Sojourn With a Stranger takes place in Norfolk, Virginia in the year 1870. Nineteen year old Raine Brinsley...more4.5 Stars Guest Reviewed at Book of Secrets
Sojourn With a Stranger takes place in Norfolk, Virginia in the year 1870. Nineteen year old Raine Brinsley is rescued during a tragic boating accident that claimed the lives of her parents. She is left all alone with few options to get back to Maine and her elderly grandfather. She accepts a position as a servant in the home of the boat’s owner to earn enough money to get back home. Derek Stafford is the younger, business minded and favorite son of the Stafford family. There is a “race” between him and his older brother, Lyman. The first one to produce a male grandchild will get the title to Stafford House and control the family’s businesses. Lyman already has 3 daughters and Derek’s wife suffered 3 miscarriages prior to her death.
Derek is immediately attracted to Raine and decides to offer her $10,000 to have his child. Of course Raine feels insulted and doesn’t immediately accept his offer. But the prospect of getting back home and having the extra money to care for her grandfather is too much for her to resist.
Raine’s first few nights in Derek’s home have her waking up to a ghostly figure in her room that seems to be trying to tell her something. She finds out that the ghost is Derek’s wife, Lucinda, who drowned 8 months earlier. Did Lucinda really kill herself or was she murdered? At first Raine suspects that Derek may have had something to do with his wife’s death. But the circumstances behind her death are not as clear as everyone thought.
I really did not like Derek in the beginning of this book. Even though he was polite around Raine, I didn’t feel like he cared about anyone but himself. The way he propositioned her to have his child was callous and hurtful. I was as outraged as Raine was. I did like Derek’s maid, Crete and his manservant, Henry though. They took care of Raine and had unwavering hope that everything would work out. There were tender hopeful moments between Raine and Derek throughout the book. The love scenes were swoon worthy and Derek seemed to redeem himself a little.
Keta Diablo did a brilliant job with this short historical romance novel. It had great romantic conflict, a bit of mystery and suspense and subtle paranormal undertones. She had me on an emotional roller coaster and by the end I was surprised to find myself liking Derek a lot. (less)
The Blood Moon of Winter was very slow in the beginning. The prologue gave the reader a quick glimpse into a my...moreOriginally reviewed at Book of Secrets
The Blood Moon of Winter was very slow in the beginning. The prologue gave the reader a quick glimpse into a mystical world where everything was dying and they were in need of their Goddess to return to save their world.
Lilyana Makay is leading a pretty ordinary life. She has no social life and spends her free time either babysitting her twin niece and nephew or curled up with a good book. Her sister Taynia tries to set her up with eligible bachelors but Lily is just not interested in the dating scene. A chance meeting with one of her favorite authors opens up new feelings of love and longing that Lily has never felt before. Meeting and falling in love with Jason Caurns has left her confused as to whether or not she can leave him and her human life behind to help save the land of Makayra.
Lily’s dream-like altered states take her back to Makayra where her only contact is with a white panther named Sarwanell. It’s through him that she learns about the prophecy of the Flower Goddess and that she is the only one that can save the world of Makayra. Jason was the only human that Lily could confide in about her impending transition to the Goddess of Makayra. As crazy as the idea sounded to her it was through Jason’s caring and understanding that she was able to come to terms with her fate and begin to grasp the idea that her life as she knew it would soon come to an end. Both James and Lily seemed content in spending what little time they had to get to know each other better. Their hope was that once she transformed into the Goddess she would either be able to go back in forth between Makayra and earth or bring Jason over to Makayra to live with her
The book had a cliff-hanger ending. The author spent a lot of time in this book world building for this series. I am a little curious to see what happens in the next book with Lily and Jason and how Lily copes in her new role as Goddess.
The Blood Moon of Winter gets 3 out of 5 stars. (less)
Bryanna is a witch with a unique problem. Her magical powers don’t seem to work in the way she wants it to...more3.5 Stars Reviewed at The Forbidden Bookshelf
Bryanna is a witch with a unique problem. Her magical powers don’t seem to work in the way she wants it to. When she wants to conjure up a change of clothes she gets a jar of skin cream instead. Her attempt at making a flower grow yields a cheetah-print chair instead. “Whatnots & doodads” is what she calls the odd objects that appear when she calls forth her earth magic. Cast out by her wealthy family for her magical deficiency, she finds herself a little lost and in a bad relationship with a selfish warlock. When she realizes he is only with her for her money, she flees eager to start a new chapter in her life away from the harsh judgments of her coven.
After driving aimlessly for days her car breaks down near a mysterious town called Strange Hollow. She is picked up by the town’s founder, Jacinda and her driver, Zeke. It seems Strange Hollow is a town made up of misfits and outcasts from the supernatural world. Jacinda is a fae who was ostracized by her family and Zeke is a demon who has decided to forsake his demonic side in favor or being good. Zeke is drawn to Bryanna as he senses that she is a lost soul that he can heal. Bryanna wants nothing more than to forget about her ex and though her attraction to Zeke scares her the two soon begin a steamy love affair.
This paranormal romance had a lost self-doubting heroine and a sexy demon hero who was more than willing to help his witch overcome her insecurities and see the positive in her unique magical abilities. This was a novella so the two fell in love very quickly but Stacey Kennedy did a good job in conveying both Zeke’s and Bryanna’s emotions throughout their courtship. It had a couple of steamy sex scenes and Bryanna’s magical attempts added some comic relief to the story. I really liked Strange Hollow and could easily picture the town with its distinct buildings, homes, and gardens. The idea of the different supernaturals; vampires, goblins, ghosts, and were-animals living and working together in peace was nice. It made me want to learn more about the town and its inhabitants. Whatnots & Doodads was an enjoyable paranormal romance and gets 3.5 stars. (less)
Arctic Winds was a sweet short read. The story was 62 pages long so there isn’t much I can say without giv...moreMy guest review is posted at Book of Secrets
Arctic Winds was a sweet short read. The story was 62 pages long so there isn’t much I can say without giving away too much of the story. Samantha Walker is an arctic fox shifter who has been moving around on her own for years. While looking for another place to settle down, she stumbles onto a wolf-shifter town in Colorado. Hungry and too sick to hunt for herself she enters the town’s café and meets Jason Callahan, the Alpha – Premiere of the pack. They are instantly attracted to each other. But Samantha is unsure of the match and a long-term future with him because she is just a fox and he is the Premiere of his wolf pack.
The heroine had a strong independent streak but also had a lot of insecurities as a result of being abandoned by her family/skulk. Jason was a typical Alpha who was very bossy towards her but was very protective as well. It was love at first sight and the relationship moved along very quickly. The conflict in the story was more about Samantha’s insecurities and not believing she was worthy of more than a quick fling. Jason is sensitive to this and tries not to push her too hard but he is also afraid that if he gives her too long to think she might run away from him. This was a nice romantic boy meets girl story. I give Arctic Winds 3 out of 5 stars.(less)
Ascension is a story about a witch, Lealandra and her half human/demon lover, Taig. Lea has sought Taig out after...more3.5 Stars Reviewed at Book of Secrets
Ascension is a story about a witch, Lealandra and her half human/demon lover, Taig. Lea has sought Taig out after six years of being apart to ask for his protection. Someone is trying to kill her and she knows that Taig who is one of the most sought after demon hunters in New York City, is the only one who can help her find the killers and protect her.
Her Counter-Balance Charlie was shot dead in their apartment by an unknown sniper. Lea is unsure if she was the intended target or if the killers wanted Charlie dead in order to leave Lea unprotected. Witches as powerful as Lea need a counter-balance to absorb their excess magic so that they can stay in control. The significance of a counter-balance is even more important if a witch goes through their ascension. A witch’s ascension or transition will either kill them or if they survive make them incredibly powerful. Lea is very close to going through her ascension and fears that without her coven she may not survive it. With Charlie dead she is vulnerable. But she’s unsure if the murderer is someone from within her coven or some other unknown supernatural being.
Taig agrees to help Lea on the condition that she resumes a sexual relationship with him. Lea balks at this request and offers to pay him instead. She’s afraid that if she gets involved with him again she will lose her heart again. The first part of the book spent too much time rehashing the fact that Lea and Taig were so in love with each other and should have never left each other. There was a lot of time spent with the two of them going back and forth about how much they loved each other and how hurt they were when things ended. Taig blamed Lea for leaving him to join a new coven and accepting a counter-balance who he assumed was also her lover.
When they finally stop squabbling and agree to a “price” the story finally starts to pick up momentum. Lea and Taig make a trip to Lea’s coven so that she can pack up things for her move into Taig’s house. The presence of a demon inside the coven is seen as a sign of betrayal. The coven’s leader Gregori declares that if Lea leaves again she will not be welcome back.
Taig and Lealandra’s love story was interesting and I enjoyed seeing them work together to get through her ascension and track down the supernatural creatures that were after her. Lea helped Taig to stop denying who he was and finally accept his demon side. He was always afraid that she would not accept his scaly, horned, evil side but when he finally shed his human skin and let her see his demon body she was not afraid and embraced the demonic side of him with unconditional love.
This paranormal love story was set in New York City with Lea’s coven being housed in a contemporary high rise building. I always imagine covens being out in the woods or in old mansions so this was a refreshing change. I felt Felicity Heaton did a wonderful job creating this supernatural world full of witches and demons. Ascension had exciting fight scenes and several sultry sex scenes with a sexy winged demon that would do anything to protect his beautiful witch. This is the first book in the Shadow and Light Trilogy and I look forward to following Taig’s and Lealandra’s adventures. (less)
Jolie Wilkins is a 28 year old psychic working in Los Angeles. One day a hot looking blond hunk comes into...moreMy guest review is posted at Book of Secrets
Jolie Wilkins is a 28 year old psychic working in Los Angeles. One day a hot looking blond hunk comes into her shop asking for a reading. The first touch of his hand is electric and the attraction is instant but she knows that he is not what he seems. Turns out, Rand Balfour is a warlock. He wants to hire Jolie to help him find out the identity of a client’s killer.
This story has a whole cast of paranormal creatures; witches, vampires, werewolves, ghosts, demons and faeries. Soon, Jolie discovers that she too is a powerful witch with a very special ability that will make her a hot commodity and put her in danger.
There is a war brewing within the Underworld and the evil half-witch/half-vampire, Bella wants to use Jolie to gain the allegiances of the Underworld creatures. Jolie refuses to work with her so Bella and Rand fight in a duel to win Jolie’s loyalty. Of course the sexy Englishman, Rand wins and he promptly whisks Jolie, her BFF Christa and her cat Plum away to his large coven in England where he thinks she will be safe.
There was a whole lot of sexual tension between the protagonists as Rand felt it was improper to mix a romantic and business relationship. But, there were a few times when he lost control and things did get steamy between the two of them. The story only gets more interesting when Jolie falls in love with her warlock boss, starts dating a werewolf and then begins lusting after a vampire. What’s a new witch to do with all these delicious options?
Since this is the first book in the series I’ll forgive the fact that Jolie starts off as an insecure, self-doubting character. I tend to like really strong take charge heroines and Jolie was far from that. But she is a likable character who does find her groove towards the end. There was enough action and intrigue to keep me involved in the story. It was a nice, light-hearted, fun read and I am interested enough to read the next book in the series to see what happens next in this Underworld War and find out whom Jolie gets involved with next. This book gets 3 out of 5 stars. (less)
Raziel introduces himself as one of the 20 fallen angels. They live in a hidden world named Sheol. Their e...moreMy guest review is posted at Book of Secrets
Raziel introduces himself as one of the 20 fallen angels. They live in a hidden world named Sheol. Their enemies are the Nephilim who were sent by the archangel, Uriel to destroy the Fallen. The Fallen are cursed to spend eternity watching one mate after another die and to become blood eaters. The Nephilim’s curse is to spend eternity devouring flesh while reining terror and death upon the living. In exchange for an uneasy peace with Uriel the Fallen work as Death-takers ferrying human souls to their destinies.
Allie Watson is a smart, feisty, sensitive, hot tempered heroine. She is an atheist who writes snarky biblical murder mysteries. Say what? That might be the reason why she was destined to spend eternity in hell but then again maybe not. Raziel is a gorgeous, strong, stubborn hero with beautiful iridescent cobalt blue/black wings. Allie and Raziel get under each other’s skin and their banter is very entertaining. And the love scenes were so pretty! After one of these scenes Raziel unfurls his wings and wraps them around their bodies and the scene was so sexy and made me shiver and swoon!
Despite their really deep connection, Raziel stubbornly denies his true feeling for Allie but it only delays the inevitable. Turns out the Fallen encounter their mates when the women are still young girls. They watch over and protect the girls until they are ready to be taken to Sheol to be mated. Allie and Raziel see each other for the first time when she is seven years old and then again when she is thirteen. But after losing several mates during his existence, Raziel has sworn off all women and lives a life of celibacy. He ignores fate and does not go to Allie when she’s ready.
Fast forward 17 years – Raziel meets up with Allie again moments before she is to be hit by a bus. He does not recognize her. But in the split second that he realizes that she is to be condemned to hell he reaches out and pulls her back. When Allie is brought to Sheol no one wants her there. They all suspect she may be a demon or witch sent by Uriel to infiltrate them. But little do they know that there is actually a traitor among them.
The story is told in first person by Allie and Raziel. It was great to be able to get into the heads of both characters. Even better, both Raziel and Allie can read each other’s thoughts as well. This leads to some humorous dialogue and made me connect with the characters even more. Kristina Douglas did a wonderful job creating this secret world of fallen angels. She does a superb job weaving in the back story and the pacing & flow of the story were perfect. I really enjoyed this book! I’m giving The Fallen: Raziel 4 out of 5 stars.
Sins of the Flesh was a different type of read for me. I’m not a science fiction fan but the sci-...more3.5 Stars My guest review is posted at Book of Secrets
Sins of the Flesh was a different type of read for me. I’m not a science fiction fan but the sci-fi elements in this book were intriguing. Twenty-eight year old, Caterina Shaw is a world famous cello player. She has been diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor that has caused her to go blind. While she is resigned to the fact that she will die soon, the chronic excruciating pain becomes unbearable and leads her to seek experimental treatment. She signs up for a human trial study at Wardwell Labs where they specialize in gene therapies for the terminally ill. After six months of therapy, Caterina is no longer in pain and has her vision back but she is now on the run for the murder of one of the scientists that was treating her.
Mick Carrera is an ex Army Ranger and security consultant who is hired by the murdered doctor’s business partner to find Cat and bring her in dead or alive. While researching both Caterina and Wardwell Labs, he starts to question Cat’s guilt. Mick begins to wonder if the murder was pre-meditated and becomes suspicious of the man who hired him. Mick finds Cat but not before another gunman tries to kill them. Mick catches up to Cat and he realizes that she is no longer completely human. Leaking green fluorescent blood, Caterina now has super-human strength, camouflaging skin and animal-like senses. It’s a race against time to keep Cat alive as her body is shutting down from all the foreign DNA that has been used to treat her.
I liked both Mick and Cat a lot. Their relationship was slow-building but when they gave into the attraction and sealed the deal it was hot. Mick started out a little cold and detached with Cat but while keeping her safe from Mad Dog and the Wardwell lab he developed a protective and loving side. Both characters had Mexican-American backgrounds and I enjoyed the snippets of Spanish dialogue between the protagonists and Mick’s family. This story is filled with action, mystery and romance plus a nice lesson on GFPs, gene therapies and DNA replication. So, this is one I would recommend to sci-fi, romance junkies. I enjoyed this book and will be reading the next one in the Sin series. I give Sins of the Flesh 3.5 out of 5 stars.
The story begins with Professor Simon Cross awaking from another nightmare. In what he believes are prophe...moreMy guest review is posted at Book of Secrets
The story begins with Professor Simon Cross awaking from another nightmare. In what he believes are prophetic dreams, Simon sees his Teaching Assistant, Elizabeth Cross die.
Simon is the flawed English hero; he is obstinate and keeps his feelings closely guarded. He has a hard time admitting to himself that he has very strong feelings for Elizabeth. He tries to rationalize not starting a relationship with her because of their 20 year age difference and the fact that he is her boss.
Elizabeth is the American heroine who is a perky, spontaneous extrovert and she is most definitely hot for teacher! She has been trying unsuccessfully for 2 years to get Simon to come out of his shell. She thinks he may have feelings for her but isn’t quite sure. When Simon finally admits his feelings to Elizabeth it really is quite romantic and tender how he cares for and treats her.
The first half of the book moved along slowly. Simon has just inherited all of his Grandfather Sebastian’s personal possessions. Among the many artifacts is a gold pocket watch. Upon opening it they see it contains complex dials and an inset that shows the phases of the moon. On the watch display there is a full moon with a tiny black disc that is slowly moving across it. Suddenly there is a blue streak of light then *Flash*, Simon and Elizabeth are transported from Simon’s living room in California, onto the streets of Manhattan in the year 1929.
Simon figures out that the watch only works during a lunar eclipse and the next one doesn’t occur for another 6 weeks. After searching, the two of them find jobs at a speakeasy. Elizabeth works as a waitress and Simon works as the piano player. During the first 5 weeks of their stay in New York, it seemed as if the characters were really worried about getting home. Sometimes it seemed like they were just on an extended, surprise vacation. Although there were a couple of mob-style beat-downs and a murder I never felt that Elizabeth or Simon were in any danger.
Finally in the second half of the book we meet the villain, King Kashian who is a vampire and apparently the biggest, baddest mobster in New York. He has fallen in love with Elizabeth and decides to kidnap her so that they can be together. This is where the story finally became exciting. Now that Elizabeth is gone, will Simon’s nightmares come true? Will he be able to save Elizabeth before the next lunar eclipse or will they run “Out of Time”?
The story was really about love conquering all. Simon was transformed when he felt Elizabeth’s love for him and was finally able to let down his guard and love her. He realized that loving someone and being loved in return was what he had been missing in his life. King Kashian gets a lesson on the power of love too. Although I thought the first part of the book was a bit slow, the author did a good job describing the sights of New York and what life was like in 1929. This was a good read but it would have been better to see the paranormal element introduced earlier in the story and expanded.
This book is heavy on the romance but not so much on the paranormal. I think this would appeal to the romance junkies. I give it 3.5 out of 5 stars.
Whisper Kiss is the love story of dragon shifter, Niall Talbot and tattoo artist, Roxanne Kincaid. This...moreOriginally reviewed at Book of Secrets
Whisper Kiss is the love story of dragon shifter, Niall Talbot and tattoo artist, Roxanne Kincaid. This was the first novel that I have read by Deborah Cooke. What I really liked about this novel was the ease in which I was introduced to past characters and learned some of the back story of the series. Whisper Kiss is the fifth book in the Dragonfire series and I was a bit concerned that I would not know what was going on. But I was pleasantly surprised that I was not lost at all.
Rox was a tough chick with a soft heart and part owner of a tattoo shop. With her punk rocker clothes and tattooed skinned, I kept picturing Kat Von D from the show, LA Ink. Niall was a serious straight laced character who runs an eco-tourism business. In his dragon state he mesmerized Rox with his amethyst and platinum scales. Rox had lived with a dragon shifter named Thorolf for three years so when she witnessed Niall’s shift to protect her, she was not surprised. What was surprising to Niall was that she was the catalyst to his firestorm. The firestorm is the mark of a Pyr (dragon shifter) finding his mate. To satisfy the firestorm, the Pyr must consummate the relationship with his mate and the result is the conception of a male dragon shifter. Prior to hearing this Rox was ready to jump Niall’s bones as the firestorm has her hot and ready for his touch. The thought of conceiving a child puts a damper on her lust though as she doesn’t feel ready to commit to such a permanent bond. When Niall finally decides to give in to the firestorm he waits patiently for Rox to give in to the firestorm as well. But Niall’s firestorm comes at a very inopportune time as the shadow dragons are starting to make their move against Niall and the rest of Pyr and it seems that Niall is the main target. Not only are all the shadow dragons trying to kill the Pyr but Niall’s twin brother Phelan is determined to steal Rox for himself.
I loved the loyalty of the Pyr towards one another and to their mates. There were vivid fight scenes that I could picture clearly. The shadow dragons were ripped limb to limb with the body parts incinerated by dragon fire. The Pyr all worked together in defense of the earth and the humans. They all fought so viciously to protect their families sometimes carrying their mates and children with them while flying in the air fighting off shadow dragons.
The pacing of the story was great. I really enjoyed Rox’s and Niall’s love story. The sexual tension between the two caused by the firestorm kept me captivated throughout the novel. The integration of past characters from the other books in the series and the back story was seamless. Deborah Cooke has a new fan as I now feel compelled to read the other books in this series. Whisper Kiss is highly recommended for any paranormal romance junkie who is a fan of sexy dragon shifters and gets 4.5 stars. (less)
Two Lethal Lies was a really suspenseful novel that kept me guessing until the end.
Mitch Turner has been on the run with his eleven year old daughter, Julia for years. They have never stayed in one place for longer than a few weeks always in fear of their lives. After saving a young girl after she jumps off a bridge, Mitch finds himself accepting the family’s offer to stay in their guest house. Julia convinces Mitch to stay in the small town for a few months after she bonds with Sara Jean and her family. Their lives seem pretty care-free until a couple of murders take place and Mitch becomes the prime suspect. Julia is taken from him and Mitch must become a fugitive to find his daughter and keep her safe from a cold and twisted predator.
I liked Two Lethal Lies. It kept me on the edge while I was trying to figure out what Mitch was running from. The reveal was disturbing and made me gasp. I really enjoyed Mitch’s relationship with his daughter, Julia. It was heartwarming to see how close they were to one another. I liked Neesy a lot and wanted her to get her happily ever after. She had bad luck with men and deserved to be loved. The relationship between Neesy and Mitch started late and seemed to take a back seat to the suspense and mystery of the story. I would have liked a little more development of their romance. Two Lethal Lies was fast-paced and full of suspense and action. I give this romantic suspense novel, 3.5 out of 5 stars. (less)
Stronger than Sin is the second book in Caridad Pineiro’s Sins series. This novel begins a few months after Sin...moreOriginally reviewed at Book of Secrets
Stronger than Sin is the second book in Caridad Pineiro’s Sins series. This novel begins a few months after Sins of the Flesh and is Dr. Liliana Carrera’s story. She is the sister to Mick Carrera who was the hero in the first novel. Liliana is an orthopedic surgery resident who is asked by the FBI to work with a former patient of Wardwell labs. Jesse Bradford is a former professional quarterback. He sustains a football injury that ends his career. He bribes his way into Wardwell’s experimental gene therapy program in hopes of a cure for his degenerative bone disease but instead finds that’s he’s being turned into super-human killing machine.
Liliana has developed an inhibitor complex that has slowed down the mutant gene replication in her sister-in-law, Caterina who was in the first novel. A rogue FBI agent, Hank Whittaker along with the remaining founder of Wardwell Labs want this inhibitor to help sustain the lives of the other captive patients at the lab who have begun to die due to the experimental gene therapy.
Jesse’s particular gene mutation causes excessive bone to be produced at the sight of any inflammation or injury to his body. Eventually an exoskeleton will take over his body including his internal organs and eventually kill him. The inhibitor that is being used to slow down the DNA replication in Caterina unfortunately is of no use in treating Jesse’s condition. Liliana and her partner Dr. Carmen Rojas race against time to come up with an alternative inhibitor in order to save Jesse’s life.
Liliana is very distrustful of Jesse as he is former brawler and playboy and his numerous escapades have been documented by tabloids and news agencies. Even though there is definitely a sexual attraction to the former quarterback she does her best to maintain a professional doctor/patient relationship with him. Jesse is immediately attracted to Liliana but tries hard to suppress his feelings. His main concern is to stay alive and do what he’s told to keep his family safe from the death threats of Whittaker and Edwards.
This novel can be read as a standalone but I would recommend that you eventually read the first novel to get the back story on Wardwell labs and their experimental gene therapies. The reader is given just enough of the back story to keep up with the present plot line. But I would have liked to see a few more details about Liliana’s past and the lab. I did like both Liliana and Jesse. Liliana was a smart and sassy heroine. And Jesse was the typical sexy male athlete who had a soft spot for his doctor. Jesse was prone to violent outbursts as a result of the gene therapy and that added some darker moments to the plot. There wasn’t as much action in this installment as with the last book but the romance elements in this were enjoyable and Jesse and Liliana’s happily ever after was really sweet. The ending in this novel leads me to believe that the next book will contain more science fiction elements that were lacking in this novel. And even though I am not a big sci-fi fan I will definitely pick up the next book. Stronger than Sin gets 3 stars. (less)
Lucius Dragos is a vampire who has been arrested for the murder of a well-known judge. Sara Constantine is the a...moreOriginally reviewed at Book of Secrets
Lucius Dragos is a vampire who has been arrested for the murder of a well-known judge. Sara Constantine is the attorney who must prosecute Lucius and obtain a guilty verdict that will bring about his ultimate death. This sounds pretty simple especially with overwhelming evidence against him. But Luke is the one-night stand that Sara cannot get off her mind. She’s not so sure that her feelings for him won’t get in the way of her new job.
Both characters had a lot of baggage and dark pasts to deal with. Luke is a mercenary who has never been caught or tried for any of his past assassinations. The fact that there is so much evidence against him seems improbable. So who really killed the shape-shifter judge and what was the motive? This novel was full of all types of supernatural characters and I really appreciated the complexity of the main protagonists as well as the secondary characters. The suspense and mystery in this novel held my attention and the twists kept my anticipation level high.
The chemistry between Luke and Sara was undeniable and I liked how their romance unfolded throughout the novel. J.K. Beck did a wonderful job with the world building. I enjoyed the premise of a top secret government agency (Division 6) that oversaw all of the supernaturals of the world. Even more covert was the secret society of the Shadow Alliance that Luke worked for. The whole story was great and the ending was a bit of a surprise.
When Blood Calls is an incredible start to an intriguing paranormal romance series. I am looking forward to reading the next book in The Shadow Keepers series and I would highly recommend this novel to paranormal suspense fans. When Blood Calls gets 4 stars. (less)
Twenty-eight year Christy has had a rough life. She has been raped multiple times, worked as a prostitu...moreOriginally reviewed at Book of Secrets 2.5 Stars
Twenty-eight year Christy has had a rough life. She has been raped multiple times, worked as a prostitute and struggled with bulimia. She has had numerous one-night stands and has never been in a real relationship. Plagued with low self-esteem all her life she doesn’t know how to love anyone. How can she when she doesn’t even like herself? Fed up with her life in Minnesota she moves to Florida to accept a position as an assistant for a famous photographer named Paul. Her job assignment is to shoot photos of Paul while he is dying of AIDS. Paul lost his partner to the disease three years prior and has given up on life because he wants desperately to join Jim on the other side. But before he dies, Paul wants the last days of his life documented through photos that will be published as a book about AIDS. He hopes the book will help other people to understand the affects of the disease and the need for protection against the HIV virus.
Paul and Christy become extremely close during their months working and living together. Christy finally realizes what it is like to have someone to love. Even though she doesn’t love Paul in the traditional sense she starts to open up her heart to the possibilities of falling in love with a man. Then Brian, Paul’s nurse, enters her life. He knows right away that Christy is the one for him. But it takes Christy awhile longer to recognize that her feelings for Brian are true love.
I went into this book expecting a very emotional read. Unfortunately I was disappointed. Even though the heroine, Christy was a very sympathetic character, I felt her voice was very detached. The scene where Paul passed away should have had me in tears but my eyeballs stayed dry. This book had a touching storyline and I expected to be sucked in except the emotional element was lacking throughout the book. The story idea was good and I completely empathized with both Christy’s and Paul’s struggles but the flow of the book seemed very disjointed and lacked feeling. Touchable Love gets 2.5 stars. (less)
3.5 Stars When I found out that there is a Native American Dom who owns a BDSM club and the setting of this novel books take...moreReviewed at Book of Secrets
3.5 Stars When I found out that there is a Native American Dom who owns a BDSM club and the setting of this novel books takes place in Hawaii I was already hooked.
We are introduced to a teenaged, Marjorie Rizzoli in the prologue. She is being protected by the FBI because she is the sole witness in a murder investigation against her father and older brother. Unfortunately there is a mole within her protection detail and the seventeen year old has to run for her life after her safe house is shot up and she is the only that survives.
Ten years later we find Marjorie living in Hawaii and working as a bartender at a BDSM club called Rough ‘n Ready. Everyone there knows her as Dee Sumner. She has grown attached to the island paradise and does not look forward to moving on but knows that after 2 years of being on the island it’s time for her to find a new place and new identity if she wants to stay one step ahead of her murderous family. But she finds herself falling in love with her boss, Micah Ross. At first she tries to fight her attraction to him. She knows that romantic entanglements can only lead to trouble and her number one motto is “No Men”. Micah has made up his mind that he wants Dee’ s total submission in his bed despite her protests that she’s not into the BDSM lifestyle. Through his patience and perseverance Micah slowly starts to crumble Dee’s defenses and gain her trust. But Dee still can’t trust him completely enough to tell him the truth about her real identity.
By chance, an old FBI agent manages to track Dee down to the BDSM club and she takes off running again while the agent is questioning Micah about her whereabouts. Micah goes to Dee’s apartment to look for her and finds evidence that she has been kidnapped. Although upset that Dee has lied to him about her identity, his fears for her life sends him flying over to the mainland to find his newly initiated submissive lover and hopefully bring her back home where she belongs.
I liked how the author had a hint of suspense and danger within Micah’s and Dee’s story. Micah was aggressive towards Dee but also knew when to back off. Dee was a spirited, independent woman who really came into her own when she let down her guard and let Micah bring out her submissive nature. This novel will appeal to the readers who like suspenseful romantic stories with mild BDSM elements and a moderately aggressive alpha male hero with a feisty, determined heroine.
A Little Harmless Lie gets 3.5 out of 5 stars.(less)