Friday, October 31, 2014

Demon Storm (Belador #5) by Dianna Love



LOVE this cover.

Blurb:
In the fifth book of this bestselling paranormal series, Evalle faces her greatest nightmare - losing Storm - and without his help the Beladors will fall to an enemy they have fought for centuries.
*Includes DEADLY FIXATION bonus short story from the Belador world.

With Treoir Island in shambles after a Medb attack that left the survival of the missing Belador warrior queen in question and Belador powers compromised, the Beladors have one hope for their queen's return and their own future: Evalle Kincaid, whose recent transformation has turned her into an even more formidable warrior. First Evalle has to locate Storm, the Skinwalker she's bonded with who she believes can find the Belador queen, but Storm stalks the witch doctor threatening Evalle's life. The hunter becomes the hunted, and Evalle must face her greatest nightmare to save Storm and the Beladors-or watch the future of mankind fall to deadly preternatural predators...

My review:
There is so much action in this book I feel like I’ve burned calories just reading it.  This is the 5th book in the series, so far. I recommend reading the first 4 before tackling this installment.  It will be a much better experience.   
Evalle and the gang are back and there is no rest for anyone.  There is almost too much going on. The Beladors are mourning their losses from the attack on Treoir Island, Brina and Lanna have gone missing, and Evalle has to find Storm so he can track them.  And now the Medb are doing the Beladors job killing demons.  WTH? 
This is a transition book.  Not only is it solely written by the fabulous Dianna Love but I believe that this book leads into a new story arc.  Meaning there are more adventures to come.  Poor Evalle can’t catch a breath.

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Thursday, October 30, 2014

Out of Control (The Sentinels 0.5) by Alexandra Ivy



Blurb:
New York Times bestselling author Alexandra Ivy quenches your thirst for illicit desire with this seductive tale of the Sentinels—outcast humans with the ability to tread the line between life and death—and pleasure and pain…

Ph.D student Angela Locke has a crush on her sexy professor, Dr. Nikolo Bartrev. When she learns he’s actually a Sentinel with extraordinary powers, she joins forces with him to catch a psychopath. But soon, their hottest pursuit is of each other...

My review:
This is an introduction to an exciting new series by the fabulous Alexandra Ivy.  This is a world of Norms and Freaks.  It isn’t explained where the Freaks (witches, psychics, necromancers, Sentinels  and others) come from but they exist.  Angela thinks she is a Norm.  She is deeply invested in her studies until she meets the smoking hot visiting professor. Little does she know how her life is about to change.  This is fast paced action adventure and I can’t wait for the next installment. 
ARC generously provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review 

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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Penumbra (The Spook Squad 3) by Keri Arthur




Blurb:
TWIN KILLING

Agent Sam Ryan wants out of the Special Investigations Unit. She’s sick of the attitude from her partner, Gabriel Stern. She’s sick of the paperwork. Most of all, she’s sick of feeling lonely. But her boss isn’t about to let her go that easily. He gives Sam a choice: either stay stuck in her office or guard a clone replacement of Dan Wetherton, a government minister. Sam reluctantly chooses the latter—even though she suspects she’s being used as bait to draw out the SIU’s elusive nemesis.

Gabriel would like nothing better than to be on his own, without a partner to hold him back. Then he learns that Sam has been assigned to protect Wetherton—or whatever it is that’s replaced him. Wetherton’s clone could have come from only one place: Hopeworth, the military base that contains the secrets of Sam’s past. Determined to protect her, Gabriel is drawn into a fight against unspeakable evil. And all too soon, Sam and Gabriel discover that 
the connection between them is far more powerful than anyone could ever have imagined.

My review:
This is a re-release of one of the first series I’d read by Keri Arthur. As I’ve re-read this series for the first time in years I realized just how well it has held up and am reminded just how much I enjoyed living in Sam and Gabriel’s world.
Penumbra is the third and final book in this series.  We finally get some answers about Sam’s past.  We find out who the mysterious Sethanon is and who Joe Black is.  This is the book I liked least in the series because for all the answers we do get there are still questions left unanswered. But it is still one hell of a ride.  

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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Archangel's Shadows (Guild Hunter #7) by Nalini Singh




Blurb:
Return to New York Times bestselling author Nalini Singh’s sensual and painfully beautiful Guild Hunter world in her new novel of sacrifice, loyalty, and the choices of love that can shatter the heart.

In the wake of a brutal war, the archangel Raphael and his hunter consort, Elena, are dealing with the treacherously shifting tides of archangelic politics and the people of a battered but not broken city. The last thing their city needs is more death, especially a death that bears the eerie signature of an insane enemy archangel who cannot— should not—be walking the streets.

This hunt must be undertaken with stealth and without alerting their people. It must be handled by those who can become shadows themselves…

Ash is a gifted tracker and a woman cursed with the ability to sense the secrets of anyone she touches. But there’s one man she knows all too well without a single instant of skin contact: Janvier, the dangerously sexy Cajun vampire who has fascinated and infuriated her for years. Now, as they track down a merciless killer, their cat-and-mouse game of flirtation and provocation has turned into a profound one of the heart. And this time, it is Ash’s secret, dark and terrible, that threatens to destroy them both.

My review:
Guild Hunter Ash & vampire Janvier have been fun secondary characters flirting with each other since Angels' Pawn.   After the battles that take place in Archangel's Legion (Guild Hunter #6) Ash is on the mend from a near fatal injury.  It is times like these when you rethink your priorities and Janvier is determined to make Ash see that they are meant to be together.  Ash may be stubborn but she isn’t stupid.  There are secrets she must reveal before giving herself to Janvier.  But first they have to hunt down a monster who is killing young women in a most horrific way.
It never ceases to amaze me that Nalini Singh can build such a terrific landscape and take you on a super fantastic ride with each story she tells.  Archangel's Shadows is another such ride and is no less fantastic than rest in this fabulous series.

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Monday, October 27, 2014

One in a Million (Lucky Harbor #12) by Jill Shalvis



Blurb:
As the brains behind wedding site TyingTheKnot.com, Callie sees it all: from the ring to the dress, the smiles . . . to the tears. It's that last part that keeps her single and not looking. Getting left at the altar will do that to a girl. But when Callie returns to her old hometown, she finds that her sweet high school crush is sexier than ever. And he makes it hard to remember why she's sworn off love . . .

Tanner is a deep-sea diver with a wild, adrenaline-junkie past—and now his teenage son is back in his life. How can Tanner be a role model when he's still paying for his own mistakes? It's hard enough that gorgeous Callie has appeared in town like a beautiful dream, challenging his best-laid plans to keep his heart on lockdown. Though there's something about being around her again that makes him feel like he can be the man she—and his son—deserve. Little Lucky Harbor holds their past; can it hold a beautiful new future?

My review:
What a terrific story to end this series.  This book is filled with the trademark humor and snark we expect from a Lucky Harbor story but this installment had its share of tenderness as well.  We get to check in with some characters from the past but as with the others this book can be read stand alone.  I adored getting to know Tanner and Callie and Lucille is always a hoot.  As sad as I am to be saying farewell to Lucky Harbor I look forward to seeing what Jill Shalvis will write for us next.

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Sunday, October 26, 2014

On the Growl (A Shifter Romance Anthology) by Celia Kyle, Lynn Red, Jessica Sims, Flora Dare and Marina Maddix

On the Growl (A Shifter Romance Anthology) by Celia Kyle, Lynn Red, Jessica Sims, Flora Dare and Marina Maddix 



Blurb:
From a pack of your favorite NYT and USAT best-selling paranormal romance authors comes a collection of ALL NEW novellas that will make you howl, scratch and bite... and leave you roaring for more!

Love comes in all shapes and sizes. No surprise there, right? Passionate, wild, hungry, dripping, salty, sweaty, steamy; falling in love is the best thing in the world.

It doesn’t matter if you’re a bunny with curves, a brand new werewolf without much clue what’s happening, a feisty wolverine shifter, a fun-loving house cat or a were-tigress with a short temper for obnoxious men, there’s a big, protective, incredible alpha for everyone... or in some cases, two of them!

Except... sometimes, it gets complicated. Mysterious and magical resorts, dangerous rogue wolves, dentists that get just a little too excited and start growing hair in funny places, a couple of bears who might be terrorists, and a tiger with a bad attitude?
Gulp. Things could get REAL complicated.

In places where the only rules are Pack rules; in towns where shifters and witch doctors rub shoulders; on exotic vacations where only eagles dare, and on planes where a wolverine shifter is sandwiched between two of the sexiest bears she’s ever imagined, you’ll never have more fun, or get more steamy, seductive, incredible paranormal romance in ONE PLACE at ONE LOW PRICE.

From our pack to yours, enjoy these incredible novellas, and keep howling for the moon!

* Waking Up Were by Celia Kyle *
What’s a gal to do when a dog bite isn’t a dog bite and her boss makes her want to howl at the moon? Keep him.

* Bear Your Teeth by Lynn Red *
A slightly clutzy rabbit-shifter and a big, bad bear of a dentist will take you along on a steamy, hilarious ride you’ll never forget!

* Tiger by the Tail by Jessica Sims *
Were-tiger Adrian Merino is determined to see the newest shifter on the block, Mandy, become his mate. But it's got to be her idea first...

* Bears Repeating by Flora Dare *
It takes double the werebears to handle one cranky wolverine in this menage romance.

* To Screech His Own by Marina Maddix *
It may be against the rules, but when a hot eagle shifter lands at an exclusive resort, one employee really wants to ruffle his feathers. What’s a curvy kitty to do?

My Review:
I bought this set because Celia Kyle and Jessica Sims are on my auto buy lists for shifters and for this price it would have been worth it for just those two.  That the other stories rocked was just an added benny.

Waking Up Were by Celia Kyle – There is a whole world out there that Brenna isn’t aware of despite the fact that her boss (who she has lusted after for 2 years) and her best friend are werewolves.  It is a rude awakening when she is bitten by a rogue and ends up turning.  Now her boss has to convince her she really isn’t going insane and that she is his mate.  Oh and they have to find the rogue before he bites anybody else. This book has all the heat and humor you expect from Celia Kyle.

Bear Your Teeth by Lynn Red – I have visited the crazy world of Lynn Red’s Jamesburg shifters before and have always laughed myself silly at the antics of her absurd shifters.  This story of a bunny and a bear shifter is no different. * The Jamesburg Shifters are a series of standalone novels that can be enjoyed in any order you like. No cliffhangers here!

Tiger by the Tail by Jessica Sims – This story takes place in the Midnight Liaisons world but can be read stand-alone.  Like Waking Up Were this is a story of a young woman who was bitten against her will.  She is not dealing with the change very well until she meets a tiger who is willing to listen and help her work through her issues.  If they fall for each other along the way so much the better. 

Bears Repeating by Flora Dare – Shifter, ménage, suspense and romance.  I’ve not read any of Ms. Dares other work but this story was a roller coaster ride of intrigue and heat.

To Screech His Own by Marina Maddix – I don’t know what to think about this story.  It could have been an episode of Fantasy Island.  The only thing missing was a lizard shifter as Tatoo.  Even the boss was named Mr. Roarke.  True he didn’t look like Ricardo Montalban and he wears khakis and Hawaiian shirts instead of a white suit but still.  The story was fun but I kept expecting some idiot to say “boss, the plane, the plane…”.

*swiped from Lynn Red’s Goodreads description of the Jamesburg Shifters


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Saturday, October 25, 2014

Tales of the Djinn: The Double by Emma Holly



Blurb:
What would you do if the man you loved had a double?

That’s the challenge Elyse faces when a flying carpet lands her and her new djinn lover in the glorious city he calls home. Cade’s people need help recovering from a curse, but this isn't the only problem they’ll have to fix. Cade’s trip to Elyse’s world created a duplicate of himself, a not-quite carbon copy who firmly believes he’s Cade’s superior.

Book 2 in the Tales of the Djinn

My review:
Tales of the Djinn: The Double starts off where Tales of the Djinn: The Guardian ends and while it could be read standalone I believe you will enjoy it that much more for having read Tales of the Djinn: The Guardian first. 
Emma Holly transports you into a fantastic world of magic, mystery, and erotic delights.  This is a world I will revisit over and over again.  This is a can’t miss page turner but not for the faint of heart.  Ms. Holly takes you places you’ve never gone before.  This is a fairy tale for grown-ups. Absolutely wonderful.

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