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.

Review: When a Beta Roars (A Lion's Pride, #2) by Eve Langlais

When A Beta Roars (A Lion's Pride) (Volume 2) - Eve Langlais

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Eve Langlais does it again with When a Beta Roars. This book starts pretty much where When an Alpha Purrs ends. The pride Beta has been give the job of babysitting the wolf alpha’s sister who is running from her old pack after leaving an abusive relationship. This is not the job he is looking for, but his alpha insists to help with the alliance between the pride and the pack. That is until he meets the woman he is babysitting. She is his fated mate.


Arabella is being seeked by her old back. Everyone wants to mate with her. Not because they like her, no. They want to mate with her because she inherited the wealth of her jerk of a dead husband and whoever she takes as a mate will also get the title of alpha of the pack. Arabella has been so badly abused by her previous husband, her wolf has abandoned her, she can’t shift.


One thing I loved about this series, the lioness are treated as equals and are valued members of the pride. The women of the pack, this is not the case. The lioness work really hard to help Arabella to get her confidence back. Hayder too wants to see a woman with strength, not cowed.


Even with the tough topics of abuse, there is still the humor that I’ve come to associate with Eve Langlais. Things like a wolf being allergic to a lion. The lionesses continue to be the biggest comic relief in the series. Lastly, Leo, the Omega and enforcer, is a great character. I can’t wait to get to his story. I once again highly recommend this story for people who enjoy shifter stories with a lot of laughter. This can be read as a stand alone, even though it is part of the series.



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Audiobook Review: Claimed (Dark Protectors, #2) by Rebecca Zanetti

Claimed - Rebecca Zanetti, Karen White

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I listened to the first book in this series, Fated, a little over a month ago. While I enjoyed it, I felt that the series had much more potential that first book gave us. Claimed really brought that potential out and was much more what I would’ve expected from Rebecca Zanetti. There is much less world-building, so she was able to focus much more on the characters, which is my favorite part of any story. Claimed continued to build on many of the plot points that Fated originally built.


Here, we have Emma, the sister of the heroine of the first book, she has been taken by the evil Kurjans. Dage, the king of the Realm and the vampires knows that Emma is his fated mate and is going after her to get her back from the Kurjans. These two have dreamed about each other for many years, Dage for many more, since he is centuries old. Emma is also a psychic and sees the future in her dreams. She has seen her death and doesn’t want to tie herself to Dage for this exact reason.


Dage is a king and has been since he was very young and the Kurjans killed his parents. He isn’t used to other people not following his orders. Emma has no intentions of following his orders. She has been caring for Cara and then Janie for several years, she isn’t used to taking orders. You can see where this will go in this story.

“Oh love, you misunderstand. It wasn’t the king demanding your obedience.” His muscles bunched like a predator before springing. “It was the man.”

As per usual for me, it is the side character that really make a story for me. Not only do we continue to the story of the main characters of the first book, but we also have characters like the shifter Katie, the prophet Lily, the witch Moira, all the Kayrs brothers and best of all little Janie and her mysterious friend Zane.


While this is a paranormal romance series, it has the larger overall story arc that means you really need to read the series from the beginning to understand everything that is going on in the story. I tend to enjoy these types of PNR series more. I love that that larger story arc that keeps the reader interested outside of just the romance of the two main characters. This is one of those types of PNR series.



Once again, Karen White knocks this out of the park. I’ve come to always expect an exceptional narration when I see that she is the narrator. She brings great emotion and character voice to the books. Her pace and tone are always where I like to see them. For this book, I would like to call out the accent she uses for the Irish witch Moira. I really enjoyed that Irish/Gaelic accent. She also does a really good job with four-year-old Janie. I really feel her youth when she speaks.


I like to thank Audible Studios for providing me with a copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.


Audiobook Review: Archangel's Enigma (Guild Hunter #8) by Nalini Singh

Archangel's Enigma: Guild Hunter Series #8 - Nalini Singh, Justine Eyre

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If you’re not reading or familiar with this series, it features mostly angels, archangels and vampires. However, Naasir is something other. He does have traits of vampires. He drinks blood, but he also has an animalistic quality to him that makes you realize that he isn’t a normal vampire. He is a very powerful individual and part of Raphael’s Seven. Raphael, is the archangel of New York and he has his Seven which consists of vampires and angels that are very powerful and his most trusted advisors and inner circle.


In Archangel’s Shadows, we really get to know Naasir, but not really what he is. So finally getting to read his story, I was excited to finally learn that story. Surprisingly, I was able to get the audiobook, after release date, and listen to it and was never spoiled by the elusive information. I saw several tweets #WhatIsNaasir. I saw several people say they knew what he was, but never spoiled it for me. For that, I thank all the early reader.


Anyway, I should probably tell you about our heroine, because she was wonderful too. Andromeda is the only granddaughter Charisemnon, who is allied with Lijuan, a mortal enemy of Raphael, and truthfully, anyone with any sanity. Andromeda left her homeland when she was still very young in angel years to study at the Refuge. She is now a scholar. Naasir is tasked with taking her to find the sleeping place of an ancient archangel before Lijuan can kill him. This is when Naasir learns that Andi, as he calls her, is going to be his mate. She is not only a scholar, but she has learned to fight and has done so in secret. She is quite the warrior.


One large plot point in this story is that Andromeda has made a vow of chastity until a “stupid grimoire book” is found. This does up the sexual tension of the book. Andromeda is ready to break the vow, but Naasir won’t let her. He makes it a point that he is going to find this “stupid grimoire book” so that he can be with his mate.


Overall, I would say this book was everything that I hoped it would be, and I had high hopes. Naasir is just such a wonderful character in his uniqueness. I was very worried that this story couldn’t live up to my expectations, but I shouldn’t have been. Nalini Singh has always delivered. Andromeda is the perfect angel to mate with Naasir. She is intelligent and she sees Naasir for who he is. There are some great plot developments in the overall story plot.



Justine Eyre nails the narration of this series once again. Each character has their own unique voice and tone. I think she does a great job bringing out the wildness in Naasir’s voice. I love how she did the accent for Lijuan. I sorta cringe when she is talking, which totally fits that character.


I like to thank Tantor Media for providing me with a copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.


Review: Thor's Serpents (The Blackwell Pages #3) by K.L. Armstrong, M.A. Marr

Thor's Serpents (The Blackwell Pages) - K. L. Armstrong, M. A. Marr

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Middle Grade Page Turner Library Book

I thought this was a great ending to this trilogy. It picks up right where Odin’s Ravens left off. Matt knows that he is going to be Thor’s champion in the battle at Ragnarok. He has several friends that have been traveling with him throughout the stories that are champions for Loki, Odin, Baldwin, Freya and Frey.


In the first two books the kids have learn a lot and have really become a team. At the end of the previous book, it seems that one character going in a different direction than all the other characters. This starts this story off with the relationships tested between all of the friends. They’ve come so far, but yet still have so far to go.


I enjoyed the ending. I thought it wrapped up the story really well. I loved how these two authors brought the real life attractions like the museum and the Corn Palace and balanced it with things like mara (which are nightmares) and Jotunn, the fire giant. I think that they did a great job dealing with the emotions of thirteen-year-olds on a mission to save the world. These guys are betrayed by family and grownups and they have to learn to tackle these problems on their own.


I think that if you look at this book with the fact that it was written to appeal to grades 4-8, you will enjoy the story. I thought it was a great escape. I loved the Norse mythology. The characters were great. I’m a huge Kelley Armstrong fan, so I knew going into this series that I would love the characters. This is my first with Melissa Marr. I will say that this story has been a great ride. Just keep in mind that this is written for a younger age group and I think you will enjoy it.


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Audiobook Review: Club Nexus (Ivy Granger #2.5) by E.J. Stevens

Club Nexus: Ivy Granger, Psychic Detective - E.J. Stevens, Traci Odom

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This is a very interesting short story. It is the story of a single event that happens Club Nexus, but it is told from four different points of view from start to finish. It is a very interesting way to tell a story. This is the first story in the Ivy Granger series that isn’t told from Ivy’s POV, so it was interesting to get all the different aspects.


First part of the story is told by a Unseelie Fae who has been working as a bartender in Club Nexus for several years. She made a bad deal with Puck (yes, that Puck, from Shakespeare fame) who is also the manager of the club. She decides that she is no longer going to be a slave to Puck and she is going to get out from under that bargain.


Then we move to the next part where we are told the story from a vampire. This southern vampire has come to “Bite Club” where he could break the vampire rules. This keeps things from getting too boring. The traveling location helps prevent them from getting caught.


Up next is Jinx. How great is it that we get to see this scene from her point of view. I love Jinx and I love that we finally get to see inside her head.


The last part is told by Forneus, the demonic lawyer. I liked this part of the story most of all. Seeing things from his point of view was very interesting. I actually felt sorry for him in this story. Now, I’m even more interested to see him in the next book.


This was a very quick read and the four points of view were fun. You would think it would be boring to listen to the same event four times, but seeing it from a different set of eyes each time adding a high level of interest.



Traci Odom did a great job with the narration with this story. She has to talk from all four point of views. I liked the Southern accent of the vampire. She really made it easy to know you were changing from the different POV.


I like to thank E.J. Stevens for providing me with a copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.


Review: Shadows Before the Sun (Charlie Madigan #4) by Kelly Gay

Shadows Before the Sun (Charlie Madigan, Book 4) by Gay, Kelly (2012) Mass Market Paperback - Kelly Gay

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Shadows Before the Sun starts off where The Hour of Dust and Ashes ends. Hank has been taken by his people. He was wanted for treason. Everyone keeps telling Charlie that he is already dead and that she should mourn him and move on. In this world that Ms. Gay has built, there are three worlds. Earth, and the alternate dimensions of heaven-like Elysia and hell-like Charbydon. In the previous book, Charlie, Hank and Rex visited Charbydon. In this one, Charlie goes to Elysia to get Hank back.


While at the airport to take a portal to Elysia, Charlie runs into Alessandra. She is the oracle in Atlanta and has been alive for over 2,000 years. Charlie and Sandra don’t have a good history. They’ve never gotten along. Charlie thinks Sandra is a know-it-all. Sandra sorta is a know-it-all and acts like it. So Sandra knows that she is supposed to accompany Charlie on this journey, but because she is involved, can’t see more than that.


The first part of the book does drag a little bit, while Charlie is trying to get to Fiallan, the city that the Sirens call home. It is pretty secluded and it takes magic to get there. Then once, they arrive, they have to try to get to see Circe, the priestess. During this time, Charlie and Sandra do become closer friends. Charlie learns that Sandra isn’t all bad.


Throughout all of this, we do get some glimpses into Hank’s experiences. So, we do learn before Charlie that Hank is alive. But what Hank is experiencing is way worse than death. He has no idea that Charlie is coming for him.


There is some new revelations as to why a dark shadow is following Charlie around everytime she uses her powers. Also, the introduction of a new character of Leander. He is very mysterious. I’m sure he has a part to play later in the series, but I’m not sure where yet.


I’m in love with this series. If you haven’t started it yet, I highly recommend it. It is a wonderful urban fantasy with amazing world-building. The characters are amazing and funny. There is a ton of action and suspense. There has been quite a break between this book and next book, but it has a name and a cover (if not a blurb, yet). I’m hoping that it will in fact be released next year. I hope this series isn’t ended here.



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Audiobook Review: Grizzly Love (Kodiak Point #5) by Eve Langlais

Grizzly Love: Kodiak Point Series # 5 - Eve Langlais, Chandra Skyye

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Grizzly Love is the last installment of the Kodiak Point series. In this story, we have Travis, the “cub” that drives everyone in Kodiak Point crazy. He is a momma’s boy and is proud of it. But then, everyone in the town is too scared to call him out for it. His mom and her wooden spoon keep the town in line. And if that doesn’t scare you, she could always cut you off from her cooking. That doesn’t mean that Travis doesn’t get picked on or beaten up, because he takes his fair share of beatings.


Dr. Jess is fairly new to Kodiak Point. She moved to be the town doctor. She is married, but her husband is off in the old troop that the boys in Kodiak Point were in, but refuses to come home, even when given leave. He hasn’t been faithful to her and everyone knows it. Problem is that Jess is a red-tailed hawk and they mate for life, so no matter what her husband has done, she can’t move on with him alive. He is a raven and no such qualms.


When the group learns that the naga, and villain from the previous book, has fled the country and is now not far from where their old military group is stationed, they decide to go after him. Jess, deciding this is a great way to confront her cheating husband, insists on going. It will be dangerous and they’ll need a doctor, right? Well, that then drives Travis to insist on going. He has had a crush on Jess since he first met her. He wasn’t about to let her go into danger without him there to help protect here. Plus, he might finally get in on some action.


Grizzly Love is a great wrap-up to the series. The overall story arc has great closure. We have a great happy ever after for all the characters in Kodiak Point. There are several couples that are even expecting babies. This story has everything you would expect from the series. It is funny, sexy and full of action. I highly recommend this series if you like your shifters with a side of sarcasm. I would recommend starting the series from the beginning, though I don’t know that you would be completely lost if you picked up a book in the middle.



Chandra Skyye continues to do a good job with this series. I can easily tell the difference between each of the characters. I do listen at an increased speed, because her pacing is a little slow for me, but it works perfectly at that increase. I would still like to see her add more humor to these hilarious book, but overall, not bad.


I like to thank Tantor Media for providing me with a copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.


Review: Her Perfect Mate (X-Ops #1) by Paige Tyler

Her Perfect Mate - Paige Tyler

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I’ve been wanting to try Paige Tyler for a long time. I finally picked up book one in her X-Ops series. I don’t know why it took me so long. I really enjoyed it.


We have Landon who is pulled of a very important mission in Afghanistan and told to go back stateside for a different mission. He isn’t given any details. He isn’t happy about leaving his team for what he feels has to be a paper pushing job at the Pentagon. He is trying to figure out what he did wrong to deserve the change in assignment.


Ivy doesn’t have good luck with military partners. They look down on her. Her most recent partner got himself killed because he wouldn’t listen to her. She is really not happy about the next one to come into the program to partner up with her. She is part of Department of Covert Operations. She is known as a EVA, extremely valuable asset. She is a shifter. Even in this unit designed for shifters, they are still looked at as lesser. They must be partnered with a human.


I loved the chemistry between Ivy and Landon. They had to fight to come together. Neither really trusted the other. They were willing to work together for the common goal. They made a great team. I really enjoyed the mixture of suspense and romantic tension between the characters. I liked several of the secondary characters.


My biggest gripe was the Ivy starts off a bit whiny with a need to have approval of Landon, even though she doesn’t really approve of him. I know not all heroines can be tough as nails, badass from the get go, but she had some real issues. She does get better by the end of the book. I see this series have a ton of potential. I can’t wait to pick up the next book in this series.



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Review: Dark Night of the Soul by Kitty Thomas

Dark Night of the Soul - Kitty Thomas

This is a completely new take on dystopian vampire erotica. In this world that Kitty Thomas has built, the day last 1000 hours and the night last 1000 hours. Helene spends her days working and stockpiling supplies so that when night comes, her and her sister can hide in the safety of their home. That is until her sister figures out that she counted wrong and doesn't have enough meds to make it all the way through the night. Helene being the provider that she is, decides she can make it to the pharmacy and back in time. However, she is very wrong.


It is very early that we learn that the laws of this land are completely different from what we are used to in today's society. During the day, anytype of civil disobedience is not tolerated. However, during the evening, anything is fair game. Helene get kidnapped and taken to a mansion on the outskirts of town. Gabriel, who is head of the household and of the town, is intrigued by this woman and her will to protect her sister, even though she really has no will to live herself.


Gabriel offers to ensure that Helene's sister will get her meds, if Helene will just spend the entire night with him. He is convinced that he can make her feel again. He takes her to a dungeon where he beats her to make her cry, the first time since her parents died. He makes love to her and just overall makes her feel again.


Things really take a turn when Gabriel is forced to go to another city, and takes Helene with him, to stomp out a rebellion of humans trying to wipe out the vampires. Helene sees that maybe here town wasn't so bad after all. Each city is run completely at the whims of the head vampire.


Kitty Thomas has a great knack for writing deeply psychological stories. While I would never want to be one of the heroines in any of this author's books, I do love the emotion that she pours into the characters. While yes, there are sex scenes, they are not overly detailed or gratuitous like some erotica novels. There is more story than sex to this book.


Kitty Thomas leaves me with my mind blown after each and every read. I highly recommend this book to people who are willing to try something darker, but well written and wonderful characters. This story is written as a stand alone.

Audiobook Review: Chase the Darkness (Alpha Pack #7) by J.D. Tyler

Chase the Darkness: Alpha Pack Series # 7 - J.D. Tyler, Marguerite Gavin

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I’ve been eagerly awaiting Micah’s book ever since he was rescued from the enemy a few books back (I can’t remember which one). I love a story of a character who has had an extremely hard life and learns to overcome it to have a happy-ever-after. I do want that happy ending to come from only from the significant other. I want to see the character find something else to see that life is worth living.


Jacee is a bartender at the closest bar to the Alpha pack compound. She knows how to work the crowd at her bar to get the best tips while doing her best to keep the worst of the drunks off of her. Add that to the fact that she has a history with Alpha pack member, Jax, and she isn’t well liked by members of the Alpha pack. She has always thought Micah seemed like a nice guy when he did appear at the bar, but it isn’t until he comes to her rescue that they get close enough to learn that they’re mates.


Both of these characters aren’t without their character flaws. At times, it seems like it will be more than they can overcome. Some of these issues are so common, it was almost cliche. For example, Micah was on a new drug to help him recover from his trauma of his imprisonment. When they learn that it is causing some bad side effects, the doctor wants him to wean him off the drugs. He keeps a bottle, “just in case”, he wasn’t actually taking them, and he wasn’t. But, Jacee finds the bottle and there is a huge explosion between the two.


There are some things that I didn’t like about this book. There is some slut shaming. The pack really treats Jacee pretty bad at the beginning, which was completely unfair. It wasn’t just the guys, but some of the women as well. There is foreshadowing another couple between a gay man and a straight man. I just don’t think this is necessary.

As with many of the books in this series in the past, I’m not overwhelmed with the plot or even the romance of these two characters. I find that it is the each of the characters as whole that I love, both main characters of each book and the secondary characters of the series that keep me coming back.



Marguerite Gavin does a great job with the narration of this book. She is a narrator that I’ve enjoyed since I’ve listened to her do the first book. I know she is still somewhat new to this series (this is her second book), but since she is a favorite narrator of mine, I can’t complain with the change. I love her male and female voices. I love her pacing and tone. There is nothing bad to say about her narration.


I like to thank Tantor Media for providing me with a copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.


Listening progress update: I've read 100%.

Pandemic: A Novel - Scott Sigler, Phil Gigante

This was so good. I had forgotten it was book three in a trilogy, but that didn't stop me from really enjoying it. Full review to come later.

Audiobook Review: The Virgin (The Original Sinners: #7) by Tiffany Reisz

The Virgin: Original Sinners: The White Years, Book 3 - Tiffany Reisz, Elizabeth Hart

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This series continues to blow me away. In this story, we start with Nora, Søren and the gang at castle in Scotland preparing for a wedding. Then Søren, Kingsley and Nora start to reminisce about what happened the year that Nora left Søren. Kingsley was also MIA that year. That was when he met Juliette.

“Tell me a secret you’ve never told me, and I’ll consider letting you come.”

“I fucked a nun at my mother’s convent,” Nora said, and Søren stopped moving. He pushed himself up and stared down at her.

“What?” she said, batting her eyelashes up at him in feigned innocence. “You asked.”

“Lesson learned.”

Go back many years and Kingsley has prepared Elle to run if ever she is required. There are several reasons she might have to run. Kingsley could piss off some dangerous person and could want revenge, the press could learn about Søren’s relationship with either of them or worst of all, Søren could lose control and truly injure her. If the last one was to take place, Elle was to take the duffel and money from the locker and not go to one of the safe houses, but somewhere neither could find her. Where is she to go? A convent, where no man could go.


Kingsley, when he figures out that Elle has fled because Søren went too far, he decides to leave, because he doesn’t want to help Søren to find her. He knew that if asked, he couldn’t say no to Søren, so he fled too. He started off just traveling around the world until he landed in Haiti. This is where he meets Juliette.


While at the convent Elle is forced to do laundry pretty much every day. She washes the sheets, she dries the sheets, she folds the sheets. She washes the habits, she dries the habits and she irons the habits. She compares her life to Sisyphus, rolling the rock up the hill for eternity. That is until a new nun joins the convent. Kyrie is a fun, young girl who joins the convent and is nothing what you think of a potential nun. She quickly befriends Elle and it isn’t long before the relationship is more than friends. Kyrie is also the one who pushes Elle to start to write.


The Virgin is my favorite story so far in the White Years. Tiffany Reisz continues to blow my mind with her abilities to tell great stories. Not only are they very sexy, but they are funny with characters you can’t help but love. I highly recommend this series, though I feel it must be read in order. I do believe that there are people who have started with the White Years (book 5 overall), and I think you could do that without issue. I started with the Red Years, but I’ve been a fan since the series started years ago.



Elizabeth Hart has been doing the narration for all the White Years books in the Original Sinners series. I was not a fan of her narration of The King, which is told exclusively from Kingsley’s point of view. Her French accent sounded a little cartoonish for me. It sounded better in this book, I don’t know if it is because there just wasn’t as much of it or if it has improved. I will say that I loved her voice for Kyrie. I think she nailed that character to a tee. I like her pacing and different voices for all the different characters.


I like to thank Tantor Media for providing me with a copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.


Review: No Ifs, Ands, or Bears About It (Grayslake #1) by Celia Kyle

By Celia Kyle No Ifs, Ands, or Bears About It: Paranormal BBW Romance (Grayslake) (Volume 1) [Paperback] - Celia Kyle

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This is a very cute shifter book. I’ve been on a bear shifter kick lately, so when I saw some reviews for this book, I just had to try it. I’m really glad that I did. This is the first time that I’ve read Celia Kyle. I will say that it won’t be the last.


This book starts off with Mia moving into her grandfather’s house. She is a quarter werebear, but never shifted. She has been raised by shifters her whole life. She finds a cub hiding in the pantry who is terrified. She quickly becomes a overprotective mama bear. Then with the cub’s abusive, drunk uncle comes to claim him, she goes off on him.


Ty is the alpha and a cop of Graylake. When he comes to help resolve the issue of the cub, he quickly realizes that he has quite a quandary on his hands. The woman is his mate and she won’t give up the cub to his rightful guardian. As alpha, he can keep the cub for a while, while they investigate what is going on.


I found this story to be fun, funny and adorable with the cub. I really enjoyed the character that we meet. I want to learn a lot more about the other werebears of Graylake. There is a bit of mystery, trying to figure out what is going on with the cub’s family and his parent’s death. If you are looking for a book with a protective, plus-sized woman heroine and an alpha male, this is a great book. I will mention that there is some mention of child abuse from the uncle, so a warning about that. I really look forward to the rest of this series.


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Audiobook Review: Wolf's Capture (Kodiak Point #4) by Eve Langlais

Wolf's Capture: Kodiak Point Series, Book 4 - Eve Langlais, Chandra Skyye

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I was so glad to hear that Tantor went ahead and finished the Kodiak Point series on audio. I was little worried with the break between this one and the previous book, Polar Bared. I just love this series so much. It has everything I love in a funny paranormal romance series. It has the humor, great characters, at least some suspense and action and lastly, great one-liner quotes that make me giggle.. This series has hit all of those in every book.


The hero of Wolf’s Capture is Brody. He is, you guessed it, a wolf shifter. He is also part of the military unit from the Middle East that now lives in Kodiak Point. He is also Reid’s beta. Brody has not been a fan of life outside of the military. It is entirely too boring. Actually, all the havoc that has been popping up recently in Kodiak Point has been making Brody happy. At least it gives him something to do.


The story starts with him out patrolling when there is another attack on the town by the local wildlife. This is something that has been happening a lot more lately. Brody goes to investigate. Then he see her and then he sees nothing else.


Layla is special. She doesn’t really know exactly what she is, but she is special. She has the ability to control many different forms of lower level of animals. She is also capable of controlling several animals at one time. She is also to put suggestions into their minds and then turn them loose to finish her task, say like, attacking a certain town. She can also see through their eyes, which is really neat with birds to keep watch for her. However, others learn very quickly that this is a very useful tool and want to keep her for their own use.


Layla is told to lure Brody so that he could be kidnapped. Then he is thrown in the cell with her. He doesn’t see to understand why she doesn’t attempt to escape. She can go through and explain each of her 56 previous escape attempts and where she went wrong and if she did escape, exactly how long she was free.



Chandra Skyye continues to do a good job with this series. I can easily tell the difference between each of the characters. I do listen at an increased speed, because her pacing is a little slow for me, but it works perfectly at that increase. I would still like to see her add more humor to these hilarious book, but overall, not bad.


I like to thank Tantor Media for providing me with a copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.


Audiobook Review: Magic Shifts (Kate Daniels #8) by Ilona Andrews

Magic Shifts: Kate Daniels, Book 8 - Ilona Andrews, Renée Raudman

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The Kate Daniels series has to be one of my favorite series of all time. The world that the Ilona Andrews writing team has built in this magical Atlanta is, well, magical. Their ability to describe the monsters that Kate, Curran and the rest of the gang have to face always amazes me. They have the ability to make me laugh, cry and I’m always on the edge of my seat while listening to Kate try to save those around her.


In this Magic Shifts, Kate and Curran have given up control of the Pack. They are not allowed at the Keep. Jim is trying to juggle the political battle, now that he is the Beast Lord and ruling over all the clans. He knows that his power isn’t absolute at this time and that he is walking a very fine line. So there is nothing he can do when, Eduardo, a member of Clan Heavy goes missing and Mahon, leader of Clan Heavy, doesn’t seem concerned. However, George, Mahon’s daugher and Eduardo’s girlfriend, goes to Kate and Curran for help. I don’t want to go into too much more detail, so as not to spoil anything for people who haven’t read this book yet.


There are ghouls and djinn which are new this series. We also have Ghastek, our favorite navigator. Roland and Saimon also make appearances. We even get to see a lot of Dali, and I just love her to pieces. I love seeing how she is handling being consort to the Beast Lord.


Magic Shifts is a another great installment to the Kate Daniels series. There is a lot that takes place and you see the changes coming for Kate and Curran and many of their friends. Many have to make tough decisions, some already have made those decisions. I can’t wait to see where Ilona Andrews take the series from here. If you haven’t tried this series, I highly recommend it, but you will need to start at the beginning or you will be lost.



Reneé Raudman continues to be an excellent pairing for this series. She does a great job with the growing cast of characters and their many different voices and accents. She has the exceptional ability to really bring the emotion of the story to life. I think Ms. Raudman has a great ability to make me laugh or cry along with the story. While I could probably pick up an arc of this book in print, I will continue to wait for this series and pick up on release day on audio. I also wasn’t even willing to wait for a review audio. I went ahead got it from Audible so I could have it on release day. This is an audio only series for me.


Review: C791 (Cyborgs: More Than Machines #1) by Eve Langlais

C791 - Eve Langlais

Review originally posted at


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I’ve been a big fan of Eve Langlais for a long time. I’ve read most of shifter and demon books. I keep hearing great things about her cyborgs. My first thought, was “Really, cyborgs??”, but I too many people I trust have tried them and enjoyed them. So I decided to dive in. I already had this on my kindle. I had picked it up when it was free for a limited time, so I had nothing to lose, right? I’m really glad that I picked it up and decided to finally read it.


The book opens with humans calling for the destruction of all cyborgs. They are supposed to be told to walk out into open space where they will sucked into the vacuum and cease to exist. One cyborg who has started to feel things, but has been hiding this from the humans, decides to take a stand. X109GI doesn’t want to see all those just like him and himself killed. So, he hacks the systems and revolts.


Jump forward several years and now there is a war between the humans and cyborgs. X109GI, who now goes by Joe, gets captured by the humans. They are trying to find out where the cyborg base is at. They want tissue and fluid samples from him, but he kills everyone who goes into his cell. That is until Chloe appears. She intrigues him. She starts off terrified of the cyborg, but is using it as a way to move up at the lab. She has been treated so badly for as long as she could remember.


This book is a quick read and is a ton of fun, which you would expect from an Eve Langlais book. It was very funny with a story that keep me interested. I will admit that the twist at the end, I could see coming, but that is okay. This book did what I wanted, it made me laugh and was very sexy. I’m excited to get into more of these books. I want to learn more about the cyborgs that we meet in the later part of this story.



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