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Adam Dunne is one icy, scary mofo. As the only remaining (employed) enforcer for the witches’ Coven Nine, it’s all on him to keep his rogue brothers off the council’s radar and stay legit long enough to crack the Apollo drug ring spreading in Seattle. When shit goes sideways—as you know it must—keeping himself and Victoria Monzelle alive takes precedence, and these two mix like oil and water. He wants control, and she’s not giving it up without a fight. Good thing they’ve both got fighter spirits.
When Adam isn’t losing his mind over his growing attraction to Tori, he is scarily calculating and ruthless. More than just a soldier, Adam Dunne is natural strategist and a hardened killer. His job is no joke, and he takes it seriously, even when his nation seems to be turning its back on him and his family.
Tori is strong, stubborn, and free-spirited, a musician who is under-appreciated and doing her best to hold her life together when it’s falling apart from all sides. She has spunk and fire (not literally, of course—that’s Adam’s thing, and boy is his special ability nifty!) and a giving soul. Her chemistry with Adam is intense and immediate. Like nearly all of Rebecca Zanetti’s couples, the power dynamic in the relationship skews toward Adam. His need for control compliments her deep-down, unacknowledged need to submit, and the struggle between them really shines in the sex scenes. And also, this guy can make fire—expertly controlled heat—on his fingertips. Think about that for a minute…
This book furthers the Grizzly story arc as well, giving the very grumpy and terribly adorable Bear some page time. One of his scenes with Tori is seriously cute and makes me want to read his story even more.
Wicked Kiss thrills and dominates. Witch enforcer Adam Dunne kicks ass and takes names, and Victoria Monzelle meets him toe to toe. Their intense chemistry rules the pages while they sneakily conquer each other’s hearts. Wicked Kiss is a landmark story in the Realm Enforcers series, meaning some really important world things happen, so it should probably be read as part of the full series. You could read it as a standalone, but you’ll miss a lot of context and have to sort through a host of new secondary characters. This series is worth your time, so go pick it up and start with Wicked Ride if you’re new!
Wicked Kiss is a fast-paced paranormal romance with (literally) hot sex, memorable characters, and bad guys you'll want to CRUSH. A GraveTells Recommended Read!...more
Author Vivien Jackson's bio may be the last page I read in this book, but it sets up the atmosphere of the Wanted & Wired story 'verse just about perfectly. And the rest of Ms. Jackson's bio is just as entertaining and appealing to a girl who grew up loving Han Solo and grew into a keen appreciation of Captain Mal.
Right from the first scene, Wanted & Wired hits the ground running and immerses the reader in its futuristic dystopian setting, where terms like whole-organic and post-human have nothing to do with fancy grocery stores.
Not since my college Science Fiction English class have I had so much fun with futuristic urban sci-fi (okay, let's just call it cyberpunk). Wanted & Wired invoked so many fond memories of the greats—like Asimov, Gibson's Neuromancer, even Ghost in the Shell—and invited me to snark along with Mari's obvious affinity with some very famous space pirate captains. Wanted & Wired fair shivers with a Wild West vibe that breathes life and vibrancy into an already brilliant story world. You can hear it in the turn of a phrase, the peek of a crinoline underskirt, the twang of the Texas-secessionist accents.
And holy hell, this book packs some serious action sequences. About thirty percent in was one that had me grinning like a fool, with a Knight-Rider-meets-the-Avengers-meets-Firefly flair, and I'm pretty sure I actually fist-pumped when the scene careened to victory. Flashy cars are one thing—one thing I covet so very hard—but said sexy machine hardwired into a human brain and handled with finesse and utility... and some seriously lethal mods? Oh my. I think I may have a new hero crush. Heron is that perfect, killer combination of cool under pressure, crazy smart, uber confident, unpredictably lethal, and heart-wrenchingly vulnerable. Mari is his polar opposite in everything except dealing in death, and she owns her sexuality like few other female leads in the romance genre. Neither of the main characters loves killing, but they're willing to do it to protect each other. Mari is a true badass, a sniper who has zero compunctions about taking out a mech or clone, and she's as dangerous with her god-given limbs as she is with her favorite toys. She also has a deep-seated aversion to anything bio-mechanically enhanced, and Heron definitely falls under that heading.
It takes a lot of something special to lure me away from chain reading romances, but Heron and Mari and the world Ms. Jackson has built around them are just fascinating. I'd read a whole series dedicated to Heron's youth, just watching him grow up, come into his own, become this incomparable, alluring other.
Wanted & Wired is an adrenaline-inducing sci-fi adventure that skips across a canvas splashed with primers of Wild West, sophisticated-steampunk flair, and even space pirates of a sort (but the kind who spend as much time running black ops on the ground as holed up in their cozy mercenary space plane). All things that, on their own, wouldn't really appeal to me, but this story world is addicting and all kinds of creative. Like so many of the sci-fi classics, Wanted & Wired wrestles with the philosophical definition of humanity: What defines 'human'? Where does 'machine' begin? How comfortable do we trust ourselves to become with tech before we lose our sense of self, control over our own destinies? This story is steeped in diversity—racial, bio-mechanical, sexual, sub-genre—you name it, and Wanted & Wired just might have it.
Straight up, you won't find many stories like this in the romance market right now, although I wouldn't be surprised if the Tether story universe inspires a thriving new cyberpunk romance sub-genre. Any romance or urban fantasy reader who gets the warm fuzzies thinking about Star Wars or Firefly or Isaac Asimov will adore Wanted & Wired, be sucked in right from the start and beg for more when it ends. Me? I'm excited to see what's coming next for Mari, Heron, and all their precious things....more
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Mixed Up is a sassy, ballsy,To read the full review, with memorable tweetable quotes and a steamy excerpt, visit GraveTells: http://bit.ly/GT-MixedUp
Mixed Up is a sassy, ballsy, vivacious contemporary romance with humor and heart. There's zero love lost between Raven and Parker, who have hated and needled each other for decades, but that little spark of lust is new, and they're both determined to ignore, resist, repress!
These two banter like it's a competition. Hating each other since childhood, arguing is a skill they have definitely mastered, and between her half-Greek temper and his hot-tempered, impatient chef personality, they're an explosion waiting to happen.
And when they finally do get together...whew. Hot. "Hate fuck" isn't something I see in romance all that often, but Parker and Raven do it right. Under the surface of all that seething tension is a relationship just riding out the storm, waiting for the chance to flip hate into love.
This story is fun and rowdy, and readers with big, boisterous families will identify with the Greek invasion that is Raven's extended family. The emotional arc of the story was good, but I found the quality of the writing disappointing. The characters use repetitive dialogue and some of the phrasings are confusingly written. Overall worth reading, but readers with an eagle eye toward sentence structure may have trouble getting into it.
Recommended for readers who love stories with... Sassy, hard-working heroines Cocky, competent heroes Mature New Adult romances The small vacation town setting Stories with big, nosy families...more