In a sizzling new Argeneau novel from New York Times bestselling author Lynsay Sands, an impulsive rescue pairs a sexy immortal with the woman made to be his for eternity.
Abigail Forsythe’s life hasn’t been easy lately. Still, if there’s one thing guaranteed to take her mind off an empty bank account and abandoned dreams, it’s a naked man locked in a plane’s cargo hold. A very big, incredibly gorgeous naked man. And when instinct prompts her to free him, Abigail must rely on this stranger for survival…a stranger who leaves her thrumming with need every time they touch.
Tomasso Notte knows he’s found his life mate in Abigail. Now he just has to hold on to her. They’re miles from civilization, hunted by his kidnappers. Abigail has no idea of Tomasso’s abilities, or of how intensely pleasurable their unique connection can be. But he’s about to show her, beginning with one wild, hot, immortal night…
I'm not sure what better to say in this review other than 24 books in the series and I'm still hooked. Need I really say more? Anything else I can say doesn't even close to the ringing endorsement that does. It truly is an amazing feat to keep a series going that long successfully. In fact I've binge read all 24 books over the past few weeks, so honestly that's even more impressive. As I finished each book, I immediately wanted the next one. Of course this is paranormal romance and all by the same author in the same world, so yes some of the relationship aspects do feel a bit formulaic at times. However, that does not hinder things one little bit. In fact, I quite enjoy Lynsay Sands almost set romance progression, as it leaves much more room for the side angles and plot lines. The romance parts are quite enjoyable, but they are ensured so I feel like they don't weigh things down at all leaving space to focus on what's going on around the couple. I always enjoy the plotlines, and how real the threats feel in this series, and IMMORTAL NIGHTS is no exception.
Tomasso and Abs make a really great pair. He's so brusque and a man of few words, and she's a full blown babbler at times. I found it to be a good balance between the two. There's also a lot of humor in this one, both between Tomasso and Abs, as well as the side characters/surrounding events. This really helped to keep the story light despite some of the threats being darker than some of the previous we've seen. Add that to the electric chemistry between Tomasso and Abs, and it made for a well balanced and a very enjoyable read over all.
If you enjoy paranormal romance and a very long running series that shows no sign of going stale, IMMORTAL NIGHTS is the perfect afternoon read for you. I can't wait to see what happens next!
1. A Quick Bite
2. Love Bites
3. Single White Vampire
4. Tall, Dark, & Hungry
5. A Bite to Remember
6. Bite Me If You Can
7. The Accidental Vampire
8. Vampires Are Forever
9. Vampire, Interrupted
10. The Rouge Hunter
11. The Immortal Hunter
12. The Renegade Hunter
13. Born to Bite
14. Hungry for You
15. The Reluctant Vampire
16. Under a Vampire Moon
17. The Lady is a Vamp
18. Immortal Ever After
19. One Lucky Vampire
20. Vampire Most Wanted
21. The Immortal Who Loved Me
22. About a Vampire
23. Runaway Vampire
From the author of the Baba Yaga novels, a brand new series set in the same “addicting”* world, filled with wild magic, enchanting damsels, and the irresistibly daring men who serve the Baba Yagas...
The Riders are three immortal brothers who protect the mythical Baba Yagas. But their time serving the witches has ended—and their new destinies are just beginning...
Ever since a near-fatal mistake stripped Mikhail Day and his brothers of their calling to be Riders, Day has hidden from his shame and his new, mortal life in a remote cabin in the Adirondack mountains. But when a desperate young woman appears on his doorstep, he cannot resist helping her—and cannot deny how strongly he’s drawn to her...
For generations, women in Jenna Quinlan’s family have been cursed to give up their first born child to the vengeful fairy Zilya. When Jenna finds herself unexpectedly pregnant, she is determined to break her family’s curse and keep her baby, even if it means teaming up with a mysterious and charismatic man with demons of his own...
To unravel the curse, Jenna and Day will have to travel deep into the Otherworld. But the biggest challenge of the journey might not be solving an ancient puzzle but learning to heal their own broken hearts...
I greatly enjoyed Deborah Blake's Baba Yaga series, so when I heard she was writing a spin off series about the Riders I was incredibly excited. After the game changing events from the Baba series, I couldn't wait to see how things turned out for the riders. They were dealt one heck of a massive blow and their lives were turned upside down, so I knew their story would be one heck of a ride. And boy was I right. The riders, or at least or at least Day's story so far more than delivered.
Day is incredibly wounded, damaged, gruff, and more than a little gun shy about women, and yet despite him not wanting too, more than a little of his weakness to damsels in distress has lingered over. It's funny, when Jenna was dropped into his lap, she was the absolute last thing he wanted. And yet, she wound up being exactly what he needed to start to turn the tide for him. Jenna comes with her own issues and baggage, but her determination and fire really drew me to her character and I felt she couldn't be any more perfect for Day. Oh of course, it's not instantly better and their ride and obstacles together are more than a little bumpy, but the journey between the two of them was more than enjoyable.
Perfect for fans of the Baba Yaga series who are looking to see the much loved Riders get their own stories, DANGEROUSLY CHARMING is a great afternoon read, guaranteed to leave a smile on your face.
Mercenary Kate Daniels knows all too well that magic in post-Shift Atlanta is a dangerous business. But nothing she’s faced could have prepared her for this…
Kate and the former Beast Lord Curran Lennart are finally making their relationship official. But there are some steep obstacles standing in the way of their walk to the altar…
Kate’s father, Roland, has kidnapped the demigod Saiman and is slowly bleeding him dry in his never-ending bid for power. A Witch Oracle has predicted that if Kate marries the man she loves, Atlanta will burn and she will lose him forever. And the only person Kate can ask for help is long dead.
The odds are impossible. The future is grim. But Kate Daniels has never been one to play by the rules…
MAGIC BINDS in a word was amazing. Just utterly fantastic. It was everything great about this series wrapped up into an amazing story and plotline and I absolutely loved every minute of this book. In fact I loved it so much, I wanted to start over and read it all again as soon as I finished. Considering I barely restrained from doing so, I definitely see a re-read of this fantastic book sometime in my near future.
Kate really shined in MAGIC BINDS. Previously she always was this perfect icon of virtue. Despite being seemingly bloodthirsty she never let a man behind and never chose the easy or beneficial path. However, this time around we saw a bit of the darker side potential in her, and while she never actually faltered, the struggle made her feel just a bit more real, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Moreso, the dynamic of all the other characters as they adjusted to this new, slightly darker Kate was more than entertaining as well. Curran's responses left me in hysterics at times, as well as the rest of the cast. I won't go further into detail to avoid spoiling things, but let me just say that all of the character dynamics in this one are completely spot on.
Simply put, if you're looking for one heck of a ride that not only keeps you on the edge of your seat the entire book, but will also leave you with a happy contented sigh at the end, MAGIC BINDS is the book for you. A fantastic book, series, characters, and plotline, I loved every minute of this book. Bravo!
As the current queen of the Ashland underworld, you would think that I, Gin Blanco, would know all about some secret society controlling things from behind the scenes. I might be the Spider, the city’s most fearsome assassin, but all my Ice and Stone elemental magic hasn’t done me a lick of good in learning more about “the Circle”. Despite my continued investigations, the trail’s gone as cold as the coming winter.
So when Finnegan Lane, my foster brother, gets word of a surprising inheritance, we figure why not skip town for someplace less dangerous for a few days? That place: Bullet Pointe, a fancy hotel resort complex plus Old West theme park that Finn now owns lock, stock, and barrel. At first, all the struttin’ cowboys and sassy saloon girls are just hokey fun. But add in some shady coincidences and Circle assassins lurking all around, and vacationing becomes wilder—and deadlier—than any of us expected.
Good thing this assassin brought plenty of knives to the gunfight…
Man was this a fun and action packed read. Despite this being the 15th book in the series, there's no signs of things slowing down. In UNRAVELED, Gin like always finds herself in more than a little bit of a pickle and it's so much fun watching her untangle the latest mess. This time around the setting has changed a bit as Gin and co travel outside of Ashland. I found the new setting to be a refreshing change of pace. Despite them knowing they were walking into a trap from the get-go the plot was very gripping from the start. You would think since both I and the characters new danger was coming it wouldn't have quite the same intensity, and yet Jennifer Estep has pulled it off again.
While the action and high stakes of these books are incredible, it's truly the characters and their relationships that steal the show. Gin of course is the all time favorite, but the supporting cast is so fully fleshed out as well that reading these books feels like coming home to friends. In the last books Gin and her foster brother Finn had more than a little shake up, and I particularly enjoyed them slowly starting to find their way back towards repairing their relationship. Throw in the various significant others, vampire assistants, friends, and even a new potential ally and it makes for one heck of a great read getting to see all the various dynamics.
Simply put, I love this series, these fantastic characters, and incredibly high stakes plot. I simply cannot get enough of these books and I truly hope there are many more to come.
Every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born: three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions.
But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. And it’s not just a game of win or lose…it’s life or death. The night the sisters turn sixteen, the battle begins. The last queen standing gets the crown.
If only it was that simple. Katharine is unable to tolerate the weakest poison, and Arsinoe, no matter how hard she tries, can’t make even a weed grow. The two queens have been shamefully faking their powers, taking care to keep each other, the island, and their powerful sister Mirabella none the wiser. But with alliances being formed, betrayals taking shape, and ruthless revenge haunting the queens’ every move, one thing is certain: the last queen standing might not be the strongest…but she may be the darkest.
For such an interesting premise, THREE DARK CROWNS suffers from a lack of strong execution. From the blurb, I was thoroughly hooked, however upon reading, especially at first, I was less than enamored. The book starts off in the middle of things to the point where it's incredibly confusing as to what's going on. I had to go back twice to make sure my kindle didn't accidentally start at a few chapters in. But unfortunately that wasn't the case so I mustered on. I have to admit I almost DNF this book several times. Nothing really happens, nothing is explained, nothing made sense, and frankly not a single one of the characters aside from one side one really caught my attention until pretty far into the book. It's hard to root for someone to win when none of them seem worthy and/or remarkable enough to really get behind them.
With that ringing endorsement, you are probably wondering why I kept reading and didn't give up on the book, and why I wound up rating it a 3 rather than lower. Somehow despite my confusion and lack of attachment to the characters, after the first few chapters I found myself oddly hooked. I just couldn't stop reading. The premise and the world is incredibly fascinating, and while the continually rotating perspectives made it hard to get attached to any one character it was rather addicting much to my surprise. There's just something so dark and twisted about the story, and I especially enjoyed how every path that seemed to light would twist and turn and wind up leading back down a dark path again. Those aspects of the story kept me on my toes and turning the pages. By the end the three sisters all seemed to have found their identities and chutzpah. It should make for one heck of a showdown once things come to a head if the last few chapters of this one are any indication.
Overall I'd say THREE DARK CROWNS is one heck of a "sleeper" hit that sneaks up on you. From starting out so rocky, it rather impressed me at the end. I have very high hopes for this dark and twisted series, and can honestly say I'm dying to get my hands on the next book.
The paranormal war that engulfed New Orleans seven years ago is over. But the battle for the city is just beginning . . .
Claire Connolly is a Sensitive, infected with magic when the Veil that divides humanity from the world beyond fell. Magic can easily consume and destroy a Sensitive, and if Claire’s secret is discovered she’ll be locked into the walled district of Devil’s Isle along with every other Paranormal left in the city.
Bounty hunter Liam Quinn discovered Claire’s secret, but refused to turn her in. Together they saved New Orleans from the resurgence of magic that nearly destroyed it. But now a dangerous cult is on the rise, and it will take both Claire and Liam—and magical allies within Devil’s Isle’s towering walls—to defeat the occult threat before magic corrupts them both...
THE SIGHT is a very impressive read that built a steady pace right from the start, finishing in one heck of a doozy ending. While the romance took up a good deal of the focus this time around, which I'll get into in a moment, the pacing of the actual plot was near perfect. Chloe's post-apocalptic New Orleans is so rich and full of detail, that I felt immersed in the character's struggle right alongside them. This time around centers around a truly nasty foe and a whole lot of paranoia and blind hatred, bringing the prejudices and fight between humans and paranormals to a head. That being said, the events were as far from predictable as you can imagine.
I have to admit the romance in THE SIGHT about gave me a terrible case of axiety as I was reading. It was incredibly stressful as both Liam and Claire acted and made decisions as if the two were a couple, and all the other characters treated them as such as well. And yet, there was still this huge barrier in actual romance. While I understood the things keeping them apart, it really didn't make it any easier. There's so much build up and tension of will they or won't that that I felt a nervous wreck the entire book. And then even when I felt that the tides had finally started to turn I just knew the other shoe would be dropping soon. And boy did it drop. While it's killer on my nerves, I do have to applaud Chloe for pouring so much emotion into the pair to more than keep me on my toes.
Between the twists and turns of this book and the crazy up and down romance, after finishing THE SIGHT I have to admit I'm rather desperate to get my hands on the next book. I have to know what happens next now! If you enjoy Chloe's books, and particularly The Veil, you'll be more than pleased with this latest installment in the Devil's Isle series.
From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Sookie Stackhouse novels—“the Mark Twain of things that live under your bed”*—comes a new novel of Midnight, Texas, the town where some secrets will never see the light of day... At Midnight’s local pawnshop, weapons are flying off the shelves—only to be used in sudden and dramatic suicides right at the main crossroads in town. Who better to figure out why blood is being spilled than the vampire Lemuel, who, while translating mysterious texts, discovers what makes Midnight the town it is. There’s a reason why witches and werewolves, killers and psychics, have been drawn to this place. And now they must come together to stop the bloodshed in the heart of Midnight. For if all hell breaks loose—which just might happen—it will put the secretive town on the map, where no one wants it to be...
Night Shift, third book in Charlaine Harris' Midnight Texas series is an “everybody comes together” sort of story, more so than the other books as the different characters are truly coming into their abilities, or have mostly sorted out who they are.
There is something underneath Midnight’s crossroads. It’s alive, and is compelling people to come to Midnight and then committed suicide at the crossroads. With so many deaths comes attention, the sort of thing that is definitely unwelcome in Midnight, and everyone one of its residents are uneasy. As it happens, everyone in Midnight has secrets, and although only a few of them are human, this is a town that looks after one another.
Lemuel is hard at work translating an ancient text which may have the answers to prevent the coming disaster, but it’s slow work. There are a few new faces in town, something that it’s always viewed with curiosity and a bit of wariness by the residents, and the suicides continue happening.
Fiji too is key to what’s happening, as the thing at the crossroads is speaking to her, and it’s hungry for more death and discord.
The rest of the humans and other creatures living in Midnight are heavily involved in what’s going on, but it’s Fiji in particular whose journey as a witch and a woman is essential to the plot.
Midnight may seem like a sleepy town on the surface, but the truth is that there’s much more beneath the surface, and some things are neither resting easy nor particularly friendly.
The “alpha author of paranormal romance”* presents a stunningly sensual collection of four all-new Psy-Changeling novellas, in which taboos are broken, boundaries are crossed, and instincts prove irresistible...
Echo of SilenceIn a deep-sea station, Tazia Nerif has found her life’s work as an engineer, keeping things running smoothly. But she wants nothing more than to break down the barrier of silence between her and her telekinetic Psy station commander...
DorianA changeling who can never shift lives a life of quiet frustration—until he learns how to let his leopard come out and play...
Partners in PersuasionStill raw from being burned by a dominant female, wolf changeling Felix will never again risk being a plaything. But for dominant leopard Dezi, he’s the most fascinating man she’s ever met. She just has to convince this gun-shy wolf that he can trust the dangerous cat who wants to take a slow, sexy bite out of him…
Flirtation of FateSeven years ago, Kenji broke Garnet’s heart. Now the wolf packmates have to investigate the shocking murder of one of their own. And the more Kenji sees of the woman Garnet has become, the deeper he begins to fall once more. But even his primal instincts are no match for the dark secret he carries...
When it comes to urban fantasy/paranormal romance it simply doesn't get better than Nalini Singh. There's just something magical about her writing and the amazing worlds she creates. And the characters, they're incredibly well fleshed out and fully three-dimensional, from the smallest role to the largest. The Psy-Changling world in particular has one heck of a large cast of characters and not a single one fades to the background. It's incredibly impressive. What's even more impressive is how rich of a story she can tell in just short novella formats, which leads me to this book. WILD EMBRACE both impressed and enthralled me from the very first page. Simply put, if you're a fan of the series you cannot miss this book. It checks in with characters both new and old, ones that have been mentioned but no really focus previously now shine.
Echo of Silence brings us to the illusive but fascinating Stefan that had been mentioned in several books previously. I was really happy to see the story behind his reclusive-ness, and loved every minute of it. It's incredibly sweet and the following tradition/forging new paths aspect were particularly enjoyable. A very heart-warming novella.
I absolutely loved Dorian's story. While it's the shortest novella, it covers the most amount of time, packing in an incredible amount of emotion in such a small package. With him being a non-shifter for so long yet still having his shifter side trapped inside, there was a whole heck of a lot going on with him. While he may have had a full book previously, I felt this novella really brought out his character and I'm so glad I was able to read it.
Partners in Persuasion was simply a lot of fun. It involves a dominant female chasing after a submissive male. There's a whole lot of a cat and mouse going on and nothing goes smoothly at all. I really enjoyed watching this duo learn to make their very, very different natures to find romance.
Finally Flirtation in Fate is a pair of reunited lovers that included all that yummy tension you'd expect in this kind of story. Garnet wants nothing to do with Kenji and he's dead set on changing her mind. Definitely a lot of fun to watch that "dance."
Trust me, if you enjoy the Psy-Changling world, you're in for a treat. Run, do not walk to your nearest bookstore and snatch this one up.
Previous Books: 1. Slave to Sensation 2. Visions of Heat 3. Caressed by Ice 4. Mine to Possess 5. Hostage to Pleasure 6. Branded by Fire 7. Blaze of Memory 8. Bonds of Justice 9. Play of Passion 10. Kiss of Snow 11. Tangle of Need 12. Heart of Obsidian 12.5. Night Shift 13. Shield of Winter 14. Shards of Hope
Being a superheroine is hard. Working for one is even harder.
Evie Tanaka is the put-upon personal assistant to Aveda Jupiter, her childhood best friend and San Francisco's most beloved superheroine. She's great at her job—blending into the background, handling her boss's epic diva tantrums, and getting demon blood out of leather pants.
Unfortunately, she's not nearly as together when it comes to running her own life, standing up for herself, or raising her tempestuous teenage sister, Bea.
But everything changes when Evie's forced to pose as her glamorous boss for one night, and her darkest comes out: she has powers, too. Now it's up to her to contend with murderous cupcakes, nosy gossip bloggers, and supernatural karaoke battles—all while juggling unexpected romance and Aveda's increasingly outrageous demands. And when a larger threat emerges, Evie must finally take charge and become a superheroine in her own right... or see her city fall to a full-on demonic invasion.
Heroine Complex by Sarah Kuhn is a blend of urban fantasy and comedy that is both charming and earnestly nerdy. The protagonist, Evie Tanaka is the much-put-upon personal assistant to super heroine Aveda Jupiter, protector of San francisco, where a demonic portal opened eight years ago. One result of this is that some people gained powers, allowing them to fight back against the demons.
Aveda makes her living, and maintains her fan base by protecting San Francisco from the demons that occasionally come through other portals. This means she has to be perfect, on social media, in all her media appearances, and of course, be in top notch physical condition. Evie and Aveda’s other staff, Lucy, her martial arts instructor and bodyguard, Nate, doctor and wanna be mad scientists who lives in the basement.
Meanwhile, Evie keeps Aveda’s life on track, from recording her battles against demons, to organizing her finances, doing her hair and makeup, as well as keeping Aveda’s image spotless - if not always zit-free. As if that isn’t enough, Evie is also trying to raising her teenage sister, Bea, and so doesn’t have much in the way of a personal life of her own.
However, this changes when Evie has to pose as Aveda for one night, and it’s revealed that she also has powers. Now it’s up to her to thwart a demonic invasion, deal with reporters, the slings and arrows of social media, cupcakes with teeth, and a rebellious teenage sister.
Anyone who appreciates comic books, a good dose of humor, and stories about protagonists learning to step out of obscurity to be heroines and heroes will enjoy this book, and hope that these are just the start of Evie’s battles with the forces of evil, with and without frosting.
I'm Shimmer, a blue dragon shifter. Thanks to a mistake, I was exiled from the Dragon Reaches and sentenced to work for gorgeous, exasperating Alex Radcliffe, a vampire who owns the Fly by Night Magical Investigations Agency. Every time I turn around, somebody's trying to kill us. But you know what they say: All's fair in love and bounty hunting...
A serial killer is stalking the elderly Fae of Seattle, draining their bank accounts before brutally murdering them. When Chase Johnson asks for our help, Alex and I discover that the sociopath is also a doppelganger—able to change shape to match his victim's deepest desires. Our friend and colleague Bette volunteers to act as bait, but the plan goes dangerously awry. Now, unless we find her first, she's about to face her worst nightmare.
One of the best things about any of Yasmine's books is how rich and real the main protagonists are, and Shimmer is no exception. Sometimes it's hard to remember/believe that Shimmer is actually hundreds of years old. She's so very naive and not very worldly and then she does something or makes a choice that seems wise beyond her years and suddenly I remember that she's not actually young. Just more than a little inexperienced when it comes to social interactions and the human realm. I really enjoy this juxtaposition in her character as it makes for an interesting blend. Seeing the world new through her eyes is fascinating and I love getting to see her learn and grow. I also admire her for realizing just how inexperienced she is, especially in the romance department and has been taking things slow. That's not to say she's not going head-first into life and romance, but she's still keeping her wits about her and I admire it.
The other thing I really enjoy about Yasmine's books is how fast paced and complex the plotlines are and again this is where FLIGHT FROM MAYHEM shines. There was so much going on in this book it built to an almost frenetic pace at times and yet it still all felt natural. Intense at times, but it all still flowed well and never became too much. In fact, once I started reading I had a heck of a time putting the book down, a sure sign of a great read. Between the Salamander demon, the ghost next door, a stalker, a psycho ex, and so much more going on I had to keep turning the pages to see what would happen next.
All in all, FLIGHT FROM MAYHEM is one heck of an entertaining read that is sure to please fans of the series.