I had never hear of this book or author until the crazy Cabin Goddess Kriss Morton came banging on my Facebook wall about an urban fantasy I had to re...moreI had never hear of this book or author until the crazy Cabin Goddess Kriss Morton came banging on my Facebook wall about an urban fantasy I had to read. Based on the cover I probably wouldn’t have given it much thought, but Kriss was so insistent and the blurb sounded interesting enough I thought why not?! Talk about a gem in the rough! The rough is the cover and the inside is pure magic. I devoured this story.
When reading a first person it's the voice of the character that has to grab you and Jesse did right from the beginning. I loved her hard and crunchy outside and her soft and chewy inside. Take a great character, create a unique world and a story line that has me guessing the whole time and you have a winner. Most stories have a hook in the first page that makes you want to know more. This one had multiple hooks popping up throughout.
Jesse is a death replacement agent. In her world 2% of the population are Necronites (and don’t call them zombies because that is rude). You don’t know if you are a Necronite until you die and find yourself waking up at the morgue. These people can act as death replacements for those who have enough money, but not everyone is happy with this. The church thinks Necronites are abominations, the government wants to experiment on them and rigor mortis is a bitch, but a warm bath can ease the transition.
Jesse has a past she is running from, a boyfriend she can’t commit too, a handler who has had it up to “here!” with her and a best friend (ex-lover) she is trying to keep from hurting again. People are killing death replacement agents (kill, killing them) and Jesse plans on finding out who after a botched attempt on her life. There are many twists and turns to the story but I don’t want to ruin them.
This is a well written urban fantasy with a murder mystery, dark humor and a pug named Winston.
Quote-tasti-cal: All our eyes went to Brinkley’s crotch and the dark stain about four inches below his gun. I arched an eyebrow. “I could say—“ Brinkley stopped me, ears bright red. “That—“ He refused to look at his crotch, which resulted in his pointing at it. “—is your fault.” “I’d remember making you piss blood.” His tone turned dangerously even. “When we picked you up from the hospital, they missed a piece of glass. When I pulled it out, you squirted on me,” he said, jaw still tight. “It would seem even your corpse is a sarcastic little shit.”
This is a story that almost was. There is a fabulously creepy plot with a cool twist and you have no idea what the evil is until the very end. But… fo...moreThis is a story that almost was. There is a fabulously creepy plot with a cool twist and you have no idea what the evil is until the very end. But… for me, it gets lost in its execution. There are many subplots going on that merge together at the end, but they don’t feel connected to the main story and only added unnecessary length to the book. With the help of a top-notch editor this book could be a 4.5 sheeper, but I think since this is a debut book and most of its problems were with the technical aspects of storytelling the author will only get better with each book. You should keep an eye on his name.
I have to be careful talking about the plot because spoilers would ruin the story. If you have spider issues, stay away from this book! Chester is a black widow spider who takes up residence in Clive’s ear and the reason why is one of the surprise twists of the story. I liked Chester, but I felt he acted more like an angry teenager than what he is supposed to be, which I can’t tell you without ruining things. I really didn’t like the main character Clive. He is an ass for the most part and I never really felt sympathetic to his plight or any of the other characters for that matter, but this might have been the intention of the author. There wasn’t much suspense until near the end of the story so it was easy to put the book down, but I always wanted to go back and find out what was going on.
It seems like I found a lot wrong with the story but like I said earlier, it is a good editor away from a great book. I think it is still worth the read for those who like a serial killer horror story. I read a variety of genres, everything from Oedipus to The Haunted Vagina and I have loved (and hated) everything in between, so I don’t want any grief over what I am going to say . I think this is a guy’s book. Some stories appeal to both sexes and some appeal to only one. Movies are the same way. A guy’s idea of love and relationships is different. Girls won’t like Clive, he is a loser and a jerk. Having said this, there are a lot of female reviewers who have given this book 4 and 5 star ratings. So there you go… make sure to check out what others are saying.
Hot, freaking vampire alert! Reynolds writes a smoking series called Vampires in America, and the first book is Raphael. I absolutely loved this chara...moreHot, freaking vampire alert! Reynolds writes a smoking series called Vampires in America, and the first book is Raphael. I absolutely loved this character. He's an old school vamp, and by that I mean he is powerful, knows it and makes no excuses for it. Other vamps can physically feel his power when he walks into a room and he can kill you with just a thought. He will hit all your alpha male buttons and leave you saying “Thank you!” His mate, who he meets in his novel, is the human Cyn and I liked her too. She is a private investigator, former cop, and all bad ass which makes her the perfect match for Raphael. I like how Reynolds portrays their intense love and passion for each other and it is their strength as well as their weakness.
Fans have been asking for more Raphael and Cyn and Reynolds delivered with a novella series about the couple. The novella Betrayed serves two purposes: it introduces us to Lucas, the main character of the next Vampires in America novel, coming out Oct. 2012, and helps set the stage for what events will happen in his book. I really like Lucas because he has a sense of humor and seems good natured rather than being the stereotypical brooding vamp. It also lets us visit with Raphael and Cyn again. There are a couple erotic sex scenes between them, because…well that is how they roll, but there is a solid story about what happens when Raphael tries to hide something from Cyn for her own protection.
This is great story for Raphael and Cyn fans and even if you haven’t read the series yet, you will get a taste of these two and want to read more.
If you haven’t read the first book in the Wall of Night series, Heir of Night, then I suggest you do that before reading The Gathering of the Lost. Th...moreIf you haven’t read the first book in the Wall of Night series, Heir of Night, then I suggest you do that before reading The Gathering of the Lost. The Gathering begins 5 years after the end of Heir and I think it is important to understand what led the characters to where they are now. Like all fantasy there is a tremendous amount of world-building and it is best to start from the beginning. In my review of Heir of Night, I admitted Fantasy isn’t my genre. I did read the Lord of the Rings Trilogy, but that is the extent of my fantasy knowledge. However, I love The Wall of Night series because it is a fantastic story full of action, adventure and magic. The Gathering of the Lost is the second book in this eventual 4 book series.
While Heir was about the Deria and life on the Wall, this book is about the life and people of Haarth after the Great Cataclysm, a period of devastating natural disasters followed by civil war and the fall of the Old Empire. I don't want to discuss the plot of this book because there are a ton of revelations and twists that would ruin the first book as well as this one if you knew ahead of time. The unexpected events are one of the reasons I love this series so much. Pretty much what I could talk about is in the Gathering's blurb at the top of the post.
This story is richly layered with multiple story lines coming together and Helen’s depiction of this world is vivid and complete. I would swear this was a real place and the author lives there. We meet so many characters in this book it is almost overwhelming, but none of them feel frivolous.
The writing is exceptional and the clever weaving of a “hiding behind the mask” theme is impressive. I am in awe Helen’s ability to write a story of this scope and not have any plot holes or WTH? moments. This isn’t a light read by any means; every word counts, so if you skim you will miss something. At over six hundred pages this book is one you must give your complete attention to and be actively engaged, but the payoff is worth it. Helen does a good job of occasionally summing up what has happened so far, which is a great help to me because with kids running around I wasn’t able to focus sometimes and I needed that extra help to connect the dots. There is some romance, but it is a bitter-sweet. The Wall of Night series has enthralled me and I look forward to what other surprises are in store for Malian and the House of Night as well as the joy of Helen’s writing. Book 3 will be called Daughter of Blood. find this review and more: http://ismellsheep.blogspot.com/2012/...(less)
3.5 stars This story picks up right after the events from book #3 Tempted. You can read this as a standalone and enjoy the romance between Orpheus and...more3.5 stars This story picks up right after the events from book #3 Tempted. You can read this as a standalone and enjoy the romance between Orpheus and Skyla, but you will be missing out on extensive world building and overall story arc information. Naughton does a good job of giving you the basics you will need to understand, but at book #4 there are so many character storylines that cross each other you would miss out on what makes this series such a pleasure to read. There is a glossary at the back of the book, but I would really appreciate a cheat sheet about who is who.
The story is way too complicated to go over in a review so I will just talk about the romance. Orpheus is convinced he is a monster without any chance of redemption. He is part Argolean, Medean and daemon. Three races that hate each other; he shouldn’t even exist. But he has a past life that is over 2000 years old that only a few know about, that is intertwined with the Gods and the Siren Skyla. Hades is willing to kill to keep the secret from getting out.
Skyla had her heart broken 2000 years ago and has never truly recovered. She shut herself off emotionally and became Athena’s top assassin. Orpheus spends most of the book not understanding why he is so drawn to Skyla and she struggles with keeping his past a secret from him. In true PNR fashion the two give in to passion only to push each other away afterwards determined to focus on their own personal goals.
This is the 8th book in a series about an alien race from the now destroyed planet Zetith. The surviving Zetithian men have a feline gene that makes t...moreThis is the 8th book in a series about an alien race from the now destroyed planet Zetith. The surviving Zetithian men have a feline gene that makes them unbelievably good-looking, strong, and when it comes to sex they are unmatched by any other males in the universe (we will get to why in a bit). In true PNR fashion, each book is a stand-alone story about one couple. The author does a great job of catching the reader up on any world building so I never felt lost or like I might have missed something by not reading the previous books.
This story is about Tarq, a Zetithian, and a human named Lucy whose family lives on the planet Talus Five. This story could be called Sci-Fi, but in a very lose sense. It is a romance first and foremost and definitely leans in the erotic direction. The plot is a tried and true one in PNR. Our couple has come to a business agreement and both are using it as an excuse to be around the other... all the while pining over each other but thinking the other is just staying around because of their deal. Normally this type of PNR storyline does nothing for me, but Tarq and Lucy are just so darned likeable! They are both truly good people with real life vulnerabilities that are endearing and do the right thing despite how others treat them.
Tarq travels from world to world offering to impregnate women. Since his race was practically wiped out he is doing his part in helping re-establish it and he is very good at what he does. Unfortunately he thinks this is the only thing is good for because... read the rest of my review: http://www.loveromancepassion.com/rev...(less)
I really didn’t know what to expect when I downloaded this anthology. Linda Welch writes one of my favorite paranormal mysteries, The Whispering Serie...moreI really didn’t know what to expect when I downloaded this anthology. Linda Welch writes one of my favorite paranormal mysteries, The Whispering Series. I enjoy her writing style, humor and the dark edge to those stories, but she said this anthology was very different from those books. Boy, are they ever! And in the good way. These short stories are dark urban fantasy with a horror element, my kind of reading. The tag line for Femme Fatales could have been: Welcome to the dark side, we have monsters!
What I loved most about this anthology, other than how the women in these stories go from prey to predator in a blink of an eye, was the unique world-building. Usually authors first create a world in a novel and then release some cool short stories set in that world. As a result, sometimes you have to be familiar with the novels to really appreciate the shorts. Welch did things the other way around. During the course of the 6 stories she masterfully created a fascinating and disturbing world in which each story about a different woman living Austin, TX 50 years after the Great Cataclysm when the Earth split and creatures of the “otherworld” entered and the elves took control. Under the elves’ feudal style of government things are getting better, but the humans and other races are beginning to want their freedom back. Each short story gives us another POV of what life is like in this new world. I would love this anthology just based on the world building technique. Be warned, these stories are dark and life is brutal in this new world, but the vengeance is sweet. only $.99!
You don’t need to read this review. I can sum everything I am going to say in 3 words: READ THIS BOOK! I don’t think Janna is going to let me get away with just saying that (true as it may be) so I will ramble on with the occasional fangirl moments…
This story is 100% clever mystery thriller and 100% broken and tortured alpha male romance. The authors achieved the perfect balance. While I could guess who the serial killer was right off the bat; it was the method of their madness that kept me guessing till the end. They came up with a very clever motive for the killer. There is a lot of action and I found myself rolling my eyes at just how much of a beating these guys take, but like any action movie you just roll with it and enjoy the ride (pun intended ) There is some really good rough/tender sex between these two.
You know how some characters stay with you even after you finish the book? Ty and Zane are etched in my heart. Cut and Run is the first book in this series and the fourth book Divide and Conquer has just released. According to the authors there will be 9 total books. I can’t wait to watch Ty and Zane’s tumultuous relationship develop and, I am sure, fall apart once or twice before it is all over. I have no doubt I will be sobbing and squeeing all the way. I just hope the authors have pity on us and give them the HEA we will want.
I don’t want to talk about plot because this is a serial killer mystery and both men have very screwed up pasts that keep popping up to add a new twist. I would hate to spoil anything. I think no matter what sub-genre of m/m you like, you will enjoy this book. Lucky me, I have the next three already cued up on my kindle. These two men are hard and crunchy on the outside, but soft and chewy on the inside and they are both fighting hard not to fall in love.
I have read one other book by these two authors, Warriors Cross, and was wowed by it too (here is my Goodreads review of that & here is Janna’s High Five, Low Five review of it). (less)
Jess has crated a new and captivating world full of Shadow/Light Elves, Oracles, Phoenixes :swooning: and Gargoyles :swooning yet, again. This is the first book in the Set In Stone trilogy. I am a big fan of trilogies because you get a complex story with closure in sight. The second and third books come out March and April 2012 so there isn’t a long wait and considering the cliff hanger on this one I am glad.
The story is fast paced at breakneck speed, but it is at the expense of creating characters without much depth. In the case of this story I didn’t mind so much because it is so entertaining! The main character, Elle, thinks she is just an ordinary girl until she starts to exhibit some unusual abilities. She finds out her memories have been tampered with and she is actually the daughter of the Shadow Elf King and in a whole lot of trouble. I love Elle’s attitude. She is written with just the right amount of clever snarkiness.
Now let’s talk about smoldering alpha males (you knew I would). Elle is being pursued by two OMG perfect lovers. First there is Jax, a gargoyle shifter. Gargoyles serve the Shadow Elves. Who knew they could be so sexy? When Jax turns to stone he is more like a smooth Greek statue that is just as flexible as his human form, but can crush you without much effort. He can also turn specific *parts of himself to stone at will (hubba, hubba). Elle is his fated mate and he will have you swooning with the way he loves her, but he has some very dark secrets that Elle might not be able to forgive.
Enter, MacLean. He is a Phoenix shifter and they serve the Light Elves. Elle is also his fated mate (I know, lucky damn girl) and she was once engaged and very much in love with him, but her evil father has stolen all her memories of this supernatural world she is part of and sent her to live as a human. Elle has fallen in love with Jax, but her memories of MacLean start to come back. This is setting up a tumultuous love triangle that will leave someone with a broken heart. The author has said Elle will end up picking one over the other by the end of the trilogy and that the one who is dumped will get his own story, hopefully with a HEA! At this point I want her to pick Jax, but I think MacLean will shine in the next book leaving the reader and Elle with a very difficult choice.
This is quick, light, entertaining reading with all the right PNR and Urban Fantasy elements and is well worth your time.(less)
***mild spoilers for first book, must highlight to read spoiler part****
I really enjoy the world Kellison has built. In the first book we learn about the Shadowlands, a place in between that is filled with Fae magic. The Shadowman, Death, ushers souls from the mortal realm through this area to Heaven or Hell, but he fell in love with a mortal woman and abandoned his job. This caused a thinning of the boundary and let an evil demon escape to Earth, who created the soul-sucking Wraiths that now plague humans. There is an organization called The Segue Institute, lead by Adam, whose mission is to wipe out the Wraiths. Custo is Adam’s best friend and is fiercely loyal to Adam and his cause. *** He is killed by a traitor in Segue and wakes up to discover he is an angel in Heaven, the last place he thought he would ever be.***
This is where book two picks up. Custo doesn’t feel like he belongs among the angels and pulls a fast one on Death to get out of Heaven. It's probably not the smartest thing to do, but he is desperate to get back to Earth and protect Adam. On his way back to the mortal realm he sees a beautiful ballerina dancing in the Shadowlands named Annabella. Annabella is able to unconsciously access the Shadowlands through her dancing, but she doesn’t belong there so a Fae creature called a Hunter (wolf) goes after her. However the Hunter is drawn to her creative power and decides he wants her for his own.
This book introduces us to Angels and their role in the clever and fascinating world Kellison has created. We also learn more about the Shadowlands and the Fae creatures that live there. We didn’t learn much more about Death and his quest to find Kathleen, but since the next book in the series is called Shadowman I am hoping for more of his sexy tortured self .
The ending is action packed and suspenseful and Kellison’s personal knowledge of ballet adds depth to Annabella’s character. Custo and Annabella’s romance was decent, but it is the forwarding of the major story arc that interests me the most about this book. (less)
With a clever mixing of angel mythology and the murder suspense genre, Poitevin has created a unique and satisfying Dark Urban Fantasy. I really enjoyed the world of Angels she created. Most angel books out there are PNR and focus more on the romance between the angel and their mate. Instead, this story focused on the workings of angel society; it's a sad and fascinating story that has left the angels with out soul mates and the free will that they once enjoyed. Sacrifices are going to have to be made and loyalties tested as a conspiracy 4000 years in the making tries to turn the human realm into a battleground between Heaven and Hell.
Our heroine, Alex, is a tough homicide detective working on a violent serial killer case. Her world gets turned upside down when Aramael, a hunter angel with an attitude and a whole lot of power, is sent to recapture a fallen angel who is killing humans. There is a lot of hostility between the two when they first meet and an attraction that shouldn’t be possible. Like most straight-up UFs this story doesn’t spend a lot of time on the romantic aspect of their relationship; the sexual tension is thick enough to cut with a knife, but so is the animosity between them. I am a big fan of love/hate relationships. Their story is bitter sweet and I look forward to seeing where Poitevin will go with it.
There is a good amount of action and suspense as Alex and Armael try to track down the Fallen Angel Caim. He makes a great villain because he is insane and holds a grudge against Armael and realizes hurting Alex is the best way to make him pay.
If you are looking for a different kind of angel story then this is it. There is a stronger UF element than romantic, but the ending leaves open so many possibilities.
I have been looking forward to reading this series after I read Kellison’s novella Shadow Touch. I was intrigued by the dark and original world she had created, and I found her writing voice captivating. This is an Urban Fantasy with a touch of tragic fairy tale love. Even though the character Shadowman (Death) only appears in the Prologue, Epilogue and a few pages in between, it is his story that captured my heart and it is the consequences of his love for a human woman that sets the events of this book in motion. There is a poetic feel in the way Kellison writes him, which matches the dark world of Twilight he must live in. Here is an example:
(quote from book, go to I Smell Sheep site to see)
The heroine of the story is Talia; She knows she is different from other people, but has no idea why. She is scared of her ability to manipulate shadows and sense people's emotions when she touches them, and has spent most of her life hiding her talent and doing what she can to avoid forming attachments. The novel also explores the question: what do you get when Death and a mortal have a child? I was surprised when I found out what Talia was. Not going to tell you of course ;)
Adam is a man filled with rage and is focused on vengeance. He has spent the last 6 years trying to figure out where the monsters he calls Wraiths come from and how to kill them. They are soulless demons that feed on the souls of humans, and it is getting hard to hide their existence from the rest of the world. But has his personal need for revenge turned him into a different kind of monster, one that can’t love anymore?
Talia finds herself being hunted by the Wraiths and ends up being saved by Adam and taken to his laboratory called The Segue Institute, but it turns out her rescuer may be no better than the monsters hunting her. Together they discover who she is, what it means and how she fits into the mystery of the Wraiths. The story focuses on Talia and Adam’s feelings of love, loss, grief, loyalty and sacrifice. There is a lot of action and bad things happen to a lot of good people.
I like the twist Kellison puts on Faery lore, Death and demon mythology. Talia and Adam manage to defeat the Demon that produced the Wraiths, but the Wraiths are still out there and need to be hunted. I look forward to reading the next book in the series, Shadow Fall, to learn more about Shadowman, his world of Twilight, and the rules that govern the boundaries between life on Earth and death.
One last thing, don't judge this book by the cover. While it is a nice cover, it screams Young Adult to me (I am sure Erin is rolling her eyes at this point because many reviewers have brought up this point) and doesn't begin to convey the type of story this is. The cover for the second book Shadow Fall is better, but the publishers nailed it with the third book in the series Shadowman.
This is the second book in the Rhiannon’s Law series and it did not disappoint. The first book Dead, Undead or Somewhere in Between was a kick-ass Urban Fantasy where we meet Rhiannon and her f***ed up life (her words). Her tragic childhood has left her angry and mistrustful and her sister heavily medicated in a psychiatric ward. On top of all this she is a necromancer and can see ghosts.
Rhiannon is my kind of UF heroine. She is emotionally damaged, but her ass can cash the checks her mouth writes. She reminds me of Joanna Archer from Vicki Pettersson’s Signs of the Zodiac series. One of the elements of a dark UF is there is no long lasting happiness for the heroine. The author might throw her a bone occasionally, but only so they can take it away later on.
The Renfield Syndrome picks up right where the first book left off, with Rhiannon sent 101 years in to the future, and things are very wrong there. I can’t talk about any of the plot because so many things have changed for Rhiannon, her friends and the world as she knows it. I will say that the existence of Vampires, Lycans and Demons is no longer a secret and humans are now an endangered species.
This story takes Rhiannon and the reader on a rollercoaster of emotions. I cried, laughed and cussed right along with Rhiannon. It is just as action-packed as the first book, but where the first one was about Rhiannon learning to trust others, this one is about betrayal of that fragile trust. But no matter what crap the author throws at her she doesn’t break. She has vulnerabilities, but unlike most heroines, she doesn’t soften throughout the series, and if you try to poke her soft spot…she will still f*** your s*** up (her words!).
What all fans of this series are probably most happy about is Saare didn’t leave us hanging from that damn cliff again . She included an excerpt from the next book The Ripple Effect. A big thank you Jamie!! It will make the wait for the next one not as torturous as the last one.
You really need to read the first book Dead, Undead or Somewhere in Between before reading this one. If you love dark UF like I do, you will not be sorry.
Some of my favorite lines, and I apologize for Rhiannon’s language ahead of time ;)
“Stay in a big a** bus full of scary ass men from the future? Thanks for the offer, but I had to f***ing pass.”
“Holy f***ing God. The New York of the future was not a New York of which I approved.”
“Here’s the deal, Lucille. My ass is grass regardless. I owe a debt to a demon. I have less than forty-eight hours to end it. Right now, the odds of doing that are pretty slim. I’m doomed no matter what happens. If I’m going to go, I’m going to do what the f*** I want in the time I have left.”
“That was a fully loaded statement, complete with sour cream and bacon bits”
“Do or die. Life or death. I’d been there before, and I wasn’t afraid.”
Let me start off by saying no matter what the short comings I might mention about this book, they don’t matter. I stayed up till 4:00 AM reading this book because I was enjoying it so much. There is no way I can’t give a book that entertains me this much anything but a 5 star rating. It might not be for everyone, I’ll explain shortly, but it was for me!
Angel stories are big right now, but I haven’t seen many m/m ones. So I was delighted to find this one, and Diane Adams was kind enough to send me an ARC. I was totally in love with the two main characters. Grey is a well adjusted gay man. He has been able to see Guardian Angels his whole life, but they never interact with him. He spends his evenings patrolling the streets and keeping his neighbors safe.
Drake is a guardian angel who has always been different from his brothers. He looks different, having hair and wings a different color. He also retains the memories of his charges while the other angels quickly forget theirs and move on to the next. Guardian angels don’t have the ability to feel emotions. This makes it easier to do their job. Drake knows nothing about love, touch or choice. He is very naïve (so you know how good this could get ;). Humans can’t see Guardian Angels who aren’t corporeal, so they can’t physically interact with the human world. Drake is surprised when Grey not only sees him, but can also touch him. Much smexy goodness ensues. I don’t want to give away too much about the plot.
The story is predictable and the prose is simple, but fast moving. It reminds me of YA, but this isn’t YA. The sex scenes are sweet and spicy. It would make a wonderful Yaoi graphic novel. Drake is very much a Uke with his innocence and need to be taken care of by Grey. I asked Diane Adams if she was a fan of Yaoi and was surprised to find she hasn’t read a lot of it :). The story is so sweet it will give you cavities!! I am a big fan of this kind of m/m story. If you like the ‘Gay For You’ and ‘OMG, they are so sweet’ type of story then you will be very happy with this.(less)
It is no secret I love Alpha males, and the paranormal genre is a virtual Alpha buffet where I can taste them all. Vamps, Shifters, Fae, immortal warr...moreIt is no secret I love Alpha males, and the paranormal genre is a virtual Alpha buffet where I can taste them all. Vamps, Shifters, Fae, immortal warriors, I don’t care as long as they are a little spicy ;) Piper's Fury has so much Alpha male action it's a prime entrée on the buffet.
When I started Piper’s Fury, I really connected with Piper. She has just the right amount of snark and when you learn about her “issues” you realize her attitude and behavior is warranted. Her emotions felt genuine instead of forced, which is the case with some snarky heroines.
Then I met Bennett Slade (excuse me, I got to take a minute) Okay, Slade turned me into a puddle every time he spoke, he is a gentleman alpha. He doesn’t feel the need to prove his awesomeness, he just simply is awesome. He is gentle, considerate, confident and sometimes that inner beast comes out to play and that is all I need to say...
There was a kick-ass story to go along with these characters, I should probably talk about that too. Piper is an empath with some serious anger issues. She can’t touch people because she can see into their thoughts, which makes dating impossible. There are only two people in her life that she can be close to: her aunt Mable, who raised her, and her best friend Tally who works for the police department. Then she meets the vampire Slade (swoon). Did I mention how hawt Slade is? Piper doesn’t initially know what Slade is and I like the way we learn about him at the same time Piper does.
Piper ends up getting thrown into a world of vampires and demons that she never knew existed. Along the way Piper and Slade face betrayal and surprises, you'll never stop guessing. Piper’s empath abilities also begin to change in unexpected ways and she learns the secret her mother tried to keep from her.
I really loved this story, until the end. Freaking cliff hanger endings. That and freaking heroines that don’t know a good thing when it bites them . Rachel Firasek is working on the second book in this series and I look forward to more Slade…er seeing what happens.
Do you like m/m? Have you ever thought, “Hey, I’ve never tried m/m, but Blaylock and Quihnn from the series Black Dagger Brotherhood is making me thin...moreDo you like m/m? Have you ever thought, “Hey, I’ve never tried m/m, but Blaylock and Quihnn from the series Black Dagger Brotherhood is making me think, I might?” Then you need to RUN (don’t walk) to S. E. Jakes’ Men Of Honor series. I reviewed the first book in the series, Bound by Honor a few months ago, and fell in love with Jakes’ writing and her characters. We are talking tortured alpha males that are emotionally broken and have buried things so deep, they believe they can never love or be loved again; till they meet that one person who makes them face their fears of vulnerability.
Merrie Destefano has done it again. She has released a book that isn’t like any others currently on the market. Many people have been confused by Feast because it wasn’t what they were expecting. http://ismellsheep.blogspot.com/2011/...
This isn’t a traditional Urban Fantasy or Paranormal Romance. It is a dark Fairy Tale, a Fantasy. A story of dreams and nightmares, where the spoken word has a power of its own. Her descriptive prose builds a magical atmosphere. I had no problem entering the dream-like world Merrie created.
Darklings are magical creatures that live around humans and feed off of their dreams at night. They call this Harvesting and there are rules they must follow. Darklings have territories and protect the humans in them from rogues who kill the humans they feed from. In return for this protection, the town will give the Darkling permission to feed from them. They are terrifying to look at in their true form and can shape shift to appear as an animal or human.
Ash, is a Darkling tied to the mountain town of Ticonderoga Falls. His story broke my heart. Once a powerful Darkling, he is now lonely and sad from the loss of his mate 100 years ago. He sees him self as cursed and feels he deserves to live in the shadows.
When author Maddie MacFadden and her son come to vacation in his town, at the time of the ritual Harvest, he is drawn to her dreams like an insect to a flame. He isn’t the only one though, his Darkling cousins have come to take Ash’s territory from him.
He must protect Maddie, the town, and his half-human/half-Darkling daughter from the Rogue Darklings.
Let yourself be suspended in this dream like world Merrie has created. She will take you to the place of nightmares, but don’t worry; you will not be left there. Like in all good fairy tales, love is the strongest magic and the happily ever after is worth fighting the darkness for.
Do you love the self loathing tortured alpha-male warrior that finds his salvation, as well as his soft ooey-gooey center, in a strong, loyal woman? Then what are you waiting for, go read this book! If you need more convincing then read on…
Rowe has a unique voice I found entertaining and refreshing. What I loved most, was her fast paced witty dialogue. It was a virtual snark fest . If I had been in the room with the characters, I would have whip lash trying to keep up with everyone . It was an amazingly fun read. All the characters are well developed and original. The main theme of the story is that fine line between love and hate we all walk.
There are more immortal tortured alpha-males than you can shake a stick at in this story, but it focuses on Jarvis Swain (swoon), one of many warriors, that spent over 100 years as a prisoner of sadistic women. It would be safe to say, he has issues. Jarvis doesn’t think he deserves happiness or love. He is the Guardian of Hate after all. He is the ultimate pessimist.
Reina works for Death (and what a wonderfully obnoxious character he is!) and has to kiss his butt so she can be promoted to a full Reaper. She is a kind and gentle person, who feels the need to help everyone find the happiness she can’t seem to find for herself. Jarvis and Reina end up having to use each other to achieve their own goals and you can guess how *that goes!
I can’t wait to read how all the other deliciously tortured males, including Death, find their HEAs.(less)
This is the third book in Gleason’s Regency Vampire series, but it differs dramatically from the first two. This one is much darker, more violent and...moreThis is the third book in Gleason’s Regency Vampire series, but it differs dramatically from the first two. This one is much darker, more violent and emotionally wrenching than the first two. For someone like me, lover of dark UF, this was a good thing . This book can be read as a stand alone.
I love the unique world Gleason has created. The Dracule are descendants of Vlad Tepes, who made a deal with Lucifer for immorality. This deal allowed Lucifer to visit any descendant of Vlad’s in their dreams and offer them the same deal. No one ever refuses because Lucifer picks only those who are self serving, and can be manipulated into his service with promises of power, strength and eternal youth. Some of the Dracule embraced their dark side, while others regret what they have done. Along with immortality, the need to take blood and the black root like mark of Lucifer on their shoulders, the Dracule also acquire an Asthenia, their personal Achilles’ Heel. It is the object that they first see after their transformation. The Dracule must keep their Asthenia a secret, because exposure to it will weaken them, and even cause death.
Gleason does an excellent job of weaving the story into the history of France and England during the Regency era. I appreciated the fact that she didn’t dwell on the description of things, like some Regency novels, but on the historical events going on during this time.
We met the beautiful and deadly Narcise, her twisted and cruel brother Cezar Moldavi, and the tortured Giordan Cale in The Vampire Dimitri, as well as the vampire hunter, Chas Woodmore. We know there is a dark and sad history between these characters that has led them to where they are in Dimitri’s book.
I can’t go into the details of The Vampire Narcise without giving away to many twists and surprises, but Narcise’s book starts out 10 years before the events of the first two books. We find out why
First off, this m/m was pure romance, and so sweet I think I got a cavity . I am going to call it a historical mystery. It is set at an all male colla...moreFirst off, this m/m was pure romance, and so sweet I think I got a cavity . I am going to call it a historical mystery. It is set at an all male collage in Cambridge in 1905. The author does an amazing job of giving the feel of the time period. The dialogue and descriptions were very convincing. She captured the formal behavior of how educated men of that time behaved.
I *loved* the character Jonty, even his name tickles me. He is a new English Fellow at St. Bride’s Collage. He is playful and cheerful, which is in sharp contrast to Orlando (love this name too). Orlando is a Professor of Mathematics. He is reserved, sour and naïve to life outside of the collage. Despite their differences they become quick friends. A first for Orlando (Jonty introduces him to many firsts, but I am getting ahead of myself ).
This story was an interesting mix of Native American legends, romance and the Wild West. McHugh puts a clever twist on the Civil War, Pitting Southern Wielders of old-fashioned magic against the new generation of Machinists from the North. Although Alchemy of Desire has been labeled as a Steampunk novel, there weren’t a lot of Steampunk elements. You won’t find giant walkers and zeppelins dominating this novel. Instead, the story focuses on the romance between two people from different backgrounds who find love in a physically and racially hostile environment.
In Alchemy of Desire we meet a wonderful cast of characters. Jebediah (Diah), love this name, comes from a family of magic wielders, but didn’t inherit the ability. Unable to follow in his family's footsteps, he became an alchemist. I liked his character, he is sexy, loyal, responsible and always behaved like a gentleman. His brother Micajah (Cager), love this name too, is the opposite; he is cocky, reckless and has little respect for anyone except his brother. However, we do get a peek into why Cager behaves the way he does, and I see a book in his future expanding on his character. Oni, is a Lakota/white half-breed and is shunned by both sides of her family because of her mixed breeding. Her need to survive on her own has made her tough as nails and, understandably, mistrustful of everyone.
In the beginning of this novel there is some world building as we meet the characters, but as soon as Oni and Diah meet the story turns into the typical paranormal romance. They both have secret agendas and conflicting loyalties, but they fall in love and have lots of great sex. However, they actually don’t have sex till late in the book because of Diah’s sense of honor. It is actually kind of sweet to see chivalry isn't dead. This is my favorite aspect of the book.
There is nothing wrong with this story. It is well-written and the premise of machinists vs. magic wielders was cool, but the romance was the focus of this story, not the world building. I didn’t connect to the characters enough to become emotionally invested, but the sex scenes were pretty hot ;). I suggest reading various reviews on the book to decide if it is for you.
SS and special thanks to BAK for editing this, and making me look smart (less)
What is it about a story that separates it from the rest of the pack? As a reviewer, I have to decide how many Sheep to give a book (you got to admit, Sheep are way cooler than stars). Reviews are like…er, bellybuttons! Everyone has one. What does it for me, might not do it for you. That being said, Shadow Touch was one of those stories where the author nailed it for me.
Erin Kellison is a new author to me. She writes the Shadow Series (Shadow Bound, Shadow Fall, and coming this Sept. Shadowman). Shadow Touch is a novella coming out in June 1st and is the start of a new series featuring the characters Ellie and Cam (swoon worthy male). Shadow Touch is not part of the central story arc of the Shadow Series, but it ties in with the overall series.
The premise of the story is brilliant: What would happen if your shadow could act independently? Our heroine Ellie’s personality was split in two at birth and her impulsive, instinctual human nature manifested in her shadow. She is starting to lose control of her shadow and in an attempt to get help, she meets Cam (swoon, again). Cam is a scientist at a secret research facility of paranormal phenomenon called the Segue Institute.
Cam recently started working at the Segue Institute and is obsessed with learning all he can about “Shadow”. Shadow is the word for Fae magic from Kellison's Shadow Series. Cam is a smart, good looking (Kellison pictures Ian Somerhalder as Cam because of the eyes), and an all around good guy. He is torn between achieving his lifetime goals or possibly throwing it all away to help a woman he just met. How sexy is that?
What bumps this story from 4 to 5 Sheep for me is the voice of the author. Kellison was able to pull me into her characters minds, and therefore the story, quickly and completely. I guess you can say she had me at “hello”. It is a wonderful feeling, I can feel and see Ellie in my head so clearly. There is one part in the story where Ellie explains how desperate she became to get rid of her shadow and my heart broke for her. When an author can touch me emotionally with her characters, that is when I give 5 Sheep.
I can’t wait to try out Kellison’s Shadow Series and learn more about the world she has created and the people who live there.
*One more little detail I loved; the character Laurence, OMG, I am also going to add a “squee” here too. I so want to read more about him ;)
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I had no idea how much I would enjoy this story! Hauf’s voice is a breath of fresh air for me. I would describe this book as an enchanting dark fairy...moreI had no idea how much I would enjoy this story! Hauf’s voice is a breath of fresh air for me. I would describe this book as an enchanting dark fairy tale (with real faeries ). The author has built an Urban Fantasy world that is unique and vivid consisting of Vampires, Werewolves and Faeries. She does a great job of introducing you to this world without making you feel like you are being spoon fed information. There is great pacing to the story and a twist at the end.
I was totally enchanted by our lovers, Valliant and Lyric, even their names are fairy tale like . Vail (swoon) is a vampire that grew up in Faery, but recently got thrown out. Now this is where is gets complicated . He wants to kill his birth father, has never met his birth mother Viviane (she is insane from being raped by Vail’s birth father) who is married to a Were/Vampire hybrid, Rhys (and they have a son, his half brother, Trystan), and his faery step mother made him believe vampires were filth. He has issues .
This was an “out of the box” read for me, for the most part I tend to keep to Urban Fantasy with lots of romance. If I do pick up a mystery it is usua...moreThis was an “out of the box” read for me, for the most part I tend to keep to Urban Fantasy with lots of romance. If I do pick up a mystery it is usually a paranormal one, but I had heard that Holzner was a good writer and the price for this book was a bargain: only $0.99 at www.amazon.com.
Peace, Love, and Murder turned out to be worth all 99 pennies and I'm really glad I gave it a chance. It is written from the POV our hero, Bo, and Holzner gave him a believable and likable voice. I felt like I was in his head trying to put the puzzle pieces together right alongside him. I have a knack for figuring out plots ahead of time, but I wasn’t able to solve this murder until Bo did! That alone gets it kudos from me .
The characters in the story are quirky and well developed. Holzner made Bo very mult-dimensional; I felt like I really knew him and what made him tick. My favorite secondary character was probably Trudy. Poor, poor, socially awkward Trudy . She has serious self-confidence issues and is trying to prove herself in a profession dominated by men.
I would have liked a little more romance (cause that is my thing), but this wasn’t that kind of story so I won’t include that in my rating. It is a straight up, well written mystery. If you are headed to the pool or beach this summer I strongly recommend you download this little gem onto your e-reader and enjoy!