Loved it!! I can always count on a Molly Harper book to make me laugh, especially with her cheeky dialogue. I rarely read vampires and shape-shifter b...more Loved it!! I can always count on a Molly Harper book to make me laugh, especially with her cheeky dialogue. I rarely read vampires and shape-shifter books, but her books will always be among my exceptions.
Tina, aka Anna Moder, has been on the run from an abusive ex-husband for several years now, changing identities often. After she rescues Caleb from a attack, they end up on a road trip through Alaska. They both have a lot of secrets, as well as deep trust issues.
This was such a fun read! The road trip opened up a lot of fun scenarios, from strip bars to seedy motels. Caleb's efforts at hiding his 'werewolf' identity was pretty funny at times too. And it was my kind of sexy steamy. Loved Caleb!
It can be read as a stand-alone, but I would recommend starting from the beginning of this series. They are all super fun books, and there are some overlapping characters.
I listened to this one on audio, and the narrator was fantastic.
This was a cute, flirty, and humorous vampire-lite romance. The career-challenged Miranda Puckett must drive the gorgeous but seriously uptight vampir...moreThis was a cute, flirty, and humorous vampire-lite romance. The career-challenged Miranda Puckett must drive the gorgeous but seriously uptight vampire Collin Sutherland across country to deliver a secret and valuable package. Mishap after mishap ensues! Imagine 'Trains, Planes and Automobiles', but instead with the romantic duo who at first didn't care much for each other. This one made me laugh.
I listened to this one on audio, but I'd recommend you just read it. I enjoy Molly Harper's writing voice, and the story delivered. But I didn't enjoy the audio-book narrators voice nearly as much. The male voice for Collin drove me nuts, he sounded like a dork and not a hot sexy vampire. The rest of the narration was excellent though, I thought her 'Miranda' was well done. (less)
WOW, LOVED IT! This may be the BEST PNR debut book of 2012. The story grabbed me from the gitgo and never let up. What a fun, sexy hot book! I can’t...more WOW, LOVED IT! This may be the BEST PNR debut book of 2012. The story grabbed me from the gitgo and never let up. What a fun, sexy hot book! I can’t wait for more of this series. It was PURE ROMANCE CANDY, and I devoured it!! If you like your PNR books HOT and have a thing for warrior highlanders, this one is for you. I haven’t been this excited for a new series in a long, long time.
The Darkest Day is a debut PNR set in a world where immortal creatures rule earth and other realms. Mortals are all extinct (so they believe), but many immortals still have traces of mortal blood in them.
Two immortal Scottish highlander clans have been feuding for centuries, but a curse by one clan meant to bring down their worst foe may actually be their own undoing.
After killing the Chief of the Campbell clan in revenge for killing his father, Kelvin Kerr has been searching 25-years for the missing heir to the Campbell throne. Hidden away and protected by a magical spell, Izel Campbell is not only the last mortal alive on earth – she is the missing leader of the Campbell clan.
Surprised to find Izel is female – and human! – Kelvin cannot simply kill the lass. With matters complicated and her protection spell broken, they journey to his Castle in order to hide her away. Kelvin cannot believe the human enemy before him is his fated mate, and the drive to have her wars with his need to do right by his clan.
Izel and Kelvin made a GREAT pair. Their banter was pitch perfect and hilarious at times, and they smoked up the pages! Izel’s protection spell kept her human emotions at bay, but now that the spell is broken she finds herself struggling with a plethora of new feelings. She is naïve in some ways, yet incredibly intelligent where it matters.
“What? You don’t like me talking of other men?” She traced a finger between her breasts. “Does the thought of them touching me—”
“Woman! You’ll mind your mouth, else I’ll make ya regret those words.” He was breathing hard. His muscled chest heaved. She was literally jabbing at a sleeping beast. A wiser person would stop, but nothing about him made her want to be wise.
“Make me regret my words, huh?” Pursing her lips, she looked him in the eye. “That’s pretty big talk, coming from a man who never follows through with his threats.”
He growled and clasped her nape in his large palm. Only a knee-high wall of porcelain separated them. The water swished along the bottom of her knees. Kelvin yanked her face inches from his. “You goad me on purpose.” He wrapped her hair around his fist, his snarling lips hovering over hers. “Human, you have no idea what you’ve awakened.”
What makes this such a great debut novel it that it does not suffer from the dreaded ‘first book-itis’. Thankfully, there is no endless info dumping nor long introductions to characters for future books. Instead we get enough world building to understand Kelvin and Inez’s story, the many great secondary characters we meet along the way are all relevant to this story, and we get several great teaser sub-stories on other characters to peak our interest for more.
OMG, there are a few secondary characters in this book that I can’t wait to read more about. It is clear there is more going on in this world than we will see in just this book, and other characters are certainly having their story unfold but we will not know more until their books are written. I get the feeling many of the future books will over-lap a bit with this one. It was great balance for a debut book, the author did a great job setting up the series without over doing it.
In summary, imagine taking the mega-hot uber alpha highlanders from Karen Monings’ Highlander series then dumping them in a mad PNR world similar to Kresley Cole’s IAD series, and then toss in a lot more crazy magical being, more hot highlander warriors, and pit them against Immortal clans who have been feuding for over one-thousand years, and you have an idea of what to expect in THE DARKEST DAY.
I highly recommend it to all PNR fans who like their books hot, sexy, alpha, and laced with some good dark humor.
This ended up being a great little urban fantasy thriller tale of good vs. evil set in an old dark and mysterious little town in the Montana mountains...moreThis ended up being a great little urban fantasy thriller tale of good vs. evil set in an old dark and mysterious little town in the Montana mountains. It had some fantastic world building, great writing, and some very interesting characters, but don't expect a steamy romance. At least not yet. This story read more like a prequel, so I hope there is more to come!
Something is not right in the small town Nathan calls home. A former minister who believes God is to blame for his woes, he is still mourning the tragic and sudden loss of his dead wife and unborn child a few years ago. But today he is experiencing strange phenomenons and occurrences wherever he goes. Swarms of crows are showing up everywhere, plus other odd occurrences and strange behavior among the town folks.
Trying to make sense of what is happening to the town, he finds himself at the center of it all. Unbeknown to him, he was born a nephilim -- a son of a fallen angel.
In the midst of the chaos raining on the small town are two opposite women pulling for his attention. There is Rachel, a sweet innocent single lady who bakes and would make the perfect wife for Nathan. And then there is Eva, a mysterious beauty who rides a motorcycle, dresses in black leather, and makes Nathan desire her like he's never desired another woman.
As I said earlier, this particular story is not a romance. It's more of a prequel, so I sure hope there is more to come. I tried to find more info on the authors web site, but I couldn't find anything. This may be a stand-alone book, who knows.
If the series continues, and I hope it does, there is a strong potential of this UF thriller/mystery turning into steamy romance. Nathan and Eva are meant to be together, they are soul mates from the same dark world so their story could still be told. I do hope the author writes more of this series as she created a fascinating urban fantasy dark world that I'd love to explore further.
Warning: This book will make you squirm, laugh, vomit, gasp, swoon, and bang your head on hard objects.
3.5 stars. A campy, nutty, off-the-wall blood-l...moreWarning: This book will make you squirm, laugh, vomit, gasp, swoon, and bang your head on hard objects.
3.5 stars. A campy, nutty, off-the-wall blood-lite vampire romance not recommended for the serious PNR lovers or those with delicate sensibilities.
I almost DNFd this one a half dozen times, but something about Ephraim and the weirdness of the story kept me reading. It was full of absurd plotting, a motley crew of nutty characters, all mixed with some off-the-wall world building. WTFery on nearly every page. At times it was so disturbingly weird (and not always in a funny ha-ha kind of way), but I found myself fascinated all the same so I couldn't stop reading it. Parts of it were hilarious, and other parts were hot, but the vast majority of it was just off-the-wall. I shake my head asking myself "what the F did I just read?!" It was soooooo over-the-top.
And no, I don't know if I will read more of this series. For now, this book was quite enough. Glad I read it, but it will be a long while before I will be in the mood for more. It was like riding a roller coaster with no seat belt, and trying with all my might to stay in my seat. (less)
2.5 stars. A light quirky mystery story, but completely mislabeled as a romance. Glad this was free. The heroine mentions she has the hots for her bos...more2.5 stars. A light quirky mystery story, but completely mislabeled as a romance. Glad this was free. The heroine mentions she has the hots for her boss, and he might share her interest, but that is as far as the romance went. The story is a comedy romp without much laughs, centered around the heroine dog sitting while a stalker is out to get her. A talking dog saves the day. I will say the author gave this one a clever ending, I didn't see that coming. (less)
Started great, but slowed to a point I started to lose interest. Skimmed the last half, ending a bit predictable. I loved the concept of a shapeshifte...moreStarted great, but slowed to a point I started to lose interest. Skimmed the last half, ending a bit predictable. I loved the concept of a shapeshifter dragon in Nashville, but it read more like a rom suspence and not a PNR. Likable characters, some nice heated love scenes, but otherwise just OK.(less)
This short story made me want to read Firelight over again! I read Firelight last month and it stayed fresh in my memory, but reading Ember has brough...moreThis short story made me want to read Firelight over again! I read Firelight last month and it stayed fresh in my memory, but reading Ember has brought that book back to life for me. It was so good.
Ember's time line take place between the prologue and chapter 1 of Firelight. While not necessary to read prior to Firelight, it will give readers a better understanding of how Miranda ended up in the situation she did, and explain how Archer has struggled with his curse and ailment.
Ember also gives readers a deeper understanding of what connects Miranda and Archer, and you will learn more about her powers and why Archer is desperate to become whole once again. Some of these aspects did not get explained well until later in the book Firelight, but I still enjoyed it greatly. You may want to consider this before deciding which to read first, as there really isn't a must read order.
I thought of Ember as a great 'deleted scenes' addition to the series, and just like a movie I find them most fun to watch after the movie and not before. In Ember, Archer and Miranda's story is told back and forth in snippets, so we see what both are doing while separated over a few years. (Pay attention to Archer's time line as most of it takes place two years later then Miranda's).
The ebook did end at the 73% mark, and the rest of it was snippets from Firelight and the upcoming Moonlight. It was a great short read, not required to read Firelight, but still recommended if you enjoy that book.
ETA: The page count for this book is approx 50-60 pages only, so if you really want to include it while reading Firelight it won't add too much to your reading. Since this story takes place after the prologue and before chapter 1 (during a three year separation), that may be the ideal time to read it.
So you may want to know if Ember was a romance, and more so was it steamy? The answer is YES, and there is some good steam in this one for such a short story! I'm not going to spoil the 'how', but let me say it does help explain the deep connection between Miranda and Archer.
Lastly, I can't end this review without commenting on the author. Kristen Callihan's writing is on a level you just don't see from most first time published authors. I love the story and characters she created, but it is how she brings them to life with her words that makes this series stand out. As I mentioned in my review of Firelight, I have no doubt this author will have many fans, and soon. (less)
Call me a sucker for a book with hot naked guy on the cover, but in truth you never really know what’s going to be inside do you? Especially when it’s...moreCall me a sucker for a book with hot naked guy on the cover, but in truth you never really know what’s going to be inside do you? Especially when it’s a freebie book.
3.5 stars. The NightMan was an interesting tale about a werewolf, Adriel, longing for his human true love, Caitlen, who is held captive to a family curse enchanted centuries ago by the evil vampire Dorian. Dorian is obsessed with having Caitlen as his own, but she is protected by an enchanted necklace that keeps him from defiling her. While she cannot leave him, as long as she wears the necklace he cannot take her virginity. So until Dorian can find a way to remove the necklace, touching and tasting her will only make him violently ill. To make matters more complicated, Adriel works for Dorian as his personal guard, and is sworn to protect him because of his own family curse.
This was an enjoyable PNR read with some great world building and characters. I enjoyed the premise of this one quite a bit, and found it a great tale of good vs evil. The author created a solid and complex world for a novella length book, and I would be interested in more stories based on her world building. It even had a nice bit of sexy written in, which I always appreciate. The heat level was a nice steamy-warm kind of read.
Unfortunately for me, this story is largely told from the author's point-of-view and not through the characters. In other words, it is mostly written in a passive voice, not an active voice. I much, much, much prefer stories that SHOW ME and not just TELL ME what people are thinking, feeling, doing…etc. Comparatively, very little of the story is told from the characters directly. The dialogue is too sparse, which is a shame as the world building and characters made me want to know so much more. So despite the writing voice issue, I still recommend the book to anyone that is a big fan of vampire/werewolf PNR books. The author clearly has a great writing skill with words, so I hope her future books are told more from her characters point of view and not just her own. (less)