logo
Currently Browsing: reviews
Dec
16

Review: Destined Mate

Review: Destined Mate Destined Mate Author: Katie Reus Release Date: Oct. 1, 2011 Publisher: Harlequin Nocturne Cravings Genre: Paranormal Romance, novella Format(s): e-book Book Source: Author About the book:       Almost a century ago, Angela Lavigne and Alpha werewolf Knox had a shared passion neither could control. Then Angela was turned into a vampire and disappeared.       The last thing Knox expects is for Angela to show up on his doorstep on a rescue mission, as sexy and irresistible as ever. And he can sense how much she still wants him, too. She’s gone against both their species’ rules and trespassed on his land. By law he can keep her as long as he wants—and Knox doesn’t intend to let her go ever again.       As their desire explodes once again, Knox is more sure than ever that he must claim her forever. But as vampire and werewolf, they are natural born enemies. Can she truly be his destined mate? What I’m talking about:       The story opens with our vampire heroine, Angela, infiltrating a werewolf stronghold to rescue her BFF just weeks before a historic peace accord between the two species. Angela is cunning and quick, but once she makes it to the mansion where she knows her friend is being held, she receives a shock: her once lover is this pack’s Alpha. Angela had run from Knox almost a century ago when she was turned into a vampire because she knew how much he and his kind detested vampires.       Knox is immediately attracted to his lost love. He gets all Alpha on her and forces her to stay after she finds out her friend snuck away from their coven when their leader forbade her to mate with a werewolf. He tries to balance his lust for Angela and taking the time to tell her how he really feels.       Destined Mate is an enjoyable novella-length, stand alone story. (If it’s attached to a series, I couldn’t find it.) Due to the shortened length, there isn’t much background on the two primary species: werewolves and vampires. However, Ms. Reus sprinkles the story with facts about her creations (like Angela is a daywalker, which is rare, or Knox heals faster than his pack, which is partly why he is the alpha), giving the tale a enough complexity to keep up interest and feed my curiosity. Of course with that...
Read More
Dec
14

Review: Prides of the Moon Series

Review: Prides of the Moon Series Amber Moon Emerald Moon Turquoise Moon Author: Ann Mayburn  Publisher: Decadent Prides of the Moon Series, Books 1-3 Genre: Erotic Paranormal Romance GLBT Romance Format(s): e-books Book Source: Publisher About the books: Amber Moon Prides of the Moon #1 Release Date: July, 2011         Sabrina Wayne yearns for the perfect mates to fill the void in her heart. As a werepuma Beta, she is driven to find the strongest Alpha to submit too, or in her case, Alphas. Sabrina craves the delicious softness of a woman as well as the rugged strength of a man. She has almost given up finding the right couple when she takes a leap of faith and allows Madame Evangeline of the 1Night Stand matchmaking service to set her on what Madame Eve promises will be an evening she’ll never forget.        Alphas Nick and Madeline Turea have been searching for a woman like Sabrina for a very long time. After a disastrous relationship with a former Beta female, the couple has been extremely cautious to let anyone else get close to them or the Amber Moon pride. When Madame Evangeline contacts them about a possible match, both are eager to meet the beautiful woman who may complete their family.        A night of reckless desire and burning hot passion leads to an unknown danger that might destroy Sabrina’s one chance at a perfect love. She must learn to surrender to the power of her Alphas and gain their trust before it’s too late. Emerald Moon Prides of the Moon #2 Release Date: August, 2011        Ben Harkil had long ago given up on love, refusing to believe that he was worthy of it. When he is given the gift of a 1 Night Stand blind date he goes into it expecting nothing more than a night of savage pleasure. Instead he finds the missing piece of his heart.      Jude Carson has an impossible task in front of him. He has to convince the man that he hasn’t seen in fifteen years that he still loves him with all of his heart and wants him back. A task made even more difficult by the horrible circumstances that lead to their parting and tore their former pride apart.      Ben will have to learn that sometimes the hardest person to forgive is himself if he wants a second chance at the greatest joy...
Read More
Dec
12

Review: Hearts and Swords

Review: Hearts and Swords Hearts and Swords Author: Robin D. Owens  Release Date: Dec. 6, 2011 Publisher: Berkley Trade Heart Book Series ISBN: #978-0425243411 Genre: Paranormal Romance Format(s): Paperback (464 pgs), e-book Book Source: Publisher About the book: Award-winning author Robin D. Owens returns to the futuristic world of Celta with four original romantic fantasies as four different couples find their HeartMates and their destinies on Celta. What VampBard’s talking about:      Robin Owens brings it once again with Hearts and Swords!  I completely adore the world of Celta, and the infusion of Druidian beliefs within her stories.  Put me on a starship, in stasis, and find me Celta, please!  I want the simplicity of the magic-infused lifestyle, as well as the structure of the classes in my life, too.  Well, the magic at least – who doesn’t want to have a no-time, which stores food and drink at the perfect temperature?  Overall, I enjoyed this anthology of 4 novellas about Celta.  The first gave me great background, and the others showed traditions and other aspects of life I’d not read about previously.      “Heart and Sword” was a great novella that gave a lot of rich background about the arriving at Celta, a new Earth-like planet after spending MUCH too long on starships.  I really liked the hero, Kelse, and thought that he was the perfect blend of heroic and empathetic.  He was completely and utterly into his HeartMate, Fern.  Their connection was obvious from the moment she was first mentioned in the story.  If you are a Trekkie, you’re going to love this shortie! Rating for Heart and Sword novella: 5 stars      “Heart Story” is a sweet and tender story about ‘mature’ love that endured the test of time.  If you’ve read any of Owens’ books, you’re aware of what a HeartMate is, and the intense bond they have.  Dri and Blush were denied each other, due to familial issues when they were young, and are now re-connecting.  There’s the standard plot arc, with conflict, etc.  What was the most awesome about this story was the way Dri and Blush connected and how they interacted.  You could feel the love between them. Rating for Heart Story novella: 4 stars       “Heart and Soul”  This was my favorite of the four shorts.  I loved the plot arc, and the way that Nista and Cardus began to know one another, and how they came to be a...
Read More
Dec
8

Review: How to Worship a Goddess

Review: How to Worship a Goddess How To Worship a Goddess Author: Stephanie Julian  Release Date: Dec. 1, 2011 Publisher: Sourcebooks Forgotten Goddesses #2 ISBN: #978-1402251504 Genre: Paranormal Romance Format(s): Paperback (304 pgs), e-book Book Source: Publisher About the book:      HE’S EXACTLY WHAT SHE’S ALWAYS WANTED…      Lucy was once the beloved Goddess of the Moon. These days the goddesses of the Etruscan pantheon are all but forgotten. The only rituals she enjoys now are the local hockey games, where one ferociously handsome player inflames her divine blood…      AND SHE UNLEASHES HIM LIKE A FORCE OF NATURE…      Brandon Stevenson is one hundred percent focused on the game, until he looks up and sees a celestial beauty sitting in the third row. A man could fall hard for a distraction like that… What I’m talking about:      Lucy is one of the “forgotten goddesses” of the Etruscan pantheon who now lives in the United States. She, like her sister goddesses, has lost most of her powers and keeps a fairly low profile. Unlike other goddesses, Lucy still has a small group of loyal subjects, the Lucani (werewolves), who remain respectful of the old ways.  She passes time running a bar for her followers and attending hockey games.      Brandon plays for the local hockey team and has been keeping an eye on Lucy. One evening, he finally tracks her down and sparks fly from the moment the two lay eyes on each other. The bond is so strong from the first moment, that Brand is able to find her again, even after Lucy erases his memories of their (very, steam hot) first encounter.      I was drawn into Lucy and Brandon’s story right from the start. The “lust/love at first site” trope worked for this story, and I didn’t feel like they rushed into things. I was glad that the characters didn’t find ways to drive apart their bond. The two “share their love” *wink* often – and aggressively, at times. Ms. Julian is an expert author of steamy smex scenes.      How to Worship a Goddess is the second story in Ms. Julian’s Forgotten Goddesses series. However, it is a spin off of sorts from her Lucani Lovers series, and as someone that hasn’t read that series, I kept wondering if I was missing references from other books. It didn’t detract from the story, but it was always in the back of my mind....
Read More
Dec
6

Review: Dreaming of the Wolf

Review: Dreaming of the Wolf Dreaming Of The Wolf Author: Terry Spear  Release Date: Dec. 1, 2011 Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca Werewolf Series Book 8 ISBN: #978-1402245558 Genre: Paranormal Romance Format(s): Paperback (384 pgs), e-book Book Source: Publisher About the book:       A fierce hunter…       Alicia Greiston is a no-nonsense bounty hunter determined to bring a ring of mobsters to justice. Her dogged pursuit of the crime family has forced her to avoid relationships—any man would only become a target for retribution. Luckily, Jake Silver is more than a man, and his instincts are telling him to stop at nothing to protect her.       An animal passion…       However, the mob isn’t entirely human either, and soon Alicia must flee for her life. When Alicia and Jake’s passion begins to spill over into their dreams, Jake learns he will have to do more than defend her—he’ll have to show his mate the way of the wolf. What B is talking about:       Driven by the recent loss of her mother, Alicia Greiston is determined to bring the men responsible for her murder to justice. No sacrifice is too high a price to see them behind bars, even if the cost is her own life. Unprepared to meet a man she was certain could never exist in her wildest dreams, the intervention by the sexy stranger turns her world inside out.       Jake Silver thinks his quick fascination with the pretty woman he spies outside an upscale restaurant is purely sexual. He’s a werewolf, after all, and the human he’s determined to get to know a little better could be just what he needs—at least for the night. But, when he’s compelled to do anything to keep her safe, even if it means defying his own pack, he realizes she’s much more than what she seems.       Alicia and Jake are a great match for each other from the beginning, and due to both her resignation to her fate, and the urgings of his wolf, they fall into one another early on in Dreaming of the Wolf. Jake is one of the more perfect males I’ve pleasure of reading yet, having a keen enough intelligence to balance his alpha-male impulsiveness, as well as keeping his affections sweet and comfortably easy throughout. The mutual need he and Alicia share is tender, yet incredibly sexy as well.       Spear takes her...
Read More
Dec
5

Review: Fate’s Edge

Review: Fate’s Edge Fate’s Edge Author: Ilona Andrews  Release Date: Nov. 29, 2011 Publisher: Ace The Edge #3 ISBN: #978-0441020867 Genre: Urban Fantasy Paranormal Romance Format(s): Paperback (372 pgs), e-book Book Source: Publisher About the book:       Audrey Callahan left behind her life in the Edge, and she’s determined to stay on the straight and narrow. But when her brother gets into hot water, the former thief takes on one last heist and finds herself matching wits with a jack of all trades…        Kaldar Mar-a gambler, lawyer, thief, and spy-expects his latest assignment tracking down a stolen item to be a piece of cake, until Audrey shows up. But when the item falls into the hands of a lethal criminal, Kaldar realizes that in order to finish the job, he’s going to need Audrey’s help… What Una is talking about:       There are a few authors that are on my “must read” list.  No matter what it is they publish, I will read it.  These are authors who have never disappointed me; who always write stories with characters that stay with me long after I have finished reading them and write books that are forever on my rereading list.  Ilona Andrews is one of them.  This writing team is unbelievable (if you check out their website listed above you’ll find it’s a husband and wife writing team).  Fate’s Edge in the imaginative world of The Edge series is no exception – it is fabulous!       If you haven’t read this series, I highly recommend that you start at the beginning with On the Edge.  Not that you couldn’t just jump in, but you would miss the introduction of the characters if you don’t start from the beginning.  The novel is richer and just better if you understand the connections between the characters and the back-story.       The overall story of Fate’s Edge was just fantastic.  The on-going war against the Hand and the intimate war between Kaldar and Audrey were beautifully woven together.  With several subplots going on, the transitions felt seamless and were easy to follow.  I absolutely loved seeing more of George and Jack; they were enthralling as children in On the Edge and I was ecstatic to see so much of them in Fate’s Edge.  The richness and idiosyncrasies of the three worlds just adds to the overall enjoyment of the series.       However the most...
Read More
Dec
1

Review: Immortal Rider

Review: Immortal Rider Immortal Rider Author: Larissa Ione  Release Date: Nov. 22, 2011 Publisher: Grand Central Lords of Deliverance #2 ISBN: #978-0446574471 Genre: Paranormal Romance Format(s): Paperback (414 pgs), e-book Book Source: Publisher About the book:       Arik Wagner, a soldier with the U.S. Army’s paranormal unit, the R-XR, kissed a girl and liked it. And then he went to hell as punishment. Where he’s spent weeks being tortured…and plotting revenge.       Limos, Horsewoman of the Apocalypse, isn’t your average girl. She’s immortal, dangerous, and her fiancé is Satan himself. In a moment of weakness, she gave in to her desire and kissed Arik, triggering her fiancé’s wrath – and his claim on her. In order to save Arik, and the world, Limos must make a dangerous pact with her recently turned evil brother, Pestilence. A deal that might just cost her her soul…and her heart. What I’m talking about:       Immortal Rider is the second book of Ms. Ione’s Demonica Series spin-off series, Lords of Deliverance. This series tells of the pending apocalypse by following the Four Horsemen as they struggle to maintain a balance between good and evil. Each is cursed with carrying one of the four Seals of Armageddon (if all four break… hell on earth). Immortal Rider focuses on the only female rider, Limos, aka Famine. Limos is betrothed to the evil Lord Satan, who can claim her if she ever gives in to lust for another. In a moment of weakness she does just that – kissing Arik as she never has any other. This sends Arik to the demon realm to be tortured, and sets of a chain of events which ultimately could break Limos’ seal, setting free Famine.       As events unfold and our hero and heroine are brought together, I am amazed at the intricacy of the storyline and richness of the characters. Ms. Ione has added a whole new level onto her already amazing Demonica world. And unlike the first book, Eternal Rider (review HERE), there isn’t a steep learning curve in Immortal Rider, so the book is less confusing and a smoother read.       One thing I love about this story is that the players are gritty and raw – even the heroes/heroines aren’t always good. This gives the   characters complexity and intensity. Limos is a prime example. As a horsewoman raised by demons in the underworld, she longed to marry Satan...
Read More
Nov
25

Quickie Review: A Karma Girl Christmas

Quickie Review: A Karma Girl Christmas A Karma Girl Christmas Author: Jennifer Estep  Release Date: Available now Bigtime Superheroes Series (Short Story) Genre: Paranormal Romance Format(s): e-book Book Source: Author About the book: It’s Christmas time in Bigtime, New York, but society reporter Carmen Cole isn’t in the mood to celebrate since her husband, Sam, has to go on a business trip and might not make it home for the holiday. But Carmen has plenty to keep her busy, since she moonlights as Karma Girl, a member of the Fearless Five superhero team.  >On Christmas Eve, Carmen, as Karma Girl, is assigned to guard toys, clothes, food, and more that are intended for needy children and their families. But an ubervillain also has his eye on the toys and plans to steal and then sell them to the highest bidder. Carmen will have to use all her empathic powers just to stay alive, not to mention make sure Christmas is a happy one for all the kids who are counting on her. It’s all in a night’s work for a superhero … Note: This is a 14,000-word story that takes place after the events of Jinx, the third book in the Bigtime series. It can also be read as a stand-alone holiday story. What G & U are talking about: A Karma Girl Christmas is a short story, as stated on the author’s website, from the Bigtime series.  Gikany and Una have not read this series, but it did not detract from the book at all.  It can definitely be read and enjoyed as a stand-alone story. This delightfully short and sweet story is a wonderful light-hearted read.  We enjoyed the characters and the fun little world that Ms. Estep has created.  It feels a little like Gotham but without all the dark fog and brooding people.  Karma Girl, for a superhero, feels so much like the girl next-door and the characters are quite charming in their own unique way.  Reading this short story was simply a fun little romp. Feel free to download A Karma Girl Christmas to read after you’ve set the tree up, and are looking to relax.  We suggest enjoying it in front of a fire with a steaming cup of tea (Una’s preference) or cocoa. At only $0.99, how can you go wrong? Their Rating: Enjoyed – strongly recommend (A-)         Books in the Series: Karma Girl (Bigtime superhero series, Book 1)  Hot Mama (Bigtime superhero series, Book...
Read More
Nov
23

Review: Bloodstone

Review: Bloodstone Bloodstone Author: Nancy Holzner  Release Date: Sept. 27, 2011 Publisher: ACE Fantasy Deadtown #3 ISBN: #978-0441021000 Genre: Urban Fantasy Format(s): Paperback (336 pgs), e-book Book Source: Publisher About the book:       Boston’s diverse South End is known for its architecture and great restaurants, not its body count. So when mutilated human corpses begin turning up in the area, the entire city takes notice. The killer—dubbed the South End Reaper—uses a curved blade for his grisly work. And even though there’s no real evidence pointing to a paranormal culprit, the deaths are straining the already-tense relations between Boston’s human and inhuman residents.       As the bodies pile up, Vicky, her formidable aunt Mab, and her werewolf boyfriend Kane investigate, only to find that the creature behind the carnage is after something much more than blood…. What I’m talking about:       Once again, demon-hunter Victory (Vicky) Vaughn, finds herself involved with the darker side of Boston’s paranormal scene. She has a day job – demon-slayer for hire, but it’s the extra-curricular hunting that’s putting her life – and those she loves – in danger.       Bloodstone takes place shortly after the conclusion of Hellforged (review HERE). Once again, Ms. Holzner does an amazing job of creating a stand-alone story within the context of a larger story arc. You don’t have to have read the earlier books to enjoy Bloodstone, but I highly recommend it because the stories are so good.       The story opens with Vicky just “doing her job” of killing off unwanted nuisance demons – this time a “7 deadly sins” demon has created too much sloth and gluttony in a gym. Ms. Holzner’s sense of humor shines here and for the duration the story.  Vicky has a snarky side – a dry wit that made me smile several times.       After completing her job, Vicky and her werewolf boyfriend, Kane, visit Vicky’s “normal” sister and family in the suburbs. I really enjoyed the family dynamics in this scene, as well as throughout the book. Every interaction Vicky has with her sister Gwen, niece Maria and the mysterious Aunt Mab allows the reader to see more depth in our kick-ass heroine. We learn more about why Vicky’s sister gave up her paranormal powers and witness Gwen’s struggle watching her own daughter begin to develop shape-shifting abilities. In addition, Vicky’s relationship with Kane seems to have deepened and...
Read More
Nov
22

Review: Mountain Claiming

Review: Mountain Claiming Mountain Claiming Author: L. C. Dean  Release Date: July 2011 Publisher: Decadent Publishing 1 Night Stand Series Genre: GLBT, M/M Romance Format(s): e-book Book Source: Publisher/Author About the book: When Madame Eve and her 1 Night Stand offer a chance at escape, Daniel Long drops the yoke of submission and runs to the Castillo Resort, Grand Turk and the hope of a future without repression. Everything on the island steals his breath including the gorgeous hotel owner, Jagger Castillo. Daniel quickly discovers he’s out of bondage and way out of his comfort zone. Jagger isn’t expecting the gift Madame Eve drops on his doorstep, but once he realizes how precious the present is, he won’t let go without a fight. The only question is, can he claim Daniel before the night slips away and cheats them both of paradise. What B is talking about: Shy, haunted Daniel Long knows he doesn’t fit in among the happy guests at the Castillo Resort, but the lure of escape and possibility offered by the mysterious Madame Eve was just too hard to resist. His one hope is that a 1 Night Stand may be the very thing he needs to begin a whole new life. Jagger Castillo loves his life in a resort by the sea, but has given up on the idea of his own happily ever after. One look at Daniel, though, and his opinion is decidedly altered. If only he could break through the wall the beautiful mountain of a man is hiding behind and discover the desires he keeps so well hidden. Mountain Claiming is a quick, easy-to-read short, with a big story to tell. Dean packs a lot of emotional tension in a relatively few pages. Daniel is easy to fall in love with and he and Jagger are wonderful together as they try to find their way to true happiness.  The idea of having only one night to forever change the course of a life and find true love guarantees that there’s little time for potentially burdensome details, but in this case I’d have happily read any additional particulars Dean might have offered. There seems to be so much more to these two characters than can be explored in such a short tale, but, as Jagger so neatly puts it, “Dusk to dawn is not much time for a fresh start, so quit worrying about me and get on with discovering what gives you joy.” Dean...
Read More
Page 137 of 150« First...102030...135136137138139...150...Last »
logo
Powered by WordPress | Designed by Elegant Themes