Monday, February 29, 2016

Review: The Dusk Gate Chronicles Boxed Set, Books 1-4

The Dusk Gate Chronicles Boxed Set, Books 1-4 The Dusk Gate Chronicles Boxed Set, Books 1-4 by Breeana Puttroff
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Have you ever read a book so vivid it stayed with you long after you finished it? A book that crept into your dreaming mind and left you with full vivid dreams that you remembered even after you woke up? This book, or should I say books since it's the first four books in the series did exactly that! I was in a reading funk looking for something completely different to cleanse my reading palate and now I'm hooked on this world. This is sort of a combination of sci-fi, with it's alternate dimension, a love story that transcends worlds (literally), some high fantasy with a struggle to reclaim her throne and some of the most memorable characters I've come across in a long time. Fans of S.L. Morgan's Guardians series will love this one. There are a lot of the same elements and story tropes found in both books with one exception...The Dusk Gate Chronicles has christian overtures that S.L. Morgan's work does not have. The religious elements do not in any way take away from this epic story line in fact it enhances it on a completely different level.
The premise of this series begins with our main character Quinn Robbins whose curiosity leads her to follow the shy quiet boy William Rose to discover what his secret is. How does William always manage to disappear into what is seemingly thin air. What Quinn discovers in the first of the four books is beyond anything she could have ever imagined. Another dimension that exists next to Earth's and in that world William Rose is not the shy quiet boy she's come to know at Bristlecone High.
There are seven books in this series so far with two novella's and one alternate point of view book which is the first book told from Williams point of view.
I would recommend this series to anyone looking for something completely different. The story is clean with no sex scenes so it's completely appropriate for younger readers. There are plenty of political and moral dilemma's that the characters face in their struggles to right the wrongs of the previous generation. This series sparked a great conversation between me and my nine year old son who read the books with me. Some of the more complex story lines were beyond his reach so I'd recommend this book to anyone ages 13 and up.
This series gets a five star review from me as the author manages to take you on a literary roller coaster of emotions and her details of the Deusterros is so vivid you feel as if you're actually there when you're reading it.

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Friday, February 26, 2016

CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!


Hey everyone thank you so much for participating Tuesday in our Chloe Neill blog tour and leaving your awesome comments.

We've listed the winners below so if you see your name please email Roxanne at roxanddak@yahoo.com with your preferred mailing address so we can get your book swag goodies out to you.

Without further ado our winners are below:

Kristen Michelle: you have won the Chicagoland Vampires book covers bookmarks


Eva@all books considered: You've won the Cadogen House Lanyard


Our Grand Prize Winner of the Limited Edition Cadogen House Pennant and cadogen stickers is.....
ANNE!! Anne we only have your first name so we're copying your comment below so you know which one we're speaking about.  "Great questions, but Merit possibly having shifter blood was a complete surprise. It never occurred to me to think it was a possibility yet she does have that connection....

She better get her HEA, I can't take much more after last night's X-Files!




Winners please email Roxanne at roxanddak@yahoo.com or myself at wrainbeauprater@gmail.com with your preferred mailing address by Friday March 4th. 

We'll be hosting two more book swag raffles in March. March 2nd we'll be hosting a raffle for an ebook copy of MIDNIGHT MARKED which releases March 1st. 

We'll also be hosting a St. Patricks day raffle for The Veil the new series by Chloe Neill. Be sure to check back next week and March 14th for your chance to win more awesome Chloe Neill prizes!!


Thursday, February 25, 2016

Book Swag and Cadogen House Pennant


First let us say thank you to Chloe Neill for choosing us as one of her stops on her book blog tour for Midnight Marked! Thank you Chloe Neill you were amazing to have on here.

Secondly we'd like to thank all of our readers for stopping by and leaving a comment. We love reading and we love reviewing books here on our site and nothing gives us more pleasure than hearing from our readers. You all are the reason we do this so THANK YOU to everyone that came by.

We are closing the raffle now and we'll be drawing names this evening. Check back here tomorrow to see if you're one of the lucky winners of some sweet book swag. The winner of the limited edition Cadogen House Pennant will also be posted tomorrow.

Friday's winners post will be the last one for this month of February and then we'll be back in March to kick off our newer book reviews. We'll hosting another raffle in March to all those that subscribe to our blog and that lucky winner will win an ebook copy of the new MIDNIGHT MARKED out March 1st! So be sure to check back with us next week and subscribe to our blog for your chance to win your copy of Midnight Marked.

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

A review of A hold on Me by Pat Esden

A Hold On Me by Pat Esden

Thank you to Netgalley for a copy of this arc in exchange for a fair review!

I don't even know where to start with this! I don't know what I expected, some romance with some thrills, but this was so much more! I liked the cover and I read the synopsis and thought okay this will give me a bit of love and all the darkness I just have to have! I didn't expect a few things, and I am still deciding if it would spoiler to review some of that!

Annie (Stephanie) is a buyer of antiques and artifacts, and she is with her father when they make a purchase that seems innocent enough. Until her dad begins to change, and Annie desperately covers for him until a mistake with an antique poison ring alerts her father's lawyer that something is wrong. After she loses a battle with her Aunt and Grandfather over guardianship of her father, Annie returns to the home, her father fled from many years ago.

Immediately things begin to change, and as Annie notices symbols for witchcraft and pre-Arabiac language on artifacts, she starts to wonder what is really going on with her father.

I don't want to give away too much, so I am going to stop there and start raving about this book. In the beginning I really didn't know where this book was heading, and I won't lie I thought it was a standalone. Let me disabuse that notion right there it is beginning of a series or at the very least a two books. I love Annie, she is smart, funny and really open minded! I love her family too, it was really hard to love them in the beginning of the book, but by the end I was so invested in all of them!

Whew and Chase...there is just a touch of romance in this book and it is smoking hot when it is there. And the paranormal edge just totally shocked me in a great way! I was on the edge of my seat! I read the entire book in one sitting I had to know what was going on and what would happened. More than halfway through I was scared at the thought of it ending, and when I realized there would be a book 2 I was so happy I almost did a dance! I was not ready to let go of Annie and Chase, and well really any of them! This book was so good, I have to have my own copy! 

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Happily Ever After... Review of Love me Love me not by Alyxandra Harvey.

Love Me, Love Me Not By Alyxandra Harvery

Thank you to Netgalley for a copy of the Arc in exchange for a fair review. 

   Okay I really wanted to love this, but it fell short for me. I will get into the good, and bad here in a minute. I have read and loved other books by Alyxandra Harvey and will continue to do so. I picked this book and really didn't read the synopsis. I thought the cover looked great and I wanted to review some romance this month.... so then I saw reviews and no one was impressed and that worried me a tad, but I don't normally let anyone's opinion sway me, because I often find that what appeals to me can totally be unappealing to someone else. So if you look at reviews as your sole recommendation for reading a book, I think you should stop! lol no seriously you can use to as a tool, but I would never let another person's opinion make that decision for you. You may miss out on something wonderful for you.

The Good:
      I love the Romeo and Juliet vibe with the swans and the foxes. I was ready for this, I mean swans and foxes are not the norm in shifter verse and I was excited at the potential. I also enjoyed them having to earn their swan cloak, and I really enjoyed that they had their own myths and magic. I also really liked the dark twist with their swan magic, how it can make humans obsessive and in some cases completely over the edge.

The Bad: For me on the flip side of the Romeo and Juliet description I was waiting for Pierce to be a fox, and I kept thinking they are going to reveal this and it will be a swan and fox in love. Totally opposites. Yeah not so much, Pierce is a pretty good guy and his friendship with Ana is solid.  The romance, I wasn't feeling it at all, not sure if I didn't connect overall with the characters, but at times I almost felt that if had explored the feud a bit more, and let the romance alone it could have been so much.

I thought this was okay, and I thought if the feud, and the main characters had been a tad more filled out and more complex, and if there was something more in the swans and foxes this book could have been amazing. The potential is there, it had a lot of the right elements, just for me fell a little short of the goal. 


It's Chloe Neill Day!!!

Chloe Neill is with us today and she has graciously answered a few of the questions that you all submitted to her.


1. Is there a chance of a spin off series that focuses on the next generation of these characters?

I have many ideas for book series of all varieties, but there are no concrete plans at this time. There will be 13 Chicagoland Vampires books and at least 3 Devil's Isle books.

2: Does Merit have shifter blood in her lineage?

Nope! She was entirely human before becoming a vampire.

3: Does Mallory become an Ombusdman in this book or is she still going to become connected to House Cadogen as discussed in House Rules?

Mallory is not an Ombudsman employee, and she doesn't work for Cadogan House. She does volunteer for both.

4: Midnight Marked is the second to last book in the Chicagoland Vampire Series. How do you feel about being so close to end of their story?

I'll begin writing the last Chicagoland Vampires novel very soon (probably in a few weeks!), and I'll be sad when that book is complete.  But it's time for Merit to get her happily ever after!


There you have it ladies and gentleman the answers to your top four questions. Personally I agree with Chloe Neill it's time for Merit to get her Happily Ever After. It's been a great ride so far and I'm excitedly looking forward to next week when the 12th book in the series comes out Midnight Marked. Don't be sad readers there's still one more book after this one so Ethan, Merit, Mallory and Catcher and all your favorite characters will be back for one more book! 

Release Date MARCH 1ST!

Don't forget to leave a comment below to be entered for your chance to win some sweet book swag including a limited edition Cadogen House Pennant!!

Monday, February 22, 2016

Chloe Neill and Midnight Marked!!!

Hello and happy Monday faithful readers and followers!! Don't forget tomorrow we'll be hosting Chloe Neill on our blog in anticipation of her new book Midnight Marked out in stores and online March 1st!!

That's right next week you only have a few days left to pre-order your copy of the next book in the ChicagoLand Vampires series!!



Friday, February 19, 2016

Favorite Couples from Romance's


We only have a week and half left in the month of February and with that in mind here's your list of our favorite couples from Romance Novels.

Our number one pick from the New Adult Contemporary Romance Genre is Lily and Lo from the "Addicted" Series. This series has everything we loved from this genre. It was placed in today's time frame so the technology and situations were relatable to almost everyone. What can I say about this book that hasn't been said before? The main character Lily Calloway is an invisible heiress to a soda company with a shameful, dark, addiction and her best friend Loren Hale is the heir to Hale Industries a family based company that manufactures baby items. She's a sex addict and He's an alcoholic. The Addicted series will take you on a no holds barred journey through two people's struggle to confront their addictions, and the damage it's done to their families and friends all while finding themselves and their love in the darkest of times. What's worst than being a female in today's society with this type of addiction? Being a female in today's society with this type of addiction and having it exposed and exploited on national t.v. The Addicted series is raw, real and relatable to a lot of young people who see their lives played out on such social media platforms as Facebook, Twitter, and reality t.v.
In the sub genre Dark Fantasy our number one pick for favorite literary couples is: Jack Winters and Chloe Harper from  "Fired Up" book one in Jayne Anne Krentz's Dream Light Trilogy.
The story begins three centuries after Nicholas Winter accidentally warps his genetic make up in a failed alchemy experiment. Jack Winters a descendant of Nicholas's begins experiencing black out and nightmares a sure sign that he is about to succumb to the Winter's Curse. Jack knows his only hope of survival rests in the finding the Dream Light Lantern and he needs the help of a woman who can read and manipulate the dream light to reverse the curse. Enter Chloe Harper, a private investigator with uncanny knack of finding lost things and the ability access dream energy. Jack needs Chloe's help in finding the Dream Light Lantern and accessing the dreamlight energy to save his sanity and possibly his life. This trilogy follows the descentdants of Nicholas Winters from the Arcane Societies series also written by Jayne Anne Krentz. It's set in the early 90's so fans of more mature romance will appreciate this story. We liked it all those years ago when we read it and even know years later Jack and Chloe's story has the ability to make us wish for our own Jack Winters. You can pick these books up at any local library or most online booksellers including Amazon. If you're looking for a new sub genre of Romance Literature I would suggest giving Jayne Anne Krentz a try as her characters are very rich and three dimensional.
One last sub genre and then we're done for this week. This is one of my personal favorite sub genre's as it mixes a great love story with mystery, thrillers, and the futuristic. So without further ado the last but sub genre is Futuristic Romance! My pick for this genre is a lethal couple that come from the future set of New York and they were conceived and brought to life by the author J.D. Robb in her In Death Series. Book one introduces us to Lt. Eve Dallas a New York city homocide investigator and her love interest Irish Billionaire Roarke. During the course of a dangerous murder investigation Eve runs across the mysterious and dangerous Roarke. Eve lives by her instincts and every one of them is telling her to stay away from Roarke especially since he's the prime suspect in the murders that she's investigating. As I said before this book has a lot of the elements I love in a good story, a mysterious and dangerous killer on the loose, secrets that keep the reader guessing as to who Roarke really is and blood pumping thriller scenes that will have you on the edge of your seat praying that Eve Dallas comes out of this one alive. This is an established series so you won't be waiting around for the next book to come out you can dive right into this futuristic world of crime, murder, and passion.

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Like your romance dark, twisted, and Gothic? Dark Hero is the next book for you.


It's fairly rare that a piece of fiction catches me off guard and sends me sideways down the rabbit hole and yet this novel did exactly that!
I'm ashamed to say that I pre-judged this book by it's cover. I saw the traditional bodice ripping, dime store paperback, romance novel cover and ALMOST didn't read it. As it is I pushed off reading this book for months and it was only now that I'm going through my TBR list of books that I decided to give this a chance and I'm so glad that I did. Lily Silver this book cover does not do this story justice at all!

This is hands down the best gothic romance story I've read in YEARS! It has everything lovers of the Bronte Sister, Bram Stoker, and Thomas Hardy could ask for. It's dark and twisted and so, so Gothic!!

I did not see this coming at all I began reading this book expecting one thing and ended up with something spectacular. The book begins in England with the main character Elizabeth O'Flaherty as a 14 year old girl who witnesses the death of her mother at the hands of her abusive stepfather. Is that not dark enough for you? O.k. How about this..her grandmother is a druidic priestess who curses her mothers soul to never receive any rest from the grave until those that know confess the truth of her death to those that can give her justice. Oh but it gets even darker, the stepfather ends up taking Elizabeth and her younger brother Michael and running from the law. The siblings and their grandmother go from a fashionable townhouse in Mayfair London to a run down old shack in the English countryside where Elizabeth makes what money she can as a laundress and her brother Michael works as a stable boy for the resident lord. It is in this poverty that Elizabeth is introduced to our Dark Hero O'Donovan.

O'Donovan is in England to purchase a stud horse for his master the Count De Rochambeau's mares on his sugar plantation in the West Indies. He's an affable man with a solid financial future and he decides to ask Elizabeth for her hand in marriage. He convinces Elizabeth to run away with him to Gretna Green in Scotland for a quick marriage and then he'll take her and her younger brother and grandmother back to the West Indies with him. Elizabeth sees this as a way for her younger brother Michael to receive the education needed for him to take his title back as the Earl of Greystowe as is his birthright and agrees to the marriage but before anything can come it her stepfather Captain Fletcher intervenes. Fletcher hates the Irish and by extension he hates Elizabeth and her grandmother. When he finds out that O'Donovan has offered for his stepdaughter he refuses the claim and that evening he beats Elizabeth and her grandmother for defying him with an Irishman. Enter the Count. The Count that O'Donovan works for offers Fletcher for Elizabeths hand in marriage and a tidy sum of money he also makes allowance to become Michael's guardian and take the old grandmother off his hands. Fletcher, a notorious gambler and drunkard agrees and soon Elizabeth finds herself being married off to the Count who is so horribly disfigured he has to wear a black silk mask to cover his face. The Count puts Elizabeth on his ship and sends her off to his plantation in the West Indies but before she can make it there they are set upon by pirates!

Yes pirates!! What transpires during her captivity is nothing short of horrid and it's shrouded in mystery throughout the entire story.

This novel has so many twists and turns it'll keep you guessing all the way to the last page and when you read that finale..oh my STARS!!! There aren't enough words to adequately describe the shock and awe of that ending.

Sometimes as a reader you find a diamond in the rough, a literary gem that's been hidden by a bad book cover. It's so exciting to find an awesome story between those pages to be taken on an unexpected journey through the imagination that you weren't expecting to take. This is a literary gem it was like finding a gold nugget in the mud. I admit I cut my literary teeth on the likes of Bram Stoker, Charlotte Bronte, Thomas Hardy, and other gothic novels so it was with utter delight that I found this piece of work. Gothic Romance done well, and done right in this day and age it's a rarity so thank you Lily Silver. Thank you for making me a believer in this story I can't wait to read the next one in the series Bright Scoundrel.

Friday, February 12, 2016

Review: Almost Midnight

Almost Midnight Almost Midnight by Teresa McCarthy
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Almost Midnight, was a free read from Amazon and it was surprisingly good. I had never heard of this author before and I was taking a chance on her story. The book begins with a prophetic dream of when she'll meet her soulmate and it just gets more cinderella-ish from there. You won't be let down by this free read from Amazon and there are more books in the series if you want to stay and play in her universe for awhile.

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Fans of Neil Gaiman, R.L. Stine, and the Witching Hour will LOVE Grimm House!!

Ohhhh This book!!! This is the second Karen McQuestion book we've been lucky enough to review on our blog and her stories just get better and better.

This book is written for middle schoolers so think age range between 12-14 years old. That being said I read this book with my 9 year old son and he and I both LOVED it.

This book has so many shades of creepy it's hard to pin it down but I'm going to try. If you were a kid in the 90's you probably read a lot of R.L. Stine and his wildly successful horror series Goosebumps. This book is like a combination of that and Neil Gaiman's Coraline. It's creepy and hauntingly beautiful.

The book begins with a young 10 year old girl Hadley whose parents are away on a cruise trip. Hadley is a dancer she has natural talent and the dedication to practice for hours to improve her natural talent. In other words Hadley has PASSION for dancing. This is important to note because passion is what the two "Aunts" are after when one shows up to her house to tell her that her parents have gone missing at sea.

Hadley is at first suspicious of this Aunt that she knew nothing about until this night but Aunt Maxine convinces her that she has to come with her until her parents can be found.

Enter GRIMM HOUSE. This is the name of the house that Aunt Maxine and her sister Aunt Charmaine live in. The house is old, mildewy, and everything a creepy haunted house should be. The aunts inform Hadley that she'll be in charge of cleaning the house because "that's what children are for". The aunts then take Hadley on a tour of Grimm House and it's important to pay attention to the details that Hadley notices throughout the house they play a part in the ending of the story. To that end I'm not going to go into too much detail about the house itself, I wouldn't want to ruin the surprise, the only major thing to note is the Aunts tell her not to go into the attic for ANY REASON!
Aunt Maxine says "It will be the end of you, and I mean that exactly as it sounds."

Hadley is put to work cleaning Grimm House and a routine soon follows. She is taught how to cook and it's her job to make breakfast every morning, then clean house, wash the dishes, then she gets an hour outside for "fresh air" but the sky over Grimm House is always grey and dreary. At night after dinner Hadley dances for the aunts and they cheer her on and clap for her until she dances until she's exhausted and sore. Each day is the same routine until Hadley is told to sweep the basement. It's in the basement that she makes the acquaintance of the green glowing eyed roach GiGi. GiGi can talk and so can all her roach friends. GiGi tells Hadley that the roaches can be her friends and help her. At first Hadley is resistant to GiGi's friendship but soon learns that the roaches of Grimm House are special in their own way.

I can't tell you too much more without giving away spoilers and that would be truly tragic. I can tell you that I haven't read a book this amazing in a long time. I could not put this book down and my son was just as obsessed with it. If you're looking for a great story to read with the lights on this is the one for you. Regardless of your age you're going to fall in love with Grimm House, Hadley, and all her roach friends.

Grimm House comes out on February 15th and you can pick up a copy online at Amazon. Yes just in time to gift this book to your valentine.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Happily Ever After... or maybe not?

November 9
By Colleen Hoover


In honor of Valentine's Day, my first HEA is November 9 by Colleen Hoover. This is or was my second book by her and I admit that I fully intend to keep reading all of her books, because the feels...the feels are something else. I first read Ugly Love, and a lot of people complain about the book, but I think the title suits it and the book was a total tear fest and so many feels. So I was a little apprehensive about reading November 9, and I was totally right, I cried and cried during this book.

Fallon and Ben meet by total chance when he pretends to be her boyfriend while she is having a horrible dinner with her father. They hang out after and agree to not have any contact and to met again in one year at the same place. And so it begins while they want to make sure what they have is real, so every year it's no contact and meeting on the same date every year.

All during the year the struggle with their feelings for each other and the things that happen in their lives, until one year after a tragedy hits Ben life, everything changes, but when more secrets are unveiled, will Ben and Fallon get their happily ever after? Or will everything be broken?

This every year thing totally drove me crazy, but I was so hooked in the story I couldn't stop reading, and rooting for Ben and Fallon. When all the secrets are brought to light I cried and cried and cried. It was freaking crazy, I was so invested that I couldn't even hate anyone I just wanted to hug and love them both.

Colleen Hoover is the master at making you love her characters even when they are horribly flawed,and I am totally on board with that and can't wait to get my hands on everything she has previously written.  This is a beautifully written story full of hope, love, sadness and mistakes. So worth the read!

Monday, February 8, 2016

Paranormal/Urban Fantasy Couples that we love!!


Welcome back for another week of LOVE. Last week kicked off our "Love is in the Ink" February book theme with classical literary couples. We share with you how these classical love connection influenced most of today's current literary trends and we hope you took the time to pick up one of those classics and give a go yourself. This week we're focusing on one our favorite genre's to read and blog about Paranormal/Urban Fantasy.

We love Dracula, and the dark and twisted love of such classics as Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights so to today we're bringing you our top picks for Paranormal/Urban Fantasy literary couples. Each of these couples has faced their own trials and tribulations in the worlds that their authors created for them. If you're looking for a Happily Ever After you may have to wait a few years to get it but I guarantee you will love the journey.

Up first is one of mine and Roxanne's favorite literary couple to date coming to us from the Windy City itself; ETHAN AND MERIT (METHAN) from the Chicagoland Vampire series written by Chloe Neill.
We crave the Chicagoland Vampires like a Chicagoan craves Red Hots and Deep Dish Pizza. Ethan and Merit are two of the best literary couples to date not because they're both vampires (they are) but because they are so easily relatable in today's world. You'll find true Chicago landmarks and eateries peppered through these books and Merit's love affair with all things Chicago is only slightly less obsessive than her devotion to protecting her Master (Ethan) and her House (Cadogen). This series is ongoing and the next book in the series "MIDNIGHT MARKED" release March 1st. I for one already have it pre-ordered and can not wait to dive back into Ethan and Merit's Chicago. You can check out more about the world of the Chicagoland Vampires at Chloe Neill's website: http://www.chloeneill.com/ 

Since we do, in fact, love all things that go "bump in the night" our next couple comes from the dark and twisted mind of Jeaniene Frost and the incredibly hilarious and often times HOT romance between Cat and Bones. 
Cat begins the series as "do it yourself" Vampire Hunter and that is as awful as it sounds. She attempts to pick up Bones whom she knows is a vampire and slay him but he flips the tables on her in the most epically awkward, almost sex scene in literary history. I laughed so hard when I read that first scene between Cat and Bones that I had to put the book down wipe my the tears from eyes before I could continue. Why do we love Cat and Bones..oh let us count the ways: 
1: Cat is such an awkward person she really has next to no social skills but she does excel in killing vampires. She's funny, sarcastic, and witty and so self depreciating that you can't help but fall in love with her.
2: Bones is HOT, like I forgot how to spell kind of hot and he's FUNNY! His relationship with Cat starts off with him chaining her to a wall and threatening to kill to teaching her how to be a better vampire hunter. Bone is after all the best Vampire Hit Man money can buy.
3: Cat's mom, at first you are going to hate this woman but you can't really judge an old bat by her wrinkles and Cat's mom will grow on you. Her interaction in Cat and Bone's relationship only makes you love this couple more, and we'll all empathize on having to deal with our significant other's parents.
4: Cat would do anything to protect those she loves and the lengths she goes to for Bones will make your heart melt and sigh in aww, unless you're Bones in which case it'll only infuriate you that she keeps messing up your plans. 
5: Bones would do anything to protect those he loves and he really goes the distance for Cat.

This series is complete with the last book in the series coming out early of last year. Finished reading this series but not quite ready to leave Jeaniene's world yet? No worries because she has a spin off of one of my favorite characters from the Cat and Bones series and one of my personal favorite literary couples: Vlad Basarab Dracul (Dracula to those not in the know) and Leila Dalton in her spin off series "Night Prince" novels. You can find out more about the world of Cat and Bones and Vlad and Leila at Jeaniene's website: http://jeanienefrost.com/ In the meantime feast your eyes on this book cover for the Night Prince series.
Ok enough about pointy teethed, blood sucking vampires. Let's move on to our next couple who are neither Princes of Darkness, or Vampire hunters. They hail from Atlanta Georgia and the minds of Ilona Andrews. That's right we're talking about the Kate Daniels series written by husband and wife team. 
Kate Daniels is the Heroine of this piece of work that's sets in a future where Magic has returned with a vengeance and it doesn't like Technology. In this world Magic and Tech. battle it out as they swing from one side to the other. Tall building crumble from the force and things like Shifters, Fae and other magical beings have reentered the world. Kate is magical mercenary with a shady backstory and she meets her tall, dark, and furry love interest Curran when she agrees to help the Pack with a murder investigation. Kate and Curran don't have the smoothest start to their relationship. He's an Apex Alpha of the Atlanta Shifter Pack and she's, well she's Kate the magic in her blood makes her a target and she's spent her entire life hiding in plain sight. She's distrustful by nature and mouthy by design. He's the Beast Lord and used to being bowed to and respected. You can see where the sparks start flying before they ever meet up in Unicorn Lane to discuss the murder of her friend and guardian Gregory. This series is gritty, and urban and you'll absolutely LOVE the fight scenes throughout this series. The love affair between Kate and Curran keeps the story going as more and more about her past comes to light in each new book. This series is ongoing and the next book "MAGIC BINDS" hasn't been released yet. We're all waiting anxiously for a release date. You can find out more about the apocalyptic world of Kate and Curren at Ilone Andrews website here: http://www.ilona-andrews.com/

I have to list one more couple before we say adios for today and they come from a series so rich in visual dialogue you'll almost swear you can see the scenes playing out in front of your eyes. The relationship between these two characters is hard to describe. It begins so antagonist you don't see anyway this is going to work out so it's as much a surprise to the reader as it seems to be to the characters when they finally do come together. I'm talking about October Day (Toby to her friends) and Tibalt (yes Tibalt kind of the Cats). These two lovebirds come to us from the richly imagined world of Seanan McGuire.
In Seanan's world the Faerie realm has always been a part of the human world. It exists in the shadows and places where the light doesn't fall parallel to our own. The Fea aren't human and they don't want to be; but they will dally on the side and sometimes those dalliances result in children. Changelings to be exact. October Daye knows how cruel Faerie can be to it's changeling children because she is one of them. She's born in San Francisco and raised in the Summerland by her pureblooded Fae mother. October struggles to find her footing in a world that would rather kill her than let her live. Toby's bravery in the face of danger garners her unusual allies as she tries to unravel the mystery of who her mother actually is, who she is, and why so many people want her dead. It's one of these allies Tibalt the king of Cats that she meets along the way that shows her that even a Changeling in an inhospitable world can find love. Fellow book reviewer and my best friend Roxanne turned me onto this series and I have to say it's one of the most beautifully written series. I instantly fell in love this world and these characters and I for one hope that Toby and Tibalt get their Happily Ever After. You can find more on October and Tibalt and the amazing world of Fae at Seanan McGuire's website: http://seananmcguire.com/toby.php

That's all the time we have for today folks but check in with us later this week when we bring you this weeks HEA book review of the "Something Wonderful" Series.


Thursday, February 4, 2016

The Billionaire Bachelors Series otherwise known as Literary Sugar Shock.


This week we've brought you our favorite literary couples from classical pieces of work, our first February book review on Dark and Twisted Love in MISSING PIECES by Heather Gudenkauf and now as promised by us here is your first HEA book review!

For those that are new to the Romance genre of fiction there are certain acronyms that are used to describe the "flavor" of that particular romance novel. To help you out with this we'll start by listing a few of those acronyms and their meanings as we go through this months book reviews. Today we'll be exploring a series that has HEA's by the boatload. (HEA stand for Happily Ever After and is used to denote a type of romance novel that will always have a happy ending with no cliff hangers.)

The Billionaire Bachelors Series by Melody Anne has everything you want in an HEA romance novel. It has hot, gorgeous men, beautiful, fierce, damsels (sometimes in distress), and WEDDINGS!! yes Weddings and you  know you'll get one because the cover of each of these books has a beautiful bride all dressed in white on the cover. So if you're ready for some literary sugar shock and a story that will leave you with the warm fuzzies The Billionaire Bachelors is for you!

The Billionaire Wins the Game is the first book in this series and it's where we meet up with the Anderson's for the first time. In this first book we meet Joseph Anderson and his wife Katherine the Patriarch and Matriarch of the Anderson boys Lucas, Mark, and Alex. Joseph wants his boys to settle down and give him grandkids but his boys are reluctant to tie the knot. Enter Joseph and his "meddling". He interviews Amy for a position with his companies CEO and on the day she begins there seems to be some kind of mix up. Amy believes she'll be working with Joseph as his assistant but it turns out the sly, old fox Joseph hand picked Amy to be his son Lucas's assistant with the hope that they would fall madly in love. I won't ruin the rest of the story for any of you by going on because [SPOILERS]. I will leave you all with this though this book will have you laughing out loud and falling in love with all of the Anderson's by the end.

There are 7 books in this series and they span the entire Anderson Clan. I've read all 7 of them and I'd be hard pressed to tell you which one I liked the most.

Each book features a different brother or cousin from the Anderson Clan and lest you be worried they are all about the men finding their wives the Runaway Heiress is about the only female Anderson in the group and her story is nail bitingly, on the edge of your seat, good!!

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Kicking off February with a bang!!!

Missing Pieces By Heather Gudenkauf


Thank you to Netgalley for a copy of the Arc.


      Where to start, I started reading Heather Gudenkauf almost by accident. A friend of mine was talking about The Weight of Silence and I was intrigued, so I read it and liked it. Then I joined this book club on Goodreads and decided to catch up on past reads so I picked up Little Mercies and was blown away, and then I read One Breath Away, and well you see where this is going. I have read all but one of her past books, so when I saw this on Netgalley I had to request it.


Jack and Sarah are returning to Penny Gate after his Aunt Julia fell down the stairs. Sarah believes a lot of things about Jack's past, but within days begins to find out there are a lot of things he hasn't told her, including what really happened to his mother and father, and that he lied to her about pretty much everything.

Sarah begins to wonder what else her husband is hiding from her and begins to investigate his mother's murder with a vengeance, and as things begin to happen to her and the people around her she begins to wonder if she will make it out alive.

Talk about being a master at away to distract and misdirect. I guessed about ten times in this book as to what and who was behind everything. I was wrong every single time. I didn't guess who it really was until it was literally staring me in the face. I was completely shocked.  Sigh, I literally couldn't put down the book. I started dinner late and every chance I got while cooking I read some more because I was so close to the end and I had to freaking know it was driving me crazy.

In the end I just have to say that my love for Heather Gundenkauf book's is cemented. They are must reads, sometimes heartbreaking, sometimes on the edge of the seat, but never disappointing. She is moving to my automatic buy list!

And while this isn't quite in keeping with the theme of love, well more like happily ever after, this is a book full of love, some good and some dark and twisted.


Classic Literary Couples of the Ages


We love our fictional couples here at the Book Whisperers and we've dedicated entire blog posts to awesomeness of such couples as, Ethan and Merit (Methan) and Tamlin and Feyre (A Court of Thorns and Roses) but like most people we began our love of literary couples long before these stories existed.

In honor the authors that came before us we've listed our favorite literary couples that have inspired everything from love to lust throughout the ages.

Up first is Vladislav Basarab Dracul and his soulmate Mina. We'd like to thank Bram Stoker for taking this real life Romanian hero and turning him into a bloodsucking fiend of the night with a heart. Where would Ethan and Merit, Cat and Bones, Spade and Denise, be without Bram Stokers Dracula and Mina pioneering the way. If you haven't read the original Dracula by Bram Stoker then we HIGHLY encourage you to pick up that classic and read it. It's pionent and dark and moving in ways that almost defy description. You'll fall in love with the original Dracula and his lady love Mina and if you're anything like us you'll be rooting for him to win in the end.



Our next classical couple comes to us from the reigning queen of romantic, satirical literature Jane Austin. You had to know she was going to end up on this list I mean hello Mr. Darcy!! Jane Austin has created some of the most memorable love connections in English Literature we have Fanny and Edmund, Knightley and Emma, Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy, and Anne and Fredrick. If you're looking for a great read that heavy on the romance you can pick up any Jane Austen novel and be transported to Regency English where the men were gentlemanly and the women refined. That doesn't sound appealing to you? What if I also told you that Jane Austen was one of the first female writers to give us strong female leads. Some of our favorite characters exist today because of the pioneering strong fictional women that Jane Austen gave us in the 18th century. We can thank her for such female literary leads as Reece from S.L. Morgan's Ancient Gaurdians series, and Yelena from Maria V. Snyder's Poison Study series.


Then there was gothic romance. Let's pause a moment and think about some of our favorite "paranormal" series. Do you have them in your mind? Without looking at list here's mine: The Chicagoland Vampire by Chloe Neill, The Night Huntress universe by Jeanine Frost, The Immortal Highlanders by Karen Marie Moning, The Marni Baranuik Files by A.J. Aalto. These are just some of my favorite fictional worlds to go back to again and again and they wouldn't exist without Thomas Hardy and the Bronte Sisters. Who can forget such dark and tortured couples as Jane Eyre and Mr. Rochester or Tess of the D'Urbervilles. The love triangles alone are enough to turn your hair white. If you liked 50 Shades of Grey you can thank Thomas Hardy for the creation of that piece of literary work. Personally I'm on team Angel Clare but you may decide Alec is more your style. Who would you choose? The high ideals of Angel Clare of the dark and twisted Alec.



Monday, February 1, 2016

Love is in the INK!!

It's the coldest month of the year and the month to celebrate all things mushy, gushy, and sentimental. In honor of the month of Love we're reviewing books that have some Happily Ever After's. We'll also be listing our favorite literary couples throughout the month and challenging you our readers to share with us your favorite HEA'S and literary couples. This month no genre is off limits because love transcends all boundaries.