I have read Chloe Neill in the past and I admit that I enjoy her work. As excited as I was to see she had a new series coming out, for some reason I
I have read Chloe Neill in the past and I admit that I enjoy her work. As excited as I was to see she had a new series coming out, for some reason I didn’t rush to get to it. See, that’s a lot of how I’ve felt lately about the Chicagoland Vampires series. The books are always good. And yet, I am still behind reading it because there’s just a certain something (don’t ask me what it is) that I find missing. It doesn’t make me want to rush to read it. Maybe it could just be that Merit and Ethan have gotten a bit stale for me. So I blame that feeling on not reading this as soon as this review copy hit my hands months ago!
This has all the potential to becoming one of my new favorite paranormal series! First of all, it involves magic. There aren’t enough urban fantasy books centered around that in my opinion. But the how it’s done it’s also so cool and completely different. Kudos to Ms. Neill for some awesome world building. And it was done flawlessly. There’s no crazy info dump being book one trying to explain to you all the details and workings of the world. You are learning as you go along, oftentimes with the heroine. I was always fully immersed in the story.
The setting is post war (with paranormals) New Orleans. The Veil was closed after and all types of magic is forbidden. People who have the natural ability to do magic are called Sensitive. If they don’t learn how to control the magic within them, they turn into wraiths. People found guilty of using magic are sent to Devil’s Isle, which serves as a prison, but it’s more like a town just filled with some unwanted elements. Me? Sold on this 100%. I thought it was brilliant.
Claire, our heroine, has been dealing with the death of her father during war. She’s keeping her supply store running and trying to hide as best as she can that she is a Sensitive. She doesn’t want the magic, but sometimes she can’t control it and it runs wild. As it happened one night that causes the chain of events that leads to her being introduced to what you would consider the truth about their reality. Oh and maybe save the world. I absolutely loved Claire. Why, you ask? Because she kicks ass in the most natural way. She’s not one of those bitchy women we see all the time in UF. She’s also not a know it all. She faces every situation as best as her knowledge lets her. Without losing her cool. Without getting into danger because she thought it would be the brave thing to do. She’s not after the accolades, she just wants things to go right and she will do whatever is needed for that. Very refreshing take on a UF heroine and I am a fan!
Then we have Liam. Sigh the hero. Yes, the hot alpha with a touch of bad boy. He’s a bounty hunter. His job is to find wraiths and turn them in. No, nothing magical about him other than the fact he’s gorgeous and enthralling! But he’s the one that spots that Claire is a Sensitive and takes her under his wing. Did I mention hot, alpha and bad boy? Liam is intense but with a side of mushy. After all the bad he’s seen, he can still go with his emotions and let them dictate what he does. He’s loyal to those around them, those he cares about. And he kicks major ass, so there’s that.
THE VEIL was the perfect introduction to this world and if this is anything to go by, I will be a loyal fan of this series. It’s action packed and fast paced, with enough sexual tension to keep a girl hoping. And with a cast of characters that I couldn’t have picked better myself. This book was exactly what I needed to restore my faith in the paranormal. Yes! There can be a new series that catches my interest and gets me giddy again! And that is Devil’s Isle....more
BORN IN BLOOD started out very promising to me. I’m not really sure why, the vibe of the story had an X-Men feel to me (even though it’s actually nec
BORN IN BLOOD started out very promising to me. I’m not really sure why, the vibe of the story had an X-Men feel to me (even though it’s actually necromancers right now). But people with powers or supernaturals are considered freaks in the world that Ms. Ivy constructed, and they live for the most part in a compound away from humans. And they don’t mix aside from the occasional time they work together.
Duncan is a cop who is not having the best day. He is called to a scene where there’s a body of a woman missing a heart, with no obvious signs of how that happened. Regular necromancer liaison Callie Brown is called in to make a connection to the soul and re-live her last few moments to find out how she died. Except she can’t. The killer is a high-blood. And they are dealing with someone much more powerful than her.
The first 30-40% of this book had my full attention. I enjoyed the sexual tension between Duncan and Callie and how much Duncan was just trying to outrageously flirt and assume they would end up in bed together. The story has the classic paranormal romance feel that I’ve been missing in some of my reads lately. Nothing too complicated or elaborate. Just a good story with characters that caught my attention.
But then the story suddenly fizzled out for me a bit. Although I found the second half interesting and I wanted to know what the end result would be, I lost interest in the main couple. This could be because we got some fade to black moments I thought we shouldn’t have. Or just because their love developed a bit quickly for me being that they didn’t have that much of a back story.
BORN IN BLOOD marks the start of an entertaining paranormal series I’ll definitely want to read more. Even though this particular story had some ups and downs, I think the author has something good going on with this series and I’m curious to see where she goes from here. Especially with the Sentinels!
This is a sequel to FURYOUS INK, even though I don’t believe it’s necessarily a series. This story tells usThis review was posted at Under the Covers
This is a sequel to FURYOUS INK, even though I don’t believe it’s necessarily a series. This story tells us the somewhat parallel story of Esme and Frost. Esme is a witch and was also the woman who broke Kage’s heart many many years ago. Her backstory in the previous novella was one of the reasons I wasn’t as excited to start this because I thought she had acted so wrong and was going to be one of those tough to redeem characters.
Then she’s paired up with Frost, who is really a witch hunter. He’s been looking for Esmeralda for a long time and the Fury, Meg, had been hiding her from him. She’s now completely exposed and Frost comes looking for her. And things get very…strange from there.
He comes after her on a different level of conscience, so it’s not real physically at first. And they are both under the influence of a sort of erotic spell that he’s using to influence her to help him bring Galatea back from the dead.
But it turns out that she’s always had a crush on him and he’s also attracted to her. She has her powers stolen from her and he has to help her recover them. First, it was so she could help him. But then things changed. I did enjoy how he came to care for her and protect her.
In the end, I should’ve trusted the author because, yes, she redeemed herself! I got to like her once I saw her vulnerable side and her side of the story. I’ve come to really like Saranna DeWylde’s writing style. It flows, it’s sexy and it feels fresh and natural. I’ll definitely be looking to read more from her!
This author came highly recommended so I was very excited that she was starting a new series, since her otheThis review was posted at Under the Covers
This author came highly recommended so I was very excited that she was starting a new series, since her other one is already a few books in and I have to catch up. Add to that when I saw her at a panel at NY Comic Con earlier this year she was one of my favorite authors when I heard her speak. Of course, you add tattoos to that and it just seemed like a winner. When I picked up the actual book and saw that there were quotes by two of my favorite authors (J.R. Ward and Kim Harrison) I was sold.
ANGEL’S INK is a little bit different than other UF’s I’m used to reading, especially because it’s written from a male POV. Gage is the only warlock that left training and is now the owner of a tattoo parlor. In this world, people can come get tattoos with potions mixed in for whatever they want, good luck, sex appeal, etc. Gage works with an elf in hiding (Trixie) and a troll (Bronx). All the problems start when a human comes in asking for a tattoo of angel wings and says she’s dying of cancer. Gage, being the nice guy he is, decides to help her by mixing an angel feather into the potion with the ink.
Problem is this makes her immortal and now he’s in trouble with the Grim Reaper and if he doesn’t reverse his mistake in three days, the Grim Reaper will take him in her place. And this is just the beginning of a crazy ride. Warlock wars and even the Royal Summer Court looking for Trixie to bring her back. Magic, tattoos and a bit of a scary world. This book was action packed and entertaining.
In between all that, I loved to see Gage and Trixie getting together. They’ve been dancing around each other for a long time and these trying situations for both have brought them together. This book was full of wonderful and strong characters!
I really can’t wait to read more from this author. I found her writing was excellent, able to keep me interested and turning the pages, as well as very smooth and easy to read. Now that Gage’s story is pretty much set, I wonder what will come next....more
First of all, I’m totally biased in regards to this story because I’ve been wanting Gage to get his HEA fromThis 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!
Some of the things that stand out in my mind when I think of this book:
a) The storyline was full of action and intrigue. There's a bigger picture battle between basically good and evil but there's also a smaller scale conflict of what happened to the heroine as a teenager and how that is reflecting on her present. b) The world was amazing and unique, full of magic and angels that can disguise themselves and seem human. c) The hero is sexy as hell. Jack Bastian can light my fire anyday. d) He actually lights the heroines' fire. Her power is so cool. Among other things, like seeing the future with a touch, she controls fire. She can burn with a touch.
Those are the things I liked the most about this story. But then I also thought that there was at times a big info dump which could've been done, maybe, in a bit more concise fashion. For a reader like me, coming in n book 4 of the series, this was helpful so that I could understand the dynamics of this world, the different supernaturals, their powers and their conflicts. But even I felt that at times it was over-explained and analyzed and I can see how if you've been reading the series, maybe some of those things would get repetitive.
Another thing that I enjoyed about this book was that it rides a fine line between urban fantasy and paranormal romance. I actually had a hard time choosing how to classify it. In the end I'm going with paranormal romance because there is a couple, and although their love is not the focus of the story by any means, their attraction does play a role that I find gives it more romance than I would expect from a UF. Do I think that they are a good match? Probably not. I think she may be a little too damaged where she's at in her life to get her to fall in love and be able to stay in a relationship. And in keeping with a more UF theme, the hero and heroine are not neat little characters that can do no wrong. They do have depth and neither of them are perfect.
The heroine has to survive a lot in her past and has been living up to now in a way that is not entirely sane. She is capable of doing wrong, of using her power for personal gain. But she is also essentially good and wants to help people even at a high cost to herself and her happiness. So even though I can't say that Kaye Brand will ever be a favorite heroine of mine, I do like her strength to push through.
A little slow to start but once this book got going, I did enjoy the story and went full speed ahead and couldn't stop reading pretty much until I finished it. It was in essence a captivating and very unique story.
Wow! I was not expecting to enjoy this read as much as I did. First of all the cover was deceiving to me inThis review was posted at Under the Covers
Wow! I was not expecting to enjoy this read as much as I did. First of all the cover was deceiving to me in a way. This is an erotic, paranormal, historical romance story. Although I love the cover, I was not expecting that. I love when genres mix and this one was a combination we don't see too often because the paranormal aspect of the book was the fae and magic. Something I don't get to read enough about and when done right it always intrigues me.
Our heroine Alicia has been under a spell that keeps all her emotions at bay for years. She often thought of as cold and she doesn't even know why she can't feel. And then she is engaged to be married to Lord Edward Carstairs. One of London's most eligible bachelors. He chooses her because he thinks with her being such a cold and aloof woman he can still manage to fulfill his duty.
And his duty is to the supernatural world. Edward is a catalyst, he is the means by which sorcerers can draw power from the earth, he is also a loyal servant of the Crown.
Once they figure out what's been done to Alicia, Edward will help her free herself and feel at the same time finding out why this was done and what she is. Because Alicia is no ordinary human either.
In a strange way this book reminded me a bit of Charlotte Featherstone's LUST, just a bit.It was different, full of action and intrigue and it was very erotic. Enthralling! I just couldn't put it down. I had to read it at any available moment of the day.
I wish I would've known about Ms. Day's books before. There are some couples that make small appearances in this book who have had their books already. THE SEDUCTION OF MIRANDA PROSPER and THE SURRENDER OF LADY JAYNE. I will now go back and read them as I find this world fascinating!
I'm a fool. Edward closed his eyes and held Alicia close. I'm a weakling and a fool, and I will pay, but God help me, I will not give her up yet. Not yet. Not a minute before I must.
THE PORTAL series has a wonderfully addictive blend of witchcraft and history. Witches and legends and saving the world from bad demons. Over three thousand years ago, three sisters were killed for practicing witchcraft, and throughout those years since they've been born again and again until the time has now come for them to serve their true purpose. But is their purpose for good or evil? And who is good or evil?
Indira is a modern day witch who doesn't like covens and refuses to be conformed. She is now a non-believer. In her dreams she lives through the life and death of a woman who is not her modern day self but it's her nevertheless. A woman who is pushed over a cliff by the man she loved.
In style that was very much like the movie Stigmata, she has a power that takes over her and makes her do things or does things to her. That's when she accepts the help of a priest who had decided to renounce his clergy position because he had lost his faith. But he will help Indy as his last job.
Their connection was pretty instant but with the fact that they are playing for two different teams, or so they thought, and the fact that he's a priest all prevent them from acting on that attraction. If you ask me, that might've been dragged a little too much and I always hate when the characters have to fight an obvious attraction for so long.
However, Indy was a fun heroine. Even if at times a bit crazy, she was still strong and determined to do the right thing. Father Tomas was hot and sexy and I guess I just wish he would've dropped that habit a lot sooner.
In order to do what she's supposed to do today, she must remember the past. I loved how the two overlapped and almost reflected the events. And although I feel that the story of the demon trapped on the other side of the Portal maybe wasn't developed enough, I have the feeling that the next book (or maybe that would be the third) will address that.
My one recommendation and complaint would be about the prequel to this series. I would definitely recommend that you read LEGACY OF THE WITCH before reading this book because it'll give you a good base as to the story and what's driving this series. My complaint is also about that prequel. I was very interested in the characters that we met there and would love to see how those puzzle pieces fit in the series but none of that was addressed in this book. I would've liked to see a small tie in.
I want to mention a couple of things before I start getting into the story of this book. I read the revised version that Ms. Briggs re-released in 2011, not the original version of the book. This book is really more fantasy than urban fantasy, so it's good to make the distinction with readers. Now here's what I thought of Masques.
The first thing that I loved was the intro that Ms. Briggs did telling the reader a bit of the story of how she came to work on this book again and re-release it. It does seem like a project that was dear to her heart, as it was her first real book published, and the old issues had become a bit of a treasure to find. For us new Briggs fans it was a nice visit into a completely different world than what I'm used to reading by this author.
I'm not really big on fantasy books but this one had an element of connection that worked really well. Who? Aralorn and Wolf. She's a mercenary and she happens to rescue Wolf from certain death. From that point on they've been emotionally attached and he will go with her and cross her path when she needs him most.
Aralorn is also a shapeshifter and works as a spy as well as a mercenary. She is assigned with spying on a sorcerer. Amidst the spying and the inevitable war, Alanorn and Wolf learn more about each other. I loved their banter and their easy companionship. They felt effortless together.
I did feel the writing was a bit choppy and the scenes changed a bit abruptly at times, but it didn't take away from enjoying the story. I am looking forward to Wolfsbane....more
I kind of wanted to read this series in order, although the stories are not related AT ALL. But due to diffeThis review was posted at Under The Covers
I kind of wanted to read this series in order, although the stories are not related AT ALL. But due to different release dates and who knows what caused them I'm not. So I made a bit of a jump from book # 3 in this collection of short stories to # 6.
I've never read anything by this author before but I know I have some of her books on my never ending TBR and they come highly recommended so I was anxious to try out her writing style. And I have to say I enjoyed it! There was just enough bantering between the main characters and as always for short stories, I like that the hero and heroine had a previous relationship.
So we have Aylia, a witch that used to date a werewolf, Nico. She believes he betrayed her before which is why they are not together now. Also the fact that her coven is cursed and she needs to wear a necklace or she will die by a certain birthday, and he took the necklace.
If you have, like me, an addiction to sexy alpha males, then I can tell you will like Nico. But he's also very sweet and loving when it comes to Aylia, even though she couldn't possibly be his mate because she's a witch.
This story, although short, was entertaining, had some action and plenty of sexyness! I know there's plans to do a story for Kole, Nico's first in command, so I'm looking forward to reading that!...more
This is quickly becoming one of my favorite shifter series! Packed full of alpha males that are funny and arThis review was posted at Under the Covers
This is quickly becoming one of my favorite shifter series! Packed full of alpha males that are funny and arrogant and so full of themselves it's endearing. The men in this series can make any girl melt, and of course Aric is not the exception. If you like your heroes with a full head of beautiful long red hair, a lot of attitude, a good dose of humor, and magical talents, then Aric is the shifter for you! And when I say magical talents that goes for his gift as well as other things ;)
Rowan is Micah's sister. She's an LAPD cop and was told her brother was dead, so when she gets a tip that he's missing and is given an address to go investigate, she finds herself in the Alpha Pack compound. Nick tells her the truth of course, of what they are, what Micah is and what's happened to him.
They are of course looking for Aric and Micah is believed to be with him. The rescue happens pretty early on and without a glitch. But Aric and Micah are not in the best of shapes. Micah especially since he was experimented on for a long time. While Rowan is waiting for her brother to wake up from a coma like state, she ends up forming a bond with Aric. She just happens to have the same gift as Micah and can dreamwalk. Thinking it was only a dream she has one hot night in Vegas with Aric on top of a pull table. *fans self* and then reality comes crashing down when she realizes that Aric lived through that same dream.
I think their connection was instant, and much like Kira and Jax, they just belong together. Yes, love at first sight and all that. Or mating at first sight. Rowan is the one girl that can make Aric open up. He has so much bottled up inside.
A few words about Aric and Rowan: HOT, EXPLOSIVE, HOT, POSSESSIVE, HOT, ALMOST ANIMALISTIC, HOT, ALL INSTINCTS. Just yum. What? you haven't read this series yet? What are you waiting for?!?!?!
Now for the side characters, Kalen... OMG I just cannot wait for his book next, wow, the developments on this one. And let me reiterate Hammer is MINE. I love him. He's adorable!!!!
Some of my favorite quotes:
"Well, fuck me sideways," she blurted. Golden eyes sparkled with humor. "An interesting idea. May I at least have your name first?"
"Where is that motherfucker? I'll tear his asshole out through his throat and feast on his carcass!"
"Are you calling me a pussy?" "If the vagina fits."
Well, I've been waiting not so patiently for this book for a couple of reasons. First and foremost for the sThis review was posted at Under the Covers
Well, I've been waiting not so patiently for this book for a couple of reasons. First and foremost for the sexy-as-all-sin hero, Simon. He's Lycian, and yes I have a thing for Ms. Dane's shifters, but Lycians are not the same as her regular shifters (as in Cascadia and De La Vega) they are a bit more.
Simon is no different, he's a sexy and successful, very good looking guy, who happens to be part owner of Heart of Darkness, Dominic's club. He's also a bartender and lets face it...a man who can make a good martini before he asks me to jump in the hot tub is my kind of man.
When he is assigned the task of picking up Lark (strange, quirky witch warrior extraordinaire) they actually become great friends. This was my favorite part of the story. Their relationship developed slowly going from first friendship all the way to loving and mating, but it felt like it had solid roots.
Lark is a solid chick, she's independent, kick ass and a hunter. Yes she's also a powerful witch. No wilting flower. Simon understands that and doesn't over-protect. So my favorite type of heroine and the perfect hero in my opinion for her.
In reference to the ongoing storyline of turned witches stealing power and there's a bit more to that story in this one, with maybe an ancient power coming into play, I feel there wasn't A LOT of forward progress in the overall story arc. I would've liked to see a bit more conflict maybe in regards to the world.
I do feel this book fell a bit short of my expectations just because I was expecting it to blow my socks off. Even though Lark and Simon were sexy, there wasn't a lot of action (in any sense of the word), and somehow I expected more from them (I mean Simon is hot as hell and I wanted more of him ;). Still it was an interesting installment of this series, with the small cameo appearance of the enforcer of the Cascadia pack which is working with the Owen Clan for this one. I'd like to see more of those interactions in the future! That was great!!
Can't wait to see what Ms. Dane has in store for us next.
After the ups and downs we've had with this series, I have to say this was the book with the least amount oThis review was posted at Under the Covers
After the ups and downs we've had with this series, I have to say this was the book with the least amount of surprises! Biting Cold picks up exactly where Drink Deep left off, with Ethan and Merit in a car heading to the midwest looking for Mallory. Their mission was just to stop her from getting the Maleficium, the book that would unleash all evil.
But quickly the story turned more complicated and the Maleficium issue was solved a bit too fast, but in an indirect way it caused an even bigger problem. This time Senator Tate is back and we finally get to find out more about him and what he is. After he touches the Maleficium as Mallory is casting a spell, Tate basically clones himself. So now there are two Tates on the loose and justice killings start happening in Chicago.
I feel that Merit did quite a bit of maturing in this book. Having to deal with her best friend turning evil and betraying her hit her pretty hard but she still cares about her and wants to do everything possible to protect her, even if that doesn't mean forgiving her. Ethan has come back a completely different guy, obviously now he feels Mallory's presence in his head and causes him to lose control. Their relationship, and Ethan's attitude in particular about their relationship, got on my nerves for most of this book. I was actually rooting for her hooking up with someone else, even if temporary.
In the end, the fact that he's changed now also brought forward an Ethan that showed a lot more emotion in and out of the bedroom. I thought I was going to cry when he mouthed "I love you" to her.
There was also such a great cast of characters in this book: Lindsey is adorable as always, Luc was too (even if we got to see him wearing his cowboy boots...and only his cowboy boots), Catcher was also around but as expected so different as well. And lets not forget Jeff and Gabriel. I do like my shifters! But other than the normal vamps, shifters and witches that we are used to reading about in this series, we also got fairies, gnomes, angels and demons. And then of course there's Mallory. I was so upset with her but I couldn't stay angry. I actually started feeling bad for her and what's she had to endure.
Lets not forget the big bad guy of this book, Senator Tate. Or the two of him that are out running around. He's bad, he's good. We get to find out so much more about him and it was also good to close that chapter of the series.
In a way this book felt as if it was tying up loose ends to end the series. And then the ending came. Not that I consider this ending a cliffhanger but some might. Lets just say Cadogan House will now be running differently and seeing as such. I think it'll make for a very interesting book to come next and maybe a little bit less politics.
"Imagine a roaring fire in the dark depths of a Chicago winter. Imagine the warmth of the fire against your skin -" "I'll probably be wearing flannel pajamas," I teased, but Ethan wasn't fazed. He leaned in, his lips at my ear. "You'll be wearing nothing but your Cadogan medal and a smile, Sentinel." "Is that a prediction?" "It's a promise."
"You know what I need?" I asked. "A chocolate fountain?" Ethan suggested. "A complete paper set of the Encyclopedia Britannica? A lifetime supply of grilled meat?" "I like all those ideas, but I was thinking a magical spray I can use on Mallory to wash the crazy off her." "Like Lysol for evil?" Paige asked. "Something like that, yeah."
I am really enthralled by the Dires world. The dires are basically werewolves but they are more. Sexier, morThis review was posted at Under the Covers
I am really enthralled by the Dires world. The dires are basically werewolves but they are more. Sexier, more alpha, more badass, more tortured. Right up my alley! Their job is to protect humans from werewolves and cover their tracks to keep their existence under cover. They are immortal and lonely. Oh and did I mention they have a sexy tattoo of their wolf? Well, it's like a natural tattoo when they change their first time they wolf comes out. Love that!
This book is all about Rifter. He is the leader of the Dires. He is at a point where he is almost ready to die. Too bad they can't. He goes into a bar to find a female shifter to spend the night with but ends up very attracted to a human female. He normally doesn't go for humans, ever. But Gwen is it for him tonight. And she takes him up on his offer because she has actually just being given very little time to live. Some rare disease that causes her to have seizures.
Gwen will come to play an important role in the Dire Pack dynamic when they find out who she is, but the chemistry between her and Rifter was off the charts great!
The Dires are now fighting against Seb, and I have to say I kind of really like this bad guy. Something about him and his past that I just want to know more, know his motives, know what makes him tick.
Now onto my complaint, yes I have one. Even though there's some action, there's romance and there are quite a few smexy scenes oozing alphaness, I feel this book suffered from a major case of First Book Syndrome. There was a lot of information in the book that I thought at times was not needed. Maybe it will be important info in the future but it overwhelmed this book.
The rest of the Dires are a very intriguing bunch, I really can't wait to read their stories. I am kind of the most intrigued by Vice, and he seems like he has the most issues at times. I look forward to reading more about him as the series goes on.
I really liked the whole process of the mating between Rifter and Gwen, it wasn't without emotion and a lot of drama around them, and towards the end of this book it was nonstop and had my full attention.
This was the story of Marigold and Mictain. This was a pretty entertaining but short story. DefinetThis review was posted at Under The Covers
This was the story of Marigold and Mictain. This was a pretty entertaining but short story. Definetely good to lighten up your mood and as a quick pick me up. ;) Mictain is an Aztec God who is now serving Lucifer as a collector of souls and he's been assigned to get Marigold as she will die by drinking a potion she makes from an internet recipe.
Some thing had me laughing out loud, for example: the Death Order file with the name of soon-to-be-deceased, and signed by Satan, the Lord of High Sin! Then the hellphone, powered by the souls of CEO's of phone companies.
But when he shows to up wait for her to die, she can actually SEE him. That shouldn't be possible, how can a mortal see him? She must be more than human. So Lucifer assigns him to get close to her to find out what she is.
Of course it helps that she was attracted to him the first time she saw him and had asked him to come back to have dinner with him. But he blows the first date!
He soon realizes that he cares for her more than he has for anyone else in a very long time, and just wants her by his side. He just has to get daddy dearest's approval. But he doesn't know how her father is, and Lucifer won't tell him.
Marigold's personality got a bit on my nerves, but in general this was a fun read. ...more
The premise of this series is very interesting. There are some aspects that I found extremely original and can't wait to see more of this world develop. As the first book in the series there was a bit of explaining things but it wasn't overwhelming to the point that it interfered with my enjoyment of the book.
"I want to fuck you, Jessa. I want a night of pure, down and dirty sex with you. I want to make you come over and over." He took a shuddering, shaky breath. "I want to hear you scream my name at the top of your lungs. Now you know what I'm thinking about."
So let me explain why he seems to be coming on a bit too strong. Broder has been an immortal for a century and he has been part of the Brotherhood for that long. They are warriors that pretty much belong to Loki, a temperamental God who made them all immortal because they had committed some pretty bad crimes. Loki cursed Broder to not be able to have sex with anyone until the one woman that was for him came on the 1000 anniversary of his mortal death. And the day has come and his "chastity belt" has come off.
Jessamine was in theory everything he could ever hope for to get as his mate. Except that she got on my very last nerve! Not so much her personality but her hot and cold attitude towards Broder. She was just a bit TOO MUCH of a "cock-tease" to the point that I just wanted to slap her sometimes. Either you want him now or you want to wait, but quit doing this to him!!
Broder has a secret in his past and it has to do with Jessamine too. Now that he found her he will have to protect her. See she is actually a sort of powerful witch who doesn't know anything about her own powers. Her true family wants her back, the bad guys want her out of the picture. And she will have to trust Broder, a complete stranger, to protect her.
My favorite part of this world was the bad guys. Some sort of blood drinkers that when killed shatter into shards of ice. Hell is frozen not hot, ice not fire. I thought that concept was very cool. And the Brotherhood members are made immortal by having that ice embedded in their heart. I'm intrigued to see what's to come in the series.
First of all.... look at that cover and tell me you dont want to get that book??!! *waggles eyebrows* The AlThis review was posted at Under The Covers
First of all.... look at that cover and tell me you dont want to get that book??!! *waggles eyebrows* The Alpha Pack is home to some extremely alpha males, no pun intended. A group of Navy SEALS who were attacked by werewolves while on a mission and were turned, now continue on their military activities but policing the supernaturals.
But these are no ordinary shifters. They each have a psychic ability, some can go back in time, some are pyrokinetic, some can see the future. Whatever their ability is they are hot sexy males. And you can imagine what happens when you try to put all those alpha males under the same roof. Yeah, my kind of book.
This book was witty and funny, action packed and hella smoking!
Kira finds herself in the middle of an operation that's doing tests on shifters and the Alpha Pack jumps in to save her and maybe use that information to the benefit of their operation.
And of course, these wolves mate for life and Jaxon recognizes Kira as his mate. Kira was funny and for the most part a very likeable heroine, and Jaxon, well there are just no words. He's perfection. Larger than life, alpha, possessive male. Growling and punching included.
My favorite part of the book (and the series) was the dynamic and personality of the whole team. Those guys are awesome together!!! Each has their appeal and I want them all to get their own books. I can't wait to read more about all of them, even the new additions. And I really can't wait for Aric's book, and not just because of the hot cover. ...more
This is BY FAR the best book in the whole series! Really the idea of the series was excellent, but I thought overall it was a bit underdevelo4.5 Stars
This is BY FAR the best book in the whole series! Really the idea of the series was excellent, but I thought overall it was a bit underdeveloped. However, I think Nalini Singh managed to put it all together, give us the information we were missing, especially about the Blood Sorcerer, and also give us some great characters.
Micah is a sinfully delicious tortured hero. He lost his memory when he was cast out of Elden and is now the Lord of the Abyss. He goes out everynight to collect souls that are to enter the abyss. He rules his castle. And he is truly alone. Fully protected in armor, he has not known another's touch.
Liliana, interestingly enough, is the Blood Sorcerer's own daughter. She has been tortured in her own way by her own father. She is now defying her father and searching for Micah to bring him back to Elden to defeat her father and get his Kingdom back. She is tough, loyal, and has a strange fascination with rodents. Very Disney-like fairytale, she gets help more mice at times, and talks to them. I was half expecting her to start singing!
OK, so back to the story, she enters the castle of the Lord of the Abyss without telling him who she really is. Her job is to get him to recover his memories in time to go back to Elden. But while she does that, they manage to fall in love.
Their chemistry and connection was beautiful. I really enjoyed reading about them as a couple, even though she was hiding something from him, she was an open to book to him, as much as he was to her. They both let their defenses down. And because they were both virgins, they discovered pleasures they could've only dreamed of together. Micah was a pretty quick study at that, I might add.
So why am I giving this book 4 stars instead of 5? Quite simply, I thought the ending the big battle with the Blood Sorcerer, who has caused so much pain and destruction throughout the series, was a bit anti-climactic. It all got resolved quite easy. I find that has been my feeling for the ending of every book in this series, but being the big battle against evil ending the series, I think I was expecting more.
Still, I love Nalini Singh's writing style, her way with words, and how she tells a story. Her attention to details, from what happens to how everyone feels. It makes you feel like you're there. ...more
Every year seems like the wait gets longer for these books. After the massive success of Pale Demon (at leasThis 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?"