Review: The Sweetest Burn by Jeaniene Frost

Reviewed by Jen

I read the first book in this series, but when I picked up this second installment in the Broken Destiny trilogy, I could not remember a single thing that happened. That’s what happens when a publisher takes a three years pause between books. Even as I continued to read here, very few of the details came back to me. The good news is, Jeanine Frost does such a great job of filling in the blanks, even a brand new reader could jump into this book and understand what’s going on.

The biggest things you need to know are as follows: Ivy and Adrian are destined for tragedy. She is the last Davidian. He’s the last in their long line of betrayers. And betray her he did in book 1. Now he wants to make amends. The two of them are in love, but Ivy doesn’t trust him not to fulfill his destiny again. Meanwhile, Adrian will do anything to win her back. [Read more…]

Carrie’s Most Anticipated Books of 2015

I know I’m going to miss a bunch after I send this list to post, but these are just a few of the books that have me biting my nails until they release.   I ordered them by release date to let you manage your excitement.

Tell me in the comments what you can’t wait for! [Read more…]

Jen’s Favorite Books of 2015

It’s hard to believe we’re leaving another great year of reading behind us. In 2015, I found it more difficult to find books that suit my taste. I don’t care to read about billionaire bachelors, rock stars, step-brothers, biker gangs, or BDSM. Take a minute and think about how many titles fell into those categories last year.  I did a lot of backlist reading to fill in the gaps.

There were some really good new releases that I did enjoy; they were just more scarce. Here’s a look at some of the 2015 releases that really satisfied. [Read more…]

Review: Bound By Flames by Jeaniene Frost

bound by flamesReviewed by Jen

Ah Jeaniene Frost, it’s been so long since I have read one these books that I almost forgot what I was missing! This third Night Prince book is every bit as good as the first two. It’s got amazing angst and action and romance… and gets darker than any book I’ve read from this author. Yes, I remember that time Bones died and I sobbed like a baby; but this is heartbreaking in a different way and it took me to places I didn’t expect Frost to go. [Read more…]

Joint Review: The Beautiful Ashes by Jeaniene Frost

beautiful ashesReviewed by Jen & Carrie

Jen: I went into this book with kind of low expectations after some of my fellow blogger buddies told me they were disappointed.  Despite that, or maybe thanks in part to that, I ended up pleasantly surprised to find that I enjoyed it.  True, I had some issues which I will detail in a moment. But overall, I found it engaging and entertaining and I will keep reading when the second book comes out.

Carrie: I tried very hard to not read any reviews before starting the book but general rumbles on social media told me reactions were very divided. Honestly, I kept an open mind and reminded myself that this would not be like any other of her books. [Read more…]

Review: Up From the Grave by Jeaniene Frost

up from the graveReviewed by Jen

I can’t imagine that any fan of the Night Huntress series is going to be disappointed by this series finale.  Up From the Grave is jam-packed with everything fans could want from a farewell.  All the main characters are back and have a hand in the story.  All the loose ends are tied up.  It’s a fast-paced, action packed story with at least one shocking twist.  The love between Cat and Bones is deep and abiding.  And the ending provides the kind of happily ever after that wraps up everything in a nice shiny bow. [Read more…]

Review: Home for the Holidays by Jeaniene Frost

home for the holidaysReviewed by Jen

This is the novella is part of the reason the Night Huntress series is ending with seven books instead of nine.  Jeaniene Frost says this story was supposed to be the plot of a full length book, and I believe it. This didn’t feel like a novella.  It had a solid storyline and was definitely more than the standard vignette we get usually get from a series-short inside an anthology. [Read more…]

Review: Twice Tempted

Reviewed by Jen

As much as I enjoyed Once Burned, I really think this sequel delivers just as much! It’s sexy; it’s heartfelt; and it’s got just enough intrigue and action to keep me glued to the page, without ever detracting from the romance.

I hate to say it, but as the story began, I wasn’t really happy with Vlad. If you’ll recall, he is determined that love will never play a part in his life again. This is a real problem, since Leila is head over heels for him.  The great thing about her, though, is that she refuses to settle for anything less than his heart.  And while it shreds her to do it, she walks away from the only man she’s ever loved.  And he lets her go.

Of course, they don’t stay apart.  Someone targets Leila and that brings her back into Vlad’s life faster than you blink.  But who is out to kill her and why?  Where does the sexy and eager Maximus fall into her life?  Can she ever break Vlad’s cool exterior and find his feelings underneath?  Can the sex surpass the infamous chapter 32?

I won’t spoil the answers… OK… I’ll answer that last one with a resounding yes.  The sex was molten hot here.  Scorching.  Wow.  Thank you, Jeaniene Frost.

I’ve loved Vlad since he first entered the Cat and Bones world and he grows so much in this book. I never thought I could love him more, but now I do. He is violent and tyrannical and controlling; but once we end up exposed to the emotions he works so hard to tamp down, we also see the fierce love and loyalty in him.  Meanwhile, I respected the heck out of Leila for not settling.  She manages to hold on to her backbone without being bitchy or diminishing her love for Vlad.  And Frost does a great job showing us that it’s the real man she loves, not an idealized version of him.  Sometimes it’s messy; sometimes it’s hard; but it’s real.  And I totally believed it.

Really good.

Rating: A-

*ARC Provided by Avon

Click to purchase: Amazon
Twice Tempted
by Jeaniene Frost
Release Date: March 26, 2013
Publisher: Avon

Favorites From… Jeaniene Frost

Jeaniene Frost

First, thanks to Jen at Red Hot Books for having me on the site! I was a reader long before I became a writer, so it’s great to talk about authors I love. First, a disclaimer: There’s no way I can mention every author I enjoy because that would take too long. For a more complete list, you can go here and that still won’t cover everyone. Disclaimer aside, here are the top five authors that make me drop everything when they have a new release:

Melissa Marr. Whether it’s sinister-yet-sensual faeries (Wicked Lovely); the Hungry Dead (Graveminder); witches, shifters, and daemons in a mesmerizing carnival (Carnival of Souls), or an otherworld that gives Cowboys and Aliens a run for its money (not-yet-released The Arrivals), I am hooked on Melissa’s stories. She blends richly-layered world building with characters so vibrant it’s not unusual for me to dream about them.

Ilona Andrews. Another author who matches awesome world building with addictive characters. If you’re a series junkie like me, I can’t recommend the Kate Daniels books highly enough. If you like your stories in one-and-done form, then check out Gunmetal Magic, a stand-alone spinoff set in the Kate Daniels world, or any novel in Ilona’s “The Edge” series. Don’t blame me when you miss out on sleep, though. Her books don’t like to be put down.

Kresley Cole. Her Immortals After Dark series is my literary crack. Each book is filled sexiness, humor, and enough emotional drama to make me tear up at times. These books are firmly on my Keeper shelf for whenever I wanted a guaranteed great read, or a great re-read.

Charlaine Harris. She’s the woman who brought us Sookie, Eric, Bill, and Alcide. Need I say more? Okay, I will: The Southern Vampire Mysteries manages to blend quirkiness with horror, humor with sensuality, and the supernatural with the mundane so smoothly that one might be tempted to believe Bon Temps actually exists. Also, Charlaine is so warm and gracious that someone ought to tell her she’s a rock star because clearly she’s unaware of that.

Nalini Singh. Her Guild Hunter series is pure magic. I love the blend of angels, vampires, and natural-born hunters. Elena and Raphael burn up the pages, as do Dmitri and Honor, and in case Nalini didn’t hear me the first time I said it…can we get a Bluebell book? PLEASE?! *wink*

Thank you to Jeaniene Frost for sharing these recommendations! I asked Jeaniene to be a part of this feature because her Night Huntress books were among my very first UF/ PNR reads and I still love re-reading them.  The series follows the lives and romance of half-blood vampire Cat and her uber-sexy partner Bones.  Jeaniene has also written spinoff books featuring side characters in the series (which I also love.)  If you haven’t read this series yet, start with Halfway to the Grave.  It won’t let you down. 

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"OMG, It’s Kelly Meding" & other AAD stories

Yesterday, I talked a little about the larger than life authors I fell head-over-heels with at AAD last week. But love comes in many forms. I met many charming, sweet, and (even shy) authors, who didn’t have to get big laughs to be memorable.

Let me tell you a little story about Kelly Meding. If you’re not familiar with her, she’s an Urban Fantasy author who writes the Dreg City books and the MetaWars series. Anyway, I was trying to find Dakota Cassidy’s table to stalk her at lunch Saturday, when I passed Kelly sitting quietly at her table. I enjoy her books, so I decided to sit with her instead. Joining us at our table were several other readers and authors, including Andrew Grey, who writes m/m. We talked and ate some surprisingly good mystery-meat (I still don’t know what the hell that was.)

Back when Kelly didn’t run from me

 

I recounted the story of running into Jeaniene Frost at the coffee shop and how proud I was that I didn’t pounce on the poor woman as she tried to buy her fruit salad. Andrew told me that most authors don’t mind being approached if the reader is respectful. He then went on to tell me about his worst fan experience, where two girls trapped him in an elevator during a con, jumping up and down, screaming “Oh my God, you’re Andrew Grey.” That’s when Kelly somberly said, “I wish someone would jump up and down for me.”

This was before I screamed her name.

 

I’ll bet you can guess what happened next. The entire table started jumping up and down in our seats, screaming, “Oh my God, it’s Kelly Meding.” I also did it at the book signing. In the lobby outside of the bar. And I told friends to do it randomly throughout the day. I never knew anyone could turn that particular shade of burgundy. Suffice it to say, Kelly is a blusher…. And she probably hates me now.

Jess, Allison, & PJ

 

For Thursday’s lunch, I sat next to Allison Pang. She teased me by showing me the eARC of Trace of Moonlight on her i-thingie.  (I’m still waiting for that .pdf, Allison!!)

The nicest, most personable author I met was probably Cynthia Eden. She and Katie Reus just came up and started talking to me in the lobby.  Later, Cynthia and I went on an expedition trying to find a poorly labeled meeting room.  She was just so genuine and sweet. (And super pretty.)

I spent some time chatting with the awesome Carolyn Crane, who was very down to Earth… and Amanda Carlson –who I always seemed to find in the hotel bar or on the way to it.

Me with Amanda Carlson

OOOoooh. I met Sylvia Day, who says she is still writing her next Crossfire book and even planned on working on it in her room.  And Jeaniene Frost, who was just as nice as could be. She even talked about a 10 inch cock in her UF panel. (That’s my kind of girl!)

There were more. Authors were everywhere.  I was drunk on them (or maybe I was drunk on those free vodka/ cranberries from Mel’s open bar.)  But you get the idea.  What blew me away is that some of them actually knew who I was.  That was a really strange feeling.  Cool, but strange.

More NOLA happenings, including my fun times with fellow bloggers, still to come…