When in doubt, seek legal advice

Posted by Ellinia on November 2, 2013 in A penny for your thoughts |

Trusth be told, I haven’t been happy for a very long time in my marriage. Why, you ask me? Well, it’s the usual thing. Falling out of love, growing distant, infidelities, etc…the usual thing that happens when you stay married to the same person too long. As of late, I’ve been thinking…why in the world am I still married?  I haven’t been happy for years.

I’ve been neglected and been miserable for a very, very long time. I should just consult Leavitt Yamane Soldner for legal advice and just move on properly so that I can be happy again. Life is simply too short to be miserable. Don’t you agree with me on that?


(Dis) Comfort Food

Posted by Ellinia on July 19, 2013 in Mystery |

This book is a wow. It got me hooked from the very beginning. Loved the mystery, loved the pace and absolutely love the thrill that came from reading this book. The story started quaint enough but naturally it evolved into something scarier and deeper. Things are not what they seem to be in this book, and kudos to the author for that.

Definitely a keeper for fans of cozy mysteries and I highly recommend you to read this during those rainy days where things are slow and you feel like you could use some adventure.

I rate this book 4 out of 5 stars. I received an arc of this book from Netgalley. I was not required to write a positive review for this book and was not compensated in any ways for it,

Book description:

“Revenge is a meal best served in a casserole dish.”

Meet Rosie Kirkland, a quiet homemaker with a magical talent for murder.

Rosie is just going through the motions, leading an average quiet life. However, that normal life is thrown into a tailspin when Rosie’s husband succumbs to a terminal illness. A mysterious friend named Vera Caldwell shows up on the doorstep, offering food, comfort, and an introduction to a world Rosie once thought impossible.

Suddenly, nothing is what it seems to be. The marriage she thought to be a happy union is revealed to be one full of dark secrets. The little old ladies down the street are unmasked as a clandestine cabal with origins as old as civilization itself. The simple act of cooking becomes an act of vengeance. And Rosie’s own identity begins to unravel as she finds herself at the center of the ongoing history of witchcraft in Middle America.


Throne of Oak

Posted by Ellinia on July 19, 2013 in Fantasy, Literotica |

I feel a tad lost when I started to read this book. Perhaps that’s because this book is not meant to be a standalone. But I’ll give credit where it’s due. This book inquire an entertaining read though I couldn’t exactly relate to the characters in this story. I couldn’t understand why things between Maggie and Dragos are the way they are, but the sexy parts were decent enough to keep me hooked to the last page.

I rate this book 3 out of 5 stars. I received an arc of this book from Netgalley. I was not required to write a positive review for this book and I was not compensated in any ways for it.

Book description
Vampire Dragos Ibanescu, Mayor of Maggie’s Grove, is about to lose his mind. His mate, the dryad queen Mina Chainey, refuses to have anything to do with him after her ordeal at the hands of an evil witch. If he doesn’t mate with her soon, he may lose control of the beast within him—a force far more dangerous than anyone in town knows…

Mina’s nightmares of her time with the witch haunt her. The Queen of the Forest can’t muster the strength needed to fight her terror. Unable to leave the Throne, she vows she will not accept Dragos until she can stand at his side as an equal. But the nightmares are only growing in strength, and soon she realizes that there’s more to her pain than simple fear.

Dark forces are converging on Maggie’s Grove, and a horde of hunters stalk supernaturals from the shadows. Only by uniting in body and mind will Mina and Dragos find the strength to defend their home.

Delve into the Grove with Blood of the Maple.


The Divorce Party

Posted by Ellinia on July 19, 2013 in Romance |



Reading this book makes me feel very angry. It makes me wonder, why is it men feels that it is justified to have an affair whenever things are not great in their marriage? Why can’t they make an effort to sort it out? Sure, sometimes the spouse may detach themselves from you out of jealousy and whatnot, but can’t you men be a man and sort it out instead of taking solace in another woman’ arms? This book reflect a lot of relationships in real life, I suppose, especially on the part when men tends to make excuse for themselves to wrong their wives whenever things are on the rocks…only to realise that it is too late when wives decided to walk away from them.

This book is great in a sense that it reflect reality. Pretty much an emotional read, I must say. Irate this book 4 out of 5 stars. I received an arc of this book from Harlequin publisher via Netgalley. I was not required to write a positive review for this book and I was not compensated in any ways for writing this review.

Book description

“You threw your fifty-thousand-dollar engagement ring off the Brooklyn Bridge?”

Lilly shows up to her lavish divorce party with one goal in mind—to leave as quickly as possible minus a husband! Except he has other plans…and Riccardo De Campo isn’t easy to say “no” to.

Forced back into Riccardo’s glittering, gossip-fueled world, the price of perfection is still too high and Lilly’s old insecurities resurface. An unexpected consequence of their reunion raises the stakes even higher, and the media’s golden couple must finally confront the truth behind the headlines.


Deadly Bonds

Posted by Ellinia on July 9, 2013 in Uncategorized |

This book is quite interesting. While I have nothing against the storyline and pace, I felt that there are missing pieces that I could not understand. Chemistry between the hero and heroine is rather mediocre to me, but the thrills of the chase was there, so I suppose this book was a fairly enjoyable read.

I would recommend this book to those who genuinely loves mystery and thriller romance. Reading this book during the rainy weather would definitely gives you the eerie mood.

I rate this book 3 out of 5 stars. I received an ARC of this book from Carina Press via Netgalley. I was not required to write a positive review for this book and I was not compensated in monetary ways for it.

Book description:

Book three of The Mindhunters

A dedicated profiler. Dr. Holt Patterson has thrown himself into his work since his wife’s death, and his relationship with his young son, Theo, is suffering. He’s caught in an impossible choice—how can he make the world a safer place for his son without sacrificing valuable family time?

An unrequited love. Sara Burns, the director at Theo’s prestigious academy, once loved Holt Patterson, but he was her best friend’s husband. Now a decade has passed, and Sara realizes that her feelings are just as strong—but how can she act on them without betraying her friend’s memory?

A terrifying killer. A violent man develops an interest in Sara, and sends a body instead of flowers to get her attention. Holt is determined to keep her safe. But the killer is much closer than they expect…


Making the First Move

Posted by Ellinia on July 9, 2013 in Romance, Uncategorized |

What attracts me to pick up this book in the first place is the cover. But I never learn. I always judge a book by its cover and at the end of the day, I tend to regret that. This book is quite a disappointment. Initially I thought that it will be good, but the pace and the character’s development pace is way to slow for me. I could not relate to the hero and heroine and I could not feel the chemistry between them. What a shame. Reading the book description, book book ought to have been good,but I guess such a slow moving story is just not for me.

I rate this book 2 out of 5 stars. I received an ARC so this book from Carina Press via Netgalley. I was not compensated in any ways for writing this review.

Book description:

Big promotion, complete with $300 pen? Check.
A hot man who cuddles, spends the night and makes breakfast? Check.
Waiting for the other shoe to fall? Check.

“If it feels too good to be true, it probably is.”

Five years of obsessing over her career pays off when Melanie Gordon gets a promotion that could make or break her. But the new job takes her back to her hometown to face the family she’s distanced herself from, and forces her to leave behind sexy, mysterious philanthropist Raine Mason, who just might be the man of her dreams.

By the time Raine makes his move with Melanie, her one-way ticket to Cleveland is booked. He convinces her to take a chance on him long-distance, but can’t yet trust her with the whole truth about himself.

Raine and Melanie slowly peel back each other’s layers (starting with his bicep-hugging sweater). She is finally ready to give her heart to him…until she learns the dark secret of his past. He’ll have to prove to her that love is worth the risk.


Summer Time with Firmoo-Free for New Customers

Posted by Ellinia on June 30, 2013 in A penny for your thoughts |
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Yippie! Summer is here and it’s time for some leisurely read on the beach! But then again, it’s practically a sin to go around without sunglasses and proper protection for our eyes. Not only our skin needs protection from the glaring sun, you know? Our eyes needs it too as the sun is dangerously bright during summer!

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Never Deal With Dragons

Posted by Ellinia on June 23, 2013 in Uncategorized |

This is an amazingly written modern fantasy romance. In a literary world where shapeshifters are pretty common, I found that the creation of morphing dragon-human in this story is pretty refreshing. The hero is irresistible and I absolutely love the strong-willed heroine who can hold her own. I’ll be frank, I’m never a fan of your regular damsel in distress heroine so this book is really something I enjoyed. Love the chemistry between the characters and not to mention the romance. It was not exaggerate to the point of repitition and I am amazed on how the author resolves the mystery in the story.

A 4 star for a job well done. I received an ARC of this book from Carina Press via Netgalley. I was not required to write a positive review and I was not compensated in any ways for writing this review.

Book description:

Consoling a sobbing dragon and serving pig buffets are just part of the job for Myrna Banks. Working for a mediation firm, it’s her job to get humans compensated for damages caused by the dragons who now rule. But her “typical” day is interrupted by Trian Chobardan, an old flame who sneaked out of her bed two years ago, taking her heart and a handful of classified documents with him.

Myrna would love to show Trian the door, but he’s been sent by North America’s reigning dragon lord for help negotiating a truce with a powerful rival to avert war. Myrna agrees to help, even though she’ll be stuck with Trian as a partner.

As the two work together, Myrna finds Trian to be surprisingly supportive—and still irresistibly attractive. Though her brain tells her not to forget his betrayal, her body feels differently. When they learn the enemy dragon lord is planning something no one could have imagined, Myrna has to learn who she can trust before she loses not only her heart, but her life.


Betrayed by Trust

Posted by Ellinia on June 21, 2013 in Uncategorized |

This is an okay read. Just an okay read to me. Nothing I can really shout about. The storyline is fine and I’m okay with how the characters develop. The story is not fast-paced enough for me and I’m not very intrigued on how the mystery unfolds. It’s rather draggy and slow for me. I know the author intends to build up anticipation and climax, but it does not work for me. Plus, I can’t exactly feel the chemistry between the characters.

I rate this book a 3 star out of 5. I received an ARC of this book from Carina Press via Netgalley. I was not compensated in any ways for writing this review.

Book description:

Catherine Morrissey is devastated when her sister’s body is found on a tiny wooded island on the Potomac. For months, Catherine had hoped that Blair’s disappearance would end with the bright, young Capitol Hill aide found safe and alive. Determined to put pressure on the police to catch the killer, Catherine flies to Washington, D.C.

Joseph Rossi, an investigative reporter for the Washington Herald, broke the story of Blair’s murder—and ruined his chances with Catherine in the process. They’d developed a warm, long-distance connection after Catherine’s sister went missing, but the temptation of the scoop—which revealed some Morrissey family secrets—was too great to resist.

Now together in D.C., Catherine and Joe are thrown into a world of lies, scandal and deadly political intrigue. They must work as a team and learn to trust one another—and their rekindled feelings—if they have any hope of living to see the truth uncovered.


Love at High Tide

Posted by Ellinia on June 20, 2013 in Uncategorized |

Up for a little beach fling this summer? No? Not really? Well that’s okay. You can still enjoy the summer at the beach with a slow summer romance book in hand. Love at High Tide is a tad slow for me but it’s a perfect read if you’re slumming by the beach.

Quite sexy but not overdone. I rate this book 3 out of 5 stars. I received an ARC of this book from Carina Press via Netgalley. I was not compensated in any ways for writing this review.

Book description:

Darcy Trent is lucky Cooper Hudson is on hand to sweep her off her feet—literally—when she nearly drowns while swimming in the ocean. But life-saving aside, Mr. Perfect’s timing stinks: Darcy’s career is about to take her to the complete opposite side of the Atlantic. Still, a little summer loving with the tall, blond and sexy former cop is far too tempting to pass up.

When his plans to enter the Secret Service went south thanks to a bum knee, Coop retreated to the family beach house to mull his future. Romance is the last thing on his mind, until he fishes a curvy brunette out of the sea. Now, spending time in Darcy’s arms seems like the ideal distraction, even if it is just for a week.

But with Darcy’s departure date fast approaching and their careers on the line, can they realize in time that their beach fling might become the real thing?

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