This is New Species, book five...and the “Brilliance” continues! This is one of my favorite series right now!
Laurann Dohner continues to “outshine” all other stars in the galaxy of sci-fi/romance novelist. One of my favorite writers, Ms. Dohner does not disappoint her followers but continues to grace the world with wonderful tales of steamy yet dramatic fiction!
When Brawn is added to the task-force who helps rescue lost New Species still being held prisoner, he becomes the first New Species to live outside of the confines of Homeland or Reservation. With the continual threat of hot-headed bigots and extremist protesting outside the gates demanding the New Species should be destroyed, I knew this scenario couldn't possibly lead to anything good.
Brawn finds himself sharing a house with Becca, the daughter of the leader of the task-force. Immediately there was an electrical attraction between these two, despite the fact Brawn has promised himself he wouldn't become involved with a human female. Before the two can even get a chance to get to know one another they are thrown into a horrific drama that forces them to rely on each other for survival. Brawn, being the strong, protective type, decides to protect Becca the best he can, while finding himself falling deeply for the fragile human. This saga gives us a glimpse into some of the abuse the New Species had to endure before they were set free from Mercile's prisons.
Laurann Dohner has struck gold with her New Species series! I've been following this series from the beginning and I recommend if you possibly can, read the series from the beginning. You'll receive a richer understanding and overall enjoyment. The characters are extremely well written and I couldn't help but be pulled into this compelling fictional reality. Ms Dohner paints for us a colorful picture of heated romance among conflict and struggle.
Brawn's story is extremely emotional and suspenseful! He's the ultimate sexy alpha male whom no one can help but love. His sense of courage, loyalty, protectiveness and compassion made this reader want to snatch up a New Species mate for herself. I love the fact that even though they are part animal DNA and part human, they have insecurities and flaws. The scenarios created in these stories definitely have the heat level of a fiery furnace. The secondary characters are wonderful and I found myself pulled into their lives as well.
I cannot say enough about this book and this series. If you have not experienced any of Laurann Dohner's works of written art yet, than I recommend rushing out and reading this series. You might just find yourself fantasizing about your own New Species mate!...more
Sweet Sixteen - one of the most special birthdays in a young girl’s life. But for Meghan Chase, her sixteenth birthday is going to turn her world on its ear. From discovering her best friend is really the faery Puck to learning the truth of her own lineage, Meghan’s birthday and the days that follow it, are full of frightening and wonderful revelations. Although she’s fairly certain she can come to grips with all this new information, the hard part is going to be adjusting to, and surviving, it all.
Meghan never really fit in anywhere in their little Louisiana town, and now she knows why. Invisible at school and nearly so at home, she yearns to be noticed, to be special. When she discovers just how special she really is, it all starts to make sense. Meghan is probably one of the most interesting characters I’ve come across in awhile. She’s equal parts hot-headed human and calculating fey. The way she embraces her fey side and makes it work with her emotional, human side is amazing. It shows you really can take conflicting parts of a person and make them work in harmony. She’s a fast learner, too, and adapts to her new environment – and its tricky rules – quickly. Her flexibility and her passion for her friends, family, and justice makes her a heroine worth reading.
Tales of the land of faery have long been a favorite of mine. There’s something about the mystery and beauty of the fey that draws me in and holds me tightly. In The Iron King, the author weaves a magical story with both very contemporary elements and ideas and lush details and themes classic to the Summer and Winter Courts. With the intense journey, the lovable and exotic companions, and imaginative scenery, it’s hard not to get lost in the Nevernever, home of the fey. If this first Iron Fey novel is any indication, Meghan and her companions are in for some pretty wild adventures in the future....more
This is New Species, Book Four...and ladies and gentlemen; we have a WINNER! I absolutely love this series!
I was thrilled to be the one to review this book, as I have been following these character's lives from the beginning and was eagerly anticipating reading the love story of the alpha male “Justice” who is the NCO leader at the headquarters of the “New Species”.
“New Species” are much stronger, faster and larger than humans, but many of the male “New Species” have discovered that their true love-mate is found with a human female, and since “New Species” females cannot conceive, human female mates are birthing their future.
Laurann Dohner definitely dazzles as she shows her followers why she is a reigning “sci-fi writing queen” with this superb addition to the “New Species” saga. These books sizzle with romance, the plot twists are fast paced and action filled, and brings the reader to a futuristic scenario filled with exotic sexual heat and exhilarating exploits.
Simply put, Ms. Dohner brings her tales to life!
The chemistry between the main characters, Justice and Jessie is absolutely electric! I do suggest reading this series from the beginning if you possibly can, as it makes it easier to follow the development of her individual creations.
My only complaint was not with this book, but was with the fact I could not trade in my hubby for a “New Species” male since technically they are only part of our imagination. Sometimes life is simply not fair, (LOL) but at least I have great stories like this one to fuel my fantasies for days on end (*sigh*).
With a touch of humor and a unique slant on animal magnetism in mixed DNA couples, these books drew me in and thrust me into a world that compels me to be emotionally invested. This is one book many will want to save and reread.
Do I recommend it? Absolutely!
Looking for a steamy and captivating read? Look no further than Justice! You might just find you can't wait for the next book to be released!
On the vampire plane as well as the Seelie realm a single name strikes fear and awe into the inhabitants…Dante Dellacourt.
Okay, so maybe Dante doesn’t inspire fear as much as sexual lust. However, few people make the mistake of disrespecting this vampire royal.
We initially met Dante in author Sophie Oak’s first foray into the paranormal genre with Bound. Dante was essential in the rescue of his cousin’s, the Seelie King's, bond mate, Meg. He impressed me then with his strength of loyalty and character. It’s that character that is a central theme in Beast.
Dante has always been the underestimated playboy. So much so, he too believes his “job” in the family empire is to party and look pretty…until he met Kaja. A werewolf cast out from her home, Kaja was merely trying to survive when she was captured and sold to the gnomes for their tournament auction. Kaja has been more animal (beast if you will) than human for so long she has trouble acclimating into a world where she’s expected to wear clothes and bathe regularly.
Dante is in the position of needing a consort, also known as a wife or bond mate. Kaja glows as no other consort Dante has ever met, even Meg. These two mismatched and misunderstood souls will fight each other and anyone who threatens their mate for the chance to be together.
I became so immersed in Ms. Oak’s world building with Bound I didn’t see how she could top herself. Honestly, I was willing to settle for simply enjoying Beast as a follow-up to Meg, Cian and Beck’s story. It was that and so much more.
Dante has perfected the cocky, self-assured, bad-boy fun persona. It’s who he is but at the same time it isn’t. It takes provoking his inner beast to prove dominance over his mate and protect the woman he grows to love and admire. Do you see the significance of the title? Brilliant!
I had doubts about Kaja as Dante’s leading lady. Ms. Oak paints her as an abused wild animal to Dante’s refined royal status. Kaja had a lot to learn to survive in Dante’s world. Like any true Alpha female, Kaja doesn’t simply meet the challenge, she runs to face it. I fell in love with her honor and courage right along with Dante.
I would be remiss in not mentioning that fans of Sophie Oaks other series will be thrilled to see some familiar faces…sorta. I won’t give away that particular treat you’ll have to read the book to see how she performs her magic. Beast is an excellent story that picks up where Bound left off. You’ll receive a richer enjoyment Dante and Kaja’s story if you read Bound first.
Ms. Oak’s characters rarely, if ever, fall in love at first sight. Lust at first sight is a different matter. While they almost always feel chemistry and/or sexual attraction, she allows the true passion and love to build slowly throughout the story. Beast is bathed in tension and sizzling descriptive sex. If you don’t want to be in the room with these people, don’t read this book. However, if you crave vivid writing, carefully crafted dialogue, and plots so thick you’ll need a knife; Sophie Oak is the story teller for you. I hope you’ll join me on this sensational journey sure to have you searching for your own Faery story....more
Sometimes you just need to kick some monster butt.
I've heard great things about Ms. Bast's books. Lots of good things. To be honest, I've got a couple of them on my shelves but I hadn't had time to read them. Until this book. Any reader wanting a taste of her work need look no further than The Twisted Kiss. The writing flows well, and although I wanted to learn more about the world these characters live in, I could still see it.
The world is in turmoil. Viruses and death are all around. Few humans are left. Talk about a sticky situation to be in. Kylie is one of those few humans left and she feels guilty everyday because of it. I identified with her "why them and not me" mentality. We've all been there - wishing we'd been the ones to suffer and not someone else. So yeah, she's got guilt.
Enter Michael and Christian. They don't like each other. Well, why not? One's a vamp and the other's a wolf. Duh. They probably shouldn't like each other, but there is one person they do like--Kylie. Talk about heat! Phew! I needed a couple cool drinks to get through this book. The boys steam up the pages trying to convince Kylie she's worthy of being alive and they are worthy of her.
Although I wanted to hang around with these characters a bit longer, I have to say the length of the book is just right. There's the right amount of heat and story and it is fast paced. No goofing around here. There are some twists and turns I didn't see coming. And yeah, I loved not being able to tell what would happen next. It kept the story line fresh for me.
If you want a book that's got a fierce heroine, two steamy heroes and some tricks you won't see coming, then you need to get The Twisted Kiss....more
This time travel novel has it all!! No Matter When has the past, present and future; love, hate and friendship; and a well thought out plot that is developed beautifully. What more could you ask for?
In the future, there's a technology that can be used for good or evil. If used properly, it can save lives. If it falls into the wrong hands, it can be used to change the future and for other wicked pursuits. Now five people, from different walks of life and times, are in a race to save the past and the future.
Lilly’s whole world changed the moment her mother died. In an instant, her foundation was demolished and she was left alone. In the accident that took her mother from her, Lilly gained something she was ill prepared for, a photographic memory. At a young age, she must learn to cope with her new ability. She tells the one person she thinks may understand and help her through this problem, but he's unable to comprehend the situation and abandons her. This event forms her present existence. She works hard to not reveal her ability and in turn, she's introverted and unable to trust anyone ever again.
Gabriel's an advanced human. He's the product of science in a time where genetic impurities and disease have been systematically removed from human genes. Gabriel is a soldier to which all future soldiers will be compared. Unfortunately, he's killed before his time. Now he lives in Scotland in the year 1503, along with three other men. Two of the men are from the past and a fellow soldier from his time. None of them know why they were sent to this particular place in time, but from the moment Lilly arrives, everything begins to change.
Finally, all the pieces are in order. The professor responsible for their time travel has revealed the reason for their continued existence. What may have started out as an experiment on his part now has a purpose. The five of them must work together to thwart a conspiracy. Along the way, they also find friendship and love.
This story may be about the blossoming romance between Gabriel and Lilly, but I truly believe the underlining message is of loyalty and friendship. These five people were sent to the past for reasons unknown to them. They bonded over the hardships and the commonality of their situations. No Matter When is so much more than a romance.
Lilly and Gabriel are two people who are astonishingly different, but at the same time amazingly similar. I enjoyed reading their adventure and how they grew as people. It was not an easy road for them, but I’m glad I was able to read about how they eventually came together.
No Matter When appears to be book one in the series, Out of Times. Beyond that, I have absolutely no idea what will happen next in this series or when. I found very little information on Ms. Adams and her books. I have noted this talented author and I plan to keep a look out for her future works and the next book in this exciting new series. She's written an amazing tale, captivating characters and a promising universe.
There's no time like the present to experience No Matter When. This is a riveting novel that will take you back in time, make you contemplate the present and question the future. It’s not to be missed! ...more
Ah, the power of thought. It is a strong entity on its own, but what if, with the right conditions, you could transport from right here to anywhere in the known universe… with just a single thought? When Dr. Henry Mudge stumbles upon the infamous Equation C, he enables the ability to do just that. Trouble is, just how on earth do you stop it?
From the moment you meet him, Henry Mudge is a bit muddled or, rather, addled. Late for a lecture he’s supposed to be giving, he spontaneously devises an equation to allow transport via thought. The existence of Equation C doesn’t make his life any easier, however, and results in more chaos than one man needs. I think, despite being tossed back and forth and held at the mercy of his own wandering mind, he holds it together quite well. It’s hysterical watching him zip back and forth between the lecture hall, his study, and a myriad of other unusual locales. Even though he’s at his wit’s end by the time he devises Equation D – the solution to the madness he created at the beginning of the story – he never really loses his appeal as a crazy scientist on the verge of a big discovery.
The Dangerous Dimension can be summed up quite well by this one quote, taken from early on in the story. “But Thought was drunk with power and would not be denied.” The idea that Thought is an entity of its own and that it could easily become drunk on power is a frightening one indeed. However, that’s exactly what happens inside these pages. Mudge loses control of his thoughts at various times and winds up in places he never dreamed – or desired – to visit. This short story was a wild and crazy ride through one man’s mind and where his whims might take him. A surefire laugh that will make you stop and think – or not – the next time you have a grand idea....more
This story was so captivating that I had to read it again. While the first installment of this series was entertaining, this was by far my favorite. The introduction of new characters and an even thicker plot line was riveting and made this story truly entertaining.
A the end of The Hunger Games, the characters' futures seemed to be looking up. It even made me question what the second story would be about, but boy did things change. Katniss and Peeta are presented with all new challenges because, when trying to save their lives, they inadvertently created an uprising within the districts. It was interesting to see how Katniss, along with Peeta, tried to solve a problem they didn’t even know they created. This seems like such a burden for a children to bear, yet they faced each stage head on. In this story, I really got to see Katniss step up and not only protect her sister but everyone else who she cares for no matter the consequences to herself.
Peeta proved to me why he was my favorite character in the first story by being even better this time around. Katniss is really the one facing having to suffer the consequences of her and Peeta’s actions. Yet Peeta still stands by her side even if their relationship is questionable at best.
This story was another gut wrenching plot that left me in tears at times. The new characters introduced in this story far surpassed the supporting cast in The Hunger Games. Although, some of the previous favorites like Gale, Seneca, and Primrose make an appearance as well. New characters are introduced that make this story just plan enjoyable. The twists and turns the author came up with to challenge these characters was inspirational.
You must read the first installment of this trilogy to truly appreciate this story. Trust me, you will want to read the first story as well as the second and the third. I originally read the series then I allowed my ten year old to read them. She asked me numerous times if she could re-read the series. She even finished reading Catching Fire in two days, that is how captivating it was. Do not mistake this as just a young adult novel either, anyone of any age can appreciate this book. So please pick it up today....more
One of the advantages of a time-shifting story is anything can happen. When the “future” in the story is the reader’s future, the possibilities are endless.
Magic, virtual reality, and motorcycle repair. One would think these things were mutually exclusive. Alas, for our heroine, Angel, they are not. Throw in a vengeful ex-husband and a daughter she loves but is not able to see, and the complicated and twisting plot unfurls.
The past is a little less complicated, as magic is a part of everyday life for Torin, our hero. But there are secrets and lies hiding in the past, too. And the past is not an easy place for a modern woman like Angel.
It took awhile to catch my interest and bring me into the story. Once I was hooked, I found a connection with the characters and started to enjoy. The plot is fine, but the shifting timeline means the reader needs to pay close attention and/or do some re-reading in order to truly enjoy the subtle nuances in the story.
Despite the potential for confusion, it’s an interesting read - especially if you enjoy time-travel stories. Grab a copy and put it in your to-be-read pile today!...more
Hunter is a bloodhound unlike any other. He wasn’t created by the Guild, but was held captive by vampires and tortured mercilessly until the bloodhounds searching for Nate rescued him. Raw and untrained, he fears what he will do during the new moon, when bloodhounds need to find a female capable of handling their wild urges and strength. As manager of the Bloodhound manor, Ophelia has made arrangements at the local brothel to help Hunter get through the new moon, but things don’t always go as planned. When the time comes, only Ophelia can soothe the beast in Hunter and satisfy his hunger. But once the three days of the burning is over, can Hunter come to terms with what he feels for Ophelia?
Hunter’s Prey is Moira Rogers’ second foray into the post apocalyptic Wild West, where vampires are the ultimate evil, and men become bloodhounds to be better able to battle. It's a harsh and unyielding world, filled with colorful and unconventional characters, and a world I truly enjoy visiting. I like that the rules of civilized society don’t work here, and people have to learn to work together regardless of past experience. We do see a brief glimpse of Wilder and the others from the earlier book, but this is mainly Hunter’s story.
Ophelia is a former prostitute, and is now the manager of the Manor, headquarters and home of the Iron Creek bloodhounds. She's strong and courageous, and determined to live life on her own terms. She thinks she wants to leave, but when Hunter needs her, she discovers an inner strength along with fierce attraction to the bloodhound. I liked Ophelia, her strength and her spirit. I was really delighted with how things went during the new moon, and enjoyed the way she was able to handle Hunter at that time.
Hunter is a beast trying to come to terms with his new circumstances. In his lucid moments, he's determined to protect Ophelia, not realizing she wants to be with him. I liked that his beast knew more about who was right for him than his rational mind was willing to admit. I enjoyed watching as Hunter slowly became more comfortable with his new circumstances, and began to piece together his past and his new life. Hunter is something new in this world, not created like the other bloodhounds, and a bit of a wild card. But he's one of the ‘good guys’ and he's loyal, honest and determined to do the right thing.
This is a story of a harsh new world, with danger around every corner and lots of things that go bump in the night. Not only do people have to deal with the evil of the vampires, there is the deceit of the sheriff, and the other beings created by the vampires. Hunter and Ophelia learn the only ones able to help them are each other, although they do get some assistance from the visiting bloodhounds during one very bad time. Of course, this wouldn’t be a Moira Rogers book without some decidedly hot bedroom action, and this story doesn’t disappoint in that respect.
Ultimately, this is Ophelia and Hunter’s story, and it's a beautiful, if unconventional, love story. One forged in passion and peril, but with a love strong enough to bring both safely through it all. ...more
Don’t take candy, or companion spirits, from strangers. Most kids have been given that advice about candy. Candy from strangers carries the possibility of danger. Companion spirits carry a bit more than the possibility. Illusionist magician Stephen Elliot could have benefited from that advice and its corollary. If you do, by chance, take the companion spirit (or candy), follow the accompanying rules; the unspoken ones (don’t eat the candy) and the spoken ones (don’t expose the spirit to moonlight). If you don’t, you’ll suffer the consequences.
Stephen didn’t mean to break the rules, but sometimes intent doesn’t matter. There are still consequences.
Moonlight and Illusions is a book that hums a familiar tune: love works in the strangest ways. Still, I would have liked to have seen the scenes and experienced the consequences paid by Stephen and his family following the Companion’s exposure to moonlight. There’s a lot of story that gets glossed over. It may be back story since the main plot involves his relationship with Anabel Bernier, but there are chapters of back story and a few of the missing scenes are referred to repeatedly. I’d have happily exchanged some of the present day “maybe I love him, maybe I don’t” scenes for the much more interesting experience of watching the consequences unfold and seeing the realization of those consequences dawn on Stephen and his family.
Ms. Wylie does a fabulous job with setting—Mexico, battle fields, hospital ships, Mayan ruins. She's a master at incorporating the reader’s senses to transport them to each time and place. Moonlight and Illusions is a fun, captivating read, but it could have been truly amazing. I’ve read other books by Ms. Wylie and know she has the talent to pull it off. Delving a bit deeper into the curse/promise of the stone would have made this book sing instead of simply humming. Still, I recommend this book for what it is—a satisfying, descriptive romance with a paranormal twist. ...more
Sometimes a girl just wants to feel special, but Caelum didn’t want to be quite this special.
I was a little surprised when I started reading Zirconya. After reading the blurb, I thought the story would open on Earth. Instead, I found myself in the magical world of Zirconya as Caelum is riding her horse desperately trying to outrun an unknown pursuer. I was immediately caught up in Caelum’s predicament, and the pacing of the story only intensified from there.
Shortly after escaping her would be captor, Caelum discovers the sages of her world have been killed and she and her best friend Melanya are descendants of the sages of water and fire respectively. It would be a lot for even the most level headed girl to handle, yet I thought Caelum and Melanya absorbed the enormous amount of information they were inundated with remarkably well. Sadly, they didn’t have time to say goodbye to all their friends and family. Caelum does get to have a special moment with Aquin, the boy she intends to marry, and it was heartbreaking to watch them share what was their first and probably last kiss. I couldn't help but wonder what the future would hold for them. Caelum and Melanya didn’t have much time to dwell on the huge changes they were about to face. They are informed that they are to be reborn on Earth immediately for their safety, but the ceremony doesn’t go quite as planned. I won’t spill the details, but I will say the ending of chapter two was so intense that I gasped.
From that point the pace of the story slowed briefly, but picked up again very soon. Caelum, whose name is Chloe on Earth, doesn’t remember a thing. She’s a typical teenager trying to navigate high school, so when Maze, her guardian, shows up telling her she’s a sage from a world called Ziconya, she understandably thinks he’s crazy. Despite offering her proof that he’s telling the truth, Caelum stubbornly refuses to believe Maze. I could tell Maze was going to be fighting an uphill battle trying to convince Caelum of her heritage.
Though Caelum is extremely obstinate, I found it easy to like and relate to her. Part of her yearns to be special and unique while part of her just wants to be normal. She wants to stand out enough that she attracts the attention of the guy she has a crush on, but she doesn’t want to stand out so much that she's labeled weird. It's a difficult line to walk, and I can certainly remember feeling that way when I was a teenager. Caelum didn’t seem to be able to handle stress very well, or at least not when she was living as Chloe on Earth. Every time things got intense or difficult, she ran away from the issue. She even cut school quite a bit, to the point her grades were suffering. I could only shake my head at her actions because she made things much harder on herself.
Maze is certainly an interesting character. At first he seems very arrogant and believes he can capture the attention of any woman he chooses. However, as he spends more time with Caelum, it becomes clear that he's much more complex. He begins experiencing feelings he’s never felt before. He truly cares for Caelum, and I seriously suspect that he’s fallen in love with her. Given the rules Maze follows as a guardian and the life Caelum will lead as a sage, I can’t help but wonder if they’ll be allowed to have a relationship someday. I’m very curious as to how things will progress between Caelum and Maze in the next book and I'm wondering if Aquin, her first love, will be a factor at all.
I think the ending of Zirconya slowed down a bit too much. The majority of the book moved at such a fast and exciting pace that I expected all that build up to culminate in a thrilling ending. Instead, the roaring intensity tapered off until it was just a whisper. Despite this small issue, I was still intrigued by the way Ms. Ilinca ended the story. Now that I’ve read the book, I think I have more questions in my mind then when I started reading. I’m anticipating the second book in the series so I can find the answers.
Zirconya is a well thought out fantasy with a fascinating mythology and well developed characters. I’m so glad I had the chance to enjoy this refreshing story. I highly recommend it to young and old readers alike....more
Dessa wasn't the only person swept back in time through the pages of this incredible tale. With A Marshal of Her Own, Linda La Roque has hit my “automatic buy” list.
Ms. La Roque does a wonderful job of blending modern day strengths and sensibilities with nineteenth century history, setting, society and morals. She makes the past come alive in this novella. Modern day Dessa Wade is smart, strong, bright and beautiful. Her caring and curiosity prompt her to do whatever it takes to solve a cold case and find what happened to Charity Dawson. And she succeeds in a way she never imagines.
Marshal Cole Jeffers could easily have been the stereotypical 1890’s marshal, but he’s not. The scenes from his point of view give a fabulous depiction of how a modern woman and a modern world would look like through nineteenth century eyes. Ms. La Roque does a marvelous job of bringing both the past and present characters to life in their different settings. The sights, scents, and sounds of the west are vividly described as are the local customs, clothes and prejudices. The sweetness and intensity of Dessa and Cole’s romance took my breath away. I didn’t want to put this book down. (I ended up reading it while the Super Bowl was on. And I really like football.) I’ve read other books by Ms. La Roque. She gets better with each one.
A Marshal of Her Own ended with both a satisfying happily ever after and a hint of more to come. It was the perfect balance which makes me long for the next installment. I hope you'll join me on this time travel adventure by picking up your copy today....more
The saying ‘The eyes have it’ fits perfectly for this clever, entertaining and delightfully fun story. Falling in love with an alien has never been as sexy and steamy as when DeMarcus and Tasmin explore their strange courtship.
I was pleasantly surprised not only with how complete and well developed the novella was but how detailed and interesting the world was that the author created to showcase this unusual love story. Tasmin is a feisty and vocal heroine who acts first and thinks about it later. Her instinctual drive to protect and put herself in harm’s way put a spotlight on her protective instincts. That quality and strength of character got her to the planet Aurora and it also provided the reason for her life taking an unexpected turn into romance. She saves a guy who is more than a mere male. I thought that whole premise to be unique, thrilling and a great hook. The author didn’t disappoint me. Ms. Monroe provided me a wonderful book filled with some of the best elements in romance.
Of course, the hero being delicious, handsome, commanding and noble didn’t hurt. That he was proficient with a sword made the primitive female in me sigh and it certainly kept my interest. How could it not? DeMarcus was at turns the arrogant ruler, with an smug attitude that covered up the untouched heart of the man inside.
I actually like the plot technique of a man being dazzled by a woman who is unlike any other. It makes a lot of sense to me. Familiarity breeds contempt, or at least boredom. It’s the discovery of the unknown, the unpredictable that flames passion and nothing can be as different as a woman from another planet, especially if that planet is Earth. Even with all those differences, the things that remain the same are love, trust, fidelity and respect. The author had her characters touch base on all of them. Even in such a short space Ms. Monroe managed to imbue her characters with foibles and worries, weakness and doubt that eventually would be overcome by the true nature of the hero and heroine as they were tested in a mild but no less exciting clash with a villain.
I wasn’t sure if Tasmin’s sister was necessary as written. She seemed like a piece of glue – sticky and messy, good for some things in a pinch but not solid. She sort of annoyed me a bit but I can’t articulate anything specific. If there were to be a sequel about her, I wouldn’t care to read the book. Now, if DeMarcus had a brother, I might be interested. As for editing, there was only one glitch and that was a needed word missing in the beginning of a sentence. Other than that, it was perfect.
When the protagonists were sent to that room without a view, I was as curious as the heroine but not as nervous. I don’t think I could have survived that level of intensity, though it sure sounded like fun.
On the other hand, the scene where DeMarcus taught Tasmin to obey him was off the charts. That was incredibly written, thoroughly enjoyable and sexy with a capital “S”. And whenever he told her where to look and she did, the results were truly stellar. In fact the whole idea behind it was clever and a treat to read. And when she looked up and the hero told her what she was looking at, I had one of those “wow” moments. I love it when the unexpected happens. Very cool.
Star Prince by Ashlynn Monroe is a sexy out of this world experience that is a pleasure to read. Science fiction romance readers will find the locale exotic, the customs satisfactorily alien and a hero and heroine that truly are well matched. I had a fun time reading this tale and it was read in one sitting. I enjoyed the light drama, the way DeMarcus and Tasmin took turns seducing each other and the marriage ceremony. The happily ever after was not a long drawn out affair but it was enough to assure me they were going to be very good for each other and their adventure is just beginning. I’m so happy I discovered this book because it’s well worth spending time with. Grab a copy and see. ...more
Caitlin's caught with her hand in the cookie jar…so to speak. Her punishment, however, is not what she expects. In fact, Kyran is definitely not what she envisioned as a bounty hunter.
Caitlin has taken on a new contract that seems too good to be true. A sweet deal with a nice payoff, she’s eager to get aboard Kyran’s ship, steal the data, and be gone before he realizes what’s happened. Unfortunately for her, it’s a job gone wrong from the get go. One minute she’s connected to the ship’s data port, siphoning the information she needs, the next she’s bound and helpless by one pissed-off bounty hunter who intends on getting more than a simple explanation of what she’s doing on his craft. She quickly realizes he intends on putting the shackles on her wrists to good use. Nevertheless, when he starts spouting things about bond-mates, commitment and kids she begins to wonder if he isn’t just a bit insane as well. Words like obligation and love didn’t fit in her plans. A gorgeous were-panther who seems hell-bent on holding her captive, punishing her with mind-blowing sex until she consents isn’t about to change her mind. Or can he?
Kyran de Salazar made his livelihood on bounty contracts. He had no idea what Caitlin had done to piss off Diegala, but fifty-thousand pounds was too sweet of a deal to pass up. He would set a trap, lure her in and capture her, then hand her over and collect pay dirt. It all sounded like a good plan, until he stood face-to-face with the would-be data thief and realized she was his bond-mate. That certainly changed things.
While he would never give up his mate for any amount of money, the contract on her head would be tempting to any bounty hunter. His uncomplicated life just got a lot more complex. Even if he can persuade Diegala to release the contract on her head, how would he convince the sassy-mouthed vixen to succumb to his intentions without having to tie her to his bed?
Imperial Haven is a very fast-paced story. The initial contact between the main characters is purely predatory and sexual. Despite the short length, the characters quickly develop an attachment to each other. While Kyran has no problem accepting Caitlin as his mate, Caitlin isn’t so easily convinced. A brief glance into her history gives a minimal but reasonable explanation to her hesitance to accept Kyran’s claim.
The main driving force behind this story is sex, which makes up roughly a quarter of the story—with a decent plot carried along for the ride. While you don’t have much time or character development to really cultivate a lasting attachment to Kyran and Caitlin, the steamy love scenes and sexual tension between them makes it a gratifying enough read when you’re looking for a good quickie.
Caitlin’s sassiness and Kyran’s determination come together in humorous dialog sure to give you a few chuckles. Ms. Kane’s does a fine job with grammar, punctuation, and point-of-view changes with little to no noticeable editing errors. Overall, I found the book enjoyable and entertaining. ...more
Greg Hart has an active imagination for a boy. He’s not particularly athletic or exceptionally smart. He writes in his journal and creates exciting fantasies where he's the “hero” in some imaginary adventure. He sure never expected to transport from his world to another and find himself ACTUALLY facing a death-defying adventure!
This author has created a very challenging course for his young character who keeps protesting he’s no hero. He takes an ordinary school kid and plops him in another world where witches and dragons and strange creatures live. His assignment: To slay the dragon and save the princess. There’s nowhere to run and if he hides in the wrong place; something might eat him.
Mr. Allen grabs your attention at the very first chapter and keeps Greg running all throughout the book. Young adults reading this will find it easy to stay connected to the characters and interested in what might turn up next in the woods. The author has a very creative writing style. Some creatures are merely odd, some will eat you, and some will kill you just for fun. It’s good that Greg has some friends with him or he’d never make it through.
One aspect I really liked about this story is how the author takes a young man with no self-confidence to speak of on an adventure that helps him grow up and understand he has skills he had never identified as being important. The author also plays word games in the story. How Greg slays the dragon is amazing. This ending will suprise with it's cleverness!
This is a very good adventure that younger readers can enjoy. You might want to use it as a read-aloud book because they may not recognize some of the “punny” jokes included. There is also some violence and danger included in the story which makes it exciting and could be discussed if the child has any questions.
This was Greg’s first adventure and it appears he will be returning to Mryth. This series put me in mind of the Magic Tree House stories. Why not grab a copy of How to Slay a Dragon and then watch for the future books. Greg is an fantastic character you’ll want to follow....more
Getting caught with a dead body at your feet isn't exactly an assassin's first choice. It’s even worse when you're caught by another assassin!
Kris DeLake is the pen name of Kristine Kathryn Rusch. I should have been able to tell when I started reading the book; she’s an excellent author. As Ms. DeLake, she grabs you by the hand and propels you into the story, pushing the envelope in this fantastic adventure. It’s well written, has a good flow, and contains both romance and intrigue.
The story is set in the future, when space ships are the normal mode of transport. Rikki is a rogue assassin. She doesn’t want rules, meetings or assignments she can’t choose. She’s a loner who likes it that way. Ms. DeLake made Rikki one tough cookie, but one you can’t help but admire and anxiously await her next move.
The author also creates a formidable assassin named Misha, who is highly trained and a member of the Guild. He has a past with Rikki, and that’s not a good thing. First, because she can’t remember it. And second, because it's centered around the time of her father's death.
Ms. DeLake makes the sex between the two hot, but they don’t have a lot of time to love. He’s watching her, she doesn’t trust him, and someone else is using them both. The author creates an intense tension that doesn’t let up until the end of the story.
This was a fast read for me because I wanted to learn the whole story and I didn’t stop reading until I was done. It was a very satisfying read and I plan on keeping the book in my personal library. Why not get a copy of it for yourself? If you like science fiction with lots of action and a good love interest, this one will be a sure win....more
A Light on the Veranda is a multilayered story. It takes the reader back and forth from the present to the nineteenth century when another Daphne lived—a Daphne who yearned for love. Interesting parallels emerge between the two Daphnes.
There's more to Bluff House than Daphne ever imagined when she left New York to move to the deep South. Family roots run deep in Natchez, Mississippi and Daphne’s family is no exception. The old harp at Bluff House plays in the wee hours of the morning and Daphne has visions about ancestors, long-dead.
As Daphne tries to rebuild her life she meets wildlife photographer, Sim Hopkins. Sim stirs her blood, but Daphne has experienced disastrous relationships firsthand. Trusting a man does not come easy. Even so, Daphne and Sim have a sizzling chemistry she can't quite dismiss.
Sim has no idea his family has roots in Natchez—he's there to photograph birds painted by Audubon long ago. Though drawn to Daphne, he has unresolved issues he hasn't been able to come to terms with for ten years. Invisible ties seem to pull them together. It's almost as if ghosts from the past urge both Sim and Daphne to move past all their hang-ups and reach for a happy-ever-after denied so long ago.
Ciji Ware’s ability to weave a tapestry showcasing past and present lives and emotions is amazing. An ever-present thread in the tapestry is the extent of influence the Whitaker “blue devil” genes can have on generations. Ms. Ware stirs in emotional struggles, environmental upheavals, and economic woes. This passionate tale wouldn't be complete without manipulations of malicious ‘meanies’ such as present-day Daphne’s “Magnolia Mama”, the vindictive Jack Ebert and nineteenth century Daphne’s family and husbands. The book isn't all darkness and gloom. There are several bright spots actually. The secondary characters are a kaleidoscope of colors that blend and add texture and continuity to the tapestry that tells a fantastic tale about mingled lives of many families—past and present.
The magic of rich, emotionally charged music that Ciji Ware writes about pulls the reader into an-otherworldly-place that transcends time. She engages all the senses with descriptions that make the story come alive as she takes the heroine and hero on a journey. They find redemption, but also bring peace to long-dead ancestors. One can almost hear a sigh of relief echo across time as ghosts of ancestors whisper well done and finally rest in peace.
A Light on the Veranda, with its well-researched history, ‘so-real’ characters, subtle humor, and meant-to-be love story is a book to be enjoyed more than once....more
The annual Harpy Games were overrun with more than troublesome harpies. Demons, Greek gods, and angels add to a thrilling adventure that kept me glued to my seat.
Strider's witty personality is only one of many reasons I anticipated the release of his story. His sense of humor amused me in previous books so I knew he would provide some serious comic relief as a hero. Even when he was staring into the eyes of his enemies, his personality never lost its quirkiness. As the keeper of the demon Defeat, Strider cannot lose a challenge no matter how trivial or seemingly unobtainable. Which is why Kaia, harpy sister to Bianka and Gwen, purposefully challenges him every chance she gets. It's obvious that he needs someone to keep him on his toes. Kaia is certainly the most entertaining choice for a mate. Kaia as a heroine touched my heart and made me fall in love with her right along with Strider.
For all of her cockiness, Kaia is actually extremely vulnerable. Who knew? It was interesting to see a seemingly strong female role have a softer side. She was labeled a disappointment by her harpy kin due to a mistake she made when she was younger. It's one of the reasons why Strider's approval is so important to her. Kaia is determined to earn his respect. With two such strong willed individuals I knew sparks would fly. The dialogue was really clever so the conversations between these two were never dull.
The relationship between Strider and Kaia is one that will stick in my mind for a while. So much so I can see myself reading this story a few more times. They are both known for their wit and sense of humor so it is only fitting that their banter is the best I have ever had the privilege of reading. While they intentionally push each others buttons they do not accept anyone else challenging their mate.
The harpy games added an extra level of excitement to this story. It was the perfect time for some favorite characters from previous books to make an appearance. Readers are also treated to a show of why the harpies are so feared by all including the lords and other demons. Ms. Showalter does an incredible job of painting the harpies as fearless, cunning warriors. It's not often you see such strong females portrayed in stories and it's one of the reasons I was immediately drawn to the harpies.
With a wide array of loveable and entertaining characters, this series has always been one of my favorites. This story has made it in the list of most likely to re-read. If you like an epic novel that includes Greek mythology, demons, angels, mythical creatures, a great love story, alpha males, strong females, and much more you won't want to missThe Darkest Surrender.
Sahara has dreams about animals she’s never seen before. They are magnificent looking, can run like the wind, and she envisions herself riding them. But if she tells anyone about the dreams, they will think she’s crazy.
Ms. Benson picks an intriguing premise for her story line. She places the story in the future, after all cities have been destroyed by a killing flu that crossed the land, and the only survivors behave a lot like the American Indians did long ago. There are nomadic tribes and tribes that stay in one location and grow all the vegetables for the group as well as raise animals. The two tribes share their goods and it keeps them alive and in pretty good health. The author’s words take you to an imaginary world in the future that’s dangerous and unusual and holds your attention as you follow Sahara’s challenges.
The author has made Sahara an individualist, which makes her even more fun to read about. Sahara looks beyond what the tribe has now to what might help them become even more successful. The author also gives Sahara a love interest in the form of Evan, a non-nomadic male who looks after the animals and feels the way Sahara does about them. He’s a good man who cares about Sahara and helps her through rough spots.
Ms. Benson focuses on the people of the times and their emotions. The story would be stronger with more detail of life before the war and an expanded description of how these tribes evolved. The author’s words flow well and her story has realism, so just a bit more detail would have fleshed out the story and helped the reader’s understanding of the situation the tribes faced.
Ms. Benson creates a determined enemy for Sahara. He is a strong, swift hunter who has interest in her older sister and finding food for the tribe. He thinks Sahara is foolish to think horses can be tamed; he just wants to kill one to feed the tribe. Sahara butts heads with him several times and Ms. Benson’s use of this conflict draws you in and makes you care about Sahara.
This is tale of a journey from childhood to a young adult that catches your attention with an interesting plot and plenty of challenges for Sahara. You’ll have to read the book to find out why Sahara knows about horses. You’ll also be glad you did.
This story was truly life changing. The premise of the story alone is enough for anyone to realize this will not be your run of the mill young adult novel.
Katniss and Peeta’s story is amazing. How two children can be sent to compete against other kids knowing the likelihood of them surviving is minimal at best is enough to make any reader lose their breath. Then the relationship development between these two characters really puts the icing on the cake. The story was so well written, I was literally in tears to the point where I thought I couldn't continue any further, yet I still refused to put the book down. On the flip side, there were moments I was grinning like a Cheshire cat. Therefore, if you don't want people to think you're losing your mind you may want to find a nice quiet room to read in because you may not be able to control your emotions when reading this story.
Though both main characters were inspiring to me, Peeta was really the standout character within the story. As the son of a baker, he comes off as one of the most unlikely players to make it through the first few minutes of the hunger games. He may not be the strongest or best with weapons, but he has an inner strength and resolution that really makes you rally behind him.
As if creating exciting main characters wasn't enough, the supporting cast Ms. Collins brings in are just as remarkable. For example, Rue and Cinna are two characters I felt could have had their own stories. They had a star quality. I was eagerly anticipating the next scene to include them. These are only two of the wonderful characters that grace the pages and I am sure you will fall in love with each and every one of them.
I have recommended this book to numerous people including my daughter. She was captivated to the point that she brought the book to read during lunch and recess in school. While this book may not be appropriate for children under twelve due to its dark themes, it is certainly worth an adult's time to read and then decide whether to share with their child.
The Disciple is absolutely captivating. Not only is the premise of traveling back in time to eradicate vampires and save the future of humanity intriguing, but the way Ms. Chase chooses to tell the story is also unique. Christabelle is a member of The Order, and the story is told through the pages of her journal. I found this approach to first person storytelling interesting and it really made me feel as if I were experiencing the events described in the journal though Christabelle’s eyes.
Ms. Chase did an excellent job developing Christabelle’s character. Even though this is a very short story, I truly became attached to Christabelle. My heart ached as she lost the people she cared about and I felt her fatigue and loneliness as she wondered if her mission would ultimately end in failure or success. Her strength and dedication to her cause are admirable, but the fact that her doubts and questions are also expressed truly made her a well rounded character.
What I liked most about The Disciple is that it really made me think. Since Christabelle can never return to her own time, she will never know if her actions affected the future in a positive or negative way. Consequently, the reader is left wondering as well. This made for a very open ended yet satisfying conclusion. Since I finished reading The Disciple, I have had a lot of fun dreaming up different scenarios of how things might have turned out for the world Ms. Chase created.
I am so glad I read The Disciple, and I will certainly be recommending it to my friends. It is a fascinating and thought provoking tale sure to stir the imagination.
Robin and Andy are home alone with servants; their parents have disappeared. Child Protective Services says they need a responsible adult to care for them and they have asked their Uncle Conrad to come stay with them. Not only has Robin not seen him since she was two, when he arrives he has an iron claw instead of his left hand. She doesn’t know it yet, but that’s not the only thing scary about him.
This is a psychological thriller that will keep readers glued to their chair. This author does a good job of scaring the reader with suggestive conversations and threats to the children. He makes Uncle Conrad rabid enough and angry enough to be a real danger. The children have grown up in a loving family, are close with each other and the servants, and have no idea how to respond to their new caregiver.
Mr. Deville is very good at drawing out your own fears by threatening his characters with everything from torn out fingernails to death. Just like the children, you can’t be sure if Uncle Conrad means it or is just crazy. Or maybe he’s crazy and he does mean it. But given such an ultimatum as: "I’m going to kill you unless you kill me first", what would you do?
This story has good tension, a very interesting plot line and ends with a dramatic finish. You don’t know who is going to win until the last few pages. The author managed to increase my heart rate, scare me with the creatures and people of the bayou, and kept my attention to the end. It’s an exciting read with more than one “monster” involved. Could you do what these children did?
Young readers will enjoy the action; older readers will enjoy the psychological games. There is even a touch of zombies. Do I have you intrigued yet?
Alas, as usual, I started reading this fine collection around 10 PM and galopped through the first story, and then, fatally attracted by the mention of the word "attorney" I foolishly decided to check out the next one. I read that one, too. Then, since it was clear I'd need a whole pot of coffee to function in the morning, I read the third.
Don't repeat my mistake. Start reading early in the day.
The first story, Hope, about an alien involved in a space disaster, hooked me right away. I liked the alien heroine, and I rooted for, hoping she'd get rescued. But I found myself disappointed in the way the story played out. While the human who discovered the disaster was well-drawn and the level of technology on both alien and human sides believable, I, for one, hoped for more involvement between them - and a more satisfying ending thant a simple "thanks" back from the aliens. Realistic, yes. Is that the way I hoped the story would end? Nope. I wanted romance or I wanted the two races to meet and become allies. Alas, not in this story. Still, I was very entertained.
The next story in the collection, An Exercise in Revenge, is a light-hearted piece about a mysterious case of murder--or apparent murder--and an attorney who gets involved with alien clients. I enjoyed the fast pace. The plot moved along at a good clip, and the chases involving the attorneyiens were suitably heart-pounding and funny as well. And, I admit, I have a soft spot for lawyer stories. The story is set in L.A. and though I have only a nodding acquaintance with the city, I felt it suited the story, and the way the case played out was both very entertaining and believable.
The third story in the collection also involves a trial, and proved a nice contrast in tone and plot to the last. It involved a couple of alien races, drawn quickly but with enough detail to support the plot. The author handled the central conflict--compassion versus the needs of war--in a manner that allowed me to see both sides while still rooting for the main character and hoping that his point of view would prevail. The strong ending left me satisfied. But best of all, the story played out in an unexpected and very though-provoking manner. I'm still turning the whole thing over in my mind.
My only beef with this collection was its organization. While I found all three stories engrossing reading, and the last one, for me, a home run, I didn't feel that the first story belonged with the other two--and certainly not as the lead story. I believe that a stronger collection would have resulted with the second story as the lead and the third as the final story.
If you're looking for a quick, entertaining, engrossing read, these three stories of aliens and humans will not only entertain you, they'll leave you mulling them over long after you close the book.
Get ready for a wild ride with chills and thrills because six authors are going to take your mind on a roller coaster of adventure as they explore the spicier side of romance and passion.
Captain of Nara’s Heart By Laurann Dohner is all about being in the wrong place at the right time. I thought the premise to be incredibly sexy and well done. It didn’t beat me over the head with sex scene after sex scene. After the first incredible and well described event, the story focused on the growing love Nara had for Cathian. She got to know the man behind the body and the mind behind his very talented tongue. I was charmed as to how strong-willed the hero was, to the point that he’d deny his heart because he wanted to protect her. I was equally impressed with Nara’s ultimate determination to chart her own course and grab the brass ring even if she had to hog-tie someone to do it. I loved the ending: basically he was wrong, she was right and because of Nara’s stubbornness, they get their happily ever after. Women really do know what’s best for their men.
Dragon Heat By Mel Tescho has a bit more action and drama to spice things up. It’s a story about a woman being duped and, whether by accident or design, discovers the truth when she falls in love. It’s a great paranormal story with plenty of interesting tidbits about dragons and their capabilities. The tale also has a nasty villain that truly is scary because he had such power. Dragon Heat’s other accomplishment is that it made me want to know more about this dragon world that the author has created. There’s a bigger picture out there because someone has to free the captive ‘pets’ from their brainwashed state. This is certainly a sexy and well told story and is one of the reasons why I enjoy anthologies. I discover new authors and new interests and this short paranormal romance has captured my imagination. I’m hoping that maybe there’ll be another undiscovered dragon as hunky and as yummy as Benson, the hero in this story. Now that’s something worth investigating.
Dangerous Addiction By Desiree Holt is for the romance reader who likes to be seduced by the BDSM lifestyle. It’s actually pretty well done with a wonderful buildup to Cord and Fallon’s relationship. There’s the emotional vulnerability from Fallon and the need to heal and dominate and love from Cord. The ending is more of a happily for now as the story is more about their meeting and Fallon finally agreeing to leave her past behind by trusting Cord. It’s powerful, romantic and quite sensual. The way this installment was delivered, and how the characters were written, has created an avid curiosity to find out what it’s going to take to heal Fallon’s trauma completely, and how will Cord eventually reward her for giving her all to him. As it is, this tale ends with optimism and hope for their future. And, based on this little snippet, I bet it’s going to be powerfully sexy and entertaining. What fun!
Highland Tryst By Eliza Knight starts off pretty dramatic and then does a fast switch into giggles. From there it was sizzle and pop with a hunky Highlander and I had a ton of fun reading this very sensual and exciting tale. Ms. Knight was very inventive in how the hero and heroine explored their passion and I got a kick out of the choices the author made when it came to introducing Fin to the modern world. The part that had me giggling all over again was what the author decided to have the hero do for a job. It’s actually pretty cool but at the same time, imagining a solid, old-world Scottish warrior doing that kind of work gave me delicious goose bumps. What a terrific idea! This is a well told and thoroughly entertaining story with a delightful romance to satisfy any reader.
Tattoo Witch By Kathy Kulig opens up with a sexy but definitely sinister edge. The set up is innocent enough but very quickly turns scorching with elements of fear and anger to spice up the action. Not everything that sounds good is good. Yes, there is some incredible skin on skin action, even a brief stint with another couple. The writing was vivid and it captured the heated passion that drove the main characters. But when a person is told that there’s bad with the good, decent people can’t possibly imagine the lengths evil will go to in order to ruin them. Even though this is a very sexy tale, the motto, “If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is” applies in a big way. There is suspense in this short story. It’s their sense of determination and belief in what’s right that pulls the hero and heroine together to defeat what was thought undefeatable. This wasn’t an easy read for me but it’s definitely well done.
The Addiction By Jaid Black is the story I’d been waiting for. Figures it would come last in the anthology. I’m a fan of Ms. Black’s and somehow I knew that this was going to be the icing on an already yummy cake. I was right. The author set up the plot, conflict and character hook within the first few paragraphs. There’s the cynical and world-weary hero and the energetic, optimistic go-getter yet still sort of innocent heroine, and their worlds clash.
Ms. Black’s sense of humor and cleverly described bit of slapstick totally sucked me in. In such a short space, the author packed in a crazy but loving family, internal angst, gleeful manipulative friends and a wonderful surprise that embodies what romances do best – gives a reader the warm and fuzzies while providing them plenty of reasons to sweat and swoon. Ms. Black’s ability to create characters that seem real and alive is as vibrant a talent as ever. And this short story proves it.
Something Wicked This Way Comes covers the spectrum of readers’ tastes and satisfies on every level. Whether a reader is looking for a bit of sexual adventure, an out of this world experience or the simple beauty of “I love you”, it’s all here to discover in this wonderfully well-written anthology. There are things that made me gasp, had me laughing and giggling, or wide-eyed and reaching for the ice cubes. This book is a lot of fun and so engrossing, it could possibly make time cease to exist. It certainly felt that way to me and I enjoyed every second. If you’re feeling a wee bit wicked, then this is the book to read.
Enith is no lady. She’s the blacksmith’s daughter and is living with her uncle and his family after her father’s death. His wife tries to teach her appropriate ladylike talents, but the lessons don’t take. Enith likes working with metal and that’s it. Then a silly princess comes to town and upsets her whole life…
Ms. Cole’s words wisk you away you on a magic-filled tour of a medieval world with predators that reminded me of ones I’d met in the Lord of the Rings series. It seems everyone has a bit of magic and many don’t know how to use it. That makes the story even more fun to read.
Juliana is in love with a guardsman and doesn’t want to marry the prince. Enith must challenge the right of Juliana to claim her betrothed to stop the marriage. The challenge turns into a sword fight between the two suitors and everybody is surprised when the prince actually marries Enith, right then and there in the courtyard. However, the parents involved are NOT charmed by it.
The author gives you ambushes, invigorated fights and near death on almost every page. You won’t be bored reading this story. I especially liked the fight between good and evil; magic was used for evil and foiled by good magic. It’s easy to pick out the good and bad characters in the story and it only took me a chapter to know that Enith and Acwellen are a good match for each other. The author takes you through an early romance that matures at the end of the story and it’s a sweet tale.
Ms. Cole also weaves enough nuances in the story to let you know that the adventure is not quite over. The evil wizard is still alive, Nerian (Acwellen’s best friend) has not realized all his potential yet, and it wouldn’t be hard to develop another book to continue the story.
I hope she does, I’d love to read more about this world and the characters that people it. If you like fantasy, I know you will too!
Who doesn't want to be swept completely off their feet? Well this enchanting tale delivers sizzling romance in spades! One could only fantasize about finding their one true mate with the flare Marisa Chenery shows us in her adorable werewolf-romance series.
Book 5 in the “Big City Pack” series, Marisa Chenery demonstrates to the world yet again why she is an all-time favorite erotic romance author.
Sierra is so sick of her life. Ever since her father died, her brother does nothing but drink and screw up and her mother does nothing but criticize her and baby her brother. Sierra is the only responsible one in her family. Sure enough, at a wedding no less, her brother drinks way too much and does something really stupid like run off with a married woman who has a mean, jealous husband. Sierra finds herself off looking for her brother before he gets himself killed. Instead, off on a path far away from the house, she encounters a wolf. Instead of running, she throws a rock at the wolf and tells it to “shoo”! Immediately afterward the man of her dreams shows up and saves the day.
Cale cannot believe his good fortune. While running in the woods in his wolf form he finally stumbles into the path of his one true mate. He has live 900 years thus far waiting to meet his lifetime partner. Cale likes her right off the bat when she stands up to his wolf. Dashing behind the trees and returns as human. Soon the chemistry explodes and these two cannot get enough of each other...however, there is this one little problem; even if Sierra is ready to leave her family and follow Cale to his home, Cale has to reveal to her that werewolves really exist.
I absolutely loved this story! I fell completely in love with Cale and rooted for this couple from the very beginning. I like that the secondary characters such as Sierra's family had colorful personalities, even if I did want to reach through the pages and slap her mother and brother in the head. I was so smitten that I dashed through this tale quickly and found myself fantasizing about the romance and passion right along with Ms. Chenery's fictional creations.
This fable completely sizzled! Ms. Chenery found a true fan in me. I cannot wait to get the rest of the series and read them all. Fanning myself could hardly cool the temperature of this Hot novella!
Do you want to be loved by a werewolf? If so this story might be your ticket to an exciting paranormal romance.
History and science fiction don't sound as if they should be in the same sentence, but in the case of this book both descriptions fit.
Captain Hartwell discovers Admiral Johnson intends to go into the slave trade and he objects. Most of his crew side with the Admiral, forcing Hartwell, his loyal men and his sister to attempt escape. They are aided by a burning rock falling from the sky to the sea. The Captain and his followers swim through a weird colored sea to an ancient ship crewed by escaped slaves. As they escape they pick up the survivor from the fallen rock, which is in fact a crashed spacepod. The survivor is part machine, part humanoid and her path lies with the escaped sailors, especially as she develops feeling for Captain Hartwell. But does he feel the same?
The author has put together history of the navy with an alien from space. The story flows well and has the usual villains and heroes, but there is also a sense of humor. They hire "Lucky Pete" a sailor who has lost one leg, a hand and two fingers as well as being blinded. This is apart from other disfigurements gathered from when he was taken prisoner by cannibals. Why is he considered lucky? Ah well you'll have to read the book to find out. The way Pete and other characters are introduced, and when the mechanical lady defends herself, are all handled with a lighthearted tone which enhances the smooth flow of the story.
The plot is interesting, the characters well-rounded, the writing descriptive. The details at the beginning of the book state it is the first of a brand new series and I couldn't be more pleased. I look forward to reading more about Captain James Hartwell and Lady Mechatronic. If the following books are as good as this one I believe Ms Wyatt will have a winning series.
Death stalkers, treason, murder and a prince who may become king give this book the flavor of an epic fantasy. No one is what they seem. And what they have been taught is not all true…
Mr. Young writes a very busy, detailed story that catches your attention in the first few pages. His characters are strong, honorable, and determined to do the right thing. Percy is in charge of the Forest Patrol. Maxi is in charge of the soldiers. And Alex is the prince who has been in captivity. They face extreme challenges, but they don’t give up.
The author creates an adventure that is a bit reminiscent of “Dungeons and Dragons”. There are Death stalkers (mercenaries that kill for pay and are deadly at their job), there is an order of sisters who are more than they seem, and religion forbids technology.
This is the earth in the future and it’s more like medieval times. The end of the world as we know it has given way to superstitions, less technology, and a struggle for power. Subways are beneath the earth and known only to a few. Everyone knows there is nothing on the other side of the mountain. The big disaster took care of that. But do they really know what they know?
With intrigue rife within the small band protecting the prince, Mr. Young develops an intertwined plot line that is only partially revealed in this volume. When you end the story, you’ll be wishing you had the next book to read. The characters are real enough to grab your interest and make you care about them, and you want to see what will happen next.
The author does a nice job of embellishing his tale with monsters, lies, tricks, and murder. If you like battles, action, hardship, comradery and determination, this story is for you.
Dripping with blistering sex-appeal, this paranormal fantasy puts the flame in HOT! Book 8 in the Lunewulf Series, Lorie O'Clre continues her werewolf series with this tale of explosive passion and desire.
Humans have discovered that Marah's family is werewolf. In a panic they burn down her family home killing off most of her family/pack members. The remaining members have decided to leave to go north to join up with a new pack who has agreed to accept them.
Marah is a spitfire who knows what she wants and refuses to even consider the werewolves in her pack as potential mates because they do not appeal to her at all. She has decided to save herself for “mister-wolf--right” but all of that changes when her wolf runs into three fierce looking and very attractive werewolves on the hunt. Marah finds herself attracted to one in particular, “Luther” a Cariboo Lunewulf who likes to live his life by his own rules. But when the two discover they are now mated...fireworks explode as the heat of their attraction melts the sheets as well as the pages.
Ms. O'Clare continues to outdo herself with every new tale she writes about the Lunewulfs. Though I admit I have not read all of the series yet, I am proof that one does not need to know all of the previous characters and back-story to enjoy her work. This was a good stand-alone fable that I will gladly add to my werewolf/romance collection.
With just a few editing mistakes, I found this to be a nice flowing novella that kept me completely entertained. Her characters were extremely interesting and her background was fun and informative. Ms.O'Clare made me want to travel up north to search out and find my own werewolf hunk to mate with.
As far as the sizzle factor, it was off the charts! This story was so hot I found myself glad it is winter to cool myself down.
Hungry for your own lunewolf romance? Well this one should satisfy your craving for a little wolf in your fantasies. No need to add extra spice and already heated to perfection. Just stir and serve!