Although it's recommended that you read Kissed by a Dark Prince (EM #1) before Claimed by a Demon King, I - however - had not (shame on me!)....more4.5 stars
Although it's recommended that you read Kissed by a Dark Prince (EM #1) before Claimed by a Demon King, I - however - had not (shame on me!). Yes, sometimes I felt confused/curious - which was completely my own fault - when the characters mentioned some early events happened in the previous book, but I didn't feel that my lack of reading 'Kissed by a Dark Prince' impacted my reading and enjoyment of 'Claimed by a Demon King' (other than I wanted to know more about Loren and Vail, so I'm going to read the first book ASAP).
Felicity's PNR books and me have a constant war, so to speak. Some of them really amazed me and became my favorites, some of them just didn't do it for Me. I always bitching about the lack of action, even though I know it's PNR not an UF (can't help it, sorry!!) and I kind of just jumped into the middle of this new series, not knowing exactly what to expect this time. I WAS IMMEDIATELY SUCKED IN! Truth to be told, It still has more lovemaking than fighting, but I really enjoyed it.
I don't know what I loved most: the characters/their relationships or the world building. Granted, I rolled my eyes at the heroine, Sable sometimes (she was a bit whiny), but she was okay most of the time. In fight? She is Badass!
Thorne, THE Demon King, on the other hand is soooooo freaking entertaining. He's possessive as hell - duh! -, but when he figures out he can't win the lady by acting as a caveman, his attempts to learn/understand human behavior, emotions and customs are sweet and usually really funny. He has more humanity than the other demons/creatures.
But Thorne isn't the only one who wants our girlfriend. Nope, here comes a love triangle! Well, sort of. Add Legolas err. I mean Bleu - a HOT elf warrior to that pile of hot mess and you got yourself a crazy entertaining ménage à trois. Okay, not really, these men are too stubborn and possessive to share anything, and Sable wants only Thorne. Which always leads to bloodshed. But they're sweet when trying to outdo the other.
Besides these three, we have a quite powerful line of side characters. Readers can meet Loren, Olivia and Vail again. An entire werewolf pack, and a vampire clan with a jackass, but fun leader, some human warriors, witches - good and evil -, even dragon shifters. Plus we meet some of the VET crew (Snow <3). I loved how all these different creatures got together to stop the big bad wolf -err Demon King. I loved their interactions, even their fights. We lose some of them along the way, and it hurts! So there is love, hate, friendship, alliance, betrayal, mystery and death. The world building is absolutely phenomenal!! The different realms, different races with their own unique features and abilities and hierarchy. Again I was mind-blown by Felicity's ability to describe so vividly and powerfully everything. Of course my favorite parts were the two fight scenes (including the childish fights between Thorne and Bleu :)), but I instantly felt the chemistry between the characters, so the romance was great, too.
Overall I think, this must be one of Felicity's best PNR books to date. There are a bunch of cliches, but honestly? I don't give a rat's ass about cliches. I enjoyed it, even loved it and it definitely become my favorite. The next book is gonna be Vail's, Loren's brother and I'm pretty sure he's gonna get into trouble with a certain witch. It should be fun!(less)
Before I begin to praise this book, let's clear something. Masquerade is book ten in the Vampires Realm series. It features many...moreARC review!
Before I begin to praise this book, let's clear something. Masquerade is book ten in the Vampires Realm series. It features many of the characters from previous novels, and presents all of the bloodlines, vampire hunters and the Law Keepers. If you're new to this series, don't worry, Felicity did a pretty good job on giving a good picture of this world to the newbies as well so they can enjoy it as much as those who are already familiar with it. Well, they probably will not fangirling when Lord Hyperion and the rest of the crew arrive, though. I have to confess... I am reading this series completely out of order. I started with Hunter`s Moon, which is the 9th book, then I've read Winter's Kiss, the book eight in the series, and now Masquerade. Of course, if you can, start with Book one, Prophecy: Child of Light, but if you cannot wait to read Masquerade, that is completely fine too.
There's a main and a subplot. I think the main is the relationship between Vivek and Sphis, the subplot is that the hunters are back. And what could be a better time to destroy their mortal enemies, than when all the powerful vampires are in one place? Although, there's a twist. They're confronted by threats within their own family. You'll never guess who's the traitor!! I was suspicious of everyone but that person.
So, here's our heroine, Sophis. A warrior. Y'all know how much I love women with balls!! I love that she's a bit reckless. After all, it created a few, and the main conflict between the hero and the heroine. All she wants is to prove her worthy of her current position as a captain in the guard of her bloodline: Venia, to her men, Commander Tynan and her ex mentor and friend, Vivek. She's young, but a good warrior, although a bit short-tempered. She does not get why Vivek is trying to have her thrown out of the guard (that bastard!). When both of them assigned to make sure everything will going fine on the Masquerade ball, she finds herself craving for the friendship (or more?) they once shared.
Ten years ago, Vivek saw his friend and disciple to bleed almost to death because of their enemies, and because he let her take the duty while she was still young and reckless. And that night changed everything between them. One week ago, he had to save her again. Now that their old enemies back, he's out for revenge. At first I said, he's an ass... But then I thought, oh maybe he's just a bit (?) overprotective. Even though he takes drastic steps that not really good for her (or him as Seth wisely reminded him). I really liked his coldness and cruelty that he used as a shield. It was really refreshing to see a male character who isn't going for the girl immediately and thinking about how to get her laid in every minute.
The romance is like dynamite. A spark and it catches fire really rapidly and explodes in great force. Now just imagine a pretty long fuse.
The secondary characters are simply awesome! Tynan is their commander. And such a good one! He has a hard hand, but not cruel. I liked him. And all of the bloodlines, vampire hunters and the Law Keepers are in the book that means some scenes with Prophecy, Valentine, Venturi (I really have to read their story after this close encounter), and Hyperion along with Winter. Hyperion sense of humor is really twisted! I loved him, can't wait for his book. And Dmitri, lord of the free werewolves with his gang. (in a house filled with vampires... just saying!).We get to meet with Sophis's Sire, who actually was surprisingly likeable. He was really kind to her. I'd slap her best friend, though.
OVERALL: Great story filled with danger, secrets and passion. Great characters. Just perfect, slow-burning romance. There could be a lot of info at once for those, who haven't read the previous books in the series, but still enjoyable and understandable. This is my favorite so far in the series. (Sorry Nicolae!)(less)
Crave is the second book in the Vampire Erotic Theatre Romance Series.
I really liked the first book, Covet and was curious about Crave, bec...moreARC review!
Crave is the second book in the Vampire Erotic Theatre Romance Series.
I really liked the first book, Covet and was curious about Crave, because Callum-as a side character in Covet, didn't make me Crave for his story, but I liked Covet enough to stick with the series. Moreover, I am not disappointed. In fact, I loved Crave, more than Covet.
I have a very different view on Callum now. He's really shining all the way through the book. We get to see his wickedness, his heart. He is a very good judge of character, he sees right through Kristina when she is trying to guard her feelings/past from him. I never expected Callum to be so...hm... erotic, seductive? But damn well sure that He is!
I really liked Kristina's personality. She seemed so confident, but it turned out that she is so vulnerable. What I love the most in Felicity's characters is that they are realistic. Kristina's character came out of the pages; I felt for her, I talked to her, and truly believed her story. Well done!
The erotic scenes were mind blowing. Really! Even when the characters were just dancing, You truly felt the heat. There was a specific scene in the bathroom with a mirror, some water... Man, that was HAWT!
That forbidden romance between these two well built. Basically their romance and the time they're spend together is what that is in the focus, we get a little action/complication only at the end of the book (which I DID NOT see coming, I expected something else to happen, it was a good twist), but it's all right, since this series is an erotic paranormal romance.
P.S. We get to see Snow for a brief moment at the end... SUCH A TEASE!!!!!
Burning. Intense. Hotter than Hell. Flawless. Read it, lose yourself in it and let Callum make you Crave for him, the other vampires and the VET.(less)
First of all let me give you an advice. If you are not familiar with 1Night Stand Stories, then go and check out this page before you read this book.
I...moreFirst of all let me give you an advice. If you are not familiar with 1Night Stand Stories, then go and check out this page before you read this book.
I wasn't familiar with it either and because of that the book was a bit rush and confusing, but after I read what 1Night Stand really is it cleared everything.
NDA is a quick read and a real page-turner. Thanks to our guide, Kenya, who is a Brazilian Shorthair cat with excellent sense of humor and an allergy to Dogs. She is definitely a likeable character. Oh and I LOVE how the author put the title into the story, it was really funny. And the fact, that the shifters are basically domestic dogs and cats is a real refreshing. I'm kind of totally over the alpha-animal-especially-wolves-and-tigers kind of shifter stories.
Raphael is Kenya's one night date... at least she thought that before they've met. He was an interesting character in my opinion, because he started as a good-looking gentleman, then he's like a real womanizer with wicked thoughts, but when someone mentions something about his breed, and he has to show Kenya what is he exactly he immediately turns into a shy, scared puppy. What I completely understand, because yeah.. well you'll see why. HOWEVER, after he saw that Kenya accepts him as the way he is, he turns back into that naughty, wicked womanizer... YUMMY!! And I really liked this. It shows how a man could be vulnerable and though at the same time without being a pussy...
And here comes, why I'm giving 4 stars instead of 5... The focus clearly isn't on any background story, it's on that Kenya wants a vacation and a one night with pure pleasure but eventually gets something else. Something precious and unexpected. BUT while the "R" rated scenes were really sultry, somehow I didn't get that mind blowing feeling that could compensate the lack of background story. And the beginning was a little bit confusing, like "kitties, dogs, so they're shifters then or these are just some kind of code names and they're simply want to irritate each other??" without the blurb. However, I really enjoyed this book and worth the reading!
Thanks to the lovely Nicole for the Review copy!(less)