Playing with Fire by Cynthia Eden is the 3rd book in her Phoenix series. This one focuses on Dante, a Phoenix shifter, and Cassie, a genetic scientist...morePlaying with Fire by Cynthia Eden is the 3rd book in her Phoenix series. This one focuses on Dante, a Phoenix shifter, and Cassie, a genetic scientist and sister to, Wyatt, the bad guy from the first book. I’ve read the previous books in the series and this one is my least favorite of the three. I still liked it, just not as much as the other two. My main issue is that I just wasn’t a big fan of the hero, Dante. He was so callous most of the time that I had a hard time liking him. He’s lived for so long that life is no longer precious to him. He took it and other people for granted. He had no sympathy for the plight and pain of others. Poor Cassie has loved him for so long but he kept breaking her heart when he couldn’t remember her. Then when he started to, he would remember events that paint her in a bad light when taken out of context. He also made it seem like he was only drawn to her because of what she was. Fortunately he becomes more likable towards the end of the book, when he finally begins to realize his love for Cassie.
Playing with Fire is a fast paced book. The villains are numerous and betrayals run rampant. Psychosis seems to be the norm for the villains in this series and it continues in this book. On the plus side, the story was entertaining and held my attention throughout. The characters are unique and I enjoyed learning about them, particularly the Phoenix’s. Overall, it was a good read.
I would recommend Playing with Fire to fans of the Phoenix series.
*ARC received from Kensington Books - Brava via NetGalley.(less)
Arrow to the Soul is a good book, but I was disappointed. It was just so similar to the first book, Bullet to the Heart, which I really liked, partly...moreArrow to the Soul is a good book, but I was disappointed. It was just so similar to the first book, Bullet to the Heart, which I really liked, partly because of its uniqueness. I felt like I was reading a slightly different version of the same book. The characters are similar, as are their reactions to each other. The hero holds another in his heart and is disgusted by his attraction to the heroine. Sound familiar? I understood it in Rand’s case, no so much in Adam’s. Adam didn’t physically torture Arrow at least. He was more about the verbal barbs and he wielded those frequently against Arrow. I hated him a bit for that. Arrow was almost a carbon copy to Bullet, just a few differences. Heck even the plot and climax were similar. I’m not sure I want to continue the series if I’m just going to be getting basically the same characters and stories over and over again…(less)
Night Unbound is the 5th book in the Immortal Guardians series by Dianne Duvall. It’s an ongoing paranormal roman...more4.5 Stars
Loved the hero in this one!
Night Unbound is the 5th book in the Immortal Guardians series by Dianne Duvall. It’s an ongoing paranormal romance series, with each book showcasing a new hero and heroine in a complete story. I really liked Night Unbound. It drew me in completely, the story, the romance and the characters. By the time I finished reading I was invested in the story and the characters, not just the main characters but all of them. I love when that happens.
Night Unbound is a story filled with romance, excitement and action. The hero, Zach was wonderful, one of my favorite heroes that I’ve read this year. He’s mysteries, powerful, and sexy. I loved him with Lisette, the heroine. With her he’s protective, caring, tender and possessive. His attraction and yearning for Lisette drew him from his centuries’ long sterile and cold existence. He knew being with her would cause him to be hunted by his kind but he wasn’t giving her up.
Lisette was just as drawn to Zach as he was to her. And even though she was ordered by Seth, the Immortal Guardian leader, to stay away from Zach, she couldn’t. I liked Lisette a lot. She’s one of the few female Immortal Guardians and she’s tough without being hard. She’s also genuine and warm hearted. I loved her and Zach together. Their romance was a joy to read.
Night Unbound has a very engaging and interesting story. The world and characters are vividly drawn. I felt as if I had stepped into the story as I grew to know the characters. I cheered their triumphs and my heart ached for their losses. I cared what happened to them and I’m anxious to read more about them in future stories. I hope that Seth gets a story of his own soon.
Night Unbound is highly recommended to fans of paranormal romance. It can be read as a stand-alone novel, but for the best enjoyment, I recommend reading the series in order starting with the first book, Darkness Dawns.
*ARC received from Kensington Books - Zebra via NetGalley.(less)
Fire Rising by Donna Grant is the 2nd novel in her Dark Kings series. This story focuses on Tristan and Sammie. Sammie is Jane’s half-sister and Trist...moreFire Rising by Donna Grant is the 2nd novel in her Dark Kings series. This story focuses on Tristan and Sammie. Sammie is Jane’s half-sister and Tristan is the newest Dragon King. He fell from the skies as a Dragon King two years ago. He recently discovered that he had a life prior to becoming a Dragon King and he has a twin brother from that life, Ian. He has no memories of his previous life as Duncan, an Immortal warrior, until he meets Sammie. His interactions with Sammie trigger bits of memories from when he was Duncan. As Sammie and Tristan grow closer and danger draws near Tristan struggles with trying to reconcile his past life with his current. And Sammie struggles with letting herself grow close to someone. It broke her heart when her mother died and she is afraid of opening up herself to that kind of pain again.
Tristan is a great hero and I loved him and Sammie together. Their romance develops steadily though the course of the novel. The attraction is instant but their love grew at a rate that felt natural. Sammie is also a likable character. She is independent and strong but determined to hold herself back. I liked the process of her learning to love again.
I really enjoyed Fire Rising. It was fast paced, interesting, exciting and it left me anxious for more. The battle with the Dark Fae and Ulrich continues and it’s intensifying. The characters are well developed and the plot is intricately woven. It’s a great addition to the Dark Kings series and I look forward to future stories.
I recommend the Dark Kings series to fans of paranormal romance.
*ARC received from the publisher via NetGalley(less)
I wasn't real fond of the H, Monroe in this one, though he definitely had some redeeming moments that I loved. He's self-important, high-hand...more3.5 Stars
I wasn't real fond of the H, Monroe in this one, though he definitely had some redeeming moments that I loved. He's self-important, high-handed and smug. Eden tell him to call her Edie because she hates being called Eden, so what does he do? He smirks and calls her Eden. Gawd, he was annoying. He manipulated Eden and pushes his way into her life. I wanted to see him suffer and I was glad when he did. With the exception of Monroe and his high-handedness I really enjoyed the book. It's fast paced, interesting and the character felt genuine. I also enjoyed how Monroe pursued Eden before he even knew she was his Angel. I liked Eden, though she did have a wee bit of TSTL syndrome. She took some unnecessary risks with her life toward the beginning of the book.
Overall, I liked it and I look forward to the next book in the series.(less)