Malea is not the marrying type. In fact, when a relationship gets serious, she usually moves on. Then she meets Garrett whose persistence may just keep her around. Can she learn to love or will she run like she has so many times before?
This book is very realistic with Malea. She deals with the same insecurities that many women go through when becoming a wife and mother. The book starts with Malea and Garretts wedding. I really didn’t feel the connection because I didn’t know the characters so I feel the emotion of that scene is a bit lost. If she’s still so insecure and lost, I don’t understand why she married him. I wish the author started the book when they met or somewhere so we could feel the pull between the main characters. The story jumps back 6 months (there is a bit of jumpiness in the scene changes) and we do get to see what made Malea fall in love with Garrett. It is sweet and lovely. This story is about learning to love herself and growing up. Overall, I enjoyed the book. I think this would be a great story for women who are feeling a little lost in the world.
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Two/Starla is a trained assassin but with the help of her partner Four/David, they deviate from their mission to create their own future.
Despite having her memory wiped Two remembers things including her real name. The beginning is a little slow moving. It’s just introducing characters and the world without anything that really pulled me in. That said, once she’s sent on her mission and meets Four things really perk up. I liked the tension between them. There was a great push and pull. Once they’re on the run it’s all action and romance. I could not stop reading! There is also great world building that really intrigued me.
Extrication is a great start to a new scifi series!
Despite the very contemporary looking cover this book is in fact paranormal fantasy. Princess Miranda is heir to the throne and warrior against the vampyres. Sathan, king of the vampyres, must travel with Miranda to end the violence between their peoples. Will a truce be found or will war break out?
Miranda is a princess but more of a warrior princess and I am all for that! Sathan is a sexy vampire who wants peace. Together they go on an action-packed journey in hope of stopping the Daemons and preventing war. The world building is what threw me. It’s very complicated and I had a hard time following it but the author also has a lot of very none fantasy dialogue/names that pulled me right out of the setting. There are also a lot of character introductions that tends to muddle who is who. Miranda and Sathan have great chemistry! I really like their romance, very sexy and the added vampyre fangs is definitely a turn on. This is an interesting start to a fantasy series. I’m interested in seeing where the story will go.
Nathaniel is an artist but he’s lost his urge to create. His muse comes in the form of a beautiful prostitute who hides the face that she is really a male. When his dark past catches up to him, he must flee but the action breaks Nathaniel’s heart. Nathaniel is determined to save his muse and the love of his life.
What a romantic, beautiful, intense, amazing story. I am really blown away by how lovely this book is. Nathaniel is in a dark place when he meets Gabrielle/Gabriel. They are both such vibrant, complicated characters. The historical world is beautiful portrayed. This story has so many layers and I had such a great time getting to the center. My only complaint is actually the point of view. Changing between the characters is confusing and clunky. It kept throwing me out of the story. Overall, A Muse to Live For is a wonderful historical romance.
If your looking for an erotic treat, stop right here at Shades of Sepia. Tasha and Marcus are friends but what happens when they become more?
I’ll tell you what happens, lots and lots and lots of sex. Hot sweaty sex all over the place. In between the heat there is a short story about Tasha being torn between two men. Marcus is devastated when he finds Tasha with another man. Heartbroken but still completely in love, he forgives her very quickly and the story has a happily ever after. It’s a little too quick, if the story was flesh out, I think it would have been such a great contemporary read. Overall, Shades of Sepia is an erotic ride that would be great for couples to read together.
“I hate to see you go, Two. I am very reluctant to send you on this mission, but you are our best operative, and this is a delicate situation.” He turned his attention to the office door when it opened and shut again. “Schmidt…you have the details of the mission?”
“Of course.” Schmidt settled himself into a chair, then gave her a nod. “Two.” She held her breath as he securitized her for a moment, a note of approval lighting his blue eyes. “She is an excellent choice for this exercise.”
Exercise? I am being forced into a deathtrap with a one-way ticket. She sighed.
At least Schmidt was a little easier to deal with. Although the two men had worked together for many years, he lacked the cruel edge that emanated from his partner.
“Sir, may I ask the objective of the mission and to which planet I will be sent?”
“Brevona, in the Alderan Galaxy. Your mission is highly classified and important to Earth’s survival. Do not share any of this with the other trainees.” He placed a tablet on the table and pushed it toward her. “Here are the details of your assignment.”
I’m not allowed to talk to the other girls. How on Earth would I share any of the details? Loser…
Two swiped her finger across the screen scanning through what were mainly photos. No names, no written details. Several of the pictures were of the planet, Brevona, another of a castle and the royal family, then one of a grossly overweight man with greasy hair, wearing a uniform. “The target?”
Schultz walked behind her and rested his hands on the back of her chair to peer over her shoulder, his face uncomfortably close to hers, his breath on her neck.
“That is General Nimera Xalo. He has led his army to revolt against the king and queen and has captured the royal family. They will be executed this week if the maniac is not stopped. WLO has informed us that Nimera is hosting a large party to celebrate his ascension to the throne. Many dignitaries have been invited, including several from Earth. You will infiltrate the celebration and seduce the general.” Schultz lightly caressed her jaw, then withdrew his hand. “Beautiful women are his weakness, and you are the most exquisite and elegant of all my girls.”
I suspect women are your weakness, too, the way you touch me. She wrinkled her nose in disgust at both the idea of seducing the general and the touch of Schultz’s hand.
She shook the revulsion from her body to focus on her assignment. “Sir, isn’t the portal untested on humans? Why not allow me to travel with the Earth delegation to ensure the elimination of my target?”
Schmidt leaned forward and patted her leg. “You have nothing to fear. The portal is stable, and we can promise you that you will reach your point of destination. A return trip is another matter entirely.”
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Interview with Ceeree Fields
Hi everyone. Thank you so much for having me today. I'm here to talk about my romantic suspense, Gravedigger.
So, let the interrogation ... Ummm ... I mean, interview begin.
When did you first realize that you wanted to be a writer?
I wrote my first book when I was seventeen. It was a cross between Mortal Kombat and off-world Sci-fi. I sent it to a lot of publishers and received tons of negative responses… a LOT. This was back in the early '90s when most the female characters were dainty, and the male characters slew the dragons.
Nowadays, I can write what I love, and that’s a strong female and a strong male, and they don’t have to be typical. Take my characters in Gravedigger, for instance, Josephine is five-foot-three, rail thin and plain, but where you’d expect her self-esteem to be low. Hers isn’t … at least not as far as police work goes. She’s a tigress. Rhysian is gorgeous, but I made him average height at five-foot-eleven, and I gave him a few small imperfections. He’s warm, bright, and calm to Jo's icy disdain and prickly exterior. His demeanor covers a protective streak a mile long; he can also be stubborn as the reader will discover when he sets his sights on Josephine.
Where is your favorite place to write?
My favorite place to write is de Klinker … And no, that’s not another name for a jail in the Netherlands. *smiles*. It’s a theater that also has the library along with a few other social rooms tucked inside. I can write and also people watch as they have a small café-like area just outside the library where the foot traffic is brisk and entertaining.
When you develop characters do you already know who they are before you begin writing or do you let them develop as you go?
This depends. With Jo and Rhys I knew some aspects before I ever put the first word on the page, but a few others surprised me as I wrote and I just let them come. No one person is the same, so I think characters personalities develop as a writer puts them into scenes. They won’t always act the way they’re supposed to, but humans don’t do the expected all the time either. Which makes for some adventure-filled surprises.
What do you think makes a good story?
I think if you love the story you create and love the characters then it translates. When I write, I write for me. I’ve re-read my books, not for editing purposes, but because I genuinely like the stories. I enjoy the worlds I build, and I’m always surprised when I re-read my stories … I mean, I literally stop and think 'Huh, I wrote that.'
What do you love best about your current book?
I love how Josephine and Rhysian have to learn how to mesh their lives in order to be a couple. That's real life, no one just falls right into another person's life and fits there are always a few hiccups.
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Marjani is nearly feral, dealing with a dark past. Can Fane, a fae, tame her wild beast?
I definitely felt a bit lost in some spots because I haven’t read the previous books. There’s just so much going on, shapeshifters and Fae. That said, I wish there was more of a unique storyline. I did really like Marjani. She’s a cougar and dealing with a dark past. Fane is fae, not just fairy but pureblood. They had great chemistry. The sex is hot but sometimes a bit over the top. Marjani is definitely a character I fell in love with! Her attitude really resonated with me. Fane, sexy fae, is enamored with her and it’s not hard to see why. There’s some great action in this book that really had me on the edge of my seat.
If you enjoy paranormal with shifters then Charming Marjani should be on your list to read!
Melissa must pose as a stranger’s wife, it’s her only way to get to her niece. Sebastian is the ‘husband’ but the darling Dona is proving to be a temptation he can’t resist. When a death on the steamship leads to her family, there’s danger added to their budding romance.
I want to start off by saying I’m not a huge fan of historical but the author managed to hook me in the genre with this book, Fool’s Gold. Melissa has to make a deal in order to get to her niece. It doesn’t hurt that her ‘husband’ is a handsome banker and miner. There’s a mysterious death, questions, action, danger and sweet romance. I thoroughly enjoyed the mystery and how it kept me turning the pages. I would have liked more heat in the romance though. If you like the historical genre or a good mystery, you’re definitely going to enjoy Fool’s Gold.
A fairytale with a twist…
Emeline is dealing with a heartbreaking past and a dark future. When she meets Adam, there’s nothing but chaos and arguments and … perhaps love?
Emeline has been through so much! I felt so bad for what the author put her through and yet, I had to read about her happy ending. I just had to! Adam is offering to help her and pride keeps Emeline from accepting. Plus, they meet in a cemetery which for sure is an awkward start, makes for a great story though. I loved this twist on a classic tale. The chemistry between Emeline and Adam is so damn sexy! It’s such a, well, it’s a rollercoaster of emotions and events. I really couldn’t put this book down!
The Beast in a Suit is a must read!