I can’t believe that BREAK THE DAY is already the sixteenth book in the Midnight Breed series. Lara Adrian pens another fun and exciting s
I can’t believe that BREAK THE DAY is already the sixteenth book in the Midnight Breed series. Lara Adrian pens another fun and exciting story for readers with Rafe and Devony.
Now with so many books already out in a series, often a series can get a little bit old or repetitive. However, I found that with this series, and this book in particular, Lara Adrian is capable of bringing forth stories that are fun and engaging without being too repetitive. Take Rafe’s situation for example. As a former Breed member, he will go through experiences that none of the other characters of this book go through. I really loved this twist and found it to bring so much excitement and intrigue to this series.
So while Adrian does keeps things fresh, there’s also another part of her writing that likes to stay true to the genre and the previous books in the series. For example, I found Devony’s character to be a nice reminder of why I love this genre. It’s been a while since I’ve read a Paranormal Romance, but Lara Adrian and the Midnight Breed series always makes me remember why I love it. Devony’s tough personality is so consistent with the heroines in this genre that it brought back good memories of this series. I think that this element, combined with the new twists in the series, makes the Midnight Breed series by Lara Adrian a must-read....more
With the cliffhanger ending of the last book in the series, many readers are biting their nails to see what will come of Elena and Raphael
With the cliffhanger ending of the last book in the series, many readers are biting their nails to see what will come of Elena and Raphael in this installment. As a fan of this series, I was very much looking forward to see what Nalini Singh would do and I’m happy to note that she really went above and beyond what I expected and delivered an epic story for her readers.
ARCHANGEL’S WAR is the twelfth book in the Guild Hunter series and I would definitely recommend reading this series in order. This book has multiple POVs in it although quite a lot of it revolves around Raphael and Elena who are the main couple of the series. There were times when I wished a new couple was featured in this books, but this was one of those times when I was happy to see an update on Elena and Raphael again.
I truly believe that their romance continues to develop and bloom even though we’ve technically seen many happily ever afters for them already. Raphael has quickly become one of my favorite heroes of this year with his devoted love for Elena. I mean, he literally gives his heart to her. How much more could you ask from an archangel?
I’m giving this book five stars, which for me is a big deal now. I have only giving 5 stars to only one other book I’ve read this year, but I like to save this rating for books that I truly think deserve it. ARCHANGEL’S WAR definitely deserves all the 5-star ratings!...more
It’s been a long time coming. I feel like I have been waiting for this story for forever and I think with that came a lot of expectations. WICKED BITEIt’s been a long time coming. I feel like I have been waiting for this story for forever and I think with that came a lot of expectations. WICKED BITE is book two in the Night Rebel series. Because I was such a fan of the original Night Huntress series, I was looking forward to seeing what Frost would do for Veritas and Ian.
The best thing about this book is that Frost stays true to the beloved characters of the series. Their personalities came out strong in this series, which I think will make readers very happy. The beginning takes a bit of time to warm up, but once the action starts, I found myself enjoying the book more.
There’s a touch of humor that runs through this entire book, but when you pair the sexiness with the action, it really makes for an interesting read. The overall tone of the book is set by Veritas’ character, who I think is the true star of this novel. I am looking forward to the next book in the series. Hopefully, it won’t take over another year before we get the next installment in our hot little hands.
One of my favorite authors, J.R. Ward, released a novella set in the world of the Black Dagger Brotherhood series. As this is one of my fa
One of my favorite authors, J.R. Ward, released a novella set in the world of the Black Dagger Brotherhood series. As this is one of my favorite series by her, I was very intrigued to see what this little treat would be like. I’ve always believed in Ward’s writing, but wondered how her writing would fare with short stories. As you know, her books tend to be on the long side, but I’m happy to note that this story definitely fulfill my BDB fan needs nicely.
This book is about Ahmare and Duran, two vampires who had had their fair share of bad luck. Ahmare’s brother has been taken from her and she must to many impossible things in order to get him back. The most challenging is to track down someone with the help of Duran.
Duran has been held captive for twenty-one years and his first chance at escape involves working with Ahmare. The two are very different in the beginning but you can definitely feel the way their love grows with for one another. I like that Ward didn’t make it about instalove, which is what you would normally see in a shorter story. But she takes her time, creating conflict and tension while also building that romance in a believable way.
I really enjoyed this story and I think if you’re a fan of Ward and the BDB series, you’ll want to read it to get your fix. Reading this book makes me excited for the next installment as Ward continues to keep readers on their toes.
If you’re a fan of J.R. Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood or Lara Adrian’s Midnight Breed series, then you definitely need to check out Kate Baxter’s Last True Vampire. It’s been a long time since I’ve found a book that has captured my attention like this one has. There was a time when I pretty much only read Paranormal Romance because I enjoyed it that much but the genre has kind of taken a back seat in the more recent years but THE DARK VAMPIRE has rekindled my love for vampires and Paranormal Romance.
Eric Jenner is as wild and as dangerous as it gets. A one-and-done kind of guy, he isn’t a man who is willing to stick around. For him, only sating his hunger is what he cares about. But when he encounters Bria, a sassy but harbored vampire, something ignites within him. Their chemistry is instant and electric, charging this book with passion and intensity. Baxter has really found her niche with this book. Both characters are interesting and offer so much to the series. While Jenner can be intense at times, I loved how he softens for Bria. It’s a side of him that I don’t think we’d ever get to see if it wasn’t for her.
As I mentioned earlier, there are quite a few similarities between this series and Ward and Adrian’s. I definitely think that if you’re a fan of either one that you’ll fall for this series hard. While there’s plenty of action and worldbuilding present, I think the best thing about this book is the romance. Baxter delivers it so well that I think it will be a favorite for many PNR lovers out there. THE DARK VAMPIRE is my favorite of the series by far!...more
Lara Adrian has me eating my words. Just when I had said that the newer characters of the series haven’t been holding my attention as well
Lara Adrian has me eating my words. Just when I had said that the newer characters of the series haven’t been holding my attention as well as the first few books has, Adrian brings out a story that not only has vividly developed characters but it also has the suspense and the romance that remind me of the first books so much. More impressive is the fact that this is only a novella.
However, all this shouldn’t actually be that surprising considering the fact that Lara Adrian has been one of my favorite authors for some time now and her writing has always been impeccable. But there was something about this book that made me enjoy it so much more. First off, it’s set in Morocco and Rome, two very different but equally stunning places. I loved what the atmosphere of these settings brought to the story and it definitely added much more appeal to me as a reader.
Also, the premise of the story is quite unique as well. Jehan and and Seraphina are bound together by ancients laws and their families. To prevent war from occurring, they must join together in a love match. They have a few ceremonies to do and eight nights to get to know each other and decide if they can go through with this. This idea works very well with a short novella. The time constraint creates that urgency while also upping the stakes a little bit. Surprisingly, Adrian is able to fit a well-formed romance and some action scenes in here as well.
I couldn’t put this down! STROKE OF MIDNIGHT has definitely rekindled my love for the series!...more
In the first of a brand new futuristic series, Keri Arthur takes readers into a whole new world filled with vampires, ghosts and undergrou
In the first of a brand new futuristic series, Keri Arthur takes readers into a whole new world filled with vampires, ghosts and underground bunkers.
Our heroine, Tiger, is the last of the déchet, a breed of soliders that have long been eradicated. She lives in an underground bunker with ghosts, hiding her existence from those who hold prejudices against her kind. Her friends and family consist of two young ghosts, Bear and Cat, who died in her arms and now devote their time in trying to help her.
When Tiger hears the cries of a child right before the sun is about to set, she goes to investigate, knowing that at any moment the vampires will emerge and kill the child. However, when she finds Penny, she is not alone. An injured ranger is with her and he has been poisoned. Unless gets the help he needs, he will die. So Tiger and her friends take the girl and the ranger to Nuri, the only person who may be able to help.
There more trouble seems to find her as she jumps to help other children who seem to be missing. What I found intriguing about this series is the world. I’ve read a lot of Arthur’s books and know that she has wonderful imagination but this world seems to be the most unique so far. Filled with shifters, vampires, and ghosts, there’s plenty to love in this new series!
One of my favorite things about this book is Tiger. She’s a tough girl for having managed to survive on her own for so long but her best quality has to be her heart. She’s a selfless woman that will constantly risk her safety for others. Sometimes I think it can also be her greatest flaw as well because there were some points in the book where I wondered why she was helping certain people when all they did was hold who she was against her even when she has done nothing wrong.
However, Arthur addresses this in the very last scene, giving Tiger that moment where she says no finally and walks away. If I could’ve been there to give her a standing ovation, I would because that was exactly what Tiger needed to do for herself. I’m very curious to see where she goes from here.
Arthur is known for her love triangles in her books so I wasn’t very surprised to see one in this book. However, it’s not your typical one and I liked that it wasn’t dragged out completely. But now that Tiger really is the last of the déchets, I’m curious to see how Jonas, the ranger that she saves will get over his prejudices and come to accept that Tiger isn’t the monster he believes her to be.
CITY OF LIGHT is bursting with action, suspense and the supernatural. If you’re looking for a kickass heroine with a big heart to match, look no further than Tiger. I suspect big things for her character....more
Merit has been a vampire for a year now. She’s gained some incredible friends and learned a ton of skills that she never would’ve otherwis
Merit has been a vampire for a year now. She’s gained some incredible friends and learned a ton of skills that she never would’ve otherwise. Some incredible things have happened over the several books of the series but I feel like despite being in the midst of a supernatural war, Merit and Ethan have kind of settled down a little bit.
A murder has occurred and it looks like it’s been done by one of them. That’s not good news when the tension between Houses is already brimming. After a brief update on Catcher and Mallory in the beginning, Neill goes straight into the action. A lot of the story focuses on the murder mystery with some twists along the way.
Ethan remains to be an enigma, never revealing too much but enough to stay alluring. My only complaint is that since we’re twelve books into the series, I would love a little more insight into his character. I feel like we have hit a plateau with his character and I would love something that would once again engage readers.
In terms of the romance, I do feel that Merit and Ethan have reached that comfortable stage in a relationship. The last books have been a little more steady. I wouldn’t mind seeing Neill shake things up a bit here as well. I do sense that the end is near but a little extra drama wouldn’t hurt the series.
Baxter revives the fiercest of the paranormal creatures with the THE LAST TRUE VAMPIRE. This book has all the components that I love about
Baxter revives the fiercest of the paranormal creatures with the THE LAST TRUE VAMPIRE. This book has all the components that I love about a great Paranormal Romance. It even reminds me of one of my most read novels of all time, Dark Lover by J.R. Ward. Michael Aristov is the last vampire in a dying breed. When a chance meeting ignites a mating bond of sorts, Michael wants nothing more than to complain his made. The only thing is Claire Thompson doesn’t know anything about the world. Or him.
Claire is a sweet loving girl. She kind of reminds me of Beth of Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood series. While still fiercely independent, Claire also has this vulnerability to her that makes her relatable. And yet despite that, things turn hot in an instant whenever Michael and Claire are together. That’s what I love about Paranormal Romance; there’s this intensity and rawness to them that adds depth and darkness to the story. I think Baxter captured this well. Her writing is eloquent and engaging and very much fitting to the genre. I’m looking forward to see what she has planned next for the series. ...more
In the second installment to the Last True Vampire series, Kate Baxter introduces readers to Naya Morales, a woman with special powers tas
In the second installment to the Last True Vampire series, Kate Baxter introduces readers to Naya Morales, a woman with special powers tasked with tracking down others with stolen magic. When she is lured by a magic so different and powerful, she comes face to face with a man that somehow knows her name. He claims that he is going to protect her before passing out. Freaked out, Naya straps him to a chair, intending to question him once he wakes. But the stranger becomes all too impossible to resist.
I didn’t fully warm up to Naya’s character. She acts like a tough cookie and I will admit, sometimes she is. But other times she acts without really thinking about it first. As with the reader, she is kept in the dark and when Ronan wakes, not able to remember anything that happened apart from that he is Naya’s mate and must protect her, Naya reacts like a child. Instead of having both characters sit down and try to communicate, they simply argue, creating a greater divide between them. Naturally, I could understand why Naya was a little bit freaked out, but the entire situation doesn’t really make for a very romantic interlude. It was hard to believe in the romance when Ronan is practically throwing himself on Naya and she’s batting him off like he’s a disgusting bug.
I will say that I enjoyed Ronan’s character. He’s a charmer but boy does he seem clingy. As the book goes on, however, Baxter is able to rein them both in and create an action-packed story that does eventually amp up the romance. I’m looking forward to see what Baxter has in store for her readers next!...more
When my favorite author decided that she was going to write a Part Two to my all-time favorite book about my all-time favorite couple, I basically losWhen my favorite author decided that she was going to write a Part Two to my all-time favorite book about my all-time favorite couple, I basically lost my mind. LOVER ETERNAL is still hands down my favorite romance book so I was both scared and excited to see what Ward was going to do with THE BEAST.
Fans of the series all kind of had an idea of what was going to happen. First we were promised a novella but I'm glad that Ward decided to write a full-length novel for Rhage and Mary again. Some argue that this story could've been a secondary one in another book. I disagree. After everything that these two have gone through to be together, it would be a slap in the face to both the fans and the characters if Ward didn't do them justice and give them a full-length book like she had with Wrath and Beth.
And Ward certainly gives them one hell of a story.
To this day, Rhage is still battling his curse but now I would say that he seems to have a smidgen more control. What's so interesting about the beast is that for so long we saw him as "the bad guy that couldn't be released" but now we see that insane, homicidal eat-everything side and also the sweet puppy dog side that makes me melt. Once again Ward is continuing to reveal more about her characters that we never knew about before, adding layers to an already complex world.
Readers will fall deeper in love with Rhage and Mary's romance as they undergo some very difficult times. But despite the fact that this is a vampire series, these characters have very human desires and I think that's what makes this series so popular with readers. It's because they just want the same thing as we do, making them relatable on a baser level.
My favorite character in the book is a new one but I won't reveal who. It's pretty obvious though because without her, this entire book wouldn't be. Her story is both heartbreaking and heartwarming at the same time and my favorite moments in this book involved her. Always.
As expected, Ward has multiple storylines working throughout. We get plenty of page time with Assail. He's showing many changes and it's intriguing to see the transformation right before your eyes. I'm becoming more interested in seeing what Ward does with him.
Ward also introduces some new character in this one, all three of which I am very excited about. One particular story line didn't seem to fit until the very end and now I'm VERY curious to see what this means for the Brotherhood.
If you're worried that this is a filler book, let me tell you right now that it absolutely isn't. Not only does Ward give the right amount of time developing and giving Rhage and Mary what they so desperately need, but she makes some insurmountable leaps in both the world and the personal lives of these women and warriors.
I was confident that I was going to like this book but it's another thing entirely for an author to surpass your expectations and deliver a book that not only reaches your expectations but also shocks and intrigues you at the same time. But I guess that's why J.R. Ward is my favorite author - no one delivers a story like she does.
Favorite Quote: "The clean cut of her jaw caught and held the light from the crystal sconce on the wall, and her cream silk blouse draped over her breasts and was tucked into her tight waist, and her slacks fell to her flats. No makeup on her. No perfume.
But that would be like touching up the Mona Lisa or litting a rosebush with a shot of Febreze.
There were a hundred thousand ways to detail his mate's physical attributes, and not one single sentence, or indeed an entire book, that could come close to describing her presence." ...more
In the thirteenth installment to the Midnight Breed series, Lara Adrian continues her story arc, which began in Edge of Dawn where the Bre
In the thirteenth installment to the Midnight Breed series, Lara Adrian continues her story arc, which began in Edge of Dawn where the Breeds and the vampires try to co-exist. Of course, it’s not an easy task as several issues pop up along the way. What is different about this book is that the hero and heroine are actually already in a relationship. Carys and Rune are total opposites and though their relationship is heavily frowned upon, nothing stops them from being together.
Rune is your typical Breed hero. He’s a fighter through and through and as you learn more about his past, you really begin to enjoy his character some more. Carys is the daughter to Chase and well, if you know anything about the guy then you know this book will be interesting based on that alone. What I liked about Carys and Rune’s relationship was that its already pretty solid in the beginning so when it gets tested, you can really see how unshakeable they really are.
Another thing I’ve loved about this series from the very beginning is that Adrian spends some time in the enemy’s head. While this can be boring for some readers, I think it’s integral to the series and brings so much added suspense and thrills. It really strengthens the conflict and creates that much needed tension in the series.
While I’ve enjoyed the Midnight Breed series as a whole, I will say that the second cast of characters haven’t been holding my attention as much as the original books have. I don’t know what it is but while I like the characters, I haven’t obsessed over them like I used to do with the others. All the elements are still very much there but I think I’m looking for something that will make the characters really stand out amongst a sea of already great characters.
I look forward to seeing what Lara Adrian comes up with next!...more
Thrown back into the alluring world that Anne Bishop has created, readers are bombarded with stellar characterization and highly detailed w
Thrown back into the alluring world that Anne Bishop has created, readers are bombarded with stellar characterization and highly detailed worldbuilding. If you loved WRITTEN IN BLOOD, you will adore MURDER OF CROWS.
Much like its predessor, Bishop keeps it dark and keeps it heavy on the worldbuilding. However, Romance readers will have something to cheer about because although not too much development has been made in that department, there is some great progress that gets readers like me very, very excited. I found Simon and Meg to be adorable in their “friendship”. Valuing each other because of their shared companionship, neither one is really sure of their feelings. However, Bishop does such a fantastic job of exploring those unsure feelings. I cannot wait to see where it leads!
In terms of the politics of the world and the conflicts that arise, deaths have been occurring within the Crows due to two addicint drugs that have turned up, which force the Others to make decisions. With the Controller still out there, using the blood prophets for this evil endeavours, there is an increasing urgency to capture him and stop him from hurting people like Jean, Meg’s friend who helped her escape.
Upon starting this book, I found it impossible to stop. There is just something so gripping about Bishop’s writing. I felt like I had fallen into another world, watching on with vividly intensity as the events occur. Because Bishop likes to tell her stories through various POVs, I found it fascinating to be inside all their heads, especially the Controller’s. I definitely think it adds another layer to the storyline.
Bishop has a fascinating world-class winner on her hands, raising the bar of expectations high. MURDER OF CROWS transcends simple Urban Fantasy and gears towards epic fantasy.
Sylvain Reynard takes a different turn in the Florentine series, this time adding a darker tone to his eloquent and decadent writing. Set i
Sylvain Reynard takes a different turn in the Florentine series, this time adding a darker tone to his eloquent and decadent writing. Set in the beautiful backdrop of Italy, Raven Wood restores Renaissance art at the Uffizi gallery. On her way home, she stops the senseless beating of a homeless man before the attack turns on her. Her rescuer is as scary as her attacker but she is still ever grateful for his help.
But something strange starts to happen. No one recognized her and when news of a stolen Botticelli illustration coincides with her disappearance, Raven becomes the prime suspect.
Reynard’s writing is exceptionally driven by this mystery, adding intrigue and action where you least expect it. I think readers will be surprised by the change in his writing, but will undoubtedly enjoy the ride that the author takes us on.
As mentioned earlier, Reynard’s writing is exceptional well done. Rife with rich descriptions and beautiful imagery, this book almost reminds me of a decadent cake with layers and layers of deliciousness you want to devour. However, the rich descriptions can be a double-edged sword. Too much of it can slow the book down and really hinder the reading experience when the pacing needs to be on point. Several times I felt like the book dragged in favor of creating more depth where there was already so much of it. I think with a more action-oriented series such as this one, a balance needs to be made.
Passion and intensity are never in short order with Sylvain Reynard’s books. Be prepared for a darker, sinful side of the author with the Florentine series.
CHASING THE SHADOWS is book 3 in the Nikki and Michael series. While I do believe you can happily read this book as a standalone, I would still definitely recommend reading the books in order just because you’ll get the full range of emotions in terms of the romance between our main characters. The story and the mystery itself can work alone, but if you are a Keri Arthur fan, I would suggest starting with book one.
In this book we get a deeper insight into Nikki and Michael’s relationship. They are a couple now but that doesn’t mean things are all swell between them. Both of them are fiercely independent people so part of the struggle with them is to find a balance. Mentioned in the book is the “give and take” of a relationship and that aptly describes what both of them need to do in order to make this relationship work. In this, this book reminds me a little of Cat and Bones of the Night Huntress series who have their own personal relationship problems within the series. I think having those struggles make Nikki and Michael a stronger couple and also, it makes them feel so much more real, as they undergo changes in their lives that find that happiness.
The case they are working on this time is probably my favorite in the series so far. Four wealthy women have been kidnapped by vampires. They have been mutilated and killed, even when the ransom money was paid. All this becomes clearer as the past of these women come into play. This mystery hooked into me skin and just dragged me through the whole story until I finished. I read this whole book in one afternoon and found myself riveted by the pulse-pounding action as well as the developing romance.
One other thing I absolutely loved about this series is Seline. Seline is a witch and we’ve seen her presence throughout the series, but I don’t think I’ve mentioned her before now. She has these mental conversations with Michael all the time and I always find myself looking forward to her scenes because she has known Michael the longest and I feel as if we get better insight into his character through her. She is also a compelling and interesting character herself so I like it whenever Michael calls her.
I loved this book! If you’re looking for a series that similar in style to Nalini Singh’s Psy-Changeling series with its writing and heroes, then you’ll love this. I would also recommend this book to fans of the In Death series by J.D. Robb because the mysteries are very well done and they have a paranormal twist to them usually.
Ione’s writing style has stayed largely the same with the familiar sarcastic quips and witty dialogue. The secondary characters provide a won3.5 stars
Ione’s writing style has stayed largely the same with the familiar sarcastic quips and witty dialogue. The secondary characters provide a wonderful support to the main characters with several stepping up as possible leads in the next book of the series. I’m interested to see where Ione takes these characters next.
Throughout the Mercy Thompson series, readers have witnessed the constant growth of Mercy’s character. She has endured so much, but has also found a fThroughout the Mercy Thompson series, readers have witnessed the constant growth of Mercy’s character. She has endured so much, but has also found a family within the Columbia Basin wolf pack. In NIGHT BROKEN, Patricia Briggs makes Mercy’s character all the more relatable by centering the book on something that could happen to any of us – the return of the ex-wife.
Adam’s ex-wife, Christy has caused problems for them before. However, when Mercy gets a phone call from a terrified Christy begging to come back home, Mercy’s soft heart gives in. A powerful and psychotic ex-lover turned stalker is after Christy so it is up to the pack to keep her from harm’s way. As fires and murders take place, Mercy soon realizes just how deep a problem this stalker is if he isn’t stopped soon.
As if that wasn’t enough, Mercy must somehow contact Coyote to retrieve the magical fae artifact called the Walking Stick for a Gray Lord named Alistar Beauclaire. With the extremely short time limit he has given her, it seems that Mercy has more to prove as a coyote shifter.
Patricia Briggs once again impresses with her paranormal world of supernaturals as she takes much of her inspiration from folklore. There is no doubt that readers will adore Brigg’s attention to detail and tightly-written prose. She is always so readily able to create a lush backdrop for all of her books. Furthermore, the dynamics of the pack and their loyalty will be tested once again as trouble is aimed straight at the heart of the pack.
Mercy’s character continues to grow as Briggs showcases her emotions and vulnerabilities. The intensity of the plot will test Mercy’s character physically, emotionally as well as spiritually, creating for a stronger, multidimensional heroine.
With NIGHT BROKEN, Briggs takes her rightful place alongside Ilona Andrews, Nalini Singh, Karen Marie Moning and Jeaniene Frost, all of who create fiercely independent heroines that provide today’s readers with positive role models. There is no doubt that Mercy Thompson is one of Urban Fantasy’s favourite heroines.
DANCING WITH THE DEVIL took me by surprise. As a Keri Arthur fan, I have loved both her Riley Jensen series as well as her Dark Angels seri
DANCING WITH THE DEVIL took me by surprise. As a Keri Arthur fan, I have loved both her Riley Jensen series as well as her Dark Angels series. So when I found out that she was rereleasing this series, I jumped at the chance at reading it.
All of the great characteristics you expect in an Arthur book is present. There’s fabulous worldbuilding, incredible action sequences and strong characters that have a lot of room to grow. However, there was one thing that really stood out for me with this book. It was the writing.
I’ve always that that Arthur was a good writer, but for some reason the writing style resonated with me more in this series. The tone reminds me a little of Nalini Singh’s Psy-Changeling series. It’s a little more serious, especially when in Michael’s POV. More details are explored in terms of descriptions and also, I felt that this book was very tightly written, especially where the action sequences were concerned. Overall, I just thought this book was a very well plotted out and well-written book so kudos to Arthur for that!
Nikki is a psychic Private Investigator. To be honest, it took about two chapters to warm up to her. I could already tell that she would be independent and kickass, but I was also looking for something that would make me relate to her. As the story progressed, I got that connection that I wanted. After employed to find a missing teenager named Monica Trevgard, Nikki is then thrust into a world that is far more complicated than the job initially let on.
She meets Jasper, a guy who is absolutely crazy and an enigma. A lot of the focus is on her fear for him and I thought that made for an edge-of-your-seat read because if you’re kickass character is scared, then you can sense that as well in your own feelings as you read.
Of course I have to talk about Michael who really intrigued me from the beginning. Arthur spends a little more time with his character, just doing some ordinary things like drinking wine and taking the time to understand his mind a little more. Other times, even when in his POV, she keeps readers in the dark about his intentions. It truly makes for an interesting character that I was dying to know more about. I liked her way of stringing readers as if on a leash, getting us to walk exactly where she intended us too. That being said, I found this book impossible to put down.
If you’re wondering if this Urban Fantasy is worth the shot, I think it is. A lot of the time it’s hard to find something fresh in the genre after having it be around for so long. If you enjoy the tone of Nalini Singh’s writing, but like the tightly-written action scenes of Lara Adrian’s Midnight Breed books, then I think you’ll enjoy this series as much as I have.
Arthur’s take on UF in this series feels totally different than her others, which makes me eager to read the next book, HEARTS IN DARKNESS!
What were your first impressions when you finished COLD BLOODED?
Annie: COLD BLOODED ended up being my favourite of the series so far. I lov
What were your first impressions when you finished COLD BLOODED?
Annie: COLD BLOODED ended up being my favourite of the series so far. I loved the emphasis on humor and the action was tightly-written, throwing in some surprises here and there that I wasn’t expecting!
Angela: I agree with you Annie! Cold Blooded is THE BEST installment by far. Ms. Carlson had me at the very edge of my seat. There were so many twists and turns and nonstop action. Jessica and Rourke were amazing together.. Other thoughts where of Ray, Naomi, Danny, Tyler and even the Witches. I was excited with their character’s progress and involvement in the book. But what really grabbed me was Jessica’s kick ass role. She really rocked this book, IMO
In this book, we finally get some sexy time! What did you think? Was it all that you had hoped for?
Annie: I was SO GLAD Rourke and Jessica had their time together! For the entire series, their sexual tension has been off the charts and now we finally the explosive nature of them together in this book. I was pleased and am looking forward to reading more!
Angela: Oh my gosh, I have been waiting for some Roarke action and Ms. Carlson delivered on her promise. I love that we finally find out what kind of shifter he really is. I love that he was able to stand back and let Jessica be the leader that she is. And of course, Roarke and Jessica had their moment of hotness. That was long overdue and well deserved.
What was your favorite part of the book?
Annie: I died laughing at the scooter part. It was hilarious and getting to see Rourke all pissy was fun to read!
Angela: My favorite was at the very end. The suspense was off the roof and Jessica showed all her kick ass moves. She really had grown so much as the alpha of her pack and she now has full control over her powers. I have to say that the action at the end really had me reeling!!!
Finally, what is your overall impression of COLD BLOODED?
Annie: As I mentioned earlier, COLD BLOODED is my favourite of the series so far. Filled with action, hilarious antics and a heroine that I adore, the Jessica McClain series continues to get better with each thrilling instalment.
Angela: COLD BLOODED was a gripping read with its action pack scenes and strong well developed characters. I just loved every bit of this book.
MINE TO CHASE is a short novella from Laurann Dohner. Now I don’t actually remember Chase all that much, but when I began reading it, I did
MINE TO CHASE is a short novella from Laurann Dohner. Now I don’t actually remember Chase all that much, but when I began reading it, I did find that I enjoyed him quite a lot. Dohner has this unique ability to make every hero of hers desirable. There’s something dark and primal about each of them that make them very appealing.
Also, Dohner’s writing voice is always impeccable, so free- flowing and easy to read. For such a short story, I also thought the chemistry was good. It could have been better, but for only 93 pages, I think the author was able to achieve that in a well-balanced way.
The big thing for me was the plot. I felt like I was reading in the middle of a story where events have transpired already and I’m one step behind. This is not a usual thing with Dohner’s work so I think it might have been this one title where things felt a little jumbled. The novella lost my interest a little bit in some areas, but while most novellas lack in the romance department, I felt that MINE TO CHASE simply lacked in the plotting.
Though not my favorite of Dohner’s work, I still think she’s a great auto-buy author.
DAWN OF EDEN is the prequel to Julie Kagawa’s Blood of Eden series. It follows Kylie, a twenty-three
DAWN OF EDEN by Julie Kagawa – 4 stars
DAWN OF EDEN is the prequel to Julie Kagawa’s Blood of Eden series. It follows Kylie, a twenty-three year old doctor in the middle of the Red Lung plague. People are dropping like flies and it’s almost scary the amount of detail that Kagawa gives readers. The premise of this story is summed up with these words: What if life as you knew it was ending all around you? Where would you go, who would you want by your side?
The words are so poignant, so haunting and thought-provoking that I have no question this story will appeal to the masses. Kagawa’s writing snatches readers in by the collars of their shirts and keeps you riveted until the last page. Though do not read this story at 2AM in the morning because the imagery is so strong and vivid that it gave me the creeps! But that is a testament to the author’s writing. Kagawa is able to take readers on an emotional ride. Though unforgiving in its graphic detail and heartbreak, there are also tender moments of fleeting happiness that make this story worth the read.
Since Kylie and Ben are an older couple, there is sex so again, this is why I think this series will appeal not just to the Young Adult readers, but to various ages as well. What Kagawa writes about is more than just the typical vampire story. It’s about survival, loss and family. Things that I think anyone can relate to.
THISTLE & THORNE by Ann Aguirre – 4 stars
THISTLE & THORNE is the second story in the anthology and phew! It’s another one that packs a punch! After a spill that has turned everything to a wasteland, corporations have now moved people who can afford it into protected communities. However, that leaves everyone else you can’t on the outside.
Mari Thistle is such a strong and unique character. I found myself immediately drawn to her strength and courage. She has responsibilities that weigh down on her but they don’t dampen her spirits.
I thought Thorne was a great character. Both mysterious yet intriguing, he provided Mari with someone who could work with her and the twists and turns along the way made for a very easy read.
Ann Aguirre is such a talented writer. My favorite thing about this story is the world. The worldbuilding is phenomenal and incomparable. Nothing limits Aguirre’s imagination and her attention to detail makes everything she writes a must-read.
SUN STORM by Karen Duvall – 3.5 stars
This is my first story ever written by Karen Duvall and I have to say that I really enjoyed it! All the stories so far have been engaging and thrilling, but SUN STORM’s premise was the more intriguing for me as a reader.
Sarah Daggot has a unique ability. After a solar flare nearly destroys the planet, Sarah becomes Kinetic so she is able to sense the oncoming of storms. How original and interesting is that!?
Karen’s writing for me was enjoyable. I like authors who are able to take a unique idea and really make it their own. Though I wished for a little more character development, out of the three stories I found Sarah’s character to be the most interesting. I just wished there was more of her to see.
Overall, these three stories pushed me out of my comfort zone, keeping me on the edge of my feet and riveted to the pages. Though all quick reads, they each pack a serious punch!
Nothing beats good writing and that is what ultimately makes Lara Adrian stand out amongst her peers. In the twelfth book of the Midnight B
Nothing beats good writing and that is what ultimately makes Lara Adrian stand out amongst her peers. In the twelfth book of the Midnight Breed series, Adrian takes an emotionless Breed warrior named Nathan and pairs him with a kind-hearted socialite named Jordana Gates. As a warrior, Nathan wishes to keep his distance from Jordana’s delicate world. However, when a fiery kiss ignites a consuming passion he has never felt for anyone before, Nathan finds resisting Jordana to be a losing battle.
Adrian doesn’t hold back with the intensity or the passion. The sexual tension between Nathan and Jordana is off the charts and sizzles each of the pages. While slow-burning in its intensity at the beginning, Adrian really shows off her writing skill in a series of twists that will surely make reader’s head spin. I was baffled and pleasantly surprised to see such detail and planning work out in the end. It’s clear that Adrian had a formulated plan going into this book and seeing it unravel effortlessly and flawlessly really showcases her talent as a writer and storyteller. It reminds me of why I started reading Lara Adrian’s books in the first place. Even twelve books into the series, there is still a clear path in which the author wishes to go and as a reader, I’m definitely on board with that ride!
CRAVE THE NIGHT is stunning in its flawless execution. Lara Adrian has the rare ability to lure readers right into her books, taking them on a ride they will never forget.
I enjoyed HOUSE RULES more than its predecessor mostly because I felt that Neill really made some progress with the plot and the relationships that reI enjoyed HOUSE RULES more than its predecessor mostly because I felt that Neill really made some progress with the plot and the relationships that readers are most looking forward to in this book. It felt more solid, moving forward as the character show some growth and I enjoyed the pacing of this book more than the last one.
HOUSE RULES brought the series back on track for me and I think readers will be excited to see the sparkle that comes along with this series that we have missed as of late.
If you’re reading this, you at least trust some of my judgment when it comes to books. That being said, stop and go purchase this book. I can tell youIf you’re reading this, you at least trust some of my judgment when it comes to books. That being said, stop and go purchase this book. I can tell you that I absolutely fell in love with it! The worldbuilding is astounding and makes me wish I could put on a corset and dive right in. The characters are strong and vivid (and don’t forget sexy when it comes to Blade). The writing is unparalleled and upbeat and the last few chapters? Awe-fucking-some!
I don’t usually enjoy steampunk but this one has a more paranormal twist to it. It could very well make it to my favorites of this year.
Also, here this loud and clear: I CLAIM WILL!!!!! Back off! *crazy eyes* ...more