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Feb
21

Review: Soul Avenged by Keri Lake

Review: Soul Avenged by Keri Lake Soul Avenged Author: Keri Lake Release Date: Jan. 16, 2013 Publisher: Self-published Sons of Wrath, Book #1 ISBN: 978-0984851720 Genre: Paranormal Romance Format(s): paperback (534 pages), e-book Book Source: Author About the book:       Passion is blind in vengeance and love … Ayden’s suburban home was invaded by a pack of Lycans. The brutal attack is the only memory she carries of her former life. Now, one motive burns in her soul: KILL THEM ALL. The Sons of Wrath—a brood of vengeance-dealing warrior demons—band with Ayden to hunt the Lycans on Detroit’s most deadly feeding grounds. Kane Walker should’ve been her easiest kill. Unfortunately, the newly bitten Lycan has something she wants—clues that may finally lay her past to rest. To reach them, she must be willing to submit to the sensual pleasures awakened by his touch. Time is running out. In seven days, Kane will become what Ayden despises most. She can halt his transformation but the antidote requires the ultimate sacrifice. As the beast takes hold, Kane becomes more of a threat. Ayden must choose between her lust for revenge, or surrender to her enemy and discover a horrible truth. What VampBard’s talking about:       Keri Lake brings a well-crafted world of paranormal deliciousness to readers with Soul Avenged.  The first title in her Sons of Wrath series brings a world of sensual dreams, emotional turmoil and skillfully delivered carnage to the reader.  Fabulous description, details and delivery made this book the cause of sleep deprivation.  That’s always a good thing!       I’m not going to lie.  I have a lil girl-crush on Ayden.  She is so entirely kick-ass!  Besides being hard-core, Ayden, the central character in Soul Avenged, brought the reader a fabulous gift:  selflessness in the face of adversity.  Ayden wasn’t the only character to reach this lofty goal.  Kane, Gavin and Logan (to a certain extent) all managed to put others before themselves.  That is one difficult objective to meet, Ms. Lake.  Kudos.   HEAT INDEX:  I’d call this one a 4 out of 5.  The last third was smokin’, though…and the sexual tension through the entire title was crazy!       There were a few usage errors that made me stop & re-read some passages, but I liked this book sooooo much that my rating hasn’t been affected; content definitely trumped the few errors that caught my attention.       Logan, one of the Sons...
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Feb
18

Review: The Celtic Knot: Suit of Cups by Shannon MacLeod

Review: The Celtic Knot: Suit of Cups by Shannon MacLeod The Celtic Knot: Suit of Cups Author: Shannon MacLeod  Release Date: Dec. 31, 2012 Publisher: Lyrical Press Arcana Love #1 ISBN: 978-1616504298 Genre: Fantasy Romance with Paranormal & Suspense elements Format(s): paperback (400 pages), e-book Book Source: Publisher About the book:       Sometimes, love lasts lifetimes.       Lily’s whole life is planned out. She’ll live, if not happily, at least ever after. Working as an insurance agent with her college sweetheart and longtime boyfriend, Lucas, she’ll eventually marry him and together they’ll take over the family agency. Then she and Lucas will start raising little insurance agents of their own. But something is missing…       At her best friend’s urging, she decides to do one last wild thing before committing her life to a future of policy endorsements–she takes a part time job reading tarot cards at a local Renaissance Faire theme park. Lucas is completely unimpressed and disdainful of her fascination with the mystical, but has no doubt she’ll settle down once they’re married. Enter Ian Kelly, mural painter, actor and…witch. He and Lily have a chance meeting at the park, and the attraction is immediate. They have a history…a lot of history. Several lifetimes of it, in fact, and their business together is unfinished.       All three have secrets, one of them deadly. Add in heaping helpings of magic, mayhem, Cuban sandwiches, one large Irish family and one very demanding feline for a story of love so strong, it’ll take more than one century to contain it. What VampBard’s talking about:       Always a sucker for foreign languages, I found Celtic Knot:  Suit of Cups to be a nice, light read for a cold winter’s afternoon.  Full of suspense elements and flashbacks, Ms. MacLeod has crafted a tale to entertain and lift up the reader.       I always like a story wherein love transcends time.  I always like a story with foreign languages…especially Gaelic.  However, what I liked the most about Celtic Knot:  Suit of Cups was the Realization factor.  Where Lucas realized that Lily wasn’t his anymore (or actually didn’t…), where Ian realized he loved Lily, and when Lily realized she was head-over-heels, I-wanna-have-your-babies in love with Ian.  And they’ve been in love for more than a lifetime. HEAT INDEX: 2.  Not the hottest, but it’s a sweet read in that area.       The beginning of the story finds Lily in a...
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Feb
18

Review: Edge of Dawn by Lara Adrian

Review: Edge of Dawn by Lara Adrian Edge of Dawn Author: Lara Adrian  Release Date: Feb. 26, 2013 Publisher: Delacorte Press Midnight Breed #11 ISBN: #978-0345532602 Genre: Paranormal Romance Format(s): Hardcover (300 pgs) Book Source: Author/ NetGalley About the book:      Twenty years after the terror of First Dawn-when mankind learned that vampires lived secretly among them-the threat of violence reigns as the two species struggle to coexist. The only group preserving the fragile harmony is the Order, an elite cadre of Breed warriors dedicated to protecting humans and vampires alike. And in this precarious world of torn loyalties and shattered trust, Mira, a fiery squad captain, finds that every fight bears an intensely personal cost.      Raised among the Order, Mira has always believed in the warrior’s code of swift-and even lethal-justice. But the one thing she desires more than the Order’s hard-won acceptance is Kellan Archer, a sexy but troubled Breed fighter. In love with him since childhood, Mira once broke through his tough exterior during an unexpected night of rapture, but the next day he mysteriously disappeared, never to return.      Kellan didn’t think he would ever see Mira again-or have to confront the truth of why he left. After abandoning the Order years ago, he now leads a band of human rebels intent on carrying out their own vigilante rule of law. Yet a high-profile kidnapping assignment brings him face-to-face with the past he sought to avoid, and the striking woman he has tried desperately to forget. And as tensions mount and the risk of bloodshed grows, Kellan and Mira must take sides-between the competing missions that dominate their lives, and the electrifying passion that claims their hearts. What I’m talking about:      After leaving readers with one hell of an ending in last year’s Darker After Midnight, Ms. Adrian revamps (pun intended) and restarts her wonderful Midnight Breed Series with the eleventh installment, Edge of Dawn. Long-time fans of the series are thrusted twenty years into the future, to a world where humans have discovered the Breed, and a tenuous peace keeps the planet from more years of war. First-time readers to the series will find this an appropriate place to start since so much is new (but really, it’s an awesome series – go back to the beginning!)      Our story opens in Boston, with the (new) Order back in the original Breed’s stomping ground. The reader quickly gets a taste of what life is...
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Feb
15

Review: Howl for a Highlander by Terry Spear

Review: Howl for a Highlander by Terry Spear Howl For A Highlander Author: Terry Spear  Release Date: Feb. 5, 2013 Publisher: Sourcebooks Werewolf Series Book 10 ISBN: #978-1402258930 Genre: Paranormal Romance Format(s): Paperback (352 pgs), e-book Book Source: Purchased with my own funds About the book:       Duncan MacNeill is a Highlander at heart with a mission—find gray wolf and former stockbroker, Silverman who has stolen the family fortune and is purported to be living in the Grand Cayman Islands. As a Highland wolf, Duncan rarely leaves his native homeland and taking a trip to an island paradise doesn’t appeal. But keeping the MacNeill’s ancestral castle depends on making Silverman pay. What Duncan doesn’t plan for is the American botanist who distracts him from his mission and makes him realize what an island paradise really means.       Shelley Campbell is teaching botany at a Florida college, when she receives an email from an old girlfriend, who’s renting a villa on the island and wants her to come to stay with her. Figuring she can study the old growth forest while she’s there, and lecture about it when she returns home, she has no idea the secrets she might uncover. When her girlfriend’s a no-show, a Highlander turns up instead, and she has a choice—share the villa, or send him away and pay full price for the accommodations—which on her teacher’s salary is stretching things pretty thin. Since he promises to be no trouble at all, she lets him stay. And that’s when the trouble really begins! What B is talking about:       A reluctant traveler in a Caribbean paradise, Duncan MacNeill is seeking not only the return of his family’s fortune from the wolf who stole it, but justice for the theft according to the laws of their kind. Since no wolf can be allowed to enter the human legal system for fear of exposure to humans, punishment is always swift and final, and Duncan is looking forward to the task. But, vengeance on a shoestring budget is tricky business, especially when the cheap hotel Duncan is supposed to be staying loses his reservation.       Getting paid to do research for the university she works for in a private villa by the sea sounds like the perfect getaway for Shelley Campbell—until the grant money she was counting on to fund the trip is stolen, along with the rest of the university’s money. Now, she’s stuck renting a place she...
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Feb
12

Review: With Abandon by JL Langley

Review: With Abandon by JL Langley With Abandon Author: JL Langley  Release Date: March 22, 2011 Publisher: Samhain Publishing With or Without #4 Genre: Paranormal Romance, GLBT, m/m romance Format(s): e-book Book Source: Purchased with my own funds About the book: Love was never part of his plan…until it pounced. As heir to an old and proud heritage, Aubrey Reynolds works and lives for his family, his employees and his pack. Agreeing to watch after a visiting werewolf is no big deal—until he discovers the newcomer is his mate. His very male mate…which is a very big deal, indeed. Revealing his sexuality was never part of Aubrey’s well-ordered life plan. Much as he loved caring for his eight younger brothers, Matt Mahihkan knows it’s time to grab the opportunity to attend college in Atlanta. Realizing Aubrey is his mate should have been a delightful experience…except Aubrey treats him more like a dirty little secret than a lover. Yet Matt is a patient man. Aubrey can’t stay in the closet forever. Can he? In time, they settle into a comfortable, if complicated, routine. Until a rogue werewolf with an axe to grind forces Aubrey to add to the wedge of secrets driving him and Matt apart, leaving Matt exposed to danger… and Aubrey forced to choose between love and duty. What I’m talking about: When Matt Mahihkan decided to leave his eight brothers, friends and home in New Mexico to move to Atlanta to attend college, his friend Keaton put Matt in touch with his brother, Aubrey. The pair connected instantly via texts and soon Matt was off to live with Aubrey in Georgia. When he lands at the airport, Aubrey’s fiancee, Tara (former Miss Georgia) picks him up and Matt’s senses tell him Tara is his mate. Confused and a bit troubled, Matt worries how to break it to his new friend Aubrey that his fiancee is Matt’s mate. That is until Matt meets Aubrey and realizes that it was his scent on Tara which triggered the mating reaction. Soon Matt and Aubrey are fighting the strong pull to be with one another – but for different reasons. Matt wants to take things slow, never having been with another before. Aubrey wants to hide his homosexuality for fear that it will disappoint his family and ruin his business. Oh how I’ve missed these sexy male shifters of Ms. Langley’s With or Without series. Although this book can be enjoyed as a stand alone, for those...
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Feb
12

Review: Tempting the Jaguar by Katie Reus

Review: Tempting the Jaguar by Katie Reus Tempting the Jaguar Author: Katie Reus  Release Date: Feb. 1, 2013 Publisher: Harlequin Nocturne Cravings Genre: Paranormal Romance, Novella Format(s): e-book Book Source: Purchased with my own funds About the book:       Jaguar shifter Estrella Rios is packless, and she likes it that way. No one is going to tell her what to do, least of all the sexy but arrogant wolf shifter who intends to claim her as his mate…       Rainer wants to know what a lone cat is doing in his pack’s territory without permission—but mostly he just wants her. From the moment he meets Estrella, their attraction is scorching and undeniable. But enemy vampires have set their sights on Estrella, too, and keeping her safe proves difficult, especially when it’s clear there’s more to Estrella’s heritage than either of them could imagine. Now they must discover the truth before it becomes too late for Rainer to ever claim her heart…       But enemy vampires have set their sights on Estrella, too, and keeping her safe proves difficult…and keeping his hands off her is impossible. What I’m talking about:       Estrella Rios is a lone Jaguar shifter… a woman without a pack, and she’s never known pack life. Raised by humans since she was five, Estrella considers herself a human, with a pesky side of shifting. She’s never told anyone what she is and knows nothing about shifter life or protocol.       One night while working at an art gallery, Rainer (brother of the Alpha’s second-in-command) approached Estrella for being in the alpha’s territory without giving notice. After she brushes him off, he follows her and saves her from a vampire attack. Soon the pair are on the run from the vampires who had been hunting Estrella.       The pair have immediate chemistry, and Rainer recognizes it as the mating call. After the adrenaline rush from their initial running from the vamps, the pair cannot keep their hands off of one another. Their encounters are steamy! However, I love that Rainier recognizes that in order to win Estrella over, he will have to give her control of their situation. He is willing to give up his need to take and mark her after she admits she’s never been with a shifter. Rainier does not want to scare her off even though he wants to possess her and make her his mate. It’s very romantic!...
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Feb
7

Review: Going Under by Lauren Dane

Review: Going Under by Lauren Dane Going Under Author: Lauren Dane  Release Date: Feb. 5, 2013 Publisher: Berkley Sensation Bound by Magick Book #3 ISBN: 978-0425262108 Genre: Paranormal Romance Format(s): Paperback (320 pgs), e-book Book Source: Publisher/ NetGalley About the book:       In the wake of the Magister’s rampage, chaos rules. Left reeling, the Others and the humans scramble to create some sort of unity in the face of growing unrest and violence from anti-Other hate groups—and PR guru Molly Ryan is the witch who can do it. She grew up in the human world but there’s nothing left for her there. She’s lost her PR firm and her friends, and now she’s decided to put all her fight toward aiding the Others in this dark new reality. Gage Garrity, one of the few Others who survived the massacre, fears that the crusade will expose Molly to greater dangers than ever before.       Now, together, with magick on their side, Molly and Gage are on the road in a desperate struggle to unite a torn world. From state houses to television news to legislative conference rooms across the country, they’re fighting the good fight. And it’s bringing out a passion in both of them they never expected—one as volatile, intense and all-consuming as their relentless battle for world unity. A battle that could be their undoing… What VampBard’s talking about:       Going Under, Lauren Dane’s latest edition to her Bound by Magick series, contains a delicious mix of emotionally charged content with a healthy dose of hot, steamy scenes, bringing the characters, settings, and situations to life for the reader.  Definitely a must-read for anyone who loves witch/shifter/vamp stories!       I think what I enjoyed the most about Going Under was that the budding romance between Gage and Molly was secondary to the conflict with the human supremacist groups.  Delightfully unexpected!  However, all of the sexual tension between Molly and Gage – albeit powerful – never overshadowed the importance of the ‘war’ being waged.  THAT is the important stuff.  In a world filled with Others, systematically eliminating those that are different is nothing short of genocide.  Nothing to be taken lightly.       I was rather shocked when Molly simply gave up and went to join the Owen coven.  After losing her partnership and her reputation due to being ‘outed’ as a witch, I thought from the start that Molly had more cajones than that.  Sure,...
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Feb
7

Review: Mystically Bound by Stacey Kennedy

Review: Mystically Bound by Stacey Kennedy Mystically Bound Author: Stacey Kennedy  Release Date: Jan. 31, 2013 Publisher: Self-published Frostbite #3 Genre: Urban Fantasy, Romance Format(s): e-book Book Source: Author About the book: Tess Jennings’ life is in chaos. Her ghost lover, Kipp McGowen, vanished into the Netherworld without a trace. Now, she finds herself in White Castle, Louisiana, surrounded by the Animus—a secret society of the supernaturally gifted. To make matters  worse, they present her with an offer she cannot refuse.  If she helps solve the murder of their Grand Master, they will assist her in saving Kipp. Soon, Tess will land herself lost in another mystery she doesn’t want. But she will have to trust her enemies to gain what she most desires—a life with Kipp.  Only problem? People are hiding secrets and dark pasts. Tess will soon discover that nothing is as it seems. She might want to save Kipp from his ghostly state, but someone has decided it’s better for her to join him… What I’m talking about: *Note this review contains a big spoiler from the end of the second book, Demonically Tempted. After learning that her ghostly boyfriend has crossed over to the Netherworld, yet his body is still very much alive and in a coma, Tess takes the advice of her new best buddy, Gretchen the witch, and seeks help to save Kipp. The pair travel to White Castle, Louisiana to get aid from the mysterious magical group the Animus. Once they arrive, Tess is told that they would teach her how to “cross over” to find Kipp, but first she must promise via a blood bond to help discover who killed their Grand Master, Alexander. It isn’t until after the unbreakable vow with Wayde (the new Grand Master) is in place that Tess discovers that Alexander’s son-in-law is none other than Dane… the man responsible for making Tess’ life miserable and partially responsible for sending Kipp to the Netherworld.  Mystically Bound, the third foray into Ms. Kennedy’s Frostbite series, is the strongest story and my favorite to date. Tess has come along way since we first met her in Supernaturally Kissed. She has learned to accept her “gift” of communicating with the deceased and has gained confidence in herself from her recent experiences. Having developed a close-knit bond with Kipp’s police force partners, she’s learned to trust in others as well. She’s become strong but remains caring. She stands up for herself without turning a blind eye to...
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Feb
6

Review: Savage Angel by Stacy Gail

Review: Savage Angel by Stacy Gail Savage Angel Author: Stacy Gail  Release Date: Feb. 4, 2013 Publisher: Carina Press Earth Angels #2 Genre: Paranormal Romance Format(s): e-book Book Source: NetGalley About the book:      Feel nothing. Sara Savitch’s personal mantra has been hard to live by ever since her torrid one-night stand with army doctor Gideon Mandeville. Descended from the Seraphim, angels known as heaven’s soldiers, Sara may be an expert fighter, but she’s an amateur when it comes to relationships.      Physically unharmed, but still battle-scarred, Gideon has returned to Dallas in the hopes of regaining his faith in humanity—and in himself. Instead he’s walked into a nightmare. His father is on a serial killer’s hit list, and has hired a personal bodyguard—the very woman who has haunted Gideon’s dreams for a year.      As Sara works to build an impenetrable fortress around her client, she yearns to tear down the one around Gideon’s heart. With his bitter rejection of warriors, will he ever be able to accept her true nature? Sara must find a way to trust Gideon with her secret as the killer closes in. What I’m talking about:      Sara Savitch is a top-notch security expert and next in line to take over her family business, Lynchpin Security International. Unbeknownst to anyone but family and the trusted inner circle at LSI, Sara is descended from a warrior angel, which really gives her the edge when it comes to protecting her clients. Unfortunately for Sara, her next assignment, protecting her father’s wealthy friend, Noah Mandeville, will involve more than her cunning skills as a guardian.      Gideon Mandeville, Noah’s son, is back from a traumatic tour overseas as a battlefield doctor with the Army. Feeling survivor’s remorse and suffering PTSD, Gideon has distanced himself from those that care about him. So when the one woman that rocked his world (including a steamy one-night-stand the night before he deployed) shows up as his father’s body guard and head of security, Gideon attempts to discredit her and get her to leave.      I am going to say right up front that I really enjoyed Savage Angel. The mythology is unique and captivating, the action quick and entertaining, the romance sweet and passionate, and the plot completely captivating. At times the descriptive detail provided by Ms. Gail paints such a realistic visual that felt I was right there, along side the characters.      First the storyline… Noah is recipient...
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Feb
5

Review: Soul Stealer by Anna Hackett

Review: Soul Stealer by Anna Hackett Soul Stealer Author: Anna Hackett  Release Date: Feb. 4, 2013 Publisher: self-published Anomaly Trilogy #3 Genre: Paranormal Romance Format(s): e-book Book Source: Author About the book: She just wants her life back. After being kidnapped and forced to kill by a vicious crime lord, Cate Hartmann is now a killer with an addiction to stealing souls. On the island sanctuary of Haven, surrounded by other anomalies with secret abilities, she fights to recover. But only one man calms the dark storm inside and makes her believe she can be whole again…Dr. Gage Walker. Scientist Gage Walker has spent a decade helping anomalies. But every day, he’s haunted by his previous job for the CIA—where he crossed far too many boundaries and hurt so many anomalies. Including his brother. He vows he won’t fail again and will do everything he can to heal Cate—including fighting his attraction to her. But when the crime lord comes after Cate again, it’s a race against time to find out why he wants her. Amidst the danger, Gage and Cate drawn to each other, even as they fear that one wrong step will send her hurtling back into the depths of her soul stealing addiction.. What G & U are talking about: Soul Stealer is the final book in the Anomaly trilogy by Anna Hackett.  Gikany and Una feel that was the perfect ending to this very fascinating paranormal romance novella trilogy. This final book is about the most compelling and horrific ability – soul stealing.  Cate unfortunately is not only able to steal a person’s soul by absorbing it, killing them in the process, but the absorption of a soul is addicting to Cate.  In the last novella, Mind Raider, Cal and Mara along with Sean and Bay rescued Cate from the evil Levin.  In Soul Stealer we find out that Levin had much more interest in Cate than just using her to punish his enemies permanently.   Gage, the doctor on the island of Haven, is dedicated to helping give the anomalies assistance so that they may come to a balance with their abilities.  When he meets Cate, he is absolutely captivated with her.  Although their relationship moves fast (it has to since it is only a novella), it is passionate, compelling and heartwarming.   Soul Stealer ties up the complete story arc nicely.  It left Gikany and Una with a profound sense of hope and feeling that everyone is deserving of...
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