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Book Review of Beauty Dates the Beast by Jessica Sims

Title: Beauty Dates the Beast

Author: Jessica Sims

Release Date: October 25th, 2011

Genre: Adult Paranormal Romance


Single human female to join charming, wealthy, single male were-cougar for a night of romantic fun—and maybe more.

Me: The tall, sensuous, open-minded leader of my clan.

You: A deliciously curvy virgin who’s intimately familiar with what goes bump in the night. Must not be afraid of a little tail. Prefer a woman who’s open to exploring her animal nature. Interest in nighttime walks through the woods a plus.

My turn-ons include protecting you from the worst the supernatural world has to offer. Ready for an adventure? Give me a call.

Vampires and doppelgangers need not apply.

Summary from

My Review: I have seen a lot of buzz for this book around the blogosphere and it sounded interesting so I decided to give it a try. Plus, I am a huge fan of shifters and when I saw that this world revolved around them I was really excited.

We view this world through the eyes of Bathsheba, yeah, that is her name. I will admit I had a hard time getting used to that name. Her nickname was “Bath” and that just did not flow well either. She mentions in the book that her mother gave her a name from the Bible, but I am still not a fan. Names aside, Bathsheba works at Midnight Liaisons, which is a dating service for the paranormal. She is a human, but she still knows all about things that go bump in the night and it is her job to set them up on dates with each other. She works with her sister, Sara, who is a werewolf on the run. Sara was turned six years ago and does not want the wolf pack to find her and make her join them. So, Bathsheba protects her and does everything she can to keep people from discovering what Sara is. Since Bathsheba is playing protector, she does not get out much and hasn’t dated in a long time. I did admire Bathsheba for always putting her sister’s safety first and trying to do what was best for her family. She has a hard time keeping that up though once she meets Beau. He slowly convinces her that she is allowed to want something for herself. I mean, how long could anyone resist a hot cougar shifter doing everything in his power to seduce you? And Beau is a sweet talker. His sarcastic comments had me laughing out loud. The best scene with him though, was when he was trying to “romance” Bathsheba. I don’t know if he got his ideas from a cheesy movie or what, but his efforts, while very well intentioned, were so terrible. I was cringing for Bathsheba and laughing at poor Beau. The humor in this book kept the mood light and it was a nice diversion from the danger that was constantly chasing them.

This book is a paranormal romance, but is only told from the point of view of Bathsheba. I will admit I missed the usual back and forth point of views that we normally see in the paranormal romance genre. I really wanted to get inside Beau’s head and see what he was thinking. Jessica did do a great job of describing things through Bathsheba’s eyes, but I was still curious about what life was like for Beau when Bathsheba wasn’t around. How did he run his clan every day? What were some of those members like? We do get to meet one, Ramsey, who is Beau’s second, but I wanted to see more.

The only other issue I had with this book was the pacing. Everything was flowing great and I was hooked right up until the last fifty pages. While the book was supposed to be reaching its climax, I was just not as interested. Everything seemed to slow down and the writing style changed from the beginning of the book. After we meet our villain and the book comes back down to the resolution, I was happy with how things ended. There were just a couple of rough patches in there that I wish had moved faster or been more suspenseful.

Even though there were a couple of aspects of this book that I had issues with, overall it was a good, fun read. The next book is going to focus on Bathsheba’s sister, Sara and I think Ramsey, especially after the last line of this book. I am hoping we will see more shifters in the next book since Sara is one herself. The book does not come out until next November, so we have a bit of a wait, but I look forward to seeing what adventure Jessica will bring us next.

Blog Tour: Laura Kaye Interview and Giveaway

I am so incredibly excited to have Laura Kaye here today! She is the author of North of Need (review here) a steamy contemporary fantasy romance novel that I am in love with! After the interview I have an awesome giveaway, courtesy of the publisher and Laura, so make sure you read all the way through. Now onto the interview.

A Bookworms Haven (ABWH): Can you start out by telling us a little bit about North of Need for those who might not have read it yet?

Laura Kaye (LK): I would love to! And thanks for hosting me here! North of Need is the first in a four-book contemporary fantasy romance series featuring the Anemoi, directional wind gods the Greeks associated with the seasons. North of Need features Owen Winters, son of the Supreme God of the North Wind, whose been in a centuries-long state of self-exile from the Realm of the God until his father calls him back to consider a very tempting proposition. Here’s the blurb:

Her tears called a powerful snow god to life, but only her love can grant the humanity he craves…

Desperate to escape agonizing memories of Christmas past, twenty-nine-year-old widow Megan Snow builds a snow family outside the mountain cabin she once shared with her husband, realizing too late that she’s recreated the very thing she’ll never have.

Called to life by Megan’s tears, snow god Owen Winters appears unconscious on her doorstep in the midst of a raging blizzard. As she nurses him to health, Owen finds unexpected solace in her company and unimagined pleasure in the warmth of her body, and vows to win her heart for a chance at humanity.

Megan is drawn to Owen’s mismatched eyes, otherworldly masculinity, and enthusiasm for the littlest things. But this Christmas miracle comes with an expiration–before the snow melts and the temperature rises, Megan must let go of her widow’s grief and learn to trust love again, or she’ll lose Owen forever.

(ABWH): Do you have a favorite scene from North of Need? My personal favorite involved the igloo and snow cones made of snow, chocolate and Gatorade. ;)

(LK): Oh, yeah, that’s a fave for sure! I think I’d have to add two others. I was completely moved by what Megan and Owen share one night on the mountain at Wisp Ski Resort. All right now, settle down. It’s not what you think. Okay, it is what you think, but it’s also something else!!! LOL And, yes, I’m being purposely cryptic—I get that from Owen! The second is the book’s black moment, when something really, really horrific happens to Owen. Gulp. Sometimes writers just have to do bad things to good characters. *insert evil laugh here*

(ABWH): If you could describe Megan and Owen in just three words each, what would they be?

(LK): Ooh, interesting challenge!

Megan: Widow, Nurturing, Hopeful

Owen: God, Passionate, Playful

(ABWH): If North of Need became a movie who would your dream cast for Megan, Owen and Boreas be? I had to ask about Boreas too because he has a big role to play as well.

(LK): Oh my god! Okay, thinking cap is on! And…survey says:

Megan: Naomi Watts

Owen: Henry Cavill

Boreas: Sean Connery

(ABWH): I am a huge fan of Greek mythology, so I love that your books are based on the Anemoi who are the four wind gods from Greek mythology. Is this a myth you grew up loving or is there another reason you chose it to build this series around?

(LK): I’ve always been interested in Greek mythology, too, but I have to admit, I didn’t start out with a plan to write about the Anemoi. When this story first came to me, it was a cuter, fluffier story about a snow man come to life. Period. Fun, right? Nice, light holiday vibe. But when I went to write the first scene in which Owen is conscious, I couldn’t get it to work that way. He just wouldn’t cooperate. And then he told me quite firmly that was because he wasn’t a snow man, he was a Greek snow god. That set off a day’s worth of research into various cultures’ winter mythologies and led me to the Anemoi, who were a perfect fit and gave me a basis to create a series!

(ABWH): In your biography on your website, you talk about
growing up with a family that loved to tell stories about encounters with the paranormal. Do you have a favorite story or experience you can share with us?

(LK): Oh, my, there are so many to choose from! The most compelling is probably this one: when I was seventeen, I ran an errand for my mom and cut through our back yard to walk to the store in our small town. As I did, I passed my neighbor, an elderly woman named Miss Betty. I said hello, she smiled, and I was pretty pleased to see her because she’d been in the hospital for over a week with a serious illness, and her housemate, her equally elderly sister, Miss Patty, was pretty lost without her. I rushed back to my tell mom the good news that Miss Betty was home and looked fine, and my mom turned me, shocked look on her face, and said, “That can’t be, Laura. Miss Patty just called to tell me Miss Betty died at the hospital this morning.” True story.

(ABWH): Can you give us any hints about the next book, West of Want? I am so excited to read it! If not, can you share what you are working on right now?

(LK): Book 2 in the Hearts of the Anemoi series, West of Want, features Zephyrus Martius, Supreme God of the West Wind, and Ella Raines, a woman adrift in her life after a series of recent losses. He’s the most powerful of the Anemoi, and he’s in a pretty bad emotional place. Things are a bit rockier and darker in book two, but this story is so hot! You are going to love Zeph and Ella! Currently, I’m writing more in the Anemoi series and also in the editing stages in the first book in a dark paranormal mini-series with Harlequin Nocturne entitled In the Service of the King (releases Feb. 2012).

(ABWH): What types of books do you like to read in your free time? Are there any authors/series that you must have when they come out?

(LK): My first and ongoing reading love is paranormal romance. J.R. Ward is my main autobuy author, and I’m totally in love with her Black Dagger Brotherhood series. I also read just about everything Sherrilyn Kenyon and Lara Adrian write, too.

(ABWH): Are you a plotter or a panster? Do you plot your stories ahead of writing? Or do you write and see what happens? (Writing “by the seat of your pants”.)

(LK): Total, complete, unapologetic pantser. When I start a story, I usually know parts really well, but all the connective tissue in between? I have no clue about that until the words appear on the screen. Sometimes I’m totally surprised, but it’s really cool too because it’s like experiencing that same process of discovery readers have the first time they read a book.

(ABWH): Do you have anything you would like to add?

(LK): Just a huge thank you for hosting me, and great big thanks and smooches to the readers for reading and bringing my characters to life!

Thank you very much for taking the time to stop by Laura! I cannot wait to read West of Want. Now for the giveaway details. The publisher and Laura have been kind enough to offer up two awesome prizes. First prize is an e-book copy of North of Need by Laura Kaye. This part of the contest is open internationally. Second prize is a set of trading cards for North of Need. This part of the contest is open to US & Canadian residents only. I will choose two winners, the first will get the e-book and the second will get the trading cards. I have put a picture of the trading cards below so you can check out what they look like. Make sure you fill out the form to enter the contest which will run from now until midnight Friday November 25th, 2011. I will use to pick a winner. I will give you a bonus point if you tweet or link to this contest (Twitter, sidebar, facebook, etc.) and be sure to put the link in the form. You can also get bonus points for following Laura on Facebook, following her on twitter or subscribing to her newsletter. I have put all her information below for you as well. Good luck to everyone.

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About Laura Kaye

A multi-published author of paranormal, contemporary and erotic romance, Laura Kaye’s hot, heartfelt stories are all about the universal desire for a place to belong. Laura is the author of the bestselling contemporary romance and award-nominated HEARTS IN DARKNESS and the bestselling and award-winning paranormal romance FOREVER FREED (NJRW Golden Leaf Award for Best Paranormal of 2011), as well as an erotic romance novella, JUST GOTTA SAY. Her fourth book, contemporary fantasy romance NORTH OF NEED, is the first in the 4-book Hearts of the Anemoi series. Laura lives in Maryland with her husband, two daughters, and cute-but-bad dog, and appreciates her view of the Chesapeake Bay every day.

Book Review of Avenger’s Angel by Heather Killough-Walden

Title: Avenger’s Angel

Author: Heather Killough-Walden

Release Date: November 1st, 2011

Genre: Adult Paranormal Romance

When four female angels were created for the archangels Michael, Gabriel, Uriel and Azrael, a chaos spurned by jealousy erupted, and the archesses were secreted to Earth. The four favored archangels followed, prompting a search that has last millennia. But for Uriel, the former Archangel of vengeance, the search ends the moment he lays eyes on Eleanor Granger, his one true arches. Can he protect her from the danger lying in wait for her-and win her heart?

Summary from

My Review:  I found this book while looking through NetGalley one day and the summary really grabbed me. I loved the idea behind this story and the possibility of the four favored archangels coming to earth looking for their mates. The four archangels have been together on Earth for over 2,000 years searching for their archesses and as a result they are a tight knit group devoted to one another. So when Uriel finds his archess all the brothers stick together to help Uriel battle the many challenges he faces trying to win her heart. Since they are together constantly it could have been difficult to distinguish between them, but Heather did a nice job of making sure they all have very distinct personalities making it easy to tell them apart from one another. This also helps set up future books so we will have some information about each angel to go on before his story is told.

While reading I did wish that Uriel and Ellie got a little more time to themselves. It felt as if they had hundreds of obstacles thrown their way. In paranormal romance I am used to the two main protagonists meeting, connecting then having obstacles they need to overcome arise and end up together in the end. In Avenger’s Angel every single thing that could have possible gone wrong did, and it left Uriel and Ellie apart for the majority of the book. When the two did have private moments together, they were precious and very tender, but they were so few and far between that I did not feel the emotional aspect of their relationship as much as I wanted to.

My favorite part of this book though, was the mythology. The reason behind the angels decent to Earth and how they came to be was explained very well. Since the book is based on angels Heather could have pushed the religious aspect of it, but I appreciated that she didn’t. The creator in this story is even referred to as just “The Old Man” so anyone who would have religious hesitations because they see angels are involved don’t need to worry.

One of the many villains in this story is Samuel and even though we are supposed to hate him he ended up growing on me towards the end. His methods are very sadistic and he is cruel most of the time, but I think his vengeance comes from being so lonely and his desire to have companionship. I know he will continue to be trouble in future books, but I am looking forward to seeing what he will do next.

We are also introduced to a person briefly in the book whose identity is never revealed. She chats online frequently with Ellie, but her screen name is “Angel” so you truly don’t know who it is. From the way they chat with Ellie I am assuming it is a girl, but again I have no idea. I am wondering if maybe it is another archess that has not been discovered yet, but it is all just speculation at this point. I am hoping it will come up in a future book, but only time will tell and reveal that person’s identity.

Overall, this was a good book and I’m interested enough to read the next book in the series. I am hoping that the next couple might not have so many obstacles to overcome or just more time together so we can just connect with them as a couple. The next book Messenger’s Angel, will be out next year and focuses on Gabriel. I am eager to see how his story will go and what else Heather has in story for these angels.

FTC: I received this ARC through from the publisher through NetGalley. (Thank you!)