This review is just for SHADOW HUNTER by Kait Ballenger. I didn't bother to read the other story by Gena Showa Reviewed at Bitten By Paranormal Romance
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. ...more
I picked this book up on a whim. Something I rarely do because this is a new author for me and I didn't recall Reviewed at Bitten By Paranormal Romance
I picked this book up on a whim. Something I rarely do because this is a new author for me and I didn't recall reading any reviews about this book. Sweet cover, nice blurb - I took a chance. Little did I know there was a 0.5 Novella out there. Ah well...
TWILIGHT HUNTER is fast paced and entertaining. As part of the Execution Underground, Jace's specialty is hunting and destroying werewolves. His hatred for the creatures stems from his own mixed blood. Talk about Daddy issues - WOW - this guy has them. When he stumbles upon Frankie at a gruesome murder site, he doesn't kill her but becomes very intrigued. Of course, it's during the annual mating season and what soon follows during the full moon is inevitable.
The PNR creature murdering the girls is one sicko. Jace and Frankie combine their skills to catch this guy, which causes nothing but problems with Execution Underground HQ.
I would have rated this book 5 Stars except for one thing which really bothered me. (view spoiler)[Although Jace always thought he was a half-breed werewolf, it turns out he is a Skinwalker. Great news! Unfortunately, Ms. Ballenger does nothing with it, end of story. (hide spoiler)]
BTW, the other members of the Underground have their own specialties: Vamp, demon, ghost, shifter, occult. Look for more books to come! I'm headed to the library to check out After Dark: The Darkest Angel/Shadow Hunter. I want to know why Damon is so damn angry all of the time.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
Ms. Keraleigh has built a fantastical fairy world where the alpha men fly around in nothing but a loincloth. F Reviewed at Bitten By Paranormal Romance
Ms. Keraleigh has built a fantastical fairy world where the alpha men fly around in nothing but a loincloth. FAIRY UNBROKEN is the third installment of the series which is an energetic and engaging story. I was hooked within the first few pages as Keyn fell from the sky.
Because of what happened to him as a young boy, Keyn can’t bear to be in the presence of humans - almost to the point of becoming physically ill. This becomes a real problem when he realizes Trillian, a human female, is his mate, because she is the only one who soothes his wounded soul. No matter, Trillian has her brother to worry about and has no intentions of keeping house with “wingman”.
Keyn and Trillian have that “love/hate” relationship building. The banter they have going on is priceless. Here is a snippet:
“Food,” he said flatly and placed a tray on the table. “Thanks.” She walked toward it and noted how he stiffened and took a step back. Might as well get this out of the way. “I won’t be your mate.” She grabbed what looked like a yellow carrot and chomped on it. Keyn lifted a brow. “Good.” That’s it? This guy wouldn’t be getting laid and that’s all he had to say? “Fine.” “Great,” he muttered and turned to walk out. “So, you’ll take me home then?” He halted at the door. “No.” With that, he left. “You’re an asshole!” she yelled before he could walk too far.
The trolls are causing trouble as usual in the Fairy Kingdom. Ms. Keraleigh shines a bit more light on Whisper and gives a tease with a very brief appearance by Valen. All is not lost – he may get his story yet!
FAIRY UNBROKEN is a story I devoured in one sitting. It is a fun and entertaining story with lively characters I enjoy getting to know and revisit. ...more
This was just the type of read I was looking for: Quick, easy to read, and I didn't get lost in a mess of characters or world I knew nothing about. JuThis was just the type of read I was looking for: Quick, easy to read, and I didn't get lost in a mess of characters or world I knew nothing about. Just makes me want to read more of her world. Everything I look for in a novella. And being free was the icing on the cake....more
I admit - it took me awhile to catch on to the Fallen World. There is a Glossary and Family Tree at the end of Reviewed at Bitten By Paranormal Romance
I admit - it took me awhile to catch on to the Fallen World. There is a Glossary and Family Tree at the end of the book; which should be read BEFORE starting to read this book. Even so, I still struggled with their vernacular and hierarchy until I was about half-way through with reading the book. The Kindred are a very interesting world of three distinctive sects/houses of the Fallen. All of whom have an interest in Serenity and some of their intentions are not very honorable.
Serenity is Kindred - even though she was raised by humans. Serenity’s relationship with her fiancé, Evan, is a comfortable one (read here: BORING). He has been her only family for umpteen years. When Serenity meets Cyrus and their energy streams (anima) intertwine, she is confused by her instant attraction to the stranger. I know the Kindred’s life force and kabashem (soul mate) are the central themes, but for some reason it didn’t sit well with me. Maybe it was too much energy sharing and not enough hot monkey sex.
I did like Ms. Rushdan’s use of the Egyptian mythos. I was very surprised by one development in the story - didn’t see that coming! (Nope, no spoilers from me.) I hope Abbadon will get his own story; as I’m a sucker for second chance at love tropes.
Ms. Rushdan has taken her vision of mythology and angels to a diverse level of paranormal. The premise is a very solid one, but I feel the book could have been shorter without losing any significance. I found the writing to be easy to read, but there were times when it was choppy and static, turning into more of a “telling” mode. The sex scenes aren’t as hot or frequent as you would expect for today’s PNR – the language bordering on quaint. Everything taken into consideration, I see The Kindred Chronicles series greatly improving as future books are penned....more
I didn’t think it would be possible, but, yes, Lucas Donlon, Vampire Lord of the Plains Territory has unseated Reviewed at Bitten By Paranormal Romance
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! ...more
IMMORTAL SURRENDER opens with a prologue that gives you a glimpse of the evil incarnate that is Azazel; alongReviewed at Bitten By Paranormal Romance
IMMORTAL SURRENDER opens with a prologue that gives you a glimpse of the evil incarnate that is Azazel; along with the suffering the Knights Templar experience in search of their Seraph. The prologue is a tease from Ms. Ashgrove of a scrumptious tale yet to come.
Ms. Ashgrove uses the tropes of miscommunication, misunderstandings, and the attraction of complete opposites and carries these throughout the story with good use. Farran, our hero, just wants to do his duty: Battle Azazel and his minions, find Seraphs for the other knights, and when his time comes, let his soul go where it may. Noelle, our atheist scientist, has no use for religion or theology and puts her trust in proven science. The two are paired when the ever conniving Gabriel assigns Farran as a bodyguard for Noelle and the Sudarium. There is one thing that I didn’t agree with. Noelle does something, which as a scientist in her field would never do. But I guess desperate times call for desperate measures and after all this is fiction – so I give it a pass.
It doesn’t take long for our H/h to grate/grow on each other as the action starts. Throw in a heap ‘o baggage that both of them have been carrying around for far too long and well, here is a great example:
Farran set his chin and looked beyond Mikhail, to the wall once more. “I care not. I will do what is asked of me otherwise. I will lend my strengthened sword. I will work at her side. But I shall not swear loyalty to her. My vows are to my brethren.” The soothing tone of Mikhail’s voice cracked as he exclaimed, “ ’Tis unacceptable!” “Mayhap.” Farran punctuated his response with a curt nod. “Which do you desire more, Mikhail? The reinforcement of our Order or a petty vow that, should you force my hand, I shall not uphold?” Long seconds passed as the two men stared each other down. Noelle pursed her lips so tight they began to tingle. How dare him. Wasn’t it bad enough he made his dislike of her known in private? Did he really have to go and shame her in front of someone else? She might not be anywhere near as beautiful as Anne, or likely the other women he associated with, but she wasn’t chopped liver either. She had good qualities. A brain for starters. And once upon a time, a guy had said her ass wasn’t half bad. Damn him. He could add insensitive jerk to his ever-growing list of faults. Asshole too, if she cared to be blunt. She willed her emotions under control and forbade the rush of tears to stop before they trickled down her cheeks. She didn’t care what he thought of her. It didn’t matter. He was nuts, and she was going home. One way or the other.
The battle of wills and sexual tension between these two leap off of the pages. It’s delish!
As if there weren’t enough problems with the uber-evil trying to gain control, Ms. Ashgrove sweetens the pot with malcontents among the Knights. And they are brewing up trouble - B.I.G. time.
IMMORTAL SURRENDER is the second in The Curse of the Templars series, I feel it can be read as a stand- alone. Ms. Ashgrove provides enough details in this harsh and captivating world without being overwhelming. Several characters that were introduced in IMMORTAL HOPE make a reappearance, and the continuing arc of finding Anne’s missing sister has a brief mention. This is one series that I have really enjoyed reading.
Ms. Ashgrove has another champion with IMMORTAL SURRENDER and her brand of romance, honor and bravery of the Knights Templar....more
Before I get started, some of you may be wondering why Ms. Reynolds would revisit characters she already wrote Reviewed at Bitten By Paranormal Romance
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…......more
When Laurie approached me about reading this one, I was a bit hesitant, because, well you know "once bitten, t Reviewed at Bitten By Paranormal Romance
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....more
I’m on the fence with this one. It’s one of those stores that were lukewarm. None of the characters ever ignited the pages for me, even though they weI’m on the fence with this one. It’s one of those stores that were lukewarm. None of the characters ever ignited the pages for me, even though they were likeable enough. However, the heroine got on my last never and just about made the TSTL List even though she was a brilliant scientist!
Honestly, I wasn’t quite sure what this Cloak Warrior and Demon of Fear world/feud consisted of until halfway through the book and everything finally clicked into place. It grew to be quite aggravating.
I’m not giving up on this new series yet – if for one reason alone. Zoltan. I love that name!...more
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 youWOW - 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?...more
A paranormal romance that comes up a bit short on the story but serves up several hot helpings of sexual bliss. Although, I couldn't help but like theA paranormal romance that comes up a bit short on the story but serves up several hot helpings of sexual bliss. Although, I couldn't help but like the hero - with the name of Luke Spencer (GH anyone?) - who knows how to pleasure his woman. This isn't one to be read when you're alone; unless you'll be having a visit with "Bob"....more