Tuesday, 8 March 2011

Review: Taste Me - Tamara Hogan + tiny tradtion post

TASTE ME is the first book in a gritty, fast-paced, and sexy urban fantasy romance series featuring a world where incubi, sirens, valkyries, vampires, and werewolves live undetected alongside humankind. Someone has to keep the peace-and the secrets.

Siren rock star Scarlett Fontaine is finally home after an exhausting year on tour with her band. Incubus security guru Lukas Sebastiani has more urgent problems than protecting the stubborn diva, but now that they're forced into close proximity, they're fighting an attraction that leads them to the brink of disaster.

My thoughts:
This book was a mix of many things, paranormal romance mixed with suspense and urban fantasy. The love of music, and passion between the lead characters. 

Scarlett is a siren and rock star. She is tired and she is trying to stay away from Lukas with whom she had one glorious fling. She can't forget him. But he is put to protect her and of course things will heat up cos these two really want each other. Lukas is the protective guy who thinks he hurt her in the past, and she, well she just want him, but she also upset over things that have happened. And I believed the passion.

I did get confused once though. No one know about these aliens from another planet, and at one time I thought people knew. But I guess they just have hospitals of their own. And if they arrived 1000 years ago then why are there myths about sirens long before that? What I would have liked is why all these aliens came to the planet and from where. I got interested in that and would want a bit more than was given.

The suspense is about the killer on the loose, but we know who it is. Cos we get the name on page 1, so that took some of the suspense away. It was more a wait to see whom he would go after next.

Still the book does have an interesting premise with all the Valkyrie and sirens and such. There is a lot of talk about music and that does give it another feel to it. I did want to listen to some music while reading.

An ok book with bit of genremix in it. I would read more if that meant getting more info on why they are on earth.



Reason for reading:
Sounded interesting

Series: Underbelly Chronicles 1
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Genre: Urban Fantasy/Paranormal romance
Pages: 384
Release date: March 1st 2011
Source: Publisher

Tradition Post
Fat Tuesday

This is my last tradition post. I started last Easter and nothing else will happen after today. It's the start of Lent. Do we celebrate that, eh, not really. It's just today that is left. In Swedish the name is Fastlags Tuesday, which I googled and it comes from the German word, Evening of Fasting. Oh and something is going on in Sunday too, but we didn't do anything special then so let's forget about it ;)

Anyway do we actually do anything? Yes, we eat these yummy things:

And students play in the snow, sledding and yup that it is, lol.


Nina said...

What are those yummy things? they look good. I want to eat them. :)

Michelle Greathouse said...


I had much the same feelings for Taste Me. :)

Those pastries do look yummy. I have enjoyed your traditions posts. :)

Have a great day.


Simcha said...

Yeah, I want some of those yummy things too. I wouldn't mind some snow as well. I miss sledding down hills.

Aurian said...

Yes, I was wondering the same!
But I don't think this is a book I will be reading. I would keep comparing it to Kresley Cole and her totally cool Valkyries!

Amused said...

Oh my gosh those pastries look delicious and gooey!

serendipity_viv said...

Ooh they do look yummy!

Quick technical question - where did you get the Amazon and Goodreads buttons from?

Missie, The Unread Reader said...

OMG! Yummy things! Cool how the Taste Me title goes with that Yummy treat.

TM does sound a bit confusing but how cool would it be to be a rockstar siren?!

Anachronist said...

We have "Fat Thursday" but it was last week - doughnuts all the way and with everything you can think of: cream, marmalade, rose jam, alcohol, chocolate, the choice is yours! Your tradition posts rock!

The book features too many aliens for my liking.

vvb32 reads said...

you know, i like the series title - the underbelly chronicles.

ooo, yummy. love the fat on this post for fat tuesday.

Blodeuedd said...

Oh yes what are they, well yummy normal buns (just really good depending on the brand), whipped cream and almond..stuff, sugar. Anything nom nom ;)

I am glad you have enjoyed them :) Too bad they are ending now but it was fun while it lasted

I have yet to read about her Valkyries, I just read about a kickass demon ;) But how I loved him

They are really good, and I always start to eat them in Jan *blush* I mean I have to find the right brand cos not all make them as good.

Blodeuedd said...

They just melt in your mouth, and I love them :D That is why I start early in Jan cos then after this they are all gone from the stores

Hm..googling? I tried to find some fitting ones and took these very normal ones and then put in the code...you want some help?

Lol, I had not even thought about that but it certainly fits the book today :D
I did get over my confusion but yes I was wondering at first

Alcohol...lol..really? Now that would be a fun one to try ;)
Oh yes me and my traditions, some we just celebrate and no one really cares why anymore

Nise' said...

Oh my, wonder how many calories there are just looking at them? Yum.

Chris said...

Those do look tasty! Although they also look completely NOT gluten and dairy free. :)

Jenny N. said...

They look like cream puffs...now I want one too.

Blodeuedd said...

Fat all around, they are just evil, and too yummy.
I like the series title too, very cool

Look away fast, the fat comes chasing if it notices you, lol

Yeah...well..perhaps without gluten, but dairy, oh..well they would not be as yummy then I think. My opinion at least

The Bookworm said...

I dont like that it sounds a tad comfusing, but I do like the music part.

Those do look yummy!!

Carrie at In the Hammock Blog said...

Waaaah, i can't see the pic :( I am starting fat tuesday off right, had a nice dinner out and then frozen yogurt!!

Melissa (Books and Things) said...

Mmmm... pass one over, please. :)

Okay, I think your mini tradition post outdid the book. However, if the series continues and answers your questions (I think I'd have the same ones) I might pick this up.

Staci said...

Your yummy things look awesome...so much better than what I ate today!!

Ing said...

Hmmm..I wanted to read this book but might go ahead and put it off and read some others.

Great review as always girl. Yummy pastry. I want one!

Alyce said...

Those pastries look delicious! I'm going to miss the tradition posts - it's been so much fun to learn about celebrations in another country and to read your personal stories that have gone along with them.

Cherry said...

With my mountain of TBR, I don't think I would be picking this one up then. Thanks for the review!

Liz @ Cleverly Inked said...

It didn't seem to hit the mark for you. Hrmm I'd have to think about this one.

Unknown said...

I hate the cover and I dont think I'd like the book =/ Thanks for the review hon!

you made me crave a sweet btw! Thanks a lot! LOL

Jenny said...

This one sounds interesting, I always like a story featuring valkyries or sirens, but your just "ok" rating has me thinking I could probably wait on this one:) Thanks for this review!

Anonymous said...

Those pastries look delicious.
The book, however, seems like one I could skip.

VampFanGirl said...

I love this cover but the inner contents, not so much. Thanks for the great review, Blodeuedd!

Blodeuedd said...

The music part was really good, and I sure wish it came with a soundtrack :) Too lazy to search for it online.

Whaaat?! Oh no, I wonder why. perhaps it was photobucket messing with me

Hihi, thank you very much :) But yes I do hope it does just that cos I found those parts fascinating

It was delicious :D I hope that they have some left this weekend and then I will get one last one before they stop making them

Blodeuedd said...

Nom nom. I so want one more. So unfair they are only around for less than 2 months. Xmas goes down, and these come, then they are gone, and Easter comes.

I am glad you have enjoyed them, and I am happy to have shared them with you all. Even if I sometimes am a bit hazy why we do things ;)

Oh those mountains, I really should try to make mine smaller too

I mean I could read it and all, but yes something was missing, something that could have pushed it to greater things

Blodeuedd said...

I do love my sweets :)
the cover is a bit..yeah, oh and I have another book that looks almost just like it

Ok is good, but yes this time for me, dunno, I wanted a bit more for it to be good. Still I enjoyed it, and wonder what the next book will bring

Perhaps you one day will come across one :)

I do like the look of her, and the tattoo, very cool

Marissa said...

I agree with you on the cover,the blurb of this book is enticing, but after your review I think I skip this one.

Those pastries look very yummy, mmmm perhaps we should trade recipies, me getting some Scandinavian treats you some Dutch lol

Blodeuedd said...

Sounds like a great idea :D And then are fairly simple to make too. Bf's mum had made some, bf did make some last year (not the best ones though ;)

Darlene said...

Awww, I'm going to miss your tradition posts. Are those cream puffs? They sure look yummy!

Blodeuedd said...

There sure is cream there, makes it the more yummy :)
Aye. but it has come to an end. One year has gone by, will miss it too

A Buckeye Girl Reads said...

I had the same problems with this book. I think it would've been so much better had we not known who the killer was on page 1.

Blodeuedd said...

At first I got a bit confused but then yeah oh that is the killer..now what?


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