This review is just for SHADOW HUNTER by Kait Ballenger. I didn't bother to read the other story by Gena Showalter because I haven't read any of her work gasp, and I didn't want to start reading in the middle of a series I knew nothing about.
The "Dear Reader" from Ms. Ballenger at the beginning of SHADOW HUNTER is very enlightening and I suggest you read it.
Having read TWILIGHT HUNTER first, I wanted to know why Damon Brock was such a hard-ass: Now I know why. He's wired that way; trained to be the best Hunter to eradicate the earth of PNR creatures. And his BFF, Mark, was killed during a mission for which he feels responsible; so the guilt he carries eats away at him. There are a few other things, but, hey, can't give away everything..... He also has a softer, gentler side which is showcased here. Enter, Tiffany, BFF Mark's sister, and independent vampire hunter. She, too, is hunting the vamp who killed her brother. (I couldn't help but notice said vamp had the initials C.A.D.)
Now that I've read both of the books, albeit, not in order, I think I'm going to like this series. It may be a little rough around the edges, but it's different than the usual PNR romance offerings. The "leeches", shifters, et al, are the loathsome creatures we all love to hate. The Execution Underground Hunters are alpha male through and through!
I would have rated this book 5 stars, but damnitalltohell! I did not like the way it ended! I don't see any feasible way to satisfactorily mend what has been broken. To rub salt into an already gaping wound, Damon won't get his "full" story until the end of the series. (less)
I didn’t think it would be possible, but, yes, Lucas Donlon, Vampire Lord of the Plains Territory has unseated Raphael, Vampire Lord of the Western Territory, as the most bad-ass alpha in the Vampires of America Series. His love for Kathryn, the compassion he has for his people along with the need for vengeance against his enemies make for one powerful complete package. And I just love Kathryn! She is so independent and loves her baby brother fiercely – would do anything for him! There were times while reading LUCAS that I laughed out loud or found myself teary-eyed because of something she said or did.
Yes, there is a vamp war going on. It’s not glossed over either. Ms. Reynolds writes great battle scenes where the vamps are actually dusted! Her depiction of Lucas’s power is illustrated beautifully:
He was power incarnate, but he rarely bared his true face to the world. Tonight was one of those times, and he reveled in the beauty of it, as his power streamed out, surrounding him waiting to be tapped, waiting for the taste of an enemy’s blood. The darkness around Lucas lit with golden fire as his eyes reflected the rise of his power.
Yes, Kathryn’s brother has disappeared and she has to find him. Unfortunately, she didn’t count on a hunk-o-burnin’- love vampire to have to deal with. These two are in a love/hate relationship and it is S-W-E-E-T watching it develop. This is just a small snippet of a wonderful scene:
“What happened, Kathryn?” he asked quietly.
She gave him a quick glance. “I don’t know what you mean,” she lied.
“Let me refresh your memory, then. You fucked my brains out night before last—“
“I told you I had things to do. I drove all day yesterday to get here –“
“—and apparently you couldn’t wait to get out of town. I talked to the motel manager. You must have gone directly there from my bed, then packed up and left with the sun barely above the horizon.”
“And what do you mean I fucked your brains out?” she snapped, seizing on the one thing she could dispute, since everything else he’d said was pretty damn accurate. “I wasn’t the only one in that bed, Lucas. Brains were fucked and fun was had by all.”
Ah, yes, LUCAS is one hot, steamy read. You will not be disappointed.
Of all the Vampires in America Series (VIA) books, I like LUCAS the best. It doesn’t lean heavily on characters from the other books, but it does mention a few of them. Kathryn and Lucas are written completely different than any of the other H/h of Ms. Reynolds VIA novels. I can’t quite put my finger on it: more touchable, fallible, human? Whatever it is, I like it!
I look forward to the next VIA. The brief glimpse of Aden was a tantalizing tease! (less)
Before I get started, some of you may be wondering why Ms. Reynolds would revisit characters she already wrote about. She explains that very eloquently in her Dedication in BETRAYED:
This one’s for all of my readers who asked for more of Raphael and Cyn.
And, if you have read, RAPHAEL (Vampires in America, #1) you know exactly what she is talking about. If not, what are you waiting for? But wait…..BETRAYED is more than just a hot, sexy romp in the hay to keep us occupied between one novel and the next – oh, no no no! It’s a devious plot to introduce us to not one, but two – TWO – powerful vampires all rolled into an assassination attempt and a turf war.
BETRAYED starts with a bang when a sniper decides to take a few shots at Raphael and misses. *shakinghead-stupidhuman* And the fun has just begun! Cyn immediately goes into her over-protective mode and doesn’t trust the new vamp that has arrived on scene; no matter that he is one of Raphael’s sired children. She’ll make her own judgment calls.
Intro #1: Jared Lincoln will be Raphael’s new Lieutenant. And from his description, I envision a blending of Dwayne (The Rock) Johnson and Denzel Washington. ….yummy…
The maneuvering really gets underway as Raphael, Cyn and the rest of his group discuss what steps to take next to find the sniper, who hired him/her, and how it relates to Lucas’s war. Speaking of the Irish Devil…..
Intro #2: Lucas, Vampire Lord of the Plains, who looks enough like Raphael that to “the casual observer might easily think they were brothers.” Powerful and playful, mischievous and deadly.
The way he said her name reminded her of Raphael when they’d first met. He pronounced it with exactly the same sensuous shading, as if they spoke of sin rather than simply saying her nickname. And the sin he had in mind wasn’t exactly missing church on Sunday, either.
BETRAYED works on all levels. It’s a good ‘ole fashioned, turf war with a bit of romance (and hot sex) story that has strong characters and, naturally, betrayals. It just so happens that the main players are vampires. My kind of vampires: Strong, skilled, honorable, faithful, predators. BETRAYED shows that Ms. Reynolds continues to raise the bar in her Vampires in America series. I can’t wait to read LUCAS. I want to see how he deals with a pesky FBI Agent; well, among other things…...(less)
When Laurie approached me about reading this one, I was a bit hesitant, because, well you know "once bitten, twice shy." But I thought, WTH. And I'm glad that I did.
KEEPER OF SECRETS is a short story, less than 50 pages, and Ms. Thomas puts her own spin on the vampire genre. Not all of the myths about her vamps are answered (I didn't expect them to be), but it doesn't distract from the storytelling.
This is your basic trope of good guys vs. the bad guys with a lady caught in the middle needing protection. Both Hayden and Amelia try to deny their mutual attraction, but Hayden is Amelia's personal Guardian and is therefore forbidden from developing any kind of "personal" relationship with her. I did like that there were three type of vamps: Guardians, Defenders, and Warriors. The story does end with a HEA and not all ends were wrapped up. A series may be in the making.
I'm not sure, but I think KEEPER OF SECRETS may have seen a rewrite since I received the review copy. I enjoyed visiting in Ms. Thomas' world and hope that she continues to write. I want to know more about the Warriors.(less)
WOW - For a debut novel, I am impressed! Ms. Staab manages to lay the groundwork of her world without it getting shoved down your throat or put in you...moreWOW - For a debut novel, I am impressed! Ms. Staab manages to lay the groundwork of her world without it getting shoved down your throat or put in your face. She weaves it into her story in such a way that before you know it - SHAZAM!! - everything just falls into place.
I couldn't help but chuckle over the chosen name of Thad Morgan for the hero/king of the story. That sounds more like a college prep boy than a Vampire King. But Ms. Staab makes it work. Thad turns out to be the rare alpha/beta hero that is so hard to find these days.
As with any new series, we're introduced to a handful of main characters that play central roles in the continuing story line; along with a plethora of minor ones who become just as important. Oh my, my, my. . . Siddoh and Lee *sigh* Even the maybe (?) evil wizard Anton holds secrets.
There are a few loose ends in KING OF DARKNESS, which I am assuming Ms. Staab will address in Book #2. Question is - WHEN? How long do we wait until we find out about Lee, Tyra, Alexia, and Anton?(less)
Reading any anthology is a box of chocolates - you never know what you're going to get. With that being said.
Vampire Fight Club by Larissa Ione: 5 Sta...moreReading any anthology is a box of chocolates - you never know what you're going to get. With that being said.
Vampire Fight Club by Larissa Ione: 5 Stars Although I'm still behind in finishing the Demonica series and haven't read book one yet of the Lords of Deliverance series, this one fit right in.
Darkness Eternal by Alexandra Ivy: 5 stars I've only read one or two books of this series and not in any order. And I found this short story to be exhilarating. It was easy to jump right back into the series and the characters of Kata and Uriel are vividly drawn.
Kane by Jacquelyn Frank: 4 stars It has been quite a while since I finished reading the Nightwalkers series and it was such a treat to revisit that world. Kane's suffering during the Samhain moon and the extent he goes through to protect Corrine from himself is so very awww worthy.
Dragon on Top by G. A. Aiken: DNF I have been wanting to read this series for quite a while now and thought this would be a good place to start. Short story, not too much time invested. Wrong. I didn't make it past Chapter 5. Maybe I'll start with a different dragon shifter author.
Overall, a very good anthology, especially if you are familiar with the works of these four authors.(less)
A collection of nine stories revolving in and around the Vampires in America series by D. B. Reynolds. Yes, they are short stories. Yes, you will find them more enjoyable if you have read the series. Yes, the ebook cost is 99¢. But come on, this ninety-nine cents is a pittance for something that will bring you incalculable gratification. Did I mention you should keep your significant other close at hand?
Three Vignettes provide a more intimate picture of Cyn and Raphael on Valentine’s Day, Christmas Eve, and New Year’s Eve. Vignette #4, THE PARTY, details a bit more of Cyn’s family, but what I found to be more exhilarating is just how ALPHA Raphael can be!
The stories with Sophia and Colin and with Duncan and Emma are not to be missed either. Sophia deals swiftly with a challenge. While a wilder side of Emma starts to appear.
What I liked the most were the two stories featuring Sarah and Rajmund about his proposal and their wedding. THE WEDDING is the last story of the ebook and one of the best. The three mighty Vamp Lords come together, with entourage in tow, for the wedding when two of the ladies get kidnapped. What follows is priceless Cyn!
“We absolutely have to get out of here first. Raj will have a fit if he wakes up and I’ve been kidnapped again.”
“Tell me about it,” Cyn agreed gloomily. “Hell, if Raj is anything like Raphael, neither one of us will see the sunlight for years. Decades maybe.”
Sarah nodded vigorously. “Plus, it would totally ruin my wedding.”
“And that is the number one reason why it’s not gonna happen. You don’t fuck with a woman’s wedding day. So, let’s get this show on the road.”
It was a pleasure revisiting with the posse from the Vampires In America series and the hottest uber-alpha Vampires in town!(less)
It wasn't as I expected and came across as dry, uninvolved. I didn't feel an emotional connection that I need in romance. I read until page 50 and dec...moreIt wasn't as I expected and came across as dry, uninvolved. I didn't feel an emotional connection that I need in romance. I read until page 50 and decided then to call it quits.(less)
The entire swashbuckling crew is back in the second installment of The Kraken’s Caribbean. Yes, this book focuses on Mick and Jezebel’s relationship, but we learn a great deal more about Jezebel and nothing about Mick. Emily is heavily involved in the storyline with the help of Tink, Davis, Janey and Keitran. I don’t think this book could be read as a stand-alone because of all the ground work and connections developed between the characters during the first book, THE KRAKEN’S MIRROR.
You may be wondering why such an odd title. As in the first book, the item does play an integral part in the story. Jezzie developed the goggles while she lived on the planet Novan and brought them with her when she escaped to Tortuga. Whoever wears the goggles appears and sounds like a different person - a chameleon. It’s these goggles and “Jasmina” that the Novans have been pursuing all these years.
THE CHAMELEON GOGGLES is a frolicking good time of pirates battling ships on the sea and in the air. It is also a dark tale of one woman’s battle to overcome her past. Jezzie and Emily have to endure the brutal attentions of a sadistic pedophile. While these scenes are not described in detail, you have enough information for the development of the story and the character. It’s not too much to read, so stick with it.
When Jezzie’s past is revealed, she has to confront all of her demons. To stop blaming herself and thinking she was less than nothing. When Mick and Jezebel finally have a “heart-to-heart” about it, it’s his words that disarm her:
“Jezebel, we are a pair. I am yours, as you are mine and if this man were still alive, I would kill him for what he did. And yet, I thank God because you are here with me and I am not alone.”
His voice had dropped to a hoarse whisper.
Not alone? He feared isolation?
She began to shiver, still wrestling with too many words. Suddenly, he released her. She stayed where she knelt, shaking her head. A blanket dropped on her shoulders and she heard him pull a chair out. Turning her head, she saw he’d taken a seat and poured himself another mug of rum. He watched her, letting the blood from the scratches she’d caused drip to his breeches. Leaning forward, he spoke once more.
“What you do with it now is what counts.”
I would characterize THE CHAMELEON GOGGLES as a continuing high-seas, sci-fi, fantasy adventure with a bit of romance thrown in. Ms. Betita has coined the term “piratepunk” for her series. Yeah, it fits. (less)
I was a bit hesitant to read DESTINY UNCHAINED because I didn’t read the first book, and the second book in the series didn’t appeal to me very much. WOW – am I glad I decided to go ahead and turn the page. The explosive combination of one very, very alpha Werewolf, an insidious Vampire, and a “beautiful” adversary make for an electric read.
The dialog between Cristian and Natalia is fabulous. It is engaging and snappy. This is one of my favorites:
What was with werewolves and their damned territory? “For fuck’s sake,” she said with an exasperated sigh. “You must’ve missed a spot when you pissed around the border. I didn’t realize you owned the whole damned state.”
What I liked the best about both of the characters is that they didn’t apologize for what they did or the actions they took. Cristian’s 100% Alpha didn’t make any excuses for his behavior or his need to protect the exasperating Vampire. In the same vein, Natalia has a job to do and won’t let anything like a measly werewolf stand in her way. I especially enjoyed watching as Cristian chipped away at Natalia’s barriers little by little. It’s that final blow when Natalia realizes what sacrifice really is. (less)
If you’re not familiar with the 1NS series of short stories, well then, you are in for a treat.
Ellie has been depressed and feeling worthless ever since her last boyfriend dumped her. She decides to use the services of Madame Eve and 1NS (One Night Stand) to treat herself to a night of no-strings attached, uncomplicated, completely fulfilling debauchery. Bryce on the other hand had grown tired of string of women coming through the revolving door. The services offered by Madame Eve allow him to satisfy his physical needs and give something back to the women in return.
For a short story, Ms. Kennedy packs a wallop. Just enough emotional pain, love lost, and self-esteem issues to get you involved with the characters but not overburden the story. Ellie’s one-night stand is more than she ever expected; as Bryce worships her and brings out the woman hidden inside. But oh no, this is not a one-way street. What Ellie unknowingly offers Bryce is too good to be true.
Get out the fan and ice water and keep them close by – you’ll need them. (less)
I’m not quite sure where to begin with this because quite honestly there were more than a few things that didn’t sit well with me. So, just the highlights.
The tone of the story is too flippant. Marcelo and Erin/Aila seem to be constantly bantering with each other. Marcelo ‘chuckles’ and Erin/Aila calls him Ballsy. Erin has social anxiety and suffers panic attacks because she was raped; therefore, “no grocery stores, no restaurants, and no shopping malls.” I don’t understand why she would have a revolving door of boyfriends to do her bidding. When copulation finally occurs between Aila and Marcelo, this is their post-coital pillow talk:
“Holy fuck,” Aila said, breaking the powerful silence. Marcel chuckled. “I’ll say.” He pulled her into his arms. “But there was nothing holy about it.” He kissed the top of her head and ran his fingers up and down her bare arm. Goose bumps covered her body. Would she ever be immune to this man? “So, my god-kissed mate, what do we do now?” he asked.
Last but not the least, the central theme of the story, DESTINY UNITED, never came to fruition. While another, concerning Marcelo, was brought to the forefront and just stopped…right there…nothing more.
What I did enjoy was the undertone of a D/s relationship between Erin/Aila and Marcelo. Marcelo being the very dominating Vamp that he is and Erin the Timid; it was a natural that he would control and protect Erin/Aila as necessary. The dressing room scene was especially entertaining. Watching Erin sprout from the frightened human to the powerful fae was a delight. (less)
If you’re looking for the sanitized, romanticized or even (GAH someone slap me) the twinkling day-walking vampire – thank you Mr. Chase, because you won’t find them here. Mr. Chase has created a world that puts the vampire right back where it all began. In the shadows, at the top of the food chain; peering down at us with those mesmerizing eyes, captivating us with their beauty. Harkens back to the day of the vampire as true predator.
Katherine and Alexander are drawn together by an unquenchable need and lust; their passion the only thing they have in common. Little do they know, however, they do hunt each other in a totally different way. Katherine is searching for the killer in a string of horrendous murders, which Alexander has committed, but only in self-preservation. As Katherine’s investigation closes in on a suspect, and she thinks it may be Alexander, her outlook on life changes. Alexander knows he must take action to prevent his kind from being exposed or he forfeits everything.
From Page One, I was hooked by Mr. Chase’s writing style and world building. Nothing ho-hum, tedious, or lagging. On the contrary, at times I was a smidgeon overwhelmed. DARK IS THE NIGHT will satisfy readers of the paranormal, suspense, and erotic romance genres. There is one short f/f/m scene, but don’t get your panties in a wad Girls.
I would be remiss if I did not caution you of the graphic sex and violence in DARK IS THE NIGHT. Well, the sex you expected, but the violence you may not; this is not for the faint of heart. I feel the violence (and sex, of course) is warranted. They play a very large part in the development of not only the relationship of Katherine and Alexander, but of how Katherine sees herself and to what lengths Alexander will go to protect her.
Some of you may find Katherine’s actions unbelievable (it is fiction), but ask yourself this question: What would you do for love? Where is the fine line? The real, true, ever-lasting, can’t live without, he/she completes me, love. What Mr. Chase has penned is a bit reminiscent of Etta Place and Bonnie Parker (just two examples that come to mind). Except that Mr. Chase has delivered it to us wrapped via an uber-sensual vampire in the delicious tale of two souls colliding with each other, overcoming the frightening odds, and having their HEA. BRAVO! After all, this is romance! (less)
Non-stop action, kick-ass heroine with an equally alpha hero; who just happens to be a not-vampire. Yep, you heard that right: Not-vampire. That's the best way for me to describe L.O.S.T. Operative, Nikko (aka Johnny) Cruz.
Selena Guererro is a half-daemon who is involved with a couple of bad-ass guys in the Miami area. Of course, serving her own purposes while trying to placate them. It's enough to make your head spin, but stay with it because it one helluva ride! While on a mission for one of the bad- ass dudes, she runs across her old flame, Nikko (aka Johnny) and saves his life with "Rev".
All of the operatives from L.O.S.T. are back, including the ever elusive Mr. Black *sigh*. Rurik makes a brief, very brief appearance - want more of this vamp! And we are introduced to Rurik's cousin, Joran - HAWT! Okay, how long till the next book?(less)
A love story of Samson and Delilah. I know, it sounds corny, but it works.
Samson believes the woman in distress that shows up on his doorstep is his “...more
A love story of Samson and Delilah. I know, it sounds corny, but it works.
Samson believes the woman in distress that shows up on his doorstep is his “surprise” birthday gift stripper from his friends. This case of mistaken identity leads to a passion that can’t be denied, secrets revealed and deception from unexpected sources. An original storyline that includes a powerful vampire with ED and several vampires who visit a psychiatrist on a regular basis. If the opening sentence of this novel doesn’t grab your attention, then someone needs to check your pulse – STAT! Oh, and yeah, it’s a dead giveaway of more to come…..
Although the plotline was thin and I could see where the story was going, it was fun getting there. Samson was a bit “over-the-top” at times and it took Delilah F-O-R-E-V-E-R to grow a backbone. The cast of characters are intriguing and the humor sprinkled throughout the story didn’t detract from it. I sure would like to be a fly on the wall when Amaury has his sessions with Dr. Drake. *giggle* (Sorry, Girls, I keep thinking of Rick Springfield!) Ms. Folsom puts a different spin on her vampire lore; it’s a breath of fresh air. (less)
Ms. Reynolds has struck gold with her Vampires in America Series. RAPHAEL is a fast-moving, page-turning delight. It is an exhilarating tale of love, lust, and lies.
Cynthia Leighton (Cyn) is a resilient private investigator, and she’s growing bored with her usual clients. She has done some menial work for the local vamp community, and she jumps at the chance to work for the West Coast Vampire Lord, Raphael, when he offers her a job. I like Cyn – so very much. She is a determined, independently wealthy, sassy, kick-ass-and-take-names heroine. However, she has a heart of gold and is starved for love.
The scene when Cyn first meets Raphael is priceless. Here is just a little snippet of that action:
She glanced up, then jumped to her feet, her Glock 17 out of her shoulder holster faster than thought and held before her in a standard two handed grip. Pushing her chair away without looking, she moved as far back as possible, trying to put some distance between herself and the strange vampires now standing in her office. Her finger dropped to the trigger, depressing it just enough to click off the safety.
There are two instances in the book that use flashback to illustrate Raphael’s history. They play an integral part of who he has become and provide additional insight to the kidnapped vampire. Lord Raphael is the ultimate vampire alpha. He rules his territory with a tight, but reasonable fist. And he is so very protective of his children and whatever else he considers “mine”.
As the investigation heats up, so does the relationship between Cyn and Raphael. Unfortunately, Cyn doesn’t feel the same way and wants to stay as far away from Raphael as possible. She doesn’t want to put her heart on the line; only to have it ripped apart and shredded. This one I just couldn’t resist:
Raphael searched the crowd with a restless gaze, his body hard and ready, rage riding the surface of lust pounding in his veins, driving him to sink his teeth into the sweet warmth of a woman’s blood and his cock into the wet heat between her legs. But the one he hungered for wasn’t here. She was miles away, hiding behind her steel door and her fragile resistance.
Oh yes, there is plenty of action in RAPHAEL! At one point, at the end of a very violent and grisly fight with the bad guys, the heightened passions of Raphael and Cyn are too much for them to deny. And hot damn - Ms. Reynolds makes this scene thrive! As Cyn is hell-bent on finding the kidnapped vampire (and since she doesn’t lollygag around, waiting for help), some of her actions put her in very precarious positions. Mix in Raphael’s machinations, stir in a dash of betrayal, and combine well with treachery: A tantalizing start to a magnificent vampire series.
BUT - OH – NO……….YES - SHE - DID!!! RAPHAEL doesn’t have your typical HEA, but the ending will have you scrambling to read the next book in the series, JABRIL. (less)
There was one thing I didn’t like about RAJMUND – the cover. Out came my trusty, imaginary pencil and presto….. Chris “Thor” Helmsworth. Aahh…much better.
Raphael and Cyn make a brief appearance in the beginning to meet with Rajmund (Raj) in NYC to take care of “business”. While they are there, Cyn wants to meet up with an old friend, Sarah, who is currently living in Buffalo. It’s during this NYC get-together when Sarah and Raj first meet and the sparks start to fly. Don’t expect the same type of characters (hero and heroine) in Rajmund and Sarah as you find in Raphael and Cyn. These two are just as alpha and independent in their own way.
Sarah is psychic and it has come back to haunt her dreams. Instead of letting them destroy her, she uses them to find the kidnapped girls. Yes, she doesn’t want anyone to find out who she really is because of what happened in the past and she doesn’t want to live through that nightmare again. Yet, she can’t stand by and let young women die because no one will believe her. So, she takes action on her own.
Raj is a very powerful vampire who basically rules NYC. He is strong enough to overthrow his Sire - if and when the time comes. Rajmund is the alpha who radiates self-assurance, supremacy, and intellect. He truly cares that his children and human assets are well taken care of and all of their needs are seen to.
However, when Rajmund and Sarah start to work together on finding the missing girls, things really start to heat up. The playful banter, serious sharing, and, oh, the sexual tension. And then the big misunderstanding, which breaks both of their hearts and mine too. Fear not, missing girls still need to be found; Sarah still needs to be rescued; girls need to chat.
A shout-out for Emelie: Rajmund’s lieutenant has a few tricks up her sleeve. I like her; I really do!
Ms. Reynolds’ Vampire in America Series is one you must put on your TBR and/or Keeper Shelf. I started reading the series a bit backwards; reading the last book, SOPHIA, first and then continuing on in the correct order. I have rated all of the books ‘5 An Alpha Howl’, but RAJMUND, gets the Top Bite Award. Move over Raphael, there’s a new Lord in town (less)
SOPHIA is Book #4 in the Vampires in America series. Although I haven’t read the first three books in the series, I didn’t have any problem acclimating to the nuances of this wonderful, preternatural world. There are actually two stories running concurrently here: Sophia and Colin along with Raphael and Cyn. SOPHIA began with a helluva hook and didn’t let up.
After many years, Sophia is summoned back to Vancouver by her Sire, Lucien. When she arrives, Sophia finds Lucien missing and three Vampires of the nest murdered. Her inquires lead her to Seattle. While just outside of Seattle, Colin, a former Navy SEAL and “sort of police” receives a call about gun shots being fired. When he investigates, he finds a woman – a Vampire’s mate – horribly beaten and on the verge of death.
Lord Raphael controls all of the US territory west of the Rockies. Because of his connection with his “children”, he feels two of his Seattle nest vampires being destroyed. He gathers his staff and they travel to the compound looking for the ones who did this.
Cyn (Cynthia) is Raphael’s human mate. She is an ex-law officer and feels very protective of Raphael, much to his consternation. She takes a lead role in the investigation. And you can only imagine how Raphael feels about that!
To complicate matters, Sophia and Colin have a history, *wagging eyebrows* but they haven’t seen one another for 10 years. The stage is set as all of the players converge in the Seattle area.
Raphael raked his gaze over the remaining vampires. “An outrage has been perpetrated on us, and it will not stand. No one. . . no one touches what is mine and lives. Prepare yourselves gentlemen. Tomorrow, we hunt.”
In a world where the vampires are out, they still suffer prejudice. A small faction of fanatics has an elaborate plan to push their agenda to the forefront. As the investigation gets under way and the relationships heat-up, the vampires start to show their true colors.
The story line of SOPHIA is riveting. These vamps (and humans too) are ruthless when it comes to protecting their own. Lord Raphael is the uber-alpha leader. None of his children or visiting vampires gives him any lip. The only one that gets away with it is his mate, Cyn. You won’t find any twinkling, day-walkers here. The vampires are merciless when necessary, but honorable and loyal and, oh so HAWT!
I could gush on and on about this book, but I’ll just hit on the things I enjoyed the most. The witty repartee between Cyn and Colin, and the close relationship they develop. Raphael and Cyn: She gives as good as she gets. Duncan, Duncan, DUNCAN! The plot twists and turns. The violent encounters and sexy escapades!
Belladonna is a small town, backwoods girl whose dreams of Bela Lugosi lead her to Hollywood to pursue an acting career. It doesn’t take Belladonna long to learn that fame and fortune is a fickle mistress. And just when she is feeling hopeless, Vivant spies her.
Vivant was captivated by her. The pink blush on her cheek, the soft, blood-red lips, and the scent of innocence that came off her skin was like expensive perfume to him, a rare and heady aroma.
Vivant - here is a Vampire worth loving, and well, maybe hating on occasion. A rich, beautiful, talented, and egotistical immortal who thought “everybody should love him”. Belladonna doesn’t fall at his feet in worship and the sparks start to fly. The love/hate relationship of “Bells” and Vivant is explosive and carnal. She is still captivated with Bela Lugosi and is more determined than ever to meet him. When Bells’ brother, Cal, shows up in town looking for her, he falls in with the wrong crowd. And things really start rockin’!
“Aren’t you going to apologize for vomiting on my shoes? I’m not impressed,” he told Cal.
“You’re shoes? You want me to apologize for ruining your shoes?”
“Yes, Cal, that would be the civilized thing to do.”
Cal looked at him with incredulity. He’d just shot half his face off and wanted him to say he was sorry for spewing on his shoes.
Yes, it does contain a few bloody bits, but they don’t last very long, and I feel they are central to the storyline. VAMPIRE VINTAGE BOOK ONE delivers a riveting tale of jealousy and vengeance, ending with a HFN. If you need a change from the Vamp-du-jour, this will satisfy your appetite. I’m looking forward to the next book in the series.
Javier left Catherine 200 years ago without a word. Now he’s back and wanting to pick-up where they left off. Only this time, Catherine isn’t the same young wolf Javier knew; she has done quite a bit of growing up since then. She is on an undercover mission with the fey, Talen, to save both of their clans and the Were King Brac, who has been kidnapped by the Fey King, Feroas. Javier could very well put their lives in danger. Someone has been helping Feroas gain more magick and power.
Now he waltzed back into her life, expecting to pick up right where they had left off. He should have known that things had changed. Life wasn’t the same as when they were both young senators in Barcelona. It was more complicated now and more dangerous.
I liked the premise of this story: kidnapping, suspense, and subterfuge with the addition of a bit of ménage a trios (m/f/m = vamp/were/fey), m/m, and a bit of bondage. However, when the characters kept referring to the Senate in Barcelona and the Immortal Council, I felt as if I was missing something important. Maybe it was the back story of the Council and the history of Javier and Catherine.
The one ménage scene was puzzling. I understand what and why Javier, Catherine and Talen participated, but it didn’t work for me. The scenes between Catherine and Javier were hot and intense - those silken, heated ribbons Javier used…..well….. The m/m went overboard with the cruelty involved.
Javier remembered the rumors he had heard back in Barcelona of the fey king’s sexual preferences. Feroas dominated his servants in every way possible and that included sexually. It didn’t matter whether they were male or female. The tales of abuse and humiliation made Javier cringe.
King Feroas was using orgies, sex and violence, and the energies they produced to gain more and more power. Feroas hunger for power is almost comical.
If you’re a Suzanne Rock fan and you enjoyed Book 1 of the Immortal Realms, I’m sure you’ll like this one. For me, the promise of an impressive tale was lost in the tangle of brutality and magick, magick, magick. (less)