Regency Era and Werewolves? Yes please! The Wolf Who Loved Me was fantastically enjoyable escapist reading (with a nice plot twist!) even if it could...moreRegency Era and Werewolves? Yes please! The Wolf Who Loved Me was fantastically enjoyable escapist reading (with a nice plot twist!) even if it could have done with a bit more focus on the supernatural factor. Felt like the werewolves were more of a plot device than main part of the story.
Note: While this book counts as Westfield Wolves #5, it also begins a sub-series that can be read as a stand-alone.(less)
I want to start out this review by saying that I have not read Amanda’s original self-published version of Switched and so I cannot compare the two. I...moreI want to start out this review by saying that I have not read Amanda’s original self-published version of Switched and so I cannot compare the two. If you are reading this to see my thoughts regarding the previous version versus this one, I’m going to have to disappoint you. My review will talk solely about the professionally edited version soon to be released by St. Martin’s Press (as received through LibraryThing's Early Readers program).
The opening is amazing; it begins with a six year old Wendy being aggressed by her crazed mother who is wielding a butcher knife so I was more than hooked from the first paragraph.
I went into this book sort of expecting something a little on the Twilight side of things (i.e., girl is dependent on ‘strong’ male because her life revolves around him to the point of utter scariness) … but I was actually pleasantly surprised. I found Amanda’s world-building very intriguing, her characters are real and strong, and her writing is solid (even if I couldn’t quite buy trolls as human-like beings who simply have special elemental gifts - but that‘s more my sensibilities than Amanda‘s writing). Because of that, the slow mundane-ish bits of the story are still as propulsive as the conflict-driven ones.
For those who are fairly familiar with Western folklore, you will undoubtedly figure out the “monster” Wendy is supposed to be after only about a few chapters but that doesn’t make the reveal any less magical (and I'm not referring the troll bit mentioned above). As you can see, I’m staying away from getting into the plot because it’s best read for yourself. However, I will say that Switched reminded me a lot of a supernatural Princess Diaries. But I shan’t say more, only urge lovers of paranormal YA to pick this up! I owe a big thank you to this book for pulling me up out of my YA slump; I cannot wait to read more!
No doubt this title will immediately bring to mind thoughts of Labyrinth, but other than the title I think that's about all that's in common with the...moreNo doubt this title will immediately bring to mind thoughts of Labyrinth, but other than the title I think that's about all that's in common with the film. The Goblin King -- the first in a paranormal romance trilogy by Shona Husk, that finally gives goblins their spotlight in this ever-growing genre -- throw us into the midst of Roan's life: one where his soul is hanging in the balance as the curse of being a goblin tugs at him at every moment and leaves him craving gold.
Rather than Labyrinth, what we have here is the classic Beauty falling in love with Beast motif. As part of his curse, Roan must answer the summons of whomever calls him. Answer that is, not grant. He has a choice there. However, when he is summoned by a young woman - Eliza - who has locked herself in the bathroom, away from her fiancé. Roan, whose humanity has long gone, looks upon her as if she's a piece of gold and he longs for her. He has every intention of taking her and using her in any way he sees fit. But something stops him. He realizes that she's the teenager he saved once, and shared a day with (see the free prequel The Summons) and suddenly he can feel his humanity bubbling from beneath the surface.
A steamy, erotic romance? Check. Lots of angtsy feelings? Check. A crazy, blackmailing boyfriend? Check. Enchanting world-building? Check. A new heroic monster to love? Double check! So, if you are looking for something to cuddle up and escape with during these chilly evenings, look no further.
“The supernatural: Think vampires, werewolves, ghosts … eerie sounds in the night, impassioned whispers teasing at the depths of sleep … Think red vel...more“The supernatural: Think vampires, werewolves, ghosts … eerie sounds in the night, impassioned whispers teasing at the depths of sleep … Think red velvet, flickering candles, love and lust with otherworldly partners who unleash passion and desire far beyond that inspired by simple mortals.” – excerpted from the back cover blurb
Let me just start off by saying that this anthology most definitely lives up to the above blurb. Next to Fairy Tale Lust, this has to be one of my fave anthologies from Cleis Press. I don’t believe I passed over one story in here (which I normally do in anthologies if one fails to grab my attention), but of course, I did have my favorites…
In Zander Vyne’s “La Belle Mort,” Lady Elizabeth Jane Morton—a woman wrongly accused and imprisoned for witchcraft—is visited by a cleric who shows her how not to fear death by freeing her body. Thanks to all the hot men I’ve seen in priest garb over the years (Jared Padalecki, Ewan McGregor, Stellan Skarsgård, pre-crazy Mel Gibson, Colin O’Donoghue…), it seems may have developed a little thing for men of the cloth and so I really enjoyed this story. It’s hard to tell if this man is really a cleric or something disguised as some, but wither way I found it strongly and beautifully written.
In Janine Ashbless’s “Cover Him With Darkness,” a young girl learns that her family is the guardians of Azazel, fallen angel and tempter of mortal women. Yet as she grows up and aids in watching over him, she finds herself attracted to him and the things he makes her feel. Fallen angels, ’nuff said. Well written and sexy … loved it!
These two stories are just the cream of this surprisingly dark and sensual crop. I urge all lovers of paranormal erotic romance to pick up this anthology! Perfect reading for those cold, autumn nights.