Quick Hits: Tiffany Reisz, Kate Meader & Molly Harper

 

Flirting With Fire | Hot In Chicago 1 | Kate Meader
Contemporary Romance | March 24, 2015 | Pocket Books
Flawless. That’s Kate Meader’s FLIRTING WITH FIRE in one word. I initially rated Hot in Chicago 1 4 stars in GR, but now that I had time to mull it over I have to say this is one of the best contemporary romance I’ve read for the year. 
The plot is very straightforward, hot, ambitious, take-no-prisoners girl, Kinsey Taylor, meets drop dead gorgeous Cuban-Irish fireman, Luke Almeida. They fell in love, had issues that were totally realistic, broke up, got back together, and lived in domestic bliss. What makes FLIRTING WITH FIRE such a stand-out novel for me is the way KMeader introduced the series as a whole. Multiple characters combined with an array of introductions can be dizzying, and tend to take away from the plot and romantic development of the featured couple. Surprisingly that was so not the case here! KMeader was so clever in introducing the Dempsey brood, pairing up future couples, setting the framework for future books, while still managing to provide a brilliant and totally swoony love story between Luke and Kinsey. Contemporary romance series can usually be read as stand-alones, I do NOT recommend that here. You’ll miss a lot of small but totally decadent bites from the other characters if you do so. Final verdict: FLIRTING WITH FIRE is a MUST read.

The Virgin | Original Sinners 7: The White Years 3 | Tiffany Reisz
Contemporary Erotica | March 31, 2015 | Harlequin Mira
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THE VIRGIN by Tiffany Reisz is another memoir-like novel. This time Kingsley Edge tells the tale of how he met Juliette, and that time when the precocious Nora Sutherlin, then Eleanor Schreiber, devirginized a novice. Interestingly, this novel finally tells us in detail the time when King knocked up Nora all those years ago and the falling out that happened between them, including Søren, all those years ago. My favorite part would be Nora’s somewhat cathartic conversation with her mother. The two have been at odds wth each other for the longest time and seeing them form a truce before Nora’s mom passed is a gift. THE VIRGIN also includes the birth of Nora Sutherlin, erotic writer.
Prepare for a lot of debauchery! Though THE VIRGIN isn’t my favorite book in The Original Sinners series, I still enjoyed the backstories. I have to say though, Kingsley is giving Nora a run for her sexy millions. I find myself adoring his style over Nora’s in this one. Nora’s sexual adventure with her nun, though hot, pales in comparison with how King met the lovely Juliette with all it romantic interludes and passionate honesty. Overall, I am loving the concept of The White Years, these Sinners combined have slept with thousands of people. And due to their…errr…lifestyle and kinky proclivities, I’m sure that they will never run out of great stories to tell. I can’t wait for Søren to tell his tales although I’m slightly nervous because his are more horrific than lovely. Still, don’t pass-up reading THE VIRGIN because men in kilts!
The Novella & Serial
The Red Years

The White Years

 

Giving these Molly Harper books both threes.


Better Homes and Hauntings | Molly Harper
Paranormal Romance-Humorous | June 24, 2014 | Pocket Books
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Lots of people have compared BETTER HOMES AND HAUNTINGS with Scooby-Doo, possibly because of Molly Harper’s foreword, paying homage to her childhood cartoon pleasure. IMO, this novel is more like an HGTV Halloween special than a Shaggy & Co. inspired retelling what with all the renovations that happened, building and romantic drama between the characters, with minimal ghost hauntings and possessions. It didn’t blow me away, but it’s still a fun and very entertaining story. I loved the characters, and if this is indeed Scooby-Doo, Velma Dinkley would be in the spotlight. Meaning it’s the nerds that’s leading the cast y’all! And you know I love my underdog super smart geeks! 
BETTER HOMES AND HAUNTINGS still delivered the same brand of snark and wit MHarper is known for. I just found it lacking in paranormal hyperbole. The ghostly apparitions were few and far in between and wasn’t menacing enough compared to the usual and expected ghost tales. Also, the present-day antagonist isn’t anything like the pretend-supernatural villains that we came across in the Scooby-Doo cartoons. The bad guy here was watered down and lurked in the shadows than actively terrorizing the cast in every turn. However, I did love all the ridiculous arguments between the case and there’s an abundance of funnies making reading this novel still worth my while. And even if I wasn’t stupefied by the tale, BETTER HOMES AND HAUNTINGS was beyond entertaining! Super light and fun read, it’s definitely a great reading vacation.

The Dangers of Dating a Rebound Vampire | Half-Moon Hollow 3 | Molly Harper
Paranormal Romance-Humorous | March 24, 2015 | Pocket Books
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Yup, I did a Molly Harper mini marathon because I was going through a slump and I wanted something that begs not to be taken seriously. And who else can I turn to but MHarper?! THE DANGERS OF DATING A REBOUND VAMPIRE is the third novel (there are novellas in between) installment of the crazy ridiculous and hilarious series, Half-Moon Hollow. We’re in for a corporate vampire treat her that’s packed with office politics and romance. It’s been a long time since I read the previous novel, A Witch’s Handbook of Kisses and Curses, so I’m very thankful for the short recaps MHarper inserted in between scenes which included cameos of previous characters, and brief rundowns of how everyone is connected/related. 
Though I liked HUMAN computer programming genius, Gigi Scanlon, and her Buffy moves, I didn’t find her as funny as Nola (the lead in the previous book). Also Vampire Nik might be very gorgeous, but he’s not as funny as the other dudes. Still I enjoyed their little tale, Gigi and Nik’s is literally a predator-prey tyoe thanks to a spell that was cast that had Nik attacking Gigi out of nowhere. Thank God for tasers and silver stakes disguised as a hair brush! There’s a lot of awkward and hilarious moments here, and for the laughs alone, I’d recommend you read THE DANGERS OF DATING A REBOUND VAMPIRE. It sure put me in the mood for more comedy and vampires!

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Loved It: Snow Falling on Bluegrass by Molly Harper + Giveaway

Series: Bluegrass 3

Format: eGalley
Release Date: 
Publisher: Pocket Star
Source: Publisher
Genre: Contemporary Romance

BLURB:

Parks & Recreation meets The Blue Collar Comedy Tour in this third ebook in Molly Harper’s Bluegrass series of contemporary romances: A love triangle of colleagues heats up the winter lodge where they get snowed in for a week.

Kentucky Tourism Commission employee and executive assistant extraordinaire Kelsey is known around the office for having everything under control. So it’s not surprising that she and her boss, Sadie, have everything planned to the second for the office winter retreat. But there are things even Kelsey can’t micromanage.

An unprecedented snowstorm smothers half of Kentucky and knocks out the power, closes the roads, and generally shuts down the state. Luckily, the lodge has working fireplaces and enough food to keep the staff from turning on each other like something out of The Shining. Kelsey wouldn’t mind being stuck inside if it wasn’t for the tension with her not-so-secret crush, Charlie, the office’s statistician. But handsome Ranger Luke, the lodge’s only employee on hand, is there to take Kelsey’s mind off her discomfort.

Even though this weekend is supposed to be a planning session for KTC, Kelsey can’t help her mind from wandering and finds herself conflicted over Luke and Charlie. Someone’s love will keep her warm, but whose will it be?

QUOTABLE QUOTES:

Responsible people do not take crotchless panties with them on business trips. – Kelsey

We don’t get angry with people who can hurt us. And the people we care about? They’re the only ones that can really hurt us. – Will

I’ve read Molly Harper before and no matter how complicated and dire the situation is, there’s always a guarantee that her books will be a riotous fun! I’ve only tried her paranormal comedies and it’s no surprise that SNOW FALLING ON BLUEGRASS is as fun and crazy as her vampires and werewolves. 
Kelsey just broke up with his good for nothing leech of an ex, Darrell, when her department went on a fun team building. Lucky for them, the baddest and biggest ice storm of the decade hit and they’re all snowed in their cozy hotel with no power and other amenities that might have made their retreat enjoyable. They survived thanks to a lot of improvisations, humor and snark, out-of-office intrigue and romance, and a rimless romantic rebound (it’s actually a 3-point shot) for Kelsey. And it’s these things that made SNOW FALLING ON BLUEGRASS a perfect fall read for me. 
The plot is quite simple as well as the conflict. Kelsey is over her boyfriend, Darrell, but it’s a challenge getting rid of him. The dude is a persistent d-bag that continues to wreak havoc on Kelsey’s life and credit score. To be fair, Darrell is an effective antagonist, it’s easy to hate the guy and I have no sympathy for him when Kelsey served righteous vengeance on his ass. I’ll never underestimate the power of popcorn ever again!
Her co-worker and new love, Charlie, is more my type. I do have a soft spot for nerds and Charlie is no exception. A dapper math genius, Charlie took his time in winning Kelsey over. There was some miscommunication, which is a great example why snooping through other people’s phone and social media account might have its virtues but it’s usually a bad idea (trust me on this), which was eventually resolved. How do I love humorous contemporary romance, if only real life were as easy!
Another MHarper signature is her fun and colorful secondary characters. Kelsey’s co-workers are ridiculously funny I wouldn’t mind getting snowed in with them. But my favorite are Kelsey’s “boys”, her tech neighbors who remind me of the guys in Big Bang Theory. MHarper, if there’s a chance you’ll read this review, I hope you’ll write more about Wally, Aaron, Cyrus and Bud, geeks need some loving too! 
The best part is SNOW FALLING ON BLUEGRASS can be read as stand-alone. I didn’t read the first two yet I didn’t feel lost jumping into this series mid-way. Of course I want to backtrack because it’s Molly Harper and I always feel good after reading her books! How can one refuse that?

Braine Reviews: A Witch’s Handbook to Kisses and Curses by Molly Harper


Series: Half-Moon Hollow
Format: Mass Paperback
Excerpt
Release Date: May 28, 2013

Publisher: Pocket Books
Source: Publisher
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Purchase: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Indiebound 

Nola Leary would have been content to stay in Kilcairy, Ireland, healing villagers at her family’s clinic with a mix of magic and modern medicine. But a series of ill-timed omens and a deathbed promise to her grandmother have sent her on a quest to Half-Moon Hollow, Kentucky, to secure her family’s magical potency for the next generation. Her supernatural task? To unearth four artifacts hidden by her grandfather before a rival magical family beats her to it.

Complication One: Her grandfather was Mr. Wainwright and the artifacts are lost somewhere in what is now Jane Jameson’s book shop.

Complication Two: her new neighbor, Jed Trudeau, who keeps turning up half naked at the strangest times, a distraction Nola doesn’t need. And teaming up with a real-life Adonis is as dangerous as it sounds, especially when he’s got the face of an angel and the abs of a washboard—can Nola complete her mission before falling completely under his spell?

A WITCH’S HANDBOOK TO KISSES AND CURSES (Whew! That’s a mouthful) is my first ever Molly Harper book. Now even if I didn’t get to read the first one, The Care and Feeding of Stray Vampires, I didn’t have a hard time getting acclimated to the story. I guess A WITCH’S HANDBOOK TO KISSES AND CURSES is one of those novels that can be read as stand-alone, the characters might come back as secondary characters but the storyline changes with every book. I’m guessing it’s Half-Moon Hollow, Kentucky, and what happens in this rural town, that holds the series together
A WITCH’S HANDBOOK TO KISSES AND CURSES is a supernatural romantic comedy. MHarper’s humor is a little snarky and the situations her characters find themselves in are hilarious there are a lot of laugh-out-loud moments. The small-town setting down to the world building is so charming it reminded me a lot of Bon Temps, Louisiana and the good ‘ol days when Sookie Stackhouse’s adventures was still fun to read. A WITCH’S HANDBOOK TO KISSES AND CURSES has your usual buffet of supernatural beings from vampires to werewolves and witches. It has the expected myth however it’s the characters that brings that unique flavor to the story. 
After Nola Leary’s grandmother passed, she sent Nola on a mission to locate 4 magical artifacts that will help maintain the balance of power between four strong witch families. Unfortunately, the artifacts are in America and Nola has to relocate to Half-Moon, Kentucky, in the meantime to hunt the pieces down. Nola’s misadventure in Half-Moon, Kentucky might be humorous on the surface but truly it was unsettling and a rude culture shock for our Irish visitor.  As soon as she got to her rental, her welcome party was led by a mother-joey opossum tandem, hissing from her cupboards. This was quickly followed by running naked in terror in the arms of her very hot and mysterious neighbor, Jed Trudeau in the middle of the night on her first day in a new country. Shortly after, Nola went to Mr. Wainwright’s bookshop to retrieve said artifacts only to find out that it’s either been gifted, lost or stolen.

Oh, and I have inconvenient feelings for a man who can transform himself into various sorts of wildlife. 

The paranormal element of A WITCH’S HANDBOOK TO KISSES AND CURSES is subtle in that Nola’s powers are all about healing than serious spell casting and potion making. Her stand-out characteristic really is her sense of humor and how she handled those awkward situations with feigned nonchalance while deep-down she’s equally fascinated and appalled. Jed Trudeau is a perfect consort for Nola, he’s mysterious and sexy and at the same time, the man is a little weird, making Nola suspicious of him. See Jed is a shapeshifter and according to his family’s legend, they were cursed to shift with the moon and by Nola locating the missing artifacts, Jed’s hoping that she could help him lift the curse. These two are comical together, my favorite parts are the ones where Jed would uncontrollably shift in the middle of intimacy, at one point he even managed to turn himself into an Avatar (James Cameron).
All in all, A WITCH’S HANDBOOK TO KISSES AND CURSES is a witty and amusing novel to read. The secondary characters are colorful in their respective eccentricities I can easily see them having their own novel at some point. I had a hard time taking some things seriously because MHarper interjects funny lines to break the severity of some of the scenes. Even on the main conflict, the negotiations were flat-out ridiculous I feel bad for the villain. The lightweight mystery was cunning with a dash of drama to shake things a bit. I’m a little sad that this is the only time I get to read about Nola because I really loved her character but at the same time I’m comforted because with Molly Harper’s humorous writing voice, I know that no matter who the lead characters are, I’m sure I’ll be laughing like crazy with her stories.

Hubert’s wife, Mindy, was a tiny powerhouse of a woman with a halo of wild blond hair and eye makeup so complex it took me a while to locate her pupils.

Braine Reviews: A Witch’s Handbook to Kisses and Curses by Molly Harper


Series: Half-Moon Hollow
Format: Mass Paperback
Excerpt
Release Date: May 28, 2013

Publisher: Pocket Books
Source: Publisher
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Purchase: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Indiebound 

Nola Leary would have been content to stay in Kilcairy, Ireland, healing villagers at her family’s clinic with a mix of magic and modern medicine. But a series of ill-timed omens and a deathbed promise to her grandmother have sent her on a quest to Half-Moon Hollow, Kentucky, to secure her family’s magical potency for the next generation. Her supernatural task? To unearth four artifacts hidden by her grandfather before a rival magical family beats her to it.

Complication One: Her grandfather was Mr. Wainwright and the artifacts are lost somewhere in what is now Jane Jameson’s book shop.

Complication Two: her new neighbor, Jed Trudeau, who keeps turning up half naked at the strangest times, a distraction Nola doesn’t need. And teaming up with a real-life Adonis is as dangerous as it sounds, especially when he’s got the face of an angel and the abs of a washboard—can Nola complete her mission before falling completely under his spell?

A WITCH’S HANDBOOK TO KISSES AND CURSES (Whew! That’s a mouthful) is my first ever Molly Harper book. Now even if I didn’t get to read the first one, The Care and Feeding of Stray Vampires, I didn’t have a hard time getting acclimated to the story. I guess A WITCH’S HANDBOOK TO KISSES AND CURSES is one of those novels that can be read as stand-alone, the characters might come back as secondary characters but the storyline changes with every book. I’m guessing it’s Half-Moon Hollow, Kentucky, and what happens in this rural town, that holds the series together
A WITCH’S HANDBOOK TO KISSES AND CURSES is a supernatural romantic comedy. MHarper’s humor is a little snarky and the situations her characters find themselves in are hilarious there are a lot of laugh-out-loud moments. The small-town setting down to the world building is so charming it reminded me a lot of Bon Temps, Louisiana and the good ‘ol days when Sookie Stackhouse’s adventures was still fun to read. A WITCH’S HANDBOOK TO KISSES AND CURSES has your usual buffet of supernatural beings from vampires to werewolves and witches. It has the expected myth however it’s the characters that brings that unique flavor to the story. 
After Nola Leary’s grandmother passed, she sent Nola on a mission to locate 4 magical artifacts that will help maintain the balance of power between four strong witch families. Unfortunately, the artifacts are in America and Nola has to relocate to Half-Moon, Kentucky, in the meantime to hunt the pieces down. Nola’s misadventure in Half-Moon, Kentucky might be humorous on the surface but truly it was unsettling and a rude culture shock for our Irish visitor.  As soon as she got to her rental, her welcome party was led by a mother-joey opossum tandem, hissing from her cupboards. This was quickly followed by running naked in terror in the arms of her very hot and mysterious neighbor, Jed Trudeau in the middle of the night on her first day in a new country. Shortly after, Nola went to Mr. Wainwright’s bookshop to retrieve said artifacts only to find out that it’s either been gifted, lost or stolen.

Oh, and I have inconvenient feelings for a man who can transform himself into various sorts of wildlife. 

The paranormal element of A WITCH’S HANDBOOK TO KISSES AND CURSES is subtle in that Nola’s powers are all about healing than serious spell casting and potion making. Her stand-out characteristic really is her sense of humor and how she handled those awkward situations with feigned nonchalance while deep-down she’s equally fascinated and appalled. Jed Trudeau is a perfect consort for Nola, he’s mysterious and sexy and at the same time, the man is a little weird, making Nola suspicious of him. See Jed is a shapeshifter and according to his family’s legend, they were cursed to shift with the moon and by Nola locating the missing artifacts, Jed’s hoping that she could help him lift the curse. These two are comical together, my favorite parts are the ones where Jed would uncontrollably shift in the middle of intimacy, at one point he even managed to turn himself into an Avatar (James Cameron).
All in all, A WITCH’S HANDBOOK TO KISSES AND CURSES is a witty and amusing novel to read. The secondary characters are colorful in their respective eccentricities I can easily see them having their own novel at some point. I had a hard time taking some things seriously because MHarper interjects funny lines to break the severity of some of the scenes. Even on the main conflict, the negotiations were flat-out ridiculous I feel bad for the villain. The lightweight mystery was cunning with a dash of drama to shake things a bit. I’m a little sad that this is the only time I get to read about Nola because I really loved her character but at the same time I’m comforted because with Molly Harper’s humorous writing voice, I know that no matter who the lead characters are, I’m sure I’ll be laughing like crazy with her stories.

Hubert’s wife, Mindy, was a tiny powerhouse of a woman with a halo of wild blond hair and eye makeup so complex it took me a while to locate her pupils.