White Ice (Eyes of Darkness: Book 5) by Christy Poff

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White Ice (Eyes of Darkness Book 5) by [Poff,  Christy]

Genre: Fantasy, Erotica, Romance

Date of publication: December 15th, 2008

Publisher: Torrid Books, Simon & Schuster

Series: Eyes of Darkness

Dante’s Flame—Book 1

Spark of a Wolf—Book 2

Love Hurts—Book 3

Red Fire—Book 4

White Ice—Book 5

Night Wish—Book 6

King’s Ransom—Book 7

Winter Fire—Book 8

Where to find: Amazon

Goodreads synopsis:

“Sascha White heads to Vermont to ski and enjoy life away from the frenzied world of modeling.

Damon Holt is in Vermont to do some snowboarding and escape pack politics and tourists at home in Aspen. While there, he learns he is destined to find his mate, one who has a complicated future at best. 


My review:

What I liked about White Ice 

  1. It had werewolves. It had sex. It had werewolves having sex, and rough sex to boot. Enough said.
  2. The plot was pretty interesting. It was the first shifter erotica that I have read.
  3. The shifters can reproduce. I haven’t read a book where they have. I do think that Laurell K Hamilton’s Anita Blake series comes close. But I can’t remember if anyone actually gives birth.

What I didn’t like about White Ice 

  1. The sex. As much as I enjoyed it, it got repetitive. And I got kinda creeped out when the author had the main characters have sex as wolves.

 Would I read it again?  Yes

Would I recommend it to people?  Only if they like fantasy erotica

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Extinction Point (Extinction Point: Book 1) by Paul Antony Jones

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Genre: horror, dystopia, fantasy

Date of publication: March 1st, 2012

Publisher: 47North

Series: Extinction Point

Extinction Point—Book 1

Thor’s Tale—Book 1.5

Exodus—Book 2

Revelations—Book 3

Genesis—Book 4

Extinction Point: Kings—Book 5

Where to buy it: Amazon

Goodreads synopsis:

“Reporter Emily Baxter has a great job, an apartment in Manhattan, and a boyfriend she loves. All that changes the day the red rain falls from a cloudless sky. Just hours after the first reports from Europe, humanity is on the brink of extinction, wiped from the face of the earth in a few bloody moments, leaving Emily alone in an empty city. As she struggles to grasp the magnitude of her situation, Emily becomes the final witness to the end of our world… and the birth of a terrifying new one. 

The world she knew and loved is dead and gone. Now Emily must try to find a way out of New York as the truth behind the red rain is revealed: the earth no longer belongs to humanity.” 


My review:

What I liked about Extinction Point:

  1. I was able to read it in one night. Which meant that I stayed up uber late finishing it
  2. It was creepy. The scene where Emily finds the mashed together family still gives me chills
  3. I liked that the author decided that Alaska and the northern continents were left out. Which means mankind can prevail (sorry, a bit tired….lol)

What I didn’t like about Extinction Point 

  1. That everything happened within a day. All NYC was wiped out within a day.
  2. Emily was the only one left in NYC. Not in the US or the world (sorry, spoiler alert) but in NYC. You would think that at least someone else would have survived.
  3. The ending. I don’t like cliffhangers. But in this case, it worked. Now I want to read the 2nd book.

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Family Business (Charon Family: Book 2) by Rod Pennington

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Date of publication: March 1st, 2012

Publisher: ePulpPress LLC

Genre: Action

Series: Charon Family

A Family Reunion—Book 1

Family Business—Book 2

Family Secrets—Book 3

Where you can buy: Amazon

Book synopsis:

Meet the Charons. They’re your typical dysfunctional family of four of the world’s best assassins. Father Michael is the former head of a covert arm of the CIA that did so much “wet work” it was code-named “Water Works.” Mother Valerie is a legendary femme fatale whose steamy sexuality has been luring men to their demise for nearly three-decade.

Then there are the twins, Seth and Olivia. While barely into their twenties, they have already delivered on several high-profile contracts. Seth is very much his father’s son and is calm and calculating. Olivia, on the other hand, has been out of control since she reached puberty. With her Sports Illustrated Swimsuit body and the face of an angel, combined with lethal martial arts skills, she is a force to be reckoned with.

In this episode, Olivia has reluctantly agreed to spend one-month training with the most feared assassin of the last one thousand years, Master Rōshi Dorje. Chaffing under Rōshi’s supervision she jumps at the chance to join a security team to protect a member of a secret organization known as the High Council.

Olivia soon discovers, instead of being part of the primary security detail, her job will be babysitting the rebellious teenaged granddaughter of the Council member. Just as pretty as Olivia and just as out of control, when these two lock horns all hell breaks loose.


My review:

What I liked about Family Business:

  1. A very quick read. Stress quick read.
  2. Likeable characters and the author’s description of the characters cracked me up

What I disliked about Family Business:

  1. Nothing. I liked the book.

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Bewitched in Time (Salem Moon: Book 1) by Scarlet Black

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3 Stars

Publisher: World Castle Publishing

Date of publication: May 16th, 2011

Genre: Dark Fantasy, Romance

Series: Salem Moon

Bewitched in Time—Book 1

Purity—Book 2

Where you can find Bewitched in Time: Amazon

Goodreads synopsis:

“When Gabriel Blackstone, a young man living in Salem, Massachusetts in 1692 is sentenced to death for the crime of witchcraft, a mysterious man appears to him, just before death comes to claim him; promising to change his fate if he will only agree to take his hand and go where he leads.

Miraculously, Gabriel is transported to 21st century Salem where he not only escapes his fate but meets his destiny! He falls in love with Lily Snow, a descendant of the very family that falsely accused him of witchcraft! They both know theirs is a forbidden love, but they cannot deny it!

Gabriel is shocked to learn that the man who saved his life is, in reality, an evil Fallen Angel, named Lucien, who wreaks havoc on the city of Salem with his unbridled lust and violence. He wants Gabriel’s very soul and will do whatever it takes to get it, including going after Lily! 

Gabriel and Lily’s story is one of love that defies all boundaries, as they come together in a steamy passion neither of them has ever known and a love that transcends time, brutal injustice and evil itself!”


My review:

I’m going to start off doing something different with my reviews. I am going to list what I liked about the book, what I disliked, and if I would read it again/recommend it. So here goes nothing.

What I liked about Bewitched in Time 

  1. It was a quick read. I have 3 kids, all active in their own way, and get to read at night. So, for me to finish a book in 3 days, it is a quick book.
  2. The plotline was interesting. Time travel, witches, and a fallen angel. Add in a dash of true love and it makes for an awesome read
  3. The book actually takes place in my corner of the world and the author knew her shit. ((Gasp)) that never happens.

What I didn’t like about Bewitched in Time 

  1. I didn’t like how Lily and Lilac talked on-page. For some reason, that irked me, big time.
  2. The ending. I don’t like cliffhangers.
  3. Everyone is good-looking. Listen, I know that good looks and sex sells but still. I would love it if there was a plain/ugly main character for once.

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Homeward Bound by Kat Attalla

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3 Stars

Publisher: Books We Love LTD

Date of publication: June 18th, 2012

Genre: Romance

Where you can find Homeward Bound: Amazon

Goodreads Synopsis:

On stage, she is Leather, a Rock’n’Roll fantasy. Her music dominates the charts, while the “Queen of Flash” struts across the concert stages. She is a tease, a shameless flirt–and a glittering illusion. Kate Costello has had enough of the music scene. She takes off for New Mexico in search of the anonymity she’d bargained away for fame. 

Jake Callahan is a single father. A decade ago his wife left the farm, leaving him to raise his daughter. He spent his savings bailing out his wild twin brother and is now facing cash-flow problems. Renting out the empty house on his property seems like an ideal solution until he sees the woman who answers the advertisement. Jake doesn’t want the reclusive millionaire renting the house on his farm. But he has a teenager to deal with and bills to pay. 

And now–a sexy tenant he can’t seem to ignore. 

Sparks fly between the cowboy and the rocker who believe they have nothing in common except a menagerie of good-hearted matchmakers determined to prove they’ll make beautiful music together.


My review:

Why is it the books I have been reading have the main male character being an asswipe? And why are the women OK with the men acting like they are 3?

That is what I don’t like about this book. Jake is an idiot and acts like one in almost every scene in the book. From his first meeting Kate to the big reveal, he acted like an idiot. The only scene I didn’t blame him for being a jerk was when Kate took Chloe out of school without telling him. As a parent, I can 110% understand what that would feel like.

I did feel bad for Kate. I do agree that she shouldn’t have held back who she was. But with the way he reacted, I can understand why she hide who she was. She should have been straightforward with Jake from the beginning. Of course, she didn’t know that she would end up banging her landlord either.

With those faults aside, it was a good read. Enough sex to keep your attention and enough drama to keep the pages turning. I would recommend this book as a pool/beach/lazy day read.

This is going on my “maybe read again” shelf because of the reasons listed above. I love the author but the hero in this book rubbed me the wrong way, and it colored my view of this book.

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Codename: Romeo by Kat Attalla

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4 Stars

Publisher: Books We Love Ltd

Date of publication: May 22nd, 2012

Genre: Romance, Contemporary, Suspense

Where you can find Codename:Romeo: Amazon

Goodreads synopsis:

“Victoria Jansen, card-carrying MENSA member, can write a book about Quantum Physics—but get her around a handsome man and Charlie Chaplin looks graceful compared to her. She’s determined to break out of her shell, though, and she’s going to start with the sexy plumber in her basement.

Erik Sanders doesn’t need to be a rocket scientist to know that Victoria is trouble. The physicist has the mind of a computer and the body of a centerfold model—too bad she’s also the prime suspect in his industrial espionage case. Working undercover as a plumber will get him the evidence he needs to close this case. 

Once he realizes his prime suspect is an innocent pawn, he must protect her until the real criminals are brought to justice. And as her bodyguard, Erik finds himself guarding her body more closely than he should. Suddenly scientific principals like chemistry and forces of nature are taking on a whole new meaning.”

My review:

This was a cute romance.  It got added bonus points for being held in my home state of MA.

From the beginning, when Erik was staking out Tori at Logan Airport, my attention was caught.  The chemistry between Erik and Tori was hot, hot, hot!!!

The ending seemed to be a little rushed. I did like that the author didn’t have Tori and Erik get married or Tori get knocked up. To be honest, I was kinda expecting it, with all the sex they were having.

This will go on my “read again shelf“.

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Eeny Meeny Miny Mo by Philip Lazard

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4 Stars

Publisher: 

Date of publication: April 1st, 2010

Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Paranormal

Where you can find Eeny Meeny Miny Mo: Amazon

Goodreads synopsis:

“NYC police detective Harley Patterson has a special weapon. When she touches an object, she can read the thoughts of the last person who came into contact with it. One morning, a picture left inside her car shatters her existence. When she touches it, there is an image of a woman being brutally murdered, and on the back of the picture, a note: “Let the games begin.” A race against time is about to begin. Harley can see the future, but can she change it?”


My review:

I liked this book, a lot. When I could read, I was glued to my Kindle. The story sucked you in. From Harley’s not so great childhood to her outing as a psychic cop, she was a well-drawn character. She had her flaws like anyone else would and to me, that made her stand out to me.

The plot was a good one too.  A madman, with the same powers as Harley, running around NYC and killing people who are close to her. And she can’t see who he is.

Even the killer had my sympathy. His childhood was awful and when he got thrown into Juvie, it got worse. The scenes that were written broke my heart and gave a good insight into how a killer is made.

The author did an excellent job keeping who the killer was up until the last chapter. I even guessed wrong, and I am usually 99.9% right. The only thing that I didn’t like was the ending. It ended too abruptly for me.

This book will go on my read again shelf and if the author writes more books with this same character…I want to read them. I am also curious about what Harley’s real name is.

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Death by Cucumber by Lisa Ammerman

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4 Stars

Publisher: Lisa Ammerman

Date of publication: April 8th, 2012

Genre: General fiction

Where you can find Death by Cucumber: Amazon

Goodreads synopsis:

Anna, a browbeaten housewife who never complains or dares question her loveless marriage, suddenly finds herself the victim of a brutal stabbing. As she recovers in the hospital, her controlling husband and a fatherly detective coax her to speak, but she refuses to say what happened. They’d never guess she’s facing her own inner truths instead, craving answers to questions she’s avoided thinking about for years. 

Anna wants to understand her hidden wounds of guilt and regret; her motives in choosing to cling to a dull and sheltered life; her crime of marrying a man who gives her everything except what she really needs.

She might be incapacitated from her injuries, but she’s going to shock some people again. Maybe she’d already begun to rebel, just weeks before the stabbing, by befriending Bernie, a 53-year-old alcoholic neighbor with an odd hobby of growing cucumbers. Now Bernie’s a suspect in the stabbing–not surprising, given his crass, lecherous behavior. 

But Anna isn’t going to admit to anything until she’s ready. She wonders why Bernie is lying to the police about his alibi. Then he impetuously visits her in the hospital—as if he’s reached his own breaking point. She’s astonished by what he says. Will it give her the courage to face her own cool-as-a-cucumber facade and tell the truth about what led to the crime?

This is a story about what can happen when we deny our emotions, and how heartaches can break and heal the most unlikely bonds between men and women.


My review:

I made the mistake of judging this book by its cover, its title, and its synopsis. It’s funny how a poorly written summary left me with a preconceived idea of what a book will be like. And then my mind was blown because the book turned out not to be what I expected.

Which is what happened with this book. I started reading, expecting the main character to be killed by a cucumber. What I got instead was an insight into two different people’s lives and how their choices affect them down the road.

If I had a complaint about this book was that it got confusing sometimes. Mostly when switching back and forth between present and past. I also didn’t catch on that something else happened to Anna until about halfway through the book.

So, this will be going on my must read again shelf. I was surprised by the characters, and the author kept you guessing about who hurt Anna. I was fooled until the last couple of chapters. Also, the ending was a huge surprise. HUGE!!!

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Run, Run, Run Away (The Ivy Chronicles: Book 1) by C.R. Cummings

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4 Stars

Publisher: C.R. Cummings

Date of publication: October 31st, 2011

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

Series: The Ivy Chronicles

Run, Run, Run Away—Book 1

The Hemlock Forest—Book 2

Keep Searching, Searching—Book 3

Where you can find Run, Run, Run Away: Amazon

Goodreads synopsis:

16-year-old Ivy has made up her mind. Dealing with life after the death of her Grandparents and having to live with her psycho, druggie mother, is no life at all. She decides that running away is better than going into foster care, and takes off to live alone at her Grand-dad’s isolated cabin, deep in the forests of Oregon.

Getting there wasn’t the scary part, nor was being alone. What was scary was the discovery of her Grandma’s journals hidden in the cabin, along with her own true identity… Thrown headfirst into an alternate reality, Ivy finds herself dealing with fairies, druids, boggarts, and magic; along with the onset of powers that had been long locked away from her.

Two young men are very willing to help her figure it all out; but which can she trust? The incredibly gorgeous fey with the misty violet eyes, who insists on calling her ‘my lady’? ..Or the exotic, dreadlock-sporting hunk that can’t seem to stop following her?

Whichever it is, Ivy is finding that running away from home is more than she ever bargained for.


My review:

I loved this book. Love, love, loved it.

The storyline was fantastic. It did take a while to get going, but once it did, the book was great. I didn’t like was that Skyler was killed off so early in the book. Also that Elsie’s fate was up in the air until the last chapter. I didn’t agree with what the author did, but hey, I’m not writing the book.

I do that that Ivy meeting Zac and his stalking of her afterward was creepy. He even admits to stalking her at one point in the book. But, he redeems himself in my eyes by becoming her protector.

Margo’s character was great and when you find out what she is, well, you can see it.

This book is going on my “read again” shelf. I am going to have to read the other books in the series to see what happens to Rober, Milton, Ivy, Zac, and Margo.

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