A familiar plot with breath-holding twists and turns sets Lady Elspeth Stewart and Laird “Mad Rob” MacLaren on a path of danger in the harsh Scottish terrain with pursuers hot on their heels. Hidden caves, hungry wolves, tricky waterways, and jealousy in Dark Castle along with superstitions heighten the likelihood of death as the story unfolds.
It's quite an adventure for Elspeth who had resigned herself to be wedded to and bedded by a man she meet for the first time at the altar of the church where the priest is to perform the ceremony. She becomes an innocent pawn in a revenge plan when “Mad Rob” on an ill-tempered black stallion rides into the church and snatches her away before vows are finished.
The blatant taking of Laird Lachlan Drummond’s bride is meant to be an insult for all to see. Rob MacLaren is a man on a mission. Drummond had stolen Rob’s wife of two weeks and she died at the Drummond castle. Rob doesn’t even know where his beloved Fiona is buried. Although Rob is laird of the impregnable Caisteal Dubh (Dark Castle), his life is empty and his grief does not abate. He wants revenge. He considers “an eye for an eye”, but cannot bring himself to harm an innocent. He has no idea what a wreck the innocent Elspeth will make of his plan and how near they will come to death before their adventure ends.
Elspeth’s loyalty and sense of duty to her family cause her to mark the trail Rob takes her on. She knows her arranged marriage is to help form a strong alliance that is supposed to benefit her father whom she loves very much. She feels she has a duty to him if not to the man to whom she was to be wed. However, Rob’s gentle, exquisitely tender touch stirs to life a new feeling that makes Elspeth know, he values her just for herself not for material gain. She begins to reevaluate her priorities.
The secondary characters play significant roles in pivotal happenings as the hero and heroine journey through a maze of dangers, growing pains, and, at times, seemingly insurmountable obstacles. Mrs. Beaton, Rob’s housekeeper, is a mighty force that is malicious, while Normina, a lowly servant in the Drummond castle, knows much and says little, but she is not to be discounted. Many others captivate and make the story exciting to read as they aid or impede the hero and heroine along the way.
SINS OF THE HIGHLANDER is fast-paced and full of strong emotions. Connie Mason and Mia Marlowe weave in snippets about Elspeth’s gift of “Sight”, the superstitions about witches, the control fathers and husbands have over females, along with the culture and “pecking order” in a Scottish castle. These create an undercurrent of impending peril and a sense of urgency that keeps one turning pages.
Their graphic descriptions make the story throb with life. An example is the crossbow wound that Elspeth gets as she tries to protect Fingal, the deer hound, from her fiancé and the subsequent efforts made to save her. The wolves’ attack and so many more terrifying happenings keep the pulse pounding. More especially, the love scenes are spine tingling as Elspeth is awakened to what true love is and Rob finds that his heart did not die when Fiona did.
SINS OF THE HIGHLANDER is a vicarious experience that sizzles and pulses with life — completely enthralling.
Todd is the walking talking version of every woman's wet dream in the town of Wyattsville. He's a firefighter and the youngest of the Wyatt brothers,...moreTodd is the walking talking version of every woman's wet dream in the town of Wyattsville. He's a firefighter and the youngest of the Wyatt brothers, but since the two oldest are now married this also means Todd is the most eligible bachelor. His womanizing ways haven’t gone unnoticed in the small town and women usually know the score when they decide to hop into bed with him, but lately his thoughts have become occupied with naughty images of the local bakery owner. Todd knows the score where Kate's concerned. She is completely off limits since the possibility of ruining their friendship is too great. What Todd didn't anticipate was the determination of a woman hell-bent on getting laid for the first time.
Kate works hard and loves what she does, but with the reality of her friends having recently been married, she's starting to see her life isn't as fulfilled as she liked to believe. After an incident at a drunken bachelorette party some months back, Kate can't keep her mind off Todd. Common sense says it would be bad for her to pursue a relationship with him and besides he hasn't shown her the slightest bit of interest in anything other than in her cupcakes, but Kate can't help but wonder. She solicits some help from a friend and sets out a plan to seduce Todd for a one-night stand. After all once she's had him that should be enough, right?
This story picks up months after the second book in the series with two people who think they don't deserve the other because of past experience or lack thereof. Since the relationship was already heavily based on friendship, it’s easy to see how it could become awkward for either character to make the first move. It was wonderful to see Kate come out of her shell and prove to everyone that she’s not someone to be ignored. Although the story seemed a bit short and could have benefited by expanding more on the bakery attacks plot, the focus was mostly put on the couple and how they do or don’t overcome their own relationship shortcomings.
Ms. Stevens' did a amazing job carrying through all of the necessary character emotions with plenty of scorching sex scenes. I would definitely recommend to any fan of contemporary romance.
Their love will not only overcome the brutal reality in which they must live, but transcend the restraints of time.
Ethan Gray is both man and animal,...moreTheir love will not only overcome the brutal reality in which they must live, but transcend the restraints of time.
Ethan Gray is both man and animal, from the past and the present. He is a time wanderer who travels the decades that divide the present with those of the Cheyenne from the past. Known by the People as I Am The Wind or Meko, he is sent by council elders of the present to fulfill missions in aiding the Cheyenne. He maintains his presence with the tribe as leader of the fearsome Dog Soldiers. He is well versed in fighting against the blue coats, but not a conquering of the heart. Francesca is everything he never knew to look for and a force of destiny that could not be ignored. Unfortunately, inevitable events and time upset the balance in his new found life and now he stands to lose both his heart and his soul.
Powerful images are conjured with every line in this story. It is impossible not to get sucked into the time period and become mesmerized by the setting and culture. Incredibly there are stories inside this story that are not only poignant to the plot, but also offer a bit of factual Native American history. The rituals and beliefs described bring an authenticity that allows the reader to be part of the Cheyenne. This book offers the unique experience of traveling back to a time when wars of discrimination were brutally and savagely played out without regard for innocence. The need to protect one's own family and tribe was an everyday concern, but made for fierce determination and heart-pounding reading.
The characters are not only charming, but extremely well written and bring a different perspective to every intense moment of the story. Meko is the fearless warrior with a heart of gold and Francesca is stubbornly curious yet determined to persevere no matter how dire the situation. Both have little regard for themselves as long as the ones they care for are safe. Their resolve on this is tested many times throughout the story, which creates moments of exquisite passion and an unbreakable bond. The rest of the cast help to create several touching moments filled with laughter and tenderness.
Aside from a few minor editing errors there is nothing not to love about this story. It is suspenseful, dramatic, and undeniably beautiful, so be prepared for a full emotional investment. There is a little hint at the end in the “About The Author” section with regards to a possible sequel and I can only hope fervently that Ms. Diablo decides to proceed with one. Romance readers of any genre are highly encouraged to read this story.
If readers are looking for a new reading experience that’s full of action, intrigue, amazing world building and an unlikely romance between two charac...moreIf readers are looking for a new reading experience that’s full of action, intrigue, amazing world building and an unlikely romance between two characters as unconventional as can be, then grab a chair and hunker down with Body Master. Ms. Barry has exploded my senses with this book.
I have to give the author credit for doing such an incredible job with world building. She made is seem effortless and convincing. Lately the word ‘shifter’ in romance pertains to wolves and the big cats but readers are about to be treated to a huge change when they start reading about Max. Max is an alien from some other planet who has to adjust to life on earth. And man, do they adjust – it’s more than attitude and custom, it’s how they appear. I was constantly astounded as to the depth of detail that Ms. Barry wove into her story. The writing was brisk, exciting and well paced. The dialogue was enjoyable and lent tension and drama when needed. There was mystery and mysticism to spice up the wonder of it all. Ms. Barry incorporated so many fascinating aspects into her characters but revealed them through the course of the story as a natural progression of events. The author didn’t dump anything on me or over-justified any of the facts. I found out when the heroine found out, I felt when the heroine felt- be it confusion, anger, fear or passion and I grew to respect each character as I got to know them.
Max, though alien, is still a male and a wonderful hero. He’s intelligent, driven, focused and fights an internal pain and anguish that he thought could never heal. Once I found out what happened to him, what he was fighting for and the scope of what he was up against, there was no way I could put this book down.
Same thing for Seneca, the heroine – she’s a spitfire and yet strangely intuitive to what is happening. Oh, she fights it and she’s darned good. She’s a woman on a mission and she thinks she knows what she needs to and her decisions are based on fact. Unfortunately for her, good for me, she faces more challenges to her belief systems, her faith in humanity and her heart. On top of that her facts are flawed with omissions. I commend Ms. Barry on creating a character I was interested in, cared for and was curious about. I also got a kick out of her special talent. It comes to play at critical moments during the story and I thought it was an awesome addition. In fact, it rates quite high on my “Very Cool!” meter.
Secondary characters abound but some of the strongest are the villains which have various degrees of nastiness. There are fatalities that occur and a couple stunned me. I know my jaw dropped a few times during the course of the book which naturally means the author took me by surprise with clever writing, misleading clues that sent me through a maze of emotions. My favorite secondary characters have to be Max’s best friend Apollo and Seneca’s Grandma. Ms. Barry was a true artist in her handling of Max’s other friend, Carl. I have to say, he was involved in one of those jaw dropping moments and I can’t even begin to tell you the number of goose bumps I got from that.
When Max and Seneca finally get past the many Herculean obstacles to their relationship, they do find love. It’s a love hard earned and fought for but I came away with the feeling that they were going to make it. Max and Seneca really do have a future but I think it’s going to be a bit bumpy. I also believe based on what I got to know of their personalities, they wouldn’t have it any other way – which cracks me up.
Body Master is a credit to the creative genius that is Ms. Barry. She was able to merge science fiction and urban fantasy with an intense romance between two characters who initially wanted no part of the other. That slow transition from distrust and hate to understanding and awareness, from believing an alien equals an enemy to instead seeing a man with the strength of character a woman could fall in love with, made this story one of the best out there. Body Master has that high quality of writing that I look for and it’s going on my keeper shelf. I had the best time reading this book and I hope other readers get a chance to find out what I found so great. This book deserves to be read.
Dragon fodder or devil’s concubine? Which would you choose?
Life has dealt Ketera some hard blows. Her father’s life hangs precariously by an ever thi...moreDragon fodder or devil’s concubine? Which would you choose?
Life has dealt Ketera some hard blows. Her father’s life hangs precariously by an ever thinning thread, she barely escapes drowning when her ship sinks, and now she's stuck on the barbaric continent of Dragonia where every creature, man or beast, either wants to kill her or force her into sexual slavery. Every creature save one—Dane Charger, a Daryk One who she quickly learns possesses the ability to turn everything she thought she knew about his continent upside down, and introduce her to the pleasures she’s secretly yearned for, but never dared dream would come true.
Dane’s whole life has been spent protecting the innocent—an oath taken by all Daryk Ones. While some have gone rogue, choosing to follow his half-brother’s crazed ideas about stealing women from their rival continent Magonia—Ketera’s homeland—and forcing them into sexual slavery, he’s remained true to his vows. He can’t dispute that Draconia needs fertile females or that the people of both continents will ultimately perish if they don’t come together, but he doesn’t condone rape. From the moment he lays eyes on Ketera, his normal protective mode kicks into high-gear. Much as he fights against it, he soon realizes she’s far more important to him than a means of repopulating his homeland.
While I read books one and two of the Daryk World Series out of order, I have to say this was equally as enjoyable as book two. The author does an excellent job of bringing the characters from both stories together in critical junctures. Ms. Agnew has set things up nicely for book three and can’t wait to dive in. The characters in this story are fully developed. I loved seeing the emotional struggles slowly resolve as the story progressed. It never felt rushed or lagged, but rather kept a nice even pace with enough action and excitement to keep me turning the pages.
As in book two, the sex is blazing hot—as in, grab something cold to drink, you’re gonna need it, hot. There were very few editing errors, mainly some missing words, but nothing that detracted from the story. I only picked up on one point-of-view violation, but it was minor and certainly didn’t interrupt my reading other than I had to reread the paragraph to make sure I hadn’t mistaken it. If there were more, they were so minute I didn’t notice. Overall, I loved the story and can’t wait to start the next installment.
A warrior with a sense of honor, a maiden with a sense of duty, and enough excitement, peril, and lovemaking to keep your heart racing is what awaits you in Ms. Agnew’s Daryk Hunter, Book One of her Daryk World Series. With its touching characters, this is one of those stories that stay with you long after you reach the end.
Would you take the chance to go back and have the one thing you wanted and never knew you got?
Thus is the premise of I Think I Love You. I wasn’t tot...moreWould you take the chance to go back and have the one thing you wanted and never knew you got?
Thus is the premise of I Think I Love You. I wasn’t totally sure what I’d selected to read, even when I got a hold of the blurb. I mean, David Cassidy was popular long before I was born. I’d heard of him, but he isn’t my idea of an idol. But that’s what’s great about this book. So what if I didn’t grow up loving David Cassidy. I had the New Kids on the Block for my generation. Ms. Pearson’s story is so fluid, so intriguing, I can super-impose the persons I know in place of David and it works. That’s the beauty of the book. It works. The characters are interesting and flawed. I could relate to them immediately. I read this book in nearly one sitting, it’s that fascinating.
This book is told in two halves. One half is told via the Petra and Bill of 1974. Feathery hair, wide bottom pants, and the golden tones of Donny Osmond, The Bay City Rollers and yes, David Cassidy floating through the air. I wasn’t there, but as seen through the eyes of Petra and Bill, I could be. I laughed at times and found myself rueful at others. I could relate to Petra’s circle of friends. The girls are a tad stereotypical, but really, in school, there are always stereotypical people. But I liked being there. It was a trip down memory lane complete with the sadness and frustration of trying to deal with people who felt better than you. Then there’s the 1998 versions of Petra and Bill. Both are wiser and have been kicked around by life. It was both interesting and sad to see what had become of them. I won’t go into much more detail, but the journey they take is totally worth the read.
If you want characters that will stick with you long after the book closes, then you need to read this book. It’s a fun trip down memory lane and lots of fun. I give I Think I Love You 4 books.
This is another short but hot original fairy tale from the talented Moira Rogers.
As the last female of her family, Kisri is determined to reach her c...moreThis is another short but hot original fairy tale from the talented Moira Rogers.
As the last female of her family, Kisri is determined to reach her cousin, Malrion, High Lord of the Plains, to seek his protection, before any of the ambitious males can mate her against her will. Not only is she the last royal and single female, she is rich and attractive. She is also determined to find the one male who would gain nothing from mating with her: someone who wants her for herself.
Using magic to create a glamour, she disguises herself as a male, and travels with the troops heading home under the lead of the First Warlord, Ennon. When she is discovered in the camp, Ennon sends word to Malrion, and is told to bring her directly to Malrion, protecting her from harm. Kisri discovers in Ennon a man worthy of respect, and more important, a virile and desirable man, one with no need of what she has.
As they travel together, Kisri is determined to lose her innocence, and sets out to seduce Ennon. Can Kisri convince Ennon to teach her to be a woman, and please her lioness as well as her woman? Can Ennon keep his heart from becoming involved with the tempting female traveling with him? When he succumbs to Kisri’s charms, will Ennon survive Malrion’s judgment?
I love the world Ms. Rogers has created, and the characters are a delight to watch. This is definitely something to read when you want a quick and hot shot of romance.
Kisri is determined to find her own mate. She is smart and strong, and willing to take matters into her own hands concerning her future. I enjoyed watching as she slowly worked her way under Ennon’s skin, and into first his bed and then into his heart. She is brave and crafty, as well, and well able to take care of herself.
Ennon is the strong and courageous First Warlord of the Plains, a man that commands his troops with both intelligence and honor. He is determined to resist temptation as far as Kisri is concerned, but underestimates her determination where he is concerned. But he makes a serious mistake, and has to face the consequences of his action when they reach the camp of the High Lord, Malrion. I love Ennon, with his sense of honor and his willingness to take the punishment he knows he deserves.
This is a marvelous story of romance, seduction and happy endings. The passion that Ennon and Kisri share along their journey is at first sweet, and then hot and passionate as they near their destination.
I love Ms. Rogers’ new fairy tales, and wonder what is next in store for all of the readers who never really grew out of fairy tales. I am one of those folks, and I hope to see many more in this line from Ms. Rogers. So these two get their happy ever after? Read Kisri and the Beast for your answer.
Will Nate win Courteney’s heart or will she run away once she finds out the truth about him?
With characters full of feeling and depth, this short stor...moreWill Nate win Courteney’s heart or will she run away once she finds out the truth about him?
With characters full of feeling and depth, this short story packs a punch. Many of us have had that one friend that we wanted more with than just plain friendship with. Yet not many of us have actually acted upon those feelings.
I loved that Nate finally takes his chance and shows Courteney just how much he loves her. Both Courteney and Nate are strong-willed people and each of them is hiding their feelings for the other. Nate is a great man who loves with all his heart and is willing to fight for what he wants. Courteney is a woman in need of some real love, not more of the same fly by night men she is used to. The love that Nate has for Courteney is such strong emotion it shines right off of the pages making the reader feel it. As Nate fights for Courteney’s love we find ourselves cheering him on and hoping that she will see the love that he has for her. Everybody wants their happy ever after and it was nice to see someone fight for theirs and not give up.
Wendi Zwaduk does a wonderful job of painting a world for the reader to get lost in. With characters that everyone can relate to this is a book that should not be missed. I know that this reader will be looking for more works from this author.
Sabine Santigo is a romance writer whose deadline is coming up. At the start of the book Sabine is dreaming about the desert prince from her newest work in progress, “The Viper Prince”. He wasn’t a sheikh as she told her editor, but a caravan prince who traveled to his oasis collecting water for his people. His planet Jikkar was a dry desert land with two moons. She’d begun “dreaming and writing about him the moment she’d bought a coiling snake armband, a beautiful trinket of gold with two inlaid rubies for eyes” from a flea market. One thing she never imagined was that she would travel through space and time to be dropped at the feet of the Viper Prince of Jikkar.
Pure alpha male, the Viper lives by the rules of the desert and is the prince of his people. He soon finds that there is something different about the woman found stealing water from his oasis and wearing his mother’s armband. From the start of the book, he comes across as a strong ruler and someone to fear, even though his words and actions are scary he also gives off the impression of compassion that will steal your heart right away.
It must be hard to write Sci-Fi/Fantasy stories as the author must not only tell the story but also create a completely new world for the reader to visualize without losing them in the process. People, animals, and language must be explained in such a way as to keep the reader entertained and absorbed. Ms. Going did an astonishing job in creating Jikkar and in pulling this reader into the plot. This story is action packed with many hidden twists, and kept me on the edge of my seat until the end.
What I found unique was Ms. Goings’ ability to build a new world and still carry the readers on a journey so vivid that you could almost feel the hot desert air on your skin and the dryness in your mouth right along with the heroine. I definitely connected with Sabine, and understood her fears and joy and maybe even wished I could trade places with her. The romantic in me loved watching the heroine and the hero work through the barriers of time and space and left me praying for that happy ever after for the two.
This is one book that I will re-read and a series that I am eager to continue reading. Strongly recommended!
Demetrius always looked for a strong, confident female to warm his bed, everything his soul mate was not. He was dark to his soul mate's light and did not want to corrupt her so instead he stayed as far away as he could while still protecting her. That was until he found himself trapped with her with no escape. Demetrius knows it means the end of all of his hard work, and everything he held sacred.
The personal growth Isadora displayed within this story was impressive. It was done in little changes so I did not notice until I reached the end of the story and realized that the princess may look the same, but she was a completely different woman. It made me appreciate the character, and the author at the same time. All of Isadora’s growth helped in the author’s ultimate goal. You can tell she really thought out the direction she not only wanted to story to go in, but also the series and she used every paragraph within this story to reach that goal.
The relationship development was just as significant as the personal development of the main characters. I saw the dynamic of their relationship change, and each individual characters growth into who they were meant to be. Even some relationships with minor characters grew and developed within this story. In the end I had no doubt that everyone would live together and meet any future obstacles together as a unit.
While reading this story I sometimes forgot that this was part of a series, because the story stood on its own so well. This is something I appreciated since I had not read the previous stories. The story also drummed up enough interest in the other characters that it made me want to read the stories I had missed, and want to continue to read the future stories in the Eternal Guardian series.
I absolutely adore Greek mythology and this story gave me plenty of what I wanted. It was so jam packed with mythology it reignited my love for the heritage. Others have compared this series to Sherrilynn Kenyon’s Dark Hunter series and I would have to agree. Therefore, if you enjoy Sherrilyn Kenyon or Greek mythology I urge you to pick up the Eternal Guardian series you will not be disappointed.
Angst, drama and hot men are in high order in this book!
In the matter of a few days, I've read almost all of the books by Blake Deveraux. It's been a great few days. I've been introduced to characters I can't help but fall in love with and stories I'll think about for days to come. Mr Deveraux has a talent for squeezing every last drop of emotion out of a scene and making the reader (me) want to know more.
Lessons in Love is probably my favorite of his books so far. Why? It's real. How is it real? These are characters that seem like they are people I know in real life. I can identify with Mitch and Ben's struggles and how they see life. Most of all, I felt like I was there. Mitch is a great character. He's emotionally strong and steady in the moments where he doesn't think he can be. I enjoyed reading Ben's determination to figure himself out. The whole book read like a movie, I could see it happening.
Okay, so there are a couple of typos and a few odd line breaks. Trust me, those really don't matter. I got so caught up in the book that my inner editor totally shut off. It did.
I think my favorite character was Josh. Flawed as he might have been, I liked him. Again, he's one people can identify with. Plus he's got that great snark going for him. His defense mechanisms are what made him memorable.
If you want a book with steamy love scenes between hot guys, a dash of action, and enough emotion for three books, then this is the story for you. (less)
While the night road is a physical place, it is symbolic of the spiritual, psychological, and emotional darkness that the characters must defeat befor...moreWhile the night road is a physical place, it is symbolic of the spiritual, psychological, and emotional darkness that the characters must defeat before light and hope can reenter their lives. Kristin Hannah’s exquisite writing style brings to life the most personal, deep-seated emotions of the characters, even the emotions of five-year-old Grace and her great-grandmother Caroline’s are evident. The connectedness from generation to generation is subtle, but the undercurrent is influential and touches many lives.
Fourteen-year-old Lexi, an almost feral child fighting for scraps of life, finally finds acceptance with her great aunt Eva and subsequently with Mia and her wealthy family. Lexi accepts who she is—her background, social and economic static, but she has hopes and dreams like any intelligent, energetic teenager. Her believing that doing good and taking responsibility for her actions will make everything come out all right, brings her grief that drags her to the pits of torment. Lexi’s special friendship with Mia Farraday gives her an education in how life is for the rich and the privileged, but more importantly it makes possible a unique connect with Zach, Mia’s twin brother whom Lexi loved at first sight. She wants him with a “ferocity that terrifies”.
Mia, who declares being her friend is “social suicide” treasures Lexi’s unfailing friendship as does Mia’s family. They see their fragile, lovely Mia bloom into a vibrant, happy teenager.
Jude, Mia and Zach’s mother, totally invested in the ‘doings’ of her children and their friends, is teased by her husband Miles about being a helicopter parent—always hovering. Being in control is of primary importance to Jude. Her home, garden, and parenting style are evidences of this need. She also craves her mother Caroline’s love and approval that she has never had. Jude and her mother’s relationship influences Jude’s relationship with her children and in a very different way it influences how she responds to her granddaughter.
Zach, without even trying, is the heart throb of all the high school girls. However, he feels Lexi is “off-limits” since she is Mia’s friend. But, in their senior year, life changes and the three of them do the foolish last-year-of-high-school things together. Zach, Mia, and Lexi ‘party’ with the other kids with lots of drinking and risky activities going on. Tragedy comes—a tragedy that divides Lexi’s life in two parts, before and after the tragedy. It leaves Zach in a void with no one to help him find his way back. Trying to atone, he studies and excels at school. He faces up to another consequence of his carelessness—but a consequence that gives him a reason to persevere even though his guilt still weighs heavy on him.
Miles, a renowned surgeon and father of the twins, supports and cossets Jude for six years as she is lost in a fog of grief. He and Aunt Eva are both resilient, steadfast people who give stability and security when all else seems to be in upheaval.
Grace Mia Farraday slips right into the heart. She and her invisible friend Ariel bring a special dimension to Night Road. I did so want a scene where she told her mommy and daddy about the things Ariel did and said. I wanted to share that joy of completeness that I felt would come from their knowing.
Kristin Hannah takes the reader deep into the hearts and souls of the characters and taps into one’s deepest emotions. She pulls the reader into the swirling action to vicariously experience the dark depths of tragedy and loss, and to experience the irrepressible love that hunkers down and hides—yet abides. Holding on tightly until the brute storms of life pass, this ‘forever’ love emerges strong and eager to tackle life and move toward that happy-ever-after.
The quotes, before the two parts of the story, are poignant and still very true in modern society. They foreshadow what the characters must work through as they survive the trouncing life gives them.
Night Road, with beautiful symbolism and imagery, deals with the very essence of life and makes the statement “we will overcome” come true. This is a haunting story that lingers in the mind.
Sometimes I need a book that has light action, dark secrets and mystery, and a romance that soothes the senses and I always seem to find it when reading a story by Amanda Quick.
Some might say that the format is formulaic and they could be right. However, I’ve read enough stories by Ms. Quick to count on it and find it 100% positive. I needed that teasing sensual build-up between Virginia Dean and Owen Sweetwater, I needed the light drama and suspense and I required a book that would entertain me enough to forget looking at the clock. I wanted to simply enjoy myself with a tale that swept me away to a time and place where the odd and spooky were normal and indeed, presented as almost logical. I demanded a guaranteed good time and Ms. Quick delivered.
Virginia Dean is a character that is a delightful change from the typical historical heroine. She’s in ‘trade’, educated and mostly self-sufficient. She’s not easily thrown by deed or word and even when she’s threatened with diabolical paranormal weapons, this woman never resorts to swooning. She has a brain and is not afraid to use it. The heroine also has an almost child-like fascination with learning new skills and her excitement is contagious. Her willingness and enthusiasm for such mundane and obscure things ends up being the key to saving her life. She also has a very odd notion of bling. Only a reader of the story will understand my reference. I liked her generosity of spirit, her voice that comes through in the dialogue and her choice of friends. Virginia was fun to get to know.
Owen Sweetwater is fascinating. In fact, his whole family has enough secrets and know-how to fuel many stories to come. They’re an odd bunch with more twisted paranormal burdens than usual. I appreciated how Ms. Quick enlightened the heroine and reader alike about the family’s peccadilloes through dialogue and action. It almost seems like they are supermen who can do amazing things. However, they’re regular people which means that the use of their talents come at a price. What I found adorable is that one of the ‘cures’, seems to be love. As with all stories based on that emotion, it’s a rocky and tricky road to travel before it can blossom into a happily ever after. Of course Owen has some serious obstacles to overcome before he can breathe easy and that contributed to the book’s drama.
The conflict, besides Owen and Virginia overcoming their differences and getting to know one another, is a mystery of who killed who and why. The why of it, once explained, is bizarre and totally off the wall, but again, a reader will understand the depths of its ludicrousness when they get to that part in the story. If a reader is paying attention, Ms. Quick actually provided a solid clue as to the villain’s identity. I picked up on it but like the masterful storyteller she is, the author threw in a big surprise that made it even better and heightened the suspense.
I enjoyed Virginia’s friend, Charlotte. Dr. Spinner, though completely off-screen, has got my curiosity piqued and those that I’ve met of Owen’s family, were entertaining and interesting. Then there is the family connection for Virginia that was a nice touch. It wasn’t crucial to the solving of the mystery itself but it did help showcase the heroine’s personality, integrity and ability to think on her feet. It helps a reader understand her character more.
Quicksilver once again shows why stories by Ms. Quick are an auto-buy. They have re-readability, characters with interesting dialogue, unusual and flamboyant take-over-the-world plots and a well-crafted romance to steam the pages. With its chapters populated by such eccentric characters who contrive convoluted means to further their devious goals, it brings to mind the old television series, The Avengers, with Steed and Mrs. Peel. In a way, Owen and Virginia could be their historical counterparts and I think that’s really cool. Quicksilver is pure fun and entertainment, just the way I like it. (less)
What do you get when a gay guy test drives a woman? I will tell you -- one hot as hell story that will leave you squirming in your seat and turning th...moreWhat do you get when a gay guy test drives a woman? I will tell you -- one hot as hell story that will leave you squirming in your seat and turning the air conditioner down low to cool off.
Oh, man! I did not know what I was getting into when I purchased Arresting Abby but by the time I got to the end of the book I was not sure which end was up. Talk about a whirlwind of action and emotions this story has it all.
I am still laughing from one of Ms. Dragon punchlines: "Is this death by foreplay, or are you punishing me, officer?” With so many quick and witty phrases through out the pages, I had a smile or soft chuckle all the way through the book. I even learn what a tea-bagging session was. Wow! There is nothing hotter than male/male sex scenes in an M/M/F ménage story.
Zach and Kevin are lovers and plan on spending their lives together. As their personalities come to life between the pages of the book, you can see how much they mean to each other but you can also see just how much they care for their friend Abby. After months of her teasing them both about a threesome, the two men work up a one night fantasy that could end up changing all their lives. I found as I read this tale that I fell for Kevin a diehard gay man who has never been with a woman. Kevin is pure alpha and boy did he leave a lasting impression on me. Zach on the other hands is bi and more of a jokester. Abby is a woman in love with both men but knows there will never be any thing between the three other than a one night fantasy.
This is one story that I am eager to share with my friends and know they will have as much fun reading as I did. Don’t let this one pass you by. It is a must have in your eBook library, especially if you are into smoking hot M/M/F menages.
Elizabeth Amber has created a world of fantasy, based in the old religions and histories of Europe and Rome. The rich textures of this world are fasci...moreElizabeth Amber has created a world of fantasy, based in the old religions and histories of Europe and Rome. The rich textures of this world are fascinating, and the mix of real history and fantasy are so well combined to draw the reader into the story.
Michaela and Silvia were best friends for untold centuries, until Michaela chooses to become mortal for the man she loves.
Raised in the temple of Vesta, Silvia is one of the Vestal Virgins, while Michaela becomes a Companion, trained to pleasure the dignitaries of Elseworld, and traveling Earthside on occasion. There she falls in love with Bastian Satyr, eldest of the second generation of the Lords of Satyr, and chooses to leave the life of an Ephemeral to become mortal for him. But she retains her ties to her friend, and when Michaela is murdered by an ogre sent by the evil Pontifex, Silvia takes her body as host, for that is the only way she can honor her friends last wishes, to lay with Bastian once more at Moonful. And although all Silvia knows of sex and passion is what was given her at Michaela’s hands, she has fallen under Bastian’s spell herself, and is beginning to love the man he is. Because she is an Ephemeral, Silvia can take on the body of one near death to become fully solid, but only for a limited period.
As she spends time with Bastian, first as a twelve year old ragamuffin, then as Michaela, she grows ever more conflicted at what she must do: find the six firestones from the ruined temple and return to Elseworld to try and free the nine Vestal imprisoned there. Can Silvia let herself love and be loved for who she is, or will she forever long for what Bastian can offer her? Can Bastian save her in time to start a new life with her? Will Silvia ever give him the one thing she has kept from him-her name?
I will admit that I found this book a little slow going at first, but soon became enthralled by the story of betrayal and salvation unfolding in Silvia’s story. And make no mistake about it-this is Silvia’s story just as much as it is Bastian’s. The retelling of Silvia and Michaela’s backstory is illuminating, if at times quite tragic, but gives an insight into Silvia’s actions.
Silvia is a wonderful character. Strong and determined to achieve her goals, she is shocked to find herself falling for Bastian. And as Michaela’s most loyal friend, she denies the attraction, even to herself. I enjoyed watching her move from host to host, taking those characters as her own, and trying to fulfill the death wish of that host at each turn. Whether male or female, she gains a bit from each host, and has become very adept at what she does. Sensuous yet innocent, Silvia is a marvelous mix of any personalities combined. I like that she refuses to be deterred from her goal of freeing her fellow Ephemerals held captive by the evil Pontifex, even if it means giving up any happiness she could have with Bastian.
Bastian is the perfect image of the hero. Tall, dark and exceedingly virile, he is the ideal every woman seeks, but rarely finds. I liked that he isn’t perfect, however, and his small flaws make him more attractive overall. I loved the irony of a man whose family is in the wine industry being unable to touch liquor in any for without disastrous effects. As a very successful excavator and archaeologist, he has hidden the fact of his colorblindness from everyone. I loved that it was only through Silvia that he gained the colors in his vision, and thus always knew her, no matter what form she came to him in once he realized the cause. And I loved that he was willing to love and accept her, no matter what form she took, male or female.
This is a story filled with danger, for both Silvia and Bastian. Bastian is seeking the very same stones that Silvia is, but for a different reason. He believes, and rightly so, that the six stones on the Earth side are keeping the existence of ‘other kind’ hidden from the humans, and fears what could happen if the stones leave earth for the Elseworld. Will these two ever be able to be together, and love each other as who they really are? You must read Bastian to find the answer to that. I promise you, it is worth the trip.
It’s difficult enough to be in love with your partner but finding out he’s a 340 year old vampire maybe more than Stevie can handle. Fortunately, hand...moreIt’s difficult enough to be in love with your partner but finding out he’s a 340 year old vampire maybe more than Stevie can handle. Fortunately, handling Storm Richardson was on the top of her “to do” list.
Stephanie “Stevie” Persing and Storm Richardson are detectives for hire. Their specialty, following and exposing cheating spouses. Their most recent case brings them together in ways they had both only dreamed about. They certainly never imagined that dream would include vengeful vampires, self absorbed siblings or one determined ex named Ace.
Wendi Zwaduk has penned a thrilling little novel that is sure to grab your attention from the very start. My Immortal has all the right elements for an action packed short story. The plot is well developed and the characters' motivations are clear.
I think as readers we sometimes form opinions about what a specific character type should or shouldn’t do or say based on what we’ve read in other books. Take for instance vampires. In my literary mind vampires all have such a keen sense of smell that I felt Storm should have known immediately that Stevie was his mate rather than five years into their working relationship when they kiss for the first time. There were a couple of other “inconsistencies” that had me saying “Huh?” but you know that’s one of the great things about books…there is no “A-Typical Characters For Dummies” that I know of anyway. The fact that Ms. Zwaduk didn’t follow my preconceived notion of “vampire finds mate” type storyline simply made me as a reader and reviewer look deeper into this fresh perspective.
I honestly enjoyed My Immortal and plan to check out the other offerings by Ms. Zwaduk to see what else she has in store to keep us seasoned readers on our toes.
He’s not the type of man to idly wait for what he wants; he goes after it. She’s not the type of woman who makes decisions lightly; when she makes up...moreHe’s not the type of man to idly wait for what he wants; he goes after it. She’s not the type of woman who makes decisions lightly; when she makes up her mind she goes all the way. Together, they have to the potential for an eternal love most people only dream about.
Denger is one of Ra’s Chosen. An immortal warrior who protects humanity from the evil god Apep’s undead. He loves his job, lives for the kill. But sometimes being an immortal makes for a lonely life. Sure, he has his fellow warriors, six in all. And they share a home—which is actually a warehouse made into an impenetrable fortress—but he wants what two of his brothers in arms, have: a mate. Ra has decreed all six will find a perfect woman to share their immortal life with. Well Denger isn’t about to sit back and wait for her to fall in his lap. He’s ready to hunt her down, so to speak.
Nyx has spent three years trying to get over the death of her husband. Yet, despite the elapsed time, she just isn’t ready to move on. Or so she thought. When she bounces off the front of what feels like a brick wall and comes face to face with the most gorgeous man she’s ever laid eyes on, she wonders if her celibacy isn’t about to end. Despite her mourning, what woman could resist a six and a half foot tall man of solid muscle, waist-length black hair, and mesmerizing gold eyes?
This is book three out of Ms. Chenery’s Ra’s Chosen series, and just like the others, she doesn’t disappoint. I have loved getting to know each of her six warriors and their mates thus far. While the ultimate goal of each book is the same—the warrior finding his woman and convincing her that she’s been chosen to be his immortal mate—she’s gone about the plot differently for each book, making each equally enthralling. The author has continues to show expertise in her use of grammar, punctuation, and point of view. There were a few editing errors—a word used twice in a row, a word missing in a few places, but nothing that really detracts from the story itself. I think Ms. Chenery did a better job with character dialect in this story than the previous two and once again managed to incorporate some mind-blowing sex.
If you’ve made it through books one and two, don’t stop now. Marisa Chenery has once again penned an enticing tale with her gorgeous warriors and their saucy women. Book three is a tale you won’t regret diving in to.
Lily is nineteen going on ninety. At the human age of nineteen her fiancé makes her into a vampire - and she didn't even know about his passion for drinking human blood.
Sixty years later Lily is lonely and bored and begins to travel. Luck is on her side as she finds a vampire family who want her to join them. Their warmth and caring envelop her giving her the love she didn't even know she lacked. Lily decides to take an archaeology course and meets Christian and falls instantly in love. Two problems here. Christian is human, and human/vampire relationships are frowned on. Another problem is the daughter of her family who brings home her new vampire boyfriend. This is none other than Ian, Lily's maker. Sparks begin to fly when Ian decides if he can't have Lily, no one will.
I found the beginning of this book to be very slow. Although the author had to give the background to Lily and introduce a few characters who reappeared later in the book, I felt as if I was being told what was happening rather than experiencing it. However when Lily left her home behind her and set out for new horizons the story began to increase its pace.
By the time she admitted to herself she loved Christian, I was hooked. Lily and Christian plus Lily's family entered my mind quite easily, I could see them, hear them and watch them act out their lives. Unfortunately Ian didn't come across the same way. A shame really, as one of his helpers really dazzled me.
For lovers of vampire stories this is a definite yes. It gives an insight into vampire lives, the way they earn their living and how they feed. The ethics of the latter are very interesting - yes vampires do have ethics when it comes to who they feed from. All you vampire lovers out there this is one you should read, and it's the first of a series so there's more to come.(less)
When I got the opportunity to review the latest by Lori Foster, Susan Donovan, and Victoria Dahl, yeah, I was really...moreWhere can I find a guy like these?
When I got the opportunity to review the latest by Lori Foster, Susan Donovan, and Victoria Dahl, yeah, I was really excited. I wasn’t let down. If you’re like me and have been waiting for alpha heroes that really sizzle, this book delivers. I read it in one sitting and went back a couple times for more.
I’d heard Lori Foster was writing new work for HQN and I’m glad I kept my eyes out for Ready, Set, Jett. Whew! Jett is one hero I’d like to have hanging in my closet. He is breath taking—literally. I liked Natalie, even though I didn’t agree with the friends with benefits idea. But with Jett as the benefit, who could blame her? There’s plenty of heat and heart in Ms. Foster’s work. I loved the chemistry between Jett and Natalie even when he went a bit too alpha—still it’s enticing. The action works well in this story and it’s a great lead-in to Ms. Foster’s new HQN series. Definitely check this book out.
This series of stories appeals to a broad range of readers, as proved in Susan Donovan’s story, Gail’s Gone Wild. Gail isn’t a happy-clappy twenty-something. She’s a little older and a little wiser. I liked that she wasn’t a stereotype because it made her more relatable. She wants to keep her daughter out of trouble. Too bad it finds Gail instead. Actually, it’s not bad. It’s yummy good. Jesse is a bit of a conundrum, but he’s supposed to be. Although I liked that the story had a sense of open-ness, it also feels a little unfinished. Things happen fast and the ending is a little stiff. But with Jesse as the hero, you can’t help but want things to work out right.
The final story in the group, Just One Taste by Victoria Dahl is meant to do just that—give the reader a taste of a new series. It’s an interesting concept and I rather liked it because it served better than a large prologue, but I felt a little let down because I didn’t want to let Eric and Beth go! There’s spice, action, and steamy love making. There isn’t much information on Beth—maybe to whet the reader’s whistle for the first story in the new series. It’s a bit jarring, but if you’re looking for a taste of Ms. Dahl’s writing, then this is the story to start with. Her writing flowed well and drew me in right away.
If you want a great book for a lazy afternoon, then this is the book for you. I give The Guy Next Door 4 books! Great job!
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. The element of suspense was present in every sentence. The relationship between the main character and his wif...moreI thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. The element of suspense was present in every sentence. The relationship between the main character and his wife was well written. I believe the author wanted to make the reader not only understand that the couple had a close relationship, but to have the reader experience that relationship.
I absolutely love paranormal romance and this book definitely did a fine job of spooking me. After finishing this book, I actually had a hard time turning my back on a dark room. It was terrifically thrilling to experience! Mrs. Griffith can most certainly pull off scary. She described the people and places so clearly that are transported there. The plot was good and solid and I found myself thinking several times throughout the book that a situation such as this one did not seem farfetched at all. Mrs. Griffith did an excellent job of blending all of the elements in her book into a tight and solid story.
I gave this book a 4.5 book rating because there were a few places where I felt that conversation between the characters might have been misplaced or even unnecessary. It seemed strained or flat depending on what part of the story I was reading.
Overall, though this book was fantastic and I would suggest that anyone with an interest in the paranormal give this book a read. You won't be sorry.
I have always felt in choosing a book, the blurb on the back is so important, the author is always a consideration and the little excerpts that you find on blog is a great resource. Never in all my years have I chosen a book just by looking at the cover…until now. Wow!! Just seeing this cover, I wanted to know the story of this man. Then I realize it is the work of Lauren Dane, and then I find it is the finale of her Brown family saga. This is Adrian’s story--sexy, studly Adrian the rock star whom I have followed for three books. I am a happy woman!!
Super rock star Adrian Brown is just returning to the stage after a self imposed exile to retool, to reboot, to reacquaint himself with the family he adores. He is home, doing what he loves the most. He is a rock star with everything he wants, except a woman to share his different lifestyle, the lifestyle of a celebrity. As a celebrity he has had his share of cons, stalkers and just plain crazies but nothing prepared him for a phone call out of the blue announcing a son he never knew he had.
Gillian Forrester is the perfect mom but she is a mom by no choice of her own, and is raising her sister Tina’s child. Thirteen years later on her death bed, Tina finally tells Gillian the name of the father and makes her promise to contact him. How does she explain this to her child but most importantly how does she explain this to his father?
Believing she is about to blackmail him, Adrian reluctantly meets with Gillian and her son and begins a relationship that is going to totally change his life. Surrounded by all the Browns and their extended families, Gillian and Miles become the center of Adrian’s life and the direction of his future. Not exactly getting off with a great start, Gillian and Adrian find a connection and an attraction that brings them together not only as parents but as lovers as well. Adrian is the dark, sexy, dirty talker that Gillian longs for in her bed and she becomes the angel that stirs his emotions and desires so much that he cannot stay away from her.
Nobody writes family like Lauren Dane. The Browns are an eclectic group of loving individuals that leap off of every page. They are personable, attractive, comforting and their family dynamic is real and relatable. At every turn they draw you in and keep you here. There is never an uncomfortable moment, or regret their movements and decisions. I must admit after developing somewhat of a relationship with the Browns and with Lauren Dane, her character of Gillian is not exactly personable or endearing at first. She is distant, combative and even a little snobbish, but the continued attention and determination of the Browns soften her exterior and her heart. It is a treat to watch the defensive walls built by both of the characters slowly come tumbling down.
When it comes to family drama and romance you will never go wrong with a Lauren Dane novel. This is one of her best!!
What happens when an angel of death falls in love with a mortal?
I thought the concept of Sinful was interesting. In all the reading I’ve done, I’ve s...moreWhat happens when an angel of death falls in love with a mortal?
I thought the concept of Sinful was interesting. In all the reading I’ve done, I’ve seen humans fall in love with vampires, ghosts, faeries, werewolves, but a human falling in love with an angel was a new one for me. The story opens with a heartbreaking scene in which Elizabeth’s mother dies. This is also the first time that Elizabeth senses Michael, an angel of death.
When Elizabeth relocates to Texas, Michael does what he can to comfort her without becoming too involved. However, it isn’t long before he reveals himself to Elizabeth. The bond between the two was immediate. While I can appreciate a love at first sight connection, the relationship between Michael and Elizabeth moved extremely fast. One minute they were meeting each other for the first time and the next minute they were madly in love. I would have liked them to get to know each other a bit more before their relationship became so serious.
Elizabeth is definitely an entertaining heroine. She is the typical teenage girl just trying to survive high school. As I thought back to my own experiences as a teenager, I could relate to Elizabeth’s struggles to manage her appearance, navigate a new school, and make friends, and I’m sure many teenagers today can empathize with Elizabeth’s plight. At her heart, Elizabeth is a good person. She cares about her friends and family, however, like most teenagers, she makes plenty of mistakes. From taking old friends for granted to underestimating her Dad’s feelings, Elizabeth definitely has a lot to learn. Also, I was a little disturbed at the frequency alcohol played a part in the parties that she attended with her friends. Teenage drinking is a serious issue and can have dangerous consequences. I felt that it was treated a bit too lightly in this story.
Despite this issue, these flaws served to make Elizabeth a well rounded and interesting heroine. Michael was the perfect guy. He was kind, loyal, attractive, and unbelievably patient and understanding. While this made him a very likable character, I also felt he could have been a bit more rounded. Since most of the story is told from Elizabeth’s point of view, I didn’t get to know Michael as much as I would have liked.
The plot of Sinful definitely made it a page turner. Two major issues needed to be resolved. First, an enemy from Michael’s past needed to be dealt with. Second, how would Michael and Elizabeth find a way to be together? Ms. Dailey and Ms. Weber did an excellent job of balancing Elizabeth’s more common teenage issues with the more epic conflicts that she and Michael faced together. I eagerly turned pages wondering how it would all work out. However, I did think that in the end, both serious issues were wrapped up a little too quickly and easily.
Despite that feeling, I still found the ending to be satisfying. Overall, I thought Sinful was a good read. Elizabeth was a realistic heroine and the conflicts in the story were interesting. Fans of paranormal romance will certainly enjoy it.
Victoria was just taking her dog down to the pet shop for his shots; how could she guess that she would find the pet shop owner dead on the floor? Unf...moreVictoria was just taking her dog down to the pet shop for his shots; how could she guess that she would find the pet shop owner dead on the floor? Unfortunately, the sheriff wasn’t real understanding about it.
Ms. Levine has set her characters in a boarding house. This makes an unusual group of people to try to solve a murder. She gives everyone their own little quirks and personality attributes which are amusing and in some cases humorous. Ms. Levine throws in a dog, a parrot, and a nine-year-old child into the mix just to keep the action moving and give all of her characters challenges.
This book is one of a series, but it reads well alone. The author gives you enough background on the history of the earlier story to make it seamlessly flow into the new story.
The story flows well, has interesting twists and turns, and Victoria has to deal with the demon “jealousy” during the course of the story. There is a Christian theme to the story, but it doesn’t take away from the mystery of why someone would kill Clyde. The mystery grows when one of the main characters disappears.
There are enough tangled webs in this story to keep your attention and entertain you. The characters grow on you and you find yourself anxious to see what happens to Victoria and her boarding house guests next. It’s a very enjoyable read. I’d like to see more in this series.
As a self-professed, high-maintenance and naturally optimistic person, confidence is key to Sara Bradford’s everyday life. Lately though her confidence has waned where one Mac Gordon is concerned. Sara just can’t seem to figure him out when it comes to his feelings for her. He’s been her long-time friend and confidant, but after years of growing up in front of the man who’s become so much to her, Sara is tired of waiting for Mac to make the first move. For once in her life, Sara decides to take things into her own hands and prove to Mac that she is the woman he wants. After a test of Mac’s lust goes wrong at her brother’s wedding, Sara becomes even more determined to prove herself to him. First stop, St. Croix where Sara will travel to become a more enticing woman, which means gaining the kind of sensual and sexual experience she believes Mac is looking for in a woman. But how much does she really know about Mac? Well Sara’s about to find out who the real Mac is and what he really wants.
Mac Gordon fully believes he is not boyfriend material. Nice girls like Sara don’t really want guys like him and besides she’s his best friend’s little sister, so just being there for her like a big brother is for the best. Or is it? Sara is Mac’s wildest dream and worst nightmare combined, especially after she takes off and he’s left with no choice but to go after her. Mac knows that Sara always gets what she wants and everyone treats her like a princess, but this time he may have to teach her a lesson she won’t soon forget. It’s time to shock her into admitting they aren’t a good fit for each other and push her boundaries so she’ll push him away. The only way to do that is to take her home and let her experience a different kind of living. But is it enough scare away “princess” Sara or will she finally find what she never knew she wanted and is Mac willing to live with the consequences.
When it came time for Mac to own up to his lustful feelings for Sara, he flirted toward the lines of exhibitionism and BDSM, but never took it to that next level, which was slightly disappointing. I was prepared for it, but the story turned out to be much tamer than I thought it would be. Still there was excellent usage of a pink fur wedge and some cotton candy flavored body powder to keep things fun and interesting, so Mac’s experienced self wasn’t a total loss and Sara’s inexperienced self was satisfied.
I was happily surprised with the turn of events in this story and series for that matter, and how the author takes two unlikely matched characters and makes them likely. It is sort of an opposites attract situation, but the love was already there courtesy of Mac being Sam’s best friend especially during Sara’s formative years. So Mac and Sara had their hearts in the right place and now just needed to work on getting their minds and bodies to follow. If you’ve read previous Bradford siblings installments then you know feelings of humor, anger, lust, love and guilt are bound to ensue, which creates a sort of realism that’s easy to relate to in drama-filled family/friends situations. As in real life, change is inevitable and some of us take it as it comes and some are a little more stubborn to accept and in this story between Mac and Sara, it’s very prevalent, but their journey through compromise is full of surprises and should definitely not be missed.(less)
This is a delightful collection of wolf stories, and I was caught up in the world Ms McCall built here.
Shifters live by the rules of the pack. They follow their Alpha, whether they agree with the rules or not, or face being banished or alone. BJ McCall has written three stories of unusual shifters, wolves that go out of their way to flaunt the rules and live life on their own terms. Until they each come up against the one thing they can’t escape: their one true mate, one destined to love them and stand with them.
In Lycaon Moon, Veda Pearl has chosen to go her own way, refusing to run under the Lycaon Moon that lets her mate claim her. She wants no part of the pack or the mating process.
Passing for human, Veda is a bounty hunter, satisfied with life away from the pack. At least she was, until Kane came back into her life after being banished from the pack three years ago. Kane Ryland is as determined to claim Veda as she is to avoid being claimed. Can Kane win Veda’s heart and convince her to accept him?
In Lunar Eclipse, Violet Winters is determined to mate for love. When pack elders decree she must choose a mate before the end of the lunar eclipse. Violet rebels, and decides to choose the least acceptable prospect. She seduces a half-breed wolf, one trying to find acceptance with the pack his mother left years ago to marry a human. Canon Ross succumbs to Violet’s seduction, and decides to do the right thing by facing the elders who must decide both their fates. Can these two find love in spite of the way they met?
In Mark of the Moon, Ivy Ward is destined to mate with the wolf who bears the Mark of the Moon, a crescent shaped birthmark that matches the one she has. As a result, she was considered off limits in her hometown, even gaining the nickname Poison Ivy. She takes an extended vacation to California, where no one knows of her birthmark or the prophecy it involves. Lodan Hunt is participating in a grueling forty mile cross country race, a race he has won two years in a row, with the lead in this years competition. At least he leads until the sudden jolt of electricity up his spine and the enticing smell of she-wolf throws him off his stride. Once the race is over, he realizes the crescent moon birthmark he has is burning like fire. Ivy doesn’t understand why, after brushing the fur of one of the wolves racing past her, the birthmark that causes her so much frustration has begun to sting and burn. Can these two find each other, and fulfill the prophecy as they were meant to?
BJ McCall has a marvelous way with shifters, especially her werewolves. The characters in these three stories are all well crafted and finely detailed. Each has their own unique style and personality, and all are fun to meet and get to know. These each take place in different locales, but the world remains decidedly constant and interesting.
The three women are all strong, and as different as can be. Veda is strong and independent, choosing to ignore her wolf side as long as possible. Violet is soft and determined to mate and marry for love and no other reason. Ivy is ready for some fun in a strange place, where no one knows about her mark or the prophecy. But all three share some common traits. All are strong, sassy and determined to live life on their own terms, rather than be dictated to. I like that in all of Ms McCall’s books, and especially with these three women.
The men are all determined and ready to settle down. Kane is strong and refuses to give up on Veda. Canon wants to learn about his wolf side, but he also wants the woman he loves by his side while he learns. Lodan has always doubted the prophecy, until s twist of fate brings Ivy into his world. But all three will do whatever it takes to keep their mates in their lives. I like the determination Ms. McCall instills in her men, and that never give up attitude they all have.
I loved the brief glimpses into pack rules, laws and traditions as decided upon for this world, and I look forward to more in this world in the future. There is a happy ever after and two happy for now with future stories to come here. I recommend these for all shifter fans, but keep the fan on, and a supply of cold drinks, because like all of Ms McCall’s work, these can get hot.
This is Rhyannon Byrd’s latest book in her Primal Instincts book, and the best so far. It brings to a close the search for the Markers, and solves the...moreThis is Rhyannon Byrd’s latest book in her Primal Instincts book, and the best so far. It brings to a close the search for the Markers, and solves the mystery of how to use them.
Raine Spenser is on a mission to destroy the Casus monsters who raped and murdered her younger sister while trying to make Raine talk. She believes she is alone in this mission, until Seth McConnel shows up, determined to save her from herself. She doesn’t have time for the feelings Seth arouses in her, not while vengeance is all she can think about. Besides that, he is human, and she is half Deschanel vampire and half Alacea psychic.
Rogue vampires destroyed Seth’s family, and he was tortured as well, so his attraction to Raine confuses them both. But when he invokes an ages old binding between Raine and him, he ensures that he can be there to help her in her mission. Can this human soldier and the wounded vampire/psychic find a way to get over the past and work together? More than that, can they find a way to a happy ever after together, or is Raine too broken to move on?
I enjoyed watching as the main characters in this book fought against the attraction pulling at them, a battle they were destined to lose in the end.
Raine is determined to avenge her sister’s murder, all on her own. She feels broken inside, sure she should have done something to prevent what happened. She is strong in spirit, and growing stronger physically every day, since her rescue. She doesn’t understand her reaction to the very human Seth McConnell. She is mystified by his determination to help her with her self appointed goal. Raine has self esteem issues, and has difficulty trusting as well.
Seth McConnell is a soldier; strong, sexy and determined to protect Raine, even from her own actions. After losing his family to rogues, he joined the Collective and destroyed the vampires he hated. But he soon became aware that, just like human beings, there were good and bad vampires, and he left the Collective before it became corrupt. He doesn’t understand his strong attraction to Raine, or how he can always ‘find’ her wherever she is. He just knows she is his to protect, and that he will do so no matter what.
The interaction between Seth and Raine becomes hotter as time goes by, and there are several ‘almost’ encounters between them before they finally give in to the inevitable. There is, of course, the plotting by Westmore, the evil Casus behind most of Raine’s troubles. We discover the purpose of Markers, and the Casus have been defeated…for now. What lies ahead for those who have been fighting this war is a new threat, and I look forward to seeing how all of our heroes and heroines from this series will regroup to face the new evil emerging. Do Raine and Seth work past their issues to a hot and happy life together? You will have to read Rush of Darkness to find out.
A rich man’s lie comes back to haunt him to bring both pain and an unexpected pleasure that will send him careening into personal chaos and love.
When...moreA rich man’s lie comes back to haunt him to bring both pain and an unexpected pleasure that will send him careening into personal chaos and love.
When Gabriel was a younger man he wanted to, just once, experience freedom from all his responsibilities and the expected course of his life and succeeded beyond his imagination. The pinnacle of that rebellious action was the meeting of a young woman with whom he had a passionate and wild affair unlike any he’d ever experienced. Being the man that he was, already jaded, he protected himself by using a different name and that one little act of omission lit the fuse for a ticking time bomb that exploded later in his life and starts the action off in the first chapter.
I think Gabriel, the hero, did a lot of growing in this story. He was passionate about his business to the point of obsession. When it came to his own personal life, he seemed to not care as much and used his business acumen and a misplaced sense of devotion to his own parents to make his choice. I always find it amusing that people who are smart in finance or other lofty intellectual pursuits oftentimes are so dense and goofy when it comes to people smarts and choices about their own happiness. They don’t have a clue – and if they do sometimes it comes too late. In my opinion, Gabriel is lucky to have a second chance but he certainly bumbles and stumbles a bit which I enjoyed. What is even better is when he finally wakes up to what he really wants in life and gets sensually and creatively devious to accomplish it.
Alex is the exploding bomb from his past. She’s already grown in confidence and has traveled a difficult road herself. In this story, she has to actually learn to trust, to let go and depend on someone else. She fights it, gives Gabriel a hard time, though he does deserve it a time or two, and really has to take a hard look at her own motivations and actions from time to time. She was the wronged party but what makes her character likeable was her willingness to succumb and explore the things that could be. She was scared a few times, nervous as all get out and yet she handled herself well.
Of course, this wouldn’t be a complete romance without an external conflict and that comes in the form of a spoiled ex-fiancé. She does her darnedest to submarine Alex and I was very glad to see that Alex isn’t a stupid airhead. She figures a few things out which garnered more respect for her character. There was one good dig however and that sure tested both Gabriel and Alex’s feelings for the other. I liked Gabriel’s reaction.
I guess the only non-stellar part of the story was the voice. I sort of thought there was a bit too much telling between the dialogue scenes so when the characters got back to their conversations, I had to re-read where they left off to pick up the thread of it. And at the ending, I really didn’t think it appropriate for the heroine to be drinking champagne. But that’s just me.
Luke was a cutie and I liked how Ms. Williams wrote his character. The other secondary characters were window dressing for the most part. They did what they needed to in order for the hero and heroine to explore their reunion and budding romance. Gabriel and Alex were the total focus of the story. It’s definitely a character driven plot and there was a lot to work out.
A Spanish Birthright is a fun romance taking place in exotic locales and loaded with heightened emotions, volatile passions and sweet surprises. It’s an enjoyable read and certainly kept my interest. I’m glad I read it.
A sweet, sweet story, a happy ending, yummy recipes, an “eccentric” family, and an inspirational tale. This book has it all!
From the irritable first...moreA sweet, sweet story, a happy ending, yummy recipes, an “eccentric” family, and an inspirational tale. This book has it all!
From the irritable first meeting to the sweet and tender kisses to the bonding over Emma’s aunt, each interaction between Emma and our hero, Jackson increases their understanding of each other, helps to bring them closer to their own spiritual understanding, and builds to their own romance. The lack of sexual interaction actually highlighted the building of the relationship and allowed the reader to know the characters better.
While this is an inspirational story, and involves several chats with God as well as characters openly praying for each other, this story is definitely a romance, and stays well clear of the “preachiness” that could occur.
Emma also deals with her diabetes throughout the plot of the book. She is sensible about the disease and deals with it as a part of the plot. It doesn’t detract from the romance in the book, and can become a plot point to attract readers who might be able to identify with a heroine dealing with the disease.
Emma’s best friend, Fi, delivers a genuine female connection. She is also the vehicle for several lighthearted moments throughout the book.
Each chapter was separated by a recipe or set of “tips” relevant to baking or weddings. I especially liked the directions on how to create a sugar rose and the suggestions for themed weddings.
I had a smile on my face each and every page (well, except the pages when tears were running down my cheeks!). Grab this book – you’ll be glad you did!
You can't use your gift...but we can't really stop you either.
Sound interesting? It was to me. I couldn't wait to sink my teeth into Witches of East End. The story is written with fluidity and moves at a quick pace. The blurb snagged me immediately and, once opened, I couldn't put it down. Ms. de la Cruz has characters that are intriguing. I wanted to know what would happen next. Ms. de la Cruz puts a new spin on mythology and witches. I really enjoyed the telling.
The characters are what hampered the story for me. Joanna has a lot of potential. As the matriarch, she's got power and standing. I liked her subplot. Man, I want to see her get her man. At the same time, she fell into grandma mode more than once and I wanted to see her have more spunk. She has a gift that's out of this world. I hope she gets a story down the line.
Then there's Freya. Honestly, I had some serious reservations with her. Granted, the epilogue totally kicks the end of the story, including her, onto it's rump, but there were too many moments I wanted to smack her on the head. She makes decisions that I had a hard time dealing with and was really hard pressed to find reasons to cheer for her.
Last but not least, there's Ingrid. She was my favorite character because, above all else, she's out to help people. No agendas, no secrets, just helping. But like her mother and sister, she's got moments when she's a little less spunky and a little more meek. There's so much potential for her, but sometimes she just doesn't use it.
Still, there's a lot going on in this book. The mythology really spins along, keeping the reader firmly in his or her seat. This book is certainly one paranormal fans won't want to miss. There's suspense, mystery, romance, and a neat little HEA that you won't want to pass up. Grab a copy of Witches of East End. It's a good read.
Willa Alden and Seamus Finnegan, soul mates who cannot seem to find their way back to each other, are strong forces that propel the reader into a maelstrom that threatens to overwhelm at times. The Wild Rose is poignant, compelling and often heartbreaking. It takes the reader into the World War I era when social structures and ways of waging war changed forever. It is an amazing love story bit it also encompasses a world of social woes and inexplicable human emotions.
The battle scars of living in hard times and in war time marks the lives of every character in this novel. Each character seems avidly committed to a cause that rules his or her life, a commitment that excludes happiness except in small increments, like brief glimpses of the sunshine on a dreary, cloudy day. Whether it is a quest, a duty, a strong sense of social justice, or a “calling”, something demands the best and continual efforts of the characters at great personal expense.
The Wild Rose is like a huge tapestry that records a significant time in history and in the lives of Willa, Seamus, their families, friends, and associates--some good and some not-so-good.
Sophisticated espionage, political struggles, deplorable living condition in parts of London, and dedicated “do-gooders” (in the very best sense of the word) are background, an ever-present design, in the tapestry while Willa and her quest at wild, pristine Mount Everest stands out in bold. stark, detail showing all the beauty and danger.
The part of the tapestry that shows life in London is crammed full of characters, a few add a touch of humor here and there, but most are serious and many have clandestine agendas that force them to lead doubt lives that create stress and sometimes irreparable hurt.
After Mt. Kilimanjaro where Willa seemed to lose her dreams and her way after she left Seamus, she drives herself mercilessly using opiates to fight the pain of her amputated leg (and wounded soul) she photographs and writes about Mount Everest as battles the cold and makes her way in a unique culture of the people she lives among. Her heart still reaches out to Seamus but she denies herself not only him but also her family that worries about her. She is alone.
Seamus, haunted by what happened at Kilimanjaro, longs for Willa down-deep in his soul. His is a bold design in The Wild Rose tapestry—a design that shows him beautifully male, desired by women, a rover, and polar explorer who slips into a marriage, then into the thick of navel operation in the Mediterranean that finally lands him in a prisoner of war camp in the African desert. After the war, Seamus’ design in the tapestry changes to less bold as the bonds with his little son.
As the Willa design and the Seamus design weave in close to each other then out again during both their near-death war experiences, the reader’s breath is taken away by the barbarism and the covert operations that are carried out in such unfeeling ways.
Finally the tenuous balance of winner and loser of the war finding a way back to some sort of normalcy for the good of humanity proves to be a fragile thread in the tapestry that could so easily break with just the wrong twist or pull.
Post-war England, the shell-shocked soldiers, the desperate struggles to rebuild the economy and foreign relations are all somber designs in the tapestry. One of the darkest, scariest parts is Willa’s wild, beyond-endurance race from Paris to a small village in England to insure the well-being of a little boy and his dad when it seems all the world has turned against her.
The Wild Rosecomes full circle at the foot of Mt. Kilimanjaro. Scarred but content and at peace, Willa and Seamus find their place and joy in their forever love as they share the best of themselves with each other and with one adored child.
Jennifer Donnelly masterfully weaves together a main plot with a multitude of sub-plots--all crammed full of true-to-life characters that stir the whole gamut of emotions from bliss to deepest despair. The Wild Rose is phenomenal.