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May
15

Review: The Shifter by Jean Johnson

Review: The Shifter by Jean Johnson The Shifter Author: Jean Johnson  Release Date: May 1, 2012 Publisher: Berkley Trade Shifting Plains #2 ISBN: #978-0425247334 Genre: Paranormal Romance Format(s): Paperback (320 pgs), e-book Book Source: Publisher About the book: Before the Sons of Destiny came to be, shapechangers ruled the heart of a shattered empire and navigated the uncertain shifts of fate… Years have passed since there was any sighting of Family Mongrel on the Shifting Plains. Yet traces remain, and they lead south into the Correda Mountains. As a favor to his brother and sister-in-law, Kenyen Sin Siin has taken it upon himself to track down these hints from the past and make sure the curs have not survived. The trail grows colder, more tangled, until he’s trapped in a valley where not everyone is as they seem.  He will either adapt and survive or be uncovered and perish before his mission is complete. Wary of strangers and distrustful of the unfamiliar, Solyn Ys Rei and her best friend have formed a secret resistance. One of a rare few with the ability to stand up to and evade enemies, she must still tread with great caution, particularly when even her best friend starts acting oddly. Allies could be enemies lurking in disguise, and a stranger’s face could hide a new foe as easily as a new friend. What B is talking about: Solyn Ys Rei, daughter of the local healer and blacksmith, and her best friend, Traver, have a big problem. Once honorable men of their village have become cruel strangers seemingly overnight, leading the two friends to suspect that the men are no longer who they claim to be.  Hoping to step out of the shadow of his older brother, Kenyen Sin Siin has joined the Shifterai warband sent out to find evidence of a group of outcast shifters who call themselves “Mongrels.” These criminals have banded together, seeking to force their wills on the unprepared locals, and eventually seek vengeance on the very ones who punished them in the first place.  Not having read any of the Sons of Destiny novels yet, I felt that The Shifter read well as a standalone novel, and that it didn’t suffer from a lack of familiarity with the previous story, Shifting Plains. There’s a good amount of worldbuilding early on in the story, and combined with what seem to be mostly new characters, I was able to follow along pretty well. There were several things, however, that kept me from...
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May
14

Quickie Review: Return to the Sea by Rebecca Royce

Quickie Review: Return to the Sea by Rebecca Royce Return to the Sea Author: Rebecca Royce  Release Date: Aug. 3, 2011 Publisher: Decadent Genre: Paranormal Romance, Novella Format(s): e-book Book Source: Publisher About the book: The clock is ticking for Laneigh. Banished from the ocean ten years earlier, Laneigh is shocked to discover all the Mer people living on dry land die within a decade of leaving the sea. With her life ending, she boards a cruise ship, intent on challenging the Mer who destroyed her life. She doesn’t expect him to save her—but she has a request she is desperate he honor. Hearing Laneigh’s name on the wind, Sylarus, son of the Mer king, is powerless to stop himself from seeing her. Defying his father’s edict, he rushes to meet the woman he’s desired his whole life. But when he learns of her impending death, something shifts deep inside Sylarus. He cannot—will not—let her die. Sylarus and Laneigh face tremendous odds to be together. In the end, they will either change Mer society forever or perish in the attempt. Can true love forgive after a decade of betrayals? What I’m talking about: The story opens with Laneigh standing on a cruise ship, looking out into the ocean depths, knowing that Sylarus is near. When she feels her former lover magically appear behind her, she dreads facing him to tell him what’s been going on for the past decade while she has been banished to dry land. Laneigh is a mermaid and Sylarus’s father, King of the Mer people, has forbid Laneigh to return to the sea. What Sylarus doesn’t know is that it is slowly killing Laneigh, and that Sylarus is a father of a ten-year-old girl. The two share a past and blame one another for the current situation. However, they still find a way to get past all of the resentment and pain to sex it up “one last time.” Of course it’s been ten lonely years for both – each remaining celibate since their separation. Once they “get a room,” their unbridled passion ignites and raw emotions flood freely into the open. Return to the Sea is an enjoyable, entertaining read. The book is fun in all the right places and sexy enough to make me blush a little. The first half of the story rocked! I loved reading about Laneigh and Sylarus’s reunion and watching them release their past to make way for the future. They both take chances and it pays off. ...
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May
10

Review: Kiss of the Goblin Prince by Shona Husk

Review: Kiss of the Goblin Prince by Shona Husk Kiss of the Goblin Prince Author: Shona Husk  Release Date: May 1, 2012 Publisher: Sourcebooks Shadowlands Trilogy #2 ISBN: #978-1402262067 Genre: Paranormal Romance Format(s): Paperback (353 pgs), e-book Book Source: Publisher About the book:       Trapped for centuries in the bleak Shadowlands, Dai clings to his humanity with a thirst for knowledge. But now he’s free of the goblin curse, and some would say he knows too much- he can make nature bend to his will, influence the minds of others, and command magic. Yet love eludes him. Then he meets Amanda, a single mother with a sick daughter whom he feels compelled to protect. But could she possibly place her trust in the kiss of a goblin prince? What G & U are talking about:       Kiss of the Goblin Prince is the second novel in the Shadowlands Trilogy and was even better than the previous novel, The Goblin King.  The novel flowed at a better pace, although the plot did have a few slow moments.  Dai and Amanda’s story is gripping and incredibly touching as two people learn to heal, forgive themselves and reach for a new beginning.       Gikany and Una thoroughly enjoyed the description of magic as a “fabric”.  Magic had a texture and reality to the reader that we haven’t experience before.  The world-building was fairly well established in the previous novel so the plot felt more character driven in this novel.       Kiss of the Goblin Prince chronicles Dai’s story – his “ever-after”.  After being freed by his brother, Roan, and Roan’s new wife, Eliza, Dai finds freedom isn’t all that he thought it would be.  Living for thousands of years in the Shadow realm and the horrors of his previous earthly life took their toll on Dai. What few interactions as Dai had as a goblin with the real world did not prepare for him for life as a human in the modern world.  Neither did it prepare him for the attraction he finds in Amanda, Eliza’s best friend and a widowed single parent.  Their chemistry and the inner battles they wage are touching and complex.  Watching them slowly come together was heartwarming.       Another facet to the novel is the ever mysterious and foreboding Birch Trustees, the holders of Dai’s horde – his incredible collection of magical texts.  With the increasing attraction between Amanda and Dai – he desperately wishes to...
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May
8

Review: Embrace of the Damned by Anya Bast

Review: Embrace of the Damned by Anya Bast Embrace of the Damned Author: Anya Bast  Release Date: May 1, 2012 Publisher: Berkley Sensation Brotherhood of the Damned #1 ISBN: #978-0425247969 Genre: Paranormal Romance Format(s): Paperback (301 pgs), e-book Book Source: Publisher About the book: A damned Viking warrior. Centuries ago Broder Calderson committed murder. As punishment, he was given over to the dominion of Loki, the Trickster God, made part of the Brotherhood of the Damned and condemned to an immortal life of battle against the Blight, blood-drinkers from Hel. A mysterious woman he can’t resist. One thousand years to the day he was damned, Loki allows him a woman as reward for his good service and repentance of his crimes. Once Broder sees Jessamine Hamilton, he is overcome with need. But Jessa is no ordinary woman, and the truth of who—and what—she is could have dangerous consequences. A tormented man she can’t deny. Though a future together is impossible, the warrior’s touch ignites an irresistible passion in Jessa. But every heated kiss pushes them closer to destruction. Forced to return to the brutality of his Viking past to protect her, will Broder surrender forever to his darkest impulses? What I’m talking about: Anya Bast’s newest world opens with a history lesson about our hero. One thousand years ago, Viking Broder slaughtered a lot of people – men, women and children, and as punishment for his crimes, he was involuntarily recruited to be an immortal warrior for the trickerster god, Loki. He and his brotherhood of the damned are cursed to fight day and night, hoping to kill the one demon that will free them forever. Unfortunately for Broder, he is also condemned to spend one thousand years without the touch of a woman. Forward to present day and we meet Jessa. After the recent death of her aunt, Jessa notices she can do some odd things – like get people to do what she wants just by thinking about it. And after finding photos of her parents that were taken over 100 years ago, Jessa is determined to find out more about her mysterious history. But Jessa isn’t alone; she has demons – Blight – trying to kill her. Thankfully Broder realizes that Jessa is his destined gift from Loki and saves her before it’s too late.  Broder’s alpha instincts take over and he knows he will protect her at any cost. The book opens beautifully – the history and story grabbed my full attention. The...
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Apr
30

Review: A Taste for Passion

Review: A Taste for Passion A Taste for Passion Author: Patrice Michelle  Release Date: Dec. 2, 2011 Kendrian Vampires #1 Publisher: Self-published Genre: Paranormal Romance Format(s): e-book Book Source: Author About the book: Rana Sterling finally meets the man of her dreams and boy does he know how to push all the right buttons. Only, Mr. Tall, Dark and Too-Good-to-Be-True turns out to be just that–he’s beyond her world. Lucian Trevane has a duty to fulfill. He’s expected to take the role of Vité, leader of all the vampires, but he knows he won’t take the position without his mate by his side. Now, after searching seventy years for his reincarnated fiancé, he finally finds his mate in Rana. Only he has a slight problem, Rana refuses to become his vampire wife. Add to the mixture a vengeful vampire, a surprise twist and time ticking against him, Lucian will have to call upon all his vampire skills and beyond in order to draw Rana fully into his world. What B is talking about: Stopping by a small, out of the way antiques store after her beloved grandfather’s funeral, Rana Sterling has no idea that the rest of her life is about to intersect with her past one. A devoted loner, she’s completely unprepared for the gorgeous stranger that visits her in her dreams. Lucian Trevane is perfect: thoughtful, adoring, sexy…and a vampire. Destined to lead, but unwilling to do so, he won’t take his rightful place until he’s found his long lost mate. Once he finds her, everything should be wonderful. If only she wasn’t so stubborn.  I was pleasantly surprised by this story, which is considerably more elaborate and involved than the cover copy suggests. Rana isn’t the flighty heroine just digging her heels in to spite her alpha male lover. Rather, she’s grieving and hesitant, and wary of the easy promise of happiness that Lucian seems to represent.  Lucian is a great character all around, his frustration with Rana generally due to a lack of information about her evolving role in his ascension to the leadership. He is generous and patient, and utterly devoted to Rana, despite all her misgivings, yet is never weak, either in his love for her, or in his dealings with other vampires.  The sexual heat between Lucian and Rana is lots of fun to read, as well. They have tons of chemistry and heat, and not just because the author suggests they do. Rana’s bafflement over her...
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Apr
25

Review: Savage Awakening

Review: Savage Awakening Savage Awakening Author: J. D. Tyler   Release Date: April 3, 2012 Publisher: Signet Alpha Pack #2 ISBN: #978-0451236449 Genre: Paranormal Romance Format(s): Paperback (341 pgs), e-book Book Source: Publisher About the book:       A group of former Navy SEALS, the Alpha Pack is a top-secret team of wolf shifters with Psy powers combating the greatest dangers in the world. But sometime those dangers are more intimate than they bargained for…       After a mission goes wrong, Aric Savage is taken prisoner. Half-dead and despairing, he makes a stunning discovery: his Pack mate Micah Chase, who was reported dead, is a fellow captive. When the Alpha team goes into full-rescue mode, accompanying them is an absolute stunner with sable hair–and a spine of solid steel.       LAPD officer and Psy Dreamwalker Rowan Chase has one priority: her brother Micah’s recovery. Still, she can’t help but be drawn to Aric, the ruggedly handsome wolf shifter who pleasures her as no man ever has–however fleeting their affair is destined to be. But when Aric’s life is endangered, Rowan must ask herself what she’s willing to sacrifice in the name of love, for the man fated to be her Bondmate. What G & U are talking about:       Savage Awakening is the second full-length novel in the Alpha Pack series.  While preparing for this review, we discovered an ebook novella, Black Magic, which takes place between the first novel, Primal Law and this one.  We enjoy this series enough that Una bought it.  We will read it and let you know if you should read it before Savage Awakening or not.  We feel that the gist of the novella is given in this book, but who wouldn’t want to read about a sexy sorcerer who shape shifts into a black panther?  Exactly!       Back to our sexy wolf shifter, Aric Savage. We enjoyed his story.  The Alpha Pack series is a wonderful somewhat light-hearted guilty pleasure read.  Personally, for Una, it was a great escape from the emotionally charged previous readings (Devil’s Punch, Lover Reborn, Shadow’s Fall, etc).  Aric is a loudmouth, sarcastic yet loyal soldier who feels completely unworthy of his pack’s acceptance or the mate he finds in tough-cop Rowen.  The banter between them is funny and allows the reader some laughs.  Even though Rowen’s lost brother and Aric suffer through some horrific experiences, the humor balances the novel.    ...
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Apr
19

Review: Enraptured

Review: Enraptured Enraptured Author: Elisabeth Naughton  Release Date: April 3, 2012 Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca Eternal Guardians #4 ISBN: #978-1402262128 Genre: Paranormal Romance Format(s): Paperback (416 pgs), e-book Book Source: Publisher About the book: ORPHEUS—To most he’s an enigma, a devil-may-care rogue who does whatever he pleases whenever he wants. Now this loose cannon is part of the Eternal Guardians—elite warriors assigned to protect the human realm—whether he likes it or not. Orpheus has just one goal: to rescue his brother from the Underworld. He’s not expecting a woman to get in the way. Especially not a Siren as gorgeous as Skyla. He has no idea she’s an assassin sent by Zeus to seduce, entrap, then ultimately destroy him. Yet Skyla herself might have the most to lose. There’s a reason Orpheus feels so familiar to her, a reason why her body seems to crave him. Perhaps he’s not the man everyone thinks… The truth could reveal a deadly secret as old as the Eternal Guardians themselves. What B is talking about: Orpheus isn’t just caught between two worlds, he’s being tossed about by three. Part witch, part demon, and now an Argonaut, he’s an incarnation that simply shouldn’t be. Resentful and angry, he claims to care about nobody. Too bad he can’t convince those he keeps saving over and over of that.  Naughton writes brilliantly conflicted characters, and tosses all sorts of trials their way repeatedly; balancing the darkness with just enough hope to keep them going. Orpheus is a perfect example of how well this type of conflict can be done and was one of the most engaging characters in the last novel in this series, Tempted. But, he absolutely owns Enraptured.  Skyla is a fun heroine, too. As the top Siren, she’s stubborn and strong, and saves Orpheus about as much as he saves her. But there’s more to Skyla, as well, and she turned out to be surprisingly endearing in her own right. As she did with Orpheus, Skyla’s strength throughout the darkest part of Enraptured really won me over, and I think she’s one of the better female characters I’ve read yet.  While the Eternal Guardians series is rooted in mythology, both of the novels I’ve read revolve around free will and destiny. And although each character is destined to follow a certain path, who they become is ultimately up to them, and decided solely by the choices they make on their journey.  Enraptured has it all:...
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Apr
18

Review: The Slayer

Review: The Slayer The Slayer Author: Theresa Meyers  Release Date: April 3, 2012 Publisher: Zebra Legend Chronicles #2 ISBN: #978-1420121254 Genre: Paranormal Romance, Steampunk Western Format(s): Paperback (352 pgs), e-book Book Source: Publisher About the book: Winn Jackson isn’t interested in hunting nightmares across the Wild West—even if it’s the family business. Unlike his rakehell brothers, Winn believes in rules. As sheriff of Bodie, California, he only shoots actual law breakers. That’s what he’s doing when he rescues the Contessa Drossenburg, Alexandra Porter, a lady with all the elegance of the Old World—grace, beauty and class. And then he sees her fangs. Alexandra isn’t just some bloodsucking damsel in distress, though. She’s on a mission to save her people—and she’s dead certain that Winn’s family legacy is the only way. Luckily, aside from grace and class, she also has a stubborn streak a mile wide. So like it or not, Winn is going to come back with her to the mountains of Transylvania, and while he’s at it, change his opinions about vampires, demon-hunting, and who exactly deserves shooting. And if she has her way, he’s going to do his darnedest to save the world… What I’m talking about: You have to love a book that starts out in the middle of a stage coach robbery. Taunting and name calling leads to four guns cocked and aimed at our hero, Winchester Jackson. And then all hell breaks loose when the an enchanting contessa climbs off the coach and proceeds to slaughter the entire gang of outlaws. The Slayer starts off with a bang and rarely slows down. The Slayer is the second book in the Legend Chronicles trilogy, overlapping in content and time with the first book, The Hunter. Although you need not have read the first book in the series to enjoy The Slayer, a bit of background is helpful. The books are set in a steampunked version of the “wild west,” where it has been prophesied that the Jackson brothers are the Chosen who will bring together the three pieces of the lost Book of Legend and defeat the evil demon lord, Rathe. This book follows the adventures of Winn, the eldest of the Jackson brothers, each trained as a Hunter (defenders of humans against the Darkin) and each with a bit of a chip on his shoulder. Winn has given up tracking down and hunting the paranormal and supernatural beings that roam the earth, but when the Contessa Alexa...
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Apr
17

Review: The Reason Is You

Review: The Reason Is You The Reason is You Author: Sharla Lovelace   Release Date: April 3, 2012 Publisher: Berkley Trade ISBN: 978-0425247129 Genre: Paranormal Romance Format(s): Paperback (326 pgs), e-book Book Source: Publisher About the book: In the small river town of Bethany, Dani Shane never fit in. Being different pushed her to the fringes of society, and even leaving town for two decades didn’t stop the talk. Now, with her sixteen year-old daughter Riley in tow, Dani is back in Bethany looking for a fresh start. Too bad her plans for staying under the radar are about to be thrown out the window. Mischievous and sexy, Dani’s old friend Alex still has the power to rock her world, but there’s a big obstacle standing in their way–Alex has been dead for forty years. With a ghost popping up at inopportune moments and sparking conversations with her teenage daughter, Dani scrambles to find solid ground and get a grip–both on her sanity and her heart. What VampBard’s talking about: The Reason is You, Sharla Lovelace’s debut novel, transported me to a small town, complete with small-town drama, a slight Southern feel, and a whole lot of love-triangle action!  It was easy to identify with Dani, our protagonist, as she’s in her early 40’s, has a 16 year-old daughter named Riley, and is dealing with many of the same issues with her daughter that I have had to broach with mine.  The relationships within the story are complex and fleshed-out, enabling the reader to be in the moment with the characters.  Great debut, Ms. Lovelace! Alex, a corner of our love-triangle, has been dead forty years.  Dani ‘met’ him when she was sixteen.  Seems that Alex has been around her entire life.  He made himself seen when Dani was in trouble.  There’s some complications regarding Alex that I won’t divulge (spoiler-free!), but watch for these about 2/3 – 3/4 of the way through!  Alex is utterly and completely in love with Dani.  There are several touching scenes involving them, and this dynamic makes the book well-worth the read. Jason, another corner of the love-triange, is Dani’s boss at the bait & tackle store where she is employed.  He’s purchased the long-standing business, and after his own drama, has moved to this little Podunk (as Riley titles it) town to start over.  On the outside, he appears to be rich, driving a Beemer, owning a business, and living on a houseboat.  While he maintains this outward...
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Apr
16

Review: Heart of the Incubus

Review: Heart of the Incubus Heart of the Incubus Author: Rosalie Lario  Release Date: Jan. 2, 2012 Publisher: Entangled Publishing Demons of Infernum Series #3.5 ISBN: #978-1937044824 Genre: Paranormal Romance Format(s): e-book Book Source: Author  About the book: Biochemist Cresso Taylor lives the sort of lifestyle most men would envy—he has wealth, natural incubus charm, and more women than he can handle. But it’s not enough anymore. Not after meeting Genevieve Russell, the sexy scientist who works with him at Elcorp Laboratory. And she wants absolutely nothing to do with him. After her fiancé broke her heart, Genevieve has had enough of womanizers. She’s determined to steer clear of sexy-as-sin Dr. Taylor, despite the fact that his incubus allure makes her want to rip his clothes off. But when a secret admirer’s affection turns to the macabre with threatening notes and grisly gifts, Cresso appoints himself her protector. As she and Cresso hunt her stalker, she discovers there’s a lot more to the sensual incubus than she ever imagined. What I’m talking about: The story opens with Incubus demon, Cresso admitting to himself that he’d done the unthinkable – he’s fallen in love. Unfortunately for him, the object of his desire human scientist, Genevieve, wants nothing to do with him. Cresso and Gen work together at Elcorp Laboratory, where they find cures and treatments for different demon species. (Side note: Incubus demons emit a toxin during sex that will kill any creature not of their own species. Elcorp has developed an immunization so that Incubus demons can safely have sex with humans.) Gen, knowing Cresso must have sex to survive — and that he is a notorious playboy — refuses to give in to her attraction to Cresso. However, when Gen’s life is threatened by a mysterious stalker, she turns to Cresso and a friendship develops. I jumped into Heart of the Incubus without any prior knowledge of the series nor expectations of what would happen. I can tell you that I thoroughly enjoyed Ms. Lario’s novella. The story was fun and different from anything I’ve read in recent history. Although there are familiar elements – heroine hating hero after being hurt in her past, strong heroine taking solace in arms of hero, etc. – the mythology is clever and interesting. Ms. Lario does an excellent job bring a newbie like me up to speed and giving me enough details to feel comfortable without over-burdening me with minutia.  What I noticed immediately is that...
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