What if the 'good' son was really the 'bad' one? What if things really did go bump in the night? In The Dark Divine, you'll find out that nothing is wWhat if the 'good' son was really the 'bad' one? What if things really did go bump in the night? In The Dark Divine, you'll find out that nothing is what it seems...
Full of edge-of-your-seat suspense and mystery, Bree Despain's debut novel captures the readers' attention from page one and doesn't let go until the very last word! In between all of the action and suspense, you'll also find a heavy dose of romance--sweet, realistic, and even passionate at times---along with a paranormal story I bet you'd never expect from this book.
From beginning to end, I absolutely loved this book--- original, very well written, and highly entertaining. I loved how Despain effortlessly twisted the mythology, intrigue, and romance together to produce an unforgettable read that I could not put down! Lush, flowing descriptions made the novel practically appear before my very eyes, like a 3D movie.
On top of the amazing storyline, the characters were believable, and I'm sure that many readers can relate to them. I enjoyed all of them, with Daniel being my favorite (sexy “bad” boy-- need I say more?), and I would love to see them in future books. Best of all, the chemistry and connection between Grace and Daniel was fantastic. As the story went on, I found myself drawn more and more towards Daniel--- his dark, mysterious air practically begs you to figure out his secrets. And even after I found out about his past, I still wanted more.
4.5 Stars! Gripping and unique, dark and yet romantic, The Dark Divine is a wonderful debut, from an author that I look forward to seeing future books from. Be sure to pick this one up, I promise you won't want to put it down until the very end! After the tantalizing ending, I'm hoping that Despain will make a sequel-- not that the book needs it, but because I would love to hear more from these characters.
4.5 Stars. The review that follows is a partial review. To read the full text, please visit: http://tbqspersonalbookpalace.blogspo... ~*~*~*~ From the m4.5 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... ~*~*~ Vampires have recentlyThe review that follows is a partial review. To read my full review, please visit: http://tbqspersonalbookpalace.blogspo... ~*~*~ Vampires have recently came out of the closet (er, grave), and so far have a pretty decent relationship with the mortals. But the mortals don't know that there are other things that go bump in the night. So when problems arise with the local Weres, the clan must try to take care of things—without the humans finding out.
One of their own, a fairly new vampire, Slade Donovan, is put on the case. But he's not doing so alone, oh no. He'll be working with a local Game Warden, Raina Ravenwing, a normal human (or so they think). When the skeletons in his closet come out, no one's more surprised then Slade—and he might just have more in common with those mangy fur-balls than he ever dreamed of...
The Half-Breed Vampire was a quick read, and one that managed to capture most of my attention. However, while the storyline by itself would have been interesting, the way it was told left me a bit disappointed and wanting more.
The story seemed too rushed, with about a dozen twists and secrets thrown in within only a handful of pages. It was simply too much for me to take in—just when I'd start to come to terms with one sudden plot twist, another one was thrown in my face .And all these twists lead to a story that seemed bogged down by them rather than a fast-paced adventure, like it could have been.
Raina and Slade were not the deepest of characters. They could have used more development, more substance. And the chemistry between them seemed more like a joke. I just couldn't see it, though I dearly wanted to. Slade's declaration of love (if you can call it that) came out of the blue and had nothing to back it up. I was simply left wanting after reading their supposed love story.
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~*~*~*~*~ To be honest, I was a bit hesitant going
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~*~*~*~*~ To be honest, I was a bit hesitant going into Trinity Bound. I mean, I've read a few menage books before (and liked them), but they were always ones where the men wanted to share the woman, but didn't actually do anything with each other. Trinity Bound is not that kind of menage, as Reed, as I already knew, is bisexual and therefore wants Josh just as much as he does Hannah.
I was pushed out of my comfort zone with this book. And yet, I mean that in a good way because even though, in general, this type of story is not my cup of tea, Carrie Ann Ryan made it work, and I actually found myself enjoying this sexy paranormal menage. I know I won't be jumping into the many other GLTB books out there, but after being introduced to the subject just a little in this book, I'm more open to trying similar books in the future. :)
Reed was a welcome respite from all the he-man alphas (though I love a good alpha hero). He's strong, and he takes care of his own, but he's also very sensitive. As he says, he's an artist, not a fighter. Now, that's not to say that he can't fight, but his whole word doesn't revolve around it. He'll fight to keep in shape, to protect his mates and family, but otherwise he'd rather be painting.
Hannah is a witch, and though she already knows that she can heal, she finds out that she's now the Redwood Pack's Healer. This means that she can draw power from the pack's magic, as well as feel if anyone in the pack is hurt. It's a big job, but as part of the pack, she sees everyone as family, and she'll do whatever she can to help them. Beyond the basics of her character, I didn't get quiet as much from Hannah, and I felt like she was just a shadow walking around for most of the book. I do wish she had been a bit more developed, as I think she could have been a very strong heroine.
Josh, an ex-SEAL, is also a Finder, which basically means that he can track someone down if he knows them, sees their picture. He suddenly see their location in his mind. This was a helpful tool when he was a SEAL, as well as afterward he retired (it allowed him to find Reed and Hannah), but it wasn't such a gift when he was growing up...Josh takes the role of the alpha in this relationship, and although he has never had feelings for men in the past, upon meeting Reed he begins to fall for him, desire him—and Hannah, too. Obviously he's uncertain, and thinks that something is wrong with him, but as their relationship builds, he slowly begins to accept that he does have feelings for Reed, and they are just as natural as the ones he has for Hannah—and luckily just as accepted by the Pack.
The scenes between the three were scorching hot, and I wasn't disappointed in the physical aspects of their relationship at all! I liked that Ryan allowed the three to get to know each other and work up to the whole “I love you and I know we've been destined to be your mates”. It made it seem like they did have a choice in their mates, rather than it being completely up to Fate. While I did want a bit more from their relationship outside of the bedroom, the abundance of hot steamy sex almost made up for it. Almost.
While Josh, Reed and Hannah were discovering their trinity bound, the Centrals are still on the hunt, and they're not working alone anymore. Not only do they have the help of a demon, but they're also getting help (dark magic) from a few witches, too. Can the Redwood Pack stand against all three threats? Can Reed and the others find out how to help Josh with his demon bite, seal their bound, and destroy the Centrals—or will it all come crashing down on them?
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Chaos Burning was my first time sampling Lauren Dane's work. I've seen her various books for years, have put many on my list, but this paranormal of hers is the first one I've ever read. My feelings upon finishing the book were a bit...uncertain. In my opinion, it was only an 'okay' read. That is, it wasn't one of those books that you can't put down, but it also wasn't a book that left a bad taste in my mouth. Instead, it was just, well, average. And that's not necessarily a bad thing!
Lark Jaansen, our heroine for this journey, is definitely a tough gal, no doubt about that. She knows how to handle herself, and her job, as well as protect and defend those around her. And that's great—there's nothing I love better than a strong heroine. But it's not just physical strength that I look for, and while Lark had plenty of that, as a character, I personally didn't feel that she was a well-rounded one. She was a bit flat, and while I wasn't ready to kick her to the curb, I also wasn't ready to call her my new BFF. And that's a bit of a disappointment for me.
Simon Leviathan's an alpha male, a Lycian who has been alive for over 600 years. He's turned more than a few heads during his time, but he's never met his mate, the one he wants to mark as his—until he begins to work with Lark. Suddenly the only thing he wants to do is take her, claim her, show the world—and his pack—that she's his, and always will be. But she's not going to give herself over without first getting to know him, including learning what saying “yes” entitles.
Although usually I'm all for sexy alpha males (especially shapeshifters of any kind), Simon was about as flat as Lark, and in the end I wasn't dying to chase her off and take him for myself. Again, another disappointment, as I think falling for the hero is one of the best things that come from reading romance novels. I was simply left wanting more from the characters, Simon and Lark especially. If I don't absolutely love the hero and heroine, it's hard to truly enjoy the rest of the book. Perhaps that's just me though...
The world building and fantasy action going on in Chaos Burning was pretty good. But as this is the second in this series, and only the first one that I have read, I felt like I was missing a lot of critical information, things that make the story smoother and more enjoyable to read. In that case, perhaps if I had simply read the series in order, I may have liked it better and gave it a higher rating—who knows? Either way, I think it's best to start this series from the beginning, just in case.
3 STARS! Although it didn't blow my mind, Chaos Burning was still a likeable enough paranormal romance, one with plenty of fantasy creatures (from witches to shapeshifters to Fae of all sorts) and even a good deal of steamy loving! I can't say that I didn't like the book—I did. But it just didn't grab my attention, and what should have taken me but a day or two to read turned into almost a week. For this reader, it wasn't a hit, but it also wasn't a failure by any means. I will still be recommending this book to others, and I'll still come back and try another Dane novel in the future. But for now, this one was just “okay” and I was hoping for a “wow”....more
I'll be honest—I had problems with Prince of Wolves. The writing was a bit awkward to read, and rather than feeling like I was in a story, it was more like I was being told that I was reading a story (does that even make sense?). I felt like the word choices didn't match the story being told, or the characters in it, and this bothered me, made the novel difficult to enjoy.
However, despite these flaws, I still found myself flipping the pages, curious to see how things turned out. I didn't mind the basic storyline, and even found it a bit unique (personally, I've yet to read a shapeshifter book for YA were the mated-pair theme comes into play so strongly). But the writing did stand in the way a bit, keeping me from loving this book.
Jacque's character didn't seem very solid to me; one moment she would say something this way, and the next she'd say it in a completely different way. The slang, the cliches and just odd words just didn't fit her, or her friends. At least in my opinion! Fane was okay, but again, not great as a character—I felt like I was missing something from him, too.
Now Jacque's two best friends didn't exactly steal the show, either. Jen has a wicked (literally--dirty) sense of humor, but most of the time I felt her jokes and wit were buried under all the writing issues. I wanted to like her, and the things she said, but more often than not she was just in the background, barely there. Sally...well, I can't really tell you much about Sally. For whatever reason, nothing comes to mind—so either she wasn't properly “explained” or the description didn't stick.
3 STARS! Still, when I finished Prince of Wolves, I found myself wanting to pick up Blood Rites, to see what happens next. In spite of the issues I may have with this one, I think this series is going to become a bit of a guilty pleasure. Books that I can't help but wanting to finish, even if they might not be 5 star candidates. And that's okay with me because 3 stars isn't anything to be upset about in my opinion, and the fact that I do wish to read the rest of the series eventually is a pretty good sign! ...more
Quinn Loftis continues her Grey Wolf series with Blood Rites. In this installment novel, Jacque and Fane's journey continues as they struggle through various trials that keep popping up--trials that keep them from bonding.
But there's another story (or two...) emerging in this book as well. Jen, Jacque's loud (but funny) best friend, plays a stronger role. It appears that she is not exactly human after all... Decebel, the Beta of Fane's pack, seems to have a case of “stubborn-jealous-protective-male-itis”for her. And let me tell you, the banter between the two is great!
Blood Rites grabbed my attention more than book one. By the end of this book I was, I'll admit, more interested in Jen's story than Jacque's. I'm really looking forward to reading Jen and Decebel's story in future books!
However, I was happy to see Jacque and Fane finally complete their bonding. The words they spoke to each other during the ceremony were enough to make me choke up a bit, as well as dream of my own man to love me like that! Werewolf genes completely optional, but appreciated! :)
4 STARS! So far this series seems to be getting better by the book. I can only hope this stays true for the next book. Although if it is “only” as enjoyable as Blood Rites, you won't hear a complaint from me! For a different YA paranormal series, be sure to pick up Loftis' books—you won't be disappointed!...more
While this series has improved greatly with each book, Just One Drop is my favorite by far!
I loved how Jen's stubborn, wild, and witty side came out in this book. I also loved the banter between Decebel and Jen, especially the sexy build up between them. Even though this is a YA series, it is not for the younger teens, yet man fans of adult romances will also find this book to their liking.
The only real complain I have is this: I did find that the ending was far too rushed and felt incomplete. By the last page I was frustrated. However, Quinn did her job well—I'm anxious to read book four! :)
4.5 STARS! Full of witty remarks, a funny cheer or two (trust me, if you read it you will know what I'm talking about!), and enough sexy Alpha males to make any shifter fan extremely happy, Just One Drop is a must read! I cannot wait to see what happens next in this series, and I'm glad that despite my doubts with book 1 I stuck with it. This book reminded me of why I love trying new authors—you just never know what you'll find! ...more
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Years ago, Angela Knight created the Mageverse series. Now, after 8 books, it all ends in Master of Darkness. Any fan of this series will be sad to see it end, but happy with the way it turned out. Knight has done it yet again, creating one hell of a sexy novel, one with a fantastic storyline, a magical world (or two) and great characters!
I loved everything about Master of Darkness! I've been a devoted fan since book one, and I look forward to rereading this entire series for years to come—a sure sign of an amazing author!
If you have yet to enter Knight's Mageverse world, you don't know what you are missing! This series is a must read—sexy, unique, any fantasy lover's dream! However, I must warn that this is a series that needs to be read in order; so if you decided to start these books—and you should!—start from the beginning and work your way up to Master of Darkness. You won't regret it!
When your father is Warlock, the evil sorcerer trying to destroy the entire Mageverse world, life is anything but easy. Miranda's been tortured by him her whole life, and at the age of four he even put a spell on here which limits her magic and makes her fear him (and any other Alpha Males). She's nothing like Warlock though, and she wants only to kill him before he finally destroys everything she loves—and then kills her.
Justice may be a Dire Wolf now, but he's still a cop at heart—protecting the innocent no matter what. Miranda has become his life, the one woman he wants to create a Spirit Link with, and he will stop at nothing to keep her safe. Can he save her, defeat Warlock, and come to terms with his new powers—before they kill him?
Master of Darkness may be the finale for this series, but I see a spinoff series starting (soon, I hope!). Angela Knight is a very talented author, and I look forward to her future books, regardless of the series they belong to! ...more
What a great start to a new series, sounds to be very promising, too. I can honestly say that I have no clue how things will turn out, but I am dyingWhat a great start to a new series, sounds to be very promising, too. I can honestly say that I have no clue how things will turn out, but I am dying to find out! Who will Infinity end up with, who's alive and who's dead, what side is everyone on... Book 2, pease come out quicker! :)