Review: Kait Ballenger – Twilight Hunter

Execution Underground Series:  

Book 1:  

Twilight Hunter: Jace McCannon and Frankie Amato

 

Twilight Hunter (Execution Underground, #1) 

Expected publication: August 27th 2013

Purchase on Amazon:  Twilight Hunter (The Execution Underground)

Summary:

From Goodreads.com

Hunters of the supernatural, the Execution Underground are an elite group tasked with protecting humanity…but what happens when danger collides with desire?

Jace McCannon has one loyalty: the Execution Underground. Despite his mixed blood, his hatred for the werewolves he hunts is legendary. But in his search for a sadistic killer, Jace finds himself face to face with a stunningly seductive packmaster…and longing for a night with his mortal enemy.

Nothing can stop Frankie Amato from defending her kind–or catching the rogue responsible for killing women in her territory. For that, this alpha female needs Jace’s skills more than she wants to admit. But as their investigation exposes evil truths, need burns into a passion that dare not be fulfilled. For to do so will have deadly consequences for them both…

Review:

Another great book from Kait Ballenger! TWILIGHT HUNTER is a sexy, dark, intriguing, action packed roller coaster ride of emotion and hard hitting action with a twist on my favorite supernatural species thrown in. The Execution Underground is an elite force to take out rogue supernaturals. Jace is the best werewolf hunter on the east coast, but this case is his hardest yet. Women are dying, and dying horrific death, mutilated beyond recognition. It’s been weeks and Jace is still no closer to catching the bastard that is killing these women. He’s hunting when he comes across Frankie. The attraction is instantaneous and fierce, but she’s a werewolf. The one species that he abhors even though he is half wolf himself, a secret he has kept from all of the Execution Underground, except his childhood friend and Demon Hunter David.

Jace is a lost soul with some serious daddy issues. Totally flawed, but good hearted despite himself. He is a total protector even if he doesn’t particularly think of himself that way; he would be the first to admit he can be an a-hole. Despite his many flaws and anger issues you really can’t help but love Jace anyway. As a character he has a lot of growing to do, he’s basically racist against his own kind and kills werewolves pretty much indiscriminately since becoming a hunter. He thinks all were’s are the same until he meets Frankie and he can’t keep his hands or his emotions in check. She has him questioning all of his beliefs. By the end of the book you are helplessly in love with poor Jace and happy to see how much he’s grown as a character.

Frankie is not hard to like, she has her packs best interests in mind and pretty self-sacrificing. She is basically slated to marry a man she doesn’t love because it is expected of her. She actually misses her mating ceremony because Jace took her captive. Jace is the first thing she takes because that’s what she as a person wanted and not what her parents or her pack wanted. For a while she just couldn’t seem to spit out what she really wanted to say, causing man a miss-communications and causing Jace even more hurt to his fragile self-worth when it comes to being loveable. I just wanted to yell at her, just say what you mean woman! But if there is no conflict then they can’t “make up”, so I couldn’t be too mad.

The story is fast paced and as previously mentioned action packed. From beginning to end, something is going on which keeps you captivated and those pages turning. There is no room to get bored. The chemistry between Jace and Frankie is explosive from the beginning, they can certainly steam up the pages and have you fanning yourself off. The side characters of Shane and David were great, I can’t help but look forward to their books. It is looking like David’s will be next and I am really excited for that one! Oh and Damon, damn, I know you had it rough at the end of your novella, but ish do you have to be such an a$$!?! He’s gonna have to have a lot to atone for once he becomes happy again, for now, I’m going to choose to forgive his attitude because I know how is novella SHADOW HUNTER ended and I know he is hurting, but he better make it up to us! I can’t wait to see where this series takes us! I am totally on board and looking forward to IMMORTAL HUNTER in January 2014.

Rating:

Vintage Heart 4.5

*This book was provided to me by the author and no other compensation was provided.

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Review: Kresley Cole – MacRieve

Immortals After Dark Series: 

Book 13:

MacRieve: Uilleam MacRieve and Chloe Todd

 

MacRieve (Immortals After Dark, #13)

 

Purchase on Amazon:Kresley Cole – MacRieve (Immortals After Dark)

Summary:

From Goodreads.com

A Beast In Torment

Uilleam MacRieve believed he’d laid to rest the ghosts of his boyhood. But when a brutal torture revives those ancient agonies and destroys his Lykae instinct, the proud Scot craves the oblivion of death. Until he finds her—a young human so full of spirit and courage that she pulls him back from the brink.

A Beauty In Chains

Seized for the auction block, Chloe Todd is forced to enter a terrifying new world of monsters and lore as a bound slave. When offered up to creatures of the dark, she fears she won’t last the night. Until she’s claimed by him—a tormented immortal with heartbreaking eyes, whose touch sets her blood on fire.

A Full Moon On The Rise

With enemies circling, MacRieve spirits Chloe away to the isolated Highland keep of his youth. But once he takes her to his bed, his sensual mate becomes something more than human, evoking his savage past and testing his sanity. On the cusp of the full moon, can he conquer his worst nightmare to save Chloe . . . from himself?

 

Review:

Kresley Cole has long since earned her place on my auto-buy list as well as the top spot as my favorite author. Every time I pick up a Kresley Cole book it starts this spiral of need to go back and read the rest of the series all over again. I swear I do a re-read of IAD at least once a year. I know without a doubt that if I pick up a Kresley Cole book it will be a minimum of four stars EVERY time. MacRieve is absolutely no exception to this rule. This was not my favorite book of the series but I’d still say Ms. Cole has a winner on her hands. I DEVOURED it, staying up all night to finish and dragging my ass into work with almost no sleep but not caring. PS. I really wish release day was on a Friday or something so this wouldn’t keep happening to me with my favorite authors. LOL

 

As with Lothaire I gotta say MacRieve was kinda a douche in the middle of the book. He showed promise early on but events triggering childhood trauma and massive guilt changed that fairly quickly. I am glad to say that he did see error of his ways and did endeavor to change his attitude but it was some rough going there for a while. MacRieve totally earned his nickname of “Head Case” and I absolutely LOVED that nickname for him; it was so fitting and cracked me up every time someone used it and they called him it right to his face and he couldn’t even get mad since it was true. Lol Coming into this book, I had no idea just how traumatized MacRieve was, in reality we didn’t know much about the twins other then they are Hot and Hotter or is it Hotter and Hot?? A childhood event when he was nine lasting until it came to a head at thirteen shaped the rest of his life and then when he was picked up by the Order that just made everything worse. His torture was extensive as the pet of Dr. Nixon and then after the escape he barely dodged another bullet which dredged up the childhood memories. I couldn’t help but repeatedly say “pobrecito” (poor guy) throughout a lot of the book. He may have been a douche but it was kind of understandable and I couldn’t hate him for it. He even brought tears to my eyes a few times and I don’t think I have ever cried in a Kresley Cole book, because usually I’m too busy laughing.

 

Even though there were a few tears worry not my friends you’ll still laugh in this book because Chloe is quite the smart ass and I adore smart ass characters. Probably one of the reason I love Kresley Cole so much, most of her characters tend to be on the smart ass side and I can’t get enough of it. Chloe is also a pretty tough chica. In the beginning she is just a human professional woman’s soccer player with dreams of the Olympics but soon she realizes that something is happening to her. When her father disappears after handing her the living book of the Lore it is merely weeks when she is kidnapped to be sold to the highest bidder. It seems her father is enemy numero uno amongst the Lore. It is on the auction block when MacRieve finds her and “rescues” her. It is just when she is starting to buy into MacRieve’s matehood when he does a complete 180 after her transition. Chloe is not one to really put up with much shit so she gives back as much as she gets from MacRieve wanting nothing to do with him, but the nature of the beast rears its ugly head and circumstances what they are they have to stick together. What I really liked about Chloe is that she didn’t really freak out about the Lore and her transition. She had a “rub some dirt” mentality and tried to make the best of the situation. She remained her smart ass self and won everyone over including MacRieve. Although, I do wish that she would have been able to compete in the Olympics, it seems a bit sad that she had to give up that dream, but she took it in stride.

 

This book isn’t as action packed as some of the others as MacRieve is still pretty traumatized from being tortured so I think this was a good move, plus we still had plenty of drama with MacRieve and Chloe in their own personal battle between each other and MacRieves’ past. This is probably the steamiest book of the series, almost from the get go. As with all the other books in this series the side characters cannot be dismissed. I adore every single one of them in particular I loved the orphaned brothers. They cracked me up, especially the younger one. I’m drawing a blank on his name right now. We spend more time with Monroe then we ever have before and I like him, it’s looking like his book may be next in the series. He’s little to serious so I hope his mate drives him nuts! Kresley Cole is setting us up for something BIG so I can’t wait to see where we go in this series!

 

Well Done Kresley Cole, Well Done!

 

Rating: 5 Romanticals

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ARC Review: Molly Harper – A Witch’s Handbook of Kisses and Curses

Half Moon Hollow Series:

Book 3:

A Witch’s Handbook of Kisses and Curses: Nola Leary and Jed Trudeau

 

A Witch's Handbook of Kisses and Curses (Half Moon Hollow, #2)

 

Expected publication: May 28th 2013

Purchase on Amazon: Molly Harper – A Witch’s Handbook of Kisses and Curses

 

Summary:

From goodreads.com

Nola Leary would have been content to stay in Kilcairy, Ireland, healing villagers at her family’s clinic with a mix of magic and modern medicine. But a series of ill-timed omens and a deathbed promise to her grandmother have sent her on a quest to Half-Moon Hollow, Kentucky, to secure her family’s magical potency for the next generation. Her supernatural task? To unearth four artifacts hidden by her grandfather before a rival magical family beats her to it.

Complication One: Her grandfather was Mr. Wainwright and the artifacts are lost somewhere in what is now Jane Jameson’s book shop.

Complication Two: her new neighbor, Jed Trudeau, who keeps turning up half naked at the strangest times, a distraction Nola doesn’t need. And teaming up with a real-life Adonis is as dangerous as it sounds, especially when he’s got the face of an angel and the abs of a washboard—can Nola complete her mission before falling completely under his spell?

 

Review:

I freak’n adore Molly Harper! She is on my auto-buy list for a reason. I count on Molly Harper to make me laugh every time I pick up one of her books not a fail. This is the reason I read Molly Harper! With this book I got exactly what I expected, a fun, light humorous book that I didn’t want to put down.

The Half Moon Hollow crew is back in this book in their supporting roles. You can count on Jane and crew to make you laugh, in this book we have newcomer to the crew Nola. She is on a task to find her families artifacts, if she fails, her entire family may lose their magic. Nola, has never been a big practitioner of her own magic but that doesn’t mean that she wants her family to lose their magic, their entire village in Ireland counts on it. Back in Ireland Nola is the most practical of her family; I like that in this book she loses a bit of that out of necessity. Her task in general is a bit crazy so she has to go outside her comfort zone quite a bit to reach her goal. Back home, she has a straight laced boring boyfriend. In Half Moon Hollow she has a gorgeous neighbor that tempts her more then he ought to, especially since she has a perfectly lovely boyfriend back home, or is he? While in Half Moon Hollow, things start falling apart between her and her man. And honestly you can’t even dredge up and remorse for that, not with Jed next door! Jed, is muscled, sexy and good with power tools! Plus he is a savior of small marsupials. I mean really how can you turn that down, for boring? Lola starts asking herself that question on a regular basis.

The romance in the story is a bit slow to start, for a while I was wondering if it was going to happen at all. However, that didn’t really detract from the story for me. I don’t necessarily pick up Molly Harper for the romance, although it is a nice benefit. I pick up Molly Harper because I want to laugh uproariously and that mission was accomplished with this book. I consider that a win! While this book is light on the romance it in heavy on the laughs. So if you want to laugh, pick this one up!

 

*This book was provided to me through Edelweiss for an honest review. No other compensation was provided.

 

Rating: 4.5 Romanticals

 

*This review can also be seen at www.paranormalromancenovel.com .

Blood Prophecy (Son’s of Navarus #4) By Gabrielle Bisset

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Check out our blurb on the cover!
“My go to author for hot romance, fast action, and magical adventures”

BuyLink: Blood Prophecy (Sons of Navarus #4) (Volume 4)

5 Romanticals
Gabrielle Bisset’s paranormal world is one of the best out there right now. She is a true story teller. This series gets better and better. Gabrielle’s world grows more fascinating as each new book comes out. A superb saga of good and evil.

I loved this book with a passion. I cried my eyes out. Gabrielle’s writing pulls the emotion right out of me. I am addicted to this series and I am already in withdrawal waiting for the next book.

Powerful emotion and intense passion fuel this book with page turning excitement. The emotion is raw, the action is packed, the pages are filled with danger keeping you on the edge of your seat.

This book has an alluring plot of power, dark romance, emotion and mystery all blending together taking you on the roller coaster ride of your life!

We meet more fascinating characters in this book bringing this series to the next level of epic…

Ramiel is a powerful vampire warrior. He sets out to help with his part in the prophecy. But he doesn’t realize the surprise he has in store for him.

These characters are unforgettable and so very special.

This series will grab you up and take your mind to places its never been before. You will not be disappointed. This book belongs on your list of keepers!

Review: Bec McMaster – Tarnished Knight

London Steampunk Series:

Book 1.5:

Tarnished Knight: Rip and Esme

 

Tarnished Knight (London Steampunk, #1.5)

Free on Smashwords.com (for now):

Summary:

From Goodreads.com

After a vicious vampire attack left him struggling to leash the dark urges of the craving virus, John “Rip” Doolan thinks he’s finally starting to master the darkness within. The only thing that threatens to shatter his hard-won control is Esme, his closest friend and the only woman he’s ever wanted. If the stubborn beauty ever realized precisely what was going through his mind, their friendship would be ruined.

For six months, Esme has waited for Rip to recover and take her as his thrall, not daring to hope for more. Too afraid to put her heart on the line, she is devastated when Rip reveals that he never had any intentions of making her his.

But when a savage gang of Slashers start causing havoc in Whitechapel, Rip and Esme have no choice. They must face up to the depth of the passion that burns between them and forge a new relationship…or risk losing each other forever.

Review:

I very quickly came to love this series! I am so glad that Anne from Under the Covers Book Blog recommended this series to me. It is a unique blend of historical, paranormal and steampunk. This book takes place approximately 6 months after the first book left off. Rip was given the blood-craving to survive a mortal wound at the end of the first book. It was Esme who provided blood for the first time to Rip so that he would survive. For the last six months Rip has been fighting his control of the craving. He has no intention of ever letting Esme be his Thrall. He believes that she is better than that, better than him. For the past six months Esme has been waiting for Rip to take her as his Thrall. She has would give anything to be so close to him, only he doesn’t seem to realize that he is her craving.

In this novella we are taken on a rollercoaster of misunderstandings which make for an entertaining read. Esme and Rip can never quite seem to get on the same page, he can’t believe that she would want likes of him and she can’t seem to make him understand that she wants him as more than just her friend. She is ready to take their friendship to the next level, more than ready, like years ago ready. But he never makes the move. Rip is a giant but a gentle giant at heart, Esme’s friendship means everything to him and he is not willing to do anything to jeopardize that. He can’t seem to make Esme understand that he respects her too much to take her to Thrall.

When the Slasher’s make a play for Blade’s territory, it is Rip that risks his life to take them out. Only the tasks becomes more than he can handle alone. When woman start disappearing he realizes that everyone is in danger. Could it be that Esme will be the next victim of this sadistic bastard. The danger that the Slasher’s pose adds an exciting element of danger to the story. This book may not be very long but it certainly packs all that it can in a short span of time. This book is an action packed tale with plenty of romance. It was a fantastic installment to this exciting new series!

Rating:

4 Romanticals

*This post can also be viewed at my other blog www.paranormalromancenovel.com .

Review: Bec McMaster–Kiss of Steel

London Steampunk Series:

Book 1:

Kiss of Steel: Blade and Honoria Todd

Kiss of Steel (London Steampunk, #1)

Purchase on Amazon:  Bec McMaster – Kiss of Steel

Summary:

When Nowhere Is Safe

Most people avoid the dreaded Whitechapel district. For Honoria Todd, it’s the last safe haven. But at what price?

Blade is known as the master of the rookeries—no one dares cross him. It’s been said he faced down the Echelon’s army single-handedly, that ever since being infected by the blood-craving he’s been quicker, stronger, and almost immortal.

When Honoria shows up at his door, his tenuous control comes close to snapping. She’s so…innocent. He doesn’t see her backbone of steel—or that she could be the very salvation he’s been seeking.

Review:

I wasn’t sure what to expect from this book. It came highly recommended from Anne from over at Under the Covers Book Blog and I have to say she has not steered me wrong yet. I enjoyed this book from beginning to end. I’ve never really read Steampunk before, so I wasn’t sure what it would be all about and I’m still not entirely sure what is so different about it besides the mention of clockwork mechanical automations, which isn’t something what would be so out of the ordinary for a paranormal read to begin with, so as far as the steampunk aspect goes it was barely noticeable. The world building is impressive. This new world is a lot to take on and it can at times get overwhelming but in the end you have a complete new world that has been entirely set up for the entire series. This is a historical with a paranormal twist.

I adored Honoria and Blade as a couple, the sexual tension was of the chains. Honoria has been taking care of her siblings for the past 6 months. Her entire world exists to take care of them. She is slowly killing herself to make ends meet, when the call comes. Blade is the Monster of Whitechapel, she thought she needed to escape his notice, she never thought he would end up being her salvation. Blade is intrigued by Honoria from the start. Her pride will be the death of her, but she still keeps on keeping on. Her strength of heart and her beauty keep blade coming back. He knows he wants her he’s just not sure what to do with her. LOL Every time they get near each other the sexual tension is bursting from the pages! It makes things interesting for us readers. I enjoyed watching their romance develop.

As individual characters I loved both Honor and Blade. Honor is a strong character; everything she does is for her siblings. She sacrifices everything for them, her health, her pride and her blood. I can get down with that. She is also very brave and does not shy away from doing what she needs to do, at times it can be heartbreaking. Blade, aw man, I love a bad guy that is actually the good guy. He cannot be seen as weak and the leader of the Rookeries. When the big bad comes to his territory it is up to him to take of it and he does not shy away from his duty. He knows he is on the edge, soon his time will be up and he’ll have to do, what needs to be done. He just wishes he could have met Honor before he got so close to the edge. He wants more than a couple of months with her and his adopted family. A monster to the rest but to his family and Honor they know the good man he is beneath.

This was a great start to this new series. I am looking forward to the rest of the books and have already put a dent in the series. I see good things to come.

Rating:

4.5 Romanticals

*This review can also be seen at my other blog http://www.paranormalromancenovel.com .

Review: Jeaniene Frost – Twice Tempted

Night Prince Series:

Book 2:

Twice Tempted: Vlad Tepesh and Leila

 

Twice Tempted (Night Prince, #2)

 

Purchase on Amazon: Jeaniene Frost – Twice Tempted: A Night Prince Novel

Summary:

From goodreads.com

Dating the Prince of Darkness has its challenges…

Leila’s psychic abilities have been failing her, and now she isn’t sure what the future holds. If that weren’t enough, her lover, Vlad, has been acting distant. Though Leila is a mere mortal, she’s also a modern woman who refuses to accept the cold shoulder treatment forever–especially from the darkly handsome vampire who still won’t admit that he loves her.

Like choosing between eternal love and a loveless eternity…

Soon circumstances send Leila back to the carnival circuit, where tragedy strikes. And when she finds herself in the crosshairs of a killer who may be closer than she realizes, Leila must decide who to trust– the fiery vampire who arouses her passions like no other or the tortured knight who longs to be more than a friend? With danger stalking her every step of the way, all it takes is one wrong move to damn her for eternity.

Review:

Another great book by Jeaniene Frost! When you pick up a Jeaniene Frost book, you know that you are in for an entertaining read and this book is no exception. I have long been a Vlad fan, since he first appeared in the Night Huntress series. He is a total smart ass and has a brooding quality about him. In his own series, he is still a smart ass, but not quite as much as we see from him in the Night Huntress series. In this series he is a bit more serious, which is because we are finally seeing the full impact of being a Master of his own line. Vlad in Night Huntress seems more carefree because we do not see all of his responsibilities, in Night Prince he has heavy burdens placed on him by a crazy person that wants to take out Vlad by any means necessary and Leila stands in their way.

This book takes place within weeks of the big showdown in book one. Leila’s full abilities still have not returned to full power and Vlad is kind of acting like an a$$. Leila has finally had enough, and decides to leave Vlad, even though it’s tearing her apart. I love that she knows her worth and will not settle for second place. Vlad may be the big bad, but she is not afraid of him. She gathers all of her considerable strength/will and leaves Vlad and goes back to the States. Almost immediately she is attacked and everyone thinks her dead including Vlad. On the run AGAIN and kidnapped AGAIN she finds that she is stronger and more capable than she ever imagined. Leila has never really been short in the self esteem department but she is really just a bad a$$. She doesn’t hesitate to do what she needs to do to survive and goes toe to toe with one of the most powerful vampires in the world. There is no way she is going to let this newest baddy take her down!

As with all Jeaniene Frost’s books you can count on going on a roller coaster ride of action, humor and sensuality. From the first chapter poor Leila is kidnapped yet again. Poor thing she is always getting kidnapped by someone, good thing she can take care of herself! When kidnapping doesn’t work the assassination attempts really pick up, so you are guaranteed plenty of action and violence as we have come to expect from Jeaniene Frost. You know the infamous chapter 32 in the Night Huntress, there is a scene in this one, and I’d have to say is on par with that one. There are some serious smexy times in this book. I was not disappointed in this category. I do have to say this book is not quite as funny as some of Ms. Frost’s other works. There are still plenty of smart a$$ remarks but I expected more. Also, my number one and only issue with this series is we do not spend any time in Vlad’s head. I would really love some of Vlad’s POV. I know Frost always writes in the females POV but this is Vlad’s series so I would think we would have some time in his head. Tho he does have this moment on the plane that almost makes up for the lack of time in his head.

Rating:

4.5 Romanticals