mlsimmons

I'm Melanie and I like to live vicariously through fictional characters. I enjoy reading and listening to mostly fictional books in the paranormal genre, including Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Romance and Horror. I will read contemporary romance on occasion, but not often. I will occasionally throw in a biography, usually autobiographies of people that I find interesting. Listening to autobiographies that are narrated by the author have been great in my experience.

Listening progress update: I've read 100%.

Pandemic: A Novel - Scott Sigler, Phil Gigante

This was so good. I had forgotten it was book three in a trilogy, but that didn't stop me from really enjoying it. Full review to come later.

Petals and Thorns by Jennifer Paris (aka Jeffe Kennedy)

Petals and Thorns - Jennifer Paris, Jeffe Kennedy

I met Jeffe Kennedy at RT for the first time in Dallas of this year. I sat through one of her panels was inspired to try one of her books. The panel was about drawing the line in consent in stories. The panel talked about how the line of consent in fictional stories can be different from what we would expect in real life. That line rings very true in this book. This book was mentioned a lot. It is an erotic retelling of Beauty and the Beast.

 

Amarantha is forced to marry the Beast by her father to regain his wealth. If she does not consummate the marriage within seven days, her father gets the wealth returned. Amarantha is allowed to refuse intercourse, but everything else is fair game. And the Beast takes advantage of everything he is allowed. He does not give her a choice in anything but the final act to consummate the marriage.

 

This story is a very hot BDSM story. Amarantha is taken on a very seductive journey with the Beast. She learns that while the Beast is half man and half monster on the outside, he does have a good heart on the inside. He pushes her boundaries in many ways, but in the end, they are places she ends up enjoying and getting turned on. I think this bothers her more than the acts themselves. I also loved when Amarantha goes into the stable to find her father's horse that he abandoned because he felt she was of no use anymore. This horse thrived in the care of the beast who actually cared for the mare. Also, he makes even riding the horses a sexual torment.

 

While this book is short, it is very erotic. The Beast coming up with new and interesting ways to torment Amarantha each evening. He is a very dominate master, but he is also an attentive master. If you are a fan of erotic fairy tales, then you must add this one to your list. You won't regret it.

 

**Book was provided to me by the author. This review is my opinion and was not requested or provoked in anyway by the author.

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I track my steps using a FitBit. If you have a FitBit and want to be friends, here is my profile: https://www.fitbit.com/user/28YSVY. I also track calories via MyFitnessPal. If you want to be my friend there, http://www.myfitnesspal.com/profile/mlsimmons1977

 

Sat Aug 1: 2,097 steps (rest day)

Sun Aug 2: 13,399 steps + Horseback riding but forgot to turn on the tracker Oops

Mon Aug 3: 13,364 steps + DailyBurn Stability and Mobility for 26 mins 497 cals

Tue Aug 4: 15,559 steps - Walked at zoo with friend after work

Wed Aug 5: 12,849 steps + Horseback riding for 30 mins 282 cals

Thu Aug 6: 1,410 steps

Fri Aug 7: 513 steps

 

This has not been a good week for me fitness or otherwise. I was riding my horse on Wednesday and got thrown pretty hard. I knocked the wind out of my lungs and my back is very bruised. It is one of the worst falls I've ever had off a horse. Needless to say, I haven't been doing much since then. I'm finally getting to were I can walk mostly normal again. As if that wasn't enough, my FitBit is dying again. It will only hold a charge for about a day. I'm thinking about biting the bullet and getting a HR. I don't want to spend the money, but I'm tired of fighting with getting my FitBit breaking every six months or so.

 

I'm going to slowly start walking again and then move up to adding DailyBurn back. It will be at least another week before I can ride again. My back will have to be 100% before I will chance it.

Reading progress update: I've listened 327 out of 850 minutes.

Magic Shifts: Kate Daniels, Book 8 - Ilona Andrews, Renée Raudman

"At the beginning of February, I thinking of buying a little extra land with our house"

 

I had no recollection of that conversation. Also, a little extra land meant another acre, not a forest five times the one Pooh Bear lived in.

 

Review: Secret (Chicago Underground #6) by Skye Warren

Secret - Skye Warren

This is the final piece in Shelly and Luke's story. It was action packed and full of twists and turns that kept the pages turning on my e-reader. We learn a lot most secrets about both Shelly and Luke and the horrors that have made them the people that they are today. Just when I thought that their pasts couldn't be any darker than what I had seen up until this point, Ms. Warren through me for a loop that shows just how dark her mind can really be.


If you like dark romances that still have a happily ever after ending, then Skye Warren is an author that I would recommend to you. She writes very dark and gritty stories that are very erotic and passionate. This series is a serialize piece. I would recommend reading books 1-3 together and books 4-6 together. I also believe that you can read Shelly and Luke's story without having read Allie and Collin's story. I enjoyed both stories, but I feel you can read one without being lost if you haven't read the other.

 

**Book was provided to me by the author. This review is my opinion and was not requested or provoked in anyway by the author.

 

Book One, ROUGH, is a FREE ebook at most major retailers at time of posting.

 

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HER SINFUL ANGEL by Felicity Heaton Blog Barrage

Her Sinful Angel Blog Barrage

 

Her Sinful Angel, book eight in New York Times best-seller Felicity Heaton's hot paranormal romance series, Her Angel, is now available in ebook and paperback. To celebrate the release, she's holding a FANTASTIC GIVEAWAY at her website.

Find out how to enter the Her Sinful Angel international giveaway (ends August 9th) and be in with a shot of winning a $75, $50 or $25 gift certificate at her website, where you can also download a 5 chapter sample of the novel: http://www.felicityheaton.co.uk/her-sinful-angel-romance-book.php

Here's more about Her Sinful Angel, including an excerpt from this paranormal romance novel.

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Her Sinful Angel

 

Cast out of Heaven and now the king of Hell, Lucifer is a powerful fallen angel warrior with a heart as cold as ice and soul as black as the bottomless pit. For millennia, he has ruled his realm with an iron fist as he plots the demise of his ancient enemies. When one of those enemies dumps an unconscious mortal female in the courtyard of his fortress and leaves her there, Lucifer finds himself entranced by the beguiling beauty and tempted beyond all reason. But is the enchanting Nina an innocent pawn in the eternal game or part of a plot against him?

 

Her Sinful Angel is available from Amazon Kindle, Kobo Books, Barnes and Noble Nook, Apple iBooks stores and other retailers. Also available in paperback. Find the links to your preferred retailer at: http://www.felicityheaton.co.uk/her-sinful-angel-romance-book.php

 

Her Sinful Angel — Excerpt

 

The door in the right corner of the far end of the room opened and she shot into a sitting position, her heart leaping into her throat as her gaze darted towards it.

The man stood there, dressed as impeccably as before in a fine black suit and polished leather shoes, with his dark hair swept back from his face. All that black made him look as pale as a ghost, his skin white and flawless. Only his amber eyes added a touch of colour that added life to him.

Fire.

That fiery gaze burned into her as his eyes came to settle on her, narrowing slightly so his long black lashes darkened his irises to burnished gold.

"You are awake," he said, his voice as smooth and deep as an ocean, lulling her as gently as waves.

With practiced precision, he carried a silver tray into the room and set it down on the black coffee table near the red couch.

Food.

Her stomach grumbled at the sight of it. Fruits, something that looked like a sponge cake, and chocolate. Her belly growled louder, her mouth watering as she thought about breaking off a piece of chocolate and popping it into her mouth. Beside the food on the tray stood an elegant silver teapot and a single fine china cup on a saucer, with a tiny pot of milk and a sugar bowl.

Nina stared at the offering, wondering if she would look rude if she ran across the room to stuff her face with the food.

The man arched an eyebrow at her and then at the tray. "I can ask for coffee if you prefer it."

She quickly shook her head. "Tea is fine. Perfect. I love tea."

And she was rambling. She didn't need to catch the amused look on his handsome face to know that.

She edged off the bed and walked as casually as she could towards the couch. He shifted aside when she neared him and she almost paused to look at him, part of her curious about why he always moved away from her whenever she approached him. Was he merely trying to make her feel more comfortable?

Or was there another reason he wanted to keep his distance from her?

The suspicious part of herself locked on to the latter, filling her head with theories about why he might want to avoid being near her. She shoved them away as she sat down on the red velvet couch and snapped off a square of dark chocolate. Her stomach rumbled as she brought it to her lips and she had to fight to keep her eyes open as she placed the piece on her tongue and chewed. Heaven.

Nina swallowed the chocolate, sank back into the couch and sighed.

The man's gaze on her intensified and she lazily lifted her eyes to meet his. He was closer now, standing at one end of the coffee table and staring down at her, his head cocked to one side.

She was about to ask whether he had never seen a woman blissing out on chocolate when he spoke.

"Tea?" He was crouching before she could respond and she couldn't help noticing how his black trousers pulled tight across his toned thighs and higher.

Nina dragged her gaze away from the bulge and fixed it on his hands, watching as he nimbly lifted the silver teapot in his left hand and pressed the fingers of his right to the lid as he tilted it, pouring a tall stream of golden liquid into the waiting white cup. Steam swirled from the hot liquid as it rose towards the brim. With an equal measure of care and perfection, he slowly righted the teapot and set it back down on the tray.

Golden eyes slid across to meet hers. "Milk?"

Nina nodded and he picked up the small china pot and began to pour, his gaze constantly on hers. She held her hand out when the tea was golden, not too pale nor too dark for her taste. When he reached for the sugar, she shook her head.

"Sweet enough as you are?" he said with a wide smile that made her heart thump ridiculously against her chest.

She opened her mouth to bat the comment away, but he rose to his feet, coming to tower over her. Something about him standing over her like that, the warmth draining from his eyes as his smile faded, set her on edge. She wrapped one arm around her waist and reached for her cup of tea with the other.

"I make you nervous." He backed off a step and then another, and she wanted to tell him that it wasn't him, but she couldn't bring herself to voice that lie.

He did make her nervous.

He made her nervous when he was close to her, when he was kind to her, when he asked her things about what had happened to her.

When he looked at her as she knew he was looking at her now when her gaze and focus was on picking up the tea he had poured for her.

She could feel the heat of his gaze on her, knew if she lifted hers to meet his that there would be a touch of hunger in his eyes, desire that she had spotted in them before and that left her feeling breathless. The room closed in on her and she struggled to breathe as she reached for the cup. Her fingers shook against the delicate handle and she closed her eyes to shut out the room and everything in it, hoping that it would help her steady her nerves.

It didn't.

She could still feel his eyes on her.

She pulled down another steadying breath and focused harder, pushing aside the fierce sensation of his eyes on her as she opened her own and settled them on the cup. She gripped the handle and lifted it away from the saucer, bringing it to her as she leaned back. Her hand remained steady this time and she managed a few sips of the hot tea. The comforting taste of it settled her nerves even further.

It might have helped that he stopped looking at her in that instant and moved off towards the fireplace.

Nina studied him as she sipped her tea, taking in the elegant line of his back and how his shoulders tapered but were broad. His black hair was shorn around the sides and back of his head, but left longer on top, groomed back away from his face. She grew bolder the longer he remained looking away from her. Her eyes drifted down the straight slope of his nose, took in the high contours of his cheekbones, and even the tempting soft curves of his lips. Ridiculously handsome.

She could almost believe he had been made to tempt women into sinning.

He exuded wickedness and sensuality, and she felt the full force of it as he turned his head towards her, his golden eyes locking with hers before she could glance away and holding her immobile.

"Is the tea to your liking?"

He may as well have asked whether she wanted to climb him like a tree and kiss the living daylights out of him, because her heart did a stupid fluttering thing in her chest and her belly heated in a way she hadn't experienced in a long time. Desire flared hot inside her, burning through her veins, and for a moment she wondered whether he had drugged the tea.

It would have been the perfect excuse, if not for the fact she had reacted to him in exactly the same way when she had awoken to him yesterday.

Nina blamed whatever drug the shadowy man had used on her. It obviously hadn't worn off as much as she had thought.

"What's your name?" She blurted the question and his left eyebrow arched, a flicker of surprise crossing his features. "If I have to stay here, I at least want to know where I am and who you are."

"Lucifer," he said it with such a deadpan expression that she didn't have the heart to ask whether he was joking and had just pulled a name out of his head that suited the dreary house around her.

"You must have loved your parents for that one."

His expression darkened. "I do not have parents."

That explained a lot, but also left her with a heck of a lot more questions. Had her previous assumption been correct and he had been raised in this house?

God help him if he had. The poor bastard. It was little wonder he was so pale and looked so cold and emotionless most of the time.

Except when he was looking at her.

Sure, he had looked at her with cold, cruel eyes from time to time, but there were those times when they held banked heat, desire that had shocked her the first time she had noticed it.

"Nina." She offered her free hand but he only looked at it, keeping his station near the fireplace opposite her, with the table neatly positioned between them.

Like a barrier.

Nina lowered her hand to her lap and his eyes followed it, his irises darkening once more as his pupils dilated.

There it was again. That heat that stirred the same in her, breaking through the hard emotionless cold that normally filled the space in her chest. Was it the same for him?

Or was she being ridiculous?

The heat inside her grew as he lifted his eyes, slowly tracking the length of her arm upwards and over her shoulder, and the hunger in them grew with each inch higher he roamed. He sucked her awareness to him, pulling it away from the room until she was conscious of only him and how he was looking at her.

Of the way his golden eyes seemed to brighten as they lingered on her face and then fell to her lips.

Her breath came quicker, heart racing as she fought the effects of his eyes on her and tried to shake them off.

It was impossible.

She felt as if she had fallen under some sort of spell and he was the one casting it on her by merely looking at her as if she was beautiful and he couldn't go another second without crossing the room and touching her.

A flash of him doing just that filled her mind, a stolen moment in which his hand would catch her cheek and flutter downwards to her jaw to tease her head back so his lips could taste hers and steal her breath from her.

Every inch of her trembled in anticipation, aching for that even when it scared her a little.

She couldn't remember the last time a man had looked at her the way he was staring at her right now.

No.

She could.

And it was enough to throw a bucket of icy water on her libido and kill it.

Nina averted her gaze.

The spell shattered.

She felt it break, felt his eyes leave her as he shifted back a step, one that lacked confidence and felt uncertain to her. He lingered a moment, nothing more than a heartbeat, and then the sound of his shoes clicking on the cold stone floor broke the silence. The door slammed and she flinched, spilling her tea on the floor by her bare feet.

Nina sat there in silence, her eyes closed and her heart racing.

What the hell was she doing?

She placed the cup down on the tray and wrapped her arms around herself as she stared at the closed door.

Whatever had been happening, she wasn't alone in her reaction to it.

It had rattled Lucifer too.

And Nina had the feeling that was a rare thing.

 

Her Sinful Angel is available from Amazon Kindle, Kobo Books, Barnes and Noble Nook, Apple iBooks stores and other retailers. Also available in paperback.

Find all the links, a fantastic 5 chapter downloadable sample of the book, and also how to enter the giveaway and be in with a shot of winning a $75, $50 or $25 gift certificate at her website: http://www.felicityheaton.co.uk/her-sinful-angel-romance-book.php

 

Books in the Her Angel paranormal romance series:

 

Book 1: Her Dark Angel — FREE in ebook at selected retailers

Book 2: Her Fallen Angel

Book 3: Her Warrior Angel

Book 4: Her Guardian Angel

Book 5: Her Demonic Angel

Book 6: Her Wicked Angel

Book 7: Her Avenging Angel

Book 8: Her Sinful Angel

 

Her Dark Angel Her Fallen Angel Her Warrior Angel Her Guardian Angel
Her Demonic Angel Her Wicked Angel Her Avenging Angel Her Sinful Angel

 

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Author Bio


Felicity Heaton is a New York Times and USA Today international best-selling author writing passionate paranormal romance books. In her books, she creates detailed worlds, twisting plots, mind-blowing action, intense emotion and heart-stopping romances with leading men that vary from dark deadly vampires to sexy shape-shifters and wicked werewolves, to sinful angels and hot demons! If you're a fan of paranormal romance authors Lara Adrian, J R Ward, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Gena Showalter and Christine Feehan then you will enjoy her books too.

 

If you love your angels a little dark and wicked, the best-selling Her Angel series is for you. If you like strong, powerful, and dark vampires then try the Vampires Realm series or any of her stand-alone vampire romance books. If you're looking for vampire romances that are sinful, passionate and erotic then try the best-selling Vampire Erotic Theatre series. Or if you prefer huge detailed worlds filled with hot-blooded alpha males in every species, from elves to demons to dragons to shifters and angels, then take a look at the new Her Angel series.

 

If you want to know more about Felicity, or want to get in touch, you can find her at the following places:

FelicityHeaton.co.uk | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest | GoodReads | Amazon | Tsu

 

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Review: Seduced by the Storm (ACRO #3) by Sydney Croft

Seduced by the Storm - Sydney Croft

Review originally posted at RabidReads.com.

 

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I continue to enjoy this series. It is a pretty erotic PNR that hints at X-Men. There is also a ton of action and suspense that goes on in this series. In this one, Ms. Croft (who is Larissa Ione and Stephanie Tyler), has more than just the main couple for this story, we have a lot going on with several couples. ITOR, the bad guys, have a weather machine and have created a category 5 hurricane heading directly at New York City.

 

Wyatt is an ex-Navy SEAL. He also has some telekinetic abilities. He is currently working on an oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico to attempt to take the weather machine from ITOR. He also has the ability to seduce anyone he wants, but they don’t remember having sex with him. His body releases pheromones that make him irresistible. He is not a fan of his power because he doesn’t have much control of it, especially the women waking up not remembering the sex with him. That is until he meets Faith in a bar and takes her back to the hotel and she remembers everything.

 

Faith is an agent with a much smaller agency in the British Isles, one so small that ACRO doesn’t even know it exists. It is very much a surprise that they are both after the same computer that runs the weather machine. Wyatt wants to destroy it, but Faith believes that it can do good in the right hands. Faith has her own telekinetic abilities that are very rare.

 

While I really enjoyed the romance and storyline of this book, it is the overall story arc that keeps pulling me back to this series. I love the suspense that continues between ACRO and ITOR. It isn’t the same in every book, with different characters and different powers. Each one has their own problems to solve. The secondary relationships in this series is great too. Creed and Annika’s relationship really makes big strides in this book. Plus Dev, I love Dev and his story is so heartbreaking in story.

 

Because of the secondary relationship stories and the overall story arc, I would recommend reading this series from the beginning. It is a great paranormal romance that leans more towards erotica. Don’t let that make you believe that there isn’t action, because there is plenty of action, there are plenty of steamy sex scenes too. I’m excited to get to the next book. I’m also sad that I’m now halfway through the series. I don’t have that many of the books left.

 

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#FitReaders Check-in Week through July 31

 

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I track my steps using a FitBit. If you have a FitBit and want to be friends, here is my profile: https://www.fitbit.com/user/28YSVY. I also track calories via MyFitnessPal. If you want to be my friend there, http://www.myfitnesspal.com/profile/mlsimmons1977

 

Sat July 25: 5,742 steps + DailyBurn Stability and Mobility 1 for 27 minutes 436 cals

Sun July 26: 9,993 steps + Horseback riding for 50 minutes 461 cals

Mon July 27: 3,734 steps (rest day, didn't feel well)

Tue July 28: 17,407 steps - Walked at zoo with friend after work

Wed July 29: 11,705 steps + DailyBurn Stability and Mobility for 26 minutes 471 cals + Crunchless Abs for 10 minutes 126 cals

Thu July 30: 21,996 steps rode horses, but forgot to turn on the app to track my progress.

Fri July 31: 14,656 steps + DailyBurn Core + 31 minutes 398 cals

 

I continue to work and track my calories. Last week I lost some weight, this week I gained. I'm not sure exactly why, there was no increase in my caloric intake. I'm thinking it might be time to go see a dietitian. What I'm doing is obviously not working.

Dirty (Chicago Underground #5) by Skye Warren

Dirty: A Bad Boy Romance (Chicago Underground Book 5) - Skye Warren

Shelly is a very tough heroine. She doesn't want your pity. Yes, she is a hooker and she has done something things she isn't proud of, but Shelly is a survivor. In Dirty, she learns a lot about her past and that she might not have ended up in her position by accident. Shelly teams up with Luke to go undercover to to track down Henri. Shelly wants him dead and gone. She knows that this is the only way she will ever be free of him. Many of Luke's secrets are revealed in this part of their story. We also learn more about Luke's background and why he became a cop.


If you are a fan of Skye Warren, this is a book that you will enjoy. This is a different type of dark romance. This story's darkness comes from the lives of the two main characters in Shelly and Luke. They both have had a tough life and are still living the lives that those pasts have given them. The sex, while not as dark as some of her other work, is still written very well and with a lot of passion.  This series is written as a group of serials, with this being the middle part of the second story. I'm very excited to share the details of the final story of Shelly and Luke.

 

**Book was provided to me by the author. This review is my opinion and was not requested or provoked in anyway by the author.

 

Book One, ROUGH, is a FREE ebook at most major retailers at time of posting.

 

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Trailer Park Fae (Gallow and Ragged #1) by Lilith Saintcrow

Trailer Park Fae (Gallow and Ragged) - Lilith Saintcrow

My review and an extended sample of the audiobook are posted at Hotlistens.com.

 

I had no idea what I was going into with Trailer Park Fae. I’ve read books by Lilith Saintcrow before, so I knew she wrote some dark and gritty stories. However, when I saw that cover, I don’t know what I was expecting. I think I was expecting something along the lines of Diana Rowland’s White Trash Zombie series. I should’ve known better. Just because they have the same cover artist, doesn’t make them the same story. That is what I get for judging a book by it’s cover *hangs head in shame*. That isn’t to say that I didn’t enjoy this book, I did, it just was not what I was expecting and that is totally on me.

 

The story did take a little bit to build. It starts off with Jeremiah Gallow as a construction worker and living as a human. He gave up court life to live with his human wife, Daisy. Unfortunately, she dies in a tragic car wreck before this story even starts, so we never meet her.

 

Robin Ragged is a half fae, half human who grew up with the fae. The pureblood fae are getting ill and dying. Robin is sent into the mortal world to try to work with a human to find a cure by the Summer Queen, queen of the Seelie Sidhe. She also resembles Jeremiah’s dead wife, which is what pulls him into the issue. He doesn’t care about what is going on in the fae world.

 

Ragged and Gallow are hiding from Unwinter, who is the king of the Unseelie Sidhe, who they are concerned has started the plague. There is also the leader of the free Sidhe, Puck. Yes, that Puck. He is as mischievous as I remember from some of the stories I’ve heard with him.

 

All in all, this was a very intriguing story. It is what I would expect in a story about the fae. They are all about politics and twisting things to meet their own needs. While they are very beautiful on the outside, they are much uglier on the inside. I don’t know where the series is going from here, but I will be searching it out when it is available.

 

Narration

This is the first time I’ve listened to Joe Knezevich. I thought is did a pretty good job. There is a bunch of “fae speak”, which I thought he handled well. I wasn’t overly fond of his women’s voices, but they weren’t horrible. I thought his pacing was done well. I did listen at a normal speed because of the complexity of this story. I didn’t want to risk missing anything.

 

I like to thank Hachette Audio for providing me with a copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.

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Review: The Hour of Dust and Ashes (Charlie Madigan #3) by Kelly Gay

The Hour of Dust and Ashes (Charlie Madigan) - Kelly Gay

Review originally posted at RabidReads.com.

 

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I read the first two books in this series a few years ago while on vacation. I read them both back to back and really enjoyed them. I came home from vacation to new releases from other authors and series that made me have shiny object syndrome. These books fell off my radar. I have no idea why, because I really enjoyed them. I was going through my TBR list on Goodreads to find books to take with me on my vacation this year and I saw these. I requested both books three and four from the library to take with me. I’m really glad that I did. I had forgotten how much I loved this series.

 

Charlie Madigan lives in Atlanta, but not the same Atlanta we know today. There are now off-worlders who exists from alternate dimensions. There are many different creatures that we know from mythologies from these dimensions. From the heaven-like dimension of Elysia there are sirens and angel-like, Adoni. From the hell-like Charbydon dimension, there are hellhounds, jinns and goblins, just to name a few. Charlie is a single, divorced mother and a member of the police force (though by this book she isn’t part of the regular Atlanta PD anymore). Her partner is a male siren named Hank.

 

In this book, some humans that are addicted an off-world drug which makes them very susceptible to possession. They are also committing suicide. On top of this, Charlie’s sister is one of the people addicted to this drug. Charlie, Hank and Rex, a Revenant, all venture to the hell-like dimension of Charbydon to prevent any more deaths, including Charlie’s sister and one of her daughter’s best friends.

 

There is a little bit of romance in this story, but no sex. There has been somewhat of a relationship building between Charlie and Hank. It takes an even bigger leap in this book. And I completely approve of this relationship development. I love Hank. He is so good for Charlie and her daughter. There is no awkwardness when they work together as partners. You can really tell that they are both willing to lay their lives on the line for each other, but have tons of fun together too.

 

While this series is on the darker side, there is still humor mixed in to lighten things up at time. Not only is Hank funny, but the Revenant Rex is really funny and provides a lot of comic relief. This is great urban fantasy series that brings all the aspects I expect to see in a series that I love. The heroine is strong and independent, but can take help from her friends when it is needed. I don’t require romance in my urban fantasies, but I don’t mind if it is there. This one is slowly building, which has been great to follow. I do love that even though this series is dark, there is humor mixed in with it. Like most urban fantasies, I would recommend that you start this series from the beginning.

“For the record,” he said, looking up at me with a crooked smile, “this is not how I pictured removing your pants for the first time.”
“That confidant, are we?”
His smiled filled out, deep and brimming with humor. “When something is this inevitable. Yes.”

He tossed my wet pants into the pile with the rest of my soiled clothes, then turned back and froze.
“You’re wearing SpongeBob underwear.”
Shit.
My gaze flew downward and my mortification was finally complete. “Emma got them for me…for my birthday.” What the hell. I might as well get it over with. “Patrick is on my ass.”

 

 


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Source: http://rabidreads.ca/2015/07/review-the-hour-of-dust-and-ashes-by-kelly-gay.html

Audiobook Review: Blood and Mistletoe (Ivy Granger #1.5) by E.J. Stevens

Blood and Mistletoe (Ivy Granger) - E.J. Stevens

My review and an extended sample of the audiobook are posted at Hotlistens.com.

 

This is a cute short story that is set during Christmas, but isn’t really a Christmas story. Yes, it takes place during the holidays. Yes, there are gifts exchanged.  That is pretty much where the holidays end.

 

Our demon lawyer friend (that sounds like an oxymoron doesn’t it, it kinda is), Forneus returns with another case for Ivy and Jinx.  Something is killing fae.  The only thing that is in common, is that the victims are fae. Ivy needs to figure out who and why these deaths are happening. Ivy takes on the case as she doesn’t want people killing a bunch of fae in her town.


This is a short story, at a little over two hours, but it is a full story. We get to spend some time with some of my favorite characters in Kaye the witch, Marvin the teenage bridge troll and Hob the Brownie.  There is even some appearances by Ceff, the Kelpie king and Ivy’s boyfriend. It was a great listen to fit in between some of my other listens. I do think you can go on to book two if you aren’t a fan of novellas, but this is a fun read that adds some depth to the secondary characters.

 

Narration

Blood and Mistletoe is the first book that I’ve listened to with different narrators the way this one was done. I have listened to different narrators that changed with chapters, but this one changed with sentences. That was a little jarring to me. The narrators were great, but everytime a male characters spoke, we went from a female to a male narrating. This was completely new to me and I don’t think it is something I would search out for. I did eventually get used to it, but I wouldn’t say that I’m a fan. I would be willing to listen to either narrator if they read the entire book. I would also mention that I like the narrator who does the full length books better for this series. This is a case of just not my style of narration.

 

I like to thanks E.J. Stevens for providing me with a copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.

Source: http://www.hotlistens.com/blood-and-mistletoe-audiobook-by-e-j-stevens-review

#FitReader Check-in Week through July 24

 

#FitReaders hosted by Geeky Bloggers Book Blog  and That’s What I’m Talking About.

 

I track my steps using a FitBit. If you have a FitBit and want to be friends, here is my profile: https://www.fitbit.com/user/28YSVY. I also track calories via MyFitnessPal. If you want to be my friend there, http://www.myfitnesspal.com/profile/mlsimmons1977

 

Sat July 18: 6,431 steps +DailyBurn Stability and Mobility for 27 minutes burning 436 calories

Sun July 19: 4,366 steps (rest day)

Mon July 20: 17,133 steps + Horseback riding for 18 minutes, 161 calories

Tue July 21: 20,347 steps + Horseback riding for 55 minutes 515 calories

Wed July 22: 18,280 steps + Horseback riding for 62 minutes 582 calories

Thu July 23: 15,887 steps + Horseback riding for 34 minutes 327 calories

Fri July 24: 12,353 steps + Horseback riding for 56 minutes 531 calories

 

I'm loving the treadmill desk at work. I'm usually on it for an hour a day. I was really excited to get to do so much riding this week. I gave the horses off today. I'll be back at it tomorrow. I'm also really excited that I've lost 0.6 pounds. I've been having issues not losing, even with the extra exercise and tracking calories. Glad to see it finally coming off, even in small doses. :-)

Wild (Chicago Underground #4) by Skye Warren

Wild: A Bad Boy Romance (Chicago Underground Book 4) - Skye Warren

Wild starts the story of Shelly. It takes place a little while after the end of Fierce. Shelly is recovering from the showdown that happened in the previous book. She has also been out of the life of prostitution that has been the only life that she's ever know. Shelly started down this road to help her friend Allie with her child.  She made a lot of money at it.  She even became the live-in mistress of Philip, Colin's crime boss brother.

 

Here we see how even though Shelly has been putting on a brave face for everyone about her career choice, it is not something that she enjoys. The truth of the life comes out when she tries to apply for a job at a local bookstore, only to find out that the manager is a former client.  The horror that she faces in that she will never be able to find a "normal" job.  She spends time finding very young girls who are just starting out in the life and taking them to a shelter to help them.

 

Then her pimp comes to her "secured" apartment and makes her an offer that she can't refuse to work a party. When things go wrong at the party, Shelly escapes with another young girl who really didn't want to be there. They run to Luke, a detective that Shelly helped during Allie's story.


This is a great start to Shelly's story. I'm very intrigued to see how things work out between her and Luke. You can really see how much they want to be together, but how difficult it would be for both of them.  Plus, you add in Philip with this new girl Ella. That adds a whole new level of creepy to the story. It will be interesting to see where that storyline goes. Ms. Warren knows how to keep you on your toes, that is for sure.

 

**Book was provided to me by the author. This review is my opinion and was not requested or provoked in anyway by the author.

 

Book One, ROUGH, is a FREE ebook at most major retailers at time of posting.

 

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Reading progress update: I've listened 428 out of 1204 minutes.

Dead Ice (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter) - Laurell K. Hamilton

DNF

 

I'm done with this series. I get that poly relationships are more complicated than those of us that are in monogamous relationships. I don't want to read a book about nothing but trying to sort through those fine lines between each of the different pairings, etc. It started off so good with some great police work, but then nothing but relationship issues for more than an hour. NOPE. I'm done.

Review: Fierce (Chicago Underground #3) by Skye Warren

Fierce (Chicago Underground Book 3) - Skye Warren

This is the final part to Allie's story.

 

The best part about the wrapping up of this series is seeing how Allie has grown as a character. When we first meet her in Rough, she is barely coping to survive in the world with her daughter. In Hard, we watched her grow some, but still very vulnerable to Colin and his deceptions and manipulations. By the end of this Fierce, she has truly become a woman of her own. She has learned to be her own person.


While this is the end of Allie's love story, it is not the last we will see of her.  The next three books in the series will focus on on Allie's best friend Shelly.

 

**Book was provided to me by the author. This review is my opinion and was not requested or provoked in anyway by the author.

 

Book One, ROUGH, is a FREE ebook at most major retailers at time of posting.

 

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