Tuesday, June 26

Cover Reveal Fate (Vince & Rose) by Elizabeth Reyes

Fate (Vince & Rose)
By: Elizabeth Reyes
Moreno Brothers Spin off Series
Little bit about this book: There is not a synopsis that I find at this time. So, this is what I will tell you my two favorite characters of the entire Moreno Series Grace and Salvador from the last book Making You Mine; made the connection for two new characters. Vince which is the Moreno family cousin, and Rose that just happens to be Grace's little sister. From the moment they met readers were aware of a story to tell. Well, this is going to be that story. 


Friday, June 22

Tour Stop for Knee Deep

As part of The BookWhisperer tour stop, please check my review of this awesome book. I have also listed details about the book below for those of you that had not come across this title previously.

Title: Knee Deep
By: Jolene Perry
Genre: Young Adult
My Copy: Ebook provided by tour host
BookWhisperer Rating:

Shawn is the guy Ronnie Bird promised her life to at the age of fourteen. He's her soul mate. He's more uptight every day, but it's not his fault. His family life is stressful, and she's adding to it. She just needs to be more understanding, and he'll start to be the boy she fell in love with. She won’t give up on someone she’s loved for so long.

Luke is her best friend, and the guy she hangs with to watch girlie movies in her large blanketopias. He's the guy she can confide in before she even goes to her girlfriends, and the guy who she's playing opposite in Romeo and Juliet. Now her chest flutters every time he gets too close. This is new. Is Ronnie falling for him? Or is Juliet? The lines are getting blurry, but leaving one guy for another is not something that a girl like Ronnie does.

Shawn’s outbursts are starting to give her bruises, and Luke’s heart breaks as Ronnie remains torn. While her thoughts and feelings swirl around the lines between friendship and forever, she’s about to lose them both.
Knee Deep is a silent killer. Within the first couple characters I was really wondering if I was going to enjoy this story; when all of sudden it takes off racing, and carried me throughout the remainder of the story. This would be a wonderful novel for young woman as it highlights the vulnerability of young woman, and emphasizes just how easy it is to fall victim unknowingly. Ronnie Bird is not your typical girl, she is more with her down to earth personality and amazing best friends. This is a young girl that knows what it is like to feel loved. Having been in love with Shawn for longer than she can remember it is easy to see how this relationship spins wildly out of control. As a book reviewer I try desperately to be open minded, and not create bias toward one character or another. Honestly, I have to say that I was unable to keep an open mind in Knee Deep, from the start I was in love with Luke. He is everything perfect in a man. Right down to his goofy adolescent shirts. It broke my heart to see the direction of this story, and know deep down that most likely Luke was going to be the one expendable. I was desperate to shake sense into Ronnie, so that she would open her eyes to see what was directly in front of her. After finishing this book I sat back reeling that I started this such uncertainty, only to finish with captivation. This was an incredible story, and a wonderful life lesson novel that could prove beneficial for the younger generations. 

More about this Author:
Jolene grew up in Wasilla, Alaska. She graduated from Southern Utah University with a degree in political science and French, which she used to teach math to middle schoolers.

After living in Washington, Utah and Las Vegas, she now resides in Alaska with her husband, and two children. Aside from writing, Jolene sews, plays the guitar, sings when forced, and spends as much time outside as possible.

She is also the author of Night Sky and The Next Door Boys.

Thank you for the opportunity to participate, and introducing me to the wonderful title. Make it all worth while!

Sunday, June 17

Book Tour Review and Character Reveal: Entasy by Brynn Myers

Title: Entasy
By: Brynn Myers
Series: Prophecies of The Nine 0.5 (June 19th, 2012)
Publisher: Amber Leaf Publishing
My Copy: Review Copy for Book Tour
BookWhisperer Rating: 3 button
About the Book:
Kylah is the granddaughter of two Celtic goddesses but due to a tragedy Kylah's memories were taken to protect her. She has no idea who she really is but soon she will find out...soon she will have to confront her past in order to save her future.
review plateEntasy was a very complicated story to grasp. At first it was main due to the frequent transition between characters. Once I finally began to grasp the direction of the story I was mildly intrigued by the story line. Notebly it was a interesting story line, and it was easy to see where these characters and plot will develop an extended series storyline. This prequel is a very fast and short read. The conclusion leaves readers anxious to see where the future of this series will lead.
As part of the Book Blog Tour for Entasy I have the pleasure of offering a Character Reveal from Brynn Myers. Check it out below:

Zephira & Nadia-Zephira and Nadia are the last of their kind and extremely powerful. They are twin dragons with a very unique connection. The girls must balance each other at all times, the fire to the ice. The scales must always be equal; when one is angry the other must remain calm. A challenge they both appreciate and despise. Their hair changes color based on their moods as well, so it’s not difficult for the Nine to know when they need to tread softly…no one wants to risk releasing their inner dragon.
Before they were born they were given to Morrigan by Pandra (their mother) to be cared for and protected. When Pandra was mortally wounded in battle and lay dying, she feared for her unborn child, who would care for it. She called upon the goddesses (Morrigan and Brighid) to protect her dragon egg. Morrigan and Brighid took the egg and vowed to protect it as if it were one of their own. Hundreds of years passed before the egg finally matured; when it cracked it was revealed that there were twins inside. They honor the goddesses who have looked after them as a mother would.

The images used here are representations of my fantasy cast only. No copyright infringement is intended as I do not claim rights to any of the images used, and use them only under the Fair Use Act.

Thank you Brynn for offer this extra for The BookWhisperer. Look forward to seeing what the future holds for the Prophecy of Nine series.

Saturday, June 16

Review: Let Me In by Callie Croix

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Title: Let Me In
By: Callie Croix
Publisher: Carina Press (May 21st, 2012)
My Copy: Ebook Provided by the Publisher
BookWhisperer Rating:
four stars
About the Book:
On leave for Thanksgiving, the last thing marine lieutenant Talia Barnett expects to find is Liam Brodie waiting for her at the airport. He's had a starring role in her fantasies for the past two years, and although she'd love to make them a reality, she has a dark secret that prevents her from taking things further.
A former marine, Liam's specialty is planning tactical operations, and that's just what he plans to do to win Talia. The woman has kept him at arm's length for too long, and this time he's finally going to claim her—body and heart.
What begins as comfort quickly turns hot. When Liam shows Talia a hint of the dominant nature inside him, the submissive part of her flares to life. Though she desires him, she's going back on deployment and doesn't want to dump all her drama on him. Will he find a way to break through the protective walls around her heart and convince her they have a future that goes far beyond the bedroom?
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This was a very quick and wonderful read for me.  I found it easy to get sucked into Talia life and all the problems that swirl around in her brain and life.  Croix has written Talia as such an independent and hardheaded character that it takes a lot for her to succumb to anyone’s help, especially Liam’s.  And when he tries to help, she pushes him away.  But when he makes her take his help, oh boy, that is when the story starts to get good! I will say that Croix has written Talia perfectly because she is always the one making hard decisions for her mother’s sake and doing time after time has slowly started to wear her down, but when Liam jumps in and starts to help, he takes the control away from her, which is exactly what she needs. 

Liam made the book! He is everything a man should be; loving, family orientated, protective, strong, and confident.  He knows what he wants and he plans to have it; poor Talia just doesn’t know that what he wants is herself.

Check this book out! The worst that can happen is that you will end up adding Liam to your list of multiple “husbands” like I did.

~BookWhisperer Reviewer MC~

Review: Bared to You by Sylvia Day

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Title: Bared to You

By: Sylvia Day

Series: A Crossfire Novel (Book 1)

My Copy: Netgalley Ebook for Review

BookWhisperer Rating:

four stars

More about this Book:

Our journey began in fire...
Gideon Cross came into my life like lightning in the darkness—beautiful and brilliant, jagged and white-hot. I was drawn to him as I'd never been to anything or anyone in my life. I craved his touch like a drug, even knowing it would weaken me. I was flawed and damaged, and he opened those cracks in me so easily...
Gideon knew. He had demons of his own. And we would become the mirrors that reflected each other's most private wounds... and desires.
The bonds of his love transformed me, even as I prayed that the torment of our pasts didn't tear us apart...

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Ummmm, wow! I wish I could leave my review like that and hopefully that will spark some people to check this book out because of their curiosity.

Okay, lets go for it. Is this book being compared to Fifty Shades of Grey? Yes. Have I read Fifty Shades of Grey yet to compare it? No (but it is on my list of book to read.) Eva has a dark past; a past that can pop up and haunt her at any moment but it doesn’t stop her from living. And life starts to get fun with Gideon Cross jumps into the picture. Just the author’s description of him in the first chapter had me drooling. I so badly wanted to run into Gideon like Eva did (my fingers are still crossed that it is going to happen one day.)

Gideon sees her and immediately wants; knows that she is his and has no problem being very blunt about his need for her. So they strike a deal that their “relationship” is going to involve but once it starts, they realize that they are so drawn into each other that this is going to be more than just sex. And this relationship is screwed up on so many levels that there is a constant fight to make it work. Their pasts rear its ugly heads and throw them for loops but they cannot not be together.

What I really liked about this book was that these two characters are not the perfect people. They have horrible pasts, they are flawed because of it, and things don’t always go well for them in their relationship, but they honestly fight for it in the long run.

I know that you are all asking yourselves “Did she add Gideon to her husband list?” The answer, yes I did!

~BookWhisperer Reviewer MC~


Friday, June 15

Book Spotlight: Stained by Ella James

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The BookWhisperer was to participate with the Stained blog tour. Due to extenuating circumstances this had been put on hold, but everything was still put together and ready to be posted.

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Title: Stained
By: Ella James
Series: Stained Book 1

About this title:
After a fire destroys seventeen-year-old Julia’s home and kills her foster parents, she chases the half-demon responsible across the country and back, determined to avenge her family and discover why a host of celestial baddies want her dead. With Julia is enigmatic hottie - Cayne, who has his own score to settle with the half-demon, and who might be just as dangerous as the creature he and Julia hunt.


As part of the blog tour for Ella James debuting novel Stained, she has created a guest post for us here on The BookWhisperer. Check out what she had to share about the Stained series below.

Ella James Guest Post 

Julia is the feisty, strong-willed heroine of the Stained Series—a former foster child who sneaks out to visit a friend down the street and returns to her adoptive parents’ home to find it burning. A few days later, she’s hiding in an old warehouse, laying low to keep from getting tossed into another foster home, when a guy falls through the roof. On his tail is a winged creature, intent on killing both of them…

Julia, you’re 17 and you don’t look like much of a fighter. Though we (and you) know now that isn’t true, at the start of Stained, what made you think you could make it on your own in a city like Memphis?

Julia crosses her arms and looks down at her hot pink All-Stars. “Hmm.” She’s surrounded by white light, and if we had to describe where she is—and where we’ve met her—we’re not sure we could say. Lately Julia’s been doing a lot of astral projection—which, as those of you who’ve read Stolen know, is a Meredith thing. Or was, anyway. When she looks up, her brown eyes are wide and serious. “I’m not sure I was thinking. I think I was pretty much freaking out. It wasn’t a rational decision.” She grins proudly. “But I do think I could have made it, even without Cayne.”

But you weren’t without Cayne. The two of you traveled all across the country and back. Just you and some guy you didn’t know. You’ve said before that you had only left Memphis a few times before meeting Cayne. How different is your life right now than what you thought it would be?

She laughs. “Very,” she says. “Very very.” Her face gets more serious. Almost contemplative. “I didn’t ask for this or anything, but if we could just…figure things out…with Cayne. And me, I guess…” She widens her eyes and goes a few seconds without blinking, like maybe she is trying not to cry. “There’s a lot of things that need to be…figured out.” She raises a hand to her mouth, frowning. “You don’t know what I’m talking about, do you? You haven’t read Chosen?”

“No. It’s not out until sometime this month.”

Julia purses her lips. She swallows hard, and when she speaks all the emotion is gone from her manner, banished to a cold back corner. She is wearing her fighting face. “When we get everything figured out, and everything is good again— I think then I’d say the whole thing has been worth it. Because without Samyaza or any of the Candidate stuff, I wouldn’t have met Cayne.”

Now I’m intrigued—and not necessarily in a good way. “Can you tell us anything about Chosen? We read a little about it at Ella James’ website, but she didn’t give many specifics. Julia, where are you right now…? In ‘real life’? And where is Cayne?” Something I saw on Ella’s site is making me nervous.

Again, her lips are pressed tightly together. She shakes her head, and suddenly she looks sad. “I can’t say anything. But you’ll find out. Just wait until Chosen comes out.” She bites her lip. “You’ll see exactly what I mean.”


Stolen CoverThank you Ella for taking the time to share more about your new title. Be on the lookout for the second book in  the Stained series. Stolen was released April 24th 2012. The BookWhisperer will be reviewing this title shortly. Make sure to keep your eye out for my review.


Review: Taking Shots by Toni Aleo

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Title: Taking Shots

By: Toni Aleo

My Copy: Ebook from the Author

BookWhisperer Rating:

four stars

About the book:

Elli Fisher has never thought she was good enough. Let it be her job, her weight, her love life, nothing, she was convinced she couldn’t do anything right. She had walked through life for the past six years in a daze, never thinking that life could be good again after the abuse she endured from her ex boyfriend. She is lonely, sad, and depressed, that is until she meets Shea Adler. After doing a promotional shoot for the NHL team, the Nashville Assassins, she meets the hunky hockey player who shoots a puck, shattering her world.
Shea Adler was tired of the life he was living outside of the rink. The girls, the money blowing, the drinking, everything had to stop and it all did when he met Eleanor Fisher. He had never met anyone like her. She is feisty, witty, shy, and simply gorgeous. When he laid eyes on her, it was as if he was taking the hardest hit of his life into the boards, and he had to have her.
Elli is a little skeptical of Shea, but he knows that they were meant to be together, and he needed her in his life. But Elli just doesn’t understand what Shea could see in her. She is overweight, loud, and not even that pretty, so why would someone so gorgeous and so amazing want to be with her? It seemed that no matter how hard she tried to shake Shea off, he wasn’t going anywhere, and for the first time Elli didn’t feel alone.
But could Elli throw her insecurities out the window and love Shea with everything inside of her? Or will she let a past relationship, and her family ruin any chance of her being happy?
Would Elli miss her shot at love.

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Shea is number one in the Hockey world. As leading scorer in the league he has fans everywhere, and has become accustomed to the attention that being so popular will provide. Ellie is just another woman with dreams and ambition. She has made quite a name for herself with her new photography company. When she is hired to photograph the Assassins teams portraits this proves to be a dream come true. As one of the biggest Shea Adler fans know to man this is a once in a lifetime chance for Ellie. Little did either of them anticipate the sparks that begin flying when these two characters meet. I loved this story from the start. The past has hardened Ellie's character, and left her with baggage. Shea is the perfect character to sort through that baggage, and discard anything unwanted. Solo each of these personalities are incredible lovable, but when they are united it creates a storyline that will leave readers breathless. Readers be prepared this book is extremely long, and once you have started you will be dedicated for the long hull.  The rollercoaster romance is definitely full of emotion and heart ache that will have readers experiencing it through the characters. I really enjoyed this story, and found it to be wonderfully written. My only complaint was the legnth of the story. Nearing the end, it seemed the pace slowed down with anticipation for the conclusion. I wish that the ending had continued quickly not allowing for the overwhelming length to settle in. Overall, this was a great love story.

~BookWhisperer Reviewer JO~


Review: Knight by Kristen Ashley


Title: Knight

By: Kristen Ashley

Publisher: Carina Press

My Copy: Ebook bought from Barnes and Noble

BookWhisperer Rating:

four stars

About this Book:

Anya Gage has learned that to get anything good in life, you have to work for it. She has no expectations, no dreams.

Then she finds herself at a party where she doesn’t want to be and she meets Knight.

Knight Sebring knows who he is, what he wants and what he likes. And he gets it. But he never expected something as sweet as Anya Gage to wander into his bedroom during a party he did not expect to have to borrow his phone.

Knight tries to leave Anya to the life she deserves of white picket fences and a man who watches football on Sundays – good, normal and clean. But when Anya comes to his nightclub and finds herself in a situation, he knows someone has to look after her, he can’t fight it anymore and he decides that man will be him.

Knight teaches Anya that, just as with the bad, in life you should also expect the good. And he teaches her this by giving it to her.

But Knight has a dark past and just as he desires Anya for exactly who she is, he fears when she finds out exactly the man he has become and always intends to be, she’ll leave him for good, normal and clean.

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I walked into this book blind about what it really entailed. Of course I knew it was going to be a love story about a very possessive male and a woman but I didn’t know that it was going to include some BDSM. Surprise! But that didn’t stop me from continuing it.

What did I love about the book? I loved how the two main characters met. How Anya saw him walk into his apartment to find his brother having a party and Knight was not so pleased by the situation. I loved how later he finds her in his room trying to use his phone to call a taxi because hers died and he completely takes over getting her home safe and sound. How Knight takes her home and finds that her apartment building is completely unsafe, so he “fixes” that. I loved many traits that Knight possessed; his complete protectiveness of Anya and his need for her. And I loved that Anya was so willing to give into Knight in their relationship but never wanted to use him for his wealth. She just purely loved him for who he was.

What I didn’t so much love about the book? One word... “Daddy.” For those who read it, you will know.

~BookWhisperer Reviewer MC~


Shades of Desire Blog Tour

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The BookWhisperer is participating in Bewitching Blog Tour for Shades of Desire by L.M. Pruitt. For those of you that have not had the pleasure of previewing this title check out the book synopsis below:

Shades of Desire
By: L.M. Pruitt
Book Two of the Jude Magdalyn Series

All I wanted was a little peace and quiet.
Instead, I've got dead Covenant members and a steady stream of letters from the new guy in town. His beverage of choice? A 2002 Merlot, with a shot or two of powerful virgin blood.
On top of that, I'm breaking in a new police liaison, failing at playing matchmaker, and fighting nausea like it's a full time job. All I wanted was a little peace and quiet.
Instead, I've got dead Covenant members and a steady stream of letters from the new guy in town. His beverage of choice? A 2002 Merlot, with a shot or two of powerful virgin blood.
On top of that, I'm breaking in a new police liaison, failing at playing matchmaker, and fighting nausea like it's a full time job.
Did I forget to mention that I've also got enough girls living at the Crossroads to start my own boarding school?
Peace and quiet? Out the window.

As part of the blog tour I chose to host a guest post from L.M. Pruitt. I love this kind of post allowing authors to express visually how their characters appear to them. This post is amazing and fun; thank you for the chance to participate.

Hollywood Dreamin’

The Dream Cast of the Jude Magdalyn Series

Like most writers, I’ve entertained the idea of some of my work making it to the big screen. What can I say? I like to dream big. Even if it never happens, I can still imagine the movie in my head. Today, I’m going to share with you some of my picks for the cast of the Jude Magdalyn series.

Up first, Jordanna Brewster as Jude Magdalyn Henries.


Next, Bradley Cooper as Theo (I told you, dreaming big here).


Jesse Williams as (haha) Williams.


Ryan Kwanten as Rian.


Dakota Fanning as Lies and Guile.


Anna Paquin as Izzy.


Emily Browning as Elizabeth Malley.


Chris Pine as Hart.


Lois Smith or Meryl Streep as Gillian (edging toward Meryl).


I don’t have a top pick for Celia, simply because who knows when/if something like this would take off—I may set my heart on someone who’s the right age/look now but is way too old in the long run. Then again, this is a dream cast, so they never get old—but you get the idea. Hopefully now you have an idea of what some of the characters look like when I’m working with them. Happy reading!

For more about this author check out these additional links

Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/LM-Pruitt/364776895104

Blog: http://www.lmpruitt.blogspot.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/lmpruitt

Buy Links Kindle

Book 1 Shades of Gray for your Kindle, in Paperback

Hole in the Wall a Jude Magdalyn free Kindle short


Thursday, June 14

Review: Hemlock by Kathleen Peacock


Title: Hemlock

By: Kathleen Peacock

Series: Hemlock Book 1

Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books (May 8th, 2012)

My Copy: Netgalley Review Ebook

BookWhisperer Rating:

five stars

About this Book:

Mackenzie and Amy were best friends. Until Amy was brutally murdered.

Since then, Mac’s life has been turned upside down. She is being haunted by Amy in her dreams, and an extremist group called the Trackers has come to Mac’s hometown of Hemlock to hunt down Amy’s killer: A white werewolf.

Lupine syndrome—also known as the werewolf virus—is on the rise across the country. Many of the infected try to hide their symptoms, but bloodlust is not easy to control.

Wanting desperately to put an end to her nightmares, Mac decides to investigate Amy’s murder herself. She discovers secrets lurking in the shadows of Hemlock, secrets about Amy’s boyfriend, Jason, her good pal Kyle, and especially her late best friend. Mac is thrown into a maelstrom of violence and betrayal that puts her life at risk.

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Yes, there are tons of werewolf books out on the market. Yes, some of them are good. Some of them are real good. Oh, but this book was really, really good!!! I wanted to devour it. I wanted to quit my job so that I could spend the rest of the night reading it. It was amazing!

I loved the whole concept of the book. It may have a plot that is being well exercised by many authors right now but Peacock takes it to a whole new level. This book is a completely different kind of werewolf book.

Mac is a character that you right away are sucked into her life. You mourn over the loss of her best friend with her, you stare at the book and you are just as confused with her about what is going on, and you become torn with her when Kyle and Jason tilt her world.

I found myself falling in love with both characters Kyle and Jason at the same time. Both of them are great guys but they have dark secrets that are coming into the light and I wanted nothing more than just to help them; that is how much I was sucked into this book. I wanted to knock them in the head when both of them couldn’t get their problems straight. And I felt this way because Peacock wrote character that were so lovable.

Seriously, it was wonderful! I can’t wait for the second book.

~BookWhisperer Reviewer MC~


Wednesday, June 13

Threads that Bind for Free

Be on the lookout for my review of Threads that Bind. Special sale promotion allows you to grab this title for free for two special days. Make sure to pick you up a copy June 13th or 14th.
Threads that Bind
By: Brant Williams
At 16, Madison has accepted herself for who she is: smart and witty, but overweight with thick glasses and the social life of a Tibetan monk. Everything changes the summer before her junior year of high school when her eyesight inexplicably corrects itself, and she begins to rapidly lose weight. However, her new look comes with an unexpectedly expensive price. Madison’s first kiss with the boy she has had a crush on for years triggers powers she can’t control, almost killing him.

She discovers she is a Berserker, a powerful being chosen to guard the world from the Havocs, ancient creatures brought into our world by magic thousands of years ago. They cause destruction and death, but cannot be killed. Only the Berserkers’ life-blood can bind – and free – the Havocs. One Havoc is free and wants Madison’s blood to free another. Instead of enjoying her new look and popularity at school, Madison must now work with the Berserkers to master her powers and bind the Havoc before it kills her. 

Oh, and if that weren’t bad enough, it turns out she is the first female Berserker since, well - ever.