Let me start by saying that this book scared the bejesus out of me! No, not all the time, but I did have to put it down for the night because it was...more
Let me start by saying that this book scared the bejesus out of me! No, not all the time, but I did have to put it down for the night because it was not what I wanted to be reading at 1am while everything was dark and I was getting creeped out. LOL But I enjoyed every bit of it!
If you take ALMOST FAMOUS and you throw in a decent amount of QUEEN OF THE DAMNED, minus the vampires but keeping it paranormal, then you will get THE DEVIL’S METAL. And if there is one author out there that can pull that off and make me want to read it and like it, then that’s Karina Halle.
This is a unique story set in the 1970s of a young aspiring reporter and music reviewer who gets the chance of a lifetime… going on tour with her favorite band to write an article about them for Creem Magazine. It’s a tough world out there for a female journalist and this is the piece that will make her known. Of course, it helps she’s with the band.
Dawn is 21, her mother killed herself, her dad is an alcohol and her younger brother has Tourette Syndrome. To say she’s had a tough life is an understatement. She still has a great attitude and a lot of drive. The love interest in this story is the dark and brooding guitarist of Hybrid, Sage Knightly. I had an instant fascination with him but it wasn’t until closer to the end of the book that he started puling at the strings of my heart. And then there’s the band.
“We all lost our souls when we joined this band…… ”
The band has issues, and they don’t know it yet. I won’t tell you what the book is about because it was fun to be surprised and spooked along while reading it, but I will say this… Be careful what you wish you.
This book had a bit of everything. Crazy rockstar sex and drug antics, near death moments, creepy gross moments, and a whole lot of WTF?!?!? Karina Halle didn’t pull any punches and dug in. I’ve come to think of her books as MUST WATCH because, quite frankly, this would make a great horror movie!
The ending was not how I expected things to go down, and the twist (or would that be a cliffhanger) at the end was something I had seen coming for a little while. The clues were there, but it still doesn’t make sense to me. I just don’t think Dawn did the same as Sage, so how did she find herself in that position. But that’s a story for the next book to explain. :)
On a side note…
From the blurb…”The Devil’s Metal is the first book in a two-part New Adult Horror/Paranormal Romance and very (very!) loosely based on the author’s exploits as a music journalist. Hell comes in different forms.”
What? Seriously!? I just have to know which parts are the “loosely” based on…teehee.
*Review copy provided by publisher via Netgalley(less)
Gena Showalter is back and with another hit. BEAUTY AWAKENED grabbed me from the very first pages when it tells the tale of a little boy sta...more4.5 stars
Gena Showalter is back and with another hit. BEAUTY AWAKENED grabbed me from the very first pages when it tells the tale of a little boy starved for his mother’s affection. A love that he never got. And the suffering that came after.
Koldo is a tough warrior in Zacharel’s Army. But I think I would do better at introducing him by giving you some visual stimulation because this is pretty much what I thought of…(minus the hair because Koldo is bald)
If that doesn’t get you jumping up and running to read this, I don’t know what else could. :) But hot warrior with beaded beard aside, Koldo captured my heart both as a child, and then as an adult. He fights for justice and what is good. After all the darkness in him, he can still open his heart to others. A true hero to fall in love with for all of you who like your men tough and extremely caveman alpha, but with the sweetest marshmallow inside.
Nicola and her twin sister Laila have always battled disease and known they won’t live a long life. Now almost in Laila’s deathbed, Koldo finds Nicola and realizes the sisters’ problem is that they are shadowed by demons who whisper fear into them, and the fear is slowly killing them both. Koldo makes it his job to teach them how to keep those demons at bay and heal.
While I’ve seen some may think this was a bit too much into the spiritual and the power of positive thoughts, I was fascinated that the author included that element mixed in with angels in her book. It makes perfect sense to me!
And while Koldo is top claimed material, Nicola was a good heroine for him. She’s not the kick ass type, nor is she a doormat. She doesn’t try too hard to be funny. She’s just real. Love that about her!
This might just be one of my favorite paranormal romance reads this year. I think BEAUTY AWAKENED is a perfect blend of all the elements I love about Gena Showalter’s writing. It’s laugh-out-loud funny at times, sexy and full of sexual tension, and with non-stop action that keeps you intrigued and turning those pages.
If you are looking for the sexy times, I have to warn you….you won’t be finding them in this book. There is actually just one sex scene. Not what you were expecting me to say, huh? But when a book is well written and the story makes the progress it should, at the pace I think makes sense, I don’t have a need fo sexy times to be stuck in there just because they HAVE to be. And that’s not to say there isn’t plenty of sexual tension and almost there moments, because that was definitely there.
But Koldo is a virgin, an innocent when it comes to matters of attraction and lust. And so is Nicola. She’s only gone on a few dates her whole life and they always made her uncomfortable. They both needed the time to adjust to their feelings and to heal their emotions as well as their bodies.
Then there’s the overall plot of Zacharel’s Army. Things are getting interesting. We get more glimpses of Axel and Malcolm and THANE. Mmmmmm Yes please give me some Thane soon! For the Lords of the Underworld readers, William (my love) makes a cameo in this one as well. I sense some books with warriors with dark pasts coming up. As usual…I can’t wait for the next one!
How sublime. I got stuck with the only winged warrior with ADD.
He was what he was. He was what his parents had made him. He’d tried to be more. He’d tried to be better. Each time, he’d failed miserably.
“The words we speak are important, powerful, and since names are spoken every day, directed at specific individuals, people often become what they are called. I like to know who I’m dealing with.”
“I’m staying.” Just try to get rid of me. See what happens.”
“Glad you could leave Chesticles long enough to make an appearance.” “Call her that again and I’ll cut your heart from your chest and give it to her as a trophy.”… “May I recommend you peel my skin from my body, too?”
“Good thing I strapped on my big-boy panties today.”
“You threw alcohol at a puny human male.” “He’s lucky to still be alive. I could have thrown daggers.”
I loved the setup of this story and the world. Demons and humans and angels. Natalia has been living as a hu...moreThis review was posted at Under the Covers
I loved the setup of this story and the world. Demons and humans and angels. Natalia has been living as a human without knowing she is actually the daughter of Asmodeus, High Prince of Hell and Keeper of Lust. Asmodeus, as well as his minions, have certain urges and his daughter is awakening to her own base urges, while in the mortal world, without any guidance.
Asmodeus is fighting Belal, Keeper of Sloth, who wants to take over the mortal world. The key to stopping him will be his half-demon daughter. So he sends his trusted guards, Raum, to help her and at the same time put a stop to Belal.
We obviously have Natalia, who is a very likeable heroine. She is struggling with her desires and her attraction to not only one but two men, as well as her blood thirst. Raum is a sexy as all hell (pun intended) demon. HOT HOT HOT. I even liked Gregor in all his bad boy glory and how they all fell in love and connected.
I think what I liked the most about this story is the fact that the author decided to make this historical, I think it adds another level of taboo to Natalia's awakening and made the story even more interesting.
I am definitely looking forward to reading the next installment in this series! I can't wait.(less)
Demonically Tempted picks up pretty much where Supernaturally Kissed left off. Tess has now joined the polic...moreThis review was posted at Under the Covers
Demonically Tempted picks up pretty much where Supernaturally Kissed left off. Tess has now joined the police force and is using her abilities on solving cold cases. She's going on her first assignment where they're trying to figure out if what looked like a suicide could've really been a murder. Except she doesn't see a ghost. How could a ghost just have disappeared?
While trying to solve this case, she is contacted by a group of ghosts who are being terrorized by another ghost, or what they think is a ghost, or a force, or a shadow. Yes, ghosts talk to each other and word has been going around that Tess Jennings is their go-to person to solve their problems. But as she starts digging in this turns into a much deeper issue. It's not a ghost she is facing but a demon.
Tess's character did a lot of growing into her powers and her knowledge in this book. She also had the help of cutie newcomer Dane, who got on her nerves more than helped her along, and really irritated Kipp. Dane enlisted also the help of a witch!! Oh the possibilities! Kipp is still his jealous, possessive and protective self, and is there to help Tess get the job done and get rid of the demon. Well, for the most part. You'll have to read and find out what happens.
I felt the beginning of the book went a bit slow but it picked up speed towards the end where things were actually starting to unfold. I think the relationship drama between Tess and Kipp was the most interesting part of the story for me. I can't wait for the new developments in their romance to unfold. A lot of things changed in this book. So be sure to watch for the next installment in this series to see what happens to Kipp and Tess!
I'm not sure what I was expecting from this series but my definite first attraction was the fact that this s...moreThis review was posted at Under the Covers
I'm not sure what I was expecting from this series but my definite first attraction was the fact that this series is based on fairytales. There aren't enough erotic books out there that play on this, so I was super excited. I should've known that this being a Shiloh Walker book, I wasn't going to get flowery fairytales. And I couldn't be more pleased. The Grimm's Circle series is not your everyday fairytale, it's better.
CANDY HOUSES was dark and a bit gritty. Definitely not your everyday fairy tale but it incorporated those elements beautifully. I don't think I've read it done better. Because see, the Grimm brothers got it all wrong. Oh their stories have a base on the truth, but they got a few things incorrectly. This story features Greta (Hansel & Gretel), who doesn't go by Gretel anymore because of her past and her psycho brother (yep Hans). But see Greta is a grimm, sort of an angel warrior against evil demons.
Hundreds of years ago there was something between Greta and Rip (Van Winkle) and now they have to work together when a human has a demon book and has planned and attempted a summoning. Things just get more complicated when they figure out she might be a grimm as well.
I think this book did a pretty good job at explaining the world of the grimms, although I think I needed just a bit more but I understand the limits of a novella. I loved the grimms aspect of each having special powers, and their silver medallions, and that they have wings. I also enjoyed that we go back in time to see Gretel's story. But I really enjoyed the connection between Rip and Greta. This book was heavy on the romance for what it lacked on the world explanations and I appreciate that.
I am really looking forward to reading the rest of the series and to discover more about the grimms as I continue to read. I am definitely intrigued by their boss Will and can't wait to see what Ms. Walker will do with another fairytale because this one... was a job well done!
Elijah Reynolds is one sexy as hell lycan (wish I could take him home). After the lycans rebeled and left Ad...moreThis review was posted at Under the Covers
Elijah Reynolds is one sexy as hell lycan (wish I could take him home). After the lycans rebeled and left Adrian, Elijah fell into the Alpha role. He's the strongest and a natural leader. And that is what Syre wants him on his side. So he sends Vashti, his second in command, to form an alliance with the lycan rebel alpha.
Vashti's mate had been killed by a lycan and Elijah was set up to take that fall and be blamed. Then Vashti killed Elijah's brother. But since A TOUCH OF CRIMSON Elijah has wanted Vashti even though he shouldn't have. They are all wrong for each other but their attraction is more powerful than any of these things.
Vashti (LOOOOOOVE HER!) is a very strong female to an even stronger male. She hasn't been with anyone since her mate but even then no one has made her feel and want like Elijah. They hunger for each other in the most primal way. It's hot and I didn't want it to end!!!
And this book is not just an amazing couple, the story actually progressed a lot in this book. I was surprised by some developments and I really can't wait to see what the last installment in this trilogy has in store. We even had some Adrian and Lindsay in this story.
This has been an amazing year for Sylvia Day books for me and this one was no exception. Action packed, story driven, sensual and raw. An un-put-downable story!
This book has a really good story! The concept is really interesting. But that being said, I think...moreThis review was posted at Under The Covers
This book has a really good story! The concept is really interesting. But that being said, I think I was expecting more action, more sex and a little less whining. Don't get me wrong, I think it's written very well, and I'd love to see this world developed a bit more, but I felt that there was a lot of standing around talking and dragging things out.
So the main idea behind this book is that angels, lead by tall, dark and deliciously handsome Adrian Mitchell, along with their lycan followers (did they really compare them to dogs???) are at war with vampires. The first vampire was created by Adrian when he fell for a mortal, and sex between an angel and a mortal is not allowed, so Adrian punished him, and he became the first vampire, Syre. He is now Adrian's biggest enemy.
But centuries ago, Adrian actually fell in love with Syre's daughter, Shadoe. He went against everything that he preaches and enforces and had sex with her, until she was badly injured and he brought her to Syre so he would heal her (she was a mortal at the time) and all Syre could do was turn her. Adrian couldn't deal with seeing his woman becoming a vampire, so he actually killed her before she was able to complete the change. But she has reincarnated through the centuries in other womens' bodies and always come back to him.
She now comes back to him in the body of Lindsay Gibson. Lindsay has always known that there are evil beings out there, and has made it a purpose in her life to kill them. She has super speed and she can sense evil. Except the only thing she senses when she spots Adrian Mitchell at the airport is all kinds of naughty thoughts about someone so perfect and completely out of her league.
Now imagine her surprise when he comes after her, and shows so much interest in her. But she soon discovers that he's an angel, and there are even more things out there than she could imagine. He can help her be prepared to face them.
So basically the story revolves around her finding out about this new world through whatever Adrian wants to tell her, and her new personal bodyguard, the lycan Alpha, Elijah. They actually become best buds, and I thought their relationship was cute. In a way, she connected more with Elijah than with Adrian.
Once Lindsay found out the price Adrian would pay to be with her, she couldn't let him do it. She felt like she was just another burden in Adrian's shoulders, when there was already so much for him to deal with.
In the end, it was a bit of a ride. I felt that at times things would pick up and I was very interested, and then it would lose me completely, and this kept repeating. The beginning was a little weak, so just push through, there is chemistry between the hero/heroine so once you get to those parts you'll enjoy it! (less)
First of all let me just say that I am enjoying the new trend of angel books! I really am! Falling Hard is the story of Gabriel, a hot rocker, who has lived a difficult life and has struggled to get to where he is at today in his life. You know, the hot brooding male, with tats and an attitude, but deep inside so sweet. And his name is so fitting once you realize where the story is going.
He's lost his family, and basically out of nothing and with the help of a good foster family, he made himself a very successful rock star. However, disaster hit again a year when his then girlfriend died of an overdose and since then he has stayed away from all the partying and drugs with his band mates. Not so typical rock star.
After the last concert of the tour, his life will change drastically. He's never known really who he was, or more accurately what he was. But his destiny has finally caught up with him. And just when he needs it most, his sense of preservation goes out the window. Yes, unfortunately, he is that female in the horror movies that has no common sense (in a way).
Amelia is an angel, she's been watching over Gabriel his whole life because of who he is and the time has come to protect him, and prevent him from becoming the vessel by which Lucifer will come back to the world. But by being on Earth she's weakening... and feeling.
But... is everything she's always been taught by Archangels' true? Should she blindly believe them and follow orders? And now, after being on Earth for a while, physically protecting Gabriel and starting to feel, can she deny what her heart is telling her and asking her.
The storyline was really good and the premises of the whole world were very good as well. It was just a little slow at times for me. The chemistry between the hero and heroine was definitely there, and they had some pretty hot and steamy scenes! I am looking forward to see where the stories can go from here.(less)
I have to say that I love the way Eve Langlais thinks, she is quickly becoming a go to author for me when I'...moreThis review was posted at Under The Covers
I have to say that I love the way Eve Langlais thinks, she is quickly becoming a go to author for me when I'm in need of a quick improvement in my mood. She manages to write stories that will make you laugh and squirm at the same time! The snarky comments and humor she puts in her stories is so entertaining!
Last Minion Standing is, as you can probably imagine by the title, a play on a reality TV show! Sally is a bounty hunter for the Hellacious Office of Escapees (HOE). She has decided that as all famous people she should have a minion, wait wasn't that supposed to be a sidekick?, yeah, minion works better for her. Her BFF Jezzie convinces her the best way to find one, and a good super heroine name for herself, is to setup a Hellbook Fan Page and accept applications for a contest. Which they promptly set up.
Her Hellbook page becomes so popular and with so many minion applications that Jezzie gets her a contract with HBC (Hell's Broadcasting Corporation) to make the search for her perfect minion into a reality show!
While all this is happening she meets a guy off the screen. Drake is actually a shifter (I didn't guess what kind so I was pleasantly surprised!) As soon as he meets Sally for the first time he recognizes her as his mate. And when he finds out that her minion search has now turned into a TV show, he can't stand having other males drooling over her, so he makes the decision to compete, and of course WIN.
This book has some hot phone sex,up against the wall in an alley sex, going through portals and tumbling down on the bed sex, and much more! It is extremely funny and to date my favorite Eve Langlais read! (less)
This has been a highly anticipated book for me. We are getting close to the Apocalypse, will they be able to...moreThis review was posted at Under the Covers
This has been a highly anticipated book for me. We are getting close to the Apocalypse, will they be able to prevent it or will all hell literally break loose? At the end of Immortal Rider Regan, a member of the Aegi, had volunteered to have sex with Thanatos and get pregnant. The whole thing went down with all kinds of betrayal and I couldn't help but feel like beating Regan to a pulp by the end of that book.
Lethal Rider starts eight and a half months later. Regan is very much pregnant and in the custody of the Aegis and Thanatos has been in a hellhound saliva induced frozen state for that whole time, not knowing Regan was pregnant. When the hellhound saliva wears off before it should and he's able to escape and goes straight for that pull he has towards Regan, he finds it's not just her, she's carrying his child, so he kidnaps her to bring her to his home and keep her safe until she gives birth to his agimortus, or baby.
I know some people are thinking "How could I be ok with her after what she did?" and I admit I felt a little bit like that but I understood her reasons why in this book perfectly. It's her past, the way she views herself and her relations with others and her loyalty to maybe the wrong people. I thought it was great that Thanatos took his time getting past that and it wasn't a magical "everything is ok now" moment. And of course, this is Thanatos we are talking about. Sexy bad boy, I just can't get enough of him!
What a rollercoaster of destruction and mayhem everywhere! The land down under has been taken over by hell, Pestilence is causing so much chaos everywhere, getting allies in all the wrong places, and destroying everything in his path.
What can you expect? Some things are not what they seem, angels, Aegi and vampires will throw you for a loop. Seems like you can't trust anyone! I loved seeing some of the past of Reseph's life, it wasn't much but it showed a caring side to him, and I admit I had to laugh at his music preferences! I feel this started setting him up as a character that we should like.
There are also some minor and major clues about the origin of the horsemen so watch out for the clues in this book, as well as more information about the daywalker vampires and Thanatos role in their existence.
There's just enough of the secondary characters that I love. Kynan, Wraith, Shade, Eidolon, Conan, Limos, and even a bit of Arik. I can't help but love that Ms. Ione keeps her old characters present and involved in her series.
So am I ready for Reseph now? Since I won't tell you what happens in this book, then I can only say after this one, you'll only want to get Rogue Rider that much faster!!!
OK, call me crazy, but you might notice that I didn't necessarily love book one of this series. I had to actually push myself to finish it. But here I am reading book two. Why you might ask? A couple of reasons actually.
1. I have a bad habit of wanting to know what happens in a series. It has to really be terrible for me to not give it another shot. 2. Kristina Douglas is actually a pen name of Anne Stuart. And I LOVE Anne Stuart. So I wondered how can I love her work as Anne Stuart and not give this other pen name another shot? 3. I actually liked the world itself in this series and I was intrigued by Azazel's character in the first book.
So what did I learn? The series does get a little better. For the most part I didn't want to kill the heroine and believe that's a step up from what I wanted to do the first heroine. However Azazel disappointed me. I was expecting him to wow me and he just fell a bit flat.
In a nutshell, it's been 7 years since the death of his mate and he's still not fully recovered. He's assigned with finding a human woman believed to be the Demon Lillith, and the prophecies say she's supposed to end up being his wife. His job is not only find her but basically deliver her to her death. Except she has no memories or even instincts of who or what she is and he finds himself caring for her as a woman. And if part of his job of bringing her down is to sleep with her, to prove that she doesn't have power over him, then well, we won't say how he succeded or not at that task.
Now Rachel is by no means the brightest bulb in the box but she's ok. And Azazel had some hot moments. So it's not all bad and there is hope still. However, it may take a little bit of time before I'm ready for book three in this series.(less)
Bringing you back to where it all started in a way. However the Demon Lo...moreThis review was posted at Under The Covers
The Darkest Fire - LOTU # 0.5 3 Stars
Bringing you back to where it all started in a way. However the Demon Lords as we now know them are really not in this story. This is the story of Geryon, Guardian of the Gates of Hell, and Kadence, Goddess of Oppression.
He is not beautiful, how could a true beauty like Kadence want to even look at him. He feels like this from page one. Always beneath everyone, considered as low as a dog. With his almost demon-like appearance he can only watch the Goddess from afar, and dream.
Kadence has also her own cross to bear. She is tied directly to the Wall that keeps the demons inside. She cannot go far from it or the wall weakens. But what of her own weakness? How could she resist the tender soul in Geryon?
The Beauty falls in love with the Beast. This story is short, quite steamy, but will give you no more information on the LOTU storyline.
The Darkest Prison - LOTU # 3.5 4 Stars
This was a very entertaining story in the LOTU world. Even though we get a glimpse of Reyes and Danika at the beginning, it is only to give us an insight into what is happening in Cronus's side.
Atlas was held captive many years ago, and had tried to seduce all female guards to get someone to release him. Except even then, one of them had been special to him. It wasn't the prettiest girl of the bunch, no, it was Nike, with all her strength, and the way she made him feel. Except before she went against her people and released him, she found out about his other relations with other guards, and thought she was just a means to an end to him. Of course she should've known better. Why would a beautiful man like him want a woman like her. And to punish him, she carved her name on his back.
Now, years later, the positions are reversed, Nike is the slave in the cell, and Atlas wants revenged, he wants to see his name on her skin, but he didn't expect to feel possessive of her, he didn't expect that he would want no other man near her, touching her. She was his. But what future could they have together?
Sienna and Cronus make a small appearance as well, and the Lords are briefly mentioned, but other than that, this novel has nothing to do with the Lords and their continuing storyline. However it was a very entertaining short read.
The Darkest Angel - LOTU # 4.5 5 Stars
This was the only story in this book that is directly related to the Lords and/or characters from the LOTU books.
The harpies are my favorite females in this series, well with the exception of Anya, of course. The Darkest Angel is the story of how Bianka and Lysander got together. We've known from the books they are a couple, but how did a harpy manage to get with an Angel?
I think these two could've gotten their own book, they were certainly amazing together and I would've loved to see their relationship more developed. But what we got was full of humor, tensions, battles of will and naughtiness.
Lysander wants to convert Bianka from her evil and impure ways. So he decides he will kidnap her and bring her to his home, in a cloud, keep her there, and teach her how to be good. Not counting on the fact that he wants her too much, and he can't help it if she affects him in ways he doesn't even understand. What are these feelings? How can he deal with them? Well, maybe he shouldn't. And he leaves her alone in his house for long periods at a time.
This just makes Bianka furious. Doesn't he know that a harpy can't even eat or drink unless she steals! There's nothing for her to steal, how is she going to survive? And why is her traitorous body warming at the mere sight of the Angel.
Funny, yes. Cute and romantic, yes. HOT, absolutely. And ... totally memorable. Let's just say if you've ever though about Paris half naked in a mud fight with another hot half naked guy, then you have to read this story!
Favorite Quotes: "Would you rather be a bridesmaid or be hit by a bus?" "The bus. No question. That, I'd recover from." "Agreed."
"Her motto: if it's unethical and illegal and you've got the cash, I'm your girl."(less)
Lover Reborn, in true JR Ward fashion, it's an emotional rollercoaster. It had me in tears pretty early on because there's just so much going on. We o...moreLover Reborn, in true JR Ward fashion, it's an emotional rollercoaster. It had me in tears pretty early on because there's just so much going on. We obviously have Tohr's past. He's still dealing, and not so well, with Wellsie's death. He is now facing Lassiter's purpose for being there, which is to free Wellsie's and his son's souls from the In Between so they can go on to the Fade. He's been holding them back. Not an easy weight to put on his shoulders.
Now his only hope to help them might be No'One. If he can give himself to another female, that might help them. Their relationship builds up gradually but Wellsie was always a big, ever-present part of their dynamics together. This was good and bad in my opinion, but it's the only way their story could've gone.
Tohr is just such a wonderful male, he's been beaten down by life just too many times and I'm really happy that things can look up for him and that he finally got his HEA.
No'One on the other hand was a very bland heroine for my taste. She had a lot of things to work out herself, but her personality was non existent for most of the book. Another thing that was developed off page was her relationship building with Xhex. I think I would've liked to see them come to terms as mother/daughter more.
Let me talk about my least favorite part of the book, and it's something a lot of you enjoy but I can't get into. The Bastards!! I find their bits quite boring, even though they are a much more interesting set of villains than the lessers we are used to. I could've used with less B.o.B. in this book. However, there are some interesting dynamics developing here and Xcor and Throe might be pining for the same woman. I will leave it at that.
Oh no wait! They're not my least favorite part. My least favorite part of this book was LAYLA!!! I want to murder the bitch.
Then we come to my favorite parts of this book. John Matthew and Xhex. You might known they are my favorite couple and JM just sweeps me off my feet more and more with each book, truly cementing himself as the ultimate male for me. In this book he is struggling with letting Xhex fight and put herself in danger, at the same time Xhex is going back to her old kick ass self. So their relationship takes a major hit. But I loved every bit of the suffering along with them. I am very happy to see Xhex back to her own self and JM recognizing who she is. She's always been my favorite because she is not the wilting flower that some of the others are. She tough, she can face down the bad guys and for has the ability to come out on top. And this book gives us that Xhex back. And is it biased to say I enjoyed their sex scenes best in this book???? *sigh*
And honorable mention goes out Lassiter. He was a stellar character in this book, plays a major role and he is just a lot of fun!
And then there's Qhuay. This book doesn't have a lot about them, but what happens that does involved them is heartbreaking. I don't think my poor beaten heart can take much more of this. They need their story NOW!!!! I think my head might explode if they don't get it next.
I did have a lot of quotes I marked on this book so here's some:
Then again, what could you call somebody who had been abducted by a symphath, violently forced to conceive, and then trapped by biology to bear the result of the torture? First and last name: I and Sorry. Middle name: Am.
John’s head cranked over, and he started to mouth, I love her so much. I’d die if anything happened to h— When he stopped short, Tohr took a deep breath through the pain in his chest. “I know. Trust me … I know.”
Life’s meant to be lived blind—that’s how you don’t take shit for granted.
“Free will is what it is. And palms, motherfucker? If you don’t mind.”
“You ever barbecue with that thing?” “Only lessers—and they ain’t good eatin’."
Rising up onto her tiptoes, she pressed her lips to his and spoke three words he hadn’t expected to hear again anytime soon. “I love you.” She kissed him again. “I love you so much, my hellren."
“Just as the seasons come full circle, so have we. When we first crossed paths, it was all about me, my selfishness, my focus on a tragedy I had lived through. This time it was all about you, your selfishness, your tragedy that you had lived through.”
This was a quick, short read. I really liked the concept of the story. We have an incubus, Kenan, who goes...moreThis review was posted at Under The Covers
This was a quick, short read. I really liked the concept of the story. We have an incubus, Kenan, who goes to a sort of slave auction in Hellsgate, and gets himself an angel, Jahel. She is in desperate need to get back the soul of the young girl she was assigned to. So Kenan convinces her that he will help her, and they set off in a chase through Hellsgate of this girls soul, meanwhile they start developing feelings for each other. They both fight the attraction at first, and he even seduces another girl in front of her, but they slowly give in to their feelings.
I liked the concept of Hellsgate, the town. However the town was missing some spark, some action, some danger, something! Of course this is a short story, so it's hard to cover all aspects of a story in regards to world building, romance, action. The romance between Kenan and Jahel starts off pretty quick, it's mildly erotic, but I was not too attached to their characters from the beginning.
They do go through some troubles trying to get the soul of the young girl back from a hellhound, and the storyline gets a little bit better towards the end where some more action comes into play, having to prevent the apocalypse and all.
I think the author might've tried to put too many ideas into a short story, and definetely it has more potential as a full book, but it was still an ok story!(less)
Every year seems like the wait gets longer for these books. After the massive success of Pale Demon (at leas...moreThis review was posted at Under The Covers
Every year seems like the wait gets longer for these books. After the massive success of Pale Demon (at least with me) I couldn't wait to get my paws on this baby. I was literally giddy when it was released and made sure to clear my schedule to read it. But then after I started it, that enthusiasm seemed to fade a bit. Why? Not that it was bad but the first half of the book was very slow and didn't have any of the elements that I've come to love.
Don't get me wrong, I actually like Rachel. But a Hollows book without either Trent or Al, and a good amount of Jenks is just not as entertaining. As much as I want to like just Rachel. She starts off without her powers because she is still wearing the charm Trent gave her. So this actually makes her quite useless. She is called in to assist in an investigation where a human group is trying to exterminate the supernatural population by kidnapping (and killing) people that are carriers for the Rosewood syndrome.
But Rachel, as a carrier AND officially a demon, is the perfect target for HAPA. They are trying to make demons to use their blood, Rachel is already one. Of course, the fact that she can't tap into her powers leads her to being captured and used. And this is where she sees the light! And this is where it all gets better.
A few things I absolutely loved about this book.
Jenks. I love that little pixie, I wish I could take him home with me and have him following me around! He's still always there for Rachel, calls her on her shit, and would risk anything for her and the mission. That aside from having some really funny one-liners, especially all his new and improved Tinkerbell comments!
Trent. Ohhh please Ms Harrison put me out of my misery! This book was oooooooozing Trent/Rachel chemistry. They are so perfect for each other. I have been on that bandwagon from book one when Trent turned Rachel into a rat and put her in a cage. Yes, call me crazy, but I knew then that I wanted these two together. And it's all coming together finally. But I don't know if I can handle one more book of all this chemistry and sexual tension and innuendos without some action. I should've counted how many times Rachel thought about their kiss in this book. Nevertheless, we see a side of Trent that I can't wait to see more of. Businessman aside, he's just as adventurous as Rachel!
Kisten. Even though he's obviously not in the book he was brought up so many times I could actually start tearing up!
Al. I missed him so much in this book. He barely makes an appearance, but my favorite part has to be when he's changing his appearance to act silly for the girls. Who would've thought Al could actually be cute around kids!
The group dynamic is changing. Rachel is more and more comfortable with the fact that she's a demon, she does curses, she does black magic. It is powerful, and it's her responsibility to protect that power. I am anxious to see where the next book takes us. However, I do hope there is an end to this series in sight. Even though I love it, I don't want this all to get dragged along. *sigh* Now another year-long wait ahead of us!
“Some nasty bitch of a woman from the coven of moral and ethical standards tried to fry Rache" the pixy said apparently proud of it. "I pixed the Tink-blasted dildo, and Rache's black-arts boyfriend blew her right out the front door. Bam!”
“Oh, I'm sorry. Did I interrupt some sort of dominance foreplay?”
"Tink loves a duck. What have you been doing? Sitting on your thumb and spinning?"