The Selkie’s Curse by Helen Louise Caroll

SelkiesCurseTitle: The Selkie’s Curse
Series: N/A
Author: Helen Louise Caroll
Genre: Fantasy/ Shapeshifter/ Paranormal
Length: Novella (123 Pages)
Publisher: Amber Allure, Amber Quill Press (May 25th, 2014)
Heat Level: Moderate
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥4.75Hearts
Blurb: Boy billionaire Evan Munro has been having a rough time. He’s estranged from his family. His art instructor hates him. And his grandfather is babbling about Selkies and ancient curses. Things start to look up, though, when Evan meets Lorne Guthrie, the hot model in his life-drawing class. The two have sexual chemistry, and don’t waste time acting on it.

But there’s something strange about Lorne. At times, he acts like two different people. And what’s with that Scottish accent that comes and goes?

Could Evan’s grandfather be right? Is Lorne a Selkie? And where does that leave them?
Product Link: http://www.amberquill.com/store/p/1971-The-Selkie-s-Curse.aspx

Reviewer: Shorty
Review: Evan Monro, boy billionaire, is attending SC4. After the professor criticizes his artwork, he leaves class doubting his work. While sitting under a tree he meets a handsome man named Lorne Guthrie who he is immediately attracted to, and realizes Lorne is the model they were sketching in class. Lorne is charming and sexy and immediately asks Evan out. Evan accepts and they find themselves in Lorne’s loft having passionate sex.

The next day Evan gets a mysterious phone call from his grandfather Math requesting that he return home immediately. Fearing the worst he tells Lorne he would like to see him when he gets back and heads for home. Upon arrival, his grandfather sets him down and tells him the story of the Selkie’s curse. The first Monro stole the Selkie’s coat after watching it transform into a human after it left the water. Monro hid the coat from the Selkie. The Selkie was never able to transform back without its coat. So it stayed, got married, and had children. On its deathbed, he requested Monro’s presence. After ordering everyone out but Monro, the Selkie cursed him and all future generations, saying none will ever find happiness.

Math explains that as long as someone had the coat they’d be rich. But that with each generation the Selkie would come back and try to get it back. Not believing, Evan leaves and heads back to Lorne. He starts to notice that it seems like Lorne is actually two people. Lorne knows that he’s had what he calls the other Lorne inside him all his life. The other Lorne does things he would never be able to do. When Evan tells him about the Selkie’s curse, he gets frightened. Could that be the other half inside, possessing him?

This story was fascinating to read. Mystery, paranormal, possession a family curse, and intrigue are all in this wonderful story. It intrigued me from the start. The story of the first Monro and the Selkie’s coat was very good. It did sadden me to learn of the different Selkie’s death and how none of them was able to persuade the owners of it at the time to give it back. Beautifully written. I will be checking out this author’s other stories, as this was the first one I read and loved.

Make Believe by Nessa Vincent

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Series: Zephyr Ranch, Book 7
Author: Nessa Vincent
Genre: Fantasy/ Paranormal
Length: Novella (162 Pages)
ISBN: 978-1-62300-811-6
Publisher: Loose Id (June 10th, 2014)
Heat Level: Moderate
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥4.5Hearts
Reviewer: Lisa

Blurb: Fitz ought to know better than to want what he can’t have, but when it comes to Eli, he can’t seem to help it. When Fitz discovers Eli swimming naked one afternoon, he overcomes his doubts to have the man he wants. But he knows he can’t afford to get attached. He’s a pariah in the supernatural world and a killer as well. Plus, there’s someone trying to kill him.

Eli sees things differently. Both of them have been ostracized and abandoned, Fitz by the supernatural world, Eli by the real one. Eli believes he can find the home he’s always searched for at Zephyr Ranch, with Fitz by his side.

But even Eli has to admit that one serious problem stands between them: every day, Cyril Soldati’s control over the supernatural world tightens. Cyril sees Fitz as a barrier between him and absolute power, a barrier he intends to remove. Though Fitz is resigned to a final fight, he begins to doubt whether he can kill again, even if Cyril’s death would keep the supernatural world safe. He wants to be the kind of man worthy of Eli, but he might not get a choice.
Purchase Link: http://www.loose-id.com/zephyr-ranch-7-make-believe.html
Review: This is book seven in this series and they need to be read in order. It keeps you from getting lost in the story and it gives you an insight in to their world. A world that you could get lost in. It is an amazing series although it was missing something. I am not sure what though. I love the characters that Nessa gives you. Fitz drives me absolutely crazy. Here he has this sexy little man who wants him, but because of the fact that he is a chimera and doesn’t have a counterpart, he doesn’t let him know that deep down he wants Eli.

Eli on the other hand is a sweet heart. He is a changeling and although he doesn’t have a counterpart either he doesn’t let it affect him. He has never known who he truly was, and he did want to know but he also wanted Fitz to know that he wants him. Both of them were ostracized and abandoned or so he thought, but Eli sees things differently. He sees Fitz differently. Even though Fitz was through the supernatural world, Eli was abandoned by the real world. He believes he can find a home at the Zephyr Ranch and can make it a home for Fitz.

Now all he has to do is to get Fitz to see it his way also. They do have a serious problem that stands between them every day. Cyril’s control over the supernatural world tightens. Cyril sees Fitz as a barrier between him and absolute power. He has to remove it. Fitz knows there is to a final fight, but he thinks he can never kill again. Although he thinks it would make the world safer, he just doesn’t know if he can kill. He wants to be what Eli needs, but he doesn’t realize that Eli wants him no matter what he does or who he is.

I loved this book, although it was a bit hard to get into like normal. It just took me a bit longer to get through it. However once I got started, I could not put the story down. I love the world that they live in, how they fight to stop evil from spreading. It doesn’t hurt that when these two get together they are melting the snow around them. I have got to check out the rest of Nessa stories, because they are amazing. It gives you sexy men, intriguing situations, hot sex, excitement, and danger. All you could want in a book and so much more.

Desires’ Guardian by Tempeste O’Riley

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Series: Desires Entwined, #2
Author: Tempeste O’Riley
Genre: Erotic Romance
Length: Novel (200 pages)
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (June 5th, 2014)
Blurb: Most people see Chase Manning as the party-boy twink he seems on the surface. Only James, Chase’s BFF, knows the depth of his loyalty and the extent of the wounds Chase carries inside. When Chase meets Rhys Sayer things don’t go well, but he can’t shake his attraction to the huge, sexy man.

Rhys is a man of contradictions and fear—a strange combination for a PI and bodyguard. He’s in a bad place emotionally when he sets eyes on Chase for the first time. When Chase puts the moves on him, Rhys insults him, thwarting any possibility of a relationship. Rhys doesn’t see himself as a complicated man, but he dreads the very kind of connection he desires.

Just as they’re trying to overcome their uncertainties, Chase is put in harm’s way. Luckily, Rhys and their friends have all the right talents to help Rhys save the man of his dreams.
Heat Level: Moderate
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥4.5Hearts
Product Link: http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=5064

Reviewer:  Tams

Review: Chase Manning is still reeling over the brush off and subsequent insult that fell from the delectable lips of one Rhys Sayers. Chase is accomplished and successful in his career, the rock and strength for his best friend James, but his personal life is nonexistent. Everyone, including the sexy PI that makes his blood boil and his dick hard all at the same time, thinks of Chase as a party animal bed hopping twink. And Chase is anything but any of these things.

Rhys Sayers is smitten with smaller, smart, and sexy IT guy from the start. Having just gotten out of a bad relationship with someone who resembles Chase, in physical appearance only, Rhys is brash and insulting to Chase when he makes a move on him. He immediately regrets his actions, but Chase is already walking away. The two end up working together and in very close quarters, which makes it hard for either of them to deny their mutual attraction. After words are exchanged and few items from Chase’s desk are thrown, and a heated, wet kiss is shared… the two wind up in Rhys bed. And it is nothing that either of them expected.

Appearances can be deceiving, and while Chase can accept Rhys taking charge at work and taking care of him in public, in the bedroom, Chase takes control. And the big man with Welsh roots and a temper to match both his height and his upbringing, loves every minute of it! While Rhys and Chase are trying to safely navigate the minefields that litter their budding relationship, a killer at large is targeting Chase’s ex boyfriends. Could Chase be the next target?

This is my favorite in this series so far. I love seeing how these characters are growing, all of them. As individuals, as couples, as friends and as a family. There is more back-story for Chase and James, their friendship and how they met and grew so close. You also get a more in-depth look into Chase’s past. Why he always wears the cuff bracelet, the story behind the necklace. Just all the little details that O’Riley put into this story that made it even more engaging. I loved the role reversal for the two male leads, with what you first see and think being opposite of what they become. These two are really passionate and electric when they come together.

This is the third book in a series that should be read in order, and I suggest you do. If you are a fan of hard luck stories, where there is happiness and success in the end then you’ll love these books. There is some mystery and suspense, love, loss, betrayal but most important, there is some hot mens and they get their happy ever after. I got a little misty eyed, I swear! I’m so excited for Dal and Alex’s story next, write faster Tempeste!!!

Storm’s Eye by Dean Gray

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Series: N/A
Author: Dean Gray
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Novel (170 Pages)
Publisher: Extasy Books (May 1st, 2014)
Heat Level: Explicit
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥4 1/2Hearts
Blurb: Jordan, a grieving artist finds handsome stranger Zane unconscious at a local lighthouse and is drawn into a mystery worthy of the novels he illustrates

In spite of all the bad memories and fears, Jordan had dutifully returned home to Mt. Desert Island, Maine to look after his ailing mother. Now, financially devastated by her care and emotionally exhausted by her death, Jordan tries to pick up the pieces of his life and rebuild his floundering career as an illustrator. While working on a new commission, he finds a man unconscious at the local lighthouse. When the man regains consciousness, he has no memory.

The only clue to his identity is a limited edition hardcover copy of Storm’s Eye, a mystery novel by Jordan’s favorite author and client. Inside is a scrawled dedication, ‘To Zane’. What is this man’s story? And why, since meeting him, has Jordan’s life strangely paralleled the plot of the book that he carried? Will Jordan weather the harrowing trials of ‘Storm’s Eye’? Or will he become a casualty of the mysterious stranger to whom he opened his heart?

Product Link: http://www.extasybooks.com/storm-s-eye/
Reviewer: Shorty
Review: Jordan is an illustrator who went back home to care for his mother who his dying of cancer. After four months, she looses the battle. Now grieving he tries to pick up the pieces of his life and continue to live. Receiving the information that an old client who had kicked started his illustration career, author Greyson Roberts who writes a hit series of mystery novels, hires him to the illustration for the book that he’s rewriting. The book is called Storm’s Eye.

After receiving instructions for what the author wants he sets off for the old lighthouse that been condemned now, where he used to hang out as a kid. A thirty-minute walk later, he arrives at the lighthouse and starts taking pictures. Once he’s finished, he is surprised to find the door unlocked, so he goes in and immediately sees footprints in the dust on the floor and realizes the old stove is warm. Deciding to stay and sketch a while, he gets lost in it. Suddenly hearing a noise upstairs he gets nervous and decides to leave but his dog Sam bolts up the stairs to the noise. He slowly follows and comes to a sudden stop as he sees someone lying down on the floor face down. After helping the stranger up, he asks who he is. The stranger panics and replies he doesn’t know. From there the events that take place take a turn for the worse, as it seems someone is trying to recreate the scenes in the author Greyson’s new book.

All evidence points to the stranger, Evan, but it him or someone from Jordan’s past. I loved reading all the details in this book. I could picture myself at the beach seeing what the author described. The illustrations that Jordan drew were breathtaking. A wonderfully written mystery novel that had romance, mystery, deceit, past abuse, action, and adventure from the beginning to the end. Passionate scenes that set the pages on fire. If you like, mystery books you should definitely read this book.

That’s Who I Am by Jayden Brooks (Mended Daily Dose) Interview, Review & Giveaway!

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Hello peeps, we have a treat for you now as Jayden Brooks joins us with her debut story That’s Who I Am from the Mended Daily Dose collection. Jayden chased me down for a live interview where she got a bit cheeky and frisky but was loads of fun, there’s my review for this little gem and there’s also your chance to win your own copy with the comment giveaway 😉 There’s still a few days left with the Rafflecopter giveaway for the entire Mended Daily Dose collection so don’t forget to click… good luck guys and enjoy ❤ ~Pixie~

And the lucky comment winner for Ronnie Matthew’s Wake Me Up Inside is Sula! Congratulations 🙂 ❤  

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Life comes with a bit of hurt, but luckily for these men, it also comes with the right amount of comfort to mend their breaks, both of the body and the heart. From facing deranged exes to economic trials, the men in these tales have faced trial by fire–or in some cases water–for the right to love and live. Step into their shoes as they rebuild their family after a gutting betrayal or traverse the stars with an unexpected partner. The Mended Daily Dose package delivers stories about all kinds of second chances built on love. 

Felicitas Ivey Zahra Owens Emily Moreton Cardeno C. S.A. Garcia Elizabeth Noble M. Lee Ellis Carrington Kim Fielding Ari McKay E.T. Malinowski Bru Baker K.C. Wells Gwynn Marssen Lee Comyn Ashavan Doyon Eli Easton Charley Descoteaux Therese Woodson MA Ford Kenzie Cade Coral Moore L.D. Blakeley Chloe Stowe Ronnie Matthews Jayden Brooks Diane Lennox C. Callenreese Mars Novak Emma Wilson

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Bound for Trouble by E.M. Lynley Blog Tour, Excerpt, Review & Giveaway!

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Hi guys, today we have E.M. Lynley’s brand new release Bound for Trouble visiting the blog so get a good gander at what it has to offer 😉 We have a tasty excerpt and a fantastic giveaway and we have Tootsie’s glowing review 🙂 So guys enjoy what Bound for Trouble has to offer and then click that Rafflecopter link 🙂 ❤ ~Pixe~ 

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Bound for Trouble

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E.M. Lynley

Daniel “Deke” Kane is a broken man, facing the end of his career in the FBI. He’s on desk duty after a botched drug raid left the suspects and two children dead. He’s got one chance to prove himself, or the only thing he’ll be investigating is the Help Wanted ads.

Ryan Griffiths has been on the run for ten years. Forced onto the streets when his father kicked him out, Ryan earns his living in other men’s beds. Finding his john dead in a hotel room drives him under the radar until a favorite client gives him a chance at a safe, clean life. But Ryan’s relatively stable new world shatters when Deke Kane catches up with him.

When Deke’s tasked to take down a drug dealer with terrorist ties and a taste for the dark side of BDSM, his only chance to get close is the suspect’s interest in Ryan, and he convinces Ryan to become a confidential informant. In return, Deke offers Ryan immunity from his past. As Ryan falls under the drug lord’s domination, Deke finds himself falling for Ryan.

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