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Just One Night by Lauren Layne

Just One NightJust One Night by Lauren Layne

  • ISBN-13: 9780345547279
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 4/22/2014
  • Series: Sex, Love, and Stiletto
  • Sold by: Random House
  • Source: Netgalley for honest review

In Lauren Layne’s sizzling Sex, Love & Stiletto series, New York’s hottest “sexpert” has been living a lie—and it’s up to one man to keep her honest . . . all night long.
Riley McKenna knows sex—good sex, bad sex, kinky sex. Her articles in Stiletto magazine are the publication’s most scandalous—and the most read. But when Stiletto’s fiftieth anniversary issue requires her column to get a lot more personal, Riley is forced to confront a long-hidden secret: Her own sexual experience is limited to one awkward college encounter. Now Riley is about to call in the favor of a lifetime from the one man who’s always held her heart.
Sam Compton knows two things about Riley McKenna: She’s the only woman for him. But as his best friend’s little sister, she’s also completely off-limits. Sam shouldn’t even consider her proposition: to have a one-night stand in the name of research. But the thought of another man putting his hands on Riley is more than Sam can handle, and soon he’s agreeing to one night with New York’s resident sexpot. But Riley’s full of surprises, and what starts as “one time only” soon becomes “just one more time.” And then one more. And before they know it, Riley and Sam learn firsthand that when it comes to love, there’s no such thing as just one night.


My Thoughts:

Likes:  I was drawn into checking out Just One Night out because it was a different take on romance.  One would think that Riley McKenna knows all about sex but you quickly realize that she might know a lot but none of it is from personal experience.  She is faced with having to writing an article from her own point of view rather that doing research and talking with experts.  I liked this approach and the characters in the story.  Both the male and female characters are strong and untrusting of themselves.  I like that it was written from both points of view and that there is strong character development as the story progressed.

Dislikes: For me it was just that it felt like it was repetitive almost as though the length of story was the goal rather than the plot development.   I think that was the biggest issue for me with the story.

Review: Witch Song by Amber Argyle

Witch SongDetails: Witch Song by Amber Argyle

  • Pub. Date: September 2011
  • Publisher: Rhemalda Publishing
  • Format: Paperback , 325pp
  • Sales Rank: 429,481

Witch Song Synopsis:

The world is changing. Once, Witch Song controlled everything from the winds to the shifting of the seasons-but not anymore. All the Witches are gone, taken captive by a traitor. All but Brusenna. As the echo of their songs fades, the traitor grows stronger. Now she is coming for Brusenna. Her guardian has sworn to protect her, but even he can’t stop the Dark Witch. Somehow, Brusenna has to succeed where every other Witch has failed. Find the traitor. Fight her. Defeat her. Because if Brusenna doesn’t, there won’t be anything left to save.

My Thoughts:

I am very impressed with Amber Argyle’s Debut Novel, Witch Song.  The world created in this book is fantastic.  I was not so sure in the first chapter or two with Brusenna, or Senna, appearing to be this weak young women who seems to be heavily sheltered by her mother.  This was a bit frustrating because I felt like she should be standing up for herself.  She ends up being left all alone while her mother goes to try to help the witches who are left fight against the Dark Witch.  Once her mother leaves, this book really starts to take shape and I began to understand that important of the Witch Song and that it really controls everything.  As Senna gets stronger and stronger, until she is driven out of her home when she is found by a witch hunter.    It is up to her to stop the Dark Witch as she is the only witch left and the world is changing quickly.

I loved the style of writing that Amber Argyle uses.   It was a beautifully written book with amazing descriptions of the people and events that take place in the book.  It seems that there were no gaps in the story and it moved along wonderfully.  There is some magic in the witch extremely natural way of singing to accomplish what they need done, some romance (and frustration) with Joshen, Senna’s Guardian, who will not leave she even when she tries to force him too, danger from many different directions and some mystery thrown in as well.  For me it was the diversity and consistency of the story that made it such a wonderful read.  

My Rating
This was an outstanding read!  One that I could not put down and one that I can’t wait to share with others

*I was provided with a copy of this book from the author for review.  This in no way affected my review and opinions of the book.

It’s Monday What Are You Reading?

It's Monday What Are You Reading?

This great meme is hosted by One Persons Journey Through a World of Books. Each week will share with you the books we are reading, just finished reading and those books we are planning to read this week.

Well, it was a MUCH better reading week!  YEAH!!!  Maybe I am out of the slump I was in.

Finished this week:

In My Dreams by Cameo Renae: Book CoverEpic Fail by Claire Lazebnik: Book CoverThe Magic of Recluce (Recluce Series #1) by L. E. Modesitt Jr.: Book CoverThe Death of Chaos (Recluce Series #5) by L. E. Modesitt Jr.: Book CoverThe Left Hand of Darkness (Hainish Series) by Ursula K. Le Guin: Book Cover

Lisa – In My Dreams by Cameo Renae – Review here with a giveaway  – only 1 person has entered.

Lisa - The Last Rising by Rachel Firasek – Review Here 

Lisa- Epic Fail by Claire LaZebnik – Review coming soon 

David – The Magic of Recluce by L.E. Modesitt Jr. – Review and Huge giveaway coming soon

David – Death of Chaos by L.E. Modesitt Jr. – Review coming soon

David – The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. LeGuin – Review coming soon


Currently Reading:

Silver Sparks by Starr Ambrose: Book Cover

Lisa – Sliver Sparks by Starr Ambrose

David- unknown just finished and hasn’t started a new.

Coming Soon:

Citadels of the Lost (Annals of Drakis Series #2) by Tracy Hickman: Book CoverLove Story by Jennifer Echols: Book Cover


So that was my reading week!  Pretty good I think.  Now It’s Monday What Are You Reading?  

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Reveiw: The Last Rising by Rachel Firasek

 The Last Rising By Rachel Firasek 

Title: The Last Rising (Curse of the Phoenix, Book 1)
Author: Rachel Firasek
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Length: Novella – 102 pages
Release Date: September 2011
ISBN: 978-1-937044-28-2

Source: Received from the Author



After paying two millennia’s penance to Osiris, world-weary Phoenix Ice has had enough. Saving souls without any hope for her own redemption isn’t how she imagined spending eternity. Fed up, she decides her next death will be her last. But when she sacrifices her own life for a sexy Texan in a catastrophic plane crash, she has no idea the consequences will be so great…or that she’ll end up back in his life for her next assignment.

Now that Turner Alcott has survived the worst, finding a wife and mother for his son matters more than ever before. When the mysterious Ice comes into his life, Turner knows she’s the one—but love is the last thing Ice wants. If he wants to win her heart, Turner must teach Ice how to forgive herself, and prove that love is the ultimate sacrifice.

Lisa’s Thoughts:

The Last Rising grabbed me from the very first chapter and pulled me into a unique story that I really didn’t understand at first but as each paragraph and chapter unfolded  pulled me deeper into the heartbreaking and frustrating life of Phoenix Ice.   I just could not put this book down.  I had to know how Ice’s situation was going to turn out.  The opening of this book she is face with a man on an airplane when she knows it is going to crash and he will be the only survivor.  She dies over and over again saving the souls and yet unable to save her own.  Ice is completely done with this and decides that her next death will be her last and beings to take steps to prepare the other women who travel with her.  In Ice’s next assignment, she is to be a school teacher, something that she know she will have very little patience for.  But she is stunned when she meets the father, Turner, of a young student Brodie, and he seems so familiar.  He feels the same way about her.  Ice is forced to try to keep her distance from Turner because she just wants him too much and knows she can’t have this.  But can these two stay apart is the real question.

Rachel Firasek does an outstanding job with character building for all of the characters in her stories not just the main characters.  I felt like each character from Brodie down to Grey and Sadie, all had their own story that intermingled in with the main story line of Ice and Turner and their ups and downs.  Not only do the character stand up but the locations of the story as well everything from the homes to the workplaces and the plane crash for sure.  They are well defined but for me personally I like to know the names of places and things like that so that would have made me enjoy this book even more.

The other thing that was a huge plus for me in The Last Rising was the heat factor.  There chapters that were just sizzling.  Nothing that was over the top or just too much but a honest situation for two people who should be together and are having trouble letting go what what they think they should do and what they want to do.   Also, a reason why it was so hard to put it down not to mention all of the drama with Ice’s internal debates with herself.  

I am excited to know that this is only one of three books in this series.  I am forward to finding out what is next in store from this series.

My Rating:

I rate this 5 penguins – I enjoyed everything from the characters to the story line to the HEAT factor.  Great work!  I am looking forward to more.

About the Author:

Rachel currently resides in the heart of Central Texas with her husband and three children. She’s an active member in the Romance Writers of America, belonging to the Heart of Texas, FF&P, and YA chapters. You’ll also find her surfing the Savvy Authors site daily.

An office manager by day, and an urban fantasy/paranormal romance author by night, you’ll never find her far from her beloved stories.



Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

Our Wednesday Selections this week are….

Citadels of the Lost (Annals of Drakis Series #2) by Tracy Hickman: Book Cover David’s Choice:

Citadels of the Lost by Tracy Hickman


The Rhonas Empire of elves is built upon a thirst for conquest, disdain for other races, and an appetite for hedonistic self-gratification. They have complete control of the Aether — the mystical substance that fuels their magic. One use of this Aether is to compel total obedience of the slaves drawn from the races they have defeated.

But there are legends that tell of a time when humans and other slave races were free and dragons flew the skies. And they speak of a hero who will return to lead an uprising against their masters: a human named Drakis.

When Aer magic, the magic of nature itself, is wielded by Jugar, a captive dwarf, it signals the start of a rebellion straight from legend. In the ensuing chaos, the former warrior-slave Drakis Sha-Timuran, with a small group of slaves, flees for his life and freedom — lured by a melody that conjures visions of dark wings, scales, and fire. Following the melody he alone can hear, Drakis stumbles on the truth behind the legends: the dragons are real!

Can they survive the dangers of this treacherous realm and bring the truth behind the legends to the army of rebellion?


Pregnant Pause by Han Nolan: Book CoverLisa’s Choice:

Pregnant Pause by Han Nolan


A thought-provoking and courageous new novel by National Book Award winner Han Nolan.

Nobody gets away with telling Eleanor Crowe what to do. But as a pregnant sixteenyear-old, her options are limited: move to Kenya with her missionary parents or marry the baby’s father and work at his family’s summer camp for overweight kids. Despite her initial reluctance to help out, Elly is surprised that she actually enjoys working with the campers. But a tragedy on the very day her baby is born starts a series of events that overwhelms Elly with unexpected emotions and difficult choices. Somehow, she must turn her usual obstinance in a direction that can ensure a future for herself—and for the new life she has created.

What books made it on your waiting on Wednesday list this week?  I would love to find out!  Leave me comment with a link or your books!  Also, be sure to let me know if you are a new follower.  Have a great day!