Review: The King (Book #12: The Black Dagger Brotherhood) by J.R. Ward

Title: The King Series: Book #12: The Black Dagger Brotherhood Author: J.R. Ward Format: ebook, 592 pages Published: April 1, 2014 by Penguin Group (USA)  ISBN: 110160218X

Title: The King
Series: Book #12: The Black Dagger Brotherhood
Author: J.R. Ward
Format: ebook, 592 pages
Published: April 1, 2014 by Penguin Group (USA)
ISBN: 110160218X

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Synopsis:

Long live the King… After turning his back on the throne for centuries, Wrath, son of Wrath, finally assumed his father’s mantle–with the help of his beloved mate. But the crown sets heavily on his head. As the war with the Lessening Society rages on, and the threat from the Band of Bastards truly hits home, he is forced to make choices that put everything–and everyone–at risk. Beth Randall thought she knew what she was getting into when she mated the last pure blooded vampire on the planet: An easy ride was not it. But when she decides she wants a child, she’s unprepared for Wrath’s response–or the distance it creates between them. The question is, will true love win out… or tortured legacy take over?

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My Rating: 3/5 stars

My Review: 

**contains spoilers and a rant**

The day I have long feared has finally come to pass; today is the day I have to admit that I didn’t absolutely, head over heels love a Black Dagger Brotherhood novel. Yes, dear reader, this makes me one very, very sad panda 😦

I have long supported the BDB series and with the exception of Phury’s book (he’s a serious whiner!) I have loved each and every read. The characters are rich and full-bodied, the plot lines – both short- and long-term – have remained fresh and exciting and the dialogue and naughty bits have always kept me well entertained. So, why then, does The King, a book that should be phenomenal fall flat? Plainly put, the plot is seriously lacking.

This installment I found to be only marginally interesting at best. There is a lot of rehashing going on in this read and quite frankly, I am getting a bit tired of it. Yes, we know Wrath hates being King; yes, we know Trez and iAm are up to their butts in trouble with their people; yes, we know Beth wants a baby; yes, we know the Glymera hate Wrath and his kind and want them gone; yes, we know Assail has a serious crush on Sola and he is addicted to drugs and; yes, we know WHO John Matthew is so just spit it out already and stop dragging out the damn drama. I am not suggesting the entire read is a rehashing of old events but a large portion is and the rehashing isn’t balanced out by new material. Quite simply, I feel like I have already read a large portion of this book in previous installments. Continuing with this line of thought is my frustration over the lack of any long-term plot and/or character development. It’s more than time to move forward with some of the smaller plot lines so do it! Finally, I found the ending to be completely lame and a total waste. Are you kidding me? After decades (centuries!!) of hating Wrath and wanting to take his throne, Xcor just quits and with a bunch of falsely created documents and a single vote, centuries of vampiric traditions are gone, wiped away?? This ending felt like a cop out to me; as if, there were only X number of pages available for text and once Ward got near that limit she just threw together something quick and easy that is far, far, far from satisfying.

Now that I got that out of the way! There are some things about this read that I did truly enjoy. For example, Trez and Boo the cat are so endearing; Sola’s totally oblivious grandmother cooking and caring for two hardened and stone-cold killer vampires is pretty awesome; the story of Wrath’s parents is nice to FINALLY know and; Wrath stepping up and finally becoming a true and proper king to his people is heartwarming. Unfortunately, these things are such a small part of the read as to be almost insignificant and that is also extremely frustrating.

The Bottom Line: I am trying to figure out why it took a year to get this book completed and on the market. With the incredible amount of rehashing and small amount of evolution, this could have been done and ready for readers a lot sooner. Am I done with the BDB? No, not quite yet but the next book is the make it or break it read for me. Should the next installment in the series be as inadequate as The King then I will I have to say goodbye to a series that I have dearly loved for many, many years and that too makes me a very sad panda.

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Excerpt and Sweepstakes: Drake Restrained (Book #0.5: The Unrestrained Series) by S.E. Lund

 

Book #0.5: Drake Restrained 

Synopsis:

Drake Morgan, MD, Neurosurgeon, bass player, philanthropist – Dominant.

He doesn’t do girlfriends, he doesn’t do sleepovers, and he certainly doesn’t do breakfast in bed the morning after. He has his surgical slate at New York Presbyterian, he has a charitable foundation providing surgical tools to hospitals in Africa, he has his Brit Invasion cover band, Mersey, and he has his secret life as a Dominant in Manhattan’s BDSM community.  Into bondage, D/s and the occasional dungeon scene, Drake keeps every part of his life separate, the divisions between them neat and tidy. His weeks are filled with surgeries, music and D/s sex, and none of the well-planned and scheduled parts of his life intersect.
That is until Kate McDermott crosses his path and screws everything up.  Now, nothing is neat and tidy anymore, for Drake is smitten and things are going to get messy…
Drake Restrained is a novella in the Unrestrained Series, which explores the early days of the relationship between Drake and Kate from Drake’s point of view.

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I headed to the washroom before leaving, making a quick pit stop, and on the way out, bumped into the pretty brunette. She pushed the door open to the woman’s washroom and knocked into me.  I had to grab her to keep her from falling, for she was wearing ridiculously high leather heels and hadn’t seemed to have mastered them.

Whoa,” I said, and caught her by the arms, pulling her against my body.  “Steady…”
 
“Oh, so sorry,” she said and grabbed onto my shoulders. She glanced up shyly, her cheeks reddening. “I’m not really used to these.”
 
In that moment, I was struck by the warmth of her body, the scent from her hair, and the soft curve of her breasts pressed against my chest.  She was deliciousI was probably half a foot taller than her even in her heels, and from my vantage point, I was able to peek down her dress and see the swell of her breasts pushed together by the tight bodice.
 
Now, I had admittedly had sex with a lot of women in my time. Before I was married, I played around a lot, trying to figure out what sex was all about and what I liked and needed. I was married for five years and had a lot of sex, especially in the first few years we were together. Since I divorced, I had quite a few submissives, both as regular play partners and one-offs I topped at dungeon parties.
 
I wasn’t an inexperienced teenager, but the way my body responded to her, you would have thought I hadn’t had sex for months instead of a week and a half.  In that second or two I had her in my arms, I imagined her naked, her body pressed against mine, her lips on my  skin.  God… She was lovelyShe smelled like shampoo and citrus.  I wanted to bury my face in her groin and inhale deeply.
 
I finally pulled myself together enough to respond. “Trying to defy the laws of physics?” I said and smiled as I helped steady her. I glanced down at her shoes once more. “Nice shoes though. Love the
leather straps…” 
I would love to see her naked, my leather straps binding her body, looping around her tiny waist and over her hips, down between her thighs, splitting her labia…
 
“Thank you,” she said, straightening up with my help.  At that moment, I wished she were a submissive. She had creamy white skin, and looked to be of Celtic background with green eyes and long golden brown hair. Her shyness suggested she might incline towards submission, especially with someone older, but there was no way of knowing from such a momentary meeting. It was wishful thinking on my part.  She smiled briefly and then turned back to the bar as if she couldn’t wait to get away from me.
 
Despite my strong response to her, I knew she was right to do so for in that moment, I wanted her the way a wolf wants a doe, the need to possess her completely welling up inside of me more powerfully than it had in a long time.
 
Run away, little girl. You don’t belong with someone like me.

 

Book #1: The Agreement

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Book 2: The Commitment

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Book 3: Unrestrained

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S. E. Lund lives with her family of humans and animals in a small city in Western Canada in an old house on a quiet tree-lined street. Besides writing erotic and contemporary romance, she writes paranormal romance and romantic suspense. In her other persona, she writes science fiction and fantasy, science fact, worked in policy analysis, advocates for climate action, plays piano and dreams of living in a warm climate by the ocean. When she was ten, she read Dracula and was warped forever.

 

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Release Event: The Stone of Destiny (Book #2: The Danaan Trilogy) by Laura Howard

 

Title: Stone of Destiny  Series: Book #2: The Danaan Trilogy Author: Laura Howard Age/Genre: New Adult Paranormal Romance Published: April 15, 2014

Title: Stone of Destiny
Series: Book #2: The Danaan Trilogy
Author: Laura Howard
Age/Genre: New Adult Paranormal Romance
Published: April 15, 2014

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Allison thought it was crazy enough when she found out her father, Liam, wasn’t entirely human. But now she has to join his magical allies to unravel his former mistress’s plans. Aoife wants to keep Allison’s parents apart forever. Despite Allison’s efforts to keep Ethan, the only guy she’s ever cared about, out of this supernatural mess, fate keeps throwing him back into the mix. Will Allison be able to find the amulet that holds the enchantment Aoife placed on Liam and destroy it? Are Ethan’ s feelings for Allison strong enough to endure the magic of the Tuatha De Danaan?

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Title: The Forgotten Ones Series: Book #1: The Danaan Trilogy Author: Laura Howard Format: eBook; 197 pages Age/Genre: New Adult Paranormal Romance Published: April 28, 2013 ASIN: B00CKXODRG

Title: The Forgotten Ones
Series: Book #1: The Danaan Trilogy
Author: Laura Howard
Format: eBook; 197 pages
Age/Genre: New Adult Paranormal Romance
Published: April 28, 2013
ASIN: B00CKXODRG

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Synopsis:

Allison O’Malley’s plan is to go to grad school so she can get a good job and take care of her schizophrenic mother. She has carefully closed herself off from everything else, including a relationship with Ethan, who she’s been in love with for as long as she can remember.
What is definitely not part of the plan is the return of her long-lost father, who claims he can bring Allison’s mother back from the dark place her mind has gone. Allison doesn’t trust her father, so why would she believe his stories about a long forgotten Irish people, the Tuatha de Danaan? But truths have a way of revealing themselves. Secrets will eventually surface. And Allison must learn to set aside her plan and work with her father if there is even a small chance it could restore her mother’s sanity. 

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About the author:

Laura HowardLaura Howard lives in New Hampshire with her husband and four children. Her obsession with books began at the age of 6 when she got her first library card. Nancy Drew, Sweet Valley High and other girly novels were routinely devoured in single sittings. Books took a backseat to diapers when she had her first child. It wasn’t until the release of a little novel called Twilight, 8 years later, that she rediscovered her love of fiction. Soon after, her own characters began to make themselves known. The Forgotten Ones is her first published novel.

Marni Mann’s Pulled Beneath (Book #1: Bar Harbor Series) is on SALE!!!

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Those of you who have been with me for awhile know I ADORE Marni Mann and will always put on my hooker boots to pimp her out!!!  Pulled Beneath is the first book in the new Bar Harbor series by Marni and it is a truly fantastic read. 

The Bottom Line: you get a stellar read for only 99 pennies!!  Go for and one-click 🙂

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Synopsis:

What happens when you uncover years of secrets and find out everything you thought to be true was a lie?  Drew Stevens finds her world turned upside down when her parents are brutally murdered. Soon after, she learns she inherited a property in Bar Harbor, Maine from recently deceased grandparents that she believed had died when she was a baby.
Drew travels north to settle her grandparents’ estate, but finds more questions than answers as the truth starts unraveling. What she  didn’t expect to find was Saint, whose reputation was as tumultuous as his past. But the very thing that brought them together was the same thing that kept them emotionally caged.  With Saint’s scars so deep and Drew’s so fresh, can the pair heal from their painful wounds or will they be pulled beneath the darkness of their pasts?

About the author and where to find her:

author - marni mannA New Englander at heart, Marni Mann is now a Floridian inspired by the sandy beaches and hot pink sunsets of Sarasota. She taps mainstream appeal and shakes worldwide taboos, taking her readers on a dark and breathtaking journey.  When she’s not nose deep in her laptop, she’s scouring for chocolate, traveling, reading, or walking her four-legged children. Visit her at www.marnismann.com

Review and Swepstakes: Let’s Misbehave (Book #3: Summerhill Series) by Kate Perry

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Title: Let's Misbehave Series:  Book #3: Summerhill Series Author: Kate Perry Age/Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance Release Date: April 14, 2014 Publisher: Phoenix Rising Enterprises, Inc.

Title: Let’s Misbehave
Series: Book #3: Summerhill Series
Author: Kate Perry
Age/Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance
Release Date: April 14, 2014
Publisher: Phoenix Rising Enterprises, Inc.

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Synopsis:

Imogen Summerhill, box office darling, has never wanted to be in the spotlight less.  When racy photos—and video!—are leaked by her sleazy ex, her studio couldn’t be happier. All press is good press, and this will only enhance the intrigue about her upcoming blockbuster. But how is Gigi supposed to be taken seriously as an actress with all this inappropriate buzz? She’s Cate Blanchett, not Kim Kardashian.

But then Gigi meets Merrick Graham, the Bad Boy of Politics. The last thing either of them wants is to be tainted by more scandal: he needs the support of the conservatives, and she wants to untarnish her image.  Only they can’t resist each other—separately they’re good, but in the bedroom they’re even better. They can’t be seen together in public, but in private all’s fair game, and there’s plenty of room to misbehave…

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My Rating: 5/5 stars

My Review:

What do you do when your tool bag (oh yes, the whole bag!) of a boyfriend sells a highly suggestive video of the two you engaged in some naughty business? Well, if you’re Imogen Summerhill, acclaimed and bombshellish actress, you run home to England and hide out with the family until all the press dies down.

For Imogen, the shock of the video isn’t so much about the video but about the betrayal of a man she trusted. Nursing a broken heart and determined to ride out the storm, Imogen (affectionately known as Gigi) returns to the Sumemrhill home and the safety of her family. The added bonus to the extended stay is the opportunity to better know her sisters and with their help, the heartbreak slowly begins to fade and Imogen once again starts to focus on her career. Here’s the rub: Imogen wants to be taken seriously as an actress and respected for her talent and not her “assets” but her studio wants to play up the drama and see Imogen cast as the naughty bombshell the world believes her to be. In order to salvage her career in an acceptable manner, maintain her dignity and, with any luck win an Oscar down the road, Imogen has to keep her nose clean and stay out of trouble. Yeah, right!

Merrick (aka Ricky Hazard) lives a very public life of service and his one and only goal is to pass legislation that will prevent senseless killings like the one that took his sister years and years ago. The only remnant of his former life is his best friend Valerie, a woman who loves him dearly (but ONLY as a friend) and wants to see him successful and happy. Unfortunately, Merrick is certain those two things can no longer coexist for him and as a result lives his life rather like a monk denying himself many simple pleasures. Luckily for Merrick, Valerie is all kinds of up in his business and the minute she sees Merrick uncharacteristically turn his eye toward a woman she is all over getting the two connected. Too bad that woman is Imogen Summerhill, the one woman in the world who wants to stay out of the press and avoid scandal even more than Merrick does.

As fate (and Kate Perry!) would have it, Imogen and Merrick do meet and within moments each is intrigued and attracted to the other. The attraction is ridiculously strong and prompts Imogen to ask her trusted assistant to track down Merrick’s contact information. A flirty text or two later and the two are meeting clandestinely J Per Imogen’s request and with Merrick’s absolute agreement, the meetings are to remain clandestine as neither can afford the “bad” press. For a time the arrangement works well for both but inevitably, the feelings grow and the couple has to decide what their future is or can be. Before that conversation can happen though, Imogen is inexplicably outed to the press, Merrick’s legislation is threatened and, the tool bag makes an unwanted and unexpected appearance and all but begs Imogen to come back. As required, the Summerhill sisters rally around their own, help Imogen through yet another betrayal and more than a little anger and, Bea (yet again!) offers to have someone killed. WOW!! I love those sisters 🙂

The Bottom Line: Kate Perry is on a roll and I am loving this series more and more with every single addition!! Plainly put, this is top-notch writing with fantastic characters who are constantly evolving, excellent dialogue and, plots that are remaining fresh and true to the characters. Furthermore, old favorites make appearances, the new characters add significantly to the read, Bea offers to have someone killed and, everything just fits together. In all honesty, the ride each sister takes me on is so damn entertaining that I don’t care that I know how it is all going to turn out in the end. Additionally, I am quite thankful that Jacqueline Summerhill was exceptionally fertile – that just means more sisters and more books for me to fall in love with!! And quite frankly, I am OK with that 🙂 

About the author and where to find her:

Kate has tangoed at midnight with a man in blue furry chaps, dueled with flaming swords in the desert, and strutted on bar tops across the world and back. She’s been kissed under the Eiffel Tower, had her butt pinched in Florence, and been serenaded in New Orleans. But she found Happy Ever After in San Francisco with her Magic Man.  Kate’s the bestselling author of the Laurel Heights Novels, as well as the Pillow Talk and Guardians of Destiny series. She’s been translated into several languages and is quite proud to say she’s big in Slovenia. All her books are about strong, independent women who just want love.  Most days, you can find Kate in her favorite café, working on her latest novel. Sometimes she’s wearing a tutu. She may or may not have a jeweled dagger strapped to her thigh…

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Release Event: Make It a Double (Book #2: Last Call Series) by Sawyer Bennett

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Title: Make It a Double Series: Book #2: Last Call Series Author: Sawyer Bennett Age/Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance Release Date: April 21, 2014

Title: Make It a Double
Series: Book #2: Last Call Series
Author: Sawyer Bennett
Age/Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance
Release Date: April 21, 2014

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 Brody Markham has endured a nightmare, spending the last five years in prison and losing everything that was dear to him. Now he’s back home, trying to survive in a world he doesn’t recognize anymore. While his family and friends desperately try to reach through to him, he shelters himself further and further away from their love.  Alyssa Myers has worked her entire life to distance herself from the luxurious and privileged lifestyle in which she was raised. Running her non-profit agency, The Haven, she is content to spend her days helping abused animals find sanctuary, which fulfills her in a way that money just can’t buy.  Maybe it’s that she recognizes in Brody some of the same characteristics she sees in her homeless wards, but Alyssa is powerless to stop her personal quest to make Brody whole again.  While Brody struggles to surface from the darkness, Alyssa tries to protect her heart in case he’s not willing to accept the light that she offers him.

*MAKE IT A DOUBLE can be read as a stand-alone*

About the author and where to find her:

USA Today Best-Selling author, Sawyer Bennett, is a snarky southern woman and reformed trial lawyer who decided to finally start putting on paper all of the stories that were floating in her head. She is married to a mobster (well, a market researcher) and they have two big, furry dogs who hog the bed. Sawyer would like to report she doesn’t have many weaknesses but can be bribed with a nominal amount of milk chocolate.

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Cover Reveal: Intrigued and Enchanted by Eva Simone

 

 

Synopsis:

Life can change in the blink of an eye.  No one knows that better than Lily Pritchard…
 
Witnessing your father’s murder is every 15 year old girl’s worst nightmare; for Lily Pritchard it was her reality.  Tormented by nightmares, twisted with guilt, Lily can’t let anyone close enough to care for her…until her world is rocked on its axis by a tall dark stranger. 
Brandon Redgrave is intelligent, gorgeous, and wealthy; but he learned the hard way not to expect loyalty or love from those around you.  Haunted by his demons, Brandon is determined not to make the same mistake again.  A chance encounter; two broken souls; explosive consequences.  Will Brandon and Lily be able to heal each other’s wounds, or will their pasts spill into the present, extinguishing any
chance of a future together…
 
 
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Excerpt from Intrigued and Enchanted:

As usual, I am so caught up in my own head that I’m not really paying attention to my surroundings.  I am so oblivious, I don’t even know what hits me. I find myself falling to the ground, my books and bag in the air, my coffee colliding with and slowly sinking into the grass.  My only thought is that I am about to smack my head of the ground and do myself some major damage, which I am not looking forward to.  I only realize when the pain doesn’t come, that I am being held just shy of the ground by a very strong, warm, and hard, pair of arms.

 

 

About the author and where to find her:

Eva Simone is a stay at home mother of two, wife to a wonderful hubby, and certified book addict!  She studied English at university, gaining an honours degree in literature and linguistics.  After straying so far from her education Eva was sucked back in to the world of reading by the illustrious FSOG.  Two years later, and at least 200 books later, with a story on the back burner she decided it was time to put her
education to good use and write her first novel. 
Eva is hoping that everyone will enjoy reading Brandon and Lily’s journey as much as she has enjoyed writing it.  There are currently plans for two further books in this series.
 

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