Alterant

Evalle Kincaid is having a bad day, actually, make that week! Despite saving mankind from annihilation and proving her loyalty to the Beladors, the Tribunal of ruling Gods and Goddesses still hold her Alterant background against her. Called to face them to answer for words uttered in the heat of battle, the only support she has is Brina, her warrior queen and Evalle is tasked with returning three escaped Alterants or face the consequences. To top it off something or someone is causing Alterants to go berserk and change into their monstrous form, killing any humans they find.

Wow, this book was action packed from the get go and in my opinion far superior to the first one in this series. I would say however, do not under any circumstances read this without reading Blood Trinity, the first novel, otherwise you will be mightily confused. This book takes up immediately where the previous one left off and I would advise you to re-read the last few chapters of Blood Trinity to re-familiarise yourself with what happened. I didn’t do this and it took me a while to remember what actually happened in the story the day before!

The tribunal are so unjust I want to scream at them and tell them to stop being so mean (childish of me I know!) I am sure it will all work out in the end but injustice is rife in this book and I wish just once Evalle could get a break.  She is a strong character however, and of course takes it on the chin, accepts her lot and gets on with it.

While this book is primarily about Evalle, we also get more insight into Tzader and Quinn and I am looking forward to finding out more in future books. It seems story lines are being set up nicely for them to have more of a starring role in later books.

There is a lot more of Storm and his very protective attitude (can you say hot!) towards Evalle as he tries to break down some of the barriers caused by her past experiences. We also find out about a secret he has that will surely make Evalle see him differently if she knew.

There is so much going on in this book there is no time to get bored with it and as the book progresses the tension ramps up even more. I was holding my breath at times as I became totally immersed in the story.

The only criticism I would have is that I did not get any warm fuzzies at the end, and we are left with more questions than answers. It’s clear that the next book will take up immediately where this one finished and while this often annoys me, I am sure the warm fuzzies will come at the end of the series. Since the story is so multi layered (and getting more so!) I am happy to wait until the next book in the hope some happy ever afters will occur – although with the Tribunal involved I wouldn’t bet on it!

Rating: ★★★★½ 

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  • Author: Sherrilyn Kenyon, Dianna Love
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Alterant Facebook Giveaway!

I have a shiny new copy of Alterant by Sherrilyn Kenyon and Dianna Love to give-away!  This is the second book in the amazing Belador series.

To enter all you have to do is LIKE our Facebook page and leave a comment on the Alterant give-away post over on Facebook (not on this post, but the post on Facebook).

This give-away is open internationally, so wherever you are, we’d love to hear from you!  This give-away is tied to Facebook and we appreciate not everyone uses it, we’ve done Twitter give-aways in the past, and we’ll do regular give-aways in the future!

Closing date for entries will be 23:59 UK Time, Monday 19th September, and the winner’s name will be generated randomly.  I had to stop using the hat method because Fizz the book guardian kept running off with bits of paper 😉

Good luck!

Blood Trinity

The Beladors are a race of supernatural warriors whose oath of honour means they stand vigilant, fierce and lethal in the war between humans and demons.  Working with the governing body of supernatural races, the coalition called VIPER, Evalle Kinkaid is part Belador, part something else.  Not knowing her history isn’t as frustrating to her as knowing her mere existence could mean she is imprisoned, not for something she did, but for something that she might become.  As Atlanta is chosen as the latest battleground in the war, she has to constantly prove to herself and her superiors that she is as much Belador as her brothers in arms and holds to her oath with everything she has.  Even if it means it will be the end of her.

I liked the premise of Blood Trinity and the Beladors but it took me a while to warm up to to it.  I found it a bit confusing at first as there was no explanation as to who or what the Belador race and their enemies are.  It didn’t need to be much but I did feel it needed it rather than launching straight into the story. Once I understood how they fit into everything, I did like their power system and ability to be stronger together than alone.

The story didn’t flow as smoothly as previous books by Sherrilyn Kenyon and Dianna Love which was a shame, as it is definitely something I’ve come to expect from the pair in previous collaborations.  Maybe it’s because the background to the B.A.D. Agency books are much simpler and you could assume a lot of what was happening that didn’t need to be explained.

The plot felt jerky and at times a little contrived.  I also felt there were too many things in play – the VIPER organisation itself was multifaceted and sometimes had me reading back to understand something.  The Deities, several bad guys, and supporting characters just felt a bit too much at times.

Having said that, once I’d gotten past those issues, the things I really enjoyed about the book are as usual, the characters.  The main character of Evalle has all the things I love about a female lead; attitude, strength, kick ass abilities and sarcastic wit.  The male characters of Tzader and Quinn I particularly liked, powerful, strong and lethal but with no romantic link to Evalle.  They played a brotherly and protective role to her which I thought was a nice touch.  The characters that could be romantic interests were just as exciting and lethal but had that edge of sensual interest which made them very hot.

All in all, not an easy read but enjoyable enough with loveable characters.  I will definitely be reading the second book, but I hope it flows more easily than the first.

Rating: ★★★☆☆ 

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  • Author: Sherrilyn Kenyon, Dianna Love
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Silent Truth

BAD Agent Hunter Thornton-Payne is on a mission along with his own personal agenda.  The assassin that robbed him of his best friend four years ago is back in play by the Fratelli organisation. While BAD’s interests lie with his own he is content to wait it out.  When he meets Abbie Blanton and her quest for answers to her mothers mysterious illness, he sees a connection and opportunity that could lead him straight to the killer.  With Abbie a target, he has to try to keep her at arms length and safe so he can find the answers they both need.  Abbie has other ideas and is determined to help, leaving Hunter at risk of being hunted not only by the Fratelli, but BAD itself.

Silent truth is the fifth book in the B.A.D. series and I was really happy to see this book return to the excellent form of Bad Attitude.  That’s not to say the others weren’t good, they were, I just felt there was something lacking that made the first book such an exciting read.  Sherrilyn Kenyon and Dianna Love make a brilliant team and their love and pride of this series really shines through.

It was great to go deeper into the character of Hunter.  When he appeared in previous books, he came across as a bit of an ass and that  made me a little wary when I found out that he was the central male character.  When I learned what made him become so, I realised there was so much more beneath the detached surface.  Dangerous and highly trained yet hiding a compassionate heart behind his ruthless exterior.  Very hot and definitely a character to fall in love with!  Abbie was a solid and believable character as well, I loved her naivety despite what she had been through and given how strong and feisty she was, she was more than a match for Hunter.

The pace of the book was really good, well written action scenes and at times it was very tense.  Of course that meant I HAD to keep reading to find out what happened which I can only count as a good thing.  The way the sexual chemistry and heat was built up worked very well and left me almost as breathless as the characters.

The plot was actually quite intricate, several threads coming together that had been building up over the series and I got to see just how widespread the Fratelli organisation really was.  I thought Linette’s character worked really well within it and I feared for her at every turn of events.

Now for the OMG NO! moment.  I am still in denial and hoping for a miracle in the next book but as it stands, much kudos for it being so well played and emotional.  It really got me.

I can’t say more than that without spoiling it but you will just have to read Silent Truth and find out for yourself.  Enjoy!

Rating: ★★★★½ 

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  • Author: Sherrilyn Kenyon, Dianna Love
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Whispered Lies

Carlos Delgado, an operative of B.A.D. has spent the last sixteen years running from his past.  When the agency receives some information from the mysterious Mirage about the kidnapping of a young girl and a possible connection to the Fratelli society, they realise they have to find out who Mirage is and bring them in.  B.A.D. fears Mirage could pose a major threat to national security and Carlos is sent in to capture them for questioning.  What he finds is not at all what he expects.  Certainly not a woman in hiding and definately not someone from a high profile family with the technical skills she possesses.  Carlos fears nothing but his past catching up with him and this strangely captivating woman unknowingly threatens just that.

Having felt Phantom in the Night rocketed along at an excellent pace, I expected more of the same with this one.  I was very surprised that it progressed at a much slower speed and slowly built up to its conclusion.  That’s not to say it’s a bad thing and I felt it suited the book and the plot that was unfolding.  Had it been rushed, it would have spoiled the build up.  It took me a little while to ‘get’ Carlos as the male lead and not as the smart alec pain in the ass minor character he’d appeared as in the first two.  You do end up loving him though and realise his previous comments are very him and the sense of humour he has.  I thought the character of Gabrielle was well done, I didn’t expect to like her as much as I did.  Her whole silk outside, steel inside demeanor was great and fit really well with the other women of B.A.D.

While the book was as engaging as the first two, the emotional side felt slightly off at first, so it took me a while to connect with the main characters.  Since that is the only negative thing I can say about it, I think it’s another great addition to the series and the collaboration between Sherrilyn Kenyon and Dianna Love.  Exciting stuff and I hope there will be more coming!

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

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  • Author: Sherrilyn Kenyon, Dianna Love
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Phantom in the Night

Terri Mitchell is an undercover agent for B.A.D. working as a consultant for the New Orleans Police Department.  The Bureau suspect there is a terrorist group being fronted and funded by a notorious drug lord, operating within New Orleans. Terri’s mission is to find out who they are and what they are planning.

Nathan Drake is a phantom.  An ex-covert operative for the US army and now ex-con, he’s lost everyone he ever loved to the organised crime ring and he wants revenge.

When Terri’s path keeps being crossed by the mysterious phantom that has the criminal underworld in a panic, she realises they might just be working towards the same goal.  Both trained by life and profession to not trust anyone, they must attempt to work together or die trying.  If they don’t, an entire city could perish.

I was a little sceptical about the second book in the B.A.D. series being co-written by Sherrilyn Kenyon and Dianna Love as not all pairings work, especially when Bad Attitude was such a great solo effort by Kenyon.   Having been unable to put the book down until I’d finished, I’m happy to say it seems like a match made in heaven.    I’m unfamiliar with Dianna Love’s work but while Kenyon’s trademarks are clearly present, the superb characterisations and hot scenes definately had an extra level to them.   The plot is more intricate and in depth than I would say are Kenyon’s usual style and I think the collaboration has created something special there, definately an interesting setup for further books to be based around.  The love scenes while extremely erotic, are well written and the mystery and tension building up between the two main characters throughout the book left me quite breathless.  The action is fast paced and quite brutal at times but never overdone or just for the sake of it.  Everything just fits in together so well to create an exciting and outstanding book.

Rating: ★★★★★ 

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  • Author: Sherrilyn Kenyon, Dianna Love
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