Terian:, Allie’s War Early Years, JC Andrijeski
Review from jeannie zelos book reviews
Rook: Allie’s War Episodes 1-4
Shield: Allie’s War Episodes 5-8
Sword: Allie’s War Episodes 9-12
Shadow: Allie’s War Episodes 13-17
Knight: Allie’s War Episodes 18-23
War: Allie’s War Episodes 24-27
Bridge: Allie’s War Episodes 28-31
New York: Allie’s War Early Years
Revik: Allie’s War Early Years
Terian: Allie’s War Early Years
I’m finding these novellas really useful, dedicated as they are to individual people. They give an insight into characters and motives that’s really helpful.
I was puzzled at first that this one is titled Terian, and yet the first chapters are about a person we’ve not yet met, Quay. Then he meets Terian and eventually it becomes clear how it fits together. We learn more about the slave camps, the recruitment for the Org and more of how it works. We see Terian a few years after Revik defected, when Terian is high up in the Rooks Personnel. There’s a meeting with Revik, after he’s rescued a woman from one of the Rooks work camps. Its shows Terian in his manic, unpredictable and at times uncontrollable phase, and yet we see also just how intelligent he is, and how he’s able to do so much at one time. As usual there’s some hot sex including m/m so take note if that offends you. Its part of these novels though – part of the Seer nature to disregard sexuality when wanting sex. They’re very highly sexed people and need it or suffer intense pain. Though Terian is shown as a cruel, vicious and uncaring person much of the while throughout the series, in this book we can see part of how he was made that way, and his reaction to Revik leaving was unexpected ( to me anyway!) Inside that manic, selfish persona he does have genuine feelings even if a bit weird.
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NB: parts 2-5 out over next four days, reviews to come 🙂
The Last Good Knight, Part I: Scars and Stripes, Tiffany Reisz
Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews
Wow – I love Tiffany’s writing, loved the Original Sinners series, and saw this and thought it looked fun. I don’t usually read shorts but when they’re about characters from an existing series and my an author whose writing I know I’ll enjoy I’m in. This is quite a fun way of releasing a novel, five instalments released over five consecutive days so no long wait for next part. I hate waiting for next in series – want everything yesterday and often wait til all parts are out before I buy, then read straight through.
So, Nora is having a rough day, thinks she’ll enjoy her sub for the night but finds she’s booked with Soren ( ah Soren…) and I can feel the little flickers of undercurrents, and uncomfortable feelings Nora has. She’s at the point in the story where she’s not Soren’s sub any more, ( explained in the Sinners series) and working for Kingsley as his top dominatrix. Then just as she’s contemplating a quiet evening in walks Lance. She sees his Sub traits immediately and soon they’re having fun, Nora beating him up in just the way he and she love when a message comes from Kingsley that there’s danger….
Oh – it was great to get back in Nora’s world, whips and handcuffs, irreverent humour, and lots of hot, erotic, sensual moments. I admire her, have a soft spot for Kingsley, and of course there’s Soren……say no more ;-). Lance was a fun character, and I was so tempted to crack on to the next novella but I’ve made myself promise I’ll review each book before starting the next…damn…I can see my routine of reading all day and writing reviews next morning is going to change, so I can read all of these in one day… They’re just sooo tempting.
My only criticism is the price – each episode is £1.49 for around 30 pages so its quite expensive – still, Tiffany’s novels are ones you can read over and over so that does make for better value.
Stars: Five of course!
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The Professional, Kresley Cole
Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews
So, embarrassing admission…Kresley is a prolific author and yet I’ve never read any of her books. This sounded good though, intriguing and sexy so thought it was time I did.
Well, what was it like for me? Fabulous! I really enjoyed it, and though its classed as just romance its incredibly erotic too. I’ve just reviewed a book classed as erotic, where I felt the sex was plentiful but nothing extra special. Here though Kresley really gets descriptive, the sex scenes are smouldering, varied and very erotic. Each time one comes up she’s put a different spin on it, there’s something new, something extra, and that makes the book so much more interesting than pages of clothes off, c*ock in and instant orgasms as so many books contain. The general storyline as times seemed a bit OTT, but then I know nothing of this world and reading the back Kresley has done plenty of research, so though I might feel some parts were unreal clearly its credible – and in any event makes for a great read 🙂
Sevastyan – wow – what a man, real Alpha Dominant type, intelligent, not the man of few words type, who’s conversation consists solely of muttered “you feel me” etc, etc, as these men so often are described, but a man who speaks several languages, is clever, educated and works hard at what he does. Yes he’s a killer too but an intelligent one, and he only does what’s necessary. In that world sadly killing is the language many understand and respect, and it has to be done. Its kill or be killed.. but he can be so so gentle at times and so protective of his boss and Natalie.
Sevastyan is hiding lots of secrets though that Natalie wanted to know. She wanted to share his life, not be put in a pedestal and admired, and he found that hard, he’d learned since childhood the only person he could truly trust and rely on was himself, although he’d become very close to her father, and he’d earned some of his confidences. The secrets are hard for Natalie, she feels she’s not in a partnership – there’s an incredible spark between them right from day one, the sex is off the charts hot, and she’s learned so much but…is it enough to make a relationship. Will the secrets destroy their love in time?
I loved this book, didn’t know what to expect and was delighted to find that I enjoy Kresley’s writing style – another author to add to my lists. If you want a hot, sensual,erotic read with a decent back story then you’ll like this book.
Stars: four and a half.
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Exterminating Angel, Pamela Turner.
Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews
I enjoy paranormal and M/M romance, so thought this would be a good selection for me. Somehow though I didn’t really gel with it – I read it, enjoyed parts but it wasn’t one I’d re read and it didn’t move me emotionally. I need that from a romance.
Anyway the Angels: in this book they certainly don’t behave in the way convention says. They drink, smoke, swear, some even hang out with Lucifer….and there’s bitching, back biting and ambition among some of them. Zaph fell victim to that centuries ago, when Ophaniel wanted his position as leader. He waited til Zaph was out of the way and executed his lover Caliel. Homosexuality was forbidden to the angels and Ophaniel saw that as a way of forcing Zaph to step down leaving him as leader….just like most office politics really isn’t it ?
Zaph has never forgotten Caliel, and now Lucifer has an assistant that is Caliel reincarnated, though he thinks he’s a human called Sean. Zaph’s on Ophaniels bad side yet again, and facing a death sentence for unwittingly releasing a demon, who want to bring about the end of the world…Its all action, play-offs against each other, and a manic search for the Pentacles that must be kept away from the released Demon.
Its kind of hard to say why this didn’t work for me, its well written, has some interesting characters and plot twists, somehow though I just didn’t get pulled into the story, wasn’t invested in either the romance ( I like the slow build up, the simmering tension of attraction, but this was – they meet, kiss and are in bed. Or so it seemed ) or that search for the pentacles, and killing the Demon. I think it was just the plots seemed very superficial, not a lot of depth, on the other hand if what you want to read is something light and fluffy, fun and with a bit of spice, and something that’s not going to require deep thinking this is perfect. There’s times when that’s what we want, when we don’t have time to get into a book we simply can’t put down, when we need one we can put aside, and pick up later when time allows without losing the plot.
Stars: Three – an OK read but not one I’d re read.
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