Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Review Night Falls on the Wicked by Sharie Kohler

Title: Night Falls on the Wicked (Moon Chasers #5)
Author: Sharie Kohler
Source: Publisher Request
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Format: Mass Market Paperback, 384 pgs
Release Date: August 30, 2011

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Sharie Kohler returns to the shadowy world of the Moon Chasers, where a seductive witch stalked by demons finds protection in the arms of a lycan on a mission of blood vengeance. . .

Darby lives her life below the radar, moving from town to town in the coldest climates, eluding the demons that hunt her—and never allowing herself to get close to anyone. Now, in frigid isolation, Darby waits tables in a small town and tries to forget who she is—what she is—and the danger forever nipping at her heels. Until a new danger finds her—a lycan pack whose distant howls have the locals on edge. But the call of the lycans has also drawn a handsome, menacing stranger. . . .

For years, Niklas has searched for the bloodthirsty pack that murdered his mother and infected him. Darby is overwhelmed by his raw appeal and dangerous strength. Niklas senses her need and vulnerability . . . and together they give in to the hungry attraction blazing between them—but desire this fierce brings dangers of its own. When Darby is targeted by the lycans, the stakes are higher than ever—and Niklas is not about to lose another woman he loves to their evil bloodlust.

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Rating -
a pack howl
Sexual -
Steamy
My Review:

This fifth book in Kohler's Moon Chasers series is filled with lycans (aka werewolves), white witches, demon witches and demons along with a very reluctant romance.

Much like in Lori Handeland's NightCreatures series, these werewolves aren't hot and sexy alpha males who just happen to turn furry a couple nights each month. They are nasty killing machines who can't help changing during the nights around and including the full moon and eating people ... and {grin} not in a good way.

Darby and Niklas both have secrets and personal demons they hide from the world. They end up in the same little town in a very cold Canada for very different reasons. Darby is there to hide from demons and Niklas is there hunting the murdering pack he's been after for ten years.

They are so very alike even though it takes some time for them to realize it. They team up to try to save a little girl from a fate worse than death while trying to keep their hands off each other.

The chemistry between Darby and Niklas sizzles and the sex is hot when they finally give into each other.

Haven't read the rest of the series yet? No problem, Kohler has done a great job in making this a stand alone book.This was a very quick read, I read it in a few hours in the middle of the night since I couldn't put it down.

Paranormal romance and werewolf genre fans should enjoy this story.

WildAboutBones

Review SURRENDER by Jean Brashear

Title: Surrender
Author: Jean Brashear
Source: Requested review
Genre: Paranormal romance



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Newly-minted Santa Fe police detective Justine “Jace” Carroll finds herself enmeshed in what began as a simple death of a drifter that takes labyrinthine twists, drawing her deeper into a world of shifting realities. At the center of the tangled knot is the mesmerizing and mysterious Dante Sabanne, a sexy, powerful, wealthy recluse whose involvement with ancient poisons, mystical lore, exotic sexual practices and unusual weaponry makes him by turns a crucial expert witness, a devastating lover…and possibly the man behind a cult whose profane rituals have turned from depraved to deadly. 

The Jace who thought she knew exactly who she was and what she wanted becomes both pawn and queen in a battle between the dark and the light. As she seeks to fulfill her duty to protect the innocent, an ancient amulet with healing powers is the battleground on which she and others may die if she makes the wrong choice between the evidence before her eyes and the yearnings of a heart she is no longer sure she can trust. 

A scorching tale of suspense, passion and magic—never before published—from USAToday bestselling author Jean Brashear 

“Jean Brashear has that ‘it’ factor. She is an incredibly talented writer who can hit every note with enough clarity to bring the reader tears, laughter or just, ‘Oh, my, this is an amazing story.’” ~New York Times Bestselling author Stella Cameron 

“Sizzles with sensuality and suspense from beginning to end!” ~New York Times Bestselling author Sharon Sala 

“Jean Brashear writes with warmth and emotional truth. The depth of her understanding of human nature marks her as a writer to watch.” ~New York Times Bestselling author Debbie Macomber





This is a great romantic suspense with emphasis on the romance. Dante Sabanne is a complicated mystery that is tied a little to closely to Justine "Jace" Carroll's first big case for her liking. When Jace is given the run of her first case involving a homeless man it seems simple enough that this death is non-suspicious; to everyone except for Jace that is. To her something doesn't feel right about that. When a second victim shows up dead under similar circumstances she knows she is on to something. After a little digging and some odd blood work results, it looks like Dante Sabanne, the well known expert on poisons and toxins, is her next stop to solving the case. But Jace isn't prepared for how deep she will have to go into Dante's dark world to find her answers. 
From the first time they meet they are drawn to each other, but Jace is overwhelmed by Dante and his seductiveness. She doesn't understand why she feels pulled toward him by such an unimaginable force and when they touch she is shaken up beyond words. For someone like Jace, that learned not to trust or rely on anyone from a young age, this a big problem. It is nearly impossible for her to grasp onto or accept why it feels so natural and compelling to surrender herself completely to Dante without knowing him. Dante, on the other hand, completely understands and embraces it. The problem for Dante is whether he can get Jace to accept her part in his world in time to save it and those relying on him. If not she could become a bigger problem. 
This story has so many twist and turns that I found myself wanting to read ahead just to know who I could trust. The sexy mysterious Dante is by far the story stealer, but will he be the man to break down Jace's walls? To show her it's okay to trust? Or is he using their sexual attraction for his own personal motives, against Jace? As soon as I felt I knew which way the story was going everything suddenly changed and once again I had more question that I couldn't read fast enough to find out the answers to. 
Wow! Jean Brashear knows how to write suspense and my, my, does she know how to create sexual tension that is off the charts! The scene in the nightclub? Well let's just say you'll have to read it to enjoy it!! I'll say no more about that! 
I definitely recommend Surrender for anyone that likes a suspenseful romance with a suspenseful story-line intertwined. I can't wait to read what's next from this author.



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Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Review My Fierce Highlander by Vonda Sinclair

Title: My Fierce Highlander
Author: Vonda Sinclair
Source: Author request
Genre: Historical romance
Length: Novel



Gwyneth Carswell, an English lady banished by her father to the harsh Scottish Highlands, wants nothing more than to take her young son away from the violence of two fighting clans--her own distant kin, the MacIrwins, and their enemies, the MacGraths. She risks everything to rescue the fierce MacGrath warrior from the battlefield where he’s left for dead by her clan. She only knows she is inexplicably drawn to him and he wants peace as she does. When her clan learns of her betrayal, they seek vengeance. Dare she trust the enemy more than her own family?

Laird Alasdair MacGrath is driven to end two-hundred years of feuding with the MacIrwins. But by taking in and protecting Lady Gwyneth and her son, he provokes more attacks from his mortal enemy. As the danger and conflict surrounding them escalate, Alasdair and Gwyneth discover an explosive passion neither of them expected. With the arrival of a powerful man from her past, a horrible decision confronts her--give up her son or the man she loves.





Vonda writes with so much passion, you can feel like you are right there in the mist of what’s happening and that’s what drew me to love this book even though I wanted to slap the heroine silly before it was over, but I’ll get back to that in a bit. As most of you know paranormal romance is my forte in reading, I do like historical but they have to hit me right in some areas that I am picky in, this one hits me right in all the right  ways , I was very impressed and screaming for more.

I really don’t think I have the words that express this story. It was fun, exciting and dangerous with the added right spice between the hero and heroine, it was fantastic. The only downside I found was I wanted to slap Gwyneth silly before it was all over. She was very hard headed and didn’t want to take Alasdair’s advice. He done everything for her and she seemed to want to throw it all aside. So you get some tension between them before its all over. I do feel I need to stress Gwyneth does have her reasons for being like she is with everything she has went through in her life.  I loved the fact the heroine is not a virgin and the hero loved his first wife so much so he keeps his pants up unlike his  brother in every ladies petticoat LOL. Oh yeah, he is going to be interesting to read.

Alasdair and Gwyneth are a great couple they have a lot of passion for each other. The sexual tension is there but it takes a bit for these two to get it going. I want to add the author didn’t go over board on the sex, I felt there was just the right amount without filling the pages up with it.

This is one book that when you read it you might find yourself asking, “why isn’t this in mass paper back?” Well, I have no real clue why this author chose to go this route but I will say I am proud that she did. This way she can control her destiny. I know a lot of authors are going to start choosing this option as the publishers get pickier. So don’t let this stop you from trying this book because I couldn’t put it down and  I read it in one day. I highly recommend this one to any romance reader.


Review Cat O' Nine Tails by Patricia Leever

Title: Cat O' Nine Tails
Author: Patricia Leever 
Genre: Historical romance
Source: Publisher request 
Format: eBook 221 pgs. Also in paperback



When Orrin and his brother Kale are hired by Queen Winifred to hunt down Aeron and her band of miscreants, Orrin never dreamed he’d fall in love with the beautiful she pirate, or the kind, accepting people of her island hideaway. As they grow closer, Aeron reveals her jaded past with Queen Winifred to Orrin; he doesn’t hesitate to offer his help to bring Winifred’s evil reign to an end. Aeron and Orrin soon discover that the strongest weapon in their combined arsenal is the love they have for each other.





I have no clue what I was thinking when I started this book but it was nothing like I thought. It surprised me all the way around. I love the way the author didn’t tell all in the blurb like most do now days, so you get some great surprises in the story. Not only do you get one love story between the hero and heroine but you get an extra surprise with the hero’s brothers love affair.

Let me first state this story will not be for the faint of heart. Yes, it has its cruel moments and the author tells pretty much all of it. But you have to look at the title and wonder where it fits in and when you find out you might not like it one bit. I know I didn’t but I still found it brilliant and unexpected, even though I was cringing at the times.

The heroine Aeron is great. I love that she is a strong willed pirate that will slit anyone through that does wrong to people. Yep, she’s more of a robin hood to some ladies but with all that she has went thought I sure don’t blame her. Plus I loved that she get the right hero for her, Orrin. He’s one that will not break her spirit, he loves her just like she is, sword, scars and all.

One problem some will have is the characters all fall for each other very, very quickly without fuss. I didn’t mind it so much with everything else going on in the story. I will say this could have been easily made into two books and a lot of detail brought out that would have knocked some socks off. But since this is the first book by this author I am not going to harp on things because I am very much impressed and know she will expand more as she grows in writing.

I highly recommend this new author and book to anyone who likes historical romance and pirates.



Review Three Lovers For Lucy by S.K. Yule

Title: Three Lovers For Lucy
Author: S.K. Yule
Source: Requested Review
Genre: Erotic Romance
Format: Novella, 96 pgs
Release Date: August 2011
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Lucy Levegne is a woman in a society that still wants to oppress her freedom to make her own decisions. When a plan devised to ensure her independence backfires in the form of three notorious rakes appropriately labeled The Trio of Trouble, she is suddenly facing a different problem that has the potential to ruin her.

Kendall, Jeremy and Paul have been friends since they were young, and their carousing, carefree days are starting to bore them until they make a crude bet involving the beautiful Lucy Levegne. What none of them count on is falling in love with her.

After the four share a scintillatingly scandalous night together, Lucy is shocked to realize that she’s fallen in love. . .with all of them. Unfortunately, she has no choice but to end the liaison to protect her reputation, but her three rogues vow to find a way for them to be together. Will Lucy and her men be separated forever?
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Rating -
An Alpha Howl

Sexual -
Four Alarm Fire #@!%$

My Review:

A quick sexy read, with a good story line, at 96 pages. I read it in one sitting, couldn't put it down. This is an erotic romance with a historical backdrop.

Yule does a good job of having her story set in 1889 England to illustrate the inequality of women and the treatment of anyone who deviates from the norm without allowing the historical aspect to overshadow the story. Historical romance fans may be disappointed by the lack of historical dialog but if so, the story makes up for it in other ways.

Lucy has a problem. Even though she's been running the family estate for the past couple of years while her father became more and more ill, he died leaving a will that is like a slap in the face but not totally unexpected. Lucy's father died leaving Lucy, an enlightened young woman, the only Levegne family member left except for a male cousin. He stipulated in his will she be required to marry by her twenty-sixth birthday, and to turn its management over to her husband" in order to inherit. The story begins with her only having three months left until the birthday deadline due to having to spend the past many, many months in mourning.

The Trio of Trouble, three friends since childhood, decide to crash Lucy's party with the intention of winning a wager to be the first to bed her. Paul "the adventurer poet", Jeremy "the level-headed one" and Kendall "the hothead, always spoiling for a fight" have no idea this party will change their lives forever when Lucy turns the tables on them and has the time of her life doing it.

Heed the author's warning! "Once you read about Lucy‘s liaison, one man may not be enough."

The chemistry between Lucy and the guys individually is electric. The ménage scenes between the four of them set are so hot I needed a tall glass of sweet tea to keep the temperature down. Who wouldn't want to be the focus of three very attentive men in bed at the same time especially when there is romance attached to each one? There is a quick F/F scene that has some heat itself.

I enjoyed this story utterly even though I figured out the novel solution to Lucy's predicament in advance. I think romance, historical romance and erotic romance fans will enjoy this.
WildAboutBones

Monday, August 29, 2011

Review Bunny And The Bear by Eve Langlais

Title: Bunny And The Bear
Author: Eve Langlais 
Genre: Paranormal romance
Source: Request by author
Length: Novella eBook

Paranormal/Shifter Romance

What’s a poor bear to do when all he wants is some sweet, bunny pie?

Bears and bunnies aren’t supposed to mix, or that’s what Chase keeps telling himself when his bouncy new neighbor won’t stay out of his business—and his mind. However, the more he gets to know his overly perky neighbor, the more he craves her—naked in his grasp—a desire worse than his addiction to honey and pie.

Miranda’s on a mission for the Furry United Coalition, and it involves secretly guarding one grumpy ol’ bear. Staying focused on the job isn’t easy when all she can think about is turning his frown upside down, a task made harder when she gets a glimpse of his passion. When she hears about his theory on woodland creatures and predators not mixing, she thinks all is lost, but she didn’t count on a bear’s curious nature—and possessive need.

When an evil force abducts Chase, Miranda unleashes her bunny in order to save him, but the revelation of her shifter side puts her in danger. Is one ornery bear enough to save her from a mad scientist? And if he does, can a bear forget her woodland creature status long enough to love her and make her his mate?

Warning: Pies were harmed in the making of this story and naughty references made about honey that might offend some readers.






3 1/2 stars 

Bunny and the Bear is very funny and sexy. I did like the story plot and I am looking forward to more stories to come. Most of the time I find I don’t like very perky heroines but in this story the bear’s grouchiness off sets it and of course makes it funny and interesting to read because you never know what’s going to happen next between them. Then there’s the fun sexual tension that’s added in this story. I just have to spoil one sorry because I am not stopping. One scene Miranda is masturbating in her apartment. Chase comes knocking and she answers the door. You know what he smells right *wicked grin*. The next thing that happens, Miranda offers her fingers for him to lick when he refuses she licks them herself as a tease. Oh yeah, you have to read this book just to get the whole story in that scene because I was laughing my butt off.

I myself really wanted to get into the head of the villain. Eve has stated she is going to continue writing more so I hope she will tap into the villains head and let us know what he is about. I’m like the rest of you, we know every character is important in the story and you want to know what’s going on in their heads. 



I recommend this to anyone who loves some humor and hot sex.




Interview with romance author Mandy Harbin + giveaway!

Please welcome romance author Mandy!




Hello Mandy thank you for the interview. Would you tell us a little about yourself?

Hi! Thanks for giving me the opportunity. I’m in my mid thirties, married with some teenaged kids, and have a couple of cats—one which likes to walk around and meow at the top of his lungs when I’m trying to write.

When did you start writing?

I’ve always had a love of writing. When I was in high school, I wrote poems and song lyrics, which I’d probably run and hide if I’d actually saved those and read them again. I studied writing in college but also focused on professional and technical writing and applied that to my day job. Over the years, I’d started a few different books, but never finished them. But about four years ago, I got an idea for a young adult series that just wouldn’t leave me alone. I did a bunch of research and started writing, but put it aside since I’d gone back to school to work on my master’s degree—my way to beat the recession. But two years ago, I decided enough was enough; I wasn’t getting any younger, and I wanted to write. I pulled that manuscript back out and finished it within a month, and then I wrote two more books in that series within the next couple of months. I’ve been writing non-stop ever since.

Do you do something special to get into your writing grove?

I love listening to music. Sometimes just the tone can inspire certain feelings and get the creative juices flowing. I mostly listen in the car and when I’m working out, but when I write, I prefer quiet. I don’t always get what I want, though.

Why did you choose to write novellas?

After finishing the first three books in my young adult series, I took a step back and really looked at what I liked to read. I knew I loved romance, but I noticed that many of my books were nowhere near as large as the young adult novels I’d just finished. And most of them—large and small—were erotic romances. Surrounded by Woods was the first erotic romance novella I wrote, but I originally wrote it to submit to another publisher who had an open call for books under 15,000 words. The first draft came in just under that requirement, but I felt like it just wasn’t enough. I knew I could tell a quality story and keep it short, so rather than submit the short story, I decided to go back and expand on it without keeping to any word length requirements. When I finished, it was almost twice the original size, but I was much happier with the final manuscript.

Who are some of your favorite authors?

Now this is a toughie since I love to read, and I know I’m going to forget someone, but I love Megan Hart, Lauren Dane, Crystal Jordan, Shelli Stevens, Shayla Black, Maya Banks, Evangeline Anderson, Jaci Burton, Lora Leigh… The list goes on and on.

Now, let’s get into your book Surrounded by Woods. Would you tell those who haven’t heard of it a little about it?

Sure. Mikaela Patterson is an attorney who’s recently broken off her engagement. Since the sting is still a little new and she’s a prideful attorney, she doesn’t come right out and tell her colleagues the wedding is off. Her boss assigns her to work a two week project on location with one of his clients, Thomas Woods, because he’s unavailable to go out to the Woods estate himself. When she tries to pawn it off on the newbie in the office, her boss tells her that Mr. Woods doesn’t allow available women on his property. Mikaela fits the bill because she’s engaged. Of course she’s not, but she doesn’t tell him this.

Josh Woods is Thomas’s oldest son, and he’s immediately drawn to Mikaela when she arrives. He knows his father would never allow an available woman on the property since they are mountain lion shifters with the instinct to mate with any available woman. Only that instinct has a black widow effect, since a forced mating causes the female to attack after she’s been turned.
Josh and Mikaela fight the attraction brewing between them for their own reasons but denial only lasts so long.  

There are 5 total brothers and one single father are you planning on making this a series?

Yes! All living brothers will have their own book, so there’ll be at least four books total. I haven’t decided if I’m going to write one on the father.

Do you have a favorite character in the Woods family yet?

Hmm. Right now it’s Toby because, well, I’m currently writing his story. I also like Jack because he’s more arrogant than the others and that’s fun to write. I’m looking forward to doing his story—it’s always fun when a strong woman can go toe-to-toe with someone like that.

What are you working on now?

I’m finishing up book two in the Woods family series. Then I’m going to write a novella that is a follow up to another book I have being released in October, Digital Possession (contemporary erotic romance). After that I’ll be writing the third and fourth books in the Woods family series back to back.

Anything else you’d like to add?

When I decided to write this book, I’d been reading a lot of paranormal books, but I wanted to do something different. I not only wanted an animal that hadn’t been heavily written about—nothing against wolves, I love ’em, too!—but I also wanted a premise that felt different. The whole black widow concept appealed to me because it’s not a simple issue a couple has to overcome to get to that happily ever after. What good is getting a mate if she’s just going to kill you as soon as you’ve mated with her?

On another note… Remember that newbie, Krista, mentioned at the beginning of the book? She’ll be your next heroine.


Fun questions
What’s your favorite color?
It changes, but right now it’s blue.
What’s your favorite food?
I love to eat, and I’m not picky. Pizza is always yummy, but if it’s a special occasion, I like to have sushi. If we’re talking junk food here, then it’s cheesecake, hands down.
Do you have a favorite TV show at this time?
I don’t watch too much television. If I have free time, I’m usually reading. But I do love True Blood! No matter what I’m in the middle of, I always stop what I’m doing and watch it. And I have it set to record just in case I miss it for some crazy reason.
Favorite movies?
I love Pretty Woman. It was the first movie I’d ever watched where I rewound the tape (remember those days?) and watched it again. I also love When Harry Met Sally and the Princess Bride. I’m a sucker for a good romance.

The link to the book on my website, which has buy links and an excerpt: http://mandyharbin.com/SurroundedByWoods.html

Mandy is giving away a free PDF copy of Surrounded by Woods. 


ARC Review Chosen by Fate by Virna DePaul

Title: Chosen by Fate (Para-Ops #2)
Author: Virna DePaul
Source: Requested Review
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Format: Paperback, 336 pgs
Release Date: October 4, 2011
Chosen by Fate Book Cover
In CHOSEN BY FATE (Book 2), you'll find out more about the heroine, Wraith, the team's ghost, and the hero, Caleb O'Flare, the team's human psychic shaman. Wraith feels pain anytime she's touched, but will Caleb convince her that love is worth any risk, even death?

Although he keeps company with a vampire and a were, human Shaman Caleb O'Flare can definitely hold his own. But neither his psychic ability nor his healing powers can help his sexy-as-hell teammate, Wraith-a ghost with no memory of her human existence, who cannot experience touch without pain. No wraith has managed to exist past its tenth year, so her time is about to run out. She wants only two things before accepting her fate: to learn her human identity, and experience one night with Caleb...
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Rating -
a pack howl

Sexual -
Hot!

My Review:

This second in DePaul's Para-Ops series features Otherborns - weres, vamps, dharmires, felines, shapeshifters, mages and wraiths; a shaman; a special FBI mixed species team; a prophecy; a Quorum of humans who want to "strip [the Otherborn] of their civil rights"; a goddess who wants to wipe all species from the earth to start over again and a very unlikely romance. She adds some inventive differences to the mythos for several of her paranormal characters.

This was a new author and new series for me but DePaul did a good job of writing a story that can stand alone. I didn't feel lost not having read the first in the series. This story takes place several weeks after Caleb is recruited by the FBI for the first team of its kind, humans and Otherborn working together.

Caleb, half-Indian and half-Irish, is a shaman, former army medic, human lie detector and healer. He is also able "to communicate with his ancestors, hear the Great Song, and occasionally walk the Otherworld". He thinks Wraith is "a heinous bitch, yes, but one whose attitude and mouth was designed to hide something textured and complex" and he loved it when she returned his kiss. When he first met her he’d felt a sizzling arc of connection that had only intensified with time. She seems to have no use for him and pushes him away all the time.

Wraith knows she has less than a year to "live" even though she is a "dead human", a wraith — "No pulse. No blood. No body heat or need to eat... Female—and a whole lot of angry going on. Oh, and immortality". She has "bluish-hued skin [and] stark white hair". She only sees in black and white. She's also the "the oldest known wraith in America". She feels pain much more than when she was a live human. And now "a simple touch from someone else was painful". She can touch animals and shifters in animal form without pain and kids without much pain. And she changing... and changing much more quickly than she thought she would when the end was coming close. She knows Caleb wants her and she wants him as well but refuses to give into the desire. She's begun to crave his touch.

There is a lot of good chemistry between Caleb and Wraith. DePaul know hows to write a steamy hot sex scene some of which are not very graphic but still have impact.

I laughed a little, I cried a little. That's when I knew DePaul had me. Up until about three quarters through the book, the story was good, but a lot was going on and the story nor the characters had drawn me in. Then when I cried in the latter part of the book, I realized the characters had pulled me in, made me care about them.

I ended up enjoying the story and now want to go back and read the first book book in the series and the sequel to this one when it comes out. I think both paranormal romance and urban fantasy fans will like this book.

A free prequel novella to the first book in the series, Chosen By Blood: Wraith's Awakening can be found here. Come back here on September 13th to read an interview with Virna DePaul.

Warning Spoiler Alert!!!
This has an HEA ending.
WildAboutBones

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Review Guardian by Elita Daniels

Title: Guardian
Author: Elita Daniels
Source: Requested Review
Genre: Dark Paranormal Romance
Format: eBook, 143 pgs
Release Date: April 1, 2011
Guardian Book Cover
Beautiful vampire Anna, is entangled in a social conflict between human and vampire races. The Vampire Infection they'd thought could uncover medical miracles has spread out into the city.

Carrier Vampires who can infect people with the blood lust disease have been detained in an attempt to halt the spread. Non-carriers have been left to normal lives, treated with sedating medication. But there were still too many accidents, it's been decided by Alicorp to assign human protectors - mandated by law.

These protectors are know as....Guardians.

Anna falls in love with her guardian, a man who wants to find a cure, but the more she learns about him and his association with Alicorp the harder she finds it to trust him.
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Rating -
a small howl

Sexual -
Steamy

My Review:

Really good idea for a vampire story, dark but good. 2.5 Stars.

Anna was infected with the vampirism virus eight years ago by a one night stand. She spent two of those years in a "testing clinic", aka torture chamber, being experimented upon. Now she has learned she has also recently caught the carrier virus which means she can no longer bite or feed directly from anyone or she can turn them into a vampire. She has an angsty, damaged personalty which was magnified by the virus.

In the story, she falls in love twice, once with her new Guardian, sorta like "a parole officer for vampires", and with a young man who attempted to pick her up in a diner earlier in the story.

Unfortunately the story, in my opinion, suffers from quite a bit of unfinished editing resulting in what appears to be a very rough writing style which should have been fixed in the editing stage. In fact if an editor hadn't been listed, I'd think it hadn't been edited at all. Some might think it is because the author is from North Queensland with a different vocabulary. That is not the problem at all. It may seem as if I am being overly harsh on this point but I feel the author was cheated out of a final product which could have been so much better with good editing.

The story ends rather abruptly at a point in the story where the action is starting to heat up which makes me think there will be a sequel. The story's plot itself is good enough to make me interested in reading the sequel.

Some dark urban fantasy fans and horror fans may like this book.
WildAboutBones

Is it paranormal romance or urban fantasy? Tessa Dawn point of view







Author, Tessa Dawn, has given Bitten by Paranormal Romance permission to re-post her blog on the subject and would be happy to answer any questions and/or join in the discussion...


Please welcome Tessa Dawn

Dark Fantasy, Urban Fantasy, or Paranormal Romance: Does a label matter?
Lately, I've seen a lot of great discussions comparing the labels Dark Fantasy, Urban Fantasy, and Paranormal Romance: How are these labels defined by readers and writers, and how much of a difference do they really make?  

I thought it might be fun to chime in from an author's point of view -- of course, only THIS author's POV. :)

To give a few loose definitions...

Paranormal refers to that which is outside of the normal physical experience: This could include special powers, magic, or other-worldly beings (such as aliens, werewolves, and my personal favorite, vampires!).

Fantasy refers to the "other" world, itself: a physical setting that contains a different set of rules and realities. It may be under the sea, on another planet, or just plain one in which up is down and down is up (or the local bartender is a shape-shifter who puts magic dust in the drinks).  Hmm, is he cute?

Romance is more cut and dry: The story is basically boy meets girl; boy and girl fall in love (overcoming internal and/or external obstacles); and ultimately, boy & girl live happily ever after.  In a romance, the relationship between the "boy and girl" must be the primary plot, and no other element should overshadow this.  Oh, and you can probably expect to find S-E-X, unless it's a Y/A (Young Adult).

Dark refers to the shadow side of humanity.  It may be as simple as shining a light on what goes on in metaphorical deep, dark alleys or as complex as exploring the darker emotions and actions of beings (human or otherwise).  In the archetype of good verses evil, a dark work of fiction will also include, explore, or delve into the more base emotions &/or behaviors.  (Note: This is not the same thing as horror, where the bad guy in the mask runs around on Halloween and chops off fifty teenager's heads: It doesn't necessarily contain graphic violence {although it might}, but it's not going to be a skip through the park with an ice cream cone either.)

Last but not least, Urban refers to a physical, urban setting: The world in which the story takes place is a traditional, urban world. The main plot involving the werewolf, faery, or shapeshifter will not take place under the ocean or on Mars (as it might in Sci Fi); rather, it will take place in a city or other urban setting. 

As an author, choosing a genre to write within helps define the boundaries of the story.  If I want to create only human characters, I will avoid paranormal. If I want to stay within the expected (and largely agreed upon) boundaries of human behavior, mores, and traditions, I will avoid Fantasy, but if I want to push the limits (or simply change them altogether), I will indulge in the latter.  

Along the same lines, if I want to keep it light, funny, or blissfully comfortable, I will avoid exploring the dark, and if I want to focus solely -- or primarily -- on a male/female love relationship, I will stay within the lines of romance.  (However, if I don't want to create a happy ending, I might have to move to mainstream fiction with very strong romantic elements. From there, I can make it more or less erotic  -- bringing in yet another sub genre: erotica -- but you get the point)...

The truth is...many (if not most) books cross over from one genre to another: They may contain elements of several genres at once as well as present a primary and secondary slant.  But overall, the reader who wants to explore space travel, does not pick up an urban fantasy; the book lover who can't wait to get lost in the laughter, joy, and love of an intriguing tale may want to avoid a Dark Fantasy (although there may be a fair amount of those things in there as well -- just not exclusively); and the person who wants to fall in love with an entire world beyond that of the main two characters might not go for primary romance.  In the end, these labels are only guidelines: The back blurb should give a reader a good idea of what type of content might be explored within the pages, as should any free excerpts on an author's website. When in doubt, check.  (Just as it's no fun for a reader to purchase a romance only to find a dark mystery, it's equally frustrating for a sci-fi author, bookstore owner, or publisher to hear from an urban fantasy reader: "Why do you always set your books in space?!"

To that end, it's worth having at least a basic understanding of the differences...especially if you have a strong or even singular preference toward one specific genre over another.  

As for myself, I tend to write what I love to read: Dark Fantasy, Urban Fantasy, and Paranormal Vampire Fictionwith strong romantic, suspense, & thriller elements!  (Yes, I will read paranormal romance, too, as long as it contains many of the above elements).

In short, storytelling is as old as time, and the limits should be as broad as the human imagination.  While labels should not restrict the rich diversity of the written word, they can help to define the limitless....

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Review of A Scent of Greek (Out of Olympus #2)

Title: A Scent of Greek (Out of Olympus #2)
Author: Tina Folsom
Source: Bought from Amazon.com
Genre: Paranormal Erotic Romance – Gods, Goddesses
Format: Kindle
File Size: 849 KB
Release Date: August 21, 2011
Author's Website




When the god of wine and ecstasy, Dionysus, callously dumps his latest conquest, the mortal Ariadne, the goddess Hera has had enough. She robs Dionysus of his memory to teach him a lesson in humility.

Ariadne is deeply hurt after Dionysus dismisses their night of passion as “just sex” and doesn’t want to see her anymore. When she finds him bloodied and beaten and suffering from amnesia, she quickly forms a plan to get back at him. As she pretends to be his fiancée, Ariadne makes Dionysus believe he loves her. But the longer the charade continues, the more difficult it becomes to really see who teaches whom a lesson.

And what if Dionysus gains his memory back? Will there be hell to pay for her deception, or can a mortal woman truly win a god’s love?

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A Scent of Greek is the 2nd book in the Out of Olympus series by Tina Folsom and once again Tina takes readers on a wonderful journey with sexy gods and their trials and tribulations with love.

This book was pure fun from beginning to end that had me going through a rollercoaster of emotions from laughing out loud many times (I received many stares from other commuters on the train ride to and from work), grabbing a tissue during the heartaches and trying to cool myself down during the hot, passionate scenes.

Dio being the God of wine and ecstasy has lived his long life going through a different woman every night and has never felt anything for the multitude of women he has been with until Ariadne. For the first time Dio has spent two weeks pursuing and charming the same woman all in the name of conquest as he tries to convince himself amidst the strong and foreign feelings he is developing for Ariadne. After a night of passion that burned into his soul like never before Dio walks away from Ariadne not because he wants to but feels he needs to. What results is the devastation of Ariadne heart and her resolution to teach Dio a lesson.

Ariadne is a bright, intelligent, successful and beautiful young woman who seems to have it all except for love. She believes love is not part of her destiny since she was literally left at the altar, broken-hearted, embarrassed and cheated out of her money by her fiance. With Dio being such a delicious temptation could she finally let her guard down and allow herself to trust another from breaking her heart?

After a night of intense passion Dio leaves Ariadne fearful of the strange feelings lurking deep within him and breaks her heart, but Ariadne confronts him and Dio acts cold and callous to drive her away. What Dio is unaware is a meddling goddess is set on teaching him a lesson which results in a series of events that Tina so vividly describes that the reader feel that they are right on the front lines of the action.

I absolutely love not only how Tina writes some of the best sex scenes out there, but her sense of humor. The things that she makes Dio go through and endure made me smile and laugh throughout the book. I highly recommend this book to not only paranormal romance lovers, but to all the women out there who ever had their hearts torn in two due to the actions of some heartless guy. Sometimes revenge can be so sweet and Tina knows how to dish it out for our enjoyment. So what are you wanting for? Go get this book!

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Is it Paranormal Romance of Urban Fantasy? Author Stacey Kennedy's view


Please welcome Stacey Kennedy

Urban Fantasy Romance—Paranormal Romance, which is it??

Gawd, where do I even start? I’m sure many of you have wondered what the difference between these genres is. Let me tell you it is not an easy answer.

Wikipedia defines Urban Fantasy as “A sub-genre of fantasy defined by place; the fantastic narrative has an urban setting. Many urban fantasies are set in contemporary times and contain supernatural elements. However, the stories can take place in historical, modern, or futuristic periods. The prerequisite is that they must be primarily set in a city.”

Wikipedia defines Paranormal Romance as “A sub-genre of the romance novel. A type of speculative fiction, paranormal romance focuses on romance and includes elements beyond the range of scientific explanation, blending together themes from the genres of traditional fantasy, science fiction, or horror.”

So for the most part this explains the differences between the genres, or does it? The line between these genres has become somewhat blurred and whomever you ask will say something different. Trust me, when I started asking this question, I got lots of different answers.

Some will tell you it has nothing to do with the setting, the romance, or any other element, and is defined by the characters in the book. If the series uses the same hero/heroine throughout then it’s Urban Fantasy Romance. If the series has a new hero/heroine in each book then it’s Paranormal Romance.
But wait…
Keri Arthur (love her by the way) says this on her website about the two genres, “Paranormal romance is a romance first and foremost. In urban fantasy the romance is generally a secondary plot (if it exists at all)”

Geesh! No wonder it’s so confusing! So, where do I stand on the matter?

Personally, I think it’s all of the above.

Urban Fantasy Romance is a novel that is set in an urban setting and has supernatural elements. There will be a romance but the romance is not the only focus in the story—a side plot, yes, but the story isn’t moved along by the romantic element only. Each book will contain the same hero and heroine throughout the series.

Paranormal Romance is a romance that has supernatural elements. The characters are driven by the romance, and even though there might be an adventure, the main plot is about the hero and heroine’s love story. Each book that is contained in the series will have a different hero and heroine.

I’ve written both, Urban Fantasy Romance (The Magical Sword series), and Paranormal Romance (The Watchers series)—both are fun to write, but it’s the balance of how much romance you put into the story, what the goals of the characters are, what their conflict is, and what is the main plot of the story that defines where it belongs.

I hope I’ve given you some insight into these genres as I know it can be uber confusing! And if you are still scratching your head, then just decide for yourself and carry on! Really, as long as it’s a good story, it won’t matter which genre it falls into! 

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Stacey Kennedy’s urban fantasy/paranormal and erotic romance series have hit Amazon Kindle and All Romance Ebooks Bestseller lists. If she isn’t plugging away at her next novel, tending to her two little ones, she’s got her nose deep in a good book. She lives in Ontario, Canada with her husband. Be sure to drop her a line at www.staceykennedy.com, she loves to hear from her readers.
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