Saturday, January 31, 2015

Bondage Ranch 6: Taming the Mistress by Sindra van Yssel

Publisher: Loose  Id 
Date published: June 2014
ISBN: 978-1-62300-6082
BDSM & Fetish, Contemporary

Reviewed by Gabrielle

Obtained via publisher

Rating: 3.5 Hearts

While at her latest excursion to the Bondage Ranch Sue never thought she would meet a man like Dane. He is the total opposite of what she thinks she wants and needs yet he draws her like no other man ever has. Sue finds it easy to let go and be herself with Dane but she is not so sure if it is the right thing to do. What would the ramifications be and is Sue willing to pay the price?

I enjoyed this latest book in this series. Sue is a strong woman going through some changes and finding herself again. With the help of some good friends she decides on what she truly wants. Dane is not a man that stands by idly and watches life pass him by. He is a man that takes life head on and deals with whatever the fall out will be and he has set his sights on Sue. The two make a nice couple and watching them work through it all makes for a nice read. Sue and Dane are hot together and you can see the love that begins to grow between them right away. Their story is full of emotions. Each one must learn to trust those emotions and not let rules dictate what they feel and want. It was also nice to see a few of the past characters as well as getting Sue and Dane’s story.

Taming The Mistress is a nice installment to this series and I would love to visit Bondage Ranch again to see what happens there next.

This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book.

Friday, January 30, 2015

GHOST LAYER by Robin D. Owens

A Ghost Seer Novel, Book Two
Berkley Sensation
September 2nd, 2014
Paranormal Romance
Mass Market Paperback
Reviewed by Dawn (
Obtained by Publisher
3.5 hearts

For ghost seer Clare Cermak, her life was upended into chaos when she was passed her aunt’s ghost seer powers and now her life that was once logical, orderly is anything but. Now she is called to lie to rest a ghost who has a taste for the ladies and leaves them love tokens in the form of his bones as well as a poem. Now the stakes are rising because someone sure doesn’t want Clare to succeed and if she nor her new lover, Zach Slade, who has his own secrets and gifts, don’t find the answers to this murdered prospector, then it’s lights out for Clare.

I loved the first book in the series, Ghost Seer, and was excited to see what Clare and Zach get themselves into with book two. This time Clare has to figure out who killed a murdered prospector while dodging ‘accidents’ and other not so fun stuff. GHOST LAYER is a good read, just not a great one in my opinion. With book two I expected Clare to grow some as a character and at times she does amazingly well but other times I want to tell her to ‘suck it up, buttercup and stop whining’. Both she and Zach had a tendency to dwell on what they lost instead of what they gained and it was quite slow to find any sympathy for these two characters at times when they got like this. The characters do shape up towards the end of the book so I was happy to see the ‘less whining more acceptance part’ of it come into play.  The author has an amazing premise in this series and I really love the history that is woven within the story and the mystery that surrounds it. That right there cemented me as a fan of the books. The main characters, Zach and Clare, are interesting and the author does a good job in capturing their positive qualities (Zach’s protectiveness and the epitome of old west lawmen), Clare’s gypsy heritage coming out after her gift is bestowed on her and the struggle as she tries to adapt even as she wearily accepts that gift. Enzo the ghost dog who helps Clare is a wonderful character as well. Sweet, enjoyable and frisky as a puppy, this character gives the story some lighter moments that brought smile to my face.

What didn’t work for me were the whiny attitudes at times of Clare and Zach. Yes I get that their lives were upended and changed but seriously, at least try to accept it and start to move on. When this happened in GHOST LAYER I ended up putting the book down and walking away from it for a spell. It took me a bit longer to get into the story than I normally do but in the end I was heartened to see these two starts to accept that their life is now crazy different and can be in a good way, too.

GHOST LAYER is a fun if at times challenging read that I enjoyed. If you are looking for a different sort of paranormal story then you might enjoy the Ghost Seer series. I do recommend reading from the beginning as GHOST LAYER picks up two weeks after Ghost Seer ended and though it is a stand alone story, it might make a bit more sense to read from the beginning.  I am looking forward to seeing where this author goes in the next book, Ghost Killer.

This is an objective review and not an endorsement

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Dominate Me by Jambrea Jo Jones

Publisher: Total-E-Bound Publishing
Date published: June 2011
ISBN: 978-0-85715-591-7

Reviewed by Gabrielle

Obtained via publisher

Rating: 3 Hearts

Have you ever wondered just what you would do if you got the chance to indulge in your fantasies?  Elli does just that. She has taken a step closer to her desires but she is beginning to have cold feet.  Before she can run a man comes to her and may be the one to help her. Elli knows Ren is a man that she wants to know more about. He could be what she is looking for, give her what she longs for. Will she trust him enough to explore? Can she take another step towards her goal and enjoy some time with Ren?

This fast paced story takes you right alongside of Elli while she begins her adventure. She finds so much at the club mixer that she attends on a whim. Ren is a good match for her and takes Elli where she wants to go.  Although I was pulled into Elli’s story right from the start and enjoyed her adventures. I did not fall in love with the characters of Elli or Ren.  Their time together is hot and their feelings are strong yet I did not connect strongly with either of them. Ren takes Elli on a ride that she wont soon forget and neither does she want to.  In one short night he teaches her so much. It was nice to see Elli grab for her happiness with Ren.

While Elli and Ren may not be a favorite couple of mine I still enjoyed the concept of the story and the writing style and I will be sure to look for more from this author.

This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

GHOST SEER by Robyn D. Owens

Book One in Series
Berkley Sensation
April 1st,2014
Paranormal Romance
Reviewed by Dawn (
Obtained by Publisher
4 Hearts

For Clare Cermak, her inheritance from her eccentric aunt includes more than just money and things, she also gets the ability to communicate with ghosts. Yep, that doesn’t sit well with logical Clare at all. So as she tries to deny her newfound gift for seeing and communicating with the dead from the old west, she is dodging a ghost dog bent on helping her with her gift and her attraction to former lawman Zack Slade.But Clare needs his help when former gunman from the old west demands her help. Can Clare get a handle on her new gift as well as her attraction to Zach before the danger that is stalking her gets her in its grasp?

I love this author’s work and when I saw she had a new series centered on Old West and ghosts, I just had to try it. GHOST SEER introduces the reader to Clare, Zach and many others that will literally draw you in and keep you highly entertained till the very end. The story flows nicely and introduces some intriguing characters that left me eager for more from them. This is a writer who knows her era very well. I loved the passages that had those old west ghosts describing their era and deaths. Each time I read one of those I was transported to that time. The world building is amazing and quite detailed, which I loved. But it’s the mix of characters that intrigued me the most. The main characters are flawed yet enjoyable, the secondary characters are interesting yet didn’t steal the story from Clare and Zach and all were well written.

Meet Zach and Clare. Both had sudden changes in their lives yet neither one seemed to grasp that they needed to accept those changes in order to move on. Zach took awhile for me to enjoy as a hero. He was a bitter, disillusioned man who wallowed-A LOT! In the beginning I almost didn’t care for his attitude even when he started seeing paranormal things that he just ignored and his constant bitterness was often a downer but once the story started moving along, he started to grow on me. He began to see his life towards the end was a good thing now even if it wasn’t what he was before. That right there turned him from an ass to a redeemable hero in my opinion. Clare on the other hand had a better time at accepting things especially with a little help from Enzo, the ghost dog and learning the rules of her new gift. She was a better heroine in my book because she didn’t accept things right away; she fought it and then accepted it once she knew she could do some good for the ghosts. Enzo was a perfect side kick to my thinking. He had some humorous moments that had a smile on my face. The attraction between Zach and Clare was instant and I loved how these two characters stuck together even as their logical minds kept saying to them this isn’t real.

GHOST SEER is a fun filled romp that will leave you eager for more. The ending is just open enough to show there are more adventures for Zach, Clare and Enzo in the future and I for one am eager for them. I look forward to seeing where this author goes in this series and look forward to reading those books. This is one entertaining read from start to finish.

This is an objective review and not an endorsement

Tuesday, January 27, 2015


Publisher:   Harper Wave
Published:  April 5, 2015
ISBN:  978-0062329233
Genre:  Non-fiction, Health
Format:  Ebook – ARC
Obtained via:  Publisher through Netgalley
Reviewed by name and email address:  Gina


In SECRETS FROM THE EATING LAB Dr. Traci Mann takes a long, hard look at some key issues around not just losing weight, but keeping it off after the fact.  About one quarter of the book tells the story of a number of weight loss studies, schemes to take off weight and outcomes.  The next quarter of the book goes into depth about strategies that do not really including the traditional diet to not just take off pounds but keep them off. A little under half consists of reference notes from the data in the first portion of the book. While a number of the foot/end notes were interesting, they didn’t have quite a much impact as the text of SECRETS.   

When Mann talks about prior diet studies and proof – or lack thereof – of the success of some high profile plans she backs up her statements with quotes and solid research.  In some ways she confirmed something I long suspected—that some well-known companies know that their meal plans may help members to lose weight – but that at some point the weight is going to come back and bring a few extra pounds with it.  The diet purveyors know this – but keep touting their products because they know people will think it’s their fault they gained the weight back and that if it worked once, it will work again.  Mann goes on to point out that most diet studies that follow up after weight loss close their studies out after 2-4 years because that’s when the pounds start coming back.  If they continued, people would know those high priced plans do not work.  We can’t have that!

Some solid advice on taking the weight off and keeping it off covering various approaches that all work together – thought changes, activity and choices. 

SECRETS FROM THE DIET LAB isn’t necessarily a “how to” on weight loss, but a roadmap for lifestyle change that will lead not only to finding your ideal weight – which may not be model thing, but more importantly a healthier perspective and way of living.

This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book.