Expected Release Date: August 2, 2011 (Available Now!) Publisher: EntanglThis is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.
Expected Release Date: August 2, 2011 (Available Now!) Publisher: Entangled Publishing Imprint: N/A Author’s Website: http://rosalielario.com/ My Source for This Book: Netgalley Part of a Series: Yes, Book 1, DEMONS OF INFERNUM Series Best Read In Order: N/A Steam Level: Hot
Brynn Meyers has always known that she's different. Able to read an object's history just by touching it, and to defend herself by draining energy from others through touch, she has tried to live quietly and has established an art gallery using the money left to her after her parents' death. Her quiet life is shattered, one day, when a drop-dead gorgeous Keegan enters her gallery and knocks her out before kidnapping her. Waking in a strange room, she's horrified to discover that her powers don't work on him.
Keegan is a demon. However, demons are not inherently evil, nor do they all conform to the physical characteristics that humans have liked to categorize them with. Instead, demons are merely creatures from other dimensions, and just like humans, span a wide spectrum of good vs evil.
Desperate to shake off the legacy of hatred and pain that his father attempted to bestow on him and his three half-brothers, Keegan will do anything to prevent Mammon from succeeding in his latest plan to unearth the Book of the Dead. Capable of raising massive armies of the deceased, the Book of the Dead can only be wielded by an ancestor of the ancient Egyptian priest who created it.
Unfortunately for Brynn, she is the only living ancestor, and therefore the one human that Mammon will do anything to control. Knowing his duty is to protect Brynn from Mammon if possible, Keegan and his brothers have also sworn to execute her if necessary to keep the world safe. But when Keegan begins to fall for Brynn, he will have to learn to embrace the darker, deadlier side of him that he's tried so hard to suppress.
I admit, the first few chapters seemed to be missing something. I never was quite able to put my finger on it, but I'm very happy to say that as the story progressed, things either righted themselves or I merely stopped noticing, because this shaped up to be an absolutely incredible introduction into the Demons of Infernum series.
Keegan and his brothers are all smokin' hot, and I really enjoyed the whole Big Brother Protector vibe that Keegan had throughout the story. There's just something about a broody alpha male that makes me all mushy for some reason. *dreamy sigh*
While I wish that Brynn's cool "power draining" ability had come into greater play, I admit that I enjoyed her character as a whole, despite her tendency to be a wee bit pigheaded. Having been able to protect herself for her entire life, it was rather understandable that she would on occasion ignore some of the danger she was in, simply because she's not used to truly being vulnerable.
The love scenes were deliciously intense, and the whole "forbidden romance" aspect helped to ratchet up the tension admirably.
Overall, I really enjoyed it, and think it's going to make a hell of a series (pun intended) ;) 4/5 Stars ...more
Expected Release Date: August 30, 2011 (Available Now!) Publisher: HarleThis is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit, The Romanceaholic.
Expected Release Date: August 30, 2011 (Available Now!) Publisher: Harlequin Imprint: Nocturne Author’s Website: http://genashowalter.com My Source for This Book: Netgalley Part of a Series: Yes, Book 1, Royal House of Shadows Series Best Read In Order: N/A Steam Level: Hot
Official Blurb: Once upon a time…the Blood Sorcerer vanquished the kingdom of Elden. To save their children, the queen scattered them to safety and the king filled them with a need for vengeance. Only a magical timepiece connects the four royal heirs…and time is running out. Nicolai the Vampire is renowned for his virility, but in a cruel twist of fate “The Dark Seducer” has become a sex slave in the kingdom of Delfina—stripped of his precious timepiece and his memory. All that remains is a primal need for freedom, revenge—and the only woman who can help him. When the wanton vampire summons Jane Parker, she is helpless to obey. She's drawn to his dark sexuality and into his magical realm. But for this human, all is not a fairy tale. For saving Nicolai could mean losing the only man she's ever craved...
Overall, this was a decent read for me. The action sequences and the love scenes (oh my heck, the love scenes! *fans self*) all worked together to make an incredibly exciting, deliciously hot read. However, I think the book got off on the wrong foot for me. The first chapter felt as though I was missing a lot of information, as though I was picking up a series in the third or fourth book.
Now, to be fair, I've never read anything by Gena Showalter, so for all I know, there are books that came before this one, or it's set slightly in a previously established world. If someone knows for certain, please let me know and I will come back and edit my review to include the information.
As it was, however, I couldn't love it as much as I think I might have otherwise, because I was thrown for such a loop by the first chapter and Nicolai and Jane's instant lust and affection.
That said, it was a solid start into the Royal House of Shadows, and I am looking forward to reading the rest of the series, written by Jill Monroe, Jessica Andersen, and Nalini Singh. 3/5 Stars...more
Expected Release Date: August 23, 2011 (Available Now!) Publisher: HarleqThis is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.
Expected Release Date: August 23, 2011 (Available Now!) Publisher: Harlequin Imprint: Mira Author’s Website: www.lauracaldwell.com My Source for This Book: Netgalley Part of a Series: Yes Series Best Read In Order: YES Steam Level: Warm
Overall, this wasn’t actually the type of story I typically seek out. While the mystery was incredible — tons of nuances and hints to pick up on, as well as some very lovely unexpected twists — I wasn’t happy with the romance aspect. There’s a love triangle, Izzy’s mom and stepfather are having problems, and the romance just plain wasn’t my cup of tea. Plus, the shifting POV was incredibly disorienting in the beginning, which took a lot away from the reading experience.
That said, I did enjoy reading it. As I said, the mystery itself made the book worth reading, and it is for that reason that I’m giving it a very solid 3.5/5 Stars, despite the disappointing romantic aspect....more
Expected Release Date: August 30, 2011 Publisher: Harlequin Imprint: Mira AThis is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.
Expected Release Date: August 30, 2011 Publisher: Harlequin Imprint: Mira Author’s Website: brendanovak.com My Source for This Book: Netgalley Part of a Series: Yes, Book 2, Bulletproof series Series Best Read In Order: Works well as a standalone, but read Inside first anyway. Steam Level: Steamy
Laurel Hodges has been on the run for the past four years. Having been hunted by members of a ruthless street gang, The Crew, in order to exact revenge on her brother, Virgil, she entered the Federal Witness Protection Program (WITSEC), hoping that they would be able to protect her and her two young children. When a corrupt official leaked her location, she was attacked and barely escaped with her life. Abandoning WITSEC, she has once again changed her identity and moved her family to the small, idyllic town of Pineview, Montana.
Always careful to never reveal too much about her past, or to leave trails that could lead The Crew to her or her brother, she now exists as Vivian Stewart, and has finally begun to rebuild a life for herself and her two children.
Sherrif Myles King, Vivan's handsome and widowed next door neighbor, has been strongly hinting that he wants to date her, yet Vivian is still too wary about becoming involved when she knows that she and her children may have to pick up and leave at any moment.
Just as she gives in to her longing for companionship, however, her past comes roaring back into her life when a gruesome murder shocks the small community.
Knowing that she cannot risk putting Myles in danger, she attempts to distance herself from him, but Myles refuses to stand back and let something amazing slip through his fingers. When The Crew brings the fight to their front door, Myles and Vivian team up to make their final stand.
As much as I enjoyed Inside, the first novel in this series (which also RECEIVED A 5/5 STAR RATING FROM ME), I think I may have actually enjoyed this one even more. Despite my intense disappointment that Vivian/Laurel didn't end up with Rex as her hero, I quickly fell in love with Myles and realized that Rex never would've made an ideal mate for her. I was also thrilled with the way Rex's situation was handled, and that he wasn't made out to be a bad man. I'd fallen in love with him myself over the course of the first novel, and sincerely hope that he will feature heavily in the next novel, In Close, due out in October.
Ms. Novak has an incredible skill for allowing you inside of her character's minds and motivations, and never makes things purely black and white. All of her characters, even ones who seem that they should read as though they had no depth, are painted in a wide array of shades of gray, making you care about people that you normally wouldn't think twice about, and rooting for characters that by all rights you should absolutely hate.
The love scenes were fairly tame in terms of detail, but the emotion behind them helped to create a very strong sense of eroticism, and most importantly, you could feel the romance behind every action, even when the characters themselves were resisting it.
The suspense was incredible, with several surprising twists, including some revelations about various characters that have played a part throughout the series thus far.
Overall, I simply could not put it down. The suspense, the action, and the romance all sucked me in from the very beginning and would not let me go until the very last page.
Don't forget to CHECK OUT THE AUTHOR'S WEBSITE as well! If you purchase this book before September 7th, send her the receipt and she will send you a free autographed copy of Inside, the first book in the series! This is an incredible opportunity, because as I mentioned, while this book might work well as a standalone, I do suggest you read Inside first not only because the main characters of the first book play such a large part in this one, but also because it was such an amazing book to begin with.
Even better, however, is the fact that the Kindle version is only $4.10 at the time that this review is being published, and both digital and print formats (with the exception of used copies) are included in this promotion! So, you can get the kindle format of this book AND an autographed print copy of the first book for an insanely low price, so long as you snag In Seconds before September 7th, 2011.
With both of these novels ranking very high up on my favorites list this year, this is an opportunity that you should not let pass you by.
Recommended for fans of abused heroines on the run, of small town law enforcement taking on big-city criminals, and of allowing yourself to love again despite all the obstacles life tries to throw at you. 5/5 Stars...more
Expected Release Date: August 2, 2011 Publisher: Harlequin Imprint: NocturThis is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.
Expected Release Date: August 2, 2011 Publisher: Harlequin Imprint: Nocturne Author’s Website: http://www.bonnievanak.com/ My Source for This Book: Netgalley Part of a Series: Yes, Book 4, Draconian Wolves Series Best Read In Order: Probably, but worked well as a standalone Steam Level: Steamy
On the run from authorities, gutsy Megan Moraine knows shadow wolves like herself have no place in this world. But she’s still prepared to do anything to protect her young charges. That resolve is tested when the trio is captured by Gabriel Robichaux. Everyone knows that Gabriel is a ruthless bounty hunter, a member of an elite group called the Enforcers. Why then is Megan so attracted to her enemy—a wolf who hunts his own people? A wolf whose languid, sexy drawl makes her dream the impossible?
DON’T MISS THE BONUS SHORT STORY INCLUDED IN THIS BOOK!
In a world where werewolves thrive in secret side-by-side to their human counterparts, some wolves are treated as third-class citizens. The Shadow wolves, who have the ability not only to perform magic at a young age but can literally make themselves invisible, are both feared and reviled. After an uprising-gone-wrong, they are rounded up concentration-camp style onto an island where they are treated as the lowliest of the low. Having no rights, forced to wear identifying uniforms, and absolutely forbidden to shift, they are forbidden to leave the island on which they've been imprisoned. To ensure their compliance, a hefty bounty has been placed on the head of any escaped Shadow, and Enforcers are free to rape, abuse, and even murder the escaped Shadows as they see fit.
Megan Moraine is determined to give her young twin cousins a better life than the one they can come to expect on the island. On the run, they are captured by the ruthless Gabriel Robichaux -- an Enforcer with a reputation for torturing his prisoners before brutally murdering them. Megan knows that their only chance to avoid a horrible fate is to escape from Gabriel's clutches, but she cannot deny the sizzling attraction between them.
Gabriel's gruesome reputation makes him one feared and respected Enforcers. However, Gabriel has a secret that could destroy everything he's worked for. Unable to deny an instinctive need to protect Megan and the little girls tagging along with her, he knows that turning traitor and helping them would not only make him as hunted as they are, but would actually result in torture and castration if he is captured. Will he be willing to risk everything for a woman who may never be able to trust him?
Overall, I enjoyed it, but the ending pretty much ruined it for me. Utilizing some of my favorite romance tropes, such as fated-to-be-mated, being on the run, and enemies to lovers, I really loved the first part of the novel. However, once Tristan got involved, things felt very rushed and just overly convenient, which rather ruined things for me.
In the end, I would recommend this one to fans of fated mates, of enemies to lovers, and fans of having to cope with societal prejudices and bring about change.
There is also a short story from the same "world" at the end of this book, which I also enjoyed. Unfortunately, Tristan plays a big part of that story as well, with the same results, leaving my final rating for both stories at 3.5/5...more
Expected Release Date: August 1, 2011 Publisher: Grand Central PublishingThis is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.
Expected Release Date: August 1, 2011 Publisher: Grand Central Publishing Imprint: Forever Author’s Website: http://www.caridad.com/ My Source for This Book: Netgalley Part of a Series: Yes, Book 3, Sin Universe -- Book 1, The Sin Hunter series Series Best Read In Order: N/A Steam Level: Steamy
Adam Bruno is no ordinary millionaire. The heir to an ancient race possessing a dark, powerful magic, he can shapeshift and create energy. His gifts make him a living weapon and have forced him to live in seclusion. But now an inhuman force hunts down Adam-just when he finds someone who makes him feel more human than he ever imagined possible . . .
Home from combat in Iraq, Bobbie Carerra wants only peace, yet soon joins Adam in a terrifying battle against paranormal enemies who hide in plain sight. She's drawn to his strength of mind and body; he's attracted to her courage and intoxicating energy. Their scorching passion can either transport them to the heights of ecstasy or-if Adam's powers rage out of control-destroy them. But when an invisible brotherhood tightens its nets and someone Adam trusts betrays him, only a heartrending decision can save them.
This book is a spinoff of an earlier series by Ms. Piniero, but I felt that it worked well on its own. I actually didn't realize that there were earlier works set in the same "universe", and as such had a moment or two where I wondered if I'd missed something, but overall, I never felt overly confused.
Overall, I really enjoyed this one. There were times, especially in the beginning, where I had trouble keeping all of the characters straight, probably because there were so many players in this book, but a little further in, I had a much easier time distinguishing between the Good Guys and Bad Guys.
The sexual tension and intensity between Adam and Bobbie was absolutely marvelous, and the mere fact that they tempered their intense and sudden sexual relationship with the rationality of having only known each other for a short time made it even more enjoyable to read. The family issues and intrigues, along with the sub-plots between the characters of both the Light Hunters and the Shadow Hunters added quite a bit of depth to the story without taking away from the relationship between Adam and Bobbie.
In the end, this one will most certainly be a re-read for me in the future, and I simply cannot wait for the sequel. A very enthusiastic 4/5 Stars....more
Expected Release Date: August 8, 2011 Publisher: Harlequin Imprint: HarleqThis is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.
Expected Release Date: August 8, 2011 Publisher: Harlequin Imprint: Harlequin Desire Author’s Website: http://www.oliviagates.com/ My Source for This Book: Netgalley Part of a Series: Yes, Book 3, Pride of Zohayd Trilogy Series Best Read In Order: Worked well as a standalone Steam Level: Hot
Prince Amjad Al Shalaan once entered into a political marriage for the sake of his country. He graciously forgave the fact that his bride did not come to him a virgin as custom dictated — after all, he’d chosen her from a list of suitable candidates only a few weeks before the wedding, and since he was not a virgin himself, it seemed hypocritical to punish her for her missing virginity. He even forgave her when she turned out to be carrying the child of another man. What he couldn’t forgive, however, was her almost successful plot with her lover to murder him.
Ever since, Amjad has been tainted by a bad reputation — that of a Mad Sheikh, because he is completely untouchable. Women vie for a place in his bed, but he turns away everyone — even to the point that detractors have begun to speculate about his sexual orientation. His celibacy has become a thing of legend, but even that does not come close to the rumors of his paranoia…
Princess Maram has her own bad reputation. Having been forced into a political marriage to a man she viewed as her uncle, she flouted traditional mourning and almost immediately married a young, rich playboy, whom she promptly divorced after he was disowned from his family. Having grown up in America, she has little patience for the pomp and circumstance (and restrictions) placed on a princess from her country, though her patriotism does run deep.
She is also incredibly attracted to Prince Amjad from the neighboring kingdom of Zohyad. Intrigued rather than repulsed by both his reputation and his aloof personality, she has fancied herself in love with him from the start.
The two constantly trade barbs, but underneath it all is a simmering attraction.
Amjad intended to take Maram’s father hostage in order to force him to return the property that he has stolen from Amjad’s kingdom. When the king instead send Maram in his place, Amjad is forced to alter his plans, and intends to use the princess as his unknowing hostage instead. Maram sees the freak sandstorm that traps her with Amjad in a secluded villa as a blessing in disguise. Knowing that she need only tempt him to act on the sizzling attraction between them, she is brutally honest with Amjad about both her feelings for him and her desire. Soon they are both swept away by their passions, but when the storm passes, and Maram realizes that Amjad has been using her, will her love for him stand, or will his betrayal be the final straw?
I absolutely loved the first half of this book! The incredible betrayal at the beginning, the verbal sparring between Amjad and Maram, the tension built by Maram’s secret kidnapping and the intimacy created by their forced isolation was absolutely delicious. While I enjoyed the book in its entirety, there was something about the second half that simply didn’t appeal to me as much. Perhaps it was the tantric sex angle, or the fact that while they supposedly hiked and whatnot it seemed that all they did was bed each other, but there was just something missing once they began to sleep together. While Amjad’s ulterior motives for being with Maram created a delicious amount of angst, I really felt as though her feelings were a bit extreme. Granted, she’d fully given herself to him while he maintained his prior aloofness, but for love to turn to hate so quickly seemed a bit out of character for Maram.
In the end though, it was still a very enjoyable read. The back and forth sparring between the two made this book worth reading alone, because Maram is not your typical milquetoast virgin who lets the hero walk all over her. Instead, she’s a strong, modern woman, who knows what she wants and boldly goes after it, all the while nurturing a vulnerable heart.
Recommended for fans of modern heroines with a healthy dose of sarcasm, untouchable heroes who find themselves ensnared, and an angsty downfall of both hero and heroine, topped with a beautiful Grand Gesture and a very satisfying HEA.
Expected Release Date: August 9, 2011 Publisher: Penguin Group Imprint: DuThis is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.
Expected Release Date: August 9, 2011 Publisher: Penguin Group Imprint: Dutton Author’s Website: http://juliegarwood.com/ My Source for This Book: Netgalley Part of a Series: No Steam Level: Steamy
**REVIEWER’S NOTE** This was an uncorrected advanced copy, so it’s possible that some details may be changed by the publication date.
I do believe that I am now officially a Julie Garwood fangirl. *nods decisively*
Ellie was a child prodigy, with a tortured past. Intelligent beyond her years, she attracted a deranged stalker at the tender age of 11, making her life a living hell; multiple attacks, restraining orders, and finally being sent out of state to live with strangers in order to protect both her and her family has left a mark on her that no amount of education or professional success can erase. When she witnesses the shooting of an FBI agent, she’s suddenly thrust into danger yet again, despite the fact that she cannot make a positive identification.
Max bursts into her life as an FBI agent attached to the case, and the sparks fly between them. They both know that nothing can come of a relationship — she lives in the midwest while he lives in Hawaii — and yet neither can resist the other. When she flies back to her childhood home for her sister’s wedding, she faces not only the threat of being silenced before she can take the witness stand, but also of having to face her childhood nemesis, the deranged stalker who has until that point dropped off the face of the earth.
Overall, I absolutely adore it. There was enough action to keep me on my toes, blended beautifully with just enough romance and steam to keep me intrigued.
The ending was also absolutely lovely. After reading the last line I literally said “awwww” and closed the book with a smile, and that more than anything is why I cheerfully give this book 5/5 Stars...more
Expected Release Date: March 6, 2012 Publisher: Penguin Imprint: Ace AuthorThis is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.
Expected Release Date: March 6, 2012 Publisher: Penguin Imprint: Ace Author’s Website: http://www.patriciabriggs.com/ My Source for This Book: WalMart Part of a Series: Yes, Book 3, Alpha & Omega Series Best Read In Order: Works well as a standalone Steam Level: Steamy
I’ve been a fan of Charles and Anna ever since their first novella. Having never read the Mercy Thompson series, I knew that this series was intended to run parallel, and yet, the fewer books meant that there would be more time elapsed between plots. However, I was a little startled to find that so much time had passed since the last story. While I have no idea where exactly it falls on the “timeline” of the series, it did take me a moment to catch my bearings.
Once I’d come to terms with the idea that the werewolves and other paranormal creatures were “out”, things progressed very smoothly. While not incredibly steamy, I was quite pleased at the rather intense scenes that did occur between Charles and Anna. The mystery of the serial killer combined with the wonderful side characters to make this a book that I simply could not put down.
Overall, I found this one highly enjoyable, and easily recommend this one for not only fans of the series, but for newcomers as well.
Mercy Thompson Reading Order: Moon Called Blood Bound Iron Kissed Bone Crossed Silver Borne River Marked
Alpha & Omega Reading Order:
Alpha & Omega (On the Prowl Anthology) (runs concurrent with Moon Called) Cry Wolf Hunting Ground Fair Game...more