Taste of Darkness is the 2nd book in the Darkness series by Katie Reus. I loved the hero, Drake. He’s a dragon shifter who escaped his impris...more4.5 Stars
Taste of Darkness is the 2nd book in the Darkness series by Katie Reus. I loved the hero, Drake. He’s a dragon shifter who escaped his imprisonment in hell in the last book. This book begins four months after his escape. He’s a great hero. He’s tough and strong which he demonstrates spectacularly in this book. He’s intense, yet sweet, protective and possessive. He was really wonderful with Victoria. After suffering in hell for over one thousand years he’s struggling to find his place in the real world. He knows Victoria is his mate but he wants to better himself before he makes his move. He believes she deserves more but he’s not willing to give her up, I loved that about him. Also, since he was betrayed and sent to hell when he was only 11 or 12 years old, he has no sexual experience. I really liked that he got to explore that for the first time with Victoria.
I liked Victoria as well. She’s a wolf shifter, a healer and much loved by her pack. She’s intelligent and kind but not a pushover. She stood up for herself when it counted. She was attracted to Drake from the first time she met him but since he hadn’t made any advances towards her so she held back not wanting to take advantage of him. She was one of the few that he had relaxed around and she was afraid he viewed her as a security blanket. It’s not long before she learns that Drake wants her just as much as she wants him.
I thoroughly enjoyed Taste of Darkness. The plot is interesting and exciting and the characters drew me in. There is depth and emotion. The world building is wonderfully done. I could easily picture it in my head. The romance is sexy and sweet, a joy to read. The story is vibrant and grabs you in its telling. We are given hints to future couples and I find myself eager to read the next book.
Taste of Darkness is highly recommended to fans of paranormal romance.
HEA, no cheating.
*ARC (Advanced Review Copy) received from CrushStar Multimedia LLC via NetGalley.(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 own 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)
Winning Love by Abby Niles is the third book in her Love to the Extreme series but it can easily be read as a stand-alone novel. I haven’t re...more4.5 Stars
Winning Love by Abby Niles is the third book in her Love to the Extreme series but it can easily be read as a stand-alone novel. I haven’t read the previous books but I can tell you that after reading this one I want to. I really liked Winning Love. It drew me in completely until I was immersed in the story, the characters and the romance. I enjoyed every minute of it. It made me laugh. At one point, the visual in my head of a dare that Gayle had proposed was so hilarious, that I had to stop reading for a minute until I quit laughing. I felt the choke of tears more than once. This novel dug deep with the emotion. The scenes of the aftermath of a tornado were particularly poignant.
I loved the romance between Gayle and Mac. Gayle is such a vibrant, lively and vivacious character. She’s a meteorologist and is working to research and document tornados. Mac is an MMA fighter and has returned to Kansas after being gone for 4 years, to help his friend train for a fight. He hasn’t gotten over the pain or guilt from the death of his wife and it has driven him to shut out emotions and keep people at a distance. Gayle and Mac become temporary neighbors and Gayle makes it her mission to bring a spark of life back to Mac.
Gayle was tenacious and managed to pull Mac from the dark, angry and depressing funk he had been wallowing him. I liked them both and I loved seeing them come together. It was sexy with moments of affection and tenderness. Their romance wasn’t without bumps along the way but they handled them well. They discussed problems and tried to work through them as opposed to ignoring them or brushing them aside.
The story is quite interesting and told in a way that compels you to keep reading. I found Gayle’s job and storm chasing trips to be an exciting, emotionally driven aspect to the story. The tornado portions of the book are skillfully written and intense. I felt as if I was there, seeing what the characters were seeing.
Winning Love is very well done. There is fun, laughter, anger and heartache. The romance felt genuine and I cared about the characters. I wouldn’t change a thing about it.
I highly recommend Winning Love to fans of contemporary romance.
*ARC (Advanced Review Copy) received from Entangled Publishing LLC - Select via NetGalley.(less)
The devil is in the details… That is certainly the case in Do or Die, the first book in Suzanne Brockmann’s new Reluctant Heroes series. I ab...more4.5 Stars
The devil is in the details… That is certainly the case in Do or Die, the first book in Suzanne Brockmann’s new Reluctant Heroes series. I absolutely adore a skillfully executed complex and intricate plot and Do or Die delivers. I didn’t find the beginning confusing at all, as some reviewers stated. What isn’t readily apparent in the beginning is quickly revealed. And honestly, I find it much more interesting to learn the plot along with the characters as opposed to a describing paragraph or two in the beginning.
I liked this book a lot for many reasons. The characters are wonderfully done with depth and history. I really got to know and understand them. The plot is masterfully done. It builds up in layers and in the end everything comes together seamlessly. It is exciting, interesting, moving and funny. The romance between Ian and Phoebe is done in way that feels genuine. I loved their interactions together. Ian is rough and tough and Phoebe is smart and charming. The side characters all had unique personalities that stand out and grab your attention. I look forward to discovering who will be the main characters for the next book. I applaud Suzanne Brockmann for a job very well done.
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Wow! If you’re looking for a vivid and pulse pounding Zombie Apocalypse romance, look no further. Waking Up Dead by Emma Shortt fits the bill...more4.5 Stars
Wow! If you’re looking for a vivid and pulse pounding Zombie Apocalypse romance, look no further. Waking Up Dead by Emma Shortt fits the bill to a “T”. It’s an exciting, edge of your seat book that grabs hold of you from the very beginning. All you can do it hang on and hope for the best as you zip your way through action, danger, romance, and Zombie’s galore. It’s certainly not for the squeamish. There is blood and pus aplenty but that’s to be expected when ones battling against the walking dead. It fits and added a sense of horror and realism to the story. In fact it’s the details and depth to this story that help to make it great. The characters are interesting and the romance proceeds at a believable pace. Jackson in particular is an intricate and compelling character. I loved both her and Luke. They were perfect for each other. And the ending… talk about intense! I don’t think I blinked the entire last chapter. Needless to say, I thoroughly enjoyed Waking Up Dead and I eagerly await the next book in the series.
Waking Up Dead is highly recommended for fans of Zombie Post-Apocalyptic romance.(less)
Fire Inside by Kristen Ashley is the second book in the Chaos series but can be read as a stand-alone novel. I have to admit that prior to th...more4.5 Stars
Fire Inside by Kristen Ashley is the second book in the Chaos series but can be read as a stand-alone novel. I have to admit that prior to this book I wasn’t sure if I would like Hop or Lanie but I’m happy to say that I ended up really liking both characters. They each have drama and their relationship is a volatile one which helps keep the book interesting. I liked that Lanie gave as good as she got and she wasn’t afraid to stand up for herself. She and Hop both make mistakes and jump to conclusions but they are able to work through those same mistakes.
I loved Hop. He has some truly sigh worthy lines. If you liked Shy, you’ll love Hop. The incident that occurred in Motorcycle man that paints Hop in a bad light is explained thoroughly in this book. Lanie wasn’t the bitchy drama queen that I thought she was going to be, from the way she was described in the beginning of the book. Sure she was dramatic but not over the top, off your rocker dramatic. She has a good heart and was still working to overcome what happened to her 8 years prior when her fiancé was killed. Hop plays a big part in helping her work through her emotional barriers. Their story grabs you from the first page to the last. Kristen Ashley has a talent for writing stories that resonate with emotion and Fire Inside doesn’t disappoint. I look forward to her next novel.
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A Howl for a Highlander by Terry Spear is a thoroughly enjoyable addition to the Heart of the Wolf Series. The story is fun, fast paced and exciting....moreA Howl for a Highlander by Terry Spear is a thoroughly enjoyable addition to the Heart of the Wolf Series. The story is fun, fast paced and exciting. The romance unfolds beautifully managing to be both steamy and endearingly romantic. It takes place on an island paradise where beauty abounds and danger lurks. The hero is Duncan, a sexy highland wolf that will win your heart. He is strong and Alpha without being overbearing. He is drawn to Shelley, the independent American wolf, from the instant he senses her and as much as he doesn’t want to be distracted from his mission he can’t help but pursue her. Duncan is charming and protective of her as they both find themselves drawn together, yet resistant to the inevitable. Shelley is good hearted and smart, she isn’t afraid to tell it like it is and stand up for herself. They are a perfect match and the chemistry between them is so sizzling it’s a wonder the pages didn’t start smoking.
A Howl for a Highlander is an excellent blend of fun, romance, action and sex. It is highly recommended for fans of paranormal romance.