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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.

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).

 

Narration

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.

Source: http://www.hotlistens.com/hounded-audiobook-by-kevin-hearne-review-by-melanie

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

Audiobook Review: Provoked (Dark Protectors #5) by Rebecca Zanetti

Provoked - Audible Studios, Rebecca Zanetti, Karen White

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

 

This is the fourth book I read/listened to in a row that had a hero who was a geek or scientist. It wasn’t planned that way. I was just going through series and that is where they all landed. Kane Karys is known as the “smart” brother. He is the scientist. He spends most of his time in the lab working on the cure for the virus that is affecting vampire mates, shifters and most recently witches. He doesn’t believe in love. He looks at it like a scientist.

“What about love?”
He sighed “Love is a chemical reaction induced in our brain to encourage propagating the species. The sensation is merely a scientific phenomenon, like the northern lights.”

Kane isn’t as much of a fighter, but that doesn’t mean he can’t kick some ass. He just isn’t as good at it as his brothers. He also isn’t as good at fitting in with humans as his brothers. But he is the only one available to seek out the only demon destroyer they have found in years. So he is sent out to bring in Amber Freebird to help them free their youngest brother, Jase, from the demons.

 

Amber grew up in a commune where they grow all their own organic vegetables. They don’t eat any animals products all. She is a complete vegan. She lives completely off the grid and is quite the eco-nut. Kane approachers she has no idea what he is talking about with demons and such. She thinks he is referring to inner demons or something. She has no idea about her powers. Oh, Amber is also a pacifist, which isn’t a great way to battle demons.

 

Needless to say, Kane tried to convince Amber to mate with him, so that he will share her powers and he can fight the demons for her. Like I said, he doesn’t understand love. He doesn’t get how much asking her for something like mating for a purpose instead of for something like love would hurt her.

 

There is quite a bit of the story told from Jase’s POV. The demons are not kind to him. One of the female demons try to get him to mate her so that he could save her from her evil brother. Jase has quite the decision to make. I won’t spoil it by telling you what choice he makes.

 

There is also more between Zane, Kalin, and Janie. Don’t worry. This isn’t a love triangle in the making (I don’t think). Kalin is a bad guy. He keeps trying to get in between Zane and Janie. He also wants Janie because she is the key to winning the war. Janie wants nothing to do with him. Zane continues to push Janie away because he says he isn’t the good guy either. I don’t know. We did learn more about what Zane is.

 

There’s only two more full length stories in this series, Jase and Janie’s stories. I’m really interested in learning more about both of these two characters, and Zane as part of Janie’s story. I also really want to see what happens with the overall story. While I haven’t loved the romance in this series, I’ve continued to enjoy the story of the overall series and learning more about each character as each of their stories is told.

 

Narration

Karen White continues to do a great job with this series. I don’t know what else I can say about her that I haven’t already said. Her voice choices are perfect for each character. I never question which character is talking. I do listen at an increased speed, but I do that with all my audiobooks.

 

**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/provoked-audiobook-by-rebecca-zanetti-review

Audiobook Review Dragos Goes to Washington (The Elder Races #8.5) by Thea Harrison

Dragos Goes to Washington: Elder Races - Thea Harrison, Sophie Eastlake, Teddy Harrison LLC

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

 

I’ve really enjoyed these novellas of the Cuelebre family. Dragos and Pia have always been my favorite couple in this series, so having these stories where we can go back and spend more time with them has been fun. This story actually takes place before the most recent Elder Races story. There was information from that book that you actually learn about in this story. I read the books out of order, but I don’t think that affected anything about either story.

 

In Dragos Goes to Washington, Dragos and Pia go to DC to meet with the other leaders of the Elder domains along with the leaders of the human government. The Elders want to work with the humans to try to solve some of the unrest between the two groups from some violence that took place earlier in the series that ended the lives of many humans.

 

Dragos finds himself in a place where he must be politically correct and hospitable, which is not something that the dragon wants to do. The dragon is well aware of the fact that he could fly over all of these humans that are protesting and burn them all to pieces. However, he must protect all of the Wyr. They have become used to their lives of luxury from living with technology that humans provide. That will be something that would be hard to take everyone away from, if they could even do it logistically.

 

One of the nights, Dragos and Pia host a dinner at their house in DC that is on Embassy Row. They have the President, Vice President, Speaker of the House, Senate Majority and Minority leaders and all of their significant others. Plus all the Elder races domain leaders with their other halves, as well. While this is going on, someone is murdered in Dragos’ home and they tried to make it look like a Wyr did it. Not to mention that Pia isn’t feeling up to normal. Add all of these things together and you have a very grumpy Dragos.

 

Once again, fun look inside Cuelebre family. Not necessarily required reading for the series, but a fun one that most fans of the series I don’t think would want to miss. There is some of Liam too, at the beginning, but not very much. The scene is also set for the next story in the novella series, Pia Takes Hollywood. I’ll be listening to it soon.

 

Narration
Once again, Sophie Eastlake nails the narration. Her male and female voices are always spot on. I love her pace and tone. I did speed up the narration a little more than normal this time. I don’t know why it felt a little slower, but with the increased speed, it felt better for me on this one. I still loved it. If you haven’t tried Sophie Eastlake, I highly recommend her.

Source: http://www.hotlistens.com/dragos-goes-to-washington-audiobook-by-thea-harrison-review

Audiobook Review: Deadly Descendant (Nikki Glass, #2) by Jenna Black

Deadly Descendant: Nikki Glass, Book 2 - Tantor Audio, Sophie Eastlake, Jenna Black

Review originally posted at RabidReads.com.

 

Audiobook Well Written Unique

 

This is the second book in the Nikki Glass series. Nikki is starting to get a handle on new powers. Not completely, but she has come to terms with her new life. Though, she isn’t completely ready to give up her old life. She still has her old condo. She wants to keep her PI business, though that is getting harder and harder.

 

The Olympians have come to Anderson because they are aware of a descendant that is killing people using a group of dogs. They need Nikki’s special power to help track this guy down. Being that this guy is a descendant of Anubis, the problem is how to kill him. Evidently, his seed is cursed and causes everyone who takes it in to go crazy, which is why the Olympians didn’t want to soil one of their Greek descendants with this seed. Problem is now, they have it in a death god descendant. They are hard to contain, which is something we learned in the first book with Jamaal, who can walk through walls. The question is what to do with him after he is caught.

 

This is another great addition to the series. Nikki does her PI thing while learning a lot more about her powers. We learn more about the Olympians and even meet their oracle. The part of the story that I enjoyed the most, was learn more about Jamaal. There is a lot that he hasn’t shared with Anderson’s people that he shares with Nikki. Like the fact that he is much older than he lets on. Like the fact that he was a slave, which is why no one ever sees him without a shirt, lots of whip marks. I loved seeing this softer side of Jamaal. I really enjoyed seeing their romance grow, though it is still at a snail’s pace.

 

This series is such a fun series with such a unique premise of the descendants of gods that are mostly immortal. The characters are wonderfully developed and the best part of the story, in my personal opinion. There is also some politics that are at play and some shades of gray on who are the good guys and who are the bad guys. The suspense as Nikki tries to track down the bad guy, not to mention the tension between her and Anderson’s crazy wife adds to the story. If you haven’t tried this exciting Urban Fantasy series, I highly recommend it. I believe that the fourth and final book will out in May, though I don’t know if it will be available on audio. I would love it if it were.

 

Narration
Sophie Eastlake did another phenomenal job with the narration of this book. If you never listened to Ms. Eastlake, I highly recommend her narrations. She does a great job with her pacing and tone. Her range of voices for both male and females are wonderful. She is able to make Anderson sound as menacing as he should, while still being one of the “good guys”. She also does a great job with crazy Emma. I think it takes talent to voice a crazy person and she seems to do it with easy.

 

The Nikki Glass Series

My Review

Coming May 16, 2016

 

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Source: http://rabidreads.ca/2016/04/audiobook-review-deadly-descendant-by-jenna-black-mlsimmons-jennablack-sereads-tantoraudio.html

{Blog Tour} ~ Possessed by a Dark Warrior by Felicity Heaton

 

Possessed by a Dark Warrior by Felicity Heaton

 

Possessed by a Dark Warrior, the ninth 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 Bleu and Taryn's long romance novel, she's holding a FANTASTIC GIVEAWAY and sharing sneak peeks of the book.

 

Enter the Possessed by a Dark Warrior international giveaway (ends April 24th) 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/possessed-by-a-dark-warrior-paranormal-romance-novel.php

 

Here's more about Possessed by a Dark Warrior, including an excerpt from this paranormal romance novel.

 

Possessed by a Dark Warrior

 

A powerful warrior and commander of the dark elf legions, Bleu is a loyal and devoted male, and one who has never failed in anything—except one thing. Love. When an elusive female dragon shifter surfaces in Hell again, giving him a mission to hurl himself into, he gladly returns to his hunt for her and the deadly blade she stole from his prince seven centuries ago, but as he closes in on his prey, fate reveals she is far more than his enemy?

 

Having escaped from the black market arena and her life as a slave, Taryn sets her sights back on the task she began seven hundred years ago when her brother stole a precious sword, but in the three centuries she's been a captive, everything has changed. Corrupted by a craving for power, her brother has become dangerously obsessed with finding the blade and using it to claim the ultimate treasure—the position of King of Hell.


Faced with having to end her beloved twin to stop him from bringing all of Hell to its knees before him, will Taryn be strong enough to use the very blade he seeks against him? And when Bleu finally catches his elusive prey, will he listen to his head as it demands he complete his mission or his heart as it demands he claim his eternal mate?

 

Possessed by a Dark Warrior 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/possessed-by-a-dark-warrior-paranormal-romance-novel.php

 

Excerpt

“Thank you, but I have to go.” A soft female voice rose above the din and Bleu stilled. “I have to fly.”

 

A chill skated over his skin beneath his armour, his eyes slowly widening as he finally comprehended why he had felt such a strange yet familiar sensation on seeing the female on stage attacking the fallen angel.

 

Fly.

 

He spun on his heel to face the stage.

 

A heartbeat of time passed, a split-second that felt like an eternity as he stared up at the female on the stage, taking in the striking violet-to-white eyes that he would never forget as they locked on him. Her lips parted, long lashes falling to shutter those incredible eyes, and his pulse hammered into overdrive as the three long scars on the left side of his neck tingled. He slowly raised his hand to rest his fingers on his armour over them.

 

He inched his right foot forwards.

 

Towards her.

 

She turned in an instant and he could only watch as she transformed into an enormous violet dragon, tearing stunned gasps from the remaining few people in the arena. She reared onto her hind legs, flashing the white stripe that ran from beneath her jaw, down her throat, and under her ribs, and beat her wings, the white membrane between her purple wing bones stark against the dark sky of Hell.

 

His breath left him in a rush as she threw her head back, her long white horns almost touching her neck, and roared, the sound deafening as it echoed across the land.

 

“Wait!” He launched onto the stage in a single leap, unwilling to let her escape him again.

 

She snarled through gleaming white fangs each as long as his arm and swept her left paw downwards, delivering a devastating backhand that hit him square in the chest, knocking the air from his lungs and sending him flying across the arena so fast that he didn't have a chance to teleport.

 

His back slammed into the rough black rock, fire searing his bones as his mind scrambled, the pain so intense that he couldn't breathe, couldn't think or feel anything for a second.

 

All the time it took for the dragon to launch into the air, her enormous wings sending gusts of wind at those remaining on the stage, almost knocking them over.

 

He couldn't let her escape him again.

 

He wheezed as he pushed onto his feet and staggered towards her, his ears ringing and vision wobbling.

 

He growled as she took flight and used the last of his strength to call a portal. Green-purple light shimmered over his black armour and he dropped into the darkness. It dissipated a second later as he landed on the stage where the dragon had been.

 

Bleu bit out every curse available to him in his native tongue, his legs wobbling beneath him, barely strong enough to support his weight as pain wracked him.

 

He stared at the dragon as she flew into the distance, unable to pursue her in his current condition, forced to watch her as she disappeared into the gloom.

 

Slipping through his grasp once more.

 

The world around him dulled and then light pierced the darkness, colourful and bright, twinkling.

 

Bleu let his breath out slowly and inched his eyes open, his vision slowly coming into focus, sharpening the beautiful display of light above him. The delicate small flowers on the tree sparkled like starlight and he lost himself in watching them. A warm breeze blew across him, causing the long grasses and colourful flowers that surrounded him to bend and dance, and their scent to fill the air with sweetness that sank deep into his soul.

 

Whenever a stronger breeze blew, the blooms on the trees would flutter closed in a wave before opening again, shining brighter than ever.

 

Beautiful.

 

He rested in the grass, encompassed by nature, bathed in her warm and comforting light.

 

His muscles felt liquid beneath his skin, his bones loose, his body filled with a floating sensation, one that he couldn't remember feeling in a long time but he still knew the name of it. Peace.

 

He lifted a heavy arm and managed to run his fingers through the longer lengths of his blue-black hair, preening it back as he tried to remember the last time he had felt this sedated and relaxed. Long enough that it felt foreign to him now. Centuries perhaps.

 

Millennia.

 

Gods, maybe he hadn't experienced it since he had left his home village to join the ranks of the soldiers, swearing to protect his kingdom and his princes.

 

He had been serving one of those princes for forty-two centuries, almost his entire life. It had become his whole life. It was his purpose.

 

Had been his purpose.

 

He threw his arm across his eyes and heaved a sigh as he pushed away from that thought and crushed it out of existence by focusing on the nature surrounding him, soothing his weary soul and bringing him a moment of peace that he knew would be all too brief.

 

He switched his focus from the nature around him to the dream once he began to relax again, picking out every detail of what was actually a memory, a moment that had occurred only months ago.

 

He pushed deeper into his memories of the female, running back to another time three centuries ago when their paths had crossed in a dragon clan's village. The scars on his neck tingled, luring him into drawing his arm away from his eyes to run his fingers over them. Scars she had given to him.

 

He focused on them and turned the clock back another four centuries, to when he had first set eyes on her.

 

She had been in her dragon form, her violet scales dark in contrast to the white of her breast, an invader in the elf kingdom and one he had been dispatched to pursue and capture, and bring to justice for her crimes.

 

She had stolen something precious from Prince Loren, a powerful sword of elven making that had belonged to his father and had been protected in the palace, locked safely away from the world where it could do no harm.

 

In her reckless hunger for the sword, she had rampaged across the elf kingdom, laying waste to many villages, slaying thousands of his kin.

 

He had fought her near the border with the First Realm of the demons, where mountains rose high into the darkening sky beyond the elf kingdom, beyond the sphere of the light they brought into their realm to make it verdant and give it life. She had escaped them but then she had returned a short time later. That time, he had led the charge against her, but she had been stronger than he had anticipated, had injured several of his warriors and himself too. They had lost her, and he had hunted for her for decades before he'd had to move his focus to matters regarding his prince's safety.

 

Four hundred years later, when Prince Loren had sensed the presence of the sword again, linked to it through the blood of his father, Bleu had led the three finest elf warriors in the army to the dragon realm to seek her out and regain the ancient blade.

 

He squeezed his eyes shut as he recalled crossing paths with a slender female in one of the villages and she shimmered into being in his mind, as if it had been only yesterday. Her tightly pulled back hair accentuated her striking sculpted features, her face bathed in the shadows of the small thatched stone building she had exited. He had questioned her, so entranced by her beauty and how she kept her head bowed, a touch of shyness to her behaviour, that he had allowed his men to leave his side to question others.

 

A foolish mistake.

 

He had dropped his guard and she had lunged at him when he had pressed her about the violet and white dragon, her talons raking down his throat and her incredible eyes flashing dangerously at him as she came into the light.

 

It had taken him a moment to realise she was the dragon he hunted, long enough that she had fled before he could stop her, transforming and flying away from him just as she had in the arena only a few months ago.

 

Bleu stroked the scars on his neck. The proof of her sin and a constant reminder of his unfulfilled mission. She had slaughtered thousands of his kin, had stolen something precious to his prince, and extremely dangerous. With such a weapon, she could slay an entire legion of elves with one swing. Now that she had surfaced again, he wasn't going to let her escape him.

 

This time, he would capture her and bring her to justice.

 

The flowers above him in the trees twinkled, their warm light flowing over him, soothing the fatigue from his body. He had been tracking her for what felt like forever, but he wasn't sure how long he had been gone from the elf kingdom. Not more than seven days, perhaps ten at most. Time had lost meaning in his pursuit of her, his mind so focused on his mission and following all the leads he had to their conclusion, or to the next lead that drove him ever onwards, inching closer to her.

 

He would complete this mission.

 

He had never failed one, wasn't the sort of male who could leave things unfinished. He always had to see them through to the end, even when that end was one that hurt him. He couldn't leave a fight, could never surrender, not even when his life was at stake.

 

He would finish this.

 

Bleu rose fluidly onto his feet and stretched, clasping his hands together above his head. His fingers brushed the flowers on the trees, causing the blooms to briefly close and the light to dip, before they reopened and glowed brighter. The grass tickled his calves as it sprang back and wavered in the warm breeze. Nature cocooned him in a brief sweet embrace that he savoured, aware that it would be a while before he could visit this place again. He tipped his head back and brushed his fingertips across the deep green leaves of the tree that had given him shelter, silently thanking nature for her comfort and for restoring his body, driving the weariness from it enough that he could continue.

 

He stalked forwards, his bare feet lightly compressing the grasses as he walked through them, heading towards the edge of the forest. With a simple mental command, his armour flowed from the black and silver bands around his wrists, the scales rippling over his body to cover his nudity.

 

Boots formed over his feet first and then the scales raced upwards, over his calves and thighs, cupping his backside and groin, before encasing his stomach and chest, and running down his arms. He kept his hands unprotected and ran his fingers over the scars on the left side of his throat again, his thoughts locked on the dragon female as he strode out of the forest.

 

The warm light of nature gave way to the darkness of the Fifth Realm of the demons, the calming soft touch slipping from him and leaving him cold inside. Black gravel crunched beneath his boots as he marched up the incline, heading into the gloom, his eyes rapidly adjusting to the grim realm, sharpening to pick out the subtle difference between the bare obsidian lands and the deep grey sky of Hell.

 

Bleu halted at the brow of the slope, standing at the precipice where the black land plummeted into a deep canyon. He scoured the lands beyond the canyon. The Third Realm of demons.

 

Beyond that was the mountainous home of her kind.

 

Dragons.

 

If his information was correct, he would find his next lead there.

 

He called his black blade to his left hand and narrowed his eyes on the deep distance, all of his focus on it.

 

He was closing in on her.

 

Seven hundred years of hunting were finally going to end.

 

 

 

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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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Review: Nightstruck by Jenna Black

Nightstruck - Jenna Black

Review originally posted at RabidReads.com.

 

Horror Young Adult Page Turner

 

This is the first book in a new series by Jenna Black. If you’ve read my reviews before, you know I’m not a huge fan of YA books. However, there are a few authors that I will read their YA stories. Jenna Black is one of those authors. I’ve read both her Faeriewalker and Replica series and enjoyed both. So, when given the chance to review this new series, I jumped on the chance. This story is a combination of science fiction and horror and will keep you glued to the pages.

 

Becket is a pretty normal seventeen year old girl. She is a bit shy. She is also a bit of brainy school girl. She gets great grades and is in all AP classes. She is having to deal with the divorce of her parents. Being that it was her senior year of school, she chose to stay with her father to finish out her school. Both of her parents were self-made and didn’t want to just and her things growing up, so she doesn’t have a car. Her dad is a bit overprotective and won’t let her go to any parties that even might have underage drinking.

 

Becket’s best friend, Piper, is none of these things. Her parents bought her a car. She shops a ton. She has a packed social schedule. She has grades that are good enough, but not great. But, she has been there for Becket, especially when Becket needed her during the divorce. Piper is also dating Becket’s crush and neighbor, Luke. Not Piper’s fault, since Becket never mentioned that she had the crush, but this is hard for Becket.

 

Anyway, one night when Becket is walking the family dog, Bob Barker (yep, that’s his name), they come across a crying baby. But something doesn’t feel right. Bob is a trained police dog, though he wasn’t a police dog, just a pet and protector of the family. Bob doesn’t like this “baby”, but Becket can’t in good conscience leave a baby, so she goes to investigate. Then she sees something that she shouldn’t.

 

After that, things in Philadelphia start to get strange after that. People start to get more violent. People are calling 911 for weird things, but can’t seem substantiate anything. People are disappearing. Becket is even starting to see things that she shouldn’t. Piper starts acting way different from the Piper that Becket knows. Every night seems to be worse than the previous night.

 

This book does tackle a few things that teenagers will have to deal with like peer pressure as the more evil Piper talks Becket into doing some things that she wouldn’t normally do. There is even a scene where Piper, Becket and Luke sneak into a bar. Did I mention that they were still in high school? Piper starts drinking and drinks way too much. There is a great discussion between Luke and Becket about not letting Piper drive in her condition. I love how the Ms. Black tackles this issue without making seem like she is trying to give out “the moral of the story here is” type of feeling.

 

This is a great story that really kept me glued to the pages. I just couldn’t believe everything that was happening and wanted to know what was going to happen next. I don’t know the official subgenre this book is supposed to go into. I would include it as a dark science fiction or a horror story. All I can say that it is good. I will say that not everyone has a happy ending, but that is not an uncommon theme in Jenna Black books. She doesn’t write books that are all hearts and rainbows. People in her books will die and stay dead. The series isn’t over, so I don’t know what will happen in the overall end. I will say that I will be looking out for when the next book comes out.

 

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Audiobook Review: Panther's Claim (Bitten Point #2) by Eve Langlais

Panther's Claim: Bitten Point Series, Book 2 - Tantor Audio, Eve Langlais, Chandra Skyye

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

 

I loved my trip back to Bitten Point. This trip there are still shifters that are coming up missing. Cynthia has come to town to try to find her friend. She’s a wolf, but she doesn’t like to shift in front of others. She’s very self-conscious with how her wolf looks. We don’t find out why until almost the end of the book.

 

Daryl is quite the player and the panther in this book. He sees no reason to settle down with a single woman. That is until he accidently marks Cynthia. He had no intention of doing that, did he? He offers to help Cyn search for her friend. He is in complete denial about his feelings for Cyn for most of the book. He so doesn’t want to give up his bachelor life.

 

I don’t feel like we’ve learned a whole lot about what is going on in the town with the disappearances. They keep running into weird smelling shifters who have weird collars on them. They continue to find these shifters on two legs instead of four.

 

We do have Constantine and Princess helping in the search (it will be great to get to their book next). I swear there is something up with that dog. I hope we learn more about her. Caleb was also around to help with the search.

 

There are two real winners in this book. One is that we have opening in each chapter similar to Charley Davidson. Some of those were hilarious.

Daryl’s T-shirt of the day, “I’m a ray of fucking sunshine”.

Constantine’s Shirt, a gift from Daryl: “If my chihuahua doesn’t like you, than neither will I.”

The second is the parents. Both sets of parents are so pushy and involved. I had a lot of fun listening to them.

Cynthia: So thanks for letting Daryl and I have some time alone last night. We managed get a few things talked out.
Mom: So he proposed?
Cynthia: NO!
Mom: Why not?

 

Narration

Once again, I’ve enjoyed listening to the narration. I think Chandra Skyye continues to get better with each book. In this one, she had to do a latino accent of Daryl’s mother, which I thought she handled really well. I think she did great with all the males and female voices. I have come to enjoy her narrations of the books.

 

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Review: B785 (Cyborgs: More Than Machines #3) by Eve Langlais

B785 - Eve Langlais

Review originally posted at RabidReads.com.

 

Science Fiction Feed the Nerd Great Dialogue

 

Ah, the cyborgs. I’ve really been enjoying this series. They are a group of former humans who the military turned into cyborgs, usually after some sort of life threatening injury. Most of the cyborgs have had their memories wiped and they don’t remember their lives as humans. They were meant to be slaves to the humans, but that is until they left some of the cyborgs so smart that they were able to override some of the controls. Then the cyborgs revolted. They now live on their own planet. They are at war with humans, but they really just want to be left alone to live their own lives.

 

Einstein was one of those super smart cyborgs. He was formerly known as IQ221. He is the only one left of his kind. The others of his kind didn’t survive the purge when the humans decided that the cyborgs had outlived their usefulness. He lives entirely off logic. He doesn’t understand the emotions that have arisen in some of his brethren. He longs for the ability to joke around and have conversations with them. He just didn’t seem to have it in him. Mostly, he didn’t understand their need for sex. It wasn’t a biological need and he just didn’t see the point of it. He had tried sex once with one of the sexbots that the others used, but just didn’t see the point of it.

 

B785 was a special model. She was made with the ability to turn off her pain, which made the military have hard time controlling her. The torture that they put the other cyborgs through didn’t work with her because she could survive the torture as if it were nothing. She even lost her eyes and had to have them replaced with machine eyes, which looked like emeralds. However, when the commander tells her that her sister is gone, B785, Bonnie, shuts down completely until she is doesn’t seem to function at all.

 

When Einstein finds Bonnie in stasis in a brothel, he is able to get the maintenance man to give her over since she didn’t seem to be working. Once he gets to her come back to life with a kiss, of all things, she proceeds to change everything he thought he knew about the world.

 

I loved watching Bonnie getting Einstein out his shell. He had such a hard time with it. Bonnie is such a strong character. The guys kept wanting to treat her like she was made of glass and she would have none of it. Part of that was because she was putting herself down as not a good person, but she also felt that one cyborg was not worth more than the group, which I thought was very admirable. She had never even been to the cyborg planet and met most of the other cyborgs, but she was already trying to protect the society that they had built.

“You’re right. I do car. Very much.”
“I don’t know why you sound so surprised.”
“Emotions are hormonal imbalances. I control my hormonal levels. Or did until I met you.”
She wrinkled her nose and laughed. “You know that wasn’t exactly the most romantic declaration.” “I didn’t realize my words were meant to be a romantic declaration.
I was just stating my current state of mind.”
“Let me clear it up for you. I think I’ve fallen in love with you, Einstein.”

“You know Aramus will blame me.”
“Me better not or I’ll have him singing show tunes,” Einstein growled.
She giggled. “That’s just mean.”
“For everyone who has to listen.”
The devilish grin on his face had her laughing. “Oh and to think I used to think you lacked a sense of humor.”
“I did until I met you. I might have woken you from your sleep, but you woke me to my humanity.”
If she could have shed tears, she would have; as it was, her throat tighten. “Now that was romantic.”
“It was?”
“Most definitely.” She kissed him.

 

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Audiobook Review: Blackout (Newsflesh Trilogy, #3) by Mira Grant

Blackout  - Michael Goldstrom, Mira Grant, Paula Christensen

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

 

Wow! That is the biggest thing that comes to mind when I read this story. It is the final part of the Newsflesh Trilogy. (Yes, there is another book coming out this year, but this is the end of the line for the crew for After the End Times. The new book starts at the beginning from a different POV). This trilogy has been a wild ride. This is a hard review to write. One, I just want to say “OMG, It’s so good. Go read it now!!” Two, anything I say is pretty much a spoiler for the previous two books in the series.

This series we’ve been following the group of bloggers as they uncover a government conspiracy and corruption at the CDC, which has become an all powerful organization since the Rising. This series takes place 20 years after the Rising. People have learned to live and survive with zombies. We’ve seen bloggers come and go as some have died and others moved on to new things. New ones have joined to keep After the End Times up and running and doing the thing that they feel is the most important thing of, to tell the truth.

In this book, we see everything comes to a head. The conspiracies are larger than we could ever imagine. We have no idea who we can trust and who is evil. And let me tell you, there are some truly evil people in this book. I’m not talking Hannibal Lecter evil, but more Frank Underwood evil. The team, who are loyal to each other first and foremost, have to figure out who to trust to help them as the uncover this conspiracy and find a way to tell the truth to the American people. That is their job after all.

I will say that I’ve come to love all the characters of this series. They are all such well written characters. The world that Mira Grant has built in this futuristic world is quite astonishing. There is a ton of action and suspense between zombie bear and virus carrying mosquitoes, to CDC trying to kill them. Oh, I would also be remised if I didn’t mention patient B7 who plays a pretty large part in this story. This series is way more than a horror story. I think it was more of a political thriller. I think it was One Curvy Blogger who mentioned that to me and she’s right. This is a political thriller with zombies. I highly recommend this book to you if you like thrillers, zombies, or political conspiracies.
Favorite quote from the entire series:

The problem with people who have power is that they start thinking more about what it takes to keep that power than they do about what’s right or wrong or just plain a bad idea. Here’s a tip for you: If you’re ever in a position to be making calls on right and wrong that can impact an entire nation, run your decisions past a six-year-old. If they look at you in horror and tell you you’re getting coal in your stocking for the rest of your life, you should probably reconsider your course of action. Unless you want to be remembered as a monster, in which case, knock yourself out. —From Charming Not Sincere, the blog of Rebecca Atherton, August 7, 2041.

 

Narration
In this book, we have Paula Christensen back. She voiced the female POVs from the first book. I think she did a great job on this book as well. She does really well with both male and female voices. I really enjoyed her narration. Michael Goldstrom does the narration of the male POVs. I think he did a great job. Once again, he did a great job with male and female voices. I really got immersed in their narration. I do wish they had stuck with the same pairing for the entire trilogy, but hey, each pairing that they got, did a great job. I completely loved this series on audio. I look forward to the new book that comes out later this year, whoever narrates.

Source: http://www.hotlistens.com/blackout-audiobook-by-mira-grant-review

Review: Howl My Name (Grayslake #5) by Celia Kyle

Howl My Name (BBW Paranormal Shapeshifter Romance) (Grayslake Book 5) - Celia Kyle

Review originally posted at RabidReads.com.

 

Page Turner Great Dialogue Howling Good

 

This book is a little different from the previous books in this series. Mostly, this is the first book in this series that doesn’t involve one of the Abrams brothers. Second, it doesn’t take place in Grayslake. You might ask why is it in the Grayslake series. Well, the hero of this story is known to us. He is the former alpha of the wolf pack that lived outside of Grayslake and ally to the Grayslake bear clan. That is until he went a little crazy. He was dethroned and was kicked out of the territory. He is now helping the Southeast Itan (clan leader, or in this case regional clan leader over all the clans in the area). He is working as an enforcer and doing a lot of wetwork that others can’t do.

 

Reid Bennett was sent to check out the Itan (clan leader of bears) for Brookfield for the Southeast Itan. Only he didn’t pay much attention to the picture of the guy he was given. When he first comes into town, he sees a guy trying to rape a young girl. Needless to say, even as a psychopath, he has a problem with this. In the process of saving the girl, Reid kills the bear. Only when he calls the Southeast Itan to let him know that the problem is bigger than they thought it might be, it is recommended to check for ID. Reid had killed the Brookfield Itan. Well, crap, that changes things. That kinda puts Reid in charge, even though he is a wolf and there is a lot of cleanup to be done.

 

Evelyn didn’t grow up with her bear father. She grew up with her human grandmother and the clan that they were a part of. However, when her grandmother died, in her will she wanted Evelyn to go back and join her father’s clan. Following her grandmother’s wishes, she did. Only, it was worse than she ever thought it could be. Her dreams of becoming a doctor go out of the window, while just surviving and protecting her younger half sister take priority. Her father and uncles are quite a corrupt group of bears using fear and abuse to rule. That is until Evelyn finally gets enough guts to make a single, very important phone call to the Southeast Itan about what is going on in their town.

 

Once again, Celia Kyle takes some really tough subjects and writes a great story around it. I love how she took an anti-hero and psychopath in Reid and makes him redeemable. Evelyn is the perfect mate for him. She isn’t even a little bit scare of him when everyone cowers around him all the time. She all but swats him on the nose with a newspaper to get him to act more civilized to the other townspeople. I did miss the characters from the first four books, though they do make a small appearance towards the end of the book, it just wasn’t the same without them. All in all, it was a great story.

 

I will mention that this book does have some touchy subjects such as rape, but does not show any of this happen on page. The rape that Reid comes upon at the beginning of the story, is not really rape, but would’ve have been if he hadn’t appeared when he did. There are women in the town who are pregnant with children that are the result of rape as well. There is however a pretty brutal scene of Evelyn being beaten by her uncles as they try to figure out what call was about.

“Then tell him why he should have stayed back. You say you have to lead the clan as if they were children. Well, act like a damned parent, then.”
“I don’t like your tone.”
“She rolled her eyes. “And I don’t like that you’re being a dick, so we’re even.”

She liked the guy—inched toward more than liking him—but her mate saw everyone as a threat. Everyone. Even Sam in the hardware store who had to be near eighty and half-blind.
Sam threatened to put Reid over his knee. Reid threatened to rip out his heart…
Good times.

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Audiobook Review: Against the Dark (The Associates #1) by Carolyn Crane

Against the Dark: Undercover Associates, Book 1 - Tantor Audio, Romy Nordlinger, Carolyn Crane

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

 

I read the rest of this series a while ago. I started with book three, Into the Shadows, because that was the review that really peaked my interest in this author and series. I can’t for the life of me remember who it was that recommended this series to me. I finished the series off, bet for some reason, never got back to book one in the series. So, I picked up this book when it was a free Kindle purchase and then added the audible narration for for an additional $2.99 (always check for those Whispersync deals).

 

I really loved getting back into the world of the Associates. They are a group of people who work in deep cover to take down some pretty horrible people. Some of the guys have to do some not so great things to keep their cover, but it is for the greater good in the long run. It just may not seem that way to the women in their lives at the time. In this story, our heroine isn’t very clean herself. She has quite the past as a jewel thief, however she’s gone clean until her team really need her help to save a family member.

 

Angel Ramirez is one of only a handful of people who can break into a Fenton Furst safe. The problem is that she has retired from the thief life. She is now just an interior designer. That is until her old team asks for a favor to help save a family member, one who was like family to Angel too. She has no choice but to break into this safe at Walter Borgola’s mansion, who is quite the notorious crime boss. She is quickly spotted by one of the members of Borgola’s security team, a guy named Cole.

 

Cole Hawkins is quite the geek, but is in deep cover as security for Borgola. If his cover is blown he will not only die, but he will die slowly and painfully. He feels that the risk is worth it. Borgola has a ship of children coming from outside the country that he plans to use for his snuff films. Cole needs to find Borgola’s plans to find the ship before it makes landfall or he will never find all of these kids. When Angel and her team breaks into get the diamonds, he makes plans to recover the diamonds and use the diamonds to track to the even more secluded safe. He also give Angel an offer she can’t refuse to help him get the information he needs to save the kids.

 

I really enjoyed listening to this story. Cole was so calculating in persona to keep his cover. The ways he used his intelligence to keep the rest of the security team and Borgola from learning about the real Cole was fun to watch. Angel was another fun one. She wanted so badly not to get back into to the thief life, but at the same time she missed it so much. She missed her friends who had not left the life. She missed the thrill of the heist. But she didn’t want the rejection of her family for being a criminal. Not to mention the relationship between Cole and Angel was hot. Some of it starts of as a ruse to keep their cover for Borgola, but they love every minute of it in the end. If you’re looking for a fun romantic suspense series, this is great one where people are quite what they seem on the surface.

 

Narration

Romy Nordlinger is a narrator that has grown on me the more I’ve listen to her. The first book that I listened to from her, I wasn’t a huge fan, but the more I listened, the more I got to where I liked her narration. I don’t think I will ever have her listed as a top narrator on my list, but I think she does an okay job. I never had a hard time understanding anything she said. She voices the different characters well, both male and female. I think she does a good job with her inflection, especially when you consider she has to voice some pretty horrible people in this series. This is the only series that I’ve listened to her narrate. I am sad to see that the four and final book in this series isn’t available on audio. I still need to read it, and I will tackle it, but I’m sad that I can’t tackle via audio.

Source: http://www.hotlistens.com/against-the-dark-audiobook

Audiobook Review: Phoenix Reborn (Alpha Pack, #7.5) by J.D. Tyler

Phoenix Reborn: Alpha Pack, Book 7.5 - Tantor Audio, J.D. Tyler, Marguerite Gavin

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

 

I had mixed feelings about reading (or well, listening) to this book. There has been something going on between Nix and Noah for a while now. There is definitely a connection between the two. However, Nix has never, not at a single point in this series, shown any interest in guys. Noah is openly gay and very proud of it. He is almost a cliche, in his pink and glitter. Nix, however, has shown no interest in guys, even though he knows that Noah is his mate. This bothered me. I didn’t like the idea of pairing a homosexual and heterosexual together as bonded mates. That just seems wrong to me, so I almost skipped this book. I’m glad I didn’t in part, because that is not what was going on here.

 

Nix has always been gay, however, his father is a homophobic prick. He knew his son was gay, even though Nix never came out about it. Nix’s father threaten to torture and kill any partner that Nix choose, so Nix decided that it was better to be single than to take the chance of his father finding out about it. Even after he had been declared dead by the military when he was turned, he still kept his distance, just in case. Seems a little sketchy to me, considering the security that surrounds him, but okay, I’ll buy it for now.

 

Early in the story, Noah is attacked by a tiger shifter who woke up in the hospital and was disoriented. Nix all of a sudden becomes very protective, which he should because Noah is his mate. They go through the recovery and Noah goes back to Nix’s room for further recovery. They have sex before they discuss Nix’s issues. I have a problem with this. I, personally, would want to know why I had been rejected so much, not only publicly but privately, before I was willing to have sex with someone, especially since no one knew that Nix really was gay. Not to mention that this isn’t the first time in this series where we have injured people who are still recovering have sex. At least there was some recovery time in this one. In a previous book, it was right after a fight scene.

 

Lastly, it comes out that Noah is a halfling. He is half human and half fae. He has some powers which make him more than human. Personally, I’m not really sure what was wrong with Noah being just an ordinary human, but he has powers. When he comes out to the entire group with this information, Nix doesn’t take it well and throws a fit. Noah storms off and is kidnapped. There is some drama and I won’t give away any more just in case you want to read this story.

 

I don’t think you need to read story to continue with the series. I am glad that I read it because I was concerned about forcing a hetero and homosexual together, which is not the case. I do feel like this story could’ve been much better flushed out. At only two hours long (105 pages), it doesn’t have a lot of time to cover a full romance. I think a romance as complicated as this one needed a longer story to cover it all.

 

Narration

Once again, I think Marguerite Gavin does a great job with the narration of this series. She is a joy to listen to. This book, being an M/M romance, was mostly male voices and she handled them all with ease. She is a narrator that I love and will always recommend.

 

**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/phoenix-reborn-audiobook-by-j-d-tyler-review

Graphic Novel Review: Alias by Brian Michael Bendis, Michael Gaydos

Alias Omnibus (New Printing) - Marvel Comics

Review originally posted at RabidReads.com.

 

Feed the Nerd Adults Only Kickass

 

I’ve not read a large amount of comic books or graphic novels. The ones that I have read were based on novels that I had already read (Mercy Thompson, Anita Blake, Women of the Otherworld, etc.). I have been a huge fan of comic book TV shows and movies for as long as I can remember. I remember when Batman came out starring Michael Keaton and Jack Nicholson as the Joker. I loved it. I also watched a ton of the cartoons, Spiderman, Batman, Superman, X-men, He-man, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and more. Today, I love the Marvel movies and TV shows. I recently watched the Netflix original Jessica Jones and decided that I wanted to learn more about her. She was a character that I knew nothing about before the show. So, I grabbed Alias, an enormous, textbook sized book.

 

So, if you’re not familiar with Jessica Jones, (first, why not??, second, you should go and check out her show now on Netflix), Jessica is a former superhero and a PI. She is quite the anti-hero. She’s a bit of a drunk. She has a habit of sleeping around. She helps her clients, but she has this “I don’t really care” attitude. But then when your career is chasing down cheating spouses only to have the one who hired you get upset when you actually have the proof, (I guess they were hoping you wouldn’t find anything at all), I would be cranky too.

 

This omnibus actually has a five different story arcs, all of which I enjoyed immensely. In this, Marvel has made Jessica into a real person, someone you can relate to. Because, let’s face it, none of us can relate to Thor, Captain America or Black Widow, as much as we would like to. Jessica is a person who has so real problem in her life. She has bad run-ins with the cops. Cops, who don’t like the Avengers and other superheros wearing capes and masks. She has her own run-in with a superhero who is more powerful than her (see the Jessica Jones TV show for this plot, which is only a small part of this omnibus). I will say that I’m really glad that Marvel Studios didn’t make David Tennant wear purple makeup, as he is known as The Purple Man in this book and is purple.

 

I did love that we got to see characters from several other parts of the Marvel universe. Captain America, Madame Web, J. Jonah Jameson, Dr. Jean Gray, Ant Man, Attorney Matt Murdock and Luke Cage all have large parts in this book. There is also a character called Carol Danvers, who I didn’t know at all from any of my previous experience with Marvel. You also see some other characters show up, but they don’t have large parts, Thor, Spiderman, Dr. Octopus, Hulk, the Lizard, among others. I will say that it is Jessica Jones who really does steal the show. I can’t recommend this book enough.

 

I will caution you. This is a Marvel Max comic. I didn’t know what that meant at first. It is Marvel’s version of the “R” rated comics. If you’ve watched the show, this will not surprise you in the slightest. I don’t think any of the reader of this review (people who have followed my reviews in the past) will have issues with anything in this book, but I did want to call out, just in case. This isn’t a comic for kids. There is a lot of sex, a lot of drinking a lot of the “F” bomb.

 

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Alias Omnibus by Brian Michael Bendis, Michael Gaydos
 
Alias Omnibus by Brian Michael Bendis, Michael Gaydos

 

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Source: http://rabidreads.ca/2016/03/graphic-novel-review-alias-by-brian-michael-bendis-michael-gaydos-mlsimmons-jessicajones.html

Review: Taming the Fire (ACRO, #4) by Sydney Croft

Taming the Fire - Sydney Croft

Review originally posted at RabidReads.com.

 

Adults Only Hot Kinky

 

I’ve really been enjoying this series. It has taken me a while to work my way through the series, but I’ve really been enjoying it. It is sorta of a take on the X-Men. There are people with special abilities of all different kinds. There are different organizations around the world who are seeking out these people for their own reasons. The two biggest groups are ACRO (good guys) and Itor (bad guys).

 

In this story, Trance has been sent out to try to bring in an escaped and on the run Itor agent. She is a dominatrix. He has a past in the scene, though he hasn’t been in the scene in a long while. Also, he was never a submissive, ever. He even comments about how some doms will submit to another dom so that he/she will know what they submitting on their own submissives, but he would never allow that on himself, until he has to do it for this mission.

 

Ulrika, “Rik”, uses her dominate nature to help control the beast inside of her. She was captured and forced to become an Itor agent after they captured and killed her entire family. They had other plans for her, but after a few experiments, they decided to use her as an assassin instead. While her family always had an animalistic side, they couldn’t shift, that is until after Itor did their experiments on her.

 

There are a lot of trust issues between Trance and Rik and for good reason. As you think they are making strides, then something would happen and that trust would dissolve and the pair would back at square one. I think because of these outside influences, it makes their trust between the two to eventually grow even further, though it does take a while.

 

As per normal for this series, this is not the only romance going on, it is just the main one. There is also the return of Ryan, who meets someone from his past in Meg. Meg and her brother, Mose, grew up Amish. She is now a computer geek who is known for stealing money electronically. Mose does money laundering now. Meg and Ryan have a thing from way back when before Ryan even joined ARCO.

 

Then there is Dev and a new kid called Gabe. They never give his age, but he does leave the ARCO campus to go to bars, so I assume he must be at least 21. Dev is 36, so I can see why he keeps calling him “kid”, even if that isn’t the case. It is a weird relationship between these two. It is one that they both fight, but can’t seem to at the same time.

 

As per usual for me lately, it is more of the overall story arc that pulls me into this story than the romance here, especially with this series. This series always seems to have more than one romance going on, so you really have to enjoy the whole story more than the individual romance, at least for me. I’ve really enjoyed the world that they’ve built. While this series has always had more sex in it than the vast majority of PNR on the market, more of paranormal erotica. This one really has more the BDSM aspects, though there are scenes that don’t have those aspects. This series continues to intrigue me. I’m a little sad that I only have a few books left.

 

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Source: http://rabidreads.ca/2016/03/review-taming-the-fire-by-sydney-croft-mlsimmons-larissaione-stephanietyler.html


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