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Saturday, July 30, 2011

The Reluctant Bride

Title: The Reluctant Bride
Author: Fiona McGier
Review Rating: 5 stars
Reviewed by: Ebony Dreams
Publisher: Whiskey Creek Press

Release Date: April 2011
ISBN: 9781603139649

Book Genre: Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance, Multi-cultural/Multi-racial Romance

Blurb:  Veterinarian Pamela Wilson frequently ran away from home to get attention from her status-conscious, preoccupied parents. Years ago she’d met a man who loved her unreservedly, but her parents didn’t approve of his blue-collar mechanic job, so she’d run away from him,too. When the ambitious lawyer she’s marrying answers a phone call while she’s walking down the aisle, it’s the last straw! She runs away again, this time to a cabin her parents don’t know about, owned by the mechanic. 

Will he let her into his life again? Will she finally stop running away and make the right decision for her future?


What a romantic read!

Pamela is about to marry the man her parents think she should marry and she does the only thing she can do in this situation, and that is run. Run as fast as she can and as far as she can into the one man's arms that were always her refuge when something was going wrong in her life. But she has run from that man far too many times.

The runaway bride has forever been a theme that romance readers fell in love with and Fiona McGier did it justice. The plot was developed properly so that everything that happened within the books pages was believable. I fell in love with the main characters, Pamela and Eric, and definitely cheered them on to find their happily ever after.

It is refreshing to read a book where the hero knows who he wants, and how he wants them instead of having the woman chasing after him with him denying his love for her. Thank you Fiona McGier for that. How refreshing. This book had heat and spice as well as its fun moments, and it was a book that I could not put down. The pace of the story was fast and kept me interested enough to keep turning the pages.

I also loved the fact that the two main characters roles were switched in that the hero was the one who didn't have money and came from humble beginnings instead of it being the female. The dialogue is cute and flows well so that you can follow everything being said and the conflict keeps your attention.

I recommend this book to anyone who wants to have a true love experience, filled with steamy sex, fun characters and a great plot all bundled up in a wonderful little package called THE RELUCTANT BRIDE.

Five stars for sweet love, heat and exciting plot.

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Friday, July 29, 2011

Love In Bloom

Title:  Love In Bloom
Author: Delilah Devlin
Review Rating:   5 stars
Reviewed by: Ebony Dreams
Publisher: Samhain Publishing (Free read)

Release Date: February 2010

Book Genre: Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance

When Amanda meets her old high-school crush, he doesn’t remember her. A bouquet of flowers and a lost towel spark an affair neither one will forget.


Who wouldn't like to come across their high school crush again?

Former geek meets former hottie and sparks fly. LOVE IN BLOOM was short but that didn't stop the passion and lust from overflowing the pages. There is nothing I like better than to find a short read that meets all the expectations one would have for a larger erotic romance. One comes to love the hero and heroine in just those few pages and feels completely invested in them. Delilah Devlin always delivers.

Five stars from me for sweet love, hot sex and being able to believe again in crushes.

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Wednesday, July 27, 2011

The Vampire's Pet

Title:  The Vampire's Pet
Author: Delilah Hunt
Review Rating:  5
Reviewed by: Ebony Dreams
Publisher: Changeling Press

Release Date: December 2010
ISBN: 9781605215563

Book Genre: Erotic Romance, Multi-cultural/Multi-racial Romance, Paranormal Romance, Vamps & Shifters Romance

For centuries the vampire Mikhail has hunted the Loup Garou, werewolf shifters. Ever present by his side, his faithful she-wolf Kassia, an unassuming pet... until the day he stumbles upon her secret.

A Loup Garou trapped inside her she-wolf body, Kassia suddenly finds herself in human form, complete with the trappings of being a werewolf in heat. Will Mikhail, the powerful leader, cast her aside or keep her to fullfill their each and every desire?


I loved the mix of werewolves and vampires in this rich tale of loyalty, lust and love written by Delilah Hunt. The two main characters drew me into the story and their love quickly. Mikhail the perfect Alpha male in the form of a vamp and Kassia the perfect submissive so ready to please her master in any way he wishes in the form of a wolf or human.

Kassia is in love with Mikhail though she fears their love can never be, because they are sworn enemies. For one, she is a Loup Garou in hiding and the sworn enemy of her Master Mikhail and his people. The tension that is built up from the secrecy is exquisite. Kassia is all of a sudden in human form, and she needs to hide it and the fact that she is in heat. I loved where the world was set in because Delilah Hunt describes it so well you can actually see it and feel it. Her scene setting is so realistic in this one can immerse themselves in the Vampire and Werewolf's worlds. 

The emotions that were aroused in me by reading this was lust, happiness and at times I was tense with the excitement and fear that would well up because of what was happening within the story. Such a well thought out plot, with well-rounded and sexy characters, it left me wanting for more. All I have to say is Delilah Hunt, please, please come out with a sequel. I want more Mikhail and more Kassia!

This book, my friends, is a keeper, one that I plan to read again and again. For those of you who love fangs and claws, this is a sweet, erotic story for you!

Five stars for sexy vampires, werewolves, erotic scenes as well as romance.

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Monday, July 25, 2011

The Unfinished Song: Book One Initiate

Title:  The Unfinished Song: Initiate
Author: Tara Maya
Review Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by: Ebony Dreams
Publisher: Misque Press
Release Date: March 2010
ISBN: 0983107319

Book 1 of The Unfinished Song
Book Genre: Young Adult Romance


Dindi can't do anything right, maybe because she spends more time dancing with pixies than doing her chores. Her clan hopes to marry her off and settle her down, but she dreams of becoming a Tavaedi, one of the powerful warrior-dancers whose secret magics are revealed only to those who pass a mysterious Test during the Initiation ceremony. The problem? No-one in Dindi's clan has ever passed the Test. Her grandmother died trying. But Dindi has a plan.


Kavio is the most powerful warrior-dancer in Faearth, but when he is exiled from the tribehold for a crime he didn't commit, he decides to shed his old life. If roving cannibals and hexers don't kill him first, this is his chance to escape the shadow of his father's wars and his mother's curse. But when he rescues a young Initiate girl, he finds himself drawn into as deadly a plot as any he left behind. He must decide whether to walk away or fight for her... assuming she would even accept the help of an exile.


This Young Adult Romance was filled with many twists some expected and some not so expected, but no less pleasant.

In a fantasy realm so vivid that you can see the world Tara Maya has made right along with the characters coming to screaming life before you. It took a bit for me to warm to it, the beginning did drag a bit, but once I held on and dug in my heels a bit deeper, I was pleasantly surprised.

The world was intricately woven of what reminded me of Native folklore with Fae Lore. I absolutely loved the feeling that was invoked by this imagery. The story is filled with all the folklore of the fae intertwined with the human world. Only some can see the fae. The hero and heroine happen to be two who can.

Dindi is the heroine, a young girl of the Rainbow Labyrinth Tribe who just wishes to become a Tavaedi of her clan. If she fails at becoming a Tavaedi, she can never dance again. Her connection to the fae helps with the perception that she is strange because of all the issues that arise from the every day life chores that get messed up because she is off dancing with the fae instead of doing them. She is always doing everything wrong and basically discounted when it comes to being able to accomplish anything. Kavio is the hero of the story that gets exiled and has to leave his clan because he was accused of a crime he didn't commit. He makes the choice that he will leave and become better than who he was.

I liked Dindi and Kavio because they are the underdog in this story but you get to see them perform acts of kindness, courage, decency, compassion and most of all young love and needs. Now I am hoping that in the sequel Kavio and Dindi will form a better relationship and fall in love. This book showed that there was interest, when they first meet.

The story ends on a cliffhanger. I cannot wait to see what happens in the next.

I have to admit that it was hard for me to read this at first, because of my age and it being a YA romance. The only other issue I had is the terminology. I feel that if there had been some sort of glossary with an explanation of the terms it would have been an easier read.

I give this story 4 stars for originality, sweetness, depth and young love.