Review: Riveted by Meljean Brook

Reviewed by Jen

Another winner from Meljean Brook. If you haven’t read any of her Iron Seas books, this is a great place to jump in, since it works as a complete standalone. Of course, it shares the world of the books before it, but Brook lays it out simply and effectively enough that you won’t feel lost at all.

Our heroine, Annika, grew up in a secret Iceland village that consisted entirely of women. She never would have left if her sister Kalla had not taken an exile meant for her. She’s been searching for Kalla for the past five years, working aboard an airship to gain access to foreign shores. The plan is to find her sister, then head straight back home. She never dreams she will come across anyone or anything that could make her want anything else. Then she meets David. [Read more…]

Review: Wrecked by Meljean Brook

wreckedReviewed by Jen

If you want to dip your toes into the world of the Iron Seas, but you’re not ready to commit to a full length novel, this might be a good chance to get your feet wet.  You won’t get the depth and full experience of the novels, but it is enough to give you a feel for the setting and tone. This story is a complete standalone and can be read at any point in the series. [Read more…]

Review: Tethered by Meljean Brook

tetheredReviewed by Jen

I have to admit, I always pause before spending three bucks on a novella. Will it be worth it?  Is the publisher just trying to milk my love for an established series with a little puff of nothing set in a world I’m committed to?  And despite my love for Meljean Brook, I wondered the same thing here. Thankfully, I can assure you that “Tethered” was worth every penny and then some. [Read more…]

Review: Heart of Steel by Meljean Brook

heart of steelReviewed by Jen

Book after book, Meljean Brook constantly impresses me.  She is so insanely creative and talented. Her world-building is complex and fascinating.  But even better, she creates characters that are so well drawn, I feel like I know them. I care about them.  And one of the things I love most is that they are all so different from one another. She never takes the easy way out or uses an archetype to scrimp on character development; each character is unique with individual strengths, foils and idiosyncrasies, allowing me to see them as real people with emotions that matter –and make sense. [Read more…]

Review: The Kraken King by Meljean Brook

kraken kingReviewed by Jen

Maybe you aren’t familiar with steampunk. Maybe you don’t love it. Maybe you haven’t read the earlier installments in the Iron Seas series.  Maybe you’ve never even heard of Meljean Brook.  It. Does. Not. Matter.  You need to buy this book now and read it.  You need to get swept up in the adventure. You need to swoon over the romance.  And then you can join the rest of us who can do nothing but gush over just how wonderful this story is. [Read more…]

Review: The Iron Duke

iron dukeReviewed by Jen

This is another series pushed heavily to me by a few of my book friends.  I was a little hesitant to pick it up, because I have been hit and miss with steampunk and I didn’t know whether it would be a good fit.   My main fear was that it would be “too steampunk.” Let’s face it, there are varying degrees… from stories with an airship or wind-up sprinkled in… to others with giant manned-robots, goggle-attire, and elixirs.  In case you’re wondering, on a scale from one to 10, this series is about an 11 on the steampunk scale. But the more I read, the deeper I fell into the world. [Read more…]

Review: Entwined

entwinedReviewed by Jen

Anyone in the mood for a virgin blacksmith hero? Do I really need to ask??

Kristen Callihan delivers again with this novella installment in her Darkest London series.  If you don’t already read her books, don’t worry.  This works 100% as a standalone.  (But the series is so great, I tell you without reservation… go read it now.)  This story only ties with the other books by the slenderest of threads. [Read more…]

Review: Darke London

Reviewed by Jen

Julian Darke was abandoned as a baby on the doorstep of a kind doctor. He grew up with love and care, but has been plagued by questions about his true parentage.  He has a clue that he could be related to Sir Thaddeus Ormond, but the man keeps slamming the door in his face. He’s in pursuit of Ormond when he sees a woman thrown from the man’s carriage and snatched away in the night.  He is horrified to see her attacker slash up her face –and nearly kill her– before Julian interferes and saves her life.

Nellie only wanted a new life when she left her drug addicted father behind.  She has that now, but it’s nothing like she imagined.  [Read more…]

Review: Hunter’s Prey

Reviewed by Jen

 

The more I read from the Bloodhounds series, the more I enjoy them.  They’re this gritty blend of shapeshifter, old west, steampunk, and holy hot sex –and I am already jonesing for the next one.

This story features Hunter, the man turned into a Bloodhound against his will and kept caged and tortured by the vampires in Wilder’s Mate.  He is trying to aclimate himself to his new life, but he is having a hard time reconciling the man that he once was, to the beast that is now inside him.  He is living with Wilder, Satira, Nate, and Ophelia –and he is coming on his first new moon where he is not locked behind bars.

It’s Ophelia who he wants to slake his lust upon during those three days of burning need, but he fights it. He is afraid he’ll hurt her. But when the time comes, his beast will accept no other.

Thankfully, Hunter’s feelings are not one sided.  Ophelia wants him too and only fears that the man in him doesn’t want her as much as the Bloodhound does.  The story follows their path to mating, as Archer and Wilder search out a new vampire threat.  Oh –and some guys from the Guild come sniffing around to check out Hunter and Nate.

It absolutely must be said that the sex in these books hits all of my happy buttons.  It’s just the right blend of dirty and needy and passionate without crossing the line into eye-rolling.  The sexual element of Hunter and Ophelia’s relationship is awesome, but I also really liked their tentative romance as well.  They both have issues that make them fear rejection from the other, but I love that it’s handled honestly between them.

There is action and violence and an interesting plot to go along with the loving too.  There is also a wealth of fleshed out secondary characters which give depth to the world and plant the seeds for future stories. It’s just cool all over.  You should definitely check this series out.

Rating: B+

*Book provided by authors for review

Click to purchase: Amazon
Hunter’s Prey
by Moira Rogers
Release Date: March 6, 2012
Publisher: Samhain

Review: Merrick’s Destiny

Reviewed by Jen

 

When you’re working with half as many pages, you can’t give the reader everything you would give them in a longer story.  Fortunately, Moira Rogers doesn’t scrimp on the good stuff.

This novella doesn’t have the same kind of story arc and action featured in Wilder’s Mate, but it had plenty of heat.  Our hero, Merrick, is a Bloodhound who wakes from an aircraft accident with holes in his memories and a new mate at his side.  Paralee was the only other survivor in the crash and she has no idea how Merrick feels about her.

The two of them are in hostile vampire territory and must find their way to safety. And wouldn’t you know it? They must also face the new moon –and the unbridled sexual hunger that brings out in Merrick.  Of course, Merrick’s attraction to Paralee isn’t one sided, so these two are on each other like white on rice.

The sex is as scorching hot as I have come to expect from this series.  Merrick is gruff and tough, but he treats Paralee with equal parts raging lust and gentle tenderness.  It’s such an attractive combination! I only had one little beef.  I get that the mating thing kind of blind-sides the Bloodhounds. It can happen in an instant. But I thought Paralee’s, er,  enthusiasm and commitment happened really fast. After all, she is a regular human. It was just one of those things you have to take in stride, I guess.

Really, the whole story was about these few days they spent together. I did miss the external plot a little, but the heat factor helped me get over it.

Rating: B-

*Book provided by author for review

Click to purchase: All Romance
Merrick’s Destiny
by Moira Rogers
Release Date: February 12, 2012
Publisher: ARe