Review: The Brightest Embers by Jeaniene Frost

Reviewed by Jen

Jeaniene Frost goes out big with this final book in her Broken Destiny series, though really, when you’re talking about an epic fight between ancient factions of good an evil, anything less would be a total letdown. This third installment picks up right on the heels of book two, where our hero Adrian has betrayed his wife yet again. It’s in his Judean blood… it’s his destiny… but this second betrayal is almost worst than the first one because A) they’re married now and B) he does it for love. On one hand, there’s no doubt of his devotion, but on the other, you just want to shake the guy for being so thickheaded. Then the waiting begins for the other shoe to drop. [Read more…]

Review: Wicked Abyss by Kresley Cole

Reviewed by Jen

Here’s the thing about the Immortals After Dark books: they are consistent. Sure, Kresley Cole tweaks the particulars, but you can almost always expect a funny and feisty heroine facing off with an alpha immortal who will most likely underestimate her. Cole does it well. But it’s a double-edged sword. I have loved her books for a long time and at this point, picking one up is like finding an old favorite sweater in the back of my closet with $10 in the pocket. One on hand, I loved that cardigan for a reason, but it’s still my old sweater. [Read more…]

Review: Bayou Born by Hailey Edwards

Reviewed by Jen

It took me a little while to get into this book. It starts off a little slow and I wasn’t really sure where Hailey Edwards was going with it. And then I met Cole. Which, for me, is where the story really started to get interesting. Then it got more interesting. And more interesting. And by the end, I was ready to stalk the author on Twitter and beg for the next installment.

The story takes place in Canton, Mississippi. I have actually lived right outside of Canton and it was fun to get a few shout-outs to places that were a little familiar. However, it did not feel like the Canton I knew. For what it’s worth, the whole bayou southern feel was never one I got from living there. But this is fiction, so I just tucked that away and refused to let it interrupt my suspension of disbelief. [Read more…]

Review: Dragon Spawn by Eileen Wilks

Reviewed by Jen

I enjoyed this 13th installment of the Lupi Books. It wasn’t quite as strong as Mind Magic, but it still was a solid Lily and Rune book. The biggest problem I had was that the ending wasn’t really an ending it all. I couldn’t even honestly call it a cliffhanger. The book just stopped. And that’s not cool.

The story picks up right on the heels of the last one. Lily and Rune are finally back home, but they don’t have much of an opportunity to relax. Her old nemesis, Tom Weng, is back and he is working for the Lupi’s great enemy. She Who Shall Not Be Named has a new plan and it involves targeting the valuable children of various clans. Including Toby. [Read more…]

Review: Legacy of the Demon by Diana Rowland

legacy-of-the-demonReviewed by Jen

I’ve got mixed feelings about this book. Honestly, I’ve been wavering on this series for a while now. Two things keep bringing me back to it. One: I remember how much I truly enjoyed some of the early books. And two: Diana Rowland has made me care about this heroine. It matters to me what happens to her.

But there are real problems. The most obvious is the huge shift the series took a couple of books back. In this particular installment, though, the problem is that it’s all gotten too big. Too many characters. Too many words and concepts tied to the world building. It’s only been a few months since I tore through this entire series in a binge read, and yet I still was lost a good 40% of the time reading this book. [Read more…]

Review: Made For Sin by Stacia Kane

made for sinReviewed by Jen

Like many other readers who will pick up this book, I am a huge fan of Stacia Kane’s Downside series. I knew this story wouldn’t be like those, but I like a good PNR and I figured that Kane’s talent would shine through in just about anything she wrote. I’m sad to say that I’m disappointed. Made For Sin isn’t bad, but it’s not especially good either. It’s kind of superficial in its character development. The romance is lackluster and insta-love. The pacing is uneven. And the ending just didn’t satisfy. [Read more…]

Review: Chaos Rises by Pippa DaCosta

chaos risesReviewed by Jen

The world of the Veil series is back!

When I learned this was a spinoff, I jumped in and tore through the Veil books like they were wrapping paper on Christmas morning. You don’t have to read those books to enjoy this one, but I will say that you should read them… simply because they were just that good.

We were first introduced to Gem and her brother Del in the previous series. They’re half bloods who were raised by the nefarious Institute and trained to kill demons. It wasn’t until the world went to hell that they were busted out, and now they are trying to live outside of those stifling walls for the first time in their lives. They rely on each other to keep their inner monsters in check. They also rely on PC34A, the drug they got from the Institute to suppress their baser urges. The thing is, now that they are free from their old masters, they have to depend on a new one to get their fix. [Read more…]

Review: One For Sorrow by Pippa DaCosta

one for sorrowReviewed by Jen

Pippa DaCosta gives fans one last hurrah with the characters of the Veil series, in this little collection of short stories. It’s meant to be read after last novel in the series, and in the first two stories, shows that life goes on for Muse and her family even after the last big battle was won.

“One For Sorrow” gives us a slice of life for Muse as she hunts a lower-level demon who is more than she bargained for.  Her mission takes her into an old home of Akil’s and the events give us some insight to her current frame of mind and how she is dealing with the loss of her former mentor and friend. Ryder is in this one, too. It’s a little bittersweet, but ultimately shows us that Muse and her friends are going to be ok. [Read more…]

Review: Ties That Bind by Pippa DaCosta

ties that binReviewed by Jen

I’ve got to say, so much has happened over the course of this series –so much build-up in so many storylines– I wondered how Pippa DaCosta was going to pull it all together with a satisfying ending. But somehow, she did it. At least, it satisfied me. Folks who really hoped for a different HEA may be unhappy, which is always the risk when your story has a love triangle. But for readers like me, who were conflicted, the resolution felt a little bittersweet, but… right. [Read more…]

Review: Wings of Hope by Pippa DaCosta

wings of hopeReviewed by Jen

This prequel novella was released after the Veil series was already in progress, so I waited to read it just in case it would affect how I viewed the characters or the storylines.  It would have been ok for me to start here, but it is more powerful as a flashback.

We learn early on book 1 that our heroine Muse has a tortured history from which she escaped. This is the story of how she makes that getaway. It shows us her meeting with Akil, the demon who changed her life… who taught her she had worth and how to fight. What’s interesting about this story is the perspective it gave me on Muse’s unusual relationship with the Demon of Greed. Part of me wondered how she could have such a draw to him –how she could have stayed with him for so many years. This story makes it easy to understand. [Read more…]