Review: The Chosen by JR Ward

Reviewed by Jen

I know a lot of BDB fans were not excited for this book. JR Ward alienated so many people (myself included) with the ending of The Shadows, and frankly, a lot of people hate Layla. I hated Layla for a long time, so I get that. But I actually was looking forward to this book because I love a tortured hero and I’m all about forbidden romance. I’ve kinda been burning for this pairing for years.

There were things I liked in this story, but a great deal that I didn’t. I’m going to talk about the plot some, so if you haven’t read the book and you want to stay entirely spoiler free, consider yourself warned. My main problem with this book was that Ward set up the conflict with the utter annihilation of Qhuinn’s character. I’m not saying “Qhuinn makes bad choices.” I’m saying, I hated Qhuinn. I wanted to set Qhuinn on fire. Qhuinn was unrecognizable from the character we’ve known in all the books leading up to this one. That is not ok. He’s not just an ass. He is cruel, violent, and vindictive. He is beyond horrible to Layla, and frankly, speaks to Blay in a way that is completely at odds with the devoted mate he has always been up until now. Ward turned this character into something else to force the story where she wanted it to go and I am not down with that. [Read more…]

Review: Alpha’s Challenge by Lauren Dane

Reviewed by Jen

I had high hopes for this book. Alpha shifter romances can be super-sexy. And in this case, it also seemed like it might be a forbidden love kind of deal because the Alpha in question, Cade, is falling for the sister of his greatest enemy. He’s a guy who has always put his pack first and now finally has something for himself in Grace, the selfless doctor who is willing to put herself on the line to go against her family and do the right thing. [Read more…]

Review: Releasing the Demons by LD Rose

Reviewed by Jen

I haven’t read a good PNR book from a new author in a long time. So many of them barely scratch the surface of any kind of emotion. They are rarely very dark. It’s usually some kind of Insta love-at-first sight/ mate bond/ fated whatever. But I am excited to say that not only did I find this book good, I found it very good. And it was super dark. The hero was super tortured. And I enjoyed it from start to finish.

This book got me hooked from the very first page with an extremely compelling first chapter. Now if you are put off by torture, this may not be right for you. But it is necessary to the story because it is the fodder that drives our hero’s story. Blaze is a human-vampire hybrid. He endured seven months of abject horror at the hands of a powerful vamp. It’s been years, but it still haunts him. Now he works with his band of brothers, the Order of the Senary, to put down as many vampires as possible and to use their special hybrid gifts to keep humanity safe. [Read more…]

Review: Frostbitten by Charlotte Stein

Reviewed by Shelly

Both the author and publisher are new to me. I’ve not read a vampire themed story in many a moon and the blurb sounded promising. I mean who doesn’t like a shy heroine, compelling hero and oh my goodness another hero who’s brooding? This sounds like a recipe for success.

I don’t know if this is the typical style of writing for this author but I’m not a fan of it. This is a short story (110 pages if you’ve got the Kindle copy) so I expected things to start happening pretty quickly. No biggie. The first 80% of the story, it’s all about Cora and the way she perceives the situation she’s in. The dialogue is minimal – I’m talking maybe, if I’m lucky, there’s a line of dialogue in a chapter until that last 20%. [Read more…]

Review: Blood Vow by JR Ward

Reviewed by Jen

As much as I have loved JR Ward in the past, her recent books have been kind of hit and miss for me. While this one has gotten some mixed reviews, I actually really enjoyed it. These Black Dagger Legacy books have the feel of old school BDB, and those were the ones that I love most.

This book has two different main storylines happening at once. One follows Rhage and Mary as they settle into parenthood with Bitty, all the while knowing that she’s not quite theirs yet. The other is the romance between Axe, one of the recruits, and Peyton’s cousin Elise. [Read more…]

Review: Moonshadow by Thea Harrison

Reviewed by Jen

Every so often I am reminded how much I truly enjoy Thea Harrison. I have not loved every single one of the Elder Races books equally, but I absolutely adored this one. This is actually something of a spin off, set in the world of Elder Races but outside of the ongoing story line. So if you’ve never tried those books, this is a fantastic place to jump in.

The heroine is an American police consultant recovering from a shooting. Her entire future opens up when she learns she may be heir to a mysterious castle. All she has to do is figure out a way in. So Sophie travels across the pond, hoping to unlock the mystery and change her life. [Read more…]

Review: Eternal Hunger by Ainsley Evans

eternal-hungerReviewed by Ronelle

Malcolm MacRoyce has lived a long, long time. Longer than any man should. And he’s passed the centuries as a bitter, lonely creature of the night bent on vengeance. The year is now 1860 and Malcolm finds himself in London on the night of the Masked Ball, feeding on the sick and hunting a killer.

Emily Adams is a dead woman walking. In spite of that, she’s determined to accomplish two things before she dies, to visit her mother’s grave in Florence and to be kissed by a man. The night of the Masked Ball seems the perfect opportunity to accomplish the latter while pretending she is someone she can never be. [Read more…]

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…]