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Raven's Kiss by Toni LoTempio was my second experience with Toni's writing and it was great. Every time I read her work I can't wait to see what else she's going to bring out.

Raven Grace is an angry shapeshifter. She was turned by a demon named Aega and her life mission is to find him and kill him so he can't do this to anyone else.

After her last capture with the Special Recovery Unit, her boss puts her on mandated personal time off.  She is to take a break and get her anger under control.

Just when Raven is about to complain, she comes across another case that could lead her to the very demon she hunts. Before she can start the chase, she must do a little time travelling.

Learning how to cross worldly planes, she gets a peek of what and who she will be dealing with when she learns of Finn McPhea. Not only does her body heat rise at the mere glance of him, but now she must convince him that she wants to help put a stop to this demon, working by his side keeping her carnal desires in check.

I loved this story so much!  I loved Raven from the very first introduction of her. She has such a kick ass attitude and I tend to lean towards those heroines, especially if they are a woman.  You will fall in love with all of these characters and find yourself anxiously turning the pages to see how it all works out.

LoTempio's writing just keeps getting better and better. I can' t wait for her next release.

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Amaury's Hellion is the second installment in Tina Folsom's Scanguard Vampires Series and it was exquisite!

One thing I can say is that each book in this series can very well stand alone. I've read this completely out of order and wasn't lost at all.

Amaury LeSang is a bodyguard for the Scanguards, run by his good friend and fellow vampire, Samson. 

Amaury lost his family after becoming a vampire, and now lives with a curse. He will never love or feel love again, but he can feel other people's emotions to such an extent that it literally causes him pain.

How does he curb it? Sex of course. Sex is the only thing that can ease the pain letting Amaury survive. He accepted his fate of never loving another, and keeps himself distanced from woman except to sex them to be pain free.

That is until he meets Nina.

Nina has been following the Scanguards to avenge her brothers death. She knows what they are and what they are capable of. She will kill Amaury if given the chance.

What she didn't expect when she confronted him was that her body would take over with needs she thought she would never feel.  As feisty as she is, Amaury is intrigued by Nina, not only because she is playing hard to get, but he cannot sense any emotion from her either.

Folsom did a magnificent job with this title. You will fall in love with these characters and the plot is so strong you can't help but to turn the page.

I highly recommend this entire series and I can't wait to delve into the latest installment, Yvette's Haven.

Tina Folsom Online

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Shift by Takumi Yamazaki was brilliant.  This title made perfect sense and anyone would be able to make a shift in their lives after reading this book.

Yamazaki is a world known motivational speaker and after reading Shift I can see why.  He will teach you how to make a "Shift" in your thinking, actions, and daily living in such a way that you will completely understand.  Through exercises, examples, and simply changing the way you word your sentences, it can't get much easier.

This is a fast paced, to the point title that while you're reading it you will say, "Wow. It's that simple."

I would recommend this book to anyone that is ready to make a shift in their lives.  It's a great read.

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Imperfect by L.E. Harvey puts you right in the center of true love.  

Carol and Alexandria met at a dance club after Carol took a night to the town with college roommate Marlene.  

Hitting it off immediately,  we watch their relationship grow over the years.  As an interracial gay relationship,  these two face constant trials, but together they come out strong.

Even when Alex's family is unsure of what might become, Carol promises Alex's twin brother she will never hurt her.

When an illness strikes and Carol is not recovering near as quickly as she should,  Alex forces her to see a doctor.  Not wanting to upset her love,  she complies,  only to find out she has contracted AIDS from a blood transfusion she received when she was sick.

Now they must find out if Alex too has contracted this deadly virus.  Through the waiting and the fear,  the results come back.  Guilt ridden,  Byron,  Alex's twin brother blames Carol for Alex being sick and thinks she's broken her promise.

As they work through the news of being sick,  overcoming family disputes,  and now threats against their very being,  Carol and Alex must overcome the worst of all.  They must accept the possibility of death.

Harvey wrote a telling tale of an emotional ride.  Though nobody's life is perfect,  Carol can't help but to feel imperfect.  We watch as this love grows and flourishes even through tough times and you will surely feel the emotion portrayed.

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Fierce Dawn by Amber Scott was absolutely YUMMY!  I loved Scott's take on the immortal realm,  from seekers to changelings to messengers,  just phenomenal. 

A different take which I absolutely loved too was that she reversed roles.  Normally we read any type of romance,  it's always the male seducing the female.  Not in Fierce Dawn.  This one had the female seducing the male and I loved it.

Sadie Graves knew there was something different about her,  but she just couldn't put her finger on it.  Her family chalks it up to mental breakdown,  forcing her to seek help and medication.

Sadie knows she's not crazy though.  When she meets the hot,  give you writhing dreams Elijah Stokes,  her world endures a drastic change of events.  Sadie is a messenger,  and Elijah is going to help her through the transformation. 

Sadie dreams of Elijah,  painting her dreams so vividly.  Danger is near and someone is after her.  What her dreams were actually doing were prophesizing,  and much to all of their surprise,  her transformation brings more than the mere fact that she may be a messenger.  Not only will her true self be discovered,  but so will many lies,  and of course love.

Scott did a fantastic job in this title.  Fierce Dawn will leave you squirming in your seat as you try to read fast enough to find out what happens next.  Character development was magnificent and you will feel the connection with every character involved,  not to mention an astounding plot.  This is one title you will definitely want to get your hands on.

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Shipping and Deceiving is the second book in the Warehouse Thrillers and it was just as good as the first.  The more I read from Tina deCoux,  the more I want.

Deborah Strickland is the manager for Consolidated Freightways shipping department.  She and her crew are a tight knit bunch,  to include her assistant and best friend Marcy.  When she hires Desiree,  she feels something odd about her but forces herself to overlook it.

The night of the company Christmas party,  Desiree begs for a ride and hopes for friendship.  After a disastrous chain of events,  Desiree proves to be worse than all of their worst nightmares. 

When one crew member is accused of rape and Marcy is almost killed,  a surprising turn of events bring light to an unexpected and hurtful deceit from one of their own.  Now it is up to Deb to set things right,  while saving herself from being the next in line to die.

deCoux did a fantastic job in this series.  Every time I pick up one of her books I find it hard to put down and mad when I have to.  Her writing style is one that will draw you in from the first page and leave you wanting more.  I cannot wait to read the final book in this trilogy and I would strongly recommend you go out and get yourself a copy of the first book,  I Thought We Were Friends right now.  If you don't,  you are missing out on some fantastic reads.

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If you've ever been curious about the Holocaust and wanted to know more about what actually happened and the effects it left on survivors then this is the book for you.  Jeannette Katzir brings you smack dab in the middle of it with Broken Birds: The Story of my Momila.

I can't say enough about this book.  Katzir did such a fantastic job you feel the emotions from the beginning to the very end.

Channa and Nathan were caught in the middle of Hitler's Reign.  Fighting to survive,  they found each other.  Though they loved each other and made it through some horrific times,  surviving did not come without costs.

We are taken into the Holocaust,  from Channa being on the run from Nazi soldiers to Nathan enduring concentration camps.  This was so heart wrenching you had no choice but to want to save them yourself.

After Channa and Nathan marry,  they have five children.  Though the effects of the war are still imminent in their lives,  they try to provide a loving home for their children. 

We see these kids grow up,  we see emotional conflict,  and the worst is the sibling rivalry.  I felt bad for two of the children,  as they felt that they deserved everything without working for it. 

It was amazing to me how Channa loved her children yet tried to control every aspect of their lives even after they were grown.  Nathan always remained quiet,  and took things in stride.  Even after Channa departs from this world,  her way of life still seemed to hold strong.

I have never read a book such as Broken Birds.  I've always been curious as to what happened during this time and I will tell you that no history will ever have you feel the effects of war like this book.  Katzir did a fantastic job with detail,  drawing you in so deeply you had no choice but to feel.  I highly recommend Broken Birds to get a real taste for what actually happened,  the effects after and how that extends to the families.

If you want to learn more - visit Broken Birds online.



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As a child of Holocaust survivors, Jeannette Katzir’s life has been a study of the lasting effects of war.  Inspired  by her own family experiences, Katzir has dedicated years to in-depth research of the impact of World War II on survivors and their children.  She currently resides in the Los Angeles area , not far from her two children and grandson, with her husband.


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I was so excited to read this novel.  I was first introduced to Kiki's writing with The Sorcerer's Song,  which I absolutely loved,  and she brought the same brilliance to her first full length novel in Torn Asunder.

Aubrey Griffen was sent to live with her cousins,  Lord and Lady Sanderly,  to learn her magic.  When she meets Edmund Bryant,  the Marquess of Dalysbury,  a love blooms beyond anyone's belief.  Edmund's mother has other intentions for him though,  arranging for him to marry The Lady Elizabeth Ward,  daughter of the Duke.

Edmund continually defies his mother's wishes and sneaks off to secretly be with his true love.  It is when his mother threatens Aubrey,  forcing her to leave London to give Edmund the chance to marry who is best suited for his social status,  that Edmund realizes he cannot live without her.  Giving her money and the threat to expose her family for what they are,  witches,  Aubrey agrees and flees to the island Triaill Brimuir,  a place her ancestors once inhabited.

Edmund leaves in search for his love,  finding his way to the island.  Out of fear for her family,  Aubrey uses her magic to transform Edmund into a beast,  willing him to return to his homeland with no success.  To both of their surprise,  Edmund carries a secret of his own.  Fearful and angry,  Aubrey tries to ignore the love that her and Edmund share,  feeling that Edmund purposefully kept this information from her.  Only after much plea and convincing,  does she return to London to face Edmund's mother.

Learning of his true Father,  the plot only thickens as Edmund fights to save his true love from the man he never knew,  and figure out who he truly is.  Will white magic and true love be enough to conquer the dark forces that so blatantly try to tear them apart?

I was so blown away at Howell's imagination.  I was drawn into this novel from the first chapter,  and as I neared the end the action picked up so much,   forcing me to read it until I knew what the outcome would be. I greatly enjoyed this read and would recommend this to anyone that loves a good romance with a fantasy twist.  If it weren't for the steamy sex scenes,  I would even recommend this to a younger audience.  It's that great that anyone would enjoy it,  but because of the sex,  it must be for 18 and above.

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The first thing I noticed and liked about this book was that it had a thank you for reading page; I stopped to read it and liked the book a little bit more because the writers had acknowledge the reader. 

The first story, about two boys, take the reader back to the schooldays.  The two main characters are Brandon, a boy with a bad home life, and Eric, Brandon's supposed best friend who receives regular beatings from Brandon.   The author makes the situation so much more real than just an event occurring in a book, the phrase "home grown ass whoppin'" is used, the nasty expressions on the bullies' (Brandon and his father) faces, and the hurt and terror reflected in Eric's actions and facial expressions/emotions. 

The second story concerns a boy named Meech and the bully that encouraged him to end his life much too soon.  Meech was potentially gay-at least that's what the students believe.  The bullying occurred mainly at school, from being shoved into a vat of sour cream to having tobacco spit on Meech's clothing.  The very sad part of the short story occurs when the bully acknowledges Meech's kindness in welcoming the bully to the school, his hopeful eyes,  and how Meech gathered up the bully's homework when he was home sick.  The trouble lies in Meech and the bully kissing, as much as the bully enjoyed the kissing, he couldn't handle the potential affects it would have on his life. The author creates this story by allowing the reader to see into the bully's head and experience as well as potentially understand what happened. 

 In the next short story, an innocent sleepover goes very wrong.  Greer, the main character, hated his nickname in school "Greer the Queer", his main desire in life is to fit in.  During the sleepover, Greer comforts a boy named Randy who was picked on to the point of tears.  Greer wakes up with his head on Randy's chest and his hand in Randy's hand as well as to cell phone cameras flashing and the jeering of the other teens.  As Greer shoves away from Randy, Randy is badly hurt (physically as well as probably emotionally).  A few horrible pictures later, Randy brings a gun to school to hurt his tormentors.  The author show one possible consequence of bullying vividly and effectively.

The anthology continues, accentuating the results of bullying from suicide to re-bullying to violence at school.  The characters in each anthology vary from their viewpoints, some are friends of the bully or the bullies themselves while others are the victims.  No detail is spared, the emotions of the main characters are high intensity and the characters themselves become very real to the reader.  I would recommend this book to teens/young adults/adults in general, everyone should be educated about the effects and harm of bullying. 

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