A very Kindle Christmas

So some lovely family and friends sent me Amazon gift vouchers for Christmas.  I decided to use them on some kindle books I had been wanting to read.  Combined with the 12 days of Kindle promotion, I’ve managed to get a lot more than I thought!

If anyone is interested, here is what I purchased 🙂

Lara Adrian

I’d read the first two books in her Midnight Breed series and had been wanting to get the rest.  The whole series was available for Kindle at £1.49 each (or less) so it was a very happy buy!

Kiss of Midnight (Midnight Breed #1)
Kiss of Crimson (Midnight Breed #2)
Midnight Awakening (Midnight Breed #3)
Midnight Rising (Midnight Breed #4)
Veil of Midnight (Midnight Breed #5)
Ashes of Midnight (Midnight Breed #6)
Shades of Midnight (Midnight Breed #7)
Taken by Midnight (Midnight Breed #8)
Deeper than Midnight (Midnight Breed #9)
A Taste of Midnight (Midnight Breed #9.5)

Karen Chance

I love the Cassie Palmer series but hadn’t bought the new one yet.  I wanted to do a re-read before I read Hunt the Moon but I’d borrowed book four from a friend so when I saw books 1-4 in a bundle for the price of 1 paperback – Yes please!  Of course I had to buy the new one too.

Cassie Palmer Series 1-4 (Touch the Dark, Claimed by Shadow, Embrace the Night & Curse the Dawn)
Hunt the Moon (Cassie Palmer #5)

Lauren Dane

An author I’ve not experienced yet but came highly recommended, so I decided to start with these books.

Giving Chase (The Chase Brothers #1)
Undercover (Federation Chronicles #1)

Keta Diablo

An author I find very entertaining on Twitter writing in a very adult genre.  I really wanted to give one of her books a try in 2012 and settled on this one.

Crossroads (Crossroads #1)

Larissa Ione

This author was a new discovery for me in 2011 with her brilliant Lords of Deliverance series.  I had been sent books three and four in the Demonica series and wanted to start at the beginning so these were an easy choice!

Pleasure Unbound (Demonica #1)
Desire Unchained (Demonica #2)
Eternity Embraced (Demonica #3.5)

Heather Killough-Walden

I absolutely loved Avenger’s Angel so wanted to read the prequel novella and then discovered the author had written other books.  Another bundle deal that was just too hard to resist 🙂

Always Angel (Lost Angels #0.5)
The Big Bad Wolf Compilation (The Heat, The Strip, The Spell, The Hunt)

Deirdre Martin

An author that has been on my wishlist for a while, I love Rachel Gibson’s Ice Hockey books and Deirdre Martin was recommended in the same vein.

Body Check (New York Blades #1)

J. A. Saare

This was an impulse buy due to Laura at Book Chick City.  Yes, I am blaming you 😉

Dead, Undead, or Somewhere in Between (Rhiannon’s Law #1)

Lilith Saintcrow

I’m still working my way through the Dante Valentine Omnibus and finding it so tense I have to take breaks between books.  It’s also very hard not to skip ahead to see if everything turns out okay.  I’d been wanting to read the Jill Kismet series too so this was a great chance to make a start on that.

Night Shift (Jill Kismet #1)

Gena Showalter

I still have most of the Lords of the Underworld series to read but loving it so far, so when this came up on Amazon’s 12 days of Kindle sale I was powerless to resist.

Lord of the Vampires (Royal House of Shadows #1)

Cathy Woodman

It might be a bit odd to have a chick lit book on this list considering everything else I’d bought but I’m nothing if not eclectic in my reading tastes!  I’d bought a two book paperback bundle of what I thought was books one and two in the Otter House Vets series but it turned out to be one and four!  The third book is set in the same village but not the same characters so I just bought book two and will get the third one at some point.  A very entertaining series and I am a sucker for vet books 🙂

Must Be Love (Otter House Vets #2)

And there we have it!  I have quite a bit of reading to do… Great start for the New Year!

On that note I shall wish everyone a very Happy New Year and hope 2012 is a great one for you all!

The Darkest Night

Since I am usually the one who recommends books to friends and get them hooked on my favourite series, my friend Tracey decided to get her own back by introducing me to Gena Showalter’s Lords of the Underworld Series.

I liked the premise of the Lords of the Underworld, and felt it was unique and intriguing; warriors cursed by the Greek gods to be bonded with immortal demons after they opened Pandora’s Box.  Maddox who was bonded with the demon of Violence was further cursed to die every night and be tortured in hell until dawn, as he was the one that ultimately struck Pandora down.

The Darkest Night is Maddox’s book, of the struggle between his demon and waning humanity.

The main characters of Maddox and Ashlyn worked well together, such polar opposites yet each filling a void within the other.  Ashlyn, in her isolated innocence with her paranormal abilities was particularly interesting.  They were well written, likeable and I cared what happened to both of them. I have to touch on the build up of heat between the two – it was well done, very teasing and finally extremely erotic.

The supporting cast of the other Lords was a bit of a mixture for me. I felt after so long together, the sense of brotherhood and camaraderie would have been much greater and I felt that was lacking.  I don’t know however, after only reading the first book whether this is because it is the start of their lives changing and it is something that will come or if the demons within them prevent them from truly being brothers.

The pace of the story was a little stop/start but in all honesty the plot did allow for it and when there was action, it was fast and brutal.  It suited the style of the book.

The ending had more of an emotional punch than I expected and I felt that it was particularly well written and got me right in the heart.

Similar in feel to J. R. Ward and Sherrilyn Kenyon and while maybe not quite as engaging, still an enjoyable and exciting read.  Looking forwards to the second book which I have right here!

Rating: ★★★☆☆ 

Book Information
  • Author: Gena Showalter
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