I am in such a Thriller\Mystery right now that I am digging through the web trying to find more and more series to dig into. That is how my Urban Fantasy obssession started years ago and like it, I don't see this newest obssession ending anytime soon.
Cruising through Netgalley, I came upon Wake to Darkness and when I saw it was from Maggie Shayne, a Thriller author I have enjoyed before, I had to have it.
Of course, my OCD didn't allow me to read Wake to Darkness before reading the previous novel, Sleep With the Lights On and the previous Novella, Dream of Danger. I did, loved them and will be revieweing them next, I promise.
But now, let's get back to the novel at hand. Wake to Darkness is a great follow up for this series and I personally felt that it was an improvement of the ones before, and I really liked them too.
I do recommend reading these in order, since the mystery in Wake to Darkness is directly related to the events in Sleep With the Lights On. I promise you won't regret it!
I am in love with Brown and De Luca. Not only is Rachel De Luca a great heroine, but is a bit of unusual one as well, which I love! She is cranky, annoying and obnoxious at times, but Maggie Shayne does some crazy literary magic and makes her lovable nonetheless. I love Rachel's back story. She was blind for most of her life, but got her eyesight back in the first novel of the series. I love following her and how she sees the world as if for the first time, it's exhilerating!
Mason Brown is a great hero as well, quite imature emotionally, but so is Rachel and I do see a lot of potential for them both.
The mystery is thrilling and don't worry, it does not take a back seat to the romance at all.
I hope we get more books in this new series by Maggie Shayne, because I am utterly hooked!(less)
I am very surprised by In The Company of Wolves. The blurb really caught my attention and the actual book more than delivered.
I am still reeling from this thrilling story. A not so mentally stable hero whose perception is far from trustworthy is our main guide in James Michael Larranaga’s thriller. There are different points of view in the novel, but the hero’s one is definitely the most important.
Quin is our hero or should I say Anti-hero? I really don’t want to spoil any twists and turns, so let’s just say that Quin is a hero of many surprises and not all of them are pleasant. However, throughout In The Company of Wolves I couldn’t help but root for him, especially over the awful pack of wolves he gets involved in.
Quin is a bounty hunter hired to infiltrate a company of “Death Brokers”. They buy out life insurance policies of terminally ill patients for less than they are worth and make a profit when they die. When I read about it in the novel I went straight to Google and found out that this is an actual thing! How creepy!
While on assignment Quin realises that this company is actually expediting their clients’ death so they can have their paycheck and he decides to put a stop to it. In The Company of Wolves is Quin’s ups and downs dealing with this extremely hungry pack of wolves while overcoming his own shortcomings.
In The Company of Wolves is a thrill ride from start to finish and I for one cannot wait for more! I read in a lot of reviews on goodreads people complaining about the cliffhanger, but it’s not so bad and it definitely made me want to read much more.
One more thing I want to mention and that I really enjoyed was the whole parallel with wolves’ nature and the little facts about them before each section. I loved that they connected with what was to come and gave us a great insight into the characters behavior.
I really enjoyed In The Company of Wolves and thoroughly recommend it!(less)
Pooka In My Pantry starts off a few weeks after the end of Monster In My Closet. Zoey is more comfortable in her own skin around the Hidden and right...morePooka In My Pantry starts off a few weeks after the end of Monster In My Closet. Zoey is more comfortable in her own skin around the Hidden and right off the bat, we witness her help a sea serpent give birth in her swimming pool.
What Zoey doesn't know yet is that her life is about to get much more complicated. Her fledgling romance with a reaper was cut short when he stood her up and disappeared. When he comes back with another reaper in tow set on making sure Zoey doesn't escape death again, things go from bad to worse in a second.
In Pooka In My Pantry we meet a lot of new characters and the dangers around Zoey are much more pronounced this time around. From Mobster Leprechauns, to the Board of Hidden Affairs on her back, Zoey's luck might running out.
R.L. Naquin has once again delivered a book full of surprises and delights. Don't get me wrong, Pooka In My Pantry gets its fair share of darkness and death, but the overall feel-good atmosphere I get from the series is much stronger.
The Monster Haven series is a lighter Urban Fantasy than most, but not without its darker moments. I feel R.L. Naquin has found quite a balance between the quirky and the suspenseful and for that I could not be happier.
If you love to get lost in new worlds along with a heroine who is not afraid to use a plunger to protect those she loves, this is the series for you!
What a lovely new world to get lost into! I have missed something like this ever since the Parasol Protectorate series finished and I am so glad a I gave “The Chronicle of Light and Shadow” Series a shot.
I really tried to know draw a parallel between these two paranormal steampunk series, but I was not successful and unfortunately because of this comparison Liesel Schwarz’s new series is just a bit shot from perfection.
The plucky and ahead of her time heroine, Elle Chance, is a delight to read. She is smart, resourceful and a blast. I loved reading about her, her relationship with the world around her and with the secondary characters.
I really liked the hero as well. Hugh Marsh is plenty swoon worthy and perfect for Elle. I loved their interaction, though I wish we had a bit more to read of them both after the adventure ended.
A Conspiracy of Alchemists is a historical thrill ride that I utterly enjoyed! I really do need to put my Parasol Protectorate comparisons to rest, since Gail Carriger’s voice is one of a kind. All on its own, this beginning of a new series is full of promise and I for one am definitely along for the ride. =)(less)
I am a huge fan of Devon Monk's Allie Beckstrom series, so when I read that Shame was getting his spin-off... I was over the moon!
I loved Hell Bent, I loved getting a glimpse into the characters I fell in love with through the years and also meeting a host of new characters and getting to know this new, post-catastrophe world.
Shame was always a favorite of mine and I worried that his darkness would make a not so enjoyable book... I shouldn't have worried so much, Shame is still in a very dark place, but Devon Monk did a great job in balancing that out in the story.
Hell Bent would have been worth 5 Loveys, if not for one details I can't go into in lieu of spoilers... However, I do comend Devon for being a fearless writer!
If you enjoyed the Allie Beckstrom series, this is a MUST! If you haven't read the previous series, it's totally ok too... Any Urban Fantasy Lover will get sucked in this awesome new series!(less)
I kind of gave up on Y.A. a while ago. I was never a HUGE fan, but the Paranormal subgenre attracted me, hence some of my favorite series have been P.Y.A.. However, there are few series that still hold my heart and attention and the Mythos Academy series is one of them.
I am so sad it's over! I fell in love with Gwen, Daphne, Logan and their mythical world, so saying goodbye to all that is very hard and emotional.
Killer Frost is a killer ending to a great series. Gwen's path has led to this and I think Jennifer Estep did an incredible job with bringing it all to a successful and satisfying close.
I really don't want to spoil it for anyone. I will just say that if you have been a fan of the Mythos Academy series like me, Killer Frost is a MUST and not only that, but an awesome read as well!
Killer Frost only lost 0.5 loveys because I'm a nitpick and I would have liked a prologue with a glimpse of Gwen, Logan and their friends future. Other than that, I loved the conclusion of this beloved series!(less)
Hot Blooded starts off almost exactly where Full Blooded ended. Jessica is not only a target to many supernatural races,...moreMinor Spoilers of Full Blooded
Hot Blooded starts off almost exactly where Full Blooded ended. Jessica is not only a target to many supernatural races, but her Mate was kidnapped by God who thinks she has the dibs on Jessica’s man.
Now it’s up to Jessica, Tyler, Danny, a human and two vamps to ride to the the rescue. If only it was that easy! If the journey doesn’t kill them and if they survive the bitchy God’s wrath, Jessica still has to deal with the deal she made with the Vamp Queen in order to get two Vamp trackers to help her.
Hot Blooded is another action-packed installment to the Jessica McClain series. The novel starts full-throttle and it doesn't let out until the very end.
We get so much Danny and Tyler goodness in Hot Blooded! They are such fantastic secondary characters. We also get a great surprise from the Vamp corner in the form of Naomi and let’s not forget Jessica’s dad Callum, always a treat!
We get very little of Jessica’s Mate, but he is still as hot as ever and I cannot wait to read about him and Jessica spending more time together. I am trying really hard to not spoil anything. Just know that Full Blooded was not a fluke, Hot Blooded was even better, if that’s possible! I expect the Jessica McClain series to carve out an even bigger piece of my heart with every new novel! Thanks Amanda!
Anytime Molly Harper has a new book in the pipeline, it makes me ridiculously happy! I love her writing, it's always hilarious and heart warming at the same time.
How To Run With A Naked Werewolf is no exception by any stretch. I loved getting a glimpse of the heroes and heroines of the previous Naked Werewolf novels.
I didn't know who the main characters would be for this one, but I was very pleasantly surprised. How To Run With A Naked Werewolf is a fantastic comical paranormal romance with heart, if this is the kind of book you like to to read, this is a MUST!
I really hope Molly Harper has more Naked Werewolf novels in her... I can't wait for more!
Stacia kane is a wizard with words. She has been able to turn a unrepentant drug addict into a likable heroine that you can't help but roo...more*NO SPOILERS
Stacia kane is a wizard with words. She has been able to turn a unrepentant drug addict into a likable heroine that you can't help but root for. Of course, you do want to jump into the book and kill her from time to time, but after Chess gets into your heart, you are done for.
I have to say though, that a lot of that likability is on the hero’s shoulders. I mean, what would the Downside Series be without Terrible? I don’t know, but it would definitely be much less enjoyable.
Terrible is as fantastic and reliable as ever. Sacrificial Magic was a wild ride, but I LOVED Chasing Magic even more. It is hard to love Chess sometimes, but I absolutely adore the interactions between her and Terrible, not to mention that you can’t help but keep rooting for these two kids to find happiness together.
Even though Chess can get on my nerves sometimes, the glimpses we get from her past, makes me want to join her in her drug induced numbness.
Regardless, Chess and Terrible have become one of my favorite couples and Chasing Magic is another emotional roller coaster that you don’t want to get out of.
Besides the romance, Chasing Magic is full of nail botting and intriguing action that will not let you stop reading for a second. I love how Stacia Kane is able to balance both sides of the series and deliver not only an action-packed novel, but a heart wrenching one as well.
Sacrificial Magic is my favorite Downside book so far and I hope there is more Chess and Terrible’s adventures to come, because I cannot get enough of it!
Larissa Ione has done it again! Lethal Rider is a fantastic romance with incredible fast-paced action that will leave you breathless and b...more*NO SPOILERS
Larissa Ione has done it again! Lethal Rider is a fantastic romance with incredible fast-paced action that will leave you breathless and break your heart.
With every book I read from Larissa Ione, I am more and more amazed with her ability to write with the perfect balance between HOT Romance and an Action packed adventure. I can honestly count on one hand’s finger how many author have that incredible talent. Every single book I read by Larissa Ione feels so effortless and is absolutely impossible to stop reading for a second!
Lethal Rider is the story of Thanatos, the Horseman of the Apocalypse also known as Death. Than’s road to happiness started back in Immortal Rider, but we get the whole of it in Lethal Rider and what an amazing ride it is.
Than is damaged, to say the least, and after 5 thousand years of life, a terrible curse, uncountable deaths and losing a brother to Evil, Happiness is the furthest thing from his mind and heart, regardless of how much he might desire it.
Regan is a Guardian/Warrior of the Aegi, the human organization that hunts demons. Ever since the dominos have started fallen and the Apocalypse has become more imminent, the Aegi has been changing its ways, allying with Demons and Vampires with like minds and trying to find a way to save the World.
When Regan follows an order from the Aegi in accordance with a prophecy, her fate interconnects with Thanatos’ and both their lives will never be the same. Regan is just as damaged as Than, she just has had a shorter life span. Born from an Aegi Guardian Mother’s coupling with her Guardian Husband while possessed by a Demon, Regan has incredible powers that the Aegi fear and therefore treat her like a freak.
Feeling unwanted from birth, Regan has only the Aegi to call her own, but when her fate joins Thanatos’, life as she knew it will never be the same and it is time for her to create her own destiny.
One of the most incredible things about Larissa Ione’s novels is that they are never just about the Happily Ever After of a couple. We have so much going on and so much fast-paced action that it is impossible not to be enthralled by the stories Larissa weaves. Not to mention her talent in making the Demonica and the Lords of Deliverance series almost one and the same by giving us glimpses of our favorite Demonica characters! All I can say to that is: YAY!
Lethal Rider is the perfect addition to the amazing Lords of Deliverance series. If you have yet to read this series or author, get off your butt and so right now! If you are a fan like me, you will absolutely LOVE Lethal Rider!
*NO Spoilers. Terry Spear delivers another amazing installment in her Wolf series, Heart of the Wolf. I so love this series. The smex is always hot, bu...more*NO Spoilers. Terry Spear delivers another amazing installment in her Wolf series, Heart of the Wolf. I so love this series. The smex is always hot, but there is also an interesting plot to keep you entertained and glued to the book.
I love how her characters from different books end up being interconnected in some way, even if they never meet. not to say that you should not read A SEAL in Wolf’s Clothing without having read the previous books, but I honestly think you’ll enjoy it more if you do. I feel only a couple of books in the series are really completely disconnected, the rest the threads of family or pack can be found between books, easily.
Now back to A SEAL in Wolf’s Clothing, we met Meara in the third book in the series, To Tempt The Wolf. She is the sister of that book’s hero and was fascinating even then. I remember being intrigued by her spunk and sauciness and was looking forward to reading her story. We finally get it in A SEAL in Wolf’s Clothing.
I bet it was so hard for Terry to create a character up to Meara’s standard, but Finn definitely fits the bill, ten fold if I may so. He is hot, smart, strong, determined and understanding. Despite being an ALPHA male he does know how to respect Meara’s wishes and tends to steamroll them in much lesser degree than most ALPHA males would.
I loved this couple and how much they fit each other, even though it took them long enough to figure that out. The intrigue surrounding them made for a very compelling plot as well and kept me on the edge of my seat throughout.
A SEAL in Wolf’s Clothing is a great addition to such an awesome series not to mention that it introduces more characters that I hope Terry Spear will not leave behind LOL.
If you are as much as a Paranormal Romance lover as I am and just can’t help loving wolves, this is definitely a series you should check out. if you are a fan, A SEAL in Wolf’s Clothing should NOT be missed!
YES! YES! YES! This is exactly what I was waiting for when I signed up to read this new Contemp. Romance series by Victoria Dahl. Bad Boys Do is a fabulous novel and not just because of the romance but for it’s emotional depth and look into family dynamics.
As I have said before, and it is worth mentioning again, I LOVE Victoria Dahl’s writing! She has been the only Contemp. Romance author that has enthralled me so much that she has become an auto-buy author for me.
After agreeing with ALPHA reader when she said that Good Girls Don’t had “too many uninteresting and intersecting stories detracting from the main romance.”, Bad Boys Don’t is proof that Dahl can write one hell of a book.
The Donovan Brothers Brewery trilogy follows three siblings on the road to love, but with a lot of obstacles and bickering.
I really enjoyed the romance between Luke and Tessa. However, I was completely sucked in by Jamie in Good Girls Don’t and was thrilled he got his HEA in Bad Boys Do .
Jamie has basically been the family for years and even though he has grown up and changed, he has the worst time in proving it to his older brother that he is fit for more responsibilities in the family business.
The family rift is a big plot line in Bad Boys Do and it’s extremely necessary not only for the storyline of the book but for the character’s growth and his romance.
Olivia is the older woman, the scorned woman, left by her husband for being “too plain and boring” and stuck in a life she did not choose. She then decides that some fun is in order and Jamie might be the perfect person to have fun with. What she didn’t expect was falling in love and finding in him a partner that not only is hot as hell but actually believes in her.
I LOVED Bad Boys Do ! Yeah, some characters really annoyed me at times, but that is just part of life, isn’t it? I mean, the annoying, overbearing and condescending older brother is not really anything new and I was glad Jamie and Eric’s relationship did get better, but it made me worry for the third and final book in the trilogy, Real Men Will, since it will be Eric’s book and he is just SO self-righteous!
But I digress, specially since this was Jamie and Olivia’s book. Bad Boys Do is full of family drama, but the main romance was sexy, heartbreaking and beautiful, all at the same time.
Good Girls Don’t might have been bittersweet for me, but Bad Boys Do was AMAZING and even though I’m afraid to read Eric’s book, since I don’t really like him, I most definitely will!(less)
I still LOVE the world Wendy has created and I love that we never know what she has in store around the corner. Katla’s voice as a protagonist is amazing as well and you can’t help but be completely enthralled by her plea.
I really loved Jack in Stork, but I don’t know, I feel that maybe we need another strong male lead to create some tension in the story? I enjoy plot lines where the main couple’s love is tested by stronger forces and all, but I felt that Jack was too easily compelled and after all that he made Katla go through he simply wasn’t grateful and apologetic enough.
I don’t think this is something negative about the book per say, but it’s definitely something that made me annoyed, along with Katla’s single-mindedness about Jack.
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As I said about above, the romance left me unsatisfied in this one. I like Jack and all, but maybe there is someone out there that is better for Katla?
That is something I feel Wendy Desol did extremelly well! Great plot, world buiding and adventurous journey for our leading lady.
All in all, Frost was a great and one-sitting read for me and it definitely made me hunger for more from this world an characters. It’s originality and characters have what it takes to take you into the story and not let you go and I will be eagerly waiting for the next book in the series.(less)