It seems like I've been hearing about this author since forever, but I've been intimidated to start her Trou...moreThis review was posted at Under the Covers
It seems like I've been hearing about this author since forever, but I've been intimidated to start her Troubleshooters series because it's already so many books in. So when I saw this brand new series by her I was very excited to give this a try. Now I just have mixed feelings and I don't think they are about the author herself but they have more to do with the structure of this book. Let me explain.
The plot and world building are very interesting! I was immediately intrigued by the fact that there are humans with advanced abilities that they have trained and developed but the basis of being able to do that is the fact that they were "Greater Than". They are born with a capability to fully use their potential and by training they can have a higher integration and access more of their powers. I loved this whole concept.
Of course we have the military type organization of greater than humans that try to get rid of the undesirable elements. Now they have the task of rescuing a group of girls (one in particular) who have been kidnapped and are being drained of their powers. Everything from mind-reading, shared pleasure, dream-walking, mind control, emotion projection, and more!
Here's where my complain comes in. I can't tell you if there was a hero and heroine in this story. The point of view jumped around between so many people I might've gotten whiplash from the changes and I wasn't really truly able to connect with any of them. Did I like them? Yes! All the characters are likeable and as I was starting to care about their story I felt the fact that we actually dealt with THREE couples and we got into all 6 people's heads really messed up my enjoyment. If I had to pick a favorite I would go with Stephen Diaz and Elliot! Yes, there is an m/m couple and yes they were my favorite!
I am still excited to see what's next in this world and looking forward to the next installment.(less)
If you know me, you know I'm pretty much OCD about reading a series in order, most of the time that includes...moreThis review was posted at Under The Covers
If you know me, you know I'm pretty much OCD about reading a series in order, most of the time that includes prequels and short stories. At least I try as much as possible. But I'm sad to say Wings in the Night has been the one series I haven't done that. I picked up books 13, 14 and 15 (without knowing they were part of a bigger series) because they were available at the time on audio. I thought they were pretty good and had a fairly decent storyline. Then I find out there's MORE as in A LOT MORE books!
So one day I'll go back and try to catch up with all the books I've missed. But for now I had the oppotunity to read this book and I have to say I'm glad I did! It was really, really good! And from what I remember of the stories in the books I read, I was not too lost following this story.
Basically the concept is an immortal was risen to kill all vampires! Utana was trapped for about 5000 years and he believes the Gods have assigned him with the mission of exterminating all vampires using his powers. James is the 1/4 vampire Chosen that raises him, and his twin sister Brigit is now sent to kill him and prevent the destruction of their people. But now it's not just him, and his appointed mission, the government wants to use him as a weapon in their efforts to get rid of vampires.
Of course what has to happen is that cute caveman-like Utana and 1/4 vampire Brigit, who should be enemies, fall in love, or is lust, at first sight.
Utana is soooo adorable, trying to learn english at a rapid rate, and learning how things work by just touching them and trying to drive Brigit's car. He feels a connection to her instantly and wants to do what's possible to spare at least her life.
Brigit can't bring herself to kill him, even when she has a chance. But she slowly starts believing there's hope that she can show him there's another way. But she might have to go against her family to do that.
At the beginning I was a bit confused because every few pages we were switching to someone else's POV, I almost couldn't figure out who the book was about. But once the plot was set up and the story progressed, it was written very well and covered all bases.
I did notice the appearance of a character I enjoyed in the books I did read, Roxy, the oldest Chosen alive, she's such a cool chick! The Chosen are humans who have the Belladonna antigen that allows them to turn into vampires. In general, vampires are compelled to protect the Chosen and they can feel their pain and distress. But the Chosen are now being used to attract all vampires to their death!
This book had enough action, humor and sexiness to keep me very interested! I would definetely recommend it! (less)
You know what the problem is when a book gets a lot of hype? Then it's very hard for it to live up to the larger than life expectations!
This is a good...moreYou know what the problem is when a book gets a lot of hype? Then it's very hard for it to live up to the larger than life expectations!
This is a good, solid paranormal romance but I'm not sure if my feelings toward this book are from the expectations or that it was just ok. Don't get me wrong, I do like the story, I like the world, and I LOVE DRAGOS.
Yeah, let's talk about Dragos. He's basically head honcho, all power, charisma, and GC sex appeal. And he's also a dragon! And what a smoking hot dragon he is. Verra verra talented that one. *fans self*
All the elder races politics, and all the different races in this story, make it a very interesting read. Pia's powers are cool, and the plot in this book was really good. At times it reminded me a bit of the Guild Hunter series by Nalini Singh.
However, and please don't throw things at me... I didn't like Pia. Well, I liked her but I couldn't stand her 80% of the time. She kinda ruined the story for me. Her personality was just annoying! Just a personal opinion.
I am looking forward to Tiago's story. He was such a brooding alpha male character in the little bit we saw of him in this book, and Tricks is just plain crazy! I really liked her! Can't wait to read it!(less)
When I first read about the Etherlin world in the Tied With a Bow anthology just a months back I have to adm...moreThis review was posted at Under The Covers
When I first read about the Etherlin world in the Tied With a Bow anthology just a months back I have to admit I was intrigued. The storyline and the world itself were captivating and even though it was a bit hard to take it all in by reading a novella (that might've been too ambitious) it did set the stage for this book. Even though I don't think you need to read the prequel in that anthology, it would give you a bit of background history so you go into this one knowing a bit more about the world.
Basically the world is divided, physically, by a wall. There's the Etherlin, where the muses live; and the Varden where vampires and lowlifes make their home. Well, you will know vampires as ventalas and they are seen as second class citizens due to a plague that happened in the 1950s.
In All That Bleeds we feature one of the worlds Top Muses, Alissa, from the House of North, is in competition to be the Wreath Muse. She is a bit of a celebrity in her world, complete with paparazzi's and bodyguards. Her job is to inspire humans to create and invent great things. At the same time she cares for her father, who has gone a bit mad after her mother "killed herself".
She's not supposed to associate with ventalas (vampires) but there's one halfling that caught her interest and she's been secretly corresponding with him for five years. Five years that she's had the safety of a wall separating them so that she can be herself in her letters.
Now that somehow she's in danger, just a few votes before the final vote for the Wreath Muse, she could only count on him to keep her safe.
Why this book worked for me? The originality of the story. Yes, it's refreshing to read about a different setting and group of supernaturals!! The slow building of the relationship between Alissa and Merrick. There's so much that's keeping them apart and they still, slowly, manage to become the most important part of the other person's life. There's a good amount of suspense to keep things interesting. And then, lets face it... a good heaping dose of exquisite bad boys. Merrick, with his expensive Armani suits, is wicked (yeah wickedly hot) but melts in her hands. He respects her, her boundaries, and her role, but all he wants is to be where she is. She seems to be so proper but she's truly adventurous and a bit rebellious, even though with a sense of responsibility. Merrick and Alissa were captivating.
And lets not forget the side characters! Alissa's father, in all his craziness was awesome. And don't get me started about Lysander. I loved him in the prequel and I loved him the little bit he was in this book and I cannot wait for his book next. There's just something about a scarred, don't-care-attitude, leather-wearing fallen angel that can melt anyone. I'm already liking his pairing with Cerise (I'm guessing) and I can tell there will be lots of sparks between them too. The gloves will come off!
Elijah Reynolds is one sexy as hell lycan (wish I could take him home). After the lycans rebeled and left Ad...moreThis review was posted at Under the Covers
Elijah Reynolds is one sexy as hell lycan (wish I could take him home). After the lycans rebeled and left Adrian, Elijah fell into the Alpha role. He's the strongest and a natural leader. And that is what Syre wants him on his side. So he sends Vashti, his second in command, to form an alliance with the lycan rebel alpha.
Vashti's mate had been killed by a lycan and Elijah was set up to take that fall and be blamed. Then Vashti killed Elijah's brother. But since A TOUCH OF CRIMSON Elijah has wanted Vashti even though he shouldn't have. They are all wrong for each other but their attraction is more powerful than any of these things.
Vashti (LOOOOOOVE HER!) is a very strong female to an even stronger male. She hasn't been with anyone since her mate but even then no one has made her feel and want like Elijah. They hunger for each other in the most primal way. It's hot and I didn't want it to end!!!
And this book is not just an amazing couple, the story actually progressed a lot in this book. I was surprised by some developments and I really can't wait to see what the last installment in this trilogy has in store. We even had some Adrian and Lindsay in this story.
This has been an amazing year for Sylvia Day books for me and this one was no exception. Action packed, story driven, sensual and raw. An un-put-downable story!
This book has a really good story! The concept is really interesting. But that being said, I think...moreThis review was posted at Under The Covers
This book has a really good story! The concept is really interesting. But that being said, I think I was expecting more action, more sex and a little less whining. Don't get me wrong, I think it's written very well, and I'd love to see this world developed a bit more, but I felt that there was a lot of standing around talking and dragging things out.
So the main idea behind this book is that angels, lead by tall, dark and deliciously handsome Adrian Mitchell, along with their lycan followers (did they really compare them to dogs???) are at war with vampires. The first vampire was created by Adrian when he fell for a mortal, and sex between an angel and a mortal is not allowed, so Adrian punished him, and he became the first vampire, Syre. He is now Adrian's biggest enemy.
But centuries ago, Adrian actually fell in love with Syre's daughter, Shadoe. He went against everything that he preaches and enforces and had sex with her, until she was badly injured and he brought her to Syre so he would heal her (she was a mortal at the time) and all Syre could do was turn her. Adrian couldn't deal with seeing his woman becoming a vampire, so he actually killed her before she was able to complete the change. But she has reincarnated through the centuries in other womens' bodies and always come back to him.
She now comes back to him in the body of Lindsay Gibson. Lindsay has always known that there are evil beings out there, and has made it a purpose in her life to kill them. She has super speed and she can sense evil. Except the only thing she senses when she spots Adrian Mitchell at the airport is all kinds of naughty thoughts about someone so perfect and completely out of her league.
Now imagine her surprise when he comes after her, and shows so much interest in her. But she soon discovers that he's an angel, and there are even more things out there than she could imagine. He can help her be prepared to face them.
So basically the story revolves around her finding out about this new world through whatever Adrian wants to tell her, and her new personal bodyguard, the lycan Alpha, Elijah. They actually become best buds, and I thought their relationship was cute. In a way, she connected more with Elijah than with Adrian.
Once Lindsay found out the price Adrian would pay to be with her, she couldn't let him do it. She felt like she was just another burden in Adrian's shoulders, when there was already so much for him to deal with.
In the end, it was a bit of a ride. I felt that at times things would pick up and I was very interested, and then it would lose me completely, and this kept repeating. The beginning was a little weak, so just push through, there is chemistry between the hero/heroine so once you get to those parts you'll enjoy it! (less)
Welcome to our review of Tangle of Need, we have such fun doing our chat review Kiss of Snow last time that we decided to do it again! So read ahead at our brilliant and insightful look in to how hot Riaz, Vesic and Kaleb are Tangle of Need!
Suzanne: Hello Franilicious!
Fran: Ummm Suz I dont know about that nickname you gave me there, sounds a bit like anallicious dont know if I want to be called that you know...
Suzanne: If the shoe fits... Lmao!
Fran: lol! Now where's Annie?!?!?!
Suz: Hahaha would be worse if it was Annie's name. Analicious! Lol! Annie wiggle your sexy bottom here!
Suzanne: Heyyy there Analicious!
Fran: See that got her to show up!
Suzanne: Anal always gets peoples attention!
Fran: Tangle of Need girls! Who was excited about this release?
Annie: I am!
Fran: I was sooo ready for this book. Did you have an interest in Riaz after Kiss of Snow?
Annie: Yes, I wanted to know what would happen to him.
Fran: I thought he was sexy as hell and couldn't wait to see more of his alpha goodness
Suzanne: Honestly....not really! I couldn't remember who he was!!!
Fran: What??? Talk, dark and dangerous!
Suzanne: Lol I am the odd on out! He didnt do it for me....!
Annie: Uh oh *slaps Suz* How could you?!?
Fran: Well Riaz pushed all my buttons before and during this book
Suzanne: He was hot and stuff but he didnt get me going...
Fran: It's okay you have Riley for that.
Suzanne: Lmao! Damn right! I was most excited when Riley was "on screen"
Annie: I wish there was more of him [Riaz} though because I liked his um, determination when he got down 'n durtay
Fran: I have to say personally I wanted to see a lot more of Riaz and Adria.
Suzanne: I didnt! I thought the main story was far more interesting then Riaz and Adria
Fran: They were almost a secondary plot in this book when it should've been about them
Annie: I agree. A lot was going on and I think it displaced some of the attention
Suzanne: This book reminded me of Manny and Payne's (Lover Unleashed) book, the h/H were almost incidental. The story would have flowed just as well without them, they didn't add anything to the plot. They would have been a better novella.
Annie: Yes, Suz! So right! I totally agree
Fran: I loved the true mate stuff and how he didn't let that pull take him away from Adria
Suzanne: Yeah that was sweet.
Annie: I thought Singh did a good job of letting go of Riaz's true mate and making him fall in love with Adria.
Fran: And he was leaving all the little presents for her *awwww*
Suzanne: It was all very sweet, but I got slightly bored when they kept going on about there poor battered, shredded and holey hearts, someone really needed to offer them some indigestion tablets, they would have been right as rain!
Fran: BWHAHAHAHA Suz!
Suzanne: What did you think of Adria?
Fran: I actually liked Adria
Annie: I liked her. I liked her strength.
Fran: Strong and soft
Suzanne: Lol! She sounds like toilet tissue! Yeah she was okay I just wasn't feeling them
Annie: What would you rate the sex scenes?
Suzanne: There should have been more of them!
Fran: Yes I could've used more
Annie: I thought she did great with writing the sexual tension though. Singh is number one when it comes to writing sexual tension. No other can compete.
Suzanne: Yeah, she is good at that.
Fran: But you know there had to be time for the funny moments, I mean come on I LOVED seeing drunk Riley and Hawke talking about pupcats
Annie: OMG I loved that!!!!! Easily my fave part of the book!
Suzanne: Lol! I was thinking cups and pubs lol
Fran: No wait pupcubs? LMAO Suz, is it time to go drinking over there? Cheers!
Annie: LOL Im dying over here hahahaah
Suzanne: No as in Pups + Cubs = Pubs and Cups
Annie: So cute!
Fran: *whispers to Annie...* Suz is having shots while she's talking to us
Suzanne: Tequila only baby!
Annie: Hawke and Sienna did get a lot of air time though. Did you like it or not? Did you think the POV we got from Hawke and Sienna further strengthened their bond and relationship from Kiss of Snow?
Suzanne: I liked Hawke and Sienna parts!
Fran: Yeah, I think this book really solidified the relationship between Hawke and Sienna, you could see how they lived day to day...it was cute, loved the cookie making!
Fran: What do you think about the plot?! Where do you think things are going?
Annie: Honestly, I have no idea. I know big things are coming, but HOW...that's all up to Nalini. She has so many things going on, I can't keep track. She can write 12 more books if she wanted to
Fran: I agree. I know she plans to end things in the next couple of books at least with the original war and the Ghost etc.
Suzanne: It is interesting to see how the Psy are fracturing, if you think of them from the first book...its crazy
Fran: I think it's all very exciting, and we got to see a lot of Vasic!!! Puuurrrrrr
Suzanne: OMG yes! I am so glad you mentioned him!
Fran: Isn't Vasic the hottest thing? I think he's my next hero to drool over and anxiously await a book
Suzanne: I was loving Vasic, I wanted to snuggle him and stroke his hair lol.
Fran: I can picture stroking other things, but you know...
Annie: Wait, who is Vasic again?
Fran: The sexy teleporter
Suzanne: *gasp* Annie how can you say that!? I CLAIM Vasic!
Annie: Ah yes...but I have my eyes set on Kaleb actually
Suzanne: Yes Kaleb, who the frack is he looking for?
Fran:His mate!!!! I'm almost positive he has a Changeling mate
Suzanne: I thought maybe Alice, but I reckon I am wrong now, but I still think human and not Changeling.
Annie: You mean, Kaleb is looking for me.
Fran: LMAO! You think? I think by being a Changeling it would def make him change certain things about his ways.
Suzanne: But he found her in a Psych ward I thought that would mean human.
Fran: I love Kaleb too, I just know he's got to be the Ghost
Annie: I think he is the Ghost too!
Suzanne: I am not too sure, I think it would be too obvious...!
Annie: Speaking of Psych wards...What did you think of all the stuff with Alice? I was a bit bored with those bits, they were slow. Do you think Alice will have someone to love? And who do you think?
Fran: Wouldn't it be crazy if it was Vasic and Alice
Suzanne: A psy I think...maybe Vasic? Lol Fran! Our minds are one!
Annie: That would be awesome! UTC matchmaking!
Suzanne: Who do you think is next?
Fran: Kaleb for sure
Annie: Mine mine mine
Suzanne: I was thinking Kaleb as well
Fran: Actually maybe not...if he is the Ghost and there's at least two books until the resolution of the Ghost storyline then it has to be someone else before
Suzanne: What about Kenji! He was adorabke!
Annie: Oh look at you, Fran you got your detective hat on!I LOVED KENJI! AWWW
Suzanne: Thats if he [Kaleb] is Ghost...
Fran: Maybe him and Jem next? I want to see how he got that bruise!
Annie: I wouldn't mind reading that book!
Fran: I loved Kenji to. And I do think Kaleb is the Ghost, please pretty please Ms. Singh let him be the Ghost!!!!
Annie: Okay, if you could describe Tangle of Need with two words, what would it be?
Fran: Storyline progress LOL Orrrrrrr hot & funny
Suzanne: Psy Meltdown or even better... VASIC Mine
Annie: I would say...Slow Burn.
Suzanne: Oh oh, or even better... BITE ME...PLEASE. Lol
Fran: LMAO, I def wanted Riaz to bite me, that's for sure!
Suzanne: I want Vasic to bite me
Fran: So what are you looking forward the most in the last part of the series? I can't believe we have to wait another year to see what happens next!!
Annie: Kaleb. I'm looking forward to the part where Kaleb finds me, sweeps me away and we have hot monkey sex
Suzanne: Kalebs book. I want to know about who he is looking for and what happens when he finds Annie LOL!
Fran: Okay so we can all agree on this one: WE WANT KALEB, MORE, NOW, GIMME GIMME GIMME
Suzanne: Yep with bells on!
I hope you enjoyed the review as much as we enjoyed making it! I think what we can draw from this is that Nalini Singh has once again written a winner and that our harems are still expanding...!
I have to be honest here... I read the book, I sat and thought about it. Then I walked away from writing this r...moreThis review was posted Under the Covers
I have to be honest here... I read the book, I sat and thought about it. Then I walked away from writing this review for a couple of days because I wanted all my feelings to fall back and settle down and here's how I feel now.
When you run a series for 27 books you have to know that what keeps readers interested is not JUST reading about yet another couple in the world they've grown to love. There has to be more. When I finished reading STYGIAN'S HONOR I actually thought that this book had completely missed the mark on giving me that. Then on second thought I guess there was a good story, actually maybe even a better plot than in the previous book. But I have two major issues with STYGIAN'S HONOR and the reasons why I think I enjoyed the last book more than this one.
I really haven't had the chance to care one way or another about Stygian. He's the typical overprotective breed and quite frankly, I've read that before. There was nothing that really stood out about him amongst a sea of other breeds. Well, maybe except for the fact that he's awesome at dirty talk.
Then there's the heroine, who actually annoyed me to pieces for most of the book. Then her back story comes along and yes, maybe she stops being so whiny, and she's tolerable. But again, her character is not all that memorable, even though there is a crazy twist at the end which I'm hoping will set a different tone and new adventures for the future of the series.
OK ok ok it was interesting. And I may be the only one that feels this way but I am actually getting tired of the "save Jonas' daughter" plot. I think it's being dragged and I wish there was a resolution for it already. I need something to finally happen so that we can move on to something else.
What ever happened to...
I find the choice in couples lately to be a bit strange. We are getting books about breeds we've barely even heard of when we are still missing important stories, like Dr. Eli and Cassie. At this point, I don't think Cassie can possibly be too young still, right?
I love Cassie, don't get me wrong. But I find it so unrealistic when every time her character is needed in a book for some random breed that she has this special bond with them, they always have inside jokes and she's just their BFF almost. It happened again with Stygian and somehow it didn't ring true.
Seriously, am I the only catching these things? Gideon was introduced in LAWE'S JUSTICE and we learn more about his character in this book. I have a feeling he might be the next book, since it would seem the logical progression of the general story. And I like him well enough. But has no one else notice that his name is exactly the same as Sylvia Day's hero in BARED TO YOU?
This wasn't a bad book. It was pretty hot because, well, it's Lora Leigh. I just really need to start seeing some tying up of loose ends, fresh stories and a HEA for the characters I've already come to love without introducing a million new ones. I wish we had the magic of DAWN'S AWAKENING or even LION'S HEAT back.
Witches, guardians and vampires... oh my! The new world of the Dark Elements series has a bit of everything....moreThis review was posted at Under The Covers
Witches, guardians and vampires... oh my! The new world of the Dark Elements series has a bit of everything. Earth witch, Sabi, who has the gift of visions. Ryker, the brooding, sexy alpha-guardian who is falling for her but hasn't realized it yet. Sabi's friend Nexi, a really cool witch, and badass chick; and her guardian mate Kyden. The constant bickering and competitiveness between Kyden and Ryker.
They will bring you into the Otherworld with them, and every now and then they have to come to the Earthworld to solve supernatural crimes. Vampires are part of the police force, and work to cover up supernatural crimes while the Guardians solve the cases.
They now have rogue newly made vampires going to feeding/killing rages. Sabi is having visions of the events so she is partnered with Ryker to help him solve the cases; and as the investigation gets deeper Kyden and Nexi are brought in as part of the team.
Who is making these vampires? What are they trying to accomplish? They discover through a surviving human that there's someone trying to study vampire DNA, and changing it. They are then testing this "tainted blood" on vampire subjects until they manage to stabilize its effects.
Through all this Ryker and Sabi are strengthening their relationship, burning pies, and steaming up the bedroom. I mean what better way to convince you than to give you Ryker's description: Ryker, a guardian, a man wearing an armor kilt and nothing else LOL(less)
First of all let me just say that I am enjoying the new trend of angel books! I really am! Falling Hard is the story of Gabriel, a hot rocker, who has lived a difficult life and has struggled to get to where he is at today in his life. You know, the hot brooding male, with tats and an attitude, but deep inside so sweet. And his name is so fitting once you realize where the story is going.
He's lost his family, and basically out of nothing and with the help of a good foster family, he made himself a very successful rock star. However, disaster hit again a year when his then girlfriend died of an overdose and since then he has stayed away from all the partying and drugs with his band mates. Not so typical rock star.
After the last concert of the tour, his life will change drastically. He's never known really who he was, or more accurately what he was. But his destiny has finally caught up with him. And just when he needs it most, his sense of preservation goes out the window. Yes, unfortunately, he is that female in the horror movies that has no common sense (in a way).
Amelia is an angel, she's been watching over Gabriel his whole life because of who he is and the time has come to protect him, and prevent him from becoming the vessel by which Lucifer will come back to the world. But by being on Earth she's weakening... and feeling.
But... is everything she's always been taught by Archangels' true? Should she blindly believe them and follow orders? And now, after being on Earth for a while, physically protecting Gabriel and starting to feel, can she deny what her heart is telling her and asking her.
The storyline was really good and the premises of the whole world were very good as well. It was just a little slow at times for me. The chemistry between the hero and heroine was definitely there, and they had some pretty hot and steamy scenes! I am looking forward to see where the stories can go from here.(less)
Finding a woman in the midst of his army, Ennon has to deal with this situation. He is still supposed to be...moreThis review was posted at Under The Covers
Finding a woman in the midst of his army, Ennon has to deal with this situation. He is still supposed to be at war and leading his army. But most unexpected of all is the fact that this woman is a royal, one that throughout the years he's wanted but known was too high for him to reach.
He is now tasked with delivering her back to her family, after she has spent time fighting alongside soldiers. This lioness will put to the test his resolve during their journey.
Kisri knows once she goes back she will be forced or strongly encouraged to marry someone who will be the "appropriate" suitor for her. This time she has now with Ennon is the only time she might experience true desire for a man and be able to act on it.
As Ennon and Esri can't resist the attraction and pull that's there, he realizes she's more to him than just an occasional bed mate. She is his mate. And after mating her, he could never have another, will always feel her loss.
This story reminds me a lot of a fairytale in a way, I think that's my favorite part of reading this series. They are short stories, but with a great plot, with lots of romance, destined mates and hot sex. Could you really ask for more? (less)
This was my first exposure to Charlotte Featherstone. In this world of Seelie and Unseelie fae courts, long ago the unseelie king kidnapped the seelie...moreThis was my first exposure to Charlotte Featherstone. In this world of Seelie and Unseelie fae courts, long ago the unseelie king kidnapped the seelie queen and got her pregnant with twins. She managed to escape, taking with her the one son that looked light like her and leaving behind the dark one, like the unseelies. When she left she put a curse on them that would only be lifted if they brought a virtue to lay with them willingly and be with them at the unseelie court.
Seven virtues are born every 100 years. And now both faes are after them. With all the elements of a good paranormal erotica historical romance, I still can't put my finger on why I didn't love this book.
Charlotte Featherstone's writing was excellent. It really brought you into their world. And between balls, and walks in the garden, Prince Thane (a dark unseelie fae ruled by Lust) has found his match in noblewoman Chastity Lennox (Virtue).
He is not the only one that wants Chastity for himself, however, the Seelie Prince, and one of the twins, wants her as his wife as well.
Thane comes to Chastity several times, but erases her memories of it. They are sexually charged encounters, and he slowly breaks down her barriers. Very erotic! However, the connection between them was lacking until the end.
I really couldn't see how he can say he developed feelings for her as a lot of their time together was a creation.
This is a series I will continue, I'm curious to read about the rest of the Virtues. (less)
I have to say that I love the way Eve Langlais thinks, she is quickly becoming a go to author for me when I'...moreThis review was posted at Under The Covers
I have to say that I love the way Eve Langlais thinks, she is quickly becoming a go to author for me when I'm in need of a quick improvement in my mood. She manages to write stories that will make you laugh and squirm at the same time! The snarky comments and humor she puts in her stories is so entertaining!
Last Minion Standing is, as you can probably imagine by the title, a play on a reality TV show! Sally is a bounty hunter for the Hellacious Office of Escapees (HOE). She has decided that as all famous people she should have a minion, wait wasn't that supposed to be a sidekick?, yeah, minion works better for her. Her BFF Jezzie convinces her the best way to find one, and a good super heroine name for herself, is to setup a Hellbook Fan Page and accept applications for a contest. Which they promptly set up.
Her Hellbook page becomes so popular and with so many minion applications that Jezzie gets her a contract with HBC (Hell's Broadcasting Corporation) to make the search for her perfect minion into a reality show!
While all this is happening she meets a guy off the screen. Drake is actually a shifter (I didn't guess what kind so I was pleasantly surprised!) As soon as he meets Sally for the first time he recognizes her as his mate. And when he finds out that her minion search has now turned into a TV show, he can't stand having other males drooling over her, so he makes the decision to compete, and of course WIN.
This book has some hot phone sex,up against the wall in an alley sex, going through portals and tumbling down on the bed sex, and much more! It is extremely funny and to date my favorite Eve Langlais read! (less)
This was the story of Marigold and Mictain. This was a pretty entertaining but short story. Definet...moreThis 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. (less)
Riley is going through changes. Having been bitten by Victorian and Valerian, she has all that strigoi power in her and is starting to take over.
At first it's just dreams, then she's losing chunks of time. Her tendencies are becoming more evident and harder to fight. But of course, Riley thinks she can handle everything herself. Even when she's getting out of control.
The pace of this book was a bit slow, I think, and a lot of that is because we spend a lot of time in Riley's head and in her "dreams".
Eli is still just as sexy and as in love with Riley but she keeps him at a distance for most of this book. Him and most of the other characters are left on the outside while her bond with Victorian is strengthened.
There are many ups and downs, and we even get to meet Victorian's father. You'll probably enjoy Riley's new powers though. That is when the story started to get more interesting. She can now see something that happened in someone's life just by touching them.
By the end of the book I felt like this was more about setting up where the series will go from here since its taking them to a different place and with a whole new group of people.
I find the current setting of the series to be one of my favorite things in the series because it's that southern vampire type story I've always loved, so I'm a little skeptical as to how I'll deal with the fact that they'll be leaving there now. Nonetheless, I'm excited that there will be at least two more books in this series. I am curious to see how this new bond with Victorian will play into her relationship with Eli.
I don't think I can write a review for this book without first saying something about the cover, because, lets face it. I love Paul Marron as much as the next girl but this cover was a big miss. He looks like a lost puppy floating in a sea of hot pink. Not so hot.
Now that I got that off my chest, on to the book. I admit I haven't read the previous books in the series, but when given the opportunity to read an ARC for this book I jumped on it to see what the series was all about. I was not completely lost! Even though the world is still complex, I could figure out things pretty quickly.
So not knowing much of Hawke's past, he basically ended up in a spirit trap that had affected his animal side and there is hardly any connection between human and animal anymore, and he is lucky to have come out of that alive.
Now the Feral House, home of all Feral Warriors, is inducting a new Warrior to replace Fox. And he comes with a mate. After knowing Maxim for just about a day, Faith has moved across the world because she feels the pull of a mate bond. Except, shouldn't your mate be the person most suited for you? Maxim is an arrogant ass, has no respect for Faith or her feelings and as the book progresses I couldn't help but just feel disgusted and sickened by him.
Faith and Hawke are perfect for each other, their attraction is immediate, they're both loving and fun to be around. But Faith feels she has to fight the attraction because she's only there to be Maxim's mate. And how will Hawke be able to deal with having the woman he wants living under the same roof and belonging to someone else?
The first half of the book I felt was a bit slow, as most of the plot happened at Feral House and without a lot of action. Once the bigger plot develops, the story flowed much better.
There's plenty of story options from here! I'm excited to go back and read the previous books as well as future books. (less)
If you love bad boys, or Zane, the bad vampire in Jackie's life, you'll enjoy this beautiful story. Zane had...moreThis review was posted at Under The Covers
If you love bad boys, or Zane, the bad vampire in Jackie's life, you'll enjoy this beautiful story. Zane had to give up the love of his life, Jackie. He has now gone back to the Queen of Vampires to serve her and is staying away from Jackie, his succubus, while knowing that Noah, the gorgeous sexy fallen angel she know completely belongs to.
But you have to love a bad guy, or bad vampire, with a heart. He truly misses her, thinks of her constantly, and realizes he really can't stay totally away. He HAS to see her. He wants to know that she misses him too.
The only thing missing in this story was Noah! He doesn't make an appearance, but I guess that's because this is all about the bad boy's feelings. This was a really nice, quick read! And it'll leave you wanting more Succubus Diaries!(less)
Because you are fierce as few others Because you are caring to your friends and your peop...moreThis review was posted at Under the Covers
An ode to Vlad...
Because you are fierce as few others Because you are caring to your friends and your people Because you are a protector amongst villains All that raw passion, sensuality and heat You make me melt with just a touch, just a look or a simple word There is no other like you I bow to thee You have my love, my heart, and even though you've found The One know that you will always be number one for me
What can I say? I'm in love! But I already knew that from the first moment I laid eyes on Vlad in the Night Huntress series. My love for him has only grown with each of those books to the point that when he's not around I feel his absence. When I found out that Ms. Frost was giving my boyfriend his own series, well... You can only imagine the fangirl screaming that caused. Of course with any book that I go into with such high expectations I'm always scared. And all I can tell you now is this book rocked my world!
But before I continue telling you all about Vlad, lets talk about Leila. She wasn't what I expected in a very good way. Her background is very interesting and she has some powers while she's still very much human. Having worked and traveled with the circus because of an accident that left her in the predicament of shocking the ever loving mind out of anyone she comes in contact with and being able to see their darkest, deepest secrets by just a touch. Tough to live with, yes, but very cool. And oh the possibilities! I also thought her personality was great! Vlad needed someone with some spice and some kick. I think she's the perfect blend. She's funny, she's strong, she's independent. But she's also vulnerable and soft. The perfect female for Vlad...well, after me of course.
"Beautiful and diabolical. You make me impatient indeed to claim you." ~ Vlad
And I have to mention that my heart was beating faster when I started reading and the heroine was going by the name of Frankie. I know, I know, her name is Leila, but when everyone was calling her Frankie I could just pretend that's how Vlad would call her and even though I've only had one person use that nickname for me, I'd take it gladly for Vlad. See? Just another point that he really should've ended up with me!
The story was full of action and intrigue as Vlad is being targeted by his enemies and he has to not only protect himself and his people, but protect Leila since she's the one that revealed the plot to him. I thought this was a job well done all around.
Especially with mixing enough romance in with this urban fantasy. Ms. Frost has always been one for straddling that line between genres and I decided to go with an urban fantasy category for this book but just know that the romance is a big part of this story. And oh what a wonderful part. Vlad is smooth even when he's extra cocky about his own self (pun intended). I wasn't expecting any less from Vlad because he just knows how to heat things up.
"I want to know what your end game is first." ~ Leila Another flash of teeth, this time showing his fangs. "To have you screaming my name within the hour." ~ Vlad
At the same time though, there was a tenderness and vulnerability to him that I always knew was there. He's been hurt, he's guarded himself. He's not an easy man to get close to and he lets Leila in. It was beautiful and sweet to watch him change for her and show her the attention, care and respect her always gave her. Always believing in her and not pushing her aside but wanting her to be better. Vlad can make Leila stronger and she can make him whole.
"You're not just versatile and complex - it's like you're a schizophrenic!" ~ Leila
And then there's the Night Huntress cast. Fun cameo appearances by Cat and Bones, as well as Mencheres and Kira. Bones is just too much sometimes and the banter between him and Vlad is comical. Yes, there's quite a bit of humor in this book as well.
Did I mention how perfect it was? OK good because in case you didn't realize it yet, you have to get this book because it will leave you breathless and aching for more. More story, more Vlad, just .... more!!!!!
"We are all more than the sum of our sins." ~ Vlad
"I' am so Googling 'Vlad Dracul' once this is all over," I stated. "Wikipedia knows more about his past than I do." ~ Leila
This has been a highly anticipated book for me. We are getting close to the Apocalypse, will they be able to...moreThis review was posted at Under the Covers
This has been a highly anticipated book for me. We are getting close to the Apocalypse, will they be able to prevent it or will all hell literally break loose? At the end of Immortal Rider Regan, a member of the Aegi, had volunteered to have sex with Thanatos and get pregnant. The whole thing went down with all kinds of betrayal and I couldn't help but feel like beating Regan to a pulp by the end of that book.
Lethal Rider starts eight and a half months later. Regan is very much pregnant and in the custody of the Aegis and Thanatos has been in a hellhound saliva induced frozen state for that whole time, not knowing Regan was pregnant. When the hellhound saliva wears off before it should and he's able to escape and goes straight for that pull he has towards Regan, he finds it's not just her, she's carrying his child, so he kidnaps her to bring her to his home and keep her safe until she gives birth to his agimortus, or baby.
I know some people are thinking "How could I be ok with her after what she did?" and I admit I felt a little bit like that but I understood her reasons why in this book perfectly. It's her past, the way she views herself and her relations with others and her loyalty to maybe the wrong people. I thought it was great that Thanatos took his time getting past that and it wasn't a magical "everything is ok now" moment. And of course, this is Thanatos we are talking about. Sexy bad boy, I just can't get enough of him!
What a rollercoaster of destruction and mayhem everywhere! The land down under has been taken over by hell, Pestilence is causing so much chaos everywhere, getting allies in all the wrong places, and destroying everything in his path.
What can you expect? Some things are not what they seem, angels, Aegi and vampires will throw you for a loop. Seems like you can't trust anyone! I loved seeing some of the past of Reseph's life, it wasn't much but it showed a caring side to him, and I admit I had to laugh at his music preferences! I feel this started setting him up as a character that we should like.
There are also some minor and major clues about the origin of the horsemen so watch out for the clues in this book, as well as more information about the daywalker vampires and Thanatos role in their existence.
There's just enough of the secondary characters that I love. Kynan, Wraith, Shade, Eidolon, Conan, Limos, and even a bit of Arik. I can't help but love that Ms. Ione keeps her old characters present and involved in her series.
So am I ready for Reseph now? Since I won't tell you what happens in this book, then I can only say after this one, you'll only want to get Rogue Rider that much faster!!!
We’ve been waiting for this moment for a long time. Pestilence has destroyed lives, killed innocents and don...moreThis review was posted at Under the Covers
We’ve been waiting for this moment for a long time. Pestilence has destroyed lives, killed innocents and done a lot of harm. Inflicted a lot of suffering. It’s gotten to the point that I wasn’t sure if there was a way to bring him back from that brink. I thought maybe he was too far gone for me to learn to love him.
But I shouldn’t doubt Larissa Ione, she’s done it again! Really, you can’t beat having a naked Reseph, in the snow within the first two pages. Pestilence might’ve been the root of all evil but Reseph has a heart of gold. ;) I couldn’t help but fall in love with him within the very first pages of this book. Other than being sexy, he was so much fun to read. He made me laugh and swoon, yes almost at the same time.
Reaver gives him a second chance by sending Reseph back into the world with Pestilence locked away inside of him. But he takes away his memories. He doesn’t remember who he is and he lands in the middle of a snow storm near Jillian’s land. The setting of the cabin in the middle of nowhere, small town living and small town gossip was perfect for this book. It gave us the opportunity to focus primarily on rebuilding some love for Reseph first because we got to the heavy stuff. And also to create a bond between him and Jillian. Although, I thought their connection was pretty instant. They were perfect together!
Jillian is a tough chick, she can deal with a lot, she’s gone through a traumatic attack after all hell broke loose around the world, literally. She has the marks and the bad memories to prove that. She’s a survivor and at times in this book I thought it would be great to be in her shoes, but there were others when I didn’t.
And although this book has a great love story, the world building didn’t stop. As you may know, after this book we are going back to the Demonica series and Reaver’s book will kick that off. So you can bet I was glued to any little bit we got from him. And all I can say is I’m so excited to get to his book, now that truths are finally being revealed.
Just because Pestilence isn’t around, doesn’t mean there are no bad guys. There is a shift in the finger pointing that I think brings everything back full circle and in perfect harmony for our reentry to the Demonica series.
I always find this world to be very rich and well developed. The author has a wonderful idea for how she sees things in her mind and is able to project that with clear detail, so much that I feel as if I’m there sometimes.
If I had one complaint about this book was the pace felt like a bit of a rollercoaster for me. I found that it would get going really good and then loose some steam, and then back up again. But this did not stop me from enjoying every minute of this book!
ROGUE RIDER does Reseph justice. It’s heart warming, gut wrenching and uber sexy. The last book in the Lords of Deliverance is definitely one you won’t want to miss.
“I’m Trey. And you are…?” “Intolerant of jackasses who fuck with my female.”
“I can’t promise that you’ll like who I was before you found me. But I can promise that my feelings for you won’t change.”
“You look great, Reseph.” He stomped his foot and flexed his shoulders. “I don’t like them.” “We can look for something else—” “It’s not that. It’s clothes in general. I don’t like them.” He frowned. “Maybe I was a nudist?”
“Look, maybe you should, ah, get off me and we’ll discuss everything over dinner.” “Dinner?” He grinned, and good Lord, he was stunning when he wasn’t scaring her half to death. “Totally on board with that. I’m starving. Maybe we could f*ck first?” This time she did choke, “Sex is not on the table, but chili is.” “You can have sex on tables,” he said.
Lucian, the rebel. Lucian, the don't-have-a-care badass. Lucian, the next in line Breeding Male. He carries...moreThis review was posted at Under The Covers
Lucian, the rebel. Lucian, the don't-have-a-care badass. Lucian, the next in line Breeding Male. He carries the gene that will likely turn him into the Breeding Male, a mindless creature that will only know and want to mate with any female and impregnate them. This guarantees he will never have a mate like his brothers. And also, the transformation shouldn't be happening yet. He should've had another century to prepare.
But Bronwyn drank from him and activated this process and now his body is slowly going through changes, feeling urges. Feeling a connection to Bronwyn. Feeling a deep want. But he can't allow himself to have her. That would seal his fate.
So when he hears that she is to be mated to another, that she bears another males' mark, he should be happy. Except he's not. And he's not at all happy when she is kidnapped by one of the Beasts and kept captive by Cruen. Only Lucian can rescue her. And by doing that he'll be sealing both their fates.
Lucian and Bronwyn worked well as a couple. Lucian is over the top, loud and arrogant. He is also one hell of a dirty talker ;) This might've been extremely helpful to virginal and unsure Bronwyn. And slowly she lost her inhibitions too. There wasn't a lot of fighting the attraction coming from this veana. And she should've had every right to fight it being that she was now facing the Breeding Male, the one creature that had ruined her sister's life and that she swore she would do anything to avoid.
Action and romance packed, with plenty of snark and some hilarious one liners. This book kept me entertained and dying to see how things could get fixed. Even though the solution at the end was pretty simple!
And speaking of the end... there's a twist at the end I wasn't expecting. This will lead into the next book and it will be most interesting. We also get to know the Beasts a little bit better. Who are they? Are they truly controlled by Cruen? And what is the Orders role in all this? We'll have to wait and see.
Rowan is a special human, she is the true Vessel of the Celtic triple goddess Brigid, which gives her some i...moreThis review was posted at Under The Covers
Rowan is a special human, she is the true Vessel of the Celtic triple goddess Brigid, which gives her some in-human powers and strength. She carries a blessed blade, created to kill Vampires. She is the enforcer of the treaty between the Hunters and the Vampire Nation in Las Vegas. Am I seeing a pattern with Ms. Dane's fascination for Vegas? Love it!
While enforcing this treaty she killed the prior Scion (or head of the Vampire Nation) in Las Vegas, and was away for a while in London. Now she returns and finds a new Scion, Clive, has filled in the position.
The book started out really good for me. Rowan is a pretty tough cookie, loves to drive a hot, sleek car, and just generally make vampires lives miserable. Her sense of humor was fun at the beginning but it got on my nerves after a while. I mean, she is almost 30 years old, and I felt that sometimes she had the thought process of a child.
Clive is smooth, sexy, classy, AND has a British accent. And a vampire. He really should stay away from the Hunter, but she is irresistible to him. I actually felt that throughout the book you could tell Clive was falling for her a lot more than the other way around.
And I have to complain about the sex scenes. *gasp* In a not-so-much-Dane-fashion they felt awkward, and rushed through, with a lack of connection. I don't know how to explain it.
I enjoyed the actual storyline! The idea of a vampire killing humans to get a high on their drug habits and all.
I am at a loss for words right now. This is my least favorite Lauren Dane book. And I love her writing style! It didn't pull me in, I didn't feel a connection between the h/h, actually her friendship with Jack felt more intimate. Being a fan of her work, I was a bit disappointed.(less)
OK, call me crazy, but you might notice that I didn't necessarily love book one of this series. I had to actually push myself to finish it. But here I am reading book two. Why you might ask? A couple of reasons actually.
1. I have a bad habit of wanting to know what happens in a series. It has to really be terrible for me to not give it another shot. 2. Kristina Douglas is actually a pen name of Anne Stuart. And I LOVE Anne Stuart. So I wondered how can I love her work as Anne Stuart and not give this other pen name another shot? 3. I actually liked the world itself in this series and I was intrigued by Azazel's character in the first book.
So what did I learn? The series does get a little better. For the most part I didn't want to kill the heroine and believe that's a step up from what I wanted to do the first heroine. However Azazel disappointed me. I was expecting him to wow me and he just fell a bit flat.
In a nutshell, it's been 7 years since the death of his mate and he's still not fully recovered. He's assigned with finding a human woman believed to be the Demon Lillith, and the prophecies say she's supposed to end up being his wife. His job is not only find her but basically deliver her to her death. Except she has no memories or even instincts of who or what she is and he finds himself caring for her as a woman. And if part of his job of bringing her down is to sleep with her, to prove that she doesn't have power over him, then well, we won't say how he succeded or not at that task.
Now Rachel is by no means the brightest bulb in the box but she's ok. And Azazel had some hot moments. So it's not all bad and there is hope still. However, it may take a little bit of time before I'm ready for book three in this series.(less)
Short and sweet. You HAVE to read this short story before moving on to book 2, even though is kind of unrela...moreThis review was posted at Under The Covers
Short and sweet. You HAVE to read this short story before moving on to book 2, even though is kind of unrelated, as it is the story of Finn and Brenna, Lily is Brenna's friend and this book gives you an idea of Lily's mental state prior to Embraced by Blood.
Now that being said... Brenna is a vampire. She has just received a scholarship to further her studies, only to realize that "someone" in her benefactors camp had kidnapped a very special person to her. Finn is a human, a sweetblood, and for a while Brenna was in a relationship with him until she was too scared she would take his blood and drain him. Except now she has to save him or the DarkBloods will kill him.
But what happens now that Finn's eyes have been opened to the world of vampires and the importance of his blood to them? Now that he knows he is, quite literally, a drug to them. He won't let Brenna keep him away any longer. He wants her back. She is the one for him. And he is willing to make the ultimate sacrifice to be with her.(less)