I’ve always enjoyed this author, whether she writes alone or with a partner, but I must say I think this is my favorite of her works to date. Not Dead Yet is a fun, exciting paranormal romance featuring two interesting heroes and a cast of secondary characters who I can’t wait to get to know better. It’s also a second chance romance which is absolutely my jam.
Wes Cooper is a ghost. Sometimes, anyway. He uses his ability to ghost in and out of existence in his work as a recovery specialist. Recovering what you ask? Well, anything and everything and most of the time the rightful owner doesn’t want to let go of it. But it keeps the bills paid and Wes living comfortably. Then he walks in on a murder in progress and his life is turned upside down.
He makes an anonymous call to the police, but after talking to his best friend he also makes a call to this former lover… who happens to still be on the police force. He and Hudson haven’t seen each other for 33 years, but Wes is just as attracted to him as the day they met. This Hud seems a little darker, a little harder, but just as unforgiving of Wes’s recovery jobs as he ever was. But they begin to work together anyway.
There is so much to love about this PNR. I went in expecting another tropey, ghostly paranormal and was pleasantly surprised to discover that everything about this book felt fresh. I can honestly say I haven’t read anything like it. The mystery was very well done and left me a bit surprised at the end.
The romance between Wes and Hudson was super sexy and I enjoyed seeing them make their way back to each other emotionally. I won’t go into the reasons why they broke up, but it was realistic and I expect these characters to have to continue to deal with it as the series progresses. They have a lot of history between them and behind them, I have a feeling it’s going to take a while for them to work through it. Which is fine by me, I’ve got a little crush on snarky, cranky Wes.
I’m absolutely stoked that this is going to be a series. I’ve already put book two on my TBR list. Give Up the Ghost has a release date of June 3, 2019 and I can’t wait.
This is one of those series that whenever I see a new release I snap it up quickly. They are such easy, quick reads. I didn’t even know who the characters were, or how they were connected within the series, when I picked Sentinel of Darkness up. All I knew was that one of the main protagonists was a dragon shifter and the other a human. Once I started reading it was super easy to understand where this couple fit into this world.
Dagen meets his mate when he is stuck in an elevator with her on his way to a meeting with a local woman about some real estate. It turns out Keva is the woman he was supposed to meet and she knows about the existence of his kind and has a relationship with several members of his clan. Once he meets her, he knows that he is his forever and sets out to woo her. His protective instincts get all riled up when Keva’s abusive ex-boyfriend’s brother comes around and starts terrorizing her. It doesn’t take much for this couple to fall for each other. A few dinners, a dragon out to protect his mate, and BAM… it’s love.
This was another super fast, fun read by this author. Dagen and Keva do have the instalust, instamate thing going on but, I expected it and it worked in this short novella length story.
I really wanted to like this book more than I did. I was so intrigued by the blurb.
beast is awake, and i
Meh. It was okay.
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I really wanted to like this book more than I did. I was so intrigued by the blurb.
beast is awake, and it burns for its mate.
Kohl Sergones knows there’s no place for a woman around a creature like him—half vampire, half dragon, and the only one of his kind. Taken in by a coven of vampires who make their home in the underground caverns of central Texas, he stays alive by keeping his head down while he fights to keep his volatile shifter side at bay. But that all goes to hell the night Kohl sees Devon dancing alone at The Caves. Her tawny skin begs for his touch, and her sweet scent ignites a blood lust he can’t control.
Devon Young never thought she would find herself on the witness stand of a notorious court case concerning her employer, Parasupe—a company created by the government to regulate supernatural creatures. Her testimony puts her boss in jail and makes Devon the target of malicious internet bullying. Forced to put that life behind her, she gives up her high paying job and relocates, determined to stay under the radar. Until the night she meets a sexy bartender whose tattooed appearance is in direct contrast to the sweet warmth of his brown eyes. The attraction is immediate and intense, and his hungry touch kindles a fire in her she thought was long dead. Bringing Devon into his world will expose his coven, and put Devon in even more danger. If the beast inside of him doesn’t kill her, the coven master will.
But that isn’t enough to keep him away.
And when I started it felt like a darker PNR and I was ready. But then… it just became kind of meh. There was instalust and instalove and I could not for the life of me understand why this couple connected so quickly. Their chemistry felt superficial and almost too easy for the circumstances they found themselves in. At about 60% in when stuff started to happen and the hero realizes who is after the heroine I was past the point of really caring, so I skimmed to the end. I wasn’t emotionally invested in the characters, plot, or romance. I seem to be the odd man out though, because this book has some awesome ratings on Goodreads.
“You’re the original light, Anya. Brighter than them all.”
I picked this book to read and review because not only was this the first book in a new series, but Juliette Cross is a new to me author. This series is labeled PNR, but there isn’t a shifter or vampire in sight. This series features angels and demons and their war with each other. The hero, (anti-hero really) is a demon who has been marked as a traitor to his kind. The heroine is an angel who is desperate to find a missing archangel in hopes that he will save her life. They are brought together by a mutual ally and their desire for each other is apparent from the moment they meet.
I found the world building of this series fascinating. Angels and demons set amid a post apocalyptic world full of sin and desire and war and death. Anya and Dom travel across the world looking for clues about Uriel’s whereabouts. The line between good and evil is blurred and even the demons running fight clubs and singing in hard rock bands can be allies, while hard nosed angels leading an army to defeat demons show their true colors in their disregard for human life.
Anya and Dom quickly form a bond and their relationship is suuuupa sexy. Super, super sexy. I love it when the bad, bad boy falls for the good girl. But while I did enjoy their love story quite a bit, I think my favorite part of this story was the atmosphere and world-building. It was so dark and gritty. I absolutely can not wait to find out what comes next. I have a feeling this will be one of those series that just gets better and better as the series evolves....more
I’m not sure how to review this book without giving away spoilers. Although I’m sure by now, most romance readers aware that Elena and Raphael are once again in the spotlight and have heard the ruckus over the cliffhanger ending.
Archangel’s Prophecy starts out slow and easy, readers are thrown right back into a familiar world. I always enjoy those first few chapters of reacquainting myself with beloved characters. Elena and Raphael are the very heart and soul of this series so I never mind when they are the primary focus. This book moves the events of the next Cascade forward by having Elena go through a regression of sorts. Her body is changing, her mortality is returning and no one seems to know what to do about it. An angel of myth and wonder is whispering in her mind of prophecy and telling her that her time is near and she must prepare. She and Raphael are terrified and intend to fight and make their own future. And during all this Elena is working to uncover the identity of the person who attacked her brother-in-law.
So yes, there is a lot going on.
I don’t want to give any spoilers away, so I’m going to take this review nice and easy. I enjoyed this book quite a bit, and wasn’t really bothered by the cliffhanger. Although, I will say that now that I am absolutely dying to get my hands on the next book in the series. I thought I was mentally prepared going into the last few chapters, because I absolutely knew something big was about to happen to Elena, but I soooooo wasn’t. Those last five or six chapters slayed me. I got choked up. Midnight, sitting in bed with my Kindle, and I was racing through page after page to see what would happen next.
This book changes everything. It had me wondering if Ms. Singh was maybe thinking of wrapping things up and moving toward a big finale. Other than Bluebell and Sparkle (who I still desperately want to end up together) all the rest of the Seven have found their true loves and have (mostly) settled down. I think with the events of Archangel’s Prophecy that the Cascade is moving closer and we will once and for all see Raphael and Elena defeat Lijuan. Might there be an end to the series in sight? Maybe?
One thing I do know, the next installment with almost definitely feature Elena and Raphael once again. I mean it almost has to. Which means that I will have to keep waiting to see if my beloved Bluebell will finally realize that the love of his life has always been the man who also happens to be his longest and closest friend. That’s fine, I’ll wait.
Oh, how I love Shelly Laurenston. And her wolves. And lions. And wild dogs and honey badgers and ligons and hybrid polar bear/lions. And as of now her fabulous, easy going sex machine pandas. Oh, Shen…
Stevie and Shen’s book was just as I suspected it would be. A hilarious, crazy good time that I didn’t want to end. Stevie is the brilliant, excitable MacKilligan sister and I was fascinated by her from the moment she was introduced in the first book in the series, Hot and Badgered. Shen is Kyle Jean Louis Parker’s bodyguard/babysitter and since Kyle and Stevie, both child prodigies, are good friends Shen spends a lot of time in the wacky MacKilligan household.
It took me a minute to really get into Stevie and Shen’s story, but it usually does. Laurenston has created a huge, interconnected world and I love it, but it always takes me until at least 15% to find my footing and figure out what is going on. There is a lot going on… from Stevie getting some much needed help with her anxiety disorder and settling down (just a bit, not too much) to a side plot of a dangerous scientist who is experimenting on hybrid shifters. This is definitely a book that needs to be read as part of a series and not as a standalone. In fact, I would recommend reading this author’s entire backlist, in order, first.
I feel like the romance between Shen and Stevie was more developed than the romance in the first book in the series between Charlie and Berg. It was still kind of quiet, but sexier and more defined. Sometimes in Ms. Laurenston’s books the romance gets kind of lost amid all the madness and mayhem, but I felt like Stevie and Shen’s romance shined.
So now the wait begins until the next release and Max’s story, which I’m sure will be a wild, maybe slightly bloody, entertaining ride. I look forward to it.
Final Grade- B
She glanced at the receptionist who managed her therapist’s office. Frowning a little, she leaned in and said, “I think we need to involve Max.” Shen shook his head. “Sister’s are not my scene.” “That’s not what I mean, perv.” “You started it,” he murmured. Then he winked and she didn’t know whether to punch hi or put his cock in her mouth.
The second book in the Psy-Changeling Trinity series (Psy-Changeling #17) didn’t start with a bang, but rather a gentle, easy getting to know you as readers are finally introduced to the Blacksea water changelings.
If you’ve followed this series through the years, and yes I consider it all one series even though there has been a shift to a new series title, you will recognize the name Bowen Knight. He’s the head of the Human Alliance and has been presumed dead after jumping in front of a bullet meant for his sister. Not that he wasn’t on limited time to begin with, since the chip in his head meant to keep out the Psy is literally a ticking time bomb. He wakes up from a coma to find himself at the bottom of the ocean, in the middle of a Blacksea stronghold and at the mercy of a brilliant doctor who thinks she might have a way to save his life.
Kaia Luna is a beloved member of the Blacksea community. Orphaned at a young age, she was taken in by her extended family and doted on by grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins. She is a scientist, a chef, a friend and is intrigued by the human man who is under her cousin’s care. She only knows Bowen from rumors and suspicions about how his Human Alliance might be involved in the disappearances of her clan mates. Her heart and body know him almost immediately as someone different. Her mate.
I always enjoy diving back into this world and will admit that I’m a sucker for Ms. Singh’s changelings. It doesn’t matter which kind of changeling, I just like reading about skin privileges and mates and families that are families by choice and love. The Blacksea world is fascinating and I loved how well thought the underwater station of Ryujin was. Transparent walls where changelings in human form can watch their brethren swim, areas to rest and work and descriptions of how this tight-knit community comes together to eat and play and find comfort. The secondary characters introduced were interesting and there are quite a few I hope to see in the future. cough Malachai cough
Kaia and Bowen have an easy, soft, quiet love that begins almost from the first chapter and steadily builds throughout the book. Despite knowing Bowen may only have a short time left, and that Kaia has a few secrets she isn’t quite ready to share about how her past has effected her, they don’t fight their attraction for each other. There are a few bumps in the road, but they really weren’t that large or hard to get around. Kaia and Bowen won’t make your reader’s heart frustrated or worried, you might sigh a few times, just be prepared to fall in love with this hero and heroine as they fall in love with each other.
The pacing doesn’t really pick up until the last 25%, which is when some of the mysteries from the previous books start to come together and the identities of the villains kidnapping and killing water changelings are finally unmasked. There are even several appearances from familiar and much-loved faces. While there is a definite HEA for our main couple, one of the bad guys remains at large so I’m guessing that the ongoing plot of disappearing changelings and the involvement of the Consortium will continue in the next book in the series. I look forward to it and whatever comes next. Final Grade- B
“Bridges are built over thin air. Someone must lay the first plank, the first brick, take the risk.”