Blog Tour ~ Cover Reveal, Guest Post, Giveaway & Review ~ Zombified by Maggie LaCroix

ZombifiedBook: Zombified

Series: –

Author: Maggie LaCroix

Genre: Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Romance

Format: e-ARC

Page Count: 202

Published: The Writers Coffee Shop, 28 August, 2014

Source: Publisher

Monsters generally know their place: vampires get to be sexy while zombies just decompose. But Maggie La Croix’s Zombified conjures up an entirely different kind of undead raised by good old-fashioned Voodoo. These gorgeous walking corpses don’t eat brain, they don’t stagger, and their bodies are spared the indignities of putrefaction.
Take Henri Jolicoeur. More than one hundred years after his death he is still a bewitching Adonis. But zombification does have its downsides. Henri has a master, a powerful Voodoo priest whose spells keep Henri, his teenage zombie sister, and five other poor souls in perpetual servitude.

That is, until a hurricane devastates their New Orleans home and the zombies are evacuated to the Texas border town of El Paso. The curse is broken. They are free and intend to stay that way. But how can they pass for human when they don’t eat or sleep and they’re reeling from black magic withdrawal? If that isn’t enough, they have a traitor in their midst, their master is hot on their trail, and a mysterious stranger in black is watching.

Enter Josie Cortez, a cowboy boots-wearing reporter at the local newspaper who desperately needs a good story to save her moribund career and get her editor off her back. One look at Henri and his weird little family and she knows she’s struck journalism gold. But strange things keep happening around Henri, things that remind Josie of her own tragic family history with black magic, a history that cost her her beloved mother and led Josie straight to the bottom of a bottle. Josie would rather forget all about that. Forgetting Henri, however, is easier said than done, even if falling for a man without a heartbeat could get her more than a broken heart. It could get her zombified.

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They say never judge a book by its cover. I try not to, but for this once I admit that I saw the cover and even though zombies are not my favorite breed in paranormal stories, went with this book. Yes, I can be shallow like that sometimes.
When you think of zombies, you might think of mindless brain eaters, but these zombies were a little different than them, thankfully. I never thought that the idea of romancing a zombie could be an interesting one, but here we are. I guess there’s a first for everything.

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Review ~ How To Handle A Heartbreaker by Marie Harte

HowToHandleAHeartbreakerBook: How to Handle a Heartbreaker

Series: The McCauley Brothers #2

Author: Marie Harte

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Format: e-book

Page Count: 384

Published: Sourcebooks Casablanca, August 5, 2014

Source: Publisher

It’s lust at first sight when Brody Singer first lays eyes on Abby Dunn. The dark-haired beauty looks a lot like a woman he once knew, who died years ago. At first Brody fears his attraction is a holdover from that secret crush, but Abby’s definitely different. She’s a lot shyer, a lot sexier and, despite her attempts to dissuade his interest, absolutely mesmerizing.

Abby isn’t having it. She’s still trying to put her last disastrous relationship behind her and overcome the flaws her ex wouldn’t let her forget. But somehow Brody isn’t getting the hint. It doesn’t help that when writing her steamy novels, she keeps casting Brody as the hero.

Brody is more than happy to serve as her muse and eager to help make sure her “research” is authentic. But when their research turns into something real…will she choose her own happily ever after?

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Oh what a great read this was. This series was definitely one of my best choices this year, I can’t thank the author enough for this fun. Chemistry? Check. Likable and relatable characters? Check. Hot, kinky sex? Check. Adorable couple and well meaning intervening people? Check. Real friendship, troubled families and a love to envy? Check, check and check. What more can a gal ask for?

We already met Abby and Brody when the girls moved in next door to one of the McCauley brothers, and we knew that both of them had a thing for each other from the start. I was prepared to read a lovely story, one that was funny too, depending on the previous book, but man, this was so much more than that. For one, I can’t believe how wonderful, and when I say that I also mean dreamy, Brody was. I wouldn’t be exaggerating when I say he was close to perfect as a hero. He was considerate, loving, thoughtful, caring, and very very sweet when it came to Abby. Really, it’s worrying how jealous I am of a fictional character. And Abby, well, she definitely fits the bill for my ideal heroine. She was a tiny bit clueless when it came to men and chemistry, but surprisingly that much forward when she wanted to be. And she does the work of my dreams and writes. Erotic romance. Yes, you can imagine how much Brody helped her in her research.

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Review ~ When I Fall by Tamara Morgan

WhenIFallBook: When I Fall

Series: Montgomery Manor

Author: Tamara Morgan

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Format: e-book

Page Count: 235

Published: Carina Press, August 11, 2014

Source: Publisher

Socialite Rebecca Clare gets through life one vodka tonic at a time. Emotionally shattered after her best friend’s death, she’s cast as the latest pseudo-celebrity screwup and hounded by paparazzi 24/7. So naturally, the cameras are rolling when she gets into a scrap at a club (he started it). But then an unexpected white knight steps in.

Playing caretaker isn’t Jake Montgomery’s usual role, but Becca is his stepmother’s little sister. As they bond over their bad reputations, they find they have a lot more in common than the spotlight. When a photo of the nightclub incident goes viral, it raises protective instincts that Jake never knew he had. What better way to save Becca—and the family—from scandal than by claiming he’s her fiancé?

Becca agrees to play along, never expecting a fake engagement to feel so right. But she’s vowed never to depend on a man for happiness; how can Jake convince her that falling in love is worth the risk?

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Seems like the Montgomery Manor folk know the how to of easy banter. Having already met Jake and his flirtatious ways in the previous-and very much fun- book of the series, I knew what I was getting into. What I didn’t expect was the whirlwind that Rebecca was. I don’t know why, but when it comes to overly seductive men I always figure the one to bring them to their knees is going to be a prim and proper woman. Maybe it’s the opposites attract thing that lures me into this way of thinking, but this is what I expect. And Rebecca is no prim and proper woman, let me tell you. As seductive and overly friendly-not at all in a creepy way though- Jake was, Rebecca was all those things as well. From the first page on, we get the kind of crazy character she is, though maybe crazy is too strong a word here since we do discover an inner layer to her that’s hidden from everyone else. But with the careless way she handled things around her and her impulsiveness, I thought she wouldn’t complete Jake’s irresponsible character. I was wrong.
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Review ~ Crave The Night by Lara Adrian

CraveTheNightBook: Crave The Night

Series: Midnight Breed

Author: Lara Adrian

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Format: e-book

Page Count: 304

Published: Random House Publishing Group, August 5, 2014

Source: Publisher

Born and raised to be an emotionless killing machine, Nathan is one of the most lethal Breed vampires in existence. A key member of the Order—an elite group of warriors charged with protecting both mortals and vampires—Nathan executes each mission with flawless precision and a total lack of mercy. Now he must pursue a powerful, hidden enemy. But Nathan’s hard discipline and training are no match for the fierce pull he feels toward a young woman he has no right to desire—a woman of wealth and high social standing who has long been promised to another Breed male, and who may also prove to be the key to rooting out Nathan’s elusive quarry.

Jordana lives a life of glittering privilege as a member of a prominent Breed family in Boston. Surrounded by fine things and fawning admirers, Jordana wants for nothing—until she crosses paths with a dark, intense warrior from the Order and finds herself swept into an impulsive, sizzling kiss that neither of them will forget. As much as she tries to deny her deep feelings for Nathan, Jordana cannot resist the craving to be near him, to break through his forbidding walls and see the man he truly is. But getting close to Nathan will thrust Jordana into a treacherous new world, forcing her to risk all she has and all she knows about herself and her past. And loving this seductive man could be the most dangerous temptation of all.

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I’ll have you know, this book did serious damage to my sleep cycle. I was forced to live half a life of a vampire and half of regular homo sapiens, and full insomnia.
As per usual when trying to write a review for a book I so enjoyed, this is going to be a struggle for sure, considering I’ve been waiting to read it for a long long while.

I made a wise choice before starting this and went back a while, mostly to remind me of the new characters that joined the ranks of the Order after the twenty year time leap into the future in the previous book. So far, these men and women had to fight other Breed members and then their otherworldly fathers, and now, with enough time having passed for new threats to form and flourish, they face, yet again, a potential war with an enemy that can very well cause the end of their world and peace.

I don’t know if you’ve read the previous books of this series-if you haven’t, I highly recommend that you do, for this series was an obsessively pleasant and sexy read- but if you have, then you’re well aware that the human women who can bear Breed children and live a long life with their mates had their own genetic secrets that were slowly being revealed. Now this plot is thickening and many more mysteries and action await us from the looks of it.Read More »

Review ~ Stone Song by D. L. McDermott

StoneSongBook: Stone Song

Series: Cold Iron

Author: D. L. McDermott

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Format: e-book

Page Count: 320

Published: Pocket Star, June 9, 2014

Source: Publisher

Sorcha Kavanaugh never believed Gran’s stories about the Fair Folk, until one of the creatures walked into a bar where she was singing and stole a year of her life. So when Elada Brightsword, the right hand of South Boston’s renegade Fae patriarch, interrupts her set at the Black Rose, Sorcha knows trouble has found her . . . again.

The Fae warrior has admired Sorcha Kavanaugh from afar for months, but he’s aware of her unhappy history with the Fae, and has been waiting for the right time to approach her. Unfortunately for Elada, time has just run out. An old enemy, the malign Prince Consort, has identified Sorcha as a Druid descendent with the potential to become a stone singer, a bard with a voice that can shatter the strongest magical constructs.

Now, if she wants to survive, Sorcha must learn to trust one of the creatures she fears most.

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Ah, the Fae. Well, wolf shifters, dragon shifters and vampires, you’ve got some serious competition. And when I say serious, I mean deadly. If you’re familiar with the Fae folk, you’ll know they’re cruel, sometimes sadistically so, they’re careless, mostly senseless, very passionate, and did I say cruel? And yet I can still want one for myself. It’s all thanks to the hero of this book. As infuriating as they could be, after reading about the most gentlemanly of them all, if you could believe it, I do feel a lot warmer toward them.

Ever since he first appeared alongside his mage friend, and my most favorite Fae, Miach, Elada was the silent mystery I wanted to know more about. Extremely loyal to his long time friend, Elada was a skilled fighter, better with his sword hand than with his magic words. And while reading his story, I realized it could just be so easy to warm up to a Fae. I wasn’t kidding when I said he was a gentleman. He was passionate, thoughtful, caring, kind-when the occasion called for it-, so basically he was everything a Fae usually isn’t. Though I did like the characteristics of Fae in this series, I would be lying if I said Elada’s more human side wasn’t his most endearing to me.
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