Friday, September 28, 2012

Review of WHERE THERE'S SMOKE by Karen Kelley

Where There's Smoke
(The Good Girl, #1)
by Karen Kelley

Where There's Smoke by Karen Kelley
Rating: 4.5♥s Excellent/Highly Recommended
Sensuality: Erotic
Cover: 4.0♥s
Genre: Paranormal Romance/Demons & Angels

Publication Date: May 1, 2012
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Length: Novel
Audience: 18+ Adult

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The Devil Went Down to Texas...
Sexy wannabe demon Destiny Carter has pissed off the people downstairs and has been kicked out of hell.
Now she's in Ft. Worth, Texas with one week to corrupt a soul. Or else.

Lookin' For Just One Soul to Steal...
When smokin' hot Destiny strolls into the Stompin' Ground bar in a slinky red dress, she has a feeling her assignment might not be so bad. The cowboy at the bar looks pretty darn delicious and oh–so–corruptible.
But Chance Bellew is no ordinary cowboy, and Destiny gets way more than she bargained for when she rubs up against the sexy dark angel perched on a barstool like sin just waiting to happen...


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Destiny Carter works at the sorting station between Heaven and Hell. She wants to become a full-fledged demon because she's been promised she'll have everything she's ever dreamed of. She's been sent back to earth and has one week to collect a soul so she can become a demon, or she'll be damned to the fires of Hell for eternity.

Chance Bellew, a half-angel, half-mortal nephilim, has one week and one day to convince Destiny to give up her soul for his side. His plan is to make Destiny want him so much that she'll do anything to give up her soul.  Destiny's plan is to ... make Chance want her so much that he'll do anything to give up his soul. Their contest of seduction is scorching.

Where There's Smoke is filled with characters you'll love. Chance is hot as, well, Hell. And he'll make you melt in more ways than one. He's determined to show Destiny that life can be good. He treats her to a special day that will touch your heart.

Destiny had a disadvantaged life, which turned her into a "bad" girl when she was alive. Now that she is dead, she is not allowed to get involved with mortals topside. But mortals get involved with her and she can't resist them. She learns what it's like to have friends. Even worse, she learns what it's like to love.

Destiny is desperate to spend what she believes will be a wonderful eternity as a demon with Chance. But Chance knows the reality. If he succumbs to her, they will both burn in Hell. If he convinces her to give her soul to Heaven, he will have to give her up and she will be reborn.

Do they have any chance of fulfilling a destiny together?

Enjoy Where There's Smoke!





The Good Girl Series:

Book 1
Where There's Smoke
Book 2
Where There's a Will

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Review of IMMORTALLY YOURS by Angie Fox


Immortally Yours
(Monster M*A*S*H, #1)
by Angie Fox

Immortally Yours by Angie Fox
Rating:  4.0♥s Very Good/Recommended
Sensuality: Hot
Cover: 4.0♥s
Genre: Paranormal Romance

Publication Date: August 28, 2012
Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks
Length: Novel

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IN THE WAR BETWEEN THE GODS...
No one patches up the incoming wounded like Dr. Petra Robichaud. Recruited by the gods for her uncanny medical skills, she's the best M*A*S*H surgeon in the army. Along with a nosy guard sphinx, a vegetarian werewolf, and other paranormal paramedics, she bandages soldiers who are built like Greek gods (literally). But when one sexy immortal ends up on her operating table--half dead and totally to-die-for--Petra's afraid she'll lose her patient and her heart...

NOTHING IS MORE DANGEROUS THAN LOVE
Commander Galen of Delphi is one gorgeous but stubborn demi-god. When his spirit tries to slip out of his fatally wounded body, Dr. Petra has to slip it back in--unwittingly revealing her ability to see ghosts. Now that Galen knows her secret, he's convinced she's part of an ancient prophecy. If the oracles are right, Petra could lead Galen's army to peace. And if he seduces her on the way to hell and back? Heaven knows--all's fair in love and war...



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Petra and Galen are fun yet vulnerable characters who will capture your heart and draw you into this fast-paced story.

Immortally Yours is written in Petra's first-person point of view. Through her eyes we can see that she has a big, tender heart. She longs to be the one foretold to end the war, but doesn't have the faith that she is. She's an ordinary (well, sort of) person in extraordinary circumstances. She gets scared in scary situations, just like you and me. Also like you and me, she loves paranormal romances. "I settled in to read Undead and Unwed, one of my all-time favorites. It amused me to no end that most people topside thought it was fiction."

Galen is a warrior with a deep-seated need for a connection with someone. He's a "strong, sensitive, braver-than-death guy...both a warrior and a protector." Oh, and he's built like a god. 'Nuff said.

The romance story line is strong and compelling. After Petra saves Galen's life, he tells Petra it's "'Like the fates have tied us together somehow.'" Those turn out to be prophetic words in more ways than one. Petra feels "[Galen] was noble, strong, and loyal. He would stand by me, fight for me. He was a gift. One I couldn't have. I shouldn't. But one I so desperately wanted to pretend was mine, if only for a little while."

The story will keep you turning the pages as Galen pursues Petra, and danger follows her. There are life-and death moments when you won't be able to put the book down, moments you'll laugh out loud, and moments you'll need to keep the tissues handy.

The next book, Immortally Embraced, continues the story of Petra and Galen. It will be out in February, 2013.

Are you interested in reading Immortally Yours? Let me know in the comments section!

Happy Reading!



The Monster M*A*S*H Series:

Book 1
Immortally Yours
Book 2
Immortally Embraced
February 26, 2013














Also by Angie Fox, The Accidental Demon Slayer Series:
Book 1
The Accidental Demon
Slayer
Book 2
The Dangerous Book
for Demon Slayers
Book 3
A Tale of Two
Demon Slayers
Book 4
The Last of the
Demon Slayers


Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Review of DARKNESS REBORN by Stephanie Rowe

Darkness Reborn
(Order of the Blade, #5)
by Stephanie Rowe

Darkness Reborn by Stephanie Rowe
Rating: 4♥s Very Good/Recommended
Sensuality: Hot
Cover: 4.0♥s
Genre: Paranormal Romance

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Publication Date: August 29, 2012
Length: Novel
Reading Level: Adult





Destruction or salvation?

Kane Santiago is a Calydon warrior and a member of an elite order that protects humanity against rogue Calydons. Kane can't remember his past, and doesn't know why he has ancient talismans carved into his skin or what they mean. He has a void inside him that has been taking on a dark and violent taint. 

Sarah Burns is the light to his dark, a special woman who is in danger from the rogue Calydons of her town. Kane, as a Calydon warrior on the verge of going rogue, is a man she shouldn't trust. He's unpredictable and could turn on her at any moment. Yet Kane has a powerful urge to keep her safe, and she has a powerful connection to him. Will he be her destruction, or will she be his salvation?

♥♥♥♥♥

Kane is a hero who is tortured by the fact that he can't remember his past. He's afraid that there is a good reason he can't remember it. The darkness within him suggests that there is. When he meets Sarah, he finds someone to live for, someone he's driven to protect. Someone who is his. Because Kane strives to overcome the void and darkness within him to be a better person for Sarah, he is a noble, honorable hero you'll come to love.

Sarah is special in a way that I won't reveal. She is light, faith, and hope. She is Kane's opposite. But she has a tragic past and good reason to distrust and fear Kane. Sarah tries to stay away from him, but Fate binds them together as soul mates. Sarah is a heroine who has a strong moral compass and who has the ability to make difficult decisions when necessary. She's an admirable character.

Darkness Reborn moves quickly with plenty of action and fight scenes.The climax is page-turning. Tragedy befalls a favorite character from the series, though my guess is that we haven't seen the last of him. Although Kane and Sarah's story is concluded, the next story arc of the series is set up.

Ian's story, Darkness Arisen, is next. It will be good to see him get his Happily Ever After.

Have you read the Order of the Blade series? Are you interested in reading Darkness Reborn? Let me know in the comments!

Happy Reading!



Book 1
Darkness Awakened
Book 2
Darkness Seduced
Book 3
Darkness Surrendered
Novella 4
Forever in Darkness
Book 5
Darkness Reborn
Book 6
Darkness Arisen
Coming Early 2013





Saturday, September 15, 2012

Review of PRIMAL POSSESSION by Katie Reus

Primal Possession
(Moon Shifter, #2)
by Katie Reus


Primal Possession by Katie Reus
Rating: 4.5♥s Excellent/Highly Recommended
Sensuality: Hot
Cover: 4.0♥s
Genre: Paranormal Romance/Shifter

Publication Date: September 4, 2012
Publisher: Signet
Length: Novel
Reading Level: 18+ Adult

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He's driven to protect her …

Liam Armstrong is second-in-command of his pack of wolf shifters. The moment he sees the beautiful human December McIntyre, he knows that she is his intended mate. December and her brother, the town's sheriff, have cause to mistrust shifters because of their tragic past. December is attracted to the persistent, sexy, protective Liam in spite of her brother's objections and her reservations.


When a hate group targets those who associate with shifters, December is in danger from the lethal group. Can Liam keep her safe, or will they be torn apart?



♥♥♥♥♥

Primal Possession is a touching, tear-jerking romance full of suspense that will keep you turning the pages long after you should have turned out the light.

Liam pursues December relentlessly. He is also the ultimate protector, knowing that she is targeted by the hate group. December feels smothered by Liam. She chafes against his protection and pursuit of her, but she eventually admits that she needs him. And wants him. Both Liam and December are likable characters. Their attraction started in Alpha Instinct and explodes in Primal Possession. Their sexual tension is high.

There is plenty of suspense, and many threats to December. Her best friend, Kat, also becomes a target. Kat's shifter ex-boyfriend, Jayce, comes to town and complicates matters. The subplot involving Kat and Jayce is prominent and gut-wrenching. Keep your tissues handy. Katie Reus puts the reader through the wringer with both Kat and Jayce and Liam and December. Although Liam and December's story reaches a conclusion in Primal Possession, Kat and Jayce's story is continued in Mating Instinct. Katie Reus recently announced that the hero and heroine for Avenger's Mate are the mysterious Erin and Noah. 

Don't miss the Moon Shifter series. Start with Alpha Instinct so you can fully enjoy Primal Possession.

Happy Reading!

Book 1
Alpha Instinct
eSpecial
Lover's Instinct
Book 2
Primal Possession
Book 3
Mating Instinct
Book 4
Avenger's Mate



Thursday, September 13, 2012

Review of QUINN'S UNDYING ROSE by Tina Folsom

Quinn's Undying Rose
(Scanguards Vampires, #6)
By Tina Folsom

Quinn's Undying Rose by Tina Folsom
Rating: 4.0♥s Very Good/Recommended
Sensuality: Erotic
Cover: 4.0♥s
Genre: Paranormal Romance/Vampire

Publication Date: August 28, 2012
Length: Novel
Reading Level: 18+ Adult

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Newly wed and newly dead …

Two hundred years ago, Quinn Ralston secretly wed debutante Rose Haverford. The next day he went to war in order to gain the fame and fortune her father required of her husband. Instead, he died on the battlefield and was reborn as a vampire. When he returned to Rose, she was frightened and rejected him. Believing she died shortly after that, Quinn spent the next two hundred years trying to forget the only woman he ever loved.

Now an elite vampire bodyguard, Quinn is called in on a special assignment. Quinn is shocked to discover that the client is Rose, who is alive and a vampire. Quinn is further stunned to learn that the assignment is the protection of his and Rose's descendant from a daughter he didn't know he'd had.

Rose keeps secrets, and that gets in the way of the protection of their "grandson." One secret tops them all, however. Rose had faked her own death and had been hiding from Quinn for two hundred years to keep a deadly secret from him--a secret that will force him to kill her. Will they lose each other again, now that they've finally been reunited?

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Quinn is a hero you want to spend your time with. What woman wouldn't want a man who is capable of great passion and love that lasts hundreds of years? He's also sexy, brave, honorable and protective. Rose is his one weakness. Two hundred years ago he would have done anything for her, and was devastated when she rejected him. He would still do anything for her, which makes him vulnerable.

Rose was never a wilting flower. Centuries ago she knew what she wanted. Now she has the means and the freedom to control her own life and go after what she wants. And she wants Quinn, in spite of the consequences. She knows that she's eventually going to lose him when he learns her ultimate secret.

The story is page-turning. Rose, Quinn, and some old favorites from the series play a cat-and-mouse game with the deadly vampire pursuing Quinn and Rose's great-great-great-great-grandson, Blake. One recurring Scanguards character has a life-altering change thrust upon him. Some series characters reveal surprises. Quinn's Undying Rose is a worthy addition to the series and advances the overall story arc.

Tina Folsom says that book 7 is Oliver's story. Other characters who will most likely get their own books are Cain, Blake, Wesley, and new characters she will be introducing in future books. Thomas and Eddie will eventually get their own story. I am looking forward to their HEA. Poor, lovesick Thomas …

If you haven't read the Scanguards Vampires series, I highly recommend it. The books are shown below.

Happy Reading!



Book 1
Samson's Lovely Mortal
Book 2
Amaury's Hellion
Book 3
Gabriel's Mate
Book 4
Yvette's Haven
Book 5
Zane's Redemption
Book 6
Quinn's Undying Rose



Monday, September 10, 2012

Review of HOW TO DRIVE A DRAGON CRAZY by G. A. Aiken

How to Drive a Dragon Crazy
(The Dragon Kin, #6)
by G. A. Aiken

How to Drive a Dragon Crazy by G. A. Aiken
Rating: 4.0♥s Very Good/Recommended
Sensuality: Hot
Cover: 4.0♥s
Genre: Paranormal Romance/Dragon Shifter

Publication Date: September 4, 2012
Publisher: Zebra
Length: Novel
Reading Level: Adult

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Some things never go away, like vile enemies, bad ale, and annoying kin. Honestly, though, I thought I was finished with the one dragon I'd have done anything for: Éibhear the Blue, a big, gorgeous, blue-haired beast who thinks the world belongs to him. The world and, apparently, me.

If Éibhear wants to play the caring hero and travel into the most forsaken of Gods forsaken lands to protect the one woman who doesn't need it -- namely me -- I'll let him. Because while I'm trying to fulfill a ridiculous quest for a pushy god, I'm going to draw this overconfident warlord much too close, rekindle his fires, and enjoy every minute of his delicious defeat...



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Éibhear the Contemptible, formerly Éibhear the Blue, has been fighting in the Ice Lands for ten years. He's a member of the Mì-runach, a deadly military strike force made up of warriors who won't follow orders. His "niece" Izzy, with whom he has a bittersweet history, is now a General in Queen Annwyl the Bloody's army. When Éibhear hears that his sister is going to escort Izzy home, he volunteers to escort her instead. Izzy doesn't need an escort or want to hear Éibhear's apology for his treatment of her ten years ago. And thus starts Izzy's campaign to drive a dragon crazy.

Once they reach home, Izzy is tasked with traveling to the Desert Lands to meet her maternal grandmother, who is a witch. Izzy has to evaluate her grandmother's suitability to teach her sister, Rhiannon, to control her growing, deadly Magick. Éibhear goes along to protect Izzy, and they find much more than they were looking for.

Éibhear is unappreciated by his family in How to Drive a Dragon Crazy. It's played for comic effect, but it's also sad because he's truly a hero. Izzy is a deadly, kick-butt heroine who is still a bit nuts. She's more sympathetic in Crazy than she was at times in the past. 

After many books and many story years, readers can rejoice that Izzy and Éibhear finally get their story. Although their history was gut-wrenching at times, Aiken plays their rocky courtship in How to Drive a Dragon Crazy with a lighter touch. The story is infused with humor--tongue in cheek, deadpan, silly, and laugh out loud humor.

The brothers, their mates, the twins, sister Rhiannon, Queen Rhiannon, and Annwyl the Bloody all have roles to play in the story. A new character is introduced. The brothers are comic relief, and the Queen is wise. Rhi, Talon and Talwyn are on the cusp of change. Their future stories are set up at the end, along with a new direction for Annwyl.

But above all, enjoy How to Drive a Dragon Crazy for Izzy and Éibhear's long-awaited tale.

Happy reading!



The Dragon Kin books and short stories in G. A. Aiken's preferred reading order:
  • Dragon Actually
  • About a Dragon
  • "Can't Get Enough" from Everlasting Bad Boys
  • What a Dragon Should Know
  • Last Dragon Standing
  • "Dragon On Top" from Supernatural
  • The Dragon Who Loved Me
  • How to Drive a Dragon Crazy
Dragon Actually
About a Dragon
"Can't Get Enough" in
Everlasting Bad Boys
What a Dragon
Should Know
Last Dragon Standing
"Dragon on Top" in
Supernatural
The Dragon Who
Loved Me
How to Drive a
Dragon Crazy

Friday, September 7, 2012

Review of FEAR THE DARKNESS by Alexandra Ivy

Fear the Darkness
(Guardians of Eternity, #9)
by Alexandra Ivy

Rating: 4.0♥s Very Good/Recommended
Sensuality: Hot
Cover: 4.0♥s
Genre: Paranormal Romance/Shifter, Prophet

Publication Date: August 28, 2012
Length: Novel
Reading Level: Adult
Publisher: Zebra Books

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Beautiful Cassandra is a Were, a prophet both vulnerable and defiant, blessed with visions that portend the fate of the world. A rare and delicate creature, Cassie must be protected at all costs. Enter Caine, a powerful cur turned pure-blooded Were whose recent tangles with a demon lord have left him in serious need of redemption. Caine is duty-bound to keep Cassie out of danger - and that means resisting his potent urge to seduce her. As Cassie's mysterious visions lead them in and out of danger, Caine believes he has found his true mate, the woman with whom he is bound for all eternity. Cassie is both charmed and frightened by Caine's magnetism, and unsure if he - or her feelings for him - can be trusted. But Cassie can't afford to doubt Caine now. A deadly enemy bent on destruction is closer than they realize - and only they can keep chaos from ruling the world.


♥♥♥♥♥

 "[Caine had] stumbled across Cassie in the caves of the demon lord and he'd realized with crystal clarity that she was his reason for existing." 

Who can resist a hero like that? Not me. Caine made the ultimate sacrifice, dying to rescue Cassie from hell. He was reborn as a pureblood Were and became her guardian.  "My destiny has always been to protect you. Always." You couldn't find a more devoted protector than Caine. He's also a strong, sexy alpha.

Cassie is the prophet, and as such she is the most sought after person in the world. By both the good guys and the bad guys. She needs Caine's protection, but finds that she needs Caine on a different level, also. Having been raised in hell she is innocent of the ways of the world. And yet she has an inner strength and knows her mind and her heart. She holds her own against the jaded and tortured Caine, and is just what he needs.

As the book begins, Caine and Cassie have been on the run together for a few weeks. Their attraction to each other has already begun. But even as their attraction grows, forces are at work to tear them apart. Eventually they face the ultimate test, and may not make it through.

Fear the Darkness is a turning point in the overall story arc of the Guardians of Eternity series. All the main characters from the entire series return to play their parts in fighting the Dark Lord. It's good to see old friends again, and Styx, Salvatore, and Viper often provide comic relief.

Even though there is an epic battle in Fear the Darkness, the series isn't over. Santiago and Nefri's story is next, in Darkness Avenged. It will be out June 1, 2013. Although it hasn't been announced as of this writing, I'm looking forward to reading Roke's story, too!

Happy reading!



Book 1
When Darkness Comes
Book 2
Embrace the Darkness
Book 3
Darkness Everlasting
Book 4
Darkness Revealed
Book 5
Darkness Unleashed
Book 6
Beyond the Darkness
Short Story 6.5
"Taken by Darkness"
Yours for Eternity
Book 7
Devoured by Darkness


Short Story 7.5
"Darkness Eternal"
Supernatural
Book 8
Bound by Darkness
Short Story 8.5
"Where Darkness Lives"
The Real Werewives
of Vampire County
Book 9
Fear the Darkness
Book 10
Darkness Avenged
June 4, 2013