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Kiss of the Highlander (Highlander #4)

A laird trapped between centuries...

Enchanted by a powerful spell, Highland laird Drustan MacKeltar slumbered for nearly five centuries hidden deep in a cave, until an unlikely savior awakened him. The enticing lass who dressed and spoke like no woman he’d ever known was from his distant future, where crumbled ruins were all that remained of his vanished world. Drustan knew he had to return to his own century if he was to save his people from a terrible fate. And he needed the bewitching woman by his side....

A woman changed forever in his arms...

Gwen Cassidy had come to Scotland to shake up her humdrum life and, just maybe, meet a man. How could she have known that a tumble down a Highland ravine would send her plunging into an underground cavern — to land atop the most devastatingly seductive man she’d ever seen? Or that once he’d kissed her, he wouldn’t let her go?

Bound to Drustan by a passion stronger than time, Gwen is swept back to sixteenth-century Scotland, where a treacherous enemy plots against them ... and where a warrior with the power to change history will defy time itself for the woman he loves...

I’d like to take this time to thank Karen Moning for creating some of my absolute favorite romantic reads. Scotland, check, highlanders, check, fantastic alpha males, check, femme leads you can relate too, check and just a touch of magic, double check.

Better written then your typical serial romances, the last half of this series interweaves the characters brilliantly, instead of just shoving the matched couples to the sidelines. Even better the MacKeltar’s are here! Fans of the Fever series will love hearing the back story of the fae’s clan of protectors as well as some of the events leading up to the clashing of the fae and human worlds.

I couldn’t get enough of this book, Moning has a way of painting the landscape and characters so vividly that you can almost taste it. I felt like I was there with Gwen and Drustan as they race through time to save his family.

The steamy parts were very entertaining and the story surrounding them made is all the better. I can’t recommend these books enough!

Audiobook: Another brilliant job by Phil Gigante. You can’t have a better narrator for a bunch of highlanders. I find most romances impossible to listen too, they never quite get the emotion or the uh… passion. Not a problem with this talent. They’re almost better then reading it. I didn’t want it to end!

Narrator: Phil Gigante           Length: 11 hours and 24 minutes

BY - January 20th, 2013 - Books - Leave a comment

Feature & Follow Friday #50

Feature & Follow

Follow & Feature Friday is hosted by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read. It is a great opportunity to find and meet new bloggers. Grab the code over at their website to join in on the blog hop!

Welcome!!! For those of you who have not been here, welcome to the hell mouth...er I mean Otherwhere.co. While books are certainly a main focus here, you will also find movie reviews and entertainment news! Poke around, leave a comment, join this site, follow my Twitter/FB/Goodreads/Linky and tell me what you think! Happy blogging!

WHO IS YOUR FAVORITE VILLAIN FROM A BOOK?
Hmmm, I love the villains that you love to hate. Villains that in another world you could totally get behind. Sometimes they’re even the villians that you kinda wish would win. V’lane from the Fever series is a good one, so is Damon in season one of TVD. But that isn’t the villain I am going to pick here.

I’m going to pick the villain that if I ever met in real life I would take a rocket launcher and stick it… ahem. Professor Umbridge from the Harry Potter series. That woman almost made me stop reading I hated her THAT much. Also Minister Telly from the Covenant series, needs to spontaneously combust.

On the Blog this Week
[Meme]: I Want it Wednesday #52
[Book Review]: The Highlander’s Touch (Highlander, #3)
[Movie Review]: Zero Dark Thirty

 

BY - January 17th, 2013 - Follow Friday - 10 comments

I Want it Wednesday #52

I Want it Wednesday Otherwhere.co Edition

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted over at Breaking the Spine, where we highlight dying-to-read upcoming releases. Parajunkee also hosts Desperately Wanting Wednesday. I Want it Wednesday is kind of a mix of both. Now with movies!

Fate isn’t something to mess with… and now, neither is Alex.

Alex has always feared two things: losing herself in the Awakening and being placed on the Elixir. But love has always been stronger than Fate, and Aiden St. Delphi is willing to make war on the gods—and Alex herself—to bring her back.

The gods have killed thousands and could destroy entire cities in their quest to stop Seth from taking Alex’s power and becoming the all-powerful God Killer. But breaking Alex’s connection to Seth isn’t the only problem. There are a few pesky little loopholes in the whole “an Apollyon can’t be killed” theory, and the only person who might know how to stop the destruction has been dead for centuries.

Finding their way past the barriers that guard the Underworld, searching for one soul among countless millions, and then somehow returning will be hard enough. Alex might be able to keep Seth from becoming the God Killer… or she might become the God Killer herself.

I am in the middle of Pure right now and this series has it’s claws in me. Of course I’ll finish what books I have long before April when Apollyon is due! Darnitall.

Safe Haven

Lasse Hallström

A young woman with a mysterious past lands in Southport, North Carolina where her bond with a widower forces her to confront the dark secret that haunts her.

It’s February, therefore it must be time for yet another Nickolas Sparks movie. I’m not much of a fan of his books, in many cases the movies are always better. The Lucky One last year, had it’s issues but Zac’s biceps made up for any lack. I know this is one I’ll see with the girls. Wonder who will die this time?<

BY - January 15th, 2013 - WoW - 2 comments

The Highlander’s Touch (Highlander, #3)

½

A Warrior Of Immortal Powers

He was a mighty Scottish warrior who lived in a world bound by ancient laws and timeless magic. But no immortal powers could prepare the laird of Castle Brodie for the lovely accursed lass who stood before him. A terrible trick of fate had sent her 700 years back in time and into his private chamber to tempt him with her beauty—and seduce him with a desire he could never fulfill. For this woman he burned to possess was also
the woman he had foresworn to destroy.

A Woman Caught In The Mists Of Time

When Lisa felt the earth move under her feet, the fiercely independent 21st-century woman never dreamed she was falling...into another century. But the powerful, naked warrior who stood glaring down at her was only too real...and too dangerously arousing. Irresistibly handsome he might be, but Lisa had no intention of remaining in this savage land torn by treachery and war. How could she know that her seductive captor had other plans for her...plans that would save her from a tragic fate? Or that this man who had long ago forsaken love would defy time itself to claim her for his own....

I have been on a Karen M. Moning spree since November. I re-read the Fever series, falling in love with it all over again and this time decided to give the her Highlander series a second chance.

This time switching over to audiobook to enjoy the dulcet tones of Phil Gigante I was swept up into the highlands, full of alpha men in kilts.

Following the be-kilted Ciercen Brodie the half fae highlander as his bath time gets rudely interrupted by the time traveling Lisa. You know this will end well…

A vast improvement over the first two installments in the series, it was an easy read to get caught up in. The time traveling made for a fantastic plot device and the history of the Bruce was well weaved adding a ‘smarter’ dimension to this genre romance.

Sure it ends with a pretty bow on top but this is why you read these. You know they will end happily with lots of drama and steam along the way.

The Audiobook: You can’t beat Phil Gigante as a narrator. The man can do a Scottish brogue like a rock star and he KNOWS how to read romance. He gets the emotion and the heat. Sure his female voices are a tad awkward but everything male makes up for the lack.

Narrator: Phil Gigante     Length: 10 hours and 51 minutes

BY - January 14th, 2013 - Books - Leave a comment

Zero Dark Thirty

Zero Dark Thirty (2012)

Kathryn Bigelow

A chronicle of the decade-long hunt for al-Qaeda terrorist leader Osama bin Laden after the September 2001 attacks, and his death at the hands of the Navy S.E.A.L. Team 6 in May, 2011.

I well know that there is a limit on what they could reveal for use in this movie as well as what was changed for dramatic effect. That being said there is a sense of authenticity and respect for the subject matter that showed through every frame.

It didn’t feel like much was fictionalized erring on the side of subtle and with great attention to detail. There was quite a lot of politics involved within the services as well as within the extremists groups, but it was well laid out and could be followed. The simplicity in how it all came together was mind-boggling if it is as authentic as it seemed, yet to see the road blocks they were up against within our own systems was anger inducing. It’s hard to be black and white in a very grey government. Their ultimate success happened in spite of the government and the executive branch.

The acting was phenomenal, the actors allowed to tell their story without verbose script, the frustration, commitment and danger of their jobs easily portrayed. Even the ridiculousness of their situations afforded a little much needed levity. I am so grateful there are people who are willing to do these jobs whether in the clandestine services or on the front lines as a SEAL.

The Point: A deeply respectful and intriguing retelling of the men and women responsible for bringing one of histories most sought after terrorists.

BY - January 14th, 2013 - Movie Reviews - Leave a comment

Feature & Follow Friday #49

Feature & Follow

Follow & Feature Friday is hosted by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read. It is a great opportunity to find and meet new bloggers. Grab the code over at their website to join in on the blog hop!

Welcome!!! For those of you who have not been here, welcome to the hell mouth...er I mean Otherwhere.co. While books are certainly a main focus here, you will also find movie reviews and entertainment news! Poke around, leave a comment, join this site, follow my Twitter/FB/Goodreads/Linky and tell me what you think! Happy blogging!

IF YOU COULD CHOOSE ONE SUPERNATURAL BEING/CREATURE TO REALLY EXISTS WHAT WOULD IT BE AND WHY?

Omigod I love this question. I actually sat and pondered this for a long time. My first thought was zombies. Let the world go out with a bang, I’ll move to the mountains and rock it. But that would be sad. Then I thought vampires… but only if I can be Buffy… and Spike existed. Then finally I got it! Supernatural being? Duh! Jedi. Done.

On the blog this week:
[Book Review]: Opal (Lux #3)
[Meme]: I Want it Wednesday #51
[Book Review]: Rapture in Death (In Death #4)
[ComicCo Sundays]: The Walking Dead Vol. 10-13: A Brief Review

BY - January 10th, 2013 - Follow Friday - 2 comments

Opal (Lux #3)

½

No one is like Daemon Black.

When he set out to prove his feelings for me, he wasn’t fooling around. Doubting him isn’t something I’ll do again, and now that we’ve made it through the rough patches, well... There’s a lot of spontaneous combustion going on.

But even he can’t protect his family from the danger of trying to free those they love.

After everything, I’m no longer the same Katy. I’m different... And I’m not sure what that will mean in the end. When each step we take in discovering the truth puts us in the path of the secret organization responsible for torturing and testing hybrids, the more I realize there is no end to what I’m capable. The death of someone close still lingers, help comes from the most unlikely source, and friends will become the deadliest of enemies, but we won’t turn back. Even if the outcome will shatter our worlds forever.

Together we’re stronger... and they know it.

Katy and Damon are quickly become one of my favorite couples on the page. They’re downright hilarious together and the chemistry reaches a boiling point in this installment. Damon still has his douche side but has a vulnerability with Katy that is both believable and awesome to see. Neither of these two kids have let their walls down completely but there are few holes.

Blake is back and causing trouble as usual, along with the rest of the alien clan. Brought together to try to get their friends out of the hands of the DOD, this motley crew has it’s share of infighting, drama and suspicion. Katy is still trying to figure out just what she is and the attentions of Blake aren’t helping.

This series continues to be one of my favorites. It’s so damn entertaining and has the perfect mix of action, hilarity and romance. The dialogue is Whedon-eque and there is little to complain about. This read is as hot as Damon Black.

BY - January 9th, 2013 - Books - 1 comment

I Want it Wednesday #51

I Want it Wednesday Otherwhere.co Edition

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted over at Breaking the Spine, where we highlight dying-to-read upcoming releases. Parajunkee also hosts Desperately Wanting Wednesday. I Want it Wednesday is kind of a mix of both. Now with movies!

Mila was never meant to learn the truth about her identity. She was a girl living with her mother in a small Minnesota town. She was supposed to forget her past —that she was built in a secret computer science lab and programmed to do things real people would never do.

Now she has no choice but to run—from the dangerous operatives who want her terminated because she knows too much and from a mysterious group that wants to capture her alive and unlock her advanced technology. However, what Mila’s becoming is beyond anyone’s imagination, including her own, and it just might save her life.

I’ve seen this one pop up in a few friends mailboxes of late, and the cover caught my attention immediately. The summary has an almost Weird Science feel to it, that I just love. Maybe I can borrow a copy… eh?

Iron Man 3

Shane Black

Tony Stark uses his ingenuity to fight those who destroyed his private world and soon goes up against his most powerful enemy yet: the Mandarin.

This year is chock full of awesomesauce comic book movies and this one is near the top. Following the events in The Avengers, Stark has a few issues to work through. There is a new dynamic here and it looks like a solid next chapter for the Iron Man.

BY - January 8th, 2013 - WoW - 14 comments

Rapture in Death (In Death #4)

½

They died with smiles on their faces. Three apparent suicides: a brilliant engineer, an infamous lawyer, and a controversial politician. Three strangers with nothing in common--and no obvious reasons for killing themselves. Police lieutenant Eve Dallas found the deaths suspicious. And her instincts paid off when autopsies revealed small burns on the brains of the victims. Was it a genetic abnormality or a high-tech method of murder? Eve's investigation turned to the provocative world of virtual reality games--where the same techniques used to create joy and desire could also prompt the mind to become the weapon of its own destruction...

This is one of those series, that is great to pick up once in awhile and cleanse the palette of less well written reads. The adult tone with amazing characters and, as always, a fantastic speculative storyline, I have yet to be disappointed by any of the J.D. Robb’s books. Plus they’re quick, so they’re perfect for that mini-escape, knowing it’s going to offer the perfect balance.

This time Eve and Rourke are on the moon (literally), opening a new über luxurious hotel. Bliss is quickly interrupted by a creepy suicide, which Eve immediately jumps into with suspicions of foul play. The usual cast of characters are back with their own special personalities that I didn’t even realize I missed until they showed up on the page.

The chemistry between Eve and Rourke is at a boiling point and very entertaining. As a side note, well into book four I am still waiting for Eve to finally just… let… go. They’re married and yet her walls have not tumbled down for him. He knows this and I am waiting for him to break and either temporary leave or throw her for the loop she needs. Hmmm, that would be a good read, especially with the make up session.

Regardless, I love these books and someday I may make it through the thirty plus that are in the series.

BY - January 7th, 2013 - Books - Leave a comment

The Walking Dead Vol. 10-13: A Brief Review

With the terror of the Governor behind Rick and his crew, everybody has pretty much completely lost their gourd and Rick is the poster child for blind paranoia. Oh, the fun continues.

What We BecomeThe Walking Dead, Vol. 10: What We Become
Just when you think, people couldn’t be any more fracked up in a zombie apocalypse Robert Kirkman, shows us that… yes, yes they can. I believe here, is where Rick finally just says ‘F this’ and uses the roving band of *spoiler adjective here* to release all of his pent up anger and rage. Shit gets real.

We also get introduced to Abraham and his crew. More people to slowly kill off over the issues.

Fear the HuntersThe Walking Dead, Vol. 11: Fear the Hunters
Some long standing characters finally take their fall here, but more interestingly is what is starting to happen to the children. Months of trauma are adding up and it’s telling how Carl, Sophia and Ben all handle it differently. The scale ranging from a complete disconnect from the human condition to a desperate need to prove themselves. Or Sophia who chooses to be delusional. It makes for an interesting counter point to the selfish preacher who has done nothing but hide since the world ended.

Life Among ThemThe Walking Dead, Vol. 12: Life Among Them
For the first time in a long time there is the teeniest glimmer of hope for Rick and his crew. But for some it’s been too long in the wilderness and life amongst civilization is no longer a possibility. Of course, this new hope doesn’t come without strings. More people who can’t be trusted and a whole new slew of problems arise, but the idea that this could be the beginning of something good is enough to keep Rick fighting. Determined to keep what small piece of humanity he has left.

The series continues to blow my mind, both as social commentary and entertainment. It’s been over ten years since The Walking Dead has started and I hope it continues for a long time.

BY - January 6th, 2013 - ComicCo Sundays - 1 comment