Review: North of Need~Laura Kaye

Monday, November 28, 2011

This review is part of the Kiss & Tell Tour (Hosted by Bewitching Book Tours)
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Book Blurb (From Goodreads):

While attempting to escape the agonizing memories she associates with Christmas, twenty-nine-year-old widow Megan Snow builds a snow family outside the mountain cabin she once shared with her husband and collapses in tears against the snowman at the sight of what she'll never have.
Called to life by the power of Megan's tears, snow god Owen Winters appears unconscious on her doorstep in the midst of a raging blizzard. As she nurses him to health, Owen finds unexpected solace in her company and unimagined pleasure in the warmth of her body, and vows to win her heart for a chance at humanity.
Megan is drawn to Owen's mismatched eyes, otherworldly masculinity, and enthusiasm for the littlest things, and her heart opens enough to believe he's a Christmas miracle. But this miracle comes with an expiration before the snow melts and the temperature rises, Megan must let go of her widow's grief and learn to trust love again, or she'll lose Owen forever.

My Review:

If you haven’t read North of Need by now…you need to be taking this one from your TBR pile and get to reading. If you haven’t purchased it yet, this one is a well worth the money.

This is a heartwarming tale of love lost and then gained again. A story that will have you believe that even in the midst of heartbreak and sadness, you can love all over again. After losing her husband in terrible car accident, it’s hard for Megan to move on, hard to forget her life with John.  That is until on Christmas Eve, a wish is granted for her, all she has to do is accept it.  In comes Owen. A Ice God in the form of a hot, hulking, sexxy man.

I loved this book from the beginning to the end, although I have to say that I think Megan took a little too dog on long to claim Owen and I was a tad bit upset with her while reading some parts of the story. But she finally caught a clue and did what she had to do. Owen, OMG I want an Owen. He was so loving and caring, sweet. He was just all of the wonderful characteristics that you just don’t read about anymore in male characters. Especially when there a God or something like that.

on’t get me wrong, I love my tortured males.  But it was just great to read them in a different way.

This one gets 5 Black Orchids!

Oh & by the way, the sex scenes were off the chart good!

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Sharonda (SexxyBlogger)
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Author Interview (Karyn Gerrard)

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Hi All,

Please welcome today Author Karyn Gerrad, I'll be interviewing her on her book Black Lust

Book Blurb:
Lucius Black lives a debauched and wild nightlife. Being a ‘Quarter’ (1/4 vampire), blood and sex are what he is. However, his existence wears thin after a century of hedonistic pleasure.
Trevina Patterson lives a quiet, happy life running a hair salon in a village on the east coast of the United Kingdom. It was a perfect life and all she could ask for, until a chance encounter with Lucius Black.
What was it about him that was so unsettling and yet so attractive?
For Lucius, no woman had ever been enough, until Trevina. She awakened in him feelings he had not thought possible. Passions considered by him to be little more than vampiric mythology. She awakened lust.

Living in a small town in a corner of Ontario, Canada, I wile away my spare time writing, reviewing and reading romance. As long as I can avoid being hit by a runaway moose here in this wilderness paradise, I assume everything is golden. Originally from the east coast of Canada, I love to set my stories in the Maritime Provinces~
Happily married for a long time to my own hero, a teacher that braves everything that is thrown at him. His encouragement keeps me moving forward.

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Thank you so much for stopping by....I’m very excited to have you.

1. Tell us a little about yourself?
Thanks so much for having me!
I am neither young nor old, so middle aged would be a good fit! I have been happily married to my school teacher hero for decades, he is my biggest supporter. Though a voracious reader, I only started reading romances five years ago and writing the last three. 
2. Can you please give us a little background on how Black Lust came about and Lucius & Trevina’s story?
Black Lust was originally a short story submission for an anthology; the publisher (Evernight) really liked it but thought it would work better as a novella or novel. They were right; I shoved too much plot into a short story format. So I went back to the drawing table, added extra scenes and resubmitted. I was thrilled I was offered a contract for it!
3. Why the title Black Lust?
Good Question, it's a play on the hero's last name, Lucius Black, also the Vampire Clan is called the Blackthorne Clan. The next story I am editing now and getting ready for submission is about Lucius's father and is called Black Desire. 

4. Who has become your favorite character & why?
I really became fond of secondary character Wolfram Vladimirov. He is a Dhampyre (half-vampire) and part Werewolf. His subplot is very strong in this novella and I left it open should I want to revisit him and give him his own story further down the road.

5. What’s your favorite scene in the story?
I really like the scenes between Lucius and his cousin Wolfram; I like their conversation over breakfast.

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6. The book's cover is really SEXXY, did you choose the design? Are the actors on the cover in close description to the main characters?
Evernight Publishing has rocking covers, Dara England designed mine. That is cover model Jimmy Thomas on the cover, to say I was thrilled is an understatement.  We give the publisher descriptions of the hero and heroine and I would have to say here the match is PERFECT. Just how I envisioned Lucius and Trevina!

7. Do you have any upcoming releases we should look forward to?
On December 18th I have a short story with Silver Publishing called CHRISTMAS MEMORIES, a contemporary sweet and sexy holiday treat!

Random Questions:

1. Favorite genre & author?
Historical and wow, I can't narrow it down to one, a few I will throw out there, Lisa Kleypas, Anna Campbell,  Elizabeth Hoyt,  Mary Balogh.

2. Any books your you’re reading at this time?
Just finished Gena Showalter's 'The Darkest Surrender'.  Am reading Diane Gaston's Valiant Soldier, Beautiful Enemy. I have a soft spot for Harlequin Historicals~

3. favorite color?

4. favorite time of the day?
I am a night owl. *hoot*

5. coffee or tea?
Tea. Big time.

Thanks again for stopping by my blog Karyn.

Thanks so much for having me!
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Review: Embers (Anya Kalinczyk #1) by Laura Bickle

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Not what I was expecting, but a very good story to read. This was my first time reading a story where the main character is a medium and I gotta say I enjoyed it immensely. I was immediately drawn into the story from the start of the very first line.

Anya is a fire arson investigator during the day and at night, she works for DAGR as a lantern. She works as a spiritual vacuum, drawing in lingering spirits that do not or cannot move on. She is the last one called in when there are no other options left. It 's also a job that she no longer wants to do.  Anya feels disconnected from those around her and keeps most everyone at bay, even the people she considers friends.

Things I liked
Anya's salamander Sparky. He reminded me of an actual dog. Loving and fiercely protective of Anya. Also thought Anya character was strong and independent. I liked how she was determined to solve the problems that came her way.

Things I didn't like were mainly how Anya kept her friends at bay. I understand her reluctance to be around ppl because of her gift. But if someone cares about you, I just think it wasn't right.

All and all, I still enjoyed the book and I thought Ms Bickels writing and storytelling skills are excellent. Yes, the story was slow on some parts, but this one gets 5 Black Orchids.

Lata Days....MUAH!
Sharonda (SexxyBlogger)
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Teaser Tuesday #5

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading.Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)

I'm coming up on Adam by Jacquelyn Frank
Adam (Nightwalkers Series #6)

"Jasmine" he whispered hushed into her ear. "I'm no going to leave and I am not going to take me love, your love, and all those brilliant emotions you are finally feeling away from you. We are all here to stay. You need to give yourself permission to enjoy them. You have waited so long for them." He took a breath. "I know. I know I left you once. But had I known..."

hmmm, "Le Sigh"....LOVING IT!

Lata Days...MUAH!
Sharonda (SexxyBlogger)
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Monday Reads

Monday, November 21, 2011

Happy Monday!

Today I'm finishing up Midnight Awakening by Lara Adrian. I'm really loving the Midnight Breed series, these warriors are just too awesome!

Midnight Awakening (Midnight Breed Series #3)

Tegan is my new book boyfriend...he is too SEXXY!

What are you reading? comment & let me know

Lata Days...MUAH!
Sharonda (SexxyBlogger)

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Gratitude Giveaways Blog Hop (Nov. 17-27th)

Thursday, November 17, 2011


Hosted by Kathy over at I'm a Reader Not a Writer, this Hop is simply a way to thank all our awesome followers. The lucky winner win a $10 Barnes & Noble eGift Card. To enter you only have to be a follower of my blog or become a follower through GFC. (Please be sure to leave comment with your email address)

 Be sure to stop by the blogs for your chances to win more great prizes!

Gratitude Giveaways Hop Linky List

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Sharonda (SexxyBlogger)
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Teaser Tuesday #4

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading.Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
I'm reading Kiss of Midnight by Lara Adrian. This is my first time reading a book of hers & I gotta say...pretty damn good Ms. Adrian...pretty damn good. I know I have to play catch up with the other books in this series & trust you me, I will.
Kiss of Midnight (Midnight Breed Series #1) by Lara Adrian: Book Cover

  1. Lucan gathered her into his arms, then carried her out of the darkroom and up the stairs to the main floor.
  2. He skimmed his palm down her torso, to the matching scrap of glossy fabric that covered her sex.
I like Lucan A LOT!!!!! he's my newest book boyfriend ;). I mean a vamp with commitment issues...hmmmm,  yummy lol!

Lata Days...MUAH!
Sharonda (SexxyBlogger)
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Sexxy Thursdays!

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Happy Thursday! more day to kick down before the weekend gets here. So until then enjoy


hmmm...nice position there....

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Dirty Little Secret #7

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Hosted every Thursday by the gals over at Under the Covers.

This week's question:

What super natural power would you NOT want to have?

Well, I feel a little like Rogue in X-men. I would not want to have the power to drain people when I touch them. I mean how depressing is that? every time you touch someone, they get weak or die. How's a girl suppose to have a social life with something like that dragging her down?...smh.

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Sharonda (SexxyBlogger)
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Waiting on Wednesday - #7

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme host by Jill over at Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we are eagerly awaiting.

Well this week, I'm not necessarily waiting on a book, BUT I'm am waiting to get me new NOOK eReader to read my books on. Don't know if it will be the NOOK Color or the Simple Touch Reader. Hmmm....decisions, decisions.
Well that's my WoW for this week...what are you waiting on?

From Barnes & Noble (OOOOO! they lowered the prices too!)
NOOK ColorNOOK Simple Touch

Think I'm settling on the Simple Touch one....

Lata Days...MUAH!
Sharonda (SexxyBlogger

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Kiss and Tell Virtual Book Tour (Nov 28th - Dec. 6th)

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Hi All,

Please be sure to stop by on the dates below for the Kiss and Tell Tour (9 SEXXY Days, 9 SEXXY Authors!!!)

November 29th - Laura Kaye's North of Need (Review & Promo Spot)
December 2nd - Deceive Her with Desire - Nina Pierce (Review & Interview)
December 3rd - Changing Focus by Marilu Mann (Review & Guest Post)

Lata Days...MUAH!
Sharonda (SexxyBlogger)

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Out of Oz (Wicked Years Series #4)

Thursday, November 3, 2011

I'm so excited about the release of the 4th book in the Wick Years Series. I was just fell in love with Gregory Maguire's new take on OZ. This one will definitely be one of my top November reads!!!

Format: Hardcover
Pages: 568
Overview (Barnes & Noble)

The stunning conclusion to the smash New York Times bestselling series the Wicked Years
Gregory Maguire’s Wicked Years series became national bestsellers and the basis for a hit Tony-winning Broadway musical. Now, Maguire returns with the final installment in his transformative work, a thrilling and compulsively readable saga in which the fate of Oz is decided at last…
Once peaceful and prosperous, the spectacular Land of Oz is knotted with social unrest: The Emerald City is mounting an invasion of Munchkinland, Glinda is under house arrest, and the Cowardly Lion is on the run from the law. And look who’s knocking at the door. It’s none other than Dorothy. Yes. That Dorothy.
Yet amid all this chaos, Elphaba’s granddaughter, the tiny green baby born at the close of Son of a Witch, has come of age. Now it is up to Rain to take up her broom—and her legacy—in an Oz wracked by war.

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Sharonda (SexxyBlogger)
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