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!

Avenger’s Angel

I have to be honest and say that when I was offered Avenger’s Angel to review, it was the cover art that really piqued my interest.  It’s just beautiful.  The story sounded interesting, but I didn’t expect too much so I prepared myself for another ‘immortal male needs/meets lifemate’ story.

Avenger’s Angel is kind of like that but is also so much more.  It has so much charm that I was immediately drawn right in, totally engaged and wanting to find out what happens; I only put it down when I absolutely had to.

The characters that Heather Killough-Walden has created are my very favourite kind.  The male character is powerful and dominant but knows when to give ground.  The main female character is capable enough to take care of herself, but puts her care for others before herself.  Both have a quality I can’t explain but I find extremely attractive and I can only put it down to great writing.

I love the back story created to support the series;  four favoured Archangels sent to Earth for the chance to find the soul mates that ‘the Old man’ created for them.

I love all four of the Archangels, their characterisations are solid and well written, making them likeable and believable.  Each are flawed in their own way but it makes them unique in their own right. After searching for thousands of years for their Archesses, they have reluctantly settled into lives in the modern world, still hoping, still searching.

The main characters in the book are Archangel Uriel (former Angel of Vengeance), and his created Archess Ellie.  Uriel, now known as film star Christopher Daniels, is a funny, wry character who I often wanted to smack as much as hug.  Ellie is just so sweet I wanted to take her home and look after her, even though she is more than capable of doing it herself.  When Ellie and Uriel are in each others presence the sparks really fly and the tension builds up to a fever pitch.

The story itself flows well and is intriguing and the pace nicely judged.  There are other characters that come into it that I can’t really say too much about because of spoilers but suffice to say there are some surprises in store and things are not always as they seem. I have to mention the love scenes as well, because you might just need a fan!  They’re very well written and totally hot.

A great read and I look forward to the next book in this charming series!

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Book Information
  • Author: Heather Killough-Walden
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