Archive | April 8, 2015

Wild Nights with a Lone Wolf, Elisabeth Staab


Wild Nights with a Lone Wolf, Elisabeth Staab
Genre:  Romance, Fantasy/Paranormal
Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews
This is a shortish book at around 160 pages. That works for many readers though, like a friend of mine who has limited time and says she really wants to finish a book, while still remembering how it started 😉 For me though, I prefer longer ones to give a more in-depth story. Still, its well written, and the characters and plots are very clear. I liked the intensity between Sherri and Ash, I could feel the pull of attraction. They’re both wary of anything more than a quick one nighter but once they are together they find it hard to switch off thoughts of the other and move forward. This brings them into some very real dangers.
The length restrictions mean its a fairly simplistic read, with one main plot, some danger and lots of steamy sex scenes. They were well written and fitted perfectly. The bad guys too, they were well drawn, and I found it easy to dislike them and want for Sherri and Ash to succeed in their endeavour to get through the dangers safely. Its a standalone story, no cliff-hangers ( hurrah!) and I could see more books coming from these characters. Its labelled Book One so I’m assuming there are more to follow. Certainly the characters are strong enough to stand up to more books.
Stars:  Four, a decent though short read.
ARC provided by Netgalley and publishers

Dark Instincts, Phoenix Pack, Suzanne Wright

Dark Instincts, Phoenix Pack, Suzanne Wright
Genre:  Romance, paranormal and fantasy,
Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews
I first came across Suzanne’s books with the funny and sexy Here be Sexist Vampires. Then came book one of the Phoenix pack and I loved it. I’ve re read both of those since I first bought them and they still feel funny and fresh.  From there on though the series has dropped for me progressively with each book, and its time for me to say goodbye. The books feel very “same” – as if its one plot, recycled with characters, that are different only by their names. Its become A fancies B and somehow through a few trials they get together, but along the way the Phoenix pack ( or now the Mercury Pack) have to fight another pack and the girls get bitchy with someone.
The dialogue – the snark between Greta and Taryn ( and now some of the others) was funny in book one, but now its just tiresome and irritating. Dominic’s jokes seem to get ever cheesier, to the point where I feel I’ve heard all the jokes and snark many times over. Every male wolf seems to be strong, and every female either also strong or the other extreme, girly, giggly and bitchy. The scene with the female Jackal and the ladies from the two packs was just too OTT for me. Really – she’ll take torture, but not what they did? Sorry – its a case of not the book, but me – I’m sure others will wait avidly for the next book( s)  but not me….Horses for courses and all that. I’ll still look out for anything new from Suzanne but for the Phoenix pack and I its time to part way.
Stars: Two and a half, there were some parts I enjoyed and as always Suzanne writes hot sex scenes but the main thrust of the book just didn’t cut it for me.
ARC provided by Netgalley and publishers

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