Blood Lust by Alexandra Ivy is the 3rd novel in the Sentinel series. This book takes place shortly after the previous book, Blood Assassin, ended andBlood Lust by Alexandra Ivy is the 3rd novel in the Sentinel series. This book takes place shortly after the previous book, Blood Assassin, ended and features Bas, the father who, we discovered in Blood Assassin, would stop at nothing to get his daughter Molly back, and Molly’s mysterious and allusive mother Myst. I wasn’t sure how I would feel about a book with Bas as the hero. I didn’t agree with all of his methods in the previous book but I understood his reasoning. I have to say that while I didn’t really like him in Blood Assassin, I quite liked him in this book. He was no long the semi bad guy but a fully flushed character with substance and emotions. I also really liked Myst and found her story to be both interesting and heartbreaking.
Blood Lust is a great addition to the series. I thoroughly enjoyed it. It is entertaining, fast paced, sexy and moving. Bas and Myst suited each other perfectly and I loved seeing them become the couple they were always meant to be. Blood Lust is about Myst’s search for a weapon, one that could be used against the high bloods. Hampering her search is the Brotherhood’s relentless pursuit of her. But Bas isn’t about to let Myst out of his sight again and joins her as they work together to find the weapon and elude the Brotherhood. My only disappointment in Blood Lust was that the mystery seemed rather obvious. But it didn’t detract from the overall story and I look forward to the next book in the series.
I would recommend Blood Lust to fans of the Sentinel series.
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Her Fierce Warrior by Paige Tyler is the 4th book in her X-Ops series. The heroine Minka has recently escaped captivity after spending weeks3.5 stars
Her Fierce Warrior by Paige Tyler is the 4th book in her X-Ops series. The heroine Minka has recently escaped captivity after spending weeks if not months being experimented on and tortured. But even after getting away from her jailors she finds herself hunted by a different sort of predator, but this time she won’t allow herself to be at their mercy, for she now has a beast inside of her that breaks out in a furious rage when she is threatened.
It is during an enraged response that Minka meets Angelo and discovers that his presence can calm her beast when control is lost. Finding peace for the first time in months, Minka clasps onto Angelo and doesn’t want to let go. Angelo quickly discovers a soft spot for the beautiful Minka and doesn’t hesitate to stand as her protector as she navigates the new world she finds herself thrust into.
I enjoyed Her Fierce Warrior. The beginning is my favorite part, the middle and end just didn’t have as much of an impact, though it was still good. Angelo was a great hero and Minka was a good fit for him. I felt Minka recovered from her captivity amazingly well, perhaps too well to be realistic. It didn’t seem to even be an issue aside for the physical changes. But, that wasn’t the point of the story.
Her Fierce Warrior is an entertaining and fast paced read. The story continues an overall plot, laid out in previous books and leaves plenty of threads for future stories. There’s danger, a bit of intrigue, romance and action. I liked it and would recommend it to fans of the series.
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The Good, the Bad and the Vampire is the 4th book in the Dead in the City series by Sara Humpreys. It continues the trend with an entertaining story aThe Good, the Bad and the Vampire is the 4th book in the Dead in the City series by Sara Humpreys. It continues the trend with an entertaining story and characters that stand out from one another. I liked Dakota and Trixie together. Dakota was charming and sexy and worked hard to gain Trixie’s trust. Trixie was spunky and tough with a deeply vulnerable side that she does her best to keep hidden. I appreciated, that their romance wasn’t an instant love story. They first met 2 years prior and while drawn to each other they kept their distance and had no idea they were bloodmates.
In this story, a widely believed extinct supernatural species emerges from the shadows, sparking dangerous events and unearthing a centuries old mystery. Trixie and Dakota find themselves working together while trying to navigate their new and tentative bond. Dakota is ready to throw all in but Trixie takes some convincing as her fear holds her back.
I really enjoyed this new installment in the Dead in the City series. It’s fast paced, romantic, exciting and sexy. We get to revisit past characters, meet new ones, and learn a bit more about a couple secondary characters. I’m quite curious to see whose story will be next.
I would recommend The Good, The Bad and the Vampires to fans of the series and fans of paranormal romance.
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Shadows Strike by Dianne Duvall is the 6th book in her Immortal Guardians series. I love this series so I was really looking forward to this one and iShadows Strike by Dianne Duvall is the 6th book in her Immortal Guardians series. I love this series so I was really looking forward to this one and it didn’t disappoint. It’s a wonderful mix of engaging romance and action-packed excitement.
In Shadows Strike, the battle with the powerful and elusive Other, Gershom, gets even more expansive and potentially apocalyptic. The action reaches a grand scale with multiple battles against large forces of enemies. The action scenes are well written and vividly portrayed. The danger and tension emanates from the pages. This was a story that once I got started, I didn’t want to put it down.
But don’t worry, it’s not all action. There are plenty of moments where you can sit back and take a breath. The romance between Heather and Ethan is well developed and unfolds nicely within the story. It’s straightforward, sexy and sweet. A nice complement to the fast paced and in depth plot.
Ethan is a century old Immortal Guardian. He’s been feeling isolated and lonely and is headed to David’s, where the Immortal Guardians tend to congregate, when he stops to fight a group of vampires. It’s during this fight that he comes across Heather and she ends up helping him defeat the vampires. Heather meanwhile, has been dreaming of the vampire attack and Ethan every night for the last year. So when it actually happens, she has a hard time believing it’s real. This made for a rather amusing meeting and thus begins their romance.
Heather and Ethan were both decent and caring characters that you couldn’t help but like. Their interactions are interspersed with humor and heartfelt moments. I admit I was a little worried that Ethan would still be hung up on Lisette but that wasn’t the case. I never had any doubt in my mind that Heather was the one for him and that he wouldn’t trade her for anyone or anything. He still cares for Lisette but only as a friend.
I really enjoyed Shadows Strike. It’s an interesting and completely engrossing story that will have you smiling one moment and biting your nails the next. I look forward to the next book as I’m anxious to read more of the ongoing storyline. I’m hoping for Aidan’s story next, the ancient and lonely Celt who yearns and searches for a Gifted One of his own.
I highly recommend Shadows Strike and the Immortal Guardians series to fans of paranormal romance.
*The Immortal Guardians series contains ongoing plotlines so I recommend reading it in order.
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Soul Scorched by Donna Grant is the 6th book in the Dark Kings series. This one focuses on Darcy, the druid that helped Ulrik ge3.5 Stars - Good read.
Soul Scorched by Donna Grant is the 6th book in the Dark Kings series. This one focuses on Darcy, the druid that helped Ulrik get back some of his powers and Warrick, one of the Dragon Kings. Warrick is a loner, preferring to keep his own company whenever possible. He doesn’t hate humans like many of his brethren but harbors a secret fascination with them.
Warrick, along with another Dragon King, Thorn, are tasked with finding out what Darcy knows and with keeping her safe from the Dark Fae. When Warrick spends some time with Darcy he is surprised to discover he likes being with her and isn’t eager to leave her company, which he normally is when around others. He was drawn to her from the first moment he saw her and finds himself wanting her more with every second he spends with her. Darcy is immediately drawn to Warrick as well. She meets him in the flesh, literally, after he saves her from a Dark Fae attack. Their romance develops while battling danger from all sides. The line between the good guys and the bad gets precariously thin and Darcy must decide who she can trust.
I have to say that, though I liked both Warrick and Darcy, I didn’t find them or their romance particularly compelling. I was more interested in Rhi and what was going on with her. She’s struggling with the aftermath of her imprisonment and torture, along with her heartbreaking love for the mysterious Dragon King who forsook her. She finds her convictions teetering and her path is unclear. She’s my favorite character and has been from the beginning so I’m anxious to find out what happens next with her storyline.
Con also gained my attention, it seems the more I read about him, the less I like him. I think he has made some grave mistakes in lifetime. He’s driven by his hatred towards Ulrik and it blinds him. In many ways I find him culpable for the man that Ulrik is today.
Speaking of Ulrik, he’s a very intriguing character whom I found myself sympathizing with to some degree. He has done many evil things yet at times he seems, redeemable. I’m really curious to discover how the story will play out for these characters.
I enjoyed Soul Scorched. The secondary storylines in particular captured my attention and left me curious for more. I look forward to the next book, Passion Ignites, which will be Thorn’s story.
I strongly recommend that the Dark Kings series be read in order as it has several ongoing storylines.
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Primal Heat is the 6th book in the Shadow Shifters series by A.C. Arthur. I recommend reading this series in order. It contains previously developed sPrimal Heat is the 6th book in the Shadow Shifters series by A.C. Arthur. I recommend reading this series in order. It contains previously developed storylines that won’t have much impact if you haven’t read the previous books, like me. I’ve only read one other book in this series so I wasn’t as invested in the overall plot. Though, it does culminate into a rather dramatic ending that fans of the series won’t want to miss.
Primal Heat was good but I felt it was lacking emotion. I didn’t really care about the plot or the characters. Eli and Nivea’s relationship seemed to be solely based on sex. In my opinion, sex does not equate to emotion in a story. It needs to be shown and developed separately from the sex or the emotion will be lacking. Eli and Nivea had a strong physical connection and a working relationship but nothing beyond that. It’s not enough to state emotion, it needs to be developed and felt.
Nivea was an interesting, strong and tragic character in many ways. I liked her and felt she deserved more from Eli initially. Eli’s character felt under developed. We get some of his past memories but I still didn’t feel like I got to know him as a character. He frustrated me more than anything with his focus on the negative events in his past. I would have liked to have seen Nivea and Eli bond together in ways that didn’t involve work and sex.
Overall Primal Heat is a good read. It’s a fast paced, sexy story that held my attention. The potential is there. I just hope to see more emotion invested in future stories.
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