Monday, September 29, 2014

The Hidden Light (Ana Martin #2) by Lyneal Jenkin

Wow. She's done it again. Completely shocked. The Ana Martin series has a way of making me hold my breath longer than is healthy.  There were so many actions scenes that had me completely engrossed to the point where I didn't even want to blink, but I also had to fight the urge to close my eyes and hide in anticipation - almost like during a really suspenseful scene in a horror movie.

hen I finished The Night of the Fae I couldn't really figure out where the next book would go, but man oh man. This book was so action packed and full of twists and turns it made me dizzy, In a great way!!

I can't wait to see where book three leads. Will this turn into the most deadly love triangle ever?? Will Ana survive any more heartache? Will she give up and run into hiding??! I'm not usually one for "supernatural" books but Lyneal Jenkins has this amazing way of making the supernatural seem completely real and natural. It just feels like I'm reading an AWESOME thriller/drama. Definitely add this series to your TBR list!
Review by Jillian

Where to buy

Book 1 - Night of the Fae

Book 3 - Frozen Flame

Thursday, September 25, 2014

BLOG TOUR: Uncivilized by Sawyer Bennett

**Warning: This book is a wild, sexy beast of a read. 18+**

Putting a woman on her knees before me is what really makes my cock hard. I fuck with dominant force and absolute control. I demand complete surrender from my conquests.
Savage man, loner, warrior… I am dangerous at my core. I have lived amidst the untamed wild of the rainforest, in a society that reveres me and where every woman falls before me in subjugation.
Now I’ve been discovered. Forced to return to a world that I have forgotten about and to a culture that is only vaguely familiar to my senses.
Dr. Moira Reed is an anthropologist who has been hired to help me transition back into modern society. It’s her job to smooth away my rough edges… to teach me how to navigate properly through this new life of mine. She wants to tame me.
She’ll never win.
I am wild, free and raw, and the only thing I want from the beautiful Moira Reed is to fuck her into submission.
She wants it, I am certain.
I will give it to her soon.
Yes, very soon, I will become the teacher and she will become my student. And when I am finished showing her body pleasure like no other, she’ll know what it feels like to be claimed by an uncivilized man.

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Where to buy

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It isn't often you come across a story that strikes you as truly unique, but Sawyer Bennett has done it with Uncvilized.   Zach is everything an Alpha male should be.  He doesn't know that being anything different is even a possibility.  Life in Amazonia is all about control, and that is exactly what Zach thrives on.  Moria is a modern woman.  Strong, independent, and self sufficient, nothing like the women Zach is used to.  The interplay between Moria and Zach was perfect.  They challenged each other in all the right ways.  

If you are looking for a super hot super steamy read, Uncivilized is for you!  If your looking for a romance with a different twist, Uncivilized is for you too!  A lot of books in this genre lack in the overall story line, but is not the case here at all.  You could remove every single sexy scene and be left with a solid story that would be just as captivating!
Review by Danielle

About the Author

USA Today Best-Selling author, Sawyer Bennett, is a snarky southern woman and reformed trial lawyer who decided to finally start putting on paper all of the stories that were floating in her head. She is married to a mobster (well, a market researcher) and they have two big, furry dogs who hog the bed. Sawyer would like to report she doesn’t have many weaknesses but can be bribed with a nominal amount of milk chocolate.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Sugar on the Edge (Last Call #3) by Sawyer Bennett

I'm not sure I can do justice to the awesomeness that was Sugar On the Edge, but I'll try. Gavin Cooke is sexy in all the right ways, he has the body, the face.... the accent. He is also delightfully kinky! I may have started off reading Sugar on the Edge with a major dislike for Gavin, in the first few chapters there isn't much to like about him. He is angry, rude, and drunk pretty much the entire time. Then you learn more about Gavin, and you fall in love. Then you see his filthy side, and your hooked! Savannah is the type of female I've come to expect and love from Sawyer Bennett. Strong and confident, but still maintaining a gentile feminine side.

I really enjoyed how the relationship between Gavin and Savannah progressed. It wasn't the typical love at first sight, yet it wasn't a courtship full of tons of angst either. It was a welcomed change. I also loved how hot things were between them! Gavin definitely has a creative mind, and I'm not talking about his author side! 

Just an added little tid bit here, for those of you who loved Brody in Make it a Double, you'll get a good dose of him here too. Its impossible not the adore that man!

Review by Danielle

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Fate's Mistake by Brandace Morrow

I have been in a sequel funk for some time now. Recently, follow up books have left me feeling rather let down. I'm not sure if it was high expectations or what, but I was about to give up on sequels as a whole until this book. This. Book. I read Fan Girl back in March and could not put it down. So I was a little apprehensive to read Fate's Mistake because I didn't want to be let down since it would have been challenging to top Fan Girl. However, Morrow did just that in Fate's Mistake. This book can honestly be read as a stand alone since it is a different celebrity in the series (this is book two), but the characters from the Fan Girl make a brief appearance (which I totally love).

So this book has some dark content. Domestic abuse. I think Morrow handled the topic well and completely had me wrapped around her finger from the first chapter. Seriously. It was two in the morning and I was thinking to myself, "I can probably function on four hours of sleep... One more chapter." While I did function on four hours of sleep, I often found myself thinking about the characters constantly. I have a huge book hangover. I am at a loss on what to read next because I keep thinking about these characters. Morrow does an excellent job of character development (I want to hang out with them) and writing scenes (I felt like I was there). I really fell in love with this book and cannot wait to see what Morrow has coming up next. I completely fell in love with Danny. *fans myself* I'm not a big country fan, but I wouldn't mind listening to it all the time if he was singing it. Just saying. He has the biggest heart, has so much patience, and really knows how to take care of a lady. I fell for him in chapter one and he's currently my top book boyfriend. With that said, if you haven't checked out Fan Girl or Fate's Mistake, you are really missing out. What are you waiting for? You can totally function on four hours of sleep. ;)
Review by Amber

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Thursday, September 18, 2014

RELEASE DAY & GIVEAWAY: Somewhere Between Water and Sky by Elora Ramirez

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I am so in love with Elora Ramirez's Somewhere Between Water and Sky. it's a gorgeous book in a beautiful series and I'm super excited to share it with y'all. Check out the release day launch and Elora's super special giveaway!!

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Somewhere Between Water and Sky Synopsis: I heard it said once that every human is a story with skin. If this is true, paragraphs would be etched in the scars on my wrists. Whole chapters could be written about the way my heart pounds when I startle awake. And every single one of my tears could fill a book. But stories, with all their promise, only leave room for disappointment. I don’t have room for that anymore. I left it all—the hope, the love, the promise—back in my old life with the ghosts I’d rather forget: Jude. Emma. Pacey. This is how I dare to move forward and to believe in a new beginning. I let go of the old. I just grab the new and run. I don’t wait around anymore. I can’t. Waiting leaves room for the voices. Somewhere between water and sky, I'll find a way to burn these voices to the ground.

1555334_10153643110030004_531682707_nElora Ramirez Bio: Elora Ramirez lives in Austin, Texas with her chef-husband. At the age of four, she taught herself how to read and write, cutting her teeth on books like Dr. Seuss and writing anywhere she could find the space--including her Fisher Price kitchen set, the pages of picture books and Highlights Magazine. Since then, she's grown to love the way words feel as they swell within her bones. Writing holy and broken is her calling, and pushing back the darkness and pursuing beauty through story is her purpose. She embraces the power of story and teaches women from all parts of the world how to embrace theirs. She has a knack of calling things out , the truth and the detail, the subversive threads that make a life a story. She loves hip-hop, wishes she lived by the beach and cannot write without copious amounts of coffee, chocolate, music, and her husband's lavender liqueur.

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Monday, September 8, 2014

PRODUCT REVIEW: Doc McStuffins Get Better Talking Mobile

Baby Girl LOVES Doc McStuffins, actually she loves everything medical/human body related.  When I first saw the episode of the Doc McStuffins TV show where Doc and her dad make the "Doc Mobile" I remember thinking to myself  "I really hope they make that into a toy, Baby Girl would LOVE it!  It would be an amazing Christmas present for her!", needless to say when I saw this sitting on the self at the local store I got super excited.  Then I walked out of the store without it because Baby Girl was with me and I almost never buy things without first looking at the reviews. I had questions!  I wanted to know how compatible it would be with the other Doc McStuffins toys we already had (the Doctors Bag, and the Make Me Better Stuffy and Lambie sets), how annoying the sounds were, how long the telescoping handle was, and how big the drawer the box mentioned was. Well, I got home only to find out that it had JUST come out and there weren't many reviews on it yet (other than ones from toy shows), and the fact that it was SUPER hard to find on-line already!  (That has since changed, thankfully).  So in the spirit of good 'ol St. Nick, I got a jump on my Christmas shopping and bought one before it became a "hot" item for the holidays.  AND since we always wrap our gifts for Christmas morning so that they are ready to play with (less "I got up too early" cranky child burn out that way), I figured I'd  just open this baby up and answer all the lovely questions I had about this product for all of you out there!

First thing first, I went to open the box.  This is a task that is almost always daunting so when I turned the box over and saw the little black tiwsty tab thingies I just about had a party!  Seriously the person who invented these things is a genius, they had to be a mom!

I twisted the tabs and cut a few pieces of tape along the edges of the box and it was free, so easy!  Then I open up the back... there is some assembly required....  I took a deep breath and told myself "okay I can do this!"

 First thing I did was pull out the thingy that looks like instructions, and it was.  In the plastic bag with the instructions was also two decals that I needed to put on. One was for the side panel and the other for the inside of the front of the Mobile as part of the heart monitor. The decals were nice quality, thick, and really easy to apply!  Just watch the one for the side panel, it curled back on me and I worried it might get stuck to itself if I wasn't careful.

Then I pulled out the rest of the stuff that was all snuggled up with that cardboard inside the Mobile.  Once it was out it wasn't intimidating at all!

Honestly, I glanced at the directions and "put it together" while feeding my 3 week old, it was THAT easy!  Just pop the seat on and the two hooks for the otoscope and thermometer onto the side of the Mobile.  Here comes my first criticism.  The included otoscope and thermometer are much smaller than the ones included with the Doctor's Bag, so they aren't interchangeable; but really overall, that isn't a big deal.

Another tip, when you go to remove the rubber band that holds the CB radio on, open up the front of the Mobile, inside you'll find this little piece of cardboard.  I wish I had known this before I spent 5 mins trying to stretch the non-stretchy rubber band!  Just bend the cardboard and it will come out without an issue.

The inside was surprisingly detailed.  The floor has a cute puzzle pattern it and the back and side are raised to look like shelves with equipment and toys on them.

Another neat feature is the pull out ramp for the gurney to go up and down on!

But how was the storage space?  I was really hoping that I'd be able to store the Doctor's Bag inside the Mobile when Baby Girl wasn't playing with it.  At first I was really disappointed, it didn't go right in.  

Then I looked more carefully and if I tilted the bag I could get it to fit inside right next to the gurney!  I'm even fairly confident that if I show Baby Girl how to do it, she will be able to put it away like that all by herself.  SCORE!!!

So more on compatibility, I grabbed the Lambie and Stuffy dolls that came with the Make Me Better sets to see how well they could ride inside the Mobile on the stretcher, after all, the Doc Mobile is essentially an ambulance after all.  The conclusion, Lambie is a great fit, but Stuffy's tail gets in the way.  I was able to get him in if he was on his belly though!

What it really comes down to is the well for the ladder takes up valuable inside space that might make it hard for some toys to fit inside the Mobile while on the gurney.  Next I closed the doors back up.  They were a little off centered, but overall they close easily and tightly enough.

And with a little fanegaling I was able to get them straight.

Next I wanted to know how Lambie and Stuffy fit in the little side seat.  I really had no hope for Stuffy since his tail can't move out of the way, but I tried him anyway....

Yeah... not so much.  Oh well, he'll have to be the patient and have tail injury or something.  But now that I'm looking at the picture I kind of wonder if he would of it better if I opened the adjustable seat belt up a little bit, I think there was still a notch or two, I'll have to try Christmas morning.  Lambie on the other hand fit perfectly and was adorable sitting on the side of the Doc Mobile!

Looking at the front you see two sticker dispensers.  Unfortunately, only one of these is functional but it does come with a roll of band-aid stickers.  (Sorry I didn't get a head on picture of the front of the Mobile before I put it away!)  I will mention that when you close up the front of the Mobile you'll want to make sure the cord for the heart monitor is tucked away, otherwise it interferes with a tight close.  You need to make sure  you hear a click when you close it or the front (which is rather solid)  will pop right back open.  I'm hoping this doesn't cause frustration for Baby Girl.

Inside the pink front compartment is a little exam table and heart monitor.  Its cute!  You even get to see a heartbeat when you use it though the decal.  It says a few different phrases when you press it against your patient (or your finger) and the heart beat moves across the screen just like you would see on a heart monitor.

I was kind of disappointed in the drawer.  Its there, but its not really functional.  I was hoping to store some of the overflow of tools in our Doctor's Bag since we purchased both of the Make Me Better sets its just a little tight in there; but its barely big enough to hold the cast that came with Stuffy, but I guess they didn't want to take away any more space from the inside of the Mobile.  Overall, that was probably the better design choice anyway, unless they made the whole thing a few inches longer.

Finally I flipped the whole thing over, hoping to find a volume control.  No such luck, but I DID find an on/off switch that will also take you from demo to play mode.

The bottom is also where the telescoping pull handle is stored.

That feature will be pretty neat when it comes to clean up and storage.  It was easy to pull out and extend too.  The fully extended height should be sufficient for most kids under the age of about 6 without them needing to bend awkwardly to pull the Mobile.

Lets discuss the ladder next.  It is a feature I really wish they would redesign.  Its pretty much a useless space eater.  It pulls up only about 3" and that's it.  I initially thought it was a little collapsible ladder that Baby Girl would be able to take out and have her toys use in rescue missions, but nope... its really just there so it looks like the Doc Mobile on the show.

There are three ways to make the toy talk; pushing the button the CB radio, using the heart monitor, and pulling the Mobile along (or turning the wheel closest to the battery compartment).  Each way has its own unique set of sounds, which is nice.  My favorite (which I'm sure won't be for long) was when you pull the Doc Mobile along it eventually triggers the Doc Mobile song from the show!  Along with the sounds pressing the CB radio and pulling the Doc Mobile will also cause the siren light to light up too.

Overall, I love this toy and can't wait to give it to Baby Girl!  I know she is going to have hours of fun with it.   It does have potential to be one of those annoying toys though, but thankfully it does have that wonderful off button!  This is going to be a favorite toy for Baby Girl for years to come!
Review by Danielle

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