Into the Fire by Jeaniene Frost

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What it’s about:

For nearly six hundred years, Vlad Tepesh cared for nothing, so he had nothing to lose. His brutal reputation ensured that all but the most foolhardy stayed away. Now falling in love with Leila ha

s put him at the mercy of his passions. And one adversary has found a devastating way to use Vlad’s new bride against him.

A powerful spell links Leila to the necromancer Mircea. If he suffers or dies, so does she. Magic is forbidden to vampires, so Vlad and Leila enlist an unlikely guide as they search for a way to break the spell. But an ancient enemy lies in wait, capable of turning Vlad and Leila’s closest friends against them…and finally tearing the lovers apart forever.

What I thought:

“Let’s get my part of this over with,” Vlad said shortly. “And if the name ‘Buffy’ comes out of my mouth, it will be the last word you ever hear.”

Ok so I’m going to start by saying that the reason I loved this book so much was more about Ian than Vlad and Leila. He completely stole the show for me! I was laughing every second and with all the

little teasers Frost added to introduce his book, I was on the edge of my seat the whole time.

Having said that, I actually did enjoy the Vlad and Leila story. I liked seeing a more ruthless side to Leila and really enjoyed the violence in this book. (Wait! Does that make me sound like a psychopath? :P) I can’t say I feel the passion between Vlad and Leila but I still love their connection. There is something really amazing about the way Vlad sees Leila that makes you realise he’s not the big bad he pretends to be. I also found myself wanting to reread the series as I was reading this book so I definitely think I missed the characters. 🙂

The one thing that I was a bit disappointed about with this book was the ending. Frost said this is the last book in the series yet I felt like there was still a few things left unfinished. What’s going to happen with Gretchen? What are they going to do with Mircea? I’m hoping Vlad and Leila will pop up in Ian’s books so that we see some more of their story.

Right now I’m just counting down the days till I can read Ian’s story!

Through the Fog by S.J. Lynn

What it’s about:

Adalind Carter finds herself in search of a new nursing assignment. She finally gets her wish when given an opportunity to travel to England for the private care of Evan Jacob Frederick, the Duke of Warlington, who is showing signs of awakening from a two month long coma. Upon accepting the position, it doesn’t take long for her to discover just how little she knows about any of it…

What I thought:

I really enjoyed this bo28146781ok. I loved the characters and the storyline really drew me in. If I’m completely honest I couldn’t put this book down. I found myself desperate to see what will happen next, even though I had figured out the “big twist” ending right at the beginning. I knew where the story was going and yet I still wanted to continue reading and find out how Lynn would have the characters behave.

I really liked Adalind. At first her need to fix people bothered me but as the story progressed and her character grew, I really did end up liking her. Evan was amazing and I think his character was well built and reacted exactly as you would expect a real person to. I did find the side characters a bit dull, especially Adalind best friend (who’s name I cannot for the life of me remember) I found her to be a bit one dimensional and annoying. Hugo was a bit better, though I still feel like he could have had more depth. Betty was one of the better side characters. I found her to be entertaining at least.

The one thing about this book is you can tell that Lynn is not a seasoned writer. Her dialogue, while compelling doesn’t do a great job of distinguishing between the characters. Adalind is supposed to be a young American girl and Evan is an English Duke, yet most times they used the same language. Small things like a young girl would say it’s while an English Duke would say it is. Yet they both said the latter. It confused me at times. 

But even though the story was predictable and the writing was a bit junior, the book still kept me captivated and I found myself thinking about it for hours after I was done. And in my book that makes this one really worth the read.

Eleventh Grave in Moonlight (Charley Davidson #11) by Darynda Jones

Well damn! That was epic!

My entire life can be summed up in one sentence: “Well, that didn’t go as planned”

29939313Every time I read a book in this series I wonder where this story is going to go and get excited to find out how Charley will save the day… and what stupid thing she’ll do. Once again Jones managed to suck me in and make me so desperate to be a smart-ass, stubborn, furniture-naming supernatural chick married to the son of satan.

I fell in love with Osh in this book, he was so funny and cute and I’m really hoping we get a spin-off series with Beep so we can see how everything ends. I truly think Jones is the only one who can make you love a soul-sucking demon and the son of satan.

All the characters were great as usual and the story line played out well. Charley is hired to solve a mystery we have been dying to figure out and I liked that Jones brought it all back to the beginning. I was a tad disappointed with the Amber mystery, but still enjoyed the story overall.

This installment in the series answers and lot of questions about Charley and Reyes (and gives us even more to think about). It gives you more insight into how they both ended up in their current situations. We meet the horrid people who took Reyes and find out why it all happened and how he ended up with Earl Walker.

I loved that Jones didn’t fix everything, that there were some moments that were sad and that Charley didn’t break all the rules. I was so worried the story would end up with Charley doing something stupid, but I think the events played out nicely. Yet, once again I find myself wondering how on Earth this story will end and get excited just thinking about reading more. I can’t believe the way she ended it. I found I wanted to cry a bit and REALLYneed the next book so I can see what’s going to happen.

The Psy-Changeling Series by Nalini Singh

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The world:

Nalini Singh has created a fantastic, unique world with a mix of characters you can’t help but fall in love with. In this series you get introduced to a world that is populated by three races – the Psy, a powerful race of humans who have incredible powers of the mind, the Changelings, shapeshifters, and then just the plain old humans. These three races live together, but at the same time very much apart. The Psy, in an effort to eradicate an unavoidable predisposition to violence, have embraced Silence, a protocol that removes all emotions. But, emotions are part of human nature and the Psy race soon discovers that Silence is going to fall. The series begins with one Psy, Sascha Duncan on her way to “rehabilitation”— the complete psychic removal of everything she ever was. But when Sascha meets leopard changeling Lucas Hunter everything changes, and the world of the Psy and Changelings begin to collide.

What I thought:

My overall rating:  4 Stars

I picked up the first book in this series and proceeded to read each and every one, one after the other. I completely immersed myself in this world for a couple of weeks and enjoyed having some many books to read all at once. Each book in the series focuses on one couple. Not all of them are Psy/Changeling mixes and I think that gives the series more depth, however I do confess that I was a little disappointed by some of the matches, just because you kind of hope for the power of an interrace mix. But overall I give the series a solid 4 stars. I really LOVED some of the books (most of them actually), while some of them fell a little flat, but the world is so phenomenal that you get caught up in the amazingness of the stories. I really found myself wanting to be a part of this world and could definitely enjoy my own dominant changeling 😉

I liked that the books switched between different POVs, however I didn’t get a little frustrated at times. Just when the main story was getting to a good part, she would jump to a completely separate characters POV and at times I felt like some of the info was unnecessary. I will give Singh props for her ability to build suspense and sexual tension though.

The books all had great love stories and really got my blood pumping. I fell in love with almost all the male leads and could not wait to read about the side characters after each book. I really liked that even the “submissive” characters had backbone, and loved the brilliantly thought out structure of both the PsyNet and Changeling society. I would definitely recommend this series to all paranormal romance lovers and can honestly say that this is a totally unique look at shifters for those who love that genre too.

Reading order:

  • Slave to Sensation (The Psy-Changelings, Book 1)
  • Visions of Heat (Psy-Changelings, Book 2)
  • Caressed By Ice (Psy-Changelings, Book 3)
  • Mine to Possess (Psy-Changelings, Book 4)
  • Hostage to Pleasure (Psy-Changelings, Book 5)
  • Branded by Fire (Psy-Changelings, Book 6)
  • Blaze of Memory (Psy-Changelings, Book 7)
  • Bonds of Justice (Psy/Changeling, Book 8)
  • Play of Passion (Psy/Changeling, Book 9)
  • Kiss of Snow (Psy/Changeling, Book 10)
  • Tangle of Need (Psy-Changeling, Book 11)
  • Heart of Obsidian (Psy/Changeling, Book 12)
  • Shield of Winter (A Psy/Changeling, Book 13)
  • Shards of Hope (Psy/Changeling, Book 14)

Four Seconds to Lose by K.A Tucker

17571140What it’s about:

Twenty-nine-year-old strip club owner, Cain is tired. He’s worked hard to maintain a classy club and keep the girls who work for him safe. He also has a strict no-dating-the-dancers rule. But when Charlie Rourke walks through his door, he finds himself wanting to break his own rules.

But as Charlie’s secrets start chasing her, both Charlie and Cain find themselves making some hard decisions. Can Cain accept the real Charlie and will she let him into her past?

What I thought:

My Rating: 5 Stars

“His lips steal my breath completely, kissing me with demanding thirst, as if he’s been waiting forever to do this and he’ll be waiting forever to do it again.”

What a fantastic book this was, really I couldn’t put it down. From the beginning I fell in love with Cain and Charlie and I felt myself experiencing all the extreme emotion along with them. K.A Tucker has once again proved to be a phenomenal storyteller with an amazing ability to surprise me. I really didn’t see this story unfolding the way is did and I loved every heart-wrenching moment of it.

When I first saw that this book was about Cain I had no idea what to expect. I was so stolen my Kacey and Livie’s stories that I wasn’t sure what to make of being thrown into a completely unattached character. But I have to say that I loved Cain’s world, and when I wasn’t reading (because apparently sleep is important) I found myself dreaming about him.

Charlie’s world destroyed me a bit, I couldn’t believe how screwed up she was by her parents and I just wanted her to kill her stepdad. I felt for her and wanted Cain to swoop in and save the day. I really like how Tucker manages to keep her stories realistic with real-world scenarios. This gave the story an extra level and made it all the more emotional.

It was also great to get more of the other characters in Penny’s and I must say I’m really excited to read about Ben and Nate.

Bad by Nicola Marsh

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What it’s about:

Wyatt Harrison is a geek and proud of it. The IT freelancer prefers delving into the mysteries of motherboards than women. Until he upgrades the computer systems at Vegas’s premier venue Burlesque Bombshells, where he’s confronted by the biggest mystery of them all, stunning choreographer Ashlin O’Meara.

What I thought:

My Rating: 5 Stars

Another great addition to a great series!

Not surprisingly Nicola Marsh has done it again. BAD is a fantastic book that takes you on an emotional journey from page one. I read the entire book in one sitting because I just couldn’t put it down. Both Ashlin and Wyatt stole my heart and with every page I wanted to spend more time with them.

I loved that Ashlin had an intriguing background. I really couldn’t figure out what hersin was, and I couldn’t believe how amazing Wyatt was with her needs. Their relationship built so nicely and even though it’s a short book, I still felt like their love was genuine.

I’m really enjoying how Marsh is building the brother’s relationship over these books and it’s made me so excited to see more of the Harrison boys. I just can’t wait to see how things play out with Steele now. Write faster woman… I need more dammit!

Bold by Nicola Marsh

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What it’s about:

Chantal Kramer is a confident, successful businesswoman and running Burlesque Bombshells, the premier dance venue inVegas, is her life. Until sexy Aussiefootballer Zane Harrison arrives in town and turns it upside down. She doesn’t have time for cocky jocks but as she sees Zane connect with the family he’s never met, she discovers he’s more than just a pretty face.

What I thought:

My Rating: 3.5 stars

Nicola Marsh is an excellent storyteller and I’ve always said how amazing it is that she can create a full, exciting story in such a short book. However, this time around I felt like the book was just a little too short.

I loved the story and enjoyed the characters immensely, but I would have liked just a little bit more. The romance felt a little rushed, but I still loved how Zane and Chantal interacted with each other. My only problem was that neither really had a backstory that captivated me. Zane’s was the more interesting one but I think Chantal could have had a little more substance to her story.

Overall the story was fun and the characters were entertaining. This book is a nice addition to the series and I have to say I’m super excited to read about the other Harrison boys.

Born of Night by Sherrilyn Kenyon

2992061What it’s about:

In the Ichidian Universe, The League and their ruthless assassins rule all. Expertly trained and highly valued, the League Assassins are the backbone of the government. But not even the League is immune to corruption . 

Nykyrian Quikiades was a League assassin until one mission changed everything. Now, the only League member to have left and lived, he’s hunted by many. When he’s asked to protect Kiara Zamir, the daughter of a politician, old and new enemies emerge and they will both have to overcome their trust issues in order to survive.

What I thought:

My Rating: 5 Stars

“Baby, it’s either laugh or cry and crying takes way too much energy. If you can’t find humor in the shit life heaps on you, you really will grow miserable.”

I honestly don’t know what on Earth took me so long to read this series. It’s been on my to-read list for ages and I LOVE Sherri’s Dark-Hunter Series, so I always knew this one would be good. The world Sherri creates in this series is phenomenal and I loved being immersed in a universe so cleverly built. Sci-fi can be difficult to write, but I think Sherri’s talents have no bounds and she did the genre justice.

As always, Sherri has managed to completely suck you in and keep you addicted from page one. I really couldn’t put this book down and I just fell in love with all the characters. Nykyrian and Kiara are well-written characters with rich back stories that completely steal your heart. I cried for Nykyrian as the book went on and I just couldn’t believe the horrors that he survived. I did find Kiara a little slow at accepting the reality of Nykyrian’s way of life, but I think Sherri did a good job of maintaining her characters through the book. The romance was believable and enjoyable to read. I fell in love with Nykyrian more and more as the book continued and I really enjoyed that aspect of the story. The romance just fit in so well.

The side characters were great too and as expected, Sherri builds fantastic and exciting stories that you can’t wait to read. I’ll be devouring this series with gusto and I’m super excited to see how it progresses and which characters I’ll meet next.

Ten Tiny Breaths by K.A. Tucker

What it’s about:

15990969Kacey Cleary is a damaged girl, the deaths of parents, boyfriend, and best friend have left her broken and empty. Her only purpose now is to make sure her sister Livvie has the life she wanted, but when Uncle Ray climbs in bed with Livvie, Kacey decides to leave with her and make it on their own. Kacey finds herself in a dingy apartment, with a neighbour she can’t help but like, and a boy she can’t keep her eyes off of. The problem is, Trent might be hiding more secrets than she is, and when the dam breaks, Kacey might not be able to handle what she’s left with.

What I thought:

My Rating: 5 Stars

“No human can bury their past indefinitely. It’s only a matter of time before you crack.”

This book has been on my to read list forever and when I searched my kindle for something to read it jumped out at me. I don’t know why I waited so long to read it. Despite this book being a tad predictable, I thoroughly enjoyed it.

I immediately fell in love with Trent, even though I figured out the truth about him pretty early on in the book, I still found that I couldn’t help falling for him as the book progressed. He’s a strong and funny character. I loved that he went out of his way to make Kacey smile and the way he interacted with the kids in the book. Kacey was an interesting character for me. I liked that all she wanted to do was save her sister and give her a future. I also loved that she wouldn’t strip or do anything illegal.

I fell in love with all the characters in this book and I found that even the creepy landlord grew on me as the story progressed. This book also puts you through an array of emotions and keeps you wanting more. I really enjoyed the story and could hardly put the book down. I devoured it over 2 days and found I was quite disappointed that it ended.

I would definitely recommend this book for anyone looking for an emotional love story, some laughs and a fun group of characters. I’m interested to see what the rest of the books in the series are like.

Friend-Zoned by Belle Aurora

17948485What it’s about:

Nikolai Leokov owns the hip club The White Rabbit and Valentina Tomic owns the clothing store Safira. They have worked across the road from each other for years but never met. When Tina decides to send Nik a gift she never thought it would bring her to his offer. When Nik decides to see who sent him some candy and a note, he never thought he would end up being friend-zoned by a spunky tiny woman.

Once Tina and Nik become friends their lives clash, and what starts out as friendship blooms into something more. But both Tina and Nik have secrets… ones that shape their decisions and change their lives.

What I thought:

My Rating: 5 Stars

“So we can be friends, right?”
Wait, what?
I stare at her, a frown forming at my mouth.
Did I..? Did I just get Friend-zoned?”

It’s official… Bella Aurora rocks! Seriously, I’m loving this chicks writing. This book was just perfect, I felt every emotion, laughing one minute and having my heart broken the next. It was awesome from page one and I found myself desperate to read every character’s story.

Tina is the shit, I loved being in her head and hearing her weird thoughts and crazy catch phrases. She’s strong and funny, yet still vulnerable. I loved her view on life, family and friends, and most of all I loved how she friend-zoned the most awesome group of guys. Nik is such an amazing character, I found myself swooning a lot through this book. You don’t expect Nik to be a romantic but he surprises you.

The side characters made this book even more entertaining. I love the relationship between Ghost and Nat, their book is going to be so interesting. Aurora does a great job of building the suspense of the next books by introducing these characters and alluding to their secrets. She also manages to bring in some excitement to the story and keep you on edge through the story.

Overall this book was fun, sexy and exciting. The characters are great, the story is captivating and you find yourself wanting to be one of the group. I can’t wait to read the rest of the series and get more of these incredible characters.