One of my most favorite things is when I find a book on sale (or free!) by a new-to-me author that is fantastic. Odd Stuff by Virginia Nelson is one oOne of my most favorite things is when I find a book on sale (or free!) by a new-to-me author that is fantastic. Odd Stuff by Virginia Nelson is one of those awesome finds. I can’t even remember where I found the link, but I do know that I am reading the rest of this series! A fun, light-hearted paranormal romance, I was laughing out loud through much of the book.
I Torin & was so looking forward to his story. I liked Keeley, but expected more... Maybe it was because of so many convoluted subplots?I ❤️ Torin & was so looking forward to his story. I liked Keeley, but expected more... Maybe it was because of so many convoluted subplots?...more
I’ll be the first to admit that I’m not the biggest fan of historical fiction or period pieces. However, an easy way to get me to pick one up is to adI’ll be the first to admit that I’m not the biggest fan of historical fiction or period pieces. However, an easy way to get me to pick one up is to add some sort of supernatural element (in this case, vampires). Recently re-released with a new title and cover, Lucifer’s Rogue (f/k/a The Vampire Voss) by Colleen Gleason combines the formality of the Regency era with the innate messiness of the vampire lifestyle resulting in a charming, albeit typical, worldly man (or vampire) meets virginal girl love story.
I’m a huge fan of fairy tale and mythos re-imaginings, so a new take on Baba Yaga grabbed my attention right away. Deborah Blake’s Wickedly DangerousI’m a huge fan of fairy tale and mythos re-imaginings, so a new take on Baba Yaga grabbed my attention right away. Deborah Blake’s Wickedly Dangerous follows Barbara Yager, one of the three Baba Yagas covering American territory, after she’s been summoned to investigate the mysterious disappearance of young children. Instead of an old crone, this Baba Yaga is an “Amazonian beauty” and her crime-solving partner is the hunky local Sheriff, Liam McClellan. Also, Baba’s sentient hut with chicken legs is now a temperamental Airstream trailer. Humor, tension, and an incredible world of magic made Wickedly Dangerous a quick read that kept me on the edge of my seat and anxious for more.
**Warning: This is part 4 of a serial. You MUST read the first 3 parts before this one.**
This installment begins with Claire attempting to do some det**Warning: This is part 4 of a serial. You MUST read the first 3 parts before this one.**
This installment begins with Claire attempting to do some detective work in The (very dangerous) Zone. Full of criminals and drug addicts, Claire is searching for information that will vindicate her crime if she's ever found out. Thankfully, Irish finds her. He saves her from being discovered in exchange for her telling him what she's attempting to discover. We get the same fantastic dialogue (I love Irish and Claire's banter), super sexy scenes, AND a crazy new addition to the plot line. No sooner do we find out what has Claire so distressed, then we get our requisite cliffhanger that had me shouting. :0)
I received a copy of this story in exchange for an honest review....more
Soon after the passing of her mother, Mina realizes that her deceased father is very much alive...and living in another country. Mina finds letters f Soon after the passing of her mother, Mina realizes that her deceased father is very much alive...and living in another country. Mina finds letters from her father when she goes through her mother's belongings. Then, she sets off to find her father in Germany. It's obvious from the beginning that there is some sort of paranormal element, and I do love me some shifters. Mina has her world turned upside down when she realizes that her father and mother worked together to keep her safe - away from Germany.
Of course, she and her tour guide/bodyguard, Mathias, have an immediate connection. He's old but looks young; she's young. He's a warrior that has worked his way into the King's service; she doesn't even know there is a king. There's mating, espionage (already figured out who one of the traitors is), intrigue, kidnapping, violence, and an HEA.
I enjoyed the book and the take on shape shifters. The villains are terribly villain-y. Mina came across as selfish and immature, at times, but I think that may have been by design. I liked Mathias. Talon, Tre, and Killian were my favorite characters. I'm looking forward to reading Talon's book - though I saw that connection coming from a mile away!
I saw some other pretty harsh reviews that make me wonder if: a) I read a newer, more polished version; b) who pissed in those Cheerios? I can get frustrated when reading, but it's just a book. Put it down and take a walk; c) I read A LOT. As in, A LOT, A LOT. It can be very difficult to review based on research because there are almost always some issues. Additionally, this is PNR, so I'm more apt to overlook things and just incorporate them in world-building; d) Deep breaths and yoga might help....more
The Clan is on the road attempting to escape the vampires on their trail. This ragtag group of hybrid Alphas (though, Amber is definitely Alpha númeroThe Clan is on the road attempting to escape the vampires on their trail. This ragtag group of hybrid Alphas (though, Amber is definitely Alpha número uno), super smart werewolf, and witch continue to find trouble. Mary wants to come into her witch powers, but training always seems to go up in flames - literally. Craig, the werewolf of the Clan, is finding it harder and harder to keep his distance from Mary. His wolf wants her in a bad way, but Craig isn't ready for that level of commitment.
Throw in kidnapped witches, an unhappy family reunion for Craig, and a crazy attraction that just won't quit and you've got one hell of a story.
I liked the inter-species cooperation and am anxiously waiting for Shelly's book. I'm looking forward to her acknowledging her mates. Obviously, the Matheo is batshit crazy and needs to go. I'm just wondering who will step in and fill the void.
I won a copy of this book through a contest by the author....more
Amber Paulson, daughter of the local werewolf Alpha, has found her mate. Coincidentally, he happens to be Jake Meyers of the Meyers vampire Family. ThAmber Paulson, daughter of the local werewolf Alpha, has found her mate. Coincidentally, he happens to be Jake Meyers of the Meyers vampire Family. The mating bond is too much to fight, but the inter-species relationship is not welcomed by Pack or Family. These two must figure out how to happily co-exist in spite of learning that neither of them is exactly what they seem.
This was a very cute story. It had action, sexy times, sweet times, plenty of humor, and I want to know what happens next. The humor was more than enough for me to stop pouting about the fact that it was in 1st POV. A snarky, slightly self-centered werewolf heroine and a worldly, sexy vampire hero really heat up the pages. If I had to explain the feeling of the book, I would say it had elements that reminded me of Underworld and of Amanda Carlson's Hot Blooded series with super sexy times added. The pacing was spot on throughout.
My only qualm (and it wasn't a huge issue) was the insta-love. Based on my perception of the world, a strong bond makes sense. I just wish we'd made it farther in the story before the L-word was dropped....more
Part 2 left me feeling a little meh. Part 3 picks up in the middle of the action. Claire and Irish can't ignore their building attraction any longer.Part 2 left me feeling a little meh. Part 3 picks up in the middle of the action. Claire and Irish can't ignore their building attraction any longer. Many decisions are to be made. There are some cryptic notes that leave us wondering what the heck Claire is doing and who, exactly, is involved in this with her. We know the bad guys are bad, but we still don't know why they are SO bad. Also, Hadley, Irish's younger sister gets more page time, as does Irish's brother, Liam. The wolves are wondering what on earth is going on while Claire and Irish attempt to distract them from asking too many questions.
This world is just plain fun. Part 3 has tons of action (fighting and smexy, both!) which helped move it along. At this point, I am racking up so many questions that it's unreal. If I don't get (at least some) answers in Part 4, I'm gonna be irritated. I like that there isn't much of a time lapse between the release of each installment.
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For Pia, a succubus, sex is survival. After growing up in an unusually loving family, Pia has issues sexing with just any guy. Following a failed relaFor Pia, a succubus, sex is survival. After growing up in an unusually loving family, Pia has issues sexing with just any guy. Following a failed relationship with a mortal, her father takes steps to ensure that she has suitors to turn turn in her times of need. One suitor goes missing, one is out of town and Pia is forced to seek out her dangerous third, the Master vampire of the city. He obliges in exchange for a favor: Pia must investigate a newcomer to the city.
Turns out, the newcomer is an incubus and, boy, do sparks fly! Can Pia handle being just another wife or does she need love?
Lovely dialogue, fast-paced plot, and some really interesting sub-plots made this a very enjoyable read. I was cheering for Pia the whole way through. There were enough great supporting characters to draw me into this world and crave more!...more