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8

Review: Green-Eyed Envy

Review: Green-Eyed Envy Green-Eyed Envy Author: Kasey MacKenzie Release Date: June 28, 2011 Publisher: Ace Shades of Fury #2 ISBN: #978-0441020492 Genre: Urban Fantasy Format(s): Paperback (304 pages), e-book We received a copy of this book from the PUBLISHER for the purposes of an honest review. From the author’s website: Jealousy can be a killer… As a Fury, Marissa Holloway belongs to an Arcane race that has meted out justice since time immemorial. As Boston’s chief magical investigator, it’s her duty to solve any crimes committed by or against supernaturals. Months have gone by since Riss discovered some unwelcome truths about her past—and managed to stop a supernatural war. Since then things have been quiet. Too quiet. But that all changes when the bodies of Bastai, shapeshifters also known as Cats, begin piling up in Boston’s magical underbelly—even though the legendary shifters are supposed to have ninety-nine lives. One common thread ties the victims together: all were old flames of FBI Agent Harper Cruz. And since Harper and Riss’s lover Scott Murphy enjoyed a one-night stand before he and Riss reunited, the Fury has twice the incentive to crack the case wide open, before the killer’s green-eyed gaze turns in Scott’s direction… What Gikany & Una are talking about: Green-Eyed Envy is the second book in the Shades of Fury series. Gikany has read the previous novel, Red-Hot Fury while Una jumped into the series with this novel. That being said, we strongly recommend that you read the first book in the series. Quite a lot of world-building takes place in the first novel and there is quite a bit you should have under your belt before you start Green-Eyed Envy. As Una was reading, she could tell that Green-Eyed Envy deals with some important ramifications of what occurred in the previous novel and there is quite a bit of fury politics (and arcane politics) that are very confusing if you haven’t read the first book. Luckily, Una had Gikany to fill her in (after the fact, sadly, but still) on what she missed in the first book, however, Una looks forward to going back and reading the first book. The Shades of Fury series follows the fury, Marissa Holloway, who is Boston’s Chief Magical Investigator. She is a fascinating and complex character. This alternate world that Ms. MacKenzie has created is enthralling and her writing style is fairly exciting. In this world, a fury is a powder keg of emotion ready...
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Jul
7

Review: Touch If You Dare

Review: Touch If You Dare Touch If You Dare Author: Stephanie Rowe Release Date: July 1, 2011 Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca Soulfire Series Book 2 ISBN: #978-1402241963 Genre: Paranormal Romance Format(s): Paperback (416 pgs), ebook I received a copy of this book from the PUBLISHER for the purposes of an honest review.   From the author’s website: To save their respective siblings, Jarvis Swain and Reina Knight will have to team up to trick Death himself.  Who better than a bad-ass warrior on a mission? Jarvis Swain is the ruthless, confident aggressor Reina knows she needs at her back–someone even she can’t screw up. This unlikely darkside duo with impressive deadly superpowers of their own may just prove that two wrongs together can be more than right…  What B is talking about: Jarvis Swain has only been free of the torturous clutches of the evil black witch Angelica for three weeks, but he still can’t find the time to enjoy it. It’s not enough that there are still other warriors to rescue, a coven of peace-loving vampires in need of his assistance, and his missing brother to find, but the deadly burden he’s carried since birth is about to get ugly, and if it does, the world stands no chance of survival. Reina Fleming has her own set of problems to solve, the biggest of which is stopping the inevitable death of her sister. As one of Death’s guides, who’s up for a promotion to Reaper status, you’d think she had some influence in the matter. If only she could bear seeing any other creature in pain. But, she can’t. Someone as ruthless as the Guardian of Hate should be able to help her connect with her inner killer, right? If only things were that easy. I’m so pleased that I was able to read and review the second novel in this series! The first, Kiss At Your Own Risk (review HERE), was sweet, kooky fun, and I believe Touch If You Dare has officially made it a tradition. Rowe has a talent for making what should be completely horrific spew-your-drink funny instead. No cliché is safe in Rowe’s capable hands. First, there’s a group of vampires who refuse to bite (unless, of course, the couple are married first—morals please, people!) much less kill. Then, we have the Sisterhood of the FairyTale Hero, a society of women who consider any man who isn’t a complete lout, but whom they can then convert to worthiness by...
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Jul
5

Review – Cold Touch

Review – Cold Touch Cold Touch Author: Leslie Parrish Release Date: 5 July 2011 Publisher: Signet Eclipse Extrasensory Agents #2 ISBN: # 978-0451233004 Genre: Romantic Suspense/Paranormal Romance Format(s): Paperback (357 pages), e-book We received a copy of this book from the PUBLISHER for the purposes of an honest review. From the author’s website: Since being gifted–or cursed–with her ability to touch a lifeless body and relive the victim’s final moments, Olivia Wainwright has died a hundred deaths. She hears the screams, tastes the fear; feels the excruciating pain–and every glimpse into this darkness draws her deeper into danger. Now, though, she’s met a man who offers a glimmer of light. Savannah Detective Gabe Cooper might look like a sexy good-old-boy, but his laid-back attitude hides a sharp mind and a protective heart. He doesn’t believe in psychics–until he meets Olivia and sees firsthand how her dark gift ravages her spirit. As their bond deepens, Olivia will have to choose between her cold gift and the warmth Gabe provides. But her past is catching up with her, and Gabe can’t refuse when she needs his help solving a crime that’s haunted her for over a decade…her own murder. What Gikany & Una are talking about: Cold Touch is the second book in the Extrasensory Agents series. Gikany went ahead and read the first book, Cold Sight, while Una just jumped in and started with Cold Touch. We actually like being able to give you blog readers the benefit of two different perspectives when possible (especially since it is a good exercise for Una’s OCD). That being said, so far, it is not necessary to read the first book, you can feel free to jump in with Cold Touch. We must preface this by saying this series handles some very dark topics, most pointedly, violence towards children and some graphic violence scenes. Cold Touch is, without a doubt, dark and edgy. Being a fairly recent mother, Una was quite wary of this story due to the elements of violence towards children. She used to watch shows like Law and Order: SVU and other crime dramas and be okay with what was portrayed. Since getting pregnant, she can no longer stomach that type of story, since it is usually portrayed so graphically and sadly, gratuitously. Thankfully Gikany read it first and assured her that the violence is not gratuitous in any way. Una agrees, although it is dark, it is not gratuitous, more like a clinical...
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Jun
28

Review: Deeper Than Midnight

Review: Deeper Than Midnight Deeper Than Midnight Author: Lara Adrian  Release Date: June 28, 2011 Publisher: Bantam Dell Midnight Breeds #9 ISBN: #978-0440246114 Genre: Paranormal Romance Format(s): Paperback (416 pgs), e-book   I received a copy of this book from the author for the purposes of an honest review. From the author’s website:      At eighteen, Corinne Bishop was a beautiful, spirited young woman living a life of privilege as the adopted daughter of a wealthy family. Her world was changed in an instant when she was stolen away and held prisoner by the malevolent vampire Dragos. After many years of captivity and torment, Corinne is rescued by the Order, a cadre of vampire warriors embroiled in a war against Dragos and his followers. Her innocence taken, Corinne has lost a piece of her heart as well–the one thing that gave her hope during her imprisonment, and the only thing that matters to her now that she is free.      Assigned to safeguard Corinne on her trip home is a formidable golden-eyed Breed male called Hunter. Once Dragos’s most deadly assassin, Hunter now works for the Order, and he’s hell-bent on making Dragos pay for his manifold sins. Bonded to Corinne by their mutual desire, Hunter will have to decide how far he’ll go to end Dragos’s reign of evil–even if carrying out his mission means shattering Corinne’s tender heart. What I’m talking about:      Taking place immediately after book 8 of the series (Taken By Midnight, review HERE), Deeper Than Midnight opens with a bang as the newest Order initiate (and former GenOne Assassin for Order nemesis, Draco), Hunter, and former Breed Enforcer, Sterling Chase, enter a seed Enforcement establishment and end up in an all-out brawl. They are searching for leaks in the system that lead to the deaths of a prominent Breed family.      For those not familiar with Lara Adrian’s Midnight Breed Series, I  suggest you go back to the beginning (or at least of few books) to get the back ground of her world. The Breeds are “vampire-like” males descended from alien beings that landed on Earth long ago. They live undetected and in secret among humans.  The series follows the adventures of the Order – a group of warriors that protect the Breed society, whether they want it or not.      Deeper Than Midnight features the romantic coupling of Corinne and Hunter. She was held prisoner by the evil Draco for 75...
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Jun
27

Review & Giveaway: Dead Iron

Review & Giveaway: Dead Iron Dead Iron Author: Devon Monk  Release Date: July 5, 2011 Publisher: ROC Trade Age of Steam Series #1 ISBN: #978-0451463968 Genre: Steampunk Format(s): Paperback (352 pgs), ebook I received a copy of this book from the PUBLISHER for the purposes of an honest review. From the author’s website: In steam age America, men, monsters, machines, and magic battle to claim the same scrap of earth and sky. In this chaos, one man must fight to hold on to what is left of his humanity… Although the devisers have civilized the east with their contraptions, civilization hasn’t tamed the frontier that bounty hunter Cedar Hunt rides. Cursed by lycanthropy and carrying the guilt of his brother’s death, he’s a hard man for hire. But when a trio of miners offers him the possibility that his brother may yet survive, Cedar isn’t going to haggle for payment. All he has to do for them is find the Holder: a powerful device created by mad devisers from the realm of the Strange. The Holder is in the hands of Shard LeFel, a dandified railroad tycoon who’s come to Hallelujah, Oregon, promising a civilized tomorrow. But what Cedar cannot know is that Lefel is an ancient Strange banished to walk this land for centuries. Now nearing the end of his sentence, Lefel is desperately searching for a way to fend off his own mortality—and the Holder may be the key. In a land shaped by magic, steam, and iron, where the only thing a man can count on is his guns, gears, and grit, Cedar will have to depend on all three if he’s going to save his brother and reclaim his soul once and for all… What B is talking about: Cedar Hunt is a bounty hunter by trade, and lonely by choice. He’s run to the wilds of the frontier to escape his past, but that won’t help him be free of the curse he carries within himself. When evil, in the guise of creatures call the Strange, threatens the town of Hallelujah, he joins in the fight against it, and learns that he’s not as alone as he thinks. Although I have a weakness for Steampunk, in general, I thoroughly enjoyed this book in its own right. It took awhile to get into the story, most likely due to the complexities of the world building involved, but once the landscape was complete, Dead Iron was a great read. The story...
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Jun
21

ARC Review: Taken By Fire

ARC Review: Taken By Fire Taken By Fire Author: Sydney Croft  Release Date: June 28, 2011 Publisher: Bantam Dell ACRO Series #6 (final book) ISBN: #978-0385342292 Genre: Paranormal Romance, Erotica Format(s): Paperback (304 pgs), e-book   I received a copy of this book from the author for the purposes of an honest review. From the author’s website: HIS MISSION WAS TO TAKE HER OUT. BUT DESIRE GOT IN THE WAY.      A product of genetic manipulation, Melanie Milan shares a body with her malevolent sister Phoebe. A sleek, blonde predator with a heart of pure darkness, Phoebe puts their body through the wicked underbelly of sex for thrills—when she’s not igniting her pyrokinetic skills for an evil organization bent on taking over the world. Melanie rarely gets out to play—much less fall in love. But that changes when rival ACRO agent Stryker Wills shows up, with a mission to take out the woman who torched his partner.      An operative with rare abilities, Stryker soon realizes that the woman he’s about to kill isn’t the murderous fire starter he’s hunting. But he does want her. Melanie, with the power to ice anything in her path, is heating things up in ways that are setting his blood on fire. As long as Melanie stays in control, she is his best ally to bring down her sister and stop hellish havoc from being unleashed. Walking a tightrope of longing and hate, Stryker and Melanie begin to understand that true power lies in sweet surrender to each other, to the fire between them, to the erotic adventure that’s joined their hearts and abilities to become their salvation—and perhaps the world’s. What I’m talking about:      WARNING: This is the sixth and final book from the ACRO Series by Sydney Croft (Larissa Ione and Stephanie Tyler). Although you could read this book as a stand alone… please don’t. This series is so worth a read – it’s only 6 books! (You can read more about the entire series HERE.)  Taken By Fire is the PERFECT series finally and you would miss out on so much if you read only this book.  With that in mind, this review contains SPOILERS from the first 5 books, so move forward at your own risk!      Taken By Fire takes place less than a year after the dramatic conclusion of the previous book, Tempting The Fire, when ACRO agent Stryker witnessed ITOR (bad guys) agent Phoebe kill his...
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Jun
17

Review: Dark Desires After Dusk

Review: Dark Desires After Dusk Dark Desires After Dusk Author: Kresley Cole  Release Date: May 20, 2008 Publisher: Pocket Publishing Immortals After Dark #6 ISBN: #978-1416576754 Genre: Paranormal Romance Format(s): paperback (384 pages), e-book I purchased a copy of this book for my own reading pleasure! From the author’s website: A ruthless demon mercenary. A lovely young halfling.  In the dark, there’s no escaping desire. A seductive beauty he can never have, yet can’t resist… Cade of the rage demons will stop at nothing to atone for the one wrong that will haunt him forever. But once he secures the key to his redemption, the halfling Holly Ashwin, Cade finds that the woman he thought he could use for his own ends and then forget haunts him as much as his past. A tormented warrior she should fear, but can’t deny… Raised as a human, Holly Ashwin never knew that some frightening legends are real until she encounters a brutal demon who inexplicably guards her like a treasure. Thrust into a sensual new world of myth and power, with him as her protector, she begins to crave the demon’s wicked touch. Surrender to dark desires… Yet just when he earns Holly’s trust, will Cade be forced to betray the only woman who can sate his wildest needs—and claim his heart? What I’m talking about: OH… this is my favorite IAD book so far! We’ve seen demon prince, Cadeon (Cade) admire and long for his one true mate, Holly, from afar in previous stories. Knowing that he could never be with her, yet remaining loyal to her was romantic and a bit heartbreaking, and it helped shape Cadeon’s Heroic Persona.  Also adding to this is the fact that Cade is weighed down by a massive guilt complex, believing he is responsible for losing his brother Rydstrom’s, kingdom to an evil sorcerer (Omort). So when Cade is told that he can help win back the kingdom’s crown for his brother by finding and turning over the female “vessel” to said evil sorcerer’s brother (Groot), Cade is ready to hunt for her.  A Vessel is a female from Lore (the so call “mythological” creatures), who will give birth to the ultimate good or bad guy during the upcoming Accession (read “World War” for the Lore).  So what a surprise to both Cade and Holly when they find out that sweet human Holly is actually part Valkyrie and the Vessel.   Right from the start this book is...
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Jun
16

Review: Hunt the Moon

Review: Hunt the Moon Hunt The Moon Author: Karen Chance  Release Date: June 7, 2011 Publisher: Signet Cassandra Palmer Series #5 ISBN: # 978-0451413079 Genre: Urban Fantasy Format(s): Paperback (432 pgs), ebook I received a copy of this book from the PUBLISHER for the purposes of an honest review. From the author’s website: Cassandra Palmer recently defeated a god, which you’d think would buy a girl a little time off. But it doesn’t work that way when your new job description is Pythia — the world’s chief clairvoyant. Cassie is busier than ever, trying to learn about her power, preparing for her upcoming coronation, and figuring out her relationship with the enigmatic sexy master vampire, Mircea. But someone doesn’t want Cassie to become Pythia, and is willing to go to any lengths to make sure the coronation ceremony never happens—including attacking her mother before Cassie is even born. What B is talking about: At twenty-four, Cassie Palmer hadn’t planned to be one of the most important players in the supernatural world, but she is. For reasons Cassie doesn’t understand, the Pythia’s power chose her, not the other way around. But there are plenty of others who would be more than happy to take that power away from her, even if they have to destroy her to do it.  This was a great story from start to finish, even though it’s the fifth book in the series. It didn’t take me long to become familiar with most of the characters, much of the dialog is witty and quick, and the action never seems to stop. There’s inadvertent cliff diving, horse-drawn carriage chases, and combustive dragons. Although Ms. Chance packs a lot into Hunt the Moon, it’s not to the point of being overwhelming.  Cassandra is a lot of fun. She’s snarky, clever, and has given up on trying to please everyone. Something is trying to kill her, and despite a battalion of armed vampires assigned to keep her safe, whatever it is has been far too close to successful in its attempts. Her head vampire bodyguard, Marco, is a riot much of the time, and the general banter among her guards is consistently amusing. Even in the middle of a crisis, Ms. Chance manages to keep the observations funny. This is a far sexier Urban Fantasy novel than some others I’ve read. Between the vampire she loves, who has claimed her for his own (although Cassie would have preferred to actually date him for...
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Jun
14

Review: Shadow Walker by Allyson James

Review: Shadow Walker by Allyson James Shadow Walker Author: Allyson James  Release Date: June 7, 2011 Publisher: Berkley Sensation Stormwalker Series #3 ISBN: #978-0425241820 Genre: Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy Format(s): paperback (304 pgs), e-book I purchased this book with my own money because I LOVE this series! From the author’s website: Winter descends on the town of Magellan, and new evil comes to call.Racing her motorcycle down a lonely winter highway, Stormwalker Janet Begay feels the ground collapse beneath her feet. After tumbling two hundred feet into an underground cavern, she manages to escape with help from her sexy dragon-shifter boyfriend, Mick—but not before they disturb dark forces. As Janet contends with a hotel inspector intent on putting her out of business, and her grandmother, who’s taken up residence, Mick’s behavior becomes strange and erratic, until he is a clear danger to Janet and her friends. Janet’s drag-queen, attitude-ridden magic mirror insists that Mick has been “touched by shadows,” and Janet realizes that someone is out to enslave her dragon. Now she must free Mick before he kills her… What I’m talking about: AH! I cannot stop talking about how much I adore this wonderful (still fairly new) series by Allyson James! For those not familiar, the series followers half-Navajo Janet Begay, a Stormwalker who can bend the power of storms to her will.  Oh, and she also is the daughter of an evil goddess who has passed on dangerous Beneath magic to Janet. She lives in a small Arizona town, owns a quaint hotel, has a ridiculously hot and sweet boyfriend, Mick, and trouble seems to follow Janet where ever she goes. The third story picks up shortly after the end of the second book, Firewalker, and opens with Janet finding herself in danger once again when she plummets to the bottom of a sinkhole while being tailed by Sheriff Nash Jones for speeding. Janet finds herself under attack from dozens of mysterious petroglyphs and once again, she finds herself at the center of another dangerous mystery.  Soon, the story deepens with Mick acting strange, the pipes and wiring in her newly renovated hotel suddenly corroding, and the appearance of her “sister” who seems bent on destroying Janet. One thing I love about this story is that Janet has matured. She has always been a mighty kick-ass heroine, but by now she has gone through many trials, including saving the world, and she is embracing all of her magic – even the dark Beneath...
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Jun
10

Review: For Heaven’s Eyes Only

Review: For Heaven’s Eyes Only For Heaven’s Eyes Only Author: Simon R. Green Release Date: 7 June 2011 Publisher: Roc Hardcover Secret Histories Series #5 ISBN: #978-0451463951 Genre: Urban Fantasy Format(s): Hardcover (384 pages), e-book We received a copy of this book from the PUBLISHER for the purposes of an honest review.   From the author’s website: The fifth and possible penultimate book in the Secret History’s series.   After the murder of the Drood Matriarch, the family finds itself vulnerable to evil. This time, it’s a Satanic Conspiracy that could throw humanity directly into the clutches of the Biggest of the Bads.   What Gikany & Una are talking about:       We must preface our review by saying that we have not read the series. Gikany and Una have jumped into book five, For Heaven’s Eyes Only without trying to read the previous novels. (See, we are working on our OCD) We can’t wait to read the previous novels in the Secret History’s Series.          From the start of For Heaven’s Eyes Only, you have the sense that the author loves a good cliffhanger. Just based on the beginning of this book, the last book must have been a doozie. This is the first book we’ve ever read where the main character starts off dead. Oh, yes, dead…not a ghost, not some out of body experience, no, he was dead, just like the parrot in Monty Python (for those that don’t get the joke, check this Youtube link for Monty Python Parrot sketch). Gikany has to admit, even though it didn’t really have any bearing on this novel’s plot (however, it may prove to be important in later novels) it is a dramatic way to start a book. Una, at first glance, noticed the allusion to the James Bond series (you must check out the book titles on the author’s site for this series – see html link above) and hoped it would be a witty and lighthearted book.        Una and Gikany were not disappointed. We found For Heaven’s Eyes Only to be a very enjoyable read, even for jumping into the middle of the series. The banter is very witty and the book flows very well. We both found it to be (when Una could sit down without a sick child screaming) engrossing and a quick read. We now have to go out and purchase the rest of the books in this series because...
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