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Today What the Cat Read is participating in a blog tour for M. Limoges’s Naming His Mate. I’d late to thank Herding Cats and Burning Soup for inviting me to be a part of this event. =^.^=
Publisher: Decadent Publishing
Date Published: May 1, 2015
Series: Black Hills Wolves #17
Small-town sheriff, Mike Hadley, would love to experience a headache-free day for once in his life. Unfortunately, that’s not going to happen anytime soon. While investigating a rash of disappearances and dealing with his ornery lover, he’s thrown into a whole new world he never imagined existed.
Damien Marks has finally found a place to call home in Los Lobos, South Dakota, with the Black Hills Pack. He also stumbles across something he never thought he would—his mate. Falling hard, he decides he needs to come clean and tell the truth. But will his sexy lover accept what he is?
Embroiled in a potentially dangerous situation, both men have to decide where their loyalties lie—with duty or love?
About the Author:
Melissa Limoges lives along the Gulf Coast with her OCD cat, Mr. Tibbs. Tax assessor by day, romance writer by night, she enjoys anything coffee related, traveling, and reading happily ever afters.
There’s a tour-wide giveaway (US only) going that includes a $25.00 Starbucks gift card, Naming His Mate Necklace, Ahava Weekender gift set, and a mini nail file set. Click on the image below to enter!
I would like to thank both Tasty Book Tours for letting me participate in the tour and the publisher, Avon, for providing me a copy of the book for an honest review. If you’d like to follow the tour, please click on the banner above, murr! =^.^=
You’ll need to forgive me if I end up sounding like a crazy fan cat at times in this review. I’ll try to avoid purring madly as much as possible, but the truth is I positively adored this book! From the first page to the last, my whiskers were curling in delight over the wonderful characters and fantastic writing. Historical Romance readers are definitely going to want to give this book a read!
Spencer, aka Christopher, is a cautious, endearing, yet stubborn gentleman who intrigued me on many levels. He’s been hurt in love before, and as a result, he refuses to give in to the pressures of his mother and sisters by finding a wife. Sarah is the oldest daughter of three who is willing to do her duty to her family at the cost of her own happiness. Her desire to keep her younger sisters from shame is commendable, though I do feel that she was being more than just a bit too hard on herself for her past transgression. I loved the fact that she was unafraid to speak her mind, both toward Spencer and her parents, and I felt that she was a strong, intelligent woman. Both she and Spencer are perfect for each other and I greatly enjoyed all of the scenes where they were alone together, especially the scene when they first meet in the conservatory.
Spencer’s family is awesome! I loved each and every member and I truly hope that I’ll get to see more of them in future books. In particular I hope that Barnes writes a story which centers around Richard, Spencer’s brother, because I found him to be a mysterious individual and after having briefly met him, I’d like him to find happiness at some point after what he’s gone through. Likewise I hope that all of Spencer’s sisters get a story of their own because they were all a lot of fun, especially when meddling in Spencer’s affairs.
Sarah’s family, on the other paw, I was divided on. I enjoyed her two sisters and wish the best for both of them, but I despised her father and step-mother. I wanted to claw them both across their faces on more than one occasion. Would it have killed them to be just a tad understanding and supportive? I’ve read enough Regency novels to know that what Sarah did was disgraceful as far as the Ton are concerned, but that doesn’t mean that her parents had to continually berate her about it.
And don’t even get me started on Mr. Denison, the slimy bastard. In fact, the least said about him, the better! The man rubbed my fur wrong the minute I got introduced to him in the story. It isn’t often that a character makes me feel like I need a bath after reading about them, but I couldn’t wait for Sarah to be rid of him for good. ~shudders~
My all time favorite character in the story is the one who I know will be in all of the books in this series: Lady Duncaster, the owner of Thorncliff. She’s completely eccentric and I love everything about her. This woman doesn’t give a flying fig what society thinks of her and I can’t wait for book two so that I can see her again. You really have to experience her for yourself to understand why I found her to be such a delightful individual. Oh to be a feline in her home, if even for a day.
Okay, so enough about the characters, let me take a moment to discuss Barnes’s writing. This is the first novel I’ve ever read by this author, and if her other books are anything like this one, you can bet your sweet whiskers I’ll be picking up them up to read in the near future. This story drew me in and wouldn’t let me go, both emotionally and physically. Barnes’s writing is such that I felt like I was in the story, rather than looking on distantly, and I enjoyed how in each scene you could feel the emotions between the characters. The pacing of the book was perfect, the structure sound, and while some might argue that the plot lacked originality, I found the entire concept to be most enjoyable. As a start to a new series, Barnes has started off brilliantly.
As for the romance itself, I liked that it was slow to happen. The fact that it took nearly the entire book before Spencer and Sarah actually had sex was fine. Not every relationship begins with sex, so why should every romance book contain a sex scene within the first 75 to 100 pages? The verbal sparring between Spencer and Sarah can be viewed as their form of foreplay, and no one can deny that they aren’t attracted to each other. I guess what I’m trying to say is that if you are expecting there to be heat right from the start, you’ll probably be disappointed in its lacking. The romance in this is a slow burn, and in my opinion that makes it all the more sweeter when the two finally do get together.
Overall, I can’t say enough good things about this story. I’m glad that I had a chance to be introduced to it and I’m greatly looking forward to reading the next book when it comes out in December. In the meantime, I’m going to see about getting my paws on one of Barnes’s other novels and seeing if it is just as good as this was, murr!
About the Author:
Born in Denmark, Sophie Barnes spent her youth traveling with her parents to wonderful places all around the world. She’s lived in five different countries, on three different continents, and speaks Danish, English, French, Spanish and Romanian. She has studied design in Paris and New York and has a bachelor’s degree from Parsons. But, most impressive of all, she’s been married to the same man three times—in three different countries and in three different dresses.
While living in Africa, Sophie turned to her lifelong passion: writing. When she’s not busy dreaming up her next romance novel, Sophie enjoys spending time with her family, swimming, cooking, gardening, watching romantic comedies and, of course, reading. She currently lives on the East Coast.
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Publisher: Young Ink press
Date Published: May 2, 2015
Series: Predators MC #2
One mistake can change your life forever.
Casey had spent most of her life watching the Predators control Queen City, never believing they could be brought to justice. She was the one who always passed unnoticed as Max’s stepsister. They underestimated what she was capable of until it was almost too late. When the Predators discovered they were her prey, there was hell to pay, and Casey was going to have to pay her dues with her soul.
One mistake can fuck up your life forever.
Max trusted his stepsister, not believing for a second she would betray the Predators. She used her body to get what she wanted, and now Max would use the same wiles on her to trap Casey in her own web of deceit. The Predators demanded revenge, and Max was going to see they got what they wanted, even if the price was his soul.
This was one standoff neither was going to win.
Other Books in the Series:
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About the Author:
“I was born in a small town in Kentucky. My family began poor, but worked their way to owning a restaurant. My mother was one of the best cooks I have ever known, and she instilled in all her children the value of hard work, and education.
Taking after my mother, I’ve always love to cook, and became pretty good if I do say so myself. I love to experiment and my unfortunate family has suffered through many. They now have learned to steer clear of those dishes. I absolutely love the holidays and my family puts up with my zany decorations.
For now, my days are spent writing, writing, and writing. I have two children who both graduated this year from college. My daughter does my book covers, and my son just tries not to blush when someone asks him about my books.
Currently I am writing five series of books- The Last Riders, The VIP Room, Predators MC, Biker Bitches, and The Dark Souls.
All my books are written for one purpose- the enjoyment others find in them, and the expectations of my fans that inspire me to give it my best.”
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With so many exciting books coming out this year, the felines thought it would be fun to do a monthly post showcasing titles that they are anxious to get their paws on. Here are their picks for this month, as well as from April. =^.^=
Uprooted by Naomi Novak
Expected publication: May 19th 2015 by Del Rey
Eighth Grave After Dark (Charley Davidson #8) by Darynda Jones
Expected publication: May 19th 2015 by St. Martin’s Press
(These books are featured because last month’s Can’t Wait for 2015 post was lost)
Cold Burn of Magic (Black Blade #1) by Jennifer Estep
Published April 28th 2015 by K-Teen
The Shattered Court (The Four Arts #1) by M.J. Scott
Published April 28th 2015 by Roc
I’d like to thank Tasty Book Tours for letting me participate in this tour event and the publisher for providing a copy of this book for an honest review. For all the blogs involved in this event, please click on the banner above, murr! =^.^=
This was a rather difficult book for me to rate. On the one paw, I enjoyed the story, writing, and concept. On the other paw, both main characters really got under my fur! I really wanted to swipe them both multiples times with my claws. So I waffled quite a bit on whether to give it three paws and a tail wave of support or four solid paws. In the end I decided to give it a full four paws because giving it a “half star” as you humans call it seemed a tad petty simply because I disliked the main characters continual behavior in the book.
I tend to enjoy historical romance books, so any time I find a new series to try, I’m always curious to see what happens and who all the players may be. And I will say that as the first of an all new series by a debut author, Shupe has started off rather well. The idea of a woman seducing her estranged husband by posing as a courtesan was intriguing and promised to full of fun moments between the characters. Suffice it to say in this the book lived up to expectations. Toss in a bit of mystery and a few suspenseful and I found myself turning each page in anticipation of how everything would be resolved. Shupe’s writing is solid, the pacing strong though there were a few moments where I felt it dragged just a bit, and the overall feel of the story was great. And for the most part the majority of the characters were likable and of interest. I particularly liked Winchester, Sophie, Fitz, Aunt Theo, and Quint. In other words, all the secondary characters who very well may end up with their own stories.
Were the book fell short for me was the main characters. This was one of those rare moments where the main characters just did not appeal to me despite my trying to keep an open mind throughout the book. I started off liking Julia quite a bit and questioning my initial feelings for Nick. I wanted to like him but found that he was rubbing my fur wrong at the same time. As the story progressed, I began to dislike Julia a bit with each chapter and strongly leaning toward disgust where Nick was concerned. Julia started off with so much promise toward being a strong, independent, intelligent character who contrived a cunning plan to get control and stability back in her life. Yes, she lies and manipulates Nick to get what she wants, but sometimes desperate times call for desperate measures, and overall I quite liked the idea of a woman feeling like she didn’t need a man in her life to raise a child. However, I felt like she steadily became a weaker character as the story progressed because she bounces between not wanting Nick in her life and then wanting to stay with him far too much for my liking. Meanwhile, Nick was just a pompous ass and he has a long way to go to redeem himself, in my opinion, regardless of the childhood he had.
Now as I said before, the overall story is a great one and it really is a promising start to a new series. Just because I didn’t particularly care for Julia and Nick in the end doesn’t mean that you wouldn’t like them. In fact, you may absolutely love them and see qualities in them that I didn’t see in this read through. And I truly hope you do. They just didn’t work for me at the time when I was reading.
So where does this leave things? Well, this is a book that I would recommend to anyone who loves historical romance with just a touch of mystery/suspense and also to those who are looking to try something new. I also definitely intend to read the other two books in the series because I did greatly enjoy the other characters in the book and am anxious to see what happens to them. Given what I know about the pairings for each novel, I expect them both to be fun reads. I only hope that Shupe includes an update on Fitz and Aunt Theo in one or both of the following books.
About the Author:
Award-winning author JOANNA SHUPE has always loved history, ever since she saw her first Schoolhouse Rock cartoon. While in college, Joanna read every romance she could get her hands on and soon started crafting her own racy historical novels. She now lives in New Jersey with her two spirited daughters and dashing husband.
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