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Jun
29

Review: The Darkest Torment by Gena Showalter

Review: The Darkest Torment by Gena Showalter The Darkest Torment Author: Gena Showalter Reviewer: Jen Twimom Rating: B- What I’m Talking About: Long, long ago, Baden was once a Lord of the Underworld and keeper of the demon, Distrust. But when he was betrayed and beheaded, the demon inside was set free and he died, destined to spend eternity in a special Purgatory. Eventually, Hades found him and gave him a way to leave, recruiting him for his war against Lucifer; however Baden didn’t understand the true price of his freedom. The book opens with Baden residing in Budapest with his fellow Lords. He is angry and prone to violence and doesn’t like to be touched. He has a new, more powerful demon, named Destruction, and in order to rid himself of Hades, Baden must complete a number of tasks for him, including retrieving a coin from drug lord Aleksander Ciernik. Katarina Joelle was forced to marry Aleksander Ciernik, the evil man who has Hades’ coin. He is brutal and plans to bend Katarina until she breaks. He killed her childhood sweetheart, hooked her brother on drugs, and has threaten to kill all of Katarina’s beloved dogs. Not knowing the situation, Baden kidnaps Katarina, hoping to force Alek to turn over the coin. To be honest, I started The Darkest Torment, unsure if I wanted to continue with this series. I went back and read my notes from the previous books and remembered how confused I was and how I felt things were growing overly complex and the mythology was meandering a bit too much for my liking. However, once I started the book, I was pleased with the overall direction and tone. Baden’s struggles with his inner demon and the romance between Baden and Katarina shared many of the qualities that first drew me to The Lords of the Underworld series. There was humor and passion, with gripping storylines. Additionally, the author does a great job recalling previous important facts and storylines, keeping readers in the loop. Overall, I enjoyed Baden’s inner battle with his demons (both literal and figurative). Katarina is a great fit for Baden (and visa versa), and I found her transformation from victim to heroine entertaining. Their story tied strongly to a larger story arc involving Hades, and although I didn’t quite recall or understand how this particular story began, it didn’t really matter as I read it. Additionally, there are two side stories setting up future books: William and Gillian’s potential romance, as well as Cameo’s search for Lazarus. I understand the need to set...
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Jun
16

Review: Blood Lust by Alexandra Ivy

Review: Blood Lust by Alexandra Ivy Blood Lust Author: Alexandra Ivy Reviewer: Jen Twimom Rating: B- What I’m Talking About: Continuing directly from the storyline of the previous book, Blood Assassin, Bas must deal with the outfall of his daughter’s, Molly, kidnapping by supernatural forces. The events ruined his business, and he ended his roll as the leader of a renegade band of mercenary high-bloods. All he wants to do now is raise his daughter in peace, but that all changes when Molly’s mom, Myst, reenters their lives. Myst had a one afternoon affair with Bas which resulted in a pregnancy. Leaving Molly with Bas after her birth, Myst has been in hiding and impossible to locate. Unknown to Bas, Myst has stayed in contact with Molly via telepathy, and promised Molly she’d come visit after the horrible ordeal. Now that Myst is back, Bas won’t let her go. While you don’t need to have read the previous books in the Sentinels series to enjoy Blood Lust, the story arc started in the second book, which provides much of the background needed to better understand the high-blood mythology. I enjoyed reading Blood Lust and found the story easy to follow and straight-forward. Myst and Baz’s relationship had its bumps, but overall flowed smoothly. Their albeit brief shared history lends itself to a sexy reunion, fueled by the fact that Bas has longed for and searched for Myst ever since their one shared afternoon. I enjoyed watching the couple rekindle their feelings and act on their desires. I especially liked how open and honest Bas was with Myst, especially with his desires. While the romance was engaging, I had a few troubles with the suspense/action part of the story which involves the Brotherhood, a high-blood hate group populated by human fanatics. Unfortunately, the group felt like a stereotype of cliched cults. I also felt some of the scenes were too easy, with convenient weapons and perfectly timed coincidences. Additionally, I would have loved it if the part of the story I found most intriguing, having to deal with Molly herself, was explored more. Honestly, my favorite parts of the book had to do with the ongoing denial of Lana and Wolfe as they push the limits of their mutual desire. Ms. Ivy is building a wonderful, über-steamy relationship that drips with sexual tension. I want their book… I want to know more about their paths and how they can work out an HEA. In the end,...
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Jun
7

Review + Excerpt: Allegiance of Honor by Nalini Singh

Review + Excerpt: Allegiance of Honor by Nalini Singh Allegiance of Honor Author: Nalini Singh Reviewer: Jen Twimom Rating: B/B- What I’m Talking About: Nalini Singh creates a sweeping look at her entire Psy-Changeling cast of characters and previous storylines with Allegiance of Honor. Bold in scope and content, the book picks up the overarching storyline of the series, focusing on the downfall of Silence and what it means to the three species inhabiting Earth. While there are no new romances or characters featured this time around, the story continues forward the series while giving fans a look at each character and how they’ve fared since introduction. Within the book, there are a handful of primary stories: 1. There is an unknown treat to Lucas and Sascha’s child, Naya; 2. The PsyNet continues to deteriorate even after the re-introduction of Es; 3. There is a lead on one of the missing BlackSea changelings, Leila Savea; 4. Father Xavier Perez is looking for his lost love; 5. Making the Trinity Accord work and what to do with Ming LeBon; and 6. Planning a huge, joint SnowDancer/DarkHunter celebration. Each of these stories progresses, with a conclusion to some, while others may give lead to what looks to be the next story-arc of the series. While I adore the slice of life features Ms. Singh sends in her newsletter and posts online, I now realize that I best enjoy them in small doses. This book felt like it was primarily a huge collection of these short slice-of-life features, and it didn’t always work for me. Each mini-look was interesting, but when all tied together, they started to drag on. I was more interested in the overall storylines and seeing progress, rather than catching up on each character or waiting for the pupcubs to be born. When the book focused on the bigger storylines, like searching for the missing BlackSea member or working on the Trinity Accord, I was completely captivated and hungry for more. I am excited for the future of the series as the three races work together. Overall, I enjoyed Allegiance of Honor, but in the end, I wanted more. The book is entertaining, and I generally liked the little visits with every single character we’ve met in the past, but I wanted more guts to the book. More story and less all over the place. I wanted more of the solid, complex storylines and rich plots that I’ve come to expect and love from Ms. Singh. My Rating:...
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Jun
1

Review: To Love a Wolf by Paige Tyler

Review: To Love a Wolf by Paige Tyler To Love a Wolf Author: Paige Tyler Reviewers: Gikany and Una Rating: B What We’re Talking About: To Love a Wolf is another satisfying installment in the SWAT series.  Gikany and Una have liked Cooper since we met him in the first novel, Hungry Like the Wolf.  We were eager to see him meet his “One” and we were not disappointed, although the mythology took an unexpected turn. Cooper and Everly’s story is a great change of pace from the previous stories.  Shortly after meeting Everly, Cooper rescues her (and a number of other victims) from bank robbers.  However, this is an isolated event, the overarching plot is the search for a bomber.  We really liked how Cooper and Everly met and courted one another.  Everly’s background gives a new twist to the mythology and an interesting obstacle for the destined mates. At the start, the plot of the bomber is really on the back burner while the journey of Everly and Cooper is established.  As the novel progresses, the bomber becomes more prominent, but does not diminishment the romantic plot.  The bomber plot is quite easy to puzzle out.  The plot of Cooper and the bomber was only suspenseful in waiting to see if Cooper would figure it out and how it would all end. With a new twist of the mythology, we wonder if our SWAT wolves will learn more about their natures and history.  Either way, we liked the journey between Cooper and Everly.  Their story, including the love at first sight during a bank robbery, was sweet. If you enjoy a little military/police drama with your paranormal, pick up the SWAT series – it’s good fun!  We recommend reading the series from the beginning since the mythology is slowly divulged through each novel.  One thing is for certain, we look forward to the next novel in the series. Our Rating:  B, Liked It About the Book: HE’S FOUND THE ONE… SWAT officer Landry Cooper is certain Everly Danu is The One. The problem is, she has no idea what Cooper really is. And as much as he wants to trust her, he’s not sure he can share his deepest secret… When Everly’s family discovers Cooper’s a werewolf, her brothers will do anything to keep them apart-they’ll kill him if they have to. Everly is falling hard for the ridiculously handsome SWAT officer, and she’s not about to let her brothers tell her who she can...
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May
16

Book Spotlight + Excerpt: Alpha Ever After by Jessica Simms

Book Spotlight + Excerpt: Alpha Ever After by Jessica Simms About the Book: Connor’s loved Savannah from the moment he laid eyes on her. She’s his mate, no matter what she says.  Savannah’s hated the Anderson pack ever since they kidnapped her. That fateful week had big consequences, though, and now she’s pregnant with Connor’s twins. He’s elated. She’s…less enthusiastic. She wants the babies but him? Not so much. He’s a bossy werewolf who thinks he can dictate what she does. She’s a were-cougar who won’t be pushed, especially not by a know-it-all wolf alpha.  So why is it every time that she tries to move on, he’s right there waiting for her? And why does she compare everyone else to a certain tall, dark wolf? Why does she crave Connor more than pickles and ice cream? Purchase Info: Amazon Excerpt: I get to the coffee shop a half hour early just in case Savannah shows up a few minutes ahead of schedule. I scope out the best, quietest table in the place. I want nothing but perfection for my girl. Unfortunately, the best table is also occupied by a guy with a laptop. Fucker. I sit nearby and glare convincingly at him until he gets up and moves to a different table, and then I clean off the surface with a moist towelette. The chairs aren’t super comfortable, and one wobbles, so I switch it out for another. The sunlight is bright as it filters in through the blinds so I get up and adjust them a little. Everything has to be perfect for when my girl gets here. Perfect. I order one of every breakfast sandwich, cookie, bread, and muffin they have, and an iced coffee, a hot coffee, and a soy latte. I get extra napkins and steal the creamer jar from the stand so Savannah can have as much as she wants. I know she likes dairy. I…think. Fuck. I drum my fingers on the table, staring at the front door. Waiting. The sunlight is still casting too much light on her chair, I think, so I move it a little to the left. I don’t want her to have to squint. When I’m satisfied it’s perfect – again – I look up. And there she is. The sight of Savannah always takes my damn breath away. She’s an absolute dream to look at, with that beautiful oval face, those dark eyes and that long fall of silky brown hair. She’s wearing a plain blue...
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May
10

Review: Tieryn’s Fury by Abigail Owen

Review: Tieryn’s Fury by Abigail Owen Tieryn’s Fury Author: Abigail Owen Reviewers: Gikany and Una Rating: B What We’re Talking About: Tieryn’s Fury is the third novel in the Shadowcat Nation series.  Although we enjoyed the couple’s journey in this installment more, the mythology takes a bit of a turn. The Shadowcat Nation series is a fascinating paranormal romance series.  The series centers on mountain lion shifters with wolf, bear, and other animal shifters in the background.  Some of the shifters possess an additional special ability, such as the ability to heal or see the future.  They are rare and therefore protected.  The mountain lion shifter coalition has agreed to only allow each dare (community) to only have one of these special shifters each.  These shifters are cosseted, but their freedom is quite limited. Tieryn is one of these shifters: she has the ability to heal.  We appreciated her stubbornness and drive.  We enjoyed her journey with Shane.  We were intrigued when we were first introduced to this disfigured shifter in Andromeda’s Fall and we wanted to know more about him.  Tieryn and Shane are a good match and the give and take between them was gripping. We were astounded by what we learn about Charles – the odd shifter from the Bear dare.  His background opens up a new aspect to the world, one we are not sure about.  As each book slowly divulges more about the mythology, we aren’t sure where this element will lead.  We look forward to learning more and seeing how this really does fit into the overall world. The escalation of the overarching conflict reaches a pinnacle in this novel as we learn the reasons behind it.  It is shocking to find out who is behind the war and why this war is being waged, but we enjoyed this storyline.  Although the overt fighting may have eased, the war continues.  We are eager to see how this plays out in the next novel. Overall we liked Tieryn’s Fury.  The journey of Shane and Tieryn was captivating.  The revelation of the lead antagonist was gripping and we look forward to the continuing overarching plot line.  Although the mythology opened up in a strange way, we are intrigued by it and looking to learning more in the next installment. Our Rating:  B, Liked It About the Book: The day Shane Callahan lost his wife and was forced to run from the only home they’d ever known was the day he’d vowed...
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May
9

Review: Alpha Wolf Need Not Apply by Terry Spear

Review: Alpha Wolf Need Not Apply by Terry Spear Alpha Wolf Need Not Apply Author: Terry Spear Reviewer: B. Rating: B+ What I’m Talking About: After the death of his first mate, Eric Silver never wanted to fall in love again. Since returning to the Silver Town pack with his brothers, he’s been content to do whatever needed to be done, work as a park ranger, and keep to himself. But, when the trail of a new group of wolves running a marijuana-growing ring leads him to the gorgeous she-wolf in charge of her own pack, things heat up fast. And Eric is surprisingly fine with the fact that his world has just been turned upside down. Being the leader of a wolf pack is a tough job for anyone, but Pepper Grayling has the added frustration of having to fend off the unwanted attentions of male alphas who think they can take over because she’s a female. But, she’s not about to surrender her pack to anyone, and isn’t interested in ever mating again. Still, she can’t deny that the sexy forest ranger who is suddenly in her life is different, and that letting herself love might be better than she could have imagined. This story was fun in quite a few ways, starting with the title. While all the characters in the Heart of the Wolf series are strong and capable, this is the first time I remember there being a pack led by a single female wolf. Pepper is formidable, and has held her pack together on her own just fine, which I liked a great deal. Though it was nice to see her enjoy some romance with Eric, I got the impression that she could continue to be the sole leader without flinching. The added side effect of knowing that her relationship with Eric was a conscious, deliberate choice, rather than a case of her not being able to resist his charms, was refreshing. Even though there’s no denying the attraction between Pepper and Eric, I liked their ongoing independence. Even after Eric admits his desire to become Pepper’s mate, he respects her need to go slowly. They challenge each other, yet, at the same time, compliment one another’s abilities while providing a much-needed secondary perspective. Once they begin to indulge their mutual desires, however, they are very sweet together. Not to mention extremely sexually compatible, as well. Like the other stories in this series, there’s an additional layer playing out beneath the romance...
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May
3

Review: Allied In Flight by Christi Snow

Review: Allied In Flight by Christi Snow Allied In Flight Author: Christi Snow Reviewer: B. Rating: B What I’m Talking About: Ever since the veil was breached, things have begun to change rapidly for Griff Hughes and the other inhabitants of the Western States (WS). Along with differences in the physical workings of their environment, Lori’s arrival from the ES has caused some additional unexpected side effects—like the helpful, yet highly invasive mental bond he now shares with his teammates. As someone who generally likes to keep to himself, having three other people in his head all the time has been a challenge. But, when their rescue mission goes wrong and Griff finds himself held prisoner alongside the beautiful shifter he intended to save, an entirely new kind of connection is made that will alter his life forever. Three years of confinement and torture have made Shar McIntire a survivor of the highest order. As long as she had her sister, Savannah, with her, she believed she could handle anything their captors devised to break them. But, waking up in a strange place, alone, without the voices of her makeshift family to keep her company just might be too much to take. Until a man with wings makes her crave more than her own freedom, and shows her that falling in love could be the most dangerous outcome of all. Picking up right where the previous novel in the series, Through the Veil, left off, Allied in Flight begins in the middle of an attempt to rescue a group of Others (people with supernatural abilities) from their captors. And things are not going well. Where the first story included a lot of world building and introduced readers to life in the more natural and environmentally-conscious Western States, Allied in Flight further explores the twisted authoritarian society and resulting cruelty of the Eastern States. One of my favorite things about this story is the bond that forms between Griff and Shar from the beginning. Although such an instant and profound attachment would otherwise be difficult to accept, theirs is born from the pressures of captivity, making it all the more believable. In fact, despite several instances when their lack of communication frustrated me, their mutual protectiveness in the face of their obvious emotional connection seemed very sweet. And very sexy. As a tale of “Romantic Suspense,” Allied in Flight works very well. Throughout Shar and Griff’s imprisonment, escape, and the connecting adventure in New York, there is...
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May
2

Review + Blog Tour: Z by Larissa Ione

Review + Blog Tour: Z by Larissa Ione Z is the latest in Larissa Ione’s incredible Demonica Underworld Series brought to you by the amazing team at 1001 Dark Nights! Be sure you grab your copy of this sexy new novella today! My Review: Z Author: Larissa Ione Reviewer: Jen Twimom Rating: B- Vex is a daemanis, a demon soul magnet, a person to whom souls stick like glue. If a demon dies near her, it gets sucked into her and stored as a glyph on her skin before the griminions can take the demon souls to the Grim Reaper. Selling the demon souls is the only way Vex can make a good living, but someone, or something, is killing off all those that buy and sell souls. So Vex heads to see Azagoth, the Grim Reaper himself, to try and unload her current evil riders. Zhubaal (Z) is Azagoth’s second in command. He doesn’t love the job but keeps it, hoping to find his beloved, Laura. Her soul was trapped in Sheoul-gra until she was reborn into life 30 years ago. Unfortunately Z doesn’t know Laura’s new identity, but realizes his long search may be over because he can feel her soul trapped inside the uber sexy Vex. Vex and Z’s romance is one that has to overcome some big obstacles. Z has been hung up on his lost soulmate for over a hundred years, and even when his body reacts to Vex, he cannot see past his sacred love for Laura to the awesome woman before him. Finding out that Vex shares something with Laura causes such internal conflict for Z that he doesn’t know what to do, and of course, messes everything up. While the couple shares some sweet and sexy moments, the book walks a fine line between using Vex and helping Z discover his true love. Overall, Z is an enjoyable read that focuses on the romance between Zhubaal and Vex. While the romance is sexy and fun, I missed the deeper, overarching storylines I’m used to from the Demonica / Lords of Deliverance series. Readers unfamiliar with Ms. Ione’s wonderful series should have no troubles enjoying Z’s story. My Rating: B-  Liked It About the Book: Zhubaal, fallen angel assistant to the Grim Reaper, has spent decades searching for the angel he loved and lost nearly a century ago. Not even her death can keep him from trying to find her, not when he knows she’s been given a second chance at...
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Apr
18

Review: Into the Darkness by Katie Reus

Review: Into the Darkness by Katie Reus Into the Darkness Author: Katie Reus Reviewer: Jen Twimom Rating: A-/B+ What I’m Talking About: In Into the Darkness, author Katie Reus tackles two love stories and wraps up some loose ends, giving the book an end-of-series feel (although based on the epilogue, it’s not). The story opens from POV of Rhea, warrior wolf with Finn’s pack. She’s being pursued by Conall, the powerful alpha of a pack-friendly dragon clan. The pack is preparing for the wedding of friends Bo and Nyx (romance featured in book 4), bringing Conall and his family to town; however, it looks as if a deadly part of Rhea’s past has resurfaced to create havoc for Finn and his pack. As the wedding planner, Liberty has become accustom to the supernatural beings surrounding her life. It’s been eight months since Bo and his brothers, most notable of which is Rory, rescued her from a hell dimension where she was tortured and abused. During the past few months, she’s learned to be more independent and is ready to move forward in a romantic relationship with her protector, Rory. I absolutely enjoyed Into the Darkness; it’s definitely my favorite book of the Darkness series. Bringing together action, suspense, and romance, the book shares solid storylines with an extra helping of steamy passion. Ms. Reus successfully weaves together stories of traditional paranormal mating while giving the romances time to develop and blossom in a smart, contemporary manner. The number one reason both romances, and the overall story, are a success and a marked improvement over most of today’s PNR titles is COMMUNICATION! I loved the communication going on in this book, and not just between our main romantic couples. The author presented problems and pitfalls, but rather than let them fester and grow into huge conflicts, she gives the characters time to express and explain. *happy sigh* One perfect example is when Conall and Rhea kiss for the first time, and his mating glow starts. She freaks and says no. Instead of this dragging on as a misunderstanding, Rhea explains she can’t mate him because she’d make him weaker. He realizes her rejection is out of fear and concern for him. The conflict remains and is still heartbreaking, but for all the right reasons instead of misunderstandings. So impressed!! I enjoyed reading Into the Darkness tremendously. Several of my annoyances from previous books, and PNR in general, weren’t present. The author does a wonderful job developing the...
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