Only thing I wasn't keen on was the whole bit where it seems priests have sex with other peopleF*CK yes.
Now I want to go read the rest of the series.
Only thing I wasn't keen on was the whole bit where it seems priests have sex with other people as part of their priestly duties (my own personal hangup, oh well), but that wasn't dwelled upon, and was probably explained in earlier books.
Some readers may be a bit bothered by the fact the protagonists are "underage" for most of the book, but in their world, it obviously wasn't an issue, so it wasn't an issue for me either.
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As a fan of the first book of the series, I was a little taken aback when the story began in a much different manner than the previous one. It wasn’t long, however, before I settled comfortably back into the world Ms. Altenburg has created. I found myself once again drawn in by the intriguing concept of a futuristic world that operates much like the Old West, due to the presence (and then sudden absence) of Immortals who wrought havoc on the lives of the mortals living within their boundaries, as well as the inner struggles of the characters as they learn to move past previous prejudices and fears in order to trust, and later, love.
We’re immediately thrust into the outer edges of the world as man knows it, where women are seen as property, and powerful and corrupt men take every opportunity to abuse their power. Raven, having physically defended herself against the unwanted sexual advances of her evil step-father, Justice, is about to be burned at the stake as a “test” to prove to the villagers that she is in fact demon-spawn — if she burns, she’s innocent. Blade, an outsider who once was an assassin for the Goddesses before they abandoned this realm, is traveling through her village, and thinks only to end her suffering by offering her a swift and merciful death.
The situation quickly spirals into something neither could have expected, and they form an uneasy alliance; Blade with his distrust of anyone associated with demon-kind due to both his own history as an assassin, and his horrific experience of being partially eaten alive during a demon attack years prior, and Raven with her fear of her own demon allure and her determination to avenge both her mother’s death and her own abuse at the hands of Justice.
Overall, I loved it. There was plenty of action, both for the lovers and fighters of the world, and the world that Ms. Altenburg has created continues to capture the imagination. I do think that this one stands fairly well on its own without having read the first book, but I do suggest reading them in order simply because I enjoyed both books equally.
Recommended for fans of reluctant heroes, alluring heroines, and of finding justice on one’s own terms.
Ehhhhhhhh.... Not really my thing I think. I was hoping after the last one, that the relationship between Phaeton and America would be a bit more soliEhhhhhhhh.... Not really my thing I think. I was hoping after the last one, that the relationship between Phaeton and America would be a bit more solid I suppose, but I still didn't get a strong sense of any sort of romance or love between the two (lots of lust though, of course). Even though they said all the right things, I just wasn't feeling it.
Don't get me wrong, it wasn't horrible, and there were some points that I absolutely loved, but overall, it was just okay.
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Expected Release Date: June 5, 2012 Publisher: Self Published Imprint: N/A Author’s Website: zoewintersbooks.com My Source for This Book: Amazon.com Part of a Series: Yes, Book 3, Preternaturals Series Best Read In Order: Yes Steam Level: Steamy
I would definitely recommend that new readers go back and pick up the earlier stories in the series before reading this one. As someone who has read the entire series, but has forgotten much of the details, I found myself struggling to follow along at times, and while I think Ms. Winters did an admirable job of making this book stand alone, I do feel like I missed out on how meaningful some of the events actually were in the context of the series.
That said, I did enjoy it. While not as heavy on the steam as many paranormal romances, there was plenty of chemistry and romance to be had in the meantime. While I did wish that Fiona had a little less hormonal reaction to Z and a little more emphasis on the agoraphobia, I enjoyed her character immensely. I also really enjoyed how Z's behavior was not typical for a jaguar shifter, since that made his reaction to Fiona quite a bit more meaningful in my mind.
Overall, while I personally think that previous fans of the series are going to benefit most from this story, I would recommend it for fans of reformed rakes, agoraphobic heroines, and reunited lovers.
I went into this story having no idea who the hero was. After all, the oThis is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.
I went into this story having no idea who the hero was. After all, the official blurb makes no mention of his name, and I have to agree with the author/publisher that this was an excellent ploy -- had I known who the hero was, I'm not certain I would have given it a chance, and would have missed out on what turned out to be a really enjoyable story.
I definitely enjoyed it, with amnesia and physically scarred heroes ever being a favorite of mine, and for once, I truly felt the battle between good and evil in this particular soul.
I also enjoyed Mels' character, not only for her blend of softness and self-sufficiency, but the small side story of her relationship with her mother was surprisingly enjoyable.
While I think fans of the series will note that the "romance" in this story was a bit more subtle than in the previous books, there was still plenty of steam and chemistry, and I would be hard pressed to express disappointment to the surprising additions to the overall story arc.
However, there were a several of my pet peeves, without the... freshness, I suppose you could call it, that I typically find in a J.R. Ward book. I'm not sure if it's because I've read all of her Urban Fantasy novels, and therefore have perhaps become a bit blase about her writing voice, or if it was the unreasonably high expectations set by the expense of the Kindle edition, but there almost felt like something was missing.
Still, I loved the hero with such a fierceness, and the ending was so satisfying for me, that I didn't really care about those things.
Recommended for fans of physically and mentally damaged heroes, self-sufficient (yet realistic) heroines, and kick-butt action, topped with just the right amount of steam.
Expected Release Date: November 29, 2012 Publisher: Samhain Imprint: N/A AThis is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.
Expected Release Date: November 29, 2012 Publisher: Samhain Imprint: N/A Author’s Website: http://www.moirarogers.com My Source for This Book: Gift from the author (Bree) Part of a Series: Yes, Book 1, Children of the Undying. Series Best Read In Order: N/A Steam Level: Hot
Clocking in at only around 100 pages, Demon Bait packs quite a bit of punch for what could be considered a relatively low word count. With a captivating universe where evil demons have taken over and the world’s human population has taken to the underground for protection, much of a person’s life is spent in virtual reality. Having blamed summoners for bringing down the scourge of demons, humans live in fear and prejudice against those who may carry demon or summoner blood.
Marci was wonderful. She was a strong character without being bitchy, and Gabe was alpha while still desperately trying to find a balance between his instincts and actual consideration for Marci.
While I do of course wish there’d been a few more details of both the history of the demon/summoner relationship and of the realities of the world outside of the compounds, I still found this an incredibly satisfying read.
As always, the love scenes are steamy without ever feeling gratuitous, and the ending was absolutely perfect.
A delightfully solid 4.5/5 Stars, and I’m very much looking forward to reading the sequel....more
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Expected Release Date: March 12, 2012 Publisher: Harlequin Imprint: Carina Press Author’s Website: http://www.cindyspencerpape.com/ My Source for This Book: Netgalley Part of a Series: Yes, Book 4, Urban Arcana Series Best Read In Order: Probably. Steam Level: Steamy
While I think that newcomers to the series will easily follow along with the action and the characters, I can tell you that it would probably be better having read the series in order. I think I personally expected there to be more unresolved sexual tension between Lana and Des, but was instead left with a suspicion that most of the tension between them may have occurred in a previous book.
Overall, however, I definitely enjoyed it. Lana and Des worked very well together as a couple in spite of their own hesitance to enter into a relationship, and the exciting universe of Urban Arcana was highly entertaining.
Recommended for fans of fast paced paranormal romance, exciting journeys, and forbidden love.
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It wasn't without it's problems, including some typiUg goodreads ate my review lol
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It wasn't without it's problems, including some typical Warden quirks such as wonky grammar and occasionally obnoxious sentence structure, as well as a truly AWFUL plot twist (those who've read it probably know EXACTLY which one I'm talking about lol), and a couple of possible continuity errors (I have to go thumb through the previous books to be certain before I specify).
I take copious notes with every book that I read, and I've yet to have the notes exceed a single page. Lover Reborn took FIVE.
If nothing else, I do have to say that I think I got my $15 worth for the kindle version, though I maintain that it's excessive for an ebook, no matter who wrote it. Thats more than I can say for a few of the previous installments, so no matter how annoyed I may be with the Warden's tendency to use periods where even a first-grader knows to use question marks, or how desolate I am at a few of the turns in the overall story arc, I thoroughly enjoyed it.
I'll need to review my notes and marinate on it for a day or two before doing a full review and giving a final rating, but for now, a VERY solid 4/5. ...more
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Expected Release Date: July 5, 2011 Publisher: Dorchester Publishing Imprint: N/A Author’s Website: http://annemarsh.wordpress.com My Source for This Book: Netgalley Part of a Series: No Series Best Read In Order: N/A Steam Level: Hot
I didn’t realize going into this book that it would feature quite a bit of exhibitionism. As many of my followers probably know, it’s really not my thing at all, and because of it, I couldn’t get into the love scenes at all, though I could tell that they were quite well written and hot. The worst thing is, I really want to read the sequel, because I really do want to know what happens next, but I just don’t find the exhibitionism appealing. To be honest, however, I might just pick it up anyway and skim the love scenes.
That said, however, the chemistry between Mischka and Brends is absolutely delicious, and I know that any fan of exhibitionism is going to think the love scenes were absolutely scorching.
I thoroughly enjoyed the main premise as well, with the fresh take on fallen angels, and the wonderful Russian setting, and I will very likely be picking up the sequel (even if it means skimming the love scenes).
2/17/12 - moving this back to my TBR. Good enough I do want to finish, but I think I'm just not in the mood for this one at the moment.
3/6/12 - I'm o2/17/12 - moving this back to my TBR. Good enough I do want to finish, but I think I'm just not in the mood for this one at the moment.
3/6/12 - I'm officially DNF'ing this. I don't know WHAT it is, but I can't seem to get into this one. It's not bad -- in fact, the writing is strong and the universe is interesting, and the characters are even pretty cool. I just can't. get. into it. :-/ Maybe it's the estranged lovers bit -- that's not really my thing most of the time, especially when the guy pretty much "pulled an New Moon" (that is, left the heroine abruptly "for her own good" without so much as discussing it with her first).
So anyway, I may ONE DAY come back to this, but truthfully, it won't be soon :-/
I really only read this for Angels' Dance, but I also read Angels' Judgement (I'd read the other two stories when they were previously published).
I waI really only read this for Angels' Dance, but I also read Angels' Judgement (I'd read the other two stories when they were previously published).
I was shocked to discover that I enjoyed Angels' Judgement more than Angels' Dance, though they were both very solid entries into the series.
(and honestly? I didn't realize Galen and Jessamy were already a couple in the series -- I thought they'd just been attracted to each other, not that they'd been together for several centuries. Oops! Some fan I am, huh? :-/)
I still thing Angel's Wolf is my favorite, even without having re-read it (Noel -- *swoon*)
Expected Release Date: November 30, 2011 (Available Now!) Publisher: EntaThis 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.
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Expected Release Date: May 22, 2012 Publisher: Grand Central Publishing Imprint: Forever Author’s Website: http://larissaione.com My Source for This Book: Netgalley Part of a Series: Yes, Book 3, Lords of Deliverance (Spinoff of the Demonica Series) Series Best Read In Order: Yes Steam Level: Steamy
I've been a fan of the Demonica Series, and subsequently the Lords of Deliverance Series since their inception, and this book is no exception. Full of action, drama, steamy romance, and terrifying plot twists, I was happy to see that Than and Regan still had the same intense chemistry that we'd witnessed between them in Immortal Rider.
The main thing keeping this book from being a 5-star read was simply the fact that as Book 3 of a spin-off of another 5-Book series, it tends to be a case of "more of the same". While I was glad to see that certain long-standing elements of the series-wide story arc were resolved, I admit that there were several instances where I was tempted to skim over parts that were feeling a bit repetitive. Also, since Than and Regan's story began in the previous book, much of the early story was spent rehashing the dramatic and even traumatic way that Regan got pregnant to being with.
That said, I loved them as a couple. Regan and Thanatos are easily my favorite couple of the Lords of Deliverance series, and I was very pleased to see so much of the delicious chemistry and snarky by-play that I'd enjoyed so much in Immortal Rider.
I admit that I was a little disappointed that we didn't get more background on Reaver and Harvester, but they played a big enough part to keep me from protesting TOO loudly (not to mention the setup for the next book!).
I do, of course, think that this story is best suited for those who have already read, at bare minimum, the previous book in the series, simply because there is so much history that newcomers will either be totally lost, or miss out on the significance of many of the story's developments.
While this is not my favorite title by Larissa Ione, I can easily say it's my favorite installment of the Lords of Deliverance series, and as such is very firmly on my keeper shelf.
A solid 4.5/5 Stars
Lords of Deliverance Series Reading Order: * Eternal Rider * Vampire Fight Club (Novella in the Supernatural anthology) * Immortal Rider * Lethal Rider * Apocalypse: the Lords of Deliverance Compendium ...more
This one ended up being more of a 3.75 for me, because I've never been a fan of heroines doing the whole bed-hopping thing (which has beHoly cannoli!
This one ended up being more of a 3.75 for me, because I've never been a fan of heroines doing the whole bed-hopping thing (which has been a bit of an issue for me for the whole series), but really, talk about being punched in the stomach by a story.
I can't even review it right now because I'd end up spoiling the whole thing for you.
Not my favorite of the series, because... spoiler... but, really, the story couldn't have gone any other way.
I'm definitely looking forward to the next installment. ...more
Expected Release Date: October 1, 2011 (Available Now!) Publisher: Griffyn Ink Imprint: N/A Author’s Website: http://www.ajscudiere.com/ My Source for This Book: Netgalley Part of a Series: No Series Best Read In Order: N/A Steam Level: Steamy
Katharine Geryon has it made, or so it seems. As the daughter of the president of the company she works in, most people think that her position in the company is due solely to her relationship with the boss man, and most ignore her long hours at work and her utter dedication to the company.
When suddenly not one but two handsome men enter her life, Katharine is thrown for a loop -- after all, most men who want to date her either see her as a meal ticket or a way to rise to the top of their own careers. So when the handsome Zachary moves in next door and quickly pursues her, and then her attractive new assistant Alistair cashes in on the sparking attraction between them, she's at a complete loss.
What Katharine doesn't realize, however, is that she's been chosen as the personal battlefield between Good and Evil, and that the outcome of more than just her own heart rests on a choice she will have to make...
One thing that I should be clear about up front is that this is not a traditional "romance". While there is a romantic aspect, this is much more strongly about choices, and the battle between good and evil. Don't get me wrong, there's still plenty of sex and romance, but in the end, that's not really what this story is about.
I don't particularly care for infidelity in my romance novels -- there's just nothing sexy in my mind about cheating on someone -- but in this particular case I admit that it was a very minor negative point, if for nothing else than the fact that Zachary and Alistair are both unashamedly using Katharine for their own ends.
In the end, however, there were enough hot love scenes, world building, and intriguing plot twists to keep me from being able to put this one down, so despite containing not only a love triangle but also infidelity, it scores a very solid 4/5 Stars.
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Expected Release Date: December 1, 2011 (Available Now!) Publisher: GranThis is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceacholic.
Expected Release Date: December 1, 2011 (Available Now!) Publisher: Grand Central Publishing Imprint: Forever Author’s Website: http://larissaione.com/ My Source for This Book: Won in a contest/Netgalley Part of a Series: Yes, Book 2, Lords of Deliverance (a spin-off of the Demonica series) Series Best Read In Order: Yes Steam Level: Steamy
I was so incredibly torn with this book when trying to come up with a final rating. On one hand, it’s a favorite series of mine, so of course the underlying plot grabbed my by the privates and wouldn’t let me go. I also enjoyed Limos with all of her different faces — innocent, loving and loyal sister, warrior, liar, manipulator, and woman. Erik was wonderful as well, with not only his strength in refusing to break under torture but also his desire for revenge, and how he came to care for Limos despite his disappointment and anger with her. Then of course, there’s the byplay with Reaver and Harvester (and c’mon, I can’t be the only sick puppy who sincerely hopes they end up together in the end, can I?), and Reseph/Pestilence and the possibly futile hope that there may be a way to bring him back. The delicious sexual tension between two other characters was deliciously hot, and there was plenty of angst to be had.
On the other hand, there was the rape of a major character (though to be fair some readers may feel it was more of a case of “dubious consent”) — something that I truly want to rant about for several paragraphs but cannot without giving away spoilers. There was very little chemistry and sexual tension between Limos and Erik until the very end of the story. There was so much gore and horror and action and torture that I found myself becoming bored with major injuries instead of sympathetic or concerned for the characters in question.
So in the end, this was not a 5-star book for me, no matter how much I adore the series as a whole and am in love with Ms. Ione’s writing style and world-building. However, so much of the book’s positive points are a large collection of small things that I cannot mention them all without actually retelling the story or giving major spoilers. While it may, at first glance, appear that there are more negative points in my review than positive, that’s certainly not the case. The book absolutely sucked me in, chewed me up, and spit me out, leaving me begging for more. Despite any misgivings I may have had about a few points in this story, I am already anxiously awaiting the sequel, Lethal Rider, due out in late spring of 2012.