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Jan
31

Review: The Reunited by Shiloh Walker

Review: The Reunited by Shiloh Walker The Reunited Author: Shiloh Walker  Release Date: Feb. 5, 2013 Publisher: Berkley Trade The FBI Psychics #3 ISBN: #978-0425246979 Genre: Suspense Romance, Paranormal Format(s): Paperback (384 pgs), e-book Book Source: Publisher/ NetGalley About the book: AN ETERNAL DESIRE With his strong psychic ability, FBI Agent Joss Crawford longs for the woman he loved in a past life. But after years of searching, a new case is drawing him into the last place he’d ever want to find her: an underground slave ring. Going undercover to infiltrate the network, he meets Drucella Chapman–the mastermind’s fiancee. Joss has every reason to believe she’s evil. So why is he irresistibly drawn to her? A DANGEROUS GAME Drucella has made it her personal mission to bring the slave ring down. But the sadistic ring leader is even more careful than he is cruel. In order to gain information, Dru has had to get close to the very man she wishes to kill, psychically reading his memories bit by bit. she’d do anything to finish the job, but agreeing to marry him may have been a step too far–even for her. A FATEFUL ENCOUNTER Though Joss and Dru are both undercover, nothing can disguise the sense of deja vu they experience when they meet. Neither can afford to be distracted from the mission at hand, but perhaps their reunion is exactly what this mission needs. What I’m talking about: Joss Crawford is finally getting some time off, but is called in by his boss, Taylor Jones, to help work the difficult case trying to bring down the powerful human trafficker, Patrick Whitmore. Joss is one of a handful of psychically talented FBI agents, and his speciality is being a “mirror.” He can “absorb” other agents gifts and use them as his own until he gets rebooted. (It made me think of Rogue from X-men.) Meanwhile, Drucella (Dru) Chapman is already on the case. Working uncover for no one but herself, Dru has posed as Ella, Patrick Whitmore’s love interest and fiancee, for the past two years. Dru has sold her soul to be the perfect woman for a man she vehemently despises and plans to kill. With no way out and only one friend who knows the truth, Dru has committed to see this through until either Patrick or she dies. With such a heavy topic as human trafficking, I was worried that The Reunited would be a gruesome read. However, Ms. Walker handled...
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Jan
7

Review: The Inventor by Theresa Meyers

Review: The Inventor by Theresa Meyers The Inventor Author: Theresa Meyers  Release Date: Dec. 24, 2012 Publisher: Zebra Books The Legend Chronicles prequel Genre: Paranormal Steampunk Format(s): e-book Book Source: Purchased with my own funds About the book: Sir Marley Turlock doesn’t normally bother with flirtation. He’s an inventor, a scientist, not a gadabout. And the floor of the inaugural London Aeronautical Exhibition, just before he presents his groundbreaking new device to the Queen herself, is not the place to change his habits toward the fairer sex. But Lady Persephone Hargrieve has her delicate fingers engaged in the innards of his device before Marley can catch his breath at her beauty. He’s never met a woman like her—a fiery intelligence to match his own, a genius for mechanics, and more secrets than he can guess. Of course, Sephie’s secrets aren’t all innocuous tricks to make the gears spin smoother. It’s no coincidence that she’s turned up to investigate Marley’s machines—if they’re good enough, if he can be trusted enough, they might save the country. Even if along the way she ends up losing her heart… What I’m talking about: For those of us that read The Legend Chronicles series by Theresa Meyers, we know and love grouchy ol’ Marley: genius inventor extraordinaire. He is friend to the Winn Brothers (the men of legend fighting the evil Darken), but lives alone. He has a mysterious past, one hinted full of lost love and sadness. So when Ms. Meyers shared with me (at AADNOLA) that she was telling Marley’s backstory in an upcoming novella, I was giddy! And a note to those that haven’t read the series, The Inventor is a prequel set several years before the beginning of the series and can be read at any time. There are no series spoilers in this novella. The short story takes place in London, 1868, and opens with Marley working on his latest invention. He hopes to impress the Queen and be invited to join the prestigious Aeronautical Society of Great Britain. While stumped trying to work out a kink in his inventions, the lovely Lady Persephone Hargrieve sits down and starts tinkering (with his permission). Marley is immediately taken with Sephie and hopes to court her, even though she is daughter of Lord Hargrieve and above his station. Lord Hargrieve is impressed with Marley and invites him to his home to discuss a project. It is here that Marley learns the true nature of Lord Hargrieve’s work:...
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Dec
6

Review: The Farm by Emily McKay

Review: The Farm by Emily McKay The Farm Author: Emily McKay  Release Date: Dec. 4, 2012 Publisher: Berkley Trade The Farm #1 ISBN: #978-0425257807 Genre: Young Adult (Paranormal) Format(s): Paperback (420 pgs), e-book Book Source: Publisher About the book:       Life was different in the Before: before vampires began devouring humans in a swarm across America; before the surviving young people were rounded up and quarantined. These days, we know what those quarantines are—holding pens where human blood is turned into more food for the undead monsters, known as Ticks. Surrounded by electrical fences, most kids try to survive the Farms by turning on each other…       And when trust is a thing of the past, escape is nearly impossible.       Lily and her twin sister Mel have a plan. Though Mel can barely communicate, her autism helps her notice things no one else notices—like the portion of electrical fence that gets turned off every night. Getting across won’t be easy, but as Lily gathers what they need to escape, a familiar face appears out of nowhere, offering to help…       Carter was a schoolmate of Lily’s in the Before. Managing to evade capture until now, he has valuable knowledge of the outside world. But like everyone on the Farm, Carter has his own agenda, and he knows that behind the Ticks is an even more dangerous threat to the human race… What G & U are talking about:       The Farm is the first book in a new post-apocalyptic young adult series.  From the first page, you will be drawn into the plight of Lily and her sister, Mel.  However, do not base your opinion on the book blurb above…there is so much more to The Farm than it suggests.  This is a young adult novel for the more mature teen, high school age or older.  There are some serious topics discussed and some violence.       The world as we know ended six months prior to the beginning of The Farm, a time conveniently referred to as “Before”.  A pathogen was accidentally released, causing some humans to become mindless blood craving beasts: Ticks.  To protect the last vestiges of humanity, teenagers were gathered up and placed on “farms” for their protection.  However, all is not what it seems.  There is so much more going on than what Lily can fathom.       Although told from predominately Lily’s point of view, The...
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Jul
17

Review: The Carnality Series by DL Jackson

Review: The Carnality Series by DL Jackson Carnal Desires Carnal Attraction Carnal Denial Author: DL Jackson  Release Date: Feb-Mar 2012 Publisher: Decadent Carnality Series 1-3 Decadent’s Edge Series Genre: Erotic Romance, Paranomal, Novella Format(s): e-book Book Source: Publisher About the books: Carnal Desires… When Mercedes, the town librarian, enters a place no good girl would dare to tread, she meets a man who says he’s an incubus, who has an offer too tempting to pass. After the encounter with the stranger, sanity returns and Mercedes begins to wonder if she’s lost her mind along with her memory, or if the man in the back of the adult toy store really was who he claimed to be. Carnal Attraction… Thousands of years have passed. Azael has returned to Jezebel, and he’s brought her memories with him. Now that Jezebel has them back, she doesn’t intend to lose them again by starving herself of life energies. So, when she encounters a broken heart in the seedy strip club where she works, she knows dinner will be special that night. This time, the feeding will be on her terms, and the man who’s wandered into her snare, shouldn’t miss the small bite of soul she takes. Much. Carnal Denial… Another lamb for the feast. Not likely. Jezebel knows that taking a bite out of the virgin bait the demon slayers have tossed into the club is a bad idea. But there’s also more than one way to skin a proverbial cat, or in this instance, pop a slayer’s cherry before she causes any problems. There’s nothing in the succubus rule book that says Jezebel has to play fair. After all, she need only suggest. What the slayer does with the nudge is up to her. What I’m talking about: Book 1: Carnal Desires Mercedes has spent her whole life being the good girl. So after her fiancé dumped her for another, Mercedes finds herself looking at sex toys in the back room of an adult-only shop. When a mysterious man shows up smelling of sex and chocolate she finds that she cannot say no to his offer for a quickie.  All three of these books are from Decadent Publishing’s Edge series–a short story/vignette format. The first book consists of the interaction between Mercedes and the mystery lover who claims to be an incubus. It is sensual and sexy. There is an interesting twist at the end, and it leaves you with the “to be continued” feeling. Of the three...
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Jul
16

Review & Giveaway: Shadow of Night by Deborah Harkness

Review & Giveaway: Shadow of Night by Deborah Harkness Shadow of Night Author: Deborah Harkness   Release Date: July 10, 2012 Publisher: Viking All Souls Trilogy #2 ISBN: 978-0670023486 Genre: Paranormal Fantasy Format(s): Hardcover (592 pgs), e-book Book Source: Publisher About the book:      Shadow of Night picks up right where A Discovery of Witches left off.  Diana Bishop and Matthew Clairmont, a witch historian and vampire geneticist respectively, have timewalked to Elizabethan England on their hunt for a magical alchemical manuscript, Ashmole 782—its sudden appearance and sudden disappearance have upended the delicately ordered world of magical creatures (witches, vampires, and daemons), threatening to unleash unprecedented metaphysical chaos.       Though Diana and Matthew have escaped the threats of the present, they soon find the past holds its own challenges—Diana must find a witch to continue her magical education, a task made difficult by a rash of witch hunts across the British Isles.  And Matthew finds himself back in a life he thought he left behind, reuniting with friends and family that had long been reduced to memory, opening wounds he thought had healed.  Some of those friends comprise the infamous School of Night, a coterie of visionaries that includes Christopher Marlowe and Sir Walter Raleigh.  Together, Matthew and Diana must navigate the new dangers of an old century—bringing them closer and closer to solving the mystery of Ashmole 782. What VampBard’s talking about:      NOTE: Shadow of Night picks up immediately after the first title, A Discovery of Witches, ends (seriously, it was a cliffhanger, and I was ecstatic that I had the second title at the ready).  So, yes.  Read the first book of the trilogy.  Have the second on stand-by so you can immediately pick it up and begin reading where the first book leaves off!  Consider yourself warned!      As A Discovery of Witches draws to a close, our hero, Matthew, and heroine, Diana, are preparing for a journey.  Shadow of Night begins upon arrival at their destination (See?  I’m even keeping the review spoiler-free for the first book!).  This is where I started to  **squee** like a fan-girl.  Excellent depictions of some major authors of the time as well as mathematicians and scientists.  Can I simply state that the first 20ish percent of this book had me riveted!  The interactions with Matthew and Diana and the School of Night members were fascinating for me! “Mad, bad, and dangerous to know” described this group perfectly.  We hadn’t joined a cozy reunion of...
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Apr
24

Review: Demonically Tempted

Review: Demonically Tempted Demonically Tempted Author: Stacey Kennedy  Release Date: April 13, 2012 Publisher: Self-Published Frostbite Series #2 ISBN: #978-1476341873 Genre: Urban Fantasy Format(s): e-book Book Source: Author About the book: Tess Jennings, now a member of the Memphis Police Department, is on her first cold case. The suspected suicide of Lizbeth Knapp ten years ago isn’t a theory her family accepts—they believe she was murdered. But the case is only one of Tess’s worries. Ghosts are talking, and word of her abilities rapidly spreads. A dark ghost is terrifying the spirits of Memphis, and she must force the entity to cross over. Tess doesn’t have to do this alone. Not only does she have her ghost-lover, Kipp McGowen, but the department has brought in a medium. Dane Wolfe might answer all her questions, but he also brings a world of trouble. Will Tess finally have all she’s ever wanted, or will everything she’s vowed to protect be ripped away? What I’m talking about: **NOTE: I’m trying my new “hidden spoilers” button in this review. I have been told it pretty much always works – however if you are reading this via an RSS Feed Reader it will NOT work and the spoiler text will appear. HOWEVER, I have noted in all caps where the spoiler text begins and ends, so you can still read this review without the spoilers.  Thanks!** After getting to know all about Tess and her “ghost whispering” abilities in the first Frostbite book, Supernaturally Kissed, Ms. Kennedy jumps right into the thick of things in Demonically Tempted. Tess is now working for the Memphis Police Department with her ghostly, police officer boyfriend, Kipp, in tow. She has stepped into Kipp’s job, working along side of his best friend and partner, Zach. They are investigating cold cases, and the current case is a creepy apparent suicide. The team visits the old farmhouse where the dead girl’s sister still lives, yet Tess cannot find her ghost. What they do hear is a tale of darkness and strange behavior. Meanwhile, in present day, Tess’s abilities are now making the circles among ghosts – who knew that they would chat it up in the afterlife? They fear a dark presence and want Tess to make it go away. Why she didn’t see the connection between the cold case and this evil spirit is beyond me. But… she doesn’t and she agrees to help these ghosts. Enter Dane – apparent ghost expert...
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Mar
12

Review: Whispers in the Dark

Review: Whispers in the Dark Whispers In The Dark Author: Sahara Kelly & S.L. Carpenter  Release Date: Dec. 15, 2011 Publisher: Decadent Publishing ISBN: #978-1613331583 Genre: Erotic Paranormal Romance Format(s): Paperback (198 pgs), e-book Book Source: Publisher About the book: He’s just inherited a dilapidated mansion deep in the mysterious Louisiana boyous. Louis Beekman has no idea it’s already occupied! Psychic Cory Lavalle does, however, and only she can see the “others” and sense the urgent need for mortal help. Together, Cory and Louis travel back in time to right a wrong, finding passion and the future within a kiss! What B is talking about: Whispers in the Dark has the potential to be an engrossing whodunit wrapped up in a romance. The ghosts that haunt “Love Alley,” the estate inherited by Louis Beekman, combined with the mystery of folk tales and family legacies are the most intriguing parts of the story. Beginning with the death that sets the present-day story in motion, Kelly and Carpenter weave together a tale of mysticism and love, where past wrongs can be set right, and lost souls can find their way home again. Unfortunately, even for an erotic romance, I felt Whispers in the Dark went too far with regards to the language used and the behavior of the characters themselves. Talking “dirty” can be a very hot addition to a sex scene, but if every encounter is comprised of little else, it can detract from the eroticism of the entire story. In this case, the latter is the standard, and I was left alternately unsettled or disinterested.  Likewise, although I did not take issue with the fact that the characters broke quite a few taboos on their journey towards sexual and emotional discovery (which is very often the case with erotic novels), but rather that the breaking of those taboos took precedence over the journey itself.  In the end, the tale of mysticism and love was overshadowed by a few too many issues that left this reader disinterested. B’s Rating: Wasn’t a big...
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Jan
6

Review: Lure of Song and Magic

Review: Lure of Song and Magic Lure of Song and Magic Author: Patricia Rice  Release Date: Jan. 1, 2012 Publisher: Sourcebooks Magic Series spinoff ISBN: #978-1402255748 Genre: Contemporary Romance/Paranormal Format(s): Paperback (352 pgs), e-book Book Source: Publisher About the book: Workaholic TV producer Dylan Ives believes former singing sensation Syrene Malcolm holds the clue to finding his kidnapped son. A lost child herself, Syrene cares about the missing boy even though Dylan’s personality is nothing short of rude. But Syrene refuses to unleash her dangerous siren’s voice, even for a man who is impossible to deny… What I’m talking about: Dylan Ives is a highly successful LA producer with a heavy heart. His 4-year-old son was kidnapped a year ago, a year after his wife ran away (and subsequently died) with the boy, fearful the boy was in danger. Dylan refused to believe his son was dead, so when a he receives a mysterious text from a person called “the Librarian” that a former child star can help find his missing son, Dylan tracks her down. Pippa James is a secluded children’s author, hiding from her destructive past. At the age of twelve, she was Syrene, a singing sensation, and by age 18 she was an emotional wreck, widow, and has-been child star. She believes her Voice is evil and will cause utter despair. She thinks her Voice turned her teenage husband to drugs and his early demise. She hides in the mountains, keeping her singing and Voice safe from the outside world. Lure of Song and Magic is a spin-off of sorts of Ms. Rice’s Magic series, a historically-set romance series with a hint of magic. Lure focuses on the descendants of the original characters (for a look at the first book in the series, Merely Magic, click HERE). Lure is a stand alone story and does not require any knowledge of the original series. I thoroughly enjoyed this book! Right from the start, I was under Pippa’s spell; she captured me as she does the hearts and minds of friends and strangers alike. Pippa does have a gift, and with the help of years of isolation and Dylan’s persistence, she learns that her Voice can be a joyful, beautiful thing. Pippa and Dylan’s love grew from an honest place. It wasn’t love at first site, nor was it an “I hate you, therefore I love you” cliche. The characters are written with their hearts on their sleeves. Each alone, but not overly lonely, they...
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