Oh I have definitely been missing out on some damn fine paranormal goodness by not reading Staab sooner! Hunter by Night was a gloriously snarky, stea...moreOh I have definitely been missing out on some damn fine paranormal goodness by not reading Staab sooner! Hunter by Night was a gloriously snarky, steamy and action packed read as vamp Lee--who so doesn't go for humans--falls for the "enemy"...one tiny frail and sassy *gasp* mortal. Blast those meddling Fates! lol And all while plague wielding nut jobs abound, baby vamps are being born and all kinds of para craziness surrounds them. Lordy it was fun!
I really liked both Lee and Alexia. Near broody vamp and loyal and determined human who desperately need each other and just haven't quite...figured it out yet. They pushed each other's button's something fierce and damn that's a good time--especially when things get all hot and heavy. I found myself smiling a lot over them over little quips and zings and sayings they had that just tickled me. I mean, really. How could you not love a character that says stuff like fuckcicle?! Gah. I loved it. Staab has a fun sense of humor and it definitely comes across on the page. Sometimes dry, sometimes quirky, totally gigglesnort worthy.
Alexia was too soggy and bone-weary to employ any kind of brain-to-mouth filter when Lee bitched about the fact that it had manual transmission. "Seven hundred years of badassery and you don't know how to drive a stick?"
He leveled a glare at her while his hand hovered over the ignition. "Of course I know how to drive a stick. My hand got cut open by evil-powered lightning. Needs a little longer to heal over."
Oh. Well. Wasn't she the asshole? "I'll drive."
The romance was perfect and really entertaining to watch. These two have been resisting each other for so long and watching them crumble was excellent. Steamy bits were definitely bite your lip worthy. They're pretty great together when they're not bickering too. They had some nice layers as well with different things they were battling. Past traumas, addictions that had become life threatening, feeling stifled and lonely. There were really just so many facets of both of them which made for some great interactions and nice growth as they helped each other past their issues.
Being the last in the series (though hopefully not forever!) there were a handful of storylines that were all action packed and exciting and so kept me on my toes and ready to see what would happen next. It was pretty easy to keep up and catch on even without reading the previous books which was nice. I really do hope there will be more books to close up a couple of the loose ends and potential storylines. Would seriously be a shame to not see this group again!
All in all, I had a blast with Lee, Alexi and this group of vampires as they battle outside forces, betrayals, new lives starting and romance that just can't be denied. Good time all the way around and perfect for those that like a light hearted quirky para romance.
*girly effing squeal!* New dragon shifters to stalk and swoon over. Gah I'm so excited to have found this series--got a little nudge from Sharonda over at Salacious Reads--and that it got off to such a fun and sexy start. Dead Sexy Dragon was just that. Dead sexy.
I liked both Stig and Cora and loved that they had a previous connection through her brother. So the pretty insta-everything when she ran to him for help really worked. Having no clue about Stig's hidden life--just that she wanted him and wanted him bad--it was fun watching her break him down and seeing her reaction to his big secret side. I loved seeing these two lonely people give into their long felt attraction and form a life together. It was just sweet. And, well, sexy too. Whew, yeah. The steamy bits are nice and steamy and had me fanning myself. There's also a nice bit of humor added to the mix...
By slow degrees, his skin faded back to its normal color.
"Your eyes," Cora said. "They're still, you know, dragony."
He snorted with amusement. "Dragony? Is that even a word?"
"It is now."
One thing I was really pleased with was how easy it was to jump into this world. I never felt confused or like I was missing big parts or getting an over abundance of info that bogged things down. Learning about the world as Cora did really worked and has me completely comfortable in the series already.
Dead Sexy Dragon pulled me right in for the sexy ride. It moved quickly, flowed nicely and was an excellent taste of what's to come in the series and I cannot freaking wait for more dragony goodness from Lopez!(less)
Now this was a pretty awesome read and a lovely introduction into a new world that's just a little different from any I've ever read. Brux has a fabul...moreNow this was a pretty awesome read and a lovely introduction into a new world that's just a little different from any I've ever read. Brux has a fabulous voice that pulled me in completely and had me so engaged in the story. Had me loving the characters and doing some full on pouting when real life got in the way of my reading and I had to put down my Nook for even a second. And oh baby she's got some yummeh covers on this series!
It did take me a little while to figure out what the characters actually...were. I knew they were touched with a bit of the paranormal and were "Bringers" but what that was? Not a clue. The basic gist is that Bringers are somewhat immortal Warriors that are here to battle the Demon Bane who attack humans. There's a magical element to them with them each having a supernatural twist of being a protector, being gifted with insight or healing. There's even a shifter element involved which I loved.
Rhys and Ravyn were fantastic leads and the support cast was amazing. Which is something I really appreciate in a story. I love that added oompf that they bring into the picture. What was so great about them all was not necessarily them (though they were all really entertaining and well written characters) but the way they way they interacted. They have such a great sarcastic/teasing/loving back and forth thing going on where you can really tell they all love each other. They're not one bit shy about giving each other hell and it's fantastic. I snorted with laughter more than once and couldn't help but smile over them all.
He swung his spiked head toward Luc and Siban.
The men fell back several yards as Rhys's tail thrashed and beat the ground.
Luc turned to Siban. "What in all saints' creation is that?"
"I believe that's a dragon."
They both stared at him for a moment, Luc's mouth hanging open. "Did you know?" he asked.
Siban shook his head. "I knew he was different, but,"-he pointed in a helpless gesture- "not this different."
Rhys finished his transformation and grinned, his lips pulling across his fangs. His forked tongue darted from his mouth, tasting his friends' fear. He took a step toward them.
Luc heald his hands in front of him. "Whoa, nice dragon."
Rhys snorted and a spiral of smoke emitted from his nostrils.
"You're my best friend, Rhys," Luc said. "But I would appreciate you pointing that in another direction."
There wasn't much in the steamy department with this story outside of one big scene but damn it was a good scene and the chemistry and tension between Rhys and Ravyn was nice the rest of the time. Rhys is sexy and strong and just one of those drool worthy heroes. And Ravyn, even though an extremely sheltered and innocent heroine wasn't so in an annoying way. Know what I mean? It was really wonderful watching her grow and explore her new found freedom (she'd been basically a prisoner at a convent her entire life). I loved her reactions to things like seeing the ocean for the first time. It was just sweet and endearing and one of those things that could tear you up a little.
If you love rich and textured world building and stepping into a new world full of action, danger, humor and of course romance it's a great one to try out. I cannot freaking wait to read Luc's story. Omg he is delicious! Like your favorite chocolate treat that makes you deliriously happy even if you know it's not the best thing for you. Brux won me over with this one and I'm very much looking forward to reading a lot more from her in the future. (less)
Was it campy? Yeah, yeah it really was. Did I love it? Hell yeah I really did. How could you not love a book that starts with the hero losing a fang in a blood donor sex bot? I mean, really?!
Roman pressed the handkerchief against the gaping hole where his right fang should be. "Thit."
"You could use your own healing powers to seal the vein shut," Laszlo suggested.
"It would be clothed permanently. I'd be a one-thided eater for all eternity." Roman removed the bloody handkerchief from his mouth and reinserted his fang into the whole. ... "Sir, I suggest you go to a dentist." Laszlo picked up the fang and offered it to Roman. "I've heard they can put a lost tooth back."
"Oh, right." Gregori snorted. "What's he supposed to do, waltz into a dental office and say, 'Excuse me, I'm a vampire and I lost a fang in the neck of a sex toy.' They're not going to be line up to help him."
I really enjoyed the world Sparks created where Vampires are still in the PNR closet and there's a battle going on between the modern vampires, who drink fake blood, and the Malcontents who still want to snack on people. After the whole sex bot debacle tensions rise even higher when Roman saves his human dentist from a Malcontent hitman that's been hired to eliminate her and decides he's going to protect her.
Right from the start there's an attraction between Vamp Master Roman and human dentist Shanna but it takes a while for things to really heat up since life and a lot of nosy vamps keep getting in the way.There's this whole Vampire Mind Sex thing, where they don't even have to be in the same room, that was...interesting. Kinda hot in an odd way until everyone living in the house tried to join in. Ack!
I really liked Roman. He carries the weight of the world on his shoulders and feels incredible guilt over being a vampire but he's sweet, thoughtful and pretty sexy. You just want to hug the guy and show him all of the good things he's done. Shanna though can be a bit hard to warm up to. She has a tendency to be irrational and doesn't handle finding out about vampires well at all. But once she settles down she's not bad and she does add a lot of humor to the storyline.
The support characters...OMG...fanfreakingtastic! LOVED them. A dozen Scottish highlanders? In kilts? And deep, sexy accents? Yes, please! There were a lot of side characters which could get a little confusing but they were so much fun and so entertaining I didn't mind having to sort them out. From the Scottish highlander vamps that provided security to the kinda geeky modern day vamp scientists. They added a fantastic layer to the story and I seriously cannot wait to read all of their stories.
She smiled. "You're looking hot, dude."
Gregori strutted toward the door. "I'm too sexy for my cape, too sexy for my fangs. Too sexy." He whirled in a circle, then struck a disco pose with a hand pointing at the ceiling. "Too sexy!" He left with a flourish of his cape.
Shanna grinned. "I think he enjoys being a vampire."
In the end I thought it was a fantastic start to a series and a lot of fun to read. If you go into this one expecting serious, dark vamps you're going to be damn disappointed. But if you can embrace a bit of over the top humor, some dramatics and just take it as light hearted entertainment you'll probably have a blast with this one like I did.(less)