Friday, September 30, 2011

Check Out My {September} R.A.K.!


R.A.K. {Random Acts of Kindess} is a monthly feature hosted by the awesome ladies at Book Soulmates! It's a great way to surprise a fellow blogger or reader with a great read off their wish list. For more information or to sign up and participate, head on over to Book Soulmates or click HERE


THIS MONTH
I SENT:
  
Darkfever, Bloodfever & Faefever by Karen Marie Moning 


 I RECEIVED:
 
A huge thanks to Lesley from My Keeper Shelf for 
Archangel's Blade by Nalini Singh & Blood Bound by Rachel Vincent

Thanks again Lesley!


Be sure to join us in October for more Random Acts of Kindess!

Thanks to our awesome hosts!

Book Soulmates


18 & Over Book Blogger Follow

18 & Over Book Blogger Follow is a weekly feature that begins on Fridays and runs through the weekend, hosted by Crystal from Reading Between the Wines and Kelly at Secrets of a Book Lover. (This meme was formerly hosted by Laurie from Bitten by Paranormal Romance.)

The 18 & Over Book Blogger Follow is a Friday blog hop with the objective to find and visit other book blogs that share the same interest as you, namely books geared towards the 18 & over crowd, and make new friends!


How to join in:
  • You should run a book blog that features and reviews mostly adult reads, some Y.A.’s are okay but 18 & over adult reads should be your majority.
  • Make a separate post for the 18 & Over Book Blogger Follow on your blog.
  • Copy the html for the button on either host's site and place it at the top of your post.
  • List & answer the ‘Question of the Week.’

Head on over to Reading Between the Wines or Secrets of a Book Lover for the rest of the details!

Question of the week:

Which paranormal creature would you like to see more of in paranormal romances? 


I've recently read two series that have left me wanting more of dragons. I never thought I'd enjoy a paranormal romance with dragons, I think it's because I always picture them in a fantasy setting but after reading Katie MacAlister's Aisling Grey Guardian Series and Jennifer Turner's Darkness Within Series I was sold on the sexy dragon shifters! They're brooding, sexy and give a whole new meaning to heating things up the in the bedroom! Feel free to recommend any other dragon-shifter series you have read!


What paranormal creature do you want more of in paranormal romance? 
I'm curious!


Thursday, September 29, 2011

Mini Review: Somewhere in Between by Stacey Kennedy

Somewhere In Between
Author: Stacey Kennedy
Series: {1NightStand ~ Book #2}
Genre: Erotic Romance
Publisher: Decadent Publishing
Format: ebook, 46 pages
Source: Author
Buy it here: Amazon | Decadent Publishing

U.S. Marshal, Wyatt Tanning is in a race to catch a serial killer who has evaded the authorities. Just as the case hits a dead end, an unexpected email gives him a lead. As much as he wants to share the surprising message with his lover, Rye Daniels, he must hunt a killer first. 

Darby Grant never expected that one night would change her life forever, but that’s exactly what happened. Not only has she been abducted, but she is in a situation that nightmares are made of. As she begins to lose all hope, fate steps in to offer her aid, but she’s well aware things will never be the same again. Soon, though, Darby begins to realize that might not be such a bad thing… (Goodreads)

*Warning: Contains m/m and a ménage love scene.

My Romancing Thoughts:

So HOT my Nook almost melted!

In Takedown, we meet U.S. Marshall Wyatt Tanning who seeks the woman of his dreams in an unconventional way and gets quite a surprise when he ends up falling for UFC fighter, Rye Daniels. While on a case to find a serial killer, Wyatt receives a lead from the very woman who set him up with Rye, Madame Eve, and is able to rescue Darby Grant from the hands of the killer before she can become another victim. A month after her abduction has passed, Darby is starting to piece her life back together when she finds US Marshall Wyatt at her home and learns the killer who almost took her life is on the loose and intent on finishing what he started. Forced to leave her "normal" life behind, she finds herself with a sexy new and exciting future!

Stacey Kennedy can do no wrong in my book! Somewhere in Between is a sexy, short tale for anyone that's looking for a little spice and excitement in their reading. I love the strong Alpha male characters Wyatt and Rye are in the first in the series and they made me love them even more in this book! Darby is an emotional wreck after her near death experience with a sadistic serial killer, Marcus, who kidnapped and tortured her before Wyatt saved her. She has a wall up and is not trustworthy of others, but that all changes when she's in the company of Wyatt and his lover Rye. In Darby, Wyatt sees the missing piece to completely fulfill his life, a female companion that can give him the family he's always wanted,  something that catches him completely off guard. Vulnerable Darcy feels safe in the company of Wyatt and Rye and soon finds herself attracted to both men.

Things flow pretty quickly once everyone's feelings are revealed. Wyatt and Rye are hot together, but nothing prepared me for the sensuality Darby brought out in them. While both characters had instant chemistry with Darby, I was a little surprised to see how quickly Rye accepted her into his relationship with Wyatt and how tender he was with her. I love how these two strong men offer Darby their protection and are willing to put their own emotions aside to see her heal from this tragedy. In the end Darby started her healing process with the love of not one but two handsome princes by her very own secret fairy godmother, Madame Eve!

This book is written in a novella-style but gives the reader a solid story by adding suspense and sexy romance. It can be read as a stand-alone but I highly recommend reading the first in the series to get a better understanding of the characters. Somewhere in Between is a smokin' hot read that is sure to please erotic romance lovers and spark the interest of those new to the ménage genre!


*Note: This book contains explicit sexual content and situations that some readers may find objectionable: M/M, Menage, and M/F/M sexual scenes.


My Rating


Romancing the Darkside Recommends: If you enjoy love triangles where everyone wins, love smut and guy-on-guy action!

Previous Book in the Series:

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Review + Giveaway: Angels of the Night: Discovery

Angels of the Night: Discovery
Author: Paula Kennedy
Series: {Angels of the Night ~ Book #1}
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Champagne Books
Format: ebook, 188 pages
Source: Author
Buy it here: AmazonChampagne Books

Allison Webber is tired of looking over her shoulder. Stalked by shadows her entire life, she embraces the invitation to join a secret society hiding the existence of vampires. Things heat up quickly in this all male cult when she catches the eyes of two sexy vampire twins, Thane and Darcy Wallace. Amid steamy encounters with the identical twins competing for her attention, Allison learns her mission is to aid a select group of vampires, the Angels of the Night, as they hunt and destroy the females of their species. Completely taken with the brothers and her new role, she fails to see that one of the twins has been using her. Allison must delve deep within herself for the courage to save the brother she loves and destroy the one who betrayed her. (Goodreads)

My Romancing Thoughts:

A thrilling debut of mystery, secret societies and vampires!

When Allison Webber is approached by her father to join a secret society of men, mainly for her own protection, she barely questions the invitation and agrees. The secret society is none other than the Masons, a long established society of men who know of the existence of vampires and work hard to keep their kind a secret. At her first meeting Allison is introduced to Thane and Darcy Wallace, two gorgeous vampire twins who are part of the Angels of Night, vampire warriors whose job is to track and eliminate the bloodthirsty females of their kind. As the only woman member, Allison is to assist the Wallace brothers in their quest, all while trying to resist the undeniable attraction between them that is forbidden, which is proving to be harder than she ever imagined.

I must admit that I was first drawn to this book by it's title and beautiful cover and guessed it probably falls into the Young Adult genre. I was pleasantly surprised when I started reading it and found that although the characters are young, the story reads and has elements that would easily capture an adult reader's attention. The author's writing style is fluid and draws you into each scene with her splendid cast of characters.

I found Allison to be a smart, fun and young heroine. She's still in high school but isn't your typical "woe is me" teenage girl and I really like that she is her own person and doesn't give in to the constant peer pressure that comes along with trying to fit in. When she meets Darcy and Thane there's some major chemistry that she struggles with (especially when she finds out they're vampires) that makes her character very relatable for anyone who's ever been a teenage girl! Allison really blew me away with how easily she accepts the existence of vampires and her role in the society of the Masons, I don't think I would have responded the same way in her shoes but I commend her for being courageous.

Thane and Darcy might be twins but these two are far from identical! Thane is the strong, brooding type, a man of little words. His twin and Allison's love interest, Darcy, is the mischievous "bad-boy" who still holds on to his humanity despite being a vampire. They often reminded me of Louis and Lestat from Interview with a Vampire! Darcy is my favorite of the two brothers, he's strong, sexy and has tons of charm but also has a dark past he reveals to Allison, his vulnerability in that moment is why I fell for him. The tension between Darcy and Allison is spectacular (and sometimes drove me crazy) but you have to love a gentleman! Thane is a complex and intriguing character that will have you doubting your thoughts on him and then completely surprise you. He is the very definition of a wolf in sheep's clothing but there's still something sexy and entertaining about him!

The interactions between Thane, Darcy and Allison are what really drives the story, enabling the reader to step into their world with ease. The switching between Allison's point of view and Darcy's was a bit confusing, as it comes towards the last chapters of the book, but doesn't deter you from continuing with the story. Filled with secrets, forbidden romance and betrayal, Angels of Night is a new and exciting addition to the paranormal genre that will draw both new and old vampire romance fans and have you wanting more!

My Rating


*Big thanks to Paula Kennedy for allowing me to review!*


Romancing the Darkside Recommends:
If you love mini-love triangles, young love, vampires and twins!




Paula is offering one of her beautiful Angels of the Night bookmarks to 10 lucky winners!

Giveaway Details:
Giveaway runs from September 27th - October 1st, 11:59pm, EST.
Open to US and CAN residents Only.

To Enter:
1. You must leave a comment on this post.
2. Fill out THIS FORM.

GOOD LUCK!


Teaser Tuesday {16}

Teaser Tuesdays is a bookish meme hosted by Should Be Reading.
  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share 2 "teaser" sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn't give too much away! You don't want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers! 

My Teaser:




"Trent's hand closed over hers with a surge of power that jolted through her, searing ever nerve, every fiber, flooding her with an energy that was not her own, but belonged to her in a way she did not understand. An energy that made her more aware in that instant of Jacob Trent than of life itself." 
- Sins of the Angels by Linda Poitevin

What's your Teaser this Tuesday? Please share!


Sunday, September 25, 2011

Betraying the Pack Giveaway Blitz

 
 The fabulous Eve Langlais is out promoting her latest release, a sexy shifter/werewolf paranormal romance. As part of her giveaway blitz, Eve is giving away 10 ecopies of Betraying the Pack, one at each of her blog tour stops! If you're a paranormal romance junkie like me, you won't want to miss the chance to win your very own copy!


Betraying the Pack by Eve Langlais
Pack Series ~ Book Two


Pack law states she can have up to four mates, if she can find the courage to choose them.

Escaping a kidnapping duo, Bailey runs into a naked man in the middle of the woods. And he’s not alone.

Rescued by a quad of hunks, then kept against her will, she doesn’t know what to think or do—other than scream that is—when she discovers they are werewolves. Even more frightening, they want her as their mate despite her human status.

But there’s more to Bailey than meets the eye, and she comes to the attention of an evil force that wants to use her. Can Bailey keep herself from his clutches, or will he somehow force her to betray the pack?

And just how does a girl raised with human morals come around to accepting pack law which states females can choose up to four mates, and more shocking, take them to her bed, all at once?

Warning: Not all gorgeous blond cowboys with dark-haired sidekicks met in a bar will be werewolves, but if they are, prepare to howl, because when it comes to loving their mate, nothing beats their hands-on tag team approach.

Betraying the Pack can be purchased here:


About the Author:
I'm writing romance the way I like it--hot with a touch of paranormal fun. I enjoy reading and writing stories that push the envelope of what we consider normal, and I love to push boundaries--and in some cases totally smash them. I tend to have a lot of sexual tension in my tales as I think all torrid love affairs start with a tingle in our tummies. My heroes are very male, you could even say border line chest thumping at times. So if you want a truly sensitive man, I am not for you. But that said, my men will do almost anything for the one they love. Even babysit. For more on me and my work please see my website http://www.evelanglais.com.




One lucky reader will win an ecopy of Betraying the Pack.

Giveaway Details:
Must be 18 years or older.
Giveaway runs from September 25th - October 2nd, 12:01am EST.
Open to US, CAN and INT.

To Enter: 
Fill out the Rafflecopter form below.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Winner of the 18 + Over Book Blogger Giveaway Hop!

Sorry I'm a little late with announcing this one!

Winner of my 18 + Over Book Blogger Giveaway, chosen by random.org is...



{Winner has been notified via email.}


Thanks to all who entered and for all your support!



Friday, September 23, 2011

Unruly Magic Giveaway Blitz

I'd like to welcome Camilla Chafer once again to Romancing the Darkside. Camilla is promoting her latest release Unruly Magic and is stopping by today on her Giveaway Blitz! This is a great new paranormal romance series filled with magic, a little mystery and plenty of romance. Check out more about her latest release below and stick around for a fabulous giveaway!


Unruly Magic by Camilla Chafer
Stella Mayweather Series ~ Book Two



A witch on the run.
A quiet little town where everything is far from normal.
A fractured witch council threatening to tear the supernatural world apart.

Life hasn't been easy for novice witch Stella but small town life seems to be agreeing with her. When a frightened young woman appears in Stella's house and begs for her protection, Stella is pulled into a dangerous game where she'll need both her magic and her wits to unravel the secrets that surround her.

Just what is her new home town's big mystery? Is Stella's new charge really on the run from the Council or is she a dangerous murderer ready to manipulate her way to freedom? And with old friends and new seemingly ready to help, who can Stella trust when she's not even all that sure that they don't have their own agenda.

With bewitching friends and two super-sexy mysterious men by her side, Stella must uncover dangerous truths, fast, before she ends up paying the ultimate price.

Unruly Magic is available at:


About the Author:
Hi, I'm Camilla and I'm the author of Illicit Magic and Unruly Magic, the first two books in the Stella Mayweather Paranormal Series. The series starts with a lonely young English woman, Stella, who has been caught up in a terrifying witch hunt and is whisked thousands of miles away to what she thinks is safety to learn her craft. The series is a blend of magic and mystery with a splash of romance and a dash of humour - and while the girls really do go all out to save themselves, there's always a hunky guy or two on hand to help them out.

I live in London, UK but I try to travel as often as I can - lately I've been to Paris, all over Denmark, Luxembourg, and several US states. In my day job I'm a journalist and editor so I write for magazines, newspapers and websites throughout the world (my favourite assignment was spending a week riding rollercoasters - if you listen carefully you can probably still hear me screaming).

For more information on Camilla, visit her here:



Two (2) lucky winners will win an ecopy of Unruly Magic
How do I enter you ask?

Just fill out the the Rafflecopter form below.





Find the entire Giveaway Blitz schedule here.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

18 & Over Book Blogger Follow

18 & Over Book Blogger Follow is a weekly feature that begins on Fridays and runs through the weekend, hosted by Crystal from Reading Between the Wines and Kelly at Secrets of a Book Lover. (This meme was formerly hosted by Laurie from Bitten by Paranormal Romance.)

The 18 & Over Book Blogger Follow is a Friday blog hop with the objective to find and visit other book blogs that share the same interest as you, namely books geared towards the 18 & over crowd, and make new friends!


How to join in:
  • You should run a book blog that features and reviews mostly adult reads, some Y.A.’s are okay but 18 & over adult reads should be your majority.
  • Make a separate post for the 18 & Over Book Blogger Follow on your blog.
  • Copy the html for the button on either host's site and place it at the top of your post.
  • List & answer the ‘Question of the Week.’

Head on over to Reading Between the Wines or Secrets of a Book Lover for the rest of the details!

Question of the week:

We all love our hunky heroes, but what heroine do you have a girl-crush on?


Now that's a good question! I'm going to go with: 

ELENA DEVERAUX
(Guild Hunter Series by Nalini Singh)

Elena's bad ass,
She's kick ass, 
True to herself,
Loves to dress in leather,
Can track vampires with her awesome powers,
Has the most powerful archangel, Raphael, wrapped around her finger,
Gets to flirt and fight with the smokin' Bluebell,
Became an angel herself, now has beautiful black wings and flys!

Yeah, I think that's enough for me to crush on her...

Who's your heroine girl-crush? Come on, you know you have one!

Cover Reveal: Biting Cold by Chloe Neill


THE REVEAL...

Biting Cold by Chloe Neill
Chicagoland Vampires ~ Book Six
Release Date: August 2012


MY THOUGHTS...

This might beat out Hard Bitten as my fave! Merit looks kick ass, as usual and I'm loving that she's in jeans and not leather. There's an air of mystery to her this time around with only a partial image of her face revealed, it's enticing. The colors and backdrop of the city is beautifully portrayed and it looks like Merit is on the road to finally finding her true self! I can't wait to hear what Chloe has in store for us with this one!

So, what do you think? I'd love to know!


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