mlsimmons

I’m Melanie and I like to live vicariously through fictional characters. I enjoy reading and listening to mostly fictional books in the paranormal genre, including Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Romance and Horror. I will read contemporary romance on occasion, but not often. I will occasionally throw in a biography, usually autobiographies of people that I find interesting. Listening to autobiographies that are narrated by the author have been great in my experience.

Queen of Hearts (Sin City Collectors Novella #2) by Kristen Painter

Queen of Hearts: A Sin City Collectors Novella - Kristen Painter

I've really enjoyed this series so far. My biggest complaint is that the books are too short. I think these stories and characters are strong enough to have full length novels instead of the novellas. I feel that the romance is rushed a little bit, but that is to be expected with a shorter story. I really enjoy the characters, even the villain is a great antagonist.

 

I enjoy how we start of thinking that the hero, a gargoyle, of the story is the bad guy, and our heroine, something like a cat shifter, is sent to collect him. But things are not always what they seem.

 

We also see very little of the characters we met in book one. Once again, this is something I would expect, as there is a different author for each book. Can't wait to get to the next book.

Before the Devil Knows You're Dead (Speak of the Devil, #3) by Patricia Eimer Review

Before the Devil Knows You're Dead (Speak of the Devil, Book 3) (Entangled Edge) - Patricia Eimer

This is a cute series where our main heroine is actually the daughter of Devil and a hippy witch. She has a sister whose ex-husband is an incubi. Her brother is the anti-Christ, son of Lilith. Oh, and he is engaged to be married to her best friend, who he turned into a demon. She is pregnant with his kid. God is her uncle and Jesus is her cousin. Her boyfriend is currently an angel and not just any angel, but he is now the leader of angels.

 

There is action, as Faith has to fight to keep the Angel of Death's powers, that she doesn't want, but has to keep from the evil, power-hungry archangel. There is also a ton of humor. For example, the baby to be born was call AC 2.0, for Anti-Christ 2.0. Faith's mom calls Lucifer, Louie. When Jesus get frustrated, he says, "in my name."

 

Defying Pack Law (Pack, #1) by Eve Langlais

Defying Pack Law - Eve Langlais

This is a world where there is not a lot of female werewolves, so the men share them. This type of relationship works for some groups and not for others. Each family handles it differently as well. Some, each man has his own room and the woman changes which room she sleeps in. Others where they all sleep together in one happy family.

 

Dana came from a not so happy situation. Her father not only shared her mother with the other mates, but whoever was visiting at the time. it was not a consensual situation. This made Dana not want to live in the lifestyle. She runs away from the pack when she was a teen so that she is not passed around like her mother.

 

Her high school sweetheart once was willing to do what the pack required of him, and share Dana. But that was why he lost her. Now, when he's found her again, he isn't going to lose her again. For Dana, it is too little, too late. To get back at him, she picks three other potential mates, per pack law.

 

Not a bad story. Not my favorite story by this author. I just don't think it had the humor that I normally expect from this author. The menage scenes were great. There is no m/m action, all the guys focus on her.

Macabre Delights by K.T. Grant Quickie Review

Macabre Delights - K.T. Grant

Very short story that has a weird, creepy (in the good horror movie kind of way) feel. This is a lesbian story, but very tame in a erotic sort of way.  This is story is free at the time this review was posted, so it it worth checking out.  I've read some other stuff by this author and I enjoy her work.

Reading progress update: I've listened 185 out of 983 minutes.

Magic Breaks - Ilona Andrews

Only Ilona Andrews could come up with these creatures.

Reading progress update: I've listened 200 out of 437 minutes.

Twist - Dannika Dark

I'm liking book two better than book one.  This one makes more sense.  Several of the things I didn't like about book one have been resolved in book two.

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It’s Baaack! Stomp vs Romp is back for a 3rd year.

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The Book Nympho and Rabid Reads are bringing STOMP VS ROMP back for a THIRD year and after much whining from Carmel about last year (we switches teams) The Book Nympho is back on TEAM ROMP and Rabid Reads is back on TEAM STOMP.

 

The theme is action scenes vs sexy scenes in *paranormal fiction. And since Carmel whined so much about us switching last year (LOL). The Book Nympho is back on TEAM ROMP (Paranormal Romance) and Rabid Reads is TEAM STOMP (Urban Fantasy).

 

There will be author guest posts every Monday, Wednesday and Friday in August telling us why their team is better than the other. Guest posts will be character based, interviews and more.

 

Readers will be able to vote on which team they think deserves to win that day’s duel. And at the end of the month long event we'll see which has the most votes, TEAM ROMP or TEAM STOMP. So far each year it's been a TIE at the end of the event showing that readers enjoy both sexy and action in their fiction.

 

STOMP VS ROMP is a fun event celebrating the end of summer by spotlighting summer releases. It's all done in good fun and everyone is a winner.

 

*TEAM ROMP will not be limited to just Paranormal Romance this year. ALL Romances are part of TEAM ROMP. 

 

Here’s a sneak peek at this year’s line-up:

 

Date Stomp Romp
August 04 Jennifer Estep Michelle M. Pillow
August 05   Terry Spears
August 06 Robin Bielman Sara Humphreys
August 08 Angela Addams Coreene Callahan
August 11 J.C. Nelson Amanda Carlson / Kristen Painter
August 13 Susan Krinard Brooklyn Ann
August 15 Jaye Wells Elisabeth Staab
August 18 Tracey Martin Delphine Dryden
August 20 Amber Lynn Natusch Kelly Meade
August 22  Celia Breslin Jenn Bennett
August 25 Tricia Skinner AC Arthur
August 27  Yasmine Galenorn Mandy Baxter
August 28   Zoe Archer
August 29  Elliott James Bec McMaster

   

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Reading progress update: I've listened 799 out of 1432 minutes.

The Book of Life - Deborah Harkness

Poor Gallowglass

Reading progress update: I've listened 521 out of 1432 minutes.

The Book of Life - Deborah Harkness

"No, I'm vampire" Matthew stepped forward joining Chris under the projector's light. "And before you ask, I can go outside during the day and my hair won't catch fire in the sunlight. I'm Catholic and have a crucifix. When I sleep, which is not often, I prefer a bed to a coffin.  If you try to stake me, the wood would likely splenter before it enters my skin." He bared his teeth. "No fangs either. And one last thing I do not, nor have I ever sparkled." ~ Matthew Claremont

The Golden Dynasty (Fantasyland, #2) by Kristen Ashley Review

The Golden Dynasty - Kristen Ashley

I purchased this book on the recommendation of Jessica at Rabid Reads. I'm really glad I did. It is a great book and one I probably wouldn't have picked up without the recommendation. While there are paranormal aspects to this story, they are a much smaller scale than what I'm used to.

The main character Circe wakes up in a pen with several other women, most of which don't even speak the same language as she does. She does finally find one woman who speaks English and explains what is going on. The women are paraded through town and then released in a "hunt". The warriors, once they've proven themselves worthy, are allowed to hunt down and claim one of the women as a bride. Circe catches the eye of the Dax Lahn, the king of the Horde. 

This is a dark story with rape and domestic violence. Dax Lahn figures out that if he really wants to win his wife's affection, he has to do things differently than just raping her. That is when he seeks the help of another English speaking warrior wife, Circe learns her way around this new world. She falls in love with him and the world. The people even fall in love with her.

I read this book without reading book one, though I will probably go back and look into that book and other books by this author. I really enjoyed this story.

Carniepunk: Parlor Tricks (Elemental Assassin #8.1) by Jennifer Estep Review

Carniepunk: Parlor Tricks - Jennifer Estep

Great short story of Gin and Bria searching a carnival for a missing child.  Things go exactly how you would expect with Gin at a carnival.  Not a real long story, I read in about an hour.  

Delicate Freakn' Flower (Freakn' Shifters, #1) by Eve Langlais Review

Delicate Freakn' Flower - Eve Langlais

This is a cute and sexy PNR with many different kinds of shifters. In this world, you have the instant mating thing, even if the heroine is fighting it with everything in her. She doesn't like the rough housing that is done by her werewolf brothers. She wants a human husband. When fate sets her up with not one, but two shifter mates, she avoids the situation and insists that she can avoid the mating urge and have he happy life. Oh, and her mats are a were-Kodiak bear and were-jaguar, who are professional lacrosse and hockey players.

While completely unrealistic in every way, this is still a very cute and sexy story. Yes, I'm aware how much of an oxymoron it is to say that PNR is unrealistic. I just don't see why fate would not only settle two men with one female, but separate species. Still a fun and sexy story.

My Liege of Dark Haven (Mountain Masters & Dark Haven, #3) by Cherise Sinclair Review

My Liege of Dark Haven - Cherise Sinclair

This is a great read. If you've read her Club Shadowlands series, this read pretty much the same, but with different characters in a new location. You have a BDSM club owner a woman with submissive tendencies but no experience coming into the club. She befriends the other submissives and falls in love with the very dominate owner. Lots of sex and BDSM scenes that are well written.

Dancing with Dragons (DRACIM, #2) by Lorenda Christensen Review

Dancing with Dragons  - Lorenda Christensen

I think this is a great world with dragons that live with humans. When I read the first book, I thought was more of a UF, because that is how the story read. More action that a standard PNR novel. I think this world is great.

 

In this story, there is a huge difference from most PNR novels. Both hero and heroine are human. Still makes for a great story as they deal with the dragon world.

 

We have the heroine who has been charged with treason against dragons. She is not able to return home. A journalist who believes she is not the one at fault has offered to help research who the real traitor is. He only wants the exclusive story. They decide to hide out in India and pretend to be a married couple while trying to research in a particular dragon's territory.

 

Although, this story seemed a little slow in the beginning, it really picks up. I think the overall story is better than the first book. You can see how the author's abilities have improved over book one. I can't wait to get to book three. I have no idea who the hero and heroine will be, but the world is so interesting, I just can't wait to get more of it.

Black Gold (Takhini Wolves, #1) by Vivian Arend Review

Black Gold - Vivian Arend

I really enjoyed this story. It has two storylines. Our main hero and heroine Shaun and Gemmita are a great pair, even if things start off a little rough for them. Gem has lived a very sheltered and in the life of luxury. Now she is stepping out into the Yukon to do research for a paper. She has a lot to prove to her father, the people of town and herself. Shaun has always lived the bachelor life, doing backcountry tours.

 

Although this story has the fated mates thing with werewolves, you still see this pair struggle with how they are going make it work for them longterm. There are questions about where they live. Do they stay in the Yukon, which Shaun loves or move to the only home that Gem has ever known.

 

There is also a great secondary story with Evan, the alpha and Caroline, his human assistant. Their story was great. I really wished that they had gotten a book of their own, instead of a side story in this book. Hopefully, we will get more of them in future books.

Overall great story with some suspense and romance. Can't wait to get to book two in this series.

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Magic Breaks
Ilona Andrews
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