Y'all have NO idea how long I've been waiting on Alec's story. Just ask Christine Wenrick herself. He has been my favorite character in the Charmed TrY'all have NO idea how long I've been waiting on Alec's story. Just ask Christine Wenrick herself. He has been my favorite character in the Charmed Trilogy and this Brahm Hill series. I had very high expectations for him. Poppy had some major shoes to fill in my eyes. But I am happy to report that I have grudgingly let Poppy have her HEA with Alec. ;)
There is a lot to be said in this story but a I am going to have a really, really hard time not spewing spoilers. So pardon me while I basically give a brief rundown of my feeling while reading this book (not in any particular order as not to ruin any surprises-which Ms. Christine likes to throw in there for fun)...
"Mmmm. Love me some Alec." "Aww. Poor Poppy!" "Omg. Don't do it. I don't trust that guy." "Huh. Well, he might be a good guy." "Dude. I have no clue if this is a good guy or bad guy. This is going to pester me till the next book for sure." "Bow-chica-wow-wow. Oh shit! Omg! OMFG! She (Christine) did not do that to him! O.M.G. She's trying to kill me!"
How'd y'all like that? Lol. I'll be serious though. Poppy has witnessed a very messed up event that leads her to seek for some protection. And she has also grown up to believe she was cursed and that bad things happen because of her. So she decides to keep as far away from people as she can. But being around everyone, even a little bit, she comes out of her room more and more. Of course there are some hiccups along the way which has her backtracking just a bit, but Alec coaxes her back out of her shell. And then the shit hits the fan.
This is when Christine's books get real fun for me. I love to hate the twists she throws into her stories. You never see them coming. They are the type that while you're reading, you are frantically reading to see what happens. There are a few times where I have thought, "did she really just do that?!" I know with one of her books, I finished reading the last few words and sat there staring at the page and all I could think was, "holy shit!" Not many authors can do that to me. Most books have a general route they will go so they can be somewhat predictable. I love that Christine likes to keep her readers on her toes.
But I'm rambling. Back to the story. Poor Alec is still very down about losing his best friend, Lucas, in the massive fight at Brahm Hill. And on top of this, he recently became an Elder, so he has a ton of responsibility riding on his shoulders. We get to see him slowly start to loosen up (without shirking his duties) and have some of grief lift from his shoulders thanks to Poppy.
I really have nothing bad to say about this book at all. And please forgive me for my sckizo-sounding review. There is just so much I want to say but I am afraid I'm going to say too much and give something away. So just do yourself a favor and buy this book. Hell, go buy them all while you're at it. They are all so good! ...more
I have to say something first and foremost. I am so glad Christine found my blog and asked if I would review her first book in her The Charmed series.I have to say something first and foremost. I am so glad Christine found my blog and asked if I would review her first book in her The Charmed series. I wouldn't have been able to read this awesome spinoff!
Alright, so Someone Else's Skye pretty much picks up right after the ending of The Charmed Fates which was, one hell of an ending. If you y'all haven't read this series yet, you don't know what you're missing. Of course you can read Someone Else's Skye and not be left off, but it does give you a bit more of an insight as to what happened to the characters in the past. That and it's an outstanding series and I highly recommend it.
So we have the entirely too sexy shifter, Kane, as our book boyfriend this go round. In the previous books in The Charmed series, he is a complete playboy and will sleep with pretty much anything of age with a pair of legs and boobs. One of his latest...let's call them ladies...had another issue with one of the other ladies he was having some sexy time with and a big catfight broke out. As a punishment for what I'm going to call the last straw, he is tasked to find out what is happening up north where a load of unknown supernatural stuff is going on. Not happy at all with this outcome, his tune definitely changes when he spots the hottest thing on two legs he has ever seen in his life. Too bad she was nothing to do with his...legs.
Skye has a mission she is required to complete. Unfortunately, she finds herself in the path of the supernatural being more than once and in the path of a shifter that utterly oozes sex by just breathing. It's kind of hard to get the job done when all you can think about is the possible hot sex that could be had but she was more determined to make her father proud. She just has to convince Kane that he can trust her.
I knew this book was going to be good but Christine knocked it out of the park with her twists and turns. The ending of the book had my jaw on the floor from the twist she threw in there. She's really good at that and I love it (almost) every time. (If you've read The Charmed series, the third book had some surprises that had me actually saying out loud, "no!") I cannot wait until the second in the series comes out. I've been waiting for Alec's HEA for four books!...more
Ok. So can I say something real quick? AAAAAAAAHHHHHHH!!!!! Alright, I feel better. Lol. I had been waiting for this book for months now and I am so gOk. So can I say something real quick? AAAAAAAAHHHHHHH!!!!! Alright, I feel better. Lol. I had been waiting for this book for months now and I am so glad I wasn’t disappointed with what I read.
This third book in The Charmed Trilogy is back with our favorite characters Olivia and Caleb. Their love for each other is still going strong and quite frankly, makes me a little jealous. I wish my husband showed me that much attention! Lol. I’m getting off track. Everything is going well except for the bain of their existence…Luther Davin; the vampire that wants Olivia for her Charmer abilities and use them for his evil doing. Caleb can’t live peacefully until Davin is killed. Olivia of course wants Caleb out of harm’s way but after a series of dramatic events, Olivia finds herself in some hot water.
I know that was a short little run down of the book but I honestly do not want to give anything away. Of the three books, this is hands down the best in the trilogy. Everything came to a head and had me reading at the speed of light to find out what happens next. And Christine decides to throw in some curve balls that made me say out loud and scare my cat off my lap when I yelled WHAT?!?! I love when authors can do that and you don’t even know it was coming. That takes some good writing skills.
I’d say if you haven’t heard of this series, you need to get acquainted ASAP. And I will say that at first I was a touch skeptical because it’s written in first person (through Olivia) but Christine is an excellent writer and was written wonderfully. I like happy surprises. And another surprise I am looking forward to, she is continuing with some of the same characters in a different series!!!!!! I can’t wait to dive into the first book soon....more
In this second installment of The Charmed series, we pick up where we left off in the first book. Olivia decides it best to know exactly how to controIn this second installment of The Charmed series, we pick up where we left off in the first book. Olivia decides it best to know exactly how to control her new powers and wants to prove to both herself and everyone else that has doubts, that Caleb loves her not for her Charmer abilities but because of her. She throws herself into training her training and becomes closer to her guardians there to protect her. She is quickly advised to keep a little distance between her and the other guardians because her Charmer gifts make other people drawn to her. Not just the men but women. (Not necessarily in a sexual way with the women.) She also is given the gift of knowing more about her parents and their past. It turns out that someone close to her is actually related to her and she that makes all the difference from feeling completely alone with not family to having something to live for.
There are some points in the story that had me cringing because of what she was put through. Oh and can I say, I think she should be with Alec. The way he protects her any way he can and how guilty he feels when he wasn’t there to protect her from an incident that no women should ever have to encounter. He clearly feels strongly towards Olivia. I guess in the end it all worked out but I can still dream!
This second installment upped the ante and left me wanting to re-read the book all over again. I can’t wait to see what the third book in this series has in store for me!...more
Before reading The Charmed, I didn’t know it would be anything resembling the Twilight series. After I read detail in the story, I went to investigateBefore reading The Charmed, I didn’t know it would be anything resembling the Twilight series. After I read detail in the story, I went to investigate other reviews on trust old Goodreads. I read that there are a lot of resemblances to the famous book series but I actually fairly enjoyed the books (much better than the movies although I have to say I watch for the Taylor Lautner eye candy.) and thought well it’s pretty good so far so I will leave my judgments for the end. Well I didn’t exactly wait for the ending to come to the conclusion that I liked this better than Twilight. Yes, I said it. It’s better than the famed series. I do want to point out that The Charmed just has elements that remind me of it. There are different things that happen during the book but honestly, the characters felt like they weren’t some thrown together ignorant people.
Let’s take the main character, Olivia, for example. She has a very gifted talent of music. She can wield the piano keys with her fingers to create masterpieces or duplicate the originals. What did Bella have as a talent? Second guessing herself and falling. Lol. And the differences in the love interests are not as dramatic but I feel that Caleb is more grown up than Edward. The whole story in general to me has a more adult feel.
So I say give this new author a chance to shine like she deserves. Me, I will be waiting for the second to come out in the next few weeks....more
This is the second novella in the Diagnosis love series. We start with Melanie and Jakob in an alley feeding. Melanie is a newly turned vampire (siredThis is the second novella in the Diagnosis love series. We start with Melanie and Jakob in an alley feeding. Melanie is a newly turned vampire (sired by Jakob and because of this, she is forced to follow his commands) that is learning to feed from all different types of people in all sorts of situations. Aside from this, she is living in eternal bliss with Jakob. They spend the time when they wake up to feed and then the rest of the night making sweet love.
One morning, well night since that is when they wake up, Melanie wakes up and has to run to the bathroom and throws up all the blood she has consumed. She is overjoyed because the only logical conclusion is that she is pregnant. Pregnant! Well that idea is shot to the ground quickly by Jakob when he tells her that vampires can't get pregnant. They must find out what is wrong with Melanie or her change into a vampire would all be for nothing because she would be dead. Well actually dead this time.
Throw in a big bump/complication and you have a major problem that needs to be fixed asap. This turn of evens had me running questions and scenarios through my head of how the problem would be fixed. I can definitely say that I was pleasantly surprised with the ending. There were a couple characters that I wanted to punch in the face but nonetheless, they were great additions to the story. Now I am super curious as to Ingrid will write the rest of the series. What's next!? What's next!?
If you are looking for an enticing short read that will keep you guessing until the very end, this is for you. Of course then you will want to read the first book because the second one was so good. :)...more
I was a little unsure of how I would like this book. It actually took me a bit to get into it. You can definitely read this book as a standalone, butI was a little unsure of how I would like this book. It actually took me a bit to get into it. You can definitely read this book as a standalone, but it probably would of helped if I read the first in the series to be used to all the different types of characters and this whole world. By the end of the book though, I was flipping pages like a madwoman trying to find out what happens. I ended up reading it in less than 24 hours with little sleep. :)
Gabe. Where can I get me one of him? Sexy and smart? That is a diabolical combination that left me wanting to hunt down this man and make him my own. Poor Gabe struggles every day with an eye problem that gets worse and worse everyday. I just wanted to hug him and tell him it would be ok every time I read about it. He can't even shift into his wolf form because he will become vulnerable because of his eyesight. Even though I was totally feeling for him, he doesn't use it as a crutch in his life. Hell, he didn't even tell Lorin. She had to find out from one of her friends.
Speaking of Lorin, Gabe and her are one hot couple. At first, all they can do is be at each other's throat until the both secretly admit to themselves that they have the undeniable urge to strip the other naked and ravage them. With a little nudge, they take a tumble in bed and find they can't get enough of each other. Honestly, I wanted to claw my way into the book and join them the sex was that great. ;)
Through all the digs and bed olympics going on, they are also having to deal with an unknown danger that comes to life when Lorin finds a strange box that they think might give them insight to their past and how they came to be. Intrigue, sensual energy, and danger makes for an addicting combination that has you making more coffee to stay up late and get up early to finish this book. Now the only thing I didn't like about the book is the fact that I want to read about Gabe's brother and Lorin's best friend. *sigh* I guess I will have to dig up some patience to wait it out. ...more
Tohrment, oh Tohrment. Your story makes me so sad. I swear Ward just loves to torture her characters to the point that you have to truly wonder how thTohrment, oh Tohrment. Your story makes me so sad. I swear Ward just loves to torture her characters to the point that you have to truly wonder how they will ever make it back to at least half of who they were. Tohr is one example. Bonded males live their lives for their shellans, so when Tohr was approached by the whole Brotherhood to be told that his world was violently taken away from him, he goes berserk. There is a crack in a concrete wall to prove how badly a man can hurt when his wife and unborn child are taken away. Tohr goes on a rampage in his office and then disappears for years with no contact with the Brotherhood and John Matthew, the closest thing he has had to a son. In a few of the past books, we get some glimpses of a man who is basically staving himself and wishing for death every single second of every single day so he can be reunited with his heart.
The Brotherhood gets word that a fallen angel, Lassiter, has found something they have lost. Tohrment is the shell of his former self. After suffering for over a year over his lost Wellsie, Lassiter starts pushing Tohr to start helping himself. Wellsie isn't coming back and she would want him to move on. After many attempts at this strategy, Lassiter is getting concerned that there is little time left to get Wellsie and her unborn son out of the inbetween. Which brings us to John Matthew and Xhex's mating ceremony. Tohr goes and retrieves Wellsie's mating dress and gives it to Xhex to wear for hers knowing it is what his precious shellan would have wanted. While presenting Xhex with his gift, they are both surprised when they receive a visit from a blast from the past, and not a good one.
No'One, Xhex's mother and woman who Tohr watched die and buried himself, makes a surprising appearance in this world. Apparently after taking her life, she found herself in the Scribe Virgin's domain and knew instantly that she was given another chance at a form of living. Taking it upon herself, she dons a hooded robe and goes by the name No'One, not wanting to be the person she was before. After years of living this way, Payne makes her think that there could be more to her life so she decides it is the time to go to the other side and introduce herself to her daughter. No'One is approached by the fallen angel to ask for her help in making the tortured Tohr better. Wanting to do anything to make up for what she did to him in the past, she agrees to do anything necessary.
Tohr is still beyond stunned to know that the woman underneath the hood is the woman who took her own life with his dagger. He stays his distance from her for a bit but soon comes to start to get angry at the fact that his Wellsie is gone and not coming back but this woman who did an unforgivable act was given a second chance at life. How is that fair? Plagued by his overwhelming sorrow, he is not made to feel any better when he keeps having recurring dreams of his beloved and his child in a dark, dank place with no way to get out. The longer he has these dreams, the farther away and fuzzier they become but he can't figure out why. He soon learns that they're stuck in horrible place that could condemn their souls to eternity of nothingness. Tohr is willing to do anything except the one thing Lassiter tells him he has to do...move on.
Lover Reborn tore my heart into tiny pieces that I wanted to give to Tohr to help piece together the parts of his heart that were missing. Out of all the BDB books, this one has the goods to make you tear up or flat out cry (like I did). It takes a lot for me to cry so that can tell you how emotionally invested I became in this book. I am just overly ecstatic that Tohr and No'One both got their happily ever after they both deserve. :)...more
I have been patiently, who am I kidding! I have been impatiently waiting for Phineas' book since his character was introduced in the series. I was supI have been patiently, who am I kidding! I have been impatiently waiting for Phineas' book since his character was introduced in the series. I was super excited when I found out that she was coming to Virginia with Pamela Palmer for a panel and book signing. When I found out I got on the phone and called my mom and told her if she had something planned she had to cancel because we were doing this. Kerrelyn was the author who got me hooked into romance novels. Before I was just reading YA (which there is nothing wrong with) but my eyes were inevitably opened to the awesome world of romance novels. So my mother and I drove an hour to see her. I wanted to get a good seat (mainly because I am short and can't see over people's heads. LOL.) and snagged a couple in the first few rows back. Well my mom went gallivanting off looking for whatever and I was sitting there looking around and being a total fan girl and staring at my favorite authors, I noticed Wanted: Undead or Alive sitting on a shelf behind the authors. I was really confused because it was the 24th and the book came out on the 27th. Why would it be on the shelf already? Well I about crapped myself when they said Avon was letting Kerrelyn sell them to us lucky attendees. SQUEE!!!!!! My mother laughed because I turned in slow motion towards her with wide eyes which automatically earned me a calm the f*ck down comment from her. LOL. Needless to say I ignored my mother and started reading the book during our lunch but at least she understands my obsession. ;)
Now that I have completely showed how much of a dork I am, to the review! Whoosh. Alright, so I was super curious how Kerrelyn was going to write Phin's story. He is different then the other characters she has written. He's a goofball in all the stories, calling himself "The Love Doctor." Well he is determined to shake off the reputation he has with the paranormal world. He is tired of being basically a checklist on ladies' to do lists. He sees all his friends happy with their wives and wants the same thing. The poor thing tried his hardest to make a mortal woman he absolutely adored fall for him to no avail. Of course the woman was an idiot and couldn't see what was in front of her because she doesn't like vampires. There is someone else Phin tries with all his might to at like he doesn't find alluring...Brynley.
Brynley is a werewolf princess hiding out from her father's pack and his you do only as I say attitude. She finds herself living in a vampire school so she can be close to her twin, Phil, who was kicked out of her father's pack years ago. There's just a little issue with that. She hates vampires, or at least she thinks she does. Every time she sees Phineas her heart starts to race, she becomes flushed, and can think of nothing other than getting him into bed. But of course she tells herself she can't have those feelings towards a vampire. Well she soon finds herself in Phil's cabin alone with Phin to help flush out the evil Corky Currant who is thought to be hiding in Wyoming. Brynley soon realizes there is more to Phin then meets the eye.
I was really happy Kerrelyn decided to pair these two together. They are just what each other needed. Between their attraction and the other exciting events, this book was so addicting! Now I just have to wait for my next anticipated character...Howard!!!! XD ...more
I wasn't quite sure how I was going to like Payne's book. We are introduced to her in previous books where she is awakened from a deep sleep her motheI wasn't quite sure how I was going to like Payne's book. We are introduced to her in previous books where she is awakened from a deep sleep her mother, the Scribe Virgin, had her in for a good couple hundred years. Let's say the word pissed is a good description of how Payne is feeling towards mother dearest. To pass the time, Payne and Wrath get into full on fights with the two of them not holding back. They get some bruises and cuts but nothing much. Their latest fights leads Payne to hit her back and damage her spinal cord which makes her paralyzed. In a panic, Wrath takes her down to Doc Jane, with the consent of the Scribe Virgin, but Jane is not able to do much for her so she sets out to get her old boss, Manny Manello. When she goes to the hospital and finds out he's not there, she goes to his condo but he isn't there either. Paging him multiple times, he finally decides to hit her back which enables her to figure out where he is. She flashes to the cemetery where he is standing over her grave. Pushing past her instant guilt for lying to Manny, she makes herself corporeal. Which made things get real interesting.
After sucking up his shock that he might not be going crazy and seeing Jane, he decides that he wants to help the person Jane is treating in the super secret place she is now. The second Manny sets eyes on the woman he is supposed to perform surgery on, the only thing he can think of is that she is meant to be his. He feels an instant connection he has never felt with anyone else. Snapping out of it, with the help of Jane's burly husband, he gets to work on Payne. Out of surgery, they find she is still paralyzed. After a series of things that happen along the way, Manny finds himself back at that massive mansion he was at before trying to help the woman he has have very vivid dreams about. Payne and Manny quickly discover that with some help with sexual release, it makes her happy which makes her glow and heal her legs to enable her to walk.
Payne is walking on water when it comes to Manny but she can't help but feel like her time with him is short lived. He's a human and their relationship can't possibly work out. After a nasty reality check courtesy of Manny himself, Payne goes out into the night by herself where she stumbles across some lessers which is no issue for her. The problem she comes across is finding herself kidnapped by a group of vampires out to get her.
Yes this book was about Payne and Manny but I am pretty sure Vishous and Jane had more "air time" then the main love interests. Of course this was completely fine to me since I absolutely love V. ;) I am really happy that we get to see him delve deeper in his feelings and finds away to open up to the people that are the most important in his life. And might I say that the scene with Butch and V at his condo about broke my heart! I love you V!!! ...more