This HUGE book is actually two books in one. It contains Book One and Book Two of Rosemary Laurey's Vampire Series. Though this edition is out-of-prinThis HUGE book is actually two books in one. It contains Book One and Book Two of Rosemary Laurey's Vampire Series. Though this edition is out-of-print, the two books will be reissued separately this spring.
The first book is KISS ME FOREVER. American Dixie LaPage travels to England after inheriting a home from her long lost great aunts. When she arrives she becomes entangled with an Elizabethan Age vampire named Christopher 'Kit' Marlowe. Yes, he is THE legendary playwright of the same name, and an eye patch-wearing vampire. Dixie and Kit must battle against a coven of dark witches out to destroy them both.
The second book is LOVE ME FOREVER. Dixie and Christopher have moved to Ohio, and they own a store called The Vampire Emporium. Kit's dear friend and fellow vampire Justin Corvus pays them a visit, and he is immediately attracted to one of their human customers Stella Schultz. Stella is a struggling single mom to her son Sam, and they are living in a less-than-desirable neighborhood. Though she is attracted to Justin, Stella is hesitant to fall for him because of being hurt before. Their new relationship is threatened when Justin breaks the vampire colony's laws while defending Stella from her neighborhood's street thugs.
Both of these books were enjoyable - very good character development, detailed descriptions of places and events, and good dialog between characters. I thought it was an original idea to take an actual person from history (Christopher Marlowe) and make him a modern-day vampire. I would definitely recommend reading Rosemary Laurey's Vampire Series. ...more
MAGIC IN THE WIND is a 103-page story that kicks off Christine Feehan's Drake Sisters series. I first read this a long, long time ago, before I even kMAGIC IN THE WIND is a 103-page story that kicks off Christine Feehan's Drake Sisters series. I first read this a long, long time ago, before I even knew what a book blog was. :-)
This book introduces the Drake family, a tight-knit group of seven sisters with awesome magical abilities, powers to control earth, water and air. Though we get to meet a few of the sisters in this book, MAGIC IN THE WIND is Sarah's story.
Sarah is the eldest sister, and she's come home to Sea Haven on a special assignment for work. Her path crosses with the new man in town, brooding and reclusive Damon Wilder. Damon's in hiding from terrorists who nearly killed him months before, leaving him badly injured instead. Neither Sarah nor Damon is interested in a romantic involvement, but Drake family magic has other plans in mind.
I enjoyed this book and thought it was an intriguing opening for the series. Though short, it's packed with romance, suspense and magic, three of my favorites! Damon and Sarah had a serious case of insta-love, and I thought their relationship could have been developed more. Of course, the speed of their attraction could be blamed on magic, so I'll let it slide. ;-)
I'm in love with the setting of this series - Sea Haven, a small town on the Northern California Coast. It's described as such a magical place, fitting for these seven sisters! I'm looking forward to re-reading the next in the series, The Twilight Before Christmas, just in time for the holidays....more
Rachel Vandermere is haunted by the memory of her parents' violent murders by a monster with large wings and claws when she was a young girl. No one bRachel Vandermere is haunted by the memory of her parents' violent murders by a monster with large wings and claws when she was a young girl. No one believes her story. As an adult she is determined to find the truth about what happened. Rachel uses her position as an Interpol agent to find clues that may lead her to the monster that killed her parents. On assignment, she meets Nathan Cross, an art professor who is also a griffin-shifter and member of a dying race called Les Gargouillen (gargoyles) created over a thousand years ago to protect humans from evil. Nathan is instantly drawn to Rachel, but he feels he must hide his true nature not only to protect the secrets of his own kind, but also to keep from driving her away. Rachel falls in love with Nathan, and when she discovers the truth about her parents with his help, she must question her views on good & evil and what a monster truly is.
This book was original and well-written. The author built a paranormal world loosely based on an actual legend - the Legend of La Gargouille from very early medieval times. In Carved In Stone, the gargoyles are not stone statues, but rather shape-shifters of all kinds of fantastical creatures, like griffins and dragons. Like Rachel, Nathan is also facing his own trials. He has been excommunicated from Les Gargouillen because he challenged their established traditions, yet they need his help to face a coming evil that threatens their existence. At the end this evil threat remains a mystery and is probably a set up for the next book in the series. There was a surprising twist in regard to the death of Rachel's parents. The world of the gargoyles is dark and exciting. I'm looking forward to reading more from Vickie Taylor. ...more