woensdag 1 oktober 2014

New books to look forward to for October 2014

This is the list of new releases for the month of October 2014 I am looking forward to:

Bertrice Small – Serena – Silk Merchant’s Daughters 4
Jennifer Ashley – Rules for a Proper Governess – Mackenzies 7
Lara Adrian – Tempted by midnight
Theresa Romain – Season for Desire – Season 4
Elizabeth Lowell – Night Diver
Bella Andre – Kissing under the Mistletoe – Sullivans 10
Clive Cussler – Havana Storm – Dirk Pitt 23
Darynda Jones – Seventh Grave and No Body – Charley Davidson 7 HC
Erin McCarthy – Final Lap – Fast Track 8
Faith Hunter – Broken Soul – Jane Yellowrock 8
Gal Carriger – Waistcoats and Weaponry – Finishing School 3
Heather Blake – One potion in the grave – Magic Potion Mystery 02
Ilona Andrews – Burn for me – Hidden Legacy 01
J.R. Ward – Immortal – Fallen Angels 5 HC
Jude Deveraux – Change of Heart – Edilean
Laura Childs – Gossamer Ghost – Scrapbooking Mysteries 12 HC
Laura Childs – Gilt Trip – Scrapbooking Mysteries 11 PB
Nalini Singh – Archangel’s Shadows – Guild Hunter 7 PB
Nora Roberts – Blood Magick – Cousins O’Dwyer 3
Stephanie Laurens – By Winter’s Light – Cynster HC
Theresa Romain – Season for Desire – Season 4

I have read only 7 books this month. It is not much, but I think my addiction to Hay Day is getting less intense. I have even written some reviews this past weekend. I am reading some blog posts, and am even browsing my Facebook timeline a bit each evening.

Did I match my reading solutions for last month? Of course not. I promise myself to do better this month. And I will have to order some new books from this month, and the next ones! I am so behind! I need to update my lists ...

I have read 1 cozy mystery:
- Allison Kingsley – Mind over Murder

1 book longer than 1 year on my shelf:
- Jim Butcher – Storm Front

1 book I have won / been gifted / given for review:
- Patricia Briggs – Shifting Shadows

and for my Kindle freebie/Nora Roberts challenge:
nothing.



© 2014 Reviews by Aurian

dinsdag 30 september 2014

Jim Butcher – Storm Front

The first book in the Dresden Files series, published April 1, 2000
Genre: urban fantasy
Cover: strong

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Lost items found. Paranormal investigations. Consulting. Advice. Reasonable rates. No love potions, endless purses or other entertainment.

Harry Dresden is the best at what he does. Well, technically, he’s the only at what he does. So when the Chicago P.D. has a case that transcends mortal creativity or capability, they come to him for answers. For the “everyday” world is actually full of strange and magical things - and most of them don’t play well with humans. That’s where Harry comes in. Takes a wizard to catch a – well, whatever.
There’s just one problem. Business, to put it mildly, stinks. So when the police bring him in to consult on a grisly double murder committed with black magic, Harry’s seeing dollar signs. But where there’s black magic, there’s a black mage behind it. And now that mage knows Harry’s name. And that is when things start to get ... interesting.
Magic. It can get a guy killed.


I know this is a series almost everyone has read already, so yes, I am very late to the party. And I have had this book gathering dust on my shelves for a few years. But now that I have read it, I am glad that I did, and I will certainly read more books in this series, a bit faster.

I enjoyed Storm Front, featuring wizard Jim Butcher, who is under a death sentence from the Council if he uses black magic. And now someone is killing people using the blackest of magics, and they all start to think that he is the one behind it. So in order to clear his name, and save his own neck, Harry will have to find the real murderer fast, before he ends up as one of the victims himself!
The police want him to find the bad guy, the local mob boss wants him to stay out of it, and his guard is convinced that Harry is behind it and is looking for proof. And a lovely woman wants him to look for her missing husband, and is afraid that he is too much interested in black magic after he was sacked from his job.


I really enjoyed this world Jim Butcher has created. It is always a bit strange for me to read from a male perspective, but it was well done. Harry Dresden is a nice man, and has no knack at all when it comes to dealing with women. This is of course endearing him to a female reader, in the way that a womanizer would not. He ends up in a few really embarrassing situations.
I loved the humor in this book. When Harry started making potions with the help of Bob, his talking skull, which was just plain fun. The ingredients he used are totally outrageous and normal day stuff. And Bob, well, he sure was an unsuspected character. Another nice touch is the big cat named Mister that adopted Harry.

The book is fast paced, lots of action, and of course lots of bad things happen to Harry. But he perseveres, and figures out who is behind it all, and how to defeat him. I do love that in my main characters that they just don’t give up, no matter what happens. Those fight scenes were exciting to read, and yes, there is more gore than in a book written by a female author, but not too much for me. Still, I am very glad that I live in a country where the only scorpions live in the zoo.

I am a bit sad for Harry that his relationship with the police detective in charge has suffered from his need to keep things secret from her, and who knows, there might be a romantic interest between him and one of the women in this book in the future. But really, for me, that is not necessary at all.

8 stars.



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© 2014 Reviews by Aurian

maandag 29 september 2014

Interview with Patricia Briggs

Today we have one of our favourite authors as guest on my blog, Patricia Briggs, answering some of our most pressing questions. We tried to be a bit original, to make it fun for Patty.

Patricia Briggs is mostly known for her amazing Mercy Thompson series, and the Alpha and Omega series. They both take place in the same world, and feature werewolves, Fae, vampires and a coyote shifter (walker), and Patricia uses Native American mythology. But before Patricia started writing these urban fantasy / paranormal romance series, she was well known for some lovely fantasy series. I still have to read most of those books, but I absolutely loved her stand alone novel The Hob’s bargain.

After Maia and I visited the Love Letter Convention in Berlin, we drove to L√ľneburg to meet with Patricia Briggs, who was giving lectures at the University there. The Tuesday night one was open for the public, so we quickly made the decision to extend our vacation in Germany with two more days.

Patricia lectured about the use of mythology in urban fantasy, taking werewolves as an example. I really enjoyed the lecture, and afterward there was room for questions. We had made a long list of questions that afternoon, with the help of our good friend and fellow fan Sullivan McPig. But we did not have the chance to ask all of those questions, and we asked Patricia’s assistant Ann if there would be time for an interview for the blog in the near future, and she assured us there would be time for that. So, here are some of the questions we already asked, but as you will also enjoy the answers, we asked them again, and some new ones.

So here goes.

Aurian: Hi Patricia, thank you for making time for us again. We hope you enjoyed your time in Germany, and had a good trip back home. Did you like the stroopwafels we brought you?

Patricia: They were lovely—both the stroopwafels and Germany.

Maia: How many Alpha and Omega books are you planning to write?

Patricia: Hahaha, you are funny. A plan? Okay, really there is sort of a plan for the next few books, but I honestly don’t know how many books I’m going to write. That depends upon readers—and upon how long I stay interested. Right now all I can tell you is that there will be at least two more after the one I’m working on right now.

Aurian: Asil is a very intriguing character, and he has made appearances in both series now. Will he have his own story someday?

Patricia: I love writing Asil. I don’t know that he’ll have his own book, but I’ve written short stories with him as the main character and had enough fun with him that I’m virtually certain that he will have more short stories.

Maia: Can you describe a typical writing day?

Patricia: I get up and feed horses and then go out to my writing trailer – an elderly construction office trailer -- to start writing. I turn on music to block the sounds outside and then get started. Right now, as I’m finishing up a story, most of my work is really putting words on the page (rather than editing or research). I can do that for about four hours at a time before I have to take a break for an hour or two. Late in the book, like now, I might work in total for twelve to sixteen hours a day writing. About dinner time, I have to stop and feed the horses again. Then depending upon how far I’ve gotten, I’ll either hang out with my husband for a while—or go back to writing.

Aurian: I absolutely loved The Hob’s Bargain. Any chance of a sequel to that one, or just a book set in that world? In my opinion, to invent a whole world for just one book, seems a waste.

Patricia: Yes. I do intend to write a second book to the The Hob’s Bargain. And also I intend a third book to the Dragon series (Dragon Bones, Dragon Blood). For right now I’m fully occupied with Mercy Thompson and her friends so a new traditional fantasy will not be coming in the next year or two.

Maia: I am very intrigued with the Fae walking stick that keeps returning to Mercy, and you once wrote there are four famous Fae walking sticks. Will one of the other Fae walking sticks appear in the series?


Patricia: I have no plans for that—though in Night Broken Mercy’s walking stick seems to be absorbing some of abilities of some of the others. I won’t rule it out, though.

Aurian: Does Mercy have some Fae blood in her, and is that the reason the walking stick keeps returning to her?


Patricia: No. It’s just contrary. Mercy performed a service for a fae. She appreciates it—and her live is so interesting.

Maia: I have never read anything with a Volcano God before, how did you come up with that idea?

Patricia: I was looking up shapeshifting dogs—I had actually intended to use one of the Black Dogs that are part of fairy lore. Somewhere in my Internet research, I came upon the Canary Islands. I think I now own every book written on the Canary Islands – including the self published ones. Guayota seemed like a character I could base a whole story around—with the added bonus that he’s not been overdone.

Aurian: If Jessie wanted to have a pet, what kind of animal would the pack be able to live with and not eat? (besides Medea of course).


Patricia: Dogs do fine with werewolves as do most domesticated animals. Not cats (besides Medea), but horses, cows, sheep. Donkeys are not too fond of them—but donkeys are pretty smart animals. The pack would never eat a pet that belonged to Jesse—no matter how temping it was.

Maia: You use a lot of Native American mythology in your last books (Coyote, Thunderbird). Will there be more creatures like those? We both love the originality of it all.

Patricia: Mythology is maybe not the right word—“traditional beliefs” works better because there are a lot of people in my neck of the woods who believe in Coyote and the rest. Sure. I will use whatever feels right for a particular story. And with both Mercy and Charles being of Native American heritage, these beliefs are part of who they are.

Aurian: Is Mercy's halfbrother going to appear in more books, and will there perhaps be even more halfsiblings for Mercy to meet?

Patricia: Gary? I love Gary. I could not possibly resist putting him in another book. I don’t know if he’ll show up in the next Mercy book, but certainly in future books.

Maia: Are there plans for a new series

Patricia: Yes. A while ago, I wrote a short story for a blind witch who lives in Seattle called “Seeing Eye” set in the same universe as Mercy Thompson and Alpha and Omega series. I liked the characters enough that I used them again as secondary characters in Hunting Ground. I talked it over with my editor, and I’m going to write at least one novel in the next couple of years with Moira and her boyfriend the werewolf Tom. I’m not sure it will become a series, that depends upon reader’s response and if I have time to keep three series going.

Aurian: What are some authors you love to read

Patricia: In urban fantasy: Jim Butcher, Kelly Armstrong, Ilona Andrews, Anne Bishop. For straight fantasy: Robin McKinley, Lois McMaster Bujold, Brandon Sanderson.

Sullivan McPig: My favourite paranormal creatures are zombies. Will you ever write about zombies in Mercy’s world? Or perhaps a were-pig?

Patricia: I have a zombie in “In Red With Pearls”, which is a short story in the Mercy universe. I don’t think I’ll ever use them as the primary character. I have this thing about happy endings—and zombies are already ended before the story begins. I did love Warm Bodies, though, and the movie Shawn of the Dead so I won’t rule it all the way out.

Aurian: Thank you for those great answers Patricia, Maia and I sure hope to meet you again some time. Perhaps at the next Love Letter Convention, or if you are visiting Europe again for some research. Perhaps we can show you our Dutch “Witte Wieven”.

Patty – Thank you so much! It was lovely to meet you (two of you anyway) in Germany. Witte Wieven are very interesting ladies. I knew about the “Dames Blanches” and we have “white ladies” in the US - but I didn’t realize that they were Dutch, too. Hmm. Interesting. . .

Where to find Patricia?
website: hurog or patricia briggs
twitter: Mercys Garage
facebook: Official Patricia Briggs

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Patricia Briggs, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Mercy Thompson series, lives in Washington State with her husband, children, and a small herd of horses. She has written 17 novels to date. Briggs began her career writing traditional fantasy novels, the first of which was published by Ace Books in 1993, and shifted gears in 2006 to write urban fantasy. In Fall 2010, Patricia made another foray into traditional fantasy, when Ace published a revised version of her very first book, Masques (2010), and its never-before-published sequel, Wolfsbane (2010), both of which debuted on the New York Times bestsellers list for Mass Market Fiction.

In 2006, Ace Books published Moon Called, the first book in her #1 New York Times bestselling—and signature series—about Mercy Thompson. The non-stop adventure left readers wanting more and word of this exciting new urban fantasy series about a shape-shifting mechanic spread quickly. Blood Bound (2007), the second book in the series, debuted at #12 on the New York Times bestsellers list. After the incredible success of Iron Kissed (2008), which landed at #1 on the New York Times list, the Mercy Thompson saga continued to win the hearts of readers and grew in popularity with the release of each book. Bone Crossed (2009), the fourth book in the series and first to be published in hardcover, debuted at #3 on the New York Times Hardcover bestsellers list, where it stayed for four weeks. The most recent hardcover, Silver Borne (2010), debuted at #1 on the New York Times Hardcover bestsellers list and stayed on the printed list for a total of three weeks!

Briggs also writes the Alpha and Omega series, which are set in the same world as the Mercy Thompson novels. What began as the novella “Alpha and Omega” in an anthology called On the Prowl (2007), was then expanded into a full new series. The subsequent books were Cry Wolf (2008) and Hunting Ground (2009), both New York Times bestsellers. The third book of the Alpha and Omega series is Fair Game (2012) and debuted at #4 on the New York Times bestsellers list. For more information about Patricia Briggs and her marvelous novels, feel free to visit the author on the web: here.

zondag 28 september 2014

Patricia Briggs – Shifting Shadows – Dual review

Stories from the World of Mercy Thompson, published September 2, 2014.
Genre: urban fantasy / paranormal romance
Cover: nice. Of course my ARC has no cover, but it does have a signature which is even better.

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Mercy Thompson's world just got a whole lot bigger…
A collection of all-new and previously published short stories featuring Mercy Thompson, “one of the best heroines in the urban fantasy genre today" (Fiction Vixen Book Reviews), and the characters she calls friends…

Includes the new stories…
“Silver"
“Roses in Winter"
“Redemption"
“Hollow"

…and reader favorites
“Fairy Gifts"
“Gray"
“Alpha and Omega"
“Seeing Eye"
“The Star of David"
“In Red, with Pearls"

Shapeshifter Mercy Thompson has friends in high places – and in low, dark, scary ones. And in this must have collection of stories, you’ll meet new faces and catch up with old acquaintances – in all their forms.
In a time of fresh starts, Mercy is asked to use an old talent – ghost hunting – in the all-new story Hollow. You’ll learn what happens when an ancient werewolf on his last legs befriends a vulnerable adolescent (“Roses in Winter”) and how Mercy’s friend Samuel Cornick became a werewolf (“Silver”). The werewolf Ben finds “Redemption”, and Moira, a blind witch, assists on a search in “Seeing Eye”.
From Butte, Montana, the copper-mining town that vampire Thomas Hao calls home (Fairy Gifts), to Chicago, where the vampire Elyna buys and renovates the apartment she lived in while human (Gray), you’ll travel the roads that originated with Mercy Thompson in the fertile imagination of Patricia Briggs. Roads that will lead you to places you’ve never been before...


This is an anthology totally worth your money if you love Patricia Briggs’ Mercy Thompson world. Patricia does a lovely little foreword before each story, telling how it came to life, and why. I enjoyed that a lot, and I think this collection really enriches the Mercy world.

The book starts with Silver, the story how Samuel met Ariana. And how he and his father Bran were turned into werewolves and forced to work for an evil witch for centuries.
Aurian: I really enjoyed this peek into their past. It broke my heart when I found out who the other werewolves were. But I loved the time Samuel spent with Ariana and Haida. What did you like the most in this story, Maia?
Maia: In other books there were hints about this story, so it was good to find out what happened, even though it was heartbreaking at times. It gives background to Bran’s motivations and choices.

The second story is Gray. In which the vampires Elyna goes back to her human roots in Chicago.
Aurian: I have to admit, I can’t remember if she ever popped up in another book of the series, but I liked getting this peek into vampire life and how she meted out justice. Do you remember her from another book, Maia?
Maia: No I don’t. I know it was previously published in another anthology, but I didn’t read it then. It feels like a stand alone story. I liked it, especially the interaction with the construction guys/cops.
Aurian: I really liked the ghost angle, and how he decided on the decoration of the apartment he and Elyna live in.

The next one is “Alpha and Omega” and we both have read it multiple times already. It is the starting point of the spin-off series we both really like.

The fourth story is “Star of David”, featuring David Christiansen and his family in a really nice Christmas story. He first appeared in “Moon Called” and was not such a bad guy after all.
Maia: It’s a story about making choices, about family and about forgiveness. A real Christmassy story. It gave more depth to this character, who started off as the bad guy, but redeemed himself beautifully.
Aurian: I liked how David never forgot his daughter. He respected her wishes not to have contact, but he came to her aid, when she asked for it, immediately. And how Stella after finding more about her father and what being a werewolf implies, finally accepted him.

The next one is “Roses in Winter” starring the ancient werewolf Asil and teenager Kara.
Maia: Always when Asil appears in the series, he intrigues me. I loved to see more about him and his interaction with Kara. He is an old wolf, but in spite of his willingness to die, helps Kara to live against all odds. What did you think, Aurian?
Aurian: I enjoyed learning more about Asil and his past. I only wish ancient werewolves would look at least middle aged, instead of early twenties. But perhaps that’s my age. I liked his patience with Kara, and how he taught her how to control her wolf. This story sure had its sweet moments.

Story number six is “In red, with pearls”.
Aurian: This is a story about Warren and Kyle and it sure was full of surprises! Sullivan, you will especially love this one, as it has a zombie in it. I liked how Warren as a private investigator, found out the real culprit, who wanted to kill his boyfriend. I also enjoyed the part with the witches, as I like to read about witches.
Maia: Warren is one of my favourite secondary characters, and his relationship with Kyle is great to read about. Gay werewolves are rare but Warren is tough and can fight against all prejudices. The more I read about them, the better! I didn’t expect the person who really was behind it all, Patty got me there.

The next story is “Redemption” which is Ben’s background story.
Maia: This one was my favourite new story. I’m a bit of a geek myself, so I loved reading about his work and the way he started to protect his colleagues. Even though he was never taught that in his last pack, he learned and developed himself.
Aurian: I’ve always been intrigued by Ben and his rude behaviour towards women. I enjoyed learning his background story and how he found out that there was a lot of werewolf behaviour he didn’t know about and how he surprised himself. I never expected him to be a geek, though; he is a bit too alpha for that.

The last short story is Mercy story: “Hollow”. It takes place after “Night broken”.
Aurian: Finally a Mercy story! Mercy’s garage is in ruins and she has to decide to rebuild it or taking it all down. Which is a hard thing to think about. While she’s doing that, a woman asks her help in exorcising a ghost. She doesn’t really want to, but Hank Redtail tells her to try. And as this is a Mercy story, there is more than “just” a ghost behind it all. I enjoyed those twists.
Maia: Actually, this was one of my least favourite stories. It was too short and I would prefer it to be a part of a longer story, interwoven in a full length book. I wanted to know what happened to Rick and Lisa next. I hope they get some “screentime” in the next novels.

Lastly there are two outtakes from “Silver Born” and “Night Broken”. These scenes really add something to the books, and we both liked them very much.

I absolutely loved this book, it contained some really nice stories I will certainly re-read.
I am not usually a fan of anthologies, or the really short stories, but having read and loved all the books in the Mercy Thompson and Alpha and Omega series, I enjoyed this very much indeed.

9 stars.



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donderdag 25 september 2014

Recommendations from Karin for September 2014.

In order to bring some more variety to my blog, I have asked some of my bookish friends to tell about the books they have in the past month, and to give us a recommendation. Today’s post is made by Karin from Austria.

Karin :

I have read 7 new books in the past month, and the 3 books I enjoyed the most are:

Night’s Honor by Thea Harrison

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Touch of Frost by S.E. Smith

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Wray by M.K. Eidem

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There is not really much I can say to Thea Harrison’s novel of the Elder Races. I loved the book that came before (“Kinked”) and I liked this one almost as much. I liked the heroine and the way she came into her own. I liked the hero, Xavier, even more. I think – no, I know – I have a soft spot for the dangerous, silent guys. If they look good on top of that – well, no harm done.
He had this kind of family that surrounded him, a faithful family with one exception, and Tess found her place. She really needed that feeling of safety after the kind of childhood she had. The romance is written in a way that is believable, the look into the future at the end of the book promises a very long and happy life and the fight before that had me gripping my Kindle in a way that endangered it. All in all – what more can a reader want?

One more time – it must be a teacher thing that constantly repeating myself!! - I would like to draw your attention to the ongoing series that some authors have on their website.

There is of course Ilona Andrews’s “Sweep in Peace”. This series is published fairly regularly every week and I find I’m as fascinated by this part as I was with “Clean Sweep”. Of course I would hope that they write faster and publish it (if at all possible please: yesterday) but there is nothing to be done but read, re-read and hope for the next weekend to get the next installment.

And then there is Grace Draven’s “Radiance”. Now this series is seriously trying to become a full novel – and an excellent one at that. By now I have been re-reading the series three times and I’m more fascinated each time. In my opinion this is going to be an excellent book once it’s finished (I have no high hopes for this date to roll around any time soon, she is slow to publish the next instalment) but it’s definitely worth the wait.

So, what about you? Do you wait patiently until the books are finished or are you like me: biting my nails, hoping for a new chapter each time I check out the website?

Whatever type you might be – happy reading!!


Aurian: Thanks for the recommendation Karin! I actually did read Night’s Honor, I just have to write a review about it ... I enjoyed it a lot, I just wished for some more details on the bad Djinn.
Serials, I just can’t read them. I think it is torture, and I will wait until the book is finished and published as a whole story. I did love Clean Sweep and was lucky enough to win an ARC from the author.




© 2014 Reviews by Aurian



dinsdag 16 september 2014

Recommendations from Peggy for September 2014.

In order to bring some more variety to my blog, I have asked some of my bookish friends to tell about the books they have in the past month, and to give us a recommendation. Today’s post is made by Peggy from Belgium.

Peggy:

I have read 9 novels in the past month, and the 3 books I enjoyed the most are:

1. Stinger – Mia Sheridan

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2. In flight – R.K. Lilley

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3. Lawful escort – Tina Folsom

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(this book has a new prettier cover now but I found this one!)


The one I can recommend to all Aurian’s readers is:

Mia Sheridan - Stinger

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Grace Hamilton was the girl with a plan. She knew exactly where her life was going and prided herself on always achieving her goals. It was who she was, and how she lived her life. She never stepped outside the lines, and never considered what she might desire and whom she was actually trying so hard to please. Until him...
Carson Stinger was a man who didn't play by any rules except his own. Working in the adult entertainment industry, he didn't care what others thought, and took each day as it came, no direction, no plan. He knew what women wanted from him and believed it was all he had to offer. Until her...
When circumstances forced them to spend several hours together, they walked away changed. But for two people who never should have meshed, overcoming the reality of their vastly different lives wasn't possible. At least not yet...
Author's Note: THIS IS A STAND-ALONE NOVEL. The first two books in the series need not be read to enjoy this book. New Adult Contemporary Romance: Due to strong language and sexual content, this book is not intended for readers under the age of 18.


After reading the review from Aurian about ‘Lawful escort’ I wanted to read this book (series), so I did and I really liked the book and the second book also. I can’t wait to read the third book of this series. While surfing the internet I discovered a new writer, R.K. Lilley and her ‘Up in the air trilogy’. If you loved the ’Fifty shades series’ and you love kinky men then this series is something for you.

Mia Sheridan is also a new writer that I discovered through the internet. ‘Archer’s voice’ is the first book that I read from her and I really liked it. So I wanted to read more books from her. The next book that I tried was ‘Stinger’, I must confess that I wasn’t sure what to expect after reading the blurb but I wanted to give it a try and I’m so happy that I did.

The story is about Grace Hamilton, a girl who knows what she wants to do with her life. She has it all figured out. Even her love life is planned.
Everything is going according to plan until the moment she meets Carson Stinger. He wasn’t something that she planned.

Carson Stinger is a man who has no plan or rules. He lives his life like he wants to. The only thing he knows for sure is that women like him, they like him very much! So he gives them what they want.

Grace has come to Las Vegas to attend a conference, The International Law Students Association Conference. So when she meets Carson she first thinks that he’s also there for that same conference but then she discovered that he isn’t a student and that he’s there for the other conference, namely The Adult Entertainment Expo. An adult entertainer is not someone who she wants to know. So she quickly walks away from him. But when you both stay at the same hotel, it’s only naturally that you run into each other. And so they meet again and the third time they meet, they’re stuck together in the elevator for some time. And this is where they learn more about each other. Where they each get a glimpse to see behind the mask of the other person.
After this accident Grace decided to forget about her rules for a weekend and go with the flow. Both feel that this is a special weekend but they agree that it will only be a weekend of sex and nothing more. After that weekend they will go back to their own life. A simple plan but life is never simple. They both have a fantastic weekend and enjoy each other company. When the end of the weekend is there, it isn’t as easy as they thought it would be to say goodbye but they do it.

But that weekend has changed something in both of them and they both react to it differently.
Especially, Carson reacts heavily to this weekend and makes a big decision to his future, a decision that changes his whole life. Years pass and they both go on with their lives but that doesn’t mean that they don’t think about each other and the weekend they spent in Las Vegas. After years being apart they meet again in Las Vegas. They both live and work there. Through circumstance they meet again. The feelings are still there but there are some new obstacles in their way. Can they make it together this time?

But if you can’t stop loving someone for so many years, how can you stop now?

When I started this book I thought I already knew how the story would go but that wasn’t the case with this book! It started that way but it took a whole different turn and I loved it. I especially loved Carson. He is so sweet. I don’t want to tell much about the changes they make after their weekend because I don’t want to spoil the story for anyone but it took me by surprise. And for me that was part of why I love this book. I love it when a story takes me some place where I didn’t expect it. I can’t wait to read more books of this writer.


Aurian: Thanks for the recommendation Peggy! I am glad you enjoyed the Tina Folsom book. The other two authors are completely new to me, so thank you for discovering them. Not sure if I will ever read them though, as you kept sending me to the adult section of Fantasticfiction for the cover pictures.




© 2014 Reviews by Aurian

woensdag 10 september 2014

New additions to my addiction

Stapel boeken

My 15th new additions post for 2014. A short list this time.

From Bookdepository:

Allison Kingsley – Trouble Vision
Allison Kingsley – Mind over murder
Allison Kingsley – A sinister sense
Allison Kingsley – Extra Sensory Deception
(I think Diana made me buy this series with her review)
Annie West – Damaso claims his heir
Jayne Castle – The Hot Zone

Books bought at the bookfair:
Barabara Taylor Bradford – Playing the Game
Lilian Jackson Braun – The Private life of the cat who..

A gift from the author:
ARC Patricia Briggs – Shifting Shadows
Annie West – Door verlangen gevangen (Imprisoned by a vow)



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