He spread his arms wide in entreaty before letting them fall. "I lied. I lied when I said your beauty does not affect me. I look at you, and I'm breatHe spread his arms wide in entreaty before letting them fall. "I lied. I lied when I said your beauty does not affect me. I look at you, and I'm breathless, dizzy from it. I want to kneel at your feet and worship you. While the baser part of me......" You'll just have to read to find out the rest....... ;)
What a brilliant beginning to a SIZZLING new series that paranormal romance readers can't help but fall in love with.
Firelight is a unique and gritty story that makes me nostalgic for The Phantom of the Opera and a gothic version of Beauty and the Beast! Kristen Callihan's poetic style of writing mesmerized me from beginning to end!
The mysterious Lord Benjamin Archer has a brief encounter with the feisty yet stunning Miranda. He's under the impression that she cannot protect herself so when he steps in to rescue her in a dark alley, her sassy attitude draws in him, and for that he decides to one day make her his. Luckily he's familiar with her fathers monetary weakness and three years later, he makes Hector Ellis an advantageous offer for Miranda's hand in marriage knowing she will soon become his. This scorching romance has me captivated from beginning to the very end. I just couldn't put this book down. There's a killer loose in this dark and gritty tale and all the bloody fingers are pointing to Archer being the prime suspect. Kristen Callihan weaves this magnificent gritty love story, while simultaneously taking us readers on a suspenseful murder case that will leave you guessing until the bitter end!
"Leave now, " she demanded, unmoved, "Or I'll turn you both into cheese on toast.
Meet Miranda, she's a fiery red head with a blazing secret of her own. She can ignite a fire with just a mere thought, and I not speaking of romance flames. Miranda is the last of her siblings to finally marry, her independence important to her. Though she's unaware that Lord Archer is the mysterious man she met in the alley three years earlier, she agrees to marry him. With her misconception that she herself is a monster, she is without prejudices and easily becomes as hypnotized by Lord Archer as he is with her. Her sassy attitude yet gentle character makes her so easy to love, and I found her a breath of fresh air.
Lord Archer possessed the sort of virile body that would catch many of a lady's eye and hold it, we're it not an avoidable fact.
The charming Lord Benjamin Archer is a delicious force to be reckoned with. He's rich, he's powerful yet he has an unsavory disfigurement that has left him hiding behind a mask, in shame, preferring to scare others as if he were a monster than be rejected. Yet he is no monster at all...he's a lust worthy male that in my opinion puts the capital "S" in sex appeal regardless of his disfigurement. He's tortured yet those are my favorite heroes, and I found myself captivated by each and every words that came out of his mouth. when I wasn't reading it I was fantasizing daydreaming about Lord Archer and what underneath that oh to enticing yet devious mask. Though Lord archer is fierce, and protective and has deliciously devious side to him, when he's in Miranda's presence his demeanor melts and he becomes the most gentle spellbinding hero.
"Miranda....."She blinked upon hearing her quietly spoken name. His skin was ashen. Beads of sweat covered his jaw and ran down from beneath his mask, but his eyes were steady."It's only a simple handstitch." "But it is on you." she said with a weak voice. His hand fell over hers. "I promise not to cry." *swoon*
Daisy, is Miranda's bawdy yet delightful sister. While I adored Miranda's character Daisy was equally intriguing yet in an inappropriate manner. The banter between Miranda, Daisy and their other sister Poppy. Miranda could easily be described as kick-ass, Daisy the incorrigible, and Poppy as the mellow one.
Daisy grinned saucily."Admit it. Lord Archer cuts quite a delicious figure. I'd overlook the mask to ride such a body. How very wicked to be a masked man." "Oh good God, Daisy Margaret!"
What I especially enjoyed was Miranda's detective skills. At times I was laughing uncontrollably while other times I was cheering her on. I admired her protective side and her unwillingness to relent when it came to her beloved Archer's well being and safety. Granted he's perfectly capable of protecting himself yet she can't allow him to do it alone. Lord Archer may hold the key to her heart, however she still holds the key to her bad-ass attitude.
"Know this," she said in harsh tones, "if anyone should find my husband," she swallowed past a lump of nausea, "appetizing. Should one hair on Archer's head be harmed, I shall leave little more than ash of that unfortunate fellow."
Kristen Callihan takes us readers on a thrilling journey about survival, love, betrayal, murder, passion, and the ultimate sacrifice to save the one you love. I would recommend this for paranormal romance readers looking for a unique story with a scorchingly hot hero and sassy heroine you can't help but love.
"How am I to resist the one thing I've ever truly wanted?"
Now the only negative is that I'm eager to get my hands on the next installment Moonglowwhich will feature Daisy and the manipulative Ian McKinnon.
"I was dying. I was dying, and this stranger-this vampire- was offering me a way out.Die as a human, or become a bloodsucker."
Have you read a book bef"I was dying. I was dying, and this stranger-this vampire- was offering me a way out. Die as a human, or become a bloodsucker."
Have you read a book before, and wondered if there was any chance you received a completely different review copy than your friends?? Well that's how this book felt to me. I really had high hopes and expectations for this book. Several friends of mine were raving about what an amazing book this was so I downloaded it from Netgalley. Needless to say I regretted the 400 pages I forced myself to read. I'm not familiar with Julie Kawaga's Iron Fey series so I have nothing to go on with comparisons of her writing except that to me it's drags on too long. Many times while reading I fell asleep and i fought to finish this book I really did. After page 400 is where I began my skim marathon. Well this book is almost 500 pages long, and it seemed to me that it could have been shortened and became a much more satisfying read. Makes me wonder if she if she was given a page limit requirement for this book?
"I was a vampire. And despite everything, I still wanted to live."
In the beginning the heroine Allie who is fearless at times is attacked and chooses to become the very thing she loathes to save her pitiful life, a Vampire. These vampires are fascinating because they're ruthless, evil and have long ago put aside their humanity. Allie decides she wants to cling to whatever humanity she can still grasp onto after the change and for that I admired her. She leaves behind her vampire maker Kanin to go on her own and find safety away from those willing to kill her. She then meets a rogue group searching for cure for the disease that leads to rabids and teams up with them seeking shelter and refuge yet she must hide who she really is for fear they won't accept her. I found this to be sad, and I hate the thought of anyone having to hide who they truly are for the sake of friendship or love. Though for me the story is very slow paced this is where you could say it begins to reveal itself.
However, I didn't hate Allie but I didn't love her either, nor did I care for any other characters, especially not Zeke. Perhaps I'm being too harsh on Zeke because I prefer Alpha men, but he didn't impress me nor did Allie. Quite honestly they both could have succumbed to fatal disease in this book and I wouldn't have shed a tear, even at the end I didn't. Basically I didn't connect with the characters AT ALL and that is so rare for me. So of I cannot connect with the characters then I cannot fully appreciate a story.
It''s no secret I prefer a dark, and gritty read, and this book is gritty but just not what I expected and it just didn't live up to the hype for me, as it did others. For those of you interested in this book please don't let me lead you astray because many friends of mine enjoyed this book and several of my friends did not enjoy it, but you just might!
I will not be continuing on with this series, however I know this book will be a tremendous hit amongst YA Vampire lovers, and perhaps Julie Kawaga fans.
On a side note this cover caught my eye originally and I thought it was stunning, and beautiful, however after reading this book I'm highly disappointed in it. Allie the heroine is of Asian decent so why is the cover model white? Usually I take no issues when the cover model doesn't fit the characters description, although when she's of a completely different race I found this cover to be in poor taste.
"Morganville, Texas, isn't like other towns. Oh, it's small, dusty, and ordinary in most ways, but the thing is, there are these Vampires...They own t"Morganville, Texas, isn't like other towns. Oh, it's small, dusty, and ordinary in most ways, but the thing is, there are these Vampires...They own the town. They run it. And until now they've been the unquestioned ruling class. "
That is until the Draug showed up.
There's a reason why after reading Twelve books in this series I'm still obsessed with it! Rachel Caine has one of the most vivid imaginations out there in the fantasy writing world. Her imagination never ceases to amaze me, how her stories just more complex and amazing with each book.
Black Dawn picks up immediately where Last Breath leaves us with the Draug, planning to destroy the Vampire and take over Morganville. Even with the vampires ruling under a ruthless strict policy, it appears to be a blissful dream compared to what the Draug have in store for the citizens of Morganville, Texas. Unfortunately Vampire Amelie the Ruler of Morganville is powerless against the Draug with her injury she sustained in Last Breath, and with that the future of the town is left to he residents of the Glass House; Claire, Shane, Michael, Eve, and of course with the help of my favorite Insane Vampire Myrnin. Claire continues to get more BadAss with each book and her best friends are such outstanding supporting characters I've grown to love and without them The Morganville Vampire series wouldn't be the same.
If you haven't had the pleasure to read The Morganville Vampires then I suggest you do because Rachel Caine is a genius at world building and even though this book is not left on a cliffhanger, she still manages to set us readers up for another action packed, adventure with an even darker path than its predecessor.
"You go on, take care of your sister. I'll be fine."
He closed his eyes for a second. "No," he said. "If you go, I go, too. I'm coming. Monica, just get inside and stay there." "No way. I'm not letting you run off to get killed somewhere without me, jackass."
"Shut up" Eve said flatly. "We have zero time for you and your bullshit dramatics." "Or what, you'll bleed on me, Emo Princess of Freakdomonia?"
Claire stepped forward and got Monica's attention. She didn't know how she looked, but Monica seemed to shift a little, as if she was considering taking a step back. "Fine. You come with us." At the very least, Monica was a rabbit to throw to the wolves, and she wouldn't hesitate to do it if it was the difference between life and death for Shane. "If you get in my way, I'll kill you."
My one and only gripe is that I want more Myrnin scenes lots of them, and unfortunately I'm greedy so there's never enough. But I can say that Myrnin fans will love him in Black Dawn. Even with the death of a beloved character I would still say this is one of Rachel Caine's best and I'll be impatiently patiently waiting for Bitter Blood. If you're a fan of dark, gritty, series with vampires, and a Kick-Ass heroine then I suggest you read The Morganville Vampires, it's a favorite of mine and there's a reason why it's on the New York Times best selling list!! An easy 5 stars! It was unbelievably exciting I couldn't put it down. Once again Rachel Caine continues to be an auto-buy author of mine.
"Don't like verbena, do you?" "Not many Lycans do. It burns something fierce." "I shall keep that in mind, in the event you decide to get out of line."
D"Don't like verbena, do you?" "Not many Lycans do. It burns something fierce." "I shall keep that in mind, in the event you decide to get out of line."
Daisy Ellis Craigmore is the sassy widowed sister of Miranda Archer the heroine in Firelight. It's been slightly over a year since her hateful, old, abusive husband has succumbed to death, and she is finally attempting to live the life of freedom and excitement she yearns for. We were introduced to her in Firelight, and immediately I knew that she was going to be a heroine I would enjoy; spoiled, feisty, wealthy, and beautiful.
"Till my last breath."
When Daisy attends a party she is attacked by a werewolf, fortunately she is rescued from the attack by Ian Renulf, the Marquis of Northrup. When we were first introduced to Ian in Firelight, I wasn't a fan, he came across arrogant, undesirable, and reluctant to stop the pursuit of a married woman Miranda Archer (Daisy's sister) even though she belonged to his one time friend. However, with all this in mind I knew that Kristen Callihan had a surprise up her sleeve and that she was going to leave us swooning after the completion of Moonglow, and she did not disappoint.
"Now that that is settled, there is one more bit of business before I'm done ye." He turned back to Northrup. "Payment for Alan." A ripple of excitement went through the hall, and Daisy's stomach clenched, for it held the taint of violence in it. Fangs lengthened, and the rangy scent of wolf grew deeper. All of it directed at Northrup. Northrup didn't flinch. "Get on with it then." "As you wish." Conall's black eyes found her, sending a chill of ice down her spine. "And let the lass watch."
Ian Ranuof, the Maruis of Northrup, has long ago abandoned his Lycan clan after suffering a devastated loss of someone he loved dearly. With the desire to live a "normal life" he has been clan-less and doing a remarkably good job at being a loner, with not much of a desire to get close to a human "mortal" woman. His seventy years without leading his fathers clan has left him incapable of showing or even developing emotion for anyone or anything besides himself. That was once true until Daisy Craigmore becomes the object of his affections. Even his desire for Daisy's sister Miranda in Firelight was simply a display of carnal desires towards her without any emotional connection whatsoever.
Strengthened by it, Daisy pulled herself up. Fear me. Beside her, Conall looked at her as if seeing a ghost. She smiled with grim satisfaction, the feeling of fearlessness like a drug in her veins. Runaway, little wolf, or I shall kill you.,
We also meet Ian's brother Conall the leader of the Ranulf clan, and he's portrayed as the villain, but I found myself loving him a bit more with each scene because he didn't come across as evil, he came across as a villain that was only one because he ruled with fear not with love because that was all he knew to keep his pack under control at the risk of losing them to his brother Ian.
I know who you are, he wanted to shout. You are brave, funny. Fresh air in this smothered town. And utterly blind if you cannot see what I am.
Upon rescuing Daisy, he discovers this wolf is attacking women that wear her perfume, which becomes a puzzle to Daisy as well because this is a specially designed perfume for only Daisy. They must unravel the mystery of how these women are obtaining a perfume that only Daisy should have in her possession, and why would this wolf only desire to attack women wearing her perfume. Upon this discovery Ian decides that he must take Daisy under his protection in his home while he tracks down the murderous werewolf and protects what is quickly becoming "his" as reluctant as Daisy is to accept his protection.
"I couldn't bear it, Daisy, if you died. I don't want to live in a world without your light. Letting my wolf free did not matter if it saved you."
I fell in LOVE with Ian!!! He's such a passionate hero and his protectiveness made him be irresistible. Daisy and Ian were an ideal match because she's feisty, stubborn, vulnerable and loyal to those she loves. They both hold secrets and are tortured souls and when these secrets are slowly revealed, it brought them closer together and made it much more apparent as to why this hero and heroine belong together. Their romance is not instantly revealed thankfully, but it becomes a slow and simmering seduction that made Moonglow unable to put down. I couldn't stop reading it from the moment I opened the first page, I was captivated by this beautiful world that Kristen Callihan was adding to what we already were introduced to in Firelight.
"However, I doubt that you could handle me. Somehow I think you prefer your women either unavailable or subservient. I am neither."
Miranda, is not in favor of this romance between her sister Daisy and Ian yet she fails to become acquainted to the Ian that Daisy is falling for, and he saves this romantic and passionate side for only his "Daisy-Girl". These two had such lovely and vigorous banter between the two of them, that while I found myself laughing out loud with upon reading their banter it became quite obvious that their banter was built up sexual tension filled with lots of heat. The sex scenes in Moonglow will leave you blushes but most certainly satisfied because they're incredibly sexy and hot.
If she treated him with pity, he'd howl and leave her standing alone on the street, but her pert chin merely lifted. "If you've land to swoon simply so you can look up my skirts, I'll kick your head and leave you where you lay."
An exciting supernatural introduction belongs to the GIM's (Ghosts in the Machine) and I was fascinated by these creatures. These GIM's have the Steampunk element that is often introduced in the historical romances, yet they are quite unique and I hope we have more appearances from them in the next installments by Kristen Callihan. I have a favorite GIM but you'll have to wait to read Moonglow to decide if you have a favorite one as well.;)
"Daisy-girl, I cannot tell you how much it pleases me to hear that you can defend yourself when threatened. But if ye think that such revelations will cause me to take leave of my senses and put you in direct path of danger, then ye've gone as daft as a wee loon."
Moonglow has succeeded all of my expectations, and after reading the gloriously seductive and scorching hot debut Firelight, my expectations were extremely high. If you have yet to read Firelight I suggest you do because both books are simply amazing!
I recommend Moonglow for lovers of paranormal romance with a heavy historical romantic world. The supernatural creatures in this romance is fascinating. If you love a Victorian England theme, steampunk, werewolves, vampires, shifters, tortured heroes and strong, fearless heroines then this is the romance that you will be glad you picked up. Moonglow is a must read on release day!!
He broke the kiss first, but he didn't let her go. "Hasn't it seeped into your thick head yet, Daisy-Meg," he whispered, his hands roaming her back, neck, shoulders, "there isn't anything you can do that will make me stop loving you. You might break my heart, but it is yours anyway."
The ending of Moonglow left me desperately wanting to read Winterblaze immediately as Callihan did a incredibly awesome job of introducing the next hero and heroine and I'm eager to see how that obstacle will play out.
DEI DONO SUM QUOD SUM "By the grace of God I am what I am."
Never Acknowledge the Dead, Never stray far from hallowed ground, Never associate with the haunted, and never tempt fate.
In the second installment ofNever Acknowledge the Dead, Never stray far from hallowed ground, Never associate with the haunted, and never tempt fate.
In the second installment of the Graveyard Queen series, Amelia Grey discovers the consequences of her choices and actions. Overall I was very excited to see Devlin in this book since I missed him dearly in The Kingdom yet it was a long wait. Many revelations and secrets are revealed in this book and honestly I was fascinated with how Amanda Stevens brilliantly unravels these details without any clues whatsoever, leaving me shocked, dismayed and disgruntled that I didn't guess them myself, yet the subtle clues were so mysteriously intermingled into the story it's impossible to guess, and that's what I appreciate the most about her writing.
"I didn't kill him, Devlin said Darkly. But I had a motive. The oldest one in the book. He was having an affair with my wife."
We met the ghost Robert Fremont in The Kingdom and it's in that book that we discover he has the ability to instill fear yet, he can easily fool one into believing he's not a ghost and just a normal man. Robert also referred to as his monicker The Prophet has asked Amelia to help him find his murderer. He asks her yet he leaves her no choice but to comply with his wishes if she wants him to leave her alone. As a ghost with the rare ability to appear as any other human those abilities can easily allow him to haunt her and make her life most uncomfortable. As she progresses in the investigation Amelia funds herself fascinated and equally appalled when she discovers the truth behind Robert Fremont's murder. The Prophet was murdered the same night as Devlin's wife Mariama's and his daughter Shani. While investigating Robert Freemont's murder Amanda Stevens leads Amelia as well as us readers in an unknown territory guessing the murderer's identity until the very end.
"Go inside Amelia. Hurry! Do not tempt fate."
Darius Goodwine is Mariama's uncle and he gives a new meaning to haunted man. While I always knew Devlin was haunted, he takes haunted to an extreme and expanded level. Though I'm not surprised he's such a haunted and troubled man being that he is related to Mariama's as her uncle. As we learn more about she and Devlin's past history together, I'm frightened for the life the poor child Shani lived prior to her tragic and sickening death. It's very sad when I think the poor child probably has a much more stable ghost like than she had being raised by her ruthless mother, and while watching the tumultuous relationship of her parents evolve into shambles.
I don't want to spoil any more of the plot so you can be shocked, spooked and delighted just like I was while reading The Prophet!! Although this book didn't frighten me as much as I was during The Restorer, I was still scared many times while reading this book. Sometimes I just delight in a spooky, chilling love story.
"Little Dickly Dilver Had a wife of silver He took a stick and broke her back. And sold her to a miller The Miller wouldn't have her so he threw her into a river."
"Come arrest me if you're feeling upto it. But I'm telling you right now, the second you lay a hand on me, I'm busting this glass over your head and u"Come arrest me if you're feeling upto it. But I'm telling you right now, the second you lay a hand on me, I'm busting this glass over your head and using it to split your lip."
"Do you know these foolish humans at her school voted her the sweetest out of all of them?"
Of Poseidon begins with Emma and her best friend Chloe on vacation in Florida a few weeks before they're due back to New Jersey to spend their senior year together. While on the beach Emma stumbles into the ubber sexy, and rich Galen and shes instantly attracted to him. Shortly after the introduction she meets his sassy sister, Rayna who instantly dislikes Emma, and perhaps anyone that's human. Unfortunately this vacation meant for a last exhilarating vacation before heading into their last year together at school ends in tragedy, sending Emma home devastated and Galen fascinated with getting to know her, and Rayna devoted to persuading Galen not to pursue this desire.
Luckily for Galen; he and Rayna are wealthy, royalty stemming from a well respected affluent Syrena family, so he not used to being told no. He's an alpha male, and he gets what he wants, so he he does what any other male in his position, right?! He purchase an extravagant beach house on the Jersey Shore, purchases a red sports car, has a friend pose as his mother, enrolls in Emma's school, did I mention in ALL seven of her classes?! LOL. It's a bit stalkerish but it didn't bother me because he's very behind on social norms, and as a part time sea creature I can overlook it.
"I already told you that I don't have secrets. And I don't swim." "There's plenty to do at the beach besides swim." Then he pulls me by the hand so close I think he's going to kiss me. Instead, he whispers in my ear, "I'll tell you where your eye color comes from." As I gasp, he puts a gentle hand on the small of my back and propels me into the classroom. Then he ditches me.
As Galen and Emma become friends he begins to unravel secrets about her she never knew existed. This part captivated my attention from the beginning, the author intertwines a legendary sea creature story filled with politics, rules, war, rebellion and old fashioned mating between the two separate species and classes of The Syrena and Poseidon sea creatures. Galen's brother Grom is in charge of The Syrena as well as anything Poseidon that effects Syrena lives.
But Rayna doesn't know what beyond-pissed-off really means--and I'm about to school her on it.
I've outstayed my welcome here. I will never be invited back. My chances with Galen ended when I tackled his sister. And when I punched her. And just now, when I kick her so hard she dry heaves.
So when she says, "Is this what you did to Chloe when you had her under the water?" I have nothing left to lose. Which is why I drive my shoulder into her rib cage, hoist her off the floor, and bulldoze us both through the glass wall, into the storm outside.
My most favorite characters while reading Of Poseidon, I would have to say we're Rayna and Emma. They're both sassy, feisty, stubborn, and BadAsses. These two can get into an overwhelming amount of trouble together but I found it endearing. I enjoyed these two and their escapades. Rayna and Emma were either fighting like men, Yes these two through down like grown men, not even like women or at Keats not the women I know, lol....Yet within minutes their planning a devious way to explore independence, and rebel against the men that try to establish a few rules even if it is for their safety. Galen is a charmer, I truly liked his character, and all his Alpha behavior. Something about Alpha males makes me want to GROWL with excitement.
"Now what did you say? Or is it not worth repeating?" "I said not yet. You haven't even begun to feel pain. Yet. But if you don't take your hand off of her leg---"
Toraf is the promised mate to Rayna to her dismay. Toraf is a powerful tracker amongst the Syrena, and he's hopelessly in love with Rayna. With his preternatural skills he can track any creature once they're in the water, yet he can't catch Rayna, where in matters most; in the heart. My least favorite character was Emma's mother. She was too overprotective at times and surprisingly relaxed on issues she should have been overprotective over. Something about her grated on my skin, and each time she had a scene, I wanted her to have an accident so I wouldn't have to read the non sense that came out of her mouth. I think I may be the only one that feels this way, so please don't take my word for this.
Anna Banks definitely knows how to tug at my heart strings and she was heartless at those tugs in this book, luckily those are the reads I most prefer. Also this book was hilarious!! I was non stop laughing many times throughout this book.
To those curious, this book leaves us on a cliffhanger. These evil authors that make us suffer with these cliffhangers, lately I've read too many of those. To be quite honest I knew this book had a cliffhanger before I read it and everyone was upset about it, but in regards to the cliffhanger I'm not sure I cared much about it, but it will be a major plot in the next book. Overall this was a good mermaid story, a few issues I had with a bit of the plot focusing on a bit faster pace than I wanted however, it was a quick, easy read and I'm intrigued and I WILL read the sequel.
"He kissed me." The confession makes her crack up all over again. "All I saw was Toraf, my sister's mate, my best friend, kissing my....my...." "You're what?" "Student" Obsession.
From the moment I opened Dreamless I was sucked in, even though the beginning was a bit slow I read it in almost one setting. This book was much fasteFrom the moment I opened Dreamless I was sucked in, even though the beginning was a bit slow I read it in almost one setting. This book was much faster paced than Starcrossed and with excitement on each page turned. I'm going to make this review short because there's so many exciting things happening in this book that to be honest they all feel like spoilers to me, and it's best if you discover them for yourself.
Dreamless starts shortly after the sudden and devastating events that occurred in Starcrossed, which I won't mention in case you haven't read because it's a huge spoiler. I started this book with the expectations of all the heartbreak and anxiety I felt over Starcrossed to me washed away with a simple revelation, I was sadly disappointed.
"One look from Lucas and she felt stronger. Alive again. She could hear him chuckling to himself as he walked on, almost smug, like he knew exactly how much he affected her. "
Helen and the Delos family discovers that she is the only person capable of going into the Underworld and come out alive. Even though this task is treacherous and scary she must go each sleepless night in an attempt to prevent the Furies from further bloodshed and destruction and free the Scions. Lucas begins to pull away from Helen and therefore she loses his support and with that crumbling it left the door wide open for another love interest to be introduced. My heart stays broken as Helen is broken by her distance from Lucas and I become angry at the discovery of a new character being brought into the story because I cared about Lucas and I didn't want a love triangle. No matter how desperately I fought this, Josephine Angelini showed no mercy with introducing a character that I wanted to hate, yet I liked him, though not as much as Lucas.
Orion was a interesting, funny and charismatic addiction to the story however I like him as friend for Helen and not a boyfriend. In my opinion Lucas and Helen already have such a huge obstacle against them, why burden them with another. Also Helen's mom cannot be trusted, and I think she is deliberately causing the suffering of Helen and Lucas and I'm hoping to get some closure on that issue and discovery why her mom would lie about something so important knowing that Helen is going to suffer immensely?
“Look, do you really want to argue all night about whether or not girls ever return clothes they borrow from guys? Because from what I’ve noticed, one night can be an actual eternity down here.”
This book was exhilarating and loaded with excitement! Much better than Starcrossed!! I recommend this book to lovers of Greek Mythology, love triangle's, and a hero and heroine you can't help but root for their future together when all the odds are stacked against them. Warning this book ends on a cliffhanger so be prepared!! I cannot wait to what's in store for us involving Helen and Lucas in the final chapter in this series.
"Now I understood what Kai tried to get me to see: There was nothing healthy about desperately wanting something you couldn't have."
Sweet Evil instant"Now I understood what Kai tried to get me to see: There was nothing healthy about desperately wanting something you couldn't have."
Sweet Evil instantly captured my attention in the prologue where we watch helplessly as a child is being born, while her mother tragically dies during childbirth and the father is immediately arrested for drug trafficking. Sounds exciting right? Yes, well that's how I felt.
Sweet and innocent Anna reluctantly accompanies her best friend Jay to the watch a local band play, and instantly finds herself mesmerized by Kaidan the drummer. I'll admit that I too was equally as captivated by this bad boy rocker as well. He's a flirt, he's a heartbreaker, he's everything your momma warned you about yet, he tugs at my heart strings the entire time I read it. From the moment Anna and Kaidan meet I couldn't out this book down, I just had to known what happened with their story, because it was obvious this wasn't going to be a fluffy love story. This story was dark, and gritty and just the way I prefer my reads to be.
"We can never be friends, Anna. Get it through your head now. There can be nothing."
At the beginning I put this book down because I don't like goody characters without much depth to their story, but thankfully I chose to pick the book back up because Anna grew on me. She started off as too wholesome for my taste and this quote almost caused me not to finish. Kaidan quickly begins teaching Anna the lifestyle as a nephilum, because they're are rules, with dangerous consequences if broken. In this fascinating world Wendy Higgins has created they're are twelve Dukes and Kaidan and Anna's dads hold two of those coveted titles. The Dukes are bosses of the evil on earth, and they are the only demons capable of possessing a human body.
"Now I was leaving messages after he'd made it clear he wanted zero to do with me? Next thing I knew I'd be frequenting his shows to give him psycho stares from the back, and then doing late night drive-bys to see what girl he was bringing home."
These two embark on a road trip seeking guidance from an angel, and visiting her father that is currently incarcerated for drug trafficking charges. Kaidan's fathers the Duke of Lust, and that makes Kaidan be irresistible. Yes I said lust and he's so Demon-Licious! He oozes sex appeal, and the females around him are helpless against his charm. he reveals to Anna that her father is the Duke of addiction, which doesn't sound as exciting as Kaidan's intoxicating charisma, but she's a cute, funny, and relatable.
"I was in Love with him. In that moment of realization, he turned to me and stared. My emotional guard was down. I snapped my mind back into hiding mode but it was too late"
While on their way across country these two get to know each other, and we get a glimpse of just how tortured Kaidan is, as Anna slowly unravels his character, secrets, and soft spots. Anyone that knows me, knows its instant love for me and a tortured character. The more flaws the better and that's most likely why Kaidan left me with a heavy chest many times while reading. The magnetic pull between these two is captivating and at times I felt I was a voyeur watching something sweet and devious at the same time. My only wish to this story is that we're an an adult paranormal romance read so I could experince this story without the sexual tension because it drove me mad, but it was incredibly sexy.
"I wish, just once I could see your colors," I whispered. "We'll, I'm glad you can't. And I wish I'd never seen yours." He'd been right when he said the truth could hurt far worse than a lie."
These two learn the hard way, that you can't always have what you want, however you can't make your heart do something that it doesn't want to do. I was instantly enthralled in in this breathtaking Starcrossed lovers story involving Angels and Demons. The magnetic pull between these two is captivating and at times I felt I was a voyeur watching something sweet and devious at the same time. I would recommend this book for anyone wanting a unique world involving angels and demons, and love when it's out of your reach. Wendy Higgins is an evil genius for ending this story with me wanting the next book immediately!
"I didn't know if I'd ever see "----" again, or when, but I knew I would love him all my life. We would always have our memories. The sound of each others laughter and the feel of each others lips. I'd always know he'd be willing to die for me. Nobody could take those things away."
"Do not fall in love with me, Miss Jones. And please do not come knocking at all hours of the day and night requesting my services." She snorted. "Yo"Do not fall in love with me, Miss Jones. And please do not come knocking at all hours of the day and night requesting my services." She snorted. "You are safe with me, for I do not believe in such affection. Men take love for granted; they do not prize it." He released her hands. "You claim to be a woman with no heart?" "A girl gives away the secrets of her heart, and a man is off down the lane for a toss up the neighbors skirt."
What a fantastic beginning to an exciting and sexy new trilogy in Historical paranormal romance. Jillian Stone has taken two unlikely characters to be paired up in this magical gritty paranormal investigation series but it works. the Seduction of Phaeton Black? Well it plays out slowly, smoothly and captures your heart one delicious scene at a time and won't let it go. With Mr. Blacks sexual prowess and Miss Jone's sexual appeal these two are a charming desirable match.
"You wouldn't happen to haves few girls free to model, would you? Like they do in Paris? " The eider saleswoman snatched the expensive French drawers out of his hands and shooed her twittering staffers into the back room.
Phaeton Black is a paranormal investigator with Scotland yard. He's your typical philandering, womanizing, well built twenty-five year old, known for being as satisfying in bed as he pleasurable to gaze upon. you wouldn't expect anything less from a good looking insatiable lover of 25years. As being known as an insatiable satisfying lover, Phaeton Black's reputation proceeds him, and he more than proves those assumptions to be true in The Seduction of Phaeton Black. He rents a place under the same development as a Brothel or in more modern terms a whore house. Not only does he feel quite at home in these living arrangement he's a regular consumer of these services offered so conveniently at his doorstep. With his reluctance to fall in love, witty sense of humor, heroic qualities, pursuit of all things feminine, he's a charming hero in PNR I've grown to love.
"Though I am not entirely safe to play with, at the moment I am far from dangerous. In fact, it may take the two of you to flog me into a state of excitement."
The lovely Miss America Jones is delightful young woman. She's fearless, feisty, determined and the object of Mr. Black's affections. When America Jones meets Mr. Black in an alley while running for shelter from pirates, she surprises him by holding him at knife point and demanding he act as if she were some troll up he was having his way with on the street corner as a disguise to protect her from the thieving pirates chasing her. Unbeknownst to her; he takes her request literally and with great devotion to the conquest satisfies her needs in the street without a worry upon who may stumble upon them. She's embarrassed, angry, objectified and surprisingly satisfied after her sexual encounter with Mr. Black's that's where their chase begins.
"I'm too angry for chit chat. In fact, I cannot bare to listen to the sound of your voice." America pressed her lips together, hoping to hide the amusement. He growled, or was it a grunt? "I have never roomed with a woman. I am sure I will dislike it immensely." he said. "it seems to me you live with a houseful." she said. "Clever, Miss Jones, but incorrect. I do not room with the ladies. I fuck them."
When America Jones discovers her ships acquired from her late father have been stolen from pirates, she doesn't sick back and take it lying down. Left homeless Mr. Black against his better judgement takes mercy on her and invites her to share his flat in her own room as his housekeeper after she denies his request for a concubine. She becomes an over zealous housekeeper, preparing mouthwatering meals, cleaning vigorously his bachelor pad, bathing him and even satisfying his insatiable appetite for all things Miss Jones. She wants them back and she's not taking no for an answer. With the assistance of Mr. Black and few other of his colleagues and friends the mission of capturing these pirates and gaining possession once again over these ships becomes a priority and a difficult task to manage if they plan to come out of this alive. Mr. Black proves himself to be a hero while capturing Miss Jone's heart somewhere along the way.
"And you will not travel to Portsmouth accompanied by Dexter Moore. That man's a----" "A roué and a seducer?" She lowered her eyelids and shot him a smoldering glaze. "Nothing like you Mr. Black." "He does his best to hide it. Which would you rather have my dear? A man who is honest and forthright about his proclivities or a profligate underhanded cheat?"
Also another task as hand is solving the Jack Ripper case. A paranormal being is believed to be conducting gruesome murders with what Mr. Black believes to be an accomplice aiding to the Jack Ripper suspect so easily eluding police. Though he doesn't get the respect he deserves as his theories on the crime are quickly shut down and deemed invaluable by Scotland Yard officials. Though, that doesn't stop Mr. Black because he's stubborn and believes in his heart he can solve the crime, and his assumptions are easily validated along this journey.
"Any moment now, a number of pirates are going to round this corner. They wish to do me harm. I want you to convince them you are near to contemplating your satisfaction with a street doxy." He grinned. He couldn't help it. "Allow me to do my best." "Hook a leg around me." "Oh my!" She cried. "What is that?" Phaeton paused. "My cock, Miss. What were you expecting?"
Mr. Black readily risks his life in the line of duty, as he so eagerly takes on the task of gaining control over Miss Jone's ships from pirates that will stop anything, to remain in control over their stollen goods. Dr. Exeter, Pin Jing, and Edvar are amongst the friends that are lending their expertise, paranormal abilities, and friendship to help solve the case I've a Jack Ripper while simultaneously working to Miss Jones to obtain control over her ships. Somehow along the way Miss Jones and Mr. Black have stepped over the threshold of fun, flirty, physical sexual encounters to a much deeper emotional sexual appetite. They both are apprehensive about falling in love with the other. Phaeton with his fear of falling in love and putting those in danger, and Miss Jones fears she may be falling in love with a man incapable of returning the love. I absolutely love how Jillian Stone slowly brought these two unlikely lovers together in beautifully written love story intertwined with crime, pirates, death, passion, lust, heroism, as well as characters I LOVE.
"Have you ever been in love, Mr. Black?" "A very long time ago. I try not to think of it."
The Goddess Quadesh plays a mysterious role in this book, and the only thing I found confusing was how she was referred to as Goddess, Succubus, vampire. That was the only negative I had about this book is that I found myself feeling a bit lost when Quadesh was referred to as various different paranormal entities. The Historical Victorian era, I found enchanting, and and captivating from the very first page. If you enjoy a great PNR with a hero that lives and advantageous sex life with a voracious taste, a feisty and willing heroine and a historical Victorian element to it, then I suggest you read The Seduction of Phaeton Black immediately. I'm excited to hear discover that Jillian Stone will be writing two more books in this trilogy; and I'm more than eager to announce that the next book due out in October 2012 The Moonstone and Miss Jones will pick up with these thrilling and highly intoxicating characters once again.
Phaeton snaked an arm around her waist and settled her beside him. They were only seconds out of the station before a new wave of uncomfortable, disturbing, sentiments hit nearly overwhelmed him. Truth be told, he was more than taken by her. Soon the little minx would capture him body and soul. From the very start she had wormed her way into his life and now he could hardly believe himself. He was soft on Miss Jones. What a horrifying development this was.
"I would burn down the world for you," he whispered fiercely. "Your world or my own. I would rip down the entire city with my bare hands without a se"I would burn down the world for you," he whispered fiercely. "Your world or my own. I would rip down the entire city with my bare hands without a second thought. I don't need to taste anything else, I don't need a comparison. "
Wicked As They Come is magical beginning to an intoxicating new paranormal romance series, I can't wait to dive into the next one. My only disappointment with this novel is that the next book will not follow Letisha and Criminy, but it will switch to another couple, though I have faith that this author will bring another awesome couple to gush over next.
"That's fascinating," he said. "A world where people go around giving each other blood, but no one wants to drink it." "You know in my world, blood drinkers are storybook monsters," I said. "Really?" he asked, delighted. "That's marvelous!"
Letisha Everett is a nurse taking care of her dying grandmother while mending a broken heart, and discovering her independence after wasting too much precious time with a controlling, abusive fiancé. She finds a locket at an estate sale, and quickly becomes fascinated with the history as well as the gorgeous man behind the picture in the locket. Imagine her surprise when she wakes up in an alternate universe in the early 1900's with a Gypsy King having waited over 100 years for her to return his love.
"It's a little scary, what you do." As I tried to figure out how to respond, and with words as sharp and cold as the blade of a knife, Criminy said, "If you're scared of her talent, then you don't truly know what fear is."
What can I possibly say about the irresistible Gypsey King, Criminy Stain? "He was an animal. He was terrifying. And he was beautiful." He's the proprietor of a traveling circus, he demands respect, but he's also a kind, tender Bludman. In this world a Bludman is an immortal being, that drinks blood to survive. From the time he steps into this fairy tale, I'm immediately bewitched by this charming, and heroic magician Criminy. With the help of a witch she casts a tracking spell to bring his lover he's been patiently awaiting to show up and return the love.
"I'm a gypsy. A rogue. Wicked as they come."
Quickly Letisha is thrown into the traveling circus lifestyle working closeby with magicians, two headed men, mermaids, clockwork guardians and so many more unique attributes to this successful circus. She soon discovers she inhabits a very rare but charming ability as a "glancer" that makes her an important part of the circus apart from gaining the heart of Chiminy. As a glancer she can view people's past, future and or their demise with just one touch. Upon placing her hands onto Chiminy she discovers his future but decides to keep it to herself, still unsure of this new and overwhelming ability.
"I don't mind if you want to play coy, Leticia," he whispered, his lips brushing my skin just enough to make me buck. He licked a line from the curve of my ear down my neck, and I shuddered. "But I aim to make you surrender."
This spellbound locket allows Leticia easy access to her present day life so she can tend to her grandmother and her ailing illness while she sleeps in Chininy's world. Chiminy becomes her sole protector and when he's unable to fulfill that duty she has an enchanted clockwork bracelet made to be a Eurobos serpent ready to strike at only Letisha's command. Between her snake bracelet and Chiminy's monkey I found these clockwork creatures fascinating!
He spun me back around to face him, and the look on his face was terrifying and more than a little thrilling. Anger and danger and excitement and desire were eloquent in his sharply cut features. No one has ever had power over him, and now I did, an insignificant Pinky. A human.
When Letisha's locket necklace has been stolen, her world begins to shatter as that's her only key to visiting her grandmother is the Locket. Chiminy sets out not only to win her heart, and affections but to discover the new home of the missing locket. From here Deliah S. Dawson takes us on an exhilarating journey of love, lust, betrayal, murder, death, destruction, lies, witches, Kraken, spells, Coppers, blood thirsty stallions and bunnies, and the fight of these extraordinary characters.
"Just don't forget that it's a ruse, love, " he said. "Because once were outside the walls again, you'll be entirely in my power. And I'd hate to have to spank you."
I absolutely LOVED this book! The hero is a brutal enforcer when he must be, while being a tender lover to the woman in control of his heart. I adored how this wasn't instant love on Letisha's side, she made him work for it, while quickly remaining independent and strong. I don't want to give away too many specifics of the plot but this a thrilling ride of a search for a missing locket and perhaps finding love along the way!
"Easy things aren't worth much." "Your hand in mine is worth a great deal, Leticia." he said, helping to my feet. "That's what I'll be fighting for tomorrow."
Wicked As They Come is truly a gem for paranormal romance lovers with a bit of fantasy thrown into the plot! Keep an eye out for the next installment titled Wicked As She Wants being released in 2013.
"Dammit, woman! You're scent, your stupid bloody delicious scent lingering in every crevice of my body and my wardrobe, driving me nearly mad. Do you know what it's like to want something so badly, to have it so close, and still feel that it's out of your reach? Out of control?"
ARC provided for review by Simon & Schuster for Pocket Books
I had conspired to break the law with my ex-boyfriend, who I professed to hate, broken said law, destroyed the victim's attack dog/magic creature in aI had conspired to break the law with my ex-boyfriend, who I professed to hate, broken said law, destroyed the victim's attack dog/magic creature in a fit of murderous frenzy, and then ran away across the city, wandered around some woods, and fell asleep in a tree in my beastkin shape. When I went off the rails, I didn't do it halfway. No, I flipped a few times, caught a lot of air, and then exploded in a fiery crash.
I was lucky enough to get the opportunity to review this book early and let me tell you that Gunmetal Magic by far exceeded my expectations prior to reading.
"The one where you go f*-k yourselves." A snarl crept into my voice. "You come here to my territory and you think you can push me around? Well, come on. Push. See what it will get you."
When I first heard that Andrea was getting her own book, I'll admit that I was super excited...that is, until I realized that her book was going to put a new Kate and Curran installment on the back burner for another year. *insert sad face* However much to my excitement SHOUTY capitals within the first chapter I was like "Kate and Curran who?" LOL, okay that's not exactly true but Andrea and Raphael were such an exciting, funny and tumultuous couple that I was immersed in Gunmetal Magic immediately and let me just say that their book wasn't lacking in any category including humor, lust, love, fighting, flirting, blood, and gore. I was always a fan of Andrea but now after reading her story it's obvious why she and Kate are such close friends and her daredevil ways rival Kate's while Raphael's alpha-Licious persona mirrors Curran's as well, though in their own completely different ways.
A dark figure stepped into the office...... Six foot three, lean, wearing a black leather jacket and faded jeans....He stepped into the light. Dark blue eyes looked at me and the world fell apart around us. His face, framed by soft black hair, wasn't perfect in the way Ascanio's was, but it was a masculine and handsome, and his eyes communicated a kind of sexual intensity, a promise and a challenge, that made women lose all of their self-respect and try to proposition him I plain view of their dates. The familiar scent washed over me like a pain-filled perfume. Raphael
The first scene with Raphael broke my heart. *insert heavy lump in my throat here* The best thing about reading and ARC is you get the opportunity to review it first and the worst thing is that while my chest felt heavy and my heart was dying inside I had no one to discuss it with. One thing I find so admirable in a strong female role is that, if my heart was breaking then Andrea's must be shattering and instead of crying and throwing a fit, she held her own, (while I was seething) and didn't back down when things were not going in her favor because shes a strong willed woman. She knows that life must go on. She doesn't curl into a bawl and sob which would have been acceptable, no she plans a way to face the facts laid out before her and how to go about her life without her job and sense of duty suffering! She is such a courageous and fascinating addition to the Kate Daniels series that wouldn't be the same without her in it.
"You mean you showed her your guns and she didn't faint?" Ha-ha-ha. "No, honey, you're the only one who does that." As I recall, it was usually the other way around." I've seen plenty of guns. You have a nice one, but it didn't Make me faint." "That's what you say now.""Raphael, I don't own this phone. Don't make me break it, because I just gave up my last ten bucks to use it."
When she is hired by Jim to investigate a murder scene and discover who has sent venomous snakes to kill employees of Raphael and that hits close to him since Andrea is familiar with these workers and she believes in justice being served. True to her protective and badass nature she won't let anything or anyone get in the way of her investigation despite her uneasy personal life.
"Maybe you needed backup to help you with Roman," I told him. "I don't need backup. I can take him with one hand tied behind my back." "He had one hand tied behind your back." "Maybe it looked that way from where you were sitting......"
Raphael has always been described as a gorgeous, spoiled, player relentlessly sought after by women based on his looks alone and so I never took him as having much depth to his character except that he's a pretty boy to look at. Well we finally get to see the incredibly wonderful side of Raphael that left me not only crushing on his good looks but his mind as well. He's a powerful protector and he knows no lengths when it comes to getting the attention of the one he loves. It's apparent in this book that he would walk through fire if it meant protecting Andrea and making her his. I just love these Boudas when they get all growly and possessive when claiming "mine". RAWR. Some of my most memorable scenes in this book involved the verbal sparring between Andrea and Raphael, and it felt like I was a voyeur into a couples foreplay. It was sexy, hot and irresistible to watch.
His voice was sweet as honey. "Darling, do you need me to loan you some money?" "Ive never in my life needed you to loan me money. If I were dead, and the ferryman needed a coin to take me across the river to the afterlife, and you had the only quarter in existence, I'd tell you to stick it up your ass."
Asciano is such a cool character, we don't really get to know much of him in the past but luckily we truly get to know more of him. He a teen bouda that rivals Raphael's man charm and charisma. He's funny, fearless and can hold his own in a fight, all the while working as intern at The Cutting Edge with Kate and Andrea. He has grown so much in character since we first met him and he's growing into a young man that is going to be a powerful man. I loved Asciano.
A loud hyena cackle rang through the clearing. I turned. He stood on top of the beast. Blood drenched his fur. His monstermouth split in a happy, psychotic grin.
So I've visited Graceland a few times since I have a momma that is obsessed with Elvis Pressley and something I was fascinated with was that in his home he has shag carpet not only on the floor but in the walls as well. All I can say is that, there's some purple carpet that had me rolling over with laughter and all I could think of was Graceland! LOL. Mating rituals, need I say more?
"I asked you a question," Raphael said, his voice saturated with menace. Roman's voice turned icy. "And I told you to f*-k yourself. Which part wasn't clear?"
Roman the volhv, has turned into a character that I'm anticipating hearing more from. He's so funny and his sparring matches with Raphael are unforgettable and I just love reading about two men measuring their "sticks" in female attention rivalry. He's gorgeous and powerful and I'm dying to see him paired up with an equally witty character myself. Between he and Asciano, these two can steal a scene from anyone they're so charismatic.
To me being a shapeshifter meant being hurt, degrades, and living in fear. Every bone in my body had been broken by shapeshifter a before I was the years old. I've been stabbed, punched and kicked, whipped, and set on fire. I've watched my mother being beaten to a bloody pulp repeatedly and with vicious glee. I had rejected that life and chose the Order instead. The Knights were my pack and Ted was my alpha.
Andrea has a tortured past that we finally discover in Gunmetal Magic and my heart broke for her. Until reading this installment, Ilona Andrews has brilliantly kept us in the dark about her dreary and tragic childhood that left her vulnerable and robbed her of a happy life as an adolescent. With this torture we will now understand the true reasoning behind why she feels more comfortable hiding her shifter side and remaining in favor of only exposing her human side. When the Order released her from their service upon discovering her secret, that's when we truly got a glimpse of Andrea's shame that surrounds her shifter side, her fear of her Beastkin becoming public knowledge and her stubbornness to let down her guard. I'll admit I was puzzled in the past as to why Andrea would lack the pride in her shifter self that all the other shifters possess and I might have briefly blamed her for hurting Raphael and not throwing away her pride and meeting him halfway, but I was completely wrong. Andrea needs to deal with her painful past her own way and her journey begins in Gunmetal Magic and I'm so elated to see the powerful and positive change in Andrea towards herself, her shifter abilities as well as her strength to let the past go, forgive, yet to never forget her torture and the strength to know that she can assist other shifters and make sure they never endure the pain she once endured. For that I felt this book was truly outstanding!!!! Its obvious as to why Andrea is such a strong and admirable character because she has an ugly past that has shaped and molded her into the awesome character she is today!
The three shapeshifters stared at me, open-mouthed. "That's how you intimidate people. No witnesses and not a mark on him. Get your asses to the car."
If you're going in reading this book hoping for cameos with Kate and Curan you will get your cameos, however I didn't miss Kate and Curran when they were not around because Ilona Andrews proves once against how amazing this lovely pair know how to write amazing love stories, intertwined with a dark and scary plot that managed to keep me laughing and cheering the entire book. I was glued until the very end, and upon completing it, I wanted more. These exceptional authors know how to flirt with danger, tug at my heart strings and leave me yearning for more. Gunmetal Magic is a MUST read. It was incredible, and Andrea's charm was stunning.
"Bad days, good days, 'I'll cut you if you look at me the wrong ways' days. I'll take them all."