Review: Graced by Amanda Pillar

gracedReviewed by Jen

I’ll give credit to Amanda Pillar. I’ve read a lot of PNR books and this definitely has its own feel. Maybe it’s not exactly PNR, but I wouldn’t call it Urban Fantasy either. It’s set thousands of years in the future in a world that humans share with Gifted, weres, and vampires. The Gifted are special humans (like our heroine’s family) who have gifts like telekinesis, telepathy, or empathy, and they are marked by the color of their eyes.

Elle is not exactly Gifted herself, but she is a little more than human. She works in law enforcement. She is a disappointment to her highly gifted grandmother. And the most important thing in the world to her is protecting her young teal-eyed sister from the notice of the vampires. You see, vamps like to collect interesting humans and there is very to stop them. [Read more…]

Review: Princess of Thorns by Stacey Jay

princess-of-thornsReviewed by Shelly

I don’t like it when a blurb compares its story to another (my expectations will be set) and I’m glad I didn’t read the blurb for this before I dug in. The cover is what drew me in. I’ve been around the bend listening to audiobooks and a friend told me that a good genre for listening is PNR. So here I go.

The first chapter drew me in. It’s from Aurora’s 7-year-old point of view. She, her mother, and brother have been slated for death by the evil ruler. Her father’s already dead so they’re without his support. Aurora’s mother knows of a way to help save her children and she doesn’t hesitate. She gifts her daughter with her fae powers; this gift is by no means without consequences and Aurora’s mother gives the ultimate sacrifice. Even at 7, Aurora feels different after her endowment. There’s a different energy about her and with fervent determination, Aurora is fixed on vengeance for her mother and to regain the kingdom of her father. [Read more…]

Review: Archangel’s Heart by Nalini Singh

archangels-heartReviewed by Jen

I’m surprised at how much complaining I’ve seen in reviews for this book simply because it’s not about Bluebell and Aodhan. Heck yeah, I want to see that too, but I love Elena and Raphael too. I really enjoyed this book for a lot of reasons. But for the B/A shippers, this book is necessary. It focuses a lot on Aodhan. We get to know him more than we have in all the other books combined. I’m glad Nalini Singh took the time to build up his character here. It will make his book all that much sweeter when it finally gets here. [Read more…]

Review: Desire in Tartan by Suz de Mello

desire-in-tartanReviewed by Ronelle

Dugald Kilburn is sure that he’ll never find love after losing his wife and unborn child. It’s rare for vampires and their mates to successfully reproduce, so what happened to Elsbeth shouldn’t have been a surprise.

Alice Derwent is alone in the world and facing uncertain prospects… until she meets Dugald. She is hired on the spot as a governess for his laird’s children and is swept off towards a future in the Scottish Highlands. A good enough life for an English lady with no family, and the fact that she is instantly attracted to Dugald doesn’t hurt, either.

Both must make choices that will affect their futures. Will they survive it? [Read more…]

Review: Truthsight by Miriam Greystone

truthsightReviewed by Ronelle

ER doctor by day, paranormal clinician by night, Amy devotes her time and attention to tending the sick and patching up the wounded. For years, she’s been safe, unnoticed, hidden, but when she is called upon to attend a centaur birth, she finds that her magic is all that can save mother and child. But using it will cost her everything.

Within days of tapping into the Source, mages that she once called friends have taken her prisoner with plans to brutally execute her for past crimes. Before the sentence can be carried out, Amy is ‘rescued’ by the mysterious Rowan, who transports her to his ailing father in the Yukon. Amy saves the old king, but not in the fashion his sons had hoped and the result will change all of their lives forever. And now that she and Rowan are both facing their own kind of death sentence, they must work together to save not only themselves, but also Amy’s former patients and friends. [Read more…]

Review: Sweet Dreams by Dana Marie Bell

sweet-dreamsReviewed by Shelly

It’s been many a moon since I read the 1st story in Bell’s ‘Halle Pumas’ series and I’ve had this book 2 in my stash for goodness knows how long. This picks up directly after book 1 ends – at the masquerade ball/dance. This read quite well as a standalone. I won’t worry about being able to follow if you’ve not read book 1. If I can keep up, trust me you can too.

After Emma’s BFF Becky’s attack from that crazy Livia, beta Simon is the one to come to her rescue. This is a pretty short story, so I can’t tell too much or I’ll ruin it for you. [Read more…]

Review: Race the Darkness by Abbie Roads

race-the-darknessReviewed by Jen

The blurb for this book sounded right up my alley. I am all about a tortured hero. Here, Xander is both physically scarred and mentally ravaged by his ability to hear the thoughts of other people. Making matters worse, he is haunted by the voice of a woman begging him to save her. Our heroine, Isleen, has been held captive for years and found some of her only comfort in her dreams of Xander. The story essentially begins with him saving her and moves forward from there.

It sounds amazing, right? And it has tons of glowing reviews on Goodreads. But it did not work, at least for me, for a number of reasons. [Read more…]

Review: A Fall of Water by Elizabeth Hunter

fall-of-waterReviewed by Jen

I have really enjoyed the Elemental Mysteries series –and this final installment completely satisfied. I’ve read some reviews that liken these books to a more grown-up Twilight, and in some intangible way, I can see the comparison. There is something about the tone… the need these two characters have for each other that’s similar. How this immortal man’s life changes utterly in loving this human woman and how she becomes even greater as she joins his world. There are other parallels, too, with vampire families and dangerous, political ancients. But this is very much its own story. And Beatrice is such a force as a heroine, no one could ever mistake her for an awkward teenager. [Read more…]

Review: Her Demigod Complex by Abigail Owen

her-demigod-complexReviewed by Ronelle

When Legendary Consultants assigned Lyleia Naiad (yes, she is what her surname implies) to work as an Executive Assistant for a billionaire businessman, she was given one directive – don’t fall in love with her boss. Evidently, that’s been an issue with his previous assistants, both male and female. It shouldn’t be a problem for Leia, though; as an ex-nymph, she has the unique ability to resist even god-level charm.

At least, until she met Castor Dioskouri. [Read more…]

Review: The Force of Wind by Elizabeth Hunter

force-of-windReviewed by Jen

I have to say this is the strongest book in the Elemental Mysteries book so far. So much happens here. So much that we have been building toward! This feels like the culmination of a giant build that basically explodes off the page. That being said, don’t jump in the series with this installment. You definitely want to start at the beginning. [Read more…]