My name is Neely and I live among shapeshifters in the desert truckstop town of Sundance, California. As a telepath-spiker, I can read a person's thoughts.
I can also spike deadly power straight into their brain.
I'm in an uneasy relation-friend-ship with Lucas Blacke, an enigmatic tiger alpha that I'm drawn to, but don't fully trust. When Xav ...more
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I say grudgingly because even though the writing is engaging and the plotline is pretty unique, I'm starting to develop a real dislike of the hero and heroine.
The hero - because he is, to put it frankly, an alphahole. I have NEVER used this word before, but it's the only one that seems appropriate. I'm a huge fan of alpha heroes - I've liked some really dodgy ones - but Lucas rubs me the wrong way. He seems far more invested in his own interests than th ...more
forced. So why did I read book 2? Bc the FMC’s species is unique. She’s a telepath that can not just read your thoughts she can also kill the person by shooting what amounts to power straight into the persons 🧠 brain. Cool rig ...more
Neely is likable and I appreciate the unique nature of her gifts. But where I struggle a little with her is that despite the very real dangers she has faced in two books now, she is still reticent to use them. She can read people's minds for crying out loud. I know it would be tough fo ...more
First I want to state I am not a grammar aficionado. However in the book there are editing errors that need to be taken care of so if that’s the kind of thing that drives you crazy this may not be the book for you. If you are someone who can enjoy the story and get over the editing errors quickly then read the story. You will laugh you will enjoy the tension between all the characters the interaction and the ending.
Another great read. Neely is such a wonderful character to follow. She’s not your typical cookie cutter character, and I like that she has flaws and insecurities. Lucas however got on my nerves just a tad. He always claims to be there for her (Neely), and that he won’t leave her... and then he promptly hoes and does just that. Then he seems to be honestly affronted when she, quite rightfully, gets upset with him. He did it in the first book and it seems that he ...more
It has all the same good things going for it (setting, protag, easy fluidity of the voice that matches so much else in the book), but I liked the characters even better this time around.
I like that we're getting to know the love interest more, but we're also getting much more info about all the characters' pasts, and we learn more about side characters who have become more multifaceted and who I'm beginning to adore.
Plus I love the humor. ...more
Great plot and the characters are interesting, quirky and fun. Love the two witches...the book needs them to balance all the drama. Hopefully the main character gets to lighten up a bit too. She's had a rough two books. I like her when she's snarky and can see her developing into something more fun the more she accepts herself and realizes her power. Then she'll be a badass 😉 I even looked up the author to see if she's written anything else. I rarely ...more
The most frustrating thing abt this story is the main character Neely. I mean the fact that by now she hasn't figured out that she needs to actively use her powers so ppl don't get hurt is just dumb.
The story picks up where we left off and Neely amd Lucas make plans to go and see Lucas' old alpha Malcom. Malcolm and his pack are batbleep crazy and you can see how they affect Lucas. We get introduced to other shifters and alpha leaders and madness ensues.
Neely learns the depths of her po ...more
So many things happened in this book. It's not a cliffhanger but I NEED the next book. Malcolm was an awesome bad guy, and the short term arc was addressed but the overall arc, which had substantial progress, got seriously interesting and on top of that theres the romantic part. Ugh. Ok. That about all I can say without spoilers because this book was packed from beginning to end. ...more
Malcolm is another full of himself Alpha and Neely is scared to death; but, she manages to hold her own. He wants her to actual spike him to determine what is causing him to feel as though he is dying. Soon it is discovere ...more
I liked this book as much as the first one.
In this book we see Neely and Lucas take their relationship to the next level.
One thing bothered, me though. In the first book, Neely refuses to read people (meaning listen to their thoughts) all the time because of some personal honor code. In Summoned, she is in a strange place around another powerful alfa and his shifters, and her and Lucas's lives are in danger, and she is STILL not reading people all the time. I get it ...more
I was worried reading the first book was the actual ‘first book’ from a new author. But OMG, the second book met the first book and blew it off its heels.
The machinations, the feels, the storyline!! Just amazing.
I’m sorry. I don’t know who this author is, but the feds should know about her and draft her into service! She’d blow away any think-tank DC has! I
The only downside? I only had tears two or three times this book. What can I say? I was a little in love with Ti ...more
Even better than the first, and that is saying something, because the first book - Spiked - is one of the best debuts I’ve ever read, and one of my favorite books of this year.
This book ratcheted up the stakes, the scope, the relationships, and the sexual tension between Lucas and Neely. I LOVE learning more about this world; the world-building increases in scope here, and I can’t get enough.
Although there is no cliffhanger, per se, there are many unanswered questions and things le ...more
I really liked that we learned more about Lucas and the pack he came from, though there were parts that could have been fleshed out more. His grandma? Would love to know more.
Overall really liked this book. A little so-so on the ending because it left a lot of things un-ti ...more
And I made 11 highlights for this thing- so I really enjoyed it.
This series was that for me. I love Lucas and how sarcastic he gets when he is tired.
I like how Neely speaks her mind.
I love Chandra, her takes no BS attitude.
Dan- meh- and Malcolm- and that whole messed up in the head business. Very unique if a little contrived.
But enfolded ...more
After reading the first-person book I had to dive straight into the next. It's playing havoc with my sleeping but heyho. All your favourites are here _ what do you mean you don't have favourites. Go back and read book 1. There is another dastardly alpha who needs taking care of and I don't mean Lucas who gets taken care of in other ways. Neely has really grown in this book. More Lestat please he's the star of the show. Awesome book. Just make sure that you write quickly. ...more
C.P. Rider has worked as a decorative and mural painter, a fitness instructor, and a background investigator for nuclear power plants, all of which prepared her in strange and different ways for writing paranormal and urban fantasy romance.
Originally from the California southwestern desert, she now lives a little closer to the ocean with her family, including 3 dogs, a cat, 2 fish, and the occasi...more