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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.

CRAVED BY AN ALPHA by Felicity Heaton Blog Tour

Felicity Heaton's Craved by an Alpha Blog Barrage

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

 

Find out how to enter the Craved by an Alpha international giveaway (ends February 8th) and be in with a shot of winning a $75, $50 or $25 gift certificate at her website, where you can also download a 5 chapter sample of the novel: http://www.felicityheaton.co.uk/craved-by-an-alpha-paranormal-romance-novel.php

 

Here’s more about Craved by an Alpha, including an excerpt from this paranormal romance novel.

 

Craved by an Alpha

Having turned his back on his snow leopard pride, Cavanaugh has been counting the days until he’s free of a role he never wanted—one that separated him from his fated female and stands between him and the future he craves with her.

 

Just days from the night he will finally be free to be with the low-ranking beauty who stole his heart, she walks back into his life and threatens to destroy everything he’s worked towards in the five long years they’ve been apart.

 

Eloise has travelled across continents searching for the male who was once her best friend and so much more to her, but was now her pride’s true alpha. Desperate to fulfil a promise to her kin to save them from the tyrant he left in charge, she convinces Cavanaugh to return to his pride, but as they journey to Bhutan, doubts bloom and old feelings resurface, tearing her between duty and her deepest desires and impossible dreams.

 

Will Eloise be able to resist the burning need that Cavanaugh reignites in her and remember her place in the pride? And can Cavanaugh find a way to save his kin and claim the future he craves with the woman he loves?

 

Craved by an Alpha 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/craved-by-an-alpha-paranormal-romance-novel.php

 

Excerpt

 

Cavanaugh mastered his fear and drove it back into submission, clearing his head of the dark words that taunted him and steadying his heart, reassuring himself that all wasn’t lost. Eloise was here with him. She had come for him. He needed to focus on taking care of her and discovering what had happened to her to bring her to London, a world away from their village in the mountains of Bhutan.

 

“What are you doing away from the pride?” He ventured a step towards her and was thankful when she didn’t move away to maintain the distance between them. He needed to be close to her. He needed reality to sink in so he could believe she was here with him, standing in the bright back room of Underworld, and he was talking to her for the first time since he had assumed the role of alpha a decade ago, about to hear her sweet voice again. “What happened to you?”

 

He reached out and gently caught her wrist, bringing it up between them and luring her towards him. He lightly rubbed his thumb over the scarring on it, marks that looked as if they had been made by ropes. Who had done this to her? Whoever it had been, Cavanaugh was going to find them and tear them to pieces. He was going to make them suffer as she had. A growl rumbled through his chest and curled up his throat, born of a dark and consuming hunger to avenge her.

 

She pulled free of his grip and hid her arms behind her back.

 

“Goddammit, Eloise,” he barked and she lowered her head, turning her face away from him.

 

The rich brown waves of her long hair fell down to conceal her face but didn’t hide how her shoulders trembled beneath her dirty coat. He reined in his frustration. He could sense her struggle, could smell it in the subtle changes in her scent. It was taking a lot for her to remain silent when she felt compelled to obey the rules of their kind and answer him.

 

Why wouldn’t she answer him? He needed to know what had happened to her. It filled him completely, an incessant urge that he couldn’t shake, born of his deep connection to her. He feared he would go mad or lose his temper if she insisted on remaining silent and refused to tell him what had happened to her.

 

He would go mad if she refused to look at him or give him the pleasure of hearing her voice too. Couldn’t she see that?

 

He clenched his fists at his sides to stop himself from grabbing her slender shoulders and making her look at him, and looked at her instead, seeing how different she was now. He missed the female who had stood up to him countless times and had put him in his place. That woman seemed to have disappeared that fateful night when he had recognised her as his fated female but hadn’t been given a chance to tell her. She had been ripped from his grasp when he had been forced to take his place in the pride upon his father’s death, picking up his mantle.

 

As alpha.

 

Cavanaugh felt as if he had lost her then and his heart had fractured. She had drifted away from him, always leaving when the females of status within the pride approached him, even when he had yearned for her to stay.

 

He had ached for her to look at him and smile, and let him know that she was okay.

 

He hadn’t wanted the attention from the females. He had wanted hers. He had wanted them, as they should have been, together.

 

He had craved her.

 

Still craved her.

 

“Why are you here?” he whispered, still aching for her to look at him and smile, and let him know that she was okay.

 

He ached to hear her voice again and hear her tell him that she had come for him. He needed her to put him out of his misery. He needed her to tell him that nothing had changed between them despite everything that had happened and that there was a chance for him. He needed it as he had never needed anything before, as if it was as vital as air in his lungs or a beat in his chest. She had power over him as no other did. Not even the male who had come close to defeating him could contend with her.

 

She had the power to crush him, to kill him.

 

And she did it with only a handful of words.

 

“Please come back to the pride.”

 

Those words struck his already aching heart like daggers, each one sending pain blazing outwards from the centre of his chest.

 

She hadn’t come for him because she had wanted to be with him. He had been a fool to allow his heart to convince him that she’d had the courage he had lacked and had come to wait out the days with him until they could be together again.

 

She was here on pride business.

 

“You came all this way to ask me that?” He frowned at her, his tone flat and as empty as he felt inside as everything sank in. Nothing had changed. Five years of hell followed by five years of torture, and they still had a wall between them, a barrier that seemed impenetrable. He wanted to tear it down, but it was intangible, constructed of tradition and rules that went back millennia, laws that were so ingrained in them that they couldn’t break free and were slaves to them. “I left the pride, Eloise. I have no interest in returning to it. I have no reason to go back there. The pride doesn’t need me. It has an alpha.”

 

“The pride needs you.” She lifted her head a fraction and he thought she might look him in the eye and put a little fire behind her words, but she remained meek and polite.

 

The way a female of her status should speak to her alpha.

 

He growled and stalked towards her, and she backed away, turning more submissive as she wrapped her arms around herself.

 

“The pride doesn’t need me.” He stopped short of saying that she did though, and he needed her. He reached out to seize her arm but she flinched away, stopping him in his tracks. He softened and looked at her, seeing a broken and hurt female, not the strong and confident one she had been a decade ago. Fury filled him, burning fiercely in his veins, flooding him with a need to know what had happened to her. That need blazed in his heart, demanding that he ask her and make her answer him this time. “What the hell happened to you, Eloise? Who did this to you?”

 

She swallowed hard and finally looked up at him, right into his eyes, but still refused to tell him. “The pride needs you. You’re the strongest male and our alpha. Please. Return with me.”

 

“I told you. I’m not interested in returning.” He wanted to reach out and smooth his hand along the soft curve of her jaw to keep her golden-brown eyes on him, but he didn’t have the heart when she looked as if it was taking her great effort not to lower her gaze again.

 

“I travelled two years to find you… to bring you back to the pride.”

 

He wished she had stopped at the first part, where she had only travelled two years to find him.

 

The pain in her eyes increased, her fear a palpable thing now that hung in the air between them, and it forced him to listen. What had happened at the pride? Concern for his village grew in his heart but concern for Eloise overshadowed it, pulling the focus of his thoughts back to her.

 

She must have searched for him across Bhutan, India and Europe, no doubt flashing his photograph to any fae or demon she came across. What terrible thing had happened to drive her to such a desperate and dangerous act?

 

Had she gained her scars during her search for him? Had some of the fae or demons captured her and held her for some nefarious reason?

 

He growled again, unable to contain it as he pictured her bound and afraid. His claws grew, emerging as he thought about hunting down whoever had hurt her and tearing into them. He wanted their blood on his hands. The scent of Eloise’s fear grew stronger and he pulled down a deep breath to steady himself, not wanting to frighten her with his anger.

 

Cavanaugh looked her over again, self-reproach burning through him as her voice ran around his head, taunting him.

 

Two years.

 

Her journey would have been a difficult one, and not only because she had never left their homeland and had no experience of the world. Her position in the pride meant she had very little money, only a small allowance that he knew she had been saving her entire life. It wouldn’t have been enough to cover luxuries like flights and hotels or even restaurants.

 

Her tattered clothing, her fatigue and how much weight she had lost since the last time he had seen her all confirmed his worst fears. She had spent two years living rough, sleeping on the streets or in hostels and travelling by foot, by hitchhiking or by jumping trains.

 

The thought of his little female living in such a fashion, day-to-day, probably stealing food and fearing for her safety, cut him right down to his soul and had his heart burning with a need to gather her into his arms and somehow take away every terrible experience she must have had.

 

It was his fault.

 

He had ventured far from the mountains and the pride village. If he hadn’t left Bhutan, she could have easily found him. She wouldn’t have been forced to spend years travelling and tracking him down.

 

If he had gone back for her—no, he couldn’t think like that. He had warred with himself at the time about it and it had played on his mind ever since.

 

It had been too dangerous.

 

He had fought Stellan countless times and had always driven the male back into submission.

 

Except the last time.

 

That time he had allowed the male to defeat him.

 

 

Craved by an Alpha is available from Amazon Kindle, Kobo Books, Barnes and Noble Nook, Apple iBooks stores and other retailers. Also available in paperback.

 

Find all the links, a fantastic 5 chapter downloadable sample of the book, and also how to enter the giveaway and be in with a shot of winning a $75, $50 or $25 gift certificate at her website: http://www.felicityheaton.co.uk/craved-by-an-alpha-paranormal-romance-novel.php

 

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Author Bio

Felicity Heaton

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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Review: Craved by an Alpha (Eternal Mates #5) by Felicity Heaton

Craved by an Alpha (Eternal Mates Paranormal Romance Series Book 5) - Felicity Heaton

This novella is the fifth story in the Eternal Mates series by Felicity Heaton. This is a series that I've enjoyed since I started reading book one, Kissed by a Dark Prince.  I love that there are four books coming out back to back to back early this year.  The author has gifted us with some great stories.  

 

In this book, we have Cavanaugh, a snow leopard (one of my favorite real life animals, they are just beautiful).  He has left his pride and his mate, the love of his life and best friend.  After the death of his father, he was forced to become alpha of his pride.  Becoming alpha means that he had to give up the love of his life because of her station in the pride.

 

When Eloise shows up at Underworld, she is not the same girl that Cavanaugh walked away from five years earlier. She is much stronger and a lot more desperate. The current acting alpha is terrorizing the pride and she wants Cavanaugh to come back and retake the pride, even if that means they could never be together.

 

I really enjoyed their trip back to the grounds was pretty amazing. I would have loved to actually have seen the scenery. The detail that was used for the cliff climbing was pretty remarkable, especially for a novella.  While, there wasn't much action during this part of their journey, the author was detailed enough to keep the story very interesting. Once they get closer to the pridelands (is that too Lion King sounding??), the action picks up even more.  

 

Craved by an Alpha is a book that you could read without reading any of the other books in the series.  We don't see much of the other characters in the series.  While I did miss seeing them, this story was a great even with just the snow leopards. I highly recommend this series to any paranormal romance fan. I'm really excited to start the next book in this series. Luckily, I don't have to wait long.

 

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

 

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Three the Hard Way (ACRO #7) by Sydney Croft

Three the Hard Way (ACRO Book 7) - Sydney Croft

Review originally posted at RabidReads.com.

 

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I read the first book in this series, Riding the Storm, and found the world fascinating. When I saw that this was still on available for review, I asked around and found that I could read this one before reading the rest of the series, so I jumped on the chance to review it.

 

If you aren’t familiar with the ACRO series, it is a series that has a similar premise as the X-Men. The characters have different supernatural powers and there are two groups, good (ACRO) and bad (ITOR). Both with military training.

 

Three the Hard Way starts of with Taggart and Justice when they are just boys. Both of their mothers had been tested on by the bad group. Their mothers didn’t have much trust for outsiders. They passed that distrust to the boys. Both Tag and Justice have an affinity with metal and magnetic fields. Their powers work very well together. These two boys grew up as best friends.

 

Then we jump to several years later. Both of their mothers have been been killed by ITOR. Tag and Justice go their separate ways. Justice joins ACRO. Tag gets captured by ITOR. Tag is tortured and forced to do some really bad things. Tag escapes and is hiding out in Alaska, but thinks he has been spotted, so he turns to the only family he has, Justice.

 

Enter Ian. Ian is a mercenary. He generally works for ITOR. He was to bring Tag in to ITOR. He told ITOR that Tag was not the right man for the job, but they really don’t care. So, Ian turns Tag in and it is the worse decision he has ever made. ITOR wants Ian to find Tag now that he’s escaped. Ian, on the other hand, tracks Tag down to warn him that ITOR is on his tail.

 

Three the Hard Way is a short, fun and quick read. You have Tag, who has had relationships with both men, but has been betrayed in different ways by both. I got Tag reconnecting with each of the men quickly. I don’t know that I buy Justice and Ian taking to each other quite so quickly, but that’s okay.

 

The story was well written. Three the Hard Way was fully developed, even if the romance was quick. I really liked all the characters. As per the theme of this series, the story is pretty erotic. I still enjoy the world and can’t wait to get into more books in this series even if I am reading them a little out of order.


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

Source: http://rabidreads.ca/2015/01/review-three-the-hard-way-by-sydney-croft.html

White Knight (Cornerstone Run Trilogy #3) by Kelly Meade

White Knight - Kelly Meade, Kelly Meding

The Cornerstone Trilogy has been a great series for me.  While being a paranormal romance series, it was extremely dark and had more of a urban fantasy feel to it.  What I mean by that is that the overall story of the family was the main part of the plot of every story up to this point.  The romance of each book was almost more of a secondary part of the story of the trilogy.

 

This story is focused on Knight, the white wolf of the McQueen family and the Cornerstone pack.  He has been an integral part of the entire trilogy.  He has also been my favorite character.  I don't normally fall in love with angsty characters, but something about Knight made me love him.  As the white wolf of the pack, he is an empath and helps everyone in the pack with their emotions.  This is all well and good, until he is the one who needs the help.  He has had a rough road starting in Black Rook and the road doesn't appear like it is going to ever get easier.

 

Shay, as a former alpha's daughter and a black wolf, is a very strong woman.  She has shown that in the previous books.  She not only continues to show her strength in character, but she shows her ability to lead when she makes some great suggestions to Bishop. You could really see where her father trained her to be a future alpha female.

 

Bishop shows he was a great choice to lead the new mixed pack. Bishop is also great in his ability to listen to other options and taking the suggestions from a different packs culture.  He is willing to be flexible and take the best of each of the packs to make the best choices for this new pack.

 

While I enjoyed this story, it just didn't have the action or suspense of the first two books.  There are some plot twists that I didn't see coming. But I didn't like where things went with the twins. I started to feel sorry for them, and I don't want to feel sorry for the villain. They didn't seem like the boogey men that they had been throughout the series.  I also didn't like Bryn's Dad. I know he was a villain, but I didn't think he was a great villain. I could see through him too easily.

 

This book has some great news for the McQueen family. There is also a lot of sadness, which you've come to expect from this series.  However, I think overall, this book does have more happiness than sadness.  The trilogy does wrap up well. I would still give the entire series a 4 stars and believe it is a must read for all PNR/UF fans.



**Book was provided to me by NetGalley. This review is my opinion and was not provoked in anyway.

Edged Blade (Colbana Files #4) by J.C. Daniels

Edged Blade - J.C. Daniels

Review originally posted at RabidReads.com.

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If you are not familiar with this series or author, J.C. Daniels a pen name for Shiloh Walker. Shiloh Walker is an author that I've read a bunch of paranormal romance and romantic suspense, so when I heard she was self publishing an urban fantasy series, I jumped on it and loved it from book one.

 

Kit is a half-breed assassin with an affinity for swords. She is a species that most people know little to nothing about.  She was raised by her grandmother who had little use for her and did nothing but tell her what a pathetic waste of space she was. Kit has left the realm where her family lives and now lives in Florida.  This world has cat shifters, werewolves, vampires and witches.

 

If you've ever read the Kate Daniels series by Ilona Andrews, I know all of this sounds really familiar.  Don't think that this is a copy of Kate.  It is not. Yes, there are similarities.  Yes, their name is similar and they both really love their sword. Yes, the male love interest is a cat shifter. But the characters and the world built around them are completely different.

 

In this story, Kate is finally starting to come back into her own after surviving her capture from a particularly evil vampire.  She even goes to a party with Damon, her main squeeze and leader of the cat shifters in Orlando.  This party is for the Assembly, a group that oversees all supernaturals, including vampires.  This is a big step for Kit to finally spend time around vampires.

 

Kit is also back to working her PI job, where Justin asks her to help him locate some supernaturals that have disappeared. They even get some help from a vampire who has some interest in the case as well, another huge step for Kit.

 

There are some jealousy issues between Damon and Kit. Damon is jealous of the time that Kit is spending with Justin. He knows that they are just friends and that they are working on a case, but he can't seem to help himself, being all alpha male and all. Kit isn't much better when a former lover of Damon's comes back to Orlando and wants to join his pack. No matter how alpha Damon gets, Kit does not let him walk all over her.

 

"You do not speak for me." He opened his mouth and I whirled on him, driving my finger into his chest. "Ever."

 

This is a fun and exciting series that delivers all the feels.  The Colbana Files has ripped my heart out more than once and it always has me coming back for more.  These books always end leaving you wanting more. I can't express how much I love this series. I think it is one of the most underappreciated urban fantasy series on the market. I would recommend starting the series with book one. The good news is that Daniels just released a boxed set of the first four books in the series, so you can pick them all up at one time. I highly recommend this series to fans of Kate Daniels, Downside Ghosts or Night Huntress series.

 

**Book was provided to me by NetGalley. This review is my opinion and was not provoked in anyway.

Source: http://rabidreads.ca/2015/01/early-review-edged-blade-by-j-c-daniels.html

Audiobook Review: A Love Untamed (Feral Warriors #7) by Pamela Palmer

A Love Untamed - Pamela Palmer

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

 

A Love Untamed is  the seventh and second to last story in the Feral Warriors series. In this story, we have Kieran, who is now known as Fox. He has joined the elite Feral Warriors during a very turbulent time. The newest Feral Warriors aren’t all that they seem, so the original warriors don’t know who to trust.

 

Melisande is second in command of the Ilinas who we met in Hunger Untamed. She is a woman who is all warrior with no conscience. She got that way after suffering from terrible abuse. Her lack of feelings was the only way she was able to survive. Fox cracks the ice, but Melisande has to determine if she is willing to go on feeling. It is much harder to do her job when she has feelings.

 

In this story, Kara is stolen by the mages and tainted ferals. It is up to Fox, Ilinas and the Feral Warriors to find her. They also have to figure out who is tainted and who isn’t. The majority of the story is focused on Fox and Melisande as they fight their way through the many different worlds of the mage trap. There is also a side story with two of the new ferals going off on their own to prove that they aren’t tainted.

 

This series continues on it’s dark path, as one of the darkest, if not the darkest, paranormal romance series I’ve ever read. The world-building around this darkness is so well developed that you are completely immersed into the dark world that Palmer has created. I can’t wait to see how she plans to wrap up this series.

 

Narration

I was worried that I would have the issue with this narration that I had when Rob Shapiro narrated Hunger Untamed, the other story that featured the Ilinas. In that book, he whispered the female voices, that was not an issue with this book. I continue to think he does a good job with this series. You can always tell which character is the one speaking, which is very important to me. I do listen to this at an increased speed because he does speak a little slow for me, but the increased speed works perfectly, in my opinion

 

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

Source: http://www.hotlistens.com/a-love-untamed-audiobook-by-pamela-palmer-review

Audiobook Review: The Darkest Touch (Lords of the Underworld #11) by Gena Showalter

The Darkest Touch - Gena Showalter

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

 

This series is about a group of immortals who after having released demons from Pandora’s box, has been forced to house a demon inside themselves. Throughout the series we’ve seen how several of the lords have struggled with their demons. From the demon of Promiscuity who can’t have sex with the same person twice, demon of Defeat who suffers from severe pain anytime he loses even the smallest thing. The demon I always wanted to know more about was the demon of disease, Torin. If he touches a single human or immortal, he infects them with a fatal disease, while immortals may survive the disease, they are not a carrier and can start plagues themselves. Torin has forced himself to stay apart from everyone, even his closest friends.

 

We start this story pretty much where The Darkest Craving leaves off. Torin is being held in Cronus’s prison for immortals. He has been promised by the king of the Titans that he will be given a woman who can withstand his touch, but Torin quickly learns that this is not the case. It doesn’t take long into the story before Torin and our heroine, Keeley, aka The Red Queen, to escape from the prisons. The first part of the story is very slow as Keeley and Torin learn each other.

 

Keeley is also known as The Red Queen. She is the former fiance of Hades. She is also a new species to us called a Curator. She bonds to people and feeds from their lifeforce. I wouldn’t call it a succubus, but that is the closest that I can come to describing it. She is extremely powerful and this power does go to her head. She comes across as bratty and selfish. Part of this is due to her history, which is troubled at best. She has learned to not trust anyone but herself.

 

While I was not much of a fan of Torin and Keeley’s romance, which sucks because I’ve been waiting years for his story, there are parts of this story that I still enjoyed. We have a budding romance between Cameo and Lazarus (are they the next story?). We also have side stories about William, Baden, Pandora even Galen.

 

Overall, I did enjoy the story. I felt the story was a little drawn out and could’ve been shorter at the beginning. Once we get through the first third of the book, the story does pick up. I can’t wait to see where the series is going. I don’t know how many more stories are left in this series. As much as I’ve enjoyed it, all good things must come to an end and we are running out of lords and I think adding new ones at this point to keep the series going would be a disservice to the series.

 

Narration

I’ve listened to most of the books in this series, though I started out reading these books. This is the first one that I went straight to audio instead of listening as a reread. I’ve always felt that Max Bellmore was a good narrator for this series.

His deep voice is perfect for the warrior of the gods. His women’s voices aren’t horrible, but aren’t the best women’s voices I’ve ever heard. He is a big slow when he talks, so I listened at an increased speed.

Source: http://www.hotlistens.com/the-darkest-touch-audiobook-by-gena-showalter

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“In 1890, a disease that turned sane men into ravenous werewolves swept through the United States like wildfire. On the brink of humanity’s extinction, Nikola Tesla and a mysterious order of scientists known as the Tellurians revealed a bold plan: the uninfected would abandon the Earth’s surface by rising up in floating salvation cities, iron and steel metropolises that carried tens of thousands of refugees above the savage apocalypse. The remnants of mankind huddled fearfully in the clouds, waiting for the werewolves to devour each other.Yet, twenty years later, only one salvation city remains aloft, while the beasts still rule the world below. Time has taken its toll on the miraculous machinery of the city, and soon the last of the survivors will plummet to their doom. But when Elijah Kelly, a brakeman aboard the largest of the city’s Thunder Trains, is infected by the werewolf virus, he discovers a secret world of lies and horrific experiments that hide the disturbing truth about the Tellurians.When the beast in his blood surges forth, Elijah must choose between the lives of those he loves, and the city that is humanity’s last hope of survival.”

 

 

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Hunted by a Jaguar (Eternal Mates #4) by Felicity Heaton

Hunted by a Jaguar - Felicity E. Heaton

Hunted by a Jaguar is book four in the Eternal Mates series.  This is another fast-paced, steamy story as I've come to expect from Felicity Heaton. The world that Heaton has built just continues to get stronger.  We have another kickass heroine paired together with alpha male hero. They are perfect for each other, but it takes both of them a while to figure that out.

 

Kyter is a half jaguar, but he doesn't live with his pride. He left them a long time ago. He was never accepted as part of the pride and his mother was shunned because of his birth, or more importantly, who his father was.  He now lives in London and owns and runs 'Underworld', a bar that caters to supernaturals that we saw in Kissed by a Dark Prince. He is a great character that you can't help but root for with the troubled past that he has had and how he has overcome it to make a life that he is happy with.

 

Iolanthe is a mercenary/treasure hunter and an elf.  She is on the hunt for an artifact for an extremely dangerous man.  If she doesn't bring him the artifact soon, she is going to lose her head.  Kyter just happens to be looking for the same artifact.  Kyter needs this artifact to summon a demon for revenge for his old village and he death of his mother.

 

Kyter and Iolanthe are an interesting couple.  Iolanthe is a very free spirit and really values her independence. Jaguar society have very submissive women, which is not Iolanthe.  This is one of the reason that she fights against the attraction to Kyter from the beginning. Kyter has to learn to fight his nature if he is going to woo this woman.

 

This is a book that you could read without having read the previous books in the series, but as I'm a big fan of all the books, I would highly recommend just starting at the beginning and meet all the great characters that Heaton has given us. I was really excited to have a shifter added to this world. If you are a fan of paranormal romance or urban fantasy, this is a series you should really try. Felicity Heaton has intriguing characters, that are not perfect, but are very real.  The world and plot are alway amazing. Can't wait to get into Craved by an Alpha.



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

Review: All In (Sin City Collectors #5) by Amanda Carlson

All In: A Sin City Collectors Novella - Amanda Carlson

Review originally posted at RabidReads.com.

 

Romance Howling Good ebook

 

 

The Sin City Collectors is a interesting series of novellas by a several different authors. Each story can be read as a stand alone paranormal romance story. They are set usually in Las Vegas, hence the the Sin City name. The books do not have to be read in order, but characters from previous books to make appearance in future books, but they are as supporting characters, so it is more like a cameo.

 

The collectors are a group of paranormal bounty hunters. They are given a mark, a paranormal creature that has done something bad, and must be brought in for trail and sentencing. Throughout the series, we have seen creatures from Hellhounds, vampires, werewolves, witches, and even a gargoyle. This story focuses on a werewolf and a succubus, female sex demon.

 

Luke is a werewolf who has a history with sex demons, one killed his father. He has an intense hatred of them. However, he is trying to help Ginger to find her brother who has been inducted into a incubus cult. Their father really hated his own kind and took that hatred out on his kids. Their mom pretty much didn’t do much parenting, so their upbringing was not a fun time.

 

While I’ve really enjoyed this series, this book wasn’t as good as some of the other books. Ginger’s own hatred of her kind, that she doesn’t even realize she has, makes me not like her. Luke is a great guy, who despite his past run ins with sex demons, really is willing to do whatever is necessary to help Ginger.

 

This is a novella, so it is quick read, but the characters are very well developed. The romance is face-paced, but that is expected with a novella. So far, my biggest complaint about the books is that I love the characters so much, I wish the books were longer so that I could spend more time with each character. If you are a fan of PNR or UF, and are in the mood for a quick, fun read, then this is great series for you.

 

 


Sin City Collectors Series

 

 

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Source: http://rabidreads.ca/2015/01/review-all-in-by-amanda-carlson.html

Audiobook Review: City of Eternal Night (Crescent City, #2) by Kristen Painter

City of Eternal Night (Crescent City) - Kristen Painter

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

 

I really was excited to get this audiobook after finishing House of the Rising Sunearlier this year. I love the world that this series is set in. I love the fae characters, especially Augustine. They are different from some of the other fae books that I’ve read in the past. We continue to learn more about the fae in this world of New Orleans of the future. Because it is the future, there is some pretty nifty technology, including contacts that have facial recognition software.

 

When I listened to House of the Rising Sun, I really disliked Harlow. She was a selfish brat. While she is trying hard to be a better person in City of Eternal Night, I still had a hard time liking her in this book. She wants to help with the case that Augustine is working on, and I admire her for overcoming her fear of being fae and accepting her gifts. But she makes some really stupid decisions that are going to affect others around her. She is still very naive when it comes to the fae world, but does show promise. At least she wants to learn and come to terms with the fact that she is fae.

 

Augustine. *sigh* I just love him. Normally I tend to lean towards bad boys or the very alpha men, but with Augustine, he is just such a good guy. As guardian, he is always putting everyone else first. The only downside to this is he didn’t pay enough attention to Harlow. While the issues that had his attention were very important, Harlow, being new to the fae world, also needed his help. I think if he had be paying more attention to her, he might have been able to prevent some of Harlow’s bad decisions.

 

This series continues to deliver a unique world with intriguing characters. We also get to spend some time with the villains POV. That brought some really interesting aspects to the plot. We have many of the same characters from book one and some new ones that add a lot to the plot. We even get to see a little bit of Chrysabelle and Mal from House of Comarré series, but don’t worry if you haven’t read that series, this series is less spin off and more just set in the same world with a few cameo appearances. Slight warning about this book, it does end with a cliffhanger. Luckily, the next book, Garden of Dreams and Desires, comes out in April.

 

Narration

After listening to House of the Rising Sun, I knew what to expect with the narration for City of Eternal Night audiobook. While I don’t think Elijah Alexander will ever be one of my favorite narrators, I’m getting used to him for this series. He does like to do accents and they really don’t match the characters, but it does make each character very distinct.

 

His male and female voices are very distinct, though once again, the accents leave something to be desired. I always know which character is talking, which is really important to me. He has become the voices of these characters for me. This will be an audio only series for me with this narrator.

 

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

Source: http://www.hotlistens.com/city-of-eternal-night-audiobook-by-kristen-painter-review

Riding the Storm (ACRO #1) by Sydney Croft

Riding the Storm - Sydney Croft

Review originally posted at RabidReads.com.

 

I started this series because I saw a more recent release from this series on That's What I'm Talking About.  When I saw that Larissa Ione (who I love) was half of Sydney Croft, I decided that this needed to be on my list ASAP.  Reading the post on Jen's site, but not for the first book, I really didn't know what I was getting into.  Needless to say, I was a little shocked when I got just a few pages into the book, it was much more X-rated than I'm used to for PNR.

 

Remy was adopted as a child.  He doesn't know anything about his birth parents other than he was born in the middle of a hurricane and left in a small town in the bayou.  He is fresh out of the Navy SEALs. He affects the weather, but has pretty much no control over this power.  Haley was raised by two parents who were basically hippies.  They didn't even give her a name until she picked one at the age of four.  Haley is a parameteorologist, which is why she is chosen to bring him in.

 

This story is X-rated, X-Men crossed with X-Ops. (Notice the triple X, that wasn't an accident.) You have two groups of supernaturals (think of Xavier's and Magneto's different teams).  They send in Haley to "recruit" Remy.  I put recruit in quotes, because he was to be brought in by any means necessary to keep him away from the bad guys.  Remy is even taught how to seduce her way in because Remy cannot control his sexual urges during storms. Problem is that the bad guys really want him too.  I mean, who doesn't want the ability to control the weather?

 

There is also a side story between Creed and Annika, two other operatives for ARCO as they investigate a haunted house with an angry ghost.  Creed is a ghost hunter and Annika has some unique abilities with electricity.  Then there is Devlin, who is the blind leader of the group.  He has sex with multiple different people, including another man, which I wasn't expecting in this book.

 

I was a little surprised by this book.  It is a paranormal romance by definition, but more like paranormal erotica.  The sex starts in Chapter Two and keeps going.  Sex is the main plot of the story until about 50% when the bad guys make their appearance.  Then the action picks up.  While I don't mind sex in my books, I read erotica stories all the time, this book was a little too much for the first half of the book.  Once the action started, I really enjoyed the story much more.

 

I did enjoy this book, but I really hope that the next book has less sex in it (I never thought I would say that).  The writing was great and the characters were magnificent.  I want to know more about all of them and get more details about their each of their powers.  I can't believe I'm saying this, but I hope that there is less sex.  I love good sex scenes, and these are great, but I like action too.  I think part of it was that the story took me by surprise.  I wasn't expecting a PNR erotica story, which is what it was.  

 

This book has some great supernatural characters with some really unique powers.  The characters are very well developed.  The world has been well established and I think the stories will only get better now that the world has been built.  I love the military/police force investigations that seem to be a part of the story. I'm itching to get to the next book.

Source: http://rabidreads.ca/2015/01/review-riding-the-storm-by-sydney-croft.html

#FitReaders January 2015

 

My goal is to fit back into my old jeans (down one or two sizes depending on the jeans) before RT15.  While my goal isn't weight related per se, I'm thinking I will need to get to 160 pounds to fit into my old jeans. I'm at 178.1 as of 12/31/14. I will be tracking my calories and my steps (10,000 steps/day except one or two rest days per week). I'm also adding in some ab exercises, since that is where I carry most of my excess weight.

 

I track my steps using a FitBit. If you have a FitBit and want to be friends, here is my profile: https://www.fitbit.com/user/28YSVY.

 

1/9/15 - I've been sick this week. I've had a cold with nasal congestion which made jogging a no go, but I've been able to keep up with walking and the ab exercises.  I've also lost 2 pounds. Don't know if that is because being sick or the exercises. 

 

1/23/15 - I thought my sickness was getting better, but then it didn't. So, I finally went to the doctor and found out that I had a sinus infection, for which they proscribed antibiotics.  I had the worse reaction of my life. I took them starting on Friday and kept taking them because I thought it was just side effects, but on Monday it was something much worse.  I thought I had the flu, I felt so bad.  So, I called the doc and he called me in a different antibiotic.  Well, I had a pretty normal allergic reaction, rash, etc.  So now, I'm getting that out of my system.  Good news is that the sinus infection is cleared up. I just need to get all the crap out of my system from the antibiotics. I hate antibiotics. This isn't the first time this has happened to me. Ugh.

 

1/30/15 - I think I'm finally getting healthy again.  I'm planning to start picking my steps back up again and to start back with ab exercises, though I'm going to look at a different 30 day ab challenge. I've seen a few other FitReaders using different ones I think some of the others look more well rounded, so I'm going to try them since I have to start over anyway.

 

January Month-to-Date Totals

181388 steps for an average of 6,255 steps/day.

 

  1. 2,808 steps
  2. 11,651 steps, 15 sit-ups, 5 crunches, 5 leg raises, 10 sec. plank
  3. 10,248 steps, 15 sit-ups, 5 crunches, 5 leg raises, 10 sec. plank
  4. 11,124 steps, 20 sit-ups, 8 crunches, 8 leg raises, 12 sec. plank
  5. 11,635 steps, ab rest day
  6. 10,104 steps, 20 sit-ups, 8 crunches, 8 leg raises, 12 sec. plank
  7. 10,119 steps, 25 sit-ups, 10 crunches, 10 leg raises, 15 sec. plank
  8. 4,201 steps, 25 sit-ups, 10 crunches, 10 leg raises, 15 sec. plank
  9. 10,075 steps, ab rest day
  10. 4,847 steps, 30 sit-ups, 12 crunches, 12 leg raises, 20 sec. plank
  11. 8,456 steps, 30 sit-ups, 12 crunches, 12 leg raises, 20 sec. plank
  12. 13,327 steps, 35 sit-ups, 15 crunches, 15 leg raises, 25 sec. plank
  13. 4,548 steps, ab rest day
  14. 11,245 steps, 35 sit-ups, 15 crunches, 15 leg raises, 25 sec. plank
  15. 5,754 steps
  16. 4,641 steps
  17. 1,160 steps
  18. 1,198 steps
  19. 1,600 steps
  20. 1,868 steps
  21. 5,204 steps
  22. 3,651 steps 
  23. 4,134 steps
  24. 1,478 steps
  25. 3,526 steps
  26. 4,869 steps
  27. 5,749 steps
  28. 7,889 steps
  29. 4,279 steps

Broken Dolls by Kitty Thomas

Broken Dolls - Kitty Thomas

Kitty Thomas delivers yet another twisted tale like only she can.

 

This story starts out with Mina being thrown out by her abusive Dom/boyfriend.  He has forced her to move in with her and quit her job, so she has no where to go and no money.  You can see the desperation that she is in. The story then jumps to several months later when she is talking with her therapist, Lindsay Smith. Mina made it a point to find a therapist who was into the world of kink and BDSM so that they would understand where her needs came from. Mina was very surprised when Lindsay turns out to be a man and not a woman. Lindsay has a solution for Mina, but will it make things better or worse?

 

Brian is a sadistic sociopath.  He works with several others training women to be sold as sex slaves.  The women come willingly, if not through a little coercion.  Once they are in the program, there is no leaving.  Brian is the one who does all the dirty work.  Not only is he the one who takes on the task of punishing the subs who are out of control and need more punishment than the other men are willing to do the women.  He also takes care of any other issues when someone knows more than they should.  He has killed more than once to protect himself, his partners and the business.  Everyone is scared of him, the subs and his partners.

 

Both of these characters are broken.  Both for different reasons.  They each have their own way of dealing with their issues.  When I met Brian in Guilty Pleasures, I was really surprised when I heard that Kitty was writing him his own story.  I knew she liked to play with readers minds, but Brian gives new meaning to crazy.  I should've had more faith, Kitty knew exactly what she was doing.  The way that Brian was able to deal with Mina and her exact issues was perfect.  Don't get me wrong, Brian is still not a nice guy, but I do have more of an appreciation for his ability to not be a dick all the time. I actually liked him much more than Mina who whines a lot. I know she has had it tough, but she is wishy-washy in that she wants to leave and then isn't happy when she is allowed it. She won't make up her mind what she wants.

 

While this book is a "sequel" to Guilty Pleasures, this book is truly a stand alone.  It is set in the same world with some of the same characters.  It does take place after Guilty Pleasures chronologically, but you can truly read this book without having ever read a book by Kitty Thomas.  

 

If you've never read a Kitty Thomas book, there are a few things you should know.  Her stories are dark.  There is a bunch of mindfuck that goes on in them.  While they are listed as erotica, there isn't sex scene after sex scene after sex scene like some erotica books.  She messes with your mind much more than she writes gratuitous sex scenes.  I think that is one reason I love her work so much.  The depth in the stories and the characters is truly amazing.  She will push limits and a lot of what is done isn't consensual. If you like your stories dark and provocative, then Kitty Thomas is the author for you.

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