Kit Rocha continues to build out the Beyond world through novellas. However, the latest release Beyond Possession does more than give us a peek into tKit Rocha continues to build out the Beyond world through novellas. However, the latest release Beyond Possession does more than give us a peek into the functions of Sector 4. It instead gives us a glimpse into what the sector may have been like before Dallas O’Kane took over.
The heroine of Beyond Possession is Tatiana, the daughter of the former sector leader. She runs a soap shop and generally keeps her head down. There are plenty of people who remember her father’s ruthless ways. Some want to punish her for it, others want to leverage her (and her sister) as tools in kickstarting a rebellion. She, however, would really prefer to be left alone altogether.
Zan has been keeping an eye on the crafters for some time. He has particular interest in Tatiana, though, and it isn’t about the rebellion. She isn’t in the mood to open up to him, but the closer they get the more she has to fight to keep those walls erected.
While Zan is certainly an alpha, he’s adept at reading what Tatiana needs. If that means she needs space or control, he provides it. If she needs to let go, he’s there for that, too.
Beyond Possession is a quick read with right amount of backstory and dirty to sate O’Kane fans. If you need an alpha hero who can let his lady take the lead, this one is for you. ...more
Larissa Ione brings the slow burn in Chained by Night, and I loved it. While her Demonica boThis review was originally published at Vampire Book Club.
Larissa Ione brings the slow burn in Chained by Night, and I loved it. While her Demonica books often get dirty quickly, the MoonBound novels are definitely taking on a different romantic tone. And it works.
Much like the first book, we have some category tropes at play. In the case of Chained by Night, it’s a case of mistaken identity alongside an arranged marriage. If you read much historical romance, you may find some interesting choices here. Thanks to the contemporary setting and, you know, vampires, though we don’t have to deal with as much of the impropriety issues there.
Hunter is the leader of the MoonBound Clan of vampires. In order to save two of his own (in the previous novel), he’s agreed to marry the daughter of a rival clan’s leader. Rasha is far from his type. She’s cruel and has beliefs that are the complete opposite of his own. (She’s a big fan of subjugating the weak, for example.) Her twin sister Aylin, however, comes with her to the MoonBound Clan as a decoy against human attacks. She’s one of those her sister considers weak.
Aylin is smart and kind and determined. So, she’s a natural match for Hunter. Too bad marrying her isn’t an option. Rasha wants what’s hers and breaking that treaty will mean war. That doesn’t stop Hunter from spending more and more time with Aylin, and the two end up having to take a mission to save the lives of others. Expect some mega closeness. Sexy closeness.
The chemistry between Aylin and Hunter in Chained by Night was scorching the pages. They both have strong senses of duty and aren’t sure who they can trust. Watching them become closer and open to one another was a great journey. Enough to make me read this 400-page book in a single sitting.
Chained by Night better focuses on the vampires and their lore than the woes of the human side, which was more the focus of Bound by Night. There are still some interesting revelations there—mostly secrets revealed—but the novel is free of having to set the world building and only thrives in the openness to explore its characters.
Be prepared to stay up all night with Chained by Night. You’ll be ready to hear Hunter saying, “mine,” before you know it.
The pacing on this one is slower, but like all her novels Cara McKenna has a phenomenal character arc for both the hero and the heroine. Plus, you donThe pacing on this one is slower, but like all her novels Cara McKenna has a phenomenal character arc for both the hero and the heroine. Plus, you don't have to deal with other people because the majority of the book is just these two in a cabin in Scotland. ...more