Chloe Neill had definitely redeemed her status in my fiction world. I really enjoyed the Sentinel's adventure in this installment of the Chicagoland V...moreChloe Neill had definitely redeemed her status in my fiction world. I really enjoyed the Sentinel's adventure in this installment of the Chicagoland Vampires.(less)
This story has a lot more action and more darkness laced through the story than the first book, Atlantis Rising. Ven and Erin make a good couple. Erin...moreThis story has a lot more action and more darkness laced through the story than the first book, Atlantis Rising. Ven and Erin make a good couple. Erin is a witch one with very special powers and Ven in the King's Vengence, second in line for the Atlantean Crown. Their awakening for each other makes for a good love story.(less)
The world Ms. Harrison creates will leave you spellbound. Her characters are original, dynamic, engaging, and completely unforgettable. Carling and Ru...moreThe world Ms. Harrison creates will leave you spellbound. Her characters are original, dynamic, engaging, and completely unforgettable. Carling and Rune make the best pairing! He draws her out of her cold, austere, closed off attitude and gives her depth of feeling which she lost a long time ago. Outstanding book!(less)
Not Since You by Mahalia Levey is a quick paranormal erotica adventure. S’Niah is a beautiful tiger shape shifter who became involved with a demon and...moreNot Since You by Mahalia Levey is a quick paranormal erotica adventure. S’Niah is a beautiful tiger shape shifter who became involved with a demon and lives to regret the entanglement since that demon keeps her from being able to stay with her mate, Mason. Even though the destined couple is kept from each other, they have remained faithful to one another in body and memory and have harbored a few regrets. Mason finally decides he has kept his distance from S’Niah and their child long enough. With the help of S’Niah’s brothers, he ends up under one roof with her and they reignite their love affair. This erotic tale is short, sweet and to the point.
Falke’s Captive by Madison Layle and Anna Leigh Keaton is a very sexy, shifter romance. Beth Coldwell meets up with the sexy duo, Kelan and R...more3.5 stars
Falke’s Captive by Madison Layle and Anna Leigh Keaton is a very sexy, shifter romance. Beth Coldwell meets up with the sexy duo, Kelan and Reidar at a local pub. She is a university student working on her doctorate studying big cats. She is in town to assist her sponsoring professor by scoping out the local large cat population and setting up a temporary lab for the study of these local animals.
While she is out on in the forest for her first scouting trip, she bags a beautiful puma. And then the trouble truly begins because she has unwittingly stumbled into a closely guarded secret and she is about to to be integral to the survival of that secret. The journey that Beth, Kelan and Reidar take is before the mating, during, and after the mating is fun, provocative, and exciting. The attraction is instant. The trouble is double and so is the loving. This a nice short story and if you like your shifter tale with a lot of spice, this story is for you.
Destiny Divided by Leia Shaw is a gem of a paranormal romance. I absolutely loved the mythos of Ms. Shaw's paranormal world of witches, vampires, and...moreDestiny Divided by Leia Shaw is a gem of a paranormal romance. I absolutely loved the mythos of Ms. Shaw's paranormal world of witches, vampires, and shape-shifters which is original and intriguing.
Sage Peterson has been living in the basement of the university where Professor James Elias teaches. She has lived a hard lonely life where she has to cover up all of strange unexplainable events that occur around her when she gets overly emotional. The frustrating, sexy, authoritative James offers to help Sage who is a powerful half witch/half sorceress by training her in magic while he is secretly planning to use Sage against his enemies. However, as they spend more time together, their feelings deepen into a bond that is irrefutable, even to Professor Elias who has a few secrets he is trying keep to himself.
Ms. Shaw is able to create a solid connection between the reader and the hero and heroine of this story. She has created two domineering eccentric characters that effectively complement each other. The snarky conversations and one liners between Sage and James is very amusing and helps to lessen the intensity of the events occurring around them. The sexual tension and relationship that develops between the two main characters is extremely meaningful. In addition, the plot and the originality of novel compounds the reader’s appreciation of the novel. The combination of all these elements creates a paranormal romance that is hard to put down.
This book is one a wild ride. Thea Harrison has the gift of story-telling. The paranormal world she has created is astounding, imaginative, well-thoug...moreThis book is one a wild ride. Thea Harrison has the gift of story-telling. The paranormal world she has created is astounding, imaginative, well-thought out and detailed. Add to that a very good plot and a love story, you have the the perfect novel to read, in my humble opion. The heroine, Pia is a woman with great diplomatic skills and an uncanny way of always landing on her feet. Oh, and the hero, Dragos... wow! uber-alpha, primitive, smexy man who is a great counterpart to Pia. Great story!(less)
This is a great book by a new author. I gobbled up this read very quickly because I could not put it down. I highly recommend it. I am going to write...moreThis is a great book by a new author. I gobbled up this read very quickly because I could not put it down. I highly recommend it. I am going to write a complete review soon and it will be posted on Coffee Beans & Love Scenes blog.(less)
His Darkest Hunger by Juliana Stone is a very emotionally draining and satisfying read. Ms. Stone has created an extremely steadfast and compelling he...moreHis Darkest Hunger by Juliana Stone is a very emotionally draining and satisfying read. Ms. Stone has created an extremely steadfast and compelling heroine in Libby Jamieson. Her counterpart, Jaxon Castille is your ultimate alpha male with the obtuseness we like to encounter since those types fall the hardest.
Libby and Jaxon have a past where they worked on the same military team together and fell in love. Libby’s disappearance and other actions lead the team and Jaxon to believe she betrayed them. He has been hunting her ever since with vengeance on his mind for her betrayal to him and the team.
The journey they endure together to unravel the mystery of the events that led to Libby’s apparent betrayal is harrowing, dark, emotionally gut-wrenching, and oh so enthralling. This book is a little darker in it’s diabolical content than I usually like; but, Juliana Stone is able to keep us more tender-hearted types reading through those moments when things seem to be at their most austere.
The secondary characters were equally interesting, full of depth and personalities that snare the reader into caring about them, too. I am looking forward to continuing the series to find out what happens to them as the saga continues to hunt the bad guys and make things right with the world. The journey the reader is led on in His Darkest Hunger is fraught with dichotomous emotions leaving the reader wrung out but gratified.
What an excellent read!! I loved the world of vampires Kendra Leigh Castle has created. Our lovely Lily, the heroine, is unknowingly a dhampire and ge...moreWhat an excellent read!! I loved the world of vampires Kendra Leigh Castle has created. Our lovely Lily, the heroine, is unknowingly a dhampire and gets caught up Ty's paranormal world where danger lurks at every turn. The reason book is so good is because it is not your run-of-the-mill vampire story. There are vampire shapeshifters, shades, a bit of Fae.... There is originality to Ms. Castle's tale and she does such a good job of telling the story, allowing the reader to enjoy how Lily blossoms into a strong woman in mind, spirit and body.
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Delicate Freakn' Flower by Eve Langlais is about a young werewolf woman named Naomi who grew up in a household with five older broth...more3.5 out of 5 stars
Delicate Freakn' Flower by Eve Langlais is about a young werewolf woman named Naomi who grew up in a household with five older brothers who tended to get scrappy a lot around the house. The violence inherent in the male animal shape-shifters to disclose deep feeling in her childhood home did not lend itself to Martha Stewart type decorating or sensibilities. So her mom had to “make do” to with mismatching dishes and sturdy, well worn furniture.
Naomi is bound and determined to find a nice, intelligent, quiet, non-violent human male for a mate when she is ready to settle down. She just wants a home where she can have nice things and know they will not end up in pieces at the end of the day. Despite her “delicate” needs, Naomi knows how to scrap with the best of the shifter population, especially since she had to deal with five older werewolf brothers growing up.
However, fortune has other plans in mind for Naomi once she is, quite literally, smacked in the face with the “injustice” of discovering she has two sexy, shifter lacrosse players for mates. Ethan is a Kodiak bear and Javier is a jaguar. Naomi cringes inside at the thought of being tied to two dumb, though very sexy, shifters for the rest of her life. As time passes, Naomi is left wondering if there isn’t more to her mates than first met the eye.
The only reason I was not able to give 4 stars to the story was that I would get weary of Naomi’s calamitous attitude at times. On the whole, Delicate Freakn Flower was a very gratifying shifter-love story. It provided humor, loyalty, two sexy tenacious men , steamy love, and moments of tenderness. Eve Langlais is fast becoming an author I trust to entertain me in the paranormal romance genre.
Some of my favorite lines from the novel are:
... the impressive speed and strength displayed by the lacrosse players—two in particular—made her girly parts tingle. Even more surprising, something about these males made her inner wolf yip in excitement. -- *snickers* @ girly parts
She wanted to hate that he kept destroying her stereotypical view of a jock, but instead she grudgingly liked him more and more. The jerk.
She wished she owned a mental muzzle for her inner wolf who spun in circles woofing while she chased her tail giddily.
Magic Slays by Ilona Andrews is another home run and then some. The plot in this book out does the previous books in this series. You will be on the e...moreMagic Slays by Ilona Andrews is another home run and then some. The plot in this book out does the previous books in this series. You will be on the edge of your seat while you read this book. I will spare you a detailed review if this book and give the “cliff notes” version. There are a lot reviews out there that do an outstanding job of relating the details of the book.
Kate Daniels has started her own business since she left the Order. Things are kind of slow at the office until Gastek, Master of the Dead, calls and asks her for a favor which leads to a bloody altercation in front of her office. Then her first client shows up who is from the Red Guard, an elite body guarding company. Next, Andrea - her best friend shows back up after being gone for months with no communication.
From there, a mystery unravels that will leave you guessing as to what will happen next. The crux of the mystery is that he Magic users’ lives are being threatened by a magic-sucking device that they need to contain before it causes catastrophic damage to the magic community of Atlanta.
Curran and Kate are going strong. There is a little hiccup; but, they get through it, of course. I love these two together. Their relationship gets stronger, deeper, and more meaningful with each book. They are the perfect paranormal couple: strong alpha male paired with a strong alpha female with a lot of soul-searing love to share between them.
This book is the best in the series. Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romance enthusiasts will, no doubt, love this book as much as I did.
Warning: Hard Bitten is not the book you want to pick up if you are new to this series. You really need to start with Some Girls Bite and read the ser...moreWarning: Hard Bitten is not the book you want to pick up if you are new to this series. You really need to start with Some Girls Bite and read the series in order to truly appreciate this story.
That being said, Hard Bitten is the best installment yet of the Chicagoland Vampire Series by Chloe Neill. There are so many elements in this book that collaborate together to make this story the most exciting one yet. The novel affords, mystery, love, politics, a secret vampire society, friendship and, sadly, heartbreak. These elements are evident in the previous books; but, they are combined in this tale in a more arresting elocution. The reader will have to hold onto his/her chair as Chloe Neill takes the reader on a harrowing roller coaster ride through the life and times of Merit, the heroine.
The most frustrating situation, for me, is waiting for next book, Drink Deep, to be released November 1, 2011. I am definitely pre-ordering Drink Deep when it becomes available on Amazon.