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Mar
15

Review: Head Rush

Review: Head Rush Head Rush Author: Carolyn Crane  Release Date: Dec. 6, 2011 Publisher: Samhain The Disillusionists #3 ISBN: #978-1609286255 Genre: Urban Fantasy Format(s): e-book Book Source: Author About the book:      JUSTINE JONES FACES HER ULTIMATE ENEMY: HERSELF In an attempt to put her unhappy past behind her, Justine Jones throws herself into nursing school and planning her wedding to the man of her dreams. But something is off. Random details aren’t adding up…and is it her imagination, or are her friends and fiancé keeping secrets from her? And what’s with this strange sense of unease, and her odd new headaches?      Justine tries to stay upbeat as Midcity cowers under martial law, sleepwalking cannibals, and a mysterious rash of paranormal copycat violence, but her search for answers leads her into the most dangerous mind game yet.      With the help of unlikely allies, including her paranoid dad and best frenemy Simon, Justine fights her ultimate foe…and unravels the most startling mystery of all. What I’m talking about:      Disclaimer: I don’t know how to write a review of Head Rush without giving spoilers from the first two books. SO… if you haven’t read the previous two books of the Distillusionists Trilogy, go back and start with Mind Games. NOW!      *WARNING: Spoilers from book 2*      Our heroine, Justine Jones, has been through a lot the past few months. She went from paranoid hypochondriac, to reluctant superhero, to starting over with the man of her dreams, but it’s not all good. Her band of crime-fighting friends known as the Disillusionists are falling apart after she witnessed their leader and good friend, Packard, shoot and kill Shelby’s boyfriend, Avery. However, everyone but Justine knows that she has been revised–her memories were altered by the man she is about to marry, and he is in fact the killer (this all happened at the end of the second book, Double Cross).       Head Rush opens with Justine settling into her life with Midcity Mayor, Otto Sanchez, her ideal man, and the two will be married soon. This is what (she thinks) she’s always wanted. Otto is handsome and strong, and most importantly he is stable and safe. Justine still cannot believe that Packard killed Shelby’s boyfriend, Avery. She hates Packard, but when he shows up secretly to talk with her, she cannot help the urge to protect him. She begins to notice things just aren’t adding...
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Mar
14

Review: Eventide

Review: Eventide Eventide Author: Elle Jasper    Release Date: March 6, 2012 Publisher: Signet The Dark Ink Chronicles Book #3 ISBN: 978-0451236258 Genre: Urban Fantasy, Romance Format(s): Paperback (336 pgs), e-book Book Source: Publisher About the book:       Newly-bitten tattoo artist Riley Poe feels herself changing in unimaginable ways. She can no longer hide behind her normal life at the Inksomnia tattoo parlor after a recent rash of vampire attacks in Savannah has her questioning her sanity – and fearing she may have had something to do with them.       Eli Dupre, her vampire lover, has seen the change in her.  He tells her they must meet the patriarch of the vampire cult that attacked her if they want to prevent a total vampiric conversion.        In the vampire cult’s fortress in Romania, Riley will face her worst fears – and the dark powers threatening to destroy her. And she’ll have to do the one thing she’s been determined not to do-put her trust in Eli. What VampBard’s talking about:       Twimom hit-the-nail-on-the-head by selecting this book for me to read for March reviews!  As an ink aficionado, I completely understand all the tattoo stuff presented in Eventide. Heck, if I had the time, I’d apprentice as a tat artist and open my own shop!  I think I’m going to have to pick up the first two titles in The Dark Ink Chronicles series, Afterlight and Everdark.  Ms. Jasper is concise and presents back-story so the reader doesn’t feel lost jumping in without the other two titles on the ‘read’ shelf, but I think I’d enjoy them.  What better reason to buy a book?       The plot of Eventide just kept moving!  Had I been able to carve out several hours to simply read, I’m positive I could have read this title in one sitting.  There was the perfect balance of action-adventure, romance and paranormal elements.  Ms. Jasper was creative in her use of traditional lore surrounding paranormal entities, and judicious with the violence.  One of the best pieces of writing in the novel is a preface of sorts to a chapter.  This one is brought to you by our hero, Eli:       “I think Riley’s tendencies have surpassed my own abilities.  Doesn’t bother me.  I like how strong she is.  The control she’s learned in the short time we’ve been back from Romania blows my mind.  It takes...
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Mar
9

Review: Dire Needs

Review: Dire Needs Dire Needs Author: Stephanie Tyler  Release Date: March 6, 2012 Publisher: Signet Eclipse Eternal Wolf Clan #1 ISBN: #978-0451236234 Genre: Paranormal Romance Format(s): Paperback (400 pgs), e-book Book Source: Publisher About the book:      The full moon is their mistress. They are predators of pleasure and pain. Feared by humans, envied by werewolves, the Dire Wolves are immortal shifters, obeying no laws but their own bestial natures. Once they were many, but now only six remain, a dangerous wolfpack forever on the hunt…      Rifter leads the pack, embracing the lifestyle and ethics of an outlaw biker even as he battles an ancient enemy who has become a new, powerful force. But with his Brother Wolf raging inside him, howling to be unleashed, he needs to satisfy his hungers. And when he meets a drop-dead gorgeous blonde drinking alone in a bar that caters to both human and inhuman, Rifter’s primal instinct is to claim her.      Gwen has her own desires, long unfulfilled. She hopes a passionate night with the leather-clad, Harley-riding biker will ease her suffering. The seizures that have wracked her body her entire life are incurable—and they’re killing her.      But none of that will matter if Rifter can’t stop the growing threat to them all — trappers who are determined to enslave humankind and use the Dire wolves as part of their nefarious plan. What I’m talking about:      The story opens with Rifter, leader of the Dire Wolf Pack (a type of wolf shifter), commenting on his urge for a woman and to run wild. He cruises in on his Harley, wearing his leather, and heading to a bar. Can you say BAD BOY?! Yes, he is over six-feet of pure smexy man! The first chapter of Dire Needs was one of the best I’ve read in a while. I love a book that opens with the needs of running and f*cking! When Rifter spots our heroine, Gwen, the scene is electric. The instant steam generated between Gwen and Rifter is tangible. The story gets right to the point. Our hero is all alpha male and mmm… so swoon-worthy. The instant the book begins, you know you are in for a great ride (on his bike, come on, what did you think I meant?)      The story itself revolves around a group of six Dire Wolves (the last of their kind), a pack of “regular” werewolves, some outlaw weres, humans...
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Mar
7

Review: Fair Game & Giveaway: On the Prowl

Review: Fair Game & Giveaway: On the Prowl Keep reading for your chance to win a SIGNED COPY of the novella that started the Alpha and Omega series… ACE/Penguin Publishing is offering a chance to win On The Prowl. Fair Game Author: Patricia Briggs  Release Date: March 6, 2012 Publisher: Ace Alpha and Omega #3 ISBN: #978-0441020034 Genre: Urban Fantasy Format(s): Hardcover (304 pgs), e-book Book Source: Publisher About the book:      They say opposites attract. And in the case of werewolves Anna Latham and Charles Cornick, they mate. The son-and enforcer-of the leader of the North American werewolves, Charles is a dominant alpha. While Anna, an omega, has the rare ability to calm others of her kind.      Now that the werewolves have revealed themselves to humans, they can’t afford any bad publicity. Infractions that could have been overlooked in the past must now be punished, and the strain of doing his father’s dirty work is taking a toll on Charles.      Nevertheless, Charles and Anna are sent to Boston, when the FBI requests the pack’s help on a local serial killer case. They quickly realize that not only the last two victims were werewolves-all of them were. Someone is targeting their kind. And now Anna and Charles have put themselves right in the killer’s sights… What G & U are talking about:      Gikany and Una have been waiting with baited breath for the next book in the Alpha and Omega series.  Fair Game was well worth the wait.  The events in this novel have ramifications that will have rippling effects in the world in which both the Alpha and Omega series and the Mercy Thompson series are set.  In other words, it will affect the next Mercy Thompson novel due out next year.      Fair Game opens years after Hunting Ground ended.  Charles and Anna are trying to settle into married/mated life.  However, Charles’s job as the Marrok’s executioner has begun to take a toll on him and his relationship with Anna.  Being an Omega drives Anna to want to protect and nurture him; which prompts her to challenge the Alpha of Alphas, Bran, to do something.  There is no simple solution to Charles issues since he is the only one able to be the Marrok’s executioner even though the job may well destroy him.      To give Charles a break, Bran sends Anna and Charles to Boston to look into a serial killer targeting paranormal creatures.  He...
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Mar
6

Review: Double Cross

Review: Double Cross Double Cross Author: Carolyn Crane  Release Date: Sept. 28, 2010 Publisher: Bantam/Spectra The Disillusionists #2 ISBN: #978-0553592627 Genre: Urban Fantasy Format(s): Paperback (336 pgs), e-book Book Source: Purchased with my own funds About the book:      SOME SECRETS COME BACK TO HAUNT. OTHERS COME TO KILL.      Serial killers with unheard of skills are terrorizing the most powerful beings in Midcity. As the body count grows, Justine faces a crisis of conscience…and an impossible choice between two flawed but brilliant men—one on a journey of redemption, the other descending into a pit of moral depravity. What I’m talking about:      I jumped into Double Cross immediately after finishing the first Disillusionists book, Mind Games (Review HERE). Note, this review contains SPOILERS from Book 1.      When we last left the gang, Packard was finally free of his restaurant prison and headed for some much deserved sunshine. Justine was looking forward to starting over and enjoying a romance with newly elected Mayor Otto Sanchez. Packard and his gang of Disillusionists are now working directly for Otto, rehabilitating Midcity’s most dangerous high caps (people with high-capacity brain powers – such as telekinesis).      The second book in Ms. Crane’s powerful trilogy meets and surpasses the intensity, suspense and action of the first book. Wow! First of all, the plot was extremely exciting… A group of terrorists dubbed “The Dorks” is attacking Midcity’s high cap residents. This adds an element of immediate danger to our beloved Otto and Packard. In addition, the Disillusionists are working with a set of nefarious high caps, giving more tension and strain. But it’s fear that Justine will turn into a sleepwalking cannibalistic zombie-slave that puts the suspense over the edge!      Right from the start I wanted to cheer for Packard, but let’s face it… he’s such an ass. He knows exactly how to push Justine’s buttons. How to turn her on, how to give her hope, and how to crush her spirit. He doesn’t want to let Justine in, but their connection is stronger than ever, even with her secretly seeing Mayor Sanchez. The bottom line: Packard is ALL about freedom, and he’ll use anyone in anyway to stay free. This is made perfectly clear over and over again. Yet Justine (and this reader), keeps going back to Packard.      I felt Justine could be a bit dense at times, but I still love her. I mean Otto...
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Mar
5

Review: A SEAL in Wolf’s Clothing

Review: A SEAL in Wolf’s Clothing A SEAL In Wolf’s Clothing Author: Terry Spear  Release Date: March 6, 2012 Publisher: Sourcebooks Werewolf Series Book 9 ISBN: #978-1402258909 Genre: Paranormal Romance Format(s): Paperback (352 pgs), e-book Book Source: Publisher/NetGalley About the book:       Meara Greymere is in charge of the cabin rentals on the rugged Oregon coastline, so her brother and his mate could take a delayed honeymoon. But while Hunter is away, the she-wolf intends to play—she just has to convince the right alpha male to rent one of the cabins, and she’ll take it from there. But when Finn Emerson arrives with every intention of pretending to be her lover, she’s not going to take this lying down. She knows he’ll tell her brother what she’s up to and put an end to her game.       Finn Emerson is a Navy SEAL, formerly one of Hunter Greymere’s team members, and now he’s trying to track down a gray wolf, who’s already made an attempt on one of their team member’s lives. Finn believes Hunter will be targeted next, only to discover Hunter is off with his mate on a honeymoon, and he fears Hunter’s sister is in grave danger. But the SEAL soon learns protecting the unpredictable sexy she-wolf is a mission and a half and protecting her isn’t all he wants to do. What B is talking about:       Finding a mate with an overprotective brother around isn’t easy, but when he and his mate leave for two weeks to go on their honeymoon, Meara Greymere has the perfect opportunity to take control of her own life, and she’s not going to waste it. Brazenly planning to fill the pack’s rental cabins with potential mates, she is determined to find the right male on her own.       When an assassin begins targeting his former team members, Finn Emerson tracks down his friend Hunter to warn him, only to find him away and his stubborn, tempting sister left behind unprotected. Which simply won’t do at all. When he discovers that Meara is looking for a mate, things become even more complicated, especially as the urge to claim her as his own becomes nearly impossible to resist.       This is the third novel in Spear’s Werewolf Series I’ve had the opportunity to review, and it was even more fun than the previous one I read, Dreaming of the Wolf. Spear lets her characters play a...
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Mar
2

Review: By a Thread

Review: By a Thread By a Thread Author: Jennifer Estep  Release Date: Feb. 28, 2012 Publisher: Pocket Books Elemental Assassins #6 ISBN: #978-1451651768 Genre: Urban Fantasy Format(s): Paperback (384 pgs), e-book Book Source: Author About the book:       When killing people is your job, there’s no such thing as a vacation.        Then again, how often does an assassin live long enough to enjoy her retirement? In this line of work, you either get lucky or you get dead. And since I destroyed my nemesis Mab Monroe a few weeks ago, all of Ashland’s lowlifes are gunning to make a name for themselves by taking out the lethal Spider—me, Gin Blanco. So I’m leaving behind my beloved barbecue joint and heading south with my baby sister, Bria, to cool my heels in a swanky beach town. Call it a weekend of fun in the sun.        But when a powerful vampire with deadly elemental magic threatens an old friend of Bria’s, it looks like I’ll have to dig my silverstone knives out of my suitcase after all. Complicating matters further is the reappearance of Detective Donovan Caine, my old lover. But Donovan is the least of my problems. Because this time, the danger is hot on my trail, and not even my elemental Ice and Stone magic may be enough to save me from getting buried in the sand—permanently. What I’m talking about:       As I stated when I reviewed Thread of Death (review HERE), I am new to Ms. Estep’s Elemental Assassins series, but with the “blessings” of the author herself, I jumped into the series with both feet, and am I glad that I did!       The story takes place shortly after the events in Thread of Death, which featured the funeral of underworld figure Mab Monroe. Our heroine, Gin Blanco defeated nemesis Mab in book #5, Spider’s Revenge, in a climatic duel. Now the word is out that Gin is in fact the assassin known as the Spider, and everyone wants a piece of her, especially Mab’s former associate, Jonah McAllister. So at the suggestion of her friends and family, Gin takes a long overdue vacation with her younger sister.       I could go on and on about the plot of By a Thread because it was such a fun story. It had all the right elements – action, love, intrigue – but what I adored most was...
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Feb
28

Quickie Review: Red’s Wolf

Quickie Review: Red’s Wolf Red’s Wolf Author: PJ Schnyder  Release Date: Aug. 28, 2010 Publisher: Decadent Publishing Terra’s Guardians #2 ISBN: #978-1936394425 Genre: Paranormal Romance, Novella Format(s): E-book Book Source: Purchased with our own funds About the book:      Carri has definitely caught the eye of the big bad wolf.      Visiting the Glacier Valley pack to get a little breathing room from life in the city, she uses her skills to help install a high tech airspace sensor array for her adoptive grandmother’s pack.      Jason is a lone wolf, good at doing his job and good at being alone. Sparks fly between them, igniting desire hotter than Carri’s red hood. But the Glacier Valley pack has made it clear that Carri is under their protection and off limits.      And yet, the heat between them is undeniable and when Carri makes her choice clear, Jason is ready to claim her as his. He’ll go against the pack and any rivals, even take down an alien hunter to have her and protect her. What G & U are talking about:      After reading the first book in this series, Heart’s Sentinel, we had to read Red’s Wolf.  It is a novella in the Terra’s Guardians series and it is only available via ebook.  Gikany and Una feel it is well worth buying and enjoying.      We loved Carri and Jason.  Their courting was full of smexy energies, witty banter, and steamy hotness.  One of the best parts of this story is that although Carri is physically weaker, not just as a human versus a shape-shifter, but due to a medical condition, her strength of self and of right and wrong is stunning.  Her love and loyalty are refreshingly strong and yet gentle.  Jason, for all his wonderful snarkiness, is touchingly sensitive and caring.  Seeing the two of them dance and come together was a joy and privilege.      This was a delightful story enshrouded by menace.  The ongoing mystery of the hunters seems to have reached a pinnacle in this story – but we can’t tell you what it is…that would be spoiling.  However, it makes us VERY eager to see what Ms. Schnyder has in store for us in the next book.  We hope to hear soon when it is expected to be released. Their Rating: Loved it – enthusiastically recommend (A)     Purchase Info: Heart’s Sentinel (Terra’s Guardians 1) Red’s Wolf (Terra’s Guardians...
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Feb
24

Review: The Darkest Seduction

Review: The Darkest Seduction The Darkest Seduction Author: Gena Showalter  Release Date: Feb. 28, 2012 Publisher: HQN Lords of the Underworld #9 ISBN: #978-0373776573 Genre: Paranormal Romance Format(s): Paperback (512 pgs), e-book Book Source: Publisher About the book:      Possessed by the demon of Promiscuity, immortal warrior Paris is irresistibly seductive—but his potent allure comes at a terrible price.  Every night he must bed someone new, or weaken and die.  And the woman he craves above all others is the one woman he’d thought was forever beyond his reach…until now.         Newly possessed by the demon of Wrath, Sienna Blackstone is racked by a ruthless need to punish those around her. Yet, in Paris’s arms the vulnerable beauty finds soul-searing passion and incredible peace. Until a blood feud between ancient enemies heats up.      Will the battle against gods, angels and creatures of the night bind them eternally– or tear them apart? What I’m talking about:      My head is still spinning after reading this 500 plus page story. I, like many, have been waiting for Paris’s story for a very long time. We met his “HEA” back in the second Lords of the Underworld book, The Darkest Kiss. That was a long time ago and poor Paris has been to hell and back – searching for Sienna’s spirit, giving into and battling his ambrosia addition, fighting and killing anyone (especially Hunters) that got in his way. We’ve had book after book of the degradation of Paris, and now it’s finally his time.      The book picks up where The Darkest Surrender ends. Things have been building to this point, and I do not recommend newcomers to the series start here. There are a lot of plot points that come together. Paris is still hot on the trail of tracking down human spirit-turned keeper of the High Demon Lord, Wrath. She is a former Hunter and current prisoner of the Titan god king, Cronus. She is also the one woman that Paris’s demon, Promiscuity, was able to “get it up for” more than once. He is obsessed and this has lead to his near destruction.      The first half or so of this book is dedicated to detail and background – fitting the pieces in place for the rest of the tale. Paris isn’t quite the same ruined man he has been of late. He’s kicked his ambrosia addiction, and although he is still killing and...
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Feb
22

Review: Alpha Instinct

Review: Alpha Instinct Alpha Instinct Author: Katie Reus  Release Date: Feb. 7, 2012 Publisher: Signet Moon Shifter #1 ISBN: #978-0451236098 Genre: Paranormal Romance Format(s): Paperback (368 pgs), e-book Book Source: Publisher About the book:       Fear has a scent. So does desire… Ana Cordona has been a strong leader for the lupine shifters who survived after all the males and most of the females in her pack were mysteriously poisoned. As tough as she is, with no Alpha male, the pack is vulnerable to the devious shifter Taggart, who wants to claim both their ranch and Ana as his own. When Connor Armstrong comes back into her life, promising protection, it’s almost enough to make Ana forget how he walked out on her before—and reluctantly accept his offer to mate.       The minute Connor sees Ana again, it reawakens a raw hunger. He must have her for his bondmate—his wolf cries out for it. But his human side knows he must proceed with caution because of their complicated past. If he is to truly have her body and soul, he must go beyond his burning desire and win back her heart. Whatever it takes, he is determined not to leave her side again.         But Taggart and his rival pack are not their only enemies. A human element in town is targeting shifters. Their plan not only threatens Ana and Connor’s future, but the lives of the entire pack… What G & U are talking about:       Alpha Instinct is the debut novel in the Moon Shifter series.  It is an interesting blend of urban fantasy within a somewhat contemporary romance.  Although Gikany and Una enjoyed it, there are some issues we hoped are simply “debut-itis” factors.       Sometimes a novel will warm you up and slowly get you into the world and the “conflict.”  This is not one of them; we begin with Ana facing off with the rival pack adjacent to hers.  Alpha Instinct wastes no time in showing that pack politics are not all they are cracked up to be.  Gikany and Una enjoyed the weight of politics and the war of perceptions and prejudices that seem to permeate the world that Ana lives in. The idea that there is a overall council that governs the pack is very interesting as it is balanced between the notion that a pack (and most importantly its alpha) must be able...
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