August 5, 2011

Dragon Bound by Thea Harrison

Title: Dragon Bound
Author: Thea Harrison
Series: Elder Races (#1)
Genre: Paranormal Romance


Review written by Melissa

Where do I begin? First off, I want to send a special thanks my lovely sister Sonia for this recommendation. :)


Half-human and half-wyr, Pia Giovanni spent her life keeping a low profile among the wyrkind and avoiding the continuing conflict between them and their Dark Fae enemies. But after being blackmailed into stealing a coin from the hoard of a dragon, Pia finds herself targeted by one of the most powerful–and passionate—of the Elder Races.
As the most feared and respected of the wyrkind, Dragos Cuelebre cannot believe someone had the audacity to steal from him, much less succeed. And when he catches the thief, Dragos spares her life, claiming her as his own to further explore the desire they’ve ignited in one another.


What a nice surprise this book was! I had heard that Thea was a hot new paranormal author and this book did not disappoint! It starts off with an adrenaline themed opening scene and then just takes you for a ride. The writing and descriptions are similar to Nalini Singh in the sense where you can visualize yourself in that world. Characterization for the hero and heroine is pretty developed and they have personalities and humor. Dragos just emanates power, is used to being in control, and he is not afraid to tell others what he wants. This is where Pia comes in and teaches him some more polite ways of dealing with things. LOL. I loved the heroine as well. She showed emotions and conflicts and the relationship between her and Dragos seemed believable to me.


There are a lot of other beings introduced in here that I was unfamiliar with, such as Gryphons, Gargoyles, Elves, Fae, Trolls, basically anything supernatural. I didn't read about Vampires but from what I am gathering they will be added to the mix later.


Dragos has an entourage of sorts that is loyal to him. These characters include Rune and Graydon whom I adored. Also, Constantine, Bayne, Tricks, and Tiago are some of the others. I also liked Pia's boss Quentin. He was very sweet to her. :)


There were a couple of things that caught me off guard and I am still not sure how I feel about them, but without giving away spoilers I cannot embellish on them. All I can say is give this new author a chance and see if you feel the same. :)






**** stars

August 4, 2011

NEWS

Our favorite authors have been busy lately so we are here with some news today :-) 

JEANIENE FROST released trailer for One Grave at a Time. And if you don’t want to wait until August 30th, you can also read the first 3 chapters here.



And because Jeaniene is awesome, she keeps teasing us with daily quotes as well :-) So be sure to check Frost Cemetery daily!


We have a cover for A Perfect Blood, book 10 in The Hollows/Rachel Morgan series by KIM HARRISON. It is much darker than the previous ones and we finally see Rachel´s face! It comes out February 21st in hardcover.


And why so dark? Maybe the blurb will tell you more :-) CONTAINS SPOILERS so don´t read if you haven´t read Pale Demon yet!!!

Ritually murdered corpses are appearing across Cincinnati, terrifying amalgams of human and other. Pulled in to help investigate by the FIB, former witch turned day-walking demon Rachel Morgan soon realizes a horrifying truth — a would-be creator is determined to make his (or her) own demons. But it can’t be done without Rachel’s blood.
As a bounty hunter, Rachel has battled vampires, witches, werewolves, demons, and more. But humanity itself might be her toughest challenge.

NALINI SINGH finally released the cover of her anthology Angel's Flight and it is gorgeous!


Coming out February 28th, this will be a complete Guild Hunter collection featuring:
- the print edition of Angels' Pawn - a vampire hunter faces off against two rival factions and the angel manipulating them both, and a vampire whose help is not entirely selfless...
- a reprint of Angels' Judgment - a hunter must track one of her own gone bad, while surviving the deadly tests placed in her way by the archangels themselves. Unexpected backup comes from a stranger who might just be the most lethal threat of all...
- a brand new novella, Angels' Dance - an angel trapped in the mountain stronghold of the Refuge finds herself under siege by a warrior angel from a martial court.
- a brand new novella Angel's Wolf (releasing as part of the Angels of Darkness anthology in October) - a vampire becomes fascinated with the seductive angel who rules Louisiana. But all is not what it appears to be in her court..


THEA HARRISON has a new cover for Oracle's Moon, book 4 in her great Elder Races series!


It comes out March 6th 2012. Yes, that´s a lot of waiting! But fortunately Serpent's Kiss (book 3) comes out October 4th :-)


KELLY MEDING has a new cover too.. Wrong Side of Dead (book 4 in her Dreg City series) comes out January 31st.


Blurb: Monster hunter Evangeline Stone woke up on the wrong side of dead this morning-and now there’s hell to pay. Barely recovered from her extended torture at the hands of mad scientist Walter Thackery, Evy can use a break. What she gets instead is a war, as the battered Triads that keep Dreg City safe find themselves under attack by half-Blood vampires who have somehow retained their reason, making them twice as lethal. Worse, the Halfies are joined by a breed of were-creature long believed extinct-back and more dangerous than ever. Meanwhile, Evy’s attempts at reconciliation with the man she loves take a hit after Wyatt is viciously assaulted-an attack traced to Thackery, who has not given up his quest to exterminate all vampires... even if he has to destroy Dreg City to do it. With Wyatt’s time running out, another threat emerges from the shadows and a staggering betrayal shatters the fragile alliance between the Triads, vampires, and shapeshifters, turning Evy’s world upside down forever.

And some quick news in the end:

  • The sixth book in the Chicagoland Vampire series by Chloe Neill will be Biting Cold. It comes out in September 2012.
  •  If you are a fan of Shelly Laurenston, you´ll be pleased to hear that the next book in her Pride series will be out in April, it´s called Bear Meets Girl and it will be Crust and Cela´s story.
  • You probably know that Keri Arthur has a new series - Dark Angels. First book, Darkness Unbound, comes out this September, second book Darkness Rising in October and now we know that the third book´s tentative title will be Darkness Devours and it will be released in early 2012.
  • And unfortunately we have also some sad news - the author L.A.Banks has passed away this week. She will be missed!

August 2, 2011

Sex, blood and power.

Say it again.
Game of Thrones.

The title alone should make you want to watch the popular tv-show from HBO.
Because it is spectacular.
9.3 at IMBD.com.
Which means this is really, really GOOD.



Still not intruiged?
May I introduce you to Jason Momoa - Khal Drogo.
 

He got your attention, didn't he?
I knew he would.


Unworthy or...

Is my TBR pile getting TOO BIG?
Well, in my world nothing is too big.
Big is beautiful.
Time, however, is another matter.
I know I said I was going to do the superambitious re-read of the ENTIRE Dark-Hunter series.
I started it; I read about Sebastian, Julian, Kyrian and I got down and dirty with Talon. Well, almost.
But I have come to realize that I don't possess the focus that is needed for this re-read.
It's Sundown's day today. I have Breeds calling my name. Vamps who want suck my neck.
I have a ton of hot immortals who wants me. And I want them.
So I admit defeat and confess that I do not have the time for my precious Dark-Hunters.
Please, forgive me.

I'm off to battle with my TBR pile now, wish me luck!

New releases August 2nd

There are so many new releases today, isn´t it awesome? So let´s take a look at some of them :-)

Retribution by Sherrilyn Kenyon (Dark Hunters #20)

A hired gunslinger, William Jessup Brady lived his life with one foot in the grave. He believed that every life had a price. Until the day when he finally found a reason to live. In one single act of brutal betrayal, he lost everything, including his life. Brought back by a Greek goddess to be one of her Dark-Hunters, he gave his immortal soul for vengeance and swore he’d spend eternity protecting the humans he’d once considered prey.

Orphaned as a toddler, Abigail Yager was taken in by a family of vampires and raised on one belief- Dark-Hunters are the evil who prey on both their people and mankind, and they must all be destroyed. While protecting her adoptive race, she has spent her life eliminating the Dark-Hunters and training for the day when she meets the man who killed her family: Jess Brady.

Brought together by an angry god and chased by ancient enemies out to kill them both, they must find a way to overcome their mutual hatred or watch as one of the darkest of powers rises and kills both the races they’ve sworn to protect.


Storm's Heart by Thea Harrison (Elder Races #2)

During the rule of her murderous Dark Fae uncle, Thistle "Tricks" Periwinkle found sanctuary among the Wyr in New York. Her ethereal beauty and sparkling personality won the hearts of the public, but after her uncle's death, there are those who don't want to see her ascend the throne...

Able to wield thunder and lightning, Wyr sentinel Tiago Black Eagle has ruled the skies for centuries. His massive build and thunderous power make him one of the Wyr's best weapons. And he's the one sent to protect Tricks when she's almost assassinated in Chicago.

Soon, both Tiago and Tricks will fall prey to the stormy hunger that engulfs them- a passion that will shake the very foundation of all the worlds.
 


Downpour by Kat Richardson (Greywalker #6)

Harper Blaine is on the mend, but evil never rests-in the latest novel from the national bestselling author of Labyrinth.

After being shot in the back and dying-again- Greywalker Harper Blaine's only respite from the chaos is her work. But while conducting a pre-trial investigation in the Olympic Peninsula, she sees a ghostly car accident whose victim insists that he was murdered and that the nearby community of Sunset Lakes is to blame.

Harper soon learns that the icy waters of the lake hide a terrible power, and a host of hellish beings under the thrall of a sinister cabal that will use the darkest of arts to achieve their fiendish ends...
 


Primal Law by J.D.Tyler (Alpha Pack #1)

Meet the Alpha Pack, a top-secret military team of wolf-shifters fighting the most dangerous predators in the world, human and nonhuman. After a massacre leaves Jaxon Law crippled, he must relearn how to fight-and battle the anger and guilt threatening to overwhelm him. But when Jax rescues a beautiful woman who awakens his primal instincts, he is unprepared for the dangers that lie ahead. Soon he must decide if the deep connection he feels with Kira is worth defying the ultimate shifter law...


Blood Cursed by Erica Hayes (Shadowfae Chronicles #4)

To a vampire, nothing is sweeter than bloodfairy essence—and Ember is the most sought-after fairy on the underworld circuit. Selling her blood to the highest bidder—and robbing her clients in the process—Ember has unwittingly become a target of dark and dangerous forces. Her enemies are everywhere. And if she hopes to survive, she needs protection…

Diamond is a glassfairy who, for better or worse, knows his way around the vampire underworld. Smooth as silk and tougher than trolls, Diamond is Ember’s only chance to keep her magical blood inside her body, where it belongs. But he also poses a threat to Ember, a strange kind of danger she’s never experienced before: She’s falling in love with him…



 Master of Shadows by Angela Knight (Mageverse #12)


Court seducer La Belle Coeur has met her match in Tristan, a Knight of the Round Table unafraid of blood-or lust. Joining together to combat a werewolf wizard and sworn enemy of Arthur, they must put their lives on the line-while coming to grips with the rising heat between them.






Another Kind of Dead by Kelly Meding (Dreg City #3)


Evy Stone is a former Dreg Bounty Hunter who died and came back to life with some extraordinary powers. Now all but five people in the world think she is dead again, this time for good—immolated in a factory fire set specifically for her.

Evy and Wyatt, her partner/lover/friend, can no longer trust their former allies, or even the highest echelons of the Triads—the army of fighters holding back from an unsuspecting public a tide of quarreling, otherworldly creatures—they can trust only each other. Because when the Triads raided a macabre, monster-filled lab of science experiments and hauled away the remnants, they failed to capture their creator: a brilliant, vampire-obsessed scientist with a wealth of powerful, anti-Dreg weaponry to trade for what he desires most of all—Evy Stone: alive and well, and the key to his ultimate experiment in mad science.


Darkness Descending by Devyn Quinn (Vampire Armageddon #1)


Fallen angels in the form of vampires are infecting humans one by one, creating an army fit for Armageddon. Jesse Burke, driven by vengeance to destroy the vampiric angels, has been protecting New Orleans from the onslaught, unaware that she has a much greater destiny awaiting her in the face of the oncoming apocalypse...






 Blood Hunt by Shannon K.Butcher (Sentinel Wars #5)


 Hope appeared out of nowhere, naked and alone, a woman without a past. The only thing she knows is that she is imbued with a strange power. It's in her blood. And two men want to posses it. One is Logan, a Sanguiner demon-fighter who needs Hope's essence to survive. The other is Krag, a Synestryn lord whose desire is to enslave Hope, and drain her of the lifeforce. When Hope and Logan both fall prey to Krag, a powerful desire grows between them. But is it enough to thwart their captor's diabolical plan and his demon warriors, and survive a vampire's destiny written in blood?



 Midnight Sins by Lora Leigh (Heroes and Heartbreakers #1)


Three men are bound by one tragedy that continues to bring danger and passion to their lives--and the women they love... HE ALWAYS WANTED HER. His name is Rafer Callahan.  He was a kid from the wrong side of the tracks who fought through life the only way he knew how: with his fists.  But Rafer never meant to bring harm to Cambria Flannigan, the girl--the lover--whose sister he'd been unable to save... SHE LIVES IN FEAR OF HIM. Cami lost her sister in the brutal murders that rocked her hometwon so many years ago.  Some still believe that Rafe, along with his cousins Logan and Crowe, were involved.  But how could Rafe--who haunted her girlish dreams, then her adult fantasies--be a killer?  That is the question that keeps her up at night. SOON THEIR HEARTS WILL COME TOGETHER... Now a prosperous ranch owner, Rafe is trying to build a new legacy for himself.  It's finally time to settle the score with Cami--and make her his.  But old wounds open up with a new series of murders...and each of the victims has a connection to Rafe, Logan, and Crowe.  With suspicion, fear, and loyalty tearing her apart, Cami is once again at risk of losing her heart--or her life.



Working Stiff by Rachel Caine (Revivalist #1)


 Bryn Davis was killed on the job after discovering her bosses were selling a drug designed to resurrect the dead. Now, revived by that same drug, she becomes an undead soldier in a corporate war to take down the very pharmaceutical company responsible for her new condition...

July 29, 2011

Review: Primal Bonds

The second installment of the Shifter's Unbound Series, was just as great as the first. Once meeting Sean in Liam's book, I was pumped for his own book, thankfully I didn't have to wait and the author delivered! I loved that Sean mate-claimed Andrea prior to even meeting her in person, and instantly he was drawn to her. I also enjoyed the new aspect to the Shifter life, the Fae. I am hoping that in future books, that we will get to see more of the conspiring from the Shifters against the humans. I am absolutely drawn to the Irish/ Celtic history woven into the story-line, and the intriguing Sun and Moon ceremonies, which are like a wedding ritual for the Shifters.
I also hope that future installments, we get to see the growth of the same characters from these two books. I can't wait to see Kim and Liam's cub as well as the quickly mentioned Sean and Andrea's cub. Plus! I want to see more of Dylan and Glory!

July 18, 2011

Lover Reborn!!!!

The WARDen has released the cover of Tohr's book: Lover Reborn. March 2012 can't get here soon enough!

July 15, 2011

Dark-Hunter Marathon!

I was supposed to start the super re-read of re-reads earlier this summer.
That didn't happen. Reasons unknown.
So here I sit, 18 days before the much anticipated release of Retribution, with 28 books to read! [ I'm including ALL the short stories/anthologies]
Yes, I'm feeling a bit overwhelmed. And quite frankly, a bit sweaty.

I've already finished Dragonswan and I'm half way done with Fantasy Lover.
Oh, how I have missed these characters! And Sherrilyn Kenyon's writing!
Feeling all nostalgic and warm and fuzzy inside.


Soon I will meet Kyrian. He took my virginity, you know. My PNR virginity.
It was SO GOOD.

But not as good as when I met my Love. My First Hubby <he still is> Acheron.
My Akri.
My toes are curling just thinking about him and the rest of the yummy DH's.


So girls, IT IS ON! LIKE DONKEY KONG! With barbecue sauce.




We are Darkness. We are Shadow.
We are the Rulers of the Night.
We, alone, stand between mankind and those who would see mankind destroyed. We are the Guardians.
The Soulless Keepers.
Our souls were cast out so that we would not forewarn the Daimons we pursue. By the time they see us coming, it’s too late.
The Daimons and Apollites know us. They fear us. We are death to all those who prey upon the humans.
Neither Human, nor Apollite, we exist beyond the realm of the Living, beyond the realm of the Dead.
We are the Dark-Hunters.
And we are eternal.
Yeah, yeah. Enough of the doom and gloom because, baby, that ain’t us. You want to know what a Dark-Hunter is? We are what the intro says. We’re Mad, Bad and Immortal. We’re ancient warriors with attitudes who fight rough, and play hard.

July 8, 2011

ARC: Body of Sin by Eve Silver

Title: Body of Sin
Author: Eve Silver
Series: The Otherkin (book 4)

This is the 4th book in Eve Silver´s great Otherkins series. If you haven´t read these books yet, do it!

The series is different from the usual PNR, darker and seductive, based on the egyptian mythology and with great characters. The Krayl brothers are the most powerful soul reapers, the sons of the most feared Underworld god, Sutekh, the Lord of chaos. Half humans, half gods they are immortal. Until one of them, Lokan is murdered. Now Dagan, Alastor and Mal do anything to find their brother´s murderer and revenge him.

The books in the series so far:
1. Sins of the Heart (Dagan)
2. Sins of the Soul (Alastor)
3. Sins of the Flesh (Mal)

A little trailer:


I was lucky to get the ARC of the last book in this series - Body of Sin (yay me!!) which comes out on August 23rd.

SPOILER WARNING: Don´t read this review if you haven´t read the first 3 books yet!

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This was a nice ending of the series. At least for now because I have the feeling there will be more books :-)

Lokan Krayl used to be the most powerful soul reaper, the right hand of his father, Sutekh. He wasn´t supposed to die, ever. But he did. Betrayed and murdered, his soul was lost forever in the Null Zone, not alive and not dead.

"The blood of Sutekh. The blood of Aset. And the god will walk the world once again."

That´s the prophecy that got Lokan killed. In the last book, Dagan, Mal and Alastor managed to save him by putting all the parts of his body and soul back together. I was expecting to see Lokan back with vengence! But that didn´t happen until the end of the book, so if you are like me, consider yourself warned.

So Lokan is now back but still trapped in the Underworld. The only way to come back is to pass the 12 Gates of his eternal enemy Osiris but that´s harder than it seemed. In order to help him, he is given a guide. To his biggest surprise it´s Brynn, the mother of his child who he believed to be human. But Brynn is so much more! So now Lokan has to put his fate into the hands of the woman who lied to him the entire time.

I really appreciated the flashbacks how Lokan and Brynn met and how their daughter Dana was conceived. I loved Lokan. He would do anything to save Dana. She was his world. He died for her. And now he is reunited with the woman he loves but Brynn has her own secrets. She knows that by helping Lokan to pass the Gates, she will be trapped in the Underworld forever. But she does it to protect their child. I was cheering for them the entire time. Their lovestory was full of sacrifices and they really deserved some hapiness.

I loved how this book ended. Seeing Lokan reunite with his brothers brought tears to my eyes. But what I really loved the most was how the author solved the things between Lokan and his father and how she wrapped all the things up. Bravo!!

My only complaint is that the book ended pretty abruptly, I wanted to see more! But since in this book we got to know new characters - Brynn´s three brothers - I am pretty sure Mrs. Silver is not done with the series yet :-)

My favorite quote (it´s from the flashbacks, when Lokan found out that he has a daughter):
Then his daughter opened her eyes - her denim blue eyes - and looked straight at him. His heart shattered into a million pieces, then re-formed with her image at its core.

My rating: 4 EGYPTIAN STARS

July 6, 2011

Introducing author.. Cara McKenna

Summer is not hot enough for you? Your fan needs some serious training? Then you are in the right place! Two words - Cara McKenna.

I don´t know who of us first found this amazing author, I think it might have been Jackie, but since we read Cara´s first book, we´ve fallen in love. Yes, Cara´s books are the shit! Our friends on Facebook or Goodreads know how much we are pimping her to everyone :-) If you don´t know this fabulous author yet and love SIZZLING HOT short stories that are so steamy that you´ll need a fridge full of ice-cubes nearby when reading them, then let me introduce some of her books..


Dirty Thirty - A super-hot short story about one very special birthday :-)

Despite his scrappy punk packaging, Evan Hennessey’s got a submissive streak in him that’s just screaming to be indulged. So on the eve of his thirtieth birthday, Evan’s wife Margie arranges for them to ring out his twenties by realizing his darkest fantasy - inviting another man into their bedroom.
Margie’s found the perfect candidate for Evan’s birthday treat. Paul works as a bouncer at the Hennesseys' favorite bar, and lucky for Evan and Margie, he’s every bit the sexual Dominant his intimidating body suggests. Evan isn’t a hundred percent sure he’s ready to go all places his kinks seem determined to take him, but one thing’s for sure - by the time he wakes on his thirtieth birthday, his fantasy will have become reality.
Features m/m/f menage, emphasis on the m/m.


Willing Victim - a.k.a. *sigh* Flynn.. *sigh* 
You can find Anna´s AWESOME review here and it just says it all :-)

For the past couple years Laurel's been coasting, hiding in the backseat while her life drifts off course. Then one summer afternoon a tall, built bruiser named Flynn strides in and steers her straight into an infatuation she never saw coming.
Flynn introduces Laurel to things she’s never imagined before-to the violent but exciting realm of the underground boxing circuit, to rough sex and even rougher role-playing, and to an attraction she craves even as it intimidates her. As Flynn invites her deeper into his world and his life, Laurel has to make a choice-let fear keep her holed up where it’s safe, or take a chance and fight for the man who makes her feel more alive than she’d dreamed possible.

 
Skin Game - a hot little book with interesting side characters!
Seven days, seven challenges. Twelve strangers. Eight thousand cameras. Only one winner.
Welcome to The Ant Farm, a social study in the wilds of interior Alaska, documenting the dynamics between a dozen competitors as they take part in a series of physical and psychological face-offs. With five hundred grand up for grabs at the end of the battle royal, the stakes are high and the tension blazing.
Could the seemingly mild-mannered nice guy win it all? The cutthroat alpha female? The strongest or the smartest, the idealist or the cynic? It’s anyone’s guess as teams are undercut by alliances, loyalties tendered and tested, and passions enflamed by both affection and animosity.
In this contest where even knives and guns are fair game, sex may prove the most dangerous weapon of all.
Features m/f only, with a variety of Ms and Fs.

All Cara´s books are stand-alones except this trilogy (in this order):

Book 1 - Backwoods
Shane thinks he’s simply auditioning a new musician for his bar, but when Gabriel saunters in to the Shivaree it becomes clear the man has more to offer than just his talent. Gabriel’s got sexual charisma potent enough to make a straight man like Shane lose his senses, lose sleep, lose himself to dark desires and not want to find his way back to reality.
What follows is not a love story. This is a story about an unforeseen attraction that brings a strong, sane man to his knees, and about lovers tangled up in each other too deep to know who’s in control and who’s helpless.
SUPER HOT m/m that will leave you breathless!!!!

Book 2 - Shivaree
Hot on the heels of a nasty break-up, Natalie’s truck dies and strands her deep in Louisiana’s sweltering backwoods. A glow beyond the trees and a haunting melody lead her to what she hopes is salvation.
The Shivaree is more than a bar. It’s a mysterious oasis where people go to escape into a cold drink and lose themselves against a warm body on the dance floor. Gabriel is its resident musician, gifted with unnerving talent and intoxicating sexual charisma. The only thing standing between Natalie and the perfect rebound is Gabriel’s possessive and domineering lover, and Natalie’s not afraid of a bully. Certainly not one built like Shane Broussard. She’s ready to discover the perfect remedy for heartache—two hot male bodies, one long, sultry, southern night.
Features m/m/f menage, m/m action. 

Book 3 - Getaway
Six months ago Natalie drove away from Louisiana and a three-day, two-man rebound to be reckoned with. Now back in snowy Rochester, she wasn’t expecting to see either of those Southern gentlemen again. She certainly wasn’t expecting to find one standing in her work parking lot one afternoon without a word of warning.
Cold turkey is what Shane’s after. He’s been with his lover Gabriel for a year now—a year of hot sex and obsessive attraction that’s left him with a death grip on the tattered remains of his heterosexuality and too many sleepless nights. Desperate for a clean break, Shane hopes hiding out at Natalie’s for a week or two will do the trick. She sure as hell owes him one fine rebound.
But Shane quickly discovers that banishing Gabriel from his heart and his head is easier said than done. His cold-turkey recovery is headed straight for an epic relapse, and Shane’s going to have to make a choice—the traditional life he thinks he wants, or the man he can’t seem to live without.
Features m/m/f menage, m/m action.


This is of course not a complete list so be sure to go and visit Cara´s webpage or find her on Goodreads. Trust me, once you read any of her books, you won´t be able to stop :-)





Review: The Granite Lake Wolves



First of all...can I get an Amen for www.goodreads.com? I never would have found this series without the goodness that is Goodreads.

Now that I got that out of the way, let's talk about some wolves, shall we? This is a short, five story series. (I know the picture only shows three of the books...Google doesn't always give you what you want).

This series focuses on a pack of wolves that reside at Granite Lake. There are your typical wolves actions: hot sexy men that can change into wolves, super scent noses, lifetime mates and super hot wolf sex.

As a reader, I have certain expectations for a story. If the story is short then I expect quick character development, quick feelings of love and quick hot sex. This author delivers on all my expectations. High five to Vivian Arend.

If you are looking for some quick reads about some hot wolves then check this series out.

The stories are:
  1. Wolf Signs (the lead female is deaf. How cool is that???)
  2. Wolf Flight
  3. First Howl (this is a super duper short story...it barely counts)
  4. Wolf Games
  5. Wolf Tracks (my favorite of the series)
My overall rating: 4.25 hot sexy wolf stars!

July 3, 2011

Review: Deeper Than Midnight by Lara Adrian

Deeper than Midnight is the ninth book in the Midnight Breed series by Lara Adrian.

If you have not read this series then what in the hell is wrong with you? Walk, no RUN and get these books immediately!

This book pics RIGHT up where we left off with Brock and this time the focus is on Hunter. In the last book, Brock had saved Corinne after over seventy-five years of abuse she suffered under Dragos. Corinne wants nothing more than to go home and see her family and start learning how to live her life. Hunter, the former weapon owned by Dragos, has volunteered to take her back to her family.

Hunter is drawn to Corinne, which is surprising because Hunter has never "felt" before. He was trained to only be an assassin. No feelings. No emotions. NADA. Watching Hunter struggle with his emotions and feelings was an interesting read. I will say, I was surprised with how quickly the two of them realized their feelings for each other. I would have appreciated more relationship development in that area. I'm still left with the question of why they really liked each other.

This story also focused on Chase. While Chase's story is critical to Deeper than Midnight, and his story is next in this series, dammit, I wanted more Hunter!

The ending of this book left me with a, "oh no she didn't just cliffhanger me!" feeling, I still highly recommend it. I also recommend getting a calendar to mark off the days when the next book comes out.

Vhampy's rating: 4.75 hot vampire stars!

Review: The Elite Ops Series by Lora Leigh

This series is a spin-off of Lora Leigh's Tempting Seals series. I read all the books in one week's time because I became somewhat obsessed! *wink*

First let me say, I recommend you read Tempting Seals first. There is a lot of cross over between the Ops and the Seals. Also, the last few books in the Ops series are critical to the kickoff of the Ops.

When I read the last Tempting Seals book, I was disappointed that one of the main characters did not have his own story because boyfriend DESERVED his own book. Imagine my joy when I found out about Elite Ops! Happy happy joy joy!!!

Elite Ops is a group of men that work for the United States government but these men do not exist. They have pledged their lives for up to twelve years to serve their country as "dead men." Each man of the group has a horrible, painful past that leads them to the Elite Ops. They are deadly, human weapons that do covert operations to save us all.

Each story focuses on what has happened to each man, how they struggle with their new lives while trying to put the past behind them. Oh and how they meet some kick ass females and how they have to come to grips with falling in love when they aren't supposed to have any ties to family, friends and a happy life.

Lora Leigh knows how to write strong male and female leads. This series is no different. If you are looking for some hot, kick ass men, women that won't put up with their crap, hot monkey sex and lots of action then this series is for you!

Vhampy's rating: 4 1/2 hot monkey sex stars!

July 2, 2011

REVIEW: The Fever series by K.M.Moning


The words that are used the most when speaking about this series are epic, amazing, unforgettable.. And after finishing it, I agree. MacKayla Lane and Jericho Barrons are characters that you won´t ever forget.

This is an epic story. Because it is different. These are not 5 books in a series like we are used to. This is ONE story divided to 5 books. You can´t read one book. You have to read them all. That´s the reason why I review this series as a whole. Every book (especially the last 3) ends with a cliffhanger and not any ordinary one. The Mother of All cliffhangers. A cliffhanger that will make you stay up till the morning because you just HAVE to read the next book.

Mac´s life was good. She was spending her days sunbathing by the pool in her parents´ house and evenings working as a bartender. Her life was easy, like a sunny summer afternoon. And then her sister was murdered in Ireland and Mac´s world was torn apart. When the police closes the case as unsolved, Mac decides to leave everything behind and travel to Ireland to track down her sister's murderer by herself. The first day she meets the mysterious bookstore owner Jericho Barrons and it changes her life forever.

The world Moning created for Mac is not a nice place to live in. It is a world ruled by dark Fae, deadly artifacts, dangerous enemies and ever-present illusions. This world is incredibly complex and Moning did hell of a job. Nothing it as it seems and with every answer Mac finds, dozens of new questions appear. The Fae are not cute little fairies from the fairy-tales, they are deadly and almost all-powerful.

MacKayla Lane
Mac went through incredible character development through the series. In the beginning she was a young, optimistic and naive girl that only cared about the sunshine and fashion. The events that shaped her were brutal. In the end, there was nothing left from the Rainbow Girl she used to be. Being the only person able to track the Sinsar Dubh – a powerful object able to control both our world and the world of the Fae, her life became a living hell. With two dangerous men on her side, who have only their own interests in mind, always trying to use her, Mac was always alone. Because there was nobody she could trust. She was forced to become strong. She became a survivor. She didn´t have any other choice. We see the story unfolding from her point of view, we see her failures and her victories and in the end, she would be the one holding the fate of the world in her hands. Both literally and figuratively.

Jericho Barrons
Dark, dangerous, brutal, sophisticated, intimidating, rude, the great unknown. Me and Barrons have a love-hate relationship. He brought the whole range of emotions out. I wanted to scream out of frustration. I wanted to slap him and kick his secretive ass down the road. I wanted to push him to the wall and *cough* ..kiss.. *cough* him. Basically the whole time we knew NOTHING about him. Not.A.Single.Thing. He NEVER tells Mac anything. He follows only his own goals and follows them with deadly focus. He is loyal to nobody but himself. And yet in the end, he is the only one that ALWAYS keeps Mac alive.

V´Lane
The „Death by Sex“ Fae. Deadly, terrifyingly beautiful Fae Prince.
„I am every erotic dream you´ve ever had and a thousand more you´ve never thought of. I am sex that will turn you inside out and burn you down to ashes..
.. and if I choose, I can make you whole again.“
Not from this world, he lives by the Fae rules and the Fae moral. Humans are nothing to him. And yet Mac is different. Through her, he starts to understand. Starts to care. But can a being that is almost all-powerful and immortal, to whom the time means nothing and humans are just ants under his shoe ever really know compassion, love, trust? Where Barrons is the dark night, V´Lane is the sunny day. And yet they are both equally dangerous and equally deadly.


The characters in this series are brilliantly written, multi-dimensional, with many layers, having their own demons inside. In Moning´s world there is no black and white. There are only millions shades of gray. You will think about everything that happened even days or weeks after you finish.

It is urban fantasy on its purest so don´t expect hot scenes. But expect a great story that will stick in your mind. The series is written from Mac´s point of view and is full of her thoughts. The writing style is a little too descriptive for my taste but I loved every minute of it. It will break your heart and then heal it.. only to break it again. Bravo, Mrs. Moning. This series is one to remember.

And in the end one of my favorite quotes:
"One day you will kiss a man you can't breathe without, and find that breath is of little consequence."
~ Barrons

My rating: 4 EPIC STARS


And my two favorite clips.. My only complaint is about how they pictured V´Lane in the first one and in my mind, Barrons ALWAYS looked like David Gandy :-)

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Reading order:
1. Darkfever
2. Bloodfever
3. Faefever
4. Dreamfever
5. Shadowfever

REVIEW: Devil Without a Cause by Terri Garey

Title: Devil Without A Cause
Author: Terri Garey
Series: The Devil´s Bargain (book 1)

This is the first book in Terri´s new Devil´s Bargain series. It is a spin-off of Nicki Styx.

Sammy, a.k.a. Samael, is the Devil himself. The original fallen angel. Pure seduction wrapped up in the form of a blond, gorgeous bad-ass with a devilish grin that makes you think of satin sheets and tangled bodies.. just waiting for his victim to be caught and lost forever.. I have loved Sammy from the first time we met him in Nicki Styx series so I was super-excited that he got his own series!! This book did not disappoint. And it is worth buying just for the gorgeous cover :-)

In order to save her son´s life, Faith is forced to make a deal with the Devil. Yes, the Devil we know :-) Sammy is still the bad boy as usual (which is why we love him) and of course he has his own agenda in mind and so the play begins :-)

Faith´s task is to steal a magical ring from the rock star Finn. But what Sammy didn´t tell her is that without the ring, Finn´s soul is Sammy´s to take because the ring was the only thing keeping him away. 
Finn made a deal with Sammy when he was 16. He wanted to be rich and famous. Now he has everything he ever dreamed of and yet he knows it´s all only temporary because the Devil is waiting behind the corner. He didn´t think about love and picket fences until he met Faith. But when she steals the ring from him, he knows no mercy and no means are too strong to use in order to get it back.

The book covered both Faith and Finn´s love story as well as Sammy´s life in his hellish kingdom. I have to admit that even if the love story was good, what I really LOVED about this book was Sammy´s part. We see more of his background, his memories of the Paradise as well as a BIG surprise (which I hadn´t expected at all!!). Because of what he did for Nicki Styx in her last book, he is now given a chance for redemption. Will he take it or will he stay the King of Lies, the Devil himself?

This book can be read as solitary but you will enjoy it much more if you have read Nicki Styx series first.

My rating: 4 BAD BOY STARS 

June 18, 2011

REVIEW: Personal Demons by Stacia Kane

Title: Personal Demons
Author: Stacia Kane
Series: Megan Chase (book 1)


Megan Chase is a psychologist with her own radio show. She is also a psychic - able to "read" her patients´ thoughts, memories and personality in general in order to help them. But now her boss starts using a new marketing campaign, introducing Megan as the one who "slays all your personal demons". And the real personal demons don´t like that at all! The only person able to help her is the mysterious Greyson Dante, a demon with his own interests.

This book started good and promising. The writing style is really good, easy to read and with enough dialogues. What didn´t work for me were the characters and the story itself and I became bored to the end.. In my opinion it would have come out much better if it would be written in a less serious way. The characters would be great for a funny and humorous kind of book (similar to Nicki Styx series) - the little personal demons sitting on everyone´s shoulder, Megan´s three new demon bodyguards with their childish behavior as well as the whole idea of a demon slaying radio psychologist. But no, this book took itself serious and the main heroine was not interesting enough for that.

If you are looking for a strong female lead, a kick-ass heroine, this is not the right book. If you are looking for a sarcastic, independent heroine, this is not the right book either. Megan was mediocre, always being forced by everybody to do something. Yes, she had her "anger issues" which fueled her powers but still, she was not interesting enough. I just like my heroines strong and with attitude.

I was hoping for some big twist in the end that will reveal what really happened in Megan´s past that was so important that some of the strongest demons were after her.. and came out really disappointed.

So as I said, this book had great potential if it was written in a different way. I probably won´t pick the next one in this series. I really liked Mrs. Kane´s writing style though so I will definitely check out her other series (Downside Ghosts).

My rating: 3*

June 6, 2011

New releases June 7th

Hunt the Moon by Karen Chance (Cassandra Palmer #5)

Cassandra Palmer recently defeated a god, which you'd think would buy a girl a little time off. But it doesn't work that way when your job description is Pythia-the world's chief clairvoyant. Cassie is busier than ever, trying to learn about her power, preparing for her upcoming coronation, and figuring out her relationship with the enigmatic sexy master vampire, Mircea.

But someone doesn't want Cassie to become Pythia, and is willing to go to any lengths to make sure the coronation ceremony never happens- including attacking her mother before Cassie is even born.



Vampire in Atlantis by Alyssa Day (Warriors of Posseidon #7)

The most unexpected of all allies to Poseidon's warriors has proven to be the fiercest-Daniel, a vampire and Night Guild mage. But even the strongest alliance can be destroyed when a vampire's oath crosses paths with a maiden's quest, and an eleven-thousand-year-old desire is reborn.





Hunter's Fall by Shiloh Walker (The Hunters #13)

Nessa lost her memory following a near-death experience. Dominic is a Hunter dealing with his own problems with memory and sanity. When the two are put together to battle the forces of darkness-while trying to restore what they've lost-their all-consuming passion becomes an even greater unknown.





Shadow Walker by Allyson James (Stormwalker #3)

Stormwalker Janet Begay returns home only to have the ground collapse beneath her-literally. After tumbling two hundred feet underground, Janet is rescued by her dragon boyfriend, Mick. But something dark touches Mick while in the sinkhole, and Janet might lose him forever unless she recruites the most unlikely of allies to stop the growing shadow.




Hit List by Laurell K. Hamilton (Anita Blake #20)

Word has leaked to Anita Blake that hit men are headed for St. Louis- and that she, Jean-Claude, and Richard are the targets.








Forgotten Sea by Virginia Kantra (Children of the Sea #5)

Fallen angel Lara Rho is desperate to prove herself a seeker by rescuing the restless sailor Justin Miller. He's no angel, but she is irresistibly drawn to him-and is soon drawn into an adventure of danger and discovery.







Storm Kissed by Jessica Andersen (Final Prophecy #6)

When sexy Nightkeeper Dez goes rogue, the bounty hunter enlisted to catch him is Reese, his former lover. The sexual energy between them is hotter than ever-but the life-and-death stakes attached to the chase may pull them apart for good.





Frostbound by Sharon Ashwood (Dark Forgotten #4)

As a snowstorm locks down the city, someone beheads the wrong girl. Vampire-on-the-lam Talia Rostova thinks it was meant to be her. And now she's the prime suspect in her own botched murder and the prisoner of her smoking-hot-neighbor: a hellhound. And the hot-blooded Lore was bred to serve and protect, so he's not freeing Talia until he's sure she's the prey and not the hunter..




Jaded by Anya Bast (Jewelled #2)

Haunted by an attack, Lilya Orensdaughter has become a courtesan in the Temple of Dreams, determined to never again lose control. But she'll do anything for Byron Andropov, the man who nursed her back to health-and now wants her to help his friend Alek Chaikoveii come to terms with the powerful magick he possesses. Lilya soon finds herself torn between her desire for the man who saved her, and the man whose soul resembles her own-only to discover that in the world of unrestrained passion there are no boundaries.



Everlasting by Alyson Noel (The Immortals #6)

Their darkest enemies now defeated, Damen and Ever are free to embark upon their final quest—to free Damen from the poison lingering in his body. If they can just find the antidote, they’ll finally be able to feel each other’s touch—and experience the passionate night they’ve been longing for. But their fight to be together will lead them into the most formidable terrain yet…into the dark heart of Summerland.

Here in a land of scorched earth and endless rain, Ever and Damen will discover their relationship’s hidden origins, expose a secret history they never imagined…and come face to face with thetruereason fate keeps tearing them apart. Only then, when the final mystery is unraveled and the last secret revealed, Ever and Damen’s future will hinge on one ultimate decision that will put everything at stake….even eternity.



Hexes and Hemlines by Juliet Blackwell (Witchcraft Mystery #3)

Lily gets called away from her vintage clothing store to give police a witch's take on how the leader of a rationalist society could be murdered, surrounded by superstitions he discredited.

Evidence points to dark witchcraft. Lily's determined to use magic of her own to find the murderer, before everyone's luck runs out.





Bad Girl By Night by Lacey Alexander (H.O.T. Cops #1)

A steamy new series that will have fans on lockdown.

Meet the H.O.T. cops, a group of alpha males trained in law enforcement-but naturally skilled at the art of pleasure.

The people of Turnbridge, Michigan, see Carly Winters as the respectable-yet painfully single- good girl. None of them knows what she does miles away, where she becomes Desiree, a seductress who lures men into nights of heated passion.
Until the day she's introduced to the new cop in town-Jake, one of the men who fulfilled her darkest fantasy. His arrival turns her safe world upside down. Carly's good and bad girl personas clash, and she must decide who she needs to be...


May 30, 2011

NEW RELEASES May 31st

May 31st is the day we´ve been waiting for!! It´s been a long time since we had so many new releases in one day :-) So let´s get started!

Book 10 in the Psy Changelings series.

The book we have been waiting for!!! HAWKE is finally here :-) Since the moment of her defection from the PsyNet and into the SnowDancer wolf pack, Sienna Lauren has had one weakness. Hawke. Alpha and dangerous, he compels her to madness.
Hawke is used to walking alone, having lost the woman who would've been his mate long ago. But Sienna fascinates the primal heart of him, even as he tells himself she is far too young to handle the wild fury of the wolf. Then Sienna changes the rules and suddenly, there is no more distance, only the most intimate of battles between two people who were never meant to meet. Yet as they strip away each other's secrets in a storm of raw emotion, they must also ready themselves for a far more vicious fight…
A deadly enemy is out to destroy SnowDancer, striking at everything they hold dear, but it is Sienna's darkest secret that may yet savage the pack that is her home…and the alpha who is its heartbeat…


Book 5 in Kate Daniels. 
 Kate Daniels has quit the Order of Merciful Aid, but starting her own business isn't easy when the Order starts disparaging her good name. And being the mate of the Beast Lord doesn't bring in the customers, either.
So when Atlanta's premier Master of the Dead asks for help with a vampire, Kate jumps at the chance. Unfortunately, this is one case where Kate should have looked before she leapt.




Book 15 in the Argeneau Vampires.
Rogue hunter Drina Argenis (from the Spanish side of the Argeneau family) has been many things in her years as an immortal, but bodyguard/babysitter to a teenage vampire is something new. There's an incentive, however: the other vampsitter, Harper Stoyan, may be Drina's life mate.
Trouble is, having just lost a life mate, Harper is resigned to being alone. He's completely unprepared when sexy and unpredictable Drina bursts into his life to reignite his passions. Can Drina, with a little matchmaking help from their teen charge, tempt this reluctant vampire to take a chance?
Or will a dangerous, unseen renegade kill Drina and Harper's one chance at happiness?


Book 8 in Paladins of Darkness.
An online game of cat and mouse leads a Paladin warrior on a deadly rescue mission to claim the irresistible lover who should be his greatest enemy.
D.J. Clayborne has finally met his match. His nemesis downloads a top-secret history of the Paladins, forcing him to go on the hunt. The trail leads D.J. straight to Regina Morrison, a woman who is as sexy as she is talented in the cyber world.
Reggie has been working around the clock to stop a legendary computer hacker from accessing her clients’ files, but the last thing she expects is to have D.J. show up at her door. Or that he’s even hotter than his evasive avatar. Soon they’re flirting with a dangerous line between duty and desire.


Book 2 in Dark Redemption.
A fallen angel in human form, Brynna is trying to earn another chance at heaven. So far, her road to redemption is littered with casualties, especially since Lucifer’s minions are intent on dragging her back to hell. And being mortal only got more complicated since Brynna became involved with Detective Eran Redmond.
Still, Brynna’s relationship issues—like the fact that one glimpse of her can drive men crazy with desire—may have to wait. A mysterious “hero” is saving Chicago’s citizens from certain death, with strange and sinister consequences. Brynna knows too much about demonkind to believe in coincidences. Some dark force is at work here, and Brynna may be the only one who can stop it. . . .


Book 2 in The Fallen.
He’s a devil of an angel. Azazel should have extinguished the deadly Lilith when he had the chance. Now, faced with a prophecy that will force him to betray the memory of his one true love and wed the Demon Queen, he cannot end her life until she leads him to Lucifer. Finding the First is the Fallen’s only hope for protecting mankind from Uriel’s destruction, but Azazel knows that ignoring his simmering desire for the Lilith will be almost as impossible.
She’s an angel of a demon. Rachel Fitzpatrick wonders how Azazel could confuse her with an evil seductress. She’s never even been interested in sex! At least not before she set eyes on her breathtaking captor. And now she can’t think about anything else—besides escape.


Book 1 in The Devil´s Bargain.

Temptation and seduction are the tricks of the Devil's trade, and when offered the chance to regain his wings by playing guardian angel, he's hell-bent on doing things his way...
Faith McFarland is in need of a miracle. So desperate to save her sick child, she's willing to make a deal with the Devil: steal a ring worn by Finn Payne, the bad-boy rockstar who long ago sold his soul for rock 'n roll. Temptation and seduction become necessary evils, yet Faith's salvation means Finn's damnation . . . because the ring is all that stands between him and Hell. Falling in love was never part of the bargain, but now that they've tasted heaven in each other's arms, can they convince the Devil to give up his due?


Book 4 in Wing Slayers Hunters.
Roxanne “Roxy” Banfield refuses to be like her mother, a fertility witch who uses sex as nothing more than a magical weapon. Roxy rejects that life and is determined to become mortal to pursue her dream of real love and a family. All she has to do is avoid meeting the one man whose sensuality can release her powers. But steering clear of this magnetic stranger is easier said than done.
Wing Slayer Hunter Kieran “Key” DeMicca channels the dark violence that lives inside him into a popular comic book series about an ancient dragon named Dyfyr, but only Key knows that Dyfyr is real. Lately he finds himself drawing images of a young woman in peril, and assumes that she’s just a product of his imagination—until he meets Roxy. Struck by her beauty and her resemblance to his sketches, he feels compelled to protect her. As steamy magic, lethal danger, and timeless love collide, Roxy must become what she swore she would never be—and awake a part of Key that will threaten to destroy them both.


Book 6 in Signs of the Zodiac.
Once she was a soldier for the Light, the prophesied savior who would decide the outcome of the eternal conflict raging unseen in the dark corners of her glittering hometown. Now Joanna Archer is just another mortal—still born of an impossible union of Shadow and Light . . . still hunted by both—and carrying the unborn child of a lover held captive by a depraved demon goddess.
Joining forces with a band of rogue Shadow agents, Joanna's ready to storm the stronghold of her demonic foe, risking everything to enter this ghastly, godforsaken realm where the price of admission is her eternal soul. Because in a world that has stripped her of her power, identity, and fortune, Joanna has nothing left to lose—except her baby, her future, and the epic war poised to consume the city.