I just love historical romances because I am constantly amazed at all of the rules and bad marriages women of the 18th century had to endure. When I fI just love historical romances because I am constantly amazed at all of the rules and bad marriages women of the 18th century had to endure. When I first stumbled upon the prequel for the Brother's Sinister, "The Governess Affair," I knew I had hit pay dirt. Now, the first book in the series, "The Duchess War, is equally delightful.
Minnie has a terrible secret that keeps her from large crowds and calling attention to herself. She lives with her two elderly Aunts who also keep her secret and care for her with their meager income. While attending a party at the home of her friend, Lydia, Minnie runs off into an office to seek asylum from a pesky suitor. Unbeknownst to her, Robert, the Duke of Clermont is hiding in the room. When Minnie's suitor and his friend enter the room, she hides behind a divan where she overhears his call her a quiet rodent, suitable for a wife because she won't mind his philandering ways.
Once they depart, Minnie and Robert reveal themselves to one another and she goes back to the party. Meanwhile, someone is printing and distributing fliers advocating unionization. Lydia's fiancee, Mr. Stevens is on a hunt to discover the identity of the person so that he can arrest them for sedition. Soon, Stevens begins to believe, Minnie is behind the fliers and sets out to get her. However, what he doesn't count on is the Duke developing feelings for the feisty side of Minnie that she rarely shows to anyone.
There are a lot of twists and turns and Minnie's secret would seem silly in today's world but it was catastrophic in that era. No, I will not tell you what it is! You will have the read the book in order to discover that for yourself. I really enjoyed the characters and they clever way the author had them interact. I look forward to the next book in the series. If you like historical romances, this could be the book for you....more
I truly enjoy good historical fiction because it always amazes me as to how ever little women were valued, how they were used as bargaining tools andI truly enjoy good historical fiction because it always amazes me as to how ever little women were valued, how they were used as bargaining tools and how little power they had.
"The Governess Affair" is a wonderful story about a woman, Serena Barton, who was wrong by the Duke of Clermont and she decides that she has no more to lose and plans to seek recompense from him at any cost. The problem is that the Duke has 'the wolf of Clermont' in his employment and he us known for his ruthlessness in resolving the Duke's problems.
As Serena takes up a bench outside of the Duke's estate each day in an effort to get him to admit the wrong he has done her she meets Mr. Hugo Marshall. He works for the Duke and offers to assist her with her problem. Little does Serena know that Hugo is the wolf nor does he know the injustice the Duke has inflicted upon her.
Hugo gets to witness first hand the determination Serena possesses and she learns to feel kindness and safe for a short time. They begin to respect one another. This results in complications for them both and a very interesting read.
I was very impressed with the writing of Courtney Milan and I must say I am very interesting in reading the other books in this series. This promises to be quite interesting and I for one cannot wait.
I love good paranormal books; but, also enjoy a good thriller/mystery. I will also admit that the only t.v. shows I really watch are Investigation I.DI love good paranormal books; but, also enjoy a good thriller/mystery. I will also admit that the only t.v. shows I really watch are Investigation I.D. and true murders. I know it's Crete but I am fascinated with the 'why' behind murders.
Medical Examiner, Lacey Campbell and her fiancee, Jack Harper, are guests at an upscale hotel in the Oregon that has a reputation as a top notch wedding venue. After overcoming all odds to be together they are planning their nuptials for a crowd of about two hundred.
While staying at the hotel Lacey and Jack stumble upon the body of a woman faced down in a hot tub dressed in a wedding gown and veil. Upon examination of the body Lacey can see she has been strangled. When the new police chief and friend of Jack and Lacey ask for their assistance in working on the case, they will begin questioning their own chances for a successful marriage and what type of wedding they really want.
"Veiled" is a novella that is book 3.5 of the Bone Secrets series. I did not realize this when I first pick up the book to read; however, coming in on the middle of a series did not lessen my enjoyment or understanding oh the plot.
There is plenty of action, mystery and forensics to keep the best sleuths on their toes. As a matter of fact I will probably give book one in the series a try. I enjoyed Ms Eliot's writing style and it has definitely peaked my interest. ...more
There is no doubt that Alison Beightol is a talented storyteller; but I am not sure that the story is for me. "Blood Betrayal" is a story that is checThere is no doubt that Alison Beightol is a talented storyteller; but I am not sure that the story is for me. "Blood Betrayal" is a story that is checked full of despicable characters that quite frankly I don't always like.
Lauryl is a ballerina extraordinaire that is tempestuous, hot tempered, full of herself but also very talented. Unbeknownst to her she has been the obsession of one of the oldest and most powerful vampires in the world, Eamon. Eamon is use to getting his way even if he must use glamour to do it. So, he has decided he no longer wants to live the solitary life and will make Lauryl his vampire wife regardless of what she wants. After sleeping with her one time he changes her into a vampire, disregarding her wishes and desires at every turn, sleeps with her enemy, and glamour her affection for him. Oh and did I mention he tries to change the very core of her personality and who she is? I cannot tell you how much I despised him and looked upon him as no more than a rich and entitled rapist No wonder Lauryl escapes his clutches at the first possible moment.
Then, the strangest thing happens, Eamon meets Amelie and in her he finds his kindred spirit. Although she is human she is much more pliable to his charms and lifestyle. At times I felt she was not much more than a mindless puppet yet she manages to teach Eamon how to love.
This read was a difficult one for me because at times I wasn't sure I would be able to finish it; but, the most interesting thing happened, the plot took a turn for the better and I found at the end, I almost liked the very characters I felt rather ambivalent about in the beginning. I can neither recommend this book or deny it's charm. The only thing I can say is read it for yourself and decide. In all fairness to the author and the series I plan to read book two before I make up my mind.
I loved this story! "Bloodlust" is the perfect ending for a series I truly grew to love. What impresses me most is that the author had to good grace aI loved this story! "Bloodlust" is the perfect ending for a series I truly grew to love. What impresses me most is that the author had to good grace and sense to end the series while it was still on top rather than pumping out additional books that would pollute the purity of the plot.
Mack is doing her best to deal with the horrible break up with Corrigan. He has turned over his duties as Counsel member to his second, Staines and he has been spotted leaving a restaurant with a beautiful woman on his arm. Could he have gotten over Mack so quickly?
Meanwhile, Mack continues to rally together the shifters, fae, and the mages to find a way to defeat Endor. Even the former vampire, Aubrey lends a hand. Yet, his vampires buddies are hot on his tracks and attempt to hire Mack to locate him in exchange for information on locating Endor.
Mack continues to try to hold things together by doing whatever she can to rally the troops. She even donates some of her blood in an attempt to heal a human. However, this simple act of kindness will have far reaching consequences as some type of anemia may be present in her blood.
Once again there is plenty of action, suspense and surprises in this read. Additionally, I thought the epilogue at the end was perfect. While I know this series had to end it would be great if the author would write a novella with our favorite characters every now and then. What do you say Me. Hunter?...more
"Blood Politics" is one crazy emotional wild ride in the 'Blood Destiny' series. There were plenty of twists and turns all leading to one heartbreakin"Blood Politics" is one crazy emotional wild ride in the 'Blood Destiny' series. There were plenty of twists and turns all leading to one heartbreaking conclusion. I was on the edge of my seat throughout the entire read and loved every minute of it.
Mack is being followed around by the mages, shifters and face. To make matters worse they are also attempting to bribe her affections through gifts. Mack finally puts a end to it and demands privacy. Meanwhile the new Clava bookstore is preparing for opening and the mages send the grumpy gargoyle, Slim, to help Mack and Mrs. Alcohol finish setting up the store. Since they finish early that leaves 5 days for Mack to do as she pleases.
While out on a jog, Mack meets a dryad who asks for her assistance with a problem. Mack agrees and makes plans to head out to the forest. After a shopping trip Mack spots Corrigan with an attractive shifter;so, in an effort to calm her nerves, she takes a soothing herbal tea. Unfortunately, the tea does not agree with her making her an easy victim for the vampire, Aubrey. The results will be totally unexpected.
In addition to the request for aid from the dryad, Mack makes a deal to obtain weapons from the troll if she will spy on his competition. Mack enlists the assistance of her friend, Alex while she heads to the forest. THE devastation she finds will spur not only herself but her friends as well into action.
This book was so heartbreaking at times especially the ending. No, I will not tell you what happened. But, I will say Mack and Corrigan finally get their moment amidst all of the chaos and death. This is a no brainer my friends. It is definitely a good read....more
(3.5 Stars) Okay, officially I love the Blood Destiny series but way oh why is Ms. Hunter delaying the romance? Enough already, we are overdue for some(3.5 Stars) Okay, officially I love the Blood Destiny series but way oh why is Ms. Hunter delaying the romance? Enough already, we are overdue for some serious kissy face!
"Bloodrage" begins with Mack reporting to the mages school. When she meets with the Dean he makes sure he lets her know he does not want her there and she will barely be tolerated. Upon walking to her room she notices the faculty and students don't want much to do with her either. One mage in particular, Thomas informs her as initiate she must shave her head. While he finds the joke funny, Mack does not and teaches he and his friends some manners and respect.
As Mack attempts to learn her way around and demonstrate competency in her classes, she slowly begins to make friends. Then after a disaster in one of her classes, Alex is brought on board to be one of her instructors. However, he also needs her assistance in switching an artifact that was co-mingled with a fake. This will place her in the direct path of Corrigan, the vampires as well as other nasties. If she is to help Alex, Mrs. Alcoon and continue to keep her heritage a secret, she will have to keep her wits about her.
Once again I love the humor, great characters and the constant action in this series; yet, the continual snarkiness between Corrigan and Mack is beginning to fray on my nerves. It is more than time for romance to either bloom between these two or burn out. At this point, I don't care which, I just want some type of romantic involvement for our heroine. Hopefully book 4 will provide some progress on this front....more
"Bloodmagic" is another fabulous addition to the 'Blood Destiny' series. I just love the snarky humor in the series as well as Mack, the main characte"Bloodmagic" is another fabulous addition to the 'Blood Destiny' series. I just love the snarky humor in the series as well as Mack, the main character. The world building is exquisite and the action is so great it will keep you on the edge of your seat.
Mack has been struggling to make it on her on as a rogue. She has been working as a waitress at a bar; but, when a customer feels her up just one too many times, she manhandles him. The boss is none too pleased and fires her. She is desperate to find a way to survive but no one will hire her. That is until she stumbles into a dusty old bookstore and meets Mrs. Alcoon, the owner. Mrs. Alcoon is a bit strange but hires Mack on a part time basis. While Mack is somewhat relieved, soon she encounters a fae, Solus, who desperately wants to know what she is. He even goes so far as to transport her into the bedroom of the Lord Alpha himself, Corrigan as a means of blackmailing her. She finally relents and surprisingly he keeps her secret.
Then, one day, Mrs. Alcoon enlists the assistance of a friend of hers to help Mack shield her scent. Unfortunately, the necklace the woman places on her neck causes Mack to manifest the power of fire at her fingertips and puts Mrs. Alcoon in a coma stasis until the Ministry of Mages can investigate. Mack enlists Solus' assistance in whisking her away to safety while she attempts to deal with the Mages. Now she is on the run from the Alpha, the Mages and the human police. If she is to survive, she will have to learn to control her anger and call upon every ounce of strength she can muster.
There is plenty of action in this story and as I stated earlier, the plot kept me on the edge of my seat. If there was a drawback, it would be that I was hoping for a bit of romance rather than romantic tension. Although, I am hoping that book three will deliver it. If you want a good paranormal/ Urban Fantasy read, the Blood Destiny series just might be the one for you. However, I do recommend that you begin the series in order. ...more
"Kissed by Darkness" had the potential to be a good book but failed miserably due to unimaginative characters and cliche plots and subplots. When I fi"Kissed by Darkness" had the potential to be a good book but failed miserably due to unimaginative characters and cliche plots and subplots. When I first read the description for this book, I was looking forward to a kickass urban fantasy but what I received was disappointment.
Morgan was bitten by a vampire 3 years ago and her life changed forever. Instead of turning into a vampire she remained human but with greater strength and abilities. When Morgan's Bff and handler, Kabita, gives her a government sanction job to locate an amulet and kill the Skywalker who stole it, her life is about to change forever.
The job was commissioned by a private citizen whose desire for the Skywalker is less than pure and before Morgan willingly kills her target she will need to use every resource at her disposal in ascertaining the truth.
Initially, what bothered me about this story was how the author continually refers to Morgan's attack. I wish she had just started the story with the attack and fast forwarded the story to the present. Then, the plot began to deteriorate further with unimaginative references to the Knights Templars, the the City of Atlantis and finally alien planets. The only thing that was missing was Bigfoot! Why not stick with one idea and develop it well?
I n addition, I am not sure how I really felt about Morgan. She was a middle of the road character who seemed to gave sex on her mind as much or more than she DUD getting at the truth. Hey, don't get me wrong I love sexual tension and hot monkey love but the plot needs to be developed in that direction rather than just wham, right in your face.
In the end I purchased book one and two at the same time convinced I would love this series; however, after reading this book I sent book two back for a refund. Read this one for yourself and decide. It just was not the right read for me.
Ugh! What happened? Okay, I will admit that the alien connection in this series has never been a favorite of mine; however, the main plot and the char Ugh! What happened? Okay, I will admit that the alien connection in this series has never been a favorite of mine; however, the main plot and the characters were always what made this an interesting read. In "Keepers and Killers" there is so much sniping between the characters of Carmac and Jo that I quickly became both bored and irritated beyond reason. I wanted to yell, "Grow up already!"
Jo is desperately trying to hold on to her last bits of independence. She refuses to live at the casino electing to stay at her trailer in a less than desirable neighborhood. After her shift and going home to the trailer, she awakens to discover that the trailer has been moved into the garage of Carmac's casino. To say she is a little miffed is an understatement. When she goes to confront him, she finds he has her best friend at his side in an attempt to offset her anger. What is their relationship anyway? Is Carmac using her BFF? Jo would rather avoid answering that question especially since she and Carmac have a history that she has never revealed to her friend.
Meanwhile, the Senator continues to be a thorn in all of their sides. He attacks Carmac, kills one of Jo's friends from her past all while managing to stay just out of her reach. Now here is where the plot begins to unravel. Scene after scene in one alien dimension after another unfolds and quite frankly just isn't that interesting. The one area that made the first book such a good read was the relationship aspect of the book. In this second installment, the relationships are middle of the road and not very enticing. Can you say, "Snooze-time?"
While there is plenty of action in this book, it outweighed every other good thing. I cannot even call this a middle of the road read because, quite honestly, it was lacking in so many areas I feared I would not be able to finish it. Needless to say, I will not be going on in the series. There are too many great books out there rather than settle for one that simply is not!...more
After a long dry spell of not finding interesting new books, I am happy to state that "Vengeance Borne" is truly a book worth reading. Amanda BonillaAfter a long dry spell of not finding interesting new books, I am happy to state that "Vengeance Borne" is truly a book worth reading. Amanda Bonilla creates a wonderful world that is a mix of urban fantasy and suspense thriller. The characters are interesting, there is plenty of action and the plot will keep you guessing until the end.
Micah Marinescu is barely holding on to life. He feels others emotions and it is slowly killing him. His mother tries to convince him to embrace it; but, all he wants to do is drown himself in Ambien and other prescription drugs. He decides to sell everything he owns, buy a motor home and head out on the road to find peace and solitude. Little does he know he may very well be walking into his destiny.
Jacquelyn is a hunter who sole job is to track down paranormal creatures who reek havoc in the town of McCall and the surrounding area. Her emotional turmoil is soothed by her partner and Bearer, Finn. There is just one small problem. Jax broke up with Finn and he desperately tries to use his abilities to sway her back into his bed. Jax is having none of it. She wants to be free from his over protectiveness. Unfortunately, that is almost next to impossible since she needs his sharp killing skills to watch her back.
While stopping to fill up the motor home for gas, Micah and Jax meet. She immediately recognizes what he is, one of the most powerful and untrained Bearers she has ever felt. The question is how will she get him to understand and accept his gifts? With the help of Trish, an elderly woman who works for the counsel, they are able to bring Micah into their world; but, let's just say Finn's jealousy is far less accepting.
As vicious murders begin to occur in McCall, Micah, Jax and Trish are painfully aware there is a powerful paranormal threat threatening to tear their world apart. The problem is they must find out what human host, these creatures are using before it is too late. This book is my kind of read. It is almost like a paranormal detective novel full of twists and turns. I loved every minute of it and gobbled it down in one setting. If I had a complaint, it would be that at times I felt Jacquelyn's personality was a bit too hardcore and he gruffness irritated me more than once. However, it was not enough to diminish my enjoyment of the read. Do yourself a favor and pick up this book. It definitely is one to keep on your reading radar.
All of my reading friends know that I enjoy a myriad of genres such as suspense, thrillers, urban fantasies, and crime investigation but one thing theAll of my reading friends know that I enjoy a myriad of genres such as suspense, thrillers, urban fantasies, and crime investigation but one thing these genres all must have in commone is a paranormal element. A story is always so much better with a paranormal creature in it. So when Kimm, one of my good read friends gave "Cursed" five stars, I knew I had to check it out.
Emma has been around for centuries in various female forms. You see she is one of three sirens who had the misfortune of not being able to protect Persephone from being kidnapped by Hades so she as her sisters are cursed to walk the earth as mortals with the task of rescuing women until Demeter is satisfied their debt has been paid. Emma cannot sing nor does she lure men in a romantic web. She is fully awe that if she ever falls in love, her lover will be killed by Demeter.
Emma works for a special squad within the FBI. When a famous artist is reported missing by her manager, she is assigned the case. Little does Emma know but her boss has assigned her a new partner, a werewolf named, Jack. Emma and Jack work together previously and had a one night stand. Emma wouldn't allow the relationship to continue because something in her knew that Jack was different and she could easily fall in love with him thus placing him in danger.
As they team up together to try to find the missing artist, they discover that others are missing as well. They seem to have a common element, they are vampires. Zack and Emma will have to exhaust every lead they can find in order to get to the bottom of this puzzle ( quite a creative plot) all while trying to keep their passions in check.
I really enjoyed this book because it was a combination of police procedure, mythology and urban fantasy. The world building was very good and I loved both Zack and Emma's characters. Quite honestly, the ending broke my heart but also promises many more unique plots to come. If you are looking for something unique, Cursed just might be the book for you....more
There is no denying that I love the Elemental Assassin series. The characters are incredible, the plots are magical, and the action is off the charts!There is no denying that I love the Elemental Assassin series. The characters are incredible, the plots are magical, and the action is off the charts! However, I am slowly developing a concern that after twelve books that this series will be diluted with one new bad guy after another with no real end in sight like the Anita Blake series.
This time, Gin is under a different kind of attack. Mab Monroe's daughter, Madeline has decided to attack Gin and take over Ashland by targeting Gin in the core of her heart: her family and friends. Clearly this be-otch doesn't know who she's messing with! However, she is definitely about to find out because Gin is not one to roll over and cry in her barbecue sauce.
I will say this though, Madeline is creative and manages to reek havoc in Gin's life on a grand scale in a very short period of time. I found myself wondering how Gin was going to rectify all of the damage. So, once again I was sitting on the edge of my seat, hardly breathing as I read about all of the drama unfolding page after page. Man, I am exhausted!
If you are one of those rare individuals who has been living under a rock and hasn't stumbled upon this series, do yourself a favor and run, don't walk and download the first book in this series. It is the beginning of one incredible adventure you definitely won't regret. My only word of caution is that these characters are addictive and you will be blown away....more
It is always fun when you locate a new series that is refreshing and unique but also keeps you on the edge of your seat. "Dare Haunts" is exactly thatIt is always fun when you locate a new series that is refreshing and unique but also keeps you on the edge of your seat. "Dare Haunts" is exactly that type of book for me. The characters are interesting and the plot also combines a little detective work and suspense.
Melena hasn't led a charmed life. Her parents were killed in a car accident when she was young and then Wanda, the woman who raised her was murdered by a nephilim named Lucas. You see Melena is a sensor, a not quite human who has the ability to sense supernatural creatures as well as harm them. It seems that members of her race have most been wiped out, so she flies under the radar as much as possible.
After almost killing a witch at a nightclub, Melena discovers that her roommate, Anita is not just visiting a man she met on the internet but is really missing. After receiving a pleading call from Aniya's mother, Melena hops on a plane to Alaska in search of her friend. This also keeps her out of reach of the witch she harmed.
When she arrives in Alaska, the police refuse to help her; so, she goes out on her own. Soon, she discovers Fairbanks, Alaska is a hub for the supernatural and her friend is now under the control of vampires.
Is that is not bad enough, there is a turf war brewing and in order to rescue her friend, Melena has no choice but to get right smack dab in the middle of it. The question is who wants her dead the most and how can she keep from dying?
I really enjoyed the characters of Melena as well the world Susan Illene paints. This is a little darker read for me but it was still quite enjoyable. There was plenty of action, mystery and intrigue. Also, the book was not lacking in 'hot' males to drool over. The Que is which one will be right for Melena. If you are interested in a paranormal mystery that is a little different, "Darkness Haunts" just could be the book for you....more