Friday, January 31, 2014

Review: Magic Test (Kate Daniels, #5.3) by Ilona Andrews

An Apple for the Creature
Urban Fantasy - Magic - Shapeshifters - Vampires - Short Stories

Includes a never-before-published Sookie Stackhouse story!

What could be scarier than the first day of school? How about a crash course in the paranormal from Charlaine Harris and Toni L. P. Kelner, editors of Home Improvement: Undead Edition? Your worst school nightmares—taking that math test you never studied for, finding yourself naked in school assembly, not knowing which door to enter—will pale in comparison to these thirteen original stories that take academic anxiety to whole new realms.

In #1 New York Times bestselling author Charlaine Harris’s story, "Playing Possum", Sookie Stackhouse brings enough birthday cupcakes for her nephew's entire class but finds she's one short when the angry ex-boyfriend of the school secretary shows up.

When her guardian, Kate Daniels, sends her undercover to a school for exceptional children, teenaged Julie learns an all-new definition of "exceptional," in New York Times bestselling author Ilona Andrews's "Magic Tests."

For those who like fangs with their forensics, New York Times bestselling author Nancy Holder offers "VSI," in which FBI agent Claire is tested as never before in a school for Vampire Scene Investigation.

And in New York Times bestselling author Thomas Sniegoski's "The Bad Hour," Remy Chandler and his dog Marlowe find evil unleashed in an obedience school.

You'll need more than an apple to stave off the creatures in these and nine other stories. Remember your first lesson: resistance is fruitless!

Includes stories by: ILONA ANDREWS, AMBER BENSON, RHYS BOWEN, MIKE CAREY, CHARLAINE HARRIS, DONALD HARSTAD, STEVE HOCKENSMITH, NANCY HOLDER, FAITH HUNTER, TONI L.P. KELNER, MARJORIE LIU, JONATHAN MABERRY, THOMAS SNIEGOSKI



I only read Ilona Andrews story Magic Test.


~ 5 Magic Test Stars ~

Magic Test is #5.3 in Ilona Andrews Kate Daniels sereis. I enjoyed a peak into Julie’s mind and life. What a fantastic read! Ilona knows how to pull her fans into the world of Atlanta and it's Magic/Technology.

Magic Test is done from Julie's POV. Ilona does a superb job of explaining how the world works with and without magic. Just like all kids they don’t want to attend school, but must to learn all the things they need to know to get them by in life. It starts with Julie and Kate waiting in the principles office. One of the students is missing and Julie is asked to help. Julie has a feeling that this is a test, but she still goes through with it to help a kid she has never meet. Julie’s magic is exceptional, invaluable and rare. She must keep it a secret. If people found out what she is they would use her. The end is fantastic!

I enjoyed everything about this short story. I love the world created by Ilona and all the characters. She infuses mythology, humor and action, creating a fun-filled short story that is sure to be enjoyed by all. 


I highly recommend checking out the Kate Daniels series.

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The world has suffered a magic apocalypse. We pushed the technological progress too far, and now magic returned with a vengeance. It comes in waves, without warning, and vanishes as suddenly as it appears. When magic is up, planes drop out of the sky, cars stall, electricity dies. When magic is down, guns work and spells fail.

It’s a volatile, screwed-up world. Magic feeds on technology, gnawing down on skyscrappers until most of them topple and fall, leaving only skeletal husks behind. Monsters prowl the ruined streets, werebears and werehyenas stalk their prey; and the Masters of the Dead, necromancers driven by their thirst of knowledge and wealth, pilot blood-crazed vampires with their minds.

In this world lives Kate Daniels. Kate likes her sword a little too much and has a hard time controlling her mouth. The magic in her blood makes her a target, and she spent most of her life hiding in plain sight.  But sometimes even trained killers make friends and fall in love, and when the universe tries to kick them in the face, they kick back.

Book 1:  Magic Bites
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Author Goodreads. An Apple for the Creature. Referred from https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13543159-an-apple-for-the-creature
Author Ilona Andrews. Katie Daniels. Referred from http://www.ilona-andrews.com/kate-daniels

Review: Berrr's Vow (Zorn Warriors, #4) by Laurann Dohner

Berrr's Vow
Sci-Fiction Romance - Erotica - 18+ Adult

Kidnapped from Earth and transported to planet Zorn to be sold as a sex slave, Shanna is one angry, frightened woman ready to fight anyone who tries to touch her. Raised in foster care, she’s not going to take any crap off some alien men no matter how big, terrifying or muscular they are. Before she can be sold, she’s freed by a huge, sexy Zorn warrior... a warrior with the most beautiful blue eyes she’s ever seen. Shanna demands he take her under his protection when she realizes she’s stuck on Zorn.

Hyvin Berrr, the leader of Zorn, thinks humans are helpless and weak. Shanna decides to teach the big hunk he’s wrong by knocking him on his backside. He might think she’s playing but she’s trying to teach him a lesson. She’s not sure if she wants to fight her feelings for the sexy alien, though if a woman has to lose a battle, this just might be the one time to concede.




4.5 Vowing Stars 

Berrr’s Vow is book 4 in the Zorn Warriors series. We are taken back to Zorn were Warrior’s want human women to bound with; because they can fulfill all there sexual needs. Zorn is a planet with a high sex drive and if the men don’t have sex they die. How they manage to get any work done amazes me. If you have read the other books in this series then you understand the laws that govern Zorn and the Warrior men as well as the hierarchy structure. I have to say Berrr's Vow is the best book in this series next to Tempting Rever. Laurann Dohner finally found her stride in this world and what she wanted to portray. From the very first page we are pulled into the Zorn World.

Shanna has been kidnapped by Collis (aliens) and taken to Zorn to be sold. She has had a very hard life growing up with alcoholic parents then put into foster care where she was bullied then marring a man who abused her. Over the years she has worked hard to build her life and make chooses for herself that she will not let anyone take away her choose. Shanna has a fighters spirt and I loved that about her. From the moment Shanna was introduced I liked her. She has fire and spunk!

Hyvin Berrr is leader of the Zorn world and is bounded to a Zorn women (who seams mentally unstable), but do to their weird laws he can not bound with another or unbound with Alluwn. Berrr believes humans are helpless and weak, but still he has a strong attraction to Shanna. He is a loving father and a great leader to his people. He only wants what’s best for everyone and will put their needs before his own.

In Berrr’s Vow we get Berrr and Alluwn’s back ground. (Alluwn was intruded in Tempting Rever as the mother of Berrr’s children. What a piece of work she is! ) The why's to their bounding come out, as well as more in-depth information on the laws and how Berrr can bound with his human if she is strong enough to fight for what she wants. We get a birthing of the first human/Zorn child with Ral and his bounded. We see how much Berrr loves his family as well as his heart-ace that he can’t have more children of his own due to his situation. I liked how well Berrr and Shanna complemented each other both in the bedroom and out. The sexual encounters where of the charts HAWT! Shanna’s fire and how she teaches Berrr that humans are not weak and helpless was impowering. I liked meeting Vinlotti one of Berrr’s pack, friend and protector of his own zone on Zorn. Maybe Mrs. Dohner will show us more Zorn love in the future!

Borrowed from my local library. Support your library!



Book 1: Ral's Woman
Angela (Angel's Guilty Pleasures) Rating and Review Ral's Woman

Book 2: Kidnapping Casey
Angela (Angel's Guilty Pleasures) Rating and Review Kidnapping Casey 

 Book 3: Tempting Rever
Angela (Angel's Guilty Pleasures) Rating and Review Tempting Rever


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Thursday, January 30, 2014

Review: Embrace the Dark (The Blood Rose, #1) by Caris Roane

Embrace the Dark
Parnormal Romance - Vampires - Adult


Enter a world of blood-starved mastyr vampires and the rare women who can satisfy their deepest needs… 

How can he resist his blood rose… 
Gerrod, mastyr vampire of the Merhaine Realm, never thought to have his blood-needs satisfied by a mere human. But Abigail is no ordinary woman. She stuns him with her telepathy as well as the richness of her blood. However, her human DNA makes her an unacceptable mate. Yet how can Gerrod turn her away when she alone has satisfied his blood-starvation for the first time in a hundred-and-fifty-years? 

Will she fall to temptation and give herself to a vampire… 
When the dreaded enemy of all realm-folk, the Invictus, attacks at a fae wedding, Abigail’s simple human life gets turned upside down. She doesn’t know if she has the courage to pursue a path that means giving herself body and soul to a mastyr vampire. Will she return to her normal existence in Flagstaff, Arizona? Or will she embrace the dark… 



2.5 Stars ~ Embrace the Dark (The Blood Rose #1) 
by Caris Roane 
I got this book as part of the Dark and Dangerous, Six-in-One Hot Paranormal Romances Boxed Set.

Embrace the Dark is book one in Caris Roane The Blood Rose series. Earth has opened up to many Realms and Abigail has come to Merhaine to open a bakery. With her stepping foot into another Realm and meeting a mastyr vampire has caused her body to change. Gerrod is leader of Merhaine and has been obsessing over Abigial, but keeping his distance for over a year; after all she is only human and can never fulfill his needs. We get a little action, lots of detail on the world and creatures, and a little sex (not so spicy).


Gerrod, mastyr vampire of the Merhaine Realm was an interesting vampire. Always putting his people first before his needs. He never takes time for himself and Abigail has observed this and feels a need to comfort and make him smile.

Abigail is human a blood rose; which means she produces more blood then her body needs, can eventually turn into a vampire (if she choose to bond with a mastyr), and gets some extra cool gifts. At the time she meets Gerrod she has no idea what she is, but soon leaners why her body is changing. 

Will they both fall to temptation and find contentment in each other…

This is my first time reading Caris Roane and I found Embrace the Dark to be an interesting concept. The idea and plot are not bad, but the book was poorly written with some awkward sentences and poor editing in areas. It needed to be longer to get a better feel for the world, supernatural creatures and the battle they are facing. What the author tried to do was paint a vivid picture of the lives of these characters and their worlds with great detail and clarity, but there was just too much story here for the limited amount of words! With all that detail in the begging it's a little slow going. I also never felt the connection/love between the leads Abigail and Gerrod. It was lacking the hot and spicy feel to me.


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Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Review: The Mating Hunt (Werewolves of Montana, #2) by Bonnie Vanak

The Mating Hunt
Parnormal Romance - Shapeshifters - 18+ Adult
WARNING: This is a book containing explicit sex. 

Welcome to the sensual world of the Lupine, where the burning drive to mate claims all...

Arianna Sanders doesn’t remember everything that happened to her when she was 12. All she knows is a savage monster left her terrified of sex and a freak among Lupines, werewolves known for their sensual nature. Her guardian is the only male she trusts, the one she secretly desires. Arianna longs to overcome her fear and make love with the sexy, mysterious shifter. But Kyle Morgan harbors a dark secret, one that if Arianna knew, would send her screaming into the night.

The fiercely protective Kyle hungers for the voluptuous Arianna, who’s been teased for her generous backside. He thinks she’s perfect and dreams about consummating the passion smoldering between them. When Arianna makes a lethal mistake and is told she must mate before the full moon or face execution by the powerful Silver Wizard, Kyle knows the time has come. He must tame the savage, sexual beast inside him before he can claim the woman he’s vowed to protect from all harm.

But a greater threat emerges when Kyle and Arianna find three missing Lupine children stolen by humans. Vowing to protect the children with their lives, they must band together to fight a growing evil that threatens the entire Lupine population, an evil that will reignite Arianna’s old terrors.




3.5 Stars ~ The Mating Hunt (Werewolves of Montana #2) 
by Bonnie Vanak 

I got this book as part of the Dark and Dangerous, Six-in-One Hot Paranormal Romances Boxed Set

The Mating Hunt 
is book two in Werewolves of Montana series by Bonnie Vanak. With this being book two I did not have any trouble picking up on the world or charactors. The sexual tension between Kyle and Arianna was well done. I liked how Kyle took his time and helped her over come her past trauma. 


Arianna has a phobia of sex. As a werewolf it is in their nature to be sexual as well as for them to come into heat. They need sex to alleviate the tension during that time of year. 

Kyle also has a difficult past with him being a hybrid (wolf and satyar). He has been a drifter for most his life. Keeping his hybrid status a secret. 
Both have difficult past to over come before they can come together. 

I like to read series books in order, but this book can be read as a stand a lone. The Mating Hunt was a good read. It did not prompt me to want and read the rest of the series, but I did enjoy the story line and sexual tension between the leads. We get lots of sexual tension, hot sex later on, a bad wizard, wolf sex as well as satyar and a couple who must both over come their past traumas and hurts to be together.


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Welcome to the sensual world of the Lupine, where the burning drive to mate claims all.




Author Goodreads. The Mating Hunt. Referred from https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18367257-the-mating-hunt

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Out Today ~ January 28, 2014

Out Today
January 28, 2014

They are called Feral Warriors—an elite band of immortals who can change shape at will. Sworn to rid the world of evil, consumed by sorcery and seduction, their wild natures are primed for release...

The most enigmatic and tortured of the Feral Warriors, Wulfe is haunted by the quiet beauty of a human woman who no longer remembers him. Once a captive of both the Mage and the Ferals, Natalie stole a piece of his heart before he took her memories and sent her safely back to her fiancé. But now the Mage are threatening her again, and Wulfe will risk anything to protect her.

Natalie Cash is stunned when she's saved by a wolf who shifts suddenly into a splendidly built, if badly scarred, man, a man with the kindest eyes. Swept into a world of intrigue and danger beyond her comprehension, she turns to the powerful Wulfe, finding a passion she'd only dreamed of. But when time runs out, they must trust one another and surrender to a wild, untamed love.



Out Today
January 28, 2014

There’s always one more grave to dig.

Lately, life has been unnaturally calm for vampires Cat Crawfield and her husband Bones. They should have known better than to relax their guard, because a shocking revelation sends them back into action to stop an all-out war…

A rogue CIA agent is involved in horrifying secret activities that threaten to raise tensions between humans and the undead to dangerous heights. Now Cat and Bones are in a race against time to save their friends from a fate worse than death…because the more secrets they unravel, the deadlier the consequences. And if they fail, their lives—and those of everyone they hold dear— will be hovering on the edge of the grave.


Monday, January 27, 2014

Review: Hard Mated (Shifters Unbound, #3.5) by Jennifer Ashley

Hard Mated
Parnormal Romance - Urban Fantasy - Shapeshifters - Erotica

A short novel of the Shifters Unbound series. Spike, a wildcat Shifter and the champion fighter of Shiftertown, is stunned when Myka, the best friend of a dying human woman, announces that Spike has fathered a cub. What's more, the mother is giving the boy to Spike to protect and raise. 

Myka, who'd been raised by an abusive stepfather, is not sure that a wild fighter named Spike is the best man to bring up the cute little jaguar cub. She goes to Shiftertown to check out Spike, and finds that the man behind the name is a lonely Shifter who's lost most of his family and is a fierce caretaker to those he has left. 

Spike is torn between the cub and his duties as tracker to the Shiftertown leader, and begs Myka, the only person who understands, to help him. He starts to like the sassy Myka, a horse trainer who's not afraid of working with animals, even if they're wildcats who turn into humans. 

When Spike's job puts his cub and Myka in danger, Spike is forced to choose between those to whom he's pledged his loyalty and his need to protect the woman and cub he's come to love.




5 Stars ~ Hard Mated (Shifters Unbound #3.5) 
by Jennifer Ashley

I also read Hard Mated as part of the Dark and Dangerous, Six-in-One Hot Paranormal Romances Boxed Set. 

Every since book one Pride Mates I have been waiting for Spikes story. I really wanted him to get a full length book, but Hard Mated turned out wonderful and I’m happy with the novella.  I love the Shifters Unbound series by Jennifer Ashley. She has a way with making you want to have a big tuff loving shifter of your own.

Spike, a wildcat Shifter and the champion fighter of Shiftertown. Will have his world turned upside down by a little human women and son/cub he never new he had.

Myka, who’d been raised by an abusive stepfather will do anything to protect the little cub and make sure that the wild fighter who is his father will be a good fit. 
Both will learn to protect and love each other and the little cub.

Spike is just so darn sexy. I’ll take a tattoo, harley riding, sexy shifter any day. The story is a fun easy romantic read! Myka is perfect for Spike, they complement each other and their love making was hot and sensual. The world that Jennifer Ashley creates is believable and her shifters are more then just animals they are loving caring beings who will do anything for the ones they deem worthy to love. 

If you have not checked out this series yet. I highly recommend you do!




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Author Goodreads. Hard Mated. Referred from https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13409302-hard-mated?from_search=true

Friday, January 24, 2014

Review: Branded by Fire (Psy-Changeling, #6) by Nalini Singh

Branded by Fire
Parnormal Romance - Urban Fantasy - Shapeshifters

Though DarkRiver sentinel Mercy is feeling the pressure to mate, she savagely resists when Riley Kincaid, a lieutenant from the SnowDancer pack, tries to possess her. The problem is not simply that he pushes her buttons; the problem is that he’s a wolf, she’s a cat, and they’re both used to being on top.

But when a brilliant changeling researcher is kidnapped from DarkRiver territory, Mercy and Riley must work together to track the young man—before his shadowy captors decide he’s no longer useful. Along the way, the two dominants may find that submitting to one another uncovers not just a deadly conspiracy, but a passion so raw that it’ll leave them both branded by fire.



~ 4.5 Branded Stars ~

Branded by Fire is book six in the Psy-Changeling series by Nalini Singh. It was a nice twist to see cat and wolf mate. The feelings and challenges they go through to get to their mating where interesting.

In Branded by Fire we have conflict, action, suspense, a little humor and all and all a lot of fun with our favorite characters from this series. Plus a wonderful surprise for our DarkRiver Alpha pair.

Both Mercy and Riley are two very dominate changelings. Mercy is one of DarkRiver’s sentinels. She is great at her job and does not take shit from anyone. Riley is SnowDancers lieutenant. He is great at his job and noes how to handle any situation. Gender roles come into play and even though Riley initially wanted a domestic mate, he can’t seem to stay away from Mercy. The power play between the two caused lots of tension, both emotional and sexually. I liked that it was not simple or easy for them that they had to work awfully dam hared to make there relationship/mating work.

I really like both Mercy and Riley. I also loved reading about Mercy’s brothers, Bras, Grey, and Sage. They are all so funny and the family bond that they have is too cute. I also loved the surprise with our favorite DarkRiver Alpha pair Sascha and Lucas. I'm so happy for them both!?

This series keeps getting better and better. I love the characters and world that Nalini Singh created. It’s so much fun! I keep want more and more. If you have not picked up this series I highly recommend it! You never have a dull moment.

Borrowed from my local library. Support your library!



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Author Goodreads. Branded by Fire. Referred from https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/5628753-branded-by-fire?from_search=true

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Review: Tempting Rever (Zorn Warriors, #3) by Laurann Dohner

Tempting Rever 
Sci-Fiction Romance - Erotica - 18+ Adult

Brenda spent four years trapped in an unhappy marriage. She’s so desperate to start a new life somewhere safe that she’s agreed to go to another planet with a handsome alien stranger. When he’s killed, she finds herself in the home of a Zorn warrior willing to protect her until the fallen warrior’s brother arrives to claim her.

Brenda never believed in love at first sight until she gazed into the gorgeous blue eyes of Argis Rever. He’s tall, dark, sexy…the kind of guy she’s always dreamed of finding—and already bound to another human woman. She could have lived with letting the man of her dreams slip through her fingers, except he isn’t happy—the horrid woman doesn’t even want him, and will never love him.

Brenda has lost a lot in her life but she’s not willing to lose the one chance at finding happiness with a man she’s falling in love with. She’s more than ready to start tempting Rever into finding his own happiness... with her.


3.5 Tempting Stars 

Tempting Rever is book three in the Zorn Warriors series. This one so far to me was the best in the series and a little different then the others in that the Zorn warrior already had a bound(married), who is verbally abusive to her bound and everyone else she meets. Can we say B*I*T*C*H! The warrior did not choose well before he bounded. It’s a lesson to all Zorn warriors to get to know the one you want to bound before bounding. 

Brenda has not had much look. She has been trapped in an unhappy marriage and when a handsome Zorn warrior askes her to come with him to his world and be his bound she agrees hoping for a better future and love. But what was to be happy ever after did not happen when her bound dies protect the ship back to Zorn. She finds herself in a home of a Zorn warrior willing to protect her until the fallen warrior’s brother arrives to claim her. 

Argis Rever is tall, dark, sexy, and total taken. He has bound (married) with a women who will never value him. Tina is mean, vindictive, and verbally abusive to her bound and others. She does not even try to understand Zorn and it’s people. When Rever meets Brenda they both fall in love at first sight. Both will fight to be together and over come the laws of Zorn to be happy.

I liked Brenda; because she was trying to make things better for herself. Ya the situation with Rever smacked of cheating, but I get it - Tina (yes Tina cheats long before Rever does) is just awful and Brenda is right for him, but I’m not keen on heroes/heroines that do the naughty while one of them is married. I enjoyed visiting Zorn again and learning more about the world and past couples. Like the previous books, it is full of sex and the word “mine”.
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Book 1: Ral's Woman         
Angela (Angel's Guilty Pleasures) Rating and Review Ral's Woman

Book 2: Kidnapping Casey
 Angela (Angel's Guilty Pleasures) Rating and Review Kidnapping Casey




Author Goodreads. Tempting Rever. Referred from https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/8174363-tempting-rever

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Series Spotlight: "Feral Warriors" by Pamela Palmer

"Feral Warriors"


I was introduced to the Feral Warriors in Pamela Palmer's short story Bite by Cupid "Hearts Untamed". The story, world, and characters intrigued me, so I decided to check out the first book in this series "Desire Untamed" and got pulled into the world Pamela Palmer developed with it's Hot Sexy Feral Warriors,  Mages and Daemons, Action, Adventure, and strong female characters who will complement each Warrior. 


FERAL WARRIORS

The Feral Warriors trilogy

Eons ago, before the rise of human civilization, two immortal races battled the Daemons for control of the earth. The Mage, or magic ones, and the Therians, the mighty shape-shifters. Though traditional enemies, the Mage and Therians banded together to overcome the High Daemon, Satanan, ending his reign of terror and destroying his armies. The cost of victory was high. To win that ultimate battle, both races were forced to mortgage nearly all their power. Only one Therian among each of the ancient lines of shape-shifters was left with the power of his animal. Nine remain.  
They are the Feral Warriors. (Pamela Website)

The Feral Warriors Reading Order:


Coming Soon
January 28, 2014

The most enigmatic and tortured of the Feral Warriors, Wulfe is haunted by the quiet beauty of a human woman who no longer remembers him. Once a captive of both the Mage and the Ferals, Natalie stole a piece of his heart before he took her memories and sent her safely back to her fiancé. But now the Mage are threatening her again, and Wulfe will risk anything to protect her.

Natalie Cash is stunned when she's saved by a wolf who shifts suddenly into a splendidly built, if badly scarred, man, a man with the kindest eyes. Swept into a world of intrigue and danger beyond her comprehension, she turns to the powerful Wulfe, finding a passion she'd only dreamed of. But when time runs out, they must trust one another and surrender to a wild, untamed love.

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Author Goodreads. Feral Warriors. Referred from https://www.goodreads.com/series/46537-feral-warriors
Author Pamela Palmer. Enter World Feral. Referred from http://www.pamelapalmer.net/enter-world/feral.php