Monthly Archives: July 2014

Marked by the Vampire


Olivia Maddox has made studying paranormal killers her life’s work. So when she is given the opportunity to interview paranormal prisoners at the maximum security prison, Purgatory, she jumps at the chance. Only Olivia has no way of knowing what exactly she signed up for.

On her way to Purgatory she meets Shane. A very sexy, alpha vampire. However, the only problem is that Shane is a prisoner being transferred to the infamous prison Purgatory. But all is not what it seems and Olivia is slowly learning that fact.

I liked the character of Olivia. She seemed competent and didn’t suffer from insta love. But what she did suffer from was head-in-sand-distressed-need-a-man-to-rescue-me syndrome. Which detracted from what would have been a strong leading female character. She has her own secrets and dark side. Ok fine, I can deal with that. As a matter of fact, I kinda like that. Her flaws gave her more depth and likability.

Now on to Shane. Yum! Shane is an alpha vampire. When I say alpha I mean ALPHA!!!!! I can’t say much more about him without giving things way. But I will say Shane is the ultimate BAMF! If you ever find yourself at a maximum security paranormal prison Shane is the type of guy to have on your side.

I enjoyed reading this book. It was a quick fun read that satisfied my need for a paranormal romance. Marked by the Vampire is the second book in the Purgatory series. But fear not, it can be read as a stand alone novel.


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An Indecent Proposal….the Only Way I Like Them

Indecent Proposal (Boys of Bishop, #4)


Indecent Proposal is number 4 in the Boys of Bishop series. But I had absolutely no clue of this before I read the book. I received this ARC in exchange for a honest review. I have to say I really enjoyed this book. O’Keefe does a great job of showing how these damaged and struggling individuals find themselves in each other.

Ryan is a model whose life has not turned out according to plan. After a less then stellar modeling career and a failed marriage, she finds herself in New York tending bar. It is here she meets Harry. A little bit of flirty chat later, Ryan ends up spending the night in Harry’s hotel room. While Ryan, may not know Harry’s last name there is also one other key piece of information she doesn’t know about her fabulous one night stand; that he is actually Harrison Montgomery a political hopeful running for office.

In the style of the Kennedy’s the Montgomery family only knows one thing..politics. Harrison Montgomery was groomed for office since the day he was born. It is all he knows. So needless to say his life has been lacking an element of warmth and honest. That is what he finds in Ryan.

I really liked how this story was written. You get a semi-HEA because life isn’t perfect. The perfection lies in what you make of it. That is what you get. Two people finding themselves and how to make their lives better while opening themselves to the possibility of happiness with another person. I highly recommend this book and I will be looking into O’Keefe’s other works

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The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry


Sigh….what can I say about this story? I absolutely loved it. The story was just beautiful. The way it was written truly captured my heart. You see these characters, warts and all, develop into more meaningful relationships and find peace within themselves.

The story is about A.J. Fikry a curmudgeonly 40 year-old widower that is hell bent on becoming a full-time alcoholic, driving his small bookstore into the ground, and dying as soon as possible. He sees the world in the scope of stories and literary devices. To him, everyone is either a main or supporting character in life. Each person their own novel with dramatic climaxes and twisting story plots. He has effectively isolated himself from everyone but then something miraculous happens; a small child is abandoned in his bookstore.

A.J. slowly begins to come to life as he takes on the responsibility of being a father. The story then shows how A.J. transforms from a bitter recluse into a loving father and prominent member of the community.

I can’t really say enough about this book. I laughed, I cried, and I fell in love with A.J. Fikry. Wrought with humor and life-illuminating realism, The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry is a book that will definitely leave you thinking and reflecting on your own relationships and what is important in life and why.  This was definitely the best book I have read so far this year!  I highly recommend.

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