This is a very different werewolf story. Jessica McClain is the only female werewolf shifter of her kind, but s...moreReview also posted on Book Lovin' Mamas
This is a very different werewolf story. Jessica McClain is the only female werewolf shifter of her kind, but she cannot shift. The male werewolves believe she is a curse to their kind and they either want to harm he or kill her. Most of them want her dead, except for a select few and one of them being her father, who is trying to protect her. Jessica challenges one of the shifters that hate her to prove herself, but she ends up putting herself in danger even more. Until one day her father is forced to accept Jessica's offer to leave the compound, after she is brutally attacked by one werewolf who wants her dead after she challenged another.
Jessica is one kick butt female who knows how to take care of herself. She's trying everything to live in a world of males who hate her and she is trying to prove to everyone she can take care of herself. Her father is in denial on what is going on in his compound. She has been trying to tell him and his second command that she's no longer safe at the compound.
Amanda Carlson gives you a short novella that is full of action, blood, and humor. She gives you a female who can outwit and challenge the best alpha males out there. She may even scare you with how strong and determined she is...I know I was intimidated and she's only a fictional character. I loved this prequel of Jessica McClain and look forward to reading "Full Blooded" even more now. If you are a fan of Urban Fantasy and want to read about a kick butt heroine that challenges her werewolf kind with strength and wits...then you'll enjoy this short novella from Amanda Carlson. I believe I have found a female heroine who may be my TOP fave kick butt heroine since I started reading the urban fantasy genre. Look forward to reading more of Jessica McClain's story.(less)
Review also posted on Book Lovin' Mamas I received an complimentary copy of Caged for the Blog Tour with Pure Textuality in exchanged for an honest rev...moreReview also posted on Book Lovin' Mamas I received an complimentary copy of Caged for the Blog Tour with Pure Textuality in exchanged for an honest review. "Caged" is the first book in the Caged series by Amber Lynn Natusch, and it definitely helped introduce the main character and her dilemma very well. Ruby has been through a lot. After losing her parents one horrible night, she's trying to adapt well on her own. That horrible night also helped her gain her eye sight. She was blind for so many years, that she never even knew what her parents looked like. She's been having moments where she blacks out when she panics or is stressed out after since that night her parents were killed...but she has no idea what happens during the time she blacks out. She ends up meeting up with Sean, who she thinks is stalking her because he is always there. She also meets, Erik, who she is fascinated with the minute she sees him. But...both guys have their own agendas on why they want Ruby. Ruby ends up choosing between the two and ends up choosing the wrong one....now she is stuck in a jam...but in the mean time, she finds out exactly what is happening during the black outs. At first though, she does not believe it. She has to see the aftermath of the black outs to really understand what she truly is and why certain kind of people want her. She also has to witness something that someone does in front her to believe that it is really true. My thoughts on the first book to the Caged series was that it was a very enjoyable read. I loved how the author introduced the characters in the beginning and what happened to Ruby in the beginning. I was lost a little at first, but then I was able to follow the story more once I understood what happened to Ruby thoroughly later on in the book. This is definitely a good book for the first to the series and it explains what Ruby actually is very well. The only thing that bothered me was the main character sometimes. I really did not click with her well. Maybe the way she always was getting frustrated and yelling at the other characters and maybe the way she talked period. ( I did like the fact that the way for her to relieve stress was to dance and that is definitely a great stress reliever ) One of my favorite parts were when Ruby, Sean, and Ruby's friend Ronnie were at a store (which is actually the excerpt in the guest post/giveaway post above). Ronnie played a short role, but she definitely put Ruby in her place. Sean was my favorite character in the story because of the way he was always there for Ruby. Even when I found out what he really was, I still loved him because I knew in the end, he really loved being around Ruby. Be prepared if you do read it, to have a lot of bad guys in the story. The ending was a doozy for me. I did not like that one chick that was introduced. I felt terrible for Ruby. (sorry won't give away..no spoilers here) I recommend this urban fantasy and paranormal romance readers out there who enjoys a book that keeps you guessing on what is going to happen next to the main character. (The poor girl went through so much...I do not know how she handled it so well. Although, she did have something that no other person had that helped her.) I plan on reading the 2nd book whenever I get the chance because I do want to find out if certain characters will hook up in the end. =) (less)
I always love reading books from new authors that I haven't tried out yet. I came across Robin P. Waldrop at Goodreads.com...which is my fave site to...moreI always love reading books from new authors that I haven't tried out yet. I came across Robin P. Waldrop at Goodreads.com...which is my fave site to be on. Once I read the description of "Ties of the Blood Moon", I knew I had to see what it was all about.
First off, this is my first book I've read that has it's location in Alaska. Usually, when you read about Vampires it's in Louisiana or another southern state (except for Twilight of course). Werewolves are usually in northern Washington, Colorado, etc. It's time for a book to have most of it's action in Alaska. One state I would love to visit.
Robin P. Waldrop takes you into a different world of Werewolves and Vampires. They work together, actually. Well...kind of. The werewolves have been waiting for their princess to come back and take the throne. ***That's a storyline never used before...and I really enjoyed it***.
She throws in twists and turns you weren't expecting...like the ending. Really...Robin...that was not expected. I kept thinking other things, but you really threw me off. Sorry, everyone I'm not spoiling anything about this book. If you want to find out what Robin does, you need to read it for yourself. I hate giving out spoilers.
Now for one of the things that I wasn't really fond of...in the beginning it just dragged on, with a love development story between the characters. It did remind me a little bit about Twilight in the beginning, but after awhile, it took it a different turn...which made me like it again. Sometimes, having too much of a development of romance in the characters and not enough action, makes me want to put down a book and stop reading it. I can't stand heroines who also complain and whine. Genevieve did irritate me in parts of the books, but that's because she's a teenager. I remember being a teenager, but I'm glad I didn't act like her in certain parts of the book when she gave her Aunt a hard time.
I will say this, Robin, definitely had me loving the characters, Joseph and Luna in the book. I especially loved Joseph. There is just something about him, I like better than William. Luna of course is an amazing friend to Genevieve and I loved how Robin writes about the friendship between Luna and Genevieve. You don't usually see that in books. You usually just read about the romance, not friendship.
I recommend this to anyone who loves a different twist to the vampire/werewolf stories and who also loves twists and turns. You'll definitely get a few "What the heck" and "No way" in this book.
Thank you, Robin for giving me a chance to read/review your book. I look forward to reading more about these characters and find out what their next adventure is. (less)
The first book I finished in 2012. =) I was determined to finish "Touch of Surrender" by the 1st of the year and I'm glad I did because I have a stack...moreThe first book I finished in 2012. =) I was determined to finish "Touch of Surrender" by the 1st of the year and I'm glad I did because I have a stack of books that I need to read in the next month. This was not my favorite book in the series at all and I think I'm being a little nice by giving this book 3 stars. The only thing I enjoyed about this book was Morgan, the Heroine in the story and Ashe. The Hero, Kierland, was pissing me off. I wanted to go through the book and slap him like crazy. He sounded like whiny B**** instead of a Man. Grrr!!! I also felt like the story was dragging and didn't really have much action to it. It was mostly going back and forth to Morgan and Kierland's point of view. Morgan would complain about Kierland's mean attentions and Kierland would say how difficult it was to work with and be with Morgan. There was a few times, I wanted to throw the book across the room. The only thing that got me interested was when Morgan's ex-lover, and close friend, Ashe came into the book. It was about time someone knocked some sense into Kierland and even Morgan. I was upset the book didn't have much of a storyline to it also. It was focusing on Kellan's character, Kierland's brother and getting him back. I do love Kellan though and I'm looking forward to his book...but Kierland didn't even many fight scenes like the previous books did. He had more of a emotional drama instead of a physical one. He just didn't know what he wanted until he almost lost Morgan and even then, he was being a big pain in the ass...not seeing the BIG Picture. Gr! I plan on reading the next book in the series and hopefully it will get me back to loving the series...but as of now...the only thing that saved this book was a Vampire who I wish I knew more about. I was even hoping Morgan would hook back up with him instead of Kierland. I recommend this book who loves the series...and who actually adores Kierland in previous books...but for me...Kierland didn't live up to his potential like I thought he was. (less)
I'm in shock. What just happened? What the heck? What a friggin' cliffhanger! Definitely...moreARC provided by Penguin. Review found also on Book Lovin Mamas
I'm in shock. What just happened? What the heck? What a friggin' cliffhanger! Definitely didn't expect that at all. After finishing this book, I threw my hands up in the air with clenched fists, screaming Why?!! Don't leave me hanging like that! This book took me through so many emotional moments, that I'm glad my husband wasn't here to witness it. He would've took me to a shrink. He would've told the shrink that I was losing my mind going crazy over fictional characters. He's right though because I've fallen in love with every character in this book. I feel so sorry for Falon. How can you choose over honorable, golden boy, Rafael or dark and dangerous, who hates the laws, Lucien? I sure can't. Falon is one strong-willed, dangerous alpha female in this book who put Lucien in his place several times. My favorite part in the book is on page 44 when Falon tells Lucien off. You go girl!! I love strong ass heroines and she's one of my favorites now after reading this book. Some people may find her annoying because she can't choose who she loves, Rafe or Luca? But...really if you were in her shoes, could you? In Blood Law, we got to read about Falon and Rafe together. I thought Karin couldn't top the scenes she did in that book, but of course she proved me wrong and I'm forever in "Awe" because of it. The sex scenes, the emotions, the fight scenes, and even the hilarious moments in "Bloodright" will have you not wanting to put the book down. I lost sleep because of this book. I read it slowly because I know how far December is away. I wanted to cherish every moment with these characters. There was so much I loved about this book...it would take me forever to list. "Bloodright" picks up where "Blood Law" left off from. You are thrown into the chaos of Lucien choosing Falon over killing her. He wanted to play at Rafe's emotions and he definitely did in this book. Falon of course wants nothing to do with him. Although, after being with him so long, she finds he's irresistible in a different way than Rafe. She feels the need to tame the beast in him. Poor Rafe in this book is forced to do something he doesn't want to. How could he get over his chosen mate in just a short period time? After reading this book though I feel that Falon has 9 lives. That girl died so many times, it wasn't funny. The end though is what's going to blow your mind. I won't give away the spoiler of it. Just remember to pay attention when you read it. I recommend this book to anyone who is a erotica lover, shifter addict (like I am), and isn't afraid to get out of your comfort zone...because there will be times you will you'll have to put down the book to breathe normally. This book definitely took me out of my comfort zone, but in a GREAT way. I don't think I'll ever read a book that tops Karin's writing style ever again. I thought Laurell K. Hamilton had me out of my comfort zone with her sex scenes. I definitely was wrong. Karin Tabke has become the BEST Erotica/Paranormal Romance I've read. I'm going to be in tears when the next book comes out because that will be the last book. All things must come to end though. I will say this, I will be re-reading this books over and over again whenever I want my fix of Luca. Yes...I'm rooting for Lucien. I love the dangerous, dark men who need to be tamed. If you haven't even thought about reading the Blood Moon Rising Trilogy, what are you waiting for? Countdown starts now for "Blood Vow". Hurry up, December and get here. (less)
I have a thing for Wolves and Navy Seals…put them together and I’m in HEAVEN. *Sigh* The minute I found out tha...moreReview also posted on Book Lovin' Mamas
I have a thing for Wolves and Navy Seals…put them together and I’m in HEAVEN. *Sigh* The minute I found out that Terry combines my two very interest, I knew I had to read this book. I jumped at the chance when I saw it in Netgalley. Begin the review of swooning over Finn Emerson….I mean “A Seal in Wolf’s Clothing. =) What a Strong, Protective Alpha Male! He has become another FAVE of the Heart of the Wolf Series…and I consider him one of my Book Boyfriends of 2012. Who wouldn’t want to hook up with a Alpha Male like him and also a plus that he’s a Seal. I know you ladies dream about hooking up with a Navy Seal. =) I’ve had the pleasure in real life working out with Navy Seals while I was in the Navy…let me just say..their workout routines are no joke and their bodies are always fit. ALWAYS! (begin daydream of men in short beige shorts, shirtless on the beach…Yeah…I get to see that a lot here in Va Beach)…I’m allowed to look. =) What did I think about this amazing book? I had a hard time putting it down of course. I love strong female and male characters. Terry Spear writes two characters that are perfect together. They both have their similarities and differences. More similarities then they care to admit. Meara is the fierce, feisty woman who lets Finn know she can take care of herself, but you know how Alpha Males usually are, they’re very protective of their ladies. Put a stubborn female with a stubborn male, your going to see heads butting, eyes rolling, smart remarks and irresistible love making of course. The story that Terry created for this book, puts you into the world where Navy Seals are not to be messed with and how they come together when one of them is in trouble…or someone in the family is trouble. If shifters were real of course…I definitely could see Navy Seals being Alpha Males of a Pack. No wonder why Terry wrote this book. In this book, the Meara’s being targeted because the Seal Team that Finn is apart of is being targeted by a unknown source. They have no idea who is trying to kill them, so Finn takes it upon himself to protect Meara. Meara and Finn of course are thrown into obstacles in this book with the hit men and also with their feelings for each other. The horrible thing is Finn is not supposed to hook up with Meara, it’s against Meara’s brothers rules for his Seal buddies..unfortunately Finn can’t resist her. Oh well..looks like not only Finn has to fight the killer(s) off…but he has to fight off Hunter (Meara’s brother). Gotta love over protective big brother…no body is good for his little sister. I definitely enjoyed this book and reading about Meara and Finn. I even got some of Hunter and Tessa again which I read about in a previous book in the series, “To Tempt the Wolf”. I don’t really want to spoil the book to anyone who hasn’t read it. If you haven’t…you need to add it to your TBR lists or go out and buy it now. You don’t have to read it in order…since this is the 9th book in the series. Terry pretty much explains everything in each book she writes. I also love the fact that Meara reads romance novels and how the romance books she usually reads is from a female author who actually got her own story. I recommend this book to anyone who loves wolf shifters, strong hero characters, and of course who has an addiction with Navy Seals. I’ve been fan of Terry Spear since I found the first 3 books on the shelves of a local book store and ever since, I’ve made sure to keep up with her books and what is next in this series. If I had to grab some books off of my book shelves in a hurry because of a apocalyptic crisis here on Earth (cause I can’t live without books of course)…this would be the series I would grab. I can’t get enough of the Heart of the Wolf Series. I’m looking forward to the next Wolf book from Terry Spear and looking even more forward to the Jaguar series in October. =) (less)
First off let me just say, look at that beautiful, sexy cover for "Dreaming of the Wolf". I love it!!!! You know to not ever judge a book by it's cove...moreFirst off let me just say, look at that beautiful, sexy cover for "Dreaming of the Wolf". I love it!!!! You know to not ever judge a book by it's cover, but this one, I have to say is one reason I adore this book. It seems every book's cover for the Heart of the Wolf Series gets better and better. I have to say also, is the model on the cover fits Jake's description very perfectly and I'm jealous now of Alicia getting Jake in the book. She's one lucky Gal. If you have never read the Heart of the Wolf Series, WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?! Terry Spear writes her wolf series, like they are actual wolves in the wild, not like the movie "The Wolfman." This is one main reason why I adore this series and I can't get enough of the Sexy Alpha Males she comes up with. Now in "Dreaming of the Wolf", we are going back to Silver Town to finally get Jake his Mate. I love Jake not only for his looks, but the Man is a Photographer. He loves taking photos of Wildflowers. I would love to meet a Man who adores taking photos of beautiful things like flowers. I love taking photos myself, and flowers have been my favorite thing to photography since I took of Photography in 2006. The minute I started reading about Jake, I fell head over heels for him. Jake is definitely a very over-protective Alpha Male too, which who wouldn't want this Man watching over them? He finds his perfect Mate while trying to put his photos in a Art Gallery. He comes across Alicia...well, he actually kind of stalks her. Although, I have to say again, she's one lucky gal to have such a sexy hunk stalk her. Jake doesn't realize he's about to meet Alicia who is in kind of bind with the Mob. She is a Bounty Hunter and she's trying to put her Mom's killers behind bars where they belong. She has no idea she's about to fall into the Supernatural world that she never thought could exist and she is also about to meet the One Man who will change her luck on Love and Marriage. Let's just say, that Alicia gets lucky even in the beginning of the book and I loved the Woods Scene. =) From beginning to end, I had a hard time putting down this book. I love how Terry Spear, always makes the story so interesting. This book took you into the world of Mobsters and what would happen if you threw in Werewolves in the mix. She also brings back old characters from previous books. I love getting a look at Lelandi's pregnancy more and having Darrien again. Yum!!! I also loved the ending the most. Who would thought, a Wedding would happen at Silver Town...but when I woman puts her mind into something, who can say No to Lovely Lelandi. "Dreaming of the Wolf" has become one of my FAVE books I've read in 2011 and I definitely look forward to the next book in the series coming out next year. The best part is I got a sneak peek of "A Seal in Wolf's Clothing" at the end of "Dreaming of the Wolf". I'm looking forward to reading about Meara and Finn Emerson. Thank you again, Terry Spear for my Alpha Male Fix again this year. I look forward to the next books in the series and again, you have a FAN for life!!! I recommend this to any reader out there that has an obsession with Sexy Alpha Males and Daring Heroines. You will definitely enjoy this book and all the other books in the Series.(less)
"Lord of the Wolfyn" by Jessica Anderson was interesting at first because I definitely love the comparison with Red Riding Hood and the Wolf...but it...more"Lord of the Wolfyn" by Jessica Anderson was interesting at first because I definitely love the comparison with Red Riding Hood and the Wolf...but it seemed this book lacked what I'm used to in a paranormal romance. I love Jessica Anderson's reading style, don't get me wrong, but I feel this book could've had more to it. It seemed to be rushed liked the other books in the series. I understand the authors were only allowed certain amount to write in a short period...but I feel that maybe each book could've had more. That's my honest opinion though. I did love the character Dayn in this book and it seems he has become my favorite so far in the series. A hunky vampire who also turns wolfyn...that definitely is my dream come true in paranormal romance. He has a lot of power and sexiness to him. As for Reda though, there were moments I just didn't like her character. She always seemed scared and I understand what she went through losing her partner, Benz...but she had a hard time getting over it and also learning that she was tough, she just had to let go of her past and look to her future. I don't really like weak heroines, but at the end of the book, she finally decided that maybe it was time to step up and finally conquer her fear. I wish she would've found that out in the beginning. There wasn't much action in this book also, which the 1st book and 2nd book had. There wasn't much obstacles for the characters. It seemed it was mostly a love obstacle for them both. Could they or would they be together or would Reda have to go back to her world and leave Dayn to focus on his world and conquer the Blood Sorcerer. It was driving me crazy at times and I had to put the book down for awhile and come back to it later. I will give Jessica Anderson this, when Dayn and Reda finally made up their minds to be together and bond, she had a great scene between them both and I also loved how she showed the bond between them both afterwards and how Dayn was able to track down Reda after she was captured. I've actually read a short book from Jessica Anderson from one of the Anthologies I have on my book shelves and I've been meaning to read more from her, but just hadn't had the time, but now I will put some of her books to my to-read list and definitely will keep up with her books now after reading this one. I may have gave this book 3 stars...but the Author I give 4.5 stars. =) (less)
I finished this book October '11 and had to get it back to the library in a hurry. Thanks to my local library f...moreReview also posted on Book Lovin' Mamas
I finished this book October '11 and had to get it back to the library in a hurry. Thanks to my local library for ordering this book so I can read it. I gave it actually 4.5 stars. I enjoyed reading this book and think I will have to buy it eventually for my own collection at home. Now onto my opinion of the book. Let me just say I wasn't really into the book at the beginning. I thought it took awhile to get it up to some action and drama that I was used to reading. After a few chapters though, it got really interesting and I had a hard time putting it down. Especially, the sex scenes between the main characters Rafael and Falon. Wow!!!! It got really heated and steamy between them and I don't think I've ever read a book where the characters had so much love and sex with each other except maybe the Anita Blake Series by Laurell K. Hamilton. It even threw in a threesome almost in this book between the two brothers and Falon...but I won't get into how that happened. All I can say is Falon, the poor woman is going through a difficult time in this book and goes through hell...but she is ONE TOUGH CHICK. I loved the ending the most because it left such a KICKASS Cliffhanger that will piss you off. At least it pissed me off because I wasn't expecting it...but in a good way of pissing off. Again, poor Falon...that woman sure has gotten herself into a jam. Now onto the characters...my favorite character has to be Falon of course because she's one strong ass female character. In fact she's been the strongest female I've read since "Dark Taste of Rapture" by Gena Showalter. Noelle and Falon would get along very well together. She goes through a lot in this book which anyone would feel sorry for her. At least I definitely did. The woman didn't know who or what she was exactly, but she knew she was different. She's being tracked down by the Slayers, but ends up coming across the Lycans. That is when she meets Rafael who she doesn't think she can trust at first. She doesn't know what world she is landed in when she comes across the Slayers and Lycans, but she has to learn quickly how to survive in their two worlds. My thoughts on Rafael in this book is this guy definitely has had it hard too. Not only is he trying to save his pack, but he's also having to deal with his twin brother who has it out for him for killing his mate. Whoever Rafael decides to mate, his twin brother has a right to kill as per the Blood Law. Poor Rafael, if he meets his soulmate, he will be forced to turn her over to be killed by his brother. Who would want that? I almost want to hug him. He'll only know love for awhile...but what if he's willing to fight the Blood Law? Now that is when it gets really interesting. You will have to read this book to find out what the brothers are fighting about. I don't want to spoil it for anyone who hasn't read it. I do want to read more about the twin brother though in the next book, which I know will happen. =) You'll also need to read the book to find out what Falon finds out about herself. Karin Tabke definitely knows how to make you sit on the edge of your seat. I look forward to reading the next book in the series and getting to know more about the characters and what happens next.(less)