Review: Make it Count by Megan Erickson

make it countReviewed by Janell

I love a nerdy, awkward hero almost as much as Jen loves a tortured hero, so when I found this book at the library I gave it a shot. This “dimwitted girl falling for her nerdy tutor” story isn’t groundbreaking, but at times I found myself really caught up in it. Other times, not so much.

Kat’s brain doesn’t exactly work like other people’s brains. Her mind wanders a lot, she has to be hyper-organized to complete assignments on time, and she’s used to people making fun of her. Luckily she’s hot (her parents are Brazilian, and also rich) and she made it through high school with a little help from various boyfriends. Now she’s a college sophomore and failing her statistics class. [Read more...]

Review: Some Like It Deadly by Heather Long

some like it deadlyReviewed by Shelly

Heather Long is one of those authors that I will usually read regardless of premise because her writing has not disappointed me – yet. When I saw the blurb for this one, I had to read it and I’m glad I did. Even though I’ve not read the first couple of stories in the ‘Going Royal’ series, I had no trouble following or understanding the main or supporting characters. [Read more...]

Review: Broken Soul by Faith Hunter

broken soulReviewed by Jen

I am so, so satisfied by this book.  The Jane Yellowrock series never fails when it comes to action, worldbuilding and plot.  But in the romance department, it has been a hot mess.  I am beyond happy to report that in this installment breaks the mold, turning what was a series weakness into an asset. That’s right: not only does the romance progress, it happens in spectacular fashion.  So when you put that together with all the other great stuff, I can’t imagine that any fan will be unhappy with this book. [Read more...]

Inside Look & Giveaway: Broken Soul

BrokenSoulBannerReady for your next Jane Yellowrock fix? Broken Soul is just a few weeks away, and I think it’s my favorite installment in the series to date.  Today, a new collection of Jane stories is out (Black Water) –and we’ve got a sneak peek of Broken Soul to hold you over. If you’re a fan of the series, you don’t want to miss this one.

Leave a comment below with your thoughts on the Jane Yellowrock series for a chance to win your copy of Black Soul before you can buy it. (US Only.)

–Jen

Leo was barefooted, wearing black gi pants of a style I’d see him fight in before, his upper body bare and smeared with blood that hid most of his white scars, his black hair plaited flat to his head, except for loose strands flying as he moved. He was vamped out, his three-inch-long fangs clicked down and his pupils black in scarlet sclera. Despite the vampy-ness, he looked in control. Barely. Drawing on my skinwalker abilities, I took a sniff to determine the pheromone level of his anger and aggression.

 

One of the twins was out, facedown, lying off the fighting mat, his chest rising and falling, so, still alive. The other twin was in play, but his face looked like he’d been used as a punching bag. Which he had been. There was blood all over his white gi, the cloth hiding bruises and torn flesh between the fang rents. The sounds of thuds and slaps and grunts resounded on the air, echoing brightly through the open space. The standing twin spun away and hit the wall. I felt the impact through the floor and my Lucchese boot soles. He slid down the wall, leaving a bloody smear on the painted cement block.

 

“This isn’t good,” Wrassler murmured to me. “The two of them should have been able to hold their own against him.”

“Hmmm. Who else did you call?” I asked softly, as Leo screamed his triumph into the room, fists raised to the ceiling. My Beast peeked out and purred, and I shoved her down. This not the time, I thought at her.

 

“Grégoire. He’s on the way.” Wrassler checked his cell. “And Gee DiMercy should be here any minute.”

 

On his words, Gee DiMercy, Clan Pellissier’s Mercy Blade, walked through the door on the far side of the room. “Hallelujah, Holy Moses,” Wrassler murmured beneath his breath. It was a Southern Bible Belt phrase uttered by people in a certain age group, and though Wrassler looked too young to use it, he drank vamp blood, so he didn’t look his age, whatever it was.

 

“Your gramma say that?” I asked, as I watched Girrard DiMercy from a safe distance. The Mercy Blade was dressed in tight black pants and a billowing royal blue shirt, and he carried twin flat blades, both long swords with hand-and-a-half hilts for one- or two-hand fighting. His hair was back in a queue, tied with a narrow black band. The first time I’d seen him fight, he’d been saving my butt, and I hadn’t had time to admire his technique. Leo was focused on the approaching man, arms out, hands and talons ready, shoulders tensed, motionless as a crouching predator. Unbreathing, in that statute-still way of the vamps. FunnnBeast murmured.

 

“Used to,” Wrassler murmured. “My mama. My daddy.” He added, his tone mesmerized, “Me.”

 

When he was twelve feet away, the Mercy Blade tossed Leo a blade, the overhead lights glittering on the steel edge. The vamp leaped high and whipped it out of the air, but the small swordsman was already moving. His blade left a long cut on Leo’s side. The Master of the City landed on the balls of his feet and slid away before the blade could bite deep, but his blood flowed fast from the slice.

 

Beside me, Wrassler tapped the mouthpiece of his headset and called for blood-servants to join him in the gym, his voice soft but demanding. Yeah. No matter what was going on, Leo was gonna be hungry; it would be wise to have donors on hand.

 

On the mat, the men danced with the swords, their bodies moving with deadly grace. Scarlet droplets flew on the air, the clang of steel so bright and sharp it hurt my eardrums. It was probably stupid, but I walked closer to get a better view.

 

The stench of pheromones increased and I rubbed a wrist on my nose to keep from sneezing. It was potent and heady, with the reek of violence and an underlying hint of wet feathers from the Mercy Blade and of raw power from Leo. But I’d smelled Leo fighting both ways: out of control and using his anger to power his vamp gifts. The difference was negligible, but it was there. Out-of-control Leo stank, an acrid taint on the air, tart as a rotten lemon. This was the other fighting scent. A show, controlled and planned, no matter how out of control and bloody it looked, no matter how bloody it was.

 

The fighters pirouetted away and back, the swords so fast they were a blur of light on steel and the clash of menace. Inside, Beast chuffed with delight. Down, girlI thought at her. We’re not here to get sliced and diced. She huffed and turned her head away from me—a pointed insult.

 

The men on the mat locked blades and Gee grabbed Leo’s wrist, sticking out a leg and shoving his master across it. Leo landed with a thump. The point of Gee’s blade nicked Leo’s throat. The others in the room went silent, not even the sound of breathing echoing off the bare, white walls.

 

I lifted my hands and clapped, the sound slow enough to pass for bored. “Onorios heal fast. So do Mercy Blades. But it was a pretty show, boys.”

Hungry for more? Check out my review of Broken Soul or pre-order your copy here!

Review: Black Water by Faith Hunter

black waterReviewed by Jen

This anthology is a collection of two new and one previously published Jane Yellowrock stories. One of the new ones is really short. Here’s a breakdown:

Black Water – This is one of the two longer novellas. It’s set just after the events of “Beneath a Bloody Moon,” a short story in the Jane Yellowrock World Companion (before the beginning of Black Arts.)  And it was previously released in audio. [Read more...]

Review: Ashes of Midnight by Lara Adrian

ashes of midnightReviewed by Jen

I have to say, I am a little surprised that after the events of the last book, Lara Adrian gave us Reichen’s story so soon.  In Veil of Midnight, the poor guy had just lost everything. Everyone in his Darkhaven had been slaughtered. His girlfriend was turned into a Minion he had to execute.  A romance seemed like it had to be light years away. Obviously not. [Read more...]

Review: Jane Yellowrock World Companion by Faith Hunter and Carol Malcolm

jane yellowrock worldReviewed by Jen

I’ll admit, I am generally not a fan of companion books, but the authors manage to suck me in with well placed novellas buried inside. In this case, I heard there were stories from Bruiser’s POV and I really wanted to hear his voice.  Sadly, I found the first 15% of this book to be an utter waste.  It starts with an assortment of Jane quotes. Then historical bloodlines. Then a completely inane Q&A with Beast, where I couldn’t even force myself to read all the way through.  I’m just going to spare you and jump ahead to the stories. [Read more...]

Review: Her Boss by Arrangement by Teresa Carpenter

her boss by arrangementReviewed by Shelly

I can’t lie, I have a weakness for Harlequin stories. Their formula works for me and in all my years of reading their stories I think only a handful have been a “miss” for me. This isn’t one of the misses. And even more, this is a new to me author whose stories I’ll gladly continue to read. This is a tale of a nice, likeable girl who doesn’t have any issues or baggage in her background. She loves her siblings, parents and is an optimistic person. Folks, do you know how hard it is to find a book whose heroine is the girl next door and she’s not boring, rude or ornery? Let me tall ya, it’s hard. [Read more...]

Review: The Witch With No Name by Kim Harrison

witch with no nameReviewed by Jen

I can’t believe this series is over. For years, I have laughed, cried, and raged at this series. I have swooned, cheered, and cried some more.  Kim Harrison has done a skillful and amazing job leading us to this point.  And she took the series out in grand style.

Was I satisfied? Yes. Did I enjoy the read? Absolutely.  Did I love it like, say, Pale Demon, Ever After, or The Undead Pool? Not quite. And there are a couple of reasons why. [Read more...]

Review: Rock Addiction by Nalini Singh

rock addictionReviewed by Carrie

I love Nalini Singh’s Guild Hunter paranormal series, so when this book came up for review, it was a no brainer for me.  A hot rock star contemporary romance series from a trusted author should be an automatic win?  I think I am (or will be) in the minority, but none of it worked for me.  Although it is not classified as such, this book has all the trappings (and clichés) of the New Adult genre. [Read more...]