I’ve been hearing praises for this series ever since I finished reading the available books in The Artists Trilogy. I’ve fallen in love with Karina H
I’ve been hearing praises for this series ever since I finished reading the available books in The Artists Trilogy. I’ve fallen in love with Karina Halle’s writing over the last few months and I really couldn’t wait to read more from her.
So, DARKHOUSE to me had a lot of the feel I found in THE DEVIL’S METAL. Obviously this was written before so it was the original, and it’s set in today’s world instead of the past. But a lot of the same elements and “scare tactics” apply.
DARKHOUSE is the story of Penny. A 22 year old who has confidence issues because she’s a bit overweight and is…well…she sees things. Her whole life she’s had episodes where she’s seen people and talked to them that nobody else could see. She still lives home with her parents and younger sister and is trying to move up at her company and get a better job. Even though she hates it. Did I mention she drives a bike? Anyway, I fell in love with Penny from the very beginning. She has a silent strength to her and a core that needs to come out. The experiences set forth in this book are bound to do that and I can’t wait to see that happening.
But this is not all about Penny. See, she goes on a family trip to visit her uncle who happens to own some land that has an unused lighthouse. Wreckless that she is, she goes off in the night, alone, drunk, into the lighthouse. Things quickly turn creepy in there but it turns out she’s not alone. There’s a cute guy with a camera there, yeah he broke in, trying to document any paranormal activity. That’s Dex. A little scraggly, a little psycho. He offers Penny an opportunity to be the star of the paranormal web-show he was trying to pitch to his boss. For that, they have to go back to the lighthouse and shoot some good footage.
And that’s when things really get creepy. I’m not going to lie, I was reading this at night and kept looking over my shoulder until finally I flipped on my back to read this and made sure my feet and hands were under the covers. Karina Halle doesn’t pull any punches nor does she leave you thinking about what might be there. You get the full on detail.
This is just the beginning of Penny and Dex working together and I’m very excited to see what other trouble they get into next.
For the romance lovers…there is a connection between Penny and Dex and I’m sure we’ll see more of that in the future. But in this book, Dex is unavailable and I’m happy the author kept things the way she did so that it also shows respect between the characters that they didn’t go jumping into situations that would hurt others.
I do have to say I think there’s something off with Penny’s parents and I wonder if they’ve been hiding something from her.
If you want a refreshingly creepy with a dash of scary read, then this is the one for you. Karina Halle’s writing made this story and this book totally unputdownable. Literally....more
First of all, I blame my really bad memory sometimes that when I start a book I’m completely lost.This review was posted at Under the Covers
First of all, I blame my really bad memory sometimes that when I start a book I’m completely lost. I read the previous book in this series, but seems like ages ago. It took me a little while to get used to the world and to get to know the characters. But that was just me.
Once the story got going and clicked in my head, I actually think it’s a bit faster paced than the previous book. Plus, I liked the young souls the hero and heroine of this book are. A little bit less doom and gloom, a bit more “I’m-going-after-the-love-of-my-life idealism”.
Jamys Durand might look young (he was made Kyn at 17, and continues to look young), and might still be under his father’s rule, but he has big wants. He specifically wants a human woman, Chris, and to get her he has to have his own territory. This is where I think it would’ve probably helped with my enjoyment of this book if I had actually read the original Darkyn series and had seen how these two actually met.
See, now Chris is working for Kyn Lord Lucan and wanting to become a Tresora so she can serve Jamys, the Kyn she fell in love with. She’s changed a lot about herself in the hopes to be qualified for that position. Meanwhile, Jamys was back home trying to figure out a way that he could come and make Chris his.
A lot of Jamys story was briefly mentioned but not really talked about, so I found myself a bit cheated because I couldn’t come to care for the hero as much as I wanted. The heroine, I thought was strong, with a lot of spunk and personality. The story is a bit dark and for readers of the Darkyn series, it does go back into Kyn Lord Lucan and Samantha’s relationship.
There is quite a bit of action in this one…even pirates! But although I like the authors’ writing a lot and I do enjoy being in this world, I keep finding that in order to fully enjoy this series, you really should read the one it’s originating from.
Even so, I enjoyed this story. Like I said, there’s something dark and intriguing about this world that keeps me coming back for more.
DRIVING MR DEAD is a very fast read. It's light paranormal romance with a touch of humor, so if you're in thThis review was posted at Under the Covers
DRIVING MR DEAD is a very fast read. It's light paranormal romance with a touch of humor, so if you're in the mood for a little distraction from the doom and gloom you might be reading then this is the book for you.
That being said I have a confession to make. I've only read two books by Ms. Harper, the first two in the Jane Jameson series. After the second book I had to quit reading the series because I realized that I did not like Jane, which is important being that you're in her head, and I wasn't a huge fan of Ms. Harper's humor. Or so I thought.
DRIVING MR DEAD was a much better read for me, even though I didn't find it as LOL funny as other readers did, I did find it entertaining and that was a good thing because now I know my problem is just mainly with Jane. Apparently, Miranda Puckett had made a cameo appearance in that series as a vampire driver. So now she gets her book.
She's assigned to drive a vampire almost across country, with an important delivery. Said vampire, the sexy Collin Sutherland, has a list a mile long of all the conditions and stipulations of what she's allowed to do and not to do while she's driving him. Anal much?
Destruction and mayhem follows them along the way while they try to get to their destination on time and in one piece. And also along the way things start to develop between the two of them. The romance is a good part of the story, considering that it's a short book.
Even though I found the characters to be a bit cookie-cutter paranormal romance they were still likeable, if not memorable. The storyline also had enough action and disaster to keep things interesting. And then of course, it was sexy.
I have to mention that I loved the cameo by Dick Cheney (snickers), probably my favorite character in the Jane Jameson series, when he comes to save the day.
If you enjoy Molly Harper, you will definitely enjoy this book and series. If you've never tried her, then I think this would be a great place to start....more
Not knowing what to expect of this series, this prequel was the perfect teaser. A touch of the Middle East,This review was posted at Under the Covers
Not knowing what to expect of this series, this prequel was the perfect teaser. A touch of the Middle East, legends, witches and a magical box. This series is shaping up to be a very interesting read.
Amarrah's grandmother used to tell her stories from long ago about three witches in the king's harem, and how they could never find love. Except Amarrah knew these stories, because she had been there and lived through them. On her deathbed, her grandmother puts her in charge of guarding a box from those times, a box without a lock that cannot be open. But Amarrah quickly loses it. Now years later, while Amarrah has made a life for herself in American and forgotten a lot about those stories, the box reappears and turns her world upside down. And it brings her to Sergeant Harrison Brockson.
Amarrah is a character I can grow to like. She didn't do much for me other than the fact that I could see her determination to get the box back and not fail her grandmother, at any cost. Harrison is hot, in a alpha, men in uniform, kinda way.
I loved the flashbacks that Amarrah has. They serve the purpose of giving the reader a good glimpse into the witches and what the series is about, but they also serve the purpose of showing you the connection between Amarrah and Harrison. A connection that has lasted through times and even though they are different people today.
Then there's the box. The box has me very intrigued. What power does it have? What is Amarrah's mission with the box? And obviously it has power because other people want it as well.
I can't wait to dive in and start reading the first book in this series. I am very curious if it will be Amarrah's journey or if the books will focus on bringing happiness to the witches that were denied then....more
Finally an anthology you will want to sink your teeth into! I had a great time reading this book, even thougThis review was posted at Under the Covers
Finally an anthology you will want to sink your teeth into! I had a great time reading this book, even though it's two short stories. It was fast, had me laughing and was also sexy. Great reading!
Like a Wolf with a Bone by Shelly Laurenston - 4.5 Stars
It's no secret that Shelly Laurenston has been my go to author for fun and sexy for the past 3 years, since I discovered her books. Her Pride series is one of my favorite shifter series still to date and I was so very excited to get a short story! Well, I admit it's been a while since I read the books so I couldn't quite remember who Eggie was. Then as soon as I started reading I thought it was great that she gave him a book. Eggie is the crazy uncle that is really good at killing things. He is also Dee-Ann Smith's father (from Big Bad Beast). We go back in time in the Pride series and this story reads as a prequel to the whole series. The Smith clan has always been crazy and Eggie maybe a little scary, but seeing him falling in love with Darla Mae was just adorable. He's tough and probably the most feared wolf around. She's smart and quiet and you would think a delicate flower. When her life is in danger, he takes it upon himself to protect her. Of course keeping her safe means keeping her close to him. And yes, the get close and hot and heavy. But what I loved the most about this story was the fact that knowing how Eggie is (from the future) it was so nice to see that sweet and cuddly side of him, how he melted for his woman and gave in to her every whim even though he's such a big tough guy. And lets not forget funny. This short story was laugh-out-loud hilarious while being very sweet and sexy. Here are some of my favorite quotes:
"What's so funny...wait. That was a laugh, wasn't it? I'm still trying to learn your different grunts."
"Just don't get in my way, and I won't have to kill any of ya. I hate upsettin' Momma and all."
"Stop glaring at everyone Eggie Ray."
"I'm not. I'm only glaring at the men staring at your legs."
"I'm not going to let you ruin our beautiful day by killing three men and burying them in the woods. I won't allow it."
"I hate Lynyrd Skynyrd. It's my Alabama cousins who like 'em."
Wed or Dead by Cynthia Eden - 4 Stars
I'm not sure if this was supposed to be part of a series as Cynthia writes a few sexy wolves but I thought this story stands alone perfectly. Even though this story still has some funny moments, there was a lot more action and suspense than in the first one. Kayla is part of a group of hunters (humans) and her job was to pretend to be in love with and marry Gage, the wolf alpha. Little does she know that Gage knew all along what she was but wanted to be with her anyway because she's his mate. Kayla also has issues in her past as it was a wolf who killed her parents and why she now joined the hunters. But everything she thought she knew is about to change and the truth has to come out. Gage was hot and sexy, as you can expect with an alpha wolf shifter. Posessive and intense. He wanted Kayla and he never backed down from his plan to have her, one way or another. I really enjoyed seeing things through Kayla's eyes and slowly realizing how she had been lied to and that her feelings for Gage were too strong to be denied. Capture, betrayals and pack conflict, this story had a bit of everything and it was a great suspenseful read. If this is part of a series, then believe me I'll be reading it. I would like to know more about Kayla's brother to start with.
Wow! I knew going in that this book was an erotic paranormal, I just didn't know to what extent. I've readThis review was posted at Under the Covers
Wow! I knew going in that this book was an erotic paranormal, I just didn't know to what extent. I've read JD Tyler's work and love her, so of course I rushed to pick this up as soon as I saw this was her pen name. Well, I can tell you a few things. This book is very well written but it feels like it was written by a completely different person. =) TEMPTATION AT TWILIGHT is highly sensual and enchanting, not so much romantic.
Why do I say that? Mainly because I didn't think Soren and Harley had much of a connection past the fact that she just wanted to have kinky sex all the time. The reason why I didn't give the book a higher rating has nothing to do with the premise of the story, which I found really interesting. And it has nothing to do with how awesome the writing is or how hot the scenes are. It's just that I thought the hero was a bit of a gullable idiot and the heroinem, well, see description above.
Basically the Lords of Pleasure are three brothers, vampires, that run what you could call a pleasure resort. They don't sell themselves but they are welcome to participate in others scenes if they so feel the need and are invited. They are all about sex. Soren thinks he lost his mate and throughout the years has tried everything to bring her back. Now he makes a pact with a voodoo priestess who promises she can bring her back from the dead and the price she wants Soren to pay is high. But he does it anyway, without thinking.
At times it felt as if Leila, the priestess, was almost undefeatable. She was larger than life and I guess you could consider her a great "bad guy". I don't know if I can say I loved the resolution at the end but at least it worked when I thought that I was going to find it unbelievable.
Be warned that as you can see from my review, sex is a big part of this book. Straight sex, m/m sex, menages, if you're there you can participate, no discrimination. So if that's not your thing, then you might not enjoy this as much.
I do see a lot of potential with the next book as I enjoyed Luc's character a lot more than Soren from the little bit we saw of him. I also hope to see more of Aldric in the next book (hopefully) because we really didn't "meet" him in this book....more