In this second installment of the Demon Outlaws series, we land in a world that is broken and lawless. Things are not as they seem and Raven is accuse...moreIn this second installment of the Demon Outlaws series, we land in a world that is broken and lawless. Things are not as they seem and Raven is accused of being a demon. Similar to the witch trials, the mob mentality is unjust and desperate to live, she flees. Blade is an assassin with a past. He wars with duty and the want of a new life.Both are running from mob justice and fall in together after he saves her from her stepfather who nearly killed her for being a half demon. finding something in each other in the process. Love is a choice...every act in our lives is a choice, especially fighting for what and whom we love.
This story was well written and touched on some very universal themes. I had not read the first book, but was able to slip in and sink right into the story with no issue.
This collection was a breath of fresh air just in time for the holidays. If you love books that take you into the lives of characters you can love and...moreThis collection was a breath of fresh air just in time for the holidays. If you love books that take you into the lives of characters you can love and you wish you could know in real life, then this is the book for you. Starfish Shores is a place I would love to go to and maybe catch a ride on a boat or maybe, just maybe take a walk on the beach and stare up at the stars. This book felt like going home for the holidays-to a place that wrapped you in a blanket after the world kicked you in the butt and left you hurting. I loved it and am looking for the next collection by these talented writers.
Katie O’Toole has lead a hard life. Centered around her family life in Pennsylvania of 1747, we read about the day to day beatings, hunger and general...moreKatie O’Toole has lead a hard life. Centered around her family life in Pennsylvania of 1747, we read about the day to day beatings, hunger and general mistreatment a girl of that time endured at the hands of her family. When a savage raid on her family turns the tables on her fortune, she learns of an entirely new way of life and spiritual purpose. Katie is at first horrified by what has happened to her, but as the truth unfolds and she discovers there is much to be learned from her captors. Syawa and his friend Hector are on a quest to fulfill Syawa’s Vision of a Creature of Fire and Ice. That creature is Katie. She is to be an all important part of their people’s future. Katie begins to slowly learn their language, but even still has trouble accepting what the holy man is trying to tell her. She is the gift. She is a capable woman that can learn and do many things. When you have heard all your life that you are stupid and have been treated less than kindly by everyone, it can take a while before you start to believe someone who tells you different. As Katie goes deeper into the wilderness of the American frontier and into the brambles of her own heart, much is revealed. This story was one that captured my attention from the first page. Written in the dialect of the time, you can hear the lilt in Katie’s words and the struggle she has with her own family and finally in accepting her new path. The Indians she is with are very spiritual beings, and Katie learns to see through their eyes and come to experience life and even death from a totally alien way of thinking. It is beautiful and tragic and reminded me of Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series for the sheer level of emotion that poured from my eyes as I read on into the night. Katie, Syawa and Hector are characters you won’t want to put down, even for sleep. The spirituality woven into the pages reflects the Native American values of the time and shows the stark differences between the cultures. This story haunted me long after the last page was done. It can be read as a historical piece , a fantasy novel full of magic and wonder, a romance for the unexpected union between two of the characters and a religious book for the sacred journey taken within its pages. Any way you look at it, “love is all we have to keep our heads above the water, and it is all we need. I understand now that it is love and only love which enables us to whisper at the end of our Journey: It was worth it.” This book is that and more. 5/5 (less)
Going into this book without reading the first in the series, I was lost for a moment or two, but as the story ramped up, the blanks began to fill the...moreGoing into this book without reading the first in the series, I was lost for a moment or two, but as the story ramped up, the blanks began to fill themselves in without a problem. The Enclave is a society that tries to keep a hold on rouge DEAD's, vampires that love to kill without conscience. It is a needed organization in a world where you can go missing if a vampire decides he wants a snack. When Gabrielle's sister drops off the radar, she panics heading right into a nest of DEAD's. Arran and Gabrielle share a past that is torn by desire and heartbreak. Can they put it behind them to save her sister or is too late for them both?
I loved this story. It had all the forbidden passion that comes when you mix a human and vampire relationship. Gabrielle still has figurative and literal scars from her brush with a DEAD. Arran saved her, but walked away and that just pissed her off. He keeps walking away, even when she is determined to win him as her own. Great book, sexy scenes and the tension between the two characters was scorching.
Picking this book up, I had a really hard time putting it down and for a writer with several deadlines looming, that can be a dangerous thing. So, whi...morePicking this book up, I had a really hard time putting it down and for a writer with several deadlines looming, that can be a dangerous thing. So, while I may not know a whole lot about dance, I found myself hooked by this dark supernatural tale about a sinister force lurking at Holybrook. There were a few grammatical things from time to time, but I was so engrossed in the story, they didn't phase me much at all. Those things are minor compared to a story with subtle dark forces and a plot that made me want to stay up long hours. It reminded me a little of Black Swan, but not too much. :) I also felt a little of the menacing element of Phantom of the Opera lurking and that just made my heart happy. Creepy story, beautifully written prose, especially as the book began. You felt for the character and understood this was a make or break moment for her. The description of the seasons made me smile and I think I fell in love with the story right then.