It's really hard to match the awesomeness of Dreams of a Dark Warrior (Reign's story) and I knew going in that Lothaire was not a top fav character I...moreIt's really hard to match the awesomeness of Dreams of a Dark Warrior (Reign's story) and I knew going in that Lothaire was not a top fav character I was looking forward to reading about. That being said my expectations were a little lower and I ended up really enjoying this one.
Why? Cole really brings it with the love scenes - probably her best I've read in this series since Book 1, 3, and 11.
Heroine is an Appalachian country girl who could have appeared weak and uninspiring, but with the magic of Cole came across as funny and kind hearted. This relationship is probably one of the hardest to get sold on as a reader since Lotharie basically wants to eliminate her soul.
Read Full Review Here To say SHB was excited to read Dreams of Dark Warrior is a vast understatement (think rabid Justin Bieber fangirl). Regin the Ra...more Read Full Review Here To say SHB was excited to read Dreams of Dark Warrior is a vast understatement (think rabid Justin Bieber fangirl). Regin the Radiant was one of the first IAD characters most of us fell in love when we read A Hunger Like No Other. The last of her kind, Regin the sassy Valkyerie that glows like gold has been avoiding her berserker reincarnation lover for centuries. Cursed some say because of her kiss, Aidan the Fierce always manages to find his ‘Brightling’ but can never manage to stay alive. In Dreams of Dark Warrior we start off with the Order kidnapping beings of the Lore to ride humanity of the evil unnaturals. Only Aidan the Fierce doesn’t come back quite right. Housed in Declan Chase, second in command of the Order and known for torturing Lore captives; Regin has to find a way for Declan to remember his past memories otherwise serious apocalyptic sh*t will go down.
Dreams of Dark Warrior has probably one of the best prologues I’ve read in a long time. Usually Cole’s IAD characters meet when they are older – Regin meets Aidan when she is 12 where their budding romance spans 9 years until his death. Ok, that sounds bad; he doesn’t touch her until she is ‘of age’ think Jacob from Twilight peoples.
The bulk of the story takes place on the Island where the Order captures and tortures the Lore. I like how gritty, K. Cole got for this book. This is no light read with hugs and kisses and magic fairy dust; there is torture, vivsection (cut open Lore beings without Anastasia) and betrayal. This could have read really depressing, but this is Kresley mother effin’ Cole and she knows how to write paranormal romance. If you’ve read the previous book, Demon from the Dark a lot of scenes overlap, but are retold in a keep-you-on-the-edge-of-your-seat kind of way. This is no Bad Moon Rising *coughs Ms. Kenyon*. Although this is 500 plus pages you’ll breeze right through it and ignore all your household chores, your family, and reality until you finish it.
Because SHB couldn’t even put our Kindles down to save quotes; check out some heart breaking quotes from Fiction Vixen’s Review (lump, in my throat!).
Dreams of Dark Warrior is by far one of my favorite IAD books – everything comes together really well and you can tell Kresely Cole loved writing this one. This is one book that’ll have you staying up past your bed-i-bye time.
Who do we think Lotharie’s mate is going to be…..? (Cole confirmed Lotharie’s book is next). --> SBH thinks (her name rhymes with Blurrie)
If you could pick the next IAD book who would it be? --> Lanthe and her winged demon torturer, who at one time were childhood friends.
If Cole is only contracted to write four more IAD books who do you think is going to be in the next 3…?
Ulleum and(someone we haven’t met yet)
Lanthie and Thornos
Annaka…? Wow, she like disappeared after book 3 O_o(less)
I can't believe I almost forgot(zies) this one was released in Nov. Shame on me! I was a wee (sorry I’ve been Google(ing) Irish...more Read Full Review Here
I can't believe I almost forgot(zies) this one was released in Nov. Shame on me! I was a wee (sorry I’ve been Google(ing) Irish baby names all day) disappointed in the last book, Running Scared because I thought the main character’s chemistry was not full throttle like I had read in previous books but I knew this one was going to be better.
What really makes Living Nightmare a good read is the richness of the side characters. Not only do you get the story of the main characters, Mac and Nika, but there are many side characters and plots that will eventually become full length novels. So, kind of like a value packed romance (pumps fist).
This series is a solid B for me and I’d recommend to anyone looking for a new(ish) paranormal series. (less)
Ruthless Game is Kane and Rose’s story. For those of you like me and don’t know who the heck these characters are let us refresh...moreRead Full Review Here
Ruthless Game is Kane and Rose’s story. For those of you like me and don’t know who the heck these characters are let us refresh your memory. Think back to Deadly Game (book #5 and one of my all time favs). Kane was in Dr. (Evil) Whitney’s breading program when he fell for Rose, one of the orphan’s Whitney bought to enhance and run his inhuman tests on. After finding out that she is pregnant Rose escapes with the other girls and run away from Kane (this isn’t even mentioned much in this book – Oye vey) Ruthless Game starts off with Kane and his crew (Mack and Jaime from book looking for Rose to prevent Dr. Whitney from getting his hands on their baby. Unaware that she is 8 months pregnant, he finally succeeds in finding her and just in time before Dr. Whitney can kidnap her (again) for her baby. Rose, Kane and the help of some new Ghostwalkers band together to prevent Dr. W from stealing Kane’s baby.
What We Didn’t Like
Mrs. K: This series started out as such a promising urban-fantasy-thriller but somehow lost it’s way after the first initial books.
KC: First off as a reader I like to be ‘present’ when the characters first meet, their experiences, (whispers) first s-e-x scene etc. If I hadn’t taken my ginko bilobo I would never have remembered these two met in book 5. I think the author missed an opportunity to refresh readers how on Kane and Rose met and I would have like to have followed that story arc vs where we first start off in this book.
Mrs. K The characters lack a certain authenticity and their relationship felt very mechanical and wooden.
KC: I actually thought Kane and Rose’s chemistry beat the pants off of the previous book in the series. But, if we are comparing character chemistry like Mari and Ken, Gator and Flame – Kane and Rose didn’t sizzle as much as earlier characters. Still, I felt there was sizzle!
Mrs. K Author has exhausted the mysterious Whiney angel and keeps adding more characters, which kind of fatigues this plot for me
KC: I kind of agree. Dr. Whitney is one elusive Mofo. He’s mentioned briefly in this one because he wants Rose’s baby – I think this series could use another villain especially since he’s more of a man-behind-the-curtain villain.
KC I was not a fan of the parallel theme of the drug lord after Rose; it felt unnecessary and didn’t really capture my attention.
What We Liked
Mrs K. I liked that the RG is filled with heart racing action, which helped keep my interest. Especially car chase scene!
KC: Unlike K-Khan I liked the romantic tension between Rose and Kane felt it was more interesting than previous book.
KC: Introduction of new Ghostwalkers. Since we’ve pretty much read all the original Ghostwalkers except for a few, I like how Feehan introduced more characters for us to obsesses over. Javier, Rhianna, and ubber special Ghostwalker Paul.
KC: Ghostwalker Baby. Maybe its because I’m preggers but I liked that we got a glimpse of the baby as opposed to Rose just being pregnant.
Bottom line if you enjoyed the previous Ghostwalker books, Ruthless Game has some great action scenes and Kane and Rose’s story hooked me in. Clearly Mrs. K didn’t enjoy the book as much as I did, but I FORGIVE HER. We both agree that we’re getting a bit fatigued with the main plot of this series and Dr. Evil, but this is Feehan and we just can’t quit her. Although RG was a more suspenseful read than the previous book, it still was missing some of the spark from the earlier books like Deadly Game, Shadow Game, and Night Game.
The last few Breed books have pleasantly surprised me, I feel like Leigh is taking her characters into a different direction tha...more Read Full Review Here
The last few Breed books have pleasantly surprised me, I feel like Leigh is taking her characters into a different direction than mating hormone + sexual angst + unwilling female = plot. I was ok with this formula for the first few books but it can be a bit repetitive by book 20. I was a little hesitant to start Styx’s story a. because I had no earthly idea who this character was and b. I think Lion’s Heat is a hard act to follow; alas this is a series I just can’t say no to. Is Styx’s Storm just another formulaic breed book, or does it bring a little somethin’ new to the table….?
Yes…and no. I liked the main hero, Styx. He was a littler different than Leigh’s other breeds, he was more charming with a Scottish accent (why hello, do you have a kilt to go along with those wide receiver shoulders and sexy brogue) vs the Alpha ‘tude. Also, the bickering was toned down a notch compared to previous books. I have to say this is not my fav formula to create tension between the main characters – I think the council and mating hormone is enough.
The main heroine, Storme is not a breed lover, actually she hates them for killing her father and brother. Now, in the wrong hands this could have been disaster where you, the reader don’t’ emphasize with her plight and can’t connect with her – not so, I actually thought this angle was well done (Bravo!).
What didn’t tickle our fancy
You never find out what information Storme held as a secret for her father. Hand to god I thought I skipped a part, alas the author didn’t go into detail….so it’s gotta be a BFD maybe in the next Wolf breed book.
I think Styx’s Storm brings a little somethin’ new to the Breed table, with characters that don’t’ seem like cc copies from previous books.
P.S. When are we going to get Cassie’s Story?
PPS. Raise your hand if you would like to read about the Winged Breeds *KC & K-Khan raise both hands*(less)
All I can say is thank god for Kindle multi app syncing ! I’ve been jonez-e-ing for My Fair Succubi since I finished the second...more Read Full Review Here
All I can say is thank god for Kindle multi app syncing ! I’ve been jonez-e-ing for My Fair Succubi since I finished the second book A REALLY LONG TIME AGO – ok, it was like 6 months ago. Like most of you addicts book lovers, I had tried to put this one out of my mind until the release date because I’ve been known to become a wee bit obsessive (coughs Shadowfever) until I can get my hands on the next book. I must have done some serious meditating because up until a couple of weeks ago I had forgotten MFS was releasing in late Dec.
Note to self do not start Jill Myles book while at work – reading on snazzy iphone while in my car. I won’t want to come back in for work and often found myself sneaking in long bathroom breaks to finish a few chapters. Thank god I can blame/use my pregnancy for the long ‘bathroom breaks’.
MFS starts off with Jackie and Noah in the jungles of Mexico on an archeological dig. If you can remember Zane left Jackie in book 2 because of the evil vampire (bitch) Queen. Just when Jackie thinks all is well, well-uh almost, sans Zane; she is rudely put under immortal arrest by the not so nice angles along with Noah. These angles don’t mess around and apparently don’t think it is acceptable behavior for a succubi to use another immortal to ‘scratch her itch’ and leave him (Luc) high and dry. Succubis never can catch a break. In order to avoid death or forced pregnancy by weird-angel-psycho-dude she must rescue the halo from her (again) possessed succubi BFF Remy (who is now evil Joaquim). Not to mention Noah has asked Jackie a very serious, important question that she can’t seem to say ‘yes or no’ to, a bodyguard that is a virgin- half angel/half succubi named Ethan, and the Vampire Queen who now wants a piece of the halo action. With the return of Zane, her annoying succubi ‘itch’ front and center and needing to save the world, Jackie is a busy girl these days…
First of all Jill Myles does love triangle like nobody’s business and this is coming from a die-hard don’t-make-me-read any love triangle scenarios. It’s really hard to pull this theme off without looking like a made for tv lifetime movie or a dramatic Danielle Steele book. But if Jill Myles writes it I will read it! I think why this book works for me is your ability to sympathize with Jackie whether she is with Noah, Zane or having to use someone else to ‘scratch her itch’. Combine this with awesome action and this pretty much makes my top fav paranormal romance series I’ve read this year.
My Fair Succubi has to be one of my favorite new-to-me paranormal series I’ve stumbled upon this year. I like how in the third installment we finally get some closure on some of Jackie’s issues combined with a few a few surprising twists.
I’ve been looking for a good dangle (that’s demon/angel) books since I finished Covet, yes, I am a J.R. Ward apologist and I’m no...moreRead Full Review Here
I’ve been looking for a good dangle (that’s demon/angel) books since I finished Covet, yes, I am a J.R. Ward apologist and I’m not sorry. I’m a firm believer in sticking by the BDB author and like the illustrious Brittany Spears, I believe she will come back to us. She will bring back shivalinga to our poor starving Indian village. (Someone was watching the Indian Jones series again on DVD. Five naked hottie photos to those who guess which one).
When I saw the Demon’s Fall blurb on Netgalley, I practically gave my index finger whiplash to request a review.
The story starts off with Kenan, a succubus demon, at the Hellsgate market place where he happens upon a rare find… an angel. After trading souls collected in coins he takes Jahel home with him hoping to seduce her into giving him her soul. To gain her trust he agrees to help her find the soul she lost to a hellhound. What started out as seduction soon leads to passion and emotions Kenan has never felt for any being.
“Why did he hit you?” she asked, absently tracing the outline of his fingers.
Kenan cleared his throat. “I wanted to touch your hair.” His voice was deeper than usual.
“And then you bought me and took me out of that cage.”
“Are you sorry I did?”
“No.” But her smile was a little cooked. “I’m grateful. If what you wanted was to touch my hair…” “Do you still want to?”
He had to force himself not to grab her. Instead he reached out with his free hand and sank it into the cloudsilk of her hair.
He tilted her chin up and kissed her.
More often than not paranormal/urban fantasy books will have extensive world building right front and center which can cause me to have sci-fi overload. Or as we like to call it Scifitus*. I liked how it was more spread out in this one and focused instead on the two main characters. Although it didn’t bring anything new to the demon/angel genre, I was ok with that. Sometimes I’m not looking for ‘newness’ instead I just want to read a good sex romance story.
If you like more of the erotic paranormal reads from this publisher, Demon’s Fall is a enjoyable read that kept me engrossed all the way throughout the story.
I've been a die-hard Feehan fan since I picked up my first Dark novel. I then crossed over to her Game series and the Drake Sister. After getting all...moreI've been a die-hard Feehan fan since I picked up my first Dark novel. I then crossed over to her Game series and the Drake Sister. After getting all that off my chest, I had some problems with Feehan's latest Water Bound. Although this is a semi-spin-off from the Drake series, I felt the story moved a bit slow. This is just my humble opinion, I think if you read and liked the Drake books then you'll be just as happy to read Water Bound.
Things I Liked
Autistic Heroine - you don't see many romance books where the character suffers from a mild form of autism.
Lev - I can't resist a wounded, dark hero --> yes please
Things I didn't Like Pacing of the book. I liked the setting - I liked the characters but the flow of the book seemed to drag in some places.
Bottom Line if you loved the Drake series you'll probably like Water Bound. If you've been a bit disappointed in Feehan's latest releases you might want to hold off on this one and wait for her new Dark books.(less)
I admit, I was on the fence about reading Eternal Kiss of Darkness. Not that I didn’t enjoy First Drop of Crimson, but when an au...moreRead Full Review Here
I admit, I was on the fence about reading Eternal Kiss of Darkness. Not that I didn’t enjoy First Drop of Crimson, but when an author gives you such memorable characters such as Bones and Cat, it becomes a bit hard to live up to that standard. EKOD starts off with Mencheres who is Bones’s mentor/Godfather/Grandfather in the vampire realm. Enter Kira who happens upon Mencheres being beaten by ghouls - thinking he was merely human she gets herself almost killed by saving him. Bu-u-ut he has no way of erasing her memories so she is forced to stay with him for one week until his blood wears off.
What I liked the Mostest
I think what I liked most about EKOD is Kira’s character. She is independent, loyal, and gets the crap beat out of her trying to keep Mencheres secret. My kinda gal.
Oh My Gah. The ceiling sexy time!!! The author always manages to ‘bring it’ with the vampire love scenes. I’ve been a fan of hers since Night Huntresses series infamous Chapter 32. Although Mencheres has been celibate for thousands of years, he can’t seem to resist the charming Kira. Even after he lets her ago he follows her to make sure she is safe. Yes, he is just that adorable. He also helps out with her sister’s illness and looks at Kira like a man who hasn’t had water in 3 days. The tension between these two characters simply sizzles off the pages. I kid you not.
My Itty Bitty Niggle
If there was one itty bitty teeny tiny thing that niggled me was I didn’t feel we really got to know Mencheres. Although we get glimpses of his past, after reading The End, his character remains somewhat of a mystery.
Bottom Line if you are sitting on the fence on this one, hop off, shake your tail feather (sorry I’m listening to Hits 90 on Sirus) and get thee to a bookstore. Yes, we all know this isn’t going to be what I dub Cat and Bones books, but EKOD still brings it! Eternal Kiss of Darkness is a solid read filled with tension, loyalty, sensual vampire bites and sexy time on the ceiling!
Smokinhot Cliff Note: Ok, those of you like me (and K-Khan) and completely forgot the ending in Darkest Passion you are not alone. Darkest Lie starts off with the mysterious Scarlett locked away in the Lords’ dungeon. Gideon can’t quite understand why he is so intrigued by the Keeper of Nightmares, until she mentions she is his wife…
Darkest Lie is for the most part told from Gideone’s POV who has to speak in, well, lies. If he tells the truth he is instantly struck with lots of pain. Now, in the wrong hands this could have read really annoying, but hey, this is Gena Showalter she could write on coupons and I’d still buy ‘em. There is so much going on in Darkest Lie I could probably write a 60 page thesis and barely scratch the surface. Should I create a flow chart? Ok, maybe not. Just making sure ya’ll are awake. Although, I do so like those laser pointers.
I’m usually not a fan of old lover’s quarrel plot lines, but it didn’t read like over the top bickering-soap opera . Gideon has no memories of Scarlett (who he calls, Scar, isn’t that cute?), meanwhile Scarlett wants revenge against those who left rotting in a dungeon. Stranded and left to the wolves, she has been waiting for Gideon to return, only to find out that a. he is still alive and b. is a horndog. Not. Cool.
Showalter really brings her A-game in what I think is one of her best Lords of the Underworld books. The whole book keeps you on your toes and adds a few interesting twits that had me gasping ‘really?”. I like how she introduces the demons Lies and Nightmares, where see how two immortals and their demons fall in love. (We even get some naughty demon on demon sex…for reals!) Showalter is a master of reintroducing previous characters and not making them appear flat.
I believe Darkest Lie is one of Gena Showalter’s best LOTU book, she manages to weave in so many different side plots, while maintaining your interest in the main characters. If you haven’t read this one and have the previous 5 LOTU books on your shelves, shame on you! No, I kid. Seriously, run out and buy it so we can all squee about it on social networks.
Why Gideon has blue hair…
Cronus is still a dickhead
…William….. (that’s all I’m going to say)
You have to go here and read Tori’s review quote over at Smexybooks.
Will Legion play a part in one of the next Lords book…maybe with Galen?
Who thinks Amun should be paired up with one of Harpies sisters? Raises hand
Next LOTU book is Darkest Secret (Amun’s story)!!!! And the next one after that is Stryder’s story called Darkest Surrender.
What happens when you combing hokey, a 7 ½ foot tall sexy shifter - part polar bear, part wolf - and a goofy dog named Blayne Tho...moreRead Full Review Here
What happens when you combing hokey, a 7 ½ foot tall sexy shifter - part polar bear, part wolf - and a goofy dog named Blayne Thorpe. You get a happy KC of course. You are guaranteed to crack a smile when reading any book written by Shelly Laurenston. And this one is by far her funniest yet.
In this 5th installment of her Pride series, we meet goofy, wolf-dog, Blayne that is being courted by scary, Pride hokey player Bo Novikov. She might have run screaming in the other direction 7 years ago, but this time Bo finally catches up to her and like it or not, she has a giant lover/bodyguard protecting her from creepy stalkers who want to use her in shifter dogfights.
I giggled, I snorted, and had so many post-it notes my poor book looked like a chia pet. I would recommend buying in ebook because print can be a bit price ($14.99).(less)
I was really surprised by Michelle Rowen's latest the Demon In Me. I enjoyed her Fanged and Fabulous series as a very light but forgettable read. The...moreI was really surprised by Michelle Rowen's latest the Demon In Me. I enjoyed her Fanged and Fabulous series as a very light but forgettable read. The Demon in Me was a bit darker, edgier, and yes, still funny, read.
Eden Riley is a psychic that doesn't really believe in psychics (I know, right?) when she is paired with the delicious detective Ben aka golden boy to solve a murder. Fate doesn't seem to like Eden Riley much these days - she is attacked and almost killed by the serial killer hiding in the closet when sexy Detective GB (Golden Boy) rescues her. Only she becomes possessed, literally, by a demon that used to reside in the serial killer. Oh, and she only has a year to sort this hot mess out otherwise Mr. Tall Dark and Demonic will suck all her energy and kill her.
This book reminded me a bit of that yummy movie with Katherine Heigel and Gerard Butler, The Ugly Truth. Darrek has agreed to help Eden win over sexy Detective GB in exchange she a. doesn't exorcize him and b. helps him find the black witch that cursed him. Easy peasy right?
My favorite scene has to be when Eden and Detective GB are on their first date and when GB leans in to give Eden a kiss, she finds herself slapping him. Seems that Darrek has become 'possessive' and can control Eden's arms and legs.
If you are looking for a romance that doesn't necessarily have the normal HEA, sexy demons, and great humor, The Demon in Me is a great non traditional paranormal romance read. (less)
How could I not read this book with a teaser like this..
You are so easy, he remarked. “Just a nibble on your neck and you’re ready to throw open your legs for me.”
And then I knew…I. Need. This. Book.
Adrian is the Freddy Kruger of the dream realm. He reaps dark energy off of human nightmares, feeding off of fear, darkness, and people’s deepest darkest desires to siphon energy to his people. Katheryn is an innocent; she doesn’t know she is encountering Adrian in her dreams…or in her case, nightmares. Lured by her dark need for forced seduction, Adrian kidnaps her and places her in his treasure room. Outside the dream realm, he is hideously formed with fangs, hunchback, and a deformed face. Is Kathryn’s innocent power enough to save his soul….?
Stealing Kathryn is an erotic take on the story of The Beauty and The Beast transported to the realm of dreams. Adrian, a Guardian lives off of energy, in order to keep his people alive he enters dreams and feeds off of people’s dark desires and fear. Without this he people would starve – after many years he has lost his emotions and humanity. Given to extreme displays of rage and in several scenes he actually backhands his sister Aerlyn – Adrian is a beast. Frank expounds on why he behaves this way but just prepare yourselves, his character is a tad ‘dark’.
Kathryn on the other hand is an innocent who captivates Adrian to the point that he steals her away for his own pleasure. I did feel that Kathryn conceded a bit quickly given that this crazy, monster-beast kidnaps her, scares her to death and yet she “knows” she needs to treat him with kindness. That somehow her amplification of goodness and kindness will rehabilitate his brutish ways. Hookay…I’m a huge fan of the whole dark warrior kidnaps the innocent maid, I have a whole shelf dedicated to Jaid Black’s Viking series, however, Frank’s use of Kathryn’s ‘innocence’ was flimsy and a bit forced. Her immediate compliance made her appear weak-willed and powerless. Had Frank focused more on the relationship build-up where Kathryn can see that Adrian isn’t’ really a monster, but that his Guardian duties have made him the way he is, I would have bought this reconstruction through innocence angle a bit more. Also, after Adrian claims her as his kadrin (mate), she is never allowed to go back to her family, a point that was EXTREMELY glossed over.
What I liked most about Stealing Kathryn is Frank’s ability to weave sensual, erotic scenes throughout the book. That’s code for hot sexy time. Kathryn and Adrian’s first time is when he is still somewhat of a beast and if I hadn’t read a few Nancy Friday stories, I think I would have had to speed dial my therapist and ask her why I think deformed animals are sexy. At times, in his ‘beast form’ Adrian was described as being twice the size of a man…’down there’… which combined with Kathryn’s innocent but curious nature made these scenes very sensual and dare I saw naughty. And the things he did with his claws *bits lip* you’ll just have to read and find out.
All in all Stealing Kathryn is an erotic/paranormal hybrid that integrates one of my most beloved fairy tales with some erotic steaminess. Despite some ho-hums regarding the main heroine I was still able to enjoy the story and am secretly online shopping for future Halloween costumes for hubs:
claws fangs hunchback
For those of you liked Rapture, or rough n’ tuff beasties, this one’s for you.
I know, I know you are not ‘supposed’ to compare BDB (for the uninitiated that’s Black Dagger Brotherhood) with Fallen Angles but I can’t help it. I’m...moreI know, I know you are not ‘supposed’ to compare BDB (for the uninitiated that’s Black Dagger Brotherhood) with Fallen Angles but I can’t help it. I’m in hearts with all the brothers and wanted the same relationship to happen with the Fallen series. (My emotional grid was all over the place…you actually can’t see that I just fist bumped myself)). But seeing as how Covet was a mite disappointing, I felt the need to pump the brakes and take a knee before I bought the new installation to the series, Crave. I was still feeling a bit sore from my initial jubilation smack down, and didn’t want to get my hopes up that Crave would be any better.
Oh, how I doubted my bestie, fav author. Ward, made a major improvement with her second book in the series and Crave is substantially better than Covet, by giant sized leaps and bounds. Now, it’s been a while between books so other than remembering Jim, fallen angels, and some crazy demon chick named Devina I was drawing a blank on the details of this series. The beginning is a bit confusing, actually I could have done without that whole part until our main man, Isaac, meets up with his lawyer, Grier Childe. Perhaps I was having a blond moment or not enough Ginko Biloba in my diet but once Grier and Isaac crossed paths the book became far more interesting. Why it was automatic, it was systematic, it was hydromatic! Why it was greased lightnin’!
Isaac is an awoled man on the run from the XOps (anyone else thinks that sounds dirty…). He is trying to survive by doing a little illegal MMA fighting to make some money. Nobody could fault Ward for being urbanely current. So, after being in an underground bust by the police, in walks his super foxy lawyer, Grier Childe. Grier has her own demons to slay and tries to keep them at bay by doing pro bono work. Jim must once again battle the uber creepy Devina as part of the ‘Seven’ souls he must win for team good, otherwise the world will fall under the rule of evil. Nothing like a little pressure . As with Covet the soul Jim must save is never as cut and dry as it may seem and just because he has one on team evil doesn’t mean he can get cocky. Devina has grown more desperate to win and the stakes have just been raised.
I would have like more paranormal aspects with Devina and her demons, although there is one creepy scene where Jim makes a bargain with the demon to stay with her for a night. I may have been emotionally scared by that one. Sadistic torture can definitely leave a lasting imprint. What makes Crave stand out from Covet, is the characters. Grier was a much more interesting character and paired with Isaac’s southern gentleman charm and one badass demon – made for a great combination.
So, if you were sitting on the fence on this one, your ol pals KC and K-Khan give it the Smokin Hot Stamp of approval. Other than the confusing beginning you don’t want to miss out on this one because Ward can still weave one bad ass story and with a surprise twist at the end.(less)
This was a surprising good read and I pretty much enjoy anything Gena Showalter writes. Twice as Hot was better than the first book in my opinion. Bel...moreThis was a surprising good read and I pretty much enjoy anything Gena Showalter writes. Twice as Hot was better than the first book in my opinion. Belle and Rome are planning their wedding when after a mission Rome losses his memories. To the point where he can't even remember Belle and he thinks he is still married to his ex.
God my heart said 'ouchie' a few times and I admit I was thinking 'screw Rome' he doesn't deserve you anyway. Yes, sometimes I talk to books ::blush::. You learn why and how Rome's memories were taken and you kind of almost root for the bad guy a little bit.
If you are a Gena Showatler fan this was a surprisingly good read that surpassed my expectations. (less)
Who Needs A Snuggie When You Have a Hot Alpha Cat to Keep You Warm
Mating is a higher law and there’s no getting around it. You can’t pretend it away. This is between us, no one else. We’ll work it out.” Conner.
She blinked rapidly to stop the burning tears. Damn him. He’d destroyed her.
Normally I wouldn’t put cats in the alpha hotness category, but Feehan does a nice job of mixing the sensuality and grace the leopard species melded with a healthy dose of possessive uber-male which makes for an exciting combination. I’ve been on the fence regarding Feehan’s books since I’ve already broken up with the Carpathian series and am damn close to putting the Ghostwalker series in the doghouse. I was pleasantly surprised with Burning Wild and found that Wild Fire was just as good.
Conner Vega has betrayed his mate, the worst offense a leopard can do. Unbeknownst to him, he was sent to seduce information out of then virgin Isabeau Chandler, and take down her father. Unaware of Conner’s scheme, she falls in love only to find out while her father lay dying, the man she thought she knew used her and left her without a father. Fast forward a year and Conner is back in the Jungle. Called on a mission to take down and seduce Imelda he knows he’s lost his mate forever, but once a leopard finds his mate it literally sickens them to be with any other. He doesn’t have the stomach for this type of job, but children have gone missing and he is the only leopard for the job.
Isabeau has not forgotten nor forgiven Conner for his betrayal and hand in her father’s death. If he can seduce her, he should have no problems seducing Imelda. Mates are forever can she forgive Conner for his betrayal…
I’m a big fan of the shapeshifter genre but Feehan manages to put a personal touch on the animalistic side of shapeshifters that can be lacking in most stories and adds an authenticity that enhances the ‘otherness’ of her characters. As always, her stories are well-crafted and suspenseful and thank god without telepathic mind messages of sending ‘love and affection to their partner’s mind’ or any healing chants. This was a vast improvement from her latest installments from her other series. *Reference Dark series, “Please God No More Carpathian Chants”. This series is a bit darker and more ‘erotic’ than her other series and I find that I like this style of writing best when it comes to Feehan. (I put erotic in quotations because on the scale of erotic naughtiness this is pretty staid but for a Christine Feehan book it is definitely more steamy than her usual installments).
I admit, I wasn’t jumping for joy at the betrayal angle when I read the back blurb. My heart just can’t take a whole lot of angst right now and usually, past betrayal plot lines don’t appeal to me. I didn’t mind it so much in Wild Fire because I thought Feehan did a darn good job blending a been there done that your my mate plot with added suspense. I’ve been reading shift books for quite some time, so it takes more than growls, mating heat, and hissing to keep me interested. Initially I thought to myself, okay no surprises in this book, Feehan did manage to put in a few twists and “oh really(s) into Wild Fire that kept me on my reading toes. As always she is the master of writing interesting, hot alphas that make my inner feminist hide in a deep, dark, place only to appear when Mr. Smokin’ asks me to cook him dinner.
Although Wild Fire didn’t bring anything new to the shape shifter genre, I find I didn’t mind the lack of world-building, instead liking the mystery and relationship between Conner and Isabeau. Although not as good as Burning Wild (previous leopard release), still an interesting and entertaining read for those that enjoy Christine Feehan’s books. I find that I am curious to see where this series will go and am looking forward to meeting some more hot alpha-leporads.