Monday, October 31, 2011

Flavor of the Week - Oct. 31

Starting the week off with a bang!

In the spirit of Halloween, an evil (but totally hot and sympathetic villain - trust me)
to start off your week. Prince Nuada from Hellboy 2: The Golden Army.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Review: Spider's Revenge by Jennifer Estep

Title: Spider's Revenge (Elemental Assassin #5)
Author: Jennifer Estep
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Heat Index: 2 out of 5 (meaning there’s smut, but not the hardcore scenes you’re going to be thinking about at a later point in time)
Release Date: September 27th, 2011
Word/Page Count: 400
Format: Purchased

Old habits die hard. And I plan on murdering someone before the night is through.

Killing used to be my regular gig, after all. Gin Blanco, aka the Spider, assassin-for-hire. And I was very good at it. Now, I'm ready to make the one hit that truly matters: Mab Monroe, the dangerous Fire elemental who murdered my family when I was thirteen.

Oh, I don't think the mission will be easy, but turns out it's a bit more problematic than expected. The bitch knows I'm coming for her. So now I'm up against the army of lethal bounty hunters she hired to track me down. She also put a price on my baby sister's head. Keeping Bria safe is my first priority. Taking Mab out is a close second.

Good thing I've got my powerful Stone and Ice magic - and my irresistible lover Owen Grayson - to watch my back. This battle has been years in the making, and there's a chance I won't survive. But if I'm going down, then Mab's coming with me... no matter what I have to do to make that happen.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Review: Destined for an Early Grave by Jeaniene Frost

Title: Destined for an Early Grave (Night Huntress #4)
Author: Jeaniene Frost
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Heat Index: 2 out of 5
Release Date: July 28th, 2009
Word/Page Count: 355 pages
Format: Purchased

Her deadly dreams leave her in grave danger

Since half-vampire Cat Crawfield and her undead lover Bones met six years ago, they've fought against the rogue undead, battled a vengeful Master vampire, and pledged their devotion with a blood bond. Now it's time for a vacation. But their hopes for a perfect Paris holiday are dashed when Cat awakes one night in terror. She's having visions of a vampire named Gregor who's more powerful than Bones and has ties to her past that even Cat herself didn't know about.

Gregor believes Cat is his and he won't stop until he has her. As the battle begins between the vamp who haunts her nightmares and the one who holds her heart, only Cat can break Gregor's hold over her. She'll need all the power she can summon in order to bring down the baddest bloodsucker she's ever faced . . . even if getting that power will result in an early grave.

Warning: Contains spoilers and a bit of rantiness.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Review: Something Borrowed by Emily Griffin

Title: Something Borrowed (Darcy and Rachel #1)
Author: Emily Griffin
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Heat Index: 1 out of 5
Release Date: June 1st, 2004
Word/Page Count: 322 pages
Format: Borrowed from friend

The smash-hit debut novel for every woman who has ever had a complicated love-hate friendship.

Now A Major Motion Picture - In Theaters May 6th

Rachel White is the consummate good girl. A hard-working attorney at a large Manhattan law firm and a diligent maid of honor to her charmed best friend Darcy, Rachel has always played by all the rules. Since grade school, she has watched Darcy shine, quietly accepting the sidekick role in their lopsided friendship. But that suddenly changes the night of her thirtieth birthday when Rachel finally confesses her feelings to Darcy's fiance, and is both horrified and thrilled to discover that he feels the same way. As the wedding date draws near, events spiral out of control, and Rachel knows she must make a choice between her heart and conscience. In so doing, she discovers that the lines between right and wrong can be blurry, endings aren't always neat, and sometimes you have to risk everything to be true to yourself.

Warning: Contains spoilers and some rantiness.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Review: Blood of the Demon by Diana Rowland

Title: Blood of the Demon (Kara Gillian #2)
Author: Diana Rowland
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Heat Index: 2 out of 5
Release Date: February 23rd, 2010
Word/Page Count: 369 pages
Format: Purchased

Between Heaven and Hell, man and demon, she's about to face the one thing she may not be able to survive.

Welcome to the world of Kara Gillian, a cop with a gift. Not only does she have the power of “othersight” to see what most people can’t even imagine, but she’s become the exclusive summoner of a demon lord. Or maybe it’s the other way around. The fact is, with two troublesome cases on her docket and a handsome FBI agent under her skin, Kara needs the help of sexy, insatiable Lord Rhyzkahl more than he needs her. Because these two victims, linked by suspicious coincidence, haven’t just been murdered. Something has eaten their souls.

It’s a case with roots in the arcane, but whose evil has flowered among the rich, powerful, and corrupt in Beaulac, Louisiana. And as the killings continue, Kara soon realizes how much there’s still to learn about demons, men, and things that kill in the night—and how little time she has to learn it.

Warning, will contain spoilers.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Review: Double Shot by Christine D'Abo

Title: Double Shot (Long Shots #1)
Author: Christine d'Abo
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Heat Index: BLANK out of 5
Release Date: October 3rd, 2011
Word/Page Count: 29,000 words
Format: Galley Read from Carina Press

Coffee shop owner Sadie Long has been lusting after her good friend Paul Williams for years. So she's more than a little intrigued when he invites her to a business meeting at Mavericks, the sex club where he works. While catering an event at the club is not quite the proposition she was hoping for, her business could use the boost. And she can't resist the chance to work closely with Paul in such a sexually charged atmosphere. Enter the club's hot owner, Josh, and suddenly Sadie's fantasizing about being part of a threesome.

Paul has always wanted Sadie, but never thought she'd see him as anything more than a friend. On the night of the party, he and Josh tempt Sadie to reveal her deepest desire—a desire both men are eager to help fulfill.

Giving in to her sensual side, Sadie enjoys a night of mind-blowing sex. But in the light of day, will she lose Paul as a friend, or gain him as a lover?

Monday, October 10, 2011

Breaking News...

Hmmmmm....Jennifer Crusie's blog post.

In case you're too lazy to click, I just 'learned' that Sarah Wendell (Smart Bitches, Trash Books) eats pie at business meetings. There is even a mention of cheesecake. Now, I don't know about you but I'm stunned. STUNNED, I tell you. I now question Ms. Wendell's integrity as a reviewer. After all, what if she eats cheesecake then goes on to read and review a book? She'd be under the influence of creamy goodness while reading. She might actually think that glowing vampires are perfectly acceptable all because of the sugar high. I demand, DEMAND, full disclosure of Ms. Wendell's dessert habits.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Harem Hall of Fame - Humphrey Bogart

Humphrey Bogart

My first experience with Humphrey Bogart was when I was young and naive. My mom had quite the collection of black & white movies and one that she watched quite often was "Sabrina." Now, I'm sad to admit that, at the time, I merely scoffed and left the room when she would put dear old Bogie on the tv screen. It wasn't until years later when I was home sick for the flu for several days and had gone through all our other movies that desperation hit and I started on the B&W collection.

I fell in love with Bogie that day.

"Sabrina" had been the movie to be popped in and I immediately zeroed in on Linus Larrabee, not even giving David Larrabee (played by William Holden) a second look. It was no contest; Bogie stole your attention with his charisma the second he was on screen.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Harem: In Training - Zac Efron

Zac Efron

He's adorable and looking like he's only going to get sexier as he gets older. Now, In Training just means that 'some' of us would go cougar for him (and we consider cougar anything over 15 years age difference; puma is 10-14 yrs difference, hahahahahaha)

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Harem Hall of Fame - Gregory Peck

Gregory Peck.

The first movie I remember watching him in was Guns of Navarone (way, way, way after it was released in the theaters mind you) and thinking, wow, he's cool. The cool went to striking to omfg the charisma of that man jumps out of the screen and grabs you even when he is a reserved Southern lawyer trying to raise to children in the 1930s (To Kill a Mockinbird - one of my all time favs, both book and movie). There is just something about Peck, in my opinion, that personifies the strong silent type of his generation.