Kindle Freebies: Naughty Nooners

Just a FYI for everyone:  There seems to be abundance of smutty short stories available for free on Kindle right now.  One of my goodreads groups says they are called “Naughty Nooners” because they can be read at lunch.  Heehee.   Here is a link to one:

Erotique

And another:

Shapeshiter’s Craving

But there are several others.  Just go to: amazon.com –> Kindle –> Books –> Kindle Bestsellers and scroll through the right column where the free books are listed.  I haven’t read any yet, but I plan on checking them out later.  Enjoy!

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The Scent of Shadows By Vicki Pettersson

From Amazon.com:  When she was sixteen, Joanna Archer was brutally assaulted and left to die in the Nevada desert.

By rights, she should be dead.

Now a photographer by day, she prowls a different Las Vegas after sunset—a grim, secret Sin City where Light battles Shadow—seeking answers to whom or what she really is . . . and revenge for the horrors she was forced to endure.

But the nightmare is just beginning-for the demons are hunting Joanna, and the powerful shadows want her for their own . . .

Okay, that description is not good.  Let me try to do better with some mild, but necessary spoilers.  Joanna Archer: twenty-something, photographer, martial arts expert, survivor of a brutal attack, victim of a mother’s abandonment, and daughter of uber rich casino owner Xavier Archer…or is she?  For years since her attack Joanna has been hiding behind her camera lens, not letting anyone close, just existing.  Her beautiful, successful,   sister Olivia convinces Joanna to go on a blind date…that will eventually end life as she knows it.  Not that she had much of a life to speak of.  Ajax, the Shadow and super creepy blind date, recognizes something special inside of Joanna and immediately tries to kidnap her.  Joanna is having no part of this and with the help of her long-lost love Ben the cop, she escapes Ajax.  Ben and Joanna tragically parted ways after her attack when they were both teens and didn’t know how to deal.  Seeing each other again brings back all of those lost feelings, but Warren of the Vegas Zodiac troop has other plans for Joanna.  Warren, like Ajax, treats Joanna like she is something different.  He is the de facto leader of the Zodiac, basically the good guy super-heros that have been losing  members at the hands of the Shadows.  Before long Joanna learns not only is she different but thanks to her mom and real dad, she is extraordinary.  Unfortunately Ajax and the leader of the Shadows, the Tulpa, cannot allow Joanna to become a threat.  Their attacks result in tragedy and force Joanna to abandon the world she knows and assume an entirely new identity.  After joining the other Zodiac agents, Joanna must help them fight to regain control of Vegas from the Shadows, ensure light wins over darkness, and confront the past she never really recovered from. 

The Good:  Thank God! A heroine I can get into!  I have been in such a heroine rut lately! Too many personality-less lady Cops/Detectives had me seriously thinking about taking a break from Urban Fantasy, but then Joanna Archer came along and warmed my heart with her scathing sarcasm and unemployed reluctant heiressness…kinda the anti-Paris Hilton.  Joanna has it rough in this book though, terrible things keep happening to her, and I found myself really getting pissed about it.  But then she springs into action and kicks so much ass, I just really fell in love with her.  Actually, several of the characters, especially the other star signs of the Zodiac, were a breath of fresh air for me as I didn’t get that feeling that I knew exactly what they were about after their first line of dialogue.  And I absolutely love it when the bad guy is revealed and I didn’t see it coming AT ALL.  So awesome.  I admit, I loved the whole super-heroish group based on signs of the zodiac concept, it was fresh and original, but there were parts that I didn’t really get.  Which leads me to…

The Bad:  So there is this group of super-heroes, right? And they are all affiliated with a star sign?  So if hottie Zodiac Hunter is a (fire sign) Aries, then he has neat ‘flame-on’ powers and an affinity for rams and stuff? No? Okay then.  So what are their powers and how do they relate to the signs?  Oh, you aren’t going to explain that to me? Oh. Okay.  Will I get to see these powers?  No? Just weapons? Oh. Humph. This was my basic thought process while reading Scent of Shadows.  I had so many questions about what exactly makes these people humans++ but the details were vague and hard to follow.  Don’t get me wrong, I really enjoyed spending so much time watching Joanna’s life unfold, but I was SO ready for her to blast people with magical arrows and such after all that build up. I have no doubt we will learn more details on what the Zodiac and the Shadows can actually do in the next books, so I guess I shouldn’t complain too  much…I was just ready to see some ass-kicking of the magical variety!

The Bumpin Uglies:  I have got to get away from these books that have incredibly steamy sex scenes up front and then leave us high and dry for the rest!  Teases! All of them!  Joanna is way too fiery to not be seeing some serious action! Poor thing gets crapped on the entire book and only has a few hours of intimacy with her high school sweetheart. But towards the end of the book, a nice little love triangle (I do enjoy a love triangle, have I mentioned?) is set up between Joanna, sweet cutie Ben, and SUPREME hotness Hunter.  Too bad I can’t convince myself that we will have a m/m/f situation on our hands in book 2.  Since this is UF, I know better.  Sigh…A girl can dream though. *wink* Oh and I would like to file a complaint with the author that not once did she exploit the pick up line hall-of-famer: “Soooo, what’s your sign?”  Missed opportunity for cheesy glory.  Unforgivable. 

Rating: 8.5

 

Favorite Joanna quote:  [Joanna hits some security guard]…he rebounded quickly and snapped [his head] back to level me with a look of pure hatred.  “Bitch!”

He still didn’t hit me though.

“I’m a bitch?” I asked innocently. 

“Fucking bitch,” he snarled.

I smiled sweetly.  “Then why are you the one who just got bitch-slapped?”

Disclaimerlicious: I have no idea what that gargoylesque thing on the cover is supposed to be, so don’t be expecting either gargoyles or demons.  This is a super-hero tale.

Kindle Freebies and Cheapies

Found these today while cruising amazon for new books! Fairly soon Amazon will be splitting the Kindle bestseller list in to free downloads and regular-priced downloads, so hunting for great bargains will be even easier!  Haven’t read any of these yet, but if you have, let me know! 

 The Scent of Shadows Free with Bonus Material By Vicky Pettersson

 When she was sixteen, Joanna Archer was brutally assaulted and left to die in the Nevada desert.  By rights, she should be dead.

Now a photographer by day, she prowls a different Las Vegas after sunset—a grim, secret Sin City where Light battles Shadow—seeking answers to whom or what she really is . . . and revenge for the horrors she was forced to endure.

But the nightmare is just beginning-for the demons are hunting Joanna, and the powerful shadows want her for their own . . .       

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Forbidden: The Sacrifice (Book 1) By Samantha Somersby

There’s a fine line between mysticism and madness…one they must cross to win.

Forbidden, Book 1

London psychiatrist Wesley Atherton is a man of science. He doesn-t believe in love at first sight…until he finds himself inexplicably drawn to a green-eyed American beauty he bumps into on the Tube. Just his luck, Katherine, a fashion design intern, has an engagement ring on her finger.

 

Wes knows a thing or two about people, though. Instinct tells him there’s something more than irresistible temptation behind their attraction. She doesn-t love her fiance, he’s sure of it-now if only he can convince her they’re meant to be together.

Surviving a deadly train wreck is the first sign his intuition is spot on. The second-a psychic who warns them the Reaper doesn’t like to be cheated out of its quarry. The situation defies all logic, but a string of strange and lethal events convinces Wes that he and Katherine are living on borrowed time. Pitted in a battle against death itself, Wes will do anything, make any sacrifice, to protect the woman he loves.

This book has been substantially revised and expanded from its original published version.

Warning: This book contains one bad-ass demon, spectacular shagging, a feisty American heroine, and one very hot, very British, knife-wielding shrink.      

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Dragon Keeper Free Edition with Bonus Material (Kindle Edition) By Robin Hobb

 Enter the spellbinding world of dragons . . . and those who tend them

One of the most gifted fantasy authors writing today, New York Times bestselling author Robin Hobb has dazzled readers with brilliantly imaginative, emotionally resonant, and compulsively readable tales set in far-flung realms not unlike our own. In this enthralling new novel, she returns to the territory of her beloved Liveship Traders and Tawny Man trilogies with a story of dragons and humans, return and rebirth, and the search for meaning, belonging, and home.

For years, the Trader cities valiantly battled their enemies, the Chalcedeans. But they could not have staved off invasion without the powerful dragon Tintaglia. In return, the Traders promised to help her serpents migrate up the Rain Wild River after a long exile at sea-to find a safe haven and, Tintaglia hopes, to restore her species. But too much time has passed, and the newly hatched dragons are damaged and weak, and many die. The few who survive cannot use their wings; earthbound, they are powerless to hunt and vulnerable to human predators willing to kill them for the fabled healing powers of dragon flesh.

But Tintaglia has vanished and the Traders are weary of the labor and expense of tending useless dragons. The Trader leadership fears that if it stops providing for the young dragons, the hungry and neglected creatures will rampage-or die along the river’s acidic muddy banks. To avert catastrophe, the dragons decree a move even farther up the treacherous river to Kelsingra, their ancient, mythical homeland whose mysterious location is locked deep within the dragons’ uncertain ancestral memories.

To ensure their safe passage, the Traders recruit a disparate group of young people to care for the damaged creatures and escort them to their new home. Among them is Thymara, an unschooled forest girl of sixteen, and Alise, a wealthy Trader’s wife trapped in a loveless marriage, who attaches herself to the expedition as a dragon expert. The two women share a deep kinship with the dragons: Thymara can instinctively communicate with them, and Alise, captivated by their beauty and majesty, has devoted her life to studying them.

Embarking on an arduous journey that holds no promise of return, the band of humans and dragons must make their way along the toxic and inhospitable Rain Wild River-an extraordinary odyssey that will teach them lessons about themselves and one another, as they experience hardships, betrayals, and joys beyond their wildest dreams.     

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And finally, one of my favorite series is coming to an end, and it was such a pleasant surprise to see that the Kindle Pre-order is only $5.19!!!  (which is really good for new releases lately)  If you haven’t read the Riley Jensen series, you are really missing out!

Moon Sworn By Keri Arthur (Riley Jensen #9)

 

Some nights never end.
Some desires never die. . . .
 
Shape-shifting werewolf and vampire Riley Jenson is through with death—causing it, solving it, surviving it. Her soul mate, Kye Murphy, is dead—and at Riley’s own hands. Not even the seductive embrace of her vampire lover, Quinn, can fully ease her mind, for she has begun questioning everything that makes her Riley—including her job at the Directorate. 
Now, the ritualistically slain bodies of ex-cons have started turning up. Reluctantly, Riley takes the case, but something even worse is waiting in the wings. A vicious enemy from her past is determined to strip Riley of everything that gives her life any meaning: her lover, her brother—and even her own identity. Can Riley survive this ultimate assault? All she knows is, she must fight one last time to find answers, before everything goes dark forever.      

 

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Kindle Freebie: Regina in the Sun By R.G. Alexander

From Amazon.com:  There’s only one place left to run-into forbidden arms. Children of the Goddess Book 1 Children of the Goddess Book One When she arrives at Ye Olde Haven Pub, the sanctuary for Trueblood Vampires, Regina is wounded and desperate. Her only thought is to save the Deva Clan, her family, from the dangerous Loups De L’Ombre, the Shadow Wolves. She knows she will not exactly be welcomed with open arms. She is, after all, an Unborn, the lowest caste of Vampire.

 As a natural born from the purest line, Zander Sariel knows the rules are sacrosanct-a Trueblood mates with his own kind. But one taste of the young Unborn is all Zander needs to know that rules were made to be broken.  With enemies at every turn, Zander risks everything to save Regina from the monster that hunts her, his own kind-s ignorance and-if he must-her lack of faith in her own unique abilities.  Only together do they have a chance to defeat the shadow that haunts their future, and save their entire race from extinction.  Warning, this title contains the following: explicit sex, voyeurism of an m/m/f menage-a plethora of vampire nookie.

 

Mini-Review:  

Regina is a member of the Deva clan of undead vampires, meaning they were turned, not born that way.  She is on the run from the Shadow Wolves, werewolves who use black magic and thought to be extinct.  Her maker Liz, once told her of the kindness of the Sariel Trueblood clan and the sanctuary to be found at their pub Haven.  Regina flees to Haven after escaping the leader of the Shadow Wolves, Grey Wolf, in hopes of warning her clan.  Grey Wolf is interested in Regina’s special gifts that no other Unborn possesses.  Zander and Lux Sariel (AKA Big and Tasty) take Regina in, without knowing of the danger that follows her.  In Regina’s world, Trueblood vamps, Unborn vamps and Weres do not get along.  However, their Goddess fated them to find their one true mate in any of the 3 species that they could procreate with.  Regina has found her mate at Haven, but the newly-mated happiness is short lived when Grey Wolf comes knocking on Haven’s door.  In the face of the new threat from the Shadow Wolves, the Truebloods and Unborns are forced to get over the prejudice and politics and save their race.   

I find that certain books are great for certain moods.  I just came off a complicated urban fantasy, and I was starting to feel bad for my little PNR tag getting lost in my tag cloud.  I wanted a simple, completely smutty PNR.  You know the type: guy sees girl, gets painful erection, girl gets excited by this, they get it on, and fall madly in love and/or are mated in less than 48 hours.  Plot is there but takes a backseat to the lusty alpha male and whatever location he won’t let his woman escape from.  Sometimes, I just need these kinds of books.  They are like palette cleansers.  If you need these as well, Regina in the Sun is the book for you!  Zander and Lux are so freakin hot!!  And the sex scenes were out of this world! There was this one scene where Lux and …some other people were….yeah and Regina was in the doorway…and yeah…and then Zander…WHOA…you get the picture.  I am happy to report that this scene will stay with me for a while and I could not get my hands on the 2nd book in this series (Lux in Shadows) fast enough!  So…you know pretty much all you need to about this book.  Hence the mini-review is born!  Enjoy! I have a date with Lux!

Rating: 8.5

Oh, and in the spirit of Earth Day, the Kindle version of this book is free! So get that, instead of the dead tree edition.  Yep, that’s me, Kindlelicious: Saving the world one erotic download at a time.