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Blurb: Ruby Salazaar wants answers . . . and revenge. Her uncle has just been murdered before her eyes and the name he utters with his final breath - Cyntag - leads Ruby into a world beyond her wildest imaginings. She soon learns that the dark, sexy Cyntag Valeron knows more about her than she does herself.

Ruby changed Cyn's life before she even knew who he was. Now she charges into his life, a beautiful woman full of fire and questions. Cyn knew this day would come, yet he couldn't foresee the danger - and desires - Ruby would bring with her. He can teach her how to harness her newly awakened powers. But there is one force neither of them can control . . .

Review: Ruby Salazar is introduced into a world she thought she had no knowledge of outside the fairytales told her (through a book) by her uncle, Moncrief. Upon her uncle's death, she turns to the one man Moncrief didn't want her to meet - Cyntag Valeron.

As Ruby finds out more about her heritage and past, she isn't sure she is able to trust Cyn. She has no choice as people want to end her life and Cyn is the only one who can protect her. Sparks fly between them and develop into something more.

Dragon Awakened was an interesting read, although I have to admit to liking Cyntag more than I did Ruby. She is a good character and well written, it is simply a personal preference.

I enjoyed the premise put forth by Ms. Rush and look forward to seeing what comes next!

(Blurb and image (c)Grand Central)

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Blurb:Reaver is an angel with a past, a record, and a less-than-heavenly attitude. Powerful enough to fight alongside the fiercest battle angels-and crazy enough to risk his wings on a one-way mission to hell-he's agreed to go where no angel has ever gone before . . . to steal the most seductive and dangerous prize of Satan himself.

Harvester is one of the Fallen, a once-heroic angel who sacrificed her wings to work as an undercover agent in hell. But now her cover has been blown, and she's doomed to an eternity of agonizing torture. Even if Reaver can snatch her away from Satan's lair, even if they can fight their way out of the underworld's darkest depths, there is one thing Harvester can never escape-her newfound thirst for an angel's blood. . .

Review: Reaver was my introduction to Larissa Ione's writing and a rather interesting one at that.

I found Reaver's/Yenrieth's and Harvester's/Verrine's story intriguing. The interplay between them was good reading and at times combustible - especially since both had reasons for what they did, do, and will do.

While I liked reading Reaver, enough so to look into reading the preceding books in the series, it isn't my usual fare. That, however, is a point in the book's favor as it is something new (for me).

Look forward to giving the rest of the series a try.

(Blurb (c)Grand Central, image found on Larissa Ione's site and copyrighted to her.)
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Book Blurb:
Meet FBI Agents Emma Monroe and Zack Armstrong.

She’s cursed. He’s damned. Together, they make one hell of a team. Emma Monroe is a Siren, cursed by the gods and bound to earth to atone for an ancient failure. She’s had many names and many lives, but only one mission: redemption. Now that she works missing persons cases for the FBI, it could be just a rescue away. Unless her new partner leads her astray.

Special Agent Zack Armstrong just transferred into the San Diego Field Office. He’s a werewolf, doing his best to beat back the demons from his dark and dangerous past. As a former Black Ops sniper, he’s taken enough lives. Now he’s doing penance by saving them.

Emma and Zack’s very first case draws them deep into the realm of the paranormal and forces them to use their own supernatural abilities. But that leaves each of them vulnerable, and there are lines partners should not cross. As secrets are revealed and more women go missing, one thing becomes clear: as they race to save the victims, Emma and Zack risk losing themselves.

Review: I received this book as part of a release day contest on Samantha Sommersby's (the "S" in S.J. Harper) Facebook page towards the book's release day party.

Not having reading anything previously by either of the authors, I wasn't sure what to expect. I found myself nicely surprised.

What I found liking the most is the premise of the book: That, as punishment for not having done something right, Emma Monroe (as she is currently known) must find missing people.

I found the pace of the book to be good as well and the book was an entertaining read.

I look forward to seeing more of the series because of the threads that were introduced in The Cursed. Which goes hand in hand with what keeps me from giving the book five lilies.

One, is the characters. Emma comes across, to me, as the most fully developed and rounded of those introduced. Zack is developed....up to a point - one which I hope will be further developed in the future. The same goes for Kallistos. From what was said of him in the book, he must be close in age (within a hundred or so years) with Emma, but at this point in time he just doesn't have her "oomph" storyline wise. (Might there be more seen of him in the future? Possibly if Emma's sister is introduced in the future?) As far as Emma's friend Liz is concerned, I'm not entirely sure as of yet what to think of her, but optimistically like her.

Storyline wise, I like how the story worked out and do like how the authors' minds worked, although some of it came across as too pat.

As a first book in a new series, I think that The Cursed is a great start and I look forward to seeing what comes next.

(Image and blurb found on http://www.fallensiren.com )

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