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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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Mar
13

Born of the Big Screen 80’s Action Adventure…

Born of the Big Screen 80’s Action Adventure… I recently picked up Sherrilyn Kenyon’s League Series, which I highlighted a few weeks ago in my blog. Today, I’m reviewing the first book in this series, Born of Night. From Ms. Kenyon’s website: Command Assassin Nykyrian Quikiades was born and trained to slaughter. Refusing to be a pawn, he turned his back on the League and has been hunted by them ever since. Though many have tried, none can kill him. Now his assignment is to protect Kiara Zamir, a woman whose father’s political alliance has made her a target. She wants nothing to do with politics, yet she is forced to submit to protection or die. And as her world becomes even deadlier, Kiara must entrust her life to the same kind of beast who once killed her mother and left her for dead. Old enemies and new threaten them both and the only way they can survive is to overcome their suspicions and learn to trust in the very ones who threaten them most– each other. What I’m talking about: In this futuristic world, life is extremely harsh and many times cruel. The book setting recalls images of great 80’s sci-fi movies: Dune, Mad Max, and Blade Runner. Our heroes are the anti-establishment, hardened outlaws that have a heart of gold underneath the rough exterior. Our hero, Nykyrian Quiakides has lived a life that was so cruel and so outrageous that we are told he trusts no one and expects that eventually even his best friend will turn him in for profit. Then there is Kiara, our priviledged, royal dancer that has a naive view of the world. Although she senses the good in Nykyrian, she is horrified by the choices he has made in his life. She cannot comprehend how someone would choose to kill and live as an outlaw assassin. He is determined not to get close to Kiara, and she is equally determined to show him that he can be loved. The story of protection, war and assassins is good. Even though it has a lot of cliche moments, I was still glued to the book and wanted to know what would happen next. Scenes where Nykyrian is shot to death in front Kiara, yet he still lives seems box-office block-buster material: predictable action and adventure. But there were enough deviations from the normal to make the book hold my attention. The writing is not as full and mature as Ms. Kenyon’s fabulous...
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Mar
8

Not that there is anything wrong with that…

Not that there is anything wrong with that… Recently I won a free ebook from KC at SmokingHotBooks. She blogged over the first 2 weeks in February with the theme “14 days of man love.” Although I had never read any m/m (male/male) romance books, I figured I would enter the contest to win a free book. When KC notified me that I WON, I was so excited. But then I thought “What will I read?” She has been going on and on about all these great m/m books she reads, but to be honest, they didn’t sound all that appealing to me. Not to mention I am a HUGE paranormal fan – I just don’t read contemporary or historical books/romance books. It seemed that all of the m/m books were contemporary. After asking KC for advice, I selected the book Without Reservations, by J. L. Langley for my prize. I selected it because it is paranormal at heart – a story about werewolves. I figured I could handle werewolves. My synopsis: Chay is a werewolf that has waited is whole life for his pre-destined mate to come along. As a vet, he knows the injured wolf brought into his office is more than just a wolf, it’s another werewolf and his mate. Imagine Chay’s shock when he discovers his mate is male. Keyton has been hurt by a straight male wolf before. He’s not ready to jump into another relationship, even with his pre-destined mate. But he cannot deny his attraction to Chay. The two male wolves decide to jump into their relationship and never regret it. The community is super excepting and the few that don’t, well they come around quickly. It’s seems a bit too easy to me, but this is paranormal romance! The story line was interesting and fun. There is a bit of “who done it” and the action was a good mix with the sex. The sex was um, *fans herself* HOT. And there is a lot of it. If you are someone looking to break into m/m and are a bit leery of the sex, this may not be for you. The males are happy to explore each other and the mating pheromones draw them together often. The romance was a bit cheesy at times, the nickname Chay gives to his mate “Lil Bit” is a bit well, annoying. But the feelings are mostly well written. Every once and a while the dialogue seems a bit to “sweet” and overly...
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