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Penumbra, The Spook Squad 3, Keri Arthur

Penumbra: Spook Squad Trilogy: Book 3

 

Penumbra, The Spook Squad 3, Keri Arthur
Review from jeannie zelos book reviews
I was lucky enough to get book two for review and loved it. I’m a great fan of Keri’s work anyway, and this world is such fun, though at times confusing….with the shape-changers, shape-shifters ( yes there’s a difference) and multi-shifters.  Its bad enough just sorting them out,  but now we’ve clones too it seems…and of course there’s Sam with her unknown background and abilities. Then there’s Joshua and Joe, who is Joe, where does he fit in and what does he want with Sam, and is Joshua – her dream person – real? They seem to share memories or is it all a figment of imagination. The more Sam seeks answers the deeper the danger to her seems to get.Throw in the Gabriel problem – there’s a connection between them that he won’t acknowledge, more than just the weird bond they share that lets them feel what the other is feeling – and Sam’s had enough of being pushed aside by him. He doesn’t want her as a partner so she asks for and gets a transfer. He’s shocked though at where she’s going. It’s placing her in very grave danger and finally he needs to look at how he feels about her.
Its a great read. I was wary as I’d read that this was intended to be a four book series, and it stopped at three leaving things unresolved. I was afraid I’d be left in some weird book limbo, with a cliff-hanger ending and no resolution coming. For some people the book of the moment is all, and they don’t mind reading unfinished series or waiting ages for next book. Not me, I feel I’ve wasted my reading time when that happens. I need an ending of some kind, and though there are question unanswered here the basic ones are given an insight, and we got a form of ending. The Sam/Gabriel conundrum is resolved and that made me happy!
Its a fun read, some complex problems to work out, but I enjoy that. Its interesting speculating who was behind what, and for what reason. I’m a bit of a cynic when it comes to governments and Military so this kind of world where things happen feels very possible to me – maybe I’m not just a cynic, bit too gullible  but it makes for a book I really enjoyed and a series I’d re read despite it being “unfinished”. I’d rather that than Keri pick it up now, many years and other books later and make a poor fourth book. Writing is tough – I’ve tried and failed miserably, so when she says she can’t get back into that world again I’m OK with that.
Stars: Five.
ARC supplied by Netgalley and publishers

Through the Veil, Christi Snow, Generation 18, The Spook Squad 2, Keri Arthur

 

 

 

 

 

Through the Veil, Christi Snow
review from jeannie zelos book reviews

I latched onto this one quickly, a paranormal romance with a series of eight books planned…oh that sounds great! I really enjoy books in a series usually, they allow the reader to get really involved and for plots to get quite complex, and the length allows for so much scope in the writing.
So, what did I think about book one? well, that cover…I hardly ever look at covers but this one caught my eye, and for all the wrong reasons. Those wings just look Wrong, disproportionate, they could never hold a man up ( I know it’s not possible but it has to look as though it is!!) and in my imagination they are nothing like that..but the story? Oh yes, that’s fun. Set in a world where dramatic changes have happened, dividing the US into WS and ES with a thick, impenetrable veil of mist between them. Neither side knows anything about the other until Lori escapes from the ES and manages to use her powers to get through. No one knows why the change happened or if it could happen again.
The world Lori knows is one of bigotry, where anyone who has special abilities gained after the big change is known as Other, and taken into custody, ostensibly for protection of the rest of the population, but in reality for some inhuman and horrific experimentation. They’re not treated as people but as experiments, and after six years of being caged, cruelly tested and experimented on, Lori has finally managed to escape. She can’t believe what she finds on the other side, its a place where everyone has wings, and some have other talents too. They work together to build a place that’s safe for everyone. There are no children here either, same as in the ES, where none have been born since the change. It’s a much younger society than the ES, everyone here over 18 died in the change, and as in the ES the bodies simply disappeared.
Lori is happy she’s found sanctuary and a romance with Marcus, but of course she wants to rescue those she was in captivity with – there were four others in with her, and she can’t bear to think of them still suffering. The Warriors though worry at first about their own safety when Lori appears. That’s natural, they don’t know if she’s some disguised threat,  but she’s soon accepted and they agree to help her with a recue attempt.
I enjoyed the world setting, its got great potential and I’m sure we’ve more to learn about it and creatures in it such as the Predators. Since Lori passed through the veil things have begun to change too, with the weather being far colder than usual and Predators changing from nocturnal to coming out during the day. The people of the WS are learning too about how to use their talents, and wondering what’s coming next.
What I found a bit difficult to accept was the powers and the growth of them, it seemed too easy an answer for problems that crop up to have someone able to use some new power to overcome it. That’s a pet peeve of mine though in fantasy books, it often crops up and I guess I just like my characters to have to struggle a bit, to use their brains more rather than new superpowers…Still, its a great first book, and with lost of potential, though its a year to wait til book two out –
Stars: Four, a great start.
ARC supplied by Netgalley and publisher.

Generation 18 (Spook Squad Series #2)

Generation 18, The Spook Squad 2, Keri Arthur
Review from jeannie zelos book reviews

I love Keri’s writing style, the worlds and characters she creates. For me to enjoy a book I need to like the main characters – or if they are the Bad Guys – to dislike them. No wishy washy types, no on the fence, no just OK people for me. I need them strong in personality. Keri delivers that.
So this is an older series being revamped. I don’t know how different it is from the originals as it’s the first time I’ve read this series – it may not be any different, just re released…I’ve jumped into book two not having read book one, which meant I needed to pick up the storyline as I read. That worked fine though of course I’d have got more had I read book one, understood for example – what the friction was between Gabriel and Sam, and what happened to them last book, and just what’s behind the current enquiries into murders, Sam, and the Gov/military depts.

As usual its straight in with the action, lots of dangers and new supernatural creatures – those Kites sound scary! What I enjoy about Keri’s writing is that it’s very tightly constructed, incidents mentioned in passing become major lines later, but we’re sort of familiar with the concept through the earlier mentions, people who need to be connected for the story to work are brought together within pausible storylines, not just thrown into a scene cold. Then there’s my favourite thing to hate in fantasy – when characters are in danger and Wham – some new superpower appears. I Hate that.. Sam is developing lots of new elements, but the history of her past allows for that, and there are clever and suble nuances suggested prior to the new power that allow for slow growth, and for it not to be a total suprise. So many books never do that, and it turns what could be a good storyline into something shallow and over all too soon. I like books such as Keri’s that have depth, that have lots of different angles, from the romance to the dangers the characters face.

This is quite a short read at around 240 pages, and I’d have loved it to be longer – the story and world makes that feasible but…I’m a reader not a writer 😉 I think though that more explanations of who and why some characters were important could have done with more expansion. I did have to keep backtracking over certain people, to recall how they fit into the story, not because I’d missed book one but simply because there were so many characters and storylines all at once.
So, overall a cracking read, fast paced, full of action and most important – plausible. even fantasy needs to be “real” in the sense that if the circumstances were as written the incidents could occur. The only disappointemnt I have is that it seems these books were originally written several years ago and four of them planned, but book four was never written and Keri has no plans to return to this world. I want to buy book three to see where the story goes, but am wary that it may leave more questions than give answers and I hate that. I like my reads to have a satisfying conclusion, not finish open ended 😦 I’ll mull it over, but I’ve lots more reads/review books to go through so doubt I’ll be paying for something I may feel frustated with at the end…

Stars: a cracking read, and a great story, a full five.
ARC supplied by Netgalley and publishers.

Circle of Desire. A Damask Circle Book: 3. Keri Arthur

Circle of Desire. A Damask Circle Book: 3. Keri Arthur
Review from Jeannie Zelos Book reviews.
I love the Nikki and Michael books, and this spin off trilogy about other members of The Circle has been great. I’m just sad that this is the last one 😦
Once again there’s a mystery to be solved, people to be saved and a good,sexy,sensual hot male to throw in some spice! Gwen and her granddaughter Kat work for The Circle, and they’ve been sent to investigate just what is taking and killing children. They’re both talented witches and have other talents too.
Dedicated cop Ethan is a born werewolf, though he hates that side of his personality and suppresses it as much as he is able. His niece is one of the latest two children to be kidnapped, and he’s been stood down from the case as being too closely involved. He can’t just sit back though, and has already met Gwen and Kat. Though he thinks their claims as witches and psychics are nonsense, he knows they are involved in the case with police approval, and he decides sticking with them is his best way of helping. Gwen knows he’ll be staying with them – she’s seen it in her scrying. He’s attracted to Kat and she to him, and its close to the moon when he needs to have sex, lots of it – the moon and the wolf demand it, and its one part of him that he cannot suppress for fear of losing control totally. He tells Kat that its sex only though, he isn’t looking for anything more and once the case is over he’s walking away. Of course we readers can see how futile that is! I liked Ethan but stubborn and intransigent doesn’t even begin to cover his attitude. His eyes are soon opened to the fact there’s more to the supernatural world than werewolves, as he sees Gwen and Kat perform spells and scry for clues as to what’s going in – and he meets, hough unwillingly – vampires. He’s on a steep learning curve, and as he sees what he thinks is impossible become real its a shock.
Gwen and Kat, great team, work very closely together with that innate confidence born of being together and knowing the others style for years. Sometimes I felt Gwen was sniggering a bit about Ethan and his shock as what else is in the world, and the way he and Kat are so pulled together, yet adamant its just sex. And its hot, steamy, erotic sex too…..
As well as giving us characters that feel real, Keri presents the supernatural in a way that makes it all seem believable. She doesn’t give her characters get out of jail, quick fix instant new powers but uses tried and tested methods, charms, sleep bombs, kinetic powers and werewolf strength, to get them out of the scrapes they fall in. Its once again a great read, and one that will be in the keepers file. The whole trilogy is a bit lighter in feel that the Nikki series, with the romance angle being stronger but still wrapped up in a satisfying and realistic mystery. I’m just sad that this marks the end – one of the few times I’d like to see a trilogy become longer…..and I never say that! Still, rather than dragged out stories with horrible cliffhangers, each story in this trilogy is complete with just Seline and The Circle linking them, so it doesn’t have that awful feeling as if the book is just been cut right when all the action is happening. It’s priced at £5.49 for 304 pages, no cheap but a quality story and one that bears re reading.
Stars: five – fabulous read.
ARC supplied by Netgalley.

Circle of Fire. A Damask Circle Book: 1. Keri Arthur.

 

Review from Jeannie Zelos Book reviews.

I’m a great Keri Arthur fan, loved the Nikki and Michael novels, so was pleased to see this new series beginning. It carries on in the same world as Nikki and Michael, but with other characters from the group they work for, Seline and the Damask Circle. It looks like each book will feature a different character, and that’s really exciting for me as I get to stay in the fantasy world I love and have begun to know, and yet meet new characters 🙂

This book features Jon from the Circle, out on a mission Seline had warned would be dangerous. He’s in trouble, and the only person able to help is Madeline – but she doesn’t believe he’s real. He’s appearing to her as a “ghost” but despite her abilities she can’t believe what she’s seeing. She’s suffered so much from her family about her abilities, with them seeking psychiatric care for her in the past, and the problems when they got the better of her, that she’s isolated herself from others now, and wonders if finally she’s losing her mind. Jon gives her a clue though, and when her nephew goes missing she just has to check it out.

Poor Maddie – she was so lonely and guilty and yet none of it was her fault. I really felt for her, she was trying really hard to do her best, and yet no-one recognised how difficult it was for her. Jon did, and she quickly learned she wasn’t insane, and that others including members of his family shared some of her talents. She fell for him, hard, but knew he was a loner, and only concerned about his work. She’s got such low esteem she can’t believe anyone would want her. Jon, he’s kept himself alone for a reason, it keeps those he cares for out of the danger that is his everyday life. He didn’t plan on Maddie though…

Along with these two characters there’s some great others, Maddie’s sister and her bigoted husband who seems to hate Maddie, Mack the FBI agent who’s met Jon many times before, and puzzles over how he always crops up in the more unusual cases, the horrific people who have abducted the teens….It’s a race to save them, endangering their own lives doing it. It seems each time they get a break something else comes along.

It’s the same mix of magic and mayhem, danger and hazards, and close encounters with sorcerers and shape-shifters we’ve come to expect from Keri. I often wonder just what it is that makes a book five star for me, its hard to define exactly, its a kind of instinct and when I’m reading I just get the feeling that this book is it – that its one I’ll remember, enjoy greatly, be happy to re read, and won’t know exactly how its all going to play out.

ARC provided via Netgalley.

Stars: typical Keri Arthur, riveting read, kept me glued to the end as always, so a full five.

Circle of Death.A Damask Circle Book: 2. Keri Arthur

 

Circle of Death.A Damask Circle Book: 2. Keri Arthur

Review from Jeannie Zelos Book Reviews.

This series is definitely becoming a favourite. I love the Nikki and Michael books, and this series takes characters from The Circle mentioned in those books, and focusses on one person each time. This time we meet Doyle, panther shape-shifter as the main one, along with vampire Russell and witch Camille from the Circle and Kirby as the person who’s life is in danger, and who is about to get an introduction into what lives in the world besides humans…

I love this series, full of the fast actions and intense plots we’ve come to expect from Keri, we also have a deeper romantic side to these books. As a romance lover that works well for me 🙂 the romance isn’t sappy though as in some books, and the plots are still well written and thought out, and not subject to the “new powers” phenomenon that too many writers use. You know the sort, where the lead discovers some new power just at the right moment to save everybody. Its fine occasionally, but too often becomes the default and I feel cheated. Keri’s characters are thorough though, we learn about them as we go along and they stay mainly true to accepted type, so when they’re in a dangerous situation we readers are holding our breath wondering how they’re going to get out.

This book – like the first – is full of action, from the murders right at the start, to the climatic ending. Its edge of seat action all the way, and wrapped up in the developing romance between Kirby and Russell it kept me engrossed til the end. Its a series that’s joining my keepers file. Its a great mix of emotion and danger, action and adventure and with personalities I really engaged with. When they were in danger I was worried, when they were sad I felt like crying and when things went well I had a smile on my face. I understood Kirby’s hesitation at moving forward with Russell, she’s only just discovered her supernatural abilities are more than she ever though, that there are others in the world as well as human, shape-shifter, vampires and zombies – having a too close experience with them is enough to put anyone off. Then she’s feeling attracted to Russell and he to her, but he’s a shape-shifter. That’s a lot to take in and though he’s sure, she’s not and more cautious. Despite that though there’s some sensual scenes between the two when they have a small break from the dangers 🙂 Carpe Diem ad all that!

If you like Keri’s other books I’m sure you’ll love these. They’re full of her trademark intensity, well written plots that work together and serve a purpose, not ones just thrown in for some action, and with characters that feel real. If you’ve not read any of her books this series would be a great one to start with, especially if like me you love a thread of romance among the action. As with others in the series the price is £5.49/$8.91 for 304 pages, not cheap but excellent quality writing that will bear re reading to add value for money.

Stars: five – great read.

ARC supplied via Netgalley

Darkness Splintered A Dark Angels Novel Keri Arthur

 

Darkness Splintered. A Dark Angels Novel. Keri Arthur

Review from Jeannie Zelos Book Reviews.
I love Keri’s Nikki and Michael series, and now the new one about members of The Circle, but I’ve only read the first two of the Riley Jenson series, and as this series is a spin off and very established I found it difficult to properly catch up. My fault in that I hadn’t realised the series was so far down the line. Even so usually I can pick up the themes quite quickly but I struggled here. The plot was simple in one way, its about recovering the second key and finding out where the third could be, but it becomes incredibly complex in that there are so many different types of people involved, all adding dangers and threats in different ways, and it seems they all want a piece of Risa for different reasons. Then there’s the action – its so none stop there’s hardly time for Risa to breathe, and certainly no time for me to absorb and enjoy the personalities involved. I think that was my major problem, that I couldn’t engage with the characters at all, Risa especially. I need to empathise with the main leads but though I felt I understood Azrael a bit I felt Risa was ..TBH a bit of a whiny “no one loves me for me, everyone wants me for something…woe is me” type of character. Yes that is true, but usually the leads get on with it, have a moan, suck it up and get on with the job. At times I wondered just where she was going, and what she was thinking. I did understand her worries that Azrael was thinking of his task first and her second, and after she banished him then I thought they’d at least talk about it but…no, just silence and inner sulking from Risa. Sounds like I’m harsh on her, and maybe if I’d started from book one I’d have been more sympathetic.
Its the usual excellent quality writing from Keri, just that this book didn’t work for me. The plot seemed convoluted for what’s essentially a simple quest, with dangers round every corner, and no time to absorb and think about what was happening. Add to that my lack of engagement with the main characters, and sadly for me this book wasn’t the greatest. I’m sure there are devoted followers of the series who will love it of course. Thankfully we all want different things from out reading, and for me – well – I need to be more in sympathy with the main characters, to feel I’m there with them, seeing and feeling what they are, and in this book I just felt like an onlooker.
Priced at £4.49/$7.19 for 400 pages its a good long read if you like this type of book.
Stars: an OK three, just didn’t work for me for reasons about

ARC supplied via Netgalley

Hearts in Darkness Nikki and Michael Book 2. Keri Arthur.

 

ARC supplied by Netgalley.

Keri Arthur was new to me until I recently had the first Nikki and Michael book Dancing with the Devil for review. I loved it and so was keen to get book two. It doesn’t disappoint, once again Keri’s writing is clear and concise, and filled with action packed moments, drama, and yet the thread of Nikki and Michaels romance runs solidly through it. Michael left her without even saying goodbye at the end of the last book. Forced by Nikki to drink her blood when he was dying and didn’t realise what he was doing, he has to fight again the demon that makes him crave human blood and is scared he’ll accidentally give in and kill Nikki if he stays. She’s hurt but understands in a way, though doesn’t agree and when they’re thrown together in a new adventure she warns him she’s not taking No for an answer. He says he understands but will hold out, but Nikki – not only is she a tough investigator but determined not to give up on their love.

Again a brilliant story with them fighting the unknown with unknown powers yet. I was gripped – I love this sort of story and the romance threading it adds to the attraction for me. Not just will they get out of this tight corner, but will Nikki win out on her ploy to reel Michael in…I’m rooting for her – they need and are perfect for each other. Jake is in hospital fighting for his life from an early part of this book so we don’t see much of him – he’s one of Nikki’s only friends, having taken her from the streets years ago and given her something to live for. He and his wife are like surrogate parents and Nikki fears Mary will persuade him to give up if he pulls through, and move far away leaving her jobless and friendless. 😦 Poor Nikki – life is tough for her, and just when it looks up and she meets and gives in and let Michael into her life she loses him….
Anyway, they have to pose as a honeymoon couple to trace people who’ve mysteriously gone missing from a popular resort. You know bad things are in store when they meet a vampire driver for the hotel at the airport and he looks sick, and then melts to nothing in front of them. That’s just doesn’t happen to vampires, and they suspect that what they are dealing with is once again something other than the norm, and they are going in virtually blind fighting one of more unknown foes with powers they can’t imagine. Oh and along the way a very beautiful vampire lover from Michaels history comes along. Poor Nikki, and just what will meeting her after so many years do to Michael. Does he still love her? All questions Nikki asks herself.

A great novel for fantasy lovers, it has danger and adventure along with vampires, fire sprites, and dark magic. Then there’s Nikki trying to persuade Michael he won’t kill her, that their love is worth a risk. He’s really a lovely man – I love it when he says “stay here” in a commanding voice and Nikki replies with the equivalent of “ in your dreams” 🙂 she’s not one to shrink from danger, always wants to do what is right and Michael knows really he can’t protect her but it doesn’t stop him from trying…

Well written and edited, priced at £4.98 for 288 pages, its not the cheapest but its definitely one I’d read over and over especially as I love to go through a whole series back to back. This series has just been extensively edited and is being re released July to Oct 2013. Its a great series for lovers of urban fantasy and paranormal romance.

Stars: Cracking book, kept me glued, has to be a five 🙂

Chasing the Shadows. Keri Arthur.

Chasing the Shadows (A Nikki and Michael Vampire Novel)

 

ARC provided by Netgalley.

This series just gets better and better. Each book builds on the adventures the duo have had in the past, and the dangers they’ve faced. Michael has just returned from a vampire hunt, expecting to have some much needed time with Nikki when Seline, leader of the Circle, contacts him to say he’s needed in a new hunt. He’s not happy about it but finally agrees he’s the best person for the job, and although he was looking forward to seeing Nikki he now only has a few hours instead of the hoped for weeks. Nikki has been saying she wants to help him, be a partner in what he’s doing but he’s not having that. He thinks that if Seline gets hold of her who knows what danger she’ll face, as she will want to use Nikki’s talents to the full, so despite Nikki and Seline’s pleas he remains adamant that Nikki stays away. However Nikki is an investigator in her own right, and he gets home to find she and Jake, her boss, have left o go on the same hunt Seline has just arranged.

Its the usual dangers faced, heart-stopping and vividly portrayed, blood, gore and guts and danger round every corner. Nikki as usual plunges in, and Michael tries to keep her back and safe. He’s being a typical man, and not just a vampire in that he wants Nikki safe, and won’t listen when she says her life is always dangerous because of what she does and who she is. Then of course there’s the whole tied to Michael’s life conundrum, from when he shared some of his life force to save her life. That’s led to both of them changing in ways previously unknown, and has given them extra strengths but at what cost? And they have yet little control or knowledge about these powers, so the usefulness of them is unpredictable, and they can prove dangerous if they take up too much power leaving them weak and vulnerable.
I love Michael but feel for Nikki here. For a long time she’s taken care of herself and lived with her life constantly in danger, now Michael wants her to stay at home, nice and safe, away from him for weeks at a time and not knowing if he will survive whatever job he’s on. He just can’t understand the stress that is for Nikki, and doesn’t see that treating her this way is causing a wedge to develop between them that could force them apart. Nikki loves him but won’t be like her mother, dominated by and always controlled by a man. She’s too much her own woman for that and knows it would unbalance their relationship detrimentally.
Jake – the best partner and boss Nikki could have, he’s a real star back up letting her use her talents for the firm but always there if he can be to protect her. The big problem is he’s only human and subject to human limitations. This time he faces some real danger and heartbreak, although he’s ostensibly in the city to look at a safer job after his wife pleaded for it. On the last job he nearly died, and she’s putting her foot down and wants him to look at a simple hotel security job…while he’s there his friends wife goes missing, and he and Nikki are looking into it. It turns out to be related to the job Michael is on, and with all the attending dangers that brings.
As usual Keri has written a tightly knit story, peopled with supernatural dangers and creatures beyond most people knowledge. There’s the balance of creating a supernatural adventure set in the human world while making it seem possible for it to happen and for humans not to notice.The plots flow into one another, seemingly innocuous events turn out to be major dramas, and unconnected incidents start to add up into clues to the main danger. Nikki and Michael are having more problems over his refusal to consider her working with him. Can they find a way to compromise or is this the end? I know how she feels in a way, I’m an above knee amputee and after falling several times from my horse and the attendant concussions and broken bones Him Indoors wanted me to stop riding – but its part of who I am, and in the same way facing danger and doing her best to sort problems is who Nikki is. Michael has to accept at least part of that in the same way Him Indoors did 🙂 or risk losing her but does he realise that’s what could happen. Nikki has to lay it out straight for him, and make a decision.
Another fantastic, gripping instalment from the duo and I loved it all the way through. Its a definite re read type book and one for the keepers file. Priced at £5.49 for 288 pages on kindle it’s in the upper range as far as value for money goes, but set that against the multiple re-read factor and it becomes more reasonable.
Stars: five, cracking book once again!

Dancing With the Devil Nikki and Michael Book 1 Keri Arthur

 

Dancing with the Devil (A Nikki and Michael Vampire Novel)

I received this from the publishers in return for an honest review.

Ohh – Paranormal romance, vampires, adventure – what more could I ask for. This is book one of a series and I quickly became enmeshed in the story. Its urban fantasy at its best, and I look forward to reading more of the series. Nikki is a private investigator and in this book we begin with her using her psychic powers to find a missing teenager. Sound easy doesn’t it – but of course things are not what they seem. Nikki seems to have more powers than she realises, and a very dangerous vampire Jasper is out to get her to use them for himself. She’s unknowingly under the protection of another supernatural organisation and a 300 year old vampire called Michael is tracking her for them – he discovers Jasper is involved and knows just how dangerous he is.

Michael and Nikki find an attraction developing between them and both fight it, Nikki has been independent for many years after living on the streets and Michael shys away from any relationships. Despite that they are drawn to each other and the dangers they face bring them together time and time again. They need to find a way to trust each other and work past their issues if they are to survive.

They make a great pair, Nikki isn’t some sweet devoted heroine but a strong, bolshy, independent lady and Michael can’t help admiring her. They both have secrets though and that doesn’t help, along with Michaels natural instinct to control which jars with Nikki’s need for independence.

Its a riveting read, taking us along an adventure that is face paced and full of danger. The romantic elements are there but they add to the story not detract from it and as a reader I can’t help but wish for a good resolution for the pair. Though its a series its not one of those awful cliffhanger types – this story has a proper ending thought we see a bit of what is going on with Nikki and Michael in book two.

Its well written and edited and will join my keepers file for re reading.

Stars: four and a half star – just the sort of book I love.

releases and reviews to come later this month…

Out later this month are some great books I’ve been lucky to get ARCs of includingthese:

Starting with my favourite from wondeful Tiffany Reisz is The Mistress – a fabulous five star read. Out on the 30th July…put some time aside as once you start you won’t want to stop!

She is addictive…irresistible

Nora Sutherlin, Dominatrix-turned-literary-star, is held prisoner by two dangerous men. Under different circumstances she would enjoy this immensely. These men aren’t lovers, however, but tools of vengeance from an old adversary. Possessor of the hearts of two men, she plays her hardest hand. But her captor isn’t interested in play. Or pity.

In Nora’s world, however, no one is ever truly powerless. Her friends and lovers will do anything to save her – even if the only certainty seems to be sacrifice and heartbreak. The stakes are high in a dangerous game of love, lust and passion

‘Dazzling, devastating and sinfully erotic’ – Author Miranda Baker

‘Stunning. One of the best novels I have ever read. I am simply in awe and feeling richer for the experience.’ – Good Reads Reviewer on The Siren

‘This book made me feel everything.’ – Author Courtney Milan on The Siren.

The Original Sinners: The Siren, The Angel, The Prince, The Mistress

The Mistress (Mills & Boon Spice) (The Original Sinners - Book 4)

Then more from Nikki and Michael, in Dancing with the Devil. This is first in the sereis and its been revamped (Ha!!) and re released. this is out 30th July. I’ve been lucky enough to get ARCs of four of this series and its a real trear, a series to enjoy and re read. all four will be out by the end of October so its great to be able to start a series and not have to wait ages for next book 🙂

Dancing with the Devil (A Nikki and Michael Vampire Novel)

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Private Investigator Nikki James grew up on the tough streets of Lyndhurst and believes there is nothing left to surprise her. That changes the night she follows teenager Monica Trevgard and becomes a pawn caught in a war between two very different men. One fills her mind with his madness; the other pushes his way into her heart. Nikki knows how dangerous love can be but, if she wants to survive, she must place her trust in a man who could destroy her.

For 300 years, Michael Kelly has existed in the shadows, learning to control the death cravings of a vampire. Nikki not only breaches his formidable barriers with her psychic abilities, but makes Michael believe he may finally have found a woman strong enough to walk by his side and to ease the loneliness in his heart.

 

Finally- the ending to the fabulous Stark Trilogy ( and thanks to an author who knows that trilogy means three books 🙂 not four or five, I’m sure most people will get the reference here, I was Cross and Fired up over that fiasco….I hate readers being treated like idiots and money makers.)
Our desire runs deep. But our secrets cut close.
 
Beautiful, strong, and commanding, Damien Stark fills a void in me that no other man can touch. His fierce cravings push me beyond the brink of bliss – and unleash a wild passion that utterly consumes us both. Yet beneath his need for dominance, he carries the wounds of a painful past. Haunted by a legacy of dark secrets and broken trust, he seeks release in our shared ecstasy, the  heat between us burning stronger each day.
Our attraction is undeniable, our obsession inevitable. Yet not even Damien can run from his ghosts, or shield us from the dangers yet to come.

Complete Me (Stark Trilogy)

Sweet Young Thang

When Plan A fails, turn to Man A.

Thanks to Collin Montes, Theta Alpha Gamma now welcomes gay and bisexual students. Persuading his Uncle Monty, president of the TAG Alumni Association, that the open approach won’t adversely affect TAG’s reputation is Collin’s own first step toward coming out. As long as there are no repercussions, he’ll escape the closet by graduation.

Enter repercussions, stage left: someone rigs the TAG House water heater to launch through the ceiling, then plants a bomb—thankfully unsuccessful—in the fraternity’s basement. Now Collin has his hands full not only trying to convince his uncle that this might

not be the work of homophobes, but also dealing with a fratful of brothers worried about their kegger fridge.

Paramedic Eric Dixon can’t stop thinking about the kid he met during a call at his former college fraternity house. The age gap between them is trumped by sexy eyes, so when Eric sees Collin again at the bomb scene, he pursues him. Soon, Eric is dreaming of being a househusband, fighting to keep Collin safe from whoever’s trying to destroy the fraternity, and helping his sweet young thang realize that repercussions sometimes have silver linings.

 

then there’s One Hot Night , thats releasing on 22nd and on my list for today/tomorrow depending on how quickly i get through the current books 🙂

Stupid curse!

Yves Sucat was a Crusader trapped in a canine body…until a beautiful twenty-first century dog groomer offered the missing link to break his spell. But Regina Patterson was no fluffy-headed female who would instantly melt at Yves’ silvery seduction. The more time he spent with the tender-hearted blonde, the less he was able to keep his paws—hands!—off of her.
Regina was much more comfortable with dogs than men, and the stunningly handsome – stunningly male – knight who now shared her apartment was no exception. She’d hoped to find a man as loyal as the pooches she pampered day after day, but would Yves’s broken curse end with her own broken heart?

One Hot Knight (Entangled Covet)

Do You Remember – I loved this one, I’m a real Mandy Baggot fan 🙂

First Love. First Loss. Last chance?

2005 was the most traumatic year of Emma Barron’s life. It was the year her mother died and the year she met Guy Duval. Eight years on, she’s an English teacher with a doting boyfriend and a young son. Life’s been hard but now it’s comfortable. She’s settled and content…so why would she risk it all for another chance with the man that broke her heart?

Guy’s an international renowned footballer newly signed to a top UK team. But behind the confident facade is a man determined to drown the horrors from his childhood with fame, success and money.

Unable to confide in her best friend, Ally, Emma tries to hold her life together as her heart is pulled apart. Did she turn her back on love too soon?

Neither of them know what really happened on 5 September 2005 and as events are slowly revealed can anyone cope with the truth?

 

Do You Remember?: HarperImpulse Contemporary Romance

Lions, Tigers, and Sexy Bears Oh My! (Entangled Covet)  I’ve read this one, its a light and funny romance, nothing deep and dark, just a way of escaping for a couple of hours and smiling at the antics of the heroine.

 

A Montana town where no one is who they seem….
 
Everything about runaway heiress Ainsley McLeon screamed trouble—from her luscious midnight locks to her Louboutin-clad toes.  Yet sexy, stoic bar owner Luc couldn’t deny the instant connection he felt to the tempting stranger…or the long-dead feelings she evoked.  She could work in his pub until her truck was fixed but after that she had to leave town for good.
 
Ainsley traveled with her own emotional baggage and there was no way she’d fall for the bear-tempered Luc…no matter how many passionate nights she spent in his bed or how safe she felt in his muscular arms. Can these two opposites find love in the middle of a blizzard, or will Luc’s darker side and Ainsley’s past catch up with them?
 
Lions, Tigers, and Sexy Bears Oh My! (Entangled Covet)
 
 

The Marraige Merger I’ve now read a few from this series and they’re a sweet fun read.

Her sisters have found wedded bliss with their wealthy, wonderful dream men, but not Julietta Conte. She’s stayed on terra firma as top executive of the family’s corporation, La Dolce Famiglia bakery. Work is her passion, and her trendy Milan apartment her sanctuary . . . until Sawyer Wells, a masculine masterpiece in a suit, lures her out of hiding with an irresistible offer: an exclusive partnership with his international chain of boutique hotels.

Julietta’s been burned before—and trusting her brotherin- law’s friend, whose powerful gaze alone has her rethinking the best use of a conference room, is the riskiest proposition. But with a once-in-a-career chance to take the bakery global, will she mix stone-cold business with red-hot seduction?

The Marriage Merger

 

 

 
 
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