Rush of Darkness by Rhyannon Byrd is the seventh book in the Primal Instinct Series. This story picks up from the ending of Touch of Temptation. The h...more Rush of Darkness by Rhyannon Byrd is the seventh book in the Primal Instinct Series. This story picks up from the ending of Touch of Temptation. The heroine, Raine Spenser, is a dhampire whose father was a vampire and her mom’s human lineage gives her strong psychic powers. Because of her powerful psychic powers inherited from her mother and her vampire heritage, Raine was held prisoner by an evil brute. During the time she was held, Raine suffered unspeakable emotional and physical horrors. Now that she is free, she is out for vengeance.
Seth McConnell, former Vampire Hunter, is a human member of the Watchmen - a group of shape-shifters who assist in keeping order in the supernatural community. Seth is one of the members of the Watchmen who rescued Raine from her torturers. His attraction to Raine is strong and his need to protect her just as powerful. However, his past is leveraged by deep emotional scarring, as well.
Raine and Seth team up to take down the monsters who hurt her. This adventure pits the hero and heroine head on with both of their tragic histories. On this joint mission, these two allies draw closer together and are entrenched in their common passions. The attachment they share aids in healing deep emotional wounds for both by allowing for a complete catharsis which in turn, allows them to trust in their true feelings for each other.
Rhyannon Byrd does a wonderful job of putting together a memorable adventure and romance. To enjoy this novel, it is not necessary to have read the previous books in this series. The reader will be enmeshed in a powerful tale full of action, love, and emotional healing. I encourage you to pick up the book, curl up in your favorite chair, and the this story take you away to a unique world of supernaturals. You will not regret this paranormal experience.
Wow! What a wild ride! This book was very entertaining with quite a bit of feeling "oooo! What is going to happen next?" You do not have to read the p...moreWow! What a wild ride! This book was very entertaining with quite a bit of feeling "oooo! What is going to happen next?" You do not have to read the previous books in this series to enjoy it! Maggie Shayne wrote a very inventive vampire story with how "the Armageddon" of vampires transpires (hee, hee - a rhyme). The romance was done artfully. There was not a bunch of gratuitous sex to make you blush. The building romance of James (a.k.a. J.W) and Lucy was done with finesse.
There are a lot of interesting characters in the story that add to the story. I have a feeling the other couples in this book have their own stories that precede this story. I am looking forward to reading more in this series and I am really excited to read the next book in this series. The author left one heck of a cliff-hanger to whet your appetite for the next book.
I loved this book!!! This is my favorite one in the series. Definitely a 5 star read (but, you must of have read the previous books in the series to r...moreI loved this book!!! This is my favorite one in the series. Definitely a 5 star read (but, you must of have read the previous books in the series to really appreciate this book like you should).
Love Curran and Kate together. They are a great match! And man can that woman kick some ass! Loved this book! (...oh, did I already mention that?)
These books keep getting better and better! Curran and Kate are soul mates in my book. I am looking forward to seeing how their relationship progresse...moreThese books keep getting better and better! Curran and Kate are soul mates in my book. I am looking forward to seeing how their relationship progresses.
Kate is just plain bad ass. She is smart, witty, loyal, and tough. She has a deep dark secret she needs to keep buried to keep her friends safe. The plot gets thicker with each book.(less)
The Vampire Dimitri by Colleen Gleason is the second book in a trilogy. The majority of the story takes place in tandem to The Vampire Voss. By brilli...moreThe Vampire Dimitri by Colleen Gleason is the second book in a trilogy. The majority of the story takes place in tandem to The Vampire Voss. By brilliantly paralleling this story with the last, the author rewards the reader with a more in depth view to the events in the previous book. The story runs much smoother for the reader making it easier to follow the story.
The main conflict of the novel is very similar to the previous book. Chas Woodmore, who is a vampire hunter, abducted Cezar Moldavi’s sister, Narcise. Because of Chas’ actions, he has placed his three sisters in danger. To ensure their safety, Chas acquired Dimitri Corvindale’s promise to take guardianship of his sisters - Angelica, Maia, and Sonia. Dimitri attempts to keep the sisters safe from the faction of Dracule society led by Cezar who is retaliating Chas’ actions. The Dracule (vampires) are marked by Lucifer. The mark lends itself to immortality and the potential for debauchery. Added to the conflict is a jealous ex-lover of Dimitri’s which adds to the tension in the story.
This novel evolves around Dimitri Corvindale who is Dracule and Maia, the older sister of the heroine from The Vampire Voss. Dimitri is emotionally cut off from those around him. Maia has taken the matriarchal position in her family, seeing to the welfare of her family since the death of the Woodmore’s parents. Dimitri and Maia’s relationship is adversarial. They constantly snipe at each other since they are both used to getting their own way and being in charge. But, believe it or not, this makes the story more enjoyable and all the more sweet in the end.
I liked this book much better than the first. The Vampire Dimitri was much more engaging. Furthermore, the connection to the hero and heroine was much deeper for me than the couple in The Vampire Voss. I highly recommend this paranormal love story for its ingenuity and adventure.
The Vampire Voss, by Colleen Gleason takes place in England during the year 1804. The author’s voice is true to the culture of an 1804 Engla...more3.5 Stars
The Vampire Voss, by Colleen Gleason takes place in England during the year 1804. The author’s voice is true to the culture of an 1804 England when the country was close to war with France. This book is the first installment in a trilogy. So, there is a lot of information and background given by the author to acclimate the reader to the history of the characters. In addition, the point of view pivots back and forth between characters which sometimes makes it difficult to keep track of the events and who’s view point the story is relating.
The main conflict of the novel occurs because Angelica’s brother, Chas Woodmore - a vampire hunter, abducted Cezar Moldavi’s sister, Narcise. Because of Chas’ actions, he has placed his three sisters in danger. To ensure their safety, Chas procured Earl Cordinvale’s promise to take guardianship of Angelica, Maia, and Sonia. So, Dimitri and Voss, by association, spend a lot of time and energy attempting to keep the sisters safe from the faction of Dracule society led by Cezar who is retaliating Chas’ actions. As I have alluded to before, the narration of these events can become convoluted if the reader is not paying close attention.
The romance in this tale is between the handsome rake, Lord Dewhurst (Voss) and Angelica Woodmore. Voss is Dracule, a.k.a. vampire. The Dracule are marked by Lucifer himself and can be called upon any time to fight in his army. The mark lends itself to immortality and along with it the potential for debauchery. His character is depicted as an unforgiving rake who goes through women like he changes clothes. Angelica is a high-born mortal with the gift of Sight who is coming out in England’s high society to find a husband.
In the beginning, Voss’ interest in Angelica is simply to use her and her Sight as a tool to glean information he can manipulate to his own needs. As the story commences, his interest becomes more focused on her for other reasons than her usefulness. Through his association with Angelica, Voss changes and comes to care very much for the heroine.
Overall, the novel is a decent start to a trilogy. The author, Susan Grant, shows a lot of imagination and creativity in this novel which affords good potential for the next books. I think that the hectic pace of the story line detracted from the story for me because it kept me from completely engaging in the tale. (less)
I must say this story was more interesting than the previous books I have read in this series. The plot was much more interesting. The main characters...moreI must say this story was more interesting than the previous books I have read in this series. The plot was much more interesting. The main characters (Drake, Mace, and Krysta) take off to save Prince Wil who was kidnapped. Once they locate him, things become very engaging.
This book is not for the faint of heart when it comes to the sex scenes. They are HOT; but, there is anal play, exhibitionism, and menage a trois. Only mature audiences should read this publication.(less)
The Big Bad Beast is the story of Ulrich (Ric) Van Holtz and Dee Ann Smith who are both wolf shifters. The plot in this story revolves around a group...moreThe Big Bad Beast is the story of Ulrich (Ric) Van Holtz and Dee Ann Smith who are both wolf shifters. The plot in this story revolves around a group of shifters and Dez Llewlyn trying to ferret out who is behind the illegal hybrid shifter dogfights. Who's money and cunning backs such a treacherous past-time? While the investigation is being implemented, the story of how Dee Ann and Ric come together to share love is unfurled.
The antics that go on between the main characters and the supporting characters will have the reader rolling in their chair or on the floor laughing. Shelly Laurenston never fails to make me laugh with her zany sense of humor. When I finish her books, I lament the fact that the book has ended. If you are new to this author, I highly recommend you start with The Mane Event. You will get more entertainment value from this story if you do.
Dead Reckoning by Charlaine Harris is another good installment to the Sookie Stackhouse Series because it is rife with delicious tension and quite a f...moreDead Reckoning by Charlaine Harris is another good installment to the Sookie Stackhouse Series because it is rife with delicious tension and quite a few interesting discoveries...
Sookie is now living with her two remaining Fae relatives and comes across more information on what makes the Fae actually tick. She also finds out how Eric was more involved with her Fae connections than she first thought. (It is my belief that the next Sookie Stackhouse book will expand more on the Fae portion in this novel more because it will be intricate to the next plot.) There are a few other surprises that will jump out at you while Sookie discovers more of her family's background. There is a bit of introspection on our heroines part in this book but I feel like it is sculpting more panache into her character. And, in the long run will pay off for her.
Amelia and Bob make an appearance in this book, as well as Alcide's cameo appearance. Surprisingly, Sookie and Amelia's relationship takes a turn that I did not see coming. Another eye-opener is that Bill seems to be growing another pair of balls. The development of this resurgence into Sookie's life could make things much more complicated for Sookie; but we will have to see.
Victor is continuing to make Eric's life very difficult - to put it mildly. Pam has actually fallen in love and wants to create her first vampire child. To complicate matters further, Pam and Eric are at odds with each other and it is difficult for them to be in the same room together without the tension between them igniting. Sookie is made very uncomfortable with the prickly duo's tension because she has a feeling it has to do with her. She's right and the reader will be flabbergasted for the reason behind the strain and leave their relationship's destiny undetermined .
There are some zingers in this novel that were not expected and has left me panting for more in this series. However, the one element that truly disappoints me in this book is the slow disintegration of Sookie and Eric's relationship. I truly hope Ms. Harris rectifies this situation fast... or maybe there is someone much better for Sookie in the future; but, I - for the life of me- cannot think who could be better for Sookie than that sexy Viking. I would be so much happier if Eric would just pull his head out of his butt and come to grips with his true feelings for Sookie (Go team Eric!!). In light of that one disappointment for me as a fan and reader of this series, I still cannot wait to read further into the life and times of Sookie et al!
Dreams of a Dark Warrior by Kresley Cole starts off a thousand years ago with a twelve year old Regin the Radiant meeting Aidin the Fierce which sets...moreDreams of a Dark Warrior by Kresley Cole starts off a thousand years ago with a twelve year old Regin the Radiant meeting Aidin the Fierce which sets the background of how their love-affair began. Then, the story flashes to present day New Orleans and is occurring in tandem to the last installment of the Immortal After Dark book that featured Carrow and Callum.
The conflict in the story begins very quickly which had my heart twisting and remained as such until the last third of the book. Delcan Chase, the commander of the Order, along with some of his soldiers have rounded-up Regin to take her to confinement with the other Lore folk that have been previously captured in an installation on an island where the majority of the novel takes place.
The happily ever after for this hero and heroine does not come easily. However, Ms. Cole does a superb job of staying true to the characters we all know and love so well. The author also introduces us to a few new characters that draw you in and thereby win your heart.
The Valkyrie and witch humor is very much alive and well. Because of the sense of humor peppered through out the story and the loyalty of the characters to each other, I was able to keep reading the story without having to put the book down when I grew very frustrated with some of the situations in the story line.
Bottom line is Kresley Cole delivers another outstanding novel in her IAD series. She is able to illicit laughter, frustration, love, and a myriad of other emotions throughout the entirety of this story. Her ability to hook you into her world and not let go until the very end is uncanny.
Kiss of Snow by Nalini Singh is more than I could have hoped for. The tension that has been building between Sienna and Hawke in the previous books co...moreKiss of Snow by Nalini Singh is more than I could have hoped for. The tension that has been building between Sienna and Hawke in the previous books comes to a glorious consummation and the other story arcs are galvanizing to the overall plot.
Hawke has always thought that his childhood friend who died was his mate which led him down a desolate path in his personal life when it comes to accepting a permanent, meaningful relationship. However, since Sienna entered his pack, Hawke has felt a passionate connection with Sienna that tugs at his loins and heart.
Their relationship has been contentious from the beginning because they both have been fighting an attraction they are not prepared for. He has been resisting her allure for years since she came into his pack at a very young age. In addition to their age difference, he feels he cannot offer her a relationship she deserves if he were to get involved with her.
In this story, Sienna is all grown-up and is tired of hiding her feelings for Hawke. She has always cared for Hawke but has been fearful of letting him know how she feels. She wages a campaign to gain his attention, affection and heart. By doing this, Sienna ignites feelings in Hawke he never thought he would feel for another woman.
As the reader deals with the relationship between Hawke and Sienna, the Psy are ramping up their efforts to wage war against the Changelings. The situation becomes very tenuous as the Changeling packs in the area try to remain a step ahead of their unknown enemy.
To add to the drama unfolding, Sienna is also dealing with her X Psy powers that are growing exponentially. X Psy are very rare and deadly in the close knit Psy Community. So rare, there is no documentation to refer on how to handle the powers. What is known is that most X Psy die a young age from their powers burning out, literally, and they are lethal as fighters.
Sienna’s family tries to obtain a long lost document written by a human researcher to help unearth any clues as to how Sienna can better manage her X abilites. Meanwhile, they and the pack have to deal with the problems Sienna’s powers as they come. Sienna attempts to keep the powers controlled on her own since she does not hurt the people she loves or, for that matter, give away the fact that she is still alive. The Psy community believe she and her family are deceased.
Another element figured into the mix is Walker and Lara’s romance as a back story to the novel. I am telling you, this novel was worth the wait. It is full of drama and romance. I highly recommend this book. Nalini Singh weaves an awesome tale that will leave you panting for more. The next book is highly anticipated on my part. Before I conclude, I want to make one more recommendation to you if you have not read any books in this series. You need to start with A Slave to Sensation, the first book in the Psy/Changeling series. The emotional investment you gain will make reading this book all the more significant.
I liked this book the least in the series. I got very tired of McTavish's denial of his magical heritage. His reasons for doing so are explained well;...moreI liked this book the least in the series. I got very tired of McTavish's denial of his magical heritage. His reasons for doing so are explained well; but, after a while I just kept thinking "get over yourself and grow some cajones!" So, for me, this was a frustrating read.(less)
Turmoil in the Psy ranks and larger than life mating going on between to alpha wolves. Oh, and we must not forget the restaurant sexcapdes. *shiver* T...moreTurmoil in the Psy ranks and larger than life mating going on between to alpha wolves. Oh, and we must not forget the restaurant sexcapdes. *shiver* This is my second favorite story in the Psy-Changeling series. Great reading for the paranormal romance fan. These books are more meaningful if you read them in series order.
This installment is a bridge to the coming books in the series. It's story is not as strong starting off because it does not grab the reader from the...moreThis installment is a bridge to the coming books in the series. It's story is not as strong starting off because it does not grab the reader from the beginning like the other stories in the series. However, as the story progresses, the reader does become more invested in the story and starts to enjoy the romance between Katya and Dev. Councilor Ming's part in the plot adds a level of evil that has you rooting for his death from the get go.(less)