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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.

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Nate Gaines knows he's no hero. After losing his team in a fiery betrayal, he left the army. Now he works for cold hard cash.

 

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

The Golden Dynasty - Audible Studios, Kristen Ashley, Tillie Hooper

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

 

This book is a revisit for me. I read it few years ago from the recommendation of Jessica at Rabid Reads. I really enjoyed it (read it without having read book one first). I always meant to go back and finish the series, but I never got around to it. Now that they are coming out on audio, I thought it was a perfect time to revisit. I started with the first books Wildest Dreams and now I’m finally getting to revisit the book that made me want to finish the entire series.

 

This is a series where you have a heroine who is from the world as we know it and changes places with an identical twin from a parallel universe. In the first book, the girl from our world knew she was making the move, but that is not the case in this book. Circe Quinn goes to sleep in her bed and wakes up in a corral of other women, most of which don’t speak her language. She doesn’t know what is going on. She eventually learns that she is to be part of the “Wife Hunt” that happens with the warriors of The Korwahk Horde. Many of the Korwahk volunteer to be part of the Wife Hunt, it is a great way to find a noble warrior husband, versus just finding a husband who doesn’t have that kind of rank. There are also women who are captured and forced into the wife hunt.

 

Dax Lahn is the king of Suh Tunak, The Horde of the nation of Korwahk. He has never participated in the wife hunts. That is until he sees Circe. She is completely different from the other women from his land. The Korwahk people are described as dark skinned and dark hair. Circe is pale with blonde hair, so she stood out amongst the other women.

Once the wife hunt starts, is it pretty traumatic for Circe. She is chased by several men and men are literally fighting to the death in front of her, just for the right to have her as their bride. The king, also known as the Dax, finally wins his bride and consummates the marriage (though the ceremony is later and nothing like what we think of as a wedding). He takes her back to their camp.

 

While Lahn speaks several languages, English isn’t one of them. So there is a large communication gap between them in the beginning. They do find another woman who does speak both languages and she acts as a translator (can you imagine how uncomfortable that could be at times). They both work to learn each other’s languages, not to mention cultures and personally. It is not an easy road, especially if she is to be queen.

 

This is a great story. I loved it just as much the second time around as I did the first. I will give you one word of caution about it. The wife hunt, it is what it is. That the culture of these people. It starts Lahn and Circe’s relationship off to bad. It isn’t pretty. I will say that it doesn’t stay that way for long. I would compare Korwahks to the Dothraki in Game of Thrones. It isn’t a lot different with how Khal Drogo and Daenerys Targaryen come together. That wasn’t a pretty beginning either, but it ends up as a wonderful relationship.

 

This is a really fun story. I loved watching how Crice learns this new culture. I love how she sees things that need to be changed and works to make things better. How she went from a small business office manager to queen of a group of fierce warriors. Now, she doesn’t have dragons like Daenerys, but she does have a really cool white tiger. She makes some pretty good friends along the way. If you think you can get through the beginning of the book and the wife hunt, then I highly recommend this book to you. I am aware that some of what goes on during the wife hunt is harsh. I know that not everyone will want to read it. I completely understand that. For me, this was a great romance. I really liked the characters. I liked watching Circe improve the lives of these women.

I was in love. Perhaps not with the man of my dreams, but with a man that was more man than any I’d ever encountered.

Then I whispered, “I love you, my Lahn,” and heard the swift hiss of his intake of breath.
Then he buried his face in my neck and whispered back, “Loot kay hansahnalay na, my Circe.” And I love you, my Circe.

Narration

Tillie Hooper continued to do an amazing job with this book. I just love her narration. I loved how she could put the embarrassment into the voices of some of the characters when the story called for it. There is a scene where a warrior is trying to be better to his wife and he’s trying to ask Circe about it. The man sounded so embarrassed to be asking these questions to a woman, his queen no less. I loved how she was able to make him sound so much like that. She also nailed the language of the Korwahk people, which is used a lot in this book. If you haven’t tried Tillie Hooper, I highly recommend her.

 

**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-golden-dynasty-audiobook-by-kristen-ashley-review

Audiobook Review: The Curse of Tenth Grave (Charley Davidson #10) by Darynda Jones

The Curse of Tenth Grave: A Novel - Darynda Jones, -Macmillan Audio-, Lorelei King

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

 

After we spent all of The Dirt on the Ninth Grave in Sleepy Hollow, in The Curse of the Tenth Grave, we are back in Albuquerque. Charley has her memory back and has learned a lot of new things that she didn’t know before she got amnesia. Some of these things weigh heavily on her shoulders, but as per usual Charley, she doesn’t let them get her down.

 

The case in this book is brought to Charley by a prosecutor who knows someone who is arrested for murder. The case against him is solid as solid could be. However, he didn’t do it. Oh, and there is no body, just a car with lots and lots of the victims blood. Charley has been brought in because she is the only one who can solve this case. It takes her a while, but she does figure it out as always and it was a surprise to find out what happened.

 

Also, there is a young girl who hangs out not far from the restaurant and Charley’s office. She is a homeless runaway and Charley sees that she is taking food from a guy down the street, who isn’t known for being a nice guy. When Charley starts to talk to her, she learns that the girl ran away from a foster house where many kids have died over the years. She is convinced that the house is cursed and that she is next. Charley decides she needs to take up this case as well.

 

On top of all of that, Reyes has pulled away from Charley and they are having some communication issues. Charley even moves in with Cookie and UB for a little bit. Add in the loss of Beep and this makes things a little stressful for our grim reaper. Oh, should I mention that we learn a lot more about Rocket and his names?

 

I don’t want to say anymore. There are several things that could be spoilers to some people. Overall, I really enjoyed this story. I continue to love the humor in this series. I love watching the cases that Charley and Cookie work on and see them solve in amazing ways. I love that Cookie does some amazing investigative work, even though she has no super power. I am a little frustrated that Charley and Reyes continue to have these communication issues. They spelled out a lot of their secrets in this story. I hope they don’t start to build up again.

 

If you’re looking for a fun paranormal series with a TON of humor, some great sleuthing, a super hot hero and a heroine that doesn’t always need a hero to come to her rescue, but is great at getting herself into trouble, Charley Davidson is a great series for you. If you haven’t tried it, I highly recommend it.

“Let me get this straight. You have no intention of telling me what’s wrong. You don’t want to talk about whatever is wrong. And you’re going to let me continue to believe I’ve done something horrible before you’ll open up. Even if, say, I restrain you? Force it out of you?”
“The only thing you are going to force out of me under the confinement of restraints is an orgasm.”
Finally! “So, you’d be open to my restraining you for my own sexual pleasure?”
“Wide open.”
“And, it would be something you’d enjoy?”
“Who wouldn’t?”

 Narration

This is a series that I started out on audio. I knew that I liked Lorelei King from listening to the Mercy Thompson series. So when I saw that my library had First Grave on the Right, I gave it a try several years ago. I’m so glad that I did. I’ve only ever listened to this series and I will continue to do so as long as Lorelei King continues to narrate it. She does an amazing job of bringing out the humor of the series. I love her voices for all the different characters, both men and women. She is able to make me laugh and cry with the characters. If you’ve never given Ms. King a try, I can’t recommend her narration enough.

 

**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-curse-of-tenth-grave-audiobook-by-darynda-jones-review

Audiobook Review: Undeath and Taxes (Fred, the Vampire Accountant #2) by Drew Hayes

Undeath and Taxes: Fred, the Vampire Accountant Series #2 - Tantor Audio, Drew Hayes, Kirby Heyborne

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

 

I was excited to be back in the world of Frederick Frankfurt Fletcher, the Vampire Accountant. In this story (or collection of short stories), we actually see him more as the accountant. He is also becoming more of an action hero (even if it is still a different kind than we are used to seeing). He is less of the shy guy we saw in the first book.

 

An Accountant in the Warehouse
Fred has gotten certified as a “Certified Public Parahuman Accountant”. He is now your official guy to find you all of those paranormal tax deductions. His first client with his new credentials is king of the therians (were-creatures) in the area. We met Richard and his daughter Sally in the first book. There is also Gideon, who is a very old, very powerful dragon who likes to disguise as a playmate for Sally. When someone tries to kidnap Sally, and Fred since he was there, things go awry.

 

An Agent at the Convention
In this story, Krystal, Fred and Bubba go to setup at the convention, which is the paranormal’s version of ComicCon. In this story, we meet Krystal’s ex-fiance’s sister is already setting up the booth. We learn more about mages, witches, therians and other creatures. When someone steals some of the weapons of destiny, the gang needs to hunt them down before the Con officially starts.

 

What I loved most in this story, was how they kept normal humans from finding out about this Con. Parahumans tried to keep the “veil of disbelief” about themselves.

“Red tape usually,” Krystal said. “Lost applications, extra fees piled on top of extra fees, constantly changing dates, and overall horrendous customer service. We make the experience so terrible, no one wants to come. Let alone, try again the next year.”
“I think my cable company has been stealing plays from your book,” Bubba remarked as he set a fourth box on the pile.
“Other way around. Every couple of years, we have someone set up a Castcom account, just to see if they’ve come up with any new tactics. They never fail to disappoint.” Krystal replied.

A Sword in the Catacombs
I can’t say a huge about this story as it could spoil the previous story. I’ll just say that someone finds out that they are to become the new wielder of the Blade of the Unlikely Champion. The Agency has Krystal bring the gang in so that this new wielder could be tested and likely recruited to the Agency.

 

A Lawyer in the Manor
When Fred is asked to come to a meeting at the Charlotte Manor, which is now a bed and breakfast, to basically interview for the job of accountant for investment firm. When the person from the investment firm starts talking about buying this B&B, the “employees” decide this is not want they want and take matters into their own hands. Fred solves this problem in a way that truly suits Fred.

 

A Dragon in the Office
When Fred goes to “gala” at Richard’s home, Fred notices that Gideon is not what it seems. Fred goes on the hunt to try to figure out what is going on.

Once again, I really enjoyed this story. It is a light-hearted read with plenty of laugh out loud moments. If you’re looking for a paranormal read that is funny with some action and less romance, this is the story for you. The story format of several small stories that build on each other is different, but I find it works really well with this series.

 

Narration

Now when I listened to the first book, I mentioned that Kirby Heyborne didn’t do a very good job with female characters. I’m not 100% sure what changed, but I found that his narration with female voices didn’t bother me as much in this story. I think he is a great voice for Fred. He sounds exactly what I think Fred would sound like. He does a really good job of the big trucker and werebeast, Bubba.

Source: http://www.hotlistens.com/undeath-and-taxes-audiobook-by-drew-hayes-review

Audiobook Review: Where the Wild Things Bite (Half-Moon Hollow, #5) by Molly Harper

Where the Wild Things Bite - Audible Studios, Molly Harper, Amanda Ronconi

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

 

I always love when I get a new installment from Molly Harper. She is a favorite author of mine. Tie her with Amanda Ronconi as the narrator and I’m in heaven. They are a perfect pair to make me laugh.

 

This story is a bit different from previous books in the Half Moon Hollow series. While this is not the first time we’ve had characters who are not part of Jane Jamison’s gang, this is the first time we’ve had them outside of Half Moon Hollow. Jane and the gang do have appearances in this story, but not as much as what we normally see. That doesn’t make the story any less fun.

 

Anna Winthrop has a very rare and priceless book that she need to return to Jane. She had it to authenticate it was the real deal. Anna, who is a bit of an introvert and germaphobe, decides that this package is too important to just ship it back, so she is going to deliver it in person. She goes from using antibacterial wipes to clean the area around her on the plane, to trudging through the backwoods of Kentucky after her crazy pilot crashes the plane.

 

Finn Palmeroy is not a new character in the Half Moon Hollow series. He isn’t very well liked though. He is a bit of a conman. He was a conman in life and that didn’t change after he was turned into a vampire. It just gave him a new group of people to con. He is also not much of a woodsman. He is out to help Anna Winthrop through the backwoods of Kentucky and is going to help her deliver her package back to Jane. I’m not a big fan of the “men who change because of a woman” trope. I just don’t believe that it is a real thing for the most part, but then this is a book about vampires, so I can’t gripe too much about realism. I do think he cares about her, so maybe he will try to be a better person so as not to disappoint her. Who knows.

 

This book was fully of the sarcasm and shenanigans that I expect with any Molly Harper story. This series is one that never ceases to put me in a good mood. It is a little bit of action, some romance and full of chuckle worthy humor. I always love my time with the gang from Half Moon Hollow.

I was trapped in the bluegrass version of Deliverance. With a vampire.
Worst. Case. Scenario.

Narration

This is one of my favorite audiobook teams. I don’t read any of Molly Harper’s books, I must listen because Amanda Ronconi does such an amazing job with the narration. She really brings out the snark in Molly Harper’s stories. If you haven’t tried Molly Harper’s stories on audio, I can’t recommend it enough. Amanda Ronconi is perfect for this series.

 

**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/where-the-wild-things-bite-audiobook-by-molly-harper-review

Audiobook Review: The Darkest Torment (Lords of the Underworld #12) by Gena Showalter

The Darkest Torment - Gena Showalter, Recorded Books LLC, Max Bellmore

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

 

Lords of the Underworld is a series that I’ve a bit of a love/hate relationship with. Okay, hate is a strong word. I won’t say that I have ever hated one of the books, but I’m very up and down with them. I feel like I never know if I’m going to like the book before diving into it. Most of the time, I really like the female and really dislike the males. That is pretty much the case here.

 

Baden, the original keeper of Distrust, is a character that we don’t know a lot of about. He “died” before the first book. He lost his demon and lived in Purgatory for a very long time. He is now working for Hades, along with Pandora. He has also working on building back his relationship with the other lords.

 

Hades sends Baden off to collect a golden coin from a human. He stumbles into a wedding. He takes the bride as a hostage. At first, he treats Katarina Joelle pretty crappy. He is sure that she was marrying this horrible human for his money. LIttle does he realize, she was marrying because of blackmail. She was trying to protect her poor, adopted pit bulls. They’ve known nothing but pain and misery before she got them. She wanted prevent them ever knowing that kind of misery ever again, even if she had to be misery to protect them.

 

Rina is a famous dog trainer. She takes in dogs that appear to be “broken” and turns them into great security dogs. Her dogs are her life. When this guy comes to her about buying some of her dogs, she can tell right off the bat that he is not a nice guy and won’t treat her dogs the way they should be treated so, she refuses to sell to him. That is when he starts his plan to take over her life. Which ends in the wedding that I mentioned and Rina is kidnapped by Baden.

 

Baden and Rina don’t start off well. He is very alpha male. She doesn’t want to take crap from him. She even starts to use her dog training techniques on him.

Surviving a feral, rule one: Never show fear. Basically, fake it till you make it.
Two: Use a soft but assertive tone. Anything else could rouse hostility.
Three: Remember you get what you reinforce, not necessarily what you expect.
In this case, she ignored rule number four: Place the dog’s needs first. And skipped to number five: Find out what will work best with each individual dog.

She also ends up with some new dogs that some of the other women of the series brought to her. She names them Biscuit and Gravy. This annoyed me. Who names dogs that? I’m sure some found it cute, but I didn’t. I just found it absurd. It annoyed me every time their name came up.

 

While I wasn’t a huge fan of the romance in this book, we do continue to learn more about universe and the characters involved. I know that many were very upset at the hero choice for this book. I know that many wanted to see William or Cameo or even Lazarus. I did think it was interesting to learn more about Baden.

 

Here is the real issue for me, i think. When a character “dies”, I expect them to stay dead. I’m not a fan of how we spent the first several books thinking he was dead and now he is not. I know he didn’t come back in this book, but in a previous one, but it still annoys me.

 

Narration

Max Belmore does a great job with the narration of this series. I’ve listened to most of the books in this series. I think he does a great job with that extremely alpha male that exists in the Lords of the Underworld. I don’t think he does a bad job at female voices. He isn’t one of my favorites at females, but I think he does a decent job of it. I do have to listen to him on an increased speed, but that is pretty normal for me.

 

**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-darkest-torment-audiobook-by-gena-showalter-review

Audiobook Review: Rise (Newsflesh Shorts) by Mira Grant

Rise: The Complete Newsflesh Collection: Library Edition (Newsflesh Trilogy) - Nicholas Guy Smith, John Glouchevitch, Christine Lakin, Mira Grant

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

 

This is a collection of stories that are set in the world of the Newsflesh series. Many of these stories have been previously released in some form, but Countdown is the only one that I was familiar with prior to starting this anthology. I really believe that this collection is a must read/listen to fans of the Newsflesh series. If you haven’t started the Newsflesh trilogy, there are some stories here that will have spoilers for the series. I would recommend reading/listening to the first three books before tackling this one. If you haven’t started this series, it is a really fun zombie series, with a mix of horror, suspense, humor and even some romance. For me, it was the mix of horror and humor that made this series so much fun, not to mention the wonderful characters.

 

Countdown
This story is about how The Rising comes about. Amanda Amberlee is cured of leukemia with the Amberlee Virus. Then there is Dr. Kellis, who is working on the cure for the common cold. However, it is still in the testing stage until some morons decide to release it upon the world so that everyone is cured, not just the people with money. When the two viruses come together, they create the Kellis Amberlee Virus, which causes the zombies.

 

Everglades
This story was very short and follows a girl named Debbie who was on a college campus during The Rising. She uses some survivalist knowledge she got from her grandfather to stay safe during the initial outbreak.

 

San Diego 2014: The Last Stand of the California Browncoats
This story is one of my favorites in this anthology. It is about The Rising starting at ComicCon in San Diego. Can you imagine that? Trying to deal with a brand new outbreak of zombies, which you didn’t know were real, at ComicCon. There were some really great characters. The story is told from Mahir who is interviewing a survivor. The story breaks from the main storytelling to have Mahir and Lorelei Tuttle have discussions about the story she is telling Mahir, even though is told from several POVs.

 

How Green This Land, How Blue This Sea
This is another favorite. It takes place after the third book in the series. Mahir travels to Australia to see how things are done there. They have much more lax security there. He ponders that it is because the Australians have been dealing nature trying to kill them for years. Were zombies that much different?

There was one thing that no one considered, however: Australia was populated by Australians. When the rest of us were trying to adapt to a world that suddenly seemed bent on eradicating the human race, the Australians had been dealing with a hostile environment for centuries. They looked upon our zombie apocalypse, and they were not impressed.

 

The Day the Dead Came to Show and Tell
This story is about a kindergarten teacher and her class as she tries to save them when there is an outbreak at her school. Now, this doesn’t take place during The Rising. I can’t remember how long after, but there was security in place to help prevent outbreaks. Kids were strapped to their desks and there was blood tests throughout the school. Also, the teachers wore protective gear when they went out for recess and even carried guns.

 

Please Do Not Taunt the Octopus
This was a great story about Dr. Shannon Abbey. We meet her in the second book. She is quite a lot of fun. She is a bit of a mad scientist. She runs an underground virology lab and does tests that the CDC can’t because of many bureaucratic reasons. I love Shannon Abbey. She is the right mix of crazy and smarts.

 

All The Pretty Little Horses (Brand New Story)
This is the story of how Shaun and Georgia’s parents become the legendary bloggers that they become just a few years after The Rising. It has been three years since Stacy and Michael Mason lost their son, Phillip, to The Rising. Specifically, a beloved neighbor’s dog turned (yes, all mammals over a certain weight of about 40 pounds, if I remember correctly, can be turned) and let’s just say Phillip was too young to turn. Stacy puts Phillip out of his misery and the courts rule that it wasn’t murder, but Stacy doesn’t see it that way. Michael starts to look for anything to get her out of bed and acting like a living human being again. They go to clear out areas that are deemed unsuitable and look for survivors in infested areas. They become the journalist of this new world.

 

Coming to You Live (Brand New Story)
This story takes place at the end of the series. It features all the characters we’ve come to love throughout the series. I’m not going to mention names for people who haven’t read the series yet. I don’t want you to know who lives and who dies, because there are a lot of deaths of beloved characters in this series. While I really enjoyed seeing all my favorite characters from this series, I don’t know that I really liked the story itself. I think it was better with how the series ended than what happened in this story. I guess it was great for the characters to all come together again, but for me personally, I would’ve prefered things left the way they were. So not horrible, but my least favorite story in this collection.

 

Narration

These were all new-to-me narrators. I have no idea why they haven’t picked narrators for this series and stuck with them. I think there has been at least one narrator change for each book, which is frustrating as a listener. That being said, I thought all three of these narrators did a great job. All the narrators in this series, in all the books, have done an amazing job. I would just like to see consistency across the series. If given the choice, I would still go back and listen to these books over reading them. One, because I prefer to listen. Two, I think each of the different narrators have done a great job.

 

**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/rise-audiobook-by-mira-grant-review

Audiobook Review: Wildest Dreams (Fantasyland, #1) by Kristen Ashley

Wildest Dreams - Audible Studios, Kristen Ashley, Tillie Hooper

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

 

I read the second book in this series, The Golden Dynasty, a few years ago based on the recommendation by Jessica Haluska from Rabid Reads. I loved the book, but never got a round to picking up any of the others, even though I wanted to. I was really excited to see that Audible was releasing these books on audio, because I can get to a lot more books on audio than I can to sit down and read them, so I quickly grabbed this one up to try it.

 

Since I had read book two, I had a little bit of an idea of how this story might go, but this one is a bit different. Basically the jist of it is, Seoafin “Finnie” Wilde who lives in the world we all know. She lost her parents when she was a teenager. They were adventurers and instilled that love of adventure in their daughter. When Finnie hears about the chance to travel to a parallel universe, she is more than willing to drop the million dollars to do this and trade places with her twin from this other place for a year.

 

Once Finnie gets to this new world she finds out that the other Seoafin wasn’t as truthful as to her reasoning for wanting to switch worlds. Within minutes of arriving, Finnie is whisked away by her mother to be wed to The Drakkar as part of an arranged marriage. Frey Drakkar knows the original Seoafin of this world and he is not a fan. He treats Finnie as if she is this other woman (who I might add is also known for not liking men and having a knack for taking care of herself). He drops Finnie off at his lodge and leaves her there. When he comes back, he does start to notice the differences between the two females and the elves confirm it. That is when his attitude towards her changes, though he does not mention to her that he knows her secret.

 

While The Drakkar does start off as rather a jerk and continues to make mistakes along the way, overall, I think he does mean well. He lives in a world that is much different than the world we live in. Like many fantasy novels, this is world is much more like olden times where there is no technology, more horses, men make the decisions and there is magic. Add to the fact that Frey is a very important person in that he has the loyalty of both the elves and the dragons, he is used to getting thing his way.

 

That being said, Finnie isn’t blameless in this story. She gets really upset at Frey about something that happens before she even knew him. Plus, she isn’t taken into account that the culture in this world is different than what she is used to. I thought she was a little hard on him at times, too.

 

While the romance is a large part of this story, the world that Kristen Ashley has built here is pretty amazing. I really loved it. There is also some action as there is a plot to kill Seoafin. We also get to see how Finnie steps up to being a princess and a ruler.

 

I really loved being back in this world. I’m even more excited to pick back up the second book of the series, which I loved when I read it and I know I’m going to enjoy listening. If you enjoy fantasy romance, this is a fun series that I highly recommend you try.

 

Narration

Tillie Hooper is the alter-ego of a narrator that I’ve listened to before. I don’t know how common it is that they are both the same person. As I expected, she did an amazing job on the narration of this series. She has a great pace (though I do listen at 1.25x, but that is standard for me). I thought her male and female voices were great. All the different characters had their own unique voices. If you haven’t tried anything by Tillie Hooper I highly recommend her.

 

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

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Audiobook Review: Gator's Challenge (Bitten Point, #4) by Eve Langlais

Gator's Challenge: Bitten Point, Book 4 - Tantor Audio, Eve Langlais, Chandra Skyye

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

 

Gator’s Challenge is the fourth and what appears to be the final book in the Bitten Point series. At minimum, it wraps up the series arc up until this point. So far, we know there is something going on a Bittech and there are weird creatures running a muck in Bitten Point. The issue is that we don’t know who all is involved and exactly what these weird “dinosaur” like creatures. There are also people who keep turning up missing.

 

Melanie is our heroine in this story. She is a panther and has two children (twin boys). She is married to Andrew, works at Bittech. He has never been much of a husband. Oh, he plays one fairly well when out in public, but behind closed doors, he doesn’t do anything you would call “husbandly”. Melanie settled for Andrew after Wes left her. Wes and Melanie were high school sweethearts, but Wes, being a Mercer, didn’t want to bring Melanie down with his name. Mercer’s are not well liked in Bitten Point.

 

Wes is the head of security at Bittech. He’s also who the book is titled after, since he is the gator of the book. Wes thought he was doing Melanie a favor by keeping her away from him and his family. He thought she deserved better than him. So instead, she basically became a trophy wife to Andrew, which wasn’t a step up in my opinion. Wes does do some things he isn’t proud of throughout the course of this series, but let’s just say he has reasons. He hasn’t gone down the path of most of the Mercer family. We do also get to meet other people in the Mercer family and I say, judging by Uncle Parker, I don’t really like the Mercer family either.

 

This was a great wrap up to this series. I loved finally seeing the mystery of Bitten Point come to a nice close, though Eve Langlais left a door open to either continue the series or possibly create another spinoff (like she did with this one from Kodiak Point). This book had a nice romance with high school sweethearts who get a second chance at love, but boy they have to work for it. It also has some action in it. Lastly, you can’t have an Eve Langlais book without humor. That is her trademark. There is plenty of humor in this book, though I think this one is the lightest of the series.

Something dropped from above the door onto the nurse, something lunged at her from the floor, and amidst the screaming—lots of it comparing the twins to satanic imps escaped from hell—Melanie laughed.
“There’s my good boys. Come see Mama.”

 

**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/gators-challenge-audiobook-by-eve-langlais-review

Audiobook Review: Hammered (Iron Druid Chronicles Series #3) by Kevin Hearne

Hammered (Iron Druid Chronicles Series #3) - Luke Daniels, Kevin Hearne

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

 

Hammered picks up pretty much where Hexed left off. Atticus must go to Asgard to steal a golden apple for Laksha to settle up a debt from the previous story. Leif wants to go to Asgard to kill Thor and there are many who want to go kill Thor too. It seems that Thor is not the nice guy that we see from Chris Hemsworth in the Marvel movies.

 

One of the big things that stuck with me was all the stories about each person and why they wanted to kill Thor. There were many and they weren’t good stories. They were well told. I loved listening to each character tell Atticus about how Thor had wronged them. I would want to kill him too, even if he did smile like Chris Hemsworth.

 

We learn about how Leif because a vampire too. We get to spend time with the werewolf alpha, who has been in previous books but in small pieces. Not to mention the new characters. We also can’t forget the Morrigan. This wouldn’t be an Iron Druids book without her.

 

Iron Druid Chronicles continues to be a fun urban fantasy series with a very likeable main character and wonderful secondary characters. It has a mix of several different kinds of mythologies including Norse, Greek, Finnish, Christian folklores. Add to that the standard werewolf, vampire, witches and other supernaturals that we are used to seeing, and you get a great group of characters, both good and bad, to choose from. As per usual, it is the humor that I love in this book. Atticus talks about his angel and devil on his shoulders as Spock and Captain Kirk.

Now go and stake some vamps. Especially the sparkly emo ones.

Awesome! I’d just bullied Jesus into doing a shot with me. Nobody would ever believe it, but I didn’t care. We ordered the insanely expensive stuff, seventy-five dollars for a 1.75-ounce pour of premium Irish whiskey, because if you’re doing a shot with Jesus, you don’t buy him scotch.

“Say no more,” Leif interrupted. “I understand. I will simply have to kill them all myself.”
“There he goes again. I’m telling you, Danny Elfman would love to get hold of those lines.”
“Not John Williams?”
“If you’ve got some hopelessly overmatched heroes fighting evil and some Imperial types marching, John Williams is your guy. You need a song to make people reach for a box of Kleenex, talk to Randy Newman. But if you want creepy atmospherics and spine-shivering chords to back up your casual death threats, you gotta bring in Danny Elfman.”

“I see. And who is this author?”
“Neil Fucking Gaiman.”
“His second name is Fucking?”
“No, Leif, that’s the honorary second name all celebrities are given by their fans. It’s not an insult, it’s a huge compliment, and he’s earned it. You’d like him. He dresses all in black like you. Read a couple of his books, and then when you meet him, you’ll squee too.”
Leif found the suggestion distasteful. “I would never behave with so little dignity. Nor would I wish to be confronted in such a manner by anyone else. Vampires inspire screams, not squees. Involuntary urination is common, I grant, but it properly flows from a sense of terror, not an ecstatic sense of hero worship.”

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

Audiobook Review: Otherworld Secrets (Otherworld Stories #4) by Kelley Armstrong

Otherworld Secrets: An Anthology - Kelley Armstrong, Recorded Books LLC, Morgan Hallett, Saskia Maarleveld, Brian Hutchison, Susan Bennett, Johanna Parker

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

 

Life After Theft
Narrated by Johanna Parker
This is a brand new story for this anthology. I love Hope and Karl. Always have. After watching the show Bitten, I love Karl even more. I love the actor they got to play him. I thought he was great in season one. Anyway, Karl is retired from being a jewel thief werewolf, but someone really wants him to come out of retirement. They try really hard to get that to happen. Hope is an Expisco Half Demon, aka chaos demons because they thrive on chaos. Oh, and who is her demon half, none other than Lucifer himself. Oh, and they have a daughter. Think of that breeding and how much trouble that child can be. Though the child isn’t a large part of the story, she was adorable. Makes Elena and Clay’s kids seem calm.

 

Forbidden
Narrated by Brian Hutchison and Morgan Hallett
While this isn’t a new story, I hadn’t read it yet. It is sitting on my shelf waiting to be read, just hadn’t found the time yet. Well, now I have. This story is told mostly by Elena, though there is a new character who has some POV and Morgan, the werewolf that hasn’t joined the pack, but we met in Alaska and was trying an experiment of living as a wolf for two years. He is thinking about joining pack now. He is on his way to Stonehaven when he stops to get something to eat. His choice of town wasn’t the best choice. The town’s high school mascot, werewolves. Then after eating, he starts to have issues and goes out into the woods to change. He is then found in the snow by the local police naked with no human footprints around, just paw prints. Elena is called. Dead body is found. It is a pretty interesting story as Elena, Clay and Morgan investigate these murders so close to pack territory.

 

Angelic
This was a reread for me. I’ve actually read it, listened to it and now once more here. Eve is not my favorite character in the Otherworld series. However, I think this is my favorite story of hers. She is working part-time as an Angel and then gets time off to be just a ghost and spend time with her lover Kristof Nast (the father of her still living daughter, Savannah). When she is working, she works for the Fates, they shift from the old, middle aged to elder as she talks to them. I love the way that part is written, it flows very well as Eve is talking to them. I can almost picture the body switching from one Fate to the other. Here, she has to fix some issues with the Djinn. The Fates extend her work time to figure out the issue with the Djinn.

 

The Ungrateful Dead
Narrated by Johanna Parker
This is a short story is another reread for me about Jamie Vegas, famous necromancer. She is a TV psychic who talks to dead people on stage. While she can talk to ghosts, that isn’t what she does on TV. She works the crowd just like any other psychic hack. Reads people’s reactions and plays them. However, in this show, the actual person she’s talking to, the ghost shows up. I wonder if that ever happened to her before. She doesn’t, however, pass along Uncle Mo’s interest in her sister or tell her that he thought she was fat. There is also a ghost who taunts Jaime a ton trying to get her help. When she calls Savannah to get some new banishing supplies, they decide to learn more about this ghost and his request. That’s when things get weird. Also, when you’re a ghost, don’t piss off a necromancer, nothing good can come from it.

 

Zen and the Art of Vampirism
This is a short story about Zoe, a long time vampire member of the interracial council. Zoe has never been a large member of the Women of the Otherworld books, but she is a fun secondary character that pops up from time to time. She is very old and getting towards the end of her life and she knows it. In this story, two vampires are trying to take her territory of Toronto. It is fun to see how Zoe convinces these two that they don’t want to rethink their idea. We get to see several landmarks around Toronto, which is a city that I really want to visit. I’m ashamed to say that I drive through this city every year to and from my cabin in the summer, but have never done more than see it from afar. I really want to spend more time there. One day I will. This is another revisit for me.

 

Counterfeit Magic
Like Angelic, this is one that I’ve read, listened and now I’m revisiting at least for a third time. This book follows Lucas and Paige, plus there is time with Adam and Savannah. The team has to investigate a supernatural fight club. Benecio is still trying to lure Lucas into the Cortez cabal. There are some relationship issues between Lucas and Paige, which annoyed me. I loved getting to spend time with Adam and Savannah. This is one of my least favorite stories. Lucas and Paige are not my favorite anyway, but I do love Adam and Savannah, so that kept me from completely disliking this book. I did forget how much this story annoyed me though.

 

Narration

I really enjoyed the narration of all of these stories. Johanna Parker is the only narrator that I’m really familiar with. She narrates a ton of stuff that I love. I enjoyed the two stories she narrated here. I also enjoyed the narration of the other stories as well. I’m not sure who all narrated all the stories, but they all did a great job.

Source: http://www.hotlistens.com/otherworld-secrets-audiobook-by-kelley-armstrong-review

Review: Tempting the Fire (ACRO, #5) by Sydney Croft

[ Tempting the Fire By Croft, Sydney ( Author ) Paperback 2010 ] - Sydney Croft

Review originally posted at RabidReads.com.

 

Adults Only Unique Paranormal

 

If you’re not familiar with ACRO series, ACRO is the Agency for Covert Rare Operatives. They are a group of people with superhuman abilities. Many of them are former military and the ones that aren’t have a military like training at ACRO. I’ve always thought of them similar to the X-Men and they are even referred to that in this book. ACRO are the good guys. ITOR are the bad guys, also with superhuman abilities. They often are both trying to recruit the same people, though the have different ways they go about recruiting. ITOR isn’t above abducting.

 

In this book, we have yet another player, GWC, Global Weapon’s Corporation. They are a weapons manufacturer. The owner was never very careful about who he sold his weapons to, until his son in injured and made into a cyborg of sorts (although that term is never used in the book, that is basically what he is). The son, now cyborg, Logan, is former military and is now very involved in the company. He does not like some of the things his father has been doing.

 

The book starts off with a SEAL team in the jungles of Costa Rica and they are attacked by some sort of monster. ACRO sends down their cryptozoologist and an “assistant” to investigate. They think it has something to do with ITOR. Come to find out, GWC has been working with ITOR and lost a potential weapon in a chupacabra. Yep, you read that right. GWC had found a real chupacabra and they were trying to weaponize it. Logan just wants to recapture it before it does more damage.

 

Chase is the lone survivor of his SEAL team, but he is not the same. That creature had attacked him. The only reason he survived was because he has always healed way faster than most people. He is also being held prisoner by these GWC guys. Though with his new strength, he is a prisoner only because he is willing. He could break his bonds whenever he wanted.

 

Sela is the cryptozoologist who ACRO sent to Costa Rica. She actually is a cryptozoologist. She has also been looking for a chupacabra for years. She came to ACRO after she slept with another agent and learned about it. She is a psychic who can read a person when they orgasim. She started off in ACRO as a Seducer until she was beaten by a target, not to mention that the people she was sent after were not good people and the psychic impressions had gotten to her. That was when she asked to move to the cryptozoology department.

 

Marlena is a character that has been around since the first book. She started off as Dev, the leader of ACRO, assistant and part-time lover. That is until Dev found his true partner in Gabe. Marlena doesn’t have any superhuman powers, but she is cursed. Her sister cursed her never to find love. After she has sex with someone, she falls deeply (like as in stalker crazy) in love with that person, but that person is instantly disgusted by her. She is usually thrown out right after sex with the most angry look on the guy’s face. Dev was the only person to ever sleep with her and still be nice to her, though he didn’t love her, though she was deeply in love with him because of the curse.

 

So, there is a lot that goes on in this story. Sela and Logan are a couple that comes together. Also Marlena and Chase become a couple. There is also a lot going on with Dev and Gabe have some issues that they must work through. Gabe being new to ACRO and trying to push the rules since he is sleeping with the main guy. There are also a lot of issues between Creed & Annika, who are from a couple that have been feature since the beginning. They have a very interesting relationship that gives new meaning to complicated. We are also introduced to a new bad guy at ITOR, Phoebe/Melanie. They are one in the same person with a split personality. Melanie seems pretty normal, but Phoebe is beyond nuts. We also learn a pretty interesting secret about the two of them (are they two or one, I’m not sure how that works). I will leave the Phoebe/Melanie and tell you that you must read the book if you want to learn more.

 

I know that this sounds like a lot is going on, and there is. But, it isn’t so much that it is overwhelming. It kept me very interested in the story (which has been hard for me the last few months). This is a really fun series that is completely different from any other PNR series out there. If you haven’t tried it, I highly recommend it. I should also point out that Sydney Croft is an author team of Larissa Ione (an author that I love) and Stephanie Tyler (an author that I still need to try outside of this series). So if you’ve tried either of these two authors, know that you will like these books too.

 

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Review: Light My Fire (Dragon Kin #7) by G.A. Aiken

Light My Fire - G.A. Aiken

Review originally posted at RabidReads.com.

 

Page Turner Fantasy Great Dialogue

 

This series just keeps getting better and better. Here we have the hero of Celyn the Charming who is son to Bram the Merciful and Ghleanna the Decimator and brother of Branwen the Awful who has been a predominant secondary character in several books. He is also the captain of Queen Rhiannon’s personal guard (as if she really needed a guard. That she-dragon is fierce.). Celyn is also quite curious and has a tendency to ask a lot of questions, which tends to only lead to more questions.

 

The story starts out when Celyn sees a single human female climbing Devenallt Mountain, home of Rhiannon the dragon queen. He just watches here to see how far she makes it. Once she reaches the top of the mountain, he confronts her. She then goes on to tell him that she was there to kill said dragon queen. He picks her up with his tail and carries her to Rhiannon, curious to see how the queen will react.

 

Elina Shestakova of the Black Bear Riders of the Midnight Mountains of Despair in the Far Reaches of the Steppes of the Outerplains (yes, that is her full name and the name that she request people to call her. The dragons decided that they could just call her Elina or Elina Shestakova or even “Elina Shestakova of the excessively and ridiculously long name.” LOL), didn’t really want to kill the dragon queen. She knew that this was a ploy from her mother just to get her killed. She is quite surprised when the queen doesn’t kill her, but tells Celyn to keep her safe. Celyn takes her to the Garbhan Isle jail, where he proceeds to forget about her, for months. Needless to say, that is not something that is easy for someone to get over and it brought up several times.

 

Anyway, they decided that they need an alliance with the Riders of the Steppes. So Rhiannon asks Elina to go back and try to get a meeting between Annwyl and Anne Atlie, Mother of the Steppes Riders. First she has to get permission to see Anne Atlie through her mother. Rhiannon sends Celyn to help her on this mission.

 

I don’t want to go into a whole lot more detail into what goes on in this story, so I can avoid spoiling it. Let’s just say that things get a little crazy. We get to see plenty of the Cadwaladrs, who are always fun. We learn more about Annwyl’s twins and Izzy’s younger sister who left the family in the previous book to learn more about their powers. We get to see more Dagmar’s awkward nephew, Frederick. Not to mention Dagmar’s own children, of which she has several.

 

As per usual with these books, it isn’t finding quotes to use, but narrowing them down. I had more than twenty selected, but I can’t include all of them, so here are a few that I thought were fun.

“Keep in mind, She of the Impossibly Long Name, that I am your protection. You might want to be nice to me.”
“Nice to dragon who forgets woman he takes to prison?”
“Would you let that go?”
“No! I will never let that go!”

“Because when I asked him to come talk to you,” Frederik replied, “he said he didn’t have time for ridiculous conversations with his ridiculous kin about ridiculous issues. Not when he had a kingdom to help his mother manage.” When they all just stared, Frederik added, “Aunt Dagmar assures me he’s only ten . . . but I still question.”

“No,” Elina cut in, her voice practically begging. “No more questions. Decades could pass with your questions before we get on road.”
“I know. I know. It’s just—”
“No.” She placed her hand against his chest. “No.”
“Can I ask you questions later? Like during a break for food?”
He sounded so hopeful. Did the other dragons not speak to him? Was his curiosity as painful to them as it was to her?
Elina didn’t know. But she did know that her weakness sickened her when she replied, “Yes. I can answer questions then.”
His grin was very wide. He didn’t seem smug so much as simply excited at the prospect of asking even more questions.
By the horse gods, what had she gotten herself into?

“Stop.” She dropped the spoon back into the bowl of stew. “By all death, please stop.” Elina relaxed into her chair and gazed at the dragon. “Your mouth is like panicked horse. It just keeps running.”

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Review: Jax and the Beanstalk Zombies (Fairy True #1) by Avery Flynn

Jax and the Beanstalk Zombies - Avery Flynn

Review originally posted at RabidReads.com.

 

Paranormal Zombies Romance

 

I met Avery Flynn at RAGT15. She is a very sweet person and super funny. I hadn’t read anything by her, but I had been planning on it since I met her. Then I saw the reviews for this series on The Geeky Book Blogger page. Since Felicia loved these books so much and she I are very similar on our reading. I thought was a great place to start.

 

This story is very short and sweet at only 81 pages. But it was very fun read. You have Jax and Veronica who were engaged to be married, but Jax called off the wedding three months before the big day. They were both called in to help their old treasure hunting mentor, Antoine, to go on this treasure hunt up the beanstalk.

 

Now, she goes into the fact that the giants that we’ve all heard about in the stories were wiped out by a spell that they tried to use to make themselves smaller, more average sized. They have no idea if anything is at that top of the beanstalk, but Antoine wants to grab the goose that lays the golden eggs and the golden harp.

 

Needless to say, they get up into the clouds. They learn that the giants turn into zombies. The thing I found interesting about these zombies, they giggle instead of moan. I think it would be way creepier to listen to a horde of giggling zombies than a horde of moaning zombies.

 

I won’t go into any details about what else happens. Let me just say, I didn’t expect to see that ending.

 

This story isn’t a real deep story, but that’s okay. It was fun. It has a second chance romance. Yes, we do learn why Jax called off the wedding. There are several things from stories besides just the beanstalk. There is also magic carpet sex and pixie dust among other things. I’ve already bought the next book in this short series. Lots of fun.

 

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Source: http://rabidreads.ca/2016/08/review-jax-and-the-beanstalk-zombies-by-avery-flynn-mlsimmons-averyflynn.html

Review: Her Wild Hero (X-Ops #3) by Paige Tyler

Her Wild Hero (X-Ops) - Paige Tyler

Review originally posted at RabidReads.com.

 

I’ve really enjoyed this series so far, and this book was no exception. DCO is a secret government agency hidden within the Department of Defense and Homeland Security. It filled with a group of shifters and humans, usually former military, who go out on missions that are out of the league for the local police and military. In this world, shifters are not known about by the general populus. And, shifters don’t generally shift fully into their animal.

 

The DCO uses these shifters for their own purposes. There are many different feelings about them at the upper levels. Some people feel that this is a bad idea and that these shifters are just a danger. Others feel that the shifters have rights. Either way, the teams generally consist of one shifter and one human. If the shifter becomes compromised, the human is supposed to put the shifter down and prevent any information from getting out about them. While the shifters tolerate this rule, they are not a fan of it as you can imagine. They also don’t really allow for “forinacating” between the agents.

 

Kendra has been in the books since book one. She isn’t an agent, but more of an office person. She is a trainer and writes up a lot of information about the training that is done for the teams. When she went out to help Landon and Ivy (the couple from book one) fight some hybrids (man-made creations that made with shifter DNA), she has wanted to go back out in the field. She finally convinces them to send her out on a training mission to Costa Rica.

 

Declan is a former forest ranger and a bear shifter. He has never really accepted his animal side. Because of this, he doesn’t have access to his full abilities. He has also had quite the crush on Kendra and has asked her out several times since he came to DCO. She always turned him down. He has finally given up on ever having more than just a passing friendship with Kendra. Of course, that is when she finally sees what’s in front of her.

 

The team arrives in Costa Rican jungle for a training mission only to come across some hybrids. There was no known hybrid labs in the area and these hybrids are different from the other hybrids that they’ve fought in the past. Things go all sorts of wrong.

 

This story is another great addition to this series. Not only do we have this romance, which was fun to read as they finally come together. But there is a ton of action. We also get to spend a lot of time with some of the characters we’ve met throughout the series. I loved watching Declan and Kendra come together. I loved watching Declan finally embrace his animal side. I also like seeing how he outsmarted these more intelligent hybrids. If you haven’t tried this series, I highly recommend to anyone who is a fan of paranormal romance or urban fantasy.

Angelo leaned forward and handed him the pack of cheese Tanner had given him. “Here, take this. Everything tastes better with MRE cheese on it.” Landon shook his head as he stood up and adjusted his NVGs. “I think there’s a T-shirt somewhere with that slogan on it.”

The military was good at a lot of things—killing people and breaking things being at the top of the list—but taking care of soldiers who couldn’t fight anymore wasn’t one of them. Veterans like that usually ended up on the street, where they didn’t fit in and weren’t understood. If the Veterans Administration safety net didn’t catch them—and there were a lot of holes in that net—they ended up like Tanner. Alone and on their own.

“Okay, I’m not sure how much this will help, but if I were you, the first thing I’d do when I got back would be to show up at her door with a gift of some kind,” Angelo advised. “Flowers. Chocolates. Hell, I don’t know—a plush tree sloth if you can find a store that sells them. Anything like that. Then make sure the first words out of your mouth are, I’m sorry for making you worry. Women like a man who can apologize when he’s wrong.”

 

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Review: When a Lioness Snarls (A Lion's Pride #5) by Eve Langlais

When A Lioness Snarls - Eve Langlais

Review originally posted at RabidReads.com.

 

Great Dialogue ARC Review Paranormal Romance

Stalking is only a crime among humans. In a lioness’s world, it’s called dating.

Luna finally got her own story. I’ve loved Luna since book one. She started off as a fairly small secondary character in book one, but continued to grow as a character as the books went on. She is sorta like the leader of the lionesses in Arik’s pride. All the lionesses are known for their own level of crazy. The don’t really believe in rules and they love to be involved in the fights and Luna is the ringleader of the group.

 

Jeoff is the leader of the local wolf pack. Since the pride was bigger, Arik was the head ruler of all shifters in the area, but Jeoff was in charge of the wolfs. Jeoff was also the leader of the firm that provided security for the pride. When he comes home to find a naked Luna sunbathing on his apartment floor, he learns that in addition to some of his pack missing, the pride has had some couples go missing. Luna is going to help Jeoff track down where and what happened to the missing shifters.

 

Jeoff is quite the prude. Luna even refers to him as such on many occasions. He is also very orderly. He is what I might call a “stick in the mud” if you caught me on the right day. However, after spending some time with Luna, he does start to loosen up, even if he fought it every step of the way. He has always dated humans, because according to him, “They cause less drama.” He really doesn’t want to date a lioness, no matter how much he is drawn to the crazy cat.

 

While Jeoff and Luna are tracking down what happened to these missing couples, they are led to a new nightclub that caters to swingers. Needless to say, they both have different leaves of excitement for checking out the new club. Arik orders Jeoff to go because he doesn’t want Luna going by herself and she was going to go no matter what anyone said. There they meet Gaston Charlemagne. He is the owner of the club and something doesn’t smell right with him.

 

There is some suspense as they search for the missing shifters. Luna is about kidnapped herself. There is something off with this club and Charlemagne. We meet a new type of shifter, which I really want to learn more about.

 

The romance is fun, too. Watching Luna finally pull Jeoff slowly out of his shell. Not to mention, watching Luna realize that this will become a long term relationship. Eek! The sex is hot. The quotable quotes are off the charts again. I had a hard time picking which ones to share with you. You just never know what is going to come out of Luna’s mouth. LOL

 

I’m really excited to get to Reba’s story. I just love the lionesses. They are the most fun in this series. It will be interesting to see who she is paired up with.

“Has the chef at your condo been putting cat nip in the muffins again?”
“No.” Her lips pulled down in a pout. “Apparently it’s a gateway drug to squeaky mouse toys and drinking all the cream?”

“I thought you said it was empty.”
“It is, but given the scene is still rather fresh, I want you to check it out, you know, put that nose of yours to use.”
“I don’t have to be naked for that.”
“Well, then, your wolf is going to look mighty funny running through the woods in your tightie-whities.”
He finished slapping his sandwich together. “You know, iit’s times like this that I remember why I hate dealing with lions.”

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My Review

My Review

My Review

 

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