woensdag 28 december 2011

Jennifer Lynn Barnes - Every Other Day

Title : Every other day
Release date : December 27, 2011
Publisher : Egmont
Genre : Young Adult / Paranormal

Every other day, Kali D'Angelo is a normal sixteen-year-old girl. She goes to public high school. She attends pep rallies. She's human.

And then every day in between . . .She's something else entirely.

Though she still looks like herself, every twenty-four hours predatory instincts take over and Kali becomes a feared demon-hunter with the undeniable urge to hunt, trap, and kill zombies, hellhounds, and other supernatural creatures. Kali has no idea why she is the way she is, but she gives in to instinct anyway. Even though the government considers it environmental terrorism.

When Kali notices a mark on the lower back of a popular girl at school, she knows instantly that the girl is marked for death by one of these creatures. Kali has twenty-four hours to save her and, unfortunately, she'll have to do it as a human. With the help of a few new friends, Kali takes a risk that her human body might not survive. . .and learns the secrets of her mysterious condition in the process.

Every Other Day by Jennifer Lynn Barnes is a fabulous paranormal young adult novel; this book had me from the start.

Kali is one hell of a butt-kicking young woman, for the last five years she is human one day and supernatural the next. The urge to hunt evil is strong when she is not human, so the moment she sees a death mark on the back of one of her fellow students, she has to step in and save this girl even if that means putting her own life on the line.

During the whole book we are side by side with Kali when she slowly discovers the truth about her own past and the origins of her supernatural talents. Because of her condition Kali doesn’t have friends, but that won’t stop Skylar, the weird psychic girl and Bethany, the young woman she saved to help her on her journey.

Skylar had me laughing quite often in this book, she has a great personality and her comments were hilarious. The sacrifice she made really got to me and I’m sure I’m not the only one.

This novel is well written with great characters, fabulous storyline and interesting creatures. I enjoyed this book so much, that I’m really curious about her other books, so I’m definitely going to check out her other series/books.

Sallie Lundy-Frommer - Yesterday's Daughter

Title : Yesterday’s Daughter
Release date : January 24th, 2011
Publisher : CreateSpace
Genre : Paranormal Romance

Yesterday’s Daughter is an emotionally laden paranormal vampire romance novel woven with layers of betrayal, love and loss. Grace Stone, who later learns her true identity is Sapphira, is a loner who survives abuse in the foster care system after being abandoned as a child.

A brilliant student, she escapes from her brutal foster parents as a teenager and creates a life for herself. But, her life is little more than existence; plagued with questions about what she really is, a family that she has never known and the never-ending need to keep her differences hidden. She is alone and lonely, believing it will always remain so until Malachi appears in her life.

Malachi, a Guardian of the vampire communities, has searched for his life mate, Sapphira, for decades. He refuses to cease searching for Sapphira even though she is believed dead by all. Conflict arises over the decades between Malachi and his family because of his refusals to accept another mate. But his very soul drives him on to continue his search, knowing that he could not exist if Sapphira were not in the world, somewhere.

Yesterday’s Daughter by Sallie Lundy-Frommer is a fabulous paranormal romance novel; I have to say that this book was a real surprise. She created a world where I as reader would love to be a part of.

Grace Stone is a young woman who was found as a small girl with no memories of her family, so she grew up in foster homes. She discovered at an early age that she was different from other girl’s her age, so at age seventeen she got out on her own and made her own living and put herself to college. She thinks she is a vampire, because she is sensitive to sunlight and she has a craving for blood. Her life is about to change when she meets Malachi.

Malachi is one of the guardians of the vampire population and has been searching for Grace, his long lost life mate. Everyone thought she was killed as a child, but Malachi never believed that and spend his life searching. Now he finally found her and the only thing for him to do is tell her about her past and her true destiny among their people. But first they have to fight against the Harvesters, who set their eyes on Grace.

This novel is well written and had many things that I loved to find in a good read. This story was filled with betrayal, secrets, lost love and great companionship. Ms. Lundy-Frommer is a new author for me, but I’m definitely going to put her on my list for the future. The way she builds this world and created these fabulous characters is amazing.

Amy Blankenship & R.K. Melton - Moon Dance

Title : Moon Dance
Series : Blood Bound #1
Release date : July 5th, 2010
Publisher : Create Space
Genre : Paranormal Romance

Two shifters families has been friends for a long time, until Malachi finds out that his business partner and friend Nathaniel killed his mate 30 years ago and not his vampire friend Kane, who he bound to the ground. Malachi is determined to set Kane free and he knows he has to fight Nathaniel to the death. But only the blood of a true mate can set Kane free from his earth prison. Then this young girl stumbles into the fight between the two shifters and a little of her blood seeps into the soil and awakens Kane. Kane doesn’t know about Nathaniel betrayal and Malachi’s plan to set him free and he is determined to let both families pay for his imprison.

Ten years later Kane is back in the City where he will set his plans in motion to get his revenge on the children of Malachi and Nathaniel. Dead bodies are turning up at the two shifters nightclubs and they are blaming each other.

Moon Dance by Amy Blankenship & R.K. Melton is the first novel in the Blood Bound Series and I liked it. Although I have to say that I found it very confusing sometimes that this story is written from so many point of views. Normally you’ll see only the hero and heroine’s point of view, but in this book the entire family and of course Kane are having their turns too.

But that doesn’t mean I didn’t like the book, the story has everything that I like to read, passion, jealousy, danger, love and determination. The family bond between the siblings from both families is strong and so recognizable.

In this novel the real hero and heroine are Devon, one of Malachi’s sons and Envy, a human bartender. Envy walks into the jaguar’s nightclub with one thing on her mind, revenge. She just discovered that her boyfriend is there with two other girls, so she dumps him and have fun in the club too. She is immediately drawn to gorgeous Devon, whose part owner of the club.

The chemistry between them is tremendous and Devon finds himself thinking of her as his mate and after one hell of a night together, that is exactly what he has done, claimed his mate. Now he has to explain everything to her and hopefully she will accept him the way he is.

Beside the confusion of all the different point of views, there was another small thing that I had a hard time to believe. This whole book, beside the first chapter about the two fathers, take place in only 48 hours. To me that is way too fast to trust and accept this mating-shifter thing, but for some reason it fit into the series.

I know I have to get and read the following novels too, because I really want to know what will happen next with the other siblings and of course Kane; although he starts as a bad guy, there is hope for him, because he true mate is out there.

Jessica Andersen - Twin Targets

Title : Twin Targets
Release date : May 13, 2008
Publisher : Harlequin
Genre : Contemporary romance / Suspense

FBI agent John Sharpe was closing in on a criminal he'd made his life's mission to put away for life. So rescuing Sydney Westlake from the churning ocean was a distraction he couldn't afford. But then he learned the beautiful scientist had escaped his target's clutches and could hold the key to closing his case, so John wasn't letting her out of his sight.

Sydney claimed she was more than willing to help, especially if it meant securing her twin sister's safety, but danger threatened every move she and John made together. Would the same hold true once their barely contained attraction was finally released?

Twin Targets by Jessica Andersen is a great contemporary romance novel; it’s full of action, betrayal and sister love.

Sydney Westlake is trying to find a cure for her twin sister Celeste’s disease and has accepted a job at the facility of Tiberius. But what she doesn’t know that Tiberius wants her to develop a virus that would undermine DNA fingerprinting. She knows she has to escape Tiberius and make sure that all her work is save till she finds help.

John “Iceman” Sharpe is an FBI agent and has been hunting Tiberius and his men for quite some time. When he runs into Sydney and hears where she came from and what her offer is, he isn’t quite sure what to think of this situation, but he needs all the help to stop Tiberius from selling bio weapons.

The romance between Sydney and John starts real fast after they meet, but I have to say it fits into the story, but everything about this book is fast and full of action. The trust issues that John has with women are understandable if you know about his past, but he should have known better with Sydney.

This novel was well written and very entertaining. Even though it was a simple romance I found myself turning pages to find out what would be next.

Johanna Lindsey - Until Forever

Title : Until Forever
Release date : June 1, 1995
Publisher : Avon
Genre : Historical Romance

From the shadows of the past.
Prim and beautiful professor Roseleen White clutches her new prized profession - a thousand-year-old Scandinavian sword. And suddenly, a dream stands before her: a magnificent Viking warrior sworn to satisfy Roseleen′s every desire.

Until forever.
Accursed for untold centuries, mighty Thorn is now enslaved to a woman. Yet it is Roseleen who is the true prisoner, held willing captive by a handsome barbarian who sweeps her back to the ancient past on a journey of sensual discovery. But only by banishing him from her life forever can Roseleen free Thorn from immortality′s chains - forcing her to make a devastating choice that will either imperil their future or preserve a love more powerful than time

Until Forever by Johanna Lindsey is a simple historical romance, although historical isn’t really the right word. Yes, the main characters do travel back in time, but mostly they spend time in the modern days.

Roseleen White is a history professor, who collect ancient weapons and she just got her hands on an ancient Viking sword known as “Blood drinker’s curse”. But Rose isn’t aware of its power and she accidentally summons its original owner.

Thorn Blooddrinker isn’t too happy when he is summoned, because women in the past weren’t exactly kind and only use him to gain more power. But Roseleen isn’t interested in this power, neither is she interested in sharing his bed.

It was funny to read about Roseleen summoning Thorn; it seems he was always occupied with other things in his realm, so his demands to send him back because he has better things to do were hilarious. Thorn reaction to the modern world, cars and all the kitchen appliances is also funny to read.

The ending was a little basic to me; I would have loved to see it a little different. But overall this novel was well written with a great love story.

donderdag 15 december 2011

Amanda J. Green - Caressed by Moonlight

Title : Caressed by Moonlight
Series : Rulers of Darkness #1
Release date : February 10, 2011 (first published November 29, 2010)
Genre : Historical Paranormal Romance

Dorian Vlakhos is no ordinary aristocrat. He is a vampire king, who will do anything to save his clan from complete annihilation, before an ancient curse can claim his immortal life.

Penniless and orphaned, Victoria Kingston has nothing to bring to a marriage, yet she must shackle an unsuspecting gentleman into marriage by the end of the month or forfeit her rights as guardian of her younger sister. With the help of her dearest friend, Victoria begins her hunt, and vows to stay far away from the dark, mysterious, Dorian Vlakhos.

After meeting the beautifully innocent Miss Kingston, Dorian had to have her. He would do absolutely anything to make Victoria his. One sweet stolen kiss would bring them together while a force, more powerful than any vampire, would bind them for all eternity, but treachery, war, and death rule Dorian’s dark world and Victoria would be fortunate to survive.

Caressed by Moonlight by Amanda J. Greene is the first novel in the Rulers of Darkness Series and a fabulous book to read. The author contacted me and asked me if I was interested in reviewing this book and after reading the book description I couldn’t say no, especially if you love paranormal and historical romance.

Victoria Kingston is a young woman who just lost her parents soon after each other. She has to sell her home to pay off her father’s debts and has to move in with her strange aunt. Her aunt gives her one month to find a suitable husband or lose her position as guardian of her younger sister.

With the help of her best friend Lana she puts together a list of suitable husbands, but when she meets Prince Dorian Vlakhos all the other men fades away. Dorian is a vampire who doesn’t take no as an answer and he wants Victoria in his bed. But from the first moment they meet, she steals his heart and slowly discovers she might be his soul mate.

You would expect Dorian to be a dominate rake, but nothing is as it seems, he’s definitely dominate but also an ancient vampire king who left his clan behind to lure out this enemy. Victoria is the perfect woman for him; she is smart, caring and definitely strong enough to deal with his past and the fact that he is immortal.

Miss Greene has written a fabulous novel and mixed two great genres into one story. It was great to see the slowly growing romance between Dorian and Victoria and I found myself turning page after page to see what happened next.

There are some secondary characters that I would love to see in their own book and I really keep my fingers crossed that they will.

I truly recommend this book to every historical paranormal romance lover out there; you won’t be disappointed with this novel.

dinsdag 29 november 2011

Hannah Harrington - Saving June

Title : Saving June
Release date : November 22nd, 2011 (first publication May 1st, 2011)
Publisher : Harlequin Teen
Genre : Young Adult

Harper Scott’s older sister June takes her own life a week before high school graduation. Harper is devastated when she hears about the decision her divorced parents made about June’s ashes. They want to split it up, so when Harper discover June’s dream of California she decides to steal the ashes and drive to California with her best friend Laney to scatter her sister’s ashes across the ocean.

Bad boy and classic rock music lover Jake Tolan knew June a little and he insists on joining the two friends and accompanies them on their journey.

Saving June by Hannah Harrington is a fabulous debut novel. It’s well written, the storyline and emotions are so real, it really blown me away.

Harper is a strong young woman, who just lost her older sister June but cannot figure out why her sister took her own life. June was everything Harper is not; beautiful, lots of friends, a good student and a great daughter. So everyone is devastated and in shock about her suicide.

Laney is Harper’s best friend and her only support during these hard times. She is there for Harper no matter what mood she is in or what she says. I believe that is what friendship is all about.

Then we have Jake, the bad boy with attitude. He is totally obsessed with music and even plays the guitar. June was his tutor and helped him so he could graduate. Harper is determined to find out if Jake knows more about the reason why June took her own life.

I love the slowly growing romance between Jake and Harper, it’s really in the first stage and it’s great to see Harper’s struggle to discover first love. Another great element in the book is the love for music and not the rap/dance music, but the music from the 60’s and 70’s…love it.

I have to compliment Hannah Harrington with this fabulous debut novel, the way she captured the struggle, pain and other emotions the main characters went through; it felt so real. This is definitely one of those books you have to read, especially when you love young adult novels.

Maya Banks & Shayla Black - Four Play

Title : Four Play
Release date : October 5th, 2010
Publisher : Berkley
Genre : Contemporary Erotica Romance

Pillow Talk by Maya Banks
Chase and Zoe are a couple that know each other through and through and they tell each other their secret sexual fantasies. So when Chase’s birthday is coming up, Zoe wants to give him one of this fantasies, but she needs help and turns to their two housemates and friend Brody and Tate. Being the man he is Chase wants to fulfil one of Zoe’s fantasies too and Brody and Tate are just the right men to get involve.

Neither Chase nor Zoe could have imagined the outcome when they started these fantasies, it seems Brody and Tate both feels more then friendship for Zoe. Will this destroy their friendship or Chase relationship with Zoe?

Pillow Talk by Maya Banks was hot, I’ve read some of her books before so I knew what to expect, but damn she wrote one hell of an erotica story. She created a realistic storyline, where the reader will be drawn into the moment they start.

Chase and Zoe are a great couple; they love each other so much that they want to try to fulfil some of their fantasies. But it requires more men, so they invite their two best friends into their sexual fantasies.

I can relate to fulfilling your fantasies, but when you want to make it a permanent one at the end, that is the thing I have a little trouble with. This sexual relationship between three men and one woman can cause jealousy and I wonder if that is worth putting you relationship on the line with your boyfriend. I do love the story and found it very entertaining.

Her Fantasy Men by Shayla Black
Kelsey has three men in her life and she loves them all, her best friend Tucker, her neighbour Rhys and her boss Jeremy. She would love to have a relationship, but because she cannot choose between them, she keeps her love a secret and act normal around them. But when she gives in and spend one night with Rhys, the other two aren’t far behind.

Neither of the men are willing to step down and let Kelsey be happy with one of them, so she has to make a decision they all are happy with, but it won’t be without any struggles.

Her Fantasy Men by Shayla Black was one hell of an erotica story. I found myself drawn into their emotions and decisions from the start.

Tucker, Jeremy and Rhys are three different men and for some reason I can understand Kelsey’s attractions towards them, but as individuals not all three together.

Almost from the beginning I found myself drawn to Tucker and really wanted Kelsey to choose one of them and of course my heart was cheering for Tucker. But we all know that authors has a mind of their own and we cannot have a say in this, so she created a situation that all four of the character would be happy with.

I really enjoyed reading this and at the end I found myself at peace with the choice Kelsey made, even though I would have done something different.

dinsdag 22 november 2011

Marie Kenward - Dark Promises

Title : Dark Promises
Series : MacCumail Bloodlines #1
Release date : June 3rd, 2010
Publisher : The Wild Rose Press
Genre : Paranormal Romance

Alexi Dugas has been a vampire for more than three hundred years. His turning was not something he chose, but it has helped him to get his vengeance for the death of his wife and daughter. For more than two centuries, he fought side by side with his sire Rafael, and did a lot of things he isn’t proud off. He escaped his sire and has built a life for himself; he seeks the acceptance of the MacCumail Clan, but his request has been denied again because of his past.

Sarah Hennessy is attacked by two huge men and is rescued by this mysterious man, Alexi Dugas. For some reason he’s familiar to her, but she cannot figure out why. In order to stay alive she has to go with him and trust that he can keep her safe. During her stay in his home, she slowly remembers her life with him, but Sarah cannot figure out if they are dreams of true memories.

Alexi’s sire, Rafael, wants the disk with the encryption of a formula that will allow vampires to be in daylight without dying and it appears Sarah has it somewhere in her possession. Can Alexi keep Sarah safe and away from his sire? Will Sarah completely remember their life together from so many centuries ago?

Dark Promises by Marie Kenward is the first novel in the MacCumail Bloodlines Series and a fabulous novel. This novel really demanded my attention all the way through-this is just one of those stories you cannot put down and I had to read in one sitting !

Alexi Dugas is a hard man, living his life as well as he can. The more you read about his past and what he went through while living with his sire, you totally understand the man he is now. He had to make a lot of sacrifices in his life and it broke my heart to see his struggle to stay on the good side. Alexi believes he is the monster everyone assumes he is, but nothing is as it seems.

Sarah is a strong woman and very determined to go after what she wants. When she slowly remembers their shared life together, she’ll do anything to convince Alexi he is still that man. She faces all the danger Alexi’s world shows her and fights her way through it as best as a human female can do.

The bond between the MacCumail brothers is great and the betrayal of Rafael to his own sire is great; it really makes me curious to see how this will continue, because one thing is sure…it’s not over yet.

Marie Kenward has written one hell of a novel and I recommend this book to the entire vampire lovers out there, you won’t be disappointed.

donderdag 17 november 2011

Karen Chance - Hunt the Moon

Title : Hunt the Moon
Series : Cassandra Palmer #5
Release date : June 7th, 2011
Publisher : Signet Select
Genre : Paranormal Romance

Cassie Palmer is under constant guard, Mircea isn’t around so he put Marco in charge to keep Cassie safe till her coronation as Pythia. Cassie isn’t happy about it, but her self defence training Pritkin keeps her busy. But all that training couldn’t stop this mysterious force who attacks Cassie when she most vulnerable and when nobody expects it.

But that is not all; Cassie discovers more about her mother when she travels back in time with Mircea to stop her enemies. It appears they after her mother now and when they succeed she won’t be alive in the present. So the more things Cassie learns about her mother and the more the enemies attack, it only makes her more determined to succeed as Pythia.

Hunt the Moon by Karen Chance is the fifth novel in her Cassandra Palmer Series and is definitely one of the best in the series. Although it has been two years till this new Cassie novel came out, it only took me a minute to suck right into the story…I loved it.

Cassie and Mircea are still having the same relationship, he is dominant as hell and she fights him all the way, but the outcome is the same; they love each other. Pritkin is still the one who trains her to become the new Pythia and the triangle between the three of them is still there. I have to be honest now, I’m not sure anymore who will be the right man for Cassie. From the first book Mircea was my favourite and I was happy to see that she chooses him, but the further in the series I’m wondering if these feelings for her are sincere or that it still has something to do with him claiming her as a young girl. Okay the claim is gone and she has a free will now, but he still tries to keep her on a short leash.

But Pritkin is stealing my heart more and more in this series, he is one hell of a wizard and I really believe his growing feelings for Cassie are meant to be. We all seen the huge attraction between them and I would love to see that grow into something more.

Another character I loved in the last two books is Cassie’s bodyguard Marco. He works fro Mircea and is trying real hard to keep her out of trouble, but Cassie wouldn’t be Cassie if trouble won’t follow her anywhere. I also believe he really likes her and would protect her even if Mircea didn’t order him.

The only downside of this book is the huge cliff-hanger at the end, damn what a cruel way to keep us readers hanging like that, till the next novel comes out. Hopefully we won’t have to wait another two years to see what happens next.

Jo Davis - I Spy a Wicked Sin

Title : I Spy a Wicked Sin
Series : Shado Agency #1
Release date : February 2nd, 2010
Publisher : NAL Trade
Genre : Contemporary Erotica Romance

Lily Vale is an assassin who works for Shado, a covert homeland security agency. She was send on a mission to take down evil assassin Jude St. Laurent, who uses to work for the Shado Agency too. Lily is eager to succeed because she believes Jude is responsible of a lot of innocent lives, including her father. But what Lily doesn’t know is that her boss Robert Dietz has kept Jude alive for his own personal game and she is in the middle of it.

Jude St. Laurent was in a car accident which made him completely blind and he has some memory loss every since. He is still suffering from major headaches and depressions, but he put all his energy in his erotic paintings and models. His best friend and chef Liam O’Neill has been helping him to get his life back together, but then his new personal assistant Lily steps into his life. He knows from the moment she steps into his life and caught him in the act with one of his models and doesn’t turn away, that he wants to keep her.

I Spy a Wicked Sin by Jo Davis is the first novel in her Shado Agency Series and I have to say that I’m not really sure what to think of it.

I have to be honest that the romance between Jude and Lily wasn’t something I could believe, yes there was huge sexual attraction and their sex scenes were hot and steamy but the growing love…no I didn’t feel that.

Jude is definitely an alpha and wants everything to go his way and he won’t take no for an answer. Lily is a deadly assassin but the moment she sees Jude and his sexual escapades she turns into this weak woman and doesn’t know what to do anymore….love him or kill him as she’s suppose to do.

Liam O’Neill was the only character in this novel that I truly love and believed he is funny, loyal and one hell of stud. I wouldn’t mind reading more about him and his sexual escapades.

I’m a huge fan of Jo Davis’s Fire Fighters of Station Five Series with strong characters and great storylines. But I really believe that this book was the most weakest of them all, it seems to me that it was more a novel with a lot of sex scenes then a romance. I won’t put her on my “don’t buy” list just yet and I will give her next novel in this series I Spy a Naughty Game a change and hope it will be better.

zondag 13 november 2011

Nalini Singh - Lord of the Abyss

Title : Lord of the Abyss
Series : Royal House of the Shadows #4
Release date : November 15th, 2011
Publisher : Harlequin
Genre : Paranormal Romance

The story begins when a Blood sorcerer kills the king and queen of Magical Elden and has plans to kill their four children next in order to get the throne. But never underestimate the love and strength of parents, their mother had enough strength in her to combine her power and send them away to survive and deal with their enemy later.

Micah is the youngest of the four children and he was taken and separate from his family at the age of five. Micah grew up in the Abyss and as a grown man he is the Lord of the Abyss with a black armor on his entire body, so he can escorts cruel souls to their rightful place when they after their death. Then one day this little woman appears out of nowhere in his black castle, who isn’t afraid of him and it seems she stirs some feelings inside him he don’t understand.

Liliana is the Blood sorcerer’s daughter and she travels to Micah’s castle to help him remember who he really is, so he can return to Elden and reclaim the Kingdom that belong to him and his siblings. She needs to find a way to succeed or Elden will be lost forever and her father will win and destroy every magical being along the way. She knows it will endanger her own life, but that is the price she is willing to pay.

Lord of the Abyss by Nalini Singh is the last novel in the Royal House of Shadows series, which she co-writes with Gena Showalter, Jill Monroe and Jessica Andersen. I have to say that I really enjoy reading this whole series and I loved the fact that they used some of the fairy tales into them.

Nalini Singh created a fabulous world where Micah rules his Abyss. He doesn’t remember anything from his past and his is feared by many around the Abyss, but Micah has a heart of gold. He has taken in some creatures Jissa, Bard and little mouse and let them live and work for him in the black Castle.

Micah and Liliana are both strong characters; Micah came to the Abyss when he was only 5 years old, he was too young to rule the Abyss, so he slept most of his life. But when he was old and strong enough to rule, he transform into this fearful man everyone walks away from.
Liliana has been humiliated and tortured by her own father and grew up into a strong blood sorceress that will do anything to stop her father and save innocent lives.

What I really love about them was that they both were so innocence; they had to learn everything about love and feelings from the start. It was great to read how they experience things and find a way to let love fill their hearts and let it conquered all the evil in their lives.

But there was one thing I was a little disappointed with; when Micah finally remembered everything from his past, his siblings, what happened with his parent and finally faces his enemy, there wasn’t much of a battle. I really expected the dangerous blood sorcerer and Micah fighting each other on a higher level then we saw in the book. It was over in a blink of an eye.

Also the reunion between Micah, Nicolai, Breena and Dayn was not what I expected. They haven’t seen each other for more than twenty years and there was no real celebration, not any conversation between the siblings, no nothing.

I loved the book and the story between Micah and Liliana, but the reunion between the siblings and the battle with the blood sorcerer could have been more interesting for us readers. Because this was something we all have been looking forward to, during all the books.

The Royal House of Shadows series is definitely a great series, which you have to read if you love strong characters, magic and fairytales.

Thanks Netgalley for providing me with this ARC eBook.

dinsdag 8 november 2011

Pamela Palmer - Ecstasy Untamed

Title : Ecstasy Untamed
Series : Feral Warriors #6
Release date : October 25th, 2011
Publisher : Avon Publisher
Genre : Paranormal Romance / Urban Fantasy

Feral warrior Hawke has been trapped in the spirit trap for some time, now he is free but not out of danger. It has messed up his bond with his animal spirit and they both are fighting to be in control. He knows it’s only a matter of time before he loose it and his animal will set itself free. Then he meets the beautiful Faith, it appears man and animal both want her, but unfortunately she is the future mate of the newest Feral warrior.

Faith is a Therian and her life has always been to save as many souls of the streets and send them on the right path. One night she meets Maxim and feels a connection between them. When he tells her of his plan to join the Feral warriors she decides to join him on this trip and see if he is really her mate. When she meets the Feral warriors and especially Hawke, she feels right at home, but is Maxim her true mate or could it be Hawke>

Ecstasy Untamed by Pamela Palmer is the sixth novel in the Feral Warrior Series and another terrific edition in this series. The world the Feral Warriors are fighting in is getting darker by the book. This novel doesn’t have a lot of action or battles like in the previous books, but Hawke’s struggle with his animal and his growing relationship with Faith is fabulous.

Early in the book you see Hawke’s struggle with his animal and it’s getting worse, he realize that he might loose the battle soon. When Faith step into his life he feels the attraction, but he has to stay away from her. But Hawke wouldn’t be Hawke, as he slowly discovers that Maxim isn’t who he says he is.

I didn’t mind that this novel had less action in it, because it was intense to see Hawke struggle to get his life back together. He is a fabulous character and I really believe that Faith is the right mate for him.

Some of the scenes between Maxim and Faith really got my hands itching, because that man was a total bastard. I knew from the start he couldn’t be the newest Feral warriors, unlike Jag and his attitude, this man had some darkness inside him. I loved the scenes where leader Lyon put that weasel in his place and showed him who was stronger and bigger.

The ending was good, but also a little frustrated with this cliff-hanger. So I’m looking forward to the next novel and really hope that will be soon. I need to know what happens next and who will be the warrior to find his mate. Will it be Wulfe, Vhyper or the newest Fox?

Pamela Palmer - Hunger Untamed

Title : Hunger Untamed
Series : Feral Warriors #5
Release date : February 22nd, 2011
Publisher : Avon Publisher
Genre : Paranormal Romance / Urban Fantasy

Feral Warriors Tighe and Hawke are caught in the spirit trap and cannot find a way out of there by their own. Fellow warrior Kougar might know who can free his two friends, but it is the last person on Earth he wants to see, his mate the woman who betrayed their love centuries ago. But he will go to Ariana and convince her to help him and his Feral Warriors.

Ariana, Queen of the Linas still has feelings for Kougar, but cannot share this with him; she has to le him believe she’s the cold heart woman who betrayed him. If not, she will endanger her entire race and send them to death. When Lyon, the chief of the Feral Warriors promises her to help with that danger in exchange for the freedom of his two warriors, she cannot refuse.

Hunger Untamed by Pamela Palmer is the fifth novel in the Feral Warriors Series and again a fabulous novel. This is one of the series where the books remain on the same level and hold the readers attention all the way through.

Kougar is one of the oldest Feral Warriors and used to be the chief of the warriors. But when his mate Ariana was lost to him, he put that position down and Lyon took over. Kougar moved on with his life and thought his mate was dead, but about twenty years ago he felt his mating bond come to live again. So when his fellow warriors got lost in that trap, he knew his mate was the right person to find them.

Ariana is the head of the Linas and had to break the mating bond in order to save her race from dying. But she never let Kougar out of her heart, so when he comes and ask for help she struggles with what to do….follow her hear and do the right thing and save those warriors or take her responsibilities and choose her race once again.

What I really love about this series is the brotherhood of the warriors and their mates. No matter what happens of what danger they are in, they won’t stop and do anything in their power to help out.

One by one the nine warriors are finding their destiny and the woman to share that with. Five warriors already found their mates, so only four more to go and I can tell you that I’m looking forward to that. There is a lot more to tell in this journey than we already saw.

Anthology - Hexed

Title : Hexed
Release date : June 7th, 2011
Publisher : Berkley
Genre : Paranormal Romance

Magic Dreams by Ilona Andrews
Dali is a white tiger shifter with some magic. Jim, the alpha of the cat pride needs her help and since her friend Kate isn’t available she agrees. But it is hard for Dali to be around Jim and not be able to express her true feelings for him, because who wants a tiger shifter who’s almost blind.

Ice Shards by Yasmine Galenorn
Iris is the house spirit of the three witch’s sisters. In able to have a normal future with her human boyfriend and start a family, she has to go home first to deal with her past. But her friends don’t want her to go alone, so Camille, Smokey and Rozurial accompany her.

Double Hexed by Allyson James
Janet and some of her friends are trapped in Janet’s hotel. It appears someone put a hex on her hotel in order to capture the one among Janet’s friend. Witch Cassandra believes her former boss is after her, but the out coming is more surprising.

Blood Debt by Jeanne C. Stein
Anna Strong has been asked by her three witch’s friends to find an abducted family member. It appears he has been captured in order to lure her into another realm, where Anna has to plead for her freedom. She has been charge for the death of her enemy.

Hexed Anthology is a novel with four amazing authors, Ilona Andrews, Yasmine Galenorn, Allyson James and Jeanne C. Stein. They all wrote a fabulous short story in their series and I loved them all.

The only series that I haven’t caught up with is the Sisters of the Moon by Galenorn. Those books are on my TBR pile for ages, but after reading this edition in the series I need to continue.

I loved Dali and Jim in Magic Dreams; those two are a perfect couple. I really hope to see more of them in the future Kate Daniels novels.

The chemistry between Janet and Mick in Double Hexed is still huge and strong. I don’t think anyone can ever break their bond. I’m already looking forward to the next novel in this series.

Anna Strong is a fabulous character and she was great in this short story too. The only thing I hope is that she finally finds her mate in the upcoming novels. She deserves her true love after the ones she had in the past.

dinsdag 1 november 2011

Pamela Palmer - Rapture Untamed

Title : Rapture Untamed
Series : Feral Warriors #4
Release date : June 29th, 2010
Publisher : Avon Publisher
Genre : Paranormal Romance

Olivia was the only survivor of an attack from the draden when she was young. It appears she’s now draden kissed, which means she now possess the deadly ability to drain the dradens but also humans and other creatures. She knows she must keep this hidden from her own people, but especially from the Feral Warriors. Now she is a member of the Therian Guard for more than three hundred years and has been send to aid the Feral Warriors in their battle against Satanan and his army.

Jag is one of the Feral Warriors and is known as the pain the butt warrior. He doesn’t really care what the other warriors think of him and it toying them in every way. So when the first time he meets Olivia, he treats her the same way he treats all the women around him, but Olivia fights back. No matter what, Jag knows he wants her and will do anything to have her, if she likes it or no. So when fate put them together on this assignment, he has her right where he wants her.

Rapture Untamed by Pamela Palmer is the fourth novel in her Feral Warriors Series and my all time favourite. I loved Jag from the first book and couldn’t wait to read his own story. I knew there was a reason for his behaviour and that the right woman would turn him around.

The moment Jag and Olivia meet in the Feral Warrior’s compound, he makes it very clear that he wants her and will do anything to make that happen. Even though Olivia is attracted to Jag, she knows she has to keep her distance in order to save herself. When Jag discovers Olivia’s secret he use that against her at first, but in the end it is Jag who defends her and save her from the danger she is in.

I love Jag; he is the bad guy in the group but has his heart in the right place. When some outsider offends housekeeper Pink, he is the one who stands up for her. Something you won’t expect from him when you read this novel.

I also loved that even the books are more the story between the heroine and hero, you’ll see all the warriors working together to fight the evil in the world. Even though Jag is my favourite shifter, it’s great to see the others grow into the role they need to play in this battle.

This book is well written and had me from the first page and I couldn’t let it go, so I finished it in one afternoon. To me this is definitely the best in the series so far.

Wendy Huchison - Love for a Vampire

Title : Love for a vampire
Release date : September 15th, 2011
Genre : Paranormal romance

Angel-May Black has been locked in a room for 16 years, a prisoner of her own father. He isn’t a loving person and beats her on a regular basis for as long as she can remember. The only thing she can do is to wait till death claims her. But fate has something else in mind for Angel. She has to hold on till the day she turns eighteen, then she will be rescued by a vampire and a shape-shifter who are hired by her grandmother she never knew she had.

But even then her life isn’t save, when everyone around her has an own agenda. Are they really helpful or do they mean her harm too?

Love for a Vampire by Wendy Huchison is the first novel in a trilogy and I have to say it’s well written. When I read the book description, I was interested and very curious to see what this book was all about. The first few chapters are heavy stuff and I did have some doubts about reading further, but I’m glad I did.

Angels is very young when her mother dies and since that moment she is the prisoner of her violent father. She lives between four walls for as long as she can remember. The only thing bearable for her is her “dreams” of where she meets a young handsome man and sometimes a familiar woman. Are they glimpses from her future or are they just dreams?

My hands itched when I read the scenes of the abuse. How can a father treat his daughter that way, beat her up till she bleeds? No, I didn’t feel any love for that man.

Angel’s connection with her rescuer Zared is huge, although he cannot understand why. He is hired to save her from her father and make sure she arrives safely at her grandmothers, but her soul is calling to him. Angel knows her future depends on him, so she has to convince him to keep her close.

Angel and Zared are fabulous characters and you’re going to love them when you’re further in the book. Their journey isn’t without danger and their growing relationship will be tested every step of the way.

I’m dying to see more of them in the future novels. I know there is more between Angel and Zared then we already seen in this book. Then who or what is Madoc? I hope to find that out in the next novel too.

I’m definitely going to look out for her next novel, hopefully that won’t take too long.

Christine Cody - Bloodlands

Title : Bloodlands
Series : Bloodlands #1
Release date : July 26th, 2011
Publisher : Ace
Genre : Urban Fantasy

Gabriel is a vampire and has been looking for his lost love Abby. The trail leads him to a small community in the Badlands. He knows that he has to keep his vampire nature hidden from them in order to keep himself save. He is hunted by a group, who hunts everything supernatural and he cannot endanger his newfound friends.

Mariah is the woman who takes him in after he’s attacked by Stamp, the local bad guy. She knows it will be bad to let this stranger into her home and their small community. Especially after what happened to her family, but her dog seems to trust him completely. Now let’s hope that this stranger will be on this way before he discovers her secret.

Bloodlands by Christine Cody is the first novel in her Bloodlands Trilogy and I have to say that the storyline was interesting. The world building was fabulous and the characters intriguing. I never expected the twist in this book.

Badlands is an area where dark creatures and human who are different find their hiding place and where everyone is accepted. The heat is unbearable during the day, so you can only come out at night or with a special uniform.

Gabriel and Mariah are both strong characters and both has something to hide. Mariah seems to discover Gabriel being a vampire soon enough, but holds this a secret from the rest of the group. She needs him around, because his ability to calm her is very good to smooth the best growing inside her. But will Gabriel be able to forgive her when he learns the truth about Mariah heritage and what happened to Abby.

To make matters worse someone or something has been killing some of the hunters, Stamp’s men and he is determined to get the killer. All eyes are on Gabriel, but the outcome is more surprising.

This novel is really surprise me, it’s well written and has some darkness in it. I was really surprise to discover some of the outcome and now I’m curious to see what will happen next. The end was good and a little sad, but it could go any way.

Anthology - Best Erotic Romance

Title : Best Erotic Romance
Release date : December 13th, 2011
Publisher : Cleis Press
Genre : Erotica Romance

I received this novel as an ARC, courtesy of Cleis Press Publisher

What happened in Vegas by Sylvia Day
Paul Laurens knew he blew it the last time he saw Robin Turner. She was ready for the next step in their relationship, while he was happy what they got. Now after four months apart they meet again and Paul will do anything to get her back in his life and his bed.

First night by Donna George Storey
Sophie has some doubts about her upcoming marriage day with Justin. She believes their amazing sex life will be over soon, from the moment they sign the papers. But Justin proofs her wrong when their wedding night turns out to be their best night ever.

Another trick up my sleeve by Heidi Champa
From the moment Blake tells Daisy their sex life is boring, she’s determined to spice is up again. But game after game, roll playing and costumes it appears that the simple love making was just what they craved all along.

Drive me crazy by Delilah Devlin
Angela’s last day at work turns around when her fantasy about handsome driver Danny and his amazing body comes true. It seems their flirtations got them both where they want to be…having a fabulous night in his truck cab.

Once upon a dinner date by Saskia Walker
Samuel has been attracted to his new neighbour Cassie since she moved in the apartment complex six months ago. Finally he got the nerve to ask her for dinner and it turns out to be one amazing night full of passion and good food.

The tends to me by Justine Elyot
When she comes home from work with a fever and a heavy cold, her boyfriend Matthew isn’t happy. He doesn’t like disturbs in his life and this will mess things up. But after three days he takes the doctor’s role he is playing one step further.

Guest services by Angela Caperton
Joanna Danvers has just accepted a new job in Atlanta. She always felt attracted to Thomas Walburn since she first laid eyes on him. Now he is back in her hotel and it’s time to seduce him and give him a night he won’t forget.

Memories for sale by Andrea Dale
The relationship between Bella and Ethan has come to an end and they are settling their divorce. Now Bella goes to their vacation cabin for the last time before the sale, never imagine seeing Ethan again.

Blame it on Facebook by Kate Dominic
It has been 20 years since she saw Eric, but through facebook she connected with a lot of friends from her time on her husband military base. Now she’s a widow and has a reunion date with Eric, it appears they have some attraction they cannot ignore.

The draft by Craig J. Sorensen
When Sarah’s old MG-TG strands along the road, she accept a ride from Dave in his truck. When they reach the drop off destination, they enjoy the sun rise and each other. But when it is time to say goodbye, Sarah realize she isn’t quite ready to leave.

To be in Clover by Shanna Germain
Dustan couldn’t believe it when Madeline O’Hara chooses him, a simple man. He always thought that she was way out of his league, but Maddy proved him wrong. So when he is working in the clover, she pays him a visit and convinces him to make love to her in the fields.

Honey changes everything by Emerald
Kim’s husband Terry lost his job and has been in a desperate mood every since. Kim wants her husband back and comes up with a plan to seduce him with his favourite breakfast and the main ingredient appears to be honey.

Cheating time by Kate Pearce
Jodi and her husband have been married for fifteen years and have three children. Now with the kids around there isn’t time to be alone anymore, so once a year they’re going out to spice up their sex-life.

Our own private champagne room by Rachel Kramer Bussel
When Sarah’s husband Derek admits that he has visit strip clubs often before he married her, she is a little jealous but also turned on. Now he has left for a bachelor’s weekend of his best friend, but the moment he is back she’s planning to give him one striptease he won’t forget.

Till the storm breaks by Erobintica
A couple and her best friend are in the family cabin during New Years Eve when a storm breaks out. When the champagne is flowing richly, they cannot ignore the attraction to Teresa. So when she offers a threesome, the couple cannot say no.

The curve of her belly by Kristina Wright
Brynn is seven months pregnant and is feeling sorry for herself. She believes she isn’t beautiful anymore, so Paul has to show her that she is wrong. During her bath he shows her exactly how he sees her, even with her swollen belly.

Dawn chorus by Nikki Magennis
Night after night John is hearing the same music from his downstairs neighbour Jane. That won’t be a problem when this happens during the day, but not at 3.00am when he’s trying to get some sleep. So he goes downstairs and demands that the music stop, not knowing this could be the best night he ever has.

Best Erotic Romance Anthology is a great novel full with great short erotica stories, they all have been well written. They all are hot and steamy, just the way I like it when I read erotica.

I have to say those authors done an amazing job with these very short stories, some of them had me right from the first paragraph. I cannot tell you that I like one story better than the other, because they all had their own charms.

Now I know why I enjoy reading anthologies, those short stories are easy to read and very entertaining. So if you are looking for some small hot sexual stories, then this is definitely the book for you.

woensdag 19 oktober 2011

Katy Madison - All About Seduction

Title : All About Seduction
Release date : October 25th, 2011
Publisher : Avon Publishing
Genre : Historical Romance

I received this novel as an ARC, courtesy of Net Galley

Caroline Broadhurst married her husband, who is 40 years older when she was only fifteen years old. Her marriage was arranged between her father and her husband, because the family needed the money and Mr. Broadhurst needed their connection in the ton. After 15 years of marriage Caroline is still child less, so her husband gives her an ultimatum. He wants an heir before he dies or every property and money will go to someone else.

Mr. Broadhurst tells her that he is the problem in this matter and he wants her to seduce a gentleman and get with child he can claim as his own. Caroline is not happy about it, but goes along with this plan, only because she wants to hold on to the mill.

When one of the mill workers Jack Applegate gets injured during his job in the mill, Caroline takes him into their home so she can supervise his recovery. In the meantime she is trying hard to seduce one of the gentlemen from the hunting group her brother brings over. But there is only one man who’ll start a fire inside her and hopefully he will help her out with the plan.

All About Seduction by Katy Madison is the first novel I read by her and I have to say that I have some mixed feelings about this book.

The storyline was good, but for some reason it didn’t captured me. Sometime I really wanted to put the book down and stop reading, but the curiosity won and I kept reading. I really believe the main characters Caroline and Jack were both weak in this book. Of course I know that the settlings takes place in the regency time and that the behaviour of men and women are different then we have now. But I just expected more between them.

One thing I didn’t like was the marriage between Mr. Broadhurst and Caroline. I understand that her marriage was arranged and that there was no love. But the way he treats her and she just take it, was more than I could handle. I also don’t understand why the heck she keeps calling him sir or Mr. Broadhurst, they have been married for 15 year. You would think that in private you call your husband by his first name.

I can understand that Caroline goes along with the plan her husband demands of her, but when she finally seduce Jack, the man she really loves, she doesn’t follow her heart and tell him.

The love story between Jack and Caroline took too long to develop. To me the story was more about Caroline getting blackmailed by her husband, then her finally fall in love for the first time.

I have to be honest, I’m not really sure if I want to read something else by this author, especially if she keeps writing in this line.

Anthology - Down in Texas

Title : Down in Texas
Release date : October 28th, 2008
Publisher : Kensington Aphrodisia
Genre : Contemporary Western Romance

Wearing his brand
Lyssa McDonough always loved Brandon Tynan, but he always keeps his distance. Now she is caught in a barbed wire fence and Brandon is her rescuer. Brandon takes her home to take care of her wounds and send her back to her ranch. He promised her brother and his best friend Mac, that he will keep an eye on her when he’s away. But it is getting harder and harder to ignore his feelings for Lyssa.

Slow Ride
Daniel Tynan is back at the Dermott farm as a horse trainer. Maggie Dermott is in need of some help in order to keep her ranch. Since Daniel was a teen-ager he had the hots for his boss’s wife Maggie, now she is a widow and he is determined to seduce her. But Maggie isn’t sure about this romance because it seems Daniel is much younger that she is.

Straight up soldier
Mac McDonough is an ex-soldier who returned home injured. Although his sister Lyssa and his friends want what best for him, he isolates himself from them. When a friend contacts him and convince him to take a job as a bodyguard for a woman, he cannot refuse. It appears Suki is in hiding from her violent ex-boyfriend and knows she needs help, but when Mac shows up on her doorstep she isn’t convince he is the one for the job. But even though Mac is injured, he knows his way to Suki’s heart.

Delilah Devlin is a fabulous author and she did an amazing job with this book. All three stories were just fabulous; I loved the fact that all the stories were connected by family members. Just reading about those gorgeous cowboys, make me dream about a cowboy of my own. Damn they were hot.

For those who love contemporary western romance, you definitely need to check out this novel. You will get three terrific stories with fabulous characters. I’ll promise you by the end of the book you’ll want a cowboy of your own.

Julia Templeton - Return to Me

Title : Return to me
Release date : Augustus 7th, 2007
Publisher : Berkley
Genre : Historical Paranormal Romance

Gabrielle Fairmont has a miserable life since her uncle arranges an unwanted betrothal to a man with a violent past. She has to find a way to escape her betrothal and marriage in order to save her own life. Gabrielle knows she has to rely on her gifts of mind reading and her second sight, and what she sees in her betrothal’s mind isn’t something she wants to experience first handed. Then one night during a ball she meets gorgeous Darius MacLeod and feels the huge attraction between them.

Darius MacLeod is a five hundred year old Scottish vampire and has come to London as a request from his twin brother. Darius was never interested in London’s society and women after he lost his wife Rose centuries ago. When he sets his eyes on beautiful Gabrielle Fairmont, he knows that she is the one for him. But before he could talk to her she disappears into the night. When he hears of this young highwayman, he knows that fate has a mind of her own and put Gabrielle right back on his path.

Return to Me by Julia Templeton is a wonderful historical paranormal romance novel. This story has kept my attention and lured me right into the English/Scottish settings.

The story begins with Darius becoming a vampire and looses his wife Rose along the way. He made himself a promise to never love again, but when he meets Gabriella, who has some remarkable resemblance to his late wife Rose, he feels alive again. To him it doesn’t matter that she is different and has some great powers of her own. All he wants is to love her and spend the rest of her live together. Gabrielle is a strong and determined young woman, who will do anything to survive her uncle’s twisted games and escape from her violent betrothal. When she meets Darius, she knows he is strong enough to help her.

There is a second storyline in this book and I have to say that I love that one as well. Darius twin brother Demetri and his partner Remont has loved each other for centuries, but Demetri is also fond of the ladies. After Demetri last affair with a woman, Remont cannot take it anymore because he doesn’t want to share his lover anymore. He decides that it is time to let Demetri go, even though it is the hardest he ever done. Will Demetri let that happen or is he finally realizing that Remont is the love of his life.

Julia Templeton has written one fabulous historical romance novel with some wonderful characters. It had everything I expected to find in a historical paranormal romance. I cannot wait to read more of this author in the near future.

Anthology - Bad Boys on Board

Title : Bad Boys on Board
Release date : January 1st, 2003
Publisher : Kensington Publishing Corporation
Genre : Contemporary Romance

My house, my rules by Lori Foster
When Sam Watson meets his younger brother’s friend Ariel, he is instantly drawn to her. But Sam knows he cannot act on those feelings because she’s twelve years younger than him and not to mention his brother’s girlfriend, at least that’s what he thinks. Then one night Ariel interferes in his undercover operation and he gets hurt. Ariel takes him to his home and is determined to finally show him her true feelings, but Sam has some house rules to follow.

Going down by Donna Kauffman
Callie Montgomery’s divorce hits her hard, but she is determined to get her life back. She is now working as a personal assistant and is doing well. Then one night she escorts bad boy Dominic Colbourne out of the building after a meeting with her boss. Then the elevator stops and they both are stuck in the dark for the rest of the night. Never in a million years could she imagine that this night would turn out to be the best she ever had, when Dominic shows her a new side of her sexuality.

A Fast Ride by Nancy Warren
Nell Tennant has left the big city behind to stay with her aunt for a time, so she can figure out what to do with her life. When her aunt hurts one of the bikers in their front yard, she cannot let him lie there. So she takes him inside and wait for the doctor. Now it appears she has some criminal in her home, who cannot remember who he is. The worst part of this situation is that Wes thinks she is his girlfriend. When Wes finally gets his memory back, nobody could have expected the outcome, but at the end he is determined to convince Nell they belong together.

Bad Boys on Board is a great and well written Anthology. These three authors Lori Foster, Donna Kauffman and Nancy Warren have written some fabulous short stories with some steamy scenes. I really enjoyed reading this anthology and the whole idea of the Bad Boys, who happens to be men with their heart in the right place when it comes to the women they love.

maandag 17 oktober 2011

Jessica Andersen - Lord of the Wolfyn

Title : Lord of the Wolfyn
Series : Royal House of Shadows #3
Release date : October 18th, 2011
Publisher : Harlequin
Genre : Paranormal Romance

I received this novel as an ARC, courtesy of Net Galley

The story begins when a Blood sorcerer kills the king and queen of Magical Elden and has plans to kill their four children next in order to get the throne. But never underestimate the love and strength of parents, their mother had enough strength in her to combine her power and send them away to survive and deal with their enemy later.

Reda Weston is a human cop, who’s dealing with her partner’s death. She blames herself for his death, because she froze when they walked into a robbery. Reda always had a way to escape reality and be happy in her dream world, especially fairy tales and her favorite Little Red Riding Hood. She has been looking for that special edition her mother always talked about and now she finally found it. But she never could expect to be drawn into a vortex and wake up in a magic realm.

Dayn is the second son and prince of the Kingdom of Elden. After the brutal attack and murder on his parents, he has been living in the Wolfyn realm. The last thing his father whispered to him in the vortex was to wait for the one woman who would guide him back home. He has been waiting for two decades for her to come his way, now he is ready to go back home and stop the Blood sorcerer and get the vengeance he desperately craves.

Lord of the Wolfyn by Jessica Andersen is the third novel in the Royal House of Shadows Series, which she is co-writing with Gena Showalter, Jill Monroe and Nalini Singh. I already loved Jessica Andersen’s The Final Prophecies Series, so I was curious to see if this novel would capture me too and yeah it did. I love her version of Little Red Riding Hood.

Reda and Dayn both has some issues they need overcome and the only way to deal with that is to work together. But Reda has a hard time with that when she discovers the real identity of Dayn, not him being a royal prince but his curse to change into a Wolfyn, the one creature she fears.

But when the final moment is there for Reda to decide what she really wants, she let her heart speak instead of her mind. Now they have to find a way to the Kingdom of Elden and reclaim Dayn’s home.

I loved this book, it has captured me from the first pages and it held my curiosity till the end. Dayn and Reda are strong characters, okay they have to deal with a lot of baggage from the past, but slowly they manage to overcome that.

You can sense that the four siblings are getting closer and closer to reclaim the Kingdom that is legally theirs. Only one more book left and I cannot wait to see what Nalini Singh has in store for the youngest. I really hope the brothers and sister will find a way to reclaim their heritage and finally be together again. I’m already looking forward to read that.

maandag 10 oktober 2011

John Anderson - The Last Ride of the Reverse Cowgirls

Title: The last ride of the reverse cowgirls
Release date: May 20th, 2011
Publisher: Lillibridge Press
Genre: Paranormal Romance

Andy Sutton is a werewolf and a cop for the supernatural. His main job is to stop and catch the supernatural beings in his own realm as well in the human world. His current assignment is running in the human world, leaving behind a trail of castrated victims. But Andy is called back by the head of ICI; he has to catch a serial killer, a vampire who’s draining his female victims during their passionate moments.

Human cops cannot find anything at the crime scenes, they are completely clean. Andy soon discovers that the victim’s bank accounts are empty. He knows that he has to catch this master vampire and his human minion before the human world discovers that paranormal creatures really exist.

The Last Ride of the Reserve Cowgirls by John Anderson is a great novel and the first I’ve read by this author. The author contacted me and asked me if I was interested in reviewing his book and after reading the book description I couldn’t say no. I knew this novel was going to be so much different than the books I normally read, but I didn’t mind.

This book was a pleasant surprise, because it appears to be a paranormal thriller with a mix of erotica into it. The main character Andy Sutton is a fabulous character, who struggles with his supernatural half. He was bitten and turned into a werewolf and knew he had to leave his loved ones behind to keep them save. The only thing that keeps him going is his job and his best friend’s 600-year old wizard Suarez and his 400-year old girlfriend Zan, who both live in the supernatural realm. He hates his boss Scanton and he also isn’t fond of Lucifer himself and it appears to be mutual.

During the whole book we are switching between Andy’s point of view and that of Stepan, the vampire’s sidekick. At the beginning I really thought that was odd, because you would have expect to see the murders through the killers eyes, but it all makes sense when you are further in the book. Stepan is human and has been in the vampire’s service for quite awhile now, he doesn’t mind this position but that is changing when he meets the love of his life.

The storyline is fabulous and I found myself reading more and more, just to see what was next. The ending was good, but has an opening to another book and I really hope this author is going to write another book with these characters. I really think the story of Andy Sutton is not finished and I would love to find out more about human detective Isabelle, the woman Andy finds himself attractive to. It appears she is not completely who she says she is.

vrijdag 7 oktober 2011

Nalini Singh - Slave to Sensation

Title : Slave to Sensation
Series : Psy – Changeling #1
Release date : September 5th, 2006
Publisher : Berkley Sensation
Genre : Paranormal Romance

Sascha Duncan is a Psy, which is a race of psychic humans. The Psy-race have perfected their race and put a program together where every psychic is locked in. All the Psy are programmed from birth, so they feel no emotion but Sascha is different. She’s hiding her defects from childhood behind a strong mental shield, because all the less powerful ones will be send away for reprogramming and never come back normal.

Her new assignment is to work with a group changelings, a pack of shape shifters cats. Lucas Hunter is the alpha of the Dark River pack and he wants to work with the Psy on a business level. But he has other motives, he thinks one or more of the Psy is killing members of his pack and Sascha might be his key inside.

Slave to Sensation by Nalini Singh is the first novel in her Psy-Changeling series and a fabulous beginning. I’ve already read Nalini Singh’s Guild Hunters Series and love her writing, so I wasn’t surprised that I fell for this series too.

The contrast between the Psy and the Changeling is huge; you could say they are the opposites of each other. Psy humans don’t have emotions, where the Changelings feel them all the time. Sascha is one of the exceptions in the Psy race and she knows that she has to hide if from her mother and her superiors or face the worst thing that could happen to a Psy.

When Sascha and Lucas meet each other, they act like all the others before them, cold and distance. But Lucas soon discover that Sascha is different and know his plan to use her in his investigation will be a bad idea. When the romance between them begins to grow, it’s hot and very passionate.

Besides Lucas and Sascha we mostly meet characters of the Changeling society and I wouldn’t mind to read more about some of those characters, especially Vaughn and Hawke.

I cannot believe I’ve waited so long to start this series, I have some of the books on my shelves for ages, but for some reason I ignore them. Now it seems that a new addiction is born, so I promise to continue with this series soon. I know this journey will be fabulous.

Thea Harrison - Dragon Bound

Title : Dragon Bound
Series : Elder Races #1
Release date : May 3rd, 2011
Publisher : Berkley
Genre : Paranormal Romance

Pia Giovanni knows she is a little different from the rest and hide it since she was young. Now her ex-boyfriend found out the truth about her heritage and is blackmailing her. She has to steal something from Dragos Culebre and bring it back to him. But Pia wants to teach her ex-boyfriend a lesson and steals a very small item, not something he can use.

Dragos Culebre is a billionaire businessman that happens to be a dragon shifter. When he discovers that someone stole something out of his hidden lair, he is determined to track the thief down and punish her. Neither of them could have imagined the huge chemistry between them.

Dragon Bound by Thea Harrison is the first novel in the Elder Races Series and I have to say its one hell of a start in this series. I’m a huge fan of dragon shifters, so I couldn’t resist this book and what a book it was.

Dragos is just the bad-ass dragon you expect him to be, strong, super alpha and a little stubborn. When he discovers that Pia is the thief, he is determined to lure her to him and punish her, but Pia is stronger then he thought. It appears Pia has powers of her own and they recently come to surface, when her mother’s protection spell is wearing out.

Throw a Dark Fae King who wants Pia for his own in the mix and you have a fabulous storyline, full with danger, plots and some steamy scenes.

Thea Harrison has written a fabulous novel, created a great world where different beings are working together and some also against each other to stay on top of the power chain. I really hope the next novel will be as fabulous as this one, because I’m already hooked on this Elder Races Series.

donderdag 29 september 2011

K.J. Wignall - Blood

Title : Blood
Series : Mercian Trilogy #1
Release date : September 27th, 2011
Publisher : Egmont USA
Genre : Young Adult / Paranormal

The story begins when Will wakes up from a hibernation sleep and needs to feed. Almost 800 years ago, he has been bitten by someone he didn’t know and turned into a vampire. His master left him all alone without any guidance, rules or answers.

Now he wakes up in the 21st century and his body needs nutrition, so he looks for a victim who can be missed in the world and finds Jez, a man in an abandon building. Before Will can take Jez’s life, the man tells him to find the girl. Not knowing what he means, Will takes Jez notebook and leaves the old warehouse. When he reads the notebook and finds a lot of riddles and a drawing of a young woman. Is this the girl Jez was talking about?

Blood by K.J. Wignall is the first novel in the Mercian Trilogy and I have to say I found the story very interesting. This author is new to me and because of the many vampire stories out there I’m a little sceptic, but I had nothing to worry about.

This story is about a “sixteen” year old boy, who has been a vampire for almost 800 years. All he ever wanted to do is to find the one who turned him and gets some answers. After a hibernation sleep of twenty years he wakes up in the 21st century, where he finds a young woman Eloise. It appears she isn’t afraid of what he is and is even determined to help him on his journey.

They are not alone when café owners Chris and Rachel join their quest. It seems the couple were always interested in the paranormal and this is just a way to find out more.

The characters are fabulous, Will is not the typical vampire, he only kills when the needs to and of course takes a life that could be missed. Eloise is an orphan and was raised by her uncle and aunt, but is bored with her life and decides to drop out of school and starts living on the streets. Neither of them could have known their destiny.

This story is well written, the history behind Will’s turning, his journey from then till now has been explained so readers understand his background.

This book has captured me from the start and that tells a lot about a book. I’m curious to see where this is going, so I’ll watch out for the next novel.

zondag 25 september 2011

Trinity Faegen - The Redemption of Ajax

Title : The Redemption of Ajax
Series : The Mephisto Covenant #1
Release date : September 27th, 2011
Publisher : Egmont USA
Genre : Young Adult

I received this novel as an ARC, commissioned by NetGalley

Alexandra “Sasha” Annenkova wants to know who killed her father and she knows she has to do this on her own, because the authorities stopped the investigation. She has been invited to a meeting of the Ravens, a group who follows Eryx. It appears Eryx can arrange things that nobody can; in exchange you have to pledge yourself to him. Sasha doesn’t know this man is pure evil and that you have to sell your soul to him in order to get what you want.

Her invitation is a set up and her visit isn’t welcome by the other Ravens. Her life is in danger because it appears she is Anabo, a huge threat to Eryx and his followers, but she is saved by this gorgeous guy Jax DeKynos. From that moment her life is like a rollercoaster, learning about her connection to the daughter of Eve, Jax and his brothers are Mephisto aka sons of hell. They captures Skia, the shoeless shadows and the lost souls whom called themselves Ravens in order to stop Eryx from taking over Hell.

The Redemption of Ajax by Trinity Faegen is the first novel in her Mephisto Covenant Series and I have to say I have mixed feelings about this book.

The author has written a good storyline with some great characters, but the balance is a little off. To me it seems all too black and white; the characters are good or evil, not in between.

Sasha is a young woman who cannot feel negative emotions, because she is a descendant of the daughter of Eve. It means she is pure of light and all good.
Jax appears to be her hero and is a son of the dark angel who works for Lucifer. He and his brothers are destined to go to hell when their time is up; the only way to have a shot at heaven is to find an Anabo woman.

I miss the whole falling in love between the two main characters. Jax “claim” Sasha the moment he sees her, because she is his change to heaven. He cannot really claim her, because she has to choose him out of her own free will, but a little persuasion isn’t illegal.

I liked the fact that Sasha didn’t fall for Jax right away, she knew that she was his ticket of redemption, but didn’t let that get in her way to get to the decision she made.

The storyline is something I like, six brothers fighting Eryx and his followers and in the mean time trying to locate Anabo women, so they have a chance of heaven too. I’m definitely curious to see what will happens in the next novels, so even though I had mixed feelings about this book, especially with the kind of ending, I’m going to continue this journey.

Jill Monroe - Lord of Rage

Title : Lord of Rage
Series : Royal House of Shadows #2
Release date : September 20th, 2011
Publisher : Harlequin Nocturne
Genre : Paranormal Romance

The story begins when a Blood sorcerer kills the king and queen of Magical Elden and has plans to kill their four children next in order to get the throne. But never underestimate the love and strength of parents, their mother had enough strength in her to combine her power and send them away to survive and deal with their enemy later.

Breena is the princess of Elden and was getting ready to choose a suitable husband. But during an attack on the royal family by the Blood sorcerer, in order to keep her and her brothers save her parents send them away by magic. Now she finds herself alone and lost in the forest, she is drawn to follow this path that leads her to this small cottage in the middle of the forest. She cannot remember what happened to her in the last couple of days, but she does remember the mysterious warrior from her dreams and knows she needs him.

Osborn is the warrior of her dreams and the owner of the small cottage in the forest. He was a member of the proud Berserker Clan. On the night of his Bärenjagd, a journey from boy to man, there was an attack on his village. Osborn lost everything that night, only his two younger brothers survive the attack. Now he is raising them in the forest and planning his revenge on the people who murdered the entire village.

Lord of Rage by Jill Monroe is the second novel in The Royal House of Shadows, which he is co-writing with Gena Showalter, Jessica Andersen and Nalini Singh.

I loved the fact that these four authors combine their writing skills to create this amazing series. I really like it that they based it all around four of their favorite fairy tales. Jill Monroe has chosen “Goldilocks and the three bears”.

Breena is a wonderful character, although she is a princess who’s used to have things her way, she is not spoiled. She’s kind, caring, has compassion and a determination to get her memory back so she can plan her return. She is slowly recovering the magical transport her parents arranged and knows she has to train her fighting skills to survive.

But then she meets her dream warrior Osborn and his two younger brothers Bernt & Torben. Osborn is a cold stubborn man when he first meets Breena, he recognize her from their shared dreams and know she will endanger their hiding place in the forest. But her kindness melts his heart and he knows he has to train her in order for her to survive.

I’ve heard of Jill Monroe before but never read any of her books, but that is going to change. This book has captured me from the beginning and held that till the end. This book was well written with some action, great characters and teasing to read the other books in the series.

I cannot wait to read more about the last two siblings Dayn and Micah and hope they all reunite at the end.

donderdag 22 september 2011

Anthology - Obsessed

Title : Obsessed
Release date : Augusts 15th, 2011
Publisher : Cleis Press
Genre : Erotica Romance

Silent Treatment by Donna George Storey
When a woman leaves her busy life in the city for a weekend of silence in a meditation Centre, she couldn’t imagine seeing her ex-lover there. It seems the chemistry between them is still there, but he has some explaining to do and because of the silent treatment the only way to communicate is by body language.

One night in Paris by Kayla Perrin
Vivian is obsessed by her boss Aaron since the one night stand they have. Aaron has been avoiding her ever since, but Vivian wants another night full of passion. So when she arranges his business trip to Paris, she is planning to follow him and convince Aaron to see her in another way then his assistant.

Concubine by Portia Da Costa
When Rick is recovering from a broken ankle, he asks his wife to tell him one of her erotic stories. She cannot deny her husband anything, so she tells him the story about Prince Alaric and his concubine Merry.

Love and Demotion by Logan Belle
Cat is the assistant of Declan Guinness at the publishing house and has the hots for him. He asks her to join him to a book party one night, she loves to go with him but have to leave early. It appears she has a second job and for four nights a week she performs at the Crushed Velvet, a burlesque club. This night turns out different then the others, because Declan followed her and is in the audience. Now is the time to let him see the real Cat.

Mephisto Waltz by Justine Elyot
Twelve years ago Lily Arliss was a student of Leonid Gorodetsky. Now all grown up she won a competition and has a master class with her old piano teacher. She plays an excellent piece, but is missing the passion and Leonid is just the right man to teach her that.

Then by Emerald
Valerie and Chris are together for three and half years, when she tells him she’s attracted to another man. When the three of them meet each other again on a birthday party, Valerie couldn’t imagine that her sexual fantasies is about to come true when her boyfriend invites Hayden for a one night stand.

It’s gotta be fate by Jennifer Peters
For once in her life she wants to dominate a man in the bedroom, her ex-boyfriend was always in charge and the men behind him were just the same. So when she places an ad, looking for a man she can dominate with no string attached, she wasn’t ready to see her ex Kevin again. But fate brought them together for a reason, so maybe this role playing in the bedroom is just what they needed.

Hooked by Ariel Graham
Ricki and Jody just moved to Reno, so their sex life is on hold for a while. Then one morning Ricki discover a hook on the ceiling corner of their bedroom. Ever since that discovery she has daydreams about Jody tying her up and has his wicked ways with her. When Jody finds out her fantasy, he cannot get to the store fast enough to get everything they needed.

Aftershocks by Bella Andre
Celeste and Darren Maclean are about to get a divorce when they both appear in the storage to clean out their stuff. Their relationship has always been good, but Celeste wants the firework. When Darren demands an explanation why she leaves him, she cannot hold back her fantasy. She wants a dominate man and she’s is surprised when Darren tells her he has been holding back in the bedroom. It appears he is one hell of a dominate man and he wants his wife back.

Secret places by Adele Haze
Marian and Dan meet each other at the subway where Dan plays his music. Not long after their meeting, they are going out for drinks and spend the night together. During their relationship Marian discovers that Dan is holding back and she is determined to find out his secret.

Loser by Charlotte Stein
Mallory and Billy are having a sexual relationship with no strings attached. Then one night Mallory visits Billy to have one of their fabulous nights, not really knowing it will change their relationship forever.

Here in between by Kristina Wright
When a woman gets a flat tire in the middle of the nowhere, she is afraid to spend the night in her small car. But then this gorgeous stranger in his truck pulls over, he drives her to a nearby motel and gives her the night of her life.

Spellbound by Garnell Wallace
Kia Monet is in Haiti to shoot a documentary film when she meets Jonah. The attraction between them is huge from the beginning, but they know it will be brief because Kia has to go back to the US. On the morning of her leaving, an earthquake is disturbing her plans, demanding they realize the true meaning of their relationship.

Raven’s flight by Andrea Dale
One morning a woman wakes up to a noise, only to discover this architect tearing down the house next to her. She wants to give him a piece of her mind, but the only thing she can think off is the lick every line of his tattoo.

Raindrops and rooftops by Elizabeth Coldwell
Keeley Carter works for a travel magazine in London and has been send to New York to over the opening of the latest boutique hotel. When she meets the owner of the hotel, Adam Dunbar she knows her short stay could be a ride on the rollercoaster.

Topiary by K.D. Grace
Aden is a landscaper and is full into his work. Bess is his partner and he takes his job seriously when he even landscape a private part on her body, hoping it will spice up their sex life.

I want to hold your hand by Rachel Kramer Bussel
Shelly and Ron are married for quite some time now. Ron lost some weight in the last couple of months and has been attracting the gazes of women around him Shelly doesn’t like it and is afraid to loose him. So Ron has to show her that she’s the only one for him, no matter the size of his body.

Storm Surge by Teresa Noelle Roberts
A couple has huge cravings for big weathers, so when a tropical storm is roaring the sky, they rushed to their summerhouse at the beach, to add another mind blowing experience on their sexual list.

Undercover Kink by Louisa Harte
Nathalie has one obsession and that is kinky underwear, nobody would’ve expected her naughty underwear under her business suit. When she picks up her latest outfit, her usual lingerie manager isn’t there, but this gorgeous guy Brad is. She might ask him for a second opinion.

Obsessed Anthology has quite a few short erotica stories and I have to say all has been well written. They all are hot and steamy, just the way I like it when I read erotica.

It’s normal that one story is better than the other, but I only have a weird feeling with one of the stories, but I liked all the others.

I have to say those authors done an amazing job with these very short stories, some of them had me right from the first paragraph.

Now I know why I enjoy reading anthologies, those short stories are easy to read and very entertaining. So if you are looking for some small hot sexual stories, then this is definitely the book for you.
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