Sunday, December 12, 2010
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Carina Press, October 25, 2010
When Kenan, an incubus, comes across an angel for sale at Hellsgate marketplace, he decides to buy her. Kenan plans to gain her trust, so that he can get close to her and gain her soul for his collection. Jahel, the angel, has come to Hellsgate trying to retrieve the soul of one of her charges from a Hellhound. When Kenan offers his aid, Jahel accepts and hopes to return to Heaven soon.
DEMON'S FALL is a paranormal romance with a likable hero and heroine and an interesting premise. I only have one small quibble, in that, I would have liked the world to have been explained in more detail and expanded upon. Other than this, I quite enjoyed DEMON'S FALL, especially the characters of Jahell and Kenan. Kenan, while an incubus, is rather yummy and not so bad in the beginning. As the story progresses, Kenan begins to fall for Jahell and to change, because of that love.. Jahel, also, begins to fall for Kenan. During this process, they grow and change, and in the end, must chose to sacrifice for love or continue as they are.
All in all, DEMON'S FALL is a delightful paranormal read, which leaves this reader wanting more.
NOTE: I received this book in return for an impartial review.
Saturday, December 4, 2010
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Tuesday, November 23, 2010
IN ENEMY HANDS
K. S. Augustin
Carina Press, June 7, 2010
Dr. Moon Thadin has been through a lot since her former research partner, Kad Minslok, escaped from the Republic and is,now, hunted as a rebel and a terrorist. Now under suspicion, Moon must watch her every move, and all her illusions about the Republic have been shattered, especially after meeting Sirin, her new research partner. To keep Sirin, who is a math genius, under control, the republic has erased his short term memory every two days for almost twenty years.
IN ENEMY HANDS is a hybrid of science fiction and romance with well-written, borderline erotic scenes. Ms. Augustin does a great job of straddling the fence between pure science fiction and romance, without allowing either genre aspect to suffer. It is evident, that IN ENEMY HANDS is well researched, the science is believable, and the world and characters are complex and multi-faceted. Moon and Sirin are caught up in an almost impossible situation, but somehow find each other, even through all the turmoil and Sirin's memory loss. The Republic's despicable policies are highlighted by their treatment of Moon, Sirin, and, even, the Captain of their ship. I found myself rooting for them from almost the beginning, and by the end, I was on the edge of my seat hoping for them to triumph and be together. The only problem, that I have is that the ending came a little too abruptly for my tastes-- I wanted more story. Hopefully, there will be a sequel and maybe a book that tells the Captain's story.
With great world-building and complex characters, IN ENEMY HANDS does a great job in dual roles, as a science fiction and romance read. I highly recommend it.
Note: I received this book in return for an impartial review.
Monday, November 22, 2010
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Sunday, November 14, 2010
CALL OF THE WILDS
Siren Publishing, Inc. (August 12, 2010)
Veterinarian, Karin Stone, moved to the Wilds of Pennsylvania to be a wildlife manager and care for a wolf pack. A big city girl, Karin, decides to leave the city after a traumatic attack and start a new chapter in her life. Unfortunately, a hiker is found dead from a suspected wolf attack and the locals are gunning for the wolf, and Karin is trying to protect her. When things get out of hand during a confrontation with some locals, Malcolm Connor steps in and aids Karin. Karin and Malcolm are attracted to each other, but Malcolm has a secret, which could tear them apart.
CALL OF THE WILDS is an entertaining shapeshifter romance with a yummy alpha hero. Shapeshifter romances are my favorite genre, and Ms. Stanley doesn't disappoint with this exciting tale. Karin is trying to be strong and overcome her fears after a violent attack. There is only one small quibble, that I have with Karin's character-- she seemed to be a little too trusting at times. Other than this, Karin is a great heroine, who finds the strength to conquer her fears and overcome the many dangers surrounding her. Malcolm is a wonderful hero, who is very protective, but somewhat tortured. After the murder of his family by humans, Malcolm goes a little wild, but soon realizes, that he must allow both aspects of his being freedom. Even so, he is still a bit of a loner. Because of Malcolm's secret and lies told by others, Malcolm and Karin's relationship has some rocky moments, which makes the finale all the more satisfying.
NOTE: I was sent this book in return for an impartial review.
Thursday, November 4, 2010
"The Screaming" story within the anthology THE MANY FACES OF VAN HELSING
J. A. Konrath
Ace, April 6, 2004
Two junkies desperate for a fix, go to an abandoned mansion, hoping to steal something of value. Unfortunately, they get a lot more, than they bargained for.
I, really wish, that I had found this book before Halloween. "The Screaming" is the first story in this anthology, and it is a very good short story. It has the requisite creepiness but isn't too scary. I really loved the ending, which isn't quite a HEA, but is satisfying all the same.
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Michael Spradlin’s third novel in his Youngest Templar series, ORPHAN OF DESTINY, comes out on October 28th.
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Tuesday, October 19, 2010
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Meeting wilderness guide Keil at the cabin starts cravings of another kind. Keil’s one hot hunk of ripped, tasty male. Now she has to deal with raging hormones as well as strange questions about wolves and mates and challenges to the death.
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Saturday, October 16, 2010
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THE TEXAN'S IRISH BRIDE
Wild Rose Press, 2010
Dallas McClintock awakens to find himself shot, with three angry men pointing guns at him. Luckily, the beautiful woman, whom he just saved from being raped, explains the situation before Dallas passes out again. When Dallas wakes again, he is amongst a group of Travelers, or Tinkers, and the O'Neils, whose daughter he saved, are nursing him back to health.
Cenora Rose O'Neil, the woman Dallas saved, has been trying to avoid the advances of the brutish leader of the Travelers, but her parents fear, that, soon, she might be forced to marry him. Desperate to save his daughter from a man, whose previous two wives died under suspicious circumstances, Cenora's father sets up Dallas, so that he will be forced to marry Cenora. Between a rambunctious family, a vengeful Traveler leader, a secret that tortures Dallas, rustlers, and Cenora's insecurities, the course of their marriage doesn't begin smoothly.
THE TEXAN'S IRISH BRIDE is an entertaining historical romance filled with vibrant characters. While Cenora is a lovely, strong-willed heroine, I found her a little bit naive for someone raised among the Travelers. Dallas, on the other hand, makes a wonderful hero. Dallas is strong, generous, honest, supportive, and has the patience of Job. Because only a very good man would put up with some of Cenora's family's antics, especially her younger brother, Mac, Dallas has the makings of a true hero. There is humor interspersed throughout the book, which lightens the mood. On several occasions, I found myself chuckling.
All in all, THE TEXAN'S IRISH BRIDE is an enjoyable read, which is filled with action and tension but, also, has some humorous moments.
NOTE: This book was sent to me by the author, in return for an impartial review.
Thursday, September 30, 2010
DEMON FROM THE DARK
Pocket Books, September 2010
Malkom Slaine, a Trothan Demon, despises vampires, because he was sold to a vampire as a child and became a blood slave. When Malkom grows strong enough, he starts rebelling against the vampires. Unfortunately, Malkom is betrayed by one of his comrades and is turned into what he hates most, a vampire. Now, Malkom is a combination of demon and vampire and is more powerful than either creature. Malkom takes vengeance on the vampire, who turned him, then escapes and holes up in the water mines for years. He, now, lives only for vengeance on the demon, who betrayed him.
Carrow Graie, a witch, has been captured by the Order and is being blackmailed to travel to Oblivion and lure Malkom back to her world, so that he can be captured. The Order has been capturing Lore beings, torturing them, and experimenting on them, and they want Malkom because of his uniqueness. There are very few vemons in existence, and the Order wants to learn all they can about them. After the Order threatens Ruby, a newly orphaned member of her coven, Carrow feels that she must go along with the Order, until she can figure out a means of escape.
Ms. Cole continues her Immortals after Dark series, which just keeps getting better. The characters are fascinating and the world is complex, and with each book, I'm further enchanted with the series. I didn't think that any other Lore character could come close to the affection, that I have for the Lycae characters, but Malkom did it. Malkom is a very tortured character, who has known only pain and betrayal. When Carrow first meets him, Malkom has been alone for so long, that he is almost beyond redemption. The time spent between Carrow and Malkom in the first part of the book is poignant. Carrow, who was an irresponsible partier, must grow up, face some harsh choices, and put someone else's needs ahead of her own. Malkom's distrust of Carrow is perfectly understandable, and the ending is perfect.
DEMON FROM THE DARK goes on my keeper shelf with the rest of the series. Now, it is way too long before the next book is released.
NOTE: I purchased this book and gave an impartial review.
Thursday, September 23, 2010
I rented Being Human through netflix, and it is a great paranormal series. A vampire, a werewolf, and a ghost are roommates and are trying to adjust to their "conditions" and survive in the human world. The acting is great, and I love the British accents. I'll be buying my own copy, soon.
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Saturday, September 18, 2010
THE STUDY TRAIN: REUNION OF THE UNTOUCHABLES
Eloquent Books, July 12, 2010
Ethan, a teenager, is living a rather dismal life in Switzerland, because he has uncaring parents and does poorly in school. When a magical train comes to pick him up and Lord Althulos, the master of the train, offers him a place on the train with other special teen, Ethan jumps at the chance. Master Magician Mikhail Pinlkington III had created the train to fly around the world and teach teens to become great leaders, and Ethan is one of the chosen few. Unfortunately, there is a dark influence hanging around and tempting Ethan onto a dark path.
THE STUDY TRAIN is a young adult fantasy novel, which does have a few curse words but would, probably, still be acceptable for most teens. Ethan, who is the central character of the novel, has a great struggle within himself over, whom to choose: Lord Althulos or the shady character lurking around, offering great power. While I understand that Ethan, who came from a very dysfunctional family, didn't have a good moral foundation, I, still, couldn't warm to him after some of the choices he makes. Ethan seems very self-absorbed and easily led astray. Fortunately, the ending has an exciting, climatic battle scene, which has several surprises and leaves room for more books in this series.
Overall, although I found Ethan something of a brat, THE STUDY TRAIN held my interest and left me surprised by the ending.
NOTE: I was sent this book, in return for an impartial review.
Tuesday, September 7, 2010
BESPELLING JANE AUSTEN
Mary Balogh,Colleen Gleason, Susan Krinard, and Janet Mullany
Harlequin, September 2010
BESPELLING JANE AUSTEN takes four of Jane Austen's books and gives them a paranormal twist. From a reincarnation tale of lost love, to a vampire Darcy, and an Emma with witchy powers, BESPELLING JANE AUSTEN has a little bit of everything for the paranormal lover.
Mary Balogh takes the book PERSUASION and makes it a tale of reunited love in different lifetimes. In "Northanger Castle" Ms. Gleason takes the Gothic feel of NORTHANGER ABBY and adds vampires to the mix and an over imaginative heroine, who likes to read Gothic novels. "Blood and Prejudice" takes the beloved characters of PRIDE AND PREJUDICE and puts them in modern day America, although Mr. Darcy, a more than 200 year old vampire, is probably more at home in a regency setting. Finally, Ms. Mullany puts Emma in a modern setting and makes her the stand-in owner of a dating agency, who just happens to be a witch.
Of the four stories, "Northanger Castle" and " A Little to Hex Her" have a few chuckle-worthy moments, and although I found Emma a bit annoying at some points, I quite enjoyed both of these. "Blood and Prejudice" takes my favorite book and reworks it quite well, although Ms. Krinard's Lizzy isn't exactly the same as I imagine a modern Lizzy to be. While the only similarity between Ms. Balogh's story and the original is the setting and the theme of reunited love, it still makes for an enjoyable read.
All in all, reading BESPELLING JANE AUSTEN is a nice way to spend an afternoon. I recommend it to the Jane Austen lovers, who enjoy paranormals.
NOTE: I received this copy in return for an impartial review.
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
"Here There Be Monsters" in the anthology BURNING UP
Berkley Sensation, August 2010
Ivy is born into a rather dismal world, in which, the Horde has used nanoagents to control the population of England and much of the world for two centuries. When pirate captain, Rhys Trahaearn, destroyed the tower, that the Horde used to control the nanoagents, the Horde rule was ended. For seven years Ivy has known freedom from Horde subjugation, but one night she awakens and is unable to move, and upon further investigation, finds several people in her building have disappeared. Fearing that the Horde may be returning, Ivy seeks transport out of England with the pirate, Mad Machen. Unfortunately, Ivy has little to bargain with, and, in desperation, offers herself in return for passage. Lady Corsair helps Ivy flee Mad Machen, who searches for her for two years. When Ivy's great blacksmithing skills are needed, Lady Corsair leads Mad Machen to her, because they have a common enemy.
"Here There Be Monsters" is a very entertaining steampunk romance with great world-building and unique characters. Ivy is a strong, intelligent woman, who is something of a mechanical genius. Ivy has survived great hardship during the time of the Horde, and, now, barely eeks out a meager existence working with the Blacksmith. When Ivy thinks, that the Horde is returning, she becomes desperate to escape-- desperate enough to put herself in the hands of a ruthless pirate like Mad Machen. Mad Machen has done everything in his power to enhance his bad reputation, in order, to help his fight against the Horde and others similar in nature. Unfortunately, this stands in the way of what he most wants, Ivy's love. These two make a wonderful couple, and I love the interesting and compelling world, which Ms. Brook creates. This story is a keeper, and the next in the series, THE IRON DUKE can't be released soon enough.
NOTE: I own this book and gave an impartial review.
Thursday, August 19, 2010
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Wednesday, August 18, 2010
PROPHET OF THE PENTACLE
Marilyn D. Privratsky
Outskirts Press, 2009
Many years ago, a great evil, Lord Jarden, was defeated and imprisoned by a sphinx, which he had mortally wounded. Lord Jarden bides his time on the Isle of Ice, until Randye of Corpus arrives and unwittingly, sets him free and becomes his host. Luckily, five Osarian Knights have been trained by the great sphinx, Farro, to battle this evil, which was foretold.
PROPHET OF THE PENTACLE is a short, fantasy story, which has some exciting moments and shows promise. Unfortunately, there isn't enough detail to get a real feel for the world or the characters within it. Just as I was beginning to become involved with a character or situation, the resolution came about much too quickly and left me feeling slightly disgruntled. That is not to say, that there is no redeeming qualities to this work, because it has the makings of a great epic fantasy. All that is required, is more world-building and editing, and this could really be a great tale.
NOTE: I was sent this book in return for an impartial review.
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Friday, August 13, 2010
Thursday, August 12, 2010
THE UNCLAIMED DUCHESS
Avon, September 2010
Ann Danvers has been betrothed to Rhys Carlisle, the Duke of Waverly, since they were children. This arranged marriage means more than that to Ann , because she has loved Rhys since she first met him. Unfortunately, a secret about Rhys' family threatens their marriage and their happiness.
THE UNCLAIMED DUCHESS is an enjoyable historical romance, which focuses on the relationship between Rhys and Ann and could almost be considered a cabin romance, even though they are in a cottage. Rhys, who was raised by an emotionally distant man, is something of a snob, who was taught to uphold the superiority of his bloodlines. Because of his upbringing, Rhys keeps his emotions in check and steers clear of scandal. When a secret is revealed to him, Rhys has an identity crisis and flees London and his very new marriage. Ann, who has been brought up to be a proper duchess, makes a momentous decision and follows Rhys, in order to fight for her marriage. Ann is a wonderful heroine, who is warm, compassionate, determined, and strong. The growth of Rhys' character is wonderful to see-- it is almost Darcy-like.
Overall, THE UNCLAIMED DUCHESS is an entertaining read, which I recommend. However, sticklers for historical accuracy may find the dialogue a little too modern for their tastes.
NOTE: I won this copy of THE UNCLAIMED DUCHESS and gave an impartial review.
Create Space,February 2010
King Renten Load Roar and Crown Prince Dex Load Roar, Gatoan royalty, are traveling with a delegation to Earth. Renton hopes to find out whether the Earthlings will make good allies against the Lupines. The Lupines, a wolf-like race, have been encroaching on the Gatoan worlds and causing much death and destruction. Because of this, the Gatoans, cat-like aliens, hope to find allies among the Earthlings. Special Lieutenant Jewels Enbran, a psi ops operative, is sent to determine, if the Gatoans have any psychic abilities. This goes badly and Jewels almost dies, but Dex helps save her. There is a connection between
Jewels and Dex, but the government, the Lupines, and, even, Renten might stand in their way to finding happiness together.
JEWELS is a very enjoyable futuristic with interesting characters and an intriguing plot. Jewels and Dex are trapped in a situation, which is not exactly what it seems. There is much subterfuge and many characters have hidden agendas, and unfortunately, Jewels seems to be the key to many of the plots. Jewels, who is very young but has a great inner strength,is tired of being a pawn. Meanwhile, Dex, who is very protective of Jewels, is torn between his need to be diplomatic for his people and his need to protect Jewels. I love the whole concept of the cat-like aliens and really didn't see the interesting twist at the end coming. Hopefully, Ms. Spletzer will write another book set in this very imaginative world.
NOTE: I reviewed this book for the PNR group. I gave an impartial review. http://paranormalromance.org/reviews/
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
Monday, August 9, 2010
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Sunday, August 8, 2010
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Wednesday, August 4, 2010
Berkley Sensation, July 2010
Rosalia, a Guardian, was raised by a demon and has known great heartache and great evil, but she continues to fight the good fight. Rosalia has a plan, which if successful, will result in the demise of many demons and all of the nephilim, who are responsible for the deaths of many vampires. However, the main person in Rosalia's plan is Deacon, a vampire, who betrayed the Guardians, in an attempt to save his people. Convincing Deacon to go along with her plans and keeping her heart safe seem like impossible tasks for Rosalia.
DEMON BLOOD is a wonderful addition to Ms. Brook's Guardian series. Ms. Brook's has magnificent world-building skills and her characters are multi-faceted. Rosalia, who is a marvelous tactician, has great responsibilities, yet feels alone. She has great faith and continues to fight, even when the odds seem insurmountable. Deacon is basically a good man, who was faced with a horrible choice, and, now, lives only for revenge. Rosalia sees through Deacon's uncaring facade, but he thinks himself unlovable, since his betrayal of the Guardians and his inability to save his people. These two tortured characters struggle to overcome the evil demons and nephilim, but must, also, overcome their own emotional barriers to love.
Filled with action, adventure, and many familiar faces from previous books in the series, DEMON BLOOD is a spectacular read. I highly recommend it.
NOTE: This book is owned by me and I gave an impartial review.
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Sunday, July 25, 2010
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Thursday, July 22, 2010
I'll never be a writer, because of the whole procrastination problem. I start books and, well, don't follow through. Here is a sample of one of my works. What do you think?
Percival Reginald George Markham, 9th Earl of Ravenshire and heir to a dukedom, was the darling of the ton but he had a deep, dark secret. No Percy wasn't a drunkard, nor a gambler, and he didn't associate with loose women. These qualities were often overlooked by the ton. Unfortunately, Percy's secret was likely to make him a subject of ridicule and cause his family embarrassment, for it seems that Percy was a great scholar and his library was used for something other than show. In his spare time, Percy conducted scientific experiments and held archaeological digs on his outlying properties. Percy dreaded the season, when he must again become what society expected for the sake of his family.
When Percy's secret was discovered by his family, Percy's father blamed his mother's side , for, after all, she had an uncle who thought he was Caesar's horse. Percy's mother responded that his father had a great aunt, who saw fairies. Both parents made it clear, that society need not know of his "little hobbies".
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Wednesday, July 14, 2010
TEMPTING THE ENEMY
Carina Press, June 14, 2010
Detective Pale Rysen, who is an alpha wolf shifter and must keep this secret because shifters are hunted, is working on a serial killer case, in which, several young women were killed. A few of these women were found by some of his pack and were young female shifters seeking sanctuary with his pack. Pale must keep the shifters' deaths secret to protect his pack.
The Order of Sibile is a group of people with different psychic powers, who live separately from the humans and shifters. The Order hires out their members to perform tasks for humans. Because some members of the Order have been paid to hunt and exterminate shifters, Pale hates them with a great passion. Unfortunately, the Order sends Jade-Scarlet to track down the killer, and to make matters worse, Jade is a half wolf shifter and in heat. Needless to say, Pale is seriously conflicted, because he is physically attracted but repelled at the same time, because she is a member of the group that is an enemy to his kind. Meanwhile, the killer continues on his spree and taunts them at every opportunity.
TEMPTING THE ENEMY is an entertaining, paranormal read filled with suspense and great characters. The world-building in this book is elaborate and believable, and the mystery and suspense kept me glued to the pages. I'll just state upfront, that I fell a little in love with Pale. At first, I thought Pale need to take his relationship to the next level with Jade sooner than he did. However, once Jade's character is slowly revealed, it becomes evident, that Pale's restraint is done out of love and concern for Jade. Jade is kept in almost total seclusion, behind the walls of the Order's enclave, where she is taught to use her powers and to deny her wolf self. Through Pale's patience and understanding, Jade slowly learns to accept her wolf self. Jade is strong, yet filled with self-doubt, which she must overcome, in order, to survive the truly chilling villain. The politics and society, which is revealed about the Order is rather disturbing, and there is a foreshadowing of more upheaval to come.
TEMPTING THE ENEMY goes on my virtual keeper shelf and is one of my favorite reads of 2010. What's not to love? It has a hot, sigh-worthy hero in a complex, intriguing world and a heroine, who is his match in every way. I'm really hoping this is the beginning of a series, because I can't wait to see what happens next.
NOTE: This book was sent to me in return for an impartial review.
Saturday, July 10, 2010
Schiel and Denver Publishing, 2010
Ralph Shepard is a good cop, but he becomes obsessed with putting away crime boss, Victor Lazano. When Ralph gets too close to the evidence that will do just that, Victor has him eliminated and the evidence destroyed. This leaves Ralph's ten year old son, Derek, an orphan. Luckily, Derek's best friend, Jimmy Cole, and his family take him in and give him a home. The two boys become blood brothers and make a pack to see Victor arrested. Years later, Derek is a detective, and like his father, he becomes obsessed with arresting Victor. Unfortunately, Victor is as slippery as ever, and it seems that he must have some law enforcement officers on his payroll. Meanwhile, Jimmy has become an FBI agent, who handles some very secretive cases.
INTO PROTECTION is a gritty, suspenseful, thriller which, also, has a little romance thrown in for good measure. While the action and suspense kept me reading in anticipation, there are a couple of points, which cause questions. One of these is the fact that Derek, who is supposedly obsessed with Victor, has no idea who Victor's wife is. Secondly, I would have liked a more in depth explanation of Jimmy's behavior. However, these are minor quibbles and didn't detract much from my overall enjoyment of the novel. The characters are well-developed and the villain is especially slimy, and the ending is shocking and unexpected in some ways. Needless to say, INTO PROTECTION is an enjoyable read, which I recommend.
NOTE: I received this book in return for an impartial review.
Thursday, July 1, 2010
Saturday, June 26, 2010
Michelle Marquis and Lindsey Bayer
Carina Press, June 22, 2010
Harmony Knox, a Kirillian bounty hunter, has been in an AEssyrian prison for a year after being arrested for smuggling a blaster on the planet in an attempt to apprehend her very dangerous bounty, Prime, a roach-like being that likes to murder and eat other species. When Harmony is released from prison, she is annoyed to see that her employer sent Bart Tanner, a human bounty hunter with whom she has a very antagonistic relationship, to pick her up. Bart has a real hatred for Kirillians after being captured by some and forced to fight in matches to the death. Needless to say, the sparks fly between these two, as they are forced to be together and go after bounties.
HUNTERS is a very entertaining futuristic romance, which has many hot, love scenes bordering on the erotic and a great couple. Harmony and Bart have some things in common, even though they are from different worlds. Besides being bounty hunters, they are both covering an intense loneliness. It is great fun watching these two lost souls slowly realize, that the other one fills up the hole in their lonely life. While at first, I was concerned about Bart's attitude, he seems to be more in tune to his emotions than Harmony and it's surprising to find that he is a cuddler. Harmony, on the other hand, has built a wall around her emotions, because of a childhood raised by cold, remote parents. It takes a near disaster to get her to come to grips with her emotions. The world-building is, also, excellent and intriguing, and I'm hoping to see more books set in this very imaginative world.
NOTE: I received this book in return for an impartial review.
Monday, June 21, 2010
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
THROUGH THE TRIANGLE
Outskirts Press, Inc., 2009
Jake Myers hopes to start rebuilding his relationship with his son, Nathan, during a fishing trip off the coast of Florida. Mason Bankowski, the charter boat captain, his helper, Juan, and one other passenger, Allen Cranson, set out on the fishing trip. Unfortunately, Allen isn't who he appears to be, because escaped convict, Manny Contraldo, murdered Cranston and assumed his identity in an effort to escape capture. Things go from bad to worse, when the boat runs into a strange storm and fog and comes out in a very changed world.
THROUGH THE TRIANGLE is an entertaining science fiction read with great characters, that takes place in an interesting world. Mr. Stewart builds a unique world, which is confusing and dangerous for his characters, but, also, very plausible for the reader. This reader became invested in the characters' struggles and rooted for them to overcome and survive, especially, Jake. Jake is a very likable character, who is trying his best to raise a rebellious teen, and then, gets thrown into a strange situation, which tests his intelligence, bravery, and humanity. The secondary characters are almost as appealing, and Manny is a chilling villain. Intertwined within this science fiction story is a lovely romance, which adds to the enjoyment of the read. The only criticism, which I can offer for this book is that sometimes the pace is slowed by excessive description. For example, I don't need to know in any detail about someone getting gas unless it furthers the plot. However, this happens mainly at the beginning of the book and isn't a major hindrance to the story.
Note: This book was given to me in return for an impartial review.
Monday, June 7, 2010
Sunday, June 6, 2010
THE PANTHER'S LAIR
Carina Press, 2010
Sydney Chase is tired of getting her heart broken and decides to have fun with men without getting involved emotionally. Sydney and her friend go to one of the hottest nightclubs in town, The Panther's Lair, and just when she is about to call it a night, Sydney meets the sexy owner of the club, Raimond Decoudreau. Sydney decides that Raimond will be her first one-night stand, but will one night be enough?
THE PANTHER'S LAIR is an erotic, shape shifter romance with a yummy alpha hero and a very relatable heroine. Sydney and Raimond really steam up the pages together, and Sydney, who really tries to keep an emotional distance, finds it harder with each encounter. Raimond, who knows that Sydney is his soulmate, fears revealing his true nature too soon and scaring her off. Sydney is a very sympathetic character, because she has been hurt many times before and seeks to save herself further pain. Fortunately, her first encounter after her momentous decision is with the irresistible Raimond.
All in all, THE PANTHER'S LAIR is an enjoyable short story with many hot love scenes. If you are looking to spend some time with a hot shape shifter, give THE PANTHER'S LAIR a try.
NOTE: I was sent this manuscript in return for an impartial review.
Wednesday, June 2, 2010
I've been thinking about doing a ratings scale for my reviews, but I'm stymied as to what to use. I was thinking about 1-5 meows. Please tell me what you think, and offer suggestions.
Posted by Marlene Breakfield at 6:10 AM
Monday, May 31, 2010
Pick your team wisely and comment on all the participating blogs to be in the drawing for a Kindle. I picked Team Werewolf, because I love shifters! Just click the Team Werewolf button on the sidebar and get started.
Posted by Marlene Breakfield at 8:46 PM
Saturday, May 29, 2010
DAWN OF THE DREADFULS is the prequel to PRIDE AND PREJUDICE AND ZOMBIES and takes place when Elizabeth is sixteen. After a zombie arises during its funeral, all the Bennett children learn, that their father fought zombies during the previous zombie infestation. Now, the Bennett children must learn quickly and take up arms against the enemy. To aid the girls in this endeavor a ninja master, Master Hawksworth, is sent and the fun begins.
As a rabid Jane Austen fan, I enjoy reading most anything having to do with her books, especially my favorite--PRIDE AND PREJUDICE. DAWN OF THE DREADFULS is no exception, mainly because I, also, enjoy cheesy horror books and movies, that don't take themselves too seriously. I found myself chuckling during parts of this book and wish that a movie could be made of it along the lines of SHAUN OF THE DEAD. That would be a real hoot. While I really enjoyed this book, some Jane Austen fans might not appreciate the gore and, as stated above, cheesiness. Now, I need to read PRIDE AND PREJUDICE AND ZOMBIES.
NOTE: This book is owned by me and I gave an impartial review.
Friday, May 28, 2010
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Gena Showalter's latest came out yesterday. I've been waiting for this one. I can't wait for mine to come in the mail!
Posted by Marlene Breakfield at 3:15 PM
Monday, May 24, 2010
Sunday, May 16, 2010
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Saturday, May 15, 2010
I should know better than to get hooked on a new series with an ongoing storyline. I have been burned too many times. However, I continue to be delusional or maybe just hopefully, that everything will come to a satisfying conclusion. Unfortunately, my hopes are usually dashed, when the show is canceled, many times to leave with a season ending cliffhangar, never to return. Now, I hear that NBC, in their infinite wisdom,
Posted by Marlene Breakfield at 12:47 AM
Friday, May 14, 2010
Thursday, May 13, 2010
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Saturday, May 8, 2010
I've been watching the miniseries BERKELEY SQUARE and really enjoying it. It is about three nannies/nursemaids in 1902 London. It is a time, when things are changing, but social class is still fairly rigidly observed. These three young women have many obstacles to overcome and yet their plight is better than that of many women of the time. I'm so glad women have gained more freedom and rights! This is a great find for people, who enjoy historical productions.
Posted by Marlene Breakfield at 7:59 PM
Alright, I"ll admit it, I love PRIDE AND PREJUDICE. It is my favorite book. I, also, have a compulsion to watch anything related to PRIDE AND PREJUDICE. As a result, I watch the miniseries with Colin Firth quite frequently. In my opinion, it is the best adaptation of the book. The older BBC production with David Rintoul is lovely and David pulls off a very superior air quite well. My third favorite version is the newest one with Kiera Knightley. This one didn't have enough Darcy scenes. Although it was refreshing to see so much of Elizabeth's family life. I even got a copy of the Indian version of P&P called BRIDE AND PREJUDICE. This is a real hoot! It is a musical and quite entertaining. The old version with Greer Garson is, also, quite entertaining, even if the fashions are all wrong. I even really liked the time travel move called LOST IN AUSTEN, where a modern day woman switches places with Elizabeth. As you can see there are several different movie adaptation of P&P. Why not try one.
Posted by Marlene Breakfield at 7:42 AM
Monday, May 3, 2010
CHARMING THE DEVIL
Avon, February 2010
Faye, who is a witch and has been taken in by the members of Lavender House, is posing as widowed Mrs. Nettles to find answers about Lord Brendier's death. Faye must get close to Rogan McBain, who was one of the last people to see Lord Brendier alive. Because of Faye's "gift" in sensing the truth, she hopes to ferret out the killer, but issues from her past cause turmoil and interfere with her mission.
CHARMING THE DEVIL is a great historical, paranormal read with a marvelous hero, spunky heroine, and an enchanting cast of secondary characters. Let me just state upfront: I love Rogan McBain! McBain is a former military hero, who is described as very large and capable. Because of his great size, many fear McBain, but his rough exterior hides a tender soul. McBain can be tough, when needed, but he is protective and loving to those weaker than himself. Faye has not had it easy, for she was abused as a child and made to use her gifts for an evil man's purposes. As a result, Faye fears and distrusts men. It takes McBain's love and patience to help her overcome her past. The secondary characters are intriguing and come alive on their own, and I'm looking forward to reading the first two books in the series. CHARMING THE DEVIL goes on my keeper shelf.
Note: This book is owned by me and I gave an impartial review.
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
I thought I would start a list of heroines who annoyed me. I will add to it as my list grows.
1. Clare in ASHES OF MIDNIGHT
2. Prisca in THE WOLF NEXT DOOR
This is just my opinion. Feel free to tell me the names of your latest annoyances.
Posted by Marlene Breakfield at 1:42 PM
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
I love to read, actually I'm addicted and will admit to it. I've been a reviewer for several sites for awhile and enjoy writing reviews. Because of this, I plan to write at least one review a week. However, this is not carved in stone. (Refer back to the title of my blog) Because I'm a pet lover, I'm owned by six cats and one three-legged dog. My other addiction is movies and tv, so when I find something good, I'll let y'all know. Enough for now, gotta go watch NCIS.
Posted by Marlene Breakfield at 3:25 PM