Brave Are the Lonely is the second installment in Heather Long’s Fevered Hearts series and follows Cody. Cody is a wolf shifter whos wolf is still in love with Scarlet, but the man is not.
Cody is a deeply complex character. His wolf and him are two separate entities and I always enjoy this type of view on shifters. When the man has feelings for the Traveler’s princess Mariska the wolf does not agree. The battle Mariska ignites lights more than one kind of fire within Cody and his wolf. Long truly pulls you into the story and has the ability to make you see the story through each of the characters eyes. I love her ability to do this!
This series is swiftly becoming a favorite and I would recommend this to a broad spectrum of Romance lovers including historical, paranormal, and western fanatics!
I rate Brave Are the Lonely 4.5 out of 5 Bullets!(less)
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Forgotten in Darkness is Zoe Forward‘s second installment in her Scimitar Magi series. You can read the review of the first book in this series, Dawn of a Dark Knight HERE.
The pages of Forgotten in Darkness are lined with Egyptian history, legends, and gods adding depth and unexpected twists to every page. As we learn more about the ancient Magi and their history, I feel myself falling into the world with them. Forward does an incredible job describing every character with their own uniqueness and quirks and this does not stop with just the protagonists. The villain in Forgotten in Darkness plays a great and evil roll in the past and current conflict. This element adds a polished feel to this layered plot line and aiding to prove a natural feel to the flow of the story.
Forgotten in Darkness focused on the relationship between Dakar and Shay who have been cursed for multiple reincarnations to kill one another after they come together in every new life. I loved this predestined struggle and conflict with a twist of repeated homicide. Don’t judge me. ;) Dakar brings a lot to the back story of the Scimitar Magi series as well as a few new characters. I cannot wait to read more about this world.
I believe Forgotten in Darkness would appeal to any Paranormal or Urban Fantasy fan!
I rate Forgotten in Darkness 4 out of 5 Bullets!(less)
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A Cast-Off Coven is Juliet Blackwell’s second installment in A Witchcraft Mystery series. You can check out the review for the fist book – Secondhand Spirits here.
A Cast-Off Coven was an enjoyable story. With high mystery elements and great characters the audiobook flowed nicely. Juliet Blackwell does a great job executing her story. She makes you feel like part of the action and I easily connected with the protagonist – Lilly Ivory. Lilly is a highly likable character that ends up in the middle of some interesting situations. Lilly’s character had some great character growth in A Cast-Off Coven and it certainly made me want to keep reading more about her world.
The only real downside to this book (in my opinion) is that although Lilly is told many times she is witch with great power, not only does she doubt herself, but there is no way to gauge her abilities. The other only real witch or warlock in this series displayed no power in A Cast-Off Coven and I have a hard time picturing what her great powers are compared to. If there were other witches or examples to give you a basis of what bottom of the barrel power is vs high ranking power – I think It would clear some of this up.
A Cast-Off Coven is a light read with some great paranormal aspects. Witches, demons, and ghosts line the pages in various aspects.
Audiobook thoughts: Xe Sands executes the story well. Being a southerner (Texas) I think the accent is a little off, but not enough to be distracting. The pace of the reading is done quite well and keeps up with the story. I listened this via Audible and would recommend this audiobook.
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Micah and Mrs. Miller is Heather Long‘s third installment in her Fevered Hearts series. So the title pretty much states who this book follows, so I promise not to be redundant and tell you again. ;)
The back story and conflict in the Fevered Hearts series is brilliantly enchanting. I love Long’s world concept with the Fevered. Surviving a tragic illness and coming out with a special super power is both a traumatic and amazing outcome. Conflicts in Micah and Mrs. Miller are at an all time high. The Cane’s and their community are under attack and they will do anything to protect those that they love. The relationships between the Cane family and many other secondary characters make this a world you want to crawl into to just join in the fight!
I am going to admit that Micah was my favorite Cane. Yet, I didn’t feel quite as connected to his character in Micah and Mrs. Miller as I expected. I think for me it might have been the realization that he was really too good of a guy – don’t judge me – with little issues or baggage made him harder to relate to. However, Mrs. Miller was an unexpected flare that did compliment Micah nicely. Their chemistry had that old fashioned feel that added to the overall feel of the setting.
Micah and Mrs. Miller is another great addition to the Fevered Hearts series.
I rate Micah and Mrs. Miller 4 out of 5 Bullets!(less)
The Iron Duke is Meljean Brook‘s first title in her Iron Seas Series. Brook’s does a phenomenal job in both character and world development. The combination of grit and romance came together like fire and ice for a beautiful combination. I loved the Iron Duke on so many different levels that I am sure this review is going to sound a little gushy. =)
I connected with the lead character, Mina Wentworth right from the start. She was smart, strong, and just purely accepting of who she was, no matter how different. Brooks describes amazing technologies with a grungy and vivid clarity. Her unique world seamlessly transports you into a different shade of history.
The hints of mystery added a great element to the overall story. World building was not anything short of dazzling. The chemestry between Mina and the Rhys (the Iron Duke) felt natural and smooth on every front. I also enjoyed Mina’s personal relationships with all the secondary character as well. She just seemed to come alive and make everyone around her equally colorful. I didn’t want this story to end.
I loved the plot line following a revolution, yet included lots of great conflict. The touch of science fiction feel to this book completely fulfilled and surpassed everything I would look for in a steampunk title.
I think that readers of many different genres will enjoy the Iron Duke. Every one from Historical buffs to Sci-fi fanatics and everyone in between.
Outlander by Diana Gabaldon is her first book in the Outlander series. It is normally tagged as Romance/Historical/Fantasy. 2 out of the 3 tags confuse the crap out of me and this might be one of the harder reviews I have ever had to write. Seriously.
Apparently, this review needs actual discussion points. So let me start with the writing. There are many and it is entirely in first person. 800+ pages in first person is a lot. That being said, the words held that classic feel and undeniable talent of a word artist. The audiobook certainly did the author justice with beautifully spoken accents that captured the essence of every character.
Point two – Characters. The two main characters being Claire and Jamie. Claire’s character seemed to take on many different feelings throughout the book, but I am reluctant to call it character growth. Claire felt undefined and muddy at times. As if the author had not made up her mind on how the character should be portrayed. At times I liked her and at other times I felt she needed more than a good swift kick in the ass. I felt Claire was especially disconnected in the first half of the book, which should not have happened with her first person point of view. The TV show is a hot topic of discussion lately – Jamie being most of it – the allure of him through most of the book was obvious. A wronged and beautiful man, especially in a kilt, conjures so many great fantasies and dream worthy thoughts. He was swoon worthy and glorious. His character, in contract to Claire’s, did feel especially well defined and level. However; the ending of Outlander pretty much takes any hope of keeping this appeal and throws it through a wood chipper.
Point three – Secondary Characters. I thought the secondary characters were quite brilliant. They varied greatly and really added a nice texture to the story. I think it spoke a lot to that time, where good friends and family are the defining point between life and death.
Point four – the Story. OK, so I am going to start by just saying that this not a romance. Sorry for those of you that feel it is. I don’t think so. Happily Ever After is what defines romance. Outlander did not have a HEA, therefore not a romance. I am not saying Jamie is not swoon worthy. I am not saying that there was no sex. You can put these two things into any genre – it does not make them romances. This makes me wonder what direction the series on TV is going to take, but that is not really the discussion of this review. I think that the overall story is a deep and unique tale, but not mind-blowing like I was expecting. It is hard to go into why this book effected me as negatively as it did without there being a huge spoiler. I will leave you with this thought: I read as an escape. An escape from reality where things are brutal and gruesome at times. I work in a high stress environment with high conflict and abuse. I don’t want it to be a big part of a characters story and I certainly don’t want to be left with the brutality of it lingering on my soul.
Audiobook thoughts: Davina Porter narrates Outlander like a boss. Her artfully spoken accents added so much to the story. I don’t think anything could have changed that would have made this a better listen. I loved the timing and emotion Porter brought to the story.(less)
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Bared is Stacey Kennedy‘s second installment in her Club Sin series. Emotionally driven with great characters, this book left me breathless and involved.
Bared follows Dom Aidan and sub Cora in an emotionally gut wrenching journey. Aidan might be broken, but not in a traditional or unhealthy way. I think Kennedy does what so many fail to do – make BDSM a healthy outlet for absolutely normal individuals. Yes they all have that piece that is broken, but we all do. Are we not all broken in one way or another? No matter how self aware at times we are, our ghosts still linger and can effect beautiful things we might not otherwise see. Isn’t this our ultimate battle towards happiness>? This story captures this essence in an expected way. Pulling us in a tide of emotion and nakedness that so many of us fear.
I did come to completely identify with the characters, but it was not an instant connection. It took a little while to see the whole picture of the characters complex dynamics. In full disclosure Kennedy did what few other authors are capable of doing. She made me cry! I didn’t even see it coming and that is really something special. The BDSM contained in this book is part of the characters lives, but it is certainly not all this book is about. Kennedy has created alluring characters and a captivating story.
I rate Bared by Stacey Kennedy 4.5 out of 5 Bullets!(less)
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Chenoire by Susannah Sandlin is short story that takes place out in Louisiana bayou. You can check out the authors inspiration story HERE - you don’t want to miss this guest post!
I didn’t really think too much about what this book was about before I dove into it. What I got was a brilliant surprise! Sandlin submerges us with the sounds, smells, and tastes of true bayou feel. She sprinkles in some paranormal and romance making it a great short story. The characters were well defined in the short amount of time and I felt the story was complete, although I certainly could have continued reading about this world Sandlin created.
If you are looking for a short story to break you out of the cold weather funk – you will not be disappointed with Chenoire!(less)
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**This review assumes, and could possibly have spoilers if you have not read any of the other books in this series.
Night Broken is Patricia Briggs‘ 8th book in her Mercy Thompson series. Night Broken is a great addition to the series. When Adam’s ex-wife appears we get a chance to see a different side of Mercy Thompson.
Night Mercy touched on Mercy’s adjustment into the pack, a pack where not everyone wants her or views her status within the ranks. Especially when Adam’s ex-wife reappears and moves into their home for protection. The conflict and tension the situation creates is a great story by its self. Add the dynamic of a god that is unnaturally obsessed with Adams ex and well..you have one hell of a great story.
Night Broken added a lot of depth to Mercy’s character that I think was missing in the last one or two installments. Briggs’ writing is flawless and story telling is captivating. She pulls you into Mercy’s world with fierce world building and character growth. Allowing you to become one with the story. With an enchanting feel and great conflict Night Mercy becomes a MUST READ. If you have not read the other books in this series – do so now.
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The Furies: A Thriller by Mark Alpert is a stand alone thriller/sci-fi type of paranormal. I flipped pages. I consumed the words. This book made me think and discuss the contents, history, and story. What more can one ask for?
I am going to have a little confessional first. I kind of broke my own rule about reading reviews on this book before writing my own. I couldn’t help it! I am just a weak individual. OK. Cut me some slack! Before discussing this further I am going to tell you that I come from a Stephen King, Christopher Pike, and all around weird background as a VERY young adult. These were my go-tos for entertainment. Don’t judge me, I already know how strange I was….or…am. The Furies reminded me of this pastime. That background and original spark for storytelling and literature is where my passion lies. I think many of the reviews expected a much higher romance and paranormal themed story. Although many elements did exist, I think the overall execution was just more of a King kind of feel.
Yes, romance might have been threaded through the story, albeit in not the traditional manner. Paranormal might have been threaded through the story..again..not in the traditional matter. However, what The Furies: A Thriller brought to the table was a complete thought provoking experience. The threads of true history weaved into the story of a race of “witches” not defined by our conventional terms brought hours of thought and personal dialog that was enjoyable and unique. The background and history of both Ariel Fury and John Rogers came together with a beautiful mix of how two completely separate shapings of ones environment can lead to a common thread. An intense thread that could possibly effect the course of many people.
Redefine witches with a complete scientific explanation and invoke your imagination in how someone could influence our history if so inclined…is a very fascinating concept. I think sci-fi and thriller lovers with love this title and not be disappointed!(less)
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The Undead Pool by Kim Harrison is the 12th book in The Hollows series. If you ask me, I think it might be the best installment yet! My favorite witch/day-walking demon is trying hard to stay out of trouble, but when you are Rachel Morgan that is a hard mission to accomplish.
All of the cast is back in action and character growth is vibrant, making The Undead Pool the best book YET of The Hallows series. Although I love this series, Rachel was never a favorite. This has all changed. Her acceptance of who she is has come to the front and I adored and appreciated her transformation. With captivating action and a perfectly flowing plot line from beginning to end, Harrison deepens our knowledge and history of the demons, but still leaves the readers with some unanswered questions leaving you wanting more!
Rachel also *might* FINALLY have another love interest...or acting on one that already exists. I don't want to give away any spoilers or surprises, but OMG I was happy with her progress and ability to accept something new. If you are a fan of this series you will not be let down by The Undead Pool and if you are a new comer, I think The Undead Pool could be read independently. However, I would recommend the other books in this series as the world building and characters have so much to offer.(less)
Repossessed by Shawntelle Madison is the first book in her Warlock Repo Man Chronicles. Repossessed takes place in an unknown community of witches, warlocks, and wizards in modern day New York City.
Repossessed started off by capturing me in Tessa's world. Tessa is a new matchmaker trying to follow in her grandmothers footsteps - lets face it - being a matchmaker for this underground community of magic users is going to be a challenge. Madison does a great job placing the humor in the story line, but something just fell flat with everything else. At times I felt that things started and stopped randomly leaving me a little confused as the flow of the story didn't seem fluid.
Madison's character development was certainly up to code and I enjoyed every one of them. This is a big part of what makes this review a little conflicting. Although individual elements really worked the overall feel was monotonous. I will say that I loved Madison's ideas and development and I would love to pick up some of her other books and give them a try!
Wildfire by Mina Khan is a nontraditional type of paranormal. With dragon shifters and cowboys set in Texas…how could one go wrong?
Wildfire is a great example of what I love about self-published books. It keeps that nontraditional and free spirited edge to every page. I think the author nails it by calling it “a paranormal mystery with romantic elements. It is not a traditional romance.” Although it certainly did have some romantic elements, I would certainly not define it as romance either. It had a slight Urban Fantasy feel with the mystery background and character development.
Lynn is a Japanese American dragon shifter who finds herself luered to Pleasant Valley Texas where her best friend resides. Lynn finds more than she expected in so many different ways. The development of the story was clear and well written. With some hot cowboys/firefighters thrown in the mix the adventure contained on the pages was yummy and fun! I think any paranormal or urban fantasy fan would appreciate and enjoy Wildfire!(less)
Heart of Obsidian by Nalini Singh is the 12th book in her Psy-Changeling series and was…er..WOW!! Heart of Obsidian follows Kaleb, a Psy. The depth and emotions in Heart of Obsidian were intense and unforgettable.
Although the Psy are a race that has imposed Silence, a form of complete emotional absence, the amount of emotions contained in Heart of Obsidian is amazing. Kaleb’s character is dark and complex. His history and background was as dark as night, yet you cannot help but care about him. Singh is truly an expert storyteller. She pulls you into the Psy-Changeling world with stunning and vivid emotions. This was certainly a darker book compared to many of the others in this series.
The back story in this series is coming together in an amazing way. The war is coming…and I can’t wait to find out how this is going to end! If you have not read any of the others in this series, I am not sure it would be an easy read. I would not advice starting with this book, but several of the others in this series could be read independently.
I rate Heart of Obsidian 4.5 out of 5 Bullets(less)
Tangle of Need is the 11th book in Nalini Singh’s Psy-Changeling series. Each book in this series has its own story as well as a continuation of a fantastic back story and conflict.
I have to admit that although I am a total fan-girl over this series, I had a very hard time getting into Tangle of Need. Tangle of Need certainly felt like two individual stories and they didn’t seem to sync as well as all the previous books in this series did. Adria and Riaz also are not my favorite characters to read about. Many times I felt like they both needed a good whomp upside the back of their freaking heads. However, the second half of the book redeemed them in my eyes. Singh seemed to change gears at about the half way point and it swayed back into the beautiful rhythm I am used to feeling in her writing. This makes Tangle of Need a major challenge to rate. I think that although it is my least favorite of this series, it is still a good story. The fan-girl in me wants to rate Tangle of Need 4 out of 5 Bullets, but I think that would be unfair and dishonest.
I DO recommend this series as a whole and honestly think this is unforgettable series. Start on the first book if you are interested – you will not be disappointed!
Gunmetal Magic is the next installment of the Kate Daniels series and is from Andrea’s POV. This is untypical of this series as all previous books have been from Kate’s POV.
It took me a little while to hear Andrea’s voice and not Kate’s. This is a favorite series of mine and Kate has always been such an unforgettable character. Yet, Andrea did find her own voice and rhythm. Once the gears were switched I loved the amazing story that unfolded. Andrea has such history and it was nice to have so much depth added to a secondary character. Her history with Raphael, as well as the resolve, was a beautiful story.
Andrea’s story was much more powerful and deep than I imagined. I enjoyed the way the authors unraveled the pain of Andrea’s past – you truly gained so much insight into her character and decisions she made in the past.
The full world dynamic in all of the Kate Daniels series is truly a work of art in its self.
Gunmetal Magic also included a free novella, Magic Gifts. I jumped right into it! It was an amazing addition to the Kate Daniels series!
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The Damsel and the Daggerman is a novella from Delilah S. Dawson’s Blud series. The Damsel and the Daggerman is a well written and developed Novella.
Jacinda was such a lovely character and addition to the diverse feel of this world. Her chemistry with Marco was explosive and unique. The mystery of Marcos’ character added depth to this novella and it contained a story in its entirety. Marco was a great male character. Reluctant (for a good reason) and solitary – I loved Jacinda’s relentless pursuit of the truth and the man hiding it.
Dawson keeps the beautiful feel and imagery I have come to love from her Blud series in Damsel and the Daggerman. All in all Damsel and the Daggerman was a great read that fed my addiction to this series.(less)
This is an original review from http://bookedandloaded.com - Original rating 4.5/5. I received Born in Blood from the publisher. This did not influenc...moreThis is an original review from http://bookedandloaded.com - Original rating 4.5/5. I received Born in Blood from the publisher. This did not influence my opinion in any way.
Born in Blood by Alexandra Ivy is the first installment in her new series, The Sentinels. In this new darker world the characters felt more extreme and the world building more complex, it was a great surprise!
Duncan and Callie have chemistry right from the first scene and I enjoyed the less traditional type of Alpha characters. A divorced sergeant, Duncan knew what he wanted and didn't let up. His personality was rough and in your face, I liked him . ;) This clash of personalities took place in a very unique world with a bit of a sci-fi feel to it. Urban Fantasy lovers will be pleased with the world building and setting. The story line is extremely brilliant and I didn't want to set this book down for a minute!
The diverse and clearly defined characters didn't stop at the protagonists. The secondary characters were just as vivid and I can't wait to see what the second installment of The Sentinels will hold!(less)
Clean Sweep by Ilona Andrews is the first installment in their Innkeeper Chronicles series. Clean Sweep takes place in a new world that touches on the border of Sci-fi. With alien worlds and other planets these new characters come to life with a broom …..er…I mean BOOM!
Clean Sweep follows the young new Innkeeper, Dina Demille, in her adventure to protect her Inn and its residence. In Dina’s world the Inn is almost a sentient being. It is able to build and protect its self. I loved this concept! With multiple Alphas in Dina’s life, Andrews creates a spectrum of lovely characters all the way around. The mystery and conflict are well laid out and kept me entertained and engaged.
Clean Sweep has a feel of unpredictability in it which added much to this new series! I think any Andrews fan will fall in love and any new reader that loves anything paranormal will do the same! And…where can I get a house and broom like Dina!!!
I rate Clean Sweep 4 out of 5 Bullets!
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I received Clean Sweep directly from the author for the purpose of providing an honest review. All opinions are my honest opinion and how I received this book did not influence my opinion in any way.(less)
Kissed by a Dark Prince is the first installment in Felicity Heaton's newest series - Eternal Mates. With a brilliant new take on vampire lore in this complex, yet clearly defined new world, Kissed by a Dark Prince will not disappoint! Heaton injects you into a world with rich plot lines and a variety of characters that will have you turning the pages swiftly and frequently.
Kissed by a Dark Prince is the first book by Heaton I have had the pleasure of reading and reviewing. I am officially a FAN! Not only is Olivia and Prince Loren's chemistry enchanting, the secondary characters made the story addictive. The world building is brilliant and added that extra flare to a beautiful romance story.
I also just have to comment on the more intimate scenes in Kissed by a Dark Prince and say .... THANK YOU to Felicty for the exquisite detail and feel to Olivia and Prince Loren's love scenes. So many times lately in Romance these scenes end up just feeling disconnected and skipped over OR overdone to the point of cheesy. (I have coined the skipped over ones the good ole tweak-tweak / poke poke) In Kissed by a Dark Prince, Heaton nails these scenes beautifully and artfully. (total pun intended)
Prince Loren and Olivia both had the depth and clarity that comes from great writing. Their personal history flowed seamlessly into the story making them feel real and compelling you to empathize with each of them.
Eternal Mates will be a series that I stalk until the next installment is released. I feel any Paranormal, Urban Fantasy, Fantasy, and Sci-fi Romance fan will love Kissed by a Dark Prince!
I rate Kissed by a Dark Prince 4.5 out of 5 Bullets!(less)
How Zombies Stole Christmas is a long novella by Sidney Bristol. I have to admit that although I love Christmas as a tradition, I am normally not drawn to the Christmas themed stories. However, how could I resist a title like How Zombies Stole Christmas?
How Zombies Stole Christmas is an unexpected and amazing story! Leave all your expectations of zombies and Santa Clause at the door please! This world takes place on the Russian boarder where the Fae have created a safe haven for their kind and the like. Evelina is Jack Frost's daughter. She is now the guardian of the Snow Maid for the Russian Santa, Ded Maroz. With conspiracies and Yeti shifters doning surprising clothing, How Zombies Stole Christmas is a brilliant surprise.
With action, excitement, and a happy ending - any fan of paranormal romance is going to love this story!
I rate How Zombies Stole Christmas 4.5 out of 5 Bullets!(less)
Marshal of Hel Dorado is Heather Long's first book in her Fevered Hearts series. I truly devoured this story. Long pulled me into the cowboy world of Marshal Samuel Kane and his family. It scuked me into the past with such brilliant clarity, I could smell the horse sweat and hay. *sigh* It was a beautiful ride.
Marshal of Hel Dorado made me warm and fuzzy all over. With SO many great characters and a plot that is original and amazing - there wasn't anything I didn't like about Marshal of Hel Dorado. Typically cowboy reads are not my forte, but Long's story telling painted vivid images through her writing that will be forever unforgettable. The old southern charm is alive and well and worked its magic on this reader. *fans self*
With a ribbon of paranormal woven through it, Marshal of Hel Dorado will satisfy any paranormal romance fan. Refreshing and brilliant, I will be quick to pick up the next book in this series. I should make a special rating for "kindle in the bathtub good'. Seriously, VERY few books are worth bringing my kindle close to the risk of certain death by bath salts and bubbles. Well, bitches this book was that good...that is right. I took the Marshal into the bath with me!! ;)
Writing about horses is NOT something authors should take lightly. I am fully confident in saying that this author knows horses. Any horse fanatic would be comfortable in reading this story as it is very accurate. Sometimes it is hard to recomend book to my horse loving friends when horses are part of the story. They would all be pleasantly pleased with Marshal of Hel Dorado!
Currently Marshal of Hel Dorado is $.99 on Amazon (buy HERE) it might be the best dollar I have ever spent.
I rate Marshal of Hel Dorado 5 out of 5 Bullets!(less)
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Unclaimed by Sara Humphreys is the 5th book in her Amoveo Legend series. I have a couple Amoveo books (and not in order) and I am still impressed with the way Humphreys weaves each story individually seamlessly.
Unclaimed follows Dominic, a Guardian, and Tatiana. Tatiana Winters does not want to be pulled into the Amoveo (Shifters) politics. Only being a half-breed with negative feelings towards her Amoveo side it is understandable. However, isn't life is always 90% what we are handed and fate always seems to laugh at our well laid out plans!
Humphreys always adds in a bit of mystery into her stories and I think that it adds so much to this story. The secondary characters are a large driving force as well. When you add all of these factors together you cannot help but enjoy and be swept up in the story.(less)
Realm Walker by Kathleen Collins is a fast past Urban Fantasy. A lot was happening in Realm Walker at every turn of the page. As with many series starters many world rules and creatures are introduced during a short period of time. Everything from Vampires, Trolls, Demons, Werewolves, and Fae and Collins injects you into this world swiftly and furiously, yet with a surprising amount of finesse.
Juliana’s story in Realm Walker is a unique story that pulled me in from the beginning. I loved the untypical love story between Juliana and Thomas Kendrick. This was not your typical swoon and HEA love story. (How refreshing!) With a great line of secondary characters that are greatly diverse – I felt like anything was possible. I do think that Realm Walker would not be the perfect fit for everyone, but I truly enjoyed it. With high action and certain level of mystery, Realm Walker will not be a story that I will soon be forgetting about.(less)
4 1/2 out of 5 Bullet rating! This is an original review from http://bookedandloaded.com. I received this book from the author - this did not affect m...more4 1/2 out of 5 Bullet rating! This is an original review from http://bookedandloaded.com. I received this book from the author - this did not affect my review in any way.
Black and Blue by Gena Showalter is the second installment in her Otherworld Assassin series. Please note that I did not read this first book in this series, Long Kiss Goodnight. I do not feel that this effected my enjoyment of Black and Blue in anyway.
Black and Blue is a fast paced paranormal romance where the non-humans are from different alien races. I guess you could classify this as a sci-fi romance as well. Almost all aspects of this book appealed to me. The characters, chemistry, and action were all top notch! The flaws in both Evie Black and Corbin Blue created a beautiful view of their personal conflicts and flaws. The fight scenes and action are very well written and well placed throughout the story.
Even the heroes in Black and Blue are kind of the villains, as they are assassins. This added a great dynamic and I loved the super spy and James Bond feel created by this effect. I think lovers of romance with also not be disappointed. Showalter writes high tension sex scenes that could melt the letters off the page!(less)
This is an original review from http://bookedandloaded.com. I received Dead Sexy from the author via NetGalley. All opinions are my own and are not in...moreThis is an original review from http://bookedandloaded.com. I received Dead Sexy from the author via NetGalley. All opinions are my own and are not influenced in any way.
Dead Sexy by Paige Tyler is a Zombie Romance - falling under Paranormal Romance. Generally, I love zombie stories and was very intrigued about this being a zombie romance. Normally I see more zombie action is Horror and although the story line premise was quite brilliant, the execution was just not.
Drake Parrish is cursed and it changes his life forever. Just so nobody gets uber creaped out here - he is only a zombie on and off. It kind of comes in waves and then goes away. So 80% of the time he looks completely normal. So there is no half-dead sexy..just sayin'.
I feel like this book had two completely different feels. The first half seemed to be very sexual, which normally I would not complain about, but it seemed like some of the scenes were forced. The chemistry was strong between the characters, but some of the sexual scenes didn't seem to fit into the story and used repetitive words. This is becoming a real pet peeve of mine. It is just so distracting to read the same word over and over to describe any part of the body. The second half seemed more consistent in the sexual content and had lots of action. I consistently felt that there was no fluidity to the writing and story. As much as I tried to like this book, it just did not work for me.(less)
Sabina and Team Awesome return in this Halloween themed Novalla – Rusted Veins! Rusted Veins is like an epic recipe for Halloween Delight. Just add two demon parents, a mage, the Chosen, and New Orleans. Beat vigorously. Add in shananigans to taste and BAM!! A perfect Halloween read!
Sabina is trying to settle into her new ways, but when Adam’s ex-fiance reappears into their life will she be able to keep her composure? Wells’ does a fantastic job keeping up with the character development in this Novella as well as spicing it up with some new members!! The same humor and attitude I fell in love with during the Sabina Kane series is consistent in Rusted Veins and left me wanting to pick up this entire series over again!(less)
Bad Kitty by Eliza Gayle is the first book in her Southern Shifter's series. Bad Kitty is a spin off series from Gayle's Black Cougar Trilogy and I will say that I did not read this series...although I am seriously considering picking it up here shortly.
Bad Kitty follows Kitty, a cougar shifter, after she has been exiled from her clan. The reasons relate back to the Black Cougar Trilogy, but I did not feel lost at any point. Gayle does a great job flowing the back history into the story. All in all I loved this book. The chemistry and tension between Kitty and Rafe (please translate to - the sex was hawt) was smooth and natural and the external conflicts are equally as fitting. (Especially considering this is a short length novel.)
I am always a sucker for character growth. To me it is a big piece of what makes the characters feel real and Bad Kitty is top notch in this department. I am sucked in and will be patiently (that is such a lie...I have no patience) awaiting the next installment in this series! If you like sexy shifter romances - I recommend Bad Kitty!
Plan Witch From Out of Town is Heather Long's second Chance Monroe book. This Urban Fantasy about a Hedge Witch (think Earth caregiver!) and those around her. Filled with action and a great story line, Plan Witch From Out of Town is a fun read.
Chance Monroe has overcome some great battles, but will the trauma be too much for her to hang onto? The internal conflict and doubt Chance has during Plan Witch From Out of Town was a great layer of conflict in this book. Her relationships start to fall into their proper places and it was a pleasure to read about. I loved how we are given little crumbs about Chance's family history, but it seems to be just enough for you to leave wanting more! Long lays out a great stepping stone for the next installment of this series and I cannot wait to pick it up! (less)