Review: Seductive Supernaturals runs the gamut of the paranormal

Review: Night Angel by Lisa Kessler

This is the story of Night Walker Colin and human Juliana. It is a sequel, which I have not read. I think if I had that I might have been able to get into this story a little more. There seems to be some complicated world building that took place in the previous story that I think would have rounded out Colin’s motivations more. Still, I was able to follow this story line.

The way Juliana is able to help Colin is a nice touch in their growing relationship, although their love felt fast. At times the characters’ motivations were repeated too many times and I found myself skimming. I give this book three cat kisses.

3 cats

Review: A Shadow at Twilight by Mary Leo

This book is the story of high-powered lawyer Dillon and his assistant Hilly. Each year Dillon, who is a very demanding boss who is driven to please his overbearing father, takes a vacation to Colorado. This year, Hilly happens to also be vacationing in Colorado at the same time. When Dillon is in an accident, Hilly is called upon to help manage his care.

What I liked about this story was how, even though the characters deal with some heavy issues (including death), there is a lightness of tone that keeps the story from turning maudlin. It was a quick, enjoyable read. I give it 3.5 cat kisses.

3.5 cats

Book Description: Bad boys, tortured alpha heroes, and kick-ass heroines all come together in 12 steamy full-length paranormal romance novels and novellas from NY Times, USA Today, and national bestselling authors! Whether you’re looking for tantalizing dark tales or the humorous side of the supernatural, you’ll get werewolves, vampires, fallen angels, monster hunters, and ghosts—every one of them a hot temptation you won’t be able to resist…
 

Meet the authors

  • Caridad Pineiro: NY Times and USA Today Bestseller Caridad Pineiro is a Jersey Girl who just wants to write, and travel. Caridad is the author of over 40 novels/novellas and loves romance novels, super heroes, TV and cooking.
  • Chris Marie Green: Chris Marie Green is the author of the urban fantasy Vampire Babylon series from Ace Books and the Jensen Murphy, Ghost for Hire series from Roc, which features a fun-loving spirit from the 80s.
  • Mary LeoUSA Today bestselling author Mary Leo writes romance, paranormal romance, romantic suspense, and mystery.
  • Elisabeth Stabb: Elisabeth Staab loves happy endings, strong coffee, and “restore your faith in humanity” stories. She lives in Washington DC with her family.
  • Erin Quinn: NYT bestselling author Erin Quinn writes dark paranormal romance. Her books have been called “riveting,” “brilliantly plotted” and “beautifully written.”
  • Janet Wellington: Janet Wellington writes award-winning contemporary & paranormal romance. Publishers Weekly: she creates “characters readers root for from page one.”
  • Sheri Whitefeather: Sheri Whitefeather is an award-winning, bestselling romance author. Her books are generously spiced with love, passion and sinfully hot heroes.
  • Theresa Meyers: Award-winning author Theresa Meyers writes the Sons of Midnight, Shadow Sisters, Legend Chronicles, Vector Force and Enochian Brotherhoood series.
  • Lisa Kessler: Lisa Kessler is an Amazon Best Selling author of dark, passionate, paranormal romance, including the Award-Winning Night Series and Moon Series.
  • Erin Kellison: Erin Kellison is the New York Times bestselling and award-winning author of dark fantasy romance, including the Shadow series and the Reveler series.
  • Maureen Child: USA Today bestselling author Maureen Child is the award winning author of more than 130 romance novels in several different genres.
  • Cassi Carver: Cassi Carver is the author of sexy urban fantasy, contemporary romance, and paranormal romance.
 

Review: Hockey fantasy come to life

Score on Me is a fun story of a hockey-loving woman who has a chance meeting with her favorite hockey player that leads to a whole lot more than she ever thought possible. Kat loves her local professional hockey team, but mostly she loves star player Kris LaFleur. When the two meet and he invites her for coffee, she can’t refuse. When one thing leads to another she decides she only lives once and takes the opportunity for a one night stand with her fantasy man. Turns out that Kris was looking for more than a one night stand.

Kat has body issues, thanks in large part to her mother’s harsh criticism. It makes it hard for her to accept Kris’ interest. Kris’ main issue in the book is dealing with a slightly crazy ex and trying to convince Kat he really wants her. Overall, this is a good story. The characters are interesting and likable. The hockey scenes add interest and something I haven’t seen often included in romance novels. As an sports fan, I appreciated that the sport wasn’t breezed over as much as I’ve seen in other books.

My main criticism of this book is that at times it dragged for me. I thought that some scenes seemed unnecessary and the writing could have been tightened and refined. Sometimes the dialogue felt a bit stilted. Some of the characters had a whole lot of exclamation points in their dialogue, and, for me, this brings to mind squealing preteen girls. And I’ve already mentioned my personal feelings about run-on sentences. So if you don’t have the same pet peeves as me, you probably won’t care about these last two bits. 🙂 My main point is that this book felt as if it hadn’t been edited as well as it could have been.

All things considered, I liked the story. I’d be interested to see what this author produces as she continues to grow in her craft. I give this book three cat kisses.

3 cats

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Kat Torella didn’t believe real love existed outside of her romance novels. She didn’t believe in Prince Charming, or happily ever afters. Well, actually, she just didn’t believe they would ever happen to her.<

Kat was not built for love. She always felt like the fat girl that no one really saw. Being bullied as a child led to a lifetime of self-doubt. She feared that she would always see that little fat girl staring back at her in the mirror. Even as an adult, she’s still dealing with it.

Hockey was her escape. She loved the game and she loved the players. One player in particular. He was dreamy. Even swoon-worthy. His dark eyes were mesmerizing. His smile devilishly sexy. His signature flowing locks always looked effortlessly perfect. He was flawless in every way…

Too bad she would never get a guy like him. Well, at least that’s what she thought.

Kris Lafleur was the star defenseman for the Pittsburgh Renegades. Hockey was his life. Well, it was easy to be so dedicated to the game when he hadn’t had much luck in the romance department. His hockey star status attracted puck bunnies and gold diggers. Neither was the kind of girl you wanted to bring home to mom; actually neither were the kind of girl that Kris even wanted to associate with. Deep down he was a hopeless romantic. He was looking for someone who was as devoted to him as he was to her, and not so interested in his bank account.

Then he saw her… Was it her smile? Was it her laugh? He didn’t know what it was, but she already had his heart. She was beautiful.

 

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About the Author

Melody was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where she lives with her husband, son and two dogs. The whole family are avid Pittsburgh Penguins fans and like going to hockey games when they get the chance. Melody enjoys taking her son to meet the players on game days. It’s no secret that meeting the players is just as exciting for her as it is for her son; especially when it comes to her favorite player!

Melody has loved writing since she was small, in school she never met a creative writing assignment that she didn’t love. She is lucky enough to have a wonderful husband who encourages her to write. When she was laid off from her job of 14 years, he was supportive about letting her stay home and take care of their son. During that time she discovered hockey-romances and found a renewed love of reading as well as a passion for writing.

Melody spends her spare time reading hockey romances. At holiday time she really enjoys any romance about Christmas. When it is the hockey off-season, she enjoys swimming and spending her days out in the sun.

Review: A Jinn’s Seduction starts a promising series

A Jinn’s Seduction: Spanish Nights is a story about a Jinn, Armand, who was cursed by a genie to live in a small area of Spain and also stripped of his powers. When writer Kayla decides she needs some new scenery after being blocked since her divorce a few years earlier, she takes up her friend’s offer of a house in a secluded Spanish village.

There is nice chemistry between Armand and Kayla, and the story is well-paced. Occasionally it seemed that the dialogue or interior monologue didn’t fit the characters. For instance, Armand would think or say something using American slang. As for Kayla, her interior dialogue switched from serious to flippant so fast a few times my head hurt. These moments weren’t all that frequent, but pulled me right out of the story every time.

There were also a few contradictions in the details (for instance, at the beginning it has Armand being cursed in 1100 AD. Later it says he’s been cursed more than a thousand years. So this book takes place in the future?) This was marked as a review copy, so it’s possible that these inconsistencies have been edited out in a final version.

Overall, I found this to be an entertaining read. I loved Armand’s brother, Crone (he’s going to get a book, right?). There are some nice twists and turns in Armand and Kayla getting to their happy ending that I won’t spoil. This is the first book I’ve read by this author, and I’d be interested in checking out more of her work. I give this book 3.5 cat kisses.

3.5 cats

 

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After a bitter divorce from her cheating husband, Makayla searches for her muse in the remote hills of Spain. When she flings open the door of her villa, she finds it in the form of intense blue eyes and a killer body attached to a thick Spanish accent.

Armand has lost everything. His magic and his freedom are taken when an evil curse is placed on the Jinn, bounding him to earth. With only his immortality and ability for seduction, he sets his sights on the dark haired newcomer in town.<

What begins as desire in the steamy nights of Spain, quickly leads to something more meaningful. However, when evil emerges from the shadows, Makayla learns she must choose between her mortality and Armand’s freedom.

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As a child, Valerie would often get into trouble for peeking at her mother’s favorite TV show, Dark Shadows. She can still hear her mother saying “It will give you nightmares.” She was right of course, but that did not stop Valerie from watching. As an adult, her love of the fanged creatures never waned. She would watch any vampire movie she could find.

Being a true romantic, Valerie was thrilled when she discovered the genre of paranormal romance. Her first read was one of Lara Adrian’s, Midnight Breed Series and from there she was hooked.

Today, Valerie has decided to take her darker, sensual side and put it to paper. When she is not busy creating a world full of steamy, hot men and strong, seductive women, she juggles her time between a full-time job, hubby and her two German shepherd dogs, in Northern IL.

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Review: Dead Reaper Walking Full of Snark

Dead Reaper Walking is part of one the latest paranormal series by Mina Carter. This one features a reaper tangled with a cop in a small town with a whole lot of bad supernatural activity going on.

I generally enjoy Ms. Carter’s books. Laney, our heroine, is sassy and snarky, but at times her numerous asides slow down the pacing of the book. Troy is a good cop and a likable hero.

As expected from this author, the world is filled with interesting creatures and plenty of imagination. Compared to her PPA series, though, I felt like this story wasn’t quite as well thought out. Something about this book just didn’t feel as tight. I’m not sure if it was the switch between Laney’s voice in first person with her numerous tangents and Troy’s third person POV, or if I just didn’t get as pulled into this story as much. It could be a bit of both. I’ve read enough books to know that some characters click with a given reader more than others.

This was still a pretty good offering, just not my favorite from this author. I give it 3.5 cat kisses.

3.5 cats

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Underage witches, a breakout from demon prison and a new hellgate… What could go wrong?

Reaper extraordinaire, Laney Larson, is stuck in Liberty, Oakwood of all places, for two reasons. One, there’s way more paranormal activity going on than normal for a little town like Liberty. And two, a sexy as hell cop called Troy.

So when the proverbial hits the fan and they get wind of a demon break-out from the third hell, a prison even the demon king himself won’t set foot in, what’s a reaper to do but strap on her blades and help track the escapee down? But then the creature takes her man, and all bets are off.

A reaper, a demon and a cop…will Death claim them all, or just one?

This book is part of the “Liberty, Oakwood” Series:

#1. The Reaper and the Cop

#2. Dead Reaper Walking

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Death’s big business. For Laney Larson, it’s a full time job.

The latest in a long line of Reapers, Laney hits Liberty, Oakwood expecting the usual ‘reap and run’ type of job. However the small town holds far more secrets than she expects, including a sexy cop who blind-sides her reaper instincts big-time.

Liberty. It used to be a nice town until the things that go bump in the night moved in.

Detective Troy Regan moved to Liberty to claw back a little of his soul after working homicide in the big city. But the sleepy little down has problems of the paranormal kind and it’s police department have gone from calls about lost cats to Boggarts in the basement. Then the seriously nasty stuff moved in.

Sparks fly when a sexy Reaper meets a hot as hell Cop…

Troy’s not sure exactly what flavor of paranormal Laney is, but he doesn’t care. She’s tiny, delicate and gorgeous. When he finds a Lycan looming over her in an alley, all his protective instincts flare up. He needs to get her home, keep her safe…in his bed.

But is she the answer he’s been looking for to fill the empty spot in his heart, or the most dangerous creature he’s ever met?

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Mina was born and raised in the East Farthing of Middle Earth (otherwise known as the Midlands, England) and spend her childhood learning all the sorts of things generally required of a professional adventurer. Able to ride, box, shoot, make and read maps, make chainmail and use a broadsword (with varying degrees of efficiency) she was disgusted to find that adventuring is not considered a suitable occupation these days.

So, instead of slaying dragons and hunting vampires and the like, Mina spends her days writing about hot shifters, government conspiracies and vampire lords with more than their fair share of RAWR. Turns out wanna-be adventurers have quite the turn of imagination after all…

(But she keeps that sword sharp, just in case the writing career is just a dream and she really *is* an adventurer.)

The boring part: A full time author and cover artist, Mina can usually be found hunched over a keyboard or graphics tablet, frantically trying to get the images and words in her head out and onto the screen before they drive her mad. She’s addicted to coffee and would like to be addicted to chocolate, but unfortunately chocolate dislikes her.

Review: The Lillith Scroll blends history, mythology and fantasy

I really wanted to like The Lillith Scroll more than I did. The concept is fascinating. I love it when historic and factual information is combined with fantasy and romance, and the story of Lillith set in Scotland sounded like a true winner to me. I was thinking it might be something along the lines of A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness.

However, this book didn’t quite meet my expectations, mostly because not much happened in it. The story is incredibly heavy with back story–to the point I often felt as if I were reading a collection of legends or folklore rather than a novel. In the first third of the book, pretty much all that happens in the present day is that Lillith is sitting in a Starbucks in Scotland drinking coffee, drawing in her journal, and noticing the presence of other immortals. The rest of the page time is her starting to remember fragments of her past and those other immortals taking position around her and remembering what happened to Lillith in the past. There are also a few times where, for whatever reason, scenes are set in the past. I’m not sure why that’s needed when there are already a good many characters telling us the history. Although the story may have felt more alive had this technique been used instead of putting so much of the back story into peoples’ memories. The remaining two thirds of the book, unfortunately, isn’t much lighter on the back story.

All this remembering from a lot of characters made it very difficult to keep track of the back story. In addition, it felt like different characters’ accounts contradicted each other in small ways (although this could just be my faulty memory). I had a lot of trouble following the timeline in both the past and the present. For instance, at one point Lillith goes to sleep. The next chapter is a recounting of her dream. The chapter after that she wakes up and it’s two weeks later. So did she dream for weeks one dream or was it over and over or what?

When I got to the cliffhanger end, I felt like I’d just spent hours reading something that could have been told in about one hour. I kept wishing that the story would have stayed more in Lillith’s POV and that I could’ve just learned the back story as she remembers it.

Still, I do think the mythology and world building make this an interesting book to a point. I am willing to check out the next in the series to see if the action picks up a little more and the story line becomes easier to follow. The writing style itself is clean and approachable. There are moments the descriptions of heavenly and earthly locations are poetically beautiful. This series definitely has a lot of potential. I give it three cat kisses.

3 cats

What if you discovered there was time before time began? What if everything you thought was true, was not? What if there was a beginning before, “In the beginning”? What if another story was unfolding within our time? A story steeped in loss, love, betrayal, and secrets?

On her twenty-third celebrated birthday, Lilith arrived in Scotland, following clues she had secretly collected about her past. Little did she know that her arrival at the Rosslyn Chapel would reignite one of  the oldest wars of all time- The Fall. Sides will be chosen, lives will be lost, and the secret kept all this time by the Illuminati will be exposed.

Welcome to Eden. The place where magic was born, trees are gateways to other realms, and Angels aren’t what you think they are. Meet Lilith. A young woman with an incredible story; one she isn’t supposed to know, much less tell. Meet Sam. A man with an unknown past and powers that rival Lilith’s.

Go back in time. Back to the garden. Experience the magic of creation, the wonder of nature, and the betrayal that destroyed it all.

“Did you sense the pain from within the child?” Declan asked.

“It was greater than anything I have ever experienced. What was done to her is unforgivable. Her strength in not giving into the Shade is unfathomable. Normally, I would say the child has much to learn, but in this case, I fear we have much to learn from her.” Alaric answered with reverence.

Turning toward the pool Declan responded, “Emzara will know what to do. I will call for her as well.”

Looking into the water, he saw the fair-skinned child lying at Adela’s feet, her long copper locks strewn across a perfectly round face. Declan, the great black unicorn, whispered, “Happy birthday, little one. We will find out who or what has awoken you. You will be safe. No harm shall befall you. This is my solemn vow.”

“It is time dear friend.”  A voice shook him from his thoughts.

The Dragon and Unicorn Knights cast spell after spell into the pool.  Runes in ancient languages long since forgotten began to glow on her skin weaving a glowing web of magic around the sleeping girl. A faint orange light caught the Unicorn Knight’s eye. Amongst the glowing runes on her body, a faint symbol appeared on her wrist. Adela watched as the sleeping girl accepted the magic from the knights — and strengthened it.

“She bears the mark of the Great Sacrifice. The myths are true. I knew she someone important when she came to the cave, but never in all these millennia did I think she was the Taken.” The Knights looked at one another as the reality of who the young girl’s identity became clear.

B.L. Marsh has been writing and telling stories her entire life.  She is a music teacher, guest lecturer and runs Master Classes.  Her academic research is focused on the L’homme arme tradition, the Dead Sea Scrolls, chant transmission in the Medieval and Renaissance, and Gnostic and Kabbalah history.  Her passion for spirituality, mythology and developing her relationship with God are parts of her Rule of Life.  In her reading of the Bible and other extra-biblical texts however, she began to daydream about the characters, about how life was back then, and how cool it would have been to walk in the Garden with God.  Her stories weave a new mythology revolving around Genesis.

When she is not writing or teaching, she spends her days hanging out with five of the coolest boys on the planet and at night can be found doing completely ridiculous things like reading Joseph Campbell and Jane Austin and watching the same 3 movies on TV.

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