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Apr
5

Review: The Beast by JR Ward

Review: The Beast by JR Ward The Beast Author: JR Ward Reviewer: Jen Twimom Rating: C+ What I’m Talking About: Hello. My name is Jen. I am a recovering BDB addict… Yes, I was one of the many who felt betrayed by JR Ward when she wrote and released the previous Black Dagger Brotherhood book, The Shadows. I wanted to read The Beast because 1) I love Rhage and Mary, and 2) I wanted to see if I was finally over my obsession with all things BDB. In the end, I’m glad I read The Beast, and I probably would have enjoyed it more had The Shadows never happened. Generally, The Beast is a fun story and it brought back some of the old school fun the series has been lacking for years now. Most of the page time is dedicated to Rhage and Mary, telling the story of how they relate as a couple, and to the outside world, after a few years of mating and living with the BDB. Additionally, there are sidestories that follow the continuing path of Layla, Assail, the Scribe Virgin, and the Lessers. And per her usual, Ward tosses in new characters that don’t even interact with the main characters in any way. Here are my thoughts about each storyline: Assail storyline: Assail has been around for a while, but he’s not really making any forward progress. Back a few books ago, I liked his story, but then it dragged on and on. Now it looks like he may have hit rock bottom, but I don’t seem to care. I found him to be pathetic for most of the story. Ward has set him on a path for redemption, which began in The Beast, but I felt the reason for it, and the sudden 180 turnaround in his personality, was too abrupt for his character. He felt like two completely different people from the beginning to the end of the book, and it didn’t sit well with me. Layla / Xcor / Bastards storyline: Ugh. Layla has turned into an idiot again. I had hope for her character there for a short while in earlier books, but alas, I don’t like her again. She lacks any real personality and personal strength. She’s whiny, even in her own head. Her love for Xcor is ridiculous and childish because it was never really given much time to develop. Then we have the defunct Bastards with Throe up to something, but we...
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Mar
22

Review: Phoenix Reborn by J.D. Tyler

Review: Phoenix Reborn by J.D. Tyler Phoenix Reborn Author: J.D. Tyler Reviewers: Gikany and Una Rating: B- What We’re Talking About: Gikany and Una have been looking forward to Noah and Nix’s novel.  We’ve enjoyed Noah’s character and have been eagerly waiting for him to finally be claimed by his mate.  Sadly, Phoenix Reborn fell flat for us. Nix has been recovering from being captured and tortured by enemies.  Upon his rescue some books back, Nix met his mate Noah, the Alpha Pack nurse.  In the previous novels Nix has adamantly maintained that he is straight and was horrified that his mate is a man.  This has been something we have been waiting to find out more about.  In the previous novel, Chase the Darkness, it was foreshadowed that Noah would be in danger.  When that danger finds Noah only Nix can save him – the question remains, will he embrace his mate or lose him. We thought that Phoenix Reborn was too short.  Although this is a common feeling with novellas, we thought that Nix and Noah’s journey warranted a full novel.  There were some obvious “skips” where the back-story or another scene was glossed over.  Their relationship needed more time to evolve.  Nix needed more time for his self-reflective journey.  There needed to be more time for Noah and Nix to work out the issues they had.  It felt rushed and we just wanted more for Noah.  The plot of Noah’s capture was short, but did provide an escalation for the new nemesis. Although we liked the overall plot and journey of Nix and Noah, the execution of it fell short.  We needed more time with them because their story deserved more time.  However, fans of the series will not want to miss this long awaited novella.  We look forward to the next full novel in this series and we can’t wait to see the current nemesis get his comeuppance! Our Rating:  B- Liked It, but we had a few small issues About the Book: Wolf shifter and Firewalker Phoenix “Nix” Monroe has finally met his ultimate Bondmate—Alpha Pack nurse Noah Brooks. Unable to accept his own sexual identity, Nix rejects Noah despite the intense attraction he feels towards him. By the time Nix realizes he has cast aside the love of his life, it may be too late to save Noah from a terrifying enemy…. Release Date: March 15, 2016 Publisher: Intermix Series: Alpha Pack #7.5 ASIN: # B01071REAK Genre: Paranormal Romance...
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Mar
15

Review: Her Fierce Warrior by Paige Tyler

Review: Her Fierce Warrior by Paige Tyler Her Fierce Warrior Author: Paige Tyler Reviewers: Gikany and Una Rating: B- What We’re Talking About: Overall Gikany and Una have liked the X-Ops series, although, the latest offering, Her Fierce Warrior, fell a bit flat for us.  The plight of stopping the evil doctors was gripping, but the romantic storyline between Minka and Angelo was lacking. Over the course of the previous three books, the Department of Covert Operations (DCO) team has been trying to uncover the mole in their organization, find the evil doctors making the hybrids, all while doing their normal jobs.  We liked that this novel touched base with some previous couples, especially Landon and Ivy.  We were utterly gripped by the political machinations of the operatives’ missions and the suspenseful nature of the shadow organization that is creating the hybrids. What didn’t work for us revolved around Minka and Angelo. We enjoyed Angelo’s character when he was first introduced to us as part of Landon’s squad.  As the story unfolded, we discovered that he has some issues related to being in the service and his mother.  We thought these issues were not fully reconciled in the course of the novel.  His feelings were treated almost like an afterthought.  Although the chemistry between Minka and Angelo was steaming, it felt artificial.  Minka grew up in was very conservative Middle Eastern culture and we thought there should have been a larger cultural gap between the two.  Minka vacillated between being conservative and being more westernized.  When you combine this with the trauma she suffered for an extended period at the hands of the evil doctors, we expected her to be a little shyer in the bedroom.  The driving force of mating and such we can understand, but it seemed a little trite that it magically solved all of Minka’s problems.  We thought this made her characterization a bit weak. Even with the few hiccups, and our issue with Minka’s torture being trivialized, we did like Her Fierce Warrior.  The secrets uncovered and plots alluded to near the end of the novel have us eager to read the next book in this series.  If you enjoy a different military drama mixed with paranormal elements, you might want to give the X-Ops series a try. Our Rating:  B- Liked It, but we had a few small issues About the Book: Minka isn’t sure she should trust the sexy Special Forces soldier who found her. Subjected to horrors, on...
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Mar
11

Re-release Review: Edge of Moonlight by Stephanie Julian

Re-release Review: Edge of Moonlight by Stephanie Julian Edge of Moonlight Author: Stephanie Julian Reviewer: Jen Twimom Rating: B- What I’m Talking About: The Lucani Lovers is a six-book steamy paranormal romance series that was re-edited and, in some cases, rewritten, and republished in February 2016. Kaine Giliati is an elite solder shifter. After rescuing the human John Simmons, she realized he was her mate, and she longed to be with him. Yet when John saw Kaine shift and he learned the Lucani secrets, he chose to have his memories wiped so he could walk away. Now Kaine misses him even though nothing ever happened between the pair. John and his sister, Evangeline, were kidnapped in the last story, and now his memories of how he escaped are fuzzy, and his dreams are haunted by a beautiful woman. When he sees the woman of his dreams in a bar, he thinks he might be crazy, but takes her home anyhow. Picking up when the previous book left off, Edge of Moonlight continues the story about a mysterious person who has been kidnapping humans with Etruscan blood. The story deepens with the reappearance of Evangeline, who’s slight magical abilities have grown exponentially and out of control. I have been enjoying this story from the beginning, and I was glad to see so much progress on finding out who is behind the kidnappings, as well as the motives. However, I felt the entire story fell flat. The motivation behind the kidnappings was tenuous, and in the end, the perpetrator was equally as weak. John and Kaine’s romance was fiery hot, and filled with passion. While the pair experienced some of the paranormal insta-love, there were complications and bumps in the road. Unfortunately, much of their trouble could have been avoided with any sort of open communication. In the end, I enjoyed reading Edge of Moonlight, but I would have liked a more concrete story around the mysterious kidnapper. Kaine and John’s romance was enjoyable, but I wished they’d been a bit more open with one another. My Rating:  B- Liked It — But I had a few small issues About the Book: Etruscan wolf shifter Kaine Giliati has longed for John Simmons since he willingly agreed to wipe all memory of her from his mind. The pain in her heart is only magnified by terror-the ability to call her wolf appears to have deserted her, as well. For months after he and his sister escaped a crazed kidnapper, John...
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Mar
4

Re-release Review: Moonlight Menage by Stephanie Julian

Re-release Review: Moonlight Menage by Stephanie Julian Moonlight Menage Author: Stephanie Julian Reviewer: Jen Twimom Rating: B What I’m Talking About: The Lucani Lovers is a six-book steamy paranormal romance series that was re-edited and, in some cases, rewritten, and republished in February 2016. Nic and Duke are brothers in every way except by blood. They work, live, and play together, and they both love Tira deeply. Scared by a vision she had of Nic’s death the first and only time she attempted to be with Nic and Duke, Tira has isolated herself from the men she loves. Now that Nic’s time appears to be coming to an end, Tira must decide if she wants to continue hiding or take a chance on love. Nic, Duke, and Tira’s story began in the previous book, Kiss of Moonlight. They share an eight-year history, which gives the story a tight emotional connection from the start. The trio share a bond and unrequited love that has kept each of them unhappy. I really like the back story reasons for their distance. The overall story of the mysterious kidnappings deepens and builds upon the first book, however some of the storylines mentioned in the first book are absent in Moonlight Menage, which didn’t bother me, but left me wondering if they will pick back up. There is still a lot of unknown and mystery surrounding the overall storyline, and I like how we get bits over the course of each book. Additionally, the author brings in new characters and deepens the mythology. The smex is hot. There are lots of menage sexy times. The scenes add emotional value to the book. Overall I liked Moonlight Menage, but there one or two scenes that just felt out of place – added fluff or their purpose not clear, making them feel superfluous. I would have preferred either a deeper connection made between the scenes and the story or have them edited out. I am enjoying this series. It’s a great mix of PNR erotica and a solid, extended storyline that leaves me ready to take on the next book. My Rating:  B, Liked It About the Book: For eight years, Etruscan witch Tira Belludi has longed to give herself, body and soul, to the two shifter men who hold her heart. But visions of death and fears for her sanity have forced her to keep her distance. Nic Rocca and Duke Ducati are brothers in every way but blood and partners who...
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Mar
1

Re-release Review: Kiss of Moonlight by Stephanie Julian

Re-release Review: Kiss of Moonlight by Stephanie Julian Kiss of Moonlight Author: Stephanie Julian Reviewer: Jen Twimom Rating: B+ What I’m Talking About: The Lucani Lovers is a six-book steamy paranormal romance series that was re-edited and, in some cases, rewritten, and republished in February 2016. Six months ago, wolf shifter Kyle Rossini almost died on a secret assignment for the Lucani King. His daughter, Cat, and best friends, Margie and Dan, are worried that Kyle is immersed too deeply into his warrior duties, hoping he’ll find a way to be happy. Cat tells him about the lonely human who is living near by, one that Cat has befriended in her wolf form. Tamra McMillan is eteri, human, and living on land near the lucani. Eight months ago she was attacked and raped, which left emotional, mental, and physical scars. On the move and alone, she enjoys the company of the large “dog” who has been visiting her the past few days. But when she meets Kyle, she decides it’s time to rejoin humanity again. The chemistry between Tam and Kyle develops quickly. I appreciate that Tam’s horrific past isn’t swept under the rug, and although she’s able to climb out of her hole and shed her fears quickly, Ms. Julian allows Tam to experience the change from her abused self to one of confidence and able to take on a dangerous lover. The pair scorch the pages with their insatiable lust and need to be with one another. Overall, I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed Tam and Kyle’s story. It’s a shifter PNR through and through, complete with mating and near insta-love. But the strong storytelling and unique mythology override any issues I had, causing me to sink deeper into the tale. I look forward to learning more about the Etruscan gods, witches, and shifters of Ms. Julian’s Lucani Lovers world. My Rating:  B+ Liked It A Lot About the Book: Plagued by nightmares. Stalked by kidnappers. Tamra McMillan needs a safe haven. When tattooed bad-ass Kyle Rossini steps into her life, the last thing she expects to find is a sanctuary from her demons in his arms. In fact, everything about him screams danger. But appearances can be deceiving. The tender possessiveness of his touch, the hunger in his eyes, the scorching sensuality of his kiss… He wants to brand her as his for life. Etruscan werewolf Kyle is a loner. The king’s assassin with a killer’s instincts. The last thing he...
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Feb
16

Review: The Shadow by Sylvain Reynard

Review: The Shadow by Sylvain Reynard The Shadow Author: Sylvain Reynard Reviewer: VampBard Rating: B+ What I’m Talking About: There’s a few things that will keep me reading a book and/or series. One of them is referencing historical figures in an alternate manner/universe. Author Sylvain Reynard has piqued my interest with The Florentine series. The second full novel in the series, The Shadow, makes reference to a plethora of interesting historical figures I’ve studied either in college or independently (because I’m a geek like that). By putting several historical figures, including William of York and Niccolo Machiavelli, in vampyric roles, my mind tends to wander and easily buy-into the world-building. This is by no means a work of historical fiction—The Shadow, and all of The Florentine series thus far, is set in modern times. Oh. And the series needs to be read in order. Don’t jump around. As vampyres, York and Machiavelli maintain their archaic language patterns, tempered by the modern-day setting. While readers won’t enjoy the hilarious image of either exclaiming, “YOLO!”, those enjoying more formal language will be completely engaged…or maybe it’s only me. I’m weird that way. I found myself flip-flopping a lot while I read The Shadow. I was still completely enamored by William and Raven’s romance, and the fact that William was so besotted by Raven. I still find it interesting, their relationship, because they seem such an unlikely couple. Don’t get me wrong—they’re a believable couple, just not the pairing I’d make. It seems they have a few extremely different beliefs regarding several things. But, I am still in leap-of-faith mode regarding this series, so it works for me. I think one of the reasons the series works so well for me is bits like this: “Love is deep.” His rich voice echoed in the bathroom. “Love is having the power to destroy another person.” William stepped closer. “Are you afraid of being destroyed?” “Destroyed, consumed, betrayed.” She [Raven] fidgeted with the neckline of her gown. William placed his hand over hers, stilling it. “Love creates; it doesn’t destroy.” While these are really global statements that could be made by any two main characters in a romance novel, they’re especially poignant coming from William and Raven. As they navigate the rekindling of their romance, forces beyond their bubble of happiness threaten to blow things to smithereens. I think the parts that were ‘the best’ for me were those involving William and Raven. While I liked learning some of the...
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Feb
15

Review: Hunted by Darkness by Katie Reus

Review: Hunted by Darkness by Katie Reus Hunted by Darkness Author: Katie Reus Reviewer: Jen Twimom Rating: C+ What I’m Talking About: Bo, a half-demon who owns a supernatural bar, knows Nyx is his mate, but is worried his demon side will scare her away. In the last book, we discovered that Nyx is a demigod; her mom is goddess of Chaos and her father a fae prince. Her fae father has promised her in marriage to another, and because Nyx sought help from her mother to save a friend, her mom has come to collect the favor Nyx owes her. Now the pair will need to work together if they have a chance of surviving the fallout from Chaos’s “favor.” Hunted by Darkness is a typical paranormal romance, complete with alpha males, powerful females, and misunderstandings that cause problems for the fated couple. Love comes swiftly, but only after significant obstacles; however, our couple ends up happy and well-sexed. I enjoyed reading Bo and Nyx’s story, especially after watching the pair dance around their desires for a while now. They make a good couple, and I was pleased that Bo made an effort to both beat his alpha-chest, as well as swallow his protective streak to allow Nyx to conquer her own battles. It really is a great mix of the two sides. And while there were times I thought I would want to pull out my hair because of misunderstandings or lack of communication, Ms. Reus was quick to end confusion and didn’t allow problems to stay for long. However, at times the situations felt gimmicky, as if there were obstacles that really didn’t need to be there in the first place. I did liked that while Nyx was quick to react, she took time to later think things through. She is very understanding, which allows Bo to make a few mistakes along the way. The overall story was good, but not spectacular. A large part of the book was trying to figure out who trapped Bo and Nyx in a hell realm, but the way the story played out and the ultimate conclusion fell flat for me. The action scenes are intense and well-developed, but short. And it was a bit too convenient that each time Nyx’s powers got out of control and destroyed something, Bo could use his power to fix it. In the end, Hunted by Darkness was an enjoyable paranormal romance. I liked Bo and Nyx, both having strong traits, yet...
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Feb
2

Review: SEAL Wolf In Too Deep by Terry Spear

Review: SEAL Wolf In Too Deep by Terry Spear SEAL Wolf In Too Deep Author: Terry Spear Reviewer: B. Rating: B+ What I’m Talking About: Allan Rappaport knows the importance of rules. As part of a close-knit wolf pack, he learned early on the need to keep their kind a secret from humans that would hunt them down and destroy them. Being a Navy SEAL taught him how to get the job done in the face danger and keep his cool under pressure. But, nothing could have prepared him for the beautiful, spirited woman he can’t stop thinking about. Leaving her troubled upbringing behind, Debbie Renaud found happiness and purpose as a diver for the police department in her small, northern Montana town. And, after her last breakup, she’d convinced herself that the job was enough. At least, until she was partnered with a sexy, warm-hearted SEAL who fascinates her on every level. They would make a perfect team—if only he didn’t have so many secrets. Although I’ve said it before, I can’t help but enjoy the strong women Ms. Spear continues to create for this series. Debbie is tough, determined, compassionate, and too clever for the pack’s (or her) own good. Between her quick thinking, her skills as both a diver and investigator, as well as Allan’s understandable inability to resist her, I liked her very much. Debbie is extremely swoony over Allan, but no more so than he is for her, and, by halfway through the narrative, I couldn’t imagine them with anyone but each other. Allan is likewise reminiscent of many of the alpha males in this series, though his role in SEAL Wolf in Too Deep was certainly an enjoyable one. He is highly skilled, completely devoted to his pack, and endearingly thoughtful. He also has all the control in the world in every other aspect of his life, but when his heart gets in the way, he’s a fairly glorious mess. Which, of course, just made him even more attractive. To Ms. Spears’ credit, she gives equal consideration to both main characters when it comes to the frustrating, awkward, pratfall-plagued nature of their own inadvisable attraction. In fact, Allan’s inability to hold Debbie at arm’s length has far greater consequences, due to the secrets he’s obliged to keep. By turns, Debbie’s plausible anger with Allan crumbles as quickly as her determination to resist him, making the outcome of the story pleasantly inevitable. Yet another characteristic of the Heart of the Wolf books that...
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Jan
19

Reviews: The Prince + The Raven (two books) by Sylvain Reynard

Reviews: The Prince + The Raven (two books) by Sylvain Reynard The Prince & The Raven Author: Sylvain Reynard Reviewer: VampBard Rating: B What I’m Talking About: I’ve had a bajillion people tell me to read the work of Sylvain Reynard. Today’s review covers The Prince and The Raven—to get me caught up before my upcoming review of The Shadow. I’m intrigued by the premise of this series because, duh, I love vampire stories. It’s always been a thing with me. The Prince is a crossover novella between the Gabriel’s Inferno (GI) universe and the universe of The Florentine. This novella is a quick little read, and I think it sets up the premise of The Raven rather well. There’s a lot of background information given, and I’m intrigued to see how the next title in the series continues the tale. Readers of the GI series who want to see what comes next for Gabriel and Julianne will definitely want to check out this novella But be warned—there’s really no resolution of the Gabriel/Julianne information in the novella. The second title in The Florentine series, The Raven, was intriguing, and I wanted to keep reading. I suppose it helps that I’ve studied art history, and the literature references throughout the story were familiar to me. I did find myself wondering which famous piece of art or literature would show up next. I did find myself comparing some parts to Twilight as I read, however. There are many parallels and while they bothered me for a bit, I got over it by the time I reached the end. I also found the exposition a bit long, and felt I didn’t need all the play-by-play I was given to understand what was going on, and to set-up the plot of the story. The Prince, from the novella, is the ruler of the vampyres in Florence. I did like the world-building aspect of The Raven, and learning the ‘pecking order’ helped me find a balance between all the art and literature and what was going on in the story. The Prince, aka William, came to the table with a lot of his own baggage. It was interesting watching him work through it, and while I didn’t connect with him as much as I did Raven, I completely understand his role, as well as the hierarchy of the vampyres in the story. I really liked Raven. She is a tenacious one, and throughout the story, I found myself referring back to things she’d said...
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