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Jan
21

Review: Nobody’s Angel by Stacy Gail

Review: Nobody’s Angel by Stacy Gail Nobody’s Angel Author: Stacy Gail  Release Date: Jan. 21, 2013 Publisher: Carina Press Earth Angels #1 Genre: Paranormal Romance, novella Format(s): e-book Book Source: NetGalley About the book:      Investigative journalist Kendall Glynn is horrified when a friend and colleague signs off permanently during a live newscast, jabbing a pen into his jugular. Kendall’s no expert, but judging by the strange white veil in the anchorman’s eyes, she would swear he was a man possessed.      A descendant of the accursed Nephilim, Zeke Reece prowls San Francisco by night, keeping the city free from paranormal phenomena. But even he is no match for whatever malevolent force is behind a recent rash of murder-suicides. And when a beautiful tenacious reporter becomes the next target, Zeke has no choice but to stay close to her, until he can find the evil spirit and cross it over.      The closer Kendall gets to the truth, the more danger she’s in. Fortunately, a sexy and mysterious masked stranger keeps swooping in to the rescue. Kendall’s life depends on finding who or what is responsible for the killings, before it finds her. What I’m talking about:      Evil is among us, and investigative reporter Kendall Glynn has just enough para in her normal to realize things are not as they should be. When she witnesses firsthand her coworker and friend attempt to kill his co-anchor and then end his own life while on air, Kendall notices a strange veil of color in his eyes. Then when EMT Zeke Reece questions her about the apparently freaky eyes, Kendall starts to put her investigative skills to good use, trying to uncover what is happening.      Zeke seemingly knows more than he’s letting on, yet he attempts to discredit Kendall and turn her away from the story. He was aloof and tried to make Kendall feel stupid for believing she saw something out of the ordinary. This bothered me – knowing that Zeke and Kendall would eventually become a couple. However, I enjoyed that Kendall recognized Zeke’s attempts to discredit her, and instead of letting it bring her down, she fought harder for the truth.      The reader (and eventually Kendall) discovers that Zeke is a human descendant of the Nephilim (children of angels and human women). Due to the particular Nephilim from which Zeke originated, he has extraordinary abilities, which he uses to protect humans under the guise of the...
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Jan
18

Reviews: Lightning & Thunder (two books) by Taryn Kincaid

Reviews: Lightning & Thunder (two books) by Taryn Kincaid Lightning  Thunder Author: Taryn Kincaid  Release Dates: October 2012 Publisher: Decadent Sleepy Hollow #1 & #2 1 Night Stand series Genre: Paranormal Romance, Novella Format(s): e-book Book Source: Publisher About the books:      LIGHTNING… In mystic Sleepy Hollow, succubus Lily Night put her prom date, Campbell Jones, into a coma after a night of wild, unbridled sex. She has steered clear of mortals ever since, afraid of damaging them or worse, not to mention the inconvenience of knocking out the power every time they have sex.      Successful architect Campbell Jones has lived with strange powers and a sexy secret since that prom night. He’s buried himself in work to forget the woman who’d dumped him at the ER then vanished from his life without a trace.      Neither Lily nor Campbell have forgotten that night or the love they’d shared. Will a 1Night Stand help them bury their past?      THUNDER… Lonely young witch, Veronica Hardwicke, has struggled to get on with her life after the death of the elderly husband who’d left her a fortune and a sprawling estate in mystical Sleepy Hollow. When frightening things go bump in the night on a stormy Fourth of July, who better to call than the sexy developer and contractor, Sean Jones, who’s been renovating her mansion for months?      Sean may grace the tabloid pages with a different supermodel on his arm every night, but it’s Veronica who drives him nuts. Ignoring his instinct to stay away, he answers her summons.      Will the thundering passion of their 1Night Stand tear down the barriers between them? What I’m talking about:      Both Lightning and Thunder are novella-length books in Decadent Publishing’s 1 Night Stand series. For those unfamiliar, the 1NS series is a set of loosely-tied, yet completely stand alone stories, written by several different authors, all based on a dating service run by the mysterious Madame Eve. Although we never meet her, Madame Eve’s name appears in every story, and she has a exemplary track record for making perfect matches for anyone and everyone – no matter how simple or complex.      In Lightning, our heroine Lily Night is a celibate succubus, refusing to have sex with a mortal man for 10 years since she sent her first and only love to the emergency room and into a 6-week coma. Campbell Jones hasn’t forgotten Lily or that night which changed...
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Jan
16

Review: For the Love of a Goblin Warrior by Shona Husk

Review: For the Love of a Goblin Warrior by Shona Husk For the Love of a Goblin Warrior Author: Shona Husk  Release Date: Jan. 1, 2013 Publisher: Sourcebooks Shadowlands Trilogy #3 ISBN: #978-1402262098 Genre: Paranormal Romance Format(s): Paperback (352 pgs), e-book Book Source: Publisher About the book:       Centuries ago, Meryn was thought to be utterly lost–all traces of his soul given up to the ravening goblin horde. But with the curse that enslaved him now broken, he must once again learn to walk in the realm of men.       Nurse Nadine Gilbert likes working the night shift to avoid her disturbing dreams, but her mysterious new patient looks hauntingly familiar. Meryn knows he doesn’t deserve a second chance, but Nadine brings out his long-buried human side. Telling her the truth about his violent past could destroy their fragile trust. Could she ever believe in the love of a Goblin Warrior? What G & U are talking about:       For the Love of a Goblin Warrior is the last novel in the Shadowlands Trilogy.  All we can say is that Ms. Husk saved the best for last in her Goblins trilogy.       This is the story of Meryl, the lost cousin, and his second chance at life and love after he witnessed his wife and children’s murders while trapped as a goblin – unable to save them from their fate.  As we know from the previous novel, Kiss of the Goblin Prince, he awakens as a human in the Shadowlands and must rely on his skills to stay alive as the only human in a land of goblins.  Meryl is pulled from the Shadowlands by Dai, his cousin, only to find himself adrift in modern society.  The stark change from life as a goblin in the Shadowlands to being a human in the modern world drives Meryl a bit mad.       Meryl finds himself, in the beginning of For the Love of a Goblin Warrior, in a hospital, wounded (from trying to survive as human in the Shadowlands) and handcuffed by the police, waiting to be seen by a doctor.  This is where we meet Nadine, our heroine and Meryl’s only hope.  Nadine’s past is similar to Meryl’s in that she lost her family and lives with nightmares and in fear.  Her mother was killed when Nadine was only five years old.  Solomon, Nadine’s father, was convicted of the crime and spent twenty years in jail – although he maintained...
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Jan
14

Review: Sealed with a Curse by Cecy Robson

Review: Sealed with a Curse by Cecy Robson Sealed with a Curse Author: Cecy Robson  Release Date: Dec. 31, 2012 Publisher: Signet The Weird Girls #1 ISBN: #978-0451416735 Genre: Paranormal Romance Format(s): Paperback (368 pgs), e-book Book Source: Publisher About the book:       Celia Wird and her three sisters are just like other 20-something girls—with one tiny exception: they’re products of a backfired curse that has given each of them unique powers that make them, well, weird…        The Wird sisters are content to avoid the local vampires, werebeasts, and witches of the Lake Tahoe region—until one of them blows up a vampire in self-defense. Everyone knows vampires aren’t aggressive, and killing one is punishable by death. But soon more bloodlust-fueled attacks occur, and the community wonders: are the vampires of Tahoe cursed with a plague?        Celia reluctantly agrees to help Misha, the handsome leader of an infected vampire family. But Aric, the head of the werewolf pack determined to destroy Misha’s family to keep the region safe, warns Celia to stay out of the fight. Caught between two hot alphas, Celia must find a way to please everyone, save everyone, and oh yeah, not lose her heart to the wrong guy—or die a miserable death. Because now that the evil behind the plague knows who Celia is, it’s coming for her and her sisters. This Wird girl has never had it so tough. What G & U are talking about:       Sealed with a Curse is the debut novel in the Weird Girls series.  We find this debut of Ms. Robson to be a delightful and intriguing new series in the Urban Fantasy genre.  There is a prequel novella that introduces the sisters but is not necessary to read it prior to Sealed with a Curse.       Our main heroine, Celia, is a fascinating leading lady.  She is a tomboy surrounded by her three girlie-girl sisters. Despite being a physically and emotionally strong person, she is humanized by her self-esteem issues.  Her golden tigress other half tends to scare off not only the competition, but the prizes as well.  Celia is easy to connect to and we found ourselves at times bogged down by her own self-criticism.  The bond between the sisters is iron clad and reassuring.  The care that they have for one another is heartwarming.  However, we hope that later on in the series we might find out more of what is alluded...
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Jan
14

Quickie Review: The Weird Girls: A Novella by Cecy Robson

Quickie Review: The Weird Girls: A Novella by Cecy Robson The Weird Girls: A Novella Author: Cecy Robson  Release Date: Dec. 4, 2012 Publisher: Signet Eclipse The Weird Girls #0.5 Genre: Paranormal Romance Format(s): E-book Book Source: Purchased with our own funds About the book:       There is nothing average about these girls…       Celia Wird and her three sisters are just like other 20-something  girls-with one tiny exception:  they’re products of a backfired  curse that has given each of  them unique powers that make  them, well, a little weird…       The Wird sisters are different  from every race on earth-human  and supernatural. When human  society is no longer an option  for them, they move in among  the resident vampires,  werebeasts, and witches of the  Lake Tahoe  region. Could this  be the true home they’ve longed  for? Um, not quite. After the  sisters accidentally strip a witch  of her  powers in a bar brawl,  they soon realize the mistake  will cost  them. Because to take on a witch means to take on her  coven. And losing the battle isn’t an option. What G & U are talking about:       Gikany and Una love to find new series.  This novella is a prequel to the new Weird Girls series by Cecy Robson.  Gikany was smart and read it before the first book in the series, Sealed with a Curse (see our review later today) while Una read it after (since she is the one who found it…*Gikany claims she found and downloaded it before Una sent it to her*).  This novella isn’t necessary to read first, but it does give a splendid introduction to the world and our main characters, the Wird sisters; Celia, Taran, Shayna, and Emme.       The Weird Girls is a fascinating new world of magic, vampires, shapeshifters and more.  What is really helpful is Ms. Robson’s website that gives backgrounds on the world and characters along with illustrations.  What makes this story so enjoyable are the characters.  The different personalities of the sisters, the humor and wit and the plot are all woven together spectacularly.       Our only complaint is that we felt The Weird Girls was a little too short.  We are introduced to the sisters and given a bit of their background.  However, it just felt too short and we were left wanting more.  Which is okay if you are just starting since Sealed with a Curse is out.      ...
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Jan
11

Review: My Lord Immortality by Alexandra Ivy

Review: My Lord Immortality by Alexandra Ivy My Lord Immortality Author: Alexandra Ivy  Release Date: Dec. 24, 2012 (reissue) Publisher: Zebra Immortal Rogues #3 ISBN: #978-1420128215 Genre: Paranormal Romance Format(s): Paperback (224 pgs), e-book Book Source: Publisher About the book: Amelia Hadwell has no time for London’s nightlife. Not when her beloved brother’s odd ways have their family threatening to institutionalize him. And not when she is questioning her own sanity after being confronted by a murderous shadow creature—then being saved by a captivating stranger, a man who belongs to a world she cannot imagine.  Reserved and scholarly, Sebastian St.Ives has been content without human desires—until they are reawakened by the delicate, brave Amelia, whom he is meant to protect. For the young woman has no idea she possesses the key to a ravenous vampire’s dark victory. Now Sebastian must shield her from both a killer and his own growing attraction—or bond with her completely, and forever… What I’m talking about: Our story begins with a Prologue outlining the history of vampires in the world – and that the greatest vampire, Nefri, created a veil to hide their race from humans. This put an end to bloodlust and created a docile, intellectual vampire race. However, there are some that do not agree with Nefri’s rule and have entered the human world to recover the Medallion which gives Nefri her power. The primary antagonist, Drake, is one such vampire, and he hunts down Amelia, keeper of one-third of the Medallion. My Lord Immortality is set in roughly Regency England, and has a definite historical feel. Amelia and her mentally/emotionally handicapped brother, William, live mostly on their own after their parents decided they’d rather not have anything to do with William. Unfortunately, women are being brutally murdered near their home, and William appears to be at the center of the investigation due to his childlike ways and misunderstood manner. This is where our hero, Sebastian St.Ives, comes in as Amelia’s protector. He was sent from the veil by Nefri to protect Amelia and her piece of the Medallion. Before getting further in my review, I feel it necessary to note that it wasn’t until after I started reading My Lord Immortality, that I discovered 1) the book is a reissue, 2) it is the third story in a trilogy and 3) this trilogy is the precursor to a much larger, fuller series by Ms. Ivy. Knowing this, and having read this story, I would not recommend anyone pick...
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Jan
9

Review: A Feast of Souls by Hailey Edwards

Review: A Feast of Souls by Hailey Edwards A Feast of Souls Author: Hailey Edwards  Release Date: Dec. 18, 2012 Publisher: Samhain Publishing Araneae Nation Book #2 Genre: Paranormal Romance Format(s): e-book Book Source: Author About the book:       The only way to save her is to bind their souls as one.       Born with the ability to communicate with the dead, few things take Mana by surprise. But when a canis lopes into her life, announcing himself as the long-dead father of a childhood friend, she’s shocked. To make matters worse, he has a dire message that she alone can deliver.       Now Mana must face Vaughn, the male who inspired one too many girlish fantasies, and impart the spirit’s message—without acknowledging her source—so the soul can be laid to rest.       With rumors of a burgeoning clan war setting his nerves on edge, the last thing Vaughn needs is for an innocent to get caught in the crosshairs. But the woman he remembers as an awkward girl refuses to leave his side until he’s heard her out. That’s not the only change in her that calls to him. Her kindness soothes his battle-scarred soul—and he craves her in ways a warrior shouldn’t.       When they are both captured, they learn of an even greater threat. The plague devastating the southlands has come to his clan home. And his best—and only—chance to keep his people alive is the female who walks among the dead. What VampBard’s talking about:       Ms. Edwards’ second foray into the Araneae Nation series offers up A Feast of Souls for our literary enjoyment!  This delightful, intense tale brings us Vaughn and Mana, our hero/heroine.  We grow with them, through their trials and tribulations before we make it to their destiny.  Well-written with a sense of urgency to move toward the end, I was completely engrossed for the second half of the title, reading it in one sitting and neglecting the short stories I should be grading.       Some of what completely fascinates me about the Araneae Nation books is trying to figure out exactly what – and not be too creeped out by – the paranormal-ness of the clans.  They spin silk, have fangs and venom… Yup.  Spiderpeople.  Holy crow!  We have a nation of Spidermen (Spiderpeople?)! I’m a closet super hero geek (shhh… don’t tell anyone!), so I fell in love with this series when I...
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Jan
8

Review: A Taste of Ice by Hanna Martine

Review: A Taste of Ice by Hanna Martine A Taste of Ice Author: Hanna Martine  Release Date: Dec. 31, 2012 Publisher: Berkley Series: Elementals #2 ISBN: # 978-0425257258 Genre: Paranormal Romance Format(s): Paperback (368 pgs), e-book Book Source: Publisher About the book:      There is an untapped world of magic that any man would covet…       Five years ago, Xavier escaped from the Ofarian Plant. Today he calls a Colorado mountain town home. It’s there he buries himself in his work, swearing off magic and relationships—until a woman threatens every promise he’s made to himself.      Cat has always known she is different. Water speaks to her on an uncanny level, and she channels this gift into beautiful painted waterscapes. Now, a gallery is debuting her work in Colorado—and it’ll reveal far more about her than she imagined.      The spark between Cat and Xavier is enough to throw both of them off balance. Every tantalizing moment sends them dangerously close to a rising flood of desire. Dangerous because Xavier comes to suspect that Cat is an Ofarian—his people’s enemy. But they’re both about to discover a far greater, more malicious power at play… What G & U are talking about:      A Taste of Ice is the second novel in the fascinating Elementals series by Hannah Martine.  As exciting as the first book in the series, Liquid Lies, was, this second edition is just as mesmerizing.      Due to the fact that A Taste of Ice begins shortly after the end of Liquid Lies, we recommend starting with the first book.  The main character, Xavier has suffered greatly, and much of his story is told in Liquid Lies. Therefore, A Taste of Ice is a much richer and fuller story if you have that previous background.      Gikany and Una were captivated by Xavier’s story in A Taste of Ice, although it is difficult to read. He is the last one of his kind left behind on Earth due to his selfless sacrifice to save his people, the Tedrans.  Xavier is a person who suffered greatly at the hands of the Ofarians, who desires nothing but a normal new life.  He finds what he believes to be that normal existence only to have that peace obliterated by an instant connection to a woman.      Cat, however, is not a normal woman.  She is a talented new artist who displays her obsession with water through her paintings. Cat sees...
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Jan
4

Review: Make Believe Anthology

Review: Make Believe Anthology Make Believe Authors: J.A. Belfield, Terri Rochenski, J. Keller Ford, Lynda R. Young, Kelly Said, Jennifer M. Eaton Release Date: Nov. 23, 2012 Publisher: J. Taylor Publishing Genre: Fantasy/ Science-Fiction/ Paranormal Romance Format(s): e-book Book Source: Publisher/Author What VampBard’s talking about: Sacrificial Oath by Terri Rochenski Summary:  An impetuous act unwittingly makes Alesuela the fulfillment of the Sovereign’s Blood Oath to their Goddess. In five days, she’ll be forced to make the greatest choice of her life: become the virginal sacrifice already promised, or force the man she loves most to die in her place.  With an impossible choice in front of her, she searches for ways to undo the oath, and in her quest, finds not everything in her life is as she expects. VampBard’s Take:  I completely fell in love with Alesuela, our main character.  This fantasy story, while well-devloped and properly resolved, was entirely too short.  Ms. Rochenski created characters, settings and a world that were crafted in a manner that allowed the reader to make significant connections.  We had Man v. Man, Man v. Nature, and Man v. Self conflict, all in this whirlwind of a short story that leaves me, as a reader, begging for more.  5 stars: Personal favorite – a must read (A+) The Amulet of Ormisez, J. Keller Ford Summary:  There is only one way to save Elton Fletcher’s brother from an insanity-ridden death. After years away from home, fighting for his people, Elton returns to discover his only sibling, Cayden, possessed by greed and malice, and responsible for malicious, unthinkable deeds. Cayden, though, isn’t the only one afflicted by the Amulet of Ormisez, and Elton finds himself in yet another battle, where the price of failure could be his own life. VampBard’s Take:  Again, LOVED this story!  At the conclusion, I was left wanting more of the adventures that Felicity and Elton would take in the future.  I adored the magic, and the use of the selkies.  Shh.  If a story mentions anything about lore in which I’m familiar or obsessive, it’ll get and retain my attention, no matter what.  Elton was the classic hero in this fantasy tale.  Although it was evident from the beginning that Cayden was evil at present, I was unsure as to whether Elton would be the true hero or not!  Felicity, bravely looking after her mistress, became the ultimate heroine at the end of the story.  EXCELLENT story, with room in the plot for something...
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Dec
27

Review: Caressed by Night by Amanda J. Greene

Review: Caressed by Night by Amanda J. Greene Caressed by Night Author: Amanda J. Greene   Release Date: Feb. 29, 2012 Publisher: Self-Published Rulers of Darkness Book #2 Genre: Paranormal Romance Format(s): Paperback (393 pgs), e-book Book Source: Author About the book: Dimitri Arsov, the last remaining pure vampire, was thought to be dead for the past four hundreds years. Now, he is back and has a score to settle with the traitor that had tried to kill him centuries ago. But as he waits for his prey to blindly step into his carefully laid trap, his overwhelming hunger for blood is triggered when he saves a beautiful art historian.   Kerstyn Ingmar’s life was normal and straight up boring until the night she is rescued by the dangerously sexy, powerfully mesmerizing, Dimitri. Unable to resist his diamond blue eyes and intense kisses, she is drawn into his world of darkness and closer to her impending doom.   While their desire consumes them, Dimitri is haunted by images of a bloody and deadly future. As his enemies draw near, he must find a way to save his mate from her destiny before fate destroys them both.   What VampBard’s talking about:      For some reason, Amanda Greene’s Rulers of Darkness titles make me feel like I’m at home.  They bring together all of my comfort read titles into one neatly-wrapped package.  If you liked The Twilight Saga, The Black Dagger Brotherhood, or Lords of the Underworld, you’ll find these titles a delicious mix of these other series.      As I began reading Caressed by Night, I was greeted with a glossary. As a personal note, I’m always irritated when a glossary goes at the beginning of a story because if an author isn’t confident that their storytelling can stand alone, without front-loading the reader with a cheat sheet, I’m skeptical as to whether I’ll enjoy the book.  I skipped the glossary.      Ms. Greene began Caressed by Night around 197 years after her previous title in the series, Caressed by Moonlight, left off.  We learn that Dorian and Victoria are celebrating their anniversary mid-way through the story.  I liked the fact that we saw Dorian and Tori again, but reading their book isn’t really needed to enjoy this title.  Built into the book were ‘reminders’ necessary to understand the world-building and back-story.      I do enjoy the plot arc of Caressed by Night.  While we knew from practically the beginning that Dimitri would end...
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