Crouching Tiger Forbidden Vampire

The exotic title of this novel caught my attention first.  Anything with the word “vampire” in it is an auto-read for me.

  • Series: Love at Stake (Book 16)
  • Title:  Crouching Tiger, Forbidden Vampire
  • Author:  Kerrelyn Sparks
  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Avon (December 30, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062107771
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062107770
  • Aquired by: Given to me by a friend

From Goodreads:

Russell wakes from a coma to find he’s become a vampire. Now he has a thirst for revenge. Determined to hunt down the master vampire who turned him, he’s used to working alone . . . until he meets Jia. She is after the same vampire for murdering her parents and insists she can help Russell on this mission. Reluctantly, he agrees, and sets up some ground rules:

Rule #1: Their partnership is strictly business. If he holds her a little too close . . . if she looks at him with those exotic eyes . . . well, that has to stop.

Rule #2: He’s in charge. Jia isn’t used to taking orders and questions every move he makes. So he stops her the only way he knows how.

Rule #3: Don’t fall in love. But the kiss that was supposed to quiet her awakens something else in him . . . something forbidden. Because Jia is engaged. To someone else.

I just wish I had realized sooner (since this was given to me by a friend who passes on her reads) that this is the conclusion to the Love At Stake series.  *sigh*  I do not believe you really need to have read the entire series first, but it would be a far better experience in my opinion.  I enjoyed the story and could get the basics of the previous tone of the series.  I simply would have preferred to start at the beginning.

With that understanding – continue on for my review of Crouching Tiger, Forbidden Vampire.  No true spoilers ahead, promise.  🙂


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My Haul for the week of Jan. 18 – 24, 2015

Usually my reading and reviewing tastes lean toward Romance in any genre.  It’s easy to find a love story just about anywhere.  But this week I went looking for specific novels for a Challenge I’m taking part in, so my picks are not the usual ones for me.  🙂  My haul isn’t huge this week.  But what I did pick up I’m looking forward to.

The Watchers D. KoontzThe Watchers by Dean Koontz

“From a top secret government laboratory come two genetically altered life forms. One is a magnificent dog of astonishing intelligence. The other, a hybrid monster of a brutally violent nature. And both are on the loose…Bestselling author Dean Koontz presents his most terrifying, dramatic and moving novel: The explosive story of a man and a woman, caught in a relentless storm of mankind’s darkest creation…”

I entered a Horror Reading Challenge last week.  And ever since I’ve been trying to remember the horror classics that I once read constantly.  Dean Koontz’s The Watchers came to mind.  I loved the book, but details were sketchy so I decided to pick up a Kindle edition. (the nice part is that this covers another re-read challenge too – love it when that happens)


Rushed B. HarmonRushed by Brian Harmon

“Eric can’t remember the recurring dream that keeps waking him in the middle of the night with an overwhelming urge to leave, yet he spends each day feeling as if he desperately needs to be somewhere. With no idea how to cure himself of this odd compulsion, he decides to let it take its course and go for a drive, hoping that once he proves to himself that there is nowhere to go, he can return to his normal life. Instead, he finds himself hurled headlong into a nightmare adventure across a fractured Wisconsin as the dream reveals itself one heart-pounding detail at a time.”

Any time I’m on the Kindle pages at Amazon I have to check out the “free” book downloads.  It’s often a great way to read the start of a series or a new to me author.  I found Rush (Book 1) and that qualifies as horror read number 2, plus new to me author challenge too.


The Paranormal 13And finally, also at an amazing “free” price I picked up 13 Paranormals  which I realize will be the lead-in story to 13 paranormal series.  But that’s okay, it gives me a chance to find out if I want to buy any of the rest of the series novels.


That’s it for this week.  Not a big haul, but enough to keep me reading late into the night when most Horror and Paranormal novels would take me anyways.  🙂

FeatureFollowParaAlisonThe Feature & Follow is hosted by TWO hosts, Parajunkee of Parajunkee’s View and Alison of Alison Can Read. Each host will have their own Feature Blog and this way it’ll allow us to show off more new blogs!

This week’s Featured Blog is Askerisk Pearl

Question of the Week: Do you post your reviews anywhere besides your blog? Where else do you post reviews? – Suggested byA Great Read

For me:  I originally only posted on my blog (which I regret doing only that for so long) – now I’m beginning to post recommendations and reviews on Goodreads, NetGalley as well as here at home.  I do have a Keeper Bookshelf at blogspot, but hesitate to use it due to confusion – still debating on that one. I plan to start putting up short reviews on books I’ve read on Amazon, that is my major project to begin next week. Right now my main concern is not to just copy and paste to drop the same review in all places, but to change each just a bit to be unique.  Maybe that’s not really necessary, but I feel that each deserves to be a bit different due to the amount of space available. (actually this week’s question is awesome because I had put up a post of my own recently asking this same question)

Since I cannot have GFC on this blog I’d love a follow on bloglovin’  🙂  Thanks

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And now on to the fun part – visiting other blogs.  🙂


Time After Time KH Large

Title:Time After Time

Author: Kay Hooper

Original Publisher: Loveswept

Original Release Date: 1986


Book Description:

A tale of ageless love and the power of fate, in which dreams from the distant past imperil one woman’s search for a passion that transcends history …

They first met in a darkened loft, in the middle of a blackout, but the power of attraction supplied all the juice that Alex Bennet and Noah Thorne required. Noah was Alex’s match in every way, while the onetime lion tamer turned world-class interior designer possessed just the air of wildness that Noah preferred in a woman. Inexorably, they found themselves drawn together. So why was each haunted by dreams of the other that seemed to hint at secret lives in bygone times and places–and a relationship fated to end in separation? For Alex, the solution may lie in a Gypsy fortune-teller’s prophecy. To repeat the past is the one thing neither of them wants–but how do you overcome the pull of a destiny that is stronger than time itself?

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This is the original Loveswept#149 cover.  Big difference between that and the reissued release of 2009.  What’s not to love about a former lion tamer turned interior designer who just happens to have a toothless lion as a house pet?

I have loved Kay Hooper’s work for a long time.  I first discovered her through the otherworldly, mystical, magical, always fun romances in the Loveswept line.

When she started Bishop and his paranormal investigators, the light-hearted stories were left behind.  And that’s okay.  Every writer grows and eventually finds their niche, their unique take on the world… but I am grateful to have discovered Kay Hooper much earlier. That just means I got to enjoy her work longer.  🙂

This has been my Thursday Throwback novel to share.  If you ever want some light, funny, mystical romance in your life, check out Kay Hooper’s earlier works.

Read it again Sam ChallengeI am always re-reading favorite novels.  They are like visiting good friends after not seeing them for months or years.

That simple reason is why I decided to join in the Read It Again, Sam 2015 Challenge over at My Reader’s Block.

The rules are fun and uncomplicated. (click on the graphic or the written link above to be taken to the sign up / rules page.)

I’m going for the Feeling Nostalgic level of re-reading eight (8) books by the end of the year.  I will probably do more than that since I often pick up favorites to read again for enjoyment and to refresh my memory for my weekly “Throwback Thursday” post.

All of the Challenges that I’m taking part in for 2015 are listed on the Challenge page.  (gulp) Now that I look it over, that’s a lot of reading!  Thankfully many can be crossover books that fit the requirements of several Challenges.  In addition to posting a review and linking it back to the Challenge’s review page, I’ll be updating my own page as well.  🙂

Are you likely to end up re-reading books this year?  Then this might be a fun Challenge for you too.

Horror Reading Challenge 2015

There is a challenge going on over at Cornerfolds – a Horror Reading Challenge 2015 and I’m just crazy enough to sign myself up for it.


Cornerfolds Horror Reading Challenge 2015

That’s the link above for all of the guidelines and challenge links, button, etc.


Okay, I know.  Will you really read Horror because there aren’t any reviews here on Keeper Bookshelf in that genre?

Well.  Just because I haven’t reviewed it, doesn’t mean I haven’t read it.  So this challenge isn’t as far-fetched as one might think.  It’s not my absolute favorite style of story but there are some amazing authors out there telling tales to chill the spine.  Yes, I do believe I can do this.

And after all I have an entire year to get to the “Running Scared” level at 1-5 books.  *innocent whistle*  I can do that, at least… and try for more.

If you like Horror novels then check it out.  It might be right up your alley.  *wink*  Besides, it’s a fun way to find great books, new authors, possibly new book blogs that you haven’t discovered yet.  Sounds like a win to me!

UPDATE:  I just spent an hour or so over at Amazon – my Kindle is now loaded with horror stories (and maybe a few others too).  I am prepared.  🙂

Waiting on WednesdayThis is my first Waiting on Wednesday post.  I’ve seen it before, but this time I’m going to jump right in.  🙂

“Waiting on” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

This week’s wait is: Obsession In Death by J. D. Robb.  Release date:  February 10, 2015

I am such a Nora Roberts / J D Robb fan.  I think I’ve mentioned it before in posts and in comments that her new releases (under either name) are auto-buys for me.

Since her next release of an “…In Death” novel under the J D Robb name comes out next month, it was kinda a given in my mind what I was going to present as the book I’m waiting for this Wednesday.

I’m waiting for:

Obsession in Death


From Amazon:

Eve Dallas has solved a lot of high-profile murders for the NYPSD and gotten a lot of media. She—and her billionaire husband—are getting accustomed to being objects of attention, of gossip, of speculation.

But now Eve has become the object of one person’s obsession. Someone who finds her extraordinary, and thinks about her every hour of every day. Who believes the two of them have a special relationship. Who would kill for her—again and again…

With a murderer reading meanings into her every move, handling this case will be a delicate—and dangerous—psychological dance. And Eve knows that underneath the worship and admiration, a terrible threat lies in wait. Because the beautiful lieutenant is not at all grateful for these bloody offerings from her “true and loyal friend.” And in time, idols always fall…




If you aren’t familiar with the ___In Death world, here’s a quick overview.

Set in New York City, NY about 50 years in the future we are brought into the world of Lt. Eve Dallas, (a kickass, badass cop with issues that play out throughout the ongoing books) she’s a murder cop and once dead, that person belongs to her and she will do anything and everything to find the killer.

Meet Roarke.  Just Roarke.  Eve’s deliciously handsome husband – billionaire husband who probably owns half the universe.  He is a former thief, extraordinary computer expert and often civilian consultant on Eve’s cases (hard to put computer hacking and lockpicking on the official books, ya know?)  To Roarke the most important job in his world is pampering Eve (which she doesn’t understand), protecting Eve and teaching Eve that life is more than a murder board.

These are the two main characters of the  __In Death universe.  (if you can, think of the old Thin Man movies without the dog) 🙂   We also met and get to know Eve’s team, her partner – her world.  And Roarke’s world as well.

This ongoing book series is very much like a television show, like Law & Order for instance. Every new book is another murder, yet with each new novel we learn more about the world of Lt. Eve Dallas.  How she grows, the relationships around her get deeper, more personal.  So that with each new novel I, personally, feel like I am visiting with an old friend and catching up on her life… with a murder to solve tossed in.  🙂

Yes.  I love this ongoing series.  Which is why I’ll be at my local bookstore to pick up Obsession In Death on February 10, 2015.  Because I need an in my hand, hardback copy of every In Death novel.

If you’ve never heard of read any of the In Death series I would suggest that on your next library visit you look in the stacks for Naked In Death (or request it if there isn’t a copy there).  That is where it all begins.  If you have the least interest in mystery, suspense, thriller, a touch of sci-fi in the future gadgets aspect, oh and of course love, sex and romance.  If any of that appeals to you – you might be Waiting on Wednesday for her next release.  🙂

Taking Control TBR 15We all have them.  They are lurking in corners, on tables, in bookcases everywhere – just waiting.  Waiting, just waiting… To Be Read.

(glances over at the pile in the corner threatening the ceiling tiles at this moment)

It goes without saying that we all love our books.  Trouble is we (I) often love too many books at the same time.  That’s when the Days of Our Books happens in my house.  The plots are (literally) piling up, the love scenes are placed on hold and the villain – might not be so bad after all… but I don’t know that because I haven’t opened up the books since I put it in that TBR pile of mine!

I don’t mean for it to happen.  But – it does.

A solution appeared when I was doing a blog hop a couple days ago.  (I’m a sucker for book links)  I saw an interesting link on a blog, clicked it and found this challenge.  And I am so in on this.


Go to the challenge launch page at Caffeinated Book Reviewer and check it out for yourself.  It takes place in March, there are so many other book bloggers taking part (and non bloggers too), there is a prize and the ultimate reward of clearing up that TBR pile and making room for more books.  What’s not to love about that?


teaser tuesdayOne of the fun parts of taking part in blog hops (aside from getting to visit new to me blogs) is finding great ways to interact with other book lovers.  This is one:

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!


“Russell,” Rajiv whispered.  “You don’t talk to angels like that.”

Russell scoffed. “I’m still trying to believe they’re real.”

Crouching Tiger Forbidden Vampirefrom Crouching Tiger Forbidden Vampire Love at Stake series by Kerrelyn Sparks

Did you “tease” this Tuesday?  🙂

scattered papersThis is the year that I’m taking my blog to the next level.  No more being shy or hesitant about jumping in feet first on stuff.  I’m in this thing for the long haul.


I’m just wondering where everyone writes or blogs.  I have this blog Keeper Bookshelf and another one of the same name at Blogspot.  Why?  Well it seemed like a good idea at the time.  Now I’m wondering if I’m taking on too much.  Even though they are the same name and same type of content – maybe, oh – I dunno yet.  I’m still working through that.  Hence this post.

There are a couple other places that I’ve joined lately where doing a blog as part of those platforms is an option too.  I just don’t want to get too scattered and lose momentum on this, my main and most important spot on the internet, ya know?

Still getting out there and being known for good, informative, interesting blogging is important too.

I am starting to give short recommendation types of posts at Goodreads and Amazon.  Yet again, keeping the content fresh and not the exact same is one of my concerns.

So, if you don’t mind sharing.  Where all do you blog or post your thoughts on books you’ve read?  I’d really like to know.  (not trying to steal ideas, just wanting to learn)

Thanks 🙂