After reading "Wake Me When the Sun Goes Down" my feelings were a little ambivalent. So I decided to read book two,"Meet Me When the Sun Goes Down" be...moreAfter reading "Wake Me When the Sun Goes Down" my feelings were a little ambivalent. So I decided to read book two,"Meet Me When the Sun Goes Down" before making up my mind on whether or not to continue on with the series. I will admit there are several things about book two that I loved but there are also a few things I struggled with as well.
Anja is being held in high esteem by all the vamps at the bar because they believe she killed Kursik. She is not about to tell anyone anything different at this time. She and Bishop are making progress towards a relationship but her grades at school continue to be sub parr.
Then Anja's apartment is broken into and her belongings are trashed. Now she has to figure out a way to buys New things with no money as well as try to figure out who has it in for her. Things are about to get very complicated in her life and she is going to have to stand her grounds if she is to survive.
The things I loved about this read was getting better acquainted with Anja's sister, the club scene and the ease of the writing style. I also loved the face to face confrontation with the bad guy. No, I will not say who it is but what I loved was the scene was not talked too death. Most confrontations with villains involve excessive dialogues and I find myself shouting just kill them already! This was not the case here and it was refreshing.
On the opposite end of the spectrum, one of the things that truly bugged me was the lack of ' hot romance' between Anja and Bishop. When an author postpones love making for so long with characters and makes the reader wait it had better be really hot when it does happen. Unfortunately, the sex scene between these two can only be best described as lukewarm. I was truly disappointed especially after waiting series long for it to occur.
I am still not a fan of the love triangle situation but here's hoping future installments will eliminate it all together. However, I have a feeling it is going to be several more books before that happens. Oh well, we will see.(less)
"Revelation of Blood" is the best book so far in the Skye Morrison Vampire series. Although I must say that Skye's new found ability to absorb other c...more"Revelation of Blood" is the best book so far in the Skye Morrison Vampire series. Although I must say that Skye's new found ability to absorb other camp's gifts is quite similar to those of Cat in Jeaniene Frost's Night Huntress series.
Now that Amun has been dealt with you would think Skye and the gang would be able to ft a little reprieve from all if the vampire drama. Unfortunately, the secret of her dual dark/ light nature is now open knowledge and others are quite interested in her.
During her ceremony into the light, Skye is kidnapped by the head of the Dark. They want to talk her into joining their ranks and they will introduce her to someone from her past as added incentive. Of course Skye would never leave her beloved Archer and the dark ones are none too pleased.
Meanwhile, Skye and Jameson seem to have resolved their issues. However, a fringe group of the dark ones infiltrate the city of Austin and seek Site's help in overthrowing their current leadership and they have taken someone very close to Skye hostage in order to secure her help.
There is plenty of action in this story as well as promises of a future spin off novella involving two characters we have grown to love. I was a little miffed that Jameson was not angry with Archer as well as Skye. How can he trust either of them again? I am happy that there are fewer of those sappy terms of endearment the characters use. Thank goodness!
After reading the author's blog, it seems the novella and the next book in the series is delayed due to J.L. McCoy dealing with the health issues of the people she loves. I for one support her in that endeavor and prayers she is given the strength to handle what she needs to do. I will wait patiently for the next books while she takes care of her family.(less)
(3.5 Stars) "Legacy of Blood" is another good installment in the Skye Morrison Vampire series. This time Amun is back causing problems for Skye and the...more(3.5 Stars) "Legacy of Blood" is another good installment in the Skye Morrison Vampire series. This time Amun is back causing problems for Skye and the gang.
Skye has been turned into a vampire but us showing characteristics of the dark one. The special squad is brought in to determine whether she is an abomination and should be put to death. Until the determination is made, she is guarded non stop by Oleif from the special squad. He makes it more than clear of his dislike for her.
Skye initially has trouble feeding. It seems her new vampire body cannot digest bagged blood. She manages to control herself while drinking from the human feeders but they gain a climatic ecstasy. This is where I am really starting to get fed up. I'm so sick and tired of everyone lusting after Skye and her lusting after every male with a member. Enough already!
Unbeknownst to poor trustworthy Jameson, Skye and Archer are now together. Unlike most fans, I like Jameson better. He is kind, considerate, sexy and just an overall good guy. Archer basically forebears Skye at every turn, mind raped her and had some of his men do it too. I'm like Jameson and cannot understand why she chose him. I also don't see how Jameson can be around either Skye or Archer. Neither deserves his friendship.
There will be a big show down between Archer and his gang versus Amun. The result will prove to be surprising and problematic. While I enjoyed this read, the series is beginning to lose some of its luster for me. The cheesy declaration s of everyone's undying love for Skye and the corny endearments ( honey, sweetie, girlfriend) has finally put me on overload. I am definitely ready for this series to begin wrapping up.(less)
"The Original Sin" is another good read in the Skye Morrison Vampire Series. In this third installment, Skye's dreams continue to be invaded by dreams...more"The Original Sin" is another good read in the Skye Morrison Vampire Series. In this third installment, Skye's dreams continue to be invaded by dreams controlled by Amun. He refuses to release her until he is ready and she is not sure what to make of terror it causes her. She does not share the content of her dreams with her vampire friends nor does she share how often they occur. Yet, it is beginning to take a toll of her moods.
When Skye runs into Archer's bedroom naked after one of the dreams she is forced to come face to face with the truth. Archer is suspicious and probes her dreams and her mind against her will. When that does not yield the result he desires, he uses of of the other vampires to search her blood for the truth. This causes Skye to have a minor heart attack and almost kills her. She feels violated in the worse sort of way and ends up breaking off her relationship with Jameson, giving her two week notice to Archer and vowing to go to back to her own home.
As Skye tries to finish out her two weeks at The Mausoleum, her temper continues to flare out of control and the vampires are sick and tired of it. To make matter worse, Jameson senses Skye's increasing attraction to Archer and he feels unjustly treated. Of course, he is right. Jameson did not inflict the pain associated with the invasion of her privacy, it was Archer; yet, she continues to crave him. Even Skye's dog Styvi Nix wants to spend more time with Jameson than her. She just cannot seem to know who she is anymore.
After a special evening of getting drunk with her family and friends, Skye is awakened to train with Hagan. When he throw a blade her way, the unthinkable occurs catapulting Archer and her vampire friends into making a decision that will change her life forever. Oooooooh, what a delicious cliffhanger!
(3.5 Stars) If you are a lover of fantasy books that are rich in world building and characterizations, "Lichgates" very well could be the book for you....more(3.5 Stars) If you are a lover of fantasy books that are rich in world building and characterizations, "Lichgates" very well could be the book for you. S.M. Boyce creates a wonderful world in which her characters must maneuver in order to survive. So many people have given this book 4 and 5 stars and to some extent I feel it is well deserved. The problem for me is that, this just wasn't my kind of book and that is not the author's fault. It is mine.
20 year old Kara has decided to go on a hike. She takes an unfamiliar path and walks through a lichgate. Roots begin to entrap her and send her plummeting into a cave where she stumbles upon a book, The Gremoire. This one book is about to change her entire life because Kara will be sent into a new realm where she is the "Vagabond" or keeper of the Gremoire and who is despised, feared by every species. If she is to survive, she must locate all of the stone that will reveal the secrets contained in the book so that she can master them.
Each culture she stumbles upon either tries to capture her, kill her or use her. With the protection of Braedon, a blood heir to his evil father's throne, Kara must find a way to the land where the Vagabonds once lived. At times, I had to remind myself that this was not a YA book and that Kara was 20 years old. It just did not seem mature enough to be considered adult and that is not because there was no romance. It should seemed as though there was a lack of maturity. However, this book is chocked filled with colorful creatures and the author does a good job at describing them but her efforts did not allow be to picture them in my head and therefore I could not fully get invested in the plot. It is hard for me to enjoy a read when I just cannot visualize it. Everything read middle of the road for me. I was never really over excited in the book. With that begin said, I somewhat feel it is unfair of me to rate this book; yet, I did read it and will stand by my view of it.
This is truly a book worthy of consideration if you enjoy fantasy worlds and creatures. As I said, it just was not for me. (less)
I just love the dynamic husband and wife writing duo, Ilona Andrews. They are definitely on my all time favorite list of authors. So, I have been anxi...moreI just love the dynamic husband and wife writing duo, Ilona Andrews. They are definitely on my all time favorite list of authors. So, I have been anxiously awaiting the release of "Clean Sweep" because I love their writing and all of the reviews have been spectacular. Imagine my disappointment as I found editing errors and the read was less than stellar.
First and foremost let me say that the concept for this plot was extremely creative and definitely unique. Just think of the idea of a magical innkeeper for paranormal guests. Dina is an innkeeper in a small Texas town. She only has one guest, Her Grace Caldenia ka ret Magren. Her Grace has paid up her accommodations for life because she has a checkered past and does not want the bounty hunters to seize her. While out purchasing snacks for Her Grace, Dina and her neighbors stumble on the three dog slaughtered in the area. Dina can no longer stand by in the safety and comfort of the inn. She decides that she must stop this monster even at the risk of her life and the inn. That is why she confronts her arrogant and rude werewolf neighbor, Sean. He is insulting and refuses to acknowledge that he is were and is shocked when she has figure it out. So, Dina does what any self respecting woman of today does, She warns him to stay out of her way and sets out to catch the monster herself.
Sean is ex-military and is not going to let some woman step in the way of him capturing the monster first. Boy is he in for a surprise. Dina manages to the kill the stalker the next night. Sean is on her doorstep the next day, demanding to see the creature. She kicks him out of the inn on his butt (several times) and for once, Sean realizes that he is not dealing with some delicate flower. When more monsters threaten their neighborhood and kill a human, they realize they are dealing with a bigger threat than they ever imagine. So, they activate the tracking device on the monster Dina killed waiting to see who will come. They did not bargain on six armed military vampire to show up looking for the creatures. As the vampires, werewolf and Dina haggle over who will be killed, the vampires are attacked and only one survives. He is brought back to the inn where he is taken care of until someone from his planet can come for him. Yes, that's right I said planet. It seems that having vampires, a werewolf and a magical innkeeper is just not enough in this plot. They also have to come from distant planets. This is where I just could not embrace the plot. It was too much. Why? Because too much time was spent ferreting out historical data to planets, origins of creatures, their traits and military capabilities. To some, this may be considered good characterization but when you are dealing with a short novel, much of the information presented was boring and overload. To be honest, although the main protagonist in this book is female (Dina), the plot felt more male driven with a military emphasis and this is just not my favorite genre. I wonder if this book was more of Gordon's brainchild versus Ilona's. Who knows
With all of that being said, I plan on reading the next novella in the series because I am hoping that the next installment won't get bogged down in minutiae. Also, since these authors are two of my favorites I think the series deserves a second look. I realize most fans do not agree with my opinion on this read and that is okay because I must stay true to myself. As always, read this book for yourself and decide.(less)
Okay, I will admit that when I was growing up in Los Angeles I was a nerd. I discovered Ancient Civilizations in 6th grade and a new love for Egyptian...moreOkay, I will admit that when I was growing up in Los Angeles I was a nerd. I discovered Ancient Civilizations in 6th grade and a new love for Egyptian myths,and artifacts emerged. On Saturday mornings my father use to drop me off at the L.A. Museum of History and I would wander around for hours looking at all of the Egyptian exhibits. Anyway, I received "Private North" from Tess Oliver, I was excited to read this story. Can you imagine a story about an Ancient History college student, an Egyptian artifact and wounded war veteran? That is a plot that I could devour in one setting!
August Stonefield, a.k.a "Auggie" has been looking forward to flying home to California preparing for Christmas with her family. She wants to back cookies, decorate and cook Christmas dinner with her mom since this something her mother usually delegates to one of the members on her staff. Unfortuntely, Auggie's mother has accepted a last minute invitation for the family to spend Christmas in the south of France with a family she can loathes. Auggie is extremely disappointed and decided she would rather catalog ancient Egyptian pottery for her favorite professor than be a victim of her mother's attempts to set her up with the "right guy."
On the road to Professor North's home, Auggie almost hits a pedestrian with her car. Although he is not hurt, Auggie feels badly. Once she reaches the Professor's home she is not surprised to see his handsome graduate student son, Ethan. On her first night in the house, imagine her surprise when she is awakened to someone having a nightmare in her bed. When she gets the chance to look at the intruder, she realizes it is the stranger she ran off the road and he is Professor North's older son, Dalton. Dalton walks with a cane due to injuries he suffered in Iraq but that does not stop him from being a womanizing manwhore.
As Auggie begins her work cataloging the artifacts, she realizing Professor North and Ethan are hiding something from her and Dalton. It seems that while on a University sponsored trip, Professor North purchased an Egyptian artifact that it suspected to belong to Cleopatra. He just lost a court case with the University that require him to turn over this treasure. Unfortunately, the University is not the only ones wanting this artifact and others have no qualms at resorting to violence in order to secure it.
This plot was rich in mystery, intrigue, suspense and my all time favorite, sizzling hot sex. Of course, I also enjoyed all of the Egyptian history references as well. Tess Oliver continually amazes me with her ability to create great stories on various and unique topics. Where does she get all of these ideas? One minute we are thrown into the 18th century, the next we are in the throes of young summer love. Then, we are reading about 'Girl Friday' whose boss is gathering medicines for countries in need, a tattoo artist and race car drivers, and now ancient artifact thieves. Wow! my head is still spinning with her creative mind. All I can say is, if you love intrigue, Egyptian history and some "Ah, sookie, sookie hot love," "Private North" is definitely the book for you!!!!! (less)
Sometimes when a reader goes on to read the second book in a series, they are disappointed. This is not the case with the Skye Morrison Vampire series...moreSometimes when a reader goes on to read the second book in a series, they are disappointed. This is not the case with the Skye Morrison Vampire series. "Sins of the Father" is equally as good as the first book in the series if not better because now all of the background data and world building has been established. To be fair, I still have some of the same minor problems with this book as I did with the first. I loathe all of the outdated and cheeky terms of endearments the characters continually throw at each other i.e. "girlfriend, babe, hon." At times, I wanted to scream, enough already!!!!!! In addition, it is no secret that I am not a fan of love triangles especially in adult books. I compare it admiring a beautiful piece of art but knowing it would not look good in your living room. You just wouldn't buy it.
This book begins immediately following the events of the previous book. Skye and Jameson awaken to discover their cars totally demolished by vandals. It does not take them long to narrow their suspects down to Skye's ex-boyfriend, Jesse; but, they did not expect what was waiting for them inside Skye's vehicle: the head of Jesse and the body of Callum, Jameson's good friend. Of course the calvary is brought in and Archer demands that Skye is moved into his lakefront home with the vamps.
At the house, Aoife, continues to be her annoying self but she must admit that her relationship/ marriage to Archer has been over for sometime. Skye realizes she should have given him a chance to explain before moving forward with her relationship with Jameson but the deed is done. Of course, Archer is angry as hell that Skye is now with his brother. While they wrestle to keep their feeling under control, Archer requests that Skye begin training with Haagan. She learns a lot and has the bruises to prove it. So, Archer suggests she takes the day off to heal.
Skye goes into the city and meets up with a friend. They decide to go to a local hookah bar and have a drink. Here Skye discovers that the bar is owned by none other than Dic the man she sees from time to time at The Mausoleum. This will not be the only discovery made with regards to this man especially when Archer discovers where and who she is with.
The vamps continue to research who is killing off their family members but truth be told, they do not have a clue; but, when Skye is kidnapped and tortured they must rally together if they are going to find her in time to save her.
There was plenty of action and intrigue in this book as in the first. I love the characters. There is just such a tasty cadre of good and really nasty bad guys that makes for a more interesting read. I will admit that one of my favorite characters is Jameson but I also found Amun, the villian just as delicious. Pick up this series and enjoy the ride. It is well worth the cost of admission.
Lately it seems like it is very difficult for me to find new series that gave the potential to get me hook like some of my favorites, Jeannine Frost,...moreLately it seems like it is very difficult for me to find new series that gave the potential to get me hook like some of my favorites, Jeannine Frost, Stacia Kane and Patricia Briggs; yet, "Blood of the Son" has truly captivated my interest.
Skye Morrison is a recent college graduate who majored in Ancient History. Yeah, good luck finding a great job with a major like that. Although she has been working serving drinks at Drop Kick Dan's for the past four years; but now that her $70,000's in student loans are about to become due she needs to get a real job. While having a cup of coffee she is manhandled by her stalker ex-boyfriend, Jesse. After two months he refuses to accept the message that she wants nothing to do with his cheating butt. As she struggles to get away from him, a handsome man, Archer, comes to her rescue. She soon discovers he is the owner of a new nightclub, The Mausoleum, and he is looking for an Executive Assistant.
Soon Skye is working for Archer and cannot believe it when she is confronted with the dilemma that she is not only attracted to him but his brother, Jameson as well. Oh, that is not her only problem. You see both Archer and Jameson are vampires and Skye is about to get a crash course in Vamp World #101. To make matters worse, someone or something is out there on a murderous spree and the victims seem to be associated with the vamp community.
I really enjoyed this read despite the fact that the colloquialisms used by the characters are a but outdated. I enjoyed the characters of Skye and her friend Nikki and there was plenty of intrigue and action. I will admit, I am not a but fan of love triangles so I will have to wait and see how the situation with the brothers Vamp plays out. However, I though the cliffhanger ending was extremely clever and cannot wait to read the next book.(less)
After reading "Electric Storm" I was extremely puzzled to find that while I had so many things about the book that bothered me, I actually enjoyed it...more After reading "Electric Storm" I was extremely puzzled to find that while I had so many things about the book that bothered me, I actually enjoyed it. One of the things that bothered me most was the author's writing style. "Electric Moon" found me adjusting somewhat to the writings of Stacey Brutger; yet, I will admit that it still is not my favorite.
"Electric Moon" begins right where the previous book ends. Raven is reeling over losing Jackson to his Alpha. She wants him back and has ten days until the Conclave in which to find a solution to her problem. Meanwhile, Raven is called home to discover she has two rogue shifters seeking asylum, Digger and Griffin. Raven knows that Griffin is hiding something but his father is one of the members of the conclave and if she is going to be successful in maneuvering in those shark infested waters, she is going to need his assistance. Oh, did I mention that Detective Scotts has sought Raven's assistance with a string of shifter murders? This time the bodies seem to implode without any detonating device.
One evening at Talon's, Raven runs into Jackson. His indifference towards her wounds her beyond belief but before she has a chance to determine what is going on, his Alpha, Kevin, approaches her with an offer to return him into her care if she will grant his one request. He wants Raven to protect his son, Aaron, from his power hungry mother, Vivien. Of course Raven agrees and Jackson is living in her home once again.
During the days prior to the Conclave, Durant, Taggert and Jackson work out a plan to diminish Raven's reckless behavior in getting into trouble as well as hurt. They each have selected a 24 hour power date with her where they will helps her harness her power as Alpha while making their personal play for her affections. As the meeting of the Conclave finally arrives, Raven is faced with passing their assessment of her strength as potential Alpha or death of herself and her charges. What she did not expect was for Vivien to challenge her right and a witches demand to have her spend a week with her coven.
Plots upon plots, murder, carnage and a betrayal lurking at every corner will ensure this to be another good read in the series; but, the cliffhanger ending does not lend much hope that Raven's future will be happy ever after or that she will have a future at all. Oh, I cannot wait for the next installment. (less)
(3.5 Stars) "See How She Runs" is an interesting little tale about a package delivery person named Izzy Boone. Izzy has experienced many setbacks in he...more(3.5 Stars) "See How She Runs" is an interesting little tale about a package delivery person named Izzy Boone. Izzy has experienced many setbacks in her life including the death's of her parents and grandmother. She make a living delivering packages on a bike and supplements her property taxes by renting out a room to bartender, Kennan.
After making a delivery to a new client she suddenly feels creeped out recipient of the package, Xavier. Although he boss promises she will not have to deliver to him again unless absolutely necessary, she continues to feel uneasy. When she shares her experience with Kennan he drugs her and takes her away to a cabin in the mountain.
Soon, Kennan reveals to Izzy that she is a powerful seer who will be coming into her powers at her upcoming 25th birthday. Additionally, she has the ability to see the future, change it at times, communicate with the mother she long ago thought was dead. She also discovers that Kennan is her guardian and bound to protect her.
Keenan and his friend, Ian, teach Izzy how to block her mind from the enemy and navigate the visions; but, Izzy will also need to navigate her ever growing feelings for Kennan. There are so many secrets and plots afoot in this book and Izzy's snarky humor really made this a good read for me; so, why didn't I give the book 5 stars?
While "See How She Runs" is an enjoying read it is not an exceptional read. The writing is good but the action, plot and world building is just okay. Even the romance was just okay, not smokin' hot. At this point I am not sure whether or not I will be going on with the series. Check it out for yourself and decide. (less)
(3.5 Stars) I will be the first to admit I normally do not like erotica with threesomes because it reminds me too much of the dreaded love triangles. H...more(3.5 Stars) I will be the first to admit I normally do not like erotica with threesomes because it reminds me too much of the dreaded love triangles. However, Emily, one of my Goodreads friends wrote a glowing review of "Delicate Freakn' Flower" so I decided to give it a try. I am happy to report that the threesome situation really worked in this book and the storyline was quite comical.
Naomi is the youngest child and only daughter in her family of shifters. Her parent's home is filled with beat up furniture because it's quite normal for physical altercations to break out at a moment's notice. Although physical violence is quite normal for shifters, it goes against everything Naomi wants in her life and that is why she has decided to someday marry a normal violent free human or so she thinks.
When Ethan the wherever first catches sight of Naomi at his Lacrosse game he knows instantly she is his mate. What he doesn't count on is she will be injured by him accidentally in the match and that his good friend and teammate, Javier also believes she is his mate. When they both go to her home to check on her they are momentarily stunned by her outright refusal to have anything to do with them or their kind. However, these two guys are use to playing games and they realize early on that on order to make Naomi theirs they will have to devise a plan so devious she won't know what hit her.
There are many fun filled moments of snarky humor with these characters and the sexplacades are truly hot and steamy. As I stated earlier the threesome really works in this story which was a pleasant surprise. It is still not my favorite romantic romp but it is growing on me.(less)