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Cursed by Fire by Jacquelyn Frank

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I received this ARC in exchange for a honest review. A new series by Jacquelyn Frank, Cursed by Fire, is the first in the Immortal Brothers series.

I both enjoyed and hated this book. The book starts a little slow. But once it took off I found myself enjoying it. Not sure exactly why, but I did nonetheless.

First let us start with the story/plot. A group of brothers decided they would like to become immortal. O.K. Why not? So off they go in search of an immortal fountain of youth, so to speak. At last they succeed and drink freely from the immortality stream. Well, this angers the Gods and each brother is cursed. Dethan is cursed to burn for eternity. He is chained in hell and burned daily by hellfire, only to be allowed to heal just in time to start the process all over again. You know…burn, rinse, repeat. Well as Gods are known to do, they begin to quibble and war amongst themselves. Dethan is tasked with conquering cities in the name of a particular deity in order to give her more power. This is where he meets Selinda. Selinda the grandina a.k.a. Selinda the doormat.

Selinda is promised in marriage to a cruel man. Her father doesn’t listen to her pleas and doesn’t believe the truth about her bethrothed. I love using that word. There are just not enough opportunities to use the word bethrothed. Anyway…..Dethan and Selinda strike a bargin. Dethan gets rid of the big meanie and Selinda will marry him and give him her territory.

I think the part that bothered me is Selinda. She is just so weak. She is relying on everyone else to fix her problems. While I do not advocate violence, I’m sure a well placed blunt object would have cured all that ailed her. But no. I think I would have enjoyed this book more if she had a bit of a spine.

One thing I did enjoy was the writing style. Each pov melded easily into the next one. I really like how seamless the transition was between Dethan and Selinda’s pov. Her writing style and word usage was very nice and quite enjoyable.

Overall, I’m giving the book three stars. I didn’t hate it, but it will not be one of my favorites. I may try the next book in the series just because I enjoyed her writing style and the different story line. I just hope the next heroine has a backbone.

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To Enternity by Daisy Banks

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To Eternity is the second book in the Timeless Series.  I did not read the first book in the series and I did feel as though I had missed out.  I was able to follow the book and piece together the important parts, but it’s sort of like eating pizza without cheese.  Yeah, you’re full and you can say that you had pizza for dinner but it just isn’t as satisfying.  To Eternity starts out right in the middle of things so there is no recapping or catching up.  Now normally I love this in a series.  I hate reading pages upon pages of summary.  I love for the second book in a series to hit the ground running, which is exactly what Bank did in To Eternity.  So I greatly advise that before giving this book a try you take a step back and read the first book, Timeless.  It will be worth it.

Now, what I did learn is that Magnus is a brooding werewolf with a deep love and affection for his would-be mate, Sian.  Imagine Heathcliff strolling the moors with an impressive set of fangs.  Sian has a major case of the I love yous and wishes to join Magnus by getting a set of fangs for herself and immortality to boot.

The book was well written.  It had some dark overtones and the writing and setting reflected that perfectly.  I really enjoyed the style of writing and it was nice to get a new twist, so to speak, on the whole werewolf genre.   Magnus wasn’t too pushy for me.  He was a nice mix of brooding, mysterious, alpha.  I didn’t connect as well as I could have with Sian.  It may be due to the fact that I did not read the first book.  Sian comes across as strong and determined.

I enjoyed reading this book and I can definitely say I will be giving the first book a try.

I give this book three solid I like it stars.

Happy Reading!!

 

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Bound by Night by Larissa Ione

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A new series by Demonica author, Larissa Ione, is a great read that is more than just your usual flat romance/erotica novel.  I am a huge fan of her Demonica series, so when I seen she had a new novel out I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it!   I received this ARC in exchange for a honest review.  Well, I can say I wasn’t disappointed in the least and I can’t wait to get the next novel in this series.

This is the first novel in the MoonBound Clan Vampires Series.  Yes I said vampires.  Now, don’t groan.  I know some of you are thinking oh yeah, just what I was waiting for yet another vampire novel.  Now I will agree, this particular genre has been a bit overdone especially since the Twilight/True Blood phenom.  But Ione has added an original twist to her vampire lore.  Ione has intertwined vampire lore and the Native American heritage in a way that is unique and very engaging.

In Bound by Night, there are no sparkly vampires or vampire night clubs.  Instead vampires are hunted and enslaved; seen as nothing more than animals fit only to serve humans.  Vampires are the new slave trade, and Nicole Martin’s family has made a fortune selling and exploiting vampires.  That is until a slave rebellion changed Nicole’s life forever.

Riker is a turned vampire.  Ex-military and commanding member of the MoonBound Clan, he hates humans.  His mate was taken and turned into a slave by the Martin family and he blames them for her death.  So when the opportunity arises to kidnap one of the last surviving Martins, who happens to be head of a vampire research company, he jumps at the chance.

The novel’s characters are strong and engaging.  Each one has allowed their own prejudices to be the driving force behind their own lives.  But events force them to face their own preconceived notions throughout the course of the story.  One thing I enjoyed about this novel is that is Ione used paranormal romance to highlight greater societal issues.  The characters in this book are reluctant to believe the other isn’t a horrible monster.  They are happy living in their own bubble of hatred and it isn’t until they are forced to burst that bubble, to ensure their own survival, that they truly begin to challenge their own views.

The writing was well done.  The story moved at a pleasant pace, I never felt things were bogged down or moved too quickly.  The lemony scenes are tastefully done.  There is no slurping or squishy noises, honestly why do writers put those things in books?  This isn’t a smut for the sake of smut kind of book, which have their place don’t get me wrong.  The sex between the characters is important and serves as a turning point.

I will go ahead and tell you, there is no cliffhanger but events are set in motion for the next book.  The next book is due out soon so you won’t have long to wait for the next installment.  So happy reading!!

 

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Cover Him With Darkness

Cover Him With Darkness

 

 

I received this ARC for an honest review.  Milja is the daughter of a priest that has been charged with keeping the family secret. Deep in the mountains of Europe beneath a church, deep within a tomb lies an angel. Milja was introduced to this mysterious angel when she was just a young girl. But she cannot fight the attraction she feels for this tortured being. Milja is conflicted between her family obligation and what she feels is right.

This isn’t your flowers and rainbows romance. Azazel is an angel who has been bound since before Moses parted the Red Sea and well he’s pissed. Azazel isn’t the type you immediately cheer for. He’s difficult, unapologetic, and doesn’t really care for the opinions of others. He’s a walk to the beat of a different drum type of guy. But for all his faults he can be loyal and is a BAMF.  But you kinda have to cut the guy some slack, he was shackled in a dingy since the creation…..of the freakin world.  Just think of all the reality t.v. he’s missed!

I won’t go into too much detail because I don’t want to give anything away. I will say the book gives you an ending, but it is left open for future installments.  The writing is well done and the plot moves along nicely.  I recommend giving it a try.

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Turned by Virna DePaul

Turned (The Belladonna Agency, #1)

 

Turned is the first installment in the Belladonna series. But have no fear the story comes to a definite conclusion.

In a world where the government sanctions turning humans into vampires, Ty Duncan and others are a part of a secret agency that is fighting that very agenda. A group known as Rouges are going against their own kind and turning innocent humans into vampires against their will. The Belladonna agency was formed to fight and take down these vampires. To meet their goal, HBIC Carly, decides they need to diversify their membership.

This leads Ty to Ana. Ana has a shady past that will come in handy and further the agency’s agenda. Trying hard to rebuild her life and stay away from trouble, Ana is hesitant to help Ty and join the Belladonna agency. But Ty (insert mafioso voice here) makes her an offer she can’t refuse, a chance to see her sister again.

The writing was done well. It transitioned well into each character’s own thoughts and actions without becoming repetitive. You get a chance to see what makes the characters tick. Ty is often conflicted by the wants and needs of his new vampiric nature and his humanity. You know, your typical brooding vampire. While Ana is fighting to overcome her past and the actions she had to take to ensure the survival of herself and her baby sister. 

The story line is an oldie but goodie. Boy meets girl. Feels an instant attraction. Girl meets boy. Feels an instant attraction. Add in a dash of angst and misunderstood actions and intentions and you have a paranormal romance story. While the storyline wasn’t terribly unique, the writing style helps to compensate.  I would have liked to have seen more character development.  While Ana does seem to grow by the end of the book, Ty not so much. 

There are several questions that were left unanswered for me. But I am assuming all the loose ends will be tied up in the books to come. Overall, I give the book 3 stars.  The storyline isn’t that original but there was something that kept me interested.    

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Latest Blood Hunters Novel

 

When I was asked to review the the newest installment in the Blood Hunters series I was thrilled!!!  The Blood Hunters Series consists of, now, five books each focusing on various characters while contributing to an overall story.  Each novel comes to a definite ending, however you really need to read the previous books to understand each one.  It just so happens that Marie Treanor is selling her first book in this delightful series for a mere .99……So get hoppin people!!!

Marie Treanor’s writing grabbed me and didn’t let me go.  I found myself drawn in immediately and didn’t want to put down the book.  The writing flows nicely and allows the reader to really absorb the story.  I tried the first book in the series on a lark and was very happy I did. 

One of the main differences in this book, when compared to the previous novels, is that it starts in America and moves to Budapest.  With this we get a nice introduction to Cyn and her merry band of mercenary hunters. 

In New York, a vampire serial killer is on the loose.  Cyn and her fellow mercenaries are trying to find the killer before anyone else dies.  Cyn, the leader of this group of mercenaries, is a tough, self-sufficient woman.  She is no damsel in distress and I simply love that about her.  In her search for the renegade vampire, she comes across Bela. 

Ahh Bela.  You love to hate him.  Bela makes no excuse for what he is, a vampire with a hell of a sex drive.  The phrase, loveable rake comes to mind when thinking of Bela.  He is loyal to a few and kills without a qualm.  Having recently decided to tour the world with a band of musicians, Bela is in New York when the killings begin.  Coincidence?  Cyn doesn’t seem to think so.  While under suspicion of murder, Bela begins his pursuit of Cyn.  What a pursuit it is.  Bela makes some less than savory decisions which shines a light on his less than scrupulous character.  At one point I really wanted Cyn to introduce him to a sharp, pointy stake.  But Bela does have some redeemable qualities, although no one would ever accuse him of being a saint.   

I don’t want to give away too much because there are some twists and turns in this book.  But I will say what I love the most about Marie Treanor’s heroines is that they are not the wilting flower found in most paranormal romance novels.  There are so many paranormal romances where the woman is weak, suffering from some childhood trauma, and needs her knight in shinning armor.  That ain’t happening here.  These heroines are fighters and equals to the alpha males that pursue them. I will always be partial to Mihaela but, Cyn is certainly running a close second. 

I highly recommend this new installment and, if you haven’t read Treanor’s work before, hope you guys give this series a try. For 99 cents you can’t go wrong!  Happy reading!!!!!

 

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A Semi-Paranormal Romance Novel with Spanking and Stalkerish Tendencies

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Becca has a thrilling weekend with a Marine, named Zac, that she meets at her sister’s wedding.  They have a great time and part ways.  However, Becca is left with a lot more than just steamy memories.  Nine months later she is raising a their child alone, as Becca believes that Zac has been killed in the line of duty.

Flash forward seven years later.  Becca walks into apartment to find Zac fighting with their so-called nanny.  Becca’s world is turned upside down as she is thrown in a world of secret espionage.

Zac has been watching Becca and their son Parker from afar (only slightly creepy).  He has secretly been providing for them throughout the years through various avenues; a great apartment that has unbelievably cheap rent, money found in the elevator, winning a car, etc.  It was the only way he could provide financially for them without Becca becoming suspicious.  He has stayed away to ensure their safety, until he realizes they are in danger and he must save them.

Now, one interesting turn in this book is that Zac has um….supernatural or psychic abilities.  He intuition is always spot on and he has out of body experiences during times of extreme stress.  It also seems that Parker has inherited some of his dad’s supernatural mojo.  At first I was intrigued how this would play out in the story, only to be let down in the end.  It went nowhere.  Zac has these abilities, only for them to fail fantastically when he needs them the most. Okay.  So why even bother if it doesn’t drive or add to the story?  In my opinion, the whole psychic thing was a dead end that only detracted from the story.

The lemony scenes were….alright.  Becca has a spanking fetish.  Since she has no man to speak of, she surfs the internet and lives vicariously through spanking and submission websites/blogs.  To feel sexually satisfied she takes matters into her own hands so to speak.  How do we, as the reader,  know this? Well not dead, psychic, creepy stalker Zac has placed some cameras in her apartment and monitors her “cummings” and goings frequently.  That’s just weird.  The sex scenes were somewhat awkwardly placed.   It almost read as the story was written and the sex scenes were added as an afterthought.

I really wanted to like this book, but it just didn’t do it for me.  I give it 2.5 stars.

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