Two important things - One - This was a fun, sexy, fast moving read that I thoroughly enjoyed. Two - That cover.... noooo, noooo, noooo. When I firstTwo important things - One - This was a fun, sexy, fast moving read that I thoroughly enjoyed. Two - That cover.... noooo, noooo, noooo. When I first saw the cover, I thought "fun", and I will admit it did catch my eye, but it kept drawing me back, and the more I looked at it, the more it detracted from the story. Is he playing vampire, is he yelling, does he shave his nipples? It just bothered me, and I know there is little to no author input, but it bothered me enough to mention. Now on to the book.
I am really, really getting into this whole dragon shifter craze! I mean I've always liked dragons in an abstract, that's cool, kinda way, but all theI am really, really getting into this whole dragon shifter craze! I mean I've always liked dragons in an abstract, that's cool, kinda way, but all these new versions and worlds are just working for me. Dragons are coming off as much more urbane and sophisticated. I guess it's the whole hoarding of the treasure mythos. The Queen's Wings was very unique for me because 1) it was written in first person POV and I didn't immediately go yuk, and fling it across the room, and 2) it focus mostly on the females of the species, and I didn't immediately go yuk, and fling it across the room. 3) Reed was kind of a tool and I still didn't go yuk, and fling it across the room. When I get a new book in, I will skim it immediately, just to get an impression, Ninty-eight percent of the time, it goes in my TBR to be read in the order that my schedule dictates. Sometimes, in a rare two percent of the cases, I cheat, because something hooked me. Something stood out and said, this one is in need of immediate reading or you will perish and mankind will be deprived of your wisdom forever. The Queen's Wings had that "Umph" "It" "Star" quality. I skimmed, I read, and never put it down until I finished the entire book.
OWEA (Otherworlder Enforcement Agency) Beatrice Davis is on a forced sabbatical from her job. She understands it's to prevent psychic and mental burnoOWEA (Otherworlder Enforcement Agency) Beatrice Davis is on a forced sabbatical from her job. She understands it's to prevent psychic and mental burnout, but that doesn't mean she has to like it. Her situation gets even worse when her ex lover, vampire and detective extrodinaire, Claude Desmairis shows up at her door needing her special talents to help catch a serial killer.
Claude Desmairis has two constants in his life, his job and his friendship with Luc Chevalier, the vampire Magister. He also lives with his heavy regret of how he ended his affair with Beatrice. This could be his opportunity to rekindle the flame with Beatrice, but when evidence starts to point towards Luc, he may have to choose between the two.
I had been hearing wonderful buzz from the blogosphere about this author. Being the last to find out something has never set well with me, so I immediately jumped on the chance to read this book. While I'm not a huge fan of stories told in first person, the actual story made up for that. Beatrice was a great heroine, tough, smart and with enough chutzpah to not fall immediately back into Claude's arms. The plot was a pretty decent mystery that keeps the reader guessing for most of the book. The emotional element was saturated with hurt, regret, compassion and an underlying longing. There was also redemption and forgiveness, with a lot of action and hot sex to spice things up. I truly enjoyed the characters and Tiffany's ability to spin a compelling story. However, I really, really, REALLY would have liked to have known what was going on in Claude's head. In the end, I am very happy with my decision to jump on Tiffany Allee's bandwagon. I definitely will be following this series. ...more
Surviving the alien takeover by the perfect but evil People, Mikayla has found a small band of fellow survivors trying to stay ahead of the roving banSurviving the alien takeover by the perfect but evil People, Mikayla has found a small band of fellow survivors trying to stay ahead of the roving band of marauders and the search parties sent to round up the few humans who remain at large. Trying to navigate the desperate and deadly new life thrust upon her, Mikayla tries to cling to all that's left of her former life, her books. When her fellow survivor Reg begins to show more than friendly interest in her, Mikayla is flattered and terrified at the same time. Can she afford to become attached to someone she could lose at any time? Can she afford to give up on love when today may be all she has?
I chose to review Less Than Perfect because I liked the premise and was intrigued by the blurb. There were many things about this book that I liked. The writing and world building were top notch. The supporting characters were engaging and I empathized greatly with their struggles. The story itself was well thought out and I should have been in reader heaven. It distresses me to no end that this was not the case.
I really, really hate having to write bad reviews. I always feel like a bully snatching the livelihood away from a hard working author. That being said, my personal integrity will not let me slide on telling the truth. Since Less Than Perfect was written entirely in first person POV, my enjoyment of the book was based entirely on my ability to connect with Mikayla's character. I did not connect, I didn't even visit the same airport. My dislike of Mikayla's character is based solely on my own expectations of a heroine, or just as a woman in general. Throughout the book, I kept losing sight of the fact that Mikayla is an adult. Her actions and thought processes struck me as those of a young teen. I don't intend to release any spoilers, but she would not have lasted one episode on The Walking Dead. Her actions were impulsive and selfish. Only after disaster struck the entire group, was there any remorse or thought to consequences. I kept hoping that my feelings for Mikayla would change as there was some character growth, but I'm afraid the damage had already eroded my tolerance levels.
I am extremely glad to see some glowing reviews for Less Than Perfect and I realize that my opinion is entirely my own. I will be open to reading future works from Ms. Jensen and hope for a better outcome....more
Abigail Watson was nobody’s idea of beautiful or even cute. She didn’t have a sparkling personality and she had absolutely horrible taste in friends.Abigail Watson was nobody’s idea of beautiful or even cute. She didn’t have a sparkling personality and she had absolutely horrible taste in friends. The best thing in her life were the memories of a 14 year old Jake Carradoc coming to her 8th birthday party. She fell in love with the boy, the world fell in love with the man. Jake is now an A-list mega movie star worth millions and a new gorgeous babe on his arm every other week. So far out of Abby’s scientific and dreary world, but she can dream. Or maybe take a chance at making it a reality, when bitten by an infected monkey in the lab where she works, Abby winds up with the ability to jump bodies. She can literally inhabit the body of anyone she makes eye contact with. Unfortunately the side effects can be deadly, but a chance at Jake Carradoc might be worth the risk.
Abby gets to live what I'm sure millions of people dream about. She gets the ability to inhabit another persons body. All those nasty, mean people who make your life miserable just for kicks and giggles. Well Abby can turn them into binge eating nymphomaniacs, or Mother Theresa-like philanthropists. Think of the possibilities....... Oh, the fun you could have. And Abby does get to have her fun. Artemis Hunt delved into the psyche of every insecure teenage girl and extracted their fantasies. Not only does she wind up living with her celeb crush, but he LIKES her. At least he likes the her he gets to see. He doesn't really know Abby does he? And Abby begins to turn into one of those nasty people she railed against. Oh, not with the snotty attitude but in her willingness to disregard other's feelings and needs to achieve what she wants. For all it's hilarity, the book touches on some deep moral issues. There is a romance of sorts woven throughout the story, but it's more a story of growth and discovering a sense of self and worth. This is more than just a light funny read (although it has more than it's share of LOL moments) it is a look at an insecure, doormat of a woman who discovers what she can and can not live with. Kudos on a job well done. ...more
Kristin had only recently found out that she was half vampire, that this was not her first go round in the game of life, and that she was once mated tKristin had only recently found out that she was half vampire, that this was not her first go round in the game of life, and that she was once mated to Julian, with whom she had shared a daughter. That was until she and the daughter were murdered by Julian’s son. Now she is with the vampire she originally fell in love with, Alex. Only Alex is pushing for a child and is not very understanding of her dedication to police work. He tolerates it, but is waiting for her to make the next step in their journey as mates. Fate has other plans for these two. On his way to talk to Kristin, Alex is kidnapped. It’s up to Kristin, Julian and a few others to find him. Trent has been sent with Julian to ensure Kristin’s well being and there’s something that Kristin had not counted on happening. She develops feelings for Trent unlike any she’s ever had before. She knows she belongs with Alex, but the pull she feels for Trent keeps getting stronger.
Though not usually a fan of books written in first person, I must tip my hat to Stacy Eaton, the way she blended so many points of view from the characters made this book a truly unique joy to read. Kristin the heroine is a fine example of what a heroine should be, strong, intelligent, fiercely independent and confident in her abilities. Alex, while he was a good hero was just a tad domineering for my taste. Luckily there was an abundance of testosterone laden hunks to choose from so I was quite happy with the selection. While the characters were engaging and detailed, in Blue Blood for Life, the story is the selling point. Riveting, gritty, and very emotional, there are few straight lines in this plot arc. Just when you think you have a scenario down pat, it flips on you. The only thing that remained the same was the incredible quality of the writing. This was also, surprisingly a very sensual book. It is a rare book that can combine sensuality and a dark drama as well as Blue Blood for Life. I was so tickled with the ending of this book, for awhile I was very nervous, because in the first book, My Blood Runs Blue, I would have ended it differently. It was an excellent book, but I was and still am a fan of Julian. (although Trent is a sweetie as well). I think fans of the Anita Blake series, would kill for this book. I think any fan of a good PNR with some serious crime drama thrown in would love this book. I loved this book, but I really, really need to see more of Julian. Good job Ms. Eaton and well done....more
Curry Brennan intended to end his cursed life and escape the enslavement of the cruel vampiress who brought the forced change upon him over 150 yearsCurry Brennan intended to end his cursed life and escape the enslavement of the cruel vampiress who brought the forced change upon him over 150 years ago. Instead of death though, Curry has found favor with an ancient God and has been granted an Agápe. A woman created to love him without hesitation and judgement. Chansey LeClaire feels the pull towards her grandparents new boarder and he seems too good to be true, but can she afford to become involved with someone when she’s being stalked by a mentally unstable ex?
Ms. Cates has added a great legend to the vampire mystique,the legend of Anteros and the Agápe. Now, you know me better than to think I'm going to tell you what that is or what it's ramifications are, but trust me they are significant. This book is written entirely from Curry's perspective and I couldn't have been happier about that. I always am much more interested in what the men are thinking or feeling. What really caught me by surprise and something I didn't even realize until almost the very end of the book is that there are literally no curse words. I did notice there was no sex, but Curry is an old fashion kind of guy. Not that Chansey didn't give it the old college try, but he wasn't budging. Nor was there any guts and gore, it was actually all about the story, with no shock tactics.
I enjoyed the story, and even though I am not going to revert to being a cleaned up version of myself, I wouldn't hesitate to read more of Georgia Cates new series. Even though I spent a few lines telling you what wasn't in the book, let me tell you what was. Some really interesting and off beat good vamps, a really nasty ho vamp, some decent humans, and a few not-so-decent humans,and one psychotic meat puppet. They were all tied together in a well written, thoughtful, intelligent sweet paranormal romance without all the YA drama and angst (although Curry did attempt the angst angle). This is a book you could read over the holidays with relatives and kids around without fearing someone might think you're a perv. (my family knows I'm a perv, so they expect it)...more
Eleanor Figg was a quasi bartender/gate keeper for Lian and his empty bar. He got the occasional customer but gave the impression that he would just a Eleanor Figg was a quasi bartender/gate keeper for Lian and his empty bar. He got the occasional customer but gave the impression that he would just as soon not get any. Lian gave the impression of being just released from an Ivory tower of a very expensive Ivy League university. From his three piece suits, to his somewhat preoccupied demeanor, Lian was in essence what he appeared to be, a devotee to academia. It’s what he studied that make him such a stand out. Lian chronicled myths and legends hidden from humanity,but existing beside them in anonymity. After a brutal attack by a werewolf, then an extended stay in rehab, Lian is content to remain isolated from the world for awhile, thus the empty bar. Experts knowledgeable in the occult and supernatural can’t remain in hiding for long however. This is the case when trouble seeks them out in the form of a powerful Voodoo priestess and her magical family. Someone is raising the dead in Dallas and it’s up to Lian and Figg to save the day.
Wickedly fun and darkly compelling, Voodoo Dues caught my fancy in the first few sentences. Written entirely in first person, the point of view shifts from Lian to Figg, giving the reader great insights into the action and motivation of these polar opposites. I like the alternating POV’s, and really wish other authors who use first person styles would follow this example. It can be very frustrating not knowing what a main character is thinking. The writing is gritty and graphic and stays very true to it’s Urban Fantasy roots. There is a thin thread of romance, but it is by no means the focus of the story. While not my normal cup of tea, it was a refreshing albeit intense break from my regular fare. Figg was just quirky enough to garner my approval and Lian is just a great big bag of mystery. The other colorful characters sprinkled throughout the story added a lighter touch to the darkness of the zombie/voodoo arc. I am glad I ventured into this world and expect to make several trips back to keep tabs on these two...more
Shelby and Tank met at a beach party and it was instantaneous lust. After some heavy pursuit and persuasion on Tank’s part, the two became a couple anShelby and Tank met at a beach party and it was instantaneous lust. After some heavy pursuit and persuasion on Tank’s part, the two became a couple and eventually bought a house and started a small PI business together. Then one day Tank just up and left and Shelby had pretty decent evidence that he hadn’t left because of her cooking. If it looked like a bimbo and acted like a bimbo, then chances were it was a bimbo. Tank still showed up occasionally looking for a bootie call and this time Shelby was determined to disconnect that particular phone. When Tank starts interfering her her current missing person’s case, things start to get dicey and the facts just aren’t adding up. Tank acts like he wants to repair their relationship, but he’s hiding something and unless he comes clean, then Shelby’s just not buying.
As much as I loved Tank, had I been Shelby, I would have beat that man with a cast iron skillet if he had dared show up at my doorstep. Granted as it turns out, Tank had a perfectly sound and honorable reason to skip out the way he did ( at least according to a male mind), but Shelby wasn't aware of those reasons. Shelby was waaaaaay more tolerant and waaaaay less violent than I would have been. To give credit where credit was due, he did keep her confused with an over abundance of orgasms, the man was relentless. He also had Shelby's BFF, Polly working in his favor. We all know that I measure the worth of a good book on balance and fairness, and let me just say, Tank gets his payback in a most unpleasant and traumatic way. By the end of the book, I even felt sorry for his secretive butt. According to Plan was a good romantic suspense filled with a LOT of very hot sex. It was worth the time and will definitely warm you up on those chilly autumn nights. ...more
Having recently lost both parents, Madeleine Niteclif was searching for connections and for some unknown reason she felt a compulsion to travel to theHaving recently lost both parents, Madeleine Niteclif was searching for connections and for some unknown reason she felt a compulsion to travel to the United Kingdom and visit the famed stone circle of Stonehenge. It’s in this famed and mystical circle that her life takes a turn towards the magical. She is thrust into a world of dragons, fairies, vampires and other supposed mythical beings. She is also told that she is to be the supreme law of this supernatural world. It is her duty as the Niteclif, a calling handed down through genetics that must be heeded. She is not in this alone however, Bahlin Drago, a dragon shifter and High Council member and Tarreck, First Prince of Fairy are both eager to lend their assistance in whatever capacity Maddy desires. As her first duty, Maddy must find the culprit behind the recent murders in this magical realm and failure to do so means death. She has to learn quickly that her trust is not always well placed, and since her word is law, Maddy has to be certain she gets it right the first time.
The Niteclif Evolutions offers up a refreshingly unique concept into the paranormal romance genre. This book threw surprises at me right and left, and caused me to reevaluate some long held likes and dislikes. If you like a good 'who dunnit' mystery, you need to jump on board and get this book. Even after the culprit was revealed there were still " Say, WHAT?!?" moments. Told in first person point of view from Maddy's perspective , the reader takes the harrowing journey from grieving human to super cop of the supernatural world right along with the wonderfully snarky heroine. Legacy combines, Celtic and Norse legend together with Sherlock Holmes in a brilliantly executed story that makes total sense. Who'd think of that? Evidently Denise Tompkins. She also throws in some compelling characters full of energy, humor and a smidgen of lust.
Poor Maddy stands up well against these fearsome creatures of myth. Keeping her wits about her, she wields her sharp tongue like the deadliest of blades as she untangles the myriad threats of deceit and treachery surrounding her in this strange land. I can't wait to see what happens next to this fledgling sleuth and her hunky sidekick. There is still a prophecy hanging over their heads and Maddy has made some nasty enemies in her short time on the job. It promises trouble for Maddy, but a good book for us. ...more
Gwen Sparks was just like any other citizen who lived in Flora, she had a less than glamorous job as a shop owner, lived with her BFF, Fiona, in a borGwen Sparks was just like any other citizen who lived in Flora, she had a less than glamorous job as a shop owner, lived with her BFF, Fiona, in a borderline shabby apartment, and was recovering from being dumped by her boyfriend Micah, and just like the other citizens with there normal lives full of highs and lows, she wasn’t quite human. Gwen was in fact a witch in a town made up of vampires, witches, weres, fairies, and other assorted supernatural beings. Now, witches are turning up dead and drained. Gwen turns to the two men in her life to solve the mystery, Micah, the ex who dumped her because she wasn’t a were, and Aiden, the vampire who has waited for two years to claim Gwen.
Usually I have problems with books written entirely in first person POV's. Craved, not so much. It helped that I totally liked Gwen Sparks. She was smart, independent and very powerful in her own right. I wasn't too thrilled with her choice of BFF's, Fiona reminded me of Paris Hilton, but I adapted. I loooooved the hero of this book, Aiden. A vampire, who has patiently waited throughout Gwen's failed relationship and her recovery period to finally swoop in and claim his heart's desire, all the while declaring his intent in front of any within hearing range.....*sigh* You gotta appreciate that kind of stamina and dedication....more