Archive | June 8, 2014

A Vampire’s Promise, Carla Susan Smith

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A Vampire’s Promise, Carla Susan Smith
Review from jeannie zelos book reviews
Dammit, dammit, dammit I was totally engrossed in this and then…it stopped, ended, left me in limbo. Now you know how I hate that – really hate it. Its a terrific read, but this really made me frustrated – I want to read more now, not in months to come or whenever. Edit: next book due out 3rd July – so hurrah, not long to wait.
So, this was a little gentle start, we met Rowan, good girl, works hard, a bit mouthy at times but mostly quiet, has some close friends and is out with her best friend when she sees a man she mentally thinks of as The Viking. Tall, blonde and drop dead gorgeous, and he’s refusing all the ladies that are giving him the come on. Her friend says he’s looking at her, but she can’t believe it, her dating life is desolate, failed, never works out and she’s used to her gorgeous friend getting all the attraction. Leaving the bar though she finds the Viking waiting for her, and he asks her out for the following night. They start seeing each other often, but there’s always something a little mysterious about Gabriel, and the few friends they meet on occasions. They’re all gorgeous, foreign and have that same aura of danger about them. Gabriel somehow avoids telling her any personal details, and its not until things go wrong she realises she doesn’t know his last name, even though they’ve been having hot and erotic, sexy and sensual love making.
Well, damn, there I was so hooked on this, the story just built up and on in momentum, with fabulous writing that drew me in and kept me hooked and then….it ended just at a really climatic point. That’s brought it down a half star from me, as I HATE that. Its a fantastic read, I’m desperate for more, and can see its one for the keeper files. Well done Carla, looks like its the first published book, and yet has a style I’d expect from a seasoned writer. More please- and quickly! Priced at £1.89 for a fabulous 306 pages – I love long books, and its great value.
Stars: four and a half, fabulous read, except for that damn cliffhanger!
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Edit: I wrote to Carla about what’s planned for these characters. She says she’s currently working on book three – which will tell Aleksei’s story, and will continue with the series in this way so long as there’s reader interest. So if you love the books, review them and say so, tell Carla so we keep them coming!

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Jaguar Hunt, Terry Spear

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Jaguar Hunt, Terry Spear
Review from Jeannie Zelos Book reviews.
Shifter Romance, another lure for me. I’ve just been re reading my way through Patricia Briggs werewolf series….fantastic 🙂 so thought this sounded promising. Although I’ve not read the first two it sounded as though each story was complete, so I didn’t foresee that being a problem and it wasn’t. Maybe some of the interlinked characters I could have understood more, but Terry gives enough info to work out who is connected to whom.
And those connections were part of the problems for me. The characters themselves were great, felt real and acted as I’d expect. And the heat between Tammy and David was very sensual and palpable. But as the story got into the final third there seemed to me to be more and more connections through past and present relationships, and the difficulties that brought. I know shifters are known in most fiction for being very sexual, but these ones seemed to have had endless relationships within the groups… each time a new problem came up it seemed to have some roots in a past/present relationship problem, each new character seemed to have a past relationship with one of the agents. Just too convenient for me.
Although the characters were great and the setting amazing ( I really felt I was there in that steamy jungle setting) the plot felt a bit “off” to me. Unless the stolen/missing jaguar was incredibly rare or something, why on earth were so many very expensive, very exclusive top agents put onto the search for it. Usually a crime like that would make a police report, a couple of local cops sent to take statements and investigate background, and that would be most that was done. Along with the hunt for the teens, I lost count of just how many agents ended up in the searches. It seemed all those involved who were not agents were either ex agents, or had relationship with one ( or more!) of them. It all seemed a little too close connected for me.
A fun, steamy read, heat from Tammy and David as well as the jungle! If you can get past that over close connections bit, and the improbability of the main plot then you’ll enjoy this. Its well written, and as I said earlier, characters and settings are very good. Its just a one off read for me though 😦 I just got too hung up on those points. It’s fairly priced at £3.08 for 321 pages on kindle.
Stars: three, a well written book but plot let it down for me
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The Crescendo ,(A Musical Interlude 2) , KaSonndra Leigh

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The Crescendo ,(A Musical Interlude 2) , KaSonndra Leigh
Review from jeannie zelos book reviews

An Aria in Venice (A Standalone Companion to the Prelude) Now Available!
The Prelude An International Bestseller!
The Crescendo (Book #2) Coming May 27, 2014
The Dark Duet (Book #3) Coming June 24, 2014
The Overture (Book #4) Coming August, 2014
The Finale (Release date, TBA)

I’m onto this one having read Aria and Prelude so I’m beginning to get a feel for the nature of the people involved. It’s a beautiful setting, Italy, music and dance, and of course the Black Butterfly design studio…
I loved Alek and Erin in Prelude, then saw a little of them in Aria, and now we’re back with them. Alek’s mother is still a controlling Alpha bi tch and doesn’t accept that he wants Erin, she’s not the type of person she has in mind for her beloved son! She’ll do whatever she can to separate them…add in problems from Alek’s past that are coming forward and taking up his time, and the person from Erin’s past who – courtesy of Katerina – has become a large part of her new life, and there’s fireworks. Lots of misunderstood communications, feelings of being kept out, drama and emotion and of course as always some scorching, sizzling and sensual love scenes. It’s clear to everyone that Alek and Erin are very deeply in love – but is that enough to overcome all the drama surrounding them. They really are tested in this book, both emotionally, and physically with life threatening events happening once again.
It’s a story full of passion, drama, emotion. The Russian Mob connections are becoming more prevalent, with danger from two separate angles there. And of course Erin is never going to be good enough for Alek in Katerina’s eyes so she’ll stop at little to separate them, regardless of how Alek feels about it. He needs to be strong, and I think he is, but he also doesn’t want to alienate Katerina if it can be avoided. So its a tangled and passionate romance, tied up with problems from the pasts of both of them, and the present which seems to be catching up with them….A great love story, and heart stopping monments of danger. This doesn’t end on a cliffhanger as regards Erin and Alek, but there’s a definate drama at the end signalling an emotional and dangerous time to come.
I found the start a bit slow, I’ve a love really for dialogue based novels, and the beginning here seemed to me to be quite long inner monolugues and musings of whats happening, could happen, and what could be done. I guess I want more action less thinking! I wanted to say “get on with it!!” but that just me, and the action heated up pretty quickly once the pace picked up. After that there was much more dialogye to shape how the story was panning out. Then it’s a lurch from one crisis to another, from danger to heartbreak, and back to love – very fast paced, with scarcely a moment to breathe…I guess they needed that early gentle start to prepare! What I really love too, is that Kassondra has clearly worked out much of these books ahead of time, so the release dates are just months apart not years as too often happens, and so the series will remain fresh in my mind when the next part is out. Then once everything released it’ll be a great series to read back to back, my preferred way of reading, so I can get all the story without waiting for parts.
Stars: Four – a great read.
ARC supplied via Author.

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