Kitty’s House of Horrors by Carrie Vaughan

Kitty Norville, an average woman with a husband, friends and family.  Everything is normal except for the fact that she gets a little furry, along with her husband and few friends.  Kitty is a werewolf, but a werewolf DJ making her voice heard among all the supernatural creatures.

“Talk radio host and werewolf Kitty Norville has agreed has agreed to appear on TV’s first all -supernatural reality show.  She’s expecting cheesy competitions and manufactrued drama starring shapeshifters, vampires, and psychics.  But what begins as publicity stunt will turn into a fight for her life.

The cast members, including Kitty, arrive at the remote mountain lodge where teh show is set.  As soon as filming starts, violence erupts and Kitty suspects that the show is a cover for a nefarious plot.  Then the cameras stop rolling, cast members start dying, and Kitty realizes she and her monster housemates are irronically the ultimate prize in a very different game.  Stranded with no power, no phones, and no way to know who can be trusted, she must find a way to defeat the evil closing in…before it kills them all.”

As I read the back of the book the first thought was the reality show “survivor”.  Through this day and age there are reality shows that are coming back and new ones being made.  It is a mad dash for the next one but to have it in book form I thought the author Carrie Vaughan was creative.  It was a concept that I really haven’t read about, especially with supernatural in the mix.

As the series continued Kitty and Ben have been married for one year now and Cormac, the bounty hunter, is now up for parole.  Instead of being there for Ben and Cormac, Kitty is off to an isolated mountain range for her own reality tv show that is going to be more intense than survivor, it will be survival.

Kitty Norville Series

1. Kitty and the Midnight Hour

2. Kitty Goes to Washington

3. Kitty Takes a Holiday

4. Kitty and the Silver Bullet

5. Kitty and the Dead Man’s Hand

6. Kitty Raises Hell

7. Kitty’s House of Horrors

This series I started before my blog started so I only have posted on the seventh book “Kitty’s House of Horrors” but this series is a worth while to read.  A new take on the supernatural world with a heroine DJ.

Bride by Command by Linda Winstead Jones

Reading the back of the book I knew that I didn’t want to wait to read the first two books.  The first two talk about the Emperor Jahn and his potential brides but in the first two, two of his potential brides are getting married to the men they truly love.  Of course after reading the book which was so entertaining I was interested in what happened in the previous books.

Lady Morgana Ramsdam is an ordinary pampered young lady of 25 years of age who has been privileged all her life but refuses to marry until love is found.  But that is not the true reasoning behind Morgana’s method for she holds a secret that kills.  Morgana has the ability to kill with the touch of her hand when angered.  She proves this as a young man comes after her and tries to rape her.  Morgana places her hand on him and within seconds he becomes dust.  Morgana knew at that moment she must never be married.  But life is not that easy for Morgana for her stepfather will make the decision to marry her off to a sentinel that came to bear the news of the Emperor.  Since Morgana refuses the Emperor the sentinel, who is really the Emperor decides to marry her in this disguise.

Jahn is only having a little fun but he knew he would not consummate this marriage without telling her the truth.  He was intrigued by Morgana’s refusal and wanted to play a trick on her but the trick will be on him in the end.  Morgana now nicknamed “Ana” by Jahn will agree to becoming his wife after she understands the way that he makes her feel.  Jahn makes Ana feel safe and she feels that her curse is leaving because of his warmth.

As they live together Ana is still in the illusion that Jahn is just a sentinel as they move into a room of the palace.  Jahn is determined to tell Ana the truth but every time it is not the right time.  He feels guilty every time but he doesn’t want to lose her, Jahn loves her and Ana loves him.

Living in the palace is better than Ana could have ever thought but she wants a place just for them, but she is very happy here with her husband until she finds the truth out.  Ana is hurt by his lie and tells him that she never wants to see him again.  And Ana finally shows secret, her true side.  Jahn sees the destruction with his own eyes but he does not scare easily.  He wants to help Ana.  He wants her to control her powers and he gets Rainer to help who is the minister of magic.

Now confused, angry with herself and pregnant Ana is locked in her room.  She wants to leave since Jahn hurt her terribly but things start to change when Ana meets her real father Kristo, who is a monster.  Ana doesn’t want him around or his revenge but she must go along with it to save Jahn and her child.

This was an amazing romance book to read.  There is action, love, and magic all the elements that make a book compelling to read.  The magical element of the book is fascinating to read about.  It was something different from what I have read before, done in a different style.  I was drawn into the book as soon as I read the first page.

Tempting with “Riley” by Lori Foster

Lori Foster brings another Tempting man in the series of Men to the Rescue in “Riley”. The strong, determined ex-swat is on a mission to protect Regina “Red” Foxworth by showing a few moves on and off the mat.

“Regina Foxworth has no clue why an unknown assailant is out to get a small-town reporter like her.  Or why the police woun’t take her concerns seriously.  So Regina gets a guard dog-make that a four-pound guard Chihuahua!-and signs up for self-defense classes.  But defending herself is not on her mind when sexy instructor Riley Moore has her pinned to the mat.

With Regina vulnerable beneath him on his gym floor, Riley breaks out in a possessive sweat.  He wants her, but first he has to protect her.  She needs him more than her don’t-muss-my-hair style of defense and that ridiculous so called dog.  Riley is ex-Swat and his new life as an evidence tech hasn’t softened his lethal training one bit.  But Regina isn’t quite the princess she seems, and she’s about to catch him off guard!”

Regina is a kind person and great reporter but she is starting get scared for her life.  Getting a guard dog was the first step of the solution.  The second was training with Riley for self-defense.  Of course her attraction was getting in the way.

Riley loved the chance to be with Regina and now with the threats he wasn’t letting her leave his sight.  Training her wasn’t enough so he decided to have her move in with him, to protect her.  And Riley is only to happy to spend some time with her.  As the two of them started living together the passion was flaring and the threat was trying to be discovered but there were still things unanswered.  The idea of love between the two and a framed photograph in Regina’s draw of the senator.

This book was another great book of Men to the Rescue.  I loved the characters of Regina and Riley, nice to see them back in their own book.  Regina and Riley were adorable together but Butch, Regina’s four pound chihuahua guard dog, was a new fantastic part of the book.  Getting the description and the behavior of the dog I visualized him perfectly.  Butch was fun to read about and a good factor to bring Riley and Regina together.

Emilie by Cherie Claire

Upholding a household, refusing a proposal, dressing like a man and adventuring out to the bayou country to find her father were just a few things Emilie Gallant had to endure.

“Striking beautiful and stubbornly defiant, Emilie Gallant was used to fighting her own battles.  But when she arrived in bayou country hoping to track down her long-lost father, the spirited Acadian found herself struggling to safeguard her own heart.  As a child growing up in the Canadian village of Grand Pre, Emilie had worshipped Lorenz Landry.  Yet the Lorenz she meets on the banks of the Mississippi is not the boy she knew, but a ruggedly masculine stranger who fills her with longing.  Now, as they’re thrown together in treacherous territory, perilous days give way to sultry nights…and to a love that cannot be denied.”

As a romance novel I was immediately drawn to Emilie and Lorenz who were fighting love well only one, Emilie.  Emilie fought tooth and nail to not accept Lorenz’s proposal of marriage.  They have been friends since childhood and Emilie has been in love with him but would that be enough.  Emilie has been the head of her household as they were separated from their father.  She has been in charge of her family and has seen the hardship her mother had to endure without her husband at her side, she didn’t want to loose her own husband in Lorenz.  Though Emilie is attracted to Lorenz she can’t admit to it, she is afraid of being like her mother.  If something happened to him she would be alone and lose half of her soul.  And since Lorenz is impetuous, Emilie is afraid that he will be taken away like her father.  Lorenz finally understands Emilie behavior but he still must have her admit her love.

Through their struggle of coming together as a couple Emilie and Lorenz fought their way to Louisiana in hopes to find Emilie long lost father.  Befriending new friends they were able to get to thier destination only to be surprised by their own family had also journeyed the way with the help of their own suitors but disappointed as news of her father got back to them.  Supposedly he was finding his way back to their home town.  This was a disappointment for all of them since they have left there.  But they knew he would find them when he knew where they went.

I loved the book, the trials Emilie put herself through, the sisters relationships they built but I wished I knew for certain that the father did find his way home.  But in the romance way there is always a happy ending.

The way to catch them cheating in “Catch A Mate”

Have you ever thought your boyfriend or husband was cheating on you, wish you had away to find out?  Well that is where Jillian and the girls at Catch A Mate come in.  Catch A Mate will find out if that boyfriend or husband is cheating but now it will get integrated with the help of some strong men.

“Jillian Green is always getting caught in the act-its her job!  Working at Catch A Mate, Jillian gets paid by suspicious wives to smile, flirt and prove that no man can be trusted around the opposite sex.  Her only ground rule?  She never gets physical.  Until a heart-stoppingly gorgeous males walks in…

Marcus Brody has just been hired as bait to test females fidelity.  But the last thing Jillian needs is a partner…especially an infuriating, irresistible man who’s got her fantasizing about tearing off his clothes.”

The plot was something new and intriguingly written by Gena Showalter.  I was interested from the first page.  I loved how the agency found out if their boyfriend or husband was cheating but it got even more dicey as the new owner of the agency stepped forward and brought in male clientele.  The ladies were not happy especially Jillian.  Her anger took a toll on Marcus but not in firing instead kissing her passionately.  Their scenes together were heated and passionate.  Jillian became saucy and angered while Marcus became arrogant and stubborn as the kept the war between them going, but that didn’t mean they were going constantly out to hurt themselves just the opposite.

The main characters Jillian and Marcus were edgy with their attraction and made for entertaining reading.  Both characters were perfect for each other they just didn’t know it.  I felt for Jillian and her family problems especially with her mother.  That situation would be hard on anyone.

“Catch A Mate” by Gena Showalter is the first book that I have read of hers and all I have to say is wow!  This book was interesting, witty and provocative.  I was pulled in right away with the dialogue and plot.  The characters were well rounded, they had depth and I was intrigued to learn more about them.  This was a book worth reading.

The Babysitter by R.L. Stine

It has been a while since I have picked up an R.L. Stine, almost six years now but I figured going back to read a quick book wouldn’t be bad.  I remembered as a teenager flying through those goosebumps and his other novels enjoying every page.  Now six years later I am finding the same fact to be true.  “The Babysitter” was a quick fantastic book to read.

The plot of the story is a young girl, 16, gets a babysitting job for thursdays and saturdays.  She would babysit their little boy for a few hours.  Jenny thought it was okay but as she stayed in that house she started to hear more and more noises, part were from the little boy Donny but the others were unknown.

In the news there were a few attacks on babysitter which didn’t sit well with Jenny but she let it go until the calls started to come.  Every night Jenny babysat a noise, a call or someone in a car was there waiting.  Jenny didn’t know who it could be.  Could it be the strange neighbor Willis, who wasn’t really a neighbor.  Or could it be her new friend Chuck who admits calling her and came over to scare her but not in the way she thought.  So who is threatening to come and get Jenny?

When first picking up the book I had thought it would be just like the story of the babysitter in the urban legends.  The person terroizing the babysitter was in the house.  It is the legend that all have heard over the years and has been made in to movies and other books.  But this one was a little different, there was more of a twist.

The twist in the story made it more believable.  I liked how Jenny was getting harassed more than just one night of babysitting.  But my thought was she should have told the parents sooner.  It was interesting that there were attacks on babysitters as well.  You would think that as babysitters attack you would not want to become a babysitter.

Finishing the book I reflected that this was actually quite interesting to read.  It was a fast pace thriller with suspenseful twist and turns.  A book that would grab your attention and not take to long to read.

Legacy of Lies by Elizabeth Chandler

Megan an ordinary girl living with ordinary family until she goes back to her roots.  Through this journey a mysterious past will be reveled and a surprising future.

“She had seen Scarbrough House only in her dreams.  Now Megan was here, visiting the grandmother she’d never met, and her newfound cousin Matt, too handsome by far, who wanted her to disappear.  Grandmother was so cold, so distant.  Why did she finally reach out to Megan after all these years?  And why was Matt so determined to call her his “almost” cousin?  For all her prophetic dreams, nothing could have prepared Megan for Matt’s astonishment when he first saw her…or the reaction of perfect strangers who looked at her with fascination-and fear…

Megan thought she knew who she was.  Until she came to Grandmother’s house.  Until she met Matt, who angered and attracted her as no boy had ever done before.  Then she began having dreams again, a life she never lived, a love she never knew…a secret that threatened to drive her to the grave.”

I loved this book with the twist and turns, the suspenseful plot and mysterious characters.  Megan an ordinary girl but when she gets to her grandmothers house everything changes.  Megan starts to see Avril who was her grandmothers sister.  She died long ago at age 16 but no one believed Megan that she was seeing her or no one was letting on.  As things start to be moved around the house grandmothers nerves are getting frazzled.  She hates Megan and is getting angry at Matt for taking Megan’s side.  Matt doesn’t want to but he pays as little attention to Megan as he can.  He is surprised to see her at the house but is he really.

As I read this book I was drawn from the very first page.  I loved the fact that Megan was seeing the spirit of Avril but as this happened her dreams were coming all too real.  Megan was understanding that she was the reincarnated spirit of Avril and she was not the only one walking around who was reincarnated.  I loved the mystery of reincarnation.  Megan dreamed of certain things, new things or had feelings that kept you going to the next page.

Further into the story the more questions I started to ask, “why was Megan summoned now?, why were they so frigded?,  is she going to die?, are they going to have a happy ending this time?,  who actually killed her?.  These questions kept me going to find those answers and I didn’t have to wait long with this fast paced book.

Elizabeth Chandler is a new author that I looked into by accident.  I saw her name and looked up her books to find that I picked up one of her books at a book fair, but did not read it yet.  This book is a teen book but fantastic to read.  She does not disappoint with the suspenseful reading.  You are automatically drawn into the book.

If you enjoy suspense, mystery, spirits, reincarnation, haunted houses, timeless love, twist and turns, and on the edge of your seat thriller then “Legacy of Lies” is for you.

A Garden Folly by Candice Hern

Marriage for a fortune was all Catherine Forsythe could think about since her father left her sister and herself destined to be penniless.  But as luck would have it Catherine and Susannah are going to have the chance to find eligible bachelors of fortune, but perhaps there would be more for the girls.

Aunt Hetty’s old school girl friend who has been the duchess for some time has invited Hetty and her two nieces for a month long house party.  Hetty was delighted at this for her nieces and herself with renewing her old friendship.  Catherine and Susannah are beyond excited.  Both girls are very pretty but Susannah the youngest was the fairer one of the sisters and naive in the world.  Catherine is going to take it upon herself with the help of her Aunt and MacDugel to find the most wealthy of the men for the two of them.  This house party had to secure one of them a husband of fortune if not both.

The Duchess “Isabella” has her one and only son Stephen who detest these house parties and has long since left before they started.  His fear is that his mother would try to set him up with a young woman ready to be wed.  Stephen wanted the woman to love him and not his title, but once they knew that he was a Duke all their interest was upon that fact.

Catherine and Susannah make it to the house party and immediately Catherine went to work on her strategy for snagging a man.  Of course Catherine made time for the gardens which she loved.  There she was literally be run over by a man who happens to fall on her.  Catherine thinks that this man is the head gardener but instead it is really the Duke himself.  Through their interaction Catherine finds herself telling him things and feeling things for him but he is only a gardener and she can not wed him.  Even though those feelings are becoming stronger every time she sees him.

Stephen finds he loves to spend time with Catherine but is crushed when he finds that she is a fortune hunter.  He can’t believe he was wrong about her but his feelings are making him act crazy.  Is she just the fortune hunter or is there something else that drives her need?

“A Garden Folly” by Candice Hern was a wonderful romance to read with mystery, secret identity, and finding love in the midst of everything.

Trapped! by Lori Foster

The Men to the Rescue series brings another hero to the cover with Ethan Winters.  Ethan Winters is another fireman who has been burned before but this time was a woman.  His ex fiancee ran off with his ex-best friend.  Rosie his ex-best friends sister is left behind as well.

Everything for Ethan has been going okay since then.  He has been dating anything with legs but he is baffled when he wakes up to Rosie beside him in bed.  Ethan didn’t remember anything happening, but he didn’t remember anything from last night.  He decided to get wasted while at the award ceremony and that was all that was remembered.

Rosie who is a real estate agent has been in love with Ethan and had plans of seducing him but she wants to make sure that Ethan is over the hurt of what Michelle did to him.

The two are put together and it doesn’t take Ethan long to understand his feelings for Rosie were not all that platonic.  Of course he still fought and Rosie edged him on.

In this book Harris, Buck and Riley are mentioned and Regina nicknamed Red.  These characters will be next to find love.  In the next book Riley will take his turn with a red head reporter.

This book was a very quick read being under two hundred pages but worth every page.  The men to the rescue are amazing men to read about.  They seem real along with the women that encounter them.

Flirt by Laurell K. Hamilton

The waiting is finally over for Laurell Hamilton has come out with her latest book on the Anita Blake series, “Flirt”.  I have since become a fan of Hamilton’s just after reading her first book of Anita two years ago.  From the very first book I was blown away from the series of Anita and Meredith.  The sensuality with the characters and plot were amazing to read.

The plot of “Flirt” starts with Anita getting offers to raise the dead by a man Tony Bennington but Anita didn’t want to do the job.  Anita rely’s on her instinct and something didn’t feel right but Mr. Bennington let it go and left.  As Anita went through the day she spends her lunch with her sweeties, Micah, Nathanial and Jason.  Anita needed distraction so the boys decided to flirt outrageously and even Anita went along.

The next day Natalie Zell came and wanted Anita to raise her husband only to cut him up.  Anita didn’t take the job and sent Mrs. Zell away with her large sum of money.  At lunch time Anita went back to the restaurant but this time alone.  She saw the same waiter and flirted but then things got out of hand when two werelions, Jacob and Nick, came to get Anita for a job.  She didn’t want to go but they had snipers waiting for her sweeties.  Forcefully they had to take Anita and had to be careful as their lions were battling with each other.  Getting to the house Anita saw that Mr. Bennington was the one behind this.  Anita decided to go along but tried her best to find a way out.  At the end Anita gets home with more than she left with.

This was one of the quickest books of Hamilton’s that I have read and devoured every page.  Her scenes were steamy and sensual.  I loved the outrageous behavior between Nathanial and Jason with Anita.  Micah is wonderful with him being reserved.  I liked the new werelions especially Nick but I did miss Jean Claude, Asher and Damien.  They need to come back and Edward.  Through this book I appreciated the plot since Anita went back to where she started and that was raising the dead.  It was nice to read about her doing the job.

Overall this book was fun, thrilling, and sensual to read.  Hamilton created another great book.