Each book in this series is a Paranormal Romance featuring a new couple and previous couples may or may not make an appearance. But I would almost calEach book in this series is a Paranormal Romance featuring a new couple and previous couples may or may not make an appearance. But I would almost call this an Urban Fantasy series instead. There's a darker undertone to the romances so far and the HEA has a grittier edge to it than most standard romance. The couple is together, but you know they're not riding off into the sunset, it's not all rainbows and butterflies. They are going to continue to fight evil, with all the danger inherent in that. ...more
I spoiled a big revelation by reading Handeland's Sisters of the Craft series first, but I still really enjoyed the story. Will definitely be continuiI spoiled a big revelation by reading Handeland's Sisters of the Craft series first, but I still really enjoyed the story. Will definitely be continuing with the series....more
This was a pleasant surprise. I've never read anything by Donnelly before and I'll admit I wasn't expecting much. I chose the book because it3.5 stars
This was a pleasant surprise. I've never read anything by Donnelly before and I'll admit I wasn't expecting much. I chose the book because it fit a specific challenge and it was only .99 on Kindle. I ended up enjoying it and will look up more by this author in the future.
Dara's untrained, and therefore unshielded, telepathic abilities could have made her incarceration on the prison planet New Alaska an even worse torment than it already is. Fortunately her new cell mate has a well-hidden protective streak, at least towards her, and Tristan protects her while helping her develop her ability. Donnelly does a great job building their relationship, using the forced close quarters and telepathic communication to create steamy love scenes. Secret medical experiments on prisoners, an entire block of psychopathic killers and corrupt/uncaring guards increase the tension. After leaving New Alaska, the book's tone changed, but it still kept me interested.
There are a few unaddressed issues that made me ask why a few times, but overall an enjoyable read. My biggest why: (view spoiler)[Why didn't the group of telepaths attempt to contact Dara while she was on trial? It was big news in their base city even. They had to realize she didn't quite fit as the murderer, but she knew enough to make her a suspect. Yes, a corrupt government pushed through her conviction to appease a scared public, but I would have thought they would have at least had suspicions and tried to make contact earlier. Of course, if they had helped her, she would have never been sentenced and met Tristan. But still ... (hide spoiler)]
So a long time ago (9-12 years), I read the first book, Blue Moon, in this series. I vaguely remember enjoying it, but apparently never moved on to thSo a long time ago (9-12 years), I read the first book, Blue Moon, in this series. I vaguely remember enjoying it, but apparently never moved on to the next book. Subsequently I started Handeland's Phoenix Chronicles, but never finished it out either. Last summer, I read In the Air Tonight for BSB, loved it and realized characters appearing toward the end of the book were tied to the Nightcreature series. Since then, this series has been on my mind and I decide I would give it another try this year. So far, I'm really glad I did.
Leigh Tyler once made a mistake and paid for it with nightmares. Recruited by Mandenauer, she's hunted werewolves for the Jager-Suchers ever since. Haunted by her losses, she resists getting close to anyone and fights her attraction to Damien when she meets him. They moved from Insta-Lust to Love rather abruptly, but I still enjoyed seeing their relationship grow. I hope I get to see more of them in future books.
The couple from the first book were present and I loved the snarky interchanges between Leigh and Jessie. Overall a fun paranormal romance and I'll definitely continue with this series. I've already requested book 3 from the library....more
I mainly picked this up for he Nightcreature short and enjoyed reading it.
I also enjoyed Kenyon's story as well. It's been a long while since I readI mainly picked this up for he Nightcreature short and enjoyed reading it.
I also enjoyed Kenyon's story as well. It's been a long while since I read anything in this series (Ash's book or close to it was the last) and it made me miss it. I'll have to work on getting caught up at some point.
This is only the second time I've read Banks and while I didn't hate it, I'm not motivated to read anything further. The same with Amanda Ashley....more
In all fairness, before I review this book I should admit I'm a fan of Kristen Ashley. 23 of the 53 books I've already read/reread this year are by heIn all fairness, before I review this book I should admit I'm a fan of Kristen Ashley. 23 of the 53 books I've already read/reread this year are by her. ... Well. ... So, maybe I'm a bit more than a fan. ... Okay, okay. I admit it, I might be a fanatic. The first 12 books I read in January were by KA. Those books were like chips, I couldn't stop with just 1, or apparently even just 11. LOL. Anyway, I'm telling you this so you understand where I'm coming from with my review -- I'm totally in love with her writing and will put up with stuff from her that would (& has) totally drive me crazy from another author. So I guess you could go one step further and say I'm an addict.
The Fantasyland series is set in a parallel universe. Many people have duplicates: Same face and same name, different world. Some twins are similar in personality, some are poles apart. Due to some witchy machinations, certain twins have been switching places, finding adventure and falling in love in the parallel world. Each book has been leading up to a battle between good and evil in Fantasyland (FL in future references) and events come to a head in Broken Dove.
FL's Apollo Ulfr, still grieving for his dead wife, pays to have her twin brought to FL. And despite acknowledging the warning that she is a different person, he's still initially disappointed in Ilsa. Like many of KA's alpha heroes, he acts like a jerk and voices his displeasure, hurting Ilsa in the process. Again, like many of KA's heroes, he eventually manages to win forgiveness for his words.
Ilsa, despite being broken by her emotionally distant parents and physically abusive husband, has the strength to leave Pol (Apollo of Earth -- a very bad man) and manages to stay one step ahead of his pursuit for quite a while. Suddenly finding herself in FL with Pol's twin and just as suddenly being made the target of his disappointment, she still finds beauty and joy in her new surroundings.
Maddie (Ilsa's new name in FL so as not to be confused with FL's Ilsa by those who knew her) and Apollo begin to forge a new relationship, finding and appreciating the personality differences in their SO's twin. Maddie's struggle to find her own self-worth and Apollo's mistakes in handling her issues are heartbreaking as they learn more about each other, but in the end Apollo helps Maddie see her own value and the bond they build together is strong.
I loved that all three previous couples, as well as a few other favorite characters, made appearances. KA's epilogue is fantastic as always, wrapping up little things and giving insight into the characters lives down the road a bit.
KA seems to be a love or hate author for most people. I of course love her books. Other people have issues with sentence construction, which can sometimes seem almost stream-of-consciousness in style. I don't usually end up lost, so this doesn't phase me. Some people don't like the long descriptive passages KA devotes to clothing and decorating schemes. I personally enjoy the passages in which KA does this. As noted above, the heroes can have great moments of jerkiness (is that a word?). But no matter how mad I get at them, KA somehow redeems them in my eyes and I find myself rooting for him to win the girl in the end. I've given this some thought and I think the thing that really draws me to KA's books is time and time again she has made me believe deep down inside where I need to believe it, no matter how broken a person is, no matter how emotionally scarred or damaged, there's always hope for love.
Now I really need to wrap up this review, another KA book was just released Monday and it's calling my name. Loudly!...more
I've consistently rated the books in this series between 4 & 5 stars, including the previous book, The Shadows. But that ending ... well4.5 stars
I've consistently rated the books in this series between 4 & 5 stars, including the previous book, The Shadows. But that ending ... well that ending scared me a little about reading this one. Prior to starting, I could see there were issues Mary & Rhage needed to address and, as Natalie noted, the series is taking a heavier UF slant over PNR ... so, no guarantee those issues would be resolved in this book. Anything could happen.
Overall, I was pleased with how their relationship progressed and really enjoyed the book. Now I'm wondering about new things brought up or existing plots expanded upon in this book. I'm definitely looking forward to the next one....more
While I enjoyed Allegiance of Honor, this book may not appeal to everyone. Singh states in her forward that the next book will be the first in the secWhile I enjoyed Allegiance of Honor, this book may not appeal to everyone. Singh states in her forward that the next book will be the first in the second "season" of the Psy-Changeling universe. Before moving into the Trinity arc, Allegiance is a nice opportunity to check in on all our beloved couples.
The framework of the book includes the pending birth of the pupcubs and the search for a missing person. Within that framework, the story touches base with multiple couples and characters in a series of not quite vignettes, but not quite short stories. Each scene builds on previous ones, resolving some issues, giving glimpses of future problems, etc....more
I picked this up on sale and never having read Paige Tyler before, I wasn't sure what to expect. The premise is intriguing; some humans have a geneticI picked this up on sale and never having read Paige Tyler before, I wasn't sure what to expect. The premise is intriguing; some humans have a genetic mutation allowing them to display certain animal characteristics. The book itself is well written, with interesting characters. Although I enjoyed the book, I have a few issues that kept it from being a 4 star book.
Ivy's feline DNA heightens her senses, gives her more strength & nimbleness and faster healing. Despite being called "shifters", they never actually fully transform. Instead, they sprout claws and sharper teeth. Shifters occur naturally in the general population and are rare. This series focuses on some who have been recruited by the government, who wants to keep their existence top secret. That's the world-building in a nutshell. If shifters naturally occur and only a few are recruited, then I have a hard time believing they really are a super secret segment of the population. Additionally, they should occur worldwide and thus other governments would probably know about them also.
Landon and Ivy are both highly trained operatives and once through the getting-to-know-you stage, work great together as a team. I found their attraction to each other believable, however I didn't quite feel the deep love they were exhibiting by the end of the book.
My last and maybe biggest problem is while I liked Ivy as a character, I wish she'd been stronger. Yes she's had horrible past partners and other issues to work through, but Kendra, her trainer and not a field operative, came across as stronger to me.
Despite a few issues, I did enjoy this book and thought it was a nice start for a new series. I'm definitely interested in reading Kendra's book (#3), so I'll be continuing this series at some point. ...more
Nice ending to the Sisters' stories. The first part of the book goes back a bit in time, showing Willow's life and how it affects her Sisters3.5 stars
Nice ending to the Sisters' stories. The first part of the book goes back a bit in time, showing Willow's life and how it affects her Sisters' battles even though they haven't met yet. It was interesting, but after a while I went from anticipating the reunion introduction of the three sisters to each other, to wishing it would just happen already. This made the first part of the book seem to drag after a while. Once Raye Larsen, Becca Carstairs & Willow Black (along with their respective hotties Bobby Doucet, Owen McAllister & Sebastian Crane) team up, the action picks up and moves along quickly towards a resolution to the problem. There's also another cameo of people from the Nightcreature series.
To be honest, of the three books, this was my least favorite. It was still an entertaining read, but I wanted just a little bit more from the conclusion to the trilogy. I also have a little problem with the start of Willow's & Sebastian's relationship. Sure, she isn't crazy and really is having visions of future events. But in the beginning Sebastian didn't know this, so though he fought hard against his attraction to one of his patients, something about the initial interest still feels a bit wrong to me. Any romance after he knows she's not delusional and really has powers is fine with me. And I'll say it again, he fought his attraction to her while she was a patient (and even after having proof witches exist). Technically he did nothing wrong/unethical, still ....
Handeland does have a quirky writing style. It never bothers me. However, if POV switching between first person Willow and third person Sebastian will irritate you, you might want to skip this series....more