Monday, April 30, 2012

Surf's Up anthology w/ Davidson, Bangs and Denison


Type: Paranormal & Contemporary Romance
Heat: 3 out of 5
Rating: 3 out of 5


This was a nice little anthology for a hot summer day. None of the stories blew my socks off but they were entertaining and creative. Worth the read if you're looking for something easy to fill a couple hours and don't want anything too serious or dark. I hadn't read Bangs or Denison before and I enjoyed both. 

Hot and Bothered by Janelle Denison
Denison's story was the only non-paranormal contribution to the anthology and a nice read despite being fairly predictable. After her divorce Claire moved cross country to her vacation house at the beach to get a new start. Designing jewelry, finding peace and drooling over her next door neighbor and local pub owner, Shea. Drama, spunky pets, near death experiences and some sweetness. Lots of stuff all packed into 88 pages! I enjoyed the characters and the baggage from the past they were each working to overcome. The story/characters easy to get involved with and the writing had a pleasant feel. 

Zachary (A to Z)


Hope everyone's had a great time with the A to Z challenge! 

I really enjoyed it and think I'll play again next year. Was nice getting to know all of yall! 

And now my Z. 

My "little" Zachary was my first pup all on my own. I got him my first semester at college. Adopted him from one of the local rescues when he was just 4 months old. 
Zachary at his first Christmas, 2001
He LOVES snow and the winter, 2002
Zack was a pretty happy pup. He loved playing out in the snow and could spend hours kicking up snow then chasing it down the hill like it was a toy. 

Yodeling.....cats. (A to Z)


I freaking LOVE this! These guys are just too funny and what pretty kitties!




And yeah. The herd here gets yodeled. Well, Vega and Gladys get yodeled. The others aren't really talkers. But these girls fall into the "screamers" category. They like to yell at me for everything. "I'm hungry" mmmmmeeeeehhhhhhhh. "Jeremey's looking at me!" Meeeehhhhhhhhhhh. "That was my pillow." MMMMeeeeeehhhhhhh! "I was sitting on You. How dare you move!" "MMMMMEEEEEEEHHHHHHHH. 

So I yodel them to make up for it. Gladys has a nice crisp yodel. Vega sounds like she's been smoking a pack a day for the last decade. 

Sunday, April 29, 2012

WOTO Mini Challenge #1!


What a nice little mini challenge! Love pictures of books :)



Create a post that includes pictures of all the books you own written by Kelley Armstrong.





I've got a tiny little pile compared to everyone else.

And managed to have more anthologies than actual books.

And none of em match. Smirk.

Slowly adding to the pile with the challenge though :)

Stolen (Women of the Otherworld #2) by Kelley Armstrong

It was in Bitten, Kelley Armstrong's debut novel, that thirty-year-old Elena Michaels came to terms with her feral appetites and claimed the proud identity of a beautiful, successful woman and the only living female werewolf.

In Stolen, on a mission for her own elite pack, she is lured into the net of ruthless Internet billionaire Tyrone Winsloe, who has funded a bogus scientific investigation of the "other races" and their supernatural powers. Kidnapped and studied in his underground lab deep in the Maine woods, these paranormals - witches, vampires, shamans, werewolves - are then released and hunted to the death in a real-world video game. But when Winsloe captures Elena, he finally meets his match.



Type: Urban Fantasy, Wolves, Magic
Heat: 1 out of 5
Rating: 4 out of 5


Wow. That was....something else! Stolen sucked me in from the very start. Armstrong did an amazing job making a nearly 600 page book fly by like it was nothing. The writing was nicely done. The storyline of Elena being captured by a group of scientists, while a bit crazy, was fascinating and creepy at the same time. 

Saturday, April 28, 2012

April Hot Reads!

Ever read books that get you a little hot and steamy?  If you do, join in Hot Reads and share some of your favorite sexy reads and find some new ones!

Hot Reads is a Monthly Meme, hosted by Book Savvy Babe and Alive on the Shelves, where we get to share our hottest read of the month!  Your choice can be any book, it doesn’t matter the genre, the length, whether it’s new or old.  If you read it during the month, and it raised your temperature, it qualifies to be a HOT READ! Hot Reads takes place the 28th day of the month.  So every month, be ready to share your HOT READ pick!



X....uh....um....yes,okay....x (A to Z)

Ack. Yeah I'm a bit behind and really I've got nothing for X. I'm not even all that fond of the letter itself. So lets see what all we can come up with for this one....

Well. For characters I've got Xhex and Xcor from JR Ward's Black Dagger Brotherhood. Can't say either really do all that much for me. I like the original brothers so much more than the recent books. But still two X characters!

Did find a new word! Xenodochy! The reception of strangers, hospitality. Kinda like that word, actually. Fits a lot of the people I know. Southern thing maybe?


Um.... how about some X animals? There's the Xantis yak. He's kinda cute in a hairy kinda way. My Zack tends to look a lot like this one a couple times a year. 

There's a bunch of birds and scary reptile things. This one's not all that bad.....he's little. Not that I'm all that wild about seeing the inside of my fish but at least he isn't of the growling variety. Something that I unfortunately now know about. Yeah. There are growling fish out there in the world people. Growling. Fish. OMG!

Happy thoughts. Happy thoughts. Okay. African Ground Squirrel (from the Genus Xerus). Okay. Really damn cute! Love a cute little squirrel.

Um. XoloitzcuintliHairless dog. Not my thing. I'm of furry dog kinda girl. But it's a baby so still kinda an aw thing. 

Aannnnd. I think I'm out of Xs. On to Y! 

Friday, April 27, 2012

True Confessions (Gospel, Idaho #1) by Rachel Gibson

Hope Spencer got more than she'd ever bargained for in Gospel, Idaho. There are crazy neighbors, competitive toilet tossers, locals with color-coordinated hair...and a long, lean sheriff by the name of Dylan Taber. Hope takes one look at him and faces the awful truth: it's been too long since she's had a man!

All the gals at the Curl Up and Dye hair salon declare he's the best-looking thing in town, but Hope isn't about to confess to them all that she agrees. Still, when an unsolved local mystery involves them both--and when their flirting gets the better of them-- Hope and Dylan know it's time to make some true confessions...to each other.


Type: Contemporary Romance
Heat: 3 out of 5
Rating: 3 out of 5


Aw, what a sweet little read from Rachel Gibson! True Confessions is a cute, light-hearted story that gave my spirits a lift and had a smile on my face nearly the entire time. Gibson did a great job creating the slightly crazy, quirky town of Gospel, Idaho that draws you in and keeps you entertained. Dylan and Hope are both incredibly likable individuals each hiding a little bit of their lives from everyone else. It was fun to watch their relationship develop and get to know them. 
He'd already planned on checking out the house for her, but what he hadn't planned on was her hooking her hand around the back of his belt and urging him forward like a human shield. Now, there were times in Dylan's life when he hadn't minded women using his body, but they'd always been naked at the time. He didn't know how he felt about being used as a target so Hope could run like hell if anything hit him first.

What in Thunder?!? (A to Z)


I think I've lost a day or two and managed to get behind in my A to Z posts! I'm a bit talented that way some days. Ah well. 

So. What in Thunder?! I'd never heard this phrase until last month when I was reading Sabrina Jeffries Hellions of Halstead Hall series and my favorite character Jackson Pinter says What in thunder? Then just this week I had another character say it in a completely different series by another author! Ah, Love it! I know, random but I can't help it. Just one of those things that stuck with me. Now, what does that have to do with this post? Nothing really other than when I drove through town one day and started seeing all these randomly creepy bits of "art" I would have LOVED to have known this phrase because it so would have fit! And now, I bring you the creepy and slightly questionable "art" of downtown Cary, NC......

[Weather just wasn't playing nice with me this week so most of these aren't my photos and I grabbed em off google search]


Follow Friday- the break up!

Q: Have you had a character that disappointed you? One that you fell in love with and then "broke up" with later on in either the series or a stand-alone book? Tell us about him or her.

A: The only one I can think of is Faythe Sanders from Rachel Vincent's Shifter series. First time I've ever wanted to throw one of my precious books across the room. Couldn't believe what I was reading I was so disappointed. Grrr and a bit of arg! See, getting all worked up all over again and it's been months since I read it. If you plan on reading the series and don't want a bit of a spoiler you might not want to read any more. 

So, what ended it with me and Faythe was that halfway through the series she cheated on her boyfriend. I just couldn't get over that or the way she handled everything after the fact. There was a pretty awful emotional trauma and she dealt with it by getting drunk and sleeping with one of her friends who happened to have been in love with her for ages. All while knowing her boyfriend had been kidnapped and was still in danger. Yeah. Lost all respect for her after that and by the end of the series really didn't want her to get her happily ever after. I so wanted the boyfriend to leave her cheating no good self and find someone else. 

I apparently hold a grudge. 

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Used Bookstores and Vacation! (A to Z)


Be still my heart! I do love a good used bookstore. 

I'm cheating a little bit and combining my U and V posts. But they're kind of connected so I'm going with it :)

One of my favorite places to spend time is a bookstore. It really doesn't matter which one. I love them all. On bad days I'll usually end up visiting one or two of the ones around my house and just browsing. Then again, when I'm happy I tend to end up at them too!

Monday, April 23, 2012

Things I wish had NEVER been in my mouth! (A to Z)

Over the years I've learned there are some things that should just never, ever, never end up in your mouth. And I really do mean never! Just thinking about it ::shudder::

Campari
A few years back we went to Italy for our friends wedding (for those of you that came over for the P post this is the same trip from the whole penis biting incident). 

We were having a great trip. And then Venice happened. After a long day traveling people got a little cranky and there was a little tiff. We all went to our rooms to settle down and not wanting to go out we raided the mini fridge and met....Campari Soda. 

Aws. Cute little bottle. Darling, really. And it turns out....evil. 

Thinking it was just a little cherry soda or something like that off popped the lid and down went the "soda". And OMG! that was just, well, a really, really big mistake. Turns out it supposed to be mixed into a drink not just "enjoyed" straight and man do I wish I had known that little tidbit just a few minutes sooner. This stuff is just foul! And really likes to linger. Nothing would get rid of the taste. Brushing your teeth, gargling, eating other foods, drinking other drinks. Nope it coated your mouth and would.not.let.go. It's been like 6 years and still it just gave me a body shuddering flash back. 

Learn from my mistake people. Cuteness does not equal yumminess. 

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Spooky Foods! (A to Z)

Ghostly Shepherd's Pie

A few years back I closed up shop and headed back home to Florida to help care for my granddad. They needed a good dose of fun and entertainment in their lives and I was so up for the job.


So we celebrated. And I mean we celebrated everything


My grandmom and granddad




Did all the big holidays, the little holidays, Fridays, birthdays. 

If I could come up with an event we could celebrate we did it up. 
Theme meals, decorations, dying Easter eggs, ate silly foods and set off fireworks.





We always invited a bunch of people to join in. Family, neighbors that are pretty much family, caretakers, nurses. 

It was the first time I'd cooked for more than just a couple people and I really loved the whole process.





From coming up with fun/goofy ideas to shopping and cooping everything to just spending time with my mom and grandparents.

One of my favorites was Halloween.

We colored on the paper table cloth, ate spooky foods. Dyed the dressing bright blue and purple. 



Was a great time and a wonderful memory. I'm so glad we could take a little time out to just be a bit goofy and do something silly.


Simply Irresistible (Lucky Harbor #1) by Jill Shalvis

Maddie Moore's whole life needs a makeover. In one fell swoop, Maddie loses her boyfriend (her decision) and her job (so not her decision). But rather than drowning her sorrows in bags of potato chips, Maddie leaves L.A. to claim the inheritance left by her free-spirited mother-a ramshackle inn nestled in the little coastal town of Lucky Harbor, Washington. Starting over won't be easy. Yet Maddie sees the potential for a new home and a new career-if only she can convince her two half-sisters to join her in the adventure. But convincing Tara and Chloe will be difficult because the inn needs a big makeover too.

The contractor Maddie hires is a tall, dark-haired hottie whose eyes-and mouth-are making it hard for her to remember that she's sworn off men. Even harder will be Maddie's struggles to overcome the past, though she's about to discover that there's no better place to call home than Lucky Harbor.



Type: Contemporary Romance
Heat: 3 out of 5
Rating: 5 out of 5


Oh, I LOVED this one. It really did live up to it's title and was Simply Irresistible. Okay, that was kinda corny but it's so true. I got absolutely nothing done today. Read until my eyes burned then woke up and grabbed it right back up. The main characters and their individual struggles were wonderful, the town and secondary characters hilarious. The whole premise of sisters that have really never known each other getting a second chance at being a family and getting to know each other. The writing was excellent. From the hysterical first meet-up between Jax and Maddie to the oh-so-sweet ending. It was all very nicely done.

Friday, April 20, 2012

Running late! Reduce, Reuse and Recycle! (A to Z)

Ack. [R]unning way late with today's post and I'm so blaming Jill Shalvis! I picked her book Simply Irresistible up early this morning and I just couldn't put the thing down long enough to come up with my R post. She's a terrible terrible woman! An excellent book and so very worth it :)


I'm going with [R]educe, [R]euse and [R]ecycle for today's post. All 77 minutes left of it. Well, even less by the time I get through the post together!

I love coming up with new uses for things that are just lying around the house. 

Earlier this year I decided to do up an herb garden [R]ecycling soup cans and [R]eused an old trellis, pot and leftover spray paint from another project. I did have to buy a couple things for it like heavy wire and the seeds but that was about it. Some of the plants were transplanted from other places as well. I think total cost ended up being about $20 if you counted the cans purchased. It was pretty fun turning random things that would have been tossed or ignored into something useful. 

My newest challenge for myself started yesterday. I guess it could go along with [R]educe? Was cleaning out the fridge and was pretty horrified by how much had gone bad and had to be tossed. What a waste! So, decided to see how long I could go without actually buying groceries. 

Clearing out the pantry, fridge and freezer. All those things that get bought over time and tucked away never to be seen again. 

So far I made some chocolate chip pancakes and have a veggie chili on the stove with all kinds of yummy things. Using a green pepper I probably would have forgotten about until it was too late. 

I'll probably end up buying some fresh veggies since I'm a vegetarian and, well, they're kinda needed. But other than that hopefully nothing else for a while. 

Quirks (A to Z)


It's been brought to my attention, maybe a couple of times, that I might just have a couple quirks. Figured I'd go ahead and get them out there. And, yeah, I'm a vegetarian animal rescuer. I get "but you rescue animals.." or "but you're a vegetarian..."all the time. 

Let's just ease ya in here....I'd rather see 4am than 4pm. 

Nature! Ew! It can be pretty but only with a nice thick piece of glass between us at all times. I'm all into concrete, steel and glass.

some foods just should not break the rules and join with others.

Pumpkins do not belong in pie. Neither do lemons, peaches, strawberries, blue or blackberries. Apples if they must.

Coffee is disgusting but coffee ice cream is my favorite.

Cheese really doesn't belong in any dessert. I don't mind it sliced with apples. Cheesecakes of any kind are just shudder inducing. 

Critter no-nos

Turtles are okay. But frogs, lizards, snakes, toads are so not.

Fish are okay in tanks but not in the ocean, ponds or lakes.

Worms are a no.

Dogs, cats, mice, rats are all fine. Guinea pigs freak me out a bit but I'm okay with them. Rabbits are not okay. They move way too quick. Ferrets are iffy. They just move too weird.

Most birds are completely off limits. But I put out bird feeders and baths. I'm okay with Pigeons and flamingos, though I've never met a flamingo in person. Geese are scary. I don't know about swans. Chickens and Turkeys but only if they don't touch me. I love ducks. Seagulls are mean and anti pigeon so we're not too friendly.

I like Lady bugs and rollie pollies.

No butterflies, moths, crickets and grasshoppers. Butterflies have no concept of personal space.

Textures

Grits, Cream of Wheat, Oatmeal, Cottage Cheese. Oh goodness no! I just can't do the texture of them at all. They totally creep me out.

Not a texture but lemon curd. Just cannot do it. What a terrible name for something!

Okay. I think that's all for now. I know there are some others but I think I've made myself look special enough for today. 

Smart and Sexy (Sky High Air #1) by Jill Shalvis

Noah Fisher has worked for months to make Sky High the most prestigious charter airline in California. He's long overdue for a break—something involving ski slopes, cold beers, and hot ski bunny babes. The itinerary doesn't include being hijacked by Bailey Sinclair, gorgeous widow of one of Sky High's wealthiest (ex-) clients. But here they are, and being crammed in a cockpit with the scared, stubborn, unbelievably sexy former model he's been fantasizing about invokes Superman tendencies that could get Noah in serious trouble.

Bailey is desperate to find the stash of money hidden by her conniving, thieving late husband —before the bad guys he owed find her. It's a long shot, but nothing compared to the gamble she's taking by being so close to Noah. Every minute in his company has Bailey thinking about doing crazy, reckless things like touching, grabbing, kissing...and oh wow, being kissed right back...

Type: Contemporary Romance
Heat: 3 out of 5
Rating: 3 out of 5

This was my first Shalvis book and I think the first time I've read about pilots. It wasn't a bad read, exactly. I liked the set up of the series. Best friends who own their own private charter airline business. I really enjoyed Noah Fisher, the hero, and the guys who fly with him. How they interacted, teased, and really care about one another.  And I loved Maddie, the woman behind the scenes of the company. I'm really looking forward to reading her story. 
“Hey,” Shayne said through the door. “You going to stay in there all night, because we’re getting tired of trying to eavesdrop from out here. Can’t hear a damn thing.” 

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Follow Friday - the fight!


Q: Fight! Fight! If you could have two fictional characters battle it out (preferably from books), who would they be and who do you think would win?

A: The first that came to mind...

Bones from Jeaniene Frost's Night Huntress (fantastic series!) and Edward Cullen from Twilight. 

One of my favorite quotes is from Bones and it just keeps running through my head. 

“Ask me if I sparkle and I’ll kill you where you stand.”         -Bones

Bones would of course win.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Preston's Penis (A to Z)

Preston and Roma at 6 months
I'm going to tell you a little story about Preston and his penis. It's a story of tragedy, loss and extreme embarrassment. At least on the part of his mom. See, 11 years ago this May I decided, on a whim mind you, to become a turtle mom to Preston and Roma . They were the damned cutest things. Hardly bigger than a quarter and supposedly SO easy to care for. Yeah. Ooookay. 

It all started 5 years later, late one night right before we had to leave for a wedding in Italy. We found Preston in a tank full of pink water, on his basking rock with his little buddy stuck in the out position. Why is it stuck out there in the open? Well, because Roma said "NO" and Preston decided not to listen and wound up with a nice set of beak marks on his tender bits. This was one of those "only in our household" kinda things. 

Preston post Penis loss, 2007
Off we go to the emergency vet where they had to call in a specialist. Don't ya just love it. We had to leave him there, and send a message to our pet sitter, who thankfully was a vet student, that Preston and his boys were in her hands and she'd have to make all of his decisions for him. Poor girl. 

When we got to Rome we arrived to the the unfortunate news that Preston had to have his penis amputated and was now pouting and refused to eat or bask. He was not a happy boy. 

Preston & Roma sharing a nice moment in the field
 pre penis biting debacle
You'd think that would be the end of the story, right? Oh, no. Not in our household. When we got home a couple weeks later Preston had recovered from his loss so we figured we could put him back with Roma. Well, that went real well because the damn thing grew back! Okay, so not really but damn. When someone says amputated penis you'd think amputated penis, right? Well his doc had amputated just the itty bitty tip of it and called it a day. Back to the emergency vet! Where they amputated the hell out of that sucker since he obviously couldn't be trusted with it. 

So many follow up visits. So many embarrassing turn your cheeks bright pink moments. If you've ever been to a vet school you know you end up waiting for a while in a huge waiting room with a ton of other people. I'd be sitting there with my turtle in his carrier and everyone would keep sneaking glances at us. Well, yeah, we're usually the only non dog/kitty in the area. Finally some brave pet parent, and usually a guy, would go....

Roma the penis biter
"So, how do you know a turtle is sick?"

<cue me turning pink>

"Well, his penis was bleeding."

<aaannnnnd cue cricket chirping silence, male flinching and pets pulled closer to their parents>

Yeah. I was LOVING being a turtle mom at that moment ;)

For years after the great penis amputations whenever we'd go to the vet school they'd hear our name, there would be a little pause and then "Oh! You're Preston's mom!" Yeah, we were quite the talk around town. Everyone came to see Preston during his time there and they deemed my little girl Roma "Bobbit" 

Roma's pond, 2011
Even after his second amputation Preston just wouldn't give up his pursuit of Roma. So, he now lives with his grandmom in Florida for his safety and Roma, the penis biter, lives with me in North Carolina. She's a handful and tends to be a grump but has become friends with a frog that took up in her pond on the patio. 

So that's my most embarrassing Pet Mom story and how Preston lost his penis. Only in my herd.

Now, let me hear all your embarrassing pet moments! What have your herds done to turn your cheeks red?

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

High Stakes (Vegas Vampires #1) by Erin McCarthy

He's a bloodsucking freak of nature. But, unlike other politicians, Ethan Carrick is actually a nice guy. Not to mention a very hot, wealthy, casino-owning vampire. It's an election year for vampires, which means he'll first have to escape his opponent's hit men. Then he'll have to find a suitable First Lady, preferably here in Vegas.

Brittany Baldizzi fits the bill. She's smart, pretty- and sweeter than a glass of diabetic O-Negative. But her protective sister Alexis steps in with a message for Ethan: Bite me. It's then that he realizes it's the sexy, no-nonsense Alexis who raises his stake. And as much as she denies it, Alexis wouldn't mind a romp in the coffin with him. But can a mere mortal, even one who risks her life for him, make a centuries-old, womanizing vampire feel something entirely new?



Type: Paranormal Romance, Vampires
Heat: 3 out of 5
Rating: 3 out of 5

McCarthy's Vegas Vampire series was a fun way to spend a few hours. Nicely done, McCarthy. Not too many could make a politician up for reelection and a lawyer so damn likable. Ethan, the President of Vampire Nation, turned out to be a pretty good guy. Easy going with a great sense of humor. And in desperate need of a woman who challenged him. A role Alexis fit perfectly. She's an absolute riot. Very in your face with some serious attitude. Says what she thinks, doesn't take crap from anyone and isn't one for sugar coating things. 

Oatmeal Cookies (A to Z)


Mmmm. I LOVE a good cookie! I make a mean chocolate chip butterscotch cookie. It's fantastic! But it's time to spread my wings. Try new things. Get a little bold! Okay, not really all that bold. But new to me. Oatmeal cookies! Can you believe I've never made an oatmeal cookie? And I love these things!


Running short on time to figure out my O post I raided my kitchen and realized I had everything I needed to make these suckers! Perfect! 

They were really easy to make and turned out pretty tasty if I do say so myself. I was running a little short on raisins so I threw in a handful of Ghirardelli semi-sweet chocolate chips to the mix. Yeah, that's my excuse and I'm so sticking to it! 

Will definitely be making these again one day. 

Monday, April 16, 2012

Naked Edge (I-Team #4) by Pamela Clare (A to Z)

I just finished Naked Edge by Pamela Clare today (perfect timing, right?) so thought I'd combine my A to Z challenge post with it's review :) There's also a giveaway going for this one until 4/22/12 if you're interested.

The day Navajo journalist Katherine James met Gabriel Rossiter the earth literally moved beneath her feet. Nearly killed in a rockslide while hiking, she found her life in the tall park ranger's hands. Although she can't forget him, she thinks she'll never see him again. She is crushed when she recognizes her rescuer among the law enforcement officers raiding a sweat lodge ceremony one night, throwing her and her friends off Mesa Butte, land they consider sacred. 

Gabe long ago swore he would never again lose himself to a woman--not even one with long dark hair and big eyes that seem to see right through him. But from the moment he first sees Kat, the attraction he feels is undeniable. Appalled by what he has been ordered to do, he's determined to get to the bottom of recent events at Mesa Butte--and keep Kat safe. 

But asking questions can be dangerous--almost as dangerous as risking one's heart. And soon Kat and Gabe's passion for the truth--and each other--makes them targets for those who would do anything, even kill, to keep Native Americans off their sacred land...

Type: Romantic Suspense
Heat: 3 out of 5
Rating: 5 out of 5

I absolutely loved this book from page one to the very end. The writing is fantastic, the storyline/suspense both interesting and captivating and the characters are people I'd love to know in real life. It's the perfect combination for a wonderful read in my opinion. Naked Edge centered around Navajo journalist Kat James and attacks against the Native American community in her Colorado town. The detail and research Clare puts into her books is just fascinating. It's not just a bit of fluff that skirts around the issues or uses the Native American culture for a backdrop but one that actually delves down deep to help you understand another culture and feel what they believe. From experiencing sweat lodge ceremonies and the connection they believe people have with the land to problems the community faces with losing their lands and the issue of single parenthood.  It's definitely a book you don't just read but you experience. 

The pairing of man-whore Gabe who didn't believe in love and virginal Kat who was saving herself for her other half  is one of my favorites. I loved how Gabe supported Kat's work and helped her explore her sexuality. And that she helped him deal with his emotional turmoil and regain his trust in other people. She's a very grounded and strong woman. I loved that she'd say what she was really feeling and that she had an amazing understanding and appreciation for other people. She's definitely a heroine you can look up to and respect. Then there's Gabe, who is nothing less than a hero, putting his life on the line saving lives, protecting innocent people from overzealous cops and Kat from an unknown attacker. His inner dialogue was hysterical, especially concerning Kat and sex.  Gabe has a lot to emotional baggage to deal with and it's not always a pretty thing to see.  He's definitely not perfect but that's part of why I love his character. He's a bit rough around the edges but he's pretty damn great.
Got a case of performance anxiety, buddy? 
Hell, yeah, he did. He'd never had sex with a virgin, and he didn't want to disappoint her or, worse, hurt her. And yet he was pretty sure she would feel at least some pain. If he hadn't been fairly certain it was sacrilegious, he'd have asked the Patron Saint of Men Who Fuck Virgins to help him do this right.
The last 70 pages are some of the absolute best I've ever read. They're so freaking intense they'll have you beyond antsy and your palms sweating. This was my second time reading Naked Edge so I knew how everything was going to end and still I could hardly stay in my seat I was so nervous. Danger, twists & turns, amazing courage, sacrifice and one of the most emotional scenes between a hero and heroine out there. It's an ending that will just blow you away it's so damn good. Naked Edge is a fantastic addition to the I-Team series and easily one of my favorites. If you like an interesting story, steamy romance and little bit of humor this is definitely one you should check out. 

Hunky Hero Giveaway Hop!


Big thanks to Riverina Romantics for doing such a fabulous job putting together the Hunky Hero Gveaway Hop!

Hope everyone's having a blast on the hop. For our stop we're giving away one of my favorites! Gabe Rossiter from Pamela Clare's Naked Edge!


Yep, rock jock Gabe and all his yummy deliciousness! A rock climbing, blue-eyed Park Ranger that's a little damaged but one damn fine hero who goes to freaking amazing lengths to save his heroine!

Yeah, we're totally smitten.

If you've already met Gabe and would like to check out one of Clare's other hunky heroes that can so be arranged. They're all pretty damn good guys!







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