Expected Release Date: March 6, 2012 (Available Now!) Publisher: Penguin...moreThis is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.
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: December 6, 2011 Publisher: Penguin Group Impri...moreThis is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.com.
Expected Release Date: December 6, 2011 Publisher: Penguin Group Imprint: Signet Author’s Website: http://www.amandabonilla.com My Source for This Book: Netgalley Part of a Series: Yes, Book 1, Shaede Assassin Series Series Best Read In Order: N/A Steam Level: Steamy
Utterly alone in the world, assassin Darian is a Shaede — a being who can dissolve into shadows, move with unbelievable speed, and who cannot be killed. Having been created and later abandoned by the man who rescued her from an abusive marriage almost a hundred years prior, she has learned to rely only on herself, reinventing herself as a notorious assassin known for avoiding innocent targets.
However, her next mark will cause her to question everything she has accepted as truth, and in accepting the job, sets her along a path that will change her life forever.
I originally heard about this book on another blogger’s Waiting On Wednesday, which is a meme that highlights upcoming books that bloggers are excited about. I was lucky enough to snag an advanced reader copy, and let me tell you, I was absolutely blown away. I, quite literally, could not put this book down. I read it in line at the grocery store, I read it while I was cooking dinner, I read it while folding laundry, I read it propped up in bed that night. In fact, there was quite a bit of angst for me at the end when I realized that I would have to wait until July for the next installment in the series, despite the solid feeling of resolution at the end.
While not without faults, Darian’s character and the world as a whole sucked me in and refused to let me go. The first person point of view allowed the reader to experience first-hand the frustration, loneliness, heartbreak, and love that Darian went through over the course of the novel, and the high level of action and intrigue kept my attention from the very beginning.
Darian is a badass, no doubt about it, but her arrogance that served her so well in the past suddenly becomes a huge liability, and she has to learn to rely on others, as well as to sift through truths and lies in order to discover just what it will mean for her to become part of the Shaede community.
The world that Ms. Bonilla created is utterly fascinating, and the two main love interests, Tyler and Xander, were able to hold their own even against Darian’s oft-overbearing presence.
Recommended for fans of fast-paced, original Urban Fantasy, of strong heroines suddenly thrown completely out of their element, and of a sweet, albeit complicated, love story. A delightfully solid 5/5 Stars.
Expected Release Date: May 23, 2011 Publisher: Carina Press Imprint: N/A Au...moreThis is a Quickie Review. For the Full Review, please visit The Romanceaholic.
Expected Release Date: May 23, 2011 Publisher: Carina Press Imprint: N/A Author’s Website: http://authorjennyschwartz.com/ My Source for This Book: Netgalley Part of a Series: Yes, Out of the Bottle #3 Series Best Read In Order: Worked well as a standalone Steam Level: Hot
She is the Bringer of Death Cali, a djinni, has sworn to twist the wishes of humans so they die by their own greed and evil. Her latest master is arms dealer David Saqr, a man Cali believes deserves the fate she has in store for him. But this time she finds herself up against Andrew, David's guardian angel.
He is a Protector of Life Andrew believes David can yet find redemption. He fights Cali for the man's life, even as he tries to persuade her to give in to the sizzling attraction between them. He shows Cali another side of David, and invites her to trust again, to hope. But centuries of being enslaved have hardened Cali's heart-it's going to take all of Andrew's love to convince her to open it and let him in.
Not really a positive or negative point to me, but it seemed strange to see an angel free to make love. Granted, Cali wasn't human, so that definitely didn't fall under the whole nephalim-creating no-no that we so often run into in celestial romances, but I suppose I expected Andrew to be Fallen or to have some otherwise negative consequences for falling so hard for Cali.
Overall, though, this was a fast, deliciously tasty read, and a wonderful intro into the world of the djinni. I will definitely be going back and reading the first two installments into the series, and would recommend this one for fans of magick, guardian angels, redeemable villains, and explosive action (in the bedroom and otherwise).
I couldn't bring myself to rate this one, as mine would be the only rating, and the fact that I didn't care for it really wasn't the fault of the auth...moreI couldn't bring myself to rate this one, as mine would be the only rating, and the fact that I didn't care for it really wasn't the fault of the author. I think I snagged it free for kindle or something and found it when I was browsing through my library one night, and I didn't realize what it was at first, so I wasn't prepared for a husband and wife, bored and insecure, who ended up living out a few sexy fantasies together with the help of a smutty djinn.. That part was alright, until it turned out that those fantasies included having sex with people other than each other -- while the spouses watched.
Just....... *winces* Not my thing.
I can't really rate the steamy bits either, because I was so squicked by the fantasies that I couldn't really get into the rest of it.
I did like the underlying romance of it, because behind all the explicit smut was a rather sweet romance, but in the end, I'm just not an erotica reader at heart, so this wasn't my cup of tea.
Still, it wasn't adultery in the technical sense, and all parties were consenting, so if that sort of thing floats your boat, it may be worth checking out :)(less)