Friday, August 12, 2011

ARC Review: Night Walker by Lisa Kessler

When Kate catches her fiance' having an affair with one of his students, she flies home to San Diego to deal with everything. While on an outing with some friends to the Mission de Alcala, Kate meets a mysterious stranger and feels an immediate connection with him. After exchanging a few pleasantries they both go their separate ways.

Calisto Terana is a Night Walker who spends his days dead to the world and his nights roaming the skies. For close to 240 years he has mourned the death of his true love Tala. Tala was the love of his life and he became a Night Walker so he could one day be reunited with  a reincarnated Tala. When Calisto spots Kate he immediately recognizes her as his precious Tala and seeks an introduction. Not wanting to lose anytime with Kate he begins to court her.

Since Kate is just getting out of a relationship and not looking for anything serious, but she can't deny that she is developing strong feelings for Calisto and fast. Both Kate and Calisto jump into this whirlwind of a relationship feet first. Kate quickly moves in and spends every night with Calisto. Since Calisto is a Night Walker and Kate is unaware, Calisto has explained that he is away on business.

When a past threat makes itself known to Calisto, he does everything in his power to save Kate. He still feels immense guilt over what happened with Tala and he doesn't want to risk losing Kate too.

This was an excellent story. I was lost in the mythical Night Walker world the author created. I enjoyed both the characters of Kate and Calisto and I was excited to see them get their HEA. I just found out that there will be more book set in this world and I have to say that I can't wait. I'm eagerly awaiting the next story from this author.

**This was an ARC copy provide by NetGalley**

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

ARC Review: Good Girls Don't by Victoria Dahl

I won't lie. I'm not the biggest fan of contemporary romance. In fact, I stay away from them completely. With this book I just felt like I should give it a chance. I am a big fan of Victoria Dahl's historical romances and I have read them all. In fact I devour them. Now I've known for awhile that she also writes contemporaries, but since I don't read that genre I've never paid them the least bit of attention. Then I started following Victoria on Twitter and she cracks me up. Sometimes her posts have me in tears from laughing so hard because they are just so funny. Another thing, everyone is always telling me how great her contemporaries are. So when I was on NetGalley browsing and came across her ARC for Good Girls Don't, I figured, "Hey, why not?" I am so glad that I decided to give this book a chance.

Good Girls Don't is unlike any contemporary romance that I've ever read before. It's story is realistic and believable, has a cast of great characters, and there are no endearments like "Baby" and "Honey" inside. I found myself continuously turning the page wanting to know what was going to happen and then becoming sad when I finished the book. I just didn't want it to end. I felt a bond with this story and it's cast of characters. I can't wait to pick up not only the next in this series but all of the contemporaries by Victoria Dahl that I so foolishly passed up before.

**This was an ARC copy provided by NetGalley**

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

ARC Review: Notorious by Nicola Cornick

This was the first book that I've read from this author and it definitely won't be my last. This book was just so good. I admit that when I found out that this book was a second chance at love story I was beyond giddy, those just happen to be my favorite. I believe that Nicola did it justice. I didn't want to put the book down. I was so engrossed with what was happening in the story.

I loved Susanna and Devlin together. They were just so feisty with each other. I really got a sense of them both having strong feelings for one another mixed with a lot of anger and pain.

Nine years ago Devlin and Susanna ran off and eloped together. After spending one blissful night together, Susanna got cold feet and left Devlin with the promise that she would be filing for an annulment. Devlin, feeling angry and betrayed leaves on his commission with the Navy without looking back.

Susanna's life has been nothing but hardships since she made the decision to leave Devlin. A decision that she instantly regretted. To make ends meet, she is somewhat of a reverse match maker. Parents who don't want their children marrying beneath them or to someone who is not right for them hire Susanna to seduce their offspirng. It is while Susanna is on a new commission that she encounters Devlin for the first time since she left him.

When Devlin sees Susanna again he is angry, both at her and himself for having all of these feelings rush back at once. He doesn't trust Susanna and knows she is up to something. He is also deeply hurt by her abandoning him after they were wed.

With Susanna, your heart just breaks to see everything she has been through over the last nine years. She deeply regrets leaving Devlin after their wedding and everything that has happened as a result of her leaving.

While reading this book, I got an immediate sense of longing from both Devlin and Susanna. They both were so hurt from the past and they are still trying to come to terms with everything that has happened. You can see that they both still share a mutual passion for one another even though they are constantly bickering. The banter between these two was great. You could really see the sparks between them. I very much enjoyed reading this book and watching these two finally find their way back towards one another. I was rooting for them from the beginning and I loved how things worked out.

**This was an ARC copy provided by NetGalley**