WHY did I wait so long to read this book? I loved it! It hit all the right buttons for me: great worldbuilding with specific shifter behaviors, a feisWHY did I wait so long to read this book? I loved it! It hit all the right buttons for me: great worldbuilding with specific shifter behaviors, a feisty heroine, a fun 'cub' (okay, he was 20, but a cub in shifter years) for cuteness, sexy alpha goodness...mmmm!! I feel a glom coming on - need the next book nownownow!!!...more
PJV Quickie: If you've been looking for that 'Next Great Series' and you want shapeshifters and vampires and a kick-ass heroine, look no further: J. CPJV Quickie: If you've been looking for that 'Next Great Series' and you want shapeshifters and vampires and a kick-ass heroine, look no further: J. C. Daniels' Colbana Files is just what the book-doctor ordered, and Edged Blade is a fabulous installment to this ongoing series. (4 1/2 stars)
Review: Kit Colbana is a half-human, half-aneira (kind of Amazonian) private investigator (and occasionally assassin-for-hire). Her BFF Justin (a witch) has come to her with concerns about missing witches. As their investigation intensifies, they realize it's not just witches but other non-humans as well. Of course the mystery is bigger than they thought, and while Kit is willing to risk it all to save her friends, Damon is less enthusiastic about risking losing her again. To solve this case, she's going to work with the vampires, and then things get even more complicated when one of missing is Damon's ex-girlfriend, who disappeared while she was on her way to see Damon...
For those who don't know, J. C. Daniels is actually Shiloh Walker. I did not know that when I picked up Book 1, Blade Song. I started reading J. C. Daniels' Colbana Files in December 2014 (I'm late to the party, I know!), and I fell in love with this series. Other reviewers have noted a similarity to Kate Daniels, and while there are some similarities, the Colbana Files stand on their own merit. I devoured the first three books, back-to-back, in less than a week. And after the ending in Book 3, I had to get my hands on book 4, had to. I was not disappointed. There is a big underlying story arc is happening over a few books, so while there is a conclusion to the main part of the story, Kit's still working on a much bigger end-game. So Edged Blade kind of felt like a 'bridge' book, but with essential plot, if that makes sense. The last page left me re-reading the last line, thinking "oh snap!"
J. C. Daniels writes great action, but she really writes the emotions of her characters really well, and that's what keeps bringing me back. Kit's still damaged from previous books, and parts of Edged Blade are painful to read, but there's a hope, and a refusal to give up, that I really love about these books. The romance is not the main focus of this series, but it is an important part of Kit's character growth; not that she needs a man to love her, but that because of her respect for him, she sees the good things in herself that he sees (if that makes sense). Note: if you're in this series for the romance, you won't be disappointed. Just sayin'...
I also love that Kit is loyal to her friends, and they are loyal to her. Her witchy bff Justin, and Damon's nephew Doyle are two of my favorite characters and I'm hoping that as the series progresses we'll be seeing much, much more from them.
Recommendations: I really think that fans of Ilona Andrews' Kate Daniels series, or Patricia Briggs' Mercy Thompson series will enjoy J. C. Daniels' Colbana Files. If you haven't read the previous books in the series, I would not recommend starting with Edged Blade - start from Book 1, Blade Song, because this series is that good....more
I really enjoyed this. I listened to the audiobook so there were a few spots I missed and I'll definitely buy the ebook. (This is why I usually only lI really enjoyed this. I listened to the audiobook so there were a few spots I missed and I'll definitely buy the ebook. (This is why I usually only listen to books that I've already read.)
I liked this 2nd book in the series but found myself a bit frustrated with the two main characters refusing to be together. Ending was good and I'm loI liked this 2nd book in the series but found myself a bit frustrated with the two main characters refusing to be together. Ending was good and I'm looking forward to book 3....more
Saw BookNympho's review and decided to give it a try - I really liked it! Interesting world and I like the possessive shapeshifters. Immediately boughSaw BookNympho's review and decided to give it a try - I really liked it! Interesting world and I like the possessive shapeshifters. Immediately bought book 2 when I finished....more
PJV Quickie: You guys, I just love Shelly Laurenston’s Pride series! Bite Me, the ninth book in the series, does not disappoint: I loved Livy, the honPJV Quickie: You guys, I just love Shelly Laurenston’s Pride series! Bite Me, the ninth book in the series, does not disappoint: I loved Livy, the honey-badger shifter, and Vic, a bear-tiger hybrid; I thought they were perfect together. I’m kind of picky about what works for me in Paranormal Romance, and Shelly Laurenston is one of those authors who nails it every time.
Review: Livy Kowalski is a honey-badger shifter who loves fancy honey and breaking into her friends’ homes when she needs somewhere to crash. She’s not close to her family but is fiercely loyal to her friends. Although Livy’s family is notorious for their thieving ways, Livy is different – her best friend Toni convinced her to follow her passion for photography instead of following in her family’s footsteps. Things have been a little stressful for Livy lately: her dad just died, her awful cousin just got out of prison and has come to stay at Livy’s house, and she’s been asked to be a wedding photographer – a wedding photographer! When her good friend Vic Barinov asks for her help going undercover to help with a case he’s working on, the last thing Livy expects to find is her father’s body, stuffed and on display in his honey-badger form.
Vic Barinov is a bear/tiger hybrid and freelance investigator. He’s been asked to work a case finding the man responsible for running a resort that offers clients the chance to hunt shifters. Vic knows Livy’s been having a hard time with her family lately, and when he finds out about her father, he’s there for her…because they’re good friends. Now that they’re both working towards the same goal of catching the person responsible for the horrific death of so many shifters, they’re spending more time together. But he’s been feeling protective, and missing her when she’s not there. And when they find out just how deep and dangerous this case is, he’ll do whatever it takes to keep her safe.
First of all – I LOVE this cover! I don’t know what it is, something about the blue eyes on the tiger and the man, maybe – it’s striking and it draws my attention.
I would describe Ms. Laurenston’s Pride series as fun, sexy, and addictive, and Bite Me hits all three points. There are so many things I loved about Bite Me that I don’t think I’ll be able to include them all here:
*I loved Livy and Vic together! This is definitely a ‘friends-to-lovers’ story: Livy‘s got a dysfunctional family and commitment issues, and Vic had a more stable childhood and the patience to let Livy work through her issues. I love how when Livy gets stressed he shares his honey and his cabinets (you’ll get it when you read the book) with her.
*Vic’s “partner” Shen is a panda who is constantly eating bamboo. He’s also the perfect sidekick for Vic.
*We get to see Toni’s younger brother Kyle, from Wolf With Benefits again. This young prodigy doesn’t have many scenes, but when he does, he steals them completely.
*Ms. Laurentston has written nine books in this series and they’ve all been characters I adore. She brings so many of them back it’s like going to a reunion where only people you like were invited. The different packs working together to track down the bad guy kept me entertained as each variety of shifter loves to annoy the other species. I especially liked Livy and Vic’s families agreeing to work together.
*The writing is entertaining and outrageous and consistently well-done. While reading Bite Me, there may have been breathy sighs, awwwws, laughs and an “oh snap!” or two. This is a world I enjoy visiting and at the end of every story I’m looking forward to whatever comes next.
Ms. Laurenston writes books that pull off the triple threat of great characters, a good story, and sexy chemistry between her heroes and heroines. For what it’s worth, I am somewhat of an introvert and so I don’t usually see myself in the kick-ass heroines I like to read about. For some reason though, Livy was different and I found myself identifying with her character, which for me was a nice surprise.
Recommendations: Fans of quirky, over-the top writing and sexy paranormal shifters will love this series. I think you *could* read this one as a stand-alone, but there is a lot of world-building and previous character appearances that would make more sense if you’ve read other books in the series....more