Review: Spell Bound by Stephanie Julian shines

Review: Spell Bound by Stephanie Julian

This set contains a lot of books, some by authors I’ve read before. I chose to review one by an author I haven’t read before, and I wasn’t disappointed. This book drew on the history of the Etruscans and built a fully realized world. The heroine, Shea, is on the run with her young brother after their parents are murdered. Both have magic and are learning just what they can do. They turn to the hero, Gabriel, for protection and help. He’s a flawed hero with wounds of his own. The growing relationship between Gabriel and Shea is well-paced for the most part. There were only a few moments where I had that “come on already” moment (which I have in almost every book–a little bit is part of the fun and it’s a fine line for authors to walk).

The secondary love story was also well done. I really want to check out more by this author. I give this five cat kisses. I hope the rest of the books in this bundle are just as good!

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Lori Handeland

Lori Handeland has written over fifty novels, novellas and short stories in several genres–historical, contemporary, series and paranormal romance, as well as urban fantasy.

She is a New York Times, USA Today, Waldenbooks and Bookscan Bestselling Author and the recipient of many industry awards, including two RITA Awards from Romance Writers of America for Best Paranormal and Best Long Contemporary Romance, a Romantic Times Award for Best Harlequin Superromance, the Colorado Romance Writers Award of Excellence, the Write Touch Readers Award, the National Readers Choice Award and the Prism Award.

Published world wide and known for her popular and highly acclaimed Nighcreature paranormal series, as well as her urban fantasy series, The Phoenix Chronicles, Lori is also the author of the Shakespeare Undead historical fantasy series, The Luchetti Brothers contemporary series and The Rock Creek Six historical romance series (with Linda Winstead Jones).<

She also writes sexy, adventurous western historical romances under the name Lori Austin. Her series “Once Upon a Time in the West” began with the critically acclaimed Beauty and the Bounty Hunter (http://tinyurl.com/8pz2oma).

Lori lives in Wisconsin with her husband, enjoying occasional visits from her grown sons.

Laura Kaye

Laura is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of nearly twenty books in paranormal and contemporary romance and romantic suspense. Growing up, Laura’s large extended family believed in the supernatural, and family lore involving angels, ghosts, and evil-eye curses cemented in Laura a life-long fascination with storytelling and all things paranormal. She lives in Maryland with her husband, two daughters, and cute-but-bad dog, and appreciates her view of the Chesapeake Bay every day.

Caridad Pineiro

NY Times and USA Today Bestseller Caridad Pineiro is a Jersey Girl who just wants to write, travel, and spend more time with family and friends. Caridad is the author of over 40 novels/novellas and loves romance novels, super heroes, TV and cooking. Caridad writes dark and sexy romantic suspense and paranormal romances for those who live to love on the edge. Her sweet, but still naughty side, Charity Pineiro, writes contemporary romances packed with emotion and humor. For more information on Caridad/Charity, please visit www.caridad.com or www.rebornvampirenovels.com. You can also find Caridad/Charity on:Twitter at https://twitter.com/caridadpineiro

Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/Caridad.AuthorPinterest at http://pinterest.com/caridadpineiro/Goodreads at https://www.goodreads.com/Caridad_Pineiro

Caridad also sends out a newsletter to her friends! To subscribe, please visit http://bit.ly/CaridadNews.

Stephanie Julian

 Stephanie Julian writes sophisticated, sultry romance for adventurous readers.
She is the author of the best-selling Salon Games series. BY PRIVATE INVITATION (Salon Games 1) was an RT Magazine Top Pick. OVER EXPOSED (Salon Games 3) will release in July 2014. Her serial erotic romance, An Indecent Proposition, is a reader favorite.
She also writes several paranormal erotic series, including Darkly Enchanted and Lucani Lovers.
Stephanie is happily married to a Springsteen fanatic and the mother of two sons who introduced her to the joys of Slipknot, Warped Tour and never-ending headaches.

Opal Carew

Hi. I’m Opal Carew, a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author. I write erotic romance for St. Martin’s Press and Samhain Publishing, and I self-publish stories. I also write romance as Amber Carew.

So why do I like writing erotic romance? I like being able to push beyond traditional boundaries. I like dealing with a female character who is growing and evolving – questioning her sexual boundaries and pushing past them. My stories usually include menage a trois. It is great fun to write a heroine choosing between two equally appealing heroes… or more.<

These aren’t women who just jump into bed with anyone. They find themselves in an unusual situation – something exciting and erotic – but a situation where they have to push themselves beyond their comfort level. As a result, they grow as a person. So often fear holds us back – of what others will think of us, of what we will think about ourselves – and we don’t follow our hearts. These women push past that fear.

To learn more about me and my books:

Randi Alexander

USA Today Bestselling Author Randi Alexander knows a modern woman dreams of an alpha cowboy who takes the reins, and guarantees they’re rode hard and put up satisfied.

Published with Cleis Press, Wild Rose Press, and self-published, Randi writes smokin’ hot romance with heroes who’ll have you begging to ride off into the sunset with them. When she’s not dreaming of, or writing about, rugged cowboys, Randi is biking trails along remote rivers, snorkeling the Gulf of Mexico, or practicing her drumming in hopes of someday forming a tropical rock-band.

Forever an adventurous spirit with a naughty imagination, Randi is also family oriented and married to the best guy in the world, her own cowboy, Kick. Give in to the allure of erotic passion, strong but vulnerable heroines, and irresistibly seductive cowboys, as Randi’s emotional love stories sweep you off your feet and leave you breathless with passion.

Saddle up! And prepare yourself for the sexier side of happily ever after.

Randi Alexander loves to connect with her readers! Say “Howdy” at https://twitter.com/Randi_Alexander, sign up for her newsletter at http://RandiAlexander.com/, and fall head over spurs for her cowboys athttps://www.facebook.com/RandiAlexanderBooks

Terry Spear

USA TODAY bestselling, and award-winning author and creator of award-winning teddy bears who have found homes all over the world including Australia, Switzerland, China, and Russia, and a retired officer of the US Army Reserves, I love to plant trees and flowers and if I could, I’d turn all the deserts green. Time travels are my favorite read, although I love to read most anything, and the Bourne series, Romancing the Stone, Sixth Sense, Legend, The Princess Bride, Stardust, Inkheart, LOTR, and tons of other movies are my favorites.
I love to research, to make urban fantasy worlds real, to bring a little of the paranormal into our world. Even in “Winning the Highlander’s Heart” the heroine feels she is cursed and she has second sight. But I try to do it in a way that feels real, and not fantasized. 🙂 Currently, I’m working on book 2 of the new jaguar shifter series, but still am working on wolf book number 12 and 13! So more hunky wolves to come! A SEAL in Wolf’s Clothing has just released.

Paige Tyler

Paige Tyler is a USA Today Bestselling Author of sexy, romantic fiction. She and her very own military hero (also known as her husband) live on the beautiful Florida coast with their adorable fur baby (also known as their dog). Paige graduated with a degree in education, but decided to pursue her passion and write books about hunky alpha males and the kickbutt heroines who fall in love with them.

She is represented by Bob Mecoy.

Sara Humphreys

Sara is a graduate of Marist College, with a B.A. Degree in English Literature & Theater. Her initial career path after college was as a professional actress. Some of her television credits include, A&E Biography, Guiding Light, Another World, As the World Turns and Rescue Me.

In 2013 Sara’s novel UNTAMED won two PRISM awards–Dark Paranormal and Best of the Best. Sara has been a lover of both the paranormal and romance novels for years. Her sci-fi/fantasy/romance obsession began years ago with the TV Series STAR TREK and an enormous crush on Captain Kirk. That sci-fi obsession soon evolved into the love of all types of fantasy/paranormal; vampires, ghosts, werewolves, and of course shape shifters. Sara is married to her college sweetheart, Will. They live in New York with their 4 boys. For a full list of Sara’s books and reading order, please visit her website at www.sarahumphreys.com

Judi Fennell

Judi Fennell has had her nose in a book and her head in some celestial realm all her life, including those early years when her mom would exhort her to “get outside!” So she did—right into Dad’s hammock with her Nancy Drew books.

These days, she’s more likely to have her nose in her laptop and her head (and the rest of her) at a favorite writing spot, but she’s still reading either her latest manuscript or her friends’ books, or helping authors bring their books to readers with her formatting business, www.formatting4U.com. A PRISM and Golden Leaf Award winner, Judi is thee author of lighthearted romantic comedies. She lives in suburban Philadelphia with her own menagerie—which just might include a few of the two-legged kind. Check out excerpts reviews, and deleted scenes on her website: www.JudiFennell.com or visit her online at

 

 

Review: The Naughty 9 box set serves up suspense

Because these are all full-length books (what a deal, right?), I have not completed reviews of all the novels. Because I do love Paranormal Romances, I started with A Girl, a Guy and a Ghost. I also reviewed the next two books after this one in the set.

Review: A Girl, a Guy and a Ghost:

Giselle is a ghost hunter for a paranormal magazine. Problem is, she fudged her resume to get the job and has no special talents in locating ghosts. She heads to Savannah, billed as the most haunted city in the world and, conveniently, home to her best friend. In her quest she meets a whole cast of characters, most of whom provide comic relief, including a wizened wizard who likes to be nude to an artiste that is a riff on Pepe Le Pew.

There’s also PI Ry Leland. He denies he has psychic powers to communicate with ghosts, but fate keeps throwing him and Giselle together. Their hormones do a bit of throwing too.

This book had a lot of humor that at times had me laughing out loud. Giselle has an often funny interior monologue. As the book went on, I sometimes got tired of all her asides, but mostly it was amusing. The book dragged for me in parts, and I think this is mostly because the interior monologue got so much play that it made me start to skim.

Giselle was a bit of a challenging character for me to like at times, as she had a propensity for making unwise choices. More than once I wanted to slap her upside the head, figuratively. Ry seemed to feel the same way but he still fell in love with her. Maybe because he wasn’t always the best decision maker either. Their ability to find humor in even dangerous situations keeps them going and keeps the story light.

Overall I found this book entertaining. It wasn’t predictable, even if it was far-fetched at times in the name comedy. I’d give it four cat kisses.

4 cats

Review: Deathblow

I really enjoyed this story of a woman trying to get out of an abusive relationship and the cop who is protecting her. The action kept me reading ,and a lot of threads are drawn together in a way that I didn’t completely guess, although I had a decent idea of how things were going to play out.

The characters were well drawn and likable, except for the villains, of course. The hero and heroine both make assumptions about the other that prove to be untrue and helps build the tension between them as they peel away their defenses with each other. Due the complexity of the plot, I hesitate to say much more for fear of spoiling some of the twists and turns.

Romantic suspense is not my favorite subgenre, but I would highly recommend this book to both those who love the subgenre and those who want to put something different on their reading list. I give it 5 cat kisses.

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Review: One Night to Kill

 

Just back from a special ops mission and looking forward to some R&R, Max has no desire for a special assignment guarding his commanding officer’s daughter Willow. Willow isn’t any happier about the arrangement. There is instant attraction between the two but both have reasons to keep their hands to themselves.

This novel read quickly and had some nice touches, such as Willow’s occupation and Max’s assumptions about Willow. The tension and chemistry between them is satisfying as the story progresses. The villain wasn’t obvious, although the way the climax played out made me wonder a bit if Willow’s father would’ve acted that rashly given all the precautions he took to set up protection details.

I must admit I’m a tad tired of military heroes with PTSD who are magically healed by sleeping with the heroine. If it were that easy to get over PTSD, the VA would need to spend a lot less money on mental health.

Despite some points that didn’t appeal to me, I appreciate the quick writing style and sexy build up. I give this book three and a half cat kisses.

3.5 cats

 

 

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