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Nov
12

Book Tour & Review: Soul Resurrected by Keri Lake

Book Tour & Review: Soul Resurrected by Keri Lake Soul Resurrected  Author: Keri Lake Reviewer: VampBard Rating: A-, 4 stars What I’m Talking About: I have been waiting for Soul Resurrected since I read Soul Avenged nine months ago.  Keri Lake’s Sons of Wrath series is definitely on my auto-buy list, and for fans of PNR and UF, it should be on yours, too! What I love the most about Ms. Lake’s books is the way she builds relationships.  While the Sons of Wrath all seem to have a special connection, the reader is treated to watching the sibling relationship become even deeper as new understanding between the brothers is reached.  Even something as simple as making connections with those chatty and prone-to-gossip Gambis Demons is important to a plot line.  I totally wish I could illustrate characterization and character relationships using Ms. Lake’s titles because she does it so well. Even though I adore so much about Soul Resurrected, I must admit to skimming over some of the Draven parts.  I don’t know why, but I didn’t connect with his character as a reader.  I was kinda ‘meh’ about him, even knowing he was integral to the plot.  I mean, I caught what he did and all that stuff – but as far as having memorable moments from the title having to do with him? Um…  I also, probably, rushed through a few of the more scientific discussions having to do with the ~*new development*~ .  I understood what was said and absorbed the info, but I didn’t savor the information as much as I did everything else about this title. Moving on to all the awesomeness … Gavin, Zeke, Zayne, Calix, Mad Dog, Maddox and the other Sons of Wrath (did I forget anyone…???) give me the warm fuzzies.  Seriously.  I can’t wait to read Gavin’s story next.  My heart breaks for Zayne, and I want him to eventually have a HEA.  What is so awesome about this series is that with each subsequent book, I become more and more invested in the characters.  I actually care about what’s going on with Gavin in the next book already.  I’m worried about him.  I want to know how insane Calix will be when he finds out about Ava.  Most of all, which is pretty amazing, I care about all of them.  I don’t hate any of them, and none of them annoy the crap out of me.  Major deal, there. While some people might call anyone but...
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Nov
11

Review: A SEAL Wolf Christmas by Terry Spear

Review: A SEAL Wolf Christmas by Terry Spear A SEAL Wolf Christmas Author: Terry Spear Reviewer: B. Rating: A-, 4 Stars What I’m Talking About: Being the lone female operative among a group of tough, retired SEAL werewolves isn’t easy, but Anna Johnson has rightfully earned her place within their ranks. She certainly has no intention of giving that part of her life up for the sexy wolf who has been shadowing her and her team on their most recent assignment, even if he makes her want him more than any other man ever has. But, when their next assignment requires them play “house” during a murder investigation, Anna realizes that giving in to what she wants could not only be the key to accepting her own past, but a chance at a happier future than she ever dreamed possible. When he crossed paths with Anna the first time, Bjornolf Jorgenson knew he wanted to become better acquainted the lovely she-wolf. As a lone wolf, however, he also knew how dangerous an attraction that powerful could be. Yet, when he sees her again while on a mission he was never meant to openly participate in, he can’t help but want her for his mate. With any luck, and a lot of undeniable attraction, the holiday assignment they’ve agreed to take on might just prove to be the merriest Christmas either of them has ever had. I’ve had the pleasure of reading quite a few of Ms. Spear’s shifter novels by now, and have enjoyed each and every one. I’m very pleased to add A SEAL Wolf Christmas to that list now, too. Some of my favorite things about these stories are the humor, strength of the main characters, and suspenseful plots that drive the narratives. Anna is tough as nails outside and in, but once she starts to open up to Bjornolf, her shell begins to crack and she gains a depth that isn’t apparent at first. Her discomfort and confusion over her own reactions is endearing, and makes her a more well rounded character, while never rendering her “soft.” Bjornolf, on the other hand, is more consistent throughout the story, and may very well be my favorite of the “alpha males” I’ve read in the series yet. While he lacks the comical bafflement over Anna’s strength that works so well for some of the other men in the Heart of the Wolf series, he has a warmth to his humor that matches Anna’s disposition perfectly. Another...
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Nov
7

Review: The Luckiest Lady in London by Sherry Thomas

Review: The Luckiest Lady in London by Sherry Thomas The Luckiest Lady In London Author: Sherry Thomas Reviewer: Ang Rating: A-, 4 Stars What I’m Talking About: One of the things I love about a Sherry Thomas book is that the author always gives us characters with well-developed back-stories complete with realistic issues, quirks, and intellectual interests. Her heroes are deeply flawed and her heroines are smart, funny and all enjoy pursuits outside of searching for the best catch of the season. The Luckiest Lady in London did not disappoint in any of these regards. Not unlike Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility, The Luckiest Lady in London plot revolves around Louisa’s search for a husband worth at least 5,000 pounds a year, who would be willing to support both her and her epileptic sister. The man she stumbles on, however, is worth MUCH more in terms of pounds per year and issues to overcome. Felix, a dashingly handsome and charming marquess, who is deeply scarred by a dark and desperately cold childhood, is far deeper and multifaceted than Society believes him to be. Louisa picks up on this right away, fueling the story wonderfully. Their courtship and romance (which take place in stages throughout the book) are both difficult and enchanting while remaining realistic and entertaining. Thomas paints a lovely picture of believable characters that I came to know and enjoy throughout the novel. Their path to self-discovery, emotional healing, love, and ultimately their happily-ever-after is filled with bumps, primarily of their own making, and the resolution, although abrupt, is well-earned. Another thing I enjoyed about the novel was the complete candor between Felix and Louisa. Despite their issues, or maybe because of them, they break down typical society barriers right away, beginning with Felix proposing Louisa become his mistress, which allow for very improper but entertaining conversations to take place. Her sexual attraction and Felix’s growing obsession were a refreshing change to many of the previous books I’ve read. I also enjoyed that it was Felix dealing with the baggage and hurts of the past rather than Louisa. It gave an interesting and fresh perspective on a time-old plot line. My only issue with the book, and the only thing that dropped my rating, was the ending. I felt it was too abrupt. Thankfully Thomas was able to band-aid it with a decent epilogue. Overall I would have to say the reason I enjoyed this book so much is because in addition to being well-written and entertaining in the traditional...
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Nov
5

Review: Hellhound by Nancy Holzner

Review: Hellhound by Nancy Holzner Hellhound Author: Nancy Holzner Reviewer: Jen Twimom Rating: B+, 4 Stars What I’m Talking About: Ah… the long awaited follow up to Darklands has finally arrived. Hellhound opens a couple of weeks after the dramatic conclusion of Darklands, which brought us two major events. First – Vicky’s deceased father has returned from the dead, inhabiting the body of the white falcon of Hellsmoor, a magical bird that Mallt-y-Nos, aka the Night Hag or Mistress of the Hounds, wants badly. And second – Vicky’s love, werewolf Kane, is bound to the Night Hag and will become one of her hellhounds at the next full moon (and every full moon for a year). These two events have a tremendous impact on demon-slayer Vicky Vaughn, causing her much grief as feels she must decide between her dad and her boyfriend – saving the life of only one. Hellhound opens with Boston homicide detective (and casual friend) Daniel Costello calling Vicky with news that a zombie attacked and killed three humans outside of Deadtown. For those not familiar with Ms. Holzner’s fascinating world, there was a plague several years ago that caused the death and subsequent reanimation of several humans, creating in essence zombies. Deadtown is a section of Boston that is gated and under guard where zombies and other (now out of the closet) paranormals are required to live. Zombies are, by and large, the same peaceful people they were before the plague. Vicky is brought in as a consultant because the attack bares much resemblance to an event involving the Morfran (a sort of demon, events happened in Hellforged, book 2). Soon Vicky is piecing together bits that imply both of her nemeses (her powerful cousin, Pryce, and the demon known as the Destroyer) are heavily involved. As I look back over my notes for Hellhound, I realize that a lot happens during the progress of this book. Luckily Ms. Holzner finds ways to remind readers of key actions from previous books without it coming across as info dumping or repetitive. Things are coming together for the final showdown between good and evil. The question remains – will Vicky fight alongside her family and friends for good, or will her demon mark and the Destroyer finally win over her soul? Progress is most certainly made on this front, but the sways back and forth are larger and stronger. One thing that has changed about Vicky since the last book is that...
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Oct
29

Review: Daylighters by Rachel Caine

Review: Daylighters by Rachel Caine Daylighters Author: Rachel Caine Reviewer: Una Rating: A-, 4 Stars What I’m Talking About: Wow…I am speechless over the final book in the Morganville Vampires series.  I started this series from reading a novella (how Eve came to be a member of the Glass House) and enjoyed the novella so much, I started the series with the first book.  Daylighters ties this series up with a big red bow it seems.  Although there is the option, if Ms. Caine decides, for us to be able to return to Morganville.  However, the story of Claire and her Glass House friends has come full circle, and I’m happy to say, the ending is all I hoped for. As we were left in Fall of Night, our friends return to a Morganville much different than when they left.  The Daylighters have taken over the town, placing all the vampires in an enclave – for not only the town’s protection, but the vampires as well.  The head of the Daylighter’s claims he can rehabilitate the vampires and cure their vampirism.  However, as Claire and Eve learn more about the cure, they find out it is not as sunny as it appears.  There are quite a few references that tie the Daylighters to the Nazis and the allusion is quite accurate.  This mandatory cure kills more than it heals.  As understanding about this cure comes to light, Claire begins to learn what the “dog bite” to Shane has truly done. There are some very tense moments during the story, making it difficult to put down. Another long-standing issue is the marriage of Eve and Michael. In this the town, it seems they stand united; a vampire and a human are not meant to be married.  The nature of a vampire cannot ignore its natural prey.  It happened only once before in the town’s history – and it did not end well.  This “Romeo and Juliet” situation becomes much dire with the Daylighters now in charge.  Eve finds out only shortly after arriving back into Morganville that her marriage may be annulled.  With the vampires imprisoned and miserable while the humans are overjoyed and happily living without fear, Claire finds herself at a moral dilemma.  She knows the treatment of the vampires is wrong.  However, the town has been transformed – people freely walk the streets, well into the evening.  People are truly living in Morganville without the fear that has hung heavy throughout their...
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Oct
28

Review: Black Heart by Christina Henry

Review: Black Heart by Christina Henry Black Heart Author: Christina Henry Reviewer: Jen Twimom Rating: A-, 4 Stars What I’m Talking About: Note: due to the nature of this series where the storyline continues from book to book, there are spoilers from the previous books in this review. When we last saw our heroine Madeline (Maddy) Black, her life was in imminent peril, with the infamous Agency Retrievers coming to destroy her soul. Not only had Maddy left the Agency (something unheard of) where she was an Agent of Death, but she had broken the rules by crossing over into the land of the dead. Black Heart begins at full throttle, and it takes a while until Maddy can catch her breath. Hoping to save Maddy, her one remaining friend Nathaniel tosses her through a portal to an unknown land. Her she begins her long journey back home. While I adore the Black Wings series, there have been a couple of reoccurring themes in the past two books that didn’t sit well with me. First, it bothers me that the author seems to be pushing Nathaniel and Maddy together, even though it’s only been a couple of weeks since her beloved husband (and father of her unborn child) Gabriel died. Second, I have been uneasy with the amount of darkness and bad karma that has descended upon Maddy. I am happy to report that both of these concerns are addressed in Black Heart. While I may not be completely happy with all of the outcomes, I am grateful for what I feel is a much more balanced book. The dark and light are more equally featured as Maddy continues her battles just to survive another day. The first part of the book is a bit different than the previous novels: Maddy is basically on her own. One of the best things about this series is the camaraderie and companionship of her make-shift family. Unfortunately for Maddy, they all abandoned her in the previous book. While she is forced to be on her own by circumstance (being tossed into a strange land), her memories of what happened just before she left renders her emotionally alone as well. However, there is life on this planet and Maddy soon bonds with a mysterious Dragon and is held captive by some strange Fae-type creatures. She also uncovers a horrific plot by the Faery Queen, Titania, to use the large bug-like Cimice, which we saw in a previous story. While...
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Oct
25

Review: Deadly Shadows by Shirley Wells

Review: Deadly Shadows by Shirley Wells Deadly Shadows Author: Shirley Wells Reviewer: Jen Twimom Rating: A-, 4 Stars What I’m Talking About: As I was preparing to write my review for Deadly Shadows, I went back and looked over the previous reviews I’ve written for the Dylan Scott series, and two things came to mind: consistently entertaining and engrossing, and always original. Each book in Ms. Wells’s highly addictive series brings an exciting new tale that is uniquely its own story while carrying on the same characters from book to book. Deadly Shadows is no different in this regard. I found myself unable to put down my Kindle once I started reading. The book opens with a gruesome murder committed by an unknown assailant. The scene then suddenly shifts to a bar where we meet Joe Child. Joe is an ex-con turned bible-thumper, and he is the reason our hero, PI Dylan Scott was removed from the police force years ago (you can find that back story in some of my other reviews). Joe is attempting to convince David Young (they used to do jobs together) to come into his flock. While they are discussing the pros and cons of Joe’s new-found faith, Davey is hauled off by Dawson’s Clough’s finest where we discover that (*VERY MINOR SPOILER HERE*) Davey is none other than Dylan Scott, working undercover for the Dawson’s Clough police force. Dylan is deep undercover, reprising his role as a two-bit crook from years ago in order to discover what has happened to two young girls missing from town. While neither girl knew the other, they had both spent time at Joe’s commune. Dylan is convinced Joe either has something to do with the disappearances or has knowledge of what happened, and Dylan wants to bring him down. However, not everyone sees things the way Dylan does. Many appreciate the work Joe is doing to serve the town’s homeless. I absolutely love how Ms. Wells sets up her mysteries. The story is told from multiple points-of-view, which are masterfully written so you cannot be certain if a suspect is innocent or guilty. Deadly Shadows spreads out like fan from the first chapter: each character and scenario is its own mini-plot. Yet the complexity is never overwhelming or extraneous. I am driven to look for clues in every scene and interaction. It’s exhilarating, exciting, and nail-biting! One aspect of the series that I adore is the human dynamics and emotional realism of each...
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Oct
23

Review: Hero for Hire by Merissa McCain & Margaret Madigan

Review: Hero for Hire by Merissa McCain & Margaret Madigan Hero for Hire Author: Merissa McCain and Margaret Madigan Reviewer: Gikany and Una Rating: A-, 4 Stars What We’re Talking About: Although Hero for Hire is short, it packs a fun and thoroughly entertaining punch!  Gikany and Una enjoyed this adaptation of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and recommend it to anyone looking for a silly and engaging short story. The story of Hero for Hire revolves around Gywn, an absent-minded scientist who is on a personal quest to find the antidote to the virus that has caused a zombie epidemic.  In order to achieve her goals, she seeks help from a “hero for hire”: Mr. Rafe Charming (the pun is intended).  The plot moves quickly and flows smoothly.  It is surprising how much Ms. McCain was able to fit into such a short length.  Rafe is handsome and “Dread Pirate Roberts”-esque, but we find him to be a man with a good heart.  We will not give away the “dwarfs,” but their addition really adds to the richness of the story.  The overall story arc around the cause of the zombie apocalypse and the cure was fascinating. Although the romance moves quickly it is not surprising.  In a world where most men want to literally take a bite out of you, there are very slim pickings.  We find two people who make the best out of a really crappy situation – and actually find love.  We seriously hope there will be a concluding novel that hopefully gives us more of the happily-ever-after and shows us if Gywn is able to save humanity. If you are looking for a really fun and well done adaptation of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs – look no further.  Go and pick up a copy of Hero for Hire, we’re sure you’ll enjoy it as much as we did. 4 stars: Enjoyed – strongly recommend (A-) About the Book: One day her prince would come…disguised as a zombie-killer. Having been disgraced and tossed out by her own scientific community, Gwyn is convinced she can develop a cure for a SuperVirus that has turned the Infected into zombies. By pure luck and determination, she has survived on her own for years, but while out scavenging, a clash with the local zombies leaves her potentially infected. Now, running out of time, she needs help and takes a chance on a hero for hire.  Rafe loves the apocalypse. Since the world went to hell, everything’s...
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Oct
22

Review: Wallflower by Heidi Belleau

Review: Wallflower by Heidi Belleau Wallflower Author: Heidi Belleau Reviewer: B. Rating: 4 Stars What I’m Talking About: Robert Ng fully accepts what he is: a shy, gay, nerdy gamer and art student who has always felt eclipsed by the shimmering, magnetic personality of his beloved older sister. But, the somewhat self-imposed isolation of his youth has turned into loneliness and an earnest desire to be someone that others are naturally drawn to. The only time he feels strong, confident, and desirable is when he’s playing as Bobby: the only female, orc-slaying member of an online RPG guild, who is not only accepted by her peers, but is the subject of their flirtations as well. She is beautiful, outgoing, witty—everything Rob wishes he could be. If only he could be Bobby every now and then in real life, too. Being new to this series, I had no idea what to expect from Wallflower, and I’m glad to say I was very pleasantly surprised. This story is about Rob’s journey towards self-acceptance, not just a telling of events that lead to a conclusion. Every step he takes towards discovering who he’s supposed to be is regarded with honesty and respect, giving the character a veracity that was easy to accept. In the beginning, Rob believes that in order to break out of his shell, he has to be someone else entirely. But, by the end, he’s arrived at an entirely different opinion. Dylan, Rob’s new boyfriend, is likewise a terrific character. He is understanding and kind, and has no filter between his brain and his mouth whatsoever. He is completely devoid of artifice, his compassion shaped by his own, sometimes difficult, experiences. In general, he has a unique and welcome point of view. This is especially apparent during a wonderful scene that takes place in an art gallery, when he talks about the fallacy of perception, not only of celebrities, but how much of ourselves we either discard or alter before presenting what we believe to be an “acceptable” version of ourselves to the rest of the world. It’s good stuff all around. In the end, Rob didn’t need an alter ego to find the confidence he so desperately desired. He just had to accept that Bobby wasn’t a completely different persona, but rather, a facet, and an equally deserving part, of who he really was. He learned that no one’s path is guaranteed to be free of pain and misunderstanding, and that friends who...
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Oct
14

Review: Targeted by Katie Reus

Review: Targeted by Katie Reus Targeted Author: Katie Reus  Reviewers: Gikany and Una Rating: A-, 4 Stars What We’re Talking About: Targeted is the debut novel in the new Deadly Ops series.  This is a new and exciting military romance series from Katie Reus.  Gikany and Una volunteered for this series since we enjoy Ms. Reus’s Moon Shifter series. Overall, we enjoyed Targeted.  However, we thought it was a solid 3.75 but decided to give it the 4 star rating because it is a debut novel in what we anticipate will be a military romance series we’ll stick with. One of the most compelling elements of the story was Sophie.  We absolutely loved her!  In the majority of the military romances we read, the female heroine bends to the will of the Alpha male.  In Targeted that is not what occurs and we love it!  Sophie not only has a backbone, but uses it.  She is smart, passionate and completely relatable.  She makes Jack work for her heart and her trust. Sophie knows there is something about Jack that isn’t quite what it seems – something that reminds her strongly of her lost love, but knows that the dead do not come back.  That being said, she doesn’t shy away nor jump in head first.  She takes her time and evaluates Jack.  We really respected that aspect of her personality. Jack is your typical alpha male.  But the baggage he carries defines him and makes him unique.  He has never forgotten Sophie and although his identity was erased, they could not take away the bond he has with Sophie.  Even though contact to the past is forbidden, Jack has done everything he can to keep an eye on her.  His devotion to her and his ultimate goal in keeping her safe is compelling – he is even willing to walk away from her again.  Although Jack wants to just step in and control the situation, he is not able to.  Sophie won’t relinquish complete control to him.  Watching him learn who Sophie is now and the journey the two of them take under this great threat is engrossing. If you are looking for a really good, new military romance series, pick up Targeted!  The new Deadly Ops series stands to be a passionate and action-riddled read. 4 stars: Enjoyed – strongly recommend (A-) About the Book: Hidden in plain sight… Former Marine sniper and current NSA agent Jack Stone has a new face to go...
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