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Review: Storm’s Heart by Thea Harrison

Able to wield thunder and lightning, wyr sentinel Tiago Black Eagle has ruled the skies for centuries. His massive build and thunderous power make him one of the wyr’s best weapons. And he’s the one sent to protect Tricks, heir to the Dark Fae throne, when she’s almost assassinated in Chicago. Soon Tiago and Tricks will fall prey to the stormy hunger that engulfs them-a passion that will shake the very foundation of all the worlds.

Storm’s Heart (Elder Races #2) by Thea Harrison

Release Date: 2 August 2011
Read Date: 9 September 2011
Rating:

After falling in love with Dragon Bound I didn’t want to read this one because nothing could live up to that first book. Nothing. And it didn’t. Not even close.

I liked Tricks before this book but here she was a bit irritating here. Irritatingly perfect at times. Everyone falls in love with her. And the one person who doesn’t is the villain. A villain I identified very early on. I was unhappy to be proved right. I was hoping for it to be someone I’d never considered.

Tricks and Tiago together didn’t quite feel right. Sure they had some funny flirtatious times but they were thrown together out of need. Tricks needed to be protected, from assassins and from herself (she doesn’t know when to stop working and look after herself), and he needed a new challenge because he’s easily bored if he’s not out fighting. They both got what they needed but did they love each other? I can’t answer in the positive because I wasn’t convinced. They never really got to know each other. Character development was poor in this book compared to Dragon Bound. We barely got to know the supporting cast, even characters that were introduced in book #1 weren’t given much page time.

I hope Serpent’s Kiss is more like Dragon Bound than Storm’s Heart.

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Review: Kiss and Kin by Kinsey W. Holley

Brotherly love? Oh hell no…

A Sexy Shifter story.

On the surface, court reporter Lark Manning looks like the luckiest girl in the world, blessed with great friends and a wonderful family. Underneath, she harbors a hopelessly unrequited love for the sexy werewolf everyone thinks of as her cousin. Taran rarely notices her except to condescend or lecture. He’s treated her the same way since she was eight years old, and there’s no reason to think he’ll ever change.

Taran Lloyd, a detective in the Houston Police Department’s Shifters Investigations Unit (SHIU), lives for those rare moments he gets to spend around Lark, torturing himself with what he can’t have. Kin only by marriage, she thinks of him as her big brother. He couldn’t bear her pity—or her disgust—if she learned he wants her for his mate.

When weres from a rival pack attack her, Lark screams out the first name that comes to mind—Taran. Only this sexy alpha can keep her safe until they find out who wants her dead, and why. But keeping her safe means keeping her close. And the closer they get, the harder it gets for these not-really-cousins to honor their commitment to keep their paws off.

Kiss and Kin (Werewolves in Love #1) by Kinsey W. Holley

Release Date: June 2009
Read Date: 7 May 2011
Rating:

Kiss and Kin is the first book in Kinsey W. Holley’s Werewolves in Love series. It was also my first introduction to Kinsey’s books.

In Kiss and Kin, we meet Lark Manning who has been hot for cousin (by marriage, not blood) for as long as she can remember. That cousin is a hottie, were, Taran Lloyd. He’s a detective in the Houston Police Department’s Shifters Investigations Unit (SHIU).

Cue couples row down d’Nile. She believes he still sees her as the the cute little girl he’s known forever and he believes she sees him as the brotherly type. But, when she’s attacked and calls out his name, he rushes to her rescue and throughout her recovery, neither can resist the heat between them or the fact that Taran’s known she’s his mate. Oops! Did he forget to mention that?

The baddie was kinda predictable, but, hey, the sex was smokin’. >;) I will be continuing the series and look forward to reading more by Kinsey.

Series Order:

Kiss and Kin (Werewolves in Love, #1) Yours, Mine and Howls (Werewolves in Love, #2) Ready to Run  Werewolves in Love story

There is also a Yours, Mine and Howls prequel (Werewolves in Love #1.5) called The Nanny Years available at Smashwords.

Review: Frostbound by Sharon Ashwood

Every dog might have his day, but the hellhound guards the night . . .

As a snowstorm locks down the city, more than the roads are getting iced. Someone’s beheaded the wrong girl, and vampire-on-the-lam Talia Rostova thinks it was meant to be her. Now she’s the prime suspect in her own botched murder—and the prisoner of her smoking-hot neighbor.

Lore is a hellhound, bred to serve and protect, so he’s not freeing Talia until he’s sure that she’s the prey and not the hunter. You’d think a beautiful woman in his bedroom would be a good thing, but trouble-prone Talia has run afoul of someone more sinister than your average lunatic killer. An ancient Undead is wreaking vengeance on the city—and on her—and Lore will have to go far beyond a stake to put him back in his grave . . .

 

 

Frostbound (The Dark Forgotten #4) by Sharon Ashwood

Release Date: 7 Jun 2011

Read Date: 20 Jun 2011

Rating:

I have always enjoyed Sharon Ashwood’s Dark Forgotten series. Frostbound was no exception. I think she does a great job of blending UF and PNR. Like a PNURF, paranormal urban romantic fantasy.

This book focuses on one of my favorite characters so far in the series, Lore, a hellhound who managed to escape from the the Castle. He’s acting sheriff during a time when supes are on edge. Why? Because the first supe election is only a month or so away. Supernaturals have only been out of the closet for a short time and the humans are still adjusting.

Talia, a newly turned vampire/former hunter, has been running from her abusive sire and is staying with her look-a-like cousin. When her cousin is murdered Lore investigates, Talia freaks and the who-done-it begins.

While I thought I’d be more drawn to Talia, seeing as she was turned against her will, grew up killing “monsters” and now is having to adjust to being that which she’s always hated … I was only partially interested. I was more interested in Lore, Hellhound Alpha. I did feel like they were a good fit though.

Definitely continuing on with the series.

Series Order:

Ravenous (The Dark Forgotten, #1) Scorched (The Dark Forgotten, #2) Unchained (The Dark Forgotten, #3) Frostbound (The Dark Forgotten, #4)
EXTRAS offered on the author’s website include a book video & excerpt for Frostbound, including excerpts for the previous books as well.  Frostbound was Nominated for Romance Reviews Today Best Book of the Year 2011.

Review: The Ghost Shrink, the Accidental Gigolo, & the Poltergeist Accountant by Vivi Andrews

It’s bad enough to be sexually frustrated. But as a medium, it means until Lucy Cartwright gets some, she’s doomed. Oh no, not to death. Worse. To nightly visitations by recently deceased, wanna-be Cassanovas without the bodies to back it up. Then a living, breathing fantasy arrives on her doorstep, and Lucy thinks her dry spell is at an end. Much as he would like to be Lucy’s personal gigolo, PI Jake Cox has a job to do. He’s been sent to prevent her from getting laid until a particular horny phanto–and key witness in his mob investigation–pays her a visit. The real challenge? Keeping his own hands off Lucy long enough to get the job done. Or the lonely, geeky ghost of a murdered mob accountant could rip a hole in the fabric of the universe…

The Ghost Shrink, the Accidental Gigolo, & the Poltergeist Accountant (Karmic Consultants #1) by Vivi Andrews

Release Date: 17 Feb 2009
Read Date: 23 Jun 2011
Rating:

The title of this one is almost as long as the story, but this little book is packed with laughs. Lucy is the Ghost Shrink, or so she considers herself. She “helped the deceased work through their issues and move on to the next plane. The white light. Whatever.”

Her boss just happens to be Karma, “pure sex. Walking, talking sensuality.” Lucy classifies herself as the girl next door and she’s having a bit of dry spell in the sex department. To top off that bitter piece of cake, her sexual drought seems to attract the ghosts of horny businessmen. The first one we meet, the Larrinator was a riot in his ghostly and ghastly attempts to seduce Lucy.

Karma advises her to change the energy she puts out into the world, if she wants to change the type of ghosts that pop in. She can’t believe her luck when “Jake Cox walked through her door that afternoon like a walking, talking gift from Cupid.” When he tells her that Karma sent him, she’s a bit mortified, and more than a bit Thank.You.God. She’s convinced her boss has sent (the Accidental) Gigolo to help her “change her energy”.

Jake’s a PI and he needs to talk to the Poltergeist Accountant who should be arriving at Lucy’s very soon. There have been a series of murders and he’s investigating them. Who better to help him that the girl that talks to dead people.

I could go on and on, but really, at this point I’ve already told you too much. The story is short, so take your time reading it. I promise you’ll be drawn to these adorable, sexy, funny characters just like I was. I look forward to continuing with the series.

Karmic Consultants Series:

The Ghost Shrink, the Accidental Gigolo, & the Poltergeist Accountant (Karmic Consultants, #1) The Ghost Exterminator (Karmic Consultants, #2) The Sexorcist (Karmic Consultants, #3) The Naked Detective (Karmic Consultants #4) A Cop and a Feel

Plus an eFreebie, Love Potion #9, short story offered by the author HERE.

A Valentine’s Day Free Read | A Karmic Consultants Short Story

It’ll take a helluva love potion to make Lara – practicing witch, potion
expert and Valentine Scrooge – fall head over heels. Luckily, bar-owner Connor mixes a mean Cupid Cocktail…

Pitch Dark Books Presents “Dark Days” Chat

Chat with authors Anna Carey, Jocelyn Davies, Claudia Gray, Amy Garvey, and Kiersten White

Fall ’11 Dark Days Tour Kick-Off

The chat will take place at LiveStream.com

Check it out: 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM EDT on Thursday, 6 Oct 2011

The place to be for YA reads!

Dark Days presents five books that will inspire you to read through the night. Experience romance, suspense, and a touch of darkness with new books by authors Anna Carey, Jocelyn Davies, Amy Garvey, Claudia Gray, and Kiersten White—on tour this fall and coming to online audiences through Livestream!

 

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Whet Your Appetite … V3, baby!

Vampire Diaries Season 3 premieres 15 September

The final episode of Season 2, “As I Lay Dying” aired on 12 May 2011

Official Synopsis:
Mystic Falls screens “Gone with The Wind” in the town square, and Damon’s memories of Katherine in 1864 mix with the reality of present-day Elena. Stefan pays a steep price after trying to prevent a tragedy, and Sheriff Forbes makes a dangerous mistake while trying to keep everyone safe. Multiple lives hang in the balance as the consequences of the sacrifice ritual play out to a horrifying conclusion.

In case you need a visual reminder of how things in Mystic Falls left off, here’s a recap vid for ya.

And here’s what we have to look forward to in the premiere.


Review: The Mane Event by Shelly Laurenston

One of the hottest new voices in paranormal romance, Shelly Laurenston knows how to do it all, delivering tales that are wickedly funny, action-packed, and scorch-your-fingers sexy. With The Mane Event, she proves just how delicious love can be once you unleash your inner beast…

Christmas Pride

How come all the good-looking ones are insane? That’s what runs through NYPD cop Desiree “Dez” MacDermot’s mind the minute she hooks up again with her childhood buddy, Mace Llewellyn. It isn’t just the way he stares at her with those too-sexy gold eyes–as if he could devour her on the spot. Or the six-four, built-like-a-Navy Seal bod-o-death. It isn’t even that he sniffs her neck and purrs, making her entire body tingle. It’s more about that disconcerting, shifting-from-man-to-lion thing that unhinges her…and makes her want more. Mace likes making Dez crazy. In fact, he likes her any way he can get her–in bed, on the desk, here, now, again. Together, they’d always been trouble, but Dez has no idea just how good trouble can feel…

Shaw’s Tail

Brendon Shaw, hotel owner and lion shifter, has seen better days. He’s been beaten, had a gun to the back of his head, and had to be rescued by a Pack of shape-shifting wolves. He didn’t think he’d survive the night, much less find the woman of his dreams. And he never thought the woman of his dreams would have a Tennessee accent and wear cowboy boots. Once he sets his sights on her, the predator in him is ready to pounce and never let go. Ronnie Lee Reed is ready to change her life, and New York City is the place where any girl–even one who runs with a Pack–can redefine herself. First order of business: find a mate, settle down, and stop using men for sex. Even big, gorgeous, lion-shifting, oh-my-what-big-um-paws-you-have men. Then again…

The Mane Event (Pride #1) by Shelly Laurenston

Release Date: 1 Oct 2007
Read: 27 Aug 2011

Rating:


Shelly Laurenston’s writing cracks me up! I laughed my way through her Pack series and, after reading Here Kitty, Kitty! I couldn’t wait to start her Pride series. Book 1 did not disappoint. In fact, it was smarter and better written.

The Mane Event gives us two stories. Christmas Pride introduces us to BFFs who are reunited after twenty years. Mace Llewellyn is a Pride male returning home from the Navy. He’s got a mission … “He needed to find a woman. Not any woman, but the woman who had haunted his dreams and fantasies for longer than he could remember.” This woman is Desiree “Dez” MacDermot. When they were 14-years old she “left him” and he’s never forgotten her. She hasn’t forgotten him either. Dez is a human, a former Marine, now Cop, who is investigating the murder of a shifter. Dez doesn’t know the world of shifters exist – yet. Mace served with Smitty, a wolf from the Smith Pack of Tennessee. He and Smitty are a hoot. So is Smitty’s little sister, Sissy Mae. They poke fun at Mace (well, for many reasons, but mostly) because wolves mate for life, not cats. He doesn’t care one bit! He knows Dez is his mate and now, he just has to convince her of that.

Throw in the chaos of holiday family gatherings and you have a LOL, fun, hot story!

Rating:

I wish there had been more to this story. I wasn’t ready to stop reading about this crazy bunch of wolves and cats. But, I enjoyed the second story almost as much as the first. So, I won’t complain too much.

Shaw’s Tail picks up with Brendon Shaw, wealthy hotel owner, lion shifter and Pride male, where his story left off in Christmas Pride. He’s been beaten up and Ronnie Lee Reed, a She-wolf in the Smith Pack of Tennessee and Sissy Mae’s BFF, is watching over him while he’s hospitalized. Ronnie Lee just couldn’t leave the big cat all alone, pack (having someone at your back) is important to her and no one else was there for him. When Shaw wakes up, in the hospital, he’s “sick with fever”. This fever causes him to shift multiple times, act without thinking and more than a tad bit horny. He may not be 100% aware of what’s what, but he and his cat know, he wants Ronnie. Only problem, Ronnie’s a love-um-&-leave-um kinda gal, always has been. She’s all for a healthy romp in the sack, but long-term, no way. He’s dead-set on convincing her they belong together. The secondary plot involves Shaw’s continued hunt for his baby brother.

Rating:

If you are a fan of humorous PNR, Shelly’s books are for you! When I say humorous, I mean LOL-LMAO funny! Just take a look at some of the quotes throughout this one that had me LOL. The books are also full of hot, shifter sex. What’s stoppin’ ya?

I look forward to continuing the series!

Review: Where Demons Fear to Tread by Stephanie Chong

Fledgling guardian angel and yoga teacher Serena St. Clair dares enter Devil’s Paradise nightclub on a mission—to retrieve the wayward Hollywood “It Boy” she’s assigned to protect. But she’s ambushed by the club’s owner, arch demon Julian Ascher. The most powerful demonic entity in Los Angeles, Julian is handsome as sin, a master of temptation who loves nothing more than corrupting pleasure–seeking humans. He won’t release the lost soul Serena is supposed to guard. Unless she accepts his dangerous wager…

After the disastrous way his human life ended, Julian vowed that no woman would get the better of him again. Yet this sexy–sweet angel, smelling of fresh ocean air and happiness, triggers centuries–old feelings. Now, their high–stakes game of seduction, where angels fall from grace and where demons fear to tread, will lead them either to an eternity in hell or a deliciously hot heaven.


Where Demons Fear to Tread (The Company of Angels #1) by Stephanie Chong

Release Date: 23 Aug 2011
Edition: Kindle
Read: 25 Aug 2011

Rating:

Where Demons Fear to Tread is the first book in Stephanie Chong’s new The Company of Angels series. When I saw this book was about angels and demons I had to read it. I am loving all the angel v. demon novels coming out this year. It’s always fun to read about the ultimate good v. evil battle, especially when the lines between the two blur a bit.

In this story, we meet Serena, an selfless angel who has never been jaded by love and an arch demon, Julian, who excels at his job of gathering souls of the wicked. Serena’s charge is Nick Ramirez, a hot, new celebrity. When she follows him into Devil’s Paradise, the club owned by Julian, her job becomes a whole lot harder. Serena sees Julian and recognizes him as a demon. Even though demons and angels do NOT mix, she’s drawn to him. This scares her. When Julian spots her he MUST have her. Can true love save an arch demon?

Sadly, as honorable as Serena’s selflessness and willingness to sacrifice herself was, I just could not relate to her. I hunger for strong, kick-ass heroines who know what they want. Serena was the polar opposite. However, Stephanie did a good job presenting her in a way one may visualize a pure, naive angel. Parts veered too far into the religious zone for my liking.

However, Julian’s character was well-rounded, wicked, but hot. He is the best demon he can be and thrives on damning souls to Hell. But, the sight of Serena has him second-guessing himself. Again, a little hard to swallow, but his character is written in a way that pulled me to his side, hoping he was able to have what he wanted.

Poor Nick. He’s been assigned an angel for a reason, but he seems to get the short end of the stick here. He just wants to be loved. But, instead the demon trying hard to corrupt him and the angel assigned to save him find love. Doesn’t seem right. I’m all for an angel and a demon HEA, but at the cost of a human life?

Overall, I felt Stephanie did a wonderful job of presenting the wickedness of demons. The story was a quick read and the romance was hot. My full rating is 2.5 stars, but I rounded up to 3 because of Julian.

This was a Mira ARC provided to me by Netgalley

Review: Lord of the Vampires by Gena Showalter

Once upon a time…the Blood Sorcerer vanquished the kingdom of Elden. To save their children, the queen scattered them to safety and the king filled them with a need for vengeance. Only a magical timepiece connects the four royal heirs…and time is running out.

Nicolai the Vampire is renowned for his virility, but in a cruel twist of fate “The Dark Seducer” has become a sex slave in the kingdom of Delfina—stripped of his precious timepiece and his memory. All that remains is a primal need for freedom, revenge—and the only woman who can help him.

When the wanton vampire summons Jane Parker, she is helpless to obey. She’s drawn to his dark sexuality and into his magical realm. But for this human, all is not a fairy tale. For saving Nicolai could mean losing the only man she’s ever craved…


Lord of the Vampires (Royal House of Shadows #1) by Gena Showalter

Release Date: 23 Aug 2011
Edition: Kindle
Read: 21 July 2011

Rating:

Lord of the Vampires kicks off the quad Royal House of Shadows series by Gena Showalter, Jill Monroe, Jessica Andersen and Nalini Singh. Each book will follow a royal house sibling from the kingdom of Elden who’s “queen scattered them to safety and the king filled them with a need for vengeance”.

Nicolai is one of the royal heirs scattered to the winds. He’s ends up without a memory of who he is, chained in the dungeon playroom of Odette, Princess of the witches in the kingdom of Delfina.

Jane, a scientist recovering from a car accident that killed her family, starts having “don’t ever stop” dreams about a vampire chained up. {Where can I sign up for one of those?} When a mysterious book arrives for her, she is sure it has to do with her dream lover and falls asleep reading it. When she awakes, she finds herself in another world.

This book had some serious “Oh, yeah, baby!” moments in the beginning with Memory-Loss Nicolai chained, all nekked and helpless. And, how could anyone forget the seriously hot vampire sex throughout? Impossible!

Nicolai is your quintessential alpha-caveman-male. His “Mine!” and “Want!” at times had me thinking “Yes!” and others wishing he’d form a full sentence. I also had moments with Jane of “oh, for the love of Pete, shut up already” to “take what’s yours, hun”. I was feeling quite bi-polar throughout this book actually.

The best bits for me included Nicolai regaining his memories. Honestly, I wasn’t sure exactly how to rate this book. I settled on 3.5 stars, but didn’t round up.

When I saw two of my favorite authors listed in this lineup, I had to check it out. While Nicolai’s story didn’t wow me, it was super hot and set the stage for the family’s story. I plan to check out Jill’s story, Lord of Rage, about Princess Breena.

This was a Harlequin ARC provided to me by Netgalley

Manic Monday | Drive-By Reviews ~ If You Can’t Stand the Heat …

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Manic Monday | Drive-By Reviews is a weekly feature where we’ll share some mini-reviews Alice-style.


Hidden Embers (Dragon’s Heat #2) by Tessa Adams

Deep in the New Mexico desert there is a secret race on the brink of extinction—the pure-blood shapeshifters of the Dragonstar clan. And they have one last, desperate hope for survival…

Quinn Maguire is a powerful Dragonstar healer at a tragic loss, unable to cure the insidious disease killing off his people. Yet even in such dire circumstances the conservative Quinn is secretly disapproving of the alternative: Dr. Jasmine Kane, enlisted by the head of the Dragonstar clan to help abort the virus. She is a wild card. She is an outsider. She is human.

Decked out in black leather and a tough attitude, Jasmine clashes with Quinn in more ways than one. And when destiny chooses her for his Mate, he doesn’t know whether to rejoice or rebel. Because while Jasmine makes him burn hotter than any woman—dragon or human—ever has, their differences make a relationship impossible.

But when a rival infiltrates the clan and attacks Jasmine, Quinn becomes desperate. Jasmine is now the first human to be infected with the disease—and Quinn must do everything he can to find a cure, and save the woman he has grown to love.


“Curiouser and curiouser!” ~ Alice

Opening Line: He was tired. {Quinn}
Closing Line: It was more than enough. {Quinn}


“Twinkle, twinkle, little bat! How I wonder what you’re at.” ~ Mad Hatter

Quinn Maguire, a 471-year old dragon, is the Dragonstar clan’s healer. He has been struggling to find a cure for the mysterious illness that has been killing his family and friends. Dylan, the clan leader, makes another bold move by allowing his mate, Phoebe to bring in her friend and hematologist to help. Jasmine (Jazz), on her way to the clan’s residence in New Mexico, has a tire blow-out and meets a sexy stranger in a bar. Jazz has no idea that the handsome stranger is Quinn. Thinking of their magical night as a one-night stand, she’s surprised to find, once she arrives at the clan residence, he’s the doctor she’s supposed to be helping. Their relationship is bumpy for much of the book. Jazz has had a rough past and refuses to let a man control her. Quinn does his best to deal with her ups and downs and his attraction to her, all while working day and night to save his people.

Rating:


“What is the use of a book, without pictures or conversations” ~ Alice

Tessa Adams is not a new2me author.


“That’s just it. If you don’t think, then you shouldn’t talk.” ~ The Hare

This series is super hot. It’s classified as erotic romance and rightly so. The thermostat is set to high from the start and only continues to get hotter as the story progresses. So, if you can’t stand the heat, this is not the series for you. If you like your dragons extra spicy with a side of saucy, this is absolutely the series for you. The Dragonstar clan’s plight is heartbreaking. Their fight to save their people balances out the highly charged sex nicely. This series quickly became one of my favorite PNR reads. I look forward to reading Forbidden Embers, which tells Logan’s story, when it is released in Oct 2011.


“Take care of the sense, and the sounds will take care of themselves” ~ The Dutchess

Reaching a hand out, she tangled her fingers in Quinn’s shaggy black hair, savoring its silky softness as the strands wound themselves around her fingers. His eyes darkened to the lush, verdant green of the rain forest at twilight, and his mouth – that sensuous mouth with its full, kissable lower lip – parted on a harsh, indrawn breath.


“We are all mad here.” ~ The Cheshire Cat

This book receives the Cheshire Cat award for the intense roller coaster of emotions it evoked in me.




Until Next Week ~ Happy Reading!