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Jul
20

Eve of Samhain – Review

Eve of Samhain – Review Eve of Samhain Author: Lisa Sanchez  Release Date: May 2010 Publisher: Omnific Publishing ISBN: #1-936305-20-8 Genre: Paranormal Romance NOTE: an electronic copy of this book was provided to me by the author for review purposes. From the publisher’s website: As a college senior and server at Hanaford Park’s hottest nightclub, twenty-one year old Ryann Pierce’s plan was simple: work hard, make lots of money, and avoid the ass-grabbers at all costs. What she never planned for was Quinn Donegan—the living, breathing advertisement for sinful behavior that waltzed into her life. With an angelic face, a hard body and a butt-load of charm, Quinn had a way with the ladies—a lot of ladies. Cursed with a deadly, addictive touch, his trail of indiscretion blazed across five hundred years. Tired and jaded, Ryann is a shocking revelation Quinn didn’t see coming. Filled with desire, yet unable to touch one another, Ryann and Quinn embark on a daunting journey, battling frustrating physical limitations while exploring their new love. In a race against the clock, Ryann learns she must plead for Quinn’s life before…the Eve of Samhain. Determined to end her lover’s suffering, not even the danger dogging her every move can keep her from her mission. What I’m talking about: Ryann works hard to put herself through school and it seems like she doesn’t have much time for a social life. She is required to wear a “Hooters” type outfit for her waitressing job and gets an earful from drunken patrons from time to time. In walks mysterious Quinn. Ryann’s body responds immediately, but Quinn’s personality left little for Ryann to desire. This relationship starts with the typical “I can’t stand him, but I want him” storyline.  Quickly Quinn and Ryann develop a friendship of sorts and she finds out that he is actually an Irish Faery. We also learn that there is an evil “presence” stalking Ryann, and Quinn is determined to keep her safe. This story is told in the first-person point-of-view of heroine, Ryann, which means we get only her side of the story and an insight into her feelings. This is not a detractor to the book, but it did cause a bit of frustration on my part. Due to this and Ryann’s poor body image, the first half of this book drove me a little nutty. I felt that Ryann lacked any confidence and positive self-image. The girl is 5’ 7” and ONLY 135 pounds, yet she...
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Jul
6

Review of The Darkest Lie

Review of The Darkest Lie The Darkest Lie Author: Gena Showalter Release Date: June 29, 2010 Publisher: Harlequin Lords of the Underworld Series Book #6 ISBN: #0373774613 Genre: Paranormal Romance From the author’s website:      Forced to his knees in agony whenever he speaks the truth, Gideon can recognize any lie—until he captures Scarlet, a demon-possessed immortal who claims to be his long-lost wife.  He doesn’t remember the beautiful female, much less wedding — or bedding — her.  But he wants to . . . almost as much as he wants her.     But Scarlet is keeper of Nightmares, too dangerous to roam free, and a future with her means risking everything.  Especially as Gideon’s enemies draw closer . . . and the truth threatens to destroy all he’s come to love . . . What I’m talking about:      We were introduced to Scarlet in the last Lords of the Underworld story, The Darkest Passion, and my interest was piqued… a Lord that was once married and happy? I didn’t think that was possible knowing their tortured pasts and battles with their inner demons. But enter captive demi-goddess Scarlet who claims that Gideon, keeper of Lies, was once her husband – yet he doesn’t recall a thing. However, he knows he must have a connection with Scarlet based on their matching tattoos and the dreams he has had about her.      The story unfolds as Gideon tries to soften Scarlet so she’ll tell him about their shared past. She is reluctant to tell him anything because she is hurt and heart-broken from all of the years he has abandoned her. Yet as they play games back and forth, they grow to trust and love one another.      I have to say that I was a bit disappointed with the story of Gideon and Scarlet. To me, Scarlet wasn’t the strong warrior woman that our Lords have come to love and respect. She was wishy-washy and I felt she didn’t hold her own in the story. In the beginning she didn’t want to get her heart broken by Gideon again. She refused to tell him anything about their past even when he clearly didn’t recall a thing. By the end of the story she didn’t want to be with Gideon because she was afraid she’d be the cause of harm to him (via her aunt and/or mom). She was looking for any excuse not to be with Gideon and she...
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Jul
2

Quickie Review – Bound by Deception

Quickie Review – Bound by Deception Quickie Review: Bound by Deception Author: Christa Paige Release Date: available now Publisher: Ebook by Liquid Silver Books Blood-Vine Series Book #1 ISBN: #978-1-59578-600-5 Genre: Paranormal Romance/Novella length NOTE: This book was given to me by the author after I told her how much I enjoyed her second Blood-Vine story, Bound by Rebellion (review HERE).  In order to find a compatible mate, Anna undergoes the ancient blood-rite of her people. She is shocked to learn that her brother has interfered with the process and can’t be sure that Dimitri is her true mate. However, soon Anna realizes that her desire for Dimitri is unstoppable and the two come together in an explosion of passion. Waiting in the wings is a dangerous male who feels that Anna is his to claim. Will Dimitri be able to complete the bonding and protect his beloved Anna in time? It’s always a bit tough going backwards and read an earlier story in a book series, but not in this case.  In Bound by Rebellion, main characters Luke and Kat discuss Anna (Luke’s sister) and Dimitri and the situation that surrounds their story.  Reading Bound by Deception filled in several details and completed the background picture for me. Anna and Dimitri’s story is sexy, quick-paced and exciting. Although not as well-developed as the second Blood-Vine book, it provides greater detail on the origins of the Kan Asma people and the blood-rite mating process, which proved very interesting. Anna and Dimitri are sizzling and their story is a good one. I recommend this short-length book and suggest you read it before reading Bound by Rebellion, but as I discovered, it isn’t necessary. My...
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Jun
17

Early Review – Siren’s Call

Early Review – Siren’s Call Siren’s Call Author: Devyn Quinn Release Date: August 3, 2010 Publisher: Signet EclipseDark Tide Series Book #1 ISBN: # Genre: Paranormal Romance/Adventure NOTE: An electronic copy of this book was given to me by the author for the purposes of review. From the author’s website: Between desire and love there are some things that can’t stay buried, even in the deep of the ocean. As a woman with a secret, lighthouse keeper Tessa Lonike savors her solitude on the island of Little Mer, off the coast of Maine. During a violent storm, Tessa spots a man thrashing in the ice cold waters and dives in to save him, using her ability as a mermaid to easily pull him to shore. When Kenneth Randall awakens on the beach he is alone, left with the haunting memory of his beautiful, flame-haired savior. But a year later, when Kenneth meets her again, he’s determined not to let Tessa slip away. Just as the desire between them begins to burn, Tessa’s archaeologist ex-lover comes back to town with a tantalizing clue to her murky heritage. The trio travel to the Mediterranean in search of answers, and when Tessa inadvertently opens an underwater portal they find a lost mermaid city. But in the deep, not everything is as it seems, and Tessa must decide if she wants to take her place as the royal heir, or follow the call of her heart… What I’m talking about: Siren’s Call starts out with Kenneth, a lonely man at his lowest point. We get a quick idea of his turmoil in the prologue, and then jump forward to “present day” in the first chapter. Now we have a man who is ready to live again and wants to thank the mysterious woman that saved him all those months ago.  Kenneth searches out Tessa, and decides to stick around after meeting her. He is immediately attracted to her, subconsciously knowing there is more to her rescue than she is telling.  What I love about this story is that the secrets are shared right away. The first night Kenneth is on the island, he discovers that Tessa is a mermaid. And they don’t tiptoe around this or their individual pasts. They open up and they act on their mutual attraction. This is a refreshing change from books where secrets are held until the last chapter of the story. Their attraction is hot and their banter is real. The story...
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Jun
9

My Blood Approves – review

My Blood Approves – review My Blood Approves Author: Amanda Hocking  Release Date: currently available Publisher: lulu.com also available in Kindle format from Amazon My Blood Approves Series Book #1 ISBN: #0557364639 Genre: Paranormal Young Adult NOTE: An e-copy of this book was given to me by the author for review purposes. From the author’s website: Seventeen-year-old Alice Bonham’s life feels out of control after she meets Jack. With his fondness for pink Chuck Taylors and New Wave hits aside, Jack’s unlike anyone she’s ever met. Then she meets his brother, Peter. His eyes pierce through her, and she can barely breathe when he’s around. Even though he can’t stand the sight of her, she’s drawn to him. But falling for two very different guys isn’t even the worst of her problems. Jack and Peter are vampires, and Alice finds herself caught between love and her own blood… What I’m talking about:  Alice is your average high school Junior, with a best friend that likes to party and a younger brother who is more of a parent than her mom.  She likes to hang out, sleep all day, text her friends, etc. Then she meets Jack. He’s cool and different, and Alice likes to spend time with Jack. He takes care of her, but leaves Alice in a world of confusion when he refuses to explain the “strange” things that she notices about him and his family. We spend the first half of the book reading how Jack and Alice become friends and learn to trust one another. But I just don’t know WHY Alice would ever trust Jack. He never once answers her questions – always avoiding the truth. Yet over and over she says she trusts him and wants to be with him and his family. I didn’t buy it. And, I have to say, I spent the first half of the book comparing Jack and his family to another famous literary vampire family: The Cullens. Jack and his family are unbelievable gorgeous, his family is wealthy and he has a fondness for driving fast in fancy cars. He even saves Alice from a car wreck. Mae was the perfect “mom” figure and doted on Alice. I have to say that there were so many similarities, I found it a bit distracting.  However, the story changed pace for me about halfway through the book. Once Alice FINALLY figures out the truth and the family opens up to her, I became engrossed. I wondered what...
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May
18

She Wolf – Review

She Wolf – Review She Wolf Author: Teresa D’Amario  Release Date: available now (ebook) Publisher: Freya’s Bower Publishing ISBN: 1-934069-90-6 True Mates Series Book #1 Genre: Paranormal Romance (Shifter) From the author’s website: A small town veterinarian has a big time problem. She’s not human. Plagued as a child with an extra-sensitive sense of smell, strength, and eyesight, Anna Callaway always thought she was special. But she didn’t understand how special until she met Kieran Hunter. He insists they are True Mates, but he’s not human either. He’s wolven. Kieran is a protector of his race. No longer the Alpha of his pack, he spends his time searching out and punishing any who may reveal their race to humans. While patrolling, he finds two wolven about to kidnap Anna. He battles to protect her, but is surprised to find himself drawn to her in a way he never expected. The couple must learn to deal with their differences before they can address their similarities. But when three men kidnap Anna, she must decide if she is to embrace the wolven way of life, or return to her quiet existence. And whether to abandon the man who claims her as his True Mate. What I’m talking about: From the moment that Anna steps out of the nightclub and into the arms of two  werewolves (wolven) in the opening scene, I was hooked on She Wolf.  In fact the first chapter was one of the best opening sequences to a book I’ve read. It had the right mix of action, interest and emotion. The author perfectly details the scene by allowing the reader to experience the situation using Anna’s better-than-normal sense of smell and inner voice. Anna is accosted by two rough males – she can sense that they are up to no good, but Anna is unaware of the danger she truly faces. Like most humans, she does not know about the existence of shifters, and when she sees one of her attackers start to “go wolf” she assumes it’s all trickery. Then she sees another stranger, but she is drawn to him. I love that when our hero, Kieran, shows up, Anna can sense his goodness. And the first time they touch (innocently!) sparks fly – literally. I’m a big sucker for the “one true mate” love stories and this is one of those stories. Anna and Kieran quickly get to know each other. And although this is definitely an “alpha male” story,...
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May
10

Mortal Temptations-Review

Mortal Temptations-Review Mortal Temptations Author: Allyson James  Release Date: available now Publisher: Berkley HeatMortal Series Book #1 ISBN: #0425223698 Genre: Erotic Romance (Paranormal) From the author’s website: When Patricia Lake finds the man with the black wings in her antique store, she little knows that she will be the key to setting him free from bondage to a vengeful goddess. Nico is to-die-for sexy with his dark hair and soul-searching black eyes–not to mention the wings–but his friend Andreas, a were-leopard with ice-blue eyes, turns Patricia’s safe little world inside out. What I’m talking about: The story involves two demi-gods from the Greek pantheon, one a “winged man” – Nico, the other a shifter – Andreas. They have spent millennia trapped in a wicked curse placed on them by Hera. The premise of the curse: when a women is attracted to one or the other, a bond forms and the gods must become the female’s sexual slave. The women will use the men up while the men fall in love with the females. Once the woman is tired of the gods, the curse will cause her to leave the male and forget him, while the gods wither in pain from a broken heart.  Not a bad idea to “get back” at ones who were careless with women’s hearts. But of course, this time around, things are different… Nico and Andreas think that they have discovered a means to end the curse. And wouldn’t you know that along the way they meet Patricia and Rebecca… two women that may have been drawn to the gods because of the curse, but fall in love despite of it. The story takes the group to London and Egypt on a search for answers. They meet other deities and duel with Hera’s demon fighters. The story is fairly fast paced and the plot not too bad. I’ll admit that I picked up this book specifically looking for an “erotic” story. I have been enjoying paranormal romance books for well over a year now, and recently learned of the “erotic” sub-genre. I wondered… what would make a book erotic, and in this book’s case it is a lot of m/m/f and m/m sex. And as much of a fan of great smut that I am, I have to tell you, this book’s sex scenes didn’t do it for me. It wasn’t because of the erotic nature or multiple partners.  It was that they didn’t have heart in them....
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May
4

Taming the Fire Review

Taming the Fire Review Taming the Fire Author: Sydney Croft Release Date: available now Publisher: Bantam Dell ACRO Series Book #4 ISBN: #0385342276 Genre: Paranormal/Erotic Romance From the author’s website: POWER. PLEASURE. DANGER. IT DOESN’T GET ANY HOTTER THAN THIS.       He came to the underground London club for a night of extreme sex play with the enigmatic “Mistress Rik”. But the Special Agent known as Trance is really on a search-and-rescue mission to keep her alive. Part predator, Ulrika “Rik” Jaegar possesses feral powers that make her a danger to others–and to herself. That’s why the Agency for Covert Rare Operatives (ACRO) wants to recruit her to their side….To do so, Trance will have to pull off the impossible: capture and control Rik, both woman and beast.       On the run from the deadly agency that changed her into a pleasure-seeking shape shifter, Rik uses sex to rein in her own raging desires. Operating on pure instinct, she trusts no one…especially the magnificent alpha male with the power to seduce her into submission. An undercover agent with unique hypnotic gifts, Trance is surprised by his instinct to hold Rik and keep her safe — but he has a job to do. And as he hunts her down, as Rik and Trance are thrust into the ultimate game of domination and submission, they’ll enter a place where surrender is their sole hope of survival — and the only thing that can tame the wild beast in both of them… What I’m talking about:       This is the fourth book in the ACRO series, but it is the first book of a new “story arc” within the ACRO world.       The story opens with ACRO agent Trance trying to bring in shifter and ex-ITOR agent Rik. Rik is a mistress in a BDSM club and Trance has a bondage/Dom history. The books gives the reader an insight into this underground world, but I just couldn’t connect. I don’t know if it was because of the extreme sex play or just this story, but their sex scenes weren’t emotionally satisfying to me – I just couldn’t grasp their need to Dom/sub over one another.       The story moves quickly with Rik and Trance developing a connection, but building a trust on false pretenses (Trance lies about his true identity.) While on the run, Trance continues to foster the trust with more lies, and of course,...
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Apr
12

Lion’s Heat – a Review

Lion’s Heat – a Review Lion’s Heat Author: Lora Leigh Release Date: April 6, 2010 Publisher:Berkley Breed Series Book # 21 ** For more information on the Breed book reading order, please see Ms. Leigh’s website here. ISBN: #0425233804 Genre: Paranormal Romance/Shifter From the book’s back cover:       Bad boy Jonas Wyatt’s personal assistant, Rachel, has had a child — an innocent new life that has been put in grave danger because of Jonas’s perilous games and calculations played in the shadow-world in which he lives: the dark and sensual world of the Breeds. Now, Rachel is making only one demand of Jonas: that he finally take responsibility and deliver on the protection that only he can give.       Jonas has known for a long time that it is destiny that Rachel become his mate. He can sense it. He can also sense her reluctance. And for that, he refuses to claim her. He wants her on love alone and not because of the urge of the mating heat. But it is Jonas’s destiny to claim her. And he will have his way… What I’m talking about:       I’ve been waiting for this book for a long time now. I started reading this series with the first book published by Berkley – Megan’s Mark. I don’t know about the books prior to that one, but since that point, Jonas has been a manipulating leader of the Breeds. It was great to see him buckle and just plain “lose it” in this book.       Jonas has always controlled his own life and the lives of countless Breeds around him. He continues to try and stay in control even though he is forced to hire his own mate as a personal assistant. She is just the woman to work for Jonas – she can stand up to him and put him in his place. But she is not aware that she is Jonas’s destined mate.  I enjoyed reading how Jonas had to continually fight the urge to take his mate. It warmed my heart that Jonas put Rachel and her child above his own health and needs so that Rachel would be comfortable and find love in her own way.  This is VERY different than the prior Breeds’ books.       As always with Ms. Leigh’s books, the sex is hot and passionate. The sex scenes go on for pages and can be graphic at times. But...
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Apr
8

Wizards and Shifters, oh my!

Wizards and Shifters, oh my! I’m busy reading Lion’s Heat by Lora Leigh… I hope to finish tonight and have review to you by Friday. Until then, enjoy a quickie review of a great paranormal/shifter series…Quickie Review: Maxey Wizard Series by Teresa D’Amario Book 1: The Moon: Tigress by the Tail In a world where most humans aren’t aware of the paranormal that surrounds them, shifters will do anything to protect their identities.  When a wizard, Lance, meets shifter, Cassie, those rules go out the window.  From the very first meeting, both individuals feel that they are meant to be together. Book 1 is a basic love story, with a few twists and turns.  The overall story is that of the guy and the girl meeting and mating.  The romance is passionate and the story is quick.  But it’s the background story about which I want to know more… Who are the GSA? Was there a shifter in Lance’s bloodline? What will happen next? At times the dialogue was simple, but the story kept moving.  It was easy to read and I look forward to reading the continuing story. My Rating:  Book 2: Lone Wolf Him: A male wolf shifter with no memory of his past or how he came to be “this creature.” Her: The only girl in a wizarding family. Shut out of the special government agency on paranormal activity by her family, she is a cop with a talent for soothing wild beasts. Together: They take on the evil government agency and a wicked pack of hyenas. Oh, and the sparks do fly!!! What an excellent follow up book in Ms. D’Amario’s Maxey Wizard series! Right from the start, the story grabbed me.  I couldn’t wait to find out where the plot would twist and turn. The chemistry between the Damon and Krystal is fabulous. The story is involving and fun to read.  And there are so many little questions left open for the next story… A great overall story arc is in the making.  I highly recommend this story to any fan of the alpha shifter male, or any fan of excellent paranormal romance.  The book will hook you in and leave you wanting more! My...
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