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.

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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.


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

Saturday, January 11, 2014

SHATTER by Joan Swan Rates 4♥s

Shatter

(Phoenix Rising, #4)

by Joan Swan


Shatter by Joan Swan
Rating: 4.0♥s Very Good / Recommended
Genre: Paranormal Romantic Suspense
Length: Novel
Audience: Adult
Sensuality: Hot
Release Date: December 31, 2013

Background and Recap:
In the Phoenix Rising series, a team of firefighters was exposed in a warehouse fire to experimental chemicals from a secret, unethical, government program. Each member of the team developed paranormal powers. Ever since then, they've been in danger from the deadly department, headed by a senator, which has been watching and manipulating them. Some of the team members have been falsely imprisoned, experimented on, and more. Their stories were told in Fever, Blaze, and Rush.

Mitch Foster, the brother of the heroine in Fever, is a powerful attorney with many connections who owe him favors, and a track record of winning cases for the underdog. Mitch has been providing legal support—along with help from his (sometimes shady) connections—for the former firefighters in their quest to be free of the senator and his minions.

Mitch believes that the key to ending the deadly game that the senator is playing is Halina, one of the senator's former researchers.

And Mitch's former lover.

Halina broke Mitch's heart seven years ago and then she disappeared. Mitch tracks her down, only to find that another player is after her and her research, also.

Mitch and Halina are in lethal danger. But the greater danger is to their hearts. 

Reactions: 
Throughout the series, Mitch has been a sexy playboy; a powerful man with high level connections, money, and legal brains; and an extra gun when necessary. He's been a popular character, and readers have been anxious for his story. They won't be disappointed with this one.

Halina has her reasons for breaking Mitch's heart. Sometimes I wanted to shake some sense into her, but for the most part she is a sympathetic character who is as much a victim as the firefighters. And she had to watch as Mitch, the love of her life, moved on to become a playboy who was always on the society pages. That gains her sympathy points right there.

This being a paranormal romantic suspense, there is … well … lots of suspense. Mitch and Halina are on the run for much of the book. And when they think they've finally reached safety … they need to think again. The suspense, and the tension between Mitch and Halina, keep the book moving along quickly.

There is a satisfying conclusion to the senator's storyline, as this is the last book in the series contracted with Kensington. However, Joan Swan is going to write a spin-off series to give HEA's to the remaining team members. I'm looking forward to their stories!

In the meantime, enjoy the Phoenix Rising series and Shatter.

Happy reading!

Lisa


The Phoenix Rising series:
Book 1
Book 2
Book 3
Book 4