Review: Shine by Dannika Dark

Reviewed by Jen

I know all good things must come to an end, and despite the fact I am a little sad to say goodbye to these characters, Dannika Dark did a good job wrapping up their story.

This final book in the Mageri series wraps up almost all of the loose ends building over the course of the previous installments. And many of them tie together quite seamlessly. And the ax hanging over Logan‘s head about Terek’s death finally falls. Of course it had to. And it is all the more stirring, since Silver has accepted him as her mate. We learn what made Paige separate from Justus. And that one was kind of easy to figure out, but I enjoyed how it progressed anyway. Same thing with Adam’s mysterious blonde songbird we met in the last book. I’m glad the author did not rush this relationship the way some of the others were done, but it is obvious that these two are destined for an HEA. Her identity did not come as a great surprise, but I did appreciate the symmetry of it all. [Read more…]

Review: Venom in the Veins by Jennifer Estep

Reviewed by Jen

Sliding in to an Elemental Assassin book for me is like donning a comfortable old sweater at the beginning of fall. It’s pleasant and familiar. Not really flashy or new, but that’s not why I pick it up. I know what to expect and I like it.

As this installment begins, Gin still searching for answers about the mysterious Circle. But more pressing right now is the fact that someone seems to be targeting Finn’s boss at the bank, Moseley. He is attacked early in the book and Gin is convinced it has something to do with the bigger picture. She goes on high alert, determined to protect him as he puts on a high profile auction of Mab Munro‘s personal effects.

As in several recent books, the current happenings end up tying in to old memories of Gin’s and they manifest in dreams. That, along with one of Fletcher’s old files tip her off that it all has something to do with a vampire she killed many years ago. The story follows her as she unravels those connections and works to keep Mosley safe. [Read more…]

Review: Gravity by Dannika Dark

Reviewed by Jen

This book was… difficult to read. Generally speaking, I love angst in a romance. But I Hate the Big Secret trope. Granted, this is not a straight up romance. This is urban fantasy with romantic elements. But if we are being real, the big crux of this installment surrounds the relationship between Silver and Logan. And thanks to Tarek, Logan’s nemesis among the Chitah, things are not looking good for this couple.

I’ve said before how much I adore Logan and what a great pairing he and Silver make. But, in most books, when things look awesome, you know a giant bomb is about to drop. That bomb drops here. Basically, Tarek moves into a position of power among his people and he uses that as leverage to blackmail Silver. He can kill everyone she’s ever loved, essentially with impunity. So she must throw over Logan or watch him die along with everyone else who matters to her. [Read more…]

Review: The Unlikeable Demon Hunter by Deborah Wilde

Reviewed by Elise

This one popped up on my recommendations through Audible. I was all out of good audiobooks so I figured, why not? I’m glad I took a chance because it was an unexpected diamond in the rough. Nava Katz is a 20 year old with no clear direction in life. Except for sex. She has a voracious appetite for sex, having fun, and generally floating through life. Her twin brother, Ari, on the other hand is diligent and studious. Ari has been working his whole life towards being inducted into the Brotherhood of David, the preordained ‘chosen ones’. Those who fight demons and keep humans safe.

The book starts with Nava coming home from a big night out, seeking a hangover cure, and imbibing in the ceremonial wine that was to be included in the ceremony inducting Ari into the brotherhood. Everyone is shocked when Nava develops the power that was meant for Ari. This first installment of the series follows Nava as she becomes the lone woman to enter the brotherhood. [Read more…]

Review: Impulse by Dannika Dark

Reviewed by Jen

Dannika Dark continues to enthrall me with this third book in her Mageri series. This installment dips a little more into the romance than the first two did. Maybe because Silver is finally getting a chance to explore a real relationship with just one man. Let me just say again how much I adore Logan and the dynamic between these two. It is really the heart of this book, even though there is some action on the side.

Logan is slowly and methodically courting Silver now in the ways of his people. They do not take physical intimacy lightly. It is a commitment. He wants Silver for a lifetime. Meanwhile, though, the yearly gathering is about to take place. For the Chitah, it is an opportunity to look for a soulmate and Silver worries that she is keeping Logan from his destiny. [Read more…]

Review: Archangel’s Prophecy by Nalini Singh

Reviewed by Jen

Ho-lee cow. This book takes the Guild Hunter series in a bold new direction. Everything up until this point has been about building up Elena, Raphael, and their band of allies. Building their relationships… their power. But in this book, Elena is no longer becoming stronger. She is growing weaker, and it’s threatening to upend everything she’s worked for. Every day, she is regressing further and further into her humanity and Raphael grows in danger of losing what little humanity he’s gained through her love.

The Cascade is showing no signs of abating. This is the same cosmic event that has gifted Raphael with angelfire and filled him with new power. The same event that brought forth the Legion. The one that is threatening to turn Bluebell into an archangel before his time. Now it seems to have awoken the consciousness of an ancient who has been long asleep. She becomes a harbinger of the death looming over Elena’s shoulder. And our favorite hunter-born angel wants nothing to do with her prophecies. The only thing she is interested in –is protecting her family. [Read more…]

Review: Twist by Dannika Dark

Reviewed by Jen

OK. I am hooked. After this second installment in the Mageri series, I understand what all the fuss is about with this author. I read the whole thing in one sitting.

Confession number two: I was totally skeptical when I read the blurb and saw that there was yet another man coming into the heroine’s life. If you read my review on the first book, you would know there were already three guys who had the potential to be her love interest. And now, I am rooting for none of them. Because I have a new character named Logan Cross to ship.

As the story begins, Silver (Who I still think of as Zoe) is still training to understand what it means to be a mage. Justus is a good teacher, but he is very old-school and he keeps her pretty cloistered. She misses her best friend, though, and reaches out to Sunny behind his back. (Yay for the return of this character and cameo appearance by the cat. Their introduction, and later absence, in the first book kind of irritated me.) [Read more…]

Review: Full Moon Rising by Keri Arthur

Reviewed by Elise

Full Moon Rising is the first in the Riley Jensen series by author Keri Arthur. Keri comes from my neck of the woods, good ol’ Down Under. She is Melbourne based and I’m a bit higher up the coast where the weather is a bit more stable. It’s nice to read a story from an Australian author, more about that later.

The book tells the story of Riley Jensen. Riley is a half werewolf, half vampire crossbreed working for the Guardians in a not too distant future Melbourne. She is a liaison and happy with her job.

The story starts simply. Riley’s guardian brother goes missing. Riley sets out to find him, only to uncover genetic experimentation, betrayal and, like every good urban fantasy novel, a little steamy action. [Read more…]

Review: Old Dog, New Tricks by Hailey Edwards

Reviewed by Jen

I’ve been sitting here for a long time, trying to figure out exactly what it was about this book that left me a little lukewarm. It’s not the main character, because I really like Thierry. It’s definitely not her dad, because I find Mac fascinating and the relationship growing between him and his daughter is really something special. It’s not the world-building, because that was expertly done. And it wasn’t the ending, because it wraps up the series arc quite nicely.

So what is it? Two things, I think. One, the romance in this series has never quite connected for me. Yes, I get that Thierry has made her decision, and as of the end of book three, she’d committed entirely to Shaw. It’s not so much that I think Rook was a better choice for her, though a couple of books back, it seemed like he might have been. Maybe it’s because I never saw them fall in love. Maybe it’s because he hurt her so deeply. Maybe it’s the age difference. All of these or some combination, no matter how you slice it, I was just not invested, even if I could want Thierry to be with him just to get the HEA she earned. [Read more…]

Review: Breathe Again by Julie Trettel

Reviewed by Debz

I’m always down for a werewolf, shifter, mating book. It’s like a comforting blanket; I know what to expect and it’s very difficult to disappoint me. Thankfully, this did not do that… much.

This iteration is about shifters who have been half mated for more than a decade and now find their love again. In this world, shifters are allowed to marry who they want, or when fate intervenes, mate with their one true mate.

Elizabeth Collier and Cole Anderson know they are true mates and have known for the past decade or so. They are not together, however, because Elizabeth decided to be a martyr and marry another rich shifter in order to align her pack with them and bail her family out of starvation and poverty. She didn’t break if off gently, though, she laughed in Cole’s face and told him that they were never fated and she would not have married him anyway. [Read more…]