Serpent's Kiss continues the thrilling story of the Elder Races. I'm loving this series! Thea Harrison has a talent with creating a unique and ever-ex...moreSerpent's Kiss continues the thrilling story of the Elder Races. I'm loving this series! Thea Harrison has a talent with creating a unique and ever-expanding world. Just when I think that I have everything figured out, Harrison reveals a new twist, a new character. Between the interesting storylines and characters and the steamy tension, I'm never bored! I look forward to reading the rest of this series as well as rereading the books again and again. (less)
Between a 3 1/2 and 4 stars -- really enjoyed this quick novella, and I wish it had been longer, as I wanted more of this couple! How unique, too. He'...moreBetween a 3 1/2 and 4 stars -- really enjoyed this quick novella, and I wish it had been longer, as I wanted more of this couple! How unique, too. He's a wold, she's a chameleon! I love that Harrison adds new things to this world with every novel/novella, and it always makes me happy to return. For a quick read that is very satisfying, I recommend True Colors -- and I think you *could* read it out of order without being too lost. (less)
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Dragons? Check. Great storyline? Check. Yummy alpha-males? Check! Scorching romance? Check, check, and check! Fury of Fire delivers in all these areas and so many more.
Bastian is the leader of the Nightfury dragon clan, and as such he must be the one to set the example for his warriors to follow. When he realizes that it's time to start procreating and increasing their ranks (which are dangerously low, especially with all the trouble the Razorbacks are starting lately), it is up to him to step forward first.
It should be simple, right? Find a woman during the Meridian (a magical date for the dragons, the one time that they can get a woman pregnant—regardless of her fertility time) and show her a good time. But that's not the end of it—the woman will become pregnant with no problem...but she won't survive the son's birth. Son, you say? Yes, they can only breed more men, there is no such thing as a woman dragon. How can he love a woman, knowing that she will die a horrible death in just a few short months? The Razorbacks do it all the time, but they have no hearts, no mercy. Bastian and his men aren't like that, and they fear mating with a woman during this time. But no more—this time, Bastian is going to do it. It's for the fate of his kind, the continuation of his species. But that doesn't mean it will be any easier for him to handle emotionally.
And when he finds Myst, who practically bleeds pure white energy (which dragons “feed” on from the human females), he realizes that he is lost—heart, body, and soul to the strong and beautiful woman. It's only three days until the Meridian—if he takes her, she will become pregnant. And just like he knows that he won't be able to stay away from her during that time, he also knows she will die in labor. That is, unless the files in their archive or Myst's understanding of modern medicine and genetics can save her—before it is too late.
This book rocked! I loved Bastian, who is a total alpha-male, one who will do anything for his men—and his woman! I also loved meeting the other Nightfuries, and I can't wait to read their stories. This was a fantastic ride, one full of fantasy and action, not to mention enough passion and desire to set the pages on fire—let me tell you, once you go dragon, you'll never go back! :)
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~*~*~*~ Maeve Greyson's newest release, Eternity's Mark, combines the fantasy world of dragons—excuse me, Draecna—and the wild beauty of Scotland, creating a unique story, and one that will please many!
I was intrigued by the story, the fantasy world created and the Draecnas. However, the book ended up as a bit of a disappointment for me.
The story was not evenly paced. The time-line was a bit hard for me to follow at times, and while the first few chapters did a fair job at starting the story out, by the end it felt rushed, with pieces missing. Still, the premise behind Eternity's Mark was good, and I only wish there had been more to it, as it left me wanting.
The romance, however, was the biggest disappointment. I just didn't see the connection between Hannah and Taggart. The love was too quick to build, and wasn't based on much (that I could see). I wanted to see their relationship develop, not just the one-time lovin' and then they were mated for life. The connection just seemed forced, and also left me wanting.
3.5 STARS! Eternity's Mark had a lot of promise, and I loved reading about this new “dragon” fantasy world, but overall I felt that things were simply missing from the story. While I still liked it, it did lower my rating. I will still be looking for future books by Greyson. I will also recommend Eternity's Mark to other readers who may enjoy this fantasy novel with a slight Scottish flair!(less)
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~*~*~*~*~ The Amoveo are shapeshifters, divided into various clans, with the ability to use other paranormal skills. For years, it was believed that they could only mate with others of their kind. But a recent discovery of hybrids, half-human/half-Amoveo, has lead to war—Purists (Amoveos who do not want the pureblood line diluted) against the hybrids and their mates. It's a deadly fight, and the question on everyone's mind is who will win?
Kerry has known all her life that she was different. Unable to stand the touch of other people (touch allows her to “see” a person's thoughts and memories) she has grown up isolated from the world—from basic human contact. Now, as a successful model, she still struggles to hide her differences and stay sane when the influx of everyone's emotions threaten to bring her to her knees. Until she meets Dante, whose touch brings only pleasure...
Dante has been searching for his mate for years, and when he finally finds her, he knows one thing: he's never letting her go. He knows he has to move slow—after all, she has been raised as a human, and has no knowledge of the Amoveo blood running through her veins. Nor the feeling of passion...
When a villain, known simply as the Punisher, begins to threaten Kerry, Dante knows that a Purist is at large again. Can he find out who the Punisher is—before it is too late?
Untouched had it's up and downs. At times, the pace was a bit slow, during others the story seemed too rushed. Yet I still liked the book, both for the shapeshifter storyline as well as the characters.
Kerry is the kind of heroine I'd like to see more of in this genre. She's not a skinny twig—she's a plus-sized model. I applaud her for what she's accomplished in her life and career, even with her real curves. I only wish I had been able to connect with her character more—there seemed to be something missing, something very important.
Dante was the perfect mate for Kerry—sexy and gentle, protective yet fun. I was hoping for more from character as well, but I still liked him. If he showed up on my doorstep, I wouldn't shut the door in his face! :)
The romance was pretty good—Dante was sweet to Kerry and yet very passionate as well. I had no complaints while reading these scenes. Dante definitely knows how to start a fire!
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4.5 Stars. The review that follows is a partial review. To read the full text, please visit: http://tbqspersonalbookpalace.blogspo... ~*~*~*~ From the m...more4.5 Stars. The review that follows is a partial review. To read the full text, please visit: http://tbqspersonalbookpalace.blogspo... ~*~*~*~ From the moment I picked up The Wolf Who Loved Me I knew that Lydia Dare was going to take me on a wonderful journey. And let me tell you: I was right!
Wes and Maddie's love story was simply divine. It had all the right elements: passion, romance, wit, loveable characters, and even a dash of adventure and paranormal to bind it all together. In other words, it was practically perfect in every way!
I quiet enjoyed the paranormal element, as it is always a bit of a refreshing take to read a paranormal romance (shifters, in this case) set in a historical setting. I'm already a fan of both genres; when they are put together nicely, such as this one was, I'm even happier! I'm very anxious to read more about Dare's Lycans; as much as I loved Wes, his story only managed to wet my whistle about his pack. :)
Maddie's character was a bit hard to like, at least for a while. At the beginning of the book, she came across as strong, not wanting to be ruled by society or men, not wanting to be just married off to the highest bidder. And I respected her for that, I thought “Yeah, a heroine I can love!”. But then she gets together with Wes, and another side to her character comes out. Suddenly, she acts like any other society miss, complaining about things that she needs, even though she knows that Wes does not have the money at that point to provide her with everything she grew up with. This attitude of hers, while done in such a way to still make her character kind of “cute” and likeable, was almost enough to make me hate her on the spot. Her demands simply drove nails into Wes as he realized, again and again, that he was not good enough for her, that he should walk away from her and continue to pine from a distance rather than ruin her for good. But, in the end, she did change (again) to a heroine that I could enjoy a bit more. She wasn't my favorite heroine, but she wasn't a disaster either—I far preferred her to Lucy (the actress that shows up for most of this book), which is a wonderful compliment, really!
I loved Wes. He tried so hard to make himself stay away from Maddie, believing that he wasn't the best man for her. I personally thought that Maddie didn't deserve him—if only because I would like to snatch him up instead! He was charming, he was funny...and most importantly, sexy! Okay, so perhaps the scar on the face did it for me; who doesn't love a “tortured” hero, anyway? (Though I would love to know how he got it; he told bits and pieces of the story, but that was it. I guess I shall have to read Dare's other books to find out).
The romance was great—both sweet and spicy, just the way that I like it.
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The review that follows is a partial review. To read my full review, please visit: http://tbqspersonalbookpalace.blogspo... ~*~*~ The Redwood Pack is the...moreThe review that follows is a partial review. To read my full review, please visit: http://tbqspersonalbookpalace.blogspo... ~*~*~ The Redwood Pack is the strongest werewolf pack around. But when a rival pack, whose leaders are pure evil, enlist the use of a demon to take down the Redwoods, there will be casualties—on both sides. The war has begun, and the Centrals are not willing to back down. Can the Jamenson family, along with the rest of the pack, take the Centrals out—before it's too late...?
Willow and Jasper seemed to be made for one another—which, considering that they are mates makes sense. The chemistry between them was spicy hot, if a bit sudden. There wasn't nearly enough romance in A Taste for a Mate, at least not for my tastes. I would have been happier watching Willow and Jasper fall in love. Instead, we see Jasper claim her as his mate and she quickly accepts it. The end. Wait-where was the romance? The love? The getting-to-know-each-other banter? I enjoy a good “predestined mate” storyline, such as this, but there should also be a visible connection and development of feelings between the hero and heroine, which I just couldn't find in this book. The sex might have been hot, but the lack of connection between them quickly threw a bit of a cold towel on the action, at least for this reader.
The characters were nothing spectacular, and by that I mean they were not the sort that I will remember long after the book is done with. Willow seemed to be a bit lacking; she tried to show how she was supposedly a strong woman who knew what she wanted, but I didn't see it. And Jasper wasn't much different. Other than the fact that he is a werewolf, with strong ties to his pack and family, I didn't get much from him either. The conversations between the two, as well as conversations between other characters, seemed a bit stiff, and didn't really fit. It made it a bit more difficult to enjoy this book, as, besides Reed (who was a bit different from the others), I didn't really feel a connection—of any sort—to any of the characters.
The story was fairly interesting, though it didn't hold my attention from start to finish. There were more than a few rough spots, and while they didn't ruin the book completely, these rough patches did take away from the story's overall quality. For most of the book, the story and pace both seemed very rushed. And yet there were other times when it dragged on a bit. I wish the pace had been just a bit more smooth and steady, though perhaps this will improve a bit as the series goes on.
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Gabriel Ward grew up on the streets of New Orleans, fighting for every day of his young life. He never had a family, a home, or even basic items to call his own. And just when he has a place to call his own, one he's put his sweat and blood into, it's all taken away in a heartbeat by Sebastian, a demon in the form of a man. He would have been killed the day that Sebastian's magical wave destroyed his house, if it wasn't for his savior...
Loraine Peacock talks to animals. Particularly her special dog, Futon, who always seems to know things he shouldn't. So when Futon tells her to go to a home in New Orleans and save a man, she does so without asking any questions. But she never expected she'd find a handsome man—little loan one that has unexplainable abilities like her...
Gabriel and Loraine are soul mates, one mated pair out of a total of nine that makes up the prophecy of the Outsiders group. Together they must defeat Sebastian and save the world. Easy, right? Not to mention terribly romantic for the soul mates to have to deal with while getting to know one another...
I wanted to love this book; the concept of this series, of which Love Beyond Loyalty is the third book in, is intriguing and one I wanted to know more about. However, it felt like there was just too much missing—from the story, from the characters, even from the romance—to warrant a top rating from me. I wanted to, but I felt disconnected from the story while reading it, and that, unfortunately, is not a sign of a favorite book.
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4.5 Stars. The review that follows is a partial review. To read the full text, please visit: http://tbqspersonalbookpalace.blogspo... ~*~*~ What do you...more4.5 Stars. The review that follows is a partial review. To read the full text, please visit: http://tbqspersonalbookpalace.blogspo... ~*~*~ What do you get when you mix wickedly sexy (fallen) angels, high-paced (and vivid) action, to-die-for romance (in bed and out!) and a very unique and interesting storyline together? One hell of a ride—and a book you won't want to put down! Pray for your soul now because after reading Avenger's Angel, you'll want to sin—with an archangel, no less!
Avenger's Angel is the first in a new series; if this book is any indication, it is going to be a favorite series of mine! I couldn't stop reading, the characters and unique storyline kept me glued to the edge of my seat .I had to know what was going to happen next, how everything was going to end—and of course I was anxious to see how Uriel and Ellie's first intimate encounter was going to go! What? It is a romance novel!
But as much as I enjoyed this tale, I was upset about one thing—the end. Why did it have to end—and why must I wait so long for Gabe's story? In regards to any book, this “problem” is a good thing; it meas the author has successfully grabbed your attention, made you want to step inside the book's world and never come out. Congratulations, Ms. Killough-Walden, you succeeded with this reader!
The descriptions in this novel are superbly done—very vivid, very lush and detailed. All the action scenes seemed to pop right out of the pages. Suddenly the characters were in front of my eyes, battling to the death, as if I was watching it rather than reading it. They were as dramatic as any movie, the scenes full of enough action to keep my heart racing till the very end!
And the romance—oh my! I never thought an archangel could be so wicked, yet still so angelic and good, at the same time! The love between Uriel and his long-lost archess was tangible, building as the story went along. And while the sexual tension ran high (almost from page one) their passionate night didn't occur until much later in the book. Despite the fact that they were destined to be mates (Ellie was literally created for Uriel), they didn't simply meet and then jump into bed—or into love. This helped to make the romance not only enjoyable, but believable. … ~*~*~ Review property of TBQ's Book Palace(less)
Judith Henderson is an artist that puts her whole heart and soul into her work. And since she is an element, with a strong psychic gift connected to spirit, that means that she puts a lot more than just passion into it, and it shows. But after an unfortunate occurrence in Paris, which leads to her brother's death in Greece, she suddenly finds herself unable to contain all her dark emotions. Scared that she might hurt others with their intensity, she begins to lock them away on secret paintings that she keeps hidden in her house. She's certain that she will never again have a normal life and has resigned herself to putting on a happy face whenever she's around others, never to experience true happiness, true love, for herself... Until she meets Thomas Vincent, a sexy, if a bit shy, businessman. Suddenly she finds herself opening up to him, something she hasn't done before—and it scares her.
Stefan Prakenskii is a tough, and very lethal, warrior. As an undercover agent, trained in horrible schools in Russia, he is a ghost; he doesn't really exist and his only mission is to carry out the orders of his handlers, killing without a thought. His latest mission has taken him to Sea Haven, where his cover is that of a businessman interested in buying the local gallery. He has worked for years on this cover, and anyone would believe that he is actually Thomas Vincent. But as he begins to fall hard for Judith, he finds himself wishing that he was actually Thomas, rather than who he is: a shadow of a man with the training of a beast. But as much as he loves Judith, how can he stay with her, knowing the dangers his presence would bring to her home, to her family, to her?
Judith wishes to hide herself and her emotions away from the world, locked away so no one can see. So no one can get hurt. Stefan has been taught since a child to keep emotions out of the equation, to be nothing more than a trained shadow, there and yet never seen. But for the first time in his life, Stefan wants to act on his new found emotions, and there is only one woman he wants to do that with: Judith.
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Night Light picks up (more or less) where book one, Moon Dance left off, as is the way the series is to be enjoyed. With so much going on, it'll be easy to get lost, but not if you follow carefully and be sure to keep in mind that many things were either explained in book one or will be explained in future books. From page one you are thrown right back into the story; be sure to fasten your seat belts because this is going to be one bumpy ride!
This novel basically covers Kat and Quinn's story, but in Blankenship's typical writing style, all the books are meant to be one big one, with the various characters showing up again and again, each time letting us find out a bit more about them. The focus of the story is not so much the romance of any one couple, or the romance in general really, but rather the paranormal world they are living in, the creatures they are fighting, and the romance plays the second string, there for a few pages and then gone again until it is needed again.
We find out in Night Light that Kat and Quinn are mates...and have been, technically, for over 10 years, though Quinn has been oblivious to the fact. One night, back when Kat was still 16, she made her first (and particularly strong) batch of Heat, the special liquor blend the shifters enjoy. Quinn came by and they started to drink. After most of the bottle, both of them were a bit tipsy, Quinn more so than Kat, and after he mated with her that night, he woke up the next morning with no memory of it and has stayed as far away from her as possible ever since.
Left with the mating mark and a missing mate, Kat has been holding it in ever since... but when she once again finds that same bottle of Heat n the pantry, she decides it's time to numb the pain. And, of course, who should come over right then but Quinn himself...
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What do you get when you take a sexy coffee-house worker, a heartbroken witch, some hidden secrets, and a lust spell or two and shake until well combined? Deliciously sexy fun in the form of Automagically!
Evie and her two sisters are witches, though they usually don't conjure spells on a whim, especially to get themselves something. But when Evie's cheating ex-boyfriend (almost fiancée) takes off with the neighborhood babysitter, leaving Evie's heart a mess and making her curse the male gender for months, Annie and Lanie decide it's time for a bit of magic...
Their plan is to use a lust spell on a guy, making him fall for Evie, then she will break up with him and break his heart before erasing his memory of the ordeal. To Evie, this sounds tempting...but her conscious won't let her do it when the two sisters pick out her target: hunky Caleb, who works at her favorite coffee shop in town.
Evie's been (sort of) friends with Caleb for years; she knows him too well and has secretly lusted after him from the very beginning. He's more than just a man with a perfect body though. He's sweet and caring, funny and hardworking. She doesn't want to hurt him, and she definitely doesn't feel right about forcing him to like her (and bed her).
But while her mind says no, her body says yes, and when he shows up at her house that night to return her coin purse, she has to hold herself back from jumping him at the door. Against her better judgment, she finds herself casting spell number one on him, and he promptly starts taking off his clothes in her front hall! The plan is working perfectly--so why does she feel uneasy about doing this? As the clothes come off and the heat rises, clear thinking becomes a bit...impossible. But instead of some post-sex snuggling later, she's ready to come clean to Caleb and apologize. However, right when she's about to do so, she gets this feeling in her head, and then all she can think about again is Caleb--and his unclothed body.
In a world where many things go bump in the night, sometimes it's hard to tell who is on the good side, and who is pure evil....Enter Amy Blankenship's paranormal world, where vampires are not just fictional characters in cheap horror movies and shifters roam the land. Moon Dance, the first novel in her Blood Bound series, gives us a brief taste of the paranormal, while showing a promise for many future thrills and horrors to be found. Within the pages of this book lies a very complex storyline; at times, you must read carefully to be sure that you do not get confused with the various characters and their intentions.
Many of the problems that arise in this book are due to an event that happened over 30 years before the beginning of the story. There are two shifter clans in the area--the cougars and the jaguars. For many years, they lived in peace and friendship as the leaders of both were best friends. Or so it seemed... But when the mate of the jaguar leader is found murdered, Kane, a vampire and trusted friend of both of these men, is framed for her death, as he is lying on top of her body. Furious, Malachi seeks revenge and with the help of Nathaniel binds Kane to the earth, burying him alive and locking his powers away. Only the blood of his soul mate can release him, and Kane, though having lived for centuries, has never found her.
Nearly twenty years after this, Malachi finds out the truth--that his mate was not killed by Kane, but rather by his friend, and the leader of the cougars, Nathaniel, who then framed it on Kane. They head into the woods, to the very spot where Kane is still locked deep in the earth, to settle this once and for all. In the shifter's world, that means a fight to the death. During their fight, a young girl who was camping in the area stumbles upon them after running after her puppy. In the rumble, Tabatha is injured. Her blood seeps into the soil...and begins to awaken Kane. His soul mate has finally come! Unfortunately, it is days before Kane is strong enough to dig himself out of the grave, and by then Malachi and Nathaniel have since killed one another and the girl long gone.
Upset by the loss of his mate, Kane seeks revenge on both of the shifter groups, as he does not know that he was framed all those years ago, instead thinking that he was simply betrayed by both for no reason. Sending his newly made vampires out to do the work, a string of hideous murders soon follow as he attempts to frame the shifters for them.
While Kane wrecks havoc on the city, specifically the two shifters' nightclubs, Envy, our heroine for this story, walks into the jaguar's nightclub with the intention of seeking her own revenge on an ex-boyfriend who is enjoying a night on the town (or so it seems). She never expected that she would end up spotting a sexy, very dominant man, while there... nor did she dream that she would have a one-night stand with him! Devon, one of the sons of Malachi and part owner of the nightclub, is attracted to Envy from the start...but it isn't until he takes her that night that he realizes what he has done: claimed his mate. Clueless to the paranormal world that she's stepped into, Envy leaves during the night, not knowing that this was not a one-night stand like she thinks, but rather the beginning of a very permanent relationship.
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This is book 10 in the bestselling Morganville Vampires series. The excellent storytelling by Rachel Caine hasn't dwindled one bit. Last Breath is just as thrilling and witty as book one, and twice as captivating!
There's never a sane (or dull) day in Morganville, Texas—that's something you learn quickly once you become a citizen. But when suddenly the vampires in the small town are concerned, even frightened, by a sudden message from a neighboring vamp community, one thing is clear: trouble is coming, and it is worse than anything Morganville has seen before. And frankly, that's saying something!
In between the chaos provoked by the message, another problem is brewing, this time between the two factions of the town. Eve and Michael have plans for their future, and it begins with the sound of wedding bells. But if the citizens, from either side, have their way, it will end in blood instead. Despite the sides, they both have the same core belief: Vampires and humans should not mingle, beyond one providing a meal for the other. Even Amelie, the town Founder and ruler has taken this side, for “the sake of the town”. Needless to say, neither Eve nor Michael will accept this answer, and so the fight begins!
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