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Leader of the vampire clan MoonBound, Hunter will do what he must to save his people from extinction—or worse, a torturous eternity as vampire slaves and subjects of human experimentation. To keep his enemies at bay, he has agreed to mate a rival clan leader’s daughter in return for peace between the clans and an ally in the looming war with the humans.


But survival comes at a price. First, Hunter must break an ancient curse by successfully negotiating three deadly tests. Then he must resist the searing passions of the gorgeous vampire warrior he despises but is bound to mate. Will Hunter stay true to his word? Or will he risk everything for the woman he really loves: the vampire seductress’s identical twin sister?

Review: I found myself liking the characters and premise of the book. The first because of the "what lies beneath" (or behind) their motivations factor and a few twists and turns. The second because of the spin on the vampire legend - very intriguing.

Having said that, for now I find myself preferring what I have read of Ms. Ione's Demonica/Lords of Deliverance series. The reason for this is that I find myself questioning some of the elements presented (one of which is how vampires can become enslaved to humans). This book is only the second in the series, so there might either have been a hint of an explanation in the first book (which I have not, as yet, read) or there might be a gradual explanation in future books.

Good read with a good pace and characters, but not entirely satisfactory for me.

(Cover and blurb (c)Larissa Ione, book provided by publisher for review.)
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Blurb: They say that dreams can come true, but as a dreamwalker, Devlin had yet to experience anything but nightmares. Then again, the druid had been held by sadistic vampires and dark mages for twenty years, forced to do their bidding. Newly escaped, he stumbles upon a dreamrealm where he can’t resist a little werewolf.

Jamie just wants someone to call her own. She feels like she’s been waiting for an awfully long time, when a man who teases her memory begins to visit her while she’s dreaming. From the moment she feels his turmoil, she’s drawn in, wanting nothing more than to heal his broken soul.

Before Devlin can decide what to do, he has to make a trip to Edenton. His first goal is to make sure someone who can’t remember him is safe and happy. The little werewolf of his dreams happens to live there, and she’s even more irresistible in real life.
When you’ve been taught all your life to run, what will make you change? Can Jamie convince her mate to stay and fight? Will he risk everything to have what he needs? Or run to save them all?

Review: Not having read the other books in the series (as of this review), I find myself unable to compare the progress of the series.

This installment, however, gives me an incentive to investigate further. There is enough background information for the newly introduced reader to not be left entirely in the dark, while (at least for this reader) not overwhelming readers who have read the previous books.

Outside of the story, I liked all of the characters - even the bad ones. Each has his/her own reason for doing things, each is reasonably well-rounded, and all of them make the story a great read.

Look forward to reading the other books in the series and to further adventures within the series in the future.

(Cover image and blurb provided by My Family's ♥Heart♥ Book Reviews & Tours)

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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.

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Blurb: What worlds would you move to be with your soulmate?

Painter Tessa Barnum is struggling. Her husband left, she's broke, about to be evicted and has made some serious missteps in her career.

When scruffy Brian Tennyson explodes into her life, claiming to be from an alternate universe, Tessa thinks he's a crazy vagabond - albeit one with mysterious and undeniable appeal.

Then he informs her that in his world, they're married.

Tessa's universe is turned upside down as the truth of love and loss, victory and humiliation, and second chances comes back to her. She has to choose love over logic to reach that state of anticipation where miracles unfold.

The secret to her own life was always in her heart.

Review: I wasn't sure what to think of it at first, but it certainly grabs your attention. It has ebbs and flows, highs and lows, intrigue and, of course, romance. There are parallels, convergences, unravelings and even meltdowns. The Love of My (Other) Life has it all and makes it work because it is as quirky as its characters.

While quirky would, under certain circumstances, be, well, a death knell, in this case, quirky is what makes the book work - at least for me. Why? Because "quirk" runs throughout the book as each character has his or her own quirks that makes them who they are. It is those quirks and how they manifest themselves that make the characters come alive instead of falling flat. It is also those quirks that makes certain characters annoying - and it could be different characters to different readers. It is also those quirks that make the characters multi-dimensional.

The book is also romance in that it explores how far a person would go to say "I Love You" one more time and have a chance to say goodbye. There are hints of the paranormal and science fiction too.

What I really enjoyed about the book is that Ms. Slatton, like the artist that her character is, blends all of these elements like an artist's paints to create in words a painting that explodes across the senses.

Very enjoyable read.

(Cover image courtesy of publicist.)


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