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Review and Giveaway: Possess Me at Midnight by Shayla Black

Posted October 26, 2009 by Casee in Reviews | 37 Comments

Genres: Paranormal Romance

Casee‘s review of Possess Me at Midnight (Doomsday Brethren, Book 3) by Shayla Black.

As a mysterious dark cloud drains the life of her beloved brother, Doomsday Brethren leader Bram, Sabelle Rion can think of little else. Still, every time she meets Ice Rykard’s intense green gaze, her body aches with need for the sexy warrior. Their attraction is explosive, incredible — and forbidden. As dangerous as he is unpredictable, Ice is her brother’s sworn enemy. But as Bram weakens, a more sinister force is gaining power.

Evil Mathias and his ruthless Anarki army are on a bloodthirsty hunt for the Doomsday Diary. Sabelle must guard the potent book with her life — and Ice vows to protect the beautiful witch with his. Duty demands that Sabelle deny her lover’s fiery call of possession and mate with a man who can sway the magical Council against the impending rebellion. With the fate of magickind hanging in the balance, will she forsake the burning desires she can’t ignore or turn her back on her people for the courageous man she can’t resist?

After the semi-disappointment of Seduce Me in Shadow, I am happy to report that Possess Me at Midnight was much better. Since I wanted to either read Ice or Shock’s book, I was happy when I read the blurb. Ice is such an intriguing character. Despite his obvious animosity for Bram, he continues to fight with the Doomsday Brethren under Bram’s direction.

In the magickind world, Ice is know as “Deprived” while Sabelle is “Privileged”. It’s rather like the classes in the regency romances, where you’re either “in” or “out”. Since this is a contemporary book, that part was rather interesting to read about.

At the end of Seduce Me in Shadow, the Doomsday Brethren suffered a massive hit. Their enemy (and villain) Matthias put some sort of spell on Bram who seems to be dying more by the second. The only thing that can save him is his missing mate. The men take their mates and scatter to make themselves harder to locate. Sabelle, along with Ice and Bram take the Doomsday Diary and teleport out. They soon discover that Matthias used a witch to put a spell on the Diary, so whenever it is teleported, he knows where.

The Doomsday Brethren has finally figured out why Matthias is targeting Council members (this is like a magickind government). Most of the council members are old school and refuse to believe that Matthias is killing innocent wizards and witches. He uses that to his full advantage when he applies for the open seat on the council. The seat that was opened after he killed the member that held it.

Sabelle and Ice know what Matthias plans, they just don’t know how to prove it. What they do know is that they can’t let Matthias get on the council. With Bram out of commission, Sabelle and Ice must appeal to the living council members.

Ice has known that Sabelle is the only woman for him. In a moment of weakness, he Calls to her, expecting to be Renounced. Sabelle is unable to Renounce Ice even though she knows that Bram expects her to make a political marriage.

This book started showing who Bram Rion really is. Far from being the diplomat that he portrays, Bram is ruthless in doing what he thinks is best for magickind. I really didn’t like the way that he treated Sabelle when he found out that Ice called to her. It was like a throwback to Regency England.

Sabelle’s insistence on not letting Bram down really started getting on my nerves. Especially when he started showing his true colors. Ice is the only one that has never asked anything of her. Not even to accept his Call.

I’m not even sure I care about Bram’s book. I just want to read Shock’s book and I will be happy.

4 out of 5.

This book is available from Pocket. You can buy it here.

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What I’ve Been Reading This Week

Posted June 1, 2009 by Tracy in Features | 12 Comments

Hola! I’m feeling a bit tropical today. We’ve been having yet another DIK Hero Draft this past week and my mind is on men. Mostly my hubby….but hey, a girl can have some fun, right? lol FYI I picked up Jack Travis from Smooth Talking Stranger by Lisa Kleypas and Callahan O’Shea from Too Good To Be True by Kristan Higgins. Love them both! They are firmly secured in my hut and so far only Jack is allowed 1 visitor: Kati…cuz she’s just too nice to deny! 🙂

Also, the DIK blog has Patrice Michelle, Shelley Bradley/Shayla Black, Toni Blake and Katie Allen as guest bloggers this week so don’t forget to stop by and say hi!

Thank you all again for your wonderful words the other day when I was ranting about mean kids. Luckily those kids weren’t there the next night (there’s a different schedule every day) and no one was subjected to evil words. I can’t wait to see what happens this Tuesday…if anything. I hope nothing does, but you never know.

My hubby went out this past Monday for pool equipment and came back with Rock Band (thanks to my daughter playing non stop at Holly’s house). I managed to pound some heads the other night…I um, mean, I uh, played the drums for a while to get my aggressions out and that was great. I’m realizing my hand/eye coordination leaves something to be desired, but it’s damned good fun!

So…what did I read this week?

I started off my week with Not Quite a Husband by Sherry Thomas. A very good book. I very much liked Delicious so was curious to see what came next. This is the story of a couple who marry quite quickly, even though they met as children, but then get their marriage annuled 1 year later. She hies off to everywhere she can go beside England. When the story begins she’s in India and her ex-husband has been sent to collect her because her father is ill. The rekindling of their relationship during their journey to England along with the war that they get stuck in just made for some great reading. Sherry Thomas just has a way with words, let me tell ya. 4.5 out of 5

Next up was Unleash the Night by Sherrilyn Kenyon. This was the book I read for my re-read challenge. You can read my review here.

Next was and ARC of Bound By Your Touch by Meredith Duran. Wow. I read this for The Book Binge so you’ll have to wait for my formal review but, wow. (book is due to release June 30)

My Tracy’s TBR Challenge read for this week was Too Much Temptaion by Lori Foster. Gorgeous man, overweight but still beautiful woman who start what is supposed to be just a sexual relationship after the break up of his engagement…that’s he’s not broken up about at all. The couple finds that there’s more to their relationship besides sex. 3.75 out of 5

Ashes of Midnight by Lara Adrian was my next read. I’ve so been looking forward to this installment in the series. I just have loved Andreas Reichen in the previous books. This one fell a little short for me in the end though. I think I’m going to post a review so I’ll give more of my thoughts later this week.

Last on the list was Wait til Your Vampire Gets Home by Michele Bardsley. I read this for The Book Binge and will let you know when my review is posted.

Did you read anything good this week?

Happy Reading!

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Guest Review: Bound and Determined by Shayla Black (writing as Shelley Bradley)

Posted March 25, 2009 by Book Binge Guest Blogger in Reviews | 7 Comments

Guest Review: Bound and Determined by Shayla Black (writing as Shelley Bradley)Reviewer: Tracy
Bound and Determined by Shayla Black, Shelley Bradley
Series: Sexy Capers #1
Publisher: Berkley, Penguin
Publication Date: March 3, 2009
Format: Print ARC
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Series Rating: four-stars


Kerry Sullivan is running out of time-and patience. With her brother wrongfully accused of embezzling millions, she can’t face one more humiliating hang-up from the man she’s begging for help. Rafael Dawson may be one of the top electronic security experts in the country — and the only man who can prove her brother’s innocence — but his phone manners are appalling. Damn Yankee. Too bad kidnapping the man isn’t an option. Or is it?

There’s nothing Kerry wouldn’t do for her brother. There are lots of things she longs to do to Rafe Dawson when he’s lying tied-up and naked in her secret hideaway. Rafe is certainly something to look at, but Kerry’s brother’s life is riding on her pulling off the impossible: getting this man who’s always in control to lose it. But when the tables get turned, Kerry finds herself at Rafe’s mercy. And the only way to get her way is to let him have his way — with her…
How far would you go to prove a family member innocent? Kerry Sullivan is willing to resort to kidnapping the man that she just knows can prove that her brother didn’t embezzle any money. She tried to get Rafe Dawson to help her by contacting him over the phone but he just treated her like a crazy woman and refused to talk to her. The question is: even with the kidnapping can she get Rafe to hop on to his computer and dig around for evidence?

Rafe’s not a happy man. He wakes up in a strange house, tied to a bed and naked as a jay bird. When he realizes that the woman that kept harassing him on the phone is his kidnapper he gets even madder. The problem is, he thinks Kerry’s really hot and would like to have his wicked way with her. Rafe turns the table on Kerry as soon as he is able and she ends up agreeing to be his play thing for 48 hours as long as he promises to look into her brothers issues. But Kerry gets more and more attached to Rafe as the days go by and she’s not sure what to do with her emotions since she knows he’ll leave as soon as things with her brother are settled. And dangit, she’s falling in love with him!

I really enjoyed this book. Yes, there was a certain amount of suspension of belief involved with the whole kidnapping and then things getting turned around on Kerry. Would a man who was kidnapped really stick around after he was freed just for sex? Not in my world, but maybe somewhere! lol But despite that issue I thought it was a great story. I liked Kerry’s spirit and her loyalty to her brother. I really liked Rafe even though he was more than confused about what he wanted from his life. I thought his character developed nicely. Then there was the whole whodunit issue – was it the brother, the best friend, the boss or the wife who embezzled the money? I pretty much guessed who the culprit was by the time all was revealed but it did keep me wondering if I was right or not.

If you’re looking for a little mystery and lots of sensual, sexual scenes between the h/h this is a good book for you to read.

Rating: 3.75 out of 5



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What I’ve Been Reading This Week

Posted December 22, 2008 by Tracy in Features | 7 Comments

So it’s been a weird weather week. Last weekend my oldest was wearing shorts and by Tuesday I was having to hose off my car to get the ice off. Of course I live on the shady side of the street so my neighbors are looking at our side of the street like we’ve lost it! lol It finally warmed up to about 62 today which felt downright tropical!

Shopping for Christmas is almost done. Just a couple of little things for the girls’ stockings and we’re good to go. Such an awesomely wonderful feeling! big sigh

So I started out my reading week with a bang. I read Flat Out Sexy by Erin McCarthy and can I just say, I love her books! Seriously. Her books just give me that warm fuzzy feeling and they make me smile in their simplicity. I really loved this book about a widow and a younger man. So good.

Next was The Lady and The Dragon by Shelley Bradley. From what I understand this was her first book (please correct me if I’m wrong). At first it almost felt that things were strained in the writing, at least for me, but they soon loosened up and I really enjoyed the story. Cute story about a stowaway on a privateer’s ship and what happens on the ship, after she gets to the Bahama’s and then gets home.

After that I read Zen and the Art of Vampires by Katie MacAlister which I really liked a lot. You can see my review below.

Last on the list was A Bride for His Convenience by Edith Layton. This was an incredibly hard book for me to read. The hero was obviously marrying for convenience – a marquis marrying a commoner who’s father was as wealthy as Midas – but he was just such an ass. I’m sure the author meant for him to be redeemed and for the reader to love him, but it never quite got to that point. He was….less vile in the end but that’s about all I can say about him. The heroine fell for him so I guess that’s all that mattered! lol Here’s an example of why I disliked him.

He had gone into his wife’s room (I can’t remember if they’d actually consummated the marriage yet, which it took them a while to do) and she was upset about something. He came in and had a conversation with her. When she had fallen asleep:

He’d comforted her; that had been his errand. He’d have done the same for a young pup he’d taken into his house. Anyone who knew social animals knew how lonely it was for one who’d been taken from the familiar comfort of all the ther warm bodies in its litter to lie alone.’

I’m not sure why this got to me so much. Just him comparing her to a dog – even in comfort – just made me dislike him even more. I almost stopped reading about 230 or so pages in but then I felt that I had invested so much time (because I kept sitting the book down and picking it back up) that I thought I needed to finish it. Stupid, I know. And a waste of time.

Anyway, not much reading going on this week and probably not a whole lot this next one with Christmas and all.

Have a great week! Happy Reading!

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What I’ve Been Reading This Week

Posted May 26, 2008 by Tracy in Features | 5 Comments

A Perfect Match by Shelley Bradley is what started off my reading week and it was so great! (see review and link to excerpt below) Sweet, fun, romantic, hot. Very nice!

As most of you know I’ll be attending Lora Leigh’s RAW this Sept. and I’m making it a point to read as many of the books by the authors attending as possible. Dear God in heaven I had no idea how many books some of these authors had written! Seriously!!! I made a list of all the books by all the authors. Holy Shit that’s a lot of books. There’s no way I will read them all, but I’ll give it the old college try!

My Immortal by Erin McCarthy (RAW author) had long been recommended to me but I just hadn’t picked it up. I really liked this book. I felt the end could have been a little stronger, but overall a good read. You can read more about her Seven Deadly Sins series, of which this is the first book here.

I started a series this week by Lorie O’Clare (RAW author) called the Lunewulf series. Not the strongest of series I’ve read, but I do like shifter stories so they kept me coming back. The first was Lunewulf Law. A British Columbian werewolf pack who faces certain extinction after 36 of their females are shot by hunters unless some desperate measures are taken. Crazy pack leader passes pack law that each single female must take 3 mates.

Next I moved on to Dark Desires After Dusk by Kresley Cole. I know that her last book only came out 3 weeks ago but I was really waiting impatiently for this one. I loved Cadeon and Holly. I thought their story was great and of course am now going to have to wait yet more time for the next book. Arg! Love Kresley Cole!!

Book 2 in the Lunewulf series by Lorie O’Clare is In Her Blood. Elsa wants nothing to do with the new pack law so she runs. Eventually she lands in Minnesota and meets Pack Leader Rick Bolton. Sparks fly. Her pack and her 3 mates are chasing her. What’s a Bitch to do?

Book 3 in the Lunewulf series In Her Dreams is the story of Johann who is from the BC pack and Elsa from the previous book was supposed to be his mate. He runs into Samantha when he starts to chase Elsa.

Book 4 in the Lunewulf series is Simone and Rock’s story. Simone is the pack slut but still doesn’t want to take 3 mates. Rock is a Cariboo Lunewulf who is very dominating and wants Simone. There were so many times in this book that I actually liked Rock but for the most part the hair pulling and tieing up of the heroine just got a little old.
Blue-Eyed Devil by Lisa Kleypas. OMG what can I say about this book but go read it!!! Seriously. What a great story and the characters were wonderful! Hardy…mmmm, Hardy. Those kisses! Whew! Read about the first book in this series, Sugar Daddy, and all of her wonderful books at her site: lisakleypas.com.

Book 5 in the Lunewulf series by Lorie O’Clare was In Her Soul. Trudy had 3 mates but not for long. Two of them eventually left the pack and one got convicted and killed because of murder. Nice. Poor Trudy she needs to find a new man. Well she finds one in Adam but he’s off trying to find someone who’s trying to expose and kill the werewolf packs. What’s to become of their relationship? Oh, and this is one of those covers that just makes you go WTF?
Last but certainly not least was a short story in the Lunewulf series called Full Moon Rising. It was a good one, but had absolutely no Lunewulf in it so it kind of was the odd man out. Beth, big time lawyer….Ethan big time pack leader meet, mate, have HEA. Overall I’d give the Lunewulf series 3 stars out of 5. You can read more about the stories here.

Happy Reading!!

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