30 June 2014

Review: Falling in love again with Lora Leigh's HOT romantic suspense series - Nauti Boys & Girls, Navy SEALS, Elite Ops, The Callahans

So what books are you reading this summer? I’ve been having fun rereading some favs, so in addition to singular reviews, I’ll be taking a broader look at some of my favorite authors and series that I’m rereading this summer.

First up for this treatment is Lora Leigh. She’s one of my go to favorite authors and hers is one of the first books that I remember purchasing when I discovered the wonderful and magical world of ebooks. Since then, I’ve continued to grab her books as they’ve been released, but haven’t really taken the time to dig into her series and reread them. Well, I was enchanted to do so recently and had myself a summer Leigh-stock!

With the release of her newest book in her Nauti series, Nauti Enchantress, Leigh continues to delight and entice readers with the mixture of the hot innocence of Dawg’s half sisters - the Nauti Girls. Before I began this book though, I realized it had been a long, long time since I had read the previous books in the series, so I dug them out and had a Nauti reading party! Whew, that’s some hot reading and perfect for these summer days. I love the Mackay boys and, heck, Somerset County seems so just darn delightful that I’d like to get one of those houseboats on the lake too.

If you haven’t read the Nauti series - the five plus Nauti Boys series (now available in The Nauti Boys Collection / plus Nauti and Wild) and the three book Nauti Girls series (Nauti Temptress, Nautier and Wilder, Nauti Enchantress) - this summer would be the perfect time. They’re the perfect mix of alpha bad boy heroes, the kick-ass heroines who can bring these Nauti boys to their knees, and suspenseful story lines that keep you guessing till the last page is turned. Leigh’s style that mixes erotic heat and humor equally with romance makes for a fabulous read - and provides the reader with characters that become more than words on a page, really a virtual extended family.

Nauti Enchantress focuses on Lyrica Mackay, the third of Dawg’s four half sisters. Lyrica’s been crushing on Graham, her best friend’s older brother, for years and years. But she finally gives up on this major player after a steamy and sadly enlightening encounter in the winter. But a few months later he’s the one who is rushing to her rescue and, hey, he is a hottie. What is a girl to do, especially when her extended family is away. Well, pick up Nauti Enchantress and find out what happens with one hot player and one saucy and beautiful Mackay sister are locked away together for days on end…
As I was enchanted by Nauti Enchantress , I’m awarding it four and a half stars (or lightning bugs in honor of my nighttime friends).

Once I finished Leigh’s Nauti series, I just wanted more Leigh - and St. Martin’s/Macmillan has compiled quite a few of her series into collections now, so I was able to hook up with both her Navy SEALs and Elite Ops series with ease. (See: Navy SEALs Complete Series: 3 Books + 3 Novellas (Tempting Navy SEALs) and Elite Ops Complete Series). I’ll let you know ahead of time that you should read these two series together as Elite Ops carries on with many of the characters (and some story lines) from the Navy SEALs line.

Until I reread these I had forgotten how much I loved, yes LOVED, these two series. Oh my goodness, these SEALS are hot, hot hot and I think my Kindle is still overloaded from all that oozing testosterone. Talk about edge of your seat reading, these stories have thrills a minute along with sizzling romance and are the perfect beach read (though you may be dipping in the water frequently to cool off). The publishers collections are great and all but one Elite Ops short story from Men in Danger are included. (And yes, you should read Leigh’s short stories as they tend to be very integral to series story lines.) If you already have the major books in the Navy SEALS and Elite Ops series, but don’t have the short stories/novellas, her publisher will be offering the short stories/novellas in a new collection - Taken (release date: July 22, 2014).

As you might guess, I hadn’t quite finished with my summer Leigh-stock, so I travelled virtually with her to Colorado and spent some time with those bad boys (and girl), the Callahan cousins. Oh my, these three stories (Midnight SinsDeadly Sins, and Secret Sins) are also sizzling hot - with an intrigue and conspiracy that dates back over 40 years. This was the first time that I read these books back to back (previously I had read them when each was released) and I hadn’t realized how much of the storyline I missed by doing so. This time I picked up on a lot of the nuances of the intrigue I had missed during my first read and have to say liked this series a lot more with this second read.

I have to say that Leigh cares about her characters. When I turned the last page of the final book in the Elite Ops series, all I could think was, “what happens with Rory Malone, the other Elite Ops team, the women???” Since Leigh hasn’t written a sequel, I thought I was out of luck until I read Secret Sins. Rory’s back and I felt like I was hearing news of a long lost cousin! Thanks, Lora Leigh for keeping readers in the loop.

I’m really looking forward to Crowe Callahan’s story in Ultimate Sins (release date: August 26, 2014). I’ve enjoyed the teasers about his and Amelia’s interlude and wonder what be happening now with them both. (If you absolutely have to know a little bit more before the release date, check out Sins in the Night: The Prologue and First Chapter to Ultimate Sins, to be released July 22, 2014 for $0.99.)

The best thing about this first installment of Leigh-stock is that I know there will be more to come this summer! You’ll notice I haven’t mentioned her sensational Breeds series that will have a Leigh-stock of it’s own as well as her sizzling and searing Bound Hearts series.

If you’re looking for a perfect read for the summer pick up any and/or all of these Leigh series and I guarantee you’ll be enjoying sun, sand, and hot romance!

From the Publisher

Nauti Girls Book 2
Nauti Enchantress by Lora Leigh
ISBN 9780425255995
Price $7.99
Publication Date June 3, 2014

When Dawg Mackay made his four half-sisters part of his family, he vowed that he would care for and protect them with everything he had. But what happens now that the girls are all grown up? The Mackay girls are on the loose, and Somerset County will never be the same…

Lyrica Mackay has wanted tall, handsome Marine Graham Brock for as long as she can remember. Unfortunately, Graham only sees her as his friend Dawg Mackay’s “baby sister.” Or so she believes. The truth is, the fiery party girl stirs something in Graham no female ever has. But Graham, like everyone in Somerset County, knows that trouble stalks the Mackays like bears track honey, and when a Mackay runs as hot as Lyrica does, someone’s bound to get burned.

Then Graham discovers that Lyrica’s wild side is just a cover for a frightened and vulnerable woman who needs something true and genuine, something only Graham can offer. But surrendering his heart to Lyrica exposes them both to her shocking past—and a sinister secret that, once exposed, could destroy their only chance at happiness and shake the Mackay family to its core.

23 June 2014

Review: Let’s go ‘a-Viking’ with Sandra Hill! Kiss of Wrath is a summer must-read!

I’m not sure why I hadn’t read Sandra Hill’s Viking series before, but the past week I caught up with her books (the Viking II and Cajun series) as well as her vampire angels in Deadly Angels. I’m glad I saved Deadly Angels for last as in the second and third books in this series (Kiss of Surrender & Kiss of Temptation), Hill takes readers back to her SEALS in Coranado from Viking II and Tante Lulu and the LeDeux's from Cajun's respectively.

I really enjoy reading these three series as Hill marries the stories with quite a bit of humor. I was laughing out loud more times than I could count, but along with the humor is a sensitivity and such caring that some characters just find their way into your heart. It can’t be easy to juggle so many characters and story lines from book to book, but Hill does so with ease.

While her Viking II series finds time traveling Vikings (of male and/or female persuasion) paired with Navy SEALS and/or WEALS (the feminine SEAL teams), her Cajun series follows the loves of the LeDeux’s, the fantabulous Tante Lulu, and some assorted friends. I have to admit that when I finished the Viking II series I was disappointed that some of the SEAL teams' stories (Cage’s, Sly’s, Geek, etc.) weren’t yet told - thankfully we catch up with them again in Kiss of Surrender and do hope that we’ll see them return soon!

If you, like me, haven’t yet entered Sandra Hill’s world, do. It’s the perfect fun summer read filled with uber-hunky Vikings; heroines that are independent, sassy, and pretty darn brilliant; and stories that are complex yet filled with humor and a great deal of warmth. I’ll confess that I found many of the books through my library’s Overdrive collection - and what titles weren’t there were purchased via Amazon.

Once you read the Viking II and the Cajun books, then check out her Deadly Angels. I love Hill’s story of how the seven Sigurdsson brothers have been chosen to battle demon vampires - and perhaps find redemption for each of their seven deadly sins - under the oversight of that angel of angel’s, Michael.

Beginning with Vikar in his castle Transylvania, Pennsylvania (Kiss of Pride: A Deadly Angels Book), followed by the Vangel Navy SEAL Trond (Kiss of Surrender: A Deadly Angels Book, on sale for $0.99 right now), lusty Ivak whose penance is serving as a prison minister - at Louisiana’s Angola (Kiss of Temptation: A Deadly Angels Book), and most recently morose Mordr’s journey to sinful Las Vegas to save a psychologist who “inherited” her cousin’s five children (Kiss of Wrath: A Deadly Angels Book) … each of these stories offers the reader a book full of laughter, love, suspense, and yes, some faith and hope.

I have to admit that Kiss of Wrath's Mordr is one of those heroes we all like to love. Brooding, angry, yet if one looks closely you can see the hurt that caused him to close off. Who wouldn’t want to redeem this Viking? He’s paired with Miranda Hart, who once was driven only by career goals and then found herself a mother five times over when her cousin died. To see how she opened up with the love of the five children is quite moving, but even more fun to see their effect on Mordr.

When Jasper and his army of demon angels move to target sinners in Vegas (yes, a few on every corner), danger increases from just the threat of the abusive husband/father of the children, Roger. Can Mordr save them? If so, can they find love together or will Michael and the rules against Vangels engaging and loving human’s prevail? Hill keeps you on the edge of your seat as the pages in the Kindle fly by to find out the answer.

So check out Sandra Hill this summer and make sure to have some nice cool lemonade or sweet tea by your side as these books can get a little steamy (umm, Viking heroes - and Viking “S” spots, you know they’re hot!). Keep an eye out for the next installments in this series, Christmas in Transylvania: A Deadly Angels Novella (Oct 28 2014) and Sigurd's story in Vampire in Paradise: A Deadly Angels Book (Nov 25 2014) that is previewed at the end of Kiss of Wrath.

Five stars for Kiss of Wrath: A Deadly Angels Book, the newest installment to Hill’s Deadly Angel’s series. Let’s all go a-Viking now!


From the Publisher

Deadly Angels Book 4
Kiss of Wrath: A Deadly Angels Book
by Sandra Hill
Avon Books
ISBN 0062210467
Publication Date: May 27, 2014

The vangels are back in Kiss of Wrath, the latest in Sandra Hill's bestselling Dark Angels series

No wicked wenches or wild rampages . . . it's been centuries since Mordr the Berserker was turned into a vangel—a Viking vampire angel—as punishment for his sin of wrath, and he's been frustrated ever since.

It's not so bad being stuck in modern-day Las Vegas. What better place to slay Lucipires, or demon vampires, than the original Sin City? But then Mordr Sigurdsson's mission is expanded to a new assignment: protect lust-worthy Miranda Hart.

Miranda's well-ordered life turned into chaos when she unexpectedly inherited her late cousin's five children. Now, her cousin's dangerous husband is about to be paroled, and she needs a miracle to keep them all safe.

That miracle arrives on her doorstep in the form of a very buff, handsome man with a very strange name. Mordr wants nothing to do with a red-haired wench or children. Miranda wants nothing to do with a gorgeous hunk who claims to be a Viking.

As Miranda and Mordr give in to temptation, they must decide if they fit in each other's worlds—before their enemies close in on them.

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We’re back!

Yes, after taking a few months sabbatical from the blogger world, FabFantasyFiction is back online.

Although there’s been a break from posting that doesn’t mean that this blogger hasn’t kept up reading…actually reading some fabulous series that I’ll share with you in the coming weeks. There have been some super releases and this little old sabbatical was the perfect time to renew a love of reading - for the love of it.

With that in mind, I’d like to ask all of you to let me know what you most enjoy (or don’t enjoy) about this blog. Would you like more reviews (fewer reviews)? More contests (fewer contests)? More interviews (fewer interviews)? Questions you’d really like to have answered by your favorite writers? Writers you’d really like to hear from? Please let me know by reaching out via Facebook, Twitter, or the blog. I’ll be listening.

And in the next few weeks, I’ll be posting my thoughts about some great summer reads. That’s right, grab your beach blanket, floppy hat, some SPF 15+, and your Kindle (or other e-reader) - and let’s have some fun!