Chapter one, told from Anara's POV, had me hooked. She's a mystery. She's been alive for five hundred years, she's dressed in armor and hunts those whChapter one, told from Anara's POV, had me hooked. She's a mystery. She's been alive for five hundred years, she's dressed in armor and hunts those who harm innocents. When we meet her she's trying to save a woman from vampires, but she's unsuccessful. Saddened over her inability to save the woman she does something she never would have in the past - she agrees to honor the woman's final wish to protect her two daughters.
From here on out, chapters alternate between the POV of Anara and Ryan. He and his brother, Beau, have been fighting vampires and protecting humans for the past three years following the loss of Beau's fiancée to vampires. Anara has been watching him from the shadows for years. Now, faced with the challenge of keeping these two girls safe, she must rely on Ryan.
I thoroughly enjoyed parts of this story, while others felt choppy. As I said, the mystery of Anara was intriguing (it kept me reading). I loved the addition of two young characters; both are strong and quite adorable despite their loss. Yet, Anara and Ryan's story felt incomplete in the end especially considering the next book shifts focus to two new(ish) characters. Their "romance" is a major case of insta-love and a bit of a letdown. However, it was sweet to see a hardened warrior realize she could have love in her life. This is the start of a series, but instead of first-book-itis (world building overload, complex characters, etc) much was left unanswered. All in all, the author's writing style, which was new to me, made for an quick, enjoyable read. I'm hoping more information about Anara will be revealed in Dark Secrets: Edge of Evil....more
Outfoxed by Love picks up shortly after Kodiak's Claim and focuses on Jan, an artic fox, and Boris, a bull-headed moose. Jan has known for years thatOutfoxed by Love picks up shortly after Kodiak's Claim and focuses on Jan, an artic fox, and Boris, a bull-headed moose. Jan has known for years that Boris is her mate. Boris, on the other hand, is cruisin' down Denial river. To make things more frustrating for Jan, while home on leave from the Army, he not only acknowledged the connection but also whispered promises of a future together once he returned.
Sadly, once back overseas he and his platoon were held captive by insurgents, which has led Boris to believe he's too damaged and dangerous for the tiny fox. Jan's far from worried, in fact, she's done pretending to be prim and proper. Time to show this moose who she really is - an experienced hunter, fierce protector and feisty fox.
Side note: In this installment, one small inconsistency bugged me - Boris, Reid and others were in the Army together. Yet at one point in the story, Eve writes Boris as saying, "You do know I served five years in the Marine Corps". The two are not interchangeable - they are separate branches. And, with 20+ years as a USMC wife, I can tell you most would never join the Army after the Marine Corps, though some do leave the Army for the Marines. OORAH! (ETA: After writing my review and this final comment in particular, I realize how snobby it sounds. I'm a proud USMC spouse and believe my husband's branch is the best, of course. But, I support ALL those who serve no matter their branch. Still, the inconsistency bugs me.)
"Love clouds our eyes and fills our ears," Abraham said. "There is no cure for it."
Thankfully, Infinity Bell picks up where House Immortal's painful cliffhanger left us dangling. Without sharing, well, much of anything, I will tell you this ... There is love, loss, and betrayal. There aren't many the gang can trust. Matilda's life and the lives of those she loves is at stake. In an effort to fix what's broken, she must take a huge leap of faith. They've only got one shot at this or do they?
I was on holiday while reading this book and I will not lie - I snuck a read every single second I had the chance. I could not get enough. Sadly, the ride was over too quickly and we're left, once again, hanging off a cliff hoping we can hold on until our net (Crucible Zero - 168 days away) is placed before us. ...more