Starling Jackson is a swan shifter that can hear/see/feel ghosts, so in other words, she's a spirit medium. She's on a mission to find some books left...moreStarling Jackson is a swan shifter that can hear/see/feel ghosts, so in other words, she's a spirit medium. She's on a mission to find some books left to her after the death of another nymph that should help her deal with her gift. Her bodyguard, Jasper Gray, catches on to her mission and follows her. Unfortunately, a dangerous group call the Vultures have already beat her to the books. In order to get them back she must come face-to-face with her enemies, all while trying to figure out how to save Jasper, who ended up in the vulture's clutches. Starling befriends a couple of ghosts that aid her the best they can in her quest to find the books and Jasper. Then she learns a secret about the vultures that involves her, the ghost-suppressing drugs she takes, and the continuation of their lineage.
I really enjoy the Nymph Series by Danica Winters and this installment is no different. Starling is on a quest to control the ghosts in her head. She's stubborn and determined and insistent that no one deter her from her task. Jasper is her knight in shining armor even though she denies it often. She needs him; he needs her and neither want to admit it - at first. Their slow and steamy sex scene pretty much opens up the line of communication. But...it takes a tragedy for full realization of the love that they share.
The suspense of the story is well written and keeps the reader on their toes. At first it's hard to figure out all of the different angels and threads in the story, but as you continue to read (and you will - there is no putting this story aside - it pulls you in) all becomes clear. Another magnificent installment of a great series!
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It's that time of year again ~ Ostara - it's "the Spring Equinox, one of two times when light equals dark. Creatures of lore make themselves known by wreaking havoc on unsuspecting civilization. This is the time of the year when daywalkers and nightwalkers were able to walk together for a full 24-hour period.
Josie Hawk, Huntress, is very busy during the Spring and Fall Equinox, protecting the residents and guests of her town, Nashville. Between keeping the crazies in line, Josie is also co-owner and bartender at Wolfies, a country-western bar. Her partner, Sage, is a vampire, who's brother is Keller, and the bane of Josie's existence. When Keller shows up in Nashville with his new band, Crimson Beat, Josie knows that there's a hidden agenda. The hidden agenda, however, isn't exactly what she was expecting. Josie is also determined to force her arch nemesis to sign a treaty. Underestimating her enemy may, however, cost Josie her life.
Josie is fiercely protective of the residents in her town. As such, she doesn't tolerate magic of any kind, the feeding off of humans, or any other paranormal creatures messing with the citizens. Josie is also very stubborn and prideful. He attraction to Keller is very strong yet she denies it and him because she doesn't want to admit she needs him. Things change when Josie walks into something that is much larger and more dangerous than she can handle alone.
Another great novella in the Josie Hawk world by Ella J. Rossi. Crimson Beat is full of action and romance in the appropriate amounts. Stay tuned for my review of the first full length novel in the series, Indigo Dawn.
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There very well could be Books 0.5 & 0.6 spoilers in my review of Book 1, Indigo Dawn. Due to the world and character building and references to such in Book 1, please make sure to read both of the novellas prior to picking up Indigo Dawn.
Well, it's about time Josie got over herself and finally quit denying her feelings for Keller. Regardless of how exasperated she gets with him, Keller is her perfect match. The chemistry between Jose and Keller is unmistakable and I very much enjoyed their interactions throughout Indigo Dawn. Josie is a strong Huntress but having Keller around not only saves her from a violent demise or twenty but she also needs and deserves the attention and care Keller gives her.
The overall atmosphere in Nashville is ominous despite the end of Ostara (my review of Crimson Beat explains Ostara). Josie and Keller forced Cross, Josie's arch nemesis and local vampire drug dealer, to sign a treaty, officially ousting him from the city. Yet, the evil in the town of Nashville continues to increase. There's something big going down - Josie and Keller and his Team can feel it growing. And whatever/whomever it is, is bringing it Josie's front door.
When one of the local pixies, Esmeralda, surprises Josie and Keller in Josie's apartment nothing can prepare them for the assault on Josie's human side. The nightmare inducing drug the pixie bombards Josie with takes her on a trip no true drug addict should ever want to take - unfortunately, the bodies keep stacking up. Someone is dealing this deadly Pixie Dust to the humans in Josie's city and she, and Keller and his Team, must figure out who's behind the attack.
I love Josie Hawk. She's spirited, strong, and lives, if for nothing else, but to protect her human inhabitants from the paranormal predators. She's also very stubborn - almost to the point of provoking intentional harm to her person. This isn't a character flaw, however; it reinforces her compassion for others way above herself.
I also love Keller - He's Irish with a lilt - how can anyone not love that. He's fiercely protective of Josie and the rest of his team, including his sister, Sage, who co-owns Wolfie's with Josie. He's strong and very masculine, appealing to Josie on so many levels; partner, sexual, team member, just to name a few.
The band members of Crimson Beat are also very important assets to the story. Matthew, Lucian (Luc), Alex, & Grant are part of the Team that the Assembly assigns to Keller to help Josie take control of the city. They help patrol the streets at night, ridding the town of anything that proves to be a menace. There also seems to be a little matchmaking going on in the shadows - I hope that continues into the next novel/novella with the two couples that have been identified.
As in the previous novellas, part of Indigo Dawn is told from Keller's 3rd person POV and part is told from Josie's 1st person POV. This gives the novel a uniqueness that allows both characters to shine without dimming the star power of the other. I can't wait to see where the author takes us next.
Please Note: This book contains "adult scenes" and is not suitable for the under 18 crowd.
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Vampire Keller O'Leary has only stepped foot in Nashville for two reasons: 1). His sister, Sage, sent him a personal invitation; 2). There is powerful b...moreVampire Keller O'Leary has only stepped foot in Nashville for two reasons: 1). His sister, Sage, sent him a personal invitation; 2). There is powerful blood flowing through the veins in Nashville.
Only, there's a female force to be reckoned with inside this town. After partaking in his evening "meal" and depositing her at the local hospital for treatment, he's assaulted. His attacker is female, knows he is a vampire, and orders him to leave the city....Immediately. There's just one problem: he may have quite possibly located his one and only true mate. Okay ~ actually there are a couple of problems ~ The second being the identity of his true mate.
This is a well written novella that pulled me into the world of Josie Hawk and won't let go. I immediately added Crimson Beat and Indigo Dawn to my TBR shelf on Goodreads. Josie is a Huntress and she has no problem exerting her badassery. She's intolerant of evil and bends over backwards (forward, inside, outside, or upside down if need be) to protect her humans.
There is a certain amount of undeniable chemistry between Keller and his mate. When Keller actually realizes what (or who) he's finally found, his lost sense of humanity slowly starts to rebuilt itself. Josie is a tough, sarcastic hero but her love for the human population of Nashville is undeniable, making her a very strong and likable character. Part of the novella is told from Keller's POV and part is told from Josie's POV. This gives the novella a uniqueness that allows both characters to shine without dimming the star power of the other. I can't wait to see where the author takes us in the next novella and full-length novel.
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When Ike, a newbie marine, walks into one of the bars on the government's restricted list, he doesn't expect to find love - maybe a quick roll in the...moreWhen Ike, a newbie marine, walks into one of the bars on the government's restricted list, he doesn't expect to find love - maybe a quick roll in the hay but not a strong attraction - That is, until he sees Isla and she rocks his world. Not suspecting anything about her or her friends/family, Ike sees no need to report his "contact" with her.
And this may just be his undoing.....
The military has rules for a reason and, unfortunately for Ike, he finds out the hard way what happens when you don't follow them to the letter.
This is a very short story, running about 24 pages, that takes you into the life of secrets, spies, set ups, and murder. The author does a very good job taking this tale and spinning it around so the reader has no idea what is going on, who is really involved, or why, until the very end.
If you are looking for a suspense filled short story that's sure to keep you entertained, Eyes Only may be just the ticket. You will be pulled in from the very beginning, unable to quit reading until the book is over. The writing is fluid and easy to follow. The dialogue is smooth and the conversations flow along like a slow moving stream.
There are steamy love scenes that make this suitable for 18+ only.
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Dancing Shadows, Tramping Hooves is a collection of six short stories that in some way or another involve Ireland (the author's current location). The...moreDancing Shadows, Tramping Hooves is a collection of six short stories that in some way or another involve Ireland (the author's current location). The titles are:
A Link to Her Past A World Apart Just A Cough Much More Than A Dancer Conquering the Shadows Going Home
Each story is cleverly written to include some kind of life lesson that the reader can take away with them. It may be as simple as listening to your mother or as emotional as confronting the one who got away. I really enjoyed reading each of the short stories and found the characters to be very endearing. The author did a wonderful job writing about real life experiences in this collection. Readers should have no trouble relating to the themes, contexts, and emotions that are presented in these simple tales. Even though they are short, the stories aren't lacking in depth, development, or closure.
Well done, Dianne Ascroft ~ Well done!
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