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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.

{Blog Barrage & Giveaway} - Awakened by a Demoness (Eternal Mates #10) by Felicity Heaton

Awakened by a Demoness Blog Barrage

 

Awakened by a Demoness, the tenth 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 of this awesome milestone in the series, she’s holding a FANTASTIC GIVEAWAY and sharing sneak peeks of the book.

 

Enter the Awakened by a Demoness international giveaway (ends June 5th) and be in with a shot of winning a $75, $50 or $25 gift certificate by using the Rafflecopter form at the end of this post or at her website, where you can also download a 4 chapter sample of the novel: http://www.felicityheaton.co.uk/awakened-by-a-demoness-paranormal-romance-book.php

 

Here’s more about this forbidden romance between a powerful angel warrior and one very sassy wicked demoness, including an excerpt for you to sink those teeth into!

 

Awakened by a Demoness

Awakened by a Demoness (Eternal Mates Romance Series Book 10)

 

Felicity Heaton

 

Asteria of the Second Legion of demons has messed up. Royally. With a capital everything. Certain that her dark lord is about to end her in the most painful way imaginable, she’s stunned when the fallen angel offers her an uncharacteristic shot at redemption—and determined not to fail him again. With her life on the line, she sets out on a mission that sounds easy but proves to be far from it when a hot slice of angelic eye candy comes storming into her life, stirring dangerous desires and tempting her more than any male before him.

 

Fifth Commander of the Echelon, the highest order of angels in Heaven and those responsible for hunting demons, he will allow nothing to stand in the way of fulfilling the mission he began close to a century ago so he can finally return to his home. On the verge of securing the half-breed he has been hunting, he can almost taste victory—until a sassy demoness struts into his life, awakening wicked needs and forbidden hungers that will test him to his limit.

 

When their mission brings them on a collision course, can they fight the fierce heat of the passion that blazes between them to claim a victory for their side or will it burn their resistance to ashes and set their hearts on fire with a love both forbidden and eternal? 

 

Awakened by a Demoness 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/awakened-by-a-demoness-paranormal-romance-book.php

 

Awakened by a Demoness – Excerpt

 

Asteria held her shit together as she approached the monolithic black citadel, her boots loud on the polished obsidian flagstones of its central circular courtyard. She tipped her chin up, clenched her fists at her sides to stop them from shaking, and strode towards her doom with the same resolve as she had managed to cling to during her trek through the previous six circular courtyards that surrounded the citadel like concentric rings.

 

She was fairly certain that these were the last few moments of her life and it was about to come to a grisly close.

 

It had taken her days of grovelling to her superiors, issuing profuse apologies unbecoming of a demon and having to bite her tongue when her temper had flared, but she had secured a meeting with her dark lord. She had been elated when the leader of her legion had informed her that their master was willing to speak with her, but as the hours had trickled past, that elation had turned to full blown fear.

 

She had failed in a very important mission, the sort no amount of grovelling could actually correct, so she wasn’t sure why she had thought this was going to end well.

 

The meeting a ridiculous part of her had believed was going to somehow redeem her was probably in fact a meeting in which she was going to discover her punishment.

 

Would it be a swim in the lava pit while the Devil watched her burn, or something far worse?

 

She wouldn’t be the first demoness, or demon, to be sentenced to spend time in his bed.

 

It wasn’t an honour.

 

It was a death sentence.

 

She hadn’t heard of anyone surviving the torture of being his bedfellow, mostly because those he didn’t eventually kill during the act were tossed into the lava pit when he was done with them.

 

Several low-ranking young demons scurried past her, dressed in black jackets and trousers, their feet bare and bloodied. The black sacks they carried over their shoulders dripped crimson, smelling of entrails.

 

Asteria swallowed hard and it was damned difficult to hold her nerve as she watched the clean up team carting away whatever poor bastard had just finished meeting with the Prince of Darkness.

 

An unfortunate lover?

 

She had heard the stories from those who served in his dark citadel, the young souls assigned to mopping up the mess after a lover had done or said something to flip his switch. Rumour had it that he went through at least two mattresses a week, and demanded a fresh, brand new set of sheets every few hours. His appetite for fucking was as insatiable as his appetite for destruction and death, and unfortunately that meant the two often coincided.

 

She sucked down a deep breath as she reached the grand arched entrance of the towering castle and looked up its height, taking in the jagged towers that rose into the dark grey sky of Hell. Light from the bubbling pits of lava beyond the walls of the central courtyard and the braziers that formed a circle, lining those walls, tried to lend warmth to the matt black stone of the fortress but only managed to make it look more sinister by casting shadows in the recesses.

 

The four huge demon males guarding the entrance eyed her, their elliptical pupils stretched thin in the centre of their black irises and burning gold. Elite. They were kept in a permanent state of rage in order to maintain their appearance, keeping them looking as dangerous and deadly as her kind could be.

 

She had such a dark side herself, but unleashing it right now would be a big mistake. Huge. Her dark lord didn’t appreciate those below him showing up on his doorstep looking ready for war.

 

It was the reason she had chosen her lighter black armour, the red-edged metal plates fitting more closely to her legs and hips, and across her chest, and had forgone wearing the gauntlets that normally encased her forearms and hands. She had also brushed her long black hair, tamed the gold-to-red streak that ran down the front right side, and had taken her time in front of the mirror in her hut, applying black around her blue eyes and painting her lips crimson.

 

She had even taken the time to preen her black leathery wings, buffing the membranes with wax until they shone, and had done the same with the small obsidian horns that curled from behind the pointed tips of her ears, following the curve down to end in a point near the lobes.

 

She eyed the four ripped bare-chested demon males guarding the entrance again, envied the bastards a little as she gazed at their horns. Males had bigger ones, the sort that twisted around to form deadly daggers beside their temples when they were enraged.

 

Asteria sighed, wishing she had such horns.

 

One of her friends had told her once that she had horn envy. She had denied it at the time, but it was true. Whenever she found herself banging a demon, she couldn’t keep her hands off their horns. She had even tried to rip one out of a male once. He had thought she was merely being rough and had enjoyed it. The damn thing had been rooted too deeply though and she had sort of forgotten about trying to break it off when he had begun thrusting harder between her legs, turning her brain to mush.

 

One of the male’s gazes slid her way and he raked an approving look over her. His black horns flared a little further, revealing his desire and interest to her.

 

She flicked her onyx hair over her shoulder, shot him a wink, and kept walking, a little swing to her hips with each step now as she silently flirted with the brute. She looked him up and down just as she passed him, bit her lip at the sight of so much hard muscle, and swore that if she survived the next few minutes she would be back to take him up on his offer.

 

Which would be a miracle, and those didn’t happen in Hell.

 

Still, he was a nice distraction as she ogled his arse over her shoulder, one that kept her thoughts away from her imminent death until someone approached her.

 

“Asteria of the Second Legion?” a demoness said, a wobble in her throaty voice.

 

She nodded and looked at her, and quickly masked the fear that bolted through her when she found herself face to face with a young female dressed in little more than a scrap of crimson around her hips and breasts, a thick black metal collar that was tight against her throat, and a lot of bruises.

 

By the Devil, was this the future she was doomed to endure staring right back at her with bleak bloodshot eyes and a startling lack of horns.

 

Someone had cut them off. Asteria tried not to gawp at them but she couldn’t stop herself, and her stomach plummeted when she realised they hadn’t been shorn.

 

They had been broken.

 

The black stumps that remained were brutally fractured.

 

The female’s hands twitched at her sides, as if with an urge to touch the horns Asteria stared at, so she dragged her eyes away, feeling bad that she had upset the young demoness.

 

Demons tried their best to be the toughest, most badass creatures in Hell, but when it boiled down to it, they had feelings too, and this female had been through the mill.

 

Probably at the hands of the one creature in Hell who didn’t possess a single jot of emotion.

 

The fallen angel she was about to meet.

 

The young demoness bowed her head and led the way, and Asteria tried to busy herself with taking in all the details of the palace her dark master called home in an attempt to stop herself from preening her horns, reassuring herself they were still perfect. Still there. On the outside, it matched his image perfectly, but on the inside… it was quite the opposite.

 

Oh, it was sumptuous and decadent, but it wasn’t exactly goth-chic as she had expected.

 

The black of the outside world gave way to white marble floors that were so highly polished she could see herself in them. They reflected the light from the crystal chandeliers, and that same light shone off the gold filigree that decorated the dark wooden ceiling. The walls were smooth and, of all things, papered. The vestibule and hallway that led off it had crimson wallpaper with black almost fleur-de-lys patterns on it. She had been in some expensive homes in the mortal world and the Devil had decorated his in that same style, but with a more sinister edge that she would have attributed more to a vampire than a fallen angel.

 

Her escort stopped at a set of arched wooden double doors and bowed.

 

Asteria guessed this was it. The bloody end to her somewhat not glorious career as a demon. She was a damned idiot for failing to capture the people who had slaughtered Barafnir but how the hell was she meant to have known the demon arsehole had been one of the Devil’s favourites?

 

She reached for the solid gold knob on one door, pulled down another breath to steel herself, and took hold of it. It was warm to the touch. Nothing like the cold bastard waiting on the other side. She could feel him there, his power vibrating through her, calling to her.

 

She closed her eyes, twisted the knob and pushed the door open just as she lifted her chin and fixed her gaze straight ahead.

 

It landed on a male lounging in a huge black throne in the centre of an enormous blue-walled room, wearing only gold-edged obsidian armour on his lower half.

 

Heaven be damned, because it had made him breathtaking.

 

She knew he was a brute, seven feet tall and dark and deadly, but he was a beautiful bastard, and he knew it as he sat there on his throne, black hair falling around his broad shoulders and chiselled torso on show.

 

The air in the expansive open room vibrated with his power, making her blood hum and skin tingle.

 

His red eyes held hers, a bored edge to his handsome face, and he lazily lifted his right hand from the arm of his throne and crooked a clawed finger, beckoning her.

 

Asteria’s palms sweated. She should have dressed a little sexier, taken more time about her appearance. It ran through her gaining volume on each pass as she sauntered towards him, feeling his heat rolling over her, power curling around her, drowning out the part of her that had feared him and replacing it with something altogether more terrifying.

 

Desire.

 

The corner of his profane mouth twitched into a smirk.

 

He knew he was affecting her, and while his mouth said that pleased him, the way his eyes darkened said it didn’t.

 

She straightened her spine, crushed her unruly feelings and boxed them away, and held her head high as she marched towards him, all business. Not weak. Not affected by just his damned gorgeous presence.

 

Her step faltered when she noticed a smouldering bloody stain on the white marble floor.

 

His last appointment?

 

By the Devil, she was going to die in the next few seconds, or worse, at a later date after he was done with her.

 

When she was within a few metres, he lowered his right leg from his left knee and set his foot on the floor. His hands came down over the edges of the arms of his black throne, curling around to press sharp black claws into the stone and causing his biceps to bulge.

 

Behind him, a sheer black curtain did a poor job of concealing the other half of the room and she tried not to look there but her eyes were drawn to the hazy glow of candles on the other side, her focus snagged by the low moans coming from that direction.

 

That heat curled around her again, pushed at her will but she pushed back, refusing to fall prey to it and the Devil’s dark allure. She wasn’t about to become like those females on the other side of the curtain who were probably writhing around on his bed, waiting impatiently for the male who was staring at her.

 

“Asteria of the Second Legion.” His deep voice rumbled around the room like thunder, charging the air and sending tremors of pleasure through her, and she had to squeeze her thighs to stop herself from collapsing into a puddle of goo at his feet. Heaven be doubly damned, it had built this male for sin. Thoughts of dirty hard sex popped into her head, illicit images that she did her best to shove away as soon as they burst into existence. “You disappointed me.”

 

Just like that, the spell over her shattered and cold fear replaced the wicked heat of desire.

 

This was it.

 

Her death knell.

 

Awakened by a Demoness 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 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/awakened-by-a-demoness-paranormal-romance-book.php

 

Books in the Eternal Mates paranormal romance series:

 

Felicity Heaton

About 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:

 

 

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Audiobook Review: Bright Blaze of Magic (Black Blade #3) by Jennifer Estep

Bright Blaze of Magic - Audible Studios, Brittany Pressley, Jennifer Estep

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

 

It is very rare that I think that the last book in a series/trilogy is the best book in the series. I think that the last books must be the hardest for authors to write (or at least that is how it seems to me). I’ve read so many great series that I love only to be disappointed by the last book in the series. It is hard to go out on a high note. That is something that Jennifer Estep pulled off with the Black Blade Trilogy. I thought this was a great ending to Layla’s story.

 

We’ve known since book one that Victor Draconi has had aspirations to rule all of Cloudburst Falls with all the families swear allegiance to him alone. Well, with only one story left, we also knew he was finally going to make his move in this book. Well, Victor didn’t disappoint. I will admit that this was a far more deadly (but not that gory) of a takeover that I would’ve expected for a YA series (but hey, I was reading Stephen King at twelve, so what am I to say about what should go in a YA novel. I also don’t read a large number of YA, so I’m really not a good judge).

 

As we’ve watched Layla grow from the independent thief to the leader of the group to help come up with the plan that involves many people to win the day, though she takes most of the danger and responsibility onto her own shoulders. I also love that she spent plenty of time learning more about her mother from Seleste and Claudia. She also learned more about her mother’s relationship with the monsters of Cloudburst Falls.

 

There is a ton of action in this book as Layla and the gang go from one thing to another to try to save their friends, family and everyone in Cloudburst Falls. I think Layla deserves quite a vacation after this all over. One of my favorite parts is we got a lot of time with Oscar, Layla’s pixie, who has been a favorite character of mine since book one. He reminds me of a redneck version of Jenks from The Hollows series. Oscar’s pet tortoise, Tiny, is adorable, too. I was glad that he had a larger part in this book, since he didn’t have a large roll in book two.

 

I was very happy with how this all wrapped up. We got time with all the major and even some time with some of the minor players in this series. I think it wrapped up well. If you read other series by Jennifer Estep, you will see some Easter eggs for Karma Girl and Elemental Assassin series. I also can’t talk about an Estep book without mentioning food. She does several great callouts to bacon in this book. Mmmm… Bacon. Never listen to an Estep book if you’re hungry, it will only make it worse. LOL Great series, I recommend you try it, after you’ve eaten something.

 

Narration
Brittany Pressley has narrated this entire trilogy and has done a wonderful job. She nails all the different voices of all the characters very well. She has to handle both male and female of adults and teenagers and she does it with ease. She does a great job with Oscar and his redneck pixie voice. I know that me and several of my friends prefered to get the audios over the ebooks because of the great narration.

Source: http://www.hotlistens.com/bright-blaze-of-magic-audiobook-by-jennifer-estep-review

Audiobook Review: Pia Does Hollywood (Elder Races, #8.6) by Thea Harrison

Pia Does Hollywood: Elder Races - Teddy Harrison LLC, Thea Harrison, Sophie Eastlake

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

 

This novella picks up where Dragos Goes to Washington ends. Pia has to honor the deal that was made and spend a week in the light fae territory of Los Angeles. The light fae queen tries to talk persuade Pia to come at a later time, but Pia just wants to get it over with, so she insists on coming now. Dragos insists on following, even though he isn’t supposed to.

 

Come to find out, there are zombies in Hollywood. Dragos happens upon them while out shopping, can these two do nothing without running into trouble. In the process of fighting them, Dragos is bitten and is unable to turn into his dragon form or talk telepathically to anyone.

 

The Wyr and the light fae work together to try to resolve this new enemy. Pia and Dragos also work together to try to use Pia’s healing ability to heal Dragos. The problem is that Pia is on medication that is affecting her healing ability. She tries holding off as long as possible on taking the next dose of the meds so as to help heal Dragos, but she also doesn’t want to risk the entire reason she is taking the meds (purposely vague to avoid spoilers).

 

It was a nice quick read/listen. I enjoy my time with the Cuelebre family. They are one of my all-time favorite couples, not to mention the most unique in their wyr forms. I’m excited to see where the third novella that follows Liam takes us.

 

Narration

Once again, Sophie Eastlake does a great job of narration. What can I say that I haven’t already said about her narration? Not much really. Great with the different character voices, both male and female. I do listen at an increased speed, this one even more than most. I think I listened at 1.5x. I normally listen at 1.25x. Anyway, I enjoyed the narration. I’ve only ever listened to this series. I’ve yet to read an Elder Races story. I will continue to stay with the audios.

Source: http://www.hotlistens.com/pia-does-hollywood-audiobook-by-thea-harrison-review

Audiobook Review: Python's Embrace (Bitten Point #3) by Eve Langlais

Python's Embrace: Bitten Point, Book 3 - Tantor Audio, Eve Langlais, Chandra Skyye

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

 

In the continuation of the Bitten Point series, we have Constantine, brother to Caleb, the hero of the first book, Croc’s Return. Constantine happens across a muddy mess of a girl in the swap while he is walking his little dog, Princess. He offers to take her back to the house to get cleaned up. Once she is clean, he realized that she is the girl that everyone’s been searching for. He’s also quite drawn to her, but snakes are not known for staying around, just ask his father who has been MIA since before his birth.

 

Aria is on the run, but she’s also got some amnesia. Some things are coming back in bits and pieces. Aria is quite drawn to Constantine, but his little dog will have none of it. She is quite the jealous little thing.

 

The suspense in this story continues to go forward at a great pace. We learn even more about the strange hybrids running around town. We also learn more about who is behind them. There is some time spent with some of the characters of previous books, mostly the guys, but some of the girls too. We are also introduced to the couple that will be in the next, and what I think is the final book in this series. I would recommend reading this series in order. I know many PNR books, you can read however, but suspense part of this series does build on the previous books, so there, you would be a little bit lost.

“Who are you?” “Constantine Xavier Boudreaux.” She blinked. “Wow, that’s a mouthful.” Only too late did she realize how that sounded, and judging by the grin stretching his lips, so did he. “More than a mouthful, and handful.”

“Why the eff are you stripping right now?” Aria yelled, not having run away as he told her to.
“Gonna unleash my mighty snake.”
“That better not be a reference to your dick.”

Narration

Chandra Skyye has done a great job with narration of this book. Not only did she continue do a great job with the male and female voices. She also had to handle the snake that spoke to Constantine in his head with the long s’s. Also, there is a lot of dialogue of the hybrid characters. She did a great job with their narrations.

Source: http://www.hotlistens.com/pythons-embrace-audiobook-by-eve-langlais-review

Audiobook Review: Shadowed (Dark Protectors, #6) by Rebecca Zanetti

Shadowed - Audible Studios, Rebecca Zanetti, Karen White

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

 

I was really excited to finally get to Jase’s book. As the youngest of Kayrs brothers, he was always the funnest brother. That is until he was kidnapped and tortured by demons for five years. Not only did the demons physically torture him, but they also did some pretty bad mental torture on him. We saw some of this torture in the previous book. Once he got out, he was not whole and he was no longer the fun-loving brother that he was before capture. He had only one thing on his mind, revenge.

 

Brenna Dunne isn’t supposed to exist according to several people. As the eight sister to a seventh sister, she is an abomination. No witch has ever had an eighth daughter before. They are supposed to stop at seven. There is also a prophecy about her, the solstice and a comet. People believe she is going to blow up the universe. Needless to say that has a target on her head. In an earlier book, she was poisoned and it has been killing her slowing ever since. In a desperate move to save her life, they decide that she needs to mate with a vampire to help heal the poison out her system. Jase agrees to this arranged mating because he wants her powers to go after the demons.

 

This is my favorite romance of the series so far. Both of these two are broken, in different ways, but broken none the less. They both agree to this arrange mating for different reasons. Both of them come together to be what the other needs to save themselves and to save each other. It is things that they are forced to do as a couple that will save them. Their love for each other that will help make them whole.

 

There is also a ton of stuff that happens with the war. Garrett, Janie’s young brother, is kidnapped by the Kurjans. Janie is forced to make tough decisions which really puts her at odds with her family that wants to protect her, but she knows that she must join this war if she is going to end it. Janie’s book is the next one and final book in the series. I’m excited to see how it will all wrap up.

 

Narration
Once again, Karen White does an amazing job. Brenna has this great Irish brogue. I don’t like it as much as Moira’s, who also has a large part in this book, but Brenna’s voice was wonderful. She also did a great job with gravelly demon voices, which I’m sure were tough to do. She continues to do a great job with men and female voices. I did listen at an increased speed, but that is normal for me.

Source: http://www.hotlistens.com/shadowed-audiobook-by-rebecca-zanetti-review

Audiobook Review: Trace of Magic (Diamond City Magic, #1) by Diana Pharaoh Francis

Trace of Magic: The Diamond City Magic Novels, Volume 1 - Inc. BelleBooks, Susan Elizabeth Phillips, Diana Pharaoh Francis

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

 

I’ve heard great things about Diana Pharaoh Francis for a long time from Berls from Fantasy is More Fun, so when I finally got a chance to review one of her audiobooks, I jumped at the chance. I didn’t really know much about this book going it. I had not read any reviews, only the blurb from Goodreads. I will say, that I really enjoyed it. I really enjoyed it.

 

This is a world where you have people with different magical abilities. Riley Hollis is a Tracer. She can follow someone’s trace and see where they’ve been in the past. She is much stronger than she lets on though. If some of the powerful people figured out how powerful she really was, she would become a target. Most people can only track someone’s trace for a short time. Riley can track someone’s trace back forever and even after they died.

 

Detective Clay Price is known as a dirty cop. He is in the pocket of the mob as an enforcer. However, when he isn’t doing the mob’s work, he is actually a pretty good cop. He needs someone to do a trace for him, but doesn’t want it to be on the record with the police or the mob, so he comes to Riley. He makes her an offer she can’t refuse to work for him. Then her sister calls in hysterics because her boyfriend’s place is in disarray. Price and and Riley work together to find out what happened to the boyfriend. They find out it is all tied together.

 

I really enjoyed this story. It was full of action. I liked the magic. Riley is a great character that is full of sass. Price is decent character, better than I thought he would be, seeing that he was part of the mob and all. I was a little surprised that Riley gives in and sleeps with him as quickly as she did. She also starts to reveal more and more about herself to him faster than I would’ve thought, even after sleeping with him. There are also some really great side characters in this story that I would like to learn more about.

 

It was a pretty good start to the series. I would like to see the second book and see where this series goes. It has promise. The second book isn’t available on audio yet. I don’t know if it will be or not. I’ll have to wait a bit and see.

 

Narration

This is my first audiobook with Elizabeth Phillips. I will say that I thought she did a great job. I has no issues with any of the voices, male or female. I was always able to distinguish between the characters. I did listen at an increased speed, but that is normal for me. I would recommend her for more books.

Source: http://www.hotlistens.com/trace-of-magic-audiobook-by-diana-pharaoh-francis-review

Audiobook Review: Beautiful You by Chuck Palahniuk

Beautiful You - Recorded Books LLC, Carol Monda, Chuck Palahniuk

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

 

Ah, where to start with this book?? Let’s start with what put this book on my radar. I saw two authors tweeting about it, Andrew Shaffer and Kitty Thomas. If you’re not familiar with these two authors, Kitty Thomas writes some pretty psychological erotica which is pretty amazing, but not for everyone. Check out Comfort Food or Guilty Pleasures to see some books by her. Andrew Shaffer is Tiffany Reisz’s husband. He has written some books like Fifty Shames of Earl Gray and How to Survive a Sharknado and Other Unnatural Disasters. Anyway, their conversation really peaked my interest in this book. It was too long ago to look up, or i would share it with you.

 

Anyway, this book is written by the author of Fight Club. That is a book that I haven’t read, but I love the movie. I’ve also seen this movie listed on several lists of movies that were better than the book, so that hasn’t made reading Fight Club high on my list. Not to mention that it isn’t a genre a normally frequent. Anyway, Beautiful You, sounded interesting, so I decided to take a chance and read it. I will say that I read it without having read any of the reviews on Goodreads, since no one I follow had read it.

 

I guess I should talk about this actual book now.This story starts off with Penny Harrigan in a court room where she is raped in court in front of everyone and no one lifts a finger to help her. As I listened to this, I wondered what was going on. Was she having a nightmare? This couldn’t actually be happening. It took me a while to actually figure out how this fit into the story. It was a very brief scene and it left me starting off the book very confused. It only got weirder from there.

 

Penny Harrigan is an average woman. She is from a small town in Nebraska. She makes her way to the big city of Manhattan working at a law firm trying to make her way into passing the bar exam and becoming a lawyer herself. She meets one of Manhattan’s most eligible bachelors, C. Linus Maxwell, aka “Climax-Well”. He takes her to Paris where he proceeds to work with her to test his new line of sex toys. They have tons of sex while he is as cold and scientific as you can get. She has some of the best sex in her life. She has several brief conversations with one of his past lovers who is a very successful actress, but doesn’t seem to be doing well health wise or emotionally. Then there are several of his other past lovers who seem off, is the best way to put it.

 

Then he decides he is done with his testing and throws her out and the new line of products come out. Women flock to the stores. They basically become addicts to the feelings that his products are providing. Women are calling in sick from work. Many are going missing. They are basically acting like meth addicts, but with masturbation. Even stopping to eat is something that they aren’t thinking about it. You would think that is where the weirdness comes to a head, but it only gets worse from there. Penny seeks out the old shaman-like woman who Maxwell learned all of his tricks from. There is a court trial where Penny tries to take down Maxwell. Penny learns a very hidden secret. The ending is very weird.

 

I don’t even know what to make of this book or what genre to put it in (hence just listing it as “fiction”). There are parts I thought were interesting. There were parts where I felt that the author just took things too far as to not be even remotely believable. I liked Penny as a character for the most part. Maxwell was the jerk he was meant to be. You really had to feel for his past lovers, who while looking very successful, you figure out they aren’t very happy. It is not a book that a lot of people will enjoy. I think the idea had merit. I’m just not sure that fleshed out in the best way possible. This book is interesting. I don’t know that I enjoyed it. I believe that the word that caught my eye in the original Twitter convo was “disturbing”, which that it is. I do like some pretty out there books sometimes, but this wasn’t one of them. I’m giving it 2.5 stars because it is written well and it did keep me very interested with what would happen next. I don’t know that I would recommend it unless it something that really sounds interesting to you.

 

Narration

This is the first book that I’ve listened to with Carol Monda. I thought she did a great job with narration. I did listen at an increased speed, but that is not abnormal for me. I thought she did a great job with the men and women. I thought she was great with the cold and calculating Maxwell. I thought she covered some of the downward spiral of several of the women really well. The old crone woman was voiced really well as well. I would look forward to listening to her again.

Source: http://www.hotlistens.com/beautiful-you-audiobook-by-chuck-palahniuk-review

Review: Shadowed Blade (Colbana Files #5) by J.C. Daniels

Shadowed Blade - J.C. Daniels

Review originally posted at RabidReads.com.

 

eBook WTF? Kick Ass

 

I’m a huge fan of the Colbana Files. I’ve listed as one of my favorite UF series. I’ve also frequently touted it as one of the most underappreciated series in the UF genre. This book though didn’t live up to those statements. I still enjoyed it, but there are some issues that kept me from enjoying this book as much as previous books in the series.

 

To start, the beginning of this story was a bit confusing. It kinda read like it might have been flashbacks, but I wasn’t sure. The whole story about the druid and Frankie was confusing to me. As I kept reading, I did eventually figure out what was going on. There are parts that overlap with the novella, Misery’s Way, which is included at the end. I highly recommend you read it first, you can find it in the table of contents.

 

As per usual in this series, it is full of great characters. I love Kit. She is a wonderful character. She is very strong, no matter how many times she has been broken. She puts herself back together, though that is not an easy process for her. She surrounds herself with great friends who have finally become the family that she’s never had with her actual blood relation. I loved seeing Damon, Chang, Justin, Colleen, Doyle and Nova. There is even a new addition who I expect to have a large part to the story going forward.

 

I can’t really go into much about this story without giving away series spoilers. I’ll just say that this story follows a lot of Kit and Justin the most as they are working for a very mysterious “client” of Kit’s. You can see throughout the story that there is still some issues between humans and non-humans, also known as NH, though there are people who are willing to serve anyone who is willing to pay. It is also hard to tell who is the good guys and who are the bad guys, but other times, it is very obvious who the bad guys are and they are very bad.

 

This story did have everything that I love in a great Urban Fantasy. Great characters. An excellent world. A ton of action. Romance. Wonderful characters, yes, I know I said that already, but I love these characters, a lot. Overall, I enjoyed this story, but I have to call out the weak beginning. I also need to call out the lack of editing. Normally, that is not an issue with this series, but there was a lot of editing issues in this one. It would not be fair to future reader to recommend this book without calling that out. I had a purchased copy from Amazon, not an ARC. This is the first book by Ms. Daniels that I’ve had editing issues. I would still recommend this book, but I would recommend that you start with book one, as I would with pretty much all UF series.

 

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Audiobook Review: Rogue Descendant (Nikki Glass, #3) by Jenna Black

Rogue Descendant: Nikki Glass, Book 3 - Tantor Audio, Sophie Eastlake, Jenna Black

Review originally posted at RabidReads.com.

 

Audiobook Well Written Unique

 

The Nikki Glass series has quickly become a favorite of mine. It is such a unique world that Jenna Black has created with the descendants of gods that are nearly immortal known as Liberi. Nikki has joined this world when one of the Liberi jumps in front of her car committing suicide giving Nikki his immortality. Now, Nikki is thrust into this world which she knows nothing about. By book three, she is coming to terms with her new life, but is still hoping that one day, she can go back to her life as she knew it. She has yet to give up her office or her condo, though she has closed her office doors and is living with Anderson and his Liberi in their mansion.

 

The book starts off with a series of arsons, all of which are connected to Nikki. It starts with an accidental fire at her office, then her adopted parents’ house, then her condo, where people died. The former leader of the Olympians, Konstantin, sends an email claiming to be the culprit, but there are questions about that. Anderson’s ex-wife, Emma, also looks really suspicious. She has it out for Nikki, who she is convinced is trying to steal her husband. Nikki on the other hand is trying desperately to make things work with Jamaal.

 

Jamaal is a descendant of Kali and the death magic that he has is hard for him to contain. He learned in the previous book that he could channel some of the death magic into a phantom tiger, Kali’s animal, just like the descendant of Anubis did with jackals. However, his tiger, SIta, is very jealous of anyone who takes any attention away from her, so Nikki is on her hate list. Jamaal has a hard time controlling her when Nikki is around. This really puts the breaks on their relationship just when things were starting to move forward.

 

There is some action as Nikki is kidnapped twice and some romance between Jamaal and Nikki. We get to see a lot more of Cyrus, Konstantin’s son and the current leader of the Olympians. He has a lot more up his sleeve than he lets on. The overall story arc doesn’t progress as much as I would like and there is a cliffhanger at the end. I’m really glad that Ms. Black pushed to finish this series, even if it took a little longer than expected. I’m real excited to get to the next and final book in the series that comes out later this month.

 

Narration
Sophie Eastlake continues to do a great job with the narration. There is nothing overly complicated about this narration, no accents or anything, but the different voices are all clearly defined. I do listen at an increased speed, but that is pretty much a standard thing for me. She does good with male and female voices. I do know that the final book will be put on audio. So far, I haven’t heard anything about audio.

 

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Review: The Order (The Order #1) by A.C. Donaubauer

The Order: Book 1 - A.C. Donaubauer

Review originally posted at RabidReads.com.

 

Fantasy Page Turner Magical

 

This book came highly recommended by Dolly from Just Talking Books. When she told it was available on NetGalley again, I jumped at the chance to review it. There are a few things I will mention. I went into this book not noticing the page count. It has been a long time since I read a 900+ page book. I’ve listened to a few, but it has been a while since I read a book that long. It isn’t that I don’t like reading long books, it is just that the PNR/UF books that I normally read are closer to 300-500 pages long. All that being said, the page count in this book wasn’t a problem. It did take me longer to read than most, but I was fully engrossed in the story the entire time.

 

This is the story of Eryn who is a bit different from everyone else. She lives in a village where she hides her hair color magically as she is the only non-blonde person there besides her father. She also has magic which is not known to the town. That is until she is knocked out and her mind quits applying the magic to her hair color. She is then turned over to the king and the Order of Magicians where she is bound in gold to suppress her magic.

 

The Order and the kingdom have not seen a female magician in over 300 years. They also haven’t seen anyone with a hair color other than blonde in that amount of time. They are amazed at her lack of training, but also at her sheer power. She is the third strongest magician in the land, but knows nothing about it outside of healing, which they know nothing of. Her father is from a different kingdom and taught her different uses for her magic, but he also taught her to be very wary of the the Order and using magic for defense and battle. The one time she did, it went really bad for her, so when the Order forces her to use her to learn to fight, she is very reluctant.

 

It was fun to watch what can happen when you take a reluctant captive with a lot of brains and ingenuity and see what they can teach themselves. Eryn gets herself in quite the amount of trouble as she tries to escape and outsmart the elder members of the order. But it is also great as she becomes friends with them as they learn to work together. Eryn is a very fiery person. She is also very loyal to her trade as a healer and to the people she believes she needs to help. She has little respect for authority and doesn’t have a problem proving that fact to anyone.

 

The romance in this book is very much a slow build. Enric is intrigued with Eryn from the beginning. Eryn, not so much. Which, Eryn didn’t like the Order from the prejudice her father left her with about it and about fighting with magic. Add that to the fact that Enric had to knock her out at their first meeting because she was panicking and fighting back. Needless to say, their first meeting wasn’t a great one. Then they imprisoned her and forced her to learn to fight against her will. With Enric being the second in command of the Order, she saw all of this as a slight on him. It took him a long while to build the trust to romance her.

 

This story has great characters. There is her original combat trainer, Orrin, and his son Vern. I really loved them. I loved that as much as Orrin was a warrior, he loved his son, even though his son was so not a warrior. There is also Junar, a seamstress in town that befriends Eryn. The character I disliked the most was the king. He was a manipulative bastard. There was another character that I really disliked, but I’ll keep him to myself for now. There are many other great characters, but I won’t list them all. Just know that this story is full of wonderful characters.

 

The thing that is very different for me with this story, there is no epic battle, no epic mystery to solve. That didn’t mean I was glued to the pages. I’m very much used to stories like Kate Daniels or Gin Blanco running from one catastrophe to another without a chance to breathe. The stories are very fast paced. That was not the case here. I wouldn’t say that the story was slow, nor was it fast. It was just a pleasant stroll through the life of Eryn and Enric. There is the question about why haven’t there been any women magicians in 300+ years and why all the same hair color. These questions are answered in this story. I’m very interested in seeing where the story goes from here.

“Yes, Orrin,” she hiss. “I do understand you. I am neither deaf nor stupid.”
He straightened again. “Good. And it is customary to address a high ranking magician using the title of Lord.”
She smiled acidly. “Is it now? Thank you so much for enlightening me as to this charming little custom, Orrin.”

 

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Review: Twice the Growl (Paranormal Dating Agency #1) by Milly Taiden

Twice the Growl - Milly Taiden

Review originally posted at RabidReads.com.

 

Menage Paranormal Romance eBook

 

I’ve been seeing reviews for Milly Taiden on Angel’s Guilty Pleasures for a while now. I’ve been wanting to try them, but never got around to trying anything. Angela offered to loan me her Kindle version of this book so I could try this author and I jumped at the chance.

 

This series is based on Gerri Wilder who runs the Paranormal Dating Agency. When you go to her to get set up, she pretty much asks you to trust her and let her do everything. Talia is looking for someone to take to a wedding. She’s had really bad luck with men and she just needs someone to be her date to this wedding so that her family will leave her alone. Her ex-husband will be there too.

 

Theron and Connor are alpha and omega of their pack. They were raised knowing that they would be. They were also raised knowing that they would need a third in their triad to lead their pack, a woman that would be perfect for both of them. They have spent their entire life sharing women, but haven’t found the woman that will be the perfect mate for them. They finally decide to go to Theron’s Aunt Gerri to see if she could help. Little did they know she was going to pair them up with a cute little human girl from down the hall.

 

This is cute and quick read. I liked Gerri. I wasn’t a huge fan of Tally. She was all about how she wasn’t good enough. Theron and Connor were a little too perfect for my taste. They had absolutely nothing wrong with them and they put Tally up on a pedestal so high, I would be scared of falling, myself. I really disliked Paul, the ex-husband, who caused quite the scene at the wedding shower. I liked Nita, Tally’s best friend, but at the same time, I thought she put a lot of pressure on Tally.

“Fine, but you really need to give those men the mate they desperately need.” Nita patter her hand. “They’ve been patient with you for almost two weeks. They need you to make a move already.” Nita stared deep in her eyes. “You are not a punk, prima. You’re a self-assured woman who knows what is good and what isn’t. Is this good for you? Do these men make you happy? Only you know the answer to that.”

While, I love what she’s saying, but two weeks. Really?? That is awfully fast to me with one man, more or less the fact that you are changing things by adding this whole new idea that she can have both men. That is a completely new lifestyle to her and it would take some getting used to and Tally has some very valid concerns about it.

 

Anyway, if you go into this story with just the quick, cute read in mind, it was fun. The men were very romantic. The sex was hot (if I do question the hygiene at times, ew). There isn’t a huge amount of depth to the story or characters, but it was cute. I’ll give the second book in the series a chance.

 

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Review: Possessed by a Dark Warrior (Eternal Mates #9) by Felicity Heaton

Possessed by a Dark Warrior (Eternal Mates Paranormal Romance Series Book 9) - Felicity E. Heaton

Bleu's story is one that everyone has been waiting for since the first book in the Eternal Mates series. He has been a favorite character for most readers. Finally with the ninth installment, we get his story. However, for me, it was a wait that wasn't up to the task. I think the build up has this installment falling a little flat.

 

Bleu and his mate Taryn actually met centuries ago. They just didn't realize that they were mates. Taryn's twin brother had stolen a powerful sword from the elves. The elves thought it was Taryn who took it. Taryn actually spent three centuries as a slave getting sold from one owner to another because no one could control her, she is a dragon after all.

 

Now that Taryn is free. She needs to stop her brother because he has gotten even crazy in their time apart. However, he catches her before she can fulfill her plan. So she plays along with him until she can find a way to stop him.

 

Once Bleu figures out his mate is Taryn, the woman who stole the sword, or so he thought. He sees no way they can be together. He has wanted nothing more than his own mate since his prince found his mate. This makes him mope around even more.

 

This is actually my least favorite book in this series so far. I thought that Bleu was way too emo for my liking. I just wanted to slap him many times and tell him to get his head out of his own ass and become the warrior his prince needed. I also thought that Taryn was a bit weak. She is a dragon, but spends three centuries as a slave by weaker species. Then after she is free, she seems even weaker. She survived all of those years, I just feel she should be stronger. I also felt that the story between them dragged on a bit. I felt that the action wasn't up to the previous books.

 

All of this being said, I still thought it was an okay story. I would still recommend it to fans of the Eternals Mates series. I still highly recommend this series to paranormal romance fans. I think this is a case of the hype was just too much for the story. It is a problem I have with books that are highly anticipated for beloved characters.


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

{Cover Reveal} - Awakened by a Demoness (Eternal Mates #10) by Felicity Heaton

It's time for the cover reveal of the next Eternal Mates series book, Awakened by a Demoness. Following on the heels of Bleu and Taryn's epic romance, Possessed by a Dark Warrior, this more light-hearted story of Rey and Asteria packs action and forbidden romance into a novella that is hotter than Hell on a summer's day! What better way to celebrate the milestone of the series reaching 10 books?

 

If you haven't had a chance to step into this passionate and action-packed world of dark elves, fae, demons, vampires, shifters and hunters, then you can take the leap with the first book in the series, Kissed by a Dark Prince, which is only 99c / 99p right now. Find the links to your favourite retailers at: http://www.felicityheaton.co.uk/kissed-by-a-dark-prince-paranormal-romance-novel.php

 

Here's more about the next book in the series, due for release on May 21st!

 

Awakened by a Demoness by Felicity Heaton

Awakened by a Demoness (Eternal Mates Romance Series Book 10)

 

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Asteria of the Second Legion of demons has messed up. Royally. With a capital everything. Certain that her dark lord is about to end her in the most painful way imaginable, she's stunned when the fallen angel offers her an uncharacteristic shot at redemption—and determined not to fail him again. With her life on the line, she sets out on a mission that sounds easy but proves to be far from it when a hot slice of angelic eye candy comes storming into her life, stirring dangerous desires and tempting her more than any male before him.

 

Fifth Commander of the Echelon, the highest order of angels in Heaven and those responsible for hunting demons, he will allow nothing to stand in the way of fulfilling the mission he began close to a century ago so he can finally return to his home. On the verge of securing the half-breed he has been hunting, he can almost taste victory—until a sassy demoness struts into his life, awakening wicked needs and forbidden hungers that will test him to his limit.

 

When their mission brings them on a collision course, can they fight the fierce heat of the passion that blazes between them to claim a victory for their side or will it burn their resistance to ashes and set their hearts on fire with a love both forbidden and eternal?

 

Pre-order your copy of Awakened by a Demoness today at: http://www.felicityheaton.co.uk/awakened-by-a-demoness-paranormal-romance-book.php

 

Awakened by a Demoness is due for release in ebook and paperback on May 21st 2016 and will be available from all major online book retailers on that day.

 

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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.

 

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Audiobook Review: Hounded (Iron Druid Chronicles, #1) by Kevin Hearne

Hounded - Luke Daniels, Kevin Hearne

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

 

I know so many people who have been reading (or well, listening) to this series for a while now. I know that they love it and I’ve yet to try it. That is until now. After finally knocking out a few series (my goal for this year was to finish up some new series before starting new ones), I decided that I was ready to tackle a new series. How to review this series? Most people have already read it. If you haven’t I highly recommend that you start. I can’t believe I waited this long.

 

Atticus O’Sullivan is a druid. The last druid to be precise. He is quite old, but tries mostly to live a peaceful life. He owns and runs a bookstore and apothecary in Tempe Arizona. That is until an old god that he has a past grief with comes calling. Next thing you know, Atticus has trouble at every turn.

 

I won’t go into great detail, as there are so many reviews out there about this series. I will just say, that this is a great Urban Fantasy series, that is nicely told from a male’s POV, which we don’t have enough of in this genre (don’t get me wrong, I love a good female heroine, but I also like a little diversity too). This series has vampires, werewolves, gods, witches (boy, does Atticus hate witches), ghouls and more. It is hard to know who to trust and who is out for their own gain.

 

There are a ton of great pop culture references in this book, which adds a great amount of humor to this book.

“You’re not going to be in the hospital for weeks? Because that looks like a bullet hole in your shirt.”
“As the Black Knight famously said, that’s just a fleshwound.”
“The Black Knight always triumphs!” Perry beamed. Monty Python is like catnip for nerds. Once you get them started quoting it, they are constitutionally incapable of feeling depressed.

“You will respect my authori-tah!” Oberon said, in a passable imitation of Eric Cartman. I reminded him that I needed to concentrate. Sometimes dogs forget; they just get too excited.

My favorite part of this first book in the Iron Druid Chronicles, Oberon, Atticus’ Irish wolfhound. Atticus is bonded to Oberon, so that they can talk mind to mind. So while Oberon can’t talk out loud, Atticus can have conversations with him that we can hear. Oberon is very much a dog though, so everything you think about a dog holds true. He has no sense of time. He gets overly excited when he sees Atticus, no matter how long Atticus was gone. He has the attention span of a two-year-old on a caffeine bender. All he thinks about is meat, different kinds of meat. He seems to be partial to sausages (I’m a little disappointed that at no point does he ask for bacon. What kind of talking dog doesn’t want bacon. I always want bacon).

 

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This is actually my first audiobook with Luke Daniels. I’ve heard for a long time about how great Luke Daniels was with narrations. I’m so glad I can now add him to my list of favorite narrators. He did a great job with this series. While being told from Atticus’ POV, it still has plenty of female characters and Daniels nails them all. Once again, I have to give him kudos for nailing Oberon’s voice. He really brought out the excitement that a talking dog would have about pretty much everything. He even brought the sorrow about things when Oberon had to do things he didn’t want or when he thought he was a bad dog. I’m really excited to continue this series with his narration. I will also be on the lookout for other books with his narration.

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Review: Hell's Geek (Welcome To Hell, #5) by Eve Langlais

Hell's Geek (Welcome to Hell) (Volume 5) - Eve Langlais

Review originally posted at RabidReads.com.

 

Creative Great Dialogue Feed the Nerd

 

Ahhh… Back in the world of Lucifer. Adexios, Charon’s son, has been a minor character in the Welcome to Hell series for a while now (and the Princess of Hell series). He, himself, hasn’t had a lot of page time, but Charon and Lucifer have talked about his a lot. They have frequently mentioned about his failure to follow in father’s footsteps as the River Styx ferryman. He is always losing his ore or the boat will capsize or other mishaps which seem to only happen to Adexios. Well, we finally get to hear Adexios’ story.

 

Lucifer has decided to send him into the wilds of Hell to count the demons there with an Amazon woman named Valaska. We met her in the previous book. She is quite the warrior woman. She hasn’t found something that she couldn’t kill or a solution that didn’t involve a fight with something. She was all about dying in battle and with honor. She also didn’t believe in relationships with men. None of her kind did. That is until she spends some time with the geeky and clumsy Dex.

 

It doesn’t take long while in the wild to see how different these two are. Adexios is very cunning. He came very prepared for this trip into the wild of Hell. Instead of living off the land as Valaska intended (like a real warrior) Adexios had a backpack with a portal to his mother’s refrigerator to provide him with meals. Valaska is appalled by idea of this and eats the local weeds.

 

It doesn’t take them long to figure out something is wrong in the Wilds. First, they aren’t finding any demons. Second, they start to see these weird puddles that aren’t native to Hell. They have to find out where the water is coming from. They quickly learn that someone is behind it, but the question is who.

 

In this story, we have the most of Lucifer that we’ve seen so far in this series. There is quite a bit of his POV, which was a lot of fun. We also learn more about Gaia, his lover and Mother Earth. It also looks like this isn’t going to be the last of the stories from Hell, which is great news to me. I love my time with Lucifer and his shenanigans.

“If at first you don’t succeed, cheat.” From Lucifer’s Guilt to Ultimate Domination

“Are you wearing a sailor suit” she asked.
“With a few modifications,” he added with a large helping of pride. He angled his hips forward. “I wasn’t crazy about all that white, so I got the pants and shirt in a lovely black. The ascot, as you can see, has been hand-stitched with sharks.”
“With horns,” Neptune added, his voice choked. Probably in envy. Not everyone was blessed by Lucifer’s ingrained sense of style.
“I also had them embroider the savage fish on my hat.” Lucifer tapped the brim.
“Is it me or do I hear the theme song from Jaws?” She asked.
“It’s all about attention to detail,” Lucifer confided.

 

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Source: http://rabidreads.ca/2016/04/review-hells-geek-by-eve-langlais-mlsimmons-evelanglais.html

Audiobook Review: The Undoing (Call of Crows #2) by Shelly Laurenston

The Undoing: Call of Crows Series, Book 2 - Tantor Audio, Shelly Laurenston, Johanna Parker

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

 

In the first book of the Call of the Crows series, we learned a lot about the Crows and the Ravens. In this second installment, we learn about more of the nine clans that have been chosen by the gods to fight at Ragnarok when the time comes and to try to keep it at bay. Mostly, we learn about the Protectors. They are a group of males who are raised knowing what they are. They served the god Tyr. They had owl-like qualities, including turning their heads 280 degrees, which freaks everyone else out.

 

This story starts off with a bit of a flashback to Jacinda “Jace” Berisha turning into a Crow. She was the wife of a cult leader who kills her. She awakens while he is burying her. Jace joins in with the Crows. She goes on a berserker rage and attacks him. She becomes an introvert who spends the majority of her time hiding from the others, anywhere from under the house to in the cupboards, to read her books. She also has a very adorable puppy that follows her everywhere.

 

Danski “Ski” Ericson is a Protector. He lives at their library (how can you not love him already.). It isn’t just any library. Think of one of the best libraries you’ve ever seen. Think the library from Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. The Protectors just acquired some Russian books that they need cataloged, but they don’t have anyone who can speak Russian. So Ski goes to ask Jace who can speak tons of languages (I can’t remember the number or if it is even mentioned. I know they discuss several of the languages that she can speak and how she learned them all). She finally agrees, reluctantly to help them.

 

There’s a couple of different plot lines in this story. There is the craziness that is the Crows. There is the fact that Jace’s ex-husband is wanting to bring her back into the fold. There is also the matter that in the previous book, a certain god they thought they had killed, is not actually dead. Oh, I can’t forget the books that Jace is translating and her time in the library. I know that sounds like a lot is going on, but it isn’t all crazy. Most of the story revolves around the ex-husband and the god that they fight.

 

I loved Jace. I think it is mostly because of her love of reading and avoidance of people. As a heavy reader and introvert myself. I can’t help but see a bit of myself in her. I don’t go on berserker rages, but I would love to be able to. I know a few people who I would love to unleash those rages on. Ski is so sweet. I love how much he just wants to see Jace happy. He completely understands that she doesn’t like small talk and doesn’t ask her to do it.

 

I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the pets. They are adorable. There is Rev, Jace’s puppy. There is also Brodie Hawaii, Kara’s pit bull who was also turned into a crow when Kara was turned. She is quite an interesting character. Then there’s Ski’s cat, Sulka.

Lastly, I should mention Bear, one of the Protectors. He is excessively protective of the books. He cracked me up several times about the books and then again with the puppy. I should also mention that Jace’s grandma is pretty great too. I should also mention that there are a few hints from Shelly Laurenston’s Pride series with Grizzlies and Wild Dog shifters. Don’t worry if you haven’t read them, they’re just some shifters who make an appearance. I would recommend that series though. It is a lot of fun too.

 

If you’re looking for a super fun series that is based on Norse mythology, this is the series for you. I do don’t know a whole lot about Norse mythology. The stuff I do know, I don’t know how much is accurate, so I can’t say how much of this is accurate. I just know that it is fun.

“I’ve got an idea,” Gundo cut in. “Have the Ravens kill your ex-husband.”
“Pardon?”
“It makes complete sense. That way you and society won’t have to worry about him at all.”
“If you’re so worried, why don’t you kill him?”
“Because I’m a Protector,” Gundo patiently explained. “I’ll protect you because that’s we do. But outright murder? That’s a mindless enterprise. Seems much more ravenesque.”
“You just think that the Ravens are stupid.”
“They are stupid.” Erickson muttered.

Narration

I really love the narration of Johanna Parker. I think she does a great job with the humor in this series. She does a good job with the different voices for both male and females. I do listen at an increased speed, but that is normal for me. Johanna Parker is one of my favorite narrators when it comes to series that is filled with humor.

 

**I like to thank the publisher for providing me with a copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review. 

Source: http://www.hotlistens.com/the-undoing-audiobook-by-shelly-laurenston-review

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