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Friday, 27 June 2014

Orphan Black season 1- Review

Since I haven't had much time for reading, I wanted to take time to write about what I have had time for.  TV!  I've been catching up on missed television, SOA, American Horror Story,  and Game of Thrones just to name a few.
Well.... today I'm all about Orphan Black!  Orphan Black airs on BBC America and has just finished with season 2.  Last week I sat down and watched season 1.  I was hooked with the very first episode!  

As the show begins, Sarah Manning a streetsmart hustler is on the run from her exboyfriend and witnesses the suicide of a stranger,  a stranger that looks just like her!   Sarah decides to take over the identity of this stranger so she can empty her bank account.   Well that is easier said than done!  Little does Sarah know, the stranger was a cop and this sets in motion all of the events to take place.  Sarah eventually comes face to face with herself ( literally ) several time and discovers that she is a clone, and so the conspiracy begins to unfold.   Sarah  quickly finds herself in a race to save herself and her daughter.   

This show is smart, edgy, dark, suspenseful, and well thought out!   The cast of characters are wonderful!  Tatiana Maslany who plays Sarah Manning and half of the cast is AMAZING!!  She does such a great job giving all the characters she plays their own individuality.  Although Tatiana Maslany does a superb job portraying all the clones, I think Sarah and Helena are are my favorite.  Maybe because they are both badass!!   Sarah Manning has a gay step brother named Felix played by Jordan Gavaris  who is the source of many laughs on the show!  I absolutely adore his character and the fun he brings to the show.  He is very loyal to Sarah and will do anything for her.   In one way or the other he ends up mixed up in all the shenanigans too!  (LOL!)  Ladies, never fear, we do get some eye candy with Dylan Bruce who plays the oh so scrumptious boyfriend to one of the girls. Is he good, or bad?  I'm still not sure. Maybe a little of both!  ;)    Oh, and did I mention that Tatiana Maslany is AMAZING??

If you haven't yet watched this show, I highly recommend it!  Unfortunately Netflix doesn't have this show, but season 1 is available to Amazon Prime members at no charge!  If you're lucky your cable provider will have season 2 on demand.   I can't wait to start on season 2,  I can hardly think of anything else!

This is the scene when Sarah decides to become Elizabeth Childs in order to clean out her bank account. 

Monday, 10 March 2014

The Prince (Original Sinners #3) by Tiffany Reisz

The Prince (The Original Sinners, #3)

Rhonda's Review:
 You know, I’m sitting here not exactly sure where to start with this review. So bear with me while I ramble. I can say as I’ve said before that Tiffany Reisz has a brilliant voice, and I have loved every one of her books in this series, and all of the shorts that involve these characters in this seductive, dark, and alluring world she has created. This is one of the best cast of characters I’ve ever read, Reisz gives each of them their own distinct personalities, and just when you think you know them, you learn something new. I love that Reisz has the ability to keep this series interesting, and to someone like me that is so invested in this series, captivated in the characters and the plot.

I absolutely love Nora Sutherlin, and I love who she is with Wesley, whom I adore, and while I enjoyed this part of the story, Kingsley and Soren stole the show. I loved every detail of Kingsley and Soren’s past, how they met the dynamics of their friendship.
Just when I thought I couldn’t love Kingsley Edge any more than I do, I found out I can. I. Absolutely. Love. Him!

If you’re already invested in this series, you won’t be disappointed. If you haven’t read the first two books in this series, go back and start there. Read the reviews and understand what you’re possibly getting yourself in to, and decide if you’re up for the journey. I am eagerly waiting for more! All Tiffany Reisz has to do is crook her finger and I’ll be right there for the next book. 

(Thanks to Netgalley for providing the ARC!)

Tuesday, 31 December 2013

Return to Poughkeepsie Blog Tour & Giveaway!

We have waited for what seems like forever for this book!!
And Finally It's Here!!!!

Beckett Taylor is a murderer. His calling, his craft are destruction and intimidation—whether he wants it that way now or not. He left Poughkeepsie to keep his brothers safe, to keep Eve safe. Set up with happy lives to live, they’re better off without him, right?

But all his willpower crumbles when he hears his brother Blake’s frantic voice on the phone. An unknown enemy has moved in on his old territory, and Livia’s been taken. In an instant, Beckett knows it will take an attack only he and Eve can execute to bring her back. All his self-imposed embargoes are torn to shreds, perhaps along with the new man he’s struggled to become.

“Brother, call Eve. I’ll be there soon.”
In this emotional and action-packed sequel to Poughkeepsie, Debra Anastasia conjures a tale of love at its most raw and ragged. With Beckett and Eve, how could we expect anything less? But even when it’s messy, not magical, true love perseveres. Real love finds a way—for better or for worse until death does part.

I have not read and reviewed this book because of my own pathetic reasons, but I'm truly looking forward to it! If you haven't yet had the opportunity to read the first book, you'll have multiple chances to win on this tour. In addition to Debra's Rafflecopter, one lucky person will have the chance to win here. I will choose from the comments a winner. Good luck! And may the best comment win!!   ;)
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Friday, 1 November 2013

Cover Reveal: Sempre Redemption by J.M. Darhower

If you're like us and have been waiting FOR-EV-ER for this book, the wait is almost over!! 

Release date: December 23rd, 2013


In this thrilling and sexy follow-up to Sempre, two young lovers struggle to keep their relationship intact after they become deeply enmeshed in the dangerous mafia-run crime ring they once tried to overthrow.

Haven Antonelli and Carmine DeMarco have been through a lot. Haven was taken in by Carmine’s father, and with his family’s help, she escaped a gruesome fate. However, saving Haven from the dark intentions of a mafia family cost Carmine a steep price: he was forced to swear loyalty to them.

Now, still passionately in love, Carmine and Haven must face the fall-out of Carmine’s forced service, as Haven discovers terrifying secrets about the family that enslaved both her and her mother—and why she matters so much in this intricate web of lies.

About the Author:

JM Darhower is the author of countless stories and poems, most of which only she has ever read. She lives in a tiny town in rural North Carolina, where she churns out more words than will ever see the light of day. She has a deep passion for politics and speaking out against human trafficking, and when she isn't writing (or fangirling about books) she's usually ranting about those things.

Chronic crimper with a vulgar mouth, she admits to having a Twitter addiction. You can usually always find her there.

Author's links:

J.M. Darhower 

Pre-order links:

 Barnes & Noble

If you've been looking for the first book, Sempre:Forever and have not had the opportunity to read it, and unable to find it, the book will be re-releasing on 11/25 from Simon & Schuster.

Saturday, 26 October 2013

Darkest Night (Lords of the Underworld #1) - Gena Showalter

His powers -- Inhuman
His passion -- Beyond immortal . . .

The Darkest Night (Lords of the Underworld, #1) Darkest Night by Gena Showalter
Lords Of The Underworld, Book 1

All her life, Ashlyn Darrow has been tormented by voices from the past. To end the nightmare, she has come to Budapest seeking help from men rumored to have supernatural abilities, not knowing she'll be swept into the arms of Maddox, their most dangerous member -- a man trapped in a hell of his own.

Neither can resist the instant hunger than calms their torments... and ignites an irresistible passion. But every heated touch and burning kiss will edge them closer to destruction -- and a soul-shattering test of love...
Though they carry an eternal curse, the Lords of the Underworld are irresistibly seductive -- and unimaginably powerful...

I have taken the “Bait” Mrs. Showalter has dangled in front of me.  This is my first read from this author,  and I enjoyed it a lot!!

I wasn’t quite sure in the beginning, but I quickly warmed to it.  Like most first books in a series, the first one bears the burden of set up.  I really like the concept, and meeting all the Lords.

Based on the Greek Mythology of Pandora’s box, Showalter put her own little spin on the story.  Thousands of years ago,  The gods assigned a warrior to guard, and protect the box that held captive all the evil demons in the world, Pandora a fierce female warrior was given the task, however the other warriors of the gods knew she wasn’t the strongest warrior to protect the box.  So, more as to prove a point to  the gods, the other warriors banded together to steal the box from Pandora.  As a result the demons escaped and upon recapture the gods cursed each of the warriors to house a demon within themselves.  Maddox’s demon is Violence,  and after Violence took over him, he went into  a rage, and killed Pandora.  As part of Maddox’s curse he is to die each night at midnight, by the same sword as he used to kill Pandora, in the same manner, 6 stab wounds to the stomach.  And two of his fellow warriors, friends, cohorts in crime are to deliver his death, every night for eternity.  After the Warriors were cursed to house the demons, they struggled to overpower their demons, and war within themselves daily to maintain that control.

Events in Greece split the warriors, some staying behind to fight the Hunters that are after them, and the missing box.  This particular group left Greece and ended up in Budapest, where the locals for centuries have thought them to be angels, some rumors of them being demons, but they’ve established a home there, and given generously to the community, and done their best to keep peace in the city.  Well the status quo routine is about to change for Maddox ( Violence ), Aeron ( Wrath ), Paris ( Promiscuity ), Torin ( Disease ), Reyes ( Pain ), and Lucien ( Death ).

They’ve been content to live and let live, as far as the Hunters are concerned, but The Hunters are coming to Budapest on their hunt for the Pandora’s box to recapture the demons, but if that happens, the warriors die. So they have to protect their demon in order to live, and now it's becoming a race against the Hunters to find Pandora's box first.

When Ashlyn Darrow appears on the property, followed by Hunters,  Maddox is the only one to go after them, because he and Torin are the only ones at home, and Torin’s curse of Disease always keeps him away from everyone.

When Maddox comes face to face in the woods surrounding the warrior’s  home,  they both instantly start to feel a peace they’ve never felt.  Of course there is concern that Ashlyn may have been sent by the hunters as “Bait”,  but Ashlyn is seeking help from the warriors, and she finds peace instantly with Maddox, and is willing to go anywhere with him.

I really enjoyed this story, in the latter part of the story, the warriors that Maddox and company split from all those centuries ago resurface in Budapest.  This adds even more yummies to the series!!  I find myself looking forward to Giddeon, Paris, and Torin most.   This was a great story of love, and soul mate finally found, self preservation, and self sacrifice.  Maddox was delicious, and even though our heroine is a human virgin, she’s strong willed and willing to do anything to save her demon lover, and she isn’t holding on to her virginity for any prudish reasons, she’s quite the horny one. Events along with personal demons of her own have just left her without much contact with many people.

I definitely recommend this to anyone who enjoys PNR, and hasn’t read this series.

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