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Apr
12

Review: Tethered by Fate by SJ Pierce

Review: Tethered by Fate by SJ Pierce Tethered By Fate Author:  S.J. Pierce  Release Date: Nov. 29, 2012 Alyx Rayer Chronicles #2 Genre: Paranormal Romance Format(s):  E-book Book Source: Author About the book: Where fate would take the both of them now, Isaac wasn’t sure, but either way their paths were irrevocably tethered. Hurled into the midst of a holy war between the sinister fallen Angel of War and their beloved Creator, gifted humans, Angels, and Spirit Guides unite to create a formidable, ethereal army. With the imminent battle only days away, continue to follow the story that captivated your hearts as a Protector Angel named Alyx struggles with her own inner conflicts between right and wrong, love and honor. Passionate, engaging, and filled with surprising twists and turns — see which path fate will lead our beloved Angel down next in this second book of the Alyx Rayer Chronicles. May not be suitable for YA. What G & U are talking about: Gikany and Una believe that you cannot always judge a series by the first book.  It is why we will typically read at least the first two books in a series before making a decision to continue or not.  Tethered by Fate is an example of that.  We were pleasantly surprised to find it better than the first novel, Marked for Vengeance and that many of our lingering questions were answered. **Please note that if you have not read the first book, there are spoilers for the previous novel inherent in reviewing this novel. Tethered by Fate begins right where the previous novel ended.  Alyx is in the new dimension with Isaac, who is struggling for life.  She is ready to face punishment for her transgressions, but it seems she is being spared, for now.  Although Alyx should now be free of her connection to Isaac, she is still connected to him not only by the “marked” draw but also by the feelings she cannot deny any longer.  However, Isaac is withdrawing from her after learning that she may have lead the demons to him. The Alyx Rayer series is truly an apocalyptic drama.  The demon apocalypse has occurred and the world seems lost.  Only eight angels and their Markeds have survived.  The rest of the humanity is now entrapped by the demons.  But the war is not over. Warrior angels are to join with the angel Protectors in order to rescue the trapped souls and end the tyranny of the demons.  However,...
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Mar
29

Review: Lover At Last by JR Ward

Review: Lover At Last by JR Ward Lover At Last Author: JR Ward  Release Date: March 26, 2013 Publisher: NAL Black Dagger Brotherhood #11 ISBN: #978-0451239358 Genre: Paranormal Romance, m/m romance Format(s): Hardcover (608 pgs), e-book Book Source: Purchased with my own funds About the book:      Qhuinn, son of no one, is used to being on his own. Disavowed from his bloodline, shunned by the aristocracy, he has finally found an identity as one of the most brutal fighters in the war against the Lessening Society. But his life is not complete. Even as the prospect of having a family of his own seems to be within reach, he is empty on the inside, his heart given to another….      Blay, after years of unrequited love, has moved on from his feelings for Qhuinn. And it’s about time: The male has found his perfect match in a Chosen female, and they are going to have a young—just as Qhuinn has always wanted for himself. It’s hard to see the new couple together, but building your life around a pipe dream is just a heartbreak waiting to happen. As he’s learned firsthand.      Fate seems to have taken these vampire soldiers in different directions… but as the battle over the race’s throne intensifies, and new players on the scene in Caldwell create mortal danger for the Brotherhood, Qhuinn finally learns the true definition of courage, and two hearts who are meant to be together… finally become one. What I’m talking about:      Like almost every other fan of JR Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood series, I have been waiting for this story since Blay and Qhuinn shared their first (extremely passionate) kiss in the sixth book, Lover Enshrined (June 2008). I am happy to report that for me, Lover At Last met my expectations and is a wonderful addition to this long-running series.      There is a lot that happens during Lover At Last, and I’m not going to try to give a play-by-play summary, but rather hit a few of the high points. Overall, I felt the writing was tight and the flow of the book much better than those in recent history. For the first time in I don’t know how long, I actually enjoyed every section and subplot, and I didn’t skip over any parts. All of the pieces created a richer story that I simply adored.      First and foremost, this is the story of the love...
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Mar
20

Review: The Charmed Fates by Christine Wenrick

Review: The Charmed Fates by Christine Wenrick The Charmed Fates Author: Christine Wenrick Release Date: Feb. 18, 2013 Publisher: Red Treehouse Publishing The Charmed Trilogy, Books #3 Genre: Paranormal Romance Format(s):  e-book Book Source: Publisher About the book:       “You think you know him better than I do? Interesting . . . and so boringly human.”       Over a year has passed since Olivia Ann Greyson discovered that she is a Charmer, a Dhampir fated to be part of the violent supernatural world that surrounds our human one. In that time, she has strengthened herself physically, learned of her family’s secret past, and found a deep and abiding love with the strongest man she has ever met, Daywalker Caleb Wolfe. But Olivia’s biggest challenge still lies ahead of her . . .       Dark vampire lord Luther Davin has been obsessed with capturing Olivia so he can use her special gifts for his own reasons. As Caleb and Olivia try to make a new life together with their coven, the Nightwalker’s attempts to capture her only intensify and inadvertently bring an unwelcome visitor from Caleb’s past barging back into his life. She is Caelestis—Celeste to the modern world—and she claims to be Caleb’s first and rightful mate. Although Olivia has grown confident and secure in her relationship with Caleb, she soon realizes that Celeste sees herself as no less than a Goddess among mere mortals and will stop at nothing to get Caleb back—which means Olivia herself must die! When these two threats collide and fate steps in to pull Olivia away from her new family, will she be ready for her darkest hour and her greatest battle? What Nima’s talking about:       The Charmed Fates is the third book in The Charmed Trilogy.  The books are a consecutive read and need to be consumed in order. It’s tough to give a fair review this final installment without spoilers, but here goes.  Overall, I liked the series, and I liked this book.  It was very well developed for a debut author, and I think worth the time investment.       The story begins slowly while Wenrick gives us a little time to enjoy the hard won domestic bliss from the first two books.  Then there is a lot, perhaps too much in my opinion, of everyone trying to protect everyone else.  It was obvious to me that they needed to work together, and I admit to some...
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Mar
13

Review: Wild Invitation by Nalini Singh

Review: Wild Invitation by Nalini Singh Wild Invitation Author: Nalini Singh  Release Date: March 5, 2013 Publisher: Berkley Sensation Psy/Changeling Anthology ISBN: #978-0425255131 Genre: Paranormal Romance Format(s): Paperback (352 pgs), e-book Book Source: Publisher/ NetGalley About the book:      In Beat of Temptation, innocent Tamsyn has always had a place in her heart for Nathan, a blooded DarkRiver sentinel. But is she ready for the fierce demands of the mating bond?      In Stroke of Enticement, a wary young teacher, skeptical about love, arouses the man—and the animal—in an aggressive leopard changeling who must prove his affections are true.       Plus 2 NEVER BEFORE PUBLISHED NOVELLAS      In Declaration of Courtship, Grace, a shy submissive wolf, finds herself pursued by the last man she ever would have imagined: a SnowDancer lieutenant said to be “mad, bad, and dangerous to know.”       In Texture of Intimacy, SnowDancer healer Lara discovers the searing joys—and unexpected challenges—of being mated to quiet, powerful Walker, a man used to keeping his silence. What I’m talking about: 1) Beat of Temptation Psy/Changeling 0.5      This romantic tale first appeared in An Enchanted Season anthology (2007). It tells the origin story of Darkriver’s healer Tamsyn and one of Lucas’s (then future) Sentinels, Nate. Chronologically, the story is set well before the first Psy/ Changeling book, roughly two years after the murder of Lucas’s parents.      On the night of Tammy’s 15th birthday the pair realized they were mates. But Nate, 10 years her senior, needed to give Tammy time. Four years later, Tammy is ready to mate, but fears over mating too young founded in his parents’ bad relationship keep Nate away, convincing him it’s what is best for Tamsyn.      What a sweet and tender tale! It is still my favorite Psy/ Changeling novella. It is a wonderful story for both those that know and love the DR pair and for newcomers to the series. For those that have experienced frustration of love, this story rings true. My heart breaks along side of Tammy’s when Nate just doesn’t get it. The emotions poured into Tamsyn’s character and the couple’s poignant journey is superbly written. 4.5 stars 2) Stroke of Enticement Psy/Changeling 3.5      Originally published in The Magical Christmas Cat anthology (2008), Stroke of Enticement features the romance between DarkRiver soldier, Zach, and human teacher, Annie.      At the age of seven, Annie was in a terrible train wreck that left...
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Mar
12

Review: Froggy Style by J.A. Kazimer

Review: Froggy Style by J.A. Kazimer Froggy Style Author: J.A. Kazimer  Release Date: Feb. 26, 2013 Publisher: Kensington Books A F***ed-Up Fairy Tale #2 ISBN: #978-0758269133 Genre: Paranormal Romance Format(s): Paperback (288 pgs), e-book Book Source: Publisher About the book: Jean-Michel La Grenouille has a lot going for him. He’s a prince. Handsome. Filthy rich. And definitely charming. But he also spent his first few years as a fly-catching, pond-dwelling frog. All that saved him was the kiss of The One, the girl who saw nobility through his slimy form and fell into True Love. Okay, fine. Technically she was a toddler who tried to eat him, but whatever. The curse broke, and as long as he finds and marries her by his 30th birthday, he’s a free man. Trouble is, he’s going to be 30 in ten days, and he’s getting some seriously cold-blooded feet. He’s pretty sure Princess Sleeping Beauty is The One. But his best man has some villain issues, his in-laws-to-be belong in a really special castle, and a smoking-hot lady biker named Lollie Bliss has him rethinking all this happily-ever-after stuff. Oh, and he may have accidentally put out a hit on his blushing bride. Oopsie. What B is talking about: As far as heroes go, Jean-Michel La Grenouille falls a little short. He’s rude, spoiled, and unrepentantly conceited, unless you ask him, of course. Sure, he’s more handsome than just about any other prince ever born, and has enough shoes to fill a mansion, but he’s a giver, darn it! With a curse threatening to rebound on him imminently, and a potentially murderous bride-to-be, he’s got his hands full. But not as full, at least when it comes to a certain beguiling, lying tattoo artist, as he’d like. When I first started reading Froggy Style, I’d forgotten how much good, demented fun this series is. Far from the cleaned up versions that defined so many childhoods, these fairy tale denizens have series issues, and not just a few disturbingly bad habits. Deserving of every slap, insult, and attempt on his life, Jean-Michel, aka “The Frog Prince,” is no exception. There are so many fun characters in Froggy Style, and Ms. Kazimer doesn’t skimp on a single one. From the gin-soaked fairy godmother to the manservant in jester tights (who’s recently found happiness in the company of a stripper named Candi), this story has plenty of colorful personalities to go around. Jean-Michele starts off as a decidedly two-dimensional jerk, but...
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Mar
8

Review: The Chosen by Theresa Meyers

Review: The Chosen by Theresa Meyers The Chosen Author: Theresa Meyers Release Date: March 5, 2013 Publisher: Zebra The Legend Chronicles #3 ISBN: #978-1420121261 Genre: Paranormal Romance, Steampunk Western Format(s): Paperback (352 pgs), e-book Book Source: Publisher About the book: Attorney by day, demon-hunter by night, Remington Jackson is used to being on the sunny side of the law, even in the Wild West. But it’s showdown time, and Remy and his brothers are getting desperate. They don’t have the relic they need to slam the door shut on evil—so Remy is going to have to find and steal part of it. Enter China McGee, shapeshifter, thief, beauty, and current prisoner. When Remy offers her freedom in exchange for a little light-fingered help, she’s pretty sure she’s going to end the association with a good old-fashioned seductive double cross. But there’s something about fighting through a jungle full of Mayan ruins that makes you want to settle down together. China could change. Remy might be special. But none of that matters if the devil takes them all… What I’m talking about: The Chosen is the third full-length story from Ms. Meyers’ paranormal romance, western steampunk trilogy, The Legend Chronicles. The series centers on  the Jackson brothers, who together make up “the Chosen,” the three Darkin Hunters foretold in prophecy, who will collect and unite the three pieces of the mythical Book of Legend to prevent the coming of the creatures from Hell to end of the world. *phew* The first two books each focused on one of the Jackson brothers. In The Chosen, we follow the adventures of the middle brother, Remington, as he looks to find his piece of the missing Book. In addition, this book overlaps in time and content with the first two stories (all three books take place all at the same time). The difference between The Chosen and the first two books is that the story goes beyond finding of the missing pages, and focuses on the brothers’ attempts to reunite the book and stop the impending apocalypse. The opening of The Chosen is a lot of fun and indicative of the tempo and feel of the series. Lawyer Remington is paired with unpredictable shifter China. Note: shifters are “shape shifters” and not “weres.” Stuck in jail after working with the youngest Jackson brother, China is reluctant to trust Remington. I love that confident Remington is tossed into jail when he tries to free China. However the pair make and...
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Mar
7

Review: Caressed by a Crimson Moon by Amanda J. Greene

Review: Caressed by a Crimson Moon by Amanda J. Greene Caressed by a Crimson Moon Author: Amanda J. Greene Release Date: Jan. 27, 2013 Publisher: Self-published Rulers of Darkness #3 Genre: Paranormal Romance Format(s): e-book Book Source: Author About the book: Consumed by madness and tormented by dark memories of blood and death, Hadrian Lucretius, King of the Validus Clan, has returned after living in self-imposed exile for nearly three hundred and fifty years.   To maintain peace with the vampires, Eva Maldonado is offered as a sacrifice to the crazed vampire king by her father, the alpha of the Silveria Shifter Pack. Hadrian’s reputation is both legendary and lethal; he is ruthless, bloodthirsty, lusty, and soulless. When Eva arrives at the ancient fortress high in the Carpathian Mountains, she is shocked to find a ravaged man with dark burning eyes filled with loneliness and dangerous desire.   Would she be his lover…or his prey? His savior…or his victim? Would Hadrian lure her into madness or would their perilous passion be their redemption?   What VampBard’s talking about:      Caressed by a Crimson Moon brings the reader a fabulous continuation of the Rulers of Darkness series.  Ms. Greene brings her characters to life, and allows the reader access to the inner thoughts in a way that respects both the reader and characters.  Hadrian, the hero, is DEFINITELY on the list of favorite heroes for 2013!      I think one of my favorite aspects of Caressed by a Crimson Moon is the utter self-loathing both Eva and Hadrian have for themselves.  I mean, -zero- self-esteem for these two!  The transformation of each character, while incomplete by the end of the title, was a fabulous glimpse at mending a wounded psyche. I think that I enjoyed watching the inner turmoil of each character change and morph as much as I enjoyed the interaction between the characters.  HEAT INDEX:  4.5 out of 5.  However, this is because anticipation and the ‘pre-game show’ is extremely erotic.      One of the things that I felt was interesting about Caressed by a Crimson Moon was the sparse cast of characters.  Seriously.  We had Falcon, Hadrian’s friend and second-in-command.  There was a chef and a butler.  We caught glimpses of Dorian and Dmitri, as well as their mates, as well as Sonya, and the Shaw Healer-in-Training.  Not a lot of characters.  There was no movement for the other characters, except at the end – Sonya and Falcon – I’m guessing they’ll be the...
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Mar
4

Review: Frost by Taryn Kincaid

Review: Frost by Taryn Kincaid Frost Author: Taryn Kincaid Release Date: Jan. 30, 2013 Publisher: Decadent Publishing Sleepy Hollow #3 1 Night Stand Series Genre: Paranormal Romance, Novella Format(s): e-book Book Source: Publisher About the book:      Dagney Night, a sought-after succubus, is no stranger to blazing hot sex. But as Valentine’s Day approaches, she longs for something more. When oddly erotic paintings arrive for display at her art gallery, arousing everyone who views them, she wonders about the mysterious artist who created the works.      Maxwell Raines, a fire-sex demon, lives a life of solitude and seclusion behind the walls of his compound at Sleepy Hollow, channeling his lustful impulses into his art—until his muse deserts him and his temperature rises past the danger point. He needs sex. Now.      When Madame Evangeline arranges a torrid Valentine’s 1Night Stand for them, will the flames of their encounter be too hot to handle? What I’m talking about:      Dagney Night is a succubus, therefore she requires sex to survive. She’s frozen her heart and emotions to make it through each encounter. However, she’s tired of her passion-less trysts and wants more. After seeing her sister, Lily, find love with Campbell Jones (book 1, Lightning), Dagney turns to Madame Evangeline’s 1 Night Stand service in hopes that she can get a romantic rendez-vous for Valentine’s day.      After Dagney’s studio showcases the erotic paintings of Maxwell Raines, everyone, including Dagney, exhibits increased carnal need and aggressive sexual behavior. Dagney describes the work’s effects as “A strange, sensuous vibe emanated from every painting. The compelling passion infusing them leaped from the canvas and infected the viewer with lust.” It was then that Dagney realized her 1 Night Stand must be with Maxwell Raines.      Max Raines is a fire sex-demon that pours all of his need and energy into his paintings. He is worried that his passion and heat will burn any lover to a crisp, so he stays secluded. However, he takes a chance, hoping Dagney will be the exception who will satisfy his desires.      Frost is a lovely, sensual work, full of gorgeous descriptive detail with sultry undertones. I delighted in reading Dagney’s POV as she views Max’s work. The way she describes the paintings and their erotic impulse effects is a mixture of sensual and artistic which is sublime.      Both characters are immediately likable. They are sexy and getting sex, but missing the soulful...
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Feb
28

Review: Mating Instinct by Katie Reus

Review: Mating Instinct by Katie Reus Mating Instinct Author: Katie Reus  Release Date: March 5, 2013 Publisher: Signet Moon Shifter #3 ISBN: #978-0451239600 Genre: Paranormal Romance Format(s): Paperback (368 pgs), e-book Book Source: Publisher About the book:       As the beast within struggles to break free, he must learn to be what she needs…       Surviving for centuries, powerful lupine shifter Jayce Kazan managed to stay away from humans until he met Kat Saburova and was consumed by the need to protect her. But while Jayce shared his passion with the human seer, he refused to make her his bondmate—a refusal that caused the end of their relationship.       A year later, an attack that left Kat near death has resulted in another lupine shifter turning her. Furious that he wasn’t the one to save her, Jayce is determined to show Kat that he is the one she should rely on. But the newly turned shifter is still traumatized and worried that she’ll hurt those she loves, unless she can learn to control her inner wolf.       And as Jayce struggles to protect Kat from her own worst instincts and convince her to rekindle their love, the extremists who almost killed her are looking to finish the job… What G & U are talking about:       Mating Instinct is the fascinating third novel in the Moon Shifter series.  There was a huge back-story and build up to this novel in that it is where Jayce and Kat finally fess up with each other and make a decision.       Although the series started a bit rough for Gikany and Una, as each book progresses we find ourselves drawn more into the world and its characters.  So much so that we found the novella, Lover’s Instinct – bought it, downloaded it and read it after finishing Mating Instinct.  Although it wasn’t necessary – we love the characters too much to skip the story of how a lovely beta female mated with one of the sexy warriors.       Jayce is not just a sexy warrior, he is the enforcer for the whole council.  It is his job to put down wolves that go feral and solve issues that cause havoc in the pack – permanently.  His sexiness comes from his rugged and scarred appearance.  His face puts most people in a state of panic – but not Kat.  Not only does she not fear...
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Feb
25

Review: A Cast of Shadows by Hailey Edwards

Review: A Cast of Shadows by Hailey Edwards A Cast of Shadows Author: Hailey Edwards Release Date: Feb. 12, 2013 Publisher: Samhain Araneae Nation, Book 2.5 Genre: Paranormal Romance Format(s): e-book Book Source: author About the book       Daraja has grown up watching her brothers journey down the river on the traditional Deinopidae rite of passage. Each returned with riches from their travels, and lovers with whom to share their lives.       Now she has reached the age where she would strike out on her own to seek her fortune—if she were male. Instead, she is expected to sit patiently, weave her nets and wait for the river to bring a husband to her.       Patience, however, has never been her strong suit.       Brynmor haunts the forest surrounding the city of Cathis, his disembodied spirit inextricably bound to the wild canis roaming his lands. Until the day he stumbles across a brazen trespasser in his woods.       Compelled to step in when the canis suspect her of poaching one of their own, Brynmor fears he has lost a piece of his ragged soul to the feisty, adventure-seeking female. And when the canis confront the real poachers, he is forced to choose which life to sacrifice. Hers…or his own. What VampBard’s talking about:       Readers of the Araneae Nation series won’t want to miss this action-packed novella, set after A Feast of Souls, the second title in the series.  Brynmor, former leader of Cathis and father to Vaughn, is running with the canis.  He lives with them.  They are now his family.  We also are lucky enough to meet Daraja, an independent woman looking for what is clearly going to define who she is, upon return to her village.       Every story has a conflict.  That’s what makes us, as readers, invested in the plot.  I struggled a little with figuring out the main conflict in A Cast of Shadows.  Once I decided to step back and read this little 100-ish page novella for the entertainment value, and for furthering my knowledge of the Araneae, all was good.  There’s enough conflict in this novella that I’m hoping some will bleed into the next novel.       Daraja was on a journey that many of her clanswomen before her had taken down the river.  She was looking for one of those defining moments.  The clarity of what her future would be.  I’m not...
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