"Wanting her was dangerous. She was not of his kind, and if she learned what he was, she could put the pack at risk. Yet desire waylaid him each time"Wanting her was dangerous. She was not of his kind, and if she learned what he was, she could put the pack at risk. Yet desire waylaid him each time he caught her scent.”~ book excerpt
Emma Gavin writes about werewolves. Her novels are so close to the truth that they’ve garnered the attention of Aidan Wallace, werewolf extraordinaire. When a renegade werewolf sends suggestive messages with an underlying hint of violence, Aidan acts as Emma’s bodyguard to send a warning to the errant wolf with ties to Aidan’s family.
Things go awry when Emma incites Aidan’s mating urge. Aidan is betrothed to another by means of a treaty between packs. He can’t risk breaking the engagement for a joining with a human without jeopardizing the peace. Besides, Emma doesn’t know that he’s exactly what she’s been writing about.
Aidan captured my heart with his fierce loyalty, torn between his obligation to his pack and loving the woman who should be his mate, but cannot be. He’s indulgent and protective of Emma and clearly makes some decisions based on emotion rather than logic.
As for Emma, I didn’t fall in love with her character because she was a bit stereotypical-- an introverted writer with a love for chocolate and coffee, and not as dimensional or multifaceted as Aidan. However, Emma is spunky, quirky. Not much else in the way of personality, except for her sincere compassion for Aidan’s predicament.
A Werewolf in Manhattan is definitely Aidan’s story. His character is the one who grows and matures. There wasn’t much development in Emma. Her character remained static as the story progressed. I realize that generally only one character undergoes considerable change, but I would like to have seen Emma experience some transformation in her journey. After all, I would imagine that finding out werewolves are “real” would inspire some sort of character change since it challenges a belief system.
Despite my initial reservations about a romance writer heroine, this story was engaging enough that I forgot about my initial prejudices. And all though I longed for something more substantial from Emma, A Werewolf in Manhattan was an enjoyable, sometimes laugh out loud, comedic read.
I went through it in one sitting and was smiling when I reached The End.
NYT bestselling author, Vicki Lewis Thompson kicks off her new Wild About You series with A Werewolf in Manhattan’s debut. A snippet of what’s to come in the second installment was included in the ARC and of course I couldn’t resist the teaser. I’m happy to say that the series definitely appears promising.
Isabella and Justin have been friends forever. Closer than friends, actually. More like brother anReviewed for The Season: www.theseasonforromance.com
Isabella and Justin have been friends forever. Closer than friends, actually. More like brother and sister. Only Isabella has harbored a wicked little secret for years and this Christmas she’s going share it with Justin.
Isabella Andreu is coming home for the holidays. Her boyfriend of two years has just broken off their engagement and now there is nothing to prevent her from finally coming to terms with her undying infatuation for Justin, her childhood friend. That is, if she can actually make it home.
Justin Rourke can’t help but to drop everything when it comes to Isabella. He’s been rescuing her from mishaps all of her life. Fetching her from the side of the road in the middle of a blizzard is par for the course. With the streets to her mother’s house closed due to snow, he has no choice but to bring Izzie home with him.
The only problem is that Izzie isn’t the little girl he’s always considered a sister. She’s all grown up and filled out in the all the enticing places, inspiring dirty thoughts that are utterly unbrotherly.
Snowed in and housebound, Izzie decides to shake up things with Justin. A game of strip Scrabble is all it takes to break her out of the sister mold and land her right into Justin’s bed. Then comes the news… Justin’s SEALs unit is being activated in thirteen days. Izzie knows his missions are long and dangerous and she plans to fulfill Justin’s every fantasy before he ships out…if she can convince him to play along.
I knew from the first three paragraphs that this was going to be a fun read.
“Isabella was in mourning—that deep, soulful kind where people fall to the ground wailing as if they are possessed. Her fiancé of two years had just broken up with her over the phone, the same phone that had died right after her sleek silver Aston Martin Vanquish had gone kaput on the side of the road.
Yes, she was in mourning—mostly for her shoes. Where was she ever going to find another pair of white kid-leather knee-high boots that fit her legs perfectly? Her favorite Jimmy Choos would be ruined if they got any wetter, and she’d worn them only twice.
Maybe if she sent up a prayer, God would save her boots right after he saved her from the worst blizzard to hit her small hometown of Jacksonville, Virginia, in more than ten years. She mumbled something that was as close to a prayer as a wicked Catholic girl was ever going to get, and trudged ahead.”
Isabella is a smart, sexy woman with a sense of humor and a great deal of common sense. She might have taken a detour or two in her life, but she’s determined to get back on track. When she decides she wants something, she doesn’t let anything get in her way.
Justin is equally compelling, struggling with his sense of honor, his changing perception of Isabella and his doubt that she could ever love him that way he wants her to.
Both have strong personalities. Their banter in and out of the bedroom is delightful to watch as each tries to best the other.
At Izzie’s insistence, Justin introduces her BDSM. She’s open to trying anything with Justin because she trusts him. But it’s clear that Izzie isn’t a true submissive. The play-struggle for dominance in the bedroom is entertaining and I was happy that Izzie came out on top, at least part of the time.
This type of sexual relationship works for them because of their shared history. They are deeply connected to each other and that connection extends beyond their bedroom escapades. The conflict for them lies in their inability to confess their love for fear of the other’s rejection. Each thinks the other is only in it for the fun. And what fun they have!
Twelve Wicked Nights is definitely Justin and Isabella’s journey; however there is a sub-plot with a brewing relationship between Justin’s best (guy) friend, Caleb, and Isabella’s best (girl) friend, Celeste. I found this secondary story to be a little distracting, especially because it delves into their sexual activity which took me away from Justin and Isabella’s story. Caleb and Celeste do play a pivotal role in getting Justin and Izzie to open up to each other. And how these best friends conspire to accomplish that is a hoot.
Twelve Wicked Nights is the first book I’ve read by Nadia Adian (love the anagram of the name). I enjoyed the straight-forward writing style, the clever humor, and the depth of the main characters.
If you’re looking to liven up your Christmas, Twelve Wicked Nights, might be just the spice you’re looking for. ...more
A Goddess will do anything…including challenging the fates and rewriting the history, all for the lReviewed by The Season: www.theseasonforromance.com
A Goddess will do anything…including challenging the fates and rewriting the history, all for the love of Merlin.
Devastated by war, award-winning photojournalist, Isabel Cantelli returns to her native Oklahoma hoping to soothe her battle-scarred soul. Little does she know that the whispers of an ancient magick has been sent forth through all the ages to find one, just as her.
Careening off a bridge and plunging into Grand Lake, Isabel didn’t see flashes of her life as she lived it. All she saw was the coulda, woulda, shouldas as she drowned. Lucky for her, the Water Goddess Coventina, offered a magickal amulet and a second chance at life and love…in Camelot.
One condition--Isabel must lure Lancelot away from Guinevere before they destroy Arthur and his kingdom.
Sure, no problem. Lance is supposed to be the most handsome knight of the realm. Isabel is confident in her skills as a woman who gets what she wants. This assignment would be a no brainer. Until she realizes Lance doesn’t hold a candle to Arthur and the only feelings of lust or love she can muster are all directed at the King.
Isabel is quirky and out-spoken and hilariously out-of-place as she barrels forward with her mission to save Camelot and its people. Some of the comedic interplay is over the top and some things a bit cliché. Yet, the essence of the story is entertaining, with a few laugh out loud moments.
Isabel with all of her shenanigans manages to help heal the rift between Arthur and Mordred, and teaches Arthur how to love again. Soon, Camelot is threatened by an invading army. Because of all that Isabel has witnessed in war, she finds a way to defend Camelot so that none of its people are harmed. Her plan truly is a work of genius and quite funny in its conception.
During the victory celebration, a straggler from the defeated army makes his way into the castle and attempts to assassinate Arthur. Mordred jumps in front of his father and takes an arrow to the chest.
Isabel must make a choice between saving Mordred and staying in Camelot. She loves the King and knows it would destroy him to lose his son, so she uses the amulet to save Mordred.
Isabel is flung back to her own time where she is being rescued by none other than Arthur reincarnated.
Personally, I didn’t find the ending rewarding even though it’s technically a happily ever after. The reason I was disappointed was that in Camelot, Arthur told Isabel that he couldn’t live without her. She had become his heart and soul.
So, what happened to the King when Isabel warped through time again? And what happened to Camelot?
The conclusion was brief, awkward in dialogue and provided no insight into what happened after Isabel left. I would’ve liked to have seen her make a trip to the library and do a little research on the outcome. She is, after all, a journalist. ...more
A dragon will move heaven and earth for the woman with the key to his past and a door to his futurReviewed for The Season: www.theseasonforromance.com
A dragon will move heaven and earth for the woman with the key to his past and a door to his future.
Ramsey Gallagher has lived a long time. More than 2,000 years. He knows more about the Earth’s ancient history than most scholars, but very little about himself, about his dragon heritage.
Dr. Madison Dartmoor may have stumbled upon the secret to Ramsey’s origins. Her archeological excavation, in the region where Ramsey lived as a child, has unearthed an ancient artifact that might be the missing link that he’s been hoping to find. He travels to Las Vegas where she is scheduled to give a presentation on her research only to discover that the lecture has been cancelled at the last second.
Madison refuses to discuss the small statute made from an unidentified substance that shifts from man to dragon by moving its arms. The attack on her crew at the dig site in Italy has convinced her that someone doesn’t want her discovery made public. And it seems that person will do anything it takes to ensure that her research is reburied, forever.
Ramsey and Madison join forces to uncover the truth about the ancient artifact while outrunning the ever-present danger of a madman bent on preserving mankind’s dominance in evolution. Only when that danger is eliminated do they realize that a bigger threat lies in an enemy who is closer than they think.
Day of the Dragon is a contemporary paranormal, action-adventure story with a little romance along the way. It has an Indiana Jones flair, without the comedy. There are lots of suspenseful twists that intrigued me and drew me into the plot so that I was trying to ferret out the answers to solve the mystery along with the characters.
I did feel that the beginning of the relationship between Ramsey and Madison was a little forced. Madison is an intelligent woman with a mission and she seemed to fall too quickly for Ramsey’s seductions, especially in light of the harrowing situation they were escaping. However, this bump was smoothed over a bit when it came to light that the two are likely soul mates.
I noticed a tiny reality slip when Madison’s assistant is shot at point blank range in the chest while they are in Vegas. Not only did he survive, he showed up at the dig site in Italy a few days later. The assistant is not a preternatural being. Even though he’s described as pale and on massive pain-killers, it seems unlikely to me that a mere mortal would be capable of such a long journey so soon after (what I took as) a life-threatening injury.
The only other issue that had me rubbing a worry knot was how Madison came to be Dominic Coleman’s protégé after her parents died. I kept wondering why he chose her, especially after Madison asks him if he was responsible for her parents’ deaths and he refused to answer. I would’ve liked to have known Dominic’s motivation for choosing Madison since his relationship to her is a vital thread in the plot.
In the end, the little hiccups I experienced when reading this story didn’t stop me from immersing myself in it and enjoying the read.
Rebecca York fans will be happy to learn that Day of the Dragon begins a new shifter series for the author, so more stories will follow. ...more
Young love. One born of land. One of born the sea. Two hearts when torn asunder, only a Kraken canReviewed for The Season: www.theseasonforromance.com
Young love. One born of land. One of born the sea. Two hearts when torn asunder, only a Kraken can mend.
Jenny Jameson was twelve when she met Perrin, the mer-boy with silver hair and ice blue eyes. She only knew him a few minutes before his father dragged him back to sea. Yet in those precious moments her heart had fastened onto Perrin and his heart held steadfast to her.
She searched for him daily, in that particular spot of beach. Though, she never saw him there again, she met him every night in her dreams.
Eight years ago, the dreams stopped. Jenny looked for Perrin. But he wasn’t on the beach, or any other place in the world she searched. Still, she keeps looking.
Perrin never expected to find the red-haired girl with whom he’d shared his childhood dreams. He held on to the memories, they gave him hope. Hope he desperately needed after being stripped of his identity and exiled from the sea. He’d resigned himself to a meager existence on land, waiting for his time to die.
Until one day when the dolphins at the aquarium where Perrin works shared with him a vision. A vision of impending doom. And later, another vision of his red-haired girl. In that moment, Perrin knows that he must do everything in his power to find her. To save her. And to save the world.
In the Dark of Dreams can be summed up in one word...Wow! I absolutely loved this story. There’s lots of action and suspense on the high sea and in what lies beneath it, but it was Perrin and Jenny’s love story that seized my heart.
Natural and supernatural forces conspire against them, but time and again Perrin and Jenny’s love proves unflinching and unfailing. With sharks to the left of them, mercenaries to the right, they’re stuck in the middle desperately trying to find a way to appease a sea monster before he awakens to destroy the world.
In the Dark of Dreams begins with a prologue. Normally I skip these because I feel that anything worth telling should be told within the context story. However, this book’s prologue is a must read. It’s written in a faery tale fashion, almost as if it were a bedtime story to be read to children. It’s mesmerizing in its simplicity and absolute magick.
Marjorie M. Liu uses vivid details to describe life under the sea and above it. Her characters as beautiful as they are terrifying.
I found Perrin’s act of abstinence touching. I felt this deepened his character and showed the genuineness of his convictions. And when he learns that Jenny has had a lover, Perrin isn’t angry or jealous or disappointed. He even grieves with Jenny when he learns of her tragic miscarriage. So deep is his love that whatever touches her, touches him.
Jenny has kept Perrin’s secret from everyone. She has fiercely protected him and loved him even when he was nowhere to be found. She may have lost faith, but she never gave up her last thread of hope and that is what endeared her to me.
I loved the clever way the author blends ancient Greek mythology into the modern world perspective. Whereas Perseus used Medusa’s head to destroy the Kraken, Perrin and Jenny use their wit and their dreams to pacify the rousing sea monster. Instead of violence, they offer peace. It’s a nice alternative to the mob mentality of simply killing the beast.
For me, In the Dark of Dreams was an absolute thrill to read. Excitement, suspense, and stomach clenching drama filled page after page, right to the very end.
This is the tenth book in the Dirk & Steele series and I hope Ms. Liu doesn’t stop there. ...more
Masked behind the death and destruction of the Civil War, a more sinister war rages. One of a supernatural kind.
Cole Granger, a Texas sheriff and hisMasked behind the death and destruction of the Civil War, a more sinister war rages. One of a supernatural kind.
Cole Granger, a Texas sheriff and his friends—a former union soldier and a Confederate native, have put aside politics to fight the real enemy of humanity. Vampires!
Cole has learned that in this war any hesitation could cost him his life. But, in the midst of a battle to cleanse the “disease” from a Union prison he encounters a woman with lightning reflexes and a sassy wit. Only her tongue isn’t the sharpest tool in her mouth and he’d be dead, if she’d wanted him to be.
Half-blooded vampire, Megan Fox, is in Washington D.C. at the request of General Robert E. Lee. She’s to aid in the extermination of the vampire infestation that’s ravaging both North and South by teaming up with her brother’s three-member hunting party. Except her brother, Cody, doesn’t know he has a sister or that she’s come to help.
When she suddenly appears in the midst of a fight to cleanse the prison of vampires, the three men are immediately suspicious of her motives. None more so than Cole. Although he trusts Cody with his life, Cole is unwilling to simply accept that Megan is his best friend's sister or that she's on a military mission to help them.
That changes when President Lincoln seeks out Megan and asks her to put an end to his wife’s nightmares of a little drummer boy who's out to destroy everything. The President sends Megan and Cole to Harper’s Ferry to find the grave of the vampire child with orders to put his soul to rest before more of his contamination spreads.
But, Cole will have to learn to trust Megan and Megan will have to learn to believe in Cole if they are to survive the Night of the Vampires.
Heather Graham’s paranormal, historical romance is written with such finesse one wonders if she hasn’t stumbled upon a dark, terrifying truth that our government would prefer to keep hidden. But, the story isn’t about conspiracy theories or subterfuge. It’s a story about two very different people forced to overcome prejudices on their quest to make the world a safer place and they happen to fall in love along the way.
The vampire element provides a fresh take on the atrocities our Nation suffered during the dark time of the Civil War. Despite the oppressive nature of that tragic era, this story isn’t bogged down by the retelling of consequential events. Rather it’s presented as if those events are going on around the characters, on the periphery, allowing their story to move forward unencumbered by the tomes of history. Ms. Graham provides enough descriptive detail to give a sense of life in war-torn America circa the 1860’s without a drawn-out expository—something I prefer to avoid when reading fiction. The setting never overpowers the plot and sometimes that is difficult to accomplish when using monumental historic events for authenticity.
In case you're wondering, Night of the Vampires is filled with more suspense than horror. Now, there are some throat ripping, heart-staking, off with their head moments that will delight vampire enthusiasts; but, I believe that readers who are less blood-thirsty will also find this book enjoyable.
Dashiel Thorpe, Earl of Brimsworth, has always believed that he was an aberration, an abomination, because heWerewolves are afoot in Regency England!
Dashiel Thorpe, Earl of Brimsworth, has always believed that he was an aberration, an abomination, because he father never told him that there were others like him. When he discovers that he and the Westfield family have a common trait, he seeks their help in taming the wolf that besieges him every full moon.
Caitrin Macleod, a hereditary witch with an aversion to Lycans, is a guest at the Westfield estate. She knows what the Westfields are werewolves and disapproves that her best friend has married one. Restless during the night of the full moon, Caitrin slips downstairs to the Duke’s study in hopes of finding a boring book that will put her to sleep.
Instead, she finds a handsome man to whom she is irresistibly drawn. A kiss, a nip, a bite…and they are irrevocably bound.
Caitrin wants nothing to do with a Lycan, yet Dash is the only person whose future she cannot see and his presence gives her respite from the constant barrage of precognitive visions that plague her. Dash never dared to dream to have a family of his own until he encountered Caitrin. Now, he’ll stop at nothing to become the respectable man that she wants in order to win her heart.
The Taming of the Wolf presents a charming tale of fate, persistence, and love. It’s sweetly written and, for the most part, delightful to read. Although, I did have difficulty with Caitrin’s heavily accented dialogue, especially in the beginning. I recognize that this is a “period” piece; however, to me, Caitrin’s speech often slowed the pacing and seemed illiterate at times. Especially considering other characters hailed from Scotland but their speech patterns didn’t echo hers.
Since this is a werewolf story, I expected a snarling dog fight to occur somewhere along the way. It didn’t and that was a slight disappointment for me. As a rabid werewolf fan, I expect primal “draw first blood” scenes where the wolf is protecting his mate or defending his pack. Except for the inciting incident of Dash accidentally biting Caitrin and marking her as his mate, the werewolf angle seems almost incidental and nearly unremarkable.
There were a few loose threads dangling at the end. I suspect that these were intentional and meant to launch a future book. However, they were distracting and threw me out of this story, especially because the issues weren’t resolve and I kept wondering why they were thrown into the mix.
But, all in all, Lydia Dare has crafted a story that stands on its own with or without the paranormal element. The cat and mouse game Caitrin and Dash engage in is quite entertaining and builds the sexual tension between them in a manner appropriate to the time period.
Some of Caitirn’s antics made me laugh out loud and had I been in her shoes, I imagine that I would have done exactly as she did. Dash’s persistence despite Caitrin’s insistence that he desist his pursuits is endearing and no one can begrudge him his well-deserved happily-ever-after.
Firewalker is unlike any paranormal romance that I’ve read. It’s reminiscent of Tony Hillerman’s Navajo Tribal Police mysteries, but with a sharp supeFirewalker is unlike any paranormal romance that I’ve read. It’s reminiscent of Tony Hillerman’s Navajo Tribal Police mysteries, but with a sharp supernatural edge and an enduring love story.
Janet Begay must prove that she isn’t the one responsible for the grisly murders near her motel. Only she isn’t convinced that she didn’t do it, and neither is her dragon lover— Mick, or their reluctant friend, Sheriff Nash Jones.
Together they will take on demons, skinwalkers, the Gods Above, the powers Beneath, and the entire Dragon Court to uncover the truth. And, if they discover that Janet is the culprit then it will be up to Mick to execute the ultimate punishment…Death.
It’s a topsy-turvy adventure from the start. Written in first person point of view, Firewalker takes the reader on Janet Begay’s perilous journey of coming to terms with her Beneath powers. Throw a supernatural murder or two in the mix, a magic eater, a dragon trial, and a ridiculously hilarious magic mirror and you get a thrilling and satisfying read to the end.
I loved the fast-paced action with Janet moving from one complication to the next with grit and guts. Her stead-fast determination to find answers, even if it kills her, and her utter devotion to Mick kept me intrigued through-out the read.
Firewalker extrapolates on Native American legends to weave an intricate tale of what happens when a woman is gifted with the power of the Gods. This is a fascinating follow-up to Stormwalker, which first introduced readers to this vast and colorful cast of characters.
Allyson James creates an electrifying world of magic, mystery and romance. A world where a gal can sit down and have a conversation with a dragon as if it’s as normal as eating apple pie on Sunday. A world where unlimited imagination brings new life to ancient mythos and a place where a dragon can love a human with all of his heart.
Ms. James’s originality seasons every scene. Nothing trite or over-written to be read here. The reader sees the world exactly as Janet views it and it is an interesting perspective, to say the least.
Packed with plenty of action, adventure, and hysterical moments of comic relief, Firewalker is absolutely fun to read. I can’t wait for Janet and Mick to entertain me again with their next adventure.
The battle between the Praetorians and the Sicari Order wages on in 21st century Rome. A healer and a telepathic assassin are thrown together in a desThe battle between the Praetorians and the Sicari Order wages on in 21st century Rome. A healer and a telepathic assassin are thrown together in a desperate search for an ancient artifact that could sway the balance of good and evil.
Phaedra and Lysander are soul mates; their life forces entwined since the days of the Caesars. Just when they are beginning to rediscover one another, Lysander is captured by the Praetorians and learns the truth of his parentage—he’s Praetorian, not Sicari as he was raised to believe.
Tortured and hideously disfigured by the man claiming to be his father, Lysander is left to live. A fate worse than death. For in his blood lives the monster that murdered Phaedra’s family. And he’ll reject her healing touch and her undying love to spare her the truth of his shame.
Phaedra dreams of ancient Rome, of Maximus and Cassiopeia, a soldier and a Senator’s daughter, of eternal love and sacrifice. But, the faces she sees are hers and Lysander’s. Devastated by Lysander’s heartless rejection, Phaedra struggles with the knowledge that her love for him will never die, even if his has.
When an old enemy surfaces, the past collides with the present. Phaedra and Lysander must work together to find the Tyet of Isis or risk the fate that befell them in ancient Rome.
Great action, riveting suspense, undying love, Assassin’s Heart has it all. The imagery is fabulous. I’ve never been to Rome, but this book takes me there…to Rome as it was, and as it is today. Whew! What a journey!
The emotional tension between Lysander and Phaedra keeps the pages turning. I finished this read in one sitting, telling the family it was fend for yourself night at supper time because I couldn’t put it down until the end. It was a privilege to lose myself in this fascinating tale of reincarnation and second chances.
Monica Burns is a masterful storyteller. Assassin’s Heart, second book in the Order of the Sicari series, is richly descriptive and gets to the heart of the complexity and simplicity of that little death-defying thing called love. I eagerly anticipate the upcoming stories in this continuing saga. ~kristal lee Reviewed for The Seasons Ezine: www.theseasonforromance.com...more
Rating: 3.5 stars but Goodreads doesn't allow for 1/2 stars. Heat Level: 4 Bonfire
Kellan Scott, “Watchman. Werewolf. And world-class fuckup,” is deterRating: 3.5 stars but Goodreads doesn't allow for 1/2 stars. Heat Level: 4 Bonfire
Kellan Scott, “Watchman. Werewolf. And world-class fuckup,” is determined to do one good thing with his wasted life before he dies. That one good thing is to save the witch, Chloe Harcourt, from Gregory DeKreznick—the Casus who awakened her Merrick and will kill her to consume her power.
From the moment Kellan saw Chloe’s photo and learned of her plight, he’s been obsessed with her rescue. Meticulously planning and waiting for the right moment to slip into the Wasteland and bring her home. He’s determined not to screw this up, but right from the start things don’t go as planned.
Imprisoned within a Casus fortress, Chloe wants nothing to do with the hunky werewolf, fearing her family curse is manipulating his actions and toying with his emotions. But, her Merrick sees that Kellan is exactly what she needs to set her free.
Escaping the dungeon with Chloe in tow, Kellan meets up with family and friends have who’ve come to bring him home. Together they fight the Casus to get Chloe out of the Wasteland and back to the Watchmen’s safe house in England. If she falls into the hands of the enemy again, all hell will break loose. Literally.
With time and resources running out, Kellan sneaks away from the group to go after Gregory alone. Only, Chloe isn’t about to let Kellan sacrifice more than he already has and she’ll risk everything to save him.
Touch of Temptation is the sixth book in the Primal Instinct series and the first one I’ve read. Unfamiliar with the cast of characters and the complicated world of preternatural clansmen, I found the introductions, explanations, and references to minor and off-stage species distracting. There is a glossary at the end of the book, which would have been helpful while I was reading if I’d been aware that it was included.
Despite some confusion with the world-building, I found the core plot engaging and well-written. The author’s rich, detailed descriptions helped me see into the characters’ world, even when I didn’t understand it.
Kellan’s struggle to be the better man for once in his life is heart-felt and endearing from page one. He’s heroic, self-deprecating, and oh-so delicious. Chloe can’t help but to fall for him, even though she can’t trust that he’s acting on his own free will.
Rhyannon Bird’s fantastical world is filled with exciting adventure and imaginative characters. Kellan and Chloe, although not human, deal with issues close to the human heart: self-acceptance, trust, and love.
The plot twists and turns were sometimes a bit overwhelming to me, but overall, I enjoyed the read. Touch of Temptation has piqued my interest in the Primal Instinct series and I’m looking forward to starting with book one to see how it all began. ...more
Aria, aka Anna, aka Lucienne Reiner, aka Alese diReinardus, a wehrwölfe princess, leaves her home in Carantia to travel with her guardian to America.Aria, aka Anna, aka Lucienne Reiner, aka Alese diReinardus, a wehrwölfe princess, leaves her home in Carantia to travel with her guardian to America. Her guardian is killed before she learns her true identity and the reason they have journeyed across the ocean in search of her lost relations. Alone and unprotected, she is quickly captured by ruthless men who put her up as a prize in a card game in San Francisco. Cort Renier is the gentleman card player who wins Aria. Only, Cort is no gentleman. He’s a loup-garou from the Louisiana bayou who changed his life and his luck after being rejected and humiliated by a sophisticated New Orleans female loup-garou. Learning Aria/Anna may be the missing heir to his former lover’s aristocratic family, Cort determines to seek revenge. Aria’s wild nature isn’t conducive to Cort’s plan to flaunt the debutant before the ones who’d deemed him lower than dirt. He seeks the aid of friends to help Aria’s transformation. Aria loves being a werewolf and can’t understand why Cort denies his nature and wants her to deny hers. She is strong-willed but acquiesces to Cort’s wishes because she wants to please him. Cort’s long-time friend, Yuri, has plans of his own. Years ago, he helped the Baron Di Reinardus in his failed plot to secure the Carantia throne. Now, whether or not he wants to, Yuri becomes involved in the power-hungry wehrwölfe’s plot to take Aria as his bride and overthrow the Carantia’s pretender king. Everything runs amuck when Cort realizes that he loves Aria and no longer wants to use her for revenge, but wants to reunite her with her lost family in New Orleans because he believes it’s best for her. Yuri betrays Cort and Aria is captured by Di Reinardus. But, Aria isn’t going to let anyone determine her future, except her. This paranormal historical set in 1882 was difficult to follow during the first third of the book due to flip-flopping of the heroine’s various aliases. It was difficult to trudge through all the identities and keep track of the story. When a secondary character surmises that Aria/Anna is likely Lucienne/Alese’s twin, I sighed in relief. Although I had guessed this, it eased my frustration when the author finally decided to clear up the confusion. IMHO, it’s okay to confuse the characters, but never the reader. Now, Lucienne/Alese becomes a loose thread. It would have been nice if the author had tied that plot point into a tight little ball instead of leaving it hanging. Maybe she plans another story later, but I don’t like loose ends. They can unravel a plot. I did like the author’s crisp, clear voice and was pleasantly surprised at how easy it was to read her story. For me, historicals can be a bit dry because of lengthy, over-explanations of the customs or habits of that time period. Although those details might be interesting to history buffs, to a busy reader like me it’s tedious chaff to swallow in order to get back to the story. Reading Luck of the Wolf, I choked only once on such instance—when the story diverted into great descriptions of women’s fashion, corsets and bustles and layers upon layers of clothing that had me running to do laundry before I collapsed beneath the mountain of voluminous clothes. For the most part, I connected with the main characters and rooted for Cort and Aria’s happily ever after. The paranormal kick to this Pygmalion plot was a definite plus to the story line but failed to captivate me like I’d hoped. I want to become so lost in the reading so that I can’t put a book down until the end no matter what. That didn’t happen with Luck of the Wolf, although I did continue to pick it up in between loads of laundry.
Leave it to me to start in the middle of a series, but I'm loving this book. Jim is a sexy werewolf, absolutely to die for. Faith is a strong, indepenLeave it to me to start in the middle of a series, but I'm loving this book. Jim is a sexy werewolf, absolutely to die for. Faith is a strong, independent woman that is his perfect match, though she doesn't know it. She first meets Jim when he goes undercover posing as her K9 police dog to expose a cover up of the murder of his best friend. What they unravel is a vampire conspiracy raging through out the police department while their own feelings run rampant under the Blood Moon. Sizzling excitement, blistering romance, and a whirlwind of non-stop action.
The world that Angela Knight has masterfully created is intriguing, believable, and full of hang-on-to-your-hats-this-is-gonna-be-a-wild-ride fun. No wimps allowed. Werewolves, and vampires, and kick ass faeries. Oh my! ~kristal lee...more
Sweet contemporary romance. Some plot points are obviously implausible which irked me a bit. However, the characters were fully developed and believabSweet contemporary romance. Some plot points are obviously implausible which irked me a bit. However, the characters were fully developed and believable. The sexual and emotional tension runs high through out and one heaves a sigh of relieve for the HEA in the end....more
This is an oldie, from 1991. An older woman and younger man. Not so much taboo today, but I guess it was in the early 90's.
Only two things irked me.This is an oldie, from 1991. An older woman and younger man. Not so much taboo today, but I guess it was in the early 90's.
Only two things irked me. Seems the hero only has one type of smile...a pirates' smile. And the heroine has only one type of visceral reaction...toes curling. I imagine pirates would have rotten teeth since oral hygiene wasn't a priority to those pilfering on the high seas. I doubt they smiled much. If they did, I wouldn't want to see it. And, toe curling occurs when one painfully stumps their big toe.
Overall, it was a nice and easy read for a lazy afternoon....more
Delightfully charming read with a quirky cast of characters who worm their way into a reader's heart. There's a lot goin' on at Jason Falco's brownstoDelightfully charming read with a quirky cast of characters who worm their way into a reader's heart. There's a lot goin' on at Jason Falco's brownstone, although sometimes Chad tried to take over the story. But heck, isn't that what a disgruntled ghost does best...intrude on others? ...more
Bow down to Mistress Knight. Her guide to writing erotic romance should be on every aspiring romance writer's keeper shelf. Wait, forget the bookshelfBow down to Mistress Knight. Her guide to writing erotic romance should be on every aspiring romance writer's keeper shelf. Wait, forget the bookshelf, it's too far away. It should never be beyond arm's reach when tapping out your manuscript. Even if you aren't writing EroRom this how-to book is an invaluable resource, delving into characterizations, plotting, dialogue, voice, and the practicalities of the writing and publishing industries.
She uses excerpts from her works to demonstrate techniques and emphasizes why those particular caveats are important to the success of the story. I learn by association, so reading those enlightening tidbits after delving through the how-to's of those craft points have helped me more than hours of lecture time in a stuffy classroom.
Every writer worth their salt should know about GMC. Ms. Knight takes this a step further with her Romantic Conflict Chart. After using her simple guide on my current WIP, a little light went on and the Hallelujah choir began to sing. I finally understood why my story pooped out around Chapter 10. And more importantly, how to fix it.
If you're struggling with your manuscript, consider picking up "Passionate Ink." It's well worth your time and money.