Mating Needs by Milly Taiden – Review & Giveaway

Mating Needs by Milly Taiden – Review & Giveaway

 

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A cougar shifter meets his mate and match in this latest sexy paranormal adventure in the A.L.F.A. series as another Alpha League Federal Agent finds love and passion in the midst of danger by the New York Times bestselling author of Elemental Mating.

 

Review:

Mating Needs by Milly Taiden is the second book in her A.L.F.A series.  When I read the first book in this series (Elemental Mating), I had mixed feelings and was not sure I would continue reading this, but since I did like the shifter theme, I decided I would give the next book a chance.  I am glad I did. I really enjoyed Mating Needs.   This book also had a lot of humor, but it was very well done, and seriously fun, exciting and endearing throughout the book.

Ameralla Capone, our heroine, is a Mafia princess, who is totally different than most princesses.  When we meet Amie, she is doing personal business in her bank, when a robbery occurs.  Amie recognizes two of her cousins behind the robbery attempt, with one getting killed.  Amie is beside herself to watch her good cousin die, and despite the danger, tells the detective she will testify what she saw against her bad cousin. 

Frank Dubois, our hero, is a member of the A.L.F. A.  ( Alpha League Federal Agent), who is assigned to be the bodyguard for Amie.  But when they meet, there is a big surprise….Frank and Amie were lovers back in their college days, when she up and left him.  Frank has never forgotten Amie, who is the love of his life and as it turns out..his Mate.  Frank is a cougar shifter, which helps him be one of the best agents A.L.F.A. needs.

Amie is in trouble, as her Mafia uncle will do anything to find her.  Unbeknownst to most people, Amie has a young son, whom she worries about because he has some strange quirks, like claws coming out on his hands.  Amie thinks the boy is seriously ill, and tries to teach him to not show anyone.

What follows is Amie and Frank spending all their spare time together, as this second chance romance builds very quickly.  The lust for each other is sizzling hot, something neither can resist.  This is definitely a sexy romance, with lots of sexual scenes.  But the best part of this story, is the fun when Frank takes Amie to live in his mom’s house in home town (all shifters) to protect her.  I loved this part, as it was a blast, especially since Amie did not know about shifters. The townspeople were great, as Amie shows the women how to dress, or change their business to look nicer and how to treat their men.  I got such a kick out of the comments made early on that almost gave away the secret….send the cat; she has many bunnies; he’s a wolf, etc.  When Amie finds the truth, she did accept it really well, and laughed at those hints.  

Mating Needs turned out to be an exciting suspense story line, but the fun humor elevated this to a different level that made this book such a enjoyable read.  You can read this very well as a standalone.  Milly Taiden won me over in this book.

Reviewed by Barb

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Gray Wolf Mate by Dianna Love – a Review

Gray Wolf Mate by Dianna Love – a Review

 

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Eight years ago, shifters came out to the public and, since then, the world has never been the same for many.

Tess Janver and Cole Cavanaugh fell deeply in love in college … then he disappeared without a word. She feared the worst, or thought she had. After seven years, he returns as a beefed up version of his former self. That’s not the only thing different. As someone working in a preternatural criminal investigation unit and the daughter of a senator determined to rid the world of dangerous shifters, Tess is caught between performing her duty to humans, protecting the only family she has left and risking her heart to a man who once destroyed it.

Cole had no choice in becoming a Gallize shifter and now faces a deadline from a fatal mating curse he can’t stop. The only woman he’s ever loved is human and wouldn’t survive bonding with him. He never planned on Tess finding out he was a wolf shifter, but she’s in danger from a rogue pack. He’s not leaving until she’s safe … and he has a chance to redeem himself in her eyes before his time is up.

 

 

Review:

Gray Wolf Mate by Dianna Love is the first book in her new League Of Gallize Shifters series.  I was very excited when I found out that Dianna Love was doing a new series revolving around shifters, and I always enjoy whatever Dianna creates for us.   Upon finishing Gray Wolf Mate, I am happy to say that I loved it.

Cole Cavanaugh is a wolf shifter who works for an elite group of shifters called Gallize, who are run by an ancient and powerful shifter, and they are the good guys, who secretly protect humans from the bad shifter groups.  Shifters became known  8 years ago, when a jackal shifter exposed them, causing them to be constantly watched, especially with some other shifter groups at war with each other.  

Cole is on assignment to stop a shipment of a lethal drug, as well as to find his missing friend and member of his team. When he tries to save an elderly homeless woman, Cole realizes he has walked into a trap, and the warehouse explodes.

Tess Janver, our heroine, works for SCIS ( preternatural criminal investigation unit) , who monitor and investigate issues with shifters.   7 years ago, Tess and Cole were college lovers, but one night he disappeared and she never saw him again. Tess does not recognize the badly damaged shifter in the hospital, who unbeknownst to her is in danger from other shifters who want to kill him

This is an exciting, action packed adventure that will have Tess question her knowledge of shifters, and how her Senator father was determined to have them all under confinement; and her shock on discovering that the injured man was Cole. Can Tess forgive or even trust Cole, especially since he is now a shifter?

Tess and Cole can feel the electrical attraction between them is still alive and even stronger. Cole and his wolf can identify that Tess is their mate, but Cole does not want this life for her. A slow built romance begins to sizzle, with both knowing their love is real, but can there be any future?  The jackal shifters, and the Black River pack are determined kill the Gallize shifters, which will also put Tess and Cole’s life in danger.

What follows is an exciting action packed story, but I do not want to give any spoilers, as saying too much more would ruin it for you.  The last half of the book was great, especially as we raced to the wild climatic ending;  it was an edge of your seat suspense that had us holding our breaths to find out if they would survive.  I loved Cole and Tess together, as well as Cole’s team members, who we will learn more about in future books.

As always, Dianna Love once again gives us another wonderful series for us to savor and enjoy. Gray Wolf Mate was a fun, exciting adventure; great sexy couple, wonderful secondary characters, and bad villains.  I cannot wait for the next book. I strongly suggest you start with Gray Wolf Mate and enjoy the ride.

Reviewed by Barb

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Dreaming of a White Wolf Christmas (White Wolf #1 / Heart of the Wolf #23) by Terry Spear-Review, Excerpt & Giveaway

DREAMING OF A WHITE WOLF CHRISTMAS (White Wolf #1 / Heart of the Wolf #23) by Terry Spear-Review, Excerpt & Giveaway
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In the first installment of Terry Spear’s bold, sexy White Wolf series, a romance writer’s life is changed forever when a white puppy bites her and turns her into an Arctic wolf shifter.

May all your Christmas wolves be bright…
Romance writer Candice Mayfair never missed a deadline in her life–until the playful bite of a werewolf puppy accidentally turns her into an Arctic wolf shifter. Talk about a life-changing event! Candice is at the end of her rope with the unpredictable shifting, a strong desire to howl, and the need to vacuum constantly to keep the shedding fur under control.

Enter werewolf private investigator Owen Nottingham. Owen has a new mission: convince the pretty she-wolf she needs to join his pack in time for Christmas…and be his mate. It’s the only way he can think of to keep her safe…

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REVIEW:  DREAMING OF A WHITE WOLF CHRISTMAS is the first installment in Terry Spear’s spin off, contemporary, adult WHITE WOLF paranormal, romance series and the twenty third installment in the continuing HEART OF THE WOLF series. This is Arctic white wolf shifter PI Owen Nottingham, and paranormal author/white wolf Candice (aka Clara Hart) Mayfair’s story line. DREAMING OF A WHITE WOLF CHRISTMAS can be read as a stand alone without any difficulty. Any important information from the previous story lines and series is revealed where necessary. As well, some of the characters and couples cross over from the author’s HEART OF THE JAGUAR series including Arctic wolf shifters Cameron and Faith MacPherson, and their wolf pup Corey whom we met in A VERY JAGUAR CHRISTMAS (October 2016).

Told from dual third person perspectives (Owen and Candice) DREAMING OF A WHITE WOLF CHRISTMAS follows the search for reluctant heiress Clara Hart. Two years earlier, while camping with some friends, Clara’s life changed the night she attempted to feed a hungry looking white wolf cub- a werewolf Arctic shifter-who accidently bit and transformed our story line heroine. Fast forward to present day and our heroine, who now goes by her professional name author Candice Mayfair, finds herself a lone wolf in a world she brings to life in her popular romance novels. Enter private investigator and Arctic wolf shifter Owen Nottingham, and the man with whom Candice will fall in love. What ensues is the quick building relationship between Candice and Owen, and the potential fall out as Candice and Owen battle the clock, and their shifts, as the deadline to claim Clara’s inheritance is fast approaching.

DREAMING OF A WHITE WOLF CHRISTMAS is a sweet story of family and friendship; of one man who discovers his other half; and one woman who finally finds a place where she belongs. There is no conflict between our leading couple; their attraction to one another is immediate and intense; Owen knows he has found the mate that calls to his heart. The $ex scenes are passionate; Clara/Candice’s questions about life as a wolf are entertaining and educational.

We are introduced to Owen’s business partners, friends and fellow Arctic wolf shifters David Davis, and Gavin Summerfield, as well as the familiarity of Cameron and Faith MacPherson, and their triplet wolf pups; Candice /Clara’s uncle Strom Hart, and Montana homicide detective Rowdy Sanderson who is aware of the supernatural world of shifters.

DREAMING OF A WHITE WOLF CHRISTMAS is a predictable but cute story line; an easy read. The author’s writing style is almost too simple for an adult novel. I don’t know when or where the change in style began but there is something different in the water-downed presentation within the last few tales of Terry’s paranormal shifters. The conflict is limited; everyone gets along; there is no competition for the few female shifters that are potential mates to the numerous single males. I am looking forward to Gavin and David’s storyline, as well as the possibility that Clara’s Uncle Strom will find someone to love.

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Reviewed by Sandy

 

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Candice had been writing for two days straight, working on her publisher’s book deadline, when she wrote the ending, smiled, and set the book aside. She would start proofing it tomorrow after she’d given her brain a break. Now she’d do what she always did when she finished a book or reached a good stopping point in one. Clean house. Check her backlog of emails. Pick up some more groceries. And take a run on the wolf side.She finished vacuuming and dusting, swearing every window must let in all the outdoors, and then started a batch of gingerbread cookie cutouts to celebrate the Christmas holiday season and finishing another book. While they were baking, she finally settled down to check her emails. Fan mail always came first, and one from her website got her attention right off. She opened it and read:

Hello, I’m Owen Nottingham, private investigator for White River Investigations, White River Falls, Minnesota. My client, Strom Hart, hired me to locate you. Your parents, John and Cynthia Hart, left you an inheritance, and you need to see the lawyer about it so you can claim it. I need to verify that
you are the right woman first. Is there any way we could meet and get this taken care of so you can collect your inheritance? Strom Hart will be the one to receive it by the end of the month otherwise. His assistant, Jim Winchester, said Mr. Hart is your uncle.

Candice reread the message, not believing her eyes, tears filling them. She quickly looked at the date of the message. Two days ago! She knew she shouldn’t have neglected her emails, but when she was into a story, she couldn’t break away.

She ground her teeth, raised her fingers to respond, and heard a knocking at her door. No one came here. Never. Ever. Not even salesmen.

She glanced at her phases-of-the moon calendar. The waxing gibbous was just beginning. She should be fine. Just to be on the safe side, in case the person at the door was trouble, she pulled a can of mace from her desk drawer and headed for the door. She peered through the peephole. Waiting at the door was a handsome black-haired man with rugged features and intense blue eyes. He was dressed in a black suit, a red shirt, and a dark-purple tie covered in red, purple, and gold Christmas balls. She raised her brows.

“I’m Owen Nottingham,” he said to the door, holding up his PI license and driver’s license. He couldn’t know that she was watching him, so he must have hoped she was there, observing him. “I tried getting ahold of you through the contact form on your website about your inheritance. Your contact form might not be working, so I had to locate you in person.”
So this was the man who had sent the message. Was he for real? He had to be. He wouldn’t have come all this way to see her if he wasn’t. But how had he found her?

Candice opened the door, the bells jingling on her Christmas wreath, and the man glanced down at the can of mace in her hand. He smiled, his gaze holding hers with such intensity that it was as though he could see clear through to her soul. “Really, just a PI doing my job.”

A chilly breeze carried his scent to her. Wolf scent. All at once, she felt so light-headed that she grabbed the door to keep herself upright and dropped the can of mace on the tile floor. It clattered, but she couldn’t have reached for it if her life depended on it.

Oh. My. God.

This couldn’t be real. He couldn’t be real. No wonder he’d been talking to the door. He must have heard her footfalls as she’d approached.

He took a deep breath at the same time, and when he smelled her scent, his eyes widened in surprise. His hand shot out to grab her arm and steady her. For a minute, she tried to control her breathing and her heart rate, neither of which she could steady. She felt like she was going to pass out.

“Hell, you’re the wolf I saw across the White River, aren’t you?”

Her jaw dropped, and her knees buckled. He swept her up in his arms and she wanted to object, but he slammed the door behind him with his hip and carried her into the house. He was the wolf she’d seen across the river that day on the camping trip in Minnesota two years ago, sipping from the water? She still remembered it like it was yesterday. Him looking up and seeing her staring at him while she’d believed she was hallucinating.

Until the next night, and then she knew she hadn’t been dreaming at all.

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USA Today bestselling author Terry Spear has written over sixty paranormal and medieval Highland romances. In 2008, Heart of the Wolf was named a Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year. A retired officer of the U.S. Army Reserves, Terry also creates award-winning teddy bears that have found homes all over the world. She lives in Spring, Texas with two Havanese puppies.

 

 

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Midnight Unleashed (Midnight Breed 14.7/ 1001 Dark Nights) by Lara Adrian-Review & Excerpt Tour

Midnight Unleashed (Midnight Breed 14.7/ 1001 Dark Nights ) by Lara Adrian- Review & Excerpt Tour

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MIDNIGHT UNLEASHED
Midnight Breed 14.7 / 1001 Dark Nights
by Lara Adrian
Genre: adult, contemporary, paranormal, romance
Release Date: October 10, 2017

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For Breed vampire Trygg, a menacing former assassin and the ultimate loner, duty is everything…until his solo mission to destroy a powerful enemy earns him an unwanted partner in the form of Tamisia, a beautiful, ice-hot immortal who ignites a flame in his cold heart, and his blood.

Banished from her Atlantean colony, disgraced immortal Tamisia longs for a chance to redeem herself and return home where she belongs. Her work at a Rome women’s shelter has given Sia purpose, but when a break-in results in a brutal killing, her quest for answers puts her in the middle of the hunt for a dangerous enemy of the Order–and brings her up against one of the deadliest of their Breed warrior members, the Gen One vampire, Trygg.

A former Hunter enslaved to the commands of a madman, Trygg has devoted his life to the Order. Duty is his only master now, until an interfering beauty inserts herself into his investigation. The last thing Trygg wants is a partner in his mission, but Sia will not be denied–nor will the fierce desire she stokes in him. Soon the warrior who needs no one is craving the only woman he should not desire, unleashing a powerful hunger in his cold heart, and in his blood.

Review:
Midnight Unleashed begins with disgraced Atlantean, Tamisia, working in a home that takes in young women and children looking for a safe place to stay. After an ordinary night, Tamisia (Sia, for short) hears a noise and goes to investigate, after telling Phaedra (the director of the facility and also a fellow Atlantean) to call the police. Sia reaches the door where the noise is coming from and enters. What she saw was enough to leave her blood running cold…..

Trygg had one directive: follow one of the henchmen, Franco, who reported to The Order’s number one enemy, Roberto Santino, who was a cold and calculating human manufacturing and distributing a drug that would turn any Breed into a monster. Trygg had been following Franco for a couple of weeks, trying to get closer to finding Santino. As he sat in an alley waiting, the screams he heard set him in motion immediately. Once he entered the home Franco had entered, he saw the last person he’d ever expected to see. Standing over Franco’s dead body was none other than the beautiful Atlantean, Tamisia, who had stayed at the Order’s Rome compound after being banished from her own realm. Little did they know how much the break-in would affect both their lives………..

Midnight Unleashed is another wonderful addition to the Midnight Breed series. I was very pleased to see that Tamisia got her story so quickly. I was thoroughly peeved at her when she was banished from her realm, for reasons you find out in Defy the Dawn, but her heart in this book more than made up for it. Her determination was refreshing, but, for me, her empathy leapt off the page. Trygg was a surprise for me. If he’d been mentioned before, I totally missed it. I didn’t miss anything this go around. His story is familiar as he is a Gen One, created in Dragos’ lab for nothing other than to be a killing machine. Once freed though, his story took an unexpected turn that will break your heart. The fact that Tamisia could see past all of that, added to the fact that Trygg LET her, made them the perfect couple. As I’ve said every time before, I’ve been a Breed fan since day one, and am so glad I still get to see these guys. I can’t wait for the next installment. Well done, Lara Adrian! Very, very well done!

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While he’d sure as hell rather be surrounded by his tech equipment at the command center, Trygg couldn’t find much to object to as he followed Sia up an exterior staircase to a private third-floor entrance of the house. As irritated as he was after her power play in the car just now—not to mention her earlier act of defiance that had rattled him more than he cared to admit, even to himself—it was hard to think about much else except the rhythmic sway of her hips as she mounted the old iron steps.
Very hard.
Her long, elegant spine and firm backside were a temptation that stoked a growing heat inside him as he stalked up the climb behind her. Everything male in him burned with desire. Everything Breed in him hungered for her too. If she chanced a look over her shoulder, it would be damn close to impossible to hide the amber lighting his irises or the press of his sharp fangs as they filled his mouth.
Letting her win just now was a mistake he already regretted, but that’s where her control was going to end. He’d go inside as she insisted and they’d do a cursory look through the rest of the items they’d brought with them. He would point out something or other so she’d have a bone to chew on, then he’d take everything back to the command center and dig into the meat of the scant evidence alone.
The way he preferred to operate.
He scowled at her when they reached the top of the stairs. “Is this the way you sneak in all the men you bring home with you?”
“Only the surly ones.” Her blonde brow arched over her long-lashed eyes. “And to answer the question you really want to ask, I’ve never brought anyone up here before.”
He didn’t want to ask that, so why did her answer give him such a healthy stab of satisfaction?

 

 

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LARA ADRIAN is a New York Times and #1 international bestselling author with nearly 4 million books in print and digital worldwide and translations licensed in more than 20 countries. Her upcoming release is FOR 100 REASONS, the third book in a contemporary romance series that reviewers are calling “phenomenal” and “one of the hottest series of the year.” Learn more about the author and her books at LaraAdrian.com.

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Grigori by Lauren Smith – Review & Giveaway

Grigori by Lauren Smith – Review & Giveaway

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He’s one of the last of a powerful but vanishing bloodline

Grigori Barinov is the eldest in an ancient line of dragon shifters and the guardian of his family’s lands and fortune. Sworn to protect their history and magic, he won’t rest until he neutralizes any threat to their existence. When he discovers an ancient manuscript that exposes his family and their dragon lineage has fallen into a mortal woman’s hands, he knows he must get the book back by any means necessary. If that means seducing a nosy American woman with an intoxicating scent, he is more than willing to carry her off to his palatial home deep in the heart of Russia.

She’s the one woman who could expose him to the world…

Madelyn Haynes has never fit in. As an adopted child she grew up in a loving home but never felt as though she belonged. Plagued by mysterious dreams she’s had of a silver scaled beast ever since she was a little girl, she is convinced dragons are real. While in Russia working on her PhD in mythology in order to escape the ridicule from fellow professors, she unexpectedly crosses paths with the sexy and dominating Grigori, and after just one night with the man whose eyes seem to burn, she starts to change inside. Isolated in the Russian wilderness Grigori calls home, Madelyn can’t help but fall under his sensual spell, yet something deep inside her calls out that she can’t trust him. She has to show the world dragons are real to salvage academic reputation, even if it means costing her the heart of the dragon she’s falling in love with.

 

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5 out of 5 for this reader folks!

Lauren Smith New Series = MORE YUMMY BOOK BOYFRIENDS!  LOL

There that says it all, the end!  Just kidding!  I could never leave one of my fave authors books hanging like that .. and most definitely not the first book of a new series.

Grigori by Lauren Smith is the first book in her new series called “Brothers of Ash and Fire”.  If you like paranormal romance, particularly dragon shifters, then this may be the book for you.  I have read all of Lauren’s books be it historical and/or contemporary romance, and I love that she is breaking into paranormal as well.  A quick read I would say that absolutely flowed page to page.  A slow build with real tangles of russian history, she really nailed this one and certainly has set up nicely for the next book.

Madelyn Haynes is a sweet girl, a virgin, a little boring to be honest, has an obsession with dragon mythology, believes dragons are real .. oh and she just happens to be a true mate to a real life dragon hottie and she doesn’t know it yet.  She does however come across some serious information about dragons that she needs to exploit, but fate has something else to deliver.

Enters fate .. Grigori Barinov (that name .. seriously .. sexy), is an elder ancient dragon shifter who is in charge of guarding his clan, he is rich, successful, powerful and not liking it one bit that a sweet woman is making inquiries and getting a little too close for comfort.  So to get to the bottom of it, he whisks her away to a remote location so he can get the answers he needs.  Well his answers come in the form of mate material and a whole lot of hell is about to be unleashed because of it.

These two were PERFECT together.  This was a beautiful romance with some sexy moments shared.  I thought that Lauren did a wonderful job detailing this new new world she has created with the proper balance of character development.  We were given peeks into characters to come, introduced to enemies, given real history with story weaved into it, and another way dragon shifters can get the blood pumping.

Totally impressed Lauren, this was amazing!  I am so pumped to read the next book!  So again, if you like Lauren Smith, like paranormal and/or like dragon shifters, snag this one up for sure.  Take a chance if you aren’t familiar, I promise it is worth it!

Reviewed by Rachel
 
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Drop Dead Gorgeous by Juliet Lyons – Review, Spotlight Tour & Giveaway

Drop Dead Gorgeous by Juliet Lyons – Review, Spotlight Tour & Giveaway

 

Swipe Right for Mr. Bite. Don’t miss Juliet Lyons’s snarky and sexy new release, Drop Dead Gorgeous!

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Mila Hart’s first experience with the hot new vampire dating site is a complete disaster. Turns out, her date is wanted for murder! But things turn around when she’s rescued by dashing vampire cop Vincent Ferrer. Dangerous and drop dead gorgeous, he’s just the vampire hottie Mila was hoping for.

Haunted by his past, Vincent can’t risk falling in love again, even if Mila charms him more than anyone he’s ever met. But when the killer from Mila’s first date seeks her out, Vincent is the only one who can protect her. Protecting his heart is a different story…

 

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Drop Dead Gorgeous by Juliet Lyons is the 2nd book in her Bite Nights series.  This series is a paranormal story line revolving around a dating service for vampires and humans.  I enjoyed the first book in this series, but I thought this one was even better.  Mila Hart is our heroine, and she was a blast from the start.  When she decides to date a vampire from the V-Date internet service, it turns out to be a disaster that almost costs her life.  The handsome vampire is a serial killer, and just when she thinks her life is over, Mila is saved by a vampire cop.

Vincent Ferrer, our hero, is the detective who saves Mila, and from that moment on he is totally mesmerized by her.  Vincent is deep in finding this serial killer, but he also finds himself disturbed by his attraction to Mila, as he has not had these feelings since hundreds of years ago, when his then betrothed was killed.  Mila is also attracted to this hunk that she names “Chris Hemsworth”.  Since Vincent is not only a good detective, but he is a vampire, which enables him to kill another vampire.

What follows is Vincent’s determination to protect Mila, and do all he can to find the killer before he kills again.  Though this is somewhat exciting, the best part of this story is the relationship between Vincent and Mila.  It was not only sizzling hot, very sexy, with a wonderful couple, it was also such a fun humorous story. As I said earlier, Mila was a blast with her humor and use of TV shows that Vincent had no idea of.  I also thought Vincent was a terrific hero, and despite him being a vampire, a perfect gentleman.

I really enjoyed Drop Dead Gorgeous mainly because the main characters were lots of fun, likeable and their chemistry was off the wall.   The storyline with Mila in danger was also exciting and very well done.  Most of all Lyons humor throughout made this a fun and sexy story. If you enjoy a sweet, fun, sexy romance with an element of danger and humor, I suggest you read this series. 

Reviewed by Barb

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Inside the flat, I kick off my heels and turn the cold tap on full blast, grabbing a glass from the cupboard. “Do you have any aspirin?” I ask, breaking the silence.
Vincent shakes his head, face glum. “I’m sorry I listened to your conversation,” he says, picking at the edge of the kitchen island with a finger.
“It doesn’t matter,” I say quietly. “Thanks for sorting out O’Geary for me.”
He nods, frowning. “Mila—”
“Look,” I say, interrupting him. “I know what you must think of me.”
His frown deepens, eyes dark. “What do I think of you?”
“That I’m totally flaky and pathetic. What with dead rats in my bed and going on dates with serial killers and getting felt up my first week at work. If you think I don’t know how ridiculous my life is, Vincent, you’re wrong, because I do, and the truth is, I don’t know why I told my work friend you like to be tied up with silky scarves. Maybe I’ve watched too many dodgy French movies. But my point is, I know I’m not like you, with the fancy view and the starch spray in the cupboard and all this.” I circle a finger wildly in the air. “So I’m sorry that you’re stuck with me, and I’m sorry you had to show your fangs and lose your chance at a hookup with Leggy Layla from Marketing. I am sorry.”
I suck in a deep breath and take a gulp of my water. I must be drunker than I thought.
When I finally summon the courage to meet his eye, I jolt in surprise. His eyes are dark, tortured. He leans against the counter, hands gripping the edges so tightly his knuckles are whiter than bone.
“That’s the second time you mentioned those girls.” His voice is husky, throaty, as if the words are coming from some dark, forbidden place deep inside him.
“Yeah, well. They irritate me. Add that to my list of faults. I’m jealous of a group of women who wear double the recommended amount of mascara.”
“Jealous,” he repeats.
Jesus. What is up with him? He looks like a four-year-old trying to figure out an algebraic equation. “Yes. Jealous. Not usually. Just tonight. Because you were speaking to them.”
Inside, I’m well aware I’ve more or less just announced I have an enormous crush on him. But on the outside, the half-drunk, cocky Mila is still running the show.
He continues to stand, frozen. I snatch up my glass of water and slip past him into the lounge.
“Mila,” he says loudly.
I turn around at the same time he does.
“I don’t enjoy Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman.”
“Yes, you do.”
“No. I don’t.” He runs a nervous hand through his dirty-blond hair. “It’s the only show where I can sit and not have to pay attention to the plotline to know what’s happening.”
I sigh. “Fine. I give up. We’ll hire a harpist for our evening entertainment.” I continue stomping toward the bedrooms—as much as it’s possible to stomp in bare feet.
A gust of air lifts the hair from the nape of my neck and, in an instant, Vincent is filling the doorway with his luscious frame. “I can’t pay attention to the plot,” he says, “because I’m too distracted.”
“Why? Because I’m here messing up your apartment and getting in the way? It won’t be forever, and I’ll tidy up before I go—”
Before I can finish the sentence, he cuts the short distance between us in a single bound, placing hands on my hips. The heat from his fingers burns through the material like red-hot flames. My heart thuds beneath my ribs. Without my heels, my head is level with his chest—his perfectly sculpted, chiseled-from-rock chest—rising and falling as if something is fighting to get out. I lift my gaze, and as our eyes lock, he bunches my dress in his fists. The relaxed look he wore when he lied to the marketing girls and threatened Leery is gone, naked anxiety assuming its place.
“Ask me to stop,” he says, his voice breaking.
I gulp. The only sound is my heart pounding against my ribcage. Is this really happening?
“I can’t,” I say at last. “Because I don’t want you to.”
He releases my dress, looping strong arms around my waist, and lifts me onto my tiptoes until our bodies press together, torso to torso. I drop the glass of water onto the rug at our feet, hearing the loud slosh of liquid as it soaks into the carpet. The water is swiftly forgotten as he leans closer, brushing warm lips over my jawline. He tightens his grip, anchoring me to him as a tremor of pleasure rips through my body.
When his mouth finally fastens onto mine, I mold myself into him like clay, my breasts pushed up against the steely ridges of his chest, my hands twisting into his hair like vines around the branches of a tree. I part his lips, and he responds intensely. He tastes like champagne—warm and fruity—and I devour him like a woman who’s been living carb free would a loaf of bread. My tongue slides over his, a low animal groan erupting from my throat.
He cups my face in his warm hands as he begins feverishly whispering my name between kisses. “Mila, oh God, Mila.”
He wants me, I realize in surprise, knowing from the way my name sounds in his mouth—hard and spiky as barbwire—that this is no whim, no spur-of-the-moment fancy. All the times he’s blushed suddenly make sense, those intense stares I mistook as him thinking I’m an idiot.
I stop kissing him, leaning back to gaze into his drowsy, silver-dappled eyes. His face is slack, his mouth half-open, lips moist.
“It’s true, isn’t it?” I murmur, dragging hands down his muscled back. “You haven’t really been enjoying Dr. Quinn at all.”


 

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Juliet LyonsJULIET LYONS is a paranormal romance author from the UK. She holds a degree in Spanish and Latin American studies and works part-time in a local primary school where she spends far too much time discussing Harry Potter. Since joining global storytelling site Wattpad in 2014, her work has received millions of hits online and gained a legion of fans from all over the world. When she is not writing, Juliet enjoys reading and spending time with her family.

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Damned (Magnus Blackwell #1) by Alexandrea Weis: Review, Excerpt Tour & Giveaway

DAMNED (Magnus Blackwell #1) by Alexandrea Weis and Lucas Astor-Review, Excerpt and Giveaway

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DAMNED
Magnus Blackwell #1
by Alexandrea Weis with Lucas Astor
Release Date: October 3, 2017
Genre: adult, paranormal,

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ABOUT THE BOOK: Release Date October 3, 2017

Over a hundred years after the death of Magnus Blackwell, Altmover Manor sits abandoned.

Lexie Arden and her fiancé, Will Bennett, are determined to rescue the neglected Mount Desert Island landmark. They want to make Altmover Manor their home. But Magnus has other plans.

A spirit bound to his former residence, Magnus finds himself inexplicably drawn to the young woman. She has a supernatural gift; a gift Magnus wants to exploit.

As Lexie and Will settle in, secrets from Magnus’s past begin to surface. Compelled to learn all she can about the former owner, Lexie becomes immersed in a world of voodoo, curses, and the whereabouts of a mysterious dragon cane.

Magnus’s crimes won’t be so easily forgotten, and what Lexie unearths is going to change the future … for everyone.

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REVIEW: DAMNED by Alexandrea Weis with Lucas Astor is the continuing story of Magnus Blackwell, a Victorian era gentleman whose spirit has been cursed to his beloved Altmover Manor in Maine. The new owners, Lexie Arden and her fiancé Will Bennett are determined to renovate Altmover Manor to its’ original glory but the building’s fabled history of hauntings and ghosts becomes the focus of our heroine when two spirits from the past battle for Lexie’s attention and help. Enter Magnus Blackwell, the former owner of Altmover Manor, and the ghost who will mentor our heroine through a world of the supernatural, voodoo priestesses and curses, magic, murder, power and revenge.

NOTE: Although listed as book one in the series, DAMNED is technically book two. For background and history about Magnus Blackwell pick up a copy of BLACKWELL (Magnus Blackwell .5) before venturing into the territory of the DAMNED.

DAMNED is a story of the paranormal; an intriguing thriller where the ghost of Magnus Blackwell is caught between the past and present; cursed to serve time for the sins of the past. Lexie Arden has the ability to see and speak with the spirits but there is more to our heroine than a reluctant medium-she’s a woman whose growing powers are seen as a threat to those in charge. From Boston to New Orleans Lexie, along with her ghostly companion, will go in search of a mysterious dragon cane that will change our heroine’s life forever.

Fans of Alexandrea Weis will recognize the author’s love of New Orleans, ghosts and the power of voodoo from many of her previous story lines including the Corde Noire Series, The Ghosts of Rue Domaine, and The Satyr’s Curse Series. DAMNED will explore the cult religion of voodoo-the power, the magic, the belief system and the rituals-all meant to pull the reader into a fantasy tale of ghosts caught in the ether between the ’then and now’, and the one woman whose gift of talking to the spirits is only the beginning of a magical journey. The world building is phenomenal; the sights and sounds of New Orleans are palpable; the mystery of the restless spirits continues to unfold.

Alexandrea Weis and Lucas Astor’s DAMNED is a fantastic journey; a well –written, dark and spirited story that will captivate the imagination with its’ passionate characters and vivid imagery.

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A thin layer of mist covered the foyer floor as the lotus sconces glowed with an eerie light. Lexie wore a formal white gown, woven with lace and gold ribbons. The dress harkened back to a long-ago era. She didn’t recall putting on the outfit or where she had gotten it.
She ran her hands ran over the smooth silk and played with the lace on her sleeves.
“This is weird.”
The grand chandelier came to life, filling the foyer with its bright light. Ethereal music wafted through the house. Lexie swore she recognized the piece—a waltz. The music got louder; embedded in the notes was the distant murmur of conversation and glasses tinkling.
Lexie moved toward the sounds, stopping along the way to admire the home. The dull and drab foyer, once ravaged by time, blossomed before her as if magically restored. The golden wallpaper glistened in the candlelight, and the tears in the material came together as the dusty hardwood floors took on a dazzling shine. The chandelier appeared new, its chain covered with red velvet rope.
She made her way to the staircase where the red dragon’s eyes at the base of the banister glowed. Her fingers caressed the colored glass, and she raised her head to the massive chandelier. The light fixture swayed.
Terrified, Lexie took off running down the hallway. Her flight halted as long, flowing, multi-colored gowns, intermingled with black tuxedos with long tails, sprung up around her. Couples caught up in the frenzy of the waltz kept time with the music, but these dancers had no hands and no heads. They were nothing more than costumes inhabited by ghosts.
“They’ve outdone themselves. Quite an event,” a haughty man’s voice came from the flurry of twirling clothes.
“Have you seen Katherine’s dress?” a woman twittered. “He imported it from Paris for their anniversary.”
Lexie carefully maneuvered through the swirling apparel, anxious not to disturb them.
“I never thought they’d last the year,” another man said. “They’re so ill-suited.”
“Well, I’ve discovered the most scandalous things about Magnus Blackwell and the lurid things he likes to do with women,” a woman remarked. “Do you think they’re true?”
Eager to get away from the creepy dancing garments, Lexie ducked into the closest room. She slid inside a set of shiny double oak doors and closed them behind her. Resting her pounding head against the wood, she relaxed.
“This is a bad dream. Nothing more.”
When she turned from the doors, Lexie had somehow arrived in the living room. But unlike before, the room had rich furniture, the polished paneling gleamed, and an oriental carpet with a green dragon graced the center of the parquet floor.
By the entrance, she toed the same spot where she’d found the deep gouge, but it wasn’t there.
The bloom of a roaring fire in the hearth commanded her attention, drawing her gaze to Magnus Blackwell’s portrait. Lexie stared at the painting. Something changed with the colors. They morphed and moved as if taking on a shape.
A voice emanated from inside the painting; a man’s voice.
“I’ve been waiting for you, dear girl.”

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From New Orleans, Alexandrea Weis was raised in the motion picture industry and began writing stories at the age of eight. In college she studied nursing and went on to teach at a local university. After several years in the medical field, she decided to pick up the pen once again and began her first novel, To My Senses. Since that time she has published many novels. Infusing the rich tapestry of her hometown into her award-winning books, she believes that creating vivid characters makes a story memorable. Her work has been critically acclaimed and has been continually growing in popularity.

Alexandrea Weis is also a certified/permitted wildlife rehabber with the La. Wildlife and Fisheries. When she is not writing, she rescues orphaned and injured wildlife. She is married; they live in New Orleans .

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Belador Cosaint by Dianna Love – a Review

Belador Cosaint by Dianna Love – a Review

 

Belador Cosaint
Belador series – Book #9
by Dianna Love
Release Date: Sseptember5 28, 2017

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Belador Maistir Vladimir Quinn and his team are hunting preternatural predators targeting innocent humans in Atlanta. A powerful entity behind the brutal attacks is determined to force their dragon king out into the open by threatening Belador families and exposing the preternatural world to humans. When Quinn’s daughter is kidnapped, he has no idea where to look. He could use the help of fiery Reese O’ Rinn and her remote viewing ability, but he has even less chance of locating Reese, who vanished into thin air the last time they met. When the VIPER coalition refuses to aid the Beladors, their dragon king invokes the ancient rule of cosaint to protect his people, but will that backfire on Quinn, the dragon and the Beladors?

 

Review:

Belador Cosaint by Dianna Love is the 9th book in her fantastic Belador series.  I am always amazed how Dianna Love always gives us another sensational story that flawlessly continues the flow of this series. She is one of my favorite authors, who I know that I will enjoy and love every moment of her books.

Vladimir Quinn has been one of our heroes from the start of this series, always being there for our fantastic heroine, Evalle.  In Belador Cosaint, the story revolves around Quinn, who is searching for the daughter he never knew.  In the last book, the Beladors moved out of Viper control with Daegan,the  Dragon King, and he made Quinn the Belador Maister, helping to lead the Beladors against the Tribunal, and the evil  Queen Maeve.

Before Quinn can devote his time to find his daughter, he must work with Daegan, Evalle, Storm and the rest of the Beladors to fight and rescue the Belador children being kidnapped. On top of that, the crazed evil witch, Veronika has escaped and everything points to Maeve being behind this.   But Daegan is a good King, and he frees Quinn to continue his search, as his daughter can be very important having the blood of a Belador and MedB.   Reese, will return to play a major part in this book, as she protects Phoedra; who was with her when she was kidnapped.  Reese has powerful abilities due to having some Demon blood, and she makes a wonderful fantastic heroine.  We already know the last time they met, that Reese and Quinn are strongly attracted to each other.  Having disappeared on Quinn the last time, he is reluctant to trust her, but he needs Reese’s ability to be able to remote view, in helping to find Phoedra.

I am not going to tell too much more, since I do not want to give spoilers.  What follows is an exciting pulse pounding adventure, with Quinn and Reese putting their lives in danger constantly.  Queen Maeve and the witch Veronika are evils that must be reckoned with, and it will take all the Beladors; Evalle, Storm, Quinn, Daegan with Adrianna and Reese to fight to try and save them all, including Quinn’s daughter.  The last third of the book was a wild sensational slam bang race to the finish. 

There were some surprises that left things open.  But I do have to say I did miss Evalle (and Feenix), who played a part but not big.  Reese has turned out to be a great tenacious and powerful addition, and I am hoping for her to become part of the Belador team and Quinn in future books. Besides the wonderful male heroes, Dianna Love has also given us some fantastic heroines in Evalle, Adrianna and now Reese.  If you love paranormal, urban fantasy, suspense and romance, with fantastic characters you should be reading this series.  Please start with the first book, in order to know Evalle (one of the best kick-ass heroines) and all the Beladors.  If you have not read Dianna Love, what are you waiting for?

Reviewed by Barb

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About the author
Dianna Love

Dianna started out life as a photorealistic artist and launched her first business at the age of seventeen out of necessity. She was living on her own and working two jobs so she started painting signs and murals every free minute she could find. It wasn’t long before she had a following that allowed her to give up three other jobs. Years later, while painting over a hundred feet in the air, she started making up stories to keep herself entertained during the long days. That’s when she penned her first novel, which won the prestigious Daphne Du Maurier and Golden Heart® awards prior to being published by a New York house. Dianna has written urban fantasy, romantic thrillers, young adult sci-fi/fantasy and a nonfiction (writing reference) books. Her Belador urban fantasy series continues in January 2017 with Dragon KING OF TREOIR and she’s also working on the HAMR Brotherhood, a new romantic suspense line of stories. When she’s not in her writing cave in Peachtree City, GA (near Atlanta), she’s down on the Gulf coast fishing or off on a motorcycle adventure on her BMW bike.

Dianna loves to meet readers online and at live events. Be sure to step up and say hello when you see her out and about.

To learn more about Dianna Love, you can visit her at the following links:

Website / Twitter / Facebook / Goodreads

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