BLURRING THE LINES is a step away from what I’m used to reading by Roni Loren. I was very excited to read it because of that. It’s alway...more[image error]
BLURRING THE LINES is a step away from what I’m used to reading by Roni Loren. I was very excited to read it because of that. It’s always intriguing to see what an author will do when playing in a different genre. As with other short stories by Ms. Loren, she always manages to make me feel satisfied after reading them and BLURRING THE LINES was no exception.
I admit I have not read any other Invitation to Eden stories, so I was going in blindly to learn about this island. The fact that this story starts off at a turning point in a relationship that has a lot of back story, worked very well for me.
Burke has been in love with his best friend since they were teenagers. But one wrong move and his brother swooped in and took the girl away from him. Now that his brother died over a year ago, his fiance Gretchen is in need of comfort. And Burke might just get the chance to get the girl, finally.
Burke was the perfect alpha male that so deeply cares about his heroine he will make the ultimate sacrifice. And walk away. In a way this was a sweet second chance at love story, and I’m a sucker for those.
BLURRING THE LINES was a feel good story, perfect for a lazy summer afternoon. The lure of the magical island, the slightly haunted theme and of course New Orleans. I love a good Cajun hero, so there’s that plus. I can’t wait for my next Roni Loren fix.
“You’re an adventurer, Mr. Burke. Don’t miss out on the kind of adventure Eden can bring you.”
“Wow, I love your accent. What is that?” “Drunk Cajun.”
“I want to do really dirty things to you, cher.” “And I want to let you.”
I’ve been anticipating Evan’s book for a while. He’s the Alpha of Takhini and has been looking and waiting to find his mate. Especially after his hum...more
I’ve been anticipating Evan’s book for a while. He’s the Alpha of Takhini and has been looking and waiting to find his mate. Especially after his human “girlfriend” just found her own mate and he was left single for the first time in a long time. She just happens to have been sort of under his nose for a while, and has an agenda against him.
This is a sort of enemies to lovers story. Amy comes to avenge the death of her brother, which she blames on Evan. She comes as the Alpha of her own pack, Canyon. A pack of misfits and wolves that don’t fit in with the Takhini lifestyle. She’s a bit of a badass in a way, but I think a bit too “I’m woman, hear me roar” for my taste. I love a strong heroine more than anything, but I guess she crossed into the bitchy territory for me.
As much as Amy is a strong heroine and a tough Alpha chick, Evan becomes much too beta for me. He wants his mate, he knows there’s a huge misunderstanding and there’s reasons why she should hate him. Until she knows the truth. But the way he backs up and backs down sometimes made me fall a bit less in love with him. I usually love his fun personality but when it comes to his mate, I want the Alpha to show. And I didn’t feel I got that until the end of this story.
That aside, this book provided quite a bit of comedic relief because these two are hysterical. And Shaun as well. There are a lot of funny one liners and moments that made me smile. For 80% this book was a very light read and then towards the end we got some action to rev things up. I just can’t say that Evan and Amy will go down as one of my favorite couples. But bring on the next one!
Another installment packed with action! Patricia Briggs has created one of my favorite worlds, where it’s easy to pick right up where we left off bec...more
Another installment packed with action! Patricia Briggs has created one of my favorite worlds, where it’s easy to pick right up where we left off because we are so involved in the stories she tells. We’ve seen these characters grow so much, not only in their relationships but in their power and how comfortable they are with themselves and what they can do.
A perfect example of that is Mercy in this book. When faced with tough opponents, Mercy puts her big girl panties on and kicks some ass! And I’m not just talking when fighting the bad guys, also when facing her personal issues. Mercy is FIERCE! Oh, why you may ask? Christy, Adam’s ex is back and under Mercy’s roof!
So basically Christy is in trouble and has a stalker/serial killer after her. She can only be safe with the pack. But when she moves in, she takes over. Overstepping boundaries and pushing Mercy’s buttons left and right. Meanwhile, Mercy and the pack have to protect her from an evil they may not survive.
But just as this installment is full of action and big bad guys that have amped up the thrills and excitement, it also delivers on strengthening relationships. Adam and Mercy, Mercy and the pack, even Mercy and Stefan. Relationships are put to the test in this book. Trust is as well.
For me, this was one of the most exciting Mercy books in a while and a great addition to the series. Although I can’t help but be left wanting more.
Another chilling installment in the FBI Psychics series. This time, the supernatural element didn’t come into play until the very end. Even though it...more
Another chilling installment in the FBI Psychics series. This time, the supernatural element didn’t come into play until the very end. Even though it was a underlying idea.
I actually loved that our hero and heroine had met online. They’d carried on a virtual relationship for over a year, even got up to some Skype and phone sexy time. The main reason why our heroine wasn’t jumping on the physical bandwagon and running to meet him? Her psychic power. She can’t touch others without risking hearing their thoughts and seeing other events unfold. Which in the end leaves her drained, and is the reason why at her age she’s still a virgin.
But Jay makes the decision to visit Hell, Georgia and remedy this. Only she comes to find Linc, the Sheriff (or ex-Sheriff) she’s been corresponding with in a ton of trouble that he won’t be able to dig out of on his own. The town has had a series of mysterious disappearances, amongst which was his own teenage daughter. And he won’t have time in his life for anything until he finds her.
Short but entertaining. THE INNOCENT grabbed my attention from the very beginning! I can’t wait to see what Ms. Walker has in store for us next in this series.
I’ve enjoyed the humor and all around fun it’s been to read Tara Lain in the past. Her stories usually have just enough heat, and quirky enough chara...more
I’ve enjoyed the humor and all around fun it’s been to read Tara Lain in the past. Her stories usually have just enough heat, and quirky enough characters that keep me entertained and reading more. THE PACK AND THE PANTHER fell a bit shy of that for me. It’s entertaining and I love to see a wolf shifter that is looking for a male mate and going against the norm of the pack, but I didn’t really feel the connection between Cole and Paris.
Paris on the one hand is the type of MC that I like to see from Ms. Lain. He’s out and proud. A bit of the outcast, and on the inside suffering from bottling all that in. For as extravagant his persona comes across, there’s a lonely man on the inside that needs to be loved. And he wants nothing to do with the pack. Cole is the opposite. He’s been groomed to be alpha, and has issues going against family and pack and coming out officially. Willing to sacrifice himself and marry for the good of his people.
I think I would’ve loved this setup, but maybe the fact that this is a pretty short story didn’t give the author enough time to sell me on the connection between Paris and Cole. It’s lust at first sight, but I wanted the rest to have more substance.
Nevertheless, it was still an enjoyable read and I will give another try to the next book in this series. But this just reminds me that I should catch up on the rest of her books I still haven’t read!
Rule Breaker has been the reluctant breed. He swore he would never take a mate and run far away from Mating Heat as possible after seeing he...more3.5 stars
Rule Breaker has been the reluctant breed. He swore he would never take a mate and run far away from Mating Heat as possible after seeing her mother dissected by scientists that were trying to understand that phenomena. He’s always extremely cautious when he’s around a female, and he’s been extra cautious around Gypsy. He’s known her since she was 15 and he rescued her from a Coyote Breed that almost raped and killed her, but who did take her brother’s life. He’s been secretly watching over her since.
I’ve had a fascination with Jonas’s men for a while. Probably because to work for that ruthless man you must be pretty damn kick ass yourself. And just as I enjoyed LAWE’S JUSTICE, I enjoyed RULE BREAKER quite well. I still don’t think this series has recaptured the interest that I had in the earlier books, but the stories are sort of more complex now and I think we finally got some answers (even if it felt in a rushed way) in RULE BREAKER.
As for his mate, Gypsy…Well she was just ok for me. I liked the fact that she was fierce enough to try and spy and gather info and do the things she was secretly doing while covering it up as being a party girl. Not a wilting flower for sure, but yet again, a virgin heroine by Ms. Leigh.
But when it comes to the sexual chemistry between Gypsy and Rule, well…. Lora Leigh can write a sex scene like no other! If you are looking for heat, then prepare to be burned because Rule and Gypsy are hot!
There are so many other elements to this story that were of interest to me though, the side characters especially. I kept wanting glances of Dog and… Dane. Dane, my love, you broke my heart. From what I’ve seen he’s not supposed to get his own book, but he needs an HEA. Please! And then there was a brief moment of Cassie and a different side of her life we don’t usually get to see. My heart broke for her as well and the life she’s had to lead.
When I talk about side characters I can’t leave out Gideon! Who he is, what he’s done. I can’t wait to delve deeper into all that and keep discovering new things about him.
This book filled with a lot of unnecessary information though. Things were dragged on and excessive detail was given were it wasn’t really needed. It might’ve been cut by at least a third and maintained the story going.
Although I don’t think this is the strongest book in the series, it was a great stepping stone for what’s to come and to close out some older chapters that have been lingering around for a bit too long. I’m actually excited to see what comes next.
I’ve been a fan of this series from the very beginning. I love the original concept of the shifters with psychic powers. It adds another level to thi...more
I’ve been a fan of this series from the very beginning. I love the original concept of the shifters with psychic powers. It adds another level to this story that’s deeper than your run of the mill shifter book. That’s being said, I didn’t connect as much with the previous book in the series.
But COLE’S REDEMPTION was better. Not quite what I have expected from this series in the past, but still much enjoyable. Zander, the pack Healer, had been badly hurt in previous books and has been slowly healing. Of course, he hasn’t recovered fully and his hearing loss seems to be a permanent thing. Still, he’s slowly starting to get back into the way of the pack and being active. That is until he finds his mate.
The long lost daughter of their pack leader Nick, Selene is also a wolf. But hell bent on revenge. I actually enjoyed seeing her go through the hate she felt for her father and what she thought he did and start understanding what really happened. As well as taking to having a mate.
In terms of the storyline, I enjoyed the action in this one a lot. The plot was interesting and kept me listening while the pack interactions drove the story forward. If I have to say my favorite part about this series, it’s that. The sense of family and camaraderie between the members of this pack makes this one of my favorite shifter series.
But my favorite thing about this book in particular is the hero. Zan is a healer and a giver. He had so much on his plate already with his own demons from his injury and his feeling of not fitting in with his team because he couldn’t perform his old duties. He had to learn to adapt, find his new place and purpose. And just as he was the caregiver he is with the pack, he was the same with his new mate. He took to her better than most. And as damaged as she was by her own past and her own demons, he was able to heal her as well.
This might be the only instance that I won’t complain about insta-love, although this was pretty quick. I would’ve liked to have seen a little more of a struggle. But in the end I think these two worked well together for me.
I’m anxious to see more of Nick (and Blue!) as I think there are still too many things that are not quite making perfect sense for me about him. And honestly, I’ve been waiting for his HEA since the first book because I just love him.
I have a bit of a love/hate relationship with this series. Love because I really enjoy some of the light humor that this series usually offers. Hate...more
I have a bit of a love/hate relationship with this series. Love because I really enjoy some of the light humor that this series usually offers. Hate because now that we are at book 19, sometimes I feel like I’ve read that before.
I had high hopes for ONE LUCKY VAMPIRE, mainly because I have enjoyed the past few books in this series. But while reading this I couldn’t help but feel that although it’s a completely different couple, with their own issues and set of problems and chemistry… I just felt that it was all cut from the same cloth. I really hate when I feel like a series is repetitive and I really want something to shake things up a bit in this world. Maybe Marguerite shouldn’t be the matchmaker in every book. Maybe the whole mate and nanos thing needs a fresh spin on how it’s told. I don’t know what I’m looking for really, just something other than “Margarite knows these two people are mates and she sets things up so they are in close proximity and they are bound to fall for their mate chemistry”.
This is a sweet read and the hero is verra sexy, so after I put my own mental hang-ups aside of what I want, I thought it was enjoyable. Not as funny as some others in the series, but still a light read. In the end though, for me, it fell a bit flat. With so many ups and downs I’ve had with this series, I have to question myself whether I want to continue reading them.
I am so excited I’ve finally read a Sara Humphreys book! My OCD tells me that I’m cheating because I read book 1 in a spin off series. I may still be...more
I am so excited I’ve finally read a Sara Humphreys book! My OCD tells me that I’m cheating because I read book 1 in a spin off series. I may still be twitching about that, but I’ll get over it.
After being on what felt like a paranormal fast, TALL, DARK AND VAMPIRE has rekindled my appetite for all things fangy and paranormal.
First of all, I’m a fan of the night club setting for books. Charlaine Harris gave us Fangtasia, Ellen Schreiber wrote about The Coffin Club and J.R. Ward created Zero Sum. I love the paranormal clubs. A bit goth and full of lurking supernaturals. Now we get “The Coven” a hip NYC club run by vampires, and kickass chicks at that.
As I said before, this book ties in with Ms. Humphreys “Amoveo Legend” books but it gives a glimpse of a different side of her supernatural world. Dead in the City is not about her shifters but more about vampires. Olivia is the club owner and also the ruler of the coven. She’s been celibate since she was turned because she lost her human love that same night. She’s also been taking in strays (making vampires of people who needed rescuing). And throughout all these centuries, she’s never forgotten her human love. However she has created some powerful enemies along the way.
I’m a sucker for second chance romances and Olivia does get a second chance to be with the only man she’s ever loved. Doug may be human now but he’s had dreams about Olivia in vivid detail since he can remember. Now that he finally finds her, it’s in the middle of a murder investigation he’s leading which seems to center around her and her club. But the inevitable attraction and pull they have towards one another are greater than any risk and any danger there could be in them being together. Sizzling chemistry!
Vampire politics, big bad councils, love and betrayal. TALL, DARK and VAMPIRE packs a punch of smexy and mystery that will leave you hooked for more. Definitely an enjoyable read which will make me rectify the fact that I haven’t read this author’s work before, sooner rather than later.
Lauren Dane is back visiting the Cascadia Wolves! Although we’ve never really left them 100%. We had some De La Vega Cats stories and of course, the...more
Lauren Dane is back visiting the Cascadia Wolves! Although we’ve never really left them 100%. We had some De La Vega Cats stories and of course, the Bound by Magick series expands on this same world. But we are finally back on familiar ground, while still taking into consideration the events in the books of those spin off series.
UNCONDITIONAL mixes the wolves and the witches. That was the first thing I was extremely excited about while reading this book. I love when the couple has a witch and a shifter, they’re my favorite kind in this series. But not only do we have a great pairing, we also have a second chance at love story. And Ms. Dane is so good at those!
Michelle and Josh were high school sweethearts. Human high school sweethearts. Until Josh just up and disappeared leaving Michelle high and dry to go on with her life without an explanation for his sudden change of plans. What neither of them knew was that this supernatural world they were just entering into, on their own, would bring them back together.
Josh was bitten and turned into a werewolf and Michelle was always a witch, just one that didn’t know what she was nor did she know her potential. She is now a cop and Josh is an enforcer. It was enjoyable to see Michelle slowly learning about her magic and what she could actually do, even push herself to do things she didn’t think she could get to. And then there’s Josh. He was all alpha male and completely delicious. Just the way I like ‘em. And while he was dealing with his protectiveness and wanting to keep Michelle out of danger, he was also good at giving her the trust and space she needed to still be herself and do what she wants.
I loved seeing the rekindling of their relationship. How their feelings quickly fell back into place. They had an ease being around each other, a certain level of comfort. They knew what the other wanted. It felt like slipping under a comfy blanket. They were just perfect for each other. They’ve both changed so much but they are still perfectly compatible. And throw in the fact that Michelle is his mate…Josh made out 100% on this one. He gets a second chance with the one and only woman he loved and he gets to keep her forever this time.
The plot continues to thicken when witches are being hunted and killed. The witch higher ups as well as the National Pack are getting involved in this one as well and the final struggle is left open ended. I was expecting a bit more of a resolution on that but there is too much to wrap it all up with a neat bow in one book. I am anxious to see where these characters will go next.
For new readers, I wouldn’t recommend you start here. It may be a decent read as a standalone but I do think you would understand more of what’s going on if you read in order. And by reading in order I mean including the spin off series.
I am torn between liking and being a bit meh about this series. I have to say I DREAM OF DANGER was a better book for me than the first in t...more3.5 stars
I am torn between liking and being a bit meh about this series. I have to say I DREAM OF DANGER was a better book for me than the first in this series. And although I found the story interesting, it lacked something to keep me invested and wanting to know what happens next.
But see, I have a problem. I don’t think I’m a fan of the romantic suspense with the light psychic/paranormal element. Either give me a straight romantic suspense with hot military guys and a suspenseful and action-packed plot or just give me a good paranormal romance. The light mix of the two doesn’t do it for me. I think if the author wanted to take this story more of the X-Men route it needs more of that.
We do have the big bad crazy which is causing all sorts of trouble in this book. The bad guys is like a mad scientist. I didn’t love reading his point of view and wish those parts were a bit shorter.
Then of course there’s our main couple. Nick and Elle’s love story is a second chance romance. They knew each other before he was a special ops military guy and before she was a known researchers in the psychic field. Her colleagues have started disappearing and just before she does as well, she sends a psychic call for help to her one true love, Nick, who she hasn’t seen or heard of in ten years. Nick and then Ghost Ops then come to the rescue.
I loved their relationship and even though a bit rushed, they had history so I overlooked that. Nick was supposed to come back to Elle and just didn’t because of his duty and being called away on a mission. By the time he came back Elle had gone on with her life, changing her name and following her other dreams in different places.
This book was a quick read and the chemistry between Elle and Nick was palpable. They definitely kept the story interesting. I am on the fence about continuing with the series but since this book ends in a cliffhanger…. I may have to.
I love Dani Harper’s voice. She really writes such beautiful and vivid stories that you feel as if you’re right there with them. After enjoy...more3.5 stars
I love Dani Harper’s voice. She really writes such beautiful and vivid stories that you feel as if you’re right there with them. After enjoying her Changeling shifters, STORM WARRIOR is just a small step away from that. I love that we still have that love and connection to animals being that the heroine is a vet.
I admit it took me a little bit to be completely hooked. I mean in theory the hero had me from the get-go. Ummm hello, sexy Celtic warrior! But the story was a bit slow to capture me. Once it did though, I enjoyed it. Especially when we were introduced to some of the supporting characters, especially Ranyon. Along with that, this story also has a touch of fae. It was an interesting mix.
So lets go back to the main characters. Rhys is very sexy although a bit infuriating at times. He’s a Celtic Warrior turned Grim, who now has decided to protect Morgan from her fate. Defying rules and going against everything he’s known for 2,000 years.
Morgan on the other hand, while not too stupid to live, was a bit thickheaded. And I have to admit not all that interesting. She’s a bit of a bland heroine and I don’t think she was necessarily the right complement for Rhys.
Although they weren’t the most memorable couple, this story is so much more than just their romance. I enjoyed the ride for what the story was, with or without them. And when you add that they were pretty hot together as well, then that’s a great bonus.
Nonetheless, STORM WARRIOR is a cute paranormal read and I am curious as to where this world can go from here. All the world building that Dani Harper has done in this book shows the amount of knowledge and research she’s put in and gives me great hopes for where we can see this series going.
There are several reasons why you WILL fall in love with Vasic. He’s loyal, he’s fierce, he’s caring, he’s protective, he’s possessive. He’s everythi...more
There are several reasons why you WILL fall in love with Vasic. He’s loyal, he’s fierce, he’s caring, he’s protective, he’s possessive. He’s everything you’ve ever wanted in a man all wrapped up in a deep layer of ice. Ice that has hardened to a glacier throughout the years. But that ice is slowly cracking. The Arrows are some of the psy’s who follow Silence as a necessary way of life. The conditioning they’ve received since they were kids is both harsh and heartbreaking.
Now that Silence has fallen, Vasic is being put to the ultimate test to prove he can still function without going mad. He’s assigned, along with other Arrows, to guard a group of Designation “E” Psy’s. The future of the net lies in their hands and how much they can heal the infection and contain it, preventing it from spreading. The Arrows are to keep them safe when they are at their most vulnerable. Vasic is assigned to Ivy Jane, an empath who never really lived with Silence as others did, because her parents saved her from that fate. The little bit of her curiosity and innocence is the key to winning Vasic over. And that was my favorite part! The innocence!
First though, I have a confession to make. Psy books are not my favorite in this series. When there’s no changeling in sight I tend to lose interest because, in part, of how cold and mechanical the psy can be. I shouldn’t have worried though. Ms. Singh did such an amazing job at humanizing Vasic and Ivy that I never even noticed a difference. Their feelings were palpable, and I was able to appreciate the little things even more. The importance of just a touch, or just a look. It can drive the story forward more than an explosion of passion.
This story is a slow and steady climb, full of tensions and discoveries. Vasic’s barriers are broken one tiny piece at a time. And the more he opens up, the more you fall for this broken beautiful man. Ivy is just the woman to give him a true life back. The one that was stolen from him years ago. And he embraces it full force!
I love how Nalini Singh can make you feel so much with just a couple of words or sentences. Every book I crack open I am more amazed at the powerful and just beautiful writing. It’s rich and fulfilling, depicting the world, the characters and the emotions in a way that’s riveting.
Let SHIELD OF WINTER be that book that lets you sink into a magical world. You won’t be disappointed!
♦ Holy demons, KANE IS HOT! ♦ The Lords of the Underworld are celebrities in the Fae world. Ha! Loved it! ♦ The...more
Notes to self about THE DARKEST CRAVING:
♦ Holy demons, KANE IS HOT! ♦ The Lords of the Underworld are celebrities in the Fae world. Ha! Loved it! ♦ The side stories…the side stories!!!! For longtime fans of the series, you’ll get glimpses of full scenes with Torin and Cameo. Not telling you if together or not. ;) ♦ There’s a lot of William in this book. Did I mention how amazing he is and how much I love him? Even when he’s a backstabbing asshole? ♦ Yes!!!!! We know who the next book is about! Have you heard? In case you haven’t I won’t spoil. But *squeeeeeeeeee* And there’s plenty of ….THAT PERSON …… in THE DARKEST CRAVING. ♦ As an added bonus and perfect example of the humor to be found in this book, you have to check out the text exchange between William and Strider that happens during THE DARKEST CRAVING but is not in the book. Click here! ♦ Did I mention KANE IS HOT?!? ♦ Must pack rope and duct tape and go hunting for Willy. He escaped my dungeon again.
Yes, sometimes my mind works like a 6 month old puppy, easily distractible. But one thing I can easily say about this book is that I wasn’t expecting much from Kane. He’s always been the Lord I never think of. Yeah, he causes a lot of trouble with his demon being Disaster but in all honesty I never really saw as having much potential to impress me. And then the events in the last book left him in quite a bind, physically and emotionally. In Hell, quite literally.
So who better to be his mate than the beautiful Fae from a Royal family who rescues him. Except Josephina doesn’t have a glamorous life, as you would expect. Her story is quite similar to Cinderella. She’s been treated as less than her sister her whole life, taken the punishment for her sisters’ actions, lived in the servants quarters, you get the picture? Add to that the fact that her stepbrother wants nothing more than to get her in his bed…Yeah Josephina hasn’t had a good life. Which is why she rescues Kane from Hell when she finds him there and makes him promise her than in return he would end her life. Except one little thing gets in the way….MINE!
I loved the introduction of the Fae world and the dynamic of how the Lords interact with them. Especially the fact that the Lords are like rock stars to them. They even have Fan Clubs! LOL And no, sadly Josephina was like me, not a member of the Kane fandom.
Even though Josephina and Kane didn’t rush to get physical, their relationship developed at a good pace and had plenty of sexual tension. I know in the past few books there’s been a lessening of actual smexy time, and sometimes I can feel the lack of it myself. But in my opinion and in this particular story, the pace of the smexy worked. Another complaint commonly seen around the internet about Ms. Showalter’s books as of late is the spiritual undertones, and I have to say that was not the case with this book.
While I enjoyed the story between Josephina and Kane, I was equally excited about seeing more of Torin and Cameo. And that’s probably all I should say except for…Did THAT PERSON really come back? Wow, I didn’t see that coming! The side stories in this book were unexpected and left me anxious to find out more! Anxious for the next book!!
And speaking of anxious, there’s Willy. William is one of the highlights of this book, as he usually is. He comes onto the page and steals the show. But he’s not all fun and games this time, although he does do that. He’s showing a more emotional side, a darker side. There’s a lot he’s building inside and I don’t know if he can wait much longer to tell his story. I think he wants to spill all his secrets soon. And I’m just beyond curious to see what happens with him and Gilly. Are they or aren’t they? Gahhhh!!!!!
And lets not forget Kane’s demon. Disaster was a pain in the ass! I think he’s been the worst and most stubborn demon to tame in the whole series. To the end the ass wouldn’t submit! Argh!
As much as this book answers questions and ties things nicely, it leaves a whole new set of questions open. It does seem like towards the end so much happened and so many things are left stirred that the next few books should be an interesting ride.
I read this book in 2009 when it was originally published with the title MY IMMORTAL. It was my fir...moreThis review was posted at Under the Covers
I read this book in 2009 when it was originally published with the title MY IMMORTAL. It was my first taste of J.K. Coi and I had enjoyed it! Then I saw that the series, IMMORTAL WARRIORS, was being re-released through Ellora’s Cave. First, it’s exciting to see the series being widely available again, and second… I couldn’t remember one thing about what happened in this book. So I had to read this re-release again!
The Immortal Warriors are bad ass and mysterious. Just how I like my alpha men. The basic concept of these immortals is that there are a few chosen people that are genetically predisposed to becoming an immortal and when an immortal dies, they “activate” that, whatever that is, and go through their transition.
Rhys and his men are fighting a rogue immortal of sorts that is after killing them all and in the process he meets Amy, a human doctor with quite a bit of spunk. While he is immediately attracted to her, and of course she’s attracted to the bad boy wearing leather, he wants to keep her away from him and his world of war and death. But faith had something different in mind because as it turns out Amy might just be right in the middle of the action.
This story has bad boys galore that you just want to read all about them, and a great concept, which sort of reminds me of the Wings in the Night immortals by Maggie Shayne. Rhys is a hot and sexy hero, if you’re like me and love a rough around the edges, leader, bad boy.
Since I don’t really remember the original story and I didn’t write reviews back then, if anyone has read these and knows if there were changes, I’d love to hear about it.
Can’t wait for the next book to be re-released! Yes, I have read the old version but I actually remember that one because it was more recent.
DIAMOND DUST may just be my favorite book in the series! I’ve always liked Caroline, the human dating the wolf alpha. They had a good arrang...more4.5 stars
DIAMOND DUST may just be my favorite book in the series! I’ve always liked Caroline, the human dating the wolf alpha. They had a good arrangement, being together until he found his mate. She is tough enough for the job, tough enough to handle the wolves, and human enough to surprise other shifters with all of her knowledge of their world.
When the bears come into town, that brings along Tyler. He’s the typical bear, which I love. A bit self centered, expectant that things will go his way, not the brightest when it comes to wooing women. But he’s extremely hot and possessive.
From their first very unconventional meeting, Caroline and Tyler have excellent chemistry. They have an easy way around each other, with just the right amount of bickering and sexual tension.
DIAMOND DUST was a short but extremely enjoyable read. A great addition to the series and the perfect start in the search for our lovable alpha’s mate. Can’t wait!
Bayou Heat is unrelated to either Alexandra Ivy’s or Laura Wright’s worlds, and it features one of my favori...moreThis review was posted at Under the Covers
Bayou Heat is unrelated to either Alexandra Ivy’s or Laura Wright’s worlds, and it features one of my favorite shifters…pumas. No need to go into any more detail than that. Yes? Oh…you want me to? Fine.
Pumas are the less talked about felines of the shifter world and, to me, they’re so sexy. Something raw and primal always surrounds them. In this series it’s no different. The Pantera shapeshifters of Louisiana are somewhat of a myth. Humans don’t really believe in the tales of magic that surrounds the area they live in. And the Wildlands is an area full of magic. Actually that’s the only place the Pantera can shift.
Raphael by Alexandra Ivy
I have to say this was my favorite of the two stories. It caught my attention with the story, the intro to the world and, of course, the sexy as sin Raphael. After what he thought would just be one night of hot sex with a woman he couldn’t resist, she ends up pregnant with his child. Due to the rarity of that occurrence, Ashe has some mercenaries after her. Raphael, big bad mate that he is, steps up for the protector role. The alpha male sparks were oozing off the pages. This story was all raw sex appeal.
Parish by Laura Wright
Parish can be sexy and scary at the same time. I mean, he lives in a cave, never smiles and prefers his animal form. That can be intimidating. Then he’s sent on a mission into the human world to bring back a Doctor that can help Ashe through her pregnancy. Of course, the terms talking and asking are not very familiar to him so he pretty much kidnaps Julia and brings her to the Wildlands. There’s a little bit more action in this story and probably more world building than in the previous story, but I connected less with the characters. At the end of the day, Parish still won me over because he did what was necessary to make sure that his woman would be happy.
I am looking forward to reading more of this series. The cajun feel of the setting and the sexy characters will keep me coming back for me for sure.(less)
I admit I wanted to like this book, a lot. The very beginning had all the potential for a really hot book. B...moreThis review was posted at Under the Covers
I admit I wanted to like this book, a lot. The very beginning had all the potential for a really hot book. Big dangerous guy find damsel in distress in the middle of a storm with her car completely dead. Except he’s been hiding from the world and she knows exactly who he is and how she could find him. So of course he kidnaps her, I mean, takes her in for questioning.
See Dr. Catherine Young has a special gift. When she touches someone she can see images of their past, but she can also feel their emotions. And she was on a mission to find Mac, but we don’t find out right away how she knew about him.
Mac is the leader of a military team that was believed to blow up a research facility that was doing research to find a cure for cancer. They were setup and now have gone into deep hiding. When Catherine shows up, they can’t help but believe she’s a spy.
Mac was a strong and brooding type of hero, very alpha. He’s described as ugly, with scars everywhere, but in my mind he was sexy as hell. Catherine is a perfect combination between strong and soft. She’s got a backbone, that’s for sure. But she’s also an everyday girl. I really liked that about her.
Why just 3 stars then? The pace of the story kept losing me a bit. Although the main idea of the book was great, I couldn’t help but putting this book down. And then…confession time…I skimmed through some sex parts. *gasp* Soooooo, that’s why.
I do feel that I have this same problem with other Lisa Marie Rice books I’ve read in the past.
You know what they say…never judge a book by its cover. I’m sad to say that this was totally the case here....moreThis review was posted at Under the Covers
You know what they say…never judge a book by its cover. I’m sad to say that this was totally the case here. I saw the beautiful cover and had to read it. I started the book and it didn’t grab me right away, so I put it down for a bit. Then I finally picked it up again and… well lets just say that I tried to be open minded but had quite a bit of trouble with this book.
See, it’s really hard to enjoy a book when the hero is egotistical (most of the time, there were a few exceptions) and the heroine tries so hard at being tough and kick ass that she just annoys the hell out of me. Yes, I’m sad to say this is a heroine I would gladly stab… repeatedly. Just when I thought she was getting a little better she would do something stupid again that would make me cringe or pull my hair out. I’m actually not sure if I disliked her more, or maybe it was the hero. But they were very close in that department. Although towards the end I could say at least he redeemed himself a bit while she stayed annoying. So yes, she wins.
But enough of that. The writing in itself was very good and it flowed. It was actually a fast read. The storyline had a lot of potential that was never developed, but maybe it suffered a bit from all the pointless sex the book had. Yes, I just said pointless sex. Something is wrong with me. *Checks forehead for temperature* But if I start to feel the need to skim a sex scene, there is a problem. And I found myself wanting to do that a lot in this book.
So what can you expect of this book? Well, fallen angels and Archangels with a bit of a chip on their shoulder, who really need to work on their attitude and how they use women. A story about lovers getting a second chance at love (that is quite obvious from early on). An undeveloped (to my taste) side story about a missing girl that is talked about in the first 20% of the book and then gets pushed aside by all the sex and doesn’t pick back up until the very end. Oh and the mix of sci fi with PNR that I’m not sure I was all too excited to see (aka aliens traveling through lightening, fallen angel battling said aliens to protect human half-ling soulmate).
In the end, although I should say that I was happy with how things turned out and how they got their HEA, all I could do was sigh in relief that it was done before I had to subject to my friends to anymore text messages about what was going on in the book. But no worries, the pretty cover was not harmed in my fits of wanting to throw the book across the room.
Let me start by saying that I love the concept of this series! Although BOUND BY NIGHT suffers a bit from first book in a series syndrome (a...more3.5 stars
Let me start by saying that I love the concept of this series! Although BOUND BY NIGHT suffers a bit from first book in a series syndrome (at least for me), I got all the information I need about how things work between the vampires and the different clans and how they relate or not relate with humans.
The set up is basically that humans know about vampires and keep them as slaves. Some vampires that we can call “wild” live in clans, following a very Native American vibe. But the humans aren’t necessarily the good guys here. Not only do they keep vampire slaves, but a small group of them actually wants to experiment on them.
Nicole, our heroine, has dedicated her life to find a cure for vampirism. This based on some tragic events when she was a child where she lost everyone she held dear. Well, everyone except her brother. Daughter of one of the most influential humans at the time, Nicole was seen as the enemy by clan vampires, including Riker.
Riker’s mate used to be Nicole’s caretaker and she was killed the same day that Nicole lost her family. Riker has never forgiven the humans for her death. But Nicole has never forgiven Riker for killing her.
Before you go thinking this might be a little weird about his dead mate having such a close relationship with the heroine, don’t. I thought it would be weird but as the events unfold and we find out the truth, you can’t help but feel a big injustice was done that has caused much pain in their lives. While Riker is an extremely sexy bad boy, he’s also a pillar in his clan and a man (vampire) full of heart.
BOUND BY NIGHT brings a completely new Larissa Ione than I’m used to reading. Her vampires come with a new set of rules, yes, but it’s also about the pace and style of the story. The writing is still just as awesome but where I’m always expecting fast paced, edgy, daring and sensual BOUND BY NIGHT takes it down just a notch. It’s a solid paranormal romance read in a world with a lot of depth that I’m anxious to explore.
Special agents and politicians, sci fi and paranormal. This book was going for sexy and mysterious and altho...moreThis review was posted at Under the Covers
Special agents and politicians, sci fi and paranormal. This book was going for sexy and mysterious and although I think it got there, there was a little something missing that I can’t put my finger on.
Special Task Force Alexei Night is assigned the task of getting information out of Interstellar Councilwoman Briana Michaels. She’s human and has always expressed her views of vampire rights. But now there’s pressure to make her change things to protect her family. Alexei, being a vampire, is passing for a bad guy and a thief and offering to be her transportation.
Their attraction is instant and when he should be gathering information, he’s looking for ways to get her naked. What these two had was explosive sexual chemistry. Their mind connection was nice as well, but I think I was missing something to find their love real in the end.
I do enjoy how Ms. Day does sci fi, it’s not overdone with crazy out there creatures and wars. Just a touch of planet travel and assistant robots.
For the short amount of time the author had to develop the characters, I can say that I got a good feeling for who they were and I got to like them! Especially Alex, who is completely alpha male delicious.
This being the last one in this series, I’ll now have to move on to another one of Ms. Day’s series.(less)
Another original story in the Granite Lake world! First of all I love that this is a wolf/cat couple. The mixing of these two is always interesting,...more
Another original story in the Granite Lake world! First of all I love that this is a wolf/cat couple. The mixing of these two is always interesting, especially when their animals are so much a part of their personality.
Tessa Williams is Keri’s BFF (from WOLF LINE). She’s been wanting to do something for a while and now the perfect opportunity and idea comes into her hands. She can open up a B&B on the outskirts of the Granite Lake pack. She has this all mapped out with the perfect property and the plans for guests to go on all kinds of eco-adventures. Except she can’t buy the house she needs.
The house belongs to Mark. Mark is a wolf from the local pack, and one who has been looking for two things lately. One is a better way to make money than the odd jobs he’s been doing, and second…a mate. And luck is on his side when Tessa rolls up to his home bringing basically both things to his door.
Mark was a sweetheart, I just adored him. He was 100% on board with the mate thing and also on respecting her wishes and taking things slow. Tessa was fun as well, even though sometimes I was getting a headache trying to keep up with her speed! I love to see them working on the house together, but also interact with the pack and their family and friends. I am especially looking forward to Tessa’s brother story.
With the perfect amount of sexy and funny, these shifters are becoming a must read more and more everytime.
I’ve been fascinated with the concept of this series for a while now. Psychic paranormal romance, people with mental powers….right up my alley. Some...more
I’ve been fascinated with the concept of this series for a while now. Psychic paranormal romance, people with mental powers….right up my alley. Some books in this series, I admit, I like more than others. But THE PROTECTED nailed everything I love about this genre!
This book had intrigue, action, betrayal, sensual tension. Did I mention the cool superpowers? And a kid. I love kids in stories! They bring the whole thing together!!!
Gus has been protecting his nephew, Alex, for years. His sister left him in charge of caring for her son, who happens to be the child of a bad man. And the reason he’s protecting him is because Alex is beyond powerful and his father wants him. He’s been on the run for a while, changing towns, changing names, being careful.
Until he starts liking the neighbor across the street. Little does he know that Vaughnne is there on assignment to protect the kid.
Again, this story was just perfect! Action packed, with a story that kept me intrigued and interested. Pulse pounding sexual chemistry between Gus and Vaughnne. I couldn’t have asked for more from Ms. Walker. I hope to see much more from this series in the future!
First of all, I’m totally biased in regards to this story because I’ve been wanting Gage to get his HEA from...moreThis review was posted at Under the Covers
First of all, I’m totally biased in regards to this story because I’ve been wanting Gage to get his HEA from the very first book of the series. He’s the good boy that’s really sort of a bad boy, that I couldn’t get enough of. And GOING UNDER didn’t disappoint. This story was not what I was expecting but it delivered on everything I wanted.
I know a lot of people have the bad habit of picking up books out of order, but I find that in this world and with the continuous storyline, you’d do better reading in order so you are not confused. CHAOS BURNING set the stage for the events in this book. Our Others are basically dealing with the aftermath of the Magister and the fact that now humans know of their existence.
In dealing with this, Meriel has to hire a PR to take care of the many concerns regarding humans and their fear of Others. Enter our heroine, PR guru Molly Ryan. She’s dealt with her own issues due to the outing of Others. She lost her job because of it and now has the opportunity to make a difference using the skills that she’s best at. She’s a tough chick, not afraid to wear the pants in a mans world and go head to head with people. She knows what she wants and what needs to be done to reach the desired goals. That to me is so important, because I HAVE to love the heroine. And especially Gage’s heroine, couldn’t have done better.
Then, there’s Gage. He was enamored from the get-go. Ahhh yes, how the mighty have fallen. Tough on the outside but a smoking hot teddy bear on the inside. He didn’t struggle as much as I thought he would to let Molly in, even if it was physical to begin with. Their chemistry was perfect and sizzled off the pages. Their romance was perfectly entwined with the rest of the story and not once did I feel as if it was putting the brakes on the flow of the drama around them.
Gage, being such an alpha male, has to deal with having a female that needs to be out on the frontlines. There are times she will be exposed to danger. And he just has to be able to deal with that as best as he can without restricting her. And I love that he can.
GOING UNDER is my favorite book in the series so far. It had everything I wanted. A great storyline, a lot of forward movement in the world and developments, a new fresh storyline, and the main couple was extraordinaire. I really can’t wait for the next installment!
I really enjoy stories where the hero or heroine have some sort of a disability. In this case, even though t...moreThis review was posted at Under the Covers
I really enjoy stories where the hero or heroine have some sort of a disability. In this case, even though they are both grimm, or angels, Luc is blind. The interesting thing about it is that his gift (as all grimms have one) is the ability to look into the minds of others. He can actually use their eyes as well, which gives him an edge over any human in his condition.
Everyone thinks he's been nursing a broken heart because Perci, his princess, moved on and found love elsewhere. Most of all, Sina. She's a very old grimm and was Luc's trainer a long time ago. And she's been in love with him ever since. She's loved and wanted for so long. Being forced now to work together on a case might be more than she can take.
Especially when they are sent to Greece to investigate a story of seven bloody sisters. Little does anyone know this was the origin or Sina's grimm tale. See Snow White was less about the seven dwarves and more about the seven wives that tormented one woman to the point that she took her own life.
And speaking of blood, I was so completely hooked with the first line in this book I just had to share.
The woman stood alone in a courtyard of blood.
In a way, I thought there should've been a little more focus on developing and exposing Sina's original story and her relation to the events and the house they were there to investigate. There was a good amount of focus on Luc and Sina's relationship, but theirs was not as hot as the previous one I've read in the series. Still they had great chemistry together.
Will is a character I'm curious to read more about, as well as Crow. I think this is a perfect case of me liking the bad boys more than the good ones.
Warning: Don’t read this book (or any book by Shelly Laurenston, for that matter) while consuming any liquids. The laugh out loud moments you are exp...more
Warning: Don’t read this book (or any book by Shelly Laurenston, for that matter) while consuming any liquids. The laugh out loud moments you are expected to read will have you choking and spitting said liquids all over yourself.
I was very excited to read this book because I love the wolves…Remember Ronnie Lee, mate of Brendan Shaw, from book 1 in the series? Well this is finally one of the books of her brothers. Ricky Lee ended up being very different than I was expecting. He was very laid back and casual, in total avoidance of his family. But who could blame him? He’s in New York now hanging around the sports complex where now his brother plays. He also works on contract work with crazy cousin Dee Ann.
Then we meet the heroine, Toni, and as much as I wanted to love her I can’t say she made much of an impression. She’s very smart and handles her whole family of prodigies, but outside of that I couldn’t really pinpoint her personality. She’s devoted her life to her family. She’s never pursued a career because she’s always been the caretaker of her siblings, and this is not due to her parents not being around, just that her parents are just as genius/scattered brained as her siblings. She’s basically the glue that holds them all together and the motor that keeps them all moving in the right direction. And I found that, at least for a huge part of this book, she couldn’t break out of that and find herself.
The romance between her and Ricky Lee is slow and he approaches her with as much caution as any prey, without wanting to startle her. A lot less animal magnetism than I’m used to from the wolves in this series! I wanted some RAWRRRRRR!
However, this book was extremely funny. Funnier than even some of the previous books in the series. If you are looking for comedic relief, you have to read this book! Wickedly hilarious!
You would think by all my complaints that I didn’t enjoy this, but I did. I always enjoy being in this world and seeing these characters. And we do get to see some of our old and favorites. In general, though, I think the funny overpowered the book. It made the actual plot seem a bit scattered as I sometimes forgot what the main story was about and it overpowered the romance to some extent.
Now I do have two shifters that I’m looking forward to…a lot…. a sexy syberian hybrid and Ricky Lee’s brother.
Ohhhhh and …. Novikov rocks, handwritten schedules and everything!
Highly anticipated books like this always scare me. What happens if the author can’t take the pressure of writing such an anticipated story and it fa...more
Highly anticipated books like this always scare me. What happens if the author can’t take the pressure of writing such an anticipated story and it falls flat? What if it doesn’t go the way I WANT it to go? There are no guarantees and I was both extremely excited and extremely scared to start reading.
Another fear of mine was the fact that knowing this book had the big Ghost reveal, this story would be centered around the Psy. In the past, the psy-only books have not been my favorites. They lack some of the intensity that the changelings bring to the world.
I shouldn’t have worried. I was hooked from the very first line. I wrote my review with names in it and then have changed them to HERO and HEROINE in case people don’t want to know.
There are some series that always have a tough leader, a guy that makes those sometimes ruthless decisions that go against most morals. He may seem heartless but there is always a purpose to his actions. The last one I remember that caught my interest as much was Jonas from the Breeds series by Lora Leigh. But after that, it’s been the HERO. The HERO, who should be psy and Silent, but has so much bottled up passion he could melt you at his feet. The HERO, who is ruthless in the pursuit of what he wants and won’t leave anything or anyone who gets in his path standing.
Then focus all that intensity on the woman he loves. OMG!!!!! Ms. Singh, I am in awe of what you’ve done with this story. From all the layers to the HERO we get to unfold, to the story of his one true love. This is a second chance at love story. The girl he fell in love with as a kid and was taken from him. Brutally. The one he’s been searching for since. For such a hard shell on the exterior, I couldn’t help but melt at the softness inside of him.
The HERO is, in one word, INTENSE. There’s so much he has learned to keep bottled up and as that shell cracks and all that intensity spills out….. Be prepared to fall in love. Changelings have nothing on the HERO.
The HEROINE was also perfect for him. The perfect balance to his intensity. Nurturing, soft, but strong at the core. Able to stand on her own. Able to fight for her man. Able to heal him.
Then there’s the Ghost. On this subject, I’m keeping my mouth shut. However, I will say that I found the big reveal a bit….anticlimactic. After waiting to find out who the Ghost is for so long, I was expecting bombs going off, cities collapsing and the Ghost riding in on some white horse to save the race. I don’t know. I wanted something epic. Instead, we find out as almost an afterthought. And that’s all I’m going to say. No more.
Nalini Singh’s writing has the ability to paint a picture in my mind. Beautifully crafted words that flow and let the imagination run wild. And for the span of time it took me to read this book, I was living it.
I wish I could give this book 10 Stars! Every single page of this book is packed with intensity. It’s enthralling, all consuming, and mind blowing. Yes, I was thoroughly blown away! This will be one I want to re-read and hold dear.
The bed slammed back to the ground. Hard. So did every other item in the room.
“I’d line the streets with bodies before I’d ever hurt you.”
“Why are you holding me?” Closing his hand over hers, the tanned skin of his shoulders warm in the sunlight pouring through the window, he said, “Because you belong to me.”