Saved by Darkness (Darkness #6) by Katie Reus-a review

SAVED BY DARKNESS (Darkness #6) by Katie Reus-a review

Saved by Darkness

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ABOUT THE BOOK: Release Date February 21, 2017

He thought he lost her decades ago.

Half-demon, half-dragon shifter Ian McCabe is hellbent on getting back the only woman he’s ever loved. When Fiona O’Riley kicked him out of her life decades ago, he thought she was gone for good. Now that she’s back, nothing will stop him from claiming her. But she wants nothing to do with him—or his family.

She’ll do anything to save him.

Fiona knows that Ian is the only male for her. The only way to keep him alive is to stay away from him. But when tragedy strikes and they discover a wicked agenda for the mass murder of humans, they must work together to take down the enemies that threaten everyone. But there’s so much more on the line. As their undeniable desire intensifies, they’re faced with an unbearable choice. If Fiona and Ian succumb to their temptation, mating could be the last thing they ever do.

Length: NOVEL
Author note: Saved by Darkness can be read as a stand-alone novel with an HEA and no cliffhangers.

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REVIEW: SAVED BY DARKNESS is the sixth installment in Katie Reus’s contemporary, adult DARKNESS paranormal, fantasy series. This is half-demon, half dragon shifter Ian McCabe, and dragon shifter Fiona O’Riley’s story line. SAVED BY DARKNESS can be read as a stand alone without any difficulty. Any important information from previous story lines is revealed where necessary.

Told from several third person perspectives including Ian and Fiona using present day and the past, SAVED BY DARKNESS is a second chance story line for Ian and Fiona. Fifty two years earlier Ian knew that Fiona was the one-his mate- and the woman that called to his heart. But Fiona’s sudden rejection and subsequent mating to another dragon caught our hero off guard never completely understanding what happened or why. Fast forward to present day New Orleans where Fiona is now the director of a shelter for abused and battered supernatural women. The shelter sits on the periphery of the Stavros Estate, run by the shifter Alpha Finn Stavros, and Finn wants an introduction to the woman who has helped rescue a number of abused shifter females. Enter Ian McCabe, half-demon/half-dragon shifter whose history with Fiona is heartbreaking and sad. Ian wants a second chance with the woman he has never stopped loving but the disappearance of Fiona’s co-worker Ava has the supernatural beings working together to uncover the threats against one of their own. The Hell-realm calls, and half-demon Ian knows his true nature will be revealed when Fiona’s life hangs in the balance and time is in limited supply. What ensues is the rekindling romance between Fiona and Ian, and the couple’s struggle to find the source of a magical poison that is killing the human population en masse.

The relationship between Fiona and Ian is one of second chances. Fifty two years earlier Fiona walked away in order to protect the only man she would ever love. Present day finds her love for Ian has never waivered but the threats against his life still linger in the present. Ian McCabe’s life was destroyed the day Fiona disappeared, and he has never stopped loving the woman that called to his heart. Finding his half-siblings allowed Ian to become part of the family but he will never truly be a part of the pack. The $ex scenes are intimate and seductive.

We are reintroduced to Ian’s half-brothers: club-owner Bo Broussard and his mate Nyx (Hunted by Darkness), Rory and his mate Liberty (Into the Darkness), and half-sister Cynara-all half-demons with a father in common; as well as a large number of the Stavros pack including the alpha wolf Finn, his vampire mate Lyra (Darkness Awakened), and their daughter Vega; and supernatural healer Ophelia, and wolf shifter Gray –who may or may not have found his mate in Ophelia. The Hell realm reveals a troubling trend when another one of Ian’s half-siblings is caught up in the drama. The requisite evil has many faces that are familiar to our story line couple.

SAVED BY DARKNESS is a complex and detailed story line focusing on family, betrayal, power and control. The premise is unique and intense; the characters are animated, spirited and energetic; the romance is passionate and intense. Katie Reus’s addicting world of the supernatural brings together dragons, and shifters, and demons-oh my !

Previous reviews and reading order

Book 1-DARKNESS AWAKENED is available for ONLY 99¢ at Amazon.com / Amazon.ca

Darkness Awakened
Taste of Darkness
Beyond the Darkness
Hunted by Darkness
Into The Darkness
Saved by Darkness

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Reviewed by Sandy

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Wyvern’s Warrior (Dragons of Incendium #3) by Deborah Cooke-a review

WYVERN’S WARRIOR (Dragons of Incendium #3) by Deborah Cooke-a review

Wyvern's Warrior

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About the book: Release Date December 27, 2017

A mysterious stranger arrives on Incendium in secret, but is intercepted by princess Thalina when he tries to break into the palace. Abducted and held captive, Thalina finds herself intrigued by the dangerous mercenary who seems to have no heart at all, and strangely sympathetic to his quest. Has he cast a spell over her, or is she the only one to see his hidden truth?

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REVIEW: WYVERN’S WARRIOR is the third full length installment in Deborah Cooke’s DRAGONS OF INCENDIUM adult, paranormal, sci-fi romance series focusing on the twelve royal princesses of Incendium. This is princess Thalina, and Acion’s story line. WYVERN’S WARRIOR can be read as a stand alone without any difficulty but I recommend reading the series in order as the author adds a short story between each installment revealing some background information about the preceding story.

SOME BACKGROUND: For fans of Cooke’s previous series about dragons, THE DRAGONS OF INCENDIUM is NOT connected to, or a spinoff from, her best selling Dragonfire series. The current series focuses on female dragon shifters of Incendium searching for their ‘HeartKeeper’-their mate- and the ‘Carrier of the Seed’.

Told from several third person perspectives including Thalina and Acion, WYVERN’S WARRIOR follows princess Thalina as she believes she has found the ‘Carrier of the Seed’. When an unknown and unwelcome visitor arrives on the planet Incendium Thalina knows immediately he is the ‘Carrier of the Seed.’ But something is different about Acion, and if her suspicions are true, Acion will become the victim of an ancient law that will destroy the man with whom she is falling in love. What ensues is a the building relationship between Acion and Thalina; Acion’s ascension into cognition and his humanity; and the struggle to stay one step ahead of two colliding forces determined to destroy Acion and everything he represents.

WYVERN’S WARRIOR is a story of determination and love; specieism and a millennia’s old law that warrants a look into the possibility of change; of heartbreak, falling in love, and finding one’s ‘HeartKeeper’. The premise is entertaining; the romance is sexy and imaginative; the characters are fated and animated. WYVERN’S WARRIOR is a story of action, adventure, and romance where two individuals find one another against the odds.

Reading Order & Previous Reviews
Wyvern’s Mate
Nero’s Dream
Wyvern’s Prince
Arista’s Legacy
Wyvern’s Warrior

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Reviewed by Sandy

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Twisted Desire (Titan World Novella #2) by Sharon Kay-a review

Twisted Desire (Titan World  Novella #2) by Sharon Kay-a review

Twisted Desire

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ABOUT THE BOOK: Release Date January 24, 2017

From New York Times bestselling author Cristin Harber and Award-winning author Sharon Kay comes an exciting collaboration…

Rhys MacLeod is a warrior first and a hacker second. Preserving the balance of power among supernatural beings is his prime directive, as well as keeping it far from human eyes. The discovery of a man killed by magical force on a Chicago street lands him on an op he didn’t expect. He’s good, but solving this crime requires a call to the best of the best.

Parker Black of Titan Group never met a network he couldn’t infiltrate. Along with Titan team member Locke Oliver and Megan, a scientist who witnessed the murder, they uncover a maze of encrypted files and unethical DNA manipulation.

Rhys is duty bound to keep all supernatural details hidden from his human friends, so identifying the killer becomes more complicated when clues indicate the perp isn’t human. And when the murderer shows up at their location, every second counts before its true nature is revealed.

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REVIEW:  Mystery, suspense, man candy, complete with some sizzling romance and you got yourself an awesome package of a novella to read. Of course as I always say, anything by Sharon Kay is always a pleasure to read. It was a pleasure to see Rhys, Enza and Jude from my favorite realm of Torth again yet it was fun to meet new characters as well. In this book we get introduced to the world of Titan where we get to meet brilliant hacker Parker and charming Locke.

When a murder takes place, it concerns Rhys to do damage control to ensure the secrecy of the realm of Torth. In order to do this damage control, Rhys calls on help from Parker and Locke. In the midst of solving this mystery of who committed the murder, shocking revelations are discovered and a romance blossoms between Locke and Megan, the scientist who also further assists them with solving the case.

As much as I enjoyed the novella, I did feel it was a tad short. I would have liked to see more of Locke and Megan’s romance as well as know what happened to the guilty party of the murder. Overall I appreciated how seamless Sharon Kay blended in the plots nicely, the solving of the murder, the romance going on between Locke and Megan as well as stolen cute moments of Rhys and Enza. It’s always a strength of Sharon Kay to blend in several different plots but not lose sight of the main story arc. A nice quick stop for mystery, suspense, romance and a little taste of paranormal.

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Viper (Vampires of Hollywood #1) by Madisyn Ashmore-a review

VIPER: A Vampire Romance (Vampires of Hollywood #1) by Madisyn Ashmore-a review

Viper

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ABOUT THE BOOK: Release Date January 26, 2017

What turns me on? YOU.

Caleb Crane is a ripped and protective vampire who knows exactly what he wants. And what he wants is the sexy young lawyer, Abby March, who just showed up in Hollywood.

And then something shocking emerges from Abby’s past that changes everything. A secret so dark, she can’t hide from it or run away any longer. Will Caleb stay and fight for Abby, or will her shocking secret ruin everything?

Compulsively readable, Viper is a passionate, enthralling vampire romance and a must-read for paranormal fiction fans.

This is Book One in the Vampires of Hollywood series, and it’s also a great standalone alpha male romance with a HEA, No Cheating, and No Cliffhanger. This story is steamy, spicy, sexy, and hot. You’ve been warned.

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REVIEW: VIPER is the first installment in Madisyn Ashmore’s contemporary, adult VAMPIRES OF HOLLYWOOD erotic, paranormal romance series. This is Hollywood director Caleb Crane, and lawyer Abby March’s story line.

Told from first person point of view (Abby) VIPER focuses on the building relationship between Hollywood director and vampire Caleb Crane, and lawyer Abby March. Abby is a new lawyer struggling to find employment in the cut-throat city of Hollywood, California. Living with her best friend and movie star Natalie allows Abby the time to search for the perfect job. But meeting Natalie’s neighbor, the infamous and sexy Caleb Crane, throws all of Abby’s good senses out the door. When Caleb offers Abby the position of his new legal advisor Abby will soon learn there is something different about the man with whom she will fall in love. What ensues is the building relationship between human and vampire, and Caleb’s need to protect Abby from a potential threat from her past.

The attraction between Abby and Caleb is immediate but Abby knows there is something different about Caleb Crane. Our heroine is aware that vampires exist, and she suspects the man with whom she is falling in love may be the one of the creatures of the night. Caleb is a vampire who struggles to keep hidden his attraction to his new employee but there is something about Abby that lures Caleb to the woman that calls to his heart. When Abby’s life is threated, Caleb knows that the only way to keep her safe is to bring her to the ‘dark side’. The $ex scenes are intimate, erotic and intense without the use of sexually graphic, over the top language and text.

Throughout the story Caleb tends to keep secret much of his past and in this I struggled because we learn very little about the man who is the focus on the story. I was hoping to learn a little bit more about the man in question.

We are introduced to Abby’s best friend and roommate Natalie-a super star in Hollywood, and a woman whose romantic interest is a man not unlike our story line hero. Ansel Walker is an actor whose previous relationship with Natalie was destroyed by alcohol and drugs. There are a number of secondary and supporting characters including the beautiful Sophie Richards, Caleb’s housekeep Emiko, and the Queen of the vampires Reina. The requisite evil comes from another supernatural creature-the Lycan-who are out to destroy the vampires and all they hold dear.

VIPER is a vampire story with some similarities to Twilight including the relationship between Abby and Caleb that cannot be ignored. The premise is entertaining and spicy; the characters are familiar but colorful; the romance is fated and passionate. VIPER is a provocative and sexy look at vampires, romance and the Hollywood machine.

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Reviewed by Sandy

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Blood Vow (Black Dagger Legacy #2) by J. R. Ward-a review

BLOOD VOW (Black Dagger Legacy #2) by J. R. Ward-a review

Blood Vow

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ABOUT THE BOOK: Release Date December 6, 2016

The Black Dagger Brotherhood continues to train the best of the best to join them in the deadly battle against the Lessening Society. Among the new recruits, Axe proves to be a cunning and vicious fighter—and also a loner isolated because of personal tragedy. When an aristocratic female needs a bodyguard, Axe takes the job, though he’s unprepared for the animal attraction that flares between him and the one he is sworn to protect.

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REVIEW: BLOOD VOW is the second installment in J. R. Ward’s contemporary, adult BLACK DAGGER LEGACY paranormal, romance series-a spin off from Ward’s number one selling Black Dagger Brotherhood series. BLOOD VOW follows two separate paths that converge and overlap throughout the story. This is BDB recruit Axe, and aristocratic female/ psychology major Elise’s storyline, as well as Mary and Rhage’s struggle to keep their small family together.

NOTE: If you have NOT read THE BEAST there may be some spoilers in my review.

Told from several third person points of view BLOOD VOW looks at family, friendship, brotherhood and love. Axe, a BDB warrior in training has lost everything in his life. Alone, unmated and angry at the world Axe finds himself in need of a quick influx of cash and when an opportunity presents itself our hero ‘volunteers’ to be the personal bodyguard to a member of the glymera. Enter Elise, an aristocratic female vampire, who is struggling for her independence from an over protective father following the recent murder of a female cousin. What ensues is the back and forth developing relationship between a woman of wealth, and a man who believes he is not worthy of love, and the Legacy trainees dangerous encounter with the Lessening Society.

Rhage and Mary couldn’t be happier now that their family has grown with the addition of Bitty- the young, pre-trans female vampire whose earlier years were marked with neglect and abuse. But Rhage and Mary always knew that Bitty was not completely without blood relations and their worst fears are realized when someone answers their social media search. What ensues is Rhage and Mary’s struggle to keep strong facing the possibility of losing the little girl everyone has grown to love.

BLOOD VOW is an emotional story line that divides its’ focus between the The Black Dagger Legacy, and the original BDB characters but I felt that Mary and Rhage’s story line would have been better suited to the original series as it continues the premise started in THE BEAST. Mary and Rhage are NOT part of the Legacy and yet their emotional battle to retain the child that they love takes up a good portion of BLOOD VOW.

All of the previous story line characters play secondary and supporting roles-Paradise, Peyton, Craeg, Novo and Boone, as well as the introduction of Ruhn who may or may not have caught the eye of the BDB’s legal counsel Saxton. Several (if not most) members of the Black Dagger Brotherhood have cameo roles throughout the story including our resident fallen angel Lassiter whose Christmas plans are left hanging in the balance.

BLOOD VOW is a remarkable story line; an engaging, creative and spirited look at one couple’s struggle to keep their family together; and one man’s desire to be accepted by the woman that he loves. The premise is dramatic and heartbreaking; the characters are colorful and energetic; the romance is passionate and intense. J. R. Ward’s BLOOD VOW is a revealing and intense story of family and love.

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Blood Kiss
Blood Vow

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Reviewed by Sandy

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Her Dark Past (Corde Noire Society #4) by Alexandrea Weis-Review, Book Tour & Giveaway

HER DARK PAST (The Corde Noire Series #4) by Alexandrea Weis-Review, Book Tour and Giveaway

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HER DARK PAST
The Corde Noire Society Series #4
by Alexandrea Weis
Genre: adult, contemporary, paranormal, erotic, romance
Release Date: January 23, 2017

Her Dark Past

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ABOUT THE BOOK: Release Date January 23, 2017

Add to you GOODREADS shelf.

Brynn Adler is a writer with a unique ability—everywhere she goes, images of the past haunt her.

After taking over the estate of her murdered ex-husband, Nathan Cole, Brynn is at the center of a mystery. A mystery the ruthless members of the Corde Noire Society want solved. Sent to discover Brynn’s secret, Declan Corinth plans to arouse her former submissive ways. There’s just one problem … he knows nothing about being a Dom. If Declan doesn’t get what the Corde Noire requires, Brynn Adler could become its next victim. Can he win her trust in time? The clock is ticking.
To uncover the past, embrace the darkness.

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REVIEW: HER DARK PAST is the fourth and final installment in Alexandrea Weis’s contemporary, adult THE CORDE NOIRE slightly paranormal, erotic romance, BDSM series focusing on the members of an elite, secretive society known as Corde Noire. This is businessman Declan Corinth, and erotic, romance writer Brynn Adler’s story line. HER DARK PAST can be read as a stand alone but for cohesion and backstory, I recommend reading the series in order as there is an ongoing investigation and search for answers about the murder of Nathan Cole whose story was told in book one DARK PERCEPTION. There is also a crossover connection with Alexandrea’s COVER TO COVERS series with Cary Anderson (The Bondage Club #3) and Donovan Books as Brynn Adler’s agent and publisher.

Told from several third person perspectives including Brynn and Declan HER DARK PAST continues to focus on the search for the person responsible for the murder of billionaire businessman Nathan Cole. Brynn Adler is Nathan Coles’s ex-wife, and the woman about to take over all of his assets and possessions. As a member of the infamous Corde Noire Society- an exclusive BDSM club- Nathan’s murder casts questionable doubt amongst the members of the Corde Noire. Enter Declan Corinth, a former sub and a reluctant Dom who is tasked with ferreting out whatever information he can from our story line heroine. What ensues is the building romance between Brynn and Declan, and the revelation about the who and why of Nathan Cole’s demise.

Brynn Adler has a psychic connection to the past; when she steps into a room she is able to ‘see’ the events that have occurred, and Ren Plancharde, the current head of the Corde Noire Society, needs whatever information Brynn Adler is able to reveal. Declan Corinth owes much of his current success to artist Ren Plancharde, and all debts will be wiped clean if Declan is able to seduce Brynn into revealing the information about the person(s) responsible for Nathan’s death.

The relationship between Declan and Brynn begins as a lie. Declan is a reluctant Dom ordered to seduce Brynn into a D/s relationship-a relationship and lifestyle that once destroyed Brynn’s marriage to Nathan Cole- a man whose sexual proclivities bent towards the dangerous and dark. As the story line progresses Brynn begins to place her trust in a man whose attraction to Brynn is marred by a debt owed to Ren Plancharde. The $ex scenes are intimate, erotic and intense although Declan’s attempts to Dominate are fraught with guilt and sorrow. Brynn’s reluctance to re-enter the D/s lifestyle casts an aura of questionable consent.

The world building continues to focus on the murder of Nathan Cole. Nathan’s ghost continues to ‘haunt’ a number of the story line characters including our heroine Brynn Adler, and Ms. Sabine Cleo- a woman with mystical powers that currently holds Nathan Cole’s spirit hostage and prevents him from moving on. We are introduced to Gabriel Durand, Ms. Cleo’s nephew, and a man with some extraordinary powers of his own. Gabriel will be featured in Alexandrea Weis’s new spin-off series THE MISTRESS MAKER- as the new head of the Corde Noire Society.

HER DARK PAST is an intriguing, exciting and revealing story line. The true nature of Nathan Cole’s murder, and the people responsible, comes to light but Nathan’s spirit will continue to haunt this plane of existence. The premise is sexy, enchanting, spirited and inventive; the characters are sensual and passionate; the romance is moving and emotional. HER DARK PAST is an enthralling and magical story line; a must read for fans of Alexandrea Weis and her CORDE NOIRE series.

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Dark Perception
Dark Attraction
His Dark Canvas
Her Dark Past

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Reviewed by Sandy

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In the back of the Mercedes, Brynn was wiping the raindrops from her face and neck when the rear passenger door flew open and another person scooted inside.
She almost screamed for her driver when she saw the man in the sharply cut black suit slide into the seat next to her. His riveting blue eyes fixated on her, and Brynn’s mouth dropped open.
Oh, shit!
“Well, well, Brynn Alder,” he said in a voice akin to honey. “I thought that was you. Forgive the intrusion, but I have wanted to meet you. I’m Declan Corinth.” He held out his hand.
Brynn stared at his hand as if it was a nuclear missile. What in the hell is he doing here?
When her eyes rose to his face, his good looks made her mouth go dry. With black wavy hair and sharp blue eyes, he was even sexier than his portrait. Declan’s features were sharp, but his nose was a little flat and his chin somewhat small compared to his square jaw. He had thin lips that complimented his looks. Just the idea of kissing those lips made Brynn want to—
Shake his hand! “Mr. Corinth.” She took his hand. “Why are you in my car?”
While holding her hand, his eyes examined her face, sending a tingling sensation up from Brynn’s toes.
“I was coming to Ren’s, and I saw you. I’m ashamed to say I’m a fan, Ms. Adler. I’ve read all your books. I think your interpretation of the BDSM lifestyle is unique.”
“Interesting choice of words, Mr. Corinth.” The fact that the attractive man had read her books was even more unnerving than his being in her car. “Are you familiar with BDSM?”
He kept a firm grip on her hand. “I have several associates who are ardent admirers of the lifestyle.”
She yanked her hand away. “By associates, I take it you mean Ren and his little society.”
“Ren is a business associate, Ms. Adler. As for his society, I’m familiar with it.”
She sat back in her seat, studying Declan’s compelling features. “How did you end up in one of his portraits?”
He hiked up a dark eyebrow, his eyes brimming with amusement. “You’ve seen the painting? And what did you think?”
“Ren told me a local businesswoman commissioned it. She was apparently quite taken with you.”
“Mabel Bergeron was more than taken with me. She was obsessed.”
Declan’s soulful chuckle resonated in Brynn’s groin, and then she was struck by the name. “Mabel Bergeron? But she ….” Her voice trailed off, afraid to say what she was thinking.
“She owns a bondage club in the Garden District.” Declan sat back in his seat. “Your ex-husband was a frequent customer of hers. We met at Mabel’s club.”
A cold realization settled over Brynn. Declan Corinth was a player—a Dom. How else would he know about the bondage club Nathan had belonged to, or be friends with Ren Plancharde? Feeling foolish, Brynn glanced at Bob, still awaiting instructions behind the wheel.
“I should go. I’m keeping you from your meeting with Ren.”
“Nonsense.” Declan motioned for Bob to start the car. “I’ll see you back to The Shallows. You shouldn’t be alone today.”
“You know where I live?”
“I heard you took over Nathan’s old penthouse.”
Brynn’s reservations mounted as the engine roared to life. “No, Bob, wait,” she called. “Mr. Corinth was just leaving.”
The shock in Declan’s blue eyes was entertaining. She suspected that, being a Dom, he wasn’t used to having a woman tell him what to do.
With a curt nod, he reached for the car door and then glanced back at her. “Can I ask you a question?”
His voice reminded her of a dark whiskey. Smooth, soulful, and reaching down to her—
“Of course, Mr. Corinth.”
He shimmied closer to her. “It’s Declan, not Mr. Corinth.”
Her toes were tingling again. “What would you like to know?”
“How do you get ideas for your stories? They seem so real.”
Brynn shook her head, convinced that he was baiting her. If he was an associate of Ren’s and knew Nathan, then he must have known of her past.
“A writer never divulges where she gets her inspiration.” Brynn smugly sat back in her seat. “Good evening, Mr. Corinth.”
The surly grin he gave her damn near knocked her to the car floor. He was even more devastating when he was angry.
Declan shoved the card door open. As the sound of the rain hitting the sidewalk drifted into the car, he said, “We’ll see each other again, Ms. Adler.”
Brynn just smiled and waited for him to leave.
He bounded into the pouring rain and slammed the door closed. Brynn sank into her cold leather seat as he jogged through the open gate and into Ren’s pristine courtyard.
“No, we will not see each other again, Mr. Corinth.” She rocked her head back and closed her eyes. “That would be very dangerous for me.”

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alexandrea-weis1 Alexandrea Weis is an advanced practice registered nurse who was born and raised in New Orleans. Her first novel, To My Senses, introduced readers to the world of Nicci Beauvoir and garnered numerous awards and rave reviews. Her popular second Nicci Beauvoir novel, Recovery, won the Gold Medal for best romantic suspense from The Reader’s Favorite Book Awards 2011, and was named best Romantic Suspense novel by the Spring 2011 NABE Pinnacle Book Awards. Her fourth novel, Broken Wings, won best Contemporary Romance by the NABE Pinnacle Book Awards in 2012, was a Silver Medal winner in the ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year Awards for Romance, as well as a finalist in the Reader’s Favorite Book Awards for Contemporary Romance for 2012. Her last novel, Acadian Waltz received honorable mention at the Readers’ Favorite Book Awards for Best Contemporary Romance and was a Best Southern Fiction Finalist. A permitted wildlife rehabber with the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries, Weis rescues orphaned and injured wildlife. She lives with her husband and pets in New Orleans.

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Power Game (Ghostwalker #13) by Christine Feehan-Review and Giveaway

POWER GAME (Ghostwalker #13) by Christine Feehan-a review and giveaway

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POWER GAME
Ghostwalkers #13
by Christine Feehan
Genre: adult, contemporary, paranormal, romance
Release Date: January 24, 2017

Power Game

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ABOUT THE BOOK: Release Date January 24, 2017

When members of a United Nations joint security force are taken hostage by radical terrorists in Indonesia, Captain Ezekiel Fortunes is called to lead the rescue team. Part of a classified government experiment, Zeke is a supersoldier with enhanced abilities. He can see better and run faster than the enemy, disappear when necessary and hunt along any terrain. There are those in the world willing to do anything for power like that.

A mysterious woman with her own agenda rescues a captured GhostWalker soldier held by a secret enemy. Together they uncover a conspiracy that extends beyond the reaches of the US government and proves a deadly threat to national security…

A formidable spy genetically engineered to hide in plain sight, Bellisia rarely meets a man who doesn’t want to control her or kill her. But Zeke is different. His gaze, his touch—they awaken feelings inside her that she never thought possible. He’s the kind of man she could settle down with—if she can keep him alive.

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REVIEW: POWER GAME is the thirteenth installment in Christine Feehan’s contemporary, adult GHOSTWALKERS paranormal, romance series focusing on an elite group of ‘genetically enhanced’ men and women known as the Ghostwalkers. These ‘supersoldiers’ were part of an unauthorized government experiment performed by Dr. Peter Whitney-a man tantamount to evil incarnate. This is Ghostwalker Dr/Captain Ezekiel Fortunes, and Bellisia Adams’s story line. POWER GAME can be read as a stand alone without any difficulty although I recommend reading the series in order (especially the previous 2-3 installments) for cohesion and back story.

Told from several third person perspectives including Ezekiel and Bellisia POWER GAME returns to the Louisiana Bayou, and focuses on the take down of Senator Violet Smythe. Violet is a female Ghostwalker but a woman driven to become the most powerful person in the USA at the expense of her fellow female Ghostwalkers. Dr. Peter Whitney will send Bellisia Adams, a female Ghostwalker with ‘unusual DNA’ to ferret out Violet’s plans with the intent that our heroine returns to Whitney’s compound to reveal all of Violet’s secrets including her plans to destroy Ghostwalker Team 4 and anyone with insect or reptilian DNA. Enter Ezekiel Fortunes, a Ghostwalker targeted by Violet Smythe, and the man who has been genetically matched to our story line heroine. What ensues is the struggle to keep one step ahead of both Whitney and Smythe, and the building relationship between Ezekiel and Bellisia.

The relationship between Ezekiel and Bellisia is a dramatic change from several of Feehan’s previous story line couples including the relationship between Trap and Cayenne (Spider Game #12)-a relationship that bordered on abusive and controlling. Our current hero Ezekiel Fortunes, although alpha and protective, is also a man who does not use power or abuse to control or protect the woman he claims to love. The building love and partnership is an equal and balanced relationship in that our heroine is just as capable of making her own choices and decisions as the man with whom she is falling in love. The one hundred and eighty degree turn in the author’s writing style is a welcome relief. The $ex scenes are limited although seductive and intense.

In Power Game, the author tries to justify Trap’s abusive behavior towards his mate in Spider Game (Ghostwalker 12) by backtracking and proclaiming Trap suffers with Asperger’s syndrome-a neurobiological disorder on the higher end of the autism spectrum thus rendering him with issues of social and communication skills. The ‘Asperger’s’ story line is new and never once mentioned in the previous installment thusly I suspect the author is trying to justify her hero’s behavior to appease the many negative comments about the abusive and controlling character.

There is a large ensemble cast of secondary and supporting characters. We are reintroduced to several members of the Ghostwalker Team 4: Gino ‘Phantom’ Mazza and Draden ‘Sandman’ Freeman, psychic surgeon Joe Spagnola whose own potential DNA match is revealed, newcomer Rubin Campo, as well as Ezekiel’s brothers Malichai and Mordichai Fortunes; the female Ghostwalkers Cayenne, Pepper and her Ghostwalker husband Wyatt, and their triplets Ginger, Thym and Cannelle; and we cannot forget about Grace ‘Nonny’ Fontenot-sadly Gator is no where to be seen. We are introduced to Bellisia’s friend, a war veteran named Donny, and her ‘handlers’ Adam and Gerald whose own Ghostwalker DNA may be a cause for concern. The requisite evil comes with many names and faces including Violet Smythe and a Chinese businessman named Cheng angling for the Ghostwalker technology. If only by way of mention there are a number of female Ghostwalkers waiting for rescue: Zara, Shylah, Scarlett, Blue, Cat and Amaryllis-I am suspecting these ladies will be matched with several members of Team 4.

Unlike some of the other installments in the series, there is a large amount of military jargon and technical information as it pertains to a rescue mission in Indonesia, and Ezekiel’s Navy SEALs although it does not interfere with the understanding or enjoyment of the story line.

POWER GAME is a story of action, suspense, betrayal and revenge. The slow building romance is almost secondary to the overall plot but the relationship is dramatic and captivating none-the-less. The premise is engaging and entertaining; the characters are colorful, animated and inspiring; the romance is passionate and sensual. POWER GAME is a thrilling and powerful return to the original Christine Feehan brand of paranormal romance.

Copy supplied by the publisher through Netgalley

Reviewed by Sandy

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Feversong by Karen Marie Moning – a Review

Feversong by Karen Marie Moning – a Review

 

Feversong
Fever series – Book #9
by Karen Marie Moning
Release Date: January 17. 2017

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Description:
Karen Marie Moning returns with the epic conclusion to her pulse-pounding Fever series, where a world thrown into chaos grows more treacherous at every turn. As Mac, Barrons, Ryodan, and Jada struggle to restore control, enemies become allies, right and wrong cease to exist, and the lines between life and death, lust and love, disappear completely.

Black holes loom menacingly over Dublin, threatening to destroy the Earth. Yet the greatest danger is the one MacKayla Lane has unleashed from within: the Sinsar Dubh—a sentient book of unthinkable evil—has possessed her body and will stop at nothing in its insatiable quest for power.

The fate of Man and Fae rests on destroying the book and recovering the long-lost Song of Making, the sole magic that can repair the fragile fabric of the Earth. But to achieve these aims, sidhe-seers, the Nine, Seelie, and Unseelie must form unlikely alliances and make heart-wrenching choices. For Barrons and Jada, this means finding the Seelie Queen who alone can wield the mysterious song, negotiating with a lethal Unseelie prince hell-bent on ruling the Fae courts, and figuring out how to destroy the Sinsar Dubh while keeping Mac alive.

This time, there’s no gain without sacrifice, no pursuit without risk, no victory without irrevocable loss. In the battle for Mac’s soul, every decision exacts a tremendous price

 

Review:

Feversong by Karen Marie Moning is the 9th and final book in her fantastic Fever series.  I am a big fan of the Fever series and Karen Moning.  When I heard that Feversong would be the end of Mac & Barrons story, I could not wait to get my hands on this book.  The fact that I was able to finish the book (560 pages) in one day proves how good an author is that you are so immersed into the story that you could not stop reading; and Moning is one of the best.  I have loved my time in the Fever world, and loved loved these great characters; Mac, Barrons, Dani/Jada, Ryodan, Cruce/VLane, etc.  Even the secondary, as well as evil characters were all great.

In Feversong, Mac finally takes control of her destiny and becomes what we had hoped she would be.  When we left off in the last book, the evil Sinsar Dubh takes control of Mac after she saves herself and Dani.  Along the way the evil being in control threatens anyone who stands in the way, which includes the death of some characters we have known for awhile.  Also in Dublin and around the world, things are falling apart, with Earth slowly crumbling.  

The group who has led us here throughout this series tries desperately to find a way to stop the Sinsar Dubh and try to stop the overall destruction.  Mac will find a way to rise up and become a strong fierce person and take control again; but for how long and for what cost?

What follows is an exciting, pulse-pounding action filled adventure that at times is dark and terrifying, and other times gloriously happy and romantic.  I do not want to give spoilers, since each fan of this series needs to read Feversong.  I loved how Mac became what I had hoped she would, and loved the sweet conclusion to her and Barrons arc.  I love everything about Dani, who has been one of my favorites from the beginning.  To see her have the strength of the tough confident Jada was great, but to see my Dani back was awesome.  Ryodan was his normal self; controlled and always looking out for Dani, even to letting her go…just a little.  Dancer was a surprise and this was a nice, but bittersweet element to the story.  Cruce/Vlane was either his nasty side, or the charming friend that Mac trusted at one time.  I loved finally learning more about Dani’s Shazam.  What is he?  Is he real? You will have to read Feversong to find out.

The last third of the book was wild and emotional.  So much happens that you cannot blink, and you will need some tissues close by.  As I have noted before, in the Fever series, Moning has given us some wonderful complex characters that have kept us along for this emotional  roller coaster of a ride. I loved Feversong, but please please Karen, even if this is the end of the Mac/Barrons story; I want and need more of Dani, as she has so much more to tell.  Thank you Karen Marie Moning for another fantastic story.

Reviewed by Barb

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