Midnight Breeds: Midnight Awakening

Midnight Awakening

Midnight Awakening

He has resisted temptation for centuries, a stone-cold warrior whose frozen heart refuses to thaw-until her…

With a dagger in her hand and vengence on her mind, Darkhaven beauty Elise Chase prowls Boston’s streets in search of retribution against the Rogue vampires who took from her everything she cherished. Using an extraordinary psychic gift, she tracks her prey, well aware that the power she possesses is destroying her. She must learn to harness this gift, and for that she can turn to only one man-the deadliest of the Breed warriors, Tegan.

No stranger to loss, Tegan knows Elise’s pain. He knows fury, but when he slays his enemies it is with ice in his veins. He is perfect in his self-control, until Elise seeks his aid in her personal war. An unholy alliance is forged-a bond that will link them by blood and vow-and plunge them into a tempest of danger, desire, and the darkest passions of the heart…

Midnight Awakening is book three in the Midnight Breeds series by Lara Adrian. I’ll admit, I wasn’t particularly looking forward to this book. Tegan, our hero, is a Gen One vampire who seemed to me to be in dire need of an attitude adjustment, and Elise, our heroine, is a widowed Breedmate who struck me as a bit of a wuss. So I started this book with some pretty low expectations. But since I flat out refuse to skip books in a series, I sucked it up and started reading. Imagine my surprise when I found this to be the best book of the series.

We met Elise in Kiss of Crimson, which took place four months before Midnight Awakening. She had just lost her son and she was determined to get revenge. So she left her Darkhaven (the community where most vampire live) and made her way in the human world. She taught herself how to fight, and how to kill, the Rogues who were responsible for murdering her son. She does pretty well for awhile-until she bites off more than she can chew. She ends up taking on more Rogues than she can handle, and things start looking pretty grim… until Tegan swoops in to save the day. Once Tegan realises who he’s saved, you could have knocked him over with a feather. “Gobsmacked” doesn’t even begin to cover it. But Tegan’s got his own crap to deal with and if this chick is on a suicide mission, that’s none of his business. He walks away, not expecting to see Elise again. However, circumstances take a turn for the worse-or the better-and Elise and Tegan find themselves stuck together in extremely close quarters. Closer than either are comfortable with.

While the Order’s headquarters are in Boston, most of the story took place in Berlin. It was here that we saw some of the familiar faces and met some new ones. Among the old favourites is Rio, the sexy Spaniard whose mate turned out to be a crazy bitch. His mental state has not improved since we last saw him. Sterling Chase has joined the Order and has gone from straight-laced and buttoned-up to being brooding bad boy. The new faces include two more new recruits, Kade and Brock. We haven’t learned much about them beyond the fact that they’re friends with Nikolai (swoon) and they love a good fight. I’ve saved the most sexiest newbie for last: Andreas Reichen. Oh, my yum. This guy is fine. He’s the leader of the Belin Darkhaven and I cannot wait to see more of this guy.

Never have I been so happy to be wrong. I prematurely judged our leads and if it weren’t for my slight case of OCD, I would have missed what I honestly feel is the best book in the series so far. That’ll learn me not to be judge-y.

If you’re looking to read Midnight Awakening-and I really think you should-you can buy it either at Diesel’s ebook store or over at Sony’s.

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Lords of Deliverance: Rogue Rider

Rogue Rider

Rogue Rider

Jillian Cardiff came to this remote mountain town to forget the demon attack that almost killed her. Instead, she rescues-and falls for-a gorgeous stranger with no memory of anything other than his name. Handsome, charming, and protective, Reseph seems like the kind of man Jillian can trust. But with hints of a troubling history of his own, he’s also the kind of man who can be very dangerous…

Reseph may not know why he mysteriously appeared in Jillian’s life, but he knows he wants to stay. Yet when Jillian’s neighbors are killed, and demon hunters arrive on the scene, Reseph fears he’s putting Jillian in danger. And once it’s revealed that Reseph is also Pestilence, the Horseman responsible for ravaging the world, he and Jillian must face the greatest challenge of all: Can they forget the horrors of a chilling past to save the future they both desire? 

I had mixed emotions about this book. On the one hand, it’s by Larissa Ione and you guys know I love her stuff. But, on the other hand, this book felt a little bit… off. In fact, the first half of this book bored me to tears. It was a bit on the cliche side, and I found it a little too easy to guess what was going to happen next.

But enough whinging. Rogue Rider is the last book in the Lords of Deliverance portion of the Demonica series and deals with the final, formerly evil, Horseman of the Apocalypse. The last we saw Reseph, he’d shed his evil alter-ego and was being tortured down in hell. Then Reaver came along and freed Reseph from hell and gave him a temporary bout of amnesia. This is where our story starts. Jillian, our leading lady, finds Reseph in the snow. Starkers. Seriously, some people have all the luck. Anyhow, being the good Samaritan that she is, Jillian dredges him up and takes him home so he can stop with his snowman imitation. When Reseph wakes up, he’s a bit disorientated but otherwise doing pretty well for a guy lying around naked in below freezing tempretures. Jillian finds this a little… strange but she lets it go. She’s just relieved he’s not dead. Boy, is he not dead. Pretty much as soon as he’s awake, and not being confused as hell about how he came to be there, he’s making eyes at Jillian. The story moves on in a pretty predictable (and boring, much as I hate to say it) way, with the two slowly falling in love and Reseph eventually deciding that his past doesn’t matter. So, naturally, this is when said past decides to bite him in his shapely ass.

I was so majorly disappointed in this book. I loved Reseph and was really hoping for a grand tale of redemption and romance. The romance element was there, but it felt almost sickly sweet. There was a scene where Reseph got on stage to sing to Jillian. I know this was meant as a romantic gesture but it made me cringe a little. I’m really hoping that the next book in the series, Reaver, makes up for this one.

If you’re so inclined, you can get it at Sony.

Highland Pleasures: The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie

The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie

The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie

The year is 1881. Meet the Mackenzie family-rich, powerful, eccentric, dangerous. A lady couldn’t be seen with them without ruin. Rumors surround them-of tragic violence, of their mistresses, of their dark appetites, of scandals that set England and Scotland abuzz. 

The youngest brother, Ian, known as the Mad Mackenzie, spent most of his young life in an asylum, and everyone agrees he is decidedly odd. He’s also hard and handsome and has a penchant for Ming pottery and beautiful women.

Beth Ackerley, widow, has recently come into a fortune. She has decided that she wants no more drama in her life. She was raised in drama-an alcoholic father who drove them into the workhouse, a frail mother she had to nurse until her death, a fussy old lady she became constant companion to. No, she wants to take her money and find peace, to travel, to learn art, to sit back and fondly remember her brief but happy marriage to her late husband.

And then Ian Mackenzie decides he wants her.

Just a quick heads up on this one: I will be making squeaky fangirl-like noises with this book. The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie is without a doubt the best historical I have ever read. The chemistry between the main characters was off the charts, I adored the peripheral characters, and I emitted so many dreamy sighs that eventually people started looking at me funny. And you know what? I didn’t even care.

The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie is the first book in the Highland Pleasures series and follows the mysterious Mackenzie brothers. The first book-surprise, surprise-is about Ian Mackenzie, the youngest brother. Ian is a little bit… strange. Actually, I think the best way to describe his personality would be to compare him to Sheldon Cooper: he has a brilliant mind but his people skills are a little iffy. But unlike Sheldon, Ian has a sex drive. And is totally, ridiculously hot. And tears you between wanting to give him a hug and jump his bones… Moving swiftly on, Ian had a really rough childhood. Being a little boy genius during that time was not easy, and his father was convinced that Ian was insane. As a result, he threw Ian into an asylum where he was subjected to horrific “scientific” procedures designed to make him act “normal”. Thankfully, as soon as the old bastard died, Ian’s older brothers got him the hell out of there. The closeness between the Mackenzie brothers was one of the many aspects of this book that I loved. They could argue and brawl with the best of them, but they would cheerfully ax murder anyone who threatened one of their brothers. Now, I’ve spoken a lot about Ian so let me move on to Beth. This woman was chock full of awesome. She was so patient with Ian. She never got irritated when he stopped listening to her or when he got distracted by something else. She didn’t give a continental damn what other people said about him. She looked beyond all the things that would have put other women off, and she found an utter gem. She is my favourite heroine out of any historical that I’ve read, and probably in my top twenty heroines in general.

I was actually disappointed when I finished with with this book. I mean, normally you read a book and you enjoy it. You’ll laugh and sigh and grumble, and then you’ll move on to the next book where you’ll do the same thing. And that’s fine. But with this book, I felt it. There were scenes where I could almost literally feel my heart wrench. And no, I’m not exaggerating. The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie was that good.

I think I’m going to stop here. I’m actually finding it a little hard to write this; I don’t think I’m quite doing this book the justice it deserves. Just trust me and go read it. You will definitely not regret it. The cheapest place to get it right now is over at Kobo.

Holy Wow Wednesday: Tyler Hoechlin

I’ll admit it; I caved. I started watching a programme with the silliest name in tv history. Teen Wolf. I mean, really? Why would you name your show that? It simply begs to be mocked. In any case, I started watching and I found it to be a little like crack. It is damn near impossible to stop watching once you’ve started. And it is in large part because of this gorgeous creature: Tyler Hoechlin, who stars as the brooding Derek Hale. He really has a beautiful face, to say nothing of that physique. Take a look for yourself…

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tyler hoechlin 20And now for my favourite bit…

Please feel free to spend some time staring. Have a good rest of the week, everybody!

 

Dark Dynasties: Dark Awakening

Dark Awakening

Dark Awakening

For centuries, shape-shifting vampire Tynan MacGillivray has prowled the night as an outcast, valued only for his ferocious hunting skills. When a feud among the immortals escalates into all-out war, he is ordered by his ruthless queen to locate a Seer-a human woman with a special gift-who can secure victory for their clan. Ty’s search leads him to a quiet New England town, but once he has the Seer in his grasp, her touch awakens within him a hunger like he’s never known…

Lily Quinn has always been different. Since childhood, she’s had vivid nightmares and an eerie sixth sense. When a sexy, silver-eyed stranger demands her help, Lily plunges into a new world of danger and sensuality. With Ty, she discovers sizzling passions she cannot deny and powers she cannot control. Soon, it is clear that Lily is much more than a Seer-she holds the key to ancient secrets and unthinkable destruction. But will a vampire’s vow of eternal protection stop these evil forces… or unleash her dark destiny?

Dark Awakening was something of a surprise for me. I’d never read anything by Kendra Leigh Castle, so I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. While I wasn’t overwhelmed by the actual romance between Ty and Lily, I was very interested in Castle’s world-building.

Let me start off with the basic premise: the vampire world is made up of different dynasties and is functions on a caste system. The top dogs are dynasties like the Ptolemy, the Dracul and the Grigori. The lowest of the low are the Cait Sith (pronounced “cat-she”). There are only three options available to the Cait Sith: death at the hands of the nobility, slavery or a life of abject poverty. Ty is a member of the Cait Sith and he serves the queen of the Ptolemy, Arsinoe. The Ptolemy have a bit of a situation on their hands: something is killing them. All evidence points towards the Dracul, led by the sexy Vlad Dracul, being behind the killings. But Arsinoe knows that she can’t just randomly start a war with the Dracul without evidence. So she orders Ty to go find a Seer, a human unfortunate enough to be psychic. Ty searches for months until, finally, he finds what he’s been looking for. Lily has tried really hard to have a normal life. She had a pretty rough childhood-having uber-creepy nightmares and spontaneous bouts of uncontrollable telekinesis will do that to you-and all she wants is to have the safe little place she’s managed to carve out for herself. Sadly, these aspirations are shot to shit when she meets Ty. Lily’s aspirations of being “normal” are then completely obliterated when she and Ty find out that she is far more than just a Seer.

The romance between Ty and Lily was… it wasn’t the sort of thing that I’m probably going to remember in the long run. They had their sweet moments but I wasn’t dying to find out how things were going to work out for them. I was far more interested in their respective backgrounds (in terms of their dynastic origins) and how that fitted in with the bigger picture. I also felt that the ending was quite abrupt. I think we needed a little more time to resolve everything properly.

So while the romance wasn’t the strongest aspect of this book, I’m quite looking forward to seeing what Castle has planned next.

If you feel like getting ahold of it, you can find them here at Sony or here at Barnes&Noble. The price is the same, I just thought I’d give you options…

Heart of Gold

Heart of Gold

Heart of Gold

She has a passion for unlocking secrets of the past… 

Archaeologist Carter Wessex is drawn to Farrell Mountain to solve a centuries old mystery-and to find a fortune in hidden gold. One thing stands in her way: Nick Farrell, a notorious corporate raider with way too much sex appeal and no patience for trespassers on his land. After an explosive introduction, Carter abandons the project… but with Nick in hot pursuit.

What she finds is more valuable than gold…

Though wary of Nick’s change of heart, Carter is soon swept up into the mystery-and the arms of a man she swore she’d never fall for. As buried secrets surface and passion grows, the shocking details of the missing gold are revealed. So are Nick’s true motives, leaving Carter to wonder if everything between them has been just another cunning ruse… and if Nick has more secrets yet to share. It will take a heart of gold to find the truth-and have faith in a timeless love…

I’m having a really hard time writing this review because, believe it or not, I didn’t actually enjoy this book. Gah, it almost causes me pain to have to admit that because J.R Ward (writing as Jessica Bird) is one of my favourite authors ever. But it was an effort for me to get through this book. It was just so… blegh, you know?

Heart of Gold tells us the story of Carter Wessex and Nick Farrell. Carter is a beautiful archaeologist with a passion for old, dirty things. Nick is a ruthless businessman who has no problem trampling anyone who gets in his way. So this is clearly a case of opposites attract. Only… I just didn’t feel it. These two were a little too opposite for me and I couldn’t see how they would find any middle ground. But anyway, these two meet when Carter goes to ask Nick if she can dig around on his mountain to find a missing historically significant something-or-other. Nick doesn’t hesitate to answer Carter’s request with a resounding no. So after some snotty remarks, withering glares and melodramatic door slamming, Carter leaves Nick’s office. It’s only after their heated little exchange that Nick realises that Carter is in fact the estranged daughter of one of his business partners. Nick, being the opportunistic businessman that he is, wonders exactly how grateful said business partner would be if he organised some sort of reconciliation between the two. This makes Nick promptly change his mind about allowing Carter up on his mountain to look for the what’s-it. The story progresses in a fairly predictable manner from there.

I feel kinda disloyal that I didn’t enjoy this book. I really tried; I wanted to enjoy this book. But the story line did nothing for me, Carter was ultimately forgettable, and Nick was an ass. Definitely not one of the WARDen’s better books, but I still love her…

The cheapest place that I’ve found to buy Heart of Gold at WHSmith. But I’ve never used it before so if it doesn’t work for you check out old reliable Amazon.

Lords of Deliverance: Lethal Rider

Lethal Rider

Lethal Rider

They are here. They ride. The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.

Thanatos, the most deadly of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, has endured thousands of years of celibacy to prevent the end of days. But just one night with the wickedly sexy Aegis Guardian, Regan Matthews, shatters centuries of resolve. Yet their passion comes with a price. And Thanatos must face a price more terrifying than an apocalypse-he’s about to become a father. 

Demon-slayer Regan Matthews never imagined herself as the maternal type, but with the fate of the world hanging in the balance she had no choice but to seduce Thanatos and bear his child. Now, as the final battle draws closer and his rage at being betrayed is overshadowed by an undeniable passion for the mother of his child, Thanatos has a life-shattering realization: To save the world, he must sacrifice the only thing he’s ever wanted-a family.

I have seriously fallen in love with this series. I mean, I liked it before but now I love it. Thanatos has officially been added to my list of book boyfriends. Because underneath that gruff, crabby exterior lay an utter gem. Thanatos is one of my favourite male leads in this series. He was just too damn cute.

The story was set up in the previous book, Immortal Rider. Regan was sent by the Aegis to seduce Thanatos in order to fall pregnant. When Thanatos found out about Regan’s deceit, he  blew a gasket. Not only was he furious at being used but he was terrified that losing his virginity would mean his Seal breaking and him becoming a thundering loony. His reaction to the news that Regan was sent to seduce him was so bad that Ares and Limos felt the need to use hellhound venom to… sedate… him.

All of the above takes place in Immortal Rider. Lethal Rider takes place eight months later, and starts off with Thanatos shaking off the effects of the hellhound venom. Needless to say, Thanatos is pissed. He’s lost a whole eight months of his life, he’s confused about why he’s not evil, and he’s pissed that his first time having sex was the product of Aegis scheming. He wants to throttle Regan, and I can’t say I blame him. Regan’s time away from Thanatos has been a little more eventful. She’s found herself warming up to the idea of having a baby. She’s also been feeling guilty over lying to Thanatos and dreading the inevitable fallout.

This book wasn’t quite as funny as what I’ve typically come to expect from Ms Ione and I didn’t even care; I still loved it. Thanatos was so friggin’ sweet when he found out Regan was pregnant. All this guy ever wanted was a family of his own, but it never seemed possible because of the situation with his Seal. Normally, Thanatos is this take-charge, take-no-shit kind of guy, but in the face of Regan’s pregnancy he’s all nervous and uncertain.He is so excited to be a dad, but he flounders when trying to properly express that excitement. I had so many “awww…” moments with this book that it was ridiculous. Now, I know that I’ve been jabbering a lot about Thanatos but I haven’t forgotten about Regan. I was a little worried that Regan would be overshadowed by Thanatos, but that never happened. She totally held her own as a character; she was one tough cookie. She’d been dealt a rough hand but she dealt with it really well.

Lethal Rider is my favourite book in this series so far. Seriously, if Thanatos were a real guy, I would happily volunteer to have his babies. A whole soccer team, if he wanted. Rogue Rider is the last book in the Lords of Deliverance sub-series, and I can’t wait to see how the whole issue with Reseph is resolved.

If you have a Nook, you can buy Lethal Rider at Barnes&Noble. If you don’t you can check out Sony’s ebook store.

Holy Wow Wednesday: Bloody Sexy

I was watching Supernatural the other day and it occurred to me that something must be a little wrong in my head. Because it seems that the bloodier a guy is, the hotter he seems to be. I don’t know if maybe this has to do with some part of my brain that hasn’t really evolved from pre-historic times or something, but there is something ridiculously hot about a slightly bloody guy. Don’t look at me like that. Here, I’ll show you:

Tyler Hoechlin as Teen Wolf's Derek Hale.

Tyler Hoechlin as Teen Wolf’s Derek Hale.

Misha Collins as Castiel from Supernatural.

Misha Collins as Castiel from Supernatural.

Jensen Ackles, also of Supernatural, who stars as Dean Winchester.

Jensen Ackles, also of Supernatural, who stars as Dean Winchester.

The lovely Dan Feuerriegel who portrayed Agron in Spartacus.

The lovely Dan Feuerriegel who portrayed Agron in Spartacus.

Alexander Skarsgard who stars as Eric Northman in True Blood.

Alexander Skarsgard who stars as Eric Northman in True Blood.

See what I mean? These guys are smoking…

Highlander: The Highlander’s Touch

The Highlander's Touch

The Highlander’s Touch

A Warrior of Immortal Powers

He was a mighty Scottish warrior who lived in a world bound by ancient laws and timeless magic. But no immortal powers could prepare the laird of Castle Brodie for the lovely accursed lass who stood before him. A terrible trick of fate had sent her 700 years back in time and into his private chamber to tempt him with her beauty-and seduce him with a desire he could never fulfill. For this woman he burned to possess was also the woman he had forsworn to destroy.

A Woman Caught in the Mists of Time

When Lisa felt the earth moving under her feet, the fiercely independent 21st-century woman never dreamed she was falling… into another century. But the powerful, naked warrior who stood glaring down at her was only too real… and too dangerously arousing. Irresistibly handsome he might be, but Lisa had no intention of remaining in this savage land torn by treachery and war. How could she know that her seductive captor had other plans for her… plans that would save her from a tragic fate? Or that this man who had long ago forsaken love would defy time itself to claim her for his own.

This book has me a little confused. I typically love Ms Moning and her work, but I have mixed feeling about this one. It was going really well. I was enjoying it up until the last three or four chapters, and then everything sort of fell apart. I actually feel a little bit cheated, and that’s why I’m not giving The Highlander’s Touch a higher rating.

The Highlander’s Touch tells us the story of Lisa Stone, a modern twenty-first century woman, and Circenn Brodie, a fourteenth century man. How could these two possibly meet, you ask? Well, you can blame a certain nefarious fairy by the name of Adam Black. You might remember him from Beyond the Highland Mist. Anyhow, through Adam’s scheming, Lisa finds herself smack bang in fourteenth century Scotland and at the mercy of a mightily annoyed highland laird. Circenn had made a promise to kill the person who returned with a lost artefact. However, upon making that oath, he never imagined that a woman might find said object, let alone a woman like Lisa. See, our highland lord finds himself in a bit of a quandary: the interfering fairy, Adam Black, made him immortal, and it is Circenn’s biggest fear that he may end up being just like Adam. So he’s come up with a few rules, basics like always honouring his vows and never lying. When Lisa shows up, all those rules go flying out the window. Despite himself, the stern, serious laird finds himself intrigued by the strangely dressed young woman. Lisa Stone has had a rough time of it the past few years. She lost her father in a car accident when she was eighteen and that same accident put her mother in a wheelchair. Gone were any aspirations to go to university. Now Lisa had to worry about paying hospital bills and making enough money to take care of her mother, who they later found out had cervical cancer.

The story progresses in a fairly predictable manner from here onward. This isn’t a bad thing; I mean, cliches become cliche because they work, right? So I was enjoying this book, and then Ms Moning cheated. I hate saying this, but I honestly felt like Moning just completely copped-out with the ending. The whole idea of using magic to just, well… magically fix all of Lisa’s problems just didn’t sit well with me. I don’t normally mind having an element of the paranormal in my historicals but this was too much. I was really disappointed with how The Highlander’s Touch ended.

My faith was a little bit shaken with how this book ended, but I still mostly trust Ms Moning. I just hope she doesn’t do something like this again…

I looked around and the cheapest place to buy The Highlander’s Touch will be on Kobo.

Lords of Deliverance: Immortal Rider

Immortal Rider

Immortal Rider

 

They are here. They ride. The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.

Arik Wagner, a soldier with the US Army’s paranormal unit, the R-XR, kissed a girl and liked it. And then he went to hell as punishment. Where he’s spent weeks being tortured… and plotting revenge. 

Limos, Horsewoman of the Apocalypse, isn’t your average girl. She’s immortal, dangerous, and her finance is Satan himself. In a moment of weakness, she gave in to her desire and kissed Arik, triggering her fiance’s wrath-and his claim on her. In order to save Arik, and the world, Limos must make a dangerous pact with her recently turned evil brother, Pestilence. A deal that might just cost her her soul… and her heart.

Larissa Ione is honestly one of my favourite authors. Just when you think she can’t get anymore awesome, bam!, she does. Immortal Rider is book two in the Lords of Deliverance and book seven in the Demonica series. From what I can gather, Lords of Deliverance was it’s own series, and was then incorporated into Demonica. So… yes. That’s that.

Immortal Rider is Limos and Arik’s book. Most of you will recognise Arik from the Demonica series; he’s Runa’s brother and an old army buddy of Kynan’s. Arik also made an appearance in Eternal Rider where he met Limos, and the attraction between these two was immediate, although Limos had a rather strange way of showing it. Despite them making eyes at each other, nothing actually happens for a while (mostly, I suspect, because Arik was sporting cracked ribs). As it turns out, though, Arik would have been better off had Limos maimed him more severely because after one kiss, one measly kiss, Arik got dragged into hell by demons where he was tortured for months. I was a little annoyed with Limos after this happened. While Arik isn’t my favourite hero, he definitely did not deserve the crap that came his way after kissing Limos. But, in all fairness, after being celibate for thousands of years, I can’t blame Limos for wanting to go there.

Limos was one of my favourite leading ladies in this series. She acted like this happy-go-lucky party girl, concerned only with her next outfit; in reality she’s quite the badass, who manages to hold her own with her fierce brothers. It took me a little while to warm up to Arik. I think that, in a sea of hot fierce guys, he got a little lost. I also didn’t really feel the chemistry between him and Limos. There was so much else going on that their story felt a little… secondary to me. I enjoyed it but, at the same, I was almost impatient for them to get off the page so I could follow what was happening with Thanatos, my favourite of the Four Horsemen. I cannot wait for this book! I’m practically salivating at this point.

I am honestly in love with this series. It’s so much fun!

Renegade Angels: A Touch of Crimson

A Touch of Crimson

A Touch of Crimson

Can a love that transcends death survive a war between angels, vampires, and lycans?

An angel with immense power and insatiable desire, Adrian Mitchell leads an elite Special Ops unit of the Seraphim. His task is to punish the Fallen-angels who have become vampires-and command a restless pack of indentured lycans. 

But Adrian suffered his own punishment for being involved with mortals-losing the woman he loves again and again. Now, after nearly two hundred years, he has found her: Shadoe, her soul once again inhabiting a new body that doesn’t remember him. This time he won’t let her go.

With no memory of her past as Shadoe, Lindsay Gibson knows only that she can’t help being fiercely attracted to the smoldering, seductive male who crosses her path. Swept into a dangerous world of tumultuous passion and preternatural conflict, Lindsay is soon caught between her angel lover, her vampire father, and a full-blown lycan revolt. There’s more at stake than her love and her life-she could lose her very soul…

I don’t think I made any secret of the fact that the Crossfire series did nothing for me, but I was quite keen on trying something else of Sylvia Day’s. So I settled on trying out her Renegade Angels series, and it wasn’t half bad. I’m actually of two minds about it. There were bits I liked and there were bits that I really didn’t. I’ll start with the negative aspects of the book and then end with the positive.

My first complaint is about, what seems to me to be, the excessive use of adjectives. I think this was more of a general thing than something specific to Ms Day, but it still irritated me. Adrian, our hero, could never just walk, or gesture, or stand, or whatever. No. It has to be “sinuously”. Or “fluidly”. Or “sensuously”. I found myself thinking, for the love of God, can the man not just stand up without us making a big production of it? The second thing that bugged me, and this is specific to Day, is Lindsay. Lindsay has the ability to sense nonhumans. She just gets this vibe of malevolence, and she’s made it her mission to kill any demon she comes across. Sadly, despite these Buffy-like tendencies, she was just… dense. She and Adrian meet in an airport, and the sparks immediately begin to fly. Adrian invites her to dinner and she says yes. She’s not stupid about it; she calls her dad to let her know who she’s with and where they’ll be. But then she begins to act like a moron. Turns out dinner is going to be at his place and he needs to buy some wholesome, organic ingredients. While there she senses a demon and then, in the middle of the shop in front of God and everyone, she kills the guy. Now, there’s no mention of anyone else around, but I find it damn near impossible to believe that there is no one else in there. She pulls the same stunt later on in the book, running after a vampire and throwing knives at her, Really? In public? Finally, I thought the book’s resolution was a tad… convenient. The ending felt rushed, and I thought that we could have left out a lot of the angsting and spent a little more time with a solid ending.

But it really wasn’t all bad. I liked the concept of having a world where it’s vampires vs angels, with the lycans as the angels’ “indentured” servants (read: slaves). I wasn’t too keen on the angels, but the lycans and the vampires had me intrigued. I was especially interested in the plight of the lycans. These guys are sort-of fallen angels. The vampires had their wings ripped off because their “rebellion” was unforgivable; the lycans rebelled, too, but they were given the chance to avoid becoming vampires by promising to serve their obedient brethren. Centuries have passed since the lycans were forced into slavery, and now they’re getting restless. This is where my favourite character in the book comes in: Elijah is the only lycan that we know of who is able to choose when to transform into a wolf, which means that he has the potential to be an Alpha. This has both the other lycans and the angels watching him very carefully. The lycans are hoping that Elijah will step up and free them from the angels’ shackles, and the angels are ready and waiting to crush these aspirations. And this is how we end the book and go onto the next installment of the series, A Hunger So Wild.

I enjoyed this book, although there were bits that left me a bit “meh”. I’m actually really looking forward to Elijah’s book even though I’m not too thrilled about his leading lady.

Holy Wow Wednesday: Catch a Ghost

As you’ve probably been able to tell, I was pretty freakin’ excited about Catch a Ghost by SE Jakes. In fact, I think the series I’m more excited about is Cut & Run, so I think it takes something pretty special to reach those heights right off the bat. I was especially impressed with the chemistry and tension between Tommy and Prophet. I also appreciated the fact that, despite their difficult start, they didn’t dance around the attraction the each felt.

The scene I chose for this week’s Holy Wow is Tommy and Prophet’s first kiss. Things ground to a halt because poor Tommy was a little stoned, but the sexual tension more than picks up once the drugs have worn off.

 

He needed to stay next to Tom, because he didn’t want his new partner-as fucked-up as he was-to see Prophet equally so.

Great team you’ve put together here, Phil.

Tom immediately made contact with him again. At first, Prophet thought Tommy might just fall back to sleep with his face on his chest, but then the man moved so they were face to face. He murmured something Prophet didn’t catch, before pulling Prophet close and kissing him. Like really kissing him, not caring about his split lip, open-mouthed, tongue-fucking, zero-to-sixty kissing that had Prophet kissing him back.

Tom’s erotic growl of surprise spread heat through Prophet’s entire body. He gasped in Tom’s mouth, a soft huff, and his hands came up to rake through Tom’s hair, against his scalp, half gentle, half tugging harder when Tommy responded by arching his pelvis against Prophet’s.

A moan rumbled in his chest, and he was fucking gone when Tom stroked his tongue against the roof of his mouth before tongue-fucking him back.

He rolled Tommy onto his back and lay on top of him. Tom’s hands grabbed at his hips, Prophet’s casts cradling Tom’s head.

Fuck, he loved kissing. Fucking was obviously great, but kissing was really how you could figure out how to take someone down in the best way possible.

He was still off-center from the flashback, but this was grounding him. Making him feel.

This kiss could ruin him.

“Wanted to kiss you… at the airport,” Tommy told him against his mouth.

“I wanted to see more of your piercings.”

“Seen them all, up close and personal.” Tommy ground up against him, and Prophet kissed him again and again, and Tom’s kisses were a combination of promise and connection.

“Fuck. Sleepy,” Tom murmured against his mouth.

Tommy.

Tom, he told himself sternly as he pulled back, like that would make a difference. 

…………..

When he brought his mouth back down on Tommy’s, a part of him was back at seventeen, kissing a different man, but a bigger part knew exactly who he was kissing. And he didn’t bother to stop.

Tom fell asleep under him. Prophet was both grateful and slightly offended. He fought sleep for as long as he could, and when he woke, there were no flashbacks. Just Tom’s hand on his cock.

Seriously guys, this is just the tip of the smoking hot iceberg. You need to follow this series. I can tell that it’s going to be one hell of a ride.

Cut & Run: Touch & Geaux

Touch & Geaux

Touch & Geaux

After having their faces plastered across the news during a high-profile case, FBI Special Agents Ty Grady and Zane Garrett have become more useful to the Bureau posing for photo ops than working undercover. Just as Zane is beginning to consider retirement a viable option, Ty receives a distress call from a friend, leading them to a city rife with echoes from the past.

New Orleans wears its history on its streets, and it’s one place Ty’s face could get him killed. Surrounded by trouble as soon as they land, Ty and Zane are swiftly confronted by a past Ty can’t hide-one with a surprising connection to Zane’s.

As threats close in from all directions, both men must come to terms with the lives they’ve led and the lies they’ve told. They soon discover that not all their secrets are out yet, and nothing lasts forever.

I was on Abigail Roux’s website a long while ago, just before Touch & Geaux was released. I don’t remember what the situation was exactly, but it had come out that a fan had sent Abi a message saying that she loved the series so much she was going to stop at Stars & Stripes. Or something to that effect. And I thought, what an odd duck. As it turns out, this person was actually a smart duck. A very smart duck, indeed. I cannot remember the last time a book made me so miserable! In all fairness, we’d been warned that Touch & Geaux was going to be rough but nothing, and I mean nothing, could have prepared me for the anguish I experienced at the hands of this book.

ust a quick warning: there will be spoilers from here on out. Not little spoilers; big ones. If you haven’t gotten to Touch & Geaux yet and want to remain blissfully ignorant, you need to look away now. 

The story starts off well, with Ty and Zane still in their happy place. They’re boss is making their lives uncomfortable (he’s the boss, so why not?) but besides that the boys have nothing to worry about. And then Nick O’-fucking-Flaherty calls Ty. He tells Ty that he’s in New Orleans and that he’s been arrested for murder. Ty, being the loyal guy that he is, hops on the earliest plane, with Zane in tow, to go help his friend, even though he knows that being seen in New Orleans could spell big trouble for him. Ty and Zane arrive in New Orleans being all, “Where’s the fire?” and it turns out that it was just a hoax. It was the Sidewinder boys’ way of getting Ty to travel to New Orleans so that they could celebrate the fallen Elias Sanchez’s birthday. I’m still irrationally angry with Nick about this. Obviously, there’s no way he could have predicted what was going to happen, but still. Ty’s a little annoyed but he gets over it pretty quickly, and it looks like things are going to be fine. Ha! All that is is Abi lulling you into a false sense of security before she kicks you in the face. We get introduced to a new character, Liam Bell, who a lot of people seemed to find charming. I was not one of those people. The shit starts hitting the fan as soon as that smarmy fucker (excuse my language, but I feel strongly about this) shows up on the scene. In all fairness, it’s not entirely his fault but I found his… glee at the turmoil between Ty and Zane infuriating, to say the least.

Anyhow, things rapidly go from bad to worse, and then they get even freaking worse. Ty had to go to hospital, then his cover in New Orleans was just about blown, Liam was threatening Zane, the Miami drug cartel from Zane’s days undercover were after him, and then all these secrets-the ones Ty never wanted to tell-were being force out of him, and it was just awful.

Turns out, Ty was keeping two humongous secrets. The first secret was bad, the second one was worse and the consequences were soul destroying. No, I’m not exaggerating. This book bloody well made me cry, and I’m not a crier. I didn’t know who I felt worse for: Zane, for being lied to about so much for so long, or Ty, for being forced to watch everything he cared about start to crumble. And, all the while, Liam fucking Bell was sitting around smirking. It was just… too much. My parents were genuinely worried and then genuinely annoyed when I told them I was getting this worked up over a bloody book. And, as you can see, nearly five months after Touch & Geaux’s release, I’m still a tad upset.

And, because misery loves company, I’m going to share with you the most gut-wrenching quotes from this book.

Zane gritted his teeth and slammed his palm against the wall. “Tell me the truth or I walk!”
Ty swallowed hard, but it was obvious he was weighing whether or not he should speak.
“You really have to think about it?” Zane shoved away from Ty, unable to tear his eyes away even as the pain twisted in his heart like a knife. “I guess we finally found the one thing more important to you than I am.”
Ty’s face hardened. “You know that’s not true.”
“Fuck you, Ty! I feel like I don’t know a goddamned thing right now!” Zane jabbed his finger toward Ty. “I tell you I’m going to walk and you have to fucking think about it? Just fuck you!”

………………………….

Ty’s grip tightened and he lowered his head. He was holding onto Zane as if he’d fall if he let go. Zane recalled the last time they’d both fallen; Ty’d begged him to trust him, and then thrown him off a building. Literally. And Zane had trusted him, with his life, with his happiness, and finally with his heart.
During all that, though, Ty hadn’t trusted Zane with one simple secret. 

………………………….

“Well forgive me if I don’t believe a goddamn word you say. The only way I hear the truth from you is when someone has a gun to your fucking head. Or mine!”
“Someone did have a gun to your head!” Zane started to get up, but Ty reached out to grab him. He didn’t dare let him turn away, afraid Zane wouldn’t ever turn back again. “After everything we’ve been through, why the hell can’t you believe me?”
“Because you lie.”

………………………….

“Grady, come back,” Zane said quietly.
Ty tore his eyes away from the shimmer and met Zane’s gaze.
“That stuff must have a hell of a punch.”
“Easy to get lost in,” Ty murmured.
“Yes,” Zane said under his breath. His facade cracked, and suddenly he looked devastated. Like he’d given up. “You are.”

………………………….

“I’m sorry, Zane,” he gasped, trying to hold on tight.
Zane pressed his face into Ty’s neck, fighting back a sob. His entire body was trembling.
Ty dug his fingers into Zane’s back, holding him close. He put his lips to Zane’s ear. “I’m so sorry.”
Zane’s shoulders tightened under Ty’s hands. “I would have chosen you over anything,” Zane hissed. He pulled back, breaking Ty’s hold, bunched the front of Ty’s shirt in both hands, and jerked Ty forward until they were nose-to-nose, until Ty’s feet weren’t solidly on the floor. “My job, my family, my
 wife. I would have given my life for you! But you! You can’t even give me the truth!”

………………………….  

I’m done. If anybody needs me, I’m that chick huddled in the corner in a fetal position, crying.

Lords of Deliverance: Eternal Rider

Eternal Rider

Eternal Rider

They are here. They ride. The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.

His name is Ares, and the fate of mankind rests on his powerful shoulders. If he falls to the forces of evil, the world falls too. As one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, he is far stronger than any mortal, but even he cannot fight his destiny forever. Not when his own brother plots against him. 

Yet there is one last hope. Gifted in a way other humans can’t-or won’t-understand, Cara Thornheart is the key to both this Horseman’s safety and his doom. But involving Cara will prove treacherous, even beyond the maddening, dangerous desire that seizes them when they meet. For staving off eternal darkness could have a staggering cost: Cara’s life.

I was quite a fan of Larissa Ione’s Demonica series, so when I saw that she had released a spinoff I was so totally there. And Ms Ione did not disappoint. The Lords of Deliverance series is set in the same universe as the Demonica books, and features quite a few of the old faces from that series. If you do decide to read this series, I would advise starting with Demonica and working your way through.

On to the actual story line: this series is going to be dealing with the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. The idea is that the Horsemen are not intrinsically evil, nor are they intrinsically good. They’re just, you know, people (sort of). That is, until their Seals break. And that is exactly what happened to one of the Horsemen at the end of Sin Undone. Reseph’s (aka Pestilence) Seal broke and now he’s gone stark raving mad. He is evil, and hellbent on breaking his sibling’s Seals and bringing on the end of days. The other Horsemen are Ares (aka War), Limos (aka Famine) and Thanatos (aka Death), and they are doing all they can to stop Pestilence and save the world. I was actually pretty bummed that Ms Ione chose Reseph to be the bad guy. Going by the flashback scenes, and his sibling’s memories of him, Reseph was a pretty decent guy and then, through no fault of his own, he loses his shit and goes crazy.

Eternal Rider is Ares’s book. You’ll probably remember that we met him right at the end of Sin Undone. It took me a little while to really warm up to him. I mean, I liked him but I didn’t love him. He was a little on the grouchy side, but after a while I found his whole gruff he-man thing kinda cute. And then, about halfway through the book, Cara made Ares blush. Well, that was me. I was done. This big, tough, scary guy blushing? Adorable. As a heroine, I thought Cara handled herself pretty well. She didn’t freak out too badly when she was introduced to the supernatural world, and her bond with Hal the Hellhound was… unexpected. I mean, those things are vicious as hell and to see one acting like a tame little chihuahua was weird. 

In all, Lords of Deliverance is definitely looking to be a fun series, and I can’t wait to see what Ms Ione has in store for us next.

Hell or High Water: Catch a Ghost

Catch a Ghost

Catch a Ghost

Everyone knows that Prophet-former Navy SEAL, former CIA spook, full-time pain in the ass-works alone. But his boss at Extreme Escapes, Ltd. has just assigned Proph a new partner and a case haunted by ghosts from Prophet’s past. Suddenly, he has to confront both head-on.

Tom Boudreaux-failed FBI agent, failed sheriff, full-time believer in bad luck-is wondering why the head of a private contracting firm has hunted him down to offer him a job. Still, he’s determined to succeed, despite being partnered with Prophet, EE’s most successful. lethal, and annoying operative, on a case that resurrects his own painful past.

Together, Prophet and Tom must find a way to take down killers in a dangerous world of underground cage matches while fighting their own dangerous attraction. When they find themselves caught in the crossfire, these two loners must trust each other and work together to escape their ghosts… or pay the price.

I just finished Catch a Ghost by SE Jakes, and I’m not sure what to say about it other than that it was perfection. I am actually a little shell-shocked. This is book one in the Hell or High Water series, and it was just… riveting. Since words are failing me and because I also don’t want to spoil anything, I will sum up my reactions to this book like this:

  1. Upon receiving my email from Riptide saying that I could download my book (I pre-ordered, bitches):  
  2. 1339605827_excited_fanThen just before I started reading:tumblr_m7xtgqguPp1ryfrfko1_500
  3. When I started reading I swung between this:typing-omgto this:tumblr_mqnmzmnxfG1sryr89o1_500to this: cry
  4. By the time I was done, I pretty much looked a little like this:cosby_omg
  5. And by the time 28 October rolls around, I imagine that I’ll look like this:tumblr_ma5lhzX7Oy1rv558io1_400

I know this isn’t much of a review, but I really don’t want to spoil anything. In short, it was amazing. Prophet and Tommy were such interesting, complex, damaged characters and I just wanted to hug them. The story was fast-paced, action-packed and full of humour. The sex scenes were out-of-this-world hot and Prophet and Tommy’s chemistry just leaped off the page.

If you’re a fan of the Cut & Run series, you will devour this series. If you’re into action, romance, and badass guys with tattoos and piercings in interesting places, this book is most definitely for you. You can order Catch a Ghost here and then, after you’ve read it, you can order Long Time Gone over here. I promise, you will not regret it!