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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.

Review: A Tiger's Bride (A Lion's Pride #4) by Eve Langlais

A Tiger's Bride (A Lion's Pride Book 4) - Eve Langlais

Review originally posted at RabidReads.com.

 

Great Dialogue eBook Paranormal Romance

 

This was an interesting story, not something I was used to from Eve Langlais. For one, I’m not used to her heroes kidnapping the heroines, but that is what happens in this book. It isn’t quite as bad as it sounds. The story with this book actually starts off a little bit in the previous book.

 

Dmitri is a Russian mob leader tiger shifter who has been after Meena, the heroine of When an Omega Snaps. He had actually kidnapped her a few times only for her to escape. He wanted a large lioness to have his cubs so that the would be the largest cats around. Well, he gave up on Meena when she got married. Then he meets Teena, Meena’s twin sister; identical twin sister.

 

Teena and Meena might be identical twin genetically, but they are nothing alike outside of genes. Where Meena was very rockem sockem and a partier, Teena is more cultured and still a virgin. Both did inherit the clutz gene.

 

Dmitri decides at Meena’s wedding that he would do things right and woo Teena instead of the snatch and grab method that didn’t work Meena. However, his thugs didn’t get the call and drug and grab her anyway. Even then the escape back to Russia doesn’t go quite as planned.

 

For this being a story about a mafia kingpin kidnapping a woman and coercing her into marriage, this book is full of humor as you would expect from an Eve Langlais story. We don’t get to see as much of the lioness from the previous stories, but that is okay. I would like to see Luna get a story of her own one day.

So what if he doesn’t love me yet? We are married. He’s mine. She had the choice if she wanted to make this marriage real. To have him in her life, in her bed, and in her heart.
What about inside me?
Desire made her bold.
Tossing the phone to the side, she flung herself on the couch, spread her arms wide, and exclaimed, “Take me, I’m yours.”
It might have proven sexier if the French provincial sofa, with its carved spindle legs hadn’t collapsed on the floor.


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Source: http://rabidreads.ca/2016/01/review-a-tigers-bride-by-eve-langlais-mlsimmons-evelanglais.html

Audiobook Review: Roadside Magic (Gallow and Ragged #2) by Lilith Saintcrow

Roadside Magic - Joe Knezevich, Lilith Saintcrow, Hachette Audio

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

 

DNF

 

This is the not the first series that I’ve read from Lilith Saintcrow. I read and really enjoyed both the Jill Kismet and Dante Valentine series. I read both of these before blogging, so I don’t have review. I also read them before I was such the audiobook junkie so I haven’t tried them on audio yet, but I would like to revisit the series sometime on audio. This Gallow and Ragged series just isn’t for me. I listened to the first book and thought it was okay. I decided to pick up the second book because many times the books get better for me throughout a series.

 

For me, Roadside Magic just didn’t seem to be going anywhere. I actually DNF this story at 65%, which left 3 hours and 10 minutes left. I rarely DNF any books, but I really just wasn’t feeling this one. I even tried to speed up the narration so that I could get through it quicker.

 

In this story, Robin is running from both Summer and Unwinter. Jeremiah Gallow is trying to hunt her down to protect her from both. Robin is worried that Gallow just wants to protect her because he is trying to bring back her sister and his former lover.

 

The addition of Pepperbuckle was interesting. He was a dog-like fae creature that is tied to Robin. I couldn’t tell you exactly what kind of fae he was. There was a lot of creature and fae names dropped about and I couldn’t keep them all straight.

 

I will say that the dialogue was much easier to read. There were bits and pieces of action, but these scenes didn’t hold through. Who knows, maybe I would’ve enjoyed this more if I had re-listened to Trailer Park Fae for a refresher. I don’t think this is a bad story and I definitely don’t think Saintcrow is a bad author, this series just isn’t for me. As I said above, I’ve read two series from this author before, which I loved. I just haven’t done a lot of series where fae are the sole characters of the series, so maybe this just isn’t my thing.

 

If you want to check out some other reviews for Roadside Magic here are some other people’s opinions:
Wicked Little Pixie
Vampire Book Club
Rabid Reads

Source: http://www.hotlistens.com/roadside-magic-audiobook-by-lilith-saintcrow-review

Audiobook Review: Croc's Return (Bitten Point #1) by Eve Langlais

Croc's Return: Bitten Point Series # 1 - Tantor Audio, Eve Langlais, Chandra Skyye

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

 

This is the first book in a new series by Eve Langlais. It is sort of a spin off of the Kodiak Point series. However, unlike some other spinoffs that I’ve read, you can read this one without having read Kodiak Point (though I highly recommend Kodiak Point, one of my favorite series by Eve). Basically, Bitten Point is a shifter friendly town, just like Kodiak Point. Our hero, Caleb, is just coming back from the same army installment that the Kodiak Point guys were in.

 

Anyway, Caleb is a croc shifter and is just coming back into town after being away at the war. He had left town totally unexpectedly. No one knew why he left and joined the army. It really upset his mother, brother and also his girlfriend. HIs pregnant girlfriend.  Now it is five years later and his son is four years old and has no idea who his father is.

 

Renny hasn’t had it easy since Caleb left her with a child. She is working two jobs to afford to pay all the bills. Four-year-old Luke doesn’t understand why mom is never around. He gets angry with her. He also has a bit of animalistic side to him that he got from his father.

 

There is also some suspense going on in this story. People are going missing. The children are reporting seeing a dinosaur. The shifters are smelling things they’ve never smelled before. We learn more about why Caleb up and left out of nowhere to join the army. It was exactly what I expected from a Eve Langlais story. It was fun, sexy and had some suspense to it as well. I love how Eve isn’t afraid to use animal shifters that aren’t the norm. Caleb’s brother is a snake shifter (one takes after mom and the other takes after dad). I hope he gets a book in this series.

 

Narration

Chandra Skyye is a narrator that I’ve listened to before with the Kodiak Point series. At first, I wasn’t a huge fan of her narration, but she has grown on me. While she will never be on my list as a top narration, I’ve come to be able to enjoy her narrations enough. In this story, we see her ability to add children into the mix, which I thought she did a pretty decent job. I do listen to her at an increased speed.

Source: http://www.hotlistens.com/crocs-return-audiobook-by-eve-langlais-review

Review: Love at First Roar (Grayslake #4) by Celia Kyle

Love at First Roar - Celia Kyle

Review originally posted at RabidReads.com.

 

Page Turner Paranormal eBook

 

Isaac Abrams is the Grayslake town healer. While he loves the town, clan and family, he just can’t take the pity looks any more. In a fight with werehyenas that took place in one the first book, he wouldn’t allow anyone to tend to his own wounds until he was done healing everyone else that needed it. It left him scarred. Now, everyone in the town sees nothing but the scares. He wants nothing more than to have a family like his brothers have, but he will never get it in Grayslake where people still remember what he used to be. So he is going to move to a new territory to help that territory’s aging healer.

 

Kira is a half weremole (this a new shifter for me). She is half-blind and has a good for nothing guide dog. She grew up in a terrible territory where she wasn’t treated too bad until she turned eighteen. Then things changed. Her half-brother started torturing her. She became the guinea pig to test the poison that the shifters were using on the other shifters. When she was finally able to run, she ran to Grayslake. Good thing too, since that is where she meets her mate.

 

This is yet another book in this series where either the hero or heroine (or in this case, both) are damaged in some way. The author likes to write stories about how her characters can overcome these issues and still have that happy ever after. She also likes to write about how outside prejudices can affect both the hero and heroines in her story, and how it is even worse when it is family showing those prejudices.

 

Ty, the clan leader and the oldest brother of all the heroes in these books, has been quite the jerk in several of these books. He either hasn’t stood behind the brother that was hero of that story and let another brother treat the heroine poorly, if not do it himself. Well, that comes to a head in this story when the Abrams’ mother and father spend more time in the story. They chastise their sons for how they are treating the others. They almost lost their youngest son in the previous book and they aren’t about to go through that again.

 

I like how this author takes on tough topics such a prejudices with a sense of humor that isn’t tasteless. She has done this in pretty much every book so far in this series. I’ve really enjoyed them. I don’t feel like I’m being preached to about these topics. It does make me stop and think about how these things happen even within family. I’ve really enjoyed the stories.


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Source: http://rabidreads.ca/2016/01/review-love-at-first-roar-by-celia-kyle-mlsimmons-celiakyle.html

I will never listen to Phil Gigante or read Karen Marie Moning again, ever

I've been a fan of Phil Gigante for many years. I'm constantly recommending his audiobooks to people. I will never do that again. I will say that I don't know everything there is to know about this case, but I know enough that I will not support him. I also will not support Karen Marie Moning not so much that she is supporting him (which I don't like either), but for the fact that she is hiding this information from her fans. I believe that readers/listeners have the right to this information.

 

Here is what I do know. The man was arrested and plead GUILTY to accosting a minor for immoral purposes and possession of child sexually abusive material. I just don't believe that anyone would plead guilty for child sex crimes that they didn't do. Yes, people plead guilty for things they didn't do all the time, but not child sex crimes, because that stuff lives with you. If you look at his registered sex offender page (link below), you will see that he will be on that list until 2040. You don't plead guilty to make something go away that will put you on a list for that many years.

 

I feel we need to stop protecting sex offenders and stop victim blaming. I will not support anyone involved with this. I will not or listen to any book he narrates. I will not read any book she writes. I will not share any posts that about either of these two (unless they are addressing this issue, which I will share liberally).

 

Here are links to more information. Do with it what you will.

 

This is a link to his registered sex offender page.

http://www.icrimewatch.net/offenderdetails.php?OfndrID=2326370&AgencyID=55242

 

Here is an article that explains more of what happened.

http://www.mlive.com/news/muskegon/index.ssf/2015/07/facebook_suspicion_leads_to_ar.html 

 

Lastly, here is a link to a great post about how Karen Marie Moning is handling it.

http://bibliodaze.com/2016/01/defending-the-indefensible-on-phil-gigante-karen-marie-moning/

 

 

Updated--More posts if your interested in reading more. These are all very well written.

 

Don’t Do This Ever: “Defending A Sex Offender” edition by Jenny Trout

 

Victim blaming and Phil Gigante by Jeaniene Frost

 

Where Is the Feverborn Review? There Isn’t One. by RedHotBooks

 

Why I Won’t Be Listening to Phil Gigante Anymore by The Guilded Earlobe

 

Blogger Confession: Public Statements, Using Your Platform, & Victim Blaming by The Geeky Blogger

Audiobook Review: The Drafter (The Peri Reed Chronicles #1) by Kim Harrison

The Drafter: The Peri Reed Chronicles, Book 1 - Kim Harrison, January LaVoy, Simon & Schuster Audio

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

 

I wasn’t sure what to expect going into The Drafter. I did listen to the prequel novella Sideswiped, but to be honest, I didn’t remember a lot of what happened. I do think that having listened/read the novella did make it easier to pick up this book. Several of the characters are introduced and you start to get a feel for the world that Harrison has built. It takes place several years before the start of The Drafter. Looking back, I wish I hadn’t left such a big gap between listening to Sideswiped and The Drafter.

 

This book was a completely different story and world from Harrison has given us in the past. It is nothing like The Hollows. Here, she has a built a futuristic world with more gadgets that you might expect to find in a world of the future. Plus, there is a bit of a time travel like element.

 

Peri Reed is a Drafter. She has the ability to go back a few minutes and rewrite the history. She is limited in how much she able to go back. She also doesn’t remember what happens. She requires the use of another person called an Anchor to help her see the final timeline. A Drafter and their Anchor are a team. They always work missions together and they generally live together and have a sexual relationship. Peri has even lost memories in her life from before the draft. One time she lost the previous six weeks of memories. It is interesting that Harrison gave such strong consequences for even these small shifts in time and rewrites in history.

 

There are many side characters from two different agencies. Peri currently works for a government agency called Opti. There is also another agency called the Alliance who is working to take down Opti. They want Peri and the information she could provide them, if she could only remember it. Jack is her Anchor and lover. He is also an Opti agent. Silas works for the Alliance. He can be an Anchor, but is more of a scientist than anything. There is also Bill, who is Jack and Peri’s handler. Fran, who is in charge of The Alliance. Howard and Taft are two great side characters who I just loved. They are friends of the Alliance and more like freelancers for them than true employees. They were there for Peri when she needed them. They were my favorite characters in the whole book. I hope we get to see more of them going forward.

 

This is a very interesting story. I liked it. The story kept me guessing on who’s the bad guy and who’s the good guys. At times, I felt I was almost as confused as Peri with her missing memory. I do love the world and the characters in it. I love Harrison’s writing style. I’m very excited to get the next book. I just hope I don’t have to wait too long.

 

Narration

This is the first book (not counting the Sideswiped novella) that I’ve listened to narrated by January LaVoy. I think she did a great job. I loved how she pulled out the cocky voice in Jack. Taft had a Southern accent that came and went and she did a great job with that as well. I liked her male and female voices. I would love to find more books with her as the narrator.

Review: The Lock (Dark Path #3) by K.T. Grant

The Lock (Dark Path Series #3) - KT Grant

In The Lock, we are in the third book in the Dark Path series. For those of you not familiar with the series, we told the story of the main couple is Max and Ericka. Max is the owner of the BDSM club The Gate along with Catherine. Erica has come a long way since book one. Her and Max are looking to get married. They even talking about going to Vegas to elope.

 

However, Max's brother, Daniel, gets into a scandal, so they make an unexpected trip to LA to visit him. While there, Max has a run-in with his old nemesis, Abraham, who is blackmailing his brother. Abraham is also marrying, Page, who is Chris' sister. Chris is Ericka's ex from the first book. Page is also Max's ex and lastly, she is crazy.

 

Then there's Catherine. Catherine is trying to figure out what she wants in her life. Does she want to stay with her overbearing Master? Or does she want to stay with Bryan. There are few twists that come up here that I won't spoil.

 

I know reading all of this it sounds chaotic, but it is really well written. The Lock kept me glued to my seat, turning pages. It has quite the climatic ending to the story that leaves you wanting more. As per the first two books in the series, the author leaves things with a cliffhanger. That is my biggest complaint about this series. I'm not a fan of cliffhangers and there has been one at the end of each book. If you like BDSM erotica, this is a great series with well developed characters and a wonderful story to go along with it.

 

**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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Reading progress update: I've read 26%.

Deceptions: A Cainsville Novel, Book 3 - -Penguin Audio-, Kelley Armstrong, Mozhan Marno, Carine Montbertrand

I'm DNFing this audiobook. I will pick the book up and finish it reading. I just can't do the narrators.

Review: Hell’s Kitty (Welcome to Hell #4) by Eve Langlais

Hell's Kitty  (Welcome To Hell) (Volume 4) - Eve Langlais

Review originally posted at RabidReads.com.

 

Creative Great Dialogue Paranormal Romance

 

Eve Langlais never ceases to amaze me with the characters that she creates. The hero in this book is a Hellcat, which was no surprise from the title. The heroine, though, that caught me by surprise. The prologue starts off with Jenny waking up as a child washed up on the Siren Isle. She has green curly hair and scales on her legs. The Sirens don’t really know exactly what she is or what to do with her. But, since they haven’t had children of their own in a long, long time, they adopt her. However, she doesn’t quite have the pipes Sirens are known for. In fact, quite the opposite. People will run off a cliff when she talks and kill themselves when she sings. Even some immortals aren’t immune.

 

Felipe is a Hellcat. We actually met him in A Demon and His Witch, as he was taken in by Ysabel as a stray. He was also her familiar. He has a knack of eating sea creatures out of the river Styx. So, Lucifer sends him on a mission to recruit Jenny to come help Lucifer. Jenny hasn’t left Siren Isle since she arrived, but Lucifer now wants her in the innermost circle of Hell. And he wants Felipe to bring her.

 

Yep, Lucifer is at it again. That demon has quite the knack for matchmaking. It has given him quite the ego too, as if he needed the boost. We get to watch how Lucifer has once again done a great job pairing up two unlikely people to make a great couple, even if it takes a while for them to figure it out. Felipe, as a tomcat, has no use for settling down, though the thought of not being with Jenny now that he’s met her drives him crazy. How could a tomcat like him ever settle down.

 

This is another fun story as Jenny and Felipe trek through Hell. They have some adventures. They have some fun times. There are some very good emotional times. And lastly, this couldn’t be an Eve Langlais book without laugh out loud moments. In this book, we get the most time with Lucifer’s lady love, Gaia. We also see who will be the features of the next book. Charon’s son, Adexios, who has been causing issues left and right. Plus an Amazon who helped Jenny and Felipe trek through Hell. That has funny written all over it.

 

I had to use this quote, even though it doesn’t feature our hero or heroine, it does feature Lucifer and his daughter Muriel.

“So once again, I’m here to save your hairy ass.”
“I’ll have you know I had it waxed earlier this week.”
Muriel wasn’t the only one to groan at this revelation. “Too much info. Anyhow— Hold on a second, is that a ducky with horns on your slicker?”
Thrusting his shoulders back, Lucifer grinned as showed off. “Yes, do you like it?”
“Only you could hope to carry if off,” was her reply.


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Source: http://rabidreads.ca/2016/01/review-hells-kitty-by-eve-langlais-mlsimmons-evelanglais.html

Audiobook Review: Fangs for the Memories (Half-Moon Hollow 0 - prequel) by Molly Harper

Fangs for the Memories - Molly Harper, Amanda Ronconi

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

 

This book is label as part of the Half Moon Hollow series, but it really takes place during the time of the Jane Jameson series. It takes a look at how Andrea and Dick Cheney became an item.

 

The vampire Dick Cheney has been a fan favorite for a while. He is one of my favorites as well. He is not the type of guy you want to take home to mom, which his inappropriate t-shirts, pervy comments and less than legal business dealing. But, Dick is one of the most loyal friends you will ever find.

 

This was not the story that I thought it would be. Dick Cheney is usually surrounded with inappropriateness and humor, but that was not the case in this story. This novellas had a lot less laugh out loud moments than the standard Molly Harper story. That didn’t make Fangs for the Memories any less enjoyable. I loved seeing the softer side of the vampire Dick Cheney. I also liked hearing more of Andrea’s back story.

 

I knew Andrea’s story was not a good story, but I guess I didn’t realize she had it as bad as she did. Being the person that Andrea is, she didn’t show how bad things got and always looked at the silver lining of her life. She took her bad situation and made the best of it and made some really great friends along the way.

 

Even though this is listed as a Half Moon Hollow series book, it is a must read for Jane Jameson fans. That being said, I think the entire Half Moon Hollow series is anyway. I love the entire clan of people that we’ve met in Half Moon Hollow. They are crazy and fun. Coming from a small town in the South (though to my knowledge, mine was free of supernaturals and was way more boring), I do see many of the similarities. This is a fun series that is alway great for a pick-me-up.

 

Narration

Amanda Ronconi is the perfect person for the narration of this series. She does an amazing job of bringing out the snarkiness of each character. I have listened to all of the Molly Harper books that she has narrated and I just can’t imagine reading them. Her narration really adds to the already fun stories.

Source: http://www.hotlistens.com/fangs-for-the-memories-audiobook-by-molly-harper-review

Audiobook Review: The Dirt on Ninth Grave (Charley Davidson #9) by Darynda Jones

The Dirt on Ninth Grave - Darynda Jones, -Macmillan Audio-, Lorelei King

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

 

In this story we have Charley waking up with retrograde amnesia. She doesn’t know who she is or anything about her past. It has been about a month and she is working in a diner in Sleepy Hollow, New York. All of her friends and family have joined her, but they haven’t told her they know who she is. Charley’s sister Gemma warned that it would be too hard on her to force the memories back on her. Charley needed to come back to herself in own time.

 

It was fun to see that Charley was “Charley” no matter what. It did take her a bit to figure out her powers. She wasn’t sure about the fact that she really could see dead people. She was also very scared to tell anyone about it, scared she would end up in a straight jacket, who wouldn’t?? Watching her learn how she stopped time and how to deal with it was kinda fun. I’m sure I would be the same way. In awe and terrified at the same time.

 

She also got the chance to fall in love with Reyes all over again. Who wouldn’t want that chance? She got to go through those wonderful times of early love all over again. It wasn’t all hearts and flowers at first. She did see the darkest in Reyes and it scared her. She also saw the anger in him, which is also scary.

 

Watching all of the secondary characters that we know and love tiptoe around Charley trying not to reveal who they are to her, all while Charley can sense their emotions was hilarious. Not to mention, she can tell when someone is outright lying. Garrett, Osh, Cookie, UB (or Bobert as Charley calls him while she doesn’t know him), Swoops are all there.  Angel even made the trip to keep an eye on Charley.

 

One thing I also enjoyed was the secondary characters we got to meet in this story. The fact that this took place in New York instead of New Mexico, means that we had to have a whole new cast of characters. There is Dixie the diner owner. There are the other diner workers in Lewis, Erin and Shayla.

 

Charley also works on two different cases that proves that she is a PI at heart. One that is police related and one that is departed related. She just can’t help but to help people who are in trouble. She also has a departed that she must help as well.  We also learn that animals can be departed too.

 

This is a classic Charley Davidson story. It will make you laugh and cry. Even though this story Charley spent most of the story as Janey Doerr, it was still a fun story.

 

Narration

Lorelei King once again nails the narration of this series. She had to do some Russian accents in this one. She continues to pull of the snark that is characteristic of a Charley Davidson book. Add to that, she is also great with the parts that are also not snarky. She brings to the table whatever is needed for that scene and does it flawlessly. This is will always be a straight to audio series for me. If you haven’t tried it on audio yet, you don’t know what you’re missing.

Source: http://www.hotlistens.com/the-dirt-on-ninth-grave-audiobook-by-darynda-jones-review

March Take Control Of Your TBR Pile Challenge

Take Control TBR Pile Challenge 2016
 
I'm joining Caffeinated Book Reviewer in her Take Control Of Your TBR Pile Challenge. Since one of my personal goals this year is to get caught up on some series that I'm behind in. I want to get some of these done before I start new ones. Since I blog on two different blogs, I'll be doing my posts here on Booklikes.
 

~*Rules*~

 

  • Link-up! This is open to everyone. If you do not have a blog then link your Goodreads account. It is a good idea to friend me if your shelves are private.
  • Create a Goals/Updates/Results post (can be combined) It can also be a shelf on Goodreads. Be sure to friend me, so I can see it. Friend me: Kimba
  • Begins midnight March 1st, 2016 and ends March 31, 2016 at midnight.
  • Read/listen to books from your TBR pile .
  • ALL books must have been published before March 1,  2016. I don't care where you got them, so old ARCS count too.
  • Post a review to Goodreads, or your blog then link it to the Rafflecopter for an entry. ( these can be mini review)
  • You can combine events, challenges etc.
  • No novellas for this one peeps
  • The rafflecopter will only allow you to enter up to two books daily, so update as soon as you finish a book.
  • Earn an extra entry for adding Take Control Button to your blog, or facebook (with link-back)
  • Use hashtag #TakeControlTBR
  • Earn extra entry for participating in Twitter Party Wednesday March 16th and 7pm (EST) (There will be mini-prizes)
  • Earn extra entry for participating in the 24 hour TBR read-a-thon Saturday March 12th. (sign-up will post in February)
  • Rafflecopter will close on April 2, 2016 at midnight and a winner will be chosen within 72 hours. Open internationally as long as Book Depository or Barnes and Noble ship to you. Prize: New 2016 release valued at up to 20 US dollars. I will do pre-orders as well. (may request eBook copy from Amazon or B&N)

 

 

Audiobook Review: Sweep in Peace (Innkeeper Chronicles #2) by Ilona Andrews

Sweep in Peace: Innkeeper Chronicles, Volume 2 - Ilona Andrews, Nyla R. Branscombe, Renée Raudman

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

 

This is such a fun series. First all, it is originally published as a serial on Ilona Andrews website for free for their fans. I just love that they are willing to do this for their fans. It is not something that they have to do, but they love doing it and the fans love it too. I’m not a fan of serials, so even with the first book, I choose to wait until it was done, planning to read the finished piece. Then they put the ebook for sale, which I quickly bought for convenience and to support this great idea. Then, they took it one step further and got their awesome narrator, Reneé Raudman, to put it on audio. This got me extra excited. So when they did the second book, I sat on my hands, holding my breath, hoping beyond hope that Reneé Raudman would read the second book. So here we are!!!

 

Okay, enough of me babbling about how much I love Ilona Andrews and Reneé Raudman. I should probably talk about the story. This series is about Dina DeMille is an innkeeper of Gertrude Hunt. Gertrude Hunt is no ordinary inn. It’s an inn for people not from Earth. It has special abilities and is truly a character in this story as much as any person in this story. It is also neutral ground. The innkeeper will protect anyone who is a guest within it’s walls.

 

Enter the arbitrator. He needs to try to negotiate a peace treaty between three warring factions. The arbitrator has asked all the other inns and they have turned him down. It is too dangerous and too unlikely to bring peace. But Dina, is desperate. Her inn needs guest and money, so she decides to take the risk.

 

One group are the vampires of the Holy Cosmic Anocracy, which appeared in the first book. The second group are the Otrokars aka the Hope Crushing Horde. Lastly are the Merchants of Baha-char. They are a fox like group, which are all about the money and are not the war-like race, unlike the two other groups.

 

When Dina realizes that she will need a staff to cook for her and her 36 guests, she goes looking for someone. She locates a highly rated chef, that has been disgraced because he has been accused of poisoning someone. He is also full of drama, which gives many chuckle worthy moments. Orro is a character that really helped make the book.

My future chef was an oversized, hysterical hedgehog with a martyr complex.

Lastly, I’ll add the icing on the cake. If you’ve read Ilona Andrews The Edge series, you will recognize  the arbitrator. He is George Camarine. He appears as a child throughout the series. Here, he is all grown up. You can still see many of his aspects, though he is not the same person as he was in that series. He also brings along Jake, his shapeshifting brother, and Gaston another character from the Edge. Lark/Sophie also makes an appearance too. I’ve been wanting to see them again, ever since they ended The Edge series.

 

This is another great addition to the series. I love how Ilona Andrews is able to ordinary and make it extraordinary. When she buys PS4 to alleviate boredom of a group of warriors. She is sent on a mission to find a “grumpy cat” for a different guest. And hands a football to the other warriors and explains that “Football is a wargame of land acquisition.” It is just a well written series, with phenomenal characters and some of the best world building on the market.

 

A quote of when Orro first sees Dina’s kitchen. Needless to say, he is unimpressed. LOL

“Like a primitive savage, who sets out to tame the wilderness armed with nothing but a knife and his indomitable will, I will persevere. I will wrestle victory from the greedy jaws of defeat. I shall rise like a bird of prey upon the current of the wind, my talons raised for the kill, and I shall strike true.”

“Oh wow. I hope the inn filmed that.”

 

Narration

Once again, Reneé Raudman is an artist with the narration of this story. There are so many different characters and yet she is able to do all the different voices and give them all different personality and voice. There were men, women, children and Orro. Orro, was full of enough drama to fill an entire high school theater. She even did a great job bringing back the personality of characters that she hasn’t voiced in at least three years in The Edge characters. She continues to prove to my why I keep her on my list of favorite narrators.

Source: http://www.hotlistens.com/sweep-in-peace-audiobook-by-ilona-andrews-review

Audiobook Review: In the Company of Wolves (SWAT, #3) by Paige Tyler

In the Company of Wolves: SWAT Series #3 - Tantor Audio, Paige Tyler, Abby Craden

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

 

This series just keeps getting better and better. As we learn more about the members of the Dallas SWAT team, we are also learning more about werewolf lore. Ms. Tyler is not willing to give us too much information in any one story. We are just getting bit and pieces of this lore. In this story, we learn that alphas are not the only kind of werewolves that exist. There are also betas and omegas. These are not the same betas and omegas that we get in other stories and I liked the take that Tyler took with her lore.

 

We continue to see stories of traumatic events that are turning people into werewolves. We also are reminded that traumatic events can come from family just as much as it can come from war. Seeing the events that turn Jayna were tough. She’s had a rough start to life and it didn’t get easier for her after becoming a werewolf.

 

One thing that really increased the action in this story, was the fact that the group of bad guys are also werewolves. Jayna’s pack has been working with Albanian mobsters. She believes that she is doing dangerous jobs for these mobsters because her pack owns them money. She isn’t comfortable with the amount of danger that herself and her pack are put into for each mission. She still continues to put her faith in her pack alpha, because that is what a pack does. That is until Becker saves her.

 

Cooper continues to be the protector of the SWAT guy who is bending/breaking SWAT rules because he has found “the one” for him. I’m hoping that he will get his story told soon, so he can have some of those favors returned for him. There is also time spent with the previous couples from the first two books. It was a fun story and I can’t wait for the next book. After being able to binge through the first three, now I have have wait, I don’t even know how long, for the next book. *pouts* LOL

 

Narration

Abby Craden does another great job with the narration of this book. In this book she has the job of tackling the Albanian mobsters. I have no idea what an Albanian accent should sound like, but she had to create the accent of several different eastern Europeans mobster type guys. I thought she did a pretty good job with this task. She continues to do well with both men and women, pace and tone as well.

Source: http://www.hotlistens.com/in-the-company-of-wolves-audiobook-by-paige-tyler-review

Review: Base Instincts (Demonica #11.7) by Larissa Ione

Base Instincts (Demonica, #11.7) - Larissa Ione

Review originally posted at RabidReads.com.

 

Paranormal Romance Well Written M/M Romance

 

I’m a little late to the party on this book. I’m a huge fan of the Demonica series. I have no idea how I missed this arc, but that’s okay. I was willing to purchase this book because I love Larissa Ione’s writing so much and the Demonica series to be specific.

 

This story is about Raze, a Seminus demon. For people who are not familiar with the Demonica series, they are a form of incubus. They are sex demons and must have a lot of sex to survive and it must be with a female. There’s just one problem for Raze, he as no interest in females. He is gay. Can you see the problem here? If he doesn’t have sex with a female, he will die.

 

Raze has been working at UGH, Underworld General Hospital. Seminus demons also have a great ability to heal. Fayle is a succubus who has befriended Raze and helps him with his sex problem. They are able to both get the sexual needs that they both need without the excess attachment and emotion. Raze and Fayle are both seem content with their life on the move and just existing. That is until Raze finally finds a job that he enjoys and wants to stay at UGH.

 

Slake is a bounty hunter. He has one last job on his contract. He basically sold his soul to a devil and he had to complete all of his jobs or he would lose his soul to the guy. Bringing back Fayle was his last job. He decides to get close to Raze to get to Fayle. You can see where this goes wrong. Slake feels more for Raze than he intends to, which makes this job much more difficult than it should be.

 

The way that Ione brought about the the happily ever after in this story was truly unique. I had no idea how she was going to pull it off. I thought it worked really well. It was nice to see Raze, a gay sex demon who thought he would never be happy, finally get his happily ever after was really a fun twist.

 

This was a fun story, as all of the Demonica stories are. This is the first M/M story in the Demonica story, but not the first one I’ve read by Ione. I’ve reviewed one by her under her other pen name Sydney Croft, which I really enjoyed too. You would think with one of the main characters of this book being a sex demon, this book would be heavy with sex. Yes, there is sex, but there isn’t tons of it. I thought there was about what you would expect in a PNR novella.

 

We do get to see several characters for fans of the Demonica series. Wraith, Eidolon, Gem and Revenant all make appearances. If you haven’t read the series, do worry, you can read this as a stand alone. I would recommend that you pick up the whole series though. It is one of my favorites. With the Seminus demons and the spinoff Lords of Deliverance series which follows the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, it is a very fun paranormal romance series.

 

 

The Demonica Series

My Review

 

 

 

Melanie Signature

Source: http://rabidreads.ca/2016/01/review-base-instinct-by-larissa-ione-mlsimmons-larissaione-riptidebooks.html

Two #99cent Boxed Sets from Felicity Heaton!

Eternal Love Boxed Sets by Felicity Heaton

 

Two Paranormal Romance Boxed Sets featuring Nine Hot Alpha Heroes for just $0.99 each!

 

New York Times best-selling paranormal romance author Felicity Heaton has added a new boxed set to her Eternal Love collection. This time, the set features FIVE sexy shifters to go with her FOUR sinful vampires in the first collection. The great news is that to celebrate the release of the second collection, she's offering both boxed sets for only 99c / 99p each at all retailers right now!

 

That's right, you can get your hands on Eternal Love: Shapeshifter Romance Boxed Set and Eternal Love: Vampire Romance Boxed Set for only $1.98!

 

Here's a little more about each set plus links to all the retailers:

 

Eternal Love: Shapeshifter Romance Boxed Set

 

Eternal Love: Shapeshifter Romance Boxed Set

Step into the dark, dangerous and seductive world of werewolves and big cat shifters in this amazing limited time only boxed set of shapeshifter romances packed with passion, forbidden desire, emotion and suspense... and love that will last forever.


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 them. But just days before he's free to be with her, Eloise walks back into his life and demands he save the pride from the tyrant he left in charge. As they travel to Bhutan, 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?


HUNTER'S MOON

The horror of the night he failed to save his werewolf pack from the cruelty of their vampire masters has haunted Nicolae for one hundred years, driving him deep into the Canadian wilderness in search of peace. That peace is threatened when unfamiliar hunters and the scent of blood lead him to a beautiful vampire and a hard decision—face his past and help her or risk losing everyone again.


EMBRACING THE WOLF

The night Amon revealed that he was an alpha werewolf and she too held the gene in her blood, Kat fled his pack, but no matter how far she runs, she cannot shake the 'beast' inside her or the knowledge that one day she will mature into a werewolf—into Amon's mate. Four years on and now a member of the Werewolf Control Forces, Kat hides in plain sight among their ranks, each night fighting the 'beast' inside of her and hunting rogue werewolves with a vengeance. But when she discovers Amon is dangerously close to turning rogue and only she can save him, will she hunt him or will she embrace the wolf to save them both?


IN HEAT

A heat wave isn't the only thing making London too hot for lawyer Kim. She's been spending each night with a man who sets her body and heart on fire. The problem? He's a man who always sprouts black fur and purrs, and he's only a dream. Walking into her office, the last thing she expects is to meet Erik, a man who sends her temperature soaring and who resembles her dream guy exactly. As the flames of passion between them burn white-hot, Erik is willing to risk everything to claim his fated mate, but when his secret is revealed, will Kim turn her back on him or give him the forever after he craves?


CRAVE

Callum has come to the city of romance on business, not pleasure, but when he sets eyes on a gorgeous werewolf in a nightclub, he can't ignore the dark carnal craving she ignites in him. His work for Vampirerotique, the erotic theatre he runs with three other vampires, can wait. The only thing that matters now is satisfying his sinful hunger for a woman who most vampires would consider an enemy.

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Eternal Love: Vampire Romance Boxed Set

Eternal Love: Vampire Romance Boxed Set

Step into the dark, dangerous and seductive world of vampires in this amazing limited time only boxed set of vampire romances packed with passion, emotion and suspense... and love that will last forever.


HEART OF DARKNESS

A vampire prince intent on avenging his murdered sister, Aleksandr Nemov won't stop until the hunter's line is extinct. Each kill pushes him towards the darkness all vampires hold within their hearts and devolving into a beast. Time is running out as he tracks the last hunter to Prague. There he finds a beautiful woman who could be his one chance for salvation, but is it already too late for him?


SEDUCE

Bloodlust runs in Antoine's veins, a dark master waiting for the day it will reign over him. Now a woman with a pure soul and wicked intentions has him in her sights and is determined to crack the ice around his heart, and she might just save or damn him. When Sera discovers the shocking truth about his past and the darkness that lurks within, will she be strong enough to seize his heart or will she lose him to the ghosts that haunt him?


A PROMISE OF PASSION

Alicia is a vampire hunter, unable to find a man strong enough to love and accept her for who she is. When Kassian, a tall and seductively handsome vampire walks into her life and vows to protect her, she doesn't know what to think or feel. His eyes make promises that his searing touch backs up, but can she get past the fact that he's a vampire and accept him for who he is?


SEVENTH CIRCLE

Lincoln is a powerful pureblood vampire with a problem. He's caught up in a prophecy and has little time left to unravel the mystery of the contract between his lord and the Devil before he dies. When witches foretell that a vampire hunter will save his life, he's prepared to work with his most hated enemy, but he isn't prepared for the forbidden desire he feels when he meets her.

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The price of these two fantastic boxed sets will go up in February, so be sure to grab your copy today to avoid disappointment!

 

About Felicity Heaton
Felicity Heaton

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

 

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

 

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

 

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