Archive | December 8, 2013

Review ~ Night of the Loving Dead by Persephone Jones

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by Persephone Jones

Blurb:
Zombie apocalypse survivor Melina Benson is just trying to survive the night when she meets hot, take-charge special-ops soldier Brock Sweet in a cemetery.

Melina Benson is a survivor. She lives in a pawn shop, patrols for zombies at night, and reads romance novels in her downtime. Then she meets Sergeant Brock Sweet. Sweet is bossy, arrogant, and gorgeous. He gets on Melina’s nerves and under her skin. But will she let him into her heart? She’s already caught the eye of local crime lord Edwin Suzerain, who holds her cousin Mario under a powerful spell of influence and charm. She could ask Sergeant Sweet for help, but will she?

Sergeant Brock Sweet is just doing his job when he stumbles upon vigilante zombie killer Melina Benson in a cemetery in the middle of the night. It’s lust at first sight—at least until one of his men accidentally shoots her. Then all bets are off. She’s as stubborn as she is beautiful, and he can tell right away she isn’t going to surrender to just any man. Brock wants Melina to trust him, but the secret of what he really is may sabotage any chance of winning her heart.

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Cara’s Review:
Got my hands on Persephone Jones’ book, “Night of the Loving Dead,” and finished it in one sitting! I really enjoyed reading Melina’s story, set in a world where a virus decimated the population- and then turned the dead into Zombies. Sergeant Brook Sweet and his Necros soldiers are an awesome idea of fighting fire vs. fire….and I’ll leave it at that!

Melina is a strong kick butt heroine, refusing to live in the “safe” havens available to her- Suzerain’s amoral palace of pleasure, or the government quarantine areas. Instead, she has decided to go her own way, practicing a little bit of vigilantism on the side (which is also illegal). One night out, she runs across the Necros soldiers performing a routine sweep. One chance meeting turns life as she knows it on end!

The books ending also leaves the door wide open for future installments…and I’ll keep my fingers crossed on that subject. The book was incredibly fast paced, and I’m sure some readers may find the abruptness of some choices to be a bit disconcerting, but remember the circumstances that these choices are made under- one must literally seize the moment, because there is an incredible chance you could die in the next. I must admit, that it did bother me somewhat, so I decided to change my rating from 4 stars to 3.5 stars.

So, I would recommend this book to fellow lovers of all things Zombies, with the warning that some may not be happy with the fast changes and choices in the book. In my opinion, it was definitely worth the read.

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Never Too Late ~ Mia Catherine

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(3 flames)
Drama, Contemporary, Erotic Romance

Sam’s life hasn’t turned out the way he planned. Two years after an unwelcome divorce from high school sweetheart, Katie, he’s struggling to put the pieces of his life together and pay off a mountain of debt. At the insistence of his oldest friend, he reluctantly agrees to be set up on a 1Night Stand. Perhaps it’s the push he needs to finally move on?

Divorced and preparing for an empty nest when her only son leaves for Marine Boot Camp, Katie is ready for a change. Working as a legal secretary has given her professional fulfillment, but her romantic life leaves something to be desired. Weary of facing the future alone, she decides to dip her toe back into the dating pool and perhaps find some companionship.

Forced to confront their issues and a divorce neither wanted, can Sam and Katie forget the past and reconnect?

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~Excerpt~

Oh, well. Here goes nothing….

He turned the corner and the vision took his breath away. Silhouetted against the clear December sky stood the figure of a goddess. The three-inch heels she wore were neither the flat shoes of a frumpy, intimidated woman, nor the high heels of a lady trying to be someone she’s not. Her sculpted legs led to a conservative, yet sexy black dress that hugged her curvy figure and dipped low enough to show most of her well-toned back. His gaze made its way up to her short, wavy brown hair and he finally found the breath to sigh. She was exactly his type.

That 1Night Stand service is really good.

Pangs of desire, absent for too long, radiated through him, and the ability to spend the night with another woman seemed closer to reality. Maybe I’m ready. Katie may be the only one I’ve been with, but that’s over. Right?

Either unaware of his presence or playing coy, his beautiful date hadn’t moved from her position at the windows. The more he watched her, the more he experienced déjà vu. Something so familiar about her….

Sneeze.

He’d know that high-pitched squeaking sound anywhere. “Katie?”

She spun, her wide eyes, her jaw slack with surprise before it snapped shut. “Sam?”

“What the hell are you doing here?”
“I can ask you the same!”

They stared at one another for several moments, recovering from their shock. Her gaze drifted from his face to the flowers he held.

“Oh, you’ve got to be kidding me.” She snorted. “You’re my date?”

Author Bio:
Born and raised in Wisconsin, Mia Catherine lives in the Badger State with her husband and their three young sons. An avid fan of television dramas since she was young, Mia looked away from the television screen and began reading romance when she became disillusioned with the lack of quality and substance on today’s serial dramas. Enjoying the fantasy involved in a good love story, and with far too much time on her hands towards the end of a difficult pregnancy, she decided to give writing a try. What started as a hobby soon became a passion.
With the support and encouragement of a dear friend, Mia began entering literary contests and focused her energy on improving her craft, and within a year, committed herself to a new career path. She now has her sights set on getting her stories published, and invites you to join her in her journey!

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