Under Cover by Mary Janice Davidson description:
Renee Jardin never meant to become the world’s most sought-after thief. But the minute she walks out of her biotech firm accidentally carrying “The Cure” — the most important scientific discovery of the century — she’s on the run from ruthless bioengineers, cops, and the U.S. government. Desperate to lose her trackers, Renee lays a full-body kiss on the first gorgeous guy she sees…a kiss that she gets back with a toe-curling vengeance. N.S.A. agent James Axelrod never thought apprehending his suspect would be so easy, and so sinfully arousing…or that he would consider taking her into custody in the privacy of his own bedroom…
Peter Random lost everything when he was outwitted by that goody-goody Renee Jardin. Late in his rent, his job gone, Peter vows he’ll never let anyone get close enough to burn him again. So why can’t he seem to tell Lori Jamieson and her troubles to hit the road? It isn’t just her hot bod and full lips — although those have a magic he can’t deny. Something about the damsel in distress makes Peter want to wrap her in his strong arms and prove that a bad boy can be very, very good, especially when it’s between the sheets…
At the biotech firm, they call her Thea “I.Q.” Foster — “I.Q.” for either Intelligence Quotient or Ice Queen, depending. Slipping the Cure into Renee’s tote bag was satisfying revenge, but now that the fun’s over, Thea sets her sights on a new challenge: sarcastic, secretive Jimmy Scrye. Cracking open his hard shell would be a real game, but Jimmy’s more than Thea’s match. He’s got a few ideas for turning the tables on the brainy scientist…sensual, erotic fantasy ideas that just might change those letters in her name to “Incredible,” “Insatiable,” and “Quivering with delight”…
Under Cover 4 STARS
Once more this is a group of short stories that are connected as the actions of one person effects others and leads them down different paths so to speak… since it’s Davidson it’s of course filled with humor and even a little silliness that just makes this book such a fun read… personally Lovely Lies is my favorite… I’ve read that one several times… Peter is just a quirky character that usually isn’t seen behind such a big and rugged man… Though starting with Sweet Strangers and Renee trying to figure out why she’s been set up to take the fall for some stolen Cure… and ending with Delightful Deception where Thea is trying to save the world through her own research while attempting to ignore her new boss, Jimmy, is the only way to read this book… the stories flow from one to the next and it’s exciting as much as it is a sexy…
Feast of Saints by Zoe Wildau description:
When special effects artist Lilly Rose agrees to design the vampire Allegrezza for the blockbuster film Feast of Saints, she’s made a grave mistake. The violent subject matter and the grueling schedule are a far cry from the G-rated children’s fantasies she’s used to, as is the actor who plays the villain. Jake Durant never plays a nice guy. He’s an entertainment powerhouse who runs a business empire that includes L.A.’s most prestigious talent agency. During the intimate process of transforming Jake into Allegrezza day after day, his commanding personality and intense sexual interest in Lilly become a constant source of conflict as Lilly repeatedly rebuffs him. He’s her client and her boss’s boss and Lilly’s learned from watching that women never come out on top in the kind of relationship she believes Jake has in mind for her. Her resolve to keep their relationship strictly professional is further fueled by stress-induced nightmares in which Jake appears as a demonic beast intent on setting her on fire.
Feast weaves and the magic of Hollywood special effects into this steamy, contemporary romance to create an enduring love story that brings fantasy to life.
Feast of Saints 4 STARS
I really loved this book… I loved the main characters and their personality and I liked that while obviously the love story was the main point of this book it wasn’t all that was going… having it mainly from Lilly’s point of view we see all that she does as a special effects artist… it was interesting to see the process one might have to go through for such things… I have no clue how accurate it was but it made sense to me… but I also like that it wasn’t so overdone as to distract from the story or be filler… there were times when what she was working on was glossed over and other times when it was used as major plot points because of how it was affecting her and the things she had to overcome to make everything exactly as it should be… but the most surprising to me was how realistic the story was… who would’ve thought a romance based in the world of special effects and illusion would have such a reasonable look at love… because so often romance novels throw preposterous obstacles in the way and the people seem to overreact or misunderstand each other to the point that it’s ridiculous… like they’re just trying to stay mad… but Lilly had good reason and wasn’t afraid to right her own mistakes when she realizes that being with Jake wouldn’t be so bad… and Jake was finally a guy who tried to do the right thing and give her space and not get angry that she might not want him… it’s one of the better sort that I’ve read… the reason it didn’t get 5 STARS though was the beginning dragged a bit… the characters started out too flat and so it took it a little while to connect names to faces… and I’m not the biggest fan of the meshing of fiction and reality like she does… but it’s understandable to a degree and she does put a little disclaimer at the end noting it… altogether definitely worth the read…
Tempted by Lori Foster description:
Little Miss Innocent?
For Dr. Daniel Sawyers, sex therapist Lace McGee is a puzzle. While she keeps putting inappropriate ideas into his sister’s head, Lace is even better at putting naughty thoughts into Daniel’s head. But just how down ‘n dirty is Lace really?
Annie, Get Your Guy
No one likes being treated like a kid sister—especially by someone as sexy as Guy Donovan. So when Annie Sawyers sets out to seduce Guy once and for all, she tracks down every book about sex she can find. One of them has to work, right?
Messing Around with Max
Maddie Montgomery needs a couple of notches on her bedpost—fast. Rumor has it that Max Sawyers is just the man to show her the goods…and then some. Now, if she can just get past his dog!
Tempted 4 STARS
I like when a collection of short stories like this revolves around the same group of people because it really helps develop the characters especially when you’re dealing with such a short amount of time… and with each book I just fell in love with the group more and more… and I liked the humor and how it was rather light and witty… but also wasn’t completely preposterous… the last one was the only one that felt like a bit of a rushed commitment… but hey I’m a big fan of falling in love and just going for it so even that one seemed just right to me… Yet even in the short time you got to know the characters and develop a clear picture of their personality and what drives them… with each story helping to set up the next…
The Virtue of Captain America: Modern Day Lessons on Character from a World War II Superhero by Mark D. White description:
The first look at the philosophy behind the “Captain America” comics and movies, publishing in advance of the movie release of “Captain America: The Winter Solider” in April 2014.
In “The Virtues of Captain America,” philosopher and long-time comics fan Mark D. White argues that the core principles, compassion, and judgment exhibited by the 1940’s comic book character Captain America remain relevant to the modern world. Simply put, “Cap” embodies many of the classical virtues that have been important to us since the days of the ancient Greeks: honesty, courage, loyalty, perseverance, and, perhaps most importantly, honor. Full of entertaining examples from more than 50 years of comic books, White offers some serious philosophical discussions of everyone’s favorite patriot in a light-hearted and accessible way. Presents serious arguments on the virtues of Captain America while being written in a light-hearted and often humorous tone. Introduces basic concepts in moral and political philosophy to the general reader. Utilizes examples from 50 years of comics featuring Captain America, the Avengers, and other Marvel superheroes. Affirms the value of “old-fashioned” virtues for the modern world without indulging in nostalgia for times long passed. Reveals the importance of the sound principles that America was founded upon. Publishing in advance of “Captain America: The Winter Soldier “out in April 2014.
The Virtues of Captain America 5 STARS
I’m not exactly a comic book expert… or even know that much about the character beyond the movies and the bits of my own research for a paper that led me to this book… but this was an amazing look into the importance of Captain America and his tie to America… while it’s easy to see him as a relic from WWII and while a good hero a bit too old fashion to be that relevant… it shows that the values he’s always stood for are always relevant because he represents what America is supposed to be… White did a great job of showing Caps different aspects and how that reflects the world around us… the value of his viewpoints and opinions… and his consistency with standing for justice, equality, and liberty… and even though this is obviously geared towards Americans just because of the character… it’s really something that anyone anywhere and people who may not even be huge fans of the character can find something of interests within… it’s rather thought provoking…
The Sky-Child and Other Stories by Danielle E. Shipley
Coming July 7th, 2015
Born into a world his heart knows as beneath him, an extraordinary boy becomes a man of music, hopeful that someday he’ll find a way higher.
As the first day dawns, a world comes awake, order and disorder striking a dangerous balance.
Under the stars, a princess and tailor trade age-old lore, little dreaming of the future that could trap them in the past.
All of it in, around, and far above the timeless trees of Wilderhark, the forest whose secrets reveal themselves slowly, if ever at all.
Tales of beginnings. Tales of quests for belonging. Most of all, tales of true love.
Once upon a time, you knew something of Wilderhark’s tales. Now for the stories that fall in between.
You can find this, Book 6.5 of the Wilderhark tales, on Goodreads
On the Edge by T.S. Krupa
Coming June 9th 2015
Andy Parker is a war widow raising her fifteen-year-old daughter on her own. Hayden Grace dreams of becoming a professional snowboarder, and Andy is doing everything she can to make that happen. When Hayden Grace’s passion begins to falter, Andy is at a loss for how to re-inspire her daughter.
Andy does her best balancing Hayden Grace’s competition schedule, practice, and school with her own work schedule at home, in the city, and on the mountain. But work starts to demand more from Andy. Then, Andy receives an opportunity of a lifetime. An opportunity that will turn their lives upside down. But is it too good to be true?
Soon, mother and daughter find themselves in Aspen for Hayden Grace’s first national competition when a chance encounter brings Andy into a passionate, unexpected romance, a romance that could change everything. Will Andy be able to find the happiness she deserves?
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
T.S. Krupa was born in New Haven, Connecticut. Raised in a Polish household with a blended American culture, she is fluent in Polish. She graduated with her bachelor’s degree from Franklin Pierce University, where she also played field hockey. She earned her Master’s from Texas Tech University and recently graduated with her Doctor of Education from North Carolina State University. She lives in North Carolina with her husband and her dog.
In 2014, T.S. Krupa published her award-winning debut novel Safe & Sound. On The Edge is her second novel. To learn more about the author visit http://www.TSKrupa.com.
Cover Designer: Hafsah Faizal of Icey Designs
Million Dollar Question by Ellie Campbell description:
Just as a huge financial scandal ejects Olivia Wheeler from her high-flying Manhattan job and high-society engagement, a silver Mercedes pulls up at lonely single-mother Rosie Dixon’s house with a cheque for one million pounds from the Premium Bonds. Two very different strokes of luck. And yet both women have more in common than they realize. While Olivia struggles with the humiliations of surviving in London broke and homeless, shy unassuming Rosie discovers that unexpected wealth arrives with its own mega-load of problems.
Can a career-obsessed workaholic find a passion for something earthier and warmer than cold hard cash? And can Rosie sift through envy and greed to discover true friends, true family and even true love?
Two strangers who’ve never met. Yet neither realizes how each is affecting the other’s destiny or the places their paths touch and fates entwine.
But will they surmount the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune?
Million Dollar Question 5 STARS
Honestly this isn’t my sort of book in the least… have no clue why I agreed to read it… and went in expecting to be drudging through pages of boredom… obviously that wasn’t what happened… instead I was up reading till I couldn’t keep my eyes open and picked back up the moment I woke up again… and it’s a rather realistic look into someone whose life has undergone a huge change… this is sadly a look at how people tend to react when you’re in the midst of a scandal… or when you win a lot of money and people either try and take advantage of you or hate you for being better off… Olivia and Rosie are both people that could easily be someone you know… they’re not stereotypes… but genuine people trying to come to terms with what life has thrown their way… just as I could see myself reacting the same way they do even as I want to smack them upside their head for their stupidity… but the best part was just how Campbell managed to tie in every little piece that was mentioned… everything building up to a surprisingly plausible end… nothing was mentioned just for the heck of it… there isn’t anything random and tossed in just to help with the wrap up… it was a perfectly laid out story of two people whose lives were intertwining in ways they could’ve never seen coming…