Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Cover Reveal: Last Call (Cocktail #4.5) by Alice Clayton + Excerpt

Last Call

Last Call (Cocktail #4.5) by Alice Clayton

  Simon and Caroline’s book #2.5 | Cocktail #4.5.

 

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From New York Times & USA TODAY bestselling author Alice Clayton, known for her “deliciously addictive” (The Book Vixen) novels, this Cocktail series novella reunites readers with Caroline and Simon from the wildly successful Wallbanger.

Simon and Caroline are back for another round of baking, banging, and big life changes. Settling in, but never settling down, Caroline has finally struck a balance between the professional and the personal. As one of the top interior designers in San Francisco, she travels all over Northern California between nook time with Simon.

Perpetual globetrotter Simon has cut his frequent flyer miles in half over the last year, preferring to balance his professional and personal life, as well.

The next step in their lives seems preordained—toasts, veils, and the aisle of rose petals. But when an accident on a photo shoot in Southeast Asia brings Caroline the most terrifying phone call she could ever imagine, she has to ask whether “till death do us part” is a more realistic prospect than faces most couples.

It’s been a grand adventure, and Caroline and Simon wouldn’t go out without the best surprise ending ever. One part sexy, one part laughter, a dash of exotic locales, and one pink nightie, mixed with passion, and you’ve got Last Call. Served with a side of Clive.

 

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“Sexy.” Kiss. “Impossibly sexy.” Kiss. Kiss. “Ludicrously sexy.” Kiss. Grope. Grope.

“Ludicrously sexy?” I asked, my eyes fluttering shut as his fingertips danced inside the edge of my bra.

“It’s a word.”

“So is howfastcanyoubenotsodressed?”

“That’s . . . let’s see . . . one, two, three—”

“You’re counting?”

“—four, five—”

“Simon?”

“Hmm?”

“You should stop the counting and go back to touching.”

“Oh. Babe. I’m getting back to it.”

And he really just was. His hands were sure, specific, practiced on my body. We’d been together long enough to know what each other liked, and what each other loved. The night before was full of love and passion. Tonight? Would be full of frantic, frenzied, crazy stupid, straight-up f*cking.

 

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AliceClayton

ALICE CLAYTON worked in the cosmetics industry for over a decade before picking up a pen (read laptop).

She enjoys gardening but not weeding, baking but not cleaning up, and finally convinced her long-time boyfriend to marry her.

Now, about that Bernese Mountain dog

 

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Other books in the COCKTAIL series

Wallbanger 1 by Alice ClaytonRusty Nailed 2 by Alice ClaytonScrewdrivered 3 by Alice ClaytonMai Tai D Up

Wallbanger (#1) | Rusty Nailed (#2) | Screwdrivered (#3) | Mai Tai’d Up (#4)

My Reviews:

Wallbanger | Rusty Nailed | Screwdrivered

 

 

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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Review: Lover Revealed (Black Dagger Brotherhood #4) by J. R. Ward

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Lover Revealed (Black Dagger Brotherhood #4)

by J. R. Ward

 

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Butch O'Neal is a fighter by nature. A hard-living ex-homicide cop, he's the only human ever to be allowed in the inner circle of the Black Dagger Brotherhood. And he wants to go even deeper into the vampire world-to engage in the turf war with the lessers. He's got nothing to lose. His heart belongs to a female vampire, an aristocratic beauty who's way out of his league. If he can't have Marissa, then at least he can fight side by side with the Brothers...

Fate curses him with the very thing he wants. When Butch sacrifices himself to save a civilian vampire from the slayers, he falls prey to the darkest force in the war. Left for dead, he's found by a miracle, and the Brotherhood calls on Marissa to bring him back. But even her love may not be enough to save him...

 

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4 out of 5 stars

This is such a fantastic series and this was another great story. I am really enjoying all the details that are learned, the different connections and depth of the characters. It's just so well developed and detailed, I can't get enough. 

I liked Butch and Marissa’s story a lot but it took me a while to get into it. I wasn't a huge Marissa fan in the beginning because she was so sheltered, almost to the point of annoying and over the top. But she grew and learned and came into her own and by the end I really liked her. I've always liked Butch and had so many questions about how he was going to fit into the story. I love how he was connected to everything and how it all played out. 

Butch and Marissa were definitely drawn to one another but there was a lot of up and down monotony with their relationship, that part of the story felt slightly drawn out to me. They did have some nice, sweet moments as well as some very passionate, erotic ones, I liked that connection they shared. I also liked their conclusion at the end, that made me happy. The last lingering question I had about Butch was answered in the epilogue too, I loved how it all came together at the end.

I am loving the other stories that are developing. We got a lot of Vicious in this and I found myself wanting more of him.  He and Butch have a very interesting bro-mance going on and as much as I liked to say I totally got it, I didn't. I am really looking forward to the next book which is V’s story to maybe get more of an understanding. 

I'm liking the build with John and where all that is going. I also found myself  interesting in the bad guy Mr. X and what he was after. I was happy to see more Wrath too, they're all such great characters. 

I don't feel like I was on the edge of my seat but I was into it and liking the story and loving what it added to the series. Another awesome addition to the BDB!

 

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Other books in the BLACK DAGGER BROTHERHOOD series

Dark-Lover12Lover-Eternal-23Lover-Awakened-36Lover-Revealed-42Lover-Unbound-52Lover-Enshrined-62Lover-Avenged-72Lover-Mine-82Lover-Unleashed-92Lover-Reborn-102Lover-At-Last-113The-King-122

My Reviews:

Dark Lover (#1) | Lover Eternal (#2) | Lover Awakened (#3)

 

 

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Monday, October 27, 2014

Review: Lover Awakened (Black Dagger Brotherhood #3) by J. R. Ward

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Lover Awakened (Black Dagger Brotherhood #3)

by J. R. Ward

 

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In the shadows of the night in Caldwell, New York, there’s a deadly war raging between vampires and their slayers. And there exists a secret band of brothers like no other - six vampire warriors, defenders of their race. Of these, Zsadist is the most terrifying member of the Black Dagger Brotherhood.

A former blood slave, the vampire Zsadist still bears the scars from a past filled with suffering and humiliation. Renowned for his unquenchable fury and sinister deeds, he is a savage feared by humans and vampires alike. Anger is his only companion, and terror is his only passion—until he rescues a beautiful aristocrat from the evil Lessening Society.

Bella is instantly entranced by the seething power Zsadist possesses. But even as their desire for one another begins to overtake them both, Zsadist’s thirst for vengeance against Bella’s tormentors drives him to the brink of madness. Now, Bella must help her lover overcome the wounds of his tortured past, and find a future with her…

 

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5 out of 5 stars

This was just wonderful and I loved every single second. I couldn't read it fast enough wanting to absorb all the details. 

Zsadist story was so heart breaking and sad but full of hope and redemption. He and Bella were on quite a journey together and I loved it all and loved her. She was strong and I like how she stood up to Z. Zsadist was this messed up man with so many issues. I think reading about him made me hit every emotion possible. I liked him. Was mad at him. Felt for him. Rejoiced for him. Cried for him. Loved him. And the two of them together were awesome, it was a build up of intense and odd and awkward and hot!

This series is full of so many layers and sub stories and I think it's fantastic. It's this elaborate world that pulls you in. I love all the third person POV’s so we get to know what a lot of the characters are thinking, even the deranged bad guy. Z and his brother Phury, it was heartbreaking and heartfelt. I'm really like the John story line and what happened with Tohr just about killed me. Even though I got closure with Zsadist’s story, I still have so many questions for the overall continuing storyline. 

Ups and downs and drama and love. It's all just this fantastically solid story. I cannot wait for more. I am totally in love with this series. There is just such depth. Brilliant! I was just so captured from the start. Loved it all!

 

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Other books in the BLACK DAGGER BROTHERHOOD series

Dark Lover[1]Lover Eternal 2Lover Awakened 3Lover Revealed 4Lover Unbound 5Lover Enshrined 6Lover Avenged 7Lover Mine 8Lover Unleashed 9Lover Reborn 10Lover At Last 11The King 12

My Reviews:

Dark Lover (#1) | Lover Eternal (#2)

 

 

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