Before I committed myself to reading this series earlier this year, I kept thinking that all the fangirl reviews were probably all hype. I mean, it’s...more
Before I committed myself to reading this series earlier this year, I kept thinking that all the fangirl reviews were probably all hype. I mean, it’s not possible to gush over every single book and be so in love with a character, right? After experiencing the addiction, I can only just be one more of those fangirls. Squeeing and oohhhhhing and aahhhhhing.
Karina Halle gave us an amazing treat with COME ALIVE. For all of us starving Dex lovers, this was PERFECT! All Dex, all the time. I was on Dex overload. Well, actually not because there is no such thing. But experiencing this book from his perspective was different and amazing. I love being in his screwed up head!
As I’ve said time and time again, this series just gets better and better with each book and I really don’t know how Karina Halle does it. COME ALIVE tops all the others! While Dex & Perry are together, their relationship isn’t on solid ground. There are important reasons why they shouldn’t be together. And things are starting to be more about them, their powers and their mission than just about filming the show. But the show takes them to NOLA.
If there’s one thing that I’ve always enjoyed about this series is how Ms. Halle keeps things interesting by changing the big bad in each book. And in NOLA she does to zombies in her own creepy way mixed in with all the voodoo feel of the setting. Loved it!
I won’t give any spoilers but Dex & Perry have decisions to make about their future and about what’s to come in their relationship, if there is to be one. But they also have to know how to protect themselves to face their future, their fate.
Maximus comes back in this book, NOLA is his home front, and we find out more about his past and his love. I couldn’t help but sympathize. He added a great dynamic to the show though and I was happy that we got to see that side of him.
Oh and be warned! It is possible to fall in love with Dex even more. I just did! Now would it be really greedy to ask for a novella based on COME ALIVE from Perry’s POV? I need more. More! MORE!!!!! Never satisfied, even when I am.
“You’re my home, Perry. And I will be yours.”
…death by relaxation, preceded by death by pussy.
“What a bunch of fucked up, lovelorn, ghost-seeing shitburgers we are,” I said. Fuck. I needed to get out of the room before I started having my period.(less)
I’ve had my eye on this book for a while but never made the decision to get it until earlier this week when...moreThis review was posted at Under the Covers
I’ve had my eye on this book for a while but never made the decision to get it until earlier this week when an author I love said they had read and liked it. What do I do? Go rush and buy it. I started it that night and I had a problem going to sleep because I was laughing a little too much to want to get any shut eye.
So basically this story goes something like this. Caroline moves into a new apartment that she has sublet from her boss. Nice and settled in, she soon discovers that she shares a bedroom wall with the neighbor and that he has the habit of having sex with multiple women, there’s Spanx, Purina and Giggles, and when he does he likes to bang the walls. Literally. As in picture frames on her side of the room falling on her head type of wallbanging. Simon, the Wallbanger, turns out to be her boss’s fiance friend and they formally meet at a social event and develop a true friendship. That, along with the humor of the book, was my favorite part. Simon and Caroline were perfect friends, so compatible, had a great time just hanging out together before things even got remotely sexual. But the sexual chemistry was always there, the flirting was as well. And then there were the baked goods…
I can honestly say this book had me laughing out loud and getting weird looks from people. I just wanted to be reading it ALL the time. I wouldn’t say it’s erotic or sexy, even though eventually there is sex. The sex scenes were written in the same funny context as the rest of the story and lost some of the sex appeal, but they were no less entertaining to read.
WALLBANGER truly reads like a romantic comedy. I would actually love to see this on the big screen, I think it would be a hit. Caroline is a great heroine, she’s feisty but not overtly so. She’s funny and just a girl you want to hang with. But she’s still confident, even after she lost her ‘O’ after a bad one night stand. And then, of course, there’s Simon. *sigh* He’s cultured, romantic, funny, he can cook and can appreciate good food. He’s a photographer and takes the girl on trips! He goes out of his way to establish a friendship because quite frankly he wants her. OK, I have a bit of a crush here.
And then there’s something I found out after I was already 50% into the book. This is actually a Twilight FanFic. How in the world is that possible is beyond my comprehension. Two characters more opposite than Bella and Edward could not exist. And that’s a great thing because being in Caroline’s head during a big part of this book, I don’t think I could’ve handled it if it was Bella. She would’ve been over-analyzing things and creating crazy problems in her head that didn’t exist, instead of just having a nice glass of wine and letting things roll.
Of course, we can’t forget about the secondary characters in the book, which were hilarious and amazing as well. But aside from all the humans, the one I have to talk about is Caroline’s cat, Clive. Boy, did that cat steal the show. From falling in love with Purina and climbing the walls, to the time he attacked her and strutted his stuff in front of her and then when he peed on Simon’s shirt. That cat is a rockstar! Granted, not a rockstar I would ever want to live with, because the little shit would be back at the pound, but soooo entertaining to read.
I will be reading more by this author because, simply, I thought the writing was superb and the story was so entertaining that I need to know what else is going through Alice Clayon’s mind.
Favorite Quotes (some…)
“I moaned like a whore in church. To be fair, I’d never actually heard a whore moan in church, but I had a feeling it sounded a lot like the unholy sounds pouring forth from my mouth.”
“I panted like a whore in church. The Church of Simon… where I was dying to kneel before him.”
“Hi, pot. It’s me, kettle,” Sophia snapped back “Hi kettle, you have about thirty seconds before this pot kicks your ass.”
“The girl next door was meowing. What in the world was my neighbor packing to make that happen?”
“Have you seen this guy yet?” “Nope. My peephole is getting a workout, though.” “Glad to hear at least one hole is getting some action around here.”
“Sweet Lord, there were out-of-control pussies on both sides of this wall tonight.”
“Spanking Simon. What a great name for a band.”
“Relatively quiet, actually. Either he really listened to me and is being neighborly, or his dick finally broke off in one of them and he’s sought medical attention.”
“Now, you listen, mister.” I said, trying for a more adult tone. “I’m not going to spend every night listening to you try to crash your girl’s head through my wall with the force of your dick alone! No way, buddy.”(less)
DRIVING MR DEAD is a very fast read. It's light paranormal romance with a touch of humor, so if you're in th...moreThis 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.(less)
Finally an anthology you will want to sink your teeth into! I had a great time reading this book, even thoug...moreThis 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.
Better start off being honest. I knew about this book, mainly because Erin McCarthy is part of the duo writi...moreThis review was posted at Under the Covers
Better start off being honest. I knew about this book, mainly because Erin McCarthy is part of the duo writing it and I happen to love her work. Was I terribly interested in reading it, though? Well, it was probably one of those "Oh yeah I gotta get to that someday". Of course, I also thought this had two separate novellas. Then I happen to win an ARC of this at RAW and my grabby hands had to read it right away. Well, I was so pleasantly surprised!
Call me whatever you want but I didn't co-relate the fact that the book is called "The Fangover" with the movie "The Hangover". Yeah, that joke went right over my head (see what happens when you're not paying attention?). And that is exactly how I can possibly describe this book.
Vampire rocker kills himself (meets the sun) and his friends are throwing him a funeral "party". They get a little tipsy and somehow they all wake up the next day without recollection of how that night ended or what happened. All they know is that a human was turned and got married to one of the band members (vampire), the dead vamps sister is stuck in bat form, another band member is missing a fang and oh yeah, there's a passed out human priest in the bath tub. And let's not forget about the parrot! Now they just have to backtrack and try to figure out what went down.
So, there are actually two main couples throughout this story. One is Stella and Wyatt. Stella is Johnny's sister (dead vamp). Wyatt has been a member of the band for a while and has had a crush on Stella for just about that long. This was just the perfect opportunity for him to show her that he would be there for her and that they can be good together. I liked the fact that their romance started before the drunken behavior night and that we are given glimpses into their past. Even though Stella got on my nerves a bit at times, Wyatt made up for being extra sweet and caring while still being hot.
Then there's Cort and Katie. I actually enjoyed them a bit more. Katie used to be human and was part of the day band. Cort has had a crush on her for a while but humans have always been off limits so he stayed away. Now, not only did he turn her but he married her. I thought their romance was cuter even though I also wanted to pull my hair at their lack of communication and misunderstandings.
In the end, this book was a fun parody, not meant to showcase deep emotions but to make you laugh and it definitely achieved that in my opinion. A little bit of comic relief while throwing in some sexy vamps who are just not all there.(less)
If you are looking for a hot and funny paranormal to spark up your summer, then let me sell this book to you...moreThis review was posted at Under the Covers
If you are looking for a hot and funny paranormal to spark up your summer, then let me sell this book to you. In a nutshell, Bathsheba is a human female working for a paranormal dating agency. She takes the calls, meets with clients, sets up dating profiles and tries to arrange dates. Her job description might have to extend to dating them when Beau calls in and his arranged date fell through and he needs someone stat. After a few minutes on the phone with Bathsheba he decides he wants her...for a week. Why? Because he's a were-cougar going into heat! Oh but of course the craziness in Bathsheba's life doesn't end there because her sister was turned into a werewolf a while back and she's been hiding that fact from others. Now the werewolves want that lone wolf female and Beau might be her only protection. Sound fun?
It was extremely entertaining and a pretty short read, actually. I liked the fact that there was plenty of humor, even when it was a bit over the top. And of course I can't help but mention the fact that Beau was pretty sexy and very controlling and possessive alpha male, which worked well for me.
Bathsheba might not be my favorite kind of heroine but I have to give it to her for doing everything in her power to protect her sister, even if that meant putting her whole life on hold and giving up on the one man she actually really wants to be with.
To be together they have to overcome some obstacles and learn to trust each other, but I can't complain about the getting there process either. With plenty of things happening around them, lots of bad guys after them and plenty of sparks flying. Had a great time reading it!(less)
I am both highly disappointed and happy about this book. As far as storylines go, I was glad to see a little bit of a different feel to the chasing skips we get with every Plum book lately. And there are three people trying to kill Stephanie. The skips are crazy as usual, there's an old guy who thinks is a vampire and sleeps in a coffin at the funeral home, the sleezy guy who always seems to have a boner. The humor and inventiveness was back!
Stephanie is still just as clueless as to what to do. The bail bonds office was burned down previously so they are working out of Mooner's bus. Mooner! He was truly hilarious! I never get tired of reading his lines. And then Vinny, the slimeball, decides to advertise by making flyers with a picture of Lula and Stephanie, dressed provocatively, and of course digitally altering Stephanie's breasts. And if that's not embarrassing enough, the same picture is blown up and painted on the outside of the bus! Can't miss them now!
And Lula. I love Lula. She's always wearing crazy outfits, tasering people, and just plain getting in trouble when there shouldn't have been any!
Now onto my complains. I drool over Ranger as the next girl does. However, Stephanie just PISSED ME OFF. She is sorta dating Morelli. They agree to an "open" relationship. And then Stephanie thinks Morelli grandma puts a spell on her that makes her horny all the time, and the first thing she does.... JUMPS RANGERS BONES! Now... normally I would be all for jumping his bones, but not when she's dating Morelli, AND if that's not bad enough, the day after shagging Ranger she has sex with Morelli. And then she goes on a job with Ranger and wants to have sex with him again in his Porsche. What The Hell? When did Stephanie turned into a whore who doesn't care about anyone's feelings?
Morelli doesn't find out, but he's been on excellent behavior. And Ranger, why would he accept this behavior and just be content with getting Stephanie's scraps? They both deserve better than her at this point.
Then there's the Plum family. They are a train wreck, a circus, a comedy show! Stephanie's mom is trying to fix her up with some other guy who apparently went to school with her. He's turned out to be a bit of a loser, but her mom has given up hope on Morelli, so she's trying for another guy. Thank God Stephanie is not interested in bachelor #3. Her mom goes back to ironing.
I suspected who the killer was early on, so I was not surprised at all when we find out at the end. I was not expecting the motives. This guy was nutso!
I really wanted to see a resolution with Stephanie's love life in this book. I've come this far in the series, so I'll def read the next one, because at this point, I have to know what happens on principle. But I don't agree with the authors perspective of dragging out the love triangle until the last book of the series. Believe me, you wouldn't lose readers by letting Stephanie make a choice. You might gain back some you lost. We all still enjoy the humor in these books, we just want Stephanie to mature and stop acting the way she has been and not drag around two wonderful guys. If she has such a problem deciding, I'll take one off her hands *cough* Ranger *cough* (less)
If you like your paranormal romance with a good dose of intrigue but a heap of a lot of fun, then you HAVE t...moreThis review was posted at Under The Covers
If you like your paranormal romance with a good dose of intrigue but a heap of a lot of fun, then you HAVE to read the dragon books by Katie MacAlister. I do want to point something out. This is book one of the Silver Dragons, however the first series you should read is Aisling Grey, then you can move on to the Silver Dragons. This will help you best enjoy the plot.
Now that being said I will spend a little bit of time on the main couple here. The Wyvern of the silver dragons, Gabriel, is a model looking, sexy and smooth as hell, dreadlocks wearing hunk of a man. He is also a healer. We first met him in the Aisling Grey series where he might've done something to not endear him to some of us. However it's now his turn to find a mate.
Of course, these wyverns can't find normal mates. There always have to be something special about them. May is a doppleganger, but she is also in the service of a Demon Lord as a, well, thief. Because she has the ability to shadow walk he assigns her the task of stealing for him an ancient dragon relic.
Gabriel and May make an amazing couple and I like them better than Drake and Aisling. They're so hot together they will burn down the house! Ummmm I meant that literally. Dragon fire can be quite dangerous, so proceed with caution. ;)
Silver dragons, black dragons, green dragons, demon lords, everyone seems to be after this artifact. While May is trying to follow her orders, and deal with her new mate, she might have to avoid capture by the supernatural authorities. And then we come to my favorite part of this book.
Let me introduce you to this little guy right here. His name is Jim! He's not really a dog, even though that's the form he prefers, he's a demon. He's bound to Aisling but he's oh so very present in this book as well. For this I am most grateful. This series wouldn't be the same without him!! This is the guy that will have you cracking up with his one-liners. You will love him!
Be warned there's a bit of a cliffhanger at the end of this book, no HEA. Their HEA, as it was with Aisling, is over the course of their series. There are only 3 books in the silver dragons, so I won't have to wait much. ;)(less)
Aisling is such a fun heroine. She reminds me a bit of Stephanie Plum. She's kinda clueless at the beginning, gets sucked into a paranormal w...more4.5 Stars
Aisling is such a fun heroine. She reminds me a bit of Stephanie Plum. She's kinda clueless at the beginning, gets sucked into a paranormal world she had no idea existed, and she had always been a part of.
I enjoyed the storyline a lot, it was very different. And for someone not used to reading books about dragons, I loved this one. It may have something to do with the extremely delicious green dragon Drake. He is sexy!
But, the book wouldn't be the same without Aisling's sidekick. A demon she summons, better known as Jim! I LOVE JIM! I want my own Jim, and I want a book of Jim quotes!
This book had me laughing out loud literally so many times people were giving me weird looks and probably thought I had mental issues.
Excellent start and I'll be reading the next book soon! Can't wait!(less)
I just finished this book and I have to say it was the funniest and cutest of the series so far, which is why I'm giving it 5 stars.
Lucerne is 600+ ye...moreI just finished this book and I have to say it was the funniest and cutest of the series so far, which is why I'm giving it 5 stars.
Lucerne is 600+ years old, and a bit of a grumpy old man. He's become a paranormal romance writer by writing the stories of his sister Luciana meeting and marrying Greg and his brother Etienne meeting and marrying Rachel. They are promoted as paranormal vampire stories, go figure!
He now has a new editor, Kate C Leever. He's never met her, but she's been writing to him to try to get him to do a promotional book signing tour, interviews, anything to promote his books. If he ever replies to her letters it's always along these lines: "Dear Ms. Leever, No. Lucerne Argeneau, Toronto, Canada."
After repeated attempts, Kate decides to fly from NY to Toronto and try to convince him in person. Her job my depend on getting him to do something.
I could tell this was going to be a fun book from the beginning when he's in the kitchen thinking to prepare tea and then get Kate to leave his house, and while he's drinking from his bag of blood with the refrigerator opened, Kate comes in, the bag rips, blood flies everywhere, he bangs his head, and she thinks he hurt himself. LOL Along these lines we keep getting memorable funny moments like: "Katie is trying to free his codpiece from the tablecloth, not him from his codpiece." or "You don't plan to go out and buy condoms, do you? You're naked!" and then he calls the front desk "Condoms, I need condoms" and ... "They have sizes?".
We don't get to see as much of the Argeneau family as usual. But we do get a glimpse of Etienne and Rachel's wedding. And at the wedding, when Kate finds the men outside by the car, they let her think that they were out smoking a "debbie" (they're all over 300+ years old, they don't know slang) instead of drinking blood.
Lucerne agrees, thanks to his mom misleading him, to attend the Romantic Times conference. This turns into a fun ordeal for Lucerne and Kate. He has to get over his grumpiness, and she takes the fact that he's a vampire very well (probably thanks to the books).
By the end of the story the make the cutest couple, and I just had so much fun reading their story. It never ceased to be entertaining. There wasn't much drama, action, or danger. Actually there was even less than in previous books. Just one random attempt to stake him. So I would classify this more as a humor contemporary paranormal romance. If you're into that and want a break from reading serious books, you'll enjoy this one!(less)
I've been wanting to read this series for quite some time now, mainly because I looooooove Erin McCarthy's w...moreThis review was posted at Under the Covers
I've been wanting to read this series for quite some time now, mainly because I looooooove Erin McCarthy's writing in her contemporary stuff and this one looks like fun. And it was fun. Just not exactly what I expected, maybe?
So we have Ethan Carrick who is the head of the vampire council and running for re-election. He's campaign manager recommended that he should get married and settle down in order to give a good image while running for re-election. And he finds the perfect candidate. Brittany Baldizzi is a dentist, she's sweet, giving, a good person. She is also an Impure, half vampire half human, although she's not aware of it. She should fit the bill perfectly. Except she doesn't stir any interest in Ethan.
After he controlled her mind to have her living with him (at his casino hotel at any rate) her sister Alexis comes in guns blazing to rescue her sister. And now that is exactly what Ethan was looking for. A woman with fire and passion that can challenge him. But she is not good for his image. While dealing with all this, they will also have to deal with assassination attempts on Ethan.
So now the storyline was cute, it's fun and light and humorous. Ethan is pretty sexy although I wouldn't drop any of my other harem hotties to fit him in. But Alexis got a bit on my nerves at times. Yes, sometimes there CAN be too much snark. The ending was a bit abrupt as well, all of a sudden all these things happened and then they were spending eternity together.
I am still very much intrigued to see what happens in the next book, although I can say that this series can't compare to Fast Track.(less)
I felt a lot like reading a Stephanie Plum novel. The main character is a lot like Stephanie, the Wolf description felt a lot like Ranger at the begin...moreI felt a lot like reading a Stephanie Plum novel. The main character is a lot like Stephanie, the Wolf description felt a lot like Ranger at the beginning, all dressed in black, dangerous. Then the whole thing about the cars just "showing up" and being pretty much like Rangers cars. Of course it was nice to see Diesel again (from the Plum Novella), but I'm not sure I'm ready to have a whole series with him as a main character! And Glo was funny (Lula anyone?). It was an entertaining read. (less)