice. And ordinary people—kids!—who make a difference.

casebook of the black widowersCASEBOOK OF THE BLACK WIDOWERS
Issac Asimov

The third in the Black Widowers series, a collection of witty and cleverly concocted conundrums about diverse topics and with enough information given for the dedicated reader to work out the answer before Henry the waiter does so. Once a month the Black Widowers club meets to enjoy good food, fine wine, convivial company – and to entertain a guest. Each month the guest provides them with a conundrum – a mystery which has so far proved completely baffling. And so the Black Widowers set to work on the problem – aided and abetted by Henry, their perspicacious waiter, whose powers of deduction never fail to astonish…

Yes, he’s the guru of scifi (I, Robot, Foundation, etc) but the man was prolific in a way that makes Nora Roberts look like a slacker (gasp!) He wrote essays about everything from black holes to the bible to the origin of numbers—and why zero matters (you have to find that essay—it’s soooooo good!). And he wrote mysteries. The set up is vaguely Encyclopedia Brown-ish in that a mystery is presented through the short story, and if you’re good, you’ll catch all the clues and know how the butler solves them. Yes, the butler does it…again and again. The short stories are eminently readable and wonderful examples for authors of presenting the subtle hints to an audience.

 

ANNE OF GREEN GABLESanne of green gables
L
.M. Montgomery

Everyone’s favorite redhead, the spunky Anne Shirley, begins her adventures at Green Gables, a farm outside Avonlea, Prince Edward Island. When the freckled girl realizes that the elderly Cuthberts wanted to adopt a boy instead, she begins to try to win them and, consequently, the reader, over.

This Canadian girl has to confess I didn’t read these until I was an adult, which was probably the RIGHT time to glom through the entire series for the romantic elements. Historic facts intermingled with an ongoing romance, Canadian setting, a hero who almost dies, a spunky heroine who writes letters to her beloved, but only those kind of letters when she’s got the right kind of pen— The first book in the series is one most people think they know (because of movies and TV) but you need to read it for yourself! I’ll warn you the last book broke my heart into a million pieces.

the tightwad gazetteTHE COMPLETE TIGHTWAD GAZETTE
Amy Dycyzyn

At last–the long-awaited complete compendium of tightwad tips for fabulous frugal living!

In a newsletter published from May 1990 to December 1996 as well as in three enormously successful books, Amy Dacyczyn established herself as the expert of economy. Now The Complete Tightwad Gazette brings together all of her best ideas and thriftiest thinking into one volume, along with new articles never published before in book format. Dacyczyn describes this collection as “the book I wish I’d had when I began my adult life.” Packed with humor, creativity, and insight, The Complete Tightwad Gazette includes hundreds of tips and topics, such as:

Travel for tightwads¸ How to transform old blue jeans into potholders and quilts¸ Ten painless ways to save $100 this year¸ Picture-framing for pennies¸ A comparison of painting versus re-siding your house¸ Halloween costumes from scrounged materials¸ Thrifty window treatments¸ Ways to dry up dry-cleaning costs¸ Inexpensive gifts¸ Creative fundraisers for kids¸ Slashing your electric bill¸ Frugal fix-its¸ Cutting the cost of college¸ Moving for less¸ Saving on groceries¸ Gift-wrapping for tightwads¸ Furniture-fusion fundamentals¸ Cheap breakfast cereals¸ Avoiding credit card debt¸ Using items you were about to throw away (milk jugs, plastic meat trays, and more!)¸ Recipes galore, from penny-pinching pizza to toaster pastries¸ And much much more . . .

Okay, they told me 5 books that had impacted my life in some way. I know this isn’t a fiction book, but man—it was a vital part of my world at one point. In my family we call them the “oatmeal years”. The time when my husband and I tended to run out of paycheque before we ran out of month. I was a stay at home mom with 2 little kids and I made it my goal to save as much money on living expenses as I could as my contribution to the family budget.

The origin of the book is interesting for historic reasons (consider it a part of the “pre-Pinterest cultural phenomena”) so I’m sure some of the content is dated, and the information jumps topics like a toddler on a caffeine high, but was the shared “we can do this!” attitude that had me re-reading the book every Christmas holiday season. Amy presents suggestions regarding how to live with a happy soul while you’re stretching pennies until they squeak. We still make entertainment decisions based on “The Wow Factor”.

About the Author:

RockyRetreatVivian Arend in one word: Adventurous. In a sentence: Willing to try just about anything once. That wide-eyed attitude has taken her around North America, through parts of Europe, and into Central and South America, often with no running water.

Her optimistic outlook also meant that when challenged to write a book, she gave it a shot, and discovered creating worlds to play in was nearly as addictive as traveling the real one. Now a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of both contemporary and paranormal stories, Vivian continues to explore, write and otherwise keep herself well entertained.
Website http://www.vivianarend.com
Blog http://www.vivianarend.com/blog
Twitter https://www.twitter.com/VivianArend
Facebook http://www.facebook.com/VivianArend
Goodreads http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/2932249.Vivian_Arend

Check out Viv’s latest release: Rocky Retreat  (Six-Pack Ranch, 7.5)

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Giveaway: DreamMakers series by Vivian Arend and Elle Kennedy (+ a Bonus!)

Posted February 9, 2015 by Holly in Giveaways | 14 Comments

don't walk awayLast year, Vivian Arend and Elle Kennedy teamed up to bring us the DreamMakers series.

What are three ex-military best friends supposed to do when they’re back on US soil permanently? Parker Wilson, Jack Hunter and Dean Colter considered establishing the typical security company, but a glut on the market forced a change of plans.

After listening to a friend bemoan not knowing what to do for his girlfriend’s birthday, they realized their set of job skills left them uniquely positioned to assist the confused male masses. Any idiot can plan a perfect date if he knows his woman well enough. And anyone with recon skills can fill in the missing gaps.

The idea of 3 Army Rangers running a dating service tickles me. It helps that all three are super hot, have a great friendship and know how to treat a lady.

With book 3, Don’t Walk Away, slated for release in April 2015, we thought we’d give away the first two books in the series to one lucky winner!

all fired upAll Fired Up

Book 1 of the DreamMakers. A red-hot collaboration from New York Times and USA Today bestselling authors VIVIAN AREND and ELLE KENNEDY.

He’s ready to lead the way

Parker Wilson never thought he’d go from battle-hardened soldier to romance expert, but after his stint in the Rangers, that’s exactly what happened. As the owner of DreamMakers Inc., he helps other men win in the love department, using every resource available to plan the perfect date. When a routine recon turns into an unexpected night of passion, Parker’s mission becomes more personal—and he won’t give up until Lynn Davidson is all his.

She’s more than willing to follow

Lynn is a goner from the moment she lays eyes on the delectable Parker. She’s just ditched her boring almost-boyfriend and is tired of sticking to the straight and narrow. It’s time to walk on the wild side, and what better way than in the arms of the most irresistible man she’s ever met? But when their red-hot affair is threatened, it’ll take a team effort to make their dreams come true.

love is a battlefieldLove is a Battlefield

Book 2 of the DreamMakers series. A red-hot collaboration from New York Times and USA Today bestselling authors VIVIAN AREND and ELLE KENNEDY.

He’s ready to admit she’s all grown up

After two tours of duty, former Army Ranger Jack Hunter is back in the US, working to keep DreamMakers a brilliant success. Now that his best friend’s little sister is home from college, it’s time to retire his hands-off policy and take action. He wants Pepper Wilson in his bed, but seducing the feisty redhead could be dangerous for more than one reason.

She’s ready to push all his buttons

Pepper is tired of being bossed around by everyone in her life, especially arrogant, annoying, overbearing Jack Hunter. While she can’t deny the man is out-of-this-world gorgeous, his alpha routine is getting old. His steely determination proves a match for her own, though, and the attraction simmering between them ignites into fiery passion.
But can their wild sexual exploration turn into more without someone getting burned?

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breaking wavesBONUS GIVEAWAY: We also have a copy of Breaking Waves, an anthology featuring books 1 & 2 in Vivian Arend’s Forces of Nature series to give away.

Collects Tidal Wave (Forces of Nature #1) and Whirlpool  (Forces of Nature, Book 2)

A secret world. An undercurrent of ecstasy. Desire is rising fast…

Tidal Wave

Alexia returns to Jaffrey’s Cove to discover the special getaway of her youth is even more magical than she remembers—and more erotic. She’s surrounded by golden boys of summers past, her body filled with longings she can’t explain. Joshua and Anthony are merfolk, and Alexia holds a medallion that marks her as the next leader of their people. She needs both of them working in tandem to rouse her passion high enough to shift—and protect her from those who would use her simply to gain power.

Whirlpool

Two things prevent Braden from claiming Chelsea for his own. No way will the Jaffrey’s Cove sheriff stand in the way of her dreams. And no way will he share her with another merfolk lover. With her future plans in shambles, Braden’s the only bright spot left in Chelsea’s life—except he holds her at arm’s lengthand keeps other men away. Solution? A sensual flirtation with Jamie Powell, a visiting marine archeologist. Suddenly there’s more than merfolk secrets at stake. Use the widget below to enter! 

 

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About the authors

vivian arendVivian Arend in one word: Adventurous. In a sentence: Willing to try just about anything once. That wide-eyed attitude has taken her around North America, through parts of Europe, and into Central and South America, often with no running water.

Her optimistic outlook also meant that when challenged to write a book, she gave it a shot, and discovered creating worlds to play in was nearly as addictive as traveling the real one. Now a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of both contemporary and paranormal stories, Vivian continues to explore, write and otherwise keep herself well entertained.

Website: http://www.vivianarend.comBlog: http://www.vivianarend.com/blog
Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/VivianArend
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/VivianArend
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/2932249.Vivian_Arend
elle kennedyA USA Today bestselling author, Elle Kennedy grew up in the suburbs of Toronto, Ontario, and holds a B.A. in English from York University. From an early age, she knew she wanted to be a writer, and actively began pursuing that dream when she was a teenager.

Elle writes romantic suspense and erotic contemporary romance for various publishers. She loves strong heroines and sexy alpha heroes, and just enough heat and danger to keep things interesting!

Website: http://www.ellekennedy.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorElleKennedy
Twitter: https://twitter.com/ElleKennedy
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/1935000.Elle_Kennedy

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Review: All Fired Up by Vivian Arend and Elle Kennedy

Posted September 15, 2014 by Holly in Reviews | 0 Comments

Review: All Fired Up by Vivian Arend and Elle KennedyReviewer: Holly
All Fired Up by Vivian ArendElle Kennedy
Series: DreamMakers #1
Published by NLA Digital LLC
Publication Date: April 22nd 2014
Genres: Fiction, Romance, Contemporary, Humorous
Pages: 239
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four-stars

Welcome to book 1 of the DreamMakers series. A red-hot collaboration from New York Times and USA Today bestselling authors Vivian Arend and Elle Kennedy.
He’s ready to lead the way.
As the owner of DreamMakers Inc., Parker Wilson takes the skills he learned as a Ranger to help men win in the love department, using every resource available to plan the perfect date. But when a routine recon turns into an unexpected night of fiery passion, Parker’s mission becomes personal—and he won’t give up until Lynn Davidson is all his.
She’s more than willing to follow.
Lynn is a goner from the moment she lays eyes on the delectable Parker. She’s tired of sticking to the straight and narrow. It’s time to walk on the wild side, and what better way than in the arms of the most irresistible man she’s ever met? But when their red-hot affair is threatened, it’ll take a team effort to make their dreams come true.
--------------DreamMakers series:All Fired Up (Parker & Lynn)Love Is A Battlefield (Jack & Pepper)Don't Walk Away (Dean & Emma)

When Parker and his team left the Army Rangers they ended up starting a service that helps men set up amazing dates for their wives and girlfriends. When an client asks them to create the perfect date so he can propose, Parker begins just like he would any op – by learning everything he can about her. Unfortunately what he discovers about Lynn intrigues and excites him. She seems like the perfect girl..for him. Fortunately he learns that Lynn isn’t really interested in getting married, and in fact doesn’t even think of the guy as her boyfriend. Since there’s no longer a conflict of interest, Parker decides to go after Lynn himself. Of course, it’s kind of hard to start out a romance when the girl in question doesn’t realize you’ve been learning all about her for another man. But hey, he figures they can work it out. Eventually.

Lynn finally decides to cut loose and indulge in a red-hot affair with the sexiest man she’s ever met. She’s ready to shake things up a bit and she can’t imagine a better guy for the job. But Parker surprises her. He seems genuinely interested in her and makes her feel things she didn’t even realize she’d been missing. Until her boss/ex turns her world upside down by revealing Parker’s secret…along with a few of his own.

This was a cute read. I kind of love that three ex-Rangers run a dating service. Such a cute concept that could have gone astray or come off as smarmy, but thankfully didn’t. Instead it was sexy and kind of sweet. Parker and Lynn had great chemistry, both in bed and out. They clicked right away, which added weight to their romance. I love it when the couple becomes friends as they fall into love, and that definitely happened here.

The side plot with the ex was a little over the top and kind of ridiculous, but I was able to let it go. The novel is written in a pretty lighthearted vein, so that’s how I took it. I didn’t think too hard about why things happened as they did. I just enjoyed it for what it was; A fun, sexy romp.

3.75 out of 5

This book is self-published. You can buy it here in e-format.

four-stars

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