Gush and Gripe #6

AND THE MAD GUSHING CONTINUES!


First of all we’d like to WELCOME our new followers and THANK our existing ones, blogging wouldn’t be as fun without all of you. We never expected we’ll get this much satisfaction from rambling but we are loving the ride so far.

It was an amazing month with our first Blogoversary! June was such a success not only because of the epic giveaways thrown but we’ve made a lot of viable connection with a lot of people which makes the next couple of months even more exciting for us and for YOU, our followers, as well. We are very happy that all of you responded well to our giveaway and really participated in the blog party we threw for a month.
Again, THANK YOU to all of you who celebrated our EPIC birthday! We really pulled all the stops on this one and it’ll be a little hard for us to top ourselves next year. But we’ll make sure we’ll have fun trying.
Stay tuned because tomorrow we’ll be announcing the winners for the
Reader Tribute and Blogoversary giveaway!


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REVIEW: Gabriel’s Inferno by Sylvain Reynard

Series: Gabriel’s Inferno #1
Format: Kindle Book
Release Date: April 18, 2011
Purchase: Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Enigmatic and sexy, Professor Gabriel Emerson is a well respected Dante specialist by day, but by night he devotes himself to an uninhibited life of pleasure. He uses his notorious good looks and sophisticated charm to gratify his every whim, but is secretly tortured by his dark past and consumed by the profound belief that he is beyond all hope of redemption.

When the sweet and innocent Julia Mitchell enrolls as his graduate student, his attraction and mysterious connection to her not only jeopardizes his career, but sends him on a journey in which his past and his present collide.

An intriguing and sinful exploration of seduction, forbidden love and redemption, “Gabriel’s Inferno” is a captivating and wildly passionate tale of one man’s escape from his own personal hell as he tries to earn the impossible…forgiveness and love.

Gabriel’s Inferno was so spectacularly awesome that I’m not even really quite sure where or how to start this review. I haven’t read anything like this in such a long time. It’s a dark, intellectual, emotional, honest, heart-warming and complicated all rolled up into one brilliant romance book. Sylvain Reynard’s intense writing evoked such a range of emotions from me and connectivity to his characters. The story touched upon various subjects that were very reminiscent of classic works of literature. The very title of this book is a nod to Dante Alighieri’s 14th-century epic poem Divine Comedy. Paralleled with the classic Italian literature, Gabriel’s Inferno explores the allegory of friendship, lust, love, forgiveness and redemption. It’s not often that a romance author has me thinking about metaphors or researching works of art or literature. I had to open up that vault in my brain that stored all the classic art and literature information that I had learned years ago.

“Sometimes goodness doesn’t tell everything it knows. Sometimes goodness waits for the appropriate time and does the best it can with what it has.”

Gabriel’s Inferno begins with Julianne ‘Julia’ Mitchell on her first day of graduate school at the University of Toronto. She is one of Professor Gabriel O. Emerson’s students in his Dante’s Inferno seminar. She’d gone to the school to learn from one of the world’s “Dante Specialist” and her reasons for going to the school isn’t totally based on her academic career. Julia has been unrequitedly in love with Gabriel ever since she was sixteen years old after her best friend show’s Julia a picture of Gabriel, who happens to be her decade older brother. Even after they’d spend a “moment” together six years prior, Gabriel is unable to recognize Julia. From the instant they meet again he is nothing but rude and disrespectful, which even brought tears to my eyes. After a tumultuous start, Gabriel finally realizes their connection and that’s when their intense, tumultuous, forbidden, and secret student / professor relationship begins.

“Bad things happen to everyone. Not that this was an excuse or a justification for wronging another human being. Still, all humans had this shared experience — that of suffering. No human being left this world without shedding a tear, or feeling pain, or wading into the sea of sorrow.”

At the beginning, Julia was an unlikable character for me. She was skittish and I couldn’t get over her annoying habit of lip biting, stuttering and fumbling around. I seriously was thinking maybe this girl needed to be on some kind of medication. But as her past and secrets are revealed I became a little more sympathetic and understanding of her character. She comes from a broken home and her parents showed very little or no ounce of love for her. After seeing how the people who were supposed to love and protect her failed, it was clear as to why she lacked a sense of self-worth. Being involved in an abusive relationship during her undergraduate years didn’t help with her already flailing sense of self-worth.

“Look at me. Look into my eyes.” His eyes fixed on hers as they fluttered open. “I’ll give you anything. My body, my soul, Take them. Take everything.”

Gabriel is a very perplexed character. He comes off as very rude, brash, obtuse and insolent. He suffers from serious anger management issues and I was concerned as to how I would eventually fall for him as the male lead. Gabriel is riddled with his own dark past and personal demons. He’s unable to forgive himself for sins he committed in his past be believes that he’s unredeemable. I seriously was thinking maybe he’d been a murderer or serial killer, that’s how set he was in his own damnation. Like Julia, I couldn’t comprehend Gabriel’s struggles until he finally confesses the sins he’s committed. Gabriel’s dark past is as heartbreaking as Julia’s and the path they both take to learn about redemption and forgiveness is not an easy road.

“When I am an old man and I can remember nothing else, I will remember this moment. The first time my eyes beheld an angel in the flesh. I will remember your body and your eyes, your beautiful face and breasts, your curves and this.” He traced his hand around her navel before dragging it lightly to the top of her lower curls. “I will remember your scent and your touch and how it felt to love you. But most of all, I will remember how it felt to gaze at true beauty, both inside and out. For you are fair, my beloved, in soul and in body, generous of spirit and generous of heart. And I will never see anything this side of heaven more beautiful than you”

The romance between Gabriel and Julia is intense and unhealthy. In reality I would not stand being in that sort of relationship myself but I live for it in my books. Reading about their relationship was so addictive. Gabriel is more than experienced in the bedroom and when he has sex, he likes for it to be hard, fast and intense. On the other hand Julia is still a virgin and it’s her pureness that really attracts Gabriel to her. But since Julia is still a student of Gabriel’s, they abstain from having any sort of sexual relationship until the end of the semester. Both are aware of the repercussions if they were ever caught to they keep the relationship as PG as possible. Although there wasn’t any sex till the very end, Gabriel’s Inferno was still sensual. Throughout the book Gabriel seduces Julia with his words and make out sessions. If you know me, you know that I love me some sex scenes but this book still kept me satisfied. When these two do finally consummate their love it was scorching hot and made me wish Gabriel Emerson had taken my virginity. It was hot!

Gabriel’s Inferno is a story about two broken souls that meet, learn how to love and forgive. I found myself laughing, crying and learning with them. As each try to find their way through their personal hell, you end up growing with the characters. The romance was intense and the depth of emotions it goes to is something fairly uncommon in a typical contemporary romance. At 506 pages, it’s not a book you can read in one sitting but with patience and time, Reynard will suck you into the lives of Gabriel Emerson and Julia Mitchell. Gabriel’s Inferno is not only gripping but thought provoking and I was more than happy to walk through the fires of Julia and Gabriel’s own personal hell and end up in their own version of paradise. 
Gabriel Emerson has some pretty good choices in music and this is one of the songs he plays for Julia which I loved. This was already an awesome song in my opinion before I read Gabriel’s Inferno but after it’s used in one of the scenes’s it’s taken a whole new meaning for me. Not only is Gabriel intense, smart and seductive, he’s also got great taste in music. Makes me love him even more.

REVIEW: Phantom of the Night by Sherrilyn Kenyon w/ Dianna Love

Series: B.A.D. 2
Format: Paperback (borrowed from the Library)
Release Date: June 10, 2008
Purchase: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Book Depository

After losing her mother to a vigilante killer, Terri Mitchell has dedicated her life to justice. Working covertly as a new agent for the Bureau of American Defense agency, she’s consulting with the New Orleans Police Department to bust an organized crime ring suspected of funding terrorism. But when rumors surface of a phantom ghost terrorizing and killing the very people she’s investigating, she’s suspicious.

Nathan Drake has spent his life protecting his family, the only thing that matters to him…until the most feared drug lord in the southeast takes everything Nathan holds dear. Now he’s a man on a mission with nothing to lose. He figures he only needs to stay alive long enough to protect the innocent lives the killers are out to destroy.

As the two of them seek a similar goal by different means, Terri and Nathan are drawn deep into an evil underbelly that cuts through all levels of society. Now two people who have no reason to trust must trust in each other or die. And if they die, a deadly attack will be unleashed on thousands of innocent people.

PHANTOM OF THE NIGHT is about familial love and sacrifice, cover ups, fraud and revenge. Here Sherrilyn Kenyon and Dianna Love weaves a tale about a man who will stop at nothing to uncover who betrayed his brother that cost the latter’s life and his freedom. 

I miss reading Sherrilyn Kenyon as IMHO, she is one of the best writers of male POV stories. I am a big Dark-Hunter fan and if you haven’t had the pleasure of reading any of her books let me tell you that SKenyon has a Bachelor’s Degree in Sexy and Engaging Characters and a Master’s Degree on Tortured Souls. This girl is relentless when it comes to writing up tragedies and triumph, his men are marshmallows on the inside and hard candy on the outside.

I’ve been up for close to twenty hours and have a hard time believing those deodorant commercials are true. -Terri 
No, you smell natural and real. You smell the way a woman should. – Nathan
And Nathan Drake is no different, he is all male and brawny, a soldier who is loyal to a fault with incomparable skills both in the field and in the bedroom. But his family’s loss made him blind to his anger and his only mission is to live long enough to solve the mystery surrounding his twin brother’s death. Terri Mitchell is a wonderful accessory to Nathan Drake, though injured she didn’t seem to hamper the viglante’s personal investigation. She’s smart and a competent consort to Nathan albeit working for the opposite sides of the law but a common goal and fierce attraction brought them together.
And maybe fat fairies ate the rest of your blouse, which explains why so much of it’s missing.
But in spite of all these elements that I usually look for in a book, I didn’t enjoy PHANTOM OF THE NIGHT as much as SKenyon’s other books. I love a good conspiracy story and Nathan Drake’s story is oozing with it as PHANTOM OF THE NIGHT is a mystery within a mystery, there is a puzzle uncovered every chapter but I didn’t feel the connection between Nathan and Terri. I found the intermediate investigation lengthy, I could certainly do away with some parts, and the secondary characters were a little flat for my taste. Nathan and Terri didn’t excite me as a couple and on the first part of the book, Nathan felt stalkerish to me, stealing into Terri’s bedroom and house in the middle of the night while the latter entertains/questions him which is contradictory to Terri’s character as a law enforcement agent.
So inasmuch as I love SKenyon and her writing, I won’t be in a hurry to read the next book in the series.

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Review: Phantom of the Night by Sherrilyn Kenyon w/ Dianna Love

Series: B.A.D. 2
Format: Paperback (borrowed from the Library)
Excerpt here
Release Date: June 10, 2008
Purchase: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Book Depository

After losing her mother to a vigilante killer, Terri Mitchell has dedicated her life to justice. Working covertly as a new agent for the Bureau of American Defense agency, she’s consulting with the New Orleans Police Department to bust an organized crime ring suspected of funding terrorism. But when rumors surface of a phantom ghost terrorizing and killing the very people she’s investigating, she’s suspicious.

Nathan Drake has spent his life protecting his family, the only thing that matters to him…until the most feared drug lord in the southeast takes everything Nathan holds dear. Now he’s a man on a mission with nothing to lose. He figures he only needs to stay alive long enough to protect the innocent lives the killers are out to destroy.

As the two of them seek a similar goal by different means, Terri and Nathan are drawn deep into an evil underbelly that cuts through all levels of society. Now two people who have no reason to trust must trust in each other or die. And if they die, a deadly attack will be unleashed on thousands of innocent people.

PHANTOM OF THE NIGHT is about familial love and sacrifice, cover ups, fraud and revenge. Here Sherrilyn Kenyon and Dianna Love weaves a tale about a man who will stop at nothing to uncover who betrayed his brother that cost the latter’s life and his freedom.


I miss reading Sherrilyn Kenyon as IMHO, she is one of the best writers of male POV stories. I am a big Dark-Hunter fan and if you haven’t had the pleasure of reading any of her books let me tell you that SKenyon has a Bachelor’s Degree in Sexy and Engaging Characters and a Master’s Degree on Tortured Souls. This girl is relentless when it comes to writing up tragedies and triumph, his men are marshmallows on the inside and hard candy on the outside.

I’ve been up for close to twenty hours and have a hard time believing those deodorant commercials are true. -Terri 
No, you smell natural and real. You smell the way a woman should. – Nathan
And Nathan Drake is no different, he is all male and brawny, a soldier who is loyal to a fault with incomparable skills both in the field and in the bedroom. But his family’s loss made him blind to his anger and his only mission is to live long enough to solve the mystery surrounding his twin brother’s death. Terri Mitchell is a wonderful accessory to Nathan Drake, though injured she didn’t seem to hamper the viglante’s personal investigation. She’s smart and a competent consort to Nathan albeit working for the opposite sides of the law but a common goal and fierce attraction brought them together.
And maybe fat fairies ate the rest of your blouse, which explains why so much of it’s missing.
But in spite of all these elements that I usually look for in a book, I didn’t enjoy PHANTOM OF THE NIGHT as much as SKenyon’s other books. I love a good conspiracy story and Nathan Drake’s story is oozing with it as PHANTOM OF THE NIGHT is a mystery within a mystery, there is a puzzle uncovered every chapter but I didn’t feel the connection between Nathan and Terri. I found the intermediate investigation lengthy, I could certainly do away with some parts, and the secondary characters were a little flat for my taste. Nathan and Terri didn’t excite me as a couple and on the first part of the book, Nathan felt stalkerish to me, stealing into Terri’s bedroom and house in the middle of the night while the latter entertains/questions him which is contradictory to Terri’s character as a law enforcement agent.
So inasmuch as I love SKenyon and her writing, I won’t be in a hurry to read the next book in the series.

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WINNER: Diane Albert Try Me Giveaway

Entry #372
Miss Vain
You’ve won eBook copy of Diane Albert’s Try Me!
An email will be sent shortly. Please respond to the email within 48 hours to claim your prize. Winner was chosen by Random.org
We would like to express our thanks to everyone who participated in the giveaway and most importantly to Diane Alberts, who made this giveaway possible. Thanks for stopping by our blog Diane and we look forward to reading more of your work in the near future! 
Don’t forget to check out the other current giveaways going on at Talk Supe

Book of Choice from J.R Ward’s Fallen Angels Series
Gift Cards or books from The Book Depository worth $25, $15 and $10

Talk Supe Reader Tribute Giveaway 
Ends Tomorrow June 30!!
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Feature and Follow #5

Feature & Follow is a weekly meme hosted by, Parajunkee and Alison Can Read. Each week, each host will have their own Feature Blog which allows them to show off more new blogs! It is a fun way to keep in touch with fellow bloggers, meet new bloggers and gain new followers. 
This Week’s Question
Birthday Wishes – Blow out the candles and imagine what character could pop out of your cake…who is it and what book are they from??

Answer: Well since this is my birthday wish and I can wish for whatever I want I’ll be a little greedy and ask for the following book hunks to pop out of my birthday cake: Jericho Barrons (Fever series by Karen Marie Moning), Bones (Night Huntress series by Jeaniene Frost), Gideon Cross (Crossfire series by Sylvia Day), Christian Grey (Fifty Shades series by EL James) and Adam Hauptman (Mercy Thompson series by Patricia Briggs).

I’m guessing the cake would be the size of a house because a normal cake where a man could pop out of would not be able to hold all that super Alpha male testosterone.

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Dirty Little Secret #17

Dirty Little Secret is a weekly meme hosted by Under the Covers. Every Thursday they get to know other bloggers and readers more intimately by asking them a question hoping to reveal their dirty little secrets.
This Week’s Question

Half the year has gone by already! Tell us your favorite books so far!

Braine
I’ve been fortunate enough to have read several good ones this year but these are topping my list:

  • Bared to You by Sylvia Day
  • City of Ghosts by Stacia Kane
  • Lover Reborn by J.R. Ward
  • Vampire Shift by Tim O’Rourke
  • Hunting Ground by Patricia Briggs
  • Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare
  • Blackbirds by Chuck Wendig
Cimmaron
Oddly enough the books that have resonated with me so far in 2012 are contemporary romance books. I finally started some great PNR or UF series this year that I’ve been wanting to read for a long time but these books are ones that I can’t stop thinking about or recommend to others quite often.
  • Bared to You by Sylvia Day
  • On the Island by Tracey Garvis Graves 
  • Gabriel’s Inferno by Sylvain Reynard
  • Fifty Shades of Grey Trilogy
  • Halfway to the Grave by Jeaniene Frost
  • Slammed by Colleen Hoover
Now that we’ve shared our Dirty Little Secret with you, what’s yours?

Angels vs Demons Giveaway (US)

Welcome to our hop!

Angels vs Demons blog hop is hosted by
Some of the most interesting stories are about Angels or Demons and lately Fallen Angels seem to be the hot topic in current UF/PNR books. The tragedy surrounding an Angel’s fall puts the hero/heroine in a very vulnerable and defensive position which makes following their stories spellbinding. Plus the FORBIDDEN stamp on these creatures doesn’t make them off-limits, if anything it makes possessing them challenging and seductive. 
So to honor this heavenly creatures,
we are giving away a book of your choice from J.R. Ward’s Fallen Angels Series 
especially since the third book,
is a RITA 2012 finalist under the paranormal romance category.
This contest is open for US residents only.
Please make sure that you are a GFC follower for your entry to qualify.
Winner will be notified via email not later than July 2.
We will NOT be responsible for incorrect email addresses so make sure you leave the proper one.
Winner has 48 hours to acknowledge said email otherwise another name will be picked.
Good luck and happy hopping!

Early Review: Goddess in the Middle by Stephanie Julian

Series: Forgotten Goddesses 3
Format: ARC (NetGalley)
Release Date: July 1, 2012
Purchase Links: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Book Depository

Amity, the Goddess of Health, works as a medical aesthetist, using her remaing goddess powers to help people heal their spirits. Her profession soon brings two masculine Etruscan werewolves, Remy and Rom, into her life. The two werewolves have been searching for a woman powerful enough to handle both of them, but they’ve never met a woman strong enough…until they meet Amity. Toegether they must use the power generated by their love to kill a vicious demon and keep him locked away forever, or risk losing everything.

DISCLAIMER:
Due to the strong sexual content of the story, cover art and book synopsis, these books and the corresponding reviews are recommended for readers 18 and up.

GODDESS IN THE MIDDLE is an apt title for Stephanie Julian’s third Forgotten Goddesses novel. After reading this I had a strange impulse to be caught in an Etruscan man-wich, double stuffed please! Double entendres aside, GODDESS IN THE MIDDLE was exciting, provocative and definitely searing. The plot was as appealing as the sex and the characters are written well.

Rom felt no jealousy as Remy kissed her If it’d been anyone else, he would have torn his head off. Damn, this was so fucked up. 

So Amity got lucky and caught herself two hot werewolves, the cousins Romulus & Remus Cangelosi. What started as a fun one night stand turned into a feeding frenzy of sorts, turns out the cousins have magic and by sleeping with Amity, they feed her powers magnifying her healing abilities. But aside from the torrid love scenes, there is a plausible story going side by side with it. Charun, the Etriscan God of the Underworld, is after Goddesses and their powers and Amity is his next target, Charun is a formidable villain, crafty and cunning. I can’t say it enough but I love stories based on ancient myths, I’m not familiar with the Etruscan pantheon which makes GODDESS IN THE MIDDLE even more exciting to me. Learning and reading about them adds to the flavor.

Guess all those Doublemint ads weren’t wrong.
Double your pleasure, double your fun.

But who am I kidding, right? Of course I got GODDESS IN THE MIDDLE  for all the raunchy reading it’ll give me! And I promise SJulian delivered in that area, if you have threesome fantasies then you can live it vicariously through Amity, I didn’t even think I have one until this! And to set your expectations, Amity, Rom and Remy did every threesome activity you’ve probably seen watching porn. I’m not well versed in threesome activities but Amity sure wasn’t shy nor was she afraid to revisit THAT side of her sexuality. After all, she had lived through the Roman Empire and the 19th century England had much been so much more debauched than one might think. Suffice to say there were a lot of double stuffing that went on.

So go ahead, I know the title is still up in NetGalley, pick this up and have your fill of Gods, Goddesses, werewolves, magic and lots and lots of book porn.

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Angels vs Demons Giveaway (US)

Welcome to our hop!

Angels vs Demons blog hop is hosted by
Some of the most interesting stories are about Angels or Demons and lately Fallen Angels seem to be the hot topic in current UF/PNR books. The tragedy surrounding an Angel’s fall puts the hero/heroine in a very vulnerable and defensive position which makes following their stories spellbinding. Plus the FORBIDDEN stamp on these creatures doesn’t make them off-limits, if anything it makes possessing them challenging and seductive. 
So to honor this heavenly creatures,
we are giving away a book of your choice from J.R. Ward’s Fallen Angels Series 
especially since the third book,
is a RITA 2012 finalist under the paranormal romance category.
This contest is open for US residents only.
Please make sure that you are a GFC follower for your entry to qualify.
Winner will be notified via email not later than July 2.
We will NOT be responsible for incorrect email addresses so make sure you leave the proper one.
Winner has 48 hours to acknowledge said email otherwise another name will be picked.
Good luck and happy hopping!