Posts Categorized: Paranormal Romance

Book Review and #Giveaway: IFEEL by Marissa Carmel

June 3, 2013 Book Review, Book Tour, New Adult, Paranormal Romance, Past Giveaways 2

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Welcome to the iFeel Book Tour! Read my review and enter to win a $20 Amazon Gift Card!

 

About the Book:

 

iFeel (The Vis Vires Trilogy #1)

Author: Marissa Carmel

 

Lust. Anger. Hate. Desire. Love. Happiness. Joy. iFeel.

What happens when an unknowing empath meets a pixie who wears leather, a snitch who is repulsive and a fiery angel who can literally set your soul on fire? A whole lot of emotional turmoil and one love story ignited.

Liv Christianni is isolated, alone, tortured and withdrawn, saddled with the torrential downpour of the world’s emotions. Accepting of her providence Liv has lost all hope, until one day fate steps in and spins the course of her life like a spiraling top. Hunted by a Spirit Stalker, Liv is forced to gain control of herself and her surroundings, threatened by the touch of her immortal love; she must find a way to survive both physically and emotionally. Can she find the courage to accept her true self? Can she love unconditionally cognizant of the condemning consequences? Can she rise from the ashes to become the person she was always meant to be?

Funny, witty, real, and poignant, iFeel rips into your soul, and sets your emotions on fire.

If you are a fan of Charmed or Supernatural, The Vampire Diaries or The Secret Circle this series is for you!

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My Review:

 

My Rating: 4 Stars

This is unique and intriguing paranormal romance, about a couple with a connection so heated, it “burns” the pages 😉 It is a story about love, redemption, and second chances.

Liv is trapped, debilitated by what she believes to be a crippling mental illness. What she doesn’t realize is that she is actually a powerful empath, one of a long line of supernatural royalty thought to be extinct… until now. Enter the incredibly sexy Justice, who must protect her from the Spirit Stalker that threatens her life. Their chemistry is nearly immediate…

“His Caribbean blue eyes are acutely curious, glittery, and wondrous, and it feels like I am drowning in his gaze. He stares back at me, as if soaking up every inch. I can’t help but gawk. I’ve never seen anyone so divine.”

Justice is a hero any girl would fall for, and Liv included. He is beautiful, strong, sexy, and protective. But he is also damaged, haunted by a past he is reminded of every single day.

As Liv struggles with her new life and new identity, she slowly begins to gain control over her powers, and with that her life. With a satisfyingly slow build, Justice and Liv’s relationship deepens, tinged with intense longing and desire, often complicated and tumultuous, but ultimately warm satisfying. I couldn’t help but root for this couple with a very uncertain future, who offer each other a very real chance at healing and love.

Despite a few editing issues this is a solid first book in a series: it has an engaging paranormal aspect, an interesting cast of paranormal characters, and plenty of action and suspense. Though it has a defined ending, it is clear that there is much more to this story. I am eager to see where Justice and Liv’s relationship takes them, as well as the opportunity to delve deeper in to a supernatural world that we have only scratched the surface of.

“Forget denying love, I can never deny myself of him. From the moment I laid eyes on him, I was his. He consumes every part of me, and I surrender, knowing full well all I need is to simply love him, no matter what.”

*I received a complimentary copy of the book in exchange for a fair and honest review.

 

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About the Author:

 

Marissa Carmel has been writing since a young age and although it has always been for personal enjoyment, she finally decided breakout and share her imagination with the world. She hopes that her universe is as fun and intriguing to her readers as it is to her. Marissa Carmel is originally from NJ but moved to Maryland several years ago, she enjoys reading, writing, and catching up on her ever growing DVR library. She is currently working on a Vis Vires novella and the third installment of the Vis Vires trilogy, Constellation.

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Book #2 in the Vis Vires Trilogy, Gravitational Pull:

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Touch me, and bring me to life…

How do you move on when you don’t even know where you were going in the first place?

The Spirit Stalker is dead and I have finally started to erect my life. But I quickly discover, that just because the structure is built doesn’t mean the foundation is sturdy. As much as I try to manage my abilities, I can’t completely control them. The physical impossibility of the relationship I have with Justice has reached a boiling point; our fundamental problem, my inability to control myself from absorbing his power, and his fear of touching me because of it.

As if that wasn’t deal-breaker enough, a new threat looms on my horizon – Darklings. They are grim reapers of the immortal world who surface every five-hundred-years to feed off the souls of magical beings who are weak, aimless, lost; those who have given up and want to move on.

They also hunt power. Which means, they’re hunting me.

Abandoned by the one person I need the most, I find myself in Melenia’s realm. There, I’m courted by Siberian, a dangerous pixie who covets me, hunted by Death personified; all the while hiding my powers and my ancient bloodline. The pixie prince is alluring, and I feel so broken and vulnerable. I know giving in to him means giving myself over to him. But right now, I don’t care. All I want is to feel anything other than the loss and rejection Justice left me with. Anything other than pain.

So what do I do when I’m scared to be touched, even though I know it’s the only way to bring my soul back to life?

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Book Review and #Giveaway: FEELING DEATH by D.T. Dyllin

May 29, 2013 Adult, Book Review, Erotic Romance, Erotica, New Release, Paranormal Romance, Past Giveaways 2

Read my review and enter to win one of two Kindle copies of the book!

 

About the Book:

 

Title: Feeling Death
Author: D.T. Dyllin
Genre: Erotic Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Dragonfairy Press
Release Date: May 27, 2013

Samantha Bevans is having the best sex of her life—but it’s not with her husband. Fortunately for her marriage, the affair is all in her mind. Isn’t it? As an empath, she senses other people’s emotions. But her connection to the man with the the chiseled face and haunting eyes seems so real.

There’s no time for fantasies with a serial killer loose in Pittsburgh. The killer is targeting dancers at a strip club where Samantha used to bartend, back when drugs were the only cure for the torment of her abilities. As a member of a special task force, Samantha uses her talents to sense the victims’ final thoughts. Just when she thought the case was complex enough, she discovers one of the victims was thinking about her fantasy man when she died.

Who can Samantha trust when she can’t trust her own mind? An empath feels the emotional environment around her…and Samantha is surrounded by death.

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My Review:

 

My Rating: 4 Stars

Who am I, where am I, and WTF happened? Dark, gritty, and sexually charged, Feeling Death is an engaging read with a very unique concept.

From the first sentence, I was intrigued… and confused… and based on the author’s style, pretty sure I was going to be entertained. I was not disappointed. The plot has so many twists, turns, flashbacks, flash-forwards, and cartwheels, I was reeling a bit, but hopelessly hooked on the story. The author takes her time in unfolding the story, and answering the reader’s (and the characters’) questions, managing to impart information at critical moments: keeping this complicated plot flowing smoothly.

I’m not in love with Sam’s character, but I don’t need to be. Even though she’s an empath, she’s real and relatable and I felt a connection to her story just the same. In some ways she’s just a girl… with some problems. She’s battling demons, real and imagined(?), has a powerful supernatural gift, makes mistakes, and shows both vulnerability and strength. She’s fortunate enough to have two very sexy love interests in Nixon and Austin. Nixon is the steadfast protector and Austin the irresistibly sexy but dangerous bad-boy. I won’t spoil who she chooses to spend most of her time with but their sex scenes certainly steam up the pages!

The supernatural elements to the story are very well done. There were times, especially early on, where I couldn’t decide whether I was reading paranormal suspense or a twisted psychological thriller: I love that I was constantly guessing. This is an imaginative and intense read, twisty and sexy, with an ending that grants some closure, but leaves the reader eager for a next book in the series.

“But I had no fight left in me. How can you fight for something when you don’t even know what you’re fighting for? I had so many unanswered question. My life, my memories were all unclear to me. Before I could fight for myself, or anyone else, I had to get the answers to who I really was. And at this point, I didn’t really care where they came from just as long as I got them.”

*I received a complimentary copy of the book in exchange for a fair and honest review.

 

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Chocolate-holic. Sarcasm Addict. Paranormal Believer. Romance Junkie.
Self Imposed Insomniac. Animal Lover. Writer.

 


Book Tour, #Review, and #Giveaway: THE BEAST’S REDEMPTION by Angie Derek

May 15, 2013 Book Review, Book Tour, Erotic Romance, Paranormal Romance, Past Giveaways 7

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Welcome to The Beast’s Redemption Book Tour! Read my review and comment* on this post for the chance to win a $10 Amazon or Barnes and Noble Gift Card!

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About the Book:

 

Cursed shape shifter, Alexander Léandre, is resigned to his fate, but that doesn’t stop him from hunting down the descendants of the sorceress who bewitched him in hopes of obtaining a cure.

Belle Beaumont is used to men never looking past her curvy figure and pretty face. She dutifully agrees to befriend Alexander in order to protect her father’s herbal company.

A single touch changes all. Passions flare. When Belle discovers what Alexander is truly after and why, will she accept him for what he is? And will her love and family knowledge be enough to break a hundred-year-old curse?

 

Excerpt:

The secret smile affected him much more than the practiced ones she’d already given him.

“When are you going to start asking me questions?” he asked.

Belle cocked her head and pursed her lips. His blood spiked, the talisman warmed, and he pulled back from his baser instincts. This was getting ridiculous.

“What am I supposed to be interrogating you on, Mr. Léandre?” Belle’s voice was slightly breathless.

His blood responded even while his brain told him she did it on purpose. “Why did you agree to have dinner with me?”

“You’re interrogating me, now?” She shrugged. Her jacket shifted, revealing the curves he’d been trying to see earlier.

He wasn’t sure he could make it to the restaurant before he ravished her and that pissed him off. There had to be magic at work here. He shouldn’t be reacting to her as deeply as he was.

“I’m here, because you asked,” Belle answered. 

He had to touch her even if it was a mistake. Alexander shook his head and reached out to slide a finger along her thigh. He noted with satisfaction her heart speeding up at the contact. “I didn’t ask.”

“Okay, you threw down a challenge. Why did you?”

 

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My Review:

 

My Rating: 4 Stars

Shifters, witches, curses and potions all play a role in this quick and sexy paranormal romance. The story is intriguing, grabbing the reader’s attention right away, and holding it until the final, satisfying pages.

Alexander and Belle’s fateful meeting has been a long time coming, brought together by a curse placed on Alexander, well before Belle was even born. He needs to be released from his curse and believes she holds the key. What he doesn’t realize is that she may in fact be the key.

Both Belle and Alexander are likable characters, victims of circumstance. Rather than lament their seemingly unfortunate situations, they both avoid self-pity and instead show great strength: unwilling to give up on themselves and ultimately each other. They author creates immediate and intense chemistry between these two, resulting in some HOT sex scenes, and a sweet, sensual and spicy romance.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book but would have loved to spend more time with the characters and get a bit more background on the story: To know more about Alexander’s and Belle’s family histories. There seems to be so much story there and I would love to experience it all.

“Rightness filled him as he looked at her in his domain. He wasn’t surprised how quickly the desire grew, but the dark circles under her eyes brought out another feeling in him. Tenderness.”

*I received a complimentary copy of the book in exchange for a fair and honest review.

 

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Available in multiple ebook formats from:  All Romance eBooks, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, BookStrand.com, iTunes, Fictionwise eBooks, Sony, The Wild Rose Press.

 

About the Author:

 

Angie Derek writes paranormal and romantic suspense. She lives in the Sierra Nevada Mountains with her husband, two daughters, two dogs, two cats, and one pony (she thinks she needs another one to even out the number).

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Book Tour and #Review: SEDUCED BY POWER by Kimberly Kinrade

April 19, 2013 Book Review, Book Tour, Paranormal Romance 0

 Welcome to the Seduced by Power Book Tour! This is the third book in Rose’s Trilogy and I’m so excited to share this book and my review with you. If you haven’t already read the first two books in the series, get to it 🙂

 

About the Book:

 

Forbidden passions.
Deadly secrets.
A love that will stand against it all.

Their passions will destroy them. 

Only true love will save them.

Find out why critics and fans are raving about the Seduced Saga. Heat, romance, mystery and poetic writing make the Seduced Saga an original new adult paranormal romance that you won’t be able to put down!

In Seduced by Power, the final book in Rose’s Trilogy, Rose and Derek face the greatest threat to their love, and lives, as they are forced to make painful choices to save those they love the most.

They give everything they have to end the battle against Rose’s mother and retrieve that which was stolen from them. But will it be enough to save them?

Available March 18, 2013

Get caught up in the Seduced Sage with Seduced by Innocence and Seduced by Pain.

 

Coming Soon:

Seduced by Love (A Surprise Seduced Book)

Seduced by the Sea (Ocean’s Story)

 

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My Review:

 

My Rating: 4 Stars

“By the pricking of my thumbs, Something wicked this way comes.” -William Shakespeare, Macbeth

Druids, shifters, witches, and demons; romance, sex, intense action and the overwhelming power of true love. This third book in Rose’s trilogy is fast-paced and quite intense.

Rose and Derek must finally face the evil that threatens the future of their family, their magic, and their love. They each bravely face that darkness that lurks in each twist of the plot. If I could sum up the entire story in a single concept, it would be selfless courage. Rose, Derek, Blake and others are all willing to sacrifice themselves to save the one’s that they love. Theirs is a story of good overcoming evil, and love trumping greed.

The book is filled to the brim with action and epic magical battles. The plot is unique and unexpected, with more than a few twists and turns. At the heart of at all, in the midst of the turmoil, violent power-struggles, deceit, and uncertain futures, Derek and Rose’s love remains unwavering, guiding the story towards it’s long- awaited and epic climax.

“I didn’t have long. Instead of dwelling on my fear, I pictured Derek in my mind, imagining each of our days together, the way he held me, the way he made love to me, the smile on his face when I said something to make him laugh. I’d known love, the greatest, most epic of all loves. Not many people could ever say that. If the universe chose to rip it away from me after so short a time, I could only be grateful that I’d had any time at all.”

In the same vein of the other books in the series, Seduced by Power is beautifully written, poetic, and emotional. Kinrade uses the perspective of three different characters, and the story still moves along smoothly and seamlessly. Once again, this book has the added bonus of being visually beautiful, a joy to read. This book could be read as a stand-alone but is a richer and more complete experience when read as part of the series. (And the first two books are great reads as well!)

*I received a complimentary copy of the book in exchange for a fair and honest review.

My Review of Book 1: Seduced by Innocence

My Review of Book 2: Seduced by Pain

 

About the Author:

 

Kimberly Kinrade was born with ink in her veins and magic in her heart. She writes fantasy and paranormal stories for all ages and still believes in magic worlds. Check out her YA paranormal series The Forbidden Trilogy, her lower grade fantasy series The Three Lost Kids, and watch for her New Adult romance and fantasy books coming in 2013 including The Seduced Saga, Sunrise and Nightfall, Death by Destiny and The Fallen Trilogy and her next YA fantasy adventure, The Reluctant Familiar. You can find her books on Amazon, B&N and Goodreads among other fine retailers.

When she’s not writing, she runs Daring Books Design & Marketing with her husband, Dmytry Karpov, where they help authors with all manner of marketing, editing, and design needs until such a time that their brilliant children take over the business for them.

She lives with her three little girls who think they’re ninja princesses with super powers, her two cats who think they’re gods (and probably are), her two dogs who think they’re humans and her husband, also known as the sexy Russian Prince, who is the love of her life and writing partner.

 

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Connect With Kimberly:

 Website  http://KimberlyKinrade.com

Twitter: @KimberlyKinrade

Facebook: /KimberlyKinrade

Amazon: http://Amazon.com/author/kimberlykinrade

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4687115.Kimberly_Kinrade

 

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Book Tour and Review: SEDUCED BY INNOCENCE by Kimberly Kinrade

March 11, 2013 Book Review, Book Tour, Novella/Short Story, Paranormal Romance 1

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Today I am pleased to present Seduced by Innocence by Kimberly Kinrade. I have my review and the entire first chapter!

 

About the Book:

 

Seduction comes in many forms. 

“Liquid fire poured into me, filling me with the intimate sense of him as he leaned in to claim my lips with his own. I reached for him, needing him closer, but my arms couldn’t close the distance between us, which grew wider with each hitched breath. So close to finally feeling something real, something carnal and deep, I cried out in frustration, dropping my hands as he disappeared. My cries deepened into a frenzy of panic and my eyes flew open. I clutched my blanket and stilled myself to calm my racing heart.

Just a dream. Always just a dream.

Rose Wintersong didn’t have an ordinary upbringing. Raised in what most would call a hippy commune, but what is actually a powerful coven of witches, she never questions the life fate chose for her.

Until she meets Derek O’Conner.

Derek challenges everything Rose believes and forces her to see the secrets hidden beneath the whitewashed walls of her idyllic country life.

Rose knows she should walk away, that the sexy martial arts instructor is bad news bred to create discord in her tight community… but the animal magnetism between them is impossible to fight.

Caught between the passion of first love, and the steady beat of the life she’s always known, Rose must choose between the innocence of her youth or the pleasures of womanhood—but lost innocence comes at a price, and Rose harbors a dark secret that could destroy everyone she loves—including Derek.

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Submit to the Seduced Saga as Derek and Rose face their future while unraveling the mysteries of their past.

Look for these books in 2013:

January -Seduced by Innocence
February -Seduced by Power
TBA-Seduced by Pleasure
TBA-Seduced by Pain Click Here to read my review!
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My Review:

 

(Note: I reviewed the second book in the series, Seduced by Pain, on March 4.)

I rarely go into things like cover, etc. I prefer to focus on the story. That being said, I have to mention that this book (I read the kindle version) is visually beautiful to read, and I will admit that it added to my enjoyment of the reading experience. Each chapter begins with a small illustration representing the character narrating the chapter, and a Shakespeare quote that relates to that part of the story. These little touches combine seamlessly with the author’s gorgeous prose, including Rose’s emotional diary entries.

I was drawn into Kinrade’s world of the paranormal: lust, greed, and betrayal combine with friendship, love, and loyalty to create an engaging tale of witches and shifters.

My heart broke for Rose as she struggles with her dark gift, a gift that she sees as curse, and has kept her isolated. My heart soared for her when she was finally able to find someone she connects with, but I held my breath, knowing that their tenuous relationship was destined to come crashing down around them.

The story is extremely emotional, sexy, and sensual, with a bit of humor, action, and intrigue added in the mix. Derek is a great alpha-male, and I fell for him along with Rose. I fear their powerful attraction is not enough, and I am desperate to read the next book in the series and find out what fate has in store for these two!

“We witnessed each other, and isn’t that what relationship is about? Bearing witness to one another, witnessing and being witnessed so that our acts of love, passion, kindness, adventure… all the moments that make us human, so that these acts have meaning and memory beyond ourselves?

 Whatever else happens, he will forever know me, and I will forever know him.

*I received a complimentary copy of the book in exchange for a fair and honest review. 

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About the Author:

Kimberly Kinrade was born with ink in her veins and magic in her heart. She writes fantasy and paranormal stories for all ages and still believes in magic worlds. Check out her YA paranormal series The Forbidden Trilogy, her lower grade fantasy series The Three Lost Kids, and watch for her New Adult romance and fantasy books coming in 2013 including The Seduced Saga, Sunrise and Nightfall, Death by Destiny and The Fallen Trilogy and her next YA fantasy adventure, The Reluctant Familiar. You can find her books on Amazon, B&N and Goodreads among other fine retailers.

When she’s not writing, she runs Daring Books Design & Marketing with her husband, Dmytry Karpov, where they help authors with all manner of marketing, editing, and design needs until such a time that their brilliant children take over the business for them.

She lives with her three little girls who think they’re ninja princesses with super powers, her two cats who think they’re gods (and probably are), her two dogs who think they’re humans and her husband, also known as the sexy Russian Prince, who is the love of her life and writing partner.

 

ONLINE LINKS:

Website  http://KimberlyKinrade.com

Twitter: @KimberlyKinrade

Facebook: /KimberlyKinrade

Amazon: http://Amazon.com/author/kimberlykinrade

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4687115.Kimberly_Kinrade

 

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Book Tour, Review, and Author Guest: BLOOD FLOWS DEEP IN THE EMPIRE by N. Isabelle Blanco

March 8, 2013 Book Review, Book Tour, Erotica, Guest Post, Paranormal Romance 0

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Welcome to the Blood Flows Deep in the Empire Book Tour! I have some pretty cool things to share today: my review and author guest from author N. Isabelle Blanco. The guest spot features the author reading the first chapter of the book!!

 

About the book:

Dyletri, God of Fertility, has locked away his powers. No woman is allowed to touch him, not until he can return his long-dead lover back to life. All he has to do is sacrifice one human girl, a girl who unlocks his powers and rips his dormant lust right out of his body. Trapped by his promise, Dyletri has no choice but to watch Ismini die, no matter how much he wants her.

Yet the darkness of his calling is spiraling within him, demanding he claim the human as his. If he goes back on his promise, the energy of the Fates will cause untold destruction in the Universe. That doesn’t change how Dyletri’s begun exhibiting symptoms that point to more than just lust. How does he allow Ismini to die when she’s come to own him from the inside out?

Desire and torment spiral into something much darker than obsession, more turbulent than an addiction, and something much more brutal than a mere soul-mating. As a war is being rekindled right under his nose, Dyletri will have to come to terms with a destiny eleven thousand years in the making. He thought he’d known what path his future would take, but he’d been wrong. Now the one woman he truly loves might pay the price for his decision.

Blood Flows Deep in the Empire is the first in a series that will pit free-will against Destiny, Destiny against Fate, and love against brutal desire. Everyone likes to think they have a choice as to who they end up with, but as they rise to face the greatest threat they’ve ever known, even the Gods will learn they have to bend to Destiny’s whim to survive.

 

My Review:

 

This unique and otherworldly romance has creative world-building, a cast of engaging three-dimensional characters, a touch of humor, scorching sex scenes, and an action-packed story that keeps the pages flying by.

The author manages to blend the realm of the gods the earth and the world of humans. She has succeeded in creating characters that are obviously god-like but possess a relatable humanity: they possess emotion, empathy, and humor along with their power as Gods of the universe. In Ismini, one of the few human characters, there is vulnerability combined with great strength; she is a character you can’t help but become attached to.

The story has a great plot, but I couldn’t help but focus on the sexual elements. Blanco writes absolutely amazing sex scenes. She writes beautiful encounters of SEX WITH GODS far better than can be imagined. Ismini’s and Dyletri’s chemistry is nothing short of explosive; their encounters as earth-shattering and mind-blowing as sex with the God of Fertility should be: the right combination of exquisite sensuality and violent, all consuming lust.

A story of good versus evil, and love versus duty, this is a fantastic first book in the series and I was left begging for more.

 

*I received a complimentary copy of the book in exchange for a fair and honest review.

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Author Guest:

I have something special to share today! Click below to hear the author read the first chapter of Blood Flows Deep in the Empire!

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About the author:

N. Isabelle Blanco, the woman who would come to be known as “Nyddi,” was born in Queens, New York. By age three, due to an odd fascination with studying her mother’s handwriting, she’d already begun to read and write. By the time she reached kindergarten, she was reading at a second-grade level, not to mention talking up a storm and showing off her extensive vocabulary. Her obsession with words and reading ended up bleeding into every aspect of her life. As she got older, romance novels took the reins of her obsession, leading her to devour every romance story she could find.

Thanks to the world of Japanese Anime, N. Isabelle was introduced to the wonderful universe of Fanfiction. She would come to write fanfics on and off again as a hobby for the next ten years, but it wasn’t until the Twilight phenomenon came along that she began dedicating hard hours to writing. For the next year and a half, she amassed a following that, by her own admission, she would never be able to live without. It is those fans that encouraged her to step beyond the fanfic realm and take her talent out into the publishing world.

N. Isabelle’s first ebook novel, Destructively Alluring, came out in July of 2012, followed by “Addictive Lunacy” in September, and “Allure Magnified” in November of 2012. The Writer’s Coffee shop Publishing House has recently signed her first print novel, the highly anticipated first book in the Szolite series. Blood Flows Deep in the Empire is scheduled to be released in March of 2013 and will be available in both print
and ebook formats.

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Three Day Event: THE VEIL SERIES by Danica Avet (Day 3: Book 3)

February 17, 2013 Book Review, Erotica, Paranormal Romance 0

Today is Day 3: Featuring Lifestyles of the Fey and Dangerous

*This review originally appeared in the February 2013 issue of the BTS eMag.

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Title: Lifestyles of the Fey and Dangerous (The Veil #3)

Author: Danica Avet

Publisher: Siren Publishing

 

My Rating: 5 Stars

 

It isn’t every day a fairy gets an assignment with only one outcome: her death. As an assassin with the Eturian army, Noelani “Shade” Fayard has killed more than her share of traitors, but for the first time in centuries, she hesitates to take out her target. The Halfling marked for death makes her wonder what life would be like if it weren’t for the blood staining her hands and soul. He makes her feel for the first time in centuries. Malachi Cromwell, a former Eturian general, wants to reclaim his place in The Veil, not fall in lust or love. He knows better than to let his heart take the lead, especially when he discovers Lani was sent to kill him, just like she’d killed the very people who held his fate in their hands. Can they overcome their distrust and bitter pasts to forge a future together?

 

My Review:

The third book in the series, this can easily be read as a stand-alone. Familiar characters are present, but Avet focuses on Malachi, an intriguing secondary character from the previous books, and Lani, a new addition.

This book is decidedly darker and edgier than its predecessors. Both primary characters are burdened with shadowy pasts and deep physical and emotional scars. Avet writes their characters very well: cold and calculated on the outside, with deep emotion just barely hidden. Their separate journeys towards healing and seemingly impossible redemption are gripping and heart-wrenching. Thrown together by circumstance, their romance has heat and unmistakable lust, but their improbable union has an undertone of desperation: it may be the only thing that can save them.

This book has the series’ usual action, intrigue, romance, and still a bit of humor, but Avet shows her dark side, and the result is a fantastic read.

*I was provided a copy of the book by BTS eMag for purpose of an honest review. I was not compensated for this review – all conclusions are my own responsibility.

 

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Three Day Event: THE VEIL SERIES by Danica Avet (Day 2: Book 2)

February 16, 2013 Book Review, Erotica, Paranormal Romance 0

Today is Day 2: Featuring Succubus-In-Waiting

*This review originally appeared in the February 2013 issue of the BTS eMag.

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succubus in waiting

 

Title: Succubus-In-Waiting (The Veil #2)

Author: Danica Avet

Publisher: Siren Publishing

 

My Rating: 5 Stars

 

It isn’t easy holding onto your virginity in a succubus Pleasure House, but Piper Foxgrove has managed for decades. As a rare succubus-weretiger Halfling, Piper dreams of true love-to the consternation of her mother. Forced to work with a bad-tempered, good-looking werewolf looking for his nephew, Piper’s determined to ignore his sexiness. Unfortunately, her succubus half decides he’s the key to unlocking her powers while her recently awakened weretiger half thinks he’s perfect mate material. Connor Griffin’s brother died because of “soul suckering” succubi, so he doesn’t trust them. But Connor needs to find his nephew-the Veil can be dangerous-and worry makes him take drastic measures, like working with a succubus. But something about Piper calls to his wolf and has him doing things he never thought he’d do, like work with a succubus, lust after a succubus, and fall in love with a sassy, sexy succubus with tiger-striped hair.

 

My Review:

Avet has once again written a story with fantastic characters, a great plot, steamy romance, and her own brand of humor. The second book in the series, Succubus in Waiting could easily be read as a stand-alone. I was pleased to see some of my favorite characters from the first book, but this story focuses on new characters, Piper and Connor.
The plot is intriguing and flows easily but the intense relationship between these two is the highlight. Piper has beauty, sass, strength, humor and a relatable vulnerability and is complemented well by the sexy, intelligent, and protective alpha-male. The writing of these dual-natured supernatural beings is clever and creative. By giving a personality to their supernatural sides, the author creates very interesting and three-dimensional characters. Their relationship is a slow burn, filled with delicious sexual tension, and a climax not to be missed.

*I was provided a copy of the book by the BTS eMag for purpose of an honest review. I was not compensated for this review- all conclusions are my own responsibility.

 

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Three Day Event: THE VEIL SERIES by Danica Avet (Day 1: Book 1)

February 15, 2013 Book Review, Erotica, Paranormal Romance 0

For the next three days I will be posting my reviews of THE VEIL SERIES by Danica Avet (Books 1-3)

Today is Day 1: Featuring Ruby: Uncut and on the Loose

*This review originally appeared in the February 2013 issue of the BTS eMag.

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Title: Ruby: Uncut and on the Loose

Author: Danica Avet

Publisher: Siren Publishing

 

My Rating: 4 Stars

 

Ruby Fontenot, a Cajun hermit, loses control of her life when she’s tapped to become the last Lineage Chieftain in a paranormal world she had no idea existed. With the power to change the face of The Veil by choosing its leaders, Ruby is now a wanted woman. Once she meets a member of the Veilerian High Council, what began as a fight for her life turns into a fight for her heart and her freedom. As the High Council Representative, Lucian Ravenswaay has spent decades searching for the elusive Lineage Chieftain only to discover she’s his life mate. But this vampire has bigger plans than settling down; he wants a Council seat and to get it, he’ll have to turn Ruby over to them. The line between what he wants and what he needs is blurred and making the wrong choice could mean the destruction of an entire society.

My Review:

Well written, exciting, often humorous and incredibly sexy, this book has so much to offer any reader, not only fans of the genre. Avet has created The Veil, a world that exists within our own, and she so expertly brings the lively and diverse cast of supernatural characters to life that it’s not hard to imagine that they may be living alongside us right now.

At the heart of the story is Ruby, forced by circumstances on an emotional journey towards self-discovery, strength, and love. The author provides her the perfect match in the vampire Lucian, and theirs is a harrowing and page-gripping story of need, lust and betrayal, with a satisfying end. I am eagerly anticipating the next book in the series.

*I was provided a copy of the book by BTS eMag for purpose of an honest review. I was not compensated for this review – all conclusions are my own responsibility. 

 

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Book Review: THE ARRANGEMENT by Kelly Chambers

January 24, 2013 Book Review, Favorite Books, Novella/Short Story, Paranormal Romance, Romance 0

 

Title: The Arrangement

Author: Kelly Chambers

 

My Rating: 5 Stars

 

What would happen if you were forced to marry your best friend?

Lily’s about to find out. Even though her parents are wading through a messy divorce, they insist that she marry her best friend Mason. But why?

She searches for the reason behind their insistence that she marry Mason and learns a deeply buried family secret. A century ago, her ancestors saved her Fiance’s family from execution; and in return, he is to protect her from retribution.

Lily has caught the eye of a dangerous demon and learns Mason has a dark secret. Is she strong enough to save herself?

 

My Review:

Relatively short in length, I felt like I held my breath the entire time I was reading this. I was immediately drawn in by the characters and their story. Chambers expertly creates an aura of mystery around the cast, especially the two leading males. Each irresistible in their way, Lily has quite a choice to make. Lily herself is a fantastic female lead. She has great strength of character in spite of all she must face, yet remains humanly flawed, vulnerable, and relatable. For me, she is definitely a new favorite heroine!

The story is well-written and incredibly engaging. The author slowly draws you in, revealing the right clues at the right time. There is action, violence, romance, emotion, and angst, as Lily struggles to find her own footing in a world she is so unfamiliar with. The final scenes in this novella held me completely captive. I only wish the book was longer…. I look forward to reading the next chapter in Lily’s story.

“‘Do you love me?’ His words were a whisper, the fire in his eyes stirred excitement in my soul. Anger at his force rose in me and the words left my mouth despite my attempt to hold them in.

‘Yes! I do.‘ I stared up at him as the violence that filled his eyes turned to desperation. I lifted up onto my elbows under his weight, my lips meeting his in a painful kiss. He grew gentle and fire raced through my blood.”

*I received this book from the author in exchange for a fair and honest review.

 

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