DAY ONE: Hunter’s Fall Tour–The Book Vixen

book Title: Hunter's Fall (The Hunters, #13)
Author: Shiloh Walker 
Format: ARC, 309 pages
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Source: review copy from author
Published: June 7, 2011 by Berkley


Something strange is happening to Nessa. Ever since she survived a near-death experience she’s not exactly who she used to be—and enjoying every minute of it. Then she’s called upon to go to battle against darkness. If only she could remember why.


Dominic is having his own problems with memory, sanity, and hallucinations. Sent to Excelsior, the covert Hunter training facility, he senses a female presence that seems so hauntingly familiar. That’s because he and Nessa share a forgotten past.


As Nessa and Dominic regain their memories, their strange mission against evil becomes clearer. And all the more dangerous because whether they should trust each other is the still the greatest unknown of all.

Why I Read this Book: I’m always up for a Shiloh Walker read. It all started with Broken and I’ve been hooked on her writing since. She writes great romance stories with lots of heat.

What I Liked: The journey for Nessa and Dominic’s reunion. It wasn’t easy and boy, were there obstacles. The hero and heroine had to work at their relationship, more than you can imagine.

The author didn’t disappoint with the love scenes. If it’s one thing I know I can count on with this particular author, it’s chemistry with the hero and heroine and hot steamy love scenes. There wasn’t an overload of love scenes in this book since the hero and heroine don’t share page time until more than 1/2 into the book.

Even though I get the feeling that Nessa’s story began earlier in the series, I felt like I got her whole story in Hunter’s Fall. I was a bit confused about Agnes’ character in regards to Nessa in the prologue but that was cleared up 2 pages later.

What I Didn’t Like: I felt like I was missing part of the connection with some of the characters. Duke, Ana, her brother Brad. There’s a hint of something from the past regarding Ana and Dominic but it wasn’t elaborated on.

I did get confused at times while reading Hunter’s Fall. The Nessa/Morgan storyline got a bit confusing for me. There were quite a few characters thrown into this book and I didn’t know where they came from. Probably from one of the previous books in this series. While Hunter’s Fall can be read as a stand alone, I’d say it’s probably best to rest the whole series to catch up on the other characters that were mentioned. And to find out Dominic’s back story as well.

Overall Impression: For me, Hunter’s Fall is a book that I could have benefited more from if I had read the rest of the series; to fill in some of the blanks. There are some characters in this book that have already been established in the series that I would like to get to know better. Like Malachi and Kelsey, Duke and Ana. I’d also like to read Brad’s story. Hunter’s Fall is somewhat of a complex read, one you won’t want to rush through.


The Book Vixen’s Rating:

3 Frogs 

Tour Schedule:

5/30 - The Book Vixen
5/31 - Alice White Blogs
6/1 - My Overstuffed Bookshelf
6/3 - Jamie's Bookshelf
6/6 - Lush Book Reviews
6/7 - Seduced by Books
6/9 - Tori @ Smexy Books

REVIEW & GIVEAWAY [CLOSED]: Trace of Fever by Lori Foster

Title: Trace of Fever (Men Who Walk the Edge of Honor, #2)
Author: Lori Foster 
Format: ARC, 393 pages
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Source: review copy
Published: May 31, 2011 by HQN Books

Undercover mercenary Trace Rivers loves the adrenaline rush of a well-planned mission. First he'll earn the trust of corrupt businessman Murray Coburn, then gather the proof he needs to shut down the man's dirty smuggling operation. It's a perfect scheme—until Coburn's long-lost daughter saunters in with her own deadly plan for revenge.

With a smile like an angel and fire in her eyes, Priscilla Patterson isn't who she seems to be. But neither is the gorgeous bodyguard who ignites all her senses. Joining forces to plot Coburn's downfall, Priss and Trace must fight the undeniable heat between them. For one wrong move, one lingering embrace, will expose them to the wrath of a merciless opponent…

Why I Read this Book: I love me some sexy alpha-male mercenaries. When I first heard of this series, I knew I had to read it. I enjoyed reading the first book in this series, When You Dare, and Trace was a secondary character I had my eye on. I knew there’s was more to him and I couldn’t wait to read his story.

What I Liked: The action starts from the get-go, right from page one. Trace and his team are bringing down human traffickers. Trace has been personally affected by human traffickers so he has made it his personal mission to get rid of them and their business.

Priscilla has her own reasons to bring down Murray and his ‘business’, a very personal reason. She’s there for vengeance and she’s not going to let anyone, including Trace, get in the way of her goal. I liked Priscilla’s character; I loved her determination. The woman’s got balls.

The chemistry between Trace and Priscilla was hot. The author did a great job on pacing the relationship yet again; it didn’t feel rushed. Trace took a little advantage of certain situations regarding Priscilla, including a ‘pat down’ and a very risqué shopping trip. But Priscilla didn’t let her shyness show through. Nope. She worked it and gave Trace quite a show! It brought Priscilla out of her shell a bit.

Jackson was a great addition to the crew. Great set up for Jackson’s character in the next book. I can’t wait to read it! And speaking of secondary characters, it was good to see how Dare and Molly were doing. Along with Chris. Can’t forget Chris.

The cover – hello! *pets*

What I Didn’t Like: Priscilla’s nickname, Priss, which is what she went by for most of the novel. I know, I know. It’s such a minute thing but I just couldn’t get over ‘Priss’. It sounds….well, prissy. And speaking of Priscilla, there were times when she was a bit dramatic. Like the car ride over to Dare’s house. I think she over reacted a bit of Trace’s necessary actions.

Overall Impression: I liked Trace of Fever even more than When You Dare. After reading the first book in this romance suspense series, I couldn’t wait to read more and that’s still the case for me. I can’t wait to read the next book, Savor the Danger.

The Book Vixen’s Rating:

4 1/2 Frogs 


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REVIEW: Some Girls Bite by Chloe Neill

Title: Some Girls Bite (Chicagoland Vampires, #1)
Author: Chloe Neill
Format: paperback, 341 pages
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Source: library
Published: April 2009 by NAL Trade

First in a brand new series about a Chicago graduate student's introduction into a society of vampires.

Sure, the life of a graduate student wasn't exactly glamorous, but it was Merit's. She was doing fine until a rogue vampire attacked her. But he only got a sip before he was scared away by another bloodsucker and this one decided the best way to save her life was to make her the walking undead.

Turns out her savior was the master vampire of Cadogan House. Now she's traded sweating over her thesis for learning to fit in at a Hyde Park mansion full of vamps loyal to Ethan "Lord o' the Manor" Sullivan. Of course, as a tall, green-eyed, four-hundred- year-old vampire, he has centuries' worth of charm, but unfortunately he expects her gratitude and servitude. But an inconvenient sunlight allergy and Ethan's attitude are the least of her concerns. Someone's still out to get her. Her initiation into Chicago's nightlife may be the first skirmish in a war and there will be blood.

Why I Read this Book: I saw all kinds of conflicting reactions to the 4th book in this series (Hard Bitten) that I decided to start reading this series myself to see what all the hoopla was about.

What I Liked: As the first book in the series, Some Girls Bite sets the foundation for the series. I was pulled into the world of these Chicago vampires.

The secondary characters were fun to read. Carter’s smart, good looking but then became unavailable. Ethan seemed likeable at first but now I’m not so sure anymore. I think he’s hiding something. But I love the romantic tension between him and Merit. Morgan seems like a good guy but he too seems like he could be hiding something. Not exactly trustworthy prospects but they both have my attention. Jeff is hot and I definitely want to get to know more of his character. I love how he flirts with Merit so blatantly. We don’t learn much about him in this book but I hope he gets more page time in upcoming books. And I loved Mallory, Merit’s BFF. She’s a loyal and fun friend.

What I Didn’t Like: I discovered I have a new reading pet peeve: I absolutely hate it when a character agrees to a favor without setting any stipulations in place. It’s like walking into a snake pit blind folded. It’s stupid and you know there’s going to be one helluva price to pay for that agreement. And Merit did just that. Angry smile

I like strong, kick-ass heroines and unfortunately Merit doesn’t fit the bill for me. She’s training and learning but I’m not getting the ‘tough chick’ vibe from her. It weakened the story for me a bit. She’s tough vocally but I need a little more. Maybe she’ll toughen up in the next book.

Why don’t we know Merit’s first name? Why does she go by her last name, a name that she doesn’t like being affiliated with because she despises her father? It made no sense and I wasn’t given a reason to it. Ms. Neill, you have some s’plaining to do (says me in my Ricky Ricardo voice).

Overall Impression: Even with its faults, Some Girls Bite was a good read. It set the stage for the series and got me interested in Ethan and Merit. And although Merit isn’t my favorite heroine, it was still a fun read. 


The Book Vixen’s Rating:

3 Frogs

TEASER TUESDAYS: Bad Girl by Night

She bit her lip, gave a sexy smile, and moved her glance back and forth between the two men. “Decisions, decisions.”

p. 9, Bad Girl by Night by Lacey Alexander

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading.

REVIEW: Awaken by Katie Kacvinsky

Title: Awaken
Author: Katie Kacvinsky
Format: eARC
Genre: Young Adult, Dystopian
Source: NetGalley
Published: May 23, 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Books for Children

Maddie lives in a world where everything is done on the computer. Whether it’s to go to school or on a date, people don’t venture out of their home. There’s really no need. For the most part, Maddie’s okay with the solitary, digital life—until she meets Justin. Justin likes being with people. He enjoys the physical closeness of face-to-face interactions. People aren’t meant to be alone, he tells her.

Suddenly, Maddie feels something awakening inside her—a feeling that maybe there is a different, better way to live. But with society and her parents telling her otherwise, Maddie is going to have to learn to stand up for herself if she wants to change the path her life is taking.

In this not-so-brave new world, two young people struggle to carve out their own space.

Why I Read this Book: I saw an early review for Awaken on Kelli’s blog and the book’s premise really caught my attention. I don’t know if I would have come across this book on my own so thank you Kelli!

What I Liked: Wow, Awaken was an eye-opening read. I couldn’t help but compare our current world to the world of that in the novel, which is set in 2060. The people in the book rely heavily on technology, which most of us do now. But in the book, it’s a bit extreme. They don’t even have to go outside. Want to take a walk on the beach? They have a program for that. Want to ‘socialize’ with your friends? Holograms of your friends can appear. One big thing in the book is socializing via computers. Face-to-face communication is rare and almost deemed unnecessary.

You can go through all of DS-4 [the school system] without even looking at another person, let alone working with someone.

Can you imagine going to school, K-12th grade and even college, and never interact face-to-face with a peer or a teacher?

Some of Maddie’s thoughts were relatable, even in our own world today. 

I’m used to the security of living behind my online profiles and the clip art advertisements I create to define me. I can be whoever I want to be in that world. I can delete my flaws by pressing a button.
Sitting at home all day in front of an electric device mistaking yourself into thinking you’re living and experiencing.

Everyone is plugged in to some type of electronic device 24/7. Most of Maddie’s face-to-face conversations with her friend Erin were void of eye contact and very impersonal. It lacked any sort of intimacy. And even though it’s scary to admit, we seem to be on the road to this in some way, even if just a little bit. Ask yourself these questions: Can you unplug yourself for a day? How about a week? How much do we rely on the internet and electronic devises in our day to day lives? It’s hard to believe I survived high school without a computer or the internet. Surprised smile

Maddie parents are an odd pair. Both have strong beliefs about the technological world they live in but they are on opposite sides of the spectrum. Her father is the creator of the Digital School program and likes the way things are. He’s extremely over protective of Maddie and doesn’t trust (and understandably so). Maddie’s mom is more of a free bird. She’s believes in the outdoors and the way of the ‘old world’. While Maddie’s father was trying to digitalize society, her mom’s determined to humanize it.

For the most part, I was intrigued and liked Justin’s character. He teaches her so much and gets her thinking. The questions he asks her force her question her father’s way of life. My favorite:

“What do you do when you’re not online?”

There was quite a bit of tension between Maddie and Justin. The attraction and the chemistry were there but Justin thinks he can’t be what Maddie deserves so he tries to keep her at arm’s length.

“Maddie, this can’t happen,” he told me. “And torturing me isn’t fair.”

There were so many great, thought provoking quotes that I want to share with you but I think it has a bigger impact when you read the book for yourself.

What I Didn’t Like: The book had a very open ending and if the book were a stand alone, I would have been very dissatisfied. Thank goodness the author is planning on writing a sequel. There’s more to come for Maddie and Justin!

Overall Impression: While reading Awaken, I couldn’t help but open up my eyes and it really got me thinking. The world in Awaken is a bit extreme but it’s not too far off from where we could be. There wasn’t a dull moment in this book. It was a fascinating, yet somewhat worrisome, futuristic world.


The Book Vixen’s Rating:

4 Frogs 

*All quotes were from an ARC of this book. They may or may not appear in the final edition.

Book Review: Divergent by Veronica Roth

Divergent by Veronica RothTitle: Divergent
Series: Divergent, Book 1
Author: Veronica Roth
Genre: Dystopian, Young Adult
Source: review copy provided by publisher
Published: May 3, 2011 by Katherine Tegen Books
In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue—Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is—she can't have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

During the highly competitive initiation that follows, Beatrice renames herself Tris and struggles to determine who her friends really are—and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes infuriating boy fits into the life she's chosen. But Tris also has a secret, one she's kept hidden from everyone because she's been warned it can mean death. And as she discovers a growing conflict that threatens to unravel her seemingly perfect society, she also learns that her secret might help her save those she loves . . . or it might destroy her.

Debut author Veronica Roth bursts onto the literary scene with the first book in the Divergent series—dystopian thrillers filled with electrifying decisions, heartbreaking betrayals, stunning consequences, and unexpected romance.


“Gathering up the hard data, she decided she’d have a talk with Roarke. Very soon.”

p. 21, Naked in Death by J.D. Robb

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading.

REVIEW: 13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson

Title: 13 Little Blue Envelopes (Little Blue Envelope, #1)
Author: Maureen Johnson
Format: paperback, 321 pages
Genre: Young Adult
Source: personal shelf
Published: September 2005 by HarperTeen

When Ginny receives thirteen little blue envelopes and instructions to buy a plane ticket to London, she knows something exciting is going to happen. What Ginny doesn't know is that she will have the adventure of her life and it will change her in more ways than one. Life and love are waiting for her across the Atlantic, and the thirteen little blue envelopes are the key to finding them in this funny, romantic, heartbreaking novel.

Why I Read this Book: I like books that have letters in them. It gives a sense of personal sharing and an insider look at the characters in the story. I also like that the book was a bit like a scavenger hunt. I’ve had this book on my shelf for a year and a half now. I finally picked it up once I heard there the sequel, The Last Little Blue Envelope, was coming out. 

What I Liked: 13 Little Blue Envelopes was a fun read. It kind of reminded me of the movie (cause I haven’t read the book) P.S. I Love You (but without the crying that comes along with it). I liked picturing myself in Ginny’s shoes on her world wind adventure. It had a whimsical and carefree feel to it. It was not only a self-discovery journey for Ginny but a world discovery as well.

Keith was my favorite secondary character. He’s a fun loving guy and he has a bit of a sweet side. I’m wondering if he makes a reappearance in the sequel….? (don’t tell me!)

What I Didn’t Like: This story is not that realistic. Granted, it’s a work of fiction however I can’t help but try to find myself in the story. I can’t imagine my mother allowing me to travel abroad, alone at the age of 17 and without any type of communication, and I certainly wouldn’t allow my daughter to do so. Why not? Two reasons: Natalie Holloway and the movie Taken. So that was in the back of my mind while I was reading this story. It is a bit a realistic fiction. It could happen and it probably has happened (to some degree). I would have felt a little more comfortable if Ginny would have been a woman in her 20s rather than a 17-year old girl.

Confession: I skimmed through parts of the book, parts that weren’t that interesting to me. There were some scenes that I felt were drawn out too long and I was ready to move on to the next letter.

At times, I didn’t get what the aunt was trying to accomplish by sending Ginny to some of these places. Sure, she got to see new places and meet new people. Even step out of her shelf a bit. But it seemed that maybe the aunt should have had a more specific purpose for sending Ginny to the places she did. Maybe she did and I just didn’t get it.

Overall Impression: 13 Little Blue Envelopes was a fun reading adventure. It was fun to be in Ginny’s shoes for a few hours. It was a great escape though a bit unrealistic.

The Book Vixen’s Rating:

3 Frogs

REVIEW: Almost Perfect by Susan Mallery

Title: Almost Perfect (Fool’s Gold, #2)
Author: Susan Mallery
Format: eBook
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Source: NetGalley
Published: June 2010 by HQN Books

Back in high school, Liz Sutton was the girl from the wrong side of the tracks. Then she'd stolen the heart of the most popular boy in town, and their secret romance helped her through the worst of times. Until Ethan Hendrix betrayed her and everything they'd ever meant to each other. Devastated and pregnant, Liz left Fool's Gold, California--forever, she thought....Now Liz must return to town and face the man who doesn't know of their son's existence. And this time she won't have the option of making a quick getaway. Ethan and Liz can't deny their passionate attraction, even after all these years. But will their desire be enough to spark a second chance at love?

Why I Read this Book: I had just finished reading Chasing Perfect (the 1st book in this series) and I was in love with Fool’s Gold and its residents. I was excited to read about Ethan’s former flame, who had just returned to town. I was on a happy-go-lucky kind of streak so I wanted to continue my stay in the town of Fool’s Gold. Unfortunately, things didn’t pan out like I had hoped.

What I Liked: Honestly, I didn’t like the main characters much in Almost Perfect. Liz had way too much going on to even be thinking of any type of romance and Ethan is an all-around jerk. I found myself more interested in what was going on with the secondary characters, like Ethan’s sisters and Jo. I’m waiting (and hoping for) their books.

What I Didn’t Like: Ethan was a real ass in this book. You couldn’t tell from the first book; in fact, I really liked him in the first book. And Pia, that girl was all sweet and innocent in the first book too. But when the past creeps up on people, it tends to give you a different prospective on them.

There were too many kids in the storyline for me. I usually shy away from books that have young characters. I read for an escape and part of that escape is a child-free zone (says the mama of 2 with one on the way, if you catch my drift). I wouldn’t have mind the story with just Tyler in the picture but there were two other children (one a teenager) involved in the storyline and it was just a bit too much for me.

Ethan and Liz kept going around and around about the same issues over and over again. It got tiresome real fast. There was just too much drama going on that I don’t feel was completely resolved. I’m not convinced of Ethan’s love for Liz either. Not in the beginning of their relationship nor at the end.

Overall Impression: While I really enjoyed the first book in this series, I thought Almost Perfect was just okay. I just didn’t really feel any connection with Ethan or Liz. I’m going to skip the next (and 3rd) book in this series, Finding Perfect, which is Pia’s story. I’m not feeling the storyline for that book. I am, however, really excited to reading the 4th book in this series, Only Mine, which is Dakota’s (one of Ethan’s sisters) story. I liked her in Almost Perfect and the premise for her book sounds fun so I can’t wait to read it.

The Book Vixen’s Rating:

2 Frogs

99¢ eBooks: H.P. Mallory

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To Kill A Warlock (Dulcie O’Neil, #1)
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REVIEW: Chasing Perfect by Susan Mallery

Title: Chasing Perfect (Fool’s Gold, #1)
Author: Susan Mallery
Format: paperback, 376 pages
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Source: personal shelf
Published: April 2010 by HQN

Welcome to Fool’s Gold, California, a charming community in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada. There’s lots to do and plenty of people to meet, especially women. Because there’s just one tiny problem in Fool’s Gold: the men don’t seem to stick around. Maybe it’s the lure of big-city life, or maybe it’s plain old bad luck, but regardless of the reason, the problem has to be fixed, fast. And Charity Jones may be just the city planner to do it.

Charity’s nomadic childhood has left her itching to settle down, and she immediately falls in love with all the storybook town has to offer — everything, that is, except its sexiest and most famous resident, former world-class cyclist Josh Golden. With her long list of romantic disasters, she’s not about to take a chance on another bad boy, even if everyone else thinks he’s perfect just the way he is. But maybe that’s just what he needs — someone who knows the value of his flaws. Someone who knows that he’s just chasing perfect.

Why I Read this Book: Can you believe that as much as I love reading contemporary romance, I have yet to read a Susan Mallery book?!! I’ve had a few of her books on my shelf for some time now, it was just a matter of getting to them. I’m glad I finally have and cannot wait to read more by this author.

What I Liked: Chasing Perfect was a light and cute contemporary romance. The setting for the novel (and series for that matter) is a wonderful small town called Fool’s Gold. The details the author put into this town were so life-like. If it were a real town, I’d want to live there! But the real interesting thing about this town is that there’s a man shortage. For reals. There are way more females living there than males. And Charity’s been hired as the new City Planner in hopes of bringing in more men to the town.

Even though these people live in a small town, a town where there are NO secrets, there are actually a few secrets to be had. And there’s a bit of a mystery to be solved. Not only did the main characters hold my interest, the secondary characters grabbed me as well – Pia and Jo especially.

I love how the author finished the book with an hint of what’s to come. You definitely know that the next book will be Ethan’s. Seems like there’s a woman from his past that has come back to Fool’s Gold. Sounds very interesting!

What I Didn’t Like: This book had what I enjoy reading in a contemporary romance.

Overall Impression: Chasing Perfect was a quick and fun contemporary romance read. Great for an afternoon delight. Can’t wait to read the next book in this series, Almost Perfect, which is Ethan’s story. I really liked him in Chasing Perfect (even though he had a small role in the book) and can’t wait for his HEA. Chasing Perfect was a delightful contemporary romance read and I can’t wait to read more by this author.


The Book Vixen’s Rating:

4 Frogs

REVIEW: The Legend of Michael by Lisa Renee Jones

Title: The Legend of Michael (Zodius, #1)
Author: Lisa Renee Jones
Format: ARC, 382 pages
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Science Fiction
Source: review copy from publisher
Published: May 1, 2011 by Sourcebooks Casablanca


One of an army of human soldiers injected with alien DNA, Michael is a legend within this new race, split between good and evil. Untamable, he has walked on the dark side and returned to the light. Feared and misunderstood, he leaves everything behind, including the one woman destined to be his mate.


Fate leads Michael back to Cassandra Powell, for she holds the key to defending his comrades. With their loyalties divided between duty and the people they love, only together can Cassandra and Michael overcome insurmountable odds to save humanity from the wrath of a madman.
But no ordinary woman can control a creature such as Michael, and only one thing is clear—the world will never be the same…

Why I Read this Book: Okay I have to admit, I was a bit leery of reading this book because of the whole ‘science fiction’ element. (I tend to shy away from anything remotely ‘sci-fi’.) But it was just a little alien DNA, at least that’s what I told myself, so I decided to give it a shot. Glad I did!

What I Liked: Okay, so there was a lot of sci-fi stuff going on but it was easy enough to follow (me being a newbie to the genre and all) and it didn’t hold back my reading experience. I just may be a little more open to reading more sci-fi romance (there has to be romance involved) novels in the future.

There is a strong connection between Michael and Cassandra. I want things to work out for these two. Michael thinks he’s not worthy of Cassandra’s love and she’s trying to prove that thought to be nonsense. The love scenes are steamy and you can’t help but want a HEA for these two.

The book is basically about Good versus Evil. It’s a war out there and the main question is who to trust. Having to go against your own family because you don’t see eye to eye. There was an interesting twist regarding Jocelyn’s character that I wasn’t expecting.

What I Didn’t Like: There were a few parts that were skipped over. One of which was Michael and Cassandra’s first date. The storyline skips forward 2 weeks and we miss out on a total of 4 dates. If I would have been able to have read about those dates, I might have had a bit more sense of Michael and Cassandra’s attraction and compatibility. Yes, I feel like they had a strong connection but I like some background to relationships. I like to know how it started out, how the foundation was laid. So I feel like I missed out on that. Then there’s the 2 years that Michael and Cassandra are apart. Again, I feel like I missed out.

I really didn’t understand Adam’s connection to the wolves. I wish that would have been explained a little more. The reader is informed that Adam can communicate with the wolves but the how of it or the why is never explained.

Overall Impression: The Legend of Michael was a fast-paced, action filled read. I wanted to gobble it up in one sitting. I’m ready for the next book in the series, The Renegade Conquest, which is Sterling’s book. While I am interested in reading more about Sterling, I was kind of hoping Caleb’s book would be next. Methinks Caleb and Kelly are going to hook up. Winking smile


The Book Vixen’s Rating:

3 1/2 Frogs

Secrets Teaser Tour

Reputation, Reputation, Reputation.

You're a student at the most prestigious university in the country, and you've been tapped for the most elite social club. You've made it!

Now Don't Blow It!

Callie Andrews triumphed during her first semester at Harvard: she made incomparable friends, found the perfect boyfriend, and received invitations to the most exclusive secret societies. But she may have ruined every-thing with one ill-fated night. Now she's keeping secrets from everyone, including—

Clint - the upperclassman who's too good to be true

Vanessa - the best friend turned backstabber

Gregory - the guy who's a total(ly hot) mistake

and Lexi - the social queen who wants to bring Callie down.

But Callie didn't get into Harvard by giving up, and she isn't about to now. Besides, she's not the only one with something to hide. . . .

I really enjoyed reading The Ivy (my review) last year. And thanks to its cliffhanger ending, I’ve been waiting for the sequel ever since I turned the last page. Thanks goodness it’s almost here! Here’s a little teaser to whet your appetite Winking smile

Exchanging a look, they approached the bushes and peered down into the secluded space behind them. OK, still completely naked, was crouched under the leaves. “That. Mimi!” he exclaimed through chattering teeth, looking completely livid. “Should have known she was up to something!”


Scandalous! And so you don’t miss any of the juicy teasers, here’s the Secrets Teaser Tour schedule:

4/25 - Ivy Website
4/26 -
4/27 - Bloody Bookaholic
4/28 - Ramblings of a Teenage Bookworm
4/29 - Truth Be Told
5/3 – The Book Vixen (that’s me!)
5/4 - The Nerd's Wife
5/5 – Bookwormygirl
5/6 - Lauren's Crammed Bookshelf
5/9 - La Femme Readers
5/10 - Ivy Website

GIVEAWAY [CLOSED]: Two Eve Langlais eBooks

It’s giveaway time! Here are the books up for grabs:


Date With Death

She never expected to fall in love with Death.

Marigold has a date with Death, but when she foils his plan to take her soul back to Hell, she invites him to dinner instead.

Mictain, an Aztec god who now collects the dead for Satan, is baffled at his interest in the plump human who can see him. Intrigued--and in lust--he can’t help pursuing her. But things are never simple when gods are involved.

Lucifer, Lord of Hell tries to warn him away and even Marigold’s long lost father decides to butt in. But, despite the opposition, things heat up between them, and Marigold learns, when Death comes calling, it’s best to get naked and invite him into bed—and her heart.


The Geek Job

Protect the geek, that’s the job she’s been hired for, but little did this shewolf expect to fall for a man of science.

As a werewolf who hires out as a bodyguard, Lexie is paid well to perform dangerous jobs that sometimes involve taking off her clothes. When she takes on the protection of a science geek for a vampire clan, she doesn’t expect her temporary girlfriend status to come with lots of pleasure. But a geeky human who pushes all her right buttons—and plays her body oh so right—isn’t reason enough for her to break the rules and fall in love.

Everything changes after an incident in the lab, but before she can decide if it’s safe to give him her heart, she has to help him survive.

Warning: Experimenting with a geek at home may cause uncontrollable lust. Paranormal/Werewolf Romance


Thanks to Eve Langlais, one lucky winner will receive an e-copy of Date With Death and another lucky winner will receive an e-copy of The Geek Job!!

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  • You have until midnight (your time) on Monday, May 16, 2011 to enter.

Good luck to all who enter!

Month in Review: April 2011

April was an okay reading month. I read 7 books. I did a lot of catching up on writing reviews. I am almost completely caught up and that makes me happy. I’m also getting caught up on my reading list which means I’ll soon be able to just randomly pick books to read. I won’t even know where to start!

I’m pissed at the people who decide when to air Grey’s Anatomy. Come on people! How long are you going to make us wait for new episodes? It’s like the show goes on a hiatus every other week. If they don’t pick up the pace soon, I’m going to drop the show like it’s hot. In the interim, I have found me a new show to watch: Body of Proof. I love case solving and forensics so this is my kind of show. And I like Dana Delany’s character. I’ve ditched American Idol (WTF were the voters thinking when Pia got the boot?!!). They need to get Simon back. The judges are way too nice; they need to grow some balls.

We have THE ultrasound appointment coming up in a few days. Hopefully we’ll be able to find out the gender cause I’m dying to know! I want to be able to get blue things or pink things. I don’t want to have to do yellows and greens (again). And I want to be able to settle on a name. I don’t having any feelings as to if the baby is a girl or a boy. With my daughter, my intuition said ‘boy’. With my son, it was ‘girl’. See how well my intuition works? The Chinese Gender Predictor says ‘boy’, Mr. TBV says ‘boy’ and MIL says ‘boy’ (because my face “isn’t round or fat” – her exact words, gotta love my MIL Smile). Leave a comment if you want to take a guess.

Books Read/Reviewed:

  1. Where She Went by Gayle Forman – 4 frogs
  2. Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn & David Levithan – 1 frog
  3. Enclave by Ann Aguirre – 5 frogs
  4. Legacy by Kate Kaynak – 4 1/2 frogs
  5. Rock Hard by Olivia Cunning – 3 frogs
  6. Tempt Me by Shiloh Walker – 3 frogs
  7. Trust in Advertising by Victoria Michaels – 4 1/2 frogs
  8. Sweet as Sin by Inez Kelley – 4 1/2 frogs
  9. The Wish List by Gabi Stevens – 3 1/2 frogs
  10. As You Wish by Gabi Stevens – 4 frogs
  11. One Night by Debbie Macomber – 3 frogs
  12. When You Dare by Lori Foster – 4 frogs
  13. Future Imperfect by K. Ryer Breese – 1 frog
  14. Nightshade by Andrea Cremer – (review to come soon)
  15. Chasing Perfect by Susan Mallery – (review to come soon)

Books I Did a Quick Review on Goodreads:

I read some books back in January and February that I didn’t get around to writing a full-length review here on the blog. So I just did a quickie type review on Goodreads.

  1. Backstage Pass by Olivia Cunning – 4/5
  2. Just the Sexiest Man Alive by Julie James – 4/5
  3. Practice Makes Perfect by Julie James – 3.5/5
  4. Sugar Creek by Toni Blake – 4.5/5
  5. Compromising Positions by Jenna Bayley-Burke – 2/5
  6. Deadly Fear by Cynthia Eden – 4/5
  7. Flat-Out Sexy by Erin McCarthy – 4/5
  8. Hard and Fast by Erin McCarthy – 3/5
  9. Hot Finish by Erin McCarthy – 4/5
  10. Life, Liberty, and Pursuit by Susan Kaye Quinn – 2/5

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How was your April?