maandag 20 december 2010

Tracey O'Hara - Night's cold kiss

Antoinette Petrescu was only six years old when vampire Dante Ribins killer her mother. She was saved by another vampire Christian Laroque, but that doesn’t change the fact that she hates all undead. Her hatred towards the vampires is so huge, that she joins the elitist Venator Corps, who are taking down all paranormal criminals.

When the council that has maintained the peace between humans and Aeternus vampires is falling apart by rogue vampires, Antoinette and Christian has to work together. During their investigation, she begins to believe her mother’s murderer Dante is back and behind all these assaults, but nobody wants to believe her, because they all think that serial killer is dead.

Night’s Cold Kiss by Tracey O’Hara is the first Dark Brethren novel and I have to say that it was a pleasant surprise. This book had me from the beginning, the storyline is interesting and the book is full of danger, which I love.

I can totally understand Antoinette and her hatred towards the vampires. She witnesses her mother’s death, when she was only a little girl and it wasn’t a pretty side. During the book she slowly begins to trust a few vampires and one of them is Christian, the one who saved her when she was young and her new partner in the investigation. But will she be able to overcome her fears against them all, I hope to see more of that in the following book.

Although this author is new to me, she is definitely will be on my auto buy list from now on, because I don’t want to miss any of her fabulous worlds.

L.A. Banks - Bad Blood

Sasha Trudeau is part of a Unique Special Ops team that is charged with keeping humans away for the paranormal community. This special team takes down the demon-infected wolves that threaten humanity. When Sasha is send on a mission without the back-up of her team, she is confused because of the werewolf virus in their blood they stay together and see it through that the other members take their meds.

But her mission in Korea will change thing forever, especially when Sasha discovers she cannot trust all the people around her. But that is not all, she also discovers that all of her team members are dead or missing and Sasha is determined to find out why.

Bad Blood by L.A. Banks is the first book in her Crimson Moon series. I have to say I really thought this story was interesting. I’ve heard of this author before, but never had the opportunity to read anything by her. But now I’m definitely going to check out her other books in this series.

I love Sasha; she is a strong kick ass lady, who knows what she wants in life. She isn’t afraid to get it and I have to say she is dealing quite well with what she discovers about her being one of the shadow wolves and how she was created in the first place.

Her attraction to Max Hunter, her shadow wolf guide is strong and handsome. The attraction between them is so huge that Max claims her as his mate, even if she isn’t sure that she wants that spot, because she is also attracted to Shogun, who she met on her mission in Korea.

I’m curious to see who Sasha will end up with….okay she and Max Hunter already have something going on, but I know Shogun is a powerful shifter too.

Well let’s say I’m looking forward to read the following novel, just to see what will happen next.

Adrian Phoenix - Black Dust Mambo

Kallie Riviere is a hoodoo and she decided to attend the Carnival for magic users all over the world, so she’s out of the bayou to have some fun. But her happiness and fun is about to change in something evil. Some very bad juju and a black hex that was meant for murder and it were meant for Kallie, but she wasn’t around so her friend Gage was the victim instead.

Kallie wakes up on the bathroom floor after having too many drinks and Gage company and finds his dead body in her bed. But this murder has something to do with magic, because Gage not only died, but his soul was killed too, leaving his body behind as an empty shell. But that is not all, there will be other attempts at murder and it seems that Kallie is the main target.

Black Dust Mambo by Adrian Phoenix is the first novel in the Hoodoo Series and I loved it. I’m already a huge fan of Adrian Phoenix and her Maker’s Song series and she didn’t disappoint me with this book.

Kallie Riviere is a strong personality and is determined to find out who is behind the attempts on her life and the murderer of Gage. But she’s not alone on this journey; the gorgeous nomad Layne Valin wants revenge on whoever killed his clan brother Gage. Layne is a walking vessel and can let a deceased soul take control of his body, so the soul can communicate with the outside world.

Along the way Kallie and her friends discovers that the facts are pointing back to someone from the Bayou Cypres Noir and Kallie’s aunt and protector. Kallie wonders who she can trust and who not.

This book is fabulous; it has everything to have a great entertaining afternoon or evening. Adrian Phoenix has a way to give her readers a romance mixed with mystery, murder, danger and lots of plots. I cannot wait to see what will happen next in Kallie’s life. So I’m looking forward to read the next novel.

dinsdag 14 december 2010

G.A. Aiken - Dragon Actually

Fearghus is one of the ancient dragons and has lived alone in a cave for centuries. He likes the quiet and wants to be left alone, only his sister visits him in her human shape. But his peace is interrupted when he hears a battle outside his cave. He cannot ignore the noise and decides to have a look and see if he might get some dinner after all.

Annywl “The Bloody” has just received a mortal wound outside Fearghus cave and she’s dying when he steps outside. He takes care of her enemies and takes her into his lair and tries to save her life, with the help of his sister. He’s surprised that Annywl is not afraid of him and he decides to stay in his dragon form. Well at least until he discovers that she needs training so she’ll succeed killing her evil brother and claim her kingdom.

So without Annywl knowing he will be her human knight by day and train her the fighting skills and he’ll be her dragon by night, the one she trust completely.

Dragon Actually by G.A. Aiken is the first book in her Dragon Kin series and I have to say I’m in love.

I’m a huge fan of dragons and this book has some great dragon characters and Miss Aiken also mixed it up with some humour, so this book couldn’t get wrong.

Fearghus and Annywl are the perfect couple, he is the huge black dragon everyone fears, but has a heart of gold and she is the fearless warrior. From the moment Fearghus takes Annywl to lair after she got badly wounded, there is a connection between them. I love her struggle about her feelings for the dragon she sees at night and her training knight she sees at daytime…not knowing that they are one and the same.

I love the scene where Annywl wants to dive into the lake in the cave and she use his dragon tail as a jumping board, but of course there are a lot more funny scenes.

I cannot tell you yet if I have a favourite character in this series, because all of Fearghus brothers and sister are fabulous. I know all their stories will be told and I’m looking forward to reading them and luckily for me I have a couple of their stories waiting for me.

There is also a surprise at the end of the book, because it also includes a short story “Flames and Chains”; this is the story about Fearghus parents Bercerek and Princess Rhiannon, who becomes the Queen of the Dragons.

Larissa Ione - Ecstasy Unveiled

Lore is a half-breed Seminus demon and the half brother of Eidolon, Shade and Wraith. And like any Seminus demon he has a gift or in Lore cases a curse, because he can kill by touching any kind of creature with his right hand. Lore is also an assassin for Demon master “Deth”; he has to fulfil his slave contract to be free. His last assignment was to kill his half brothers, but he couldn’t do that, so now he as to pay for his failure. Deth gives him a new assignment; he has to assassinate a close friend of his half brothers.

Idess is an angel in waiting and is eager to fulfil her last assignment and go to the place she wants to be. She’s a guardian and has to keep her charges safe until they fulfil their destiny in life. If Idess cannot keep her charges safe, then her time on Earth will be extended but she’s an Ancient and hasn’t lost a charge yet. But she is in for a ride when her last charge is also Lore’s last target and both want to succeed their job to be free.

Ecstasy Unveiled by Larissa Ione is the fourth novel in her Demonica series and just like the previous novels this one is another fabulous instalment.

We’ve met Lore in Passion Unleashed when his job was to kill his own half brothers and I have to say I was pretty curious about his background and why he never contacted his brothers in the first place. Well Lore didn’t disappointed me, he is a strong Seminus half demon and not so different from his half brothers.

Idess is the perfect match for him; she is completely the opposite with her Angelic gifts. At first they are enemies, but when Lore discovers Iddess is immune to his curse/gift, he sees her through different eyes. When Idess learns why Lore is so desperate to fulfil his assignment, she will do anything in her power to keep her charge safe and help Lore with his problems.

We also meet Lore’s twin sister Sin, who also has an unusual gift/curse. She’s able to create a disease or plague and touch anyone to pass that on. Sin also has a razor sharp tongue and isn’t afraid to use it. You could say she’s a female version of her half brother Wraith.

Of course we see a lot of Eidolon, Shade, Wraith and their heroines, their lives are all connected and they all need each other in order to fight their enemies. Eidolon is the eldest of the brothers and sister; and you can sense that because he’s desperately trying to bring the whole family together, even though the twins don’t want anything to do with them…well not in the beginning.

I’m looking forward to read the last novel in this series, Sin is an interesting character and the only female Seminus demon and I know her hero must be someone strong in order to tame her.

Maya Banks - Sweet Seduction

Julie Stanford had always has the hots for Nathan Tucker, but he doesn’t seem to realize it. So Julie decides to give Nathan one more chance to take the bait before giving up on him completely. Julie is going to give him one last “hot” massage to remember before moving on with her life, even if that means without Nathan. Her two best friends Faith and Serena have already put her in contact with Damon Roche, to fulfil her sexual fantasy.

Nathan Tucker is very frustrated after his last “sexual” massage Julie gave him and then fires him as a client. But when he hears about her fantasy and her contact with Damon Roche, he’s angry. No other man is going to give Julie her fantasy, it doesn’t matter what he has to do to be that man.

Sweet Seduction by Maya Banks is the third novel in her Sweet Series and another great novel, although I have to say that this was no my favourite.

Julie Stanford is the stubborn one of the three friends, she likes Nathan Tucker for ages, and every small hint she throw his was is ignored. And after her last attempt, she has enough. She wants what her friends have, so she decides to fulfil her fantasy, hoping to forget Nathan. But she’s in for a ride, because Nathan cannot forget Julie and her last massage.

Nathan will do anything in his power to be that man in her fantasy. He heard that she wants a threesome; luckily for Nathan she will be blindfolded the whole time, so he can take the place of one of those men. Even though he doesn’t want to share her with another man, he asks Micah to be the other one.

First I thought Nathan and Julie weren’t the perfect couple, because for some reason they couldn’t find the way to each other. But from the moment Nathan hears about her fantasy and start planning his seduction, the storyline gets interesting. It was great to read about their sexual seduction and their realization that this was a fantasy and that they belong together in real life.

I also love the little look into Micah’s world, because I’ve been dying to read this story from the first novel in this series. Thank goodness Micah’s book is next.
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