Celia Wird and her three sisters are the product of a botched curse. They each have extraordinary “weird” powers that set them apart from both humanity and the supernatural.
Celia’s advanced strength and agility gained by her ability to shift into a tiger makes her the perfect weapon to use against the threat facing the supernatural world as a whole – the Tribe. The Tribe are a mix of witches, shapeshifters, vampires, and assorted demons led by hideous demonic Tribesmasters and they seem to be after Celia in particular. Celia is no punk though and neither are her friends: there’s a powerful vampire named Misha, a sexy band of werewolves, and the sisters Wird. Together they must find a way to not only keep Celia safe from the growing number of Tribe attacks, but save the world once the Tribe becomes desperate enough to resurrect the darkest of forces.
Cursed by Destiny by Cecy Robson is one of the most gruesome, action packed, hilarious, sexy novels I’ve ever read. It takes you from gasping in fear to cringing in disgust to fanning yourself in mere pages. What’s more, the transition is smooth and subtle, not awkward like you would think. The raw Urban Fantasy elements mix nicely with the spatterings of Paranormal Romance to mark an example of just how perfect genre mixing can be.
Behold the awesomeness for yourself:
“Why the hell do you smell like evil’s nut sack?”
“I couldn’t help but chuckle. The supernatural world was a twisted laugh riot, doubly dipped in a gravy boat full of crazy.”
“The last thing Nicaragua needed was a bunch of blood-ravaging limbless vampires crawling around.”
This is my one spoiler-free complaint: I hate that Misha is such a raving man-whore. How have his manly bits not fallen off due to the morphing of every STD known to man into one mega-unstoppable STD that prostitutes only talk about at camp fires while roasting marshmallows? I like the guy – he’s a well-rounded character with a good heart and some serious mojo – but he’s ruined by his inability to keep it in his pants. I haven’t read the other books in this series, so it may be that you become desensitized to his roaming genitals, but I’m not and I hated it. If it weren’t for this hideous romantic trope, Cursed by Destiny would receive a solid 5 stars. When I say this book knocked my socks off, I mean it threw me into a brick wall of awesomeness and my socks couldn’t stand the impact.
SPOILERS BELOW!!!!!! (and an explanation of why the score dropped so drastically)
(view spoiler)[But then why, you may ask, did it only receive 3 stars? It’s because of the star deducted for Misha and an entire star deducted due to the last bit of the book for two reasons:
1) Aric is hurt from the Final Fight. Bad. And he isn’t healing. He’s missing an eye, bits of ears, and complete layers of skin. His fingertips are so jacked up that they leave marks on Celia. He mentions that his manly bits are just as scarred and burned. What does Celia do to reassure him that she still loves him even though he looks like Freddy Krueger? She tries to bone him DAYS after the accident. That’s raw, exposed flesh she’s trying to straddle. Ew. Ew. Ew. His mouth muscles don’t even work so how is THAT supposed to work?
2) The big reveal was horrible. Throughout the novel, the mystery has been: Who’s sending the Tribesmen after Celia? Who is leaking secrets to hell? Will we ever find out?? Yes, yes we will in the most anti-climactic and cheap way possible. The villain walks up to the front door and TELLS CELIA THE ENTIRE PLAN! It was worse than a Bond villain’s soliloquy. It was so unsatisfying that it may have ruined my enjoyment of the first two thirds of the book and that’s saying something because I loved this book up until the end. (hide spoiler)]["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
Xan Marcelles isn’t your typical vampire. He has the big fangs and the big attitude, but he’s far from the sparkly, eternally young, vapid rich guy we...moreXan Marcelles isn’t your typical vampire. He has the big fangs and the big attitude, but he’s far from the sparkly, eternally young, vapid rich guy we’ve come to associate with blood-drinkers. Think Peter Steele before drugs started taking their toll.
In Traitors, the newest novella in the Crooked Fang series by Carrie Clevenger, Xan finds himself on a road trip to Texas to hunt down and dispatch a group of vampires. No questions asked. Along for the ride is Nin, the nesferata, and the strange but inevitable pull of their pseudo-relationship.
The other members of Crooked Fang are absent for this short as is, for the majority, Pale Rider itself. Instead we’re treated with watching Xan squirm under Nin’s flirtation and the burgeoning hope of happiness for our wayward vamp.
The action is light in Traitors with the main focus being Xan’s ties to an ancient vamp who still pulls his strings. The inevitable fight scene was much tamer than I expected but it concluded the story nicely. Xan had to come to terms with the fact that he’s no longer the complete Billy Badass he once was and that his time serving his bloodline is far from over.(less)
Grace is a woman scorned. Her Russian mobster ex-boyfriend kidnapped her son and has refused to let her see him in four years. A woman can only take so much before she reaches a breaking point, especially when that woman is the granddaughter of one of the most powerful witches to walk this earth. Grandma didn’t raise no fool, so Grace knows exactly what she’s doing when she summons Caspian, one of the Crown Princes of Hell. She refuses to take his word, forces him to sign the contract in blood, and even keeps from slapping the smug off his face when he names his price for helping her: in order to exact vengeance, Grace must sleep with Caspian. Problem is, Grace’s ex threatens to kill their son if she doesn’t get rid of her demonic lover in ten days. What’s a girl to do when she’s stuck between a rock and a hard demon?
The main focus of How to Lose a Demon in 10 Days by Saranna DeWylde is on Grace, Caspian, and their struggles to gain custody of Grace’s son. (Warning: if you’re cursed with Mommy Emotions, this whole plot arch is going to make you scream to the heavens in agony.) We also have the typical romance element of several other relationships developing throughout the main storyline that include a sadistic mob boss and the dead hookers who no longer love him, an undead evil witch and her lover, and Hades and his heart of tarnished gold, among others. Each one added to the flow of the story and the development of the characters, but their epilogue was a little too cute for me. Keep in mind: I laughed my sizable ass off with the demonic crabs went after a character’s nether regions, so I’m a dark and twisted mind. Just because cutesy isn’t my thing doesn’t mean it won’t be yours.
My one complaint—yes, just one! it’s a miracle!—is in the whole Vulcan Mind Meld thing. In the beginning (imagine me with a big, booming voice), Caspian could hear some of Grace’s thoughts because she “thought loud.” When this would have come in handy, he can’t hear a damn thing. It’s a tiny thing, really, but it made me throw imaginary popcorn at the screen in my mind and yell, “Oh no she didn’t! Girl, tell him how you feel!”
How to Lose a Demon in 10 Days is not your average romance. Sure, there’s a snarky heroine, an antihero, plenty of Big Bads, and some breath-taking love scenes, but don’t let that fool you. Underneath that glimmering sheen of romance lays a dirty, laugh-until-you-can’t-breathe novel full of tongue-swelling, sex-toy-killing, heart-stopping action that will change your religion. Be prepared for hot sex, multiple orgasms, forked tongues, grandmas who get more action than we do, and a love story that spans multiple planes of existence.
A few of my favorite passages: “Fine. I love you. Get me the hooker.” “Just because I’m female and you give great orgasms doesn’t mean I’m going to get all anime-eyed.”(less)
From the moment I finished the Negotiator series, I *had* to know about Janx and Daisani’s past. The love, betrayal, heartache, and hope were too much for me. With the release of The Old Races: Year of Miracles, I finally have my answers!
Sarah Hopkins is a daughter of the slaughterfields. She’s a hardworking woman not afraid to get her hands bloody. It’s a necessity to live alone on the outskirts of London. Produce or perish, that’s her life. It’s no wonder she’s hesitant to believe the handsome, dapper stranger who shows up on the wrong side of the tracks claiming she’s the most beautiful woman he’s ever seen. Is it a joke? A bet between he and his wealthy friends? Sarah takes a leap of faith and follows her heart into the home of a man who just might be able to rescue her from the slaughterfields once and for all.
Year of Miracles is one of those rare stories that allows three people to love each other unconditionally without stepping over the boundary into erotica. We have Sarah, our heroine, a poor human girl who finds herself in the midst of a world full of fairy tale creatures. We have Janx, the dragon lord, full of fire and passion. And last, but certainly not least, we have Daisani, the calm and cool vampire. These men are responsible for several of the mythological stories we grew up with and they’re responsible for one of the most powerful romances I’ve ever read. You see, as part of the Old Races, Janx and Daisani are forbidden from telling their secrets to mortals. Sarah realizes this and what it would mean for the men she loves if the others discovered their relationship.
I knew my heart was going to break before I ever started Year of Miracles. Being a huge fangirl of this world, I knew the outcome and tried to prepare myself as much as possible. It wasn’t enough. It would never be enough. CE Murphy had to rip out the hearts of three characters to create this novella; there was no other way, and I praise her for having the guts to do so. In the end, I was left with a smile on my face and an understanding of what true love is. THIS is how romance is meant to be written.
On a side note, I wanted to give my own thanks to CE Murphy. It gives a reader a special feeling when you see your name in the acknowledgements. : )(less)