Wednesday, November 20, 2013

SOUL CHASE by Anne Hope Earns 4.5♥s


Soul Chase

(Dark Souls, #3)

by Anne Hope


Soul Chase by Anne Hope
Rating: 4.5♥s Excellent / Highly Recommended
Audience: Adult
Sensuality: Mild
Length: Novel
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Release Date: November 26, 2013


The World of Dark Souls
Anne Hope's books are unique in the paranormal romance genre. She has built a complex world encompassing Fallen Angels, Nephilim, soulless Watchers who protect humanity, Kleptopsychs who ingest souls, and soulless Rogues who belong in neither camp.

Although the world of Dark Souls can be complicated, it really all boils down to the basics of good storytelling. Her books are about compelling heroes, strong heroines, and insurmountable odds. They grab you, don't let you go, and stay with you long after you've read The End.

Read on for a review of Soul Chase.

Love Lost
Adrian has been mourning the loss of his love, Angie, for twenty-five years. (Read their story in Soul Thief.) He's just been going through the motions without her.

And Found
When a series of suspicious abductions comes to his attention, he tracks down the young woman who escaped the latest abduction attempt.

It's Angie.

No, it's Emma. Who looks remarkably like Angie. And who has been dreaming of a man named Adrian all her life.

Emma is Angie, reincarnated.

But Emma is also special to the world of the Watchers, and the Kleptopsychs will stop at nothing to get her soul.

But Adrian refuses to lose her again.

A Poignant Story
I fell in love with Adrian in Soul Thief. He's protective and driven by his heart and his conscience, in spite of the fact that he doesn't have a soul. Your heart reaches out to him. You want him to finally be happy and at peace.

Emma is a heroine who has had a tough life running from the Kleptopsychs. She feels it has made her weak, because she's spent her life in hiding. But it has only made her stronger. She has the greater journey in this story, having to come to terms with many mind-bending, life-altering truths.

Romantic suspense tightens the story. Emma falls for Adrian. But how will she feel if Adrian loves the dead woman he sees in her, not Emma? Action heightens the suspense. Emma's mother is held hostage by the Kleptopsychs, leading to a dangerous and deadly mission to find her location. You'll stay up late to find out what happens.

Love lost and found, significant revelations, betrayal, great loss, and reconciliation all add up to a page-turner and a poignant love story. The ending is rewarding, and takes the story arc in a new direction. Don't miss it!

Enjoy!
Lisa

The Dark Souls Series. I suggest this reading order:

Book 1
Soul Bound
Review
Book 2
Soul Deep
Review
Novella 0.5
Soul Thief
Review
Book 3
Soul Chase






Monday, November 11, 2013

KINKED by Thea Harrison Earns 4.5♥s

Kinked

(Elder Races, #6)

by Thea Harrison


Kinked by Thea Harrison
Rating: 4.5♥s Excellent / Highly Recommended
Audience: Adult
Sensuality: Hot
Length: Novel
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Release Date: November 5, 2013

My recap:

Passionate Hate …

Harpy Sentinel Aryal is convinced that new Sentinel Quentin Caeravorn is a criminal. She has investigated him for two years, but has been unable to pin anything on him. She takes every opportunity she can to fight with him.

Quentin has reached his limit with Aryal's harassment. But he and Aryal have one fight too many. Dragos has had enough. He sends them together on a mission to the dead Elven land of Numenlaur.

They vow to kill each other.

Turns Into Passion

When forced together, passionate hate turns to explosive passion. But can they work together to defend the Wyr from a deadly threat?

My thoughts:

Thea Harrison faced a tough job taking an unsympathetic character, Aryal, and turning her into a heroine. She succeeded beautifully. This in spite of the fact that in the opening scene Aryal hates two characters I've always liked, Pia and Quentin. But Harrison first wins me over when Aryal ends up falling to the Power of the peanut. And then throughout the book we end up seeing a side of her that we've never seen before. I'm not going to go overboard, though. All is not hearts and butterflies. She is and will always be brash and abrasive. But we can now love her for it.

Quentin's character takes a turn for the worse when he's around Aryal. We discover that he has a side to him that doesn't pull a punch in a fight against a woman. But when he pushes her in the end, we love him for it.

Oh, and he's dead sexy.

And a bit twisted. But I'll let you discover that for yourself.

The book moves along quickly, with suspense, mystery, sexual tension, passion, and mortal danger all crammed onto the pages. It's a page-turner that you won't want to put down. I was sorry to see the book end, but I loved the last scene. It's a delightful parallel to Aryal's opening scene, and you'll fall in love with Quentin all over again.

Kinked can be read as a standalone book. However, you'll enjoy it more if you've read the series. References are made to events in Dragon Bound and Lord's Fall. The series is listed below in reading order.

Happy reading!

Lisa
The Elder Races series:


Book 1
Dragon Bound
Book 2
Storm's Heart
Book 3
Serpent's Kiss
Novella 3.5
True Colors
Book 4
Oracle's Moon
Novella 4.5
Natural Evil
Novella 4.6
Devil's Gate
Novella 4.7
Hunter's Season
Book 5
Lord's Fall
Novella 5.5
The Wicked
Book 6
Kinked
Novella 6.5
Dragos Takes a Holiday

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

ARCHANGEL'S LEGION by Nalini Singh Rates 4.5♥s

Archangel's Legion

(Guild Hunter, #6)

by Nalini Singh

 

Archangel's Legion by Nalini Singh
Rating: 4.5♥s Excellent / Highly Recommended
Audience: Adult
Sensuality: Hot
Length: Novel
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Release Date: October 29, 2013


 My recap:

War Begins. Love is Tested.

It's the Cascade, a confluence of time and events that leads to a a surge of power in the archangel Cadre. All of the archangels will grow in strength, and some will be touched with madness. War is all but inevitable. 

In New York, angels are dropping from the sky and casualties are high. Vampires, normally immune to illness, are dying of a highly contagious disease.

An insidious war against Archangel Raphael and his city has begun. But who is behind it? And how can Raphael and Guild Hunter Elena fight an unknown enemy?

And what is the consequence of the mysterious change that Raphael is undergoing?

My thoughts:

Archangel's Legion includes mystery, suspense, death, and war. But for me, the overriding story arc is the love story between Raphael and Elena. Everything—from their working together to keep New York calm after the Falling to their actions in the end—serves to strengthen their love for each other. All isn't wine and roses. They face serious challenges and threats to their relationship. But even the difficulties make them stronger. Raphael is scary-powerful in this book, and yet he also shines as a lover. Here are some of his sigh-worthy quotes about Elena:
"…he knew he'd damn his own honor and take vengeance on the world should anyone dare lay a finger on her."
"Eternity would mean nothing without you." (Raphael to Elena)
"For no power on earth would I trade my Elena."
Elena is kick-butt, as always. She fights for New York, she fights for the Guild, and she fights for Raphael—literally and figuratively. More than ever, in this book she is the humanizing, compassionate face of the Tower. Her problems with celebrity are hilarious. I want the T-shirt.

Illium, as usual, is irreverent and irrepressible. He's also heroic. Nalini seems to be readying him and Aodhan for their own books.

The meaning of the book's title is a surprise that I won't reveal. It will be interesting to see how that develops.

Archangel's Legion is a story of war, but is also a beautiful love story that will curl your toes and melt your heart.

Enjoy!

Lisa

The Guild Hunter series in reading order:

Novella 0.4*
"Angels' Dance"
 
Novella 0.5*
"Angels' Judgment" in
Must Love Hellhounds
Novella 0.6*
Angels' Pawn
 

Book 1
Angels' Blood
 
Book 2
Archangel's Kiss
 
Book 3
Archangel's Consort

 
Novella 3.5*
"Angel's Wolf" in
Angels of Darkness
Book 4
Archangel's Blade
 
Book 5
Archangel's Storm
  Review
Book 6
Archangel's Legion
 
*Novella Anthology:
Includes:
"Angels' Dance"
"Angels' Judgment"
"Angels' Pawn"
"Angel's Wolf"