I admit, it isn’t often that I buy a story on release day. With very few exceptions, I...moreQuickie Review. For full review, please visitThe Romanceaholic.
I admit, it isn’t often that I buy a story on release day. With very few exceptions, I typically wait a week or two until I have a chance to read some reviews from people who share my tastes in stories before I plunk down any of my hard earned money. However, I am a Moira Rogers fangirl, and when I found out she had a new story that combined vampires, werewolves (of a sort), western romance, and steampunk, I couldn’t get over to Amazon quickly enough. Add to that the fact that it’s less than a Starbucks Latte, and I was immediately sold.
It should be noted that there was prolific use of the “c” word, for those readers who can’t stand its usage, as well as an occasional foray into some back-door loving. Despite the language, I don’t feel that this qualified as erotica, however, and would instead call it an “incredibly steamy romance”. Steampunk fans should also be aware that those elements were few and far between. Elevators, various weaponry, and steam carriages seemed to pretty much be the extent of the Steampunk elements, with nary an airship or pair of welding goggles to be seen. The inventions that were present, however, were quite important, and I couldn’t help but get flashes in my head of the movie Wild Wild West on occasion.
Overall, I adored it. I quite literally couldn’t put it down, and cannot wait for the continuation of the series.
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While spoiler-free for The Rift Walker, this review does contain spoilers for The Greyfriar. Please scroll to the next BOLD text if you wish to avoid any possible spoilers.
Expected Release Date: September 2011 (Available Now!) Publisher: Prometheus Books Imprint: Pyr Author’s Website: http://clayandsusangriffith.blogspot.com My Source for This Book: Gift from the Publisher Part of a Series: Yes, Book 2, Vampire Empire Trilogy Series Best Read In Order: Yes Steam Level: Warm
Official Blurb: Princess Adele struggles with a life of marriage and obligation as her Equatorian Empire and their American Republic allies stand on the brink of war against the vampire clans of the north. However, the alliance's horrific strategy for total victory drives Adele to abandon her duty and embark on a desperate quest to keep her nation from staining its hands with genocide. Reunited with her great love, the mysterious adventurer known to the world as the Greyfriar, Adele is pursued by her own people as well as her vengeful husband, Senator Clark. With the human alliance in disarray, Prince Cesare, lord of the British vampire clan, seizes the initiative and strikes at the very heart of Equatoria.
As Adele labors to bring order to her world, she learns more about the strange powers she exhibited in the north. Her teacher, Mamoru, leads a secret cabal of geomancers who believe Adele is the one who can touch the vast power of the Earth that surges through ley lines and wells up at the rifts where the lines meet. These energies are the key to defeating the enemy of mankind, and if Princess Adele could ever bring this power under her command, she could be death to vampires. But such a victory will also cost the life of Adele's beloved Greyfriar.
The Rift Walker is the second book in a trilogy of high adventure and alternate history. Combining rousing pulp action with steampunk style, the Vampire Empire series brings epic political themes to life within a story of heartbreaking romance, sacrifice, and heroism.
The Rift Walker picks up a short time after The Greyfriar left off. When we last saw Adele, she had returned to Alexandria to "recover" from her time with the vampires, and to await her political marriage to the insufferable Senator Clark, while Gareth returned to Caesar's side, hoping to ingratiate himself to his younger brother in order to get inside information into Caesar's plans for the war.
Expanding on the incredible Steampunk world created in the first novel, The Rift Walker follows Adele's adventures through the African interior, as she attempts to not only avoid marriage to the deplorable Senator Clark, but struggles to harness her newfound ability to actually manipulate the powers of the earth to in turn superheat and destroy vampires from the inside out. A perpetual pawn in the schemes of others, she is finally beginning to come into her own as a leader, and while Garret/Greyfriar does play a large part in the story, this is truly Adele's moment to shine.
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While perhaps not quite as gory as the first novel, there are still plenty of action sequences that should satisfy the more blood-thirsty readers, and there are more than enough surprising twists to catch anyone's interest.
Like The Greyfriar before it, The Rift Walker quite literally has something for everyone: politics, betrayals, mysteries, romance, murder, family drama, action, steampunk, magic, and more, which make this novel quite literally the most incredible narrative that I've had the pleasure of reading for the entire year.
One thing that some readers may object to is the price of this novel. I will freely admit that this series falls far outside of my own comfort zone as far as price point goes. The MSRP of the paperback is $16.00 and the ebook's MSRP is $11.00. However, there are two very important things to note on this. First off, is that as of the time this review is published, the paperback is $10.88 at Amazon.com and the Kindle version is $9.59, which should make it more comfortable for most readers to click the "buy" button. Secondly, and most importantly, this book actually is worth the MSRP. I'm just as frugal as the next girl when it comes to purchasing books, but I promise you, buying anything from the Vampire Empire trilogy will be money well spent.
One thing I should stress, however, is that I very highly suggest reading The Greyfriar first, because not only is it an absolutely incredible book in and of itself, but because I think new readers to the series will be pretty much lost in the plot without the experience of the previous novel to fall back on. Plus, part of the awesomeness of The Rift Walker is probably just the sheer and utter joy of being thrown back into the world readers came to love from The Greyfriar.
In the end, I of course adored it. It is by far the best book I have read all year long (which is definitely saying something) and I am delighted to give it an incredibly solid 5/5 Stars.
I am currently running a giveaway on my blog, where one lucky winner will receive a paperback of either The Greyfriar or The Rift Walker (winner's choice).
Expected Release Date: April 26, 2011 Publisher: Harlequin Imprint: HQN Aut...moreThis is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.
Expected Release Date: April 26, 2011 Publisher: Harlequin Imprint: HQN Author’s Website: http://susangrant.com/ My Source for This Book: Netgalley Part of a Series: Yes, Book 1, Lost Colony series Steam Level: Steamy
The Tassagon are a warrior people — superstitious and rowdy, they fear the Kurel’s sorcery, and in turn, fear the Kurel people themselves. The Kurel are a peaceful people, who live quite differently from the Tassagon people, and having been forced to live in a ghetto where few Tassagon people will enter, they and their “sorcery” are frequently used as scapegoats for everything from plagues to bouts of bad luck.
Tao, a Tassagon, returns home a war hero after a long campaign fighting the Gorr — a ruthless (and furry) alien species thought to be completely feral, with only the few alphas able to think and communicate on a human level. Celebrated by the people, he’s regarded with suspicion and jealousy by Xim, his king, who has long since felt both insecure and jealous of Tao’s ability and renown. A careless slip of the tongue provides all the excuse that Xim needs to accuse Tao of treason, and he’s immediately thrown into the dungeon to await both torture and public execution.
Elsabeth is half Tassagon, half Kurel, and having had her parents murdered by Xim’s men several years prior, has joined the rebel movement whose goal is to depose Xim and place Tao on the throne in order to unite the Tassagon and Kurel people.
Forced to work together towards a common goal — that of removing Xim from power and of ultimately uniting the human tribes against the Gorr — Elsabeth and Tao learn to put their prejudices aside until not only are they able to embrace the best of both societies, but also to find a passion and love that neither of them ever expected.
Overall, I was highly impressed. This is my first Susan Grant novel, and I have to say that it most certainly will not be my last. I am absolutely dying to read more in this series. I want so badly to read about the Riders, as well as the Sea Scourge (I love pirates!), and cannot wait for the next installment. I highly recommend this for readers who love Romantic Fantasy, and am happily adding this series to my own auto-buy shelf.
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Expected Release Date: May 31, 2011 (Available Now!) Publisher: HarperCollins Imprint: Avon Author’s Website: http://juliaquinn.com/ My Source for This Book: Amazon.com Part of a Series: Yes, Book 1 Smythe-Smith Quartet (Spinoff of the Bridgerton Series) Series Best Read In Order: Works well as a standalone Steam Level: Steamy
As the best friend of Honria’s brother, Daniel, Marcus has known Honoria since she was a little girl. Now that Daniel has been forced to run away to the Continent after a dueling mishap, he has asked Marcus to look after her during the Season.
Honoria is now in her second Season, and though there were several suitors last Season who seemed interested enough, she has yet to receive a formal offer.
An impulsive plan to gain the attention of Gregory Bridgerton ends with Marcus sustaining a badly sprained ankle and a cough (having been left in the rain while Honoria sought help for him), and he ends up deathly ill. Hearing of his illness from his housekeeper, Honoria and her mother rush back to his estate to literally find him on death's door. Through her mother's quick thinking and Honoria's determination, he is saved, and in the meantime, Marcus and Honoria discover that perhaps their friendship could come to be something much deeper.
And of course, the Smythe-Smith musicale does play a large part in the story, much to the amusement and consternation of everyone involved.
In the end, though I enjoyed it, I wasn’t blown away. While Marcus’ injury added a nice bit of tension to the story, and the inherent humor in the Smyth-Smith Quartet itself was of course entertaining, not to mention the situation that led to Marcus’ injury in the first place, the lack of deeper angst I think kept me from really feeling invested in the characters.
Recommended for fans of Julia Quinn, childhood friends finding a deeper connection, and a hero with a serious illness nursed back to health by our heroine. 3/5 Stars(less)
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Expected Release Date: Available Now! Publisher: Penguin Group Imprint: Putnam Adult Author’s Website: http://www.amandaquick.com My Source for This Book: Amazon.com Part of a Series: Yes, Looking Glass Trilogy Book 2 (Book 11 Arcane series) Series Best Read in Order: Yes, but works well as a standalone Steam Level: Steamy
For readers who are unfamiliar with Amanda Quick, this is actually the historical pen name for contemporary author Jayne Anne Krentz (who also writes futuristic novels under the name Jayne Castle, and has older contemporaries under the name Stephanie James).
This book was standard JAK fare. Long-time readers will recognize The Formula she uses to write her novels, the abuse of the word “psychical”, and the delicious intensity and social awkwardness of the hero. Despite the fact that it was predictable, and in some ways painfully similar to many of her other books, I still enjoyed it.
Virginia is a spinster who makes a living using her psychic powers to view the dead using mirrors. Due to the fact that she makes a living using her talent, she, and others like her, are frowned upon by the prestigious Arcane Society. She therefore has aligned herself with the Leybrook Institute, which employs a few real talents such as herself, but also unfortunately includes quite a few charlatans as well.
Owen is a Sweetwater. Fans of the Arcane series will recognize the name, but never fear, if you’re new to the series, you will soon figure the important parts out. Owen is investigating the murders of several other glasslight talents, and initially associates with Virginia in order to pursue the killer. Soon, however, he finds himself overwhelmingly attracted to Ginny, for both her talent, her intelligence and of course, her unconventional beauty.
All in all, a very uncomplicated, decent read. Those new to the series shouldn’t have too much trouble following along, as JAK does a very good job of explaining things in each novel. In the end, I wasn’t blown away but I still enjoyed it, so my final rating is 3.5/5 Stars.(less)
Expected Release: Date: June 28, 2011 Publisher: Harlequin Imprint: HQN Aut...moreThis is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.
Expected Release: Date: June 28, 2011 Publisher: Harlequin Imprint: HQN Author’s Website: http://www.charlottefeatherstone.net/ My Source for This Book: Netgalley Part of a Series: Yes, Book 1, The Brethren Guardians Series Best Read In Order: N/A Steam Level: Hot
As of this moment, I’ve spent about two hours writing and re-writing this review. Why, do you ask? For the simple reason that nothing I say seems to accurately describe just how much I really enjoyed this book.
Taking it’s cue from gothic novels of old, Seduction & Scandal has everything I love in darker historicals. Our heroine is a woman with a secret scandalous past, determined to live a virtuous and staid life, never giving in to the passions that ruined her mother’s life. She agrees to a courtship with a man who is boring, but safe, and never tells him of her secret hobby as a novelist. Then enter the Earl of Black, a darkly handsome man who has a scandal of his own to follow him, who tempts her with the promise of secret kisses and forbidden caresses.
The secret scandal in Isabella’s past, the deadly rumors that surround Black, the tale of secret societies with a dash of the paranormal, a delicious sense of sensuality, and an unseen outside force attempting to ruin all chances of happiness between the lovers, all combine to make this book an incredible read.
I literally could not put this book down. Once I read the opening lines, Ms. Featherstone’s masterful writing style had me entranced to the point that even I found myself reading this book in line at the grocery store.
I must also say how absolutely thrilled I am by the blurb of the next book in the series, Pride & Passion, and how completely devastated I am that it doesn’t come out until December.
A very solid 5/5 Stars, and highly recommended for fans of gothic historical romances.(less)
I love Anne Stuart's novels with a fierceness, so I knew I'd have to read her paranormal romances under the pen...moreI'm so, so disappointed with this one.
I love Anne Stuart's novels with a fierceness, so I knew I'd have to read her paranormal romances under the pen name Kristina Douglas. I'd read Raziel, and enjoyed it, but this one? *sigh*
There was such potential, but it just fell flat. There was the enemies to lovers thing, the angst of amnesia and possibly a misunderstood demon heroine, and of course, the trademark Big Betrayal by the hero.
But.... (view spoiler)[Rachel got over everything insanely fast. She forgives one of the cruelest betrayals imaginable with barely an apology from her betrayer, emotionally gets over horrific physical torture in a matter of a few short weeks, agrees to what amounts arranged marriage (that must not only be consummated but requires her sharing her blood), and then in a matter of moments gets past two deeply ingrained phobias (one sexual, one physical). It got to the point that I was beginning to think that Rachel had been a virgin secretary from a Harlequin Presents novel in a previous life rather than a tortured demoness, because she constantly was so in lust with the total asshat of a hero that she let him get away with anything so long as it meant she had access to the glorious peen. (hide spoiler)]
So in the end? Decent, but disappointing. 3/5 Stars
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Expected Release Date: January 10, 2011 (Available Now!) Publisher: Simon & Schuster Imprint: Gallery Books Author’s Website: kresleycole.com My Source for This Book: Amazon.com Part of a Series: Yes, Book 11, Immortals After Dark series Series Best Read In Order: Yes Steam Level: Steamy
See, I have so much to say about this novel, but almost everything I want to talk about is a spoiler in some way, which is killing me. However, in short, I will say that this was definitely worth the wait.
I’m not blind to the detracting points, however. The overall story arc involving Saroya was taken care of far sooner than I’d expected, and as such, felt a bit anticlimactic. That said, the longer word-count of this book is what made it feel as though it was taking place fairly early in the story, when in reality, by the time the resolution was occurring, most books would have been pretty much over.
I definitely would not suggest this book as a good starting point for those unfamiliar with the series. Lothaire has been a major player from the very beginning, as has Nix, and I truly think new readers would be doing themselves a disservice by not, at the very least, going back a few books before trying to tackle this one.
However, I do think that fans of the series will definitely enjoy Lothaire. Ms. Cole’s trademark humor, action, steam, and seemingly impossible-to-overcome obstacles are all present in great abundance, and both Lothaire and Ellie themselves are absolutely wonderful. I, of course, cannot wait for the next book.
Expected Release Date: June 14, 2011 Publisher: Samhain Imprint: N/A Author...moreThis is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.
Expected Release Date: June 14, 2011 Publisher: Samhain Imprint: N/A Author’s Website: http://www.joshlanyon.com/ My Source for This Book: Amazon.com Part of a Series: No Series Best Read In Order: N/A Steam Level: Steamy
Professor Sebastian Swift grew up in the limelight. The only child of two brilliant and highly acclaimed poets, he himself was a rising star in literary circles until his drug addiction made him lose everything, including his own father. Now six years recovered, he's eeking out a life as a Professor at a small university, and has established a relationship with local Police Chief Max Prescott. However, despite his growing feelings for Max, their relationship is slowly stagnating, with neither one pushing the other for actual commitment.
When a student in trouble come to Swift for help, Swift immediately gives him the money from his wallet and keys to his small island cabin, because he knows what it's like to need to get away from everything and yet have no one to count on. Later that night, however, Swift discovers that the same boy he generously helped that afternoon is the prime suspect in the brutal murder of the boy's father. Realizing that his lover has already convicted the boy in his mind, Swift risks everything by keeping the information to himself, hoping that he can contact the boy and convince him to turn himself into police.
Things come crashing down for Swift when he discovers that the boy never went to the cabin, and he must come clean to Max about his actions. No matter what Max's feelings for Swift may be, he cannot stand being lied to, and is understandably furious about Swift's lie of omission. When it becomes obvious, however, that Swift himself has become a target due to his involvement, Max risks not only his career but also his heart to protect Swift and bring a killer to justice.
Once again I feel I should start this review with a warning -- I love Josh Lanyon. He is, quite literally, one of my favorite authors of all genres, which is definitely saying something, and I'm only slightly joking when I say that I would likely give five stars to his detailing of a character spending 20 chapters over the mystery of how to properly setup his TiVo simply because I know that with his skills, he could make us care for the character and whether or not he was able to DVR his favorite shows. I have read almost all of Mr. Lanyon's books, and I have finished each and every one with the feeling that I've taken the same incredible journey as his characters have. There's just something about his writing style and characterizations that just draw you into the story and won't let you go even at the final line. Angsty and romantic, the relationships in his books always feel very realistic, with believable problems and more importantly, very believable happy endings.
This story was no exception. The characters were all incredibly developed, with realistic backstories and personal issues, and the romance itself was achingly beautiful. The underlying murder mystery helped to add excitement to the story without taking anything away from the romance.
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Expected Release Date: November 1, 2011 (Available Now!) Publisher: Macmillan Imprint: St. Martin’s Paperback’s Author’s Website: http://www.sherrilynkenyon.com/ My Source for This Book: Gift from the publisher Part of a Series: Yes, Book 21, Dark-Hunter Series (Book 5, Dream-Hunter Series) Series Best Read In Order: Probably, but worked okay as a standalone Steam Level: Steamy
Any fan of Sherrilyn Kenyon is going to be madly in love with this story. With her trademark horribly abused hero, and her snarky heroine (with a tendency to overreact) whose sincerity, loyalty, and love are able to prove to the hero that the world isn’t all a bad place, she made this a very solid entry into the series.
Seth was delicious, with everything from his unconventional looks (how many non-kilt-wearing heroes do you know who have curly red hair?) to his utter belief that there wasn’t a single being on the planet who wouldn’t intentionally cause him pain.
While I didn’t really bond as well with Lydia as a heroine, I still admit she was the perfect foil for Seth — not only did she introduce him to the concept of affection and tenderness, but she was also snarky and her tendency to speak without thinking helped to add quite a bit of tension to the story.
Overall, this was a very solid entry into one of my favorite long-standing series of all time. Newcomers to the series may be slightly confused with some of the cameos, but in general I do think that new readers will be able to keep up, and fans of the series are going to find plenty to love.
This was hands down,the best in the series. Yes, that's a bold statement, but I fully stand by it -- review to follow on the release date. In the mean...moreThis was hands down,the best in the series. Yes, that's a bold statement, but I fully stand by it -- review to follow on the release date. In the meantime, go read the first two so that you won't be lost when you snag this one ;)
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Expected Release Date: October 1, 2011 (Available Now!) Publisher: HarperCollins Imprint: Avon Impulse Author’s Website: http://kckleinbooks.com/ My Source for This Book: Gift from the author Part of a Series: Possibly* Series Best Read In Order: N/A Steam Level: Steamy
Dark, gritty, and utterly entrancing, this book absolutely blew my socks off.
Let me backtrack for just a moment. To be perfectly honest, things got off to a bit of a slow start for me. The first three chapters had me a bit wary — Kris, with her perfect manicure, carefully tamed and colored curly hair, cartoon-character panties, and rather cowardly attitude seemed far too weak to be a heroine of any sort of post-apocalyptic, futuristic story, and to be honest, my assessment was correct. That Kris absolutely was too weak to be a heroine.
However, Chapter Four is where the book really starts to shine, when Kris is catapulted into a world of pain, fear, tough decisions, and horrible sacrifices. Completely out of her element, she does what any modern day woman would do — she flounders, badly. Stubborn, angry, frightened, indignant, mouthy, and impulsive, she is quite literally her own worst enemy in a world that she neither belongs in nor understands.
Her relationship with ConRad gets off to what is quite possibly the rockiest of starts imaginable — thinking she’s an alien spy, he’s fully prepared to torture her for information, and makes no qualms about threatening her, physically hurting hurt, and doing whatever else may be necessary to coerce her into telling him the truth. He can’t believe she could possibly be from the past, and even if she is, she’s a danger to everyone in the compound. ConRad is a hardened warrior who has lived his entire life making tough decisions and sacrifices for the greater good of both their compound and of mankind in its entirety. He’s tough. He’s brutal in his decision-making. He’s unapologetically in charge and not afraid to use his authority as he sees fit, even when it tramples on the rights of others.
And I adored him.
This book is dark. It’s bloody. It’s violent. All of the characters, not just the main protagonists, are put through literal hell more times than I can count. And yet out of that darkness bloomed an absolutely gorgeous love story against seemingly impossible odds. Both ConRad and Kris have had quite a bit of trauma in their pasts, and throwing in her tendency to lie to him, and his utterly devastating betrayal of her, and it truly seemed as if these two characters never had a chance. Yet, I believed in their romance. Two lost souls, surrounded by unspeakable horror, finding solace in each other? Utterly and absolutely delicious.
Yes, this book had a few minor issues. There were some unanswered questions in the world-building, only a fly-by mention of why there weren’t a ton of paradoxes created by the time travel, and at one point I found it very hard to believe that Kris had emotionally recovered so quickly from what was a truly horrible betrayal and some of the most brutal torture I’ve ever read about in a romance. But you know what? I don’t care. Even with all of those things, I loved this book so much I want to marry it and have its babies (if, you know, I weren’t married already, and it weren’t both illegal and creepy to marry a book), and I am desperately hoping I am able to get my hands on more of this author’s writings in the future.
A very raw 5/5 Stars
*There is a sci-fi novella planned for February release based in the same world but with different characters. Details have not yet been worked out as to whether or not there will be an actual sequel to Dark Future (but oh how I hope so!).(less)
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Princess Katharine of Austrich has always known that she was destined to have an arranged, political marriage. Having been seen as nothing more than a commodity by her cold father, she’s always striven for her every action to matter – attending parties brings rich tourists to her country, agreeing to a political marriage cements trade agreements and gives protection to her people, and remaining a virgin to appease the traditional rulers of other countries ensures that she always has a bargaining chip if the original agreement falls through. Cold blooded, true, but Katharine knows that since a female can never rule her country, she must do whatever is necessary to make sure that she can contribute in any way to the well-being of her people.
When her intended husband and his family are killed by insurgents of his country, leaving only the younger son Zahir to rule, Katharine is saddened by the loss but not heartbroken — after all, while she certainly liked Malik, theirs was by no means a love match.
Now several years later, with her father quickly approaching his deathbed and her younger brother too young to ascend the throne, Katharine must approach Malik’s younger brother and convince him to enter into a political marriage with her, or else her beloved country would be placed under the rule of a power-hungry man who would surely destroy everything her family has worked for.
Sheikh Zahir of Hajar is as reclusive as a monarch could ever be — choosing to address his people via radio from the security of his palace walls, and delegating whenever possible. Horribly scarred, both physically and emotionally, by the attack that took the lives of his entire family, Zahir has well earned his reputation as The Beast of Hajar.
When the lovely Katharine first approaches him with the idea of their marriage, Zahir expects her to flee in terror when faced with both his scars and his temper, but the beauty surprises him with both her tenacity and her pleas for him to think of the good of both their countries.
Reluctantly agreeing to a temporary marriage to protect Austrich until Katharine’s brother reaches the age at which he can legally rule, Zahir waits for Katharine to turn from him, but the infuriating woman not only refuses to be intimidated, but insists on trying to break him out of his self-imposed isolation.
Having agreed that their marriage will be a temporary one, both Zahir and Katharine soon discover a blistering attraction that has the power to leave them both burned…
Anyone who knows me already realizes that I am a Maisey Yates fangirl, so I pretty much fell over with joy when this arrived in the mail, and I was so happy to discover that it more than lived up to the hype.
Ms. Yates has such a talent for writing heroes who can be ruthless jerks and yet we readers cheerfully forgive them for their behavior because they’re so beautifully damaged. Zahir was absolutely delicious, even with his physical imperfections, and Katharine proved that even a perfect outer appearance doesn’t always protect one from internal scars.
Perfect for fans of tortured and scarred heroes, arranged marriages, and of finding that sometimes protecting those you care about just means loving them with all your heart.
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Expected Release Date: March 6, 2012 (Available Now!) Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group Imprint: Berkley Sensation Author’s Website: http://theaharrison.com/ My Source for This Book: Netgalley Part of a Series: Yes, Book 4, Elder Races Series Series Best Read In Order: Worked well as a standalone Steam Level: Steamy
Grace Andreas comes from a long line of Oracles, women descended from the original Oracle of Delphi, but she never expected to have the Power fall to her. After all, Grace’s sister, Petra, was the one who inherited it from their Grandmother. But when Petra and her husband are killed in an accident that left Grace badly injured, the Power and obligations of the Oracle are not the only burdens that fall on her doorstep, as Grace is given guardianship of Petra’s two small children.
Khalil is a Djinn Prince of the House of Marid — the oldest and most powerful of Djinn Houses. In repayment of a debt owed to the powerful vampiress, Carling, Khalil soon comes face to face with the new Oracle, and is completely taken aback by her lack of deference towards beings of great Power.
Overwhelmed by grief, debt, and the sudden and unexpected role of parenthood, Grace is struggling to balance family life with her newly acquired burden of Power. The last thing she needs, or wants, is a cocky Djinn meddling in her affairs.
But when it becomes apparent that Grace and the children are in danger, it isn’t long before it becomes apparent that Khalil is exactly the sort of protector that her family needs — and perhaps even the type of man that she wants…
I’ve had a bit of a crush on Khalil ever since he first appeared in the last book, Serpent’s Kiss, and had been desperately hoping that he and Grace would get a book together. Sexy, incredibly powerful, a bit of a mystery (especially since he’s the first “non-wyr” hero to feature in the series), he’s also got the whole “tortured hero” thing in regards to his daughter. He’s arrogant, bossy, and powerful, yet he also has a very obvious soft spot for children, without turning into some sappy squishy weakling, which I loved.
Grace is easily my favorite heroine in the series as well. Human, with only minor psychic powers before having inherited the mantle of “Oracle”, Grace is the easiest heroine in the series for me to relate to. While she’s not a wilting flower, she’s not some incredible, ancient, kick-butt action star either. Instead, she’s just a young woman who has been forced to put her life on hold to take care of her niece and nephew, try to pay the mortgage, grieve for her sister and brother-in-law, and still maintain the dignity and level of service required of the Oracle. She’s not perfect, and she doesn’t try to be, and I think that’s one of the reasons I loved her so much.
In short, this was actually my favorite book of the series, and considering how I fangirled all over Dragon Bound, that should definitely tell you something. The chemistry between Khalil and Grace was absolutely wonderful, and both characters were beautifully developed on their own. While I think some readers may feel as though the main external conflict was not on as large a scale as those of the previous novels, but I personally felt that the “smaller” conflict fit well with these particular characters.
An unbelievably solid 5/5 Stars, and recommended for old fans of the series and newcomers alike.(less)
Expected Release Date: November 30, 2011 (Available Now!) Publisher: Enta...moreThis is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.
Expected Release Date: November 30, 2011 (Available Now!) Publisher: Entangled Publishing Imprint: N/A Author’s Website: http://rosalielario.com/ My Source for This Book: Gift from the Publisher Part of a Series: Yes, Book 3, Demons of Infernum Series Best Read In Order: Probably, but worked well as a standalone Steam Level: Hot
After months of no work, interdimensional bounty hunter Ronin Meyers jumps at the chance to locate an incubus who’s using succubi as murder weapons. Faced with the possibility of being forced to return to hellish Infernum if he fails, Ronin and his brothers will stop at nothing to take out the incubus and anyone else involved—even the beautiful succubus who stole his heart, then nearly his life, during the most mind-blowing hour of his existence.
Night after night, Amara and her fellow succubi are forced to extract special abilities from the strongest Otherworlders for their psychotic master’s growing collection. When the gorgeous angel-demon hybrid she believed to be dead captures her, Amara is both stunned and elated. But the happily ever after she’s dreamed of will have to wait.
Together, they must bring down the madman hellbent on destroying them… and become each other’s salvation in the process.
Half demon, half angel, Ronin Meyers has literally lived through hell. Now, after having battled alongside his brothers and defeating his evil father, Ronin finds himself bored. As an interdimensional bounty hunter, his permission to stay on Earth is dependent on the work he does — but with so few assignments coming his way, Ronin fears that soon he may be called back to Infernum to work for the council there.
When a sexy demon, Amara, almost kills Ronin with seduction, he’s embarrassed and angry, and more than that, he seems to have lost his ability to calm enemies — an ability inherited from his angel mother, and one that he’s come to rely on in battle.
When an order from the Council comes down to capture an incubus who is up to no good, Ronin is shocked to discover that the sexy she-devil who almost killed him is working with the demon in question. Capturing her to use as leverage against her master, Ronin soon discovers that there is so much more to Amara than her succubus nature. It’s impossible for anyone but another sex demon to be with a succubus without her killing them, however, so no matter how strong the chemistry, or how much they begin to care for each other, there can be no happily ever after… Or can there?
I love the entire Demons of Infernum series, which began with Blood of a Demon, followed by Mark of the Sylph, and now including this novel, Touch of the Angel. While I do suggest that new readers invest in the entire series, if for nothing else than the fact that the books are excellent, I think that for the most part, this book works just fine as a standalone. New readers may not get all of the nuances of the previously established relationships, but all of the background imperative to this particular plot line is included.
The thing that kept this from being a 5-Star story for me was the promiscuity of the heroine. Now, I fully understand that it was in no way her fault (she’s a succubus, and quite literally requires sex to survive), but even so, a past like hers is simply not something that’s easy for me to accept in a heroine. Don’t get me wrong, I liked Amara — a lot. She was intelligent, sweet, loyal, and despised being a succubus. In the end, however, it was still hard for me to recover from my initial dislike of a succubus heroine, which did affect my overall enjoyment of the book.
In the end, this was a solid entry to the series, and I think that both newcomers and fans of the previous novels will highly enjoy it for its heat, angst, and action.
Expected Release Date: December 24, 2011 Publisher: Self- Published I...moreThis is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.com.
Expected Release Date: December 24, 2011 Publisher: Self- Published Imprint: N/A Author’s Website: http://www.ilona-andrews.com/ My Source for This Book: Ilona Andrews’ Website* Part of a Series: Yes, Book 5.4, Kate Daniels Series Series Best Read In Order: Yes Steam Level: Warm
There was so much that I loved about this novella that it would be impossible to list everything without retelling the story. Jim’s clipboards. Curran’s comment about having to get dressed up and meet with the People despite his dislike for them. Kate’s epic “entrance” to the meeting with the Mercenary Guild. The list goes on.
Sure, there were some grammatical and typographical mistakes, but it was clear up front that this was an unedited “bonus” of sorts for fans of the series, and except for one instance where a character’s name was misspelled, I honestly barely noticed.
Overall, I ate it up with a spoon, and was left whimpering for more, just as I have been with everything I’ve read of the series since Book 3.
While this is definitely not something I would recommend for newcomers to the series, I think that old fans will greatly enjoy it, and I for one cannot wait to get Gunmetal Magic, due out in Summer 2012.
A resounding 5/5 Stars.
*This novella was available on Ilona Andrews’ website for a very limited time as a bonus to their readers, but is no longer available through the site. The latest information I have on future availability is that this novella will likely be printed at the end of the next Kate Daniels book — Gunmetal Magic (Andrea’s Book), as it occurs simultaneously to that story. (less)
Expected Release Date: February 28, 2012 (Available Now!) Publisher: Harp...moreThis is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.
Expected Release Date: February 28, 2012 (Available Now!) Publisher: HarperCollins Imprint: Avon Author’s Website: http://macleanspace.com/ My Source for This Book: Edelweiss Part of a Series: Yes, Book 1, The Rules of Scoundrels Series Series Best Read In Order: N/A Steam Level: Steamy
Oh, how I love a childhood friends to lovers story, especially when full of estrangement, revenge, and unrequited love. As one of my favorite historical romance authors, Sarah MacLean definitely lives up to the title with this one. While it’s true that Michael’s cruelty towards Penelope often walked the fine line between creating a tortured relationship that just might be worth saving and making this reader want to smash his face with a hammer, the fact that Penelope seemed to have a similar reaction was what kept it from pulling down the rating.
Ms. MacLean has a way of writing that simply draws you into the story and won’t let you go; I read this book in one sitting because I absolutely could not put it down.
Recommended for fans of forced marriage to avoid scandal, unrequited love, estranged friends, and revenge plots.
An enthusiastic 5/5 Stars, and I am already dying to read the sequel.(less)