The Wind Raven sails from London to Baltimore in 1817 by way of Bermuda and the Caribbean and sets a c...moreRegency Romance and adventure on the high seas!!
The Wind Raven sails from London to Baltimore in 1817 by way of Bermuda and the Caribbean and sets a course for adventure and romance along the way.
Captain Jean Nicholas Powell and his crew have their hands full when an American demands passage across the Atlantic to return to her family. Everyone knows women on ships mean bad luck, and Tara McConnell brings the reluctant captain more worries than a man of the period could expect. Not only does the spirited Tara know her way around a ship and crew - she grew up sailing with her family and she loves the sea - but Tara also brings Nick's heart to bear what every romance reader wants to cheer for.
What I liked about the book: Walker drew the Wind Raven as a character, carefully integrating the setting with all the characters and the period. As the captain and crew manage a hurricane at sea the tension of Nick and Tara's relationship begins to build as well. I particularly liked Sam, the ship's cat and thought Walker gave each crew member a distinct personality integral to the story. The cook McGinnis was one of my favorites with his Irish fairy tales that foreshadow Nick's fate.
From Bermuda to the Caribbean on an errand for the Prince Regent, The Wind Raven runs up against Pirate Roberto Cofresi who shows Nick exactly how much Tara means to his heart when the outlaw abducts her.
I especially loved the period details - I could taste the exotic foods, feel the waves below the deck, and see the incredible sunsets the characters witnessed. After reading Wind Raven I feel as if I've been on a voyage myself.
What I didn't like about the story: It took Nick a while to make his character arc - but this fit perfectly with the mores of the time period. A typical man, he tortured poor Tara's heart and didn't even understand why. Ah, the elegance of a well-written romance.
All told I highly recommend Wind Raven as a stand-alone story, but the biggest treat I found for falling in love with this story is it's the third in Walker's Agents of the Crown series - I'll definitely be reading more of her work.
Treat yourself to a Regency Romance filled with a voyage of adventure.
Disclosure: I received an ARC of Wind Raven in exchange for my honest opinion. (less)
I lost my Saturday afternoon to Amber Belldene’s Blood Reunited, the final installment in the Blood Vine Series.
I’ll admit, I’ve been a fan of Bellden...moreI lost my Saturday afternoon to Amber Belldene’s Blood Reunited, the final installment in the Blood Vine Series.
I’ll admit, I’ve been a fan of Belldene’s Blood Vine series from the start. If you enjoyed A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness, then this series is for you. Grown-up Vampires enduring grown-up conflict.
Belldene doesn’t pull any punches in this story. Blood Reunited is filled with angst, and romance, and my favorite kind of good-old-fashioned good-versus-evil page-turning breathlessness.
What I liked about the story:
Andre Maras’s youngest son Bel, half-vampire-half-human, comes into his own in Blood Reunited. He solves the age-old Vampire-versus-Hunter debate when he allows his broken heart to open up to Uta, his one true mate. Bel’s not happy about sharing anything with her, especially not his heart, but in the end Bel finds his truth in the arms of the woman he shares his blood-bond with. Watching Bel get there is an exercise in anticipation.
And then there’s Uta…Oh, my dear and wonderful broken, fierce, ancient Vampire Warrior Queen, Uta. Sigh – you’ll just have to read her to understand her. She’s at once amazing, then infuriating. Hilarious, then deadly. Passionate, then desperate for the one thing she wants more than anything to justify her existence on the planet: her own infuriating Bel Maras.
I also adore Belldene’s secondary characters. Pedro’s my favorite for so many reasons, but don’t tell Andre or Zoey, because I loved them too. Every character in Belldene’s beautiful Vampire world is fully drawn, with goals, understandable motivations, and severe conflicts. The vampire Loki won my heart for so many reasons. His story is one you don’t want to miss.
What I didn’t like about the story:
If I’d been in charge, the Antagonist would have suffered more deeply – he certainly deserved it. Ethan Bennett was drawn as a scorpion among creeps and I dearly wish I’d witnessed him suffer more. Belldene made me want to hate him from the sidelines.
And, because I found myself swept away with the plight of these wonderful souls the thing I didn’t like the most is this book ended their tale. I confess, I wanted it to go on. They will all surely be missed by this reader.
All-in-all Blood Reunited has delivered a satisfying ending to a wonderful trilogy filled with paranormal characters embroiled in romantic suspense, and age-old historic battles. The sexual tension melted my e-reader, but the tender underlying love and compassion of all these characters made me cheer for the type of romances I love to read.
I’ll be looking forward to more stories from Amber Belldene, regardless of genre.
Treat yourself to Blood Reunited.
**Disclosure: I received an ARC copy of this book for review purposes. All unbiased opinions in my review are my own. (less)
Trish Skinner’s debut novel ANGEL BAIT riveted me to the page and converted me into an Urban Fantasy connoisseur.
Skinner paints a world with her imagination that explodes onto the page, and doesn’t let up until the end of the story. I felt grounded, and identified instantly with this fictional version of Detroit.
I’ll try not to drop any spoilers. This is a story for adults.
Jarrid, a half-angel assassin starts his journey with one thing in his sights: destroy the Renegade, a dark angel nemesis of Heaven. Jarrid’s determined to use every weapon he can to that end, until his world collides with Ionie Gifford, and their sensual love story enhances his priorities in ways neither Jarrid, nor I, saw coming. It’s obvious these two belong together. Watching them figure that out over the story worked for me on so many levels.
I enjoyed getting into Ionie’s skin as she’s drawn into Detroit’s dark, gritty supernatural world. She’s courageous, practical, and full of humor and common sense. Her spirit won me over immediately. Her sensual love affair with Jarrid left me breathless.
The Eternal Order, Jarrid’s half- angel brothers, kicks ass and takes names. Each display their own unique powerful gifts inherited from their sires, and watching them in action was a treat. No beta males here. I pray we get to see more of this band of brothers in action. It’s such a pleasure to be surprised with quality fiction, and Skinner delivers.
The twists throughout this novel kept me turning pages, and rooting for the good guys to win over the forces of darkness.
I was given an ARC of this novel, and while I’ll admit I know the author, don’t let that stop you. Read the first few pages for yourself. My guess – you’ll be hooked too.
Lillian Holmes and The Leaping Man SO works for me!!
September 22, 2013 By PMillhouse (USA) - See all my reviews Amazon Verified Purch...more5.0 out of 5 stars
Lillian Holmes and The Leaping Man SO works for me!!
September 22, 2013 By PMillhouse (USA) - See all my reviews Amazon Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Lillian Holmes and the Leaping Man (Kindle Edition)
WOW - What a great story!
I'm thrilled. Utterly thrilled to have read this story.
What I liked about the story: Lillian starts out looking like an obstinate woman who defies conventions of her times, and leads a life outside the boundaries of women in the 1890s. Well, there's good reason for that. Without putting in spoilers, I'll say the reveal is definitely worth the read.
Lillian Holmes is SO BROKEN...she literally stole my heart. And, what Cullen gives us is a character who's so well drawn in her brokenness, when Lillian reaches her Black Moment, all I could do was cheer her on and watch her leap forward to claim her destiny.
And then there's George, The Leaping Man. As if Lillian isn't character enough to drive this story on her own the reveal about this broken soul who saves Lillian from herself, and by doing so reveals his true nature, well he worked for me on an entirely different level. George turns out to be that Valiant Hero who gives up his needs for hers, and he stole my heart in the process. The passion these two share for life, and for each other, is spot-on.
What the author did well: Add in the fight against nasty hidden villains of the times, including the villain of addiction Lillian uses to mask real pain from her past, and watch these characters arc into something amazing. Cullen's grasp of the time-period makes the historical reader in me nod, the paranormal reader in me smile, and the romance reader in me want to cheer.
I'll be looking for more stories from this author. (less)
Jeremiah Talon's on an adventure of discovery - against his will - an epic journey that starts here and weaves itself through space and time. Science Fiction Fans will find themselves rooting for Jeremiah, and his best friend Leax, as the unlikely duo face the evil factions of the Citadel together in hopes of stamping out tyranny where it lives.
I felt floored as the characters in Charles Millhouse's story came to life on the page - I found myself unable to put the story down. Through multiple twists and turns, from the Atlantic ocean in the 1800's to the vast open ocean of future space aboard a Starship named ECLIPSE, these characters anchored me in the story. Dark forces of the Citadel pursue the lives of the main characters, but they fight back, and they fight back with the true spirit of heroes.
If you LOVE science fiction like the author does, you must give this book a hearty look. It's well worth your time. Revised and Edited to set these characters free on the page, this story feels destined to become a treasured favorite.
I found a gem within the pages of IN MEMORY ALONE.
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This review is from: Down by Contact (Seattle Lumberjacks) (Kindle Edition)
Davenport sends a Seattle Lumbe...moreLumberjack's Score a New Fan!!, May 26, 2013
This review is from: Down by Contact (Seattle Lumberjacks) (Kindle Edition)
Davenport sends a Seattle Lumberjack's linebacker to finishing school to learn manners, mid-season, and this story is off and running. Zach Murphy thinks he wants a Superbowl ring more than he's ever wanted anything but boy does he have lessons to learn, both on and off the field.
Kelsie, Zach's unobtainable high school crush holds all the cards when it comes to his heart, and his future on the team. Her task: teach the big brute how to handle himself in Seattle high society, or he's off the team. Fate steps in and reverses their roles, and Zach teaches Kelsie a thing or two about affairs of the heart.
I couldn't put the story down. All the characters on the Lumberjack's team were painted with such vivid strokes I now consider myself an official fan. I will read more of this series - I want to read Tyler's story next.
If you like hot contemporary romance and love a good sport's story, then treat yourself to Down By Contact by Jami Davenport. (less)
Five stars for one of the greatest joys I've encountered - this author's take on the vampire tale.
In Belldene's debut novel Blood Vine, my expectation...moreFive stars for one of the greatest joys I've encountered - this author's take on the vampire tale.
In Belldene's debut novel Blood Vine, my expectations of the genre' were suddenly undone, and I found myself suspended in a story that worked for me on so many levels.
First, Omnific's cover is gorgeous, and the book trailer is a work of art that struck a chord somewhere deep in my soul. I found myself caring about Belldene's cast in a way that surprised me. Watch it at her website.
Zoey and Andre' are soulmates.
That's clear from the start of the novel, and watching them overcome their internal and external ghosts left me turning page after page to discover how they'd end up with their happily-ever-after. This book is romance at its best. These flawed characters drew me in. I'm recommending it as a choice for my next book club read.
The main characters tantalize, but the sub-plots in this debut novel weave a rich tapestry validating Andre' & Zoey's love story. The way Andre' cares for his family is whole, and colorful, and heroic. Complicated, and valiant. Because of the depth of Andre's longing to set his world right, the secondary characters are loyal, and amazingly drawn by Belldene's hand. I can't wait to read more in this series. Kos and Lena, Bel and his crew, and Lucas and Pedro all lend glimpses into this wonderful landscape of characters.
The main antagonist Ethan is a puzzle. His convictions motivate him to end Andre's world in a valid show of force that makes me love to hate him, and all his followers.
Oh, and did I mention the sizzling love scenes? Integral to the character's development, they read as natural as breathing. Definitely not to be missed, they are written with elegance, and divine heat.
I finished reading Pandora's Key today by Nancy Richardson Fischer, and I really liked it.
I enjoyed this YA novel that blended Greek Mythology and cur...moreI finished reading Pandora's Key today by Nancy Richardson Fischer, and I really liked it.
I enjoyed this YA novel that blended Greek Mythology and current Urban Fantasy into a wonderful read.
Unassuming Anti-hero Protagonist Evangeline Theopolis turns sixteen and goes through an extraordinary metamorphosis that defines coming-of-age in a remarkable way.
Rife with conflict and tension, this book takes time to set up back-story interwoven with action from the first page. The story held me spellbound as the forces of good and evil battle to keep Pandora's Box closed.
Fischer's ability to twist identities and surprise me with which characters turned out to be trustworthy and root for was a sheer joy to experience as a reader.
Evangeline's arc from goofy teenager into a strong heroine was clear and engaging as she finds herself thrust into a coveted secret role no one in their right mind would want to bear. Fischer's distinct style kept character's voices clear and true to the nature of the teens involved in this adventure.
I'll add more titles from this author to my TBR list. I liked the cover with the butterfly and the face which I have on my Kindle.
I love psychology, and this is a winner. It profiles your personality strengths, and weaknesses, thereby providing insight into where to fo...moreNon-fiction
I love psychology, and this is a winner. It profiles your personality strengths, and weaknesses, thereby providing insight into where to focus your time and energy to become the best you possible. (less)
OK, I've stopped giving five star reviews overall because a book has to literally blow my socks off to qualify, and most books just don't do that for m...moreOK, I've stopped giving five star reviews overall because a book has to literally blow my socks off to qualify, and most books just don't do that for me.
But this one did.
ONLY, and after, let me point out, #364 pages of backstory.
Then, all of a sudden THIS THING ERUPTS.
A current No-No in fiction, but we can't tell Steig that now, can we?
Seriously, someone needs to edit the first third of this book, but, I don't see that ever happening - so, on with what impressed me.
Lisbeth and Mikael's relationship.
It explodes suddenly after they meet. And so does the action. Larsson is brilliant, the way he wove all the mysteries together. I certainly couldn't have done it all in 644 pages. But he did. He told a story that knocked my socks off - I'm so glad I didn't put it down. He wove current issues of Stock trading fraud in-amongst a thirty year-old murder mystery with a twist even I didn't see coming, all within a current-day psycho-murderer-sex-offender plot that took my breath away.
I'm telling you people, you want to read about Lisbeth Salander and how she navigates her place in the world. She's a heroine with GUTS that I'll be sad to see disappear with the end of this series.
The best thing I can say about her unorthodox methods is I have two more novels in the series to discover her actions in yet-to-read. I read this book for my local Riverstone Book Club Spring assignment, and I must say, hats off to Peggy for including it on the list.
I wrote my novel, Careful What You Wish For... in 2009, before I read this, and now I feel like I'm back in elementary school compared to Steig Larsson. Seriously, I'm not worthy.