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In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him.

1 John 4:9

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August 31, 2014

Book Review: Surrender by Pamela Clare


Book 1 in the MacKinnon's Rangers Series

BLURB: Unlawfully charged with a crime and now fighting for the hated British, Iain MacKinnon disobeyed orders and endangered his brothers and his mission to rescue a woman. And though he sensed Annie was hiding something from him, it was too late to hold back his heart...

REVIEW: This is the first book in the Mackinnon's Rangers series from Pamela Clare. And what a start it is. Iain Mackinnon was living a happy life with his future all planned out when a good deed landed him in a mess of trouble, and threw all of his plans out the window. Now he finds himself and his brothers forced into fighting for the Crown against the French and the Abenaki or face death and the death of his family as well. Though resentment for the British and their arrogant leader burns deep in his breast he finds himself the leader of a new unit of Rangers that quickly become one of the backbones of the British forces.

Lady Annie Campbell never would have in her wildest dreams foreseen herself here in the Colonies as an indentured servant nothing more than a common criminal in the eyes of the Crown. Coming from a very powerful clan that was heavily aligned with the Crown she had always lead a life of privilege and ease. Now she finds herself working her fingers to the bone and breaking her back as nothing more than a common servant (and a sorely mistreated servant at that, at the hands of her new owners). What cuts even deeper is the fact that the person responsible for her being in this situation was a man she loved and trusted like a father, her own Uncle. But never would she imagine that an Indian attack would land her at the feet of her Savior and a man that sets her very soul on fire.

Iain could not leave the beautiful lass that he sees being man handled and about to be used and then God knows what at the hands of several Abenaki warriors and French soldiers. Risking his mission and defying orders he saves Annie from certain death but at a major cost to himself at the hands of his Commanding Officers.

And believe it or not this is just the beginning of poor Iain and Annie's troubles in a land filled with War and Blood will they finally find the home they each long for in each others arms. Or will their differences and the forced duty of Iain's service to the Crown pull them forever apart.

Trust me you do not want to miss this exciting and HOT start to a wonderful series. I have loved all of Pamela Clare's novels from the first one and this is one that I hated to see end and can't wait for the next book in the series to come out to see where she takes it next! Great plot and characters as well as some very memorable supporting characters as well. If you love historical romance be sure to pick this one up soon!




August 30, 2014

Book Review: All I Want For Christmas Is A Vampire by Kerrelyn Sparks


Book 5 in the Love at Stake Series

BLURB:  Toni Davis's Christmas wish list

1. Springing my best friend from the psych ward.
2. Living somewhere that doesn't have coffins in the basement. Occupied coffins.
3. Finding Mr. Right. Please make him tall, dark, handsome, and alive.

This Christmas isn't so merry for Toni. Her best friend's been locked up in a mental hospital ever since she told the police she was attacked by vampires, and the only way for Toni to get her out is to prove that bloodsuckers really do exist. So she's taken a job as a bodyguard for the Undead, but she gets more than she bargained for, especially when she meets Ian MacPhie, a Scottish rascal looking for Ms. Right.
Although Ian's nearly five centuries old, he looks and acts like a twenty-seven-year-old hunk.

How can a dead man be so damn sexy? Could Mr. Wrong be Mr. Right? One forbidden kiss could lead to an eternity of passion—and all it takes is one moment under the mistletoe . . .

REVIEW: All I Want for Christmas is A Vampire is Book # 5 in the Love at Stake series. And while I have loved the entire series (It’s on my favorites list) I have to admit this is one that I have been waiting for and I was not disappointed! This is Ian’s story Ian Macphie is nearly five centuries old (although he spent all but the last few months of his long existence trapped in the body of a 15 year old), NOW he looks and acts like a twenty-seven-year-old hunk. And he is looking for his true love a woman he can spend eternity with! He has everything all planned out and he knows what he wants! He wants a Vamp woman who is honest, loyal, pretty, and intelligent. In that order! But all his carefully laid plans soon are thrown to the wind when he meets a Mortal woman who fires his temper and his passion right from the very start. Toni Davis is a woman with a load of troubles she has to rescue her best friend from a mental hospital and to do that she has to prove that vampires exist! No easy feat by any means, but add to the fact that she herself has just been attacked by several of the vicious Malcontent Vamps and her outlook on vampires is less than positive. But to save her friend who is like the sister she never had she will even risk going in to the monster’s den to find the proof she needs. So she takes a job as the newest member of Mckay Investigations and Security being the day time bodyguard of the very monster’s who attacked her. But Toni soon learns that not all Vamps are bad in fact one Vamp in particular is a drop dead sexy kilted hunk who makes her pulse race every time he’s near. She is undeniably drawn to Ian and she quickly starts to realize that she is falling for a man who is the very thing she most loathed. Can Toni and Ian find true love in each other’s arms? Is the passion that they feel real? Or will the evil Malcontents latest attacks end both of their existences before they get the chance to find out?

Trust me friends you do not want to miss this one and if you haven’t already read the other books in this series I VERY Highly recommend that you track them down and sink your teeth into them. And for those readers like myself who already have all of them on their keeper shelves you get to see all the Vamp gang in supporting roles! Kerrelyn Sparks is witty, funny, and this series is truly to die for. Laugh out loud moments galore and non-stop action, passion, and mayhem, it’s a terrific read that any vampire lover should not miss! It will get your blood pumping in more ways than one and that just might attract your own vampire for Christmas! ;)



August 29, 2014

Book Review: The Courtesan's Wager by Claudia Dain


Book 3 in the Courtesan Series

BLURB: If Lady Amelia is to marry before another Season passes, she'll need help from infamous courtesan-turned- matchmaker Sophia Dalby. But Amelia is shocked when Lady Dalby informs her that they'll hold interviews for the post of husband-and only dukes need apply.

The plan may ruffle some feathers, but that doesn't keep the men from lining up, especially once the hopeful bride-to-be rejects one eligible duke after another. Only Lord Cranleigh shuns the proceedings, setting his own course of action. But convincing the lady to pursue different interests leads to even more outrageous behavior. Lady Dalby is delighted-and the ton is abuzz: Will Amelia become a duchess, or will other desires consume her?
  

REVIEW: The Courtesan’s Wager is book three in Claudia Dain’s fabulous Courtesan series. With the infamous Lady Sophia Dolby at the helm you know you are in for a fun romp through the elite of London! This time Sophia is asked to play matchmaker for Lady Amelia Caversham, she is the daughter of the duke of Aldreth and she is looking to get her man! Amelia insists that she is only in the market for no less than a Duke for her future husband. 

Amelia has always put forth the perfect image making certain that she always acted as a lady and the daughter of a Duke should before all. However her outstanding attention to decorum hasn’t earned her many admirers in the two seasons she has been out. So Amelia has thrown caution to the preverbal winds and is betting it all on the wiles and wit of the dubious Sophia Dalby. With her guidance how can she possibly fail?   Whatever Amelia had been expecting it was not what she is faced with when Sophia pronounces that Amelia is compiling a “List” of would be husbands and only Dukes need apply. Soon the ton is abuzz about the infamous “List” and with only two eligible Dukes and Lord Iveston who is next in line for the Dukedom from his Father the Duke of Hyde, the three candidates seem to be set in stone. But as is the case when Sophia is involved all things never are quite what they seem. Soon there is competition aplenty to be added to the LIST by more than just dukes. And Iveston’s brother Lord Cranleigh (who has a history with Amelia that few know about) is adamant that his brother will not be snared in Amelia and Sophia’s net!

Cranleigh is appalled that Amelia would stoop to such an outrageous. But could it be that his anger could be more driven by his own feelings for Amelia? Cranleigh will never be a duke and so he is not eligible to be on Amelia’s List but could he find a way to make Amelia forget her desire for a Duke altogether? The delightful angst and competition and all out drama that unfolds in this wonderful tale will keep you glued to the pages till the last. 

I have enjoyed every book of Ms. Dain’s Courtesan series, it is definitely not your normal regency and I say that in the best possible way. Ms. Dain breathes wonderful life and titillating prowess into her stories. It’s full of wit and drama galore, I love watching as Sophia skillfully pulls the strings on the main players. The characters are outstanding and it’s great to see the ones we have seen in the previous two books back and being active players in the story. It’s simply delicious from the first page to the last. Though this one didn’t have quite as much heat to it as the two previous books, (that is why I didn’t give it quiet as high a score as the previous books) there were many situations being set up that point to the next installment being a fun and exciting tryst for all. You don’t ever know what Sophia has up her sleeve and I personally can’t wait to see what she stirs up next time!


I highly recommend this fabulous series to all who love a fun and romantic read. Don’t miss it darlings!

August 28, 2014

Southern Sweethearts Blog Tour & Giveaway




SWEET ON YOU by Laura Drake
(August 26, 2014; Forever Mass Market)
A Love as Bold as a Texas Sunset . . .
Ex-army medic Katya Smith has always healed other people's pain. Now she has to deal with her own. Taking a job as an athletic trainer on the Pro Bull Riding circuit seems like the perfect escape from her grief-except Katya doesn't know anything about bulls, and even less about the tough men who ride them. She doesn't expect to fall for the sport, or for one tantalizing cowboy who tumbles her defenses.

For rodeo champion Cam Cahill, fifteen years of bucking bulls have taken their toll on his body. Before he retires, he wants a final chance at the world title-and he doesn't need some New Age gypsy telling him how to do his job. But when the stunning trainer with the magical hands repairs more than his worn muscles, everything changes. Soon Cam finds himself trying to persuade Katya to forgive her past so she can build a future . . . with him.




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Laura Drake grew up in the suburbs outside Detroit, though her stories are set in the west.  A tomboy, she's always loved the outdoors and adventure. In 1980 she and her sister packed everything they owned into Pintos and moved to California. There she met and married a motorcycling, bleed-maroon Texas Aggie and her love affair with the West was born. Laura rides motorcycles: Elvis, a 1985 BMW Mystic, and Sting, a 1999 BMW R1100.

In Texas, Laura was introduced to her first rodeo, and fell in love. She's an avid fan of Pro Bull Riding (PBR,) attending any event within driving distance, including two PBR National finals. She is hard at work at her next novel.

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SNOW ON THE BAYOU by Sandra Hill
(August 26, 2014; Forever Mass Market)

THE BAYOU'S BADDEST BAD BOY IS BACK!
Joining the Navy was the second best thing that ever happened to Justin "Cage" LeBlanc, the rebel son of a no-account convict. The first was Emelie Gaudet, the love of his life . . . until he was forced to leave town and swore there would be snow on the bayou before he ever returned. Now, only his mortally ill grandma can bring the injured Navy SEAL back to Terrebone Parrish, where he must face his past-and Emelie, who's even more beautiful than she was all those years ago.

Bourbon Street blues singer Emelie is once bitten, twice shy. When she learns that Justin is back in town, she wants nothing to do with the once wild Cajun teenager who fled with the law on his tail-and broke her heart. But she can't deny the red-hot attraction between them . . . or his efforts to prove he's finally changed his hell-raising ways. Can she trust that this time the bad boy of the bayou will be the best man for her?


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Sandra Hill is a graduate of Penn State and worked for more than 10 years as a features writer and education editor for publications in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Writing about serious issues taught her the merits of seeking the lighter side of even the darkest stories. She is the wife of a stockbroker and the mother of four sons.

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A LOVE TO CALL HER OWN by Marilyn Pappano
(August 26, 2014; Forever Mass Market)

It's been two years since Jessy Lawrence lost her husband in Afghanistan, and she's never fully recovered. Drowning her sorrows didn't help, and neither did the job she'd hoped would give her a sense of purpose. Now trying to rebuild her life, she finds solace in her best friends, fellow military wives who understand what it's like to love-and lose-a man in uniform . . . and the memory of one stolen night that makes her dream of a second chance at love.

Dalton Smith has known more than his fair share of grief. Since his wife's death, he revels in the solitude of his cattle ranch. But try as he might, he can't stop thinking about the stunning redhead and the reckless, passionate night they shared. He wasn't ready before, but Dalton sees now that Jessy is the only woman who can mend his broken heart. So how will he convince her to take a chance on him?


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Known for her intensely emotional stories, Marilyn Pappano is the USA Today bestselling author of nearly eighty books. She has made regular appearances on bestseller lists and has received recognition for her work in the form of numerous awards. Though her husband's Navy career took them across the United States, he and Ms. Pappano now live in Oklahoma high on a hill that overlooks her hometown. They have one son and daughter-in-law, an adorable grandson, and a pack of mischievous dogs.


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August 27, 2014

Diana Gabaldon's character on Outlander episode 4 Revealed!


For fans of the Outlander series books this week's Outlander Series on Starz episode 4 - holds a very special guest appearance indeed! Diana Gabaldon will make her guest appearance during "The Gathering" at Castle Leoch as Iona MacTavish. 

Here is a pic released by Entertainment Weekly of herself in full 18th century dress.



Don't miss her and the rest of the Outlander gang on Starz this Saturday at 9 pm. 


Movie Review: Troy (The Director’s Cut)


Starring: Brad Pitt, Eric Bana, Orlando Bloom
Directed by: Wolfgang Petersen 

BLURB: Brad Pitt picks up a sword and brings a muscular, brooding presence to the role of Greek warrior Achilles in this spectacular retelling of The Iliad. Orlando Bloom and Diane Kruger play the legendary lovers who plunge the world into war, Eric Bana portrays the prince who dares to confront Achilles, and Peter O'Toole rules Troy as King Priam. Director Wolfgang Petersen recreates a long-ago world of bireme warships, clashing armies, the massive fortress city and the towering Trojan Horse.

REVIEW: Troy is the epic historical drama based on the famous Iliad by Homer that recounts the events of the Trojan War. It all starts with the love affair that happens between Paris (Orlando Bloom) a prince of Troy and Helen (Diane Kruger) who is married to King Menelaus of Sparta, while he and his brother Hector are in Sparta to negotiate a peace treaty. Not exactly the best way to look for peace is it? LOL Anyway Paris is young and naive and if you asked me downright stupid! But he decides that he is completely in love with Helen and he even takes it so far as to hide her away secretly on their ship when they depart back home for Troy unbeknownst to everyone including his brother Hector. When Hector finds out he is furious and tells he men to turn the ship back around to Sparta that they are taking her back, as he knows that it will only cause more strife if not out right war with Sparta. Paris professes that he can't live without Helen, and that if she must go back that he will go with her - even if it is risking his own life to do so. Hector is torn but he loves his little brother and reluctantly gives in and they proceed to Troy.

When Menelaus finds out of his wife's treachery and of her flight to Troy with young Paris he is livid and goes immediately to seek the help and counsel of his powerful brother Agamemnon (played by Brian Cox - who by the way it seems can never play anyone accept an absolute cold-hearted jerk in every movie that he is in sheesh). This is just the kind of situation that Agamemnon has been waiting for as it gives him an excuse to attack Troy which he has been wanting to defeat and add to his growing empire for a long time. But he isn't doing it for his brother he is only interested in more power and prestige for himself and he is more than willing to do whatever it takes to get it.

And so the legendary tale of the face that launched a thousand ships (Helen's - which although she is all right looking I am sorry no one is that beautiful to warrent all that fuss...especially not her LOL) begins the war that will see the legendary clashes of warriors who's names still ring out through the ages like Achillies, Odysseus, and Hector.

I won't go into all the details you will have to watch the movie to see all the epic battles and Brad Pitt and Eric Bana looking cut and sexier than they ever have and I'm sure ever will in this one!

I will however mention that the love story between Achillies (Brad Pitt) and Briseis (Rose Byrne) is beautiful and haunting at the same time. LOVED these two characters together! Their part alone is well worth watching the movie for by itself. 

Now the film is now available in both the theatrical version and an Unrated Director's Edition. I have seen both and I own the Director's version. What's the difference between the two? Well you get 34 more minutes of the film that was never seen before that includes more battle sequences, the main characters are more flushed out in several places, and there is more footage at the ending that to me lent the story a much better and more hopeful ending than the theatrical version showed.

So it is more than worth it to spring for the Director's cut over the regular version for this one. Not to mention you also get several behind the scenes special features that weren't available before with the previous releases of the film.


The rating depends on the version you buy. You can get this one in either the theatrical version which is rated R or the Director's Cut that is Unrated



Graphic violence and some sexuality/nudity 






August 26, 2014

Movie Review: Dan in Real Life


Starring: Steve Carell, Juliette Binoche
Directed by: Peter Hedges

BLURB: Steve Carell (THE 40-YEAR-OLD VIRGIN, TV's THE OFFICE), Hollywood's leading funnyman, stars in the hilarious comedy that's bursting with charm -- a movie you'll watch again and again. Advice columnist Dan Burns (Carell) is an expert on relationships, but somehow struggles to succeed as a brother, a son and a single parent to three precocious daughters. Things get even more complicated when Dan finds out that the woman he falls in love with is actually his brother's new girlfriend. Carell is joined by a brilliant all-star supporting cast, including Juliette Binoche, Dane Cook, John Mahoney and Dianne Wiest, for a heartfelt, fun-filled comedy that's "laugh-out-loud funny" -- Steve Oldfield, FOX.
  
REVIEW: Dan in real life is a little gem of a movie. It's a great romantic comedy and Steve Carell in my opinion has never been better than he is here. He plays Dan Burns a widower with three girls that he is desperately trying to raise right all by himself. He works as an advice columnist with a newspaper. He and the girls take a trip to the annual family gathering at his parent's house in Rhode Island. Everyone will be there as always including all his brothers and sisters with their wives and kids. After arriving in RI and after a fight with his teenage daughter who insists that she is in love with a boy after only three days he heads off by himself into town to blow off some steam and give his daughter a little time to herself as well. While there at the local bookstore he meets a woman named Marie (Juliette Binoche) who thinking he works at the bookstore asks him for recommendations for books. He confesses after a short time that he doesn't work at the bookstore but asks if she would like to get something to eat. They head off for breakfast together and end up talking for a long time. And the attraction between the two is both instant and evident to them both. They both say they have to go (reluctantly) and Marie tells Dan that she has a boyfriend.


Dan heads back to his parents house. He starts to tell his brothers upon returning that he met a woman that he was very interested in but it stopped short by his brother Mitch who announces that he has someone that he wants them all to meet his new girlfriend! The world seems to stop for Dan when in walks none other than...Marie! He is stunned that she is Mitch's new girlfriend and is there to spend the weekend with him. Marie is stunned as well and the two of them spend the rest of the time pretending to not know each other and denying the feelings that they obviously have for each other. 

What follows is a series of funny mistakes, mishaps, and yes even quite a few touching times as well as two people who are so obviously meant for each other try to deny the feeling because they don't want to hurt someone that they both care about...Dan's brother Mitch. 

Will Dan and Marie end up together? Or will she stay with Mitch? And can any of them be happy if the truth comes out?

Steve and Juliette are wonderful in this movie and I absolutely loved them together. This was a great movie that will have you laughing out loud, giggling, almost crying, and cheering by the end!

I recommend this one to anyone that enjoys a good romantic comedy!


 
 Rated PG-13 for some innuendo and language





August 24, 2014

Movie Review: The Vow


Starring: Channing Tatum and Rachel McAdams
Directed by:  Michael Sucsy

BLURB: Inspired by a true story, The Vow is the tale of a love that refuses to be forgotten. Leo (Channing Tatum) is devastated when a car accident plunges his wife Paige (Rachel McAdams) into a deep coma. She miraculously recovers – but the last five years of her memories have vanished. Suddenly, Leo finds himself married to a stranger who can’t remember anything about him. Naively, Paige falls back under the influence of her controlling parents (Sam Neill and Jessica Lange) and reconnects with her ex-fiancé (Scott Speedman). Desperately, Leo tries to recreate the moments that shaped their romance. Can he rekindle the passion before he loses Paige forever?


REVIEW: The film is based very loosely on the true story of Kim and Krickett Carpenter shown below with the stars of the movie Rachel Adams and Channing Tatum on the left and the Carpenters on the right.


In the movie Leo and Paige Collins have been married for long but they are blissfully happy and completely in love. But in the space of an instant everything in one’s life can change as the young couple soon find out when an automobile accident lands them both in the hospital. Leo escapes with only minor injuries but Paige who was thrown through the windshield during the accident is in a coma.

When Paige finally emerges from the coma Leo is ecstatic but his joy is short lived when it’s quickly evident that something is very, very wrong. After a thorough examination the doctors determine that Paige is suffering from memory loss of the past few years of her life. Her past memories of growing up are intact but she doesn’t remember anything about her profession, her schooling at the Art Institute or most disturbingly her marriage to Leo. She doesn’t recognize him at all.

Leo is understandably extremely upset and worried. But he holds onto the hope that if he can just take Paige back to their home as soon as she is able to leave the hospital that her memory will return. He will not give up on the woman that means the world to him.

But as time passes and it becomes more and more clear that Paige’s memory is not getting any better will Leo have to face up to the fact that he might have lost the love of his life forever? Or will their love be rekindled even if she can’t remember him from before the accident?

I won’t give it away for those that haven’t seen this one before. But you definitely shouldn’t miss this one. It is a story about true love and what it really means to hold true to the vows of marriage – in sickness and in health, till death do us part… It’s a story of hope through tragedy and love through some of the most difficult circumstances imaginable. Rachel and Channing are wonderful in this one and their on screen chemistry is amazing. If you love a good romance or just a good drama this is a definite must see.

 
Rated PG-13 for an accident scene, sexual content, partial nudity and some language



  


It’s the true story the movie was based on.