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Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Temptation by Selena Kitt

Leah is a good, Catholic girl, and she and Erica have been best friends since their first communion. Sure, Erica’s father is handsome and charming, but Leah spends so much time at the Nolan’s—just Erica and her famous, photographer father now, since Erica’s mother died—that she’s practically part of the family.

Both girls have led privileged, sheltered lives and are on the “good girl” track at St. Mary Magdalene’s Preparatory College, Leah pursuing her love of dance and Erica sating her endless curiosity as editor of the newspaper. Neither of them could have ever imagined that one fateful discovery will not only push the boundaries of their strict, repressive upbringing, but the bonds of their friendship as well.

Leah certainly never could have imagined finding herself torn between her best friend and her best friend’s father. Sure, Leah’s mother had always talked about Mr. Nolan as “a catch,” but Leah herself had never thought of him as anything other than just Erica’s dad—until the girls discover something darkly erotic under Mr. Nolan’s bed, a deep, shameful secret that will not only lead them into temptation, but will deliver them into a far greater revelation than any of them could ever have imagined. 

Temptation by Selena Kitt is the first part of Under Mr. Nolan's Bed trilogy. From what I've heard, this is a re-creation of a story she had written called Under Mr. Nolan's Bed which she had revised once before and had named Plaid Skirt Confessions. I never read the original or revised version so I will only talk about this re-telling.

I'm very glad that I received an ARC and was privileged to have read it a little sooner than most people. Temptation unfolds in a very straightforward way yet at the same time it's rather tricky. You think yo know how the story will go because the author takes you down a certain path...but then she strays, kind of circles back and starts out in a different place. It's kind of like a cat and mouse game with the readers. It goes from this forbidden erotica to a sweet but hot and steamy romance. I kept thinking, "Aww, that's so romantic...wait, what am I saying!?" But it's true, it was! You can't help who you fall for.

And oh my goodness, that ending! I had my sneaking suspicions about what was going to happen probably about 40 or 50 pages before I finished the book...but I had no idea it was going to end the way it did. Ha! Blew me out of the water!

I really enjoyed every thing about this book; but I do have a particular scene that I found rather memorable and it will probably be with me for the rest of my life. I will not get into details, because I don't like to give spoilers...but there's a scene with Leah - our main character - confessing all of her sins...ALL of them. It was shocking and hilarious, I could not stop laughing! 

Temptation by Selena Kitt officially came out yesterday and the kindle edition is FREE on Amazon until Friday 3/29 so go get your copy!

  What a ride! Cant wait to get started on the next part.

Sunday, March 17, 2013

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Sunday, March 10, 2013

Unintended Consequences by Marti Green

Nineteen years ago, Indiana police found the body of a young girl, burned beyond recognition and buried in the woods. They arrested George Calhoun for murdering his daughter, and his wife testified against him at the trial. The jury convicted him. Now his appeals have been exhausted, and his execution is just a few weeks away.

George said he didn’t do it. That the body isn’t his little Angelina. But that’s all he’s ever said – no other defense, no other explanation.

Dani Trumball, an attorney for the Help Innocent Prisoners Project, wants to believe him. After all, there was no forensic evidence that the body in the woods was George’s daughter. But if the girl isn’t Angelina, then who is it? And what happened to the Calhouns’ missing daughter?

For nineteen years, George Calhoun has stayed silent. But that’s about to change, and the story he tells Dani—if it’s true—changes everything.


I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I was very intrigued - guy on death row for 17 years, accused of murdering his 4 year-old daughter, has just 6 weeks left before he gets the lethal injection. All these years he has claimed that the little girl's body they found was not his daughter...but that's all he would say. Nobody knew where little Angelina Calhoun ended up, so if she wasn't the dead girl, where was she? I had to find out if this guy was telling the truth or not. A big part of me believed even before going into this book that he was telling the truth. Another, darker part of me wanted him to be lying; to get someone to believe him and do the impossible: exonerate him, only to find out he really did do it. I wasn't sure how this story was going to end up. And I'm not going to tell you how it end. You'll just have to read yourselves.

I will say a few things about the delivery: It is a bit slow, not always in a bad way though. The author prolongs a lot of things which I actually liked because you kind of feel the same type of frustration as the characters. You know what's going on just like the characters do, and you want a resolution, and every time you think it's coming something happens to delay everything. I had to keep looking to see how many pages I had left to kind of tell myself not to get my hopes up because the ending was nowhere near. That being said, there was a lot of the beginning that I wasn't too keen on. Specifically the main character's son. I understand that there's a need for background information and for character development because it gets the reader invested in the main character; and I understand that we needed to know that Dani was a mother and that she had a special needs child and that she wrestled with understanding and not understanding the actions of George Calhoun. But I feel that some of it wasn't relevant, even though I did like that character...he wasn't important to the story, so I don't feel there should have been so much of him.

Another thing that kind of took me out of the story a few times during the first half of the book was the constant popping in and out of people's heads. The first few chapters were all about Dani, and then it randomly jumps to one of her co-workers that's on the case with her, and then it jumps to a new mysterious male character, and then to a new mysterious female character, then back to Dani, then back to the mystery female, and so on and so forth. I don't know if Marti Green just did a better job of  head jumping in the second half of the book, or if I just kind of got used to it and got to know the characters, but it did eventually stop bothering me and in fact I was glad to get those character's perspective as well.

So overall, I enjoyed it. I liked the story, the premise, the way it was drawn out, the directions that were taken. I was very satisfied.

Monday, March 4, 2013

Something Witchy by AJ Myers

My name is Ember Blaylock. Welcome to the World of Weird—better known as my life.

It wasn’t always like this. I was once a normal high school senior, just filling out college apps and trying to stay sane long enough to get out of Moonlight, Missouri. Preferably before I ended up in a straight-jacket out of sheer boredom.

At first, my only problems were my increasingly unwanted ability to see the dead and my desperation to remove the stalker known as my ex-boyfriend from my life. Somewhere along the line I must have pissed off the Bad Karma Fairy. Maybe I stepped on the wrong toadstool or peed in Loki’s personal swimming pool—I really don’t know. All I do know is I’m about to have the worst week of my life. Maybe the worst week of any teenager’s life. Ever.

All because of a dead guy.

From the second pale, too-hot-to-be-real Nathan Ashley stepped out of the wreckage of his mangled sports car, my life spiraled into complete and utter chaos. One minute, I'm quasi-normal, the next I’m being kidnapped by a vampire, I’m having weird, creepy powers sprout up out of nowhere, and I’m running from a demon who wants to get more familiar with my anatomy…or kill me. Again. Yeah, did I mention he's done it before?

Anybody know if those straight-jackets come in pink?


Bravo! I was very very impressed by this book. It's the perfect ride; long and pleasantly slow at times and then BAM, it's like all of a sudden you're on a roller coaster climbing higher and higher...and then you're back to that pleasantly slow ride....and then BAM, back to the roller coaster. It was like that the entire time, it was the perfect balance. The story, the plot, the climax, were all great! But my favorite thing? The characters! I am completely invested in Nathan, Ember, Grams, even Kim and Blake who appeared for a short time in the beginning. The characters are so alive, they jump out of the page...I don't know how she does it because she doesn't bore you with unnecessary details about them. Yet, you have this clear image of them in your mind. I kept reading the book fast, and then trying to pace myself...I wanted to finish it, but I wanted to take my time because I DIDN'T want to leave the world AJ Myers created. But then when I finished, I realized it was only part 1 of the Mystics & Mayhem series. I cannot wait to read the next installment!

Slam Dunk!