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May
24

WE LOVE GENA WEEK – Day #5: Review of The Darkest Passion

WE LOVE GENA WEEK – Day #5: Review of The Darkest Passion In celebration of Tuesday’s release, both Bells and I have our ARC-reviews of The Darkest Passion. You can read mine below and visit Hanging With Bells for her review. The Darkest Passion Author: Gena Showalter  Release Date: May 25, 2010 Publisher: Harlequin Publishing Lords of the Underworld Series Book #6 ISBN: #0373774559 NOTE: this is an ARC review that I obtained from NetGalley. I did not pay for the book, and I did not receive anything for this review. From the author’s website:      For weeks, the immortal warrior Aeron has sensed an invisible female presence.  An angel–a demon-assassin–has been sent to kill him.  Or has she?  Olivia claims she fell from the heavens, giving up immortality because she couldn’t bear to harm him. But trusting – and falling for – Olivia will endanger them all. So how has this ‘mortal’ with the huge blue eyes already unleashed Aeron’s darkest passion?     Now, with an enemy hot on his trail and his faithful demon companion determined to remove Olivia from his life, Aeron is trapped between duty and consuming desire. Worse still, a new executioner has been sent to do the job Olivia wouldn’t… What I’m talking about:      Ah: Aeron… How I have waiting for you since the beginning!  I have been in love with anticipating Aeron’s book since the first Lords of the Underworld story. And my wait was rewarded with this wonderful story.      My tattooed, black-winged hunk, Aeron, has been tormented by his demon, Wrath, for centuries. Wrath gives Aeron the ability to “see” an individual’s history – all of his/her sins, and creates a need in Aeron to destroy the individual for these sins. Cronus, the god king and ruler over the Lords, placed a curse upon Aeron in the first Lords book, which put him through terrible bloodlust, and he almost went insane. Once the curse was lifted, Aeron was able to get himself back together and maintain some sanity with the calming influence of his “daughter” demon, Legion.  That is until he meets darling Olivia, a true angel. She soothes Aeron and causes Wrath to purr. She gave up her heavenly existence and climbed out of hell to be with Aeron. She is naive, but brave – willing to give up everything just for a little fun and *wink, wink*.      Ms. Showalter does a fantastic job weaving a tale of star-crossed love. Their love story is a...
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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
27

Lover Mine!

Lover Mine! Lover Mine Author: J. R. Ward Release Date: April 27, 2010 Publisher:New American Library (division of Penguin Group) Black Dagger Brotherhood (BDB) Series Book #8 ISBN: #0451229851 Genre: Paranormal Romance From the author’s website:      In the darkest corners of the night in Caldwell, New York, a conflict like no other rages. Long divided as a terrifying battleground for the vampires and their enemies, the city is home to a band of brothers born to defend their race: the warrior vampires of the Black Dagger Brotherhood.      John Matthew has come a long way since he was found living among humans, his vampire nature unknown to himself and to those around him. After he was taken in by the Brotherhood, no one could guess what his true history was- or his true identity. Indeed, the fallen Brother Darius has returned, but with a different face and a very different destiny. As a vicious personal vendetta takes John into the heart of the war, he will need to call up on both who he is now and who he once was in order to face off against evil incarnate.      Xhex, a symphath assassin, has long steeled herself against the attraction between her and John Matthew. Having already lost one lover to madness, she will not allow the male of worth to fall prey to the darkness of her twisted life. When fate intervenes, however, the two discover that love, like destiny, is inevitable between soul mates. What I’m talking about:      Just like most other BDB fans, I have been waiting for the release of Lover Mine with every breath over this past year. Actually, I have been waiting since we first met John Matthew (JM) and learned of his true identity back so many books ago. I remember thinking “When will he learn the truth?” But as I watched him grow over the past several books, the answer to that question became moot. Next it was “Who will be his mate?” and when we learned about Xhex, I was all “NO.” But like always, the WARDEN (as she is called by her fans), developed Xhex’s character and JM’s relationship with her wonderfully. Xhex truly is the perfect mate for JM.      After leaving readers of BDB with a cliff hanger at the end of Lover Avenged (April 2009), Ward picks up the story about 4 weeks after Xhex was abducted by Lash (really...
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Apr
20

Seduced by the Storm

Seduced by the Storm Seduced by the Storm Author: Sydney Croft Release Date: available now Publisher: Bantam Dell ACRO Series Book #3 ISBN: #0385340826 Genre: Paranormal/Erotic Romance From the author’s website: DANGER IS THE ULTIMATE APHRODISIAC.       They met in a steamy Florida bar—then spent a night of mind-bending passion. Two secret agents who each possess unique telekinetic gifts—and whose combined sexual powers leave neither of them unscathed. For ex–Navy SEAL Wyatt Kennedy, assigned by the Agency for Covert Rare Operatives to the most treacherous mission of his career, the woman in black leather and lace has just become more than a one-night stand. Because Faith Black is the sole barrier to the success of his mission—and not even Wyatt’s legendary seduction skills can penetrate her deep cover.       Faith’s psychic gifts make her one of the world’s most dangerous women—but she hides a secret pain she shares with no one. Until Wyatt. And Faith has an agenda of her own: using her unique powers to save someone close to her—a move that pits her against a man she thought she’d never see again. For as a deadly hurricane is unleashed across the eastern seaboard, desire reignites between Faith and Wyatt, exposing secrets that thrust them both into harm’s way. With the hurricane sweeping closer—and their erotic hunger for each other growing—these two wary hearts must come together to heal, to trust . . . and to harness the power of a storm that could consume everything in its path.  What I’m talking about:       I really didn’t think that I could like this series more than I already did, but this book pushed my love over the top! At first it seemed to me that I’d get another great story with new players. The action was exciting – a category 5 hurricane ready to slam into New York City… Our heroes must stop it!  The players are sexy and fun, each with their own issues and secrets.       But this book takes the normal way of doing things in a paranormal romance story and tosses the script out the window.  The play between Faith and Wyatt is wonderful. Each with a history of being hurt and each having to bare his/her soul in order to survive. And it doesn’t end there… They have to make life-altering decisions about the mission and their relationship, and what is unique to this series and this story particularly,...
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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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Apr
6

Unleashing the Storm

Unleashing the Storm Unleashing the Storm Author: Sydney Croft (Larissa Ione & Stephanie Tyler) Release Date: Available Now Publisher: Bantam Dell ACRO Book #2 ISBN: #0-385-34081-8 From the author’s website:       Feel the heat. Hear the roar.       The fever has begun.       There’s a storm rising. Electricity crackles in the air. For Kira Donovan, it’s that time of year again: when the need floods her flesh, when almost any man—the bigger and the stronger the better—will do. For Kira, an animal psychic, the heat is a matter of life and death, and this year it has come at just the right time. Tom Knight, a natural born predator, has arrived at her isolated Idaho farm—for reasons all his own…       At first Kira isn’t interested in Knight’s motives. She only needs him—his body, his hands, his scent. But soon, through a daze of desire and distrust, Kira discovers Knight’s world—the world of a covert operative, one man among dozens of secret agents waging an astonishing global war. Knight’s mission is to bring Kira–kicking and screaming if necessary–into the Agency for Covert Rare Operatives and harness her extraordinary gift. He never expected the powerful emotions she would ignite in him, or the fierce desire to keep her safe from harm. For as darkness gathers around them, Kira is feeling the heat once again, leading them both on a wild ride of delicious thrills…and terror beyond imagining. What I’m talking about:       I wasn’t sure what to expect in the second ACRO book-the first was so exciting, and I always worry about sophomore books. Thankfully, Unleashing the Storm did not disappoint!       We briefly met Tommy “Ender” Knight in the first ACRO book, Riding the Storm. He was set up as the grumpy loaner, ex-military dude. And he remains that way into and throughout this book. He is attracted to Kira, may have some feelings for her as he gets to know her, but his personality does not take a 180-turn when he meets her. I like this.       Kira has some sort of tie to animals and occasionally exhibits similar behavioral patterns, including an annual “mating heat.” I’m not talking about the need for sex, I’m talking about the need for “seed.” We learn that she always has more than one male to service her and meet the demands of her high-frequency mating needs.  Unfortunately for her, her...
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Apr
1

Riding the Storm

Riding the Storm Riding the Storm  Authors: Sydney Croft (aka Larissa Ione & Stephanie Tyler) Release Date: available now Publisher: Bantam Dell ACRO Series Book 1 ISBN: 0-385-34080-X Genre: Paranormal Erotica From the authors’ website:      A storm’s rage. A woman’s desire. A man with the power to set them both free. He can summon lightning at will. Emerge unscathed from the center of a tornado. Strip a woman down to her barest defenses through the sheer force of his sexuality. He’s gorgeous, dangerous, and the target of parameteorologist Haley Holmes’s latest mission. Haley has been dispatched to the Louisiana bayou to investigate the phenomenon known as Remy Begnaud – man with a gift he never wanted: the ability to control a storm’s fury. But even a woman trained in bizarre weather phenomenon has no defense against the electrifying power of the Ex-Navy SEAL…a power his enemies would kill to control. With her agency monitoring their every move, Haley’s job is to seduce Remy, gain his trust — and help him harness his extraordinary gift. But who will protect her from this voracious lover who’s introducing her to a new world of erotic thrills – a man who grows increasingly insatiable with each new weather event? Haley knows a big storm is approaching –and with it will come unexpected delights. But, so, too, will the storm unleash her greatest fears: An enemy bent on destroying Remy. And her worst fear of all…falling in love with this magnificent man, then having to betray him… What I’m talking about: This book had me from the opening chapter. The chemistry between Remy and Haley sizzles like the lighting that strikes whenever they are in contact with one another. It was an enjoyable, sexy read. Great for the upcoming summer months! Remy is full of anger and frustration at the “curse” he received from Mother Nature. To top it all off, he becomes sexually aroused when the storm rage near, which adds a wonderful, erotic nature to this story. Remy thinks he’s headed home after many years away to help his dad, but finds Haley in his dad’s home instead of his father. With a storm in full swing, Remy is forced to leave Haley or take her without control of his desires. This leads Remy to head out into a dangerous storm and Haley is compelled to follow. The results are a pleasurable read. *evil grin* The storms definitely add an exciting passion and...
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