In Dark Ascension, Fort faces many challenges, most of which will change his life forever. He's spent his life trying to avoid getting caught up in faIn Dark Ascension, Fort faces many challenges, most of which will change his life forever. He's spent his life trying to avoid getting caught up in family matters. Things are different now - he's playing a bigger role and, while his brother Chivalry is on vacation, he's about to set off on his first solo meeting.
A small group of succubi have entered his mother's territory and it's up to Fort to meet with them. All supernaturals that enter his mother's territory are tithed and protected. She makes the final decision on who stays and who goes. The last time he took on that responsibility it didn't go over well, but he knows this group will need more than his family may be willing to offer.
"... I just don't want you to end up like a marshmallow Peep in the microwave of the world."
Suzume, Fort's kitsune girlfriend, reminds him that he will not be able to save everyone. Unlike the others in his family, Fort has a big heart and feels the systems currently in place are not working. When those systems and procedures are forced to change, no one is happy. Fort, however, will do what he believes to be the right thing even if it goes against his mother's wishes and his brother and sister's backs. Risky or not, Suze and others unify with him as he takes a stand.
While this wasn't my favorite installment in the series, I love that Fort has taken the initiative to make his family's territory a better place for all supernaturals. He's put himself in a position where he's forced to fight for what he feels is right. This, in addition to the other changes that occurred, is sure to make for an exciting fifth installment.
On a side note: there was an inordinate use of parenthesis in this installment. Sometimes okay, but after awhile I wondered why commas or colons weren't used periodically to mix things up. Or, create a new sentence? I'm no writer, so I feel bad criticizing it, but it became distracting to say the least.
Thank you to Penguin Group/ROC and NetGalley for an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Quotes taken from the pre-published copy and may be altered or omitted from the final copy....more
Hmmm. Chloe's decision was a bit surprising, though I guess it shouldn't have been. I'll be interested to see how this affects things in the next instHmmm. Chloe's decision was a bit surprising, though I guess it shouldn't have been. I'll be interested to see how this affects things in the next installment with the whole gang. ...more
Fun! Lists! I love lists ... and books! At the beginning of a year, I love to look back at the books that grabbed my interest in the previous year. ThFun! Lists! I love lists ... and books! At the beginning of a year, I love to look back at the books that grabbed my interest in the previous year. Thanks to the creator of this book page for offering a way to share my flashback with my GR buddies.
I'm a very soft rater. It doesn't take a lot to make me happy. If I had a good time escaping into your book, chances are your book got 3-4 stars. If I loved my trip and want to revisit the world again and again - 5 stars. If I read it, but miss the time it took me to do so, well, that'll get ya 1-2 stars.
As a serious series addict, most of my lists revolve around - surprise - series! Now, on to the lists! (books in no particular order)
♦ Total books read: 260 ♦ Rated ✮✮✮✮✮: 32 books and 3 free shorts
☺ PNR/UF Series Starters Read in 2014: 56 Favorites among those:Welcome, my new besties ...
❤ My "I'll fight ya for the next book" Favorite New Series of 2014: • I'm an uber IA fan! ~ Burn for MeHidden Legacy by Ilona Andrews • This book grabbed hold and didn't let go ~ Red RisingRed Rising Trilogy by Pierce Brown • A fun, new twist on vamps, my fave ~ Generation VGeneration V by M.L. Brennan • A dark world of sexy demons and cruel angels ~ Soul AvengedSons of Wrath by Keri Lake
I can't believe I waited until 2014 to start this series: Immortals After Dark by Kresley Cole
Next-in-series reads that prove some series just keep getting better:
Kindle Freebies that surprised me:
Finally, since I do occasionally venture outside the world of the paranormal, here are some of my favorite contemporary romance reads: • J.M. Madden's Lost and Found [Military RS] • Emma Chase's Tangled series, which I finished in 2014 [Humorous ER] • Tiffany Reisz's Original Sinners ~ The White Years series is one of my favorites [ER] • Cherise Sinclair's Masters of the Shadowlands series better go on forever b/c I cannot imagine a world without these hot Doms and their sassy subs [ER] • Nalini Singh's Rock Kiss series started off a little bumpy for me, but this novella reminded me why I shouldn't snub anything written by her [NA-CR] • Lexi Blake's Masters and Mercenaries series can sometimes be a frustrating read for me. I love her Doms and their missions, but I enjoy her Doms and their subs more. Sometimes the big baddies' story encroaches a bit too much on my D/s time [ER/RS]
Well, if ya stuck with me this far, thanks for celebrating my favorite reads of 2014! If not, who can blame ya, I ramble. :D
Cheers and Happy New Year! May your 2015 overflow with 5-star reads, great new author finds and series you cannot wait to return to and re-read again and again....more
I really enjoyed this dark fae tale. Fae, in general, are not my favorite, but I really enjoy the darker lore Holly Black brings to her books. The narI really enjoyed this dark fae tale. Fae, in general, are not my favorite, but I really enjoy the darker lore Holly Black brings to her books. The narration was well done. ...more
This intro into a multi-author collaborative series Sin City Collectors was a quick, easy read. In this world, supernaturals police their own and emplThis intro into a multi-author collaborative series¹ Sin City Collectors was a quick, easy read. In this world, supernaturals police their own and employ Collectors to detain the offending supernatural(s) and turn them in to the Boss. This world is full of a variety of supernaturals, but this installment features Collectors Nevada, a dhampir and Jake, a hellhound sent to Collect a vampire.
I enjoyed it enough to check out add'l books in the series. If you're interested in reading Aces Wild, it's currently free on Amazon.
¹Each book in this series is alternatively written by Amanda Carlson and Kristen Painter.
The prequel Hunt provided a bridge between Vincent's Shifters and its spin-off series, Wildcats. Strays, or Wildcats as they prefer to be called, haveThe prequel Hunt provided a bridge between Vincent's Shifters and its spin-off series, Wildcats. Strays, or Wildcats as they prefer to be called, have petitioned the council "... to formally acknowledge a Pride made up entirely of strays who wished to carve out a territory of their own in one of the free zones." If you read Shifters, you know that Faythe's husband Marc is a stray himself. So, it's no surprise that Faythe has been playing an active role in the process.
Lion's Share picks up several months following the events in HUNT. Abby's plans to spend the holiday at the college campus with her best friend and roommate, Robyn, are squashed when Jace turns up early to take her to the ranch. The council has called an emergency meeting to discuss the recent human deaths, which are reportedly due to wild animal attacks.
The story refreshes Shifters fans on the world and characters while setting the scene for the Wildcats. Relationships are forged, mended, and broken. Plans are set into motion. Secrets are revealed. Punishment is meted out. All in all, I enjoyed the story and look forward to more to come. ...more
Just spotted the blurb on Amazon and now I'm even more impatient about the wait for this one! "... Jane Doe, a girl with no memory of who she is ..."Just spotted the blurb on Amazon and now I'm even more impatient about the wait for this one! "... Jane Doe, a girl with no memory of who she is ..." O.O What?!? At least we have Eighth Grave After Dark to look forward to in May.
In a small village in New York lives Jane Doe, a girl with no memory of who she is or where she came from. So when she is working at a diner and slowly begins to realize she can see dead people, she's more than a little taken aback. Stranger still are the people entering her life. They seem to know things about her. Things they hide with lies and half-truths. Soon, she senses something far darker. A force that wants to cause her harm, she is sure of it. Her saving grace comes in the form of a new friend she feels she can confide in and the fry cook, a devastatingly handsome man whose smile is breathtaking and touch is scalding. He stays close, and she almost feels safe with him around.
But no one can outrun their past, and the more lies that swirl around her-even from her new and trusted friends-the more disoriented she becomes, until she is confronted by a man who claims to have been sent to kill her. Sent by the darkest force in the universe. A force that absolutely will not stop until she is dead. Thankfully, she has a Rottweiler. But that doesn't help in her quest to find her identity and recover what she's lost. That will take all her courage and a touch of the power she feels flowing like electricity through her veins. She almost feels sorry for him. The devil in blue jeans. The disarming fry cook who lies with every breath he takes. She will get to the bottom of what he knows if it kills her. Or him. Either way.
Tiffany Reisz' 2014 Christmas story : an eFreebie 3-part serial released on her website There were a few spoiler snippets throughout. I'm super excitedTiffany Reisz' 2014 Christmas story : an eFreebie 3-part serial released on her website There were a few spoiler snippets throughout. I'm super excited for the next full book, The Virgin, to get the full lowdown on what's mentioned here.
(view spoiler)[ Griffin had inherited The 8th Circle from Kingsley. The club was his responsibility and it took more of his time than Griffin ever dreamed it would. Wrangling wayward submissives and putting pro-Doms into place and planning private parties and wooing new clients…Griffin had a new respect for Kingsley after all that. It was fun, empowering. And Griffin loved it. But what he hadn’t loved was the time it took away from him and Mick.
Nico. King’s son. She’s [Nora's] fucking King’s son Nico. Not just fucking him. She collared him. She owns him.
King and Søren are together again. Like for real for real. Which is why Søren’s so happy and horny all the time, and Nora’s so happy and horny, because she had a sub now and it’s…oh my God, it’s insane. Søren has King and Nora. Nora has Søren and Nico and King has Juliette and Søren and it’s like the sexiest love hexagon ever. (hide spoiler)]
“Christmas in Suite 37A”: Part 1 : Blue Christmas Read @ 16 Dec 2014 (view spoiler)[Griffin is staying with Nora. Mick has left for Europe. He requested no contact and, so far, Grif has been able to respect his wish. But, it's been 3 months and he's aching for his sub.
Nora takes Grif to Søren's Christmas Mass. While there, she convinces him that he should at least text Mick and see what happens. (hide spoiler)]
Part 2 : Silver Bells Read @ 19 Dec 2014 (view spoiler)[Griffin rec'd a reply to his text. Mick has agreed to meet him. He's over the moon and believes it to be an answered Christmas wish.
Determined to make the time together special, he asks Mick to meet him at a place that holds a lot of meaning for Grif - Suite 37A at the Waldorf.
Mick and Grif share a meal, chat about what's happened to both during their separation. Mick explains why it was important for him to leave:
“Nora…” Mick began and met Griffin’s eyes. “She told me a long time ago that the reason she left Father S was because there was someone she needed to be, and she couldn’t be that person and be with Father S at the same time. And that’s why I asked for the break from you. Because there was someone I had to be, and you weren’t letting me be him.”
Part 3 : White Christmas Read @ 22 Dec 2014 (view spoiler)[Mick and Grif retire to Suite 37A. Griffin gives Mick his present. It's a letter he wrote ten years ago. He knows he wrote it for Mick.
Dear Whoever is Reading This, I'm in love with you.
I don't know you yet, but I'm going to keep this letter until I meet you.
While staying with King, Griffin, in a coke-induced haze, wrecked his home. King took him to the Waldorf, this very suite 37A, and asked Griffin if he had anything worth living for. Griffin's answer, 'You.' So, the night before heading to rehab, Grif wrote this letter knowing that one day he would find his love.
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