Blood Bound and Kitty Goes to Washington

1/30/2007 10:36:00 AM / Posted by Kris / comments (5)

Blood BoundBlood Bound by Patricia Briggs
I loved this book and I am loving this series. It had a good story line and suspense in it plus all the shapeshifters. Plus an interesting secondary story with a reporter. Sam and Adam are both in this one and are still trying to find common ground when it comes to Mercy. They do find it in one way, protecting her and trying to keep her out of trouble. But I do recommend this book, but if you have not read Moon Called, read that one first. It is not imperative to this story, but it will help to follow everything.

Mechanic Mercy Thompson has friends in low places-and in dark ones. And now she owes one of them a favor. Since she can shapeshift at will, she agrees to act as some extra muscle when her vampire friend Stefan goes to deliver a message to another of his kind.

But this new vampire is hardly ordinary-and neither is the demon inside of him.

Kitty Goes to Washington
Kitty Goes to Washington by Carrie Vaughn

This is the sequel to Kitty and the Midnight Hour. Kitty is called to Washington DC to appear in a Senate inquiry. They are trying to figure out if supernatural beings really exist and what they should do if they do exist. But the Senator (Duke) that chairs the committee believes that all supernatural beings are evil and need to be destroyed, so Kitty has her work cut out for her. When she gets to town she meets some very interesting people, Alette, the master vampire for the city, Luis, a cute jaguar shape-shifter in town on business and Ahmad who owns and runs a bar where shifters hang out. She has a run in with the weird cult leader from the previous book who is targeting weres and vampires promising them release.
Plus there is a bonus story at the end where Kitty interviews a band that claims that one of their members is possessed by a demon. (The interview is mentioned in the book but no details are given about it) I would recommend this book, it is a cool paranormal. There is not a lot of romance in it though but even knowing that, I enjoyed the story and hardly noticed the lack of romance in it. I guess because there is potential for it later in the series.

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Tempting the Beast, Elizabeth's Wolf and Harmony's Way

1/28/2007 03:18:00 PM / Posted by Kris / comments (7)

Tempting the Beast: Feline Breeds 1 Tempting the Beast by Lora Leigh
This is the first book in her Breed series. The Breed series is also split into three categories based on the animal (Feline Breeds, Wolf Breeds and Coyote Breeds). But this is the first of them all. You can get the reading order (as opposed to the series' orders) from Lora Leigh's site. They all take place in the same world and have some interaction with each other but this one gives the background for them all.

Callan Lyons is a genetic experiment, one of six fighting for freedom and the survival of their Pride. Merinus Tyler is the reporter who will tempt him, draw him, until the fury of the "mating frenzy" locks them into a battle of sexual heat they cannot escape.

The evil Genetics Council is hot on their trail. Leaving a trail of their own of deception and blood. Callan will use his strength to try and save them both...and do all in his power to keep his woman in the process.
(description from Ellora's Cave)

Elizabeth's Wolf
Elizabeth's Wolf by Lora Leigh
This is part of the Wolf Breed series but is actually the third in the overall reading order. I loved it. It has great romance as well as some suspense in it to round it out. Great book.

She brought him back from death and made him live again.
Dash thought himself alone, a soldier, a fighting machine and no more.
Elizabeth made him realize he was a man.
Danger surrounds the woman his soul marked as his mate, death and blood and a treachery that goes beyond even his worst nightmares. But he will protect her and what she claims as her own. He was created to kill, trained to do it efficiently, and only a man bound to her, heart and soul, will have the strength to save Elizabeth and her prized possession.

He was a lone wolf. A man alone. No pack, no family, no one to call his own until one single, innocent letter awoke Elizabeth's wolf.
(Description from Ellora's Cave)

Harmony's Way (Berkley Sensation)
Harmony's Way by Lora Leigh
I loved this book. I am loving the whole series so far and very much recommend it.

This book comes after the book Megan's Mark (which I loved). The hero is Megan's cousin, Lance Jacobs, who is the sheriff in Broken Butte, New Mexico. The heroine is Feline Breed, Harmony Lancaster. She is an assasin and has been since she was 5 years old. She was raised in the labs and used by them to kill unsuspecting targets. When she got old enough and strog enough she killed everyone in her lab and escaped. Now she is still an assasin, but now she kills people who prey on children. But her time is up, the Breed council needs to put her on a leash while they are trying to negotiate with the government. So she is captured and given an ultimatum, she lives in Broken Butte, NM as a Breed liason and keeps her nose clean for 6 months or she is executed.

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Play with Me

1/28/2007 08:08:00 AM / Posted by Kris / comments (0)

Play With MePlay with Me by Janice Maynard

This anthology was pretty good. It was a nice quick read. There are three stories in the book. The premise in the prologue is that they are three best friends that just turn 29 and have made a pact to one another, that they act out a fantasy before they turn 30.

"Still Waters"
Catherine Maderis is a shy museum archivist. Her fantasy involves hunky Phillip Trent who has been asking her out for a while but she has never had the courage to say yes.

"Skin Deep"
Kallie Bradshaw is an artist. Her fantasy involves her long time friend, Beau Donovan. She has had a crush on him for years but has been afraid to ruin their friendship.

"Party Girl"
Gina McCutchen was a reputed party girl, but it was all a farce to hid her insecurities. Catherine and Kallie coerce her into taking a romantic cruise and having a shipboard fling. But when she gets onboard and finds that Trey Lipman is also on board she feels her trip is ruined. 6 years ago she had a thing for him and he turned her down in a very blunt way that has affected her actions ever since.


My Nerdy Valentine

1/23/2007 06:30:00 PM / Posted by Kris / comments (6)

My Nerdy Valentine
My Nerdy Valentine by Vicki Lewis Thompson

This was a cute book, but not my favorite in the "nerd series" (they are not connected so do not need to be read in order). I liked some of the other books better. I read it and finished it, but it is not one that i think I will re-read a lot if at all. Not a keeper for me, though I probably will keep it just because I have the rest of them. I hope others have a better time with it.

Amanda Rykowsky, psychology student, bartender, and intern to a sex therapist, meets nerdy stockbroker William Sloan when the bag of sex toys she has picked up for the therapist breaks and scatters embarrassing items all over the stairs. With no time for dating, Amanda has sworn off relationships. When she starts receiving progressively more alarming valentines from an unknown admirer, Will worries that a dangerous stalker is the culprit. He offers to pretend to be Amanda's boyfriend, but they can't keep their hands off each other and experience blazing sex. Delightfully busybody neighbors and kinky patients with hilarious peccadilloes add to the entertainment. (summary from Booklist by Diana Tixier Herald Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved)

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Black Jewels Trilogy

1/21/2007 02:54:00 PM / Posted by Kris / comments (1)

The Black Jewels: Trilogy: Daughter of the Blood / Heir to the Shadows / Queen of the Darkness

The Black Jewels Trilogy by Anne Bishop
This book is three books released as one volume, you can buy them separately (Daughter of the Blood, Heir to the Shadows, Queen of the Darkness) or as one big volume. This trilogy is wonderful. It is fantasy with some romantic elements. If you love fantasy or world building and have not read this, you must go find a copy.

The story is about a young queen (Jaenelle) as she tries to come into her power, the people who love her and are trying to protect her, and those who are trying to destroy her.

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Twilight and New Moon

1/20/2007 02:59:00 PM / Posted by Kris / comments (1)

I know that I read Twilight last month, but I just finished New Moon and figured I would post on both and try not to give many (if any) spoilers. These books are awesome!

Twilight Twilight by Stephenie Meyer

New Moon by Stephenie Meyer

Both of these books were awesome and I highly, highly, highly recommend them. They are young adult paranormal romance. You have to read Twilight first because it is part of a series. The series is about a 17-year-old girl named Bella who moves to Forks, Washington to live with her dad for the first time since she was little. She meets a family who are very different and the fascinate her, especially the 17-year-old boy named Edward. New Moon is a continuation of the story with some emphasis on the secondary character from Twilight, Jacob. These books are paranormal and deal with vampires and werewolves. If you have not read these yet you have got to find them.

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My December Reads

1/05/2007 09:06:00 PM / Posted by Kris / comments (6)

I am so far behind on reviews so I am playing catch up. I am simply listing my December reads and the grades for them, if you want to know any more about them let me know.

Gambler's Woman by Jane Anne Krentz (A-)
The Cursed One by Ronda Thompson (B)
Mistral's Kiss by LKH (B+)
Twilight by Stephanie Meyer (A+)
Sleeping with the Fishes by MJ Davidson (B-)
Hit Hard by Amy J Fetzer (A)
Secret Nights at Nine Oaks by Amy J Fetzer (B+)
Married to the Boss by Lori Foster (A)
Retrieval by Jeanie London (DNF - could not get into it)
Drop Dead Gorgeous by Linda Howard (A+)
Luscious Craving by Cameron Dean (C-)
Heart of a Mercenary ; Sultan's Ransom; Rules of Re-engagement by Loreth anne White (A-)
Melting the Ice by Loreth Anne White (A-)
Under the Wire by Cindy Gerard (A)
Eye of Heaven by Marjorie Liu (A)
Knight of Darkness by Kinley MacGregor (A)
Unleashed anthology (B-)
Operation G-Spot by Jodi lynn Copeland (A-)
Embrace Me Sweetly by Gena Showalter (A)
Prince of Ice by Emma Holly (A)
Understood by Maya Banks (A-)
Surviving Demon Island by Jaci Burton (A)
She's No Faerie Princess by Christine Warren (A)

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