Hunter

 This can’t be happening to her.  A random break down…an isolated mountain road, a seemingly chance meeting with a hotter-than-hot stranger. Tatyana is a modern gal who can handle any crisis, but before she knows what’s hit her, she’s sensing a hideous threat, not to her but to this man who draws her like a moth to flame. Hunter.

“I know things…I saw it.”

When the attack comes, she is his protection from a diabolical enemy, even as he initiates her into a startling world of magic, sorcery and sensuality. For in a moment of terrifying danger a spark has been struck, and neither can escape the erotic fire to come…

Wow this was hot and steamy but still had a great plot! There is so much going on that the description above doesn’t do it justice. I understand that this is hopefully the first book in a new series but oddly, it read as if there should have been one before and I felt like I was missing the story that set the scene for this one. There were a lot of references to it and in all fairness, I thought that even if there had been a previous book, then I wouldn’t rush to read it because most of it is given away here.

There are a lot of characters all living in a coven together that there is a lot of potential for future books, which I would definitely be eager to read. What little I learned about the secondary characters, I loved.

Hunter – sex on legs, gorgeous and to die for, I think I am in love with him myself.  Tatyana is a very strong character and definitely no shrinking violet when it comes to sex! The banter between the two of them is good and the sex is explosive – it has been a while since I have said this, but get a cold shower ready!

I love the world, the concept and the characters but I do have one criticism in that there was a lot of sex and it did detract a little from the story. While the plot was very good, it did seem to get rushed along a bit; one minute they were talking about what to do and the next it was in progress with no preparation. I would have liked a bit more explanation but want to keep the sex too, so really the book needed to be double the size.

Overall a good book, steamy, sensual and erotic – works for me!

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

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  • Author: Jacquelyn Frank
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Second Grave on the Left

 Charley Davidson, Private Investigator and the only Grim Reaper this side of Mars.

When I started this book, it was with every intention of writing the review before moving on to the next one. The problem is (if it’s actually a problem) is that I adore these books, they are such fun, and I love every last thing about them. Which of course means I couldn’t help myself and tore straight into the next book!  But anyway, here we are now.  This is the second book in the series so if you haven’t yet read First Grave on the Right then do so quickly!

Charley herself is a wonderful character, flaws and all.  Her habit of naming things makes me laugh every damn time.  Danger and Will Robinson (Left and right breasts) are two of her major assets and quite often come up in conversation.  Her inner monologue is hilarious and while this series isn’t intended to be comedy based, Darynda Jones has a natural flair for making Charley extremely funny.  It’s not all laughs, there is a serious side to her as well.  The penchant for people trying to kill her as well as the often poignant duties of her unchosen career as the Grim Reaper.  Most people cross when they die, but those that stay because of unfinished business can see her as a bright beacon from wherever they are and sometimes that can be quite sad.

The side characters are just as good – Cookie, Garret, Uncle Bob – all have a special place in my heart and their involvement is what make the books such a complete read.  Then there is Reyes Farrow.  Hottie extraordinaire and a supernatural being like Charley.  Along with the main case there is usually a side plot running and it’s usually to do with Reyes.  He has a plan that will keep Charley safe, only it means he will die.  She is not on board with that idea at all.  Their interactions leave me breathless… half snarky conversation, half red hot passion.

I loved the plot in this one – A friend of Cookie’s has gone missing and she is frantic to find her.  As the investigation continues it unearths a secret from high school decades ago, that will affect some very powerful people.

I can’t help but make a comparison to Stephanie Plum but Charley Davidson, with her paranormal issues, wins hands down for me!

Rating: ★★★★★ 

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  • Author: Darynda Jones
  • Series: Charley Davidson (2)
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Blood Born

 Luca Ambrus is a rare breed: vampire from birth, begotten by vampire parents, blood born. He is also an agent of the Council – the centuries-old cabal that governs vampirekind, preserving their secrecy and destroying those who betray them.

When a cryptic summons leads him to the scene of the brutal killing of a powerful Council member, Luca begins the hunt for an assassin among his own people. But instead of a lone killer he discovers a sinister conspiracy of rogue vampires bent on subjugating the mortal world. 

All that stands in their way are the conduits, humans able to channel spirit warriors into the physical world to protect mankind. Chloe Fallon is a conduit – and a target of the vampire assassin who’s killing them. When Luca saves her life, an irresistible bond of trust – along with more passionate feelings – is forged between them. As more victims fall, Chloe and Luca have only each other to depend on to save the world from the reign of monsters – and salvage their own future together.

This is a great book with the promise of leading into a fantastic series. There was quite a lot of description and character introduction which meant the pace was a bit slow at times. This is only to be expected with a new series and will hopefully lead to having further books following the various characters. When the pace picked up and the action kicked in though, it was worth waiting for.

Luca totally rocks, I loved him a lot and while he had his happy ending here, I hope he will feature prominently in future books too. Chloe was funny, spirited and quite pragmatic when it came to her life chances! The other characters were interesting and even the ‘bad vampire’ won his way into my heart – not the bitch vampire though!

There was some sex but this book was not as heavy as most other paranormal romances.  The romance was also on the light side when it came to the plot, but I have to say it didn’t need any more than there was. Stopping the uprising was much more important than hearts and flowers!

I was on the edge of my seat in parts and I think I physically jumped at one point! The ending seemed a bit rushed after all the build up, but I got my happy ending and was left salivating for the next book. Can’t ask for much more than that!

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

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  • Author: Linda Howard, Linda Jones
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Lover At Last

 Grete’s Review

When I heard that Blay and Qhuinn would have their own story I was overjoyed.  Then, once I knew it was due out, it was a mix of joy and worry about how J.R. Ward would handle the relationship of the two males.  Would she gloss over the passionate parts which she usually wrote so well, or would she focus on the romance more than the physical side?  I must admit when I had the book finally in my hands, I did feel some trepidation.

Having finished it the day it arrived and being completely unable to put it down, I wonder why I was worried.  J.R. Ward is fearless and if I wouldn’t look silly doing it on my own I would stand up and applaud her.  While it might not be everyone’s cup of tea, I felt these two characters deserved as much sexy time as any of the others had, and oh my was it hot!

As I finished the last page and closed the book I was crying, and the only word I could think of was… perfect.  It was everything I’d hoped for, and more.

There are many things Ward does extremely well and one of those is writing an emotional scene so well that it resonates strongly with me.  She can make me laugh and cry with well turned words and this book made me do both.  I love the characters of Blay and Qhuinn so much and theirs is a story that has been on the sidelines for several books so for me it has been a long time coming.

The plot, true to form, was very good, although there were quite a few threads running at the same time.  The Band of Bastards continue their plans to take over the throne but I’m hoping we are seeing a chink in Xcor’s psyche.  The Lessening Society are back with a vengeance and it was oddly good to have them involved again, as horrible as they are.  There is a huge OMG moment which I won’t spoil but suffice to say it even had me a little shocked.

Layla, the Chosen is such a sweetheart, I’m glad she is finding her voice and I really felt for her.  Payne is a rockstar in my eyes for what she did, as I think the impact on Layla and Qhuinn would have been huge otherwise.  I do worry what the consequences for Payne will be though.

The pace of the story was excellent, the battle scenes fast and furious with some heart in mouth moments and then utter hilarity.  It was a really well written blend of everything I have come to love about the Brothers.

Some new players were introduced  and while they are quite interesting, they didn’t get to do much so I’m guessing they will play a larger role in the next book.  I love the way Ward can keep it fresh but also give us new characters to love and hate.

All in all, I loved this book so much I would rate it more than a five if I could!  The Black Dagger Brotherhood series goes from strength to strength and long may it continue!

Tracey’s Review

As with Grete I awaited this book with some trepidation but for different reasons. I have never read, or had any desire to read m/m romance, and while I have absolutely no problem with people’s sexuality whatever it may be, I wasn’t sure I wanted to read about it in graphic detail (which is what I was expecting based on previous books). I needn’t have worried however, at the end of the day a love story is a love story whoever is involved and I thought the sex scenes were well written without being OTT and in your face. As a true romantic at heart it was great to see Blay and Qhuinn get their HEA and I agree with Grete that the ending was perfect.

There were lots of side plots running through this book (some that make absolutely no sense but I’m sure will soon become clear) and a lot of loose ends left hanging, but that only makes me want the next book even more!! A whole year to wait! One thing I did think was missing were the interactions between the brothers and their shellans. Usually they need to be surgically separated from each other but there were few scenes between them.  I guess with the new people introduced and the expansion of characters who previously had minor roles there was no room, which is a shame.

It seems fairly clear who Xcor is going to have as his heroine and I am intrigued to find out how Ms. Ward is going to manipulate that one – I’m sure she has it all mapped out somewhere!

Overall another great addition to the BDB, although my rating would be 4.5 stars to Grete’s 5.

Rating: ★★★★★ 

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  • Author: J.R. Ward
  • Series: Black Dagger Brotherhood (11)
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Serpent’s Kiss

 Wyr Sentinel Rune Ainissesthai owes a debt to Vampire Queen Carling, when she calls in that debt he finds a woman on the edge with no one to turn to and everything to lose.

This is the third book in the Elder Races series and another excellent one. It took me a little while to get into as it was difficult to associate the bad ass mean Queen Vampire from the earlier book with the woman we see here, ditto for Rune. Having said that, I soon got caught up in the intriguing (but at times confusing) storyline and found it extremely difficult to put down. I only realised what time it was when the kids asked what time dinner was – oops should have been half an hour ago!

Carling is so different from how she is perceived in previous books but she still has her bad ass moments. Finding about her extremely long life was interesting and the plot kept me wondering what we would find out next. Rune is a typical alpha male, prone to frequent bouts of growling and can be very masterful, but also very tender when needed.  His declaration of love when it came was awesome but has too many swear words to quote here! The sex was, as always, wild and hot.

Thea Harrison manages to bring her world to life so well, the imagery is great and I am easily able to lose myself in her writing as evidenced by my poor starving children (well 15 and 17 year olds).

This book was very focused on Carling and Rune with very little input from characters from previous books. This worked because there was so much we had to learn about Carling and how deep her connection to Rune actually was.  We were introduced to a couple of new characters and from the little interaction they had, I suspect they will be getting their HEA in the not too distant future.

I did find some elements of the plot a tad confusing at times, but overall this was a great book and was intriguing, sexy, romantic and hot. Roll on the next book in this series, I’m very much looking forward to reading it.

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

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  • Author: Thea Harrison
  • Series: Elder Races (3)
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Edge of Dawn

 It’s been twenty years since First Dawn and the peace between the Breed and the human race is fragile to say the least. Mira was raised among the ruling body of the Breed nation and is now a Warrior of the Order, having proven herself time and again as worthy of the title.  Since the apparent death of Kellan Archer, her childhood friend and lover, in an attack by rebels, she has been even more determined to eradicate the rebel threat to peace. Unfortunately she does not always think first and with her latest loss of control, the chain of events set in progress bring Mira face to face with the one person she hoped to see again, in circumstances that leave her feeling betrayed to the very core.

Wow! This book drags you back into the world of the Breed as if you have never been away. Twenty years on and the transition is seamless although the world is a very different place. The focus of Edge of Dawn is on the younger generation we saw as children and babies in the previous Midnight Breed books. We still get to see the Warriors and mates that we know and love, particularly Lucan who remains leader of the Order, although most of them are very much in the background.

I loved Mira as a child and I love her as an adult, she is still stubborn and fearless with a reckless streak a mile wide. It is no surprise she grew up to become the first female Warrior leading her own team. Kellan was a bit of a wuss as a child but grew up to become an alpha male worthy of any novel but not as obnoxious as some can be, and I am glad these two were paired in adulthood. It did take some getting used to having individuals I had previously thought of as children falling in love and having sex – hot sex too but we are left in no doubt that these are no longer kids!

Nathan is another Warrior we met as a child and in this book we get an indication of who his life mate will be (I think!). He has a big role in this book as best friend to both Mira and Kellan since childhood and I cannot wait to see him get his story. There were a number of other new faces including ones who were mere bumps or glints in their parents eyes at the end of Darker After Midnight. This gives me hope that the series will continue for many more books!

This book was well worth the wait and was so good I could not put it down, finishing it in a day. I cannot wait to read more about this generation and the new story arc that was introduced – the reveal at the end was not what I was expecting at all!

There is a succinct history lesson in the first few pages so if you have not read the previous ten books you could jump in here and be drawn straight in, however I feel I enjoyed it much more because I had an understanding of the other books.

If you have read and enjoyed the rest of the series you will love this, and even if you have not read the previous ones, give this a try, I guarantee you will then want to go back to the beginning. Well, it is one way to fill the time waiting for the next one!

In summary all I can say is wow, the best one yet!

Rating: ★★★★★ 

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  • Author: Lara Adrian
  • Series: Midnight Breed (11)
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Forbidden

 One minute Docia Waverley is on her way to work, the next she is crashing into a river and having the weirdest near death experience. When she regains consciousness she realizes nothing will ever be the same,  starting with being kidnapped by a stranger who insists she is his queen and must be protected.

Ram has waited thirty years in this incarnation for the arrival of his queen from the ether, knowing he is destined to protect her while she awaits the sure return of their king. He finds himself torn between a desire for Docia and loyalty to his best friend and leader – any such liaison is totally forbidden.

After a confusing start, this turned out to be a great book! This is about Bodywalkers and is set in the world of the Nightwalkers.  Apart from a very brief history lesson in the prologue, the original Nightwalkers are not mentioned or acknowledged and you can easily jump into this series first. Initially I was very confused with Forbidden, not really sure what was going on but explanations soon came in thick and fast. Being the first in a new series introducing a new concept there was a lot of exposition needed and as a result the plot was a bit slow to get going. Once it did get going however, it was very good. Docia is learning about the world at the same time we are, and some of her reactions were pure gold. I particularly enjoyed her reactions and questions on finding out who Ram is.

Without giving too much away as the reader needs to discover the secrets for themselves, about two thirds of the way through the book something happened that took me completely by surprise but I really should have seen it coming!

Docia is a great character, intelligent and funny while Ram is your typical alpha male – hot, bossy and very sexy. The body sharing was a bit weird and did take some getting used to, particularly during a sex scene later in the book which as Ram says is like  a “menage a everybody”. There are some great secondary characters too – I cannot wait to find out more about Singsing and her dragonlets. When she turned Ram and Docia into poodles I laughed out loud it was so completely unexpected. Jackson, Docias’ brother is a strong character who has his own storyline and I look forward to seeing more of him in the next book.

In summary a good book once it got going, but there was a lot of world building. As with any new series it was both necessary and informative but stick with it. The next book has been nicely set up and I cannot wait to read it.

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

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  • Author: Jacquelyn Frank
  • Series: Bodywalkers (1)
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Envy

 Envy continues the story of Jim Heron and his brother fallen angels. The task? To try and save another pivotal soul that hangs in the balance between good and evil.

I felt Jim came into his own in this book which was really good.  The last two he was helped and guided a lot more by Adrian, Edward and Dog as he was still learning what he could do.  I don’t think he is yet fully aware but he is damn impressive!

I loved Tom ‘Veck’ Delvechio, he was a solid character that was really well created.  I must admit I found him very attractive, flaws and all!  Likewise with Sophia Reilly.  I liked that while she was good at her job, she lacked other skills that heroine’s in other books seem to have.  Mainly that she can’t cook!  It made her seem so much more human and more accessible by not being able to whip up a fantastic meal in a jiffy.

As a couple they were scorching, the dance they start was full of lustful frustration and it was one of the things that kept me turning the pages, even after they get together.  Love is never easy!  I have to say J.R. Ward writes amazing sex scenes, whether a threesome or male/female, there is just something about them that is exciting and fresh, even after so many books.

The plot was intriguing and really good, the bold statement at the start made me go “woah”, and it didn’t really stop from there.  There is fallout from the events in Crave, the previous book in the series, and it does affect Jim and the others.  I can’t help feeling for them though and there is one event in particular that just made me cry and choke up every time it was referred to.  I am still shaking a virtual fist about it!

There were a few twists and again, this is something Ward does very well but doesn’t drag them out too long in the build up.

I think Envy is a worthy part of the Fallen Angels series and packs as much of an emotional punch as the previous stories.  I can’t wait to pick up Rapture, the next book and one I happen to have right here!

Rating: ★★★★½ 

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  • Author: J.R. Ward
  • Series: Fallen Angels (3)
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First Grave on the Right

 Darynda Jones is an author I kept meaning to read and I’d had this book for quite a while, waiting to be picked up.  Having just finished it I’m kicking myself now.  I loved it, loved the main character of Charlotte (Charley) Davidson and her snarky, sarcastic personality, madcap ways and unique gifts.  Her best friend and receptionist Cookie is adorable and I loved the way they bounced off each other.

I thought it a nice touch that while being the Grim Reaper is who she is, she is also a PI and often the two go hand in hand.  Of course when the client can tell you where the body/treasure/will is, it makes it a damn sight easier.  Add in the consultant work for the police and she is a definite asset to her Uncle on the local police force (and her father before that).  I thought the misery her gifts had brought her throughout her life were extremely touching and wow do I want to give her step-mother a good smack!

Jones didn’t lay everything out for us at the start, she gave us a few key facts and then we made discoveries along with Charley.  Her gifts were fascinating and it felt a little like several concepts were brought together in her but managed to avoid being cliched or full of tropes.  I think it was extremely clever writing.  The cast of characters are all lively in their own way (even the dead ones) and brought colour and excitement to the story.

The pace of the book was well judged, at times a bit chaotic, but it also meant I was gripped and didn’t want to put it down.

The parts I must touch on because they were very, very good – The mystery of Reyes, the hot dream/ghostly lover is… hot 😉  I wouldn’t mind having a few dreams like that to be honest!

The case of the three dead lawyers (not a joke!) Charley gets involved in is interesting and I loved how the ghosts themselves get involved.  It was inventive and funny and the story is quite light hearted in tone which makes the dark parts seem much darker.

While the story does contain some hot scenes, I would consider this to be more Urban Fantasy based than Paranormal Romance but fans of both genres should enjoy First Grave on the Right.

A brilliant first book in this series and I can’t wait to read Second Grave on the Left which I have right here!

Rating: ★★★★★ 

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  • Author: Darynda Jones
  • Series: Charley Davidson (1)
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Rogue Rider

 It’s always sad when a series comes to a close and in particular when it happens to be an amazing one.  So while I was very excited to start Rogue Rider, I also felt some trepidation because I knew it would have a final ending of sorts.

Now the good news is Larissa Ione has confirmed she is adding more books to the Demonica series so I am *hoping* the characters I have grown to love in these stories will feature.  But either way, yay, more Demonica (and I can’t wait!)

It took me a little while to get into this book but once I did, I didn’t want to put it down.  It starts at a fairly gentle pace and ends at a wild gallop.  I also found it more emotional than the previous three (and I absolutely loved those!).  There are several ‘OH MY GOD!’ moments, one in particular had me shouting in a very unladylike fashion and then I wondered how I didn’t see it coming, it made so much sense.  I give the author a standing ovation for that one!  The others had a lot of impact but I think I was still stunned by the first.

One thing I have to mention is the consistency of Ione’s writing.  Every book I read of hers is well paced, exciting and gripping.  Even the sex scenes which could be so easily overdone, are just the right side of hot and not going over into tawdry and they have an emotional impact because it means something to the characters.  I find that is very important to me.

Her characters are so well rounded you feel like you know them and it was great to be back with the four horsemen of the apocalypse and their families again.  My heart bled for Reseph and it was hard reconciling him as Reseph and not Pestilence after the last book.  Jillian was another great female addition to the cast, different and interesting from the others.  I can’t say more than that or I would be in spoiler territory, but I will just say that I was seriously worried about how it would turn out, as it was the last one.

If you are looking for a brilliantly laid out and engaging paranormal romance, then I can’t recommend Larissa Ione highly enough.  A five star author, all the way.

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  • Author: Larissa Ione
  • Series: Lords of Deliverance (4)
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Rating: ★★★★★