Tuesday, February 19, 2013

EDGE OF DAWN Giveaway

Edge of Dawn
(Midnight Breed, #11)
by Lara Adrian
Giveaway!

This giveaway has ended.
Our Winner is
Nellie, from Stockholm, Sweden!
Many thanks to all who entered.


Win a hardcover copy of Edge of Dawn by Lara Adrian!

Edge of Dawn is the highly anticipated novel which begins a new era for the Midnight Breed series. It's a moving page-turner in which the characters are up against impossible odds. New characters are introduced, and old favorites return. See my 5♥s review here.

The giveaway is open worldwide to readers in any country to which Amazon or The Book Depository ship. The book will be released on February 26, 2013.

Enter via Rafflecopter, below, midnight February 20th through midnight February 24th, 2013, US Eastern Time.

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4. Please enter once per e-mail address. I will NOT put your e-mail address on any mailing list. 
5. The giveaway starts at 12:00 a.m. on February 20, 2013. The giveaway ends at 12:00 a.m., Eastern Time, on  February 25, 2013.
6. The winner will be chosen by random.org. 
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7. A shortened version of the winner's name and city will be posted here once the prize is claimed.
8. The winner will receive one hardcover copy of Edge of Dawn by Lara Adrian. It will be ordered/delivered from either Amazon US or The Book Depository. Any customs expenses will be the responsibility of the winner. US winners may substitute a Kindle edition for the hardcover.
9. An equivalent substitution for the book will be made in the case of unforeseen circumstances.
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Monday, February 11, 2013

Review of OMEGA, by Susannah Sandlin

Omega

(The Penton Legacy, #3)
by Susannah Sandlin

Rating: 4.5♥s Excellent/Highly Recommended
Sensuality: Hot
Audience: Adult
Length: Novel
Cover: 4.0♥s
Genre: Paranormal Romance/Vampire

Release Date: February 5, 2013
Editions:
Paperback
Kindle Edition
Audio CD
Audiobook





Recap:

Will Omega save the vampires and humans of Penton, or be a death trap?

In Absolution, the peaceful vampire-human community of Penton was attacked by Matthias Ludlum, its corrupt Vampire Tribunal enemy. The town had retreated to its underground bunker, Omega. Ironically, Omega was designed by Matthias's son, Will Ludlum. Will is faithful to the leader of Penton's "scathe," and is one of his lieutenants. Will's patrol partner is Randa Thomas, a former US Army officer. Wise-cracking Will and by-the-book Randa often butt heads.

Matthias wants his son back and the Penton scathe destroyed. He'll stop at nothing to get what he wants. Can Will and Randa overcome their differences to save the scathe from Matthias? Or will their secret desire for each other make them—and the scathe—more vulnerable?

Analysis:
…his eyes turn this beautiful shade of amber.
Will Ludlum is a sexy, charismatic character with a tortured past who hides behind wise-cracks and his reputation as a prolific lover. But underneath that facade there is a genius who is honorable and self-sacrificing. He has many dark secrets from his past, which drove him to become the self-made vampire he is today.
She grew up a soldier, having to prove herself. But she hadn't thought about having to do it forever…
Randa Thomas is also driven by her past. She's the only daughter of a strict, dedicated Army officer father. As a result, she grew up competing with her brothers in order to earn his affection. She's kick-butt, but it has cost her emotionally. Part of her story arc is to confront her past, as Will's is to confront his. Both characters are sympathetic and likable.

Suspense speeds the plot along. You'll find yourself virtually holding your breath, waiting for the other shoe to drop. Clunk. It always does. The safety of the scathe and a satisfying resolution to its predicament seem impossible.

Susannah Sandlin set up at least one more of The Penton Legacy books in Omega. The next book will be Cage Reynolds's story, and I suspect that it will pack an emotional punch. It should be out in late summer/early fall 2013. In the meantime, she's writing a spin-off Omega Force novel that will be released as a serial. The serial will begin in late March, 2013.

Until then, enjoy reading Omega!





The books in The Penton Legacy series:

Book 1
Redemption
Book 2
Absolution 
(See Review, 4.5♥s)
Book 3
Omega
4.5♥s





Friday, February 1, 2013

Review of IMMORTAL CRAVING by Kendra Leigh Castle

Immortal Craving
(Dark Dynasties, #4)
by Kendra Leigh Castle

Immortal Craving by Kendra Leigh Castle
Rating: 4.5♥s Excellent/Highly Recommended
Sensuality: Hot
Audience: Adult
Length: Novel
Cover: 4.5♥s
Genre: Paranormal Romance

Release Date: January 29, 2012
Editions:
Mass Market Paperback
Kindle
NOOK Book
Sony eBook
Kobo eBook
iBook



My recap:

After sleeping for four hundred years, Tasmin Singh awakens to find that he's the last of his kind. The last Rakshasa, a lion-shifting vampire. But he realizes that he's not alone in his body. There is a malevolence inside him that causes black-outs that have terrible consequences. He seeks out Lily MacGilliivray, the queen of the cat-shifting vampires of the Lilim, in order to find answers.

When he arrives at the Lilim stronghold, he encounters Lily's mortal best friend, Bay Harper. They discover a mutual attraction and passion that neither thought they'd ever feel. Bay's compassion helps to tame the darkness inside him, but Tasmin knows that ultimately the malignancy will overcome him. When a bloody war starts and their lives are on the line, will the darkness win?

My thoughts:

Tasmin is a tortured, honorable, self-sacrificing hero. He starts out arrogant, but on his journey he learns about compassion, passion, and love from Bay. He's a hero you'll fall in love with, right along with Bay.

Bay is tenderhearted towards animals, friends, and those in need. Yet she also has a core of titanium. She's strong-willed and never gives up on anyone or any cause that she believes in. And that includes Tasmin. She finds the strength to do what is necessary, no matter how difficult it may be. She's a strong, admirable heroine you'll pull for.

Mystery, suspense, passion, and danger will keep you turning the pages. Lives are at stake, and a successful resolution seems impossible. There's a dark moment or two that might make you tear up. The book is a game-changer for the series.

Although Immortal Craving can be read as a standalone book, it's best enjoyed if you start at the beginning of the series. The characters and background will make more sense that way, and you'll have the pleasure of reading the series. The books are listed below.

Kendra Leigh Castle says that there will be a fifth and final book in the series, Vlad Dracul's story. Vlad's story has been the most requested by fans. It will be fun to see the venerable vampire brought to his knees by a heroine. The book will be self-published, and she hopes to have it out in time for the holidays.

In the meantime, enjoy Immortal Craving!






The Dark Dynasties Series:
Book 1
Dark Awakening
4.0♥s
Book 2
Midnight Reckoning
4.0♥s
Book 3
Shadow Rising
4.5♥s
Book 4
Immortal Craving
4.5♥s