I love it when a book surprises me, as this one did! Honestly, the cover is what sold me on reading the book (it’s so hot!), but when I opened it up aI love it when a book surprises me, as this one did! Honestly, the cover is what sold me on reading the book (it’s so hot!), but when I opened it up and started reading, I had a really hard time putting it down!
Caitlin and Jake are special agents working together undercover at a casino to try and diffuse a money laundering scheme in a post-Katrina New Orleans. As the special agent in charge of the operation, Caitlin is ambitious, bold and determined to make sure the assignment runs smoothly. Her partner for the assignment, Jake, is what some would consider a “bad boy”, not to mention sexy as can be! From the moment the two of them lay eyes on each other, the sexual tension is so thick. And with Caitlin’s assertiveness towards him as his superior on the case, that tension just builds and builds. When the two of them finally give in to their desires for one another, the sex is incredibly steamy! The scenes are descriptively well written, and you become immersed in their romance.
Full of mystery, this story had me on the edge of my seat, particularly in the last half of the book. I loved the plot, and the characters were well thought out and likeable. The romance was very sweet, although it did progress a little too quickly, making it somewhat less than believable. Overall, however, I very much enjoyed the book. I was surprised at how much depth the story had written in to it, and delighted that the cover fulfilled its promise of a steamy read.
Cord is a young bumbling baby vamp that has made some poor decisions that just leads him into even more trouble. He was only twenty when he was turnedCord is a young bumbling baby vamp that has made some poor decisions that just leads him into even more trouble. He was only twenty when he was turned, and that was only two years ago. His maker has done an extremely poor job in teaching him the ways of his new life. Cord is not completely at fault for some of his mistakes, but none the less he has caught the scrutiny of the Council of Thirteen, which is never a good thing.
There is so much more going on than what Cord sees happening around him. Need is first person point of view from Cord’s perspective. Readers see what Cord sees, and Cord’s inner voice that he should listen to more often. I did enjoy seeing where (not in a location sense) Cord is at the end of the book. The baby vamp does quite a bit of evolving even if some of it is not his choosing.
The ending does appear to me that Need has potential to go into a series. The curse that lead Cord from baby vamp making poor decisions to the very different vamp Cord is at the end of the book opened some interesting possibilities. I think I would move on and read more of Cord if this did turn into a series. The events at the end definitely have my curiosity piqued.
I need to point out this is not a romance. There are numerous sex scenes and other sexual situations, but not in a romantic happily ever after way. Cord has many problems. One of his problems is the fact that he lacks the ability to differentiate between love and just sex for the purpose of pleasure. There are some dubious consent situations. Cord also seems to need to be debased sexually in some ways that border on violence.
There are several factors that brought the rating down for me. Need had an Urban Fantasy feel to me. I’m not a big UF fan. I’m also not a first person point of view fan. I love reading a book from multiple perspectives. Overall though it was not what I was expecting.
Readers definitely need to read the other Project Exorcism books before reading Civil Twilight. The hero Stegian is none other than the villain from tReaders definitely need to read the other Project Exorcism books before reading Civil Twilight. The hero Stegian is none other than the villain from the other books in the series.
I like it when a book does not go in the obvious direction. The hero and heroine of Civil Twilight fit into that little niche. Stegian and Jacquelyn are certainly nontraditional lead characters. The villain and Janelle who has been in a coma for the past twelve years are the main characters for this one.
Jacquelyn and how her character went from comatose Janelle to very knowledgeable female after her man was somewhat unclear. The way that Jacquelyn was taken through this transition enlightens us to why Stegian wanted her family wiped off the planet. I liked how that worked out. Stegian’s demon and Stegian’s sometime bipolar reactions now make complete sense.
I loved that we readers got to see what was going through Stegian’s mind as the ship he was being exiled on crashed and left him in the predicament he found himself in. He was one of the supernatural beings that Earth was ridding themselves of. Other than the information about Project Exorcism provided at the beginnings of each book, the prologue in this book was very insightful as to what happened to the supernatural beings.
This is the last of the unmated/single Janelle siblings that readers have followed from the beginning of the Project Exorcism series. That means that Mandy is going to have to go find those banished siblings in the far reaches of space. I’m looking forward to where her writing will take us. The possibilities are endless. ...more
It has been two weeks since Jill has been injected with the Nightshade that made her a vampire’s favorite flavor, a flavor that has the harmful side eIt has been two weeks since Jill has been injected with the Nightshade that made her a vampire’s favorite flavor, a flavor that has the harmful side effect of death. She is on the road with an emotionless Declan and they are searching for a cure or reversal or any piece of hope to her current situation.
With the minimal romance this book felt more urban fantasy than paranormal romance. The spine clearly lists this book as a paranormal romance. I was intrigued by the idea of a hero that could not feel the emotions that would allow him to fall in love with his heroine. This seems like a trait that could really amp up the sexual tension in a book. There are so many potential hurdles for them to overcome as a couple. Declan’s lack of emotions made him a cruel jerk for the most part. The attraction and desires seem one sided for the majority of the book.
Jill seemed overall weak and completely defenseless. Her only strength is the fact that her blood is poison to vampires. Even though she is continually physically harmed by vampires she is very optimistic in trying to find good qualities and traits in them. She is extremely strong willed and has an immense desire to live.
I did not enjoy Bloodlust nearly as much as I did Nightshade. The first half moved at a slower pace than I would have preferred. The plot seemed like it was all over the place to me. I thought Bloodlust was weighed down by having too much going on. There were too many schemes and ploys to the big climatic ending. The experiments also became tiresome. I was pleased with where the numerous ploys and schemes ended. Everything came together in the end. ...more
I liked the idea behind Project Exorcism. Humans have figured out that there are paranormal beings among them on Earth. In an effort to keep the geneI liked the idea behind Project Exorcism. Humans have figured out that there are paranormal beings among them on Earth. In an effort to keep the gene pool clean and strictly human, the humans begin the witch hunt which will eventually lead to putting them onboard a space craft bound for a distant yet hospitable planet. As far as Earth knows, four of the five ships crashed and its occupants perished.
Lorelei Janelle calls home one of the planets that got a Paranormal Payload a hundred and fifty years ago. The natives have made many safe guards to see themselves safe. The people of her home planet are forced to live in fear due to a tyrannical vampire sorcerer. They hope the legend that speaks of their savior warriors falling from the sky to come true, soon. She knows it would be a dream come true.
Captain Sevan Vasil has been having very erotic dreams for the past six months, of a woman he knows to be his mate, but he also knows he has never seen her before. When his well maintenance and moderately new ship starts falling apart and in immediate need of repairs he must dock at the first available port. There he stumbles into the woman of his dreams.
Paranormal Payload had a pleasantly unexpected mix of futuristic sci fi and paranormal, with a small side of erotic romance. The ending fight scene left me with a few questions. It wrapped up too quickly and neatly and I was left wanting more. I will read more of the Project Exorcism series. I am curious about how the legend that revolves around the Janelle family will play out. I also enjoyed the storyline of how Earth has shipped off and LOST numerous paranormal beings that they felt were too evil for Earth. ...more
Great start to what looks to be an exciting new series. Futuristic space travel, vampires, genetically enhanced humans, religious fanatics, hybrid hu Great start to what looks to be an exciting new series. Futuristic space travel, vampires, genetically enhanced humans, religious fanatics, hybrid humans, and an overpowered overbearing ruling society. I loved the mix characters. Rico has been around for close to sixteen hundred years, can’t really say he’s lived that long he’s a vampire. His long life has taught him to never get bored. To keep himself entertained he enjoys the company of a variety of different women and accepts high risk jobs. Both have walked onto his ship with a proposition for a new job. Skylar is working undercover for her employer. She needs this job to be successful. A big promotion is waiting for her in the end. She knows she can handle the job. The sexy vampire is her main concern. I love genre mix of this book. This book has romance, sci fi, vampires, and plenty of action. The Crew of the Cazador has an incredible bond, they are really a tight knit group. As far as I’m concerned Rico is a new breed of vampire, he’s playful and fun. I loved his hobby of Earth sayings and his collection of Earth baubles. It humanized him as a character. He is such an easily likable character. Skylar as an undercover operative the readers know she is hiding something. When it all comes out the crews reactions are great. The whole reason behind her assignment is a shocker. The romance between Skylar and Rico progresses at a good pace. There is plenty of sexual tension. I found her evasive techniques interesting. I enjoyed this book and look forward to more in this series. ...more
I’ve really gotten into reading zombie books lately. Thus far in my zombie reading adventures it has been the upmost importance to kill the zombies. I’ve really gotten into reading zombie books lately. Thus far in my zombie reading adventures it has been the upmost importance to kill the zombies. They are evil vicious, carrying around a fatal disease that is easily spreadable. They must die. That is not this zombie book. The two main characters are zombies. Amanda and Wendy are (un)living it up diva style, complete with a gay male bestie and a succubus. These zombies biggest daily goal is to go clubbing, drink plenty of booze (it’s the only other thing they can consume) and try to out attire the whole club. This book is a snarkfest. It also houses the best and most one liners in any single book that I have ever read. One night while out clubbing Amanda receives a text from their succubus friend Liesl, she simply requests help. In their attempt to find her they uncover so much more than they ever expected. Someone is attempting to unleash a zombie outbreak. The problem is that the villain is not unleashing made zombies. The villain is turning the mistakes out on to the caffeine addicted humans. The mistakes are mindless zombies that are having only one thought…. sweetbreads (bet you were thinking brains.) Neither Amanda nor any of her friends are private investigators. The adventure that ensues is full of bloopers and mistakes. They begin the task of finding their missing friend. During the course of this journey the readers are given a glimpse of how they came to be in their group and how they came to be the supernatural creatures they are. What some may not like about this book: It is at times graphic in some of the zombie take out dining descriptions. This book has footnotes, have not seen these since my college years and they were never this humorous. The book is written memoir style. There are drink recipes scattered throughout the pages. (Do try the Well of Souls Green Demon p.245, tasty little vodka treat.) Amanda has also given the readers quite a few suggested musical playlists throughout the book. One also has to wonder if Amanda has a severe case of ADHD. The flow of the book skips around a bit and at times seems a bit bouncy. These are things some people may not like. I thought each of these quirks added to the uniqueness of this book. This book is very interesting. The world that has been created with the two different types of zombies and the different ways zombies are created is very different from all of the other zombie books out there. ...more
The majority of the problems that I have with this book are personal. If you’re okay with adultery you may enjoy the book. I personally had issues conThe majority of the problems that I have with this book are personal. If you’re okay with adultery you may enjoy the book. I personally had issues connecting with a woman who lies to her husband about where she goes, after dumping her child off with her sister, while she seeks a man that she had a relationship with. This relationship took up three years of her life six years ago, three years that she has no recollection of. I think Caitlyn justifies all of this because her husband has cheated on her. Also this is a flashback story. I am not a big fan of those. The story is being told between the adulterer and the new girlfriend. The new girlfriend Ashley is the Vampire Queen, she has issues that her current boyfriend Julian has a past lover in his present. Ashley has issues with Caitlyn even though she has been estranged from Julian. So this is the story of the how, when, where and why of Caitlyn and Julian. Ashley knocks on Caitlyn’s door at midnight one night demanding this information. There is a romantic aspect to this book, there are people in love, but there is not a happily ever after, so I would not classify this book as a paranormal romance.
The majority of the text is his life before becoming a vampire. I did not enjoy this book nearly as much as most of the other vampire chronicles. It wThe majority of the text is his life before becoming a vampire. I did not enjoy this book nearly as much as most of the other vampire chronicles. It was still a good book. ...more