I don't read a ton of paranormal romance anymore, but when it comes to Jeaniene Frost, I just can't help myself. Fans of the Night Huntress, Night HunI don't read a ton of paranormal romance anymore, but when it comes to Jeaniene Frost, I just can't help myself. Fans of the Night Huntress, Night Huntress World, and Night Prince series have long requested a story devoted to fan favorite: Ian, and Frost didn't disappoint with Shades of Wicked. This novel is the first installment in her new Night Rebel series which Frost has announced will consist of “at least two books, possibly three”. In Shades of Wicked, vampire Ian is paired with Veritas, law guardian of the vampire council, and Frost fans will already be at least slightly familiar with her as part of the supernatural world. She protects the laws and he notoriously breaks them, but they agree to put their differences (and regard for rules) aside to work towards the same goal: catching Dagon, a demon, and taking him out of the equation which will benefit them both.
Frost keeps this story fun and fast-paced with tons of banter, humor, action, but also some emotion and slow but satisfying romance. Additionally, existing fans of the connected series will get the added bonus of cameos from previous main characters. Although there is a lot of back story that supports this overall plot, Frost prepares readers well which I think may allow this to be a potential entry point for new readers. Be forewarned though, once you enter this well-loved world that Frost has successfully created, you won't want to leave. The many books associated with this urban fantasy collection will gladly keep you busy for a while. Time to get started. Enjoy!
My favorite quote: "But there was a time tested truism on my side. Men always wanted to believe they won a match of wits against a woman. Even if their instincts told them otherwise."...more
Slaying It is installment #13.5 in Chloe Neill's urban fantasy/mystery series titled: Chicagoland Vampires. This novella follows the last book of theSlaying It is installment #13.5 in Chloe Neill's urban fantasy/mystery series titled: Chicagoland Vampires. This novella follows the last book of the series, wrapping up one very important detail: Merit giving birth. It also features a mystery to be solved so it's a well-rounded short-story for interested fans.
A Discovery of Witches is the first installment in Deborah Harkness's paranormal 3-book series titled: All Souls Trilogy. This was a long-ass book witA Discovery of Witches is the first installment in Deborah Harkness's paranormal 3-book series titled: All Souls Trilogy. This was a long-ass book with sections that felt so familiar it gave me flashbacks of other reading experiences, but overall an engaging story that is worthy of its following in my opinion. I have to admit I was impressed with all the history, science, and wine elements threaded throughout this story, which made up for all the borrowed plotlines. I read it in preparation for the upcoming TV adaptation which I plan to watch; however, simply based on my personal enjoyment, I am undecided if I plan to continue reading. If you enjoy the paranormal/fantasy genres that feature vampires and witches, then it's worth a look.
My favorite quote: "I've always thought yoga and magic had a lot in common." ...more
If you liked Chloe Neill's Chicagoland Vampires series, then you will love this spin-off! Never heard of Chloe Neill or Chicagoland Vampires? That's oIf you liked Chloe Neill's Chicagoland Vampires series, then you will love this spin-off! Never heard of Chloe Neill or Chicagoland Vampires? That's okay...you'll like it too.
Wild Hunger is the first installment in the Heirs of Chicagoland series, and the series title tells you exactly what you need to know. It's Chloe Neill's fun and familiar action-packed storytelling, still set in well-loved Chicago, but it's filled with the next generation. The main characters are Elisa Sullivan and Connor Keene (recognize any last names??) but there are tons of additional characters that compliment the leads in a format similar to its predecessor. Bonus: We even get major screen time with all our favorites from the original, but their roles are downplayed as to allow their offspring to shine.
Urban fantasy meets mystery/suspense in a spinoff that promises some passionate romance in future installments. How long til the next book? You can fill the time catching up on the generation before or you can start fresh with this one. Your choice. Enjoy!
My favorite quote: "It's not an advantage to be numb to terrible things. It means we can't feel. When we can feel, and we do it anyway, we show our bravery. And terrible times are when we need to act most of all. That's when we do the most good."...more
A fantastic ending to a long and worthy series. Lots of humor and action, with passionate characters working together to protect the city they love. WA fantastic ending to a long and worthy series. Lots of humor and action, with passionate characters working together to protect the city they love. We’ve got a wedding here, and of course a villain to fight, and even a (view spoiler)[prophesy fulfilled (hide spoiler)]. I’ve had fun but I’m ready to say goodbye. It’s time. However, I am very much looking forward to the spinoff! Love this author!
My favorite quote: “Love doesn’t guarantee happiness or wealth or success. But if you’re willing to commit to it, to work at it, it guarantees partnership. So that no matter the trials or tribulations, no matter the joy or loss, you are not alone.”...more
★★★ The Roman is the third and final installment in Sylvain Reynard's The Florentine series. This ongoing paranormal romance incorporates cultural and★★★½ The Roman is the third and final installment in Sylvain Reynard's The Florentine series. This ongoing paranormal romance incorporates cultural and artistic elements that sets it apart from others in this genre in my opinion, and the ending in this finale was satisfying indeed. If you follow this series, make sure to finish it out to the end. If you're new to The Florentine, this series must be read in order. Enjoy!
My favorite quote: "You can't do everything. You can't be perfect. You just have to be yourself, and be the best self you can be."
The Shadow is the second installment in Sylvain Reynard's The Florentine series. There is so much world building going on in this continuation. I founThe Shadow is the second installment in Sylvain Reynard's The Florentine series. There is so much world building going on in this continuation. I found it very informative about the history and structure of the vampire world. In my perspective, some parts were dry but there was plenty to keep me engaged and eager for the next installment, such as romance, action/suspense, vengeance, betrayal, and some family drama of the human variety. The Shadow was a likable continuation in my opinion and I plan to finish out the series.
My favorite quote: “Love creates; it doesn't destroy.”
The Raven is the first installment in Sylvain Reynard's The Florentine series. It is marketed as a paranormal romance, and it is, but it is also fullThe Raven is the first installment in Sylvain Reynard's The Florentine series. It is marketed as a paranormal romance, and it is, but it is also full of art, mystery, Italian culture, history...all with a gothic undertone that melds everything together beautifully. As the story progressed, the focus became more centered on the romance which disappointed me just a bit as I was really enjoying how the other elements were proportioned, but the vampire/human dynamic was not your typical paranormal romance. It was complex and written with a sophistication that I appreciated (or maybe that was the audiobook's delicious accent). Overall, a great start to an intriguing new series for me. I'll definitely be continuing!
My favorite quote: “No one deserves mercy. Not deserving it is what makes it mercy.”
Note: In my opinion, The Florentine series stands on its own for new readers and will feel like a companion series of sorts for fans of Mr. Reynard's Gabriel's Inferno trilogy, as it features cameos and references to those characters. However, when I read The Raven, I had only read the first installment in Gabriel's Inferno and I never felt confused or out of the loop. Below, I included a list of both series for any interested readers. Enjoy!
The Dark Ones is the first installment in Rachel Van Dyken's paranormal romance (PNR) series titled: TheI was long overdue for a paranormal romance!!!
The Dark Ones is the first installment in Rachel Van Dyken's paranormal romance (PNR) series titled: The Dark Ones Saga. The author has created a fascinating world featuring humans, vampires, werewolves, sirens, angels, and other immortals. In a sea of PNR novels that start to bleed together after awhile, you likely haven't read this story before. It's fast-paced, fun, incredibly sexy, features suspenseful and emotional conflict, and ends with an epic teaser for the next installment which makes the entire saga difficult to put down. Oh, and lucky, lucky you! Each book in this collection can be read as a standalone. They interconnect with each other in the same paranormal world but each story features a different romance. You can safely start with whichever one strikes your fancy...or you can start with this first one and go in order. Whatever you decide, just start!
My favorite quote: “Sometimes it's best ... To love for a moment than to never experience it.”...more
The Historian is a standalone historical fiction novel written by Elizabeth Kostova. Yes, it has vampires in it and no, it's not classified as paranorThe Historian is a standalone historical fiction novel written by Elizabeth Kostova. Yes, it has vampires in it and no, it's not classified as paranormal. Why? Because of Ms. Kostova's attention to historical accuracy, specifically regarding the historical figure of Vlad the Impaler rather than the mythical (and paranormal) Dracula the Vampire. In an online interview, Ms. Kostova stated, “I took a real historical mystery, the question of where Vlad the Impaler is buried–or what became of his remains–and spun out a fictional speculation from there. The other historical events in the book are real ones, carefully researched, although the twentieth-century characters are fictional.”
Personally, I loved how layered this book is. Multiple stories build upon each other in many exotic locations bridging across several centuries. It's a very rich reading experience full of culture, history, adventure, and mystery. This was a beast to read in terms of length, but I was never bored and I remained eager to pick up wherever I left off. If you enjoy historical thrillers, specifically those written in a similar style to Dan Brown, you'll love The Historian. Check it out!
My favorite quote: “For all his attention to my historical education, my father had neglected to tell me this: history’s terrible moments were real. I understand now, decades later, that he could never have told me. Only history itself can convince you of such a truth. And once you’ve seen that truth—really seen it—you can’t look away.”
A bit of trivia: It took Elizabeth Kostova ten years to write The Historian. This was the first debut novel to ever debut at #1 on the New York Times bestseller list. Ms. Kostova was initially inspired by her own childhood memories of her father, who was a professor, telling her stories about Dracula. ...more
My life has been crazy these last few weeks. If I were to list everything that has happened, it would sound like complete fiction. Needless to say, IMy life has been crazy these last few weeks. If I were to list everything that has happened, it would sound like complete fiction. Needless to say, I am in need of intense escape. I've had my eye out for a strong PNR - heavy on vampires - as this is my comfort genre. That sounds ridiculous but this is the genre/subject that gave me my spark for leisure reading so when I find a good vampire romance, it feels a bit nostalgic and reminds me how fun and full of escape reading can be.
With all that said, Between a Vamp and a Hard Place didn't do it for me but it almost did. Unfortunately, it felt one-dimensional and a little too cutsie for my personal taste, but I finished the book so I must have liked it overall. I'm still on the lookout for a PNR to hide out in for a few days so if you have some recommendations then PLEASE let me know!...more
Kiss of Steel is the first installment in Bec McMaster's steampunk/paranormal series titled London Steampunk. It's been a long while since I read goodKiss of Steel is the first installment in Bec McMaster's steampunk/paranormal series titled London Steampunk. It's been a long while since I read good steampunk so when this title was voted BOTM on one of my goodreads groups, I acted on my motivation to pick it up. This wasn't typical steampunk in my opinion. It was more centered on vampire/paranormal romance (which was pretty good), combined with some other plot fillers that didn't really keep my interest much. In the end, the story fell in the middle for me. Maybe I would have enjoyed it more if I hadn't kept searching for the elements that warrant a steampunk label...there were very few unfortunately. I wouldn't discourage anyone from reading this though. Just erase traditional steampunk from your mind.
My favorite quote: “Does a pistol murder a man? Or is it the man who pulls the trigger? Can we blame a rabid dog who tears apart a child? Or should we blame the one who kicked and starved and tortured it?”
The Meeting is a three-page long novella (#1.1) in Richelle Mead's young-adult, paranormal series titled Vampire Academy. This super short story offerThe Meeting is a three-page long novella (#1.1) in Richelle Mead's young-adult, paranormal series titled Vampire Academy. This super short story offers Demitri's POV during one of the first scenes in Vampire Academy when Rose and Lissa are caught from runaway status.
"I also don’t plan on ever underestimating you again, wild girl, I thought, momentarily locking eyes with her. And I’ll make sure no one else ever underestimates you either."
If you haven't experienced this series in a while, the brief revisit may cause you to consider a re-read...that is if you enjoyed it the first time around like me :)...more
As you can imagine, quite a few scenes get deleted from a seven book series. This was the case with Jeaniene Frost's Night Huntress series. Oh how I aAs you can imagine, quite a few scenes get deleted from a seven book series. This was the case with Jeaniene Frost's Night Huntress series. Oh how I adore that series...and miss it! It's all done. No more to be written. Ever.
Yes, I had a bit of grieving time when I finished the final book but oh how happy I was to see Outtakes from the Grave. This companion novel is nothing but glorious deleted scenes! And just to clarify, these are never-before-published deleted scenes, unlike other repetitious bonus scene collections unnecessarily for sale out there (cough - Happily Ever After - cough). Sorry, still a little disgruntled about that one...
Anyway, I adored Outtakes from the Grave. Ms. Frost set up each scene by explaining to the reader where the scene originally was and why it was deleted. It was fascinating getting a glimpse into the editing process but nothing will ever beat the experience of nostalgically reliving this series just by simply reading some new scenes. To be clear, there's nothing in here that is series altering, but to me it felt like a nice reunion especially in light of how much I miss these characters. Oh yeah, more than a few scorching Cat and Bones sex scenes were apparently cut from the series but thankfully made there way here, so if you need an additional reason to seek out this book then there it is. You're welcome....more
Into the Fire is the fourth installment in the amazing Jeaniene Frost's paranormal romance/urban fantasy series titled: Night Prince. For fans of herInto the Fire is the fourth installment in the amazing Jeaniene Frost's paranormal romance/urban fantasy series titled: Night Prince. For fans of her Night Huntress collection, this spin-off series has been quite the treat. We still get to see most of our favorite characters in a new setting which keeps things lively and fresh. Into the Fire offers Vlad in all his severity which was a welcomed change from the surprising but nonpreferred softness in a few of the others. Vlad's love interest (and wife): Leila keeps growing and growing in her strength which again is a very welcomed addition. As you can tell, I am thoroughly enjoying staying in this engaging world Ms. Frost has so generously created. If you enjoy these genres, I recommend starting from the very beginning. You don't have to though. You can read this series on its own and be fine. Either way, check it out!
My favorite quote: “There’s more to all of us. Yet most times, we still only see what we expect to see.”
Lucky Break is a novella (#10.5) in author Chloe Neill's Chicagoland Vampires series. Merit and Ethan desperately need some time away from their dutieLucky Break is a novella (#10.5) in author Chloe Neill's Chicagoland Vampires series. Merit and Ethan desperately need some time away from their duties and just when they begin a romantic vacation, wouldn't you know it...yep, work calls. This mystery heavily involves the shifter community which was a nice addition. This series never gets old, and even though I would have thoroughly enjoyed reading a fun Ethan and Merit love-fest, I certainly didn't mind this mystery-filled quickie.
My favorite quote: “It’s a big world,” I said. “I like to fly because it reminds me how huge the planet is and how small we are by comparison. I like that idea—that we’re inconsequential, so our troubles are inconsequential, too.”...more
Midnight Bites is an audiobook which contains two novellas from Chloe Neill's urban fantasy series titled: Chicagoland Vampires. I have listed the novMidnight Bites is an audiobook which contains two novellas from Chloe Neill's urban fantasy series titled: Chicagoland Vampires. I have listed the novellas below and provided an individual review for each. If you follow this series and haven't already read these short-stories then check them out!
#8.5 Howling For You (Review from March 2014) ★★★★★ Howling For You is a novella (#8.5) in author Chloe Neill's Chicagoland Vampires series. This less-than-100-page story was a wonderful addition to the series. It focuses on the shifter community, specifically the North American Central Pack and the Keene family. Jeff Christopher plays a significant role in this story as well, and many readers will love how he is included in this story. We see another side to him; he's not just a nerdy, IT genius. He's a fighter, a romantic, and a lover. “Sweet and geeky Jeff, lover of games, knew how to move.” I just loved him in this book! The lead character is Fallon Keene, the first female to be next in line for pack leadership. The mystery element was fairly simple and easily solved but this is not a complaint since it's such a short book. Neither Merit nor the Cadogan House are involved; the story really is all about the shifters. This novella was written in a way that any reader new to the series could read it as a standalone novel and enjoy it as such. I am a loyal reader of the Chicagoland Vampires series and I would be loyal to a spinoff featuring these characters as well. Hint Hint Chloe Neill...spinoff please!!!!!!!!!!!!
#10.5 Lucky Break ★★★★☆ Lucky Break is a novella (#10.5) in author Chloe Neill's Chicagoland Vampires series. Merit and Ethan desperately need some time away from their duties and just when they begin a romantic vacation, wouldn't you know it...yep, work calls. This mystery heavily involves the shifter community which was a nice addition. This series never gets old, and even though I would have thoroughly enjoyed reading a fun Ethan and Merit love-fest, I certainly didn't mind this mystery-filled quickie. ...more
★★★★ I'm not sure if it's just been too long since I read anything from Chloe Neill's Chicagoland Vampires series, but this eleventh installment was ju★★★★½ I'm not sure if it's just been too long since I read anything from Chloe Neill's Chicagoland Vampires series, but this eleventh installment was just what I needed to snap me out of a quickly approaching reading slump. I don't put every book I drop on my DNF shelf but I've already gone through four deleted books this week...and I was scared lol. I'm glad this book was available when it was.
Dark Debt had a lot of suspense and fun mystery/strategy that kept my attention. Keeping up with all the familiar characters is something I look forward to with each installment and this one rewarded loyal readers with a lovely event at the end. Chicagoland Vampires is such a great urban fantasy/mystery series and I'm so glad I started it. Check it out!
My favorite quote: “Love wasn’t perfection. It wasn’t always roses and candy. Hell, it wasn’t even mostly roses and candy. Sometimes it was battling back fear that loomed like a leviathan, trying to find a way through misery, being grateful to have a companion who knew your strengths and weaknesses, and loved you not just in spite of them, but because of them. Love was acceptance. Love was bravery. Love was sticking it out.”
★★★ Blood Games is the tenth installment in Chloe Neill's urban fantasy series titled: Chicagoland Vampires. Each book in this series has a strong myst★★★½ Blood Games is the tenth installment in Chloe Neill's urban fantasy series titled: Chicagoland Vampires. Each book in this series has a strong mystery element and although this one had a murder mystery to solve, it is more focused on Ethan's future in the GP. My favorite part in this book though was some confirmation on the direction of Merit and Ethan's relationship. Whoop Whoop! If anything, this story will keep readers motivated to continue the series.
My favorite quote: "I knew there were Web sites devoted to Ethan. I might, in a moment of curious weakness, have visited Ethan SullivanIsMyMaster.net and smiled at the bloggers’ obvious adoration. But underwear? Underwear!"...more
A Quick Bite is the first installment in Lynsay Sands's vampire paranormal romance series titled Argeneau. I had never read anything from this authorA Quick Bite is the first installment in Lynsay Sands's vampire paranormal romance series titled Argeneau. I had never read anything from this author or this series before and I have to admit the popularity and impressive ratings had me pretty excited. This book ended up just being OK for me. I never really felt engaged in the storyline or connected with any of the characters. It was too easy to put the book down while reading and I kind of had a "take it or leave it" outlook. I considered adding it to my DNF shelf, not because it's bad but because there are too many books and too little time to read something that isn't completely capturing you. But I stuck it out...I mean have you seen how many books are in this series????? It's obviously working for plenty of loyal readers.
I should note there were things I did like about A Quick Bite: I liked the fact that the female lead is the vampire while the male lead is the mortal. Usually it's always the man who wears the fangs. I also thought the blood phobia was an interesting addition to the vampire world. I mean, who would have thought lol? But like I said, overall it was just OK. I finished the book but didn't like it enough to continue the series. Two stars.
Crave The Night is the twelfth installment in Lara Adrian's paranormal romance series titled: Midnight Breed. This is the first time I have read a booCrave The Night is the twelfth installment in Lara Adrian's paranormal romance series titled: Midnight Breed. This is the first time I have read a book by Ms. Adrian and it is the first book I have read in this particular series. As noted on a fellow goodreads member's review, each book in this series can apparently be read as a standalone novel despite its series setup, so that's what I did. This new release was available at my library and I grabbed it. Plus, it was recommended on a literary map for fans of Karen Marie Moning (FYI: I am in fact an enthusiastic fan!).
After reading, I have to agree and disagree with the "each installment can be read as a standalone" assessment. I agree because it was evident that the main characters' personal romance was new and fresh; however, it was also evident that there was some overall backstory I was unaware of that left me feeling a bit uninvolved in the first approximate thirty percent of the book. Obviously, when the romance began, it felt like a fresh experience so that was good. Once finishing the book, I felt knowledgable about the world and rules this series is based on, so that also was a plus and may support the "standalone" recommendation.
Overall, I liked this book. It was far from a Karen Marie Moning experience in my opinion, but it was a good paranormal romance. I felt connected to the characters and even felt my heartstrings tug a little at their personal struggles. However, I did have some eyeroll moments at the writing within the heavy romance scenes and how the romance flowed in general. I mean, how many times can the story of the damaged, control-hungry man and the fragile virgin be told? And "sexy" phrases like, "Your petals are so swollen and ripe" weren't sexy to me...they just distracted me from the moment (however, I have to admit I've read scenes in other books that had me busting out laughing so this really wasn't bad at all LOL).
There are positives and negatives in all books depending on the reader's perspective, and despite any negatives written in this review, I am in fact interested in checking out other books in this series and would recommend this series to fellow fans of vampire romances. Please note that my rating may very well have been higher if I had read this series in order as my excitement would likely have grown for the characters and the world in general, and I may have felt more invested overall. So with that in mind (and based only on my personal reading experience), I would encourage new readers to read this series in order. ...more
Chosen Thief is the fourth installment in Scarlett Dawn's new adult fantasy/romance series titled Forever Evermore. For those unfamiliar with the seriChosen Thief is the fourth installment in Scarlett Dawn's new adult fantasy/romance series titled Forever Evermore. For those unfamiliar with the series, here's a heads up: The first three books make up the first saga and focus on four main characters: Jack, Pearl, Lily, and Ezra as they train and serve as leaders in this world. This fourth book: Chosen Thief begins the second saga, where the next four prodigies enter training/leadership roles. Although Jack, Pearl, Lily, and Ezra are still active characters, they are no longer the focus. The main characters will be brand spanking new to readers. Let me introduce you:
I loved the first three books and when I found out the focal characters were new in the fourth book, I was somewhat hesitant. I adore Ms. Dawn's storytelling, so I knew it would be good but I honestly didn't think I would enjoy it quite as much. Well, I had nothing to worry about. I enjoyed it just as much and now I am in love. To say I am incredibly excited about this saga is an understatement! Chosen Thief is told in the perspective of Caro, a rare spirit elemental and Jack's prodigy...and boy does he have his hands full! Caro and her “brother”: Sin show that people can change. No matter where life has taken you in the past, fresh starts can be successful. I know it's a bit early to talk about success but I have a good feeling! Caro's character building is spot on and the world building continues beautifully. I'm so looking forward to learning more about all the characters, especially the new prodigies. Some of them were minimally touched on, but we've got a whole saga's worth of time to get to know them.
My only complaint (well not really a complaint, more like a confusion) revolves around (view spoiler)[Caro's relationship with others. One of the relationships (Caro and Sin) is purposely vague and I get that, but as far as romantic relationships, the story starts out with Caro and the shifter prodigy Brann set up to follow a very familiar path (think Lily and Ezra), but then this dynamic ends abruptly. Maybe it will pick back up in future installments? Regardless, by the end of the book, several possible romantic interests have been set up as options for Caro. I don't foresee a love triangle, quadrangle, etc. and none of them necessarily promise a happily-ever-after down the road. So there lies my confusion. I'm just not sure if there is indeed a relationship to cheer on or if there will ever be. As a reader, I want there to be because I like Caro so damn much... and of course because Ms. Dawn can write romance like nobody's business. (hide spoiler)]
I can honestly say I loved this book, and in my opinion it's 5-star entertainment. Ms. Dawn knows how to draw her readers into any world she creates and I just eat it up every time. If you haven't tried out her writing yet, start with this series. But beware: If you read it, I guarantee you'll be hooked...just like me!
My favorite quote: ”It's always the hardasses who have the biggest hearts.”
Archangel's Blade is the fourth installment in author Nalini Singh's paranormal romance series: Guild Hunter. When I realized that Elena and Raphael'sArchangel's Blade is the fourth installment in author Nalini Singh's paranormal romance series: Guild Hunter. When I realized that Elena and Raphael's story would be ending as a focal point in book #3, I considered just dropping the series. That's how much I loved their journey. Plus, the fourth book is focused on Dmitri. Why???? I hated Dmitri in the first three books. He had zero redeemable qualities in my opinion. But goodreads can be pretty persistent with book recommendations, and eventually I succumbed to the peer pressure and proceeded on to Archangel's Blade.
I STAND CORRECTED- I loved this book! ...and this was Dmitri's story! Yes, he may be cruel, violent, and dominating, but readers learn the events in his past which lead him to this type of survival. He has a horrific history of abuse and loss that floored me. I was not expecting his personal story. Archangel's Blade features a new heroine: Honor and a new mystery element; both were engaging and interesting. But my favorite part of this book...a mind-blowing twist at the end! Although other readers may have figured it out or expected it, I sure as hell didn't and it vamped my rating up from 4-stars to a 5-stars. If you enjoy the Guild Hunter series, don't miss out on this one!
My favorite quote: “After they were both done, the pile of knives and guns on the coffee table looked like they’d cleaned out an armory. “I think we have a problem, Dmitri.”
The Guild Hunter series includes the following installments: (as of November 2014) ...more
Bound by Flames is the third installment in Jeaniene Frost’s paranormal romance series titled Night Prince. I will read a4.5 Stars Vlad is back people!
Bound by Flames is the third installment in Jeaniene Frost’s paranormal romance series titled Night Prince. I will read absolutely anything that keeps me connected to Ms. Frost’s Night Huntress series. That series was my first experience with the urban fantasy genre, and the characters Ms. Frost created made the genre one of my absolute favorites. It just so happens I was first introduced to Vlad in that series, so when Night Prince was started there was no question I would be a loyal reader. My enjoyment in the Night Prince series has ebbed and flowed though. In my opinion, this is quite a different Vlad than the one readers met in Night Huntress, but Bound by Flames has brought him back pretty close to the Vlad I remember! He’s dominating, uncompromising, ruthless... thank God! I know this probably sounds bad because it’s a romance novel, but this is Vlad Tepesh: the legend behind Dracula! He can’t get soft, and the last book had me very worried. I have to admit that I’m liking Vlad’s love interest Leila a bit more in this book. She makes a pretty good vampire and the extreme challenges she faces in this story has her earning my respect, fictional as it may be. If you’re a fan of the Night Huntress Universe then keep an eye out for this series...and please read the epilogue! I was rolling LOL
My favorite quote: "'He can find what he needs in Vegas? I love you Vegas', I wanted to crow. 'The dark arts are very alive and well here. How else do you explain Cirque du Soleil's best tricks?
Archangel's Kiss is the second installment in the Guild Hunter Series written by Nalini Singh. I fell in love with the first book Angels' Blood and IArchangel's Kiss is the second installment in the Guild Hunter Series written by Nalini Singh. I fell in love with the first book Angels' Blood and I knew immediately I would be continuing the series. Archangel's Kiss didn't quite enthrall me as much as the first book but it was still pretty amazing. I enjoy seeing Elena and Raphael's relationship mature and also it is very interesting to follow all the political agendas that have developed as a result of Elena's change. I am very curious about Elena's nightmares and wondering if there is something more to them than just childhood memories. I enjoy the characters and world that Ms. Singh has developed and I can't wait to read more of this series!
My favorite quote: “Do you think you have the right to give me orders now?" The Archangel of New York, a creature so lethal that part of her feared him even now, lifted the hair off her nape, brushed his lips across her skin. "Of course. You are mine." No hint of humor, nothing but stark possession. "I don't think you've quite got the hang of this true love thing.”...more
Archangel's Consort is the third installment in Nalini Singh's Guild Hunter series. I am really enjoying this series so far; however, the first book sArchangel's Consort is the third installment in Nalini Singh's Guild Hunter series. I am really enjoying this series so far; however, the first book still remains my favorite. I'd have to say this is my second favorite though. The story added enough zing to keep readers interested and eager to find the next installment. I loved reading about Elena and Raphael's relationship (it's so intimate on many levels), Elena's slow but steady progress as a young angel, her ongoing work as a guild hunter, and the many side characters. A major new character enters in this book and I CANNOT wait to see if she resurfaces in future books!
My favorite quote: “Our memories make us, Elena,” Raphael answered, in an echo of something she’d once said to him. “Even the darkest of them all.”...more
I had already read King Hall via kindle but when I learned the audiobook was recently released, I had to experience the story twice. I rarely re-readI had already read King Hall via kindle but when I learned the audiobook was recently released, I had to experience the story twice. I rarely re-read books because there are just too many wonderful books to read for this one lifetime. However, Scarlett Dawn's stories may be an exception! I loved this book just as much as the first time I read it. The audio experience was pretty good- Overall, I was impressed. My only complaint was Jack's voice. He sounded like he had a speech disorder. There are so many characters in this book and I understand the one narrator would have to get pretty creative with creating accents/tones for each of them during the reading. That must have been difficult so I'm sure she did the best she could but it just cracked me up when I heard it! Oh well, I remain in love with King Hall and I'm glad I re-read it. Especially after knowing the developments that occur in King Cave! This has been a winning series for me so far and it's only just begun! Can't wait for King Tomb!
King Tomb is the third installment in author Scarlett Dawn's Forever Evermore series. I am so happy the first book King Hall was recommended to me lasKing Tomb is the third installment in author Scarlett Dawn's Forever Evermore series. I am so happy the first book King Hall was recommended to me last year or else I may have missed out on all this awesomeness! King Tomb is a wonderful addition to an engaging series that I have come to love. I have devoured each of these books within twenty-four hours and the same goes for King Tomb- I just couldn't put it down! Scarlett Dawn is a goddess! There I said it.
King Tomb provides closure to ALL the craziness that happened in the last book King Cave. You all know what I'm talking about...and if you don't then you better download this series asap! The closure was much needed (and appreciated), but I have to admit that I kinda miss all that love and drama! King Tomb picks up some months ahead of where King Cave left off. We see an entirely different Lily and Ezra in this installment and while I miss their old selves, I have to admit that their new selves are total bad ass! War and loss have made them each cold and emotionless, but that allows them to be ruthless leaders, and that aspect was surprisingly fun to read. There is one scene in this book involving Lily dealing out a punishment that scared me a bit. I didn't even recognize her! But then there are other scenes of course that made me smile and appreciate the many roles she is filling.
As a forever loyal follower of this series, my only complaint with King Tomb was (view spoiler)[plain and simple: I needed more of Lily and Ezra! Yeah they found each other again - and that part was one of my favorite parts! But so much of this book was them together without their memories, and after witnessing their deep love in King Cave, I stayed in withdrawal for much of this book. The two of them interacting without their memories of each other was pretty entertaining in itself, and it also added some humor. But when they finally got their memories back, the story went a different direction with a focus on certain tasks that needed to be completed, reuniting with Pearl and Jack (who unfortunately I don't really care that much about anymore-I know it's just sad), and then a setup for the next installment Chosen Thief. I guess since King Cave was heavy on the relationship/romance aspect, I just assumed that King Tomb would resume some of that momentum. But you know what they say about assumptions...and I should definitely know better by now. (hide spoiler)] I guess that was slightly more than just one "plain and simple" complaint, but it all boils down to my love for these two amazing characters. And did I hear correctly that this may be the last book centered on Lily and Ezra????? I'm desperately trying not to jump to any conclusions but after reading this possibility on another reader's review, and also seeing the blurb for Chosen Thief indicating it is Caro's story, I am seriously scared! I'm afraid that Ms. Dawn may have shot herself in the foot when she developed Lily and Ezra- How can we even begin to adore anyone else? I guess if anyone can make her readers happy it will be Scarlett Dawn. Just so you know Ms. Dawn, I have faith in you!!!
My favorite quote: "Or better yet, tell me if King Zeller," asshole, "is my baby's daddy?" I spoke in a pseudo whisper to King Zeller when they stayed quiet. "It sounds awfully ghetto, doesn't it? Who's your baby's daddy?"
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I checked this book out from the library for the sole purpose of reading Chloe Neill's novella: High Stakes which is #8.25 in her Chicagoland VampiresI checked this book out from the library for the sole purpose of reading Chloe Neill's novella: High Stakes which is #8.25 in her Chicagoland Vampires series. High Stakes focuses on Lindsey, a guard at Cadogan House and Luc, guard captain. As the Chicagoland Vampires series progresses, the reader sees sparks of "something more" in their friendship and I really enjoyed seeing their relationship blossom a bit. However, the main story is centered on Lindsey. In this short-story, the reader learns a lot about her normally tight-lipped history, and she has a very close call when she gets a visit from the past life she lived during 1920's. All is well and we can continue to expect more of Lindsey (and Luc, YAY!) in future installments of this series.
My favorite quote (from High Stakes): The past is never quite what we imagined it to be....more