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The Pine Forest (The Iridescent Realm # 2)

By Michelle Dare

Synopsis

One touch, one spark, two lives forever changed.

Pine and Azure. The war between the two kingdoms lasted far too long. Peace was finally established, but the survivors would never forget who fought on the front lines. Oliver Sage had a reputation for being a ruthless knight. He’d seen enough death to last a lifetime and worked on putting the past behind him, although not all would let him forget.

Addison was the only daughter of King and Queen Azure. With three brothers, she knew she’d always be protected, but she also wanted to learn how to take care of herself. She was strong, had a good heart, and wanted to be treated as an equal. Magical abilities ran in her family, and she had one no one knew of.

Oliver had given his heart to one princess, until the night he dreamed of another. Addison was the last woman he should desire, especially given who she was. However, what if she wanted him as well? They’d hated each other their entire lives, but suddenly couldn’t resist the desire which built between them. There were also those who didn’t think they should be together. Forbidden romance could only stay hidden for so long in the dark depths of the Pine Forest.

Review

I’ve had a soft spot for Oliver since meeting him in THE AZURE KINGDOM.  It was so sad to see the woman he was promised, the woman he’d sworn to protect, the woman he was in love with, fall in love with someone else, and I really wanted him to get his own HEA.  THE PINE FOREST did not disappoint.

I really liked Oliver, who is the Pine Kingdom’s fiercest knight and the King’s most trusted friend.  He’s cool under pressure and strong in battle.  He’s kind, loyal, honest and has a good sense of humour.  I liked Addison and thought her magical abilities were interesting, but I felt those abilities were not displayed to their full potential.  I was also disappointed that, for a woman who trains with soldiers and was constantly saying she could protect herself, we never saw her showcase her fighting skills.  I was waiting for her to go all badass on someone, but that didn’t happen.

As bad as this will sound, not a great deal happens in this book.  Oliver and Addison meet, they touch and feel a spark, they communicate in their dreams, they fall in love, her life is threatened, they defeat the threat, the end.  But you know what?  I think that’s a good thing, because sometimes there can be so much going on in a story that the relationship takes a backseat.  Here though, their relationship was front and centre.  Despite the connection they feel to each other, they don’t rush things.  Instead, their relationship builds up slowly and they get to know each other over several weeks while they come to terms with the fact that only a few months earlier, they were at war.

THE PINE FOREST is told in dual POVs, with the epilogue being told in Elliott Azure’s (Addison’s brother) POV, who I assume will get the next book in the series.  He is very hateful of the Pine Kingdom despite his family’s desire to put the past behind them, and I hope to see him come around in his own book.

The Pine Forest (The Iridescent Realm # 2)

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Justice Ascending (The Scorpius Syndrome #3)

By Rebecca Zanetti

Synopsis

Before surviving the Scorpius bacterium, Tace Justice was a good ole Texas cowboy who served his country and loved his mama. After Scorpius, the world became dark, dangerous, and deadly—and so did he. The Vanguard medic is stronger, faster, and smarter than before, but he’s lost the line between right and wrong. His passion is absolute, and when he focuses it on one woman, there’s no turning back for either of them…

Sami Steel has been fighting to survive right alongside Tace, convincing the Vanguard soldiers she’s one of them. In truth, Sami is a former hacker turned government agent who worked at The Bunker, where scientists stored both contaminants and cures. Only she knows the location, and she’s not telling. Yet when sexual fire explodes between her and Tace, she’ll face even that hell again to save him.

Review

In this third novel in The Scorpius Syndrome Series, Justice Ascending continues with the high adrenaline formula that makes this series so addictive.   From beginning to end, I couldn’t put this book down.  And I have to say that the ending was fantastic.  The action does not stop until the last page.

Justice Ascending is Tace Justice’s story.  He has been infected with Scorpius and is slowing turning into a Ripper.  This story is about him doing his best to hold on to what little humanity he has left.  He truly is a good guy at his core but he is losing his conscience and it is becoming easier to make the tough decisions between who gets to live and who doesn’t.

Sami has become one of the most trusted lieutenants in Jax Mercury’s army but she has many secrets.  She doesn’t realize the depth of feelings that she has for Tace until she starts to explore them.  She believes and trusts the man that Tace is.

Justice Ascending is action packed and continues to follow the Vanguard people and the threats against it. Jax does a great job of holding these people together against many odds, from outside and inside.  Jax is there for all his people including Tace and Sami.  He learns that even his top people have secrets to keep.

Rebecca Zanetti put tons of action, emotion and humour into this story.  I fell for Tace in Mercury Striking so I was excited for this story.  I was not disappointed, I love the fact that this is a new world and these people have to find a new way to live and love.  Tace and Sami’s relationship is an example of that.  They are given many obstacles to overcome including Tace’s dissent into his illness.

Justice Ascending

My Rating:  5 Hearts

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When Hunter Meets Seeker (An Arcane Society Novel)

By Betty Shreffler

Synopsis

Trained by the Arcane Society to fulfill her legacy as an Arcane Hunter, Anya Carlisle knows nothing but the loneliness that comes with being a hunter. One evening, in a place she never should’ve been, throws Anya into the heated snare of Dex Grigori. She should’ve seen him as the enemy, but instead her body longs for his touch in ways she’s never experienced.

From the first moment Dex sets eyes on Anya, he wants her all for himself. After one night of forbidden passion he’s left craving more of her, until he discovers how wrong for him she is. She’s a deadly hunter that kills without question and he’s exactly the kind of demon she’s been trained to eliminate. Yet his fierce desire to have her brings him dangerously close to her heart, where he soon discovers she is far more than the cold killer he anticipated.

Review

When Hunter Meets Seeker is another great addition into Betty Shreffler’s collection.  It takes us into a world that humans do not know exist.  Where the demons aren’t always the bad guys. This story had many facets to it, a secret society, demons, misguided loyalties, sworn enemies and love.

Anya Carlisle was born into the Arcane Society that hunts and kills demons.  She was taught how to fight and follow orders.  And she excelled at it.  But as she gets older she is starting to question what her purpose is.  Some of the demons that she was ordered to kill seemed to be living honest lives.  She also is questioning if this is what she wants out of life.

By fate she meets Dex Grigori, an incubus demon, that she is sworn enemies with.  They have a hot first encounter that leaves them both in need of each other.  He is everything that she should hate but there is something about him.  He should be running from her because she is very good at killing demons like him.  But can he believe that she is trying to leave that life behind her?

When Hunter Meets Seeker has a little bit of everything.  It has a great mystery within the Arcane Society that Anya has to get to the bottom of, a passionate love story between Anya and Dex and it has betrayal.  The bad guys aren’t always who you think they are.

When Hunter Meets Seeker

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Thirst: An Energy Vampire Novel #1

By Jacquelyn Frank

Synopsis

Rafe DaSilva is an energy vampire, soaking up nourishment from the sun—and, only when necessary, drawing sweet sustenance from humans who are pure in body and spirit. As the right-hand man to his queen, Rafe is a key player at a historic peace summit in New York City, which will unite the vampire nations against a common threat: the sycophants, who feed on humanity and kill indiscriminately. But Rafe’s fascination with a beautiful blond police detective may put everything at risk.

Detective Renee Holden has never worked a homicide quite like this. The victim has twin puncture wounds on his neck, and the only eyewitness swears she saw a vampire. Now’s definitely not the time to get distracted by a seductive stranger. But the suave, darkly austere, exotically handsome Rafe DaSilva is a hard man to deny, and as Renee falls under his spell, she also falls prey to his enemies. Desperate to protect her, Rafe lifts the veil on a shadow realm she can only visit—a world of intoxicating power, terrifying dangers, and forbidden pleasures.

Review

Thirst: An Energy Vampire Novel is an energizing twist on a vampire story.  The quality of the victim’s blood determines the quality of the vampire.  Vampires that choose to take blood from people who abuse their bodies go rogue. They become dangerous and have to be hunted in order to keep their existence secret.

Rafe, an energy vampire, gets energy from different sources.  When he takes blood as an energy source he is careful to choose someone who eats well and doesn’t drink too much.  He is close to the queen and is working hard to broker peace amongst the different factions of vampires.  But not everyone wants peace.

Renee is a detective.  She lives a clean life and works hard to keep her city safe.  She is tenacious and strives to be the best.  She has a great partnership with Jimmy and they hate leaving a case unsolved.

There is an unusual murder that has two puncture wounds on the back of the victim’s neck with an eye witness stating that a vampire was to blame.  This brings the two worlds together.  There is instant chemistry between Rafe and Renee but Rafe can’t let the knowledge of the vampire world get out.  He also doesn’t want to take Renee’s memories from her.

Thirst has a little bit of everything.  It has a murder mystery to go with hot chemistry between the main characters.   There are different elements at work in this story including great romance between Rafe and Renee, great friendships, what could be an evil mastermind and the rogue vampire issue.  This first book of this series has set up this series for more exciting books to come.

Thirst: An Energy Vampire Novel

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Phantom Kiss (Chicagoland Vampires 12A)

By Chloe Neill

Synopsis

Vampires generally aren’t afraid of things that go bump in the night, but Merit and Ethan are extra jumpy after a recent attack by a dark sorcerer. So when they learn that someone is messing with graves in Chicago’s cemeteries, stealing skulls and snatching souls, they fear that their powerful foe might be back for even more magical vengeance.

But after a specter begins haunting Cadogan House—and targeting vampires—they realize that they’re being taunted by an altogether different sort of monster. A ghoulish villain straight out of the Windy City’s urban legends is on the prowl—and he won’t stop until he’s killed again…

Review

The wedding day fast approaches for Merit and Ethan.  Both want to be married and thankful that they do not have a long engagement. But on the way to wedded bliss they find themselves in a mystery at a graveyard. They are thankful for the distraction because Merit’s family has complete control over the wedding.

Phantom Kiss is a great novella for this series.  Still packed with action and humour that we expect from this series but also was a little lighter though it did have a little drama in the mix. The personalities of all the characters still shined through.

I love the relationship that Chloe Neill has written for Merit and Ethan.  We definitely get to see the dynamic that that they have between them while they figure out who is haunting their home. They are perfect for each other and Ethan is the perfect leader for Cadogan.

This novella makes me want to read the whole series again to revisit how Merit and Ethan got their star.  Even though I don’t want this series to end, I can’t wait to find out what is in store for them next.

Phantom Kiss

My Rating:  5 Hearts

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My Guardian (Bewitched and Bewildered # 6)

By Alanea Alder

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Synopsis

The next chapter in the Bewitched and Bewildered series is about to begin.

Meryn and Beth have been summoned by Beth’s uncle and council elder, Magnus Rioux to the vampire’s pillar city of Noctem Falls. Meryn in a city of vampires, what could go wrong? Aiden and Gavriel are about to find out.

Eva Mae Miller has been around for a long time. But never in all of her centuries has she ever had to turn to vampires for sanctuary. But when whole paranormal families begin disappearing in her quiet Texas suburb, Eva knows that it’s time to set her pride aside and join the other refugees heading to Noctem Falls for protection.

Adriel Aristaios doesn’t know what to make of the small human his commander is mated to. Bethy assures him that Meryn is sane, but he’s not so sure. Magnus had to be out of his mind bringing a pregnant human and accident-prone Bethy back to the City of the Night, just as things are about to get ugly. To complicate matters Adriel is pretty sure the sassy, blonde shifter is his mate. How can he possibly do his duty and protect their Prince, when he has not only his commander’s mate and little Bethy to guard, but also the woman who has stolen his heart.

When racial tensions threaten to boil over and sink the city in chaos, Adriel surprisingly finds himself relying on wacky little Meryn and his mate to help keep things from turning violent. But as more information comes to light, it’s clear that someone is out to destroy his city. The question is will they find them in time?

Review

MY GUARDIAN is the sixth book in the Bewitched and Bewildered series and was another enjoyable read.  The story continues on from MY BROTHER’S KEEPER and follows the mating of Adriel (vampire) and Eva Mae (tiger shifter) in a new location – Noctem Falls.

Adriel is the unit leader at Noctem Falls and reports only to Prince Magnus and Aiden.  He is also related to Gavriel and is therefore the second of only two living Ambrosios family members remaining.  He’s a man who believes in rules and routine, but learns to lighten up thanks to his new mate, Eva Mae.  Eva Mae is a Russian tiger shifter who has lived in Texas for the past 150 years with the local wolf pack. She’s a very easy going woman, a stark contrast to how rigid Adriel is, so they even each other out well.  She also has a strong maternal instinct and is very protective of people who are younger and/or weaker than her.

What I found interesting was that there wasn’t much couple time between Adriel and Eva Mae.  Eva Mae doesn’t even appear in the story until the 30% mark and up to that point, the story focused on the new location and the introduction of the new characters.  After she was introduced, she spent more time with Meryn than with Adriel.  Ultimately, the story focused on Meryn (who arrived at Noctem Falls with Aiden, Beth, Gavriel and Ryuu), Prince Magnus as he determines who his allies are, and a new threat that appears specific to Noctem Falls.  There was another brief mention of inaccurate and misleading information in their history books, but there were no answers provided so I’m thinking it’s some kind of conspiracy that will come to light later.  There’s also a possibility that the alpha of Eva Mae’s wolf pack, Stefan, has some sort of connection to Meryn, but that was also left unresolved…at this time.

MY GUARDIAN is told in dual POVs, with the epilogue being told in Declan’s POV, as he will get the next book in the series.

My Guardian (Bewitched and Bewildered # 6)

My Rating:  5 Hearts

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The Dark Highlander (The Highlander Series #5)

By Karen Marie Moning

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Synopsis

Journey to a world of ancient magic, breathtaking sensuality, thrilling time-travel…. Journey to the world of The Dark Highlander. Crisscrossing the continents and the centuries, here is a novel as gripping as it is sensual—an electrifying adventure that will leave you breathless….

I am Dageus MacKeltar, a man with one good conscience and thirteen bad ones, driven to sate my darkest desires…

From his penthouse lair high above Manhattan, Dageus looks out over a glittering city that calls to the darkness within him. A sixteenth-century Scot trapped between worlds, he is fighting a losing battle with the thirteen Druids who possess his soul, dooming him to an eternity of sexual pursuit. When Chloe Zanders, student of antiquities, is drawn into his world, she finds the insatiable alpha male an irresistible lure.Before long, she is caught up in an ancient prophecy that will sweep her back into time to medieval Scotland. Plunged into a world of timeless magic and dark seduction, she will soon face the challenge of a lifetime: fighting thirteen evil spirits for the heart of one irresistible man….

Review

The Dark Highlander is really three love stories.  A love story between a man and a woman, between brothers and between a father and son.

Dageus is a druid with a problem.  He has broken his oath in order to save his brother, Drustan. In breakng this oath, he has invited thirteen dark druid souls into his body that are slowly taking over.  Once they take over he we cease to exist.

Chloe is a bright spirited and tenacious.  She is passionate about relics, especially Scottish relics. She is about to go on adventure that will put her knowledge and heart to the test.

Again just like Kiss of the Highlander, The Dark Highlander is beautifully written.  But where Kiss of the Highlander was a little lighter, The Dark Highlander is more intense.  You still have the humour to break up the intensity but we learn the differences between they way the brothers deal with the world.  It explores many relationships.  You not only feel the love between Dageus and Chloe, but you get to know the relationship between the twin brothers and Dad and son all while trying to save Dageus. Dageus really learned how he fits into his family.

We also get to know more about the Compact that was created between The Tuatha De Danaan and The MacKeltar’s.  And the consequences of breaking the sacred Compact.

This book takes the reader on a journey through space and time.  It has joy and sorrow and always leaves you wanting to this book again.

The Dark Highlander

My Rating:  5 Hearts

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Frostbitten

By Charlotte Stein

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Synopsis

Shy nurse Cora both dreads and lives for the moments she sees Zeke, an orderly at the hospital where she works. Zeke is too handsome, too compelling, too much, and seems totally unaware of Cora. But before she can bring herself to his attention, an explosion rips through the hospital Christmas party.

Zeke has noticed Cora—in fact, he’s so irresistibly drawn to her that he saves her from the explosion by turning her into a vampire, much to the jealousy and resentment of his partner, Merrick. Zeke hates being a vampire, and now that she’ll live, doesn’t want Cora to suffer his fate. If they can both resist the overwhelming instinct to bond, joining their bodies as Cora draws her maker’s blood, she might be able to return to her normal human life.

As Merrick uses every erotic trick to keep Zeke distracted from the blood passion, Cora becomes more and more drawn to both of her reluctant captors. And more and more happy to abandon her old life in exchange for an eternity with two hot immortal lovers. All she has to do is convince Merrick and Zeke that being a vampire isn’t all that bad. 

Review

Frostbitten is told from Cora’s POV and can I say I really wanted some chapters from Zeke and Derricks POV as i truly believed that would have helped me connect to these two men.  I wanted to know how they truly felt especially Merricks tug of war with his beliefs on not being good enough or wanting to turn another human.

I really did struggle with this story, it wasn’t romantic enough for me and the menage felt rushed towards the end as part of tying up the story.  In saying that however I did feel Cora’s intense frustration and pain when she was going through the change period and the loneliness and inner thoughts were what kept me turning the pages.

Frostbitten  did not flow right for me and again I needed to know what these guys were thinking as one minute Zeke is trying to finish the turning of Cora and next thing Merrick can’t control himself and steps in.

So I am a little disappointed as the cover and synopsis had me thinking I was in for so hot and heavy vampire menage.

Frostbitten

My Rating: 3 Hearts

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Pursuing the Bear (Shifter Wars #2)

By Kerry Adrienne

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Synopsis

The Shifter Wars heat up when a woman investigates the mysteries surrounding a fierce breed of man and exposes more than just secrets.

Bear shifters exist. Professor Bria Lane has known this since she was a child. Now she’s returned to the forests of Deep Creek to prove it to the world. She has no idea how close she is to that proof in ruggedly sexy park ranger Derek Poole. Intimately close. But uncovering Derek’s wild side comes with a shattering price.

Like a magnet meeting metal, Derek is drawn to Bria. His destiny. His mate. So beautiful and so vulnerable. So dangerous, too: an encroachment of lions, vengeful and vicious, is closing in and they’re ready for war. Now is not the time to be distracted like a lovesick cub.

If Bria reveals the truth of the Deep Creek shifters to the world, she’ll bring out the worst of both sides. But Derek can’t hide his secrets from the love of his life forever. He knows they’re playing with fire–and that when passion runs this hot, this reckless, someone’s bound to get burned.

Review

In Pursuing the Bear, tensions are rising and war is coming between the bears and lions.  Lions are making their plans to take back the Cave of Whispers. Bears are going to do everything they can to protect it and the rest of Deep Creek.

Bria has come to Deep Creek to prove herself.  After having all of work stolen from her, she believes that she will prove that shifters exist.  She has worked her whole life to make her parent proud and now is her chance.

Derek is a ranger that loves Deep Creek and his clan.  He will do anything to protect it even from his own mate.  He hates war but will stand by his fellow bears in order to keep everyone safe.

The connection between Bria and Derek is strong.  They are instantly drawn together.  But Derek is keeping a big secret and Bria has trust issues. Can she let him into her heart after she finds out the truth?

Kerry Adrienne has put together a fast paced and touching story.  She built on the characters that we were introduced to in Waking the Bear.  They have great personalities and they make a great family.  The end of the story had a lot of emotion and was very exciting.  I’m really looking forward the next addition which will be from the lions perspective.

Pursuing the Bear

My Rating:  4 Hearts

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My Brother’s Keeper (Bewitched and Bewildered # 5)

By Alanea Alder

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Synopsis

Two hundred years ago Kendrick Ashwood had a premonition that showed him the gruesome image of his baby brother being killed in the line of duty while serving with the Alpha Unit. When centuries go by and Keelan is still alive and well, he begins to relax. He believes that his prayers sent to the Gods to make him wrong this one time have been answered.

As Kendrick feels his godsdaughter’s magic flare out of control he immediately merges with her in an attempt to rein it in. That is when he learns of the tragedy that has taken his only family away from him. 

Using every resource at his disposal he immediately heads for Lycaonia to find out for himself who would be suicidal enough to harm his brother. What he finds shocks him to his core.

Anne Bennett gets a phone call that changes her life. Her new best friend Keelan has been hurt and his commander is asking her to move in to help take care of him. Her heart breaks when she hears from his family that the dreams she has been having of them together were shared by Keelan and that he was meant to be her mate. Upon meeting Kendrick, her entire world is shaken. His more mature appearance and perpetual frown makes him look more like the man from her dreams than Keelan ever did. 

As the Alpha Unit races to find the enemies who have stolen Keelan’s soul and covered Lycaonia in black magic, Kendrick begins to uncover dreadful truth behind the necklaces. When turning to Anne feels more natural than it should, Kendrick faces the fact that Anne truly is his mate.

As the paranormal world teeters on the brink of chaos, he finds himself protecting not his brother’s mate, but his own.

Review

MY BROTHER’S KEEPER is the fifth book in the Bewitched and Bewildered series and was another great read.  The story continues on from MY SAVIOR and follows the mating of Kendrick (witch) and Anne (human).  As with the previous books, the focus is still on the ferals and the necklaces that give them paranormal abilities they normally wouldn’t possess.  Here, we find out how the necklaces are made, and that information is truly terrifying.

Kendrick is Keelan’s older brother, and if you’ve read the previous book you will know that Keelan “died” protecting Amelia and the Alpha Unit from a trap that would have stripped them of their souls.  I thought Kendrick was going to be a stick-in-the-mud, but I loved his character.  He fits in perfectly with the members of the Alpha Unit and their mates.  In fact, he’s almost like a male version of Meryn; they think alike and both have a huge thirst for knowledge.

Anne is a trained nurse, brought in by the Unit to look after Keelan, who they all think is her mate.  Turns out it was the right family, but the wrong brother.  Other than saying she’s nice and that she also fits in with the men and women of the house, there’s not much else I can say about her because the story focused on Kendrick and the necklaces.

MY BROTHER’S KEEPER is told in dual POVs, with the epilogue being told in Elizabeth’s as she and Meryn are summoned by her uncle to the vampire city of Noctem Falls.  I get the impression that the next several books will take place in Noctem Falls and will focus on the Unit members there finding their mates.  We still don’t know who is behind the creation of the necklaces, so that story arc is still ongoing.  As I’ve come to expect with this series, the story had me laughing throughout: from Meryn’s ranking system to the Girl Scout cookies.  On to the next book.

My Brother’s Keeper (Bewitched and Bewildered # 5)

My Rating:  5 Hearts

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