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Reading progress update: I've read 100%.

Magic Shifts (Kate Daniels) - Ilona Andrews

The 7 installment long story arc came to a close in the previous book, so I was cautiously anxious to start the next phase of Kate & Curran's adventures. Silly me, if there's any author duo out there that knows how to give fans exactly what they want, and then surpass it, it's the Andrews'. Loved how they ropped all of the key characters into the mix, and hinted at long term possibilities while also making all of the action about the here and now. Tears and giggles galore, and as usual, over far too quickly. Full review to follow. ~ 4.5 Stars

Reading progress update: I've read 100%.

Led Astray: The Best of Kelley Armstrong - Kelley Armstrong

It didn't seem like there were very many OTHERWORLD shorts in this anthology, but that's just because very few of the original characters made appearances, it was all non-series narrators. I especially enjoyed the CAINSVILLE stories; every little bit helps when trying to decipher Armstrong's latest fictional creation. Only one werewolf tale though. :( Full review to follow.

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Sign-Up — Her Sinful Angel by Felicity Heaton Blog Barrage (August 1-9)

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I’m organizing a blog barrage from August 1st to 9th, 2015 for the eighth installment in Felicity Heaton’s HER ANGEL series, HER SINFUL ANGEL. 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 HSA. 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. Advanced copies are available for review as well.

The book is scheduled to release on August 1st, 2015. It’s a Paranormal Romance, 64,000 words in length, and contains detailed love scenes and fight scenes. It can be read as a stand-alone.

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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Her Sinful Angel

Author’s Website | GoodReads

Cast out of Heaven and now the king of Hell, Lucifer is a powerful fallen angel warrior with a heart as cold as ice and soul as black as the bottomless pit. For millennia, he has ruled his realm with an iron fist as he plots the demise of his ancient enemies. When one of those enemies dumps an unconscious mortal female in the courtyard of his fortress and leaves her there, Lucifer finds himself entranced by the beguiling beauty and tempted beyond all reason. But is the enchanting Nina an innocent pawn in the eternal game or part of a plot against him?


Her Sinful Angel Series
Her Dark Angel Her Fallen Angel Her Warrior Angel Her Guardian Angel
Her Demonic Angel Her Wicked Angel Her Avenging Angel Her Sinful Angel

 


 
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.

FelicityHeaton.co.uk | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest
GoodReads | Amazon | Tsu

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Reading progress update: I've read 100%.

Tracker - Shannon Mayer

Almost as good as the last installment, but not quite. Milly's progression from punishment to redemption was entirely too short. I mean, I've spent 5 books hating her, and now we're good? Um, no. Full review to follow. - 4.5 Stars

Reading progress update: I've read 100%.

Shadows Strike (Immortal Guardians) - Dianne Duvall

This is one of the rare PNR series in which I enjoy the main story arc as much, if not more than the romance. Ethan & Heather's story was one of the better IMMORTAL GUARDIANS installments IMO. Full review to follow.

Reading progress update: I've read 40%.

Shadows Strike (Immortal Guardians) - Dianne Duvall

I'm really liking this one!!

Reading progress update: I've listened 745 out of 745 minutes.

Demon from the Dark: Immortals After Dark, Book 10 - Kresley Cole, Robert Petkoff

One of this series' better installments, and there hero's not even a werewolf. Heuh. ;) Full review to follow.

Sign-Up — Her Sinful Angel by Felicity Heaton Blog Barrage (August 1-9)

HSA_Banner




I’m organizing a blog barrage from August 1st to 9th, 2015 for the eighth installment in Felicity Heaton’s HER ANGEL series, HER SINFUL ANGEL. 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 HSA. 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. Advanced copies are available for review as well.

The book is scheduled to release on August 1st, 2015. It’s a Paranormal Romance, 64,000 words in length, and contains detailed love scenes and fight scenes. It can be read as a stand-alone.

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.

SIGN-UP


Her Sinful Angel

Author’s Website | GoodReads

Cast out of Heaven and now the king of Hell, Lucifer is a powerful fallen angel warrior with a heart as cold as ice and soul as black as the bottomless pit. For millennia, he has ruled his realm with an iron fist as he plots the demise of his ancient enemies. When one of those enemies dumps an unconscious mortal female in the courtyard of his fortress and leaves her there, Lucifer finds himself entranced by the beguiling beauty and tempted beyond all reason. But is the enchanting Nina an innocent pawn in the eternal game or part of a plot against him?


Her Sinful Angel Series
Her Dark Angel Her Fallen Angel Her Warrior Angel Her Guardian Angel
Her Demonic Angel Her Wicked Angel Her Avenging Angel Her Sinful Angel

 


 
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.

FelicityHeaton.co.uk | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest
GoodReads | Amazon | Tsu

Source: http://rabidpr.com/?p=862

Reading progress update: I've listened 190 out of 745 minutes.

Demon from the Dark: Immortals After Dark, Book 10 - Kresley Cole, Robert Petkoff

Reading progress update: I've read 100%.

Blind Salvage  - Shannon Mayer

It took five installments, but I'm happy to report that this series has officially moved into 5-star territory! Full review to follow.

Reading progress update: I've read 26%.

Frozen in Amber - Phyllis Ames-Bey

Reading progress update: I've read 100%.

Wicked Embers - Keri Arthur

This was a good book as far as Urban Fantasies go, but if you've read Arthur's RILEY JENSON or DARK ANGEL novels the story, and the characters are freakishly similar. I've tackled both, so aside from a few minor differences I felt like I was doing a re-read instead of experiencing the second installment in a brand new series. If you're a newcomer to this author you'll probably enjoy it, if not, you'll most likely be disappointed. Full review to follow.

Reading progress update: I've read 64%.

Wicked Embers - Keri Arthur

Same ol' just a different packaging. Arthur needs to switch up her tropes because it's getting to a point where if you've read one of her series, you've read 'em all.

Reading progress update: I've read 100%.

The Stars Never Rise - Rachel Vincent

Religion is always a slippery slope in fiction, but Rachel Vincent used it well in THE STARS NEVER RISE. I liked the way that the world was presented, and the YA elements were enjoyable without the characters' maturity levels suffering as a result. Full review to follow.

Reading progress update: I've read 100%.

The Veil: A Devil's Isle Novel - Chloe Neill

Unfortunately I was in the middle of a move when I started reading this book, so it took me over 2 weeks to finish it, and I feel like I might have forgotten a few important details. My fault. Anyway, I enjoyed the Dystopian aspects, and NOLA always make for a great setting, especially in the Paranormal sub-genres. None of the characters really stood out though, and I found that Claire's progression from a newbie Sensitive to world-saviour was a big leap for one installment. Full review to follow. ~3.5 Stars

Review: Summer Knight by Jim Butcher

Review: Summer Knight by Jim Butcher
Summer Knight
Author: Jim Butcher
Series: The Dresden Files #4
Publisher: Roc
Published on: September 3 2002
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Format: 388 pages, eBook
Provided by: Purchased
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HARRY DRESDEN -- WIZARD

Lost items found. Paranormal Investigations. Consulting. Advice. Reasonable Rates.
No Love Potions, Endless Purses, or Other Entertainment

Ever since his girlfriend left town to deal with her newly acquired taste for blood, Harry Dresden has been down and out in Chicago. He can't pay his rent. He's alienating his friends. He can't even recall the last time he took a shower.

The only professional wizard in the phone book has become a desperate man.

And just when it seems things can't get any worse, in saunters the Winter Queen of Faerie. She has an offer Harry can't refuse if he wants to free himself of the supernatural hold his faerie godmother has over him--and hopefully end his run of bad luck. All he has to do is find out who murdered the Summer Queen's right-hand man, the Summer Knight, and clear the Winter Queen's name.

It seems simple enough, but Harry knows better than to get caught in the middle of faerie politics. Until he finds out that the fate of the entire world rests on his solving this case. No pressure or anything...

howlinggood magical twisted hotmess freaky

 

So here’s the deal . . . I saw a lot of improvement in SUMMER KNIGHT. A LOT.

 

I was introduced to several new characters whom I instantly loved: Ebenezar, Listens to Wind, the Gatekeeper, Meryl . . . a couple old favorites made appearances: Billy the Werewolf and Toot, but better than the well-loved characters, both old and new, was the dramatic rehabilitation of Murphy.

 

I know I mentioned in my review of FOOL MOON that I was not a fan of Murphy . . . that was a gross understatement. She was obnoxious and mistrustful. She was violent and irrational. She was just unlikable. I wrote her off as one more attractive female who Harry made himself an idiot over.

 

Normally when there’s as dramatic a change as what happened with Murphy, it’s unbelievable and feels forced. You don’t trust it and you wait to see what their game is . . . but Butcher made it work. Her brand of snark blends well into the mix that makes up a person who can lose their mind when pushed too far. Her violent response to having information withheld in dire circumstances paves the way to a cease fire when Harry finally begins to reveal the secrets of his world, and even if those things weren’t true, giving us insight into her emotional state made me want to cut her some slack anyway.

Which is good b/c this new, improved Murphy is friggin’ hilarious. And Murphy and Harry together . . . well, I could get used to this:

“You did what?”
“Put on the boots,” Murphy said. “I put on the boots and kicked some monster ass. I dropped the ghoul, and I’m the one who rammed a chain saw through the head of that plant monster thing. Crippled the ogre, too. What did you do? You threw a can of Sterno at him. That’s barely an assist.”
“Yeah, but I soaked him in gasoline first.”
She snorted at me, around more pizza. “Shutout.”
“Whatever.”
“Murphy three, Dresden zero.”
“You didn’t do all of it.”
“I put on the boots.”
I raised my hands. “Okay, okay. You’ve . . . got boots, Murph.”
She sniffed and took an almost dainty sip of Coke. “Lucky I was there.”

And we all know that I love the Fae. The Dresdenites who already make a habit of telling Dresden noobs that the series starts “getting good” at book 4 were full of Harry-like glee in anticipation to my reaction to Butcher’s Fae.

 

And they were good Fae. They were. I liked them.

 

BUT.

 

Butcher somehow managed to make them wonderfully tricksy Fae . . . without making much use of their tricksy Fae-ness, and Harry, despite having years of knowledge from study and experience with the denizens of the Nevernever . . . seems quite hapless about them in many ways.

 

I mean, COME ON. An unbelievably beautiful woman with WHITE hair (who isn’t old) and WINTER coloring who smells of flowers and WILDNESS walks into your office, and you don’t figure out she’s Fae until you cobble together something about your office door being unlocked, and ultimately it’s built on suspicions about your Faerie Godmother?

 

He should have just looked at her and thought, “FAE.” He didn’t need to make up reasons why, who cares why? An obviously Fae woman is in your office. The end.

 

But that was just irritating. The real problem was the plot line.

 

There are half a dozen good options for Bad Guys that I can name off the top of my head, and View Spoiler » isn’t one of them.

 

Not only was Bad Guy a seriously lame choice for the Bad Guy, but the reason behind he/she/its Bad Guy-ness . . . didn’t hold water for me. View Spoiler » <------b/c it's lazy and a cop out.

 

Basically, I'm loving the characters, but the lack of a truly great plot line . . . even a character-driven reader like myself can only give a series the benefit of the doubt for so long. So far only one of four (FOOL MOON) has been really good. Maybe I wouldn't be so burned out if it weren't for the occasional rearing of Butcher's inner-adolescent on the humor front:

 

“You are, I take it, Harry Dresden?”
“If I’m not, he’s going to be upset with me when he catches me running around in his underpants.”

*rolls eyes* And don’t even get me started on View Spoiler » <------riddikulus.

 

So yeah, without the teenage boy humor, maybe the characters would be enough to keep me going. As it is, you've got one more book to convince me that this series is worth it, b/c so far . . . I'm not seeing it.

 
 
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