Monday, March 23, 2015

THE HUNT by C.J. Ellison

Title:  THE HUNT
Series:  V.V. Inn #2
Author:  C.J. Ellison
Publish Date:   06.27.11
Publisher:  Red Hot Publishing
Category /Genre:  Paranormal Romance; Thriller
Recommended for:  18+ due to sexual content
Trigger warning:  Rape scene
Received from:  C.J. Ellison (in exchange for an honest review)
Goodreads link: The Hunt
Date completed: 03.23.15

Description from the publisher:
Vivian thinks she can control every aspect of a deadly game with her usual manipulations… but what if she can’t? Journey along, in this next installment of The V V Inn series, for a wild ride as the tale is told through the eyes of all her new seethe members.

Seven vampires and seven werewolves pay to hunt a supernatural criminal across the cold, vast grounds of an Alaskan resort. The one to catch her, and live through the encounter, will increase their power by feasting on hers.

The tiny vampire they track is more than she appears, however. To escape a fate of ten years in silver chains, she'll do anything to survive the weeklong excursion. This time, the darkness holds more than just the stinging bite of the Arctic—it holds death.

This is the second full-length book in the V.V. Inn series.  They do need to be read in order.

After tracking and killing Ivan a few months previously, and the seeing the thrill it provided the guests to out think a master vampire, it has been decided that they would stage a new hunt.  Sanctioned by the Tribunal, the guests will be allowed to hunt and claim the power of a rogue.  What could possibly go wrong in pitting seven vampires and seven werewolves against one ancient vampire intent on surviving and winning her freedom?

I could not put down this story – you know the kind:  you read at the red light, while you eat, and extra minutes on the treadmill just so you don’t have to stop.  It was a lot of fun to read this story in not just two voices, but seven!  Vivian, Rafe, Jonathan, Drew, Asa, Paul, and Joanna each provide their own insights into their Arctic supernatural world and the events of the week of the hunt.  I honestly can’t decide which is my favorite character.  They are all wonderfully created – each is unique and complex.

I am already reading the next novel in the series, BIG GAME, and I will post that review tomorrow.

Grammar/editing:  ungraded – book received as an unedited ARC / errors excused

The V.V. Inn series:
  1. Death’s Servant (#0.1)
  2. Just One Taste (#0.5)
  3. Vampire Vacation (#1)
  4. The Hunt (#2)
  5. Big Game (#3)
  6. Death Times Two (#3.5)
  7. Blood Legacy (#4)
Other Books from C.J. Ellison:
  • Another Sip
  • Johnny Living Dangerously
  • More Than Tolerable
Walk on the Wild Side Series:

1.      Vanilla on Top
2.      Avoiding Mr. Right
3.      Vanilla Twist
4.      Loving Ms. Wrong

Sunday, March 22, 2015

MIRACLE PIE by Edie Ramer

Series:  Miracle Interrupted #4
Author:  Edie Ramer
Publication date:  12.27.12
Publisher:  Season Publishing
Category:  Contemporary Romance
Goodreads:  Miracle Pie

Katie Guthrie has pie magic.  Intuition tells her what to bake.  Whether it’s a Goodbye Pie or a Welcome Home Pie, it will turn out perfect and be waiting for the person who needs it most.
She cherishes her life in the small village of Miracle, Wisconsin, and has no desire for change.  But to help a friend, she agrees to film a cooking pilot show.  Only to realize the filmmaker is the dying boy Katie used to call her angel when she lived in Chicago with her junkie mother.

Gabe Robbins is no angel and he’s no boy anymore.  Burned out after a three-year stint building a hospital in Africa, Gabe ignores his demons by living day-to-day and filming wedding videos.  Nothing deep, nothing he has to become invested in.  Nothing that will get under his skin, until…

Watching Katie create her pies from behind his video camera makes him realize what he’s missing.  Thanks to Katie and her pies, Gabe discovers his passion again.  But will it lead him to his heart’s desire…or will this miracle take him away from Katie forever?


This is book four in a series, but it stands on its own very well. 

Ms. Ramer’s village of Miracle, Wisconsin will feel like home in no time.  With a nod towards Ms. Ramer’s dedication towards fighting cancer, she emphasizes that there is something each of us can do to make those in the fight feel important, special, and loved.

In my humble opinion, this is a sweet, feel-good story and I enjoyed it very much.  Though there are patches that are a bit difficult to read due to grammatical or editing errors, I look forward to reading more from Ms. Ramer.

Miracle Interrupted Series:
1.      Must Worship Cats
2.      Stardust Miracle
3.      Miracle Lane
4.      Miracle Pie
5.      Mo’s Heart
Books from Edie Ramer:
·         The Seventh Dimension
·         Dragon Blues
Galaxy Girls Series:

1.      Galaxy Girls
2.      Mixing It Up
Cattitude Series:
1.      Cattitude
2.      The Fat Cat

Rescued Hearts Series:
1.      Hearts in Motion
2.      Christmas at Angel Lake
3.      Crazy Sexy Love
Haunted Hearts Series:
1.      Dead People
2.      Dead People in Love

originally posted 06.27.13 on my previous website. closed that site because I promoted authors and their books. 

Friday, March 20, 2015


Series:  Like a Lady #1
Author:  S.J. Sawyer
Publish Date:   03.16.15
Publisher:  S.J. Sawyer
Category /Genre:  Contemporary Romance, Mild NA
Recommended for:  18+ due to sexual content
Received from:  S.J. Sawyer (in exchange for an honest review)
Tour by:  SBB Promotions
Goodreads link: Big Girl Panties
Date completed: 02.22.15

Description from the publisher:
After ditching her cheating, no-good lying, jerk of a fiance at the doors to the alter, Scarlett Lynn Summers aka Red is lost...but not for too long. Thanks to her spunky best friend, she won't stay under her covers hiding for long. Barging in with guns a blazin and curses a flyin, Mary Lou drags Red out for a weekend worth of adventures that just might be more than she bargains for.

This is the first book in the new Like a Lady series.  They will need to be read in order.

I don’t know if it was the author’s inspiration for this book, but I keep humming the Miranda Lambert song – a personal favorite, actually.  I could just imagine Mary Lou saying every word of this to Red after her wedding day imploded.  Not only does Mary Lou manage the impossible – getting Red out of bed, showered, and in clean clothes for the first time in weeks, she manages to get Red to go out of the house to a lake party…. where all of her old dreams just may come to real life.  Now don’t ya’all wish you had a friend like Mary Lou – oh wait, you have ME!!

Of course, I have to admit the fact that there was a Mary Lou in this story was a big plus for me.  Lisas, Julies, and Cheryls all can find their names easily in books – not so much for the Mary Lous and Suzannes in the world  (me and my sister).

Wonderful names or not, I have to tell you that I freaking loved this story.  It was down-to-earth and still sexy.  Red (Scarlett) is sweet and na├»ve with a jerk of an ex.  This story is a reminder that when one door closes, another more beautiful one will open.  Sometimes you have to be thankful that your plans don’t work.

I need the next book in this series (I heard there will be four in total).  S.J. please don’t lose my name!

Grammar/editing:  ungraded – book received as an unedited ARC / errors excused

The Like a Lady series:
  1. Big Girl Panties
  2. (title not yet released)
Books from S.J. Sawyer:
Sealed Series:

  1. Sealed
  2. Teased
  3. Severed


Thank you SBB Promotions for hosting this tour.