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3

Review: The Werewolf Upstairs

Review: The Werewolf Upstairs The Werewolf Upstairs Author: Ashlyn Chase Release Date: February 1, 2011 Publisher: Sourcebooks Strange Neighbors Book #2 ISBN: #978-1402236624 Genre: Paranormal Romance Format(s): paperback (352 pgs), e-book I received a copy of this book from the PUBLISHER for the purposes of an honest review. From Goodreads: Desperate for change, public defender Roz Wells decides moving into a new apartment is just what she needs to shake things up. But she’ll get more than she bargained for when she starts dating the drop dead gorgeous boy next door, who just happens to be a shape-shifter…and quite possibly a criminal.  Security salesman Konrad Wolfensen has made a living staging break-ins to spook people into buying his security system, but when he’s accused of a much more serious crime, he’ll have to enlist the help of his sexy new neighbor/girlfriend to keep his cute, slightly wild rear end out of jail. What I’m talking about: The Werewolf Upstairs is in a genre of books I like to refer to as Paranormal Chick-Lit. As those of you that follow my reviews know, I don’t read a lot of “light and fluffy” paranormal stories, so I cannot compare this book to others with a similar feel. But what I can tell you is that this story was a fun romp, and I plan to read future books in this series. Roz moves into her best friend’s (Merry) apartment while Merry is off on her honeymoon. (Merry’s romance was the focus of the first book in the series, Strange Neighbors. You do not need to read the first book to enjoy this book.) Roz quickly finds herself falling for upstairs neighbor Konrad. After just one kiss, the couple are able to communicate telepathically and Konrad realizes that Roz is his pre-destined soulmate. Konrad decides to quit his shady thieving career, while Roz wants a more fulfilling job. Together they set off on a series of “dates” to find a new career.  As each day passes they fall more in love, but with Konrad keeping his true identity from Roz, you know things are going to get messy. The Werewolf Upstairs is a delightful, easy read. Roz and Konrad are not overly complex characters and there are no major twists and turns to the plot. Other than Konrad’s big secret, the two main characters are refreshingly open and honest in their communication and thoughts. Early on in the story, when Konrad carried an injured Roz over...
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Jan
28

Review: Archangel’s Consort

Review: Archangel’s Consort Archangel’s Consort Author: Nalini Singh  Release Date: January 25, 2011 Publisher: Berkley Group Guild Hunter Series Book #3 ISBN: #978-0425240137 Genre: Paranormal Romance Format(s): paperback (352 pgs), e-book I received a ARC copy of this book from the PUBLISHER for the purposes of an honest review. From the author’s website:       Vampire hunter Elena Deveraux and her lover, the lethally beautiful archangel Raphael, have returned home to New York only to face an uncompromising new evil…      A vampire has attacked a girls’ school—the assault one of sheer, vicious madness—and it is only the first act. Rampant bloodlust takes vampire after vampire, threatening to make the streets run with blood. Then Raphael himself begins to show signs of an uncontrolled rage, as inexplicable storms darken the city skyline and the earth itself shudders. The omens are suddenly terrifyingly clear. An ancient and malevolent immortal is rising. The violent winds whisper her name: Caliane. She has returned to reclaim her son, Raphael. Only one thing stands in her way: Elena, the consort who must be destroyed… What I’m talking about:       Picking up shortly after the conclusion of second Guild Hunter book (Archangel’s Kiss) this story opens with Hunter-born-made-angel Elena Deveraux back in her home town of New York. She is a different person than when she left – now an immortal angel, and we are witness to the adjustments she must make as she reclaims her Guild Hunter life and reacquaints herself with old friends.       As vampires all over the world begin to rebel and take human lives, Elena and her Archangel mate, Raphael, must work together to determine if the cause is Raphael’s millennia-old mother rising from her 1,000 year hibernation. As they investing the growing crimes, Elena is torn between her loyalties to her human friends and her immortal lover.       One thing that I absolutely love about this story is that becoming an immortal does not give Elena a golden ticket to instantly transform into super-being. The newly-made angel did not gain super-power and an easy life when she was made immortal. She has to train and struggle, learn and overcome with each step.  I also enjoyed Elena’s journey as she learned to balance her former ties with that of her loyalty to Raphael. We witness her emotional struggles knowing the choices she has made, learning when to hold her ground and where her heart truly...
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Jan
25

Review: Night School

Review: Night School Night School Author: Mari Mancusi Release Date: January 4, 2011 Publisher: Berkley Trade Blood Coven Vampire Series, Book 5 ISBN: 978-0425240427 Genre: Young Adult, paranormal Format(s): Paperback (256 pgs), ebook I received a copy of this book from the PUBLISHER for the purposes of an honest review. From the author’s website: Vampires, Slayers and…FAIRIES? Sunny and Rayne McDonald are about to get SCHOOLED. After their parents’ shocking revelation about their fae heritage and an attack on their lives, the McDonald twins find themselves on the run—forced to hide out at Riverdale Academy , a boarding school for vampire slayers, deep in the Swiss Alps. With no cells, no internet, and no way to contact their vampire boyfriends—the twins are on their own.  Being a vampire stuck in a school full of slayers isn’t easy. Especially with no blood substitute stocked on campus. Soon Rayne finds herself succumbing to her bloodlust and losing control—especially around the arrogant, but devastatingly handsome Corbin Billingsworth the Third—who isn’t sure whether he wants to kiss her…or kill her.  But when Sunny starts acting strange, Rayne realizes Riverdale Academy may be hiding some deadly secrets of its own—leading to a showdown in Fairyland that may cost the twins their lives.  What B is talking about: Rayne and Sunny McDonald have just found out that their hippie parents are actually Sidhe, or fairies. Not only that, but the twins’ mother is fairy royalty, and they are fairy princesses! The bad news is that Rayne is really a Goth vampire/vampire slayer working for Slayer, Inc. (but she only slays “baddie vamps”), while Sunny wants to live her life as a normal, human girl. When a band of fairies attack them and their parents, they escape and are hidden away in Riverdale Academy, a training academy for future slayers. They both miss their boyfriends, who are vampires, and Rayne is getting awfully hungry without the synthetic blood she depends on for survival.  I don’t read many Young Adult novels, so this was quite a change from what I’m used to. Bearing that in mind, I had a surprisingly good time reading Night School. Rayne is a flawed protagonist who makes some very serious mistakes, but does her best to deal with the consequences. The events are often erratic, if not Disney World (literally) outrageous, but Mancusi somehow makes it work. I had a “You decided to ride the roller coaster; so you might as well sit up front...
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Jan
21

Review: The Warlord Wants Forever

Review: The Warlord Wants Forever “The Warlord Wants Forever” from Playing Easy To Get Author: Kresley Cole Release Date: February 2006 Publisher: Pocket Books IAD Series Story #1 ISBN: #978-141651087 Genre: Paranormal Romance Format(s): paperback (352 pgs), e-book From the author’s website: Nikolai Wroth, once a ruthless human warlord in the 1700s and now a general in the rebel vampire army, needs to find his Bride, the one woman who can render him truly alive. As a turned human, he doesn’t enjoy a heartbeat or breaths and is consequently weaker than fully blooded vampires. He wants his Bride for the power she will bring him and can hardly believe it when his heart beats for Myst the Coveted, a mad, fey, mythological creature. Myst is known throughout the world as the most beautiful Valkyrie, part chillingly fierce warrior, part beguiling seductress who can “make you want her even as she’s killing you.” She has devoted her life to protecting an ancient, powerful jewel and to fighting the vampires, and she now sees a way to torment one—for with Wroth’s heartbeat comes consuming sexual desire that can only be slaked by her. She eludes him for five years, but he has finally chased her to ground and stolen the jewel which commands her, giving him absolute power over her. While he possesses it, he can make her do anything, and he plans to in order for her to experience first hand the agonizing, unending lust she’d purposely subjected him to for half a decade. Yet when Wroth realizes he wants more from her and frees her, will she come back to him? What I’m talking about: “The Warlord Wants Forever” is a sexy romance between a Valkyrie warrior, Myst, and a turned vampire warlord, Wroth. She uses Wroth for information and then makes her escape, yet Myst does not kill the vampire – sworn enemy of the Valkyrie. For five years she cannot forget the warlord she left in misery and constant pain (the reason why he is in pain is pretty clever and humorous).  When Wroth finally catches up with Myst in “modern day” New Orleans, he claims her for himself. But can each overcome their pain and prejudice and fall in love? This first story in the Immortals After Dark (IAD) series is a novella-length tale that outlines the creation of the Valkyries, one of the central races of creatures found in IAD fantasy world.  In addition, we discover bits and pieces about...
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Jan
4

Review: I Dream of Genies

Review: I Dream of Genies I Dream of Genies Author: Judi Fennell  Release Date: January 4, 2011 Publisher: Sourcebook Publishing Book #1 in Genie series ISBN: #978-1402241895 Genre: Paranormal Romance Format(s): paperback (416 pgs), e-book I received a copy of this book from the PUBLISHER for the purposes of an honest review. From the author’s website: He needs to change his luck, and fast!  Matt Ewing would gladly hunt down a fortune in lucky pennies if he thought it would help save his business. But for all his hoping, Matt’s clueless when his long-awaited lucky charm falls in his lap in the form of a beguiling genie. He just can’t believe that this beautiful woman could be the answer to his prayers… She’s been bottled up for far too long!  Spending 2,000 years in a bottle would make any woman a little stir-crazy. So when Matt releases Eden from her luxurious captivity, she’s thrilled to repay him by giving him the magical boost he needs… But for all her good intentions, Eden’s magical prowess is a little rusty and her magical mistakes become more than embarrassing. And though Eden knows falling in love will end her magic and immortality, she can’t help but be drawn to the one man who wants her just for herself… What I’m talking about: Eden is a genie – one that broke the Code and was imprisoned in her bottle for close to 2,000 years with only a talking cat for company. She sits in an antique store window, and her favorite part of the day is when handsome Matt runs by on his daily jog. When a freak accident suddenly sets her free and into the arms of Matt, she takes advantage. Eden and Matt both feel a strong connection. She blames her magic at first, but soon they realize they cannot deny their mutual attraction. However, there is no time for lengthy courtships or even a night on the town. Eden is a fugitive and is soon captured by the evil Faruq, who returns her to the magical realm of Al-Jannah.  Welcome to a world of magic, adventure, sexy genies and talking animals. Ms. Fennell blends pop-culture references and old world mythology to create Al-Jannah. It’s like Easter morning as you discover all of these little eggs she has cleverly written into her story.   I cannot help but laugh out loud at Ms. Fennell’s humor. A genie named Eden (thank you Barbara) and a Ewing (who...
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Dec
27

Review: Wolf Fever

Review: Wolf Fever Wolf Fever Author: Terry Spear  Release Date: December 1, 2010 Publisher: Sourcebooks Heart of the Wolf Series Book #6 ISBN: #978-1402237522 Genre: Paranormal Romance (werewolf) Format(s): paperback (416 pgs), e-book I received a copy of this book from the PUBLISHER for the purposes of an honest review.   Be sure to check out my giveaway of Wolf Fever at the end of this review. From the author’s website:       Carol Woods wanted more than anything to be a nurse at the hospital in Silver Town, Colorado where her family lives, but she never foresaw how she’d end up with the job. Now she’s a red werewolf facing a mating, trying to forestall shifting for a variety of reasons—one of which has to do with a swine flu virus that seems to be attacking the werewolf kind in a bad way, while working with a private investigator who doesn’t believe in her psychic abilities one bit. So why does she thinks she’s falling in love with the infuriating gray?       Chester McKinley can’t get his mind off the entrancing woman, a nurse, a newly turned red lupus garou belonging to another gray pack and the only one left who might be able to learn how to stop the swine flu virus from making a permanent impact on their kind. Although he doesn’t want to draw Carol into this dangerous situation or believe she is involved, he has no other choice. But does the woman really have psychic abilities that are keeping her from shifting, or is she a fraud, a master at deception, and is behind the infections of their people? And how can he keep his hands off the intriguing woman, and his mind on the mission as the virus takes its toll? What I’m talking about:       The story kicks off with newly turned werewolf, Carol Woods, fighting the change from human to wolf. She was turned via an attack five months prior and she still hasn’t accepted her new life. She’s in the custody of Darien Silver, pack leader and Carol’s protector. She is a guest, with restrictions, until she finds a mate to help her adjust to her new life.       In addition to fighting her inner wolf, Carol is also psychic and she’s foreseen some serious trouble for her new pack. Several members of her pack will not be able to shift from wolf back to human, but...
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Dec
23

Review: Demon Underground

Review: Demon Underground Dear Readers: I would like to take a quick moment to introduce to you B., my dear friend and new team member here at That’s What I’m Talking About. B. is a freelance copyeditor, writer, and graphic designer based in Austin, Texas. She is happily married to a very tolerant man and has two children who are too smart for their own good…or hers, for that matter. B. will be helping me with book reviews and other fun stuff.  Please say hello to B., and give her a warm welcome!   Demon Underground Author: S. L. Wright Release Date: December 7, 2010 Publisher: Roc Fantasy Allay Series Book #2 ISBN: #978-0451463678 Genre: Urban Fantasy Format(s): paperback (352 pgs), e-book I received a copy of this book from the PUBLISHER for the purposes of an honest review. From the author’s website: Half-human and half-demon, Allay has finally warmed up to her new life feeding off the customers at her downtown bar when she finds herself brokering a truce between New York City’s most powerful demons. But when she senses assassins around every corner, Allay hides out of sight and underground-until combatants in the growing war tempt her back above the surface. Her choice is clear: live in fear or change the world as everyone knows it. What B is talking about: Allay is a demon hybrid who owns a bar on the lower east side in New York City and has just obtained independence from her demon progenitor by contributing to his death. Now, she just wants to take care of the human regulars at the bar while she drinks from their emotions, as all demons must do in order to feed. With her only friend, Shock, and offspring, Bliss, by her side, she hopes to stay out of the politics that consume the powerful demon factions vying for power in the city. As the only half-human, half-demon in existence, however, she’s unable to avoid all those who want to use her for their own machinations, and discovers that standing on her own may be the only way to find out who her true friends are and hold onto what’s left of her humanity.  Demon Underground is full of vivid characters and Wright does an excellent job keeping the action moving, while flatteringly trusting her readers to keep track of all the players, major and minor alike. She occasionally spends too much time on the details of individual settings, but...
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Dec
20

Review: The Prince’s Groom

Review: The Prince’s Groom The Prince’s Groom Author: KT Grant  Release Date: November 12, 2010 Publisher: Ravenous Romance Book #2 of a Pirate-Themed Series ISBN #: 9781607773702 Genre: M/M Romance, Pirates Format(s):  e-book From the author’s website: Mr. Martin, the former first mate of an infamous pirate captain is mourning the loss of his young lover. He and Thomas de Fleurre, an exiled prince turned gentleman landowner, had a passionate affair on a tropical island paradise for a very short time. Thomas decides to end their relationship since Martin is a wanted man on the run for a twenty-year-old crime he didn’t commit. Thomas longs for the frank speaking Martin, who not only ravaged his body, but his heart and soul. He has moved on, finding happiness in the arms of another man, but can’t stop thinking about those hot steamy nights where Martin made his every fantasy become a reality. Martin’s past comes back to haunt him as he arrives on Thomas’s doorstep to finish what they started. And then Martin puts his life on the line to save Thomas from an unstable woman who is obsessed with claiming Thomas as her own. With a dangerous highwayman also terrorizing the land who has close ties to Martin, Thomas becomes a target in a deadly game of cat and mouse. It’s up to Martin to save Thomas and hope they can sail away on their tide of passion, where he will end up being the Prince’s groom.  What I’m talking about: It’s been a while since I’ve enjoyed an M/M romance and so I jumped to purchase KT Grant’s (aka @katiebabs on Twitter) debut M/M story.  The book is the second in her pirate-themed series, following The Princess’s Bride.  I did not read the first book and I’m sorry that I didn’t prior to reading The Prince’s Groom. The story begins with the wedding of Thomas’s sister, Daisy, to former pirate, Chelsey. We discover that Thomas and Martin are in the midst of an incredibly hot fling, but Thomas feels obligated to go back home and perform the duties his status as a gentleman landowner holds. He longs for Martin to come with him, but because he is an outlaw, it just won’t work. Fast forward one year: Thomas has upheld his duties, and although he has another lover, he is lonely and misses Martin.  Meanwhile, Ramona, the youngest daughter of the local sherriff, Viscount Alastair Veiga, has set her deranged sights on...
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Dec
9

Review: Right-Hand Magic

Review: Right-Hand Magic Right Hand Magic Author: Nancy A. Collins Release Date: December 7, 2010 Publisher: Roc A Novel of Golgotham Book #1 ISBN: #978-0451463661 Genre: Urban Fantasy Format(s): paperback (304 pgs), e-book I received a copy of this book from the PUBLISHER for the purposes of an honest review. From Goodreads: Like most Manhattanites, aspiring artist Tate can’t resist a good rental deal-even if it’s in the city’s strangest neighborhood, Golgotham, where for centuries werewolves, centaurs, and countless other creatures have roamed the streets. Her new landlord is a sorcerer name Hexe, who is determined to build his reputation without using dark, left-hand magic. As Tate is drawn into Hexe’s fascinating world, they both find that the right hand does not always know what the left hand is doing-and avoiding darkness is no easy trick… GUEST REVIEW by Bells from Hanging with Bells: After being told that the neighbors in her apartment building are complaining about her making too much noise as she is working, Tate has to find a new place to live.  She is a sculpture artist living in New York and has just broken up with her boyfriend.  She is ready for a change and decides to move to Golgotham.  Golgotham is a city within New York that is inhabited by all kinds of non-humans.  Tate’s new landlord is an alien by the name of Hexe.  He is a Kymerian and is a pretty interesting character.  He has purple hair, cat eyed pupils, and 6 fingers on each hand.   Tate eventually realizes that Hexe is someone she can trust and values any advice and help he can give her.  Hexe and his family have very interesting history which is slowly revealed throughout the book.    He practices Right Hand magic, which is good magic.  And as you can guess, Left Hand magic is dark.  Tate has much to learn about this new world and Hexe becomes her tour guide.  It was interesting to learn about all the different members of many supernatural races throughout the book.  There is a lot of history between them and humans and most of it is not good.  Tate faces lots of challenges being human and living in their world.  We also get to see the flip side of that when Hexe and another friend Lukas come into the human world.  I’m giving Right Hand Magic *3* Bells! Although Right Hand Magic wasn’t as exciting as I thought it would be, I’m interested enough...
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Nov
29

Review: Real Vampires Have More to Love

Review: Real Vampires Have More to Love Real Vampires Have More to Love Author: Gerry Bartlett  Release Date: December 7, 2010 Publisher: Berkley Trade Glory St. Clair Series Book #6 ISBN: #978-0-425-23697-0 Genre:  Paranormal Romance Format(s): paperback (352 pgs), e-book I received a copy of this book from the PUBLISHER for the purposes of an honest review. From the author’s website: Glory St. Clair is a vampire with problems. First there’s her on-again, off-again lover Jeremy Blade, back in town and expecting her to fall into his arms again. Doesn’t he remember that they have issues? And what about smoking hot rock star Israel Caine? He’s back, too, and sinking his fangs into someone else. Glory told him to move on, but did she have to be so thin? At least Valdez is still loyal. But her former bodyguard is no longer dogging her. Instead, he’s now a hunky guy determined to share her apartment and maybe something more. So much man-candy is enough to make even a gal with a liquid diet feel a sugar rush. No time to enjoy it though, with a pair of hunters playing beat the clock as they try to win the fortune a techno-freak billionaire left behind. The stakes are high and Glory’s the prize in this vamp hunting contest. Dodging arrows and arranging a bachelorette party for her BFF may just prove to be too much for even this clever vamp who has more to love… What I’m talking about: NOTE: I have not read any of the first five books in this series. Glory St. Clair has one hell of a messed up life! She’s been around the block for a few centuries, but still hasn’t learned to be completely self-sufficient. Glory has recently (something that happened in an earlier book) left her long-time love, Jerry, and opened her own vintage clothing store to make it on her own. But as soon as Jerry strolls back into the picture, she turns to him for love. She also is playing a dangerous, flirtatious game with her one-time body guard, Rafe. When Jerry leaves town on business, all hell breaks loose in Glory’s life. She is nearly killed, blackmailed, starts an affair with Rafe, drugged, threatened, beaten up, and has to deal with Rafe’s demonic ex-wife. Yet she manages to keep it together while planning her best friend’s wedding. Vampires Have More to Love reads like a soap opera. Glory can be over the top, immature and needy. She...
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