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Review: Dating the Undead by Juliet Lyons

About the book:

WOMAN SEEKING VAMPIRE:
Likes to keep things casual
Absolutely no poetry
Zero romance required.

Silver Harris is over clingy men—maybe men altogether. But when she shares a toe-curling kiss with a sexy Irish vampire on New Year’s Eve, she wonders if maybe it’s human men she’s fed up with. Silver turns to the popular vampire dating site, V-Date, only to discover that vampire men are just as unimpressive as their mortal counterparts. And her mysterious hottie? He’s nowhere to be found.

Can’t a girl catch a break?

Logan Byrne can’t get that sassy redhead—or that kiss!—out of his head. When his boss assigns him to spy on V-Date, he meets Silver again. Turns out, the police are recruiting humans to snitch on vampires through the dating site. As the snark and sparks fly, feelings between Silver and Logan deepen. But, when old demons resurface—literally—Logan isn’t sure he can shield either of them from the dangers that have been lying in wait for centuries.

What I thought:

I really enjoyed Dating the Undead. This book has a unique take on vampire mythology – vampires are out of their coffins. In a world where vampires are roaming the streets just like everyone else, Silver decides that since dating human males have turned out to be such a bust, she might as well try dating vampires. I loved Silver’s attitude about Logan, love and life. She isn’t a wilting flower and calls Logan out on his “stalker” activities. Logan is just what you want a sexy, vampire to be. He occasionally speaks with a heavy accent that makes Silver weak at the knees and when they kiss she a rainbow of colors.

Dating the Undead is funny, sexy and has a great twist ending. I would recommend this to anyone who likes lighthearted paranormal romance.

How I rate this book:

the book girl gives Dating the Undead a 5/5

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Review: Just One Touch by Maya Banks

About the book:

Raised in a strict religious cult since she was a young girl, Jenna has no connection to the outside world beyond vague flashes of memory that seem to be from another life. Memories she clings to when the cult leaders discover her extraordinary ability to heal—and punish her. Years held captive and forced to do the cults bidding have turned Jenna into a meek, timid woman…or so they think. In truth, she is merely biding her time, waiting for the perfect moment to escape.

When a terrified young woman tries to steal the SUV of Devereaux Security’s toughest recruit, Isaac’s anger quickly turns into a strange sort of protectiveness for the beautiful, bruised stranger. But when they are caught in a firestorm of bullets and Isaac is hit, he’s sure the end is near, until Jenna touches him and closes his wounds. As he tries to bring Jenna to safety, she refuses to tell him what danger haunts her or how she healed him, but Isaac vows to do whatever it takes to gain her trust…and her heart. Because with just one touch, Isaac knows he wants Jenna to be his—forever.

What I thought:

Just One Touch is the fifth book in the Slow Burn series. I have read the previous four and think that you should read the series in order to really get the full story.

Based off of my feelings for book 4 in this series, With Every Breath, I was a little weary of reading this book. However, Isaac’s story is one I’ve been interested in since his part in the previous books. The relationship between Jenna and Isaac seems out-of-place. I know that as readers we do a fair amount of suspending reality, but I can’t think of single instance where being hunted down would lead to sexy-times with a man who is practically a stranger. In addition to that she is badly malnourished and hurt, but he finds her the sexiest thing ever and wants her instantly. It just seemed too over-the-top to believe.

Another thing is the repetition of the characters thoughts. It seemed like every few pages we were once again finding out how Isaac or Jenna felt about something. This has been an issue the whole series and I was hoping that the inner dialogue would be less in this book.

I think it is time to break-up with this series and just enjoy the author’s other books.

Rating:

I give Just One Touch a 2/5

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Review: How to Date a Dragon by Ashlyn Chase

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About the book:

Let the Sparks Fly

Bliss Russo thought nothing exciting ever happened in her life. Until her building caught on fire and she had to be carried out of the flames in the arms of a gorgeous fireman. Sure, her apartment is now in shambles and she’ll have to start her huge work project completely from scratch. But at least her love life is finally looking up…if only she can find her red-hot rescuer again.

Dragon shapeshifter Drake Cameron is the last of his clan, and the loneliness is starting to claw at him. He’s met only one woman who might be able to stand the shock of his true nature. After all, she barely batted an eyelash when her home burned down. And feeling her curves against him was just as hot as the inferno. Just when he thinks he’ll never track her down, she walks into his firehouse—with no idea what she’s about to get herself into…

HOW TO DATE A DRAGON is a fun, sexy paranormal romance with a dragon shifter and a snarky heroine. Bliss is such a fun character – she’s snarky and tough. She bumps into Drake (literally) when escaping a fire in her apartment building. Instead of being grateful for getting out alive, she begs him to save her computer. Drake is completely enthralled by Bliss and the fact that the fire in her apartment didn’t cause her to have a total meltdown. He also found her totally hot! I loved how these two were drawn to each other from the first instant. Their romance is put to the test by another dragon shifter who is hot for Drake and the fact that Drake is a dragon is a problem for Bliss too. The book is lighthearted and fun. There are lots of very funny moments and some smoking hot sex scenes.

the book girl gives HOW TO DATE A DRAGON a 4/5

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Review: The Vampire with the Dragon Tattoo by Kerrelyn Sparks

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About the book:

He’s out of control

Dougal Kincaid has something to prove. After being injured in a battle with the Malcontents, he’s ready for active duty protecting unsuspecting mortals from these villainous vampires who want to rule the world. But first he has to get control of himself . . . because just the sight of a certain lovely doctor has his injured hand doing some peculiar things, not to mention the sizzling sensation that burns along his dragon tattoo . . .

Vampires? Vampires?! As a scientist, Leah is having trouble believing that these immortal creatures exist. But there they are, standing in front of her, asking for help in solving a genetic puzzle that can save mankind. There’s even one in a sexy kilt! Just one look into Dougal’s gorgeous green eyes sets her pulse racing. But can she trust him—and the overwhelming desire that refuses to be ignored . . . ?

I enjoyed this book for the most part. I loved the romance between Dougal and Leah. Leah is standoff-ish in the beginning – who wouldn’t be after finding out about vampires and shifters? – and tries to keep the relationship between her and Dougal strictly business. Dougal doesn’t accept this, but he also doesn’t pursue her in an overly pushy way. He (quite romantically IMO) finds out her favorite things, places she wants to visit, and other things that matter to her and makes them happen. He doesn’t give up on them becoming a couple, but he really makes it about her and what she could gain out a relationship with him. Dougal doesn’t see himself as worthy of Leah because of his past. It leads him to work extra hard to keep her happy and safe. The vampires are fighting a Big Bad and Leah, a scientist, is helping with a formula to turn mutated humans back to their original selves. The lead up to the confrontation with the Big Bad was well done, but then it was just over and felt anti-climatic. My only problem with the book was that the fight at that important scene was so short after the characters had been talking about fighting the Big Bad for most of the book. There are appearances from many of the Love at Stake couples (especially Abby and Gregori). I really loved Dougal and Leah and their romance was enough to overshadow any other problems I had with the book.

the book girl gives THE VAMPIRE WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO a 4/5

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Review: Tall, Dark, and Vampire by Sara Humphreys

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About the book:

She always knew Fate was cruel…

The last person Olivia expected to turn up at her club was her one true love. It would normally be great to see him, except he’s been dead for centuries. Olivia really thought she had moved on with her immortal life, but as soon as she sees Doug Paxton, she knows she’d rather die than lose him again. And that’s a real problem…

But this is beyond the pale…

Doug is a no-nonsense cop by day, but his nights are tormented by dreams of a gorgeous redhead who’s so much a part of him, she seems to be in his blood. When he meets Olivia face-to-face, long-buried memories begin to surface. She might be the answer to his prayers…or she might be the dead of him.

I haven’t read very many paranormal romances lately, but while on vacation I was in the mood for one. TALL, DARK, AND VAMPIRE was a sexy, exciting read and just what I was looking for. Olivia is an interesting character – a little different from the regular vampire. She has spent her three hundred years as a vampire celibate and rescuing people (and animals) she finds in distress. Olivia also dreams – she dreams about the one man she loved as a human. Doug, unknowingly, shares the same dreams. When he comes to Olivia’s club to investigate a murder he is struck speechless by the sight of Olivia who looks just like the woman in his dreams. Olivia is just as shocked to see her first and only love standing in her club – alive. The action is non-stop. Someone is killing people associated with Olivia’s “family” and trying to make her and her coven look guilty so they will be punished. Olivia, with Doug’s help, has to find out who is trying to hurt her family and fast. The connection between Olivia and Doug is fantastic and very strong. I loved that they both struggle with the reality of finding each other again and what that could mean. I hope there are more books in this series featuring the other vampires in Olivia’s coven.

the book girl gives TALL, DARK, AND VAMPIRE a 4/5

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Review: Don’t Bite the Bridesmaid by Tiffany Allee

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About the book:

Alice Shepard needs one thing: a date for her sister’s wedding. And not just any date. A hunk who will make her fiancé rue the day he left her for her best friend. Her drop-dead gorgeous neighbor fits the bill—even if he is a bit quirky and never comes out during the day—and Alice has downed just enough appletinis to ask him. But she makes it quite clear that there will be no funny business.

Spending a week on a cruise ship full of humans while sleeping close to his sexy next-door neighbor sounds like a helluva bad idea to vampire Noah Thorpe. But his friends need time to get him out of a shotgun wedding—a vampire bonding that will tie his fate to a female vampire he’s never met. And Alice’s offer comes at just the right time.

What could possibly go wrong?

DON’T BITE THE BRIDESMAID is a fun, flirty light paranormal romance. I really enjoyed Alice and Noah. Alice was wronged by her ex-fiance and wants nothing more than to show him that she’s moved on. Her sexy, mysterious next door neighbor Noah was just the man to do it with. Noah takes an instant dislike to the ex-fiance and his possessive side comes out in a big way. There are lots of sparks between the couple and their pretend romance quickly becomes a reality. My only problem with the book is the odd inclusion of Alice’s absent brother and his vampire ex, Olivia. They are used to explain some things, but they weren’t talked about earlier in the story – even though they are at the wedding of Alice’s other sibling, Cindy – and they aren’t mentioned after. I felt like I had either missed something (an earlier book?) or that there would be more about them later on in the story (there wasn’t). The writing was okay, the story moved at a quick pace, and the paranormal elements are light.

the book girl gives DON’T BITE THE BRIDESMAID a 3/5

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Review: Bite Me, Your Grace by Brooklyn Ann

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About the book:

England’s “vampire craze” causes much vexation for the Lord Vampire of London, Ian Ashton. To save his reputation, Ian enlists aspiring authoress Angelica Winthrop without realizing she has hidden plans of her own.

Angelica Winthrop’s life goal is to ruin her reputation, avoid marriage, and become a gothic authoress like her idol, Mary Shelley. To find inspiration for her new story, she breaks into the home of Ian Ashton, Duke of Burnrath, not knowing she will be coming up against the Lord Vampire of London. Romance sparks and reputations are at stake. But who knows the real difference between fact and fiction?

I have a weakness for paranormal historical romances. I really like the idea of a vampire dancing a waltz with a lady in a gorgeous dress. BITE ME, YOUR GRACE is a fantastic paranormal historical romance with a very unusual heroine. Angelica doesn’t want to settle for just being someone’s wife and the mother of his children. She wants to be able to pursue her own passion for writing. When she stumbles upon an actual vampire during her home invasion she knows that she’s hit a jackpot of inspiration. I loved how unique Angelica is and how she doesn’t let anyone change her, even when she is afraid that Ian is going to leave her. She isn’t willing to compromise her true self for anyone. Ian is great too. He’s in charge of all the vampires in London, but is completely taken down by his feelings for Angelica. The big, bad vampire is really a softy when it comes to the woman he loves. Their romance is sweet, sexy, and full of passion. I loved the book and can’t wait for the next one in the series.

the book girl gives BITE ME, YOUR GRACE a 4/5

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Review: Flirting Under a Full Moon by Ashlyn Chase

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About the book:

Never Cry Werewolf

Brandee has been dumped in every way possible, but by text is the last straw. That’s it—she’s officially done with men. Unfortunately, she’s just been told her “soul mate” is the drool-worthy hottie all her friends call One-Night Nick.

Nick has been searching for true love for one hundred years. After all, werewolves mate for life, and he does not want to mess this up. As soon as he kisses Brandee, he knows she’s the one. But how will he convince a woman who knows nothing of paranormals that she’s about to be bound to a werewolf forever?

FLIRTING UNDER A FULL MOON is well written story with a hero and heroine that just didn’t work for me. Nick is the ultimate alpha male and at times he does things for Brandee’s “own good” that make him come across as a jerk. Brandee gets mad at him, but then he kisses her and all is forgiven. She doesn’t have much of a backbone. Nick goes from someone with the nickname “One-Night Nick” because of all his one night relationships to wanting to commit 100% to Brandee. Brandee doesn’t believe him at first and then BAM! she’s under his spell. There was no question of things not going Brandee and Nick’s way. Every situation Nick was in he was able to get out of easily and when they found themselves wondering about their future it was solved for them in a very convenient way. There was no mystery to the story. I loved the author’s writing style and the humor of the story, but the characters just didn’t work for me.

the book girl gives FLIRTING UNDER A FULL MOON a 3/5

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Review: The Geek Girl and the Scandalous Earl by Gina Lamm

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About the book:

the stakes have never been higher…

An avid gamer, Jamie Marten loves to escape into online adventure. But when she falls through an antique mirror into a lavish bedchamber – 200 years in the past! – she realizes she may have escaped a little too far. 

Micah Axelby, Earl of Dunnington, has just kicked one mistress out of his bed and isn’t looking to fill it with another – least of all this sassy, nearly naked woman who claims to be from the future. Yet something about her is undeniably enticing…

Jamie and Micah are worlds apart. He’s a peer of the realm. She can barely make rent. He’s horse-drawn. She’s Wi-Fi. But soon the pair will do anything to avoid a Game Over.

THE GEEK GIRL AND THE SCANDALOUS EARL is a fantastic book. I loved every moment of it. I laughed at Jamie’s attempts to acclimate to life in the 1800’s and Micah’s obsession with Angry Birds. There were also places that I felt so bad for the position that Jamie found herself in. She was torn between her new feelings for Mike and her desire to return to her new time.

He was a guy that she should never even have met. She loved a guy that she would have to abandon her entire life to be with. Her friends, her house, her computer, her shower. Shower. Running Water. Toothbrushes. Those neat little personal hand-sanitizer bottles.

Jamie is in a world were she knows only Mike, his servants  and his dog. She spends her days trapped in his house so that no one finds out that she is scandalously living with a single man. I loved some of the ways that she tries to entertain herself without the devices she is used to.

She tried to teach Baron to howl after she said the word “ThunderCats,” but he lost interest and wandered into the kitchen.

Mike has far less adjustments to do, but still has to come to terms with Jamie’s brash ways and “vulgar” mouth. I love the way her starts to enjoy the way she speaks her mind when initially he hated it.

THE GEEK GIRL AND THE SCANDALOUS EARL had me laughing and in a few places had my heart aching as Jamie and Mike fought to find their way together. My only complaint is that I would have liked to see a glimpse of what happened to them a few years down the road. Once they finally found their happily ever after there were still going to be lots of compromises and changes. I would have loved an epilogue that showed those a little bit.

the book girl gives THE GEEK GIRL AND THE SCANDALOUS EARL a 4/5

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Review: Immortal Ever After by Lynsay Sands

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About the book:

A kiss doesn’t mean eternity . . .

Valerie Moyer doesn’t believe in vampires—until she is kidnapped by a fanged psychopath! After escaping her bloodthirsty captor, she’s through with creatures of the night. Until she finds herself under the protection of the darkly handsome Anders. Not only is she expected to accept that Anders is immortal, but also that she is the woman destined to be his life mate!

. . . Or does it?

Anders felt a connection to Valerie from the moment he cradled her bruised body in his arms. But before he claims her, he must destroy the vampire who almost stole her from him forever. His job would be easier if Valerie didn’t fight him every step of the way. Still, Anders loves a challenge, and the green-eyed beauty is worth fighting for!

The one thing I really like about the Argeneau series is that even if you have missed a book (or a few books) you can jump right back in and not feel lost. The world is easy to follow. IMMORTAL EVER AFTER is the story of Enforcer Anders and kidnap victim Valerie. I loved Valerie. She is tough, strong, and independent. Instead of waiting to be rescued she rescues herself on more than one occasion. Anders, who is as alpha as they come, finds this to be one of her best qualities. I really liked that he admired her more than he lusted after her in the beginning. The attraction between the two came from respect as much as it did from their appearance. The story is sexy, action-packed, and fun. IMMORTAL EVER AFTER is a fabulous addition to the Argeneau series and a fantastic read.

the book girl gives IMMORTAL EVER AFTER a 4/5

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