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Reading progress update: I've read 100%.

Dead Heat - Patricia Briggs

Briggs is a pro at nailing the details, her love of horses was the star of this story as were Anna & Charles. The fae mystery kept me guessing, the ending made me cry, and the werewolves rocked, as usual. :) Full review to follow.

Review: Sapphire Ridge by Aileen Harkwood

Review: Sapphire Ridge by Aileen Harkwood
Sapphire Ridge
Author: Aileen Harkwood
Publisher: Indie
Published on: December 2, 2013
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Format: 80 pages, eBook
Provided by: Purchased
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Still grieving the loss of her fiancé and best friend in a car accident on Christmas Eve at Sapphire Ridge, Niki Lusk returns to the popular Lake Tahoe ski resort one year later to find closure and make sense of a stunning betrayal following their deaths. If only the snow, pine trees and holiday cheer at Sapphire Ridge could help her heal and reclaim her Christmas spirit.

Niki isn't counting on the massive avalanche that roars down the mountain in the middle of the night to bury alive dozens sleeping in one of the resort's lodges. Nor does she expect devastatingly sexy Bryce McInnis, whose mysterious accent is impossible to pin down, to show up on her radar, demanding she help him save one of the avalanche's victims.

What Bryce must never know is that Niki has a secret. She was born with a special gift she's spent her entire life concealing from others. Yet it's this unique talent she'll need to call upon to rescue not just those in danger, but her own critically damaged heart.



Sapphire Ridge as a name doesn’t invoke Christmas images, but this book takes place mainly on Christmas Eve, and was billed as a Christmas novella. Since I have been trying to read one a week during this season, it fit the bill for me.

Niki has made the trip back to the resort at Sapphire ridge this Christmas season in order to get closure. The previous Christmas, during a visit there with her fiance and best friend, Iris, the two were killed in an accident. Since they were the family of her heart, she was understandably devastated. Her only other family is a mother that no one wants to have, much less spend Christmas with. Her mother has the ability to make people do what she wants them to do, so Niki doesn’t want to be anywhere near her. Niki has her own abilities, some she isn’t even aware of-yet.

When Niki wakes up to the sound of an avalanche heading straight for the resort she’s at, she knows things are getting ready to get scary bad. As rescuers descend on the ski resort by way of helicopters, Niki walks away from the devastation as she waits for a call for her turn to help. She meets Bryce, a man that asks her to help him find someone who was buried farther up the mountain, away from the devastation of the resort, and likely not to ever be found.

This story ended up being an adventure with a twist I didn’t see coming, which is always a good thing in any book for me. Since this is a novella, I am not sharing anymore of the story. But I will say that it also is a romance.

The one problem I had with this novella was the lack of any reasons for the special abilities of Niki and her mother. Even a short back story would have been welcome. I was left wondering what they are, what else can they do, and why wasn’t her mother more of a character since she is mentioned so many times.

All in all though, it was a good adventure and romance. I enjoyed the twist, and the two main characters. I just thought a few extra pages with more explanation would have made for a better story.


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Audiobook Review: The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

The Raven Boys - Maggie Stiefvater

The Raven Boys
Series: The Raven Cycle #1
Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Narrated by: Will Patton
Publisher: Scholastic Audio
Published on: September 18, 2012
Genre: Young Adult
Format: 11 hrs & 8 mins, Audiobook
Provided by: Won

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Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue never sees them--until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks to her.

His name is Gansey, a rich student at Aglionby, the local private school. Blue has a policy of staying away from Aglionby boys. Known as Raven Boys, they can only mean trouble.

But Blue is drawn to Gansey, in a way she can't entirely explain. He is on a quest that has encompassed three other Raven Boys: Adam, the scholarship student who resents the privilege around him; Ronan, the fierce soul whose emotions range from anger to despair; and Noah, the taciturn watcher who notices many things but says very little.

For as long as she can remember, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love to die. She doesn't believe in true love, and never thought this would be a problem. But as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she's not so sure anymore.

ya WTF freaky

 

I’m a huge fan of Maggie Stiefvater’s THE WOLVES OF MERCY FALLS trilogy, and I recently listened to SINNER in audio which is what prompted me to give this series a whirl. Well, that and the fact that I won a copy from Loupe at Hot Listens (thank you!!!). The author’s lyrical writing style that I’ve come to know and love was out in full force, I connected remarkably well with all of the characters after only one installment, and I also really liked that this wasn’t your typical paranormal listen in that it doesn’t feature the usual supe suspects. However, I found that the lore was a lot to take in—I had to listen to several chapters more than once in order to grasp all of the intricate details—and, I wasn’t completely sold on the narrator’s delivery. But, I remember not having instantly clicked with SHIVER, so I’m more than willing to give THE DREAM THIEVES a chance, I just won’t be downloading a copy asap.

The first few chapters were kind of meh because all of this series’ players were introduced, but Stiefvater didn’t connect the dots until three hours in which caused THE RAVEN BOYS to have a rather slow start. Then all of the symbology, Tarot aspects, and Welsh lore kicked in, and I was once again swept again by this author’s masterful world-building skills. Readers are left with way more questions than answers, however that’s to be expected from a debut installment, so even though it was frustrating, I was still pleased with the end result. I’m infinitely curious about the corpse road, ley lines, Cabeswater, Glendower, the dreaming tree, and what it all means because at the moment there seems to be many MANY pieces to this puzzle, and I don’t have two clues as to how they fit together.

I took an immediate liking to all of the characters; from Adam the trailer park trash trying to make it on his own, to Gansey the wealthy adventurer that attempts to be middle-class but fails horribly, and Blue the only non-psychic among a family of fortune tellers who just wants to be special too. The prophecy surrounding Sargent’s true love added an extra layer to the intrigue, then there was Whelk & Neeve’s individual motivations, and the whole possibility vs reality angle. And, just when I thought that I was beginning to figure the story arc out, Stiefvater goes and drops the Noah bomb on me, followed by multiple visions of likely outcomes, and a semi cliff hanger ending about a ghost’s dreams and a raven named Chainsaw. Colour me thoroughly confused!

I liked Will Patton’s narration, but I didn’t love it, and there were a few reasons why. The main one being that he whispered a lot, and although I found that it fit this novel’s darker tone, it also made him difficult to understand. The whole time I was listening, I thought that Cabeswater was actually caves water, and this happened for several words that I later had to look-up in order to write an accurate review. This also may have been what caused me to have to re-start several chapters rather than putting all of the blame solely on the author’s complex world-building. I really disliked the voice he used for Persephone, and for the most part, he felt too old for a Young Adult book. However, after eleven+ hours of him streaming through my earbuds, he did grow on me, so I’m not prepared to write him off just yet.

THE RAVEN BOYS made me go WTF way too many times to count, as all good mysteries should, so mission accomplished Maggie Stiefvater. We will meet again in THE DREAM THIEVES!


The Raven Cycle Series

 



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Reading progress update: I've listened 623 out of 623 minutes.

Wicked Deeds on a Winter's Night - Kresley Cole

I regret that it took me so long to finish listening to this audio because it was OUTSTANDING, but that's real life for ya. Anyway, loved that this story happened alongside NO REST FOR THE WICKED; it was cool finding out what happened to Bowen after Sebastian trapped him, and learning more about the witch who cursed him. The twist at the end was exquisite as was Petkoff's beast voice. Full review to follow.

Question: Which Three Books Would You Ask Santa For?


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I’m sick, my in-laws are visiting this weekend, and I have to spend yet another Saturday writing exams for a job that I am applying for (at least this time it’s only 3 hours instead of 7!), so I’m keeping it simple today.

My first pick is a no-brainer because it’s by my favourite author, and I just love the limited editions that Subterranean Press publishes of her novellas. The full-colour illustrations by Xaviere Daumarie are incredible, and I like that they are numbed & signed. Unfortunately that also means that they are rather expensive, and splurging on Kelley Armstrong’s FORSAKEN isn’t in the cards right now, however if Santa wants to leave a copy under my tree that’d be a-ok with me. Granted, I am cheating a bit because it doesn’t hit shelves until January 31st, but the big guy is magic, so I’m sure he can manage.

#2 is WRITTEN IN MY OWN HEART’S BLOOD by Dianna Gabaldon. I purchased the audiobook back in June, and Davina Porter’s narration helped me keep my sanity during the final weeks of wedding prep. I already own all of the previous installments, and would like to give this one a home on my shelves as well. My final pick is SHATTERED by Kevin Hearne because again, I need it to top off my collection. I borrowed a copy from a friend when it was originally released, although I might hold-off until it’s available in paperback to stay consistent.


 


Which Three Books Would You Ask Santa For?



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2015 Audiobook Challenge Sign-ups and Goals

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The Book Nympho and Hot Listens are bringing their audiobook challenge back for a third year, and seeing how I KILLED my goals in 2014, I’ve decided to participate again. I didn’t quite make it to 50 (still holding strong at 46), so I’m keeping my target level the same, and who knows maybe I’ll end up surprising myself. Here are the deets.

Reading Challenge Details:

 

  • Runs January 1, 2015 – December 31, 2015. You can join at anytime.
  • The goal is to find a new love for audios or to outdo yourself by listening to more audios in 2015 than you did in 2014.
  • Books must be in audio format (CD, MP3, etc.)
  • ANY genres count.
  • Re-reads and crossovers from other reading challenges are allowed.
  • You do not have to be a book blogger to participate; you can track your progress on Goodreads, Shelfari, Booklikes, Facebook, LibraryThing, etc. We’ve created a Goodreads Group for the challenge, feel free to join.
  • If you’re a blogger grab the button and do a quick post about the challenge to help spread the word. If you’re not a blogger you can help by posting on Facebook or Tweeting about the challenge.

 

Levels:

 

  • Newbie (I’ll give it a try) 1-5
  • Weekend Warrior (I’m getting the hang of this) 5-10
  • Stenographer (can listen while multi-tasking) 10-15
  • Socially Awkward (Don’t talk to me) 15-20
  • Binge Listener (Why read when someone can do it for you) 20-30
  • My Precious (I had my earbuds surgically implanted) 30-50
  • Marathoner (Look Ma no hands) 50+

 

I’ll be tracking my progress on GoodReads, so feel free to stalk my audio-2015 shelf if you want to know what I’m listening to. Some of the titles that I plan on checking-out this year include:

 

  1. Ensnared by A.G. Howard, narrated by Rebecca Gibel
  2. Burned by Karen Marie Moning, narrated by Phil Gigante & Natalie Ross
  3. Burn for Me by Ilona Andrews, narrated by Renée Raudman
  4. Clean Sweep by Ilona Andrews, narrated by Renée Raudman
  5. Magic Shifts by Ilona Andrews, narrated by Renée Raudman
  6. Storm Front by Jim Butcher, narrated by James Marsters
  7. Fool Moon by Jim Butcher, narrated by James Marsters
  8. Dead of Winter by Kresley Cole, narrated by Emma Galvin
  9. Dark Needs at Night’s Edge by Kresley Cole, narrated by Robert Petkoff
  10. Dark Desires After Dusk by Kresley Cole, narrated by Robert Petkoff
  11. Kiss of a Demon King by Kresley Cole, narrated by Robert Petkoff
  12. Untouchable by Kresley Cole, narrated by Robert Petkoff
  13. Pleasure of a Dark Prince by Kresley Cole, narrated by Robert Petkoff
  14. Demon from the Dark by Kresley Cole, narrated by Robert Petkoff
  15. Dreams of a Dark Warrior by Kresley Cole, narrated by Robert Petkoff
  16. Lothaire by Kresley Cole, narrated by Robert Petkoff
  17. MacRive by Kresley Cole, narrated by Robert Petkoff
  18. Dark Skye by Kresley Cole, narrated by Robert Petkoff
  19. Nice Girls Don’t Bite Their Neighbors by Molly Harper, narrated by Amanda Ronconi
  20. The Dangers of Dating a Rebound Vampire by Molly Harper, narrated by Amanda Ronconi
  21. Heir to the Shadows by Anne Bishop, narrated by John Sharian
  22. Captivated by You by Sylvia Day, narrated by Jeremy York & Jill Redfield
  23. Staked by Kevin Hearne, narrated by Luke Daniels
  24. Eighth Grave After Dark by Darynda Jones, narrated by Lorelei King
  25. Fearless by Elliott James, narrated by Roger Wayne

 

Update Schedule:

 

  • March 27th: 1st Quarter Update
  • June 19th: 2nd Quarter Update – Giveaway included
  • September 25th: 3rd Quarter Update
  • December 18th: 4th Quarter Update and Wrap-up – Giveaway included

 

Audio Resources:

 

 

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Reading progress update: I've listened 480 out of 623 minutes.

Wicked Deeds on a Winter's Night - Kresley Cole

Review: Wicked by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Review: Wicked by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Wicked
Series: Wicked #1
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Publisher: Indie
Published on: December 8, 2014
Genre: New Adult, Paranormal Romance
Format: 300 pages, eBook
Provided by: Purchased
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Things are about to get Wicked in New Orleans.

Twenty-two year old Ivy Morgan isn’t your average college student. She, and others like her, know humans aren’t the only thing trolling the French Quarter for fun… and for food. Her duty to the Order is her life. After all, four years ago, she lost everything at the hands of the creatures she’d sworn to hunt, tearing her world and her heart apart.

Ren Owens is the last person Ivy expected to enter her rigidly controlled life. He’s six feet and three inches of temptation and swoon-inducing charm. With forest-green eyes and a smile that’s surely left a stream of broken hearts in its wake, he has an uncanny, almost unnatural ability to make her yearn for everything he has to offer. But letting him in is as dangerous as hunting the cold-blooded killers stalking the streets. Losing the boy she loved once before had nearly destroyed her, but the sparking tension that grows between them becomes impossible for Ivy to deny. Deep down, she wants… she needs more than what her duty demands of her, what her past has shaped for her.

But as Ivy grows closer to Ren, she realizes she’s not the only one carrying secrets that could shatter the frail bond between them. There’s something he’s not telling her, and one thing is for certain. She’s no longer sure what is more dangerous to her—the ancient beings threatening to take over the town or the man demanding to lay claim to her heart and her soul.

New Adult Kick-Ass Amazeballs Page Turner

 

Wicked. I think that could describe Jennifer Armentrout as well as the book she wrote. When you read a book, and at the end want to yell at your Kindle, and then throw it, well then the author is just evil, or in this case, Wicked. Don’t get me wrong, I have never read a book by Ms. Armentrout that I didn’t love, and this book is no exception. Summer(hoping for June) of 2015 can’t get here soon enough for book 2 in this trilogy.

It’s no secret that I enjoy urban fantasy, but of course some books are better then others. This book falls in the AMAZING category for me. And for me the amazing part was the main characters, and the chemistry between the two. This author knows how to write sexual tension like nobody’s business. Boat loads of chemistry going on here! Another amazing part was a side character. More about that later.

The story? It’s interesting, well written, with world building for days. Ivy is a fae hunter on the streets of New Orleans. She is part of the Order, an organization where hunters are born to be able to see past the glamour of the fae, in order to kill them. Ren has recently come to the Order in New Orleans with his own agenda. He is hunting for a rare type of fae, the kind that can turn the world upside down. Whereas Ivy, is afraid to love, having lost her only boyfriend horribly, several years before, Ren knows exactly what he wants, and he wants Ivy. Truthfully, if you need a new book boyfriend, Ren fits all the criteria. Handsome, deadly, with a sweet side a mile long for Ivy, he is the perfect hero. Ivy is beautiful per Ren, but not by Ivy’s standards, and although deadly, she is shy with Ren-although she hides it with a side of snark.

So now I want to talk about one of the side characters, and yes he deserves his own paragraph. Tink is a Brownie straight out of the Underworld, and he is Ivy’s roommate. She should have killed him, but didn’t, and now he is just family to her. And he is hilarious. Laugh out loud hilarious. He’s got an attitude and he doesn’t care what he says. He spends his time with the one click button on Amazon, and has a fascination with troll dolls and Harry Potter. I could go on and on. He is one of the most well realized new characters that I have read in awhile, and I enjoyed every minute he is in the story. Of course it doesn’t help that if he is found by the Order, he will be killed. Or that he has secrets of his own.

On purpose, I have left out what horrible problem is afflicting New Orleans. Suffice it to say, this book is full of action, deaths, betrayals, humor, and of course romance. It has every element that I love in a book, and I think all adult paranormal romance/urban fantasy fans will find something to love as well.


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Release Day Review: Caribou's Gift by Eve Langlais

Release Day Review: Caribou’s Gift by Eve Langlais
Caribou's Gift
Series: Kodiak Point #3.5
Author: Eve Langlais
Publisher: Indie
Published on: 12/16/14
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Format: 100 pages, eBook
Provided by: Purchased
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Damn it, a man had his pride and a caribou a certain majestic presence, all of which could wind up ruined if he abased himself to play a simple-minded reindeer in the town’s Christmas parade.

No way was he wearing damned tinsel in his antlers.

Like hell was he sporting a red nose and pulling a sleigh.

But he changes his mind when he meets the woman in charge of the event.

Single mom, Crystal, is doing her best to offer her daughter the best Christmas ever. It’s their first in Kodiak Point, and she’s not about to let some vain jerk ruin it for her little girl.

If playing dirty is what it takes…then bring on the Christmas games. As Crystal and Kyle butt heads—and lips—they discover more than goodwill this holiday season. They’re gifted with a second chance at love.

Alpha Man Smart and Funny Unique

 

I’m not usually a big fan of Christmas stories, but if it is part of series that I’m already reading, I’ll usually read it. In this case, just reading the blurb would’ve gotten me to read. I mean, trying to get former military caribou shifter to play Rudolf in a Christmas parade, how funny is that?

That’s not it, there is a story outside of the funny. Crystal is running from a controlling, stalker ex-boyfriend. She moved to Kodiak Point to hide from Malcom along with her young daughter, Gigi. Crystal is a cougar shifter and took on the job of putting together the Christmas parade. A few days before, one of the reindeer dies and they are down to only 8. Her daughter really wants to see Rudolf and Crystal is willing to do anything to make her daughter happy.

Kyle is former military. He is also the town’s player. He has a smile that gets all the women’s attention. He is very prideful and is willing to be punished by his alpha to avoid playing to be dumb animal. That is until he finds a scare little girl hiding in the barn. Oh, and this little girl belongs to the hot new cat in town that is the only woman who won’t give him the time of day.

The romance is a little fast, especially considering that both Kyle and Crystal have issues. But this is novella, 100 pages, so you have to expect that. The story is really cute. Kyle’s relationship with Gigi is great. The story also shows issues that happens with women and single mothers all the time. I had fun reading it.

While I love this series and highly recommend every book in this funny sexy shifter series, this book can be read as a stand alone. If you haven’t started the series, feel free to read this Christmas story during the holidays, then go back and read the rest of the series. I bought this books as part of a collection, Kiss of Christmas Magic: 20 Paranormal Holiday Tales, which I got at Amazon for $0.99. I haven’t read the other stories, but I’ll probably check them out.



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Paranormal New Releases: December 16th

Paranormal Romance:

Revenant (Lords of Deliverance #6)
by Larissa Ione
Paranormal Romance
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Book Description

HELL HATH NO FURY . . .

For five thousand years, Revenant believed he was alone in the world, a fallen angel beyond any redemption. Now he finds he has a twin brother who had all the light and love Revenant was denied. Caught in a tug of war between Heaven and Hell, he must weigh his thirst for revenge against his desire for a mysterious female named Blaspheme-a female whose very origins could deliver him into salvation . . . or destruction.

LIKE AN ANGEL SCORNED

Blaspheme has a deadly secret: she’s the forbidden offspring of an angel and a fallen angel. Hunted by both heavenly and satanic forces, she has survived only by laying low and trusting no one. When Revenant claims he can save them both, how can she possibly believe him? But the powerful angel is persistence incarnate and for Blaspheme, there’s no place she can hide in Heaven or Hell where he won’t find her . . .

 

Blood Moon
Blood Moon (Moon #3)
by Lisa Kessler
Paranormal Romance
Amazon B&N GoodReads
 

Book Description

A lone wolf…

Gareth Takoda is the last surviving member of his family. Guilt, grief, and bitterness have isolated him from his Pack, and driven him into his own private purgatory.

A new Pack member…

Nadya Dalca was bitten by a genetically-altered werewolf from Nero’s top secret Lycan Squad, a death sentence for every wolf in the project. Her empathic abilities and fighting spirit have helped her survive her first full moon, but the poison in her veins is pushing her body to its limits.

‘Til death do they part…

In an effort to save Nadya’s life, the door is opened to Nero. But will the experiment save her life, or push the Pack in deeper with the enemy? One kiss and Gareth’s course is changed forever. He’ll face down death one more time, but this time, he’s planning to win.

 

Hot Blooded Part 2 (Dark Kings #4)
by Donna Grant
Paranormal Romance
Amazon B&N GoodReads
 

Book Description

The exclusive e-serial continues! From New York Times bestselling author Donna Grant comes the HOT BLOODED: PART II, second sensual Dark Kings tale set in the wild Highlands of Scotland, where love and danger collide…

Heat infused her wherever Laith touched. Breathing became difficult as he caressed up her sides until he cupped her face. His head lowered, and she rose up to meet him. Their lips met, sending sparks of desire and need zipping through her. He moaned, low and needful, causing her knees to weaken. She wrapped her arms around his waist and simply held on.

A WARRIOR WITH EVERYTHING TO LOSE

Iona harbors a secret that others would kill to possess and Laith will do whatever he must to keep her safe. But what burns between them threatens to consume them both. Will she complete him—or destroy him?

 

Dragon Her Back (Las Vegas Dragons #3)
by Susannah Scott
Paranormal Romance
Amazon B&N GoodReads
 

Book Description

How To Claim Your Dragon…

As the head of security of Vegas’s Crown Jewel casino―and its hidden dragonshifter sanctuary―ice dragon Darius Dachien commands respect. Unfortunately, that respect isn’t always reciprocated. In fact, when it comes to the stunning Mei Chen, hostility might be a better word. Which makes things even harder for Darius, since Mei is his dragon mate. Without her, his dragon form is fading fast…and once lost, will be gone forever.

Mei can’t deny the fierce chemistry that simmers between them. If Darius were ever to discover who―or rather, what―she really is, she wouldn’t just lose him, but her place with the dragonshifters. The moment Mei’s past comes crashing into her present, she realizes her time for secrets has ended. Now she must reveal her true self…and risk both her life and her heart with the one man who could destroy her.

 

Christmas with a Bite
by Patricia A. Wolf
Paranormal Romance
Amazon B&N GoodReads
 

Book Description

Sometimes the holidays totally bite…

This Christmas, Mara Livingston is determined to start over. But as she’s driving to her “new” home, a freak winter storm forces her off the road. Now she’s stranded in the middle of nowhere. Then he shows up. And there’s something strangely familiar about him…

Connor Reece never expected to see Mara again. Nor is he prepared for the onslaught of emotions―including an unimaginable rush of desire―she stirs within him. Now he has a chance to claim the woman he’s always wanted. Except, there are a couple of small details that Mara doesn’t know. The first is that Connor is a vampire. And the second is that if his family finds out about Mara, she will most certainly be killed…

 

Caribou’s Gift (Kodiak Point #3.5)
by Eve Langlais
Paranormal Romance
Amazon B&N GoodReads
 

Book Description

Darn it, a man had his pride and a caribou a certain majestic presence, all of which could wind up ruined if he abased himself to play a simple-minded reindeer in the town’s Christmas parade.

No way was he wearing tinsel in his antlers.

Like heck was he sporting a red nose and pulling a sleigh.

But he changes his mind when he meets the woman in charge of the event.

Single mom, Crystal, is doing her best to offer her daughter the best Christmas ever. It’s their first in Kodiak Point, and she’s not about to let some vain jerk ruin it.

If playing dirty is what it takes…then bring on the Christmas games.

As Crystal and Kyle butt heads, they discover more than goodwill this holiday season. They’re gifted with a second chance at love.

 

Four Days (Seven #4)
by Dannika Dark
Paranormal Romance
Amazon B&N GoodReads
 

Book Description

Ivy believes every life must have balance, and during the past year, she’s found harmony living with the Weston pack. When an evil spirit from her past threatens her wolf, it sets off a chain reaction of events that alters the course of her destiny.

Lorenzo Church is a powerful, wealthy Packmaster who rules his pack through intimidation and order. He has vowed to never love a woman because love can destroy an empire. But chaos is fast approaching in the form of a Shifter named Ivy–a Native American, like him, who has invaded his dreams since the moment they met. She is spirited, wise, and unattainable.

In an unexpected turn of events, Ivy must choose whether or not to let go of the one person she has always loved. Lorenzo discovers the root of her courage but will never win her as his mate unless he learns to listen to his heart.

Destiny will find you.



Urban Fantasy:

A Secret to Die For (Secret McQueen #8)
by Sierra Dean
Urban Fantasy
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Book Description

No one is safe.

Secret McQueen thought she’d seen it all, but that was before she, Desmond and Holden came home to find New York City burning and the streets overwhelmed with the walking dead. Now, in a race against time, she must find out who is responsible for unleashing hell on Earth.

For that, she’s going to need a whole new team of vampire wardens to help round up the perpetrators, who turn out to be a gang that makes Sons of Anarchy look like toddlers on tricycles.

Her quest across the city brings old friends and enemies out of the woodwork and reminds Secret once and for all why mercy and forgiveness are not always prudent. Lives will be lost, sacrifices will be made, and when the dust settles, nothing will ever be the same again.

With no time to mourn her losses, the only question remaining is if Secret can survive long enough to stop the apocalypse…or if this is the one challenge that will finally drown her in rivers of undead blood.

Warning: The final book in the Secret McQueen series has it all: hot kisses, unexpected guests, and enough tear-jerking moments to require a whole box of tissues. You’ve been warned.

 

Carniepunk: The Three Lives of Lydia
by Delilah S. Dawson
Steampunk
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Book Description

Set in the enchanting land of Sang, a Blud series urban fantasy short story by the winner of Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice Award for Best Steampunk, Delilah S. Dawson, from the thrilling Carniepunk anthology.

The question isn’t whether Charlie Dregs has met Lydia, a Sang riff on Lydia the Tattooed Lady, but rather whether the woman has even met herself. Enter the mysterious steampunk world of Sang, and prepare to be amazed.

 

Carniepunk: Hell’s Menagerie
by Kelly Gay
Urban Fantasy
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Book Description

A Charlie Madigan short story—from the series praised for “intricate world-building and richly complex characters” (Publishers Weekly)—as it first appeared in the Carniepunk urban fantasy anthology.

 

Carniepunk: Recession of the Divine
by Hillary Jacques
Urban Fantasy
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Book Description

Urban fantasy author Hillary Jacques spins a mesmerizing tale of investigation and gods for the Carniepunk anthology—a collection of darkly supernatural short stories you won’t be able to put down!

Olivia Locke, formerly the Greek titan Mnemosyne, has built a nice little life for herself. She’s bound her ancient powers, has a steady job performing inspections for an insurance company, and even goes to the dentist. But when Olivia is sent to a traveling carnival, she discovers that the claims she’s reviewing aren’t accidents at all but rather symptoms of a depraved bargain struck to keep the operation afloat. And, at the heart of the carnival is a force intent on capturing her very soul. If there’s one thing that will make a retired goddess fight back, it’s the threat of imprisonment. Been there. Got the metaphorical T-shirt. Not going back.

 

Carniepunk: Daughter of the Midway,
the Mermaid, and the Open, Lonely Sea
by Seanan McGuire
Urban Fantasy
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Book Description

From New York Times bestselling author Seanan McGuire, a haunting urban fantasy short story in the Carniepunk anthology—for fans of all things circus, supernatural, and mysterious…

It’s been seventeen years since the last time Ada’s carnival passed through her father’s hometown in Alabama—and no one is expecting the reception she gets.

 

Carniepunk: A Chance in Hell
by Jackie Kessler
Urban Fantasy
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Book Description

Jackie Kessler brings her “fluid prose and dark humor” (Kirkus Reviews) to the Carniepunk anthology with this very sexy urban fantasy short story you won’t want to miss.

The former succubus Jezebel has to prepare herself to battle the King of Hell…tomorrow. Tonight, she’s taking a break. With her friend Ceci Baker (a.k.a the one-time stripper Candy), she visits a traveling carnival on the outskirts of a small town in upstate New York, only to discover that the barker is a demon of Greed, and getting marked means way more than playing a rigged game. That’s okay; Jezebel’s been known to gamble before—and there’s nothing like blood, sweat, and leers to bring out the demon in her.



Sci Fi:

Mind Tamer (Network One #1)
by Moriah Densley
Sci Fi
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Book Description

Meet Lyssa Logan: Red-head, violinist extraordinaire, deli sandwich addict. Her undergraduate music theory students call her “Sarge.” She hears you thinking she’s a “7” on the 1-10 hotness scale, and she likes to solve crimes before they happen. That’s not normal, but it gets worse. She suspects she’s not aging, and lately she suffers from horrible headaches, spasms of debilitating power she can’t control, and she’s losing her grip on reality.

Enter Kyros Vassalos: Molecular physicist by day and racquetball champion by night, and yes, those are leather pants he’s wearing. NASA, Interpol, and the Pentagon all have him on speed dial, but after a near-miss with an assassin, Kyros transfers to Northern California University to lay low for a while, until someone notices he’s not aging, either.

The moment Kyros sees Lyssa, he knows she’s of his kind. No hocus-pocus, no voodoo, they are simply among the very few “extra-sentient,” with the extraordinary ability to unlock the full potential of the mind. Kyros is desperate to teach her to control her power before it overwhelms and destroys her. Lyssa fears Kyros is more trouble than she bargained for, but once she steps into his world, there is no going back.



New Adult:

Inspire
Inspire
by Cora Carmack
New Adult
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Book Description

Kalliope lives with one purpose.

To inspire.

As an immortal muse, she doesn’t have any other choice. It’s part of how she was made. Musicians, artists, actors—they use her to advance their art, and she uses them to survive. She moves from one artist to the next, never staying long enough to get attached. But all she wants is a different life— a normal one. She’s spent thousands of years living lie after lie, and now she’s ready for something real.

Sweet, sexy, and steady, Wilder Bell feels more real than anything else in her long existence. And most importantly… he’s not an artist. He doesn’t want her for her ability. But she can’t turn off the way she influences people, not even to save a man she might love. Because in small doses, she can help make something beautiful, but her ability has just as much capacity to destroy as it does to create. The longer she stays, the more obsessed Wilder will become. It’s happened before, and it never turns out well for the mortal.

Her presence may inspire genius.

But it breeds madness, too.



Young Adult:

Redemption (The Revelation Series #3)
by Randi Cooley Wilson
Young Adult
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Book Description

A LOVE RETURNS.
A LOYALTY IS BROKEN.
AND WAR BEGINS.

For Eve Collins, darkness has descended after her love vanished into the night sky. A new protector has been appointed, one who challenges everything she’s believed to be true.

In this third installment of The Revelation Series, Eve will become aware of dangers and worlds that exist only in her nightmares, and bloodline secrets that will trigger a centuries old war.

You can escape anything, except your destiny.

Readers captivated by Revelation and Restraint will become enthralled with Redemption.

 

No Life But This (UniCorp #2)
by Anna Sheehan
Young Adult
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Book Description

Rose spent most of her life asleep. Otto spent his as an object.

Rose Fitzroy woke from her long sleep to a changed world and new life. Her friend Otto watched her from afar, longing for what he felt he couldn’t have. But just when things seem to be going right, his own biology backfires, sending him into a deathly spiral that neither of them can stop. His only hope lies on the distant ice moon of Europa, where an experimental treatment might bring him back from the brink.

But Europa is in a state of revolution, and Otto’s brother Quin is tangled up in it. With Otto going slowly insane, and Rose haunted by ghosts of her old life, more than one world may soon be destroyed around them.

 

The Savage Dream (Savage #6)
by Tamara Rose Blodgett
Young Adult
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Book Description

Edwin presses for travel to his home clan of Cape Cod where The Rite of the Select must be performed for Calia. Philip reluctantly travels with the siblings, though his future with Calia is uncertain.

Adahy is part-Band but in his heart he is Iroquois. He must accept the horrible sins of necessity in his past and also a passion for a broken female he cannot deny. The legacy of war, protection and survival are all he knows. When Elise finds the only tender part of him, he leaves the sphere before those feelings have a chance to deepen.

King Otto has found fertile ground within the Fragment to germinate like the poisonous spore he is, and plots to ruin the last whole sphere.

Can Calia and Philip be together? Or will the rules which have governed the clans imprison her within a regime not of her choosing? Is Adahy strong enough to overcome his perceived guilt to embrace a chance at happiness with someone as fractured as himself….

 

Lifer
by Beck Nicholas
Young Adult
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Book Description

Asher is a Lifer, a slave aboard the spaceship Pelican. A member of the lowest rung of society, she must serve the ship’s Officials and Astronauts as punishment for her grandparents’ crimes back on Earth. The one thing that made life bearable was her illicit relationship with Samuai, a Fishie boy, but he died alongside her brother in a freak training accident.

Still grieving for the loss of her loved ones, Asher is summoned to the upper levels to wait on Lady, the head Official’s wife and Samuai’s mother. It is the perfect opportunity to gather intel for the Lifer’s brewing rebellion. There’s just one problem—the last girl who went to the upper levels never came back.

On the other side of the universe, an alien attack has left Earth in shambles and a group called The Company has taken control. Blank wakes up in a pond completely naked and with no memory, not even his real name. So when a hot girl named Megs invites him to a black-market gaming warehouse where winning means information, he doesn’t think twice about playing. But sometimes the past is better left buried.

As Asher and Blank’s worlds collide, the truth comes out—everyone has been lied to. Bourne Identity meets Under the Never Sky in this intergalactic tale of love and deception from debut novelist Beck Nicholas.




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Blog Barrage Sign Ups - Hunted by a Jaguar by Felicity Heaton

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I’m organizing a blog barrage from January 6th to 18th, 2015 for the fourth installment in Felicity Heaton’s new ETERNAL MATES series, HUNTED BY A JAGUAR. Each post will feature an intro piece, blurb and cover, excerpt, author bio and links, plus information on a huge giveaway Felicity will be hosting that week on her website to celebrate the release of HbaJ. Individual international giveaways will also be available to each tour participant, just so long as they use Rafflecopter, and are willing to include some of the author’s social media as extra entries. Felicity is available for brief interviews (5-7 questions) upon request. Advanced copies are available for review as well.

The book is scheduled to release on January 6th, 2015. It’s a Paranormal Romance set in the Vampire Erotic Theatre universe. 99,000 words in length, and contains detailed love scenes and fight scenes.

Every participating blog in this barrage will be entered into a giveaway for a $100 Amazon Gift Card (or UK equivalent). The giveaway is international, and the prize will be drawn at the end of the barrage at random from a list of all blogs who posted as scheduled during the event, and the winner will be notified via email.

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Jan 06:

Warrior Woman Winmill

Booklovers For Life

Calling All Bookaholics

D’eBook Sharing Book Reviews

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Words, Words, Words

Feeling Fictional

 

Jan 07:

She Hearts Books

I Smell Sheep

Theresa M. Cole

Yolanda Speaks

Book Reviews by Lynn

The Book Nympho

 

Jan 08:

Aria Kane

shelly’s books

Reading Between the Wines Book Club

Angel’s Guilty Pleasures

RhiReading

Yeyas Ramblings

 

Jan 09:

Urban Fantasy Investigations

SnoopyDoo’s Book Reviews

Nelle’s Nightstand

KT Book Reviews

 

Jan 10:

Kristina’s Books & More

Passionate Page Turner

My BookMine

Archaeolibrarian

Romance Novel Giveaways

 

Jan 11:

Riverina Romantics

Bookworm4life

Cherry Mischievous

Aly’s Miscellany

Jan 12:

Eskimo Princess Book Reviews

Anya Breton Author

Bitches n Prose

Fangirl Moments and My Two Cents

 

Jan 13:

Diaries of 2 Thick Chicks

Book Friends Forever

Monlatable Book Reviews

The Reading Cafe

Isalovesbooks

 

Jan 14:

Totally Addicted to Reading

Comet Babe’s Books

Inner Goddess

Souls Readers

 

Jan 15:

Meet My Character

Booked & Loaded

Mad Hatter Reads

EBookObsessed

EndlessReading

 

Jan 16:

Raunchy, Rude Reader’s blog

The Romance Cover

Bex ‘n’ Books

vampy and racey

 

Jan 17:

Book Nook Nuts

Vampire Romance Books

A Fortress of Books

Page Flipperz

 

Jan 18:

paranormalRaven

Corazones Literarios

Sportochick’s Musings

Celestial Reviews

Daria’s Views on Books

 

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A jaguar shifter with a dark secret, Kyter has spent his entire life running from his demons. When a tragedy takes him back to his pride’s village, he is set on a path of vengeance that will see him collide with the terrible ghosts of his past and a beautiful vision of his future.

Iolanthe deals in finding artefacts for discerning clients, but this time her client is one of the deadliest men in Hell and her mission has the highest stakes imaginable. Failure is not an option when your life is on the line, but things take a dangerous turn when she crosses paths with a handsome and mysterious male on the hunt for the same artefact—a male who declares she is his eternal mate.

Can Iolanthe resist Kyter’s wicked allure and find the artefact before he does? Can Kyter face his demons and win the heart of his fated female? Or will this deadly game of cat and mouse claim both of their lives?


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Author Bio

Felicity Heaton is a New York Times and USA Today international best-selling author writing passionate paranormal romance books. In her books, she creates detailed worlds, twisting plots, mind-blowing action, intense emotion and heart-stopping romances with leading men that vary from dark deadly vampires to sexy shape-shifters and wicked werewolves, to sinful angels and hot demons! If you’re a fan of paranormal romance authors Lara Adrian, J R Ward, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Gena Showalter and Christine Feehan then you will enjoy her books too.

If you love your angels a little dark and wicked, the best-selling Her Angel series is for you. If you like strong, powerful, and dark vampires then try the Vampires Realm series or any of her stand-alone vampire romance books. If you’re looking for vampire romances that are sinful, passionate and erotic then try the best-selling Vampire Erotic Theatre series. Or if you prefer huge detailed worlds filled with hot-blooded alpha males in every species, from elves to demons to dragons to shifters and angels, then take a look at the new Eternal Mates series.

If you want to know more about Felicity, or want to get in touch, you can find her at the following places:

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Early Review: A Secret to Die For by Sierra Dean

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A Secret to Die For
Series: Secret McQueen #8
Author: Sierra Dean
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Published on: December 16, 2014
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Format: 287 pages, eARC
Provided by: Author

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No one is safe.

Secret McQueen thought she’d seen it all, but that was before she, Desmond and Holden came home to find New York City burning and the streets overwhelmed with the walking dead. Now, in a race against time, she must find out who is responsible for unleashing hell on Earth.

For that, she’s going to need a whole new team of vampire wardens to help round up the perpetrators, who turn out to be a gang that makes Sons of Anarchy look like toddlers on tricycles.

Her quest across the city brings old friends and enemies out of the woodwork and reminds Secret once and for all why mercy and forgiveness are not always prudent. Lives will be lost, sacrifices will be made, and when the dust settles, nothing will ever be the same again.

With no time to mourn her losses, the only question remaining is if Secret can survive long enough to stop the apocalypse…or if this is the one challenge that will finally drown her in rivers of undead blood.

Warning: The final book in the Secret McQueen series has it all: hot kisses, unexpected guests, and enough tear-jerking moments to require a whole box of tissues. You’ve been warned.

2014 TEARJERKER EPIC

 

No character in the history of Urban Fantasy has had to work for their HEA as hard as SECRET MCQUEEN, and still, she’s not quite there yet. There’s the small matter of the zombie apocalypse left to deal with. I knew Sierra Dean was going to go big, but I had no idea the extent of it until I got my grabby hands on A SECRET TO DIE FOR, and read and read until I collapsed in a heap of fan-girl bliss. This is how a heroine of McQueen’s caliber is supposed to go out—in a devastatingly wonderful, blood-soaked supernova of FUCK YEAH! All of this series’ characters are in it to win it, some survive, and some don’t. I devoured this book with a tissue in one hand and a beer in the other, and I strongly advise you to do the same.

First off, let me start by saying that the final Big Bad was SICK, and not just because she was named after one of my favourite blogger peeps. The army of the walking dead that has invaded New York was a surprise in that they aren’t real. You see, zombies don’t exist in this particular paranormal universe, so to defeat them Secret had to dig deep to uncover their source. And, what better way than enlisting the help of her vampire warden bloodhounds? Oh right, she pissed off the council AGAIN, and must hit pause to stand trial while the city is burning. McQueen’s secret is out, so is Juan Carlos (Ah, HA!), and the apocalypse wouldn’t be a party without the fae king himself offering up some underhanded help.

When I said that all of this series’ characters make a final stand, I do mean ALL, which is precisely how an end installment should play out. Heck, even Morgan, the conniving werewolf that was exiled to Siberia, drops in to stab Secret in the back for old time sake. I loved this last hoorah with Tyler, O’Brian, Mercedes, Reggie, Clementine, Desmond, Sutherland, Genie, Holden, Sig, Siobbhan, Shane, Keaty, Calliope, Aubrey, aannnd yes, Lucas too. It hurts me to say this, but I can’t justify hating him anymore after his actions in this novel. Multiple characters don’t make it out of this one alive, however there was one death in particular that cut me to the core, and I still haven’t quite forgiven Dean for pulling that trigger.

Last but definitely not least is Secret, her badass-ery somehow managed to reach whole new levels of amazeballs, and that pesky prophecy that’s been riding her coattails for several installments now came true in the most unlikely of ways. I bawled, I cheered, I flailed, and I fan-girled ’til I could fan-girl no more. I was beyond thrilled with how Dean ended things; the way she dotted her i’s, and crossed her t’s was sublime. I felt sorry for the loser in the Secret / Desmond / Holden love triangle, but there’s no arguing the fact that McQueen chose the right man for her. The only thing that’s allowed me to sleep through the night now that this series is over is the knowledge that there’s a spin-off launching next year.

A SECRET TO DIE FOR was the best early Christmas present that Sierra Dean could have possibly given me. Secret McQueen, you will be missed!


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Review: Beyond Possession by Kit Rocha

Review: Beyond Possession by Kit Rocha
Beyond Possession
Series: Beyond #5.5
Author: Kit Rocha
Publisher: Indie
Published on: 11/10/14
Genre: Erotica
Format: 145 pages, eBook
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Tatiana Stone has worked hard to establish herself as one of Sector Four's most skilled crafters. All she wants is peace--but the sins of her father haunt her. He ruled the sector as a petty tyrant before the O'Kane takeover, and plenty of people harbor bitter memories of his cruelty. Especially now that Tatiana's beloved baby sister has fallen in with a man who wants to start a revolution.

Zan failed his boss once, and it won't happen again. So when Dallas O'Kane asks him to defuse the rebellion brewing in the sector, he'll do whatever it takes to get the job done--including seduce Tatiana. It's the perfect opportunity to get closer to the pretty crafter and complete his mission. But what he discovers is a fiery, passionate woman--and an affair that could destroy them both.

 

ADULTSONLY SEXY dystopian

 

This is a series that I’ve been hooked on since I read book one when it came out in 2012. I love the dystopian world that Kit Rocha has built. The majority of the series focuses on the gang that runs Sector Four, the O’Kanes. There are different sectors that surround Eden. Each sector is run by a gang that focuses on a different speciality (think Hunger Games, with the districts and the Capital, though that is were the the similarities end). Sector Four is known for its liquor. In this book, we get to see our first real glimpse of the lives of people outside of the gang.

If you haven’t tried this series yet, it is a world very different from the world we live in today. Electricity is not something that is stable ever since a solar flare took out most of technology. You still have some technology, but it is mostly old stuff that is being rebuilt for use in that world. There are somethings that are way better for them, medical regeneration, and med gel for healing. Many of the day-to-day items like soap, is made the old fashion ways.

Tatiana Stone is the eldest daughter of the former leader of Sector Four. She has finally gotten herself in a stable and independent place. Her shop is making her enough money to support herself. She walks a tight line, not taking any sides. She doesn’t want to upset the O’Kanes or her father’s still loyal followers, even after his death. Her little sister doesn’t see any of this and just wants to go back to being a princess of Sector Four.

Zan is recovering from a bad injury from a previous book. He knows that things are unstable in the sector. He knows that he is needed at full strength to help make the entire gang safe. He shows his amazing ability to read the needs of others when he sees how much Tatiana needs her independence, especially financially, to feel secure.

This book is extremely hot, but still, it is tame by Sector Four standards. Zan is very alpha male. And while Tatiana has a submissive attitude, she is also extremely independent. She knows the importance of being able to stand on her own feet in this world that she lives in.

I love how in this series, the O’Kanes know what is important in life. Once you become an O’Kane, you are family and you are one for life. They even tattoo cuffs on your wrists so that everyone knows you are part of the O’Kane family. They know that it isn’t just blood that makes a family. Their loyalty to each other is what I think makes this series so strong. They do what they want together and don’t worry about what others think. O’Kane for life.

If you are new to this series, don’t get scared off by the number of books. Several are novellas and all books read quickly, even the full length novels. If you enjoy audiobooks, the full length novels are available on audio and the narrator is really good. I’ve listened to the first two and own the others, and plan to listen soon, those reviews will be posted on Hot Listens.

 


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Reading progress update: I've read 100%.

Hunter Reborn - Katie Reus

Ooh, I loved this one! Reus' vamp mythology was excellent, and I really liked how even though there was a main couple, there were still several secondary romances going on too. This author's great at introducing new characters without detracting from the original cast. I call dibs on Ryan the werewolf cowboy hacker! 4.5 Stars ~ Full review to follow.

Early Review: Blood Moon by Lisa Kessler

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Blood Moon
Series: Moon #3
Author: Lisa Kessler
Publisher: Entangled
Published on: December 15, 2014
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Werewolves
Format: 243 pages, eARC
Provided by: Publisher

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A lone wolf...

Gareth Takoda is the last surviving member of his family. Guilt, grief, and bitterness have isolated him from his Pack, and driven him into his own private purgatory.

A new Pack member...

Nadya Dalca was bitten by a genetically-altered werewolf from Nero's top secret Lycan Squad, a death sentence for every wolf in the project. Her empathic abilities and fighting spirit have helped her survive her first full moon, but the poison in her veins is pushing her body to its limits.

'Til death do they part...

In an effort to save Nadya's life, the door is opened to Nero. But will the experiment save her life, or push the Pack in deeper with the enemy? One kiss and Gareth's course is changed forever. He'll face down death once more, but this time, he's planning to win.

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BLOOD MOON had a lot going for it including terrific characters, innovative boinking, and a sweet romance, however it did have one significant flaw that was impossible to overlook: the rushed story. Gareth’s action/reaction turnaround time was too quick, and the mythology was glossed over which made Nadya & Gareth’s tale difficult to buy into, and as a result their HEA came off as uninspired. I’m sad that I didn’t enjoy this novel as much as I’d hoped because Kessler wrote it as a tribute of sorts to her mother’s recovery from cancer, and that resonated with me, I just wish I could say the same about the book.

I enjoyed reading from the heroine’s POV quite a bit; Dalca’s positive attitude and courage were remarkable given her looming expiration date. Instead of dwelling on her impending doom, she’s decided to live in the moment, and to make every second count. For the most part, Nadya stayed true to her course, although she did hit a couple of emotional hurdles which was to be expected, but that only further endeared her to me. It also made her mate bond with Gareth easier to accept, and justified the rapid progression of their relationship. I was happy that she found someone to spend her final days with who would hold her hand through it all.

My issue with this novel was the male protagonist’s POV; the moment he discovered that Dalca was his one true match, he ran for the hills. I was ok with that seeing how his entire family was lost to him, and he didn’t think he’d be able to survive another death. However, he came to his senses entirely too swiftly in my opinion, I wanted to witness more of Gareth’s internal struggle. Then, he discovered that he has a rare ability, visits his godmother to gain some insight, and what should have been a lengthy dialogue was dumbed down to a few sentences. Two missed opportunities for character and world development that were very noticeable.

The plot could have used more oomph as well; it was extremely linear with no curves or surprises to speak of, except for maybe the ending, and even it was foreseeable. Also, there were a lot of sex scenes; some of them were creative, I’ll give the author that, but after a while they just screamed filler. I wasn’t a big fan of Jason either because a seemingly brilliant doctor was reduced to instigating romantic drama via a mock love triangle. I did like that we got to reconnect with the two previous couples in this series, and getting to attend Sasha & Aren’s wedding was a nice perk, their twins were cute too.

BLOOD MOON was a respectable Paranormal Romance, but nothing to howl at.


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Reading progress update: I've read 36%.

Hunter Reborn - Katie Reus

Werewolves, vamps... this author writes 'em all well.