Tuesday, 4 August 2015

Review: The Veil - Chloe Neill

Seven years ago, the Veil that separates humanity from what lies beyond was torn apart, and New Orleans was engulfed in a supernatural war. Now, those with paranormal powers have been confined in a walled community that humans call the District. Those who live there call it Devil's Isle.

Claire Connolly is a good girl with a dangerous secret: she’s a Sensitive, a human endowed with magic that seeped through the Veil. Claire knows that revealing her skills would mean being confined to Devil’s Isle. Unfortunately, hiding her power has left her untrained and unfocused.

Liam Quinn knows from experience that magic makes monsters of the weak, and he has no time for a Sensitive with no control of her own strength. But when he sees Claire using her powers to save a human under attack—in full view of the French Quarter—Liam decides to bring her to Devil’s Isle and the teacher she needs, even though getting her out of his way isn’t the same as keeping her out of his head.

But when the Veil threatens to shatter completely, Claire and Liam must work together to stop it, or else New Orleans will burn . . .

Devil's Isle Series:
The Veil

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Review:
It's been seven years since the Veil between the worlds was opened and New Orleans was nearly destroyed by a war with the supernatural creatures that came through before the it was resealed. Now life is very different, the supernatural creatures who were left behind have all been confined to a walled community known as Devil's Isle to protect the humans who remain but food and resources are scarce and it's like living in a war zone. Magic is forbidden and the few humans who can wield it, known as Sensitives, are exiled to Devil's Isle if they are caught. Claire Connolly is just trying to keep her head down and survive, she took over the running of her family's store after the death of her father and all she wants to do is live in peace. She works hard in her shop and does her best to provide her local community with everything they need. Unfortunately Claire has a secret, one that could get her sent to Devil's Isle if she is caught. Several months ago Claire discovered she was a Sensitive but she is too scared to practise using her abilities in case someone finds out what she is. Liam Quinn knows the price of not using magic and he sees it has his responsibility to make sure Sensitives don't step off the straight and narrow. When Claire is forced to use her ability to protect herself in public Liam agrees to keep her secret but there is a price she must pay for his silence.

I love Chloe Neill's Chicagoland Vampires series so of course I was incredibly excited to find out about her brand new series. I had high expectations for The Veil and although it is completely different to her other series I found myself just as hooked. Claire is such a fantastic heroine, she has a lot of power but she hasn't had much of an opportunity to use it so she really has no idea quite what she is capable of. She's smart, loyal and caring, the kind of woman who goes out of her way to help others even when it costs her. Claire isn't afraid to make difficult choices and she has learnt to trust her instincts and go with her gut.

I loved her little group of friends and the way they all looked out for each other but I have to admit that Liam pretty much stole the show from the moment he stepped onto the page. He is still quite a mystery, it's obvious he is keeping secrets and I'm sure we've got some exciting revelations to come about his character, but he is honourable and very protective. I love the fact that even though he had good reasons to mistrust all supernaturals he doesn't have a bias against them, in fact he is the one to show Claire just how wrong some of her assumptions are. There is definitely a huge amount of potential for them as a couple but I'm glad that the author hasn't rushed into anything, they are slowly becoming friends and learning to trust each other but neither of them is quite willing to jump into things without thinking through the consequences.

As with any first book in a series there is a lot to learn about this new world but I never felt overwhelmed or bored by the information we were given. Chloe Neill has created a richly detailed setting that was very easy to picture and there is definitely a lot of scope for where future books in the series could take us. We get some great character development in this instalment and there was enough action and intrigue to keep me turning the pages as fast as I could to find out what would happen next. This series has definitely been added to my auto-buy list and I can't wait to find out what happens next for Claire and Liam.

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Monday, 3 August 2015

Review: Unlawful Contact - Pamela Clare

Sexy, thrilling, unputdownable.
Take a wildly romantic ride with the I-Team.

Taken hostage by a convicted murderer while reporting at a prison, Sophie Alton has no idea that the man holding the gun to her head is the bad boy who was her first love in high school.

Condemned to life without parole, Marc Hunter finds himself with no choice but to break out of prison after his younger sister disappears with her baby. Though he regrets what he has to put Sophie through, he can't let anything get in the way of stopping the corrupt officials who are set on destroying what's left of his family.

But being forced together rekindles memories for each of them. And, as the passion between them heats up, so does the conspiracy to put both of them in their graves . . .

I-Team Series:
Extreme Exposure
Heaven Can't Wait (Novella)
Hard Evidence
Unlawful Contact
Naked Edge
Breaking Point
Skin Deep (Novella)
First Strike (Novella)
Striking Distance

Visit Pamela Clare's website for more information.

Review:
I have become a huge fan of Pamela Clare since I started reading her I-Team stories and even though I'm only three books in it's now become one of my favourite series. Every time I think the books can't possibly get better she proves me wrong and Unlawful Contact was definitely the best one yet. I was hooked in by the incredibly sweet prologue that introduces us to the teenage versions of Marc and Sophie. They shared one special night together before Marc left their home town to join the army and although they never kept in contact neither of them ever forgot the time they had together.

Now, 12 years later Sophie is working as an investigative reporter and she's incredibly worried when one of her contacts, a recovering drug addict who she has been working with for months, disappears with her baby daughter. Sophie is sure that Megan wouldn't have started taking drugs again, not when she was so close to getting her baby back, and she is determined to find out what is really going on. When she is offered the chance to interview Megan's brother who is currently serving life in prison for murder, she has no idea that the person she is going to see is the boy who stole her heart all those years ago. Marc gave up everything to keep his sister safe and he knows there is more to her disappearance than meets the eye so he will do whatever it takes to get out of prison and search for her, even if that does mean taking the girl he once loved hostage.

What follows is an edge of your seat thrill ride that had me desperately turning the pages trying to find out what would happen. I fell hard for Marc, even though he was a convicted murderer, and I have absolutely no doubt that if I was in his position I would have done exactly the same thing that he did. Sophie and Marc have history but she doesn't immediately fall for his charms, she doesn't take his word for things and does her own investigation into his past. She can see that things don't add up and when he saves her life more than once she starts to realise that there is a lot more going on that meets the eye. I was sceptical about this romance before I started reading it - I mean how was I supposed to get on board with a hero who literally kidnaps the heroine at gunpoint within the first couple of chapters? - but I was incredibly impressed that Pamela Clare not only convinced me but had me completely rooting for them as a couple. Marc and Sophie were perfect for each other and their romance was sweet, hot and sexy as hell. Marc is a genuinely good guy, he always puts other people first and he will stand up for the people he loves no matter what it costs him. I had my suspicions about a certain thing from fairly early on but even if I'd been proved wrong I would still have been 100% behind Marc and his actions.

This series tackles some very difficult subjects that can make for uncomfortable reading at times - we've had big businesses trying to hide the environmental damage they are causing, political corruption, human trafficking and slavery and now we get a look at prison corruption and drug dealing - but it is always done in an incredibly informative way and it's obvious the author has a great deal of knowledge about these issues. In spite of the darkness to these stories she is also incredibly good at infusing some light hearted humour and fantastic romances. This series really is a perfect example of what good romantic suspense is all about and I can't wait to carry on reading it.

Source: Received from Headline Eternal in exchange for an honest review

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Sunday, 2 August 2015

Review: The Great Zoo of China - Matthew Reilly

It is a secret the Chinese government has been keeping for forty years. They have found a species of animal no one believed even existed. It will amaze the world.

Now the Chinese are ready to unveil their astonishing discovery within the greatest zoo ever constructed. A small group of VIPs and journalists has been brought to the zoo deep within China to see its fabulous creatures for the first time. Among them is Dr Cassandra Jane 'CJ' Cameron, a writer for National Geographic and an expert on reptiles.

The visitors are assured by their Chinese hosts that they will be struck with wonder at these beasts, that they are perfectly safe, and that nothing can go wrong . . .

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Review:
The Chinese government has spent the last forty years creating the most spectacular zoo the world has ever seen and now they're ready to share it. They have invited a small group of prominent international journalists for an exclusive VIP tour so that they can go out and spread the word before the grand opening. China's best kept secret is about to be exposed and nobody will be expecting the majestic beasts that await them but is the zoo really as safe as they think it is?

It's been a long time since I've had so much fun reading a novel and I devoured all 544 pages of The Great Zoo of China in a single day. I've seen a lot of comparisons between this novel and Jurassic Park and to be honest I can completely understand why, in fact the author states that Jurassic Park is one of his favourite novels and I very much got the feeling that this is an homage to the original story. In spite of the similarities I feel that Matthew Reilly has done enough to make this stand on it's own two feet, he did a fantastic job of creating a believable mythology for his dragons and how the Chinese discovered them and he really brought the animals to life.

Reading this novel is like watching a movie, I could totally see this appearing on the big screen and you can be sure I'd be first in line to buy a ticket. The action is pretty much non stop and the characters bounce around from one crazy situation to the next surviving against impossible odds. You have to take things with a grain of salt, it's like the best possible blockbuster films where you know the events are ridiculous but you're having so much fun waiting to see what will happen next that you just don't care.

These dragons are big, they're intelligent and they have a plan. All that remains to be seen is whether they can be stopped and who will live to tell the tale. I honestly don't want to say too much more about the plot so I'll just tell you to expect the unexpected, buckle up and enjoy the ride. You can't take this novel too seriously, it's meant to be fun and I'm pretty sure you're meant to be rolling your eyes at the ridiculousness of it but I'm sure you're going to enjoy every minute of it. This was my first book my Matthew Reilly but it definitely won't be my last and I can't wait to see what he comes up with next.

Source: Received from publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

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Saturday, 1 August 2015

Review: Her Sinful Angel - Felicity Heaton

Cast out of Heaven and now the king of Hell, Lucifer is a powerful fallen angel warrior with a heart as cold as ice and soul as black as the bottomless pit. For millennia, he has ruled his realm with an iron fist as he plots the demise of his ancient enemies. When one of those enemies dumps an unconscious mortal female in the courtyard of his fortress and leaves her there, Lucifer finds himself entranced by the beguiling beauty and tempted beyond all reason. But is the enchanting Nina an innocent pawn in the eternal game or part of a plot against him?

Also available as part of the Dark and Damaged Boxed Set

Her Angel Series:
Her Dark Angel
Her Fallen Angel
Her Warrior Angel
Her Guardian Angel
Her Demonic Angel
Her Wicked Angel
Her Avenging Angel
Her Sinful Angel

Visit Felicity Heaton's website for more information

Review:
Her Sinful Angel is a nice bonus story in a series that I thought had already finished, it was actually really great to revisit this world and see a couple of the previous characters. It's a shame we didn't have the chance to catch up with all the couples but I actually liked how the story stuck closely to the main characters so I'm not going to complain about that. This story was previously published in the Dark and Damaged Box Set and is now available as a stand alone ebook.

I have to admit I never really saw Satan as a romance hero, especially not in a series where we've seen him do such horrible things, but in the last few books our Lucifer has started to show a softer side to him, especially where his daughter and grandson are concerned. I was very curious to see how Felicity Heaton would redeem him and I was actually pleasantly surprised that she didn't try to gloss over his past or the bad things he has done. Lucifer was betrayed and tricked into becoming a fallen angel, he is bitter because of this and he has made it his life's work to reek revenge on heaven's angels. We've seen before in this series that nothing is black and white and that both heaven and hell are made up of all sorts of grey areas and that definitely continues to be the case here. Lucifer certainly hasn't suddenly turned "good" just because he's met the woman of his dreams. He's still capable of committing atrocities but I was able to completely believe that he would never hurt Nina or his family.

Nina was an interesting character because she knew nothing of the supernatural until the day she was kidnapped by an angel and rescued by the devil. This is all very new to her and it takes her a while to accept what has happened to her but she is very loyal to those she cares about and she's smart enough to make decisions based on what she's seen rather than listen to what other people tell her. The romance does develop very quickly, as it has with the rest of the series, but somehow Felicity Heaton always manages to pull it off without making me feel uncomfortable. I found myself thoroughly enjoying Her Sinful Angel and kind of hoping that we're going to see more of Lucifer and all the other angels from this series.

Source: Received free from the author in exchange for an honest review

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July 2015 Recap


Books read in previous months but reviewed in July:
(Links will take you to my reviews)
  1. Revenant - Larissa Ione (Read in February, review coming soon)
  2. Lion's Share - Rachel Vincent (Read in February, review coming soon)
  3. Warm Up - V.E. Schwab (Short Story) (Read in February, review coming soon)
  4. Vicious - V.E. Schwab (Read in March, review coming soon)
  5. Ember - Bettie Sharpe (Novella) (Read in March, review coming soon)
  6. Dead Heat - Patricia Briggs (Read in March, review coming soon)
  7. Lover Unleashed - J.R. Ward (Read in April, review coming soon)
  8. Breaking Nova - Jessica Sorensen (Read in April, reviewed in July)
  9. Heaven Can't Wait - Pamela Clare (Novella) (Read in May, reviewed in July)
  10. Steel's Edge - Ilona Andrews (Read in May, reviewed in July)
  11. What a Dragon Should Know - G.A. Aiken (Read in May, review coming soon)
  12. Unforgotten - Jessica Brody (Read in May, reviewed in July)
  13. Master of the Opera - Jeffe Kennedy (Serialised Novel) (Read in May, reviewed in July)
  14. War's Passion - Lia Davis (Read in May, review coming soon)
  15. Saint Anything - Sarah Dessen (Read in May, reviewed in July)
  16. Let it Ride - Vivian Arend (Read in May, review coming soon)
  17. Come Home to Me - Jessica Scott (Novella) (Read in May, review coming soon)
  18. Shards of Hope - Nalini Singh (Read in May, review coming soon)
  19. In the Air Tonight - Lori Handeland (Read in May, review coming soon)
  20. Misery's Way - J.C. Daniels (Novella) (Read in May, review coming soon)
  21. An Ember in the Ashes - Sabaa Tahir (Read in May, review coming soon)
  22. What Piper Needs - Amanda Abbott (Read in June, reviewed in July)
  23. Abhorsen - Garth Nix (Read in June, review coming soon)
  24. The Stars Never Rise - Rachel Vincent (Read in June, review coming soon)
  25. Rivers of London - Ben Aaronovitch (Read in June, review coming soon)
  26. Roar & Liv - Veronica Rossi (Novella) (Read in June, reviewed in July)
  27. Through the Ever Night - Veronica Rossi (Read in June, reviewed in July)
  28. Brooke - Veronica Rossi (Novella) (Read in June, reviewed in July)
  29. Me and Earl and the Dying Girl - Jesse Andrews (Read in June, reviewed in July)
  30. Into the Still Blue - Veronica Rossi (Read in June, reviewed in July)
  31. Uprooted - Naomi Novik (Read in June, review coming soon)
  32. Valentine - Heather Grothaus (Read in June, review coming soon)
  33. Play Me: The Complete Collection - Tracy Wolff (Serialised Novel) (Read in June, review coming soon)
  34. Waistcoats & Weaponry - Gail Carriger (Read in June, reviewed in July)
  35. Rules of Seduction - Joya Ryan (Read in June, reviewed in July)
  36. The Grendel Affair - Lisa Shearin (Read in June, reviewed in July)
  37. Mind Games - Carolyn Crane (Read in June, reviewed in July)
  38. Final Protocol - J.C. Daniels (Read in June, review coming soon)
  39. The One - Sarah Crossan (Read in June, review coming soon)
  40. Changeless - Gail Carriger (Read in June, reviewed in July)
  41. Hard Evidence - Pamela Clare (Read in June, reviewed in July)
  42. Frail Human Heart - Zoe Marriott (Read in June, reviewed in July)
  43. Dragon Conspiracy - Lisa Shearin (Read in June, review coming soon)
  44. Girl From Above: Betrayal - Pippa Dacosta (Read in June, review coming soon)
  45. Hex Appeal - Anthology (Read in June, reviewed in July)
    Books read in July:
    (Links will take you to my reviews)
    1. Double Cross - Carolyn Crane
    2. Kitten-Tiger and the Monk - Carolyn Crane (Novella)
    3. Head Rush - Carolyn Crane
    4. My Life as a White Trash Zombie - Diana Rowland (review coming soon)
    5. Devil's Luck - Carolyn Crane (Novella)
    6. Asking for It - Lilah Pace
    7. Hard to Hold on To - Laura Kaye (review coming soon)
    8. Smiler's Fair - Rebecca Levene (review coming soon)
    9. Magic Rises - Ilona Andrews (I re-read this book but the link takes you to my original review)
    10. Hidden Ecstasy - Setta Jay (Short Story) (review coming soon)
    11. Forsaken - S.J. Harper (Novella)
    12. Blameless - Gail Carriger
    13. Ecstasy Unbound - Setta Jay (review coming soon)
    14. Magic Steals - Ilona Andrews (Novella in the Night Shift Anthology) (I re-read this book but the link takes you to my original review)
    15. The Thing about Wolves - Leigh Evans (review coming soon)
    16. The Great Zoo of China - Matthew Reilly (review coming soon)
    17. The Curious Case of the Werewolf That Wasn't, the Mummy That Was, and the Cat in the Jar - Gail Carriger (Short Story)
    18. Heartless - Gail Carriger (review coming soon)
    19. Over the Top - Rebecca Zanetti
    20. Hard to Come By - Laura Kaye (review coming soon)
    21. The Veil - Chloe Neill (review coming soon)
    22. Unlawful Contact - Pamela Clare (review coming soon)
    23. Of Swine & Roses - Ilona Andrews (Short Story)
    24. Laird Wolf - Vivian Arend (Novella)
    25. 30 Days - Christine d'Abo (review coming soon)
    26. What Emma Craves - Amanda Abbott
    27. Pure - Jennifer L. Armentrout (review coming soon)
    28. Masters of Seduction - Anthology (review coming soon)
    29. Magic Breaks - Ilona Andrews (I re-read this book but the link takes you to my original review)
    30. Her Sinful Angel - Felicity Heaton (review coming soon)
    31. Playing for Her Heart - Megan Erickson (review coming soon)
    32. Seduced in Secret - Shiloh Walker (review coming soon)
    33. The Martian - Andy Weir (review coming soon)
    34. Timeless - Gail Carriger (review coming soon)
    35. Consumed by You - Lauren Blakely (review coming soon)
    36. Mechanica - Betsy Cornwell (review coming soon)
    37. Stray - Rachel Vincent (I re-read this book but the link takes you to my original review)
    (Choices are made from books reviewed this month and the links will take you to my reviews)

    My top YA reads in July:


    Frail Human Heart by Zoe Marriott (read my review here)
    Into the Still Blue by Veronica Rossi (read my review here)

    My top NA read in July:


    Breaking Nova by Jessica Sorensen (read my review here)

    My top adult reads in July:


    Magic Breaks by Ilona Andrews (read my review here)
    Stray by Rachel Vincent (read my review here)

    My Challenge Updates:

    These are the challenges I've signed up for in 2015:

    Friday, 31 July 2015

    Review: Laird Wolf - Vivian Arend

    He’s a wolf in a kilt. That pretty much says it all…

    Pulling off a rescue mission at a remote castle in Scotland should be an easy task for lone wolf Damon Black. He’ll flash some muscle, show a little Alpha power, and do whatever it takes to ease Addie MacShay’s fears. But the woman who throws herself into his arms and cries boyfriend is more intriguing than anticipated. The sexy she-wolf’s got more curves, more tantalizing scent, more of everything he desires.

    Addie’s job cataloguing an estate at the Sterling-Wylde Manor is complicated by the ongoing discovery of new wills and the two creepy heirs who won’t leave her alone. But her fake boyfriend turns out to be a far greater threat—not only is he fun and flirtatious, he looks delicious in a kilt. She craves his touch, but with her empathic skills on overdrive, touch is the last thing she needs.

    Damon’s fighting his unruly inner beast. Addie’s fighting their incredible sexual pull. They’ll both have to lower their guard to make this more than a Highland fling.

    Takhini Shifters Series:
    (This is a spin off off the Granite Lake and Takhini Wolves series but can be read separately)
    Copper King (Novella)
    Laird Wolf (Novella)

    Granite Lake Wolves Series:
    Wolf Signs (Novella)
    Wolf Flight (Novella)
    First Howl (Short Story free on Vivian's website)
    Second Howl (Short Story free on Vivian's website)
    Wolf Games (Novella)
    Wolf Tracks (Novella)
    Wolf Line (Novella)
    Wolf Nip (Novella)

    Takhini Wolves Series:
    (This is a spin off from the Granite Lake Wolves series but can be read separately)
    Black Gold
    Silver Mine
    Diamond Dust
    Moon Shine

    Visit Vivian Arend's website for more information

    Review:
    Laird Wolf is the second novella in Vivian Arend's Takhini Shifters series and although these characters have made appearances in the Takhini Wolves books these stories are designed to be completely stand alone so it doesn't matter if you've read the previous books or not. For anyone who is familiar with the series this fits into the time line just after Copper King and before Black Gold.

    Cataloguing the contents of a remote Scottish castle for the estate's executor should be easy for Addie but things are complimented by the discovery of multiple wills and the fact that she is being hounded incessantly by two of the potential heirs. Feeling creeped out and unsafe Addie calls her best friend for assistance and Lillie sends lone wolf Damon to protect her. Damon has never wanted a mate or a pack, he's always been happy to live his life on the outside, but Addie brings out all his protective instincts and he's not quite sure what to do with his feelings. One things for sure, he won't let the weird cat shifters who are fighting over the castle harm her, but after that anything goes.

    I loved Damon when we met him in Copper King so I was really happy to discover he was getting his own story, he's such a fun guy and it was great to get to know him better. Damon has the strength of an alpha but after a traumatic experience when he was a teenager he has never got along very well with his inner wolf, they never really see eye to eye and he fights against his wolf instincts. Both of them are in full agreement over one thing though - the need to keep Addie safe, they are both intrigued by her and neither of them wants to let her go. Addie is a rare omega wolf and her unusual abilities make it very difficult for her to get close to anyone. She is drawn to Damon but worried about letting him close because skin to skin contact will allow her to see his innermost thoughts.

    I really enjoyed the romance between these two, the banter between them was great and they make a cute couple. Addie may have asked for assistance but she's still more than capable of standing up for herself, it's just nice to know she has some back up for when she needs it. I loved how strong she is and that she isn't willing to back down when she's set her mind on something. Damon was sweet and protective and they had great chemistry. Although this is a novella and a fairly quick read I never felt that the romance was rushed, we get to see them become friends and get to know each other and it was easy to believe that they actually had a chance of making their relationship work, even without the whole werewolf mating bond going on.

    If you're looking for a fun, sexy story then you can't really go wrong with any of the books in this series. Vivian Arend is one of my go to authors because she never fails to give me an enjoyable story that leaves me with a smile on my face.

    Source: Received from the author in exchange for an honest review

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    Spotlight: Laird Wolf - Vivian Arend (Extract + 2 Giveaways!)


    As a huge fan of Vivian Arend's I'm excited to be taking part in the blog tour to celebrate the release of Laird Wolf, the latest novella in her Takhini Shifters series. This story can be read as a stand alone but people who are familiar with the series will recognise the main couple from their previous appearances. I always love reading Viv's books, she's great at writing light hearted, sexy romances and Laird Wolf is such a fun story. I'll be posting my full review later today so make sure you check back to read it. In the meantime I have a bit more information about the book, a fab excerpt and a couple of brilliant giveaways for you to enter.

    He’s a wolf in a kilt. That pretty much says it all…

    Pulling off a rescue mission at a remote castle in Scotland should be an easy task for lone wolf Damon Black. He’ll flash some muscle, show a little Alpha power, and do whatever it takes to ease Addie MacShay’s fears. But the woman who throws herself into his arms and cries boyfriend is more intriguing than anticipated. The sexy she-wolf’s got more curves, more tantalizing scent, more of everything he desires.

    Addie’s job cataloguing an estate at the Sterling-Wylde Manor is complicated by the ongoing discovery of new wills and the two creepy heirs who won’t leave her alone. But her fake boyfriend turns out to be a far greater threat—not only is he fun and flirtatious, he looks delicious in a kilt. She craves his touch, but with her empathic skills on overdrive, touch is the last thing she needs.

    Damon’s fighting his unruly inner beast. Addie’s fighting their incredible sexual pull. They’ll both have to lower their guard to make this more than a Highland fling.

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    About the Author:
    Vivian Arend in one word: Adventurous. In a sentence: Willing to try just about anything once. That wide-eyed attitude has taken her around North America, through parts of Europe, and into Central and South America, often with no running water.

    Her optimistic outlook also meant that when challenged to write a book, she gave it a shot, and discovered creating worlds to play in was nearly as addictive as traveling the real one. Now a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of both contemporary and paranormal stories, Vivian continues to explore, write and otherwise keep herself well entertained.

    Website: www.vivianarend.com
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    Extract:

    He laid a hand on her shoulder, tugging her to face him. “You interested in an experiment?”

    Heat radiated from where his hand rested, but nothing untoward happened on an emotional level.

    “Does it involve wandering the halls searching for cold spots where the damned still cling to the earthly place of their untimely demises?”

    Damon grinned. “That’s on tomorrow’s agenda. Tonight I thought maybe…”

    He slid his thumb back and forth, stroking over her shirt. He might as well have used a Taser on her; the electric response of her nerve endings was off the charts.

    “You’re…touching me.”

    “Over your clothes.” Concern and restrained passion slipped around her like a protective cocoon.

    “Any negative reactions?”

    “Other than my mouth has gone dry and my heart is pumping fast enough to drive a motorboat, no reactions at all,” she offered drolly.

    He hummed in approval, his gaze following his hand as he trailed his fingers down the front of her T-shirt. Caressing the curve of her breast, slowing as his fingertips slipped over the tight tip of her nipple. “You said there was a connection between us. There’s one hell of an attraction, for sure.”

    Addie groaned as he pinched, arching into his touch as he opened his palm and cupped her. “That feels amazing, but we can’t… I mean, I feel guilty.”

    Damon chuckled as he leaned down and pressed his lips to the upper slope of her breast. “Guilty because we’re going to fool around?”

    “I can’t touch you,” she complained. “Except over your clothes.”

    “Maybe, maybe not, but why are you rushing?” Damon slipped off the couch and between her legs, pushing them apart so he could kneel in front of her. “Focus on the experiment. Put your hands on my shoulders and keep them there.”

    Giveaway 1:


    To celebrate the release of Laird Wolf Vivian is giving away one 6” Kindle, along with an assortment of shifter books, AND a wolfie in a kilt! You can enter via the Rafflecopter form below, winners will be contacted directly by Vivian or her assistant to arrange sending out the prizes.

    a Rafflecopter giveaway


    Giveaway 2:

    I also have an ebook copy of Copper King, the first book in the Takhini Shifters series, to give away to one of my readers. You can read my review of Copper King HERE.

    To enter all you need to do is leave a comment below stating which format you would like to receive your ebook in (mobi or epub) along with a way to contact you if you're the winner (your email address or Twitter ID). The giveaway will run until the 14th of August and a winner will be chosen at random from all the entries shortly afterwards.

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