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Review: What A Goddess Wants

Review: What A Goddess Wants What A Goddess Wants Author: Stephanie Julian  Release Date: July 1, 2011 Publisher: Sourcebooks Forgotten Goddesses #1 ISBN: #978-1402251474 Genre: Paranormal Romance, Erotic Format(s): Paperback, e-book I received a copy of this book from the PUBLISHER for the purposes of an honest review. From the author’s website:      IN HIS ARMS, HER MAGIC POWERS ARE ON THE RISE…      Tessa, Etruscan Goddess of the Dawn, is losing her powers and now there’s an Underworld god determined to run her down. She needs a hero and fast, because only sexual energy can give her power. So she seeks out Caligo, whose sexual prowess is legendary…      AND SHE’S THE ONLY ONE WHO CAN BRING HIM INTO THE LIGHT…      Caligo is a fabled Cimmerian warrior determined to stay away from spoiled goddesses who trample hearts after they’ve had their fun. But there’s something irresistibly hot and inviting about Tessa and he knows he’s her only change to escape the encroaching darkness… What I’m talking about:      What a Goddess Wants opens with minor goddess, Tessa, in a dream state, running from her life from a powerful god, Charun, who is trapped in the underworld and wants to consume Tessa for her powers. Tessa cannot get help from the parent gods because they have closed themselves off in their own “home plane” of existence and have been unreachable for centuries. This leaves Tessa to seek out her own protector.  When a trusted friend suggests Cal (Caligo), Tessa finds herself at his doorstep, exhausted and close to being captured.      The chemistry between Cal and Tessa heats up the pages of this book to the point I thought the pages would burn up in my hands! Their attraction is immediate, each finding something in the other that has been lacking in their lives. Cal, like all Cimmerian warriors cannot feel any pain and is impervious to heat and cold. When he touches Tessa, her body heat seeps into Cal’s body and soul, leaving him craving for more. Tessa on the other hand has spent several lifetimes playing and having fun with many beautiful men. With Cal, she not only finds pleasure, but a man who genuinely cares for her well-being. And, as the two grow closer, they discover that their mutual desire is regenerating Tessa’s once-faded powers.      What a Goddess Wants kicks off a new series about Forgotten Goddesses. I enjoyed the new (to...
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Jun
28

Review: Deeper Than Midnight

Review: Deeper Than Midnight Deeper Than Midnight Author: Lara Adrian  Release Date: June 28, 2011 Publisher: Bantam Dell Midnight Breeds #9 ISBN: #978-0440246114 Genre: Paranormal Romance Format(s): Paperback (416 pgs), e-book   I received a copy of this book from the author for the purposes of an honest review. From the author’s website:      At eighteen, Corinne Bishop was a beautiful, spirited young woman living a life of privilege as the adopted daughter of a wealthy family. Her world was changed in an instant when she was stolen away and held prisoner by the malevolent vampire Dragos. After many years of captivity and torment, Corinne is rescued by the Order, a cadre of vampire warriors embroiled in a war against Dragos and his followers. Her innocence taken, Corinne has lost a piece of her heart as well–the one thing that gave her hope during her imprisonment, and the only thing that matters to her now that she is free.      Assigned to safeguard Corinne on her trip home is a formidable golden-eyed Breed male called Hunter. Once Dragos’s most deadly assassin, Hunter now works for the Order, and he’s hell-bent on making Dragos pay for his manifold sins. Bonded to Corinne by their mutual desire, Hunter will have to decide how far he’ll go to end Dragos’s reign of evil–even if carrying out his mission means shattering Corinne’s tender heart. What I’m talking about:      Taking place immediately after book 8 of the series (Taken By Midnight, review HERE), Deeper Than Midnight opens with a bang as the newest Order initiate (and former GenOne Assassin for Order nemesis, Draco), Hunter, and former Breed Enforcer, Sterling Chase, enter a seed Enforcement establishment and end up in an all-out brawl. They are searching for leaks in the system that lead to the deaths of a prominent Breed family.      For those not familiar with Lara Adrian’s Midnight Breed Series, I  suggest you go back to the beginning (or at least of few books) to get the back ground of her world. The Breeds are “vampire-like” males descended from alien beings that landed on Earth long ago. They live undetected and in secret among humans.  The series follows the adventures of the Order – a group of warriors that protect the Breed society, whether they want it or not.      Deeper Than Midnight features the romantic coupling of Corinne and Hunter. She was held prisoner by the evil Draco for 75...
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Jun
21

ARC Review: Taken By Fire

ARC Review: Taken By Fire Taken By Fire Author: Sydney Croft  Release Date: June 28, 2011 Publisher: Bantam Dell ACRO Series #6 (final book) ISBN: #978-0385342292 Genre: Paranormal Romance, Erotica Format(s): Paperback (304 pgs), e-book   I received a copy of this book from the author for the purposes of an honest review. From the author’s website: HIS MISSION WAS TO TAKE HER OUT. BUT DESIRE GOT IN THE WAY.      A product of genetic manipulation, Melanie Milan shares a body with her malevolent sister Phoebe. A sleek, blonde predator with a heart of pure darkness, Phoebe puts their body through the wicked underbelly of sex for thrills—when she’s not igniting her pyrokinetic skills for an evil organization bent on taking over the world. Melanie rarely gets out to play—much less fall in love. But that changes when rival ACRO agent Stryker Wills shows up, with a mission to take out the woman who torched his partner.      An operative with rare abilities, Stryker soon realizes that the woman he’s about to kill isn’t the murderous fire starter he’s hunting. But he does want her. Melanie, with the power to ice anything in her path, is heating things up in ways that are setting his blood on fire. As long as Melanie stays in control, she is his best ally to bring down her sister and stop hellish havoc from being unleashed. Walking a tightrope of longing and hate, Stryker and Melanie begin to understand that true power lies in sweet surrender to each other, to the fire between them, to the erotic adventure that’s joined their hearts and abilities to become their salvation—and perhaps the world’s. What I’m talking about:      WARNING: This is the sixth and final book from the ACRO Series by Sydney Croft (Larissa Ione and Stephanie Tyler). Although you could read this book as a stand alone… please don’t. This series is so worth a read – it’s only 6 books! (You can read more about the entire series HERE.)  Taken By Fire is the PERFECT series finally and you would miss out on so much if you read only this book.  With that in mind, this review contains SPOILERS from the first 5 books, so move forward at your own risk!      Taken By Fire takes place less than a year after the dramatic conclusion of the previous book, Tempting The Fire, when ACRO agent Stryker witnessed ITOR (bad guys) agent Phoebe kill his...
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Jun
10

Review: For Heaven’s Eyes Only

Review: For Heaven’s Eyes Only For Heaven’s Eyes Only Author: Simon R. Green Release Date: 7 June 2011 Publisher: Roc Hardcover Secret Histories Series #5 ISBN: #978-0451463951 Genre: Urban Fantasy Format(s): Hardcover (384 pages), e-book We received a copy of this book from the PUBLISHER for the purposes of an honest review.   From the author’s website: The fifth and possible penultimate book in the Secret History’s series.   After the murder of the Drood Matriarch, the family finds itself vulnerable to evil. This time, it’s a Satanic Conspiracy that could throw humanity directly into the clutches of the Biggest of the Bads.   What Gikany & Una are talking about:       We must preface our review by saying that we have not read the series. Gikany and Una have jumped into book five, For Heaven’s Eyes Only without trying to read the previous novels. (See, we are working on our OCD) We can’t wait to read the previous novels in the Secret History’s Series.          From the start of For Heaven’s Eyes Only, you have the sense that the author loves a good cliffhanger. Just based on the beginning of this book, the last book must have been a doozie. This is the first book we’ve ever read where the main character starts off dead. Oh, yes, dead…not a ghost, not some out of body experience, no, he was dead, just like the parrot in Monty Python (for those that don’t get the joke, check this Youtube link for Monty Python Parrot sketch). Gikany has to admit, even though it didn’t really have any bearing on this novel’s plot (however, it may prove to be important in later novels) it is a dramatic way to start a book. Una, at first glance, noticed the allusion to the James Bond series (you must check out the book titles on the author’s site for this series – see html link above) and hoped it would be a witty and lighthearted book.        Una and Gikany were not disappointed. We found For Heaven’s Eyes Only to be a very enjoyable read, even for jumping into the middle of the series. The banter is very witty and the book flows very well. We both found it to be (when Una could sit down without a sick child screaming) engrossing and a quick read. We now have to go out and purchase the rest of the books in this series because...
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Jun
8

Review: Vampire In Atlantis

Review: Vampire In Atlantis Vampire In Atlantis Author: Alyssa Day  Release Date: June 7, 2011 Publisher: Berkley Sensation Warriors of Poseidon #7 ISBN: #978-0425241790 Genre: Paranormal Romance Format(s): paperback (336 pgs), e-book I received a copy of this book from the PUBLISHER for the purposes of an honest review. From the author’s website: The most unexpected of all allies to Poseidon’s warriors has proven to be the fiercest—Daniel, a vampire and Night Guild mage. But even the strongest alliance can be destroyed when an 11,000 year-old desire is reborn… A vampire’s oath, a maiden’s quest… Daniel, vampire and ally of the Warriors of Poseidon, has fought on the side of humanity—even against his fellow creatures of the night—for more than 11,000 years.  But the crushing weight of futility and the reality of always being starkly, utterly alone has forced him to finally give into despair. He took the first step into the sunlight that would destroy him—and instead walked into Atlantis. And the blackest of magic that could consume them both… Eleven thousand years ago, Serai was one of a group who agreed to be placed into magical stasis to ensure the future of the Atlantean race. When a dark sorceress steals the gemstone that protects her sleeping sisters, she awakens to a vastly changed world—and the one man she could never, ever forget. And with an ancient evil tracking their every step, the long-lost lovers must battle both the darkest of magic and the treacheries of their own hearts. What I’m talking about: After leaving the country and main story-arc for the previous book, Atlantis Betrayed, we find our way back to Atlantis and the US. Last we saw the vampire known as Daniel, he had taken over as Primator, Ruler of the Primus, the third house of the US Congress.  In Ms. Day’s world, vampires and shifters revealed themselves to humans roughly ten years ago and are slowing taking over life as we know it. A small band of human rebels have aligned themselves with “good” shifters, vamps and the Atlanteans to protect humans from the evil. At the beginning of Vampire in Atlantis, Daniel decides to give it all up and end his life with the true death, being burned by the sun. As he awaits the first rays to hit his skin, he is pulled into a magic portal, arriving in Atlantis at the feet of his thought-to-be-long dead true love (we are talking 11,000 years “dead”). The two...
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Jun
1

Review: Heart of the Highland Wolf

Review: Heart of the Highland Wolf Heart of the Highland Wolf Author: Terry Spear  Release Date: June 1, 2011 Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca Werewolf series, Book 7 ISBN: #978-1402245527 Genre: Paranormal Romance Format(s): paperback (416 pgs) ebook         I received a copy of this book from the PUBLISHER for the purposes of an honest review. From the author’s website:       Ian McNeill, laird of Argent Castle finds his capital squandered through unwise investments and the wolf clan’s home that has been theirs for centuries is in danger of being forfeit for nonpayment of taxes. When a movie producer contacts him with the notion of using his castle to produce a movie, Ian abhors the idea, but it’s his only salvation. Even worse, his people become extras in this epic Highland movie. But when one American werewolf romance author, Julia Wildthorn, slips into the castle under the guise of being with the movie company, except she is trying to jumpstart her muse with writing a book set in old-world Scotland–specifically about his castle and his people as the characters in her newest book venture–she and Ian tangle. What B is talking about:       Despite her Scottish roots, Julia MacPherson has been building a successful career in America as a writer of werewolf romance novels under the penname “Julia Wildthorn,” and with little wonder. She herself is a lupus garou: a werewolf. Unfortunately, she’s got a novel due but is having a nasty case of writer’s block. So, when her friend Maria heads to a genuine Scottish castle as part of a movie production crew, Julia tags along for inspiration. It should be easy, except that the very same castle holds a family secret: one she’s been ordered by her grandfather to steal and return.       Ian McNeill has given up on finding a mate after the disastrous first attempt he made long ago. Instead, he now devotes himself fully to his responsibilities as laird of his clan, a task that’s become increasingly difficult since an investment scheme left the clan nearly bankrupt. When an American film crew negotiates to use his estate as the location for their movie, he knows he has no choice for the sake of his people but to accept their offer. But he doesn’t have to like it. He intends to fight them all the way, until a beautiful redheaded American changes his mind.       Having read a lot of novels with Weres/shifters of varying sorts, I was prepared for a fairly predictable...
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May
25

Review: Magic Slays

Review: Magic Slays Magic Slays Author: Ilona Andrews Release Date: May 31, 2011 Publisher: Ace Kate Daniels Book #5 ISBN: #978-0441020423 Genre: Urban Fantasy Format(s): paperback (320 pgs), e-book I received a copy of this book from the PUBLISHER for the purposes of an honest review. From the author’s website:      Plagued by a war between magic and technology, Atlanta has never been so deadly. Good thing Kate Daniels is on the job.      Kate Daniels may have quit the Order of Merciful Aid, but she’s still knee-deep in paranormal problems. Or she would be if she could get someone to hire her. Starting her own business has been more challenging than she thought it would be—now that the Order is disparaging her good name, and many potential clients are afraid of getting on the bad side of the Beast Lord, who just happens to be Kate’s mate.      So when Atlanta’s premier Master of the Dead calls to ask for help with a vampire on the loose, Kate leaps at the chance of some paying work. Turns out this is not an isolated incident, and Kate needs to get to the bottom of it—fast, or the city and everyone dear to her might pay the ultimate price . . . What I’m talking about:      The fifth Kate Daniels book opens with Kate and Curran in post-mating bliss, being as domestic as one of the most powerful magic wielders and the Beast Lord of Atlanta can be. Taking place shortly after the end of the fourth story, Magic Bleeds (review HERE), we find Kate trying to make a go of her new business. Kate’s best friend Andrea comes home (she took off after the climax of the fourth book), and her “ward” Julie has run away from school, again. Kate is learning her place as the alpha female and Curran’s consort, and things seem to be going okay. And that’s about as calm as it gets in this book. Right away, things go crazy. It starts with a renegade vampire that threatens innocents and doesn’t slow down until you close the book after the last page.      WOW – I cannot tell you how much I LOVE this series! Each book just gets better than the last. And I want to stress to you that if you have not picked up the Kate Daniels Series, you really need to add it to your TBR list –...
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May
23

Review: Kiss of Snow

Review: Kiss of Snow Kiss of Snow Author: Nalini Singh Release Date: May 31, 2011 Publisher: Berkley Sensation Psy-Changeling #10 ISBN: #978-0425242094 Genre: paranormal romance Format(s): Hardcover (432 pgs), e-book        I received an ARC copy of this book from the PUBLISHER for the purposes of an honest review. From the author’s website:      Since the moment of her defection from the PsyNet and into the SnowDancer wolf pack, Sienna Lauren has had one weakness. Hawke. Alpha and dangerous, he compels her to madness.      Hawke is used to walking alone, having lost the woman who would’ve been his mate long ago. But Sienna fascinates the primal heart of him, even as he tells himself she is far too young to handle the wild fury of the wolf.      Then Sienna changes the rules and suddenly, there is no more distance, only the most intimate of battles between two people who were never meant to meet. Yet as they strip away each other’s secrets in a storm of raw emotion, they must also ready themselves for a far more vicious fight…      A deadly enemy is out to destroy SnowDancer, striking at everything they hold dear, but it is Sienna’s darkest secret that may yet savage the pack that is her home…and the alpha who is its heartbeat…. What I’m talking about:      For those fans of the amazing Psy-Changeling series, who like me, have been waiting for this book for a couple of years now… the wait is over and Hawke’s book is finally here. I am going to say right up front that this series is my absolute favorite out there, and I highly recommend to anyone that has not yet picked it up to do so. But PLEASE start at the beginning, and not with this book. This book is so special and amazing because of the emotionally investment in Ms. Singh’s characters and the time spent wrapped up in their world and events. For reading order and more information on this series, visit Nalini’s website HERE.      Kiss of Snow begins where the previous novel, Play of Passion ends (my review HERE). Like the previous book, the primary setting for this story are the territories and home of the Changeling wolf-pack, the SnowDancers. This story focuses on the pack alpha (leader), Hawke, and the young Psy packmate, Sienna. Sienna and her family defected from the Psynet and faked their own deaths...
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May
10

What Makes a Story a 5-Star Book?

What Makes a Story a 5-Star Book? Earlier today, I sent my friends/blogging partners a copy of an upcoming review. At the end, I noted it would either be a 4.5- or 5-Star rating. Una replied back and asked me  What is making you, if you can tell me without spoiling the novel, shift between 5 and 4.5? That got me thinking about how I rate books and what makes a story so special that I give it 5 Stars.  First of all, if you haven’t checked out my rating scale, please do HERE.  I tie my star “number” values to “letter grades,” and a brief description of what the rating means to me. My scale is a bit shifted compared to a lot of others. To me, an average book is a 2.5, not a 3. An absolute wonderful book gets a rating of 4.5 Stars – which is an A.  A 5-Star rating is reserved for only the creme-de-la-creme… it’s an A+.  I don’t give them out very often. Within each rating step (i.e. 3.5, 4, 4.5) there is variable. For example, not all 3.5-Star books are equal in my eyes.  Using this example, let’s look at a couple of books I’ve reviewed and given a rating of 3.5 Stars: Liked it a lot – recommend (B+).  The books I’ve selected are The Darkest Secret by Gena Showalter and I Dream of Genies by Judi Fennell.  I did enjoy both books. Gena’s book is the seventh novel in one of my favorite series. Judi’s book is the first in a brand new series. Gena’s books are dark and full of sexual hunger and erotic energy. Judi’s book was light and fun.  Both technically Paranormal Romance.   In the case of Gena’s book, I took a look at the book on its own, but also within the context of the series. It was a good book and a must read because I adore the series, but it wasn’t one of the better books from the series. In my mind, it probably started as a 4, but worked down to a 3.5. I definitely recommend it to other readers, but primarily those that have already started the series. With I Dream of Genies, I’ve never read any of Judi’s prior work, and had nothing similar with which to compare it.  It started slow, but ended up catching my eye.  It was a 3, but moved up to a 3.5 as the story developed. I felt since it was new...
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May
5

Review: Awaken The Highland Warrior

Review: Awaken The Highland Warrior Awaken The Highland Warrior Author: Anita Clenney  Release Date: May 1, 2011 Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca Highland Warrior Series # 1 ISBN: #978-1402251238 Genre: Paranormal Romance Format(s): Paperback I received a copy of this book from the PUBLISHER for the purposes of an honest review. From the author’s website: He’s had centuries to dream of her… Mis-adventurous historian Bree Kirkland discovers a one hundred fifty year old warrior buried in a crypt behind her house. But Faelan, the warrior, isn’t dead. When this chauvinistic Scottish Warrior awakes, he has no choice but accept the help of this modern-day woman who’s rescued him, but she’s more fearsome than the demon trying to kill him. If he’s not careful, she’ll uncover every secret his clan has bled and died to protect.  What B is talking about:      Bree Kirkland is a born adventurer specializing in collecting Civil War artifacts who has just inherited her family estate. The house currently has an archaeological dig going on in the yard, and borders a cemetery and crypt, but the history and unsolved mysteries it holds make it perfect for Bree. When she uncovers a 177-year-old Highland warrior in the crypt, she does what any strong-willed woman would do: she takes him in and feeds him, of course. That he’s been frozen in time for 150 of those years, and is gorgeous (and in a kilt!) is just a bonus.      Faelan Connor was single-handedly trying to defeat the demon he was assigned to lock away in a “time vault” when he was betrayed, ambushed, and locked in the vault himself. Now he’s resuming his quest with a woman he can’t resist, but doesn’t fully trust. He’s got quite a learning curve to contend with, along with the grief of losing his family so suddenly, and Bree’s self-sufficiency completely baffles him. Faelan, for all he’s going through, is an entertaining hero. He second-guesses himself throughout the novel, especially where Bree is concerned, and some of his realizations while he’s coming to terms with the modern world are just funny.      I think with any sort of anachronistic tale, there are certain factors that remain constant, regardless of the author or purpose. More specifically, the familiar “fish-out-of-water” theme, complete with “where am I?” bewilderment, necessary adjustments to a new environment, as well as how the hero comes to terms with the inherent loss of his or her present to the past. What distinguishes one...
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