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Wednesday, December 12, 2007
Twisted Kingdom Holiday Giveaway!It’s that time of year and you know what it means: gifts, gifts and lots of gifts! LOL. Well, your Twisted Kingdom hostesses caught the holiday spirit and have decided to give away 4 books to our lovely readers as a way to celebrate.
The four books are:
-Daughter of the Blood [Book One of the Black Jewels Trilogy] by Anne Bishop
-Ill Wind by Rachel Caine
-Archangel by Sharon Shinn
-Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder
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2.Post just our contest banner with a link back to us.
Soon as you do this you then leave a comment in this sticky post so we can enter you in the drawing.
You have until Thursday December 21st so get to it and tell your friends!
Dance Chica, Kailana, Mailyn and Nath...your Twisted Kingdom twisted hostesses who wish you a healthy and happy holiday season!
A Bite to Remember by Lynsay Sands
This was a cute book, it was a nice light-hearted vampire book with some action in it. It was a nice mix and blend to keep me interested. If you collect this series this one is a good addition. The other books in the Argeneau series are Single White Vampire, Love Bites, Tall Dark and Hungry, A Quick Bite and then this one. The last two don't always get listed with the series because they are put out by a different publisher than the first three.
The world of Ms. Sands vampires is one of a different race that are descendants of Atlantis and are equipt with nano computers in their bodies that were created to repair dame to their bodies and then die off. Problem is that our bodies are constantly under attack from the sun and aging that the nanos never died like they were supposed to. They kept replicating but they feed off the the blood in their bodies so the nanos adapted the bodies to be able to consume the blood that they needed to do their job. Hence the creation of "vampires". I thought that that was a unique background for them so I enjoyed the books very much. For me, they are not Keepers but I would definitely check them out and i will continue to keep up with the series. The next book comes out in February called Bite Me if You Can.
Rule #1: Never get involved with someone who won't be there for you when the sun comes up.
Once bitten, twice shy, and sexy PI Jackie Morrisey wasn't going there again. Vincent Argeneau may be the hottest guy she's ever met, living or dead, but she's here to stop a killer from turning this vampire into dust, not to jump into bed with him.
Rule #2: Never kiss a vampire . . . it can be a pain in the neck.
Okay, so Vincent's had four hundred years to perfect his kissing skills, and he does look rather tempting when he runs around the house shirtless. He's also charming, protective . . . did we mention he can kiss? Jackie needs to be on her guard, or else she'll have to come up with a new rule: If you're going to fall in love with a vampire, make sure it's a bite to remember.
P.S. I forgot to say, I won books at the Writerspace paranormal Forum, I am so excited. I won galley copies (is that like an ARC?) of Extreme Bachelor by Julia London, The Burning by Susan Squires and Past Redemption by Savannah Russe. Yeah!!
Ill Wind, Heat Stroke, Chill Factor, Windfall and Firestorm by Rachel Caine
I have seen this series around for a while but had never read them so I decided to give them a try my hubby also picked them up and started reading them too. I enjoyed them for the most part. The first book was very good , but occasionally in the books after that it seemed very drawn out like she has to add in just one more obstacle to lengthen the story. I hope that she finishes the story with the next book. The books are really good, but Armeggedon just seems to be coming forever.
The series is about a woman named Joanne (books are told in first person), she has the ability to control the weather. But it is not as unique as you might think. There is a whole bunch of people who are the same and they work together, with the help of their genies, to divert many catastrophies that the average person never knows about. She gets herself in way over her head and now has to figure out how to get out without being killed or destroying the world.
The Untamed One by Ronda Thompson
This is the second book in the Wild Wulfs of London series. The first was called The Dark One. And I just realized while writing this that I never posted about that one. I will have to go back and post about it. Well, this one was pretty good. It is a historical paranormal. The family is cursed and the brothers refuse to marry and pass along the curse. (I have heard that before, like in almost every historical shifter book I have read.) I thought the story was good but the story line itself is overused. I did like the fact that the heroine herself is also an outcast because she is a witch. So that was a nice change. So it was a decent book, but I don't think I am going to buy it, I will grab the next one from the library as well.
Running from angry villagers and the man who ravaged her, the witch Lucinda flees into the forest to have her child. But Lord Jackson Wulf hunts her down, believing her death will break the family curse that transforms him into a monster. Instead of killing the witch, Jackson is moved by her beauty and desperate plight. And Lucinda seizes the chance to find safety for herself and her babe when a bargain is struck between this outcast woman and this doomed man-and sealed by their marriage in name only...In return for his protection, Lucinda has promised that her magick can free Jackson from his torment. But this pretty witch soon finds herself in danger of being seduced by Jackson's charms and pursued by the man who would see both her and her child dead. Can she trust a Wulf with her safety and the safety of her child? Can she trust her heart to Jackson? To surrender to a Wulf is a terrible risk, for love will either unleash the beast within the man....or finally set him free.
A Reason to Live by Maureen McKade
My second book by her, but first historical I have read by her. I read her book, Convictions right after I started this blog. I thought that it was very predictable, but I know a lot of others who really liked it. I heard many people at the RT board who really liked this one so I grabbed it. It was good. I liked the story line. I loved the fact that they spent time together getting to know each other before realizing that they liked each other, they sort of grew on one another. I liked that alot it was a nice change from instant lust and in bed together and the next day declaring love for one another. So that was very nice.
I liked the premise of the story, Laurel Covey is a nurse who after the war is traveling around to the families of the boys she took care of to deliver their last words and requests. Creede Forrester is one of those fathers' who lost a son in the war. He heard what she was doing and came to see if she could tell him about his son and then stayed with her for her protection while she travelled, much to her dismay. I will keep this one for a change of pace (for me) American historical it will be a nice variety for my library.
After the Civil War, a Confederate nurse seeks to comfort the loved ones of the men she watched die. And the father of a dead soldier-a rugged, weary, ex-gunslinger-will give her the sanctuary she so desperately needs.
Born in Death by J. D. Robb
Good addition to the series. Not my favorite of the series but it was a good installment. It is neat to see Roarke and Eve's relationship grow as the series continues. You never get that in the usual series because their story ends at the HEA. Even in most series (I typically read romance series which probably explains this) you might see the characters from the previous books, but they just make a small appearance and then are gone again. Eve has some issues, but she makes me laugh with her total not understanding of Mavis and the baby.
Eve Dallas has a grisly double homicide to solve when two young lovers-both employees of the same prestigious accounting firm-are brutally killed on the same night. It doesn't leave Eve a lot of leftover time to put together a baby shower for her buddy Mavis, but that's supposedly what friends are for.
Now Mavis needs another favor. Tandy Willowby, one of the moms-to-be in Mavis's birthing class, didn't show up for the shower. A recent emigrant from London, Tandy has few friends in New York, and no family-and she was really looking forward to the party. And when Eve enters Tandy's apartment and finds a gift for Mavis's shower wrapped and ready on the table-and a packed bag for the hospital still on the floor next to it-tingling runs up and down her spine.
Normally, such a case would be turned over to Missing Persons. But Mavis wants no one else on the job but Eve-and Eve can't say no. She'll have to track Tandy down while simultaneously unearthing the deals and double-crosses hidden in the files of some of the city's richest and most secretive citizens, in a race against this particularly vicious killer. Luckily, her multimillionaire husband Roarke's expertise comes in handy with the number crunching. But as he mines the crucial data that will break the case wide open, Eve faces an all too real danger in the world of flesh and blood.
Glass Houses by Rachel Caine
This was a decent young adult book. Not my favorite but not the worst I have read. For curiosity's sake, I am going to let my sister read it to get her opinion as well, from a teen POV.
Welcome to Morganville, Texas.
Just don't stay out after dark.
College freshman Claire Danvers has had enough of her nightmarish dorm situation, where the popular girls never let her forget just where she ranks in the school's social scene: somewhere less than zero.
When Claire heads off-campus, the imposing old house where she finds a room may not be much better. Her new roommates don't show many signs of life. But they'll have Claire's back when the town's deepest secrets come crawling out, hungry for fresh blood.
The couple things that I do not like about the synopsis are that part of the reason that Claire is an outcast is that she is a genius, She is 16, a freshman in college, and taking all high level courses. She was accepted into Yale and MIT and such but her parents would not let her go that far away from home at 16. Instead they sent her to a town that is (unknown to them) run by vampires. Her roommates at the Glass house are Eve, Shane and Michael.
Dance of the Gods (Circle Trilogy #2) by Nora Roberts
Valley of Silence (Circle Trilogy #3) by Nora Roberts
I am going to comment about these as a whole just because I hate giving out spoilers for the most part and I already posted about the first book, Morrigan's Cross and I do not want to say anything that I did not figure out already while reading the first book. I really enjoyed the trilogy and of course we know that the good guys are going to win, but it is fun watching just how that comes about, and seeing who ends up with who and how. I would recommend them if you enjoy fantasy/vampire romances.
The gist of the trilogy goes like this:
The Goddess Morrigan has selected six people to be her leaders for her army against the vampires to save mankind: the sorcerer (Hoyt), the witch (Glenna), the warrior (Blair), the scholar (Moira), the shape-shifter (Larkin), and one that is lost (Cian). Of course, this ends up being three guys and three girls. They have three months to train before the final battle against Lilith and her army of vampires. Each part of the trilogy is one month. The first month is them finding each other and learning to work together. The second month is dedicated to training and the last month is in the land of Geall where the final battle will be, and they spend the month training the people of Geall to fight for their lives.
Conspiracy Game by Christine Feehan
I think that I like this book the best out of the series so far . Enough so that I am debating going and buying the rest of the books (Shadow Game, Mind Game, Night Game, Conspiracy Game). I have not bought them yet because I was not sure if I wanted to collect this one, but I am definitely rethinking that decision now. I stopped collecting the Dark books because they were all starting to sound the same to me, but I haven't seen that trend in this series yet. The story line was fast paced to keep my attention and it kept me guessing as to how far the story was going to continue in this book. I really enjoyed it a lot.
GhostWalker Jack Norton is a genetically enhanced telepathic sniper on a mission to rescue his brother in the jungles of the Congo. Then he meets Briony, a beautiful rebel on a mission of her own-and hiding secrets that a shadowy enemy would kill to discover.
The back cover did not say much so I am expounding.
Briony (unique name, it is some kind of plant or flower) was one of Whitney's experiment girls who was actually adopted out to a circus family. She was diagnosed as autistic when she was a toddler because she was always crying and would not let anyone touch her or get close to her. But she is like that because she has extreme empathy that makes it painful for her to be around people. But for the love of her family she gets up everyday and performs her flying act with her brothers at the circus.
We meet Jack (and his twin brother, Ken) in the previous books and hear about his reputation as a kick-butt sniper and as a deadly quiet man.
Sorry I have not posted in so long. The kids have had the flu and colds. Then my dh took me out for the weekend (kid-free) for my birthday (had a great time, went to the Ringling Museum in Sarasota). But he made me promise not to bring any books with me for the weekend because he wanted it to be just us and me not distracted. So it was hard, but I did it. But I have lots of other books to post that I have read in the meantime (Dance of the Gods, The Untamed One, Southern Comfort, Reason to Live). But here is the next one.
No Rest for the Wicked by Kresley Cole
Good book. I think I liked the A Hunger Like No Other better, but this one will be a buy for me. I had heard some iffy reviews of this one so I was wary but I did enjoy it. You definitely have to have read the short story from Playing Easy to Get to follow the series because a lot is explained in that story. You have a very strong heroine who has not felt emotion in centuries, is now feeling them (it is almost like a female Carpathian, but she is cursed/blessed that way instead of genetic) and does not know what to do about it. For the first time in a very long time she is unsure and second guessing herself. The Hero, Sebastian, is more of a beta hero. He is not a doormat or anything, but he is not a domineering alpha male (I am man you do what I say! type character), so that was a nice change of pace. He was willing to compromise and follow her lead in order to get and keep her and keep her happy.
A soldier weary of life . . .
Centuries ago, Sebastian Wroth was turned into a vampire -- a nightmare in his mind -- against his will. Burdened with hatred and alone for ages, he sees little reason to live. Until an exquisite, fey creature comes to kill him, inadvertently saving him instead.
A Valkyrie assassin dispatched to destroy him . . .
When Kaderin the Cold Hearted lost her two beloved sisters to a vampire attack long ago, a benevolent force deadened her sorrow -- accidentally extinguishing all of her emotions. Yet whenever she encounters Sebastian, her feelings -- particularly lust -- emerge multiplied. For the first time, she's unable to complete a kill.
Become competitors in a legendary hunt.The prize of the month-long contest is powerful enough to change history, and Kaderin will do anything to win it for her sisters. Wanting only to win her, forever, Sebastian competes as well, taking every opportunity -- as they travel to ancient tombs and through catacombs, seeking relics around the world -- to use her new feelings to seduce her. But when forced to choose between the vampire she's falling for and reuniting her family, how can Kaderin live without either? Labels: paranormal, valkyries, vampires
Broken Wings by Lora Leigh
I enjoyed this one. It is different from other books that I have read by her. There was romance, but no sex scenes or anything like that. It was a fantasy novel instead of a "romance". Dearn is intrigued by Matte because he has never met a woman was a warrior and could back the title up with action. She is the commander of her troops when in his experience women were too soft for that. But Matte has not had an easy life and for her it was be a warrior or be a plaything and die. So she was a nice strong female character. If I were to rate it I would probably give it an 8 out of 10, it was not spectacular, but I enjoyed reading it.
He is the king of a winged race steeped in honor and tradition. His blood runs fierce and pure with his Eagle Clan heritage. She is the general of a clan that should not exist. Her blood is diluted, tainted by that of the reviled Vulture breed. Now Dearn and Matte will come together, each fighting for the existence of their people and a peace that will begin in each other's arms. But first, they must defeat not just the Vultures, but also the demented dreams of a human king and the merciless vengeance of Cinder, the demonic god he follows. This story was previously published elsewhere in 2003, and has been revised for Cerridwen Press release.
Poison Study and Magic Study by Maria Snyder
I LOVED these, they were both awesome, I highly recommend them both. They are in the fantasy genre but have some romance for those of us who like to have that. Yelena was a great character, she had a backbone and had a lot of honor, but could be selfish at the same time, which makes her more real to me. She was easy to identify with. The next book, Fire Study does not come out until next year sometime. I definitely have to scrounge these up to buy.
About to be executed for murder, Yelena is offered an extraordinary reprieve. As a food taster, she'll eat the best meals, have rooms in the palace--and risk assassination by anyone trying to kill the Commander of Ixia.
As Yelena tries to escape her new dilemma, disasters keep mounting. Rebels plot to seize Ixia and Yelena develops magical powers she can't control. Her life is threatened again and choices must be made.
But this time the outcomes aren't so clear….
With her greatest enemy dead, and on her way to be reunited with the family she'd been stolen from long ago, Yelena should be pleased. But though she has gained her freedom, she can't help feeling isolated in Sitia. Her Ixian background has changed her in many ways--and her newfound friends and relatives don't think it's for the better….
Despite the turmoil, she's eager to start her magic training--especially as she's been given one year to harness her power or be put to death. But her plans take a radical turn when she becomes involved with a plot to reclaim Ixia's throne for a lost prince--and gets entangled in powerful rivalries with her fellow magicians.
If that wasn't bad enough, it appears her brother would love to see her dead. Luckily, Yelena has some old friends to help her with all her new enemies….
Could not get into this one, but I am going ot try it again later.
Touch a Dark Wolf by Jennifer St. Giles
Yesterday, Erin Morgan worked for a pioneering Manhattan medical center. Today, she's on the run, witness to a chilling conspiracy. Fleeing for her life in the Tennessee mountains, she is run off the road by a mysterious beast . . . and things only get stranger when she wakes the next day to find a naked Adonis sprawled on the hood of her car.
For centuries, Jared has been a shape shifter, sworn to protect mortals like Erin. But in saving her, Jared has damned himself, for the poison from his battle wound stirs a terrible blood lust. Determined to protect Erin, Jared stays by her side and discovers a sensual rapture beyond imagining . . . and a love that can change his fate. But can Jared overcome his savage thirst and protect Erin from the beast within?
Seduced by Magic by Cheyenne McCray
This is the sequel to her book Forbidden Magic and is just as great. Though the language is kind of graphic if that offends you then you might not like it. It take place in present day San Francisco, though most people do not know what is going on with the war against Balor. So it is not one of those where the paranormal have come out of "hiding". I enjoyed this one and cannot wait for the next one, Wicked Magic, I don't even know who that one is about yet.
Copper Ashcroft is an accomplished D’Anu witch, but the magic she wields is a potent force—strong enough to hurl her into a mysterious Otherworld when a spell backfires. Before Copper can escape, another being is pulled into her realm—Tiernan, a powerfully virile Tuatha D’Danann warrior. Blond, blue-eyed, and shamelessly seductive, Tiernan could be Copper’s savior…and his touch sets her body on fire. Like others of his kind, Tiernan stands alongside the D’Anu witches to battle the demons of the Underworld. Obligation to his cause and his people cautions against any entanglement with Copper, yet each second spent with this beautiful, uninhibited woman stirs an insatiable hunger. Desire explodes into carnal bliss, but the visions that haunt Copper’s dreams are growing stronger, and they foretell a terrifying evil waiting to be unleashed… Saving the city will take more than brute strength…more than witchcraft. Only together can Copper and Tiernan find a way to overcome the dark forces—and seize a passion that has bewitched them both.
Heart Quest by Robin D. Owens
This is the latest book in Ms Owens's Celta series. The others are Heart Mate, Heart Thief, Heart Choice, Heart Duel and Heart Quest. I love this series. It is based in a world where the inhabitant's status is based on their "flair" or magical power. Your flair is mostly genetic (certain magic tend to run in certain families) but partly chance. I love this series but I have not been able to ever find any of them used so I am going to have to break down sometime and buy them new I guess.
Ilex Winterberry is a Guardsman by choice and flair. He left his Noblehouse to be a guardsman because it fit his flair and his house did not have much money. He has been assigned as a liason to the Noble houses of Celta. Now he is looking for a murderer who specializes in Nobles with unstable Flair psi. He is 45 and he thinks he is to old for his Heartmate. He knows that Trif Clover is his Heartmate, but she is only 20. One of his gifts is some precog and in one of his visions he saw his death so has decided that he did not want to condemn Trif to death so soon so he is determined to avoid Bonding with her. She has other ideas.
This is a fun series. The fourth book (The Quest) just came out, but I have not read it yet. This series is futuristic and pretty good. There is not alot of sci-fi jargon and a pretty good story line,if you are not a great lover of sci-fi. You do not have to read these three in order, but there are characters that are mentioned in both so it does help. It is not the best sci-fi I have read, but I liked it.
The Challenge by Susan Kearney (Book One)
She was shot protecting the president, and woke up naked, in the arms of a hunk....A hunk named Kahn (a Rystani leader/warrior), who told Secret Service agent Tessa Camen an outlandish story about traveling through time, saving the world, and a Challenge only she can accept. Kahn offers her proof she can't refute: Tessa has been brought forward through time to save Earth by winning an intergalactic challenge. Kahn only has a few weeks to train Tessa to use the psi-abilities he insists she has. He is confident in the success of a time-honored method that uses sexual frustration to bring out her powers, but Tessa is dubious. She's a martial arts expert and can fight her way through anything, but she's never had much luck with emotions. Luckily for Earth, Kahn can be very convincing....
The Dare by Susan Kearney (Book Two)
Dora wants to make love. Specifically, Dora wants to make love with the handsome Rystani warrior-pilot Zical. But since Dora is a computer-albeit a sentient computer-she cannot experience touch, taste and true desire. Dora's logic functions refuse to accept this, so she uses the advanced technology of the 24th century to build herself a body specifically crafted to appeal to Zical, and downloads her computer brain into it. But Dora's sassy attitude makes her too different from the women of Zical's culture. He's attracted to Dora, but he won't make love to her. And while it would be easy for Dora to adapt to his desires, she likes being smart and funny; she's becoming good at being human. When Zical accidentally summons the ancient machines that protect the galaxy from invasion, Zical and Dora's mission is to intercept them and bring them back to the galaxy's rim. Fortunately for Dora, this puts her and Zical into very close quarters for a very long time. But much has changed, and as Dora learns more about human emotions and what they mean, she realizes that she doesn't just want to make love with Zical--she wants to love him. And be loved in return.
The Ultimatum by Susan Kearney (Book Three)
Dr. Alara Calladar needs a man........but she sure as krek doesn't want one. If Alara doesn't make love soon, her cells will fail to regenerate and she'll die. Unfortunately, her only option is an enemy--Rystani starpilot Xander, her abductor.... and a member of the race who has been battling hers since the beginning of time (she is Endekian). Xander issues an ultimatum: He'll make love to Alara only if she will use her psi-talent of identifying DNA to help him find the cure for the deadly Terran virus spreading across the galaxy. Alara is trapped. She gives Xander what he wants--and gets when she needs. But Alara holds a pair of secrets: the more they make love, the more Alara's cells adapt to Xander's body, until the only person she can make love with is him--and the more time they spend together, the more Alara likes Xander. When it seems that all the forces in the universe have aligned against them, can Alara trust Xander with her life.... and her heart?
Master of Swords by Anglea Knight
This is the latest installment from her Mageverse series (Master of the Night, Bite anthology, Hot-Blooded anthology, Master of the Moon, Master of Wolves). I don't know of it was me or the book, but this one did not grab me like to others. It was interesting, but I was not enthralled like I usually am. But that might have been my mood, I will try it again later.
Lark McClure is granddaughter to Magi Tristan and is now a Majae herself. After the bad vamps try to attack Avalon, Morgana has decided that the newer "recruits" need to be paired with older warriors for experience and mentorship. Lark was attacked during that invasion and now has a fear of being bitten again. Not a good thing if you are supposed to donate regularly for the Magi. Well, Lark finds herself paired with Gawain and he is, of course, attracted to her, but she is still gun shy because of the attack. He is determined to break her fear and get her back to fighting shape, and into his bed as well. What he did not count on was how much he would admire her.
Kick @$$ anthology byMaggie Shayne, MaryJanice Davidson, Angela Knight and Jacey Ford
This was a fun anthology if you like heroines with a backbone. I bought this for Angela Knight's story but I enjoyed all of them.
The Bride Wore a .44- Maggie Shayne
The heroine has amnesia and is getting ready to marry a man who she does not really know just because she was told they were engaged before the accident. Her mother has pretty much run her life, with her consent, since her accident, but now she is starting to get curious about her life before especially when she opens a trunk of her stuff and it contains some pretty interesting weapons. Great short story.
The Incredible Misadventures of Boo & the Boy Blunder- MJD
I think this was my least favorite, it had some fun dialogue, but I could not get into it. MJD returns to Betsy's world (Betsy is not mentioned though) where Boo is a vampire hunter and ends up saving Boy Blunder (aka Eddie Batley) from being someone's dinner. He in turn decides that tagging along after her would be the coolest, she disagrees. Then she meets Gregory, who is a vampire trying to make is as a comedian and get rid of bad guys in his spare time. Boo knows the vamps are supposed to be the bad guys, she is not quite sure of what to make of him.
Warfem- Angela Knight
This story is set in her world from Jane's Warlord (none of the same characters though that I remember) where two cyborg warriors (Baird and Alina) are reunited after years of separation. But what has Alina been doing for all this time and is she still the same woman that he fell for all those years ago.
Painkillers- Jacey Ford
This story was good, but it was the odd man out for the anthology. The heroines in all the stories were kick butt women, and Lauren is a supermodel who wants to be a kick butt woman. The story was different but still enjoyable. Lauren is a supermodel/CIA agent and Jake is her partner. They are on a Caribbean island trying to prevent a coup d'etat within the government and end up falling for each other. She loves his abilities and strength, and he loves her spirit and improvisation skills. It is a very cute story.
Not my favorite book, but okay. It is very Lindsay McKenna. If you like her Black Jaguar books and enjoy the paranormal twist then you will probably enjoy this one. I enjoy her books, but she has never really been an autobuy for me. Though this series has an interesting premise and could lead to a pretty good series, I will wait and see.
Plucked from the depths of hell, former military sniper Reno Manchahi was hired by the government to kill a thief, but he had a mission of his own. Descended from a family of shape-shifters, Reno vowed to get the revenge he'd thirsted for all these years. But his assignment went awry when his target turned out to be a powerful seductress, a woman who risked everything to fight a potent evil.
They had a combustible connection, yet he struggled to reveal the truth about himself--his Apache upbringing, his Jaguar pride, his death plot. Soon, Reno had to transform himself into a true hero, accept this new love and conquer the enemy that threatened them all. He had to become a Warrior for the Light…. Labels: paranormal, shape-shifter
Slave to Sensation by Nalini Singh
I love this cover!! It is one of the main reasons, until I read some of it, that I have been wanting this book for moths before it came out. Then I read the book, and am so excited that I broke down and bought it instead of tryng to get it at the library. If you have not read this book, it was awesome.
The book description does not say much though. Everything takes place on an alternate earth. Where there are three classes/species of people. The Psy, who are very analytical and non-emotional. The Changelings, who are shapeshifter (emotional and looked down on by the Psy). And then Humans, who are mentioned but do not have an active part in this book.
Born a Psy, Sascha Duncan must hide the emotions which mark her as flawed. But a passionate Changeling (Lucas Hunter) will tempt her to reveal everything-and risk her very soul.
Playing with Fire by Gena Showalter
This was a fun book. It was a light-hearted paranormal and I loved the heroine because I can relate to her. She acts how I think I would act if I was in her shoes. So she was a very easy heroine to sit down and enjoy. Belle is an every day girl thrust into a unique situation. This was a fun book, witty with some action to kep it moving. I enjoyed it lots (like all her books).
Belle Jamison has spent the last year bouncing from one job to the other and can't find a fit. Then one day while on her break at her current job of coffee shop "wench", a wierd guy in a lab coat with government looking guys on his heels, stumbles in and unbeknownst to her slips some chemical formula into her latte. She wakes up a week later (now unemployed) to a hunky guy (aka Rome Masters) in her bedroom who then tells her that becaue of that lovely spiked drink she can now command the four elements and he is here to "neutralize" her. Well, Belle decides that she is too young to be "neutralized" and Rome after talking with her more decides that he can't do it either. So now they are both on the run from the bad guys who want to use her to "rule the world" and the good guys who want to save it by neutralize/killing her.
I have many books to post about, but very spotty internet at the moment. I will post soon about
Slave to Sensation by Nalini Singh
Unforgiven by Lindsey McKenna
Deeper than Desire by Cheryl Holt
Kick @$$ anthology by Maggie Shayne, Angela Knight, MJDavidson, and (I cannot remember the other person off hand)
I hope my interenet gets better
Morrigan's Cross By Nora Roberts
This the the first of her new trilogy called the Circle Trilogy. It is fantasy, which I think is awesome. This is my first "official" Nora Roberts book, I have only read her J.D. Robb books. I loved it. I am excited for the next book, which just came out but I have not gotten it yet.
In this world, the vampires are bad and the goddess Morrigan has picked six people ("the witch, the warrior, the scholar, the one of many forms, and the one you've lost" plus Hoyt, the sorceror) to stop them. The first book is bringing those six people together and sorceror, Hoyt Mac Cionaoith, is supposed to be their leader. Hoyt's brother was turned to a vampire in twelth century Ireland and Hoyt was determined to get him back, so Morrigan sent him into the future (21st century our present) and reunited him with his brother (still alive and still a vamp). It is then then that they start to meet the others from their group. The first being witch, Glenna.
As a storm rages, the tale of a powerful vampire's lust for destruction-and of the circle of six charged by the goddess Morrigan to stop her-begins. One of the chosen is a medieval sorcerer whose quest will take him through time-and into the arms of a woman courageous enough to link her destiny to his own.
Sebastian by Anne Bishop
I read this because someone told me that if I liked Jacqueline Carey's Kushiel books then I should read Anne Bishop's Black Jewels trilogy. Well my ubs did not have them and neither did my library, but they did have Sebastian. I really enjoyed it. I have been on a fantasy kick lately, I guess I did not realize how much I missed reading them. But this one I loved because it also had romantic elements in it, and those are my favorite fantasies to read. The description is difficult though.
The world of Ephemera is one that is affected by the people that live theres and made by Landscapers, who are women with special abilities. The worlds are linked together by men who are Bridges (have the ablility to create bridges between the Lands). This story is about three people. Sebastian, who is a half-incubus that lives in the Den of Iniquity (a world created for demons). Belladonna/Glorianna who is a Landscaper who is outcast for creating the Den. And Lynnea who is a simple girl who just wants to be loved and accepted somewhere. I like the Publisher's Weekly Review posted at Amazon, so I will use some of that for my description.
The maid is Lynnea and the succubus is Sebastian, and their unlikely romance is at the heart of the impressively unclichéd battle between light and dark raging through the world called Ephemera, where the land changes in response to the deepest desires and fears of the inhabitants. When the Eater of the World came into being, the Guides of the Heart shattered Ephemera into myriad pieces, each shaped by the will of a Landscaper and linked to other pieces by Bridges; they also cornered the Eater in a Landscape unconnected to the rest of the world. Now a foolish student has set it free, and Sebastian must help his cousins, Glorianna and Lee, a Landscaper and a Bridge of unusual power and talents respectively, to trap or destroy it.
Oh My Goth by Gena Showalter
This book was a great YA book. I loved it. I borrowed it from my teenage sis because I love Gena Showalter and she wrote another great book. I highly recommend it for teens and those who like teen books. Though it is hard to explain and I would not have wanted to write the description on the back of the book. So I will go with the back of the book for the description.
Jade Leigh is a nonconformist who values individuality above all else. She has a small group of like-minded Goth friends who wear black, dabble in the dark arts, and thrive outside the norm. They're considered the "freaks" of their high school. But when Jade's smart mouth lands her in trouble -- again -- her principal decides to teach her a lesson she'll never forget.
Taken to a remote location where she is strapped down and sedated, Jade wakes up in an alternate universe where she rules the school. But her best friends won't talk to her, and the people she used to hate are all Goth. Only Clarik, the mysterious new boy in town, operates outside all the cliques. And only Mercedes, the Barbie clone Jade loathes, believes that Jade's stuck in a virtual reality game -- because she's stuck there, too, now living the life of a "freak." Together, they realize they might never get back to reality...and that even if they do, things might never be the same.
Dark Celebration by Christine Feehan
This was an enjoyable book to read because you got to revisit all the characters from her Dark series in one book. This is the latest in her Dark series and do not read it if you have not read the other books. This is one book that would not be as enjoyable if you had not read the series. it seems that the whole point of the book was to revisit past characters. There was a little more story to it than that but not much. You get to see a couple of Carpathians meet their mates, but nothing is resolved in this book, it is more of a novella than anything. A nice blip between books. It was a nice story, but I am not collecting these anymore, the series has become a library series for me. I visit and then give them back.
The Carpathians are all getting together for Christmas, for a celebration to promote unity and hope. Some of them have not been "home" for centuries. You get to see all the old characters as Mikhail goes around to each of them before the feast that night.
This is the first in her new trilogy. It is still T-FLAC but a different department, it is T-FLAC/psi, which means that they are wizards. The trilogy is about three brothers that are under a curse. The brothers have sworn to end the curse with their generation, but you know what they say about plans...
All three were excellent and I highly recommend them. They must be read in order and preferably one after the other is best so you don't forget anything in between. If you have not read the other T-FLAC books that is fine because none of those characters come up.
Edge of Danger by Cherry Adair
This is about Gabriel Edge. His mission is to find Dr. Eden Cahill and read her thoughts about her latest invention. A lifelike robot that has been stolen by terrorists.
Edge of Fear by Cherry Adair
Caleb Edge's desire to not be sitting around while recovering from an injury, lands him on survailence duty. He is to monitor Heather Shaw, whose father is a terrorism financier (basically a investor for terrorists). His gift is to be able to go back in time.
Edge of Darkness by Cherry Adair
The youngest brother, Duncan Edge's goal has always been to be the head of the Wizard's COuncil and he is now a candidate, along with his childhood playmates Serena and Trey. But he and Serena are literally fire and water together (his element to control is fire and hers is water) and both are fiercely competative as well as fiercely attracted to one another.
Room Service by Jill Shalvis
I grabbed this when I saw it at the library sale table, I was so excited. I read it at once and was thrilled as always with Ms Shalvis's work. The characters were fun and nicely flawed. And there were some great secondary characters. I enjoyed reading this very much.
Emmaline (Em) Harris is getting her last shot as a producer for a tv network. She has had three strikes so far and is at the end of the line. The network has decided that they want a cooking show. Em's boss suggests that she check out the astounding and sexy chef, Chef Jack Hill, at the Amuse Bouche restaurant in the Hush hotel. Em blushes at the sexy theme of the hotel, but saunters on. Then she meets him and the heat sizzles, but will he do the show?
Behind Closed Doors by Jodi Lynn Copeland and Tawny Taylor
My first Ellora's Cave book, wow! I loved it. It was three stories which was surprising to me because it is only two authors, but Tawny Taylor has two stories in the book.
Naughty Mistress Nita (JLC) - Conservative Anita is doing her best friend, a professional dominatrix, a favor by going to her client's house to cancel an appointment for her. But she is mistaken for her friend and decides to try to take her place with sexy Zane Matthews.
Lesons in Lust Major (TT) - The music teachers (Kate and Lukas) from a private school are going to a music conference together. Unknown to them, they have been lusting after each other for months and after a series of mishaps they decide that they have waited long enough.
Sexual Healing (TT) - Lara Woods is known for her scathing book reviews. She may have just stepped over the line though when she tears apart the book of her former lover, Dr. Adam Roy. She feels that his book promoting that sex can improve your health is just an excuse for men to get some. Now Dr. Roy sets out to prove her wrong and also to prove that he still loves her.
Well I got a job, but it is really cutting into my readng time, that is the only thing that stinks about going back to work. Oh, well what can you do. Now if the paperpushers at work will get my stuff together, I will be an even happier camper. I will stop rambling now. Have a great weekend.
Viva Las Bad Boys by Helenkay Dimon
This was a very good book. I thoroughly enjoyed it, it was nice and sexy, and fun to read. I did not know but it is three stories in one book. All three stories take place in a Vegas casino called the Berkley.
"Jackpot" Is about two guests (Jack and Laine) of the hotel/casino who meet while gambling. The girl is wearing a wedding dress.
"Players Club" Is about the awesome playboy chef (Zach) of the hotel and his overseer that the hotel has hired to curb his antics (Jenna).
"Two of a Kind" Is about one of the managers (Alex) and a hotel reviewer (Caroline). Who are both workaholics.
Lover Awakened by J. R. Ward
Well I finally finished it. Yeah!! Now I am not sure if I have the patience to wait for the next one (Lover Revealed does not come out until March '07). I love this series. This is the third book in the series the others are Dark Lover and Lover Eternal. This book rocks and is a must read if you have not read this series yet. They must be read in order though because the stories build upon one another.
It is hard to give a description of the book without giving anything away. Even the book description does not tell much "Even within the vampire brotherhood, Zsadist is feared. Still bearing the scars from a tortured past, he is renowned for his unquenchable fury. Anger is his only companion, and terror is his only passion-until he rescues a beautiful female from the evil Lessening Society" The female is Bella. To avoid spoilers I am not going to say much about the plot.
Wild by Lori Foster
We return to the Winston brothers to see the last one fall to the "Winston curse". It was a great book, I enjoyed it alot. It was nice to be able to read about all the brothers one after the other. I would say if you have the ability, read them all at once. This book also sets up their cousin, Joe Winston, for his own book, Say No to Joe? which is also the beginning of the Visitation books.
Zane Winston is working in his store one day when the gypsy (Tamara Tremayne) from the new age store next door comes in and says, "I want you." That is the opening of the book and it does not stop there. After he gets to know her a little better, he finds out that someone is trying to run her out of town by forcing her to sell her store. This of course does not go over well with Zane.
One of my favorite authors, Suzanne Brockmann is blogging over at Romance by the Blog and is talking about the SEALs and about one particular SEAL that needs some help. You can be that help by becoming a bone marrow donor. Getting typed is very easy and painless, it is just a cheek swab. For more info check out Visit www.ImASwabbie.com and www.soldierangels.org or www.marrow.org
So please check into it.
The Winston Brothers by Lori Foster
This is a collection of three stories about three of the four Winston brothers. (The fourth one, Zane, has his own book called, Wild.) They were great as is Ms Foster's usual quality. I just wish they had been longer, but if that was the case, I probably would have been annoyed at all the not needed stuff. Great book, now I am off to read Wild.
The first story is about the oldest brother, Cole Winston. He owns and runs a bar called Winston Tavern with the help of his other brothers. The four are the most sought after bachelors in Thomasville, KY. He is attracted to shy demure Sophie who likes him as well, but is too shy to admit it. So she invents her "twin sister" to come to town to seduce him for her.
The second story is about quiet Chase Winston. He is the bartender of the bar and an excellent listener. His story has a paranormal element in that he is spontaneously (there is a reason but you have to read it to find out) able to hear the thoughts of Alison (works for Sophie at her boutique) and realizes that she is attracted to him.
The third story is about the youngest Winston, Mack. He is trying to get a teaching job, and while he is waiting he gets wrangled (by his sister-in-laws) to be a model for Sophie's boutique. He agrees and goes to the photo shoot only to find out that the photographer is the woman that he lusted after in college.
Primal Heat by Susan Sizemore
This is the latest in her vampire series that is made up of: I Burn for You, I Thirst for You, I Hunger for You, Master of Darkness, then this one. I enjoyed it, thought that it was decent, but a very fast read or at least it seemed like it.
As Prime of his vampire Family, Mathias Bridger is sworn to protect his own kind at any cost -- but years of acting as a fierce guardian of his people have left him yearning for more out of life. His chance comes in the form of Phillipa Elliot, the beautiful police officer whose allure hasn't dimmed in the two years since they had a brief, torrid affair. And though she's involved with someone else now, Phillipa can't deny the feeling that Matt is her destiny.
When the Family comes under attack from fanatical vampire hunters, Matt uncovers treachery that shatters his world. So how can he possibly invite Phillipa into it? Fighting to protect his kin, he tries to push Phillipa away to the safety of her mortal life -- but he aches for her, and his will is no match for the flames of their all-consuming passion. . . .