[Giveaway] Raining Romance Books Giveaway Hop

Giveaways 27 Comments 1st April, 2016

Raining-Books-Giveaway-HopWelcome to another great giveaway here at Romancing the Laser Pistol. As part of the “Raining Romance Books Giveaway Hop” hosted by StuckInBooks we are offering a prize pack which includes paperback copies of Leaving Amarillo, Missing Dixie, and Wicked along with an autographed paperback copy of Loving Dallas and a $10 Amazon Giftcard.

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[ARC Review] All Chained Up by Sophie Jordan

Amy's Reviews, ARC Reviews, Reviews 0 Comments 31st March, 2016

I received this book for free from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

[ARC Review] All Chained Up by Sophie JordanAll Chained Up by Sophie Jordan
Series: Devil's Rock #1
Published by Avon on March 29, 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 384
Source: Edelweiss
There are bad boys and then there are the men of Devil’s Rock . . .

Some men come with a built-in warning label. Knox Callaghan is one of them. Danger radiates from every lean, muscled inch of him, and his deep blue eyes seem to see right through to Briar Davis’s most secret fantasies. But there’s one major problem: Briar is a nurse volunteering at the local prison, and Knox is an inmate who should be off-limits in every way.

Knox feels it too—a shocking animal magnetism that drives him to risk his own life to protect Briar’s. Paroled at last, he tries to resist her. She’s too innocent, too sweet, and she has no idea what Knox is capable of. But a single touch can lead to a kiss—and a taste . . . until the only crime is denying what feels so right . . .


This story wasn’t about a guy in prison that got framed. Nor, is it a story about a man trying to solve some problem with gangs when he gets out of prison. It is a story about a guy who made and has been paying for it ever since. Was this my favorite Sophie Jordan book? No. I can’t gush and love every book she writes. There wasn’t some big mystery or nonstop action. I didn’t end up hating this book it was just a sweet romance about two people learning to open up and find love. All Chain Up was a fast paced easy read that was what it was and nothing more: a decent read.

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Knox is not a nice guy nor is he a terrible guy either. Knox made a bad a decision when he was just a hot headed very young twenty something. He dragged his brother down along the path to destruction with him. Now years later, Knox serves out his sentence in prison just trying to survive day to day. He thinks he will die in prison. Until one day he saves the life the life a pretty nurse, a doctor, and gets released on parole for good behavior.

The beginning of this book is the most action packed scary part of the story. After Knox is released from prison the story is about forgiveness and moving on. It is just a sweet and oh so very sexy romance about two people learning they deserve happiness with each other. Knox has friend in prison who decides it is a good idea to help people kidnap someone very high profile. I think the next book in the series will have that element of mystery, conspiracies, and sexy fun times. I can’t wait to read the next book in the Devil’s Rock series.

[Audiobook Review] Freaky Days by Amanda M. Lee

Amy's Reviews, Reviews 0 Comments 22nd March, 2016

[Audiobook Review] Freaky Days by Amanda M. LeeFreaky Days by Amanda M. Lee
Series: A Mystic Caravan Mystery Book 1
Published by WichesterShaw Publications on January 5, 2015
Genres: Paranormal, Thriller
Pages: 296
Source: Audible, Purchase
The show must go on … even when monsters are afoot.

Poet Parker is Romani by birth and a fortune teller by choice. As a member of Mystic Caravan Circus, she’s spent the past ten years using her psychic talents to tell people what their future holds by day and hunting paranormal monsters by night.

You see, Mystic Caravan is more than just a circus – it’s also a force of good in a world that needs help fighting evil.

Poet is set in her ways – and happy with her life – until Kade Denton shows up and upends the entire operation. He’s loud and proud – and Poet doesn’t like anyone telling her what to do.

As the new head of security, Kade thinks his only job is going to be tackling drunken revelers when they get out of hand. He’s in for a rude – and bloody – awakening.

When monsters strike and the truth comes out, Kade finds he has to learn on the job with Poet as his somewhat reluctant instructor.

Sparks are flying – both real and figurative – and when a truly terrible beast targets the circus for extermination it’s all magical hands on deck for the final showdown.

Some things are born evil, but the people in Mystic Caravan were born to fight it.

Prepare to be amazed.

I admit I picked this book up on a whim. It was on sale on Audible and I have been trying to give more indie publications a shot, so I thought what the heck. The cover was definitely a bit freaky and I wasn’t sure what to expect so back, to my what the heck attitude. I began listening to Freaky Days. Imagine my surprise when I actually really liked this book.   I even quote parts of it to my friends and coworkers now.

Freaky Days is a murder mystery set in a traveling circus. But, Mystic Caravan isn’t just any circus. Mystic Caravan is circus made up supernatural beings who perform by day and hunt evil by night. When animals in a near by forest start showing up dead and one of their own shows up dead.   It is up to Poet, a mind reading gypsy fortune teller, to try to stop it before the evil doer can strike again.

I really liked Freaky Days because it is nice to find a good entertaining adult fiction story that I can listen to out loud in my office at work. Freaky Days was funny and suspenseful. That is what I like most in a good murder mystery. I especially like Poet’s werewolf best friend, Luke, and his wise cracks. He is the king of sexual innuendos. It is his remark to Poet when he is teasing her about her crush on the new guy that I quote to everyone. “You want to bag the bishop, roll in the hay and put the basilisk into the Chamber of Secrets.” Gotta love a guy who makes Harry Potter sound dirty.

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I liked Poet too. She was sarcastic, full of spunk and can take on bad guys. Poet’s fortune telling sessions were highly entertaining. Between some of those and her friend Luke it was a wonder nobody in the office thought I was crazy because I couldn’t help but laugh out loud. I thought the audiobook narrator did a good job. She didn’t detract from the story but that is all I really look for in a narrator. She did a decent job with the voices and she wasn’t a monotone reader.

The thing I liked most about Freaky Days was I never saw the murderer coming. Freaky Days such good fun that I lost myself in the banter that I forget to look for the clues. That to me is the sign of a really good murder mystery. I can’t wait to read the next book to find out what trouble Poet and her friends get into next.

[Review] Marked In Flesh by Anne Bishop

Amy's Reviews, Reviews 3 Comments 17th March, 2016

I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

[Review] Marked In Flesh by Anne BishopMarked in Flesh by Anne Bishop
Series: The Others #4
Published by Roc on March 8, 2016
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal
Pages: 416
Source: Netgalley
For centuries, the Others and humans have lived side by side in uneasy peace. But when humankind oversteps its bounds, the Others will have to decide how much humanity they’re willing to tolerate—both within themselves and within their community...

Since the Others allied themselves with the cassandra sangue, the fragile yet powerful human blood prophets who were being exploited by their own kind, the delicate dynamic between humans and Others changed. Some, like Simon Wolfgard, wolf shifter and leader of the Lakeside Courtyard, and blood prophet Meg Corbyn, see the new, closer companionship as beneficial—both personally and practically.

But not everyone is convinced. A group of radical humans is seeking to usurp land through a series of violent attacks on the Others. What they don’t realize is that there are older and more dangerous forces than shifters and vampires protecting the land that belongs to the Others—and those forces are willing to do whatever is necessary to protect what is theirs…

The more books I read in The Others series the more I fall into even more like with this series. Marked in Flesh, the latest installment, had it all: touching moments, on the edge of seat thrills, moments of laughter, and even the seeds to a future romance.

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Marked in Flesh was all about “how much human should they keep.” Not just human survivors but human customs and human goods as well. I think the real question in this story is, who are the real monsters? It is easy for humans to be scared of things that go bump in the night like the terra indigene elders. It easy for the other side to be scared of a species that breaks promises and makes war. Finally both sides are starting to learn in order to survive extinction you have work together. It becomes a question of how much either side is willing to take from each other in order to live in a peaceful coexistence.

Plus, I am Simon and Meg shipper. There I said it. I think my investment in this ship is another reason why this series is a must read. There is something to be said for slow burn romance. Sometimes I think root harder for a couple when I have watched it grow from something as small as thought seeds into something that can stand the test of time.

I thought the beginning of this book was slow and kind of a jumbled mess with so many different angles going on but little by little it all starts coming together. It is worth the wait to stick with the story. There was a part toward the end that had me on the edge of my seat one minute and laughing the next. Ms. Anne Bishop reminds me again why I like this series because even the middle of a terrible and dangerous situation there is still a chance to learn. I felt like it was that spark of hope I needed to know that all the characters I care about might end up being okay and thriving by the end of this entire series.  I look forward to reading the next The Others book because I can’t wait to see how Thasia and all people who live there will do after the end of this installment.

[Audiobook Review] Into the Dim by Janet B. Taylor

Amy's Reviews, Reviews 0 Comments 6th March, 2016

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[Audiobook Review] Into the Dim by Janet B. TaylorInto the Dim by Janet B. Taylor
Series: Into the Dim #1
Published by HMH Books for Young Readers on March 1, 2016
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Pages: 432
Source: Audible, Netgalley, Purchase
Being “the homeschooled girl,” in a small town, Hope Walton’s crippling phobias and photographic memory don’t help her fit in with her adoptive dad’s perfectly blonde Southern family. But when her mother is killed in a natural disaster thousands of miles from home, Hope’s secluded world crumbles. After an aunt she’s never met invites her to spend the summer in Scotland, Hope discovers that her mother was more than a brilliant academic. She’s a member of a secret society of time travelers, and is actually trapped in the twelfth century in the age of King Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine. Now Hope must conquer her numerous fears and travel back in time to help rescue her mother before she’s lost for good. Along the way, she’ll discover more family secrets, and a mysterious boy who could be vital to setting her mother free… or the key to Hope’s undoing.

I got an E-ARC of Into the Dim but there are just not enough hours in the day; so I decided to buy the audiobook and listen to this book while I was at work. I am glad I did because I really really enjoyed Into the Dim. It was full action, romance, and of course, time travel. I can say I liked this book even more because it was narrated by one of my favorite audiobook narrators: Amanda Ronconi. For those who don’t know who Amanda Ronconi is she narrates adult romance author Molly Harper’s novels. I just love the way she makes the wit and sarcasm in a story pop. She really made Hope, Phoebe, and the rest of the cast come alive for me. I really like it when a good narrator and good story come together.

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Into the Dim begins on the day of Hope’s mother’s memorial service. Hope is sent to stay with mother’s sister for the summer because her dad feels like it would be best if she got away for a while. The story takes off from there, as Hope finds herself thrust into a world full of time travelers. Hope comes from a long line of time travelers and she discovers a secret about her mother that will test her in ways she never knew.

I know I said this earlier, I really enjoyed this story. It starts out a little slow but once it gets going the action never stops. I really liked Hope especially by the end. She was sarcastic, clueless, sometimes strong, and sometimes a cry baby. In other words, she felt like a real girl to me. She was definitely someone I could relate to. I think my favorite part is when she is trying to stop a fight and she tells the two boys to “stop being such buttholes to each other.” I felt like her team member Collum in that at first she annoyed me but in the end I grew to really respect her.

I did learn a thing or two after listening to Into the Dim. I learned that when time travelling it is good to be prepared for any and everything. I learned that it is important to study history extensively as to blend in. Most important thing I learned is thank all that is good in this world for the Women’s Liberation movement. I have even more respect for the women of the middle ages after finishing Into the Dim. I would not want to grow up in a time when men could do anything and I mean anything to women. I learned that as woman time travel is a dangerous endeavor. Even with all dangers we women of today would never let men have all the fun.

In the end, I recommend Into the Dim audiobook. Listen to it at work or in the car on those long commutes to work or school. It is a highly entertaining story. Here are just a few of things I liked about Into the Dim: awesome narrator, time travel, kissing, cute boys, nuns in wimples, suspense, action, and my favorite, spunky heroines. I can’t wait to devour the next book!

[Giveaway] Lucky is Reading Giveaway Hop

Giveaways 52 Comments 4th March, 2016

Lucky-Is-Reading-HopWelcome to another great giveaway here at Romancing the Laser Pistol. As part of the “Lucky is Reading Giveaway Hop” hosted by StuckInBooks we are offering a prize pack which includes signed hardback copies of Truthwitch and Starflight as well as a $10 Amazon Giftcard. Good luck to everyone and happy reading!!!!!!! 

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[ARC Review]Lady Bridget’s Diary by Maya Rodale

Amy's Reviews, ARC Reviews, Reviews 0 Comments 28th February, 2016

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[ARC Review]Lady Bridget’s Diary by Maya RodaleLady Bridget's Diary by Maya Rodale
Series: Cavendish #1, Keeping Up With the Cavendishes #1
Published by Avon on February 23, 2016
Genres: Historical, Romance
Pages: 384
Source: Edelweiss
In the first novel of Maya Rodale's stunning new series, an American heiress must learn to navigate London society and an infuriatingly irresistible rake . . .

Lord Darcy is the quintessential Englishman: wealthy, titled, impossibly proper, and horrified that a pack of Americans has inherited one of England's most respected dukedoms. But his manners, his infamous self-restraint, and his better judgment fly out the window when he finds himself with the maddening American girl next door.

Lady Bridget Cavendish has grand—but thwarted—plans to become a Perfect Lady and take the haute ton by storm. In her diary, Bridget records her disastrous attempts to assimilate into London high society, her adoration of the handsome rogue next door, her disdain for the Dreadful Lord Darcy, and some truly scandalous secrets that could ruin them all.

It was loathing at first sight for Lady Bridget and Lord Darcy. But their paths keep crossing . . . and somehow involve kissing. When Lady Bridget's diary goes missing, both Darcy and Bridget must decide what matters most of all—a sterling reputation or a perfectly imperfect love.

I am big fan of Maya Rodale’s historical romance novels. When I saw this book up for review, I just knew I had to read it. I was definitely not disappointed. It was just like in a good historical romance: cute cheesiness, kisses galore, and swoony lords. Plus this story is a Pride and Prejudice retelling with a handsome Darcy in a wet shirt.

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Lady Bridget’s Diary was just the kind of read I searching for, meaning it is a light fluffy romance. The story is a Pride and Prejudice retelling so I don’t think I need to rehash the story. It had all the highlights: a stuffy Mr. Collins, botched proposals, runway sisters, and of course handsome infuriating men. I am a big Pride and Prejudice fan or to be honest a big Jane Austen fan. I thought Lady Bridget’s Diary did the story justice. I liked how the author turned our heroine into an American Heiress and also made the story her own. I felt like I was reading a tribute to Jane Austen rather than just another retelling. There is a reason why this story never gets old. We all love a good story about brave young women and the dashing men love to love them. We all love a good story about a young woman we can all relate to because she is not perfect. She jumps to conclusions and lets her prejudices get in the way of finding happiness. Most of all, we all love a good romantic story where love triumphs in the end.

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I recommend Lady Bridget’s Diary to anyone who likes light romantic feel good stories. In the end, I was left with tingling swoony feeling that all good romances should leave a person with. I am looking forward to the next book in the series in which one of Lady Bridget’s sister finds love next.

[Review]The Girl From Everywhere by Heidi Heilig

Amy's Reviews, Reviews 0 Comments 25th February, 2016

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[Review]The Girl From Everywhere by Heidi HeiligThe Girl From Everywhere by Heidi Heilig
Series: The Girl From Everywhere #1
Published by Greenwillow on February 16, 2016
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Pages: 464
Source: Edelweiss
Nix has spent her entire life aboard her father’s ship, sailing across the centuries, across the world, across myth and imagination.

As long as her father has a map for it, he can sail to any time, any place, real or imagined: nineteenth-century China, the land from One Thousand and One Nights, a mythic version of Africa. Along the way they have found crewmates and friends, and even a disarming thief who could come to mean much more to Nix.

But the end to it all looms closer every day.

Her father is obsessed with obtaining the one map, 1868 Honolulu, that could take him back to his lost love, Nix’s mother. Even though getting it—and going there—could erase Nix’s very existence.

For the first time, Nix is entering unknown waters.

She could find herself, find her family, find her own fantastical ability, her own epic love.

Or she could disappear.

I think the theme of this book should be:

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I kept thinking that over and again as Nix broods over and over again about her father.   Nix’s dad is a time traveler. He can take any map from any time and place and sail there. It is about all about belief and abilities. Nix was born in Honolulu in 1868. Her mother died giving birth to her while Nix’s dad was out traveling. Now, for as long as Nix can remember he is obsessed with getting back to the time before Nix’s mom met her dad because he sure he can change things. Nix is unsure what changing will do. Will she cease to exist?

While Nix’s dad, the captain, obsess yet again about changing the past; Nix is sure that love is nothing but an addiction. It brings me back to me theme of this book. Everyone willing to do anything for love but should they?  Or, should they just let go of the past and focus on what they have now.  I actually ended up liking this book and what I took away from it. I took way from the book that sometimes we have to put the past behind us and focus on the present. For the most part, I liked The Girl From Everywhere. I liked the sentimental ending. I liked the action packed build up it took to get the end. I just wished it didn’t forever to get there. I felt like this book dragged on and on.

In the end, I really didn’t hate The Girl From Everywhere. It was a decent book that left me with the warm and fuzzies by the ending. If you are like me and like history or are fascinated with time travel then this is the book for you. Just know that there is a lot of buildup but it is worth it in the end.

[Review] Reign of Shadows by Sophie Jordan

Amy's Reviews, Reviews 0 Comments 16th February, 2016

I received this book for free from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

[Review] Reign of Shadows by Sophie JordanReign of Shadows by Sophie Jordan
Series: Reign of Shadows #1
Published by Harlequin Teen on February 9, 2016
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Pages: 304
Source: Edelweiss
Seventeen years ago, an eclipse cloaked the kingdom of Relhok in perpetual darkness. In the chaos, an evil chancellor murdered the king and queen and seized their throne. Luna, Relhok’s lost princess, has been hiding in a tower ever since. Luna’s survival depends on the world believing she is dead.

But that doesn’t stop Luna from wanting more. When she meets Fowler, a mysterious archer braving the woods outside her tower, Luna is drawn to him despite the risk. When the tower is attacked, Luna and Fowler escape together. But this world of darkness is more treacherous than Luna ever realized.

With every threat stacked against them, Luna and Fowler find solace in each other. But with secrets still unspoken between them, falling in love might be their most dangerous journey yet.

I am big fan of Sophie Jordan’s adult romances. I knew this was a book I needed to read. Oh man, it was so good!

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Set in fantasy world that has gone dark literally, Reign of Shadows was a book that was anything but boring. I really ended liking this book! For me the pacing was fast and the plot interesting. The story is about a girl named Luna who is blind but it is not a hindrance in a world filled with darkness. Luna has been in hiding all her life. She was raised in the safety of tower with only her parent’s trusted servants to raise her.  All her life Luna has only wanted to leave the tower and find out what else was out there.  One day her life is forever changed when saves a guy and his travelling companions. Now Luna must leave the tower because there is danger greater than dark and the creatures who roam it.



I would classify Reign of Shadows as a romantic fantasy. It is the kind of epic fantasy that is lite on the world building and heavy on the relationships. I liked Reign of Shadows because I like kissing and I like a book with a lot of intense action. I was on the edge of my seat the whole way through because I never knew if Luna and Fowler were going get a chance to make out or fight for their lives. I liked this fantasy story that built up relationships because the world was so bleak. I liked the bit of light that the romance offered. This is the kind of epic fantasy that is right up my alley and I was not disappointed. Holy ending Batman, I need the next book in this series like right now!


[Review] Remembrance by Meg Cabot

Amy's Reviews, Reviews 0 Comments 4th February, 2016

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[Review] Remembrance by Meg CabotRemembrance by Meg Cabot
Series: The Mediator #7
Published by William Morrow on February 2, 2016
Genres: Mystery, Paranormal
Pages: 400
Source: Edelweiss
Fifteen years after the release of the first Mediator novel, #1 New York Times bestselling author Meg Cabot returns with a deliciously sexy new entry to a fan-favorite series. Suze Simon—all grown up and engaged to her once-ghostly soulmate—faces a vengeful spirit and an old enemy bent on ending Suze's wedded bliss before it begins.

You can take the boy out of the darkness.

But you can’t take the darkness out of the boy.

All Susannah Simon wants is to make a good impression at her first job since graduating from college (and since becoming engaged to Dr. Jesse de Silva).

But when she’s hired as a guidance counselor at her alma mater, she stumbles across a decade-old murder, and soon ancient history isn’t all that’s coming back to haunt her. Old ghosts as well as new ones are coming out of the woodwork, some to test her, some to vex her, and it isn’t only because she’s a mediator, gifted with second sight.

From a sophomore haunted by the murderous specter of a child, to ghosts of a very different kind—including Paul Slater, Suze’s ex, who shows up to make a bargain Suze is certain must have come from the Devil himself—Suze isn’t sure she’ll make it through the semester, let alone to her wedding night.

Suze is used to striking first and asking questions later. But what happens when ghosts from her past—including one she found nearly impossible to resist—strike first?

What happens when old ghosts come back to haunt you?

If you’re a mediator, you might have to kick a little ass.

I admit the first time I read The Mediator series I was not officially a teen but I was close enough to it. I freaking loved this series. I love Suze and Jesse. I love the Suze and her wacky ghost adventures. I can remember when the sixth book came out, my friend and I went to the book store that day. Then I proceeded to re-read the entire series because I wanted it all fresh when I got to what I thought would be the last book in one weekend. When I saw there would basically be a reunion story set six years after Susannah graduated high school, I was like sign me up. I am excited for all these reunion stories. If Gilmore Girls can do it then so can Meg Cabot for The Mediator series. We all know our favorite ships end with a happily ever after but it doesn’t hurt to see it or get it in writing years later. Knowing these things for sure makes me oh so happy!

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Susannah and Jesse are together. Big surprise. Suze is now finishing up a degree in child counselling and Jesse is well on his way to becoming a medical doctor. Susannah is also working as intern at her old high school. On one fateful day Susannah gets a call from her old mediator nemesis Paul. Paul tells her that he bought her old house and if they bull doze it down it will release a curse that could affect her finance Jesse. If you have read the prior books then you already know why this could be bad for Jesse because of what he used to be. On this same day, she treats a student for cutting herself and finds out the student is haunted by a scared and sometimes over reacting ghost child. That is how Susannah finds herself taking a walk down memory lane while solving the case of the holy terror ghost child.

I could not get enough of this book. It was like attending a family reunion. Everyone you love is there and some people that you could live without. I highly enjoyed seeing how everyone turned out. Susannah step brothers are thriving. Her brother Brad has triplets. Those girls are a riot. The scene in the hospital waiting room had me rolling. Remembrance was fun, wacky, and everything mediator. Of course, who wouldn’t want to see it in print when the ship I was shipping for so hard finally ties the knot? I could not keep the big grin off my face as I read this book because it was just that good. Suze may be all grown up but I like that she is just as zany, crazy, and a force of nature that she always was. If you are like me and are a die-hard fan of The Mediator series then read this book!