Monday, August 30, 2010

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

Sheila, of One Persons Journey Through a World of Books, is the host of It's Monday! What Are You Reading? This is a weekly event to share what we read last week, what we are currently reading and what books we plan to read this week.

Read last week:

Bloody Bones by Laurell K. Hamilton

I'm Reading:

The Killing Dance by Laurell K. Hamilton

Next on my list:

Burnt Offerings by Laurell K. Hamilton

Bloody Bones by Laurell K. Hamilton

Bloody Bones by Laurell K. Hamilton

Year Published: 1995
My Rating: 5 stars
384 pages

This is the fifth book in the Anita Blake Vampire Series.

Anita's has got a new client, who is willing to pay six digits to raise a graveyard full of centuries old corpses to end a land dispute. She flies with Larry to go check it out since she is the only one in the country who could do it.
Then disaster strikes.. Teenagers are found slaughtered and brutally murdered not very far from where the graveyard is, so Anita is called by Dolph to go inspect it.. Then another girl is murdered in her families home.. and her brother kidnapped. Knowing it's a vampire related murder, she asks Jean-Claude for help to get to the Master of the City of Branson, Missouri "Seraphina".
They go meet the Seraphina and endure her torturous ways all in the sake of rescuing the young boy from a horendous end.
With Fae involved, old legends and lore, it gets very interesting, plus new facts about vampires..

No surprise, a lot of action, violence and gore.. Amazing book!!

Quotes I enjoyed from this book:

People who don't camp much think darkness falls from the sky. It doesn't. Darkness slides from the trees and fills them first, then spreads outward to the open places.

"Bloody Bones is a strange name for a bar and grill."
"Maybe they serve ribs," I said.
He made a face at me. "I could not face barbecue anything right now."

"Remember the three rules of vampire hunting. One: Never, ever look them in the eyes. Two: Never, ever give up your cross. Three: Aim for the head and heart."

I could feel dawn pressing against the windows like a cool hand when we got back to my room. It was very near. Jean-Claude smiled at me. "The first time I manage to share a hotel room with you, and there is no time." He gave an elaborate sigh. "Things never work as I plan with you, ma petite."

I have never seen him after dawn when he was dead to the world. I wasn't sure I wanted to see.

Jason lay back against the pillows. He raised one knee, his hands lying across his stomach. He looked relaxed, lascivious, but his eyes stayed on Jean-Claude.
"You are almost the perfect pet, Jason, but do not provoke me."
"You never said she was off limits."
"I am saying it now," Jean- Claude said.
Jason sat up on the bed. "I'll be a perfect gentleman from now on."
"Yes," Jean-Claude said, "you will."

"Get dressed, my wolf, and you, ma petite, you must change as well."

"Stop calling me Lawrence. The name's Larry."
Jean-Claude sighed. "You have trained him well."
"He came that way," I said.

"You are beautiful." She ran her fingers along the edge of his jacket. "I thought they'd lied. That nobody could be that beautiful." She fingered the mother-of -pearl buttons, starting at his neck and working down. Jean-Claude moved her hand when she reached the last button before the shirt disappeared into his pants.

Jason lay down on the bloody floor. I blinked at him. "The neck hurts less," he said, just as if I'd asked. Jean-Claude crawled on top of him. Jason turned his head to one side without being asked.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

WWW Wednesdays (August 18)

To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

* What are you currently reading?

* What did you recently finish reading?

* What do you think you’ll read next?

This is the first time for me to play this, I've seen it on Yvonne's blog and thought of giving it a try :) Sounds fun!!

If you like to participate check out Should Be Reading

So, my answers are..

* What are you currently reading?

Bloody Bones (Anita Blake #5) by Laurell K. Hamilton

* What did you recently finish reading?

The Lunatic Cafe (anita Blake #4) by Laurell K. Hamilton

* What do you think you’ll read next?

Heartsick (Gretchen Lowell #1) by Chelsea Cain
I tried to upload the covers but I'm having trouble with the server right now, will try to upload them later :)

The Sunshine Award

I thank the wonderful Yvonne for awarding me this gorgeous sunny award, It has brightened my day.

This award is given to bloggers who inspire others and show positivity and creativity.

The Rules:
1) Put the logo within my blog or on my post
2) Pass the award on to up to 12 fellow bloggers
3) Link the nominees within my post
4) Let the nominees know they have received this award by commenting on their blog
5) Share the love and link to the person whom you received this award from.

I will pass this on to 12 other bloggers who have inspired me, added to my TBR list with wonderful suggestions and reviews, and been there for me.
I know they are more than 12 but since that's the limit I will try to stick to it :)

1. Erotic Horizon @ E.H On Books and More
2. J Kaye @ Home Girl's Book Blog
3. TexasRed @ Texas Red Books
4. Sandy @ You've Gotta Read This
5. Kristi @ Passion For The Page
6. Kelly @ The Novel Bookworm
7. Vivienne @ Serendipity
8. Natasha @ Maw Books Blog
9. Lilly @ Reading Extravaganza
10. Bella Foxx @ A Commuter's Journal
11. Patricia @ Patricia's Vampire Notes
12. Toni @ A Circle Of Books

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

The Lunatic Cafe by Laurell K. Hamilton

The Lunatic Cafe by Laurell K. Hamilton

Year Published: 1995
My Rating: 5 stars
352 pages

This is the forth book in the Anita Blake Vampire Hunter Series.
Anita's got a new client asking her to look for his missing wife, he can't go to the cops because she is a werewolf and owns a butcher shop. If that is revealed she could loose her business.
So since anita is not an investigator she refers him to her friend Ronnie.

Anita soon discovers that Peggy is not to only lycanthrope missing, but seven others are too and no clue as to where they could be.

She is also called by the police to help solve a murder that looks like it could be paranormal related but in a different county.

Dating Richard now but discovers some new side to him not revealed to her before, to the joy of Jean Claude who is consistently persueing her :) How fun!! A vampire and a werewolf :D

We meet new creatures and shapeshipters.. some good and some really nasty!!
A lot of action and gore in this book, it does not disappoint. Loved it to bits :)

Quotes I enjoyed from the book:
I seemed to be speaking English, but perhaps my questions were really Swahili and I just didn't realize it. Or maybe whatever had happened was too awful for words. That happened a lot in my business.

The wind gusted cold enough to take my breath away as I neared the corner and relative safety. I wore a lot of sweaters in the winter, but tonight I'd wanted something dressier, and I was freezing my potooties off, but I was hoping that Richard would like the red blouse.

"He means that much to you?" There was surprise in his voice. Great.
"No, you mean that little." I stepped away from him, around him. Gave him my back and walked away. Let him sink his fangs into that bit of truth. Tonight, I meant every word.

"What's up, Dolph? This was supposed tobe my night off."
"Sorry the murderer didn't know that. If you're too busy, we'll muddle through without you."

In any case, Richard had given me exactly what I'd asked for: scary, intimidating shapeshipters. I wasn't used to getting exactly what I asked for. Next time I'd be more specific.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Beck and Call by Dili San Jules

Beck and Call by Dili San Jules

Year Published: 2010

My Rating: 2 stars

5 pages

A really short story about a female model receiving some anonymous messages and phone calls with an open end!

Didn't get to feel the story or understand why she was stalked!

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Candy Cane Kisses by Jenna Byrnes

Candy Cane Kisses by Jenna Byrnes

Year published: 2009

My Rating: 4 stars

33 pages

This is a Phaze book you could download for free from Smashwords

Chrismas is here and Cyn is all alone missing Gil since he left a year ago.
Now her best friend is trying to hook her up with someone else but she just can't get Gil out of her mind and insists on spending Chrismas alone.
When she comes home she finds Gil waiting for her and they spend a night filled with candy cane kisses!!
The ending was a surprise that I wasn't quite expecting, and I loved it!

A really nice and touching story that I liked, it introduced me to this author who I'm sure I will be looking for more books from!

Romance with a twist of erotica, so beware :)

Cut & Run by Madeleine Urban & Abigail Roux

Cut & Run by Madeleine Urban & Abigail Roux

Year Published: 2008

My Rating: 4 stars

380 pages

This book was recommended to me by SJ from the M/M Romance group on Goodreads to be my July pick. Thank you SJ for this great pick!

A serial killer is loose in New York and the police can't figure a pattern. Every murder is different, the victims seem to be random, the locations, the method and even the final presentation seem different. The only thing in common is that the killer is leaving weird tokens that don't seem to explain anything.

Then the FBI sends in Special Agents Ty Grady and Zane Garrett who get partnered together for the first time while being the complete opposites of each other. Ty the streetwise wiseass and Zane the polished suit and tie kind of guy. They dislike each other from the very beginning and get on each others nerve until some disasters occur that get them closer to each other and have them open up and show their true natures.

All this while trying to figure out how to catch this elusive killer. While he seems determined to have them next on his list.

I truly enjoyed this book, the tension between them was sizzling and then the romance and emotions under the surface was just so nice to read and dive into.
It took me a while to read this book because I was on vacation and that is the least time I could read, so as soon as the vacation ended I started to speed up my pace to catch up and finish it. It was such a good book. I wish there would be a sequel to see what these guys will do next!

I do have to warn you this is a M/M romance book.

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