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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Dark and Damaged: Eight Tortured Heroes of Paranormal Romance By Jennifer Ashley, Caris Roane, Erin Kellison, Felicity Heaton, Erin Quinn, Laurie London, Bonnie Vanak and Colleen Gleason

LION EYES by Jennifer Ashley

Bree has just decided to give up trying to be a Shifter groupie when a lion Shifter slams into her truck and tells her to drive. Seamus is on the run from hunters, other Shifters, and who knows who else. All Bree knows is that he's compelling, needs her help, and most intriguing of all, wears no Collar ...

BLOOD FLAME by Caris Roane

Vampire Officer Connor of the Crescent Border Patrol tries to suppress his desire for the powerful witch, Iris Meldeere. Because the woman possesses the ability to kill him with the tips of her fingers, how can he possibly fall in love with her? When a double homicide throws them together, he soon finds his deepest fantasies fulfilled as Iris succumbs to his seductions. But as they battle together to stay alive, and love begins to consume them both, will the witch be able to forgive the dark secrets of his past ...

HER SINFUL ANGEL by Felicity Heaton

Cast out of Heaven and now the king of Hell, Lucifer is a powerful fallen angel warrior with a heart as cold as ice and soul as black as the bottomless pit. For millennia, he has ruled his realm with an iron fist as he plots the demise of his ancient enemies. When one of those enemies dumps an unconscious mortal female in the courtyard of his fortress and leaves her there, Lucifer finds himself entranced by the beguiling beauty and tempted beyond all reason. But is the enchanting Nina an innocent pawn in the eternal game or part of a plot against him?

TEMPTED BY FIRE by Erin Kellison

A powerful dragon shifter has waited six hundred years to avenge the loss of his family, but the beautiful mediator sent to prevent violence among the Bloodkin doesn't want to be his key to discovering the murderer—in fact, she wants nothing to do with dragons at all ...

REBEL'S DESIRE by Laurie London

A jaded Iron Guild warrior cares about nothing except battling a ruthless enemy, but when a beautiful woman literally runs into his arms, he realizes she holds the key to his success. As passion ignites, he must decide whether to sacrifice the woman he's falling for or dare to trust his heart again.


Trapped in the body of a human, the Reaper is about to fall in love with a woman he was never meant to have... When a reaper is trapped in Maggie's estranged husband's body, she knows only that the man with her husband's eyes feels like a stranger... a compelling, seductive stranger who touches her in ways her treacherous husband never could. She wants to trust him, but what about the ghost who haunts their home, implicating him in a gruesome murder...

REDEMPTION by Bonnie Vanak

A cursed alpha wolf promises to free an enslaved Mage if she mates with him so he can sire an heir, not realizing she can destroy the dark secret keeping his pack alive.

RAGING DAWN by Colleen Gleason

After the vampires Max Denton hunts brutally murder his wife, he is nearly destroyed himself and spends the next ten years living a life of violence and revenge. But when sensitive information about his young daughter falls into the hands of the vampires, Max is forced to team up with the woman whose father ultimately caused the death of his wife. Savina Eleaisa has secrets of her own, and she's determined to do whatever it takes to clear her father's name: even if it involves seducing the most dangerous of vampires--with or without the help of the arrogant, brooding Max Denton.


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A pale orange glow lit the wall of black rock beneath the plateau, adding a dash of colour.

Lucifer despised that band of gold.

The lava river encircled his fortress and marked a boundary that by law he couldn't cross, not until the time between his scheduled battles with Apollyon, an angel who had served Heaven for centuries before turning his back on that realm for the sake of a woman, had passed.

Lucifer hadn't won one in centuries. He had taken several for the team without receiving any shred of gratitude in return, allowing the angel to defeat him so he would remain trapped in the bottomless pit and a band of fallen angels bent on destroying the mortal world would remain caged here with him.

Of course, it might have helped if he had informed Apollyon that he was losing on purpose, but storing up his losses and waiting for the perfect opportunity to mention to the angel what he had been doing all these millennia had been too enticing to resist.

His smile stretched a little wider.

It had been most satisfying to reveal to the angel just a few weeks ago that his hard won victories had been hollow and see the look on the bastard's face.

The momentary flicker of pleasure that shot through his veins dimmed as he lowered his gaze back to the courtyard and it fixed on the current thorn in his side.

There was no chance of improving his mood now. It had hit rock bottom, thanks to a certain angel of Heaven.


When he discovered who had awoken the angel to his true purpose, restoring his memories at the same time, he would send his finest legion to Heaven to destroy them.

The angel flicked his long white hair over his shoulder but kept his icy blue eyes locked on Lucifer. The silent challenge they issued didn't go unnoticed, but Lucifer knew better than to rise to it. Mihail couldn't enter his fortress, thanks to powerful wards Lucifer had put in place after their last battle.

A fight that had seen almost half of Hell destroyed and turned to rubble.

Lucifer had enjoyed the millennia of peace that had come afterwards. Battling Apollyon was merely a workout for him, but fighting Mihail was a war and one that could easily claim his life. Only Mihail held the power to truly defeat him. Apollyon could only wound him.

Mihail could kill him.

Lucifer had no interest in dying and being thrust into limbo, wandering eternity as nothing more than a soul, maddened by being caged in a bleak world where he couldn't communicate with those around him and tormented by his sins.

Not until he had settled a score with his former master and had his vengeance.

Not even then.

He never wanted to go to that dark place few angels knew existed.

Those who didn't know of it had no fear of death, trusting they would be reborn in Heaven upon their demise, restored to their former glory, albeit without memories of their previous life.

The fools.

Lucifer knew better.

He had seen the corrupted souls of angels in the far reaches of his realm, heard their whispers on the wind and felt their suffering in his blood.

True death was possible for any angel.

He knew because he had killed one on occasion, damning them to a hellish existence.

Lucifer would damn Mihail in the same manner without even flinching if he had the chance.

The white-haired angel moved a step closer, his enormous glossy white wings shifting with the action, stark against the black pavement of the semi-circular courtyard and the obsidian armour he wore. The patches of golden skin visible between the black greaves that encased his shins, the strips of black that protected his hips, his short black breastplate and his vambraces that shielded his forearms bore tattoos now when once they had been clean and pure.

Lucifer's smile returned.

Mostly because he felt sure that the bastard angel despised those tattoos and the one who had put them there—the fallen angel this male was linked to through duty and powers.

If Lucifer had the power, he would gift those angels who were linked to Mihail and his brethren with the ability to do more than merely change their skin by adding ink that would also appear on their counterpart. He would give them the power to amend their appearance in other ways. He wasn't talking about haircuts and piercings.

He was talking about wounds.

Mihail spread his white wings, regaining Lucifer's attention, but not for long. It drifted away again, his gaze roaming downwards and across the courtyard, to the prone mortal that lay like an offering on an altar between his fortress and the angel.

A woman.

Lucifer's golden gaze narrowed on her and questions filled his mind again, ones that wouldn't be ignored this time. Why had Mihail dumped an unconscious female in his courtyard?

Was she bait?

If the male thought he would leave the safety of his fortress for the sake of a mere mortal female, the fool was mistaken.

He eyed the female in question.

She had hair the colour of autumn leaves threaded with gold, strewn like the river of lava he so despised across the obsidian flagstones. Her skin was pale beneath the black dust that spotted it and the tear across the stomach of her white blouse. The thin shirt gaped open at the collar, and the angle of her body, with her shoulders flat against the paving and her arms resting above her head, caused the curve of one breast to show together with a hint of cream lace.

She looked weak like that.



Lucifer canted his head and allowed his gaze to drift over her. Her hips lay rotated, her left one raised and her knee pressing against the flagstones, pointed towards him. The short black skirt she wore rode high on that leg, revealing a long rip in her stockings.

What had Mihail done to the female before laying her out like a virgin sacrifice in his courtyard?

Lucifer growled low in his throat, the urge to leave his fortress and beat an answer out of the angel racing through his blood, setting it on fire. He had no love for mortals, and no use for females of their race when he had given up attempting to sire another child, but the sight of the woman stirred darkness in his veins, a deep and commanding need that he couldn't quite decipher.

The angel backed off a step, his pale blue eyes still locked on Lucifer.

He was up to something. Playing the snake to his Adam, and she was the forbidden fruit. Lucifer wouldn't be tempted though. He was stronger than the angel believed. More cunning.

Two of his angels flew over the tall spires of black rock that surrounded the courtyard and fortress, their crimson wings urgently beating the hot air as their scarlet eyes scoured the flagstones. Mihail turned to face them and the angels broke apart, keeping their distance from the male. They followed the curve of the wall towards the fortress and landed close to it, their wings furling against their red-edged obsidian armour as they touched down.

The larger of the two males rolled his shoulders and stomped forwards, cautiously approaching the female.

The other drew a long curved black blade from the air and set his sights on Mihail, snarling at him through twin rows of sharp teeth.

The angel of Heaven backed off a few steps before turning away and taking flight, heading back over the spires of rock towards the plateau.


Lucifer lowered his gaze back to his men. They warily approached the prone female. With good reason. He had ordered them to retrieve her and bring her to the entrance of his fortress. He hadn't told them why. He had only warned them not to test his temper. No doubt they thought just eyeing the woman would be enough to have him trussing them up for punishment.

The larger Hell's angel scooped the female up into his thickly-muscled arms and she rolled towards him, her cheek coming to rest against his hard breastplate.

A growl curled from Lucifer's lips, rumbling up from the pit of his soul. He frowned at the hot need that pumped through his veins, a visceral ache that demanded he go down and take the female from his man and punish the maggot for touching her.

He clenched his fists at his sides, grimaced as his short black claws bit into his palms, and sharply turned away from the window. The female was nothing. The only reason he was bringing her into his home was because he wanted answers. He wanted to know why Mihail had brought her to Hell. He wanted to find out whether she was a trap for him and she was in on the plan.

Lucifer strode from the study and banked right along the corridor. Beyond the end of the hallway, the entire fortress opened up into a cathedral-like room in the centre of his home. He stepped out onto the walkway that ran around the one hundred foot high space and headed down the floating black stone staircase that cut directly across the enormous room and connected the third floor to the second one. Above him to his right, the steps to the fourth floor flowed upwards.

Warm light from the gilded bone chandeliers that hung from the underside of the staircases flooded the room and washed over him, giving more colour to his skin. He glanced down at his left hand, closed his eyes, and turned away from it and the memories of a time when his skin had been as golden as many of the angels who joined the ranks of his men on falling.

A time when he had flown carefree in the world of mortals and had lived to serve his purpose.

A time before he had realised what his true purpose was.

Lucifer ground his teeth, shoved those memories away, locking them back deep inside him where they belonged, and strode onwards, following the open-sided staircases as they criss-crossed the high room. Below him, the tall twin doors of the fortress opened and the heavy thud of boots echoed up to him. He glanced down at the two Hell's angels, issuing a silent command to halt and wait for him.

He would take their new guest from here.

Lucifer stepped down onto the polished black floor of the entrance hall and took swift strides across it, his Italian leather shoes clicking with each determined step. As he approached, the two angels bent their heads, and the larger one held the female out to him.

He reached for her and tensed as an unfamiliar sensation shot down his arms and pooled in the pit of his chest, stopping him from taking hold of her.

It took him a moment to name the emotion.


Lucifer sneered at the feeling and crushed it out of existence. The mortal was weak. If she was in league with the angels, he would crush her out of existence too. There was no need to fear her. She was no threat to him. There wasn't even a need to fear Mihail.

He took the redhead from his man, cradling her with one arm behind her back and the other tucked under her knees, and turned away from the angels to head for the stairs. Once she was conscious, he would begin questioning her, and if she spoke a lie he would know it. If she wasn't in on Mihail's plan, then he would keep her alive. She would become bait for the angel. The male was sure to return to take her back from him sooner or later.

Lucifer didn't care which it was. He had infinite patience when it came to taking down an enemy, and Mihail's demise was long past due.

He took the first step and paused as he glanced down at his cargo. Soft pink lips parted as her head lolled away from his chest, her breath escaping her on a little sigh. Russet brown eyebrows puckered and then smoothed, and Lucifer canted his head.

The world around him fell into silence as he studied her face, caught up in wondering what she was dreaming.

She wasn't a threat to him.

She was nothing but a mere mortal.

A weak creature he could end with little more than a thought.

So why did the weight of her in his arms, the warmth of her body against his, and the scent of her curling around him all feel dangerous to him?


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Review: Rough (Chicago Underground Book 1) by Skye Warren

Rough (Chicago Underground Book 1) - Skye Warren

This is another dark and twisted tale from Skye Warren. The story starts off with two high school girls looking at a pregnancy test that is not showing the results that a teenage girl wants to see. When Allie's father storms in and figures out that the test belongs to Allie and not her friend Shelly, he throws her out of the house.


Fast forward two years. Allie is a single mother who doesn't get out on the town very often. Actually, she has a monthly date night. She goes prowling the bars looking for a guy to provide her with what she needs and no commitments. Then she comes across Colin, who looks like he would be fun and rough, exactly the way she likes it. However, Colin has other things in mind.


I thought this was an interesting story. There is the role reversal from the normal. In this story, the girl is the one who wants the one night stand and rough, no emotion sex. The guy is looking for a relationship and family. Don't get me wrong, Colin isn't a nine to five business man and has a dark side, just not in the relationship he wants.


There is also a story around the father of the child, that Allie kept and works her best to keep her safe and happy. At the beginning we, as the readers, are told that Allie was raped by a friend. That was how she ended up pregnant. Even her best friend, Shelly, doesn't know that she was forced. He doesn't know there was ever a child from this night. There are issues when he finds out. Colin is prepared to prevent that from happening.


This was a short story. I think I read in less than two hours. I found it a very interesting story that kept the pages turning for me. The story isn't as dark as the majority of Ms. Warren's stories that I've read, but that didn't make it any less intriguing for me. There is a bit of a cliffhanger ending, so I was really glad that I had the next book ready to start. I plan to dig into it very soon.


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**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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Audiobook Review: Midnight's Kiss (Elder Races #8) by Thea Harrison

Midnight's Kiss (A Novel of the Elder Races) - Thea Harrison

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I’ve loved the Elder Races series from the beginning. I love the Wyrs, especially Dragos and Pia.  The most recent two books, including this one have not included the Wyrs, or not really. They have only made token appearances. In Night’s Honor, book 7, Thea Harrison takes us from the Wyr domain into the Nightkind domain. Midnight’s Kiss starts not long after the end of Night’s Honor.


In Midnight’s Kiss, our hero is the king of the Nightkind domain, Julian, who we first met in Serpent’s Kiss, book 3. He was not painted as a kind man or a good ruler. Carling, the heroine of Serpent’s Kiss and his maker, had to flee from him when he tried to have her killed.


The heroine is Melisande, daughter of the Light Fae Queen. They had dated decades before, and lets just say that it ended badly and they can barely speak to each other at the beginning of this story.


Justine, one of the Vampyres on the council decides that she has had enough of Julian’s rule and is going to take him out. So she kidnaps Melisande and hopes to trade her for Julian. She plans to start a war and take over the Nightkind. When Julian does show up for the trade, of course Justine doesn’t release Melisande. Then Melly, as her friends call her, could tell her very powerful mother who kidnapped her.


While I love the Nightkind world (just not as much of as the Wyrs), I was not a huge fan of this book. First of all, I’m not a big fan of the hated ex-lovers who get back together trope. I don’t mind second chance love, but these two couldn’t have a basic business phone conversation without someone else to mediate. And this was all based on a misunderstanding that they are willing to forgive and forget later. I just wasn’t much of a fan. I know there are people who love this trope, I’m just not one of them.


Second, I didn’t link Justine as a villain. I just didn’t think she was very smart. What makes you think you can kidnap the Light Fae Queen’s daughter and make her disappear and that the Queen would never figure it out and kill you very slowly. She also kills a lot of people along the way that points a very large arrow at her before people even know that Melly was missing. Lastly, she uses rough Vampyres to do a lot of her dirty work. They are basically like the methheads of the Vampyre world. Not people I would want to have to put my faith in, that is for sure.


While this story wasn’t my favorite in the series, I still love the overall story arc. Harrison does a great job with the Nightkind domain. I loved the backstories that went with these characters. She took a character that I really disliked in Julian and made me really like him. Melly, on the other hand, I neither liked nor disliked much. I just didn’t have a lot of feelings for her.

I am very excited to see that we are going back to the Wyrs for the next book. I love how Ms. Harrison keeps switching it up and keeping it fresh. I think that is one reason that the series is so long and I haven’t gotten bored yet. Yes, there are books I like more than others, but I’m not seeing a downward trend like I have with some other long running series.



I’m a huge fan of Sophie Eastlake’s narration. I think she has done a great job with this series from the beginning. Each character has a very distinct voice and she is wonderful at portraying the emotions of each character. I’ve listen to her narrate several different series. I always feel like she is going to give a great performance.


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


Audiobook Review: Shards of Hope (Psy-Changeling #14) by Nalini Singh

Shards of Hope (Psy/Changeling) - Nalini Singh

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After listening the previous book, Shield of Winter, which featured one of the upper echelon of the Arrows squad, I was very excited to listen to Shards of Hope, which features Vasic’s best friend and leader of the Arrows, Aden. If you aren’t familiar with this series, the Arrows are an elite squad of soldiers who are part of the Psy race. Not only are they great soldiers in a physical capacity, they also have great psychic powers. All the Psy have lived their lives under a strict code of Silence, where they bottle up all their emotions to help the race control their powers.


Shards of Hope starts not long after the previous book. Silence has fallen and not all of the Psy are dealing well with it. The Arrows have it really tough because they usually had very powerful psychic powers, they needed Silence more than most to help control their powers. Most have been in a strict military setting since they were as young as three. It is hard for some of the older Arrows to start to show their feelings. The Arrows start working to build a more family and community for them to live and train in, instead of barracks and compounds.


Early in the book, Aden and Zaira, who has been close to Aden since they were children and is now one of his best Arrows, are captured by a group of humans, Psy and Changelings. They do escape and end up with a Changeling group that we haven’t met before. Aden gets a chance to see how the Alpha leads, teaches and interacts with those in his pack.


I loved watching Aden learn how to lead the Arrows in this new family environment. He has to learn how to teach the kids to play. There is also dealing with teenagers that are now allowed to react to their hormones. He is also trying to create family units with children living with older Arrows.


While this series is a paranormal romance, it reads almost more like an urban fantasy to me especially when both characters are Psy as they have a much slower built toward romance. There is a new couple in every book, but it has a very strong series arc. I’ve read several romance series where you can come into the series in the middle and not have any issues with the overall story. I wouldn’t recommend coming into this series in the middle of the series. I think the overall story would be lost.



I still enjoy Angela Dawe’s narration. She doesn’t blow me out of the water the way some other narrators do, but I think she does a great job. I also think she is perfect for this series. She does a great job going between the feelings of Changelings and humans to the coldness of the Psy. You can even feel the Psy warming throughout, not just the each story as the romance builds between the characters, but also I think the warmness of the Psy is increasing book to book as Silence falls.


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

Hades: A Demonica Novella - Larissa Ione

Review originally posted at


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I’ve been a big fan of the Demonica series since I picked book one back when there was only three books in the series. I’ve always wanted to learn more about the mohawked jailer of the underworld. He hasn’t had large parts in the previous books. There’s a reason for that. He pissed Azagoth off many, many years ago, so Azagoth keeps him limited to the Inner Sanctum of Sheol-gra. When Hades does appear in the stories, I always felt he made a big impact and was very rememberable.


Cataclysm is a fallen angel. She was kicked out of heaven for helping Gethel try to start the Apocalypse. She now works for Azagoth cleaning his office and what not. She really isn’t very good at it. She constantly breaking things. She has quite the history of making bad decisions, but as a general rule, she wanted to do good things. Even when helping Gethel, she didn’t know what Gethel had planned.


This was another great short story that gives a look into lives of some the secondary characters of a series that I enjoy considerably. You can read these stories whether you’ve read the series or not, though there are spoilers, but you wouldn’t realize it when you read these shorts. They are fun and sexy. There is insta-love in this book, which isn’t my favorite thing, but not didn’t bother me as much as I would’ve thought. My biggest complaint about this story, in the sex scene, Hades actually uses his mohawk on Cat’s different lady bits. This was just not sexy to me in any way. I still enjoyed the story. We are also given a glimpse of what we will be seeing in the next story. I’m glad that I get to keep visiting this world, even if it is only in short bursts.



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Review: Winner Take All (Cupid's Arrow #1) by Abby Lombard

Winner Take All (Cupid's Arrow Book 1) - Abby Lombard

This is a sweet contemporary romance story that is a quick read. Cupid's Arrow is an estate that is owned by billionaire, Cullen P. Kincaid. He invites a variety of strangers to his house and puts them on a scavenger hunt through the estate. All the contestants must sign a nondisclosure agreement, to not reveal anything about their weekend at the estate. The winner takes home a half a million dollars.


Tess, is a college student and is adamant that she needs to study to get the best grades she can get. She is in pre-med and wants to be sure that she can get into med school. So while she needs the money that she could potentially win, she plans to study every chance she can get.


Noah is a mechanic working to put his little sister through college. He wanted to go to college, but choose to send his little sister, so he had to work. His mother is a drug addict, so he took custody of his sister as soon as he was eighteen.


There aren't but four characters in Winner Takes All, the hero and heroine. There is also the billionaire, Mr. Kincaid. Lastly, there is a woman who tries to get between Tess and Noah. They have quite the feel good story. Both Tess and Noah are very common individuals who are spending a weekend in a beautiful estate. Both are required to step out of their comfort zone and actually do something for themselves for once that doesn't involve studying or work.


Very cute story that was a quick read. I really liked both Tess and Noah. They are great people who are just trying to make due with what they have in life. To watch them finally take something for themselves was a lot of fun. It has a little bit of a fairy tale with the happy ever ending.


**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: Empire of Night (Age of Legends, #2) by Kelley Armstrong

Empire of Night - Kelley Armstrong

Review originally posted at


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This is an interesting series by Kelley Armstrong, who is one of my favorite authors. I was very intrigued by the first book in this series. This series is about two twin sisters who live in a different world. They are the Keeper and the Seeker, which is a coveted position in their world. They work together to quiet the souls of the dead. They each have a bond beast that is their protector. Moria, the Keeper, has a hound. Ashyn, the Seeker, has a wildcat for her bond beast.


In the previous book, their town is destroyed. They spend the most of the book traveling to the emperor’s palace for help. Now they are almost like prisoners in gilded cages. The emperor won’t let them leave the palace area for their own safety. All the girls want to do help to find the missing children from their village. They really feel helpless sitting in the palace while others are missing.


Gavril is a boy from their village who appears to turn traitor. His father is the one who has started all the issues in the girls’ town of Edgewood. Moria got very close with Gavril in the first book and is having a hard time dealing with the idea that he turned traitor. Moria also has gotten very close with the emperor’s bastard son, Tyrus. She even goes off to help him with negotiations.


Ashyn is the quieter of the two sisters, but she is also powerful, if not as physical. She has interest in Ronan. Ronan is a boy that helped them traverse to emperor’s palace in the first book. He has no status, which makes him like a fugitive, so he is hiding from the emperor. They both have feelings for each other, but Ronan doesn’t feel he is worthy of her.


It is really hard to give you the aspects of the story without giving away spoilers. I will say that I love the premise of this story. I love the characters. I even love the overall story, even if I thought it was a bit long for a young adult story. What I didn’t like was that Moria seems to have gotten herself into a possible love triangle with Gavril and Tyrus. I’m not a fan of love triangles, and I don’t like this one. I’m not a fan of the lack of relationship between Ashyn and Ronan. I didn’t like the excuses. Also, there is a cliffhanger, grrrr. I think this will be a series that I like each book, but I love the entire trilogy.



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Release Day Blitz - Better When It Hurts by Skye Warren

Skye Warren - Better When It Hurts


Five years ago we lived in the same house. He was the ultimate bad boy. And my foster brother. Now he’s back. Tougher, harder, meaner. All of it aimed at me, because I was the one who sent him away. It’s payback time. He wants his pound of flesh, and I am helpless to say no.


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The whistle of a belt coming off follows me into Blue’s bedroom. My breath stutters in my chest. I hear the threat of the movement, the speed and power behind it. It’s more than a man getting undressed.


There’s a hundred ways a belt can be used to hurt me. I know them well.


I turn my head to the side, addressing him but showing deference too. It’s an instinct now. It’s survival. "What are you going to do with that?"


"I’d rather show you," he says, approaching me, prowling around me.


I don’t want him to hit me with that belt. Not because I can’t take the pain. I know I can, because I’ve done it before. I don’t want him to hit me because I might start hating him.


"Wait," I say.


He doesn’t wait. One hand takes my wrist. Standing behind me, he leans close. "What do you think I’ll do with this? Make your pretty skin all red? Make you cry?"


I tense, twisting my arm. It only hurts me, and I’m still held tight. "Don’t."


"I’m going to do both of those things before we’re done here, Lola." He pauses, loosening his grip slightly. "But I’m not going to whip you with this."


There’s only a second where I can feel relieved before I feel him drawing my other hand behind me. It’s a mistake to relax around him. Whatever I’m thinking, he’s doing something different. However much I brace myself, it’s still going to hurt.


He wraps the soft leather around my wrists, binding them together behind my back. It pushes my breasts out in front of me. Cool air brushes over my skin, tightening my nipples.


There’s weakness in this pose, being held, being open.


And there’s strength too, the pride of being wanted, the power of desire.


"On your knees," he says so softly I almost don’t hear him.


I don’t know what he’s thinking. Whether he sees me as an object he can use or as an enemy he can conquer. I’m a little off balance, lilting to the side as I sink to the carpet. His hands cup my arms, helping me down, guiding my gently. It feels more like worship than anger, more like kindness than cruelty.


At least until the sharp sound of his zipper rips through the air.


His voice follows. "Candy doesn’t think I’ll hurt you."


I shiver at the foreboding underneath the words. "Yes."


He undresses slowly, methodically, exposing rough skin and dark hair and a thick, jutting cock. I have seen his cock before, but only in the dark, holding it in my fist while I jerked him off, shadows and motion. Now I see the skin like the dark side of a peach, almost the color of a bruise. I see the curve of a vein underneath. I see the head of his cock, fat and proud and already glistening at the tip.


I see everything clearly because the saturated late-afternoon light still streams through his window. Our hours are all backward and twisted. Where another woman would do this at midnight, would expose her shame to the moon, mine comes open at five o’clock.


"She thinks you’re safe with me because I protect the other girls." He approaches me, his cock near my face, his eyes looking down on me. "I even protect you."


I choke out the words. "Because only you get to touch me."


He nods approvingly. Candy doesn’t understand, he means. I understand. He’s showing me that we’re together on this, like some perverted joint mission where I agree to be hurt. And haven’t I? I showed up here of my own free will. Maybe I do want what’s coming to me.



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Review: Better When It Hurts (Stripped #2) by Skye Warren

Better When It Hurts (Stripped Book 2) - Skye Warren

In Better When it Hurts we have Lola who is a stripper at The Grand. The Grand was a nice theater from back in the day. Now it is just a strip club. The old ticket booths are now VIP rooms. Lola came from a foster home. She's had quite a hard childhood. She learned young that the best way to be safe was to give her body up to the strongest boy she could find. As soon as she turns eighteen, she finds one of her old foster mothers who has dementia and moves in to care for her. She starts stripping because that was the fast way for her to make money to pay the bills.


Blue is head of security for The Grand. He knew Lola from a foster home when they were teenagers. They had a relationship until Lola told people that Blue hurt her and he was taken away. He later joined the Army to keep himself out of jail. Blue sees what Hannah, as she was known as a child, as betrayal. He spends a lot of time thinking up ways to decide how he is going to make her pay.


I really loved this story. There are several flashbacks to time in Blue and Lola were younger. I also loved seeing the relationship between Mrs. Owens and Hannah. You can tell that they really care for each other. It really hit close to home for me, as my grandmother had dementia. Always worrying that they will leave something on and burn down the house can be really hard on loved ones.


The sex scenes are really hot. Blue does force Lola to come to his house and coerces her to have sex. He does like to give it a little rough. She has learned throughout her years of buying safety with her body, that rough sex is just a part of her life. Blue isn't the type of lover that just takes, he does give to her very well in the bedroom. More than she has ever had in her well experienced past. They do workout that there was several misunderstandings from their childhood which they do workout in the end.


I highly recommend this series for anyone who likes their romance on the darker side, but still with a happy ever after. You can read this book as a stand alone without being lost. Readers from book one will see Honor and Kip, but their part is pretty small. Ivan, the strip club owner, and Candy, another stripper at The Grand, have a larger part in this book, but will be our couple for book three. I'm really excited to read this book.


**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: When an Alpha Purrs (A Lion's Pride #1) by Eve Langlais

When An Alpha Purrs (A Lion's Pride) (Volume 1) - Eve Langlais

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When an Alpha Purrs is another light-hearted, fun read from Eve Langlais. This one features a billionaire king of the concrete jungle who is very much used to getting his own way. That is until he goes to get his hair cut and his normal barber isn’t available. He is forced to use his barber’s granddaughter. He starts by insulting her by not wanting a woman to cut his glorious mane. Then he continues to push until she takes retribution by cutting a huge hunk out of his perfect locks.


The story starts off with a lot of banter between our hero and heroine. Arik finally decides that he likes Kira and works really hard to get her out on a date with him. They banter more and add lots of flirting. I did get a little worried that this was going to be a contemporary story just with a shifter, as there was no suspense at this point in the story. I shouldn’t have been. Eve came through as always.


Kira ran from a past. An ex-boyfriend to be exact. He has quite the stalker issues. He follows her to her new location. Arik immediately catches on and takes things into his own hands. The fun really starts when he takes Kira to his condo for her protection and she has to meet the Pride.


When an Alpha Purrs is an quick read. I read it in one sitting. It was just what I needed after a tough week at work. Something that was uncomplicated and to make me laugh. There was just the right amount of sexiness to keep things interesting. While I can’t wait to read book two in the series, where the hero is the Pride’s beta, Hayder, it is book three about the Pride’s omega, Leo, that has me chomping at the bit.



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Eighth Grave After Dark - Darynda Jones, Lorelei King

I don't feel even the slightest bit sorry for Denise. Denise was an adult and Charley was a child. Denise had no right to treat a child that way.

Review: Revolution (Replica, #3) by Jenna Black

Revolution (Replica) - Jenna Black

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I was so excited to get to the final book in the Replica Trilogy. I thought it was a great wrap up to the series. Revolution picks up right where Resistance ends with the group hiding from the government.


Nathan is the son of the chairman or government leader. He was murdered and brought back to life in book one. He is a cloned body with most of his memories in tact. He has never been a very good heir to his father. He shows no interest in doing anything government related Nadia is his betrothed. Her family has always been high up in government as well. While Nadia and Nathan were never romantically attracted to each other, they have been best friends.


Bishop is a former male prostitute from the Basement who helps hide the two fugitives. He is considered the low of the low in the class level of society. He is also Nathan’s lover. Dante is an “employee”. He is a servant to the “executive” class, but is working to topple the current power structure. Agnes is the daughter of a chairman of a different state. She was brought in as possible marriage replacement for Nate. She has been groomed to run, but is described as very common to look at and very shy and awkward around others. They are quite the misfit group of kids set to save Paxco.


The story does start off a bit slow in that Nadia, Nate and the gang are hiding out in the Basement. The government is accusing Nate and Nadia of murder. Since they can’t leave the apartment, there isn’t much action going on. They are able get stories about what is happening in the Basement and news reports of what lies the government is spreading. There is also character growth during this time.


There comes a time in the story where things between the Basement and the government hit a critical mass. There are riots and things look like they couldn’t get any worse for our main characters. Dorothy, the current government ruler, takes things further than the kids could ever imagine. The amount of violence that Dorothy rains down on people in her own territory is larger than anyone could’ve expected. There are several people who are killed or critically injured.


There is a new character in Shrimp. He is the younger brother of the gang leader in the Basement who helps to hide the misfit group of fugitives. While his brother is pretty cutthroat, Shrimp is a smart guy, but he is very loyal to his brother. He sees that his brother isn’t making the best decision, but has a hard time going against family. He also takes a great liking to Agnes. It was great to see her finally getting some attention.


I felt that this story wrapped up very well. It isn’t all hearts and rainbows and there are sacrifices made by some characters. But I thought it wrapped the story up the best way possible. I thought this was a great fast pace series. I’m not a big reader of YA, but I felt that this series was a great read. I thought that the overall story across three books was very interesting. The characters are well developed and make you really care about them and where they go.


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Audiobook Review: Wanderlust by Skye Warren

Wanderlust - Skye Warren

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This book is a really intriguing, dark and psychological story. It is a shorter audio than most of the books I listen to at just under six hours. But, it is still full of story. I had read this book before it was available on audio. I was really excited to revisit the Hunter and Evie’s story on audio, though this was a new-to-me narrator.


This story is a very dark story in that there is kidnapping and some dubious consent. I love the psychological aspects of this book. This is an author that will push your boundaries. While I really enjoyed this book, I don’t condone the actions that the hero/villain takes. The story seems very real in that I could really see something like this happening to someone in real life, which makes it even more scary.


This is a story about Evie, who was the daughter of a shut-in, who became a shut in by proxy when her mother guilted her everytime she left her house. She finally decides that she couldn’t live in such a small space any more and she had to see the world. She has dreams to go to Niagara Falls from a book she stole from the library (one of the few places here mother allowed her to visit outside the house). On her travels from Texas towards Niagara, she runs into Hunter at a small town truck stop. He is a truck driver and a nomad who is a bit on the scary side. Hunter is used to getting what he wants and doesn’t take “no” for an answer. People who know him have decided that it is easier to just give him his way.


Hunter decides that he likes Evie and that he wants to take her with him on the road, so he takes her. Things start off really bad for her. She is very naive, because most of her life at home with just her mother, so she has little to no life experience. Every move that she makes, just makes her bad situation worse. Then as the story builds between these two, more of their pasts comes out. We learn that both individuals have a pretty horrific past.


I really loved how this author really makes you rethink everything you think you know. Hunter is not a good person, there is no mistaking that. What he does in this book is wrong, no matter how you slice it. I don’t care what happened in his past. That doesn’t mean that you don’t start to feel sorry for the man by the end.


I really love this quote from the book. I think it shows the beautiful way that Ms. Warren writes how Evie grows throughout Wanderlust.

I was a caterpillar, my many limbs held tight to my body, wrapped up in a cocoon. He paved the way, eased me from a small and ugly life to a beautiful one. The transition had been painful at times, but never more than it would be to leave him. But that was the path of a butterfly-to fly away from the one who had made her.


The story is told in first person from Evie’s point of view. It is interesting to see how Hunter changes in her perception in the story. Not only from actions that he takes, but also from the people that she meets that are Hunter’s friends. It is also interesting to see that Hunter, while not a good person, isn’t the worse thing in the world.


If you are looking for a book that will really push your boundaries, this could be the book for you. I do want to remind you that there is kidnapping and rape involved, and I know that is not for everyone. Wanderlust is beautifully written story about a dysfunctional pairing of two damaged people.


This is the first book that I’ve listened to narrator Lucy James. I think she did a pretty good job. She made Evie sound very innocent, which was how she sounded in my head. Hunter’s voice was very menacing. I thought it fit him very well. There are also several side characters who don’t have lengthy parts. I did think she spoke very slow, but increasing the speed at which I listened solved that issue.


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


Blog Barrage Sign-Up – Dark and Damaged

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I’m organizing a blog barrage for DARK AND DAMAGED: EIGHT BAD BOYS OF PARANORMAL ROMANCE from June 15th to 28th. This boxed set features eight hot paranormal romances by New York Times and USA Today bestselling authors including Jennifer Ashley, Caris Roane, Erin Kellison, Felicity Heaton, Erin Quinn, Laurie London, Bonnie Vanak and Colleen Gleason.

Each stop will include an intro piece, blurb and cover, excerpt from one of the books in the boxed set, author bios and links. Giveaways of select eBooks (not from boxed set) will also be available for bloggers interested in hosting.

All tour hosts will be automatically entered to win one of two prizes: $100 & $50 Amazon or Coach gift certificates (valid internationally).

Titles featured in boxed set:

LION EYES by Jennifer Ashley
BLOOD FLAME by Caris Roane
TEMPTED BY FIRE by Erin Kellison
HER SINFUL ANGEL by Felicity Heaton
REBEL’S DESIRE by Laurie London
REDEMPTION by Bonnie Vanak
RAGING DAWN by Colleen Gleason


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Eight all-new, never-before-published hot paranormal romances by eight New York Times bestselling authors. Tortured alpha-male bad boys will ignite your darkest, most secret desires in these stories about vampires, shifters, dragons, fallen angels, werewolves, demons, psychic warriors and ghosts.

Jennifer Ashley

New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author Jennifer Ashley has lived and traveled all over the world, and now lives in the Southwest. She writes historical, paranormal, and contemporary romance as Jennifer Ashley; mysteries as Ashley Gardner; and paranormal romance and urban fantasy as Allyson James.

Jennifer’s/Allyson’s/Ashley’s more than fifty novels have won RWA’s RITA award, the Golden Quill, RT Reviewer’s Choice awards, and the Prism award, among others. Jennifer’s novels have been also been translated into French, German, Spanish, Dutch, Japanese, Norwegian, Hungarian, Italian, Thai, and other languages.

Jennifer enjoys writing and reading above all else, but her hobbies include cooking, hiking, playing flute and guitar, painting, and building miniature rooms and dollhouses. | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest
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Caris Roane

I confess I’ve had a love affaire with vampires for several years now, especially warrior vampires, the kind found in the books of Sherrilyn Kenyon, Lara Adrian and JR Ward. Though I’ve been published in Regency Romance under the pseudonym Valerie King–and yes one of my Regency Novellas features a vampire–one day I woke up knowing I had to create my own contemporary world of the warrior vampire.

For some mystical, magical reason, early in the process, my vampires appeared with enormous beautiful wings and it has been the most amazing experience to include flight in my novels, in both battle scenes and scenes involving spectacle. My special vampire world, published by St. Martin’s Press, is introduced in the first book called, ASCENSION (12-28-2010). The second book, BURNING SKIES (May of 2011), opens up the world a little bit more. And even as I write this, I’m on the final draft of my third novel, WINGS OF FIRE (September of 2011). What a thrill it has been to live with my ascended vampires through the creation of this extraordinary, multi-dimensional world! | Facebook | Twitter | GoodReads | Amazon

Erin Kellison

Erin Kellison is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Reveler serial, where dreaming turns dangerous. She also writes the dark fantasy romance Shadow series and Shadow Kissed series. RT calls Soul Kissed, “a dark fairy tale with a twist, perfect for readers who love passion with their fantasy.” And this year she expands her science fiction romance Sol series. | Facebook | Twitter | GoodReads | Amazon

Felicity Heaton

Felicity Heaton is a NEW YORK TIMES, USA TODAY and International Best-Selling Author.

Felicity writes 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 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. | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest
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Erin Quinn

New York Times bestselling author Erin Quinn writes dark paranormal romance for the thinking reader. Her books have been called “riveting,” “brilliantly plotted” and “beautifully written” and have won, placed or showed in the Booksellers Best, WILLA Award for Historical fiction, the Orange Rose, Readers Crown, Golden Quill, Best Books, and Award of Excellence. | Facebook | Twitter | GoodReads | Amazon

Laurie London

Laurie London is the NY Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Sweetblood and Iron Portal series—dark, sexy paranormal romance, set primarily in the Pacific Northwest. Publisher’s Weekly calls the Sweetblood series “sexy” and “sizzling.” Her latest release, ENTICED BY BLOOD, is a short story set in the Sweetblood world. WARRIOR’S HEART, book 3 in the Iron Portal series will be out soon.

She lives on a small farm outside of Seattle with her husband, two children and a variety of animals. After graduating from college, she worked for a Fortune 500 company as a programmer/tester and an underwriter. Her other jobs included cocktail waitress, hotel maid, candy store manager and bridal gown sales.

When not writing, she can be found running, reading, sewing, making jewelry, mucking stalls, volunteering or riding her horse. Someday she hopes to qualify for the Quarter Horse World Show – that is, if her horse doesn’t get hurt again. | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest
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Bonnie Vanak

After graduating from the University of Florida with a journalism degree, I worked as a newspaper reporter. After, tired of simply reporting the news, I became a writer for a large international charity. My work took me to countries like Haiti and Honduras to write about famine, disease and other issues. Humanitarian jobs are fulfilling, but emotionally draining. The work is for a good cause, but the pressure can be enormous.

So to counter the suffering I encountered in my travels, I began writing romance novels. My first romance novel, The Falcon & the Dove, was about a handsome Egyptian sheikh protecting a treasure hidden in the sands for centuries. He meets his match in the lovely American who comes to Egypt to unearth the treasure. The Falcon & the Dove won the historical category of the 2001 RWA Melody of Love contest. A year later, it was published by Dorchester Publishing. | Facebook | Twitter | GoodReads | Amazon

Colleen Gleason

Colleen Gleason is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling and award-winning author who can’t seem to decide what type of book to write…so she writes a lot of different genres!

So far, Colleen has written everything from vampire hunters to dystopian romance, to steampunk, historical romance, and mysteries with a supernatural flair. One element, however, that appears in all of her stories, is that of partnership…whether it be professional, romantic, or both.

All of Colleen’s books feature strong heroines experiencing fast-paced adventures, danger, mystery, and of course, romance. But at the core of each story is the belief that every woman deserves a partner who accepts her for her strengths as well as her weaknesses—and vice versa.

Colleen lives in the midwest United States with her family and two dogs, and is always working on her next book. | Facebook | Twitter | GoodReads | Amazon


Review: Date with Death (Welcome to Hell, #2.5) by Eve Langlais

Date with Death - Eve Langlais

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Once again, we visit Lucifer’s Hell and he is back to matchmaking again. In this one, we have Mictain, who is an Aztec god of death and a grim reaper. He has come to collect Marigold’s soul. However, there is a problem. She sees him, figures out who and what he is. So, she stops what she is doing, so she doesn’t die. Lucifer wants Mick to figure out why she can see him, because if people see the grim reaper, the number of deaths is going to plummet.


As we go through the story, we learn that Mari has a very special father. She is not aware of her paternal parentage. She thinks that she is just a normal witch. She is very ballsy as she asks the reaper out for a date. Who does that? “I know you came to collect my sole, but since I’m not going to die, you wanna go out for a bite to eat?”


This was a cute and quick read. When I grabbed this, I didn’t realize I was getting a novella. I thought I was picking up book three in the series. I guess that’s what I get for not paying attention and just one-clicking. LOL. I enjoyed the story. I loved the banter between Mick and Mari.


This story was originally part of an anthology, which means it works great as a stand alone story. It is a great way to get started on this series if you are just wanting to give it a try without the commitment of reading a full book. I can’t wait to get back to the last two books in this series and see who Lucifer will put together next.

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