Monday, December 26, 2011

Book News: New Excerpt from Once Burned by Jeaniene Frost

It looks like Jeaniene Frost is also in the gift giving spirit!

Head on over to her blog, found HERE, to read an all new excerpt from the much anticipated Once Burned, featuring the dark and delicious Vlad. Although it's just a little tidbit (or timbit for us Canadians) of an excerpt, you can tell that sparks really do fly between Vlad and his love interest Leila ;) Also, I love that Leila thinks that Vlad has role-playing issues, what with thinking he is the "real" Dracula and all. I bet that just burns him right up. Pun intended.

For those you who are not in the loop, Once Burned is the first book in a brand new series from Jeaniene Frost set in the Night Huntress world. It will be released on June 26, 2012. You can pre-order the book HERE.

Quick question: wasn't Once Burned slated for release on March 27th? I thought for sure I read that somewhere...

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Book News: A Free Kate Daniels Novella from Ilona Andrews

I love when authors get into the gift giving spirit!

The husband and wife writing team of Ilona and Gordon Andrews are giving fans of their Kate Daniels series an early Christmas present. From now until January 7th, you can download the novella Magic Gifts, featuring Kate and her furry friends, from their website. Apparently, this novella takes place the same time as Andrea's book (coming July 31, 2012) and right after Magic Slays.

And you better jump on this limited time only deal quick because Magic Gifts will not be available after the two week period!

Click HERE and get your fill of that yummy Beast Lord Curran. Thanks Ilona and Gordon!

PS: Doesn't Kate look so badass on the cover?!

Friday, December 23, 2011

Site Updates

sexy Santa

Hi everyone! Long time, no blogging. First, let me wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! For your viewing pleasure, I present to you a steamin' hot photo of a sexy Santa. With all the hay, I like to imagine that this is one of those yummy McKay men from Lorelei James's Rough Riders series. Drool.

Ok, so there isn't a whole lot to update you on right now, but here's an idea of what I'm working on and what you can except from Good Books, Good Coffee, Good Life in 2012.

- First, let me apologize for being gone for so long. One morning in August, I simply woke up and had no desire to read anymore. I thought I was just in a little funk and would soon realize how much I miss all the yummy men and kickass chicks (to cite one of my favorite blogs). So, I decided to ignore my bookshelf for a little while despite my books' constant cries of "read us, READ US!" Before I knew it, a few days turned into a few weeks and then a few months. But I have found my way back to the wonderful world of blogging and romance. Yeesh, I have a lot of catching up to do!

- As you've probably guessed, I have started reviewing again. I'm currently working on a few reviews, as well as tinkering around with the formatting. I want to make my reviews more satisfying by including something unique. I have some ideas and will probably try a few things out and see what works best. All I know is that it's going to involve sex scenes ;)

- I've included a section on upcoming releases right up there on the Nav bar. It's still a work in progress, so come back soon and check it out.

- I also want to start a new meme devoted to my random musings. One of my most popular posts is the E-reader pillow, so I was toying around with the idea of talking about silly book related things I find on the net. Or maybe just silly things in general? Look for this yet to-be-named meme in 2012. Hopefully, I can find some good stuff to share with you.

- Since I didn't read a lot this year, there will be no yearly wrap-up lists. I really liked doing my favorite sex scenes last year, but thanks to my self-imposed hiatus, I don't have enough material to work with. Instead, I was thinking about doing a top 12 of 2012, highlighting the books I am most looking forward to in 2012. There is a lot of great books coming out next year and I would love to discuss them with you! If you are looking for a great list on the best sex scenes of 2011, head on over to Smexy Books. I'm in total agreement with most of Mandi's choices.

That's about it for the updates. I hope you will stick around and check out the new changes to Good Books, Good Coffee, Good Life in 2012. I'm so excited to start blogging again and can't wait to dive back into the romance genre!

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Giveaway & Book Trailor: Retribution by Sherrilyn Kenyon

I think any good paranormal romance fan has read at least one Sherrilyn Kenyon. Seeing that her Dark Hunter series is one of the most loved and longest para-rom series out there, it's hard to resist the temptation of reading a Kenyon book. While I still need to do some catching up in reading the rest of the Dark Hunter books (there is a gazillion of them!), the few books I have read, I have loved. Also, Kenyon's The League series is my without a doubt hands down favorite sci-fi romance series out there. So if you haven't read a Sherrilyn Kenyon novel yet, you need to go to your local bookstore right this minute and get yourself some Kenyon goodness...

Better yet, why not enter my contest to win yourself a copy of her latest Dark Hunter book, Retiribution (good segway, eh ;)? And while you are entering this super cool giveaway, why not check out the book tailer for Reritubition

St. Martin’s Press is offering one copy of Retribution to one lucky commenter. Make sure to leave a valid email address so I can contact you if you win. This giveaway is open to Canada / U.S. only. You must leave your comment by Thursday, August 11th 2011 11:59pm MST. Good luck to everyone who enters!

Friday, July 29, 2011

Book Trailer: One Grave at a Time by Jeaniene Frost

Usually, I'm not a huge fan of book trailers. While I'm not a total book trailer hater, I have found that most trailers tend to be very poorly done and extremely tacky. However, I found this gem of a book trailer on Jeaniene Frost's blog this morning. Oh man you guys, it's a good one! It makes you want to squee with excitement and pull your hair out in frustration for having to wait another month for One Grave at a Time to come out. Make sure to watch it all the way through for some steamy Cat and Bones goodness!

Oh and click HERE to read the first three chapters of One Grave at a Time.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Bought Me a Kobo!

Sadly, my Sony Ereader decided to stop working this week, tear. No matter how long I plugged it in for, the battery would just not hold a charge. I'm still fuming mad because the stupid thing was so darn expensive. However, I have secretly coveted my friend's Kobo touch for awhile now and I thought that the passing of my Sony Ereader was the universe telling me that I must buy a Kobo for myself. So I did. And let me tell you, I loves it! Had to buy myself a lovely purple case for it too.

How cute is the little sleeping Kobo?

So what do you think? Did I make the right decision? Any of you Kobo owners have advice for me to keep my Kobo running smoothly?

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Review: Loving on Borrowed Time by Olivia Cunning

Loving on Borrowed Time by Olivia Cunning
Lovers' Leap #1
Erotica (Paranormal/Time Travel)
June 2, 2011
Self-published (Smashwords)

Lara Kensington is living a perfectly mundane life as a museum curator, when bad boy treasure hunter, Reece Jerhico, leaps into her life.  Literally. Obviously distressed, Reece tells Lara that one year in the future she will be murdered. The evidence he uses to back up his  incredible story doesn’t convince Lara. She thinks he’s crazy. Especially after he claims to be her future fiancé. Lara would have remembered dating someone as delicious as Reece Jerhico. Hot as Reece is, Lara has a difficult time believing anything the man says until the broken amulet he wears around his neck  transports them into different bodies, during a different time, in a different place--an ancient place, a cold place, a place where Lara arrives naked, hysterical, and... Norse.
                                                                                                                                              On the run  through time, attempting to escape a man who is hell-bent on Lara’s lack-of a-future becoming a reality, the couple must leap from one time and place to another just to stay alive. In the first volume of this sexy and humorous new series, Lara and Reece share an existence with a ruthless Viking and his captive bride and  then with a noble medieval knight and the feisty lady he  is determined to win.

Olivia Cunning is one of my favorite new authors. Her Sinners On Tour series is everything that a girl with a few rockstar fantasies could ask for. Therefore, when I read an article over at Shameless Romance in which Olivia Cunning talks about her new self-published novella, Loving on Borrowed Time, I first berated myself  for not being up-to-date on my Olivia Cunning news and then immediately bought the book so I can read it for myself.

What I found is that Loving on Borrowed Time is a fun and entertaining read that includes a few of Cunning's trademark smokin' hot love scenes. Although the love scenes aren't quite as provocative as the Sinners books, you will certainly need some type of fan or cool drink nearby when you read this book. Fans of Cunning will definitely not be disappointed. Also, the actual romance between the main characters Lara Kenningston and Reece Jericho is quite well done. Cunning truly has a talent for creating easy chemistry between characters. Reece and Lara also have some great banter that will keep you laughing and of course, there is lots of sexual tension between the pair. Although this book was a short read, I didn't feel their relationship was rushed even though Reece does make it his mission to make Lara fall in love with him again...or I guess for the first time.

The premise of the book itself is interesting and original, although it is complicated to understand at first. In the book, we learn that in the future, Reece and Lara fall in love and plan to marry. However, Lara is killed by a terrorist. Rather than living without her, Reece, who is an archaeologist, uses an ancient Egyptian amulet to travel back in time and save Lara from being killed. But one of Reece's colleagues, Carl, doesn't want Lara to live for reasons I'm still not 100% sure about. Things aren't exactly straight forward about how the amulet works, but basically when the wearer of the amulet is thrust back in time, they embody a particular person in the past. So when Reece grabs Lara and uses the amulet to escape before Carl stops him from saving Lara, they travel to the time of the Vikings and Reece becomes the leader of a Viking horde and Lara a saucy wench he captures. In their different roles, Reece and Lara must act out history and make sure the couple they embody have their HEA. All the while they are still on the run from Carl...

Still with me? Yeah, I got a little lost too. I think the book would have been better if there was more explanation about how the amulet works. I am still scratching my head about why Reece and Lara seem to travel in time randomly, yet Reece was able to pinpoint Lara in a museum a year before they met. Also, I would have appreciated more info about how Reece and Lara met before she was killed. Yes, we know they were in love and Reece had to win Lara over, but there isn't a lot of info about Reece and Lara's courtship and life before her death. Since Loving on Borrowed Time is the first book in Cunning's Lovers' Leap series, I'm hoping that we learn more about Reece and Lara's past (future?) relationship and the motivation behind creepy Carl wanting to apprehend the couple.

Although Loving on Borrowed Time  is a little complicated to understand at times, I still really enjoyed reading this novella. I applaud Ms. Cunning for expertly using her imagination to create something that is whimsical and fun to read. Reece and Lara are two great characters that have great chemistry. And the sex scenes in the book were top notch. Definitely what I would expect from the likes of Olivia Cunning. I hope more authors continue the trend of self-publishing.

Good. Lukewarm, but still hits the spot. 

Other opinions:

Friday, July 1, 2011

New Cover Alert: Lover Reborn by J.R. Ward

Wow, I did not expect the cover for Lover Reborn to be released this early! But hey, I'm not complaining. However, I'm not thrilled with the orange and the guy on the cover is not how I pictured Tohr at all. I guess that sounds like complaining, doesn't it? I was hoping for someone more rugged. I think this would be better if there was less face and more chest/abs.

 I have all my fingers and toes crossed that this book will live up to hype. Lover Unleashed was a huge disappointment for me. Why oh why does March 27th have to a be a gazillion days away?!?

Update: Word around the blogosphere is that this may not be the final cover for Lover Reborn but just a prototype. I'm hoping this is true because Tohr is just not an orange kind of guy.

Book News: Release Date for Jeaniene Frost's Night Prince Series

Set your calendars! It looks like March 27, 2012 is going to be a GOOD day for us romance readers. Not only does J.R. Ward's Lover Reborn (Tohr's story) come out that day, but a few weeks ago, it was also announced that the 4th book in Stacia Kane's Downside Ghost series, Sacrificial Magic, is also set to release March 27, 2012.

Now comes news that the first book in Jeaniene Frost's new Night Prince series featuring the much loved and swoon worthy Vlad is also hitting the shelves on March 27! As a history buff and a lover of vampire mythology, I am so excited to see how Frost will intertwine the history surrounding the real Vlad the Impaler with her fictional character that is hotter and more seductive than any other interpretation of Vlad/Dracula that I have read before. 

Here is some more info about Frost's Night Prince series and the future of Cat and Bones that I snagged from her blog:

Okay, why “Night Prince”? For one, the word “Night” will – hopefully – let readers know at a glance that these stories are set in the same world as my Night Huntress series and Night Huntress World novels. Second, contrary to the most popular fictional rendering of Vlad the Impaler, he was not a Count. He was essentially a Prince of Wallachia during his reign (Wallachia now being part of modern-day Romania). So there you have the Prince part of the series title.

Tentative release date for the first book in the Night Prince series is spring 2012. It may be pushed back to summer if (a) I don’t write it fast enough, or (b) what I write needs a lot of revisions. So cross your fingers for me that I will write well, and quickly, lol. I haven’t seen the cover yet for the first book, but as Tom Egner has done such a fabulous job with all my other covers, I’m sure he’s cooking up something very cool.
Before anyone asks, no, this doesn’t mean Cat and Bones stories will be put on a long hold while I kickstart Vlad and Leila’s new series. First, still to come in 2011 for our mayhem-loving vampire couple is One Grave at a Time (August 30th) along with a special holiday novella that’s almost half the size of a regular book in The Bite Before Christmas anthology (October 25th). Vlad and Leila’s book will come, as stated, in early 2012, but then after that, we’ll be onto Cat and Bones #7 (still untitled, but expect the word “grave” in there somewhere).

Wednesday, June 29, 2011


The winner of It's Summer and I Feel Like Having a Giveaway ($25 to Book Depository) Contest is...

Shannon @ Devoured Books

Oh and since I had more than 25 people enter, the second winner of $15 to Book Depository is...


Hooray and congrats to the lucky winners! Thanks to everyone who entered and left a comment. There were so many comments, I couldn't keep up!

*Winners were chosen using

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Last Day to Enter!

Finally! I'm back from my little vacation up in northern British Columbia, where it poured almost everyday, sigh. Feels so good to have access to the internet again. I was having slight withdrawals not being able to check out all my favorite book blogs. Anyway, here's a little reminder for you to make sure you enter for your chance to win $25 to the Book Deositstory. I'm picking the winner tomorrow, so if you haven't entered yet, get your butt in gear!

Click HERE to check out the contest page or click on the link in the Current Contests box.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Silly Stuff (But totally awesome): The Book Clutch

How cool are these! Handbag designer Olympia Le-Tan has created a set of clutches that resemble classic books! As a book lover and accessory junkie, I need one like NOW! However, they are a bit more expensive then the average paperback, costing around $1300 to over $2000. However, Kate Spade has also designed a collection of book clutches that are slightly more affordable at $325. I think I have to start saving my pennies...

Clemence Poesy attended the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 London premiere carrying a ‘La Belle et la Bête’ clutch; Natalie Portman at the Black Swan premiere with a ‘Lolita’ clutch.

And here are some bags from Kate Spade's "Book of the Month" collection that is a little easier on the wallet. Click HERE to see even more book clutches by Kate Spade.

Friday, June 17, 2011

New Cover Alert: Taking A Shot by Jaci Burton (And it's a HOT one!)

Holy abs Batman! Give me a few seconds to cool down here *fans herself*. That is just one smokin' hot cover. I have to say, I think it's even more delicious than The Perfect Play (Play by Play #1) and Changing the Game (Play by Play #2), if that even is possible. This cover makes my hockey loving heart go pitter-patter. Gosh, if more hockey players looked like this, I'd never change the channel from TSN! Score another win for Jaci Burton in the hot cover category.

Taking A Shot is set to be released March 6, 2012. Check out my review for The Perfect Play HERE.

Taking a Shot (Play by Play, #3)

If you want to score, you have to get in the game...

The last thing Jenna Riley needs is more sports in her life. While her brothers are off being athletic superstars, she’s stuck running the family’s sports bar, whether she likes it or not. Then in walks pro hockey stud Tyler Anderson. As much as Jenna would like to go to the boards with him, she’s vowed to never fall for a jock—even one as hot as Ty.

Ty, intrigued by the beautiful bar owner, becomes a regular. He senses that Jenna wants to do something more with her life. And as he gains her trust, the passion between them grows, as does Ty’s insistence that Jenna should start living for herself. With his encouragement, Jenna starts to believe it, too…

But first, Jenna has to figure out what she wants, what she needs, who she loves, and if she has the passion and pride to take a shot at having it all—including Ty…

And here are the covers for the other books in Burton's Play by Play series so you can judge the hotness factor for yourself.
The Perfect Play (Play by Play, #1)Changing the Game (Play by Play, #2)

Review: Chantilly's Cowboy by Debra Kayn

Chantilly's Cowboy by Debra Kayn
Sisters of McDougal Ranch #1
Contemporary Romance/Western
June 6, 2011
E-book (35 000 words)
Carina Press

Ever since she was a little girl, all Chantilly Lace McDougal wanted to do was work beside her daddy on the family ranch. Now 24, Chantilly knows the land and the workings of the ranch better than anyone.With her four sisters showing little interest in ranch life, Chantilly knows it's up to her to help out with all the chores and keep the ranch running smoothly.  However, when Stuart McDougal hires Jack Grady as the new foremen without telling her, Chantilly is spitting mad. She doesn't need or want Jack's help, no matter that he tempts her like no other cowboy has before.

Although Jack Grady can understand Chantilly's frustration over having to work with him, Jack needs this job in order to help put his nephew through law school. However, in taking the job, Stuart entrusts Jack with an important secret that Chantilly's and her sisters know nothing about. While Jack promises to work hard on the ranch, he is finding it more and more difficult to keep his hands off the boss's daughter. However, as they get closer, Jack is torn between being honest with Chantilly and keeping her father's secret.

Although I stay away from everything classified as country in real life, in my little romance bubble, I'm all about those yummy cowboys. I think somewhere in me I must have a little cowgirl wanting to break free. Thus, I can't turn down a western contemporary romance when I see one, especially one that promises a honky-tonk good time. However, with Chantilly's Cowboy, I found myself feeling disappointed. While the story was sweet and heatwarming, there was nothing to draw me in or grab my attention in the first half of the book. Although the story picks up in the last few chapters, I would say that the rest of the book was a little bland.

Unfortunately, I believe this book suffers from the same issues that plague a lot of short stories. When you are trying to stick to a specific word limit, I understand that some things need to be sacrificed. However, I felt that a few elements in the book needed to be explained in more detail. Early on, we learn that Chantilly's mother died when she was young. Yet, there is no explanation as to how she died. Also, I didn't understand why Jack needed the extra foreman job when he has a ranch of his own to look after. Chantilly also calls Jack's nephew Craig "kid", which I found a little odd considering Chantilly is most likely the same age as Craig.

However, my biggest problem with the book was the lack of love scenes between Chantilly and Jack. For the first half of the book, there was plenty of lead up to Jack and Chantilly being together, but when they finally act on their feelings, the scene ends! Call me dirty or what have you, but I like to read sex scenes from beginning to end. I really do not like "fade to black moments". It felt like having a big piece of chocolate cake put in front of you and before you can take your first bite, the plate falls on the floor. Thankfully, near the end of the book we finally get love scenes with a bit more detail.

What I did like about the book were the sisters. To me, they felt almost like the female version of Lorelei James's McKay men. They all had their own personalities that really shone through, although we don't get to know much about them personally. I also found it really cute that they were all named after a type of lace but they are far from being dainty and frail women. I'm interested to see where this series will go. Hopefully each sister gets her own story.

Overall, this book was neither a hit or miss for me. I did enjoy Chantilly and her sisters, but the lack of detail on the love scenes in the first half of the book almost had me putting the book down and walking away. However, I'm glad I stuck with it. I look forward to reading about the rest of the sisters of McDougal Ranch.

Other opinions:

Thursday, June 16, 2011

New Cover Alert: Adam by Jacquelyn Frank

I'm so happy to see that Jacquelyn Frank is returning to the Nightwalkers series! How she stayed away from those luscious demons, I'll never know. While I don't remember there being a character named Adam in the books, I certainly remember Jasmine. I can't wait to read her story and I have say it's about damn time Ms. Frank returns to, in my opinion, her best series! Adam (Nightwalkers #6) is out October 25, 2011.

Hunted by magic, beset by evil, the Nightwalkers face their darkest hour yet. And when the unthinkable happens, only one legendary male has the power, the will, to save them: Adam… 

For 400 Years He Was Lost To Her, But He Is Hers Tonight… 

From their first tantalizing touch, Jasmine knows he is different. What other lover could unlock her tight control, flood vampire senses jaded by a lifetime of decadent self indulgence? Centuries ago, when he disappeared without a trace, she had given up hope of ever fulfilling the promise of incomparable passion. But here he is, against the very laws of nature, ready to bring down their most vicious enemy, ready to bring her blood to the boiling point…if she will only let him. 

Pleasure rules the night.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

It's Summer and I Feel Like Having A Giveaway! ($25 to Book Depository)

I'm Canadian and I'm well aware of the joke that Canadian summers last about a month out of the year. The sad thing is, the joke has some truth to it. While I'm used to the cold and the snow, this past winter was harsher than most and man do I 
absolutely hate shoveling. To make matters worse, the temperature has also been on the cool-side until recently. When it finally hit 25°C the other day, I immediately grabbed a book, slathered on some sunscreen and relaxed on my back porch. There is nothing I love more then reading in the sun!

So in order to celebrate that summer has finally arrived in Canada, I thought I would host a giveaway so some lucky winners have the chance to get out and read in the sun. Just remember the sunscreen ladies!

One lucky commenter will win two books of his/her choosing from Book Depository!

If more than 25 people enter, I will choose a second winner who will win one book of his/her choosing from Book DepositoryTo enter, simply fill out the entry form below. You don't have to be a follower to enter, but one extra entry will be given to those who are or become a follower of this blog.

-You must have a valid email address. NOTE: those that enter and do not have a valid email address will be disqualified.
                                                                                                                                              -Contest runs from June 14/2011 to midnight (Mountain Standard Time) June. 28/2011. The winner(s) will be chosen at random on June 29/2011 and contacted later that day. If the winner(s) does not get back to me within 3 business days, I will choose a different winner(s).

-This contest is open internationally, but the winner(s) must live in a country that is eligible for free shipping through the Book Depository. If this qualification is not met, I reserve the right to choose a new winner(s). 

-The first winner's choice of books must not exceed $25 in total (CAN). If a second winner is chosen, his/her limit is a total of $15(CAN).

-You must 18 years or older to enter

-Good Books, Good Coffee, Good Life is not responsible for lost books or unreceived books.
Good Luck! 

Thursday, June 9, 2011

New Cover Alert: Heart of Steel by Meljean Brook

Although the cover for Meljean Brook's Heart of Steel (The Iron Seas #2) was posted awhile ago, it looks like it has undergone some revisions.While it isn't a huge change, I have to say I like the background a lot more. The image of the clouds and air balloon gives the book more steampunk edge. After absolutely falling in love with the first Iron Seas novel, The Iron Duke, I can't wait to get my hands on this one. Unfortunatly, Heart of Steel isn't scheduled for release until November, 2011. BOO!  If you've never read a steampunk romance before, I definitely recommend you start with The Iron Duke.

Check out Meljean's blog to read the jacket copy for Heart of Steel!
                                                                                                                                          Update: Apparently the 'old cover' wasn't the actual cover but just a picture used in the publisher's catalog. Jeeze, don't they know that once a cover like picture is posted anywhere on the web that the blogosphere will jump all over it? Anywho, the 'new cover' is the real cover for Heart of Steel.

Old Cover                                               New Cover

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Chasin' Eight by Lorelei James: Official Jacket Copy

Squeee! Lorelei James finally revealed the jacket copy of Chasin' Eight (Rough Riders #11) yesterday on her blog. All I have to say is it's about flippin' time! Chase already sounds like he'll be just as smokin' hot as the rest of the McKay men. Too bad we still have to wait until June 28th for the book to be released. Sigh. I want my cowboy fix like NOW! Chasin' Eight is available for pre-order through Amazon and Samhain

Chasin' Eight by Lorelei James
She wants it…he’s got it…and the chase is on…
Bull rider Chase McKay has finally landed in a pile too big to charm his way out of. Caught with his pants down, he finds himself bucked right off the PBR tour until he can get his act together.
Hollywood actress Ava Cooper became the tabloids’ favorite target when her longtime boyfriend was outed as gay. She needs a place to lay low and a chance to prove to herself that she can satisfy a red-blooded man between the sheets. The sexy, rugged cowboy she finds holed up in her Wyoming hideaway seems like the answer to her every fantasy.
But Chase has sworn off women. Forever. Or at least a month. Whichever comes first.
When they take to the road to get Chase more hands-on bull riding experience, they have every intention of keeping their hands off each other. But the two headstrong stars quickly end up riding a hot and heady rodeo circuit all their own—until the press gets wind of their affair. When the dust clears and the lights of the paparazzi fade, are they ready to give up chasing the dream for a chance of finding forever?
Warning: Strap in, another hot McKay is about to bust out of the gate and this bull rider knows a thing or two about riding hard…

Review: Yours to Keep by Shannon Stacey

Yours to Keep by Shannon Stacey
Kowalski Family #3
Contemporary Romance

June 6, 2011
E-book, 448 kb
Carina Press
Favorite quote: "He could do this. He’d survived boot camp. He’d survived combat and the harsh weather of Afghanistan. He could survive broccoli. Probably."
                                                                                                                                          A good contemporary romance is often hard to come by. Much of the time, authors miss the mark on presenting a realistic story that still has all the flare that romance readers expect. Too many times I have read a contemporary romance novel that had me rolling my eyes because key events in the book were just way too over the top to actually be believable. Although the plot of Yours to Keep is high up on the farfetched scale, I believed every word of it. Shannon's Stacey's characters are so down to earth and the romance in the book is so heartfelt, I constantly had a grin on my face. 
                                                                                                                                          Emma Shaw is a landscaper, living in her grandparents old farm house in New Hampshire. Although Emma's grandmother recently moved to Florida, she worries about Emma being all alone so far away.  In order to reassure her grandmother that she is just fine by herself, Emma tells her Gram that she is dating a man named Sean Kowalski, who she randomly chooses after hearing about him from her friend Lisa. Since Sean was serving in Afghanistan at the time, she didn't think her little white lie would have serious consequences. However, the lie quickly snowballs and Emma tells her grandmother that she and Sean are engaged. Now that her grandma is coming for a month long visit and Sean is back home, she has no choice but to fess up to her Gram or ask a man she barley knows to be her fake fiancé.
                                                                                                                                              Back home from his tour in Afghanistan, Sean is unsure what he wants to do with his life now that he doesn't have to report to Uncle Sam. Instead of working in the family run Inn, Sean asks his cousin Kevin if he can live in the empty apartment above Jasper's Bar & Grille until he gets himself established. Shortly after he moves in, however, there is a knock on the door. On the other side is Emma, who Sean is instantly attracted to although he thinks she is "batshit crazy". While Sean turns Emma's offer down, he realizes he has nothing better to do for the next month and agrees to play along. However, both Sean and Emma soon figure out that keeping their feelings for each other in check is a lot harder than they first thought.
                                                                                                                                               Yours to Keep was a really cute and sweet read. Reading this book was like cozying up on on the couch and sipping a hot chocolate with extra marshmallows. It just gives you those warm fuzzy feelings. All the characters in the book are likable and easy to relate to. Emma has a lot of qualities I admire in a heroine. She is characterized as being a hardworking woman who isn't afraid to get a little dirt on her nose. While Emma is deceiving her grandmother, she is doing it for the right reasons, only wanting her Gram to enjoy her new life in Florida. And like the other Kowalski men, Sean is just delicious. He was fun, sweat, and a little stubborn at times. When Sean pulls out the post-it notes and starts leaving little messages for Emma, I melted every time. The chemistry between Emma and Sean is also quite yummy. In Yours to Keep, Stacey actually includes a few more love scenes between the main characters then she does in the other Kowalski books. Lucky us!
                                                                                                                                              However, I wish Sean's time in the army would have been elaborated on a little more. All we know is that he was in Afghanistan for an extended period of time and that's pretty much it. I'm not looking for gruesome war stories, but a little bit more background on that part of Sean's life would have been nice. Also, there definitely should have been an epilogue to this book. The ending just felt so rushed that I would have appreciated a look at their life after their world-wind romance. Mostly, I just didn't want this story to end! Hopefully, we will get to see more of Emma and Sean in future Kowalski books.
                                                                                                                                            So if you are a fan of contemporary romance (and even if you are not), I definitely recommend Yours to Keep. Although this book can be read as a stand alone, make sure not to miss the rest of the Kowalski Family series! 

Other opinions:

Other books in the series:
Exclusively Yours
Undeniably Yours

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Mark Your Calendars!

The next installment in the Black Dagger Brotherhood series has an official release date! Lover Reborn, featuring Tohr, will be available on March 27, 2012. After the snoozefest that was Lover Unleashed, I have high hopes for this book!

Monday, May 23, 2011

New Cover Alert: Darker After Midnight by Lara Adrian

I woke up this morning to find this little nugget in my inbox! Darker After Midnight is the long anticipated story of Sterling Chase or Harvard as he is affectionately called by the other members of the Order. There is not a lot of info available about Darker After Midnight just yet, however, the book will be the first Midnight Breed novel to be published in hardcover. After Chase going a little crazy in the last book, I can't wait for him to get his HEA...FINALLY! Darker After Midnight is slated to be released on January 24, 2011. 

In other Lara Adrian news, it looks like the Midnight Breed series won't be ending anytime soon with Lara signing on to write another two Breed books. Also, according to her newsletter, there will be an e-book novella available later this year. However, much to the fans dismay, the novella will not be featuring Gideon and Savannah's story, although Adrian has promised that she will tell there story in the future. Sure Lara, I'll believe it when I read it...

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

First Photo of Jennifer Lawrence As Katniss

FIRST LOOK: Jennifer Lawrence As Hunger Games Heroine Katniss | Jennifer Lawrence

Not going to lie, I was not thrilled when it was announced that Jennifer Lawrence was cast as Katniss Everdeen for The Hunger Games film. To me, she just looks so much older than 20 years old. At first, I thought she was closer to 30! However, seeing Lawrence with the brown hair, the braid, and in the clothes, I have more hope that she will pull off the role of Katniss. However, I think the hair needs to be longer and aren't Katniss's eyes brown? No? 

Can't wait to see what the rest of the cast looks like in character!

Friday, April 22, 2011


This morning I got a lovely little message from Ambur (Burning Impossibly Bright) that said Good Books, Good Coffee, Good Life is mentioned on the back of the e-book version of Olivia Cunning's Rock Hard. After some squealing, I went and checked my digital version of the book and there it was! I can't tell you how excited I am! Big question is how the heck did I miss this!?! Anywho, this little shout out has really renewed my blogging mojo. As you can tell, I haven't been around much lately thanks to school but my finals will be done soon and I promise I will be back with vengeance. I'm currently reading Big Bad Beast by Shelly Laurenston and it's soooooo good. I can't wait to review it for y'all.

Friday, April 15, 2011

New Cover Alert: Yours to Keep by Shannon Stacey

Shannon Stacey just posted the cover for the third book in her Kowalski series on her blog. Yours to Keep features Sean Kowalski, who I cannot for the life of me remember hearing about in the other two books. Oh well, as long as he is like his cousins, I'll be satisfied. Those Kowalski men are sweethearts. Can't wait to read this! Yours to Keep comes out June 6th through Carina Press. CLICK HERE to read an excerpt from the book.
                                                                                                                                         Sean Kowalski no sooner leaves the army than he’s recruited by Emma Shaw to be her fake fiancé. Emma needs to produce a husband-to-be for her grandmother’s upcoming visit, and, though Sean doesn’t like the deception, he could use the landscaping job Emma’s offering while he decides what to do with his civilian life. And, despite his attraction to Emma, there’s no chance he’ll fall for a woman with deep roots in a town he’s not planning to call home.

Emma’s not interested in a real relationship either; not with a man whose idea of home is wherever he drops his duffel bag. No matter how amazing his “pretend” kisses are…

Thursday, April 14, 2011

New Cover Alert: Fate's Edge by Ilona Andrews

Fate's Edge

Ilona Andrews revealed the cover for the third book in The Edge series on her blog today, which happens to be one of my favorite author blogs btw. Her and her husband Gordon, who is also her writing partner, have the funniest little stories to share. Definitely check it out! According to Amazon, Fate's Edge is slated to be released on November 29, 2011. I read the first book in the series and really enjoyed it. However, the second book remains sitting in my TBR pile...along with the Kate Daniels series. Yes I know, shame on me for not reading the Kate Daniels books yet. I swear I'll get to them soonish.

Check out Ilona's blog to read a snippet from Fate's Edge!

Friday, April 1, 2011

New Cover Alert: Chasin' Eight by Lorelei James

I have lots of love for Lorelei James and her Rough Riders series. As I have said before, she is my favorite contemporary romance/erotica author. Her McKay men are just to die for. 

Although there isn't a lot of information available on Chasin' Eight, it features Chase McKay who makes a small appearance in Cowgirls Don't Cry. I believe in that book Chase is described as the rodeo stud who has a different buckle bunny in every city. Sounds promising! 

Chasin' Eight is out June 30, 2011. 

Friday, March 25, 2011

Review: Touched by an Alien by Gini Koch

Touched by an Alien by Gini Koch
Katherine "Kitty" Katt #1
Sci-fi Romance
April 6, 2010
Paperback, 400 pages
                                                                                                        Favorite quote: "I'll marry you before any tree on Earth."
                                                                                                How can a sexy marketing manager join forces with an Alpha Centauri male in Armani to save the planet-using hairspray, a Mont Blanc pen, and rock n' roll? Easy... She's Touched by an Alien.

Marketing manager Katherine "Kitty" Katt steps into the middle of what appears to be a domestic dispute turned ugly. And it only gets uglier when the man turns into a winged monster, straight out of a grade-Z horror movie, and goes on a killing spree. Though Kitty should probably run away, she springs into action to take the monster down.

In the middle of the chaos a handsome hunk named Jeff Martini appears, sent by the "agency" to perform crowd control. He's Kitty's kind of guy, no matter what planet he's from. And from now on, for Kitty, things are going to be sexy, dangerous, wild, and out of this world.

                                                                                                                                         Sadly, Touched by an Alien has been sitting in my TBR pile for quite awhile. I first started the book last April, but after reading the first 80 pages, I got bored and put it back on my bookshelf. However, this week, I decided that instead of buying a new book, I need to save my money and read some books I already own. I didn't want to read the same old thing, so I decided to give Touched by an Alien another try. 
                                                                                                                                         Touched by an Alien is truly unique. I am a fan of sci-fi romance, but I have never read anything like this before. Hot alien men who like to dress in Armani? Yes please! Although I was expecting the book to be pure fluff from beginning to end, I was surprised that some parts of the book were actually quite serious. Koch's take on religion was truly enlightening and I was glad she tackled such a difficult topic. The book also had great comedic moments. A couple times I found myself laughing out loud at some of the characters' lines. However, parts of books were also kind of cheesy. The descriptions of the superbeings (the evil aliens) are just way over the top. I felt like having such funny looking villains took away from the story. Bad guys need to be scary!
                                                                                                                                     Katherine "Kitty" Katt is a really fun heroine. She is no wilting flower and can kick some ass when she needs to. Although I really liked Kitty's character, I found that in some parts of the book she just came to conclusions too quickly. I understand that Kitty is good at thinking on her feet, but I still found that there was no way she could have known the things she does when the supposedly superior Alpha-Centauri   aliens had no clue. I also had a little bit of an issue with Koch failing to write about Kitty's appearance. I'm the type of person who likes to imagine the characters in my head as I read, so I found this kind of annoying. Nevertheless, I enjoyed Kitty immensely. 
                                                                                                                                         Koch's hero, Jeff Martini, is also quite swoon worthy. Martini is the perfect mix of Alpha and Beta. He isn't too overbearing, but he still makes it known that Kitty is his and his alone. I also loved how Martini asked Kitty to marry him a few seconds after they meet. Although it sounds quite cheesy, his proclamations about wanting to be with Kitty are quite cute and inspire great banter between the pair. There was also lots of sexual chemistry between the two. However, I wish there was just a bit more romance in the book. Although, when you are busy battling evil aliens, there isn't much time for sneaking in some lovin'.                  
                                                                                                                                   Usually, I try to write my own synopsis of a book in my reviews, but this book is just so jam-packed with information I don't even know where to start. I think the reason I put this book down the first time was because I just couldn't keep however. Honestly, I don't think a lot of the information Koch included was necessary to the story, so the book could have been a lot shorter. However, I still had a lot of fun reading this book. I'm excited to see what wacky-zany things will happen to Martini and Kitty in the future!

Other opinions: 

Other books in the series:
Alien Tango
Alien in the Family (April 5, 2011)