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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: Love the Way You Lie (Stripped #1) by Skye Warren

Love the Way You Lie (Stripped Book 1) - Skye Warren

This book starts off with Honor, a.k.a. "Honey", in a seedy strip club.  She is the daughter of a mafia don.  She ran away from her fiancée, Byron, who was to take over the business. Byron was not a nice guy and did not treat Honor with any dignity.  She dealt with her treatment okay, but when Bryon wanted to force Honor's little sister to marry one of his smuck friends, that was the final straw.

 

If you've ever read Skye Warren, you know she writes some pretty power and dark stories.  This one starts out just as good as I as I've ever read. When I first opened this book, the first few paragraphs really hit me.  I knew this was going to be a good one.

 

I used to think there were things I'd never do. Never take my clothes off for money. Never sell my body. Never f*ck a stranger just to survive. I'd never sink that low.

 

I'd rather die.

 

But it's hard to die, to lie down and let it happen. Not to fight. Not to reach for the surface for air when you're drowning. It's almost impossible. I'm proof of that. I'm a living example of how low a person would go, if they have to. If they're desperate enough.

 

While at the strip club, one customer takes quite the interest into Honey. Kip pays for a "private dance", but as you can imagine, the private dances in this club were more than just dances.  They offered a wide array of other "services". Kip gives off the vibe of a really bad guy, but never really does anything wrong to Honey. He always pays her for her services.

 

Love the Way You Lie is a story full of intrigue as try to figure out who the good guys and who the bad guys are. There are bad guys and really bad guys. The story is hot. If you've read Skye Warren before, this story is fairly tame, but that doesn't make the story any less of a good story.  

 

There are some great secondary characters in this story (my weakness).  There are two other strippers that we meet have a story that I hope will be told. The bouncer is another great character. He is one of the not so bad, bad guys. There is a prequel, Tough Love (free at time of this posting), about Honor's little sister, Clara. I hope that she gets her full story told.

 

This story can be read before reading the prequel (I did). I actually liked reading the prequel after this book.  I already knew the entire story, which I enjoyed with the prequel being short and sweet.

 

**Book was provided to me by the author. This review is my opinion and was not requested or provoked in anyway by the author.

 

TAKEN BY A DRAGON by Felicity Heaton Blog Tour with Excerpt

Taken by a Dragon Blog Barrage - Felicity Heaton

Taken by a Dragon, the seventh book in New York Times best-seller Felicity Heaton’s hot paranormal romance series, Eternal Mates, is now available in ebook and paperback. To celebrate the release, she’s holding a FANTASTIC GIVEAWAY at her website and sharing sneak peeks of the book.

 

Find out how to enter the Taken by a Dragon international giveaway (ends March 22nd) and be in with a shot of winning a $75, $50 or $25 gift certificate at her website, where you can also download a 5 chapter sample of the novel: http://www.felicityheaton.co.uk/taken-by-a-dragon-paranormal-romance-novel.php

 

Here’s more about Taken by a Dragon, including an excerpt from this paranormal romance novel.

 

Taken by a Dragon by Felicity Heaton

Possessed by a need to save a beautiful Amazon warrior from the vision he witnessed, Loke snatched her from the midst of the battle between the Third and Fifth realm of the demons, and carried her to his home deep in the black mountains of Hell to protect her. But as the fierce little female awakens, he finds she’s anything but grateful, and his dragon instincts roar to life to warn she might be more to him than an enemy—she might be his fated female.

 

Anais remembers meeting a handsome warrior in the heat of battle, a man who was her enemy but who looked at her with eyes that held dark heat and wicked promises. When she wakes to find that same dragon shifter has taken her captive, desire is the last thing on her mind, but escaping him to return to Archangel, the hunter organisation she works for, sounds less than appealing when he reveals the reason he took her—to stop her from dying.

 

Can Loke protect Anais from the dangers of his realm and how far will he go to save her from the future he keeps witnessing? Can Anais resist the fierce attraction that burns between them as hot as fire and stay true to Archangel or will her heart be taken by the dragon?

 

Taken by a Dragon is available from Amazon Kindle, Kobo Books, Barnes and Noble Nook, Apple iBooks stores and other retailers. Also available in paperback. Find the links to your preferred retailer at: http://www.felicityheaton.co.uk/taken-by-a-dragon-paranormal-romance-novel.php

 

Excerpt

 

“What do they call you?” Loke said, his voice distant to his ears as he stared deep into her eyes, picking out every fleck of black that marred deepest blue.

 

Would the skies of her world look like that? Would they be so deep and rich, or lighter?

 

Was she really mortal?

 

Could she answer his countless questions about her world and sate his desire to know more about the land his people had left behind, never to return?

 

“Anais.” She offered it with a slight smile that barely curved her rosy lips but added a touch of warmth to her expression, softening the harder edges of her eyes and entrancing him.

 

Not a trace of fear touched her gaze or her scent now. She flitted from afraid to calm, dancing between the emotions so quickly that he couldn’t keep up. He wasn’t sure how long this calm phase would last, but he meant to do all in his power to make it remain. He wanted her to feel at ease and to begin to trust him.

 

“They call me Loke.” He offered it with a smile of his own, one that felt foreign to him. He couldn’t remember the last time he had smiled.

 

“Like the mischievous Norse god?”

 

His smile stretched a little wider and he shook his head. “My name ends with an E in your tongue.”

 

She raked her eyes up him, from his bare feet, over his legs to his torso. It slowed from there, drifting at a leisurely pace, one that stirred heat within him. He couldn’t remember the last time he had experienced that either. What was it about this female that had him quick to smile and even quicker to hunger for her touch?

 

Her gaze finally reached his face and narrowed. “You are definitely mischievous.”

 

Before he could gather his wits to respond by saying that if he was mischievous then she was mysterious because he couldn’t get a firm grasp on her when she bounced so swiftly between polar emotions, she turned away and headed towards the back of the cave, her boots loud on the black rocky ground.

 

“Where do you go?” He started to follow her when she made it past the fire and didn’t stop walking.

 

She looked back over her slender shoulder at him, a wicked twinkle in her eyes. “You only forbade me from going near the mouth of the cave. You didn’t set out any ground rules about the back of it. I’m going to see where the tunnel goes.”

 

“It goes to chambers. Some where I store meats and things I have gathered, others where I bathe, and some go deep into the mountain to places where dangerous things lurk.” He frowned when she pouted, as if he had spoiled her fun.

 

Perhaps he had.

 

Perhaps he had also ruined a chance for her to become more comfortable in his home, and around him.

 

Would she like to see the rest of the cave?

 

He could join her in her adventure, although he supposed that would make it more like a tour. He didn’t want her to go alone though. He hadn’t lied about the dangerous things that lurked in the tunnels. They ran deep into the mountain and sometimes fissures opened where creatures could get into them. He had disturbed a nest of Hell beasts down one of the paths before and had barely come away with his life. The tunnels were too small for him to transform in, placing him at a disadvantage against the vicious creatures in close quarters combat.

 

“So none lead to a big hoard of treasure then?” The wickedness was back in her blue eyes and she flicked her blonde ponytail over her other shoulder as she came to face him.

 

She toyed with the ends of her hair as he frowned at her, trying to unravel the riddle of her, distracting him with a sudden desire to do that. He wanted to feel the strands wrapping around his fingers before slipping from them. Would they feel silky? He bit back a groan at the jolt of pleasure that ran through him as he imagined they would and brought his focus back to her and what she had said.

 

She meant to mock him again.

 

Loke huffed and grudgingly admitted it. “I have a little gold.”

 

He didn’t like how she smiled, as if he was predictable and she knew him. She knew nothing about him.

 

“Can I see it?” she said.

 

He shook his head, flatly refusing her.

 

Her smile dropped off her face. “Why not?”

 

“I have decided it is off limits.” Mostly because he had weapons there too. She still eyed his knife from time to time when she thought he wasn’t paying attention to her. She wanted a weapon she could use against him. He wasn’t about to show her where he kept his, issuing an open invite to her to take one and try to stick him with it.

 

She crossed her arms over her breasts again. “You can’t add rules now. I make no promises that I won’t go back there while you’re sleeping.”

 

Loke cursed himself. She had just pointed out a major flaw in his plan to keep her safe. She was liable to move around while he was resting and might even attack him, or attempt to leave. She was a warrior. A little Amazon. One of a legendary race known for their cunning. She would take whatever chances he gave to her, whether it was kill him and escape, or just escape.

 

But she kept telling him that she wasn’t an Amazon, and the longer he was around her, the more he believed she was telling the truth, even when it seemed impossible. He would try to force a confession from her again. If she stayed true to her story, then he would somehow convince himself that she was mortal, even when all the evidence suggested otherwise.

 

“Are all Amazons as strong as you are?”

 

She rolled her eyes at him. “I’m not an Amazon.”

 

She lifted the right sleeve of her black top, revealing a thick red gash across her upper arm. The scent of her blood hit him and he took a step towards her, his eyebrows dipping low as he stared at the wound darting across her pale skin.

 

“You are hurt.” He realised that she had flinched when he had grabbed her because he had pressed down on the wound, not because he had used too much of his strength on her and his grip had been too tight.

 

How had he failed to notice her injury?

 

Loke was closing in on her before he was aware of what he was doing. She didn’t back away. She stood her ground and it pleased him. She was beginning to trust him.

 

He slowly reached for her arm, giving her time to adjust to his proximity, and she didn’t resist as he carefully curled his fingers around the underside of her upper arm. He gently raised it and frowned at the deep gash. It required attention, but he wasn’t sure how she would react.

 

This close to her, it would be easy for her to land another blow on his balls if she didn’t like what he was about to suggest.

 

“It requires healing.” He lifted his gaze to hers.

 

She seemed so small when he was close to her, standing almost a foot shorter than he was and her frame tiny in comparison. It ramped up his need to protect her. Such a small female shouldn’t be on a battlefield. It was suicide.

 

She surprised him by nodding and lowering her eyes to the wound.

 

He dipped his head and swiftly ran his tongue across the wound. She gasped and pulled free of his grip, her shock rippling through him and mingling with his own.

 

“Your blood is weak.” He stared at her as it sank in. “You are mortal.”

 

She threw her hands up in the air. “Hallelujah! He finally gets it. I’m mortal. Mortal! This cut might get infected. It’s ragged and I’m filthy. Heaven only knows I’m behind on my tetanus shots. If it doesn’t get proper medical attention, it could kill me.”

 

Loke wasn’t sure what tetanus or shots were, or what hallelujah meant, but he knew what infected and death were.

 

“Die?” A vision of her splattered with blood and gasping for air as she stared at him with wide fearful eyes blasted across his mind and he growled as he shoved it away and shook it off. “It is merely a scratch.”

 

“I’m not like you, or any of the insane things that live in this world. Where I come from, even a scratch can turn septic. A scratch can kill me.”

 

His lips flattened as he took that in. He had heard mortals were weak but he hadn’t known just how weak they were. She seemed so strong, but perhaps he was mistaken. Perhaps she was weak and this cut was the reason he kept seeing her death on repeat. He needed to heal it, and not only to see if it would halt the visions.

 

Her confession that mortals were weak enough to die from a mere scratch had cranked up his need to protect her. While she was in his care, he would ensure that she didn’t gain another scratch. Not even a prick on a sharp rock.

 

Loke gently took hold of her arm and marched her over to the furs. He piled them in a way that would stop any rocks from jabbing her and pressed on her left shoulder until she huffed and sat down in the centre of them. Satisfied that she couldn’t pick up another injury, he set about tending to the one she had already gained.

 

He kneeled before her, keeping hold of her right arm as she wriggled and tried to escape him.

 

“Be still. You want the injury seen to and that is what I will do.” He grabbed the hem of her black top and pulled it up.

 

Her fist connected hard with his right cheek, knocking his head around and making his teeth clack together.

 

He growled at her, flashing those teeth. “What was that for?”

 

“Keep your damned paws to yourself, Buddy,” she snapped and shoved at his other hand, trying to get it off her top.

 

He released it and sat back, waiting for her to calm down. When she switched to attacking the hand he had kept on her arm, he realised he would be waiting a long time and gave up.

 

“I only desire to help you. I need to heal the wound… and your garment appears to be flammable.” He pointed to it and her eyes shot wide at the same time as the scent of her fear swept over him.

 

“I don’t like the sound of that.” She began clawing at his hand again, attempting to prise his fingers off her. “You’re bloody well not going to breathe fire on me!”

 

A reasonable assumption, but wrong again. Well, he was going to attempt to not breathe fire on her anyway. There was a slim chance he might accidentally do it. It was difficult to control and there was such a fine line between heat and fire.

 

He wouldn’t tell her that though. “Only a little heat. No fire. I swear. It will kill any bad things that might be at the wound site.”

 

She stilled and stared at the cut on her arm, her expression shifting constantly. He couldn’t decipher what she was thinking, but he guessed she was considering the pros and cons of his offer.

 

Finally, she pulled her gaze away from the cut and looked right at him again. She didn’t speak or nod. She just grabbed the hem of her top and began pulling it up, flashing a toned flat stomach.

 

He released her arm so she could remove the garment, doing his best to keep his eyes off what she was revealing to him. He could understand her reluctance to strip. It placed her in what she probably imagined to be a precarious position, and that was the reason he was going to keep his eyes off her body.

 

And the fascinating garment she wore over her breasts.

 

He had never seen anything like it.

 

She laid her black top across the equally dark garment, covering herself, and held it there with her good arm.

 

“Do it.” Her voice was steel and determination, confidence that he couldn’t sense in her. He could only detect fear.

 

She was good at concealing her feelings in her voice and expression, but she couldn’t hide them from him when his senses were so acute and her scent gave them away.

 

Loke leaned in and focused on the gash on her arm, refusing to let his gaze stray to her body. He licked the cut and then drew in a deep breath. She tensed, the scent of her fear growing stronger. He murmured a quiet reassurance in his native tongue and then pursed his lips and blew on the wound, careful to hold back the fire and give only enough heat to seal the cut.

 

She cried out, the sharp sound echoing around the cave and stabbing through him. He whispered softly to her, driven to comfort and soothe her, and then blew another wave of heat along the length of the cut. It drew a whimper from her that hurt him worse than her cry of pain. It made him want to stop and he had to battle that urge, forcing himself to continue. It was for her own good. Just one more and he would be done.

 

She reached for him and made it as far as grabbing his bare shoulder to shove him back when he blew on the cut again and she clutched him instead, digging her short nails into his flesh. She grunted and tensed, every inch of her stiffening. Her top fell away from her breasts and he had to close his eyes to keep himself from looking at them.

 

He swiftly licked the wound to cool it and then pulled back, breaking free of her grip and settling on his heels.

 

She breathed hard, her chest rising and falling, tempting his gaze. He kept it pinned on her face, trying to discern whether she was angry with him, or afraid, or perhaps both. He wasn’t sure he would ever come to understand her when the rapid shifting of her emotions had him constantly on his toes, but he studied her anyway, attempting to decipher her mood. He wanted to learn about her. He wanted to understand her.

 

He felt sure that if he gained that understanding of her that he would finally be able to set her mind at ease and make her feel more comfortable around him.

 

She scowled at him and then looked down at the cut.

 

After a full minute’s silence, a flicker of gratitude coloured her eyes and sent an unsettling sensation through him, and she opened her mouth to speak.

 

He looked away from her, not wanting her to thank him, because he didn’t deserve it. She’d had no injuries he could see or smell when he had met her on the battlefield, which meant he must have caused her wound when he had grabbed her or during their flight to his home.

 

He had vowed he wouldn’t hurt her, but he already had, without even knowing it.

 

He would have to be more careful if he was going to keep his promises.

 

The heat of her gaze burned into the side of his face, the softness of her skin was branded on his, and the taste of her coated his tongue. He had a sinking feeling that he had to be more careful in general when around her. She was temptation incarnate, a beauty who stole his breath and had him thinking dangerous things, the sort that would only give her more reason to believe him a monster capable of hurting her.

 

She roused the deepest dragon instincts he held, the most primal of needs.

 

The need to protect her.

 

The need to possess her.

 

 

Taken by a Dragon is available from Amazon Kindle, Kobo Books, Barnes and Noble Nook, Apple iBooks stores and other retailers. Also available in paperback.

 

Find all the links, a fantastic 6 chapter downloadable sample of the book, and also how to enter the giveaway and be in with a shot of winning a $75, $50 or $25 gift certificate at her website: http://www.felicityheaton.co.uk/taken-by-a-dragon-paranormal-romance-novel.php

 

Books in the Eternal Mates paranormal romance series:

 

 

Author Bio

Felicity Heaton

Felicity Heaton is a New York Times and USA Today international best-selling author writing passionate paranormal romance books. In her books, she creates detailed worlds, twisting plots, mind-blowing action, intense emotion and heart-stopping romances with leading men that vary from dark deadly vampires to sexy shape-shifters and wicked werewolves, to sinful angels and hot demons! If you're a fan of paranormal romance authors Lara Adrian, J R Ward, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Gena Showalter and Christine Feehan then you will enjoy her books too.

 

If you love your angels a little dark and wicked, the best-selling Her Angel series is for you. If you like strong, powerful, and dark vampires then try the Vampires Realm series or any of her stand-alone vampire romance books. If you’re looking for vampire romances that are sinful, passionate and erotic then try the best-selling Vampire Erotic Theatre series. Or if you prefer huge detailed worlds filled with hot-blooded alpha males in every species, from elves to demons to dragons to shifters and angels, then take a look at the new Eternal Mates series.

 

If you want to know more about Felicity, or want to get in touch, you can find her at the following places:

 

Website | Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Tsu | Pinterest | GoodReads | Amazon

 

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Dead Man's Hand (Sin City Collectors #4) by Kristen Painter

Dead Man's Hand: A Sin City Collectors Novella - Kristen Painter

Review originally posted at RabidReads.com.

 

Unique Paranormal Romance

 

This is the last book in the Sin City Collectors series (of all the novellas published as of this posting, anyway). I read this book out of order. I had the later books in the series already, so I went ahead and read them first. While the heroine for Double or Nothing is introduced in this book, I didn’t feel like I missed anything by reading out of order.

 

In Dead Man’s Hand, we have our hero, Ares, who is a wraith. In this world, wraiths are half reapers and half vampires. He is pretty much used by the Collectors for just one thing, his touch will kill anyone he touches with his bare skin. This had lead him to live a very lonely life.

 

The heroine, Seraphina, is a muse, or well, part muse. Her mother is a full muse and is a goddess,which makes Seraphina a demi-goddess. Seraphina knows little of her father and her mother has left her life. She now taken up residence with the artist that she works for and inspires. Her life is pretty lonely too. She never knows if it is her magic that is making someone drawn to her or if the person truly likes her.

 

These two are brought together to find the artist’s daughter after she had been kidnapped. They are very quickly drawn together. Ares constantly pushes her away, afraid that he would kill her if he touched her. While trying to find out if Seraphina is immortal, the story kind of takes a side trip. While, I didn’t love this side aspect to the story, there was a very interesting twist that comes up.

 

Dead Man’s Hand was another great addition to this series. The thing I like the most about this series are the unique species of supernaturals that appear in the stories. Yes there is a vampire and werewolf in the series, but mostly, it is mostly species you don’t see in other paranormal romance novels or even urban fantasy stories. They have all been quick and fun reads. They can each be read in any order you choose, as the stories are truly as stand alone set in the same world. I really hope that more stories come up in this series.

 

 

Sin City Collectors Series

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Source: http://rabidreads.ca/2015/02/double-or-nothing-by-kristen-painter.html

Caged (Caged, #1) by Amber Lynn Natusch

Caged - Amber Lynn Natusch

Just couldn't stand the heroine of this story. She gives new meaning to "too stupid to live".

Tavia Gilbert did a great job with the narration.

Audiobook Review: Kodiak's Claim (Kodiak Point #1) by Eve Langlais

Kodiak's Claim - Eve Langlais

My review and an extended sample of the audiobook are posted at Hotlistens.com.

 

I read Kodiak's Claim when it first came out in ebook format in 2014.  I'm a fan of Eve Langlais and have read her books in the past.  I'm also a fan of shifters.  When I heard that this series was available on audio, I jumped at the chance to revisit book one in this series on audio (note, I had just finished reading the last book in this series).

 

Reid is former military and is now acting as alpha of Kodiak Point, a small town in rural Alaska.  This town is filled with a group of mixed species of shifters. Many of the guys are from Reid's former military unit, a unit made up entirely of shifters.

 

Recently, the town's shipping business has had a run of bad luck.  Many of their trucks have gone missing.  When the insurance company sends newly single Tammy to investigate, things are heated up to a new level.

 

There are many things I love about this series and this book.  I love that Tammy is an overweight woman who loves food and is okay with her extra pounds.  I love how she leaves her boyfriend at the start of the book, using his possessions as fuel to grill herself a steak. She is a tough city girl who isn't going to let the wilds of Alaska scare her. She even goes after a Kodiak bear with a cast iron skillet, little does she know that the bear is actually Reid.

 

Reid is not one of my favorite heros of the series, but he isn't bad.  He falls for Tammy and not once does he mention her weight as a bad thing.  He even mentions a few times that he isn't interested in twigs.  We do meet a few of the other characters and future heros and heroines of the series.  Outfoxed by Love, book two, features Boris, a moose shifter who has quite a fascination with his rack.  Jan, is a wiley artic fox with a love of firearms.

 

Narration

As much as I love this Kodiak's Claim, the narration leaved something to be desired.  I don't think that Chandra Skyye was the right narrator for this series.  I felt like her narration really left a lot of the humor hanging.  Some narrators can really pull off the snarkiness of characters and Skyye just wasn't that narrator. I thought that the voices were okay. Travis, who is in his early twenties, sounded like he was closer to fifteen.  This does bother me a little, as he is the last hero of the series. I don't know that I will enjoy listening to a hero who sounds so young.  The pacing was fine, but the tone could've used some work.  I'm going to try the audiobook for Outfoxed by Love, which is one of my favorites to see if she gets better as the series go on.


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

Source: http://www.hotlistens.com/kodiaks-claim-audiobook-by-eve-langlais

Audiobook Review: Wulfe Untamed (Feral Warriors #8) by Pamela Palmer

Wulfe Untamed - Pamela Palmer

My review and an extended sample of the audiobook are posted at Hotlistens.com.

 

This is the final book in the Feral Warriors series. It has been an interesting ride so far and the ending was exactly what I expected from the series.  In this final story, we have Wulfe, probably the most damaged of all the feral warriors.  Not only is his scarred physically, he was also left emotionally scarred when his mate and the former radiant died.

 

The heroine of Wulfe Untamed is Natalie, who we met in a previous book when her, her friends and her blind brother, Xavier, were attacked by demons. She lost three of her friends that day. One friend is still alive and her brother is missing and never returned back to the mortal world (he has to stay with the ferals because they couldn't take his memories). Her and her surviving friend are missing a week of their life.  She is not the same person from before this incident and her fiance has noticed.

 

The warriors are still fighting the mages and the daemons.  The ferals are slowly becoming mortal and losing their ability to shift.  Kara is in bad physical shape from bringing all the bad ferals into their animals. Things look really bad for the warriors. I don't want to give away too much of the plot because I don't want to give away any spoilers.  Just know that this book is just as action packed as the rest of the series.

 

The story arc for this series wrapped up pretty well. From the way Pamela Palmer talked at a signing I was at early 2014, I don't think this is the last we will see of the characters of the Feral Warriors series. She wouldn't give details at that time, but I'm expecting to see them again.  Plus, there are characters that are just begging to have their story told. It will be interesting to see how she handles them, spinoff maybe??

 

Narration

Once again, Rob Shapiro continues to do a great job with the narration of this series. I never once questioned which character was speaking.  The men and women's voices were both done well.  He has made listening to this entire series very enjoyable.


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

Source: http://www.hotlistens.com/wulfe-untamed-audiobook-by-pamela-palmer

Grizzly Love (Kodiak Point #5) by Eve Langlais

Grizzly Love: Big Bear Romance (Kodiak Point Book 5) - Eve Langlais

Review originally posted at RabidReads.com.

 

Snarky Paranormal Romance

 


Travis is the hero of Grizzly Love. He is the cousin of the alpha and a grizzly shifter. He is the youngest hero of the series and is frequently referred to as “the cub” throughout the series. He is the only one of our heros who wasn’t in the military. He desperately wants to be part of the action, but he has an overbearing mother who wants to protect him. Oh, and all the other shifters are scared of his mom and her wooden spoon, including alpha Reid.

 

Jess is a doctor who is relatively new member to Kodiak Point. She has made a home and friends here. She is married, but her husband went off to war and has yet to come home. Even when he is given leave, he doesn’t come home. She hasn’t seen him in three year. The problem is that Jess is a hawk and they mate for life. She can’t bring herself to truly leave him, even though he has already left her.

 

When the shifters in Kodiak Point find that villain they’ve been tracking is in the Middle East, not far from where their old unit is stationed, they prepare to leave. Jess insists on going along. She uses the excuse that they will be fighting and need medical care. In truth, she has every intention of confronting her husband. Travis, being a young hothead and really hot on Jess, wasn’t about to be left out.

 

This is the final book in the Kodiak Point series. It was a good wrap up to the story arc. They finally get to take down the villain, but not without some twists and turns. We also get to see the vast majority of the characters we’ve met along the way. The unlikely pairs of the different shifter types, and even human personalities, added a lot of fun to the series. Grizzly Love was everything we’ve come to expect from the Kodiak Point series. It has action, suspense, sexiness and tons of humor. I will miss all the shifters from Kodiak Point. This is a fun series that I would recommend to people who like a fun, sexy story with some suspense thrown in. Now to determine which series from Eve Langlais to tackle next.


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Review: Bitten by a Hellcat (Eternal Mates #6) by Felicity Heaton

Bitten by a Hellcat (Eternal Mates Paranormal Romance Series Book 6) - Felicity Heaton

This installment of Eternal Mates starts of in the bar known as Underworld, which has been prevalent in this series. Owen Nightingale is a human mercenary who goes after supernaturals. He seems to have no fear.  When Cait comes into the bar running from one of the males of her own kind, Owen is intrigued.  Cait hires him to kill the hellcat that is chasing her. Just because Cait hires a mercenary to help her with her issues, that doesn't make her weak. She is strong and able to take care of herself.

 

I really liked the species of the hellcat. They have two tails with blue fire on the tips.  Oh, and there is blue fire around their mouths too.  It was very interesting. The world of hell they live in was different as well.

 

I loved the two characters in this story. They were both strong and very fascinating.  They both had secrets that I enjoyed watching unravel.  The suspense of the story was consuming.  However, the romance was rushed. These were two character who had never met and they jumped right in bed together. I guess that happens in real life too, but it was just too quick for me.

 

Overall, I still loved the world, characters and action-packed stories that Heaton continues to deliver in this series. These past few novellas that have been released this year have all been fun and quick reads that can be read as stand alone stories to get your started in this series.

 

**Book was provided to me by the author. This review is my opinion and was not requested or provoked in anyway by the author.

Audiobook Review: Vision in Silver (The Others #3) by Anne Bishop

Vision in Silver - Anne Bishop

My review and an extended sample of the audiobook are posted at Hotlistens.com.

 

Plot

Three major plot threads in Visions in Silver. One, everyone is looking to Meg "the Trailblazer" to figure out how to help the other Cassandra Sangue survive in the outside world. Second, Lizzy, Lieutenant Montgomery's daughter, is found on a train by herself by Nathan. Everyone from Toland is looking for her and her "boo bear". Third, there it the increasing struggle between the others and the Humans First and Last movement. HFL is not only going after the others, but any human branded a "wolf lover", any human that is not willing to fight against the others.

 

Characters

This series has some very outstanding and wide variety of characters.  Meg, our blood profit and friend to the others, is still working to make her way through the outside world.  Simon is still trying to figure out his relationship with Meg. We get to see more of Montgomery and his daughter, who is a very interesting character. The number "non-edible" humans keeps increasing, as much as this drives Simon crazy.

 

What I loved

This series continues to impress me. It is extremely high on my list of favorite Urban Fantasy series.  While the story is very dark, there are still moments when I find myself chuckling. For example, Meg get very upset with herself when she upsets Nathan.  She hugs him while he was in wolf form and starts balling.

 

"She cried on me." Nathan said. "I couldn't understand most of what she said, but she cried until my fur was wet." … "There is nothing in my fur is there" Simon gave the other wolf a careful look. "No boogers" "Good, I hate washing boogers out of fur" "Who doesn't? What comes out of human noses are disgusting."

 

Narration

This is a series that I will only listen to on audio. While I wouldn't normally like Alexandra Harris for most Urban Fantasy series, she is perfect for this one.  She really brings out the innocence of Meg. Each character has very distinct voice. Ms. Harris does a great job with each character from the children like Lizzy and Sam, all the way to the adults including the crows with their inquisitiveness, the Sanguinati, elementals and the wolves. She does a great job in pulling out the different personalities of each character. I can't imagine reading instead of listening to this series.


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

Source: http://www.hotlistens.com/vision-in-silver-audiobook-by-anne-bishop-review-giveaway

Audiobook Review: Dead Heat (Alpha & Omega #4) by Patricia Briggs

Dead Heat - Patricia Briggs

My review and an extended sample of the audiobook are posted at Hotlistens.com.

 

In Dead Heat, we have Charles and Anna venturing to Arizona to visit an old friend of Charles' to find a new horse for Anna.  The horse that Anna has been riding isn't challenging enough for her, or at least that is what Charles says. Anna likes the horse she has.  He wants her to have something with a little more get-up-and-go, so they go visit an Arabian horse farm.

 

This horse farm and friend just happen to also belong to the local werewolf alpha, Hosteen.  No sooner that they show up, Hosteen starts arguing with Charles for refusing to change his dying son into a werewolf against his son's will. Let's not forget that changing someone against their will is a death sentence (Hosteen thinks Charles would get a pass being Bran's son, yea right).

 

Then the fae attack Hosteen's granddaughter-in-law (who he doesn't like because she is witchborn) and his great-granddaughter.  So, once again, Charles and Anna become consultants for the FBI and CANTRIP as they try to track down a fae. It was great to see Charles once again helping people instead of having to kill them. I think it did him a lot of good.

 

I loved seeing FBI Special Agent Leslie Fisher again. I really enjoyed her in Fair Game. The CANTRIP agents are actually good people in this book. Charles is even surprised that he likes them.  Surprisingly, Charles even lets Anna go interview people with just Agent Fisher while he goes with the CANTRIP agents.

 

As a horse person, I can say that she gives a lot of equine information in an entertaining way throughout Dead Heat. I love the way she talks about the different personalities of the horses. They are like dogs and cats, each breed has general personality traits (Arabians being the Siamese cats of the horse world, loved that line). Then each horse has their own individual personality, too. I really enjoyed how Joseph uses this to his advantage in the story (you'll just have to read/listen to find out what I'm talking about).

 

Overall, I really enjoyed Dead Heat. I loved meeting the Arizona pack alpha and his family. I found that I really liked all of them, each in their own way. Hosteen and most of his family are Navajo, so you get to learn some about Navajo life, at least in the modern world. This story has everything you would expect from a Patricia Briggs werewolf book.  There is tons of action, adventure and suspense. It did have some pretty heartwarming moments, too. The fae, as always, are not as they seem and are not doing as they said. Is anyone surprised? I know I'm not. I expect to see more of them in the future.

 

Narration

Holter Graham does a fabulous job with narration of Dead Heat, as he has done with all of the Alpha & Omega books.  His ability to voice Anna's very feminine voice alongside Charles' extra masculine voice is wonderous. Usually when I listen to male narrators, they have a hard time with softer women's voices. They do fine with snarky, smart assed women, but can't do that ultra feminine voice, which Anna requires, but Holter Graham does a great job. This is a series that I started off reading, but is now a listen only series for me.


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

Source: http://www.hotlistens.com/dead-heat-audiobook-by-patricia-briggs-review

BITTEN BY A HELLCAT by Felicity Heaton Blog Tour

Felicity Heaton's Bitten by a Hellcat Blog Barrage

 

Bitten by a Hellcat, the sixth book in New York Times best-seller Felicity Heaton’s hot paranormal romance series, Eternal Mates, is now available in ebook and paperback. To celebrate the release, she’s holding a FANTASTIC GIVEAWAY at her website and sharing sneak peeks of the book. This book works as a standalone, so it’s perfect for those new to the series too.

 

Find out how to enter the Bitten by a Hellcat international giveaway (ends March 1st) and be in with a shot of winning a $75, $50 or $25 gift certificate at her website, where you can also download a 5 chapter sample of the novel: http://www.felicityheaton.co.uk/bitten-by-a-hellcat-paranormal-romance-novel.php

 

Here’s more about Bitten by a Hellcat, including an excerpt from this paranormal romance book.

 

Bitten by a Hellcat

The sole remaining member of the most famous shifter hunter family in history, Owen Nightingale is a mercenary and a man with a secret held in his closely guarded heart, but when a beautiful rare shifter catches his eye and offers him a job, he has the feeling he’ll be the one paying for helping her—with his heart.

 

Cait is in a spot of trouble with a capital T. A male hellcat has set his sights on claiming her and she’s one kitty who doesn’t want a collar. When she meets a dark, alluring and mysterious hunter, she sees a chance to rid herself of the male, but the price Owen sets and the fierce passion that burns white-hot between them lures her dangerously under his seductive spell.

 

Can Owen discover the true intent of the male hellcat and stop Cait from falling into his hands? And can Cait retain control as the heat of desire burns between her and Owen, or will a reckless moment seal both of their fates forever?

 

Bitten by a Hellcat is available from Amazon Kindle, Kobo Books, Barnes and Noble Nook, Apple iBooks stores and other retailers. Also available in paperback. Find the links to your preferred retailer at: http://www.felicityheaton.co.uk/bitten-by-a-hellcat-paranormal-romance-novel.php

 

Excerpt

 

Owen closed the door, rounded the compact car and slid into the driver’s seat. He twisted at the waist and put his bag on the back seat, and then put the key into the ignition and started the car. The engine growled to life and he flicked the switch for the lights, checked the road and pulled out. He tugged his seatbelt on as he drove and glanced across at Cait.

 

“Buckle up.” He waited to see she was doing as instructed, tugging the slim black belt across her chest, before returning his focus to the road.

 

It was quiet, the night drawing on, making it easy going as he navigated the short journey deep into an affluent neighbourhood near the centre of London.

 

Cait’s eyes grew wider by the moment as she stared out of the windows, taking in the buildings. When he drove through large black wrought iron gates, her eyes shot impossibly wide and she looked across at him. He kept his eyes on the road, unwilling to field her silent question, slowing the car as he drove through the rows of beautiful pale townhouses.

 

He turned left down another side road where the biggest houses were located and pulled the car into a reserved parking spot outside his one. Cait was still staring at him. He turned the engine off, undid his seatbelt, gathered his bag, and stepped out of the car.

 

She followed him a moment later, her eyebrows pinned high on her forehead as she finally looked away from him, her gaze settling on the huge four storey Georgian townhouse behind him.

 

“What you pictured?” he said before locking the car and turning his back on her. He strode towards the short black iron gate, opened it and glanced over his shoulder at her.

 

She hurried towards him, her eyes flitting between him and the house.

 

It was too big for him.

 

He used the sum total of five rooms out of the possible fourteen.

 

“This is yours?” She spoke at last, her gaze on the white townhouse, slowly drifting up the height of it.

 

Owen walked up the path, took the steps up to the covered porch with its Grecian columns, and unlocked the wide black wooden door. He pushed it open, proving it was his.

 

“It belongs to my family,” he said as way of an explanation when she looked at him again. “It costs a small fortune to run, but I haven’t been able to bring myself to part with it.”

 

“You grew up here.” It wasn’t a question. She looked him right in the eye as she said it, her expression sober, and he nodded.

 

It wasn’t often he met someone who could see straight through him as Cait could. Most people didn’t seem to understand him at all.

 

The humans he met who weren’t hunters, and therefore were unaware of the world of fae and demons that co-existed with theirs, weren’t worth his time. He had nothing he could talk about with them, not as normal people did. He couldn’t gripe about his work week over a beer with a buddy. The hunters avoided him because he wasn’t aligned with any of the organisations they worked for and only exchanged information when it suited them.

 

The fae and demons preferred to keep him at arm’s length because of his profession.

 

The only people he could really talk to and who had ever understood him were his family, and those who had been closest to him were dead now. He had a handful of relatives remaining, mostly from his mother’s side, and he rarely saw them.

 

“You live here alone.” Cait’s soft voice drew him out of his thoughts and he sighed as he looked at her where she now stood on the porch beside him, close enough that he could smell her sweet perfume on the night breeze.

 

He nodded again. “I keep most of the rooms closed and use just the ones I need… bathroom, bedroom… living room… kitchen. I did make one of the other reception rooms into a gym and training room.”

 

She looked as if she was on the verge of saying it sounded lonely, so he turned his back on her, stepped into the hall and switched on the lights. Thankfully, she took the hint and remained silent as she entered behind him and closed the door.

 

Owen locked it and pocketed his keys. “Come on. I’ll get you settled in the living room.”

 

He led the way up the wooden staircase to the first floor and the large pale blue room he used for his living room. He grimaced as he realised he had left it in a worse state than he had thought.

 

Cait drifted past him before he could say anything in warning, a twinkle in her eyes as they danced over all of the weapons spread across the large oak table on the left side of the room, and all the knickknacks he had left strewn across the square wooden coffee table nestled in the U of his three black leather couches in front of the fireplace.

 

She ambled around the room and he watched her as she allowed her fingers to drift over a few items on the coffee table and checked out some of his weapons.

 

“It looks very much as I had expected in here.” She lifted her eyes away from the crossbow she held and smiled across the room at him. “I imagined weapons and books.”

 

She looked around at the stacked bookcases that lined the wall to his right between the tall sash windows and the one behind him, and then down at the sheets of paper, notepads, and newspapers stacked haphazardly on a smaller coffee table beside an armchair.

 

“Although… it has an air of bachelor about it too.” Her smile teased him and he shrugged.

 

She hadn’t seen his bedroom.

 

If she thought this room looked like a bachelor owned it, she was in for a shock if she set eyes on his inner sanctum.

 

Her blue eyes drifted over the couches and then roamed back to him, gaining a dark edge of desire that set his pulse pounding and left him feeling she might just want to see that inner sanctum.

 

He was damned if she was going to see it as it was though.

 

He wasn’t sure how hellcats lived, or what accommodation they were used to, but he was fairly certain that as a woman she wasn’t impressed by clothes strewn across the floor, unmade beds, and several empty take out cartons, and that was exactly what his bedroom contained.

 

“You seem to favour magic.” Cait set the crossbow down and Owen stared at her, his heart pounding for a different reason as he took in what she had said. When she frowned and gestured to all the knickknacks covering the coffee table, his gaze leaped there and his heart settled. “The items… they’re magic aren’t they?”

 

Owen quickly nodded. “I get them in the fae town nearby. Some I use, others are just part of a collection.”

 

He backed towards the door.

 

“You like magic?” She looked at him again.

 

Owen took another step backwards and gave a noncommittal shrug in answer.

 

“I have to get changed and get some stuff together. Make yourself comfortable.”

 

He turned and walked out of the room, feeling her gaze boring into his back, intense and focused, as if she was trying to strip away the layers of his defences to uncover a truth he preferred to keep hidden.

 

A secret he’d had for most of his life and had kept from his father.

 

A secret only one living person in this world knew.

 

 

Bitten by a Hellcat is available from Amazon Kindle, Kobo Books, Barnes and Noble Nook, Apple iBooks stores and other retailers. Also available in paperback.

 

Find all the links, a fantastic 4 chapter downloadable sample of the book, and also how to enter the giveaway and be in with a shot of winning a $75, $50 or $25 gift certificate at her website: http://www.felicityheaton.co.uk/bitten-by-a-hellcat-paranormal-romance-novel.php

 

Books in the Eternal Mates paranormal romance series:

 

Author Bio

Felicity Heaton

Felicity Heaton is a New York Times and USA Today international best-selling author writing passionate paranormal romance books. In her books, she creates detailed worlds, twisting plots, mind-blowing action, intense emotion and heart-stopping romances with leading men that vary from dark deadly vampires to sexy shape-shifters and wicked werewolves, to sinful angels and hot demons! If you're a fan of paranormal romance authors Lara Adrian, J R Ward, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Gena Showalter and Christine Feehan then you will enjoy her books too.

 

If you love your angels a little dark and wicked, the best-selling Her Angel series is for you. If you like strong, powerful, and dark vampires then try the Vampires Realm series or any of her stand-alone vampire romance books. If you’re looking for vampire romances that are sinful, passionate and erotic then try the best-selling Vampire Erotic Theatre series. Or if you prefer huge detailed worlds filled with hot-blooded alpha males in every species, from elves to demons to dragons to shifters and angels, then take a look at the new Eternal Mates series.

 

If you want to know more about Felicity, or want to get in touch, you can find her at the following places:

 

FelicityHeaton.co.uk | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest | GoodReads | Amazon

 

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

Wolf's Capture - Eve Langlais

Review originally posted at RabidReads.com.

 

Snarky Howling Good Insta-Love

 

In Wolf’s Capture, we have Brody, the second-in-command in Kodiak Point. He’s a wolf shifter and he is extremely bored with life outside of the military. He has been secretly happy with all the issues going on in Kodiak Point, because it has livened things up. When he is patrolling the border, he senses something and goes to check it out and is completely surprised with what he finds.

 

Layla is our heroine. She is an extremely unique individual who has quite a way with animals. She has been a prisoner for most of her life. Her master uses her unique abilities with animals to his advantage. She is constantly trying to escape and she learns something new with each escape attempt, but The Master also plugs the error that she used to escape.

 

This is another great additional to the Kodial Point series. This book has everything I’ve come to expect in the series. There is suspense and action. The characters are very well developed and extremely funny. There is quite a large twist at the end, which made things interesting. My only criticism of this book, our couple goes from zero trust in each other to sex in no time flat. I would’ve liked to have seen their relationship develop at a more realistic pace.

 

While most of Wolf’s Capture takes place outside of Kodiak Point, but we still get some time with Boris (he’s the moose shifter that is the hero of Outfoxed by Love, book two) and Travis (he’s the grizzly that will star in the next book, Grizzly Love). It was great to see these two, because they are two of my favorite in the series. I’m really excited to read Travis’ story which comes out soon.


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I'm a huge fan of Kitty Thomas. I love her work, though it is not for everyone. It is dark erotica. Most of what goes on in this books are not for the faint of heart. There is kidnapping and dubious sexual consent. I do think they are extremely well written, and if you like the genre, you will really love these books. 

 

Comfort Food

 

Emily Vargas has been taken captive. As part of his conditioning methods, her captor refuses to speak to her, knowing how much she craves human contact. He's far too beautiful to be a monster. Combined with his lack of violence toward her, this has her walking a fine line at the edge of sanity.

Told in the first person from Emily's perspective, Comfort Food explores what happens when all expectations of pleasure and pain are turned upside down, as whips become comfort and chicken soup becomes punishment.

DISCLAIMER: This is not a story about consensual BDSM. This is a story about “actual” slavery. If reading an erotic story without safewords makes you uncomfortable, this is not the book for you. This is a work of fiction, and the author does not endorse or condone any behavior done to another human being without their consent.

 

Link to my review - Comfort Food - 5 stars

 

 

Broken Dolls

 

Mina Calloway always finds herself in the hands of the wrong master: Gentle at first, then brutally sadistic and abusive. She no longer believes it's possible to find a man who will be gentle with her. After seeing a kink-friendly therapist for months, the doctor makes her an illicit offer she isn't yet smart enough to refuse: "Let me find you a good master."

 

Brian Sloan is a borderline sociopath with a dark and brutal past. Only taking his sadistic urges out on the women at a submissive training house allows him to sleep through the night. When Brian sees Mina, she should be ripe for the picking, but her damage is too similar to his own. Can he fight past his demons to protect the one person he considers worth saving?

 

Note: This book happens in the same world as Guilty Pleasures with reoccurring settings and characters. However, it is not a direct sequel and it isn't necessary to have read Guilty Pleasures first. If you enjoy this book, however, you may also enjoy Guilty Pleasures by Kitty Thomas.

 

Link to my review - Broken Dolls - 4 stars

 

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2015 Reading Challenge by PopSugar

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2015 Library Reading Challenge hosted by The Geeky Blogger and The Book Nympho