This series is PNR, but leaning toward the erotica side. There's a lot of gratuitous sex and, in this book, at least one scene of BDSM. It's well-done...moreThis series is PNR, but leaning toward the erotica side. There's a lot of gratuitous sex and, in this book, at least one scene of BDSM. It's well-done, justifiable within the story and not totally tasteless, but it is in there and may offend some readers.
The series has a UF-like setting - the regular world just with lots of paranormal creatures secretly running around. It takes place in NYC where three brother incubus-demons run an underground demon hospital together. This particular book is about Shade, one of the brothers.
Shade has been captured by a group of demons who have been harvesting the organs of paranormal creatures and selling them on the black market. He wakes up in a dungeon to find himself chained next to former lover - a human woman named Runa. Only Runa isn't human anymore, she's a werewolf and she's still seriously pissed off at Shade and there's a full-moon on the rise.
I really liked this book and the world that Ione has created. I'll definitely be reading the next one, which deals with the brother, Wraith. There are five books in total out in this series as of the writing of this review (Jan 2011).(less)
This book is technically UF since it features the same character who has not yet found her HEA, but it reads much more like a light PNR. It's very chi...moreThis book is technically UF since it features the same character who has not yet found her HEA, but it reads much more like a light PNR. It's very chick-lit-ish, as well, Fans of MaryJanice Davidson-type writing will love this series.
Lil Marchette is a 500+ year old born (as opposed to made) vampire with a wicked sense of fashion, a meddlesome family and her own fledgling matchmaking company. When one of her long-time clients goes missing, Lil goes looking for her. A quest that takes her way out of her comfort zone (aka NYC) and into rural Texas.
The book was cute, as the others before were, but somehow weren't as funny. Lil is a bit of a pushover, especially when it comes to her family, and I'd just love to see her stand up to her mother for once!
Normally I think I'd give up on this series, but the snippet for the next book was REALLY interesting so I'll probably end up reading it anyways . . . eventually.(less)
The series is a UF trilogy - the trilogy part being somewhat rare these days as series often last a minimum of 6 books and as many as 20+ (hello, LKH!...moreThe series is a UF trilogy - the trilogy part being somewhat rare these days as series often last a minimum of 6 books and as many as 20+ (hello, LKH!).
They take place in NYC and are about a lawyer named Margrit Knight who stumbles across paranormal creatures existing right among all the humans - djinn, Selkies, dragons, vampires, and gargoyles. She quickly finds herself embroiled in the politics of these "old races" and not much more than her brain, a touch of bravery and a ton of "grit" will get her out of it alive.
I'm not sure why this book sat on my TBR shelf for so long. I remember LOVING the first one, so the second one must have disappointed me somewhat. This one was quite good, but left a few too many loose ends to feel like the story is truly over, which sadly, it is.
The author has written some short stories that take place in this universe, though - those are rumored to be out in the second half of 2011. But it doesn't sound like any additional full-length stories are planned at this time.(less)
For the series overview, please see my review of the first book in this series, Midnight's Daughter, here.
In this book, Dory is helping a friend track...moreFor the series overview, please see my review of the first book in this series, Midnight's Daughter, here.
In this book, Dory is helping a friend track down a faerie relic, a mission that leads her on a wild goose chase hunting down some pretty savory characters, some vamp, some fae. The best part is that she does most of it with a still-talking severed head in her hand. :-)
The quirky humor is one of the things I love about this author, both in this series and in the Cassandra Palmer series. However, the biggest problem I have with the CP series is also present in this book: it's the way the action is seriously non-stop. Poor Dory almost literally doesn't get a breather or a chance to re-group. Normally this wouldn't be too bad, but the pacing just feels frantic to me rather than exciting. However, it's a problem that seems to be specific to me since most other reviewers love both this as well as the CP series.
I WILL say that I really liked how a particular part of Louis-Cesar's backstory was filled in at the end of this book. That alone was worth reading for!
While there doesn't seem to be another book in this series planned yet, there is a new Cassandra Palmer novel out soon - book #5, Hunt the Moon will be released June 7, 2011. (less)
This is an amazing and very different UF series. Forget about the typical vampires, werewolves, etc and immerse yourself in a world where Mother Natur...moreThis is an amazing and very different UF series. Forget about the typical vampires, werewolves, etc and immerse yourself in a world where Mother Nature is more violent than anything you could possibly imagine and the only thing keeping her from destroying all of us is The Wardens, a group of people with a paranormal talent for controlling weather, earth, & fire.
More particularly, the series is about Joanne Baldwin, a Weather Warden and her "adventures". This book in particular has Jo up against a mysterious, nameless baddie that is trying to splinter the Wardens. The plot is fast and intense, with just enough mix of romance/sex, humor, and fun chick-lit fashion references.
The series is unlike anything else out there. But be forewarned that the author likes cliff-hangers. :-) This is a series I'll definitely be reading through the end.(less)