Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Wild Wolf Rates 4.5♥s

Wild Wolf

(Shifters Unbound, #6)

by Jennifer Ashley

 

Wild Wolf by Jennifer Ashley
Rating: 4.5♥ Excellent / Highly Recommended
Genre: Paranormal Romance / Shifter
Length: Novel
Audience: Adult
Sensuality: Hot
Release Date: April 1, 2014

Jennifer Ashley's world of Shifters Unbound

In the Shifters Unbound series, Shifters have been "out" for twenty years. Humans have subjugated them and put them in Shiftertowns where they have few rights. They must wear collars that cause pain if they become violent. They are not allowed amenities—smartphones and cable TV—that humans take for granted. Their travel is restricted. Humans associating with shifters are not trusted. By either group.


A wild wolf

Graham McNeil is a wild wolf. He's loud, scarred, brash, and violent. He's also the alpha of his pack and co-leader of the Las Vegas Shiftertown. The only person who calms him and makes him feel alive is his sort-of girlfriend, Misty Granger.

A human.

That's a problem, because Graham needs to mate with a shifter for the good of his pack. He needs to have strong shifter cubs to continue the line. His pack insists on it.


A kidnapping

When Misty is kidnapped, there's more to it than there seems. Graham becomes ensnared by a powerful enemy. It's the beginning of a plan that would result in disaster for shifters and humans alike. Graham and Misty must not only save themselves, but—literally—the world.

Engaging characters

Graham bellows and stomps and fights, and we love him for it. And so does Misty. No, she's not a Masochist. She sees below the surface to the shifter with a painful past, the alpha who cares for his pack, and the protective boyfriend. She sees the infrequent smiles and sense of humor.

Misty is a strong heroine with a mind of her own. She's the only one who can stand up to Graham and get away with it.

Two characters who almost steal the show are Matt and Kyle, young cubs who are thrust upon Graham. They spend a lot of time in their energetic wolf forms. As humans, they eat a lot of pizza and ice cream. Although Graham adopts them, they adopt Misty. They provide a lot of comic relief, but they are much more than they seem.

A new, mysterious character, Ben, is introduced. It will be interesting to see how often we see him in future books. Familiar character Reid plays a large role.


Suspense

Suspense keeps the book moving along. There are plenty of nasty surprises and mortal danger to go around.


Satisfaction

The ending is fun and gratifying. The book's only problem is it leaves you wishing for more.

Enjoy Wild Wolf!

Lisa


The Shifters Unbound series in reading order:
Novella 0.5
Book 1
Book 2
Novella 2.5
Book 3
Novella 3.5
Book 4
Novella 4.25
Novella 4.5
Book 5
Novella 5.5
Book 6

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

WILLING SACRIFICE by Shannon K. Butcher Earns 4.5♥ Rating

Willing Sacrifice

(Sentinel Wars, #8)

by Shannon K. Butcher

Rating: 4.5♥s Excellent / Highly Recommended
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Length: Novel
Audience: Adult
Sensuality: Hot
Release Date: March 4, 2014


Background and recap:
We followed Torr and Grace's story throughout the Sentinel Wars series. Torr was paralyzed while rescuing Grace and her half-brother from demons. Grace cared for Torr while he was paralyzed. They secretly grew to love each other, but Torr was paralyzed and dying. Even if he was healthy and whole, Grace was human and couldn't be the mate he needed.

Grace learned of a way to heal Torr, by taking on his injuries herself through discs attached to their spines. By the time Torr was healed and found Grace near death, it was too late to save her. Brenya, a mysterious otherworldly woman, offered to try to heal Grace on another world. In exchange, Torr promised to come to Brenya's aid when called.

Present Day:
Torr has been MIA from the Sentinel warriors for months, mourning the loss of Grace. He doesn't even know if she's dead or alive. Then Brenya snatches him from Earth to help her save the world where she's hidden women and children. There he finds Grace, healed and well. But not whole. Her memories of him and of Earth are missing. And Brenya extracts a magical vow that Torr will not tell Grace that they knew each other.

Grace is attracted to Torr, more than just being attracted to a handsome man. She begins to have flashes of memory and feelings of familiarity. For Torr's part, keeping their relationship a secret is torture. And if Grace learns that he's been keeping it from her, will she be able to forgive him?

Grace and Torr must work together to—literally—save the world. The one thing that hasn't changed about Grace is that she's self-sacrificing, and puts Torr's life before hers. Will she ultimately go too far?

My thoughts:
Grace is brave, humble, loving, and self-sacrificing. And she'd do anything for Torr, whether she remembers him or not. She believes she's weak compared to the supernatural women on the planet, but she actually has the greater strength of character.

Torr is a warrior through and through, and yet gentle with Grace. And it's obvious that he loves her to the depths of his soul. He'd do anything for Grace, whether she remembers him or not. Anything. In that respect, he's also self-sacrificing.

Although the plot is a lot of the same type of scene over and over again, it serves to emphasize Grace's character and foreshadow what might happen in the end. You begin to fear for the characters if they don't change their ways.

If you're a fan of the Sentinel Wars series, then you've probably been eagerly awaiting Torr and Grace's story. They've been through so much heartache, and a happy ending just doesn't seem possible. Even in Willing Sacrifice, a HEA doesn't seem possible. But the ending is worth the wait.

And the final line is perfect.

Enjoy!
Lisa

The Sentinel Wars series, in reading order:




Tuesday, January 21, 2014

The Immortalis Series by Angela McCallister

The Immortalis Series

by Angela McCallister

 

Angela McCallister created a unique vampire world in her Immortalis series. In the world of the Immortalis (vampires), there are two castes. They are the Dominorum ( the ruling class) and the Legion (the lower class).

The Immortalis live openly among humans. In order to maintain the peace, there is a Vampire Liaison Office.

There are adjuvants, subjugates, Enforcers, Trackers, a Rex, Ancients—and more—which add to the richness and depth of the world of the Immortalis. So far, McCallister has written two books in the series.

***

Bad Mouth

(The Immortalis, #1)

 

 

Bad Mouth by Angela McCallister
Rating: 4.5♥s Excellent / Highly Recommended
Genre: Paranormal Romance / Vampire
Audience: Adult
Sensuality: Hot
Length: Novel
Release Date: May 20, 2013

My recap:
Someone has set a rogue vampire on Seattle in an effort to create a vampire-human war. Valerie Craig, Vice Director of the Vampire Liaison Office, must work with the Immortalis to find out who is behind the murderous rampage, and put a stop to it. But Val is, ironically, prejudiced against vampires. 

Val is forced to work with Kade Rollins, a rude, violent Immortalis who embodies her worst prejudices. And yet she is drawn to him. 

Even though it looks like he may be behind the effort to start the war.

My thoughts:
Kade, the potty mouth of the title, is a crude, abrasive, violent character. And I loved him. He's also noble, protective, and gentle toward Val. He motivations for being as violent as he is. Being a potty mouth is just a bonus for readers.

Kade is prejudiced against humans, and Val is prejudiced against vampires. In spite of that, they are undeniably attracted to each other. They can't fight it. As they gradually see each other in a different light, they also begin to learn about each other's races. Love grows with understanding.

The plot is well constructed, with a number of twists and turns. Kade is supposed to be helping Val with an investigation, but is he hindering it? Is he, in fact, the enemy? The deeper they get involved in the investigation, the more dangerous it becomes. Bad Mouth is a real page-turner.

It seems like a contradiction, but this novel about a violent vampire who needs his mouth washed out with Ivory is actually emotionally satisfying. There's a nice balance between the crude and violent and the warm and fuzzy. You'll feel good when you finish the book.

Bad Mouth is a brilliant debut novel that I highly recommend.

Bad Cop

(The Immortalis, #2)

 

Bad Cop by Angela McCallister
Rating: 4.0♥s Very Good / Recommended
Genre: Paranormal Romance / Vampire
Audience: Adult
Sensuality: Hot
Length: Novel
Release Date: October 28, 2013

My recap:
Alice is suddenly appointed Vice Director of the Vampire Liaison Office when Val (Bad Mouth) takes a leave of absence. For personal reasons, Alice is biased against cops. They're all dirty, aren't they? But in her new position she must work directly with Killian (Ian), a Legion Tracker. Essentially a cop. And yet Alice was attracted to him from the moment she met him in Bad Mouth.

Ian starts right off working down and dirty. Alice fights Ian and fights her attraction to him. Ian is patient with her. But the case they're working on turns out to be more deadly to them than either expected.

My thoughts:
I liked Alice. She thought she had a good reason for being prejudiced against cops. It's her one fault. Otherwise she is a strong, sympathetic character.

I loved Ian. He knows he wants Alice, and he is determined to win her. He does what he needs to do as far as being a cop, but he is also protective and kind and even funny around Alice.

Angela McCallister has a way of surprising me with her plots. She doesn't pull any punches with Alice and Ian. (You'll just have to read the book to find out what happens!) With the way things turn out, I think we'll be seeing more of Alice in future books.


***
Bottom line? Angela McCallister is a talented author who hit the ground running with her Immortalis series. You don't want to miss it!