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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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Feb
1

Review: Soulbound by Tessa Adams

Review: Soulbound by Tessa Adams Soulbound Author: Tessa Adams  Release Date: Feb. 5, 2013 Publisher: Signet Eclipse Lone Star Witch #1 ISBN: 978-0451415042 Genre: Paranormal Romance Format(s): Paperback (368 pgs), e-book Book Source: Publisher/ NetGalley About the book:       As the seventh daughter of a seventh daughter—and a member of Ipswitch’s Royal family—Xandra Morgan should be a witch of incredible power. But things don’t always turn out like you expect…        While she hasn’t lived up to her family’s expectations, Xandra has come to terms with her latent magic and made a life for herself in Austin, Texas, running a coffee shop where she makes potions of a non-magical nature. While things aren’t perfect, Xandra is happy—until she runs into powerful warlock Declan Chumomisto.       Xandra hasn’t seen Declan in years, and though she’s still overwhelmed by his power, she doesn’t trust him. And when her own powers awaken one night and lead her to the body of a woman in the woods bearing the symbol of Isis—the same one that has marked Xandra since the day she met Declan—she’s filled with a terrible suspicion, soon confirmed: the woman is connected to him.        Xandra doesn’t want to believe that Declan is capable of murder, but as the body count mounts, and Xandra’s own powers spiral out of control, she’s not sure she can trust her own instincts… What VampBard’s talking about:       Soulbound left me rocking in the corner, mumbling incoherently as to how Ms. Tessa Dare could leave me teetering on a precipice, wondering how I’ll ever be able to wait until the second book in the Lone Star Witches series is released.  Heartbreak, magic, and murder are at the forefront of this action-packed title.       First, I have to mention that the serious cliffhanger-ish ending has me frothing-at-the-mouth for more of this series.  I hope we stick with our two main characters from this title, Xandra and Declan, in the next book.  I LIKE them.  A lot.  I love the fact that we’re clued in early on that there’s a big entity that isn’t exactly cool, and – for the record – I totally called the secretive and lurking bad guy at about the 45% mark.  With many twists and turns in the plot, however, Ms. Dare had me doubting my super-Ninja prediction skills until nearly the very end of the title.       There was a pretty...
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Jan
22

Review: Faythe Reclaimed by Lisa Sanchez

Review: Faythe Reclaimed by Lisa Sanchez Faythe Reclaimed Author: Lisa Sanchez  Release Date: May 22, 2013 Publisher: Tulipe Noire Press Hanaford Park #3 ISBN: #978-0983979760 Genre: Paranormal Romance, New Adult Format(s): Paperback (260 pgs), e-book Book Source: Author About the book: Running through a strange forest with a bloodthirsty demon hot on her heels wasn’t Taylor’s idea of a rockin’ evening. Then again, neither was soaring backward through time and space. Time travel chafed and left a rank, nasty aftertaste. So, when she finds herself floundering amidst a sea of Commandment-loving holy rollers who fling accusations of witchcraft and bedevilment like hotcakes in a diner, finding her way home jumps to the top of her to do list. Too bad she can’t remember who she is or where she came from.  And if that wasn’t bad enough, Taylor has to fall for the mysterious Latin warlock living on the edge of Salem Village and who comes to her rescue, Gabriel Castillo. Battling an identity crisis and lost in a time that’s not her own, Taylor is determined to find her way back to twenty-first century Hanaford Park. But first, she and Gabriel must work together to uncover the dark scourge lurking in Salem’s shadows, and in doing so, save their own lives, and the lives of countless innocents from a lethal date with the hangman’s noose. What I’m talking about: Our story opens in the present, with “The Traveler” aka Gabriel engaged in a battle with long-time enemy, Lucian. In these few short moments, we learn that Gabriel recently discovered his true love, Taylor, and that Lucian is ripping her away from Gabriel by sending her back in time… to the days of the Salem Witch Trials, when a young Gabriel first meets Taylor aka Faythe. Taylor wakes in a society where nothing is familiar, however her amnesia could be what’s making her talk weird and not recall from where she hailed. The only person who seems familiar to her is the sexy Latin warlock who saved her from a demon attack. As Taylor/Faythe struggles to find out the truth, she becomes the target of the denizens, who are, literally, on a witch hunt. Confused? I was. The first few chapters of Faythe Reclaimed were difficult for me to follow. The reader is tossed into the action, which shifts and changes abruptly, and I had to glean what was happening. On top of that, the story is told in first person point-of-view (POV), from multiple...
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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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