I really enjoyed this short little story. I loved the setting and how society reverts back to more of a western setting. I loved the fact that she thr...moreI really enjoyed this short little story. I loved the setting and how society reverts back to more of a western setting. I loved the fact that she threw in werewolves and since they survived the disease, because well they are werewolves, there are more of them and they seem to rule over areas.
I loved Jack and Ginny. I adored Oliver and Hazel. I can't wait to see how they work out their little issue, okay so maybe it's not so little.
All I can really say, is that yet again Ms. Rogers has shown she knows how to write a good paranormal book. If you haven't tried any yet, you really must. This one was a free download on my nook, but I am sure you could get it from amazon as well.
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Recommendation : If you are a fan of the Kate Daniels series by Ilona Andrews give this book a try. I think you will be pleasantly surprised. If you are unfamiliar with that series it’s okay. If you like some serious ass kicking and watching the underdog rise to the top than it’s for you. Don’t forget sexy Shifters are abundant in this book as well!
This cover screams of a women on a mission who will kick your ass if you get in her way. Well I have to say that the story did not disappoint. Kit Colbana reminded me Kate Daniels which is huge for me since the Kate Daniels series is one of my favorites. I can only hope that this means good things are in store for the next book as well.
Let’s get down to business
“My sword arm is mighty. I will not fail. My aim is true. My heart is strong. I’m the descendant of some legendary badasses…”
This is Kit’s motto and code of arms. She was raised with the understanding that she was a nobody, nothing to her family. She is a half-blood and her Maternal Grandmother, who took care of her, made sure that she understood what a disgrace to the family she was. Talk about a Cinderella story except this girl fought tooth and nail to become who she is and to be free. She did not need Prince Charming to rescue her, just determination and pure strength of human will.
Throughout the book we get to see glimpses of her childhood and it is not pretty. She was beaten on a regular basis by her Grandmother and locked up constantly. She was degraded and made to wear rags, literally. She decided to try to enter the school her mother and all Aneira’s (assassins) train from a young age. No one thought she could do it and survive, but she did. Yeah, maybe she ran away when she was 15 but who wouldn’t want to get the hell out of dodge with that crap.
Many years later she is running her own business where she tracks missing people down. The office scene had the same feel as the office scene from the first book in the Anita Blake series. But Kit wins my vote for badass any day compared to Anita, sorry it’s the truth.
Kit is in her office and SURPRISE we have a sexy man standing by the door. She can tell that he is a shifter. Her aneria blood seems to help with reading people as well as being able to assess situations that might arise. What can I say,
“We were good assassins because we could understand our marks, learn them, know them and figure out the best way to kill them.”
That shit is cool.
Mystery man decides to play with her a little.
“…his teeth flashing white against the darkness of his skin. I started thinking about the Chesire cat. Bingo. Not a wolf. A cat. Even as I thought it, I could almost see that lazy energy around him flex its claws and stretch, giving me a feline smile.”
Apparently the cat shifters “were insane and dangerous.” The mystery man has come on behalf of the Cat Pack to ask for her help with tracking down a teen shifter. The problem is that Kit couldn’t turn down this shifter because he just happens to be the Queen B’s right hand man. Oh yeah her day went from crap to shitty. In the words of Kit…
“… if I accepted a job from the cat pack, it was pretty much CYA: cover your ass.”
Accepting the job was her only option which means Kit now has a babysitter to help with this project she has to take on and thy name is Damon. The man is
“practically a visual orgasm.”
Mystery Man also has the goods to back up his Badassness. So I have to say…
Welcome Damon to Badass Hall of Fame!
Alright now that I have your attention, don’t forget to wipe the drool off your computer screen and come back to me. Okay. So now you have met our kick-ass heroine and hero. We see that this story is going to take us on a ride trying to track down a run away teen. I know it just gets better and better.
Oh did I mention that she is also being stalked by a very old vampire. Jude Whittier is someone from her past she would gladly leave behind but the man is persistent. He not only shows up in her dreams but makes several house calls. This winds up with some serious testosterone flinging between Alpha Cat and Alpha Vamp. Good Times all around!
Kit and Damon get to make a few personal visits to the Queen B, yikes, and stop by the missing teen’s usual haunts in hopes of finding some clues. But as you can guess what they do find does not look pretty. When Kit catches a break in the case she manages to go from the hunter to the hunted. I am telling you this book kept twisting and turning.
There is plenty of humor to be found and friendships made. I loved how J.C. Daniels portrays the witch clans as well. The one they visit shares a house, a magical expanding house, and all seem to come together to support those in need.
Shifters, Vampires, and Witches abound with plenty of ass kicking for all. There is a bar scene and enough sexual tension between Kit and Damon to set the room on fire. You don’t want to miss this new series by J.C. Daniels aka Shiloh Walker.
Remember that not everything is as it seems.
I would like to thank NetGalley for providing me with a copy of this book for an honest review.(less)
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Recommendation : Those who are looking for a great Paranormal Romance book to read this summer. It has plenty of action, plot twists and just enough steam.
When I read the synopsis it sounded like the perfect summer beach read. Light fluffy, happy ending sort of read. Man was I off the mark, but in a good way.
This book was intense. It grabs you and sends your emotions through a grinder while trying to keep up on the adventure. This book was not light or fluffy. It had pull, substance and I did not see the road signs ahead.
This book is a definite read this summer. Werewolves, Vampires and Witches Oh My! It has everything a paranormal romance reader could ask for.
I have not read any of her other books but never once felt lost. I was able to keep up with who was who. It also made me want to read more about certain characters. Yup, this book has made me a Michele Hauf fan.
We get a sneak peek at Ridge in the very beginning. This scene is what mislead me. It was light and fluffy. He is working the land, clearing trees with a chain saw and horses. He wants to keep his business nature friendly if you will.
We find out he is the new pack leader in town and must now take a wife and produce cuddly little weres to help expand the pack, which is dwindling. I mean to say there are 4 members total. So for him and his pack it’s a big deal. But he can’t have kids due to an incident 13 years ago.
What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas has applied till now. His wife, his little witch cast a infertility spell and so he must get that removed and divorce her.
Well I thought I saw the signs ahead. Go find witch. Argue, take her back, and fall in love. Then everything turns out peachy. I was wrong.
The scene shifts to Abby getting ready to pick her son up at the airport. I can work with this, so add a son to my earlier equation. But then she gets the call. Someone has kidnapped her son and is holding him for ransom. She now has to hunt down this vampire in to exchange for her son.
About this time Ridge shows up and harsh words are spoken. However, Abby does eventually share her problem and wrangles Ridge into helping.
The journey begins.
* I loved Ridge. I pictured him as a modern-day knight in shining armour. He was honorable through out and was willing to help all those in need. I was so happy that he was able to get his HEA!
Richard Addison (Ridge)
“Let no man challenge him without due strength and strong morals.”
* Abby was a feisty witch. I enjoyed watching the walls that she had built up around her heart and life crumble. She is one tough cookie but learned that sometimes you have to let other people in, those who love you, help you with problems. You don’t have to do everything alone. In some ways she reminded me of Kate Daniels.
Abigail Addison (Abby)
* Ryan, Abby’s son, was like every other teenage boy I have met. He was growing out of his awkward phase and had an interest in anything that spelled trouble. I can only hope that he gets a story in the future.
* I really enjoyed Severo and will be looking for his story. Vampire married to a Werewolf, yup sounds like a fun ride to me.
* The Blood sport
“…blood sport – a wicked game that pitted blood-starved vampires against one another to the death – …”
This reminded me of UK’s TV show Being Human. If you have seen the show than you remember when the vampires would pit the weres against humans etc.
Not A Fan Of :
* Some things were predictable in the book. However, Michele did go to great lengths to try to confuse you and therefore question whether or not your guess was right.
* I thought the whole lumberjack thing was a little chessy. I know it is probably just me, but really I just wanted to laugh, okay I did laugh. Not good.
* The opening scene could have been deleted. I could have been happy starting the book with Abby getting ready to pick up Ryan. I think that why Ridge was there and who he was to her were explained well without the odd winter scene at the beginning. As I said before I just laughed through it.
“Thank God for that. I mean, that it was your worst memory. I’d hate it to be me that was your worst.” Because memories never went away, and their haunting ability could fell a grown man to his knees.
“Men really were touchy about damage to their manhood.”
“What’s important is not what we did then, but what we do now, and the intention with which we do it.”
I thought this book was good. I enjoyed the change of pace with werewolves vs. wizards instead of vampires. It is always nice to change it up. I thoug...moreI thought this book was good. I enjoyed the change of pace with werewolves vs. wizards instead of vampires. It is always nice to change it up. I thought this story flowed nicely. I enjoy that Dylan, a submissive, was able to overcome those tendencies to help a friend escape. I loved that Abby was a strong Alpha Female who still needed a strong Alpha male to take care of her. So we get to watch her kick-butt with Keith beside her. Keith can join the ranks of Hot-R-Us Alpha Males. I rank him up there with the BDB and Midnight Breed Boys. Who wouldn't fall in love with Gavin and Sammie! This Alpha pair are perfect!
If you enjoy a good Paranormal Romance with Werewolves and some Magic tossed in then try this!
I rated this one 4.5/5 Stars. I really, really liked it. I just wanted more from each story. Yes, you heard right. When I started reading this I did n...moreI rated this one 4.5/5 Stars. I really, really liked it. I just wanted more from each story. Yes, you heard right. When I started reading this I did not realize that it was made up of 5 Short Stories. They are all linked through a group called Safe Haven and The Society.
Recommend: I would recommend this book to those who enjoy Paranormal Romance such as Black Dagger Brotherhood and Midnight Breed Series. It had the same feel to it, but a different take on Vampires and Were's.
Instead of me breaking it down with likes and dislikes, I will just break down the stories a little for you. I really enjoyed all of them and they got better as they went on.
Story Number 1 : Brandon and Stacy (Bring out the fan so you don't over heat!)
* Brandon is one of the first Vampires. This reminded me of Wrath(BDB) and Lucan (midnight breed series). He falls for Stacy. * Stacy gets taken away and almost changed into a creature that can only come out at night. Brandon saves her with his blood. But she is (view spoiler)[tainted (hide spoiler)] at that point. She ends up becoming a (view spoiler)[tiger shifter (hide spoiler)]. Don't worry she saves his butt too in the end!
Story Number 2 : Jazz and Cherish (Think Cat and Bones)
* Jazz is (view spoiler)[God's Warrior (hide spoiler)]. He practically speaks to Him daily. * Cherish has her own secret to keep from Jazz. She ends up using this secret to protect and save Jazz several times. What can I say, the man fell in love with her after that!
Story Number 3 : Gabe and Taylor (Zsadist and Bella)
Story Number 4 : Dominic and Mika (Edward and Bella)
* Dominic was my favorite character in the stories. There was something about his background and how he acts that I couldn't help but fall in love with. I was really happy when I saw he had a story. * All you Edward and Bella lovers this story is right up your alley. However, Mika can(view spoiler)[ block or allow Dominic to hear her thoughts unlike Bella (hide spoiler)].
* This was my favorite Story out of the 5. You could not help but feel for both of these characters. I really don't want to say much because it will be better if you read it.
"Brandon eyed her closely, "I'm not going anywhere. I'm damnably durable, and I find I'm also incurably in love with you."
"How did you manage to get them to close down the club for this private party?" Caitlin asked, curious. "Well, I do make them a lot of money. So I asked and they laughed, so I mind zapped them." Caitlin looked horrified. "You did not!" "I did,..."
"Cherish defiled a monk."
"What are you doing?" Annabelle looked at her mother in exasperation. "I'm trying to get this stupid cake to look like it's a gift, instead of the insult against nature that it presently resembles."
"Dimitri scrubbed a hand over his face. Lord, he had forgotten what it was like arguing with a woman. They could back you into a corner from any direction, and you never knew which argument they were going to use, you only knew that you were going to lose."
I wished that all these stories had there own book dedicated to them. I wanted about 200 more pages per story.
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I really enjoyed it. The only thing I have to say that is negative is "Why was it so short?" I want more Caroline Hanson. Megan was a great female mai...moreI really enjoyed it. The only thing I have to say that is negative is "Why was it so short?" I want more Caroline Hanson. Megan was a great female main character. She was smart and sassy! Zack was one hot Werewolf on the prowl for his mate. Bing, Bang, Boom and they are Hot and Heavy for each other (view spoiler)[BOOM they become Mates and it ends (hide spoiler)].Sad Day! I just wanted more of a Zack fix.
Overall, it is a great short read. ["br"]>["br"]>(less)
I had mixed feeling about this book. It was a little better than okay for me. It gained half a point just from the last half of the book alone. The fi...moreI had mixed feeling about this book. It was a little better than okay for me. It gained half a point just from the last half of the book alone. The first half was really rough. I loved the ideas overall, but the execution was not the best I have read nor the worst.
Okay to start off my review we shall have a demonstration. Please watch the clip below.
Okay now you give it a try. You know what I mean, stand up and whip that hair back and forth. Come on just a few minutes of this. You know you want to. Okay... Times up. Are you feeling a little dizzy maybe some neck strain? Well that was the feeling I was getting overall with this book. Mental Whiplash from trying to follow to many stories from two different points of view. It is really hard to pull that off effectively. I understood what the author was going for but I felt she lost the affect by skipping the details. I would start to get interested and Bam! She completes the thought with one sentence inside of sharing the entire scene.
* I enjoyed the Werewolf vs.(view spoiler)[ Vampire (hide spoiler)] twist. I really liked that Arien starts to visit(view spoiler)[ Pru (hide spoiler)] in her dreams. It felt kinda like Vampire Academy with Rose and Adrian. By the end of The Legacy of Kilkenny I wanted her to go with Arien. He at least seemed genuine with her. Let's face it(view spoiler)[ Oakley (hide spoiler)] is hiding something and I think I might know what it is. The twist my mind is taking.....
Points of Frustration:
*My biggest complaint was that I felt this was more of an outline then a book. She would start talking about how Pru and Abel were hanging out playing around and then all of the sudden they were driving home. We need some bonding here with the Characters.
*The second biggest complaint was switching points of view every other chapter. It just got too crazy, hence the whiplash.
* I mention earlier that I thought Abel was a weak character for me. He is suppose to be (view spoiler)[The Great Wolf (hide spoiler)] and the man/boy can't stand up for himself. tsk tsk.
This book wasn't horrible to read. The concept was really intriguing. I might read the next book in the series to see what happens with Pru, but I could careless about Abel. Oakley is just pissing me off.
I do have to thank Devyn Dawson and Paranormal Romance & Urban Fantasy Fanatics group for giving me a copy in exchange for an honest review. I know it is not easy to write a book and so I give her props for being able to publish a piece of literature.
I really enjoyed this one. I might have cried a little through some parts. lol Other's made me laugh out Loud and cause hubby to look at me f...more4.5 Stars
I really enjoyed this one. I might have cried a little through some parts. lol Other's made me laugh out Loud and cause hubby to look at me funny. I think this series is one of my favorites for Werewolves. I can't wait to read the next one. ;o)(less)
This book had it all. Shifter's and magic users and I am sure Vampires just might make an appearance farther in the series. I loved Jackson. Who doesn...moreThis book had it all. Shifter's and magic users and I am sure Vampires just might make an appearance farther in the series. I loved Jackson. Who doesn't love a private investigator that can take on most people because he is a bad*ss with magic abilities. Let's not forget his partner in crime, Alec. If he has a story I am sure it will be a hot one.
I am looking forward to reading the next book in this series. If you are looking for a great, easy read in the Paranormal Romance area give this one a try. (less)
Okay this one was pushing 4 stars. I know I love Ilona Andrews. They are awesome and I love their Kate Daniels series along with the first two Edge se...more
Okay this one was pushing 4 stars. I know I love Ilona Andrews. They are awesome and I love their Kate Daniels series along with the first two Edge series. This one felt like I was walking through mud in the middle of the book. I mean I hardly take two month to get through a book and that's what this one took. Once I put it down I didn't want to pick it up for fear that I might be disappointed with the characters. I am happy to say that there is a HEA(Happily Ever After) for our lovely couple. I did love Audrey and Kaldar. I thought they complemented each other perfectly. It was part of the plot that did me in.
Forgive me Ilona Andrews for not loving this one! I promise I will try harder with the next one.
Still worth reading and I am looking forward to the next book in the series!(less)