This is the first book I've read of this series although they have been on my "to read" list for quite some time. While I may have recognized some of...moreThis is the first book I've read of this series although they have been on my "to read" list for quite some time. While I may have recognized some of the other characters if I had read the rest of the series first, I didn't feel I was lost or missing out on anything by having read this one first. It definitely made me want to read the rest of the series as soon as possible.
I read this in one sitting and found it to be a fun and sexy novella that has the female under the grip of the mating urge before the male realizes she's his mate - a twist I enjoyed.
The female's best friend is a hysterically funny cougar shifter obviously modeled after Tigger, Winnie the Pooh's overactive friend. I like the main characters of Keri and Jared and their reality as they see it from being "middle of the pack" wolves. Sometimes when reading about all the alphas and betas, it is easy to dismiss those in the middle of the pack and what it must be like for them. So this was refreshing.
The premise of a shifter-only cruise is a inventive one. I wish there had been room in the story to explore more of the cruise and its passengers. The litte bits we get to see are a hoot.
The only two reasons I'm not giving this a higher rating is because I really would have liked the story to be longer so it could have gone into more detail on some things and I think Keri's reaction to learning Jared isn't Mark was a little unrealistic in that there isn't much of a reaction at all. I did however like her reaction to his other revelation.
This was a good introduction to the series for me and as I said before, I'll have to move the rest in the series way up on my "to read" list.
Outstanding conclusion to the Legend series (well there are spin off novellas and a trilogy still being written)! Sexy, action packed and fast paced....moreOutstanding conclusion to the Legend series (well there are spin off novellas and a trilogy still being written)! Sexy, action packed and fast paced. Couldn't put it down, read it in one sitting.
When the previous book (Free Falling Legend) ended, Z was falling down in the open portal hole to catch the remote for the bomb attached to her "mother hen" friend and housekeeper. This book opens with Z having reached the bottom which is in the Dark Realm with Gais closing in on her. Gais murdered her dad, the queen's love Connall and has been wrecking all kinds of havoc by opening portals and releasing the Dark Fae monsters into the world.
The four Dark Fae princes, who reek of lust and are so very beautiful, are with Gais. So impressively gorgeous, Z says upon meeting them again, "I am not only a Seelie Fae but a Daoine princess and as I said immune to the quality of their sexual vibes, and I still found myself licking my lips..." and she's in love with the super gorgeous hunk Prince Dante.
Dante is frantic to find and rescue Z. Little does he know, she doesn't need his help as she can use more of her powers. Their relationship is strengthened by their efforts to stop Gais.
Z just tickles me. She's so sarcastically hilarious.
Queen Aaibhe, Willow, Ete, Prince Breslyn, Shayne, Chance and his father from the previous books all get into the action to try and put an end to Gais and his plot to rule the human world.
I love this series and am sorry it is ending but will take every chance to read more in the spin off novellas and trilogy based on this series.
Includes extended previews of Shadowlife-Hybrid (Shadow vampire series), Prince of the Mist (Legend series novella) and Shadowheart-Slayer (Shadow vampire series).
4.5 Stars!! Funny, sexy, romantic, a quick read. Features an immortal who says, "I don't sprout fangs. I don't get all furry during the full moon. And...more4.5 Stars!! Funny, sexy, romantic, a quick read. Features an immortal who says, "I don't sprout fangs. I don't get all furry during the full moon. And I don't have lucky charms that are magically delicious."
Chase's characters are believable as is the story line. It grabs your interest from the very start with an unusual beginning. Who'd have thought "listening in" on a therapy session could be interesting and funny?
Unbeknown to Lisette, she is lucky to have found one of a very few, if not the only, psychiatrist who believes in the paranormal. Lisette is an immortal who is not adjusting well to living in the twenty-first century. She thinks it's just her luck to have a gorgeous and sexy therapist when she wants to end it all.
Colin is somewhat dismayed to find he desires Lisette inappropriately -- she's his client. But he is drawn to her emotionally and physically. When he tries to get her interested in a hobby to try to get her zest for life back, will it be her saving grace or ruin a budding romance?
I love the humor in this. There is also a fun reference to the 1987 movie Fatal Attraction starring Glenn Close -- ya know, the one with the rabbit.
I'd love to see this turned into a series and read about what kind of trouble Lizette gets into on her journey to getting more acclimated with this century and beyond.
Paranormal romance fans should adore this. Put this on your wishlist, or better yet go buy this, today.(less)
I loved Dark Awakening, the first book in this series, so I had very high hopes for this story. Castle didn't disappoint me with this sequel.
Betray...moreI loved Dark Awakening, the first book in this series, so I had very high hopes for this story. Castle didn't disappoint me with this sequel.
Betrayal, forbidden desire, shattered dreams and an unlikely romance come together to make this a not to be missed read. I couldn't put it down and was so involved in the story I was surprised to reach the end so soon. I definitely want to read more about the characters in, and visit, Castle's Dark Dynasties world again soon.
It is not necessary to have read the first story in the series to understand what is going on but you should if only to understand Jaden better as well as the vampires of Castle's world.
This time it is Jaden's turn to find his special someone. Jaden is a vampire cat shifter. Lyra is a werewolf and pack alpha contender, hopefully. Who said dogs and cats can't play nice together?
Jaden had thought his sudden desire for her when they first met at the safe house in the first book, which didn't go too well, had just been an adrenalin induced, sick "fluke". But there'd been the sexy dreams. He was "appalled" to think he could actual want a werewolf.
They are both struggling to not give into their desires. It is forbidden -- especially from the wolves' point of view. For the vamps -- it simply isn't done. She could lose everything she's ever known, worked toward and loved if she gives into her desires for Jaden.
She is stunned when her dad hires Jaden to teach her to fight the bigger males, to give her a fighting chance to stay alive.
Includes a sneak peak at Shadow Rising, the third book in the series, and an excerpt from the first book in the series, Dark Awakening.
I am eagerly awaiting the third book in the series, Shadow Rising. Paranormal romance, vampire, and shifter fans, even urban fantasy fans, will enjoy this one. Put it on your wish list today.(less)
Very funny; lies, lies and more lies; hot chemistry just leaking out all over the place the place with good looking men; and a genie.
Story begins with...moreVery funny; lies, lies and more lies; hot chemistry just leaking out all over the place the place with good looking men; and a genie.
Story begins with a cautionary plea not to clean. "It started out so innocently—with a chamois cloth, some silver polish, and a bottle of Brasso. Okay, if she were honest, Amber would have to say it really started with her irrational need to clean the house for her mother's impending visit."
Poor Amber, her mother is a new age flake (no offense to new agers), her mom's new temporary boyfriend is "Boyd, the boy toy" and she has been burdened with a genie—a gorgeous hunk of a genie in her apartment refusing to leave until she makes a wish, or two, or however many fate decides she needs. Amber pretty much likes her life the way it is and doesn't want a wish granted.
She gives in and that one little wish, one she tried very hard not to make, turns her life into a study of the ridiculous.
Amber is firmly rooted in pop culture. Yes, Amber, Joe Lando was very hot before he cut his hair. Has a great reference to one of the Twilight Zone episodes—To Serve Man. Another fun reference to Weebles...you remember them, "Weebles wobble but they won't fall down." More funnies from the book: "That's a ferret in my pocket," Tom said. Then gave her a wolfish grin. "But I am happy to see you."
Naked aging hippies dancing around a fire, strip poker on the third shift, happy puppies to the rescue, you'll be howling with laughter. My only concern is those under thirty might not get a lot of the references unless they watch TV Land and This! TV. But then again, little kids think Shrek is hysterical and it is written mostly toward grown folks.
There is no sex in the story, just flirting and off the charts chemistry and a little atypical romance.
I'm glad the author requested a review for this because otherwise I may not have known it was out there nor is it likely I would have picked it up. This is a very fun and fast-paced read.
I recommend it for anyone needing a good laugh to go along with flirting and a little change from the usual fare. Molly Harper fans will appreciate this book.
Warning!! Spoiler Alert!!! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ With several hunks to choose from, I was very disappointed Amber didn't get her groove on with at least one of them. But there is a HFH ending.(less)
With this latest in the Love at Stake series, we get to see a whole other side of Phineas. There is more to him than just comic relief.
The story start...moreWith this latest in the Love at Stake series, we get to see a whole other side of Phineas. There is more to him than just comic relief.
The story starts with a comical conversation between Phineas and his brother after having confessing the night before he is a vampire. His brother, Freemont "Da Freeze", is hysterically funny and has a thing about aliens.
Now somewhat famous as the Blardonnay Guy, Phineas shows his talent for misdirection and intrigue as well as his vulnerability.
The first time Brynley and Phineas meet in an earlier book (Connor's book), it doesn't go very well and now he finds himself needing to work with her. However, whenever he thinks of her, he sees "sky-blue eyes and a long mane of hair that glimmered with shades of brown, red, and gold. Beautiful, impossible Brynley. She wasn't a dream, but a nightmare. Dressed in a fur coat." You see, she's a werewolf.
The hunt for Corky, now calling herself Queen Corky, is still on. And we meet a new shifter, a werebear, in this installment who coincidentally also has a thing about aliens.
Is the Love Doctor, a.k.a. Dr. Phang, a.k.a. the Blardonnay Guy, off the market? Will Phineas take the "As the Vampire Turns" acting job? Will working with Brynley change Phineas? Will working with Phineas change Brynley? Will Brynley be forced to marry the werewolf her father has chosen for her? With Phil and Brynley get to see their little brother and sister again? Does the Alaskan Packmaster have a good chance at becoming the North American Pack Leader? Will Corkey and Dimitri ever get caught? Will Brynley and Phineas ever be able to let go of their pasts?
These questions and more get answered in Wanted: Undead or Alive.
I highly recommend it. While you can read this as a stand alone book, I strongly suggest reading this series in order so you'll know all the background since Phineas has a part, not necessarily a big part but enough for his personality to shine, in most of them.(less)
"Sin, danger and sex all in one" is how Kerstyn describes Dimitri. This second in the Rulers of Darkness series is even better than the first. Vampir...more"Sin, danger and sex all in one" is how Kerstyn describes Dimitri. This second in the Rulers of Darkness series is even better than the first. Vampires and witches take center stage in Greene's world (but shifters, currently off screen, are coming out of the background in future books). There is a lot of simmering chemistry between the characters as well as romance.
While the first book had a historical setting, this one fast forwards to present day. While you don't need to have read the first book in the series before reading this one, you'll have background knowledge of and be familiar with many of the characters in this story if you do. When I picked up this ARC, I couldn't remember anything about the first other than I liked it a lot. Then I read the glossary Greene put in the front (yay! love it when authors do this) and I remembered more. Then as I got farther into the story I remembered the plot of the first.
King Dimitri is back from playing dead for the past 400 years. He let everyone think one of the Red Order (vampire hunting) witches killed him, clearing the way for Ven his second-in-command to take his throne. Dimitri is a vampire but also a seer and knew it was necessary. He teleports into his old friend's office in his Las Vegas casino/hotel/club office and just about gives Gabriel a heart attack, if it was possible for vampires to have them. Dimitri shows up here because he knows he will meet his mate in Vegas.
Kerstyn is rushing home and is rescued by Dimitri when three "men" attempt to attack her. For some reason this sexy, gorgeous and very tall man makes her feel safe and being in his arms feels like home. As much as she'd like to stay and talk with him more, an emergency at home calls her away. In a single week, she finds herself thrown out of her apartment by her roommate, she loses her job and her car dies. She is so not having a good week.
I really like that the first in the series was a historical which gave us a lot of the background and did a lot of the world building for this series but now we are in present day.
I also very much like that Dimitri is a darker male lead, but he carries a lot of baggage which makes him vulnerable with Kerstyn. But even with all the baggage, he's not really an angsty guy. I love Kerstyn's response to him and the supernatural world she never knew existed.
It is a fast paced, quick read - I stayed up late reading it in one sitting. For a guy who hasn't had sex in centuries, Dimitri is very good at it and makes up for lost time.
If you like Zsadist from J.R. Ward's Black Dagger Brotherhood series, Zarek from Sherrilyn Kenyon's Dark-Hunter series and the guys from Gena Showalter's Lord of the Underworld series, you will love Dimitri and his friends.
There are so many places for this series to go and if the foreshadowing in this book is anything to go by, this is going to be a great series. I am looking forward to the next few books in the series.(less)
What a really good story! This is one of 2011's hidden gems.
The first time I heard the term "wendigo" was on an episode of Charmed. Since then I hav...moreWhat a really good story! This is one of 2011's hidden gems.
The first time I heard the term "wendigo" was on an episode of Charmed. Since then I have seen it used interchangeably with werewolf but I don't think it is really the same. The world T.M. Marie has created revolves around clans of wendigos, werewolf-like creatures who love horse racing and identify with the wolf packs who adopt them. When they change, they don't turn into the four legged wolf creature but are more of the "dire wolf" variety where they remain standing on two legs but hands, face and feet change, as well as growing some serious teeth. Think more along the lines of the way the vampires "vamp out" on Buffy The Vampire Slayer but furrier and more pronounced.
This is another story that hooked me from the first paragraph and had me up all night reading it because I couldn't put it down. Very fast paced with a lot of action and chemistry.
Marie has written some very believable characters and situations. There is humor and lots of sarcasm which I love. I was truly sorry the story ended because I wanted to live in Marie's world for a while longer.
Raven is a megalomaniacal villain you'll love to hate. Alex is a clan leader no one messes with but who comes with baggage and is sorely tested and tempted by Myra. Myra is the extraordinary human who rescues Ray, fighting off a pack of wolves to save his horse who bonds with her. She also wants Alex very much. Ray is the prankster and playa younger cousin who would make Myra his in a heartbeat, but probably only for a night, if Alex didn't warn him off.
There is a lot of sexual tension and chemistry but not a lot of "on-screen" sex.
Do yourself a favor and read this "little different variation on the werewolf" paranormal romance.(less)
Another great story in the Shaw's Shadows of Destiny series! These stories just seem to get better and better. Vampires, werewolves, a reluctant roma...moreAnother great story in the Shaw's Shadows of Destiny series! These stories just seem to get better and better. Vampires, werewolves, a reluctant romance and sarcastic humor ... oh yeah!
Hilarious. "But nothing scared her. Especially not some barely out of the cave Cro-Magnon that sprouted fur and fangs once in a while." And lines like "Nothing more disturbing than seeing a pointy weapon lodged in your chest" had me laughing out loud.
I love the heroine Natalia, a kick butt, badass vampire with an attitude full of sarcastic humor. Unfortunately she hates werewolves. She has just a little baggage where they are concerned. Natalia doesn't understand her reaction to Cristian. He has "a wild look about him that [makes] her heart flutter." Natalia reminds me a little of Kate Beckinsale's character Selene in the Underworld movies.
Cristian is a tall 6 ft 6 in blond werewolf with an awesome body and one blue eye and one brown eye. He is witty, a park ranger and the pack alpha. Cristian is stunned to find himself thinking of Natalia "almost affectionately." She's the enemy. He is so adorable. I just love him and his personality.
The second in this series, Destiny United, was good but this one is much better and no, you don't have to read them in order but do read them. I have got to get my hands on the first one, Destiny Divided, now.
This was a quick read and I read it in one sitting. The hot and steamy chemistry and sex is good, too.
This includes a sneak peek at Destiny Bewitched coming in Summer 2012(less)
3.5 Stars!! Vampires, werewolves, warlocks and the like are out in the open and running many of the companies and the infrastructure. There is a new w...more3.5 Stars!! Vampires, werewolves, warlocks and the like are out in the open and running many of the companies and the infrastructure. There is a new world order in 2020 and the author, gratefully, included a who's who in her world in the front of the story to alleviate confusion about her world.
This is Manon's story set in Vegas. She's called into work on her day off because the owner, a vamp, wants to play the game only she deals at her table. After a playing a few hours, he tells her she is the one he's been waiting for -- for more than 1300 years. Did I mention Manon's not the least bit fond of vampires? She is courted by Mikkel but almost immediately she begins to accept him and the situation, of course this is after being told the alternative is death. I guess I would either run or accept too.
Mikkel is a gorgeous and powerful vamp on the IVC (the ruling council) with vacillating and mercurial emotions.
She is basically disowned by her twin brother, her only remaining family, when she makes the decision to stay with Mikkel even though he is hiding some stuff from her himself.
With her change, Manon becomes a rather ruthless and bloodthirsty hybrid. What happened to the little self-conscious mouse with self-esteem issues? She becomes a new kind of vampire and Mikkel does as well after drinking from her.
Most of the sex takes place 'off screen'. With all the angst and underlying betrayal Manon finds herself falling in love with Mikkel.
The story starts off really good but then gets bogged down in several places by a bunch of long winded speeches made by characters. There is too much dialog and too little action.
The reasons I didn't rate this higher are: Manon's acceptance of Mikkel and her situation is done a little to blithely and quickly for my taste. But this is supposed to be fiction, right? Mikkel comes off as an egotistical ass and has done some things that should have pissed Manon off but doesn't. Good looks only go so far and then he opens his mouth. She's okay with a lot of the forced changes in her life because she feels like she's known him for forever but this is never really explored or explained for the reader. She doesn't get pissed at her brother for not telling her many of the things he knows that he should have told her. A council meeting is called for a specific reason but most of the entire time is taken up by an issue that is totally beside the point.
I did like this story and hope the series gets better and better with each new book. This has the potential to become a very interesting series but is more urban fantasy than paranormal romance.
Includes sneak peeks at Better Off Dead the sequel to this and The Beginning, the first book in The Plague series. (less)
4.5 Stars! Danielle Smith successfully completes her first foray into the BDSM arena with Demon's Slave. Hot and steamy, this features characters fro...more4.5 Stars! Danielle Smith successfully completes her first foray into the BDSM arena with Demon's Slave. Hot and steamy, this features characters from Smith's other books: Rose, half angel, half human - Nephilim; Striker, half demon, half human; Alexius, Rose's angel father and Striker's demon hound, Trash. This is definitely a stand alone book, but the finer relationship nuances may be missed if reading the series out of order. I haven't read the others yet and I didn't feel like I was missing anything. It only made me more anxious to read her other books which are on my to-read list.
Rose and Striker have been together now for two plus years and it is Striker's big 3-0 birthday and Rose has the perfect gift for him. She is giving him three days and nights of "total submission" to be his "devoted servant", to be what he wants, to do what he wants with her. She's putting her pride aside for him for his 30th birthday.
In the process, she is humorously able to thumb her nose at the powers that be "upstairs". We get to see how much Striker is desperately in love with Rose. Yes, we see bad boy Striker show his vulnerable side several times in this story. Rose gets nice and mushy in here as well.
Striker uses a naked Rose for his breakfast plate in a deliciously sensual scene. There is also a couple of scenes in an old abandoned church, a closed bar where Striker does his cage fighting and a steamy (pun intended) anal shower scene. Rough BDSM is the theme for the three days which is the whole point of the birthday gift. But at no time is Rose hurt; it is very evident she is enjoying herself and is definitely getting off on everything he does to her. The very minute she uses her safe word, he freezes. Needless to say, Striker enjoys his gift very much.
This is a 'not to be missed' book for Rose and Striker fans, BDSM fans, and paranormal romance and urban fantasy fans who don't mind and/or like a little rough sex with their paranormal. Don't wait to add this to your wishlist. (less)
3.5 stars! Marguerite Argeneau is at it again, excuse me, Marguerite Argeneau-Notte now. This time she's found a life mate for her son, five hundred pl...more3.5 stars! Marguerite Argeneau is at it again, excuse me, Marguerite Argeneau-Notte now. This time she's found a life mate for her son, five hundred plus year old Christian Notte. She quickly calls him and his cousins in the band down to St. Lucia when the resort band has to cancel at the last minute.
Forty-two year old Carolyn is on vacation with her good friend Beth in St. Lucia where their other good friend works as the entertainment director for the resort. She is disappointed when Beth gets sick and she's left to her own devices in honeymoon hell. Everywhere she looks there are only couples in love. Still smarting from her separation and two year ongoing divorce proceedings, she hasn't had sex or been on a date in a long time and seeing all the young couples is hell and makes her feel old. Upon meeting twenty-five year looking Christian, she is horrified to realize how really attracted she is to him, a virtual child.
There is hot chemistry between Christian and Carolyn and passions are almost constantly inflamed even under the circumstances.
I was a little disappointed in this latest installment of one of my favorite vampire series. While it did have a couple very funny scenes, it wasn't as hilarious as most Sands' stories are and given the plot itself lends itself to comical situations, this was not capitalized on.
It seemed to me Carolyn's reaction to Christian's first secret was too quick without any anger. Additionally I felt Carolyn's initial reaction to finding out Christian was an immortal was believable and caused her to run, but her following acceptance was too quick.
I also was disappointed with the ending; it ended too soon. We didn't get to see Carolyn's final reaction to the changes she would be going through nor how much better things would get.
But it was still a good story, just not as good as the others in this series and not as good as the plot would have allowed.
I do recommend this and since it is written as a true stand alone story, it need not be read in order. But if this is the first book in this series you read, do yourself a favor and read some of the others because they get much better.(less)