Quick Review: Fanning the Flames by Victoria Dahl

This book was a good find for me. I happen to love shorter novels and novellas, and Fanning the Flames is a first in series novella. From what I can tell, it’s also part of a bigger series, so really it’s a prequel for a series within a series.

Woo hoo! Love that purple and blue. Those abs help too. ;)

Series: Girls’ Night Out book 0 (0 meaning prequel); Jackson book 4

I’d just finished reading A Little Bit Wild by Victoria Dahl and came across this one in her book list and decided first up I was going to check out all the shorter stuff. (Her book list is not up to date unfortunately! I really wish authors would take more care to keep this stuff current.)

I liked so much about this story, but since it is short, I don’t want to say too much because it might spoil the fun. However, I can say that I really liked Lauren. I’m usually a bigger fan of the men in romance novels than the women, but for once, I really liked the main female character—and liked her more than the guy.

Not that Jake wasn’t a good hero, it’s just that I liked Lauren a lot. Honestly, I think she’s the closest mirror of myself I’ve ever read in a character. It was freakish at times. Which probably explains why I liked her so much.

All that said, this was a fun read, the sexy times were entertaining, and the ending was satisfying. Pick it up and give it a chance if you like contemporary romance stories.

Here’s the description.

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Fanning the Flames by Victoria Dahl

Burning for you

Some men are off-limits. Close friends of your ex-husband, for instance. Or firefighters who work in the same building as you. Yet despite her best judgment, librarian Lauren Foster can’t help noticing fire captain Jake Davis whenever he jogs by…shirtless. They’ve always been friends, but all it takes is one not-so-chance meeting at a local bar and one not-quite-innocent walk home to ignite a fierce, uncontrollable desire between them.

Widower Jake Davis has tried to ignore the spark he feels whenever Lauren’s around, but once he sees her curves in a little black dress, there’s no turning back. No matter how often she says she’s all wrong for him, the sexy, outspoken divorcée is driving him wild in the best possible way. Maybe she’s just blowing off steam. Or maybe he can convince her to fan these flames into something deeper, hotter and truer than they ever expected….

If you do pick up this book, come back and tell me what you think!

Quick Review: The Martian

The Martian by Andy Weir is one of those books that you embarrass yourself talking about with everyone you meet because it’s just so good you can’t not talk about it.

The Martian - Andy WeirThat’s what happened to me, anyway. Maybe you have more self-control. I wasn’t even finished with the book before I called my mother, who is also an avid reader, and started gushing about this one.

The thing about The Martian is that it surprises you. It’s an unassuming book, with a fun but predictable “man versus wild” / “man against nature” theme that we’ve all read plenty of times before, and yet … it’s not.

I knew within the first five pages that this was a special book for me and it turned out I was right. I devoured this book in one morning because once I started reading it, I couldn’t quit.

The Martian is a simple story. Mark Watney is an astronaut who gets trapped on Mars, left behind, left for dead, and since he isn’t the kind of man to just give up, he has to figure out how to survive, alone, until the next Mars mission brings a rescue—assuming there’s going to be a next mission.

That’s where the story opens and the book is the story of how Mark deals with his deadly and outrageous predicament. Where it goes is somewhere wonderful, making The Martian one of my favorite books of all time.

I highly recommend you get your own copy of The Martian if you haven’t read it yet.

 

Revisiting Old Favorites: Amanda Quick’s Mischief, Affair, and Deception

I have a weakness for Amanda Quick’s historical romance novels, especially those from before her paranormal phase. Ravished, MistressMischiefDeception, Affair  these are five of my favorites and I had a chance to read MischiefAffair, and Deception for the umpteenth this past week or so and I had a great time doing it.

Mischief - Amanda Quick Affair - Amanda Quick Deception - Amanda Quick

I have a difficult time sometimes putting into words why I liked (or didn’t like) a book I’ve read, but I’ll see what I can come up with for these three books.

Mischief

Mischief is a fun book, and I liked the fake romance (that of course turns into a real romance right away). And then there’s the treasure map and the fact that it couldn’t be clearer these two belong together. I won’t spoil the fun, but it’s obvious in the first ten pages why. I don’t know what it is in particular that makes this book stand out from some of the others, but it does, and it remains one of my favorites. Get your own copy of this book.

Affair

I’ve always thought Affair had an especially strong opening. It plops me right into a compelling story that I can’t resist. Note to self: don’t read the first chapter of any of these books if I don’t have any time I can devote to reading, because if I do, I’ll end up reading the entire book. That’s what happened with my reread of Affair. I read an excerpt of chapter one at the end of Mischief and ended up having to read this entire book again. It is definitely a great book and was well worth reading just one more time. Get your own copy of this book.

Deception

Deception is my all-time favorite Amanda Quick book after Ravished. The pirate angle is charming and I adore Jared Chillhurst … and his pocket watch. In fact, this entire book works so well that I have a hard time not wishing Ms. Quick would discover some distant relative of Jared’s and write a story about him. I simply adore this book and I can’t even tell you how many times I’ve read it because I lost count years ago. If I had to recommend only two Amanda Quick books to someone, this one would be one of those books. Get your own copy of this book.

Quick Review: A Talent for War

A Talent For War by Jack McDevitt was an intriguing read that I enjoyed quite a bit, not so much for the science fiction, but for the mystery.

Jack McDevitt - A Talent for War

If I had to label this book, I’d call it science fiction mystery. There are plenty of intriguing sci-fi elements present in the book, but the fact is, the mystery is what propels the story onward.

A Talent for War is book 1 of the Alex Benedict series.

This was a good story, one that kept me intrigued up until the end. I’m definitely interested in reading the follow up books in the series.

From Amazon:

The acclaimed classic novel and fan favorite—the far-future story of one man’s quest to discover the truth behind a galactic war hero.

Red Riding Hood by Sarah Blakely-Cartwright

Red Riding Hood - Sarah Blakely-Cartwright - Movie Tie-In

If you love Red Riding Hood tales and stories, like me, I suggest you get your hands on Red Riding Hood by Sarah Blakely-Cartwright. It is absolutely amazing. This book is one of my favorite books of all time. It puts a spin on the classic tale. I love this book so much.

There are a lot of bad reviews on this book talking about the missing ending, but there is an ending! All you have to do is go to a website to read it. The link is in the book. The book is worth it.

The description below is from Amazon.com. Enjoy!

Valerie’s sister was beautiful, kind, and sweet. Now she is dead. Henri, the handsome son of the blacksmith, tries to console Valerie, but her wild heart beats fast for another: the outcast woodcutter, Peter, who offers Valerie another life far from home.

After her sister’s violent death, Valerie’s world begins to spiral out of control. For generations, the werewolf has been kept at bay with a monthly sacrifice. But no one is safe. When an expert wolf hunter arrives, the villagers learn that the creature lives among them – it could be anyone in town.

It soon becomes clear that Valerie is the only one who can hear the voice of creature. The Wolf says she must surrender herself before the Blood Moon wanes . . . or everyone she loves will die.

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After Daybreak by J.A. London

After Daybreak - J. A. London - Darkness Before DawnThis book perfectly ended the Darkness Before Dawn trilogy by J.A. London. I never wanted this trilogy to end, but with this book ending it I was very happy with the way it did.

The description for the book from Amazon.com is below. Enjoy!

After Daybreak brings J. A. London’s romantic dystopian Darkness Before Dawn series to a thrilling conclusion.

Dawn grew up behind a wall, terrified of the vampires outside who controlled the lives of humans and demanded their blood. But when she became a delegate for her city and met Victor, she realized that not all vampires were the same, that maybe one could be trusted.

Now Day Walker Sin is infecting his followers with a disease that turns them into mindless killers. Dawn and Victor will have to convince humans and vampires to band together to stop him, because alone they will all die.

After Daybreak is perfect for fans of the YA series Morganville Vampires and the Vampire Diaries.

You can find this book at Amazon in paperback or as a Kindle book: After Daybreak: A Darkness Before Dawn Novel

Blood-Kissed Sky by J.A. London

Blood-Kissed Sky - J. A. LondonThis book, the sequel to Darkness Before Dawn, is amazing. It definitely exceeded my expectations. J.A. London went above and beyond with this book. In my opinion, the second book is usually not even close to being as good as the first, but this book is just as good as the first, if not better. This is a must-read for YA romance lovers. This book has just the perfect amount of romance and action so there is never a boring spot.

I put the Amazon.com description below!

There’s nowhere left to hide.

I thought vampires were our enemies—they controlled our lives, isolated our cities, and demanded our blood—until I met Victor. With Victor taking over as the new Lord Valentine, things were supposed to get better. Instead, they’re worse than ever.

Day Walkers, a new breed of vampires who can walk in the sun, are terrorizing the city. Blood supplies are low, and if Victor’s vampires don’t get enough, they will become infected with the Thirst—a disease that will turn them into mindless killers.

To stop it, I must journey across the desolate wasteland to the very place where the sickness began. I can only hope that the answers that await me are enough to save us all . . . before it’s too late.

Get this book at Amazon: Blood-Kissed Sky

This book is part of a series. Previous book in the series: Darkness Before Dawn

Darkness Before Dawn by J.A. London

Darkness Before Dawn - J.A. LondonNow, I usually don’t go for vampire books, but when I bought this book I had no clue what it was about, I just loved the cover. But when I found out it was about a vampire named Victor, I thought I would just try it and if I didn’t like it I would return it. After about the first chapter I was hooked. I took this book everywhere I went and read it whenever I could. This isn’t your normal vampire love book, trust me. I highly recommend this book to everyone—even to those of you who don’t particularly like books about vampires.
Amazon.com description is below, enjoy!

Only sunlight can save us.

We built the wall to keep them out, to keep us safe. But it also makes us prisoners, trapped in what’s left of our ravaged city, fearing nightfall.

After the death of my parents, it’s up to me—as the newest delegate for humanity—to bargain with our vampire overlord. I thought I was ready. I thought I knew everything there was to know about the monsters. Then again, nothing could have prepared me for Lord Valentine . . . or his son. Maybe not all vampires are killers. Maybe it’s safe to let one in.

Only one thing is certain: Even the wall is not enough. A war is coming and we cannot hide forever.

Get this book at Amazon: Darkness Before Dawn

Fated by Alyson Noël, Book 1 of the Soul Seekers

Fated, the Soul Seekers - Alyson NoëlBook 1 of the Soul Seekers Series

This book is addicting. I couldn’t put it down, and I stayed up all night to finish it. I couldn’t wait to get the second book. Overall this story of supernatural love was better than what I was expecting, and such an amazing read.

I put the description from Amazon.com below!

Strange things are happening to Daire Santos. Crows mock her, glowing people stalk her, time stops without warning, and a beautiful boy with unearthly blue eyes haunts all her dreams. Fearing for her daughter’s sanity, Daire’s mother sends her to live with the grandmother she’s never met. A woman who recognizes the visions for what they truly are—the call to her destiny as a Soul Seeker—one who can navigate the worlds between the living and dead.

There on the dusty plains of Enchantment, New Mexico, Daire sets out to harness her mystical powers. But it’s when she meets Dace, the boy from her dreams, that her whole world is shaken to its core. Now Daire is forced to discover if Dace is the one guy she’s meant to be with…or if he’s allied with the enemy she’s destined to destroy.

Get this book at Amazon: Fated (Soul Seekers)

This book is part of a series: the Soul Seekers.

Waiting For You by Susane Colasanti

Waiting for YouSusane Colasanti really captures the teen voice in her book Waiting For You, a modern day love story. She puts emotion into the book, you can feel what Marisa is dealing with. Most teens can relate to the difficulties and challenges Marisa faces. This is an all around good book, a must read for teen girls.

If you want to know more the description from Amazon.com is below!

It’s sophomore year, and Marisa is ready for a fresh start and, hopefully, her first real boyfriend. But after popular Derek asks her out, things get complicated. Not only do her parents unexpectedly separate, but Marisa has a fight with her best friend, and Derek—the love of her life—delivers a shocking disappointment. The only things keeping Marisa together are the podcasts from an anonymous DJ, who seems to totally understand Marisa. But she doesn’t know who he is … or does she?

Get this book at Amazon: Waiting For You