Monday, June 5, 2017

SOUL REAPING by Anne Hope Earns 4.5 Stars

Soul Reaping

(Dark Souls, Book #4)

Anne Hope

Rating: 4.5*s

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Audience: Adult

Sensuality: Hot

Length: Novel 

Release Date: July 1, 2017

***Mild Spoilers Ahead***

The Leader of the Watchers

Through three books and a novella we've followed Cal, leader of the Watchers. Cal has been harsh at times, and forgiving at others. But he's always been enigmatic. Some of the Watchers have guessed who and what his is/was, but none have known it all. And Anne Hope has kept the readers guessing, too. 

In the greatly anticipated SOUL REAPING, we finally learn it all. 

A Tragic Beginning

The author takes us back 6,000 years to when Cal was Calliel, an angel sent to earth to study humans. He ended up falling in love with and marrying Kleio, a human. They had a son, the original, soulless Nephilim. I'm going to stop their history there. Suffice it to say that they were torn apart for 6,000 years. 6,000 years during which Cal had to deal with what he'd unleashed upon the earth, and during which he grieved for his wife.

A Reunion

Events transpire to allow Kleio to come back into Cal's life as one of four Sacred Souls. Kleio rejoices to be with Cal again, but Cal has changed. He's had to make tough decisions, one of which he doesn't want Kleio to know about. She would never forgive him.

A Sacrifice

And now Cal has another difficult choice to make. To save the world from another Great Flood, he believes has to sacrifice the four Sacred Souls, including Kleio.

Mystery and Suspense

SOUL REAPING is full of mystery and suspense. Though one enemy has been slain, another has taken his place. And there is betrayal of the highest order. Even Cal's ally seems to be unable or unwilling to help. The possibility of sacrifice hangs over everyone's heads throughout the book, yet without sacrifice the world will die.

Heartbreak and a Fulfilling End

There is much heartbreak. But thank goodness it's ultimately a romance, and therefore there's an HEA! The series-ending Epilogue is fitting and fulfilling.

SOUL REAPING is a treasure-trove of Dark Souls history and Cal's motivation. It's a must-read for fans of the series. It is not, however, a standalone or for those new to the series. I highly recommend the series, and encourage you to start with Dark Souls Book #1,  Soul Bound.

My suggested reading order:
Soul Bound (Dark Souls, Book #1)
Soul Deep (Dark Souls, Book #2)
Soul Thief (Dark Souls, Novella, #0.5)
Soul Chase (Dark Souls, #3)
Soul Reaping (Dark Souls, #4)


Wednesday, May 24, 2017

WICKED KISS by Rebecca Zanetti Is Excellent!

Wicked Kiss

(Realm Enforcers, #4)
Rebecca Zanetti

Rating: 4.5*s

Genre: Paranormal Romantic Suspense

Audience: Adult

Sensuality: Hot

Length: Novel 

A Captive Heroine

In a previous book, Victoria Monzelle, the sister of Lexi from Wicked Ride, witnessed witch fire and became aware of the world of immortals. She was kidnapped and brought before the witch's council, then held hostage under threat of death.

A Hero Who Shows His Inner Self

Adam Dunne is a loyal witch's council enforcer. He's the cerebral, controlled, buttoned-down Dunne brother. But he rescues Victoria/Tori in a completely wild, bad-ass, treasonous act. And so Tori and Adam are together and on the run from the council.

For reasons of her own, Tori has agreed to work with the DEA to find the distributor of the drug Apollo. The drug burns humans from the inside out. But it was actually designed to kill witches. Adam has been working with the unsavory Titans of Fire MC in order to find the manufacturer of the drug.  Tori and Adam unknowingly clash and are at cross-purposes over this, since they're keeping secrets from each other.

An Agreement to Mate

Adam and Tori are called to appear before the council of witches. Adam agrees, since he's an enforcer, even though he believes that at least one of the members is corrupt. To save Tori's life, Adam agrees to mate with Tori.

But, will they follow through with the council's dictate? How could a purple-haired wild child like Tori spend forever with a controlled and controlling witch like Adam?

Action, Suspense, and Comic Relief

Wicked Kiss is full of whizzing action, edge-of-your-seat-suspense, and Zanetti's signature comic relief. There are surprises waiting around corners. You'll love Adam as a bad-ass motorcycle rider, and Tori as a strong heroine with a past that haunts her.

There is dom/sub action. I'm not fond of that, but it fits Adam's personality so it's not gratuitous.
It's fun to meet up with Kellach, Daire, and Dage again. The King, especially, is very funny.
Don't miss this excellent installment in the Realm Enforcers series. You won't be able to put it down, and it will prepare you for Wicked Bite.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Review of WOLF HUNT by Paige Tyler: 4 stars!

Rating: 4*s

Genre: Paranormal Romantic Suspense

Audience: Adult

Sensuality: Hot

Length: Novel 

A Broken Hero

Remy Boudreaux has been the playboy of the SWAT pack, always having a woman in his bed but never getting serious. In WOLF HUNT, we find out why.

An Attraction That Can't Be Denied

And so when he's on a training operation in New Orleans and is strongly drawn to a woman, he's cautious about getting too close. Especially since that woman is Triana Bellamy, a friend and crush from high school. But their attraction can't be denied. Though Remy does try to deny it, with serious consequences.

A Storm of Suspense and Danger

In the meantime, a storm is barreling down on New Orleans. Triana gets a lead on one of the men who killed her father, and Remy becomes involved in a drug case. All of which comes together in a "perfect storm" of suspense and danger. And just when you think it's over, it isn't. And after that come the dire predictions for the future... And so the series continues.